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Thursday, February 28

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Miss Jackson now a 'Mrs'

While most of us in the Jackson family inner circle knew that Janet Jackson and...

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Bill's Place, Milt Hinton celebration

Saxophonist/composer Bill Saxton, owner of the four-story brownstone that houses his hip little jazz spot...

Anna Sui & Hush Puppies team up for fall '13

Anna Sui and Hush Puppies have collaborated again; this time, their looks are young, folkloric,...

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Two top designers shape fall fashion in-lines

While many designers presented fall collections at Lincoln Center during Fashion Week, there were other...

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Gallery extends submission deadline to March 7

Artists create from what they know. My interest in street art and those souls who...

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Major exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat's works

Jean-Michel Basquiat, who arose from the world of graffiti to become an internationally acclaimed artist,...

March 2013 dance calendar

The amount of dance this month is staggering! Highlighted here are two significant representatives of...

Monroe College sending track team to nationals

This weekend, the Monroe College Mustangs will send 22 members of their women and men's...

Top winners at Colgate Women's Games

ELEMENTRY SCHOOL A 55m - Avery Lewis (8.56) - Friends Central School) - Wynnead, Pa55mh-...

A feel-good Deron will keep the Nets rolling

It's pretty clear what it's going to take for the Nets to get to where...

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The weight is on coach Woodson to get his Knicks back on track

Their destination is alarmingly uncertain after a promising start to the season. The Knicks have...

Trinidad media house fires racist reporter

An Indo-Caribbean television station in Trinidad has fired one of its reporters for launching a...

President Obama dedicates Rosa Parks statue in United States Capitol building.

Today civil rights legend, Rosa Parks, was memorialized in the Unites States Capitol with a...

Sequester cuts expected in NY

Only 700,000 jobs will be lost if President Barack Obama and the Congress fail to...

Charles Barron fights to honor African enslaved burial in East New York

City Council Member Charles Barron announced that he is championing a new initiative to honor...

Nycha residents say no to Bloomberg's plan

The Bloomberg administration's proposal would replace NYCHA six-figure board members with volunteers who are paid...

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As we sit at the precipice

By definition, a sequester is a general cut in government spending. And if a deal...

Drivers, matrons return, not all with jobs

The strike may be over, but some school bus matrons are still fighting for their...

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Heads up to mayoral candidates

In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the opportunity to...

Real music, real impact, real inspiration

When speaking to some cats about the music game, it's wise to take heed of...

Harlem's on the rise

Imagine my surprise while riding the 101 bus across 125th Street--I couldn't believe my eyes:...

Hospital settles in 'No Black nurses' case

A Michigan hospital has granted a settlement after a Black nurse alleged she was told...

Children must stop dying from gun violence

On Saturday, Jan. 26, I was part of the March on Washington for Gun Control....

Debate on issues surrounding low-income New Yorkers

On Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m., mayoral candidates will gather at First Corinthian Baptist...

Mayoral candidate Quinn proposes reduction in fines for street vendors

This week, the City Council will vote on a bill that would lower the penalty...

Women push Quinn to allow a vote on sick leave

There is a new push to persuade City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to allow a...

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Beyonce and Jay Z guns for concert tickets

Last August, legendary singer, songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte criticized power couple Jay-Z...

'Stand Your Ground': Are Blacks the target?

A fatal shooting in November of another young, Black unarmed male at the hands of...

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Christopher Dorner presumed dead

After evading capture for almost a week during a massive manhunt by law enforcement agents...

Will Governor Scott talk about the new Stand Your Ground debacle?

On Dec. 2, a grieving family and friends came together at Trinity Chapel in Powder...

Wednesday, February 27

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Raheem DeVaughn: New Music and Not Afraid of Hot Topics

As the title of Raheem DeVaughn's new single, "Love Connection" suggests he just wants to...

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South African medical students face deportation over strike

Feb. 26 (GIN) - South Africa's Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, has called for the deportation...

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African medicinal tea at risk of 'patent' by French company

Feb. 26 (GIN) - It's been called "the new pomegranate juice" blessed with antioxidants and...

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Gender debate takes back seat while 'blade runner' tops page one

Feb. 26 (GIN) - As the international press corps spins rafts of copy on accused...

Monday, February 25

College for inmates: A nationwide push

New numbers from a recent report show that young Black males are six times more...

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First Black nurse in Army Nurse Corps honored, anniversary celebrated

Army ROTC and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health helped to celebrate...

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Passion of the pork

A couple of Sundays back, I had the pleasure of attending Cochon 555 at Chelsea...

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About Us

A $10 Investment 95 years ago turned the Amsterdam News into one of New York's...

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Emerging elegance for Fashion Week

Now in its fifth season, Emerge is positioned as an eclectic ensemble of artists with...

Friday, February 22

Catholics urge Cardinal Mahony to "Stay home" during Papal Conclave next month

On February 28th, Pope Benedict XVI will officially resign from his position. Almost immediately, cardinals...

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MTA raises fares, again

According to a TransitChek e-mail alert, as of March 1, 2013, the board of New...

Thursday, February 21

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As Bloomberg leaves, stop-and-frisk should too

Michael R. Bloomberg recently traveled to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to offer his final...

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Report: Dorner allegedly committed suicide

Medical examiners released a report on Feb. 14 confirming that the charred body pulled from...

Donald Byrd, maven of jazz, hard bop and beyond, dies at 80

Donald Bryd, a trumpeter, composer and educator who took the jazz tradition on an exciting...

France kills hundreds of indigenous Malians during invasion

Reportedly, French-led troops invaded and seized Timbuktu and the city of Gao and some surrounding...

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Rangel aims to bring back draft, include women

A bill introduced in Congress would not only bring back the draft but also make...

Bill introduced changes rules on sexual assault in military

New legislation has been introduced that could bring sweeping changes to how sexual assault is...

Grenadians kick out divided government

As was the case in 1999 when it was in government, Keith Mitchell's New National...

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Can you reduce your hide with the Electric Slide?

The Electric Slide will reduce your hide (backside) if, and only if, you do it...

ADHD on the rise in minority children

The number of African-American and Latino children diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increased at...

School bus drivers call off strike

During New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's final State of the City address, he said...

Unions endorse borough president candidates

Standing on the steps of City Hall on Monday, surrounded by several hundred supporters, United...

Happy Chinese New Year

OMG. Gong Xi Fa Cai. Did I forget to say happy Chinese New Year? Quel...

Still going strong, Black Power couple Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson revisit NYC

Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson, committed lifelong activists and educators, were in town last Saturday to...

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A heart-to-heart talk with Roxanne Watson

Using her own personal experience, Roxanne Watson advocates the need for more people of color...

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We, the public

President Barack Obama's State of the Union was, to my pleasant surprise, not partisan vitriol,...

The fierce urgency of now A nation's need to protect its youth

The alleged alcohol-fueled rape of a 16-year-old Ohio girl by two of her similarly impaired...

The Ides of March are upon us

Remember the so-called fiscal cliff we narrowly avoided a few weeks ago? Well, folks, looming...

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The 'African-American' vs. 'Black' debate rages on

On Feb. 1, Tyler the Creator, a rapper and record producer infamous for his outrageousness,...

Obamacare: Under the microscope at 'New York 2013 & Beyond'

President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," is a...

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Burns and Santana speak on 'Central Park Five'

Many New Yorkers would like to forget the spring of 1989, but a new documentary...

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'Central Park Five' film brings old feelings back to the surface

At the beginning of "The Central Park Five," a new documentary film by Ken Burns,...

Wednesday, February 20

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Nambians find racism in sports illustrated swimsuit issue

Feb. 19 (GIN) - The much-awaited swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated magazine has waded into...

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Obama taps democrat party activist as envoy to south africa

Feb. 19 (GIN) - Patrick Gaspard, a campaign operative for Pres. Obama, former union chief...

Blade runner shooting may hear up anti-gun debate

Feb. 19 (GIN) - With all eyes on the tragedy of a woman's life lost...

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Black consciousness roots in new party seeking to oust ANC

Feb. 19 (GIN) - On the heels of a State of the Union address by...

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New 'Harlem shake' viral video dance craze decoded

Color lines reports: Depending on if you've accessed the internet in the past week, you...

Nelson Mandela's granddaughters air reality show "Being Mandela"

Nelson Mandela is a South African revolutionary and politician who served 27 years in prison...

Friday, February 15

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Harlem Restaurant & Retail Month begins

Don't despair if you didn't make it out of Harlem for New York City's Restaurant...

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City fixes misspelling of Thelonious Monk's street sign

Recently, the street sign near the cul-de-sac on West 63rd street also known as Thelonious...

Jessica Previlon brought NYC talent to Stony Brook

"I love New York City ballers. We know how to ball. There's a lot of...

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The 106th Millrose Games get the gun at the Armory

The Millrose Games, the world's greatest indoor track and field meet, continues its legendary place...

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Black Fives Foundation reunites families of long-ago basketball league

While the San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker were putting a 102-88 whipping on the...

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Product Of My Environment The Short Film Premiere

From 1972 to 1983 there was a total of 225,020 murders, countless numbers of children...

Knicks positioned for a deep playoff run at the All-Star break

The annual NBA All-Star break arrived for the Knicks last night (Wednesday) following their 50th...

Charles Williams Passes

SUNRISE: May 13, 1928, SUNSET: Feb. 8, 2013 The memorial service for the late Charles...

Pioneering Rep. Cardiss Collins dead at 81

Groundbreaking Rep. Cardiss Collins, the first African-American congresswoman from Illinois, died last Sunday of complications...

Got 'til it's gone

A very happy and loving Valentine's Day to you and yours! I hope you made...

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Travels To Washington, D.C.

Well, the election and inauguration are over, and Barack Obama is president for the next...

Thursday, February 14

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David Tlale's dynamic designs hit Lincoln Center

Since he launched his brand nine years ago, South African native David Tlale has showcased...

Custo Barcelona puts together a chic combo

For fall/winter 2013-2014, Custo Barcelona's collection combines a bionic aesthetic with sport and feminine inspiration...

Jamaica continues decades-long relationship with IMF

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and Finance and Planning Minister Peter Phillips took to Jamaican airwaves...

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St. Croix hosts two festivals this weekend

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Feb. 14)--St. Croix will be swinging this weekend as it hosts the...

PBS doc depicts Whitney Young as civil rights' unsung hero

Practical, measured, patient and policy-oriented. Whitney Young was an anomaly of what the common pop...

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'Django' comic fast becoming collector's item

Vertigo Comics was bowled over with charm when award-winning director Quentin Tarantino presented his bold...

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HBO doc shows Beyonce not satisfied with her 'Dream'

The presidential inauguration. The Super Bowl halftime show. Blue Ivy. Beyonce Knowles-the person, the entertainer,...

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham City Jail, Part 3

Today's lesson continues the review, discussion and analysis of Dr. King's famous letter. Letter From...

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Dr. Martin Luther King's 'Letter From a Birmingham Jail'

Today's lesson takes a look at one of the world's most famous pieces of correspondence:...

Let's work together to solve the homeless issue

As the director of a 200-bed homeless men's shelter, I deal with the homeless of...

President Franklin D. Roosevelt to A. Phillip Randolph: 'Make Me Do It!'

Having decided to work on Jan. 21, the day designated to celebrate the birthday Dr....

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A beloved daughter Essie Mae Washington-Williams

People die, but the truth lives and breathes freely on its own. We now mourn...

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Housing policy that works for everyday New Yorkers

Middle-class and low-income New Yorkers--particularly from Black and Latino communities--continue to leave our city in...

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Gun-weary Chicago urges Obama to 'come home'

In a torrid time when illegal handguns and the misguided individuals who wield them are...

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Benedict XVI's resignation may lead to the appointment of a Black Pope

Will there be white smoke for a Black pope? On Monday, Feb. 11, Pope Benedict...

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NY Public Housing Threatened by Privatization

Not even New York City public housing is safe from private developers. According to a...

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Children eulogizing children: Teen murdered for a jacket

They killed him for his jacket. Raphael Ward, a popular 16-year-old whose family now has...

Manhattan Borough President candidate Julie Menin talks lessons learned from Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy still fresh in the eyes of many New Yorkers who are suffering...

Unlock your greatness

The Harlem Business Alliance wants you to "Get Uncomfortable: Four Weeks to Get Your PR...

School bus drivers strike continues, but talks begin

School bus drivers around New York City are still on strike and talks with the...

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The Summer Music Festival brought out the big guns

The mark of a true professional is that they go all out at all times....

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Low-wage workers let their voice be heard

The past week has seen an increased vocal presence for a group that's highly discussed...

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Community hails Transitions Foundation clothing giveaway

People from all over central Brooklyn went to a big clothing distribution event held by...

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BP Markowitz welcomes new Youth Poet Laureate Ashley August

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz welcomed New York City's new Youth...

Studio Museum bonanza

The much-anticipated annual Studio Museum gala recently took place and, more than ever, it lived...

'We must be partners in progress,' says Obama

Putting Americans to work and reigniting the nation's doddering economy were at the heart of...

Wednesday, February 13

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City cop expresses dislike for NYCLU stop-and-frisk app

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) released their Stop and Frisk Watch app for...

Blind singers from Mali receive major music prize

Feb. 12 (GIN) - The blind musical couple Amadou and Mariam from the embattled nation...

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Meltdown in Mali as troops clash among themselves

Feb. 12 (GIN) - Divided loyalties among troops have created the sad fact of Malian...

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Eight Kenyan hopefuls turn up election hear in first-ever American Style debate

Feb. 12 (GIN) - Eight contenders for the Kenyan presidency took off the gloves and...

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Grassroots groups react to Obama's re-election

As the country marked the start of President Barack Obama's second term on Monday, a...

Community: 'Obama, can you hear us now?'

Thirty-degree weather notwithstanding, a million people stood on the Mall in front of the Capitol...

Rapper Lupe Fiasco puts on bizarre show at inaugural event

Grammy Award-nominee Lupe Fiasco was asked to leave the stage of an inauguration event Jan....

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First lady Michelle Obama dazzles on Inauguration Day

They may be afraid to admit it openly, but many Americans who tuned in to...

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Day of Service brings out the best in Americans

Thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Saturday to participate in volunteer activities...

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1199 members share joy of inauguration

Members from what Martin Luther King Jr. called his favorite union traveled to Washington, D.C.,...

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Posting from the Mall: Shift in scene at inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C.--An estimated 800,000 to 1 million people packed the National Mall outside the U.S....

Groups push for Walmart to cease gun sales

As the conversation about gun control in America continues, Walmart is now the target of...

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UFT and City Hall bicker over evaluation fallout

It's been a week since negotiations over the new teacher evaluation system fell through, but...

Teen talk and girl power

As the calendar year changes, along come new challenges and promises to oneself. These self-affirmed...

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15th annual Interfaith Observance for Religious and Racial Harmony

The New York Metropolitan Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolence held its 15th annual...

Stars ready for Dara tribute

Olu Dara's eclectic music is as varied as the all-star cast of friends and musicians...

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Tribute to Olu Dara, his life and times

It was six years ago at the Jazz Museum in Harlem that many of Olu...

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BeBe Winans pens book on Whitney

In a new book, BeBe Winans says Bobby Brown should not be blamed for ex-wife...

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Art show raises money to help Haiti

From Here to Haiti hosted its fourth annual art show fundraiser on a recent weekend,...

Keith Sweat wants to help readers make love last forever

Singer-songwriter and syndicated radio host, Keith Sweat doesn't just sing about love, he now writes...

Tuesday, February 12

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A celebration of Black womanliness in Brooklyn

On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Brooklyn Museum hosted a roundtable discussion about the use, misuse...

Memorializing American slavery

This Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, there will be a symposium commemorating the 150th anniversary of...

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Walk the Talk

Many folks talk the walk, rather than walk the talk. There's a great difference in...

Woman at the forefront in fight against HIV/AIDS

As the highest-ranking African-American senior executive at technology industry giant Orasure Technologies, Debra Fraser-Howze is...

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Former Mayor Ed Koch dead at 88

"How'm I doing?" was often the first greeting out of Ed Koch's seemingly unstoppable mouth,...

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Live, love and laugh

An avalanche of emotions floods the spirit when the news of the unexpected passing of...

Monday, February 11

National Parks Group Supports Legislation to Honor Harriet Tubman

In an effort to diversify the National Park System, the National Parks Groups are supporting...

Friday, February 8

'Ban the Weapons' Expresses Rapper Lil B's Anti-Gun Stance

Lil B, nicknamed "The BasedGod" joins other artists such as Stevie Wonder, RZA, and Nas...

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Zead Ramadan announces City Council run

After years of serving on the Community Board, uptown business owner Zead Ramadan has his...

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Big night for Kerry Washington at Image Awards

Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis carried one of her signature puppy purses to the...

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Little Miss African-American Scholarship Pageant goes national

Late-night host Jay Leno has a larger-than-life personality and a heart that beats, sweetly, to...

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Black Opal loves your colorful face

Frank Guyton is the artistic director and brand ambassador for the Black Opal cosmetic line,...

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Thousands attend service for former Mayor Ed Koch

Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue is the largest synagogue in the world, and it needed...

The real legacy: 'Koch must resign or be removed'

Edward I. Koch, the three-term mayor of New York City, passed last week at age...

Kenny, get your gun, and other musings

On a recent evening, my 7-year-old asked if I knew what "metacognition" meant. I smiled,...

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Longtime attorney runs for City Council

After years of serving as an attorney and community activist, Neville Mitchell says he's ready...

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Mother calls for action for slain son

Saturday, Feb. 2 marked one year since New York Police Department Officer Richard Haste kicked...

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Community comes together to protest for Ramarley Graham

"No warrant, no entry! No justice, no peace, no racist police!" were the chants that...

Brooklyn vigil held for Shantel Davis

Family members and other supporters of recent NYPD terrorism victim Shantel Davis convened on the...

Medgar Evers town hall

Outraged students, teachers and community members met in the basement of the Ft. Greene Senior...

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NAACP Taking Submissions for 'Unsung Heroes' Campaign

It's Black history month: one month out of the year when we take the time...

Thursday, February 7

Exhibition investigates aesthetics, belief in African-American art

The remarkable wealth and breadth of African-American artists' interpretations of Biblical stories and traditions in...

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Jamaica Jazz and Blues Fest gives fans a mixed bag

The second night of the recently concluded Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival at Trelawny Stadium,...

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Nas rocks Times Square for Hennessy partnership concert

Rapper Nas has been named the new brand ambassador of Hennessy. He will also be...

Sylvia Rhone partners with Epic Records on new label

When we think of female powerhouses in the music industry, we often think of the...

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This Little Piggy

The year 2013 marks a culinary milestone: The fifth anniversary of Cochon 555, a one-of-a-kind...

Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council kicks off anti-obesity program in Harlem

On Jan. 23, City Councilwoman Inez E. Dickens and a host of community partners joined...

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It's time to put the spotlight back on America's voting crisis

On the night President Barack Obama gave his victory speech after the November election, he...

Sen. Shirley Huntley pleads guilty to theft

Disgraced ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley, the former Queens Democrat, pleaded guilty to stealing more than...

Black History Month at Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg held his annual Black History Month celebration at Emigrant Industrial...

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McDonald's unveils Black media legends poster

Legendary WNBC 4 lead anchor Sue Simmons and CNN anchor Don Lemon are among the...

Bent on Learning

Here's one for you. Bent on Learning's Inspire! Gala, held at Christie's, finally took place...

Unions and the mayoral seat

With the election for New York City mayor taking place this year, unions are looking...

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Raising minimum wage will shape New York's economic future

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2013-14 state budget includes a bill that would substantially...

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Fundamental transformation

Book 15 of Ovid's "Metamorphoses" contains a little synopsis of his epic, and of his...

Jesse Jackson hosts annual Wall Street Summit

Continuing Dr. Martin Luther King's movement for economic justice was the focus of the Rev....

Eight HFR designers show at the Apollo

Harlem's Fashion Row (HFR) kicks off New York's Fashion Week with eight designers for their...

Two elections two days apart

Voters in two not-so-politically insignificant nations of the Caribbean trade bloc will go to the...

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Grammy star R. Kelly set for St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival

NEW YORK (Feb. 7)-A leading Caribbean music festival has a new name and a new...

Wednesday, February 6

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I've got to have it: Travel necessities from Ebony Escapes!

Once again, I have been giving my body over to science to try out and...

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South African Farmworkers, ending strikes, to get new minimum wage

Feb. 5 (GIN) - The South African government has begrudgingly agreed to raise up the...

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Grant to re-start farm production in Somalia seeks help from the diaspora

Feb. 5 (GIN) - Efforts to rebuild Somalia may get a boost from the International...

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Jailed Moroccan rapper a symbol for stalled 'Arab Spring'

Feb. 5 (GIN) - Despite the adoption of a progressive new constitution and the election...

New book reignites debate over Zimbabwe land reform

Feb. 5 (GIN) - Authors of a new book, Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land, have...

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Jeffrey Osborne Reinvents Himself After 30 Years of R&B Music

It's taken singer-songwriter, Jeffrey Osborne 30 years to finally release the album he's always wanted...

Sunday, February 3

Excel online jobs (komi)

Earn Online by Part Time Working, EXCEL ONLINE JOBS offers Online Ad Linking, Online Data...

Saturday, February 2

Nurses set to march at G-8 summit in May

National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of nurses in America, announced...

Friday, February 1

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Talking SCHOP! What is in a name?

What IS in a name? Expecting parents spend months--if not years--debating and deciding with what...

A government as good as its people

In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined an agenda intended...

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To my father on the 80th anniversary of his birth

Dear Dad, Happy Birthday! You would have been 80 years old today, Jan. 23. So...

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Ban assault weapons, launch an assault on poverty

By COUNCILMAN CHARLES BARRON My heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to the 20 precious...

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Malcolm X Committee and 1199 SEIU hosts political prisoners dinner

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and 1199 SEIU activists hosted the...

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Baptist ministers honor Dr. King

Convent Avenue Baptist Church was the host church for the original annual Dr. Martin Luther...

A death at Rikers spurs advocates to call for justice

Early last Monday, advocates and community members began the week with a rally at 1...

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At last, movement on immigration

In the aftermath of the presidential campaign, there has been a great deal of public...

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Membership falls at unions

A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the percentage of union...

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Changing face of equality is born of tireless effort

We are a nation founded on the principle that "all men are created equal." When...

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Tia Norfleet is NASCAR's first licensed African-American female driver

Tia Norfleet has become the first African-American female driver to be licensed by NASCAR. A...

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Natasha Hastings is sprinting to the indoor track season

Before lighting up the track at the upcoming Millrose Games on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at...

Lopez, Howard, Lakers and Nets: The drama continues

Talk of trading Brook Lopez to the Los Angeles Lakers for Dwight Howard won't die...

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Torrey Smith playing with a heavy heart in the big game

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith still plays with a heavy heart. The big-play wideout's...