Day: July 12, 2018

What's Going On


BLACK ECO DEV Read the good news: “The AME Church and Black Banks Launch Partnership for Black Wealth,” published in   The African Methodist Episcopalian (AME) Bishop Reginald T. Jackson recently announced the initiative with 19 Black bank presidents in the USA. He said, “This initiative will strengthen Black banks across the USA and increase […]readmore

Thinker's Notebook

The Fame you find in a Meme

       I went viral last week as a meme. If this was ten years ago, the previous sentence wouldn’t make much sense at all. Presently however, its meaning is a precursor for a discussion on both the power and the frivolousness of social media. Allow me to explain. Among the myriad of things […]readmore

Community News

East New York: We Walk in a Field of Dreams

A place called “home” or “my neighborhood” is comforting to those living there. There in the neighborhood people go to the same schools, shop in the same stores and run in the same playgrounds. However, there are institutions that can disrupt “home” and “my neighborhood.” Due to the racial or ethnic background of neighborhood residents, […]readmore

City Politics Community News

Celebrating the Ancestors with a Family Reunion

Every two years, Brooklyn resident Fred Price,75, takes a journey to celebrate his family’s ancestral history and recent achievements. Over the years, he’s traveled to cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Charleston to see siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins—the descendants of Lottie and Sims Bird. This July, Family Reunion Month, the Byrd family […]readmore

Other News

The Roots of Friendship Start Here

Like the proverbial tree that grows in Brooklyn, the roots of my most important friendships began in the middle of East 27th Street between Avenues L and M.   We were a tribe of about 40 girls and boys with no more than four years difference in our ages. On any given afternoon, our moms could […]readmore