Graduate Student at Columbia Journalism School, Contributor for Standard Newspaper (Kenya), Member of Overseas Press Club of America, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) Financial Journalism Training Alumnus, Pulitzer Africa Scholar, Simon and June Li Scholar, and Ruebhausen Fund Scholar
Best Foot Forward; Foot Locker’s Efforts to Survive Retail Apocalypse Clad in headbands, ripped jeans and bright sneakers, a bunch of noisy teens entered the Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) store at Times Square on the Monday after Thanksgiving, the biggest online shopping day. Brandon Figueroa,19, led the pack. He had just finished producing a new music video for one of his rapper friends and they decided to go shopping for sneakers. A huge “50% off” poster greeted them on their way in on 1460 Broadway.
The Clinic A heroin addict hooked on opioid and his journey to recovery By Caleb Mutua Next to the busy elevated Metro-North station on 125th St. in East Harlem, is a discreet side entrance flanked by two uniformed guards. Every day for the past three years, Manuel Diaz has gone past them to receive his daily dose of methadone. He hobbles in, gulps 60 milligram of reddish synthetic opioid from a tiny disposable cup, and is on his way again within fifteen minutes. The fix kicks in fast, suppressing his craving for heroin for the next 24 hours. The methadone also decreases the likelihood of him relapsing and reduces pain in his muscles.
Bodega Cashier Charged with Murder for Allegedly Stabbing Suspected Shoplifter By Caleb Mutua A suspected shoplifter paid for a cup of coffee with his life when a 22-year-old deli cashier stabbed him to death Friday morning, police said. Ramone Colon, 46, stormed inside A&S Candy Grocery at 104 W. 145th St. near Madison Avenue, took a cup of coffee and refused to pay, according to the police.
How safe is your child in school? The special investigation team set up to probe a wave of fires that swept across nearly 219 schools in 15 counties mid-last year noted with concern the safety of students in schools in a newly released report. The report, which involved 97 schools in 38 counties, observed that most institutions failed to implement the requirements of the Safety Standards Manual for Schools released in 2008.
Education Aid plummets six years in a row The total amount of aid allocated to education globally has fallen for six years in a row as donors shift their attention to health, population sector and infrastructure, UNESCO has warned...
Dressing Up for a Living; How Art of Drag is Thriving Online A few minutes after 9 a.m., BeBe Zahara Benet posted a video of her spinning in a colorful African maxi dress on Instagram. She whirled round fast, then in slow-motion, making the gathers on her costume swirl her curvy body concurrently with her long springy braids. “True queens radiate elegant sex appeal, completely covered in clothing,” Debby Randolph, one of BeBe’s over 90,000 Instagram followers commented on the post. A few hours later, over 10,000 people around the world had viewed the one-minute clip. BeBe posted the viral video on Sunday while performing at the RuPaul’s DragCon NYC at the Javits Center in Manhattan...
Retail space is a hot commodity in Harlem. A string of West African restaurants and other businesses line the blocks on West 116th Street, commonly known as Little Senegal. Chain eateries like Subway are also finding their way into the heart of this historically black community that is now attracting new and more affluent residents, forcing longtime immigrants and poor tenants out of the neighborhood.