Category Archives: African Americans

New York City Councilman Sits During Pledge Of Allegiance — CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City councilman refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday to protest racial injustice in the United States. Council member Jumaane Williams, D-Brooklyn, sat during the pledge to make a “private protest … Continue reading

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Almosy Fifty Years Since Ocean Hill-Brownsville Ed Reform

This year marks almost 50 years since the Ocean Hill-Brownsville (OHB) education reform. Five decades later minority kids are still stuck in FAILING NYC schools. https://t.co/tW9c8wKRym h/t @NYCParentsUnion & WNYC-TV OHB was an experiment in community control and parent empowerment … Continue reading

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SquarePegDem visits Live From The State Capital w/ Fred Dicker | Podcast

THIS PAST FRIDAY (01/30): A (POLITICAL) MUSICAL SELECTION. FORMER BRONX DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLYMAN MICHAEL BENJAMIN, ON LIKELY SILVER SUCCESSOR CARL HEASTIE [12:00 mark]. AND A LITTLE NOSTALGIA WITH FORMER RENSSELAER COUNTY ATTORNEY MARVIN HONIG, WHO I COVERED AS A REPORTER FOR … Continue reading

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Adam Clayton Powell IV Declares For Congress

In an email to friends and supporters yesterday, former assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV declared his unambiguous intention to run for Congress in 2016. He begins his email, “Now that Congressman Charlie Rangel has begun his last term, it’s time … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Bronx Activist Dr. Camella Pinkney-Price Is Running For Bronx BP 2017

Say what??? Dr. Camella P. Price for #BronxBP in 2017. The NYC Campaign Finance Board released data for the disclosure period: July 2014 – January 2015. Dr. Price, a former employee of Bronx BP Ruben Diaz, Jr. reported $2,746.53 in net contributions … Continue reading

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Chosan Kef’s Find The Cure (4 Ebola) track

Download Chosan Kef’s “Find The Cure (4 Ebola)” featuring Miss Sierra Leone 2014 & Miss West Africa UK http://bit.ly/1y6q4eY My friend and rap artist Chosan Kef was born in Sierra Leone, raised in Great Britain and now lives and works … Continue reading

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Assemblyman William Scarborough arrested & charged in state and federal court

Not good! Assemblyman Bill Scarborough indicted 2X: 23-count state indictment/11-count federal indictment. Early on Wednesday the NYPost reported that “Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough was hit Wednesday morning with a 23-count indictment charging him with using campaign funds for personal expenses, … Continue reading

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24-Hour Contribution Report for State Sen. John Sampson | NYS Board of Elections

Five people contributed $16,000 at the 11th hour to aid embattled Brooklyn State Senator John Sampson in his now-successful Democratic Primary win. Although innocent until proved guilty, I’m left wondering who contributes to the re-election effort of a lawmaker indicted … Continue reading

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An injustice the Rev can’t bother to fight | New York Post

My latest NY Post column (8/29/2014): On Saturday and again on Monday, TV personality and civil-rights activist The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke of the need to separate bad apples from the bag of good cops. But without skipping a beat, … Continue reading

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Peace Comes To Ed Reform Land

This post has been edited. Since my post, “Trouble In Ed Reforn Land,” appeared online yesterday hinting that AG Eric Schneiderman’s consolidation motion in the teacher tenure cases wasn’t sitting well with Campbell Brown and the heavy hitters behind her … Continue reading

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