Stories for February 2014

Friday, February 28

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Obama annouces 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative

President Barack Obama announces his national "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative aimed at helping young Black and Latino males.

Thursday, February 27

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Black History Month special: African-American women history-makers in sports Wilma Rudolph, superstar U.S Olympian

Wilma Rudolph was prematurely born in Bethlehem, Tenn., on June 23, 1940.

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Figure Skating in Harlem gets a financial boost

On Friday, Feb. 20 at Avery Fisher Hall, figure skating legend and Olympian Evan Lysacek teamed up with the Citi Every Step of the Way program to bring awareness and financial support to Figure Skating in Harlem. 

Lauryn Williams makes history in Sochi

Last week at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Williams won a silver medal in the two-woman bobsled with Elana Meyers, becoming the first U.S. woman and fifth athlete in history to win medals at both the summer and winter games.

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Raymond Felton’s off-the-court drama

Raymond Felton has had an unproductive season on the court and is now 0-1 off the court.

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Who’s responsible for the execution of Malcolm X?

At the very same location where he became an ancestor 49 years earlier, admirers of the fearless Black Nationalist Malcolm X paid homage to his legacy

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Cocoa has flavor and flavonoids

House Calls

I bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa, you are actually protecting your heart with antioxidants

Blacks, Latinos benefit from Career and Technical Education schools, but is it the remedy?

If your son or daughter seems to be drifting along through high school and doesn’t seem engaged in academics, it might be the school and not the student.

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Giving the eminent historian and anthropologist J.A Rogers his due

Poignant and insightful vignettes reminded me of the ones that used to appear in Black publications “back in the day,” particularly the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender; many of them containing the wisdom of J.A Rogers, the eminent historian and anthropologist who rarely has received his due

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Feb 27 - March 5

Greetings! As we move into “Our History Month,” otherwise known as GBE’s “Women’s History Month” 2014, Stacey Muhammad, creator, writer and director of the dramatic series “For Colored Boys: Redemption,” has announced that award-winning actor and director Charles S. Dutton (“Rudy,” “Alien 3,” “Roc”) will join the second season cast of “For Colored Boys.”

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International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

Attention to all restaurant and foodservice industry professionals: Make room in your calendars for the annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York.

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Everything’s popping up ramen!

Talking SCHOP!

“Layer up! There is ramen to eat!”

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Pampering—mind, body and soul

Thanks for joining us as we continue our pampering—mind, body and soul—at the Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort, located just 90 miles south of Chicago.

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Shirley Chisholm to be honored by the League of Women Voters

In honor of Women's History Month, the legacy of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm will be honored with the introduction of the 2014 Shirley Chisholm Membership Level.

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General Motors diversity communications shines during 45th annual NAACP Image Awards Weekend

General Motors took time out to educate select members of urban media about Crystal Windham, the first African-American woman to be named director of design for Chevrolet passenger cars and small crossover interiors

Nasheet Waits, Chip Shelton, Eddie Gale remake, ‘Jazz Meets Sports’

Nasheet Waits' ongoing group, Equality, featuring Darius Jones, David Virelles and Mark Helias, will perform two shows on Feb. 28 at at the Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village.

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Distinguished doctor aims to change lives, brings message to Melba’s

Black History Month marks the paperback release of “Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home,” a book written by Dr. Sampson Davis.

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‘ Miss Anne in Harlem’ demonstrates still-existing mistrust in race relations

The Harlem Renaissance was a triumph of art, literature, music, activism and overall expression. But there were others who contributed in their own way to the movement that have been removed from history: white women.

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Fall Fashion's 2014 Royal looks are shapely

At Tadashi Shoji’s fall show, the audience was lost in an evening reverie, wandering through a Moorish palace.

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B Michael collection defines fall ’14

As an American designer, b Michael’s fall/winter ’14 collection reflects the lifestyle of a modern woman.

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‘A Dream to Fly: Inspired by the Life and Times of Bessie Coleman’ at the Schomburg March 14

Madeline McCray was hooked the moment a friend told her about Bessie Coleman.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center inducts Betty Carter, Wes Montgomery, more

Lincoln Center’s Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees.

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John Singleton to direct Tupac Shakur biopic

“Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton has officially signed on to direct a Tupac Shakur film.

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Animation in NY

Here are some tidbits from two of my favorite animation directors, Chris McKay, director of “Robot Chicken” and box office winner “The LEGO Movie,” and “The Lion King” director Rob Minkoff, whose new Dreamworks animation comedy “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” opens March 7.

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Harlem Arts Fest holds third annual gala

The Harlem Arts Festival will present the Lynette Velasco Community Impact Award to two recipients at its upcoming third annual gala.

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Bilal rocks Harlem Stage Gatehouse

The intimate performance space tucked away on the second floor of the Harlem Stage Gatehouse hummed with the murmurs of a crowd eagerly awaiting the arrival of soul singer Bilal accompanied by the Revive Big Band.

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Letter No. 67: Immigration reform now!

The Book of Deuteronomy’s passage that states, “Cursed is anyone who denies justice to foreigners, orphans or widows,” jumped out at me this week.

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Counting it all joy

Caribbean Conneciton

Earlier this month, I experienced a bout of the flu so foreign to my system that during the ordeal, I wondered whether I would recover

Is integration racist?

Equality for African people in the United States remains illusive.

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Federal judge throws out lawsuit challenging NYPD spying on Muslims

Is it OK to profile Muslims? The answer depends on who you ask.

White House to celebrate STEM diversity and ‘Champions of Change’

On Feb. 26, the White House honored 10 heroes known as “Champions of Change” for creating opportunities for young people underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries

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In the two years since Trayvon’s death, a legacy has been emerging

It has been two years since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in a gated community in the suburbs of Orlando, Fla.

What will happen if the minimum wage increases?


Last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report saying that the proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in 2016 would cost the creation of 500,000 jobs in 2016.

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Women: Balancing careers with motherhood

We need, as a society, to get back to celebrating mothers who sacrifice their careers to care for our most vulnerable: our children.

Center for NuLeadership applauds Cuomo’s prison college program

The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions applauds Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement to implement a statewide initiative to provide state funding for college education in prison for incarcerated individuals.

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Cuomo doing the right thing

Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out in support of universal pre-K, with the state putting its money where its mouth is.

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LICH’s fate still unknown, but activists praise new deal

Officials and activists fighting over the fate of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) have tentatively agreed to a deal

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Putting soul back in City Hall

Government at all levels can be a powerful tool to uplift people and make our communities better.

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NAACP Image Awards recognize achievement

he NAACP Image Awards are recognized as the pre-eminent multicultural awards show by some

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New York Coalition of 100 Black Women installs Avalyn Patricia Simon

Avalyn Patricia Simon was sworn in for a second term as president of the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Cheer up, everyone. The first day of spring is swiftly approaching,

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Victims’ relatives rally at City Hall to end traffic violence

Gregory Thompson Jr. and Davis Shepherd are both members of a group they wished they would never be a part of: Families for Safe Streets.

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Reception held for Rangel

A reception for Rep. Charlie Rangel was held this week at the home of Craig and Modupe Robinson in Harlem.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Labelle to celebrate 40th anniversary of “Lady Marmalade” with tour

Legendary group, Labelle plan tour in honor of “Lady Marmalade” and new coffee table book features children transformed into black icons.

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Sandra Scott promotes Jamaica tourism

Sandra Scott, Jamaica’s deputy director of tourism with responsibility for marketing, presents Consul General Herman G. LaMont with a copy of “Jamaica’s Fascinating Falmouth” by Fay Pickersgill. While in New York City, Scott also took the opportunity to visit the Jamaica Tourist Board’s New York office, where she met Ruth West, administrator of the tour operator and airline division.

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A standing ovation for Voza Rivers

Over the years, Rivers has been considered one of the go-to people when it comes to Black theater, not only in New York City, but around the world.

Christie supports ‘One Newark’ plan

Newark public schools have been under state control since 1995. Now, the Newark community is exploding with concern over proposed education reform.

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Jeffries gaining ground in Newark mayoral race

This week, Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff and former New Jersey Assemblyman William D. Payne endorsed Shavar Jeffries for mayor of Newark. He also agreed to serve as campaign co-chairperson.

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Racial groups clash over Texas Black man’s death

Racial tensions are increasing during the aftermath of the mysterious death of a Black man in Texas.

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Obama endures an arsenal of insults

Of concern at the moment former rock and roll musician Ted Nugent, who called the president a “subhuman mongrel.”

Black Civil War groups honored

In honor of Black History Month, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams recognized the 150th anniversary of the first African-American troops from New York to fight in the American Civil War.

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One hundred black men inc. hosts 34th annual benefit gala

One Hundred Black Men for New York Inc. is hosting its 34th annual benefit gala on Feb 27.

Universal Zulu Nation and the NYC 'Harlem Hood' host meeting to celebrate 'womyns' history month

The members of Universal Zulu Nation and the NYC “Harlem Hood” will host an event on Wednesday, March 5, under the theme “The 21st Century Community Roles of Womyn Leadership.”

Memorial planned for 6-year-old traffic accident victim Amar Diarrassouba

On Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m., the students and staff of P.S. 155 will hold a brief remembrance in honor of 6-year-old Amar Diarrassouba

Mothers who lost sons to gun violence honored

Sabrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, was one of the most recognizable guests last Friday, along with Constance Malcolm, Valerie Bell and Jackie Rowe-Adams, all of whom have a similar story.

Stop-and-frisk case sent back to lower court

While the city might have dropped its case to appeal a judge’s decision to keep stop-and-frisk the way it is, everyone is now vying for a seat at the table as reforms are made.

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Last memories of Chokwe Lumumba


On Tuesday evening, I came home to learn that Lumumba was dead. I wondered if his death was related to the sickness.

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New Yorkers shocked by passing of great activist Mayor Chokwe Lumumba 

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the grassroots movement was stunned by the news of the sudden and unexpected loss of warrior attorney and Jackson, Miss., Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at the age of 66.

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New York Post lies about Greater Harlem Housing Development Corp

Ted Nugent’s comments that President Barack Obama is a “subhuman mongrel” and his subsequent so-called apology, which accused Obama of being a “violator of the Constitution,” is totally disrespectful

China increases influence in region. Nurses, military boats for Trinidad

The Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister is currently on a state visit to China

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Gov. Cuomo to preserve SNAP program, feed New Yorkers

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his administration is “taking the steps” to preserve close to $457 million a year in benefits from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Gov. Cuomo to create college degree program for inmates

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state initiative to offer college classes, degrees and programs to incarcerated individuals across the state.

Wednesday, February 26

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Former human rights activist, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba joins the ancestors

Jackson, Miss., Mayor, prominent attorney and former human rights activist, Chokwe Lumumba died Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 25

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Trayvon Martin: two years later

Two years after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin the world continues to remember him.

Monday, February 24

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“12 Years A Slave” and Kevin Hart big winners at NAACP Image Awards

Winners from this year's 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Sunday, February 23

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NYPD and MTA to clear the homeless from subways in an “outreach” effort

The NYPD and the MTA will begin clearing the homeless out of the city's subways on Feb. 24 at 3 a.m., in what the department is calling an “outreach program,” to offer them alternative shelter from the cold.

Affordable Health Care officials want African Americans, enlists the help of mayors

White House officials report that by the end of January 2014 more than 3.3 million Americans will have signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act. Despite this, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett reasons that the number could be much higher if more members of the African American community would take advantage.

Friday, February 21

Amsterdam News Editor Nayaba Arinde at Therapy Wine Bar

AMNews editor Nayaba Arinde had coffee with readers at the Therapy Wine Bar in Brooklyn. Hear what they had to say about it.

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Viewers across the country to be a part of the 45th NAACP Image Awards

The organizers of the 45th NAACP Image Awards have launched an app. Now viewers around the country can experience the award show on both Android and iPhone. The award show is on Saturday, February 22.

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Black fashion designers need help too

On the “A” w/Souleo:

New exhibition aims to illuminate the plight and triumphs of black fashion designers and “A Raisin in the Sun” playwright, Lorraine Hansberry’s letters reveal her thoughts on feminism and LGBT rights.

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Former Rwandan Spy Chief Dies Mysteriously in Exile

Six years after obtaining political asylum in South Africa, former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeye died under mysterious circumstances in a hotel room in Johannesburg.

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'Democracy has Disappeared' say Officials in Mass Resignation

Jan. 7 (GIN) – Some 75 officials in the West African nation of Burkina Faso resigned this week in mass to protest efforts by current president Blaise Compaore to give himself an additional five-year term.

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South Sudan, Home of the Lost Boys, Again in Chaos

South Sudan may be barely on the radar screen for most Americans but a bitter split in the ruling coalition threatens to make it one of the worst humanitarian disasters in Africa.

'Men of Color in Higher Education' panel at City College

“White Walls: Men of Color in Higher Education.” at City College on Sunday Feb. 23 from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

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Yes! How about a progressive public education for New York City adults too?


Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson:

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Barron: 'Cuomo is disenfranchising a million Black and Latino voters'

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no regard for Black or Latino people,” charged Council Member Inez Barron, as she held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to highlight her City Council resolution demanding that the governor call for special elections to fill 11 legislative vacancies in the state Assembly and Senate...

Black Equity Alliance and NY Urban League present State of Black New York

The Black Equity Alliance and the New York Urban League presented “The State of Black New York City 2007” report last Thursday at the JP Morgan building. The nearly 200-page report explains statistics about population, health, housing, employment, education and other will help the city understand the disparities that exist among Blacks in New York City and to devise solutions to those problems.

Newark School superintendent to resign; Changes in store for New Jersey’s biggest school district

Changes in store for New Jersey’s biggest school district

Marion Bolden, the longtime and occasionally controversial superintendent of New Jersey’s largest school district, announced that she would resign the post at the end of the current school year.

Gregory Kane, former columnist for several Baltimore newspapers, dies at 62

Gregory Kane, former columnist for several Baltimore newspapers, dies at 62

Taxi drivers say no to De Blasio's new traffic safety regulations

New York City taxi drivers are not happy with recent traffic safety regulations that may stifle their ability to make money.

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Minority Business Development Agency seeks nominees for 2014 awards

MBDA, is seeking nominations of exceptional minority entrepreneurs and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community in 2014.

Thursday, February 20

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Madam president, the Oscar goes to... Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the first African-American to serve as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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David Rousseve/REALITY: A bittersweet return

From the start, the 10-member cast in David Rousseve’s “Stardust” is breathtaking.

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Edwing D’Angelo’s fall fashions in red

New York designer Edwing D’Angelo presented a fabulous fall collection filled with many ways to wear red for men and women.

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Desigual brings Barcelona to New York

For 2014, Desigual gets back to the basics with a personal collection that reflects the enduring optimism found in Barcelona

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Lil’ Kim expecting a lil’ bundle of joy

Jay Z and Beyoncé headed to an exotic, warm locale for Valentine’s Day. However, according to reports, Jay Z took the time to buy Bey’s Valentine’s Day gift before they jetted off to paradise.

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Nas reissues 20th anniversary edition of debut album

New York-based veteran rapper Nas is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut full-length album, “Illmatic.”

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MAXJAZZ founder Richard McDonnell dies

Richard McDonnell, who started the small independent record label MAXJAZZ in his living room in St. Louis and went on to gain international attention in the jazz world, died on Feb. 8 at St. Louis University Hospital.

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The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ has a Black Ringmaster!

“Legends” is the name of the 144th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and it is coming to the Barclays Center on Feb. 20.

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Social work at its best: Carol Smith-Njiiri

Carol Smith-Njiiri dedicates her life to helping children and families through social work.

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New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus holds 43rd annual conference

Business, schmoozing and celebration were all on the agenda at the 43rd annual conference of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus this past weekend.

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Herman Ferguson: 49 years ago at the Audubon Ballroom

Baba Herman Ferguson, an original member of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), detailed witnessing the Feb. 21, 1965, assassination of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom.

Again, another disheartening verdict in Florida, this time over the life of Jordan Davis

By failing to convict Michael Dunn of first-degree murder charges in the death of Jordan Davis, a jury in Florida has allowed the killing of the unarmed African-American teenager to go unpunished, as though his life had no meaning whatsoever.

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Pre-K plan rests on faulty premise

Letter to the Editor

Pre-K, and the call to create a dedicated tax-based funding scheme for it, rests on the assumption that we must grab the opportunity to educate low-income 3- and 4-year-olds, because once they get older (and most especially once they become teenagers), any developmental disparities with more well-to-do kids become uncorrectable

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The legacy of politicizing minorities

How can we accomplish anything of major national importance if those who stand on one side of the divide are assumed to be acting and thinking out of a deep hatred for people of color?

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Fool me once

Letter to the Editor

I want to tell you a tale of life and death.

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After deaths, Dianne Reeves finds a Beautiful Life

On the “A” w/Souleo

Jazz diva, Dianne Reeves delivers new music after death of mother and George Duke; Kevon Edmonds of After 7 reveals brother Melvin’s drug abuse and reason for quitting the group; and new music series to celebrate Harlem’s historic Minton’s Playhouse.

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Educate everyone, leave no one behind

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to change the tides and attack recidivism at its core, making education available to inmates by offering them an opportunity to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree while incarcerated.

Family of slain Irvington man still waiting for answers

Last month at an Irvington NAACP press conference, local leaders questioned city officials to draw attention to the events that led to the death of Abdul W. Kamal.

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Convicted mayor still in office

When Trenton Mayor Tony Mack was convicted of bribery, extortion, wire fraud and mail fraud in federal court earlier this month, he opted not to resign.

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September shooting of Black Texas child stirs outrage

The shooting of yet another Black child is causing reaction and outrage, this time in Texas, where 46-year-old Brian Cloninger shot 8-year-old Donald “D.J.” Maiden Jr. with a shotgun last September.

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Senegal Cracks Down on Foreign Ships for Decimating Nation's Fish Stocks

Senegal’s Minister of Fisheries has ordered the detention of a Russian trawler observed illegally catching fish in Senegalese waters. The move immediately won high praise from bloggers on the internet.

Guilty on four counts in ‘loud music murder trial’

On Saturday evening a jury in Jacksonville, Fla. announced a guilty verdict on charges stemming from Michael Dunn’s admitted murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Cuomo announces more college-level courses in state prisons

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new statewide initiative to give incarcerated individuals the opportunity to earn a college degree

Eric Schneiderman to introduce 'unjust imprisonment Act'

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that he will propose legislation that revises Section 8-b of the New York State Court of Claims Act

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Iota Phi Theta hosts Black History Month Scholarship Banquet

The Pi Omega chapter of Iota Phi Theta is hosting its fifth annual Black History Month Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 22 at Astoria World Manor.

Project child support reaches millions of disadvantaged children and parents

Project Child Support announced the opening of its satellite offices in Newark, N.J., and New York City to assist custodial and noncustodial parents.

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Activists warn artist: ‘No disrespect for Malcolm X!’

Community leaders are calling for a boycott of rap artist Nicki Minaj due to what they deem to be dishonorable use of Malcolm X to promote her expletive-filled recording.

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Fundraiser held for ailing attorney Lynne Stewart

A capacity crowd packed Midtown Manhattan’s St. Peter’s Church on Friday evening to financially support the people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart with medical expenses for her deteriorating health due to breast cancer.

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DC gives Interfaith much-needed Medicaid waiver

Will Washington end up saving New York’s struggling hospitals? Many workers and patients hope so after the recent news.

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Talking SCHOP! Versatility of pesto

will admit it: I … love … pesto!

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Ebony Escapes! A resort spa experience like no other

The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort totally had me

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A contract for DC 37’s newest members

Grand Central Partnership business improvement district workers have scored a victory with assistance from the biggest public employee union in New York City.

Report: Blacks strongly benefit from union jobs

According to a recent report by an independent, nonpartisan think tank, union jobs help African-Americans move up the economic ladder, boost pay and benefits and bring families out of poverty.

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6-year-old Black Ansari delivers 600 books on Valentines Day

When 6-year-old Black Ansari of Harlem learned homeless children needed books, he asked classmates and friends to contribute.

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The Apollo holds fourth annual Dining with the Divas luncheon

On Friday, Feb. 14, the world famous Apollo Theater celebrated Valentine’s Day by hosting its fourth annual Dining with the Divas luncheon, a fundraiser celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of women in the arts and in business. 

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Herb Boyd honored by NYABJ

Journalist, author and scholar Herb Boyd was honored this week by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), City College of New York and the New York Amsterdam News.

Cosmopolitan Review: remembering ballerina Tanaquil le Clercq

For all of you ballet lovers out there—and I know you are there—the film “Afternoon of a Faun” was most recently shown at the Francesca Beale Theater at Lincoln Center. 

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Celebrity mixologist Darryl Robinson passes

Reports indicate that celebrity mixologist and Cooking Channel star Darryl Robinson was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Feb. 5.

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Malcolm X: The price of freedom is death

Friday, Feb. 21 marks 49 years since a hit squad of cold-blooded assassins aired out the Audubon Ballroom stage, expiring the physical life of Black Nationalist advocate El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, aka Malcolm X

Don’t skimp on home heating

Keeping your home warm during frigid winter days can be costly, but it is a wise investment in health.

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A lesson taught by Mr. Snow

When I was a youngster growing up in Brooklyn, I actually prayed for snow to come.

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Nine New York-area teens selected as Dreamers

Walt Disney World Resort recently announced the 100 teens selected for this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine.

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Debi Thomas: From Olympics to orthopedics

With the current Winter Olympics in Sochi underway, particularly with speed skater and two-time gold medalist Shani Davis—the one Black participant of note no longer a medal contender—I thought of Debi Thomas.

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Letter No. 66: Immigration reform now!

what should be the next strategy now that House Speaker John Boehner has chosen short-term political gain over immigration reform?

Governments call in regional airlines

Worried about the health of air carriers operating in the Caribbean trade bloc, regional governments have called in the chief executives of major airlines.

New Yorkers Against Bratton as police commissioner

Members of New Yorkers Against Bratton continued to call for the removal of NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton at a rally on the steps of the Brooklyn City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

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Entrepreneurship is key in the Bahamas

The path to personal and national economic growth for the most part is the same, according to a leading financial specialist.

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Alicia Keys takes on bullying with app

Grammy Award-winning artist, singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and humanitarian Alicia Keys took center stage at the 111th American International Toy Fair, which kicked off this Sunday.

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Black media in transition

To paraphrase an old economic saying: If the mainstream media sneezes, the Black media comes down with pneumonia.

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Fury continues over Michael Dunn verdict

Over the weekend, a jury made found Michael Dunn guilty on four out of five counts, including attempted murder, in the killing of unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Davis. However, when it came to the murder charge, the jury could not come to a decision, leading the way for a retrial.

Wednesday, February 19

Are you contributing to the “cradle to prison pipeline”?

You are preparing your baby for the world which begins the minute you got pregnant. Once your baby is home you are obligated to socialize, guide and positively discipline your infant/toddler...You must interact with your infants in order to help their brain development...On average, Black children arrive at kindergarten and/or first grade with lower levels of school readiness than White children.

First African-American to win Winter Olympic gold is AKA

Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American gold medal winner at the 2014 Winter Olympic games is also an honorary member of the historically black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Tuesday, February 18

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One Billion Rising uses Valentine’s Day to raise awareness for violence against women

The group One Billion Rising for Justice used Valentine's Day as an opportunity to call attention to the issue of violence against women.

#DangerousBlackKids Responds to Michael Dunn Verdict

After Michael Dunn's mistrial ruling in the case of the shooting death of Jordan Davis, 17, Twitter users respond using with #DangerousBlackKids

Sunday, February 16

Guilty: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin convicted by federal jury

The former mayor of New Orleans has been found guilty of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and favors from businessmen while in office.

Thursday, February 13

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Ray Chew and wife host event at Minton’s

“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, who is now an MLB baby mama to be, celebrated the upcoming birth of her son by Carl Crawford, who has a $142 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a “Diamonds and Diapers”-themed baby shower last Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Dianne Reeves at Rose Hall, TK Blue at Sista’s, ‘Ramen and Jazz’

Dianne Reeves, a four-time Grammy winner for Best Female Jazz Vocalist who doesn’t perform in New York often enough, will have a two-day engagement in time for that special day for lovers, Feb. 14 and 15.

Afrikan Women’s Repertory Company stages four days of theater

Afrikan Women’s Repertory Company (AWR) presents four days of theater with the premiere of our first African-American historical play based on the life and times of Ida B. Wells. The story is told in two parts: part one, “Death of Three Warriors,” takes us back to 1888 in the South, telling an all-too-familiar story of success, loss, life and death. The second play, “Lynching at Valdosia Georgia: The Mary Turner Story,” paints an intimate portrait of the times and life of another one of our brilliant women committed to freedom and dignity.

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February dance calendar

A storyteller indeed, Souleymane “Solo” Badolo will premiere “Benon” Feb. 13-15 at Danspace Project. In “Benon,” roughly translated as “harvest” and inspired by the Burkinabé tradition of dancing to celebrate the harvest, the production “explores the essential nature of food, sharing and giving thanks.”

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Son Jung Wan’s sumptuous fashion furs for fall ’14

Son Jung Wan’s collection was inspired by the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, who conveyed poignant emotions ranging from joy to sadness through color. For fall/winter 2014, Wan painted her collection with shades of emotion.

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Custo’s captivating collection for fall ’14

Just before the Custo Barcelona show, we had an appointment behind the scenes to meet the designer, Custo Dalmau.

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‘City as Canvas’ at the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York is currently showing “City as Canvas: Art From the Martin Wong Collection,”

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‘The Lego Movie' is loveable fun

The curious child inside of me got some serious playtime at the advance screening of “The LEGO Movie,” directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Chris McKay also served as animation co-director.

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Motown a ‘hit’ at the Schomburg

The myNewYorkeye crew was invited to the unveiling of “Motown: The Truth is a Hit,” the new exhibit currently at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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Black actors get their due

The release of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue is an anticipated event in the entertainment industry.

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Outrage over Queens teacher's ban on malcolm X

Parents and community leaders are still outraged over a Queens teacher banning students from doing a report on Malcolm X as part of a Black History Month project.

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Amiri Baraka's son to run for Mayor of Newark

The son of the late Amiri Baraka, Ras Baraka, announced he is running for mayor of Newark, N.J.

Veterans hospital postponed operation due to defective equipment

Family, clergy and community demand an investigation regarding the cancellation of a serious operation on Chris Robert Scott, who was admitted on Jan. 24 to the Veterans Hospital in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.

Cuomo announces more wage theft cases resolved in 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that more than 6,700 wage theft cases were resolved in New York in 2013

Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada steps down

Longtime Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada announced he is stepping down. Current COO Anne Williams-Isom will assume the position starting July 1.

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AIDS advocates call for more affordable housing in NYC

For HIV/AIDS advocates, it just boils down to one thing: “Provide more affordable housing for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.”

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De Blasio hammers home old points with State of the City

On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his first State of the City address at LaGuardia Community College in Queens.

Feds to monitor Newark Police

A spokeswoman for Newark, the state’s largest city, said Monday that officials were in discussions with the Department of Justice to select a monitor to oversee the Newark Police Department later this year.

Bipartisan farm bill satisfies the very few

A bill passed in Congress involving money and benefits and those who already have money got the most benefits out of it? In other words, it’s a day that ends with the letter “y.”

Black man’s mysterious death in Texas points to foul play

A modern-day lynching in Texas? The family of a dead 28-year-old Black man, Alfred Wright, in East Texas suspects foul play and is looking for answers, with the U.S. Justice Department now getting involved.

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Senate panel approves Obama nominee Adegbile

In a 10-8 vote last Thursday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee supported Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

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New efforts at CCNY’s Black studies program

The new director of the Black studies program at the City College (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY) is eager to get the word out about some of the new directions the program is headed.

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Needed: More AIDS outreach in the African-American community

HIV has disproportionately affected Black Americans since the beginning of the epidemic, and this disparity continues.

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Nigeria celebrates 100 years of promise and potential

While Americans celebrated the New Year on Jan. 1, the date was also a major milestone in the history of Nigeria. It marked 100 years to the day since the separate protectorates of Southern and Northern Nigeria were united.

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Unlike Shirley Chisolm, many Black leaders are ‘Bought and Bossed’

“It is incomprehensible to me, the fear that can affect men in political offices. It is shocking the way they submit to forces they know are wrong and fail to stand up for what they believe.

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Play examines true meaning of love

This Valentine’s Day, discover the true meaning of love as New Destiny Dimensions Unlimited LLC presents “I Don’t Know Why He Loves Me.”

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events Feb 13 - 19, 2014

Greetings! We sadly announce the passing of William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, brilliant lead singer of the classic, iconic reggae group Third World. Clarke passed at the age of 65 from cancer in Orlando, Fla. He will truly be missed. Third World is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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Talking SCHOP! Second Hundred brunches

Everyone is looking for a new place for brunch in the city, but does it exist? Permutations of eggs, bread and breakfast meats are rampant across this metropolis. Yes, the omelets, pancakes and breakfast sausage do satisfy the weekend hangover and/or encourage the necessary nap needed for sleep-deprived New Yorkers. However, when you find that spot that makes you pause and reflect a little deeper, it must be noted.

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Hannibal is much more than Mark Twain

In the first part of this travel series, we had just delved into this quaint, small town of just under 18,000 people. However, Hannibal’s breadth is not confined to its size or the number of its denizens. A closer look reveals rich depth and complexities that combine to make it one of Missouri’s most popular tourist attractions

Common Core causes tug-of-war between Board of Regents and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The implementation of Common Core Learning Standards in New York schools has brought about a plethora of dialogue and debate among parents, teachers, school administrators and local community leaders alike.

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Newark Airport workers: Still waiting for their raise

On Monday, airport workers, activists, clergymen and elected officials protested at United Airlines’ offices at Newark Liberty International Airport in support of higher wages. With workers at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports recently celebrating a wage increase, Newark Airport’s service workers refuse to be left out of the conversation.

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Expand and strengthen the living wage law to lift our communities

When the New York City Council passed historic living wage legislation last year, it was an important step on a long road toward creating a fairer and more equitable city for all New Yorkers. The premise of the legislation is simple and widely supported: When public money is used to fund private development projects, the public has the right to expect that good, quality jobs will be created as a result, not low-wage jobs that keep workers in poverty.

The tale of Marcus Smart speaks volumes

Once again it reared its ugly head, despite the fact that the adage says that words will never hurt: A college basketball player who happens to be African-American, Marcus Smart, was verbally disrespected by a middle-aged male, Jeff Orr, who’s not. The young man reacted with a shove to the chest of the loudmouth who spewed the racial epithet, and he was penalized, criticized and scrutinized for his reaction.

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NYPD-All Stars partnership kicks off new year

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 1,000 new officers and several hundred community members on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.

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LINKS helping teens

The Greater New York chapter of the Links held a “Teen Healthy Relationships Conference” in partnership with the mayor’s office to combat domestic violence

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Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps hold graduation

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ (BSVAC) Emergency Medical Services Training Academy is a program designed by retired FDNY Capt. James Rocky Robinson. This past week, the BSVAC held yet another wonderful graduation ceremony.

Cosmopolitan Review

So often we take for granted the iconic moments, people and events that have occurred in our lifetime. Quite often, it’s due to no fault of our own, as everyday life seems to get in the way.

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CARICOM wants slavery reparations

There is a growing interest among Caribbean countries to get European nations to pay reparations for their past transatlantic trade of enslaved Africans.

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Historic Brooklyn church commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by supporting anti-poverty and intergenerational community initiatives

On Sunday, Jan. 19, in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Concord Baptist Church of Christ presented grants to the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice and 500 Men Making a Difference.

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Be your pets’ valentine and look after their hearts

February is American Heart Month, and doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are encouraging people to remember the heart health of their furry companions during the month that also includes America’s favorite heart-filled holiday.

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Aspirin has its place, but use with care

Aspirin is a miracle drug. It is so arrogant, it wears a slogan on its white coat: “Take an aspirin a day and keep the doctor away.”

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Remembering our ancestors: Bilal Abdullah

During the month of February, throughout the country there are always memorial programs focused appropriately on the legacy of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X.

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Rangel launches congressional app competition

In an effort to have more students nationwide pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, members of Congress, including Rep. Charles Rangel, have launched the House Student App Challenge, a competition for high school students from his district.

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Wild about Eubie Blake, the great pianist and composer

A profile on Eubie Blake during Black History Month is more than appropriate since he was born and made his transition in February. Blake was a phenomenal pianist and an acclaimed composer and lyricist who, in the twilight of his life, was fond of saying that if had known he was going to live to be 100 years old, he would have taken better care of himself.

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Letter No. 65 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

If there was a title of “hypocrite-in-chief,” then it definitely would go to House Speaker John Boehner.

Caribbean can win reparations fight

When Caribbean community leaders meet in St. Vincent for the first of two summits this year, a key agenda item will be the efforts by regional governments to make European nations like Britain and France pay for enslaving millions of Africans during the colonial era transatlantic slave trade.

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Caribbean tourism registers growth

ST. THOMAS (Feb. 13)–The Caribbean has recorded a rise in visitor expenditure in 2013, with the spending rate outpacing that of visitor arrivals for the first time in three years. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), an authority on Caribbean

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It’s official—Emmis buys WBLS/WLIB

For many regular listeners at WBLS and WLIB, it comes as no surprise that Emmis Communications is now the official owner of WBLS/WLIB, having purchased it from YMF Media for $131 million.

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Jesse Jackson hosts annual Wall Street Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson wraps the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund's 17th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit on Thursday.

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Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson sworn in

New Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is the first African-American to assume that position.

Tuesday, February 11

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“Hate Crimes in the Heartland” stirs important talk about race in US

City College Center for the Arts hosts a viewing of the documentary "Hate Crimes in the Heartland," about two hate crimes in Oklahoma that happened almost 90 years apart.

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Meet Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics African-American Athletes

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games opened in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 7 and is expected to run through to the 23. The 17 days of competition features 15 disciplines of the seven International Olympic Committee-recognized winter sports, according to Team USA.

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Harlem Globetrotters to play in New York This Weekend

The Harlem Globetrotters for more than 80 years have entertained families and millions of fans with their basketball games. But playing the game is not all that the Harlem Globetrotters are about.

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Survey Shows Black Fathers Break Away from Stereotypes

The Black father has been stereotypically described to be many things. Now he can add: responsible and engaged father to the list. A recent national survey has found that Black fathers are involved in their children's lives as much and even more than his Latino and white counterparts.

Where to spend Valentine's Day 2014 in Harlem

Harlem's hotspots are hosting concerts, celebrations, and offering special menus to make this Valentine’s Day as romantic as it can be.

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Record number of prisoners, falsely convicted of crimes, exonerated in 2013

A recent report reveals that a record 87 exonerations occurred in 2013, bringing the total to 1,304 known exonerations in the last 25 years.

Monday, February 10

Soweto gospel choir set to perform in NY

On Feb. 15, the Soweto Gospel Choir is coming to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx

Saturday, February 8

International youth program honors actress Billie Allen at fundraiser

Writing and performing group Breaking Walls will honor actress Billie Allen at a fundraiser for their next workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.

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National Black Theatre hosts plays and events honoring Trayvon Martin

Through a joint effort by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre and Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, they will host a series of events inspired by the legacy of murdered teen Trayvon Martin.

Gov. Cuomo reports $851 million of taxpayers money recovered from Medicaid abusers

New York is reportedly leading the nation in Medicaid recoveries after Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed that the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) recovered over $851 million of taxpayers’ money in 2013.

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New York City vs. Street Artists,' will the petition reach Supreme Court?

It's been a few years since a 2010 city rule limited the number of artist-vendors allowed to sell their work in major public spaces like Central Park, Union Square Park, Battery Park, and the High Line. However, after the rule was upheld by a federal court in September 2013, it appears that New York City has truly waged a war against street artists.

Friday, February 7

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Ebony Escapes! to Hannibal, Mo.

I knew that Mark Twain and the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” of Titanic fame were part of the rich history in Hannibal. But as I learned, there is a great deal more to this quaint Missouri town than meets the eye.

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DMX angers black community, agrees to George Zimmerman "celebrity" boxing match

Rapper DMX has agreed to fight Trayon Martin killer George Zimmerman in a "celebrity" boxing match, according to a report released on Feb. 5. The news comes on what would have been Trayvon Martin's nineteenth birthday. Much of the black community, including the Rev. AL Sharpton aren't too sure about the rapper's decision.

Thursday, February 6

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NYC hosts top pre-Super Bowl shows

The night before the kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII, the NFL saluted its best players.

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Will the Knicks develop their young talent?

The Knicks were 19-29 when they hosted the Portland Trailblazers at Madison Square Garden last night (Wednesday) and were in close proximity of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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The Nets’ Joe Johnson named NBA All-Star

Meet the Nets’ lone all-star, Joe Johnson.

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How Seattle won Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium was a reminder that football, in its purest form, is a game of physicality, speed, explosiveness and the imposition of will.

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Why and how Denver lost the big game

There’s no deep philosophical way to explain how the Denver Broncos got trounced 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Feb. 6 - 12, 2014

Greetings! We salute Black History Month 2014!

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Talking SCHOP! A winter’s stew

My beef stew recipe has magical powers to heat that belly and warm the soul.

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More hop onboard de Blasio’s pre-K bandwagon

The chorus of those in favor of universal pre-K for all of New York City’s children has grown significantly.

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Lessons of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

This year’s African-American History Month takes place a half-century after one of the most important years in our nation’s history. On July 2, 1964, after seven weeks of a vicious filibuster by Southern senators, the Civil Rights Act (CRA) was signed into law.

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Zimmerman needs to be knocked out in court

An announcement hit the media that a murderer who was found innocent has chosen an opponent for a purposed celebrity boxing match.

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It was an ‘Amen’ moment at the Apollo

With such luminous luminaries as Lalah Hathaway, Valerie Simpson and Regina Belle on the program at the Apollo Theater last Friday—on the cusp of Black History Month and two days before the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey—it was a no-lose concert, one made all the more a guaranteed success with Jonathan Batiste, Arturo O’Farrill and Alex Bugnon giving the baby grand delightful moments of sound.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Go Hawks! Super Bowl XLVIII, held in the big Northeast, brought football frenzy to New York and New Jersey with some fun for everyone. Even if you were just walking around Midtown, you were forced to pick a team and go with it.

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Pan-African resistance to Western war crimes and ICC

Further evidence of some Western nations’ political, military and economic war crimes and the blatant collaboration of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was exposed at the second International People’s Tribunal (IPT).

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Mayor Floyd Adam Jr: The people’s mayor

Floyd Adams Jr. was born in Savannah, Ga., on May 11, 1945, to Floyd “Pressboy” Adams and Wilhelmina Anderson Adams. He was their second child and first son.

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Sister Rama Betty Lomax, 1930-2014

Rama Betty Lomax, lecturer, radio personality and former wife of the late author Louis E. Lomax, died on Friday morning, Jan. 17 in Manhattan. She succumbed to complications from a longterm illness.

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Obesity is plaguing generations to come

Have you noticed that supermarkets and hospitals sell a great many things that cause disease?

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Victor Cruz and chef Anne Burrell host ‘Connect a Million Minds Day’

To celebrate its ongoing commitment to spark youth interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Time Warner Cable brought 300 students from local Boys & Girls Clubs to “Connect a Million Minds Day” at Time Warner Cable Studios in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Feb. 1.

Newark community opposes ‘One Newark’ plan

Hundreds of parents, teachers and community activists packed Newark’s First Avenue School auditorium last week to protest Newark school Superintendent Cami Anderson’s “One Newark” plan.

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Global reporter Era Bell Thompson

One of the earliest influences on me as an aspiring journalist was Era Bell Thompson.

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Letter No. 64: Immigration reform now!

The very next day after your State of the Union address, some Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio, were at it again, blaming their failure to act on their “distrust” of you.

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Review of CARICOM functioning moving apace

A team of experts hired by Caribbean community leaders is moving ahead with a mandate from leaders to recommend an overhaul of the way the Guyana-based regional secretariat operates

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Sandals Barbados to undergo facelift

The Jamaica-based company Sandals Resorts International has announced that Sandals Barbados, its newest acquisition, will close its doors in the spring to undergo a facelift.

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Mayor de Blasio to reform stop-and-frisk

Last Thursday, delivering on a campaign promise that helped him get a landslide victory, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that his administration will reform the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

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Black History Month kicks off in the city

Last Saturday, the beginning of African-American History Month was marked with several events across the city and nation to kick off the month-long celebration.

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Response: End of stop-and-frisk appeal

It was music to many people’s ears as Mayor Bill de Blasio stuck to his campaign promise to end the city’s legal battle that found stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

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Central Park Five want justice

On Tuesday, Brooklyn City Councilwoman Inez Barron held a press conference on the steps of City Hall demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio settle the case involving the Central Park Five.

Wednesday, February 5

“Re-imagining Blackness: Afro-Americans in the Peace Corps”

A panel discussion entitled “Re-imagining Blackness: Afro-Americans in the Peace Corps,” which will highlight the experience of Afro-Americans in international service through the Peace Corps will take place at NYU on Feb. 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Stop Mass Incarceration Network remembers Trayvon Martin at the National Black Theater

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is taking their message to the National Black Theater! Join them February 5 - 10 at 2031 5th Ave in Harlem

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De Blasio updates New Yorkers on weather, snow removal in the city

Mayor de Blasio gives an update on weather conditions in New York. He remarks on recent controversies pertaining to the effectiveness of the city during snowstorms.

Tuesday, February 4

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Alice Walker talks The Color Purple and her career in Black History Month documentary

As the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Alice Walker discusses her groundbreaking novel in a Black History Month special.

Review of Caricom functioning moving apace

The regional secretariat has been operating in Guyana from its inception but with a growing mandate of responsibilities in recent years, the widely held view is that the time has come for a complete review of the way it operates, staffing levels and financing among other issues.

Monday, February 3

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Superstar Prince makes “New Girl” cameo

The elusive music icon made a cameo on Fox's "New Girl" directly after Super Bowl XLVIII.

Saturday, February 1

Superbowl XLVIII on a Budget?

Can't make it to the Superbowl XLVIII? Find out where to have a good time and catch the game this Superbowl Weekend in the city.

School Choice Gains Momentum in New York

In a meeting with Lawmakers in Albany on January 28 members of Education Choice Alliance, a grassroot organization, said they support the expansion of the school choice program in New York. The meeting was in observance of National School Choice Week.