Metro Briefs

A summary of the news in the greater metro area compiled by Cyril Josh Barker.

Brooklyn warrior Sonny Abubadika Carson lives

This Saturday afternoon, the African Brotherhood 4 Self Determination and the December 12th Movement will sponsor a Black Power physical day commemoration.

Twelve years later, a mother seeks justice for her son after wrongful police killing

May 1, 2003, was the afternoon 19-year-old Carlos Lopez was shot by NYPD Detective Alfred Robinson across the street from 658 Gates Ave.

African-American Pinkster Committee of NY celebrates Memorial Day ‘Decoration Day’

African-American Pinkster Committee of NY held its Memorial Day “Decoration Day” at Grant’s Tomb in Riverside Park, and celebrated the 150th anniversary of the “colored” troops of New York, who valiantly fought in the Civil War to end slavery from ...

Activists react to Bratton’s ‘offensive’ comments

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton used a recent event to remind the public that they’re just as responsible for the current situation between them and cops.


According to the NYPD, from Friday, May 22, to Monday, May 25, 16 shootings occurred, with 23 victims. During the same period last year, 17 shootings occurred, with 22 victims

Memorial Day: A remembrance of sacrifice, and the promise of summer

Everyone looks forward to Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer.

Remembering Dr. Derrick Griffith

“I never told him this, but he’s . . . everything I wanted to be,” said Dr. Derrick Griffith’s son, Darryus, as tears streamed down his face during a recent press conference. “My dad was everything to me. My dad ...

Outrage over cops killing handcuffed Black man with stun gun

Local protests have continued in Albany, N.Y., since Donald “Dontay” Ivy died in police custody April 2 after having a Taser used on him when he was stopped as he walked home from a nearby corner store.

DanceAfrica 2015

The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 38th year May 22 to 25, bringing together performance, art, film and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and the Diaspora.

Malcolm X legacy honored on his 90th birthday

he celebration of what would have been the 90th birthday of slain international activist Malcolm X began with hundreds making the pilgrimage to the Ardsley gravesite, where the man also known as El-Haj Malik El-Shabazz is interred with his wife, ...

United Way of New York City honors Giants, Jets at 22nd annual Gridiron Gala

United Way of New York City, the New York Giants and the New York Jets reteamed last week for the 22nd annual Gridiron Gala in support of New York City’s youth.

Eric Adams warns teens about prom night dangers

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recently held a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall alongside teens dressed in their prom attire to offer important safety tips for parents and students this prom season.

Manhattan BP opens storefront on 125th Street

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer opened the doors to her storefront location at 431 West 125th Street.

Anti-violence groups and local celebrities collaborate after violence weekend

In response to recent incidents of violence, which has claimed the lives of multiple people in New York’s most vulnerable communities, anti-violence organizations are coming together to intervene.