Amiri Baraka’s son becomes mayor of Newark by earning it: An election analysis

Ras Baraka, one of the sons of the late poet and playwright Amiri Baraka, handily beat rival Shavar Jeffries to become the next mayor of his father’s city, Newark, N.J. How he did it was no mystery to those paying ...

Amsterdam News endorsements for Congressional primary

Every two years, congressional candidates make their rounds to editorial boards across the city to ask for the papers’ endorsements.

Segregation, housing and education

It was recently nationally reported that “New York schools (public and charter) suffer from worse racial segregation than in any other U.S. state.” Throughout New York City schools, all classes get dismal marks for diversity. It was surprising to many ...

New responsibilities come with the age of ownership

Donald Sterling’s publicly disclosed comments depict an anachronistic view of race relations in this country.

Corporate charter school hijackers destroying public education

New York City has become a hotbed for education reformers making promises to ready Black and Brown children for college and their careers, even as young as kindergarten.

They buried the lede

The “Gray Lady,” aka the New York Times, has had a storied past. She has stood at the center of controversies and victories and now is at the center of a historic milestone, but under the ouster of its former ...

Welcome to the jungle: Fetishizing darkness

On April 23, Lupita Nyong’o was named the “Most Beautiful Person” in People magazine

Kidnappings in Nigeria

Human trafficking continues to be a major issue not only in Africa, but in the rest of the world as well.

We have the right to know what is in our food

We, as New Yorkers, are a step closer to achieving our right to know what is in all of the food that we eat. Recently, the New York state Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee endorsed a measure that would ...

Mayor Baraka: A city to hold up and a legacy to uphold

With Ras Baraka’s mayoral victory in Newark, N.J., yesterday, the family secures unprecedented electoral authority.

An open letter from the NYC schools chancellor

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, this letter, written by Chancellor Carmen Farina, is being distributed to 75,000 public school teachers to show appreciation and gratitude for their dedication to improving the lives of our students. Dear colleagues, Few of ...

Bring back our girls

The world is alarmed but not yet up in arms about the recent abduction of more than 275 young girls in northeastern Nigeria.

Raise the age

Think about what your life was like when you were a teenager.

A ‘Sterling’ example of our confusion

The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) is a business organization.

Justices, ranchers and Clippers, oh my!

The last week has seen the racist underpinnings of the United States bubble up from the necrotic abyss like lava that explodes during a volcanic eruption.