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Tuesday, May 31

Quick thoughts before Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Tonight, the eyes of the majority of sports fans will be on South Beach where...

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Settlement Reached in Bishop Eddie Long Case

ATLANTA- Attorney BJ Bernstein has told WSB-TV in Atlanta that Bishop Eddie long reached a...

Psychology Today apologizes for offensive article on Black women

Psychology Today has apologized for a controversial blog post that outlined why Black women are...

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Join DC37's Rally June 14

On Tuesday, June 14, beginning at 4:30 p.m., working men and women who are fired...

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The fight to keep New York City a place working families can afford

Sprawling Brooklyn apartment complex Flatbush Gardens represents how life in modern day New York is...

Monday, May 30

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Black veterans spend Memorial Day honoring fallen

Black veterans from Harlem's American Legion Col. Charles Young Post #398 mark Memorial Day by...

Article suggest Black women are less attractive

An article in the latest issue of Psychology Today is causing quite a stir and...

Friday, May 27

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Fleet Week welcomes American heroes to city

Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a...

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Led by LeBron, Heat shuts down the Bulls' one-man offensive team

The Chicago Bulls are about to be eliminated from the Eastern Conference finals by the...

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WNBA honors inspiring women Katie Couric and Lisa Leslie

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) celebrated their sixth Inspiring Women Luncheon at Gotham Hall,...

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Book signing: Cuban star, Negro Leagues

Alex Pompez, who helped open the doors for Latin Americans to enter into professional baseball...

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Nicole Powell leads praise for Liberty's home in Newark

Forward Nicole Powell said the players felt a sense of electricity when they entered the...

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Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic and the Hollywood Golf Institute

Mark your calendars for June 13-15, when the sixth annual Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic...

Overcoming guilt

I have had numerous restless, sleepless nights in which I felt as though I had...

Farrakhan speaks to Christian ministers

Since 1978, when Minister Louis Farrakhan set out to reestablish the Nation of Islam's "Teachings...

Harlem PAL game room renamed for the late Hon. Kenneth Phipps

On Saturday, May 14, Assemblyman Keith Wright of Harlem, along with the Harlem Police Ath-...

GOP redistricting their way to power?

Conservative legislators in Nassau County appear to want to hold onto their power at all...

Medgar Evers mess continues

A week after students protested at Medgar Evers College (MEC), they still have questions about...

Embolism stalks Black moms with lethal bias

When New York City issued data about maternal deaths over a five-year period, one culprit...

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Community vigil for Gregory Willis Jr. at Lincoln Houses

On Tuesday, May 17, the Circle of Brothers convened a community of support for the...

Parents sue Bloomberg over Black

Advocates for Justice filed initial papers this week for a civil lawsuit against Mayor Michael...

Protest for stronger rent laws

In light of the Rent Guidelines Board's (RGB) preliminary meeting about lease renewal prices Tuesday...

Obama's Middle East pragmatism

On Thursday, May 19, the birthday of Malcolm X, President Barack Obama delivered a speech...

Lehman Center hosts sizzling El Gran Combo

LEHMAN CENTER PRES- ENTS EL GRAN COMBO WITH DAVID CEDENO JUNE 10 AND WITH NAYIBE...

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An evening fit for a king: NFT's 40th anniversary

Sunday evening was an evening fit for a king-Woodie King Jr., that is, as he...

Wisconsin Judge Says No to Anti-Union Law

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker taketh and the court giveth back. Yesterday, Dane County Circuit Judge...

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Ebony Escapes! into summer

Summer is here and there are so many events going on this month that we'll...

Jazz being short changed

"Jazz speaks for life. This is triumphant music. When life itself offers no order and...

Cheatin' in the next room

The tired cliche of "two's company and three's a crowd" reverberates with grit and attitude...

B. Smith is back on stage

"Phenomenal Woman."Those two words describe 60-year-old Barbara Smith, the owner of B. Smith's res- taurant...

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MoMA honors 'Filmmaker in Focus: Euzhan Palcy'

"She is talented. She is intellectual. She is incredibly articulate. She is a very beautiful...

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Cuba's Los Munequitos de Matanzas captivates Symphony Space

It's been a long time coming. However, at long last, Cuba was in the house....

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Brooklyn artist brings a Barcelona neighborhood together

BARCELONA, SPAIN- Even in the most diverse of communities it can be difficult for neighbors...

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Sexy swim shapes for spring-summer '11

Suddenly, it's summer! And new beachwear from Brazilian fashion designer Sonjja Baram is slimming, stylish...

In a Republican congressional loss, a lesson for Democrats

This has not turned out to be a good week for the Republican Party-and that's...

Barbados tourism lands airline veteran to marketing post

NEW YORK (May 26, 2011)-The Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) has scored big with the recruitment...

Nation of Islam leader humiliated in Guyana

An international leader of the Nation of Islam who came to Guy- ana for a...

Debit card swipe fee reform will create savings in our community

As a small business owner, I was thrilled when Congress finally passed commonsense swipe fee...

Firehouse closures could be 'detrimental'

A preliminary list of 20 fire- houses slated for closure was released by the New...

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Kappa Omicron donates 520 cases of food to six food pantries

The Kappa Omicron chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity recently awarded six food pantries...

The Cosmopolitan Review 5/26/11

And now for the good news! Cisa A. Mack and Kevin T. Bracey got married....

A Living Wage for New York's Workers

Last week, I submitted testimony to a hearing of the City Council's Committee on Contracts...

Garden State split on Christie's performance

Gov. Chris Christie is doing a so-so job running the Garden State, according to a...

$50 million lawsuit against Malcolm X biography

Linward X Cathcart, a former minister in the Nation of Islam, has filed a $50...

Formerly incarcerated man denied $18.5 million

Last fall, a jury awarded Alan Newton $18.5 million for his wrongful rape conviction. Last...

Call goes out to help jailed Malikah Shabazz

There is a saying: "One one co- coa-full basket." It is in that solid vein...

Comrie, Council celebrate Haitan Flag Day

The New York City Council hosted its annual Haitian Flag Day celebration at the Sacred...

NYC Smoking Ban

Smokers will have to think twice the next time they light up that next cigarette...

"Not In My 'Hood"

Hundreds took to the streets for a two-mile "Not in My 'Hood" youth anti-violence march...

MTA'S New Board Member

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed former Bronx Borough President (1987-2001) Fernando Ferrer to serve on...

Happy Birthday, Malcolm

For the past 24 years, 125th Street in Harlem has temporarily shut down for a...

Africa Scholars' Centers Face Closure Worldwide

May 24 (GIN)-The impend- ing closure of the African Stud- ies Centre at the University...

European boats threaten African fishermen

The European Union (EU) handles all aspects of the con- trol and monitoring of fisher-...

Thursday, May 26

Bike safety tips

This week's Black New Yorker, Edward Rush, advises cycling as a way to get into...

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A Rush to get moving

Edward Rush is trying to get Harlemites on a new "cycle" when it comes to...

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Charter school parents rally against NAACP

Thousands of charter school parents gathered at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building on...

Overcoming guilt

I have had numerous restless and sleepless nights in which I felt as though I...

Wednesday, May 25

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GoGAB's Tweensville: Switching on literacy with 'Zora and Me'

Hey tweens, what's up? Wel- come back to GoGAB's Tweens- ville. This week, we're off...

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Kandake House holds benefit concert with Nona Hendryx

Greenhope Services for Women is opening their Kandake House today at 435 E. 119th St....

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Fashion finds & new technology

Are you ready for BlueGPS? The small, lightweight device, which measures approximately 1-by-1-and-a-half inches and...

Obama, the Black agenda and reality

In 1994, during the first democratic elections in South Africa, I joined other international observers...

Media, political, and religious figures to hold panel for 20th anniversary of Crown Heights riots

This Thursday, May 19, the 92Y Resource Center for Jewish Diversity is holding a seminar...

Travel to Antigua: A Smart Choice

bluewatersphoto.jpg CAPTION: Blue Waters' General Manager Alistair Forrest (left) and Deputy General Manager Daniel Brown...

Thousands rally against child care cuts

On May 11, thousands of parents, day care workers, union members and elected officials rallied...

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Unions march on Wall Street

Last week thousands of teachers, social workers, activists and a diverse group of union supporters...

Attacks on Dr. Manning Marable's 'Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention' are baseless and shameful

I am writing in response to Paul Grenada's recent article, "Malcolm X uproar stirs community."...

The Cosmopolitan Review 5/19

As my long-time readers know, every now and then we have to step back and...

NEW GOLD RUSH SEEN FOR SIERRA LEONE

May 17 (GIN)--British company Cluff Gold has announced it will build a mechanized gold mine...

COKE PLANT WORKERS DEMAND DECENT PAY

May 17 (GIN)-In a protest over low wages and long hours, casual workers of the...

FDA RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TYLENOL USAGE FOR CHILDREN

On Tuesday and Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration met to discuss over-the-counter dosage recommendations...

EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON CHILDREN HEARING

The chair of the New York City Council Technology Committee, Councilman Fernando Cabrera, held a...

Haiti hails new president

Here in Haiti's capital there was a profusion of pink and white. Pink and white...

True Freedom

Henri Nouwen, the noted spiritual theologian, once wrote: "As long as you think that you...

As Trump exits stage, another troubling arrival: Gingrich

So now Donald Trump has finally announced what nearly everyone had assumed for some time:...

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Obama's War

Despite five days of pounding from Tomahawk cruise missiles, bombs and attacks by coalition airplanes...

New homeless center opens in Bronx

Several elected officials, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, were on hand last week for the opening...

Malcolm X grandson decries Marable biography on 86th birthday observation

Throwing a book at the book, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," Malcolm Shabazz, grandson...

NYC's high maternal deaths defy usual explanations

A very pregnant Akira Eady, 21, lived in New York City in 2007 with her...

Jets plug big holes on defensive line

The message sent by the Jets to its incumbent defensive linemen couldn't have been anymore...

Hope in Uganda and Harlem

My 94-year-old straight African-American grandmother did not expect her grandson to be gay, but she...

In the aftermath of Bin Laden's death, some observations

The death of Osama bin Laden is, without question, a defining moment in American history,...

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Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio passes at 36

Over a month ago, when it was announced that TV on the Radio's Gerard Smith...

Obama: Don't just drive by, take a minute to energize us

When President Obama came to Harlem for a fundraising event recently, there was more than...

An open letter on behalf of public school parents to Chancellor Dennis Walcott

To Chancellor Walcott: For the past nine years, our schools have been run by a...

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Mumia's new lifeline

Sunday was Mumia Abu-Jamal's 57th birthday, and on Tuesday, supporters were ecstatic upon learning that...

DC37 to Bloomberg: Collect, don't tax

Last Thursday, DC37, New York City's largest municipal public employees union, along with several other...

Is Cuomo in bed with Koch brothers?

Their influence is wide and some would say noxious. They've affected local, state and national...

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Walcott on education and the Black and Brown community

When Dennis Walcott was named last week as the replacement for embattled Schools Chancellor Cathie...

Suite Sounds: Imani Winds to play 'The Rite of Spring' on May 3

Lenox Avenue is a theater, with the crowds hoping to catch a glimpse of President...

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Revival of faith

Don't be surprised if you go to First Corinthian Baptist Church on Sunday and see...

Manning Marable passes

Famed African-American studies scholar Manning Marable has died. Marable severed as director of the Institute...

Taxing times for everyone

Tax season is here again. For many New Yorkers this means an income tax return...

SUITE SOUNDS: It's National Teacher Appreciation Week - time to tell a teacher that you care

Baritone Russell Saint John wants to "give a big shout out to Ms. Betty Allen...

God's presence in our pain

I live with a condition (I despise the word disease) known as sarcoidosis. It came...

HILC makes 125th Street accessible for everyone

Harlemites living with the challenges of limited sight, hearing or mobility have a place in...

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'Separate, But Equal' recalls the best of Black life before integration

"I had this old photograph of my mother, who died when I was younger," explained...

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Working with children is Kobla Moats's passion

Working with young people is something that comes naturally to the Bedford-Stuyvesant-born and bred Police...

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Cathie Black out as Chancellor, Dennis Walcott in

This morning at City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cathie Black had stepped down...

Trump's made-for-TV candidacy should be cancelled

Donald Trump, the business tycoon who is hysterically fixated on delegitimizing the presidency of Barack...

Illuminating the past at Carnegie Hall

This spring, Carnegie Hall is offering us knockout soloists and adventurous programming at a very...

Education over incarceration

Education over incarceration is the message of a report released today by the NAACP. The...

The high cost of killing Osama and Saddam

The mistrust of the American government by many Americans and people around the world is...

The Celtics could make a series of Monday night

In contrast to their four games to one opening round playoff series victory versus the...

Bloomberg and Walcott failed our children

If I had to give a letter grade to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and newly appointed...

Dirk gets 48 as the Mavericks strike first

It's difficult to imagine a greater performance by opposing players in one playoff game. Dirk...

Muslim Coalitions call to end wars and Islamophobia

The Muslim Peace Coalition and the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York demonstrated in...

Fictions frame Abu-Jamal's flawed conviction

What word best describes a connection between birthers and those bashing death row inmate Mumia...

Nets should have a busy off season

Now that the season is over the Nets can really get work. By getting to...

Anger over 7-year-old's handcuffing

Protesters will speak out this week against the recent handcuffing of a 7-year-old special education...

Census 2010: Did Blacks fill it out?

As the country begins to take a first look at its population by the numbers,...

The legacy of Medgar Evers College

Reported by JUAN ESPINAL Special Correspondent to the AmNews and CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News...

Obama matters as president and a Black leader

The 2008 election of Barack Obama as president of the United States clearly represented another...

New Black Panther Party opposes neo-Nazi rally in Trenton

Divine Allah, National Youth minister and regional representative of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP)...

The hidden God

I have known more than a few "know-it-alls" in my life--persons whose lack of humility...

"Stars of Ethiopia" shines at NYU Kimmel Center

World-renowned photographer Chester Higgins Jr. has created a series of 13 portraits currently on display...

Malcolm X uproar stirs community

You don't get to slander an icon and go home happy--not even if you're dead...

It's time to stop NY's alphabet soup of neighborhood names

New York City is a metropolis whose landscape and demographics are always in a state...

Harris: NFL Draft unpredictable

The NFL is the most fluid and unpredictable of all the major United States sports...

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BIN LADEN DEAD

Last Sunday night, the entire nation held its breath. There was a collective exhale when...

Donald Trump, the presidency and the near-murder of 5 children

Donald Trump has been all over our televisions, newspapers and even our Twitter accounts in...

Brian White and David E. Talbert on 'What My Husband Doesn't Know'

New York, get ready to go to the theater. David E. Talbert will be bringing...

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Supporters tell city: 'Compensate the Central Park Jogger 5'

Central park jogger.jpg The Central Park Jogger case has hit the headlines again. On Tuesday,...

'Mr. Postman' twistin' away at Lehman Center with the Marvelettes

Paula Anderson, the lead singer of the Marvelettes, took time out of her busy schedule...

D'Antoni deserves another year

Many of you remain disappointed or even pissed off that the Knicks were swept by...

SUITE SOUNDS: Harlem Opera Theater + Faison Firehouse Theater

Warren George Rock Wilson, one of the most accomplished musicians in our classical music community,...

Nowitzki gets 40 in Tuesday's 112-105 win over Oklahoma City

If determination were a tangible trait, you'd see it written all over the faces of...

Bin Laden's gone, now let's focus on creating jobs in urban America

Barack Obama is faring a bit better in the approval ratings from Americans in the...

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Wyatt Cenac's stand-up special comes to Comedy Central

Comedian Wyatt Cenac will have his first stand-up special air on May 14 on Comedy...

African Film Festival shows the world

The 18th annual New York African Film Festival kicked off to a packed crowd last...

Rodriguez, Jackson and Espaillat appear to bury the hatchet

A spat between a group of uptown politicians seems to have resolved itself, after a...

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Iyanla Vanzant returns to New York City

When the doors open at Aaron Davis Hall on Tuesday evening, New York Times best-selling...

Census numbers challenged

Census numbers released last Thursday for New York City have elected officials asking questions and...

Anti-Obama rally triggered by pricey political fundraiser in Harlem

Returning to Harlem this past Tuesday for the first time since his 2008 campaign to...

Wisconsin races possible result of Gov. Walker's actions

Two political races in the embattled state of Wisconsin haven finally given the Democrats a...

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A bright light at the Boys and Girls Harbor

As the director of the successful Trio Upward Bound program at the Boys and Girls...

Allen; Mint Condition carry the torch for R&B

With the new single "Caught My Eye" making waves on R&B radio, Jeffrey Allen (keyboardist...

Mumia's supporters call his birthday a day of resurrection

On Sunday, April 24, political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal celebrates his 58th birthday. Suzanne Ross, co-chair...

Thoughts from Pastor Mike

For countless Americans, May 1, 2011, will be a day etched on the collective memory...

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Tribeca Film Fest 2011

It's that time again! A harbinger of spring--like the Cannes Film Festival, the French Open...

Welcome, Mr. President, and thank you

Last week, Barack Obama made his first pilgrimage back to Harlem since he was elected...

Obama makes it official

It was clear to a cadre of pundits that the fundraiser in Harlem last week...

Bulls defense makes them a opponent dangerous for Miami

The artistic prism through which basketball is viewed is almost exclusively associated with offense. Rarely...

Our mayor

While walking in Harlem recently, I greeted Mayor David Dinkins as he was walking out...

Cuomo's cuts bug Bloomberg

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was overjoyed this past weekend that state legislators had reached an agreement...

Carver still doing the job

Carver Federal Savings Bank held its annual stockholders meeting on Monday at the Studio Museum...

Wednesday, May 4

Jordan Hill Waits His Turn

In this his first season in the NBA, rookie Jordan Hill has found a place...