Stories for September 2013

Friday, September 27

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Buttahman the funny man

After taking a break from stand-up comedy, Buttahman is back and not missing any punches

Thursday, September 26

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Questlove and Nelson George go searching for the funk

At this year’s 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, numerous attendees were seeking the funk. One of the event’s most anticipated films, Finding the Funk was screened and brought out stars including George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic, Nona Hendryx, Melvin Van Peebles and Questlove.

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Post-election plans from John Liu

Now that Bill de Blasio has won the primaries, Liu can maybe catch his breath and relax a bit.

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Brooklyn entrepreneur enters the business of sweets

Jean Alerte cannot sit still. Even when the summer evening air around him is serene and the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and MacDonough Street is dotted with neighbors preparing to turn in for the evening, his head is on a constant swivel.

Two NJ poet laureates share the stage

Two internationally known men who were appointed poet laureates in New Jersey shared a stage for the first time since the post was abolished 10 years ago amid controversy surrounding a poem about the Sept. 11 tragedies.

Captivating prospect of public advocate Tish

In 2008, when the controversy over term limits was reaching a citywide boil, there were passions raging on whether the will of New Yorkers, as expressed in two referendums, should be overturned. It pitted the forces of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his quest to seek a third term against those who stood up for the position for which New Yorkers had voted on two occasions.

The Northeast Bronx is on the move

When I think of the economic state of the Northeast Bronx and where it was just a few years ago as a result of the collapse of the housing market and the Great Recession of 2007, the term “revitalization” immediately comes to mind. Although the Bronx’s net worth had plunged with the highest rate of unemployment in the state and the lowest high school graduation rate in the state, the spirit of the Bronx has been renewed and is on the edge of an economic business boom.

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Obama highlights Syria and Iran at UN

As expected, President Barack Obama used the stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday morning to touch on practically all of the global urgencies the U.S. faces, and, as expected, Syria and Iran got the most attention.

Board of Elections freezing accounts of campaigns

Reports indicate that the state Board of Elections is freezing bank accounts of campaign committees that violate the law when it comes to finances.

EPA proposes limits on fossil-fueled power plants

The state attorney general’s office recently applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to limit the amount of emissions from new fossil-fueled power plants

The debt ceiling: Pros and cons

The House issued a challenge to the Obama administration this week. It passed a budget resolution that funds the government into December but defunds Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

Rise in unemployment rate

The New York State Department of Labor released the latest unemployment rates on Sept. 19.

Murder rate lower in NYC

New York City had fewer murders than Chicago in 2012, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The party of Lincoln

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to combat the extension of slavery into the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Abraham Lincoln was elected as the first Republican president in 1860.

One night to view Sekou Sundita play on Sept. 27

On Sept. 27, 651 ARTS is presenting a performance of “Circle Unbroken is a Hard Bop” by the poet Sekou Sundiata.

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Letitia ‘Tish’ James for public advocate

The job of public advocate is probably one of the most important posts in the city, yet one of the least understood or funded. The office of the public advocate has a budget of less than $2 million a year, but it is charged with being the ombudsman for New York state to the city, its services and agencies.

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James Cannings, international Guyanese musician, dead at 65

James Cannings, a longtime resident of Manhattan, died on Thursday, Sept. 5 surrounded by his loving family. Cannings founded JGC Entertainment Co. and JC Records and was an international recording musician, businessman, accomplished guitarist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, songwriter, producer, TV host and studio engineer.

Prayer vigil, rally to protest Sudanese president

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has boasted that he is coming to speak at the United Nations and the U.S. can’t stop him. In response, the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, the National Presiding Minister of the House of the Lord Churches, vowed that a rally and civil disobedience will take place should al-Bashir arrive in the U.S. The rally would take place on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street, between First and Second avenues, at noon. The prayer vigil and civil disobedience will be held across the street at the Sudan Mission at 305 E. 47th St.

It don’t mean a thing … if taking care of your health ain’t got that swing

When Duke Ellington composed the song “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” which is now accepted as a jazz standard, with the lyrics of Irving Mills in 1931, it was based upon the thoughts of Ellington’s former trumpeter Bubber Miley, who was dying of tuberculosis.

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FreshDirect’s move to the Bronx a foregone conclusion

The company had threatened to move to New Jersey while local residents created an organization to stop them from moving to their borough. But the owners of FreshDirect got what they wanted: a new location in the five boroughs and help from the government to build it.

DREAMNYC shows girls how to go back to school in style

Teen mentorship program DREAMNYC held their free, fun-filled, back-to-school event on Saturday, Sept. 6 and showed girls how to look good, stay healthy and budget for the school year.

This Week in Black History

Sept. 26, 1867: Maggie L. Walker is born. She would become the most prominent Black businesswoman in the Richmond, Va., area and one of the wealthiest Black women in the nation. She also became the first Black woman to establish a bank in the nation.

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Arrested CUNY 6 spark debate and continued protest against Gen. Petraeus

The heavily policed and protected scene, a response to protests against Gen. David Petraeus teaching a class at CUNY, is a stark reminder of what many students and faculty at CUNY are now calling a “war college.”

City council race causing chaos

There are political rumblings in the gritty but beautiful Brooklyn.

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The undying spirit of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

No group epitomized the role of young people in the Civil Rights Movement as resolutely as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Founded at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., during a conference on the campus from April 16-18, 1960, SNCC, or “Snick” as it was popularly called, was the brainchild of activist Ella Baker, then executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership

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Esteemed author and diplomat Kofi Awoonor killed in Nairobi attack

The global literary community was shocked to learn that noted writer, educator and diplomat Kofi Awoonor was among those killed last Saturday in the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Terrorists strike in Nairobi mall

A world caught in a tsunami of violence witnessed another terrible tragedy on Sept. 21 in Nairobi, Kenya, when gunmen, allegedly members of al-Shabab, a group tied to al-Qaeda, stormed through a shopping mall, tossing grenades and firing indiscriminately.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Now that we’re settling into fall, having established the back-to-school routine, we have a much earlier bedtime.

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Harlem Inspired! Benefit concert

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement Inc. (HCCI) hosted its first Harlem Inspired!

Menswear influences women’s styles for spring ’14

From Brooklyn Clothing Lab, fashion designer Mel Simons presents an edgy collection that’s inspired by men’s clothing in the movie “The Great Gatsby.” The look is whimsical and feminine for today’s street-smart lady. Simon’s clothes are well-constructed. You can tell he is driven by his love for fashion.

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NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner

At the annual Freedom Fund Dinner and Dance, the New York Branch of the NAACP honored four noted individuals for their contributions to the cause of freedom and justice

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Lucille Singleton’s 90th birthday celebration

Melba’s Restaurant in the Harlem State Office Building hosted the 90th birthday celebration for Lucille Singleton and her 200 guests

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Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch Associates celebrate Labor at annual breakfast

The Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch Associates honored several people in the labor movement last Thursday at its third annual Tying Communities Together Labor Breakfast at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom.

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Michael’s spring ’14 looks are opulent

American couturier and ready-to-wear designer b Michael is always on the fashion point. On Sept. 11, his show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was spectacular. His fashion garments are made exclusively in America. Known for his glamorous designs, his clothes are worn by many of the world’s most stylish women.

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Letter No. 46: Immigration reform now!

Letter No. 46: Immigration reform now Dear Mr. President, Hispanic Heritage Month is about to end with immigration reform being pushed more and more to the back burner, especially as your focus turns now from Syria to the debt ceiling and the budget battle with Republicans.

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The best, the greatest, the seediest and the confidential

I know the way the world is leaning evermore toward increased technology use, including the popularity of e-readers. But for me, you’ll never be able to emulate, or replace, the feel of sitting down and curling up with a good book.

Surinam pres involved in drug trade

Desi Bouterse has for decades denied any involvement in the international narcotics trade, even dismissing a 1999 conviction by a Dutch court for similar offenses as a charade, describing the charges against him as revenge for the 1980 military coup against the government in the former Dutch colony.

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Tips to overcome financial despair

NEW YORK (Sept. 26)—”The Power to Be Better in Good Times and Bad” is a principle message conveyed by economist Zhivargo Laing, who urges people lashed by the recession to “not feel bad, because these have been momentous times, with shifting fortunes leaving legions in states of anxiety, hopelessness and despair.”

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Talking SCHOP! The Cecil (re)opens

In our ever-changing neighborhood, we are constantly surprised. New places open that become our favorite restaurants, stores and spaces, while some of our favorites have unfortunately closed.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events Sept. 26 - October 2, 2013

My longtime friend, brother and creative collaborator Stevie Wonder spoke at the U.N. in New York City regarding disabilities and development on Monday, urging that lobbyists in the U.S. ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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A Hall of Fame night at the New York Athletic Club

The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated it’s 24th birthday

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Problems on both sides of the ball haunting the Giants

The issues confronting the Giants run deeper than the 0-3 hole they have dug themselves into.

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Geno and his receivers are finally catching on

Lost amid the team-record 20 penalties the Jets committed and Geno Smith’s 331-yard, three-touchdown performance in the team’s 27-20 win over the Bills on Sunday was the play of the receivers.

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Copeland spearheads charge for more Black dancers

Stick-thin white women with perfect up-dos are not the only ones who are talented ballerinas.

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‘A Rite’–inspired by the music

As part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & SITI Company will present “A Rite,” a collaborative work conceived, directed and choreographed by Anne Bogart (artistic director of SITI Company), Jones (artistic director, co-founder and choreographer) and Janet Wong (associate artistic director of the Jones/Zane Company) on Oct. 3-5.

Blues authority and author Albert Murray celebrated

Whether in words or music, the blues was an unavoidable topic for speakers and musicians at the memorial services recently held for author Albert Murray at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Midtown Manhattan.

Riverside Theatre, Jazzmobile present jazz@riverside

The Riverside Theatre and Jazzmobile have announced the extension of their partnership by working together on Riverside Theatre’s jazz@riverside

Kroon at Vespers, Ray forever, Rosewoman at Dizzy’s

The Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet, Ray Charles and Michele Rosewoman coming to New York

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Kendrick Lamar is official in Brooklyn

The somewhat frequent visitor to the city, hot off of his “Control” controversy, chose the outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park this time

Gabrielle Union reunited with Dwyane Wade

It looks like those rumors that floated around last spring claiming that Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union had broken up for a while and all the chatter about a couple of other women in his life were true.

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David Lamb expands ‘Platanos Y Collard Greens’

 Ten years ago, audiences began to be thrilled by the hilarious and culturally revealing play “Platanos Y Collard Greens,” written by David Lamb. In the original production, Lamb looks at whether Black and Latina love can survive and examines many of the cultural stereotypes that exist in society.

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James Baldwin works released as eBooks

James Baldwin’s major novels, plays and nonfiction were recently published as eBooks by Vintage Books on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

‘Newlyweeds’ lights up the Film Forum

“Newlyweeds” is producer-writer-director Shaka King’s first feature, which grew from his New York University thesis project.

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Terry Crews—an artist in every sense of the word

“I am blessed, blessed, blessed!” That’s how former athlete, actor, voiceover star and fine artist (yes, fine artist) Terry Crews opened our conversation.

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Poverty rate hurting New Yorkers

According to the 2012 American Community Survey, the median household income in the New York metro area was $63,982 in 2012. In addition, 14.8 percent of people in the New York area were in poverty in 2012. One in five New Yorkers now live below the federal poverty line.

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Stop-and-frisk makes way for Operation Crew Cut

With the New York Police Department’s “stop, question and frisk” policy suffering a defeat in court, a relatively new form of policing is in the middle of a media blitz.

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Death in Police Custody: Kyam Livingston's family demands answers

According to her family, it was the purely insensitive mindset of the NYPD that may have caused the death of 37-year-old Kyam Livingston in a Brooklyn Central Booking cell on July 21.

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The captivating prospect of a public advocate named Tish James

In 2008, when the controversy over term limits was reaching a citywide boil, there were passions raging on whether the will of New Yorkers, as expressed in two referendums, should be overturned.

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Serengeti Teas and Spices opens in Harlem

Caranda Martin carefully tell each of his customers each morning when they come in for coffee where the beans, flavors and even milk came from. To him, each cup has a journey.

Evidence Surinamese president involved in drug trade

Desi Bouterse has for decades denied any involvement in the international narcotics trade even dismissing a 1999 conviction by a Dutch court for similar offenses as a charade, describing the charges against him as revenge for the 1980 military coup against the government in the former Dutch colony.

Monday, September 23

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Mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio receives endorsement from President Obama

President Barack Obama today endorsed Democratic candidate, Bill De Blasio, in the race for New York City mayor.

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Brooklyn family demanding answers from NYPD for relative who died while in custody

Two months after Kyam Livingston died while in custody at Brooklyn Central Bookings Jail, after pleading for medical attention but was ignored by officers, enraged family members are still demanding answers for her death from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Friday, September 20

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Harlem’s annual celebration for cancer survivors

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fourth annual Survivorship Saturday in Harlem is a gathering that unites cancer survivors, their families, friends and health care providers to celebrate survivorship and promote the early detection of cancer.

Former AmNews co-owner John L. Edmonds passes at 87

To his close friends, he was affectionately known as “Big John,” but the ordinary person in the street, with whom he could relate, knew him as attorney John L. Edmonds, the real estate developer.

Free Mammograms

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s mobile, no-cost breast cancer screening program

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Immunization Fair helps kids

Nearly 100 Bronx children and adolescents were administered vaccinations during another successful annual Immunization Fair, sponsored by the New York Yankees and Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx. 

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Stella Adler Studio of Acting teaching at Bronx middle schools

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is excited to announce that it is the recipient of a prestigious 21st Century Community Learning Center grant through the U.S. Department of Education, which will allow the studio to create an acting school experience in seven low-income Bronx middle schools.

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The Little Rock Nine—yesterday and today

When classes began at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 4, 1957, the nine Black students who had been selected to integrate the school were blocked from entry by orders from Gov. Orval Faubus.

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Spring 2014’s backstage beauty tips

Dark and Lovely was the exclusive backstage hair sponsor of the Harlem Fashion Row presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the recent New York Fashion Week.

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Tracy Reese styles swing into spring ’14

For spring ’14, Tracy Reese’s collection radiates sensuality. The live Afro-Cuban sound of Daniel Goldstein and Sublime was ridiculous as models stepped down the Mercedes-Benz Lincoln Center runway.

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Trimming the book tree

On Horace Campbell’s “Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya,” Dr. Grant Harper Reid’s “Rhythm for Sale” and Charlotte V.M. Ottley's “Surviving Success: Changes, Challenges & Choices”

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Former Riker’s warden gives kids the ‘411’

In “The 411 On Bullying, Gangs, Drugs and Jail: The Formula for Staying in School and Out of Jail,” written by Warden Howard Robertson, speaks from his personal experiences and interviews he conducted with young men on Riker’s Island. Robertson speaks directly to young readers in a language that is on their level

Thursday, September 19

Hispanic Heritage Month: The African contribution

Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, offers an opportunity to illuminate what is too often overlooked—the African influence and tradition in Hispanic culture

Time for a focused, productive mayoral campaign

Finally, the political dust has settled and New York City can at last focus on the mayoral race that will be waged between Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate, and Joseph Lhota, the Republican contender.

Unions matter, workers matter

This week, Bill Lynch Associates and the Amsterdam News hosted the third annual Tying Communities Together labor breakfast. The breakfast paid tribute to New York’s labor movement, community activists and union leaders.

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Correlations, not causations of the Navy Yard massacre

I can tell you several things that did not cause the Navy Yard shootings last week: AR-15s, video games and partisanship. On the flip side, I can tell you what contributed to the massacre: mental instability, poor security and a failure of the vaunted clearance system and NSA.

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311 gets socially connected

How many times have you tried to cram garbage into an overflowing city trash can? How often have you had to sidestep litter in a subway or park? And let’s be honest, do you ever even expect a public bathroom to be clean?

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Bloomberg loses again

Manhattan Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin has dealt another blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In her most recent ruling, Scheindlin has refused to stay her ruling on stop-and-frisk as its appeal is pending. That means stop-and-frisk reforms should, in theory, take effect immediately.

Peg Leg Bates honored in SC

Legendary tap dancer Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates had an unmistakable wow factor. This month, a sculpture honoring Bates was unveiled in South Carolina.

Revitalization project completed in Bed-Stuy

New York City Council Member Al Vann joined other elected officials and business leaders to celebrate the completion of a project that’s brining in new money to the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

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Jermaine Paul finds his ‘Voice’

Jermaine Paul took America by storm when he won the second season of NBC’s “The Voice.” But what people might not know is that he’s a dedicated father and husband who gives back to his community.

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A framework for peace awaits Syria’s response

There was no reason to expect President Barack Obama’s decision about the Syrian conflict to find unanimous approval, especially from his GOP critics. On Sunday, he responded to those dissenters and naysayers, dismissing the notion that he mishandled the situation in Syria.

Union concerned about safety at state parks

The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) of New York, the union that represents park police officers, says that issues of public safety are coming up in relation to the city’s state parks. The union is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to scrap a plan to supplement its police force by hiring what they call inexperienced, unprepared college students to perform law enforcement duties.

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Black and Republican: John Burnett wants to be NYC comptroller

While headlines are occupied with Scott Stringer’s win as the Democratic candidate for city comptroller, few are covering his Republican opponent.

Detroit’s decline dissected

To understand Detroit’s current economic downturn, it is necessary to flip the pages of the city’s history back to the 1950s, according to a recent in-depth report by the Detroit Free Press. While this has always been the proposition for many pundits delving into the city’s plummet, now with this exhaustive study that took up over four full pages in Sunday’s paper, there’s empirical evidence to underscore the assumptions.

A framework for peace awaits Syria’s response

There was no reason to expect President Barack Obama’s decision about the Syria conflict to find unanimous approval, especially from his GOP critics. On Sunday, he responded to those dissenters and naysayers, dismissing the notion that he mishandled the situation in Syria.

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Public advocate candidate Squadron picks up another endorsement

In a significant win for Daniel Squadron’s campaign, former Democratic public advocate candidate Cathy Guerriero is endorsing Squadron for public advocate, citing his track record

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New billions pledged at europe confab for Somalia in distress

European donors opened their wallets again to pledge some $2.4 billion for the reconstruction of Somalia. The money throws the Horn of Africa nation another lifeline as it attempts to end more than two decades of conflict.

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Villagers in polluted zones call oil company's compensation offer cruel

An oil company’s offer to compensate some 13,000 fishermen who lost their livelihoods when an oil pipeline burst and caused fishing water to be fouled for years was unanimously rejected as “an insult” and “cruel.”

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Imhotep's guide to Black events Sept. 19-25, 2013

GBE’s African Re-Eduction Month highlights Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, who dropped “edutainment” from the stage of Chicago’s Hard Rock Cafe. Kicking off the national touring company production of “Motown,” Gordy, still spry at 83 years old, surprised many when he told the crowd, “I started here, before there was Motown

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Congolese Nun Receives High U.N Honor

A Roman Catholic nun who rides a bicycle deep into the bush in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to help female victims of war is to receive a top U.N. award for her courageous work.

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Talking SCHOP! Turkish soul food in Harlem

Harlem, one of the homes of soul food: fried chicken, ribs, mac and cheese, greens, et al. It is called “soul” because we cook both from the soul and, when it’s good, to the soul. Yes, soul food has been coined as an American cuisine, but I would venture to say that we could find a concept of it in every country.

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Honoring Vivian Fox

Vivian Fox serves as executive director of the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds and president of the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation. Established in 1998, the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation is a nonprofit organization that provides educational programs for children and youth. The corporation offers many programs such as WorkForce 2000, the Future of America Learning Center, a Youth mentorship program and camp programs.

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RWDSU leader speaks on life devoted to labor rights

Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), has union leadership in his blood. While being honored by the AmNews this Thursday at the paper’s annual labor breakfast, Appelbaum talked about his experiences with unions at a young age and what makes unions good and his vision of unions’ future.

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David R. Jones is laboring for a more equal society

President and CEO of the Community Service Society (CSS) of New York David R. Jones Esq. believes that labor unions and the Black and Latino community go hand in hand, and recent events have highlighed the need for unions. With people discussing the need for higher wages for fast-food workers and car washers, who have recently organized, poor communities of color are getting their voices heard about their treatment in the workforce.

SUNY Downstate workers rally to save jobs

Moving through the corridor of busy Clarkson Avenue in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, passers-by become sandwiched between two towering edifices, Kings County Hospital and SUNY Downstate University Hospital of Brooklyn. An onlooker may see a strong image of a viable community where health care is paramount. But looks can be deceptive.

SEIU Announces Health Care Outreach Program

In Pittsburgh, the president of SEIU and a member of President Barack Obama’s administration announced a new outreach initiative regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Time to right wrongs, set new course

We learned a lot from the Democratic primary election. Most importantly that the democratic process is still alive and well in New York—a city that often felt like it catered to the 1 percent more than the rest of us. Even though many unions did not stand together behind a single mayoral candidate, the labor movement came out in force and made a real difference in how New York will move forward.

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Celebrating Labor Ties To The Community

The New York Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch Associates hosted their annual Tying Communities Together Labor Breakfast: A Celebration of Labor Movement at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem on Thursday, Sept. 19.

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Lots to see and do in Sioux Falls

So we’ve delved into Sioux Falls’ early history and learned about the many African-Americans who greatly influenced the socioeconomic, political, business and artistic landscape here. Now, we’ve got one last look at the culinary scene, plus a wealth of great outdoor attractions.

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Patti, We Love You and Already Miss You

Patti Webster who reportedly succumbed to cancer at age 49 in Somerville, N.J.

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Fight Night festivities at the Palms

Fight Night brought out a bevy of superstars to the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas on Sept. 14, as hip-hop legend Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted an over-the-top “Fight Night After Party” alongside his closest celebrity friends at Palms Pool and Rain Nightclub. Known for bringing an entourage of celebrity pals, Diddy celebrated Mayweather’s victory over Alvarez with guests including Tyga, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Meek Mill, Flo Rida, Lil’ Kim and Claudia Jordan. The crowd went crazy around 4 a.m. when Diddy, Ross, Tyga, 2 Chainz and Meek Mill hit the stage to perform.

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Jazz at Dinosaur BBQ, Lovelace Peace Concerts

In Harlem, it seems more restaurants are flirting with jazz on a somewhat regular basis. The Phil Young Experience and “The Jazz Masters in Harlem” were so good last month that they will return to Dinosaur BBQ (300 W. 125th St.) on Sept. 25, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The first set starts at 7 p.m. in the Bridge Room (second floor).

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African-American Day Parade takes over Harlem

On Sunday, Sept. 13, Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright was one of the hosts of the 12th annual African-American Day Parade breakfast at the Harlem Tavern, located on 116th Street in Harlem. The breakfast kicked off the 44th parade.

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Carib Lingo: Damian Marley’s reggae cruise offers something special

Carib Lingo

Have you been looking for a super special getaway package for next fall? Well, look no further. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Norwegian Cruise Lines have something very special for you. It’s the first annual Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, a one-of-a-kind, five-night musical voyage that will set sail from Miami to Jamaica in October 2014.

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Film Commentary: Butler, bring me a martini

It felt rather strange watching a film that is essentially about the life of a butler who served seven presidents in the White House

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‘Winnie Mandela’ fails to inspire

The story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela is a fascinating one: Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years for his anti-Apartheid activism and then later became the symbol of change as he became the president of South Africa, and Winnie Mandela became a controversial activist who was referred to as the “Mother of the Nation” before being vilified for her methods. There is a lot of importance, subtlety and history to a story like this, but the new movie “Winnie Mandela” fails on all accounts to bring this story to light.

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NAACP S.I. Branch Holds Freedom Fund Luncheon

The Staten Island Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold its Freedom Fund Luncheon, featuring the 26th annual William A. Morris Humanitarian Awards, on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Li Greci’s Staaten, 697 Forest Ave., Staten Island, NY.

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African community gears up for seventh annual parade

The African Diaspora travels uptown to Harlem this Sunday afternoon for the annual African Day Parade and Festival

The Cosmopolitan Review

It is with deep sadness that Joey “J-Harris” Fleming and Maschil Entertainment Inc. announces the passing of Fleming’s grandmother Mary Fleming. Mary Fleming, who was also the mother of the late Joe Fleming, Esq., attorney and friend to many, passed away almost one year ago to the day her son passed.

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De Blasio's Blueprint

Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio thinks he is sitting pretty. After saying that every vote counts, runner-up Bill Thompson conceded on Monday—the very day the Board of Elections began counting the paper ballots.

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Bitter leadership fight for Jamaica’s main opposition party

The Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) has once again found itself in the throes of a leadership struggle that could very well confine it to another five more years on the opposition backbenches

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Goodie Mob addresses Southern hip-hop’s bad rap

On the “A” w/Souleo

If the influence of Goodie Mob were to be measured solely by the number of contemporary socially conscious Southern hip-hop artists one might assume that the veteran group from Atlanta left virtually no mark.

Wednesday, September 18

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New Miss America criticized for Indian-American Heritage

Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014 on Sunday night, but some Twitter and Facebook comments criticized her background and the pageant for choosing an Indian-American.

Tuesday, September 17

Massive fire destroys New Jersey shore community; Christie pledges millions to rebuild

After a devastating fire last week all but destroyed one of New Jersey’s iconic shore communities, Seaside Park, Gov. Chris Christie promised state aid to the hard hit community, which is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy nearly one year ago.

Monday, September 16

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One Bill Remains: Thompson concedes to de Blasio

A week after votes were cast for the Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York City, Bill Thompson decided to concede the primary to Bill de Blasio and avoid a possible runoff in October.

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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Thompson concedes, endorses Bill de Blasio

Bill Thompson concedes in the race to be the Democratic candidate for mayor and endorses Bill de Blasio.

Friday, September 13

Massive Bed-stuy bus accident shows need to keep Interfaith open

Following a massive accident between a car being pursued by cops and a New York City Transit bus, over three dozen people who were on the bus had to be taken to Interfaith Medical Center for urgent care.

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NYUL football classic brings HBCU experience to locals

The Benedict College Tigers beat the Virginia State University Trojans 30 to 14 at the 41st Annual New York Urban League (NYUL) Football Classic which took place last weekend at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Thursday, September 12

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Federal prosecutors to review the Ramarley Graham case

Federal prosecutors will review the case of Ramarley Graham—the unarmed Black teenager shot to death in his parents’ Bronx home by a city cop—to determine whether civil rights were violated.

Trinidad: Pressure over fuel subsidy

Trinidad’s government has bowed to unrelenting pressure from fellow Caribbean trade bloc countries and U.S. airlines like Delta and has now decided to remove generous subsidies on jet fuel that the oil- and gas-rich nation had been giving to its own national carrier, triggering cries of unfair competition from industry rivals.

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Letter No. 44: Immigration reform now!

Will the focus on Syria be the nuclear bomb on immigration reform at home?

Bahamas hotel renovations near completion

With a sweeping, multimillion-dollar renovation of Comfort Suites Paradise Island nearing completion, anticipation is building, and the hotel is already getting high marks from its travel partners and guests alike.

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Reel Code Media makes debut at NY Fashion Week

As one of the official sponsors of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Reel Code Media creates a fashion furor at Lincoln Center.

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Spring 2013 at Lincoln Center

The shows started with a twist of gossip. David Tiale opened the shows this season. However, the day before, People’s Republic PR sent an email blast to all editors that stated they were canceling participation in the Tiale show due to non-payment.

Harlem’s FCBC welcomes its 2013 Bridal Affair: ‘Love in Harlem’

Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC), located at 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., will hold its 2013 Bridal Affair on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community-focused event welcomes local vendors and small business owners that offer wedding-related services to showcase their offerings at FCBC.

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Sad farewell to Antiq, community pledges change

Seemingly every inch of the young man’s visible skin was taken over by tattoos; patterns were shaved in to his head. The young man, who was standing on the steps outside of Grace’s Funeral Home, was obviously known to many of the other equally sombre young men.

Fourteenth annual International Ataxia Awareness Day

Chances are that you have never heard of ataxia. That is why the National Ataxia Foundation and other organizations around the world have declared Sept. 25 “International Ataxia Awareness Day” to help get the word out about the disorder.

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Clot busters saves organs

In other words, make sure that if you are experiencing symptoms of an early heart attack or stroke, that you are able to get to a hospital where there is a clot-busting team on staff 24 hours a day.

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Dedicated fathers step up in the lives of youth

“Fathers with one mind taking care of our kids on the front line,” chanted the dozens of fathers in the streets of America. These parents are making each step count as they take their place in their children’s lives.

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Four little Black girls dressed in white

Much attention was given recently to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington featuring the immortal “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Seventh annual african day parade

The seventh annual African Day Parade is being held on Sept. 22.

Teachers call moratorium new teacher evaluation system

On Sept. 9, the Movement of Rank and File Educators, a caucus of the United Federation of Teachers, issued a petition calling for a moratorium on the new teacher evaluation system.

Harlem community disaster preparation summit Sept 25

The office of Assemblyman Keith Wright, the office of New York City Council Member Robert Jackson and others are sponsoring a summit to address community disaster planning in Harlem on Sept. 25. The summit is called Harlem READY. The commissioner of New York City Emergency Management will be the keynote speaker.

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Brooklyn karate instructor teaches roundhouse kicks, life skills

Despite the bloated property costs in Brooklyn’s increasingly swanky Clinton Hill that forced community karate instructor Thomas Lewis to find another building to teach lessons on Monday, Sept. 9, the studio on Fulton Street was brimming with people peering inside from the sidewalk.

Bronx Rite Aid overcharged Medicaid

An audit found that a local Rite Aid overcharged Medicaid by nearly $200,000.

Big winners in borough races

Several victories were celebrated this past Tuesday in the borough president races while Brooklyn said hello to a new district attorney.

Obama calls for delay on Syria vote

As if the nation may have been dozing, President Barack Obama sent an email to his constituents yesterday explaining his position on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

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Ujamaa Black Theater: A stage for Black community

A young actor scurries to the stage, stomping his feet against the floor and clapping his hands to the swinging melodies that enchant the crowd. In a black bow tie, he shouts, “I got the gospel of the Harlem Renaissance!” The crowd roars, “Encore! Encore!”

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NAN appoints new acting executive director

The National Action Network (NAN) announced last week that Janaye Ingram will serve as its acting national director, replacing Tamika Mallory.

The Million Youth March: A hope for youth

On Saturday, Sept. 7, hundreds of demonstrators returned to the streets of Harlem for the Million Youth March.

Obama should just say no

The debate has escalated in recent days as to whether the United States should engage in yet another war and strike Syria. On Aug. 31, President Barack Obama gave a statement from the White House Rose Garden laying out the case for U.S. intervention in Syria and his willingness to seek the approval of Congress before acting.

Give diplomacy a chance

Diplomacy is always a better option than war.

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Promises made, promises kept

Five years ago, a young thirtysomething hit the national scene as the new president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Benjamin Todd Jealous was the youngest person to ever take the helm of this venerable institution.

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Blacks should be expected to overachieve in all areas of life

Not long ago, I attended a high school basketball game between local D.C. rivals. I was absolutely amazed at the level of intensity in which these young men played. Both teams, made up of all young Black males, possessed a strong desire to win, and the level at which they competed demonstrated that it was this desire to be victorious that pushed them all to respect and learn the game.

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A primary election whose outcome the pundits didn’t see coming

The Democratic primary should serve as convincing evidence of how quickly and dramatically political fortunes are turned around in New York City. Just a few months ago, most political pundits had all but declared City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as the winner of the Democratic nomination.

Push to ‘raise the age’ in New York

A coalition of advocates, law enforcement and legal representative groups, faith leaders and unions are continuing the push for New York to raise the minimum age to try a person as an adult.

Howard honors tradition, Michelle Obama pushes health

Welcome to the Chocolate City, the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. opens new plaza

On Tuesday, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) celebrated the ribbon-cutting of a $20 million neighborhood revitalization project along Fulton Street with local Council Member Al Vann and commissioners from various city agencies of New York.

Komen cancer race brings out thousands

Thousands upon thousands of women, men, children and babes in strollers—some folks even brought their dogs—walked, ran and/or jogged the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Central Park on Sunday, Sept. 8

The Cosmopolitan Review

There are so many September birthdays that I must start off by wishing you all the very best for the coming year, beginning on Sept. 1 with Lisa Dale, Sept. 3 with Paula Battle and Paul Raiffasin, Shirley Scott on Sept. 5, Bert Belasco and Deloris Coombs on Sept. 6, Kevin Smiley on Sept. 8, Michael Dutton on Sept. 9, Wilamenia Billie Holliday-Hayes on Sept. 10, Julia Mitchell on Sept. 13, Carol Chaoui on Sept. 15, Brad Johnson on Sept. 17, Nina DeWees on Sept. 26, Gwynn Wilcox on Sept. 30 and many more.

U.S. contemplates response to Syria

There seems to be a diplomatic solution in the works as President Barack Obama waits on Congress to give him the authority to use military force against Syria’s regime for allegedly using deadly chemical weapons against civilians without presenting concrete proof to the public.

Philadelphia teachers enter school year with no contract

The United Federation of Teachers in New York City isn’t the only one working without a new deal in place.

Unions react to Democratic mayoral primary

Despite no official call for the Democratic New York City mayoral nomination, Tuesday night pointed toward a Bill de Blasio coronation.

Gary Byrd's guide to Black events, Sept. 12-18, 2013

Our GBE African Re-education Month/National Preparedness Month 2013 is sounding the call for the second annual Global Citizen Festival, an event intended to raise awareness of global poverty and education, returning to Central Park on Sept. 28, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Kings of Leon performing. People will be eligible to obtain free tickets by getting involved in various social causes through

Black history in and around Sioux Falls, S.D.

Last time around, we had just begun our exploration of Sioux Falls, S.D., named after the Sioux Native American Tribe, who were the first inhabitants of the area, and the Big Sioux River that runs through it. With a population close to 160,000 people, it is the largest city in the state.

Talking SCHOP! Vendy Awards 2013

Last weekend marked the ninth annual Vendy Awards, where New York City’s best food street vendors go to be acknowledged and celebrated by foodies and food connoisseurs. It always promises to be a day that will fill you up with food, passion and appreciation.

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Liberty limp to the finish line

The New York Liberty have played their final game at the Prudential Center in Newark. Hopefully, their return to Madison Square Garden in 2014 will shake the team out of the doldrums that beset them this year.

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Hank Whitney set for NYC Hall of Fame induction

The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes Hank Whitney as a member of the 24th class of inductees

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Giant loss opens the season for Rolle and company

It’s only the first game and likely won’t define their season, yet the Giants’ 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on the road could have long-term ramifications.

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African-American quarterbacks at starting gate

With NFL franchises frequently drafting and signing Black quarterbacks

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Serena conquers the world: Still No.1

Serena Williams is once again the U.S. Open champ

Thandie Newton expecting third child

The third time is the charm. Thandie Newton is pregnant with her third child.

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Joe Locke at 54 Below, Ahmad Jamal at Rose, Sista’s Place

On Sept. 17, the Joe Locke Group, featuring pianist Ryan Cohan, bassist David Finck, drummer Jaimeo Brown and special guest vocalist Kenny Washington, will hit the stage for one night at 54 Below (254 W. 54th St.).

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In Harlem, kids get ready for Broadway!

I live in walking distance of the Harlem School of the Arts, and last weekend, along with Victor Maog, artistic director of 2g, we attended the fall open house of the 37,000-square-foot facility designed for multi-discipline art instruction, performance and exhibition.

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Damien Escobar’s sweet sounds of success

Violin virtuoso Damien Escobar takes the stage at Toshi’s Living Room in the Flatiron District and looks out at an audience that loves him.

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‘Mother of George’ shines at Angelika Sept. 13

Andrew Dosunmu’s highly anticipated film “Mother of George” makes its New York premier on Sept. 13 at the Angelika Film Center, 18 West Houston St., after winning the well-deserved Best Cinematography Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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‘Blue Caprice’ explores the psychological creation of a killer

With America’s unhealthy obsession with well-known killers, you’d think that a story on the “D.C. snipers” would generate much more publicity. But as many Black comedians have joked ad naseum, once the media found out they were Black, all talk of them as “masterminds” ceased. But despite the lack of spotlight, the story is no less incredible, sickening and fascinating.

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Fall for Dance with Ron Brown, Alvin Ailey and others

It’s that time again—time for the Fall for Dance Festival, New York City Center’s annual offering of showstopping performances by a dazzling mix of familiar favorites and new faces.

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Katherine Dunham dancer Vanoye Aikens passes

Vanoye Aikens, a dancer with the Katherine Dunham Dance Company (KDDC), died on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Los Angeles. He was 96.

New city council members elected in primaries

Victories across the city were abound as several people won their races for city council. From Bronx to Queens, those looking to occupy a seat in the council chambers will get their chance as the primary election brings new faces to the elected body.

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Roxanne Shante brings her message to fashion charity show

Cancer, alopecia and diversity are not usually synonymous with fashion, yet several events are integrating these topics with their celebration of all things sartorial. Hip-hop pioneer and breast cancer survivor, Roxanne Shante will serve as co-host for this Sunday’s inaugural Beauty With Pure Purpose charity fashion show to recognize women living with cancer or alopecia.

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Primary night: Cliffhangers, blowouts and burnouts

As of press time, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio led all Democratic nominees with 40.18 percent of the vote. Bill Thompson held second place with 26.11 percent of the vote and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn rounded out the top three at 15.47 percent. But, who stands behind an elected official, in view of the cameras, during a speech is just as important as the speech itself in political circles.

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Ken Thompson Triumphs! Brooklyn votes in its first Black district attorney

Kenneth Thompson is Brooklyn’s first Black person to hold the position. By the time 99 percent of the precincts reported results during the Democratic primary Tuesday night, Thompson had earned 55 percent of the votes

Wednesday, September 11

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“Mandela” a smash hit at Toronto film festival

Toronto film-festival-goers were treated to the world premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, directed by Justin Chadwick and featuring Idris Elba in the title role.

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U.S. Mother guilty of manslaughter in death of Ethiopian adoptee

A Washington state mother who followed a religious handbook on using the stick to discipline the child was found guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her Ethiopian-born adopted daughter, Hanna.

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Kenyan vice president pleads not guilty mass murder kikuyu riv

Kenya’s Vice President, William Ruto, at the opening day of his trial for the slaughter of rival Kikuyu people in post-election violence, declared himself “not guilty” to a trio of serious charges issued against him by the International Criminal Court.

Jailed newsman protests Gandhi peace prize preside

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is scheduled to receive the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize this week despite a global campaign by free speech advocates protesting the jailing of noted newsman and managing editor, Rodney Sieh.

Sunday, September 8

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Ben Jealous to leave the NAACP

As the world has discovered, Benjamin Todd Jealous is a man of his word, and his word is his bond. Five years ago when he became the youngest President and CEO of the NAACP, he promised to take the Association to a new level of achievements.

Friday, September 6

Imams endorse John Liu for NYC Mayor

"Comproller Liu has always been a good friend to the Muslim Community, never excluding us and always treating us as one and never leaving us feeling as if we were not apart of this great City."

Unwritten Rules: Series Giving A Voice to African Americans

For African Americans, existing as the “only one” within the workplace can parallel a society of silent discrimination.

Thursday, September 5

NAACP and KKK meet in Wyoming

Branches of The KKK and NAACP met with one another to discuss recent hate crimes against Black men and the distribution of pamphlets promoting the KKK in Casper and Gillette Wyoming.

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Showtime for Giants; dress rehearsal is over

The dress rehearsal is over. The mistakes and missteps will have far more significant meaning as of Sunday night for the Giants

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Forget Mark Sanchez-Geno Smith talk, tune in on Sunday

Talk about a complete turn of events. Last week, we were convinced Mark Sanchez would be the starting quarterback for the Jets on opening day.

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Playoffs a long shot, but Katie Smith’s still motivated

While the playoffs seem less and less likely for the New York Liberty, veteran guard Katie Smith—in the final season of her outstanding WNBA career—remains upbeat.

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Serena is cruising toward the finals at the U.S. Open

Serena Williams cruised through the quarterfinals, winning in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 over Carla Suarez-Navarro in a match that lasted only 52 minutes

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It was a great day in Harlem for Hank Carter

Hank Carter is the first African-American to have a hospital in New York City named after him. Carter, a Vietnam veteran, began Wheelchair Charities in the early ’70s after his best friend Jada was shot while coming out of a store in Queens, resulting in permanent paralysis.

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Albert Murray, literary giant, dies at 97

“Man, the very act of writing a story is always a matter of a certain amount of lying and signifying. Think of camera angles, microphones and the soundtrack of movies.

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Eye docs vs. the ear docs

I hope that this article is not misleading. I am not writing about doctors who take care of the ears or doctors who give eye care.

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Pic-O-De-Crop Finals 2013 in Barbados

The 2013 Crop Over Pic-O-De-Crop Finals took place Friday, Aug. 2 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

How to avoid being a forgotten class

As students go through all four years of high school, they make friends, decide who they want to be and build bonds with teachers and faculty, and there’s always grief when you must leave the school where you’ve spent the previous years.

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War college: Students, faculty protest militarization of CUNY

Next week, on Monday, Sept. 9, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. David Petraeus, will begin teaching a class at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College.

City’s first center for reducing and preventing truancy

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have announced the creation of the first Center for Truancy Reduction and Prevention in New York City.

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Community Calendar Sept 5-11, 2013

Greetings! It’s September, “GBE African Re-Education Month.” Look for noted Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates on the six-part, six-hour PBS-TV series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” coming in October.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem to Oak Bluffs, Part II

I hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day weekend and got a moment to themselves to reflect on the summer and prepare for September, fall and the holiday-laden fourth quarter of the year.

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Ebony Escapes! to Sioux Falls, S.D.

There are several cities that position themselves as the “Heart of America,” and Sioux Falls, S.D., is one of them.

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Diddy puts Beverly Hills mansion on market

Following a week of reports and rumors that NBA free agent Lamar Odom, who is married to Khloe Kardashian, is battling an addiction to crack cocaine, the basketball player was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) on Aug. 30 at 3:54 in the morning and arrested for DUI suspicion.

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Christopher Martin signs with VP Records

Jamaican singer Christopher Martin, the new face at VP Records, is all set to combine music and charisma as he blots the ink of his recently signed deal, which has him gearing up for his full-length debut album with the Caribbean record label.

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All About ‘Beyoncé: Before the Legend’

Read about how Beyoncé made the transition from Destiny’s Child to “Dangerously in Love” and Jay Z in “Beyoncé: Before the Legend—The Rise of Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child (The Early Years).” It’s a true, timeless story, and it explains the star’s rise to fame and fortune.

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Adama Paris shows spring/summer ’14 in Berlin

Senegalese designer Adama Amanda Ndiaye makes her debut at Mercedes Fashion Week in Berlin.

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Abyssinian jazz, jazzy thespians, Wynton HBO, conduction

The summer is over that quickly. It makes one contemplate relocating to Florida or California for perpetual sunlight, but then what happens to all that music that only New York City can offer?

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‘Getaway’ with Gomez

“I’m a terrible driver. I am really, really bad,” declared tween star Selena Gomez. The bold statement was unexpected and charming.

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Angry Spirits Return to ‘Breakfast with Mugabe’

The story of “Breakfast with Mugabe” is set in the State House in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, in October 2001 during the months preceding the presidential election of Robert Mugabe, which took place in spring 2002.

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September 2013 dance calendar

Begin the dance season with shows from international artists Boyzie Cekwana (South Africa with Mozambique) in the U.S. premiere of “The Inkomati (dis)cord,” Sept. 25 - 26, and the New York premiere of Bouchra Quizquen’s (Morocco) “Ha!” Sept. 27-28 at New York Live Arts (NYLA).

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Cosby comes to Westchester County Center Sept. 7

The Pepe Infiniti Concert Series, sponsored by Grapes the Wine Company and D. Bertoline & Sons, is proud to present an evening with Bill Cosby at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y., on Saturday Sept. 7.

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Letter No. 43: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President,

Feds nab son of Suriname president

Few are likely to dispute that the timing of last weekend’s arrest of the son of Surinamese President Desi Bouterse on alleged cocaine and arms trafficking charges by American federal agents was not done to embarrass the head of state.

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Caribbean cricket stars off to the Pacific

WEST INDIES (Sept. 5)—West Indies cricket stars are stepping way out of their customary creases to go to bat for their sport on the other side of the world.

AP report: NYPD labeled mosques terrorism organizations

According to a recent report by the Associated Press, the New York Police Department secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allowed them to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing most of the time.

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WBLS ratings are up despite the loss of ‘Black Talk Radio’ programming

The Black community is still getting used to the consolidation of WBLS (105.7) and WKRS (98.7-Kiss FM). The move was part of a shuffle involving three broadcasters. Disney obtained a long-term lease for 98.7 FM from its owner Emmis and inserted ESPN into that spot. YMF Partners purchased WBLS and WLIB from Inner City Broadcasting.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph and Adina Howard share personal stories on “Life After”

Before Sheryl Lee Ralph sat down to film her episode of TV One’s hit docu-series, Life After she wasn't sure where life would take her next.

Diversity challenge for next NYC mayor

 This has been a mayoral race dominated by distractions. From breathless horse-race polling to scandals of little relevance to the average New Yorker’s life, our media has scarcely covered the pressing issues that matter to our great city as it stands at an equally great crossroads.

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Syria is for dummies

President Barack Obama learned nothing from the war failures of President George W. Bush. In fact, he continues to make the same mistakes and worse under the cover of a sympathetic media and myrmidonic democrat electorate.

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Vote Bill Thompson tuesday, September 10th

The primaries in New York City are only a few days away.

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Heeding the words of Dr. King

In 1967, exactly a year before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church and assailed the Johnson administration for its war policy in Vietnam.

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Dunkin’ Donuts managers in S.I. and N.J. awarded back pay

A Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner based in Edison, N.J., will be forced to pay managers back wages after violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a new ruling by the U.S. Labor Department last Monday.

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We’re standing with de Blasio

We at 1199 SEIU count as friends most of the New York City’s Democratic candidates for mayor. None, however, have stood with us as consistently and steadfastly as Bill de Blasio.

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Rap’s 3 R’s (readin’, ritein’ and riffmatic)

The day that parents have been diligently preparing for, for at least the past two weeks, is here. The day that has been dreaded by youth for a good two months is upon us.

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Sylvia Alston holds 17th annual Labor Day barbecue in Sugar Hill

Sylvia Alston held her 17th annual Labor Day barbecue in Sugar Hill, Harlem, and the venue entertainment was provided by the Fred Staton Jazz Band from the New Amsterdam Musical Association with jazz vocalist Anette St.John.

New Renaissance annual holds wellness event

As a part of its annual New Renaissance weekend event, which commemorates the heroes of 9/11 and the celebratory beginning of the 2013-2014 New York City Department of Education academic calendar, the Fun*da*men*TOOLS Foundation is teaming up with the NBA and the Department of Parks and Recreation to host its annual everything-free day of celebration for youth and families of metropolitan New York.

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Longtime pals

Former New York Knicks legendary champion Walt “Clyde” Frazier greeted his longtime friend and teammate Earl “The Pearl” Monroe last week at Walt Frazier’s Sports Restaurant during Monroe’s book-signing of his autobiography, “Earl the Pearl: My Story.”

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Bill Thompson Returns to Brooklyn

Bill Thompson, the “comeback kid” from Brooklyn who nearly defeated New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the last mayoral race, is in it to win it this time.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

It was the last long weekend of the summer, and catching that last gasp of summer called for creative measures, to be sure. Hair

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Poll: Black Americans not satisfied with treatment

A poll released by Gallup last week reveals that Black Americans are not satisfied with their treatment. The number went down this summer and is being partly blamed on the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case.

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Polls show de Blasio as strong frontrunner

With just days left before the primary, the polls are pointing in various directions as to who will win. However, what many experts simply call a “snapshot” in time is certainly swaying voters.

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Brooklyn-raised proprietor gives back to home country, Haiti

Upon entering the Brooklyn Flea in the ever-popular neighborhood of Fort Greene on a Saturday afternoon, Haitian Creole may be one of the last languages expected to be heard getting thrown back and forth across tables.

Newborn found in trash bag in Jersey City

A newborn baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached was discovered abandoned in a trash bag over the weekend behind a Jersey City apartment complex.

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Iranian refugee tapped by Christie to head Camden schools

The school year rings in a new chief as Paymon Rouhanifard was named the superintendent of the troubled Camden school district in late August by Gov. Chris Christie. Rouhanifard, an Iranian refugee, starts the job on Thursday.

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NAACP advocates for a new Trayvon's Law

A slew of activists who demonstrated at the multiple marches on Washington that took place on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 wore shirts and waved signs emblazoned with a photo of a 17-year-old boy from Miami Gardens, Fla., that has become all too painfully infamous.

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Obama in a hard place over Syria

President Barack Obama appears to be on the horns of a dilemma when it comes to Syria—a damned if you do and damned if you don’t proposition.

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Anti-war protests mount in U.S. as Obama prepares for war

Lawrence Hamm, chairman of the Newark-based Peoples Organization for Progress (POP), told the AmNews that he was “extremely disappointed in President Barack Obama for suggesting yet another war.

NYPD launches BlueLine social media site

The New York Police Department will soon have a secure social media site that’s just for police.

Harlem pastor endorses Reshima Saujani for NYC public advocate

New York City candidate for public advocate Reshma Saujani received the endorsement of the Rev. Michael Walrond.

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New York Observer endorses Bill Thompson for mayor

The New York Observer endorsed Bill Thompson for the Democratic mayoral office on Sept. 3.

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Susan G. Komen ‘Run Breast Cancer Out of Town’ walk on Sept. 8

The annual Susan G. Komen “Run Breast Cancer Out of Town” walk takes place this Sunday in Central Park at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8.

DC 37 launches PSA campaign to commemorate 9/11 anniversary

As New York City approaches the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, District Council 37 has gone into full gear with an ad campaign reminding its members that health services are available for those affected by the attacks.

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Sisulu university heads for chopping block

Sep. 3 (GIN) – The South African university named for anti-apartheid fighter and African National Congress member Walter Sisulu has hit rough waters and appears headed for closure within months.

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Kenyan Actress wins strong accolades for new epic film

Sep. 3 (GIN) – Movie critics, swept off their feet by Kenyan actress and filmmaker Lupita Nyongo, are predicting an Oscar nod for the captivating new star who appears in the blockbuster movie “12 Years a Slave.”

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Gold miners reject 6% pay hike as miner owners sock away cash

Sep. 3 (GIN) - Some 80,000 gold miners in South Africa have walked off the job after the industry offered a single digit increase in pay.

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Oil polluter snared in corruption crackdown

Sep. 3 (GIN) – A Chinese oil giant with several polluting investments throughout Africa has been targeted in a sweeping anti-corruption drive in China. Four senior managers have already been detained in the investigation.

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Peru’s ‘El Negro Mama’ TV station penalized

This past Aug. 26, Peru’s government announced that it is penalizing Frecuencia Latina, the television channel that broadcasts skits with the controversial character “El Negro Mama,” some $27,000 for failure to properly apologize to the Afro-Peruvian community for denigrating depictions of Blacks in Peru.

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NYC celebrates 46th Annual West Indian Day Parade

The 46th annual West Indian Day Parade took place on Sept. 2 on Eastern Parkway.

Primary race nears its end

From a roller coaster ride in the polls that have put several candidates in the number one spot to mudslinging among the candidates and hours of pounding the pavement, the moment of truth is just days away in New York City politics.

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Tears for a toddler

Antiq Hennis is dead. The beautiful 1-year-old boy was shot in the head in Brownsville on Sept. 1. His family and his community are devastated.

Wednesday, September 4

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Fast-food workers walk out across the country

Fast-food workers around the country walked off the job last Thursday in the largest strike ever to hit the industry.

Tuesday, September 3

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Princes new song "Breakfast can wait" features picture of Dave Chappell

Prince's new song "Breakfast can Wait" features an image of Dave Chappell in a Prince costume for the cover art.

Twerking new and old

Between the New York Post releasing an info graphic called “How to Twerk,” the Oxford dictionary adding twerk to its definitions and the Internet's reaction to Miley Cyrus twerking at the Video Music Awards there is a peak of viral information on the "new" internet sensation twerking and modern dance.