Years ago when I was a resident of Ocean Village and working as a City Council staffer, I remember getting frustrated that we didn’t have a supermarket or a restaurant for a family to sit down for a nice dinner like other communities.Read More
Picture of “Mara Brock Akil” speaking about her experiences as a writer and producer of TV shows during the State of the Black Union.Read More
In many ways today's youth never had it so well, but at the same time, never have so many had so much to deal with. To achieve a brighter tomorrow we must understand the issues youth are confronted with today. When I was invited to author another column for the Rockaway Advocate this year, I decided to not speak on a single subject but to touch on several issues youth are currently faced with.Read More
There’s nothing to celebrate about the overtly racist prison system, police brutality or the fact that slaves weren’t even free until 1865. Yet, this country still deems it perfectly okay to celebrate these factors. In fact America should be ashamed for being so hypocritical and constantly trying to hide its dirty past instead of dedicating a day for celebration.
Who knew the day would come where marijuana would be legalized? Well, don’t get your hopes up… yet. Mayor de Blasio announced with the NYPD that people smoking marijuana publicly will only be sanctioned tickets starting September 1st, but there’s a catch. With a certain set of rules that lead can lead to what was once a ticket to a full blown arrest, these restrictions include: being on probation or parole, criminal warrants, no identification, having a documented history of violent behavior, driving while under the influence of the drug and much more.
On June 13th, the New York City Council’s Committee on Public Safety held a public hearing on the New York Police Department’s gang policing tactics — an issue that hits close to home for Rockaway. The committee, chaired by Councilman Donovan Richards, called the NYPD to testify on the department’s controversial gang database, which has been heavily criticized by community advocates across the boroughs.Read More