Stories for July 2013

Wednesday, July 31

Academy of Motion Pictures announces new, Black, female president

In the midst of an ongoing debate about the lack of minority representation in mainstream media, a monumental appointment at a powerful film institution broadens the sliver of hope for change.

Tuesday, July 30

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Harlemites welcome Joe’s Crab Shack to neighborhood

Joe’s Crab Shack opened its first location in New York City on 125th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard today, and with a live DJ and a large crowd, its presence was made known to Harlemites.

Monday, July 29

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Lots to Love in Madison

This has been a great sojourn in and around Madison, Wis., where there’s lots to love.

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Letter No. 37: Immigration reform now!

Now that John Boehner has made it very clear immigration is not a top priority of his speakership, it is time to show real leadership on this issue and make sure 2013 does not end without comprehensive immigration reform or at least help for the 11-plus million hard-working, undocumented migrants who help keep the wheels of America’s economy turning.

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Classical Theatre of Harlem stages Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer’ final performance on July 30

William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," produced the Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) and Producing Artistic Director Ty Jones, will have its final performance on Tuesday, July 30 in Marcus Garvey Park.

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Jazz Notes: Multi-instrumentalist and jazz activist Carline Ray dies at 88

Carline Ray, a multi-instrumentalist known primarily for her bass playing and as an outspoken activist for the increased recognition for women in jazz, died on July 18 at the Isabella House Nursing Home in Manhattan, according to a statement from her publicist.

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Sonia Sanchez, the Rev. James Forbes spark Harlem Book Fair

It wasn’t a full house at the Harlem Book Fair’s Phillis Wheatley Book Awards last Friday at the Schomburg Center, and only half of the winners attended, but poet-activist Sonia Sanchez was there and she was worth the time and the ticket.

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Fast food workers walk off the job, protest for higher wage

New York City fast food employees started walking out of their respective businesses today as part of a national day-long protest in favor of a living wage and the right to form a union.

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Ashton Springer, first major Black producer on B’Way, dies at 82

Ashton Springer’s determination as a producer was evident at the very start of his career when he was given a copy of Charles Gordone’s play “No Place to Be Somebody.” It took him years to mount a production, and when it finally appeared in 1969, it made Springer a “somebody” to be reckoned with. Springer, 82, died Monday in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The cause was pneumonia, according to his son Caz.

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Trailblazing journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92

President Barack Obama can be thankful that Helen Thomas was well past her prime and spunkiness by the time he took up residence in the White House and fielded questions from the press.

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Coach Kidd and his Nets will need a quick start

Now that the Nets have completed their offseason reload, it’s time to get to work.

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Golf legend and pioneer Renee Powell honored

The Original Tee Golf Classic (OTGC), the premier celebrity amateur golf tournament lauded by diverse industry leaders and legends, celebrated a great milestone.

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Justice or Just us? Nationwide rallies for Trayvon Martin

Thousands of protesters rallied in over 100 cities across the nation on Saturday with a singular mission: to keep the memory of Trayvon Martin alive and to bring some semblance of justice to his tragic death. Simultaneously, as the George Zimmerman verdict came in, the “Justice for Trayvon Martin” call went out. Following the lead of legendary artist Stevie Wonder last week, a bunch of performers have announced that they too are going to be supporting the Florida boycott.

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Profile on, NYPD: Bloomberg does inevitable

You knew it was coming, but many New Yorkers were still left disappointed. On July 23, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the Community Safety Act (aka the “anti-racial profiling, anti-stop-and-frisk” and “inspector general” bills). Politicians and activists alike had something to say about the veto and what it meant to citizens in the five boroughs.

Zimbabwe elections: ZANU-PF wants 100 percent indigenous control of resources

As President Robert Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African Nation Union (ZANU-PF) party faces off with Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe's presidential election on July 31, Mugabe and ZANU-PF call for Zimbabweans to assume 100 percent control of the country's natural resources.

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Harlem church screens films to bridge gap between gentrification and education

It was the good ol’ times all over again Monday night at AME Zion Church on the Hill.

Interfaith Medical Center is gasping for air

Interfaith Medical Center is fighting to stay open. Community residents, local politicians and unions have been fighting for weeks to keep the doors open.

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East New York celebrates a gunshot-free year

An elated crowd released 363 green, orange and white balloons into the sky above East New York’s Van Siclen Avenue and Linden Boulevard on Sunday evening.

Success Academy plans to fight audit in court

Charter school maven Eve Moskowitz, best known as the head of Success Academy Charter Schools, is trying to block state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's officer from performing an audit on her charter school kingdom, stating that it's unconstitutional.

Sean Bell Center needs help

Administrators at the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center are still trying to make ends meet to prevent the center's doors from closing.

Bloomberg sues comptroller John Liu to create two homeless shelter

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Department of Homeless Services are suing New York City Comptroller John Liu for rejecting two contracts to open two homeless shelters in the South Bronx and the Upper West Side in Manhattan.

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Trey Whitfield Foundation honors young achievers

Trey Whitfield wore No. 34 on his basketball jersey. He was a young man who loved the game.

New report finds 'boogie down Bronx' is coming up

New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released a new report showing that the economic and social conditions in the Bronx are improving.

True South Brooks owner has aneurysm

Monroe Brown, beloved owner of True South Books, suffered an aneurysm shortly after the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict came in.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! With the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict still a hot topic of outrage in the national conversation, renowned comedian, civil rights activist and author Dick Gregory brings his brilliant insight and analysis to New York on Saturday, July 27.

UFT sues over co-located charter schools

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education on July 18 for making plans to allow charter schools to share space in traditional public schools after the Bloomberg administration leaves office. The UFT argues that the plan to allow charter schools to co-locate in the 2014-2015 school years after Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office is "premature" and "contravenes the mandate and intention of Education Law Article 52-A."

Detroit hits bottom

In the annals of Detroit’s history, the city is distinguished in so many glorious ways, and even some inglorious. On Thursday, the Motor City officially tanked when the emergency financial manager filed for bankruptcy.

NYC alliance to preserve public housing outlines recommendations

The NYC Alliance to Preserve Public Housing, a coalition of housing and New York City resident advocates, sent a letter to the New York City Housing Authority to denounce the Housing Authority's proposals in its fiscal year 2014 draft annual plan. Some of the proposals the NYC Alliance wants to stop include plans to lease land to developers on New York City Housing Authority property and cutting Section 8 vouchers. The group called on concerned individuals to contact the Housing Authority before the July 24 deadline on public comments.

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The wrath of Christie deters Republicans on same-sex marriage

On the heels of the significant Supreme Court ruling a few weeks ago week that defiled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Democratic state Senate President Steven Sweeney accused Gov. Chris Christie of throwing his weight around and intimidating state legislators when it comes to voting for same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Christie vetoed a same-sex marriage bill last year.

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'Girl Most Likely': A comedic flop

If you're looking for a smart, clever, knee-slapping comedy about a woman who loses everything and has to move back home with her crazy family, then "Girl Most Likely" is the wrong movie for you.

Violence continues to soar in Trenton

The keg has exploded in Trenton.

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Weiner vows to stay in race amid new scandal

When you perform a Google search on Anthony Weiner, there is no mistake that a picture of his bear chest is one of the first things you'll see. However, that search could also lead to your seeing unwanted, X-rated content as more of his sexual online activity is being revealed.

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Sharon Content: Shedding light on an issue kept in the dark

Black New Yorker

How many people get to say that they have a job that leaves them totally fulfilled each and every day—a job that allows them to make a difference in the lives of many? Sharon Content is living this dream as the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Children of Promise.

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Tap, tap, turn with family

It’s true, food brings people to together. A holiday, a birthday or just a weekly dinner at a table together can be transformative, and mostly without any verbal cues. Just the shared experience of enjoying that annual glazed ham or mom’s fried chicken says, “Thanks for coming,” and “It’s great to see you.”

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From the right, nonstop bitterness toward Obama

There is nothing more American than the healthy exchange of issues, a full-throated public discourse on the topics of the day characterized by vigorous and even heated debate. It is at the core of what makes a democracy work.

U.S. Pushes 'secret war' in Somalia while oil companies fish for the gold

July 23 (GIN) – In a good week, reports from the Horn of Africa couldn’t be more upbeat. “Somalia is a good news story for the region—for the region, for the international community, but most especially, for the people of Somalia itself,” declared Johnnie Carson, U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs last October.

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Obama appeals to the ‘better angels of our nature’

Sensing or informed he had not said enough about the verdict that exonerated George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama called a special press conference on Friday to “talk a little about context and how people responded to it and how people are feeling,” he said near his opening remarks.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

The Harlem Cultural Archives (HCA) Historical Society hosted an award ceremony inducting the first inductees into the Riverton Alumni Ring of Gold. These 27 members of the Riverton family were recognized for their numerous contributions to the Harlem community. Those present to accept their awards included Mayor David N. Dinkins, Constance Wright (mother of Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright), Tuskegee Airman Wilfred DeFour and New York Knicks legend Cal Ramsey. Assemblyman Wright accepted the award for his father, Judge Bruce McMarion Wright.

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Miami SWIM 2014 resort shows are on!

At the SWIM 2014 resort shows in Miami, the looks are sleek, sexy and sharp!

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Major political test for Trinidad government

Next Monday, electors in a key governing party stronghold in central Trinidad will vote to fill a parliamentary seat left vacant by the resignation of former National Security Minister Austin Jack Warner. While this is no general election, critics say the poll serve as a key litmus test on the performance of the corruption-tainted governing People’s Partnership (PP) coalition midway into its five-year term.

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Black Ivies unite for first annual gala

Not even the onset of a citywide heat wave was enough to prevent a well-coiffed crowd from attending the first annual Black Ivy Alumni League Fundraising Gala on July 17. Over 400 degree-holders from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania gathered at the Carlton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for a swanky evening of dancing and mingling over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

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Brooklyn homecoming for Kevin, Paul and Jason

They couldn’t stop grinning. And the love kept coming from a huge crowd viewing the press conference from the plaza at the main entrance of the Barclays Center on Atlantic Avenue.

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Malcolm Shabazz death; Mexico hunger strike protest

“We are not very clear why we were attacked, but in my judgment, I know that the pressure was on them heavily; so upon that they attack us,” wrote Lance George Brown in an email to this reporter. “Clearly they are covering up some truth around young Malcolm’s death.”

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Rap to the bladder

Just below the navel on your body is the area where the bladder lies internally. Tenderness in this area can often signal that a bladder infection may be in progress.

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Classic men’s shirts designed by Kevin Stewart

Shirting the issue of design, seasoned style director Kevin Stewart is launching a new shirt collection called Old School Shirt Makers New York.

AG catches fake employment agency in the act

While New Yorkers—and Americans in general—are still dealing with the job crisis, there are those who look to make a quick buck by taking advantage of those wanting to make an honest buck. Last week, two individuals were charged with doing just that.

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St. Luke’s hosts Breastfeeding Week

During the first week of August, the world will celebrate the beauty and benefits of breastfeeding, and so will St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

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Trayvon Martin’s murder and African sovereign rights in America

On July 19, six days after a questionable verdict by a jury of mostly white women who found George Zimmerman not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding this long-standing tragedy and legal travesty that simply consolidated our heteronomy in the United Stat

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Liberty search for identity and win

“We’re still figuring each other out, figuring out what kind of team we want to be, our identity,” said New York Liberty forward/center Plenette Pierson. “We’re young. We can’t use that as an excuse, but we’re still trying to find ourselves.”

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Living wage law is building a better New York

A little over three years ago, a coalition of community and labor activists, religious leaders and elected officials joined together with the RWDSU to announce the launch of the Living Wage NYC Campaign.

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Harlem Meer Festival’s 20th anniversary concert series

The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band (HBJB) performed at the Harlem Meer Performance Festival in Central Park to a mature swing dancer’s audience of swing dancers and enthusiasts.

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Rangel to be honored at event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice

On Saturday, July 27, Rep. Charles B. Rangel will be recognized for his service in the Korean War as President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Korean War Veterans Memorial to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice.

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New program aids relationship with cops and kids

On July 10, 850 police graduates and community members came to the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn—along with many senior officers of the NYPD—to see Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids Demonstration Workshop, directed by All Stars Project co-founder Dr. Lenora B. Fulani and starring six NYPD officers and six inner-city young people.

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Don King blasts International Olympic Committee

In the interests of the people, I totally reject the notion of pitting professional fighters against amateur fighters.

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US Virgin Islands ties knot with bridal market  

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (July 25)—The U.S. Virgin Islands has made major strides by strengthening the territory's position as a premier wedding destination in the Caribbean. Following its successful hosting of a recent four-day Bridal Symposium in St. Thomas, the Department of Tourism reported renewed interest in the destination from travel sellers who used destination updates and promotions to drive weddings to St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.

Wage theft protests in the Midwest

Last week, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus jumped in with fast-food and retail workers, clergy and community supporters in Milwaukee to speak out against wage theft and to tell Congress to focus on raising the minimum wage and bring better jobs to places in the Midwest.

Saturday, July 27

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Harlem Week Kicks Off This Sunday

This Sunday will kickoff the beginning of the 39th Annual Harlem Week, a month-long series of events to celebrate not only Harlem, but also all urban communities.

Thursday, July 25

Rangel to be honored at event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice

On Saturday, July 27, Rep. Charles B. Rangel will be recognized for his service in the Korean War as President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Korean War Veterans Memorial to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice.

Living wage law is building a better New York

A little over three years ago, a coalition of community and labor activists, religious leaders and elected officials joined together with the RWDSU to announce the launch of the Living Wage NYC Campaign.

Harlem Meer Festival’s 20th anniversary concert series

The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band (HBJB) performed at the Harlem Meer Performance Festival in Central Park to a mature swing dancer’s audience of swing dancers and enthusiasts.

March and Rally in Brooklyn: solidarity against hospital closures

On July 24 a march and rally was held in Brooklyn to bring attention to the healthcare crisis and the growing number of hospitals being threatened with closure and funding cuts in New York City.

Sean Bell Center needs help

Administrators at the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center are still trying to make ends meet to prevent the center's doors from closing. "We trying our best to keep the center open to the community," said Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell. “We have done fundraising and applied for grants, so we're just waiting to hear from them."

Wednesday, July 24

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U.S. pushes 'Secret War' in Somalia while oil companies for the gfishold

Jul. 23 (GIN) – In a good week, reports from the Horn of Africa couldn’t be more upbeat. “Somalia is a good news story for the region,” declared Johnnie Carson, U.S. ass’t secretary of state for African affairs last October, “for the region, for the international community, but most especially for the people of Somalia itself.”

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South Africa prepares for major confab of African journalists

Jul. 23 (GIN) - Under the theme, “Speaking Truth to Power? Media, Politics and Accountability”, a major media conference will bring together journalists, civil society activists and academics to discuss African media’s role in holding political authority accountable.

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Philly Soul Music Legends on Being Unsung

When you consider yourself to be unsung you learn to be grateful for every honor you receive. For The Legendary Intruders, one of those moments of appreciation occurred at last week’s Motown to Def Jam: Love Train gallery talk where two of their songs (“I’ll Always Love My Mama” and “Save the Children”) have served as inspiration for the works of visual artists, Beau McCall and Gregory Saint Amand. The Legendary Intruders which now consists of three members handpicked by the last performing original and founding member of the group, the late Fred Daugherty were in attendance to view the works and share their story before an intimate gathering of fans.

Tuesday, July 23

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Feeling stressed? Well, Ky-Mani Marley has a drink for you

With “One Love” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” Bob Marley created classic reggae songs that put many listeners into a state of relaxation. Now the Marley family is focused on providing a beverage to complement those tunes with the all-natural anti-energy/relaxation drink, Marley’s Mellow Mood. During a gallery visit to view Motown to Def Jam, Ky-Mani Marley shared his inspiration for serving as brand ambassador of the drink created in homage to his father.

Monday, July 22

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Anonymous whistleblower has Zimbabwe glued to social media

Jul. 16 (GIN) – Using social media, a whistleblower has been igniting a firestorm in Zimbabwe with seemingly accurate allegations of ruling party corruption as the country prepares for national polls.

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Genocide court losing its grip on Africa as defiance grows

Jul. 16 (GIN) – Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir’s recent trip to Nigeria made one thing perfectly clear. He would enjoy his trip in comfort, unperturbed by an arrest warrant by a Europe-based court that some believe targets Africans but overlooks equally atrocious crimes by the west.

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Right activist mourn torture killing in Cameroon by 'anti gay thugs'

Jul. 16 (GIN) - Friends discovered the body of prominent gay rights activist Eric Ohena Lembembe at his home in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, this week after he was unreachable for two days, according to a release by the group Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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African union commits to finding peaceful solution for Egypt

Jul. 16 (GIN) – Backing down from its heavy-handed punishment of Egypt after a military shake-up of government, the African Union is offering an olive branch. They're sending a high-level panel of African leaders to seek a solution to that country’s political and sectarian crisis.

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Trayvon Travesty

“You can kill a dog—Michael Vick—and go to jail … kill a Black man, and you walk. Brother Plaxico Burress: You can shoot yourself, and they’ll send you to jail … but kill a Black man, and [if] you’re white, you walk,” boomed Councilman Charles Barron. “Fifty bullets for Sean Bell, 41 for Amadou Diallo … they walked. Timothy Stansbury, going to a party on the rooftop, bullet in the heart … they walked. We got to come together and say to this system that there must be consequences when you take our lives; we’re not animals!”

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Battle for Interfaith Medical Center/Long Island College Hospital continues

With years of financial mismanagement leaving Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) in a state of crisis, the once-promising merger between IMC and Brooklyn Hospital that was intended to shore up IMC’s finances is in danger of being its demise.

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Alma Rangel honored

On Sunday, June 30, a ladies friendship brunch honoring Alma Rangel and her longtime service to the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links was held at the Lenox Terrace home of Valerie Kennedy Miller. Miller is a member of the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links and wife of NYC One Hundred Black Men President Fitzgerald Miller. Nissa Walton Booker was also honored for her service in the chapter and contributions to the Metro-Manhattan Chapter’s Young Achiever’s program, a college readiness and enrichment program that targets young African-American men in the Harlem community.

Bronx boilermakerswin WTC contract

A Black-owned business based in the Bronx was recently commissioned to customize diesel oil tanks for the new World Trade Center.

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The Zimmerman verdict represents a time to weep—and then to take action

SANDFORD, Fla. — Shawn Wood, the owner of a barbershop in the heart of the African-American community here, said that the verdict hit him with a force far heavier than he would have ever imagined.

Thursday, July 18

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Sean Bell’s and Ramarley Graham's Mothers Speak out on Zimmerman’s verdict

“When I heard the verdict I was lost for words. I couldn’t believe,” said Valarie Bell, mother of the late Sean Bell who was unharmed and killed at his bachelor party in South Jamaica, Queens by undercover NYPD officers in November of 2006. They fired fifty bullets at Bell, claiming that someone from his group had a fireharm. No gun was found and his police shooters were found not guilty of various charges including manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Bell’s mother said she couldn’t watch Zimmerman’s trial because it brought back too many memories of her son.

We must build our greatest strength: Diversity

“For a country regarded as the paramount leader in a multicultural world, the United States has yet to embrace its own diversity; continuing failure to do so will have profound consequences for governance.”

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Benoit-Swan Pouffer choreographs new Broadway show

After nearly 10 years, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the former artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, has taken on a new position as choreographer for “Soul Doctor,” which tells the tale of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, known as “Rabbi Rock Star of the ‘60s,” and his unlikely friendship with legendary jazz singer and composer Nina Simone.

Letter No. 36: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, On the same day when the New York magazine said, like most critics, that House Speaker John Boehner has spent his summer “punting” instead of choosing to pass historic legislation such as immigration reform, CNN’s Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” focused on the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.

New documentary about Trinidadian ‘Hero’

NEW YORK (July 18)—A documentary film inspired by the life of West Indian war hero, jurist and diplomat Ulric Cross is scheduled to be released next year by award-winning Caribbean filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon.

Jamaican athletic program upended

The exploits of sprinters Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the London 2012 Summer Olympics helped to ensure that the yellow, green and black flag of the small Caribbean island of a mere 2.8 million flew high and proud, as the Jamaican team ran away with most of the key sprint prizes, including the coveted 4x100 sprint relay.

Coping with Trayvon pain: 10 ways to heal

With the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin, we once again find ourselves mourning a young Black spirit taken from us far too soon. As survivors, we are charged with honoring Martin and the countless others we’ve lost by standing strong, supporting one another and taking time to consider both our individual well-being and the collective well-being of our community.

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Harvard launches fellowship program named after rapper, Nas

Nasir Jones, known by his rapper name Nas, recently had a HarvardUniversity fellowship named in his honor, according to a press release on the Def Jam website. The Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship will fund Harvard scholars and artists whose work show creative ability in the arts as it relates to hiphop.

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Put the Zimmerman case behind us, even if verdict was flawed

We the people should learn from the O.J. Simpson murder trial nearly 18 years ago and behave as civil Americans now that George Zimmerman has been set free in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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‘Fruitvale Station’ a powerful film

The recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 murder of unarmed African-American teen Trayvon Martin is another sad miscarriage of justice in a fragile system of checks and balances.

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‘Turbo’ takes moviegoers on a fun ride

This is a children’s adventure flick about a snail—yes, a snail. In this animated DreamWorks winner, Theo (aka “Turbo”) is the unlikely hero, and I fell in love with him and his impossible quest for fame.

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The Bun: Haute couture

When editors look at fashions on the runway, they look at hair, makeup, colors, hemlines, shoes, fabrics and the way the clothes are styled. In Paris, the focus of the hair for Yiqing Yin’s collection for Les Rives De Lunacy was the bun on the back of the head.

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BK street poets hold first open mic of season

Poetry, funk/soul music and colorful lights danced their way through the warehouse windows and out into the muggy, calm summer night at the Street Poets Den on 80 Vernon Ave. in Brooklyn on June 28 as the Street Poets NYC held their monthly open mic–the first one of the summer–which was a celebration of the event’s new home.

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On the Verge: Lauren Yee

The word “passion” is really the only word I can use to accurately describe my hunger to find new talent and new voices. Playwright Lauren Yee is one such talent.

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Chai’s high-fashioned fall looks

Richard Chai is known for his architectural designs. His Fashion Week show attracted a standing-room-only audience. He is best known for his architectural designs, hand-stitching details and modern, minimalist approach to style. His recent partnership with Target shows his versatility and allows his clothes to reach a larger audience.

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Book depicts Black Cuban experience in America

What’s beautiful about Evelio Grillo’s memoir, “Black Cuban, Black American” (Houston, Texas: Arte Publico Press, 2000), is the author’s vivid depiction of a striving, comforting and constantly threatened Black world. Grillo describes what African-American communities were like during the early part of the 20th century and what it was like to be a Black from Cuba in neighborhoods that were predominately African-American.

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‘Emancipation Proclamation—Forever Free,’ a new book by UMI, can help

The amount I know about my freedom and the U.S. Constitution, sadly, is very little. I know there is a Constitution, but the details on how it was shaped and the real reason why it is such an important part of my present and my future has eluded me until now.

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Art interprets music, ‘Blues People’ in Newark

Persons visiting the “Motown to Def Jam” art exhibit won’t be able to practice their dance steps, but they will see how 49 young artists have interpreted the music of these dynamic record labels through their artistic creativity.

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Madison delights and surprises

I hope you are enjoying this travel series on Madison, Wis. So far, we’ve delved into the city’s early history, explored African-American influences around the area and state, sailed around one of the city’s two stunning lakes, explored the comfortable suburb of Middleton, Wix., and enjoyed some amazing meals at two regional favorites.

‘Scandal’ heads to BET; Solange holds rally for Trayvon

According to reports, Halle Berry married fiancé Olivier Martinez on Saturday at Chateau Des Conde in Vallery, France. The ceremony took place in a small chåteau, where, in accordance with French law, a civil union was held at 4 p.m., followed by a religious ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel in the Village.

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Talking Schop! Change is good

There was someone great who once said, “The only guarantee in life is change.” And change can be great. You know, take a new way home, add a new spice to a dish you can make with your eyes closed or take a trip to somewhere you have never been. Yes, change can be bad too, but guess what? That can change.

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Commentary Trayvon, tragedy and travesty

Like many Americans, my sleep was troubled this weekend. It was troubled by the ghosts of past injustices, a feeling given fresh currency by a late-hour “not guilty” verdict given in Sanford, Fla., that freed George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager

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Community Calendar

Greetings! As the weather heats up, so do the politics across the nation in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial. During a concert on Sunday in Quebec City, Canada, my longtime friend, brother and creative partner the legendary Stevie Wonder announced he would not perform in Florida until the controversial Stand Your Ground laws are repealed throughout the country.

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Community Calendar July 18th

Greetings! As the weather heats up, so do the politics across the nation in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial. During a concert on Sunday in Quebec City, Canada, my longtime friend, brother and creative partner the legendary Stevie Wonder announced he would not perform in Florida until the controversial Stand Your Ground laws are repealed throughout the country.

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Reflections on a dead boy

Several years ago, a young boy named Cliff Glover was murdered in Southeast Queens. Unfortunately, the bullet that killed him was from a law enforcement officer. His death took place in the early morning hours when most young children were still in bed. I was still sleeping, but I was awakened by a phone call saying that this young man had been shot and killed. I immediately got in touch with the family to ensure that I and others from the community would be by their side and demand justice.

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Girl Scouts offer young NYC girls entrepreneurship opportunities

Starting this summer, the New Girl Scouts of the Greater New York’s Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI-NY), in partnership with Barnard College’s Athena Center, is giving a rare opportunity to 51 girls, grades nine to 12, from low-income communities to develop socially responsible business ideas and have them evaluated by some of New York’s brightest women entrepreneurs.

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Former VP of Urban League Betty Phillips Adams passes

Betty Phillips Adams, former vice president of the National Urban League and former president of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, died suddenly on July 5. The cause was a heart attack.

Father of Brooklyn council member passes

The father of City Council Member Jumaane Williams, Dr. Gregory Alistair Williams, recently passed away. He is best remembered as a celebrated medical doctor, sportsman, church pastor and Bible scholar. He was 72.

Suicide rates among boomers increases

It’s a sobering and grim statistic. The number of middle-aged Americans committing suicide increased by a staggering 50 to 60 percent, and more African-American men commit suicide than African-American women, according to an in-depth analysis of a report released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Washington.

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Drug to treat HIV/AIDS side effect mired in lawsuit

A drug designed to prevent people living with the HIV virus from experiencing a common and potentially deadly side effect of HIV medications has hit a roadblock. It’s mired in litigation that could delay availability of the drug for months, according to information released last month by the Food and Drug Administration in Washington.

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Dynamic Talladega College murals arrive at NYU

Some of the most treasured artwork to come from a historically Black college is on display in the city. The celebrated murals are from the historically Black Talladega College in Alabama by artist Hale Woodruff and depict monumental moments in Black history.

Sterilization of Black women is nothing new

If the 11-hour filibuster over abortion rights in Texas counts as a step forward for women, the exposure of two California prisons that performed nearly 150 sterilizations on female inmates is a staggering lunge back.

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Usain Bolt wins in Paris

He recently ran a 19.73 200-meter at the Areva Diamond League Meet in Paris as a crowd of over 52,000 filled the stadium, most coming to watch the six-time Olympic champ do what he does best as the world’s premier sprinter.

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Finding justice for Trayvon: Protestors and activists move past anger to action

“Justice,” called one man walking up Broadway Sunday afternoon. “Justice!” screamed the crowd around him.

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Sanchez, Smith: A quarterback feud brewing?

Is Geno Smith refusing to join Mark Sanchez at his camp in California really a sign of disrespect or a rookie wanting to win the starting quarterback job? The fact is, many people thought Sanchez wouldn’t even be on the team at this point, but David Garrard’s abrupt departure from the team forced the Jets to change their plans.

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Hey, Victor Cruz: Think twice before tweeting

In just two years, Victor Cruz has evolved from being an obscure NFL hopeful to celebrity athlete. Now the New York Giants’ wide receiver must beware that he doesn’t become consumed and doomed by stardom.

Team USA wins All-Star Futures Game

MLB All-Star festivities and the U.S. Team that faced the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field demonstrated one of the most important tenets of this celebrated sport: pitching. The U.S. Team’s arsenal of impressive, young arms held the World Team (6-9) to a paltry three hits. Futures Game MVP Matt Davidson’s two-run, fourth-inning homer led his ball club (9-6) to a fourth consecutive win by a score of 4-2.

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The Home Run Derby and the Mid-Summer Classic were about highly heated match-ups

Throughout the All-Star Game festivities, the Big Apple was surely not the only locale that was scorching because of the unbearable weather conditions. Simply put, it was downright hot, hazy and, you guessed it, humid.

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Mariano Rivera named MVP

Finally, after a 49-year hiatus, the All-Star Game made its official return to Flushing, Queens. In front of a jubilant crowd of 45,186 fans—the largest crowd in Citi Field history—the American League provided the national and global audience a glimpse of the extraordinary pitching coming through the major leagues.

Thursday, July 11

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MLB All-Star Game returns to the Big Apple

From July 12 through July 16, the neon lights of this grandiose city will shine a little brighter as the Big Apple will once again host Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game extravaganza.

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Frank Budd honored at meet named in his honor

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — On a hot and sunny day in southern New Jersey, youngsters, their parents, meet officials, track and field aficionados, high school and college coaches, as well as sports journalist Elliott Denman (Asbury Park Press Record) and John Morton joined to honor a local Asbury Park High School track and field legend, Frank Budd. Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was the “Fastest Man in the World,” winning countless national AAU sprint events and setting a then-record 9.2 in the 100-meter in 1961. Local high school coach Ronald Lashley was on him like glue. So were all the others.

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Liberty holds on after squandering big lead

Bill Laimbeer could be seen squinting with a somewhat puzzled look on his face after his Liberty, up 19 points in the fourth, almost handed the game to Seattle. But under the leadership of Cappie Pondexter, whom Laimbeer moved to the point guard position for the first time this season, calmed her team down and led them to a 66-57 decision.

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J.R. is a still a Knick, but for how long?

The Knicks had to re-sign J.R. Smith, but they don’t have to keep him. The enigmatic reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year and the Knicks agreed on a four-year deal with a value slightly less than $25 million. The Freehold, N.J., native has a player option for the fourth year of the contract, meaning he could opt out and become a free agent following the 2015-2016 season.

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Can the big-name Nets produce a championship?

The best basketball team in New York is… Last season, the Nets made a bold push to try and overtake the Knicks, but a 14-14 start all but dashed those aspirations. Now the Nets, at least on paper, can lay claim to being the best team in New York. The addition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry and the re-signing of Andray Blatche gives the Nets every reason to think they can win the division. But most New York fans need to see before they will believe it.

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Wilkens leads class of Trey Whitfield honorees

Lenny Wilkens—the second all-time winningest coach in NBA history, with 1,332 wins over a coaching career that began with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1969—will lead a stellar class of 2013 adult honorees at the 21st annual Trey Whitfield Foundation Dinner. The event is set for Friday, July 19 at the El Caribe Country Club.

William H. Gray’s political legacy

Former Pennsylvania Rep. William Herbert Gray III passed away in England last week. An avid tennis fan, Gray was in England to attend Wimbledon. He collapsed while attending a match with his youngest son, Andrew. Gray was 71 years old.

For-profit school scams: New Yorkers are the victims

You’ve seen the ads on the train or on the bus. Normally, there is a young man or woman with an encouraging smile on their face and some caption explaining that they got an education or learned a trade and are now earning enough money to take care of their bills and provide for their family; they have achieved all of this with the help of some for-profit school or career-training program.

City Council joins chorus in passing crucial student loan resolutions

The City Council passed two resolutions to help local college students combat the rising costs of student loans. They are also calling on Congress to pass and President Barack Obama to sign the Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act, which would reduce the interest rate of federal subsidized Stafford student loans for one year from the current 3.4 percent to 0.75 percent.

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Annoyed with fibroids?

More hysterectomies are performed each year due to the growth of fibroids. The uterus has been defined as a organ in mammals that holds, protects and usually nourishes the young until birth.

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Talking SCHOP! Doin’ it on Dyckman

I hope you enjoyed a long, festive July 4 weekend wherever you were. Thankfully, I spent it in the city.

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Imhoteps guide to black events

Greetings! Our GBE Black Media Month sadly notes the passing of the beloved Kimati Dinizulu. Dinizulu brilliantly represented the legacy of his father, the late, acclaimed Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu in celebration of African culture and the “talking power” of the drum as the earliest of communication technologies. Our condolences to his family and followers on their great loss.

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Publicolor teaches students the power of hue

A classic Earth Wind & Fire song says that, “If there ain’t no beauty, you got to make some beauty.” What could be a more worthy place to make some beauty than in a school, a place of learning and social growth for our children? Dark, hostile school environments come alive with color, and children are reaping the benefits from the power of hue both in and out of the classrooms.

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‘Dalit’ sheds light on maligned Afro-Indian community

The third edition of V.T. Rajshekar’s “Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India” (Atlanta, Ga.: Clarity Press, 1997) remains an important book for those interested in understanding the length and breadth of the African diaspora.

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Harlem School of the Arts celebrates dance

Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) dance students took the stage in their annual end of the year concert in celebration of the dance department on June 13.

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Team Fearless celebrates hip-hop’s golden era

Team Fearless continues to play a pivotal role in ensuring that the early icons of hip-hop are acknowledged and remembered each year during their annual awards ceremony. The popularity of the Team Fearless Honors continues to grow without major sponsors; its buzz is based almost entirely on street promotions. Fans, supporters, b-girls and b-boys swarmed Mason Hall at Baruch College on June 22 to pay homage to some of hip-hop’s pioneers.

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‘It’s not just the game, it’s the pain of the game’

The contemporary documentary “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp” is an unique and uncomfortable glimpse into the world of Robert Beck, aka Iceberg Slim, a famous Chicago pimp of the 1930s and ’40s. His life was like a car wreck; you simply can’t look away.

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West uses controversy to critique Black community

It goes without saying that Kanye West is one of the most controversial rappers in the history of hip-hop. From his music to his sartorial choices, West takes pleasure in going against the grain, so it comes as no surprise that when he announced the title of his new album, “Yeezus,” controversy soon followed.

Caryl Churchill play gets serious about money

As PR consultant Dolcie Starr says in Caryl Churchill’s “Serious Money,” “There’s ugly greedy and sexy greedy,” and “Serious Money,” with all of its greed, is seductive in all the right ways. The Potomac Theatre Project brings Churchill’s play to life at the Atlantic Stage 2.

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Men’s grooming parlor in Harlem

From Broadway to Harlem, BBraxton’s salon is in full swing! For skin and hair care, this top shop gives men the star treatment! When it comes to grooming, men have come a long way with feeling comfortable in a grooming salon. It seems like men have always enjoyed a steam room at their gyms, especially after a vigorous workout. Dad used to always looked forward to his visits to the barber shop, where he often met his friends and enjoyed a laugh or two. He would always smell so nice when he came home. You could tell that he felt good too. Located on the street level at 1400 Fifth Ave. (off the corner of West 116 Street), BBraxton’s salon offers “exceptional grooming for exceptional men.” The shop is dedicated to attending to a man’s needs when it comes to his hair, nails, feet, hair and skin. They recently signed on to be the official groomer for the men in the cast of the Broadway hit “Motown: The Musical.” When you walk into BBraxton, you can relax immediately.

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Men’s suits take a short cut for summer

Tommy Hilfiger made a name for his brand 25 years ago, and during the early hip-hop days, he introduced street-style fashions for men. His colors were bold and bright. Clothes were loose-fitting and comfortable. He was a part of the revolution that helped to influence the way men actually thought about clothes. His stripes are bold, and yet, they function for modern men on the go this summer.

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Operation Backpack 2013 gets homeless school kids ready for school

Thousands of New York City schoolchildren living in homeless shelters will be able to start the school year with new backpacks and new grade-specific school supplies thanks to Operation Backpack.

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Jazzmobile Summerfest is rolling; Masekela and Willis

Jazzmobile–it’s that famous flatbed stage that makes live performances so accessible to neighborhoods throughout New York City. For music lovers, seeing the Jazzmobile roll into a neighborhood is the same enjoyment that kids relish when they see the Mister Softee truck rolling up.

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Wiz’s Wedding Bells

New parents Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose got married on July 8. The rapper announced on Twitter that they are now man and wife. “Me and Amber got married today. Wedding this fall. Thought I’d let y’all know,” Wiz tweeted. The happy couple welcomed a son, Sebastian, in February and applied for a marriage license in Los Angeles last week.

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Kelly Rowland finds musical voice on ‘Talk a Good Game’

Three albums and 10 years have led up to Kelly Rowland’s fourth studio album, “Talk a Good Game.” Despite her massive popularity overseas and moderate success in the U.S., the Destiny’s Child founding member has been met with ceaseless comparisons to her more iconic band member and friend, Beyoncé, so much so that a musical shadow—whether legitimate or conjured up by fans—has silenced Rowland’s fair chance at superstardom.

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‘Lone Ranger’ is a missed shot

You can take Johnny Depp out of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, but you can’t take the “Pirates” out of Johnny Depp—and apparently, the same goes for Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer, who teamed up to churn out “The Lone Ranger,” yet another Disney film that displays lazy and unimpressive filmmaking at its best.

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International hip-hop dance at the Apollo

It was a hip-hop dance takeover on June 13-16 at the legendary Apollo Theater, which partnered with Sadler’s Wells, the U.K.’s leading dance house, to present the U.S. premiere of Breakin’ Convention, an international hip-hop dance theater festival. This year also marked the 10-year anniversary of the festival, which brought hip-hop dance back to its roots in New York City, featuring 100 international dance artists and the Apollo’s first global festival on its legendary stage.

Trade bloc going after reparations money

After intense lobbying, pushing and prodding from one of the region’s most militant heads of government, Caribbean trade bloc leaders have finally agreed to make some key moves toward demanding payment from former European colonizers. Leaders hope to achieve reparations for the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, in which millions of Africans died and untold numbers of others were forced to work mostly on plantations without earning a single cent.

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Open letter No. 35: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S 744) is way too important to let it die in the House because John Boehner does not have the “cohones” to show real leadership. It is why you must get Vice President Joe Biden to rally everyone, much like he did during the fiscal cliff crisis and the debt ceiling crisis.

Failing our children

America’s public school system has largely become a disaster. Last week, a listener of my radio show told me how her son had recently graduated high school and gone to college. He quickly discovered he could not keep up with the coursework because he could only read at a sixth-grade level. This is not an uncommon occurrence. In fact, it is typical.

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Obama’s Dilemma: Sudan and Syria

President Barack Obama’s government has pursued a bizarre foreign policy regarding the liberation of people in ruthless regimes. In fact, the policy in regards to Africa appears outright wrongheaded in many respects. For example, the issues of Syria and Sudan are totally unequal in all respects and yet, the United States treats one, the Syria issue, with far more urgency than the issue of Sudan. One could almost say that the Obama administration has failed to see the extent of the death and destruction in Sudan, and at the same time, that it has shown an eagerness to engage the Syrian government.

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Blink Fitness opens first location in Harlem

Blink Fitness opened its doors to the Harlem community on June 21. The new location is one of 13 locations in the New York tristate area.

With Weiner and now Spitzer, a new campaign tone emerges

Election season in New York City is often utterly unpredictable. It is shaped by events that seem to come out of nowhere, altering, coloring and, at times, disrupting expectations of what the city’s campaign season will bring.

Fighting poverty in paradise: A tribute to Father Stan

NEW YORK (July 11)—This week, I’d like to pay tribute to an impressive Australian gentleman who helped shaped my destiny and affected the lives of millions of souls around the world. His name is Father Stanley William Hosie, a Marist priest, brilliant writer and founder of the development and humanitarian organization the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific—which later became Counterpart International—who departed us at the ripe age of 91 last month at his California apartment.

Fast Food Forward, the campaign of fast-food workers

Most people don’t take their French fries with a side of social justice. But the next time you enter a fast-food restaurant, take a second to think about the woman frying your fries or the man sweeping around your feet. They likely can’t afford the meal you just sat down to enjoy.

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Hospital closings spur rally in front of Cuomo’s office

Members of the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East joined with hundreds of health care workers from Brooklyn’s distressed hospitals as well as state and local elected officials to rally outside of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office. Together, they called for a moratorium on all hospital closures in Brooklyn. They’re also asking for a guarantee that they would have a voice in the future of their hospitals.

CUNY faculty protest hiring of David Petraeus

The union representing faculty and staff at the City University of New York is up in arms about CUNY’s recent move to hire a disgraced military man to teach.

The Homeless vs Obama

On Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, homeless New Yorkers and activists announced a lawsuit against Federal Housing and Finance Administration Acting Director Ed DeMarco and the Obama administration for illegally withholding funds from the National Housing Trust Fund, a fund created explicitly to support low-income, affordable rental housing.

Medgar Evers students speak out on Governance

Rudy Crew is ready to take over the helm at Medgar Evers College on Aug. 1, but the new administration finds itself caught in an uproar that continues to brew even during the summer recess. The Medgar Evers College Student Movement (CSOME) started a petition to bring national awareness to what they call an “attack on the cultural viability of the campus.”

Egypt’s other Rosetta Stone

If folks close to the chaos and turmoil in Egypt are not sure what to make of it—a suspension of democratic rights, political upheaval, a military coup, a looming civil war or an Arab Spring evolving into Arab Summer—what are we to make of things there, way up here in Harlem?

Joe Lhota holds court at Q&A

“I’m inextricably linked to the Giuliani administration,” said New York City Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota during an hour-long question and answer session at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Squadron says he’s the right man for public advocate gig

It’s a classic New York story. Extended relatives arrive on Ellis Island to begin a new life in a new country. They work and establish themselves so their children can reap the benefits. With the lessons passed down to future generations, the value of hard work and perseverance remains imperative from day one.

Councilmember propses legislation to combat ‘house clubs’

A recent shooting at a house party in East Flatbush has Council Member Jumaane Williams calling for new rules when it comes to large gatherings in residential neighborhoods and cracking down on “house clubs.”

NYCHA policies contested as elderly woman fights eviction

Blind, bed-ridden 80-year-old Marie Cothia is just weeks away from losing her NYCHA home of more than 15 years.

Violence and summer in the city

On an almost tropically hot Saturday, July 6, death visited a neighborhood basketball game at Marcy Houses in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. At approximately 6:30 p.m., while watching the game, 18-year-old Mario Lopez was shot and killed. Three other teens were also injured by flying bullets.

DC march calls for justice 50 years after MLK historic speech

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 Aug. 24 in the nation’s capital.

Race is the case: Trayvon Martin murder trial

As the highly publicized trial of the unprovoked murder of an unarmed 17-year-old Black male by a 28-year-old Latino-Caucasian Jewish neighborhood watchman continues in Sanford, Fla., many wonder if Trayvon Martin’s family will receive the justice they’ve sought for the past 17 months or if George Zimmerman will literally get away with murder.

Defying Obama Senegal and Ivory coast declare they are Anti-Gay

July 9 (GIN) – Despite a small but visible increase in public tolerance toward the gay community, African leaders continue to press for the criminalization of and, in a few cases, the death penalty for homosexuality.

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International African Arts Festival soars

For four days beginning on July 4, Brooklyn’s Commodore Park was once again the site of the historic International African Arts Festival (IAAF).

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Rangel brings veterans history project to Harlem

On June 24, Rep. Charles B. Rangel hosted dozens of veterans, including 92-year-old World War II veteran Rembert H. Brown, as they contributed their stories to the Veterans History Project—an initiative of the Library of Congress and American Folklife Center that collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans.

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Young people, Trayvon Martin is about you; ‘Love & Hip Hop’ is not

Next to “start date” and “pay day,” the next most important term for employees is “vacation.” Yeah … I’m on that! With the BET Awards over and done, kicking back for a few days on the West Side is on the agenda. The plan was to take the opportunity to decompress and do some little things that we take for granted. However, it didn’t quite work out that way.

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Vulnerable communities ignored in prez climate change proposal

Sweating under the summer heat, President Barack Obama announced that he will use his executive power to enact several policies that will prevent and reverse the effects of climate change.

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Ministering in post-racial America

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is making history at one of the city’s oldest churches. She is the first female and African-American senior minister of the Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The church, which started in the 1600s, is well-known for its diverse congregation and liberal, open views on allowing all to worship. Lewis has been head of the church for the past eight years.

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Chaos in Egypt continues

When President Barack Obama asked the Egyptian military to move quickly toward restoring democracy after it had forcibly removed the nation’s president and suspended the government on Wednesday, he clearly didn’t mean for them to use force

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Edo annual BBQ

“Welcome — Ob’okhian!” That was the greeting that hundreds of Nigerians heard as they descended upon Eisenhower Park in Long Island on Saturday, July 6. Members of the Edo Organization of New York, the Bini Club of New York and groups out of Benin participated in the 20th annual barbecue.

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Outrage over teacher firings by ‘racist’ principal

Standing on the corner of 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem on Monday morning, a young woman was collecting signatures for Anthony Weiner to get on the ballot for his mayoral bid. Not too far from her at a newsstand, a New York Times’ front-page story featured Eliot Spitzer’s announcement to run for city comptroller.

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Spitzer is back

Standing on the corner of 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem on Monday morning, a young woman was collecting signatures for Anthony Weiner to get on the ballot for his mayoral bid. Not too far from her at a newsstand, a New York Times’ front-page story featured Eliot Spitzer’s announcement to run for city comptroller.

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Communities rally to save troubled hospital

By next week, Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) may close. Hundreds of Brooklynites have taken to the streets to rally to save the valuable institution. They have even showed up outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Midtown office to demand that he intervene to stop the restructuring of the Brooklyn hospital.

Wednesday, July 10

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Martha Wash faces reality of aging in the music business

With over 30 years in the music business dance music diva, Martha Wash refuses to let age slow her down. But she isn’t opposed to letting life’s maturation process teach her a few financial lessons. On Friday July 19, Wash will appear at the Bronx Library Center for the Fame and Fortune series to share how getting older has made her more aware of the need to secure a sound financial future. It is a theme relevant for many maturing singers and musicians who were often financially exploited by record labels.

Tuesday, July 2

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African good will towards Obama in decline

Jun. 26 (GIN) – Although the image of a Black president in the United States still thrills many people worldwide, his absence from Africa has eroded some of the good will he once enjoyed.

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Will ANC leaders keep Mandela's promise or drift?

Jun. 25 (GIN) – Amid the torrent of nostalgic news features about South Africa’s first Black president, now ailing in the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, it has become impossible not to hear the anxieties of ordinary South Africans who fear the country’s new leaders will abandon the Mandela promise for economic prosperity derived from a racially equal society.

Vacationing into July

It’s hotter than July! That means the events, exhibits and more happening all around the country and beyond are turning up the heat as well. Here are just a few to get your hot summer on the move.

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A new taste at the New Taste

As a West Sider via Harlem, I love all that goes on, on the left side of Central Park, from the scenic Central Park West to the water views of Riverside Park. I have been stomping around there since I can remember and even lived on West 83rd for a couple of years. So I am always honored to cover the New Taste of the Upper West Side (@newtasteuws).

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Serena, Sloane advance at Wimbledon; Venus out

Serena Williams beat up on Mandy Minella of Luxemborg in her Wimbledon opener. Williams led some 15 American women into the main draw, the most since 2006. But as Williams advances, she will leave behind only four American women, including Sloane Stephens, the 17th seed, who were able to advance. Williams came out swinging, losing not a point on her serve, which came across the net at 121 mph.

With a Hall of Fame career, will Tim Duncan call it quits?

Are the Spurs done? People have said that over the last two years only to be proven wrong. If the Spurs want to stay in championship contention though, there will be some hard decisions that have to be made.

Heat will be on Miami gunning to three-peat

On Monday, the Miami Heat deservedly celebrated their second straight NBA title with a parade attended by an estimated 400,000 revelers, who blanketed the city’s downtown streets.

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Liberty loses a home court heartbreaker

The Liberty, playing their eighth game of this WNBA season against the San Antonio Silver Stars, had their four-game home winning streak come to an end this past Sunday at their Newark, N.J., Prudential Center home. They lost in heartbreaking style on a dagger-like jumper by Shenise Johnson with 36 seconds left in overtime.

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USTA’s third annual US Open job fair for Queens natives and others

The USTA (United States Tennis Association) will host its third annual U.S. Open job fair. And for the first time, there will be two job fairs, starting with an exclusive opportunity for residents of Queens, N.Y., on Friday, June 28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Job-seekers should arrive early, as gates will close promptly at 3 p.m. The Queens job fair is open to all residents of Queens only, and proper ID is required for entry.

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Action at the Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is designed as a parent-child program. A parent or guardian must help his or her child with the construction of the car. Adults must not build the car for the child, but share in this experience by being there and giving help only if and when needed.

The dynamics of market credit for low-end consumers

A recent Wall Street Journal article examined how the Federal Reserve’s use of low interest rate policies has failed to reach those most in need. Aptly calling it the “credit divide,” the article finds that “Fed officials have been so frustrated in the past year that low interest rate policies haven’t reached enough Americans to spur stronger growth, the way economics textbooks say low rates should.”

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Helen Taylor: a pioneering activist, Kennedy family friend

Helen Taylor, a Harlem political activist who broke color barriers in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and worked with several generations of the Kennedy family, died June 5 at the age of 91.

Is WBAI on the verge of signing off?

Back in the winter when it was announced that WBAI would be moving from Wall Street to City College, there was widespread speculation that the Pacifica station was once again encountering financial difficulties.

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From banker to the Bronx’s humble humanitarian

Sometimes those who are the most deserving of praise are the least willing to have their accomplishments acknowledged. Jean Smith is one of those people.

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New HUD report details ‘subtle’ housing discrimination

Even though blatant acts of housing discrimination against ethnic minorities have dropped around the country, a new study by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Urban Institute shows that Blacks, Hispanics and Asians still learn about fewer housing options than whites.

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Witnesses, photos, audio recordings presented during start of Zimmerman trial

A knock-knock joke is what started one of the decade’s most watched court cases. The joke was uttered by George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Don West, in reference to jurors’ knowledge of his client, qualifying them to serve on the jury. He later apologized.

After weekend shooting in Paterson, Board of Education agrees to arm school officers

Just one day after officials at the Paterson Board of Education voted to re-arm security officers who patrol the schools, one person was killed and four others were injured during a weekend of violence in Paterson, N.J.

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Supreme court contradicts itself in this week's Affirmative action and Voting rights rulings

Proponents and advocates of the various cases before the Supreme Court during this recent session experienced the extremes of the court.

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World awaits news of Mandela

According to news reports at press time, Nelson Mandela was on life support and was surrounded by his family. At 94 years young, former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela remains in Pretoria’s Mediclinic Heart Hospital for a recurring lung problem.

New report: children deeply impacted by recession

According to the new “2013 Kids Count Data Book” by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, children were severely impacted by the negative effects of the recession between 2005-2011. In 2011, 16.4 million children were living in poverty. In the same year, over 29 million children lived in households that spent 30 percent of their income on housing, according to the report.