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Friday, June 28

Grassroots organizations launch ‘CopWatchNYC’

As the NYPD continues to disproportionately target New Yorkers of color with Stop and Frisk practices, a new website CopWatchNYC.org was launched to help put all of their unconstitutional interrogation tactics to an end.

Thursday, June 27

Free summer meal program begins

On June 24, New York City School Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the beginning of the annual free summer meal programs in New York City. The free breakfast and lunch is for those under 18 years of age.

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Chanel Petro-Nixon Seven years later: hope for justice still rings loud

After seven years, the murder of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon is still unsolved, leaving her murderer at large. A community of outraged citizens and her family will not give up the hope and efforts to find who has committed such a treacherous act of crime. With a march, vigil and prayer on June 29, they will continue to draw attention to this case.

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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De Blasio condems loss of 30,000 after-school seats

Outside of City Hall, mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio and concerned parents hosted a press conference on June 25 to condemn the loss of 30,000 after-school seats since 2008. This has happened under the budgets approved by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn, they declared.

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New Jersey says yes to pot for sick kids

After months of bickering and squabbling, the New Jersey state Assembly approved legislation that amends the state medical marijuana measure, and it will now allow children to receive cannabis to treat various medical conditions, it was announced Monday in Trenton.

On The Verge: Broadway-bound, by way of St. Nicholas Avenue

Michelle DeAngelis can write a song. That’s a great skill, because she’s a songwriter. She has an ear for musical ballads that need big, bright Broadway razzamataz to support her ability to tell stories through music.

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Harlem Arts Fest to spotlight Harlem entertainers

The second annual Harlem Arts Festival comes to Marcus Garvey Park this weekend to feature more than 30 of Harlem’s best artists, musicians and dancers. This free, family-friendly event will celebrate and promote the importance of arts education, while presenting artists across different genres that will help mark the Richard Rogers Amphitheater and the surrounding park as a venue for culture.

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A comedy for the end of days

If the world’s going to hell, head for the hills … the Hollywood Hills, that is. Drive past Channing Tatum’s house and camp out at James Franco’s crib, where the most absurd end-of-the-world party is happening.

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, blues master, dies at 83

“Farther on Up the Road” is a classic Bobby “Blue” Bland song, but this song was initially recorded before his tenor voice gave way to that distinctive growl or “squall,” as he called it. The “Blue” in his name was as appropriate as the Bland was not. In either case, the great blues man has joined the ages. According to his son, Rodd, the drummer in his band, Bland died Sunday at his home in Germantown, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. He was 83.

Around the Way Curls’ blogger aspires to a future onstage

Many may know Antoinette Henry from her natural hair blog, Around the Way Curls (aroundthewaycurls.com), which she runs with her best friend, Shanti Mayers, but Henry considers herself a personality rather than a blogger. She says she has bigger dreams; she wants to pursue a career in theater.

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New York City Council Passes Community Safety Act

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the New York City Council passed two bills,...

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New York City Council Passes Community Safety Act

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the New York City Council passed two bills, NYPD Oversight Act (Intro 1079) and End NYPD Discriminatory Profiling Bill (Intro 1080), known together as the Community Safety Act. These bills work to reduce racial profiling and oversight of the NYPD. Although the bills have received much scrutiny from Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the Detective Endowment Association (DEA), the 51-member City Council passed the bills with enough votes in favor to override Bloomberg's expected veto.

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Music, Beyoncé and more for families at Essence Fest

NEW ORLEANS–The 19th annual Essence Festival, held July 4-7, is more than three days of concerts at the New Orleans’ Superdome. The largest African-American gathering in the nation will offer a daily palette of workshops, speakers, career opportunities, fun activities, free promotional gifts, exhibits and celebrity appearances for all at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and throughout the city. There will also be a food court like no other at the center, with the most delicious display of homemade appetizing dishes set at affordable prices.

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E Harlem Arts Fest to spotlight Harlem entertainers

The second annual Harlem Arts Festival comes to Marcus Garvey Park this weekend to feature...

Black company launches website and free iOS app

An African-American-owned mobile technology company based in Phoenix, Ariz., announced on May 1 the launch of its events-centric website and companion iOS app.

New law could make ‘annoying’ a cop a felony

If you're thinking about teasing a police officer in the state of New York, think again. A new law passed by the state Senate could land you in prison for up to four years if you are found “aggravating” a cop. The law, originally proposed by upstate Republican Sen. Joseph Griffo, passed in the Senate earlier this month. The purpose of the law is “to establish the crime of aggravated harassment of a police officer or peace officer and make such crime a class E felony.”

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Justices delay decision on affirmative action

The final verdict on affirmative action will have to wait another year, because the Supreme Court, in a 7-1 decision, sent the challenge to the program at the University of Texas back to the lower court. In effect, this is a setback for the school’s race-based affirmative action policy.

Griffith named Fort Valley State U president

NEW YORK (June 27)—Caribbean-American academic Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, presently provost and senior vice president at York College of the City University of New York (CUNY), is to be the ninth president of Georgia's Fort Valley State University.

Foreign ministers to visit TCI

A team of Caribbean foreign ministers is on a four-day visit to the British dependency of the Turks and Caicos Islands to determine how the colony has settled down since London moved to impose day-to-day rule in the wake of serious allegations of corruption, mismanagement and malfeasance involving authorities in government in 2009.

DOMA is dead and unconstitutional

Jubilation echoed from coast to coast on Wednesday from gay rights advocates when the Supreme Court dismissed a defense of Proposition 8 that outlawed same-sex marriage in California and ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, is unconstitutional.

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Martin Bernal, author of ‘Black Athena,’ dead at 76

At the close of the introduction to his breathtaking study “Black Athena,” Martin Bernal stated, “The political purpose of ‘Black Athena’ is, of course, to lessen European cultural arrogance.”

State Assembly passes hep C bill; Senate up next

Last week, the New York Assembly passed a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to offer hepatitis C tests to baby boomers. Introduced by Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon and Assembly Member Kenneth Zembrowski, the bill would require doctors and hospitals to offer hepatitis C tests to any patients born between the years 1945 and 1965 (aka the “baby boomer” generation).

Keep an eye on iron

The first recollection that I have of the importance of the word “iron” is when my mom would get up at 4 a.m. and begin to wash and iron clothes for the elite to supplement my father’s hard-earned but meager wages. I could hear her knuckles rhythmically rubbing clothes on a washboard while she sometimes hummed the sacred song “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

E A comedy for the end of days

Special to the AmNews If the world's going to hell, head for the hills ......

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D 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...

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New president of Medgar Evers college

There’s good news and bad news from Medgar Evers College, depending on your position on the longstanding dilemma about its presidential situation. The good news is that the Brooklyn CUNY campus has selected a new leader: Dr. Rudy Crew. The bad news, according to the new president’s detractors, is that the school has chosen the wrong one of the three candidates.

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A Dr. Rudy Crew is the new president of Medgar Evers College

There's good news and bad news from Medgar Evers College, depending on your position on...

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E Music, Beyonce and more for families at Essence Fest

Special to the AmNews NEW ORLEANS-The 19th annual Essence Festival, held July 4-7, is more...

New Yorkers Rally at City Hall for Community Safety Act Passage

As temperatures get heated for the summer, so were hundreds of New Yorkers across the...

Mayoral Candidates hold discussion in Harlem

On Wednesday June 19, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC mayoral...

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Q Serena, Sloane advance at Wimbledon; Venus out

AmNews Sports Editor Serena Williams beat up on Mandy Minella of Luxemborg in her Wimbledon...

D Helen Taylor: Pioneering activist, Kennedy family friend PUT IN PAST TENSE

Helen Taylor, a Harlem political activist who broke color barriers in the Brooklyn Navy Yard...

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Sankofa’s culturally significant graduation ceremony

There was no “Pomp and Circumstance.” The Sankofa International Academy graduates and their parents marched to the beat of the African Drums. Sankofa used the Fort Greene Stuyvesant Heights Neighborhood Senior Center, located at 966 Fulton St. in Brooklyn as the venue for their graduation/promotion ceremony on June 14 and thereby maintained the cultural and community essence of their educational program.

Abortion measure sinks Women’s Equality Act

Since his campaign to become governor, Andrew Cuomo has made women’s equality a primary item on his agenda. But on Friday, the state Senate stuck a pin in the governor’s balloon, and his push for a Women’s Equality Act will have to wait another day—or year.

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Letter No. 33: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just gave lawmakers 197 billion reasons...

D Is WBAI on the verge of signing off?

Back in the winter when it was announced that WBAI would be moving from Wall...

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A R.I.P. God Dumar Wa'de Allah

Special to the AmNews People paid their respects on Saturday, June 15, as they packed...

A Black company launches website and free iOS app

Special to the AmNews An African-American-owned mobile technology company based in Phoenix, Ariz., announced on...

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D De Blasio condems loss of 30,000 after-school seats

Outside of City Hall, mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio and concerned parents hosted a press...

A Foreign ministers to visit TCI

Special to the AmNews A team of Caribbean foreign ministers is on a four-day visit...

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A Griffith named Fort Valley State U president

NEW YORK (June 27)--Caribbean-American academic Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, presently provost and senior vice president...

A Sankofa's culturally significant graduation ceremony

Special to the AmNews There was no "Pomp and Circumstance." The Sankofa International Academy graduates...

A Justices delay decision on affirmative action

Special to the AmNews The final verdict on affirmative action will have to wait another...

A DOMA is dead and unconstitutional

Special to the AmNews Jubilation echoed from coast to coast on Wednesday from gay rights...

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Technical glitch saves one from gallows death in Nigeria

Jun. 26 (GIN) - To the dismay of human rights groups, Nigeria resumed its execution...

Will ANC leaders keep Mandela's promise or drift?

Jun. 25 (GIN) - Amid the torrent of nostalgic news features about South Africa's first...

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Judges tap 30 new African literary prize

Jun. 26 (GIN) - Two Kenyan authors are among 30 shortlisted for the new Kwani...

A Keep an eye on iron

The first recollection that I have of the importance of the word "iron" is when...

R.I.P. God Dumar Wa’de Allah

People paid their respects on Saturday, June 15, as they packed Harlem’s Chamber’s Baptist Church (219 E. 123rd St.) to bid farewell to brother Dumar Wa’de Allah, who became an ancestor after succumbing to a heart attack five days earlier. Many reflected on his thirst for acquiring information, his swift wordplay, his work with urban youths, as well as his lifelong committed community efforts and love for his immediate family.

A State Assembly passes hep C bill; Senate up next

Amsterdam News Staff Last week, the New York Assembly passed a bill that would require...

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Q Employee of the Month honoree Glory Laldee

Gloria Laldee is a patient care tech at Interfaith Medical Center, where she has worked...

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Q My Sweet jazzy Monday

For My Sweet has restarted the "Jazzy Monday" sessions with a bang! Every Monday, new,...

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Q Jazz brunch benefits 'Strong Kids'

The Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA and North Brooklyn YMCA held a fundraiser to benefit the YMCA Strong...

D New HUD report details 'subtle' housing discrimination

Even though blatant acts of housing discrimination against ethnic minorities have dropped around the country,...

Q Needs headline

MITCHELL What a day for a daydream. The weather has been gorgeous and I hope...

It’s a rap—the genre is here to stay

Thirty-plus years in and detractors are still waiting for the plug to be pulled on the fad known as rap music. Some have been aggressive in the pursuit to the extent of taking active approaches to stunt and eventually halt the future growth of the genre and have identified a target that could topple the lucrative house of cards: gangsta rap.

Let’s put public housing on solid ground

While our rents continue to rise, chronic underfunding and mismanagement threaten the very future of New York’s public housing. Between 2002 and 2008, the city lost nearly 200,000 affordable rental housing units, according to the public advocate’s office, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition reported that 60 percent of all renters in the city cannot afford the market rate for a typical two-bedroom apartment, which is about $1,474, according to the city’s Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The facts on immigration and the urgent need for reform

This summer, the debate over comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) is taking center stage in Washington. As the readers of Amsterdam News know well, for centuries, New York City has been the gateway to America for millions of immigrants from all corners of the globe. Today, more than 1 in 3 New Yorkers is foreign-born, including nearly one million foreign-born immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa, the latest Census figures show. As a result, it is critical for New Yorkers to have a firm understanding of how CIR stands to affect their lives and our city’s tapestry of neighborhoods.

Is race just too difficult an issue?

This last session of the United States Supreme Court dealt with many momentous cases. The issues ran the gamut from the Voting Rights Act to gay rights to affirmative action and beyond. There was so much at stake, and the American public waited with baited breath as the justices handed down decisions that made people want to ask, why did they rule on some cases and just punt on others? Is race just too difficult to deal with?

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Q A new taste at the New Taste

As a West Sider via Harlem, I love all that goes on, on the left...

D One dead in violent 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...

The worst gang in the South Bronx: ‘Los Politiqueros’ revisited

Thirty years ago, I wrote a front-page article for the Village Voice titled, “The Worst Gang in the South Bronx: Los Politiqueros.” The article identified Ramon S. Velez, also known as “the Cacique,” “el Gordo” and “el Jefe,” as a man who controlled a vast empire of the South Bronx poverty program and as a “boss” who controlled a small group of elected officials.

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City council overrides Bloomberg; paid sick leave passes

Amongst several mandates announced today, the City Council voted and overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto on paid sick-leave this morning, forcing thousands of businesses to offer paid sick days and protecting workers across New York.

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Supreme court issues devastating blow to Voting Rights Act

A day after the Supreme Court sent affirmative action to a lower court to determine its fate, they dropped the other shoe on Tuesday, killing the vital core of the Voting Rights Act. While the vote on voting procedures, 5-4, was not as decisive as the 7-1 vote on Monday on affirmative action, it was no less disappointing, particularly for civil rights activists.

Mayoral Candidates hold discussion in Harlem

On Wednesday June 19, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC mayoral candidates John Liu, Bill Thompson, Anthony Weiner, Bill de Blasio, Chris Quinn, Sal Albanese and others attended a forum discussing Policing and Criminal Justice in New York City.

The fight to close Attica continues

The Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming County, N.Y., is infamously known for the 1971 riot by inmates demanding better treatment. Inmates held 40 correction officers hostage for five days, which ultimately resulted in a massacre by New York State Police. The gunfire left 39 people killed, including 10 guards.

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The Whispers to celebrate 50 years of music on Soul Train cruise

They may be called The Whispers, but quiet as it’s kept for the past 50 years this soul vocal group’s impact on the music industry has been more like a shout. For their 50th anniversary they are getting aboard this fall’s Soul Train Cruise. It’s a full circle event as The Whispers regularly appeared on the “Soul Train” television show. For group member, Walter Scott the cruise will also allow fans to get intimate access to the singers.

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D World awaits, news of Mandela

According to news reports at press time, Nelson Mandela was on life support and was...

D Devastating blow to Voting Rights Act

A day after the Supreme Court sent affirmative action to a lower court to determine...

D No headline

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

Q Rally over Scaffold Law

Amsterdam News Staff With lobbyists for construction and insurance companies in Albany looking to weaken...

Q Activists continue the fight for LICH

Amsterdam News Staff On Tuesday night, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted a spring gala...

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Let's put public housing on solid ground

While our rents continue to rise, chronic underfunding and mismanagement threaten the very future of...

Q into July

It's hotter than July! That means the events, exhibits and more happening all around the...

Q Action at the Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is designed as a parent-child program. A parent or guardian must...

Q Liberty loses a home court heartbreaker

AmNews Sports Editor The Liberty, playing their eighth game of this WNBA season against the...

Q Heat will be on Miami gunning to three-peat

By JAIME C. HARRIS Special to the AmNews On Monday, the Miami Heat deservedly celebrated...

D NEW PRESIDENT OF MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE

On June 24, the board of trustees of the City University of New York appointed...

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The facts on immigration and the urgent need for reform

This summer, the debate over comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) is taking center stage in Washington....

D NEW REPORT ON THE STATE OF CHILDREN

According to the new "2013 Kids Count Data Book" by the Annie E. Casey Foundation,...

The worst gang in the South Bronx: 'Los Politiqueros' revisited

Thirty years ago, I wrote a front-page article for the Village Voice titled, "The Worst...

D FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM

On June 24, New York City School Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the beginning of the...

City council overrides Bloomberg; paid sick leave passes

Amongst several mandates announced today, the City Council voted and overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto...

The fight to close Attica continues

The Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming County, N.Y., is infamously known for the 1971 riot...

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The Whispers to celebrate 50 years of music on Soul Train cruise

They may be called The Whispers, but quiet as it's kept for the past 50...

Wednesday, June 26

Mayoral Candidates hold discussion in Harlem

On Wednesday June 19, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC mayoral...

Tuesday, June 25

New Supreme Court Ruling Outrages Many

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965...

Calling all NYC Artists and Poets!

One of New York City's most well-known open mics is only 10 days away. The...

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President Obama Plans to Visit Sub-Saharan Africa

On Wednesday, June 26th, President Obama will travel to Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time...

Supreme Court Makes Ruling on Voting Rights Act of 1965

On Tuesday, June 25th, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of abandoning Section 4...

Activists continue to rally For Imprisoned Civil Rights Lawyer Lynne Stewart's Compassionate Release

On Monday, June 24th, from noon to 1:30 p.m., activists held a press conference and...

Opening statements begin in Zimmerman Trial

Day 10 of the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, who shotand killed 17-year-old Trayvon...

See.Me introduces Tip Jar a new way for artist to promote and collect on their work

See.Me, a social networking sight of over 6000,000 people tailored for artists, is introducing a...

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Gabrielle Union Fierce and Fearless through adversity

Gabrielle Union, a female African American actor famous for her role as Syd in Bad...

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New Yorkers Rally at City Hall for Community Safety Act Passage

As temperatures get heated for the summer, so were hundreds of New Yorkers across the city on the steps of City Hall on Monday June 24, urging their City Council legislators to pass two key bills of the Community Safety Act, that will directly reform the way police conduct their stops.

Monday, June 24

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Ohio Charter School Bans Natural Hairstyles

On June 14th, 2013, a letter was sent out to the parents and staff of...

State Assembly Unanimously votes, No Discrimination against Religious Attire

On Wednesday in Albany, NY the New York State Assembly voted and unanimously passed bill...

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Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox Tribute Chaka Khan

To pay tribute to Chaka Khan you don't just call on any vocalist. You call...

Saturday, June 22

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Fredrick Douglass Statue Unveiled

On Wednesday in the State Capitol Building in Washington D.C., descendants, national leaders and officials...

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Delta Sigma Theta celebrates 100 years with torch tour

Delta Sigma Theta is celebrating its 100th year anniversary with an international centennial torch tour....

Six Women selected to determine George Zimmerman's fate

After a highly publicized jury selection, six women was selected to sit on the jury...

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Comedian Dave Chappelle to return to the big stage

On Monday, June 17th the comedy-centered website FunnyorDie.com announced that comedian, Dave Chappelle will be...

Friday, June 21

Jason is the new Kidd on the block

Jason is the new Kidd on the block--the "block" being the grounds and neighborhood around...

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Bikers at the David Walker Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic sets new record

Some 201 cyclists will have bragging rights for years to come for being part of...

WNBA New York Liberty roundball

The Liberty are fighting hard to overcome the season-ending loss of Essence Carson, who tore...

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Mother AME Zion Church honors Tuskegee Airman

Mother AME Zion Church held a dedication ceremony on June 16 that celebrated the official...

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Noted author and master teacher Dr. Barbara E. Adams passes at 74

In the foreword to Dr. Barbara Eleanor Adams' biography of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr....

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Celebrating the summer solstice with Black history

June 21 is the summer solstice. This major celestial event marks the first, official day...

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Book reviews: 'Over the Pond', 'Forget Nice', and 1963 Was A Hell Of A Year'

Over the pond When I first learned about "Bradshaw's Illustrated Hand Book to London and...

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'Love Changes'--a great summer read

It's not a new story, but "Love Changes" by Eartha Watts-Hicks puts some young women's...

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Styles for a soft "Summer-In-The-City" look

For spring/summer '13, the look is soft, cool, young and pretty. Prints are flowing. The...

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15th Annual 'Who's the Boss' Women Business Conference themes "Moving Forward"

The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem was the site of the...

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Harlem Hospital hosts "A Night of Healing" event for violence against women

During Women's History Month, close attention gets paid to the issues that affect women on...

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Activists rally to stop the closure of Interfaith Medical Center

Last Saturday, hundreds marched in central Brooklyn over the precarious future of Interfaith Medical Center....

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Dwight School celebrates opening of athletic facility

After six months of work, the Dwight School transformed an unused gym in an East...

Fight continues for retrial for Florida's Marissa Alexander in 'Stand Your Ground' case

Marissa Alexander is a Florida woman and mother, who, supporters say, rightly stood her ground...

Bad experiences at the Apollo and on the street

It must be time for a serious spring cleaning or, at the very least, a...

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Great black singers of our time

When the young Yvette Marie Stevens was growing up in the streets of Chicago, virtues...

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The U.S. House of Representatives goes on Food Stamps

In a press release on Tuesday, Conservative Representative Steve Stockman said that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition...

Temeko Richardson donated $20k to keep Queens Kids off the Street

Queens native, entrepreneur and author Temeko Richardson donated $20,000 to the Rosedale Jets Football Association...

African Voices honors poet Tony Medina

On Thursday, June 20, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Harlem's Schomburg Center, African Voices, the...

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Cedar Walton and Barry Harris to play Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz pianist Cedar Walton called into my show "Topically Yours" at www.BlakeRadio.com, Rainbow Soul, to...

New York City events with LGBT pride

As a self-appointed ambassador for love and understanding, let me share with you two LGBT/Pride...

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Broadway diva LaChanze charmed in Diana Ross tribute at 54 Below

Broadway diva LaChanze performed "Love Hangover: LaChanze Sings Diana Ross" at 54 Below, located at...

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Ngoma Africa Band brings it with 'Bongo Dansi'

"The Ngoma Africa Band belong to the fans," said Ebrahim Makunja, the East African, Tanzanian-born...

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Film spotlights 'unheard' voices in Civil Rights Movement

While women such as Rosa Parks, Angela Davis and Shirley Chisholm were crucial to the...

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War of words as Trinidad email scandal heats up

The local police have yet to speak on the authenticity of emails purporting to show...

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U.N. leader lauds John Ashe as new Caribbean General Assembly president

UNITED NATIONS (June 20) - The U.N. secretary-general has generously lauded the election of Antigua...

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Letter No. 32: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, You must be wondering why all Republicans are not getting the message...

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It's sudden death for the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals 'Game 7'

The King is still alive--barely! LeBron James and the Miami Heat forced a Game 7...

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Eatery, Harlem Shake Opens in Style

Thursday, June 11 saw the grand opening of Harlem Shake (@harlemshakenyc, 100 W. 124th St....

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Will the summer belong to Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar or J-Cole?

Things are about to get vurrry, vurrry interesting. If you're tuned into the NBA Finals...

Bronx Sunny Day Car Wash signs union contract with workers

Ending a 13-week strike, workers at Sunny Day Car Wash in the Bronx ratified a...

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DC37 demands an investigation on the 911 system

The leader of the biggest public sector union in New York City wants the Department...

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Number of Black/Latino firefighter graduates hits new record

The ruling by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month, in a case...

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The New York City Housing Authority sees $205 million in cutbacks

As the sequester continues in Washington, D.C., it appears cuts to government-funded programs are sparing...

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Jury selection continues in George Zimmerman case

This week, 40 potential jurors were invited back for further detailed questioning about the case...

Margaret Sullivan, New York Times Editor, says the Times isn't what it used to be

"The Old Gray Lady," the New York Times, appears to be miffed that it was...

U.S. Senate pushes immigration reform into limbo

The only certainty about immigration reform is the continuing uncertainty. As the bill enters the...

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Mayoral Candidates, John Liu and Bill de Blasio, talk income inequality in NYC

In a recent issue of the Nation, publisher and Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel was effusive...

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Should NBA athletes be role models?

Charles Barkley famously said, "I am not a role model," in a widespread ad campaign...

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Lewis urged to fight Social Security cuts

Georgia voters delivered more than 670 petition signatures to 5th District U.S. Rep. John Lewis asking him to vote against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.

State jobless rate rises to 8.3 percent in May

Georgia’s jobless rate rose to 8.3 percent in May as more people looked for work and layoffs increased slightly.

Piggly Wiggly to become Supervalu when it reopens

The 40-year-old Candler Road Piggly Wiggly supermarket will have a new name when it completes its renovations on July 1.

Firm interviewing security officers

Allied Barton will interview for security officers on June 27 at the Georgia Department of Labor’s North Metro Career Center in Atlanta.

MARTA budget avoids fare hike

The MARTA board has approved an $857.4 million budget for fiscal year 2014 that preserves existing transit service and avoids a 25-cent fare hike.

Skills workshops for job seekers

The DeKalb Workforce Development’s free Work Readiness Workshops are now held at the new location at 774 Jordan Lane, Building 4, in Decatur.

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From the Sea to Your Table

Few things better capture the feel of summer than the three S’s: sun, sand and, of course, seafood. Welcome the warm weather and embrace the fresh flavors of the sea with simple, yet deli­cious, coastal-inspired dishes.

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Free HIV testing at ‘Healing Stigma’ events around DeKalb

DeKalb residents can check their HIV status at free “Healing Stigma” events on June 27 sponsored by local health agencies, service organizations and pharmacies.

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Frederick Douglass stands tall in Congress’ Emancipation Hall

Slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass now has a bronze statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall.

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Lots to do at annual Peach Jam

Peach aficionados can indulge in peach-themed cooking competitions in celebration of Georgia’s favorite fruit on June 26-30 at several farmers markets around town.

Library hosting ArtReach for wounded vets

An ArtReach: Project America class for wounded veterans takes place June 29 at the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library as part of the Diversity in DeKalb series.

Thursday, June 20

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Activists rally to stop the closure of Interfaith Medical Center

Last Saturday, hundreds marched in central Brooklyn over the precarious future of Interfaith Medical Center. Nearly 300 were in attendance, as members of New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East —two of the nation’s largest unions and professional associations for registered nurses and health care workers— paraded with “Interfaith Proud” signs in hands. The march began at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Hancock Street at about 2:30 p.m. and ended an hour later, inside the parking lot of Interfaith Medical Center, with calypso music guiding the marchers in.

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Harlem Hospital hosts "A Night of Healing" event for violence against women

During Women’s History Month, close attention gets paid to the issues that affect women on a daily basis. One of the biggest issues women face is domestic violence—a difficult issue to tackle when not understood.

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Number of Black/Latino firefighter graduates hits new record

The ruling by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month, in a case brought by the federal government and the Vulcan Society, affirmed the appointment of a monitor to oversee minority recruitment and hiring at the New York City Fire Department. It was a setback to the city’s efforts to roll back court control of the department’s hiring practices in the landmark discrimination case.

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The New York City Housing Authority sees $205 million in cutbacks

As the sequester continues in Washington, D.C., it appears cuts to government-funded programs are sparing no one. That includes the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which is seeing cuts totaling $205 million.

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Reforms on the way for NYCHA

The state Legislature passed a bill to reform the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on June 13. According to the new law, the bill will change the composition of the board by increasing the number of NYCHA residents sitting on the board, i

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Bill Thompson receives more endorsements

The endorsements for Bill Thompson keep rolling in. On June 18, Thompson received mayoral endorsements...

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Scott Stringer released Immigrants rights and services manual

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released the second edition of the office’s Immigrant Rights and Services Manual to help immigrant communities navigate their way around important issues in New York City. I

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NYPD surveillance of muslims challenged

A group of local imams and civil liberty and advocacy groups gathered at One Police Plaza to announce a lawsuit over the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims living in and near New York City.

Margaret Sullivan, New York Times Editor, says the Times isn't what it used to be

“The Old Gray Lady,” the New York Times, appears to be miffed that it was not the recipient of the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden, now in Hong Kong and promising to fight extradition. Snowden, unlike Daniel Ellsberg with his “Pentagon Papers,” chose to deliver his disclosures to the Guardian of London and the Washington Post.

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U.S. Senate pushes immigration reform into limbo

The only certainty about immigration reform is the continuing uncertainty. As the bill enters the Senate floor after being ushered through the Judiciary Committee by the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group of senators, the anticipated debate, the proverbial horse trading, is underway.

Trenton's undocumented student immigrants get a break under new bill

Legislation signed by Trenton politicos on Monday would allow undocumented (illegal) immigrants who are attending state colleges and universities to only pay in-state tuition and not out-of-state tuition. The measure has been met with outrage by some Garden State residents.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker the favorite in Senate race

Name recognition, intellect and a political savvy unmatched by his opponents have made Newark Mayor Cory Booker the favorite to win the Senate seat vacated by the late Frank Lautenberg, according to various state polls and man-on-the-street interviews.

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Mayoral Candidates, John Liu and Bill de Blasio, talk income inequality in NYC

In a recent issue of the Nation, publisher and Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel was effusive in her praise of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s plan to combat income inequality. She expounded on the public advocate’s speech in May at the New School, in which he described New York as “a gilded city where the privileged few prosper and millions upon millions of New Yorkers struggle to just to keep their heads above water.”

Low-income need v. luxury desire

The stark difference in the outcomes of real estate development plans in low-income neighborhoods versus high-income neighborhoods of New York City reminds us, sadly, of the reigning power of those who have over those who have not. Today, tenants of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and their friends stand deeply concerned about the proposed plans for sitting luxury apartments on land that has been dedicated for public housing.

Same old, same old, 50 years later

One of the most important revelations Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had even before he delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech—and what he deemed a shortcoming of the Civil Rights Movement—was the failure to give economics a more pivotal role in the struggle for freedom and justice.

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Should NBA athletes be role models?

Charles Barkley famously said, “I am not a role model,” in a widespread ad campaign in 1993. The ad ignited a large public debate about how athletes should be viewed by children and young adults.

Summer Youth Employment Program Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav responds to AmNews article

I would invite those who question the value of youth job initiatives (“New Report Shows How Job Programs Have Failed Youth,” June 18) to speak to any of the more than 35,000 young people who will work this summer at diverse worksites offering something for everyone as part of New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). In addition to day camps, more than two-thirds of employers represent other sectors, including government, community service, health care, retail, hospitality and financial services. Youth will gain not only valuable work and life skills, but confidence, self-esteem and that all-important reference—someone to vouch for them.

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Free trade area may develop between South Africa and Nigeria

JOHANNESBURG, Jun 17, 2013 (IPS) - If a free trade area (FTA) were to be negotiated between Africa’s two largest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, it would have a powerful effect on trade across the subcontinent and would challenge other countries to respond.

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15th Annual 'Who’s the Boss' Women Business Conference themes "Moving Forward"

The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem was the site of the 15th Annual 'Who’s the Boss' Women’s Business Conference. This year’s theme was “Moving Forward” and keeping your business relevant in the new economy. The conference and all-day event started with a breakfast and awards ceremony, with workshops held throughout the day on the eighth floor.

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Harlem’s Eagle Academy lands

The Eagle Academy Foundation hosted a community breakfast on Friday, June 14 to announce the opening of its latest school in Harlem.

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Book reviews: 'Over the Pond', 'Forget Nice', and 1963 Was A Hell Of A Year'

When I first learned about “Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book to London and Its Environs,” I was expecting a contemporary travel guide to the who, what, why, when and where of London, complete with websites, glossy color photos, detailed maps and the like. Well, I did get some of that, but in an unexpected form of an almost mini-encyclopedic book that would make a great shelf mate to my dictionary.

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DC37 demands an investigation on the 911 system

The leader of the biggest public sector union in New York City wants the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate the city’s new 911 emergency response system.

Bronx Sunny Day Car Wash signs union contract with workers

Ending a 13-week strike, workers at Sunny Day Car Wash in the Bronx ratified a three-year contract on June 4 in another victory for the WASH New York campaign.

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We must elect leaders who will help workers

Most New Yorkers are aware that our city will elect a new mayor this year....

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Will the summer belong to Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar or J-Cole?

Things are about to get vurrry, vurrry interesting. If you’re tuned into the NBA Finals or scour YouTube, I’m pretty sure you caught the Samsung commercial featuring Jay-Z in the recording studio, revealing his creative sessions for the new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” due to drop on July 4.

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Eatery, Harlem Shake Opens in Style

Thursday, June 11 saw the grand opening of Harlem Shake (@harlemshakenyc, 100 W. 124th St. at Lenox Avenue, www.harlemshakenyc.com), which was sponsored by the Amsterdam News (@NYAmNews), Carol’s Daughter (@carolsdaughter), Uptown (@UPTOWNmagazine), Sundae Sermon (@SundaeSermon) and others. Clouds, rain, heavy rain nor torrential rain kept Harlem celebrities and dignitaries, patrons and guests from coming to celebrate Harlem’s newest eatery. In fact, the weather proved that rain IS good luck!

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Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox Tribute Chaka Khan

To pay tribute to Chaka Khan you don’t just call on any vocalist. You call on some of the best:Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday, Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox. These divas united on stage to honor Khan as part of the Apollo’s 8thAnnual Spring Gala Concert. They were joined byAlexandra Burke who gave a lively set. Although she did not perform, Erykah Badudemonstrated her wit when struggling to read the teleprompter without her glasses during her award presentation to Khan.

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Jason is the new Kidd on the block

Jason is the new Kidd on the block—the “block” being the grounds and neighborhood around the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, which is surrounded by a thriving array of national brand and local stores. Kidd was named the Nets’ head coach and will be working spitting distance from the Long Island Railroad, the legendary Park Slope neighborhood, as well as Brooklyn’s historic Bedford-Stuyvesant community.

Imhotep's guide to Black entertainment June 20-27, 2013

Greetings! It was a historic “Black is beautiful” night at the Tony Awards with the stunning, 88-year-young TV, film and theater icon Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for “The Trip to Bountiful.” Courtney Vance received Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for “Lucky Guy,” featuring Hollywood icon Tom Hanks. The delightful Patina Miller nabbed her Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for “Pippin,” which also won Best Musical Revival.

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WNBA New York Liberty roundball

The Liberty are fighting hard to overcome the season-ending loss of Essence Carson, who tore her ACL on June 9. They proved to themselves and head coach Bill Laimbeer that they are up to the task as they hustled to a 78-68 victory over the tough Connecticut Sun.

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Bikers at the David Walker Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic sets new record

Some 201 cyclists will have bragging rights for years to come for being part of a record-setting number of cyclists who competed in the 40th David Walker Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic at Marcus Garvey Park. Sixty-nine starters in the men’s race cycled 25 miles.

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NBA Players Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili forgot they had teammates

The word resilience is at times the most overused, if not misused, word in sports. What happened on Tuesday night in South Beach between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs (Game 6) of the NBA Final should serve as a reminder of what the word really means.

New York City events with LGBT pride

As a self-appointed ambassador for love and understanding, let me share with you two LGBT/Pride events you should not miss if you are rainbow-influenced or just curious and supportive.

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Cedar Walton and Barry Harris to play Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz pianist Cedar Walton called into my show “Topically Yours” at www.BlakeRadio.com, Rainbow Soul, to talk about his upcoming concert in the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall (Jazz at Lincoln Center on 60th Street and Broadway), the Fifth JALC Jazz Piano Summit.

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Broadway diva LaChanze charmed in Diana Ross tribute at 54 Below

Broadway diva LaChanze performed “Love Hangover: LaChanze Sings Diana Ross” at 54 Below, located at 254 W. 54th St., on a recent Sunday night. It was touching to see one diva confess and demonstrate her admiration for another diva. While Ross has many amazing songs that she has left her mark on, LaChanze managed to recreate some of those timeless numbers and give them dramatic interpretations that were so astonishing, original and unforgettable.

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Savion Glover talks tap and performance

Tap dancer extraordinaire Savion Glover will be performing in “Savion Glover’s STePz” at the Joyce Theatre at 175 Eighth Ave. from June 18 to July 6. Glover will be performing with four other dancers who are professionals and students from his Newark-based school, the HooFeRzCLuB School for Tap. Glover recently sat down with the AmNews to talk about the school and the upcoming show.

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Ngoma Africa Band brings it with ‘Bongo Dansi’

“The Ngoma Africa Band belong to the fans,” said Ebrahim Makunja, the East African, Tanzanian-born founder of the group of musicians based in Germany. “Musicians are just the servants. We are the first African band from Tanzania to use its music as a cross-cultural bridge to the world.”

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50 Cent seeing Starz with new cable drama

I am headed to the American Black Film Festival on South Beach in Miami this week as a guest of Cadillac. Among the exciting things happening at ABFF is the Cadillac Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Great activities are happening there, including “Meet the Filmmakers;” interviews with the cast of “The Best Man Holiday;” “A Rising Star;” featuring Boris Kodjoe and David Talbert; hors d’oeuvres in the VIP area; and “The Black Movie Trivia Challenge,” hosted by Anthony Anderson.

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Black Music, Jazz Covers Politics, ‘Blue Monday’

President Jimmy Carter delared June “Black Music Month” in 1979 as a way to pay homage to the many Black musicians who have significantly impacted America and the world with their creative contributions.

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War of words as Trinidad email scandal heats up

The local police have yet to speak on the authenticity of emails purporting to show a plot by high-level officials in Trinidad to harm an inquisitive local journalist, promote the fiercely independent chief state prosecutor out of his current job and even bug his office; however, the office of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says that according to experts it has hired to study the alleged transmissions, they are all phony.

U.N. leader lauds John Ashe as new Caribbean General Assembly president

UNITED NATIONS (June 20) – The U.N. secretary-general has generously lauded the election of Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador John Ashe as president of the General Assembly. 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled working together with Ashe on a number of important issues over the years. “He shares my passion for sustainable development—and my concern about the problem of climate change. He demonstrated his commitment by serving on the governing bodies of major U.N. environmental agreements,” Ki-moon said.

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In N.C., the art of protest movements is still alive and well

For those who think that the spirit of activism and protest has gone by the wayside, they need only look to the events in the last two months in North Carolina. In that state, thousands of demonstrators have been converging on the state capital every week to make clear their outrage over the policies being pursued by an extremist, Republican-controlled Legislature and their governor, Pat McCrory.

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Letter No. 32: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, You must be wondering why all Republicans are not getting the message as clearly as fellow GOP member Sen. Lindsay Graham when it comes to immigration reform?

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Dwight School celebrates opening of athletic facility

Last Wednesday marked the opening ceremony for the new Dwight School Athletic Center at the East River Landing housing cooperative. Elected officials, nonprofit organizations like Hope Community Inc., youth organizations like Harlem RBI and recently named Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd were on hand to partake in the festivities, including a tour of the center and a glimpse into the neighborhood’s future.

The legendary Tuskegee Airmen fly high again

Over the birthday weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it was fitting that a...

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Senegal's president Macky Sall returns to Harlem

Macky Sall, newly elected president of Senegal, made Harlem a priority stop during his visit...

The public's first reactions to "Red Tails"

As the "Red Tails" movie came to theatres this Friday, the Amsterdam News asked movie...

Harlem school helps grow healthy kids

A cold, wet and blustery spring day didn't dampen the enthusiasm of dozens of kindergarteners...

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Third annual Children Book Fair coming to Harlem this August

On Saturday, August 3, 2013, members of the Abraham Lincoln Neighborhood Development Corporation and Gift...

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EmblemHealth celebrates Harlem grand opening

EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care celebrated its grand opening in Harlem on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Community leaders...

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'Father of African Literature,' Chinua Achebe, dead at 82

For readers and students of African literature, one name soared above all others--Chinua Achebe. His...

MOBIA partners with Fordham, NYWiFT to screen award-winning doc "The Contradictions of Fair Hope"

To separate elements of culture (i.e., music, literature or artwork) from Christianity would be difficult,...

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Literary Icon, Zora Neale Hurston is Hip-Hop

Initially it may seem a stretch to imagine Harlem Renaissance writer, Zora Neale Hurston tapping...

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Bidding farewell to 'Harlem's oldest Romeo,' Clyde E. Cook from the Harlem Village

"Harlem's oldest Romeo" Clyde E. Cook was a proud member of the Harlem Village, and...

Things Fall Apart author, Chunua Achebe, dies at 82

Chunua Achebe, Nigerian writer and author of Things Fall Apart, died Friday morning according to...

Fashion Show Promotes Jamaica Avenue

The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (JCBID) staged their second annual fashion show, Jamaica Collections,...

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Fashion design students from California show work in NYC

Talented, world-class student designers from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif., presented...

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Exotic summer swimsuits and sportswear

After becoming the first runner-up on the TV series "America's Next top Model," Melrose Bickerstaff...

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Hispanic fashion designer Altos De Chavon features latest work

Even though this was a still presentation, the models and clothes in Hernan Lander's showing...

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Book review: 'Slave Revolts in Puerto Rico: Conspiracies and Uprisings, 1795-1873'

When Guillermo A. Baralt published the original Spanish-language version of "Slave Revolts in Puerto Rico:...

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Women's news: Reviewing 'The Resilient Woman'

Most women usually try to make others happy. When the need to please goes awry,...

New film spotlights 'unheard' voices in Civil Rights Movement

While women such as Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, and Shirley Chisholm were crucial to the...

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Juneteenth: An African-American celebration of freedom and culture

June 19 is known as Freedom Day, Jun-Jun, Emancipation Day and Juneteenth. This year marks...

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Private school and an East Harlem apartment complex revitalize abandoned athletic facility

Let's say that somewhere on the island of Manhattan there is a 40,000-square-foot athletic center...

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Harlem Arts Festival host fundraising gala

The Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) held its second annual fundraising gala last week at MIST,...

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Letter No. 29: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Now that the "Gang of Eight" in the Senate's Judiciary Committee has...

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Letter No. 30: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, This week, New York City Public Advocate and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill...

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Letter No.28: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Now that Speaker John Boehner has a Black immigrant in his family,...

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A Letter No. 31: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, As the U.S. Senate gets ready for a vote on the 867-page...

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NYC's legal workers strike continues

Citing unfair and unjust practices in the workplace, the city's legal workers decided to go...

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Halle helps out at U.N fund

Being pregnant at 46 isn't slowing Halle Berry down. The Oscar-winning actress was in New...

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President Obama hails Caribbean-Americans

NEW YORK (June 13)-The president of the United States of America has hailed Caribbean people's...

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Caribbean Week comes to New York this June

Caribbean Week in New York, taking place June 1-8, is a celebration of the sights,...

Caribbean organizations launch educational film program

The 2013 education program of the International Caribbean American Diaspora (ICAD) Film, Theatre & Literary...

Caribbean: Trinidad pressured to end mandatory hanging

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (IPS/GIN) - "My mother didn't deserve to die like this," Dennis...

International travel to serve the world

While most folks focus on the "who," "what," "why," "when" and "where" of traveling to...

Trinidad security minister quits

For much of the past two years, one of Trinidad's leading political and national figures...

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Email, bugging scandal hits Trinidad government

In the past week, Trinidad's coalition government has been hit by a major political scandal...

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Celebrations of Miles Davis, Vision Festival, 'Blue Monday'

When it comes to creativity, Miles Davis took his music and listeners to higher ground....

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Kanye and Kendrick Lamar among big names at upcoming Governors Ball

Randall's Island will play host to some of the best that music has to offer...

Civil rights leader Rev. Will Campbell dies at 88

The Rev. Will Campbell, a minister known for his activism in the civil rights movement,...

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In N.C., the art of protest movements is still alive and well

There are a host of commemorations this year, which is the 50th anniversary of some...

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Civil Rights Activist Chokwe Lumumba elected mayor of Jackson, Miss.

Civil rights activist and attorney Chockwe Lumumba is the new mayor of Jackson, Miss. The...

National Back Summer event calendar

OK, summer is (almost) officially on! That means that you'll find a bevy of hot...

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All about Kwanzaa

Monday, Dec. 26 marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a nonreligious celebration of African culture....

Africa Sings!!! Soweto Gospel Choir sings praises

Africa Sings!!! is a special, month-long series that celebrates the rich legacy of Africa's World...

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African Diaspora celebrates heritage at MAFRIKA Music Festival

An abundance of African and Caribbean music, food and culture filled Marcus Garvey Park as...

June 2013 black events calendar

On June 13-16, the Apollo Theater will present Sadler's Wells' Breakin' Convention, an international festival...

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'Art of Dreaming' continues magical orbit with Jacques Schwarz-Bart Quartet

Orbiting through time and space with the Jacques Schwarz-Bart Quartet is a heady experience--one that...

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'Motown' is coming to Broadway!

There is something incredibly exciting coming to Broadway in 2013, and I had the treat...

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'Sistas: The Musical' celebrates Black women

When I left "Sistas: The Musical" on Saturday evening, I had a lot of reflecting...

An honest look at Michael Jackson: Good, bad and ugly

Originally published on Jul. 9, 2009. "Let me fill your heart with joy and laughter,...

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On the Verge: A Q&A with Jamie Cepero of NBC's 'Smash'

Jamie Cepero knows his way around New York City. He's paid his dues, a few...

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Picasso masterpiece on view at the Met

"Woman in an Armchair (Eva)" from 1913, a masterpiece by Pablo Picasso, is on view...

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On the verge: Brianna Colette

At a Gracie Mansion event during Harlem Week, Brianna Colette, 5-foot-9, with her signature red...

Filmmaker to launch series on Black LGBT community

Katina Parker is launching a documentary series to highlight the Black LGBT community. The filmmaker,...

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'Call me Kuchu' doc adds to conversation on gay rights around the globe

Opening with a Ugandan religious leader delivering a propaganda-laced anti-homosexual speech to a happy crowd...

Rome Neal's Banana Puddin' Jazz celebrates 10 years

Ahoy mates! This is the Captain speaking! On April 7, 2003, a young man embarked...

JAZZ FORUM ARTS presents JAZZ FORUM @ 30

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Celebration of Trumpeter Mark Morganelli's Jazz Forum Lofts "It would be hard to...

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Sekou Sundiata revisited

Words can impress you, spark your mind and bring you to higher ground. Words are...

Organization of African Unity celebrates 50 years of organizing

Established on May 25, 1963, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in an effort to re-stabilize the...

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'Dark Girls' documentary to premiere on OWN

"Dark Girls," a documentary directed and produced by D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke, is...

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San Antonio Spurs against Miami for NBA championship

It's the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat for the NBA championship. Or should...

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Spurs expose a glaring weakness with the Heat

The Miami Heat aren't in trouble, but they're in a problematic situation. The San Antonio...

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San Antonio Spurs Back in NBA Finals

Let's see: a perennial championship contender, check. Four NBA championship rings, check. The ultimate respect...

New York Liberty go big on Draft Day

On the eve of the 2013 WNBA Draft, the New York Liberty's new coach, Bill...

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Tyson Gay wins Adidas 100M sprint

For Tyson Gay, competing in the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island...

St. John's Shenneika Smith excited with her Liberty pro debut

After years of rumors that three-time WNBA champion Cheryl Ford would sign with the New...

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St. John's Athlete makes WNBA roster

"When I got to St. John's, it really wasn't talked about," said Nadirah McKenith, 21,...

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WNBA veterans joining coaching ranks with the Liberty women basketball team

This will be a New York Liberty season like no other, with All-WNBA First Team...

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Legendary actress Cicely Tyson return to Broadway

Legendary actress Cicely Tyson's triumphant return to Broadway after nearly three decades was marked with...

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Motown to Def Jam Kicks off African-American Music Appreciation Month

It's the middle of June and African-American Music Appreciation month is just getting into overdrive...

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Black events calendar, June 2013

Greetings! GBE Black Music Month 2013 opens up on a couple of happy notes and...

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The Great, rainy Googa Mooga festival in Brooklyn

Albeit under cover of rain, I finally made it to the Great Googa Mooga in...

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Mothers on a Mission: Hip-hop get's on board

For the past few years, around this time of year, I've reserved my column for...

Controversy surrounds Jay Z and Beyonce's Vacation in Cuba

In the past two weeks, music moguls, Shawn Carter (Jay Z) and Beyonce Knowles-Carter have...

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Summer Jam set off the season just right

You gotta love an entrepreneurial spirit. As soon as you pay that $30 parking tab...

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'Cruel Summer': Kanye doesn't need more people, he needs new people

It might be high time for Kanye West to drop some of his G.O.O.D. Music...

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Mother AME Zion Church honors Tuskegee Airman

Mother AME Zion Church held a dedication ceremony on June 16 that celebrated the official renaming of the church’s lower level in honor of Dabney N. Montgomery, a documented and original Tuskegee Airman. What was once a lecture hall and the junior church, where youth services were held, will now be a museum called the Dabney N. Montgomery Art Gallery and Exhibition Hall.

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Noted author and master teacher Dr. Barbara E. Adams passes at 74

In the foreword to Dr. Barbara Eleanor Adams’ biography of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Leonard Jeffries wrote, “Professor Adams has been inspired by Dr. Clarke and has refashioned her life to reflect his influence.”

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More car wash workers vote to organize

Last week, workers at the Sunny Day Car Wash in the Bronx voted to join...

Car wash activists release report on John Lage

According to a recently released report by car wash workers and their advocates, the owner...

Bronx car wash workers decide to strike

On Sunday, over a dozen car wash workers didn't report to their place of business....

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Win for 'carwasheros' proves low-wage workers can prevail

It's been a big couple of weeks for many of the courageous car wash workers-who...

Eagle Academy Foundation coming to Harlem

The Eagle Academy Foundation is set to open a new all boys' school in Harlem,...

Advocates battle to save NYC schools on hit list

The "decade of disaster," is what the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) has called Mayor...

Eagle Academy School set to open in Harlem

The Eagle Academy Foundation is opening a new all boys' school in Harlem, The Eagle...

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DC37 hosts mayoral forum

Last Thursday at the Tribeca Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, democratic...

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Bill Thompson Endorsed by Bronx BP

On Tuesday, May 7, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. endorsed Bill Thompson for mayor...

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Full speed ahead for John Liu

To catch up with City Comptroller John Liu is no easy task, but Mondays are...

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Styles for a soft "Summer-In-The-City" look

For spring/summer ’13, the look is soft, cool, young and pretty. Prints are flowing. The fit is loose yet somewhat close to the body. Lengths may vary. For the day, short, above-the-knee skirts and dresses are best. For the night, longer lengths take you anywhere. This summer is all about the colors you wear, too.

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Celebrating the summer solstice with Black history

June 21 is the summer solstice. This major celestial event marks the first, official day of summer. But just what does all of that really mean beside the end of school and the start of vacation time?

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Great travel apps for travelers on the go

Sometimes, technology can be too much of a good thing. We are dependent upon computers...

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50 Cent seeing Starz with new cable drama

I am headed to the American Black Film Festival on South Beach in Miami this...

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NYC's Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani puts working class first

Reshma Saujani wants to be the next public advocate for the City of New York....

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As stop-and-frisk trial ends, a view of two different worlds of New York emerges

The landmark, riveting stop-and-frisk trial is now over, with closing arguments having been delivered this...

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Chinua Achebe: The father of African literature

This celebrated Nigerian man of letters used the power of his literary pen as a...

Community in change

You should be happy to know that the Upper West Side is vibrant, alive and...

City budget threatens cuts to child care

Single mother Marisol Pagan may not have an after-school program to send her first-grade son...

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College has become a scam in America

We have all heard the horror stories of crippling student debt and graduates who are...

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Charles Barkley joins the Black football coach's fray

It's on now! Finally, Charles Barkley, an 11-time NBA All-Star, two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner,...

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'Doin' it in the Park' is a love letter to pick-up b-ball Screenings, conversation at Maysles Cinema May 23-28

While chronicled in movies and highlighted through various summer tournaments, outdoor basketball still lacked the...

'On These Courts' shows how former NBA player gives back

One cliche in media often insinuates that the good deeds of professional athletes go unreported...

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De Blasio talks higher wages for fast-food workers

Calling New York City a "millionaire's club," New York City Public Advocate and mayoral candidate...

Legal workers strike marches on

Members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) and NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 who have gone...

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Activists rejoice as city shortens PCB timeline

Now, New York City's children can get out of harm's way in a quicker manner....

Immigration reform stumbles

As if immigration reform wasn't saddled with enough encumbrances, its opponents are now dragging the...

Immigration bill passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Last week in a vote of 13-5, the Senate Judiciary Committee opened the door for...

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Anthony Weiner discusses campaign platform at National Action Network meeting

As if taking his cue from the Rev. Al Sharpton about a lack of vision...

Immigration reform hits a new wall

With the immigration bill on its way to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a vote...

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker the favorite in Senate race

Name recognition, intellect and a political savvy unmatched by his opponents have made Newark Mayor...

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Liu's State of the City addresses broadband access

New York City Comptroller John Liu's State of the City address Thursday will touch on...

Associated Press drops the I-word from style guide

You may be seeing fewer news sources refer to immigrants as "illegal" in the upcoming...

Zimmerman's attorneys admits to false statements about Trayvon

Attorneys for George Zimmerman apologized this week for giving false information about the late Trayvon...

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Happy birthday, Trayvon

Feb. 5 would have been Trayvon Martin's 18th birthday. In Sanford, Fla., where Martin was...

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A Zimmerman trial begins, while attacks on Trayvon continue

SANFORD, Fla.--The trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin has begun at...

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Reforms on the way for NYCHA

The state Legislature passed a bill to reform the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)...

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Here comes Hurricane Bloomberg

It is getting pretty disgusting to see the lengths that politicians and developers are going...

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NYCHA parking fees up 400%

Some might have to wonder if the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) realizes that...

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FDNY Discrimination Lawsuit Proceeds

A three-judge panel court of appeals ruled on Tuesday that plantiffs' in the case against...

Museum for Black Fire Fighter erected in Chicago

Last week the son of the FDNY Chief Salvatore J. Cassano resigned from his position...

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Fire chief's son Joseph Cassano ousted

The son of Fire Department Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano resigned from his job this week...

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Tracy Lewis: FDNY shining star

"You can do it too," advises Tracy Lewis, one of only a handful of female...

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For Dr.King, we can all do better

Forty-five years ago, on April 4, 1968, a date that will live in infamy, Dr....

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Harlem women at the United Nations

Harlem Women International and New Future Foundation, Inc. sponsored a panel discussion and tribute to...

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Ripping Rick Ross and Reebok

Miami ... no bueno. I borderline hate that place and it all stems from events...

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Innovative health team helps support HIV/AIDS patients

With health care dollars drying up and Brooklyn hospitals under pressure to treat more patients...

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Year in review: July - December

July Upon Charlie Rangel's re-election to the new 13th Congressional District in the Democratic primary,...

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Future of Interfaith in doubt

The vitals of Interfaith Medical Center are not looking good. The hospital, which once boasted...

Trenton's undocumented student immigrants get a break under new bill

Legislation signed by Trenton politicos on Monday would allow undocumented (illegal) immigrants who are attending...

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Scott Stringer released Immigrants rights and services manual

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released the second edition of the office's Immigrant Rights and...

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Officials, activists and politicos wrestle with idea of an NYPD inspector general

When the city was mired in crime in the 1970s and 1980s, being from New...

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NYPD surveillance of muslims challenged

A group of local imams and civil liberty and advocacy groups gathered at One Police...

NAACP condemns Quinn's support of stop-and-frisk

Last year on June 15, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn joined the...

Unity March to take back the Bronx

On Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., hundreds are expected to descend on 138th Street...

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‘Love Changes’—a great summer read

It’s not a new story, but “Love Changes” by Eartha Watts-Hicks puts some young women’s lives in perspective. It’s extremely well-written.

Wednesday, June 19

Study says race effects treatment of children with autism

A study published in the July 2013 issue of Pediatrics, published online in June, compares...

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Maysles Cinema to host several film screenings to promote discussion in community

Documentary In Bloom is presenting its documentary called "Homegoings" as part of a series of...

Tuesday, June 18

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Daniel Squadron says he's the right man for public advocate gig

A classic New York story. Extended relatives arrive on Ellis Island to begin a new...

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New York State Assembly passes new marijuana legislation

The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus announced the Assembly's...

Union concerned of safety at state parks

The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) of New York, the union that represents park police officers,...

Bloomberg administration responds to new School PCB scandal

It took an incident involving actual injuries to get the Bloomberg administration on the case...

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Former Federal Prosecutor Ken Thompson running for Brooklyn District Attorney

Brooklyn needs a new district attorney, according to candidate Kenneth Thompson. "I am the father...

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Bloomberg furious over NYPD criticisms

Mayor Michael Bloomberg let off steam this week over political power and various groups' criticisms,...

Activists call to action all voters stop-and-frisked

Communities United for Police Reform have begun a citywide effort to mobilize thousands of voters...

Monday, June 17

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Delta Sigma Theta sorority opens school in Haiti

As the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding this year,...

Harlem's Herb Alpert Center kicks off spring dance performance

I am always so happy when I can use this phrase: "June is busting out...

Fans brave mud for Governors Ball

Randall's Island was the setting for three days of music, food and games known as...

Friday, June 14

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Bed-Stuy hosts expo to revive the community

For an event held on a cool and rainy Thursday evening, the Discover Bed-Stuy Resource...

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Corruption trial delayed again for embattled Trenton, N.J. Mayor Tony Mack

The federal corruption trial of embattled Trenton Mayor Tony Mack has again been pushed back,...

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My Fathers Day tribute

When Jesus referred to God as "Our Father" in the Lord's Prayer, he was not...

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For great stadium eats

If you are a big sports fan, you probably travel from time to time to...

Sheet metal workers local 83 looking for apprentices

If you're looking for work and interested in getting physical, the Capital District Sheet Metal...

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My Recipe Inspiration

Every week I am in the grocery stores shopping for clients and seeing all of...

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Harlem to host 20th annual Juneteenth celebration

Festivities will be held nationally and internationally over the next few days to celebrate Juneteenth,...

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In memoriam: Dr. Annie B. Martin

On June 12, New York City lost an incredible champion of labor and civil rights....

New York's low-wage workers need relief

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once asked, "What good does being able to sit at...

A higher minimum wage in New York

$7.25 per hour has been the minimum wage in New York since 2004. Over the...

A Harlem Haberdashery celebrates first anniversary

When you walk into Harlem Haberdashery, an interesting boutique located downstairs at 245 Lenox Ave.,...

The Supremes singer, Mary Wilson plans to teach?

Presenting the exhibition, Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection has proven to...

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Brooklyn Sunday School Union hosts anniversary parade

The Brooklyn Sunday School Union Anniversary Day parade, held on June 5, a non-attendance day...

Black community celebrates the legacy of educator and activist Jitu Weusi

How did the Black grassroots Nationalist Movement come out to honor Jitu Weusi? With abundance....

Calling All Fathers and Men of the Tri-State!

Its time again for the 4th annual Father's Day Pledge. Held every year for the...

Fathers and men pledge to end violence

On June 13, the fourth annual Father's Day Pledge is kicking off on the steps...

Harlem barbershop giving men free cut for Father's Day.

Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza in Harlem will be transformed into a pop-up...

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U.S. Open ballperson tryouts set for Thursday, June 20

Approximately 80 sought-after positions as ballpersons for the 2013 U.S. Open are up for grabs,...

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MIST Harlem screens 'Venus and Serena' through June 8

"Venus and Serena" takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister...

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Game 4 win was Heat explosion for San Antonio

Teamwork, teamwork, team work. Conceptually, it is a dead horse that we will continue to...

Hall of Fame is next stop for retiring Jason Kidd

New York Knicks Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced...

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Liberty's Essence Carson done for the season

In the New York Liberty's first three games of the season, Essence Carson was averaging...

The John Hunter Bob Douglas Hall of Fame

It's about this time every year that the John Hunter Bob Douglas Hall of Fame...

Apollo Theater helps Harlem community celebrate its health

The Apollo Theater kicked off the month of June with the 1st annual Harlem Healthy...

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Bronx Triangle awards scholarships to Bronx high school and college students

Bronx Triangle Inc., a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization that supports education and public service, held its...

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Citizen groups dismayed at being barred from african union summit

May 21 (GIN) - As the African Union prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of...

Malcolm X Day 2013

"One of the first things that the independent African nations did was to form an...

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National Association of Kawaida Organizations honors Malcolm

On Friday, the 88th anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X (also known as El...

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A fine farewell to Helen Cash Jackson

Between the renditions of "Blessed Assurance" at the beginning of the memorial services for Helen...

Arts organizer, Helen Cash Jackson makes her transition

Helen Cash Jackson passed on May 27 after a long battle with cancer. Jackson was...

Drug company ordered to pay millions in penalties

Special to the AmNews In March, a New Jersey-based drug maker agreed to pay more...

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Rumored European cure for HIV retracted and dismissed

Recently published news reports about scientists in Europe on the verge of finding a cure...

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HIV/AIDS statistics troubling for New Yorkers, says Bill Thompson

It's no secret that the African-American and Latino communities have been hit the hardest by...

Columbia professor Salim Abdool Karim to head HIV/AIDS expert panel

A newly formed panel designed to promote HIV/AIDS awareness internationally has appointed a chairman with...

States spend $3.6 billion on racially biased marijuana arrests

African-Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites despite similar consumption rate by both groups, while states have been spending more than $3.6 billion of taxpayers' funds for policing, adjudicating and incarcerating convicts, according to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Thursday, June 13

Off-season basketball team the Knicks, licking their collective wounds

Immediately following the Knicks' immensely disappointing 106-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers, culminating a 4-2...

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Celebrating my grandmother's legacy

Today, I gather with family, friends and students to celebrate the life of my grandmother,...

Fast-food workers to walk out and strike Thursday

Last Thursday, fast-food workers looking to organize met with history when workers from the 1968...

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Fast food workers fight for living wages to be put on the menu

More than four hundred fast-food workers from more than 60 different restaurants - including Wendy's,...

Parents guide to finding the best NYC public school

As the month of May moves merrily along and Memorial Day is upon us, it...

Church gives homeless family a home

A 27-year-old Ewing, N.J., woman who was arrested last month for living inside a Trenton-area...

Poll says many African-Americans are more unhappy

Remember the song "Don't Worry Be Happy"? It appears as if the pursuit of happiness...

DOE plans to co-locate charter school in adult learning center

The Department of Education's (DOE) controversial co-location of charter schools is slated to affect adults...

NYC Public High School records now available to the public

A new report from New York City's Independent Budget Office (IBO) details the numbers behind...

Adult Learning Center to share limited space with new Charter School

From the point of view of many students at Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center (MMALC), hearing...

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2013 Human Rights Watch Film Fest runs June 13-23

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center are co-presenting the 2013 Human...

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Notable Afro-Brazilian film director Gabriela Dandara Watson premieres documentary in Harlem

The Afro-Brazilian film director Gabriela Dandara Watson and the Afro Peruvian activist Monica Carrillo were...

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Relatives, friends of gun violence victims stage 'Not in My Hood' march

On Saturday, June 8, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, co-chair of the City Council's Task...

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Brooklyn Assemblywoman Inez Barron going for City Council seat

On Saturday, June 8, at her new campaign office, Assemblywoman Inez Barron, along with the...

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Horoscopes June 13 - 19, 2013

Aries: Everybody's in a good mood this week, and you'll want to join friends or...

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The true scandal of Lance Armstrong: Enough free passes for role models

Another day. Another scandal. Another high-profile celebrity headed to Oprah's couch to express contrition and...

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Amsterdam News in the Classroom: Joel Augustus Rogers: A tireless champion of African history

One of the loudest voices challenging the notions of Black inferiority and the lack of...

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Study shows Latino and Black kids even more segregated in 'apartheid schools'

A recent report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los...

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DC Met school principal reflects on '180 Days'

According to Washington Metropolitan High School (DC Met) Principal Tanishia Williams Minor, she is doing...

Ethiopians outraged by monument to notorious Italian war criminal

Ethiopians are demanding an official denunciation and the destruction of a new statue recently erected...

Black Community and Elected Officials Demand Justice for Ramarley Graham

It is a tragedy when a parent has to bury a teenage son who was...

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Ramarley Graham case for justice continues

It is a tragedy when a parent has to bury their teenage son after their...

Code Purple: Fashion saving lives

Leather, sequins, cashmere and feathers walked the runway, but purple took center stage at the...

Lil' shops in Harlem

Kicking off spring/summer 2013, the League, in conjunction with Harlem Haberdashery, the Mount Morris Park...

A Weekend of Terror in NYC: 25 People shot in 48 Hours

Over the span of 48-hours, from Friday to Sunday, in the hottest weekend of the...

Supreme Court rules DNA collection by police legal

Huge questions over the privacy of Americans loom after the Supreme Court ruled this week...

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Harlem Children's Zone opens new school in Saint Nicholas Houses

Geoffrey Canada, the CEO and founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, is opening a new...

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Harlem Children's Zone new Promise Academy charter school

In a celebration ceremony last week, students and investors gathered to welcome Harlem Children's Zone...

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Mayoral hopeful Bill De Blasio talks fair wages during speech

Calling New York City a "millionaire's club," New York City Public Advocate and mayoral candidate...

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Cory Booker officially launching campaign for N.J. State Senate

In a move many expected, Brick City Mayor Cory Booker on Saturday morning officially announced...

Middle passage tribute to African Ancestors on June 8

The 24th annual "Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage" ceremony is June 8 at Coney...

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George Zimmerman trial is not against Trayvon Martin

"Trayvon Martin is not on trial," said Benjamin Crump, Trayvon Martin's family's attorney. More than...

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Trayvon Martin trial should focus more on the shooter

In the Trayvon Martin trial, the focus should be on the shooter, not the victim....

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Tony nominee Billy Porter: 'Theater saved my life'

A vivid jolt of life force was unleashed on me, and like a cartoon character,...

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States spend $3.6 billion on racially biased marijuana arrests

African-Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites...

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Ramarley Graham indictment tossed

"They killed my child. What more could you take from me?" screamed Constance Malcolm, grandmother...

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Letter No. 12 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, While a lot of news from your inauguration was about what the...

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As a great man once said, 'To the winner goes the spoils'

"And like everyone who's had enough, he wants more."--Alexander Knox, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (1979)...

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Nautica rolls out fall 2013 collection for men

Nautica's menswear fall 2013 collection works for today's men's wardrobe. It has managed to grow...

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol hosts annual gala

The stars were out last Wednesday as Brotherhood/Sister Sol hosted its ninth annual Voices benefit...

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Judge Wilkins first Black U.S District Judge for the District of Columbia

President Obama recently appointed Judge Robert Leon Wilkins into the United States Court of Appeals...

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The sad saga of Malcolm Smith and his fellow cohorts

One of the most intriguing aspects of the current political scenario involving Malcolm Smith is...

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State Sen. John Sampson indicted on nine counts

State Sen. John L. Sampson of Brooklyn, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee,...

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Corruption fighters blow the whistle on Angola's missing millions

Jun. 11 (GIN) - Hundreds of millions of dollars may have been divvied up between...

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Booker says no to governorship, yes to Senate seat

Last week, Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced that a run for governor against Chris Christie...

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker backs Barbara Buono for gov

Despite being a friend of Gov. Chris Christie, Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced plans to...

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Weiner enters mayoral race, speaks to black community

With one YouTube video, Anthony Weiner has altered the landscape of the 2013 New York...

The True South struggle

Monroe Brown is the proprietor of one of the city's few Black-owned bookstores, True South...

Mississippi abolishes slavery

While the headline might look like it belongs in a newspaper from the 19th century,...

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Civil rights legends come together to honor Dr. King

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historical "Beyond Vietnam" speech on April...

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'Stop the Urban Youth Violence'

Cornelius Ricks, community advocate and founder of Stop the Urban Youth Violence, recently hosted a...

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Central Family Life Center hosts Small & Emerging Business Expo

The Small & Emerging Business Expo & Silent Auction was a wonderful event designed to...

Stop-and-frisk trial ends with questions

As the heavily watched, 10-week stop-and-frisk trial comes to a close, both sides gave their...

Officer shot in foot at Harlem Hospital center

An NYPD officer was injured early Monday morning when, according to authorities, a handcuffed man...

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NYC's Largest Public Employee Union Backs Liu for Mayor

Standing in front of City Hall, workers and leaders of District Council 37 bucked the...

C4E Law on borough meetings upheld

On June 10, the state Supreme Court upheld a law requiring the Department of Education...

May Employment numbers out

On June 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest job numbers. Total employment...

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Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese presents education agenda

Late last week, New York City mayoral candidate Sal Albanese unveiled his plan to fix...

Ramarley Graham's family vows to continue fight

"We want a grand jury," said Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, who was...

Wednesday, June 12

Historic Harlem armory holds open house

Harlem's historic 369th Armory, which was home to the Harlem Hell Fighters and is a...

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Opera Ebony holds heritage weekend for 40th anniversary season

Opera Ebony, the longest-running African-American opera company in the United States, is celebrating its 40th...

Exploring the history and wonders of D.C.

In the first part of our travel series on Washington, D.C., we learned about the...

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Poorly paid doctors in Mozambique in paper plate protest

Jun. 11 (GIN) - With tape over their mouths and waving paper plates, Mozambique's doctors...

Tuesday, June 11

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Chokwe Lumumba: Jackson's New Mayor

On Tuesday Chokwe Lumumba won the general election for Mayor in Jackson, Mississippi; receiving 87%...

Transcript of President Obama's apointment of Judge Wilkins to be first Black U.S District Judge for the District of Columbia

Rose Garden June 4, 2013 | 10:28 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Please...

Monday, June 10

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One Word Art Exhibition with artist focus Nas

If you are a fan of hip-hop music living in N.Y? There is an event...

Deacon Jones passed on age 74, legacy of the sackmaster

David "Deacon" Jones, the original sack master has passed on, according to the Washington Redskins...

WNBC reporter and Brooklyn-native John Noel looses battle with cancer

Reporter John Noel has died at 62-years-old after loosing his battle against brain cancer. On...

Fans pray for Buju Banton

When Jamaica-born international reggae superstar Buju Banton was convicted of cocaine trafficking in 2011, his...

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Tribute to Elombe Brath

Declaring that a tribute to Elombe Brath is long overdue, state Sen. Bill Perkins is...

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RIP Malcolm Shabazz

News that two suspects, Alejandro Perez de Jesus, 24, and David Hernandez Cruz, 24, have...

Fashion Show Promotes Jamaica Avenue

The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (JCBID) staged their second annual fashion show, Jamaica Collections, June 1 as part of their ongoing effort to showcase and promote Downtown Jamaica, Queens, as New York City’s largest urban fashion district.

Saturday, June 8

Issa Rae to play Nina Simone in Lorraine Hansberry biopic

Issa Rae is commonly known for her YouTube webseries "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,"...

Friday, June 7

GOP Doesn't Want African Americans to Vote, says Tea Party leader

On Tuesday,The Raw Story published a recording of Dallas Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson expressing...

Backpackers take the city

On a recent visit to New York City, an out-of-towner noticed that the city was...

Excel Online Jobs (Sehr)

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

Activists fight against Indian Point nuclear power plant's re-licensing

Activists and coalitions fighting the existence of Indian Point Energy Center praised a recent report...

St. Paul’s College, an HBCU, to Close

St Paul’s College, a historically black college institution in Virginia founded in 1888, is slated to close by the end of this month after years of financial difficulties and the failure of the college administration to meet accreditation standards.

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St. Paul's College, an HBCU, to Close

St Paul's College, a historically black college institution in Virginia founded in 1888, is slated...

Thursday, June 6

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Art exhibit urges strangers to touch Black hair

Would you allow complete strangers to touch your hair? One group of Black women actually...

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Whose responsibility is it? 26 shot in 48 hours

This weekend in New York City, 26 people were shot. Six of them were killed....

Prominent jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller dies at 57

Mulgrew Miller, a prominent pianist of the 21st century whose creativity gave familiar tunes a...

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Imhotep's guide to black events August 16-23

Theater Harlem Repertory Theatre presents "Dreamgirls," directed and produced by Keith Lee Grant. Running Aug....

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Brooklyn swings, Newark Jazz Vespers, Jazz for Obama

In most history books, when it comes to jazz, New York City shines above all...

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Suspect found in Queens bus shooting

Police announced Thursday night that they have identified a man who they believe to be...

Preparations underway for 2013 May Day rallies and march

May 1 is less than a month away and plans for May Day, also known...

Media mayoral forum

The Amsterdam News, El Dario and the Eagle Academy Foundation are patterning for a mayoral...

Medgar Evers College students walk out, demand interim president

New York's Medgar Evers College staged a walk out on Wednesday, April 24, demanding changes...

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Immigrants' rights are civil rights

President Barack Obama has come out fighting. His inauguration speech and his initiative on immigration...

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A transformational president

I will be in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21 for the second inauguration of our...

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The incomparable Basil Paterson

This column is usually devoted to issues of concern to members of 1199SEIU and working...

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Remembering the 1963 March on Washington

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, let us remember...

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Solidarity with our sisters

March is International Women's Month, which both celebrates women's accomplishments and reminds us what we...

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Spirit resumes Kingston service

Getting to Jamaica is going to be a whole lot easier next week. Spirit Airlines,...

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Adding spice to the air

DOHA (April 25)--During a recent flight from Rome to Doha on the award-winning Qatar Airways,...

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Alert! attentive and active US citizens keeps US governments honest

Former cabinet minister Zhivargo Laing asserts that the decline of trust in government is partly...

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Will work for beer!

Actually, I'll work for just about anything that includes travel, so if a cold glass...

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No. 24: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Finally we have a bill! I'm tempted to say "hip, hip, hooray"...

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Open letter No. 23 Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, It must be a lie! Twenty-three letters in, I was under the...

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Letter No.26: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, on May Day (May 1), Luis Moreno, a 29-year-old undocumented immigrant from...

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Career fair at Harlem Armory on June 6

Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright is sponsoring a job and career fair Thursday, June 6, at...

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The new taste of the UWS

The 2013 Whole Foods Market New Taste of the Upper West Side is back celebrating...

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Accra restaurant brings West African soul food uptown

Are you all ready for a brand-new, simple hot spot? Their service is Western, but...

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Have a Googa holiday too! How to make Googa Mooga foods

Ironically, all of my Googa Mooga foods are great suggestions to celebrate your Memorial Day...

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Chris Copeland proves he can ball with the best

Who among you could have possibly fathomed that in late March, the Knicks would be...

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The Nets all over the Knicks as NBA season begins

"Like old Mama said, the next best thing to playing and winning is playing and...

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Knicks need a deep playoff run to keep impressing their fans

The Knicks winning the Atlantic Division title at the Garden on Tuesday night for the...

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Kenyon Martin is giving the Knicks productive minutes

As the calendar continues to move rapidly toward the start of the NBA playoffs, the...

Benjamin Banneker, the brilliant scientist and former freeman

Today's page looks at astronomer, mathematician, inventor, writer and anti-slavery activist Benjamin Banneker--yet another brilliant...

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UNCF ends national tour in NYC

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) wrapped up its 11-stop HBCU Empower Me Tour in...

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Verizon celebrates Black History Month

Verizon Wireless is celebrating Black History Month with education, positivity and prizes. Verizon Wireless, provider...

UNCF launches ad campaign at gala

It was a star-studded event at the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) annual "A Mind...

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Spring cleaning

I don't know about your family, but I had a member of my family (mainly...

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You've got some nerve

In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear that expression, "You've got...

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Wrong arthritis medications causing need for joint replacements

Too many times, I have observed many patients in pain who present me with a...

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Memorial service held for Malcolm Shabazz

In his opening prayer, Imam Al Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid set a tone of reverence and...

Guitar Center workers vote to unionize

Last Friday's developments were a long time coming for Guitar Center employees at the flagship...

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Latin slala icon Willie Colon to perform at Bronx's Lehman Center

Latin salsa icon Willie Colon is well-known throughout the world. A renowned singer, composer, humanitarian,...

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Hiking, kayaking and fishing at Harlem River Festival

Spend a day celebrating New York City's Harlem River! Join New York Restoration Project's Harlem...

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Open top hats are the newest trend for summer

On any given Saturday, when you're walking along Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between West 117th and...

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Timeless, feminine looks for Fall with Korean clothes line Choonmoo

For fall, some fashions offer an East-to-West style. Korean designer Choonmoo Park created conservative yet...

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Frank Lautenberg dead at 89; Special election to be held

Gov. Chris Christie announced on Tuesday that a special election would be held later this...

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For Quinn, a rollicking mayoral campaign that needs to focus on the future

This has been quite an eventful period for Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker and...

New York City's plans to close 24 schools thwarted by court

City Hall's quest to close 24 schools is no more. Last week, a five-judge panel...

We love you L.L., but you've got some researching to do

Sometimes, you don't want to be called radical or militant. In fact, it's funny how...

Malcolm X and grandson both gone too soon

Perhaps in response to the recent murder of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm...

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Malcolm Shabazz buried near grandparents

On Tuesday, May 21, Malcolm Shabazz was buried near his grandparents, Malcolm X and Dr....

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Tennis player Serena Williams heads to France for the French Open

Serena Williams, playing perhaps the best tennis of her career, heads to the French Open,...

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Former Knick Jerome Williams now a Youth Talk Ambassador

Jerome Williams, the former NBA star with the New York Knicks and now a Youth...

NBA roundup: Knicks, Bulls on the way out

Professional sports is a young man's game, right? Try telling that to the San Antonio...

Obama promises action

There was no "malice toward none and charity for all," as Lincoln stated; no "you...

Obama slights his loyal following

President Barack Obama has the opportunity, in this second term, to put his feet on...

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National Football Foundation honors Dr. Roscoe Brown and the 2012 class of legends

The historic Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom in New York City witnessed an all-star cast of history's...

First female Harlem Globetrotter in 20 years coming to town

TNT Maddox, former standout at Temple University, joined the Globetrotters in the fall of 2011...

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The John Hunter-Bob Douglas Hall of Fame class of 2013

The 40th John Hunter Bob Douglas Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Sunday,...

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America's Olympic sweetheart blasted for saying she was bullied

Gabby Douglas, the underdog gymnast turned two-time Olympic gold medalist who stole our hearts at...

Gabby Douglass visits NYC Barnes & Nobel store

The first African-American Olympic gold medalist in the individual gymnastics all-around competition in 2012 was...

'Central Park Five' lawsuits still unsettled

When Ken and Sarah Burns held a book signing recently at Barnes and Noble near...

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International court stung by charge of 'hunting africans' because of race

May 28 (GIN) - As the African Union summit drew to a close this week,...

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Japan is latest suitor for African resources

Jun 4 (GIN) - Since the tsunami and earthquake hit Japan in 2011, the Asian...

Israel to deport African migrants but won't say to where

According to a leaked Israeli court document, a deal has been reached with an unidentified...

Sgt. Ron King Posts Response Video about "false accusations."

A little over a week ago, Sergeant Ron King of Port Canaveral, Florida was fired...

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U.S. Offers reward for arrest of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security has put a price on the...

President Obama tours Jersey Shore with NJ Governor Chris Christie

Following through on a promise to make sure New Jersey residents are rebuilding their lives,...

Wisdom to youth

Dear Youth, Kendrick Lamar to Soulja Boy--it's all good, we suppose, true or false? If...

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Lauryn Hill sentenced to three months in prison for tax evasion

Rap diva and New Jersey native Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in federal...

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Gallery in Bed-Stuy pays tribute to the boombox

Funky time travel occurred on April 11 at the House of Art Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant,...

Car wash employees win union contract

Queens' Hi-Tek Car & Lube car wash employees are now going to receive union protection,...

More car wash workers vote to join RWDSU

The demand for decent wages and safer working condition continues for car wash workers in...

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At Hi-Tek Car Wash, sending a message of change to low-wage workers

In September, workers at Astoria Car Wash & Hi-Tek 10 Minute Lube in Queens scored...

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Community Service society celebrates 170 years of fighting poverty

Recently, the Community Service Society (CSS) celebrated 170 years of fighting poverty in New York...

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New York City Independence Party holds spring gala

The New York City Independence Party held its 15th annual Spring Chair Reception at the...

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Horoscopes: June 6-12, 2013

Aries: Where are you going in such a hurry? What you want you already have....

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N.J. Pianist Gladys Selma Dennis, dies at 98

Beloved mother, grandmother and pianist Gladys Selma Dennis has died. The former Harlem resident died...

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Chicago man charged for killing a six-month old

On Monday, Chicago police charged 33 year-old Koman Willis with first-degree murder and aggravated battery...

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Rah Digga kicks off Fame and Fortune programming

Hip-hop great, Rah Digga will share her life lessons in the second installment of the...

CUNY appoints interims to run Medgar Evers

The City University of New York (CUNY) recently appointed interim administrative members to help run...

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Medgar Evers' president William Pollard ousted

Short and chaotic, the reign of Dr. William Pollard at Medgar Evers College is over....

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events May 20 - June 5, 2013

Greetings! As we close out African Liberation Month, we give a fond farewell of appreciation...

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Stand with Black Brooklyn legislators

On Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m., outside Medgar Evers College, the Central Brooklyn Black...

Tuesday, June 4

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Get ready for Juneteenth 2011

The Masjid Malcom Shabazz Mosque and the Martin Luther King Jr. New York Support Group...

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Juneteenth: An African-American celebration of freedom and culture

June 19 is known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day and Juneteenth. It was on that...

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Juneteenth celebrations held across the city

Several events took place this past weekend around the city in observance of Juneteenth, the...

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Councilman Charles Barron's office hosts special Juneteenth celebration

On Friday, June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m., the office of New York City...

Monday, June 3

The DEC and DOH issue an air quality health advisory for NYC metro region

Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Joe Martens and State...

"Black Wall Street" on Fire: Remembering the Tulsa race riot

This weekend marks the 92nd anniversary of the beginning of perhaps one of the worst...