Stories for November 2013

Thursday, November 28

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Why Iyanla Vanzant doesn’t feel need to forgive DMX

On the “A” w/Souleo

Iyanla Vanzant talks new book and whether or not forgiving DMX is necessary; Flo Anthony opens up on being blacklisted by the media industry; and ballroom veteran Jack Mizrahi fears ballroom standards are breaking down.

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Ebony Escapes! to do ‘The Bucket List’

Places this travel writer wants to jet off to.

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The Fisk Jubilee Singers

Jubilee Singers created to raise money for Fisk University

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These Republicans are determined not to give Obama credit for anything

No matter what the president achieves he is confronted by Republican elected officials who would never even consider giving him credit.

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In everything, give thanks

A Happy Thanksgiving to everyone

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Last of Scottsboro Boys pardoned

Three of the last Scottsboro Boys—African-American youths falsely accused of raping two white women in 1931—were granted posthumous pardons by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Rex and Jets going to the finish line with Geno

If ever a team was backed into a corner, it’s the Jets.

Garnett admits he and teammates have to be accountable

For Jason Kidd’s sake, the answer to that question had better be “when the team is back to 100 percent.”

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Is Carmelo on an island by himself?

Last week, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said it’s too early in this NBA season for him and his players to panic despite their abysmal start.

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The challenge for the Giants is to keep winning

Thanksgiving has arrived and the Giants’ playoff yearnings have been devoured.

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LIU women Northeast Conference volleyball champs

With their eyes set on a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, the LIU volleyball team was decisive in its play at this past weekend’s Northeast Conference Tournament

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Happy Thanksgiving

As we sit around the Thanksgiving table this year, what will you be thankful for?

25 and sitting on $25 million

When I was in college, I assumed I was going to graduate and receive $80,000-$90,000 a year.

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Black organizations protesting Black Friday

Some groups are asking Black shoppers to hold their dollars this Black Friday

Stop-and-frisk unconstitutional ruling upheld

The United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals denied the city’s lawyers’ request to overturn Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that the NYPD had violated the U.S. Constitution

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125th Street lights up

Harlem’s 125th Street is all aglow thanks to the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID)

US-Antigua talks collapse

The row between Antigua and the U.S. over Washington shutting down electronic gaming outlets on the island continued this past week

Electronic stop-and-frisk?

A council hearing centered on Int. No. 1177, an amendment to the administrative code of the city of New York that would require businesses to keep electronic records of the names, addresses and items of sale or purchase.

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Another bold move by Obama

Last Saturday evening, President Barack Obama explained yet another bold move by his administration, and like his other moves, the interim peace deal with Iran has come with its own measure of dissent and push back

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Organizing for change

Leah James is well on her way to becoming one of the next city leaders

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Letter No. 54: Immigration reform now!

Back in 2007, you had this brave, bold idea of health care reform but then settled for what has now become the nightmare of the Affordable Care Act rollout

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Idris Elba among BAFTA honorees

Diana Ross’ 25-year-old son Evan Ross announced he is ready to marry Jessica Simpson’s sister, Ashlee

Lawmakers seek to expand Social Security

Social Security currently keeps 20 million Americans out of poverty

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Trenton mayor’s trial set for early January

Embattled Trenton Mayor Tony Mack will begin what many contend will be the fight of his political life

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Swing Street forever

Harlem, known in some circles as “the Black cultural capital of the world,” is consistently losing its Black flair and cultural identity to the giant bites of gentrification

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Bloomberg says new mayor will have a balanced budget

For the first time in the city’s history, the budget for an upcoming fiscal year already has been balanced for an incoming mayor

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ COO helps Westchester Church celebrate a century of ministry

Dia Simms, chief operating officer of Combs Enterprise, is the keynote speaker for the Shiloh Baptist Church’s 100th anniversary gala

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Haitian-Dominicans are targets for racial profiling in their own country.

A recent court ruling in the Dominican Republic has migrants of Haitian descent fearing deportation from their birth land

Fading minds need your time

I had many elderly patients who were living alone and whose minds had unfortunately begun to fad.

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Harlem center feeds community’s needs for Thanksgiving

The Association to Benefit Children (ABC), an organization that traffics in serving the economically disadvantaged, held its annual “Turkey Day” at its East Harlem location

Marissa Alexander offers conditions for release

The Black Floridian woman who was facing 20 years in prison for shooting warning shots at her abusive ex-husband is reportedly offering conditions to a judge if she is released

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Elected officials put pressure on Atlantic Yards developers

A group of elected officials representing the Brooklyn areas in and around Atlantic Yards want to stop Forest City Ratner from selling a majority stake in the development to the Shanghai

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Shop on Small Business Saturday

While Black Friday is sure to bring tons of shoppers, small businesses are looking to cash in on Saturday

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Kyam Livingston’s family files wrongful death suit

Kyam Livingston’s family, elected officials and community leaders announce the filing of a federal lawsuit in connection to her death

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Nov 28 - Dec 4

The holiday season has arrived as we head into Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve

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The holidays, racism and inappropriate behavior

Recently in New York, two young Black shoppers were arrested while shopping at the upscale Barneys clothing store

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Remembering our simple blessings

This column is dedicated in remembrance of a holiday that encourages us to take a step back in order to gain clarity

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NLRB: Walmart violated workers’ rights nationwide

the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that didn’t surprise Walmart employees: The company had violated workers’ rights around the country

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NYCHA is key to restoring a city for all

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio won the election

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The Friendly 50 club holds dinner dance

the Friendly 50 Clubs Inc. held their 53rd annual Harvey Davis Memorial Scholarship Dinner Dance

The Cosmopolitan Review

A small group gathered at the office of Sen. Bill Perkins in the Harlem State Office Building to honor Robert Smalls III

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Reggie Wilson returns to BAM

After Reggie Wilson’s acclaimed 2009 work “The Good Dance—Dakar with Andreya Ouamba” premiered, folks wanted to know what was next,

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Fall ’13: Vantan’s season of color

Color-struck fall ’13 fashions captured the runway at Vantan Tokyo’s collection presentation

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Spring ’14: Glamour is back!

Zang Toi’s spring ’14 collection is simply stunning

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‘Black Nativity’ director talks with AmNews

There are many reasons to embrace the feel-good holiday film “Black Nativity"

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On the Verge: Jacob Latimore

Black Nativity's Jacob Latimore talks about his role in the new blockbuster

This Week in Black History

Nov. 24 - Dec. 5 in Black history

Wednesday, November 27

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Talking SCHOP! Thank you again

Happy Thanksgiving, Harlem!

Tuesday, November 26

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Melissa Harris-Perry and bell hooks drop knowledge at the New School

Melissa Harris-Perry and bell hooks hold talk, “Black Female Voices: Who is Listening.”

Thursday, November 21

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Ring in the holidays with ‘Life With La Toya’

According to WWD, the event to kick off “A New York Holiday,” the collaboration between Barneys New York and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, has been canceled. The party, which Barneys was sponsoring at an off-site location Nov. 20, was expected to be a fundraiser for the Shawn Carter Foundation. The cancelation comes amid controversy over Jay Z’s collaboration with Barneys and allegations of racial profiling against the retailer, as well as against Macy’s Inc.

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Billy Strayhorn, Pacheco, Blythe Benefit, Tolliver Sistas

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn remain one of the most significant collaborative teams in jazz history. Billy Strayhorn Orchestra and the Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival

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Nominations are in for AUDELCO Awards

Throughout the past theater season, Black actors, playwrights, directors and technical professionals have done amazing work,

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Fall/winter ’13: Peasant looks are enchanting

Tadashi Shoji’s fall 2013 collection tells a tale of exiled nobility. His looks were inspired by the splendor of the Russian Empire. The journey begins in St. Petersburg, Russia, impressively shrouded in the darkness of winter.

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2013 in Hip Hop

Music executive Wise McGriff breaks down 2013's hits and misses in hip hop.

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Renowned jewelry designer JAR on view at the Met

At a recent press conference, the Metropolitan Museum of Art introduced “Jewels by JAR,” an exhibition of more than 400 works by jewelry designer Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. This exhibit is the first retrospective in the United States and the first retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to a contemporary jeweler. “Jewels by JAR” runs from Nov. 20 to March 9, 2014.

Curate NYC: New York artists, worldwide stage

Curate NYC, a dynamic multimedia artist showcase, began as the winning idea to a request for proposals from the city that had the modest goal of exhibiting art in city-owned buildings.

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Minton’s Playhouse returns with renovated elegance

Breathtakingly exquisite and elegant is about the best way to describe the newly renovated Minton’s Playhouse

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Treat yourself to the Apollo this holiday season

Aren’t you tired of having the same family holiday or just being by yourself? How about you go down to the Apollo on 125th Street in Harlem?

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‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’: A great way to usher in the holidays

The holidays are upon us once again, and hopefully this will be a season filled with joy. One marvelous way to usher it in is by going to see “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall, located at West 50th Street and the Avenue of the Americas. Every year, my daughters and I look forward to this production bringing out the warmth and love of the upcoming holiday season, and we haven’t been disappointed yet. The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” is absolutely amazing.

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‘Black Nativity’—a gift from Harlem, Langston Hughes and Kasi Lemmons

“Black Nativity,” written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, is based on the rich and timeless work of Langston Hughes

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A day in Harlem with ‘Black Nativity’

Last night, we soaked up the soulful vibes of Harlem as the swinging hamlet welcomed the cast and crew of director Kasi Lemmons’ holiday musical “Black Nativity.”

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City Council holds hearing on ‘shop-and-frisk’

The City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights and the Committee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the recent allegations of racial profiling at Macy’s and Barneys.

LES Girls Club opens huge new space

Having grown up in the Lower East Side, Rosario Dawson said there were not many opportunities for girls in the neighborhood.

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Yoruba priestess Marjorie Bayne Quinones Sango Gunmi to be memorialized

The Yoruba spiritual tradition, which originated in Nigeria, was first brought to the U.S. by practitioners from Cuba

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More trouble for President Obama

President Barack Obama woke up Wednesday morning to more bad news: His approval rating reached the lowest since he took office.

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Black churches slam Latino organizations silence on Trayvon Martin

The National Black Church Initiative is mystified and shocked at the Latino community’s refusal to condemn the George Zimmerman verdict

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Starting out in business: Key tips to keep in mind

Every day, people across this country decide that they are going to give up their 9 to 5 and start a business.

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Transition Tent giving New Yorkers voice in mayoral changeover

thousands of New Yorkers are making their way to SoHo to the “Transition Tent” to participate in an opportunity to talk about the issues that matter most following the election of the new mayor, Bill de Blasio

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NYC class sizes increase for sixth year in a row despite law requiring reduction

On Friday, Nov. 15, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) released new data on class sizes in schools as of Oct. 31.

Making sure promises are kept

Promises, as we all know, are a politician’s trademark.

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Is 12 years of Bloomberg akin to ‘12 Years a Slave?'

When asked recently if he had seen “12 Years a Slave,” a young man said no, but responded, “I have lived in New York City under 12 years of Bloomberg.”

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Greg X: Saving our youth from drugs

Based in South Jamaica, Queens, Greg, 50, is founder of the Brotherhood Foundation and works with the King of Kings Foundation.

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The cough, that irritating cough

the body eliminates foreign material by coughing

Senate: Student immigrants pay in-state tuition

As expected, earlier this week, the state Senate approved a bill that allows New Jersey residents who were brought to the Garden State illegally as children to pay in-state tuition fees to attend colleges, officials announced in Trenton.

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City College student protestors supported in court

on Tuesday Khalil Vasquez and Tafadar “Taffy” Sourov were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges connected to student demonstrations at City College.

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Third pot dispensary set to open in New Jersey

In New Jersey officials this week announced that the Garden State’s third medical marijuana facility is slated to open next month

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Domestic abuse charges land Zimmerman new charges

Reports indicate that Zimmerman was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault after pointing a gun at his pregnant girlfriend, putting two lives in danger.

Obamacare forces HBCU to drop student health insurance

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is being blamed for one historically Black college having to cut out its health care plan for its students.

Fundraiser for New Heights Academy Brings Out Big Names

On Tuesday, DJ Kid Capri and R&B/soul singer Leela James were in attendance at “Limitless: Honoring Our Scholars’ Promise,” a fundraiser event that provides resources for student support, school programming and scholarships.

Queens Community House Celebrating Thanksgiving

The Queens Community House (QHC) is hosting a community Thanksgiving gathering on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 3-6 p.m. at 108-25 62nd Drive in Forest Hills. QHC is a private, nonsectarian, nonprofit agency that has served the residents of Queens for almost 40 years.

This Week in Black History: Nov. 21 - 27

Black history makers this week

Healthfirst Celebrates Opening of New Washington Heights Office

Healthfirst held a ceremony celebrating the grand opening of its Washington Heights community office on Wednesday. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in front of the office at 1467 St. Nicholas Ave. between West 183rd and 184th streets.

Black organizations calling for "Black-Out" on Black Friday

Several Black organizations, including the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, the United Negro Improvement Association and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, are calling for Blacks not to spend money on Black Friday.

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T. Thomas Fortune, famed journalist and civil rights leader

T. Thomas Fortune at one time was one of the nation’s most distinguished and prominent journalists and civil rights leaders.

‘Bloomberg Strikes Back! Emergency Town Hall on Stop and Frisk’

A packed house attended the “Bloomberg Strikes Back! Emergency Town Hall on Stop and Frisk” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Restoration Plaza in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. At the event, which was organized by the Communities United for Police Reform, various community leaders and local politicians updated the community on the status of the Intro 1079 Oversight Act, regarding the establishment of independent oversight of the NYPD, and the Intro 1080 End Discriminatory Profiling Act, meant to protect New Yorkers against discriminatory profiling by the NYPD. These two bills together comprise the Community Safety Act.

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De Blasio thanks voters at National Action Network

On the inside of the National Action Network (NAN) headquarters last Saturday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was effusive

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Avonte: Harlem sighting?

On Monday, Amsterdam News staff writer Cyril Josh Barker noticed that on the back of one of four “Find Avonte” posters taped to a ground floor lobby window, someone had scribbled a note that stated: “Kid seen on 127th St. 7 Ave. in front of Salem Church on Sat.” Salem Church, Daniel Oquendo, Avonte Oquendo, Avonte, Salem Methodist Church, Norma Lewis, Harlem Children Zone, Sabrina Perez, 28th Precinct, autistic,

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Letter No. 53: Immigration reform now!

Lost in all the brouhaha over the Affordable Care Act rollout was Speaker John Boehner’s nail-in-the-coffin comment on immigration reform

Imhotep's Guide to Black entertainment Nov23rd-Jan12th

Greetings! As we head into the holiday season, we wish you and your families safe travels and urge you to take time to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Make plans now. You know where we are, so plan ahead.

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CARICOM upping pressure over ‘racist’ Dominican court ruling

The Caribbean community puts pressure on the Dominican Republic to suspend its racist stance on Hatian decedents

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Talking SCHOP! Preparing for Thanks

When Halloween is over, the next seasonal step is Thanksgiving, right? So why am I only seeing advertisements for Christmas? There is so much joy to be had in the in-between. I find it especially frustrating because I have been thinking about a new stuffing idea I want to try with spicy lamb merguez sausage and persimmon. Thanksgiving, Turkey, Dutch oven, chicken, jalapeno, garlic, bird, gravy, heavy cream,

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Life so needs the Caribbean!

I often look forward to my travels to the Caribbean

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Working Families Party makes a breakthrough on election night

After 12 years of treating New York City like an unattainable luxury item, many progressive New Yorkers are looking forward to the end of Michael Bloomberg’s reign.

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Let the food frenzy begin!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, thus signaling the beginning of the food frenzy that lasts until New Year’s Day. And while every year your goal might be to not overdo it, a true foodie doesn’t even have those thoughts in their realm of consciousness.

MTA fare hikes lower than expected, TWU wonders ‘where’s our money?’

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) recently announced that it overestimated the proposed fare hikes for 2015 and 2017, and New Yorkers won’t feel the pinch as much as expected. “MTA cost-cutting measures have been more effective than anticipated,” read an MTA statement. “As outlined in the Final Proposed 2014 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan, the growth of agency expenses in 2014 will be limited to 1.96 percent, which is in line with the rate of inflation.”

UFT fighting battles on both ends

The United Federation of Teachers might have to watch the movie “300” for inspiration, because they’re feeling pressure from all sides. While fighting against the rushed implementation of a policy, the union is meeting a new battle creeping up behind them.

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Wal-Mart’s holiday of sorrow

The holiday decorations are starting to appear, and that means the busiest shopping season is almost upon us. And as Black Friday approaches, consumers will be faced with choices as to how they’ll spend their money for holiday gifts. They’ll be buying gifts to spread joy to friends and family, but many, unfortunately, will be doing it at Wal-Mart, where one of the main holiday “presents” will be sorrow for its workers at their stores and within their production chain.

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Jay Z and his big pimpin’ Roc Nation

The premiere of “Black Nativity”’ bring cast of celebrities to Harlem

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Remembering Daesean Hill shooting

Balloons sailed into the Sunday night sky at the corner of Sutter Avenue and Hendrix Street, now also known as Daesean Hill Drive.

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Visiting Nurse Service of New York benefit celebrates 120 years of caring

It’s been over a century since public health pioneer Lillian Wald first provided charitable care for a mother and her baby on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The organization that she founded, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), will once again celebrate Wald’s work and the work of the thousands of nurses and other dedicated VNSNY workers who have followed in her caring footsteps through today.

Third annual Rangel Career Fair brings hope

Rep. Charles B. Rangel hosted his highly anticipated third annual Rangel Career Fair on Nov. 12 at the City College of New York (CCNY), connecting thousands of prospective employees with scores of America’s leading businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The event offered eager job-hunters valuable networking opportunities and the chance to obtain valuable advice and information from more than 70 of the country’s top employers.

The Cosmopolitan Review

It’s almost here! Thanksgiving, that is, one of the most celebrated holidays in America, as everyone stops to give thanks. I know I am thankful—so thankful that I don’t know where to begin—but I just know I am. City Harvest, known worldwide for providing food for those most in need of a meal, has begun rolling in the turkeys. Dedicated to feeding the hungry, City Harvest has partnered with various agencies around the city to ensure there’s always a meal available so that no one should have to go hungry.

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Racist Dutch tradition comes under fire

When Santa Claus comes to town in Amsterdam, it’s not a cluster of elves leaping around the robust figure in red waving at cheering children and adults.

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Mandela still stable at home but unable to speak

Former President Nelson Mandela is receiving treatment from 22 doctors around the clock at his suburban Johannesburg home Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,

Worldwide child porn operation busted in Toronto

An operation involving dozens of police departments from around the globe has resulted in mass arrests in a worldwide child pornography ring. Last Thursday, Toronto police said that 348 people had been arrested as part of a three-year pornography investigation and at least 386 sexually abused children had been rescued globally as well.

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Stax Records book explores issues of race

On the “A” w/Souleo

New book details how Stax Records broke racial ground; Justin Merrick receives Grammy recognition for work with Stax Music Academy; Civil Rights photographer Ernest C. Withers’ Kickstarter campaign may be struggling due to his role as a paid F.B.I. informer

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Parents clash with school administrators over Common Core

When the words “Common Core” come up in a conversation with parents in New York, they oftentimes answer back with a negative response.

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NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman calls Stop-and-Frisk futile

A recent report from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office suggests that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices are ultimately futile.

Wednesday, November 20

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Stars come out for New Heights Academy fundraiser

DJ Kid Capri and singer Leela James make an appearance at the New Heights Academy School fundraiser

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City Council holds hearing on 'shop-and-frisk'

The City Council's Committee on Civil Rights and Committee on Oversight and Investigation held a hearing Wednesday at City Hall to address racial profiling at high-end retailers.

Monday, November 18

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George Zimmerman arrested for alleged domestic dispute

Zimmerman arrested after alleged domestic disturbance.

Friday, November 15

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Make way for Ladyy Cee

A rising star in the R&B world, Ladyy Cee is looking to make her mark on the music scene

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Power 105.1's 'Powerhouse' and the annual commercial hip-hop showcase

Hip hop show brings big superstars to Brooklyn

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Who will be the next police commissioner?

As Bil de Blasio makes his transaction to mayor, questions loom over who will be selected as the next NYPD Commissioner

Working Families Party makes a breakthrough on Election Night

The Working Families Party scored 3 major citywide victories with de Blasio election triumph, Letitia James’ Public Advocate victory, and Scott Stringer’s Comptroller win

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Real Housewives of Atlanta couple learns the truth about each other

Married stars of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas set out to write their joint memoir "Carry-On Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight"

“Black Montreal: Hotbed Of Radicalism In The Sixties” an evening of dialogue

Montreal Canada specifically is a center for Black power and deep-rooted African-American culture

Thursday, November 14

Saudis give boot to Ethiopians for visa infractions

A violent roundup of African and other foreign workers in Saudi Arabia whose visas are expired has struck fear into the immigrant community

Anti-corruption group taps Angolan blogger for prize

Bloggers from China and Angola will share the Integrity Prize for taking on corrupt elites in their respective countries despite great personal risk.

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NYPD promotes firs Black deputy chief Kim Royster

History was made in the NYPD as Kim Royster was promoted to deputy chief, making her the third African-American woman to achieve the rank

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Stop-and-frisk more court action ahead

As the city moves forward with its fight against the ruling that would put the breaks on the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice, the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA) pledges to move forward with a lawsuit to throw out the ruling as the city changes mayors.

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Luis Quintana sworn in as interim mayor of Newark

Former Newark City Council President Luis Quintana was sworn in as the first Hispanic mayor of the Brick City at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon. The ceremonial oath of office was administered by state Sen. Richard Codey.

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Former Mayor Dinkins out of the hospital and on the road to recovery

Former Mayor David Dinkins was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital last Wednesday after being treated for pneumonia.

Thank you, Rep. Rangel, for protecting our community

We thank Rep. Charlie Rangel for his unequivocal words in promising to vote against a fast track bill

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The curse of longevity

The Social Security Act was passed in 1935 guaranteeing retirement pensions to all Americans over the age of 65.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg:The greatest segregationist politician in U.S. history

Dear Amsterdam News, I am sure your paper is aware of the unbridled elitist arrogance of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who seeks to micromanage the lives of the “little people,” defends “stop-and-frisk,” denied city workers a contract for four years and wants to wreck the teachers’ union. I hope you are also aware that he may well be the greatest segregationist politician in U.S. history in both racial and class terms.

Obamacare—A legacy to remember or to forget?

Obamacare wasn’t a measure that would be completed overnight. Nor would its significant arrival for millions of Americans without any health insurance be a smooth one.

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Vulcan Society honors Black heroes at annual memorial

The Vulcan Society, the fraternal order of Black firefighters, held its annual memorial service at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn last weekend.

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Queens Museum reflects borough’s diversity

The reopening of the Queens Museum could be a game changer.

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Donnell Nichols: Dedicating life to emergency services

Donnell Nichols has been in the spotlight for leading the search for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who has been missing for weeks.

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LICH resumes ambulance service

The ups and downs with the fight to keep Long Island College Hospital (LICH) continued last Friday. The hospital resumed ambulance service this afternoon but would only accept noncritical patients. SUNY Downstate, which runs the hospital, told reporters that it would bring in doctors from other institutions to help with services and claimed that it’s making every effort to maintain the current status quo.

Fugitive surrender program draws record crowd

More than 4,500 fugitives turned themselves in to authorities over the weekend in Jersey City, marking the largest number of people to surrender to authorities in the Garden State’s most recent fugitive surrender or semi-amnesty program

Frontier Airlines turns a deaf ear to request from the Black Chamber of New Jersey

In an effort to highlight the importance of the Black dollar, last week, the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) initiated a boycott of the newly reopened Trenton Mercer Airport. Frontier Airlines, the largest carrier at the airport, has dismissed efforts by the AACCNJ to align itself with the organization.

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More questions in death of Kendrick Johnson, found dead in gym mat

The latest in a case involving a Black Georgia teen found dead in a mat in a high school gymnasium involves the coroner in the case slamming how the incident was handled. In January, Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found dead inside of a gym mat at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta, Ga. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said Johnson suffocated himself while trying to get a sneaker. While authorities said the death was an accident and closed the case, the family believes otherwise.

Freedom on the horizon for Marissa Alexander

All eyes are back on Florida as the case of Marissa Alexander gets underway.

First Somali-American wins seat on Minneapolis City Council

On Nov. 5, Abdi Warsame was declared winner in the municipal election to represent Ward 6 on the Minneapolis City Council. In his first run for political office, Warsame defeated incumbent Robert Lilligren in a landslide victory. Lilligren was the first and only Native American City Council member in Minneapolis for over a decade.

Deltas in Staten Island host affordable care act forum

The Staten Island Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in association with the CSI Liberty Partnerships Program, is hosting “How the Affordable Care Act Impacts You and Your Community” on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, 2800 Victory Blvd., Building

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Search continues for Avonte Oquendo

The search now in its seventh week, the family of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo is clinging to hope that the autistic teen will be found. Oquendo ran out of his school in Long Island City, Queens, on Oct. 4.

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Bipolar man missing in Jersey

Police in New Jersey are looking for Jamel Robinson, a United States Navy veteran with a bipolar condition who was discharged.

Questions rise as Kelly and Bloomberg to take security protection out of office

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg and possibly Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are heading out of office, residents might still have to pay once they’re gone.

Comptroller says the city can do more to protect the homeless

Comptroller John Liu is calling on the city to drop Aguila Inc.

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‘Tis the season for fun on ice

Figure Skating in Harlem

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The Giants’ Andre Brown refuses to quit

Andre Brown gingerly walked into the interview, his left hand rubbing his sore lower back. Against substantial odds, the New York Giants’ running back made his return from a broken left fibula this past Sunday to carry the ball a career-high 30 times for 115 yards to lead his team to a 24-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.

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No question: Mike Woodson is skating on thin ice

The words and actions of the two men who, more than anyone else, carry the burden of the Knicks’ fortunes this season were ominous. “It was embarrassing,” said Carmelo Anthony after the Knicks’ dispassionate 120-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. “We didn’t compete … and that’s unacceptable,” maintained an unmistakably disturbed Mike Woodson. Anthony and Woodson, circumstances and objectivity be damned, will bear the brunt of the blame if the Knicks plunge back into the state of mediocrity in which they were stuck for the better part of the past two decades.

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Preventing the flu blues

Well, the sneeze and sore throat season is upon us with a vengeance

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Talking SCHOP! A food film date

When one thinks of food and film, it is usually a date night: either an early movie with post-viewing debate/discussion about the film’s finer and lesser moments over pasta and wine or, vice versa, letting your server know that you are catching a movie in a hour and to speed the plough.

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Ebony Escapes! into November

From Afrocentric films to significant art exhibitions, circus performances and food, November is a great month to celebrate

Sandra Guzman gets ‘OK’ to pursue case against New York Post

Four years after former New York Post Editor Sandra Guzman filed a sexual harassment and unlawful termination lawsuit against her former employer, she’ll see them in court.

Loose Ends still bringing the ‘Sweetest Pain’

A monumental landmark year of a musical group, Loose Ends

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Kidney Foundation walkers cross the Brooklyn Bridge

Several hundred people gathered at Foley Square on Sunday morning for the annual Kidney Foundation Walk

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The Greater NY Links, Rep. Rangel and Home Depot Foundation’s pre-Veterans Day celebration

groups announced the launch of the third Celebration of Service campaign to ensure military veterans and their families have a safe place to call home

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Nubian Society honors local heroes

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Nubian Society recognized unsung heroes at a lavish affair held at La Bella Vita in Ozone Park, N.Y.

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Happy belated Veterans Day to all of the veterans. I find this, along with Memorial Day, to be one of the year’s most solemn holidays, a time to really reflect and give thanks to all of those who are committed to serving our country. With the world in a constant state of chaos, now more than ever, Americans must be mindful of the sacrifice veterans make to protect our lives, freedoms and the pursuit of happiness.

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November 8 celebrated as ‘Afro-Argentinian Day’

Argentina celebrated its first official “Afro-Argentinean Day” on Friday, Nov. 8.

Churches gifting the community

“Obamacare: An Information Session and Presentation on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Teen Challenge Center (444 Clinton Ave., between Gates and Greene avenues) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The sponsors are community activist Olanike Alabi, HealthFirst and the 57th A.D. Democratic Organization.

Help for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Church World Service (CWS) is appealing to donors for contributions to support relief efforts for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

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National Action Network and NAACP hold prayer vigil for Mohamed Bah

Mohamed Bah was the emotionally disturbed man who was killed by the NYPD this past September.

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Clergy, community call on Cuomo to keep Interfaith open

Prior to Interfaith Medical Center’s bankruptcy hearing on Wednesday, Assemblywoman Annette Robinson joined local clergy and the community served by the hospital at a prayer rally outside of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Brooklyn. Together, they are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep the hospital open.

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New York City chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority host youth summit

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Tau Omega and Pi Kappa Omega chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority hosted an Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) community summit

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Educators stress the crucial years of early childhood learning

Black children are not getting the preparation they need to excel in school during the early years of their development

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Anna Arnold Hedgeman and Dorothy Height were mutual friends in struggle

In several African-American history books, particularly biographical dictionaries, Anna Arnold Hedgeman and Dorothy Height are listed almost inseparably.

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Letter No. 52: Immigration reform now!

The big question now is whether the loss by the tea party-anointed Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia will force the Republican Party to face reality and help bring about the much awaited and needed vote on immigration reform

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Barbados hotel specializes in ‘targeted excellence’

LONDON (Nov. 14) – A new luxury hotel on Barbados’ vibrant south coast is finding its niche and enjoying success in an area typically known for its mid-market properties. Caribbean hotelier Ralph Taylor is reporting positive results since the SoCo Hotel opened in June.

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Who will be the next police commissioner?

If Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is interested in the opinion of a very small, informal survey of Black New Yorkers, then he should choose Kim Royster or Philip Banks III as the next police commissioner. Royster, according to some Harlemites, would add color and gender to the new mayor’s inner circle. Royster, who was the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Public Information Division, was promoted to inspector in October, making the 29-year veteran the third Black woman to earn a gold star in the department’s history. She is the mother of two and played a pivotal role in the gun buyback initiative.

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Ken Burns: De Blasio will settle ‘Central Park Five’ case

According to documentarian Ken Burns, New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio plans on settling the “Central Park Five” civil suit once and for all.

British say no to reparations

Mark Simmonds angered many when he flippantly declared that London would oppose any efforts by governments to make the UK pay for the horrors of the Atlantic slave trade

Wednesday, November 13

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Headline: Share My Lessons to view clips of “Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom” in classrooms

Share My Lesson, the nation’s largest online site for teaching resources, has posted lesson plans and other materials about former prisoner and South African President Nelson Mandela

Headline: “America’s Got Talent” open auditions in NYC

“America’s Got Talent” is coming to New York

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Christie wins election, loses minimum wage battle

Christie garnered a whopping 60 percent of the vote

Tuesday, November 12

Dominican Republic strips citizenship from Haitian descendants

The Dominican Republic ruled that anyone who is not of Dominican ancestry would be stripped away of their citizenship

Monday, November 11

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Najee feels the spirit of George Duke on new album

Duke’s presence was so strong that it inspired Najee to record a song in tribute to his musical mentor titled “Shinjuku.”

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On the “A” w/Souleo: LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross find meaning in film” Go For Sisters”

When actresses LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross finished reading the script for two-time Oscar nominee John Sayles’ new film, “Go For Sisters,” they immediately knew they wanted to be cast in it since they appreciated the script’s sensitivity in dealing with issues of sisterhood and race.

Thursday, November 7

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Deep history, great cuisine and of course Lincoln

Last time around, we had just started exploring African-American history past and present in Springfield, as it is inextricably tied to the issue of slavery in Lincoln’s day and how the city has developed since then. In addition to visiting the Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum and the various sites tied to the 1908 Race Riot as shown on the city’s self-guided, eight-marker tour, I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Douglas King, a founder and board member of the museum.

Smokey sings

Smokey Robinson, the legendary Motown Records singer and songwriter, recently thrilled all the ladies in attendance at NJPAC in Newark as he sang many of his classic and famous romantic songs. (Risasi Dais photo)

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James Brown Celebrated

Dancers of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) recently thrilled the Apollo Theater audience, dancing creatively to the music of James Brown for a tribute titled “James Brown: Get on the Good Foot.” (Risasi Dais photos)

Jay Z cashing in for the holiday season

It’s going to be a busy holiday season for Jay Z. First, his controversial deal with Barneys starts on Nov. 20, when his Christmas window at the store debuts, along with his special boutique. Then, he will enter the fragrance business with the launch of his first men’s eau de toilette, “Gold Jay Z,” which will debut on Friday, Nov. 29 at major department stores throughout the U.S.

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Melvin Van Peebles at the gallery

Today (Thursday) is your last day to see “eMerge 2.0: Melvin Van Peebles & Artists on the Cusp.”

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November 2013 Dance Calendar

Begin this month of dance in Brooklyn at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn with South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma in “Exit/Exist.” “Exit/Exist” is a work inspired by Maqoma’s ancestral past where he “reveals the history of a 19th century Xhosa warrior who fought to maintain cultural traditions in the face of colonial dispossession.” In this solo, “Maqoma embodies this forgotten history … [and] fuses storytelling with his own …contemporary dance vocabulary and live music.”

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Fashion rocking on the edge

Mark & Estel created a fashion frenzy at the shows

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Spring news and crispy crew cuts

At J. Crew’s New York presentation, menswear takes the lead.

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Nas introduces Hip-Hop Fellowship

Legendary hip-hop lyricist and poet Nas has been chosen to become the face of a new Hip-Hop Fellowship that was founded and developed at Harvard University earlier this year. The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship is a new program that was funded by an anonymous donor, and at the request of this generous and forward thinking person, Nas was selected as the focal point and face of the program.

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‘Ender’s Game’ falls flat

"Ender’s Game” ends up falling a little flat in the end.

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A Hollywood Weekend

This year, it seems that the industry has taken a deeper interest in films depicting the past struggles of African-Americans

Rev. Dr. Eugene Callender passes at 87

The Rev. Dr. Eugene Saint Clair Callender touched the lives of thousands

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The power of our shared vision and partnership

Two decades ago, as a young organizer in Mississippi, I learned that there are only two types of temporal power: organized people and organized money. I also learned that in a democracy, the people can win every time—but only if we are organized.

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Self-esteem is critical to sustaining wealth

Self-esteem has a phenomenal impact on one’s ability to become an entrepreneur

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s election night remarks

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s election night remarks

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Congratulations, Mayor Bill de Blasio

We have a new mayor in town, and boy, is he in for the ride of his life.

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Red Lobster opens in Harlem

The long-awaited Red Lobster in Harlem is open.

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Founder of Black New Yorker column inducted into Black Journalists Hall of Fame

Herb Boyd, a veteran and freelance reporter at the New York Amsterdam News and an adjunct Black studies professor at City College of New York, is one of eight legendary African-American journalists who will be inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame. This is the association’s highest honor.

Sheila Oliver out as Assembly speaker

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver is getting the boot

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‘We’re going to fix things,’ Obama promises again

Feeling pressure to provide the American public with a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama addressed the problem on Monday at a dinner in Washington, D.C

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Over a million New Yorkers face food stamp cuts

more than 47 million Americans lost money to buy food for their family

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Avonte search continues, Schumer suggests tracking devices for autistic youth

The city has been transfixed by the story that autistic and non-verbal Avonte Oquendo


The New York Urban League (NYUL) has retained Jones Lang LaSalle

Supporters look for mayor-elect to follow through on promise to 'Central Park 5'

The next status conference on the “Central Park Five” case will be Tuesday, Nov. 12

Thousands to walk Brooklyn Bridge to fight against kidney disease

over 6,000 walkers will gather in Foley Square for the 12th annual New York City Kidney Walk

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David Dinkins Hospitalized

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was recently hospitalized

Trade ministers look at Venezuelan, Canada requests for changes

Venezuela has formally written to regional governments asking them to review and upgrade a 20-year old trade limited agreement

Rwandan president, Elie Wiesel discuss global genocides

panel discussion between two of the most famous names in global genocide history, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel

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I am so in awe of the marathon runner

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Brooklyn Queens Land Trust’s sixth annual Celebration of Gardens

On Saturday, Nov. 2, over 125 gardeners, community members and elected officials gathered for a day of workshops

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Fort Greene Council celebrates 40th anniversary in style

The scope of difficulties that come with being a senior in America today can be lickened to the scope of difficulties that come with navigating an ocean

Music, dance, spoken word and crazy energy

“After Midnight,” premiered Sunday, Nov. 3

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Bill de Blasio’s vision of one New York

Congratulations to Bill de Blasio

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Court victory too little, too late for Interfaith?

Interfaith Medical Center’s (IMC) advocates won a major battle in court on Monday, but the victory could ring hollow

Obamacare: Costs and savings 

The new insurance exchanges within the Affordable Care Act have provided millions of consumers with an online database where consumers will be able to purchase coverage plans and compare health insurance plans instantly

Obamacare expanding Medicare for seniors 

Senior citizens over the age of 65 and on Medicare, Medicaid or employer group plans will now have access to preventative health care services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

SEIU continues to push the Affordable Care Act

Members and employees of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) continue to encourage residents in the African-American and Hispanic communities to get health care via the new insurance exchanges

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Talking SCHOP! Movin’ on up with the NYCWFF 2013

I absolutely love this time of the year for more than just the beautiful change in foliage and the weather

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Black Solidarity Day in Brooklyn a huge success

embracement of African values systems such as the principles of Kwanzaa was the message of the Pre-Black Solidarity Day Celebration

Drama continues for Lopez, Howard and Nets

Talk of trading Brook Lopez to the Lakers for Dwight Howard

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The Jets dug in and pounded their way over the Saints

2013 Jets season was apparent again

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Hardaway and Bargnani are works in progress

the Knicks certainly should be concerned by their 1-3 start

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Mind your minerals

watch out for mineral deficiency

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Josh Barker featured in HBCU Connect magazine

Award-winning Amsterdam News reporter Cyril Josh Barker will be featured in the upcoming 2013 fall issue of HBCU Connect magazine

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CUNY proposes limits on expressive activity, suspends student activists

Students and faculty worry CUNY's proposed Policy on Expressive Activity may be unconstitutional

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‘Fortune Girls’ need your help

Clarke-Ruiz wanted to start an animated short called “Fortune Girls”

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Oscar Micheaux, pioneering Black filmmaker

All Black filmmakers stand on the shoulders of Oscar Micheaux

Actors Studio presents ‘Rhapsody in Black’

Actors Studio presents “Rhapsody in Black"

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Imhotep's guide to Black events Nov. 7 - 13

Our November 2013 GBE Black Business Month is also complemented by Diabetes Awareness Month

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bLetter No. 51: Immigration reform now!

John Boehner spent Halloween, it seems, scaring up his few constituents and fans with a tweet that claimed your health care promise “stretched credulity

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‘Evenings of Excellence’ set for Florida and New York

Zhivargo Laing is set to focusing on economic prosperity

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Election changes direction of city

New York City’s political landscape saw one of its largest makeovers in over 20 years

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Black politicians sweep Brooklyn elections

Black politicians sweep Brooklyn elections

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De Blasio has victorious landslide, says work starts now

De Blasio defeated Republican nominee Joe Lhota in a landslide

Wednesday, November 6

Young adults are key to Obamacare, helping seniors

oung adults, who make up almost a third of all uninsured Americans

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African book club to present awards for 'Kid Lit'

The National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, will be the venue for the Children's Africana and Book Festival on Sunday, Nov.9 from 11 to 2 p.m.

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Steel company spreads the pain from Zimbabwe to Minnesota

ZISCO Zimbabwe iron and steel workers are facing hardships earning only half of their salaries under the troubled debt-ridden company.

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Zakes Mda pleads for release of Eskinder Nega, pro-democracy scribe

South African author Zakes Mda is urging Africans to step up and protest the 18-year sentence of Ethiopian Journalist, Eskinder Nega, for his pro-democracy writings that offended the government.

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Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern Congo

The Congolese military reclaimed their territory that was taken a year ago by the M23 rebel army.

Tuesday, November 5

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Illegal requests at polling station

This morning I encountered four alarming requests when I went to vote

Ford Targets HBCU Students as Part of Unique Community Challenge Competition

Ford is inviting you to enter the Ford Community Challenge Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Bloomberg suggests fingerprinting NYCHA residents

In a further attempt to fight crime, Bloomberg suggested last week that residents at New York City Housing Authority complexes be fingerprinted

Monday, November 4

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NAACP announces opposition to Proposition 6

The New York State Conference of the NAACP is warning against a proposed move to raise the mandatory age for judges

Sunday, November 3

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A therapy trial for sickle cell pain

Selexys Pharmaceuticals has launched a SUSTAIN phase 2 trial to help sickle cell patients with pain crisis.

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Straphangers Campaign releases list of dirtiest subway platforms in NYC

Straphangers Campaign released a report that showed the Bronx has dirtiest subway platform in NYC.

Friday, November 1

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Harlem All Hallow’s Eve happenings

Happy Halloween, Harlem ghouls

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Lincoln is still a commanding force in Springfield

Somehow, just about everything in Springfield, Ill., dovetails back to Abraham Lincoln

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DJ Khaled’s ‘Suffering From Success’ controversial

Top producer DJ Khaled is back

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‘How I Learned to Drive’ keeps it all in the family

There are rules to learning how to drive

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Atlanta Housewife Khandi elopes with fiancé?

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kandi Burruss and her fiancé, Todd Tucker, might have eloped to Cancun, Mexico

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Ronald Shannon Jackson, jazz drummer, dies at 73

Ronald Shannon Jackson, one of the most influential avante-garde drummers of the 20th century

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DKNY’s spring chic

Donna Karan, chief designer of the international company that bears her name

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Sun’s spring ’14 styles

Brandon Sun’s spring ’14 collection is sharply styled yet very sophisticated.

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Roland Martin makes history with new TVOne show

Award-winning journalist Roland Martin is about to make history

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Aziz Ansari is ‘Buried Alive’ and loving it

"Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive” will debut on Netflix on Nov. 1

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Etana to headline Reggae culture salute 2013 in Brooklyn

The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) has announced that songstress Etana will headline the ninth annual staging of the family friendly and ever popular, Reggae Culture Salute on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Nazareth Regional High School

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Medgar Evers hosts Black immigration forum

The Black Institute, in collaboration with Medgar Evers College’s DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy and the Caribbean Research Center, will host the “All Faces All Races” forum

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Save the date, take a date: Holiday movie sneak peeks

New holiday films choices coming your way