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Monday, October 31

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DJ Mell Starr Presents an "All Vinyl, No Serato" DJ Showcase.

On Thursday, November 17th, 2011 DJMellStarr (a "Master of The Mix" Contestant sponsored by Smirinoff)...

Friday, October 28

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Gaddafi's death stirs grassroots ire

"Obama betrayed us," December 12th Movement co-founder Viola Plummer boomed at the corner of 125th...

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 10/19-10/26/11

Greetings! In loving memory of a beautiful 10-year professional and life partnership, yours truly, IGB,...

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 10/13-10/19/11

Greetings! This weekend, all roads lead to the nation's capitol, Washington, D.C,. for the unveiling...

Thursday, October 27

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Nonito Donaire scores a big win

The judges were all in agreement. The hard-punching Nonito Donaire scored a unanimous 12-round win...

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Jets' rebuilt offensive line is finally beginning to gel

Here's a little-known fact about football: Games are won and lost up front. Having the...

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Lois Elfman previews women's Big East hoops

"Always excited. Love to compete," said Anne Donovan, head women's basketball coach at Seton Hall,...

Bethune-Cookman's Ryan Davis sacks a multitude of honors

Bethune-Cookman senior defensive end Ryan Davis continues to reap accolades from his outstanding performance when...

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Families ineligible for child care

In these desperate times, with the economy showing few signs of recovery, mass foreclosures, layoffs...

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Actors 'Negropedia' makes you laugh to keep from crying

Sometimes in order to understand a complex issue, you need to take it to an...

Serial rapist targeting Black sorority members in Texas

Shock and fear is being felt over a string of rapes that have occurred in...

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Activists rally against gun violence

The three men involved in the shooting that killed Zurana Horton, a mother of 12,...

Wednesday, October 26

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Tribute to Rev. Shuttlesworth

The Rev. Fred Lee Shuttlesworth, 89, died on Oct. 5. He was buried at Oak...

Study finds that colleges favor well-off students

Another byproduct of the recession, another example of the poor being shut out. In late...

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Make up your mind to make your success: Julia Davis

Julia Davis, 34, is a Harlem-based professional makeup artist and the first Black person to...

'Marathon Boy' presents lessons of class and exploitation

"A slum boy getting attention from everybody," said one Indian journalist when he spoke of...

Outlook looks good for union to roll back anti-collective bargaining law

Voters are slated to go to the polls in November to repeal the Ohio governor's...

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Woodie King's NFT Presents "Puberty Rites" at the Castillo Theatre

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre is proud to present the fantastic play "Puberty Rites,"...

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"The Devil and Elijah Muhammad" opens at Hosta October 25:

The great Gertrude Jeannette's H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players opened their 2011-2012 theater season with Yusef Salaam's dynamic,...

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Actors, theater professionals talk 'Mountaintop' on Broadway

The opening night of "The Mountaintop" at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on West 45th...

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'Incomparable Women of Style' photo exhibit at FIT

Photographer Rose Hartman has been chronicling iconic moments in fashion, style and culture for more...

Impulse at 50, Christian Scott, Roney's residency

When Impulse Records began in 1960, established by producer Creed Taylor, John Coltrane was one...

Skin care news for anti-aging and wrinkles

Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang, both fashion designers and cosmetic gurus, have enjoyed tremendous success...

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Halloween will make your child scream

Well, here it is again: Halloween, usually celebrated on Oct. 31 before All Saints Day....

What do you occupy?

The most recent Occupy Raleigh (my hometown) protest-a supporting movement of Occupy Wall Street-coincided with...

Striking Zambian miners win back jobs and pay hike

Oct. 25 (GIN)-Zambian miners ended a two-week-old strike for better pay, winning back their jobs...

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Iowan investors in large 'land grab' in Tanzania, refugees to loose homes

Oct. 25 (GIN)-A group of Iowa-based investors is winding up a deal with Tanzania for...

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Libyan Leader's fall was 'a humiliating end for a tyrant'

Oct. 25 (GIN)-Amid shouts of "God is Great," anti-government rebels ended the life of Libyan...

Caricom upset at abuses in Libya

Caribbean trade bloc governments have railed against the alleged execution of minorities and citizens of...

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All Hallows Eve...mwah-ha-ha!

Halloween often brings back fun memories of me as a child. Of course, there were...

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Who is Herman Cain?

In this strangest of strange political seasons, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza is the...

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Halloween 'to-boo' list

IN HARLEM October 29 Third annual Mount Morris Park Halloween Extravaganza, Day 1: 1 p.m....

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Bridges, sports legends and historic caves in 'The Middle of Everywhere'

In this, our last adventure in Springfield, Mo., we are exploring more of the city's...

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It's more than time to stop New York's horrendous stop and frisk

In the world of young Black and Brown New York City, it has become a...

Bob Johnson sees business use for 'Rooney Rule' and others see a role in UK football league

Taking a cue from the world of professional football, a Black tycoon is suggesting that...

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Robert Clinkscales honored with a park in his name

A cool, crisp and sunny Friday afternoon in Harlem set the scene for a ceremony...

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Living in the mystery

There is a mystery to life that can be vexing for the individual who cannot...

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Staten Island shows support for baby shot in eye

"Miracle Baby" is Samyah Bailey's new nickname, and it really fits her. This 20-month-old baby...

The language of Adinkra

Adinkra is a system of symbols and communication based on the spirituality and culture of...

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Harlem Hospital Auxiliary Inc. celebrates 100th anniversary

Harlem Hospital Auxiliary Inc. held its centennial celebration gala at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem....

Sunday, October 23

Patrol boats, other equipment for Caribbean-U.S.

Apparently listening to cries from the mostly small island nations of the Caribbean about the...

Friday, October 21

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The Devil and Elijah Muhammad Opens at Hsota October 25

The great Gertrude Jeannette and the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players will open their 2011-2012 theater season with...

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Great Women in Music Honors Shirley Scott

Big fun was had by all as Great Women in Music celebrated Shirley Scott for...

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Ledisi gives us her talent and vision

On her last project, the twice-Grammy-nominated album "Turn Me Loose," Ledisi Young queried, what can...

Is the core of the U.S. ethos militarism?

The United States has wealth and power. That it should act on the basis of...

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Tort reform issues discussed

Republicans are right to draw a line in the sand. We have an obligation to...

Jazzmobile, Harris plays McIntyre

The Jazzmobile rolled to the Hudson Theater in Midtown to celebrate its first-ever Jazzy Awards...

NBA players and owners fight to preserve season and themselves

Federal mediator George Cohen brought together NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA owners and the players...

Toure doesn't have the answers in 'Post-Blackness,' but why should he?

Writer, cultural commentator and MSNBC contributor Toure has found himself in several mini-commotions the past...

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New addition for Ne-Yo

Crooner Ne-Yo and his girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, welcomed their second child last week, a six-pound,...

Race and beyond: Black against Black in the next presidential contest

Could it really happen? Could the 2012 presidential ballot feature a top-line, smack-down, pizza-making executive...

Keyshia Cole Gibson celebrates 30th birthday

According to sources, singer Keyshia Cole Gibson celebrated her 30th birthday with her hubby, Cleveland...

'Sing Your Song': The life and career of Harry Belafonte

HBO Documentary Films premiered the critically acclaimed film "Sing Your Song," chronicling the life and...

Celebrating Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivors

"Eight Women. Eight Stories. One Cause," is the slogan for Pink Power Moms, a campaign...

Breast Cancer Awareness month overrun by men

October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but so far it's been all about the...

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NYC gears up for the 21st annual breast cancer walk in Central Park

Along with thousands other, the Amsterdam News team is getting ready for the 21st annual...

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'Saviour?' will have you cheering

Never have I experienced a play with such a powerful message as "Saviour?" at the...

DOE selection process

Dear Editors,Does the Department of Education really have a legitimate selection process for students who...

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U.S. Troops in Uganda Raise Fears of 'Mission Creep'

Oct. 18 (GIN) - Government officials in Uganda are cheering the arrival of 100 U.S....

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Fall into the most colorful season

It's time to say hello to fall. With cool, crisp mornings, bright blue skies and...

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Captured Halle Berry Stalker to Stand Trial

A judge recently ruled that a man charged with stalking superstar Halle Berry should stand...

Chrysler, GM and Ford working out deals with unions

Photo of flages The United Auto Workers (UAW) union recently agreed on contract deals with...

Thursday, October 20

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Facing the facts about shared sacrifice

Organized labor has spent years trying to hold Wall Street accountable for the harm it...

MLK dedication sets tone for fight for justice

People of all hues came from all over to pay tribute to the Dr. Martin...

People of Color Working Group formed

In response to reports of race-based incidents emanating from the Occupy protests in lower Manhattan...

Mustard Seed Communities' annual luncheon

Founded in 1978 by the Rev. Monsignor Gregory R. Ramkissoon, Mustard Seed Communities is an...

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Thousands gather on National Mall for King dedication

As the sun rose over the nation's capital on Oct. 16, thousands began to gather...

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At Hue-Man: modern manners guide offers inspiration to young women

Stephanie Hunt, founder and director of New York-based etiquette consulting firm Swan Noir, is proud...

A call to action: Support Occupy Wall Street

When I first made the decision to visit the Occupy Wall Street encampment, I was...

Report Finds Waste in Money and Lives in Somali War

Oct. 18 (GIN) - A new report published by the Washington-based Center for American Progress...

Wednesday, October 19

DASNY contracts minority-owned businesses

Agencies throughout the Empire State could use the stellar examples and hard statistics from the...

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Another green card lottery is here

The 2013 green card lottery program is already here, giving foreigners around the world who...

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Susan Davenport Austin elected chairman of Broadcast Music, Inc.

Susan Davenport Austin, most recently vice chair of the Board of Directors of Broadcast Music,...

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Genocide survivor gives lesson of forgiveness

Some testimony can change anyone's perception of life. Marie-Claudine Mukamabano was born and raised in...

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Accessory elegance for fall/winter!

In a design lane of her own, New York's award-winning jewelry designer Sandy Baker always...

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Disputed Liberian Elections to be Decided in a Run-off

Oct. 18 (GIN) - President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and candidate Winston Tubman were the high scorers...

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'The River Crosses Rivers II' crosses oceans of gems as it builds solid cultural bridges

Going to the River's presentation of "The River Crosses Rivers II" was expansive! Running from...

Broadway stars ready 'A Matinee in Harlem' to help repair landmark church

Rehearsals are in full swing as a cast of more than two dozen of the...

African Day Parade in Harlem

photo of a woman in blue dress with people dancing around her. The fifth annual...

The 'movement' movement

When is a movement not a movement? Has the national Tea Party been elevated beyond...

It's winter in America

Activists, social scientists, media mavens and politicians are all struggling to get their arms around...

From Wall Street to Washington, we march for jobs and justice

Whenever people champion change or challenge the status quo, detractors will undoubtedly come. They will...

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People of color call out 'Occupy' movement's exclusion

According to organizers of color in Philadelphia, Black folks weren't particularly welcomed at that city's...

Occupy the 'hood: Trenton Anti-Violence Coalition holds street rally

Aiming to be "louder than the gunshots," the Trenton Anti-Violence Coalition is asking all Black...

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Top 10, Best Black TV Shows

Cosby ShowLiving SingleA Different WorldBernie Mac ShowSanford and SonThe JeffersonsHouse of PayneGood TimesFamily MattersEverybody Hates...

Friday, October 14

Congo Week in Harlem brings awareness of conflict minerals

You have heard of conflict diamonds, but what about conflict minerals? According to Friends of...

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Vision impaired Brooklyn native will bike for vision awareness

Romeo Edmead, 31, has been blind since age 2 with glaucoma. He was born in...

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The Jets are on still the runway, waiting to take off

The Jets' identity crisis on offense has caught up with them in a big way....

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Cruz right on as the Giants, not Seattle, killed the Giants

Mistakes are part of football-both physical and mental errors. On Sunday, in a dispiriting 36-25...

The world mourns the loss of Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner

After dedicating her life to eradicating poverty, fighting for democracy and improving the lives of...

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Eighth Grade All-Stars

play hard, study harder The Thelma Smith Foundation, in association with Team First, hosted their...

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Boys & Girls basketball coach does double duty

Elmer Anderson, one of a long line of great basketball players at Boys & Girls...

Ray Flynn named Millrose Games meet director

Millrose Games officials announced that Ray Flynn, owner of 89 sub-four-minute mile records, including the...

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Jazzy birthday for a warrior

Veteran political activist Omowale Clay celebrated his 65th birthday among a host of friends and...

Thursday, October 13

Three women win the Nobel Prize for peace

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian activist; and Tawakkul Karman, a...

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Must See Black Movies of All Time

Here at AmNews offices we recently had a new intern start, Yacine Simpore. You may...

Occupy Wall Street day 17

Just as the days before, there were hundreds of protesters in Zuccotti Park for the...

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United American Muslim Day Parade marches into its 26th year

The 26th United American Muslim Day Parade, held on Sept. 25 on Madison Avenue between...

Harlem says no to Wal-Mart

Last week, rumors of Wal-Mart coming to Harlem mobilized a grassroots coalition of small businesses,...

Workers will fight for laid-off DOE employees

"Why should I have to go on welfare when I could have a job? I...

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An inventor for our generation

Chances are you use a Macintosh computer in your classroom and maybe even at home....

Sex education curriculum should be parents' choice says assemblyman

The Department of Education (DOE) plans to offer sex education in public school classrooms starting...

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Steve Harvey says he's mentoring for manhood

"Do what you say you're going to do!" The statement sounds pretty straightforward yet somehow,...

Mitzi Turner joins ancestors, greatly missed

It is with profound sadness that I mention the passing of Mitzi Turner. If you've...

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Senator won't pick up bucket of tomatoes but says law must stand

Meet Alabama Republican State Sen. Scott Beason, one of the sponsors and co-authors of the...

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De walls of Wall Street are tumbl'in down

Upon the death of Moses, the leadership of the nation was passed on to Joshua...

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Beware of burnout

In his book, "Questions God Asks Us," Trevor Hudson tells a story of a man...

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Courageous civil rights activist, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, dead at 89

"Audacity" and "defiance" are just two words that come to mind when recounting the life...

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Author, civil rights activist Derrick Bell dead at 80

As unassuming as he was creatively brilliant, professor Derrick A. Bell Jr. leaves behind an...

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Keith Sweats "Make it Last forever: the Dos and Don'ts" Book and New Album Coming

It's been a while since singer Keith Sweat topped the music charts, but I just...

African Elders Leading Movement Against Child Brides

Oct. 11 (GIN) - By the time they're 15, over half of all girls in...

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A delicious day in East Harlem

Before the height and frenzy of the NYC Wine & Food Festival, I received an...

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Montego Bay to host Caribbean Travel Awards

NEW YORK (Oct. 13, 2011)-In Montego Bay, Jamaica, next week, Caribbean countries will battle for...

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Men's shirts: Fit to go

This season, men's shirt fashion news narrows down to fit-slim fit, to be exact, basically...

Activists hold 'Day of Action' rally in Harlem

On Saturday, Oct. 1, several organizations and activists held a "National Day of Action"(NDOA) rally...

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Gertrude Jeannette and the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players open "The Devil and Elijah Muhammad"

Gertrude Jeannette and the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players will open their 2011-2012 theater season with Yusef Salaam's...

"Reed Between the Lines" makes is BET Debut Oct 11

BET's new sitcom, "Reed Between the Lines," follows Carla, a psychologist (played by Tracee Ellis...

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Honduran performer Aurelio Martinez to play Carnegie Hall

Aurelio Martinez, the popular singer and guitarist from Honduras, will perform the traditional Garifuna music...

City Council Pushes for Living Wage

As the City Council mulls over a living wage proposal for subsidized project employers, Mayor...

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'The Mountaintop' is brilliant!

"The Mountaintop" peaks with deep, heartfelt emotion. Katori Hall has imagined a story that is...

Butch Morris, Gonzalez brothers, Randy Weston

When looking to hear music that is full of creative spontaneity and daring improvisation, the...

Broadway performers come to Harlem

The bright lights of Broadway will be dazzling Harlem on Oct. 22, when a cast...

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Nobel Peace Prize Gives Edge to Candidate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia

Oct. 11 (GIN) - Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and peace activist Leymah Gbowee, also...

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Two Chicks in the Back Room, now on QVC

"Women are a canvas and they should look good all of the time," said Renee...

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It's obvious: They don't want us to come out of this alive

With unemployment for African-Americans at a staggering high of over 16 percent-and the real number...

Elected Officials Call on Mayor to End Finger Imaging Required for Food Stamps

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discontinue finger imaging...

France Endorses Elections Deemed 'A Complete Mess' In Cameroon

Oct. 11 (GIN) - Cameroon's 78 year old president Paul Biya is claiming victory in...

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Walcott feels darts from union's pain

It didn't take long for Tuesday's City Council hearing with New York City Schools Chancellor...

Wednesday, October 12

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Stop and frisk panel at Brooklyn College

The arrest of Councilman Jumaane Williams at the West Indian American Parade on Sept. 5...

Whitney lights way with new candle line

Pitbull and Nicki Minaj were on hand to announce the nominations for the 2011 American...

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The Nobel Peace Prize: A historic moment worthy of worldwide celebration

The news didn't quite seem to ignite an international celebration, but it was nonetheless a...

Horoscopes October 13-October 19, 2011

Aries Possibilities of hearing good news about home are greatly expanded. Savor the news rather...

Prisoners swapped between Hamas and Israel

If the swap of an Israeli soldier for thousands of Hamas prisoners is completed and...

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Troy Davis: Martyred to abolish capital punishment

"The state doesn't have the right to kill people!" determined activist/conscious comedian Dick Gregory at...

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Shacara McLaurin: From victim to victorious

From victim to victorious, Shacara McLaurin walks like a champion, and has a telling backstory....

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Stop the madness, death penalty

As I sit here, I ponder the difference between murder and the death penalty. murder...

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For-profit company behind the execution of Troy Davis

When Troy Davis was murdered by the state of Georgia last week, it was not...

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Troy Davis Executed Last Night

"The application for a stay of execution present to the court is denied" said the...

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France concerned by Troy Davis case.

Troy Davis case has been far above the American borders and touched people in France....

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Let's finish the mission Troy gave us

Last week, millions of us came together and changed the world. Regular people, including readers...

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Understanding the ultimate punishment

On Sept. 21, a man named Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia...

Troy Davis, Lawrence Russell Brewer and the death penalty

At the outset, let me ask for forgiveness for having the audacity to write about...

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Troy Davis memorial at Riverside Harlem on Sat.

"The state-sanctioned murder of Troy Davis is truly a 'legal' lynching," Attorney Roger Wareham told...

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B michael's advanced American style

For spring/summer 2011, b michael used his show at the American Museum of Natural History...

'Seed' at NBT is soul stirring

Radha Blank is brilliant! "Seed," at the National Black Theatre, located on Fifth Avenue between...

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Something special missing from Labor Day these days

"I admit they can get under your skin. But you wouldn't say a man has...

Dedicated to those who did not survive Sept. 11, 2001

When the building of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center was proposed in...

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Do you smell and taste well?

Mrs. S. was a 79-year-old mother of four children, 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She...

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A lazy heart may need Coenzyme Q10

Can you imagine an engine running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365...

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Unexplained midnight cough and chest pains

Mrs. A came to my office complaining of a chronic cough that was causing her...

Bloomberg announces male initiative plan, critics challenge viability and motivation

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his Young Men's Initiative during an early morning press conference on...

Barron's solution to the Bloomberg initiative

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his Young Men's Initiative two weeks ago, he was brimming...

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Mid-Manhattan NAACP annual Luncheon Brings Together Civic Minded New Yorkers

If you had been there, you would have seen Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Assemblyman Keith...

The Cosmopolitan Review

Now that fall has arrived and is definitely in the air, people have begun to...

multicultural gala honors some of the grears

All I can say is that the Met's multicultural gala, "An Evening of Many Cultures,"...

Rihanna just keeps expanding her brand.

Months after signing on as a spokeswoman for Nivea, the Bajan beauty will be showing...

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Guess you can BET it's award season

Last week, the Society of European Stage Authors & Composers (SESAC), the nation's fastest growing...

Families struggle to put food on the table

CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff Linda Bethea travels all the way from the Bronx...

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Fracking Up: New York State continues the debate over gas extraction process

The issue of hydraulic fracturing has become a political football in New York State, as...

Tuesday, October 11

Jack and Jill of America introducing different school options for kids

On Oct. 1, the Manhattan Chapter of Jack and Jill hosted its ninth annual education...

Chancellor Walcott takes on middle schools

As part of a plan to tackle some of the academic challenges facing New York...

Mumia Abu Jamal's sister passes

Lydia Barashango, 64, the older sister of renowned Black Panther journalist and political prisoner of...

Thursday, October 6

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 9/29-10/5/2011

Greetings! On the horizon of GBE Black Arts Month 2011, it's the 16th annual "Million...

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'Seed' creative team talks opening night

This weekend, "Seed" opened at the National Black Theatre on Fifth Avenue between 125th and...

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The H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players Present "The Devil and Elijah Muhammad"

Gertrude Jeannette and the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players will open their 2011-2012 theater season with Yusef Salaam's...

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Real sister power returns to Brooklyn with 14th annual Reel Sisters Film Fest

This year's Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival will screen more than 25 films...

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Christie makes it official: 'Now is not my time'

After months of intense speculation and discussion, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made it official...

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This is what democracy looks like

It doesn't seem like three weeks have gone by since protesters converged upon a small...

Oakland and Philly schools face tough circumstances

As states wrestle with major budget woes, their economic problems are tumbling down into their...

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Rising Cain: Herman marches upward

Each day seems to bring new drama to the presidential GOP race, and nothing typifies...

SURVEILLANCE OF MUSLIM GROUPS BY NYPD CHALLENGED

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Oct. 3 challenging the New...

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS BILL TO STOP MASS DEPORTATIONS

The New York City Council is preparing to vote on a bill limiting the extent...

Unions stand with 'Occupy' protesters

They filled up Foley Square in Lower Manhattan and the sidewalks along Centre, Lafayette and...

POLICE COMMISSIONER ISSUES MEMO TO PRECINCTS OVER ARRESTS FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly released a memo on Sept. 19 reminding police officers of the...

HARLEM STARBUCKS PARTNERSHIP MODEL DONATES PROFITS FOR SOCIAL SERVICES IN HARLEM

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Starbucks Coffee Company CEO and President Howard Schultz announced that the...

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Cuomo talking layoffs, but some say he isn't serious

The Public Employee Federation (PEF) recently rejected a deal with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

The childhood obesity epidemic

Childhood obesity is an epidemic in America, especially in America's communities of color. Over the...

Nadia and Nazmin Habib Facing Deportation.

When Nadia Habib left Bangladesh with her mother for the U.S, she was only 1...

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The very accomplished Phil Perry reflects on his great career

In the span of minutes, the standard Q & A interview had subsided and it...

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Perry finds himself between a rock and hard place

Ah, what's in a name? As it turns out, plenty for the campaign of Rick...

Wednesday, October 5

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When a house is not a home: Falling home values continue to strain American families

The legendary crooner Luther Vandross' silken voice once enraptured audiences with the song, "A House...

'Saturday Night Live' star Kenan Thompson engaged

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there's an eerie similarity between Dr. Conrad Murray, currently on...

Monday, October 3

Kyanna Thomas, sixteen-year-old girl murdered Sunday in Brooklyn.

The wave of attacks is still hitting New York City after Tyshanna Murphy was shot...