Day: March 30, 2018

National News

Census 2020: Wake Up Call for New York and Black

By John Louis Flateau, PhD  The Census is an ancient tool of empire. In the Book of Numbers (census!) in the Bible’s Old Testament, there are several head counts of able bodied males of the tribes of Israel, to determine the size of their armies to wage war; and for taxation purposes to finance government […]readmore

City Politics

BK Lawmakers React To 2020 Census Citizenship Question

By:  Kings County Politics A change to the U.S. Census set for 2020, has many local electeds decrying President Donald Trump’s actions toward immigrants across the country. Late Monday night, the Commerce Department led by Secretary Wilbur Ross, announced that the upcoming census will include a citizenship question for the first time since 1950. The […]readmore

Community News

Black Female Judges Converge in Bed-Stuy

A panel of six African-American female Brooklyn judges convened on Saturday, March 24 at the Quincy Street Senior Citizens Residence to discuss their roles, responsibilities and advice. As part of the meeting of the Vanguard Independent Democrats Association (VIDA), this Women’s History Month exhibit of “Advancing Equality through the Judiciary” drew additional judges, politicians, community […]readmore

Thinker's Notebook

The Art of Imperialism, The Imperialism of Art

This week, the Brooklyn Museum appointed two new curators. Kristen Windmuller-Luna was appointed the Sills Family Consulting Curator of African Art, and Drew Sawyer was appointed the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Curator of Photography. As soon as the news hit social media, the choices were met by scrutiny and questions, specifically Windmuller-Luna’s appointment, because […]readmore

National News

NAACP, Prince George’s County Sue Over Unconstitutional Census Preparations

Understaffing, underfunding, design flaws threaten massive 2020 undercount BALTIMORE (March 28, 2018) —The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s largest and original legacy civil rights organization, together with Prince George’s County, Maryland, the NAACP Prince George’s County Branch and two county residents, sued the federal government today to combat the imminent […]readmore

Education

Poet and Scientist Dr. Kathleen Gillespie Brings Art to STEM

Biologist and poet Dr. Kathleen “Kate” Gillespie, Ph.D., is a STEM and STEAM advocate who believes there is poetry in science. “Inspiration is a key tool in the arts and in the pursuit of scientific discovery,” said Dr. Gillespie.   “The ability to communicate science is best accomplished by telling a story that will bring context […]readmore