Mayor Adams launches $25 million facility for minority-women-owned businesses

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic, and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer, and Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation President and CEO Lindsay Greene announced on March 7, 2024, a new, total cost $25 million state-of-the-art manufacturing, incubator, and accelerator facility — AYO Labs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard — focused on … Read More

Mayor Adams Outlines Plans to Help Undo Decades of Systemic Inequity in Women’s Health Care

Photo: Caroline Willis New York City Mayor Eric Adams outlined on January 17, 2023, his vision for a ‘New York City Women’s Health Agenda’ aimed at dismantling decades of systemic inequity that have negatively impacted the health of women across … Read More

City of New York expands access to doulas and midwives to reduce maternal and infant mortality

New York City Mayor Eric Adams took steps on March 23, 2022, to reduce maternal and infant health inequities in New York City and provide critical resources to new families — announcing the citywide expansion of the doula program, the … Read More

President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Serve as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Photo credit: Rose Lincoln On February 25, 2022, President Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Jackson is one of … Read More

Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson Allocates Funding to Combat High Rates of Maternal and Infant Mortality in the Bronx

On August 31, 2021 Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson joined with birth justice advocates and healthcare leaders for a press conference announcing over $400,000 in City Council funding to combat high rates of infant and maternal mortality in the Bronx. … Read More

City Council Passes Legislation Mandating Free, Comprehensive Doula Services for Incarcerated People on Rikers Island

On August 26, 2021 the City Council overwhelmingly passed legislation introduced by Council Member Helen Rosenthal to increase critical maternal health services for people incarcerated on Rikers Island. Intro 1209 will be one of the first local laws in the … Read More

Joyce McMillan discusses 24-year-old mother Dejhanay Jarrell and Black motherhood in New York City

This week on the Africa in Harlem video podcast, parent advocate Joyce McMillan discusses the imperfections of the system that might have led to the tragedy we saw on June 12, 2021 when 24-year-old mother Dejhanay Jarrell threw her month-old … Read More

Senator Gillibrand announces two bills addressing Black maternal health

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced two vital pieces of legislation to address the Black maternal health crisis during Black Maternal Health week. The Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act, would expand the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program, … Read More

Hawa Bah holds a vigil for her son Mohamed Bah killed by the NYPD in 2012

Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell Hawa Bah held a vigil in Harlem in remembrance of her son Mohamed Bah killed in 2012 by the NYPD minutes after she called 911 for an ambulance. The vigil was held on September 25, 2019 … Read More

Black Feminist Project discusses black women’s issues at 4th Annual Not Just Talk Summit

Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell The Black Feminist Project hosted its 4th Annual Not Just Talk Summit titled Black Womxn Matter on September 14, 2019 at the Bronx Public Library. The event included exhibitors, a keynote speech by activist Didi Delgado, … Read More