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Monday, June 30

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Supreme Court Makes Another Decision Involving the Affordable Care Act

Monday morning SCOTUS, in another 5-4 conservative/liberal split, sided with the right for businesses to abstain from participating in healthcare that goes against its religious practice instead of with the majority of American people, who disagree with a business’ right to deny contraception.

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The Search for the Nigerian Girls Continues

Nigerians and Americans of all ages stood in front of the Nigeria house in Manhattan with signs that said 'Bring Back Our Girls" and "Freedom Now for Kidnapped #NigerianGirls."

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New Short Film to bolster the Education Children Learn at School

A familiar starlet plans to make a film aimed to inspire children with exceptional African American stories. Karyn Parsons, of Fresh Prince fame, intends to tell the story of the first Black Soloist ballerina for New York's Metropolitan Opera House. She's motivated by a need to add to the history lessons children, especially Black children, learn at school.

Thursday, June 26

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Mayor-elect Ras Baraka takes office July 1

During the course of his campaign, Mayor-elect Ras Baraka won the hearts of the citizens of New Jersey’s largest city with slogans like “Believe in Newark” and “When I become mayor, we all become mayor.” The 45-year-old councilman and former high school principal emerged from a hard-fought campaign as a major player in state and county politics.

Atlantic City hotel faces bankruptcy

Last week, Revel Casino Hotel started its second trip through Chapter 11. A new owner might have to spend $150 million to fix flaws in its design, experts said. The 57-story hotel casino is the tallest building in Atlantic City and was supposed to revolutionize gambling, with an emphasis on ocean windows that were supposed to epitomize luxury.

Dem Assembly women fail on human trafficking bill

At a recent rally at City Hall, Brianna (who’s real name has been withheld for safety) urged lawmakers in Albany to “put aside the politics” and pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act. Her outcry aims to help prevent other women and children from experiencing what she endured. At the age of 9, she was sold to a pimp after being kidnapped by her school janitor.

Dallas County accidentally backs reparations

During a meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court last Tuesday, officials voted on an item called the “Juneteenth Resolution,” in reference to the annual commemoration of the day U.S. soldiers arrived in Texas to free slaves after the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). The only Black commissioner, John Wiley Price, submitted the resolution. The resolution eventually came up for a voice vote and was passed unanimously.

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NYC to pay 40 Million Dollar Settlement to 'Central Park Five'

City Comptroller Scott Stringer signs off on "Central Park 5" $40 million settlement.

About speaking in public

“Standing Ovations” (Motivated Press) by Robyn Hatcher provides an important formula for the art of public speaking. Their actor type is something most folks never think about when they are going for a job interview or making a presentation. All people are actors in some way, shape or form, and this author points you in a direction that can help you throughout your life.

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Aguaclara swimwear

Aguaclara swimwear designer Liliana Villalobos was born in Lima, Peru. She was the youngest of six siblings. After graduating from high school, she studied art courses at the University of Lima. Her family also lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Cuzco. In her younger years, she was also very active in sports and stood out in gymnastics.

50th anniversary of the founding of Malcolm X’s OAAU

After the March 12, 1964, press conference announcing his departure from the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X traveled to Detroit on April 12, 1964, and delivered his most politicized dissertation to date—“The Ballot or the Bullet.” The following day, he flew to Germany, made hajj in Mecca six days later, then visited Africa on April 30 and finally returned to New York City on May 21. Henceforth, he and a few other activists laid down the groundwork for his new, nonreligious Black Nationalist Movement.

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For the ‘Central Park Five,’ a settlement long overdue

For several years, too many in fact, five African-American and Latino young men languished in jail. They missed family events, important developments in the lives of their communities and time with loved ones. Their lives were completely and irrevocably torn apart after they were wrongfully convicted for the attack and rape of a jogger in Central Park in 1989.

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Dear Comptroller Scott Stringer

I wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for your prompt response regarding my inquiry of the “Central Park Five” settlement. I appreciate and understand that you cannot disclose additional details at this time, as you have commenced a due diligence review process of the proposed settlement.

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Voting with their feet

People in Washington don’t like to admit that they were wrong. No one saw Eric Cantor’s primary loss coming, least of all David Brat, the economics professor who, on a shoestring budget, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in congressional history.

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Bratton told Upper West Side cops to stop homeless shelter raid

Weeks after officers from the 24th Precinct in the Upper West Side swept through the Freedom House, a residence shelter on West 95th Street run by the Department of Homeless Shelters, and promised to conduct more raids after arresting 22 people, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told the cops to end the practice.  

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New Yorkers can sue NYPD over stop-and-frisk

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA), two unions that represent NYPD officers, have attempted to block the Community Safety Act, which was passed into law last year by the City Council despite a veto from former Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The act makes it easier for New Yorkers to sue the NYPD for racial profiling. State Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh tossed the unions’ legal challenge and said the city’s ban on racial profiling is constitutional.

Peace is a lifestyle conference to discuss neighborhood violence

Several community anti-violence groups are participating in the first annual Peace is a Lifestyle Conference on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus Pope Auditorium in Manhattan. The event is being hosted by Fordham University GSS Continuing Education, BK Nation and Life Camp.

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Brooklyn to celebrate 'Do The Right Thing Day'

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams honored filmmaker Spike Lee and his award-winning film “Do the Right Thing,” proclaiming June 28 as “Do the Right Thing Day” in Brooklyn to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the film’s release date.

Blogging While Brown conference to bring together bloggers of color

Black bloggers from around the country are gathering in New York for the seventh annual Blogging While Brown Conference on June 27-28 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Speakers for the event include Sheree Adams, Kristen Bolton-Keys and Jason Kaston and Alfred Edmond Jr. of Black Enterprise.

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Imhotep Gary Byrd hosts 'life celebration' for late GBE producer J.D. Livingston in Harlem

Imhotep Gary Byrd, legendary host of the “GBE Experience,” heard over WLIB, WBLS and WBAI in New York, invites the community to “Thank You For Your Kindness,” a life celebration for late GBE producer and activist J.D. Livingston on Saturday, June 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., Harlem.

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Community divided on how to best protect children from drowning

Parents of the two children who drowned over the weekend in the Bronx’s Starlight Park pleaded with the city for more strident protections, while community organizers preached personal responsibility. “Folks should have access to the river,” said David R. Shuffler Jr., executive director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, a Bronx organization deeply invested in environmental issues. “I don’t think eight miles of fence is possible.”

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City Hall celebrates Juneteenth

Last week, members of the New York City Council marked the 148th anniversary of the first Juneteenth with a celebration at City Hall. The event was a festive occasion complete with drum processions, libations, poetry and dance.

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The architects of the Central Park Five debacle: Where are they now?

Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Kharey Wise have seen justice in the form of a $40 million settlement with the city of New York over their wrongful convictions in the “Central Park Jogger” case from two decades ago. However, the young men haven’t seen justice in the sense of getting their normal lives back.

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Verl Thomas showing the world of wonder

Black New Yorker

Verl Thomas wants African-Americans to see the world, and he’s doing it one tour at a time. Along with his wife, Latifah Chinnery, Thomas is co-owner of the New York City-based, Black-owned travel agency Equator 3 Tours LLC.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June 26 - July 2, 2014

Join the Radio GBE tristate community for “Thank You For Your Kindness,” a life celebration for late Radio GBE producer and activist J.D. Livingston

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Talking SCHOP! A midyear start

Happy midyear! I wouldn’t believe it myself if I didn’t write a weekly column and know that this is my 26th piece this year. Where does the time go?!

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Philly: More than meets the eye

It’s hard to capture the true essence of a city in one article, and even with this, the last of a three-part series on Philadelphia, there’s so much more to tell about the city’s fascinating early history, sites and attractions, Afrocentric points of interests, accommodations, culinary adventures and more.

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Nurses, caregivers hold protest for better jobs, care

It was a hot day in late spring, but health care workers were turning up the heat on their bosses last Wednesday.

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The 43rd International African Arts Festival kicks off July 3

The board of directors, staff and volunteers of the International African Arts Festival (IAAF) just hosted their press conference and reception to launch the 43rd annual festival at the Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn.

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African-American conductors make history on Broadway

A watershed moment, a major milestone, recently took place on Broadway, with the orchestras of four major shows led under the batons of distinguished African-American music directors and conductors.

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Tributes to Michael Jackson on fifth anniversary of his death

Wednesday, June 25 marked five years since the untimely death of legendary entertainer Michael Jackson.

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Links host Community Partnership Forum

The Community Partnership Educational Seminars Series’ final spring forum, “The Most Important People to Have in Your Life, as You Age Gracefully,” commenced on May 29 at the Brookdale Center for Aging at Hunter College/CUNY.

Cosmopolitan Review June 26- July 2, 2014

June has to be one of my favorite months of the year. The weather is sunny and warm, the humidity has yet to set in and the nights are good for sleeping. It’s the time for graduations, and it’s such a joy to see the caps, gowns, white dresses and young men in their suits and ties.

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More kidnappings and bombings in Nigeria; NY activists respond

Just at press time, details were announced of an explosion in a shopping mall in Emmab Plaza in Wuse II, Abuja. At least 20 people were killed. This cycle of violence continues as citizens continue to rally and fight back in the wake of radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s vicious reign of terror.

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Rev. and Mrs. James Forbes Jr. celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, and Bettye F. Forbes, founder of the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows as dozens of couples who were previously married by the reverend watched on Thursday, June 19 in the nave of the Riverside Church.

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Matriarch Edna Swann makes her transition

Librarian, author and educator Edna Christine Tatum Swann, known as “Mama Edna,” leaves behind a rich history and legacy not only to her own family, but also to the Amsterdam News. Swann passed away on June 22 at the age of 93.

New Yorkers take ‘Small Steps’ to get healthier

EmblemHealth, the New York-based health insurance and wellness company, kicked off a neighborhood-by-neighborhood campaign that encourages everyone to take small steps each day toward healthier living. On June 11, community leaders and media personalities launched the campaign at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza in Harlem with a day of health and fitness activities.

Free national hearing test available by phone

Are Americans warming up to a free over-the-phone hearing test developed by Indiana University researchers and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? As news about the test spreads, the answer seems to be a resounding “Yes!” Better yet, the test is being offered free through the end of June.

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Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

I have never been to a family gathering, church dinner, birthday party or dinner-dance where a high-calorie meal is not followed by a higher calorie, sweeter-than-sweet dessert. This combination of foods and desserts seems to get folks up into an “electric slide” attitude, thinking that they will burn up some of those calories, but to no avail. It would be better if they at least deserted the dessert. When you think about it, that extra “s” in dessert is that extra sugar (glucose), which may ultimately cause diabetes.

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Brownsville Matters

Last Wednesday, June 18, new Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson stuck to a campaign promise and went deep into the heart of Brownsville, Brooklyn, to talk with the everyday people there.

Renters see lowest rent increase in history

Ignoring Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council’s recommendation for a rent freeze, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) on Monday voted to increase rents. Landlords can raise costs of the city’s 1 million rent-stabilized apartments 1 percent for the next fiscal year.

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Court ruling keeps Interfaith Medical Center alive

The embattled Interfaith Hospital has, like the phoenix, risen from its ashes, and unlike the ongoing turbulent battle surrounding Long Island College Hospital, the dark cloud of uncertainty that once overshadowed Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant has finally dissipated.

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Blossom teaches young girls confidence and self-esteem

Through the use of group discussions and interactive conversations with mentors, the Blossom program aims to help young people gain confidence and value self-esteem.

Youth Move is “all about the energy”

On Monday, June 23, the National Action Network’s (NAN) Youth Move, founded by Ashley Sharpton, held its weekly “Huddle” at the NAN House of Justice in Harlem. The Huddle is a meeting place for young dreamers of today who aspire to become leaders of tomorrow.

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Juneteenth: We are our own liberators! Giving Black troops their real due

Neither Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation nor Gen. Gordon Granger’s reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to the enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas, on Juneteenth freed us from slavery.

Carib school wins award for best space experiment

You wouldn’t normally expect to hear a conversation about “ionization in the earth’s atmosphere” happening among a group of 12- to 14-year-old youngsters. However, that conversation is exactly what led enterprising youth from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago to the top prize in the Cubes in Space global contest.

Suspended US democracy project back on track

A U.S. government-funded leadership and democracy project that was suspended several weeks ago has restarted following assurances to the contrary, outgoing American Ambassador Brent Hardt said.

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St. Lucian chef appointed culinary ambassador

Caribbean Connection

Chef Nina Compton, first runner-up and fan favorite in the “Top Chef New Orleans” series, plans to put the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia on the culinary map.  Recently appointed as the first culinary ambassador of St. Lucia, the Caribbean chef hopes to lure legions of foodies and visitors to the island with promises of indigenous ingredients and forward-thinking food producers.

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Gov Cuomo announces free meals to help feed 400,000 children this summer

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently reminded parents that while the school year is drawing to a close, thousands of children remain eligible for free, nutritious meals at hundreds of sites around New York state this summer.

No fuss: De Blasio reveals city budget without ‘song and dance’

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed the city’s $75 billion budget, which represented a slight turn from the highly publicized tug-of-war it had become during Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure.

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Reaction to ‘Central Park Five’ $40 million settlement

Twenty-five years after the initial miscarriage of justice, New York City is finally looking to settle with the “Central Park Five” for $40 million.

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The Lion Roars: Charlie Rangle wins re-election

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. Charlie Rangel looked to have won re-election in New York’s 13th Congressional District.

Wednesday, June 25

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Five Years Since Michael Jackson’s death

Today officially marks the fifth anniversary since the death of the King of Pop.

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Upper Manhattan Polling Results are In

The poll numbers are in for upper manhattan's District 13. Charles Rangel narrowly won with 47% of the vote. Andriano Espaillat came in second with 44%.

Artists Displays Art in Public Space as a Reminder of the Black Experience

A plaque immortalizing the loss of young men of color in America was sculpted and displayed in a public space by Guerilla artist Matthew Hincman. He sat down with NPR Boston to explain his reasons for making it and what his intentions were.

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Minority Students Prepare for the Miss National UNCF Coronation Pageant

This summer marks the beginning of the Miss National United Negro College Fund [UNCF] Coronation Pageant.

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An Oral History of Black Americans is Added to the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress acquired a Collection of African American Oral Historis announced Congress Librarian James H. Billington. The donation was provided by TheHistoryMakers.

Tuesday, June 24

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Tech Comes To Harlem

The players and leaders in Harlem's new tech scene get together.

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Football and Fufu at La Savane

The West African community on West 116th Street finds good food and a place to watch the World Cup at La Savane restaurant.

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Today Upper Manhattan Decides Their Democratic Nominee

Today is the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional district of NYC. The polls are open until 10 pm. Todays primary is being held to determine who will be the Democratic nominee for the 13th Congressional District of NYC.

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Botswana's Okavango Delta a 'world heritage site'

The Okavango Delta – Africa’s last-remaining wetland wilderness - has been listed as the 1000th World Heritage site by Unesco, the United Nations cultural body.

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Kenyan round-up of refugees nets 300 children

Kenya is rounding up and detaining Somali refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers, separating parents from young children.

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SMITH & WESSON OFF THE HOOK FOR ARMS TO AFRICA BRIBE DEAL

Smith & Wesson’s Vice President of Sales was one of a group of arms dealers in a congratulatory mood after winding up what they thought was a major weapons sale to an African leader.

Monday, June 23

Comptroller Scott Stringer Urging the City to Raise the Minimum Wage

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has been urging the city's lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to $13.13 per hour. This rise would increase the income of nearly 1.2 million NYC residents by an average of $100 per week.

Friday, June 20

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Community Risk and Resiliency Act Passes in the State Assembly and Senate

The New York State Assembly and Senate passed the Community Risk and Resiliency Act on Thursday in response to the recent extreme weather events and the impact it has had on New York resident.

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Surprising Parole for Black Panther Sekou Kambui

Black Panther Sekou Kambui was granted parole on June 18th and is in the process in transitioning to a halfway house.

Thursday, June 19

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Cuomo Reconsiders Medical Marijuana

Days after deep negotiations, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that New York may become the 23rd state to permit medical marijuana.

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Mafrika Music Festival Kicks Off a Harlem Summer

Shrine, Silvana, and Marcus Garvey Park were packed this weekend for the 8th annual Mafrika Music Festival.

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Good Work: Health on Wheels

New mobile care unit offering medical and dental care on wheels.

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Five Percenters hold 44th annual Show and Prove

Members of the Five Percenters, aka Nation of Gods and Earths (NGE), merged in Mecca/Harlem this past weekend for their 44th annual Show and Prove. Ever since 1971, during the second weekend of each June, the organization, established by Allah, the Father, commemorates the anniversary of his assassination.

NAN’s Youth Move presents the Huddle

On Monday, June 16, National Action Network’s (NAN) Youth Move, which was founded by Ashley Sharpton, held its weekly “Huddle” program at the House of Justice in Harlem. The Huddle is a meeting place for young dreamers of today who aspire to become leaders of tomorrow.

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IS 171 participates in 10th Urban Advantage Science Expo at American Museum of Natural History

Hundreds of students, teachers, families celebrate pioneering program

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Jumaane Williams: ‘Not in my hood’

As the summer begins, many city leaders and community activists have begun to prepare for the violence that has unfortunately become routine with the warmer weather.

Mayor de Blasio scolds NYCHA for lack of security cameras

At press time Wednesday, June 11, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer joined public housing residents, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) chair Shola Olatoye, and City Council member Inez Barron to announce the start of a long-overdue security camera installation at Boulevard Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, and five other developments around the city, in an effort by the administration to engage and be more responsive to the needs of public housing residents.


Mental illnesses becoming an epidemic in our community

Opinion-Editorial

Perhaps our society’s greatest error is treating criminals who suffer from severe mental health disorders as identical or even comparable to others who are capable of controlling their impulses.

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A disturbing tendency

President Barack Obama is doubling down in his defense of his blunder in defying the rule of law, exercising poor judgment and mischaracterizing (I’m trying to be charitable) the service of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in his ill-conceived “deal” to free the lone American serviceman held captive in Afghanistan.

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Espaillat misses the mark on the local and national issues

Opinion-Editorial

What Rep. Charles Rangel’s challengers fail to realize is that as the third most senior member of the United States Congress, his career as representative for the 13th Congressional District has been about more than local issues.

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Rangel’s peerless record deserves another term: Vote Rangel June 24

Editorial

As we go down to the wire in the 13th District ‘s congressional Democratic primary race, we should go with a candidate who for 22 terms has delivered for Harlem: Rep. Charles Rangel. Rangel’s record in office has been impressive. He has been peerless and has consistently demonstrated over the last several years that he has lost none of the savvy and foresight that has made him a perennial top lawmaker in Congress.

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Education is looking ‘Bright’

Black New Yorker

Marcus Bright is on a crusade to link colleges with high schools in urban communities in an effort to get young people excited about science and math, putting them at the forefront for careers in technology.

Juneteenth celebrated in the city

Celebrations for Juneteeth are being held across the city, commemorating the official end of slavery in America. A celebration is being held today at Restoration Plaza, located at 1368 Fulton St. in Brooklyn, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be an African Marketplace, performances, awards ceremony and health fair.

Cuomo to host local job fairs

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced eight job fairs taking place in six regions across the state this week. The events will be held in central New York, Long Island, mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, Southern Tier and Western New York.

Gun violence victims remembered at First Corinthians Baptist Church

First Corinthian Baptist Church, in collaboration with Harlem’s Silent Cry, is hosting “Cease Fire” on Saturday, June 28 from 3:30-7 p.m. The service is aimed to restore, recognize and renew the spirit of families who have lost loved ones to violence. The community is invited to celebrate life and provide support and encouragement to the families. Silent Cry is an organization that aims to bring about change to youth ages 6 to 16.

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City Council hearing discusses ‘Avonte’s Law’

Last Thursday, people gathered outside City Hall with banners, T-shirts and signs featuring 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s name and picture. The crowd chanted and pled with City Council members to pass “Avonte’s Law,” which would require alarms to be placed on school exits.

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Homicides down in city but shootings up

Homicides in the city are down but shootings are up, causing some to ask if reforming the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice was a good idea.

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#BringBackourGirls campaign goes global

As the world demands the rescue and safe return of over 276 female students who were abducted from their school in Nigeria, in collaboration with the #BringBackOurGirls Global Coalition, #BringBackOurGirls NYC, community leaders and concerned city citizens, Ruth Evon Idahosa co-organized a rally outside the United Nations to continue to raise awareness “on what can only be termed an atrocity of epic proportions.”

Apollo marks 80th B’Day with Spring Gala

Nightlife

The tomfoolery of last week threw me off kilter a lil, causing a major oversight to one of the premiere entertainment events of the year; however the return to the essence of an icon made it ok to revisit.

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NAN Triumphs again

The National Action Network and the Rev. Al Sharpton hosted the fifth annual Triumph Awards on June 2 at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Schomburg hosts legislative breakfast

On Saturday, June 7, the Schomburg Corp sponsored a legislative breakfast. During the breakfast, Rep. Charles Rangel presented Council Member Inez Dickens with an award for her longstanding support of the Schomburg.

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Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage

The 25th annual Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage took place Saturday, June 14 from noon to sunset on the boardwalk in Coney Island, N.Y. Founded by Dr. Mary Umolu, the tribute pays homage to the millions of lives lost during the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Cosmopolitan Review June 19- June 25, 2014

The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr. and Bettye Franks Forbes will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary as they renew their vows along with dozens of couples who have been previously married by the reverend.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Wendell Headley, a fashion world outsider comes to the fore

In an unfurnished New York City apartment with bare white walls, Wendell Headley paces the room with an intense energy bordering on unease.

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Prince Joshua Avitto celebrated on his seventh birthday

Tuesday, June 17 would have been Prince Joshua Avitto’s seventh birthday. His Boulevard Houses, East New York community threw a big party to remember and celebrate Prince, who was stabbed to death, allegedly by the now incarcerated Daniel St. Hubert.

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CWA Local 1180 endorses Liu for state Senate

Former New York City Comptroller and Council Member John Liu has shored up an endorsement from one of the largest public sector locals of the Communications Workers of America. Citing his track record as a “tireless fighter for working families and the middle class in New York City,” CWA Local 1180 endorsed Liu’s campaign for the Senate seat in New York’s 11th congressional district.

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Condo workers go on strike

Building workers at a luxury apartment building in Manhattan’s West Village have decided to go on strike.

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NYC celebrates Dance Week 2014

NYC Dance Week, a 10-day festival of free and discounted dance, fitness and wellness classes, will take place at dance studios across New York’s five boroughs from Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, June 28. In addition to offering classes at Dance Week’s 2014 studio partner, Mark Morris Dance Center, this year, the festival will also offer classes in collaboration with the Ailey Extension, Power Pilates, Ballet Academy East, Dancewave, Z Club NY and more.

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‘If/Then’ is about possibilities in life

Did you ever make a choice in life and wonder what would have happened if you did something else?

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‘After Midnight’ Is Pattified!

Tuesday, June 10 was the official press opening for Patti LaBelle in “After Midnight,” a musical that spotlights Harlem nightlife in 1932. “After Midnight” is now officially “Pattified.” LaBelle put her delightful spin on each song and made the jazz music and ballads of that period come alive as only she can do.

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Exploring the ‘City of Brotherly Love’

In the first part of our exploration of Philadelphia, we were just getting the lay of the land, including the 55-acre, 20-city block Independence National Historical Park, the Liberty Bell Center, the National Constitution Center and several other sites in and around the downtown area. But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg of what Philly has to offer. Unique attractions and historically significant African-American sites are a big part of the story.

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Talking SCHOP! Year of the Gato

Another birthday came last month for me. Where does the time go? Though not a milestone year, I ceremoniously titled it “My Obama Birthday” for our 44th president (trying to make it stick, copyright in progress!). I would not let it go by without raising a glass and eating some good food.

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Fairway takes the High Road

With the official start of summer right around the corner and temperatures already rivaling the dog days in August, there are a few cool reprieves for the mouth. Good thing Fairway Market (@FairwayMarket) partnered with High Road Craft Ice Cream (@HighRoadCraft) to create four signature flavors for your mouth.

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Liberty search for consistency

It’s been a tough stretch for the New York Liberty.

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2014 US Open ballperson tryouts

Approximately 80 sought-after positions as ballpersons for the 2014 U.S. Open are up for grabs, with approximately 400 people competing for spots. Prospective ballpersons will be evaluated by U.S. Open officials on their running, throwing and catching skills.

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Tim Duncan proves his tank is still running on full

Shortly after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals, the normally reserved Tim Duncan vowed that he and his teammates would avenge the crushing series defeat to the Miami Heat that they suffered in the 2013 NBA Finals.

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Spoelstra shares the blame in the collapse of the Heat

Erik Spoelstra, perhaps the top young coach in the NBA, is well-liked by his peers and, most importantly, his players. But the Heat’s young coach, like his team, was blown away in the NBA Finals. He took a coaching spanking, administered by the guy on the other bench, Gregg Popovich.

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Tracey on the mend

Go With the Flo

Word is Tracy Morgan is reportedly showing signs of improvement, so much so that doctors upgraded his condition to fair. He remains hospitalized while recovering from several broken bones, the worst of which is a fractured femur.

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Remembering Ruby Dee and Little Jimmy Scott

Jazz Notes

Upon hearing of Ruby Dee’s death at the age of 91 on June 11, I was saddened. I quietly remembered my mother who loved the actress. “I love me some Ruby Dee,” she would often say.

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D’Angelo’s Resort ’15 looks

Edwing D’Angelo’s 2015 Resort collection looks smashing, especially because his show was held in a space overlooking Central Park North in Harlem. Many spectators were awed to view his collection, called “The Pedigree of the New Blue Blood Lineage.”

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Beauty: Eyebrows and hair care news

Summer eyebrows are perfectly shaped, enhancing beautiful eyes and luscious lashes. Los Angeles’ buzz-worthy beauty brand Chella just launched its first Chella Brow Bar. On the cutting edge, it’s the latest edition of the beautiful Chella Brow & Eye Collection, which recently celebrated a grand opening in Westlake Village, Calif.

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ABFF focuses on film and finance

In 2012, Screen Gems released “Think Like a Man” (based on Steve Harvey’s successful book) with low expectations. It opened along with “The Hunger Games,” so most Hollywood analysts predicted low domestic receipts—Hollywood was wrong. It captured the No. 1 spot and earned a domestic total gross of $91,547,205.

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The Apollo celebrates 80 years

Harlem’s crown jewel, the Apollo Theater, celebrates its 80th birthday this week, with a star-studded, music-filled event during the annual spring gala. On top of celebrating eight decades of entertainment, the Apollo also honored BNY Mellon and Richard Parsons.

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Caribbean Tourism Organization honors Jamaican tourism stalwart

Jamaica’s first female director of tourism, Carrole Guntley, is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s  most prestigious honor. Guntley was presented with the special award during the Allied Awards Luncheon at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on Friday, June 6.

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Julian Rogers gets high honor

Caribbean Connection

Distinguished Barbadian journalist Julian Rogers has been appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his outstanding contributions to journalism in the Caribbean.

Wednesday, June 18

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Mistrial for Malcolm Smith

Untranslated Yiddish recordings are what’s to blame for the mistrial declared Tuesday in the case against state Sen. Malcolm Smith.

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Christie says bridge scandal is behind him

Chris Christie still faces investigations by a New Jersey legislative committee and a probe by the local U.S. attorney’s office because of last year’s bridge scandal, but last week, when the New Jersey governor mingled with some of the Republican Party’s most influential fundraisers at Mitt Romney’s three-day political retreat in Utah, he told business leaders and GOP donors that he’s moving past the scandal.

Deadly fire kills six in Newark

“I can’t believe this,” said Iris Sydney after six members of her family were killed when a fast-moving fire ripped through a single-family home in Newark.

‘You are valuable, Black men,’ preaches Michael Eric Dyson

“Are you the one or should we expect someone else?” Dr. Michael Eric Dyson asked rhetorically, addressing an audience last Thursday evening at Bethel AME Church.

Obama once more between Iraq and a hard place

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Obama administration, it did.

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Brooklyn community demands investigation into death of Laquan Nelson

Residents at Lafayette Gardens are demanding an investigation into the death of Laquan Nelson, a 16-year-old youth who was shot and killed by an unknown assailant a few yards from the 88th Precinct. They claim that “medical attention was delayed and police stood idly by.”

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Tanaya Grant Copeland laid to rest

Last Wednesday, June 11, Tanaya Grant Copeland, 18, was funeralized at Bethlehem Baptist Church in East New York.

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Cocaine killed ‘Able’

House Calls

I am sure that pharmacist J.C. Pemberton of Atlanta did not envision the dangers and addictive properties of cocaine when he first introduced it to the American public in a drink made from coca leaves.

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President Obama focuses on student debt

College graduates and college students are starting to breathe a little easier thanks to President Barack Obama’s signing of a memorandum directing the secretary of education to propose regulations that would allow nearly 5 million federal direct student loan borrowers the opportunity to cap their student loan payments.

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Resourceful, gifted Dr. Charles H. Wright

School kids in Detroit in the mid-1960s used to look forward to field trips that included a visit to the Museum of African American History, where they could view such items as the first traffic signal and gas mask invented by Garrett Morgan. If they were lucky, they might also see Dr. Charles H. Wright, who founded the museum.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June 19 - June 25, 2014

Greetings. The line of new ancestors continues to grow with the passing of legendary Academy Award-nominated stage and film actress, performance poet, civil right, human rights and Pan-African activist Ruby Dee, wife of the late Ossie Davis. Dee died at the age of 91.

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Autopsy determines prison staff botched execution

The autopsy performed on Clayton Lockett ruled that his April 29 state-sponsored murder was mishandled by prison staff.

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First lady of African-American stage and screen, Ruby Dee, dies at 91

Ruby Dee, the first lady of African-American theater and film, made her transition last Wednesday, June 11, at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., according to Arminda Thomas, the archivist for Dee-Davis Enterprises. Dee was 91 and the cause of death was not disclosed.

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Decision Day: Voters Go To The Polls June 24

Many political campaigns can seem like old episodes of CNN’s “Crossfire,” with opponents vying for the biggest applause and loudest opinion. This year’s congressional primary campaign between Rep. Charlie Rangel, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, pastor Michael Walrond Jr. and Yolanda Garcia has not been the exception to the rule.

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Subway delays all day

Widespread train delays will affect the city today, July 18.

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Africa's last monarch risks loss of trade deal with U.S.

Swaziland is edging toward suspension from the US preferential trade agreement known as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunities Act).

Reparations Fight Gaining Steam

Caribbean serious about making Europe pay

Caribbean governments this week erased any lingering doubts that they are serious about making Europe pay for the horrors of the Transatlantic slave trade by holding their most important preparatory meeting yet ahead of plans for a high level delegation to travel to Europe to serve demand payment letters in the coming weeks.

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African Bars to watch the World Cup in New York

Are you rooting for an African Nation in the World Cup? Here are the best places to find your countries fans!

Tuesday, June 17

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Actress and Singer Zendaya is Set to Play Aaliyah in Biopic

Actress and singer Zendaya Coleman is set to play Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B"

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Five villagers killed by an unidentifiable group in Kenya

Five people were killed by an unidentified group in Kasakairu, Kenya on Monday.

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Baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, dies at age 54

Baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, died at age 54 due to cancer from chewing tobacco for many years.

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A Mandela Revival appears in books and films

Since the Long Walk to Freedom, the book and the movie, the life of Nelson Mandela continues to inspire a generation of writers and filmmakers.

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Former African leaders call for legalizing low-level drugs

A frank report cited by two former African presidents has called for the decriminalization of minor drug offenses, saying that trafficking, consumption and production is undermining development in West Africa and abetting corruption.

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‘Invest in our girls,’ says Liberia's 'Ma Ellen,' if Africa is to rise

In an open letter dated June 16 – the International Day of the African Child – Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf warned there would be no “Africa Rising” without a serious “investment in our girls.”

Monday, June 16

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New York comes in as 10th safest city to live in

June is National Safety Month. In commemoration of the occasion Wallethub did a study comparing how secure the 50 states and the District of Columbia are to one another.

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Meeting with The Stop Mass Incarceration Network Concerning NYPD Assault

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is having a meeting today at 7 p.m. in the Riverside Church [located on 120th and Claremont Avenue] relating to an NYPD assault.

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Happy 80th Birthday Apollo Theater

On the “A” w/Souleo

The Apollo Theater has transformed the lives of many singers that performed on its stage such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Lauryn Hill.

President Obama helping to Break Stereotypes of Black Fatherhood

Opinion-Editorial

President Obama is urging fathers to get more involved in their children’s life.

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The Apollo celebrates 80 years

Harlem's crown jewel, the Apollo Theater, celebrates its 80th birthday this week, with a star-studded, music-filled event during the Annual Spring Gala. On top of celebrating eight decades of entertainment, the Apollo also honored BNY Mellon and Richard Parsons.

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Free Annual Concert Returns to Lower Manhattan

If you are hoping to enjoy the city this summer but can’t afford its steep prices, consider the annual River to River Festival in downtown Manhattan, opening June 19.

Friday, June 13

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Brooklyn Man Indicted On Murder For East New York Child Stabbings

Daniel St. Hubert, the accused June 1 attacker of two East New York children, has been indicted on murder charges. If convicted he could serve 50 years to life in prison.

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Remembering the O.J Simpson Verdict 20 Years Later

A look back on the case that became known as the "trial of the century."

Thursday, June 12

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‘Not in my hood’ gun violence awareness march

This is the message Shanduke McPhatter, a former member of the New York Bloods gang, delivered to gunmen at a rally in Brooklyn, pleading with them to stop the senseless killings. “It’s time for our kids to feel safe on the streets!” he declared.

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Deidre Partlow finds her calling in fitness

Black New Yorker

When talking to Deidre Partlow, a trainer at Blink Fitness in Harlem, you might be motivated to stretch, hit the weights and run the treadmill yourself.

Debt relief looming for our students

Millions of current and former students will be able to breath a sigh of relief over the repayment of their student loans. Those hamstrung by oppressive student loans will be ecstatic to learn that President Barack Obama has finally lived up to one of his campaign promises: a reduction of student loan payments.

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Project Residents Respond to Police Raid

Last Wednesday, 400 NYPD officers raided the Manhattanville and Grant Project houses because of turf wars between the two housing projects over the years.

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We must stop burying our babies

In the early 1970s, I went to a small Montessori program on Avenue D in the middle of the Lillian Wald housing project. I remember being all of 3-and-half years old and marching with my classmates in our graduation ceremony that was held in the park in the middle of Lillian Wald Houses.

President Obama and climate change

Opinion-Editorial

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new proposed policy to cut carbon pollution from America’s power plants. As we enter the summer months, now is the time to think about climate change and clean energy.

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Conservatives should embrace Jim Sensenbrenner’s efforts to update the Voting Rights Act

First enacted in 1965, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) prohibited discriminatory voting practices that had been used to deny people, especially people of color, their constitutional right to vote. This landmark law had wide bipartisan support and has been seen by historians as one of the most important pieces of legislation ever passed by the Congress.

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Lacoste’s sole shoes for men

For autumn and winter, Lacoste Essential Design shows several collections in one. Overall, the company continues to combine classic silhouettes with a contemporary twist of colors and materials. The look is a sophisticated mix of high-end street wear and quality essentials. Lacoste Essential Design gives the discerning gentleman quality foot fashion that can be worn day or night.

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Student art on view at the Met

“P.S. Art 2014: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids” is open for special viewing for three months, now through Aug. 25, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Artworks of all media by talented students pre-K through 12th grade are displayed in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at the Met. The juried exhibition celebrates its 12th year.

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One Hundred Black Women supporting Nigerian girls

The New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women hosted an informative program on the issues facing women and girls in Africa and beyond.

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The importance of exposing and confronting hate groups

I am a proud graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, a public school in the northwest section of Washington, D.C. And although it has been decades since I was a student at Wilson, I remain proud of the students there, particularly for the strong positions they have taken on important social issues.

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Community Unites After Tragic Stabbing

Even after the arrest and indictment of Daniel St. Hubert in the tragic stabbing of two children last month in East New York’s Boulevard Housing complex, there is still a feeling of tension in the neighborhood. An aura of unease still shrouds the community.

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Spurs have no problems with the Heat in Miami

On the eve of the start of this year’s NBA Finals, many prognosticators picked the San Antonio Spurs to defeat the Miami Heat in the best-of-seven series in large part because of the versatility of Kawhi Leonard.

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Miami folds as Spurs turn up the heat

After Chris Webber lost the championship to Duke, and then to Carolina the following year, I stopped predicting and totally ceased after the Red Sox came from 3-1 down to defeat the Yankees for the 2004 American League pennant. Not even Boston fans could have imagined that! Hey, who knew?

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Pondexter near perfect in huge Liberty win

“It was important that the players have a good game under their belts so they know that if they play with that kind of energy [they can win],” said New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer after the team defeated the Washington Mystics 81-64 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.

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Fisher gets his shot to stop the losing at MSG

It’s hard to believe there have been 25 past head coaches of the New York Knicks. They’ve never done a George Steinbrenner and hired the same coach multiple times, so 25 does seem like a lot.

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Cotto’s two-fisted attack forces Martinez to throw in the towel

Puerto Rican native Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), in his second fight with trainer Freddie Roach, unanimously and decisively beat Argentinian Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) to gain the middleweight title, his fourth world championship, making him the first Puerto Rican fighter to win championships in four different weight classes: middle weight, junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June12- 18, 2014

Black Music Month 2014 is starting out with a bang

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Cooking for Pops

Talking SCHOP!

This weekend is not only for the father in your life. It is for the father figures—the ones putting in the work, showing up and being the best person they can be for the children they love. I salute them.

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Ebony Escapes! to Philadelphia

What do Benjamin Franklin, Rocky, Auguste Rodin, Wilt Chamberlain, Al Capone and Kevin Bacon all have in common?

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Miles Way, Vision Festival, Ornette Coleman

Jazz Notes

To celebrate the trumpeter Miles Dewey Davis III’s 88th birthday on May 26, the street where he owned a brownstone (312 W. 77th St.) and lived for many years was named “Miles Davis Way” in his honor (the northwest corner 77th Street and West End Avenue).

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Despite ‘Bunny Rugs’ passing, Coore, Third World March On

The year 2014 has been a whirlwind for the legendary reggae band Third World. William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, their lead singer for four decades, passed away at the age of 65 of leukemia. The band, which is best known for their rendition of the O’Jays’ “Now That We Found Love” and the Stevie Wonder-penned “Try Jah Love,” took time to mourn the death of their friend.

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The Legendary Ruby Dee Joins the Ancestors

Ruby Dee, winner of an Emmy, a Grammy and a Screen Actors Guild award died Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y. at age 91.

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Tracy Morgan Critically Injured in Car Crash

Comedy powerhouse and “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan is reported to have experienced substantial injuries after a stretch limo transporting him and four friends was hit by a truck on Saturday morning near Trenton, N.J.

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Aretha Franklin Talks Radio City, New Album, Biopic Film

The “Queen of Soul” still reigns, and now more than ever, Aretha Franklin is still satisfying her fans as she receives an Ivy League honorary degree, prepares for the release of her new album this fall and throws a new name in the ring as to who could play her in a biopic film.

UFT comes out in favor of ‘fairer’ admissions process for specialized schools

Add the United Federation of Teachers to the list of advocates for a different admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools.

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Wal-Mart no model citizen

When President Barack Obama visited a Wal-Mart store in California recently to praise the company’s allegedly progressive environmental philosophy, he couldn’t have picked a worse example of a good global neighbor.

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The 18th American Black Film Fest

If you’re a young filmmaker and you haven’t been introduced to Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life and the creative life force behind the 2014 American Black Film Festival, don’t fret. Your chance to understand this man’s mission manifests with the screening of 52 films (June 19-22 ).

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City officials rally to ‘civilianize’ NYPD jobs

Hoping to increase the number of police officers available for local community policing, New York City council members, other public officials and union leaders rallied in support of civilianizing clerical and administrative jobs performed by NYPD officers.

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Great Black performances get noticed at Tony Awards

Nightlife

Generational gaps have been around for a minute.

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Bronx Triangle’s sixth annual scholarship awards ceremony

Bronx Triangle’s sixth annual scholarship awards ceremony was held at Eastwood Manor Supper Club

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Friends of the Harlem Vet Center

The Friends of the Harlem Vet Center announce their proposal to erect a memorial wall in the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building for veterans in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

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Dawna Michelle Fields salutes Alpha Kappa Alpha emerging young leaders

Nine students from Democracy Prep Middle School in Harlem completed the three-year leadership program conducted by the Pi Kappa Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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Uncompromising. Revolutionary. Loyal. Legend: Ice Cube

On June 13, Columbia Pictures releases one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer, “22 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

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Yaya DaCosta to play Whitney Houston in Biopic

Actress and model Yaya DaCosta will play Whitney Houston in Lifetime biopic.

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Manhattan hosts 57th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

57th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Cosmopolitan Review June 12- 18, 2014

It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of my father-in-law, Charles Edward Mitchell, aged 88

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New Yorkers/Nigerians host panel on state of girls in Nigeria

The kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls have not been returned to their homes in Chibok, Borno State, but neither have they been forgotten

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Claims of discrimination by the Ansonia Housing Authority Settled

An agreement was made between the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and the city of Ansonia, Connecticut and the Ansonia Housing Authority concerning allegations of discrimination.

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Audra McDonald makes history at 68th Tony Awards

Audra McDonald made history on Sunday, June 8 when she became the first person to win six Tony Awards.

Goodbye, sweet Prince

A heavy solemnity descended upon St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church Friday, June 6, as stabbing victim Prince Joshua Avitto was eulogized.

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Harlem Hospital to host Ntozake Shange reading

Project1voice will present “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange in partnership with the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) on Monday, June 16

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32BJ SEIU Rally in the West Village

The local chapter of SEIU, 32BJ, is demanding fair compensation for their labor. Workers of the West Village’s 421 Hudson St. building Printing House are rallying around one another in coordination with 32BJ SEIU after building management threatened to fire a co-worker for mentioning poor wages in the press.

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You’ve got some nerve

House Calls

In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear the expression, “You’ve got some nerve.” Well, in the family of diseases, when diabetes insults our body, it also has some nerve—and can affect nerves throughout the body. The nerve pathology can occur in the feet, legs, heart, stomach and brain, and even in the bladder, causing you to experience symptoms.

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Harlem district hosts first ever spelling bee

Amid bumblebees pasted on the walls and the cheers of dozens of proud parents, students from schools all throughout Harlem’s District 5 competed in the first ever superintendent’s spelling bee, held at Riverbank State Park last week.

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The supremely versatile Althea Gibson

If there is a marker on 143rd Street near Malcolm X Boulevard for tennis great Althea Gibson, it is not clearly visible. And if there is one for her embedded on the Walk of Fame on 135th Street, it’s perhaps obscured by debris. Ironically, it was in the streets of Harlem that she first gained public recognition.

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Trinidad and Tobago to move from ‘red tape to red carpet’

Trinidad and Tobago has created an enabling environment for foreign direct investment and will be moving from “red tape to red carpet.”

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St. Maarten PM talks tourism in NY

Caribbean Connection

St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams reaffirmed her commitment to collaborating with her Caribbean neighbors on socioeconomic development issues.

Walter Rodney murder probe to resume

A commission of inquiry probing the June 1980 assassination of Caribbean and American civil rights activist Walter Rodney is to resume hearings after a short break later this month.

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Freedom Walk for Black Freedom Fighter Jalil Abdul Muntaqim Takes to Manhattan Streets

supporters of Jalil Muntaqim will gather this morning to endorse his release from prison.

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Questions loom over former DA Charles J. Hynes

The recently unseated Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes could have been using the money from major drug busts to fund his campaign.

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Anti-human trafficking advocates rally at City Hall

At the age of 9, Brianna says that she was sold to a pimp after being kidnapped by her school janitor.

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In wake of tragic stabbing cameras to be installed in public housing

As the Amsterdam News went to press Wednesday, it was announced that the city will begin security camera installation at Boulevard Houses and five more housing developments around Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.

Wednesday, June 11

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Under Mayor De Blasio Marijuana Arrests are More Frequent Than Bloomberg and Guiliani.

Since Mayor De Blasio took office the NYPD has arrested an average 80 people per month, 86 percent of those were either Black or Latino.

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Harlem World Cup Spots: Bier International

The World Cup runs from June 12 through July 13. Check out our first suggestion for where to watch a match uptown.

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Harlem! What’s your World Cup team?

The World Cup runs from June 12 through July 13.

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Serve the People Day: Volunteering for a Good Cause

On Friday, June 13th, the People's Survival Program will be hosting, "Serve the People Day."

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2015 New York City Police department budget: New Yorkers cry foul

On June 6 petitioners gave testimony at City Hall on how NYPD policy disproportionately affects their communities. Those who attended and spoke to the crowd in attendance feel NYC taxpayers deserve a say in how their money and resources are allocated.

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Cheap Eats in Harlem

Here are three Harlem restaurants where you can get a great meal without paying a lot of money.

Tuesday, June 10

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Native of Brooklyn and Olympic Gold Medalist Natasha Hastings Defends Crown

Natasha Hastings is an Olympic gold medal sprinter. The Brooklyn native won her gold medal during the summer of 2008 in the 4x400 relay in Beijing. The Track and Field competitor will compete next Saturday at the Adidas Diamond league meet at Randall's Island in the Bronx.

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War resisters group holds first African confab in cape town

War Resisters’ International, founded in 1921 by conscientious objectors to the First World War, will hold their first conference in South Africa from July 4 to 8.

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South African miners in historic strike stand firm on pay demand

South African miners are holding out for a living wage in the longest strike against mining companies in the country’s history.

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Cables reveal U.S. -baked plan left Rwanda 'knee-deep in bodies'

Six days before Rwanda would explode in a genocidal bloodbath, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations saw the storm clouds on the horizon and pushed to send all peacekeepers home, despite signs of an imminent disaster.

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‘Hashtag' campaign for kidnapped girls sparks debate

Is the social media campaign to bring back the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls an effective tool to win their freedom or just trending until the next big thing comes along?

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JET Magazine's Transition from Print to Digital

JET Magazine released its last printed issue yesterday and plans to make its way to the digital world.

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Flowers and signs left at the door of Maya Angelou's Harlem residence on 120th and Lenox Ave.

People left items at the Harlem home of Maya Angelou, who died May 28, 2014.

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City College Commencement 2014

Phylicia Rashad, Lillias White and Tyne Daley at the City College Commencement Ceremony.

Family of St. Hubert Blames Justice System for Murder of Prince Joshua Avitto

Marie Bauzile, the mother of Brooklyn stabber, has taken her son’s defense.

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Community Outreach Binds a Community After Tragic Stabbing

After the tragic stabbing of two children last month in East New York, there is still a feeling of tension in the neighborhood. An aura of unease still permeates the community primarily because there are still question yet to be answered.

Monday, June 9

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6 Surprising Facts About Harlem’s Most Famous Landmarks

Surprising facts about the Harlem Hospital, Apollo Theater, and more.

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At Book Festival in Harlem, Authors Discuss Lack of Diversity

Several popular children’s authors spoke at the Children’s Book Festival, held in the courtyard of Harlem’s Studio Museum, about efforts they are making to provide a familiar voice to black youth through characterization and captivating stories.

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116th Street Festival and National Puerto Rican Day Parade

East Harlem celebrated Puerto Rican culture on Saturday at the annual 116th Street Festival.

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Tracey Morgan Shows Signs of Improvement After Crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition after he was involved in a fatal multi-car crash Saturday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Janai Nelson Named Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Janai Nelson was named Associate Director-Counsel of The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Friday, June 6

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YWCA Hosts Girls Empowerment Symposium 

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of the City of New York hosted the “Potential to Power Girls Symposium to Ignite Social Action on Issues Facing 21st Century Girls” on June 2nd at John Jay College in Manhattan. 

Thursday, June 5

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Daniel St. Hubert Arrested in Connection with Stabbing of Two Children

NYPD detectives arrested the suspect in connection with the stabbing of two young children on Sunday

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NYCHA camera request

First came the news that is every parent’s worst nightmare. Two children had been brutally attacked by a knife-wielding man on Sunday at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Boulevard Houses in East New York, claiming the life of 6-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto and leaving 7-year-old Mikayla Capers fighting for her young life.

A helping hand for senior citizens

At last there’s some good news from Albany. Recently, the Senate Health Committee narrowly passed a medical marijuana bill that will allow 20 licensed manufacturers to grow marijuana that can be dispensed to people over the age of 21 who suffer from any of the 20 diseases eligible for prescriptions.

Amiri Baraka’s son becomes mayor of Newark by earning it: An election analysis

Ras Baraka, one of the sons of the late poet and playwright Amiri Baraka, handily beat rival Shavar Jeffries to become the next mayor of his father’s city, Newark, N.J. How he did it was no mystery to those paying attention.

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NYC school disciplinary code reforms anticipated 

Black and Latino students in the nation’s largest school district have been disproportionately penalized for failing to comply with school rules on or near school grounds, but New York City school officials are now attempting to change this with a long-awaited reform of citywide disciplinary codes. The codes are set to change soon as part of ongoing efforts to reform the current, somewhat controversial disciplinary measures. The new and improved codes will reportedly combat these race-based disparities in school suspensions and arrests.

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Espaillat and Rangel Continue to Trade Endorsements

As the Democratic primary fast approaches, the assumed top two candidates for New York’s 13th congressional seat are gathering as many endorsements—and insults—as they can.

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Paying tribute to Maya Angelou

I first met Maya Angelou over 27 years ago when she became a client of B&C Associates International, a public relations firm located in High Point, N.C., in 1986.

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It’s time to rally behind a new NAACP leader

When the NAACP presented to the world the name of its newest president and chief executive, Cornell William Brooks, the venerable civil rights organization hailed him as a “pioneering lawyer and civil rights leader.”

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Basil Paterson’s remarkable life celebrated at Riverside Church

Basil A. Paterson’s prowess in the kitchen, especially his special way of making blueberry pancakes, was mentioned with reverence by several speakers at his memorial service last Thursday evening at the Riverside Church. However, his ability on the grill took second place to the citations and commendations about his expertise in the legal arena and in the political realm.

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Underthings men want to wear

For men, fashion is changing faster then ever. The way you look in your clothes is important. What you wear and the way you wear it gives you a fashionable look. However, you must be comfortable. Pay close attention to what’s coming up for the modern man who is now aware of some of fashion’s style secrets.

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Dramatic evening styles with architectural lines

Angel Sanchez designs elegant looks on the line of the body. He began his career in the early 1990s in Caracas, Venezuela. His mother’s work as a designer inspired him to create fashion.

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Report: NYPD inspector general should investigate police practices now

A new report by a police watchdog group is calling on the NYPD’s new inspector general to open investigations into police policies and practices that they consider to be “problematic.”

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Landmark number of women firefighters in FDNY

On June 3, history was made in the FDNY when four women probationary firefighters graduated from FDNY Fire Academy, increasing the number of women firefighters and officers to 41 women

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Ailey returns to Lincoln Center June 11-22

This month, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) will return to Lincoln Center from June 11-22 for an exciting season that will feature the exquisite Ailey dancers in world premieres, new productions and timeless masterpieces that are sure to dazzle audiences.

St. John’s concludes satisfying season of track and field

For the 23rd consecutive year, St. John’s University track and field was represented at the NCAA championships. The 4x400-meter relay team finished 23rd at the NCAA East Regional, and thrower Danette Hinton capped off a tremendous senior season with a 29th-place finish (out of 48 competitors) in the hammer throw.

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42nd class honored by John Hunter Memorial Camp Fund Committee

The annual John Hunter Memorial Camp Fund Committee welcomed their 42nd class of community achievers and Hall of Famers, as well as their Lifetime Achievement honorees, at the beautiful Our Children’s Foundation, the educational, community-based program that sits proudly under the leadership of Sam Brown, the former collegiate and Rucker Pros hoops star.

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Man walks free after being wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years

Roger Logan was wrongfully convicted of second-degree murder in 1997 and served 17 years in prison before he heard he would be a free man on June 3

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Spurs not calling it a grudge rematch, so we’ll say it for them

Maybe the Rangers’ Stanley Cup appearance will provide some solace, being that there are only four to seven games left in this NBA season.

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Tim Duncan set for one more championship run

The great, relatively old star versus the unparalleled young superstar. The NBA Finals begin tonight (Thursday) with the San Antonio Spurs’ incredible 38-year-old Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat’s 29-year-old superhuman LeBron James, both arguably among the 10 greatest basketball players ever, seeking to add more treasure to their already remarkable chests.

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The community’s doctor: Susan Beane

Dr. Susan Beane serves as vice president and medical director of Healthfirst, a not-for-profit managed care organization sponsored by hospitals and medical centers in New York. She focuses on care management and clinical provider partnerships.

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The Apollo celebrates its 80th anniversary

Greetings! Services for national treasure Dr. Maya Angelou, the multitalented poet, civil rights activist, educator and humanitarian who died last Wednesday at 86 years old, will be held on the campus of Wake Forest University, which will livestream the funeral on its website on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Angelou served there as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982.

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Yoga activists fight human trafficking

On the “A” w/Souleo

Take a breath. Is it short and strained or is it deep and full? Posing this question to a victim of human trafficking may seem insignificant but according to Lara Land it is a crucial step in the rehabilitation of the more than 4,200 children served by the anti-trafficking organization, Odanadi Seva Trust.

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African Union to Campaign Against Child Marriages

The West African nation of Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage. About a quarter of all girls are married by 15 and on the road to child-bearing. That rises to nearly 80% by the age of 18.

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Talking SCHOP! Keep on tasting the UWS

Happy summer season, everyone! Though it doesn’t officially start for a couple of weeks, we are all happy to dive into Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial beginning of sunbathing, barbecuing and revelry. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Let the summer planning commence!

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Nigeria Tries to Stem Protests Over Abducted Girls

Police in Nigeria have issued a ban against further protests by Nigerian citizens demanding that government rescue the nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls

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Ebony Escapes! to the best of the Caribbean

Believe it or not, the school year is fast coming to a close, and I don’t know about you, but after about 10 months of homework, science projects, soccer tournaments and everything in between, we’re all ready for a break. I really don’t care where—I just need to get outta here!

Ugandan Writer Declares Libya 'the Biggest Mess'

une 2 (GIN) – Ugandan opinion writer Charles Onyango-Obbo took up his pen this past week to denounce the deadly meltdown in the north African nation of Libya and the apparent neglect of that country by black Africans.

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New President of Malawi Takes Power Under Felony Cloud

In his second try for elected office, Peter Mutharika captured the winning margin of victory and edged out Malawi’s first woman president – Joyce Banda.

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Maya Angelou and Elombe Brath Remembered

The world woke up on May 28 to hear that poet, author and activist Maya Angelou had died quietly in her home in Winston Salem, N.C., at the age of 86. She lived a life that encouraged people to be leaders and not followers, to be independent thinkers who believe in justice and pursuing the truth.

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CWA endorses Espaillat

Another day, another union endorsement for New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

Several unions endorse Leroy Comrie for state Senate

Leroy Comrie’s campaign for the New York’s 14th senatorial district is off to a decent start after several endorsements.

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Cuba’s MalPaso Dance Company: A Promising Future

MalPaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba, made its mark on New York City in its first U.S. appearance.

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We’re sticking with Rep Charlie Rangel

An effective labor union supports its organizing efforts with robust political and legislative action.

BET just getting bigger and livelier

Nightlife

In most instances, the slogan is along the lines of “Big Just Got Bigger.” However, on the weekend of June 27, the more appropriate slogan would be “Live Just Got Livelier or Liver.”

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Dance Africa kicks off summer, Brooklyn-style

DanceAfrica at the Brooklyn Academy of Music always kicks off the beginning of the summer season just right.

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Africa Day celebrated at Manhattan Center

Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity.

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Copeland conquers ‘Coppelia’!

In American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) “Coppelia,” considered the last of the Romantic ballets, Misty Copeland made the fantasy real in her debut performance as Swanilda

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Cosmopolitan Review June 5- 11, 2014

Aaron Davis Hall, one of the largest performing arts centers in Manhattan north of Lincoln Center, has received a commitment from the City Council and the College University of New York for $12.5 million to upgrade the facility as it is to become the City College Center for the Arts (CCCA). In celebration, over 200 New Yorkers interested in arts and education came to Bonhams auction house to hear Lisa S. Coico, president of the City College of New York (CCNY), make the official announcement.

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Summer Jam: Hip-Hop Stars, Weed Smoke and a Whole Lot of Cursing

Hot 97’s Summer Jam at the MetLife Stadium was full of curses, big beats, surprise guest stars, base lyrics and, dare I say, much celebrated ratchetness.

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Audra McDonald channels Billie Holiday on Broadway

Audra McDonald channels the spirit of Billie Holiday in a touching, moving portrayal of the late jazz singer in her Broadway show, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”

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June is FPPT: Film, pride, parades and theater

On June 8 the award show for excellence on Broadway, the Tony Awards, will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS

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Lupita Nyong’o cast in new ‘Star Wars’

Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has signed on to be a cast member in "Star Wars: Episode VII.”

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In loving memory of Elombe Brath, our ambassador to the African world

The global African community, led by the December 12th Movement, marched from the Harlem State Building to the world-renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in loving memory of Elombe Brath.

Tony Has a Pop-Up Shop

The 68th annual Tony Awards has gone ultra modern with its first theme-related pop-up shop at the Paramount Bar and Grill

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Are you breathless with asthma?

House Calls

Asthma is like blowing up a balloon and constricting the opening that allows the air to escape.

Lamont ‘Momo’ Jones combines basketball and education with Skills Academy

Lamont “Momo” Jones hasn’t lived in Harlem for close to a decade, but the neighborhood is still his lifeblood. That’s why he wants to give back and help young people like himself who need guidance.

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Drama Desk Shows Love to McDonald, Iglehart, Thompson

At the 59th annual Drama Desk Awards, held at Town Hall on West 43rd Street, three African-American actors won the coveted award that acknowledges the best in Broadway and off-Broadway theater.

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The wizard of housing: Robert C. Weaver

When your maternal grandfather is the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University’s School of Dentistry, then your middle-class status is firmly established and your educational pedigree is a mark of distinction.

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President Obama salutes Caribbean-Americans

Caribbean Connection

The president of the United States honored the contributions of Caribbean-Americans on the occasion of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which began this week.

Caribbean eyeing hurricane season

The annual hurricane season officially began this week, and several governments in the Caribbean say they are reviewing plans to deal with any eventuality despite international predictions that this year will be quieter than usual.

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Letter No. 81: Immigration reform now!

It is very disappointing that you have chosen to cave to House Republicans yet again by choosing to delay the release of the results of the review of your administration’s deportation policies and the Pentagon’s plan that would have allowed certain young unauthorized immigrants who grew up in the United States to enlist in the military.

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In loving memory of Queen Mother Dora Smith

A legion of admirers, friends and relatives paid their respects during the going home services conducted for Sister Dora Smith

Governor to Address Spike in Heroin Use

The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in New Jersey announced a campaign to help address heroin use across the state.

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SUNY moves on to third bidder in LICH negotiations

Last week, the State University of New York (SUNY) decided to end negotiations with the Peebles Corporation for the takeover and redevelopment of Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

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Mayor Ras Baraka Announces Transition Team

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is fighting back agains a plethora of challenges stemming from increasing crises in education, income and economic inequality with progressive policies that place people above profits.

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NYPD makes mass gang arrest in Harlem`

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and New York City Police Department Commissioner William J. Bratton announced today the indictments of 103 members of three rival street gangs that had been terrorizing West Harlem for years.

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Video shows Black man being killed at home by cops

The relatives of alleged police brutality victim Michael Blair released a video on Wednesday, May 7 of his slaying at the hands of a Fort Bend County sheriff deputy in his own Houston home

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‘Spook’ author Sam Greenlee becomes an ancestor

On Malcolm X’s 89th birthday activist-writer Sam Greenlee, 83, joined the ancestors while in Chicago

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Petition drive to honor Arthur Schomburg

Petition calls on President Barack Obama to posthumously award the Medal of Freedom to renowned historian Arthur A. Schomburg for his lifelong commitment to collecting, documenting and preserving various cultural artifacts from throughout the African diaspora.

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Child killer alert: man who stabbed three youth on the loose

As of press time, the East New York community and the NYPD were frantically trying to find the suspect believed to have stabed three youth in an elevator over the weekend.

Wednesday, June 4

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ManUp! Calls Town Hall meeting in East New York

Councilmember Inez D. Barron, in partnership with local community outreach organization ManUp!, have called the community to attention. Wednesday June 4 at 6:30pm, there will be an East New York Town Hall Meeting.

Tuesday, June 3

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Arsenio Hall Show Canceled After Season One

The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season due to low ratings.

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Harlem-born Yankee's Chef talks Inspiration, Family, and Life

Jerome J. Maxwell, personal chef to the New York Yankee baseball player CC Sabathia, reflects on his journey to success in the culinary field.

Monday, June 2

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Despite 'Bunny Rugs' passing, Coore & Third World march on

The year 2014 has been a whirlwind for the legendary reggae band Third World.

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Two Kids Stabbed in East New York Elevator

On Sunday June 2, two children were stabbed in an elevator at 845 Schneck Avenue, in East New York.

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Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies at 93

Yuri Kochiyama, Japanese-American civil rights activist, has died of natural causes in Berkley California at age 93.