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Stories for August 2014

Saturday, August 30

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Families affected by recent fire in Hamilton Heights get help

Families who lost everything during a recent fire in Hamilton Heights get assistance.

Friday, August 29

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In the news 8/25 - 8/31, 2014

News summary for the week of 8/25 - 8/31, 2014

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Breakthrough hosts sold-out crowd for Dudes Against Violence Against Women

Breakthrough hosts a comedy show to raise awareness about violence and discrimination against women and girls

Thursday, August 28

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NYPD Hosts Teen Tournament

NYPD Community Affairs officers in collaboration with local community leaders held the Patrol Borough Manhattan North 1st Unity in the Community, Basketball Tournament.

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Cannon and Carey on the rocks?

Nick Cannon confirmed that his six-year marriage to Mariah Carey is on the rocks.

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Master violinist John Blake Jr. dies at 67

John Blake Jr., who continued the early tradition of bringing the violin into the jazz arena and making its voice heard with the music of Africa to avant-garde, R&B, blues and spirituals, died Aug. 15 in Philadelphia.

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Artist will launch Harlem Renaissance art project at HSA

World renowned art historian, artist and author Paco Cao will launch a first-of-its-kind art residency series focused on the “Hidden History of the Harlem Renaissance” at the Harlem School of the Arts.

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Online: And sew on

Do you want to learn how to sew? Nov. 8, you can participate in sewing lessons online with “The Sewing Party.”

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Good fall/holiday home decor scents

Collections by Michel Design Works has introduced a luxurious collection of home decorating items that will make great gifts and beautiful accents for your home.

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Oscar winner Steve McQueen's message to Harlem

Steve McQueen shares his thoughts on Harlem after recent casting call.

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Music mogul Suge Knight shot at VMAs

Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder and president of the controversial and now defunct record label Death Row Records, whose roster supported artists such as Tupac (2Pac) Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, was shot in a West Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles at an MTV VMA party.

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Prince announces two new releases for fall

The epitome of pop music, Prince, plans to release two new full-length albums in September.

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Fast-food worker movement makes waves in California

With the fast-food worker labor movement in full force nationally, every victory for the organizers can be considered a major one. Last week was no different.

Espaillat receives endorsement of UFT and DiNapoli

New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is back on the campaign trail for re-election and has gathered significant endorsements along the way.

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Mass incarceration and discrimination in our justice system hurts our communities

The expansion of the U.S. prison system—driven by privatization that has turned imprisonment into a profit center for corporate America—has taken a toll on our neighborhoods. Our justice system disproportionately targets communities of color, sending far too many young people into prison, often for nonviolent crimes.

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Aging healthy in Harlem

The Second Annual Senior Citizen Health/Vanity Day, a free community festival with fun, food and facts for seniors, was held on the Harlem State Office Building outdoor plaza.

Introducing NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Sitting in the Starbucks on 145th Street & Bradhurst Ave., National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia's enthusiasm takes over the quiet space.

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Radio 103.9 appoints renowned civil rights activist as community affairs director

Cumulus announced that nationally renowned civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory has been appointed community affairs director for New York City’s newest R&B station, Radio 103.9, “New York’s Best Mix of R&B.”

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Graduating police officers join community members at Operation Conversation

All Stars Project co-founder Dr. Lenora B. Fulani directed a performance ensemble of six NYPD officers and six inner-city young people at the “Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids” demonstration workshop for an audience of more than 600 graduating officers and 600 community members at the Apollo Theater.

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Cosmopolitan Review - August 28, 2014

Everyone is here and accounted for on the island of Martha’s Vineyard and having a blast.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

This marks my 50th anniversary as a licensed broadcaster in New York, going back to my days as a 14-year-old apprentice under broadcaster-educator the late Hank Cameron of WUFO in Buffalo, N.Y., who discovered me.

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Talking SCHOP! A year at Betony

There are wonderful milestones in our lives that are cause for celebration. Exactly how that celebration goes down is up to those involved. It can be loud and celebratory or intimate and close. No matter the marker, don’t let those unique times pass.

Cameroon Soccer Star Felled By Stones Hurled In Stadium—was it race?

Soccer star Albert Ebosse Bodjongo of Cameroon was killed almost instantly by a stone lobbed from the bleachers in the Tizi Ouzou stadium of north-central Algeria this weekend.

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Tanya Fields calls on women to improve the environment

Tanya Fields has not slowed down since creating her nonprofit group the BLK Projek in 2009. Her “projek” provides women of color living in disadvantaged areas of New York City with access to local food and entrepreneurial and career activities.

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Ebola could sink Africa rising dreams

An airlift of emergency supplies needed for those treating Liberians with the virus Ebola was launched this weekend by the U.N. children’s fund, known as Unicef.

City Council passes bill to track and limit the use of solitary confinement at Rikers Island

It was after visiting solitary confinement cells at Rikers Island and being greeted by “very small cells with graffitied walls, the smelling of urine, rusted beds with mattresses with mildew on them and a very small window letting in just a little bit of light” that induced City Councilman Daniel Dromm to draft legislation that could improve conditions inmates have been enduring for years.

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The best of Santa Barbara

With all there is to see and do in Santa Barbara, as we learned in the first two parts of this feature series, you definitely need some downtime to relax and rejuvenate.

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We will never forget Yusef Hawkins

Last week marked the 25th anniversary of Yusef Hawkins’ death. The racially polarizing incident set the city ablaze with racial tensions and tarnished a Bensonhurst community.

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AfroPunk Fest: Seen and heard

The 10th annual AfroPunk Festival at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park brings sights and sound.

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El Barrio Street changed to Young Lords Way

The corner of E. 111th St. and Lexington Ave. was changed Saturday to Young Lords Way, honoring the Puerto Rican group that fought for social justice in the sixties.

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Learning the lesson of Ferguson

Bertha Lewis and Zephyr Treachout give their view on what people can learn from the Michael Brown shooting.

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Bill Greaves, noted documentarian and Harlem native, dies at 87

A native of Harlem and a prolific filmmaker, William Greaves, once remarked that he thought he would be a hurricane in documenting Black history and culture but settled for the fact that he was “only a single rain drop.”

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Protecting customers’ civil rights

Opinion-Editorial

When stores open their doors to customers, they are inviting all members of the public to come in and spend their hard-earned money.

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Who is speaking out for those the media has forgotten?

In the past few weeks, the mainstream media has been consumed with the tragic events that continue to unfold in Ferguson

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Anti-Sharpton police speak out

In a full-page ad in Tuesday’s New York Times, the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the NYPD published an open letter to the chairperson of the Democratic National Convention.

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Brooklyn’s ‘yogi’

Black New Yorker

Registered yoga instructor and documentarian Stefanie Joshua brings the benefits of yoga, to the community. The Brooklynites message about the alternative form of exercise comes just in time for National Yoga Month in September.

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More than $5 Million Allocated to Improve City Parks in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams unveiled the parks funding component of his capital budget plan during a press conference at the Hecksher Playground in Bushwick.

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Pre-Labor Day Senior Concert and Community Day Brooklyn

The third annual Pre-Labor Day Senior Concert & Community Day, will be on Aug. 27,

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Struggling is not a crime

Brooklyn City Council Member Robert Cornegy share's his thoughts about policing.

Nigeria Entertainment Awards to Bring out some of Africa's Biggest Stars

The ninth annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards are being held Sunday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m., at the Skirball Center for the Performing Art, 566 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan.

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Medgar Evers College Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Police Brutality

The Medgar Evers College “Focus on Ferguson … and Beyond” town hall meeting will give the college community an opportunity to reflect on the latest tragic incidents and determine strategies for reforming the relationship between communities of color and law enforcement.

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Murders continue to plague Newark

Newark recently saw five killings in five days with four occurring in the city's South Ward.

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State lawmakers urge Cuomo to appoint special prosecutor in Garner’s death

Thirty-two days after Eric Garner died by an apparent and prohibited chokehold from NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, 14 New York state lawmakers have expressed their frustrations in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo over what they called a “gross and deliberate failure” and “lack of progress” by Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donavan to pursue a case in Garner’s death.

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Parents of Ramarley Graham demand Dept. of Justice launch federal probe

It has been exactly one year since the U.S. Department of Justice promised to launch an investigation into the death of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed Bronx teen who was gunned down in his grandmother’s bathroom in February 2012 by NYPD Officer Richard Haste.

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Newark leaders criticize Newark schools open enrollment

More than 600 parents turned out at the registration center, with many waiting hours and others never even making it through the front door, leaving many children with no school to attend.

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Michael Brown and Eric Garner: What's Next

In the wake of the deaths of both Eric Garner and Michael Brown, people are looking for direction on what to do next.

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Thousands mourn Michael Brown in Ferguson

Monday, Aug. 25, thousands of mourners packed the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Ferguson, Mo., for the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Obama under par?

Was it wise for President Obama to continue his vacation with issues going on in Syria

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August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month

Iyabo Fadario had to put her life on hold because of a disease so rare that she is one of a very few African-Americans to have it. Even though undergoing dialysis helps keep her healthy, she is in need of a kidney transplant and was placed on the waiting list last November.

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When taste and smell get lost

House Calls

Mrs. S. is a 79-year-old mother of four children, 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She had just returned to her home after a two-week hospital stay because of congestive heart failure. I was called by her family because of her great weight loss and an overall poor nutritional state.

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Brooklyn Celebrates Michael Jackson

On a bright and sunny Sunday, Aug. 24, filmmaker Spike Lee brought his “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson” celebration back to “Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn.”

Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Focus on Harlem

Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School is a free public charter school in Manhattan’s Community School District 3 that provides students with the foundation to successfully pursue advanced studies and achieve continued personal growth as global citizens.

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College students nationwide show solidarity with Michael Brown

Frustration and the call for justice continues to reverberate across the country, including on college campuses, over the death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, who was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in a St. Louis suburb two weeks ago.

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Free agency and Curt Flood

Amsterdam News in the Classroom

Not since Gabrielle Douglas won the all-around Olympic Gold Medal in 2012 has a Black girl captured the media like Mo’ne Davis.

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Letter No. 89: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

On Labor Day, Sept. 1, Caribbean immigrants in New York will mark the 47th anniversary of the West Indian American Day Carnival. But most importantly, this year will mark some 414 years since West Indians have been in these United States, first as slaves and then as immigrants.

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Trinidad general elections heat up

Two key, hotbed political issues are dominating the news in Trinidad this week

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St. Croix to host bridal event

Caribbean Connection

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism will host the second annual Bridal Educational Symposium Nov. 18-19 at the Renaissance Carambola Resort.

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Thousands march on Staten Island for Eric Garner

“Overwhelmed” was a word repeatedly uttered by the family members of Eric Garner during the rally on Staten Island Saturday.

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Now What? The country waits for developments in Michael Brown, Ferguson case

The shots fired by Officer Darren Wilson that cut down Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 are still echoing.

Wednesday, August 27

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Brooklyn street co-named after local soldier killed in Afghanistan

East 51st Street between Beverly Road and Clarendon Road is now named "Private First Class Errol Milliard Way," after 18-year-old Errol "Elijah" Milliard who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

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Michael Brown shooting: What's next?

Now that Michael Brown is laid to rest, the community of Ferguson, Mo. and the nation are looking at the next steps to repair what many continue to call a failed system when it comes to policing.

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KEM shines at private concert at SOB's

R&B singer KEM performs at a private concert at SOBs hosted by 107.5 FM WBLS.

Tuesday, August 26

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Luis Salgado Says “Yes” to the Stage

Tonight the curtain rises on the play, "Song of Solomon" which Luis Salgado, a native of Puerto Rico and resident of Harlem, directs.

Monday, August 25

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VIDEO: Michael Brown funeral service

Full video of the Michael Brown funeral service

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Michael Brown laid to rest in Ferguson

Funeral services for Michael Brown held in Ferguson, Mo.

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Harlemites Join Protestors on Staten Island

Harlemites traveled to Staten Island called for justice for both Eric Garner’s death as well as the killing of Michael Brown.

Sunday, August 24

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Thousands march on Staten Island for Eric Garner

The National Action Network and other groups host a march in Staten Island for Eric Garner that brings out thousands.

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Sonia Sanchez birthday celebration to take place in Brooklyn

Sonia Sanchaz is celebrating her 80th birthday with an event at Bedford Hall in Brooklyn.

Saturday, August 23

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In the News 8/14 - 8/24, 2014

A wrap up all events and news coming out of Harlem for the week of 8/14 - 8/24, 2014

Thursday, August 21

From Ferguson to Gaza: We charge genocide

Those standing up against police brutality and state repression in Ferguson, Mo., are leading one of the most important human rights struggles of our time.

Distractions are mankind’s worst enemy

"Individual self-esteem is now determined by how many people follow you on social media and how many likes you get. But self-esteem should be based on the undisputed truth that we’re created in the image of God."

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I am a man and my life matters

Opinion-Editorial

I have only heard of Birmingham...the marches...the protests. I wasn’t there. But now we have Ferguson.

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‘Sisterhood of Hip-Hop’ debuts as Oxygen’s top show of 2014

Rapper TI’s new reality television show, “Sisterhood of Hip-Hop” turned out to be incredibly successful

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‘Through a Lens Darkly’ debuts in NYC

Thomas Allen Harris’ documentary “Through a Lens Darkly,” which begins a two-week engagement in New York City, is inspired by the book “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present,” shared the film’s producer, Deborah Willis.

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‘Can you achieve your goals? Yes or yes!’

The very first words that I heard from Broadway star, theatrical producer and stage director Luis Salgado were aimed at a group of sweaty kids, stuffed like happy sardines inside a smelly rehearsal studio. “Can you achieve your life’s goals?” Salgado shouted, bouncing around the Broadway space like a live firecracker. “Can you make your dreams come true? Yes or yes!”

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Black Power for Ferguson, Mo.

"Let me quickly say though: Putting Black faces in high places doesn’t necessarily mean things will change. We don’t want to just change the complexion of power; we want to change the direction of power."

The Past is not Dead, It’s not even Past

"To see the destructive potential, the absolute militarization of the police force in Ferguson, is a chilling reminder of Birmingham, Ala,..."

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Dancing in the streets—and parks

Dancing in the Streets’ “Dancing Through the Bronx” (Aug. 13–16) was a free, site-specific festival that sought to integrate modern dance for new audiences with the Bronx’s green outdoor spaces.

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Charlie Parker fest, ‘Lens Darkly,’ Lovelace at Paris Blues

Charlie Parker, the pride of Kansas City, Kan. would have been 94 on his birthday, Aug. 29. The festival named in his honor will celebrate its 22nd year Aug. 22 to Aug. 24.

Newark Rally against Police Brutality

Community activists joined supporters seeking justice for the Michael Brown and Abdul Kamal killings as they all gathered at the Lincoln Monument on Springfield Avenue in Newark yesterday for a peaceful rally.

Nothing Short of Summer Fun From Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County have been busy all summer long. Earlier this month, more than 400 people celebrated Unity Day with members and staff of the Summer Fun Club and Teen Leadership Camp programs of the Plainfield, Elizabeth and Union Clubs. Together they shared a great day of food, games and activities at Weber Park in Union.

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Face it! Beauty online is DooBop

For multiethnic women, DooBop specializes in brown skin tones and textured hair.

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Miami Swim ‘15 wrap-up

In Miami, it’s a wrap for Swim ‘15 Fashion Week!

State of City Pays Wrongly Convicted Man $13 million

On Monday, Jabbar Collins, 42, convicted of the 1994 killing of an Orthodox rabbi, won a $10 million settlement with New York City. During the trial, Collins’ lawyer, Joel Rudin, exposed questionable policies under Hynes and his top assistants.

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Source360 in Brooklyn is gonna be large

Mainstream hip-hop has become over-saturated with venereal, vulgar and violent lyrics. One-sidedly portrayed by the media, rap has gained a bad rep for glorifying the negative and excessive aspects of popular culture—money, gun violence, drugs and even “twerking.”

Imam Jamil Al-Amin relocated to medical facility

Supporters of political prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin (f.k.a. H. Rap Brown) contend that the power of the people earned the 71-year-old revolutionary’s July 14, 2014, transfer to a medical facility, where he could be properly diagnosed and treated. It had recently been determined that he had a rare form of cancer of the plasma cells known as multiple myeloma.

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Staten Islanders demand real justice for Eric Garner

Last Thursday night at the Central Family Life Center, what started as a five-person panel to educate the neighborhood on their legal and civil rights escalated into the audience challenging one another and their hosts from the NAACP to initiate direct change and stop relying on rhetorical devices and speeches.

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In Ferguson, a long road toward healing in the Michael Brown case

At long last, the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old Black man killed by police in a St. Louis suburb, is able to put their loved one to rest. The family has endured the most harsh and merciless glare of the national spotlight. The parents of the dead teenager have not only had to deal with the horror of losing their son, having police allow his body to lie on the street for hours, but also had to deal with three autopsies, daily protest marches and incessant calls for calm and order on the streets of Ferguson, Mo.

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Marie Delus: Grassroots superstar

Black New Yorker

Marie G. Delus went from serving as a secretary for Mayor David Dinkins to being the current deputy agency chief contracting officer for the city. With more than 20 years as a civil servant with the New York City government, she also gives her time to the community by working on various efforts.

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Michael Brown—the world responds

“Arrest Darren Wilson now! Get the warrant, knock down his door, handcuff him, perp-walk him, arraign him, indict him, convict him. Nothing less.” These are the words of respected activist Rosa Clemente, teaching assistant at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Social media lets the world know about Ferguson

The exchange of information on social media of the Michael Brown story showcased the good, the bad and the ugly of modern-day journalism.

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Brooklyn borough president announces affordable housing for Brooklynites

In May, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced construction of affordable housing units over the next decade in Ocean Hill, with commercial space and community facility use. Last week, joined by elected officials, developers and community leaders from across the borough, Adams outlined the details of his $3.3million in allocations to develop projects across Brooklyn.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events: August 21-27, 2014

Greetings! We took a moment to celebrate Marcus Mosiah Garvey’s birthday and the 100th anniversary of Universal Negro Improvement Association, as noted in our Radio GBE. Several of our radio guests helped us remember, including Garvey performance artiste Ron Bobb Semple; Tony Best, senior editor of The New York Carib News; and Lloyd Williams of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

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Talking SCHOP! Easy Being Green

Time is running out on summer. Enough mucking about! Here are a couple of green recipes for your late-summer repertoire. They are quick and easy and can be a light and refreshing main or side dish.

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Exploring ‘The American Riviera’

In our first exploration of Santa Barbara—dubbed “The American Riviera” and situated along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline just 92 miles north of Los Angeles, 249 miles from Carmel and Monterey and 332 miles south of San Francisco—we learned about its early history, stunning Spanish architecture and the tip of the iceberg in terms of its sites and attractions.

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Grace Jamaican jerk festival hots up NYC

New York City’s 4th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival heated up Roy Wilkins Park in Queens Sunday, July 20. Never was so much family-friendly fun had by so many. The place was “ram” with each and everybody from the tristate and beyond. Some folk traveled from as far as Canada to partake in the world famous jerk cuisine.

UFT, de Blasio & Fariña talk test results

The results are in for both the New York statewide and New York citywide exams in math and English, and despite some uptick, there’s still much improvement to be made.

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Get to know your loyal NYCHA workers

The safety of our public housing developments should be of critical concern to every New Yorker. We must use every tool available to reduce escalating crime in New York City Housing Authority developments.

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Multiple unions and officials endorse Rubain Dorancy for state Senate

New York State senatorial candidate Rubain Dorancy achieved a significant victory last week when he received endorsements from multiple unions and elected officials.

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SummerStage music amid the turmoil

Nightlife

It’s hard to find levity of any kind in weeks like this; however, an attempt was made. Why not? Chilled Saturday, my born day, glued to CNN, monitoring the transgressions in Ferguson, Mo., so maybe a minute to enjoy this fine August weather was in order.

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Regina Belle rocks the boat at HCCI’s 10th Jamboree benefit dinner cruise

Thursday, Aug. 7, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement held its 10th “Jamboree!: A Soulful Extravaganza on the Hudson” at Chelsea Piers aboard the Spirit of New York.

Cosmopolitan Review August 21-27, 2014

These are the dog days of August, when everybody, no matter what your station in life, has to just slow down, cool down and back down from the everyday grind.

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Former Black Panther Marshall ‘Eddie’ Conway welcomed to NYC

Packed to capacity was the event at Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center of 1199 SEIU, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, to welcome Marshall “Eddie” Conway.

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Links, Inc. Eastern Shore (NY) Chapter 6th Annual Summer Soiree

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Aug. 10, 2014, the Eastern Shore (NY) Chapter of the Links, Inc., held its 6th Annual Summer Soiree at Harlow East in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, with finely dressed women and spouses, lively conversation and plenty of much-needed laughter, and fine food that made a wonderful event.

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Honoring the centennial of the Hon. Marcus Garvey’s UNIA-ACL

Founded by Marcus Mosiah Garvey in 1914, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) celebrates 100 years of supporting and proclaiming Black nationalism.

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A letter to my lost father, Wilbert Blair

I still can’t believe my dad committed suicide. He put a .38 to his head and pulled the trigger. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over that.

Fields convenes hepatitis C breakfast forum

On the morning of July 25, “Hepatitis C and Its Impact on the Black Community” was the subject of a breakfast forum held at the Alhambra Ballroom in Central Harlem.

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Sixty years after Brown, it’s time to reimagine the struggle

An educational game changer. That’s what’s needed for African-American and Latino children throughout this nation.

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Author and dedicated missionary Victoria Earle Matthews

There was a time when 136th Street in Harlem was bustling with social and political activity; now the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the New York Urban League remain.

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Super Summer Fun: End of Summer Fun for Everyone (Part 2)

End of Summer fun

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Letter No. 89: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Corner

In the past two weeks alone, the conservative groups and media have been very busy, unlike Democrats, in spinning tales about why executive action on the immigration front will not work.

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Opponents rally against bill designed to keep Hindu government in power

The Trinidad Senate is set to debate a controversial bill this week that the Lower House has already passed, which some say is designed to ensure that the Indo-led People’s Partnership maintains power at general elections due by the last quarter of next year.

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Caribbean Cultural Fest returns to New York

CARIBBEAN CONNECTION

Caribbean music, food, and fun return to Harlem this year when the 2014 Caribbean Cultural Fest: The Kings of Soca event comes to town at month’s end.

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De Blasio rolls out $12.7 m plan to curb gun violence citywide 

Bill de Blasio is now counting on “violence interrupters” to help his administration prevent gun violence in some of the city’s most crime-infested neighborhoods. 

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Family, politicians, community demand justice for police-slain Ramarley Graham

Ramarley Graham’s parents, Constance Malcolm and Francelot Graham, held a rally Wednesday to deliver thousands of petitions demanding U.S. Attorney General Holder and Preet Bharara open a full DOJ investigation.

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MTA giving opportunities to MWBEs

The MTA is making historic moves when it comes to working with certified minority- and women-owned businesses in giving them their fair share of work on projects.

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Get on the Justice Caravan

Saturday, Aug. 23, civil-and human-rights activists will assemble on the other side of the Verrazano Narrow-Bridge, not the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River, as marchers did in 1965

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Unrest continues in Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown police shooting

Attorney General Eric Holder arrived Wednesday afternoon in Ferguson, Mo., where he met with the city’s leaders, FBI officials and local law enforcement officers and briefly stated what he’d already written earlier in an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Wednesday, August 20

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Steve McQueen hosts Open Casting Call

Steve McQueen's hosts open casting call this Saturday for an upcoming HBO series.

Tuesday, August 19

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Nurturing Harlem’s Tech-Minded Teens

Silicon Harlem has been making big moves since hitting the scene in 2013. But perhaps none of the company’s myriad projects is quite as impressive as their Apps Youth Leadership Academy or AYLA.

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Eric Garner: Grand jury to look into case

Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan announces that a grand jury will determine if charges should be filed in the death of Eric Garner

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Addicted to The Earthman Experience

The Earthman Experience rocked the stage with their addictive afrobeats last Sunday at Harlem Week's 40th Anniversary.

Monday, August 18

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Where were you for Harlem Week 2014

Harlem Week was in full swing yesterday as music, food and dance poured into the streets. (08/17/2014)

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What you need to know about the Michael Brown case

The latest on the Michael Brown case.

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Brown family: 'He was executed'

An independent autopsy reveals Michael Brown was shot six times by police officer Darren Wilson with a fatal shot to the head.

Friday, August 15

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Cameroon National Ballet visits New York

The Cameroon National Ballet recently came to the city showcasing Africa's rich artistic side.

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In the news 8/11 - 8/17, 2014

News summary for the week of 8/1 - 8/17, 2014

Thursday, August 14

Valley Jazz, Jazzmobile, Harlem Awakening, Johnny O’Neal

The Jazz in the Valley Festival, which commences Aug. 17, has an outstanding lineup of musicians to get Big Apple jazzheads out of their city complacency and on the highway or train to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for the 14th annual festival in Waryas Park.

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Robin Williams passes

Go with the Flo

Comedian Robin Williams died Aug. 11. San Rafael, Calif., Sheriff’s Lieutenant Keith Boyd said that Williams was found suspended with a belt around his neck. He was clothed and rigor mortis had set in. Police said the actor was found by his assistant in a seated position.

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Patti LaBelle joins cast of ‘AHS: Freak Show’

It has been announced that pop-soul music icon Patti LaBelle will join the cast of the popular FX series “American Horror Story.”

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A hilarious franchise in the making

“Let’s Be Cops” is being positioned as the “ultimate buddy cop movie”—except that the leads, Justin Miller (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Ryan O’Malley (Jake Johnson), aren’t cops!

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An open letter to President Barack Obama

As one of the earliest supporters of your inspiring and historic journey to the White House, I was honored by the opportunity to participate in the inaugural United States-Africa Leaders Summit, in particular the “Civil Society Forum” signature event and the subsequent roundtable that followed.

A ‘collaborative model,’ not ‘broken windows’

Editorial

Last month, when the Police Reform Organizing Project released its report “Broken Windows Policing—A True Tale of Two Cities,” it stated it was a “work in progress.” That’s a meaningful caveat. But if the findings in this 29-page report are a harbinger, PROP has only scratched the surface of what may become an irreconcilable problem between the NYPD and communities of color.

Englewood raises age for cigarette buyers

Englewood, N.J., became the first town in the state to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21. The ordinance covers cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes. Meanwhile, a bill is making its way through the state Legislature that would ban the sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to anyone under 21. 

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Hillary hits Obama

President Barack Obama has apparently withstood a proposed GOP lawsuit, but now there’s a problem much closer to home, a critic in his own ranks—Hillary Clinton.

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Theodore Wafer guilty in Renisha McBride murder

Renisha McBride’s family rests content with the knowledge that her killer will spend a long time behind bars.

Schumer requests federal funds to expand security at Boulevard Houses

The tragic stabbing death of Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and the stabbing of his friend, Mikayla Capers, 7, last June at the New York City Housing Authority’s Boulevard Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, underscore the reason why protection and federal intervention are needed at the apartment complex.

Obama gives France $10 million to fight terror in Africa

Incensed by the news that President Barack Obama gave $10 million to France to fight terrorism in three of its former African colonies, Minister Menelik Harris, of the Atlanta-based World African Diaspora Union, sent out an email message demanding that Obama keep his “terror money.”

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Spring/summer ’15: The trench gown is news

For designer Swati Padmaraj, fashion design has been a lifelong dream and passion.

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Young designers star in Berlin

In Berlin, four young, up-and-coming German designers stood out during the recent Mercedes‑Benz Fashion Week shows.

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Video educates those who struggle with credit debt

Although African-American households are in less debt today than they were in 2008, credit card debt and bad credit continue to affect the Black community disproportionately.

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Once again, the senseless killing of an unarmed young Black man

A young African-American man, unarmed and with a full life ahead of him, is gunned down in a senseless confrontation.

Dear Africa: Watch out! You can’t trust America!

Opinion-Editorial

You can’t trust a friend who ties strings around your friendship. You can’t trust a priest who laughs at your confessions and shares them with comedians.

Distractions are mankind’s worst enemy

What informs your philosophy of life? That is to say, why do you get out of bed in the morning? What gives your life meaning? What drives you to do what you do?

A brief history of Black August

For the past four-and-a-half decades, the self-defining, uncompromising efforts of a few freedom fighters from the Black Liberation struggle have been recognized each August by the many who acknowledge those deeds.

Mothers of unarmed sons killed by NYPD meet with Inspector General

Her message was to say, “Enough is enough,” and request that the IG’s office launch an investigation into the unjust killings of unarmed Black and Latino youths and the NYPD’s use of deadly force.

Tyrik ‘Keyz’ Washington has an Emmy, a mission and a vision

The founder of the entertainment and media company New Day Music Group, Tyrik “Keyz” Washington, won gold at the 57th annual New York Emmy Awards gala Sunday, March 30. The Brooklyn native was the first producer to be nominated for and win a Craft Specialty Emmy for CUNY-TV, but Washington has been honing his craft for as long as he can remember.

Blake fights residency status, receives endorsement of progressive-minded coalition

Michael Blake, a candidate for New York’s 79th Assembly District seat, was stuck in a battle with other candidates in court to prove his residency.

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Staten Islanders demand real justice for Eric Garner

Last Thursday night at the Central Family Life Center, what started as a five-person panel to educate the neighborhood on their legal and civil rights escalated into the audience challenging one another and their hosts from the NAACP to initiate direct change and stop relying on rhetorical devices and speeches.

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The Funk Brothers, Motown stalwarts

“Get on Up,” the new James Brown biopic, is a film of incessant funk. On Broadway, there is more funk, if a bit more subdued, in “Motown the Musical.”

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events: August 14-20, 2014

Greetings! The summer of 2014 is going out with a musical bang. Whether you are from the Big Apple, the tristate area or in from out of town, this month’s events remind us why the great Duke Ellington once remarked, “After New York, there are no cities.”

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Tap+Cork 2014

I don’t know how I missed the first one, but it is time for the second annual Tap+Cork

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Tarrytown nuptial retreat

Talking SCHOP!

August is a great time to get out of the city. New York, and the tristate area in general, has so much to offer and is only less than a couple of hours away to boot. Having a Metro-North stop right at 125th Street is yet another great reason to be a Harlemite.

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Ebony Escapes! to Santa Barbara

We started this summer California road trip series in the beautiful city of Santa Monica, driving in a Jucy Rental, a New Zealand-based travel company that operates a fleet of retrofitted campervans featuring a 1950s-inspired mascot called “Jucy Lucy.” From there it was just a short one and a half hour drive north to Santa Barbara.

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DC 37 officially ratifies new agreement

The largest public employee union in New York City voted “yes” to a new contract.

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Multiple unions endorse Bichotte for Assembly

Several prominent unions have endorsed Rodneyse Bichotte for New York Assembly in the 42nd District.

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MTA giving opportunities to MWBEs

The MTA is making historic moves when it comes to working with certified minority and women-owned businesses in giving them their fair share of work on projects.

Sheri Sher of Mercedes Ladies is still official

Nightlife

Understanding why the chasm is growing wider between today’s youth and the previous generation—I guess now I’m part of the latter—is perplexing, especially when we, the previous generation, laid the groundwork for the culture that young people have so dearly embraced. You’d think a little dialogue be broached to discuss the conditions that spawned the movement and what detrimental factors stunted the growth of the creators of the art.

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Bed-Stuy resident celebrates 105th birthday at Stuyvesant Heights Neighborhood Center

In 1909, there was a separate and unequal doctrine inherent to America’s social and political system that permeated the air and wreaked long-lasting psychological havoc on the minds of Black folks.

Tourism and awards at NYC Economic Development Day

As ever, the luncheon was the centerpiece at the New York City Economic Development Day at Columbia University last Thursday.

Cosmopolitan Review August 14-20, 2014

Yeah, it’s still summer.

African Writers Rip U.S. Summit, Asking ‘For Whose Benefit?’

Charles Onyango-Obbo of The East African, a Kenyan daily, joined a growing number of writers and scholars questioning the aims of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Where, he asked, were the wives?

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Ebola—a threat to humanity

The daily death count from Ebola only seems to gain media attention in the West when an American or European is the fatality.

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Church fire deemed suspicious

The recent fire at the Byways and Hedges Youth for Christ Ministry has been deemed suspicious. The blaze occurred during last week’s National Night Out.

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Shiloh Baptist Church hosts annual Street Crusade

Dozens gathered outside of Shiloh Baptist Church Sunday, July 26 to celebrate their annual Street Evangelistic Crusade. A big white stage blocked all traffic from entering 131st Street between seventh and eighth avenues.

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Mental health issues create problems for African-Americans in city jails

Researchers have discovered some disturbing statistics about substance abuse and mental health in our criminal justice system. Approximately two-thirds of the people involved in the U.S. criminal justice system suffer from substance abuse disorders.

Vitamin D is desirable

Recently, an increase in the intake of vitamin D has been reported to prevent early deaths by heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Mayor de Blasio signs ‘Avonte’s Law’

Sometimes, it takes a tragedy for something to get done.

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MS113 getting their dancing feet ready

As Brooklyn junior high school M.S. 113–Ronald Edmonds Learning Center prepares to begin the new school year, students are getting excited over their great dance program.

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Marcus Mosiah Garvey—all praises due

A contingent of grassroots activists will acknowledge the legacy of Pan-African icon, the honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, this Sunday, the 127th anniversary of his physical birth in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, Aug. 17, 1887.

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Super Summer Fun: End of Summer Fun for Everyone

This summer is not over yet! You can still rock the beaches, play in the park and read on road trips! There are so many pleasurable and positive products on the market these days that will not only make the end of summer sunnier but also help consumers enjoy it even more.

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Letter No. 88: Immigration reform now!

I’m sure you are all caught up on Twitter, but just in case you missed it, on Aug. 7, House Speaker John Boehner tweeted a picture of himself with a farmer with the caption: “Always great to spend time with America’s hard-working farmers and ranchers.”

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Opposition motion may force out government

Last week, the two opposition parties in Guyana’s Parliament announced plans to use their one-seat majority to vote for a no-confidence motion when Parliament returns from its annual break in October, to force the Indo-led People’s Progressive Party from office, citing runaway corruption and the alleged economic rape of the country as key reasons.

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Tourism talks for St. Thomas

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Aug. 14)—Caribbean and global tourism leaders gather in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, next month to discuss and devise strategies to position Caribbean tourism for major change.

Celebrate Harlem

The services we provide include, door to door transportation, quality breakfasts and lunch’s, assistance with daily living, personal care and support groups.

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Anonymous makes its presence felt in Ferguson

While residents in Ferguson, Mo., continue to protest against the police shooting of Michael Brown by taking to the streets, the most well-known online hacker group is working to lift the veil on local law enforcement from afar.

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More police shootings nationwide

As the nation comes to terms with the fatal Aug. 9 police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, more police shootings have taken place.

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Is police brutality a national epidemic?

While heavy armored vehicles roll down the streets of Missouri, the outrage simmering dangerously over the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has gone viral.

Monday, August 11

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AmNews Primary Endorsements continued

AmNews Primary Endorsements continued...

Friday, August 8

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In the news 8/8 - 8/10, 2014

Art, DJs, markets, and more this weekend!

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El Barrio’s La Marqueta Gets an Upgrade

City Council has promised to (and did) pour roughly $3 million dollars into upgrading El Barrio’s La Marqueta.

Thursday, August 7

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Fur now, color is news

This season is the best time to purchase your fur. For 2014/2015, furs hit the runway in designer collections of all levels. Fur is the top trend. The look is creative and redefined.

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Back-to-school fashions: Whimsical yet chic

Alva Simone, created by mother and daughter design duo Shirley Newton and Simone Colbert, is a beautiful clothes collection for beautiful souls.

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Avonte’s Law to take effect

A law named after Avonte Oquendo was signed this week that would require audible alarms on doors in schools that educate students with special needs.

Court denies police union’s late attempt to join stop- and-frisk case

Last week, a federal judge rejected the latest attempt by several police unions to intervene in a landmark stop-and-frisk lawsuit.

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No indictment in Kimani Gray case

It’s a devastating blow for the family of 16-year-old Kimani Gray, as Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announces he will not prosecute the officers who killed the teen.

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Anwar Tillery—the entertainer indeed

To say that Anwar Tillery is a jack-of-all-trades would be an understatement. The Bronx-based entertainer’s titles include rapper, actor, writer and stand-up comedian.

Help the MWBEs

Sixty-three percent of New York City’s population has been redlined from participating in the real estate development and construction industry in the most diverse city in the world.

Placing kids above politics

During the first week of June, the United Negro College Fund received a generous $25 million donation from conservative/libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.

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It’s time to prosecute officers in the death of Eric Garner

A growing chorus of activists, civil rights groups and others are calling for the prosecution of the New York City police officer who administered the chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old African-American man who was pursued by police on Staten Island because they thought he was selling loose cigarettes.

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Judge rules against NYPD racial bias in case of Romona Moore

The suit filed by the mother of 21-year-old murder victim Romona Moore was thrown out of court on Monday. The college honors student was abducted, tortured and killed in Brooklyn in 2003. At the time Moore went missing, cops at Brooklyn’s 67th Precinct downplayed her mother’s cry for help, saying she was probably with a boyfriend.

National Action Network’s Youth Move seeks justice for the family of Eric Garner

National Action Network’s Youth Move continues to seek justice for the family of Eric Garner. Monday, Aug. 4, the weekly “Huddle” program, founded by Ashley Sharpton, focused on enlightening Harlem community members about gun violence within their neighborhoods, as well as the police brutality that has been affecting the Black community as a whole.

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800 Fathers celebrate first ever Family Day

A clear sunny summer day in the Gun Hill section of the Bronx proved to be the prefect backdrop for the first ever 800 Fathers’ Family Day. The Evander Childs High School football field was the venue for a barbecue, also providing space for family activities like tag football and volleyball and an inflatable playhouse for a group of emphatic children.

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Newport at 60 celebrates sassy Sarah and Brownie

Jazz Notes

When you are successful, it is easy to rest on your laurels, but a lackadaisical attitude was never a part of George Wein’s mentality, which is why his Newport Jazz Festival just celebrated its 60th year.

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Advocates say Walmart continues to discriminate against pregnant workers

Despite a change in its policy, advocates say that Walmart continues to discriminate against pregnant workers.

Gabrielle Union, beau set wedding date

Despite all the rumors surrounding their marriage, Beyonce and Jay Z are still the most powerful couple in the entertainment industry, with their collaborative “On the Run” tour. Sales have been out of this world during their 19-show concert series, grossing more than $100 million in ticket sales.

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James Baldwin gets his place in Harlem

As the old saying goes, the fruit never falls that far from the tree, and Trevor Baldwin, the nephew of James Baldwin, proves that even a relative of the great writer has a way with words. “This is a family affair,” he announced toward the end of a street renaming for his famous uncle.

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Harlem sends home native son Eddie Ellis

Many relatives, childhood friends and fellow activists jammed into Abyssinian Baptist Church last Thursday evening to display their love and bid farewell to one of Harlem’s unsung progressive heroes.

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Old-school hip-hop celebrates Brooklyn MLK Concert Series

“If you’re 25, 35 or over—stand up!” said Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee. He kept the crowd of thousands hyped and rocking to old-school hip-hop Monday night at the crazy 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert series at Wingate Park in Brooklyn.

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For adults with diabetes, vaccinations protect health

Having a chronic disease doesn’t mean you have to lose control of your health. Every day you take steps, such as eating right, monitoring your blood sugar and watching your weight, to manage your diabetes and ensure the healthiest possible future.

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DTH holds annual Street Fest Aug. 9

On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will hold its annual Street Festival, just outside of its doors on West 152nd Street between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas avenues. The festival, running from noon to 7 p.m., offers hours of fun and entertainment, including live performances of music and dance by students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, along with professional and amateur talent from around the city.

A half empty glass for medical care

I am sure that you have heard the expression after things have overtaken you to look at the situation as a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty. In my practice of medicine, I have always advised a patient after a diagnosis is made to consider that many things may be done to relieve suffering and bring their health back into balance.

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Barbara Jordan: An American hero

Recently, on a CSPAN telecast of the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings on President Richard Nixon in 1974, it was Rep. Barbara Jordan’s turn at the microphone.

Letter No. 87: Immigration reform now!

It’s amazing to me that both houses of Congress cannot agree on major issues of interest to Americans who elect them—including immigration reform—yet they did manage to pass legislation providing financing for Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system before they left Washington for the summer break.

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Shabazz Palaces’ new album challenges the postmodern hip-hop norm

You may remember experimental hip-hop artist extraordinaire Ishmael Butler from the New York-based, jazz-infused hip-hop trio Digable Planets from the early 1990s. He rapped under the moniker Butterfly, and almost two decades later, he has re-emerged triumphantly as a part of the brilliantly unique intergalactic hip-hop collective Shabazz Palaces.

Tumultuous week for Trinidad

Last week, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar fired controversial Sports Minister Anil Roberts from her cabinet, blaming him for seriously mismanaging a government-funded program that was designed to create employment for youths and give others who have dropped out of school and the workplace system a second chance in life.

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St. Lucia resort offers sweet deals

In celebration of Chocolate Heritage Month in St. Lucia, Anse Chastanet, one of the Caribbean’s leading resorts, is offering two exceptional travel deals.

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State of the city: Videos, the NYPD and the answer

Chaos and mayhem could be the words to describe the state of the city since the video-recorded death of Eric Garner on Staten Island July 17.

The Patrick Lynch syndrome

Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, was sworn into the NYPD in 1984. Similar to most rookie officers, I’m sure that Lynch’s intentions were good and his heart was in the right place. In his first few years on the job, he earned three Exceptional Police Duty awards and an Exceptional Merit citation for aiding two fellow officers who had been shot.

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Eric Garner case highlights schism between cops and community

Each day brings new developments in the death of Eric Garner. Last Friday, the city’s medical examiner announced that Garner’s death resulted from a chokehold, something that was evident from the cellphone video of the encounter.

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! The New York City Walk to Salute the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Bill celebrates historic Harlem Saturday, Aug. 23, and is also a part of the 40th anniversary of Harlem Week 2014.

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Lawmakers push reforms for drug offenders

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are pushing a new bipartisan bill to reform criminal background checks and the juvenile justice system. They say the war on drugs can be excessive and counterproductive and disproportionately affect the poor and minority communities.

New Jersey cities partner in crime

Last week, the mayors of Paterson, Newark and Jersey City announced a tri-city approach to confront the violence that has plagued their cities in recent years. According to statistics, homicides across New Jersey spiked to a seven-year high in 2013. At least 409 people died violently last year.

Obama and Abraham

Of all President Barack Obama’s troubling international issues, his biggest headache and dilemma is the conflict in the Middle East, more specifically, the on-again, off-again exchange of death and misery between Israel and Hamas.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting it in!

August is the summer month when the streets seem empty, everyone takes their annual family vacation and life in general slows down a bit before the fall mayhem ensues.

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Ebony Escapes! into August

The heat is on, and so is the wealth of exciting, funky and fun events all across the nation. Here are just a few to add to your travel itineraries this summer. Enjoy!

NLRB to McDonald’s: You are responsible for your franchisees

A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board claims that McDonald’s had the ability to control employment decisions at franchised restaurants. For fast-food workers fighting for better wages, this is positive news.

Report: Nearly one half of entire low-wage workforce women of color

A new report released last week by the National Women’s Law Center concludes that almost half of America’s low-wage workforce consists of women of color.

The crimes of the Kochs

Last month, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted to sever its ties with the United Negro College Fund over the UNCF’s decision to accept a $25 million grant and to participate in a summit with the billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch.

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Happy birthday, Mr. President

Aug. 4, President Barack Obama turned 53. He was 13 years old in 1974, when President Richard Nixon, facing impeachment, resigned from office. Forty years later, impeachment is again a word making the rounds, mainly from Republicans who accuse Obama of a number of misdeeds, none of them approaching treason or high crimes and misdemeanors—the only grounds on which he could be impeached.

Rick James still ‘Kickin’’

Funkateers over the world can relate to the dichotomy that comes with the beginning of August. Aug. 5, 1983, reinforcement of his legacy was added with the “Cold Blooded” release of his then-seventh studio album. Like the previous sixth, it also went on to at least gold.

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NAACP meets with Police Commissioner Bratton

NAACP chapter presidents and officers, representing more than 6,500 members, met with representatives of the New York City Police Department on Staten Island and in Manhattan.

The Cosmopolitan Review

July started out with a spark and ended with a bang as celebrations were popping off everywhere.

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More ‘Power’ to Africa from Obama

With invitations extended to some 50 African leaders for the recent summit in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama has taken an even more decisive step in the expansion of his previously proposed Power Africa.

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UNIA commemorates centennial

A slew of committed activists converged at the Jamaican embassy in Washington, D.C., July 17 to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the self-determining Universal Negro Improvement Association―African Communities League in Jamaica by Black Nationalist icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

Wednesday, August 6

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Broken promises

Each day brings new developments in the death of Eric Garner. Last Friday, the city’s medical examiner announced that Garner’s death resulted from a chokehold, something that was evident from the cell phone video of the encounter.

Monday, August 4

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Eric Garner’s Death Ruled a Homicide

The New York City Medical Examiner finally released Eric Garner’s autopsy. The medical examiner has confirmed what internet videos have shown and the Black community has suspected since Garner’s death was made public three weeks ago, that it was a homicide.

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Happy 53rd Birthday President Obama!

Happy 53rd Birthday to President Obama!