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Friday, August 30

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Black New Yorkers protest possible U.S. military invasion of Syria

As President Obama weighed in on a possible military strike against Syria's regime, for allegedly using deadly chemical weapons against civilians without having any proof, hundreds of New Yorkers protested in Times Square on Thursday urging their government to stay out of Syria.

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DOE announces teacher tenure decisions

Public schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced this week teacher tenure decisions for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Damien Escobar's sweet sounds of success

After taking a break from the music scene and going through life changes, hip hop violinist Damien Escobar is back and stronger than ever.

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Tweet, Glen Lewis perform at SOBs

R&B singers Tweet and Glen Lewis recently took the stage as part of the “RnB Spotlight” series held at SOB's in SoHo. Both performed their well known hits as well as discussing their upcoming albums.

Thursday, August 29

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Michael Jackson's birthday celebration goes viral

If the King of Pop were alive today he would have turned 55. However, even four years after the death of the Michael Jackson, fans are still giving birthday wishes via social media.

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NAN appoints acting executive director

The National Action Network announced Thursday that Janaye Ingram will serve as its Acting National Director replacing Tamkia Mallory.

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Opening night at U.S. Open

The night began when David Haggerty, president of the USTA, introduced the legendary Billy Jean King, winner of 39 Grand Slam championships and the founder of the WTA.

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A dream denied, a life that didn’t have to be

The demons that haunted Dean “The Dream” Meminger for the better part of his adult life have parted company with him. Lord knows he fought those demons—and often by himself.

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Eli Manning on his Giants: We’ve got to get better

The veteran core of the Giants has come to expect nothing less than being perennial Super Bowl contenders.

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Jets quarterback position a questionable mess

So Geno Smith won’t be the starting quarterback for the Jets on opening day. There are far worse things going on in the world.

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Big win keeps Liberty in playoff race

“We were hanging on for dear life,” said rookie center Kelsey Bone after a crucial 74-66 New York Liberty victory over the Connecticut Sun. While the team is still in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, the win kept the Liberty within striking distance of the Washington Mystics and Indiana Fever.

Joseph Phillip ‘Earl’ Wardally: Nov. 6, 1945 – Aug. 21, 2013

Joseph Phillip Wardally was born Nov. 6, 1945, to the late Lloyd Lincoln Salim and Evelyn Beryl Wardally in Tivoli, St. Andrews, Grenada West Indies. Everyone who knew Joseph knew him as “Earl,” the nickname given to him by his family, who would later give him the additional nickname “Chunky.”

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South African jazz vocalist Bea Benjamin dies at 76

The death of Sathima Bea Benjamin on Aug. 20 was mourned in both the U.S. and her homeland of South Africa. The 76-year-old vocalist and composer died in Cape Town, South Africa, and was buried there on Aug. 21, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Willie Reed Louis, a witness to the murder of Emmett Till, dead at 76

In his memoir, “Simeon’s Story,” Simeon Wright recalled the testimony of Willie Reed during the trial of the two men who abducted and killed Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boya from Chicago who went to Mississippi in 1955 to visit his relatives, including Wright, his cousin.

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Danette A. Wills loses her battle at 52

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, former BET Media Relations and Publicity Director Danette A. Wills passed away at 52.

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Study: Post HIV/AIDS care essential for long-term survival

It may seem like a simple oversight, but missing an appointment with a physician after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS can increase the risk of dying from complications from the disease, according to a study released earlier this month by California-based medical provider Kaiser Permanente.

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Alicia Keys returns to Harlem to advocate HIV/AIDS awareness

Though not unaccustomed to a steady flow of visitors, the emblematic Harlem Hospital Center was especially abuzz last week. Grammy Award-winning musician and proud Harlem native Alicia Keys joined forces with the ever-charismatic Rep. Charlie Rangel and a host of others to speak at an open forum about the impact of HIV/AIDS within the Black community.

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Eat broccoli, a cross that you can bear

“Ode to Broccoli” Broccoli is a vegetable Not embraced by all Although it’s plentiful Both spring and fall

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A back-to-school list for the savvy shopper

According to a report done in July by the National Retail Foundation, parents are estimated to spend $26.7 billion during this year’s back-to-school season.

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Student brings first Black sorority to NYU

According to New York University (NYU) junior Tiana Morrison, her university has been in want of a Black Greek organization for far too long.

Breaking Walls program inspires teen writers from Brooklyn to Bethlehem to Berlin

Fran Tarr had a passion for writing and dreamed of changing people’s lives. She never expected to lead teens in international writing workshops in locations ranging from Palestine to America to Berlin.

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Community Calendar August 29-Sept 4

Greetings! As we end “Celebrate Harlem Month,” our communities stay active

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem to Oak Bluffs, Part I

August is that month! The month where everything slows down. You can’t get anyone on the phone; the streets are a little emptier than usual and your email inbox is filled with “on vacation” auto-responses

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Ebony Escapes! into September

I’m in complete denial that it is September! How can the year go by so fast? Well, whether I like it or not, time does move on, but that doesn’t mean that I have to miss out on all of the fantastic events, exhibits, travel, festivals and more happening all around the country and beyond.

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Obama ladies out on the town in NYC

Lamar Odom may reportedly be facing a lot of problems, but missing is not one of them. The NBA free agent was spotted out driving his SUV on Aug. 26 in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, near his home with Khloe Kardashian.

Memories of Walton, McPartland and Murray

The writing of any obituary is done with a heavy heart, but it becomes an even more heartbreaking task in a case like last week, when four big deal contributors to jazz passed away in a three-day period.

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Elders reflect on March on Washington

Bobby Cox and Juanita Steele set foot on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the anniversary of the March on Washington. Both attended the event with their memories of the past, but in a different America than the one they remember from 50 long ago.

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March on Washington 2013: A call to action

Once again, to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington, thousands came out from all over America last Saturday, Aug. 24 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King’s speech

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The voice of youth will not be silent as they ‘Realize the Dream’

On Saturday, Aug. 24, students fled campuses and treaded the streets, clenching their fists in the air and chanting, “The people united will never be defeated.” Little ones twirled American flags and danced on the steps of freedom.

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Commemoration and progression

The strides and setbacks made on the path to achieve social justice in the United States cannot be measured like spaces on a board game. For every piece of legislation enforcing civil rights, there have been threats in multiple states to amend the Voting Rights Act.

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Aboriginal Fashion Designers Show Fall Fashions in NY

The fall shows are right around the corner. While Native American themes are becoming prevalent in today’s fashions, the origin and its aboriginal authors continue to be left behind. In an effort to bridge the divide, several brilliant aboriginal designers will be spotlighted during 2013 Couture Fashion Week (CFW) at its 6 p.m. show on Friday, Sept. 6 at the New Yorker Hotel.

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Jackets top bikinis for cover-up chic

For the last week of summer, take a cue from the Miami Swim runways, where jackets are topping bikinis and one-piece swimsuits

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Casting Pearls ‘Soul Doctor’ at Circle in the Square Theatre

“Soul Doctor,” the Broadway musical about the life and music of Shlomo Carlebach and his incredible association with the legendary vocalist-musician Nina Simone, opened earlier this month at Circle in the Square Theatre, located at 1633 Broadway in New York City.

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Teeth-clenching action in ‘Getaway’

At the risk of upsetting the terrific actors in Warner Bros., I declare that “Getaway” is a directors’ film!

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New mobile app celebrates power of choice

Amid already-popular social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, three bold creatives from Los Angeles dare to carve out a digital space all their own and join the competitive collective.

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Jazz in the Valley

World-renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez poses with several master jazz musicians following their recent dynamic performance at the Jazz in the Valley concert in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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Fast food workers walk off the job again

Fast food workers nationwide are back on the street with demands of unionizing and better pay.

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Cedric the Entertainer is the new host of Who wants to be a Millionaire

Cedric the Entertainer will walk into millions of homes and ask a simple question: “Who wants to be a millionaire?” and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer, funnier man.

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August Wilson reading series: A theatrical dream come true

Anyone who has experienced just one of the late August Wilson’s plays knows that they have seen a treasured piece of theatre—one that helps chronicle Black life in this country.

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Virgin Islanders to celebrate the Caribbean in Harlem

NEW YORK (Aug. 29)–Reggae sensation Pressure Buss Pipe will headline this weekend’s Caribbean Cultural Fest, presented by Virgin Islanders United (VIU) in the village of Harlem on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m.

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Letter No. 42: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The reality of why immigration reform is being treated like a hot coal stove by Republicans in the House became clear in a story that was told to me this week.

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Trini opposition wants Caribbean court

Since its establishment of the regional appeals court back in 2005, the appellate body has struggled to attract members, with some like Jamaica and host nation Trinidad preferring to still send civil and criminal appeals all the way to the British Privy Council in London for adjudication despite their being independent nations for more than 50 years.

Prepare for hurricane season 2013

Hurricane season is approaching, and in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Sandy, every New Yorker should be advised to take some precautions.

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Black vote: A prime target for mayoral candidates

So now we find something of a battle for the hearts and votes of African-American New Yorkers in the upcoming Democratic primary for mayor.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: Are we just Celebrating celebrating?

Soon, TV screens, newspaper pages and radio stations will replay, reprint and re-broadcast dark, grainy black-and-white film, photos and audiotape of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech—his “I Have a Dream” speech—in a hypocritical celebration of the 50 years since that fateful day in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

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Dr. King’s 50-year anniversary march

Last week, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter, Dr. Bernice King, led an impressive 50-year anniversary march honoring her father’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Rev. Sharpton: Now that we have marched, let’s get to work

This past Saturday, approximately 175,000 to 200,000 people gathered and marched in Washington, D.C., to call attention to the civil rights challenges of our time.

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Dr. King’s dream is our mission

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. More than 100,000 men, women and children converged on the mall on Saturday, Aug. 24. It was like seeing the gorgeous mosaic writ large. And tens of thousands commemorated the historic day on Aug. 28.

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Fast food workers go on national strike Aug. 29, continue demand for $15 an hour

Today, fast-food workers all around the country staged yet another walkout to rally in favor of a living wage and better benefits—with New York leading the charge.

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Veteran cops support Community Safety Act, end to stop and frisk

Just days before the New York City Council overrode the mayor’s veto on the Community Safety Act, a group of veteran police officers and law enforcement organizations came out in support of the bill.

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Why our union supports Christine Quinn

The importance of this year’s election cannot be overstated. In less than two weeks, we will go to the polls to begin the process of electing a new mayor.

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Is Robin Thicke trying to ‘steal the soul?’

I was scratching my head about how I could broach the subject of Robin Thicke without ruffling some feathers, and I just couldn’t put together the right combination of words. It’s good to have friends that provide inspiration.

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Double wedding for Southerland-Anekwe family

The historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn was the setting for the wedding of the Rev. Alexis Yvonne Southerland and Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe on June 29.

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Cuba Gooding Jr.’s ‘Trip’ to Sardi’s

Cuba Gooding Jr. played his final performance in “The Trip to Bountiful” on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

When the sun, the sand and the sea come together, something magical happens. It’s as though the wonderful wizard has waved his magic wand over all of the land, generously sprinkling pixie dust over all within his reach, and his reach spreads far and wide.

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Vigil held following murder of transgender woman

Members and allies of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) community gathered on Tuesday, Aug. 27 to honor the life of Islan Nettles, the transgender woman was brutally beaten in Harlem earlier this week.

In a prelude to the march, politicians and civilians meet to reflect

Gearing up for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs, various civil rights groups hosted a community forum in front of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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Teaching America how to teach

From Harlem to the White House, Joiselle Cunningham has spent years shaping the lives of students as a top-notch teacher who was given the privilege to share her talent with the hopes of making change in how America educates.

Shaky political future for Sheila Oliver; Booker gay rumor surfaces—again

After a dead-last finish in the Senate race earlier this month, Sheila Oliver’s days as the most powerful African-American woman politico in the state may well be numbered, according various sources in Trenton.

Family mistakenly buries the wrong woman

In one of the most bizarre cases of mistaken identity in recent state history, the Trenton area family of a missing woman in Philadelphia identified the body of a woman as their relative and held a memorial service and funeral for her. However, two weeks later, the missing woman was found alive at a mental health center in Philadelphia.

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Call to impeach Obama, but on what grounds?

Probably the only thing more unlikely than the impeachment of President Barack Obama is my hitting the Power Ball lottery. Currently, there is talk among a bevy of bewildered Republicans about putting in a motion a process to impeach the president, but they seem flummoxed on what grounds to use.

Bayard Rustin finally to be honored by the White House

With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington fast approaching, the Barack Obama administration found it high time to honor the behind-the-scenes organizer of the march and of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Trayvon’s hoodie on way to D.C.?

At a recent press conference, President Barack Obama told Americans that 35 years ago, he could have been Trayvon Martin, the hooded, unarmed 17-year-old who was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.

Gov. Cuomo establishes 'NYS community schools initative'

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to establish an initiative outlined in his 2013 State of the State address that will provide grants to 30 schools for three years to foster schools serving children and their families.

Free self-defense training classes Sept. 12

Members of the City Council and the Center for Anti-Violence Education are sponsoring free self-defense classes for people living in New York City.

Study finds students in small schools fair better than students in bigger high schools

A new report issued by MDRC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education and policy research firm, found that smaller schools in New York City had higher graduation rates than traditional, big high schools.

Al Jazeera America launches; files lawsuit against AT&T

Taking over what used to be Current TV, Al Jazeera America launched last week to much controversy but not as many homes as it initially wanted. But nonetheless, it’s made an impact.

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Interfaith closure stayed

Reports indicate that the closure of Brooklyn’s Interfaith Hospital is being pushed back to Sept. 11. The stay is a victory for workers, patients and community members who say the attempt at closure is illegal because it had not been approved by the state.

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Council overrides Bloomberg veto

Last week, the New York City Council decided to remind New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that his word isn’t final. The council overrode Bloomberg’s veto regarding the Community Safety Act, voting 39-10 to overturn the veto on the creation of a permanent inspector general for the New York Police Department

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Former diplomat helps Rwandan community, but needs more help

After working as a diplomat for the Nigeria Mission to the United Nations in New York for 16 years, Clare Effiong thought it was time to give back in a different way.

Wednesday, August 28

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Trinidad Opposition Wants Caribbean Court

Since its establishment of the regional appeals court back in 2005, the appellate body has struggled to attract members, with some like Jamaica and host nation Trinidad preferring to still send civil and criminal appeals all the way to the British Privy Council in London for adjudication despite being independent nations for more than 50 years.

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As Foreign Troops Dig In For Long Stay, Resentment In Mali Brews

Aug. 27 (GIN) – As the U.S. ponders regime change in Syria, U.N. peacekeepers are preparing for a long stay in Mali as that country recovers from a similar French-led campaign earlier this year.

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Swazi King Hit With New Corruption Claims

Aug. 27 (GIN) – Cheating may have reached new heights in the kingdom of Mswati III, last reigning absolute monarch in southern Africa.

DC 37 members honored for life-saving rescue

The NYC Parks Department plans to honor the two women for saving a swimmer’s life at Brighton Beach, where they work as summer life guards.

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Dante Bacote: The next big thing

The tri-state area's own Dante Bacote is living his dreams of being an entertainer and is making quite a name for himself.

No Black performers take home a VMA

This year's MTV Video Music Awards were devoid of Black winners. With artists like A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole in the running but none of these Black artist won.

Tuesday, August 27

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Afropunk Festival attendees reflect on March on Washington

On the surface two major events held this past weekend could not appear to be further apart. Separated by over 200 miles was the Washington, D.C. kickoff to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park the Afropunk Festival.

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Ghana's Democracy Faces Crucial Test

Aug. 27 (GIN) – After months of hearings, Ghana’s Supreme Court justices will put to rest, this week, a challenge to the election of 2012, creating a possible scenario of bitter if not violent feuding between the two major parties.

Monday, August 26

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'Law & Order: SUV' to combine Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen cases in upcoming episode.

In its 15th season, producers of Law and Order: SUV will show an episode of a Paula Deen-esque celebrity chef will who claim to have used self-defence for shooting an unarmed black teen named Mehcad, who was wearing a hoodie in Upper West Side in Manhattan, N.Y. because she thought she was being pursued by a rapist.

Sunday, August 25

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Robin Thicke spotlights HBCU dance teams in video

Still riding on the wave of his summer hit “Blurred Lines” that spent weeks at No. 1 on Billboard charts, R&B singer Robin Thicke is turning heads again with his latest video for his new single “Give It 2 U.”

Saturday, August 24

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The Nation Celebrates The 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

The National Association of Colored People (NAACP) bus that left the State Office Building in Harlem and is now en route to the nation's capital for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington got a bit of a late start, but the passengers were nonetheless excited to make the four-hour trip.

Thursday, August 22

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New York City Council overrides Bloomberg’s veto of Community Safety Act

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the New City Council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of Community Safety Act on Thursday, clearing the way for the city to increase oversight of the NYPD and giving New Yorkers the ability to sue the Police Department if they are racially profiled.

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Liberty add veteran Milton-Jones to bolster playoff push

The New York Liberty continue to struggle, but so do most of the teams in the Eastern Conference. Only the Chicago Sky—with Brooklyn native Murry Bergtraum graduate Epiphanny Prince averaging 14.9 points and three assists per game—and the Atlanta Dream are above .500 for the season.

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Cross at Gregory ‘Jocko’ Jackson Boulevard

It’s official. Greg “Jocko” Jackson, the late former New York Knick and Phoenix Suns guard, now has his own street, Gregory “Jocko” Boulevard.

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Oh, Kendrick done did it now!

It’s good to see human nature at work. For example, ever invite someone over to the crib and tell them to get comfortable? Soon thereafter, their feet are propped up on the furniture, your refrigerator is raided and Pay-Per-View movies are ordered through cable at your expense. It happens all the time­— people get comfortable.

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The 72nd Marcus Garvey Parade

A contingent of modern-day Garveyites assembled Saturday evening, Aug. 17, on the corner of 124th Street and Mount Morris Park West as they acknowledged the achievements of one of Pan-Africanism’s forefathers on the 126th anniversary of his physical birth.

Millions for Trayvon march on Sept. 7

The 15th anniversary of the Million Youth March will occur on Sept. 7 in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem.

New York City Housing Authority changes plan to lease land to developers

The 15th anniversary of the Million Youth March will occur on Sept. 7 in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem.

New York unemployment numbers dip

New York’s unemployment level is the lowest since February 2009, according to the latest numbers from the New York Department of Labor. In July 2013, the New York unemployment rate was 7.5 percen

Civil rights forum before 50th anniversary of the march on washington

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman held a forum on civil rights issues on Aug. 21 at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building

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Geno Smith’s turn to run with the first team

To say Geno Smith is chomping at the bit to get back on the field is probably the understatement of the millennium. Smith isn’t the type to want to miss a practice, much a less a game.

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Giants face a long, hard journey to reach playoffs

As the Giants approach their third game this preseason, a matchup with the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, they are figuratively many miles away from being Super Bowl contenders.

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Women’s soccer supports the community

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Monroe Mustangs women’s soccer team took some time out of their rigorous preseason training schedule to renew acquaintances with the wheelchair-bound residents of Richmond Community Services in Yonkers, N.Y.

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Director Spike Lee attends screening of his film in Harlem

ImageNation presented a free, outdoor screening of “Jim Brown: All-American” on the Great Lawn of St. Nicholas Park on Saturday with a special guest appearance by the film’s director, Spike Lee.

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Bill Lynch’s productive life celebrated

Delivering the eulogy for Bill Lynch Jr. at Riverside Church last Thursday, the Rev. Michael Waldron of First Corinthian Baptist Church said there were no words to capture the great man’s majesty, but the good reverend came close. “Bill Lynch was a transcendent soul,” Waldron told the overflow crowd, which included the rich and the poor. “He was a mighty river pouring into others … so self-effacing that you were embarrassed to be arrogant.”

Back-to-school checkups: What to ask the doctor

Between buying new school supplies and meeting your children’s teachers, back-to-school season is a busy time. But parents should not forget to prep for the school year by considering health and wellness. 

Study: African-Americans at greater risk of kidney disease

A sobering new study released earlier this month by the National Kidney Foundation estimates that more than half of all Americans will develop some kind of type of kidney disease in their lifetime, with African-Americans over the age of 60 at a much greater risk than other groups.

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Healthy living at Harlem Week

Vivian Montoya, associate manager of multicultural marketing at Colgate-Palmolive, pictured here with Tina McRae, Harlem Week Children’s Festival organizer, presents IMPACT Repertory Theatre a $1,000 scholarship check during Sunday’s Harlem Week Children’s Festival.

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Black students embrace education abroad

The Internet may have afforded its users the ability to embark on visceral international adventures without having to book a plane ticket, but it has also reignited a curiosity for traveling outside national borders. As a result, studying abroad in college is slowly embedding itself in the list of typical college experiences, like joining a fraternity or sorority.

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Community Calendar August 22nd

Greetings! Many thanks to the brothers and sisters who joined us this past weekend and tuned in to “Support in the Key of Life,” a “Webb-a-Thon” online medical fundraiser at www.kenwebb.com, for my son, Khamit Byrd. The event was sponsored by Ken “Spider” Webb, the BulLion Foundation and friends and was held at the Harlem State Office Building.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Restaurant & Retail Week

here is a little something for everyone from Lenox Avenue to Frederick Douglas Boulevard. Here are just some of the $30.13 prix fixe dinner menus that caught my eye.

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Fun, functional, healthy and stylish gear for the traveler on the go

One of the pleasures—and hazards—of frequent travel is all of the fantastic meals along the way. Although, foodie that I am, I enjoy every bit of it and try to eat as healthy as possible, I (willingly) succumb to a lot more calories and a lot less fruit and veggies on the road. So in addition to drinking a lot of water and taking my vitamins, I take a few Flax Paks along.

A seriously sexy blues revue at Ginny’s Supper Club

Second Generation Artistic Director Victor Maog recently introduced me to an iconic member of the entertainment industry with the preface: “You are going to love this man. He dreams and then makes it happen!”

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Butch Morris music, Parker Fest, Bethelhem returns

Since the passing of conductor, musician and arranger Butch Morris in January, there has been a void in the creative domain of free music. Singers, wordsmiths and musicians find joy in his music as they listen to his genius concept of conduction.

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Japan’s brush writing arts at the Met

From now until Jan. 12, 2014, enjoy the expressive art of Japanese calligraphy on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On display in the Met’s Sackler Wing on the second floor, this exquisite exhibition is made possible by the Miriam and Ira D.Wallach Foundation.

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Knit swim styles and cover-ups in Miami

For 2014, designer Pooja Kharbanda shapes her forms by combining the ideas behind intimate apparel with the ease and style of beachwear. 6

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Old-fashioned entertainment with a Southern flair

“Savannah” (directed, produced and written by Annette Haywood-Carter) is a true story based on the bombastic and charismatic Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel), who turns his handsome, rugged back on his plantation heritage for an adventurous life on the mysterious river.

On the verge: Anne Marie Fox, unit photographer for ‘Butler’

Some argue that style can be taught, while others stand firmly on the conviction that’s it is a unique trait given at conception, that it’s a part of your DNA.

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Jackée tweets her way into off-Broadway

For a special one-week only engagement beginning Friday, Aug. 23 and running through Tuesday, Aug. 27, Emmy winning actress Jackée will light up the New York City theater world as the star of “NEWSical the Musical.” “NEWSical the Musical” is the forever-changing, completely unsanitized musical mockery of all the news that’s fit to spoof.

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Melba brings Moore to B.B. King’s

It is only fitting that a music icon such as Melba Moore has chosen to grace a stage bearing the name of another icon by the name of B.B. King.

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Letter No. 41: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The time has come for you, Democratic political PACs, the Democratic Party and all in favor of immigration reform to seriously unite behind an education program on immigration reform in the United States.

Suriname: Arts festival on life support

Had Guyana not stepped in for the finance-starved Bahamas and hosted the Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts (Carifesta) in 2008, the premier regional showcase of film productions, dramatic plays, craft work and traditional dances might have died a natural death. But the showpiece is on again this year thanks to the generosity of authorities in Suriname

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Delta exec to visit Martinique

How important are airlines to small island states? Well, tourism is by far the largest sector for island states, and airlines fly visitors to the destinations, where they use their disposable incomes to purchase and enjoy the many vacation offerings and, in turn, feed the local economies.

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In the birther world, the right gets a taste of its own medicine

It seems that what goes around does indeed come around. That is a lesson that has become painfully clear to the right-wing zealotry of the Republican Party, courtesy of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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‘The Butler’ is our story

I attended the O magazine screening of our friend Lee Daniels’ brilliant new film, “The Butler,” followed by a powerful interview with the lead actors and producer that was conducted by Gayle King

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Why I support Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson has always been a leader. He has worked hard for everything he has achieved and has fought hard to make our city stronger

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Lets talk about Detroit

The only thing good about Detroit are the Tigers. Cabrera, Verlander, Fielder, Scherzer and a shortstop on steroids. Other than that, it is a dump.

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Stop criminalizing our children

New York is usually considered at the forefront of doing what’s good for our residents. That is why it is such a badge of shame that we still have an archaic law on our books that requires the state to treat children as adults in the legal system.

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The undying quest for the dream

I used to think that 50 years was a very long time ago. Then it dawned on me that 1963 was only eight years before I was born. And then I realized that although so much has changed, so much has remained the same. If we look back 50 years ago, our community was in the throes of the Civil Rights Movement. It was 1963, and the fight was for jobs, justice, health care, education equity and parity. Today, 50 years later, we are still fighting the same fight.

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Unions and the March on Washington

With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington approaching, there’s been a significant amount of reflection taking place on the legacy of that day.

Workers march on High Line

Last Thursday, about 100 workers in buildings along the High Line in Manhattan rallied in favor of a better wage and benefits.

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Realizing the dream of economic and social justice

Throughout this summer, people have been preparing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

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Oh, Kendrick done did it now!

It’s good to see human nature at work. For example, ever invite someone over to the crib and tell them to get comfortable?

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Harlem Week Health Fair comes again

With the street closed to traffic, vendors enjoyed the Harlem Week festival, selling food, clothing, jewelry, books and music

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‘Yoseph Robinson Avenue’ dedication in Midwood

On Monday, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams unveiled the co-naming of the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue J as “Yoseph Robinson Avenue” in honor of the late Jamaican-American and Orthodox Jew

The Cosmopolitan Review

For those of you who are unable to get away for the last days of summer—and even for those of you who already have—I would like to take you on a trip to Coyllurqui (pronounced coy-YOUR-key), Peru. Coyllurqui sits high upon the Andes mountains at an elevation of 10,300 feet, east of Brazil and north of Chile.

Brooklyn street renamed in memory of teen killed for iPod, Christopher Rose

Richard Ciceron has never returned to the East Flatbush intersection where he was involved in an altercation that resulted in the death of his best friend, Christopher Rose, in 2005. Rose became the first person in the country known to be killed over an iPod.

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Former janitor’s art collection sweeps kids off their feet

At a glance, the home of humanitarian artist Edmund J. Hinkson appears to be like any other on Long Island: white pickett fence, green grass and a concrete path that leads to the front step.

Teacher fired over racist comments

It’s been a busy couple of days for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and state politicos, as the two met and agreed on two pending pieces of major legislation earlier this week in Trenton, N.J.

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Gov. Chris Christie says yes to weed for sick kids

It’s been a busy couple of days for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and state politicos, as the two met and agreed on two pending pieces of major legislation earlier this week in Trenton, N.J.

Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandra Jackson locked up for fraud  

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, an unforgiving verdict was delivered to former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandra Jackson. The court sentenced Jesse to two and a half years in prison with three years of probation. Sandra Jackson was sentenced to one year

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Bayard Rustin: the March on Washington and its ties to Harlem

Several days ago, Louis Sharp called the Amsterdam News seeking assistance on a historical item. He was trying to verify something he remembered from his past. In 1963, he was a volunteer working with Bayard Rustin, the key coordinator of that year’s March on Washington. He wanted to install a plaque in the Apollo Theater, where the headquarters of the march was located, but to do so, he needed proof that Rustin operated from this site.

Restrictive voting laws moving swiftly across the nation

As New Yorkers prepare to hit the road for the nation’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this Saturday, the recent passage of voting laws in several states not only demonstrates the need for the march, but also elicits questions about how far the nation has com

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Stop-and-frisk: The next steps

In the aftermath of the court ruling that deemed the NYPD’s controversial practice of stop-and-frisk illegal, many are asking, “Now what?”

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City Council to veto Bloomberg on Community Safety Act

The New York City Council plans to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto on a pair of two bills on Thursday, that will increase oversight of the NYPD and give New Yorkers the ability to sue the Police Department if they are racially profiled.

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Rallies to save Interfaith Medical Center continue

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Assembly Member Annette Robinson and community leaders called for the preservation of health care services at the Interfaith Medical Center on Wednesday morning.

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Africans unite on Zimbabwe’s victory

hile President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the people of Zimbabwe prepare for their presidential inauguration ceremony, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) announced its election of Mugabe as deputy chairperson and Malawian President Joyce Banda as chairperson of the regional bloc.

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Bloomberg: Fingerprint NYCHA residents

In a further attempt to fight crime, Bloomberg suggested last week that residents at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complexes be fingerprinted in order to make them safer.

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Black doormen seek justice from Eliot Spitzer

Former-governor-turned-city-comptroller-hopeful Eliot Spitzer touts equal treatment for all races in his campaign’s TV ads, but three Black former doormen of an Upper East Side building owned by Spitzer’s father claim the candidate isn’t following through on his image.

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Carlos Alcis dies from trauma when police raid home for stolen cell phone

The family claims that Alcis died of a heart attack brought on by the sudden intrusion. “Why would you raid somebody’s house in pursuit of someone who allegedly took somebody’s cellphone? These are the things that cause so much tension in our community.”

Wednesday, August 21

Models who bleach skin banned from Dakar Fashion Week

Dakar Fashion Week in Senegal has been showcasing beautiful African women and fashion since 2002—but this year, the founder had something new in store.

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Melvin Van Peebles, renaissance man, makes visual art debut

Melvin Van Peebles has virtually taken on every career imaginable including being a novelist, journalist, director, playwright, actor, rapper and musician. Now on the cusp of turning 81-years-old he is ready to introduce the world to his new title: visual artist.

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Musiq Soulchild explores new sound with Syleena Johnson on 9ine

Musiq Soulchild is a reinvigorated singer these days and he’s got Syleena Johnson to thank for the change.

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Millionaries abound in major African cities, a study finds

Johannesburg has the top number of millionaires on the African continent with some 23,400 very rich people, according to a newly released survey of the wealthy.

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Thousands attend one year anniversary of 'Marikana' strikers deaths

The commemoration of the first anniversary of the Marikana Massacre, named for the platinum mine where police shot and killed 34 striking workers, government officials were conspicuously absent from the event which drew thousands of unionized mine workers.

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Mugabe cheered by regional group - elections confirmined by court

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe gave a fist salute to the crowd at the Bingu International conference Centre Hall where the South African Development Community (SADC) summit was held.

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Romanian snaps up deals for west African resources

Romanian national has been signing lucrative deals for manganese, oil, gas and other high value minerals, leading flattering news reports to dub him “the Emperor of West Africa.”

Tuesday, August 20

Study shows that Black women are just as likely to get a loan as white men

Study shows that Black women are just as likely to get a loan as white men

Friday, August 16

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Queens Council on the Arts offers grants to artists

In support of the creative spirits who live in Queens, the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) have opened applications their annual grants to individual artists and organizations.

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Gun buyback scheduled in Harlem

NYPD to host gun buyback in partnership with Harlem Week.

Russell Simmons says ‘sorry’ for Harriet Tubman ‘sex tape’

Earlier this year, Rapper Lil’ Wayne lost PepsiCo as a sponsor and received backlash from iconic legends like Stevie Wonder for a lyric that disrespected Emmett Till, a Black teenager whose racially-charged death in 1955 incited the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. In disrespecting important figures in Black history it looks like Russell Simmons is next.

American Civil Liberties Union Says New Voting Laws Are Unconstitutional

Less than two months after the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, an act passed in 1965 to keep up with racial discrimination in voting laws by determining which states must get federal approval before changing voting laws, states such as Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina have moved to create new voting laws that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling unconstitutional.

Thursday, August 15

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Issa hosts listening party for mixtape

Hip hop newcomer Issa recently held a listening party for his upcoming mixtape “Lost Prophet” at the AKOO Clothing Brand Showroom in Manhattan where industry insiders got a chance to hear from the up and coming artist.

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Creative jazz musician and producer George Duke dies at 67

George Duke, the uncomplacent keyboardist, arranger, producer and singer who stayed energized by crossing and mixing the genres of funk, jazz, fusion and R&B, died on Monday, Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. He was 67.

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Bronx youth band hosts concert ‘with a message’

The Music With A Message (MWAM) youth band will return from a summer tour this Friday for their second annual concert in the Bronx.

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The complexion of the NFL is rapidly changing

He would pull up to the curb in front of the New York Amsterdam News every afternoon at a little before 5 p.m

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Jets addressing issues on both sides of the ball

Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith? When it’s all said and done this season, it may not matter who’s under center for the Jets.

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Maybe or maybe not, Justin Tuck can see the end

New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck has been an exemplary representative of leadership, production and class—characteristics that define one of the NFL’s oldest franchises.

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Despite struggles, Liberty in playoff hunt

“Once we leave the locker room, we leave everything behind and just focus on tomorrow. We lost, but [we] let it go and move onto the next game,” said Kamiko Williams

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Usain reclaims world title

Usain reclaims world title

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The great debate on gospel music

This Saturday, Aug. 17, the First Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn will be hosting a great debate. Debators will discuss whether gospel music has become too worldly in order to appeal to the masses.

Willie Reed Louis, a witness to the murder of Emmett Till, dead at 76

In his memoir, “Simeon’s Story,” Simeon Wright recalled the testimony of Willie Reed during the trial of the two men who abducted and were charged with killing Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boy from Chicago who went to Mississippi in 1955 to visit his relatives, including Wright, his cousin.

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New report: HIV/AIDS death rates decrease in Africa

After years of Africa leading the world in the number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths, a new report recently released at an international AIDS conference in Switzerland noted that the number of Africans succumbing to the disease has decreased by about half since 2005.

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FDA approves another drug to treat HIV/AIDS

In the continuing battle to eradicate HIV/AIDS, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it had granted approval for the widespread use of a new drug that will suppress the HIV virus in patients.

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Plastic can make you sick

What did we do before we had plastic? How did we survive? We have plastic cups, dishes, bottles and wrappings for food. If it wasn’t for plastic shower curtains, we would not be able to sing in the shower without water splashing all over. We are a converted plastic generation that’s addicted to plastic gods. We even have trees and flowers made from plastic. The difference between a plastic tree and those produced by our Creator is that plastic trees don’t grow; they only collect dust. Plastic is not biodegradable and is not friendly to our planet. Eating plastic will not extend your lifespan.

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Common Core’s not-so-common benefits

Twelve years of Mayor Michael Bloomberg the educrat, and only 29 percent of New York City students who graduate are college-ready. New York City’s first Common Core standardized test scores were released last week revealing dire numbers: Only 55.1 percent of all students grades three through eight meet or exceed the standard in English. In math, only 64.8 achieved the percentage needed to pass the examination. That’s a 20 and 30 percent drop since last year.

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Black events calendar: August 15-21, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is coming!

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Savor Harlem for Harlem Week

Harlem Haberdashery, Harlem Shake and Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association have come together to get you to savor Harlem during Harlem Week. With a series of three events on Lenox Avenue, these Harlem businesses, along with presenting sponsor Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, will be blending the worlds of car culture, cuisine and clothing to celebrate the new renaissance of Harlem during the legendary Harlem Week.

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Places to M.E.A.T: Must Eat at Tomorrow

There are places that have lived on my M.E.A.T. (Must Eat At Tomorrow) list forever for reasons that range from the obvious (it’s in another city) to the financial (I don’t eat for free, people!).

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Ebony Escapes! to find America’s best food trucks

When I first got acquainted with what are today called food trucks, it was the early 1980s, when only a small handful of these rickety, off-white with rust “accents” buckets of bolts used to rumble up to certain office buildings mid-morning, filling the air with the heavy aromas of bacon grease, grill smoke and motor oil.

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First Lady to release … a hip-hop album?

Usher and ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond were at odds even before last week’s custody battle over their two kids. Earlier this month, Usher filed legal documents asking a judge to decrease his child support payments to Raymond. The singer had been paying $8,000 a month for their two sons, and he says that the amount was set in an old agreement and hasn’t been adjusted since he was given primary custody last year. A date has yet to be set for the hearing.

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New Yorkers pay tribute to Bill Lynch, ‘The Genius’

The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network: “National Action Network and I are heartbroken over the passing of Bill Lynch. We lost a brilliant political strategist and the ‘Godfather’ of the Harlem political establishment. Bill was not only one of the most astute political minds in the country, he was a political father to many and worked with National Action Network for over 20 years on some of the most pertinent issues of our time.

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Summer tips from Harlem pet-owners

It’s been a hot summer, and it was probably even hotter for your furry pet. Luckily, there are several places in Harlem that offer great opportunities for shade and activities for your pet. Likewise, many pet-owners in Harlem told the AmNews that early morning and late afternoon walks were better to ensure that their dogs are not too over-heated during morning strolls. 

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Haiti Cultural Exchange celebrates Haitian culture through photography

The public is invited to a celebration of Haitian culture at the “Haitians from the Diaspora: Creativity & Focus” photo exhibit, beginning on Saturday, Aug. 24.

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Free your mind from your hair

Your hair is alive! Is your mind is free from your hair? Today’s woman of color feel more comfortable about their hair than ever before. It’s a subject that’s been discussed and commented on by African-American women for years. You can see by the hairstyles on the street today that we have come a long way on the subject of hair. The talk about “good hair” and “bad hair” is no longer relevant. When you walk through Harlem and anywhere in the world, you will see women of color wearing their hair as they please. Someone from Washington, DC, commented: “Women of color are loving their hair, but many women are not wearing their own hair.” [ED NOTE: Where did this comment come from? Blog? Direct quote to writer?] And the point is, it’s their choice.

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‘I Give It a Year’ revels in awkward humor

Written and directed by “Borat” writer Dan Mazer, “I Give It a Year” takes all the romantic comedy tropes and stereotypes (I’m looking at you, Hugh Grant) and turns them on their heads.

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‘Shida’ is a sensation

There is an amazing production playing at ARS Nova Summer Fling on West 54th Street that’s full of powerful songs, stirring performances and engaging characters. Based on real people, “Shida: A New Musical” takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride. This production is the creation of its star, Jeannette Bayardelle, who also wrote the show’s book, music and lyrics. “Shida” delivers a very dramatic story about child molestation, a broken family and broken dreams.

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Director Lee Daniels talks ‘Butler’

“This film is inspired by many true stories,” shared screenwriter Danny Strong. “I worked closely with Lee [Daniels] and others to bring as many amazing truths, as revealed to me, from their mouths to the screen.” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” started with an article in the Washington Post about the real-life story of a Black man who worked in the White House for decades, serving eight presidents from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. His name was Eugene Allen, and he was born in the South during the Jim Crow era, when lynchings and segregation were accepted parts of life. Allen witnessed history from a unique vantage point and lived long enough to cast a vote for Barack Obama and meet him during his first term as president of the United States. In “The Butler,” Daniels took on Allen’s story through his protagonist, Cecil Gaines. This is a brief interview with Daniels, director of “The Butler.”

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History through the eyes of an extraordinary butler

Lee Daniels, the director of “Precious” and “The Paperboy,” keeps his legacy growing with “The Butler,” a sweeping, highly fictionalized biopic about real longtime White House butler Eugene Allen. It also smartly positions itself as a panoramic snapshot of the African-American experience across nine decades. The film stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker in the title role as butler Cecil Gaines, based on Allen. Gaines is a stoic witness to civil rights history; his humble beginnings in the cruel cotton fields of racist Georgia (circa 1920s) eventually lead him to the White House, where he silently and gracefully serves eight presidents.

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Letter No. 40: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, This August must be the summer of discontent over the failure by Republican House leaders to pass the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill. With Facebook CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg’s six-figure ad buy via the group FWD.us now running on local stations in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas and Washington, D.C., and church leaders, including evangelicals, threatening to denounce those who block immigration reform, the time is now for you to keep the pressure on conservatives blocking this measure.

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Guyana government mourns collapse of hydro deal

Despite the fact that it lost thousands of supporters at the November 2011 general elections and control of Parliament to the opposition, the government of President Donald Ramotar had continued operating in its usual political fashion, never compromising an inch, abusing opposing legislators and ignoring assembly decisions if it did not like them.

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Caribbean tourism is bouncing back

”Despite today’s prevailing economic conditions, Caribbean tourism is on the rebound,” declared the head of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

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A welcome and fitting decision on stop-and-frisk

It was a decision, nearly 200 pages in length, that at long last cast the New York City Police Department’s offensive stop-and-frisk initiative in its proper, repugnant role. After months of heartbreaking testimony from young Black and Brown men who have been stopped, searched and humiliated by police officers, the ruling by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin was as scathing as it was decisive.

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O’Reilly’s view: Too blind to see

I was on a plane two weeks ago headed to California to visit my daughter when I first heard Bill O’Reilly’s televised rant justifying the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. I watched as my fellow passengers, primarily white, received their daily dose of racial polarization. It was a very disturbing experience.

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Vision and entrepreneurship are America’s formula for success

Earlier this month, America commemorated its 237th birthday. Independence Day is a time when we not only mark the passage of another year as a nation, but also celebrate the many aspects that make this country great.

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Commentary: Baseball, PEDs and Latinos

One of the most obvious facts about the recent suspension of Major League Baseball players is that most of them are Latinos. Ryan Braun is the only exception among the list of players from South America, mainly the Dominican Republic, who was recently suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

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Bill lynch: You will be missed

I don’t remember when I met Bill Lynch for the first time. It must have been when I was a little girl at my father’s side. I saw how my father and Bill interacted. I saw how they sought counsel from one another and how they sometimes battled over the direction in which the city was going. I always knew how important those conversations were, and at the end, there was always a hug and a “see you soon, brother.”

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DC 37 and activists: Keep Queens' Corona Health Center open

On Wednesday, District Council 37 stood with community leaders and elected officials in front of the Corona Health Center in Queens (with news conference co-sponsors Make the Road New York, the Commission on the Public’s Health System and the People’s Budget Coalition) and demanded that the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) keep the immunization clinic open.

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Health aides fight pushed to the surface

Over a week ago, the Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN) released a report titled, “Caring Across New York City,” which chronicled the importance of home health aides in the five boroughs.

Testing real reality

A few decades ago, Gil Scott-Heron told us that the revolution won’t be televised. However, if you grab the remote control and channel surf, it’s apparent that everything else will. In 2013, the way in which we’re entertained has taken on a new face, and it may lead us to question things about ourselves.

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Eastern Shore Chapter of the Links hold annual Second Sunday Summer Sioree

L to R: Khalil Leland Starlling (scholarship awardee), Andrea Lynne Christian (scholarship awardee), Jharrod Isaiah Hamlett (scholarship awardee), Gaetane Mandisa Collins (scholarship awardee) and Tiara L. Davis (scholarship awardee)

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Dickens and Rangel hold fundraiser

The MLK Democratic Club, Councilwomen Inez Dickens and Rep. Charles Rangel held a fundraising event and recognized outstanding community members.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Many were seen conversing and dancing the afternoon away at the Boule Soiree

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Spitzer and Stringer trade barbs in comptroller debate

While Monday night’s Democratic comptroller debate tried to focus on how to best handle other people’s money, it quickly devolved into a debate about who New Yorkers trusted more. Held at the City University of New York Graduate Center, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s second debate focused more on what their opponent isn’t rather than on the questions that concern New Yorkers.

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Puzzler changes education one crossword at a time

For Kevin Dunn, the answer to keeping Black youth out of trouble and informed about their past, present and future is puzzling. Word puzzling, that is.

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Booker wins Democratic Senate nomination

In an outcome many expected, Newark Mayor Cory Booker effectively trounced his competition in a special primary on Tuesday that moves him one step closer to the U.S. Senate.

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No love to Russia

Addressing Marines at Camp Pendleton in California last Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama made no mention of Russia, President Vladimir Putin or Edward Snowden.

Trenton and Camden: Deadliest year

It’s a dubious distinction, but the cities of Trenton and Camden are in a race of sorts to see which city will notch the most homicides in 2013, as the two Garden State metropolises moved closer to the embarrassing honor by tallying murders last weekend.

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Faithful rally for Interfaith?

“Gov. Cuomo will be signing the death warrants of hundreds if not thousands of people from the Central Brooklyn area if he does not stop the effort to close Interfaith,” said activist minister the Rev. Herbert Daughtry. “This community and beyond needs this hospital. Thousands of people rely on it.”

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Holder seeks to modify mandatory minimum sentences on drug offenses

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made a major announcement this week regarding prison sentences for drug offenses.

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Afro-Mexicans demand answers re death of Malcolm Latif Shabazz

It’s been three months since the May 9 murder of Malcolm Latif Shabazz in the capital city of Mexico, and there remains no resolution for the Shabazz family about the crime, notes Wilner Metelus, president of the Citizens Committee for the Defense of the Naturalized and of Afro-Mexicans (CCDNAM).

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Sharpton: ‘No commemoration, but a continued call to action’

Among the number of commemorations on the docket this year—the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers and the four little girls killed in Birmingham, Ala.,—it’s the historic March on Washington that is getting the most attention, thanks to the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and the prominent speakers they’ve assembled to re-create the spirit and letter of the great march on August 24 in the nation’s capital. Commemorating the March on Washington and particularly Dr. King’s famous speech is something Sharpton and King III have been doing for years under the auspices of Realize the Dream.

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Frisk no more ! (Court finds stop-and-frisk unconstitutional)

On Monday, a federal court found that the New York Police Department’s current implementation of their stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional.

Wednesday, August 14

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White House Boys: A story of modern day slavery

Governor Rick Scott of Florida has given the University of South Florida the okay to being the body exhumations at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys campus. This victory comes after years of local and legal battles that resulted in semi-successful investigations done by the state of Florida.

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Rita Marley – 'Philanthropist And Patriot’ – Tapped As ‘Honorary Ghanaian’

Aug. 13 (GIN) – Rita Marley, wife of reggae artist Bob Marley and founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, has received a Ghanaian passport in recognition of her contributions to Ghana.

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President Clinton Takes Swipe At Human Rights Groups, Backs Kagame

Aug. 13 (GIN) – Former President Bill Clinton, on an African tour with daughter Chelsea, praised the Rwandan government lead by President Paul Kagame despite increasing evidence that Rwanda is backing ruthless rebels in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Namibia Restores An African Name To Historic Caprivi Strip

Aug. 13 (GIN) – In a move to restore African names erased by its German colonizers, Namibia officially renamed the historic and touristic Caprivi Strip. The new name is the Zambezi Region.

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Luxury Living In Lagos Built With World Bank Funds For The Poor

Aug. 13 (GIN) – Local officials in Lagos, Nigeria, who accepted a $200 million loan from the World Bank to “increase sustainable access to basic urban services,” are instead creating an unaffordable complex of 1,000 luxury units on the grounds where poor and working people recently lived.

Tuesday, August 13

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Man Found Hung On A Tree In Jersey City

On August 6th, New Jersey police received a call from a woman saying that she saw a man hanging from a tree in Lafayette Park in Jersey City.

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Federal Judge Deems "Stop-And-Frisk" Unconstitutional

After a two-month trial, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled the controversial "stop-and-frisk" practices of the NYPD to be unconstitutional in the court case, Floyd, et. al. vs. The City of New York. The case was filed by four African-American men who were stopped and frisked and they argued that the procedure violated their constitutional rights.

Judge rules against family naming baby ‘Messiah’

A Tennessee judge ruled on Thursday that “Messiah” is an unacceptable name for a 7-month-old baby who was brought into court because of the parents’ disagreement for a last name for the child.

Monday, August 12

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Brooklyn Academy for Music to tribute film series to March on Washington

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, BAMcinématek will screen 40 films as a part of “A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement,” all of which will chronicle the years leading up to the March and the effects it had on the Civil Rights Movement.

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Afropunk Fest to bring beats back to Brooklyn

The ninth annual Afropunk Fest will return to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park this year with new artists and events that will transform the multicultural festival into a food, music, and shopping frenzy.

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Ramarley Graham parents still seeking justice for slain son

Emotions pored Thursday outside the Bronx District Attorney's office at a press conference, as Franclot Grahman and Constance Malcolm demanded the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the shooting death of their 18-year old son Ramarley Graham, a day after his killer Richard Haste was set free from manslaughter charges.

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Activist proposes more money for Black institutions, less for fast-food industry

According to former radio personality and community activist Bob Law, Blacks should consider how the way they spend their money could influence policy in America.

Harlem to rally against gun violence on anniversary of March on Washington

The “Anti-Gun Violence” walk for peace on Aug. 24 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and promote safety in the community.

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Daniel Maree wins Do Something award grand prize of $100,000

Daniel Maree, founder of the Million Hoodie Movement for Justice, won the grand prize of $100,000 from DoSomething.org for his efforts in social activism.

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, speaks on the word "cracker"

On Monday, August 12 the stand up comedy television series “Totally Biased W. Kamau Bell” made its way to Harlem. The series star, socio–political comedian, and community activist Walter Kamau Bell (also known as W. Kamau Bell) asked people of all ages and ethnicity's to share their feelings on the word “cracker”.

Saturday, August 10

Discarded Black history books incite protests in Detroit

Tons of Black history books, videos, movies and artifacts were discovered in a dumpster outside of a local high school in Highland Park, a small area in Detroit.

Friday, August 9

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Peerless political strategist Bill Lynch dies at 72

Few political consultants were as savvy as Bill Lynch, Jr. Bill Clinton, Charles Rangel, Mario Cuomo, and David Dinkins are four notables who benefited from Lynch’s sagely advice, his astute understanding of how to shape a campaign for victory. Those seeking to navigate the often complicated electoral contours will have to do it now without Lynch’s guidance. He joined the ancestors Friday from complications related to kidney disease. He was 72 and “a good guy,” said David Dinkins.

Thursday, August 8

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B. Scott sues BET for discrimination

B. Scott, the Internet and T.V. personality known for his feminine style, is suing Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Viacom. According to a press release, Scott is suing for $2.5 million on the basis of “gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation discrimination.”

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Ghanaian-American filmmaker brings immigrant experience to forefront

Just as African-Americans jokingly throw around the acronym CPT, or “colored people’s time,” to explain their tendency to arrive later than scheduled, continental Africans have “African time,” which carries with it a similar meaning.

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Brooklyn statue of Jackie Robinson gets vandalized with racial slurs

Nearly four months after "42", a biopic of Jackie Robinson was released, vandals marked a statue of Robinson with racial slurs and anti-semantic comments such as "Die N****r", "F*** Jackie Robinson and all N*****s", and "Heil Hitler". A swastika, a symbol used by Nazis in World War II was also placed on the statue that sits outside Cyclone Park. "42" depicted how Robinson overcame racial tension as the first African American to integrate into the Major League Baseball League as a Brooklyn Dodger. However, it seems that even after his death, Robinson still faces racism.

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Uganda silences critics with tough new law

Uganda’s ruling party, lead by President Yoweri Museveni, has cancelled the right to march, rally or demonstrate under a new “public order management” rule that critics say gives police dictatorial powers to curb free speech.

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President Mugabe, savoring victory, plans takeover of foreign mines

Robert Mugabe’s wide lead in the just-ended presidential poll over his long time rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, may have ended a years-long struggle between the two men for the nation’s top spot.

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Soldiers blamed for fatal weapons depot blowup

One year after a weapons depot blew up in the Ouenze district of Brazzaville, destroying homes and taking some 240 lives, the government has charged local soldiers with arson and harming state security.

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World Champion runner pleased to save money-transfer firms

Olympic and world champion runner Mo Farah has joined the campaign to preserve critical money transfer companies now threatened by big banks which plan to end the service to poor nations such as Somalia.

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South Africa cozies up to nuclear power, dismaying critics

President Jacob Zuma and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in three reciprocal working visits this year with nuclear cooperation high on the agenda at the meetings.

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As conflicts mount, regional leaders to meet in Kenya for special summit

Nairobi will be the venue for a major summit on growing flashpoints in the Great Lakes region, including renewed hostilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tension among the two Sudans over the use of oil pipeline and rebellions, the pacification of Somalia and crisis in the Central African Republic.

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Ronald Isley joins Stevie Wonder’s boycott of Florida

On the “A” w/Souleo

When Stevie Wonder says “boycott” you take heed. That’s exactly what musical legend, Ronald Isley believes since he’s decided to join Wonder’s boycott of Florida following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The boycott is in response to the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which Wonder and now, Isley, hope to have repealed. Isley’s support of the boycott won’t officially begin until after a scheduled fall performance in the state, but he has plans to donate proceeds from the show to the Martin family.

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Report of billion-dollar loss to oil fraud dims oil wealth

Nigeria lost billions of dollars in oil and gas revenues over a 2-year period as the nation suffered from crumbling infrastructure, polluted lakes and rivers, joblessness and a growing insurgency now operating nationwide.

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Greying incumbants take aim at challengers in polls across Africa

Ruling parties in Togo, Zimbabwe, Mali and Guinea Bissau are looking to take one more bite of the apple and snatch one more electoral victory, deflating hopes by opposition parties to bring new faces and fresh ideas to the top offices.

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Bud Selig slugged the confessed drug violators

ud Selig did what he vowed to do. He was on a mission to rid his sport of the culture of enhancement drugs. The commissioner dug in, drawing a line in the dirt of every major league playing field, separating those who did from those who didn’t and those who haven’t been caught. Those who confessed to violating baseball’s drug policy of enhancement drugs were hit with 50- and 65-game suspensions.

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New Harlem health center will honor Hank Carter

“Naming this new facility [Hank J. Carter Specialty and Nursing Facility] after Hank Carter is a fitting tribute to his remarkable generosity and compassionate spirit,” said Alan D. Aviles, president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC). “Hank Carter has given the HHC family much more than valuable equipment to help our patients. He has dedicated hours of personal time to regularly walk the hallways of our facility. He knows the names of our patients and their stories of survival. And they know him as a friend and a man of faith who deeply cares for their well-being.”

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NFL running backs: Here today and gone tomorrow

NFL running backs have a short career. An average career lasts less than three years. As the National Football League has seen the passing game demonstratively become the foundation of most offenses, the value or premium on running backs has been minimized.

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Mark Sanchez: Powell is lighting up the camp

The running back position is beginning to become a bottomless pit for the Jets. Every day it seems like one player after another is befallen with some unfortunate turn of events.

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Liberty still trying to find their groove

The heart is there, but the New York Liberty are still struggling offensively. A home court 88-66 loss to the Connecticut Sun last Saturday evening kept the Liberty in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

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WBAI radio host Ibrahim Gonzalez passed on June 4

Longtime community advocate, music artist and on-air radio and TV host Ibrahim Gonzalez, 57, transitioned to the ancestral realm in his sleep on June 4. Gonzalez grew up in Spanish Harlem’s Johnson Houses as one of five brothers; he eventually went on to father five children of his own. He attended City College of New York during the 1970s where he, along with other students, protested tuition hikes. The ambitious activist ventured into media when he joined WBAI in 1990. He hosted two shows. “Radio Libre!” was a “foray into all things Latino and hemispheric, making all of the transatlantic musical and cultural connections. The program sought to explore the many genres of Latino Music—old and new, traditional and experimental, urban and folkloric,” according to his website. His other program, “In the Moment,” was described as a “spontaneous mix of eclectic sounds, interviews and live performances.” Later, he’d also treat listeners at 90.3FM WHCR to a similar format.

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International Christian Brotherhood hosts annual men’s meeting and health fair

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the International Christian Brotherhood will host its men’s health fair. The health fair will offer free blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, colon and eye testing as well as nutritional counseling. Partakers can also pick up a myriad of health information from various participating vendors.

Ephesus Youth Church hosts free community health event on Aug. 10 in Harlem

On Saturday, Aug. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Ephesus Youth Church (EYC), a citadel of hope in the Harlem community since 1954, is sponsoring a community outreach day at the Mount Morris Park Bandshell at 124th Street and Fifth Avenue. This event will address, through music, presentations and information tables, some of the many critical issues that continue to plague this historic neighborhood, namely HIV and sexually transmitted infections, drug and alcohol abuse and gang violence. Local professionals will be on hand to address health-related concerns with adolescents, and there will be opportunities for families to address the social, educational and emotional needs of their young children.

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Coupon website Offers.com releases back-to-school shopping statistics

As August rolls in, the time for students to return to school is around the corner, and back-to-school shopping has begun. A study conducted by Offers.com, a coupon and deals site, and research company Harris Interactive revealed that 67 percent of parents in the United States plan to spend $100 or more on back-to-school shopping, while 25 percent will spend $100 or less. Lastly, 8 percent of parents are not sure what they will spend.

Georgetown University study shows racial divide in school admissions still exist

According to a new study, the phrase “it doesn’t matter what college you go to” is wrong, particularly for Black and Latino students. Published last week by the Georgetown University Center for Education and Workforce, the study—authored by Anthony Carnevale and Jeff Strohl and titled “Separate & Unequal: How Higher Education Reinforces the Intergenerational Production of White Privilege”—revealed that a racial divide still exists when it comes to college admissions and that while Blacks and Hispanics have better access to schools, the so-called “elite” remain overwhelmingly white. The Georgetown report found that since 1995, over 80 percent of all new enrollments by white students have come from America’s 468 most “elite and competitive” institutions.

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Imhotp's guide to Black events

Greetings! GBE celebrates Harlem Month 2013 and reminds you: WBLS and WLIB have announced that Harlem Week will celebrate the much anticipated Stevie Wonder tribute, “Songs in the Key of Life” (rescheduled from July 28 due to rain) and the celebration of “Motown: The Musical” on Harlem Day, Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1-7 p.m., on the main stage on West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. For more information on upcoming Harlem Week 2013 events, visit www.harlemweek.com. We also sadly report the passing of the jazz-funk master, keyboardist/songwriter/producer George Duke, who passed away at age 67. His death comes with the release of his new album, “Dreamweaver,” dedicated to his wife, Connie, who passed from cancer just a year ago.

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Ebony Escapes! through the amazing National Park System

I have to say that I was very disappointed when Oprah and her gal pal Gail visited Yosemite National Park in Northern California a few years back, and she said she couldn’t see why any Black people would spend their money to go and sleep outside on the ground. Their visit was at the personal request of African-American park ranger Shelton Johnson, a historian at Yosemite who has also worked in other national parks.

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Usher’s son rushed to emergency room

R&B star Usher Raymond and his ex-wife Tameka Raymond’s 5-year-old son Usher Raymond V was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Aug. 5 after nearly drowning in the family swimming pool. The singer was not home at the time when the incident occurred around 6 p.m. Usher’s son was reportedly playing in the pool when he saw a toy at the bottom and went to dive for it. That’s when reports say Usher V got his arm stuck in the drain. Neither his aunt nor the maid could get him out. Two men who were working in the house then came out and rescued the boy. He was immediately given CPR and raced to the hospital. According to Hollywoodlife.com, Usher made it home and was able to ride in the ambulance with his son. Sources say that doctors claim he will be “OK.” This comes just one year after Usher’s stepson Kile Glover, 11, was killed in a boating accident. Our prayers go out for the complete recovery of Usher V.

Harlem Week 2013 celebrates

August is the month that Harlem Week kicks into full blast. The 39-year-old event has become New York City’s prime family affair in Harlem. It’s running now through Aug. 24. There are events of interest for everyone, from New York City Economic Development Day, the Children’s Festival, to Senior Citizens Day, the Historic Black College Fair and the Junior Tennis Classic. While Harlem Week is celebrating “Motown the Musical,” this year’s theme is “Living the Dream: Celebrating History in Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington,” which will take place on Aug. 28 in Washington, D.C.), and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln. It should be noted the Emancipation Proclamation was based on the president’s constitutional authority; it was not a law passed by Congress. The Proclamation did not outlaw slavery and did not make the ex-slaves citizens. The Proclamation made freeing the slaves a goal of the Union war effort and was a step toward outlawing slavery. It was the ratification of the 13th Amendment in December of 1865 that made slavery illegal everywhere in the U.S.

Harlem Week veteran talks new and improved additions

In a month typically bogged down by consecutive heat waves and no national holiday to offer extra relief from work, one event spanning the month of August has served as an exclamation point on the summer season for almost four decades: Harlem Week. The 39-year-old neighborhood celebration that is at once local and international returns this summer for another series of public events ranging from fashion and health to music and sports. Harlem Week has created a name for itself as the ultimate display of pride at an historically significant site of Black culture. Lloyd Williams has served as a Harlem Week co-chair since its inaugural year in 1974. He discussed the classic and notable events that tend to attract the most attendants.

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Few changes coming to Harlem Week events

Harlem Week kicked off on Sunday, July 27 with several events, including the annual Fusion Fashion Show, which relocated from its usual location in front of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building to Riverside Park a few years ago. According to Lloyd Williams, chairman of Harlem Week, festival attendees can remain sure that this year’s 39th annual Harlem Week will be consistent with previous years, with the exception of a few changes. Williams told the AmNews that the “basic approach” to the more than 100 events and activities held over the course of July and August will be similar to previous years, but some events will have different themes.

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Harlem Week kicked off last Sunday

Last Sunday kicked off the beginning of the 39th annual Harlem Week, a summer-long series of events to celebrate not only Harlem, but urban communities in general.

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Generation Next designer Vanessa Jean Simmons introduces 'Rose' lingerie

Vanessa Jean Simmons introduced Rose by Vanessa Jean at Mercedes-Benz Swim Fashion Week in Miami. Having appeared on two MTV shows, “Run’s House” and “Daddy’s Girls,” and received a degree in communications from St. John’s University, Simmons has already accomplished a great deal personally and professionally. With her sister Angela, she is the co-founder of Pastry, a clothing, sneaker, handbag and accessory line. Simmons is also the founder and CEO of Rose by Vanessa Jean. Her lingerie models posed with an ultra-sophisticated style at the Miami shows. “A rose is reminiscent of a woman. She is very beautiful to look at yet. Like a rose that has thorns, [women have] flaws and imperfections that make our stories—which make us imperfectly perfect,” said Simmons. As a business woman and designer, Simmons understands the dynamic of strategic placement and hard work. She is passionate about her career. Being the daughter of Rev. Run and niece of business mogul Russell Simmons and fashion icon Kimora Lee Simmons provides her with certain advantages and connections. As a TV personality, she has unlimited access to millions of fans globally.

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New York Fashion Designer, Franklin Rowe's Fashion Reflects Classic 1940s Glamour

Franklin Rowe’s couture fashion reflects classic 1940s glamour with a touch of modern chic that’s influenced by European design. For 2013, Rowe has introduced a new look that offers women a distinguished style. His clothes accentuate femininity. Rowe has always had a fascination with shapely dresses with sleeves. A New York fashion designer, Rowe keeps it real with distinguished new looks.

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Full-year tuition for boys at Ballet Academy East

For young boys who are interested in studying ballet, here’s an opportunity that cannot be missed! Ballet Academy East (BAE), known for training young ballet dancers to become professionals, will hold auditions to offer a full-year scholarship to boys. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 4:45 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Ballet Academy East, 1651 Third Ave. Eight, full-year tuition scholarships will be awarded. Darla Hoover, associate artistic director of the Pre-Professional Division at BAE, says, “We are thrilled to announce the new Boys’ Scholarship Program, which will give talented boys, who may not otherwise have had the opportunity, the chance to be part of BAE’s Pre-Professional Division.” Hoover continues, “BAE has achieved consistent success in producing technically strong, expressive dancers with a unique syllabus, an extraordinary faculty and incredible performance opportunities. BAE continues to offer students the absolute best training in a healthy and nurturing environment, and the creation of this new program allows us to include more male students.”

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Get to know ‘the Millers’

“We’re the Millers ... in case anyone asks.” It’s true that you can’t choose your relatives—most of mine would have been exchanged years ago—but you can choose your family, sort of. That’s the basis of this hilarious, rib-tickling story featuring the Millers, an inventive collection of flawed, interesting and compassionate characters that I “kind of-sort-of” wish I knew.

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Discovering FringeNYC

The New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, is coming to New York’s finest venues on Aug. 9-25 for its 17th year. With 185 shows to choose from, you can have your pick of anything from drama and comedy to dance, puppetry, solo shows, vaudeville and more. Sure, the range of choices can be a bit overwhelming, but here are a few festival picks to prepare you for one of the best events New York has to offer this summer.

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Letter No. 39: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, It’s sad to hear the White House has no backup plan if Republicans fail to push an immigration reform bill to a vote.

More questions about Caribbean appeals court arise

It has been in operation since early 2005, but a regional court that was designed to replace the British Privy Council as the Caribbean trade bloc’s final court of appeal is struggling to attract new members, as governments are shying away for one reason or another.

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Brooklyn prepares for 2013 Caribbean Carnival

As part of Brooklyn’s Caribbean Carnival 2013, Everybody’s, the Caribbean-American magazine, is presenting its annual Calypso-Soca Festival and Tent. The five-night calypso-soca mini-concerts, popularly called a “Tent,” will take place Aug. 27-31 at the air-conditioned Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Over 35 artists from across the region are performing.

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Mayoral race needs to move beyond Anthony Weiner

In New York City, more than a half million young people—mostly African-American and Latino men—are routinely stopped every year by police officers, who stop-and-frisk them though they typically have done nothing illegal. It is a city where longtime residents of various neighborhoods, from Harlem and the South Bronx to Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant, feel economically squeezed out of their environs as developers make way for higher-income incomers. It is also a city where unemployment remains at staggering levels in communities of color. New York City is an urban center where a decent education continuous to elude far too many students, many of whom walk to school through neighborhoods where their breakfast of choice is often prepared by such corporations as Hostess and Frito-Lay.

Should your ZIP code impact your infant’s health?

The scene plays out like it’s one from the pages of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” In some communities across America, infants are healthy. There are low rates of upper respiratory infections and ear infections and low incidences of asthma. But in far too many other communities—sadly, mostly Black and Brown ones—there is a completely opposite story unfolding.

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Why would you foolishly waste it all, Hernandez?

A contract worth $40 million, a newborn child and a fiancée, on top of being the star receiver for one of the NFL’s best teams and historically successful franchises apparently didn’t matter to Aaron Hernandez. The general question seems to be, how could anyone in their right mind do something so sinister after becoming “set” for the rest of their life?

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Amsterdam News endorsements: Part 2

Amsterdam News endorsements

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District Council 37 and others rally to keep immunization clinics open

On Wednesday, union members, activists and elected officials alike gathered at City Hall to demand that immunization clinics remain open in some of the more underserved neighborhoods. District Council 37, the largest public employee union in New York City, stood with allies like Make the Road New York and the People’s Budget Coalition to urge the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to stop plans to close walk-in immunization clinics in the Tremont section of the Bronx and the Corona section of Queens, just in time for National Immunization Month this August. DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts derided DOHMH’s actions, calling them “a threat to public health and safety” and reminded those in attendance that with the school year creeping up on New Yorkers, back-to-school vaccinations are needed now.

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More than a sleepover, a real eye-opener

Our union proudly represents nearly 9,000 members who work in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments. Their work ranges from apartment repairs, to grounds caretaking, to boiler and elevator services, to rent collections. A third of them also live in NYCHA apartments. Long-standing resident and worker frustration reached a new high with threatened sequestration cuts in federal dollars—the main source of funding. The $208 million cuts would mean a loss of jobs and services. Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pledge to restore $58 m

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The Duke is gone: Long live George Duke

Earhustlers! They’re always all in the Kool-Aid and don’t know the flava. Hate ʾ’em! Here’s a prime example of why, after getting the news of the untimely passing of George Duke, me and one of my people started to wax poetic about the Duke’s legacy and his contributions to the game. Then, he started spouting names like Mike Krzyzewski, Christian Laettner, Elton Brand, Grant Hill, Kyrie Irving and talking about four NCAA championships, blah, blah, blah. We then proceeded to tell him that it wasn’t that Duke, as in the university, that we were talking about; we were discussing the late, great George Duke. On Aug. 5, Duke was called home after a battle with chronic lymphyocytic leukemia. He was 67 years young and is survived by two sons, John and Rashid. The latter offered these words: “The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming. Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.”

Brooklyn church fundraises for ‘window’ of opportunity

 The buckling glass and protruding frames of the 40-foot tall Tiffany stained-glass window at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church (BMBC) may go unnoticed by the average person walking the streets of Fort Green, Brooklyn. Members of the church, however, believe that the window, which has been damaged by extreme weather conditions begs restoration.

Douglas Elliman expands to new office in Harlem

After a successful, seven-year stint at 2169 Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem, N.Y., Douglas Elliman Real Estate announced that their company will move to a new location at 2112 Frederick Douglass Blvd. on Aug. 12. This move is reflective of the real estate explosion of developing, buying and selling activity in the Harlem community.

National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair roundup

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) hosted its 38th annual Convention and Career Fair from July 31-Aug. 4 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. It was the NABJ’s first time in the Sunshine State since 2009. While the convention may be a reunion for some to catch up with old friends, it was also a valuable resource for thousands of students, journalists, public relations specialists and persons in academia and an opportunity to learn the latest journalism tools as the industry continues to shift digitally.

The Cosmopolitan review

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) hosted the 2013 Women’s Leadership Forum, “Power 360: The Next Act,” at the Time Warner Corporate Headquarters at 1 Time Warner Center. Under the auspices of the ELC is the Executive Leadership Foundation, which is celebrating its 10th year of providing leadership training programs for women of color. According to its mission statement, the ELC works “to prepare African-American executives for every phase of their careers through professional development and positioning.” In particular, the Women’s Leadership Forum “is designed to ensure that African-American women have a seat at the decision-making table in corporate America.”

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Kirsten John Foy wants to bring an ‘activist spirit’ to City Hall

Director of community affairs in intergovernmental affairs for New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and national director for criminal justice for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network are just some of the few titles Kirsten John Foy, a candidate for the City Council’s 36th District seat, has held. Foy, who now works as a senior adviser in the Amalgamated Transit Union International, believes he has the “activist spirit,” needed in government.

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No Campaign Finance Board funds for John Liu

Each new poll is placing John Liu’s mayoral chances in deeper jeopardy. On Monday, the city comptroller’s campaign was delivered a devastating blow when the campaign finance board denied him more than $3.5 million in public matching funds. Ever since campaign donor Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan and Liu’s campaign Treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou were found guilty of a creating a dummy donor scheme to finance Liu’s bid for office, it was widely presumed that he would not be getting the funds. According to the board, there was evidence of much wrongdoing in Liu’s campaign, and the vote to deny him funds was unanimous.

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Homicides increase in Trenton, New Jersey

For a city with fewer than 90,000 people, Trenton, N.J., is quickly becoming a city under siege and under the gun. The number of people being murdered in New Jersey’s capital city is on pace to surpass the record number of homicides in the city for a single year, according to statistics and other information released earlier this week in the city.

Senatorial candidates debate at Montclair State University; Cory Booker gets backing from Oprah and Ivanka Trump

With less than one week until a special summer primary to fill a vacant Senate seat, front-runner Newark Mayor Cory Booker stood and delivered at the first debate of the four Democratic senatorial candidates on Monday night at Montclair State University.

Escambia County sheriff deputies shoot an unarmed 60-year-old Black man in Florida

In a little more than three weeks and fewer than 460 miles from the city where Trayvon Martin was killed and George Zimmerman was acquitted, the state of Florida is once again the center of a shooting incident that could have been almost as tragic as the one that shook the nation.

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Black Floridians speak on boycott's effect on the Black community

Stevie Wonder hit a note heard around the country when he announced on July 17, four days after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of any crime after shooting and killing unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, that he would boycott the state of Florida until its “Stand Your Ground” law was repealed.

Will George Zimmerman face federal charges?

Last month’s heartbreaking not-guilty verdict concluding the Trayvon Martin murder trial in Florida helped feed the skepticism that the Department of Justice, led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, will pursue civil rights violations charges against the teen’s admitted killer, let alone garner a conviction.

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'Millions for Trayvon' 15th Anniversary Million Youth March on September 7

Sept. 7 is the 15th anniversary of the Million Youth March. This year, the march is being held in Harlem in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on the corner of Adam Clayton Powell St. and 125th Street.

Toni Braxton, Gladys Knight, The O'Jays and more perform free concerts on Monday nights at Wingate field in Brooklyn

On Aug. 12, Toni Braxton will be performing at the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series. And on Aug. 19, the O’Jays and Gladys Knight will take the stage

Several organizations and politicians advocate to restore Section 4 of the Civil Rights Voting Act

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Reps. Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velázquez and Assemblyman Karim Camara joined the New York Urban League and the Puerto Rican Association United on Aug. 8 to advocate for passing a bipartisan legislative stance against the Supreme Court decision on Section 4 of the historic Civil Rights Bill.

New York City Council's "prevailing wage" bill for higher wages gets rejected by judge

A judge sided with Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday against New York City Council’s “prevailing wage” bill that passed in 2012.

NYPD gets Coney Island Gospel Assembly involved for gun buyback program in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn-based church Coney Island Gospel Assembly recently held a gun buyback program in an attempt to reduce gun violence within the borough. According to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ website, “The success of this program goes a long way toward reducing violent crime in Brooklyn. Each gun that is taken off the streets could lead to one less robbery … To overcome the fact that some people are intimidated when it comes to turning guns in to a police precinct, we got the churches and clergy involved.”

Food stamp budget of the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program likely to be cut by House Republicans

With the majority of new jobs in industries that notoriously pay low wages leaving employees forced to take food stamps, now would be the best time to preserve food stamps in America. Just don’t tell that to House Republicans.

Tawana Brawley begins payments in defamation suit

Tawana Brawley is in the news again as she makes payments for damages from defamation to one of the men that a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., court determined she “falsely accused” of her 1987 rape. So far, she has paid a reported $3,700 of the $430,000. Reports indicate a Virginia court has ordered that Brawley’s wages be garnished for six months in order to pay the debt, which has gained interest from a 1998 verdict from the defamation lawsuit.

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Victorious president Mugabe plans to takeover of foreign mines

Aug 6 (GIN) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wide lead in the just-ended presidential poll over his longtime rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, may have ended a years-long struggle between the two men for the nation’s top spot.

International observers declare Zimbabwe elections free and fair

Open letter to President Barack Obama: End the economic sanctions now! Mr. President: Following Zimbabwe’s recently concluded elections, there is no longer a reason to maintain the illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe; therefore, they should be removed immediately.

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Losing faith: Bed-Stuy hospital scheduled to close

Interfaith Medical Center’s best days in Bedford-Stuyvesant might be behind it. According to court papers, the hospital stated that the New York State Health Department rejected a restructuring plan and refused financial help until the hospital begins its shutdown process. A request was then put in to begin bankruptcy proceedings, with the closing motion set to be held on Aug. 15 in United Stated Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of New York.

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Harlem week 2013!

Harlem Week is in full flow with several events, including the annual Fusion Fashion Show, the two-day Children’s Festival, the outdoor film festival featuring a screening of “Jim Brown: An American Hero” and a job and career fair on Aug. 8, which is part of the of the annual Economic Development Day event.

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Epic Fail Bloomberg's Department of Education 'F' Grade

Well, the scores are in. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decade-plus of dabbling in the New York City public school system has resulted in what some are declaring to be an abysmal failure. As New York City’s 2013 standardized test scores were released on Wednesday, Bloomberg’s Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott was telling parents to brace themselves for the incredibly awful test scores and not to be alarmed. Parents, students and general observers are alarmed.

Wednesday, August 7

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Grand Jury sets Richard Haste free, again, in shooting case of Ramarley Graham

The long saga to find justice for Ramarley Graham has reached yet another stop. A grand jury announced on August 7 that they would not re-indict Richard Haste on first and second -degree manslaughter charges.

Iconic Hoodie of Trayvon Martin May Be Displayed in Washington D.C.

At a recent press conference, President Barack Obama told Americans that 35 years ago he could have been Trayvon Martin, the hooded, unarmed, 17-year-old that was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Now, the iconic hooded sweatshirt, also known as a "hoodie", that Martin was wearing on the fatal and rainy night his life ended, may be on display a few miles from The White House at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in 2015.

Gang Summit to be called in Chicago by religious leader Gergory Tatum

There have been a total of 53 murders in the last month in Chicago,Illinois, as reported by local newspaper, the Red Eye Chicago whichuses the medical examiner’s office to determine the number of deaths. Forty-six (86 percent) of those victims were African American, and out of those thirty three (58 percent) were African American men between the ages of 14 and 27. The murder rate has been so high in Chicago that, according to the Huffington Post, there were more people killed in Chicago than in Afghanistan in 2012. According to the Huffington post 228 Americans were killed in Chicago while only 144 US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan.

4-year-old Anala Beevers has 145 IQ and is Mensa’s newest member

A 4-year-old girl has a knack for geography, an IQ of 145 and was just invited to be a member of Mensa, an international club for people—mostly adults—with astonishing IQs, according to AOL. The average IQ for children between 2 and 4 is between 85 and 115.

Black Star Project sponsors Million Father March

The Black Star Project is sponsoring the annual Million Father March this year in an effort to encourage fathers to become more engaged in their children’s education. The Chicago-based organization has been committed to improving the lives of Black and Latino communities through education since its founding in 1996. The march will take place on the first day of school in nearly 600 cities in the United States.

Tuesday, August 6

Armed Bronx teen killed by NYPD

Shots rang in the Bronx early Sunday morning when police shot and killed a young Black teenager who, according to the NYPD, opened fire on another fleeing man.

Monday, August 5

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Former Civil Rights Attorney, Lynne Stewart, is Dying In Prison

"Lynne Stewart is dying" wrote Lynne Stewart's attorneys in a statement to the press last Thursday, August 1.

Thursday, August 1

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Heat stroke in little folks

Summertime means playtime, but playtime in overbearing heat can cause heat exhaustion and heat strokes in little folks. Whether these crumb-snatchers are playing baseball, sweltering on basketball courts or kicking the ball on soccer fields, the sun can play havoc on these young, fast-moving bodies.

Carver Bank on “Mind Over Money”

According to a study by Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Blacks are spending more than they can afford. The report, researched between 2000 and 2009, said that our estimated buying power is projected to be 1.1 trillion by 2015. However, according to the Bureau Labor of Statistics, which marks unemployment for Blacks at 13.7 percent, the numbers don’t add up.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

Greetings! It was a “Great Day In Harlem” this past weekend, which kicked off Harlem Week 2013 with the GHCC, WBLS and WLIB, saluting 50 years of Stevie Wonder with “Songs in the Key of Life” at Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Park in Harlem. The gathered throng could not be stopped, even by pouring rain. One of the highlights was when a call I made to Wonder was placed over the PA system so the truly appreciative musician could address the crowd. The rest of the evening was eventually canceled when the rain caused the stage to become too dangerous because of the electrical wiring. However, Lloyd Williams and brother Voza Rivers have announced that the tribute to Wonder will be rescheduled for Harlem Day, Aug. 18. For more information on upcoming Harlem Week 2013 events, go to www.harlemweek.com.

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West Harlem Gastro Cruise

Starting Monday, Aug. 5—and every Monday and Tuesday in August thereafter—you can cruise and eat Harlem. The West Harlem Food & Beverage Association, in conjunction with NY Waterways & Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, DockNYC and the BillyBey Ferry Company, have created the West Harlem Gastro Cruises to encourage tourists and locals to experience Harlem in a unique and fun way.

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Sylvia’s celebrates 51 years

There is no experience in this world like Cadillac in the Hamptons. I spent the weekend of July 26-29 living a champagne and caviar dream life as a guest of the luxury automotive brand. The trip kicked off with lunch at STK in New York City. After lunch, our media group, which included my new best friend Zondra Hughes, as well as Yoselin Acevedo, Cloves Campbell, Paul Cheung, Mitzi Miller, Christen Rochon, Geneva Thomas and Sekou Writes, headed out to the Hamptons in style in Cadillac ATS vehicles.

August dance calendar

This month’s dance calendar begins Thursday, Aug. 1 with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion, part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Door Festival at Damrosch Park Bandshell. Abraham.in.Motion will share the evening with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the Living Word Project.

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2014 swimwear: Bare shapes and creative cuts

At the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim shows in Miami, the look is bare. Whether you wear a one-piece or a two-piece swimsuit, it’s evident that this is the age of fitness. Just about everyone is working out and eating, sleeping and living right. The swimwear is skimpy, sexy and sophisticated. Cuts are every which way in the front and back. Dressmaker details are in. Colors and prints are bold.

‘But he’s Black!’ HBO documentary spotlights casting directors

“But he’s Black! The role isn’t written for a Black man,” sputtered “Lethal Weapon” film director Richard Donner during the casting process for one of Hollywood’s lucrative franchises.

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‘Art isn’t extracurricular; it’s extra-essential’

If you want to know how to heal an ailing world, just ask an artist, especially one who’s performed all over the world and has worked extensively with children.

‘Choir Boy’ reveals hurtful homophobia

“Choir Boy” is very moving theater! It looks at prejudice, tolerance and understanding for homosexual youth. This play, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, features gospel music and takes a very candid and vivid look at the hurtful, prejudicial way a homosexual boy is treated at an all-boys private prep school. He often finds it difficult to keep his head up. It is sad to watch as this young man handles all types of insults, but it’s also touching to see that, despite the attacks, he stays confident in who he is. In fact, he even briefly finds love.

There’s a story in ‘Storyville’

Welcome to Storyville, New Orleans, where the prostitutes wait with blue books in hand, where the politicians slip their dollars under the table, where the music is always playing and where everyone is doing what they can to make it. The York Theatre Company presents “Storyville,” a tale of love, music and the death of New Orleans’ seediest, most infamous red-light district.

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Letter No. 38: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Following the George Zimmerman verdict, the discussion has focused on racial profiling in America, but Rep. Steve King does not seem to care, feeling the need to spew his hate against immigrants in the United States.

Afro politican’s win threatens Trinidad’s Indo government

Trinidad’s governing Hindu-led People’s Partnership (PP) government got the worst political shock in its three years in government when an Afro-Trinidadian former cabinet minister, who just weeks ago formed his own party, defeated the government candidate in a heavily Indo-Trinidadian heartland district that the PP would have overwhelmingly won under any other circumstances.

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A political star rises in St. Lucia

ST. LUCIA (Aug. 1) – An accomplished businessman and executive with political star power has taken the helm of St. Lucia’s powerful opposition party. St. Lucia’s former tourism minister Allen Chastanet is now the leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP). Chastanet, the proprietor of the Coco Palm hotel in Rodney Bay, defeated his former boss and recent Prime Minister Stephenson King in a hotly contested leadership battle at the UWP convention on Sunday.

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The spotlight shines on fifth Yankee Hope Week

It’s a beautiful thing, helping those who sometimes can’t help themselves. That’s what the Yankees organization is doing.

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John Idzik wants the dual role of GM-head coach?

It’s been both said and written that a team that has two quarterbacks has no quarterbacks.

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Jerry Reese puts everyone and himself on notice

t didn’t quite have the gravitas or significance of a presidential State of the Union address, but the oratory of Jerry Reese, the senior vice president and general manager of the new Giants, in delivering an unequivocal assessment of the team, was nonetheless substantive and ominous.

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Date set for New York City Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The 24th New York City Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 at the New York City Athletic Club.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Aug. 7-13

Imhotep shares a guide to black events happening.

Liberty aim to be more cohesive for second half of season

Coming off last weekend’s All-Star break, the New York Liberty have reconvened with a sense of determination to significantly improve on the 7-11 record they received during the first half of the season.

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NYC jeweler embodies the American Dream

Aladj Fallou Mbacke sits at booth 18 of 47 W. 47th St. (Telephone: 917-617-0826) repairing jewelry under a lamp. Customers walk in and happily speak to Mbacke as if they are reuniting with an old friend. He looks away from the scattered rings and stones to exchange smiles and laughs before customers hand over their precious jewels.

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NY City Council leads the way to upgrade the Armory

This is home to City Council member Robert Jackson, the soon-to-be Manhattan borough president who is also a runner.

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Six NYC Catholic schools to be managed by nonprofit

Six elementary Catholic schools will now be managed by the Partnership for Inner-City Education come fall in an attempt to provide financial assistance and revamp the schools’ curricula.

Don Lemon is doing what he is paid to do

At the moment, many Black people are outraged by comments from CNN anchor Don Lemon.

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Failing our children: Part 2

Anything just given away means nothing. America’s public education system has become the quintessence of that idea—a “free” system that produces unprepared and overly entitled youths worth little to nothing to the future of America. The high-minded progressives see public education as something to be protected from private competition and the ravages of better, more innovative systems from not only domestic systems independent of the decayed U.S. institution, but also those abroad.

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Local photographer documents historical hairstyle

Brooklyn’s Black creatives flocked to the Powerhouse Arena last Friday to don their funkiest indie threads, swirl complimentary wine and celebrate the beauty of the Afro.

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West Harlem Gastro Cruise

Starting Monday, Aug. 5—and every Monday and Tuesday in August thereafter—you can cruise and eat Harlem. The West Harlem Food & Beverage Association, in conjunction with NY Waterways & Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, DockNYC and the BillyBey Ferry Company, have created the West Harlem Gastro Cruises to encourage tourists and locals to experience Harlem in a unique and fun way.

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NYPD hires more 911 staffers

Amid rumors that the New York Police Department would put officers on duty taking 911 calls, the city announced a plan on Friday to hire another 150 staffers for its 911 call centers. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters that the callers will be civilian employees of the NYPD. They will answer calls and dispatch NYDP radio cars.

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Harlem is Officially Crabby with Joe's Crab Shack

Talking SCHOP!

Tuesday, July 30 saw the official opening of the national seafood chain Joe’s Crab Shack (@joes_crab_shack, 2349 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-222-0445, www.joescrabshack.com) in the new behemoth building that also currently houses Party City and Blink Fitness. It is the seventh Joe’s in New York and the first in New York City.

Fast-food workers strike around the country

From New York to Chicago and the rest of the country, fast-food workers are letting their voices be heard. Workers are calling for a $15 hourly wage, the right to form a union without the fear of retaliation and an end to abusive labor practices. Workers from some of New York City’s biggest fast-food chains (including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Domino’s, Papa John’s and KFC) walked out of their jobs. Workers in cities like Detroit, Milwaukee, Flint, St. Louis and Kansas City staged similar walkouts this week.

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Abyssinian Development Corp. senior leadership celebrates wonderful training graduation

Abyssinian Towers Senior Housing in Harlem held a ceremony for graduates of Abyssinian Development Corp. (ADC) and Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community’s (NNORC) seniors training program.

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Johnny Hartman remembered, celebrated by NAMA

Chuck Foster, the archivist for the New Amsterdam Musical Association (NAMA), wasn’t around when the organization was founded in 1905, but he recounts its history as if he were there.

Hydrate, stay cool to avoid heat-related illness

The human body is cooled naturally when heat escapes from the skin and when sweat evaporates from the skin.

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A Great Day in Harlem rocks uptown

A Great Day in Harlem rocked uptown this past Sunday. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, folk enjoyed the various activities. While the rain prevented the Stevie Wonder “Songs in the Key of Life” tribute, the cultural showcase and “Fashion Fusion” kept folks entertained.

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Ebony Escapes! into August

Here we are, right smack in the middle of the summer, and the events, festivals and more just keep heating up! Following are a few to help you along your summer groove. Enjoy!

Blood donor ban set to change

An initiative set forth under the Obama administration to modify a federal mandate that restricts blood donations from members of the gay community—specifically men who have sex with men —received a major endorsement last week as the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) called for the Food and Drug Administration to re-examine the guidelines.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Harlem Week, which is actually Harlem Month, officially kicked off with a master blaster at Grant’s Tomb with a tribute to Stevie Wonder. In attendance were people from around the globe and members of the Harlem community who remain staunch believers in what the Harlem community stands for and what it’s all about.

Heat stroke in little folks

Summertime means playtime, but playtime in overbearing heat can cause heat exhaustion and heat strokes in little folks.

Comrie leaving public office

Queens City Councilman Leroy Comrie shook up the political world this week with his announcement that he is dropping out of the race for the position of Queens borough president due to financial issues within his campaign. The move ends his over-a-decade-long career in public office.

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Letter No. 38: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Following the George Zimmerman verdict, the discussion has focused on racial profiling in America, but Rep. Steve King does not seem to care, feeling the need to spew his hate against immigrants in the United States.

‘Angola Three’ prisoner Herman Wallace diagnosed with liver cancer

It was with a rather bitter irony that a few days before receiving notice that Herman Wallace, one of the “Angola Three,” has been diagnosed with liver cancer, there was an article in The New York Times about the negotiations between the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La., and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to acquire the prison’s concrete guard tower. The apparent willingness to transfer the ancient guard tower—a symbol of the prison’s brutal and corrupt legacy—contrasts starkly with Wallace’s deteriorating physical condition.

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Former Harlemite spreads the power of entrepreneurship

At a time when it’s becoming more and more common to see small businesses replaced with bigger corporations, Erike Mayo remains hopeful about the power of entrepreneurship.

Afro win surprises Trinidad's gov't

Trinidad’s governing Hindu-led People’s Partnership (PP) government got the worst political shock in its three years in government when an Afro-Trinidadian former cabinet minister, who just weeks ago formed his own party, defeated the government candidate in a heavily Indo-Trinidadian heartland district that the PP would have overwhelmingly won under any other circumstances.

Carver Bank on ‘Mind Over Money’

According to a study by Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Blacks are spending more than they can afford.

Vulcan Society helps record-setting class get ready for FDNY Academy

For more than 50 years, members of the Vulcan Society, the fraternal order of Black firefighters, have gone above and beyond the call to volunteer in their spare time to train new hires in their probationary period before they enter the FDNY Academy.

A political star rises in St. Lucia

ST. LUCIA (Aug. 1) – An accomplished businessman and executive with political star power has taken the helm of St. Lucia’s powerful opposition party. St. Lucia’s former Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet is now the leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP).

New Yorkers rally for Zimbabwe

On Tuesday afternoon, a vociferous group in Harlem gave its support for the right of Zimbabweans to elect their own leaders without outside interference.

Gov hopeful barbara Buono chooses a Latina as running mate; makes history with all-female ticket

Democratic governor hopeful Barbara Buono announced labor leader Milly Silva as her running mate earlier this week, making it the first time an all-female ticket ran for governor in New Jersey and only the third time in the country.

Hundreds protest Zimmerman verdict in Newark

Hundreds of area residents rallied at a peaceful protest at one of the Brick City’s busiest intersections on Monday afternoon following the weekend acquittal of vigilante George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Fast-food workers strike around the country

From New York to Chicago and the rest of the country, fast-food workers are letting their voices be heard.

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The Fergusons revisit NY

On Monday, June 24, lower Manhattan’s Brecht Forum hosted a presentation about an unlikely warrior as progressive educators Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson shared their experiences of community contributions with the intimate audience.

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Sharpton moving to Chicago to focus on gun violence

In an effort to help community leaders, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced that he is moving to Chicago for a few months. He will be working to bring national attention to youth gun violence.

Hospital workers protest

Members of the New York State Nurses Association and representatives from elected officials’ offices protested outside of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital on Thursday after hospital administrators warned union representatives that St. Luke’s might lose its status as a level one trauma center.

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The Trayvon Martin travesty and moving forward

The George Zimmerman verdict demands that we raise the right questions. It was not simply the “Stand Your Ground” law that was responsible for Martin’s death and Zimmerman’s acquittal.

DOJ could be fate for Zimmerman

As the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict continues to reverberate across the nation, those unsatisfied with the acquittal of George Zimmerman are now looking to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to step in with hopes of a better answer. Upon news of the “not guilty” verdict, calls for the federal government to take on the case were loud and clear. Last year when Zimmerman was initially not arrested for killing Martin, discussions about whether the DOJ would get involved loomed. However, the federal government backed off to allow the state of Florida to handle the case.

Belafonte, Jay Z disagree on ‘social responsibility’

 It has been a year since Harry Belafonte, legendary singer and civil rights activist, expressed his disappointment with the way music moguls Jay Z and Beyoncé have “turned their backs on social responsibility.”

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Continuing the March on Washington

Recently, race has taken center stage in our nation’s discourse. George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights decisions and the bankruptcy of Detroit are among the events that are inextricably tied to our nation’s relationship with its people of color. Our nation’s troubled history with its non-white citizens is central to its long journey to democracy and economic equality. In that respect, it is instructive that our nation’s first African-American president, in recent comments on widening economic disparities, has linked racial equality to economic equality.

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival served it up

The culturally rich and gastronomically delightful third annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, N.Y., brought out a diverse group of some 15,000 patrons—from seniors to babies and everyone in between—for a cultural and culinary feast that left them thoroughly satisfied.

NYPD hires more 911 staffers; squelches rumor of cops taking 911 calls

Amid rumors that the New York Police Department was making officers on duty take 911 calls, the city announced a plan on Friday to hire another 150 staffers for its 911 call centers.

Community Service Society awarded contracts to help New Yorkers obtain health insurance

As part of the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) will help uninsured New Yorkers obtain health insurance. The New York Health Benefit Exchange, a health care marketplace, required the state to set up online one-stop shops where customers and businesses can shop for and enroll in health insurance programs. Each state is required to participate in this under what’s colloquially known as “Obamacare.”

Raheem-Neo soulster

It’s rare when you get to chop it up with one of your favorite artists or an artist at the top of his game. During a recent pow-wow with Raheem DeVaughn, however, we got to kill two birds with one stone.

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Brooklyn readers help bookstore survive another month

On a small section of the bustling Nostrand Avenue in Bed-Stuy on Wednesday, July 24, a tightly packed crowd gathered inside a bookstore, with some people spilling out onto the sidewalk. They leafed through items stacked on a table outside. Plastered to the window was a poster that proclaimed, “There are many problems in life: economic, legal, social. The answer to many of these problems can be found in the bookstore.” Just above the poster, a plain sheet of paper printed in a simple font featured a photo of an older, smiling Black man. It read, “Get well soon, Brother Brown.”

Where will they go? Hospital closures plague workers and patients

Fighting against the inevitable? Not if nurses and activists have it their way. Even though Long Island College Hospital (LICH) hasn’t officially closed, SUNY Downstate began the shutdown a while ago. Last week, a state Supreme Court justice upheld the temporary restraining order against SUNY Downstate to prevent them from closing LICH after absolving them of being in contempt for attempting to close the hospital anyway.

Sylvia’s celebrates 51 years

There is no experience in this world like Cadillac in the Hamptons. I spent the weekend of July 26-29 living a champagne and caviar dream life as a guest of the luxury automotive brand.

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Ron Carter, Andy McCloud Jam Festival, Jazz on the Hill

Bassist Ron Carter is a jazz musician who uses his improvisational skills to explore the depth of the music.

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Cory Booker celebrates Newark store opening

On Saturday, Cabral Miller and his sister Utenzi Miller, best known as staff members at the family-owned New Jersey eyewear chain Elegant Eyes, opened the men’s boutique St. James & Co.

NY City Council allocates $18M to help undocumented immigrants

The New York City Council has allocated $18 million for the next two years to help undocumented immigrants seeking deferred action status to meet the requirements and grant them an opportunity to return to school.

Dance calendar August 2013

This month’s dance calendar begins Thursday, Aug. 1 with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion, part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Door Festival at Damrosch Park Bandshell. Abraham.in.Motion will share the evening with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the Living Word Project.

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Summer read: ‘The Bald Mermaid’

During your life, you live many lives. While reading “The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir” by Sheila Bridges (Pointed Leaf Press, September 2013), you will enjoy the journey of this author, who shares several of her life’s stories.

‘But he’s Black!’ HBO documentary spotlights casting directors

“But he’s Black! The role isn’t written for a Black man,” sputtered “Lethal Weapon” film director Richard Donner during the casting process for one of Hollywood’s lucrative franchises.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Harlem Week, which is actually Harlem Month, officially kicked off with a master blaster at Grant’s Tomb with a tribute to Stevie Wonder. In attendance were people from around the globe and members of the Harlem community who remain staunch believers in what the Harlem community stands for and what it’s all about.

‘Art isn’t extracurricular; it’s extra-essential’

If you want to know how to heal an ailing world, just ask an artist, especially one who’s performed all over the world and has worked extensively with children.

‘Choir Boy’ reveals hurtful homophobia

“Choir Boy” is very moving theater! It looks at prejudice, tolerance and understanding for homosexual youth.

Greying Incumbants Take Aim At Challengers In Polls Across Africa

Ruling parties in Togo, Zimbabwe, Mali and Guinea Bissau are looking to take one more bite out of the apple and snatch one more electoral victory, deflating hopes by opposition parties to bring new faces and fresh ideas to the top offices.

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Trayvon Martin Forum discusses stop-and-frisk

A Trayvon Martin Forum demanded an end to stop-and-frisk, a form of racial profiling, in a public discussion on July 31 at New York’s LGBT Center located at 208 West 13th St.

New $18M immigrant fund

The New York City Council has allocated $18 million for the next two years to help undocumented immigrants seeking deferred action status to meet the requirements and grant them an opportunity to return to school.

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A political star rises in St. Lucia

ST. LUCIA (Aug. 1) – An accomplished businessman and executive with political star power has taken the helm of St. Lucia’s powerful opposition party.

Thompson for Mayor

Primary Endorsements

Four years ago, Bill Thompson came within inches of being only the second African-American in history to be elected mayor of this city.

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Adepero Oduye replaces Condola Rashad in Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful

Broadway’s hit revival The Trip to Bountiful recently welcomed a new cast member with the addition of actress Adepero Oduye. In her Broadway debut, Oduye takes on the role of Thelma, originally played by Condola Rashad.