Africa in Harlem

Senegalese travelers unhappy with Delta Airlines but lack options

There was frustration in the air among the more than 150 passengers looking to board Delta’s Boeing 757-200 aircraft heading to Dakar, Senegal on July 17, 2021 with the hope of celebrating Eid-al-Adah,... Read More

Harlem-born Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie’s funeral will take place on August 2 in New York

The funeral of Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie born Marcel Theo Hall known for his Top 40 hit, “Just A Friend” and his recurring role on “Yo Gabba Gabba”, will take place on August... Read More

SBA’s application portal for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness to open on August 4

Photo credit: Taniasv The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply... Read More

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

The Department of Homeland Security posted on July 30, 2021 for public inspection a Federal Register notice that provides information about how to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced this 18-month designation... Read More

Council Votes to Protect Small Businesses by Extending Third-Party Delivery App Fee Caps

Photo credit: Alessandro Biascioli Continuing the vital work of protecting New York City’s small businesses, the Council voted on July 29, 2021 to extend measures passed earlier in the pandemic to help keep... Read More

A Pizza Hut and a McDonald’s must pay a total $221,356 in restitution to 135 workers for violating the Fair Workweek Law

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Acting Commissioner Sandra Abeles announced on July 29, 2021 settlement agreements with two fast food franchisees, a Pizza Hut in the Bronx and a McDonald’s... Read More

Community leaders demand Mayor de Blasio Keep His Word and Remove NYPD From Street Vending

Photo credit: Street Vendor Project On July 23, 2021 a group of city and state representatives alongside community-based organizations representing small businesses, immigrant worker rights, and public space accessibility advocates released a letter... Read More

1000 Immigrant Essential Workers and Allies Rally at Columbus Park to Demand a Path to Citizenship

One thousand immigrant essential workers rallied on July 23, 2021 at Columbus Park in Manhattan as part of a nationwide day of action to demand a pathway to citizenship be included in the... Read More

Harlem Muslim New Yorkers celebrate Eid-al-Adha on July 20

Photos credit: Bill Moore On July 20, 2021, Harlem Muslim New Yorkers celebrated Eid-al-Adha, a holiday commemorating the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son Ismael as an act of obedience to... Read More

SBS Commissioner Doris, Melba Wilson and community leaders visit Harlem Businesses

Photos credit: Bill Moore NYC Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris and community leaders toured small businesses in Harlem on July 20, 2021 to promote the Shop Your City campaign, a City... Read More

Leaders call for stop to gun violence after two Guinean brothers were shot in the Bronx

Photos credit: Bill Moore Following the rise in gun violence in New York and the shooting of two brothers from the Guinean community in the Bronx, community leaders, families and elected officials held... Read More

IRS to host Advance Child Tax Credit Free Tax Prep Days on July 23 and 24

This year, advance payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) are sent monthly from July through December to eligible taxpayers. However, to receive the payments, families must file a 2020 tax return.... Read More

Congressional leaders to commemorate civil rights activist and congressman John Lewis’ one-year anniversary in Harlem

One year to the day civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis passed, congressional leaders including Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Tom Suozzi & Former Congressman Kendrick Meek will discuss his impact at the... Read More

HCCI names new senior housing development Victory Plaza after former chairperson Joan O. Dawson, PhD

Photo credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI), a coalition of inter-faith congregations providing affordable housing to Harlem residents along with housing developer Camber Property Group cut the ribbon... Read More

Monthly Child Tax Credit payments begin

Photo credit: Syda Productions The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced that millions of American families have started receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments as direct deposits begin posting in bank... Read More

Small Business Administration to Connect Technology Innovators & Entrepreneurs with Research Funding

Photo credit: Gorodenkoff The U.S. Small Business Administration will host 2021 National SBIR Week on July 19 through July 23 for small business innovators. The virtual event will connect entrepreneurs working on advanced... Read More