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Stories for July 2014

Thursday, July 31

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Thursdays, Seleno celebrates, Poncho Burns, Newport at 60

Jazz Notes

In the midst of this Harlem gentrification, more venues are opening their doors to live jazz. Every Thursday, the Lenox Saphire (341 Lenox Avenue at 127th Street) brightens with The Phil Young Experience and Friends.

Stringer takes NYCHA to task in new audit

Because of alleged shady bookkeeping and a lazy attitude toward oversight, the New York City Housing Authority did not live up to its promise to help its own. Section 3 of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Act mandates that NYCHA set aside a certain percentage of jobs for public housing residents and low-income New Yorkers when the cost of a project exceeds $100,000. According to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYCHA did not hold up its end of the bargain.

City to pay family $2.75 million for Rikers Island inmate

New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit that was filed by the family of a Rikers Island inmate who was allegedly beaten to death in December 2012 by corrections officers.

Op-ed on Israel

As rockets continue to rain down on Israeli communities and Israeli troops act to quell the onslaught, I will be boarding a plane bound for the Jewish state to see with my own eyes exactly what is taking place. During my time in Israel, I will be reporting on the ground and conducting a series of in-depth interviews on the latest state of affairs.

Thin line between cops and Crips

The other day, I believe it was July 17, while driving through Staten Island, I saw a gang of goons, all clad in blue, threateningly surrounding a fearful fellow who appeared to be fumbling a stuttering explanation to his menacing interrogators. They were all wearing baggy, blue khakis that were sagging downward. They must be Crips, I thought. Rumor has it that they are thugs and hoodlums, killers even. I felt somewhat discomforted.

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City Council passes “Avonte’s Law”

The New York City Council unanimously passed “Avonte’s Law” last Thursday, which calls on the Department of Education and the New York Police Department to evaluate the need for alarms and install audible alarms on doors of public school buildings that house special needs programs.

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Creating Agents of Change: The Power of You Teens

Black New Yorker

Bullying, sexual abuse, eating disorders and teen pregnancy—these are just a few of the challenges the CEO and founder of the Power of You Teens, Felicia Gibson Jaycox, wants to help our young girls combat. Created to empower and inspire teens, the organization acts as a support system for its youth, providing networking opportunities and other tools necessary for success.

Affordable Housing Seminars To Be Held In Brooklyn

Community Board No. 2 in Brooklyn is hosting five free seminars on financial empowerment that will be held over the next year by housing advocates so area residents have the credit history they need to qualify for housing lotteries, as well as in-depth orientations on the application process.

Harlem's Philip's Senior House Remains Affordable

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the preservation of Philip’s Senior House, a 14-story Mitchell Lama building with 200 units in central Harlem. As part of its rehabilitation and modernization, Philip’s Senior House will also remain affordable for low- and moderate-income seniors for 40 years.

Air Conditioners Donated To NYCHA Program

Air conditioning manufacturer Friedrich will donate 150 units to cool 38 Cornerstone programs at NYCHA sites. The gift benefits community centers where youth participate in summer enrichment programs. The donation goes to the Department of Youth and Community Development in NYCHA, which has extended evening hours in community centers citywide.

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! The tristate community joins with WBAI in mourning the passing of criminal justice and ex-offender advocate Eddie Ellis, host and executive producer of “On the Count,“ which was heard over WBAI. Ellis protected the rights of the incarcerated and served many former inmates and their families with a dedication that will be forever remembered.

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Talking SCHOP! Sizzling feet on Lenox

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Those grooves on the sidewalk on Lenox Avenue between 127th Street and 118th Street are real. Last Tuesday, loyal and patient Harlemites and patrons made their way up and down the avenue for the second annual Lenox Sizzles restaurant crawl.

New report shows city does more to help those paying child support

A new report by the New York City Independent Budget Office shows a shift in priorities at the city’s Office of Child Support Enforcement. OCSE began in 1975, when Congress provided a blueprint for local child support enforcement programs. OCSE provides custodial parents with assistance in obtaining financial support and medical insurance coverage for their children by locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support orders and collecting and distributing child support payments.

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Santa Monica: Beauty and the beach

Last time around we had just barely scratched the surface of Santa Monica, Calif., a unique, beachside community known around the world.

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1199SEIU launches new health care program with Montefiore

Last week, 1199SEIU announced the launch of a program that will coordinate care for close to 15,000 union members and their families, who already receive much of their care from Montefiore-affiliated programs.

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Met Opera workers fight for a fair contract to stay out of poverty

Fast-food workers aren’t the only ones fighting for a fair wage. Last Thursday evening, hundreds of Met Opera workers and community members held a rally to protest a contract proposal they claim would set them on the path to poverty.

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Kenny Leon Still Shining

It’s puzzling how audiences have not been able to definitively quantify what makes someone the “best” in hip-hop. On my side of the ledger, it starts and ends with the word.

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Harlem Revive! A Community Day of Unity

Hundreds of Harlemites poured into the Bradhurst neighborhood’s Jackie Robinson Park Amphitheater Saturday, July 19 to participate in “Harlem Revive!: A Community Day of Unity.”

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Metro-Manhattan Links partner with Metropolitan Museum of Art

Last week, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School and co-sponsor the Metro-Manhattan Links partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to host a day of “Understanding Cultures Through Art” for 57 of the school’s student-scholars and chaperons.

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The Bartendaz stress ‘movement is medicine’

The sixth annual Day of Movement, hosted by Giant and his Bartendaz, brought out the masses July 26 in the park at 139th and Lennox to witness and partake in their noted innovative exercise and fitness techniques, using urban playground equipment and street furniture.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Among the things I love about journalism is that you get to tell both sides of the story. You may recall in last week’s column, I wrote of ancient Mesopotamia, which was once known as the cradle of civilization. It is a region of the Middle East, which can best be located by today’s geographical description as ISIS territory.

Reverse RSVP: Why Uganda’s Museveni, who called enslaved Africans ‘stupid’ and praised Hitler, shouldn’t come to U.S.-Africa Summit

If a white person said Africans captured into slavery by Europeans deserved their fate because they were “stupid,” she or he would be treated like the plague. If anyone praised Adolph Hitler as having been “smart” but merely going “a bit too far,” that person would also invite universal condemnation.

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Jay Electronica invokes Farrakhan after controversial performance

Provocative hip-hop star Jay Electronica has attracted a bit of negative attention after his performance at the 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. One would think pulling larger-than-life rapper Jay Z onto the stage to perform with him would be a very positive experience for his fans, but Electronica’s surprise guest did not keep him from needing the defense of the Nation of Islam’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, once he stepped off the stage.

Vigils held for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Last week, a number of local and international events occurred to mark that it has been more than 100 days since the abduction of the Chibok pupils.

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Eddie Ellis makes his transition

Edwin Benjamin Ellis Jr., affectionately known to all as “Eddie Ellis,” passed away in the early morning July 24 at his home. He was 72 years old.

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Author showcases Trojan horse of World Cup, Olympics

It’s no secret that humans want to put their “best foot forward” when guests and new people are around. You clean your house, you put on makeup and you dress in your best clothes. However, countries that host the World Cup and the Olympics have taken that concept to its illogical extreme.

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James Baldwin gets his 'Place' in Harlem

Except for James Baldwin, very few of our legendary writers were actually born in Harlem. But next Saturday, Aug. 2, that point will be made definitively when a section of West 128th Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues, will be named “James Baldwin Place.” 

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Joffrey Ballet’s ‘call for choreographers of color’

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of the Joffrey Ballet, has announced their fifth annual call for the “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards” program. “The goal of the award is to recognize talented and emerging diverse choreographers of color whose diverse perspective will ignite creativity in the form of original works of dance,” according to the release. The deadline for application is Oct. 1.

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NAN's Youth Move Stand Up for #IAMJADA

NAN's Youth Move stood up for sexual assault victim Jada (of the #IAMJADA online movement).

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Seun Kuti speaks

Seun Kuti, 31, is the youngest son of musician/activist and founder of the Afrobeat rhythm, Fela Kuti. The new film about his father’s life and the making of the successful and Tony Award-winning musical, “Fela!,” is directed by Alex Gibney and executive produced by Stephen Hendel and Ruth Hendel (the producers of the Broadway stage production). The film opens Aug. 1.

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‘In the South—he’s a legend!’

The biopic “Get on Up,” based on the life of the legendary James Brown, marks director Tate Taylor’s first project since the four-time Oscar-nominated film “The Help.” It stars Chadwick Boseman (“42”) in the title role.

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‘Get on Up’ gets it right

“Get on Up” is an excellent peek inside the fascinating life of the undeniably brilliant funk-soul legend, James Brown, a complex man who displayed as many quirky personalities and personas as he did colorful nicknames and honorary titles.

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Broken windows, broken policy

Opinion-Editorial

As a longtime resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, who directly experienced stop-and-frisk abuses and police misconduct and was a plaintiff in the initial federal lawsuit against discriminatory NYPD practices after the 1999 murder of Amadou Diallo by NYPD officers, I am greatly saddened by the fact our city appears to be risking a repeat of history, despite a difference in rhetoric and tone.

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EMS workers who responded to Eric Garner suspended without pay

The four Emergency Medical Service employees who tended to the unconscious Staten Island man who died shortly after being choked out by the NYPD’s Daniel Pantaleo last Thursday evening have been suspended without pay by the Richmond University Medical Center, pending a probe.

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Our city agencies need serious oversight

Opinion-Editorial

In report after report, story after story, there is nothing but bad news from several of our city agencies. If they have any validity, then the NYPD, the Corrections Department, the EMS and EMT and the Civilian Complaint Review Board all may require serious oversight from a federal monitor or the Department of Justice.

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Preventing falls among seniors

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and experts from VNSNY CHOICE, an affiliate of the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, recently presented a free community health workshop on fall prevention for more than 100 East Harlem seniors at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program.

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One-on-one for survival

Young African-Americans are at risk. They are not only dying physically but also mentally. They apparently feel that there is no hope for their future. We have to address this dismal state immediately if we are going to survive as a people.

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Association of Black Educators of NY celebrate 39 years of service

Under the theme “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future,” the Association of Black Educators of New York held its 39th annual scholarships and award luncheon at the luxurious Antun’s in Queens Village last month.

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James Boggs: A visionary revolutionary

There have been countless African-American thinkers and activists—men and women—unassociated with academic institutions, yet who have nonetheless made considerable scholarly contributions.

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Letter No. 86: Immigration reform now!

The Republican-controlled House should have its own “#Houseofmadmen” hashtag on Twitter. That, I can assure you, would trend high daily.

Carib takes reparations case to UK Parliament

Caribbean trade bloc countries fighting to make Britain and other European countries pay for the transatlantic slave trade have formally taken their case to the British Parliament, with their leading reparations advocate urging legislators to correct wrongs that were enacted into law by that very House of Commons, because millions in the region are still suffering from the effects of slavery.

Feds investigate ‘One Newark’ plan

The U.S. attorney general is investigating allegations that Newark’s school re-organization plan discriminates against Black students. The “One Newark” school reorganization plan, announced by Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson in December, is scheduled to be operational this fall. It includes converting elementary schools into early childhood centers, relocating other schools to underused facilities and turning other schools into smaller academies. The plan also suggests the expansion of charter schools that, to date, serve about 20 percent of Newark students.

Monitor to oversee Newark Police Department reforms

The Justice Department ordered independent monitoring of the Newark Police Department after a federal investigation found “a pattern of unconstitutional policing.” In addition, findings show that city police officers had no constitutional basis for 75 percent of the pedestrian stops they conducted in recent years. It also determined that officers often used excessive force during arrests but underreported the level of force used.

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Malcolm X addressed human rights violations at OAU

Malcolm X’s visits to Mecca and West Africa in April-May of 1964 helped broaden his global scope a bit more since departing from the Nation of Islam earlier that March. Later, during the summer, he internationalized the plight of Africans in America on a legal level when he presented his case at the Organization of African Unity’s second meeting, held in Cairo, Egypt, July 17-21, 1964.

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Demonstrators call for dismissal of Marissa Alexander case during ‘Stand Your Ground Week’

Black residents in Florida are pushing for a dismissal of the case against Marissa Alexander and the exit of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey. Reports indicate that Alexander, who is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for firing a warning shot, remains under house arrest as she awaits a retrial of her case.

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Caribbean Medical Facility welcomes regional neighbors

A new medical facility in the Caribbean is offering affordable, world-class services to its neighbors as an alternative to the rising health care costs typically found throughout the region and North America.

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Activists demand: ‘Bratton must go!’

“Brother Eric Garner no longer breathes courtesy of banned NYPD chokehold. Rest in power,” said filmmaker Spike Lee on Instagram.

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No Mercy: Police put banned chokehold on pregnant woman

The Black community is in an uproar after a video surfaced showing a seven-months pregnant woman being held in an apparent chokehold by an NYPD officer. The Police Department said her family was grilling on the sidewalk outside their home in East New York, which is illegal.

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Harlem Grown: ‘Films on the Farm’

This summer, every Thursday at 7:30pm until mid-August, Harlem Grown will be hosting “Films on the Farm,” a movie event at their community garden.

Wednesday, July 30

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Department of Consumer Affairs Welcomes Paid Leave to Employees

Starting today, New York City employees can use paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave law, which went into effect April 1st, allows employees to have no more than forty hours of sick leave.

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Leaders launch resistance against acts of police terror in downtown NYC

Today, in front of the One Plaza police headquarters, The "Stop Mass Incarceration: We're Better Than That!" network and contributors to the "Alliance for Global Justice", called for action against policies that disproportionately target and oppress people of color.

Tuesday, July 29

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Alexandra Shipp to replace Zendaya in Aaliyah Film

Actress Alexandra Shipp will replace Zendaya in the Lifetime biopic "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."

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Preserving Harlem’s Past, Uniting Generations

Harlemites, as they see themselves and their neighborhood, are recording their stories for a new oral history project by the New York Public Library.

Thursday, July 24

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! As we close out GBE Black Media Month 2014, we direct your attention to a project close to me and listeners of “The Global Black Experience,” the Spech family’s African Diaspora Film Festival is back, bringing their 2014 “Back to the Roots” festival this year.

Summer 2014 Restaurant Week

If my experience at Dover whet your appetite for something new to eat, then New York City Summer Restaurant Week is just in time.

Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp.: Twenty-six years of saving, helping and training youth to trade in guns for stethoscopes

The Hippocratic oath states that doctors (medical personnel) should treat the ill to the best of one’s ability, preserve a patient’s privacy and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation. The Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp.’s EMT graduation and 26th anniversary parade Saturday, July 12 embodied all the elements of that oath.

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United Nations Pageant focuses on inner beauty

To promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style, the United Nations Pageant seeks inner beauty, unlike most pageants that typically focus on external beauty, glitz and glamour. The international event was held in Kingston, Jamaica, earlier this month. Contestants came from Africa, India, South America, the United States and the Caribbean and were scored on inner beauty, how they related with others and their support of community services. This was an opportunity for community service and cultural expression.

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Barraca Chic’s resort ’15 swimwear

For Funk Fashion Week in Miami, Barraca Chic, a firm from Switzerland, debuted its Resort 2015 collection featuring Swarovski embellishments, the finest fabrics and unique silhouettes. Inspiration for this collection stemmed from the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. Their swimsuits were highlighted with asymmetrical silhouettes and metallic gold rhombus prints.

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"Dear White People" Hits Theaters in October

"Dear White People" is catching the attention of many since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Talking SCHOP! Dover the bridge

It is no secret, I love being happily surprised when trying a new restaurant, especially one that comes by way of someone else’s recommendation, planning or behest. It’s almost like being blindfolded for a surprise that only reveals itself once you can see it and taste.

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Ebony Escapes! to Santa Monica

The beaches. An iconic pier. Miles of picturesque bike paths. Beautiful toned Southern California bodies.

Letter No. 85: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

Against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty in New York City last week, dozens of New Yorkers gathered to urge you to make good on your remarks made June 30 to take executive action on immigration reform. New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform Campaign, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition, want you and the White House to “act fast.”

Aruba Reaches Out but has Problems

Just last weekend, the Aruban prime minister, Mike Eman, other cabinet ministers and high officials ended a week-long hunger strike to protest what authorities said were efforts by the Netherlands, the island’s so-called mother country, to sabotage the 2014-15 budget.

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Choice Hotels appoints new Caribbean director

Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, has assigned Atlanta-based hospitality executive Dennis Wynn to oversee the lodging company’s franchise sales efforts in the Caribbean.

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Lillian Roberts honored by AFSCME tribute at international convention

The president of New York City’s largest municipal employee union was honored via a tribute video in Chicago last week.

Strike averted: LIRR workers reach deal with MTA

It’s all over. No need to form carpool plans. The Long Island Railroad will stay on the tracks. With the 12:01 a.m. July 21 deadline looming, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and representatives of LIRR workers agreed on a tentative deal that will help avoid a workers strike. Both sides settled their four-year contract dispute at the Manhattan offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

frican Burial Ground to be memorialized

A major ancestral awakening of New York City’s sordid slave history occurred in 2008, when Department of Transportation employees unearthed a 17th century African gravesite while refurbishing the Willis Avenue Bridge. The MTA offered to renovate the area in 2010.

1199SEIU announces endorsements

The executive council of the largest union in New York, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, officially made a series of endorsements in the September primaries and November general election for state legislators.

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Battle rap: on the rise?

The battle rap genre has been on the clock for a minute, and the crossroads are in the crosshairs. Is it a sport on the rise? Has it peaked? Has the decline begun? Those questions aren’t designed with a year or two projection curves. Those are pertinent questions that are to be dealt with now.

The death of Eric Garner demands prompt answers

Just this week, there was the candlelight march on Staten Island, complete with neighborhood mourners, a grieving widow and lingering questions about the senseless death of yet another unarmed African-American man at the hands of police.

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Leaders who can keep the dream alive

Over the last month, I had the privilege of reading two new books on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The first was written by David L. Chappell, professor of modern history at the University of Oklahoma, titled “Waking From the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King Jr.” The second was an advanced copy of Tavis Smiley’s latest book, “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year,” which will be released in September 2014.

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Recognizing community service

NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation hosted their 10th annual Marjorie Matthews Community Advocate Recognition Awards on the lawn of Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center on Roosevelt Island.

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Open letter to the mayor and police commissioner of the city of New York

I usually keep my personal views private. However, today I am morally compelled to speak up as the senior pastor of Union Congregational Church, a proud New York City Department of Education career educator and naval reserve chaplain. I am outraged and disappointed about the callous indifference to the life of the late Mr. Eric Garner as displayed by New York City police officers.

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 Candice’s Sickle Cell Fund hosts 12th annual scholarship luncheon

Antun’s in Jamaica, Queens, hosted the 12th annual scholarship luncheon for Candice’s Sickle Cell Fund. 

Chaos at the border

So far this year, more than 50,000 unaccompanied alien children have crossed our southern border. Children from multiple Central American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, are traveling thousands of miles through deserts and rivers to reach America.

Cosmopolitan Review

Rolling out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, and life’s never been so good. Except for the unrest that plagues the Middle East and Ukraine.

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News anchor Arthel Neville

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Journalist and news anchor Arthel Neville could be just another television personality, but her background and talent exudes distinctiveness in more ways than one. A pioneer of sorts, Neville continues to make herself a household name in the journalism field.

GIRL SUMMIT TO TAKE UP ETHIOPIAN ‘MAID TRADE’ AND ITS CHILD BRIDES

At an upcoming “Girl Summit” this week in London, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will speak out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor to send money to their parents in Ethiopia.

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Moment of silence for for crash victims at opening of AIDS confab

The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence this week in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished last week in an aircraft explosion.

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De Blasio appoints new head of CCRB

During a news conference at City Hall last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Richard Emery as the new chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Cuomo to address re-entry and reintegration of formerly incarcerated

Formerly incarcerated New Yorkers have a hard time upon re-entry into society. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to tackle that problem head-on. Last week, Cuomo announced the formation of the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. The council will address obstacles that formerly incarcerated people face when they re-enter society and collaborate with state, local and private agencies and community groups to address issues newly freed people face after serving time, including housing, employment, health care, education, behavior change and veterans’ services.

Amsterdam News Endorsement Interviews for New York State Elections 2014

Candidates for the 2014 New York State Primary Elections spoke with the AmNews about their campaigns and the issues concerning their communities.

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Nelson Mandela International Day of Service

Friday, July 18, Boys and Girls High School hosted the Nelson Mandela International Day of Service.

Andrew Charles survives with help from God and family

If you met Andrew Charles, you’d first notice how young he looks. He is 26 but looks about eight years younger. If you looked deeper, though, into his eyes, you’d realize that something was amiss, as if a weight were pressing down on him.

The Rock packs on pounds for ‘Hercules’

It looks like all that begging Robin Thicke has been doing to get Paula Patton back hasn’t done the crooner a bit of good. The estranged couple have put their home above Hollywood’s Sunset Strip up for sale with an asking price of $2.98 million. The former teenage sweethearts have officially split up after 20 years of coupledom and nearly a decade after marriage.

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Abysinnian panel, Blackbyrd at Zinc, Vinx eclectic

Jazz Notes

The history and culture of jazz will be given a platform July 24 (tonight) at 7 p.m., when the Abyssinian Jazz Vespers, in association with the 2014 Harlem Music Fest, presents “Post ’50s Jazz, the Artists, the Culture, the Cool.” It will be an informative music perspective on the developmental seeds of “modern jazz” in Harlem featuring a panel of well-versed musicians, including trumpeter, composer and arranger Charles Tolliver; vocalist Eunice Newkirk; pianist and composer Onaje Allan Gumbs; and bassist and composer Mickey Bass.

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Full arsenal of funk from James Carter at Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival

Although James Carter played the soprano, alto and tenor saxophones in succession during his sizzling performance as the opening act at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival Thursday evening at the Waterfront Plaza in the Financial District, there were times when he seemed to be playing all three at once, sounding like a rip-snorting version of the World Saxophone Quartet or Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

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Color your diet healthy with fresh fruits and veggies

Richly colored fruits and vegetables, such as those available fresh in New York from now through the fall, are colorful and tasteful additions to your table, and also vital to a healthy diet.

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Red yeast rice is nice to your blood vessels

House Calls

For centuries, Chinese physicians have used herbal medicines.

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Young teen metal band plans memoir after record deal

Brooklyn-based metal band Unlocking the Truth has just experienced an achievement that every band dreams of, a two-album record deal with Sony, with an option for three more albums. The deal is worth $1.78 million, a massive deal in an era when the music industry is losing its grip on the increasingly independent music world. The amazing thing about Unlocking the Truth is not only their success but also the fact that the members are in the eighth grade.

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Alice Coachman, an immortal Olympian

Amsterdam News in the Classroom

It isn’t often that this column is devoted to either the living or the recently departed, but it would be absolutely criminal not to suspend the usual guidelines and give the space to a woman who holds a unique place in African-American history, Alice Coachman.

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Performance as protest: ‘Finding Fela’ opens August 1

“Finding Fela,” a look inside the mesmerizing life of steadfast activist/musician Fela Kuti under award-winning director Alex Gibney’s keen cinematic eye, is a joyful adventure that’s creatively supported by hypnotic music and skillfully coupled with heart-wrenching politics and personal insight into the life of a man who has become a legend—Fela.

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Harlem Week celebrates 40 years

Sunday July 27, the 40th annual Harlem Week festival begins. Crowds will be drawn uptown for events that showcase Harlem’s rich history and the achievements of African-American people.

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Apollo hosts ‘Get On Up’ world premiere

The world premiere of the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” and the after-party were star-studded affairs. Celebrities filled the seats for the film’s screening at the Apollo Theater and the dance floor at the after-party.

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Harlem Week kicks off with a ‘Great Day in Harlem’ on Sunday

Harlemites and visitors from around the world are invited to picnic on the grass and enjoy outdoor music and performance Sunday, the first day of the monthlong Harlem Week cultural celebration uptown.

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Amsterdam News September Primary Endorsements

The New York Amsterdam News held its annual endorsement meeting this past Monday. Dozens of candidates were seen for the various offices up for grabs this election season.

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Birthday celebration for two Black Panthers

Those who wished to celebrate the birthdays of two modern-day freedom fighters joined the new Black Panther party at the Refral Center in Newark, N.J. The birthday tribute honored Black Panther Party members Assata Shakur and the late M.A. “Smitty” Smith last week.

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Mayor Baraka announces short-term goals for a ‘new Newark’

“For the next four years, more than 270,000 mayors will govern Newark,” said Baraka. “Working collectively, we will empower each other, take responsibility for our families, our neighborhoods and chart our new direction.”

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Supreme Court: Cops can’t search phone data

In a major ruling the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot look at an individual’s cellphone while making arrests.

Urgent call for medical needs of Imam Jamil Al-Amin

Supporters of political prisoner of war Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin are demanding that he receive immediate proper medical care.

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Community in Outrage over handling of Eric Garner police killing

When a white police officer kills an unarmed Black man, as it happened last week on Staten Island, you can expect a furious outrage from one part of the community and an attempt to justify the death from the other side.

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City approves ‘poor door’ for affordable housing residents

A controversial plan would allow a residential condo building to have one entrance for its residents who buy condos facing the Hudson River and another for affordable housing residents facing the street.

Wednesday, July 23

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Protesters enraged over the choking of Eric Garner by NY Police Officers

Most of the controversy stems not only from whether the officers used excessive force but also because that particular "choke" tactic by the police has been outlawed for some time. Islanders have evoked dismay over rhetoric of change without any actual change.

Monday, July 21

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Deborah Cox will Sing Whitney Houston's Songs in Lifetime Biopic

R&B singer Deborah Cox will cover Whitney Houston's songs in Houston's Lifetime biopic, "I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story."

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President Obama Announces New Commitments for "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative

The President will speak at the Walker Jones Education Foundation Center in Washington D.C today about the new commitments he has in store for his initiative, "My Brother's Keeper."

Saturday, July 19

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Black man choked to death by cops

With images of Marlene Pinnock, a black woman brutally beaten by a California Patrol office on July 1 still fresh on the nation’s mind, another more fatal scene was captured on video yesterday from Staten Island.

Thursday, July 17

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Jazzmobile at 50, Locke at Dizzy’s, Bronx Music, Tolliver at Cell

New York City jazz fans know it’s summer when they notice the birds flapping their wings over Harlem, grooving to the Summerfest Jazzmobile running full steam from July to August.

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Community still shaken after P.J.’s murder

The East New York community was unimpressed when, stoned faced and dressed in an orange Correction Department jumpsuit, Daniel St. Hubert pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the stabbing death of one child and the severe wounding of another child during an appearance in a Brooklyn courtroom.

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Developer ‘SLAPPS’ tenants down

On July 2, in a courtroom in lower Manhattan, a frivolous lawsuit came before a judge. The lawsuit, if allowed to go forward, could have a chilling, detrimental effect on all Americans’ rights to address and communicate with their elected officials.

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FCC doublespeak: Saying one thing and doing another

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 specifies that the Federal Communications Commission “shall” review its broadcast ownership rules every four years, “determine if” those rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition and “repeal or modify” any regulation determined to no longer be in the public interest.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! With our GBE “Black Media Month” as the backdrop, we note preparations for the upcoming United States-African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., in August.

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African Burial Ground in East Harlem to be memorialized

Religion & Spiritualality

Originally scheduled for renovation throughout 2015 to 2019, the MTA’s bus depot at 2460 Second Ave. (between 126th and 127th streets) will instead shut down permanently Jan. 5, 2015 to make way for an African Burial Ground memorial.

Ameenah Rasul, leader of women in the Nation of Islam, dies at 90

The sight of large numbers of white-uniformed Nation of Islam women streaming into Lagree Baptist Church on West 125th Street in Harlem set off rumors of Minister Louis Farrakhan making an unannounced speaking engagement to the possible passing of an important Muslim.

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Talking SCHOP! Hot time, farmers markets in the city

One of the best ways for me to savor summer is to visit one of my local, weekly farmers markets.

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Music Brings Life says, ‘Heroes donate blood’

The president and founder of Music Brings Life, Kenaan Bristol a.k.a. “Special,” doubled as hype man outside the Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday, July 2. Storming the stage with backup dancers in tow, he “wound up” his waist in support of blood awareness.

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Taking a ‘JUCY’ road trip!

Summer is well on its way, and if you haven’t already planned a road trip escape, I have something for you to consider: gettin’ JUCY!

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Tipped workers fight for higher wages

Last week, a new coalition of food delivery workers, low-wage tipped workers and women’s rights leaders across New York called for an end to subminimum wages for tipped workers.

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Finally, public housing gets the attention it deserves

For too long, the New York City Housing Authority was treated like the neglected child of New York City. It was almost as though 400,000 residents and 10,000 workers were invisible.

The beautiful philosophy of Natalie Stewart

"For a minute there, it was hard for anyone not to get caught up in the World Cup. The subject even permeated a discussion I had recently with an innovative young lady."

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Brooklyn’s Kalahari Gallery presents South African artist Vumelani Sibeko

Embarking on a courageous journey to the United States, Vumelani Sibeko has spent his first two months living on the streets of New York City as part of his latest performance piece titled “Get On the Bridge.”

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New York County Democratic Committee holds second annual Demmy Awards

This week, the New York County Democratic Committee held its second annual Demmy Awards. New York County Leader Keith L.T. Wright hosted.

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Getting a jump on razor bumps

House Calls

A few weeks ago, I went to get a haircut, only to find that the shop was closed, and the barber that I had visited for many years was not there. There was no sign or reason as to why he left. Needing a cut very badly, I visited another shop in the area. When I entered, there were six barbers and a load of heads waiting to be trimmed.

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Trayvon Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, graduates high school

The country may remember Rachel Jeantel as the friend of Trayvon Martin who testified against George Zimmerman during the February 2012 trial, but today she is known as a tenacious high school graduate.

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Kennedy Center’s intergenerational line dancers

The Harlem Council of Elders held intergenerational line dancing at the Kennedy Center in Harlem.

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National Action Network’s Youth Move holds auditions for ‘Nations Sons’

Monday, July 14, the National Action Network’s Youth Move opened its doors early to welcome auditions for “Nations Sons.” The play, which paid tribute to our lost brothers Trayvon Martin and Sean Bell, among others, aimed to teach Harlem’s youth and community members about the difficulties of growing up as a Black man in America.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Summertime in the city is so much fun, even if it is hot and sticky.

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United Negro College Fund's acceptance of millions from Koch brothers leads to Union split

Education Today

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), one of the largest labor unions in the country, has decided to end their relationship with the United Negro College Fund because the group accepted $25 million from the Koch brothers, who have used billions of dollars to support conservative causes, candidates and laws to threaten the Voting Rights Act.

MALALA, A TALIBAN VICTIM, FINDS SISTERHOOD WITH NIGERIA’S MISSING GIRLS

A Pakistani teen who survived certain death after a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram.

Search for the Nigerian girls continues

Nigerians and Americans of all ages stood in front of Nigeria House, the Consulate General of Nigeria, in Manhattan with signs that said “Bring Back Our Girls” and “Freedom Now for Kidnapped #NigerianGirls.”

No eyes on Gaza

While millions of eyes were glued to the World Cup final in Brazil, few turned away from the game to see the ongoing exchange of bombs falling on Israel and Gaza.

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Alice Windom and Vicki Garvin knew Maya Angelou and Malcolm X

Fifty years ago, in April of 1964, Malcolm X began his tour of Africa and the Middle East. One of the most important stops he made was in Ghana, where he met with a number of African-American expatriates, including Shirley Graham Du Bois, the wife of the esteemed W.E.B. Du Bois, authors Leslie Lacy and Julian Mayfield and the soon to be illustrious Maya Angelou, then known as Maya Make. There were also two less noted women in this entourage, Alice Windom and Vicki Garvin, both of whom, in their own way, became notable contributors to international affairs and the struggle for Black liberation.

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Letter No. 84: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Corner

This past week, I was pleasantly surprised to receive from you and the White House a response to my personal immigration story and open letters calling for immigration reform. The letter reiterated your support for immigration reform even though it comes in the midst of the latest immigration battle at the borders, as thousands of Central American children and women seek to add to the undocumented population of the United States.

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Sugar Hill ‘home’ to art exhibit

"I strongly suggest that all interested New Yorkers, especially artists of color, make a beeline to see the art, which is housed inside studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. A selection of the apartments are set aside for modest- to low-income families and struggling artists."

Jamaica’s top cop quits

In the past month, Owen Ellington, Jamaica’s top cop, abruptly handed in his letter of retirement to authorities, years before his due date, fueling island-wide speculation that his unexpected departure was the result of pressure from Western nations, such as the United States, over allegations that the local force ran a death squad responsible for dozens of extrajudicial killings.

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Hendrix ex, biographer: New film distorts truth

There has been a backlash in regards to the depiction of Jimi Hendrix in the latest film about his life, “All by My Side.”

‘Judge Judy’ bailiff is on a mission

Petri Hawkins Byrd has an urgent message for our nation’s African-American community. Television audiences know him affectionately as Byrd on the Emmy Award winning television show “Judge Judy.”

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First photo of Don Cheadle as Miles Davis emerges

There has been much talk about Don Cheadle’s depiction of the late, great jazz legend Miles Davis in the upcoming biopic.

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MTA: On track to nowhere

The Metropolitan Transit Authority started running ads on nine different radio stations this week to promote their side of the negotiations with Long Island Rail Road workers for a new contract.

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Harlem Book Fair recap

People came together Saturday to celebrate literature in Harlem, debating writing and identity at panel discussions and meeting with authors and publishers at kiosks on the street.

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Kayden's Courageous Fight Despite Adversary

Kayden was born prematurely with a life-threatening birth defect called an omphalocele. It is a rare condition in which the intestines and organs develop outside of the baby’s abdomen. In the United States, more than 700 babies a year and 1 in 5,000 are born with this defect. Last January, further complications caused Kayden to lose his right leg and left foot. He also had two abdominal surgeries.

My fight to bring back our girls continues

Join my voice with thousands of mothers in prayer for the safe return of almost 300 12- to 18-year-old schoolgirls abducted by a terrorist group April 14.

The Black killing fields must end!

Every day we hear about the murder of more of our children. Every day we see the scenes of grieving mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and children at funerals around the country, mourning because someone in their family is a victim of another act of senseless violence.

Jersey City Mayor orders removal of killer’s shrine

This week, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop ordered the city to take down a shrine dedicated to Lawrence Campbell, the man who ambushed and killed a 23-year-old rookie police officer.

New Jersey community launches campaign to release nonviolent offenders

Backed by an online petition, a number of Essex County residents launched a campaign this week aimed at New Jersey legislators, calling for a bill that will reduce the number of adults and youth in New Jersey state prisons.

‘Racial animus’ from Republicans, AG Holder charges

Attorney General Eric Holder is apparently no longer willing to hold his tongue and is clearly fed up with outlandish charges and accusations from Republicans.

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Poll on Obama believable?

A Qunnipiac University poll says President Barack Obama is the worst U.S. president since World War II and that Mitt Romney would have been a better choice.

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Water running dry in Detroit?

Organizers from groups such as the National Action Network and the Working Families Party are voicing their outrage over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s shutoffs and say the utility company is risking the public’s health.

Wednesday, July 16

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President Obama ramps up fight against HIV/AIDs

President Obama's new strategy to combat HIV/AIDS intends to turn the United States into a place where the infection is rare, and regardless of a person's standing, when someone does contract it they'd still have complete access to all necessary care for sustaining a long stigma free life.

Tuesday, July 15

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SoHarlem: Local Artisan Making a Difference

SoHarlem gives Harlemites the opportunity to learn valuable skills from master artisans.

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'Heroes Donate Blood' at Music Brings Life 2014

Shaggy performs outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday, July 2 in support of blood awareness.

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Financial Workshops Target Women Investing in Their Future

The Independent Woman, a company focusing on sharing advice that helps women reach financial independence, is hosting four financial workshops in the New York area from July 23rd to the 26th.

Monday, July 14

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Three oral history projects you should know about

On the “A” w/Souleo

Discover three powerful oral history projects documenting the living-wage movement, human trafficking, poverty and the Harlem community.

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‘Blackstar' Highlights Global Perspectives by Black Filmmakers

Each film screened during the The Blackstar Film Festival will touch on experiences of people of colr

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Liberians Rally in Response to Philly Fire That Took Children's Lives

A fast-moving fire Saturday “overwhelms” Liberian community in light of the deaths of three 4 year olds and an infant.

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South African Strike at U.S. Car Factory Gains International Support

General Motors South Africa has shut down its plant in Port Elizabeth.

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Zambian President Goes Awol, Leaving Nation Leaderless

Three weeks ago, Zambian President Michael Sata was airlifted on a plane to Israel.

Sunday, July 13

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Hair’itage the Play talks Black Hair, Love, and Race

Niccole Jeanette Nero-Gaines shares everyday salon experiences in her latest work “Hair’itage: The Journey of Sistahs with their Hair,” a down-to-earth production that explores the inordinate amount of attention placed on Black hair and the challenges Black women face.

Thursday, July 10

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Harlem Book Fair set for this Weekend

The 2014 Harlem Book Fair starts July 10!

Swimsuit solutions: Loving your curves

As a woman, Byrnes understands the frustrations felt by many women who are searching for a flawless fit in a swim garment. Unrealistic standards in today’s fashion industry have typically limited the variety of swimsuits and styles available in this market.

What young designers show for fall ‘14

In Brazil, the name Ivan Aguilar is synonymous with high-end menswear. His iconic suits and tailoring are impeccable. For fall ‘14, he showed his first women’s collection in New York. Exhibiting his multitalented skills, his presentation offered a bold performance, made with a true Brazilian rhythm. His designs were created with the global quality that’s expected on the North American catwalk.

Bear ‘Witness’ at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

Responding to popular demand and critical acclaim, the Brooklyn Museum of Art has extended “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties” until July 13.

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Letter No. 83: Immigration reform now!

Help for the 11 million-plus undocumented migrants in the United States almost always seems to take a backseat to one crisis after another. Just when it seems relief is in sight for hard-working people who desperately need some form of working papers for the years they have paid their dues in this country, something else happens to prevent this from happening.

Caribbean steps up fight for payment from Europe

Not surprisingly, Caribbean trade bloc leaders, who wrapped up their four-day main annual summit in the small but idyllic eastern Caribbean island of Antigua on the weekend, pressed on the accelerator regarding their demand for payment from European nations that participated in and benefitted from the African slave trade.

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West Africa vs South America, in Harlem

Wonder how Harlem watches the World Cup? Check it out.

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Dave Valentine, Jazz Forum at 35, JALC’s Family Swing

Dave Valentin is a noted jazz musician and Bronx native who earned a reputation as being one of the main influential flautists in jazz. Most recently, many of his friends performed in his honor at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

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Sherri Shepherd to sell NJ house

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Apollo Nida, the husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks, on Tuesday received an eight-year sentence from a federal court judge for his four-year scheme that involved bank, mail and ID theft

Black stars are front and center at Carnegie Hall

I had the distinct pleasure of being in Carnegie Hall as history was made. Yes, it was nothing less than history, as a packed theater experienced.

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Team Fearless honors leaders in hip-hop

“This year, we went straight to the essence of hip-hop. I started in Harlem and in the ’70s with DJ Hollywood,” Devastating Tito, creator of the Team Fearless Hip-Hop Honors PT IV, told the AmNews. Tito, a member of the rap group Fearless Four from Harlem New York, made their mark in 1982 with the hit single “Rockin It.” “The program represented three decades of hip-hop, the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s,” he noted.

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Shakespeare returns to Harlem

Actor, writer and director Justin Emeka returns for the second season of Shakespeare in the Park in Harlem. This year, the Classic Theatre of Harlem presents “Romeo and Juliet.”

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March on Washington film fest coming to NYC

Only one year after the March on Washington Film Festival debuted in Washington, D.C., the festival has expanded, screening films and offering panel discussions and musical performances in three cities next week—Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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The Month of July bring Loads of Entertainment to NYC

Ihmotep's Guide to Black Events

Greetings! Our July 2014 GBE Black Media Month opens up with news and congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, a longtime civil rights activist and member of the historic and only recently exonerated “Wilmington 10,” who has been named interim president-CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. We are also sending out congrats to Dr. Leonard Jeffries, who has been named International executive director of Malcolm X’s still functional Organization of Afro-American Unity. The official announcement was made on my “GBE Mind Flight” broadcast over 1190 WLIB and WLIB.com Sunday night by OAAU Vice President professor James Smalls. On a sadder note, our condolences go out to Angelo Ellerby of the veteran media relations firm Double EXXposure, who lost his mother, mentor and manager, the late Eva Leak Ellerby, as well as the family of Jersey City, N.J.-born Walter Dean Myers, a famed children’s author and youth advocate who also recently passed.

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Essence Fest stars raise roof in NOLA Superdome

The 20th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans enjoyed four nights of enthusiastic fans rocking along with soul and R&B stars Prince, Ledisi, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, the Roots, Naughty by Nature, Charlie Wilson and Lionel Ritchie.

The Civil Rights Act: Fifty years later

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin

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Eat. Drink. Mingle.

Recipes & Reviews

Step out and stroll the avenue next Tuesday night, July 15. It’s time for Summer Sizzles on Lenox, brought to you by Experience: Harlem (@xperienceharlem) and Harlem Park to Park (@harlempark2park). In its second year, Summer Sizzles

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Mr. Mayor, where’s the living wage you promised?

Mr. Mayor, when we endorsed you for election, we stated that “We need jobs with sick leave, a decent living wage and a concerted push for income equality.

Police search for answers in Paterson shooting

Police have deployed a mobile command center at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Warren Street in Paterson, N.J., after 12-year-old Genesis Rincon was shot in the head this past Saturday evening.

Protestors confront Christie at Paterson’s mayoral inauguration

After a four-year absence, Jose “Joey” Torres has returned as the mayor of New Jersey’s third-largest city.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years

The former mayor of New Orleans might spend the next decade behind bars. Wednesday, C. Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal corruption charges.

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Having a Maine moment

Talking SCHOP!

I love traveling to places in the United States that I have never been to before. I was lucky enough to be invited to Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Picture the Homeless Honors Frances Goldin

Picture the Homeless, will be honoring 90-year-old activist Frances Goldin at its 15th Anniversary Gala this October.

Obama welcomes new citizens

Each day brings a new obstacle to surmount, and on the Fourth of July, immigration reform—or the failure thereof—had to be numero uno for Obama as he welcomed a new batch of American citizens.

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Remembering the Great War

Resorts and Travel

It’s hard to fathom—and in some ways it’s very disturbing—that in this generation, where Americans have been deep in the throes of numerous global military conflicts, we have also reached the 100th anniversary of World War I. Also known as the “Great War,” it raged from 1914 to 1918, with the participation of reportedly over 100 countries, including those in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and, of course, America.

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DC 37, de Blasio agree to tentative deal

Union Matters

The new seven-year, four-month wage pact provides a total of 10.41 percent in wage hikes, plus a $1,000 ratification bonus and back pay. The new agreement also includes access to additional resources to address union-specific issues. The deal covers March 3, 2010, to July 2, 2017.

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ATU Local 1181, 32BJ SEIU endorse Jackson, Klein

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 announced last week their endorsement of former New York City Council Member Robert Jackson for state Senate District 31, which covers the northern tip of Manhattan and parts of the borough’s west side. Representing more than 12,000 bus drivers, escorts and mechanics and 1,900 retired active members, the union cited Jackson’s “courage, perseverance and integrity” as reasons for their endorsement.

You can BET on the extravagant award show weekend

Nightlife

As promised, that “BET Live Weekend” was overwhelming, to the point that strategic measures had to be employed in the events you attended. If you guessed right, you were around when it went down. For the most part, I think we were in the right places.

East River was granted Elaborate Fourth of July Fireworks Display

The Cosmopolitan Review

In front of thousands of people who lined the highway on the banks of the East River and thousands more who viewed the display on TV, it was quite a production.

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Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic holds major awards benefit

Out & About

Each day, thousands of New Yorkers “strike a match to light up the darkness.” For the past 16 years, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic has helped these selfless individuals make our city a better place to live.

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Mugabe orders Caucasian farmers to evacuate Zimbabwe Again

Echoing similar sentiments from a decade ago, on July 2, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe demanded that the remaining European “landowners” rightfully return “their property” to his nation’s indigenous inhabitants.

Progressive Alliance Movement host Seminar

With Israeli warplanes pounding the Gaza Strip, there is little chance that the strife in Africa will command the headlines in the U.S. As ever, the crisis in the Middle East always trumps the turmoil in Africa, unless there is an American casualty or America’s interest is somehow involved.

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Prolific and passionate author Walter Dean Myers dies at 76

Walter Dean Myers was as prolific as he was passionate about children’s literature.

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Poison ivy is most dangerous in spring and summer

Although spring and summer are prime times for glorious flowers and plants, the Medical Society of the State of New York cautions that spring and summer are also seasons when poison ivy is most dangerous. During spring and summer, poison ivy plants have plenty of sap, and the sap has plenty of urushiol, the chemical that produces the rash, blisters and itch.

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A fast headache from fast foods

House Calls

Ms. H is a 40-year-old patient who was recently promoted to a supervisory position at her job. She earns more, but she goes to work early and comes home late. She relates that the tension created by her new job is not worth the extra pay, but she has no alternative other than to accept the position.

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Young Achievers’ 2014 graduation dinner

The Metro-Manhattan chapter of the Links and Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity held the 15th annual “Graduation Dinner in Celebration of the Class of 2014” at Melba’s Restaurant in the Harlem State Office Building.

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Son’s murder motivates dad to shepherd community away from violence

After an insufferable tragedy, there is occasionally a glimmer of optimism, a light at the end of the tunnel, an emblem of solace to comfort us until we’ve recovered. In 2009, Chris Foye lost his son Christopher Owen when he was accidentally shot while attending a Bronx barbecue and an altercation broke out. Since then, Foye has dedicated his time to retooling the community with his nonprofit, the Chris Owen’s Foundation, steering young people away from street life and violence.

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National Action Network and the Central Park five ‘Pause for the Cause’

National Action Network’s Youth Move and CP5 ‘Pause for the Cause’

Monday, July 7, Central Park Five member Kharey Wise joined the National Action Network’s Youth Move for a moment of self-reflection. Founded by Ashley Sharpton, the weekly “Huddle” program asked its youth to take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask themselves, “Who is the real you?”

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New York Gov. Cuomo allocates millions for low-income college students

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is prepping new ways to assist low-income college students, and Tuesday he allocated the $3.2 million College Access Innovation Grant that will be used to increase college enrollment and completion rates among low-income students across the state.

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The Brown men and Paul Robeson

Lawrence Brown and Lloyd Brown teach us about the music and writing of Paul Robeson

Lawrence and Lloyd Brown were not related by blood as far as we know, but they had one thing in common: their kinship to the great Paul Robeson. Given his enormous genius, Robeson realized his deficiencies, which was another part of his genius, and sought the assistance of the Browns. From a musical perspective, it was Lawrence; when it came to getting his words into print, it was Lloyd.

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War On Summer Violence Begins

Gun violence is ripping through the nation. While it’s only the second weekend in July, already the shootings are mounting. Some folks walk around saying, “Parks aren’t safe. Walking to the store isn’t safe. Chilling on the block isn’t always safe.” Stats speak to a frightening gun violence surge.

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Brooklyn’s DA disregards NYPD commissioner with new marijuana law

In an effort to redirect law enforcement resources to more immediate dangers and away from disproportionate impositions against people of color, Brooklyn’s district attorney, Ken Thompson, announced yesterday that he will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana possession offenses that pose no threat to the community.

Wednesday, July 9

Dept of Consumer Affairs Overhauls Small Business Regulation, Ramps up Business Outreach

There has been a wide range of reforms set up to alleviate the burdens of NYC's small business owners. According to the Department of Consumer affairs commissioner, business relief package will reduce the number and cost of fines, increase transparency and fairness, and greatly expand the education of and outreach to businesses.

Monday, July 7

Ron Kirk talks America and nuclear energy

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency officially called for requiring the country's existing power plans to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The effort would help President Barack Obama address climate change, a priority of the administration in lip service but not in actual practice yet.

The Harlem School Of Art Orchestrates Relief

The Harlem School of Arts had quite a scare last week. It was nine hours before the fiscal year closed and the venerable organization was more than $100,000 away from its goal of 129,195.

Thursday, July 3

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Warning: Hurricane Watch Over the Weekend

There is a national hurricane warning for NYC this weekend.

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Fashion on top of the world

It’s just fashion, and it’s as good as it gets when you’re watching a show on the 63rd floor at One World Trade Center in New York City. Talk about an international fashion roundup, J Model Management’s Summer Show by Jessica Minh Anh was mesmerizing. On the catwalk, the designer’s collections were fabulous!

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Art and fashion mix for summer

At a recent opening for “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the connection between art and fashion was evident. The evening was hosted by artist Jeff Koons. H&M fashions were also showcased on top models such as Alek Wek, China Chow, Stephanie Seymour, Leandra Medine and Cindy Sherman.

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Mississippi political landscape with echoes of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner

Like many Americans, I have been riveted by the frequent television reflections on the lives and fate of the three brave civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were killed in Mississippi 50 years ago this month for attempting to register African-Americans to vote.

Black political power under attack!

Opinion-Editorial

Black people, you’d better wake up and smell the coffee. We are losing ground politically in New York. Asians, Latinos and whites are gaining political ground. Black districts are being redrawn to weaken Black representation in Congress, New York state and New York City governments. Let’s check out a few redrawn Black districts.

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Fake patriotism

This weekend, Americans all over the country will step out onto their patios and decks and into their backyards to partake in a delicious barbecue with family, friends and loved ones. A drink or two is sure to be spilled, and chances are kids will fight over who gets to eat the biggest burger.

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Community marching for Chantel

In remembrance of the brutal murder of teen Chantel Petro-Nixon, community residents marched through the streets of Bed-Stuy on Saturday.

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Mario & Lee: A Nichols’ worth

Black New Yorker

Most high school graduates enjoy their summer with friends before going away for college.

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Bey named ‘Most Powerful Musician’

Beyonce, who made over $100 million last year, was crowned the “Most Powerful Musician in the World” by Forbes. The entertainer even beat Dr. Dre, whose Beats company sold for $3 billion to Apple last month. Beyonce played 95 shows and brought in an average of $2.4 million per city. In December, she dropped her most innovative album yet to massive success, and she is now on tour with her husband, Jay Z, bringing in about $5 million per show. Dr. Dre came in at No. 2 on the list and Jay Z received the No. 3 slot, followed by Rihanna at No. 4.

Cutting for a cure aims to improve community health

Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop in Harlem is hosting it’s fourth biannual 48-Hour Health Fair and Hair Cutting Marathon July 11-13.

December 12th movement hosts 'Black Media Under Attack'

The December 12th Movement is hosting a panel discussion titled “Black Media Under Attack"

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Remembering Bobby Womack

Jazz Notes

Bobby Womack, who became a force on the R&B scene for over five decades, couldn’t be called a jazz vocalist, but during his reign, his gravelly, soulful voice surely influenced a host of R&B singers and inspired jazz vocalists along the way. He was acknowledged in the rock world for writing and originally recording the Rolling Stones’ first U.K. No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now.”

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The 43rd International African Arts Festival kicks off thursday

Organizers are urging folks not to miss the opening day of the 43rd International African Arts Festival on Thursday, July 3

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Ruby Dee to be celebrated with public memorial service at Riverside Church

The family of the recently deceased Ruby Dee announced Tuesday that she will be honored with a public memorial celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Riverside Church

Rent increase upsets council members and tenants

Hundreds of tenants from across the city packed Cooper Union’s Great Hall last Monday, June 23 and attempted to convince the nine members of New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board to support their call for a rent freeze for those who live in stabilized apartments.

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Reparations paid to Central Park Five

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally made good on his campaign promise concerning the “Central Park Five.”

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‘Joe Louis, the legend’

It was the boxing rematch that pitted U.S. pride against Nazi Aryan aggression. The world was at war, and the African-American community was still struggling under fierce enforced institutional racism. And then young boxer Joe Louis Barrow, aka Joe Louis, stepped into the ring with German native Max Schmeling, Adolph Hitler’s champion.

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Nigeria’s finance minister addresses UK Parliament, announcing enhanced counter-terror efforts

On July 2, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s coordinating minister for the economy and minister of finance, addressed the Parliament of the United Kingdom on the recently launched Safe Schools Initiative, a component of the government of Nigeria’s large-scale intervention program to counter terrorism within its borders and provide strong support to the areas of northeastern Nigeria that have been affected by terrorism.

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Dance Calendar July 2014

For their 14th season, Roberto Villanueva, executive artistic director and founder of BalaSole Dance Company, presents 10 dancer-choreographers in “Melange” at Ailey Citigroup Theater. This new program will feature “a broad range of dance styles, music choices and artistic voices,” according to the release. The artists featured this season are Sara Braun, Chloe Cappo, Misei Daimaru, Alvaro Gonzalez, Steven Jeudy, Katie Kilbourn, Roberto Lara, Courtney Liu, Kendra Ross and Villanueva. For more information, visit www.balasoledance.org.

Cosmopolitan Review July 3- 9, 2014

While weather for the month of June ended on a picture perfect day, all was not so in the hood. Once again, peace failed to reign as gun violence erupted just as the sun had set and the sky was still lit at twilight. Eerily close to home, the victim lay dead in front of the old Meat Masters, located on 133rd Street at Fifth Avenue.

Wayside Future Leaders Scholarship Program holds award ceremony

The Wayside Future Leaders Scholarship Program held its third annual scholarship dinner and awards ceremony on Saturday, June 28 at the Wayside Manor. This year’s theme was “Prepared for a Purpose.”

King Chappelle is back

You know all the cliches: “All money ain’t good money,” “Make the money, don’t let the money make you,” “Money is the root of all evil,” etc., and in theory, they sound righteous. But if an opportunity to make some real dough is placed at your feet, will any of those phrases enter the equation? It is all about the Benjamins, right? If so, someone forgot to CC Dave Chappelle on that memo.

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Zendaya relinquishes lead role as Aaliyah

Actress and singer Zendaya announced on June 30th that she will no longer play Aaliyah in the late-singer's Lifetime biopic.

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Airport workers rally for new contract

Airport workers continued to fight for their rights last week during a rally at LaGuardia Airport.

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Supreme Court limits rights of home care workers to unionize

A Supreme Court case that didn’t involve Hobby Lobby made it under the radar on Monday despite its importance to union and public sector employees.

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On The Verge: Zaraah Abrahams, the Next Hale Berry

The programming of HBO’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) concluded with the screening of Spike Lee’s “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” along with Art Shirian and I meeting the leading lady of the film, the “next star in Hollywood.”

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Celebrating 20 years of Essence Fest

The Essence Music Festival will open on Friday, July 4 with iconic award-winning music megastar Prince headlining the first night of its three days of concerts at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. This will be His Purple Highness’ second appearance at the Essence Music Festival.

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Sleek, stylish, safe, mobile and protective travel products for near and far

Ebony Escapes

Itinerary? Check. Clothing and accessories? Check. Travel documents? Check. Now all that’s left is the accompanying gear to make your sojourns—whether far from home or in your own backyard—easier, safer, more functional and stylish as well.

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Talking SCHOP! Independence with charcoal

SChop

Happy Independence Day, everyone! I hope you are either en route to your long weekend or settled on your plan to watch the fireworks display. Both promise to give you a reprieve from your everyday and hopefully surprise you with something new.

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Singer and dancer Florence Mills was the ‘Queen of Happiness’

AmNews in the Classroom

A few weeks ago while doing a profile on the great pianist and composer Eubie Blake, I was reacquainted with the short but brilliant life of Florence Mills, who starred in Blake and Noble Sissle’s musical “Shuffle Along” in 1921.

STA Serves receives U.S Olympic Committee grant to host U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Camps

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has received a grant from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) through its Paralympic Integrated Adaptive Sports Program. As part of the grant, USTA Serves will host four camps for disabled veterans and disabled members of the United States Armed Forces who are wheelchair users. U.S. wheelchair tennis coach and retired Army officer Paul Walker will lead each camp.

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Carmelo or no Carmelo, Phil isn’t losing any sleep

In the NBA, there is no longer an offseason. The term has become theoretical. Nowadays, teams are built into winners in large part through free agent signings.

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Did the door hit Jason on his way out of Brooklyn?

Pat Riley faxing his resignation to the New York Knicks in order to become head coach and president of the Miami Heat was controversial. It stunned the basketball community. However, the audacity of Jason Kidd’s power move to replace General Manager Billy King and assume control of the Nets’ basketball operations will forever remain a historic moment in the basketball lore of this city.

With her union, Linnette Ebanks felt invisible

President, American Federation of Teachers

For her, a family child care provider in Brooklyn, having a union meant finally having a voice and the power to speak out for what she and other family providers needed to help the children they care for learn and grow. It meant respect and dignity for her work.

Cuomo unveils three-point plan to combat HIV/AIDS in New York

A few hours before joining thousands to march in New York City’s 45th annual Gay Pride Parade last Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a plan to bring new HIV/AIDS cases below epidemic levels in the state by 2020.

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Cuomo’s courageous AIDS plan

Editorial

Since the scourge of AIDS began more than a generation ago, there has been a serious effort to combat the epidemic that ravaged America, particularly gay, African-American and Latino communities. That ongoing initiative received a considerable boost last week with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Bending the Curve” plan to accelerate the fight against the spread of AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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New Jersey legislators pass smoking ban

New Jersey may become the first state in the nation to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products in all public parks and beaches. Last week, the state’s Legislature approved a bill that would ban people from smoking in county and municipal parks but allow towns and counties to create a smoking section on their beaches. The bill now awaits Gov. Chris Christie’s approval.

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J.D. Livingston remembered: ‘Thank you for kindness’

Memorial services were held for late radio producer and National Action Network (NAN) crisis department leader Joseph Dennis “J.D.” Livingston. Best remembered for his signature saying, “Thank you for your kindness,” a host of friends, family politicians and community leaders attended the event to pay tribute to the activist, communicator and producer.

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Jersey man killed after fleeing police

Investigators from the Hudson County prosecutor’s office are probing a police shooting in Jersey City that left a man dead. Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino says Lavon King, 20, had five open cases in Superior Court for drugs and theft, as well as a pending violation of probation.

Black churches offer first aid for mental health

African-American churches nationwide are turning to an innovative training program to equip their congregations with the skills necessary to recognize mental illness and respond to mental health emergencies. The program, Mental Health First Aid, helps people assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help.

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Emotional triggers

House Calls

I was taken by Winifred Gallagher’s description of “soul murder” in her book “Working on God,”

Malcolm X’s daughter discusses African holocaust

Last Thursday, Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of human rights icon Malcolm X, spoke truth to power during a Juneteenth commemoration at the African Burial Ground in lower-Manhattan.

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Dr. Muriel Petioni Charter School open house

Grace Congregational Church of Harlem will hold an open house for parents so that they can learn about Dr. Muriel Petioni Charter School (DMPCS), which was named in honor of the late Muriel Petioni, who passed away at age 97 on Dec. 6, 2011, three weeks shy of her 98th birthday. 

After bloody weekend, officials launch network to combat gun violence

In a recent series of shootings, at least four people were killed while another 19 were injured, including a 10-year-old boy who was innocently walking to a bodega in Coney Island to get something to drink, when a gunman opened fire. The boy was shot in the leg, while another man was shot in his torso.  

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Harlem and Detroit: Same difference

Researching the history of the Black community in Detroit, my hometown, I am struck by the number of commonalities it shares with New York City, particularly Harlem, where I have lived for nearly a generation.

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Open Letter No. 82: Immigration reform now!

In the midst of recovering from complicated surgery, I have had to face the sad reality that comprehensive immigration reform is dead in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for another year. Now, in the season of World Cup fever, where immigrants have dominated and helped most of the major teams, including the U.S., the ball is really in your corner. Will you score a goal or will you get the red card?

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Health and tourism merging to meet consumer needs

Caribbean Connection

Tourism, medical services and the wellness sectors are aligning. Together, they make up an estimated 22 percent of the global gross domestic product, asserted a speaker at the World Medical Tourism Congress, hosted in Taipei by Taiwan’s External Trade Development Council.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka sworn in July 1

At his huge inauguration on Tuesday, July 1, Baraka reminded everyone that he would fully represent the people of Newark. During his campaign, the former councilman said his mission was to mobilize the people and businesses of Newark and take the city from a local view to a global view. His vision for Newark’s future would call for more self-reliance, ingenuity and independence, eventually leading to less dependence on state and federal subsidies.

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Supreme Court deals blow to Obamacare with Hobby Lobby ruling

Corporations are not only people, they are people who can practice a religious faith. On Monday, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby concluded that chief executive officers of major corporations can deny health insurance coverage for birth control based on their own personal beliefs.

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Violence Creates a Summer State of Emergency

It’s becoming a seasonal summer tradition.

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New York State of Appeals Rejects Cyberbullying Law

Albany County's 2012 Cyberbullying law was struck down on Tuesday.

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NYC Gay Pride Parade 2014

The Gay Pride parade started at noon on 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ended at Greenwich and Christopher streets at the Stonewall Inn.

Wednesday, July 2

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Looking back on the Civil Rights Act half a century later

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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The H in Harlem Lights Up

Photo Essay: View of The H for Harlem from the 125th street 1 train station.

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Jazz for Kids Brings Back that Old Harlem!

Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids now that school’s out? Swing by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side...

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African Union Summit Hears Call to Review Relationship with the West

Jun. 30 (GIN) – At a summit last week of African heads of state, the president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea strongly rebuked western countries for “interfering” in Africa, and urged leaders to end economic dependence on the West.

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Black South Africans Get New Chance to Seek Redress for Stolen Land

Jun. 30 (GIN) - South Africa will restart the claims process that provides compensation to black families who were illegally removed from their land during white rule. The window for those claims had been shut 16 years ago.

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Nigerian Comic Turns on Fans Over Offending Rape Joke

Jun. 30 (GIN) – A popular Nigerian comic is losing fans fast as he goes on the attack over a rape joke that fell flat.

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Designer Sheila Bridges on Love, Life, Work—and Hair

Few things define a woman’s femininity like her hair, so when a prominent woman intentionally or unintentionally undergoes a drastic changes to her locks, it can have a devastating effect on her psyche, relationships, and professional life.

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Ty Martin: Unwavering Pride

Growing up in Harlem in the ’50s and ’60s, Ty Martin knew his sexual orientation was not up for discussion. “You had to maintain some type of image,” says Martin. “You had to fake it.”

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Child Marriage - Nigeria's Other Scourge

Jun. 30 (GIN) – Nearly 300 school-age girls are still in the hands of Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group, but they’re not the only group of young women yanked from school against their will and made to work at the beck and call of husbands they did not choose. A new exposé rips Nigeria for its record number of child brides – some as young as 9.

Caribbean leaders to meet. reparations on agenda

Plans by Caribbean community leaders to make Europe pay for reparations for the African slave trade, stalled free trade talks with Canada and a progress report on the overhaul of the 15-nation integration movement will be among key agenda items when heads of government meet in the Eastern Caribbean island nation of Antigua this week.

Tuesday, July 1

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Remembering the life of Jazz Legend Horace Silver

A memorial service will be held for jazz musician Horace Silver on Monday, July 7th at the St Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church, located on 290 Henry Street in Manhattan.

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Public memorial service for Ruby Dee to be held this fall

A public memorial for late actress Ruby Dee is being held in September

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Larenze Tate stars in a new film

Larenze Tate stars in a new film called Gun Hill, premiering on BET tomorrow night (July 2) at 9pm

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Watch the World Cup In Harlem: Le Baobab Restaurant

Le Baobab Restaurant, located in Harlem’s Petit Sénégal neighborhood on 116th Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues, features Senegalese food.

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Home Sweet Harlem: More than a Juice Bar

If you walk into Home Sweet Harlem, a restaurant located across the street from City College of New York at 137th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the first thing Donna Lewis, the owner, will offer you is a cup of coffee.

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Low Vacancies, Rising Rents Uptown

It’s getting harder and harder to find an apartment for rent Uptown.