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Friday, August 31

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Running and walking for peace in Harlem

An estimated 5,000-plus runners, walkers and Marchers For Peace filled the streets of West Harlem...

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Bentonville: A true American city

(Lysa Allman-Baldwin photos) African-American Arthur "Rabbit" Dickerson owned and operated his own shoeshine business in...

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HIV/AIDS: Fact, fiction and ambiguity

A comprehensive and extremely well-researched new book about the HIV/AIDS epidemic will shed light on...

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'Love and Hip Hop' has a new spinoff

Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond is reportedly angry over her recent loss in court and believes...

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The modern bridal & evening news

At Exodus 28 Two, the Nevis Collection's look is understated elegance. Designer Tameisha Powell wants...

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Behind-the-scene fashion designer on the rise

Dani Nichole, a popular fashion designer, has always had an eye for rich colors and...

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ACT reports 60 percent of high school students at risk of not succeeding in college, career

A report from the American College Testing Program (ACT) revealed that many students aren't ready...

Martha's Vineyard Black Film Fest wraps up

The 10th annual Run & Shoot Filmworks Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF), a...

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'Sing Harlem Sing' energizes the stage at 54 Below

Vy Higginsen and the Mama Foundation are very busy these days. In addition to presenting...

September 2012 dance calendar

Begin the dance season with a well-deserved honoring of Harlem's own Dianne McIntrye, who will...

Dream Center 'visionaries in training' host music and media panel

Youth at Harlem's First Corinthian Baptist Church celebrated the launch of Dream Center Harlem. Several...

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Campers visit Dr. Martin Luther King monument in D.C.

On Friday, Aug. 24, campers from Brooklyn's Don't Shoot NYC and Man Up Inc. B...

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'Show me your papers' upheld in AL, GA

Get ready to show your "papers" in Alabama and Georgia. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court...

Coup maker to take stand in Trinidad probe

The rebel Muslim leader who mistakenly thought that taking up arms against the state in...

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IFCO/Pastors for Peace Caravan Cargo Arrives in Havana

Havana -- The IFCO/Pastors for Peace 20th anniversary caravan cargo of nearly 100 tons of...

Thursday, August 30

AmNews Labor Awards Breakfast to honor labor leaders

The New York Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch Associates are making preparations to present the...

Two union leaders speak on meaning of Labor Day

This coming weekend, most will celebrate Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer, but...

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Thousands turn out, records broken at Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run "A Walk for Peace"

As the runners and walkers caught their breaths between the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run...

Harlem Walk for Peace

In attempt to promote safety and combat issues that have been leading the youth to...

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Bloomberg kicks off 38th Harlem Week festival

On Thursday, July 19, Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off the 38th anniversary of Harlem Week...

Martha's Vineyard continues to please

One thing's for sure with Martha's Vineyard: It will never let you down. There is...

City Council votes for breakfast in classrooms but mayor, chancellor won't let it happen

With one of the lowest school breakfast participation rates in the country, the New York...

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There's a message of inspiration in every Tanea Smith card

She's Got Papers is a line of stationery like no other. It's edgy and inspiring,...

Chavis Carter: Police murder or suicide?

Last month's suspicious shooting death of a Black man in the back seat of a...

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Labor Day always means different things to different people

"Work is for working men."--Henry Daniell, "The Suspect" (1944) Once again, as August gives way...

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A story of American struggle

Next year, on Aug 28, this nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March...

Commentary: Another attack on Obama

Hurricane Isaac delayed the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla., and...

Group plans to disrupt holiday weekend in Newark

In response to the ongoing murders in Newark, a vocal and militant grass-roots organization in...

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Poll: Zero percent of African-American voters support Mitt Romney

It appears that Mitt Romney will get absolutely no support from the African-American community--literally. According...

Wednesday, August 29

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Rain Pryor Challenges Race and Visual Artist, Willie Cole Reflects on Harlem

Sometimes all it takes is a title to pique one's interest and with one such...

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Melvin Van Peebles Turns 80 and HARLEMWEEK Attracts Crowds

If you're in the arts and thinking of calling yourself a renaissance man or woman...

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Photographer talks King of Pop and 'Neverland Lost'

Originally published on March 23, 2011. As the rest of New York celebrated St. Patrick's...

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The 'King of Pop,' mourned and celebrated

Originally published on Jul. 2, 2009. Neither a torrential down-pour nor dark of night hampered...

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RNC attendees go nuts on black camerawoman

Police removed two people from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after many witnessed them throwing...

Tuesday, August 28

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Spanish magazine depicts Michelle Obama as negress-slave.

Magazine de Fuera de Serie, a Spanish periodical, has caused quite a stir with its...

New Regulation on Body Piercing is Approved

Many teenagers have body piercings in New York City. However, most of them are not...

Friday, August 24

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About Amsterdam News in the Classroom

Amsterdam News in the Classroom is the Amsterdam News' "Newspapers in Education program" (NIE). The...

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New Study finds Black women less likely to commit suicide

Although rates of suicide are significantly lower among African Americans than among other ethnic groups,...

HEAF students get a taste of what it's like to be an entrepreneur

After heightened violence this summer, many feel the community is not safe for children to...

Thursday, August 23

Network Cables Guide (Awais Mughal)

Find information on network cables including cat 5, rj45, Ethernet, rg6 cable, structured cabling, shielded,...

Former Panther exposed as possible FBI informant?

Old folks used to say beware of those who cry the longest and loudest at...

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Love created a family for African-American parents

Most of us are not able to choose the family we have. Luckily for Tony...

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Don'tShootNYC.com: Teens work to stop the violence

This summer, this reporter teamed up with Don'tShootNYC.com, a brand-new Brooklyn-based organization formed by Man...

New recipe: Shrimp burgers

I wanted to inject a little summer punch in my weekly client menu planning. Shrimp...

Off to Bentonville, Arkansas

Awe-inspiring. Gorgeous. Amazing. And these are just the impressions that came to mind before I...

Local Muslim organization giving away backpacks for school

Starting this Friday, the Islamic Circle North America (ICNA) will distribute 5,000 backpacks to local...

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Teenage killing? ENUF said

As I drive through the African-American communities, I cannot recognize a Boys and Girls Club;...

Planned Parenthood expands breast health program

Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading women's health care provider and advocate, announced that it is...

Muslims to host open-air jumma prayer at DNC

On Aug. 31 at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., a Muslim organization will...

Author and political consultant Lynnette Velasco has passed

Over the last decade or so, Lynnette Velasco was best known for her work in...

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Eid celebrated in Harlem

In honor of Eid ul-Fitr, state Sen. Bill Perkins of Harlem hosted the fifth annual...

Urban Golf Association hosting annual classic

The Urban Golf Association of New York will host its ninth annual Golf Classic at...

Pierson's return boosts the Liberty's second half return

With the Olympic break now behind them, the New York Liberty entered the second half...

Collegiate athlete authors a timely book on gang violence

Jim Raysor was one of the first African-American athletes to earn an athletic scholarship to...

The Jets' offense is still a work in progress

The question most asked about the Jets following last Saturday's 26-3 drubbing at the hands...

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Jordin Sparks headlines 2012 US Open opening night ceremony

The ceremony will take place prior to the night session in Arthur Ashe Stadium on...

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The Lady Pioneers

Earlier this week, history reared his sometimes forgetful head and finally did the right thing....

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Nets eager to begin play in new Brooklyn home

"If you build it, they will come."--Ray Liotta, "Field of Dreams" (1993) On Nov. 1,...

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Good government is ours to shape

For many Americans, government is an abstract idea. It's something confusing or a faceless thing...

The Cosmopolitan Review

I had the wonderful opportunity to be in the midst of a wonderful group of...

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Lifesavers Party With a Purpose

Capt. James "Rocky" Robinson's Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) held their Life-Savers Party With a...

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A Parisian affair

PARIS--There were stares, audible gasps and neck cranings from the normally reserved and very French...

Black women talk empowerment, voting and birth control at salons

In Regina Eberheart's male-dominated line of work, chances for stimulating girl talk are scarce. Going...

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Mo' better; Maurice Cummings--street life to politicking

"Even when I am not at work, I'm at work, because I represent a public...

We want Attica closed

A march to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office demanding the closing of the Attica Correctional Facility...

A reader writes: Wanting to break invisible ceiling holding me down

I read your article about Black unemployment, and it made me wonder where I stand...

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Occupy the corners

The corners of our neighborhoods used to be the places people congregated to get the...

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Keeping the peace: NYC takes a stand against violence

Last weekend, community leaders gathered for the "I Am Present For Peace" march to answer...

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New Martin Luther King Jr audio tape found in attic

Stephon Tull found the nearly pristine reel-to-reel recording marked "Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960."...

Monday, August 20

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Remembering the Legacy of Civil Rights Leader Fannie Lou Hamer; Walter Mosley on Marginalization in Literature

I'm envious of civil rights leader, Fannie Lou Hamer. After all, if the only thing...

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Amiri Baraka Carries on "The Good Fight" in Honor of A. Philip Randolph; Heath Gallery Finds a New Leader

For most working people there has been at least one occasion when they've wanted to...

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Celebrities Weigh in On Ne-Yo and the Future of Motown

When Motown is mentioned most people want to strike a glamorous pose like The Supremes...

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Harlem Arts Alliance Honors, Janet Rodriguez; Discover the Inspiration Behind India. Arie's Songs

Women's History Month is a time to celebrate some of history's foremost trailblazers, yet the...

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Did Hip-Hop and Economics Ruin the Careers of Innovative Women Like Funk Legend, Betty Davis?

There are few things more powerful than strong, fierce and bold women of color that...

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Esperanza Spalding Aims to Free the Slaves and the CULTURE CRASHERS Debut

When one has been given a platform to reach millions of people across the world...

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Mashonda Gives Back and Keeps Her Eye on the Reality TV Craze

Not even superstar, Beyonce could overshadow the legacy of Harlem television news legend, Gil Noble...

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Musical Team, Full Force Confirm a Sequel to the "House Party" Film Series

Harlem and Philadelphia have a few things in common: a sense of style, great food...

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Fela! Returns to Broadway and Ann Trip Helps Give Back

You can't keep a good thing away for too long which is why the hit...

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Freddie Jackson Prepares to Celebrate 30 Years in Music

It's hard to imagine it now but at one point in time according to R&B...

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Chuck D Challenges Ageism in Hip-Hop Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the "A" with Souleo

While the average American lifespan is projected to increase that doesn't mean that hip-hop is...

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Media Legend, Vy Higginsen Aims to Save the Music with "Sing, Harlem, Sing!"

Media pioneer and Harlem legend, Vy Higginsen has created change on many platforms including being...

Time for Insurance Renewal, Research to Find the Best Deal

When it is time for Insurance renewal many people simply opt to renew the same...

How to Make the Best Choice During Insurance Renewal?

When it comes to Insurance renewal many insurance policyholders make the decision to stay with...

Saturday, August 18

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What you should know about the insurance plans

Today, we are living in a world where competitions are increasing in almost all the...

Friday, August 17

US women redefine dominance

This was a historic Olympics for U.S. female athletes, who outnumbered men on the U.S....

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USA hoops team had to work hard for their gold medals

There are many people who consider the United States' 107-100 win over Spain on Sunday...

Henry 'Hank J.' Carter receives the recognition he deserves

Henry "Hank J." Carter steps out of church into the early heat of the day....

Sen. Perkins and local mosques present the fifth annual Eid Celebration

On Monday, Aug. 20, Harlem will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State...

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We are the ones

On Aug. 9, 1978, June Jordan, the late poet and political activist, presented a poem...

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Stand back against fat back

As you expand your waist with fatback and other high-fat calorie foods, the deposit of...

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Girl Scouts program helps incarcerated youths get back on right track

Five years after its founding in 1912, the Girl Scouts started selling cookies. Now, after...

National holiday, huge rewards for gold medal winner

The business community of Trinidad and Tobago expressed its disgust and dismay when Prime Minister...

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promisingly callous ideologue

At first, the assessment heard most often by political pundits and Republican officials was that...

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Summer fruitacular!

Time is just a-slippin' away. Summer will be over before we know it. All of...

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For unique tastes of travel

I love travel books! And not just because I'm a travel writer. What I really...

About a 'big time' watch

TW Steel, the international watch brand that is "Big in Oversized Watches," celebrated the unveiling...

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Donna Karan's NY styles for fall 2012

"Everything I do is a matter of heart, body and soul," said Donna Karan, chief...

The brothers blast at Sistas' Place

No matter where you are in New York City, and particularly in Harlem and Brooklyn,...

Charlie Parker Fest

Charlie Parker was a living legend. After him, there was no other. The way he...

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Holder takes a moment for the movies

OK. First of all, I'm hearing that the condom receipt that initiated Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson's...

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Hilarious, free family theater at the Delacorte

The Delacorte Theatre in Central Park is once again the place to be this summer,...

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Elle Varner: Perfectly wonderful

Elle Varner was born into a musical family, so the fact that she is now...

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D.C.'s Black history told through 'Go-Go Live'

It's the 21st century and maybe you've gotten tired of hearing about gentrification and its...

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Summer calendar August 16-22

AUG. 16 10:30-11:30 a.m., Imagination in Motion with Neil Intraub and Paul Rajeckas (theater/dance), Van...

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32BJ reveals endorsements

Earlier this month, SEIU Local 32BJ announced their endorsements for state Legislature. For state assemblymen,...

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Youth and workers unite to build a better America

American youth face a dilemma. Much of what is taught in schools, reported in the...

Lawrence Miles opens doors for women

You would expect to only find women working at the New York Women's Chamber of...

IACHR releases 'Report on the Situation of People of African Descent in the Americas 2011'

At the end of 2011, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published its "Report...

Thursday, August 16

New York's new gang problem

Lost in the "stop and frisk" debate and the recent increase in crime in the...

Two young, gifted Black men need our help

Two young Brooklyn activist-students, Akeem Pearce, 18, and Troy Ennis, 20, are in dire need...

Romney chooses Paul Ryan

Students and scholars of African-American history recall the speech Booker T. Washington delivered in Atlanta...

The Warrior's Tour is making a difference in NYC schools

Reformed ex-drug kingpins Lance and Todd Feurtado are teaching young people that street knowledge can...

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Obama administration begins its Deferred Action program

It's not the DREAM Act, but the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program...

Tuesday, August 14

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Fifteen day vigil for Michael Lembhard begins

This evening at 5p.m., a candle light vigil will be held in honor of Michael...

Michael Teasley, First White NAACP Chapter President, Found Dead

Coroner says trailblazer appears to have died from natural causes Michael Teasley, the first white...

Saturday, August 11

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Golden Girl: Gabby Douglas wows the world

"We all knew and were waiting for Jordyn Wieber, but Gabby Douglas was by far...

Friday, August 10

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Black clergy offer healing in Colorado

In the wake of the tragic movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., religion has played...

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Youth SHIELD aims to stop violence through changing physical conditions

City Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Speaker Christine Quinn held an emergency meeting in...

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Black-owned Harlem suffers another blow

A new Harlem arrives practically every day, while a piece of old Harlem packs it...

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'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' cast talks about reality show experience as season winds down

Cast members from VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" recently made an appearance in the...

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Olympics fall to summer ratings low

Thursday night, NBC dipped to its lowest viewership since the start of the Games, with “only” 22.4 million viewers tuning in, according to the preliminary ratings.

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Harlem fashion designers celebrate a Great Day

Celebrating "A Great Day in Harlem," top Harlem designers presented their 2012 collections at Grant's...

Trinkets for your travel adventures

As much as I love to travel, there are a few things that are not...

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From undrafted free agent to the Pro Bowl, Brandon Moore has seen it all

CORTLAND, N.Y.--Few players can say they've seen everything the Jets have had to offer the...

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Ashton Eaton on track to become world's greatest athlete

The United States' history in the Olympic decathlon has been one of epic performances resulting...

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Cullen Jones, gold medal swim champ, is breaking barriers

"My father played basketball," Cullen Jones told me in an interview. "I have the body...

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The latest Spike Lee joint

On Aug. 6 in New York City, Spike Lee premiered the latest film in his...

Wolf at Vanguard, Cyro Baptista, Jazzmobile summer

When you hear young musicians like Warren Wolf playing vibraphone, it is clear the jazz...

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Beauty uncovered: Makeup and skin care news

In Nassau, Bahamas, Hollis cosmetics and skin care lines were developed and designed for women...

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Team Fearless honors hip-hop icons

To the rhythm, to the boogie, to the beat! It was a page from hip-hop's...

'Lockdown' opens minds at NBT

At the National Black Theater, Bryonn Bain's one-man show, "Lyrics from Lockdown," opens minds and...

Searching for Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul, director of the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," has put me in touch...

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Jenifer Lewis: Superb and down-to-earth

I experienced something this past Saturday that I'm sorry people missed. It was a show...

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Muslim athletes and Ramadan

Back in 1990, when Akeem Olajuwon added an "H" to the beginning of his first...

19 indicted in East Harlem drug sweep

Last Thursday, the Manhattan district attorney's office announced the indictments of 19 individuals accused of...

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Smooth jazz and a 'Red Hook Summer'

South Central L.A. The mention of that area conjures images of decay, menace and danger...

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Lee Saunders, new president of AFSCME, recognized by civil rights, labor groups

As the first African-American leader of a major union in the United States, newly elected...

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Walmart shut out of Willets Point development

A group responsible for development of the Willets Point space next to Citi Field said...

Thursday, August 9

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Neighborly love at the Jumbo Harlem meet & greet

In the 1970's, the New York City's financial troubles caused several schools to close including...

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Jannie Louise Weston's 100th birthday celebration

Jannie Louise Weston celebrated her centennial birthday with family and friends at the LaGuardia Holiday...

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Trinidad Emancipation Day celebrated

In honor of the many African ancestors who resisted enslavement on the island of Trinidad,...

Honoring the Queen of soul food

The torrential rainstorm that poured down upon the metropolis were really tears of joy from...

Voting Rights Act anniversary

While some folks are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence and others are remembering...

Cameroon: Using community grapevine to prevent mother-to-child transmission

YAOUNDE--For nearly two years, not a single child with HIV has been born at the...

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Governor Cuomo, stop fracking around with our health

I'm New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I'm opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our...

Texas murders mentally disabled man

Tuesday evening's state-sanctioned murder of Marvin Lee Wilson, a Black man legally diagnosed as mentally...

Black Mormon woman looks to make political history in Utah

As the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love is an anomaly, though she'd be...

Street Warriors

The Warrior's Tour Is Making A Difference In NYC Schools Reformed ex-druglord kingpins Lance and...

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Another gaffe from Romney

Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee, and presumptive is the right word in several...

Who Cares About 'Ugly Black Babies?'

Does one remark speak for the entire pro-choice movement? "Here's what they think about you..."...

Connecticut town sued for allegedly trying to 'keep out' black residents

A small Connecticut town is being sued for allegedly discriminating against minorities in an effort...

Wednesday, August 8

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Hue-Man Books partners with MIST Harlem for book signing event with Dwyane Wade

On September 5th, NBA star Dwayne Wade will be coming to Harlem to sign his...

Tuesday, August 7

10 Inspiring Education Trends Among Senior Citizens.

Sixty is the new 45, 80 is the new 60, and 100 is ... well,...

Monday, August 6

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Adesola Osakalumi on Broadway: Fela's back

"Fela!" only has a few more days left on Broadway; it comes to the end...

Keeping up with the Jacksons

With all the turmoil surrounding the Jackson family over the past two weeks, I finally...

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Imhotep's guide to black events 8/2-8/12

Greetings! As we end Black Media Month in the GBE, we move into August with...

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Nets, Knicks: Let the rivalry begin

What rivalry? It's a question that has been asked about the Nets and the Knicks...

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Lawyer: White Pa. cops thought man was black punk.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A young man was wrongfully beaten and arrested by three white police...

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No one in the 'hood is teasing John Orozco now

As 19-year-old John Orozco competed on the world's biggest stage at the London Games for...

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Neal second African-American woman swimmer to medal at Olympics

LONDON--When 17-year-old African-American swimmer Lia Neal climbed out of the pool of the Aquatics Center...

Friday, August 3

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Curtis Mayfield's widow talks about his legacy

Before the recent tribute concert to her late husband, Curtis Mayfield, at Lincoln Center, Altheida...

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Black Dance calendar August 2012

One of Harlem's own, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (FNDT), under the direction of co-founder...

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Bronx swimwear designer stars in Miami shows

Ava Sanjuro, born and raised in the Bronx, created a fashion furor at Mercedes-Benz Fashion...

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Sui's sweep of fall colors and styles

Anna Sui's fall 2012 collection takes you on a creative journey that is unparalleled in...

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What about the Morton memo?

On March 2, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton issued a...

Trinidad fires top cops

It was months in the making; anyone who had been monitoring the political situation in...

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Manhattan island time

OCEAN Style put Caribbean culinary excellence on display to a discerning audience of foodies, journalists...

$1-A-Day Drive Raises Money to Pay For West Indian Kids' Tuition

To some students in the United States, going to school is a drag and a...

School's out but learning is in session with Food Bank for NYC

Although school is out, students in New York City are still learning...about nutrition. The Food...

True South Books announces lecture series

True South Books is a great community bookstore. It is like an old-fashioned bookstore; the...

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The love of life

As you read this column, just think of the killings that are taking place in...

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Community holds vigil for 4-year-old

Hundreds wept at the vigil for 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan, who was shot and killed in...

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We need the trumpets

No matter how many times I see the tears and hear the cries of mothers...

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Gabby Douglas wins gold

American Olympian, Gabby Douglas won the gold in the all-around gymnastics Thursday at Greenwich Arena...

Thursday, August 2

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Con Ed ends lockout with Local 1-2

It's finally over. Local 1-2 Utility Workers of America reached a new four-year deal with...

'Liquid Swords' box set reminder of Wu-Tang dominance

When you mention the year 1995 to any hip-hop fan in their late 20s or...

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Obama's incredible small business gaffe just won't go away

"Do you think not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the...

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An embarrassing, sophomoric debut for Romney on world stage

While so much of the world is bemused by Mitt Romney's gaffe-filled foreign adventure, it...

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Con Ed and climate change

I cheered last week when I learned that the lockout of the Consolidated Edison workers...

Last lap of summer

Here we are, now that August has arrived, at the last lap of summer. This...

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Victor Cruz releases new motivational book for fans, 'Out of the Blue'

"Cruz," yelled the crowd of hundreds of people who waited hours to see the New...

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Harlem street renamed in honor of Bruce Wright

A new name sits at the intersection of West 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell...

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Colors and stars light up the Hamptons

The Hamptons was all abuzz this past weekend, as hundreds of key figures in entertainment,...

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'Occupy the Vote' focus of Urban League conference

The National Urban League held its annual conference in New Orleans last week. The conference...

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Larry Seabrook convicted of corruption

"He advocated for his constituents and he fought for programs to help them," said Edward...

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Lia's bronze is our gold

We can't help but call Lia Neal our own, though she was born and bred...

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Op-Ed: Saving campus diversity

In just two short weeks, the Supreme Court will begin reading official amicus briefs in...

Op-Ed: Harlem pedestrian safety

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) begins the rollout this week of improvements...

Obama campaign releases report on improving Black-owned small businesses

As President Barack Obama continues to argue for his re-election, a report recently released from...

Activists attempt to decrease NYPD tension while others still want end to stop-and-frisk

Despite 88 percent of stop-and-frisk victims being found innocent of any crime last year, recent...

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A presidential vow to excellence

"America says we will give you opportunity, but you've got to earn your success," said...

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Violence in urban and Black communities over looked for white-on-white crime

"It is straight arrogance of the Police Department to say that they are the only...

Wednesday, August 1

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imhotep's guide to black events 7/26/12-8-1/12

Greetings! Condolences to family, friends and fans on the passing of Sylvia Woods, "The Queen...

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Jackson family feud?

Boy, oh boy. There's more drama surrounding the Jackson family. According to reports, Michael Jackson's...

Waller rent party, Terry at Zinc, open mic, Rome Neal

Back in the day, a good rent party could actually pay your rent, but then...

Kids apparel trends for spring/summer 2013

A key trend for spring/summer 2013 children's wear is inspired from the radical youth movement...

Doc seeks to dispel stereotypes in schizophrenia

An independent documentary is seeking to eradicate the stereotypes often associated with schizophrenia. The short...

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Cast speaks out on 'The Soul Man'

"The Soul Man," TV Land's new sitcom airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m., features an all-Black...

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Meet Jackie Ormes and Torchy Brown

Decades before Coffey or Foxy Brown, there was Torchy Brown, a smart, beautiful, tough-as-nails Black...

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She put the 'soul' in soul food

Delivering the eulogy for Mrs. Sylvia Woods, the Rev. Al Sharpton found the perfect metaphor...

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The Colorado tragedy should spur Americans to push for more gun control

The Friday night movie theater experience in Colorado that ended in utter horror is now...

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Dream still deferred for immigrant

The dream continues to be deferred--at least for now--for the many young immigrants anxious to...

Police kill Afro-Guyanese protestors

In the middle of last week in Guyana, riot police opened fire on a group...

NYC community rallies over injustice in foster care system

Injustices in foster care programs have gone unnoticed for too long. Last Thursday, the Foster...