Back to homepage

Community News

Brownsville Reacts to Boyland Guilty Verdict

Brownsville Reacts to Boyland Guilty Verdict Updated

🕔15:24, 12.Mar 2014

  By Mary Alice Miller   An odd combination of sadness and relief washed over Brownsville in response to the announcement that Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. was convicted of 21 charges related to several attempted extortion schemes. Boyland’s bail was

Read Full Article
Voza Rivers—A Man for All Seasons

Voza Rivers—A Man for All Seasons Updated

🕔13:50, 8.Mar 2014

  By Herb Boyd Voza Rivers, this son of Harlem, has committed himself unselfishly as a cultural ambassador to his beloved Harlem.  When one Googles Voza Rivers, you go gaga over his multifaceted career, and you will be simply overwhelmed

Read Full Article
Lupita Nyong’o, Pride of Africa, Mexico and Brooklyn, Speaks

Lupita Nyong’o, Pride of Africa, Mexico and Brooklyn, Speaks Updated

🕔10:21, 7.Mar 2014

Lupita Nyong’o Embraces Dark Beauty in Black Women in Hollywood Acceptance Speech Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised actress, is bringing home her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave” (starring Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiojor)

Read Full Article
This Women’s History Month …

This Women’s History Month … Updated

🕔10:15, 7.Mar 2014

In one fell swoop – some two-hours of “12 Years a Slave” screen time and one phenomenal two-minute speech at last Sunday’s Academy Awards, Best Supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o recalibrated the worldwide view of the black woman cultivated by centuries

Read Full Article
Community activists denounce vandals after Spike Lee Speaks Out on  gentrification

Community activists denounce vandals after Spike Lee Speaks Out on gentrification Updated

🕔10:07, 7.Mar 2014

With tensions rising about gentrification making national news across the country, the elected officials representing the borough’s most gentrified neighborhood were silent about last week’s incident with filmmaker Spike Lee concerning Fort Greene. Lee, who grew up in Fort Greene,

Read Full Article
A Journey Through Brooklyn History and Heritage Homes at Weeksville

A Journey Through Brooklyn History and Heritage Homes at Weeksville Updated

🕔12:58, 1.Mar 2014

More than a Tour, An Experience By Bernice Elizabeth Green       Huddled on an expanded parcel of land in Central Brooklyn, the historic Hunterfly Road Houses are designated as New York City landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Founded in the 1830s by James Weeks, a black stevedore, the village of Weeksville survived well into the early 20th century. Weeksville had its own schools and churches, an orphanage, an old age home, and one of the first African­American newspapers- ­The Freedman’s Torchlight.   During the violent draft riots of 1863, the community served as a refuge for  hundreds of African­Americans who fled Manhattan. It was home to ministers, teachers and other professionals, including the first female African­American physician in New York State, and the first African­American police officer in New York City. “The village was an economic, political, cultural and social base for African­ Americans during that time. Any way you define it, the Weeksville community was (an example of) community building from scratch.” According to Greene, the community’s focus on strength, entrepreneurism, creativity and a sense of wanting to build something is still going strong. Settled by African­Americans from all over the East Coast following the end of slavery in New York State, these houses are also good examples of homes of free people of color in the urban North. These homes have been continuously inhabited, primarily by African­Americans, from their construction until their acquisition by the Weeksville Society in 1968. The buildings are now each rehabbed and ”dressed” in the accoutrements of four different periods of time, representing the 183 Os, 1860s, 1900s and 1930s. Working from a ”furnishings plan,” the center’s ”old house” consultants scoured the Northeast for items that matched the style of each room. The sage green, ochre and mustard yellow colors are based on chip analysis. The true­to­period               artifacts               and historically accurate reproductions frame moments in the history of the houses: the Currier and Ives’ Death of Lincoln ink illustration, the December 3, 1847, issue of The North Star newspaper, ”Electric Brand” labels of canned food manufactured in Oneida, New York, refurbished hand­ carved chairs with horsehair­stuffed cushions, ”The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on a curio shelf, an authentic   Jerome & Company Pendulum Clock, and a poster entitled ”Distinguished Colored Men” with images of prominent politicians and churchmen positioned around Frederick Douglass. At Weeksville, there is a living legacy that is not proverbial; it is real. Bernice Jenkins, in her 80s, and her centenarian sister, had a say in the kinds of furnishings installed in the house at No. 1698. The duo had every right to have some influence­their family first rented a home and then owned it for many years. Their father built the French doors separating the living room from the dining room. Since they were a religious family, an old

Read Full Article
Interfaith Rally Presses State to Save the Medical Facility

Interfaith Rally Presses State to Save the Medical Facility Updated

🕔15:29, 27.Feb 2014

As the Interfaith Medical Center Board of Trustees continues to meet with creditors, the state Health Department and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)  in bankruptcy court, a bevy of elected officials led about two dozen

Read Full Article
The African Burial Ground represents a  unique opportunity  and responsibility for all of us   to tell Our Story to the world…

The African Burial Ground represents a unique opportunity and responsibility for all of us  to tell Our Story to the world… Updated

🕔09:38, 23.Feb 2014

… and to specifically honor the memories of the ancestral Africans who have passed. It’s a story and history of both extreme sacrifice and profound contributions that Africans have made to the creation of the United States of America. The African Burial Ground Memorial serves not only as a memorial to educate the descendant community but also to educate the world community at large. No longer should one be able to walk past this site or through lower Manhattan and not know, understand, acknowledge and respect the important contributions ancestral Africans have made to this district and the nation. Our generation has been entrusted with this awesome responsibility. We are honored and we embrace it in honor of the memory of those ancestral Africans who are buried here so that their sacrifices were not in vain. We embrace it so that all of us today will begin a new phase in the process of educating ourselves and the world about the importance of this site and everything it represents. We embrace it for our children and all future generations so that they may come to know, understand, acknowledge, respect and be proud of their history. ­ Rodney Leon, Designer, African Burial Ground Permanent Memorial

Read Full Article
Harry Belafonte Speaks Out to Keep Interfaith Center Stage

Harry Belafonte Speaks Out to Keep Interfaith Center Stage Updated

🕔09:33, 23.Feb 2014

Dramatic Turns in the Community: Harry Belafonte Speaks Out to Keep Interfaith Center Stage “Health Care is a Right, Not an Opportunity” The continuing fight to keep Interfaith Medical Center alive and running received reinforcement… and new armor … when

Read Full Article
Harry Belafonte Takes Interfaith to Center Stage, Urges Community to Raise Collective Voice

Harry Belafonte Takes Interfaith to Center Stage, Urges Community to Raise Collective Voice Updated

🕔13:35, 21.Feb 2014

 “Health Care is a Right, Not an Opportunity” The continuing fight to keep Interfaith Medical Center alive and running received reinforcement… and new armor … when Harry Belafonte  led a post-play talk inside the Brooklyn facility on Atlantic Avenue, February

Read Full Article