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Stories for October 2013

Thursday, October 31

Imhotep's guide to black events Oct. 31 - Nov. 7

November, GBE’s Black Business Month

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem trick-or-eating

Happy All Hallow’s Eve to you, Harlem.

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Appeals court blocks Stop and frisk decision

Reports indicate that a federal judge’s decision ruling stop-and-frisk unconstitutional is being blocked.

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Morales/Shakur Community Center replaced with corporate career center

The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community & Student Center at City College was taken by City College on Sunday, Oct 20

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Watching the sad spectacle of Joe Hynes’ implosion

Political antics of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes

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Race: The virtues of tolerance and patience

I’m talking about racism

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(Un)harnessing civil rights

It looks like the Civil Rights Movement can welcome a new set of activists into the fold

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Thank you, New York City and beyond, and please bring Avonte home

I just wanted to take some time out to thank the people of New York and beyond for coming out and supporting our cause

Brooklyn’s ‘Own Black Shining Prince’

Not only was Owens Medgar Evers College’s Black shining prince, he was Brooklyn’s also.

Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City

We must go to the polls and vote for Bill de Blasio for mayor on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Healthcare.gov: ‘System is down at the moment’

Healthcare exchange: "The system is down at the moment"

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The Rev. Daughtry blocks Manhattan Bridge

On Sunday, Oct. 27, around 11:30 a.m., the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, veteran pastor and civil rights leader, along with church and community members, blocked the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge

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Christie a shoo-in for second term as governor

With less than a week until Election Day, Gov. Chris Christie is all but guaranteed to be re-elected

Congressman accused of making a slur during health care hearings

New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone called the proceedings a “monkey court."

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Assata Shakur to be honored at the fifth annual Freedom Dance

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the NBT will host the fifth annual Freedom Dance

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Obama in a loose-loose situation with NSA

Once again, President Barack Obama is caught in a no-win situation

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Layoffs at LICH halted … for now

SUNY Downstate halted plans to lay off 500 Long Island College Hospital (LICH) employees

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Father pleads: “Avonte does not speak. He can’t tell on you. Please bring him home.”

“I believe someone has my son Avonte,” said Daniel Oquendo

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Hynes’ campaign slammed for racial slur against Ken Thompson

Despite his loss to Ken Thompson in the Democratic primaries, Charles Hynes has promised to keep his campaign alive and to maintain control of Brooklyn’s district attorney’s office.

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Marathons now worldwide, but none like New York City

In 1978, the great Grete Waitz won the first of her nine New York City Marathons as she became a household name around the world

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Battle for New York will highlight the NBA season

The best basketball team in New York is...

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Knicks must overachieve to finish second in the East

A Google search of the term “NBA analytics” results in a staggering 6 million hits

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On-the-job training for Geno will be up and down

The criticism of Geno Smith has continued

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Don’t look now, but here comes the Giants

Playoffs for the Giants

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Alicia Ashley still the WBC bantamweight champ

professional boxer Alicia “Slick” Ashley continues to be inspired by boxing

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Gary Corbitt profiles his legendary dad, Ted Corbitt

In 1952 in Helsinki, Corbitt became the first African-American to represent the U.S. in the Olympic Marathon

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Letter No. 50: Immigration reform now!

It’s truly fitting that at letter No. 50, you would actually put the spotlight back squarely on immigration reform

Climate change affecting Caribbean fisheries

An umbrella Caribbean trade bloc body that oversees the fisheries sector this week complained that climate change could one day ruin the sector

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Barbados get new Sandals

Following years of complex negotiations, the Jamaica-based Sandals Resorts has completed a major agreement with Barbados

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DC 37 makes endorsements; calls for mayor Bloomberg stop “eleventh hour” service cuts

The largest public employee union in New York City revealed its endorsements for the New York Legislature on Election Day

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Report: Weakening NY’s scaffold law would hurt immigrant workers and workers of color

A new study released last week by the Center for Popular Democracy found that construction workers of color in New York state disproportionately face more danger

Yo, Jay Z loves Barney more than us?

arneys practicing racial profiling and discriminatory practices

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Links supports victims of domestic violence

he Greater New York Chapter of the Links Inc. joined 1,000 participants in the inMotion Story by Story race to climb 43 stories of the 245 Park Ave. skyscraper

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Acclaimed violinist Miri Ben-Ari presents awards for tolerance

Miri Ben-Ari, a Grammy Award winner, is an inspired performer

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FPWA hosts Impact Gala

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) hosted its annual Evening of Impact Gala on Monday, Oct. 21

The Cosmopolitan Review

I’ve decided that it’s not too early to get started with watching a little football

Afro-Colombians details plight of its leaders

Marino Córdoba, legal representative of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES) was in Washington, D.C. last week

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Recalling the greatness of W.E.B. Du Bois

It is possible to string three lives together and gather the full expanse of African-American history

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Tigerlily Foundation hosts Glam Party

Mother and breast cancer survivor Maimah Karmo was inspired to begin the Tigerlily Foundation

Cuomo signs bill protecting baby boomers from hep C

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill designed to protect baby boomer New Yorkers from hepatitis C

For the breast of your life

No matter what medical condition that you may be experiencing with your breasts, just remember that there are still many areas that are normal and must be maintained in good health

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Bronx youth express concerns regarding missing teen, Avonte Oquendo, and community issues

Feelings of frustration and great concern engulfed the meeting room of the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) on Tuesday

New report challenges merit of single-test admission for specialized high schools

A new joint report by the Community Service Society (CSS) and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) suggests that the New York City Department of Education find a new approach to admitting students in specialized high schools

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Courageous civil rights martyr Viola Liuzzo

Viola Gregg Liuzzo was a white homemaker from Detroit, Mich., who decided to commit herself to the fight against segregation

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Target makes move to eliminate discrimination of convicted felons for jobs

Starting in January of 2014, Target won’t discriminate against potential employees based on their criminal background

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President Obama visits Pathways in Technology Early College High

President Barack Obama visited Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Friday, Oct. 24

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Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5

The 2013 New York City general elections will take place next Tuesday on Nov. 5

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Barneys Bias leading to 'shop-and-frisk'

The issue of “shopping while Black” is back in the spotlight as allegations of Black shoppers at high-end retailers being stopped and detained by police have surfaced.

Wednesday, October 30

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Wind power generates energy in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's new constructed Ashegoda Wind Farm to create a climate resilient economy by 2025.

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Ghana security chief rebuked over anti-labor remark

Ghanaian workers told to "Go to work, or get out" by an ex military officer.

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Sierra Leone in vendetta against press critics

Two journalists were arrested and charged for writing articles of Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma.

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Ugly chants by soccer fans mar 'no racism' week

Russian soccer fans chant racist insults against African players in a Champions League match.

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Cast of 'Love and Hip Hop' celebrates premiere of fourth season

Cast members of VH1's "Love and Hip Hop" recently held an event to celebrate the fourth season of the reality show.

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Mama Jones hosts event for 'Chrissy and Mr. Jones' season premier in Harlem

Mama Jones of VH1's "Chrissy and Mr. Jones" hosted an event in Harlem to celebrate the second season of the reality show.

Thursday, October 24

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The ever-widening Circle of Sisters expo

On the trek from the A train to the Jacob Javits Convention Center over the weekend, a visitor would have met with a veritable army of folks—mostly women—leaving the Circle of Sisters 13th annual event. An even larger gathering of women—mostly Black—were inside the center, crowding the hundreds of vendors or seated at the Steve Harvey-emceed “Family Feud,” or standing in line for the concert featuring Eric Benet, Keyshia Cole and Amel Larrieux.

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In Brooklyn, the Thompson vs. Hynes drama continues—and it’s not flattering to Hynes

In Brooklyn, the Thompson vs. Hynes drama continues—and it’s not flattering to Hynes There seems to be no end to the drama that is surrounding the race for Brooklyn district attorney. And it is a spectacle that has tarnished the image of the long-term incumbent, who shows no sign of leaving the political stage with grace.

A yes vote on Proposal 1 is a yes vote for our schools, our kids and our economy

Let’s be honest: Our schools are struggling. Our kids are sitting in crumbling classrooms, and if they are able to graduate at all (half of them aren’t), they are not prepared for college and careers.

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Redskins name should stay, but personal attacks should go

Watching the current debate swirl around the Washington Redskins, I can’t help but shake my head. The issue of a name change is a tired issue that we have heard about before, yet something seems different this time, and much of that has to do with the liberal-leaning mainstream media jumping on the bandwagon to help fuel the fire.

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The right choice for Brooklyn DA

Earlier this year, I supported the re-election of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes, who I have known for many years. On Sept. 10, the voters of Brooklyn spoke loud and clear; they decided that it was time for change, and by a decisive margin, they elected Ken Thompson to be the Democratic nominee. Thompson’s outstanding qualifications as an attorney, his compelling personal story and his campaign message of bringing a fresh approach to the job resonated with voters across the borough.

Chief Philip Banks for police commisioner

Chief Philip Banks for police commisioner

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Students protest closing of Morales/Shakur Center at City College

Using a call-and-response style popularized by the Occupy Movement, hundreds of students gathered outside—and later inside—City College in Harlem on Monday afternoon, protesting the closing of the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Student and Community Center in the NAC (North Academic Center) building.

Christie backs down on same-sex marriages

Rarely one to back down from a fight, on Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday officially withdrew his request for an injunction against a court ruling that allows same-sex marriages across New Jersey, administration officials announced in Trenton. The governor had asked a state Supreme Court to postpone gay marriages until after the court reviewed the appeal.

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Tamika Mallory: The beauty of activism

Tamika Mallory’s name is synonymous with the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN). Working for the national civil rights organization for 14 years and serving as its executive director for the last four, she recently stepped down to pursue her own goals and aspirations.

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Obama on Obamacare

Many Americans who were not fully aware of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” or who were frustrated by attempts to log on to the government’s website to purchase the mandated insurance got answers to both pressing problems on Monday from the man himself. Surrounded by people who have already benefited from Obamacare, President Barack Obama explained several of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and why the website hasn’t been going as smoothly as he would like.

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Unanswered questions in death of Black Ga. teen Kendrick Johnson

The case involving the death of Black 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson in south Georgia is gaining national attention due to the family’s claims that the student-athlete was murdered. However, authorities have closed the case.

Gala to benefit Sylvia & Herbert Woods Endowment Scholarship Fund

The Sylvia & Herbert Woods Scholarship Fund marked its 12th anniversary by awarding eight college-bound students with scholarships at its annual gala on Oct. 5. The event is also recognized Dress for Success Worldwide CEO Joi Gordon and Melba Wilson, owner of Melba’s Restaurant.

HOME BUYER SEMINAR IN BROOKLYN

The Bedford Central Community Development Corporation is hosting its eighth annual Home Buyer Seminar Series. The course is designed for first-time and experienced home buyers.

Supreme court justice Sonya Sotomayor to speak at City College

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic to serve on the United States Supreme Court, will participate in a conversation about her memoir, “My Beloved World,” on Monday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at Shepard Hall, on the City College of New York campus. The event is part of the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture series.

Black college fair held in Harlem

Last weekend, Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem held its annual college fair. The church’s African-American Experience Forum hosted.

M.S. 113 Ronald Edmonds learning center fights charter colocation

On Thursday, Oct. 24, there will be a public meeting at M.S. 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center (300 Adelphi St., Brooklyn), as they discuss the colocation of the center with New Public Charter Elementary Compass Charter School, as proposed by the Department of Education.

October 22nd Coalition: Racial profiling as American as … you know the rest

Tucked away between discussions about whether Sen. Ted Cruz, co-architect of the government shutdown, is a tea party rock star and whether Kanye West’s onstage “white Jesus” escapade was ridiculous or not was the 18th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality – NYC on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx was the gathering place, with teach-ins, workshops and rallies.

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NYPD union sues City Council over anti-profiling bill

In a last-minute effort to claim the right to still profile, the police union is taking the New York City Council to court over the Community Safety Act (CSA). The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) sued the City Council last week over the part of the CSA that makes it easier to file anti-discrimination and racial profiling suits against the New York Police Department. The union, like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said the law is too vague and leaves police officers having to guess at the right way to do their jobs.

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Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors honors late activists

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the National Black United Front (NBUF) convened the 16th annual Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors on the shores of Galveston, Texas, where enslaved Africans were once brought to the U.S. This year’s Sankofa Caravan honored longtime New York City activists and NBUF founders Baba Seydou N’Joya and Baba Jitu Weusi and former Black Panther Sister Ayanna Ade, all of whom passed this year.

Kanye and Kim to wed

Oct. 21 was a busy day for Kanye West. First, the rapper presented the Hollywood Breakout Director Award to “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “12 Years A Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o was also honored with the new Hollywood Award. Later that night, West hopped a plane to San Francisco, where he rented out AT&T Park, hired an orchestra and proposed to his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, who was celebrating her 33rd birthday, with a 15-carat diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

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Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne dies at 83

Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne dies at 83

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Misty Copeland is back!

Misty Copeland is terribly excited about the upcoming fall season with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Copeland will be returning from an injury that kept her from performing for nearly one year. Fans were deeply disappointed when Copeland would not be seen in the titular role of Alexei Ratmanksy’s “Firebird.”

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Stylish shapes for fall

“Clothing should be quieter than the woman so that her beauty can shine through,” said Elie Tahari. For fall 2013, shapes line the body. Pant legs are slimmer. Jackets are box-shaped. The silhouettes show off jackets and coats with defined shoulders over body-conscious dresses, skirts and pants. Skirts are tapered, going from short to long, depending upon the occasion.

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Queer fashion history at FIT

“A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk,” now on view at the Museum at FIT, is a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) individuals over the past 300 years.

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Haunted Halloween theater picks

If you haven’t already gotten that costume and stocked up on your candy, then you’d better head to the store, because Halloween is right around the corner. While downtown will be flooded with floats and costumed revelers on Oct. 31 as part of the annual Village Halloween Parade (www.halloween-nyc.com), you’d be remiss to forget about all the other spooky special surprises this city has to offer in the next week. Whether they’re full of phantoms, mummies, ghosts or even pumpkin pie, these Halloween-themed theatrical offerings boast a couple of tricks and plenty of treats for theatergoers.

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An AmNews shout-out to Brooklyn USA

In their 39th year as an organization, the Brooklyn USA Athletic Association is continuing their mission of serving the Brooklyn community and beyond

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Giants off the donut after 27-7 win over Vikings

No one, not even the most idealistic among Giant haters, could have possibly imagined that a team many NFL observers picked to win the NFC East before the season began wouldn’t earn their first victory until Oct. 21.

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Jets’ D-line in a sacking 30-27 win over the Pats

Snacks, snacks, snacks and more snacks.

A healthy Harlem at Red Rooster

This Saturday, Oct. 26, chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster Harlem, will participate in For a Healthy Harlem

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Get your scare on!

“Nightmare: Killers2” is scary good! It is the most fun you will have while you are screaming from fright and laughing as you run through the halls of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, located at 107 Suffolk St., between Rivington and Delancey streets.

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The Game’s ‘OKE’ takes his polished style to new heights

The highly successful Los Angeles-based rapper The Game has released a new mixtape called “OKE (Operation Kill Everything).” This new release is a high-quality, tastefully produced mixtape, hosted by DJ Skee and featuring hip-hop’s best and brightest, including Lil’ Wayne, Young Jeezy, Too $hort and more.

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Talking SCHOP! From a flat top?! Wow!

here is something to be said about a seemingly simple menu

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Ebony Escapes to Springfield, Ill.

In the very beginning of our summer road trip to explore the “Land of Lincoln,” we embarked upon Highway 72 in Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, traveled west approximately 50 miles to Decatur, then another 39 miles into Springfield

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Curate NYC shows how art brings communities together

Curate NYC seeks to show that the arts do not only contribute to New York City’s image as a cultural trailblazer, but also to the overall economic and social development of New York’s diverse communities.

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Report: Low-wage fast-food jobs cost New Yorkers $708M

A recent report by a university has recharged the batteries of the fast-food workers’ push for organization in New York.

More car washes join the RWDSU

Last week, over the span of 24 hours, four car washes signed contracts with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

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Our mission is possible

As the union representing workers responsible for maintaining New York City Housing Authority buildings, Local 237 Teamsters has had a front row seat for the mismanagement and incompetence that has plagued the agency for the last several years.

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PBS presents 500 years of African-American History

In a new six-part PBS documentary and an accompanying book, Henry Louis Gates Jr. attempts to offer 500 years worth of African-American history. “The African Americans: many Rivers to Cross” is the product of seven years of work and collaboration with Donald Yacovone and 40 experts.

MC Lyte gets her BET props

Chill time was on the agenda a few weekends back, with the Waffle House and the BET Hip Hop Awards as the primary objectives

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NAACP Mid- Manhattan Branch 12th annual Freedum Fund Luncheon

On Oct. 19, Marina Del Rey Caterers in Throgs Neck, N.Y., hosted the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP’s 12th annual Freedom Fund Luncheon.

Garden setting for Christine B. Burke memorial scholarships

Dashawn Hendricks and Gerald Bryan were recipients of awards of $1,000 Christine B. Burke memorial scholarships

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Candice Sherrie Cook and Harry Simmons wed

The socialite wedding of the year occurred between Candice Sherrie Cook and Harry Simmons over the Columbus Day weekend

War crimes court told to back off sitting heads of state

The African Union has given notice to the International Criminal Court (ICC) that it should end trials of sitting heads of state and postpone the active trials of the president and deputy president of Kenya, both tied down by the recent Westgate shopping mall terror attack. 

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Clare Effiong and Esther’s Aid helping Rwandan orphans

Clare Effiong knew she had to do something for Rwanda and created Esther’s Aid

Baba Seydou N’Joya joins the ancestors

Baba Seydou N’Joya passed on Sunday, Oct. 13

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Poet and critic James Emanuel passes at 92 in Paris

It is futile to search for James Emanuel in many of the so-called definitive anthologies of African-American literature

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Harlem icon Carrie McHenry Thomas passes

Carrie M. Thomas turned 100 years old on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Harlem, on Thursday, Oct. 3, she passed peacefully

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Leaves of healing

I believe that the most beautiful and spiritual visual experience that I have had is observing the changes of the color of leaves in the fall

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Columbia expansion throughout Harlem update

As Columbia University continues its 20-year development and building of its Manhattanville campus in West Harlem, the Ivy League school recently released a publication updating the community on progress, along with its benefits and services

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Septima Clark: An unheralded stalwart of the Civil Rights Movement

Practically everyone knows that Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights Movement, but not as many know about her husband, Raymond Parks, who introduced her to the struggle against injustice, or E.D. Nixon, the president of the NAACP branch in Montgomery under whom she served

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Letter No. 49: Immigration reform now!

Congratulations on bringing immigration reform back front and center into the mix as the madness forced upon a nation by a mad Texan, hungry for fame, finally came to an end.

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Caribbean Media Exchange Leadership Award for Puerto Rico tourism expert Terestella González Denton

Puerto Rican tourism expert Terestella González Denton has been recognized as an outstanding Caribbean leader by the Caribbean Media Exchange

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Rep. Major R. Owens passes at 77

News broke of the Monday night passing of former Rep. Major R. Owens on Oct. 21

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Newark's Cory Booker makes history with big Senate win

Cory Booker is a social activist, and the Newark mayor’s big victory in last week’s special Senate election puts the affable Democratic politico in the history books

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NYPD search for Avonte Oquendo taken over by volunteers

Nearly three weeks have passed since the disappearance of autistic 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, and the search for the missing teen has not let up, even as the NYPD lightens up on its efforts.

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Opposition major winner in midterm Trinidad elections

Trinidadians went to polling stations to vote in midterm municipal elections on Monday

Wednesday, October 23

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Stephen Vittoria says: Let’s get Mumia to the Oscars

Producer and Director Stephen Vittoria of 'Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary,' is pushing to get the film to be nominated for Best Documentary at the 2014 Academy Awards.

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More Militarization and Protests at CCNY

Students at City College of New York are in complete outrage. Last Saturday, over 150 CCNY students paraded the campus in protest about the recent shutdown of the campus student center known as “The Morales/Shakur Community Center.” For decades the popular student activist center was the core of political and social activism for students in the surrounding area.

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Standing together against domestic violence

Join hundreds of community residents in and around Williamsburg as they unite against domestic violence at a vigil and march commemorating those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.

Tuesday, October 22

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Brooklyn Author With Cerebral Palsy Launch Book

Family members siad "achieving one’s dream against the odds" fittingly describes Atiba Clarke, a 20-year-old student at LaGuardia Community College

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Former Brooklyn politician Major Owens dies at 77

Former Congressman and State Senator Major Owens has died.

Monday, October 21

Answering a divine call, former diplomat teaches orphans cooking and life skills

Esther’s Aid began as an orphanage just north of the Rwandan capital of Kigali

Friday, October 18

NYPD Sues City Council over racial profiling law

The NYPD's union sued the City Council to ban a new racial profiling law passed in June that they deemed “unconstitutionally vague"

Thursday, October 17

Jets blow an opportunity to capture the city

One of these days, all 53 men on the Jets’ active roster will get it. One day this season, they will all understand that the NFL is a week-to-week league. Momentum? That is fools gold. The Jets were riding high after a last-second win over the Atlanta Falcons in front of a primetime audience on “Monday Night Football.” They were quickly brought back to earth in their 19-6 loss to the Steelers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday

Now 0-6, will the Giants now play for pride?

There comes a time when reality stems idealism. For the Giants, who two weekends ago still held a glimmer of hope that they could somehow fight their way back into contention for the NFC East title, the truth unforgivingly visited them last Thursday night in Chicago. After a late fourth quarter drive by the Giants ended on an errant pass from quarterback Eli Manning to tight end Brandon Myers, cementing a 27-21 loss and 0-6 record, the voice of truth authoritatively informed the dispirited team that their postseason ambitions had just died.

Cop involved in Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. killing fired

Two years ago, law enforcement and civil rights groups joined the Chamberlain family at a press conference in Westchester County to announce they would not rest until the police officers were brought to justice in the fatal shooting Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a retired corrections officer and former marine.

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While shutdown temporarily paralyzed Washington, Eric Holder remains focused on voting rights

With all the drama surrounding the government shutdown and the Republican Party’s obstinate attempt to obstruct the implementation of expanded health care coverage for millions of Americans, there has been little attention paid to an area where the Obama administration is also flexing its muscles in a highly significant way.

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No compromises on a ship of fools

Usually when two sides cannot come to an agreement, they can let an arbiter weigh their arguments and settle the dispute. Some arbiters try to find the optimum compromise, while others simple rule in favor of one side over the other.

New Harlem Plaza can improve health

Every summer, for three Saturdays in a row, miles of roads close to traffic and make way for us as we bike, rock climb or stroll through the city-sponsored Summer Streets festival.

No murders last week

According to the city, as of Monday, Oct.15, there were no new murders reported in the five boroughs since Oct. 6.

Ramarley Graham remembered at Bronx concert

Last weekend there was a musical tribute that honored families that have suffered loss due to the indiscriminate deadly abuse of power by the police.

Sekou Odinga Defense fundraiser

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee will host a “Freedom Ain’t Free” CD compilation release party and live performance event at the historic National Black Theatre, located at 2031 Fifth Ave. at West 125th Street in Harlem, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Poverty rate hurting New Yorkers

Charles Dickens might have been predicting the future when he penned his 1859 novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” With wealthy New Yorkers living literally across the street from poverty-stricken New Yorkers, advocates are pleading for ways to even the playing field.

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Cancer survivors bringing awareness

They’re Making Strides in Brooklyn. On Sunday, Oct. 20, at Nethermead in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, the American Cancer Society is hosting their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

What about single payer, Mr. Williams?

In his column last week, Armstrong Williams listed three basic arguments against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, all of which cry out for further discussion because his conclusions, unsurprisingly, coincide incontrovertibly with conservative think tanks and websites.

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Oprah’s diamonds up for auction

Five months after Kandi Burruss sued Kim Zolciak over her being paid next to nothing for producing the hit song “Tardy for the Party,” which prompted Zolciak to retain their mutual “Real Housewives of Atlanta” castmate attorney Phaedra Parks to represent her, an Atlanta judge ruled in favor of Zolciak. That means she can keep selling the record and doesn’t owe Burruss additional funds.

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Revitalizing the demand for reparations

The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) re-igniting of the reparations movement has raised the stakes in the push for decisive governmental direct action.

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Tommy Johnson’s $37,000 record, Jazz Masters in Harlem III

When early blues heroes are mentioned, the name discussed most often is guitarist-singer Robert Johnson. However, Tommy Johnson (1896-1956), his senior and no relation, was also a great guitarist-singer out of the Mississippi Delta. He influenced many aspiring musicians in Mississippi and around the country, including such artists as Howlin’ Wolf.

Scandal rocks Police Dept in Elizabeth, NJ

More than two dozen law enforcement officials—including a captain, sergeant and several detectives with the Elizabeth Police Department—are under investigation regarding allegations that the cops were paid thousands of dollars for patrol duty assignments they never completed, officials announced last week.

Hauling trash by day, giving Therapy by night: Anthony Williams

Like a neighborhood hero with a green cape, local kid-done-good Anthony Williams hauls Brooklyn trash by day and delivers Therapy by night.

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Tish James prepared for public advocate seat

Just weeks ago, Letitia “Tish” James was elected the Democratic candidate in the race for public advocate. Her election was historic, and if she wins the primary, James will become New York’s first Black female citywide elected official.

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Imhotep's guide to black events Oct. 27 - 23

This GBE Black Arts Month weekend, Circle of Sisters, the largest expo for women of color in New York City, is back on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 at the Jacob Javits Center

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Searching for common ground in art

A new exhibit by Community Works NYC is breaking new ground in exploring and connecting two diverse American experiences.

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Plaid’s in: Create a shapely skirt for fall ’13

Mad-about-plaid skirts are the bottom line with biker-styled jacket, coat-sweaters and sweaters in general.

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Dumplings for everyone

Who doesn’t love a dumpling?

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Fall ’13 print dress design for the fuller figure by IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel

The plus-size label of IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel offers a lavish display of glamour and femininity in its collection of pretty print dresses. The frocks are interpreted for the modern woman. The designs show intricate plays of transparency, bonded laces, contrast-heavy prints and bold, beautiful colors.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem is Harvesting

Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous fall day without the rain that was expected. Someone upstairs knew it was the annual Harlem Harvest Festival, presented by Harlem Park to Park. There were little faces, families and hungry Harlemites who were counting on the festivities to carry on.

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Lauryn Hill released from jail, releases new Consumerism song

The Bureau of Prisons released R&B entertainer and ex-Fugees member Lauryn Hill from prison early due to good behavior and other factors.

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A beautiful little slice of Illinois

We began the first part of this adventure to explore the “Land of Lincoln” in Decatur, Ill., located along Highway 72 in the central part of the state, approximately 46 miles from Bloomington to the north and 39 miles from Springfield to the west. Our next stop is just 50 miles to the east to visit Champaign.

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Pusha T releases new single featuring Kendrick Lamar

Pusha T’s new single, “Nosetalgia,” has been released on Kanye West’s record label, G.O.O.D. Music, in anticipation of his upcoming fall release, “My Name is My Name.” “Nosetalgia” features hip-hop’s baby-faced and wise-beyond-his-years lyricist Kendrick Lamar and exhibits an honest, dark storyline attacked with an artfully direct approach.

Nurses rally to end health care inequality in NYC

The New York State Nurses Association will join elected leaders and labor allies to call for respect for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) patients and nurses, and for an expanded public health care system.

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For NYC dance, artists plus support equals performances

Three of New York’s stellar performance venues are providing programs for artists to make art this fall: the New York Live Arts’ Studio Series, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Professional Development Program and the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Residency Artists. The New York Live Arts artists for the 2013-2014 Studio Series are Elena Demyanenko and Dai Jian, Cynthia Hopkins (in partnership with the Watermill Center), Sam Kim, Mariana Valencia, Saúl Ulerio, Jon Kinzel, Cori Olinghouse, Rashaun Mitchell and Jimena Paz.

Unions feeling brunt of government shutdown

Falling behind on rent, credit card payments and car payments, government employees who were furloughed due to the recent ideological battle in Congress are struggling.

Boston school bus drivers back at work after surprise strike

Boston school bus drivers are back on the job after the company contracted to run school bus services agreed to a meeting with union workers.

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On the Verge: Barkhad Abdi on the seas with Tom Hanks

The film awards season—September through March—is upon us, and I’m confident that “Captain Phillips,” directed by Paul Greengrass and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, will receive a heap of nominations and awards—and it will be deserving of all of them.

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Big Daddy Kane brings it home

Big Daddy Kane headlined Restoration Rocks!

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‘Dancing on the Edge’ to premiere on STARZ

Jazz lovers are bound to fall for the upcoming series “Dancing on the Edge,” which premieres on Saturday, Oct. 19 on Starz.

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Cornegy says ‘Thank ya!’ and ‘Happy birthday to me!

Robert Cornegy held a thank you/birthday bash and fundraiser party at the brand-new Bed-Stuy lounge

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Deltas help students in NY

This past Saturday, on Oct. 12, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter hosted their 2013 Teen Lift orientation for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Now that we are in the middle of the fall social season, events are happening everywhere. Take the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, for example

Guinean Gov't fails to release election results of two weeks ago

The United Nations, the West African regional bloc ECOWAS and the European Union, among others, are adding their voices to a call by local citizens seeking the release of results from polls held more than two weeks ago.

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Rev. Herbert Daughtry protests Sudan president

Social activist the Rev. Herbert Daughtry formed a protest during the U.N. General Assembly against Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir

Nelson Mandela: An examined life well-lived

After former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, is perhaps the most recognizable man in the world.

East New York African Burial Ground officially recognized

The words, “Your enduring strength and beauty will never be forgotten,” are engraved on the plaque hanging from the wall of an apartment building across from the newly renamed African Burial Ground Square

Motown’s doyenne of charm and etiquette, Maxine Powell, passes at 98

For Maxine Powell, the doyenne of style and grace, an entertainer or performer had to exhibit a certain savoir faire and stage presence to win an audience

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Chromium can make you shine

Have you been feeling a little rusty lately? Has your spark and shine diminished?

Hunter school renews outreach efforts to children of color

If you were told that there was a school that could provide your child with the best education possible and it was free and open to the public, in New York City, would you believe it?

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Five Black men who rode with John Brown

Few Americans were as devout and determined to end slavery in this country as John Brown

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Letter No. 48: Immigration reform now!

There are 200 Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives, yet only eight are so supportive of comprehensive immigration reform, the civil rights issue of 2013, that they were willing to get themselves arrested on Oct. 8.

Antigua complains as it is reclassified as a high-income economy

Earlier this year, the government of the small Caribbean twin island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis complained bitterly to the international community about being expelled from the club of developing nations eligible for concession or soft loans

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Caribbean Tourism Organization examines airline security

The annual Caribbean Tourism Organization State of the Industry Conference in Martinique this week will examine issues affecting the region’s bread and butter tourism industry

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Al Sharpton responds to Ministers calling him 'out of touch'

Whenever the Rev. Al Sharpton is attacked his first impulse is not to dignify the allegations, to let his detractors be hoisted on their own petard or, in contemporary terms, let the crap fly back in their faces.

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Find missing autistic teen, Avonte Oquendo

The whole city is looking for the missing the 14-year-old autistic teenager, Avonte Oquendo

Another island nation complains

Earlier this year, the government of the small Caribbean twin-island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis complained bitterly to the international community about being expelled from the club of developing nations eligible for concession or soft loans because multilateral financial institutions like the World Bank had reclassified it as a high income economy, graduating it from the list of countries which qualify for special treatment

Wednesday, October 16

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Call me Senator Cory Booker; Booker wins senate seat

In what many expected Newark Mayor Cory Booker nabbed the coveted U.S. Senate seat

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Columbia Dyckman Institute offers scholarship to Washington Heights residents

Columbia University's Dyckman Institute offers a scholarship to Washington Heights residents for a first class education.

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Celebrated writer, Ntozake Shange debuts new work

The writer of the legendary theater piece, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf no longer has the full use of her hands and legs due to her battle with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) which she was diagnosed with in 2011. But that hasn’t stopped her from staging her most recent book, Lost In Language & Sound: Or How I Found My Way to the Arts.

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A deal averts default for now

After more than two weeks of paralysis and a threatened default, the government may zip back into action now that a deal has apparently been reached between the Senate leaders, and that also portends agreement from the recalcitrant House of Representatives.

Thursday, October 10

NYS DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION MEETING AT ADAM CLAYTON POWELL JR. STATE OFFICE BUILDING OCT. 10

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Department of Health is holding a public meeting on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. to discuss samples found at the 2350 Fifth Ave. Brownfield cleanup site. The meeting will be held at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th, room 8ABC.

State constitution referendum to raise age limit for judges

New York will be able to vote to change the state constitution to allow judges on the state Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals to retire at 80 years old in November’s general election. The current age is 70. The referendum is being opposed by some who say the new age limit would stifle a more diversified court if the age limit was increased.

New Quinnipiac university poll shows hillary Clinton in 2016 presidential race

A new Quinnipiac University national poll found Hillary Clinton getting 61 percent of votes for a 2016 Democratic presidential run. The Quinnipiac poll showed Hillary Clinton as the front-runner among Democrats and Republicans. Clinton would beat Republican challenger and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the poll found. In a 2016 presidential race, Clinton would get 49 percent to Christie’s 36 percent if the vote were held today.

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Ken Thompson victory ‘delayed’ as DA Hynes re-enters race

There is something about the experience of having power and authority that can become so intoxicating, so addictive, that those who hold it will periodically do things so outrageous, so unabashedly self-serving to cling to it.

Biker danger in the city

The numerous unregistered dirt bikes in northern Manhattan are once again become a major nuisance and safety issue.

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Why are we against the Affordable Care Act?

There are three basic arguments against the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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A Star of a tax break

If you own a house, co-op or condominium in New York City, there’s something I want you to do right away: Register for the School Tax Relief Program (STAR) exemption.

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Hostage-taking must stop

Over the last three weeks, the House Republican leadership, handcuffed by the extremists in their party, have continued to cling to and defend their radical agenda to shut down the government over their resistance to President Barack Obama’s health care law. Despite strong opposition from the American public, the House GOP has consistently refused to fund the government for the new fiscal year unless the Affordable Care Act is defunded, delayed or dismantled.

Elombe Brath celebrated at 77

George Edward Tait, the poet laureate of Harlem, arrived precisely at the beginning of a birthday salute to the stricken freedom fighter Elombe Brath last Sunday at the Dwyer Cultural Center, and his poem “Elombe Time” not only underscored his punctuality, but also captured the essence of a man he deeply admires.

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Jets, NFL donate $350,000 to PSAL and local programs

The New York Jets, National Football League (NFL) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) New York City donated $350,000 in grants to the New York City Department of Education and Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) football programs.

Ted Corbitt “The Marathon Man” to be inducted into New York Road Runners Hall of Fame

Ted Corbitt, who was known around the world as “The Marathon Man,” will be inducted into the New York Road Runners Hall of Fame

Primary care doctors key to Obamacare

Primary care doctors engage in holistic health care. They have a significant amount of knowledge about many subjects in the field of health care.But their jobs aren’t as sexy as specialists who are very good at only a few things.

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Raymond uses basketball as platform for inspiration

Since bringing her WNBA playing days to a close and stepping away from coaching the college game, Tamika Williams Raymond, a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Connecticut, has been involved in some very interesting outreach projects in the U.S. and abroad.

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Dick Barnette heads the 2013 class of Brooklyn USA Hall of Famers

Richard “Dick” Barnett, the former New York Knick who won a pair of rings as a member of their 1970 and 1973 NBA championships teams, will join Ernie Brown (Winston Salem State University), Wally Goodwin (New York Tech) and Clarence Brookins (Temple University).

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Tracey Capers living her dream, helping others

Tracey Capers has always been part of the public sector and wanted to help the community. In her current position of executive vice president, programs and organizational development at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, she’s living her dream everyday.

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Booker on track for Senate seat

As Newark Mayor Cory Booker is perched to snag the vacant seat in the U.S. Senate in a highly anticipated special election on Wednesday, speculation as to who the usually uncompromising Newark City Council will choose to succeed him for the remainder of his term is rife among many Newarkers and other residents across the Garden State.

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The 0-5 Giants must not run up the white flag

The normally resolute head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, a future Hall of Fame inductee, stood before the media on Sunday afternoon with an aura of resignation.

Court rules for gay marriage in New Jersey; Governor files appeal

The Garden State must allow same-sex marriages, a state judge ruled last week in Mercer County. The state ruling upholds a Supreme Court ruling in June that allows same-sex marriages nationally and effectively dismisses Gov. Chris Christie’s unwavering stance of rejecting gay marriages despite the state’s current legislation that recognizes civil unions.

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Geno and a rock-steady defense line set for Steelers

It’s hard to determine who deserves the most praise for the Jets’ 30-28 win in Atlanta on Monday.

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Rangel arrested at immigration rally

Rep. Charles Rangel and eight other Democratic members of the House were among 200 people arrested Tuesday evening during a peaceful rally on the National Mall and in front of the U.S. Capitol. They were there demanding Congress pass a comprehensive immigration bill.

How people are being hurt by the government shutdown

Not since 1996 has the nation seen a government shutdown, and that one lasted 21 days. Since Oct. 1, the nation has seen a furlough of over 800,000 federal workers as a result of Congress not enacting regular appropriations or a continuing resolution for the 2014 fiscal year.

Panel talk after screening of 'girl rising' on Oct. 10

On Thursday, Oct. 10, in honor of International Day of the Girl and as part of the monthly women’s networking initiative hosted by LadyDrinks, TV anchor Joya Dass and Emmy-winning producer Greta Knutzen will be uniting women leaders in New York City for a panel discussion following a special screening of “Girl Rising” at the Park Avenue Screening Room.

Pan-african forum on reparations in Brooklyn

Finally the reparations movement in the U.S. is gaining tremendous momentum, largely from the Caribbean Community’s [CARICOM] unified declaration for reparations at their July summit in Trinidad and the First CARICOM Reparations Conference, held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last month. Subsequently, Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent, has spoken to our community in Harlem and Brooklyn, providing updates on the outcome of the conference and leading a call for solidarity in the international reparations movement.

Endorsements and criticisms as first mayoral debate nears

With less than a month to go before Election Day and just a few days before the first televised debate, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota continues to verbally hit Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and address a multitude of issues.

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National Day of Dignity and Respect pushes immigration reform

On Saturday, New Yorkers joined concerned citizens nationwide to mark the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Thousands of supporters for an immigration overhaul flooded downtown Brooklyn to pressure Congress to focus on legislation leading to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants despite the shutdown in Washington.

Ebony Escapes! to the ‘Land of Lincoln’

Before I passed through the city of Decatur, Ill., during my summer road trip to explore the “Land of Lincoln,” I didn’t know much about it other than it being located along Highway 72 in the central part of the state, approximately 46 miles from Bloomington to the north, 39 miles from Springfield to the west and 50 miles from Urbana-Champaign to the east.

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Parks officers to city: We need guns

Coming off of a recent stabbing spree by a man in Riverside Park, Parks Enforcement officers have claimed enough is enough and now want the right to bear arms.

The bells were tolled

To the chagrin of thousands of hip-hop fans in the tristate area, last weekend’s 10th annual Rock the Bells Hip Hop Music Festival in New York was postponed. Actually, it wasn’t thousands of fans who were impacted, it was more like a few hundred.

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Bed-Stuy Alive! with Big Daddy Kane back at Restoration

Kane is promising some big things for his show on Saturday at Restoration Rocks!, part of the annual Bed Stuy Alive! event.

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Charles Rangel teaches on Obamacare at the Alhambra Ballroom

Rep. Charles Rangel invited folks to “come and learn more about Obamacare and the New York State of Health, the official health plan marketplace” this past Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Alhambra Ballroom on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. A panel discussion was moderated by Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra of the Children’s Defense Fund-N.Y.

The Cosmopolitan Review

It won’t be long before the beautiful Indian summer weather we’ve been enjoying will give way to a chill, because the smell of fall is already in the air. There’ll be one good rain, and the leaves will turn to yellow, orange and red as witches, ghosts and goblins prepare for their favorite annual run on Halloween.

Nigeria Independence Day parade rocks the city

This year on Oct. 1 marked 53 years of independence for Nigeria from the colonizing British.Nigeria acknowledged its independence by an act of it’s parliament and gained its independence from a nation that imposed its rule and conditions on a people whose history runs into the thousands of years. The theme for this year’s celebration was: “Nigeria, Time for Change.”

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Mugabe slams West at UN General Assembly

In the General Debate of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations on Sept. 26, the recently re-elected Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took aim at all his Western detractors. Mugabe vigorously condemned the United States and England’s “illegal and filthy” economic sanctions as well as the United Nations Security Council’s imperialist complicity.

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Nothing but fish stories in ‘Big Fish’

There’s more than one way to tell a story: One man’s goldfish is another man’s whale. That’s why “Big Fish,” the new Broadway musical of stories about witches, mermaids, werewolves, assassins, giants and a very big fish, teems with imagination, wonder and plenty of fishy tales.

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‘Platanos, Collard Greens Y Callaloo’ is funny food for thought

Ten years ago, playwright David Lamb opened up everyone’s eyes when he boldly created a hilarious play that looked at the stereotypes that exist between Blacks and Hispanics titled “Platanos Y Collard Greens.” He looked at whether these two groups could find love and have a successful relationship with all the odds stacked against them.

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Kerry steps out for ‘Scandal’ premiere

Congratulations are in order for Pharrell Williams and his fiancée, Helen Lasichanh, the mother of his 4-year-old son, Rocket. The couple, who were secretly wed in Europe in August, will be celebrating their vows on Oct. 12 in Miami. Rumor has it that the guest list will include Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Pusha T and Malice of the Clipse, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton, Gwen Stefani and Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D.

Lady Day, Coltrane House Fundraiser

There are two facts regarding Billie Holiday: She is the most controversial singer in the history of jazz; and she remains the best jazz and blues singer to ever walk across a stage. Today, the only way to comprehend the complicated life of America’s greatest female jazz singer is to see “Lady Day,” starring Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Little Schubert Theater (422 W. 42nd St.). As a singer, Bridgewater wastes no time getting into Holiday’s signature songs “Miss Brown to You,” “Them There Eyes” and “All of Me.”

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Adorable children’s fashion on the runway

For its fifth season, petiteParade transformed Industria Superstudio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District into its own Kids Fashion Week location. The fantastic two-day weekend event featured adorable, easy-to-wear children’s fashion on the runway. The show, held in collaboration with Vogue Bambini, was a huge success.

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Art Institute’s show of star student designers

One right after the other, the Art Institute of New York City’s (AI) designers all showed incredible talent and creativity at the spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week presentations. This show was the best and the most surprising. The clothes were glamorous!

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‘A Lighthouse in NY’ at the Shomberg

There is a lighthouse in Harlem, and it shone brilliantly on Friday, Sept. 27 when the Antigua and Barbuda Progressive Society (ABPS) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture launched “A Lighthouse in New York,” a groundbreaking exhibit that will run through Jan. 4, 2014.

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Cool Culture seeks to engage diverse communities

Cool Culture, an organization dedicated to providing New York City’s underserved families with free access to the city’s cultural treasure trove, has expanded its vision with a new “Laboratory for New Audiences” initiative. The program, which consists of eight months of workshops, brings together leaders from New York City’s cultural institutions to create concrete ways to increase the diversity of cultural participation.

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Saul Williams displays acting chops in new French language film

What if you woke up one day knowing that you only had 24 hours to live? That is the situation one man must grapple with in the award-winning film “Tey.” Starring musician and spoken word artist Saul Williams and directed by Alain Gomis, the film is a beautifully shot meditation on what we value in our lives.

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‘Gravity’ director Alfonso Cuarón says ‘If you need it, create it’

Some of the tools needed to make the new thriller “Gravity,” written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón, and starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”), visually exciting didn’t exist when the team began their journey. Those visual innovations were born from creative necessity, and those brave innovators should stand tall and proud.

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‘Gravity’ dazzles with cinematic wizardry

Conception, birth and the journey called life. Rebirth and the effects of gravity. Why do I exist? That weighty question has been asked by people for ages. Our collective heads tilt toward heaven as we marvel at the canopy of stars and ponder our place in the vast and unknowing universe. That existential question still remains the topic of debates. These simple and immediately gripping topics are brilliantly explored in “Gravity,” written by Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón and starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”).

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'Captain Phillips' is taut, exciting, humanizing

“Captain Phillips,” starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks in the title role, examines the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship by four Somali pirates.

Historic Harlem church set to celebrate 125th anniversary

This is a milestone year in the existence of St. Charles Borromeo Church and Chapel of Resurrection, both of which were founded 125 years ago in Harlem. In the coming months, the church will be celebrating its anniversary with a myriad of events and activities to commemorate this very special occasion.

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Disney searching for class of 2014 dreamers

Every year, the Disney Dreamers Academy chooses 100 promising teenagers from across the country to take a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and pursue their dreams.

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Head of GMHC Marjorie Hill resigns

As head of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York, one of the leading national HIV/AIDS service organizations, executive director Marjorie Hill has been at the forefront of the fight against the disease that has hit the African-American and Latino communities especially hard in the past 30 years.

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Bad coppers and good coppers

I want to enlighten you about another “good cop” known as the trace element called copper

New student group to address underrepresented minorities in osteopathic medicine

Students at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine have launched a new outreach program to recruit more underrepresented minorities to the school.

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NJPAC Gala attendees on government shutdown and oversexualized pop stars

On the “A” w/Souleo

Attendees at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) 18th annual Spotlight Gala didn’t hesitate to delve into less lighthearted topics.

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Ruby Bridges: The first Black child to integrate a white school in the South

Of all the iconic children in the Civil Rights Movement, Ruby Nell Bridges is perhaps the least known. Much has been written about the young people of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the “Little Rock Nine” and Linda Brown, the young girl at the center of Brown v. the Board of Education decision in 1954.

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Imhotep's guide to Black events Oct. 10 - 16

October is GBE’s Black Arts Month 2013, and we open with saluting the producers of “Mama, I Want to Sing” as they open Vy Higginsen’s Black American Musical Series in Harlem

Food festival season is here

It’s that time of year when you need to add an extra hour of cardio and some more weight training to your workout routine in order to offset all of the calories consumed. Moderation is the key, but then again, this is just once a year, so let’s just throw it into the wind.

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Talking SCHOP! Tequila, tacos & beer, oh my!

As the fall weather begins to settle in, we begin to stock our coffers in preparation for winter hibernation. Yes, we gather food and household items so trips to the store are minimal, but we also gather information for good watering holes and eateries that might soothe some cabin fever should the need arise.

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Letter No. 48: Immigration reform now!

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the 100th day anniversary of the passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act in the Senate and five days after the forced government shutdown

Caribbean diplomats, ministers flay US

Thirty-seven years ago, a bomb exploded aboard a Cuban state airline aircraft shortly after it had taken off from Barbados’ Grantley Adams Airport, killing all 73 people on board, including 11 Caribbean nationals, in one of the worst ever terrorist attacks in the region.

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Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association appoints Jeff Vasser as new CEO

After an extensive search, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) was unable to select a Caribbean national to the vacant post of director-general and CEO of the organization.

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A tale of two boroughs: report highlights poorest and richest areas in Brooklyn

According to a new report by the Independent Budget Office (IBO), wealth in New York City is geographically concentrated, but the poverty’s dispersed. And no place is that displayed better than in Brooklyn.

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Charles Hynes upsets District Attorney race, running as a Republican

Oh oh! District Attorney Charles Hynes has thrown down the gauntlet. No matter what else you can call it, New York politics is never boring.

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Government shutdown continues despite enough votes to end it

As we enter week two of the government shutdown, it has become increasingly clear that there are enough Republican votes in the House to end the impasse, but Speaker John Boehner is reluctant—or hasn’t been pushed enough—to bring the vote to the floor.

Wednesday, October 9

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Finding New Destiny homes for domestic violence survivors

At least 1/3 of the families using New York City's shelter system are homeless due to domestic violence, according to the New Destiny Housing Corporation.

Monday, October 7

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Political prisoners to rally for Lynne Stewart on Oct. 8

In the wake of Herman Wallace's death all eyes are on another critically ill political prisoner, Lynne Stuart, who is suffering from stage 4 breast cancer in a federal prison in Texas

Sunday, October 6

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Herman Wallace, of the “Angola 3,” succumbs to liver cancer

Within a week after being released from more than forty years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison, Herman Wallace, 71, had little time enjoy his newfound freedom.

Friday, October 4

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Coming out in hip hop: A Black man's journey to liberation

Hip hop and homosexuality are two things most wouldn't put together and a topic mainstream media barely touches on. However, with recent headlines about longtime Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee's sexuality, the conversation is in the spotlight.

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A march for immigrant dignity and respect

This weekend protestors and organizers around the country are planning rallies in more than 100 cities on Oct. 5 to demand that Congress moves the Immigration Reform Bill forward.

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Eyewear fashions for fall

When it comes to eyewear, glasses are becoming as important as shoes. Eyewear fashion experts Cabral Miller and Utenzi Johnson break it down on how to get the right look for fall.

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Capitol Hill shooting leaves one dead, two injured

One person is reportedly dead and two are injured after a women tried to drive into security barriers in Washington on Thursday.

Thursday, October 3

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Fantasia brings it ‘After Midnight’

The scene was set. It was Tuesday morning at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, located inside Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Weather-wise, it was perhaps the last great day of the calendar year. Couple that with a picturesque view of Midtown New York’s beauty during the autumn season, and it was all that was needed for a good day.

NABJ Conference brings out the best

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) hosted its Region I Conference and Media Institute for Media Professionals and Entrepreneurs last weekend in the city. Media professionals from the Northeast attended the event, which included workshops and seminars.The two-day program was held at Associated Press headquarters and featured programing for public relations professionals on Friday and journalists on Saturday. NABJ teamed up with the Asbury Park Press, NBC News, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and Neighbor to Family Inc. as sponsors of the event.

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Is contracting HIV a cure to homelessness?

It may seem extreme, but some homeless men and perhaps women are purposely contracting the HIV virus in order to obtain government assistance that would no longer require them to live on the street, according to a new report in a national LGBT magazine article.

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Nigerians celebrate independance day on Saturday

Nigerians and friends are expected to come from around the world to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence in New York. The celebration will take place Oct. 3-5 in locations in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan and will feature many activities for the community and lots of events for the youth, such as the Welcome Party and Culture Night.

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African Day Parade brightens Harlem

Hundreds of proud Africans represented their nations during the annual African Day Parade in Harlem recently. Despite the mass shooting that took place in Nairobi just one day prior, Kenyans in New York proudly represented their country at the African Day Parade and Festival. Gambian-American youngsters introduced their group in the parade—one of the biggest of all the countries that attended.

PM Ralph Gonsalves speaks in Harlem on reparations

While in New York attending the United National General Assembly of Heads of State, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines came to Harlem to join the New York City-based December 12th Movement International Secretariat on Sept. 24 in their report back to our community on the CARICOM First Regional Reparations Conference, held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sept. 14-17.

The Cosmopolitan Review

The beginning of October has brought beautiful weather, with days so lovely that it is hard to believe the rest of the world is at war. It is sometimes hard to imagine that the devastation, suicide bombings, genocide and other frightening atrocities that fill the daily news are actually occurring when one looks up at the blue skies, feels the warmth of the fall sun and enjoys the city. The classiest new restaurant to open of late has to be Barawine. You know something is going on because on any given evening, and especially on the weekends, there is always a bustling crowd. While I would love to paint a picture of how decorous the interior is with its wine bottle-lined walls and how perfect the seating is for intimate conversations, this is one you have to see for yourself. 

Two more unions pick de Blasio

Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio continues to rack up endorsements from labor unions.

Metro PCS workers vote to organize

After winning the support of community activists and elected officials, workers at a Metro PCS store in Harlem voted seven to one to join the Communications Workers of America.

Holding our nation hostage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as Obamacare, went through a tortuous journey before being passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld ACA’s constitutionality. The ACA is the law of the land.

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Ebony Escapes! into October

Wow! The year sure is flying by, and here is the beginning of the fall season already. But even though the cooler weather is beginning to make an appearance, and Halloween and the holidays will soon be upon us, it will not diminish the number of fantastic Afrocentric events, attractions and so forth coming our way to bring us to the end of this year and usher us into the next. Enjoy!

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Bonita Spence passes

She was the real thing. Nothing seemed to frighten her. When Bonita Spence made her transition, she still had plenty of gas left in her tank. But somewhere, the tank hit empty, and Spence was gone—just like that.

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Tish James victory: history, important lessons

Tuesday’s runoff election produced a history-making result. For the first time in New York City’s political history, an African-American woman is positioned to hold citywide office with the victory of Letitia “Tish” James in the public advocate race.

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Talking SCHOP! A recipe return

I have been going on about all that is happening in and around Harlem for a while. There is so much! And with food festival season upon us, there will be little time to talk recipes. So here are just a few of some of the recipes that have caught my attention for your review use and files.

Fighting against profiling of every kind

In recent months, the fight against profiling in New York City achieved a number of important milestones: The City Council passed the Community Safety Act over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto, and a federal judge ruled that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program amounts to racial profiling, is unconstitutional and must end. Both of these victories speak to the hard work and dedication of New York City activists who stood up against police abuses.

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The age of false sincerity

Whenever something, anything bad happens in the world, Facebook and Twitter become ground zero for false compassion. Every Tom, Dick and Harry has to let everyone else know how sorry he feels for (insert tragedy here).

Bloomberg’s colocation policy is putting our children in danger

I am writing you as a concerned parent of a sixth-grader at M.S. 226. When I chose M.S. 226 as my daughter’s middle school, I did so under the impression that my child would be free from the peer pressure of older high school students.

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We know the real reason for the shutdown

America is not laughing anymore. The idiocy of what is happening in the halls of Congress comes down to five basic points. The Republican Party refuses to accept President Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 and his re-election. The Republican Party hates Obama.

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Mayor Dinkins' life recalled in wit and humor

Indubitably, reviewers and many readers of the David N. Dinkins’ memoir “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic,” written with A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaicin 1993. But to seek out his discussion singularly on these moments is to miss a remarkable success story, one that he relates with an interest of setting the record straight while taking the blame for some of his missteps

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New York’s ‘Mecca’ for diversity

The newly appointed chief diversity officer for New York state, Mecca E. Santana, said that she wants to continue the success of the state’s minority- and women-owned businesses enterprises (MWBEs) programs and make sure they are getting their fair share. Santana is tasked with reforming and strengthening the state’s programs and efforts to encourage the growth of MWBEs. Santana took the position in September and performs many important tasks, including advising Gov. Andrew Cuomo on policies relating to workforce diversity.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events October 2 - 9, 2013

Greetings! We open up October in the spirit of GBE Black Arts Month 2013. The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, featuring headliners Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys, attracted some 60,000 people. Wonder used the event to address the issue of gun control, saying, “We must do something about the gun laws in this country,” noting the murder of John Lennon, who was gunned down close by in 1980, and performing the Beatles legend’s anthem for world peace “Imagine.”

Senate race tightening between Booker and Lonegan

A new poll shows that the race for the U.S. Senate seat between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican candidate Steve Lonegan has narrowed in the past few weeks, with about two weeks remaining before the special election.

Couple carjacked at cemetery

In a blatant example of disrespecting the sacred, an elderly man and his wife were robbed, assaulted and carjacked on Sunday afternoon at an Essex County cemetery while visiting the gravesite of a relative, according to police reports.

Scanners safety questioned

Remember all the hype behind the whole-body, X-ray scanners the government installed in airports across the country? The goverment was quick to boast how technologically advanced the scanners were and insisted the machines were so safe. Well, it appears they’re not so safe after all.

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Natasha Hastings returns to alma mater

For the first time since graduating in 2004, on Friday, Sept. 20, track star Natasha Hastings returned to A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Harlem. She had lunch with the track team, and then the school’s seniors went to an assembly, where she answered their questions, some of which were serious and some funny.

Affordable Care Act is launched

There are over 2.7 million uninsured and many underinsured in New York state. At full enrollment, nearly 1.1 million uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers will obtain health insurance through the New York State of Health: 615,000 individuals and 450,000 small business owners with 50 or fewer employees.

‘Adoption: everything you need to know’

n Oct. 23, the Yonkers Riverfront Library is holding a free information session on adoption.

Citizens against recidivism

Citizens Against Recidivism’s seventh annual Citizens Awards ceremony is Nov. 9. The award ceremony celebrates and honors people who have made an impact in their communities. Anthony Papa will receive the Citizens Advocacy Award, Tarell Rodgers will receive the Leadership in Education Award and Andrea James for the Citizens Social Action Award.

Love an elder day

ifeforce in Later Years (LILY) celebrated senior citizens on Oct. 1 for Love an Elder Day. Love an Elder Day encourages people to reach out to seniors in their family and community and visit senior centers or call older loved ones.

Charter school showdown looms as schools are pressured to pay rent

There is going to be a schoolyard scuffle, with the controversial, non-rent-paying charter schools rallying to protect their preferential status in public school buildings. Charter school advocates are warming up their vocal chords. A furor is about to erupt. Advocates hope to counter that with the aid of Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who has a stronge chance of taking over City Hall.

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Robert E. Cornegy wins testy race

The People’s Republic of Brooklyn is rejoicing over a win-win political fight. If he is able to defeat his little-known Republican challenger in the heavily Democratic Bed-Stuy/Crown Heights area, Robert E. Cornegy is poised to become the city councilman for the 36th District.

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Metta will change the atmosphere in the locker room

One thing is for sure this coming 2013-14 Knicks season: The locker room will never be the same again. Not with Metta World Peace suiting up with his hometown team for what will be his 15th NBA season. Whew! Talk about time flying.

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New-look Nets feel they’re the best in town

Nets new additions Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry have been the talk of the town the last few months. In addition to bringing a championship pedigree to Brooklyn, that high profile quartet is also expected to provide leadership and a mental toughness many believed the Nets lacked last season.

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Steve Mills returns to Madison Square Garden

“I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve back to the Knicks. He is a well-respected sports executive with a strong background in basketball, as well as a familiarity with NBA operations and our company. We look forward to his leadership and believe he is the right person to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship,” said James Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, of Steve Mills. “We are grateful for Glen’s [former Knicks President and General Manager Glen Grunwald] many years of valuable service and pleased that he will remain with the organization.”

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Mable Blair passes at age 85

Former Department of Human Resources employee Mable Blair recently passed away. She leaves behind warm memories and a rich legacy anchored by her devotion to God, her family and her countless friends. She was 85.

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Geno Smith remains under center for the Jets

The rumblings you hear are from Jets fans and some members of the media clamoring for the team to bench rookie quarterback Geno Smith in favor of Matt Simms.

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Justin Tuck is solid in his support of Coughlin

It may have been hyperbole, but defensive lineman Justin Tuck warned, “If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth.”

Paula Patton steps out on the red carpet

Wearing a Rhea Costa dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Paula Patton hit the red carpet with her husband, Robin Thicke, at last week’s premiere of the No. 4 movie in the country, “Baggage Claim,” at Regal Cinema in Los Angeles. The actress stars in the flick as a woman who embarks on a 30-day, 30,000-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe and Derek Luke also star in the David Talbert flick.

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Keith ‘Sabu’ Crier, bassist with GQ, passes

It is with sadness that the family of Keith “Sabu” Crier announces the passing of their loving brother on Sunday, Sept. 29. Sabu had recorded hits such as “Disco Nights,” “Sitting in the Park,” “I Do Love You” and others with the group GQ.

Evelyn Lowery, civil rights stalwart, passes at 88

Unfortunately, the wives of civil rights icons often stand in the shadows of their eminent husbands, but Evelyn Lowery, the wife of Joseph Lowery, stepped outside of that shadow and established her own special place in the struggle for civil and human rights.

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Largest Black physicians association installs 114th president

Michael A. LeNoir, M.D., a practicing pediatrician and allergist in the San Francisco Bay Area, was installed as the 114th president of the National Medical Association (NMA) during the organization’s 111th annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Toronto, Canada.

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Sun Ra turns 100

Sun Ra, the first musician to infuse a cosmic philosophy into his free jazz and world music, will turn 100 this year. In honor of the event, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room will host “Sun Ra Turns 100: Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen” on Oct. 5. There will be shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Tragic, young love in ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Two young lovers, two warring families and a tale of ill-fated love, heartbreak and death: Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has been performed, filmed, transformed and reinvented so many times that it is pretty damn near impossible to find a person who hasn’t encountered the classic tragedy in some form or another.

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For Nov. 2013: Vintage Heartland lingerie line

Lovely lingerie is always welcome in a woman’s wardrobe.

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An eye on iron

My 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 in order to supplement my father’s hard-earned but meager wages. I could hear her knuckles rhythmically rubbing clothes on a washboard, sometimes while she hummed the sacred song “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

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Anna Sui’s vintage spring styles

In the world of fashion, Anna Sui’s spring ’14 collection takes you on a creative journey.

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October 2013 dance calendar

A must for your October dance calendar is the Apollo Theater’s “James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance” (Oct. 22–26), when an exciting mix of dance artists come together to pay homage to Brown’s music through dance.

The Doe Fund’s CORE program gives young men hope

The Doe Fund began its Creating Opportunity Reinforcing Education (CORE) program earlier this year after the organization saw a spike in young men coming to the organization. The program gives homeless men between the ages of 18 and 26 a shelter and pays them to earn their GED.

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Firebombs dropped on Black Americans

Other than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. proudly claims it has never been bombed from the air. That may be true to the extent of a foreign enemy conducting such an action, but it doesn’t apply to incidents where U.S. planes bombed their own people, as in the Tulsa Riot of 1921 and in Philadelphia in 1985, when incendiary firebombs were dropped on Move, a back-to-nature group.

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Letter No. 47: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, I feel more exhausted writing these 47 letters than Ted Cruz, even after his marathon 21-hour speech. And while I’m no Cruz fan, I simply wish there was one lawmaker on the left who had the cojones to stand up for immigration reform with a 22-hour speech that tops Cruz’s performance.

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Songs for a Healthier America album uses hip-hop to fight childhood obesity

The piercing cheers of over 500 New York City schoolkids trumpeted the kickoff event at Symphony Space for the album, Songs for a Healthier America.

USVI Ports to exhibit in Colombia

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Oct. 3) - The Ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands are fielding a strong delegation to the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s Cruise Conference and Trade Show in Cartagena, Colombia, this week.

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Earl Sweatshirt delivers with ‘Doris’

Nineteen-year-old hip-hop artist Earl Sweatshirt’s full-length album, “Doris,” can be considered a postmodern feat and has the tendency at times to overshadow the innovative work of his counterpart, Odd Future founder Tyler, The Creator.

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Shola Lynch, Issa Rae coming to Reel Sisters Film Fest

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series returns to Downtown Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater on Oct.

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‘12 Years a Slave’ triumphs at Toronto Film Fest

It’s hard not to notice that “12 Years a Slave,” arguably the greatest depiction of the American sin of slavey, comes courtesy of British filmmakers with roots all over the world. London-born director Steve McQueen’s family is from the Caribbean; the film’s star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, was born in London to Nigerian parents. Co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Adepero Oduye hail from Africa.

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Government: Closed until further notice

As the government shutdown begins, a number of questions arise, such as how long will it last, who’s to blame and how does this impact the ordinary American?

Afro Caribbean pilots start up new flight services

An Afro, Guyana-born aviator and his Jamaican partner have started up a commercial airline that they hope would take advantage of voids left by the disappearance of several other carriers from the region including Delta and Air Jamaica winning accolades from governments across the region as authorities worry about insufficient airlift for the lifeline tourism sector.

Dwight School students know what “Time” it is

The Dwight School emphasizes the “spark of genius” in every student and with the help of a music industry veteran; they’ve helped create the spark yet again in some of their students.

Wednesday, October 2

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Letitia James set to become first Black woman elected to citywide office

New York City Council Member Letitia James defeated New York state Sen. Daniel Squadron in Tuesday’s public advocate runoff with a 60 percent to 40 percent margin, making James the first woman of color to be elected to citywide office in New York City.

Tuesday, October 1

Government—closed until further notice

How long will it last and to what degree a closed government will affect folks outside the beltway are the most troubling questions. As to whom to blame, well, that depends on who is being asked.