Not in my Front Yard: Central Harlem Residents Livid Over West 136th Street Homeless Shelter

Community Board 10 meeting, June 2016 (Photo by Senait Gebregiorgis | Harlem Focus)

Residents of Central Harlem are furious over a wealthy real estate developer’s move to construct a homeless shelter on West 136th Street — after insisting that the site would be used for residential housing. READ MORE

Secret Art Gallery Opens in Champaign

The Basement Gallery in downtown Champaign on it’s opening night, June 17. (Photo by Tyler Courtney | The Daily Illini)

A new, not-so-typical art gallery just opened its doors to the Champaign community — but its location remains a mystery. READ MORE…

Mobile Apps Aim to Boost Young Latino Vote

Ad for Unidos app download (Photo by Unidos app team)

Some organizations have turned to smartphone technology, developing applications geared specifically to entice Latinos in their 20s and 30s to cast ballots for presidential 2016 elections. READ MORE…

Black LGBTQ Leaders Challenge Narratives of Black Homophobia

African American participant at Harlem Pride 2016 (Photo by Senait Gebregiorgis)

The argument around homophobia in the African American community is a grayish assumption. This is not to say that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia are no longer an issue in the black community. But there have been many instances in which the conversation has almost shelved itself, because of the many roles of African Americans. READ MORE…

Organization Aims for 100 Percent African American Retention at the University

100 Strong orientation for freshmen class of 2018 (Photo by 100 Strong)

At a campus where only 4.9 percent of the total student population is African American according to the University’s Division of Management Information, the first year of college can be overwhelming and challenging for an African-American student. READ MORE…

Dads Weekend Restores Relationships, Brings Fathers and Sons Closer

Darius Powell (center) with his parents Dad’s Weekend 2014 (Photo from Darius Powell)

Although it’s a tradition for many father figures to visit their kids during Dads Weekend, not every student has that opportunity. READ MORE…

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