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Stephanie Mills is a living legend, known as a "the little lady with a big voice, whose career has stretched four decades.

Feb 14: Black History Maker, Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills was born March 22, 1957, in Bedford Stuyvesant. The youngest of six children, Mills honed her rich vocals singing gospel music at Brooklyn's Cornerstone Baptist Church as a small child. By age 9, Mills appeared in her first ...

Feb 13: Black History Maker, Big Daddy Kane

Feb 13: Black History Maker, Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane, born Antonio Hardy on September 10, 1968, in Bedford Stuyvesant, is widely considered one of the most skilled MCs and charismatic entertainers in hip-hop. Not only was he a gifted lyricist, but he was also a class ...

The gutsy "Woman of the Year" made Wall Street respect Bed-Stuy

Feb 12: Black History Maker, Ernesta G. Procope

More than fifty-five years ago, Ernesta G. Procope formed E.G. Bowman Company, Inc., in Bedford Stuyvesant to provide auto and homeowners insurance services to her underserved community. Thanks to her energetic entrepreneurship, the agency grew and prospered. But by the ...

Michael Jordan is widely considered one of the best basketball players of all time

Feb 11: Black History Maker, Michael Jordan

Professional basketball player, Olympic athlete and businessperson Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Bedford Stuyvesant. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when Jordan was very young. Jordan developed a competitive edge at an early age. He ...

Lena Horne broke barriers as one of the first, highly acclaimed black actresses in Hollywood who used her status to speak on behalf of civil rights for all

Feb 8: Brooklyn History Maker, Lena Horne

Singer and actress Lena Calhoun Horne was born in Bedford Stuyvesant on June 30, 1917. All four of her grandparents were industrious members of Brooklyn's black middle class. Her paternal grandparents, Edwin and Cora Horne, were early members of the ...

Richie Havens was one of the most recognizable voices in popular folk music.

Feb 7: Black History Maker, Richie Havens

  Richard P. "Richie" Havens was born January 21, 1941, in Bedford Stuyvesant. At an early age, he began organizing his neighborhood friends into street corner doo-wop groups and was performing with The McCrea Gospel Singers at 16. At the ...

Earl G. Graves is a philanthropist, author, publisher and founder of Black Enterprise Magazine.

Feb 6: Black History Maker, Earl G. Graves

Earl G. Graves was born on January 9, 1935, in Brooklyn and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, where he learned hard work and perseverance from his parents, Earl Goodwin and Winnaford Colette Sealy Graves. Graves attended Morgan State University, where he ...

A leader in science and aeronautical engineering

Feb 5: Black History Maker, Dr. Aprille Ericsson

Dr. Aprille Ericsson is the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight ...

Shirley Chisholm

Feb 4: Black History Maker, Shirley Chisholm

As the first African-American woman elected to Congress, and the first woman and African American to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, Shirley Chisholm was a true trailblazer who remained Unbought and Unbossed --  her motto and the title of her first ...

Ujamaa: "To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth."

Celebrating the Fourth Day of Kwanzaa: Ujamaa!

Kwanzaa's fourth principle Ujamaa, this year celebrated on Saturday, December 29, is a commitment to the practice of shared social wealth and the work necessary to achieve it. It grows out of the fundamental communal concept that social wealth belongs to ...

Ujima, collective work and responsibility, nguzo saba, seven principles, Kwanzaa

Celebrating the Third Day of Kwanzaa: Ujima!

On Friday, December 28, the third day of Kwanzaa, observers of the holiday honor Ujima, the commitment to active and informed togetherness on matters of common interest. It is also recognition and respect of the fact that without collective work and ...

Kwanzaa, second day, principles, Kujichagulia, Self-deterination, Nuguzo Saba, meaning

Celebrating the Second Day of Kwanzaa: Kujichagulia!

  The second day of Kwanzaa honors self-determination (kujichagulia) and is celebrated on Thursday, December 27. The second Principle of the Nguzo Saba, as well as all seven principles, expresses itself as both commitment and practice. On this, the second day, ...

Advocacy groups contend that Black and Latino students have less access to physical education, after-school athletic programs and gym space

NYC Students of Color Lack Equal Access to Physical Ed, Reynoso Says

Brooklyn Councilmember Antonio Reynoso is gathering support for a new bill that demands more transparency in the city’s funding of after-school athletic programs to ensure greater equity for Black and Latino public school students. The councilmember joined students and advocates ...

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Tuesday the creation of a dedicated Hate Crimes Bureau. 

Brooklyn DA Creates Special Hate Crimes Bureau

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Tuesday the creation of a dedicated Hate Crimes Bureau.  The bureau will be headed by Assistant District Attorney Kelli Muse, the former deputy chief of the Civil Rights Bureau and Hate Crimes Unit, ...

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