Community Op-Ed: Scoring a Goal for Affordable Housing

In November 2022, our administration announced a historic once-in-a-generation transformation of the Willets Points neighborhood in Queens. This neighborhood, which was once called the “Valley of Ashes” and known for its junkyards, is now being transformed into a vibrant neighborhood with 2,500 new all-affordable homes — the largest all-affordable housing project in the city over the last 40 years — a  new school, 150,000 square feet of new open public space, retail space, a hotel, and the city’s first-ever soccer-specific stadium that will be home to, and privately financed by, the New York City Football Club. With the City Council’s vote to approve phase 2 of the development, we are one major step closer to victory for all New Yorkers. The Willets Point project represents the future of our city, a future in which all New Yorkers can afford to live in a safe apartment that is close to a... Read more

Christelle N. Onwu, the CEO and Founder of Express Connexion, the new firm with brand – new services

Christelle N. Onwu is the CEO and Founder of Express Connexion, a new firm that was created in 2023 and that provides several services. Ms. Onwu has been known as a Human Rights advocate not only in the African community in New York but also in other communities. Although Express Connexion is not practically focus on Human rights, Ms. Onwu said she is still a Human Rights advocate at heart. Let’s meet Ms. Onwu and her organization. African Journal (A J):  Please introduce yourself to our readers who do not know you. Christelle N. Onwu (C N O): My name is Christelle N. Onwu, CEO and Founder of Express Connexion. I have been recognized by City & State's NYC 40 Under 40 Rising Star class of 2021, The Assembly of the State of New York, and the New York City Council. Christelle is a 2021 Council on Urban Professional fellow, Coro... Read more

US to seize luxury NYC apartment allegedly bought with stolen funds from Congo

The United States wants to confiscate a luxury apartment in Manhattan, allegedly purchased with funds embezzled from the government of the Republic of Congo for the daughter of the country's longtime President, Denis Sassou Nguesso. This was revealed in a court paper made public in New York Monday. According to federal prosecutors, the apartment, situated on the 32nd floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park's southwest corner, was acquired in 2014 for $7.1 million, and it has been linked to "an international conspiracy to launder funds" stolen from the Congo government, Bloomberg reported. US prosecutors have outlined in court papers a complicated network involving banks, individuals, and shell companies allegedly used to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from the African country. The government stated that the apartment has likely remained unoccupied since its acquisition a decade ago According to the forfeiture complaint filed by the US, the two-bedroom, 2... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS LAUNCHES FIVE-BOROUGH MULTIFAITH TOUR, BRINGING TOGETHER MULTIDENOMINATIONAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING THEIR COMMUNITIES

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the city’s first “Five-Borough Multifaith Tour,” a series of conversations with clergy and faith leaders from across New York City to hear directly from them and discuss solutions to the serious issues facing their communities. The tour will begin today with a meeting of approximately 100 faith leaders from across Staten Island and continue with meetings in each borough over the coming weeks. This is the second series of multidenominational meetings convened by the Adams administration and builds on the city’s work to engage with and meet the needs of all faith communities. “No matter the issue, New York City’s faith community is there for New Yorkers in need, working tirelessly to keep people fed, safe, and healthy, both mentally and physically,” said Mayor Adams. “Faith leaders are on the frontlines of countless issues and our administration is committed to supporting them however... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS, NYPD COMMISSIONER CABAN TO PILOT NEW TECHNOLOGY, ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL CLINICIANS TO BE DEPLOYED IN SUBWAYS

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Edward A. Caban today announced efforts being taken to make the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) subway system safer by investing in new technology to detect firearms, as well as invest in more clinicians that will help those suffering from severe mental illness in the nation’s largest subway system. The city is exploring, and will soon begin piloting, emerging technologies designed to detect weapons carried by travelers into the transit system. In accordance with the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, the NYPD also published online its Impact and Use Policy for electromagnetic weapons detection systems, starting a mandatory 90-day waiting period before new technology can be tested and used in New York City. Additionally, Mayor Adams announced that the city will begin hiring clinicians to support the expansion of the Subway Co-Response Outreach Teams (SCOUT),... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Yes to Housing in God’s Backyard

When we came into office, we had a clear mission: protect public safety, rebuild our economy as quickly as possible, and make our city more livable for everyday New Yorkers. The key to livability is affordable housing. It is the bedrock on which New Yorkers can build a family, build a life, or simply continue to live in the city they love. But there is currently not enough affordable housing to meet our city’s needs. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s 2023 Housing and Vacancy Survey showed that our city has a vacancy rate of 1.4 percent, the lowest this measurement has been since 1968. The only way to create more rental availability and lower prices is to build more housing.  To build more affordable housing, we must think creatively and bring every partner to the table. No partner has been more willing to answer the call than... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Giving a Raise for New York City’s Human Services Workers

When I was a child, my family lived on the edge of homelessness. My five siblings and I would go to school with black trash bags full of our clothes in case we were evicted from our apartment. I am mayor of the City of New York today because human services workers were there to support my family when we needed it most. Standing up for these workers as their mayor is not just a professional concern for me; it is personal, too. But it wasn’t just my family. Human services workers were there for all of us during the pandemic. When so many were in isolation, they were endangering their health as they worked with New Yorkers in need. Today, they are helping our neighbors get mental health care, connecting our homeless brothers and sisters with housing, running community centers across the five boroughs, caring for asylum seekers, and... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS DEMANDS WATER BILL DODGERS TO PAY DEBT OR RISK LOSING WATER ACCESS

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala today announced that the city has initiated the next phase of its expanded collection enforcement actions against approximately 2,400 chronically-delinquent water service accounts that owe the city a total of $102 million. As part of the effort, DEP will send out ‘Water Shutoff Notices’ to these customers, informing them that water service to their property could be shut off unless the entire owed amount is paid or they enter into a payment agreement within the next 15 days. This enforcement action is targeted towards commercial properties, including hotels, office buildings, and retail spaces, as well as one-to-three family homes that have not responded to any of DEP’s extensive outreach efforts over the past year. Earlier this year, DEP sent out ‘Water Shutoff Warning’ letters, which resulted in the agency recouping more than... Read more

Guinean Community of America: The IEC sets the date for elections for the renewal of the members of the organization

The Guinean Community of America (GUICA) is actively preparing for the renewal of the members of the organization, whose term is coming to an end.  The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) under the chairmanship of Mory Kouyate held its first meeting on March 6, 2024, in order to decide on a timetable for the holding of these elections. Here are some important dates: The census begins on April 1, 2024, and ends on April 30, 2024. The deadline for the submission of candidacies and the electoral deposit are set for May 2, 2024. The election date is set for June 2, 2024. Debates are scheduled for May 12, 2024, May 19, 2024, and May 26, 2024. In case there is a second round, the date will be two weeks after the announcement of the results on June 16, 2024. The President of the Independent Electoral Commission Mory Kouyate thanked the Guinean... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Building a City of Opportunity

As I often say, we live in a city of 8.3 million people — and 35 million opinions. But one thing all New Yorkers can agree on is that people come to our city to make it.  They come here to work, build lives, and fulfill the American Dream. And the Adams administration is committed to creating the conditions for that dream to flourish. This means doing everything we can to protect public safety, rebuild our economy, and make all five boroughs more livable for all New Yorkers.  As part of our ongoing efforts, we have developed “City of Yes for Economic Opportunity” — a set of 18 zoning changes that will help businesses find space and grow, support entrepreneurs and freelancers, boost growing industries, and make our streetscapes more vibrant. For far too long, outdated regulations have made it difficult for small businesses in our city to flourish. These regulations,... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Building a legal, equitable cannabis industry that works for us all

When we came to office two years ago, we had a clear vision: protect public safety, revitalize the economy, and make this city more livable for hardworking New Yorkers. And building a legal, equitable cannabis industry is part of every part of that vision. Legal cannabis remains the right choice for New York City. This budding, emerging industry offers a once-in-a-generation chance for those disproportionately impacted by the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ to build wealth, especially in our Black and Brown communities. For too long, these communities faced high rates of drug-related incarceration and were denied economic opportunities. But thanks to the equitable, legal cannabis industry, they have a chance to get in on the industry from the ground up. We know, however, that it’s not enough to just support the opening of new legal cannabis shops — we must have Albany grant local authorities the power to close down the illegal operators... Read more

Mohammed Mardah is running again as assemblyman for the 77th assembly district in the Bronx, and The African Journal has endorsed him: Mr. Mardha is speaking openly

             After he lost the race to be the assemblyman for the 77th assembly district in the Bronx, Mohammed Mardah is running again in June 2024 for the same seat. The African Journal is endorsing Mr. Mardha. In the interview we have with him, he explains the reason why he is running and speaks a little bit about his vision for the African community. In a commentary we also explain why we endorse Mr. Mardha. Let's find out. The African Journal: After assemblywoman Latoya Joyner announced in January 2024 her resignation as assemblywoman for the 77th assembly district in the Bronx, you have decided to run as assemblyman in the election for the newly opened 77th Assembly District. This is great news for the African community. Many people know you in the African community in New York in general, and in the Bronx in particular. Please introduce yourself to those... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Making it Easier for Working-Class New Yorkers to File Their Taxes and Put Money Back Into Their Pockets

New York City was built on the backs of working-class New Yorkers; people like my mother, Dorothy Mae Adams, a single mother who worked multiple jobs to support my five siblings and myself. She sacrificed everything for us, and I know that there are thousands of New Yorkers doing the same today in our city for their families. Those are the people we have been fighting for since day one of this administration. We’ve been clear that our mission has been to deliver those working-class New Yorkers a city that protects public safety, revitalizes the economy, and is more livable. We’ve made our city safer, created 270,000 private-sector jobs, set a first-of-its-kind minimum wage for deliveristas, and worked with our brothers and sisters in labor to get them the pay and benefits they deserve. We have broken affordable housing records — financing the most affordable homes in city history and connecting more... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Social Media and Youth Mental Health

New York City has always been a hub for technology and innovation. And while technology has helped create jobs, opportunities, and prosperity, it has also the potential to cause new dangers, especially when it comes to social media and the mental health of our children.  Our administration came into office two years ago with a mission to protect public safety, and protecting our young people’s mental health is very much a part of that agenda. That is why, last week — along with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Health + Hospitals, and the New York City Department of Education — we filed a lawsuit against the companies that own and operate five social media companies in an effort to hold these companies accountable for role they have played in fueling a mental health crisis among our young people. Our most recent data found... Read more

M23: Four things you should know about the rebel group’s campaign in Rwanda-DRC conflict

Fighting between the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national army and the rebel group M23 has displaced thousands of people in the eastern border city of Goma. Formed 10 years ago, the Rwanda-backed Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) soon made its first mark when it briefly occupied Goma, a city of 1 million today. An African-led effort resulted in a ceasefire and M23’s demobilisation – until the resumption of hostilities in 2021. Delphin Ntanyoma sets out the four things you should know about the rebel insurgency, which threatens regional stability. 1. What is the background to M23’s insurgency in eastern DRC? The current force is what’s left of the original M23 Movement formed in April 2012. M23 was an offspring of the National Congress for the Defence of the People, better known by its French acronym CNDP, a rebel group which fought the DRC government between 2006 and 2009. Both groups draw on a claim that the Congolese Tutsi and other ethnic communities... Read more

Community Op-Ed: What We Need From Albany

New York City is all about what is possible. It’s a place where you can start a business, raise a family, and make a difference. Our administration came into office with the aim of keeping that American Dream alive by protecting public safety, rebuilding our economy, and making our city more livable for everyday New Yorkers. I went to our state capital last week with the goal of furthering that vision. We laid out an agenda to advance working-class families by extending mayoral accountability of our public schools for four years, granting the city the authority to shut down illegal smoke shops, and creating more affordable housing. Finally, we outlined the city’s fiscal challenges, including state funding for asylum seekers and increasing New York City’s debt limit. New York City public schools are leading the way in New York state and across the nation because of mayoral accountability. Thanks to mayoral... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT AGAINST SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES FUELING NATIONWIDE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Corporation Counsel Sylvia O. Hinds Radix, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan, NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) President Dr. Michell Katz, and New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks today announced the filing of a lawsuit to hold five social media platforms — TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube — accountable for fueling the nationwide youth mental health crisis. The city is joining hundreds of school districts from across the country in filing litigation seeking to force tech giants to change their behavior and to recover the costs of addressing this public health threat. The city spends more than $100 million on youth mental health programs and services each year. To help address this ongoing crisis and the harm caused by these platforms, Mayor Adams also today released a social media... Read more

AT ANNUAL INTERFAITH BREAKFAST, MAYOR ADAMS, FAITH LEADERS LAUNCH CITYWIDE CLERGY COLLECTIVE TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Eric Adams and a coalition of multifaith leaders from across the city today launched the Citywide Clergy Collective, a group of 272 faith leaders committed to preventing gun violence in New York City, at the administration’s annual interfaith breakfast. Using a $1.5 million grant from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice, Citywide Clergy Collective members will deliver resources, direct services, and community-building programs to all New Yorkers in all five boroughs as they respond to the needs and traumas that gun violence creates. The programs and services will be run by local faith leaders across the city, with assistance from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Office of Neighborhood Safety, Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, and New York City Police Department (NYPD).   “Public safety is the prerequisite to prosperity, and it takes all of us to deliver a safe city,” said Mayor Adams. “That’s why we are bringing together a multidenominational coalition of hundreds... Read more

“They Devour” an African movie that tells Africans ‘stories from Gambia

The   premiere of a new movie “They Devour,” took place on January 21, 2024, at Regal Cinema Theater in Manhattan. They were several moviegoers who converged to Regal Cinema Theater that Sunday evening to delight “They Devour,” a movie that tells a story, an African migrant ‘story. A mother at age 15 decided to leave her lovely African country ( Gambia ) to experience a new life in another country where nobody know here. The story takes place in New York where the mother starts her new life. She meets people in various places by day and by night:  restaurants, stores, streets, etc.  And every place tells its own story that becomes her story. We can see her falling in love for example with a man in a restaurant. Sometimes her relationship with some other people turns to a fight as she squeezed a collar of a young man. [caption... Read more

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: NEW YORK LEADERS CONTINUE TO VOICE OPPOSITION TO CITY COUNCIL BILL THAT COULD MAKE NYC STREETS LESS SAFE

Following today’s veto on City Council bill Intro. 586-A — which could make New York City less safe by forcing New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers to spend more time filling out reports after Level 1 interactions with the public instead of patrolling the street and keeping the public safe — faith leaders, community advocates, business organizations, district attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and everyday New Yorkers voiced their opposition to the bill. Here is what New York leaders are saying: “The city’s employers want to see faster police response and greater availability to deal with criminal and quality of life issues,” said Kathy Wylde, president and CEO, Partnership for New York City. “As written, this legislation does the opposite. It should be amended to eliminate onerous reporting requirements for police encounters on non-criminal matters.” “The City Council’s objective to increase transparency in policing and ensure we never return to the days of mass... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS ANNOUNCES RECORD NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE HOMES CREATED IN 2023, MAKES URGENT CASE FOR ALBANY ACTION AS PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION SLOWS

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that his administration has once again broken records for producing much-needed affordable housing amid a severe housing shortage in the five boroughs. As private construction activity slows following the expiration of a critical affordable housing creation tool, Mayor Adams reiterated an urgent call for state lawmakers in Albany to partner with New York Governor Kathy Hochul and provide the city with critical tools — including a new affordable housing tax incentive, a pathway to make basement and cellar apartments safe and legal, a tax incentive to turn empty office buildings into affordable homes, and the lifting of a cap on density for new construction — to create the new housing New Yorkers need.    “When we came into office two years ago, we had a mission: protect public safety, revitalize the economy, and make this city more livable for hardworking New Yorkers, and making... Read more

Community Op-Ed—Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy by Fighting for Fair Housing

This week, we celebrate the life of one of our greatest American leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is a moment to honor his accomplishments, but it’s also an opportunity to reflect on what he fought for and to carry his legacy forward. We must find new strength to continue his work by breaking down barriers and building true equality — here in New York City, and all across this nation. That means fighting for fair housing and building a city where working people can afford to stay and thrive. This is one of the major issues that Dr. King fought for during his lifetime and it remains urgent in 2024.  Many forget that Dr. King called out discriminatory practices by landlords and realtors who were keeping Black Americans out of certain neighborhoods. He also advocated for the Fair Housing Act to make those discriminatory practices illegal. This landmark legislation was finally passed... Read more

Nigeria: Africa’s biggest oil refinery begins production in Nigeria with the aim of reducing need for imports

Africa's biggest oil refinery has begun production in Nigeria, the company has said, ending a yearslong wait for a plant that analysts said Monday could boost refining capacity in a region heavily reliant on imported petroleum products. The $19 billion facility, which can produce 650,000 barrels per day, has started to produce diesel and aviation fuel, the Dangote Petroleum Refinery company reported Saturday. As Nigeria's first privately owned oil refinery, the project "is a game-changer for our country," it added. Nigeria is one of Africa's top oil producers but imports refined petroleum products for its use. The nation's oil and natural gas sector has struggled for many years, and most of its state-run refineries operate far below capacity because of poor maintenance. The Dangote refinery is "not a silver bullet" for Nigeria's energy crisis, according to Olufola Wusu, an oil and gas expert who was part of a team that... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS RESTORES FUNDING TO KEEP CITY STREETS AND PARKS CLEAN, FIGHT RATS 

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that thanks to measures the city has implemented to responsibly manage the city’s budget and strategically navigate significant fiscal challenges, funding will be restored to maintain 23,000 New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) litter baskets and allow DSNY to continue installing its Litter Basket of the Future — one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2023. Additionally, Mayor Adams announced that funding will be permanently restored for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) and New York City Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Parks Opportunity Program (POP), which gives thousands of low-income New Yorkers six-month paid opportunities and training programs each year. POP workers help maintain and operate New York City parks and facilities, and the training they receive through the program prepares them for full-time NYC Parks job opportunities. The funding restorations build on successful efforts by the Adams... Read more

Community Op-Ed—The Safest Big City in America

Since day one, our administration has been clear about our vision for the five boroughs — creating a city that is safer, more economically viable, and more livable for the 8.3 million hardworking New Yorkers who call the greatest city in the world home. I always say that “public safety is the prerequisite to prosperity.” That’s why, since coming into office 24 months ago, we’ve been dedicated to making sure New Yorkers are safer and feel safer. Two years later, the results are in. Crime has gone down across the city and jobs have gone up. We have recovered all of the nearly 1 million private-sector jobs we lost during the pandemic, and New York remains the economic engine of this nation. When we came into office in January 2022, the city was emerging from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in just one week, an 11-month-old baby... Read more

Community Op-Ed—Keeping Nightlife Safe in New York City

New York City is the city that never sleeps. We are a 24-hour city that is the nightlife capital of the world. And we remain the safest big city in America. When I came into office two years ago, we had a mission: Protect public safety, revitalize the economy, and make this city more livable for hardworking New Yorkers. Our bars, restaurants, music venues, and nightclubs employ workers across the city and are home to every level of our live performance industry. But across the five boroughs, local residents often deal with noise, trash, and crime from nightlife. Complaints can lead to unannounced inspections that shutter nightlife businesses, sometimes permanently. Just because our nightlife establishments throw a great party, residents and businesses should not be stuck with a hangover the next day. We want to protect public safety, while keeping our nightlife businesses open. So, last week, I joined the owners of the... Read more

Ethnic and community media roundtable with New York city mayor Eric Adams who is proud of what he has done so far.

The Mayor of the City of New York Eric Adams has held on December 22, 2023, a year – end ethnic and community media roundtable to discuss topics that related to the community. As 2023 is about to eclipse and 2024’ sun is about to rise soon on the horizon, Mayor Eric Adams has found necessary to have a face-to-face meeting with reporters and journalists from community - based outlets. Immigration crisis, education, budget cut, public safety …, are some topics that were discussed. Since April 2023 New York City has started getting more and more immigrants from all over the world. “We had 150,000, 1.5 the size of Albany. A new city moved into our city,” said Mayor Adams who has been complaining that Biden’s administration and the congress are not doing enough to support New York City. However, according to the mayor “57 percent we were able to... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Pathways to Success for Our Young People

Our city’s future depends on being able to help our young people grow, fulfill their potential, and thrive in an ever-changing economy. These days, it’s rare to think about spending decades at the same job, and education is the key to developing the flexibility and resourcefulness that our youth need to succeed. Helping each child find their way and achieve the career of their dreams has been a goal of our administration since day one.  That is why we expanded our Summer Youth Employment Program and Summer Rising to serve a record number of young people and launched FutureReadyNYC with Google and Northwell Health to provide our youth with apprenticeships and opportunities in in-demand sectors, like tech and health care. And now, we are building on those initiatives with Pathways to an Inclusive Economy: An Action Plan for Young Adult Career Success. This is a more than $600 million, forward-thinking roadmap that will position 250,000 young people to... Read more

ELIGIBILITY EXPANSION TO HELP MORE NEW YORKERS ELIGIBLE FOR FAIR FARES TRANSIT DISCOUNT

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, and New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Molly Wasow Park today announced a substantial investment and an expansion of eligibility to the Fair Fares transit discount to help make the program more accessible to more New Yorkers. The Fair Fares program gives eligible New Yorkers with low incomes a 50 percent discount on buses and trains.    “New York City has recovered all of the nearly 1 million jobs lost during the pandemic, and public transit is a key component of building on that momentum and ensuring that our recovery continues to be inclusive for working families,” said Mayor Adams. “The $20 million we are investing — in partnership with the City Council — coupled with the program expansion will ensure even more New Yorkers can keep more money in their pockets while making the Fair Fares program — and our city’s... Read more

Community Op-Ed: NYCHA Residents Make History

Access to safe and affordable housing is one of the keys to prosperity. I understand that just as much as anyone else. As a child, I grew up on the edge of homelessness. There were days when I had to take a trash bag full of clothes to school because we didn’t know where we would sleep the next night. No child should have to feel the angst or worry my siblings and I felt when we were younger. You cannot plan for the future if you are worried about the present, and that’s why our administration has acted urgently to tackle the housing crisis across our city, especially for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents. One in 17 New Yorkers live in NYCHA, our city’s public housing system. It is a critical piece of our city’s infrastructure, and we cannot solve our housing shortage without also fixing the... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Staying Safe for the Holidays

The upcoming holiday season is a festive time of year. It’s getting colder, so we try to stay warm, we invite friends and family over, cook more, light candles, maybe burn a fire in the fireplace or use space heaters, buy Christmas trees and string them up with lights, and fill our homes with other decorations. That is why the winter season is also unfortunately known as the fire season, and more than one-third of all home fires occur between December, January, and February. Early during our administration, in January 2022, 17 people were killed and many more were injured in a tragic fire at the Twin Parks apartment building in the Bronx. The fire was caused by a defective space heater and self-closing doors that didn’t work properly. That loss and devastation remains with us, which is why we are asking all New Yorkers to work together and take... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Saying “Yes” to New Zoning, New Businesses, and New Opportunities

Last month, New York City hit an economic milestone, with more total jobs than ever before in our city’s history. Our administration is proud of the work we have done to ensure our economy has made a full recovery — and we are determined to keep working to create jobs and opportunity for all New Yorkers. Our “City of Yes for Economic Opportunity” proposal is one of the many ways we are aiming to create new pathways to prosperity. We are seeing transformative changes in how we live and work, and our city’s rules and regulations must adapt to these new realities — especially when it comes to antiquated zoning laws from decades ago. Rules that made sense in the days of the rotary telephone are getting in the way of doing business in the age of the smartphone. We recently kicked off the public review process for this ambitious... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Helping New Yorkers live longer

When we came into office, we promised that we would ensure that our prosperity would be felt across the five boroughs. And the health of our people is key to that prosperity. But despite coming out of a once-in-a-century pandemic, life expectancy in this city has not fully recovered. Between 2019 and 2020, overall life expectancy in New York City fell to 78 years. So, it is time we gave New Yorkers some extra life. That is why we recently launched HealthyNYC, our ambitious plan to extend and improve the lifespan of all New Yorkers to 83 years by 2030. HealthyNYC sets clear goals to reduce the greatest drivers of premature death, including chronic and diet-related diseases, overdose, suicide, maternal mortality, violence, and COVID-19. Pill boxes, injections, and doctor's appointments should not define the lives of New Yorkers — we can and we must invest in helping all New Yorkers... Read more

The Mayor Eric Adams press conference addressed subjects related to his phones ‘ seizure by the FBI, the war in Israel, the education…

The Mayor of New York Eric Adams has held on November 11, 2023, a press conference to speak about  “ many things” he and his team are facing right now in the city. The war between Israel and Hamas, the suspension of Amtrak train, the education, and the FBI agents ‘ raid on the home of the New York City mayor’s chief fundraiser , 25 -  year – old Brianna Suggs as well, are subjects that were discussed. “ Something that’s really impacted me now is what’s happening on our streets every day. The incident that played out in Israel has really impacted this city. This is an international city and things that happen across the globe, they play out in the City of New York, even during the war in Ukraine,” said mayor Eric Adams as he talked about Israel war against Hamas. “ Since October 7th terrorist attacks,... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS LEADS JEWISH, MUSLIM, AND CHRISTIAN FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS IN DISCUSSION TO TACKLE HATE ACROSS FIVE BOROUGHS

New York City Mayor Eric Adams yesterday convened a meeting with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith and community leaders in the wake of a recent spike in hate crimes across both the Jewish and Muslim communities since October 7, 2023 — when Hamas launched a terrorist attack on Israeli civilians. In the five weeks since the attacks, tensions have risen across NewYork City and the rest of the globe, unfortunately leading to a rise in hate crimes in certain communities. Mayor Adams brought these leaders together yesterday to discuss how to fight hate within the five boroughs and how New Yorkers can work together to create a safer, more accepting New York. “There is no place for hate in our city and we need all of our houses of worship to come together in this moment and talk about how we bring light into the darkness that we are all... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS, DOT COMMISSIONER RODRIGUEZ, LYFT ANNOUNCE EXPANSION, IMPROVEMENTS TO CITI BIKE SYSTEM AS RIDERSHIP REACHES RECORD HIGHS

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, and Lyft today unveiled plans to expand and improve the Citi Bike system to meet ridership demand and growth and to promote cycling and micromobility. By the end of next year, Citi Bike will double its electric bike fleet and pilot at least two electrified charging/docking stations, with plans to electrify 20 percent of stations in the coming years. Citi Bike will also introduce new price caps to its e-bike pricing model, and has already added 2,800 classic bikes and replaced 2,200 existing bikes as a part of its Phase 3 expansion.  Since its launch 10 years ago, Citi Bike has become a ubiquitous part of the fabric of New York City, and now is the largest bike share program in the nation and the fastest-growing transportation network in the city’s history with 200 million... Read more

BurkinaBe In Action Inc., “ My passion is to bring community together,” said Chairwoman Alizeta Diallo

BurkinaBe In Action, Inc. in partnership with Association des Burkinabe de New Jersey,   has brought together in October 29,2023 in New Jersey community groups and panelists from different agencies such as immigration, and labor department. The event called “cultural bridges: navigating legal /immigration services together ,” was an opportunity to discuss issues related to immigration, jobs, and family with several attorneys. [caption id="attachment_7696" align="alignleft" width="300"] Alizeta Diallo chairwoman of BurkinaBe In Action[/caption] “My passion is to be able to bring people together and to offer programs to community,” said Alizeta Diallo the founder and the chairwoman of “BurkinaBe In Action, Inc.” a nonprofit organization. Six attorneys were available to talk about themes such as family  and humanitarian immigration, child and delinquency cases, labor and unions. The audience has a chance to ask questions, and to discuss in private with attorneys. Dean Dafis the Maplewood mayor has welcomed the event and... Read more

Community Op-Ed: New Yorkers are Spreading the Love. Here’s how you can get involved

We all love New York City. And this year, New Yorkers have been showing their love by lending a helping hand as part of our Spread Love campaign. Since March, nearly 30,000 New Yorkers have given more than 235,000 hours of their time to help out our neighbors in need. Thanks in no small part to the sacrifices of volunteers, our city is back better than ever. Jobs are at an all-time high and crime is down. We overcame the darkest days of the pandemic because of the selfless work of everyday volunteers. But so many of our neighbors — especially young people, families, and older adults — still need our help. Imagine what would happen if every New Yorker committed just one hour a week to an act of service. The result would be transformative.  There are so many opportunities to get involved. It can be as simple as... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Investing in clean, green public space for all New Yorkers

 So much of New York City’s history was about changing the natural environment – cutting it down, clearing it out, paving it over. But going forward, we know that the future is about working with nature, building a greener, cleaner, safer city for all. From parks and playgrounds to streets, sidewalks, bike lanes and even beaches, our Administration is committed to investing in the quality and cleanliness of our public spaces all across the five boroughs. This past week, we announced two major initiatives that will transform what it feels like be outside in New York City: A historic expansion of our greenway network, and an ambitious citywide trash containerization effort that will revolutionize the way we keep our streets clean. For far too long, New Yorkers in the outer boroughs have not had the same level of access to bike lanes and greenways that people in Manhattan have, and... Read more

New York : Second Annual Consulate Cup, Nigeria Versus Mexico ( 6 – 1)

New York City Football Clubs has hosted on Sunday October 15, 2023, at Sunset Park in Brooklyn the second annual consulate cup. Eighteen ( 18) teams from  New York City’s diplomatic community  have come together for the kickoff. Yeah! 18 teams competed during a one-day tournament. Each team consists of 5 players with a minimum of  1 female and a maximum of 4 males on the field. And each team has played 5 games as each game lasted 12 minutes. Each team has come with a conviction and determination to win. However, it will be one winner. [caption id="attachment_7666" align="alignleft" width="300"] Paul Jeffries Executive Director New York City Football Clubs[/caption] After many games Nigeria, Peru, Mexico,  Switzerland, El Salvador, and Turkey eliminated  their adversaries and found themselves in quarterfinal. Switzerland beat Turkey after shootouts and Nigeria won 6 – 1 against El Salvador. In Semifinal Mexico beat Peru and Nigeria... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS, GOVERNOR HOCHUL, CHAN ZUCKERBURG INITIATIVE ANNOUNCE NEARLY $300 MILLION FOR NEW BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH HUB IN NEW YORK CITY

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, and the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative (CZI) today announced plans for the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub New York (CZ Biohub NY), a new biomedical research hub in New York City that will leverage a nearly $300 million public-private investment to drive collaboration between leading research institutions and solve significant scientific challenges. CZ Biohub NY will bring together experts from Columbia University, The Rockefeller University, and Yale University to focus on early disease prevention, detection, and treatment — particularly for ovarian and pancreatic cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as aging and autoimmunity — and further propel New York City’s thriving life sciences sector as a major job creator and economic engine in New York City.  The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will invest $250 million into the new hub. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Empire State Development (ESD) will... Read more

Passage of “Green Rides”: TLC will accept new license applications for electric vehicles (EVs).

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Commissioner David Do today celebrated the passage of the “Green Rides” rule, requiring the city’s rideshare fleet to be either zero-emission or wheelchair accessible by 2030, following a unanimous vote by the TLC. Announced in January 2023 as part of Mayor Adams’ “Working People’s Agenda,” the Green Rides program makes New York City the first U.S. city to commit to transitioning all for-hire vehicle rides to be either zero-emission or wheelchair accessible — without imposing any new costs on drivers. To help make this transition possible, beginning tomorrow morning, the TLC will accept new license applications for electric vehicles (EVs).  “With the passage of this historic rule and the immediate release of electric vehicle licenses, we are delivering on a promise made to New Yorkers earlier this year and hitting the road towards a more... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Keeping Our Communities Safe From Fentanyl

Public safety is our administration’s top priority, and keeping New Yorkers safe from the growing threat of fentanyl is a core part of that mission. All of us have heard about the danger fentanyl poses to our children and our communities. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is approximately 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It is inexpensive, widely available, highly addictive, and extremely dangerous. Drug traffickers are increasingly mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs to drive addiction and create repeat business. Over 3,000 people fatally overdosed in New York City in 2022, with fentanyl detected in 81 percent of drug overdose deaths. The tragic death of Nicholas Dominici, the toddler who died after being exposed to fentanyl at a daycare center, was a shocking and heartbreaking reminder that we must take immediate action to get this crisis under control. Last week, we... Read more

4th annual African Heritage Month of the African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc. : Promoting African community and honor our people is the leitmotif

The 4th annual African Heritage Month of the African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc. was held on September 30th, 2023, in Harlem. The African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc. has been organized African Heritage Month for four consecutive years. Once again, the African community has come together to celebrate unity and fraternity. “ We can succeed when we remove ethnicity, religion, regionalism and see each other as just a brother or a sister,” said one recipient. According to Mory Kouyate chairman of the African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc.  the particularity of the 4th annual African Heritage Month of the African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc. was that it was focused on promoting African textiles. Indeed, the 72 hours of African textiles was an opportunity for craftsmen  who came from Guinee, and  Burkina Faso, West Africa to exhibit handmade clothes, shoes, handbags,... Read more

Community Op-Ed: The Future of Housing in NYC

Our administration recently proposed the most ambitious pro-housing zoning changes in the history of New York City — changes that would rewrite the wrongs of the past and clear the way toward building the kinds of housing New York City so desperately needs. The 1961 Zoning Resolution drastically changed the way our city would build housing and office space for over six decades, restricting the kinds of housing that could be built in certain neighborhoods, and effectively deciding who was allowed to live where. We can never lose sight of the fact that many of those who pushed for the 1961 Zoning Code aimed to promote racial segregation. In addition to that injustice, the 1961 code prioritized highways and cars over housing and mass transit, and limited growth rather than encouraging it. These restrictive and increasingly complicated zoning rules are ultimately what got us to where we are today: a... Read more

NYC Health + Hospital’s Roundtable on lifestyle: “We help people learning how to put healthy food in their plate”

NYC Health + Hospitals and  Office of Ethnic and Community Media held on September 29, 2023, a roundtable to discuss a new  health program called lifestyle medicine program. Dr. Michelle McMacken and Dr. Itha Harewood have explained what the program is about and answered several questions related to the program. “Our program is designed to support and make lifestyle choices including exercises, healthy eating, healthy sleep, coping with stress,” Dr. Michelle McMacken executive director of nutrition and lifestyle medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals said. “ We help people learning how to put healthy food in their plate like fruits and vegetables, bean, etc.” The program was launched a month ago and will help prevent medical conditions like pre – diabetic, type 2 diabetic, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart diseases that impact the communities.  According to Dr. Itha, the program that was started in the Bronx will be launched... Read more

New York : Bassolma Bazié  face à la diaspora Burkinabè des USA après son discours au siège de l’ONU

Une délégation gouvernementale conduite par le ministre d’Etat et de la fonction publique, Bassolma Bazié, a rencontré la diaspora Burkinabè des Etats – Unis d’Amérique pour échanger  sur les sujets brûlants de l’heure. La délégation qui a pris part à la 78 e session ordinaire de l’Assemblée générale des Nations – Unies a profité donc de l’occasion pour discuter à bâtons rompus avec la communauté burkinabè des Etats – Unis d’Amérique qui est venue non seulement pour écouter la délégation gouvernementale mais aussi présenter leurs préoccupations. Noraogo Jean – Baptiste Gagré  le chargé  d’affaires de l’ambassade du Burkina Faso à  Washington DC, a  été le premier à  prendre la parole pour souhaiter la bienvenue à la délégation. A la communauté il leur dira tout simplement de passer des bons moments avec la délégation. Viendra le tour de Madame Olivia Ragnaghnewendé    Rouamba ministre des Affaires étrangères , de la coopération régionale... Read more

The African Immigrants’ Commission of New York and Connecticut ‘s 4th Annual African Heritage Month Parade and Festival is coming soon 

The African Immigrants’ Commission of New York and Connecticut incorporated is organizing its 4th Annual African Heritage Month Parade and Festival 2023, which is starting on September 28,2023.  Who: The African Immigrants’ Commission of New York and Connecticut incorporated, a community-based organization (CBO) that advocates for issues important to our community.  What: 4th Annual African Heritage Month Parade and Festival 2023. African Heritage Month Parade is an annual free cultural event that recognizes the amazing contributions of our Community leaders, Business leaders, and community-based journalists. Moreover, we promote the arts and culture of the African immigrant community in New York and Connecticut and encourage unity among all people of different races, creeds, and ethnicities. When: First day, September 28th 2023- press conference. Time: 5pm-6pm                      Second day, September 29th,2023- A street fair (a display of African textiles outside on                         tables, merchandise, Food, Music, fashion show, art). Time:10 am to 6:00 pm                      Third... Read more

African Heritage Month at Gracie Mansion: African community wanted to stand and build together with the Mayor.

The New York City’s Mayor African Heritage Month took place on September 14,2023 at the Gracie Mansion. African communities from all over New York city have massively attended the event, which has been  dedicated to them for several years. An  event that celebrates, commemorates, and showcases African community. “This is our moment to reunite Africa and we must know each other,” said Mayor Eric Adams who knows well Africa .  “I went  all over the continent:  Ghana,  South Africa,  Senegal, Morocco, etc. and I know the power of Africa,” he added. The trip to Africa for the Mayor is a historic one as a black Mayor of a powerful state like New York. “ We came here as a slave and I go back to Africa as a Mayor of the powerful state of New York,” The Mayor pointed out.    The protocol  wanted the Mayor to avoid the crowd... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Slamming the Brakes on Car Theft

Not only is New York the greatest city in the world, it is the safest big city in America. Since day one of this administration, public safety has been our priority. And for the last 20 months, we have delivered on our promise to drive down crime. Our precision policing model is working. Our streets, neighborhoods, and subways are safer. In almost every major category, crime is down.  Shootings have declined 26 % for the year, homicides are down nearly 10%, and transit crime is down over 4% for the year. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the NYPD. Every day, they are making our city safer—and New Yorkers can feel the results. They feel safer. But we can always do more and one category we are zeroing in on is Grand Larceny Auto, or as many New Yorkers know... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS, GOVERNOR HOCHUL, MTA LAUNCH “SUBWAY SURFING KILLS – RIDE INSIDE, STAY ALIVE” PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGN

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today unveiled “Subway Surfing Kills – Ride Inside, Stay Alive” — a new comprehensive, multi-channel public information campaign in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). The new campaign centers around, is designed for, and was created by New York City teenagers — putting the youth voice front and center in a peer-to-peer effort to deter this dangerous behavior among young people.  “Each subway surfing death takes tragically strips young New Yorkers of promising futures said Mayor Adams. “We cannot endure another tragedy on our trains. That’s why we are partnering with the MTA on an innovative campaign to raise awareness, and we have recruited true social media experts to help lead... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Outdoor dining is here to stay in New York City

This past week we made it official: outdoor dining is here to stay. New Yorkers were hungry for an outdoor dining program that was cleaner, safer, and healthier. And by signing a new bill to bring al fresco dining to all five boroughs, we’ve delivered for them. Our new outdoor dining program, “Dining Out NYC,” will be the largest outdoor dining program in the nation and will shape New York City’s streets going forward. It’s going to help our small businesses thrive, get visitors and residents alike to spend money in our neighborhoods, and support good jobs for working-class New Yorkers. Before the pandemic, outdoor dining was largely limited to Manhattan — and only allowed on the sidewalks. On top of that, the city charged thousands of dollars in fees to restaurant owners, many of them small business owners. When the pandemic started, outdoor dining was temporarily expanded to every borough in the... Read more

  Grand “Dasandaga” is coming in the Bronx

The 5th edition of Grand “Dasandaga” will be held on August 26, 2023, at Claremont Park in the Bronx. Initiated by the “Association des Femmes Battantes” or “Association of Fighter Women” in French, the Grand “Dasandaga” or Big Street Fair is an annual event that has been organized for 5 years and has always brought together several people from all over New York. The event will be held this year in the Bronx at Clearmont Park. According to the organizers hundreds of people are expected to attend the historic event. Here are some activities : sale exhibition, exposition, recreational activities, business promotion, quizzes. It is not too late to register. Just contact the organizers for more information.   Read more

MAYOR ADAMS ANNOUNCES NEW YORK CITY HAS CARED FOR MORE THAN 100,000 ASYLUM SEEKERS SINCE LAST SPRING

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the city has provided shelter and care for more than 101,200 asylum seekers that have arrived in the five boroughs since April 2022. “With more than 101,200 asylum seekers arriving in New York City and asking for shelter, our city has now provided shelter and care for more migrants since last year than there are people in Albany,” said Mayor Adams. “Our team of thousands of dedicated public servants are working around the clock in the absence of sufficient state and federal support and have pulled off miracles. They have stretched this city’s compassion and capacity beyond imagination, and it is thanks to their efforts that no asylum-seeking families with children have slept on our streets. But, quite honestly, while our compassion is limitless, our resources are not, and we’re out of miracles. We’re grateful for the help we’ve received to this... Read more

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the city has provided shelter and care for more than 101,200 asylum seekers that have arrived in the five boroughs since April 2022

“With more than 101,200 asylum seekers arriving in New York City and asking for shelter, our city has now provided shelter and care for more migrants since last year than there are people in Albany,” said Mayor Adams. “Our team of thousands of dedicated public servants are working around the clock in the absence of sufficient state and federal support and have pulled off miracles. They have stretched this city’s compassion and capacity beyond imagination, and it is thanks to their efforts that no asylum-seeking families with children have slept on our streets. But, quite honestly, while our compassion is limitless, our resources are not, and we’re out of miracles. We’re grateful for the help we’ve received to this point from our partners in Albany and Washington, DC, but the fact remains that we need more. We need our federal and state partners to ensure that their efforts match the magnitude... Read more

9th anniversary of September 18th HWPL world peace summit in Seoul, the HWPL New York branch has held a pre – event

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light ( HWPL) will hold on September 18, 2023, the World Peace Summit in Seoul, South Korea. In prelude to that summit, the HWPL New York branch has held on August 13, 2023, a pre – commemoration event in New York to take a look at the progress made within the past decade to promote harmony among religions, spread a culture of peace and create a world free from war and conflict. [caption id="attachment_7512" align="alignleft" width="300"] chairman of HWPL Lee Man – hee[/caption] Amanda Dixon, the administrative manager of HWPL New York branch has given a presentation that summed up some initiatives that were carried out by HWPL in its effort to build a sustainable peace. And that includes: “ HWPL peace education that fosters peace values among futures generations is being conducted in 90 countries; and the International Peace Youth Group ( IPYG),... Read more

Big Concert in New York with TANYA  from Burkina Faso and DIDI B from Ivory Coast  

The nonprofit organization Bethel Hamliri Inc. is organizing on September 16, 2023, a big concert in New York in Manhattan. Hundreds of people are expected to attend that great event. Two famous singers from Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast will perform from 7:00 Pm to 11:00 Pm at this address: 120 West 14th Street. This is by Union Square. TANYA  from Burkina Faso and DIDI B from Ivory Coast  are two international singers who have traveled over the world not only to perform for thousands of people around the world but also to promote African culture through music. They have decided now to land in New York to share with you guys the best dance and music from Africa you never seen in your life. They said they are ready for you and want to see you there. Tickets are $80.00 in advance at Ticketmaster  and $100.00 at the door.... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS, GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE RELEASE “A BLUEPRINT FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY”

Blueprint Outlines More Than $485 Million in Investments to Create Safer, More Resilient Communities Prioritizes Investments and Resources for Six Precincts That Experienced Highest Rates of Gun Violence in 2022 Recommendations Product of Months of Engagement With More than 1,500 Community Residents Across City   NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams, First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright, and the New York City Gun Violence Prevention Task Force today released “A Blueprint for Community Safety,” outlining a forward-thinking roadmap with upstream solutions to address gun violence throughout the five boroughs. The report builds upon all the work the Adams administration has undertaken over the last 18 months to reduce gun violence by double digits and culminates months of engagement with communities most impacted by gun violence, including young people, whose feedback was critical in shaping the strategies and recommendations that will ensure the city continues to build on the public... Read more

SUMMER STREETS BEGINS THIS WEEKEND, KICKING OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ALL FIVE BOROUGHS

New Yorkers Will Enjoy 20 Miles of Car-Free Streets and Programming Over Five Saturdays This Summer, starting with Queens and Staten Island this Saturday, August 29  Builds on Mayor Adams’ Expansion of Summer Streets Into East Harlem Last Year and Ongoing Efforts to Equitably Provide Vibrant Public Spaces Across New York  NEW YORK –New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today announced the beginning of Summer Streets, with the biggest expansion in the program’s 15-year history. The popular program, which opens select streets for people to play, walk, and bike, will expand to all five boroughs for the first time and will now extend to 125th Street in Manhattan. The expanded Summer Streets will span five Saturdays between July and August and is now doubled in size to feature 20 miles of car-free streets. Free performances and other activities will be available at stops along each route. The... Read more

Bink International Charity put a smile in the face of 80 children

Bink International Charity has held on July 15,2023  in the Bronx  its second annual children’s play  and learn  day.  Our goal and mission are to create a space for kids to play, learn, connect and bond with one another. Children enjoyed many  games:  They  got to play different relay race games including the sack relay race, the 4-legged relay race, the sponge relay race, the dart board and the tug of war game. They  competed  in groups and individually. The purpose of these games was to teach children how to collaborate and work together as a team to complete a specific task. For instance, during the 4-legged relay race between two groups of four, one group chose to move their right legs all together at the same time first and then the left legs and so forth; and the second group decided to crawl. This task fostered discussion among teammates... Read more

Community Op Ed: Keeping Our Communities Safe: One Young Person at a Time

The old saying, ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is truer than ever today.  There are many problems that we face now, which—if we deal with them at the source—can be handled effectively and with less suffering.  Gun violence among our young people is one of them. Our administration’s historic $89 million investment in New York City’s Crisis Management System as well as landmark investments in our Summer Youth Employment Program and Summer Rising will give our young people a sense of purpose and keep them engaged and safe.  Our Crisis Management System is based on a widely recognized public health approach to addressing violent conflict and aims to change New Yorkers’ attitudes towards using violence in tense situations.  Taken together, our Crisis Management System and the summer programs will provide our young people with the opportunities and skills they need to build a better future and help prevent gun violence before it arises. These... Read more

Community Op Ed: Risky Business Kills. We Can Stop It.

Last week, our city witnessed two tragedies that could have been prevented: A deadly fire at an e-bike shop and a subway surfing attempt that resulted in the death of a 14-year-old boy and serious injury for another young person. Our hearts go out to the families of those who were lost or injured in these tragedies. This pain is real, because each of us know – that could have been me. That could have been my child. We must turn that pain into purpose and do all we can to keep our city safe – and that means taking action to reduce the risks of these accidents. Last week, we announced a massive new education and enforcement campaign that will reach out to E-bike shops and riders all over the city. While most of the micro-mobility devices in our city are safe, there are some that do not meet safety standards... Read more

Africa Day was  celebrated at the City Hall, NYC

The council chambers have organized on May 30, 2023, at City Hall the Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union. Several people from Brooklyn, the Bronx,  and Manhattan have come together to celebrate the foundation of the African Union, which is commemorated its 60th anniversary.   [caption id="attachment_7367" align="alignleft" width="300"] Adrienne E. Adams[/caption] “ The foundation of the African Union was a break from the colonization,” the New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams said.  She reminded everyone that Africa is the cradle of civilization. “ We have to honor our motherland who gave birth to women and men,” she added. Africa Day is going beyond a simple celebration of an anniversary. It is also about African Culture. “ We are part of keeping our culture alive,” said Althea Stevens the New York City council member, district 16 Bronx that has the largest west... Read more

HWPL New York Branch Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Times Square

International Peace Group  Commemorates the  Declaration of World Peace and Peace Walk. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the New York branch of HWPL has  celebrated its 10th anniversary with a program followed by a peace walk in Times Square. HWPL is an international peace non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the Department of Global Communications. Under the theme, “New Decade, Making Institutional Peace Take Root,” its May 28th event in New York City commemorated the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace before the World Peace Gate in Seoul, South Korea, on May 25, 2013. Attendees initially gathered at the historic Knickerbocker Hotel to listen to commemorative speeches from speakers such as HWPL Chairman Lee man-hee, live performances and remarks from high-profile community and religious leaders. The peace walk that concluded the festivities began near West 42nd Street and Broadway and ended in... Read more

Africa Day celebrated by and in The Africa Center

The Africa Center has organized on May 27, 2023, in Harlem Africa Day to commemorate the foundation of the African Union, which was known as Organization of African Unity created on May 25, 1963. “Africa Day reminds us of  the resilience of Africa and Africa people and symbolizes progress and peace for Africa people,” Uzodinma Iweala the CEO of The Africa Center said. [caption id="attachment_7356" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fatima Mohammed[/caption] For Her Excellency Fatima Mohammed permanent observer of the African Union to the United Nations, “Africa Day reminds us of our share responsibility to shape Africa. " And she added:  “ Our strength relies on our unity”  that will help Africa to confront and overcome obstacles such as poverty and climate change. “ Together we can overcome obstacles,” she said. The Manhattan deputy borough president Keisha Sutton – James whose  ancestors came from Africa said that African diaspora in New York... Read more

Ramadan: The Bronx Borough president Vanessa L. Gibson has celebrated Iftar diner with Muslim community

The Bronx Borough president Vanessa L. Gibson has hosted on April 13, 2023, in Bronx borough hall her first annual Iftar Ramadan diner that brought together Bronx Muslim community in all its diversity. “ It is great to come together to celebrate Iftar Ramadan diner and we are so proud to work for each other,” Vanessa L. Gibson said. Her words were echoed by David  Hamed Coulibaly, director of community services, office of Bronx Borough president Vanessa L. Gibson,  who said that “ we are here not only to break the bread but to also  celebrate diversity.” The Bronx borough hall was indeed full of Muslim Americans in the Bronx, and they came from different community groups. And the Bronx Borough president said: “ I am proud to stand with Muslim community.” Dr. Hammud Al Silwi has explained what the Ramadan is about it. “ Fasting is to treat others... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Supercharging Safety for E-bikes

Electronic transportation devices are everywhere in New York City now – and from daily commuting to food delivery, they are revolutionizing how we get around. E-bikes and e-scooters are a convenient and low-cost alternative to cars. They help reduce congestion on our streets and make our city cleaner and greener. Tens of thousands of our delivery workers rely on them for their livelihoods, and we all rely on them when we have goods delivered. E-bikes are here to stay, and our city wants to make sure they are safe and reliable for all - both on the street and when they are being stored and recharged. While most of the e-bikes and e-scooters in our city are safe, there are some that do not meet safety standards and contain uncertified lithium-ion batteries. These faulty devices are causing fires and explosions, putting New Yorkers and our first responders in danger. Last week, the City Council and... Read more

Community Op-Ed: On track to a safer New York City subway

I started my career as a transit police officer, so I know firsthand that subway safety is public safety. Our transit system is the key to getting to work, to school, visiting family and friends, and experiencing all that New York City has to offer. It makes life in our city possible. And everyone who uses this essential resource — regardless of their ethnicity, age, or gender — has the right to feel safe doing it. One year ago, Governor Kathy Hochul and I announced a Subway Safety plan, where we promised to devote more resources to helping those experiencing homelessness and facing mental health crisis get the shelter and the care they need. We announced our plan to disburse more homeless outreach teams in our subways and train NYPD officers to enforce the system’s rules of conduct in a fair and transparent way, addressing the fare evasion and disorder... Read more

Sidiki Donzo is the new elected Chairman of the African Advisory Council

The African Advisory Council (AAC ) has organized on March 9, 2023, an election to vote a new chairman and other members of the organization. Several people came out to cast their ballots and choose new people who will conduct AAC. Only three positions were about to fill out: Chairman/ woman, Vice chairman/ woman and Community liaison officer. There were three candidates who were running to be chairman/woman, two candidates to be community liaison officer and one candidate to be vice chairman/woman. After the counting of the votes Sidiki Donzo who competed against two women, was elected as the new African Advisory Council chairman. He takes over Mohammed Mardha who was the chairman since December 2018. “I did not win we all win,” Sidiki Donzo the new chairman said. “I cannot make it without you, I need you.” He also said he will follow Mr. Mardha’s footsteps. The first thing... Read more

Tour de Bronx 2022:  1300 cyclists hit the streets of the Bronx

The Bronx Borough president Vanessa L. Gibson has kicked off on October 23, 2022, the Tour de Bronx in front of Bronx Borough Hall. There were hundreds of cyclists coming from all over New York and who hit the streets for 28th annual Tour de Bronx this Sunday October 23, 2022. [caption id="attachment_7036" align="alignright" width="300"] Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson[/caption] Tour de Bronx was temporally suspended due to covid – 19 pandemic and many cyclists were very excited that the Tour de Bronx is coming back. “I am very excited,” said the Bronx Borough president Vanessa L. Gibson who has encouraged everyone to be part of that. According to Ms. Gibson “several participants who represented the Bronx and elected officials were among   the 1300 cyclists who hit the streets of the Bronx.” The cyclists have covered a distance of 25 miles that ended up at the Botanical Gardens. The... Read more

African Diaspora Civic Engagement Awareness Day: Coming Together and Celebrating our city

Government agencies and African community organizations have come together on June 9,2022 at the Bronx Borough Hall in the Bronx to celebrate African diaspora civic engagement awareness day. The event that  was sponsored by New York City commission on  human rights, New York City Health and Hospitals, Test and Trace, New York City civic engagement commission, African Communities Together, and the Bronx Borough President, was focused this year on civic engagement and civil rights. “This is about coming together and celebrate our city,” Christelle N. Onwu lead advisor for African communities,  New York City commission on  human rights, said. For Ms. Onwu, civic engagement is about being involved in city boards, reaching out to community groups, paying attention to what is going in the city and the community… Saba Haile Hazel, chief  of staff, New York City commission on  human rights has explained the role the commission on human rights... Read more

New York. Discussion on war, crisis, and terrorism in West  Africa, the example of Burkina Faso : “The situation is going to get worse until Burkinabe get a leader like Sankara, a speaker said

The socialist worker party in New  York has organized on April 30, 2022 a “discussion”   that was focused on “ War and crisis in West Africa today”, and presented by two speakers who  “draw  the lessons of the 1983 – 1987 Burkina Faso revolution led by Thomas Sankara.” Lassane Ouédraogo a lecturer from University of Ouagadougou and Peter Thierjung from the Socialist worker party were the two speakers who have discussed the topic in a room full with members of the party. For Mr. Ouédraogo, the hope that came with the advent of the democracy in 1990 in most of west African countries,  has been trapped with the returning of military in power in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso and a coup  that failed in Guinea Bissau. “ In Burkina Faso 76 % of the population supported the coup,” said Mr. Ouédraogo who also mentioned that in the other countries... Read more

West African man accused in nationwide scheme to steal fancy cars, including two in Pittsburgh

A West African man living in Maryland stole multiple identities and used fake money orders to buy or lease 10 expensive cars, or try to, from dealers in Pittsburgh, Omaha, Neb., Savannah, Ga., and other cities, the Pittsburgh FBI said. Serge Ahmed Zeba, 30, of Alexandria, Va., was charged in a federal complaint Friday with aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. Agent Glen Galeone of the Pittsburgh FBI office said in an affidavit that Mr. Zeba applied for credit using stolen IDs and then bought or leased high-end cars in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio, Maryland and elsewhere. After he obtained credit, he paid for the purchases with fraudulent money orders, the agent said. Mr. Zeba's scheme victimized two Pittsburgh dealerships, Rohrich Lexus on West Liberty Avenue and P&W BMW on Baum Boulevard. The affidavit starts with an incident on Aug. 16, 2021, when a man initiated an online inquiry with... Read more

The Black’s Pain

Kristin Richardson Jordan is a 35 -year – old political newcomer District 9 councilwoman who defeated longtime City Council member Bill Perkins. She was unknown by the public. She got mainstream media attention when she sent condolences to  family members of two police officers who were gun down by Lashawn McNeil, and she also sent condolences to McNeil’s family. In this essay she sent us, she describes how painful it is to be a black. And  she  explains why there are guns and gangs’ violence in New York streets and proposes a remedy.  Dear New Yorkers, Just over a week ago Harlem has  experienced a tragic loss. Three families have been decimated and three mother’s lost their son.  This sadness and loss are profound for each of these (respective) family members.  Our hearts are full of love and aligned with sympathy as this is a tragedy that challenges our humanity... Read more

                                    The Black Pain  Kristin Richardson Jordan is a 35 -year – old political newcomer District 9 councilwoman who defeated longtime City Council member Bill Perkins. She was unknown by the public. She got mainstream media attention when she sent condolences to  family members of two police officers who were gun down by Lashawn McNeil, and she also sent condolences to McNeil’s family. In this essay she sent us, she describes how painful it is to be a black. And  she  explains why there are guns and gangs’ violence in New York streets and proposes a remedy.  Dear New Yorkers, Just over a week ago Harlem has  experienced a tragic loss. Three families have been decimated and three mother’s lost their son.  This sadness and loss are profound for each of these (respective)... Read more

African President Was Ousted Just Weeks After Refusing to Pay Russian Paramilitaries

Coup leader tried, and failed, to persuade the Burkina Faso president to sanction the introduction of Russian mercenaries before kicking him out of office. One of the Burkina Faso president’s final acts in office was refusing to sanction the use of Russian paramilitaries on his soil. The leader of this week’s successful military coup against him was the very man who tried to pressure him into accepting help from Moscow, sources in the former president’s camp told The Daily Beast. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, a lieutenant colonel, was promoted last month to oversee security in the capital city of Ouagadougou. On two occasions he sought to persuade President Roch Kabore to engage Russia’s black ops outfit the Wagner Group, according to two officials who were part of the president's communications team. Damiba was appointed as commander of Burkina Faso's third military region in December, a unit responsible for security in the capital and in... Read more

Burkina Faso coup: How President Kabore’s ouster unfolded

Here's a look at the events in Burkina Faso, where the military announced Monday that it had seized power. Incidents in demonstrations On Saturday, January 22, 2022, incidents broke out in Ouagadougou and other cities in Burkina Faso between the forces of order and demonstrators who once again defied a ban on gathering to protest against the powerlessness of the authorities in the face of the jihadist violence that has ravaged the country since 2015.   Sometimes mixed with inter-communal clashes, jihadist violence has killed more than 2,000 people in the past six years and forced 1.5 million to flee their homes. Gunfire in barracks On Sunday, January 23, shots rang out in several barracks in the country: in the Sangoulé Lamizana camp, west of Ouagadougou, in the Baba Sy military camp, south of the capital, at the airbase near the airport, as well as in the barracks of Kaya... Read more

Bronx Fire tragedy: “I find this difficult to believe it is the will of God,” said the Bronx district attorney as the 17 victims lay in peace

A public funeral service  for the victims of the  Bronx fire tragedy  was held on January 16, 2022 at  the Islamic cultural center in the Bronx. Thousands of people across the city have come together to mourn and  say adieu to the 17 people who died when the deadly fire broke out in the Twin Parks North West Tower building in the Bronx. Elected officials, religious and community leaders, citizens from different backgrounds were there to pay tribute to those 17 men, women and children who died. “This a test for us, Allah decided, we have to agree, “ said Imam Musa Kaba. 15 coffins were brought and displayed in front of the elected officials. “ I know it is uncomfortable, but we did it by purpose so that what has happened never happens again,” said Sheikh  Musa Drammeh the funeral master of ceremony. The  Lieutenant governor of the State... Read more

  The Bronx Fire Tragedy : Eric Adams the  New York City mayor revealed during a media roundtable  that $ 2,000 000 was raised so far  

The New York Mayor Eric Adams has hold on January 14, 2022 an ethnic media roundtable to discuss the fire tragedy   that killed 17 people all originally come  from Gambia, West Africa. The mayor along with his team  has discussed the matter with journalists from different media. The African Journal was invited. 17 people have  died in the blaze that broke up on January 9, 2022 in the Twin Park North West building, in the Bronx. Among the victims were 8 children. “ How to prevent this to not happen again is our goal.” The mayor said.   After visiting a mosque in the Bronx, he has praised some  grass root organizations as he said they “did an  amazing job.” He has revealed  that  $ 2, 000 000 was raised when The African Journal asked the mayor to give a number regarding the money that was raised so far.  According... Read more

New York City African Immigrant Community: 60 community leaders came together with many topics in the menu

New York City African Immigrant Community has hold on January 9, 2022 a zoom Town Hall to review  what the community has done during the past year and to embrace the new year. Initiated by Abdoulaye Cisse and Ajifanta Marenah, the Town Hall that brought together 60 African community leaders, was indeed an opportunity for the community to focus on topics such as public  health , civic engagement and  politics, women’s rights and domestic violence, immigration, economic empowerment. Although some panelists were able to discuss their topic, some other were not as the tragic event, the blaze that killed 17 Africans in the Bronx, quickly became the main topic. David Coulibaly an employee at  Test and Trace Corps,  has the chance to talk about the covid – 19 and the importance to get testing and vaccinated. Dr. Jamila Sly from Mount Sinai Hospital has focused her discussion on breast cancer... Read more

Insurrection prompts year of change for US Capitol Police

A year after thousands of violent pro-Trump rioters overwhelmed police officers at the U.S. Capitol — severely injuring dozens in the process — the force dedicated to protecting the premier symbol of American democracy has transformed. The leaders who were in charge of the U.S. Capitol Police on Jan. 6 were ousted following criticism for intelligence and other failures that left the legislative branch vulnerable to the stunning attack. And more broadly, the agency that was once little-known outside of Washington now has an elevated profile, leading to a roughly 15% increase in funding and a greater awareness of its role in the patchwork of groups that protect the region. With the nation’s political divide running deep and an unprecedented number of threats against lawmakers, there is still concern about the readiness of the Capitol Police to thwart another attack. But experts say the shock of the insurrection has prompted needed changes, including better... Read more

When African Journal Wishes Happy New Year To Its Detractors And …

Thanks to Almighty God who has given us grace and who will allow us to see a new day to  mark the end of a year marked by successes for some and failures for others and unfortunately crowned by a thorny halo that is the Covid 19 pandemic caused by a tiny microbe that reminds us of the limits of human beings and of the greatness of God. The other pandemic if it is necessary to name it thus, it is the barbarity of the human being, this terrorism which has become hell on earth for the innocent people who lose their lives daily under the murderous bullets and machetes of their torturers. There is no more respite in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger where the terrorists who were fabricated  by the Western countries and who were driven by them from their continents to take up residence in Africa, give... Read more

Five new Omicron cases detected in New York, Hochul and de Blasio urge calm and cooperation

Five new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been detected among New York State residents, including four in New York City, Governor Kathy Hochul announced late Thursday, Dec. 2. The new cases came after the new strain showed up in a Minnesota resident who recently traveled to the Big Apple contracted the virus of the new strain. “We still don’t have specific information on how the vaccines are holding up or the boosters are holding up to this variant, but it is real, we said it’d be coming here shortly,” said Hochul at a joint briefing with Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall. “In terms of the information we received, literally there are five cases identified today in the state of New York.” Two cases were found in Queens, one in Brooklyn and another in one of the Five Boroughs. One case on Long Island’s Suffolk County... Read more

“The  Peace and Unity rally in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall  is  to let New Yorkers know that the same way we worked hard to elect Eric Adams is the same way we have to support him,”  Eunice Ukwuani the President of New York Political Coalition

 The  New York Political Coalition In partnership with  the Gorgeous Mosaic Coalition has organized on November 23, 2021  a rally in Brooklyn that aimed to take the New York City back from violent criminals, young gang members and their political enablers. The pro-Eric Adams’s public safety rally under the leadership of Eunice Ukwuani, President of New York Political Coalition (NYPC) took place on Tuesday, November  23, 2021 from 1-2pm at the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall by Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn. Eric Adams supporters and New Yorkers for Public Safety came out in the cold to show their support.  The Gorgeous Mosaic Coalition is for Mayor Eric Adams for the next eight years to reclaim our city for good.  "I thank my fellow New York warriors and leaders from different communities of the Gorgeous Mosaic Coalition for coming out today in a freezing cold weather to join me in support... Read more

Testing for All: NYC Test & Trace Corps Announces Doubling of Mobile Fleet and Deployment of Mobile Testing to Over 1,400 Locations

The NYC Test & Trace Corps announced today that its mobile testing fleet will be doubling the number of mobile units over the course of the next month and that its mobile testing teams have deployed to over 1,400 locations, including over 1,000 unique locations. These mobile testing sites have provided New Yorkers access to fast, flexible, no-cost COVID-19 testing when and where it’s needed most. Mobile testing deployments, guided by partnerships with community organizations, have provided more than 800,000 tests over 18,000 testing days, ensuring nearly two thirds of those deployments were dedicated to neighborhoods most severely impacted by COVID-19. “Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, our mobile testing teams have provided New Yorkers with reliable, adaptable, no-cost testing able to reach communities at thousands of locations wherever access, community need and the conditions of the pandemic necessitated,” said Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at New York City... Read more

Gun violence in New York City : African teens widely involved, the community looks for solutions

The involvement of African teenagers  in the surge of  gun violence in New York City   has become a dire situation and a real concern and has prompted several African leaders to hold on November 17, 2021, a zoom community conversation to tackle the issue at its root. “ A lot of teens  gun violence in New York City  whether they are victims or perpetrators, they are African teenagers,” said Mona Davids  founder  of  Social Impact Strategies and  who works actively with New York City School Safety Coalition  and African families  as President of New York Charter Parents Association and the New York City Parents Union. She said the epicenter of guns violence in New York is Harlem and the Bronx.  They are many examples where African teenagers  are involved in gun violence. From a teenager who shot and killed his own mother in the Bronx,  to another who fatally shot... Read more

NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus Organization Application Form

On June 14, Mayor De Blasio announced the NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus—New York City’s latest initiative to encourage New Yorkers to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The City is making up to $4,000,000 of direct payments available to civic, faith, tenant and other associations for referring their community members to receive the vaccine. The City is seeking civic groups to perform outreach to encourage New Yorkers to get vaccinated. Approved organizations will receive $100 for every individual they refer that receives their first vaccine dose at a City-run vaccination site. Organizations will be able to earn up to $20,000 (i.e. 200 referrals). Once an organization is approved for participation in the program, individuals making appointments or walking up to City-run vaccine sites will be able to select their referring organization. The individual must receive their first dose in order for the organization to receive credit. No personal information for... Read more

DIAFASUD: A  Non-for-Profit Organization that will  bring in Africa more money, knowledge and professional experiences to boost African’s  economy

 The Founder President  of a new non-for-profit organization called  Diaspora for African Sustainable Development (DIAFASUD)  has held on October 23, 2021  in Ouagadougou , Burkina Faso a press conference  as a kick off of the organization’s  activities. He was surrounded by all  the staff including the general coordinator and country representative of DIAFASUD in Burkina Faso. “It is about to introduce the organization to the public,” said Issifou Ouédraogo Founder  President of DIAFASUD, which was created in  2017 in New York ( USA) and legally recognized in Burkina Faso in February 2021. For Mr. Ouédraogo “ DIAFASUD is a panafrican organization that gives an opportunity to African diaspora to endow in several sustainable development programs in Africa, such as  education, health, environment , social and economic development.” The press conference was also about to inform the public about the “72 hours” of the diaspora, which will be held on August... Read more

Who won the first NYC mayoral debate between Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa?

That was the general takeaway from three independent analysts, who said that Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams notched a win during the general election’s first televised mayoral debate Wednesday as he stayed on script for the hour-long forum and largely ignored attacks from his Republican opponent, Curtis Sliwa. The three independent analysts were chosen by New York Post Before that debate "Team Eric Adam" has organized a rally in the city as a mean of victory. [video width="848" height="480" mp4="https://theafricanjournalonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ericvid.mp4"][/video] Adams’s decision to brush aside Sliwa’s pointed one-liners — honed through years of practice as a radio talk-show host — deprived the conservative activist of any chance at reshaping the Nov. 2 contest, in which Democrats already enjoy massive voter registration and fundraising advantages. “Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 7-to-1 margin and regardless of how well Sliwa does in debates, New York City grades on a curve and he’ll never... Read more

Interview : Shana Harmongoff candidate  for  Senate District 30 is talking about her vison for the district 

Shana Harmongoff is a native  New Yorker who is running as an independent democrat candidate  for  Senate District 30. She has explained in that interview what she will do if she get elected.  African Journal (AJ): You are running for Harlem State senator race . Can you describe yourself in a few words? Shana Harmongoff ( SH):  I’m Shana Harmongoff a native New Yorker. I graduated from South Carolina State University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. I graduated from the Appalachian School of Law where I received my Juris Master and Juris Doctorate. I’m a mom and a community servant who loves giving back to the community.    AJ : Are you running as a Democrat or as a Republican?   SH : I’m a democrat who is  running on the Independent line “Hope 4 NY”    AJ :  Why do you want to be... Read more

African heritage month parade and festival: The African Immigrants’ Commission of New York, and Connecticut honored 70 people

The African Immigrants’ Commission of New York, and Connecticut has organized on September 25, 2021 its annual “African heritage month parade and festival.” The event took place at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Building in Harlem where several people joined the organization to celebrate “the cultural event that recognizes the amazing contributions of our community leaders, business leaders, and community – based journalists.” The Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer  who was present at the event agreed with the organizers as she said :” African community ‘ s contributions are a lot for the city.” “We will build on African heritage month parade and festival,” said  Mory Kouyate the president of The African Immigrants’ Commission of New York, and Connecticut. “ We hope to hold it in Harlem next year.” Some community leaders, business leaders and journalists were honored as they received citation from the organization. “ 70 people were... Read more

The Nonprofit organization Bethel Hamliri is organizing “African Health Summit”

The Nonprofit organization Bethel Hamliri is organizing “African Health Summit” on September 25 and 26, 20021 in the Bronx. Discussions will be focused on “diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and interdependence between traditional and modern medicine.” This event will also be an opportunity for everyone  to  get some network connections and participate in forum. A gala will be held at the night on September 25, 2021 in the Bronx. BBQ, and street fairs will be held on September 26,2021. It is now time to register by clicking the link on the flyer. Read more

African Heritage Month celebration in New York: Achievement of African leaders honored  

Africans in New York have celebrated on September 9, 2021, at African Center,  “African Heritage Month,” which is designed to honor the Africans' contributions in diverse ways in New York. Organized in collaboration with the African Heritage Month celebration committee, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, New York City Health and Hospitals, the Mayor’s office of faith and community partnerships, NYC department of cultural affairs, the Africa Center, DSI International, and African Communities Together, the event brought together some African leaders, some political leaders, and some African organizations. Manhattan Brough president Gale Brewer thanked African Community in Manhattan and gave a certificate to a hair braider to honor  the hardworking of all those African women who every single day occupy the streets of Manhattan singing that lovely mantra: “Hair braiding Miss.” The chair of the New York... Read more

New York: Two African brothers were shot, one died, and one other severely wounded, and a rally to ask for justice

A rally was held on July 19, 2021 in the Bronx to protest against gun violence and ask for justice for two brothers who  were respectively shot on July 4 and 9, 2021 in the Bronx by a gun man who is still on the loose. Mamadou A. Bah 22, was fatally shot at 172 Street Boston Road in the Bronx and his young brother  Aloussenou Bah 20, was shot twice and severely wounded outside the familly’s residence at 1382 Crotona Avenue in the Bronx. The whole family is now  afraid and has to hide to protect herself. The rally has brought together elected officials, family members, and  community leaders who protested in front of  Bronx Borough Hall building  against gun violence and demanded justice for two brothers who were shot. “We still don’t know who the killer is and why he/ she specifically targeted the same family,” said Mamadou... Read more

“The city, the mayor, the governor, and the teacher’s union only pay attention when you take them to court,” said Mona Davids Founder and President  the New York Charter Parents Association and the New York City Parents Union

Founder and President of both the New York Charter Parents Association and the New York City Parents Union, Mona Davids is one of The African Journal’s (Theafricanjournalonline.com) honorees as we thank her for supporting the news outlet by all means. South African-born and Brooklyn-raised, Mona Davids 47, is also the owner of Social Impact Strategies, which is a communications and political consulting firm based in New York. Dr. Steve Perry, who is the Founder and Head of Schools, Capital Preparatory Schools said this about her: “Mona Davids is an activist who gets it done. Her ability to communicate a message and bring people together separate her from most. Mona Davids was essential in the establishment of our charter school in Harlem and the residual impact of her work helped us to get another charter school approved in the Bronx.” As an activist and education advocate for over a decade, Mona... Read more

NYCHA, Affordable Housing Groups, And Private Developers Forge $271M Deal To Upgrade Public Housing Throughout Manhattan

NYCHA has revealed plans to significantly renovate and repair its aging portfolio of affordable housing properties in a deal valued at $271 million. Referred to as PACT, or Permanent Affordability Commitment Together, the consortium of public and private entities has committed to renovations on 16 individual buildings including 1,718 apartments throughout Manhattan. “Moving forward with PACT transactions is a central part of our strategy to help ensure all NYCHA residents have quality housing and permanent rights and affordability,” said NYCHA chair and CEO Greg Russ. “This closing will generate significant capital to address the infrastructure needs of these developments and serve to improve the quality of life for our residents in a meaningful way.” The development team includes Monadnock Development, Community Preservation Corporation, Community Development Trust, Kalel Holdings, Lemor Development Group, and Community League of the Heights. For all PACT transactions, the New York City Housing Development Corporation will oversee loan financing funded... Read more

World AIDS Day 2020 : The African Immigrants’ Commission of NY& CT Inc joined other Non – Profit Organizations in the fight against the AIDS pandemic

The African Immigrants' Commission of NY& CT, Inc in partnership with  African Advocates Against AIDS and the Alliance for positive Change kicked off  on Sunday, November 22nd,20220  in Harlem, World AIDS Day 2020 with Mobile HIV and HEPATITIS C testing. “Everyone who got tested was provided with a $20 gift card from Amazon,” said Mory Kouyate chairman of African Immigrants' Commission of NY& CT, Inc .He added that “it was not a day to celebrate but to educate and create awareness about prevention and to discuss resources available to those that are living with AIDS.” The Kickoff of World AIDS day 2020 with a mobile free testing of HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis B.World AIDS Day "designated on 1st  December every year since 1988,is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government, health... Read more

Guineans Succeeding in America hosts fifth annual networking conference virtually

New York City — Guineans Succeeding in America (GSA), a nonprofit organization that empowers the Guinean-American community through education and professional development, will be holding its fifth annual GSA conference on Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year, the conference is taking place virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Every year, the conference brings together students, distinguished professionals and government officials so they can network, empower and inspire one another. This year’s theme, “Embracing Change in the Face of COVID-19,” is centered around giving students and professionals advice on how to navigate college, job hunting and the workplace environment in a pandemic. We will have keynote speakers as well as three breakout sessions on personal branding, mentorship and professional development and college environment and enrollment. Students and young professionals will hear from students as well as professionals from a variety of backgrounds. “This year,... Read more

Be Clean Campaign is to sensitize underserved Black communities to sanitation and hygiene

“Be Clean Campaign” organizers  have  cleaned up on October 24,2020 Joyce Kilmer Park located  on 161st street and  Grand Concourse in the Bronx. “The goal of the “Be Clean Campaign” is to sensitize underserved Black communities to sanitation and hygiene and the importance of not only asserting our agency by utilizing the tools and resources at our disposal to keep our neighborhood clean but also demonstrate by example that we are not powerless,” said Nikki one of the organizers. The “Be Clean Campaign” is not only about cleaning up our physical environment but also cleansing our mental state, elevating our consciousness,” she added. The organizers have targeted five cities including one city in Africa. Here is the list of the five: Bronx in New York, York in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C, Shreveport in Louisiana, and Sierra Leone in Africa.  According to Nikki, the choice of those five cities is based on... Read more

Presidential elections: early voting has begun

Early voting has started this October 24,2020  as Americans have to choose between Republican president Donald Trump and former Democrat  vice – President Joseph Biden to be their president for the next four years to come. New Yorkers in the Bronx have voted at the family court one of early  voting places in the city and   where a long line has formed, and people have come across the borough to cast their vote. This election is a must - win matter for both Democrats and Republicans as more challenges are ahead of us. It is also a must - win for each of us as our well- being depends on that. Do not be a simple contemplator. Just go and cast your vote if you are eligible to vote. “Your vote is your voice and we want to ensure all eligible New Yorkers are heard in this election,” the Mayor's... Read more

New York: Two hours in the “Kingdom” of homeless people

Homelessness  is an undeniable issue in New York City. Although the city provides homeless people  with shelters, there are those who end up on the streets. 125th street and Lexington avenue in Harlem is one of few places in the city homeless people live in a different world. It was exactly 6: 30 am in October 10, 2020, when I got off  the train  at 125th  street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem.  Martin Luther King Boulevard was almost empty although  earlier few bus  and car drivers were crossing the neighborhood from west to east and vice versa. Street and  traffic lights at that time illuminated or enlightened the almost dark streets. Harlem was about to wake up. However, some of its inhabitants have  already woken up: homeless people. I spent two hours in their “kingdom.” “A breezy nice day,” said a bystander who was busy on phone talk. I took... Read more

Big L: When a film is telling the story of one of a legend rappers in  America

A film to honor the legacy of  “ Big L”  one of the biggest  legend rappers in  America history has been shot in Harlem. The cast  has gathered on August 15,2020  in Harlem to launch the big project. “This is a story of Harlem, this is a story of Hip – Hop culture,” said Kevin Townley the director of the film and who flew from Georgia to New York to shoot the film. [caption id="attachment_5323" align="alignleft" width="1707"] Meloni, actor[/caption] According to Mr. Townley more than 50 people are involved in that project and Harlem, Bronx, and Brooklyn will be the three main places where all the scenes and actions will be recorded. “ ‘Big L’ has been a  such of  inspiration. I heard from his friends and colleagues that he was a legend,” said Paula J. Price who is playing Melonie, Big L’s girlfriend. “ I want everybody to know... Read more

Rashad McCrorey the American who fell in love with Ghana

Born and raised in New York ( Harlem), Rashad McCrorey never thought that one day he will leave the great  New York with all the billboards, television anchors, actors, business owners, etc. and end up in Ghana in West Africa  not only to visit that part of Africa but also to stay there forever, thanks to “ Africa Cross – Culture,” a tour company he owns. Yeah!  Mr. Rashad has fell in love with Ghana: “I  appreciate the sense of community in Africa. America and Western civilization are so individualistic. I love the sense of community and family in  Ghana and in many of the other African countries I have visited,” he said.   The journey of Mr. Rashad almost started with the outbreak of  COVID – 19. He has been in Ghana since Feb. 27 due to a tour trip he has organized. Ghana  President Nana Akufo-Addo  has closed... Read more

Oliver Brewster an expert in family law gives more details on child support

Oliver Brewster is a  lawyer at Brewster Law. He was invited  on July 29, 2020 by "The African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT" to talk about child support  during a workshop. He has decided throughout that interview  to give more details on the subject.   What is child support? Child support is money paid by a parent to pay for a child’s needs until that child turns 21 or is emancipated prior to turning 21.  Child support covers general expenses as well as child care, health care, and other expenses.  The parent may be ordered to pay for the child’s health insurance if it is affordable.  Who gets child support? The parent or person who lives with the child more than half of the time can get child support from the other parent. If the child lives with each parent equally, there could still be a child support order. How do I get child support? A parent or custodian may... Read more

Census 2020: Census takers will knock at your door if  you have not yet completed the census

U.S. Census Bureau enumerators, commonly known as “census takers,” started going door-to-door to the homes of New Yorkers who have not yet completed the census. While census takers are well trained to help all residents complete the census, New Yorkers can avoid a knock at their door by simply going to my2020census.gov and filling out the census in just a few minutes. The census can also be completed over the phone at 1-844-330-2020. Additional phone numbers for direct service available in 13 languages are included below. We need all New Yorkers to fill out the census now before the new September 30th deadline. Also included below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about this door-knocking period, also known as Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU). You can also find a video guide from the U.S. Census Bureau about the Non-Response Follow Up period in different languages here. Additional 2020 Census language guides and videos are available... Read more

Child support: What do you need to know about it?

The African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT has organized  on July 29, 2020 a zoom’s workshop on child support/ paternity. “Child support is a payment one parent makes to another parent,” said  Oliver Brewster  lawyer at Brewster Law. If you are a parent who is paying a child support, it is good to know that you will do so until the kid is 21  years  old. However, and according to Mr. Oliver, if the child is emancipated before he or she gets 21 years old, child support payment can be dropped. For instance, a child who get married before 21 years old is emancipated. For Mr. Oliver, the family court is the jurisdiction that deals with child support. It is the family court that can decide how much a parent needs to pay to another by taking  consideration of both parents’ income. The family court can also intervene in... Read more

Covid – 19: Large Events Are Canceled Through September 30

Under the Mayor’s Executive Order, large events requiring a city events permit will be canceled through September 30 as the City works to prioritize open spaces for public use. The City will not issue a permit for any event in a location that interferes with the Open Streets or Open Restaurants programs. Permits will also be denied for all events larger than one block, stage/video events that require amplification, street fairs, and events in parks that may unreasonably diminish public use. The City will refund or defer fees paid in connection with a denied permit. Events that do not conflict with Open Streets or Open Restaurant areas and are for locations, one city block or smaller, can still apply for a permit. Demonstrations, religious events, and press conferences will be exempt from the Mayor’s Executive Order and may receive permits. Keeping New Yorkers Cool and Safe This Summer The first... Read more

 NYC Schools Families: $420 per child in money for groceries guarantee

New York State’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a new benefit that gives $420 per child in money for groceries to all NYC public school families. No sign-up is required. All families of NYC public school children, regardless of immigration status, income, or employment, will receive this money. If you already have an EBT card or a Medicaid card, the money will automatically be added to your card.  If you do not have an EBT card, you will receive one in the mail. If you are concerned that the State of New York may not have your correct address, please call 833-452-0096    Families of non-public school students should contact the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at otda.ny.gov to learn if they are eligible.           Read more

All Votes Must Be Counted’s movement has protested again in front of the Board of Elections building in the Bronx  

Members of “All Votes Must Be Counted,” a new movement created after New York City Board of Elections removed  from its list three candidates from Assembly districts 79th and 87th  in the Bronx, took the street on July 14,2020 for the second time in front of the Board of Elections building in the Bronx to ask for justice. Ahmadou Diallo, Joselin Mejia, and Mohammed Mujumder  were respectively Democratic  male and female leader candidates in the Assembly district  79th in the Bronx, and Democratic male district leader in the Assembly district  87th  in the Bronx . Their names were removed from the New City Board of   Elections list during the primary elections held on June 23, 2020 after a court decision. . As their names were removed from the Board of elections list, the same names remained on the different ballots. So, people went to vote for them. “Nobody told us our names... Read more

Ahmadou Diallo and others: Protesters took the streets, demanding NYC Board of Elections to count their Votes

Peaceful protesters took the street on July 8, 2020 in the Bronx to demand New York City Board of Elections to count their votes after three  Democratic candidates in the Assembly  district 79th  and 87th   names were removed from the Board of Elections lists during the primary elections held on June 23, 2020.   Ahmadou Diallo, Joselin Mejia, and Mohammed Mujumder  who were respectively Democratic  male and female leader candidates in the Assembly district  79th in the Bronx, and Democratic male district leader in the Assembly district  87th  in the Bronx, along with others were peacefully protesting against what they called “ an unfortunate bias relating to the candidates Ahmadou Diallo, Joselin Mejia and Mohammed Mujumder.” The New York State Board of Elections has removed Ahmadou Diallo, Joselin Mejia, and  Mohammed Mujumder  names from the Board of Elections lists in March 2020 as a cover sheet was missing in their... Read more

Burkinabè’s  woman accuses her white’s  husband of human trafficking

Ms. A. B has declared before the American jurisdictions that she was sold as an animal by her uncle and by the village chief to a white American citizen and who, according to her, forcibly married her. At  a press conference on June 18, 2020 in Columbia County in New York State, A. B has explained how things have unfold.  Indeed, it all started in 2001.  According to A.B, a White man  landed in a village in Est – Center of Burkina Faso where A. B lived with her family. The white man  contacted A.B's uncle and the village chief, A.B's father having passed away. And this, after a call from A.B’s cousin  who lives in Germany. According to A.B, the cousin  is the friend of the white man  and he is  who has ordered  A.B's marriage to the white man. At the time A.B was 18 – years -... Read more

Ahmadou Diallo Versus New York State Board of Elections: Something Is Fishy

The primary elections held on June 23, 2020 in New York has triggered a controversy within African community in the Bronx as some candidates who have campaigned did not have  their name on the New York State Board of Elections list. Ahmadou Diallo was candidate as Democratic  male leader for district 79 in the Bronx although his name was missing on the list. Several people were confused and angered that Mr. Ahmadou who campaigned, raised funds  and made flyers that bore his name had not his name on  New York State Board of Elections list . They allegedly said that was a scam. “ I gave him $100,” said a man who was furious about the situation. We have reached out to Mr. Ahmadou to solve the puzzle. “My name was on the paper ballot 54 & 51 and tell the complainant to contact us to request for the contribution... Read more

The African Journal ( Theafricanjournalonline.com) sheds light on  its role as a community newspaper

 On April 11, 2018 “The African Journal” was born. Its online version is Theafricanjournalonline.com. It is a bilingual ( English and French) news outlet. We have a mission to accomplish: “ The freedom to tell our stories, the African diaspora  and African -Americans’ stories, to educate our people in America, and in the rest of the world as a community newspaper, and  to support in Africa our ‘young’ democracies.” Our primary goal is to cover any event related to African diaspora and minority groups. The news outlet has a story. The idea of running a community newspaper etched in my mind when I was still a student at a journalism school in New York city. I was also an intern as a journalist in one of the mainstream newspapers in New York. As an intern, I have  had the opportunity to cover many events in the city. I was surprised... Read more

African Diaspora for Good Governance calls for Justice for George Floyd and Other People of Color Killed by the Police

African Diaspora for Good Governance condemns the Spate of Police Brutality in the United States and Calls for Justice for George Floyd and Other People of Color Killed by the Police in America and Around the World. Read more here: [googlepdf url="https://theafricanjournalonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ADGG-PRESS-RELEASE-1-2.pdf"] Read more

Student’s Life: Emamsy Mbossa, from Congo to the honor roll of the prestigious Columbia University

This year The African Journal joins many African students to celebrate together their success. We start with Emamsy Mbossa from Congo. The incredible journey of Emamsy Mbossa, who’s life in New York started in 2016 as a pizza delivery guy from Papa John’s and Dominos. Having left the Congo in 2012 for Morocco thanks to a scholarship, Emamsy Mbossa brilliantly obtained his bachelor’s in international law, before going to the United States in 2016 to pursue his dreams. His first “tour” of Columbia was non-traditional:  In 2016, he took a job delivering pizzas for Papa John's on the Upper West Side.  His first delivery was to a Columbia student studying at 116th and Amsterdam. it was his dream to be a Columbia student, too. Although he was nervous to apply, he eventually did—to Columbia university in the Master program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.  Encouraged by his mentor who once... Read more

Coronavirus in Africa: 152,500 cases; 4,344 deaths; 64,047 recoveries

There are now more than over 150,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when. As of May 13, every African country had recorded an infection, the last being Lesotho. We shall keep updating this list largely sourced from the John Hopkins University tallies, Africa CDC and from official government data.   Major African stats: June 2 at 7:00 GMT: Confirmed cases = 152,500 Number of deaths = 4,344 Recoveries = 64,047 Active cases = 84,109 Countries in alphabetical order Algeria – 9,513 Angola – 86 Benin – 243 Botswana – 38 Burkina Faso – 847 Burundi – 63 Cameroon – 6,397 Cape Verde – 458... Read more

African Community supports Ydanis Rodriguez as candidate for Congress Member

A  Council member who has been championing for several years for the minority groups is running now to be a Congress member as African community stands for him.   Ydanis Rodriguez who represents the 10th Council District for 11 years, has had a zoom conference on May 31, 2020 with African leaders in the Bronx to talk about his program as candidate for a congress member, and ask for their support.    The meeting was moderated by Mohammed Mardah  the Chairman of  African Advisory Council ( AAC) who said that Mr. Ydanis has been advocating for mamy many years for all community groups. “As a teacher, as an organizer, as a council member, as an immigrant, I have been there with African community,” Mr. Ydanis said. Ambroise Ngande and Boureima Niambele as well as many other leaders said it is a good sign to have that conversation and to be... Read more

George Floyd : Thousands protesters clashed with police in Harlem and many were arrested

Protesters took the streets this morning in Harlem and across New York City to demand justice for George Floyd. A group called Harlem’s Solidarity for George Floyd has initiated a peaceful march and thousands gathered at 125 Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard defying social distance restrictions as protesters clashed with the police and many were arrested. “Justice for George Floyd, Black lives matter, we can’t breathe, no justice no peace, NYPD police suck my d…” protesters chanted. Protesters  led by three leaders blocked for awhile 125 street and 7th avenue before they  walked down to 111 street. They took 111 street down to FDR Drive, but they came across with several police officers  at Madison avenue where police officers with bicycles and motorcycles blocked both the avenue and the street. Protesters stopped to think about what to do. They were those who said to find another way and... Read more

Africa Day in New York: ” Covid – 19 is our common enemy.”

 Africa Diaspora in New York has celebrated on May 25, 2020  “Africa Day” amid coronavirus under the African Union ( AU) theme: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”  “Africa Day” is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 1963.  It has been celebrated for several years in New York and in many other countries. Due to covid – 19 the celebration was this year virtual. “African Union invites and encourages the full participation of Africa Diaspora as an important part to our continent…” said His Excellency, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations. “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development,” was the theme for this year. “ This theme underscores the fact that today conflicts still remains one of the biggest challenges for the... Read more

Africa Day NYC

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2020 Contact: Mona Davids 646-872-7149, mona@socialimpactstrategies.us Bourema (Naby) Niambele 347-928-1394, nymalians@gmail.com AFRICANS IN NEW YORK CITY UNITE TO COMMEMORATE AFRICA DAY WITH VIRTUAL CELEBRATION WHO:    The New York City African Community, Diplomats, and Elected Officials WHAT:    Virtual Celebration of Africa Day NYC WHY:      Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 1963. The purpose of Africa Day NYC is to celebrate African unity, the diversity of Africa, our cultures, and the potential of our people on the continent and throughout the diaspora. WHEN:    May 25, 5PM - 8PM WHERE:     Streamed live on the Africa Day NYC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AfricaDayNYC ### WWW.AFRICADAY.NYC  Read more by clicking here: Africa Day NYC   Read more

 City College Professor Gives Coronavirus Aid In Africa

 “It’s the community that makes us who we are. With no community we are nothing,” Boukary Sawadogo said. That’s why he has worked to educate and help the African community in New York and people in his native Burkina Faso during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Sawadogo, a professor at The City College of New York, teaches African cinema, film history and theory. The forty-two-year-old came to the United States for graduate studies in 2006 and has maintained close ties with fellow African immigrants. When the scope of the pandemic became clear, he had to postpone the book tour for his recently-published West African Screen Media: Comedy TV Series and Transnationalization from  Michigan State University Press. The world was locked down. [caption id="attachment_2160" align="alignleft" width="1800"] Boukary Sawadogo[/caption] He looked around and wondered how he could help. He reached out and put on a mask and gloves, bought food and made a delivery to the Association... Read more

AFRICANS IN NEW YORK CITY UNITE TO COMMEMORATE AFRICA DAY WITH VIRTUAL CELEBRATION

WHO:    The New York City African Community, Diplomats, and Elected Officials WHAT:    Virtual Celebration of Africa Day NYC WHY:      Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 1963. The purpose of Africa Day NYC is to celebrate African unity, the diversity of Africa, our cultures, and the potential of our people on the continent and throughout the diaspora. WHEN:    May 25, 5PM - 8PM WHERE:     Streamed live on the Africa Day NYC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AfricaDayNYC ### WWW.AFRICADAY.NYC Contact: Mona Davids 646-872-7149, mona@socialimpactstrategies.us Bourema (Naby) Niambele 347-928-1394, nymalians@gmail.com   Read more

Sign up for  free online English classes for immigrants 

In response to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ We Speak NYC program, a free English language learning program that provides civic-focused instruction through videos centered on topics relevant to immigrant New Yorkers, will be offering online conversation classes. Participants can register to be a part of an online community and have an opportunity to safely meet people, learn about NYC resources that are still available in light of COVID- 19, and practice their English conversation skills. We Speak NYC 2nd Cycle of Online Classes Start Today! Register Here to sign up for a class, get reminders, and educational materials, or click here to check out different class times and drop in! Classes are led by trained facilitators and encourage learner participation - safe space to practice and make mistakes. Classes are intended for intermediate English language learners.      Read more

Guineans Succeeding in America ( GSA) has launched its Mentorship Program

 Guineans Succeeding in America ( GSA) has officially launched its “EachOne LiftOne,” Mentorship Program on May 17, 2020 through webinar as several people including a guest speaker have attended the event and given testimonies about the importance of the mentorship. “We believe that mentorship is essential to educational and professional development,” said Bernadette Sylla who is overseeing GSA’s mentorship program. The program exists since 2017. The launching event,  which was moderated by Asuma Jalloh President of  Guineans Succeeding in America ( GSA)  is according to Ms. Sylla, to share what they have been doing and to say that they  are opened to the city. “This is a mentorship that connects junior and senior students,” she said. “Professionals will mentor, guide, and help students to attain their professional and personal goal.” How the program works? The answer is simple: “ It is about  to create sustainable mentors and mentees’ relationship in... Read more

Covid – 19 : If your child has a persistent fever …

Below you will find important updates and resources from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City of New York.   Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) Update NYC families: if your child has a persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting or other symptoms, call your doctor immediately. If you don’t have a doctor, call 311. So far there have been 110 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome have been detected in children in NYC hospitals. Antibody Testing Update The City of New York will offer free antibody tests to 70,000 New Yorkers. 1,000 tests will be given at each site every day by appointment only. Five sites have been selected to perform these tests:  Bronx:Morrisania- 4006 Third Avenue Brooklyn:East NY - 127 Pennsylvania Avenue Manhattan:Upper Manhattan - 21 Old Broadway Staten Island:Concord - St. John’s Villa 57 Cleveland Place Queens:Long Island City - 34-09 Queens Boulevard You can make an appointment through nyc.bioreference.com/antibodysurvey. If you... Read more

Important News regarding Covid – 19

  Support for NYC Small Businesses Owners and Nonprofits: The Federal government has expanded its loan programs allowing small business owners and nonprofits to apply for up to $10 million through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the Paycheck Protection Program in multiple languages can be found here: bit.ly/PPPNYCinfo Sign up for upcoming webinars from NYC Small Business Services to help business owners and nonprofits learn about financial assistance from the SBA:   May 4 at 12:00PM: Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: bit.ly/SBSCOVID54 May 5 at 5:30PM: Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: bit.ly/SBSCOVID55 May 5 at 6:00PM: COVID-19: Programas de Ayuda Económica para Empresarias: bit.ly/WENYCSeminario May 6 at 9:30AM: Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 bit.ly/SBSCOVID56 Sign up for COVID-19 Emergency Financing Assistance from NYC Small Business Services: bit.ly/NYCSBSCounseling   Important... Read more

Are you facing eviction? NYC Commission on Human Rights has the answer for you

New York City Commission on Human Rights held in April 29, 2020 a virtual town hall to discuss  fair housing amid covid – 19.  Five panelists from diverse agencies that educate communities and enforce anti-discrimination law, gave specific information regarding the city Human Right Law with a focus on protection and housing. “Today we like to share with communities the awesome resources on protection and rights when it comes to housing in New York City,” said Sam Yang who is the housing liaison at NYC Commission on Human Rights.   In addition to housing, New York City Human Right Law embraces many subjects.  Kajori Chaudhuri assistant commissioner at NYC Commission on Human Rights has  stated:  “In New York City no one can be discriminated because of who you  are, where you come from, and who you love.”   Covid – 19 has impacted our lives in different ways. However, our... Read more

African Diaspora for Biden : A political movement to negotiate and to vote

African Diaspora for Biden has held in April 26, 2020 a teleconference meeting  to lay out a strategy for the election of the democrat candidate Joe Biden and to address their preoccupations to one of Biden surrogates.  A thousand of  people  from the 50 states of the United States of America   have attended that very first meeting with a bold commitment not only to make their voices heard but also to support Joe Biden. [video width="480" height="256" mp4="https://theafricanjournalonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/video-biden.mp4"][/video] “This meeting is about to put our fate in our own hand,” said Chijike Ndukwu one of the initiators of the meeting. “Africans contribute a lot to this country, the only thing we do not have is a political power, a possibility to have a seat,” he added as he enumerated some statics showing how much Africans have been devoted to the United States of America. African Diaspora for Biden is indeed... Read more

Covid – 19 bias : New York City Commission on Human Rights has explained how to respond

New York City Commission on Human Rights through teleconference  has trained  in April 21, 2020 several people on how to respond to covid – 19 bias as many people are victims of any kind of harassment not only in the United of America but also across the world. Covid – 19 is not only killing human beings but it is also hurting people’s feeling and dignity. Since it appears in Wuhan in China, Chinese immigrants across some countries become legitimate targets of being responsible of the virus. Ironically African immigrants  have been vilipended in the streets of China as they accuse them of spreading the virus.  And recently  two French doctors have overtly  said  that Africa is the right place to test coronavirus vaccine. Racism, bias, and so on,  intertwin well with a deadly  virus no one in the earth planet wants to associate with. New York City Commission on... Read more

NYC Census 2020 African Coalition’s “Get Out the Count” campaign emphasizes the importance of getting counted and celebrates Immigrant Heritage Week through teleconference

New York Census 2020 African Coalition’s “Get out the Count” has held in April 17, 2020  a teleconference to amplify the importance of the census as it is celebrating Immigrant Heritage Week. “Our goal is to increase the self - response, self – engagement,  and enforce a great collaboration, ” Famod Koney the deputy director of Census 2020  Partnership said. According to Famod New York City did not do well ten years ago when it comes to get New York City people counted. That bad experience has motivated the City to  allocating  $19  million to grass root organizations  to help spread the word about the importance of getting counted. Six organizations from African community are among  organizations that have been funding as they actively work with community groups.  “ We rely on those organizations to arise awareness,” said Famod who has  also  focused on self – response as he has... Read more

When are stimulus checks coming? Money set to roll out to Americans next week

 Americans have received conflicting information on when they will receive stimulus checks due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. But there’s good news: Checks will be hitting their bank accounts soon.  Automatic payments are set to begin next week. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 and chose direct deposit for their refund will automatically receive a stimulus payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and $500 for each qualifying child, the IRS said Friday.  Individuals who receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits, or who receive Railroad Retirement benefits but didn’t file a return for 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive a payment in the “near future,” the agency said. The government is prioritizing the first few waves of payments in the coming weeks toward low-income Americans and Social Security beneficiaries, according to Lisa Greene-Lewis, a certified public accountant... Read more

IRS Gives Stimulus Check Distribution Details, Says Payments To Begin Within Three Weeks

The Treasury Department and IRS today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and that they will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. See IR 2020-61. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Who is eligible for the economic impact payment? Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.  Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of... Read more

Coronavirus Aid Relief: Know everything about it

President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27, 2020, to address the effects of the novel Coronavirus on the American economy. Below is a brief outline of critical categories in the bill.   Direct payments Individuals (non-dependents) who make an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) up to $75,000, and filed 2019 or 2018 taxes, will receive a one-time payment of up to $1,200 Couples who make a total AGI of up to $150,000, and filed 2019 or 2018 taxes, will receive a one-time payment of up to $2,400 Parents will receive an additional $500 per child that is age 16 and under.  Individuals who make an AGI between $75,000 and $99,999 or couples who make an AGI between $150,000 and $198,000 will receive a smaller payment, with a phase-out rate of $5 per $100 of income. Unemployment The CARES Act offers expands unemployment eligibility to independent... Read more

The African Empowerment Project : Actualize and institutionalize progress within the African diaspora

The African Empowerment Project, which was launched last year is striving to bring more helpful  resources to African community as it sets several goals to  fulfill its mission. “We need to take  first care of ourselves here in America and then  think about those who are in our native countries,” said Abdourahamane Diallo  who initiates the project  as covid - 19  the unforgettable pandemic  hits merciless New York and the rest of the world. The African Empowerment Project is indeed  “a collective effort of Africans who are determined to actualize and institutionalize progress within the diaspora in New York City.” Its four (4)  core goals match with its mission statement that “ aim to actualize and institutionalize progress within the African diaspora through initiatives that address political & socio-economic needs.” Here are those goals: Ensuring that all Africans participate in the census 2020. This will position our African community to... Read more

Coronavirus in New York : 32,308 positive coronavirus cases and 678 related fatalities.

New data that the city’s Health Department released Sunday morning shows the coronavirus pandemic continuing to take a horrific toll on the five boroughs. Approximately 3,150 new cases and 161 deaths occurred in the last day, the data revealed. As of 9:30 a.m. March 29, there were 32,308 positive coronavirus cases and 678 related fatalities. Nearly 24 hours earlier, the Health Department accounted for 29,158 positive cases and 517 deaths. In little more than 24 hours, the number of coronavirus patients went up 10.4%, while fatalities rose 31.1%. Queens now has more than 10,000 confirmed coronavirus patients and continues to be the city’s hot zone in the outbreak. The 9:30 a.m. March 29 numbers revealed that the “World’s Borough” has 10,373 cases, 219 of which were fatal. Brooklyn has the second-highest coronavirus cases in the city with 8,451 infections and 168 deaths, followed by the Bronx with 6,145 infections and... Read more

New York goes on pause because of coronavirus: Understanding the concept behind that

At 8 p.m. on Sunday night, by order of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the whole state will go on "PAUSE" in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and preserve and protect our already-overwhelmed healthcare system. Broadly, the order, which could remain in effect until at least April 19th, forces all "non-essential" workers to stay at home, and creates new rules of social conduct that New Yorkers must adhere to. We're all about to begin our new lives under PAUSE ("Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone"), so let's talk about what it means. Grocery stores are going to be open, right? Yes, grocery stores, bodegas, farmer's markets, pharmacies, hardware stores, and restaurants and bars that serve delivery and take-out only are considered essential and will be open. Just remember to keep six feet of distance between you and your fellow shoppers, and check to see if your local store has special hours... Read more

U.S Ambassador in Burkina Faso Andrew Young tests positive for coronavirus

“I was tested positive in coronavirus,” said in March 22, 2020, Ambassador Young  who has indicated that the community  in the Embassy will go into quarantine and employees  will keep providing services to citizens, and the effort to sustain  Burkina Faso Faso in the fight against coronavirus will continue as well,   news outlets in Burkina Faso have reported. Four ( 4 ) ministers from Burkina Faso’s government including the Minister of Foreign Affair,  Alpha Barry had also  tested positive for coronavirus. 75 people had tested positive for coronavirus  in Burkina Faso and 4 people among them died. Last week the ambassador of Italy in Burkina Faso had also tested positive for coronavirus. The African Journal               Read more

IN REVIEW: Cuba’s fight against Ebola in Africa is a beacon of light

Cuban doctors and Guinean staff at shift change at the Coyah treatment center in Guinea, January 2015. “As they reported for duty, Cubans always made jokes,” writes Ubieta. “It lifted their spirits and those of patients and colleagues.” During a winter when a new epidemic, the coronavirus, is spreading rapidly in China and beyond, when more traditional influenzas have killed some 20,000 people in the U.S. alone, and at a time when Washington is escalating its economic war against the Cuban Revolution, the Pathfinder Press publication of Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa is a beacon of light. The book — a gripping account by Enrique Ubieta Gómez about the Cuban Revolution’s response to the 2014 epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa — is a powerful argument for socialist revolution and a close-up look at the human beings such a revolution produces.... Read more

African Day Census Kick off : Be an ambassador for your community

A coalition of African organizations has gathered in February 28, 2020 at Bronx Community College to spread the word about census 2020 as counting  U.S population is about to kick off in March 12, 2020. “Please spread the word, your community must be counted,” Bukok Shonagh from Yankasa Association, said. African community in New York must be counted. It is known that the African community is the fastest and most educated growing population in New York City. The issue is that “the number is lower than the one we have,” Ramatu Sy from USA – Mali charitable Association, said. Every household will start receiving in March 12, 2020 a mail in mailbox from U.S census bureau  to give detail information to individual of  how to respond to the 2020 census online, by phone or by mail. “People do not think they have  to be counted,” David Coulibaly from African Community... Read more

African Pop – Up  Festival is about supporting  one another and  African  culture

African Pop – Up  Festival one of the New York biggest  cultural events was held in February 22, 2020 in  Harlem as New Yorkers came together not only to celebrate African culture, and food, but also to support  African small businesses. “Our goal is to highlight our culture and business and empower small business,” Akin Akinsanya Founder & Executive Producer of  NY African Restaurant Week, said. Inside the hall there were multitude of people; they lined up to taste all kind of  food; some sat down listing to music as the DJ increased the decibel; other just danced. A room was set apart for vendors. They were selling  clothes, jewelries, cosmetics. I stood  up by a stand. “Do you want me to take your picture mom?” I asked a beautiful mother who was selling traditional clothes. “Yes sure, this is a great day,” she said with a broad smile.   ... Read more

New York City Census 2020 Bronx Media Roundtable: Get yourselves be counted, why is it so important?

New York City census 2020 in partnership with New York City , New York libraries, and community groups, has held in February 20, 2020  in the Bronx Kingsbridge library  a  media roundtable  to discuss about the census activity in the Bronx and the importance to be counted. Seven panelists from Mayor’s office of immigrant affairs, New York census 2020, New York library, and from diverse community groups,  have explain to the media how and why every single person should be counted. They also talk about  the work community leaders  have done to mobilize community groups.  Why should we be counted?   We should be numbered because “the decennial census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed every year for key programs and services;  the census also determines each state’s fair share of representation in Congress, as well as how local, state, and federal legislative district lines... Read more

African Pop – Up Festival 2020 Celebrating Black History Month in Harlem: Don’t Miss It

African Pop - up festival 2020 is just coming up with big surprises as we are  celebrating   “Black History Month.” Let’s our mind be etched by a unique day: Saturday February 22, 2020 in Harlem, we will enjoy “the sight, the sounds, and the taste of Africa.” This is a panoramic view of what you will expect if you just come out: ” Food tastings by chefs and restaurants,  chef’s competition,  special Afrobeats,  and musical performances. Vendors offering special prices in honor of Black History Month. Business panel empowering up and coming entrepreneurs…” Let’s put  it in a simple and easy way: We are “gonna”  shop, eat, listen to music, and dance !!! Shopping: “Over 20 vendors/entrepreneurs across Fashion” will be there. Besides that, organizers will welcome  “wellness, art, design, ad beauty - with vendors offering special prices in honor of Black History Month.” Eating: There will be  “ over 12... Read more

Interview: When a lawyer is talking about immigration news rules

Immigration was the talking point of The African Immigrant’s Commission of New York and Connecticut as it has organized in February 2, 2020 ,  in partnership with Brewster Law Firm a workshop on that matter. The African Journal has interviewed the two organizations, which gave us interested and   insightful information not only about   the workshop but also and particularly about  immigration  news rules that everyone needs to know. African Journal ( AJ) : The African Immigrant’s Commission of NY & CT  in partnership with Brewster law Firm has organized in February 2, 2020 a workshop that was  focused on immigration. How a workshop like this one, can benefit African community in New York and Connecticut? Mory Kouyate ( MK): A workshop as such is highly important and it greatly benefited those of our community that attended. We receive invitations all the time to go on community - based radio stations to... Read more

Round table : “Do not be afraid to take the 2020 Census, fill out the form and get counted,” Mory Kouyate said

 A round table was held  in December 21,  2019 in the Bronx by African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT, Inc in partnership  with NKO USA Inc and Mandingue NKO West Inc. 2020 Census was the talking point. Mory Kouyate, chairman of African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT, Inc in this interview gives more details about this round table    African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT, Inc in partnership  with NKO USA Inc and Mandingue NKO West Inc have organized in December 21,  2019 a round table that brought together NKO’ scholars and community leaders. What was the goal of that roundtable? This was an initiative taken by the African Immigrants' Commission of NY&CT Inc to conduct a NKO 2020 Census round table . The goal of this round table was to lay out the facts that it is possible to apply a written African language like NKO... Read more

Muslims Israel Dialogue Series : Peace and acceptance were the mantra.

Muslims and Jews met in December 10, 2019 for the second time in two years at Mercy College in Manhattan to talk not only about peace but also to spread  the word of acceptance between  these two religious’ groups, thanks to “Muslims Israel Dialogue Series, which is a platform that embraces  an interfaith talk. One of the objectives of Muslims Israel Dialogue Series is about “to convince Muslim leaders to accept Israel as an independent Jewish’ State,” said Sheik Musa Drammeh co – host  of Muslims Israel Dialogue Series. For him, every single person deserves a homeland.   As an  example, he mentioned the  Organization of the Islamic Conference ( OIC), which is   a permanent delegation to the United Nations representing the interests of Muslims in 57 countries, the Arab league members which constitute 22 members. According to Mr. Drammeh, Israel appears  to be alone. Mr. Drammeh said he knows “... Read more

 First decade of Peace December : Peace the leitmotif

 Many New Yorkers who have been advocating  for peace in the Bronx ( New York)  and around  the world gathered in November 30 , 2019, in the Bronx to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Peace December, which is a non profit organization that regroups many others peace organizations. As they came together at the Bronx County Building for peace building, news outlets have reported shootings not only in the Bronx but also in other boroughs. And peace in many countries has been jeopardized due to terrorism. “Every single thing you do will make difference when you learn to love yourselves. When you love yourselves, you do not do harm to yourselves, then you do not do harm to others,” said Edna Thomas Executive Director of Peace December. For sheikh  Musa Drammeh, the Chairman, peace building is to reject domestic violence, hate crimes, gang violence, genocide, and terrorism. As peacemakers, they... Read more

 United Census 2020 recruitment campaign:  The African Advisory Council is playing a key role

The African Advisory Council ( AAC) of the Bronx has joined the 2020 Census nationwide recruitment campaign as it has organized in November 9, 2019  in the Bronx its own campaign to mobilize Bronxites to apply for the Job. “This is my first time I am doing this, and I am glad that I apply, and I am grateful to African Advisory Council,” said Ms. Ouédraogo Zenabou as she was applied through a computer set by AAC. A specialist was there to explain the process. Many people applied and those who did so, will receive a call in the next coming days for an interview after a background check. A technical team was there too to help the applicants to fill out the application. “ Let's do it here so we can help you,”  said one of the team members when I asked if applicants can apply through their own... Read more

Commission électorale indépendante du consulat de New York : Les membres sont connus

 Les membres de la commission électorale indépendante du consulat ( CENIC) de New York ont été installées le dimanche 3 Décembre 2019 . La délégation de la CENI venue de Ouagadougou pour la circonstance était composée d’une équipe de deux personnes à savoir Bouda Boubacar et Moustapha Compaoré. Avant d’entrer dans le vif du sujet le Consul Général Alain Kompaoré a déclaré que « c’est le début d’un processus très important qui débouchera sur les élections de 2020. » Après avoir expliqué le rôle de la CENI et le processus d’installation des membres de la CENI du Consulat de New York, il a donné l’ordre aux différents partis politiques et à la société civile de choisir en leur sein des personnes qui remplissent les critères définis par le code électoral. L’opposition qui était représentée par deux partis politiques à savoir le CDP et l’UPC a choisi Hamza Ouédraogo du CDP et le... Read more

Community peace Diner in the Bronx: The talk about safety with the Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark

 The Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark was the special guest for a community peace diner, which was organized in November 1st, 2019  by Al – Shaib New York City Community Center in the Bronx. The diner, which  has gathered many youths and adult people  from the Bronx,  was an opportunity to talk about safety as the Bronx is said  to be one of the boroughs in New York City where criminality is preponderant . Darcel Clark who is running for a second term to be the Bronx District attorney said her “job is public safety” including the safety of  youths, kids, and businesses. She has explained what she has done during the last four years for the Bronx communities in term of reform, safety, community, and transparency. She said she worked hard to make those things happening . “ We bring the court to the community; we bring fairness... Read more

Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao stands firm after her termination as Ambassador

The unbeatable Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao the former  ambassador for the African Union in Washington DC has attended in October 19, 2019 in Harlem, a conference on “Pan Africanism, past, present, and future,” alongside with Paul Sankara the brother of late President of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara, professor Leonard Jeffries, and Raymond Dugue. “My mandate is to promote Africa in the Americas and more importantly, to mobilize the African diaspora - meaning all people of African descent living outside of Africa,” Her Excellency Arikana said in 2015 as she received  the “Women of Excellence Award” at the African Union Summit before she was appointed as the African Union representative to the US in October 7, 2017. However, in October 7, 2019, she has received a letter from the African Union Commission Chairman, the Chadian – born  Moussa Faki who said  she is no longer the African Union “Permanent Ambassador” without specifying... Read more

When African Union did a coup d’état against Ambassador Arikana

The African Union has operated  in October 7, 2019 a shameful coup d’état as it has overthrown Ambassador Arikana Chihombori – Quao the African Union Ambassador to the United States. “I have the honour to inform you that, in line with the terms and  conditions of service governing your appointment as Permanent Representative of the African Union Mission to the United States of America in Washington DC, I have decided to terminate your contract in that capacity with effect from 1st November 2019,” said a letter sent to Ambassador Arikana by The African Union Chair, Chadian-born, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat. I was shocked as I read the pathetic letter. However, I was not surprised. I have had the opportunity to cover in May 18, 2019 in Harlem a conference where  Ambassador Arikana has addressed the keynote. Yeah, I was stunned as she was spoken  publicly against the neo – colonialism... Read more

African Heritage celebration is the celebration of African Community, thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has hosted in September 26, 2019 the second annual African Heritage celebration at Gracie Mansion where hundreds of people from across the city have come to enjoy themselves. “This is  the best party in New York, a party fills with joy and love,” he said. The Mayor who went to Ghana with his family has told the audience that they should visit Africa to understand the  greatness, the rules, and traditions that embody America. He has also  said it is shameful to ignore the African culture, and that the City will not allow the denigration of African community. As the census is its way, the Mayor has made a push for  African community to participate actively in the 2020’s U.S census. “Help me make the census a success, I need you to join me now,” he said. The Mayor has also reminded the... Read more

African Heritage Month in the Bronx : Keeping African culture alive

The first annual African Heritage Month in the Bronx was held in September 18, 2019 in Hostos Community College’s center for the arts and culture. The event, which was organized by African Advisory Council ( AAC) ,  was focused on celebration of African diaspora’s culture as it was also called “multicultural music and dance festival.” Several  artists from African diaspora in the Bronx have performed. A performance that has  demonstrated that Africans abroad have kept  their culture alive. Indeed, they danced, sung, beat drums, and told stories. “You are had - working community, a community of love and dance,” said the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. who has recalled in his speech  how AAC was born in the wake of a shooting of a young African. A painful situation that triggered the creation of AAC in January 2010 with a clear mission: “To work with the Bronx African community... Read more

New York City African Diaspora Town Hall: Engaging communities and honoring leadership

African Diaspora in New York City gathered in September 12, 2019 in Brooklyn to celebrate African heritage month and discuss issues that are relevant to communities. Several people from different agencies in the city have spoken either as speaker or panelist, and other people were honored for their outstanding commitment to communities. If the Town Hall aimed to engage the African diaspora in a profound discussion based on issues related to human rights, it was also a platform to share ideas. “To be able to collaborate with each other,” said Christelle N. Onwu who is the Lead advisor for African communities, and NYC Commission on Human Rights. It was the first time a such event was organized in Brooklyn the city, which is, according to one of the organizers of the event,  where there are most diverse groups of African diasporas. As eight speakers in total in their speeches spoke... Read more

African Union Day Foundation  and  African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT:  A celebration of Africans’ accomplishment

Africans in the diaspora  in New York, held in September 9, 2019  in the premises of Merci College in the Bronx, the 14th African Union Day celebration and the first anniversary of “Daylight Africa”.  The event, which  was conjointly organized by African Union Day Foundation  and  African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, was an opportunity to celebrate African diversity, honor African business leaders, and pay tribute to two African soldiers who died in the battle field overseas for “their exemplary leadership and supreme sacrifices.” Tim L. Hall, the President of Merci College in his speech,  has welcome  everyone, encouraged African leaders and introduced his institution, which is “ an exceptional American College in New York.” “ We want students to succeed and give back to communities,” he said. The City councilwoman  Delia  Furgharson was the special guest of the event. She said she will continue to support everyone who... Read more

Bethel Hamliri Inc. wins two important grants in the total amount of $ 60, 000

[caption id="attachment_3566" align="alignleft" width="240"] 1591 E 233 St, Suite 205A - Bronx, New York 10466Phone: (646) 474-2778 - www.bethelhamlirii.orgHEALTHY LIVING[/caption] Bethel Hamliri Inc. has received a first grant in the mount of $ 50, 000 from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation as part of its Community Health program. With that grant, Bethel Hamliri Inc. in collaboration with other organizations will build a community of providers seeking to reduce the prevalence of type-2 diabetes and hypertension in their respective communities. The not for profit Bethel Hamliri Inc. has received a  second grant in the amount of $10, 000, which was provided by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for a proposal to the FreshConnect FoodBox Program. Both grants will run for a period of one year. Bethel Hamliri Inc. exists since 2015 and is a charity 501c New York based not for profit. It has been also recognized... Read more

Abdourahamane Diallo has announced his candidacy for New York City Council District 16

Abdourahamane Diallo,28, has organized a pre-launch event to announce his candidacy for New York City Council District 16 on August 14, 2019 in the Bronx. Following the election of Charles Fall, who is of Guinean descent, as the first Muslim and African-American Assemblyman in the New York’s 61st Assembly District in Staten Island, another African is running to be a councilman in the Bronx. “I stand in front of you as a son, a brother, with a vision to make our community better,” said Mr. Diallo to a packed auditorium. He went on to explain how he came to this country with a dream to have a better education, make money and go back to his native country. “This was what I was thinking when I was in Africa,” he said. In the United States of America, he realized that “the situation is different … we are here, we are... Read more

National Night Out : “Interfaith prayer warriors circle,” a prayer for NYPD officers.

A community - based prayer was held in August 6, 2019 in different areas in the Bronx.  Known as  “Interfaith prayer warriors circle,” the  gathering brought together all believers to pray for New York Police Department (NYPD)  officers specially for those for took their own lives. According to those who initiated the prayer,” ‘Interfaith prayer warriors circle’ is named after Deputy Chief Steven J. Skills and dedicated to all NYPD officers who die in line of duty and those who took their lives.” Deputy Chief Steven J. Skills committed suicide on June 5th, 2019 at the age of 69. He was a retired NYPD officer. “He loved his job and he could not handle the idea of retirement,” said Sheikh Musa Drammeh member of National Night Out, a community – based organization whose goal is “to bring NYPD officers and community to stay close together.” “Interfaith prayer warriors circle,” was... Read more

Guineans Succeeding in America (GSA)  has honored 2019’s  Guinean graduate students

Students from Guinean community in the USA and  who graduated in 2019 had a broad smile in their face in July 13, 2019 as they sat side by side to celebrate their success. Thank to Guineans Succeeding in America ( GSA), which has initiated the gathering. “We come together as one community to support each other,”  Asuma Jalloh president of GSA said. According to Ms. Jalloh education is a key to succeed and this meeting is to convey a message to those who graduated as well as those who are still in school that “we need to do more.” Several other people from Guinean community and from different professional backgrounds have  come to the gathering, which  was also about to promote and honor  2019’s  Guinean graduate students, not only to support the newly graduated, but also to give them advices they need to cope with the challenges they may face... Read more

African Immigrants’Commission of NY & CT: Rally against violence and for justice

A rally for justice and against violence that brought together many organizations from New York City, was held in July 6, 2019 in front of the Bronx Court. The rally, which  was Initiated by the  African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT, took place as many Africans have  been attacked in the streets of New York and the perpetrators of these crimes  remain at large. “ Higher violence took place in our community, and it took too long to arrest and prosecute those who commit these  crimes  against our people,” said Mory Kouyate chairman   of African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT. Those who attacked  Fatoumata Camara in May 10, 2019, Mamadou Diallo in April 9, 2019, Ganiou Ganfonou in March 2, 2019, and Almane Drammeh in August 22, 2019, are still at loose. Mamadou Diallo was at the rally. He still remembers how four people approached him and punched... Read more

The Center for Communication is hiring

COOPER LEIBNER EDITORIAL FELLOWSHIP  The Center for Communication annually awards the Carole Cooper and Richard Leibner Journalism Fellowship to a New York area female college junior, senior, or graduate student. The Fellow will receive a generous stipend up to $5000 while interning at the Center for Communication during the course of the school year. Students will have the opportunity to network with professionals and executives within media and entertainment at our panels and On Locations. The fellowship is open to students who will be enrolled within an undergraduate or graduate program in the Fall of 2019/Spring 2020 school year. WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING: The Center for Communication is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic intern interested in marketing, social media, and writing. Additionally, this intern will also support program staff during On Locations and must be available to work during all evening panels. You will help maintain the Center's social... Read more

A Day of visibility for Fatoumata Camara: “Hate is not tolerated in New York City,” Christelle Nkama Onwu, said

As a young woman who was beaten in the Bronx by a bunch of teenagers, is still seeking for justice, the New York City Human Rights along with African community based - organizations held a Day of visibility at 168th street and Third avenue in the Bronx. Fatouma Camara who was attacked on May 10 around 10 pm was there on June 7, 2019 along with her father, fiancé, and other family members to stand for what she has said and keep saying: “I am going fight for this … I’m gonna make sure they don’t do this to somebody else.” On May 10, Ms. Camara, student at the New York City College of Technology after her class, jumped in the Bx35 bus. When she was inside the bus a group teenager started taunting her. And when she got off the bus, they attacked her, beat her, robed her, and... Read more

Scientist’s quest to grow lost ganja smoked by Bob Marley

Amid mangos, lychees and other jackfruit, Dr Machel Emanuel has planted a field of supreme cannabis plants measuring dozens of square meters. His specialty: landrace cannabis, which grew naturally in Jamaica before it disappeared as a result of human intervention. The rastafarian doctor explained that in the 50s, 60s and 70s, Jamaica was known for its landrace cultivar which gave it that international reputation.  Emanuel decided to recover the lost landrace varieties and reproduce them in his lab. The quest wasn’t easy: grains of landrace had spread to the four corners of the Caribbean over the years. His search led him to Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Dominica, in pursuit of Rastafarians living in the countryside and still cultivating what is left of these plants. His research is more than just out of love for horticulture. The scientist has also developed an entire marketing plan for the landrace cultivar. The marketing material... Read more

Africa Day Celebration in New York: Journalists were rewarded for outstanding service to communities

The 12th annual Africa Day organized by the African Immigrants’ Commission of New York & Connecticut was held in May 25, 2019 in New York in the Bronx. Some electoral officials were there, and others such as New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was represented.  Communities - based news organizations were rewarded and “The African Journal” was among the honorees. “This occasion recalls the historic events of April 15, 1958, when the first Conference of Independent African States was held among leaders of Africa’s liberation movement, giving rise to the eventual founding of the organization of the African Unity on May 25,1963. It marked an expression of solidarity among 32 free nations and the observance of the first Africa Day in a shared celebration of liberty and its meaning for the people of Africa countries,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo who was represented by Mr. Ortiz.  The particularity this year of... Read more

The African Advisory Council (AAC) of the Bronx Borough President African Nations Cup 2019: Senegal defeated Benin 2 – 1

Team Senegal celebrated its victory in May 18, 2019 as it beat team Benin during the final of the tournament organized by the African Advisory Council (AAC).  Twenty-four African teams took part of a competition that began in April 2019. Senegal and Benin were indeed the two finalists. After 80 minutes the two teams had the same score: 1 – 1. Benin lost on penalties to Senegal 1 – 2. Tracey Mcdermott who represented the Bronx Borough president Rubén Díaz Jr said she was proud to be here adding that the Bronx Borough president supports the tournament, which aims “to bring all African communities together.” “On behalf of African Advisory Council, I want to say congratulation to Senegal and Benin,” said Mohamed Mardah the AAC chairman. “We appeal to all African communities, the organization is open to everybody,” he said. The issue is the soccer field. “We do not have a... Read more

African Union Ambassador to the United States met African Diaspora in New York

Dr. Arikana Chihombori – Quao the African Union Ambassador to the United States met on May 18, 2019 African diaspora in Harlem New York to present a panoramic view about Africa. A sustainable development in Africa, “has to include African Diaspora,” said Dr. Arikana who also added that Israel, which is a small country is powerful because of its diaspora. “African diaspora needs to come to the table,” she said. However, the African diaspora does not trust each other. “Why we don’t trust each other?” she asked. To answer that question, she said we need to go back to 1884 a date that reminds us the Berlin conference as “Africans were sleeping, the Europeans had Africa map in front of them to divide us,” she said. When they came “they begun to tell us that everything in Africa is bad and everything in Europe is good,” she said. We believed... Read more

L’héritage révolutionnaire de Thomas Sankara : Une conférence pour mieux connaître l’homme

Le Socialist Working Party, présidé par Peter Thierjung, a animé le dimanche 05 Mai 2019 une conférence sur l’ancien Président, le capitaine Thomas Sankara du Burkina Faso. Cette présentation portant sur l’héritage révolutionnaire de Thomas Sankara s’est tenue dans les locaux de « The People’s Forum » à New York. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pXmpcc0JMhw   Qui était Thomas Sankara ? Que représentait-il ? Pourquoi Thomas Sankara est-il un exemple pour les travailleurs d’Afrique et des Etats-Unis ? Pour y répondre, trois (3) éminents orateurs ont successivement démontré en quoi Thomas Sankara est un « remarquable dirigeant révolutionnaire des travailleurs, des agriculteurs et des jeunes du monde entier ».  Il s’agit de Arouna Saniwidi, activiste et membre du Panafrican Federalist Movement ; de Asha Samad-Matias, professor à City College de Harlem ; enfin de Peter Thierjung, membre et dirigeant de Socialist Working Party-USA. Pour finir, une panoplie de livres et d’images sur l’ancien révolutionnaire du Faso a été soumise à la découverte des... Read more

African Family Cultural Festival: Peace and family were the key words

The first edition of African family Cultural Festival was held in April 28th, 2019 in Manhattan (New York) and was initiated by Universal Peace Federation (UPF) USA and African Diaspora Ambassadors for Peace. The event focusing on peace, was also an opportunity for UPF to appoint a dozen of new ambassadors of peace among them Mory Kouyate the chairman of African Immigrants’ Commission of New York and Connecticut, and Marceline Lynn Tenakoua Areyerehoue of Femmes Sans Frontiere. The different nominees are from Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo … “We are beyond of the illusion of boundaries,” said Dr. Kone Drissa executive director of UPF USA African Affairs as he pictures the world as one family. “We are making a covenant to become a tribe to support the nuclear family,” he said. Talking about peace, Dr. Taj Hamad vice president of UPF International has focused his... Read more

Happy spouse, longer life?

    Having a happy husband or wife helps you live longer than those with miserable partners, research suggests Spouses who are unfit and shun healthy lifestyles not only ris.k knocking years off their own lives – they make it more likely their partner will die early, too.  Now scientists suggest doctors should look further than a patient’s own health and mental state and take the spouse’s well-being into account as well. Dr Olga Stavrova, who was behind the research, said: "The data shows that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socio-economic and demographic characteristics, or their physical health status."  The study, by scientists at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, collected reports from around 4 400 couples aged over 50 in the US for a period of eight years. The couples were from diverse backgrounds, although some 99 per cent of them were heterosexual. The survey... Read more

Burkina Faso: security expert warns of inter-religious conflict

 The attack on a Protestant church in Silgadji, northern Burkina Faso during which four worshippers and the pastor were killed, is causing concern in the country. The attack on the church last weekend is the first against a church since 2015, the year of the first jihadist attacks. “They’ve sent a message, a very strong message to say that they’re progressing even if they might be a bit threatened, that they’re here to stay”, said Paul Oumarou Koalaga, an expert in geopolitics and security affairs.  For this security expert, Burkina Faso is not immune to inter-religious conflict “They attacked the Church because it’s one of their targets. Terrorist groups attack a number of targets and the Church is one of the symbolic targets that they attack. And they want to show there is an inter-religious conflict through the Church.They must have missed some opportunities at the military level, so by... Read more

 African Advisory Council of Bronx Borough President African Nations Cup 2019:  NYPD team beat All Stars 4 – 0

The African Advisory Council (AAC) of the Bronx Borough President African Nations Cup 2019, which is an annual event was held on April 13, 2019 at Yankee Stadium. The opening game featured AAC’s All Stars team against New York Police Department (NYPD) team. Marricka Scott – McFadden the Deputy Borough President Bronx who said it is pleasure for her to be involved, kicked the opening kickoff as she did last year. The game started at 3: 31 pm. During the first 10 minutes and physically speaking the two teams were relatively equitable. However, technically NYPD team showed its prowess by scoring in the 10th minute as Luis Delpero stunned everybody with a kick that surprised All Stars goal keeper. NYPD 1 and All Stars 0.   All Stars missed to score in the 24th minute as the crossbar pushed back the ball and saved NYPD team. In the 27th minute,... Read more

Community Peace Diner: “The idea is to celebrate our diversity,” Sheik Musa Drammey said  

A diverse community groups gathered in April 4, 2019 at Al – Sahib Community Center in the Bronx for a diner called “Community Peace Diner.” The gathering that brought together Muslims, Christians, and other group of people was organized by Peace December a nonprofit organization, which is championing for Peace in the world.  People who came from different communities sat side by side, ate food at the same table, shared ideas, and life experiences and gave testimonies. “The idea of that diner is to get to know each other, and to celebrate our diversity,” Sheik Musa Drammey the leader of the group said. As they celebrated diversity, they also talked about public safety, and how to prevent crime, violence, and hate in the Bronx, which according to Musa “is number one for every that is bad and is the last in everything that is good.” And Talking about those issues... Read more

The Black Institute and African Communities have debated on immigration policies

Addressing immigration issue in the United States of America is like a hot potato and talking about this hot topic in New York is indispensable. According to American immigration consul, “Immigrants in New York, now account for one-fifth of the state’s total population and make up a staggering 25 percent of its labor force.” And they are “an integral part of New York’s diverse and thriving communities and they make extensive contributions that benefit all.”   And the Black Institute has right as it organized in March 26, 2019 an immigration forum at Hostos Community College to discuss immigration policies. Three African leaders were invited as panelists to address in a panoramic view immigration’s issue no matter what country or continent immigrants come from. Imam Konate a religious leader, Mohammed Mardah chairman of African Advisory Council, Christelle Onwu, scholar and New York City Commission of Human Rights, were indeed, the... Read more

African Immigrants’ Commission is both a political and a social group according to Mory Kouyate the chairman

The African Immigrants’ Commission is a nonprofit organization, which was launched in December 2018. As the organization is organizing in February 18th, 2019 a workshop on Social Services,  three members  decided to tell in details the goals and mission of the newly born. Let’s welcome Mory Kouyate the chairman, Khady Racidat Kone Diaby, the African Immigrant’ s Commission commissioner on Family Affairs, and Menepelle J. Nuhann the national vice president of African Immigrant’ s Commission.  The African Journal ( A J) : Can you introduce yourselves to our readers? Mory Kouyate  ( MK) : Mr. Mory Kouyate attended Richmond Hill High School in Queens NY. He is also a CUNY/York College Graduate. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a History Minor. Since His graduation in 2010, Mr. Kouyate has been a dedicated community servant and a leader in the Bronx, New York for many years. For five years... Read more

Roundtable for African Youth in New York City: it was a time to discuss issues, answer questions, and socialize

“Your community, your voice: roundtable for African youth in New York City,” was the topic panelists and youth “dive in” in December 19, 2018 in Harlem to shed light on issues African immigrants specifically the youth may face in their journey in the Apple City. This was an initiative of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Christelle N. Onwu the Lead Advisor for African Communities/ EEO Recruitment Strategist, NYC Commission on Human Rights, Introduced the panelists before discussions began. There were many tables in the room and a small group of people gathered around each table to identify issues, which were debated then. Issues were diagnosticated through questions such as “what some challenges are faced by immigrant New Yorkers?” “what role can city government play in increasing youth engagement?” “Do you believe youth and young adults feel empowered to report discrimination?” In addition to that there was time... Read more

End of year giveaways: USA – Mali Charitable Association put a smile in the faces of several students

More than one hundred students from school PS 125 in Harlem enjoyed an end of year giveaways in December 16, 2018, thanks to USA – Mali Charitable Association of NYC. “We do that every year for students to make them feel happy as we enter in a new year,” said Assetou Sy Founder and Executive Director of USA – Mali Charitable Association of NYC. Students from Pre-K to 5th grade received toys, books, and enjoyed food. They also danced as an artist from Burkina Faso (West Africa) was playing a drum and welcomed Santa as he entered in the room with his red costume and his face hid in a white and abundant beard.  “This is about giving, sharing with family, and coming together as a community,” said Reginald Higgins the Principal of PS 125, and who added that “kids do not live always happy, and this is a joy... Read more

United African Coalition’s end of year party: to celebrate unity and engage in political spectrum

The United African Coalition held in December 13, 2018 an end of year party in the Bronx to celebrate unity. “When we come together as Africans, we are stronger,” said Sheik Musa Drammeh who was the former chairman of the organization and who was praised by Mohammed Mardah  the African Advisory Council (AAC) Chairman as the only one who opens an Islamic school in the Bronx and opens his own restaurant. Founded in 2013, the United African Coalition is an organization that regroups African community leaders with the goal to engage the African immigrants in the political spectrum in the national and international level and to run for the city offices, according to Charles Cooper the new chairman of the organization. “We come oftentimes to the USA with our mind focusing in going to school and working. We are not politically engaged,” Mr. Cooper said. As the United African Coalition... Read more

 Women of Distinction Awards: A night to shed light on 8 women who are far more precious than jewels

“The 2nd   Chance International Women of Distinction Awards” was held in December 9, 2018 at Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island where eight distinguished women from New York State were honored. It was an emotional event as honorees received their awards followed by poignant testimonies. “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels,” said Emmanuel Randolph Wheagar, Founder and CEO of the 2nd Chance International Women Awards, who quoted proverb 31 verse 10 from the Bible. “These are the kind of women we honored tonight,” he said. Among women who were honored we numbered journalists, humanitarians, business owners, and pastors. Here is a brief description of who they are. Ms. Dolores N. Morris. She began in 1979 her television career as a story researcher and eventually associate producer at “Children’s Television Workshop for the show “3 – 2 – 1” Contact.” After two years... Read more

African community in New York : Mohammed Mardah is the new African Advisory Council chairman

The African community in New York held in December 6, 2018 a special election to vote the chairman of African Advisory Council (AAC).  Two candidates were running for the position:  Mory Kouyate the incumbent, and Mohammed Mardah who was elect as new chairman of the AAC. Before the vote, each candidate had three minutes to tell and convince the community why it should vote for him. It was Mr. Mardah first who started: “AAC is going in the wrong direction, and I want to bring it back,” he said. According to him, Mr. Kouyate was not following the rules and regulations of the AAC. Then, it was the turn of Mr. Kouyate who first summarized what he has done for the community since he took service a year ago.  “This vote is not about me or Mohamed,” he said.  “Vote for me is a vote for justice, it is a... Read more

 “Farafina Mousso” pays tribute to African women, Stephanie A. Hien, said

  She has been living in New York for a while. She grew up with a childhood dream, which is to impact the world as a leader. She has understood that committing herself to underprivileged people, championing for social cohesion, and believing in sharing are some core values that make her a woman with an opened heart.   Her name is Stephanie A. Hien. She is the founder and CEO of “Richissime Prod”and general coordinator of “Farafina Mousso” in English, “The African Woman.” Very modest, she introduces herself in this term: “From business management to international leader club, and the Association of Professional Music Managers, Stephanie A. Hien is a young cultural entrepreneur passionate about music, and graphic design.” Ms. Hien is embracing this new year 2019, with a desire to honor African diaspora women as she is organizing “Farafina Mousso” or “The African Woman”, which is an event to... Read more

Dr. Marie Claudine Mukamabano was honored for her outstanding commitment.

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

She was a little girl  in 1990 when  in Rwanda her native country, erupted a civil war, which sparked the death of thousands of people. She is a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 when  she found herself jumping over hundreds of corpses to save her life. Today she raised up from the darkness of a horrible war to a spotlight of a recognition.   The State Senator Jesse Hamilton and the President of Brooklyn Borough Eric Adams honored Dr. Marie Claudine Mukamabano trough Citation for her an “outstanding commitment to promoting excellence and providing outstanding services and support to residents and those in need.” The ceremony was held in October 5, 2018 at the Brooklyn library before close friends who came to support and congratulate her for her accomplishment. Her story began in 1990 in Rwanda where a civil war between a minority group (Tutsi) and the... Read more

DCAS EXAM SCHEDULE – OCTOBER 2018

 Here are some exams for the month of October 2018 The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is accepting applications for the following civil service exams. So don't delay, apply today!  Apply for exams online: Go to the DCAS Online Application System (OASys) at www.nyc.gov/examsforjobs and follow the onscreen application instructions for electronically submitting your application and payment, and completing any required forms. If you do not have access to a computer, visit one of our Computer-based Testing & Applications Centers (CTACs) to use our computers to submit your application (see below). OPEN COMPETITIVE - Exams Open to the Public                   ADDICTION COUNSELOR (NYC H+H), EXAM NO. 9016 - POSTPONED                  ASSOCIATE CORRECTIONAL COUNSELOR    , EXAM NO. 9017 - POSTPONED                 ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER, EXAM NO. 9003       ... Read more

African Immigrant Heritage Month, the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer honored the best.

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer celebrated in September 24, 2018 African Immigrant Heritage Month, which is dedicated to recognizing the contribution of African immigrants. The ceremony was held at the National Black Theater in Harlem, which is a property of African American woman, Barbara Ann Teer. Her daughter Barbara S. Lythcott was there and gave an emotional testimony how she fought to take back the family property as it was about to be taken from the family.  “My mother who passed away in 2008 had a mantra,” she said. “If you know the beginning well, the end will not trouble you.” And Stringer to said: “Leave your kids a good reputation.” Regarding the African Immigrant Heritage Month, which is the first annual one in the district, he said it is going to grow bigger. African Immigrant Heritage Month is also to honor excellency. “We honor the best,”... Read more

 African Heritage Month: “We are strong not despite of immigrants, but because of immigrants,”  said Bill de Blasio mayor of New York

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The Mayor of the New York City Bill De Blasio has celebrated in September 26, 2018 the African Heritage Month as hundreds of Africans from all over the city “invaded” Gracie Mansion to be witnesses of the first celebration of “African Heritage Month” dedicated to African diaspora. “The first ever in history Africans’ celebration at the Gracie Mansion,” De Blasio said. And Famod Kone, the first Chairman of the African Advisory Council (ACC) in the Bronx, and the Bronx Borough Director of the mayor’s office, put it in that way as he presented the mayor to the audience in four different languages: “The celebration of the contribution, the accomplishment, the history, and the rich culture of the African communities in New York.” According to De Blasio, “The African community is one of the most growing immigrant groups in the city.” “Over 15 African nations are represented in New York,” he... Read more

How to prevent malaria before a trip to Africa or other countries? Diaspora parade was an opportunity to answer that question

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

Bronxites around Southern Boulevard and Louis Nine Boulevard enjoyed in September 15, 2018 watching African women from Congo dancing traditional dances as drums was beating, and admiring Jamaican and Spanish young girls in their lovely garments spinning. It was diaspora parade, which was organized in collaboration with Africa day malaria awareness. The parade ended up at Crotona Park where many hospitals from the Bronx had set up stands for free blood pressure, diabetes, and hepatitis B and C screening, as well as information regarding malaria, and insurances. According to some statistics “each year, almost 70 million people travel from the US to foreign countries.” And these travelers may be exposed to diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever, and hepatitis A.  According to Ambroise Ngande, when people travel to Africa they have to cope with malaria, which is a big issue there.  “The Africa Day malaria awareness will help to raise... Read more

FONY 2018: The culture of Burkina Faso once again was in the heart of the event

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The fourth edition of the Festival Ouaga New York (FONY), which was held and stretched from September 1st through September 4th, in New York is done. For four days, the FONY allowed the Burkinabé to revisit their culture and the Americans to better discover the culture of the country of upright people. The theme of the FONY, which is growing and renovating even if it still needs to improve, was “culture and education.” “The festival brought together artists from Africa, America, and Europe,” said Gerald Koala aka Kadafi who is the coordinator of the FONY. According to Mr. Koala, the FONY since its creation has allowed about twenty Burkinabe artists to land to America. "It's one of our goal,” he said. For this edition, there were three artists of the older generation from Burkina Faso and who flew to New York to make the culture of Burkina great. They kept... Read more

Africa Photo Festival is the privilege to tell our stories according to Yemi Ojagbamila  

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The first edition of “Africa Photo Festival” was held in August 25 and 26, 2018 at The National Black Theater in Harlem. It was an exposition of pictures taken by 15 local and international photographers. “It is time for Africa to tell its story,” said Yemi Ojagbamila who is the curator and the promotor. For two days, New Yorkers enjoyed not only photos taken in Africa but also pictures that tell stories of Africans living abroad or African diasporas. If the pictures are telling Africa’ stories, the photographers are not from Africa alone. Some photographers for example are from Colombia, Italy, and Russia. Photographers were able to tell the stories of Africa trough many topics. One of the topics was the dead. Joana Toro, a photographer from Columbia through the lens of her camera, tells the story of African diasporas in Colombia as they celebrated dead by beating on drums... Read more

Muslims – Israel summit series: A new generation of Muslims speaking in different voice amid contestation

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The first edition of “Muslims – Israel summit series” was held in August 27, 2018, in Manhattan. The summit reunited Imams, Rabbis, Scholars, dignitaries, and peacemakers from New York as well as from other States. A “historic gathering,” said Muhammad Drammeh, board member of Muslim Media Corporation, which is the convener of the summit. In his opening prayer, Imam Souleymane Konate said he came to the summit not because the summit was about Muslims and Jews, but because he is a human being. “God creates us as one creature,” he said. “Let’s stop judging each other.”  “We need to open the door for one another,” said Rabbi Joseph Potasnik in his opening remarks. “We came here today with different faith, we must leave here as one family,” he said. Why a summit on Muslims and Israel? “I can only imagine the benefits that derive from the contributions of an independent,... Read more

African Advisory Council’s BBQ was about to enjoy food, and to inquire about our health and our right to vote

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

African Advisory Council (AAC) organized in August 18, 2018 a barbecue, which was held in Crotona Park in the Bronx. It was not only about to enjoy food, but also to have a chance to get more information about healthiness, and voter’s registration. The organizers called it: “The AAC BBQ/ Health Fair/ voter’s registration.” As those who were present had enjoying food such as chicken, attieke, rice, salad… Menepelle Nuhan, AAC Director of Media, and who was also the MC of the event, made sure that music was tuned up. Coach Joewassa decided to make the BBQ more beautiful as he came with 15 kids.  The primary and general election will be respectively held in September 13, 2018, and in November 6, 2018. Voting is a right. And Christelle N. Onwu and her husband, both are working in human rights, were there to give more information about voter’s registration.   ... Read more

Bethel Hamliri . Inc.’s health fair in New York was  to bring awareness and health resources to communities 

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

A health fair organized by Bethel Hamliri was held in August 12, 2018 at Crotona park in New York. “We believe that a health fair is one of the best way to bring awareness and health resources to our communities,” said Frank Edgar Kabore founder and CEO of Bethel Hamliri.Inc. Through that health fair, community groups had had a chance to have access to free services such as blood pressure testing, blood glucose testing, resources for healthy lifestyle and weigh loss… “Bronx is under the threshold of illness,” said Pojanee Fleury (PJ) a participant who advised people to “pay attention to their health.” Mory Kouyate the chairman of African Advisory Council (AAC) said the health fair is a good initiative. “We must prevent illness before we get sick,” he said. Eating well is part of our healthiness. “We are not big on vegetables,” said Salimata Seck a participant who recommended... Read more

Miss Congo Brazzaville USA 2018: The winner is Dalhia Milondo

By :  Bazona Barnabé  Bado & Moustapha Diaoune

The third edition of Miss Congo Brazzaville USA 2018, was held in August 12, 2018 at the National Black Theater in Harlem, New York.  "Miss Congo Brazzaville is to promote the culture of Congo in the United States of America," said Henriette Brigitte Tsogni, promoter of Miss Congo Brazzaville and president of the NGO " La Main sur le Coeur.” They were five beautiful girls from different regions of Congo but living in the USA to take part in the competition. As the audience greet them with ovations as they make their appearance on the stage, some people were trying to guest the winner and making their choice. The numbers 1, 2 and 3, however, attract the attention of each other until the jury deliberated. The misses went back to the dress - room. Drums resound. It was the group Mfouambila of Congo which made its appearance. They were three... Read more

African Advisory Council is raising money for Souleymane Porgo

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The African community in New York through the African Advisory Council (AAC) has decided to help Souleymane Porgo as it is opening an online account (GoFundMe) that will allow benefactors to donate so that Mr. Porgo will keep running his business. Porgo is the street vendor from Burkina Faso, who was violently attacked by a gang of seven people in May 2017 while selling his wares on the edge of a street in New York in the Bronx. He was taking to hospital in a comatose state and recovered after intensive care. [caption id="attachment_1607" align="alignright" width="525"] AAC members[/caption] "The African Advisory Council supports those who cannot support themselves," said Mory Kouyate, Chairman of AAC, and who initiated the press conference last Monday to inform the public about the opening of an online account to raise $20,000 that will allow Porgo to move in his own store. "We do not want... Read more

AZAABAN and African Ancestry gave opportunity to seven African Americans to reconnect with their ancestral land, Burkina Faso.

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

A welcome ceremony was held in August 5, 2018 to honor seven African Americans who after a DNA testing found their roots in Burkina Faso their ancestral land.   The ceremony was initiated by AZAABAN a nonprofit organization, which is providing the best approaches for African Americans to know about the historical background of their ancestors -their origins, their ethnic group, and their culture. - The seven African Americans who were welcome by their respective ethnic groups living in New York, were Lyela, Kasenna, Samogo, and Bissa. “We must welcome them and accept them with all our heart,” said Tene Ouedraogo/ Ouele, the founder of AZAABAN, which stands for “welcome” in Kasenna language. [caption id="attachment_1579" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Tene Ouedraogo/ Ouele, the founder of AZAABAN[/caption] Without African Ancestry a company, which “is committed to providing a unique service to the black community by working daily to improve the cultural, emotional, physical,... Read more

Running a business: “It is our duty to build our community,” Saeed Hassan president of ABS Travel, said

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The president of ABS Travel was in July 26, 2018  in Brooklyn to meet with a group of teenagers from age 14 to 15 to give them the basic information  they need to run a business and to succeed in a world that requires more competition. Saeed Hassan who has been run ABS Travel for 25 years, was confident as he stood before the youth students and taught them how to be a successful man and woman. “Be strong inside of you, speak out, express yourselves, success comes then,” said Hassan who came to the meeting with his son who is majoring in finance with two minors. “ABS Travel, and staff believe in social responsibility,” said Dr. Marie Claudine Mukamabano, sales and marketing Africa.  “ You are the most important asset we have, we want to hear from you, talk to you and support you to become successful in your... Read more

Bronx Economic Snapshot: Bronx Borough president announced $ 1million, the AAC chairman wanted African’s immigrant voices to be heard.

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The New York State Comptroller held a press conference, which  took place in July 20, 2018 in the Bronx inside a deli to talk about the economic Snapshot of the Bronx. “The Bronx has made great progress and has come a long way,”  Thomas P. DiNapoli  the  New York State comptroller said. According to the report, the population of the Bronx increased by 26 percent between 1980 and 20017, reaching almost 1.5 million people, only slightly less than the record set in 1970. It also indicates that immigrants are growing presence in the Bronx. They are indeed, make up 37% of the total population. They are also a large part of the borough’s economic success, making up nearly half of the work force and 60 % of self – employed entrepreneurs.  The report also indicates that, three – quarter of all immigrants in the Bronx are from Latin America. The... Read more

Fundraising : “Women and Girls Empowerment” is giving hope to women and girls with disabilities

By :  Bazona Barnabé  Bado et Moustapha Diaoune

“Women and Girls Empowerment” organized  in July 7, 2018  its  first annual fundraising event in the Bronx under the theme: “ Giving hope to women with disabilities in Cameroon.” Many guests were invited and one of them,  Mrs. Sefakor Komabu – Pomeyie, Founder & president of “Enlightening & Empowering people of disabilities in Africa,” gave a powerful and emotional speech. “She is going to give hope to girls with disabilities,” said Edwige Samu, president and founder  of “ Women and Girls Empowerment,” who expressed her gratefulness to all those who have came to honor these women and girls who live with disabilities. Mrs. Sefakor Komabu 43,  entered in the room in a wheelchair  as people stood up, Applauded , danced, to  welcome her. “ I am a living testimony that a child with a disability has a possibility to succeed,” she said.  Sefakor ’story  is a long journey, which finally... Read more

Form of Business Organization: Which Should You Choose?

By : Issiffou Ouedraogo

  The decision as to which type of business organization to use when starting a business is a major one. And, it's a decision to be revisited periodically as your business develops. While professional advice is critical in making this decision, it's also important to have a general understanding of the options available. This Financial Guide provides just such an overview. Businesses fall under one of two federal tax systems: Taxation of both the entity itself (on the income it earns) and the owners (on dividends or other profit participation the owners receive from the business).This system applies to the business S-corporation-called the "C-corporation" (C-corp) for reasons we'll see shortly and the system of taxing first the corporation and then its owners is called the "corporate double tax." "Pass through" taxation. The entity (called a "flow-through" entity) is not taxed, but its owners are each taxed (more or less) on their... Read more

African Heritage Month (AHM) Is Official : Mory Kouyate chairman of AAC explains the concept  

  The first edition of the African Heritage Month ( AHM ) will be held in September 2018. The  decision has been made as leaders of the African Advisory Council ( AAC)  met in June 21st , 2018 with the Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. “We went in with two requests. A budget and the official Celebration of the African Heritage Month. The Bronx President agreed to one out of the two proposals. We shook hands to make September African Heritage Month,” Mory Kouyate Chairman of AAC said. The Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. also tweeted about it: “I had a great meeting today with the members of my African Advisory Council! Thank you for caring so much and being so committed to a better Bronx and New York City.” The African Journal asked Kouyate four questions to decrypt the concept of the African Heritage Month. Here are... Read more

 World Refugee Day, African Communities Together has mobilized hundreds of protesters

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

  World Refugee Day, which is held every year on June 20th was celebrated in New York in a particular  way as many organizations took the streets to express solidarity and show support  to families forced to flee their countries because of wars, and other catastrophes, and to denounce the Trump administration’s policies on immigration. African Communities Together, which initiated the march along with other organizations was able to mobilize hundreds of people who marched from Bryant Park – 42nd street and 5th avenue to Trump World Tower, which is build  face to the United Nations, and then to Dag Hammarskjold plaza, on 47th street and 1st avenue,  to express their outrage.   “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here,” the crowd sang as they marched brandishing placards, which displayed words that support immigrants or refugees.The particularity of World Refugee Day this year was that it was celebrated in... Read more

Educational System in Liberia, Menepelle J. Nuhann blames the government

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

  Menepelle J. Nuhann (M J N) is originally from Liberia. He is the  Founder, President and CEO of Vision For Children in Liberia ( VCIL). He is working for the department of education in New York and he is also the Director of Media for the African Advisory Council (AAC). He is talking in this interview about his organization and he blames Liberia’s government for the poor educational system in Liberia.    Tell us in few words about yourselves Menepelle J. Nuhann (MJN)  - Founder, President and CEO of Vision For Children in Liberia ( VCIL). Growing up poor in Liberia, striving for the privilege of getting an education, he graduated from the St. Francis High School with honors and dreamed of coming to the United States.  When he was awarded  that opportunity through the U.S Diversity Visa  Lottery program, many Bronx Kids at I.S. 217 middle school were the winners.  Once in... Read more

The Annual cultural evening aims to celebrate cultural diversity

By :       Bazona Barnabe Bado

The 8th Annual Cultural Evening was held on June 1st , 2018 in the premises of Public School 4 (P.S.4) in Manhattan. This annual event, which brought West African artists to perform and share African Cultures, was organized by USA – Mali Charitable Association of New York in partnership with P.S. 4 and Malian Cultural Center. “We organized each year the cultural evening to give the opportunity to kids to learn African cultures,” Assetou Sy/ Traore president of USA – Mali Charitable Association of New York said. Teachers, students, parents, including authorities from New York were there enjoying students dancing African dances,  and speaking French, and  hearing African music. [caption id="attachment_1013" align="aligncenter" width="4272"] Sy family[/caption] It was P.S. 4 “After School” Latino students who first and  one by one came to the platform speaking in French and English what they want to be when they grow up. “You are Africans... Read more

African Advisory Council:  “There was so much violence against our community.”  

By :  Bazona Barnabe  Bado

  Mory Kouyate is a Chairman of  African Advisory Council . We have  met with him to talk about the African Advisory Council. Who is Mory Kouyate? Mory Kouyate  ( MK): I am from Guinea Conakry. I came to the US in 1997. I attended high school here and I have a bachelor’s degree in political Science from CUNY ( City University of New York), York College. From 2014 to 2016 I served as the community Liaison of the African advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President. I was also Vice Chair from 2016 to 2017. In December 2017, I was elected by the African community in the Bronx as the Chairman for 2 years. I have been married for 2 years and I have a daughter.   As a chairman of African Advisory Council, tell us about the goal ( s ) of African Advisory Council?  MK : Our aims... Read more

Oils for body: When names matter

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

Like loincloths in Africa, oils for body in the streets of Harlem compete in term of names or label. Name it and sell it: a motto etched in mind of oil’s vendors. Either in a store or on a street, a gaze on a row of oil bottles proves that names matter to do business. From celebrities – Obama, Paris Hilton, Michael Jordan, Kim Kardhasian, – to lewd names such as “lick me all over” or “kiss me all over,” the choice is about brand or taste. The New York Times Magazine wrote: “The hot word in the field of sales . . . is brand.” Body oils, fragrances, or perfumes oils – no confusion, it the same type of oils – are used in general for their scent. However, beyond that perfumery purpose, most people focus on the brand name. “Black people create Obama, they don’t like smell, they... Read more

Burkina Faso community in New York has celebrated Woman Day

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

Burkina Faso community in New York has celebrated in April 21, 2018 the Woman Day in the Bronx. Saran Serémé who is the “Mediateur du Faso” ( Mediator of Faso) flew to New York to commemorate that day with the community. Three well known musicians (Idak Bassave, Aly Verhutey, and Floby) from Burkina Faso was there to sing and dance with the community. It was a big party. Here are some images. [gallery size="large" link="file" ids="726,725,724,723,722,721,720,719,718,717,716,715,714,713"] Read more

What Pastor Mamadou Karambiri said about homosexuality

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

Born into a Muslim family and grew up studying the Quran, nothing in his earliest life foretold that a young man named Mamadou Karambiri will become a christian, a Pastor or Minister of God. Yes, he did. “I did not change a religion, I became a new creature; I was born again,” he said when he was asked why did he change a religion? Pastor Mamadou Karambiri 71, is a prominent evangelical figure. He is well known not only in Burkina Faso his native country, but also all over the world where he very often travels to spread the word of God. He has been listed in 2010 by a French mainstream christian newspaper, “La Croix” as one of the ten voices “that counts in the evangelical’s planet.” Graduated in 1975 from University of Toulouse in France with a PhD in economics studies, Karambiri decided to go back to Burkina... Read more