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5 of Brooklyn’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants | Brooklyn Magazine

Brooklyn Magazine features Black Owned Restaurant Month. Food is how cultures keep their traditions alive. Wherever populations roam, the one thing they can always bring with them are their recipes – the kitchen smells, salty sweet tastes on their tongues. So for Brooklyn, one of the most diverse boroughs of New York City, the food industry is an introduction to multiple cultures. Why highlight Black Restaurants? Brooklyn Magazine reaches out to Brooklyn’s most prominent Black restauranteers and patrons for the answer.

via 5 of Brooklyn’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants | Brooklyn Magazine.

“Black Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population and will have a buying power of $1.4 trillion by 2019,” Jamilah points out, “but how much of that money flows back into our communities?” As rents in New York City rise (and rise, and rise), long-standing businesses struggle to stay afloat. Historically, gentrification has disproportionately displaced minority communities, and with them, minority-owned businesses. BORM is one of many relatively new resources designed to foster support for businesses owned by African Americans, including the online directory Support Black Owned and apps like Around the Way, which locates nearby black-owned businesses. BORM is designed to celebrate some excellent restaurants that New York City Restaurant Week might’ve missed, and also to foster support for businesses in communities facing gentrification.

BORM lasts from September 9th to 30th, with 13 restaurants in Brooklyn and Harlem offering custom $35 three-course prix-fixe menus from Monday to Wednesday each week. Here, participating Brooklyn restaurant owners tell their stories and offer sneak peeks of their prix-fixe menus.


This Map Shows How Outrage Over The Eric Garner And Mike Brown Decisions Went Global

This Map Shows How Outrage Over The Eric Garner And Mike Brown Decisions Went Global

People all over the world are outraged about the failure to indict the police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

The proof is an animated map released by Twitter last week that shows the prevalence of tweets around the world using the hashtags #ICantBreathe, #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot — three prominent rallying cries of a growing movement to hold police accountable for violence against black Americans. Twitter limited the time period of the map below from Nov. 24 (the day of the Michael Brown decision) to Dec. 4 (the day after the Eric Garner decision). And as you can see, the tweets light up much of the globe.

via This Map Shows How Outrage Over The Eric Garner And Mike Brown Decisions Went Global.

‘The Knick’ on Cinemax : Review #OYRchallenge

Andre Holland | 'The Knick'

African Americans are told to be “humble” and wait on the Lord’s day. Well, I think it is here. “The Knick” begins its first season in an uproar. The 1900’s post-Reconstruction was a prickly era for African Americans, – dangerous at best. “The Knick” exploits the African American learned characteristics, genius and pride tempered by restraint, compassion and “subterfuge,” to create the amazing character, Dr. Algernon Edwards played by Andre Holland. He is the assistant chief surgeon in a New York hospital, forced to endure barbs and overt racist messages while expected to teach and develop surgical techniques for his white colleagues. Edwards is a genius, but the creators of this series, Jack Amiel and Michael Begler are not too shabby either.

I watched the first three episodes, which drew 3.6 million viewers of Cinemax’s 13 million subscribers according to Mike Hale’s New York Times review, but the first 9 minutes of the fourth episode had me reeling. Dr. Edwards must lead his team through a surgery he has developed. The chief surgeon demands that he “instruct” but must not touch the patient. How Edwards handles this situation is priceless. Definitely a must watch.

Mike Hale’s review is most salient in that it attaches the same rife racist tremor as the series, denoting resilience and fortitude as smugness, yet he cannot fail to give the same space to Edwards as the character Gallenger throughout.

Mike Hale (NY Times): When the white surgeon Gallinger Eric Johnson — whose attitude toward the interloping black doctor, Algernon Edwards Andre Holland, has been an interesting mix of pure racism and wounded professional pride — called his rival a “smug bastard” on Friday night, you thought, wait a minute, he’s right — Edwards, the show’s most sympathetic character, IS kind of a smug bastard. Mr. Holland makes us see how smugness and egotism coexist with, are inextricably bound with, Edwards’s reserve and compassion.

Will Andre Holland swoop in to take the lead in this drama? It looks so. Gallenger, as most racist, must put-Edwards-in-his-place. But who is breaking who? Instead, Edwards owns his racist. He is the puppet master midst a status quot meant to break him, yet Edwards maximizes his power to show genius top-side, while working secretly to provide healthcare to the indigent African American population below. Incredible story line, cast, and rendition of a history told over decades.

Although Clive Owens is heralded as the star of this television period piece, Andre Holland’s performance continuously overshadows reviews with an eerie similarity with the show’s running theme. Watch ‘The Knick,’ 10pm, Friday night on Cinemax. #OYRchallenge

via ‘The Knick’ Recap: Sins of the Flesh, With a Kick –

United States Is Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading to Poor, UN Report Charges | Alternet



Jerome Murdough, 56-year-old veteran

Jerome Murdough, 56, a mentally ill homeless veteran, was just trying to stay alive during a New York City cold snap when he thought he found his spot: a stairwell leading to a roof in a Harlem public housing project. But that desperate act set in motion a nightmare ride through New York’s criminal justice system that would end with Murdough dying of heat stroke in a Riker’s Island jail cell. New York officials now say the system failed Murdough every which way.

via United States Is Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading to Poor, UN Report Charges | Alternet.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bites into Senate on stalling immigration vote.

Chuck Schumer lights a fire under Senate on Immigration Bill prompting a robust response from Sen. Chuck Grassling. He urges the Senate not to use recent gun violence to sidetrack Immigration Bill voting.


Anti-marijuana New York assemblyman busted for weed possession | The Raw Story

A Republican lawmaker in New York who has a record of voting against medical marijuana legalization has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

State police said that a suspicious odor was noticed in Assemblyman Steve Katz’s vehicle when they pulled him over for driving around 80 mph in a 75 mph zone at around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

“After noting the odor of marijuana, a New York State Trooper found Katz in possession of a small bag of marijuana,” a statement from state police said, according to the Times Union.

Katz was given an appearance ticket for having less than 25 grams and is scheduled to appear in Coeymans Town Court on March 8. He also faces charges for speeding.

Last year, the assemblyman voted against a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana in New York.

via Anti-marijuana New York assemblyman busted for weed possession | The Raw Story.


New York cannibal cop in tears as defense rests after one day | Reuters

(Reuters) – The New York City cop on trial for plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women shed tears on Tuesday as his attorneys rested their case after one day.

“Just knowing that we’ve finally come to the conclusion (of the trial) and that his fate is in the jury’s hands” made Officer Gilberto Valle emotional, attorney Robert Baum said after court ended.

“That’s a huge weight for someone to bear,” Baum said.

Closing arguments were scheduled for early on Thursday.

via New York cannibal cop in tears as defense rests after one day | Reuters.


NYC woman: Husband wanted to kill me, eat others | CNS News

NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a New York City police officer on trial on charges that he conspired to kidnap, torture, kill and eat women objected to a defense lawyer‘s characterization of what she saw on her husband’s computer as pornography.

“It wasn’t porn. That was dead people,” 27-year-old Kathleen Mangan-Valle told defense attorney Julia Gatto Monday in an emotion-packed opening day of testimony that took a federal court jury in Manhattan into some of the darkest corners of sexually driven activity on the Internet. “I don’t know why you keep calling that stuff porn.”

via NYC woman: Husband wanted to kill me, eat others | CNS News.


Parents mark anniversary of Trayvon Martin death at New York City vigil – Yahoo! News

SANFORD, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) – One year after the fatal Florida shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin sparked national debate about gun laws and racial profiling, his parents prepared for a solemn vigil in Manhattan on Tuesday as they continue to crusade for stricter gun laws.

Meanwhile, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin during an altercation, remained out of sight, preparing for the possibility of a high-profile murder trial scheduled for June in Florida.

via Parents mark anniversary of Trayvon Martin death at New York City vigil – Yahoo! News.


Flagstar Mortgage Fraud Lawsuit Settled For $133 Million

This is the fourth lawsuit brought by the U.S. Attorneys’ office in New York against residential mortgage lenders. The government also has sued Deutsche Bank, Allied Home Mortgage and CitiMortgage, a subsidiary of Citibank. CitiMortgage reached a $158-million settlement with the government. Under terms of the Flagstar settlement, the company agreed to pay $15 million within 30 business days and to pay an additional $118 million as soon as it meets certain financial benchmarks. An independent third party, to be paid for by Flagstar, will monitor the bank’s compliance with HUD and FHA lending rules for at least one year.

via Flagstar Mortgage Fraud Lawsuit Settled For $133 Million.