How Obama's backing for NBA Africa venture could boost basketball on the continent
Former US president Barack Obama’s decision to invest in the National Basketball Association’s Africa venture reflects a lot about his past – his basketball playing youth and his African roots. It also signals that his future ambitions stretch beyond US
Governor Hochul Announces Partnership with "New York Fashion Week: The Shows" to Support the Revitalization of Creative Industries in New York
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a partnership with "New York Fashion Week: The Shows" to encourage growth in the creative industry sector of New York. The State is partnering with IMG - the producer of New York Fashion Week's central event,
Michael K Williams and The Wire: how the show redefined television watching
This article contains spoilers for The Wire.
Emmy-nominated actor Michael K Williams has died aged 54, reportedly of a suspected drug overdose. Early last year the actor mused on instagram “How will I be remembered and what will be my legacy?”
As U.S. football season kicks off, climate change threatens the game
For many in the United States, the first sign of fall is the start of football season. College students are back on campus and broadcasting networks are gearing up for the usual Thursday-to-Monday coverage. But the impacts of climate change
Government and charitable actions likely kept millions of Americans out of food insecurity during the pandemic
Despite the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the vulnerable in the United States, the percentage of Americans in food-insecure households held steady in 2020 at 10.5%, figures released on Sept. 8, 2021, show.
Although unchanged from 2019, the new
Can burying power lines protect storm-wracked electric grids? Not always
The good news when Hurricane Ida churned into Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2021 was that levees held up – especially those that were strengthened after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005. The bad news: In many places, power systems
Michael K. Williams Passes Away at 54
Michael K. Williams passed away in his apartment on Monday. Williams starred in numerous roles, including Omar Little from the hit HBO series "The Wire". Actors, athletes and other prominent figures grieved together over William's passing.
Most recently, Williams had
U.S. Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion ban
By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung
WASHINGTON - Texas' new abortion ban, the strictest in the nation, stood on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block it, dealing a major blow to abortion rights by leaving in place the
At least 9 reported dead in 'historic' flooding in New York, New Jersey
By Maria Caspani and Kanishka Singh
NEW YORK - Flooding killed at least nine people, swept away cars, submerged subway lines and grounded flights in New York and New Jersey as the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought torrential rains to the
How the Purdue opioid settlement could help the public understand the roots of the drug crisis
There’s a long history of U.S. courts being called upon to fix large-scale public health crises.
Lawyers and judges, for instance, were key in settling claims related to asbestos, lead paint, Agent Orange and tobacco. More recently, they have dealt with
Paralympians still don’t get the kind of media attention they deserve as elite athletes
With no international spectators and limited domestic crowds, the importance placed on broadcasting the Paralympic Games is greater than ever before. When the Games were postponed in 2020, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons argued that the Paralympics were
Algeria suffers from devastating wildfires, but faces big challenges in addressing them
Dozens of forest fires have raged through forest areas across northern Algeria. So far at least 90 people have reportedly died as a consequence. Natural hazard expert, António Bento-Gonçalves, provides insights into wildfires in Algeria and what must be done
Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) Further Strengthens Board - Five New Directors Named
New York, NY – August 25, 2021 - The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members: Allison Allen; Cecil Brooks, Jr.; Deirdre Guice Minor; Elan Keller; and Tom Veripapa. The
Ida carves path of destruction across Louisiana, leaves low-lying towns stranded
By Devika Krishna Kumar and Brendan O'Brien
Ida, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, knocked out power to over 1 million homes in Louisiana on Monday and prompted rescue operations in flooded communities around
New York Schools Face First Full Vaccine Mandate
Last Monday, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that all staff in New York City public schools must have received their first vaccine dose by September 27th. The mandate would cover nearly 148,000 workers, paving the way for other local governments
CDC eviction ban ended by Supreme Court: 4 questions about its impact answered by a housing law expert
The Supreme Court on Aug. 26, 2021, ended the Biden administration’s ban on evictions, putting millions at risk of losing their homes. The ruling, by a divided court, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority in
Thousands march in Washington, U.S. cities for voting rights
By Merdie Nzanga and Nathan Layne
Thousands of protesters rallied in Washington and other U.S. cities on Saturday to demand protections for voting rights, aiming to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation to counter a wave of ballot restrictions in Republican-led states.
New York defines illegal firearms use as a 'public nuisance' in bid to pierce gun industry's powerful liability shield
Could calling the illegal use of firearms a “public nuisance” bring an end to the gun industry’s immunity from civil lawsuits?
New York will soon test that notion. State lawmakers recently amended New York’s public nuisance statute to specifically include marketing
Climate change is an infrastructure problem – map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why
Most of America’s 107,000 gas stations can fill several cars every five or 10 minutes at multiple pumps. Not so for electric vehicle chargers – at least not yet. Today the U.S. has around 43,000 public EV charging stations, with
Eric Adams -- New Challenges, New Responses
By Daniel Rose
New York’s presumptive incoming mayor, Eric Adams, will confront daunting conditions more alarming than those imaginable only a short time ago. A man of beliefs and convictions but open to discussion and – where indicated – prudent compromise,
The story of Nearest Green, America's first known Black master distiller
When you hear the name Jack Daniel, whiskey probably comes to mind.
But what about the name Nathan “Uncle Nearest” Green?
In 2016, The New York Times published a story about the distiller’s “hidden ingredient” – “help from a slave.” In the
The impact of COVID-19 has been lower in Africa. We explore the reasons
There’s been an increase in COVID-19 deaths across Africa since mid-July 2021. But the impact of the pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa remains markedly lower compared to the Americas, Europe and Asia.
The reasons for this are not yet clear. Several factors
South Africa's basic income versus jobs debate: a false dilemma
Once considered a utopian ideal, a basic income guarantee has become a distinct political possibility, as the South African government scrambles to respond to growing hunger, and anger in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spurred by recent unprecedented riots,
When the NCAA permitted colleges to pay stipends to student-athletes, the colleges also raised their estimated expenses
When colleges with big-time sports programs began to offer living expense stipends to their student-athletes back in 2015, the schools also increased their estimated living expenses for all students, I found in new research. Living expenses are costs beyond tuition
Camille A. Brown To Direct Upcoming Broadway Production of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf"
Producers Nelle Nugent, Ron Simons and Kenneth Teaton announced today that Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown will direct the upcoming production of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf on Broadway in 2022. This will mark Brown’s directorial debut on Broadway.
Brown, who served as choreographer on the
East Harlem's Afrimbembé Festival Makes a Call For Black Solidarity During Black August
New York, NY – Commemorating Black August, specifically Aug. 21 which marks 50 years since the assassination of revolutionary leader George Jackson, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is hosting their third annual AFRIBEMBÉ FESTIVAL: Black Solidarity =
Is Homeownership Right for You?
By Rev. Dr. Charles Butler
For those who are now just coming to the realization that owning a home makes good sense, congratulations for reaching that conclusion. However, trying to buy a home now is Harlem can be an expensive investment.
Resilience gives students an edge in rural African universities
Students in rural African universities typically experience several challenges to do with poor infrastructure and a poor education foundation.
As a way to deal with learning challenges, some scholars have suggested decolonisation of the curriculum. This implies replacing colonial content and
Tokyo Olympics: how athletes are using ice vests, parasols and slushie machines to cope at the hottest Games ever
Tokyo Olympics: how athletes are using ice vests, parasols and slushie machines to cope at the hottest Games everTales of fainting archers and volleyballers burning their feet on baking sands have seen a flurry of claims that the Tokyo Olympics
Africa has a great strategic plan: now it needs to roll up its sleeves and take action
When the United Nations started framing its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2012 – a shared blueprint for working towards global peace and prosperity by 2030 – Africa was the first region to submit its list of priorities.
The continent was
Many people have developed stronger relationships with urban nature during the pandemic. Some have enjoyed views of nearby trees and gardens during periods of isolation, taken walks after Zoom-filled...