AmNews Year In Review 2018

Cyril Josh Barker | 12/26/2018, 7:53 p.m.
Here is a look at some of this year's top headlines.
2018 Year in Review


Black History Month is celebrated with the theme “African-Americans in Times of War.”

The Rev. Jesse Jackson comes to the city for the 21st annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit. The theme for the event is “50 Years After the Assassination of Dr. King: The Struggle Continues for Freedom, Equity and Inclusion in Corporate America.” A scathing report reveals that nearly half of New York City public school cafeterias have serious health code violations, including rodents and insects. The 2018 Winter Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Black athletes, including Shani Davis, Maame Biney, Eric Jackson and Elana Meyers Taylor, dominate in speed skating and bobsled. Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards dies at 74. White middle school teacher Patricia Cummings at Middle School 118, The William W. Niles School, steps on the backs of Black students during a social studies class on slavery. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41 to 33 during Super Bowl LII. A report reveals that 80 percent of NYCHA residents don’t have heat or hot water in the winter. Oprah Winfrey tapes her “SuperSoul Conversations” podcast at the Apollo Theater with actress Salma Hayek, late night talk show host Stephen Colbert, Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, actress Yara Shahidi, host Trevor Noah and actor and director Jordan Peele. Jacob Zuma resigns as president of South Africa after nine years in power. Malcolm Xavier Combs, a student at Christ the King High School and member of the National Honor Society, was the victim of discrimination at the hands of high school officials who deny his request to get the name “Malcolm X” on the back of his senior sweater. Malcolm X’s children and the Rev. Al Sharpton step in to help. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney unveils a proposal that would cut food stamps benefits in half and give low-income Americans food boxes instead. Middle School 224 principal Patricia Catania, who is white, comes under fire after confiscating Black History Month projects from students and tells a teacher not to teach Black history. Mayor de Blasio discusses his plan to reduce crime even further in the city during his State of the City Address. A school shooting occurs at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and injuring 17. White NYPD officer Sgt. Hugh Barry is found not guilty for murdering of 66-year-old Black, schizophrenic Deborah Danner in the Bronx. Police were called to control Danner when officers allege she lunged at them with scissors. Funeral services are held for Private First Class Emmanuel Mensah who died in December, along with 12 other people, while rescuing residents during an apartment fire in the Bronx. Marvel’s “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o opens in theaters to rave reviews, breaking box office records. The film, based on the Black comic book superhero taking place in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, grosses $1.347 billion worldwide, becomes the highest-grossing solo superhero film and the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time. Former television personality Tavis Smiley sues his former employer PBS claiming the network breached its contract and damaged his production company when it fired him in December over sexual-harassment allegations. Black-owned Carver Bank sells its 125th Street corporate office building. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. becomes the first Black driver in the Daytona 500 in nearly 50 years. The daughter of comedian Bill Cosby, Ensa, dies at age 44. A report reveals that 100,000 people living in NYCHA housing were exposed to lead paint poison. Paul Manafort is indicted on five federal criminal charges, including money laundering and foreign lobbying violations. In a whirlwind day of drama, Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho turns down the job of New York City schools chancellor after announcing his plans to take the position. As the 2018 gubernatorial race gets underway, City Council Member Jumaane Williams announces his plans to run for lieutenant governor.