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Wednesday, August 31

NFT needs your help finding a home for its 2011-12 season

The New Federal Theatre (NFT) celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. It was an amazing...

Edo organization celebrates family, tradition and fun

Hundreds upon hundreds of Nigerians-Binis from Edo State-descended upon Heckscher State Park, in East Islip...

SOUTH AFRICA WINE MIRACLE BUILT ON BACKS OF EXPLOITED WORKERS

Aug. 23 (GIN)-Bent over the lush vineyards that produce South Africa's great wines are dirt-poor...

Are innocent Blacks being killed in Libya?

When it comes to the truth in Libya-and it's well known that the truth is...

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Will Congress return and show true leadership and grit?

It has been several weeks since lawmakers took this country to the precipice of financial...

Despite Handschu law, enforcement agencies continue probes

I opposed the Handschu settlement alluded to in this piece while still in prison precisely...

Alliance for Quality Education-Cuomo, you're hurting our children

Yes, governor, your cuts will hurt our children! Amsterdam News editors, as I read your...

Cuomo, Albany address some issues but not all

Gay marriage? Check. Rent control? Check. Pensions? Not so much. The New York State Senate,...

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King-sized fear

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial dedication ceremony, scheduled for this past weekend, was...

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Nick Ashford: More than a musician

Singer, songwriter, Motown legend-the music Nickolas Ashford wrote, co-wrote and sang will remain timeless American...

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Thousands gather to bid soul legend, Nick Ashford farewell

Valerie Simpson swayed back and forth in her seat and smiled during the memorial for...

Prostate cancer hits African-American men the hardest

Fatalities from prostate cancer disproportionately affect African-American men more than any other ethnicity, but a...

A new AIDS crisis is coming to New York

A new wave of HIV infections is about to hit New York, and we had...

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Folks who were not left out

It has been my experience in life that it is a privilege to be chosen...

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Welcome relief as Obama administration reviews some deportation cases

Advocates across the country are cautiously optimistic as the Obama administration announced on Aug. 18...

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Pre-Labor Day jam set for Harlem this Sunday

NEW YORK (Sept. 1, 2011)-While millions get set to celebrate the annual West Indian American...

U.S. fears Guyana becoming a narco-state

Recently released confidential cables from the U.S. mission in Guyana to the State Department in...

Tom Joyner's complaint against Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

It is has been a simmering issue percolating its way from the realm of talk...

The sad lack of civility toward a commander in chief

There it was again just last week. We were subjected to fresh new evidence of...

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Obama's misguided 'friends' in high places

Sen. Tom Coburn readily acknowledges that he considers Barack Obama to be a friend and...

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Zoe Kravitz hits the screen 'Yelling to the Sky'

Writer/director Victoria Mahoney's semi-autobiographical debut film is a story beautifully shot, elegantly portrayed, harsh and...

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Is today's news media really telling it like it is?

"What good is the truth if it doesn't sound true?..."-Rex Harrison, "The Long Dark Hall"...

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Courtney Bryan, Black composer, marches to the beat of her own drum.

"Musicians make decisions. They either support the status quo or break down barriers," says Courtney...

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Harlem Opera Theater brings the 'Truth'

Etymologically, "regard," "guard," "spectate" and "respect" have a very close linkage. If I were a...

A timely, re-envisioned staging of 'Porgy and Bess'

This week marks my 27th article on classical music for the New York Amsterdam News....

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A grand night with Opera Noire

Opera Noire of New York (ONNY) is bringing a "Grand Night of Singing" to Oak...

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A Suite sampling of upcoming events

This week, I checked in with musicians I've featured in previous Suite Sounds articles, and...

American Black Film Festival anniversary

Everyone who knows me knows that the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is my favorite...

DC 37 protests DOE layoffs, plans course of action

School aides and parent coordinators are often the link between a community and teachers who...

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Republicans are on the wrong side of the African-American jobs crisis

This summer, millions of working families got a front-row seat to the dysfunctional leadership of...

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Marriage equality: Its time has come

Come July 24, thousands of New Yorkers can begin enjoying the rights that so many...

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Domestic violence is a union issue

The recent sexual assault case of hotel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant, by wealthy...

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In the path of Dr. King

his week, we commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of one of our nation's...

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Time to put on our marching shoes

It gives me great pride that on Aug. 28, a 30-foot statue of Dr. Martin...

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Political intrigue takes center stage on the big screen

"President Lincoln proposed a vote to his cabinet that got nine nays and one yea....

Real terrorists are alive and well and aiming at America

With the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching, have some Americans lost their fear of...

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Royce Da 5'9" got a new lease on life

"Talent will take you far." That's one of life's biggest misconceptions. On the contrary, many...

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Terrie M. Williams talks at Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe

Mental health advocate Terrie M. Williams held a talk at Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe about...

All About Sunlight, Plants, the Earth and Minerals

Hi, GoGABbers! What's up this second week of August? How's your summer going? What have...

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Kesia's Teens: Routes to happy

Welcome back, Teen Readers! School is upon us. It's time to call our brains back...

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Jay-Z and Kanye's 'Watch the Throne'; Allison Whittenberg's 'Tutored'; and Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative Program

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo, GoGAB Teens! Many of you with summer jobs will soon be getting...

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Kesia's Teens: Talking sexy

Welcome back, Teen Readers! What a week! It just flew by. It's hard to believe...

Hampton Happenings

The happenings in the Hamptons continue with one soiree after the other. Baby Birthday Party:...

The Cosmopolitan Review

What an exciting week this has been-my husband Charles and I actually had a date...

Martha's Vineyard offers up range of social activities

There is a lot to be said for consistency. Concepts like reliability, stability and knowing...

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'Switching on Literacy' celebrates world tennis champ Arthur Ashe

Tennis anyone? Hi, GoGAB Young Readers, what's up? Tell us, how's your game? We're talking...

Cultures collide at new Brownstone Lounge

There's a new lounge in the 'hood and it's offering up a comfortable, renovated space...

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Family, spa and golf--La Cantera Style!

In the first part of our Texas Hill Country adventure at the Westin La Cantera...

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Discover a taste of Texas Hill Country

I read the list of awards and accolades after my visit. They include "500 World's...

7/14-7-21 Theater, Film, Art, Music and Community Events

THEATER The New Haarlem Arts Theatre presents "Blues for Mister Charlie," by James Baldwin, directed...

9/11 anniversary brings sorrow and protest

The ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks brought thousands to Lower Manhattan on...

In free summer camp time mom revisits 125th street

Julia is attending Fieldston Outdoors day camp this summer and, lucky mommy, they have a...

Tuesday, August 30

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Planning for Hurricane Irene

In Case of an evacuation or if you are not sure if you need to...

Monday, August 29

NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK MARCH POSTPONED

August 26, 2011-Due to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. being closed this Saturday and...

Friday, August 26

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Afro-Punk Festival to Return to Brooklyn this weekend **CANCELED**

***From the Afro-punk website:*** "Afro-punk Family, though we have tried everything in our power to...

African film comes to Governors Island **POSTPONED**

***African Film Festival's Family Day on Governor's Island on Sunday has been postponed due to...

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

Greetings! The entertainment world lost one of its brightest lights with the passing of Nick...

Toy gun exchange to promote appropriate toys

On Monday, Aug. 22, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, members of the Newark Municipal Council,...

Thursday, August 25

Bloomberg announces hundreds of layoffs for DOE

In some circles, the number 777 is a sign of good fortune and prosperity. Not...

Lawmaker resigns after wife sends racist email to Carl Lewis

A Republican assemblyman abruptly resigned earlier this month after his wife's racist and offensive email...

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Why we're marching

This Saturday, thousands of New York City teachers will be in Washington, D.C., with the...

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Verizon employees get back to work...for now

The strike is off for now, but the negotiations continue. The Communications Workers of America...

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Williamsburg on the edge

For those who rode the L train a few years back, you were more likely...

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The shackling of nonviolent detainees

Imagine this: Your immigrant relative who has never committed a crime but is seeking asylum...

Trinidad's state of emergency

Authorities in Trinidad say they have no choice but to impose a limited state of...

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'Raceball' eloquently presents other side of baseball history

While football isn't letting go of its title as "America's passion" anytime soon, there's a...

Virginia Earthquake felt in NYC

At 1:55 today the buildings shook in Harlem. According to reports from the national geographic...

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Nick Ashford: More than a Musician

Singer, songwriter, Motown legend, the music Nickolas Ashford wrote, co-wrote and sang will remain timeless...

Wednesday, August 24

Bankruptcy filed against ICBC

Last week an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was filed by creditors of Inner City...

Change of heart with unions?

"If you think you're going to stop us, you're crazy. You will not stop us....

First African-American police chief in Trenton passes at 77

Deemed a foe to some and a friend to many, former police chief and longtime...

Harlem church to host Family and Friends Day picnic

Grace Congregational Church of Harlem is hosting a Family and Friends Day picnic to enjoy...

Riverside honors 40th Attica anniversary

On Sept. 9, 1971, 1,200 prisoners in Attica Prison in upstate New York seized control,...

Surge in violence and police layoffs worry Trentonians

Residents of New Jersey's capital city of Trenton are afraid that the impending dismissal of...

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Maid case dismissed

It was a media frenzy all over again in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday at what...

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Undocumented students are awarded scholarships for college

Last week, the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) awarded scholarships to nine courageous,...

Urban Prep: Celebrity poker for charity

On Sept. 16, Urban Prep, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization geared toward improving the educational opportunities...

Starting college means growth plus learning

Candace Seda is starting her first year at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is 18...

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The wounding of the wombs

More wounded wombs (hysterectomies) occur every year than all gun and stab wounds put together....

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Actor/director William Nadylam stands tall in Peter Brook's 'A Magic Flute'

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort...

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Beautiful 9/11 Peace Story Quilt at the Met

Designed by the artist Faith Ringgold and created in collaboration with New York City students...

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Tribute to artist Romare Bearden at the Met

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Romare Bearden, the Metropolitan...

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Nadal set to defend U.S. Open title, injured Clijsters is out

Rafael Nadal, the 2010 U.S. Open champ, is set to defend his title as the...

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Kara Braxton is still a work in progress for Liberty

It was Cappie Pondexter time Tuesday night, as she led the Liberty to a come-from-behind...

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David Dinkins Tennis Club Labor Day Extravaganza

David Dinkins, the tennis-loving former mayor of New York City and the man who led...

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Serena clinches U.S. Open Series women's title

Serena Williams clinched the 2011 Olympus U.S. Open Series women's title on Tuesday. This is...

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Don't board yet-the Jets have not been cleared for takeoff

The Jets' 27-7 shellacking of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night answered a lot of...

Summer hoops season taking final shots

The 2011 summer basketball season is just about history. Local community leagues are struggling to...

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The Giants franchise is not steady as it goes

For the Giants, a franchise accustomed to stability, the run-up to the start of the...

"STEEL STANDING" AT THE STATE OFFICE BUILDING

The photograph "Steel Standing," of the World Trade Center Building after the 9/11 attack, is...

PRINCIPAL RESIGNS AFTER DOE PROBE

The Department of Education recently concluded an investigation into high schools accused of fudging test...

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Sleeping through an earthquake

I am what you would call a workaholic, one of those who feels guilty if...

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Diversity Affluence Awards Brunch shines bright in the Hamptons

More than 120 invited guests attended the second annual Diversity Affluence Brunch in the Hamptons...

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Stormin' Norman: Serving up the sound of a sermon

Some might call him "The Preacher," but world-renowned turntablist Norman McHugh prefers to go by...

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Tribute to VP Records

Let's take a trip down to Jamaica to see how a man and his family...

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Monty Alexander makes Lincoln Center stop

The takeoff was sweet, man. Real sweet. Looking dapper in black slacks, a white shirt,...

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Pan Jazz 2010: A-List, new-generation line-up at Lincoln Center

The 6th installment of Pan Jazz U.S is HUGE! The bigger-than life, multi-disciplinary cultural, June...

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Dalton Narine's 'Mas Man' screens at NY International Film Fest

"Mas Man Peter Minshall Trinidad Carnival Artist" (King Carnival Productions, Ltd. 2009), produced and directed...

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'HappySad' makes history in Tobago; has NY premiere at Riverside's ADFF

Talk about an enchanting Caribbean Diaspora story. It's "HappySad" (2008, Trinidad & Tobago, 105 mins.)....

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Carnival Special:Freddie McGregor added to concert lineup

Hey, all you lovers rock fans. And you rasta music fans. Everybody. Guess who'll be...

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Carnival SpecialWIADCA: "Bridging Culture" in Brooklyn

What a weekend! Yes! What an absolutely magical long weekend for the 43rd West Indian...

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Aime Cesaire's 'A Season in the Congo' opens at the Lion's Theatre

The brutal season in the Congo continues to look very bleak. As such we proceed...

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Geoffrey Holder choreographs great moves for ICAD Film Salon Series

Do you believe in magic? I do, and you would too if you hung around...

Dream and reality dominate Humer's 'Hotel Savoy'

Hotel Savoy.jpg Hotel Savoy Room.jpg No captions, credit How would you like to be one...

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First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama loves "Fela!"

On Thursday evening, Nov. 18, Mrs. Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States...

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'Fela!' dazzled Broadway with brilliance, majesty, and "no artificiality"

Will Broadway ever again experience the inextinguishable fire and sweet, soul-scorching passion of another fascinating,...

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Duane Stephenson's 'Black Gold' selected Best Buy for Black History Month

Duane Stephenson, one of reggae's most innovative young artists, pockets gold! To be precise, "Black...

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'Le Quattro Volte' scores at Film Forum

The credits roll in silence. A succession of images take over the screen in hushed...

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Debbie Tucker Green's 'Born Bad' at Soho Rep

If you were raised Caribbean, you can bet that when you heard the hymn, "What...

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SummerStage delivers love to New York City with Hugh Masekela, Freshly Ground and Somi

Hugh Maskela Last Sunday, "Africa Sings!" attended the phenomenal SummerStage concert at Central Park, where...

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Around and about NYC: Seun Kuti, Oumou Sangare & Somi turn up the summer heat

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 It was on. 106 degrees of heat! That's what the...

Actor/director William Nadylam talks Peter Brook's 'Magic Flute'

William Nadylam is a man of the world, a gentleman who cannot be neatly categorized....

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Hollywood stuntman Roy T. Anderson makes directorial debut with 'Akwantu: The Journey'

The journey continues! And what an extraordinary adventure for the trail blazing, award-winning Jamaican-born Hollywood...

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Pros and cons of mosque near Ground Zero

"It's easy to choose between wrong and right. What's hard is choosing what wrong is...

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Spy movies have excited film fans for many years

"Last night I dreamed a deadly dream, beyond the Isle of Skye. I saw a...

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Who's-who of worst pundits in national TV news

"A lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts..."--Albert Brooks, "Broadcast News" (1987)...

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Trump proves you need not be smart to be rich

"Once you've heard the truth, everything else is just cheap whiskey..."--R. Lee Ermey, "Switchback" (1997)...

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Daily News cartoonist Bill Gallo was a gem

"And when he goes to heav- en, to Saint Peter he will tell. Another Marine...

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Palin and Trump: Celebrities or serious politicians?

"They're like an advertising firm. They manufacture rousing affirmatives..."-Spencer Tracy, "Keeper of the Flame" (1943)...

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'Ease on Down the Road' to see 'The Wiz'

"The Wiz" is absolutely wonderful. It's exciting to watch and the all-star cast is amazing....

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Obama Care killing recovery

Six months ago, the Health Care Reform Act became law. Prior to its passage, Nancy...

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Committing genocide on itself

A THREE-PART TRAGEDY If you track the spike in fatal violence amongst Black juveniles over...

Tragedy on the Hudson

Last week's tragic death of a woman who drove herself and her children into the...

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Gresham's law

Many discussions in media, global politics, entertainment and finance remind me of Gresham's law, which...

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Sudan's Pyrrhic independence

The streets of Juba, South Sudan's new capital, were filled with jubilation last month, as...

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A Terrible Gamble

If you've been living in the United States during the past three months and you're...

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The billion-dollar asset

We need to start thinking about money as a verb, which is extremely appropriate because...

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Impediments to building wealth

There are literally hundreds of impediments that prevent people from building wealth. Whether they are...

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The meta-virtue that creates wealth

Now that the debt ceiling charade is over (for now) and the politicians have smugly...

By ANDREA BATISTA SCHLESINGER and GLENN E. MARTIN

Unemployment. One could argue that no single word better defines the current political and economic...

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Just give us the game back

Aside from the severe changes in climate, there were two major reasons why the transition...

Alliance for Quality Education-Cuomo, you're hurting our children

Yes, governor, your cuts will hurt our children! Amsterdam News editors, as I read your...

Tuesday, August 23

Philadelphia's curfew for youth rattles some feathers

As London faces unrest in its communities of color, so too have neighborhoods in the...

Assemblyman's shooting brings attention to violence in Brownsville

Assemblyman William Boyland and his son were left unharmed after a stray bullet hit his...

NAACP Sues New Jersey State Police

The New Jersey chapter of the NACCP is considering legal action against the New Jersey...

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VP Records Pays Homage To Joel Chin

It is with great sadness that VP Records announces the passing of Joel Chin at...

Monday, August 22

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Fresh summer vegetable goodness

Did I miss something? Are we in April? Have we switched weather streams with the...

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OWN Launches Sweepstakes to Promote "Oprah's Lifeclass"

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has just announced a new online sweepstakes at Oprah.com in...

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Jamaica's Tony Abrahams remembered

NEW YORK (Aug. 18, 2011)-Jamaica's local tourism community is mourning the passing of popular journalist...

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Hero Kira laid to rest

Kira Goddard, 13, died three weeks ago saving others when a car careened out of...

Infant brutally beaten; teen mother and boyfriend charged

A horrific assault on an 11-month-old baby girl on Tuesday has shocked and outraged a...

Are you the next teen superstar?

No. 1 hit maker and Grammy Award-winning singer, song writer and super producer Sean Garrett...

Friday, August 19

Andrew Cuomo signs bill targeting state pension "abuse"

Even though it flew under the radar with the passing of the gay marriage bill,...

Nonprofit executive salaries are next on Cuomo's list

With the recent news of executive pay at a Medicare-financed nursing home exceeding $1 million,...

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U.S. Virgin Islands to tap Caribbean Diaspora

NEW YORK (July 7, 2011)-The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is taking intra-Caribbean and...

CADET CORP KEEPS ON THE GOOD WORK

The Cadet Corps were founded in 1946 by Wilbert E. Burgie to teach young adults...

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Democrats move beyond rhetoric but now need businesses to beat the drum

Maybe President Obama was sick and tired of hearing folks dismiss his support of immigration...

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A lawmaker, Chuck Schumer, finally gets the message right!

It's really about time! After months of harping in this column that the economic aspects...

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President Obama, tell us how you really feel about immigrants!

While the rest of the country is largely focused on the tottering United States economy...

Thursday, August 18

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99-year old songstress, Jennie Louise Weston still got it

99-year-old Jennie Louise Weston is best known for her gospel music. Two of her most...

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Carmelo, Roddick, Clijsters, Nadal appearing at Arthur Ashe Kids Day

The annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Billie...

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Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Family Health Walk to take place next Saturday

Memories: The 2010 Percy Sutton Harlem 5K NYC Family Health and Walk 2010 came and...

Harlem Kids travel to Detroit for golf tournament

It was a long two weeks for 7-year-old Miriam Sissoko. Miriam and her New York...

"Rent" is on the money at New World Stages

"Rent" is back, and it's on the money! This time around, its new address is...

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Soulful songstress launches anti-bullying campaign

Up-and-coming singer Stephanie Courtney wrapped up shooting the music video for her debut song, "Taken...

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The Jets' love affair with Rex Ryan: How long will it last?

It's not easy finding someone who is willing to embrace the intense scrutiny that comes...

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The sun could be setting on Tom Coughlin

Is this season the possible sunset in the notable coaching career of Tom Coughlin? The...

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Bessie Smith: Alcoholic, drug-using, promiscuous, free-wheeling blues binger

I don't tend to text message, so I don't have reason to use abbreviations, but...

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Walk-in New Haarlem Arts Theatre Company is worth several trips uptown

Shout it from the rooftops: There is a brilliant, new, professional theater company that has...

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Amazing Egyptian pharaoh statue loaned to the MET

An amazing, monumental, ancient Egyptian statue will be lent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art...

Harlem youth learn life lessons through summer internships

Last week several elected officials, including Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., City Council...

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School supply giveaways

According to recent reports, the average parent spends up to $600 per child during the...

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Harlem Week Photo Competition!!

Submit your best Harlem Week photos at e.interns@amsterdamnews.com or tag NY Amsterdam News in your...

FOX News calls Obama's birthday party a 'Hip-Hop BBQ'

Fox News just can't criticize the leader of the free world without adding a racially...

Hate crime rocks Jackson, Miss.

Two white teens were arrested Tuesday for killing a Black man in a crime that...

AmNews Publisher, Elinor Tatum, to be on NY1 (7 p.m.- 8 p.m.)

Amsterdam News Editor in Chief and Publisher Elinor Tatum will be on New York 1...

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Watch The Throne pop-up store opens in Soho with 'Otis' Maybach appearance

Earlier this afternoon, it was revealed that 201 Mulberry St. in the Soho section of...

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'The Help' serves up food for thought

Tate Taylor's directorial debut, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's New York Times bestseller, "The Help,"...

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NABJ members 'claim destiny' at national convention

Thousands of Black media professionals came from across the nation to Philadelphia for the 36th...

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Newark violence claims the life of a schoolteacher

It appears that the rampant gun violence plaguing the city of Newark has claimed the...

Wednesday, August 17

Residents desperate to keep Harlem public park clean

Harlem's St. Nicholas Park is considered a hub for community activity. During the summer months,...

Rex Ryan presents student-athletes with awards

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan joined Public School Athletic Association (PSAL) officials at...

Protesters take aim at BART cops

The system kept fighting against the people, but the people refused to be silenced. A...

Rich African Nations Sit on the Sidelines as Somalis Starve

Aug. 16 (GIN)-Only four African nations have contributed emergency funds for drought-stricken Somalia, and the...

Proposed Law to Avoid Unnecessary Deportations of Immigrants

City Council held a rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall on...

Join the Oprah.com sweepstakes

OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, recently announced the launch of a sweepstakes at Oprah.com in...

Street Renaming for Late Traffic Officer

A New York Police Department traffic enforcement officer now has a street named after her...

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The price of culture

When I was a child, the idea of going to the zoo or to a...

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Denim team for back-to-school

The international denim brand G-Star has teamed up with Kitson to launch an exclusive capsule...

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John Amos talks New York Fringe Fest

John Amos has been a household name for four decades. He has appeared in films...

Wi-fi Coming to a Park Near You

New York City parks will soon bring Wi-Fi hotspots to a park near you. The...

Press Conference on Martial Arts Fight-Press

The New Breed Life Arts and Educational Association, a nonprofit organization, is holding a press...

Rhetoric and Distortion from Candidate Rick Perry

Within one short week, the Republican Party's presidential sweepstakes has been completely reshaped, jolted even,...

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Farrakhan: 'From Africa to America, Harlem's Millions March will address it all'

A massive march and rally are planned for this Saturday, Aug. 13 in Harlem. The...

Carl Lewis not certified as official candidate

A major setback has been dealt to ex-Olympian sprinter Carl Lewis' bid for a New...

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Secure Communities making our communities insecure and unsecure

All across the country, in states like California, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York, lawmakers have...

Jean-Michel Basquiat bathed in brilliance

Jay-Z, in his fascinatingly creative book, "Decoded," devotes a chapter to Jean-Michel Basquiat, recalling that...

15th International Fringe Fest features several Black plays

There is a cornucopia of entertainment offered at the 15th New York International Fringe Festival,...

Summer jazz jam, the Moldy Fig, Jazz Gallery, Parlor

The Singers Connection Open Mic and Jam (Friday, Aug. 19) at University of the Streets,...

Nas and Damian Marley share the stage

"Distant Relatives," the 2010 record from Queens rap legend Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley...

SEIU keeps busy on job hunt front

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is fighting on behalf of immigrants and jobs. As...

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J. Lo Returns as "American Idol" Judge for $20 Million

Well, it's been confirmed that "American Idol" fans no longer have to worry about popular...

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Such As Us celebrates summer CD release at Patsy's

Legendary Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein will present sizzling independent band Such As Us at a...

Wisconsin Dems lose recall elections battle, but war not over

Tuesday night saw the conclusion of the recall elections in Wisconsin. In the state's 22nd...

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Newark Youth Public Safety Academy graduation

Thursday, Aug. 11, Newark Deputy Mayor Margarita Muniz, Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio, Acting Essex...

Horoscopes: August 18-August 24, 2011

ARIES You're faced with a formidable task, but when you defeat it, you'll take big...

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Grilled fried chicken?!

I have been reminiscing about the summer already, and it's not even over yet. Seems...

Monday, August 15

Beats, Rhymes, and Life: Growing Up Tribe

One of the good things about independent films is that they seem to be around...

Friday, August 12

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"The Barber of Birmingham" displays strength of man who couldn't do it alone

Sportswriter, and sometime political commentator, Mike Lupica once wrote that a movie about a barbershop...

Thursday, August 11

Words from Oslo, Norway after the attacks: We will retaliate with more democracy

Editor's note: When the news came of a bombing in Oslo, Norway, my heart sank...

Harlem Week 2011 Events: 'A New York State of Mind'

JULY: The Magical Weekend of Music! "Great Jazz on the Great Hill," What: a free...

Memphis school year could be delayed by budget issues

Budget shortfalls in various states are starting to filter down to the local level; in...

Obama approves free birth control for Women

Obama approves free birth control for Women. This is a huge accomplishment for the Obama...

Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 8/4

Greetings! This has been a banner week for Black theater and several New York City...

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African-American federal law officer honored

Recently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) presented its gold star medal...

Wednesday, August 10

Black graduation rates on rise

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, college enrollment for Blacks has seen...

Options for financial aid

Families who are bracing for the expense of a college education often start thinking about...

A Gregory Harris's fat wednesday, Tawan Davis'd development engine, Brandy's guest appearance and is Janet Jackson getting married?

A. Gregory Harris to present "Laid to Rest" preview at fat wednesday's dinner theatre Party:...

Layoffs of Police in Trenton Imminent

More than 100 police officers in the city of Trenton will be dismissed as early...

KIPP is Giving Students A Better Chance

The youth are our key to success as a community. But how can people expect...

Afghanistan war continues back and forth revenge

Back in May, when Osama bin Laden was sent to a watery grave after being...

SummerStage sizzles with live performances and dance workshops

New York's largest performing arts festival is in full force through the month of August...

Verizon workers take it to the streets

As a deadline loomed over Verizon employees and management Sunday, union workers decided that the...

Children's Festival to bring out kids at Harlem Week

Harlem Week has a long list of festivities, but one in particular, the New York...

Celebrating the life of Sherman White

They came from near and far to share memories of the "Big Fellow," the man...

Liberty in pink with win over Storm

Two steps forward, two steps back has been the story of the New York Liberty...

The veterans Ellis and Cotchery knew it was about the money

Same old Jets, right? Well, not so much. In two swift strokes late last week,...

Series continues on the Harlem Globetrotters: Bob Hall

They called him "Showboat," the man from the Motor City of Detroit. Except Bob Hall,...

Moves and non-moves may see the Giants facing a long season

The contract squabble between defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora and the Giants is the lead storyline...

Dominican baseball academy launches educational program

The Arias & Goodman Academy, one of the premiere baseball development programs in the Dominican...

Bronx Oldtimers honor community achievers

The Bronx Oldtimers Foundation, a nonprofit organization, traces its roots back to the late Richard...

Harlem Week hosts outdoor film festival

It is well know that the mainstream media does not always portray people of color...

Harlem Week sports events

Perhaps it's time to rename one of the great months on the New York City...

Seniors swarm Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building

Harlem's elderly residents received the royal treatment this week in celebration of Harlem Week. Gathering...

Harlem Summer Fun

The Harlem Jazz summer stage in front of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building...

FDNY in court for unfair racial hiring practices

Blacks and Hispanics make up 26 and 27 percent of New York City, respectively, yet...

A remembrance: Fred Newman, 1935-2011

On Sunday, July 3, Dr. Fred Newman died at the age of 76. I spent...

DOJ ignores civil rights violation aspect of Alabama law

Almost two months since Alabama's new "KKK laws" against undocumented immigrants were authorized by the...

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

Greetings! Don't forget that next week, on Wed., Aug. 17 is "Garvey Day," as we...

Beyonce brings it to NYC

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Sherri Shepherd's wedding on Aug. 13 to TV writer Lamar...

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Actress, activist Jane White dies at 88

As an actress, Jane White had to transcend a number of formidable obstacles during her...

New 'Black Voices' unveiled at NABJ meeting

NEW YORK (Aug. 11, 2011)-Last week, I attended the 36th annual National Association of Black...

The 'Tea Party downgrade' and what's behind it

When Standard and Poor's made the unprecedented decision last week to remove the government of...

August 11-August 19, 2011

ARIES The link that you've established with your spiritual self will be strengthened by the...

Hunger Project Rethinks Award to Malawi Prez After Deadly Riots

Aug. 9 (GIN)-The famed charity that aims to end world hunger has quietly withdrawn an...

Healing with Love

In my office, I had a small plaque on the wall with the inscription, "Love...

Thurgood Marshall College Fund launches Facebook page

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has launched a Facebook page. Thurgood Marshall was a...

Ramadan is hot this year

In lieu of food and water this August, Muslims worldwide will feast on revived inner...

Obama: Keep your eyes on the prize--jobs!

The Obama administration managed to elude being tagged with a first-time federal default, but they...

Kingsbridge Innovative Design Charter School Closed After Eight Months

New York State announced that they're shutting down Kingsbridge Innovative Design Charter School (KIDS) after...

Guyana Moves to Deal with Airport Squatters This Week

A multi-agency team, including Guyanese airport and housing ministry officials, will meet sometime this week...

Nilaja Sun talks about her one-woman show, 'No Child'

If you had access to see what was really going on in the New York...

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Shopping adventures and culinary delights in Rosemary Beach

One of my favorite aspects about Rosemary Beach is that there are no chain retail...

U.K. Riots in Black community Stir Responce Worldwide

Aug. 9 (GIN)- The spectacle of anarchy unfolding in Britain's low-income neighborhoods of Black Africans,...

Gloom hangs over Ivory Coast, marring independence day festivities

Aug. 9 (GIN)- The 51st anniversary of its independence found many Ivorians grieving over a...

Fresh Threats in Zimbabwe aimed at foreign-owned Companies

Aug. 9 (GIN)- As the country observed Heroes Day on Aug. 8, President Robert Mugabe...

Economic Empowerment is theme of this year's National Women's Day

Aug. 9 (GIN)- Reeling from the world economic crisis and the nation's failure to create...

College bound: Black college alumni reach back

The Long Island Tuskegee University Alumni Club will hold its 64th regional conference Aug. 19...

Activists hold march and rally in Newark to demand jobs and justice.

On Thursday, July 21, Newark activists and residents held a small rally that nonetheless hit...

Los Angeles and Cape Town high schoolers launch AFT-backed AIDS Prevention Project

High school students in South Africa and America teamed up with the American Federation of...

Former Governor Hugh Carey dies at 92

With all the current talk about defaulting, deficit reductions and the financial crisis, the state...

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Riverside hosts African Diaspora Summer Film series

Churches have historically fulfilled their role as houses of worship very well, but they have...

Lloyd Williams

Jazz Party's A Bust In Harlem BY JIM DWYER Sunday, October 05, 1997 HERE WAS...

Tuesday, August 9

Lloyd Williams

I'm discouraged that when I attempted to post a comment about Herb Boyd's story on...

Monday, August 8

Imhotep Gary Byrd interviews Minister Louis Farrakhan about upcoming Millions March

Interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan by Imhotep Gary Byrd on WLIB on July 31 to...

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Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Fest holds 9th festival

Martha's Vineyard, MA - The 9th Annual Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival (MVAAFF) honors the...

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This Black girl rocks: Image activist Michaela Angela Davis

Midway into a conversation with Michaela Angela Davis, she suggests a slight case of self-deprecation...

New gonorrhea 'super bug' resistant to antibiotic treatments

Japanese scientists recently announced at a Canadian conference that a new strain of gonorrhea has...

NYC summer school begins with 10,000 additional students

School bells are ringing again for the summer as New York City students started their...

Department of Education makes free meals few and far between for students

Free meals are becoming harder to come by for New York students, who may not...

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Smartphone Ownership Highest Among Blacks and Latinos

According to a study by the Pew Internet Project, 44 percent of the black and...

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Harlem Week Kick-Off Event!

The exciting 2011 Kick Off of Harlem Week, the celebratory opening of the month-long event,...

Friday, August 5

Ronald Richter named new ASC commissioner

The city announced last week that Queens Family Court judge Ronald Richter is replacing John...

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'Crazy, Stupid, Love' brings smiles to date night

There may be better date night movies this summer, but I can't think of one....

Thursday, August 4

WWMD (What Would Martin Do?)

In less than 30 days, people from various points around the globe will gather in...

Strauss-Kahn victim speaks out

The hotel maid accusing former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape met...

I believe Nafissatou Diallo

We want to deliver a message to Ms. Nafissatou Diallo and the world: We believe...

NABJ connects with Caribbean in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (August 4, 2011)-This week I am in the City of Brotherly Love for the...

Blacks feeling the brunt of recession, report says

A study by the Pew Research Center reports that the wealth gap is widening between...

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Mad Decent Block Party Rocks NYC Youth

Saturday July 30, the "Mad Decent" block party that will be making its rounds to...

Wednesday, August 3

August dance calendar

Brazil comes to New York in the form of Cisne Negro Dance Company, Aug. 15-20...

That ain't all, about Tylenol

Often, when anybody experiences a headache, muscle aches, arthritis, the common cold, toothaches, menstrual cramps...

Second aircraft runs off Caribbean runway

A Caribbean Airlines flight from New York to Guyana ran out of runway space last...

Circle of Brothers an idea for our time

After walking on emergency "peace" missions with other adults through the streets of Harlem, Abdul...

Some changes at your local meat counter

You asked for it and you got it. In July, the Great Atlantic & Pacific...

By his own admission, Kobe will have no problem playing in Europe

Several years ago, Brooklyn native and longtime NBA scout Jerry Powell, who shares a close...

TIGER IS BACK-FINALLY!

Tiger Woods returns this week to begin his road back to the top of the...

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities awards 12 college scholarships

Major League Baseball has awarded 12 college scholarships, valued at $5,000 each per year, to...

Sue Wicks reflects on history, joining 'Ring of Honor'

The New York Liberty continued to pay tribute to history as they inducted Sue Wicks...

The second chance: Jets signs Plaxico

It looks like the Jets have a new Jolly Green Giant in Plaxico Burress to...

A debt-ceiling debacle with little silver lining for working-class America

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri, described it as a "Satan sandwich." Nancy Pelosi,...

Political spotlight on: Maureen Walker, candidate for Mount Vernon mayor

Mount Vernon Comptroller Maureen Walker is on a mission to gain back the city's trust...

A remembrance: Fred Newman, 1935-2011

On Sunday, July 3, Dr. Fred Newman died at the age of 76. I spent...

Minority truckers show what they're all about

As unions face unprecedented attacks from Republican politicians and their big business partners across the...

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Derek Lam's new combinations for fall '11

In Derek Lam's fall '11 collection are new fabric combinations to make clothes look fresh,...

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Bridal designer Dennis Basso signs new licensing deal

Just in time for New York's Bridal Market Week, Dennis Basso has signed a licensing...

UFT concerned about drop in tenure numbers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott have made it harder...

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To the state fairs

No matter where you live in the country, you will be able to find a...

Hands off, Lloyd Williams!

In my understanding of the sadness engrossed in incipient racism, it came as no surprise...

SEIU vice president opposes HALT Act

This week, a House judiciary subcommittee held a hearing on the "Hinder the Administration's Legalization...

Justice prevailed for Karl Rodney

As Karl Rodney recently awaited sentencing in Washington, D.C., even U.S. District Court Judge Emmet...

Brooklynites ask, 'Where the jobs at?'

Low-income and minority residents in Brooklyn say they are being left out in the cold...

August 4-August 10, 2011

ARIES Your agreement with co-workers should improve as you take steps to strengthen emotional connections....

Fresh produce for low-income neighborhoods in Harlem

It is 3 a.m. in my East Harlem apartment and I find myself looking in...

Debt deal done

If compromise was a dirty word for Republicans, particularly Tea Party fomenters, it wasn't for...

Night Out Against Crime brings cops and community together

When a community is divided against those who have sworn to protect them, the only...

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Kelly Rowland talks solo album, Tiger Wood returns and Trilogy emerges

KELLY ROWLAND DELIVERS HOT NEW "HERE I AM" SOLO ALBUM: In celebration of her new...

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Lincoln Center Out of Doors brings free summer shows

It's hot. Hot enough to make the skeptics reassess their position on global climate change....

Relationship abuse spotlighted in 'Georgia'

Rape in relationships is a subject that many are uncomfortable dealing with. However, playwright Fariso...

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' flies high over Broadway

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is flying high over Broadway as New Yorkers and tourists...