Stories for April 2014

Tuesday, April 29

South African freedom day marked by celebration as elections near

Nationwide celebration on Apr. 27 marked Freedom Day in South Africa. The day marks the 20th anniversary of elections in which all citizens were able to take part.

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Angola a playground for accused sex trafficker

An army general close to Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been red listed the Interpol wanted list by Brazilian police. He’s accused of trafficking women for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

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The mother of the 14 year old boy who risked death to stow away in the wheel well of a plane bound for Hawaii wept upon learning of his life-threatening adventure.

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South African who fought toxic waste dumping wins environmental prize

A South African environmentalist Desmond D’sa has been awarded the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize.

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Nigeria holds up release of highly acclaimed film by popular novelist

A new film based on the highly-praised novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi has run into “regulatory issues” from Nigerian censors who have delayed its release.

Sunday, April 27

#MyNYPD Twitter reignites battle with Occupy Wall Street protesters

The NYPD reignites the several year old battle with Occupy Wall Street protesters with a public outreach campaign to improve relations with city residents, asking New Yorkers to tweet photos with #myNYPD

Thursday, April 24

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‘R&B Divas: Atlanta’ stars KeKe Wyatt and Syleena Johnson preview the new season

On the “A” w/Souleo

New season to depict familial, marital and professional challenges of talented R&B singers.

New York African Restaurant Week

It’s time for the second annual New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW).

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Fueling up again

Talking SCHOP!

In 2008, I put Pizzeria 123 on my “Best of Harlem” list for their medium plain pizza—well done, of course. It satisfied my need for crunchy thin crust and gooey cheese in one fell swoop. I was sad to see the business compromised by the neighboring construction and then its ultimate closure. Thank you for servicing our community!

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For rest and rejuvenation in the beauty of Canada

Ebony Escapes!

I was thrilled to be invited to participate in a spa-themed travel writing trip to enjoy four spas in as many days.

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Idris Elba celebrates new baby boy

Chris Brown’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran was among the chicsters who attended ELR project, a one-of-a-kind pop-up photography gallery showcasing the 2014 Cadillac ELR extended range luxury coupe on West 34th Street in the Big Apple on April 16.

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Sistas’ fundraiser, Savion tap instrument, Dr. Smith swings

Sistas’ Place will hold a fundraiser for jazz on April 24.

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Anti-wrinkle skincare news?

Derma E, the pioneer of vitamin-rich, high-performance antioxidant skincare products, recently launched an eight-product Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A line.

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FIT’s Future of Fashion show

Behind the scenes, the preparation for the Future of Fashion show started a year ago. Throughout this last semester, designers worked with their mentors, who are usually top designers in the fashion industry.

Where South meets Harlem

Studio Museum chief Thelma Golden states firmly that the “South’s living history” is alive and well in Harlem

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‘Kid, you’ll never be on Broadway’: Another ‘Rocky’ beating the odds!

Luis Salgado is a hero to many people. It’s not a job or title that he aspired to wear, but the die is cast, and “hero” is an adjective that mildly describes the actor, dancer, producer, director and choreographer.

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Racial profiling examined in new BK play

Playwright Marcus Gardley tackles the controversial police practice of racial profiling in his new theater production “The Box: A Black Comedy.”

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#6SecFilms pushes digital envelope at TFF

The great and powerful Oz knew the marketing magic of anticipation. The arduous journey to the land of wisdom was littered with characters, and if they had social media, they would have documented the trippy yellow brick road adventure and submitted it to the Tribeca Film Festival #6SecFilms competition.

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‘Mala, Mala:’ The underdogs in a very tough competition!

“Mala, Mala” by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini (produced by Killer Films) is knocking the hard-nosed and fickle critics for a loop!

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TFF: Legends in our city

“OMG. That’s Quincy Jones, and he’s smiling at you,” murmured Rachel Tiederman, the newest myNewYorkeye multimedia team member, under her breath.

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With affirmative action ruling, the Supreme Court turns back the clock

There have been a good many disappointing decisions to come from the Supreme Court in recent years.

Attorney general announces new program to fight gun violence in Newark

Earlier this year, Newark Mayor Luis Quintana and community leaders, including prominent faith leader Bishop Jethro James of Paradise Baptist Church, called for the state to address excessive gun violence in Newark.

Boys and Girls Clubs honors Youth of the Year

In Union County, the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGCUC) continues to inspire and enable young people who need to realize their full potential.

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Black farmers protest government behind lawsuit

Three years ago President Barack Obama signed the bill authorizing compensation for discrimination in farm lending at the hands of the United States Department of Agriculture. 

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Michael Walrond: ‘The outside candidate’

“Now is the time,” according to young, bright-eyed political newcomer Michael Walrond, one of the two candidates looking to unseat long-time Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel.

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Riverside Church commemorates Mumia Abu-Jamal this Thursday

Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal reaches his 60th physical day this Thursday, April 24, and a few events have been scheduled for this week to commemorate the milestone.

Black dancers to serve as grand marshals in annual dance parade

Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover and Bessie Award winner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar will serve as grand marshals for the eighth annual New York Dance Parade and festival on Saturday, May 17.


Legendary journalist Les Payne joins Bernard White, Milton Allimadi, Nat Wood, James McIntosh, Betty Dopson and members of the Alliance of Progressive Black Journalists in a discussion of Black media at John Henrik Clarke House.

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Rangel scores endorsement for former president Bill Clinton

Rep. Charlie Rangel has received a major endorsement from former U.S. President Bill Clinton


On May 1, a dozen Harlem-based college prep organizations and over 100 students will announce which colleges they plan to attend.

ARC director James Allen retires after 56 years

After providing his committed services to the Addicts Rehabilitation Center (ARC) for over half a century, Executive Director James Allen announced his retirement from the organization last week.

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Blake announces Assembly run

Michael Blake is back home and he wants to contribute to the neighborhood ... with the help of your vote.

Hundreds protest Section 8 cutbacks

A coalition of elected officials, community members and tenants from across the city met at City Hall last week to protest cutbacks in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

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Gun violence and our collective responsibility

The weather is getting warmer in New York City, to what should be the delight of everyone.

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Young Americans’ blind side

In 2016, the Democratic machine defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney in large part due to the youth vote.

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Sounding the alarm about school doors


I am generally a cheerleader for New York City’s public schools, having attended them and sent all six of my children to them as well.

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Race matters

Given the philosophy and political outlook of our Supreme Court—and we say “our” with some reservations, particularly in view of the more recent rulings—Black Americans should not be surprised that they have once again let us know where they stand on matters of race by upholding Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor for admission into college. Simply put, affirmative action has received the same rejection as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, in which a vital provision was eviscerated.

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The mayor’s first 100 days and then some …

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not immune to the arbitrary and traditional milestone of the evaluation of a mayor’s 100 days in office, a date that now has been exceeded by more than a week. Those few extra days do not alter the fact that his first term is highlighted by an explosion and explosive news.

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City Hall: Time to overhaul Sandy recovery effort

It may have been forgotten about in many circles, but some New Yorkers are still feeling the pain from Superstorm Sandy, and the city plans on alleviating that pain as soon as possible.

Kenroy Watson wears many hats, all with the same passion

Kenroy Watson embodies the New York cliché that everyone here is from somewhere else. His journey started in the Caribbean. He made his way to Canada and ended in America, where he now owns a plumbing business and is the pastor of a church.

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Workers United SEIU affiliate endorses Espaillat for Congress

An affiliate of Workers United SEIU has endorsed Adriano Espaillat for Congress.

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TWU Local 100, MTA agree on tentative deal

A two-year contract dispute between TWU Local 100 and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has ended, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Nas is truly ‘Illmatic’

Here’s a scenario painted at a Bronx barbershop. It’s a high stakes poker tournament featuring the creators of the greatest hip-hop albums of the past 20 years.

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Earth Day in Newark + NYC

On Tuesday, April 22, Newark, N.J., Mayor Luis A. Quintana, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Dan Jennings, the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational, the Newark Environmental Commission, the Newark Office of Sustainability and the Greater Newark Conservancy observed Earth Day 2014 with a ceremony on the front steps of City Hall at 920 Broad St.

Cosmopolitan Review April 24-30, 2014

Condolences to the Paterson family on the loss of patriarch Basil Paterson. His professional achievements have been well touted, but I remember a few personal things about him as well.

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Some Haitian earthquake displaced camps increasing despite significant drop

Four years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless, numbers of displaced camps are still growing, even though the homeless population continues to decrease, according to a recent report.

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Caron Butler feels rejuvenated with the Thunder

Two-time NBA All-Star Caron Butler didn’t have the playoffs on his mind a couple of months ago, but now with the postseason underway, he has eyes on his second championship ring.

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NBA Playoffs roundup

During the opening week of the NBA playoffs, a prevalent storyline has been the reportedly tenuous job status of several head coaches who have guided their teams into the postseason.

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Nets, Raptors dog fight continues at Barclays Center

What Brooklyn? “F— Brooklyn”? I’d suggest to Masai Ujiri, the Toronto Raptors’ general manager, that he doesn’t have to come to Brooklyn, though his Toronto Raptors must play here this weekend (Friday and Sunday) for Games 3 and 4 in the Eastern Conference playoff series at the Barclays Center.

The Rev. Dino ‘Like Boom’ Woodard passes at 79

“Like Boom!” was the Rev. Dino Woodard’s favorite expression, whether he was greeting you or emphasizing a point. It was as much a part of him as the generous praise and fond memories extended to him during the homegoing service on Sunday, March 8 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

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Activist Fred Ho passes

After a long, courageous battle against metastatic colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with in August 2006, choreographer, martial artist, musician, playwright, political prisoner and revolutionary Fred Ho succumbed to the illness on the morning of April 12 at his Greenpoint, Brooklyn, home. He was 56.

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Second annual Transforming the Temple Wellness Expo

Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, is scheduled to give the keynote address at the daylong health expo on April 26 from 12-7 p.m. at the Taino Towers of El Barrio/East Harlem.

National Urban Health Conference underway

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control cites heart and cancer disease as the leading causes of American deaths.

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NAN concludes their successful 16th annual convention

While President Barack Obama was the star speaker of the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN’s 16th Annual National Convention on Saturday, over 5,000 people attended the four-day event, making this the largest convention to date and the biggest national civil rights convening of the year.

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College tours rock! Go Deltas!

Hopefully a lot of high school students can say that for this spring break they went on a college tour. It is an inspiring experience.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s last minute push for pre-K sign up

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a campaign urging New Yorkers to sign their children up for pre-K. The mayor said the city has secured the funding necessary to expand pre-K to 53,000 children this September.

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Famous abroad, unknown in America, the actor Ira Aldridge

Whenever Hollywood or Broadway dips into Black culture with their interpretations, we should automatically be concerned. The films “12 Years a Slave” and “Django Unchained” prompted widespread response and the debate continues.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: April 24 - 30, 2014

Word is out about “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” directed by Kenny Leon

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Letter No. 75: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

The best thing about the new age of journalism is that it allows for readers to immediately react to stories on the news websites. I love reading these message boards, especially the responses on immigration stories, as it gives a very real insight into the way Americans feel despite the lack of congressional action.

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LIAT CEO takes office

Caribbean Connection

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (April 24)–The newly appointed CEO of LIAT, “the Caribbean Airline,” arrived from the United Kingdom on Sunday with a promise to listen to staff to determine how to improve the regional carrier.

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Feds involvement demanded as family marks 21st birthday of Ramarley Graham

“I was unable to celebrate Ramarley’s 21st birthday last Saturday or his last two birthdays, and instead have been forced to memorialize his life,” said Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham.

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Affirmative action struck down by nation’s top court

Affirmative action lost a major battle this week. In a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a majority of voters in Michigan to end affirmative action in the state. The Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case has given opponents of affirmative action a powerful weapon. This case says majority rules in a land of minorities.

Wednesday, April 23

Big sugar conference to look at future for region

A major international conference involving sugar producers from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and other regions is slated for Jamaica next month as fears grow that a new protocol governing sales of crystal to the Europe is being implemented over objections from manufacturers.

Tuesday, April 22

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Green activists mark earth day world wide

Actions to save the forests, the rivers, wildlife and endangered species were underway this week from Pittsboro, North Carolina to Nairobi, Kenya as millions of people marked the 44th anniversary of Earth Day.

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CEO of b michael AMERICA brand bullish about manufacturing in America as he expands the Advanced American Lifestyle brand into the Ready to Wear industry

Mark-Anthony Edwards, CEO of b michael AMERICA outlined to his Board of Directors aggressive plans to expand the b michael AMERICA Couture brand into RTW

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‘Lion of Zimbabwe' recalls 'Chimurenga' on independence day

As Zimbabwe marks its 34th year of independence from colonialism, singing star Thomas Mapfumo sent a salute “to the brave heroes and heroines who joined the war of liberation.”

Monday, April 21

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Ghanaian textiles demand end to chines knock-offs

Plagiarism by foreign manufacturers threatens to end Ghana’s standing as the maker of world-renowned textile patterns while country becomes an importer of its own imitated products, say local retailers.

Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students

While divers conducted their final searches in Korea for the high school students drowned in a misguided ferry excursion, in Nigeria, Principal Asabe Kwambula pleaded with kidnappers of over 100 high school girls to “have mercy on the students.”

Sunday, April 20

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LiV Warfield: A ‘BlackBird’ learns to fly

On the “A” w/Souleo

Prince protégé, LiV Warfield just may be 2014’s breakout music star with new album The Unexpected.

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NAN convention bigger and better than ever

It would take a Paul Bunyan to get his arms around the proliferation of ideas and proposals germinated at the 16th Annual National Action Network Convention last week at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Thursday, April 17

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Apollo celebrates fourth annual Harlem Jazz Shrine Fest

Some of New York’s fashion elite gathered to celebrate OWN’s new reality series “Love in the City”

The year of Baldwin, Bronx Music Heritage Center

The novels, poems and essays of James Baldwin are stimulating words, sharpened with the truth, that instigate change and promote activism in some form or another. He was a word warrior-activist rallying for a change in society’s thinking.

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Makeup now: Shades by Gal Line

A complete makeup line with colors for everyone, founder GraceAnn Long introduces Shades by Gal. The company’s mission is to create a cosmetic that includes every woman. “There’s a shade for everyone, a perfect match,” said Long.

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Sculptures from ‘Lost Kingdoms’ at the Met

This holiday season is the perfect time to take youngsters to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to view “Lost Kingdoms.”

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Musician, fashion designer on the rise

New York City-based artist, musician and fashion designer Amatus is a rare breed among the talented young creative forces in Manhattan and Brooklyn

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On The Verge: Brooklyn-born, Spike Lee-approved!

Brooklyn filmmaker Josef Kubota Wladyka is preparing to screen “Manos Sucias,” his gritty, authentic and heartbreaking portrayal of narco-trafficking in Colombia

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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Top five must see films

None of the underworld glamor usually in evidence in news reports and movies about Colombia’s drug trade is present in the Josef Wladyka-directed and Spike Lee-produced film, “Manos Sucias.”

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International fare makes Tribeca festive!

Equality isn’t really a fullproof achievable reality, but the pursuit, as driven by sincere and determined souls, usually delivers a series of welcome surprises.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: April 17 - 23, 2014

have been away for a couple of weeks recovering, and as always, a lot has been going on. We begin with happy birthday shout-outs to legendary soul-gospel giant Al Green, who turned 68, and South African World Beat Music Ambassador Hugh Masekela, who celebrated his 75th Earth Day at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Paul Simon.

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Shakin’ up Easter

This year, families looking for a delicious Easter meal along with fun activities can celebrate Harlem Shake-style

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Pernil for Easter

Talking SCHOP!

I recently restarted a bimonthly Sunday family dinner that cycles around each of our homes. What I began with a slow-cooked pot roast with braised red cabbage and potato gratin continued with Sheppard’s pie from my mom and the Greek casserole moussaka from my sister

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Ebony Escapes! Along Route 66

Ebony Escapes

Celebrating its 88th birthday this year is one of our country’s most significant icons and an invaluable slice of Americana—Route 66. For many a traveler, Route 66 is on their bucket list of adventures, but before you set out on your own particular Route 66 adventure, you have to go back to the beginning.

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Seeking equal pay for women in our home town

The issue of unequal pay for men and women has reached critical mass in the United States, as socioeconomic forces have propelled women into the workplace in unprecedented numbers. On Equal Pay Day, April 8, I led a rally at City Hall to focus on the issue as it affects a group of New York City public employees who are predominantly women. 

Building workers, allies march on High Line for better conditions

Demands for affordable housing and better wages have become a rallying cry for many Americans, and last Thursday was no different. Hundreds of union apartment building workers and nonunion building employees joined with elected officials, affordable housing advocates and local residents on the High Line to call for better conditions in West Chelsea.

Coalition launched to protect construction workers and defend scaffold law

A diverse collection of workers, organizations and advocates have formed a new coalition designed to defend New York’s Scaffold Safety Law and push for increased enforcement of New York’s construction safety standards.

Frankie Beverly and Maze: A class act

Brothers heading out to the Beacon Theatre Saturday, April 12 had an easy night of preparation. We realized that no matter what we adorned, we weren’t going to be the smoothest or the coolest cat in the room.

Remember Slavery sixth annual Student Videoconference Program

Every March 25, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died under the brutal slavery system.

NY Branch NAACP and PS 197M presents ‘Opera for Beginners’

In April 2014, P.S. 197M, the John B. Russwurm Elementary School in Harlem, held its opening session of “Opera for Beginners” in its school auditorium.

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The Every Valley Symposium: Remembering Dr. King

The Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, principal organizer of the Every Valley Symposium and founder of the Center of Spiritual Light, thanked Eugene Cornelius, deputy associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, for his involvement and support as keynote speaker at the symposium, which focused on Dr. Martin Luther King’s drive for economic justice and peace through his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at the Riverside Church on April 4, 1967.

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Salvation Army accepts historic donation from Baptist Minister’s Conference

For the first time in its history, the 117-year-old Baptist Minister’s Conference in the greater New York area has reached out to another denomination with a monetary contribution.

The Cosmopolitan Review

What a wonderful time of the year when people of all faiths are celebrating their spiritual lives in one form or another. Outdoor accommodations were standing room only on Palm Sunday. Even Sylvia’s brought out the red velvet ropes to keep everyone in line. I can only imagine what Easter Sunday will be like, especially if the weather is nice.

Newark man pleads not guilty in death of elderly man

A Newark man, arrested last week, pleaded not guilty to all charges when he appeared in court on Monday. Joshua E. Higgins, 19, was charged with shooting and killing a 63-year-old Jersey City man who came to the aid of his wife Sunday morning, April 6.

More subpoenas in Christie bridge scandal

More trouble may be on the horizon for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is now reportedly investigating the relationship between the Republican and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Mental illness and depression don’t discriminate: A look at teens and suicide

The Thursday before Valentine’s Day, the temperature never made it out of the 30s. Wet, half-brown slush covered the ground and another New York City child decided to take her own life.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal celebrates 60

Activists and comrades of political prisoner of war Mumia Abu-Jamal have scheduled a number of events next week commemorating the anniversary of his physical birth.

Race is on in the 13th District

There were not many oohs and aahs in the debate last Thursday evening at Abyssinian Baptist Church

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Five Percenters outraged over Jay Z’s ‘pimpin’ of their Universal Flag

Much attention was paid to the glistening, coaster-sized medallion hanging from rap mogul Jay Z’s neck as he and his wife, Beyoncé, sat courtside during a Nets game at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center last week.

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An immigrant’s story of art: Hollis King 

Raised on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Creative Art Director Hollis King grew up crafting carnival masks, designing spinning tops and creating his own kites.

Manhattan BP Gail Brewer: ‘A different kind of politician’

Serving just over 100 days in her new position as Manhattan borough president, Gail Brewer says she’s “a different kind of politician” and plans to be just as accessible to her constituents as she was when she was in the City Council.

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Nigeria's robust film industry has bright future


There is a vibrant, exciting culture of young people in the film industry in Nigeria these days, and it’s time the world paid greater attention to it.

Covering up a lynching—the ugly case of Alfred Wright

Is mainstream media a part of the cover-up of the Alfred Wright lynching case?

The exploitation of college athletes

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided to let college football players at Northwestern University unionize. Usually I am not in favor of unions, but clearly something must be done to change the way college athletes get compensated for their services.

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An open letter to the editors of the Daily News and the New York Post

I stared for a long time at the two front-page stories, with hideous pictures and all, in two New York tabloids—the Daily News and the New York Post.

Goodbye, I spy

Since 9/11, the NYPD, as part of its anti-terrorism operation, has been aggressively spying on the Muslim community. Even Muslims at prayer in their mosques could not be assured they weren’t under heavy scrutiny by undercover cops hoping to get any little scrap of evil intentions.

Brooklyn BP hosts Gariduna heritage celebration

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined the Garifuna Coalition USA and HealthFirst in hosting a Garifuna heritage reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall this week

Councilman Jumaane Williams relaunches efforts to make Jackie Robinson home a landmark

Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams announced plans to relaunch efforts for the city to landmark Black baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s family home, located at 5224 Tilden Ave.


After Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s speech on the 2014-15 state budget, Billy Easton, executive director of Alliance for Quality Education, said when it comes to school aid, the governor is claiming credit for a victory for which he provided no leadership.

Harlem democratic club to host spring fundraiser

The Frederick E. Samuel Community Democratic Club is hosting its annual spring fundraiser

Cuomo names ‘raise the age’ committee members

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has followed through on his “raise the age” promise and appointed members to a new committee devoted to the issue.

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Brooklyn DA appoints chief of Conviction Review Unit

In one of several significant moves during his first few months in office, newly elected Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson tapped Harvard Law School professor Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. as special counsel to the district attorney for the revamped Conviction Review Unit.

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NYPD disbands Muslim surveillance unit

The NYPD is shutting down a surveillance operation aimed at Muslims. Known as the Demographics Unit, NYPD tactics included going undercover to gather information on Muslims, along with eavesdropping on public conversations among those in the faith.

Ethiopia next African state to legally banish homosexuality

On March 25, Ethiopia became the most recent African state, after Nigeria and Uganda, to pass anti-gay legislation that imposes long-term imprisonment for anyone caught indulging in same-sex activity in the country. Other African nations are said to soon follow, including Kenya.

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Celebrating the life of Wise Jamel Allah

The Harlem community, the family and the organization God Wise Jamel Allah belonged to and helped establish–the Nation of Gods and Earths, also know as the Five-percenters–came out to Unity Funeral Home on Fredrick Douglas Boulevard Sunday evening to bid farewell to God Wise Jamel Allah.

Education champion Dr. Luberta Luby Fields Mays makes her transition

Celebrated educator Dr. Luberta “Luby” Fields Mays has passed away. She is best remembered as an elementary school teacher, college professor and dedicated church member. She was 84.

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Marissa Alexander awaits jury selection, retrial

Marissa Alexander’s ongoing case will hit a pivotal point on May 16, when a hearing will determine if there will be a “Stand Your Ground” hearing along with jury selection slated in July.

Cardio-oncology clinic established at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Cardiologists and cancer experts at The Mount Sinai Hospital have joined forces to establish its first cardio-oncology clinic at The Tisch Cancer Institute at the hospital.

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To beef or not to beef, health is the question

When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities.

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Local teen accepted to all eight Ivy League institutions

By next month, 17-year-old Kwasi Enin will have to be very selective regarding his quest for higher learning, because a number of elite options are available to him since he recently received acceptance letters from all of the Ivy League schools

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Famed novelist and former AmNews reporter Ann Petry

The famed novelist Ann Petry gained her knowledge of Harlem during her days as a reporter for the Amsterdam News in the late 1930s. She accumulated more insight on the historic community and its residents working for the People’s Voice, a weekly newspaper founded by the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

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Letter No. 74: Immigration reform now!

I just returned from Valencia, Spain, last week and was stunned at two things. First off, being “Americano,” or a holder of a non-EU passport, placed me in an entirely different immigration category upon arrival. Secondly, no one bothered to cater to the fact that neither I nor my colleague spoke Spanish well.

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And then there were two—Political pioneer Basil Paterson, passes at 87

Attorney Basil Alexander Paterson, one of the legendary “Gang of Four” from Harlem, was as warm and gregarious as he was astute and generations with his time and praise for those he deemed equals and to Mr. and Mrs. Nobody just wanting a chance to shake his hand.

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Sales exec starts consulting practice

A veteran hospitality sales executive is offering high-impact sales and marketing services at affordable rates to clients in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

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Cornegy sounds school door alarm with proposed bill

In the wake of the tragic death of Avonte Oquendo, City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr. has proposed the Audible Alarm Bill, which would have school exits and entrances connected to a localized alarm system.

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Obama talks action

Obama spoke before an audience of 16,000 that treated him like rock star at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel. Before Obama took the stage, the Rev. Al Sharpton praised him for working to help America’s most vulnerable citizens.

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City schools protest against Common Core testing

Last week, teachers, administrators, students and parents from P.S. 87 on the Upper West Side were among protestors at 31 schools across the city who rallied against the controversial Common Core testing program. Thousands of students opted out of the statewide English language arts test, which many said was full of unclear questions.

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Community remembers Basil Paterson

Black leaders, politicians and community members remember Basil Patterson, former secretary of state, NYC Deputy Mayor Basil Patterson

Tuesday, April 15

Joyce Banda's re-election hopes could be doomed by donors

One of the few women presidents in Africa stands to lose her post in next month’s polls since foreign donors have cut off support from the once popular leader over funds stolen or misappropriated by members of her administration.

Monday, April 14

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West coast 'black commentator' and social justice activist passes

Longtime editorial writer, poet and political organizer Carl Bloice was remembered by friends and comrades at a gathering in San Francisco this week. The West Coast writer succumbed suddenly to a years-long battle with cancer.

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Long lines of voters in Guinea-Bissau could favor newcomer

Thirteen candidates are in the running for the presidency in this West African country which has yet to have an elected leader serve a full term since independence from Portugal in 1974.

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Hopes of quick and easy victory fade for embattled ANC

As the May 7 election day in South Africa nears, former friends and allies of the ruling African National Congress are betting that voters will follow them out of the party or at least send a strong message that the country’s current direction is not good enough.

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Caricom to present reparations demand letters to Europe in July

Caribbean trade bloc states planning to fight Europe for compensation for the Trans Atlantic African slave trade this week said they are prepared to take their case all the way to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Netherlands if the former participating nations ignore their demands for justice.

Saturday, April 12

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NYPD warns Harlem Residents about Double-Parking by 125th street intersections

NYPD officers handed out fliers on April 2nd near the notorious intersection of 125th street and Lenox Ave where several deadly accidents have taken place in the past few years. The fliers warned about the dangers of double parking for drivers and pedestrians.

Friday, April 11

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HeyFranHey Hosts 'Healthy Hair' Meet-Up in Harlem founder Francheska Medina, hosted a ‘Hey Healthy Hair’ meet-up on March 29, answering any and every question from New Yorkers interested in a more holistic approach to taking care of their hair, skin, and bodies.

David Goodson. The Roots.

I guess their career would be akin to that of a short giant.

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Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame ceremony

This month, the Brooklyn Historical Society hosted the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame ceremony.

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Autism Awareness Month 2014

On Tuesday, April 2, Mayor Luis A. Quintana and the city of Newark, N.J., observed Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day by lighting up Newark City Hall in blue light.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Finally, at last, warmer weather is slowly inching its way into the atmosphere; after being wrapped up from head to toe all winter, it’s time to shed.

There is a global education crisis

As a newly appointed global youth ambassador for A World at School, I want to call attention to the 57 million children around the world who are currently being denied their human right to an education.

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Rehashing the insignificant

Why is it that any time an African-American of note reaches new heights or has a significant event, skeletons that have been raised before seem to come back from the dead for a second or third round?

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NYPD gets inspector general

The city has welcomed its inspector general, an officer to oversee the New York Police Department.

Muslims appeal federal judge’s ruling on NYPD surveillance, turn to de Blasio

A group of New Jersey Muslims are responding swiftly after their case got thrown out of federal district court.

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Man arrested in connection to Baraka bus blaze

Last week, Newark mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries commented after a Newark man, charged with setting a fire to Ras Baraka’s campaign bus in February, was connected to Shavar Jeffries’ campaign.

Students walk out from classes in protest of One Newark plan

Last week, more than 1,000 Newark public school students walked out of classes to protest Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson’s “One Newark” plan.

Change the code: dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline

In an effort to engage the Harlem community in the public hearings on the 2014 New York City School Discipline Code, there will be a meeting at First Corinthians Baptist Church

James Allen steps down from ARC after 56 years

The Addicts Rehabilitation Center (ARC) has announced the retirement of James Allen as executive director after over 50 years of commitment and sincere servitude with the organization and the New York City community.

Rosemari Mealy: 'Berkeley to Brooklyn'

Last Thursday, the Center for Law and Social Justice hosted Dr. Rosemari Mealy, JD, Ph.D., who discussed and signed two of her recently published books at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Sharpton, de Blasio kick off NAN's 16th National convention

On Wednesday, April 9, the Rev. Al Sharpton kicked off his National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in Manhattan. He assured that it was destined to be the largest four-day civil rights gathering of the year.

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Councilman Andy King reveals his 12-point plan for District 12

Backed by the Bronx Democratic County Committee, Assemblyman Carl Heastie and 1199SEIU, the health care workers union, Councilman Andy King received the majority of votes in District 12 of the Bronx, in 2012, beating five opponents.

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De Blasio unveils Sandy recovery plans

It has been 17 months since Hurricane Sandy ripped through the East Coast, leaving hundreds of houses and properties destroyed.

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‘Partners’ may keep LICH from closing

Patrons of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) rooted for the State University of New York to keep the facility fully functioning; they may have gotten their wish.

King would support New York airport service workers


Forty-six years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

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Bill Maher: Comedian or bigot?

Comedy has many approaches and subjects—leaders, governments, things we don’t understand. In the vein of the latter, I suppose it is understandable to pick on religion.

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City Council member grades reaffirm commitment to advocating for human rights

13 city officials received certificates from the Urban Justice Center on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan on Thursday, April 3. These council members received passing grades from the annual New York City Council Human Rights Report Card.

NYCHA residents unveil plans to strengthen public housing post-Sandy

Recently, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents, community leaders and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall to announce a new report addressing how badly some NYCHA locations have recovered since Hurricane Sandy.

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Dr. Graham: The personification of hard work, good luck and perseverance

“This is a journey that if I had probably mapped it out, I probably would not have believed it would manifest itself in this way,” said Dr. John L. Graham on Wednesday, as he sat in his office overlooking Harlem.

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More grief from the Supreme Court

Once again the Supreme Court has delivered a devastating blow to our democratic rights by striking down any limitations on campaign contributions.

Thursday, April 10

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‘Atlanta Housewife’ Kandi ties the knot

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker tied the knot in a “Coming to America”-themed ceremony on April 4 at Le Fais Do-Do in Atlanta.

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Roy Hargrove, Aruan Ortiz, Uhadi South Africa

When the trumpeter Roy Hargrove first visited New York City in the 1980s, he was a teenaged young lion who was already impressing his elders.

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Molina, ‘La Tremendita’ and Martin score in ‘Afectos’

Rocio Molina and Rosario Guerrero, aka “La Tremendita,” in “Afectos” at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (March 20) were fiery! Molina’s speedy feet, Guerrero’s spellbinding voice and Pablo Martin’s skillfulness on the standup bass was a great recipe.

Contemplating Alonzo King’s ‘Constellations’

For their New York season at the Joyce Theatre, the Alonzo King LINES Ballet offered the New York premiere of “Constellations” (2012), a melding of opera, lights and dance.

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Ailey family mourns loss of Calvin Hunt

The Ailey family is mourning the passing of one of the giants of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Calvin Hunt, remembered by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Ailey Board of Trustees as “our beloved senior director of performance and production.”

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Hugh Masekela celebrates 75th birthday with Paul Simon

Legendary South African trumpeter and vocalist Hugh Masekela is celebrating his 75th birthday with a blowout tour, including two nights at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater with Masekela’s close friends Paul Simon and Harry Belafonte.

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Mobb Deep makes a stunning return

Almost 20 years after the New York City-based, dark, underground hip-hop duo Mobb Deep released their sophomore full-length album, “The Infamous,” the group is taking a full circle approach to their 2014 album, “The Infamous Mobb Deep.”

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‘Year of James Baldwin’ opens in grand style

James Baldwin would have been 90 this year, and he does, indeed, live on. “The Year of James Baldwin,” a festival spanning 14 months at various venues, is packed with programming celebrating his treasured gifts to us.

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Tyson, Holyfield and, oh yeah, filmmakers Lee Daniels and Ron Howard at Tribeca

“Those who can’t, teach; and those who can, do.” So goes the antiquated notion that is often applied to the arts.

How to get into the film biz!

Harlem Commonwealth Counsel (HCC) will start its five-week production assistant and digital production trainee program this week.

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‘Raisin’ gets its time in the sun again

To begin with, you’ve got Lorraine Hansberry’s great work, a Tony Award-winning play that became the first play written by a Black woman to premiere on Broadway.

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‘Raisin’ is riveting!

“A Raisin in the Sun” is superb! This production is powerful! There is such raw, real and passionate emotion. Lorraine Hansberry truly gave life to the struggles of Black families and the relationship dynamics that exist in the Black family.

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Jamaican judge rules homeless LGBT youths can live in sewers

A judge in Jamaica recently ruled that the country’s homeless LGBT youths, thrown out of their homes by relatives, have the right to live in sewers and gullies, published reports say.

Officials stand up for fired UPS workers

United Parcel Service workers are fighting back over the loss of their jobs.

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Airport workers march in honor of MLK’s ‘dream’

New York City area airport workers continued their fight for better wages last Friday while honoring a civil rights legend.

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Open letter calling for peace to the South Sudanese and world leaders

While mainstream media has focused on the situation in the Ukraine, an apparent internal conflict has escalated in South Sudan, causing injury, death and forcible displacement of thousands of innocent Sudanese.

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Bronx hospital unveils new ER and lasting commitment to the community

This past Friday, the Bronx’s Lincoln Hospital, which houses New York City’s busiest single site emergency room, according to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, unveiled newly renovated facilities.

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Soft, colorful shoes step out

For spring-summer 2014, the foot fashion look is color—and plenty of it! Everyday summer shoes are featured in LAMO’s collection of comfy-yet-trendy flats, moccasins, canvas slip-ons, sandals and lace-up booties.

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AFI’s men’s fashion a la mode

In less than a fortnight, 10 local African menswear designers showcased their autumn-winter collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ)

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I’ll see you in court!

Reminiscing over a bygone era can take place in a variety of forms—music, art, the written word, photography—and the latter is the medium that Chris Flook, a telecommunications instructor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., chose for a summer driving trip in which he photographed all 92 county courthouses and adjoining squares as part of his project, “Indiana Courthouse Squares.”

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Nets make some Brooklyn noise in the playoffs

With Jason Kidd, the Amsterdam News NBA Coach of the Year, on the sidelines, the Brooklyn Nets are possibly set to make a deep run into the 2014 NBA playoffs, which tip off April 19.

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Knicks need the goddess of luck to make the playoffs

Luckily for the the Knicks, they’ve been on a kind of spring break—a vacation, a hiatus, a suspension of work or activity this week—much like some of the quarters of games that they’ve taken off, been out–scored or not played well, causing them to lose games.

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Olympians celebrate Figure Skating in Harlem’s successful year

A nonstop downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of five high school seniors during Monday night’s Figure Skating in Harlem gala at Trump Rink in Central Park, their final night with the program that has been an integral part of their lives since elementary school.

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Sports writer Marcus Henry passes

It has been over one week since my good friend Larry Hardesty of ESPN contacted me, deeply shaken, to share and confirm the passing of Marcus Henry.

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Lawrence Hamilton, Broadway’s leading man, makes his transition

Lawrence Hamilton, an elegant and commanding musical theater artist and one of Broadway’s leading men, died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, April 3 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City due to complications following bypass surgery. He was 59.

Celebrating the life of Baba Obalewa ‘Brother Oba’ Abileye

Going home services for community activist Obalewa “Brother Oba” Abileye were conducted on the evening of March 11 at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave. A legion of admirers, cultural comrades, family members and friends packed the place, paying respects to his legacy.

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Lincoln expands Level 1 trauma center

On Friday, April 4, Lincoln Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of its new emergency room.

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Touro student wins fellowship to Ghana

Alia Sommerville, a fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has been awarded a scholarship from National Medical Fellowships

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Cuomo’s new charter school favors raise more concerns

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands shoulder-to-shoulder with charter school officials, and as the expansion of colocated charter schools inside traditional public schools continues to be in effect, his new favors have raised more questions than answers for parents, educators and City Council officials.

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Harlem’s ‘Manchild in the Promised Land’

One of my young students at City College once asked me how many writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s were actually born and raised in Harlem. “Not many,” I answered without any real concrete information for her question.

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New Taste of the Upper West Side 2014

The 2014 New Taste of the Upper West Side will be back this May with an incredible lineup of both new and returning restaurants

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Talking SCHOP! Keep on truckin’

After being postponed numerous times, it finally happened! The Harlem Food Truck Rally came off this past Saturday on Frederick Douglass Boulevard

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Letter No. 73: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

I had a conversation with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. She herself is an immigrant but a naturalized citizen. Each day, her job entails interviewing dozens of immigrants to measure their qualification for immigration benefits

Caricom countries feuding over border dispute

In the very near future, Caribbean trade bloc governments might be called upon to intervene in a feud dating back to the British and Dutch colonial era.

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USVI to launch ‘Nice’ summer campaign

Caribbean Connection

The United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has joined forces with international music sensation Delyno “Pressure Busspipe” Brown to promote travel to the Territory this summer.

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Brooklyn man exonerated after 24 years in prison

Brooklyn native Jonathan Fleming, 51, has been exonerated after being falsely convicted of murder in August 1989 and spending over 24 years in prison. 

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‘Central Park Five’ rally at City Hall for 25th anniversary of injustice

Community waits for Mayor Bill de Blasio to honor his campaign promise to settle the Central Park 5 case.

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Cat's out of the bag: Sharpton outed as FBI informant

With President Barack Obama scheduled to speak Friday at the National Action Network’s annual convention, the website the Smoking Gun felt it was an opportune time to dig up some old dirt to smear the Rev. Al Sharpton and, by extension, tarnish the president.

Wednesday, April 9

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LGBTQ Activists Protest Harlem Church

Rain did not stop determined LGBTQ activists and supporters from protesting in front of the controversial ATLAH Church in Harlem last Saturday.

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Local Artist Collects Manhattanville Tales

Stage Director Gillian Riley Nogeire loves to listen. That skill has served her well over the past year, as she collects stories from local residents for her project Manhattanville: Stories of our Neighborhood.

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Wheel Mad, Still No Citibikes in Harlem

Wheel Mad, Still No Citibikes in Harlem

Spring has arrived and bikers are rolling onto the New York City streets in record numbers. But not so many in Manhattan. Though Citi Bike stations are plentiful all over lower Manhattan, the blue bike sharing system remains absent above 60th Street. And that’s got Harlem residents up in arms.

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Rwandan "genocide hunters" still searching for perpetrators

On the 20th anniversary of one of the worst massacres on the African continent – the Rwandan genocide – a Rwandese couple is still reliving the nightmare as they search for perpetrators in foreign countries complicit in crimes against humanity.

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Rural clinics face closures as a private hospital drains funds

The health budget of one of Africa’s poorest and least healthy countries could be bankrupted by a privately-run hospital envisioned by the World Bank’s private sector arm as the future of African health care.

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Nigeria claims Africa's highest GDP, disputing World Bank's poverty states

News headlines worldwide are trumpeting the startling news that Nigeria has now surpassed South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy.

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‘Blade Runner' tells court of nightmares on trial's day 17

Former Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius told the South African courtroom he suffered from “terrible nightmares” leaving him unable to sleep since the day his gun went off, shooting his girlfriend as she hid from him in the couple’s bathroom.

Monday, April 7

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A-Grade Rating Past and Present City Council Members Reaffirm Commitment to Advocating for Human Rights

The Urban Justice Center gave out certificates to 13 City Council members on Thursday April 3, on the steps of the City Hall in Manhattan. These council members received passing grades from the annual New York City Council Human Rights Report Card.

Saturday, April 5

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FACE Africa takes on the clean water mission in Liberia

On the “A” w/Souleo

FACE Africa aims to raise $1.2M to address Liberia’s water crisis; the Affordable Art Fair celebrates its 15th anniversary; and Cove Lounge honors Harlem’s Bevy Smith and Vy Higginsen.

Friday, April 4

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Neighborhood Farm Fresh Produce Project for Low-Income Families

Three CSA sites located in the Bronx, Central Brooklyn and West Harlem will be featured by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger for the 2014 season.

Rookie firefighter in Brooklyn saves 4 children in first fire

A firefighter on the scene of his first fire is responsible for saving the lives of four children threatened by fire.

Annual United Way of New York City women’s luncheon benefits education

The eighth annual Power of Women to Make a Difference luncheon was hosted by the United Way of New York City’s Leadership Council.

Celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month in Houston

Check out what the largest city in Texas has to offer this June for Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Thursday, April 3

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Kandi Burruss to marry her beau

“Xscape,” a brand-new album featuring previously unreleased songs by Michael Jackson, will be released on May 13.

Smithsonian, Coltrane and Stewart, jam at Ost, Masekela at 75

Jazz Notes

Recently, jazz fans from as far as Florida, Georgia and Connecticut traveled to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., for the formal donation of one of John Coltrane’s saxophones.

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April 2014 dance calendar

This month’s calendar brings four April staples: Ailey II (April 2-13); Harlem Stage’s “EMoves” (April 4-5 & 11-12); Ballet Hispanico (April 15-27); and Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) (April 23-27).

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Mother’s Day gift idea! Amazing accessories for spring

Sister to sister, creating beautiful accessories comes naturally to Cheryl Freeman and Donna Freeman Hughes. They have been creative partners since their childhood.

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Glamorous evening looks

Evening elegance showed up best for fall 2014 at Badgley Mischka’s show during Fashion Week in New York. “Our style harkens back to the glamorous Hollywood of the ’40s,” said James Mischka. “The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant.”

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New Michael Jackson album set for May release

It has been announced that a new Michael Jackson album will be released on May 15. L.A. Reid of Epic Records, along with Michael Jackson’s estate, collaborated on producing the record after Reid was allowed to scour Jackson’s personal catalogs of music.

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BK director screens first-time project

Brooklyn native and first-time director Louisa Brown will premiere her light-hearted film “Eight Limbs of Raja,” which was made in Brooklyn with Brooklyn talent and stars Bridget Barkan (recently in “God’s Pocket” with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman), on April 3.

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2014 Tribeca Film Festival makes NYC jam-packed with great choices!

The festival programmers for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which will be presented by AT&T on April 16-27, should stand proud and strut with a cocky style often associated with “big pimping.”

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Dance icon Joan Miller dies at 78

One of Harlem’s own, dancer, choreographer and instructor Joan Miller, died at 78.

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Ailey II celebrates 40 years

Hold on to your seats! Ailey II, the wildly talented second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrates its 40th anniversary season with an exciting program of familiar favorites and delightful new works at the Ailey Citigroup Theater from April 2-13.

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The anti-gay dogma that is enveloping Africa


It was striking when the president of this country, a woman who has been the center of international prominence and the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize, defended a law that criminalizes same-sex activity.

Is Kenya’s princess camera ready for mainstream America?

Long before Steven McQueen unveiled Lupita Nyong’o in high definition, I yearned for her. Self-affirming visual representations of all our children engaging the world would help build their confidence to stake their piece of it. It is unfortunate that we depend on mainstream media to project that world.

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It’s time for the poor to pull their own weight

All too often, rich individuals in this country are demonized for simply being rich.

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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. met 50 years ago

Although records indicate that two of the most influential Black U.S. leaders of our time had been aware of each other’s activism since at least 1957, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. met face-to-face only once, on March 26, 1964.

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Gerard Kersey: Following suit

They say the suit makes the man, but Gerard Kersey is taking that to another level.

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The weekly Brooklyn-based celebrity-driven entertainment news and lifestyle television show “What’s the 411” received a Free Speech Award


New York City Mission Society and the New York Junior League are unveiling the renovations of Minisink Townhouse’s theater


The Black Aerospace Professionals Summer Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy is currently accepting applications


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted a Vision Zero town hall meeting


Operation PROM is hosting Brooklyn’s second annual Prom Dress Giveaway

Homophobic church sign causes stir in Harlem

Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem continues to make headlines over his controversial anti-gay messages on his marquee

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Still no answers in case of Avonte Oquendo

The family of the late Avonte Oquendo is still looking for answers and an apology in the case of the missing and now deceased 14-year-old autistic boy

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City Council members make the grade in ‘report card’

The Human Rights Project at the Center for Human Rights released its sixth annual New York City Council Human Rights Report Card.

It’s time for Congress to raise the minimum wage

It’s been more than four years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage.

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Dr. King would be outraged

It has been 46 years this week since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel

Black man exonerated after three decades on death row

On Tuesday, March 11, Glenn Ford, 64, stepped from the grueling confines of Louisiana’s infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for the first time in nearly 30 years after a Shreveport, La., judge vacated his murder conviction.

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Report by Christie’s lawyers clear him in toll lane scandal

Lawyers hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at taxpayers’ expense concluded that the governor and members of his staff played no role in the toll lane closures that caused massive gridlock on the world’s busiest bridge from Sept. 9-13, 2013.

Murders continue to plague Newark

“No one should have to bury their child, especially at 14,” said Lowman Colclough. His family now looks for answers after his 14-year-old son was killed in Newark this past weekend.

Two elderly civil rights vets defend Obama against wealthy elitists

The onslaught against President Barack Obama by corporate giants Charles and David Koch has caused two elderly civil rights veterans, George Richardson and Ingrid Frank, to request support from the grassroots movement.

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Racial groups clash over Texas Black man’s death

Racial tensions are taking shape in the aftermath of the mysterious death of Alfred Wright in Texas.

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Babyface bursts onto B’way scene; Braxton needs to project

The line went down Eighth Avenue to 46th Street, and people were excited as they waited to get into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street to see multiple Grammy Award winners Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Toni Braxton appear in “After Midnight”

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PNJPAC ‘Music Man’ revival uplifts and thrills

A concert musical adaptation of the Broadway show “The Music Man” by Evans Haile uplifts and ignites bursts of laughter with an all-Black cast

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Hot time, spring’s in the city

Talking SCHOP!

The pilgrims of the @NYCHotSauceExpo are back for a second year of that good stuff.

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Oakland: An untold story

Oakland has changed dramatically in the 14 years since I left, offering so much more for denizens and visitors alike.

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Court victory reinstates disabled city employees

Disabled city workers laid off by the Bloomberg administration are now able to return to work after a court decision.

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School bus drivers want protection

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181 wants New York City’s school busing contracts to include employee protection provisions (EPPs).

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Justice for home care workers

Home care workers today face a major challenge as the health care industry embraces managed long-term care (MLTC), a system that streamlines the delivery of long-term services to people who are elderly or disabled and who wish to stay in their homes and communities.

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Brooklyn native brings home the NY Emmy

On Sunday, March 30, Brooklyn native and five-time New York Emmy nominee Tyrik “Keyz” Washington captured the gold for his musical arrangement “Pamela Gonzales” at the 57th annual New York Emmy Awards Gala, held at the New York City Marriott Marquis.

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Black Women’s Agenda and AARP launch family caregiving series

The Black Women’s Agenda partnered with the AARP today to host “Because We Care,” the first of a series of forums designed to provide African-American families with information and resources that will enable them to take better care of their loved ones and themselves.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee champions New Legacy Leaders Project at the Schomburg

On Friday, March 14, over 300 people were in attendance for the New Legacy Leader Project’s (NLLP) launch at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Cosmopolitan Review April 3-9, 2014

This month promises to be busy with all of the upcoming religious holidays, Easter, daffodils and tulips.

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Guyanese Opposition Leader to visit NY

Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and Opposition Leader in Guyana’s Parliament retired Brig. David Granger is scheduled to visit New York during the Memorial Day weekend.

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Gambia replaces English with indigenous tongues

In another recent retaliatory measure against European imperialism, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced earlier last month that English would cease being the official language of his African country, adding that they will revert to a native vernacular.

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Bishop Kenneth Olin Robinson’s homegoing

Bishop Kenneth Olin Robinson died in February, and his home going service was this weekend

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NYC reflects on Chokwe Lumumba’s legacy

The lifetime achievements of elected revolutionary Chokwe Lumumba, who became an ancestor on Feb. 25, were commemorated on Saturday, March 29 at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Ave.) as a legion of activists, comrades and relatives paid homage to his legacy.

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Transplant organs with a war-ranty

House Calls

In the year of our Lord 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War.

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Racial disparities still plague public schools

Aside from the fact that schools in New York City are highly segregated, there are also disappointing results from a study from the U.S. Department of Education when it comes to racial disparities.

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Sarah Rector, the richest Black girl in America

This week we tout a local author, Tonya Bolden, writing about a virtually unknown Black girl from Oklahoma

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Letter No. 72: Immigration reform now!

As the weeks float away and the letters pile up, the questions in the back of my mind now are, am I simply wasting my time, and will immigration reform ever happen?

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LIAT appoints new CEO

Caribbean carrier LIAT has appointed British national David Evans as its new CEO, effective April 22.

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Most crucial round of Canada talks starts Monday

This week, Caribbean trade bloc nations and Canada commenced a crucial round of negotiations for a free trade agreement in Ottawa, Canada.

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NAN convention brings out best and brightest

President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Mayor Bill de Blasio are among the big names attending the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 16th annual National Action Network convention next week.

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State legislature oks Pre-K

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators agreed on a $137.9 billion fiscal budget for 2014-2015 last Saturday what included $300 million set aside for preschool children in New York City.

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School Apartheid: Report finds NY schools are most segregated in the country

A new study released by UCLA’s Civil Rights found that public school students in New York are the most severely segregated in the country. Reviewing the historical context of segregation in New York schools from 1989-2010, the study found that segregation was a perpetual pattern among city schools in particular.

Wednesday, April 2

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Flame of Remembrance Criscrosses Rwanda on 20th Anniversary of Genocide

Ceremonies around Rwanda and abroad are underway to mark the 20th year since the devastating genocide which, according to the Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, took over a million lives during a three-month killing spree.

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Popular Editor in leg irons for offending Judge in an editorial

The N.Y.-based Committee to Protect Journalists is protesting the “degrading” treatment of a newspaper editor whose piece critical of the Chief Justice of Swaziland angered the top judge.

Building Personal Core Competencies for Employability

With fierce competition for limited jobs, many people wonder if they will be able to land a good job. Unfortunately, the economic situation feels like a bad dream. Hope is not lost! Building a personal brand may be the cornerstone of sustaining success in the future.

Tuesday, April 1

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‘Xscape’ into summer with a new Michael Jackson album in May

Epic Records announced a new Michael Jackson album slated for release in May.

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Watch Out for Prediabetes

Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.

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Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.