Stories for January 2014

Friday, January 31

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Memorial on site where Oquendo found

Daniel Oquendo, the father of formerly missing teen Avonte Oquendo, is planning to have a memorial at the site where his son's remains were found in Queens.

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Seahawks have the weapons to raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy

Many NFL fans and pundits think that Super Bowl XLVIII will be decided by either the brilliance of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ high-powered passing attack or the dominance of cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive backfield.

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Finally, Champ Bailey makes it to the Super Bowl

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has a message for Seattle Seahawks’ brash, young defensive back Richard Sherman.

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One more lifeline for Interfaith

Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) has become the last house that the big bad wolf can’t blow down.

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Super Bowl Media Day attracts journalists worldwide

The National Football League and its Super Bowl workforce were fully prepared for the frigid weather they encountered on Super Bowl Media Day.

Immunization clinics closing

A couple of immunization clinics in the five boroughs—lifelines for underserved New Yorkers who need vaccinations for their children—are slated to close at the end of the month.

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Prelude to the Heat

The Knicks’ Tuesday night matchup with the Boston Celtics and tonight’s (Thursday) pairing with the Cleveland Cavaliers can be considered warm-up acts to Saturday’s main event.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Jan 30 - Feb 5

As we move into our GBE Black History/African Heritage Month with the extra cold winter season, the 2014 Grammy Awards turned up the heat this past weekend in a star-studded broadcast that featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and many more

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Welcoming an era of shared visions

The start of a new year is always an exciting time. It prompts change and renewal for many of us, and for New York City, this new year also ushered in a new era.

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Super Bowl partying

Do you want to have your Super Bowl party somewhere you don’t have to cook or clean up afterward? Maybe you want to just order a turned-up game menu.

Hey Grammys, stop that Black music without Black people crap!

On the biggest night in music, it’s looking like those who are of the belief that there is an active movement to have Black music without Black people are being proven correct.

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On the lamb, with wine

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When I hear the word “lamb,” my ears immediately perk up. It’s such a great protein, and when prepared well, it can be transformative. Add Australian wines to that and I am at your mercy. So when I was invited last week to Fairway Market’s Café on the Upper West Side (@FairwayMarket) for an Aussie lamb-cooking demo featuring the country’s wines, I was in.

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LaLah comes uptown

One week after winning her first Grammy for Best R&B Performance, Lalah Hathaway will share some of that effusive joy with the Harlem community on Friday, Jan. 31at the Apollo Theater.

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Deron’s pass was not a season breaker

Everyone is allowed to make a mistake every now and then, even if the mistake ends up costing a team a game. And that includes the team’s best player.

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Ebony Escapes! into February

Well, here we are, already into the second month of the year! As daunting as it may seem that time is flying by so fast, it’s equally as exciting to see the wealth of ongoing and current events taking place that are sure to delight and inspire.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Word just in from Voza Rivers—and you know when Rivers speaks, New York City listens—in celebration of Black History Month, at the Apollo Theater’s “Friday Night in Harlem Let the Music Say Amen” will feature four-time Grammy Award winner Regina Belle, Grammy-nominated singer Lalah Hathaway and multiple Grammy-nominated singer and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame great Valerie Simpson

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Fordham Lady Rams continue to break school records

In only her third year as head coach of the Fordham women’s basketball team, Stephanie Gaitley has her players hungry for a trip to the NCAA Tournament and believing it’s within reach. Last year, the Rams made it to the title game of the Atlantic 10 Conference, where they fell to St. Joseph’s. Invited to the postseason WNIT, the Rams advanced to the round of 16, the first postseason victories for Fordham women’s basketball in 33 years.

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Ramarley Graham memorial service this Saturday

Relatives and other supporters of police terrorism victim Ramarley Graham have scheduled a memorial service for this Saturday to reflect on his life and discuss the next stages in their pursuit for justice.

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Exhibit at Schomburg center features artwork from Black cartoons

Pamela Thomas, a member of the City College of New York class of 1996, and business partner Loreen Williamson have assembled one of the most extensive collections of 1970s Black animation art in the United States for the show “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution”

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Longtime poverty advocate Elwanda Young retires

Chief Strategy and Operating Officer of United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and longtime resident of Brooklyn Elwanda Young is retiring.

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Is Richard Sherman a thug? It’s all in the eye of the beholder

In the aftermath of his television comments during a post-NFC Championship Game fit of rather innocent bravado, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been vilified by commentators and even politicians as something of a thug and a loudmouth. He has been condemned by people throughout the country—including Arizona Sen. John McCain—who have found his behavior indefensible.

Federal approval of state's $10 billion medicaid waived

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and legislators from the state demanded that the federal government approve New York’s $10 billion Medicaid waiver.

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Mayor David Dinkins to host book signing in Brooklyn

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is hosting a book signing with former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins in honor of the release of his memoirs, “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic.”

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Bed-Stuy family furious after 4-year-old Symier Talley-Jasper leaves school unnoticed

The parents of Symier Talley-Jasper want answers after their 4-year-old son walked out of Bed-Stuy’s P.S. 59 undetected without his coat and wandered home unsupervised in last Thursday morning’s frigid 12-degree weather.

Stop whining from the sidelines; understand the effectiveness of protocol

Your local schools have chains of command, and every teacher is working at the disposal of every student. If their performance is below par and ineffective to the betterment of your child’s education, then the use of proper protocol will rectify that situation.

Ending the Scaffold Law would hurt, not help, minorities

While I believe strongly that New York must take steps to help minority- and women-owned businesses, gutting critical worker safety laws like the Scaffold Law is a seriously flawed approach.

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

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

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The threat of the Olympics

Russia has been the victim of five differentiated yet consecutive suicide bombings in highly populated major cities...because of the recent news of the ever-growing and threatening dangers associated with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the American news and media community has now shed light that these fatal attacks have evidently been occurring quite frequently throughout the past 15 years.

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‘Avonte’s Law’ supported by Attorney General Eric Holder

Last Saturday, Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old mute autistic boy who captured the heart of the tristate area, was funeralized. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Attorney General Eric Holder threw his support behind Sen. Chuck Schumer’s proposed “Avonte’s Law.” Holder said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would support a similar program, that would have tracking devices given to autistic children known to be “runners.”

Obama’s promises

nto his fifth year in office with his approval rating the worst of any commander-in-chief at this stage of their tenure, President Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet, indicating that he was tired of reaching across the aisle to appeal to recalcitrant Republicans. It was time to exert the power of the executive order.

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Workshop promotes Newark Science and Sustainability program

The phrase “think global, act local” urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their communities. The phrase is also the mantra for health care organizer, master gardener and Newark Science and Sustainability (SAS) founder Tobias A. Fox.

On de Blasio, the Bronx, the Upper East Side and snow

Not even a full month into his first term as mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has already had to placate well-to-do New Yorkers who were slightly inconvenienced.

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Obama gets positive reaction for aggressive stance

President Barack Obama’s most vocal State of the Union address since he took office, reaction to his plans to move forward with or without Congress is getting much praise.

City launches free tax prep campaign

As New Yorkers start to get their W-2s, tax companies are preparing for yet another busy season. Once again, the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is urging local residents to use the city’s free tax filing services.

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No charges filed in killing of Black Milwaukee teen, Corey Stingley

Citizens around Milwaukee are outraged over the lack of charges filed in the case of Corey Stingley, a Black 17-year-old who died at the hands of white killers.

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Politics is in Alphonso David’s blood whether he likes it or not

Alphonso David, deputy secretary for civil rights in New York, found himself surrounded by politics at a young age. He was born in Silver Springs, Md., in 1970, and his family moved to Monrovia, Liberia, when he was only a 1-year-old.

Thursday, January 30

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Jazz great Alex Bugnon plays the Apollo

Influential jazz musician Alex Bugnon pays homage to his adopted community with his new CD, appropriately titled “Harlem.”

Abyssinian Jazz Vespers, Sake and Jazz, McFerrin ‘Spirityouall’

With all the new venues in Harlem, jazz seems to be making some new headway in the community where it was once king.

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Nick Cannon cuts new compilation

Nick Cannon, creator has announced the release of “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out Compilation, Vol. 1,

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Beauty now: It Makes Scents

For Valentine’s Day, It Makes Scents offers an array of natural scented soaps and candles that will make great gifts for him or her.

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Von Furstenberg’s spring styles

Diane von Furstenberg’s (DVF) commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion, but also through philanthropy and mentorship

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Faison Firehouse Theatre presents ‘Heartbeat’

On Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Harlem’s own Faison Firehouse Theatre will present a special two-hour evening of entertainment to kick off Black History Month

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Rennie Harris Puremovement returns after 10-year hiatus

Hip-hop dance fans and the dance community at large will be pleasantly pleased to see the return of Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) after a 10-year hiatus at the Joyce Theater, running from Jan. 28-Feb. 2. RHPM has been busy touring nationally and internationally, and now there is also a junior company, Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works, formed in 2007.

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On the Verge: De’Adre Aziza

t doesn’t take long to understand De’Adre Aziza. She’s a chameleon—a strutting, blues-belting chameleon who channels the deep-rooted, soulful vocals of folk singer Odetta and the sultry Nina Simone in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” written and directed by Randy Johnson and choreographed by Patricia Wilcox.

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Black women of soul shaped Joplin

“A Night With Janis Joplin,” currently knocking audiences sideways with nuclear-fueled rock and roll at the Lyceum Theater, is much more than the title suggests.

Celebrating Absalom Jones

The New York Chapter of the Union of the Black Episcopalians and the Anti-Racism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York are pleased to present a celebration of the life of blessed Absalom Jones.

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Rest well, Louise A. Warren

Louise A. Warren of Stone Mountain, Ga., previously of Indianapolis, was stylish, classy and fearless. She breathed and walked with charm and grace. She was a child of God.

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Yolanda Gross passes at 74

Beloved educator, church elder and musician Yolanda Gross has died. She is best remembered by family and friends for her humor, wit and her habit of giving back to her community. She passed away on Jan. 19 after an illness in Southampton Hospital at age 74.

SUNY Downstate receives over $2 million for STAR

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Special Treatment and Research (STAR) program has received five new awards totaling more than $2 million

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Patients need medical insurance as well as assurance

I grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended the great Concord Baptist Church, where I listened intently to the sermons delivered by the great Rev. Gardner Taylor

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Brooklyn NAACP branch targets K-3 literacy

The Brooklyn branch of the NAACP demonstrated a commitment to the development of lifelong readers by holding their first annual New Year Book Giveaway for children in grades K-3 at the Macon Library in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday, Jan. 25

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The adventures of George Washington Williams

George Washington Williams was born almost a century before Dr. Carter G. Woodson conceived Negro History Week

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Letter No. 63: Immigration reform now!

Talented entrepreneurs like Luis Aguilar, Justino Mora and Kent Tam are among millions of reasons why you and U.S. lawmakers must make immigration reform a reality now.

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Around the world for the holidays

I knew I would be doing a lot of traveling during the holidays to connect with friends and loved ones across the globe, but it was only toward the end of trip that I realized I would circle the entire planet.

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House passes $9B in food stamp cuts

On the day that the House would pass a $100 billion-a-year farm bill that included significant cuts to the food program, elected officials, nonprofit organizations and activists gathered at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Chelsea to denounce the legislation and plead the Senate to deny it

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Judge puts ‘Central Park Five’ federal lawsuit on hold for 30 days

For 25 years, the lives of the Central Park five have been in limbo

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Obama's Orders: President announces new executive orders in State of the Union

President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address Tuesday evening

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More than enough white curators?

On the “A” w/Souleo

Professional curators respond to a new diversity initiative aimed at increasing diversity at major U.S. museums.

Wednesday, January 29

Obama raises the minimum wage for federal workers after recent protests

In the wake of national protests by fast-food workers, the president has proposed a compromise in the form of the Harkin-Miller Bill. In an official statement released Tuesday, the White House revealed that President Obama is using his executive authority to raise the Federal minimum wage to $10.10, up from the current $7.25.

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Women to enjoy rights under new Tunisia constitution

Tunisia's new constitution is being called “a revolution in itself” for its promises to women of gender equality and other rights.

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U.N. urges countries to shelter Somalis feeling deepening war

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to countries not to deport Somali asylum seekers

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Rights activist enters race for South African presidency

The largest opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has announced that anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will be their Presidential candidate for this year’s elections

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Young Kenyan writer, organizer of Earthfest, is felled by cancer

Crusading BBC journalist Anne Waithera of Kenya, stricken by cancer, passed away this week at the youthful age of 39.

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NY and NJ Port Authority orders $1 pay hike for airline workers

Following President Obama's announcement of his Executive Order to raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ordered airlines to give their minimum wage employees an immediate raise.

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Big drug bust sends DEA rushing to Trinidad

A huge shipment of cocaine that customs and border patrol agents found in Norfolk, Virginia this month has sent more than 50 Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other federal agents scampering to the South Caribbean island of Trinidad.

Tuesday, January 28

Cuomo gives Limited Access to Marijuana in New York

Cancer patients and those suffering other serious illnesses can now obtain medical marijuana in 20 hospitals in New York, announced Governor Andrew Cuomo in his January 8 State of the State address.

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Speculations for tonight's State of the Union Address

The nation readies itself to hear President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight

Monday, January 27

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Queens man makes fourth attempt at trans-atlantic journey

A man from Flushing, Queens plans to row from the Canary Islands to Brooklyn with only his internet connection to update the world on his travels. However, his real goal is to bring awareness to a devasting illness.

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Families and activists gather at vigil for traffic accident victims

Families of victims killed in traffic accidents in New York City gather in Brooklyn with politicians and other supporters of better pedestrian safety measures.

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MLK, redefined as a politician

On the “A” w/Souleo:

Various Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events are available for people to celebrate his legacy: from a new Broadway play, to documentary, to ballet.

Thursday, January 23

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Jan 23 - 29, 2014

Our GBE “Emancipations Month” spotlight shines on “Friday Night in Harlem,”

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Foodies of football

Talking SCHOP!

Are you ready for some football?!

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Twenty-four hours in Montreal

A one-part article is not nearly long enough to capture the essence of the Canadian jewel that is Montreal.

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Airport workers and supporters arrested at MLK protests

They gave you fair warning in December. Beware.

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NLRB to Walmart: We’re watching you

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)wanted to remind Walmart one more time that they’re on notice.

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New York Coalition of 100 Black Women donates to US-based Haitian charity

The New York Coalition of 100 Black Women supports children’s causes both here in the United States and internationally

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In Israel, diversity may be the key to the future

In a week of speaking with government officials and ordinary citizens in Israel, there were few if any who expressed optimism that a settlement of the Palestinian issue

The effects of gentrification in New York

New York is changing

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On Nov. 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes.

Help needed for those people living with AIDS and seeking housing

When I was diagnosed with HIV, I had no idea that one of the biggest challenges I would face would not be juggling medical appointments and treatment decisions or telling friends and family about my status, but simply keeping my apartment.

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We need universal pre-K; let’s make it happen

It is a long proven fact that children enrolled in pre-K have an advantage over those students who don’t start school until age 5 or kindergarten.

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Judge puts ‘Central Park Five’ federal lawsuit on hold for 30 days

Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis agreed to put litigation in the “Central Park Five” case on hold for 30 days

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Sigmas celebrate their centennial

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity kicked off its centennial year by announcing several events that will commemorate the milestone

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Herb Boyd inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame

Amsterdam News journalist, author and scholar Herb Boyd was one of eight journalists recently inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame

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Tyron Waiters loves feeling ‘blue’

Tyron Waiters serves the community through his fraternity.

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Revolutionary duo saluted by political prisoners

It was the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee’s (MXCC) 18th annual dinner tribute to “our freedom fighters” and their families.

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De Blasio adds Pierre-Louis to administration

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to add a few more names to his administration last week when he announced the appointment of Rose Pierre-Louis as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

“White America has an uncanny way of making the victim the victimizer” King ... Don King

Ever wished you can be a fly on the wall for certain conversations?

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Martin Luther King honored at Riverside Church

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was honored at Harlem’s Riverside Church

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Eric Adams inaugurated

It was a virtual who’s who at the inauguration of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at the Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway

Super Bowl at MetLife, super bash at the Apollo

When the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks clash on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium at Super Bowl XLVIII, they will need a stellar performance in order to match the run-up mega event at the Apollo Theater on Jan. 31.

The Cosmopolitan Review

A new year means it’s time for most of the not-for-profits and charities to raise new funds

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Family commemorates two-year anniversary since NYPD killing of Ramarley Graham

The family of Ramarley Graham is hosting a memorial commemorating the second anniversary of his death

Free Universal Pre-K in the Bronx

BronxWorks has immediate spaces available for children 3 to 5 years old

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Family of Kyam Livingston speaking out

Family members, concerned citizens, clergy and community leaders are demanding an investigation into conditions at Brooklyn Central Booking after the death of 37-year-old Kyam Livingston

Second international people's tribunal ICC

The Second International People’s Tribunal will be held at Columbia University Law School

Sharpton aide named chief of staff to city’s new first lady

Rachel Noerdlinger, the well-known publicist to the Rev. Al Sharpton, has been named chief of staff to New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray.

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Eric Stevenson convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges

Disgraced Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was found guilty on charges including bribery and conspiracy. He could face 20 years in prison.

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Two hospitals, one fate

Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) are both operating with one figurative leg as management looks to cut off what’s left

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Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston inducted into NJ Hall of Fame

New couple alert! It looks like “12 Years a Slave” darling Lupita Nyong’o may be dating hot hunk Jared Leto.

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Avant-garde trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr. dies at 61

Roy Campbell Jr. was known for wearing his baseball caps pulled down and his rigorous trumpet sound

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Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart dive into the absurd in ‘Waiting for Godot’ and ‘No Man’s Land’

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are the best pairing since peanut butter and jelly

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Jessica London expands to make Plus-size styles

Jessica London has extended its range of sizes for modern, plus-size fashions

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John Paul Ataker Fall/winter 2014 fashions unveiled

For fall/winter ’14, John Paul Ataker unveils his evening collection in New York.

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Police investigate Chris Brown case

Washington, D.C., police have launched an internal affairs investigation over statements made in the current Chris Brown assault case

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Tagged in a ‘Ride Along’

Twitter was abuzz that the rising street artist known by the moniker “oVeR"

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Black superheroes at the Schomburg

Black superheroes at the Schomburg

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Kandi Burruss joins ‘NEWSical the Musical’

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member started a two-week run on Jan. 13 in the off-Broadway smash comedy “NEWSical the Musical.

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Meet Tower of Power’s New Lead Singer

On the “A” w/Souleo:

Legendary funk/soul outfit, Tower of Power looks to the future with new lead singer, Ray Greene.

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Celebrating the extraordinary life of Amiri Baraka

A cadre of activists, artists, intellectuals, politicians and revolutionaries convened at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., last Friday evening, then again at Newark’s Symphony Hall on Saturday morning to pay homage to the lifetime accomplishments of hometown hero Amiri Baraka

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Lincoln Medical opens new psychiatric unit

Lincoln Medical Center recently joined with health care professionals and community leaders to open the hospital’s new 30-bed inpatient psychiatry unit

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Bedford Academy High School students speak on love for Dr. Martin Luther King

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 20, people around the world honor the civil rights leader and remember the great impact he had.

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Medgar Evers celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday

The 29th annual MLK Family Celebration took place at Medgar Evers College

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Cartoonist Zelda Ormes inducted into NABJ Hall of Fame

Jackie Ormes, the largely unknown Black female cartoonist

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Letter No. 62: Immigration reform now!

That crazy group ironically called “FAIR” has already gone into overdrive ever since the announcement that a Republican set of immigration “principles” will be floated to the House GOP caucus

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Small islands to meet in Nassau

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization, will stage a two-day high-level tourism conference

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Barbados gov’t, unions lock horns

The government of Barbados is going ahead with the retrenchment of more than 3,000 civil servants this year

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BAM celebrates Dr. King’s birthday

Monday, Jan. 20 represented what would have been the 85th birthday of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and people assembled from all over the city to help celebrate this legend.

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Tortured 4-year-old Myls Dobson laid to rest

Memorial services for 4-year-old torture victim Myls Dobson took place at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church

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Heartbroken city grieves: Avonte Oquendo’s remains found in East River

The news that New York City did not want to hear was delivered on Monday afternoon. The remains that were found along the shore of the East River in Queens are those of missing autistic teen Avonte

Tuesday, January 21

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DNA confirms human remains belong to missing, Black teen Avonte Oquendo

Body parts found in Queens belong to Avonte Oquendo

Friday, January 17

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Jan 16 - 22, 2013

Our GBE Emancipation Month bids a final farewell to beloved and brilliant poet laureate of the Black Arts Movement, the late poet, playwright and activist Imamu Amiri Baraka

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First New Year’s Eve at Vinateria

Talking SCHOP!

There is a new restaurant in Harlem that I have been remiss in telling you about: Vinateria

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Ten best budget destinations for 2014

“With amazing food, glorious public spaces and unparalleled museums, theme parks and beaches, the only thing ‘budget’ about these world-class vacation spots is the price tag!”

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Bobbi Kristina marries Nick Gordon

According to reports, Bobbi Kristina Brown announced on Twitter Thursday that she and Nick Gordon are “happily married.

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Amiri Baraka remembered

Amiri Baraka, a riveting force armed with words that scurried the battle fields of life and pierced the curtains of falsehoods with hard-hitting truth, died on Jan. 9 at Beth Israel Medical Center, confirmed his son Ras Baraka, a member of the Newark Municipal Council.

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Harlem Repertory Theatre offers fantastic double bill

If you enjoy marvelous theater performed in an intimate setting, then you must make plans to go to see Harlem Repertory Theatre at the 133th Street Arts Center

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Pop-ups hit fashion

Pop-up stores are the fashion-of-the-moment spots that can simply pop up anywhere, anytime

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Harlem spot for yoga and skin care

Land Skin Care and Land Yoga, located at 2116 Frederick Douglas Blvd. between 114th and W. 115th streets, are two separate beauty businesses in one spot.

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And the Academy Award goes to … Cheryl Boone Isaacs

the 86th Oscars nominations will be announced by actor Chris Hemsworth

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Notes from Sundance: Pre-festival buzz

What to screen at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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The legacy lives: The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

in 1981, Robert Redford decided to create the Sundance Institute, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater

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Letter No. 61 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

It’s a new year filled with hope, and I’m a believer that we can get immigration reform accomplished before I get to letter 100

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Round Hill Hotel in Jamaica earns hospitality certification

One of Jamaica’s best known and most charming resorts, Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has earned the highly regarded Hospitality Assured certification

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Body parts seen in Queens may be missing Black teen Avonte Oquendo's

Police are investigating whether human remains found in the East River Thursday are those of Avonte Qquendo.

Thursday, January 16

Remains of Black soldier in Korean War returned

Clara Gantt, 94, has waited more than 60 years for her husband, Joseph E. Gantt, to come home from Korea

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Alcohol and old lace

House Calls

Many renowned persons have made comments regarding alcoholism.

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‘Little Rock Nine’ pioneer Carlotta Walls LaNier to speak at UC Riverside

Civil rights pioneer Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest member of the the “Little Rock Nine,” will tell the story of her participation in a pivotal moment of civil rights history in a free talk on the campus of the University of California, Riverside on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

AQE joins 83 legislators in calling for Cuomo to add $1.9 billion in school aid to budget

This Monday January 13 in Albany, 83 senators and assemblymembers released a letter calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase school aid by $1.9 billion

This Week in Black History Jan 16-22

Black events from January 16 to January 22

Legislators push for immediate minimum wage reform

With the state of California having recently increased its minimum wage to $10 an hour and New Jersey voters having approved a measure to increase its state’s wage and index future increases to inflation, it was high time for New York to adjust recent legislation on the fly.

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Workers put pressure on Port Authority over MLK Day

Airport workers gave the Port Authority a warning, and now elected officials have fired verbal warning shots on the workers’ behalf as well.

Apollo Music Café and Ethiopia’s Wanya is what’s up


Last Saturday at the Apollo an artist from Washington, D.C., by way of Ethiopia named Wanya lit up the stage

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Jessye Norman to receive the coveted AFUWI Bob Marley Award

The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) will hold its 17th annual Legacy Awards Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, Jan. 29

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New York NAACP chapters hold first quarterly meeting of 2014

The NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, with chapters all across New York state, met at 52 Broadway in Manhattan for an all-day session to report on and plan civil rights actions for 2014. The meeting was chaired by New York state NAACP President Hazel N. Dukes

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Over 700 attend inauguration of Council Member Andy King

More than 700 people packed a Bronx high school auditorium Sunday afternoon to attend an electrifying inauguration celebration of New York City Council Member Andy King

The Cosmopolitan Review

New year, new restaurants. Look for the grand opening of Cucino Y Vino, located on Lenox Avenue at 131st Street. It’s a little far north of the restaurant hub, but it looks like it will be the next new haunt of those who hang.

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A new era begins at Iona

So far so very good for the new women’s basketball coach at Iona College, Billi Godsey. A 2003 graduate of Hofstra, Godsey is one of several young female coaches of color recently hired for head coaching jobs in Division I women’s college basketball.

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St.John’s University honors legends Lou Carnesecca and Jack Kaiser

On an overcast Friday afternoon, St. John’s University honored legendary coaches Lou Carnesecca and Jack Kaiser at Antun’s, the popular Queens catering hall. It was a nostalgic afternoon of fun and great eats, and the room was filled with alumni, coaches and the honorees, Carnesecca and Kaiser.

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JR Smith is proving to be his own worst enemy

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

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Have the Nets finally found their groove?

Have the Nets finally turned the corner?

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On the road to the Super Bowl

Sunday could represent a significant change in philosophies for Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's teams

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Battle for the NFC Championship

The NFC Championship had to come down to the Seattle Seahawks facing the San Francisco 49ers for the honor of playing in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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A fight for life: Jahi McMath

In an ongoing saga, a 13-year-old brain-dead Black child in California has been relocated to New York in an effort to save the teen.

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In North Carolina, Republican excesses are hampering the rights of the people

There is something patently un-American and undemocratic about a group of people being denied representation in Congress

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Thoughts on the privileges of capitalism and hard work

Communism is an economic construct that died because it had no incentives for anyone other than the politicians who, of course, lived outside the economic rules of their society

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Death of a Black man who refused to live as a Negro

Most of the obituaries written about Amiri Baraka in the white mainstream media focus on the poet and playwright’s misdeeds or ordinary actions

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Airport workers deserve a living wage

There needs to be a change. Airport workers deserve some respect

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Keeping up the ‘Drama’

Media personality, journalist and pop culture maven Candice “Ms. Drama” Williams has made a name for herself

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Marissa Alexander remains released on bond

Reports indicate that the Marissa Alexander, who was released on bond while she awaits trial for shooting a warning shot at her abusive husband, was almost sent back to jail after violating the terms of her bond

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Congress and Haiti funds: Where is the money?

Four years ago, when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake damaged Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, many countries, including the United States, pledged large sums of money to assist with rescue, recovery and reconstruction efforts

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Politicians demand apology from Chris Christie

Chris Christie remained in hot water over emails that revealed his top aides constructed a traffic jam on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge

NYC Department of Environmental Conservation currently offering lifeguard tests

free lifeguard tests in the Adirondack and Catskill regions

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State legislatures and assembly put pressure on Cuomo to add $1.9 billion in school aid

Over 80 senators and Assembly members released a letter calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase school aid by $1.9 billion

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Victims of police violence oppose new police commissioner

police reform groups recently to protested in front of the Harlem State Office Building in opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s choice of Bill Bratton as the new police commissioner.

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Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson to be honored at POW dinner

One would be hard-pressed to find a more grassroots, Black Nationalist, U.S.-based freedom-fighting couple than Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson

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Judge rules NYPD cops must submit to sobriety tests following shootings

Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten ruled that members of the NYPD must undergo a breathalyzer test immediately following certain shooting incidents, according to a statement released on Jan. 2.

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NYC Haitian community memorializes earthquake victims, looks to the future

It has been four years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities on Jan. 12, 2010, killing more than 200,000 people.

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In memoriam: Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka died Thursday afternoon in Newark, N.J., where he was born and lived most of his life.

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Unemployment numbers troubling as many drop out of labor force completely

Last week’s jobs report unveiled that the United States only added 74,000 jobs in December, which is the weakest showing since the start of 2011 and a significant dip from the average of the previous three months (250,000).

Radioactive cars from Japan turning up in Caribbean

Last month, customs and other enforcement authorities in Jamaica intercepted and quarantined a 40-foot container of vehicle parts destined for Guyana

Wednesday, January 15

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U.S. troops boost forces in Nigeria, Somalia

U.S. forces, winding down in Afghanistan, are finding new battle fronts in Africa.

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Kwame Tuie: Dr. King, the peaceful revolutionary

As the nation prepares to acknowledge Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this Monday, Jan. 20, the 85th anniversary of his physical birth actually passed on Wednesday, Jan. 15

New York City's fourth annual peace week kicks off

LIFE Camp., Man Up! and civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory kicked off New York City’s fourth annual Peace Week on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 15

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Hundreds of south Sudanese refugees lost in sinking boat

Some 200 civilians, mostly women and children, were lost in the waters of the Nile river as their crowded boat overturned at sea.

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New cardinals from Africa and Haiti to help Pope serve the poor

ope Francis named his first batch of cardinals

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Intolerance hardens towards gays across Africa

Governments across Africa are decreeing new punitive laws against gay nationals

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The Night The Music Rocked

If you are a lover of Rock ‘n Roll, your doo-wop and rock ‘n roll dreams will be answered on Saturday January 18

Expansion of the Careers and Professional Development Institute

Since the recent expansion of the City College Careers and Professional Development Institute, there have been inquiries, including your December 5 article, as to why the institute is expanding and will this impact the college’s ongoing mission of serving and meeting community needs.

Tuesday, January 14

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Tony Dungy

Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Friday, January 10

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Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years

The past 100 years for people of color have been moving at the speed of light. I have identified a few of my favorite Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years.

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3 Black-Owned Natural Hair And Beauty Brands That You Should Know

With the emergence of the natural hair movement and the infiltration of black beauty icons in mainstream media, came the proliferation of black-owned business with a purpose. Ones that used all natural ingredients, employed each other and sought to create solutions to their own beauty conundrums, and, in the process founded businesses. Such acts are worth celebrating and supporting.

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Thousands of Students of Color Affected By School Closing

Thousands of students of color in Detroit; New York; Newark, NJ; Oakland; Washington, D.C; Chicago and Philadelphia have lost their schools due to mass school closings. 

Thursday, January 9

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How to Redefine What It Means to be Beautiful

"Beautiful" - adjective - pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Of a very high standard; excellent.

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The Message in the Natural Hair Movement

"It's just hair." This is what people say who try to convince themselves that their hair doesn't somehow speak for them. As if its style, color and texture don't speak volumes about their personality, creativity, or disposition in general. While I reject the notion that hair completely defines a person, I strongly believe that it says something about one's state of mind and perhaps about society as a whole.

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Amiri Baraka passes at age 79

Famed writer Amiri Baraka passes away in New Jersey at age 79

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Black Women’s Guide to Beautiful Skin

Mocha, caramel, almond—black women’s skin comes in many decadent shades. All of which call for proper skin care and pampering. While it has been said that black doesn’t crack, having a great skin care routine is a must if we want to ensure that our skin withstands the test of time. Today, I’ll share everything black women need to know to achieve and maintain beautiful skin.

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She's An Icon: Top 10 Black Women Who Are Making Black History Today

We all (hopefully) know the stellar history of our fore-mothers like Sojourner Truth, Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hammer, Dorothy Height and Lena Horne. But there are black women making moves today who are likely to join those names in our history books and become legends in their own right.

Dinner tribute to the families of political prisoners and prisoners of war

The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee is hosting the 18th annual Dinner Tribute to the Families of Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War

MLK Holiday commemorated with forum on Violence

In response to the pandemic of violence plaguing the Brooklyn community, groups organized an emergency forum on gun and gang violence

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Post-Obama: The Future of the Black Body Politic After the Age of Obama

When then Senator Barack Obama turned into President Barack Obama after his historic 2008 election it had all the pageantry, zeal and aura of a religious revelation for many. It was something a long time coming -- a win after a war that has been on-going for decades, centuries. But for all the pomp and excitement, it was short-lived. Once the party was over, on came the political hangover.

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‘Political prisoner’ Lynne Stewart released from prison

On New Year’s Eve, Lynne Stewart, a longtime civil rights lawyer who is suffering from breast cancer, was released from prison after a judge granted her request for compassionate release.

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Attorney L. Londell McMillan is a purpose-driven man of the people

Londell L. McMillan: an attorney, media mogul, entrepreneur and community activist.

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Oliver to write book about stint as first African-American woman Assembly speaker

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver announced last week that she is writing a tell-all book about her shaky four years as New Jersey’s first African-American woman to serve as state Assembly speaker.

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The push for Michael Giles’ freedom begins

A military man on active duty hangs out with friends at a bar in Tallahassee, Fla. A fight breaks out at the bar between fraternity brothers from nearby Florida A&M University—people who aren’t connected to the military man and his friends.

Health care deadline arrives but there's still time

There are several things about Obamacare that are indisputable, though we are mindful that by offering the views of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, they are clearly tendentious.

Minority and Women-owned businesses being hammered by Scaffold Law

The leadership of the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Businesses, this is about jobs, safety and justice.

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Give airport workers a break

For the 12,000 low-wage subcontracted airport service workers in New York, the holiday season is the busiest part of the year.

National Action Network holds youth day of action against gun violence

The National Action Network (NAN) is holding the National Youth Day Action Against Gun Violence on Jan. 8.

Push for universal pre-K begins

Bill de Blasio’s first week as mayor has been busy, and he wants to make sure state legislators are busy as well. Standing with union leaders during a news conference at the Union Johnson Early Learning Center on Monday morning, the new mayor urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass de Blasio’s plan to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers a little more and use the money to pay for universal pre-K for all New York children.

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Jesus and race

What explosive emotions erupted when Megan Kelly of Fox News declared that Jesus and Santa were white men.

Sovereignty: A New Year’s resolution for Black America

As we approach 2014 without a clear collective resolution, the quality of life for Blacks living in the United States is disturbing, disappointing and unacceptable.

The Affordable Care Act is now in effect

“The Affordable Care Act and You” is a forum that will be held on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at Sistas’ Place, located at 456 Nostrand Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  

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The ‘war on poverty’ hasn’t failed

We launched a “war on poverty” 50 years ago; how are we doing today?

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Ramarley Graham case against NYC and the NYPD opens

There might be a ray of hope for the family of Ramarley Graham, as Judge P. Kevin Castel opened a federal civil lawsuit case against the city of New York, former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and NYPD officers, including Graham’s shooter, Officer Richard Haste, on Jan. 7.

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To Assimilate or Infiltrate: The War for (and Against) Being Undeniably Black

When I was in the 9th grade I wrote a cartoon strip where the heroine’s name was Daphne. A white male classmate of mine who enjoyed reading my stories immediately complained that I’d give the girl a weird “black” name. I, politely, explained to him that the name was pronounced “Daff-nee” and that Daphne was a name from Greek mythology. Or, if that was too deep for him, a white female character from the cartoon “Scooby Doo.” No matter, to my “it’s all black names” to me friend. It was a weird name with a weird spelling, so it was a weird “black name.”

African scholar warriors: Dr. Ben, Dr. Clarke and Dr. Diop celebrated

The lifetime achievements of three monumental African scholar warriors were acknowledged this past week as their physical days aligned within four days of each other.

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Community Calender

Greetings! The New Year 2014 has begun, and we are in “GBE Emancipation Month” 2014.

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Baba John Watusi Branch passes on to the ancestors

Family and friends gathered for three days to celebrate the life of John Watusi Branch.

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Voting Rights: Under Threat Then, Still Under Threat Now

Georgia resident Dorothy Cooper had been voting for more than 50 years with no problem, but in 2012 she almost couldn’t. It was all due to the new voter ID law Georgia had passed under the guise of fighting voter fraud, but critics of the law said its real purpose was to make it harder for individuals like Cooper – the black, the poor and the elderly – to vote.

Dr. W.V. Cordice, who helped save Dr. King, passes at 94

Dr. W. V. Cordice Jr. was a quiet, unassuming man of great humility, but he was also a talented surgeon who knew exactly what to do when faced with a crisis.

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The Lord is watching over us

As you read the newspaper and watch television, it is obvious that a great change is taking place not only in this country, but all over the world.

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New year, back to basics

Talking SCHOP!

Hot, filling and delicious, it is comfort food that makes it all better. And when I think of comfort, I not only think of pasta, but specifically spaghetti with meatballs. Here is my recipe for you to enjoy, too.

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Actor James Avery passes at age 68

James Avery, best known for playing the part of a stern, sometimes uptight uncle on the long-running NBC sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died on Dec. 31

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Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observance to focus on Black American health

Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Louis W. Sullivan will speak on the state of Black American health at an event honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

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Ebony Escapes! Year in review

This is particularly fun for me with travel—looking back on all the fascinating places I visited and experiences I shared during the past year, in addition to planning out more, sure-to-be amazing adventures to share with you all.

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Maria W. Stewart, fiery feminist and abolitionist

It’s not too farfetched to say that Maria Stewart was the female counterpart to the great Marcus Garvey.

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Letter No. 60: Immigration reform now!

There is no more next year. This is next year—an election year—and the push must be on to get a deal on immigration reform.

Caribbean to focus on climate change

Heavier than usual December rains caused havoc in the region, killing nearly a dozen people, triggering mudslides and floods and causing general mayhem for thousands.

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Blame game unhelpful, says economist

With the new year upon us, a leading Caribbean economist has called on the region’s citizens to take charge of their personal financial destiny and waste no time with playing the “blame game,” which he says is unhelpful.

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State of the State champions Cuomo’s accomplishments and plans new ones

On Wednesday in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out state wide plans for tax cuts, universal pre-K, airports, and juvenile justice

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Union leaders hope for change under de Blasio

Currently, all public unions are working without contracts and are looking to negotiate raises and back pay as soon as possible. The projected budget shortfall for this fiscal year, however, makes the unions’ desire seem more like wishful thinking. Nevertheless, union leaders were happy to see de Blasio sworn in, and they have high hopes for at least the next four years.

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Mark-Viverito elected as City Council speaker in historic win

In what has been called “the most transparent” election in City Council history, East Harlem Democratic Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito became the city’s first Latina and woman of color to be named speaker of the City Council.

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NYC's new Black politicians take oath of office

Black New Yorkers got all “turned up” this week as a spate of glossy yet grassroots inaugurations took over the city.

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Healthy Soul Food Exchanges that Work! | The Black American Kitchen

I have compiled 5 of my favorite Soul Food Exchanges so that you can maintain ethnic flavor when cooking Soul Food but not take in all of the sodium, fat or calories!

Centennial anniversary of Ford’s $5 a day wage increase

One of Ford’s motives was to improve the sales of his Model T by providing his workers with a salary so they could afford to purchase the product they helped produce. These job opportunities were good news and bad news for Black workers in Detroit who before World War I represented but a small portion of the city’s total population.

Nappy Headz Salon owner Yolanda Holme's son Young QC arrested in connection to her murder

On Dec. 24, 2013, Chicago police apprehended 24-year-old Qawmane Wilson and two accomplices and charged the trio with the alleged murder of Yolanda Holmes, 45

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Quvenzhané Wallis set to earn $1.5 million for ‘Annie’

Ten-year-old film star Quvenzhané Wallis may reportedly receive $1.5 million for her role in the upcoming film adaptation of “Annie,” the classic Broadway show and film.

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Links to honor Sgt. Felecia Parker

U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Felecia Parker, who served 11 years in the U.S. Navy and joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2008, left to go to her second tour of the Middle East on Jan. 3.

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Finally! SNL hires Black female cast member

Sasheer Zamata, a recent University of Virginia graduate who is popular on the New York City comedy circuit, has joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live".

Bassist Dwayne Burno dies at 43

Dwayne Burno, one of the more creative bassists of his generation who explored the full realm of the jazz idiom—a practice that allowed him to handle any musical challenge as a band leader or first call bassist—died on Dec. 28, 2013, in New York.

City Swears in new officials

New officials inaguaration.

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2013: The Year in Black theater Part 2

Amazing, powerful, extraordinary, brilliant and thought-provoking are just some of the adjectives that come to mind when I think about the year in Black theater during 2013.

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New Black Panther Party Plans New Year Events

The New Black Panther Party’s Newark chapter plans to kick off the new year with new events.

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Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo's spring ’14 designs hit the runways

Tome’s collection comes from Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo.

Cosmopolitan Review: New years and new celebrations

Well, here we are in January 2014. After a whirlwind holiday season, I am proud to admit that I was amongst the couch potatoes who stayed home on New Year’s Eve watching TV, specifically channel 7’s “Rocking Eve.”

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Elegant fashions of the 1930s at Museum at FIT

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) exhibition “Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s” will open on Feb. 7.

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Three dance greats pass on

Mama Marie Brooks, founder of Marie Brooks Pan-Caribbean Dance Company, joined the ancestors on Dec. 16, 2013.

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UN establishes 'Decade for People of African Descent'

 The United Nations General Assembly has finally declared the establishment of an “International Decade for People of African Descent” (IDPAD).

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January 2014 dance calendar

List of must-see dance to begin 2014!

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The O’Jays take the stage at Lehman Center

Eddie Levert was in a jovial mood shortly after the New Year’s holiday when we chatted about his upcoming concert at Lehman Center for the Performing Art.

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Best of African Diaspora Film Fest Jan. 10-12

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is pleased to announce the return of the Best of the African Diaspora International Film Festival (Best of ADIFF) to Columbia University’s Teachers College on Jan. 10.

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Always bet on black: Prince plays Mohegan Sun

Prince's Dec. appearances at the Mohegan Sun Arena offered up special guests, including Janelle Monáe and Doug E. Fresh.

Wednesday, January 8

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African Influence in Fashion

Fashion is a 400 billion dollar industry in the US. Well-dressed celebrities like June Ambrose, Solange Knowles, and Tracee Ellis-Ross help to fuel the fashion obsession that helps to keep the sell of clothing and accessories on the rise. Let’s take a look at some designers that are helping to bring African culture and style to the forefront of the fashion industry.

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Recipe: Mama's Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is a that is revered in the American Black kitchen. There are so many ways to make it and every recipe brings joy and delight to our taste buds.

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"Chitlin’s From Slave food to Delicacy | The Black American Kitchen

However you feel about them it is never dry or ho-hum. Either you love Chitlin's and the way that they taste or you cannot stand the smell or even the thought of what you may be eating. Everybody feels strongly one way or the other about the Southern Soul Food delicacy. Let's get into what they are where they came from and potentially where Chitlin’s are going.

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Black Music: Often Appropriated Can’t Be Duplicated

2013 could be considered the year where black music was not only heavily appropriated, but also appropriated to the point of no return.

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How Are Reality TV Shows Affecting Society’s Perception Of Black Women?

While Black women are clearly underrepresented in films and on prime time comedies and dramas, the same cannot be said of our representation on reality television. The sheer number of reality programs on television today makes it difficult to determine if we are in some way “overrepresented,” however, Black women have been entertaining American households through this genre from its inception and continue to do so today.

Tuesday, January 7

East harlem tutorial program gains a large donation to improve education in community

East Harlem Tutorial Program received a whopping $15 million challenge gift from philanthropists Marilyn and Jim Simons.

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Debra Auguste Receives Presidential Early Career

Dr. Debra Auguste, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Groove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers.

Municipal Credit Union Will Aide In College Scholarships

The Municipal Credit Union (MCU) is offering up to $66,000 in scholarships for college-bound high school seniors.

Family Moved Jahi McMath to Undisclosed Location

13-year-old California native, Jahi McMath, is still hooked up to machines and considered brain dead after suffering complications from a tonsillectomy she received on Dec. 9.

Monday, January 6

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Health, Heart and Soul

Inventive and smart ways to keep the soul in your food while incorporating heart-healthy methods into your cooking.

Thursday, January 2

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Talking SCHOP! 2013: Looking back … (continued)

Happy New Year, Harlem and Amsterdam News readers everywhere! I hate to say it, but this time next year, we will be reflecting on all that 2014 brought us—the highs, the lows and all of the meat in between! Be prepared to capture the ensuing moments with photos, journaling and, of course, cooking and eating!

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! With the new year beginning, we wish a “Happy New You” to everyone as we all pursue our dreams and manifest our inner visions for 2014.

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Essential elements: Great travel finds for the person on the go

Travel isn’t all about where you are going and how you get there, but also what you take with you.

Time to end health care disparities in New York

When one looks at the deep disparities in health care access for New Yorkers, we see the embodiment of the “Tale of Two Cities” that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio articulated in his campaign.

Open letter to Mayor de Blasio for a progressive public education future for New York City children

Dear Mayor de Blasio: We look forward to the progressive change your administration has promised to our city that is burdened with 20 years of corporate-centered rule.

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Spike Lee's brother, Christopher Lee, dies at age 55

Yesterday, director Spike Lee announced on Instagram that his younger brother, Christopher Lee died at age 55.

Port Authority workers want MLK Day off

Hundreds of contracted area airport workers delivered a present to the headquarters of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Park Avenue South: a list of demands for better wages, benefits and paid sick days and holidays.

DC schools give false teacher evaluations

On Monday, during holiday break, school officials revealed that bad calculations of the value that DCPS teachers added to student achievement last school year resulted in errors in performance evaluations for 44 teachers.

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The hard work begins

There is now a consensus among New York political observers that Bill de Blasio was elected mayor in a blow-out largely because his campaign theme of “A Tale of Two Cities” spoke to voters’ concerns about the growing inequality and the struggle of working families to live in the city. Mayor de Blasio, NYC, Working Families, Occupy Movement, Economy, Homeless Population, Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid

Giving Bobby Womack his due

It’s crazy to actually see change come to fruition right before our eyes. Speculating on the effects the changes will have is even crazier.

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Top corporations and minority businesses saluted at 40th Partnership Awards Gala

The New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council’s 40th annual Partnership Awards Gala, held recently at the New York Marriott Marquis, honored outstanding minority entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Con Edison and Ernst & Young, for outstanding accomplishments in creating business collaborations.

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Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies holiday toy drive

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) launched its 91st annual holiday toy drive.

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Bronx Triangle Christmas party at Eastwood Manor

Bronx Triangle Inc. held its Christmas party at Eastwood Manor Supper Club in the Bronx

The Cosmopolitan Review

Before I ring in the New Year, I have to give one final hurrah for the old year. If we didn’t party all year long, we definitely did so in the month of December.

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Lorinda Moore shows it’s never too late to learn

If anyone had lived the life that Touro College Administrative Assistant Lorinda Moore’s lived up to this point, they might not survive.

Protect skin from outdoor cold, indoor heat

Although a long, hot shower or snuggling in a heavy sweater and other warm clothing in a toasty room may initially feel wonderful in winter, these measures to keep warm and comfortable are not wonderful for your skin.

Antibiotics can be the wrong medicine

Antibiotics cannot relieve many illnesses, and, worse yet, taking them when unnecessary can actually jeopardize the future health of the person taking them—and the health of others.

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Going up yonder from your home

I am convinced that patients’ lives are extended when they are kept at home. They can hear familiar voices and songs. They can see familiar faces of their loved ones.

Black Girls Code invites young women into the tech world

On Dec. 14, Black Girls Code, an organization aimed at exposing young Black girls to computer science and technology, teamed up with Google to host a day-long mobile app training course.

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Howard University strives on

We must convince our athletes that the quality education and benefits that Howard offers is of far greater value than the dreams of going pro that Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) concoct.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Before I ring in the New Year, I have to give one final hurrah for the old year. If we didn’t party all year long, we definitely did so in the month of December.

Blood on the block

Two teens were gunned down in cold blood, outraging a fed-up community. Three adults were also shot and killed in nearby Irvington, N.J.

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Idris Elba avoids serious injury after car flips on camera

Idris Elba escaped injuries after a car he was driving flipped over while he was filming an upcoming documentary.

Wynton’s street cred, Chris Botti

The Wynton Marsalis Septet was a hot holiday ticket in town. Marsalis was playing at Dizzy’s Club Coca–Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center) for two weeks, including New Year’s Eve.

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Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union get engaged

Basketball star Dwyane Wade has proposed to actress Gabrielle Union, his girlfriend of four years.

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Southern charm and gentlemen callers in ‘The Glass Menagerie’

A Southern domestic drama about beautifully flawed and broken individuals, the play sports many elements of what has come to define the great Tennessee Williams as a playwright.

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Amsterdam News: 2013 Year in Review (Part 2)

part 2 of the 2013 year in review

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Style competition calls for emerging designers

U.S. fashion designers, Brad Smith has announced Design for Brad Smith, a one-of-a-kind design competition. Submissions open on Jan. 2

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While media attention has moved away from the search for autistic 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, the family continues its search. Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry,Inez Barron, Eddie Ellis,Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan

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Haute hats for spring ’14

For spring ’14, there’s a hat for every outfit and occasion in Anya Caliendo’s collection, shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

De Blasio makes some key appointments

As Mayor Bill de Blasio takes office this week, he brings several new cabinet appointments that are changing the landscape of the city. Bill de Blasio,Eric Adams,Mona Davids,Carmen Fariña,Bill Bratton

New year, new mayor, same issues

The City Council passes the Community Safety Act, lead by Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams.

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2013 in hip-hop

2013 was a year of hits and misses when it came to hip-hop.

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On the Verge: ‘Anchorman 2’ love interest Meagan Good

Megan Good surprising interview with Lapacazo Sandoval.

‘Anchorman 2’ comedic holiday miracle

Ron Burgundy—the one and, thankfully, the only—is back, and New York City is his oyster!

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On the Verge: Michael Wilkinson, designs ‘American Hustle’

I hope that Amy Adams, who plays Sydney Prosser in “American Hustle,” remembers to thank costume designer Michael Wilkinson at every single podium!

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‘Mother Africa’ embraces all your senses

This month, a new play debuted on 42nd Street called “Mother Africa.”

Heavy rains kill more than a dozen

Caribbean governments activated the Barbados-based Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in the past week.

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Letter No. 59: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, On Christmas Day, the man who holds the future of immigration policy in his hands tweeted a message that said: “From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas.”

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Faith and action key in the new year

Happy New Year! It’s a brand-new year with new opportunities for renewal, refreshing and reorganizing.