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Thursday, July 28

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Hanging out: Young people's worries and tactics to stay safe

As we pass through the sweltering days and nights of another summer, young people continue...

Dealing with the debt-ceiling crisis in American households

As everyone who has seen a newspaper or watched a television news show knows by...

Harlem Week: 'A New York State of Mind'

Superlatives are often in abundance during the annual Harlem Week Festival 2011-which shall extend from...

Welcome to Celebrate Harlem Month and Garvey Month in the GBE!

THEATER "Baby it's You" follows the creation and rise of the independent record company that...

NAACP and UFT lose bid to stop school closings

Last Thursday, New York Supreme Court Justice Paul Feinman denied the UFT and NAACP's request...

Cool tips!: Be sun smart for younger-looking skin

In this summer's steamy, hot weather, protecting your skin against the sun is essential! Drink...

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Escape into August

The year is simply flying by and we find ourselves in the last full month...

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Trilogy Opera to present three new one-acts

TRILOGY TO DEBUT THREE GREAT NEW OPERAS THIS WEEKEND: On July 31 and Aug. 1,...

President Obama announces possible Debt crisis paralysis

Most Americans are clueless about the debt ceiling debate. It's too much like calculus, and...

Obama suggests compromise in debt crisis debate

In heading off what has become a redoubtable impasse on the nation's debt ceiling, President...

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Summer Family Photo Contest

New York Amsterdam News is holding a family photo competition from July 15-July 27. Photos...

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NFL players and owners reach a deal, season preparation begins

America can return to normal again. There will be football this fall. After a 136-day...

Principals scramble citywide to balance budgets by Friday's deadline

Principal Kelly McGuire of Lower Manhattan Community Middle School decided to share one of his...

Imhotep's Guide to Black Events July 28 - Aug 4

THEATER "Baby it's You" follows the rise of New Jersey housewife Florence Greenberg, who teams...

Fishburne illuminates Broadway in 'Thurgood'

LAURENCE FISHBURNE IS EXCELLENT IN BROADWAY'S "THURGOOD": Stage and screen icon Laurence Fishburne, star of...

Opera Exposures return to St. Mark's Church

On Sunday afternoon, Opera Exposures returned to the historical Saint Mark's Church in the Bowery...

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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"...

Wednesday, July 27

Jill Scott's throwing a big ol' block party y'all

Fresh off a killer performance at the 2011 Essence Music Festival. it's time to take...

Welcome to Celebrate Harlem Month and Garvey Month in the GBE!

THEATER "Baby it's You" follows the creation and rise of the independent record company that...

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Korogocho, Kenya meets Harlem, USA

"I am volunteering," said organist and conductor Helen Cha-Pyo. "For me, this is not a...

African Roundtable to address post-election crisis in the Ivory Coast

On July 28, the African Roundtable is having a community forum on the Ivory Coast...

Beat the heat in cool ways

As the dog days of August are soon to descend upon us, everyone is looking...

New York producers to receive first-ever Emerging Producer Award at NBTF

There will be a special pair of New York-based producers honored during the opening night...

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Documentary shows 'Beats, Rhymes and Life' of A Tribe Called Quest

When we listen to the music of our favorite groups or see a concert, we...

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A talented man: The enigmatic Prince

As a musical performer Prince has rocked, rolled and thrilled audiences around the world for...

Patina Miller talks about her divine Broadway debut

It is such a marvelous thing to see a brilliantly talented African-American actress starring in...

'Captain America' tries to save us from the average summer flick

"I'm just a kid from Brooklyn," says Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in "Captain America: The...

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Amy Winehouse's life cut short by her demons

Some called her the second coming, the revival of what is known as British soul....

St. Nicholas Houses residents continue to fight charter school

About 150 residents from the St. Nicholas Houses in Harlem have filed a lawsuit against...

NABJ Convention to be held in Philadelphia

Thousands of journalists are scheduled to descend on Philadelphia for the 36th annual National Association...

NAACP in the Black

"The crisis is over at the headquarters of the NAACP," declared Benjamin Todd Jealous, president...

Fiscal insanity

Never have I been as disappointed as I am now in over 40 years of...

Putting the wrist at risk

My mom was a laundress. Yes, she washed and ironed clothes for the elite for...

Crime and Community: A Call to Action

A life-long Harlemite talked wishfully about the youth programs that she grew up with in...

Senator Diaz claims Sunday's gay marriages were illegal

State Sen. Ruben Diaz, who is also a reverend, claims that the first official gay...

Tuskegee hero, William M. Wheeler, joins the ancestors

William M. Wheeler, Tuskegee (DOTA) Airman joined the cadre of the Lonely Eagles on Tuesday,...

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Looking Glass Self reveals life of LGBTQ youth

What comes to mind when you think of people of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered...

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Terence Cardinal Cooke nurses picket for a fair deal

Nurses at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in Manhattan and members of the...

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Same sex couples finally, officially say, 'I do' in NYC

Sunday, July 24 marked a historic day in New York history, as hundreds of same-sex...

New York City parents file lawsuit against Department of Education

In New York City, charter schools are private nonprofit education corporations that partner with the...

Mass Day of Outrage rally in Newark

Newark South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka spoke at the Mass Day of Outrage rally on...

Libya in a Stalemate

After four months of pounding Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi's compound and strongholds, a stalemate, like the...

Bachmann and King call Black farmer money "reparations," farmers strike back

For some elected Republicans, giving Black folks their proper due seems to just turn their...

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Fairway further expands its fresh empire

If the other seven locations-including our perfect Harlem location-were not enough, Fairway Market has opened...

Banks held accountable for foreclosure abuses against active-duty military

While courageous soldiers are risking their lives for our country, many are fighting a heartbreaking...

Tuesday, July 26

Guests Celebrate with Fun and Music at 'Sundae Sermon'

"Sundae Sermon" was in full effect Sunday afternoon in Harlem as people of all ages...

Monday, July 25

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NFL removing the locks

No apologies necessary and no beating a dead horse over past issues needed-the NFL lockout...

Friday, July 22

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More soulful Black folks join Cornel West "in a sentimental mood"

Allow your soulful imagination to visualize Dr. W.E.B. DuBois joining Jelly Roll Morton on a...

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Gracie Mansion Gala: A Harlem Week 2011 prelude

At the recent gala reception for Harlem Week 2011 at Gracie Mansion, it was easy...

Harlem hatmeister, Bunn, turns sidewalk into runway

Harlem's master milliner, Bunn, held his annual summer fashion show on Sunday in front of...

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Teresa Weatherspoon inducted into Liberty 'Ring of Honor'

Chants of "Spoon!" filled the Prudential Center during halftime of the Liberty's 88-57 victory over...

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Would NBA players dare to leave US?

Has Deron Williams' bold and somewhat risky decision to sign a contract with Beikta, a...

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Charlie Wilson and Eric Benet head to in Brooklyn

The place to be on Monday, July 25 is at the MLK Concert Series at...

NFL owners approve possible labor agreement, players say 'not so fast'

Are you ready for some football? The National Football League (NFL) might be. NFL owners...

Thursday, July 21

Interboro Classic: Brooklyn vs. Harlem

New York City has more organized summer playground basketball programs for male and female youth,...

NBA Lockout is Turning Off Millions of Fans

"They say you find out what something is worth when you pay for it..."--William Holden,...

End of the News of the World Update

"This is the most humble day of my career. After all that has happened, I...

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Beat the heat! Ways to stay cool during the heat wave.

Summer in New York City can be a blessing. But when temperatures reach the triple...

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Reggae superstar Shaggy drops new 'Summer' album

Shaggy is one name that is recognized globally. It is a name that is associated...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 extends legacy

For those who have been reading the Harry Potter books since they first emerged on...

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Keys' 'Songs in A Minor' reissue a deluxe gift for fans

When 19-year-old singer-songwriter Alicia Keys was signed as the flagship artist to Clive Davis' J...

ESPN presents the 19th Annual ESPY Awards

Favorite teams and athletes somehow represent personal traits and qualities of individuals and cities, so...

Christie gives the nod for medical marijuana

After more than a year of intense discussion and bickering, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie...

Wednesday, July 20

Dirk finally gets his title while LeBron still getting heat

It took the Dallas Mavericks 31 years to win their first-ever NBA championship--the franchise was...

Soul man Raphael Saadiq keeps it moving at the ESPYs

Soul man Raphael Saadiq kept it moving at the ESPYs last Wednesday on ESPN. As...

NBA team owners join NFL owners in locking out players.

The two sports leagues dominated by African-American Athletes, the National Football League and the National...

Hungry shopping

You know the saying, "Never go shopping hungry"? Why? Because you will undoubtedly buy more...

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Uptown Juice Bar: Back to business

Last week I attended the grand reopening of the all-new and fabulous Uptown Juice Bar...

Alabama's new KKK are its lawmakers going after the undocumented

It seems the new Ku Klux Klan members in Alabama are the state's lawmakers and...

Green card holders afraid of deportation should become citizens

Too often, sad stories involving deportation are heard among many legal permanent residents who have...

Ryan Speedo Green to play free harlem Opera concert

Those wanting to hear our Metropolitan National Council Auditions winner, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, can...

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"Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution" reveals a man named Prince

As a musical performer, Prince has rocked, rolled, and thrilled audiences around the world for...

State Senator Diaz campaigns for same-sex marriage referendum

The debate over same-sex marriage has grown into a nationwide controversy, reverberating at the White...

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Mets legends Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling helping habitat

Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling, Mets SNY broadcasters, donned their hard hats for a day...

The series continues: No NBA for Herman Taylor

So now the bitterness spills out. Herman Taylor, the dapper-dressing Harlem Globetrotter, could play his...

Mastermind in Clinton Avenue Five case permitted to represent self

The alleged mastermind in the Clinton Avenue Five case has been granted permission by a...

Local organizations support hunger strike

More than 200 prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU), Corridor D,...

New Bill to modify New York State health care laws

Even though President Barack Obama kept his promises for health care reform, New York State...

New York Pest again!

Other than an insidious tabloidism, it's hard to figure why the NY Post is once...

Dedicated to our beloved children

"You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him...

Home Journey for Nelson Mandela, Icon of Liberation

May 24 (GIN)-Former South African President Nel- son Mandela, accompanied by his wife, Graca Machel,...

Impact the world on Nelson Mandela Day 2011

Help out for good health. Become an educator. Help those living in poverty. Care for...

Living Legends tribute honors Freddie Jackson, Irene Gandy

In the aftermath of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's announcement that they are divorcing, rumors...

Tuesday, July 19

Heat Advisory issued for New York City's Five Boroughs

Gripped in the dog days of summer, the city continues to sweat. The heat has...

Friday, July 15

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Dr. Taylor tribute, HRO, Baraka at Sistas' Place

On July 16, Jazzmobile will pay tribute to its co-founder, the late Dr. Billy Taylor,...

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Monique Martin: Nurturing natural talent and pure ability

Sunset, Morningside, Crotona, Faber and Queensbridge. Monique Martin has a favorite park in every borough,...

Thursday, July 14

No Lockout for Tina McCline and Her Harlem Knights Youth Football Program

On a warm summer afternoon at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Community Center in...

With Renewed Confidence, Kia Vaughn Coming Up Big for Liberty

With the first month of the WNBA season officially in the books, it looks like...

Family and Friends Celebrate the Life of Anthony Molyneaux

They came from across the city--some from the outer boroughs and some from out of...

Donnie Walsh to be inducted in the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame

Donnie Walsh was so focused on his job building the Knicks into a perennial playoff...

Whitfield Foundation Honoring Mayor Cory Booker, Darryl Strawberry

The graceful 6-foot-8 youngster from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire was on a fast track...

Police Implement New Procedure to Fight Crime in Newark

In a concerted effort to thwart a recent rash of violence in the Brick City,...

Free Summer Fun for Youth

On Saturday, July 16, a free theater workshop for young people will take place with...

Clean Streets Initiative

The new Northern Manhattan Clean Streets initiative will kick off Saturday, July 16 at the...

New Guide for Senior Citizens in the Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has released a new publication for senior citizens aimed...

Summer Meal Programs

On July 16, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will host a day of outreach to spread...

Zimbabwean Writer Scoops Caine Award

July 12 (GIN)--Zimbabwean writer Elizabeth Zandile Tshele, better known as NoViolet Bulawayo, is the recipient...

Sports Figure Warms Up for Presidential Race

July 12 (GIN)--Liberian soccer star George Weah graduated this month from Florida's DeVry University, saying,...

South Sudan to Give Women Long-Denied Rights

July 12 (GIN) - Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their...

Thousands Rally In Durban AND Jo'Burg Over Low Wages, Rising Costs

July 12 (GIN) - South African workers displayed frustration with "poverty wages" in major rallies...

Egypt: Powerful, conscious and a force to be reckoned with

With the spate of recent media outlets sprouting up due to technological advances, the importance...

Race and income level playing role in public school funding

According to a report released by the Center for American Progress (CAP), race is playing...

Jumaane D. Williams partners with clergy, community leaders and law enforcement to curb violence in Brooklyn

Last week, New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams joined community leaders, family and...

NBA lockout is official

At 12:01 am on Friday July, 1, owners of the National Basketball Association implemented a...

NFL owners win a round in court, lockout extended

Looks like the owners of National Football League franchises are the latest to benefit from...

Fighting for Africans at home and abroad: Millions March in Harlem gears up

Buzz about the Millions March in Harlem is in the streets around the country. Posters...

Wednesday, July 13

Pianist-composer Major Andres Scurlock rewrites 'Pierrot Lunaire' from black male perspective

Pianist-composer Major Andres Scurlock: 'Because of my background, I illustrate what is possible if you...

Skincare news for women of color

Last week, several skin care and makeup firms introduced new products: Obagi Medical Products presented...

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Captivating beach cover-ups

While shopping for the perfect swimwear look for cruises, beach or boardwalks, you will find...

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Amazing Aquarella swimwear

Growing up on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Veronique de la Cruz could not...

Do you want to make God laugh?

Of all the pictures I have seen by the great and near-great painters, I have...

Sharpton blasts Rep. Kelly for his stake in big oil

While filling in as a guest host on MSNBC, the Rev. Al Sharpton blasted Rep....

July 14-July 20, 2011 Horosocpes

ARIES Personal finance stays in focus this week, and you'll be looking at new ways...

Bus rides to the casino: Enjoyment for most, a dangerous addiction for others

The casino industry in America has caught the attention of many women and men 60...

Barron's simple rebuttal to inflammatory claims of shady tax money dealings

Charles Barron held an impassioned press conference to refute the claims in a recent string...

Brain Tumor Foundation, Councilman Williams introduce free mobile MRI unit in NYC

If you experiencing throbbing, frequent migraines day by day, you either need to take better...

Vulcan Society lawsuit changes the face of FDNY testing

At 12:01 a.m. on July 13, new applications for the FDNY exam became available. With...

Carver Bank resolves capital raising issues

Carver Bank recently announced that it has finished raising capital with seven institutional investors, each...

CUNY announces All-Star Student Team

The City University of New York has announced its new team of award-winning "All-Star" students....

Protect voting rights, senators say

Millions of American voters who do not possess government-issued identification may not qualify to vote...

Trial set for infamous Clinton Avenue case

"I can't continue to put this off." And with that statement, a superior court judge...

Summer shooting season affects large cities around the country

After just the first week of the summer in New York City, the community witnessed...

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Macy's workers win new contract deal in New York

Throughout New York, workers at Macy's department stores are standing up for themselves and winning...

Clarence Clemons, E Street Band's soulful sideman, dead at 69

The sound was as unmistakable as Bruce Springsteen's heartfelt vocals. That sound was the saxophone...

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Gwen Gilyard: A pioneer makes her transition

When the AmNews visited Gwendolyn Akua Afriyie Gilyard in February 2009, the pioneering educator, social...

Monday, July 11

Barron only 'No' vote on city budget

Once again, I stand alone as the only "No" vote on the City Budget. A...

Protect voting rights, senators say

Millions of American voters who do not possess government-issued identification may not qualify to vote...

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Into July

Summer is finally here and there is a wealth of fabulous events of Afrocentric interest...

SEIU backs National Labor Relations Board proposal

Businesses would have less time and opportunity to block unions under a proposed U.S. rule...

Friday, July 8

Obama and Republicans in race for fundraising dollars

With their eyes squarely on 2012, President Barack Obama and the Republicans are looking to...

Deadly fourth of July weekend in Newark, corrections officer Katrina Owens murdered

It was a violent and deadly Fourth of July holiday weekend in Newark. Three people...

Halperin suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for calling Obama a "d**k"

Time magazine's editor-at-large, Mark Halperin has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for his inappropriate comments...

Elected officials, 1199 SEIU react to same-sex marriage in New York

At 11:55 p.m. on June 24, 2011, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the...

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New York says 'Yes' to same-sex marriage

33-29. That was the vote in the New York State Senate that passed a bill...

Thursday, July 7

'Prelude' program provides comprehensive prep for singers

"It used to be that the opera singer was a distant figure, apart from everyone...

One in 18?

Some time ago, I read that one out of every 18 African-American women can expect...

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'The Mighty Sparrow - Doctor Bird' classic soca anthology soars and scores

The new soca anthology, "The Mighty Sparrow - Doctor Bird" (17 North Parade/VP Records), soars...

Review of our religious priorities

Recently, the New York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act. While there is no...

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Charter schools: Moneymakers for hedge funds

As the controversy about the co-location of charter schools continues to rage throughout the city,...

'Bloombergville': Activists' shantytown springs up in protest to the mayor

For the past 14 days, blankets, sleeping bags and protest signs lined City Hall Park,...

Look through the turn

About a month ago, I reached a milestone in my life: I turned 40 years...

City budget passed but deep cuts still felt

Passing on time, the City Council approved New York City's $66 billion budget for fiscal...

Miami to host American Black Film Festival July 6-9

"Breakout Kings" star Laz Alonso has teamed up with Cadillac for the American Black Film...

Wednesday, July 6

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Pete Rock, lawyers and others gather at City Hall to denounce police brutality

On Tuesday, legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock, General Steele of Smiff-n-Wessun, lawyers and elected officials...

Farrakhan blasts U.S. on Libya

On June 15, Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, held a...

Anti-war, defend Libya protest scheduled for Friday

"When Africa called, Libya answered," declared Omowale Clay for the December 12th Movement International Secretariat....

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27-year-old seizure-prone male still missing from Indiana

Morgan Johnson, a 27-year-old, seizure-prone Black male, has been missing for about two months. He...

Would our children's deaths carry such media attention?

Every time a child dies, it is a tragedy. Every time a young person goes...

Jimmy McMillan's 15 minutes of fame aren't up yet

First, the rent was too damn high, then the gas was too damn high. Then...

New bill introduced to continue employment opportunities for welfare recipients

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has employed more than 5,800,000 people in public assistance...

Ex-Muslim insurgents unrepentant about attempted 1990 Trinidad coup

A commission probing the July 1990 attempted coup in oil- and gas-rich Trinidad has been...

Canadian Delegation Calls for Removal of blacklisted Abousfian Abdelrazik

Members of a seven-person Canadian delegation met last week with representatives of the United Nations...

Angela Davis addresses U.S. Prison-Industiral-Complex

A capacity crowd of over 2,000 people of various ethnicities packed into Harlem's historic Riverside...

Season 8 of 'Curb' will not disappoint

It might seem redundant at this point to heap more praise upon HBO's comedy jewel...

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Harlem's Addict's Recovery Center (ARC) offers hope and life

The slight, soft-spoken, gentle giant behind Harlem's Addict's Recovery Center (ARC) is a lightning rod...

HBO Sports' Curt Flood doc should satisfy curious viewers

The past several years have been quite a revelation for baseball. After countless movies, documentaries,...

Cultural explosion lights up "Fela!" anniversary

On Tuesday, October 23, "Fela!" celebrated its one-year anniversary on Broadway. The hit musical (which...

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Geoffrey Holder's 'Prodigal Prince' graces Ailey 2010 season

Geoffrey Holder was in his element. Well, actually one of them, since he is one...

Robin Williams becomes a 'Bengal Tiger' on Broadway

Robin Williams' odd Broadway offering When I heard that Robin Williams was going to be...

Tuesday, July 5

Your Fourth of July holiday weekend guide

If you're staying in the city this Fourth of July weekend there's plenty to do...

Sunday, July 3

Todd Gray presents Michael Jackson before his 'anointing'

Originally published on Nov. 19, 2009. Ever since his death in late June, the market's...

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King of Pop tribute returns to Lehman Center

Sometimes it seems like the universe is rushing forward while timelines are collapsing. It hardly...

Saturday, July 2

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Letter Of Commendation To Harlem Children's Zone

Oscar Carter 103 West 120th Street New York, New York 10027 Geoffrey Canada, President and...

Auto insurance costs are on the decline - aren't they?

If you look at two sets of data often used to track pricing trends for...

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Three next-generation kitchen technologies to watch

(ARA) - When new technology makes its way into home design, often it enters through...

Friday, July 1

Transforme su corazon

(ARA) - Prestar atencion a algunos consejos puede ayudarle a proteger su corazon y el...

Summer entertaining made simple and delicious

(ARA) - Warmer weather means you can take advantage of the great outdoors to entertain...

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How video games enhance the blockbuster movie-goer's experience

(ARA) - Gearing up for big Hollywood blockbusters, no matter what time of year, is...

Eco-friendly tips for summer energy savings

The sun's shining, the birds are singing, and the temperatures are rising - summer's all...

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Small business success: Don't go it alone to the next level

So your small business is a success - a small one for now, but you're...

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M.S. 113 wins inaugural I Got You Tournament

M.S. 113 were 61-57 winners over the UAC Rockers in the first-ever Under Armour I...

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Hard work paying off for Liberty's Essence Carson

Things are finally beginning to look up for the New York Liberty. On Sunday afternoon,...

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Floyd Mayweather will lace up his gloves against Victor Ortiz

He is 34 years of age and in the prime of his now legendary career....

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Richard Williams fails as a dad at Wimbledon

When they needed him the most at Wimbledon, Richard Williams was not there for his...

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Nets work the draft and nail MarShon Brooks from Providence

A year ago the NBA wasn't on MarShon Brooks' radar. Even after a decent junior...