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Affordable Housing Seminars To Be Held In Brooklyn

Community Board No. 2 in Brooklyn is hosting five free seminars on financial empowerment that will be held over the next year by housing advocates so area residents have the credit history they need to qualify for housing lotteries, as well as in-depth orientations on the application process.

Harlem's Philip's Senior House Remains Affordable

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the preservation of Philip’s Senior House, a 14-story Mitchell Lama building with 200 units in central Harlem. As part of its rehabilitation and modernization, Philip’s Senior House will also remain affordable for low- and moderate-income seniors for 40 years.

Air Conditioners Donated To NYCHA Program

Air conditioning manufacturer Friedrich will donate 150 units to cool 38 Cornerstone programs at NYCHA sites. The gift benefits community centers where youth participate in summer enrichment programs. The donation goes to the Department of Youth and Community Development in NYCHA, which has extended evening hours in community centers citywide.

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! The tristate community joins with WBAI in mourning the passing of criminal justice and ex-offender advocate Eddie Ellis, host and executive producer of “On the Count,“ which was heard over WBAI. Ellis protected the rights of the incarcerated and served many former inmates and their families with a dedication that will be forever remembered.

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Talking SCHOP! Sizzling feet on Lenox

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Those grooves on the sidewalk on Lenox Avenue between 127th Street and 118th Street are real. Last Tuesday, loyal and patient Harlemites and patrons made their way up and down the avenue for the second annual Lenox Sizzles restaurant crawl.

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Santa Monica: Beauty and the beach

Last time around we had just barely scratched the surface of Santa Monica, Calif., a unique, beachside community known around the world.

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1199SEIU launches new health care program with Montefiore

Last week, 1199SEIU announced the launch of a program that will coordinate care for close to 15,000 union members and their families, who already receive much of their care from Montefiore-affiliated programs.

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Met Opera workers fight for a fair contract to stay out of poverty

Fast-food workers aren’t the only ones fighting for a fair wage. Last Thursday evening, hundreds of Met Opera workers and community members held a rally to protest a contract proposal they claim would set them on the path to poverty.

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Kenny Leon Still Shining

It’s puzzling how audiences have not been able to definitively quantify what makes someone the “best” in hip-hop. On my side of the ledger, it starts and ends with the word.

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Harlem Revive! A Community Day of Unity

Hundreds of Harlemites poured into the Bradhurst neighborhood’s Jackie Robinson Park Amphitheater Saturday, July 19 to participate in “Harlem Revive!: A Community Day of Unity.”

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Metro-Manhattan Links partner with Metropolitan Museum of Art

Last week, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School and co-sponsor the Metro-Manhattan Links partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to host a day of “Understanding Cultures Through Art” for 57 of the school’s student-scholars and chaperons.

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The Bartendaz stress ‘movement is medicine’

The sixth annual Day of Movement, hosted by Giant and his Bartendaz, brought out the masses July 26 in the park at 139th and Lennox to witness and partake in their noted innovative exercise and fitness techniques, using urban playground equipment and street furniture.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Among the things I love about journalism is that you get to tell both sides of the story. You may recall in last week’s column, I wrote of ancient Mesopotamia, which was once known as the cradle of civilization. It is a region of the Middle East, which can best be located by today’s geographical description as ISIS territory.

Reverse RSVP: Why Uganda’s Museveni, who called enslaved Africans ‘stupid’ and praised Hitler, shouldn’t come to U.S.-Africa Summit

If a white person said Africans captured into slavery by Europeans deserved their fate because they were “stupid,” she or he would be treated like the plague. If anyone praised Adolph Hitler as having been “smart” but merely going “a bit too far,” that person would also invite universal condemnation.

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Jay Electronica invokes Farrakhan after controversial performance

Provocative hip-hop star Jay Electronica has attracted a bit of negative attention after his performance at the 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. One would think pulling larger-than-life rapper Jay Z onto the stage to perform with him would be a very positive experience for his fans, but Electronica’s surprise guest did not keep him from needing the defense of the Nation of Islam’s leader, Lewis Farrakhan, once he stepped off the stage.

Vigils held for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Last week, a number of local and international events occurred to mark that it has been more than 100 days since the abduction of the Chibok pupils.

Obituary for Edwin Benjamin Ellis Jr.

Edwin Benjamin Ellis Jr., affectionately known to all as “Eddie Ellis,” passed away in the early morning July 24 at his home. He was 72 years old.

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Author showcases Trojan horse of World Cup, Olympics

It’s no secret that humans want to put their “best foot forward” when guests and new people are around. You clean your house, you put on makeup and you dress in your best clothes. However, countries that host the World Cup and the Olympics have taken that concept to its illogical extreme.

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James Baldwin gets his 'Place' in Harlem

Except for James Baldwin, very few of our legendary writers were actually born in Harlem. But next Saturday, Aug. 2, that point will be made definitively when a section of West 128th Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues, will be named “James Baldwin Place.” 

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Joffrey Ballet’s ‘call for choreographers of color’

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of the Joffrey Ballet, has announced their fifth annual call for the “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards” program. “The goal of the award is to recognize talented and emerging diverse choreographers of color whose diverse perspective will ignite creativity in the form of original works of dance,” according to the release. The deadline for application is Oct. 1.

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