The heartbreak and pain was palpable at the wake and funeral of 16-year-old Oluwadurotimi “Timi” Oyebola, who was shot and killed reportedly by a 14-year-old boy who fired at youths playing on a basketball court at Brownsville’s Chester Playground Sept. 21.
Hundreds of teens, family and community members, elected officials, concerned parents and activists marched from Brooklyn Ascend Charter School in Brownsville and gathered in Chester Playground on Monday, Oct. 1, the very scene where two weeks ago, 16-year-old Oluwadurotimi Oyebola was shot in the head and died of the fatal head wound shortly afterward.
It was like a scene from a movie. Just after 6:40 a.m., Friday, July 6, a gray rainy day, two helicopters overhead alerted sleepy or just awoke residents of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn that something was going on.
“The community is feeling elated with the opening of The Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center,” said Andre T. Mitchell, executive director of Man Up!, Inc.
Close to 90 percent of those arrested in New York City for marijuana possession in 2017 were Black or Latino. Only 9 percent were white.
Shoppers were stunned into at least verbal action when they saw staff at a Brooklyn Stop & Shop in Flatbush seemingly tackle an alleged shoplifter to the ground, and sit on him until he stopped moving.
The story of the April 4, 2018 NYPD killing of Saheed Vassell is big news in Brooklyn, in the U.S. and in the Jamaican press.
Sumptuous scenes and luscious garments quietly screaming African strength and pride in every seam and fold worn by stoic warriors with powerful speeches is the Marvel Studios-Walt Disney production of “Black Panther.”
Harlem’s First Corinthians Baptist Church was packed Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, for the wake and funeral service for Erica Garner, 27, the mother-turned-activist who fought for justice for her father Eric Garner until her untimely early end.
“I am running as a candidate for speaker of New York City Council,” City Councilmember Inez Barron announced at a first day of Kwanzaa—Umoja—unity rally Tuesday night.
In Manhattan Tuesday, a federal jury determined that the family of Mohammad Bah, a mentally ill Guinea native who was shot eight times and killed in his home by three New York City police officers 2012, should be compensated for their loss with a $2.2 million settlement.
“Maria has finally left us, Lee is still around, but not posing a threat. Nothing else on the horizon, just a tropical wave a long way away and another one just rolled off Africa...
At press time, Jaheen Hunter was reported to still be in critical condition at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
A gunshot to the head struck MTA train conductor Jacqueline Dicks, 41, a mother of six, shattering the close-to-midnight air in East New York, Brooklyn, Monday, May 1, 2017.
“The epidemic of sex trafficking in young girls throughout the nation is very high, including New York City.”
“People that I am taking to in Brooklyn just do not believe the case brought against Chanel Lewis.” community and union activist Daniel Goodine told the Amsterdam News. “They are telling me ‘It ain’t him.’”
Fear and loathing coat the streets of New York City after President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, as immigrants dodge U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials demanding status and detaining people.
There currently exists, it would appear, an air of defiance and need to triumph as unprecedented is the massive outrage that motivated more than a million people to take to the streets during and one day after the inauguration of controversial Twitter-friendly Donald Trump.
“Nov 25, 2016, marks the 10-year anniversary for Sean Bell,” said Valerie Bell, mother of the slain unarmed 23-year-old father of two young girls, who was shot dead in a hail of 50 police bullets as he left his bachelor party in the early morning of his wedding day Nov. 25, 2006.
As the post “shocking” presidential election result weeping, wailing and throwing up of hands subsides among the mainstream, along with the outraged protestors taking city centers nationwide are the this-changes-nothing shrugs of the independent-thinking grassroots.
Skepticism and tepid hope are occupying the same space as news broke Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, that in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration his Department of Justice is looking to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
Late Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson was not yet funeralized last week when news reports emerged about who would replace Brooklyn’s first African-American district attorney.
It was surreal. Like a scene from a movie or TV drama. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, when they slapped the handcuffs on officer Wayne Issacs, the family of his slain victim, Delrawn Small, gasped and cheered at the same time.
Tributes and accolades came in thick and fast when news broke Saturday evening that the renowned herbalist, alternative medicine practitioner and healer, Dr. Sebi, had made his transition Aug. 6.
Tributes and accolades came in thick and fast when news broke on Saturday, that the renown herbalist, alternative medicine practitioner and healer – Dr. Sebi – had made his transition on Saturday, 6th August, Honduras, Central America.
Eight recent shootings in four days over the Independence Day weekend has put police brutality and the fractured relations between metropolitan police departments and Black and brown communities nationwide under the global spotlight.
Ronald Savage is a 50-year-old single father of three, who is one of at least four men who have accused hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa (aka Kevin Donovan) of molesting him as a teen. The founder of the world-renowned Universal Zulu Nation has denied all accusations.
Third anniversary of the passing of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Malcolm Shabazz was buried near his grandparents, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.
Family members and supporters of cop-slain young father Akai Gurley are asking sentencing judge Danny Chun to throw the book at shooter (now former cop) Peter Liang when he sentences Liang on April 14, 2016.
“If we don’t get justice—” Hertencia Petersen, Akai Gurley’s aunt called outside Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s office.
“You betrayed our community D.A. Ken Thompson. Your decision to recommend that the police officer found guilty of shooting Akai Gurley should serve no jail time - is like killing him again,” so stated Assemblyman Charles Barron.
Justice is still being sought for Ramarley Graham as his family calls on Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bratton to fire those involved in the late teen's death
The dismissal of the Brownsville Five case is a sigh of relief for many, but the attention has been shifted to the father of the young woman, who lied about his daughter's alleged attack.
After two and a half days of deliberation, the NYPD cop who killed Akai Gurley was found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct by a jury of his peers in Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court.
Community leaders have long had the solution to cut down on violence in the city.
Working with what she has been given by the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina—having spent 50 years in the service of New York’s public school system—espouses a claim on each and every school child in the city.
“Mike Brown didn’t start a movement, he just unified and galvanized this movement,” KaLisa Moore of the People’s Power Assemblies told an amped up crowd in downtown Brooklyn Sunday, Aug. 9.
There were more than 20 shootings this weekend in New York City, with three deaths.
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
“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 was a great person. He was everything I’m not.
"Until the Black woman is lifted up, Black people will never be respected, nor respect themselves,” says Minister Louis Farrakhan.
“Dr. Ben was very close to Malcolm. He was the one giving Malcolm spiritual guidance,” revealed professor James Small. “He shoveled dirt on Malcolm’s grave. He was there. His loss hit him very hard.”
“There was no justice, so there will be disruption,” is the rallying cry of outraged New Yorkers and protestors across the nation and as far as Ireland, Hong Kong and Delhi.
This Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio told a gathering at an Ebola education forum at the Jacob Javits Center, “This city has been preparing and drilling for weeks and weeks.
A myriad of stories is swirling around the Chibok girls.
Over the weekend, a myriad of hip-hop 2.0 events had Source magazine Publisher L. Londell McMillan feeling that there is a brand-new outlook for the much-maligned genre.
The weather was perfect Sunday, Sept. 7, and thousands of breast cancer survivors and their supporters ran and walked in the New York City Race for the Cure.
The ninth annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards were held Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.
An elated crowd released 363 green, orange and white balloons into the sky above East New York’s Van Siclen Avenue and Linden Boulevard on Sunday evening.