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Friday, March 30

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George Zimmerman's crumbling story, part 2: the mortician

The killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman -- the case where nothing makes sense,...

Rights groups sue NYPD over private building patrols

NEW YORK -- Civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the New York...

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Could this man be the first black Bachelor?

Fans of The Bachelor (myself included) love to complain about the show. Whether it's the...

Thursday, March 29

Supreme Court expands plea bargain rights of criminal defendants

It's not the health care bill, but it's a decision with some teeth. Expanding the...

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Charlene Faison work with science on the job, church at home

"I always felt that my calling in my life was to be helpful," said Charlene...

PSC and CUNY square off over new academic policy

The faculty of the City University of New York (CUNY) is suing the university over...

Does video cast doubt on Zimmerman's story?

Msnbc's Thomas Roberts speaks with contributor and Managing Editor for the Grio, Joy-Ann Reid, and...

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Imhotep's guide to black events 3/29-4/4/12

Greetings! April is Black Resurrection Month in the GBE. As the celebration of Easter and...

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Trayvon Martin and the legacy of suspicion

The senseless and tragic killing of Trayvon Martin, a young African-American male, has sparked outrage...

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Target shuts down Valley Stream store, workers cry foul

Last week, the management of the Target store in Valley Stream, N.Y., told workers that...

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Pioneer Harlem developer Chance Lucille Edwards

One of the worst mistakes made in Harlem in the 20th century was by African-Americans...

Trip to St. Lucia

OMG! At the risk of sounding like a cliche or like Janet Jackson, it's funny...

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Obama's winning message is one that needs to be sold far more boldly

While the Republican candidates were centering their divisive and tone-deaf campaigns on Michigan and preparing...

Suriname bitter over amnesty for army killers

If the governing Mega Combination in Suriname has its way in Parliament, it would quickly...

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Study confirms benefits of colon cancer screening

A few years ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene launched...

HIV/AIDS rates higher for Black women than estimated

A sobering new report released earlier this month by a North Carolina-based think tank shows...

My family's journey to Ghana

One of the most symbolically important trips ever taken by a United States president was...

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The volatile Middle East

This is an incredibly tenuous time in the Middle East: the Assad regime killing its...

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Ron Paul and the Fed

Ron Paul wants to abolish the Federal Reserve. He may be right, as it's hard...

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The 1 percent

I have often asked myself, and heard it asked by others, why so many wealthy...

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The new American era of socialism

I stand for some pretty radical principles--that is, they're radical by the standards of our...

Conservatives win elections

Democrats are, and have always been, getting their way on taxing and spending. If you...

Black men: An endangered species

Black men are an endangered species. There is nothing novel about that proposition. In fact,...

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Obamacare or Obamascare?

One of two tendencies will carry the day as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court...

Fatal police shooting of unarmed Black teen sparks outrage

Residents and family members are outraged and asking questions about the fatal police shooting of...

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Cops vs. Kids

"There's a war going on between the police and the young people," said Pam Godette,...

NYPD kill unarmed Black youth

"There's a problem with this city," attorney Jeff Emdin charged. "It's a tale of two...

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NYPD fires Black Sean Bell cop, two others forced to retire

Gescard Isnora, one of the undercover police detectives who shot 50 bullets at an unarmed...

Wednesday, March 28

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The mineral chromium can make you shine

Do you feel a little rusty lately? Have your spark and shine diminished? There are...

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Diverse teens wanted for YouthBridge-NY fellowship

YouthBridge-NY is recruiting diverse teens who will be starting their junior year of high school...

New York Post's Trayvon Martin Front Page Calls Hooded Lawmakers 'Race Hustlers'

The New York Post front page Tuesday insinuates that three black New York lawmakers (Senators...

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Gawker: University of Texas Student Paper Wins 'Most Racist Trayvon Martin Cartoon' Contest

Here's cartoonist Stephanie Eisner's latest political cartoon published in the Daily Texan, the student paper...

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HoodiesUp! Congressman Bounced From House Floor For Rocking A Hoodie

On Wednesday morning, Rush was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit...

Whitney Houston Remembered: Photo archive

The Amsterdam News compiled some photos of the late great singer for you to enjoy...

Unbelievable talent, Whitney Houston passes at 48

Whitney Houston, 48, died mysteriously Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Her death is...

The last goodbye-We'll miss you, Whitney

"There'll be the ups, there'll be the downs, there'll be the all-arounds," said Whitney Houston...

Farewell, Whitney Houston; Randy Weston at Tribeca

Whitney Houston's death was as a shock for me, as it was for all of...

Keli Goff Asks: Is Subtle Racism Worse Than the Overt?

Loop 21 columnist dons hoodie in support of Martin Loop 21 Columnist Keli Goff spoke...

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Nelson Mandela digital archive opens with Google technology

Mar. 27 (GIN) - A digital archive of Nelson Mandela's life and times has been...

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Guinea-Bissau vote stalls over fraud charges

Mar. 27 (GIN) - Since becoming independent from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has struggled through...

U.S.-Trained soldiers mutiny in peace-loving Mali

Mar. 27 (GIN) - A rowdy band of undisciplined junior officers marauded through the streets...

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Statement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rev. Al Sharpton on agreement over juvenile justice reform plan

"For too long, too many of our City's young people have been shunted off upstate...

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It's not the teachers or the schools, it's brains that need fuel

School bells are ringing and children will be doing more than singing. They will be...

Tuesday, March 27

Submitting Materials for AmNews internship

Thank you for your interest in the New York Amsterdam News Internship program. If you...

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AmNews Internship Program Information

The New York Amsterdam News offers a range of hands on internships through out the...

Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed

The good news? The Hunger Games made $155 million at the box office its opening...

Monday, March 26

MTA Funding Deal An Express Train To More Debt, Higher Fares And Less Service

Governor Cuomo Will Pass The Bill To Bus And Subway Riders Today, the New York...

White House: Female Students Now Covered For Contraception

The Obama administration on Friday released what may be its final compromise in response to...

White Pride Rallies In Edmonton And London Countered By Anti-Racists

EDMONTON - A white supremacist rally in Edmonton's downtown lasted only minutes when the demonstrators...

Sunday, March 25

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Our Love: A celebration of Black marriage

Jamillah and David Lamb are the husband and wife team and producers of the hit...

Friday, March 23

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Black producers share recipe for good marriage

Hue-Man to host authors, panel discussion March 24 is National Black Marriage Day, and while...

City College Students for Educational Rights Letter to City College Administration

Dear President Lisa Staiano-Coico and the Administration of City College, The people of New York...

President Obama mourns the death of civil rights lawyer

John Payton,65 , a well-known civil rights attorney , President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP...

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Marketing: Some trade secrets

Can your customers find you online? "Trade Secrets for Marketing Your Business Online," by Mandi...

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Stephen Burrows designs for Raven Denim

At Audi's showroom on Park Avenue, designer Stephen Burrows shows a sleek line of jeans...

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Luxury legwear...designed to thrill

For fall/winter 2012, legwear designer Emilio Cavallini showed an out-of-the-box, sexy collection of tights and...

Fadmashion on the runway

The Fadmashion team showcased several new lines recently. Their swimwear collections were sleek, colorful and...

Fine fall styles: Dazzling details

Fashion & beauty Editor For fall 2012, Joanna Mastroianni goes on a journey with iris...

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Beauty notes: Aging skin care and makeup news

In makeup, Clarins' best-selling protection powerhouse, UV Plus HP with SPF 40 Day Screen Tint,...

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D'Angelo's fall runway chic

Designer Edwing D'Angelo unveiled his fall 2012 collection on Feb. 19 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel's...

Mother of Rev. Al. Sharpton passes at 87

Early Thursday morning the Rev. Al. Sharpton's mother, Ada Sharpton, died in Dorthan, Alabama. The...

Trayvon Martin's 911 Calls: New Tapes Trace Teen's Final Moments

After many requests, demands and media attention, 911 calls surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon...

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White House comments on the death of Trayvon Martin

"The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of...

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Million Hoodie march for Trayvon Martin garners growing support

Thousands of people are wearing hoodies today. And still more hooded protestors will be gathering...

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Occupy the Hood speaks on shooting of Trayvon Martin

Dear Amerikka how many young black men must be hunted and murdered before we admit...

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Police Chief in Trayvon Martin Case Resigns 'Temporarily' Amid Criticism

Sanford, Fla., Police Chief Bill Lee is stepping down "temporarily" amid accusations that his department...

Undocumented students fight for New York DREAM Act

Hundreds of undocumented students traveled to Albany last week to educate and show legislators the...

Public interest group calls for the removal of toxins in public schools

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) joined with elected officials, women's reproductive health...

DOE advises acting now on pre-K applications

With the April 5 deadline for pre-kindergarten applications fast approaching, parents across the city who...

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Miss Lily's, feelin' irie!

With less than three weeks of winter to go, I don't know how we will...

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Bring Mardi Gras to your table and celebrate food and family

Bring the fun and flavor of Carnival season to your table by creating a "Big...

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Chase away the winter chill with chili

When there's a chill in the air, nothing warms better than a bowl of chili....

This kitchen is clean

The beginning of spring marks the time for the big clean in preparation for the...

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USVI commissioner lauds Obama's tourism push

St. Thomas, USVI (Feb. 9, 2012)-President Barack Obama's Executive Order announcing a suite of initiatives...

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What a week!

NEW YORK (Feb. 16, 2012)-The past week was a packed and eventful one, beginning with...

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Leadership is about advancing others, says Brooklyn pastor

NEW YORK (March 1, 2012)--Last Sunday morning in Brooklyn, Pastor A.R. Bernard of New York's...

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School's Black History Month 'animal attire' letter causing an uproar

A spokeswoman for an elementary school in North Carolina has apologized for a "poorly worded"...

Thursday, March 22

We must reject 'KONY2012,' the pro-AFRICOM propaganda

"KONY2012," the viral film viewed by more than 80 million people, is destructive propaganda. Invisible...

Pension and redistricting dominate the Albany conversation

Last week, two pieces of legislation that could decide the fate of large numbers of...

Blood donation ban under review; success in recent HIV/AIDS clinical trial

Under an ongoing initiative by the Obama administration, a federal mandate implemented nearly 30 years...

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A pig eats slop, and so do you

Definition: Slop-A thin, tasteless drink or liquid food; a food waste or gruel for animal...

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Are you taking a beating from diabetes?

When I was a kid in public school, it was inevitable that the toughest hyper-maniac...

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The quest for approval

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all desire the affirmation of others....

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Springtime blues

The early signs of summer's dawn are evidenced by the unseasonable and unusually warm weather...

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'Class' is in session

"The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." It has...

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You are good enough

As i watched the homegoing service (funeral) for Whitney Houston, i, like so many others,...

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Assemblywoman Inez Barron announces re-election campaign

On Sunday, Assemblywoman Inez D. Barron announced her candidacy to serve for two more years...

Teacher evaluation bill finalized

Last week, the state Senate, Assembly and Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially agreed on a new...

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Coalition aims to clean up car washes in our neighborhoods

Edilberto Rojas-Rosas is a 25-year-old father of two struggling to support his family on the...

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Portraits of Waitz, Corbitt unveiled at Armory's Hall of Fame

Portraits of running icons Grete Waitz and Ted Corbitt, two legends who took long-distance running...

Is there a more schizophrenic team in the NBA than the Knicks?

Is there a more schizophrenic team in the NBA than the Knicks? They have been...

The Nets are playing the waiting game with Deron Williams

Does no Dwight Howard mean no Deron Williams for the Nets? Williams has said he...

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Denzel Washington returns to his roots

Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, an alumnus and lifelong supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs,...

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Murry Bergtraum wins emotional 14th consecutive PSAL title

Although the Murry Bergtraum High School Lady Blazers won their 11th, 12th and 13th consecutive...

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Coach Ruth leads Boys and Girls to a third-straight PSAL title

The names associated with the history of Boys and Girls High School basketball--once known simply...

The queen who was king

Today, we take a trip to ancient Egypt and meet one of the most powerful...

School discipline: Ringing a bell for reform

There are many lessons I took with me from my treasured 15 years as chief...

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Rangel: 'I will seek re-election in the new 13th congressional district

The court has spoken. I have full confidence that those who have made the decision...

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Romney romps in Illinois

In less than an hour after the polls closed in Illinois on Tuesday evening, Mitt...

Black Republicans being left out?

As the Republican candidates make their way through the Southern United States, critics say that...

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Whither Detroit?

New Yorkers, baffled and perplexed about the current redistricting crisis, might view their circumstances as...

MS-13 and Latin King violence stirs in the inner city

After making a murderous run out on Long Island, city authorities are very leery of...

Sex abuse crimes rock public schools

A slew of teacher-student sex abuse crimes in public schools in recent months have parents...

Wednesday, March 21

Herbie Hancock review, 'Tenor Masters,' Moody scholarship

Herbie Hancock is my longtime jazz favorite. I have a serious collection of his albums--yes,...

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The 411 on Nick Gordon

Here is a little information on Nick Gordon, Whitney Houston's adopted son, who has gotten...

Negative stereotypes engulf 'Hurt Village'

"Hurt Village" is without a doubt one of the most offensive plays I've seen in...

Riverside Theater hosts third annual Evening with Women of Excellence in the Arts

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Riverside Theatre, in partnership with City University of...

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Engaging adult romcom at Billie Holiday Theatre

A new show opened at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, which by the way...

NBWC presents 'Her Word as Her Witness' March 24

On Saturday, March 24, from 5-7 p.m., the National Black Writers Conference, in collaboration with...

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'Ma Ellen' Sworn in for second term, renews call for reconciliation

Jan. 17 (GIN) - Liberia's Nobel peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the oath of...

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Amsterdam News in the classroom: Paul Cuffe, visionary and mariner

Today's page looks at the life of a mariner, businessman and philanthropist who launched a...

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Egypt's coptic pope buried at monastery

Mar. 20 (GIN) - Amidst much sobbing and wailing, followers of Pope Shenouda, the spiritual...

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Security forces gassed voters in killing wave, U.N. says

Mar. 20 (GIN) - The human rights office at the United Nations has reported over...

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Zimbabwe activists who watched arab spring video convicted of 'Treason'

Mar. 20 (GIN) - Six human rights activists are facing long sentences following their conviction...

Monday, March 19

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Tyler Perry raises big bucks for President Obama at high-priced event

ATLANTA - Tyler Perry is a man of many talents. He's an actor, filmmaker, philanthropist,...

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Spread love, it's the Brooklyn way: NYC's most fashionable attend Brooklyn Brunch Series

TV personality, author, and 'Queen of Effortless Chic,' Daisy Lewellyn hosted her 3rd installment of...

Dr. David Imhotep challenges American history in new book

Some called them misguided, some called them racial conspiracy theorists. But one member of academia...

Friday, March 16

Tavis Smiley on women, children, poverty and Obama

On March 18, Tavis Smiley will be moderating an all-star, all-woman panel discussion entitled "Made...

Making dreams a reality in Disney, bringing aspirations back home

"Your mind works like a parasite, it works better when it's open," said Steve Harvey....

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NYC's Underground Railroad history at your fingertips

Every now and then, one needs to be reminded of who really built this country....

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Model advocate for sickle cell disease

If you saw Ediomi Utuk walking down the street, you would probably be able to...

NYC highlights MS Awareness Week

March 10-18 marks Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week, when people all over the world come...

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PSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: McKee, Bergtraum, Jefferson, Boys & Girls at the Garden

It was a terrific day of high school basketball at the Lou Carnesecca Arena on...

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NY/NJ women's Division I teams head into postseason action

Regular season play and conference tournaments are done for women's college basketball. Four Division I...

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Monroe College men's and women's hoop teams go national

For the third consecutive year, both Monroe Mustang basketball teams will be playing in their...

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Kris Humphries is the hands-down Nets MVP

Just so we're clear on one thing, Deron Williams is the best player on the...

Tier 6 threatens all New Yorkers' retirement security

Another legislative year means another attempt by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to address budget problems by...

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Ethiopia 'launches military attack inside Eritrea'

Ethiopian forces have launched a military assault on positions inside Eritrea, Ethiopian officials have said....

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Young Black Voters Important to 2012 Election Cycle

Voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and playing a role in history was a no-brainer...

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The right-wing assault on women

In the labor movement, Women's History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of...

Olanike Alabi is in the runing for New York State Assembly

Olanike Alabi confirmed her run for the 57th district as the New York State Assembly...

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Paid sick days are a human right

Late last year, our billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, summoned the press to City Hall to...

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Mumia: '[We've] made one step. We have one more to go'

"Getting Mumia moved into general population is a victory, but the real victory-and what we...

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African-American history and the 2012 elections

I cannot discuss African-American History Month without focusing on the person who has been central...

Thursday, March 15

Black Unemployment Has Topped 10 Percent For Most Of The Last 50 Years

Some semblance of recovery has blossomed in the American jobs market over the last three...

Soledad O'Brien and Andrew Breitbart's Rep Get Heated

When Andrew Breitbart's posthumous bomb hit the web on Wednesday, the media -- and its...

Slaughter in Kandahar

It was repulsive and disturbing enough when it was reported in January that U.S. soldiers...

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MS can't slow her roll

New York City has 8 million stories. It is the concrete jungle where dreams are...

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DiNapoli to DOT: Surplus property could benefit NYers

An audit released last week by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli concluded that the...

Lawsuit claims drug company coupons are illegal

A national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization filed class action lawsuits in several federal courts last...

Swing Low: Harriet Tubman memorial in Harlem

The Black Women's Leadership Caucus is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of Harriet...

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Remembering Biggie 15 years later

The great KRS-One somberly recited on a single from his Marly Marl-collaborated 2007 CD, "Hip...

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Response to the response: 'By Any Means Necessary' continues the conversation

It's not often you can claim that one book's existence is solely the result of...

Tavis Smiley Aims To Put Poverty On 2012 Election Agenda

"Two decades ago we were celebrating what was the Year Of The Woman in '92,...

NYC's Underground Railroad & slavery history at your fingertips

Every now and then, one needs to be reminded of who really built this country....

The Man Who Mentored the President

Charles Ogletree is a Harvard Law School professor and the director of the school's Charles...

Wednesday, March 14

Rev. Reuel Benjamin Williams makes his transition

The Rev. Reuel B. Williams, assistant pastor of Praise Tabernacle in Jamaica, Queens, passed away...

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Louis Reyes Rivera: A celebration of life

Brooklyn's poet laureate Louis Reyes Rivera was memorialized this week as a huge gathering of...

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Kenyans up in arms over 'insulting coverage' by U.S. media giant

Mar. 13 (GIN) -Kenyan nationals responded furiously to a recent report on the TV network...

Tuesday, March 13

Southern Republicans Want Interracial Marriage Banned

A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 29 percent of Republicans in...

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OchoCinco treats 200 fans to fried chicken at Sylvias

Chad Ochocinco made 200 people very happy - and, presumably, very full - Monday night...

THE MUSIC WORKSHOP SPRING SESSION

The Music Workshop 2012 Saturday April 7, 2012 Open House 1-3pm 966 Fulton St. Brooklyn,...

Monday, March 12

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Operation HOPE, New York to host Community Business Expo

On Saturday March 24th, the Financial dignity leader, Operation HOPE, and its entrepreneur training Program...

Apollo Theater's Amateur Night Gets Mobile App

The historic Harlem theater recently announced an expansion of their famed Amateur Night competition which...

Where do Overweight Black Women Find Their Confidence?

When an American survey were recently released the findings weren't shocking to the black community:...

Friday, March 9

Two types of leaders - pick one

NEW YORK (March 8, 2012)--My column on leadership last week struck such a chord with...

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Kerry Washington doing it big for Da Bronx

Quite as it's told, the Bronx is still doing it big. Aside from hip-hop, some...

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Woodie and glory

Being inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame may not top off Woodie King...

Lombard and White to be honored for achievements, contributions and commitment to community service

The Greater New York Chapter of the Links will present its 62nd annual Women of...

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Young Achievers go to college

The Metro Manhattan Chapter of the Links and the Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha...

The Cosmopolitan Review

Talk about a coincidence--more than just mere chance. For some out-of-the-blue reason,my husband decided to...

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Fire at Chevron rig in Nigeria called 'the worst in African history'

A gas ire that burned for 46 days off Nigeria's coast has been extinguished, according...

DC 37 to Bloomberg: Stop funding businesses that don't care about people

Led by DC 37, public service workers are asking the public to put pressure on...

Speaking up for your health care rights

Providing an efficient health care service is a fundamental aspect of any developed country. But...

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The Knicks and D'Antoni are still seeking a winning formula

Will the sum eventually equal the parts? This question will continue to be widely discussed...

Nets to Brooklyn must have a marquee name in the locker room

Does anyone need any more proof that Deron Williams is the most important asset the...

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ASA Lady Avengers aim for more firsts

In only their third season as a National Junior College Athletic Association member, the Lady...

AmNews NY-NJ Top 10 Division I women's college basketball rankings

St. John's University, 22-9Rutgers University, 22-9Marist College, 25-7Princeton University, 24-4Monmouth University, 19-12Long Island University, 21-10Hofstra...

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Elliott Denman recipient of the Stan Saplin Award

Elliott Denman, one of the country's top sports writers, was recently honored with the Stan...

Carl Green: Life on the run with the Harlem Globetrotters

Carl Green was there when the National Basketball Association had not one single Black player...

Why become a teacher?

You're a college senior at Cornell University about to get a bachelor's degree in history....

Letter: Charter schools are held accountable

In an editorial about teacher evaluations and their public release (published March 1), Elinor Tatum...

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Redistricting or redistribution of power?

On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann completed the task of drawing new congressional district lines...

U.S. has Israel's back, says Pres.

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have one important thing in common,...

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Romney reels in more delegates

Super Tuesday faded into a so-so Wednesday for all the GOP presidential aspirants. Each of...

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Liu's future on shaky ground

"Thank you, New York! Thank you very much! I will not let you down!" screamed...

Thursday, March 8

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Entertainment Veteran, Ben Vereen Calls for Spike Lee and Tyler Perry to Join Forces

Legendary talent, Ben Vereen is not a happy man. The state of dissatisfaction was apparent...

Wednesday, March 7

Statement by the President on the Passing of Congressman Donald Payne

Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Congressman Donald Payne, Chairman...

Irish Parades Emergency Committee expresses condolences to Congressman Payne's family, deep gratitude for his leadership

New York, NY March 6, 2012 The New York City-based Irish Parades Emergency Committee (IPEC)...

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Statement on the Passing of Congressman Donald Payne

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, (D-NY) of the Sixth Congressional District released the following statement...

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Congressman Donald Payne succumbs to cancer

Long time New Jersey politician Donald Payne died on Tuesday morning following a bout with...

Charles Rangel Honors the life of Rep. Donald Payne

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Charles Rangel released the following statement on the passing of Congressman...

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Donald Payne, an advocate for African Democracy

Mar 6 (GIN) - New Jersey's only black congressman, Donald Payne, was a singular voice...

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Fire at Chevron rig in Nigeria called 'the worst in African history'

Mar. 6 (GIN) - A gas fire that burned for 46 days off Nigeria's coast...

South African workers plan walk out over unpopular tolls

Mar. 6 (GIN) - South African public service workers plan to occupy the streets country-wide...

Weaponry stored in neighborhood ignites causing massive loss of life

Mar. 6 (GIN) - An armory packed with shells, rockets, and other munitions exploded with...

Monday, March 5

Hip-Hop Artists Come Together To Support Children of Incarcerated Parents

On Monday March 5, a group of entertainers including John Forte, Maino and Saigon will...

Celebrities and fans remember Whitney's legacy in New Jersey

"Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" she asked in 1987. On Saturday, Feb. 18, for a...

Queen of Soul regal as ever

No, there was no tiara, no flowing ermine robe or cape, no scepter, but everything...

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Virginia Doswell's favorite moments in Black History

Virginia Doswell is definitely an outstanding storyteller. As she shared with us her favorite moments...

National Museum of African American History breaks ground

It has been nearly a century in the making, but the Smithsonian Institute's long- awaited...

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Anti-Black Journalist Andrew Breitbart Dies Suddenly

Conservative journalist provocateur Andrew Breitbart died suddenly Thursday morning. He was 43. Breibart was an...

Saturday, March 3

Two documentaries preach hope and hopelessness in America: Films open at Quad Cinema March 2

It's interesting that documentary "Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?" is a Connect the Dots...

Friday, March 2

'Sally & Tom' huge hit at Castillo

"SALLY & TOM (THE AMERICAN WAY)" IS A HUGE CASTILLO THEATRE HIT: Running at the...

Celebrating Robert Johnson at 100

Seems like everybody's singing the blues these day. Even President Barack Obama was seen belting...

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Showcasing Black beauty

A campaign has begun to raise funds for a new photo project aiming to rebut...

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March dance calendar

This month, dance comes to America from Jamaica (the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica),...

November dance calendar

Two dance events highlight this month's calendar: two evenings of dance (Nov. 5 and 6)...

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February 2012 dance calendar

Danspace Project's Platform 2012: "Parallels" series tops this month's dance calendar! On the vast roster,...

'Streetcar' cast talks upcoming Broadway production

Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," featuring an African-American cast, will start performances at Broadway's...

LMCC shows financial support to Manhattan artists

On February 27, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council ( LMCC) announced that it will award...

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Pension tug-of-war : NYC officials battle over pension reform

In one corner, there's New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In the other corner, there's New...

Council Speaker Christine Quinn proposes mandatory kindergarten

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to make sure that New York City school children...

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Haiti update: A case for the International Criminal Court

A strong contingent of international activists have proclaimed that the kidnapping and deposition of Haiti's...

Thursday, March 1

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Very McCrary: Crystal McCrary taking over media

Class, beauty and poise are just a few words that can describe Crystal McCrary. Taking...

Bloomberg's panel votes to close/switch up 23 public schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has closed 117 schools during his 10 years as head of the...

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Has Liu's secretary-treasurer's arrest put his mayoral hopes in danger?

John Liu's hope to become the first Asian-American mayor of New York City seems to...

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Reaffirming Teamsters for Obama: The best choice, then and now

It's hard to believe it's time for another presidential election. It seems like only yesterday...

NYC Comptroller Campaign Treasurer is charged with Fraud

John Liu, NYC Comptroller encountered yet another difficult situation for his fundraising scandal. Liu campaign...

Long Island gerrymandering attacking the Black and Latino vote

Last month, over 100 Long Island community leaders and residents packed a forum held in...

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District lines or lines in the sand?

Deadline has a double meaning when it comes to redistricting in New York. Tuesday was...

Introducing Earl Phillips

When you listen to Earl Phillips, the new secretary-treasurer for Transit Workers Union (TWU) Local...

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Good pensions serve to boost economy, not drain it

These days, at both the city and state level, some politicians make public pensions sound...

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The renaissance life of Romare Bearden

The word "renaissance" means a rebirth or awakening. The Harlem Renaissance refers to a period...

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For Teachers: Mary Elizabeth Bowser: Tea and secrets

There was much more to this house servant than just serving tea. She was one...

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We must do better at combating smoking scourge

Just 14 percent of New York City residents smoke. That is 450,000 fewer New Yorkers...

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Affirmative action threatened at U.S. colleges

Affirmative action at the nation's colleges and universities is under attack again as the Supreme...

Introducing the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance

A lot has been said about the changes to Harlem over the past decade; the...

Teachers fight back after report card smackdown

New York City's teachers continue to fight an uphill battle. Last Friday, as a result...