New York

Jaisaan Lovett. Young Black boy smiles while standing behind podium wearing navy graduation cap and gown with yellow sash

ICYMI: Black Valedictorian Denied Graduation Spotlight Gives Speech Anyway

Jaisaan Lovett is his school’s first Black valedictorian—but officials refused to let him speak at his graduation. So Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren gave him a bigger platform.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Socialist Latina From the Bronx, Ousts 10-Term Representative

The Bronx-born and raised organizer is on track to represent her community in the House of Representatives—and become the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress.

New York state health commissioner will recommend that state legalizes recreational use of marijuana.

New York Health Department to Recommend Marijuana Legalization

Drug reform advocates welcome the move, but remain wary of how the state will address criminal justice issues related to legalization.

NYC marijuana arrests

New York City Officials Vow to Revamp Marijuana Policy

The mayor and district attorneys promise to limit prosecutions for most offenses, but reform advocates remain weary in absence of codified law.

Prison Reforms

New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

An estimated 35,000 residents, overwhelmingly Black and Latinx, stand to benefit from Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.

A Black man raises a fist while standing in front of a rainbow flag in Times Square

[VIDEO] New Yorkers Push Back Against Trump's Tweeted Ban on Trans People in the Military

Colorlines’ Tiye Rose captured a Times Square protest against Trump’s attempt to ban transgender people from military service. 

Maureen Grogan, 69, stands outside her solar-powered home in Uniondale, N.Y., on March 4, 2017. She's one of many residents in the town who have decided that to go renewable.

What It Means That This Community of Color Is Going Solar

In four years, Uniondale, NY has embraced a technology often seen as a luxury for affluent White neighborhoods. 

White man wearing glasses with camera

STUDY: Police Body Cameras in Danger of Being Used as 'Instruments of Injustice'

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights examined body-worn camera policies in 50 municipalities. It was not impressed.

Mohamed Rasheed Khan in hospital gown on white hospital bed, with pink and blue tubes attached to his face

Supporters Urge NYPD To Investigate Possible Bias In Attack On Muslim Man

Mohamed Rasheed Khan endured a concussion and bone fractures from an alleged beating outside a Queens, New York, mosque. 

Donald Trump's Father Was Arrested at a Ku Klux Klan Riot. Really.

Is that why Trump didn’t initially condemn the Klan endorsement?

Black Woman-Owned Craft Beer Brand Headed to New York Walmart Stores

Harlem Brewing Company owner Celeste Beatty: ”I hope it turns into a Patti pies situation.”

The Reason Why I Fight

Seven low-wage workers tell video storyteller Kat Lazo why they made the time and braved the chilly New York City rain to join the Fight for $15’s mammoth national day of action. 

Here's a New Home for Creators of Color on the Rise

The hip-hop/reggae artist Kuf Notz opens up Breaking, our new series on under-the-radar musicians, filmmakers, designers, writers, dancers, developers, illustrators and other artists you should be checking out. Right now.

The Silencing of a Radio Legend

The corporate giant iHeart Radio has pushed “The Art Laboe Connection,” a classic oldies-but-goodies show, out of L.A. Here’s one Latino writer’s love letter to the show and the DJ he was raised on.

New York's Governor Wants to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.50

Is $10.50 enough?

Chris Rock Talks Race Relations, Comedy And More

“To say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress,” Chris Rock says.

New York Bank Accused of Not Lending to African-Americans

Systemic hurdles are still preventing many people of color from building wealth

Ramarley Graham's Parents Drop Off Petition, Rally For Federal Investigation

The petition has more than 33,000 signatures

NYC Sikh Man Called 'Terrorist,' Run Over by Truck

Sandeep Singh remains hospitalized

Eric Garner's Death Ruled a Homicide

The Department of Justice is also keeping tabs on the case