Category archives for: Community News

Get involved in children’s education – Dr. Yamba advises parents

by Kofi Ayim There are lots of colleges and universities for the average student, but parental involvement in their childrens’ education is key to finding the right fit for them. Dr. Zachary Yamba, former President and current Interim President of Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey offered this advice at the 1st College & Career […]

Brooklyn DA Will Protect Immigrants from Deportation for Minor Offenses

by Camille Padilla-Dalmau On Monday April 24, only days after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to eight “sanctuary cities” including New York with an ultimatum stating that they will lose federal funding if they refuse to co- operate with ICE, Brook- lyn’s District Attorney’s Office announced new measures to protect immi- grants from […]

Meet Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: First black female neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital

By Socrates Mbamalu, March 20, 2017 We start this week with heart-warming news, Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah becomes the first black female Neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Abu-Bonsrah left Ghana at the age of 15, and has been in the U.S. for nearly 11 years. The first physician in her family, including the extended family, […]

Know your body – Dr. Aluya

Black people have been advised to know their bodies very well in order to quickly stem any significant changes. Dr. Nelson Aluya, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School offered this counsel at a community forum organized by the University Hospital and Islamic Community Health Collaborative at the Kings Family Restaurant Newark, NJ March 19, 2017. He said any […]

Maplewood Says Yes to Sanctuary Status, Orange Stalls

The city of Maplewood is the first one to declare itself a sanctuary city in New Jersey this year, while neighboring Orange appears undecided. Both townships are located in Essex County. On Jan. 17, Maplewood chose to become a sanctuary city, and its mayor immediately stood behind the measure. “Maplewood is – and will continue […]

‘We Are Not Going to be Able to Protect Everybody’ – NY City Council Speaker

by Edwin Martinez  Since Donald Trump took office as president of the United States and launched his immigration policies – with which he intends to deport millions of undocumented people – the city has assumed the protection of immigrants living in New York City as a priority. Although the city has declared itself a sanctuary […]

Brooklyn DA to hire immigration attorneys to protect borough’s immigrants

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez was at the recent Kings County Criminal Bar Association meeting on Thursday, where he an- nounced that his office will hire a pair of immigration attorneys to work with assistant district attorneys to ensure that immigrants don’t get deported for low-level crimes. “We are going to hire in the Brooklyn […]


City Encourages New Yorkers Earning $64,000 or Less to File for Free with NYC Free Tax Prep The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and New York City Taxpayer Advocate Eunkyong Choi today issued a warning to New Yorkers about predatory tax preparer tactics, in particular advertis- ing for and selling “express refund […]

City Council Open Letter to New York City Immigrant Communities

Urge Those Affected to Remain Calm and Make Use of Available City Services City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca and Council Member Daniel Dromm on November 17 released a letter addressing New York City immigrant communities. The letter comes in the wake of fears expressed by immigrant communities about their future […]

Experts Warn Immigrants Against ‘Marriage Of Convenience’

by Edwin Martinez President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to deport mil- lions of undocumented peo- ple have caused such alarm that some are looking for a way to legalize their status to remain in the country by any means. “Marriages of convenience” would seem to be a quick option for many in their desperation, but if […]