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imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! As we close out GBE Black Media Month 2014, we direct your attention to a project close to me and listeners of “The Global Black Experience,” the Spech family’s African Diaspora Film Festival is back, bringing their 2014 “Back to the Roots” festival this year.

Summer 2014 Restaurant Week

If my experience at Dover whet your appetite for something new to eat, then New York City Summer Restaurant Week is just in time.

Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp.: Twenty-six years of saving, helping and training youth to trade in guns for stethoscopes

The Hippocratic oath states that doctors (medical personnel) should treat the ill to the best of one’s ability, preserve a patient’s privacy and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation. The Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp.’s EMT graduation and 26th anniversary parade Saturday, July 12 embodied all the elements of that oath.

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United Nations Pageant focuses on inner beauty

To promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style, the United Nations Pageant seeks inner beauty, unlike most pageants that typically focus on external beauty, glitz and glamour. The international event was held in Kingston, Jamaica, earlier this month. Contestants came from Africa, India, South America, the United States and the Caribbean and were scored on inner beauty, how they related with others and their support of community services. This was an opportunity for community service and cultural expression.

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Barraca Chic’s resort ’15 swimwear

For Funk Fashion Week in Miami, Barraca Chic, a firm from Switzerland, debuted its Resort 2015 collection featuring Swarovski embellishments, the finest fabrics and unique silhouettes. Inspiration for this collection stemmed from the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. Their swimsuits were highlighted with asymmetrical silhouettes and metallic gold rhombus prints.

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Talking SCHOP! Dover the bridge

It is no secret, I love being happily surprised when trying a new restaurant, especially one that comes by way of someone else’s recommendation, planning or behest. It’s almost like being blindfolded for a surprise that only reveals itself once you can see it and taste.

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Ebony Escapes! to Santa Monica

The beaches. An iconic pier. Miles of picturesque bike paths. Beautiful toned Southern California bodies.

Letter No. 85: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

Against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty in New York City last week, dozens of New Yorkers gathered to urge you to make good on your remarks made June 30 to take executive action on immigration reform. New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform Campaign, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition, want you and the White House to “act fast.”

Aruba Reaches Out but has Problems

Just last weekend, the Aruban prime minister, Mike Eman, other cabinet ministers and high officials ended a week-long hunger strike to protest what authorities said were efforts by the Netherlands, the island’s so-called mother country, to sabotage the 2014-15 budget.

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Choice Hotels appoints new Caribbean director

Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, has assigned Atlanta-based hospitality executive Dennis Wynn to oversee the lodging company’s franchise sales efforts in the Caribbean.

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Lillian Roberts honored by AFSCME tribute at international convention

The president of New York City’s largest municipal employee union was honored via a tribute video in Chicago last week.

Strike averted: LIRR workers reach deal with MTA

It’s all over. No need to form carpool plans. The Long Island Railroad will stay on the tracks. With the 12:01 a.m. July 21 deadline looming, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and representatives of LIRR workers agreed on a tentative deal that will help avoid a workers strike. Both sides settled their four-year contract dispute at the Manhattan offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

frican Burial Ground to be memorialized

A major ancestral awakening of New York City’s sordid slave history occurred in 2008, when Department of Transportation employees unearthed a 17th century African gravesite while refurbishing the Willis Avenue Bridge. The MTA offered to renovate the area in 2010.

1199SEIU announces endorsements

The executive council of the largest union in New York, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, officially made a series of endorsements in the September primaries and November general election for state legislators.

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Battle rap: on the rise?

The battle rap genre has been on the clock for a minute, and the crossroads are in the crosshairs. Is it a sport on the rise? Has it peaked? Has the decline begun? Those questions aren’t designed with a year or two projection curves. Those are pertinent questions that are to be dealt with now.

The death of Eric Garner demands prompt answers

Just this week, there was the candlelight march on Staten Island, complete with neighborhood mourners, a grieving widow and lingering questions about the senseless death of yet another unarmed African-American man at the hands of police.

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Leaders who can keep the dream alive

Over the last month, I had the privilege of reading two new books on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The first was written by David L. Chappell, professor of modern history at the University of Oklahoma, titled “Waking From the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King Jr.” The second was an advanced copy of Tavis Smiley’s latest book, “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year,” which will be released in September 2014.

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Recognizing community service

NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation hosted their 10th annual Marjorie Matthews Community Advocate Recognition Awards on the lawn of Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center on Roosevelt Island.

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Open letter to the mayor and police commissioner of the city of New York

I usually keep my personal views private. However, today I am morally compelled to speak up as the senior pastor of Union Congregational Church, a proud New York City Department of Education career educator and naval reserve chaplain. I am outraged and disappointed about the callous indifference to the life of the late Mr. Eric Garner as displayed by New York City police officers.

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 Candice’s Sickle Cell Fund hosts 12th annual scholarship luncheon

Antun’s in Jamaica, Queens, hosted the 12th annual scholarship luncheon for Candice’s Sickle Cell Fund. 

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