The Rockaway Advocate

The Rockaway Advocate magazine is a citizen journalism project of the Rockaway Youth Task Force based out of Far Rockaway, Queens. In addition to being the only black-led newspaper in Rockaway, the Rockaway Advocate is also a youth program that combines local advocacy with youth development. In today’s world, rarely does mainstream media offer youth of color a platform to tell their own stories and those of their communities. These stories are often ignored, misrepresented, or marginalized. At the Rockaway Advocate, we are changing that narrative.

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New Vision High School: Students Feel Caged In

May 22, 2020

Why do we have fencing on our windows? You answer with issues of student safety, we answer with issues of racial oppression that have been embedded in our society for…

“Who Killed Malcolm X?”

May 22, 2020

Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) was a Black Muslim minister and human rights activist with strong sentiments of Black nationalism. As a leader with unwavering convictions and a…

Local Business Spotlight: Purrfect Pets

May 22, 2020

Working with animals is something that comes naturally to pet expert, Victor Robinson, owner of Purrfect Pets. Robinson and wife, Nilmi Robinson, own the longest-serving pet store in the Rockaways!…

Solutions not Suspensions

May 22, 2020

Black and brown students are denied their rights to safe and quality education due to unjust suspensions in New York State (NYS) schools. Suspensions serve as yet another barrier to…

Edgemere Commons Project: Update

May 22, 2020

The Rockaways will undergo one of the largest transformations the peninsula has seen since Superstorm Sandy. Following the devastation of Sandy in 2012, residents advocated for a revitalization project consisting…

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health in the Black Community

May 22, 2020

Jamal is a close friend of yours. He tells you that he has been feeling sad for the past two weeks and no longer enjoys pleasurable activities. You notice that…