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Sounding the alarm about school doors


I am generally a cheerleader for New York City’s public schools, having attended them and sent all six of my children to them as well.

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Race matters

Given the philosophy and political outlook of our Supreme Court—and we say “our” with some reservations, particularly in view of the more recent rulings—Black Americans should not be surprised that they have once again let us know where they stand on matters of race by upholding Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor for admission into college. Simply put, affirmative action has received the same rejection as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, in which a vital provision was eviscerated.

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The mayor’s first 100 days and then some …

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not immune to the arbitrary and traditional milestone of the evaluation of a mayor’s 100 days in office, a date that now has been exceeded by more than a week. Those few extra days do not alter the fact that his first term is highlighted by an explosion and explosive news.

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City Hall: Time to overhaul Sandy recovery effort

It may have been forgotten about in many circles, but some New Yorkers are still feeling the pain from Superstorm Sandy, and the city plans on alleviating that pain as soon as possible.

Kenroy Watson wears many hats, all with the same passion

Kenroy Watson embodies the New York cliché that everyone here is from somewhere else. His journey started in the Caribbean. He made his way to Canada and ended in America, where he now owns a plumbing business and is the pastor of a church.

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Workers United SEIU affiliate endorses Espaillat for Congress

An affiliate of Workers United SEIU has endorsed Adriano Espaillat for Congress.

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TWU Local 100, MTA agree on tentative deal

A two-year contract dispute between TWU Local 100 and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has ended, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Nas is truly ‘Illmatic’

Here’s a scenario painted at a Bronx barbershop. It’s a high stakes poker tournament featuring the creators of the greatest hip-hop albums of the past 20 years.

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Earth Day in Newark + NYC

On Tuesday, April 22, Newark, N.J., Mayor Luis A. Quintana, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Dan Jennings, the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational, the Newark Environmental Commission, the Newark Office of Sustainability and the Greater Newark Conservancy observed Earth Day 2014 with a ceremony on the front steps of City Hall at 920 Broad St.

Cosmopolitan Review April 24-30, 2014

Condolences to the Paterson family on the loss of patriarch Basil Paterson. His professional achievements have been well touted, but I remember a few personal things about him as well.

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Some Haitian earthquake displaced camps increasing despite significant drop

Four years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless, numbers of displaced camps are still growing, even though the homeless population continues to decrease, according to a recent report.

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Caron Butler feels rejuvenated with the Thunder

Two-time NBA All-Star Caron Butler didn’t have the playoffs on his mind a couple of months ago, but now with the postseason underway, he has eyes on his second championship ring.

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NBA Playoffs roundup

During the opening week of the NBA playoffs, a prevalent storyline has been the reportedly tenuous job status of several head coaches who have guided their teams into the postseason.

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Nets, Raptors dog fight continues at Barclays Center

What Brooklyn? “F— Brooklyn”? I’d suggest to Masai Ujiri, the Toronto Raptors’ general manager, that he doesn’t have to come to Brooklyn, though his Toronto Raptors must play here this weekend (Friday and Sunday) for Games 3 and 4 in the Eastern Conference playoff series at the Barclays Center.

The Rev. Dino ‘Like Boom’ Woodard passes at 79

“Like Boom!” was the Rev. Dino Woodard’s favorite expression, whether he was greeting you or emphasizing a point. It was as much a part of him as the generous praise and fond memories extended to him during the homegoing service on Sunday, March 8 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

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Activist Fred Ho passes

After a long, courageous battle against metastatic colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with in August 2006, choreographer, martial artist, musician, playwright, political prisoner and revolutionary Fred Ho succumbed to the illness on the morning of April 12 at his Greenpoint, Brooklyn, home. He was 56.

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Second annual Transforming the Temple Wellness Expo

Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, is scheduled to give the keynote address at the daylong health expo on April 26 from 12-7 p.m. at the Taino Towers of El Barrio/East Harlem.

National Urban Health Conference underway

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control cites heart and cancer disease as the leading causes of American deaths.

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NAN concludes their successful 16th annual convention

While President Barack Obama was the star speaker of the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN’s 16th Annual National Convention on Saturday, over 5,000 people attended the four-day event, making this the largest convention to date and the biggest national civil rights convening of the year.

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College tours rock! Go Deltas!

Hopefully a lot of high school students can say that for this spring break they went on a college tour. It is an inspiring experience.


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