AmNews Year In Review 2018
Cyril Josh Barker | 12/26/2018, 7:53 p.m.
A cold wave takes over North America with temperatures in New York City going as low as 9 degrees. The New York City Housing Authority comes under fire when dozens of public housing developments go without consistent heat and hot water during an arctic blast in the city. At the Golden Globes, media maven Oprah Winfrey becomes the first African-American woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. During her acceptance speech, she highlights the struggles of women and the “Me Too” movement. Funeral services are held for activist Erica Garner, the daughter of late police brutality victim Eric Garner. Erica died of a heart attack at age 27. Clothing retailer H&M receives criticism over using a Black child to model a sweatshirt with a “coolest monkey in the jungle” slogan. President Donald Trump is criticized after using the word “shithole” to describe Latin American and African nations during a meeting with lawmakers about immigration. The New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, N.J. and Southern State Correctional Facility in Delmon, N.J. lift a ban on the highly acclaimed book, “The New Jim Crow,” after pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union. Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in public funds, including money meant to help victims of Hurricane Sandy rebuild. She later pleads guilty to the charges and resigns from the State Assembly. Mayor Bill de Blasio signs the Housing Not Warehousing Act, designed to help identify vacant sites that could be used for affordable housing development. The Manhattan district attorney’s office begins no longer requesting that bail be set in most misdemeanor and violation cases. Applied behavioral scientist Pamela Palanque-North passes at 66. A city commission created to decide the fate of several monuments of controversial figures decided to keep most of them up but add historical markers with further context. One of the most debated monuments is one of Christopher Columbus at Columbus Circle. Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the nation for the 32nd year. This year’s celebration marks 50 years since King’s assassination. The 49th NAACP Image Awards are held in Pasadena, Calif. The Women’s March marks one year since the massive international 2017 demonstration. The organization sets its priorities on the midterm elections. Sheila Oliver is inaugurated as New Jersey’s first Black lieutenant governor with Governor Phil Murphy. Reality television star and former Black Trump supporter Omarosa Manigault Newman is terminated from her position as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison for the White House. Brooklyn native Najee Ali Baker, 21, is fatally shot at a party at Wake Forest University. Baker was attending the party from his school, the neighboring historically Black Winston-Salem State University. Civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker dies in Chester, Va. Walker was known in New York as senior pastor for 37 years at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem. Reports reveal that NYCHA chairwoman Shola Olatoye allegedly lied under oath about lead paint inspections at a City Council meeting. Mayor de Blasio announces a $200 million investment in boiler replacements, modernizing hot water systems and upgrading heat controls at some of the housing developments. Outrage emerges in Harlem when protesters put a Pink Pussy Hat on the head of the Harriet Tubman statue. South African jazz artist Hugh Masekela dies at age 78. The U.S. government enters a federal government shutdown as a result of a dispute over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Leslie Wyche, known as “The Mayor of Harlem” dies at age 73. Journalist Trymaine Lee is named a correspondent for MSNBC. Mayor de Blasio announces that all NYPD patrol officers will wear body cameras by the end of 2018. PBS airs the documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” to rave reviews. President Trump gives his first State of the Union Address. At the 60th Grammy Awards, Bruno Mars dominates, with his album “24K Magic” winning Record of the Year and Album of the Year.