In 2007, Traci Johnson, 41, founded Culture Skateboards with her husband Jay to support and promote young skateboarders from New York City. While teaching her nephew to skate, Johnson was astonished to hear young skaters talk about achieving fame and fortune as if that were the purpose of the sport. A lifelong skater, she decided to start an organization that would not only teach kids how to skate, but educate them about the history and culture of skateboarding.
Michael Kamber has been taking pictures of war for more than 25 years. Between 2003 and 2010, the award-winning journalist worked for The New York Times in Iraq, amassing a vast body of work covering the conflict there. Later this year, Kamber will release a book of oral histories from fellow photojournalists who worked in Iraq during the war. “Journalists on War: Untold Stories from Iraq” will feature accounts of the conflict from nearly 40 journalists.
Kamber recently sat down with the NYCity News Service to talk about the book, and his experiences in Iraq.
The park bench where Richard Wright wrote the most important black novel in American history is well-known in Fort Greene, but now a local group wants to highlight the “Native Son” author’s other literary bookend: the unmarked Carlton Avenue home where he lived.
Ten years after 9/11, higher education is taking a new look at the way it studies terrorism.
It’s no longer strictly an academic exercise – for many, it’s a new career path. Manhattan’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice is at the center of merging the study of terrorism and the training of future law enforcement officials.