Africa in Harlem

NY AG Letitia James issues guidance to New Yorkers following expiration of eviction moratorium

Photo credit: Asiraj New York Attorney General Letitia James  issued guidance to remind New Yorkers of the various rights and protections for residents following the expiration of New York’s eviction moratorium on January 15, 2022. Though... Read More

Mayor Adams unveils plan to curb gun violence in New York City

Photo credit: Michael Appleton New York City Mayor Eric Adams released on January 24, 2022, a “Blueprint to End Gun Violence” in New York City, which lays out numerous policy proposals Mayor Adams... Read More

NYC Mayor Eric Adams warns killers during press conference at Harlem Hospital

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell On January 22, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams warned killers in New York City during a press conference held with Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell at Harlem Hospital following the... Read More

Congressman Torres and Senator Gillibrand to introduce legislation to prevent fires in New York

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell After touring the Twin Parks North West building, on January 17, 2022, Congressman Ritchie Torres and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced they would introduce legislation to mandate heat sensors... Read More

Harlem-based nonprofit Zeina Inc hosts Martin Luther King Day of Service

Photos Credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell Harlem-based nonprofit organization Zeina Lorraine Inc Community Food Pantry, in partnership with Islamic Relief Fund, Assembly member Inez Dickens, Senator Cordell Cleare, NYC Comptroller Brad Lander, Council member... Read More

Gambian community holds public funeral for 15 victims of the Bronx fire

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell The Gambian community led by Imam Sanku Kabba and Imam Bajaha said their last goodbye to the 15 Twin Parks North West residents who lost their lives in... Read More

Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson holds vigil for victims of Bronx fire

Photos Credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell On January 11, 2022, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson held a vigil for victims of the fire that broke out last Sunday in the 19-story building located in... Read More

We were just trying to breathe

By: Kujegi Camara Trapped in stairwells Black bodies overwhelmed by Black smoke because this country can underwhelm We were just trying to keep warm We were just trying to stay alive But somehow... Read More

City launches relief fund to support New Yorkers impacted by Bronx fire

Photo credit: Michael Appleton Mayor Eric Adams and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City today announced the launch of the Bronx Fire Relief Fund to support those affected by the recent... Read More

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine Opens COVID Testing Site at 125th St. Northern Manhattan Office

Photo credit: Manhattan BP Levine’s office Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine opened this week a COVID testing site in partnership with SOMOS Community Care at the Borough President’s Northern Manhattan Office (431 W.... Read More

NYC Test & Trace Corps opens 100 new COVID-19 testing sites in response to omicron surge

Photo credit: NYC Health & Hospitals In response to the unprecedented surge of omicron cases and citywide testing demand, the NYC Test & Trace Corps announced on January 5, 2022, it has doubled... Read More

Mayor Eric Adams signs “Small Business Forward” to help small businesses deal with violations

Photo credit: Ed Reed Mayor Eric Adams signed this week the “Small Business Forward” Executive Order to reform existing business regulations, ensuring local businesses face fewer needless fines and penalties. The Executive Order... Read More

Adrienne Adams becomes New York City Council’s first Black Speaker

Photo credit: Dave Sanders NYC Council overwhelmingly elected on January 5, 2022, by a vote of 49 in the affirmative and two in the negative, its first Black Speaker, Adrienne Adams, for a... Read More

Eric Adams sworn in as New York City’s 110th Mayor at Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell A few minutes into 2022, Eric Adams holding a framed picture of his deceased mother Dorothy, with family members and friends, took center stage at the Times Square... Read More

NYC Small Business Services launches $10,000 grant program for small businesses

Photo credit: Jono Erasmus NYC Small Business Services launched on December 8, 2021 the Small Business Resilience Grant to help NYC’s small businesses offset operational expenses to mitigate economic hardships due to the... Read More

New Family Home Visits program for first-time parents targets underserved New Yorkers regardless of immigration status

Photo credit: Digital Skillet 1 The Health Department announced on December 7, 2021, that the New Family Home Visits program is open to first-time families in public housing engaged with child welfare or... Read More

Attorney General James Releases Charities Report Finding on the eve of Giving Tuesday

In time for Giving Tuesday and the holiday season, New York Attorney General Letitia James released on November 29, 2021, her annual “Pennies for Charity: Fundraising by Professional Fundraisers” report, which found that... Read More

Jacob Restaurant feeds the Harlem community on Thanksgiving for the 12th year in a row

Photos credits: Isseu Diouf Campbell  Since they opened Jacob Restaurant in 2019 in Harlem, owners Rachid and Kim Niang have fed community members every year on Thanksgiving, and this year was no different.... Read More

New UN Women data confirms violence against women has worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic

 Photo credit: Diego Cervo On November 24, 2021, the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a new report released by UN Women highlights the impact of the... Read More

The Gentlemen’s Factory, Strivers’ Row, and BE NYC host networking reception for Black entrepreneurs

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell On November 20, 2021, the Gentlemen’s Factory, Strivers’ Row, and Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC) hosted a reception at Brooklyn Commons to allow Black entrepreneurs to reconnect with... Read More