Day: May 5, 2017


Tellers of Stories Amanda Gorman, 19, Named National Youth Poet

  Amanda Gorman was named the first national youth poet laureate. According to Poets & Writers magazine, April 2017 issue, “The unprecedented title, to be awarded annually, honors a teen poet who demonstrates extraordinary literary talent and a proven record of community engagement and youth leadership”. “For Gorman, poetry and civic outreach aren’t separate interests. […]readmore

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Community Organizing Led by Love

By Akosua K Albritton For years, it had become known that Brooklyn Community Board 9 (CB9) meetings could become contentious. Some board members and residents were dissatisfied with how District Manager Pearl Miles carried out her responsibilities. The struggle for control of the community board and the community itself came to a boiling point when […]readmore

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Who’s Making America Greater?

Great People on the Ground. The last weekend of April Earth Month, we celebrated some of the greatest: a preteen gardener and a Composter Community Activist & a Muralist, Construction Worker and a Custodial Engineer. Proof that much of America’s greatness is in unlikely places, mostly at the grassroots where life springs forth and people’s movements grow. (BG)readmore

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Malcolm’s Struggle Documented

The landmark 1964 film Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom documentary filmed by Elbert “Sandy” Bethune (right) will be screened at the 24th New York African Film Festival this Sunday, May 7 at 4:15pm at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street in Manhattan. Recently, the Jamaican filmmaker, poet, author and scholar offered a talk […]readmore