Category archives for: Community News

Fortress ‘Black in America’: Closed to Africans?

by MKAWASI MCHARO HALL “Black in America” is like a fortress that is all at once forbidding and inviting. As an African arriving in America, I took it for granted that I would gain access to that fortress of black belonging by virtue of shared ancestry. How mistaken I was. When I moved from Kenya to New York City, my reception baffled me: The […]

Ras Baraka Relected Newark Mayor in a Landslide Victory

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka won reelection in a landslide victory to lead New Jersey’s largest city over challenger Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, securing his leadership for another four years inside City Hall. Baraka garnered more than more than 77 percent of the vote, according to an unofficial tally by the Essex County Clerk’s Office. Chaneyfield Jenkins received 22.6 percent of the vote. During his victory party […]

Book Launch Animates Ghanaians to Revisit Roots

About a hundred people gathered on Saturday afternoon, February 3rd, at The Priory in Newark for the launch of local author Kofi Ayim’s third book. Having previously written about a slave-turned-businessman of Akan descent (Jack Cudjo) and then about the heritage and customs of that nationwithin-a-nation (The Akan of Ghana), Ayim has now completed a volume focusing on a particular state within […]

NYC Lawmaker Pushes to Honor Ghanaian Hero

New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres says he will propose legislation to name the corner of 187 th Street and Prospect Avenue in honor of the Ghanaian military man, Emmanuel Mensah, who fell in the December 28, 2017 inferno in the Belmont section of the Bronx. The suggestion was first made during a community vigil held at the Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx on […]

Ellen Edwards: Civil Court Judge Candidate That Is Here For the People

If you’ve been in the justice system in Brooklyn at any point then you’ve ran into Ellen Edwards. The veteran lawyer has served in all facets of the judicial system from starting out as a criminal defense lawyer to working on behalf of landlords and tenants in housing court to litigating contested trials in surrogate’s […]

Maragos announces his pick to replace him as comptroller

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who is running for county executive as a Democrat, introduced Ama Yawson, of Freeport, as the candidate he would like to see take his place as comptroller. Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who is running for county executive as a Democrat, introduced Ama Yawson, of Freeport, on Wednesday as the […]

Kirkus Media reviews “The Akan of Ghana” by Kofi Ayim

“A thorough and illuminating cultural primer” –  Kirkus Reviews Ayim (Jack Cudjo, 2011) explores the history and culture of the West African Akan people in this nonfiction work. Some Akan people live in Ivory Coast, but most are based in southern Ghana. There, they constitute a majority of the population, and their primary tongue, Twi, […]

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, […]