Stories for December 2014

Tuesday, December 30

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Malcolm X: From Harlem to Harvard

Fifty years ago, Black Nationalist advocate El Hajj Malik El Shabazz/Malcolm X had departed from the Nation of Islam in March of 1964 and was challenging the white supremacists elite at their institutions of higher learning.

Monday, December 29

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Year in Review 2014: Part I

Check out part one of our 2014 'Year in Review.'

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New Year’s Eve celebrations 2014

No one wants to be home New Year’s Eve. It is the evening of celebration, bringing in the New Year with a bang and big plans with wishes for the year.

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Christie’s Cuban crisis

Chris Christie sent the president a letter urging him “to demand the immediate return of Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government.”

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Rent is too Damn High in the Heights

First rents in Harlem skyrocketed to historic highs, and now Washington Heights is seeing similar trends as gentrification pushes further uptown.

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Police killings and brutality: causes and solutions

In light of the killings and brutality, the reactions of the police and even of some Black leaders, have been interesting and instructive.

Sunday, December 28

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Harlem’s Art Scene during Gentrification

Harlem has changed immensely the past couple few of years. Whether for good or for bad depends on whom you ask.

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All lives matter

We have a city in crisis. We have a nation in crisis. There is blood on the streets, and it runs both Black and Blue.

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A City in Crisis: Let us talk and listen— so we can heal

Let’s take each other’s word for it and recognize that we never really understood the positions of those who have had different experiences and trust that when so many people feel the same way —various cities across this county, they are telling the truth.

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Chefs deliver in Harlem

Last week, Chef J.J. Johnson of the Cecil and Minton’s in Harlem brightened the day of 30 homebound elderly New Yorkers by preparing and delivering meals as part of Chefs Deliver for the Citymeals program.

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Pre-Kwanzaa celebration led by children

Kwanzaa, is celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, and the children of Sankofa International Academy in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, held a pre-Kwanzaa celebration for the community.

Friday, December 26

Illinois taping law disputed

Proposed changes to the Illinois “eavesdropping law” is getting backlash because it could discourage people from making video recordings of law-enforcement officers.

The Cosmopolitan Review

’Twas the week before Christmas, it was cold with some snow. But it wasn’t as if there was no place to go.

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Horse Carriage workers rally against de Blasio legislation

This past month has seen horse carriage workers and their supporters go on the offensive after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced legislation to eliminate their profession.

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UFT and Cuomo at odds over teacher evaluations

New York State Gov. Cuomo has decided to renege on an agreement to prevent student test scores from dragging down teacher ratings during the evaluation process. He said he won’t shield teachers from the consequences of a controversial rollout of the new Common Core standards.

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Harlem Council of Elders hold annual award ceremony

The Harlem Council of Elders held its community recognition awards at Melba’s 125 in the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.

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Harlem Film and Media Trust honors pioneers

A special community media event was held at Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem by Harlem Film and Media Trust, a not-for profit program of the International Communication Association whose mission is to continue our founders’ legacy of providing training, employment and business opportunities in media-related fields to underserved young people.

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Supreme Court excuses cop’s ignorance of the law, Sotomayor finds fault in ruling

At a time when public trust in policing is falling to its nadir, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may have added fuel to the fire.

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Turmoil in the streets of NYC

With the killing of officers Rafael Ramos, and Wenjian Liu, shot by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, New York City is in crisis.

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King Nobel Secrets Revealed

The mystery surrounding who nominated civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago is cleared up in a new exhibit, “1964: Martin Luther King Jr.,” under way at the King National Historic Site on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.

Thursday, December 25

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Shaneka Thompson: the forgotten victim

With the senseless murders of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu dominating the headlines, many in mainstream media have forgotten about Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s first victim: Shaneka Thompson.

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A city mourns, a mayor squirms

Caught between contending forces, Mayor Bill de Blasio is struggling to find a comfort zone, and the only bridge over this heated political chasm is Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

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Spending cuts, pushed by an international lender, “weakened health-care systems in the West African region,” leaving the countries “underfunded, insufficiently staffed and poorly prepared.”

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Obama’s Cuban Revolution: What it means for Afro-Cubans

President Obama’s surprise announcement that the United States will normalize relations with the government of Cuba leaves many questions open about how race relations will fare on the island.

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Rihanna named creative director of Puma

It has been announced that the fashion-forward R&B pop star Rihanna will be serving as creative director for athletic wear giant Puma.

Wednesday, December 24

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The Buick Club of America builds community around the classic

Sponsored by Buick

Owners of all cars are proud, however, people who own a Buick are a unique and enthusiastic group indeed. They assemble as The Buick Club of America, but you don’t have to be a Buick owner to join the club; you just have to love Buick.

Monday, December 22

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All those times Buick LaCrosse made a cameo in film and you kind of gasped

Sponsored by Buick

The internet is amazing – granted – but when we set out to research the Buick LaCrosse in film or TV, we didn’t anticipate finding a populated find-your-car-in-media database. Or did we?

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Women in STEM: 10 quotes by GM’s Alicia Boler-Davis

See how she got to the top and why she’s staying there

We curated Boler-Davis interviews and speeches on YouTube, and here are 10 direct quotes from the mind making the connection between GM and you. Number one is ridiculously inspiring. Let’s start with the basics. Boler-Davis recently – and by recently we mean earlier this month – told Fortune Magazine how she discovered her potential in engineering; she wasn’t born a VP, you know.

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The perks of owning an American classic car

Sponsored by Buick

Nothing can compare to the nostalgia you feel when you’re sitting at a stoplight and you see a well preserved El Dorado drive pass you. Everybody is looking.

Sunday, December 21

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City reacts and mourns loss of NYPD officers

In no way should the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner be associated with the shooting deaths of two police officers Saturday in Brooklyn, said the Rev. Al Sharpton at a press conference Sunday morning at the headquarters of the National Action Network.

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Two NYPD officers killed in shooting

Two NYPD officers are dead after a man shoots them while they are sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

Friday, December 19

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Lawmakers skeptical about NYPD body cameras

What good will the New York Police Department’s body camera program offer?

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Free Mumia campaign continues during 33rd anniversary of his incarceration

Dec. 9 marked the 33rd anniversary of the near-fatal shooting and brutal beating and incarceration of Black Panther activist Mumia Abu-Jamal at the hands of Philadelphia police.

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Police killings and brutality: Causes and solutions, part one

While the world observes the recent acts of police killings and brutality, and the exonerations of the policemen, it should be emphasized that there is nothing new about these events.

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Fact-finding in Middle East

I don’t usually get so personal in these columns, but today I want you to know that I feel particularly blessed.

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Two Staten Island lawmakers to introduce grand jury transparency bill

Two weeks after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, two lawmakers have announced plans to introduce legislation that would require district attorneys to publicly release testimonies and evidence presented to grand juries.

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Activists rally against ‘broken windows’

Activists have taken the city by storm the past few weeks protesting the lack of indictment of NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.

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Actor-director Ivan Dixon

Over the past several years, there have been a number of street renaming ceremonies, including one for A. Philip Randolph, W.E.B. Du Bois, John Henrik Clarke, James Baldwin and James Brown.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 12/19 - 12/24

Greetings! The 46th annual NAACP Image Awards has nominated “Get On Up,” “Selma,” “Belle,” “Beyond the Lights” and “Dear White People” as the best films of the year.

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Talking SCHOP! Barbados: Cook. Eat. Drink. Part II

Last I left you with the setup to what would be a dynamite vacation on the beautiful island of Barbados: a pot of pilau (a rice dish), a fully stocked kitchen and some due diligence in the grocery store.

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Construction workers rally against dangerous working conditions

Up to 1,000 construction workers dealt with the bitter cold to protest working conditions at JDS Development Group’s project on West 57th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

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Let’s take the longer view on NYCHA’s safety

With 8,000 New York City Housing Authority workers in our ranks—a third of whom are also NYCHA residents—we at Local 237 take the safety of this city’s public housing developments very seriously.

Racism is not dead and stinking, it’s as alive as it’s ever been

All eyes were on the marches that took place over the weekend in protest of the atrocities suffered at the hands of law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.

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A spcial visit with Santa

Santa lives at Macy’s. We all know that. And visiting Santaland on the eighth floor of Macy’s Harold Square is a magical experience.

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An afternoon to ‘Soar’

Late Saturday afternoon, more than three dozen friends and neighbors gathered at the home of accomplished artists Rod and Jennifer Ivey anticipating the arrival of David C. Banks, the distinguished leader and founder of Eagle Academy and author of the popular book “Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character.”

Cosmopolitan Review 12/18

he countdown is on, and the party people plan to party down to the very last minute. I know I do.

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'Black Live Matter' heard 'round the world

Across the world, people are taking different lessons from the nationwide uprising sparked by #BlackLivesMatter.

Thursday, December 18

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What would Sonny Abubadika Carson do?

The nation is in a mobilized, anti-police violence uproar.

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Local caregivers help seniors battle holiday blues

While the holidays are filled with fun festivities for most of us, this can be the most depressing of all seasons for the elderly.

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Specialized high school alums rally in favor of exam

The New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions Test debate heated up when alums of several schools rallied in front of City Hall last Thursday.

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‘Holiday Hair Affair’ at Carol’s Daughter on West 125th

On a cold Friday night last week, it was wonderful to stop in at Carol’s Daughter on West 125th Street and enjoy the warmth of their bright atmosphere and delicious delicacies while learning tips from the Carol’s Daughter styling team at the shop’s hair salon Mirror.Renee

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Fashion on Consignment in Harlem

While shopping for that special gift, make an appointment to visit Trunk Show Designer Consignment, a boutique at 275-277 W. 113th St., between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass boulevards.

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Top 10 hip-hop albums of 2014

Even though we live in a time of radio-ready music that’s shallower than a starfish wading pool, there are some hip-hop artists who make an effort to show individual style and attempt to express real glimpses of worldly perspective.

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Dr. Huxtable, heal thy self!

Like so many Black publications, we’ve been on the sidelines of the Bill Cosby flare up, not sure when and how to enter a situation that is a classic she said, he said, with allegations from a coterie of women charging him with rape.

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Anchor fights for women rights

Richelle Carey is an anchor for Al Jazeera America. She is an advocate for women’s rights. She wants to increase the confidence of women and help men understand the power they have to stop domestic violence.

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10 auto-loving quotes from a man who devoted his life to car design

Sponsored by Buick

Edward T. Welburn – most of us in the automotive industry may have heard the name – but let me introduce you to the legend. Welburn has been a General Motors employee for 35 years. He’s the current and first GM Vice President of Global Design. Yes, they actually created a VP position and title for him.

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The Amsterdam News celebrates 105 years

It was definitely an event for the decades as the New York Amsterdam News celebrated its 105th anniversary with a gala at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan Monday night.

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Black lives have always mattered

For nearly 20 years, I’ve been involved in the Civil Rights Movement and have organized protests around some of the most high-profile police brutality cases of the past two decades.

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Love and marriage, horse and carriage

As the harness is placed around Ruby’s neck, she knows it is time to go to work.

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Agitate, agitate, agitate

This was the command heard a century or more ago from the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and it continues to have resonance today among the tens of thousands taking to the streets.

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Welcome to Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sooner or later, almost every place has its day in the sun—the time when the outside world learns what most of the locals have known and been nurturing for years.

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Jazz takes a stand

Regardless of America’s ever-changing situation, Black music has always been its soundtrack depicting the mood of the times, from war to peace, lynchings to chain gangs, segregation, civil disobedience, integration, police brutality and nonviolent resistance.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company telling more stories

New York Live Arts is the home of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

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‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’ ushers in the holidays

The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” is back at Radio City Music Hall, and it is a marvelous way to usher in the holiday season.

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A conversation with Michael Williams of ‘The Gambler’

It could be intimidating meeting the guy who’s not only “Chalky” of “Boardwalk Empire” fame but also President Barack Obama’s favorite character on “The Wire,” Omar Little.

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Inside the NYC press day for ‘Selma’

This weekend, we were among a group of media invited to screen Paramount Pictures’ new film, “Selma” (opening Christmas Day), and to participate in the press conference that was held at the Mandarin Oriental.

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Dems divided?

Splits and compromises in the Democratic Party are the operative words in this political season.

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Remember the time Buick retweeted your here’s-my-new-car photo? We do.

Sponsored by Buick

There’s nothing like when somebody you admire retweets your tweet, right? You take a screenshot and tweet that because you want everybody to know important people see, read and retweet your Tweets.

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Weekend marches in DC and New York make mark

s the whole world looks on, with solidarity marches from Africa to Europe and India, the nation continues to voice its outrage over the police brutality cases that have taken place throughout the U.S.

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New dawn for US-Cuba relations

President Barack Obama announced the beginning of the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba Wednesday, ending more than 50 years of diplomatic and economic embargo.

Monday, December 15

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Treat your family to see ‘Annie’

According to most reports, there are approximately 6,900 languages spoken in the world.

Friday, December 12

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Making a ‘Chicer Collegiate’

Morehouse College alum, fashion designer and businessman Anthony Moultry said he wants to be the next Ralph Lauren when it comes to collegiate apparel.

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NYCHA for sale

Reports indicate that the New York City Housing Authority is selling 50 percent of its stake in housing projects, approximately 900 apartments, to private developers.

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Foreign and domestic policy—same difference

“History will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say, ‘Never again.’”

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Since Black life matters, then...

Since Black life matters, then ... fire Police Commissioner Bratton and rid this city of his broken windows theory.

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Celebrating women with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

t’s that time of year! On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater season comes to the City Center Theater and runs through Sunday, Jan. 4.

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Rock makes another hit with ‘Top Five’

Chris Rock has created a hit with “Top Five,” which wrote, directed and stars in. He has probably added this new film into many future “Top Five Films That We Love” categories—it certainly made my top 10 list for 2014.

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NYPD begins body cam pilot program

The NYPD launched its police body cam pilot program Friday.

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Eric Garner’s father pleads for peace after cops’ clearance

A slight tension was in the air at several key Staten Island locations early Dec. 3, as dozens of demonstrators withstood the chilly drizzle and staunch police presence in anticipation of a local Richmond County grand jury’s ruling on whether the NYPD’s Daniel Pantaleo would formerly face charges for choking the life out of 43-year-old Eric Garner July 17.

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MCNY president attends White House College Opportunity Day of Action

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama recently joined college presidents and other education leaders from around the nation at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action, where organizations announced more than 600 new actions to help students prepare for and graduate from college.

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Alcee Walker: Chasing a dream through the pain of love

A well-traveled man at the early age of 23, this filmmaker was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., then moved to Canton, N.Y. to attend the alma mater of Amsterdam News Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum, St. Lawrence University.

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Young artist embraces hip-hop culture

Lydice Ravelo, a 22-year-old woman from Staten Island, is launching her website,, where products from her art-inspired clothesline can be purchased. Her art is currently being displayed at the SIABC Staten Island Artist Building Corp.

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Harlem Natives Flock to see Princess Kate

Scores of people defiantly marched to the streets of Harlem en masse, all to catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Thursday, December 11

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Dante’s dilemma

Mayor Bill de Blasio could find very little wiggle room during a sharp grilling by George Stephanopoulos, the host of ABC’s “This Week,” last Sunday.

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Barrons call on Brooklyn DA to hold public hearing in Akai Gurley case

Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron, Councilwoman Inez Barron and Operation POWER are demanding Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson hold a public preliminary hearing for Akai Gurley, the 28-year-old unarmed man who was shot and killed by rookie police officer Peter Liang in East New York.

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Community Affairs Calendar 12/11-12/17

Greetings! My long-time friend and musical collaborator Stevie Wonder spoke on stage during his “Songs in the Key of Life” Tour to call out the so-called “justice” system in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City while delivering his 1974 classic “Livin for the City” at Seattle’s Key Arena.

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Sweet Bazzar

I fell in love with guava while in Tobago in the form of homemade jelly on homemade bread with butter.

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Talking SCHOP! Barbados: Cook. Eat. Drink. Part I

Happy holidays, everyone! Again, I find myself wondering where the time went and reducing the year to simply hot and cold—cold always meaning the end.

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Travel to celebrate the New Year

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is just around the corner.

Fast-food workers continue ‘Fight for $15’ joined by dollar store workers

After snatching up support from airport workers, fast-food employees fighting for a living wage have gathered support from workers in another industry.

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Unions and Eric Garner: Both sides of the fence

When the news of NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo’s non-indictment in the chokehold death of Eric Garner broke, it sent shockwaves around the country for a variety of reasons, with union leaders among the many voices poking through the noise.

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AmNews Live Ep. 2: Eric Garner protests, NYPD body cam and the next steps

Listen to the latest episode of "AmNews Live."

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Our big singers get Grammy nods

Gonna lighten up just a little and give a tip of the hat. The nominations for the biggest night in music, the Grammy Awards, were announced, and it’s really no surprise that the focal point would be on the big ticket acts.

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Sylvia Alston hosts 81st birthday celebration

Sylvia Alston held her 81st birthday celebration at her Sugar Hill Belvedere apartment in Harlem with guests from all over New York City, who came to wish all the joy and happiness on her special celebration.

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Little Miss Harlem is always about girls being girls

Audrey King, founder of Little Miss Harlem, is hoping to make a dream come true for young girls between the ages of 5 and 13, who want to look their natural prettiest and have fun doing so.

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Judge Greg Mathis keynotes Fathers Incorporated 10th anniversary gala

Celebrating a decade of working to build better fathers by strengthening communities and family infrastructure, Fathers Incorporated hosted their 10th annual gala last month at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom.

Cosmopolitan Review 12/11-12/17

I find it hard to be giddy and gay this week, as the two recent grand jury decisions not to indicate the police officers, Wilson and Pantaleo, respectively, in the slayings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

International News 12/11-12/17


HSA hosts ‘Soul Nativity’

“Soul Nativity” was born and incubated at the Harlem School of the Arts over a period of 14 years.

Tyrese takes to the streets with protesters

According to reports, Tyrese was truly “Fast and Furious” recently.

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Wallace is a powerhouse in Frederick Douglass play—hurry!

You only have until Sunday, Dec. 14 to go to the ArcLight Theatre and experience a one-man tribute to Frederick Douglass.

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Our Point of View, Sanabria in Bronx, Apollo Xmas, Sweet Lou

Some of the most influential jazz musicians to ever play an instrument recorded on Blue Note Records, founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, with Francis Wolff joining with them shortly afterwards.

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Hair loss tips

“Hair is like a flower,” said Paula Dowds, style specialist and owner of Ms. P’s Hair Studio, located at 280 W. 118th St. in New York City.

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Sporty slip-ons for spring-summer ’15

Slip into some Portuguese-made travel and comfort footwear that helps you get moving.

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Celebrating women with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Deck the halls! It’s that time of year! Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater season comes to the City Center Theater and runs through Sunday, Jan. 4.

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‘Top Five’ good, but not top of the charts

“You were in the movie! You were pretty good in the movie!” proclaimed Chris Rock at the beginning of press promotion time.

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Rock makes another hit with ‘Top Five’

Chris Rock has created a hit with “Top Five,” which he wrote, directed and stars in.

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West Side on the East Side

West Side Story is back in town at Tato Laviera Theatre on East 123rd street and 2nd Avenue thanks to Harlem Repertory Theatre (HRT)!

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AG wants to take over police killing cases

If New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gets his way, he will be in control of cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police, taking over the duty from district attorneys

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National March Against Police Violence

Memories and images of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Akai Gurley are sure to abound Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Freedom Plaza in the nation’s capital, when the parents and loved ones of these young Black men and boys gather to lead the “National March Against Police Violence.”

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New Yorkers continue to protest Eric Garner decision

“There was no justice, so there will be disruption,” is the rallying cry of outraged New Yorkers and protestors across the nation and as far as Ireland, Hong Kong and Delhi.

Wednesday, December 10

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Comedian Buttahman to perform at The Stand NYC

Comedian Buttahman takes the stage this weekend at The Stand NYC.

Tuesday, December 9

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Leaders In Lipstick take Over

Leaders in Lipstick (LIL) is a new organization on the block that encourages all women to achieve their career goals.

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Say Goodbye to 106 & Park

BET has announced the end of its legendary music video show 106 & Park after December 16.

Monday, December 8

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Harlem Protestors Speak Out!

Over a thousand protestors gathered on 125th Street and Park Avenue on Thursday evening to demonstrate against police brutality.

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Reporters appear on ARISE News to discuss Eric Garner case

A panel on New York reporters, including Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde, discussed national response to the Eric Garner case on Friday, Dec. 5.

Friday, December 5

First family supports Small Business Saturday

The first family reportedly took part in Small Business Saturday by heading out to Washington, D.C., bookstore Politics & Prose.

HSA and Minton’s present Dr. Glory’s Youth Ensemble

The on-going jazz fable is the music is dying, and it has yet to reach a younger audience. Hopefully, eager enthusiasts will be able to kick six feet of dirt on this mindless concept after venturing into Minton’s to witness the collaboration with the Harlem School of the Arts Dec. 7.

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Black Theater exhibit opens at Interchurch Center

In 2005, Community Works NYC, a nonprofit arts and educational organization with deep roots in Harlem, staged “Harlem Is … Theater,” a path-breaking exhibition exploring the rich history of Black theater in Harlem and beyond.

Holiday looks and highlights

For the holidays, it’s all about glamour and attitude!

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Nas play brings sold-out audience to the Schomburg

Nas is having a big year in media, and he got even more shine this past November with a play inspired by his classic debut album, “Illmatic.”

Fashion Pakistan USA’s designer weekend in NYC

For the holidays, Fashion Pakistan USA celebrated their second year of designer shows.

One love: Marley feted at the Apollo

This past Saturday, the Apollo Theater celebrated the 35th anniversary of reggae icon Bob Marley’s Apollo debut with two big blowout concerts.

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The Iconic Ben Vereen talks ‘Top Five’

Ben Vereen discusses his exciting new role in the upcoming film "Top Five"

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Chris Rock knocks it out with ‘Top Five’

Comedian Chris Rock discusses his new film "Top Five"

Thursday, December 4

Airport workers join fast-food and home-care workers in fight for $15/hour wage

You can add airport workers to the list of service employees fighting for a “living wage.”

Protests dominate Black Friday across the country

In a move that didn’t surprise many, workers and activists around the country used the biggest shopping day of the year to voice their concerns about labor and fair wages.

Inextricably tied

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. frequently reminded us that the destinies of all people are inextricable intertwined. None are free as long as others are oppressed.

Cosmopolitan Review 12/4-12/10

Word just in, Carver Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, today announced that Deborah C. Wright will retire as chief executive officer, effective December 31, 2014, after 15 years of service.

Afro-Peruvians urged to take part in a practice, virtual census

Peru is one of the last countries in the Americas to include an ethnic category in its national census.

Zimbabwe VP loses bid for central committee seat

According to state media reports last week, the Zanu-PF party decided to “defend” President Robert Mugabe, Africa’s oldest leader, by rejecting Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru’s bid for a seat on the powerful central committee after she was accused of plotting to assassinate Mugabe.

Marissa Alexander to be released in January

Black Florida mother Marissa Alexander is being released after accepting a plea deal.

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Tamir Rice, carrying a pellet gun, shot by officers in Cleveland

Trayvon Martin. Akai Gurley. Michael Brown. Now add Tamir Rice to the list.

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NO JUSTICE: Staten Island grand jury refuses to indict in Eric Garner case

“How can anyone in the community have faith in the system now?” asked Vincent Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights executive director.

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Maria Hinojosa portrays a new America with her Futuro Media Group

For the last few years, there have been reports from the U.S. Census Bureau claiming that by the year 2043, this country’s majority white population will be in the minority.

Consumer Affairs investigates car dealerships and predatory loans

Last week, Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin announced an unprecedented investigation into used car auto lending, issuing subpoenas to Santander Consumer USA Holdings and Santander Consumer Funding 3 LLC.

MetroBriefs 12/4-12/10


Black Friday sales down, boycott responsible?

According to the National Retail Federation, Black Friday sales were down 11 percent.

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Barrons call for preliminary hearing in Akai Gurley case

In the wake of the announcement of no indictment of officer Daniel Pantelao in his chokehold death of Eric Garner, the city, already tense after the same kind of decision from a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., is bracing for more protests.

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AmNews Live: The Eric Garner grand jury decsion

In the premier episode of our new podcast "AmNews Live" editor Nayaba Arinde and staff writer Cyril Josh Barker discuss the latest in the grand jury's refusal to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the killing of Eric Garner.

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Malcolm X aide Brother Abdullah Abdur-Razzaq joins the ancestors

Brother Abdullah H. Abdur-Razzaq, formerly known as James 67X, a lieutenant to Minister Malcolm X while at the Nation of Islam’s Temple No. 7 in Harlem during the late 1950s and early 1960s, was funeralized last week at Interboro Funeral Services, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Sekou Odinga, after 33 years, is now free

It was a grand day Tuesday, Nov. 25, when friends, family and supporters welcomed home Sekou Odinga.

Teenage killing? ENUF said

As I drive through the African-American communities of Brooklyn and Queens, I cannot find much evidence of a Boys and Girls Club, after school programs (especially in tutoring), Little League Baseball and Peewee Football teams or male Sunday school teachers who make a commitment to teach from September to June.

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Jimi Hendrix’s 72nd birthday tribute at BB King's this Saturday

Family, friends and supporters of rock and roll legend Jimi Hendrix will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of his physical birth, Nov. 27, 1942, with a concert at Midtown Manhattan's B.B. King Blues Club and Grill this Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Public reacts to Michael Brown decision

The death of Michael Brown and the court decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson continues to cause outrage across the country.

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Gordon Parks, exemplary of the Renaissance man

Today is Sunday, Nov. 30, and if Gordon Parks was alive, he would be 112 years old, perhaps still loading a camera, cleaning a paint brush, revising a piano concerto or working on his next book.

‘Who’s in, who’s out’ under President Obama’s executive action plan

In the early hours of Monday morning, Dec. 1, I appeared on the “Tony Cobb Radio Show” on 93.5 FM to chat about the details of the recent immigration changes following the executive action of President Barack Obama Nov. 20.

Caricom makes progress in mother-to-child transmission

Thirteen Caribbean nations are close to eliminating HIV transmission from mothers to children and could likely win international certification in a year’s time, officials said this week.

Cayman Hospital performs another historical heart surgery

Health City Cayman Islands has performed its second successful left ventricular assist device heart surgery, allowing another ailing Caribbean national to move to a new beat.

‘Black lives matter’

Since Darren Wilson shot down Michael Brown, these words have been a rallying cry and a balm for our spirits.

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Sonia Sanchez: The poet of generations

Famed poet Sonia Sanchez is best known for making her mark and pioneering the Black Arts Movement.

Newark killings continue to mount

Top officials in Newark want to curb violence after 11 people were shot over the weekend, according to reports.

Cop shoots at man rushing asthmatic daughter for aid

A Jacksonville, Fla. sheriff fired a shot at an unarmed Black man last Monday (Nov. 24) as the man rushed his asthmatic daughter home to get medication.

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VIDEO: Rev. Al Sharpton holds press conference with civil rights leaders

The Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference on 12/4/14 with civil rights leaders in reaction to a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo and to outline his national march in Washington, D.C.

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Zahn Center Brings Entrepreneur Dreams to Life

Aulio Diaz and Ivan Estevez created Torpedo Skateboard Lights, designed to make the sport safer.

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Modified #BlackLivesMatter hashtag puts racial insensitivity to forefront

A quick glance at a national trending hashtag regarding east-to-west pushback toward a case with race at heart shows a nation divided between those who get it and those who don’t.

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Real Star Wars fans don't question a black stormtrooper

Earth got a minute-and-a-half taste of what Star Wars Episode VII will look like over the weekend. We got to see a total of three human faces, one rolling robot and a three-edge lightsaber. The first face was John Boyega’s, a 22-year-old English actor.

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Here's a side-by-side look at Beyoncé and Solange’s 2014 via their Instagram accounts

Sisters can be very similar, but they can also be very different.

Sisters can be very similar, but they can also be very different. Here’s a look at how the Knowles’ sisters share their lives on Instagram.

Wednesday, December 3

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VIDEO: Rev. Al Sharpton press conference with family of Eric Garner

The Rev. Al Sharpton is holding a press conference at 7:30pm with family members of Eric Garner in reaction to a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

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Officer Daniel Pantaleo: 'It is never my intention to harm anyone'

In a statement released Wednesday, Officer Daniel Pantaleo said that he had no intention to harm Eric Garner in July.

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Leaders react to lack of indictment in Eric Garner killing

Several groups and elected officials are weighing in on the lack of indictment in the killing of Eric Garner.

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No indictment in Eric Garner police killing

Reports indicate that a grand jury has decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man.

Tuesday, December 2

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Man found guilty in killing of Brooklyn teen girl

A man accused of killing a Brooklyn teenage girl he met on Facebook then attempting to burn her body last year is found guilty.

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'Black lives matter'

Since Darren Wilson shot down Michael Brown, these words have been a rallying cry and a balm for our spirits.

Monday, December 1

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This is the Jets’ bottom line: Someone has to go

Having to pay attention to Monday night’s Jets game while real-world events took place, was like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome burned, or the string quintet performing while the Titanic sank.

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Die-hard Knicks fans suffer as rebuilding continues

For those obsessed with tracking NBA playoffs position even though it’s only late November, the Knicks began the week with a record of 4-10 before facing the Houston Rockets Monday to start a three-game, five-day road trip.

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The College of New Rochelle’s Jan-Leah Ellis named HVIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

The Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced that the College of New Rochelle’s Jah-Leah Ellis was selected as the HVIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

LIU Wins Northeast Conference on its way to NCAA Tournament

Long Island University’s volleyball team caps another successful Northeast Conference season by going undefeated in conference play, winning the conference tournament and earning its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Kyle Robinson, who was named NEC Coach of the Year, has built one of the most successful programs at LIU.

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Hang in Harlem for free

New York, you are welcome, and you can thank me later. This is a major holiday tip. On Sunday, you can enjoy the Studio Museum in Harlem for free, and that includes Family Day, which is designed for kids.

Five million down, 6.5 million more to go

One hundred and two open letters to President Barack Obama; undocumented youth risking arrest and deportation each time they occupied the offices of members of Congress; parents who participated in direct action and sit-ins in front of the White House; and countless immigrant activists and organizations to rally the president and Democrats all came down to Thursday night, Nov. 20, and excitement over the long overdue, much publicized executive immigration action announcement.

Unusual rains batter south Caribbean

Heavier than usual annual year-end rains have battered the south Caribbean in the past week, collapsing roads and homes, causing extensive flooding and forcing the closure of schools and state and private sector agencies.

Mariah Carey Jamaica-bound

Global music sensation Mariah Carey will be headed to the 2015 edition of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

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Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. gives turkeys to the neighborhood

Friday, Nov. 21, more than 100 people and families who live on 128th Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard were able to scratch the turkey off their Thanksgiving shopping list.

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Brooklyn Borough President Adams unveils groundbreaking textbook-free classroom pilot

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams unveiled a groundbreaking pilot program, funded through a public-private partnership between his office and Copia Interactive LLC, a digital learning platform provider, to establish textbook-free classrooms at three Brooklyn schools this year.

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Brooklyn DA vacates McCallum’s sentence

David McCallum is a free man, courtesy of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

Healthcare workers celebrate Obama’s executive orders on immigration

With many healthcare workers in America being immigrants or the children of immigrants, an executive order from the president on immigration is good news.

Councilmembers, tenants and housing advocates rally for Housing Quality Act

Tenants from some of the city’s most problematic housing units were joined by advocates and elected officials at a rally outside City Hall recently to push for the enactment of two City Council bills that are part of the Housing Quality Act.