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Stories for November 2012

Friday, November 30

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Ghetto Brothers' music on 'Power Fuerza' is as fascinating as its backstory

It's been well chronicled, just how bleak things looked in New York City in the...

Thursday, November 29

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Michigan courts strike down affirmative action ban

Affirmative action is back in Michigan. Earlier this month, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

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imhotep's guide to black events 11/29/11-12/4/12

Greetings! We have finally arrived at the final weekend of 2011. It has been a...

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Imhotep's guide to black events 11/29/12-12/5/12

Greetings! On we go into December, celebrating GBE "Black Family Month," setting the stage for...

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The natural beauty of the Roanoke Valley

As we learned in the two previous features of this series, the Roanoke Valley has...

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Continuing the legacy

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Vy Higginsen hosted the 2012 James Brown Family Children Foundation's (JBFCF)...

Talladega College Alumni honor Voza Rivers at scholarship luncheon

The Talladega College Alumni Association of Greater New York will hold its annual scholarship luncheon...

Remembering Kenneth Williamson

It is with sadness and condolence that I mention the passing of Kenneth Williamson. In...

AFT campaigns to end testing fixation

The campaign against "excessive testing" continues for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Titled "Learning...

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Treating HIV may require looking at differences between ethnic groups

As the HIV epidemic progresses, Blacks remain at the forefront, carrying a disproportionate burden. Statistics...

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In Gaza: Life and death, blessing and curse

Watching the escalation of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last week, the words...

Rethinking breast cancer screening for African-American women

In the United States, breast cancer is the most common diagnosed malignancy in women. Yet...

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Support and strengthen our MWBEs

Minority- and women-owned business enterprises, more commonly known as MWBEs, have gotten a lot of...

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Obama: Reflections and resolutions

As President Barack Obama wrestles with political lemmings and the so-called "fiscal cliff," he finds...

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FEMA defends Sandy response efforts

It came as a surprise. Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the...

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Superstorm at the ballot box in Harlem

Hurricane Sandy showcased how vulnerable New York City is to the wrath of Mother Nature,...

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$10 million cash gift for Hurricane Sandy victims

Special to the AmNews City Comptroller John Liu joined a diverse assembly of religious leaders...

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Homelessness rises among children in NYC

As the holiday season rolls around and children become a focus, numbers from the Coalition...

Wednesday, November 28

At 98, Mother Beulah Turner-Brown continues to inspire

Most people have life goals and plans. They picture a certain way that they want...

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Mauritanian leader returns to growing chorus of critics seeking his ouster

Nov. 27 (GIN) - Following five months convalescing in France from a gunshot wound apparently...

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Thousands of Kenyans in the Diaspora stripped of voting rights

Nov. 27 (GIN) - On the heels of Pres. Barack Obama's struggle to defend the...

Law Sheilding Pres Zuma from insults draws fire

Nov. 27 (GIN) - A law that would keep unpleasant remarks or worse from reaching...

York College restarts after Sandy relief efforts

Over 800 displaced Queens residents who have occupied York College in South Jamaica following the...

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Macy Gray Covers Stevie Wonder and the Arts Post-Hurricane Sandy

In these times of political turmoil, socioeconomic inequities and environmental issues the songs of Stevie...

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Actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney Returns After Rescuing a Harlem Neighborhood

In the late 1980's to mid-1990's, actress and comedienne, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney was one of...

Baby Universe (ahmed.noor)

Baby Universe offers a wide range of baby gear, at affordable prices, from pushchairs and...

Tuesday, November 27

Ted Curson, international jazz trumpeter, dies at 77

Ted Curson, a Montclair, N.J.-based trumpeter who gained international fame as a free jazz contributor...

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Bahamian art on view in Harlem

The Bahamian American Cultural Society held a very successful opening reception last Sunday to introduce...

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First 'Messiah' of December

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than hearing Handel's "Messiah"? Many a...

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Spring looks with lace touches

Vera Wang's spring 2013 collection is beautifully designed, with pretty lace and lots of feminine...

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Tour guide has that New York walk down

Derrick Edwards is a tour guide and a self-described "informative feel-good communicator" for NYC by...

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Rangel honored for efforts to help Haiti

Rep. Charles B. Rangel was honored by the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation with its...

Leftovers and over and over

Happy Thanksgiving, family! I hope you and yours are together and safe today and always,...

Coalition starts campaign to raise minimum wage in NY

A coalition of activists, clergy, labor leaders and workers across New York state launched a...

Monday, November 26

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At Thanksgiving, embracing the winds of change and increasing our faith

The chilly winds of change blowing across the global economic landscape this fall have tested...

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Harlem Hospital celebrates opening of Mural Pavilion

Last Thursday, Sept. 27, Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services...

West Harlem Development Corp. holds public meeting

The West Harlem Development Corporation (WHLDC) is reporting that nearly 300 people attended a pubic...

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Harlem School of the Arts fall benefit a resounding success

The Harlem School of the Arts, the community-based cultural and educational institution serving children and...

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Nighttime Farmers Market coming to East Harlem

The Frederick Douglass Blv alliance, GrowNYC-Greenmarket and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer have announced...

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People of color are here to stay

Election Day was a victory for African-Americans and other people of color in our democracy....

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A historic walk through Harlem

The storied neighborhood is changing rapidly, but remnants of Harlem's glorious heyday remain. Here are...

Lift Every Voice and Sing on Thanksgiving

"A group of young men in Jacksonville, Florida, arranged to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday in...

Plans hatched to mobilize at SOBW III Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Amid a number of sterling moments at the Institute of the Black World 21st...

Inaugural Ceremony embodies theme of "Renewing America's Promise"

The climactic swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama, will take place on January 20, 2009, beginning...

Tick-Borne Disease Alliance Offers Evening With Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Special Guest Patti Smith and her band, plus Everest

Leading the fight against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) is...

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Sandy's heroes: community members helping their own

We at the Amsterdam News want to give thanks this busy, busy holiday season to...

Friday, November 23

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Turkey Time: Recipes and tips

No time or words to waste. Here is my annual turkey recipe for Donna, Ms....

Wednesday, November 21

Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce joins Brooklyn borough president to assist in hurricane relief

Three weeks after hurricane floodwaters destroyed homes and livelihoods, the aftermath of superstorm Sandy continues...

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Nourishing body and spirit

Most of us have heard of Meals on Wheels, a service that delivers hot, healthy...

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Obama to New York: 'You're tough'

President Barack Obama arrived in New York last Thursday to survey the damage that Hurricane/Superstorm...

Coalition starts campaign to raise minimum wage in NY

A coalition of activists, clergy, labor leaders and workers across New York state launched a...

Custodians bring Canarsie school back from the brink after Sandy

Ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, I.S. 211 in Canarsie seemed beyond repair. But thanks to custodial...

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Lessons learned from the storm

The race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was more than a choice between two...

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Leaders to celebrate business mogul's legacy

Some of the most prominent business and political leaders in the United States will gather...

UNICEF awards Harry Belafonte Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award

Harry Belafonte will be receiving the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the upcoming UNICEF Snowflake...

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Put your teeth into diabetes

When I was a student at Boys' High School in Brooklyn, I worked for Singer...

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Imhotep's guide to black events 11/22-28/12

Greetings! Our continued prayers and best wishes for those families and individuals affected by the...

Classics like 'Annie' should be maintained, not changed

When I heard that "Annie" was coming to Broadway, I was so excited. Just think,...

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Steve Harvey holds Big Turkey Give

Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker met up backstage during the second day of Rihanna's 777 Tour...

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Bahamian art on view in Harlem

The Bahamian American Cultural Society held a very successful opening reception last Sunday to introduce...

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HED Accessory news for now

With the holiday season here, it's always good to know what's new, where to shop...

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Holiday season, Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Check!

I always know when the holiday season is coming in--when the opening night for the...

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City's, NYCHA door-to-door campaigns late or non-existant after Hurricane Sandy

Browsing through the large stacks of report-back sheets from People's Relief volunteers in Coney Island,...

Thanksgiving: A Dickens tale

'Twas the week before Thanksgiving and all through the kitchen, Not a recipe was stirring...

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Killing of two religious disciples laid to popular senegalese Cheikh

Nov. 20 (GIN) - Government officials have jailed religious leader Cheikh Bethio Thioune over the...

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Sierra leone waits anxiously for weekend's election results

Nov. 20 (GIN) - Sierra Leone's election exercise on Saturday, Nov. 17, was praised as...

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Democratic Republic of Congo near collapse as insurgents take key position

Nov. 20 (GIN) - An insurgent group made up of mutineers from the army of...

Tuesday, November 20

Researchers find African-American cities are the source of much modern slang

The Grio reports: New research conducted by scholars at the Georgia Institute of Technology shows...

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'Ticket to Dance' offers free classes to Ailey fans

The Ailey Extension offers fans nationwide a chance to take the magic of dance from...

Fourteen New AnnPower Grant Recipiants

fourteen juniors and seniors in high school have been awarded $2,500 to persue projects to...

NY Thanksgiving cleared of Nor'easter forecast

For a while it seemed that Hurricane Sandy victims could just not catch a break...

Monday, November 19

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To President Barack Obama: Without us, can't be U.S.

I recall, while walking down a street, years ago in my neighborhood, a young man...

Conference delves into depression in the Black community

Depression is an illness, not a weakness. This notion will be the prevailing message at...

Criminal probe into Caribbean firm

Authorities in Trinidad are preparing to launch a criminal probe into the 2009 collapse of...

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Sandals Resorts opening in Grenada

NEW YORK (Nov. 15)--Sandals Resorts, the popular Caribbean all-inclusive resort chain, is opening its doors...

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JUSTICE QUEST: Central Park 5 seek reparations

"In 1989, without any physical evidence, the NYPD and the district attorney's office--namely former Assistant...

'Unheard Voices' speaks powerfully

The American Slavery Project (ASP) will be presenting "Unheard Voices," which focuses on the lives...

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O.C.A.D.'s Arie Dixon and Olivia Cipolla

Arie Dixon warns, "Don't ever call me crazy." Dixon and Olivia Cipolla make up the...

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'Annie' lights up Broadway

"The sun'll come out tomorrow. So you gotta hang on 'til tomorrow, come what may....

'Scandalous'-- real life can be as entertaining as fiction!

"Scandalous" is a sizzling sensation! This musical gloriously brings to life the real story of...

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Soft, sumptuous eveningwear for spring '13

Growing up in the Indian state of Orissa, Bibhu Mohapatra's love for sumptuous Indian fabrics,...

'Sass 'N Class': Black opera company kicks off 40th anniversary season

Opera Ebony, America's longest running African-American opera company, kicks off its 40th anniversary season with...

Amel Larrieux, 'Sleep Song,' Mickey Bass at Sista's

Amel Larrieux is a cult songstress who was often presented as an R&B soul vocalist....

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Jesse Jackson Jr. under investigation

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who handily won re-election on...

Haiti joins the African Union

"Unite for the benefit of your people," Bob Marley implored in "Afrika Unite." News reports...

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Ebony Escapes! to the '101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World'

If you travel, you no doubt have stayed in a hotel, but you may or...

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The results are in, and, well, we did it!

Once again, for four more years, it's on. In terms of popular votes, the race...

Africa Ambassadorship Program dazzles

The 2012 U.S.-Africa Ambassadorship Program was held at Baruch College on Nov. 10. Ten intelligent,...

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Adult vacations to Turks and Caicos

Like all good mommies and daddies, we follow the mommy and daddy handbook, which says...

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Dionne Warwick's 'Ride of Fame'

On Monday, Gray Line New York, New York City's premier sightseeing and tourism company, inducted...

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Gillibrand plans to improve state's economy during term

Fresh off the heels from her re-election, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking forward to...

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Chenelle McQueen: Aiding people and saving lives

Getting to save a life was an early dream of Chenelle McQueen's that is being...

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Displaced Sandy victims to gov't: Avoid fiscal cliff

Despite their dire situation, the people displaced by Hurricane Sandy still had time to take...

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One person, one vote? Not exactly

President Barack Obama won the popular vote, but it was the Electoral College that really...

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Contemplating from across the foreign waters

Well, it's always a clarifying thing to be out of the country, but while in...

Thursday, November 15

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Christie may be a shoo-in for 2016 nomination

Despite his warm embrace and glowing words of praise to President Barack Obama, New Jersey...

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Texas at the forefront of secession push

In "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's new movie about the nation's 16th president, there are several scenes...

NYS Senate gears up for more nonsense

The New York state Senate is up to its old tricks again. Going into Tuesday's...

Obama visits New York City to survey aftermath of Sandy

President Barack Obama visited New York City Thursday, Nov. 15, to survey the damage left...

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Dismay, despair and donations for Hurricane Sandy victims

"Next time something like this happens, the people in power should make sure there's an...

Wednesday, November 14

NYCHA announces that all buildings effected by Sandy have restored power

On Wednesday in the New York City Housing Authority announced in its storm progress report...

White supremacy rally "clowned" by counter-protesters

WTVR reports: very colorful Ku Klux Klan rally and counter-protest in Charlotte, North Carolina over...

Monday, November 12

'Elmo' Puppeteer Accused Of Having Relationship With Juvenile

TMZ reports: Kevin Clash -- the man known as the voice of Elmo -- has...

First Black driver wins major auto racing title, NHRA Top Fuel champion

ESPN reports: POMONA, Calif. -- Top Fuel driver Antron Brown started Sunday with a losing...

Rare Romare Bearden works at 92Y

The 92nd Street Y is celebrating the life and artistry of Romare Bearden in a...

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Greetings! After Hurricane Sandy, it's the presidential election. I hope all of you voted.

Hurricane Sandy President Barack Obama has declared New York and New Jersey a federal disaster...

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Exploring 'The Star' of Virginia

In our first exploration in Roanoke, Va.--located at the southern tip of the Shenandoah Valley--we...

Halston engages in artsy conversations online

Halston, the iconic design house, just launched its newest digital content series, "Artists' Conversations." Living...

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Fall/winter fur report

For fall/winter, furs dominate the runway. More designers than ever have created complementary fur collections,...

York College restarts after Sandy relief efforts

Over 800 displaced Queens residents who have occupied York College in South Jamaica following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy were forced to leave the campus on Wednesday, November 7th, after classes were reinstated at the Guy R. Brewer Blvd campus.

Friday, November 9

New York Urban League Football Classic canceled

Officials from the New York Urban League (NYUL) announced this week that the local affiliate's...

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Natina Reed of R&B group Blaque dies at 32

Natina Reed, rapper, singer and member of girl group Blaque, died from a car accident...

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Kenneth Braswell, Terrie Williams address community healing

Kenneth Braswell, award-winning community activist, author and executive director of Fathers Incorporated (FI), has teamed...

New Yorker becomes first HIV-positive EIC of nat'l health magazine

Oriol Gutierrez was named editor-in-chief of POZ magazine in New York last week, making him...

NYU hosts forum on literature for children of African descent

New York University's Institute of African American Affairs will host its second conference on literature...

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Immigrant votes, not just Latinos, could swing reform

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in his usual frank tone, said recently on Enrique Santos'...

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Congrats, Mr. President

NEW YORK (Nov. 8)--Social media erupted as the ballots began to confirm Barack Obama would...

Trenton police department in turmoil after gang threat

Police officers in Trenton were reshuffled and reassigned last week following a credible threat made...

Trenton Mayor Tony accepts $22 million aid package

After more than a week of heated arguments, angry discussions and vitriolic verbiage, embattled Trenton...

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Obama's victory highlights the prospect of an irrelevant Republican Party

When President Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech in Chicago early Wednesday morning, the crowd...

Unions react to Obama's re-election

Tuesday night's re-election victory for President Barack Obama is considered to be a mandate on...

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Harlem remains our home base

A plethora of societal ills hindering dwellers in urban America is pushing people over the...

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Lifetime achievement

Micki Grantis is only the second person of color to receive this award; August Wilson...

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Ruth Clark: We salute you

An iconic woman, Ruth Clark, the first Black woman to own and operate a temporary...

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City Council hears public testimony about police actions

Hundreds of New Yorkers showed up at Brooklyn College's student center Tuesday night for the...

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VOCAL-NY rallies outside Golden fundraiser over marijuana reform

Last week in Brooklyn, civil rights activists rallied outside of a campaign fundraiser for New...

On facing two years in jail for protesting stop-and-frisk

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, I will be on trial along with Carl Dix, who, with...

Report Back on Yesterday's Pedal Power Caravan to Red Hook

I just came from Red Hook about a 2 hours ago. I had posted an...

Thursday, November 8

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Harlem mentor and education advocate Louie Torrence passes

Longtime Harlem resident and youth mentor Louie Torrence has died. Torrence along with his late...

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Did you celebrate National Bison Day?

Nov. 1 was National Bison Day! The bison has been honored with a place on...

Rethinking breast cancer tests for African-American women

In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in women. Yet...

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A great blue wave

To put it mildly, many in the GOP were not pleased with the outcome of...

Reforms to Back to Work program get praise

The city's department of Human Resources Administration (HRA) recently made some reforms to its "Back...

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Sandy creates Hurricane Katrina conditions in Black neighborhoods

As yet another storm blows through the tristate area, New Yorkers are still dealing with...

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NYC clergy gather during Sandy aftermath

Representatives from Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island as well as...

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Re-election euphoria takes over New York

"It's done. It's proven and voted ... the nation has spoken," said Sparkie Martin, news...

Tuesday, November 6

For those looking to vote after Hurricane Sandy

As election day looms many New Yorkers are still recovering, and suffering from destruction from...

Obama spending election day playing Ball, as always

Kulture Kritic reports: Mitt Romney will be campaigning today, but not President Obama. He will...

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Bethune-Cookman Regains Top Spot in FCS Poll - Winston-Salem Stays Perfect

Hartly, DE - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats regained the top spot in the Heritage Sports Radio...

Monday, November 5

Post Sandy Shelters and volunteer locations in the 5 boroughs

Brooklyn Shelters NYC Technical CollegePark Slope ArmoryJ.H.S. 57I.S. 111I.S. 117I.S. 136P.S. 189I.S. 246P.S. 249I.S. 271I.S....

A Tsunami of Silence

As an African American in this city, I am appalled and astonished at the absence...

Hurricane Sandy volunteer opportunities, relief centers

Brooklyn Shelters: NYC Technical College, 300 Jay StreetPark Slope Armory, 361 15th StreetJ.H.S. 57, 125...

Mount Sinai reports on providing health services after Sandy

(New York, November 5, 2012)-- A week after so-called Superstorm Sandy devastated the New York...

North Carolina Man parks Bigoted Trailer Outside of Voting Site

Elected officials in North Carolina are looking to prosecutors to get rid of a trailer...

Saturday, November 3

Hurricane Sandy: The road to recovery

As the city continues to recover from the devastation left behind from Hurricane Sandy, the...

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National Action Network donating supplies to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy

The Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) are donating supplies to the NYPD...

Fuel issues getting better during hurricane aftermath

The race to get gas in the city during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is...

Friday, November 2

Rocca explores the 'Dysfunction' of electoral politics in new documentary

Did you know that Iran, Libya, Indonesia and the United States are the only countries...

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'Art Takes Seoul': Mira Gandy and Ahrum Claiborne

Much like her very creative mother, theatrical press agent Irene Gandy, Mira Gandy's got skills!...

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Deadline approaching for green card lottery

The deadline for the annual Diversity or "Green Card" lottery is fast approaching. The DV...

New York 2013 & Beyond successfully launched

There wasn't an empty seat at the launch of New York 2013 & Beyond's breakfast...

For the Nets, it's out with the old and hope with the new

Excuses? Not in this town. If the Nets don't make significant strides this season, no...

No question: Time for the Jets to put up or shut up

The question is simple, but the answer is complicated. In a sport where practically every...

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Paul Deo wins Corner Social mural competition

HARLEM, NEW YORK, November 2, 2012...The corner at 126th and Lenox will become even more...

Amsterdam News to publish in coming days

Due to Hurricane Sandy, this week's edition of the New York Amsterdam News has been...

Thursday, November 1

Politicians, activists fight for paid sick leave

The fight for paid sick leave in the workplace continued last week as several elected...

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Down to the Ground Game

The presidential candidates have made their cases. There's not much left to be said. President...

Natina Reed of R&B group Blaque dies at 32

Natina Reed, rapper, singer and member of girl group Blaque, died from a car accident...

New Yorker becomes first HIV-positive Latino editor-in-chief of national health magazine

Oriol Gutierrez was named editor-in-chief of POZ magazine in New York last week, making him...

Harlem Democracy Prep wants you to 'Vote for Somebody' Nov. 6

Politicians, celebrities and group leaders have repeatedly instilled the importance of voting, but none have...

Girl Scouts honor those who lead by example

The Girl Scouts of Greater New York will host an event to honor six remarkable...

NYU hosts forum on literature for children of African descent

New York University's Institute of African American Affairs will host its second conference on literature...

'Wild With Happy' moves the soul

It is has been quite some time since I was so greatly moved and entertained...

Election: Down to the wire!

If Nate Silver, the guru of prognosticators, and numerologist Lloyd Strayhorn has it right, President...

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Sandy spares Harlem

Compared to the rest of the Eastern Seaboard, especially New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy was only...

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Gov. Christie praises Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

The morning after Hurricane Sandy, there was a cartoon in the New York Post with...

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Who is responsible, Mr. President?

How many of you have awaken the morning after the presidential debates and could actually...

November Dance Calendar

This month of dance is full, but this weekend, Nov. 1-3, dance comes from Pittsburg...

Benefit NJMH, Cape May Fest, Abyssinian Jazz Vespers

To carry on its many projects that promote jazz to Harlem and beyond, the National...

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JAZZ NOTES: Jazz up your New Year's Eve

It's time to bring in a New Year with the traditional noisemakers and the singing...

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Rally round the West Indies

NEW YORK (Nov. 1)--The power of the West Indies brand is impressive, especially when promoting...

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Authorities investigate death of Natina Reed

According to the Atlanta Journal, Gwinnett County authorities are seeking information to help explain the...

New Jerseyans soaked by Sandy; Storm shuts down Garden State

Hurricane Sandy pummeled New Jersey with an unrelenting winds and drenching rains the likes of...

New York Cares Coat Drive starts Nov. 15

The annual New York Cares Coat Drive is collecting new and gently used coats to...

Democracy Prep school receives U.S. education grant

Democracy Prep Public Schools in Harlem received a slice of federal grant monies to expand...

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Cuomo riles parents during State of the State address

During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have aroused...

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Q&A with Mellissa Harris-Perry, the new face on MSNBC

This weekend, there will be a new woman on the block-or at least you'll get...

350: The number uniting people across the globe

Scientists say that 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the...

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Black to class

As public school students head back to the classroom after the holiday break, newly appointed...

High school admissions

The days of summer vacation, enjoying your time at the beach, the barbecues and the...

Farrakhan's cry may be our last chance at responding to the inevitable

Jamaican columnist Betty Ann Blaine recently focused on the tragedy that is the politics of...

Commentary Racism alive and well in America!

Two highly educated colleagues were having a conversation about the current presidential election when the...

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Christie slams Atlantic City mayor for not following orders

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford for failing to follow...