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‘A Star Is Born’ shines with surprising diversity and inclusion

Before you push into the review, it’s important to know that Lady Gaga can act, very well, and actor Bradley Cooper can direct—even better. It’s safe to say that here, “stars are born.”

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Aretha Franklin’s longtime musical director shares memories

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with H.B. Barnum, who had been Franklin’s musical director for more than 30 years, and he was glad to speak about this great lady.

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Taraji P. Henson foundation to address mental health stigma

Taraji P. Henson, has taken strides to confront the stigma of mental health in the Black community.

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Brooklyn Museum presents ‘Soul of a Nation’

A new Black arts exhibition, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” is on display at the Brooklyn Museum from Sept. 14, 2018, to Feb. 3, 2019.

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‘Where Hands Touch’ asks uncomfortable questions

With “Where Hands Touch,” British-Ghanaian director Amma Asante revisits her roots by making a film with young adults at its center.

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Urbanworld Film Festival returns through Sept. 23

This year features a slate of 69 official selections and seven high-profile Spotlight selections that include Viola Davis’ upcoming crime caper, “Widows.”

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Arthur Mitchell, legendary ballet trailblazer, dies at 84

Arthur Mitchell, the legendary force of nature who changed the face of American dance, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Manhattan. He was 84.

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Manning becomes the scapegoat for the Giants’ early season deficiencies

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was justified in emphatically defending Eli Manning after the offense’s horrendous performance in losing to the Dallas Cowboys 20-13 Sunday night on the road.

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Jets deplaned by Miami, but it could’ve gone the other way

Week 2 of the NFL season has already passed us by. Miraculously, there was another tie, the Vikings and Packers, 29 all, the second tied game this season, two in a row.

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Talking SCHOP! Westchester Food Truck Mash-Up

It was a hot, hot but beautiful Sunday and I only had coffee in preparation to attend the second annual Westchester Food Truck Mash-Up at Empire City Casino.

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Columbia volleyball flourishing under new coach

As Columbia University women’s volleyball heads into Ivy League conference play, the players are feeling strong and well prepared.

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The Nets prepare for their new season, step by step

With baseball’s playoffs about to begin, the football season underway, hockey and basketball season can’t be far behind.

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Osaka begins to cash in big after defeating Serena

Things might not have gone completely the way Naomi Osaka had dreamed or imagined they would after winning her first U.S. Open Women’s Singles championship, the first Japanese or Haitian player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, but she’s now receiving far more financial gains than she might have ever expected, so soon, at such a young age.

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Yanks labor to hold off the Oakland A’s in the American League wild-card race

The Yankees delayed the Boston Red Sox’s coronation as the American League East division champions Tuesday night in the Bronx as Aaron Judge took a turn at bat in the team’s lineup for the first time since being placed on the disabled list July 27 with a broken right wrist.

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Knicks’ rebuild continues as they ready for the start of training camp

The Knicks begin training camp Monday ahead of their preseason opener Oct. 1 against the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital and the start of their regular schedule versus the Atlanta Hawks Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden.

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Harlem Harvest Festival 2018

One of Harlem’s most anticipated events returns Saturday, Oct. 6, for its ninth year.

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Seattle Storm wins third WNBA title

The 2018 WNBA season came to a close Sept. 12, when the Seattle Storm defeated the Washington Mystics 98-82, taking the WNBA title in a three-game sweep.

Sistahs in Business Expo showcases an entrepreneurial spirit in Atlanta 

An entrepreneur is officially launched when someone makes the transition from employee to self-employment.

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Welcome Zimbabwe President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa to United Nations General Assembly

The march and rally will assemble on the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in Harlem at noon

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Hotelier hails Naomi Osaka’s Haitian heritage

Le Plaza Hotel’s general manager, Marc Pierre-Louis, hails Naomi Osaka’s stunning victory at the U.S. Open as “an achievement of which all Haitians should be incredibly proud.”

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