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Friday, June 29

Duke study says being in a union is good for your health

A new study suggests that union employees are healthier than nonunion workers. David Brady and...

Thursday, June 28

Prayer breakfast to honor Tulsa Race Riot survivor

Commemorating the 185th anniversary of slavery being abolished in New York State, the Association for...

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The aftertaste of war, the battle of obesity, U.S. vs. Kuwait

Recently, Peter Savodnik, a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek, wrote an article titled "Obesity, the Other...

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Romney suddenly finds voice on the 'I' word

After weeks of ignoring the dreaded "I" word, Mitt Romney, the heir apparent Republican presidential...

Jamaica may dump British appeals court

There is every indication that the Caribbean trade bloc nation of Jamaica will shortly dump...

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Bath salts, LSD causing 'zombie' attacks

In Miami, a man ate the face of homeless man and was shot and killed...

Supreme Court's ruling on health care set to affect thousands

The U.S. Supreme Court is holding a life or death vote on Wednesday for 3.1...

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Fond farewells to Dr. Annie B. Martin

Dr. Annie B. Martin was a gracious, caring and sharing stalwart of the NAACP. A...

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We intensify our battle cry with each setback

Unions have been under attack since they were first formed to protect the rights of...

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Freedom in Lefrak City

When walking around Lefrak City with Freedom, it's hard not to notice the love the...

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Pan African delegation petitions ICC for NATO war crimes

The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee (PASHC), led by the December 12th Movement International Secretariat...

Needed: More Adoption within the African-American community

I was adopted when I was 4 months old by the strongest African-American woman I...

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The entrepreneur's ambassador

The Jamaican ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, announced this year that she would...

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ESPNW list Venus and Serena Williams as Top 40 Female Athletes

The very talented Williams sisters of tennis has strike again to be the best. Venus...

Does President Obama have Black folks' backs?

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign will launch its first radio ad targeting the African-American community...

Supreme Court overturns Ariz. immigration laws, except one

Bypassing a law by the state of Arizona, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down most...

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder under fire for contempt

Still smarting from setbacks a week ago, the Obama administration received another withering blow from...

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Charles Rangel victorious in 13th district Congressional primary elections

To hear his critics and opponents tell it, Rep. Charles B. Rangel was too old,...

Wednesday, June 27

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Youth Seek "Exposure" and End to Sex Slavery in New Creative Works

If you look back on some of the most groundbreaking and revolutionary creative works in...

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A celebration of the life of Hazel Medina-Matz

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Hazel Medina-Matz took place on March 24 at...

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Tony Parker sustains injury from Drake-Brown brawl

While speaking at a Summer Olympics press conference in Paris, San Antonio Spurs star Tony...

Postal Service honors Miles and Edith Piaf

In life and music, Miles Davis was rebellious and uncompromising, always taking music in his...

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Legends round out musical weekend

The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx is presenting a music weekend...

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One night only: The unforgettable Natalie Cole At Lehman Center June 24

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its first-class 31st season with a special spring...

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M.S. 103 Graduates shine at ceremony

Students from Satellite III M.S. 103 shined at a beautiful graduation ceremony, held at Prospect...

A blast of cool air

Last week, the auditorium at P.S. 154 got a much-needed upgrade: a new air conditioning...

Students hungry for knowledge

For the past four years, Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn has had a...

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It's a DREAM come true!

On Thursday, June 14, I wrote a column asking President Barack Obama to stand up...

Caribbean island wants to remain a colony

A controversy is brewing in one of the Caribbean trade bloc's tiniest nations after its...

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Tourism group celebrates 50 years, announces new lineup

NEW YORK (June 21, 2012)--The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), one of the region's...

Egypt's ex-president suffers stroke in jail, called 'clinically dead'

June 19 (GIN)--Once considered the modern-day pharaoh of Egypt, ex-President Hosni Mubarak was called "clinically...

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Jamaica hosts Caribbean Tourism Summit and Outlook Seminar

Jamaica's Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, hosted the successful Caribbean...

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Black college women stars competing to make Olympic team

Samantha Edwards, a senior at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., along with Jernail Hayes,...

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Wimbledon sister's act continues

The Wimbledon sister act, Venus and Serena Williams, will be hitting the road for another...

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Miami Heat's role players making a difference

When the Miami Heat walked onto their home floor for Game 4 of the NBA...

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Harlem Globetrotters playing in Brooklyn

Having played more than 24,000 games in 120 countries and territories over the past 86...

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Liberty bounce back after humiliating loss

Records are meant to be broken, but in the New York Liberty's case, that isn't...

The youthful Thunder are facing playoff elimination

Call it youthful exuberance, inexperience or whatever, you can tell which team is used to...

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For Caron Butler, offseason means family first

Although his hope was to contend for back-to-back NBA championships, Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward...

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The Trayvon Martin case: A tale of two families

It is difficult to refrain from making comparisons between the two families at the center...

Entrepreneur offers recession relief with real estate investments

It's no secret that African-Americans and Latinos have been hit hard by our shaky economy....

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Fishman leaves presidential post at 32BJ, Hector Figueroa looks to take over

Mike Fishman has elected to step down as president of 32BJ to take over as...

Unions take a deep breath after Wisconsin

If you're a union member or supporter in Wisconsin, you could look at the election...

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June 26, Brooklyn battles for Congress: Barron and Jeffries

Brooklyn, locally referred to as "The People's Republic," is gearing up for a major congressional...

Graffiti legend Wayne 'Stay High 149' Roberts dead at 61

The hip-hop and art communities lost a legend last week when Wayne "Stay High 149"...

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'Sweet Relief' is just what the doctor ordered

Don't be clouded by the artists you see at the Grammys or on MTV, when...

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Be human, be compassionate

I weep for those who are the enemies of compassion--persons who live with an abiding...

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International HIV/AIDS conference a must for Harlem native Patricia Kelly

When it comes to talking about HIV/AIDS, what some consider a taboo topic, Harlem native...

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Ants in your pants?

Mrs. T. was an excellent office administrator. She made sure that all the Is were...

Get Screened, Get Clean offers Haircuts, testing for Men's health Month

Did you know that June is Men's Health Month? Well, to inform the community of...

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A summer of turmoil and triumph

As you get ready for summer and all the fun that comes with it, today's...

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Media fog in the recall elections in Wisconsin

Last week, Fox News first called the recall election in favor of Scott Walker while...

One Harlemite's viewpoint: Why Rangel gets my vote

I am a native Harlemite and a proud Charles Rangel supporter. I am deeply troubled...

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Heed our silence or hear our wrath!

Thirty thousand people marched and did not make a sound. Because of that, nary a...

Tenants suing landlord for removal of fire escapes

After the evacuation of a Bronx building that left more than 200 residents displaced, new...

NABJ Convention kicks off in NOLA

Thousands of Black journalists, public relations professionals and students from across the country are in...

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State tax break, looming issue of gentrification

Nearly 10 years ago, the Mount Morris Park West historic district in Harlem, between 120th...

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Bullying without a name

Itea Davis, 16, doesn't know why she was attacked. It started when two girls began...

7th Ave., the new boulevard of death

Community residents and leaders say that Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, also known as Seventh Avenue,...

New anti-bullying legislation needs swift implementation

New York State public school students may find a haven against bullying come next school...

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Arizona v. the United States ruling is bitter sweet

Almost two weeks after the Obama Administration announced that young immigrants illegally brought to the...

Wilmington men among first black Marines honored with Congressional Gold Medal

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A handful of retired Marines from Wilmington will be honored in...

Tuesday, June 26

Michael Lembhard's family asking for both district attorney and police to step aside

When the police killed 22-year-old Michael Lembhard in Newburgh, New York, everyone thought he was...

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Media outlets pushing for more products directed towards the African American community.

Media outlets pushing for more products directed towards the African American community. By Brennan N....

Monday, June 25

Gone too soon

Originally published on July 2, 2009. We all remember Michael Jackson in our own special...

Supreme Court set health care decision on June 28

The Supreme Court will be making its ruling on the federal affordable Affordable Care Act...

Thursday, June 21

Fishman leaves prez post at 32BJ, Figueroa looks to take over

Mike Fishman has elected to step down as president of 32BJ to take over as...

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G.L.A.M Saturday with Madeline McCray

This Saturday June 23rd in Harlem, there will be a social networking event hosted by...

Wednesday, June 20

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Harlem students get schooled on healthcare by EmblemHealth and GrowNYC

Nearly 40 seventh-grade students from the Future Leaders Institute got a health lesson outside of the classroom on Thursday, June 13. EmblemHealth and GrowNYC teamed up to present an event to make students aware of their health.

Diabetes, with a touch of cinnamon

I have never been to a family gathering, church dinner, birthday party or dinner-dance where a high-calorie meal isn’t followed by a higher calorie sweeter-than-sweet dessert. This combination of foods and desserts seems to get folks up into an “Electric Slide” attitude, thinking that they will burn up some of those calories, but to no avail. It would be better if they at least deserted the dessert. When you think about it, that extra “s” in dessert is the extra sugar (glucose), which ultimately may cause diabetes.

Tuesday, June 19

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African American high school graduates are honored by The African Christian Teachers Association.

14 high school graduates in the class of 2012 were honored by The African Christian...

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Harlem Community Day celebrates Yes, Chef

Harlem resident chef/owner Marcus Samuelsson, will host and celebrate the publishing of his very own...

Monday, June 18

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10 CUNY Seniors Win Annual Labor Arts Contest

On May 8th, ten undergraduate students of the senior colleges of the City University of...

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Rhode Island and "Homeless Bill of Rights."

The state of Rhode Island is on the verge of making history when they sign...

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Rodney King, brought awareness to racial problems in America is dead.

Rodney King, internationally known for being the victim of an incident of police brutality involving...

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Gladys Knight and "Groovin in the Park."

Grammy Award winning R&B legend, Gladys Knight is scheduled to perform at the "Groovin in...

Sunday, June 17

Hal Jackson, in his own words

In 1915, the world was introduced to several iconic figures: Kraft cheese, which changed the...

Friday, June 15

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Yvete Wilson Death

Yvete Wilson dies at 48. Read more......

Thursday, June 14

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Homeless tenants suing landlord for illegal removal of fire escapes

After the evacuation of a Bronx building that left more than 200 residents displaced, new...

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NABJ presents new platform at its 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair

The death of Trayvon Martin, the 2012 presidential election, and the Supreme Court debate on...

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NABJ Veteran Broadcaster Jon Beans dies

Jon Beans, mentor to National Association of Black Journalists-TV (NABJ-TV), and reporter at Alabama Public...

Amending the Dream Act to include Caribbean Dreamers

Councilman Robert Jackson of Manhattan has proposed a change be made to the New York...

No mailing to remind voters about June 26 primary election

If you are a registered voter, don't expect to get a reminder in the mail...

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Steve Harvey's Hoodie Awards honor unsuspecting community leaders

Community activist Malik Rhasaan was on the radio show "This Week in Blackness" when he...

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A father to the community: Willie Davis

A father of four, Willie Lee Davis Jr. is also a father to children in...

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Program raises funds for school supplies for military kids.

Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization is launching their new program, Back-to- School Brigade that provides...

Food + family = Fun and good memories

Some of our fondest memories revolve around family gatherings and delicious meals, especially in the...

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Silent march to speak volumes

During recent years, the NYPD's policy on stop-and-frisk has become one of the defining civil...

Don't let them take back Harlem

One of the most nauseating mantras of the far right--be they in the Republican Party...

Needs of Blacks and Latinos fall on deaf ears

The effects of the 2012 redistricting of New York State are quickly being realized by...

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Stringer helps National Black Theater stay open

At Fifth Avenue and 125th Street, a staple of Harlem arts and culture will remain...

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Parents of Trayvon Martin plead for changes in 'stand your ground' law

Trayvon Martin's parents are asking Florida lawmakers to reconsider the state's "stand your ground" law....

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Christian Reggae Album

Tate Music Group announced the recent launch of "Reggae International" which is the newest album...

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Stop-and-frisk protestors take to their smart phone apps

Have you ever watched a stop-and-frisk and wished you could document it? While hundreds are...

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Tragic shooting takes life of neighborhood hero

Ackeem Paul Green, 25, was a hero in the community. His first child had just...

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Cop pleads not guilty in Ramarley Graham shooting

Richard Haste, the officer who fatally shot Ramarley Graham in February, was arraigned at the...

The Modern moment

Birthdays. The marker of time passed and what is to come. Sometimes this day comes...

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Decatur, Ala.: A grand city on a charming scale

Just a short 30-minute drive from Huntsville, Decatur--although only a small city of just under...

Cracks appear in Trinidad's coalition

Cracks have started to appear in the governing multiparty coalition in Trinidad, with at least...

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Remembering Marcella Martinez in New York

NEW YORK (June 14, 2012)--Last week, I was privileged to give grateful thanks to a...

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Ethiopia bans internet phone calling services.

The government of Ethiopia has just passed new legislation that criminalizes the usage of Internet-based...

The holy month of Ramadan is being observed by Muslim athletes competing in the 2012 Olympics.

The 2012 Olympics fall under the holy month of Ramadan that is celebrated by Muslims...

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Doctors have no cure for fatal seizure disorder killing children.

An often fatal disease that involves seizures that has been around since 1962 is targeting...

Wednesday, June 13

Fastest gentrifying neighborhoods in the United States

25 cities in the United States are being classified as the fastest gentrified neighborhoods over...

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BeBe Winans pens Whitney book

The rumored romance between Deion Sanders and Tracy Edmonds seems to be progressing nicely. Edmonds...

Kathleen Battle at Blue Note, Latin Jazz back, Singers Connection

Kathleen Battle, one of the most renowned opera sopranos in the world, will grace the...

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Fulton Art Fair: A little bit of history repeating

The Fulton Art Fair (FAF), Brooklyn's oldest Black visual arts event, will delight and entertain...

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Jazz Legend, Jimmy Scott Moves Harlem to Tears

After 70 years in the music business there is only one way to know for...

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How Racist Are We? Ask Google

Barack Obama won 52.9 percent of the popular vote in 2008 and 365 electoral votes,...

Councilman Barron leaps into the congressional race with people worried.

Charles Barron, a former Black Panther out of East New York, has the the movers...

NYPD officer indicted for Ramarley Graham shooting

NYPD officer Richard Haste turned himself in the morning for the controversial murder of Bronx...

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Norristown Bicentennial Gospel, Jazz & Blues festival to hit Pennsylvania

On Saturday, June 23 from noon until 6pm the Living Ground Ministries will be celebrating...

Tuesday, June 12

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Protecting the vulnerable: new Justice Center agency to be proponent for disabled

It's been 40 years since Bernard Carabello lived at Willowbrook State School, but he remembers...

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Are the Los Angeles Lakers seriously down for the count? Don't bet on it

For two straight years, Kobe Bryant and company have been bounced from the playoffs in...

Monday, June 11

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A national Anarchist People of Color Convergence

It was just 10 years ago in Detroit, Michigan when the first national APOC conference...

Ice-T directorial debut with "Art of Rap"

From the early eighties to the late 90's the best of the best artists were...

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Mets legends Mookie Wilson and Ron Darling help brush up MLK Towers

The New York City Housing Authority's Martin Luther Jr. Towers were the latest recipients of...

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Why Zimmerman Should Be Denied Bail

On Sunday, with a 48-hour deadline approaching, George Zimmerman, killer of Trayvon Martin, surrendered to...

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Here's something you don't see often on cable news: MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry devoted at...

Saturday, June 9

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Reading: This Fragile Life by Charlotte Pierce-Baker

I'm reading This Fragile Life by Charlotte Pierce-Baker. It's a story about her son's battle...

Thursday, June 7

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Shoes for a queen

To commemorate Queen Elizabeth's 60th year in her position, the British designer Aruna Seth has...

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Father's Day gift ideas under $40

For Father's Day, update your dad's look. Here are some on-the-go gift ideas that are...

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Bringing the U.S. before the International Criminal Court

On June 18, a pan-African delegation will deliver a petition to the Hague, Netherlands, demanding...

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A celebration of life: Community says goodbye to Hal Jackson

Celebration and remembrance filled the Riverside Church last Thursday as mourners gathered to say goodbye...

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Pharaoh and the carbonated culprit

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pinpointed the perpetrator that is undermining the possibilities and eclipsing the...

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Serenity and space exploration in Huntsville

One of the things that make Huntsville, Ala., such a great travel destination is that...

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Fun summer pizza ideas

I love a good thin-crust pizza with everything and anything on it. And yes, our...

Support LeAp at P.S. 56

"A school without LeAp is a school without art! Due to budget cuts, art programs...

Last-minute camp options in NYC

Young children living in New York City await the warm weather and fun of the...

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Super Moms of Color profiled in new project, Mater Mae

Media the portrayal of black women and more specifically black mothers is usually stereotypical or...

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Yolanda Simmons graduates summa cum laude from Medgar Evers College

Yolanda Simmons graduated from Medgar Evers College (MEC) on Saturday, June 2, with a bachelor...

New Study shows participation reasons of Black activists

The Applied Research Center, a racial justice group and home for media and activism, conducted...

Times-Picayune change from daily angers community

After 175 years, New Orleans will become the biggest city in the country without a...

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TWU endorses Adriano Espaillat, Hakeem Jeffries for Congress

A local union is bucking the trend and endorsing New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat...

UFT, NYSUT work out endorsements for Congress

Last week, the Delegate Assembly of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) recommended the endorsement...

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Mike Fishman elected new executive vice president of SEIU

Last week, 32BJ announced that its president was elected to serve as executive vice president...

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March on Father's Day to save our children

This Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, will be unlike any other for me. Besides the...

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Return to old-fashioned entrepreneurship

Have you ever stopped to think about how the breakup of AT&T revolutionized the information...

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Decriminalize pot

This Monday, my office won a jury conviction for the murder of 17-year-old Cheyenne Baez,...

Amsterdam News endorses Meeks, Velazquez, Barron, Rangel for congressional election

This year's congressional primaries are coming upon New Yorkers quickly. The process for this year's...

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Bloomberg, Koch endorse Rangel

Rep. Charlie Rangel received major endorsements last week from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor...

Muslims offer solutions to violence in Mt. Vernon

Last Saturday afternoon, Mt. Vernon, the city of 68,000 that sits on the northern border...

Wisconsin governor survives recall attempt

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker resoundingly beat a recall challenge Tuesday, defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett...

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Anti-violence activists prepare for summer

As summer gets into full swing, signs of the usual deadly shootings that occur across...

Wednesday, June 6

Gays, lesbians say they are vulnerable too

In the past week, the gay and lesbian lobby in the Caribbean has raised its...

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Racism or just business as usual?

Talk about trying to focus on keeping the coffee creamy! A Republican senator from Massachusetts...

Apollo Spring Gala brings out cream of the crop

Deftly handling his duties as host of the Apollo Theater 2012 Spring Gala, actor-comedian Sinbad,...

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Parents, teachers, unions and elected officials protest Bloomberg childcare cuts

It wasn't your ordinary field trip as hundreds of Head Starters from across the five...

The Harlem Soul-Line Dance Party

The Harlem Soul-Line Dance Party celebrated its fifth anniversary at the Harlem State Office Building....

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ESSENCE Music Festival approaches

ESSENCE's Black Music Month appearance celebrated its upcoming ESSENCE Music Festival, which will take place...

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Jackie Rowe-Adams: SAVE-ing Harlem

While some might turn a blind eye to violence in the community, Jackie Rowe-Adams is...

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R. Gregory Christie: Subway jazz and beyond

Daily subway riders, or "straphangers" as they are known, are quite familiar with the MTA...

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Remembering actor/director Sullivan H. Walker

This June, as we celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month, Caribbean Lingo remembers Mr. Sullivan H. Walker,...

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Glen Cove Alumni For Youth Inc. gives laptops to high school seniors

The Glen Cove Alumni For Youth Inc., a non-profit dedicated to empowering the African-American community,...

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Check Out Tia Norfleet, the First Black Female NASCAR Driver

As Danica Patrick continues to knock down doors for female NASCAR drivers, Tia Norfleet may...

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Black chefs use social media to inform community about culinary careers

Have you ever discussed careers in cooking with a professional culinary chef via Twitter? Now,...

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NYC Evicts 200 Residents to Sleazy Motel After Building Mistake

A Bronx building was evacuated Tuesday after an approval to remove the building's fire escapes...

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Snow White and Sleepy

The cause of snoring is the vibration of the soft palate in the roof of...

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Nation grieves for victims in Nigeria's largest plane disaster in 20 years

June 5 (GIN) - President Goodluck Jonathan declared 3 days of national mourning for the...

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Jerusalem not a safe haven for African immigrants

June 5 (GIN) - An early morning arson attack on the home of African asylum...

U.S. military splits over Africa anti-terror strategy

June 5 (GIN) - A turf war over Africa is dividing two wings of the...

Tuesday, June 5

Affinity Health Plan's "Get Screened, Get Clean" Event Sets Up Pop-up Barbershop in Harlem

BRONX, NY (June 4, 2012) - For Men's Health Week, three organizations, Affinity Health Plan,...

Two Nigerian airlines crash, killing over 160 people

ACCRA, Ghana _ Two Nigerian Airlines crashed over the weekend resulting in over 160 deaths...

Online Community Supports Justin Combs' $54,000 Scholarship

After a few days of outrage over the $54,000 football scholarship that Justin Combs, son...

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'Watch The Throne' is enjoyable, but disappointing

It's hard not to talk about Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint album "Watch The Throne"...

Monday, June 4

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Towns endorses Barron

On Monday, June 4, 2012 Congressman Edolphus "Ed" Towns announced that he has endorsed City...

Friday, June 1

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Judge orders Zimmerman back to jail

George Zimmerman was ordered back to jail on Friday for misleading the court about his...

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Film paints U.N. as hotbed of corruption

From a technical perspective, Ami Horowitz hit it out of the ballpark with his documentary,...

Around and About NYC: Fabulous French films

Films, films and more films luminously tint May's waning days, bringing us into June, where...

Hal Jackson, the end of an era

Hal Jackson epitomized Black radio. He was the monumental role model for generations of radio...

Ralph Lauren's worldly styles for fall '12

"I have always had a clear vision. I wanted to develop quality and create a...

Afro-Punk's 'The Triptych' debuts at Brooklyn Museum

An enthusiastic crowd came out on May 24 for the debut screening of "The Triptych"...

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HADLEY Players venture 'This Way Forward'

"This Way Forward" was the latest offering from the HADLEY Players, a community theater group...

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Dr. West's retirement party a funky good time

For years he's been known as the brilliant, quintessential professor and best-selling author, yet he...