Elaina Johnson is a 20-year-old native of Roosevelt, New York. She is currently a junior at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is a print/online journalism major and chemistry minor taking a Pre-Med track. Johnson wanted to choose a career that would directly impact African-American children, many of which are suffering from asthma. So, she has dreams of pursuing a career as a Pediatric pulmonologist, a specialization in diseases involving the respiratory tract. She wants to use her degree in journalism to free lance and eventually begin her own publication reporting on health and wellness in the African American community. Her articles have been featured in The Hilltop, Howard University's student newspaper, and District Chronicles, a local D.C. newspaper.
Sunday July 27, the 40th annual Harlem Week festival begins. Crowds will be drawn uptown for events that showcase Harlem’s rich history and the achievements of African-American people.
The country may remember Rachel Jeantel as the friend of Trayvon Martin who testified against George Zimmerman during the February 2012 trial, but today she is known as a tenacious high school graduate.
Kayden was born prematurely with a life-threatening birth defect called an omphalocele. It is a rare condition in which the intestines and organs develop outside of the baby’s abdomen. In the United States, more than 700 babies a year and 1 in 5,000 are born with this defect. Last January, further complications caused Kayden to lose his right leg and left foot. He also had two abdominal surgeries.
The Gay Pride parade started at noon on 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ended at Greenwich and Christopher streets at the Stonewall Inn.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer signs off on "Central Park 5" $40 million settlement.
Today officially marks the fifth anniversary since the death of the King of Pop.
At press time Wednesday, June 11, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer joined public housing residents, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) chair Shola Olatoye, and City Council member Inez Barron to announce the start of a long-overdue security camera installation at Boulevard Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, and five other developments around the city, in an effort by the administration to engage and be more responsive to the needs of public housing residents.
Last Thursday, people gathered outside City Hall with banners, T-shirts and signs featuring 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s name and picture. The crowd chanted and pled with City Council members to pass “Avonte’s Law,” which would require alarms to be placed on school exits.
Tuesday, June 17 would have been Prince Joshua Avitto’s seventh birthday. His Boulevard Houses, East New York community threw a big party to remember and celebrate Prince, who was stabbed to death, allegedly by the now incarcerated Daniel St. Hubert.
Baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, died at age 54 due to cancer from chewing tobacco for many years.