Bronx Woman Margaret Brooks Disappears in East Harlem

Bronx Woman Margaret Brooks Disappears in East Harlem

February 5, 2012 10:57am


Margaret Brooks, 24, has been missing since Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (DCPI)

By Sarah Tan

DNAinfo Reporter

BRONX Police are searching for a young Bronx woman who vanished in East Harlem last week.

Margaret Brooks, 24, of Soundview, was last seen around noon on Jan. 31 in front of a Pathmark on East 125th Street in East Harlem.

She is described as being 4-foot-9.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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First Ever National Pretty Brown Girl Day

February 6, 2012

Damali Hill
Director of Publicity


Laila and Aliya Crawley with their Pretty Brown Girl Dolls are ready for Pretty Brown Girl Day, Feb. 25th

Nationwide ( — Empower a girl, empower a world. During Black History Month, a Detroit Metro based company is pushing for a national movement. Pretty Brown Girl is asking all girls and women across the United States and around the world to celebrate themselves, families and friends. This is a great way for brown girls of all ages, cultures and ethnicities to empower themselves and boost their self-confidence.

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, Pretty Brown Girl (PBG) is encouraging families, youth mentoring groups, civic organizations and churches locally and nationally to embrace the differences among their youth. It is important for girls to understand that no matter what their skin tone they are beautiful inside and out.

The Pretty Brown Girl collection includes the book, My First Day of School and the PGB pledge; which encourages girls to Dream Big. There are also T-shirts, bags, other accessories and the anticipated Pretty Brown Girl Doll; available this Spring. Now girls and women are proudly describing themselves and others as pretty brown girls with this simple but powerful message.

In August 2011, Sheri and Corey Crawley launched Pretty Brown Girl, LLC in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. The couple was inspired to start the company by their daughters Lailia and Aliya. When the family relocated to a Detroit suburb, Sheri observed changes in her oldest daughter’s behavior. Laila lost her bubbly personality and became more withdrawn and timid during school hours. She began to make comments that she wanted her hair to look like that of her classmates as opposed to her own beautifully textured hair. When Sheri began sharing her observations with other moms, she realized that different families were having similar experiences. Those incidents combined with a news report, that showed children of all ages and backgrounds still have negative connotations of people with darker skin tones, made Sheri and Corey realized there is a need for positive messaging to girls around the world.

The Pretty Brown Girl collection can be purchased online at

To request an interview or for more information, please contact Damali Hill, Director of Publicity at (888) 594-5507.


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African-American – News

African-American – News February 6, 2012

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17 people honored at African/African-American Love Feast (York Dispatch)
But the York City man was after being honored during the African/African-American Love Feast and Recognition Dinner at the Holiday Inn Holidome in West Manchester Township.

On Republican concern for the poor (Daily Kos)
Mitt Romney stepped in it the other day. Normally, this would be news in the same way that the sun rising would be news: in other words, not at all.

GOP ‘dog-whistlers’ (PittsburghLive)
Here are some things you could learn about black Americans from the recent statements and insinuations of Republican presidential candidates, Republican congressmen and Republican-friendly radio personalities: * And the pathologies afflicting black Americans are caused partly by the Democratic Party, which has created in them a dependency on … (more)

Brown U. Student uncovers lost Malcolm X speech (Sunherald)
The recording was forgotten, and so, too, was the odd twist of history that brought together Malcolm X and a bespectacled Ivy Leaguer fated to become one of America’s top diplomats.

Chicago marks Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (KFVS12)
The Chicago Department of Public Health will participate in a national observance aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness among African Americans.