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Monday, March 31

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Why Danny Glover continues to support Venezuela

Danny Glover advocated for the Afro-descendant population in Venezuela; new event addresses stereotypes about Guyana; plus a new luxury packaged music album.

Sunday, March 30

NYC Human Rights Report Card grades Council Members

The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, UJC, has released its 6th annual New York City Council Human Rights Report Card. The report card which assigns city council members a grade of A, B or C bases marks on their legislative records for the year; bills implemented in areas pertinent to human rights are awarded points.

Friday, March 28

Spotlight on Sisters in Cinema at MoCada

New Voices in Black Cinema focused the spotlight on Black females in film for Women’s History Month.

Thursday, March 27

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Guyana to begin FACTA talks with the US

A number of Caribbean trade bloc nations have announced plans to begin talks with US financial officials in the coming months to negotiate an agreement with the US discouraging American citizens and residents from hiding millions of tax free dollars in accounts overseas.

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Reprisals Expected for Deadly Attack on Mombasa Church

After a deadly shocking attack on a Sunday church service in the Kenyan city of Likoni, Mombasa, plans are afoot to raise the stakes of war in neighboring Somalia.

Rosie Perez’s new memoir tackles mental illness

Sitting atop an $85,000 mattress at Savoir Beds’ chic Soho showroom, actress and activist Rosie Perez was a long way from her hardscrabble upbringing in Brooklyn.

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Doctors Group Sounds Alarm over Ebola Outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus has erupted in the West African nation of Guinea. The latest official statistics put the toll at 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: March 27 - April 2, 2014

As we leave Women’s History Month and make way for our GBE “Spirit Lift Month.”

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Finally inside the New York Restaurant Show

Talking SCHOP!

Every year in the first week of March, a band of brothers and sisters descend upon New York City’s Javits Center to exchange ideas on service, food, craftsmanship, passion and more.

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Many compelling stories, one vibrant city—this is Oakland

Peeling back the multifarious layers of Oakland, California a fusion of distinctive neighborhoods and one of the most diverse cities in the country.

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Potential buys of LICH campus unveiled

SUNY Downstate revealed the nine requests for proposals that met the minimum requirements for bidding.

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Fast-food workers get louder with protests

fast-food workers filled a class-action lawsuits against McDonald’s in several states and joined a 30-day protest against the company.

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UNESCO closing reception held in Harlem

After opening the UNESCO 34th annual International Conference at the United Nations, Conference Chair state Sen. Bill Perkins held the closing ceremony at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building in Harlem.

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Bahamas’ Women’s Suffrage Movement honored at the Schomburg

Sen. Bill Perkins hosted a screening of the documentary film "Womanish Ways."

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Carra Wallace appointed NYC chief diversity officer

Comptroller Scott Stringer selected the friendly confines of the National Action Network (NAN) to announce Carra Wallace as his first chief diversity officer.

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Deadline looms for health care enrollment

Six months and over 1 million applications and over 700,000 enrolled people later, the countdown is on for those who have not enrolled for mandated health care coverage.

Courses on domestic violence

CONNECT NYC is offering the “Understanding Domestic Violence: Essentials and Intersections” course.

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‘Americanah’ author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie takes Schomburg by storm

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visited the Schomburg Library in Harlem for the first stop on her book tour

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Young Guns: Teen shooting incites calls to end gun pipeline

Shots rang out on a city bus as people were going about their business. A young father lay dying, and a teen with some sort of perceived beef was holding the smoking gun

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‘Get Covered’ tour aims to spike enrollment for Affordable Care Act

With the Affordable Care Act deadline fast approaching national celebrities and community leaders have banned together to spike enrollment in New York City.

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Barclays Center opens DBNA ‘Meditation Room’

The Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) Meditation Room inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has officially opened after recent renovations

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Chokwe Lumumba NYC memorial this Saturday

Allies, comrades, family and friends of the uncompromising Chokwe Lumumba will convene at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church

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NYPD reminds Harlem pedestrians to be careful

The 29th Precinct in Harlem NYPD is reminding pedestrians to be careful by handing out fliers along 125th Street.

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A hard head makes a soft tail

When I was a kid and was performing an antisocial act, my parents would say, “A hard head will make a soft tail.”

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Letter No. 71: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

The Republican National Party has some nerve, spending $10 million to ramp up Hispanic field operations in key states and flood Spanish-language news media with advertisements opposing the Affordable Care Act

The Cosmopolitan Review March 27- April 2, 2014

To get out of the deep freeze and thaw out, a host of New Yorkers went to Florida to attend the Howard University Club of Southwest Florida’s annual scholarship luncheon in Sarasota, Fla. The Florida contingency first began in March 2006, when the motivated group, spearheaded by Harvey Webb Jr., an alumnus of the College of Dentistry’s class of 1962, gathered a large number of Howard graduates to make Howard known to businesses and other institutions in the South Florida area.

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BK Jazz Fest fetes hall of famers

Brooklyn Borough Hall was the place to be for the 15th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival

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NYC’s first lady honored

The City University of New York hosted nearly 200 guests at the Shiva Art Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for a reception honoring Chirlane McCray, the first lady of the city of New York, as part of its support for the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women’s inaugural Women’s Initiatives Networking (WIN) project.

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G&B Foundation’s 14th annual awards and scholarship luncheon

The G&B Foundation held its 14th annual Unsung Hero, Religious Service and Scholarships Awards Luncheon

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic Center holds Black history program

the magnificent Bronx-based Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center hosted its “Proud of Our History” program

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Beta Zeta Foundation awards seven Westchester County food shelters

In White Plains, N.Y., the Beta Zeta Foundation presented awards

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Face and Toni blazing a timeless trail

Nightlife

If a poll was issued to the legion of fans of songwriter, producer and singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on what makes his songs special, the vivid imagery would probably rank in the highest percentile.

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Ups and downs for NY-NJ teams in postseason play

St. John’s guard Aliyyah Handford scored 27 points to keep the game alive, but the Red Storm’s first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament came down to Briana Brown’s 3-pointer.

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Ring Magazine names Luis Collazo Fighter of the Month

Brooklyn native and current WBA International Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo is hoping to land a shot at facing pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather

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Player of the Year honors for Harlem’s Jah-Leah Ellis

College of New Rochelle junior forward Jah-Leah Ellis has been named the Association of Division III Independents Women’s Basketball Player of the Year

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The Nets’ Joe Johnson named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Joe Johnson is overrated. No, wait. He’s overpaid.

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Knicks’ West Coast swing: Win or out of the playoffs

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I remind you of the Knicks’ eight-game winning streak ending against Cleveland.

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NCAA D-1: One Final Four team returns to the Garden

After an absence of some 53 years, Madison Square Garden will host the Division I 2014 NCAA Finals

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An assault on voting rights and a need for national outrage

The most dramatic assault on voting rights in the United States since the end of Reconstruction is currently underway. The problem is that there seems to be little to no national outrage about it.

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What crime have I committed?

It is fundamentally flawed to penalize someone for free enterprise and free thought.

Open letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver

Opinion-Editorial

We write to you as a community-based organization to express our profound disappointment with the closing of 10 Assembly district offices in New York

Career and college ready? Not with New York state tests and curriculum!

Opinion-Editorial

Education has become more about profit and power than children learning

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Andrew Cuomo and de Blasio showdown

Editorial

An African proverb concludes that when two elephants fight, only the grass suffers. In this case, t

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Espaillat and Rangel rack up endorsements for congressional showdown

Rep. Charles Rangel is dead set on achieving a 23rd consecutive term in office, but New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat might have something to say about that.

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Shaping the nation’s future: Heather C. McGhee

At the tender age of just 33, Heather C. McGhee serves as the president of the public policy organization Demos.

Faith and community leaders host anti-violence training

Faith and community leaders gathered at Israel Memorial AME Church in Newark for a training session to mobilize the community, reduce gun violence and advocate for reforms that would end mass incarceration.

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Newark Freeholders endorse Jeffries

Three members of the Essex County Freeholder Board endorsed Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries this week

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State Sen Bill Perkins’ Dream Act solution

State Sen. Bill Perkins said the Dream Act still has a chance to be included in the budget

Alabama veteran who hired KKK hit man to kill Black neighbor begs judge for mercy

The scheduled sentencing hearing for Allen Wayne Morgan, convicted of attempting to hire a white supremacist hit man to murder his Black neighbor, was postponed

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Restoring the Black Pearl: The fall and (hopeful) revival of Atlantic Beach

Sandwiched between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, is a small part of Black history: Grand Strand

Dream Act becomes nightmare in Albany

Many felt it wasn’t the right time, but New York state Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein thought it was. He was wrong.

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Homeless vet ‘baked to death’ on Rikers Island

An investigation has begun into the death of 56-year-old Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill homeless military vet who died in his Rikers Island jail cell

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Harlem Hospital opens new emergency department

Harlem Hospital Center to open its new $19 million state-of-the-art Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center

Wednesday, March 26

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Perhaps the greatest of the Black Fives: The Harlem Rens

At the center of the exhibit “Black Fives” is the legendary New York Renaissance, whose home court was the now long-abandoned Renaissance Ballroom that nearly abuts Abyssinian Baptist Church.

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LIAT chairman’s book receives high praise

Caribbean Conneciton

The launch of LIAT Airlines Chairman Jean Holder’s book “Caribbean Tourism” drew regional dignitaries who lavished praise.

Brooklyn Parents Hold Rally for Students Bullied by School Officials

Four families have alleged that a NYC public school principal and teacher at PS 235 is bullying their students.

South Africa's ANC under harsh spotlight over Luxury Construction

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is trying to deflect harsh criticism over a finding that President Jacob Zuma’s country residence was upgraded with expensive improvements that were billed to taxpayers.

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Uganda gives teens a turn at the news

Teenagers in Uganda are the stars of a new TV news show which producers hope will draw other young people to programs of in-depth social commentary.

Monday, March 24

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Messages from the School Front

Today a rally took place at the Harlem School for victims of Moskowitz where the parents and supporters spoke out in protest against the push out of children with special needs.

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Airbnb Tourists Transform Harlem

As the weather gets warmer, more and more tourists will call Harlem home—literally. Increasingly, visitors to our neighborhood skip hotels and use Airbnb and similar sharing services to find local apartments to stay in uptown.

Sunday, March 23

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Althea Gibson: Harlem Tennis

Before Venus and Serena, there was Althea Gibson. Raised in Harlem in the 1930s, in 1950 she became the first African American to compete at the U.S. National Tennis Championships.

Saturday, March 22

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Pig Foot Mary: Harlem’s “Foodie”

Harlem Women

Lillian Dean Harris, better known as Pig Foot Mary, started out with $5, a baby carriage and a dream to become one of the wealthiest women in Harlem.

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A'Lelia Walker: Harlem's Joy

The daughter of the Madam C.J. Walker, A’Lelia Walker was the bad girl of the Harlem.

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The Realtor Extraordinaire

Harlem Women

Harlem Women: The Realtor Extraordinaire

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Changing the Rules

The Harlem Globetrotters’ fate is in the public’s hands. They’re letting their fans nationwide vote on a new rule in their “Fans Rule” World Tour.

Friday, March 21

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NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Controversy

The annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade may not take place this year as some of the parade’s original board members have resigned and members of the community are unsure about what this will mean for the parade set to take place on June 8.

Thursday, March 20

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Fordham heads to the big dance

Eight Division I women’s basketball teams from the New York-New Jersey area are headed into postseason play, and four are headed to the NCAA Tournament.

St. Joe’s runs away with A-10 championship

St. Joseph’s University showed up to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on the NCAA Tournament bubble. They left Brooklyn Atlantic 10 champions with a ticket to the big dance.

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Brooklyn’s Ralph Green makes his mark at Paralympics

“I consider myself to be an ambassador of this sport,” said Ralph Green, 36, who competed in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, last week. “You have great camaraderie amongst competitors

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Will Kevin Garnett be ready for the Playoffs?

The pitfalls of being a veteran.

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Phil Jackson’s hiring brings hope to Knicks fans

It’s a good thing that Phil Jackson has broad shoulders so he can shoulder these New York Knicks.

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Whoopi welcomes great-granddaughter

Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said on March 17 that he was told the crooner made disturbing remarks in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.

Reid Quiet Pride, Birkett at Mist, Iridium, Voza honored

The Jazz Standard was recently sold-out while bassist Rufus Reid was holding court

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‘Women’s Work’ showcased at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center

The LeRoy Neiman Art Center is holding a special treat that was designed by creative women whose artistic contributions will be on display to celebrate Women’s History Month and beyond

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Terrie Williams gets ‘Happy’ at the Schomburg

Public relations pro and mental health activist Terrie Williams launched her New Legacy Leaders Project (NLLP) at the Schomburg

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About a ‘Woman on Top’

The book “Woman on Top,” written by Deborah Schwartz, is an inspirational novel about a young widow whose journey to find herself takes readers on an entertaining, thought-provoking ride.

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A chic parade of children’s looks

In collaboration with Vogue Bambini, petitePARADE presented its children’s fashion show in New York City on Saturday, March 8 at 545 W. 22nd St

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Actor reclaims his dream: play opens March 21

Tony Head won the role of Mark Johnson in director Lesley Steele’s new film “Destiny Jones”

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The Public delivers passion-filled ‘Antony and Cleopatra’

I have experienced several productions of “Antony and Cleopatra” over my three decades of covering theater, but none were performed with the intensity and passion that I saw in the Public Theatre’s production

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Leguizamo’s ‘Ghetto Klown’ a pitiful disappointment

When the powers at HBO get behind a developing artist, they absolutely pour their resources and passions into that artist’s growth.

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Hollywood is in the Black

Hollywood is in the black. This term, which is used to describe a profitable business state, is also an excellent metaphor for the wave of creative, savvy business minds that are continuing to shape the industry from the inside.

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Voza Rivers honored at NFT’s 44th anniversary

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s 44th anniversary celebration was fabulous! It was a great Black theater family reunion held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 199 Chambers St. this past Sunday.

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events March 20 - 16, 2014

We sadly open our GBE events guide with the announcement that J.D Livingston, my longtime radio producer, comrade, friend, cousin and brother-in-struggle has passed

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Coming up: New York City Hot Sauce Expo

If your need for heat is calling, you’d better pick it up quickly and then forward your number to the second annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo

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Talking SCHOP! East Indian, West Harlem

Last week’s column recounting a libation-filled evening at the new La Bodega 47 was only half the story. The other half was finally being able to try another new Harlem eatery after.

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Ebony Escapes!to Oakland, the other city by the bay

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been here, if ever—the views from the airplane window are always captivating.

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Wage theft accusations dominate suit against McDonald’s

Looks like the spotlight on McDonald’s and its pay practices will be a little bit brighter in 2014.

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CUNY professors announce support for ‘universal pre-K’

While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio remains in a dogfight with Albany over universal pre-K, he’s still gaining support for the venture in the process.

Miss you, B.I.G.: Spread love; it’s the Brooklyn way

Nightlife

we grieved and partied the entire weekend in memory of the passing of all-time great emcee Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G.

Annual Women’s Leadership: Council luncheon honors female business luminaries

Over 400 women leaders in business, the nonprofit sector and the arts came together for the eighth annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Awards Luncheon

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Beta Zeta Foundation awards seven Westchester County food shelters

In White Plains, N.Y., the Beta Zeta Foundation presented awards

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Mission Society hosts Champions for Children Gala

The New York City Mission Society held the Champions for Children Gala at the Plaza Hotel

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Honoring Ben Ward

Folks came out to honor the 30th anniversary of the swearing-in of Benjamin Ward

The Cosmopolitan Review March. 20 - 26, 2014

Spring is in the air. I got the first whiff of it a couple of days ago when the sun broke through the clouds.

East African states to show military might in South Sudan

A number of East African countries agreed on Thursday, March 13 to send military personnel into South Sudan

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African women celebrate at the UN

The Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF) was founded by a group of concerned women from around the world for the women traders of Liberia, who sustained their families and communities throughout 14 years of civil war

Never forget the Sharpeville massacre

On March 21, 1960, in the apartheid state of South Africa, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) launched its anti-pass campaign.

Alabama veteran who hired KKK hit man to kill Black neighbor begs judge for mercy

The Feb. 25 scheduled sentencing hearing for a Caucasian man in Alabama convicted of attempting to hire a white supremacist hit man to murder his Black neighbor was postponed at least a month so that records of his mental health can be properly evaluated.

State campaign finance reform would level the playing field

Opinion-editorial

At the NAACP and the Brennan Center, we have been saying for years that Albany’s elected officials have to be more accountable to the communities

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School choice: Good for students, good for America

The idea that parents have no control over where their children go to school is unthinkable.

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The time is now for universal pre-K and after-school

Opinion-editorial

Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision legally ended school segregation, New Yorkers are faced with an uncomfortable truth: African-American young people are still being shortchanged by our education system.

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Our community came together

On Wednesday, March 12, our community experienced a severe tragedy when a gas explosion in our beloved East Harlem

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From ‘just us’ to some ‘justice’ in New York City

New York City is starting to right some of the wrongs that have affected our communities for decades.

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Hoodies up for Trayvon: Two years later

Dozens of angry protesters representing various grassroots organizations rallied in Times Square to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin

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Heroic kidney donation by AmNews staff yields positive feedback

Last weekend, Sandra Galloway, 60, was excited to go back to doing one of the things she loves doing most—singing in her church choir

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Dr. Angela Moses: Really leading the way

Dr. Angela Moses, the author of “The Joy of Single Parenting,” is herself a single mom of two

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Shavar Jeffries gets first union endorsement

Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries received his first union endorsement last week from Local 97

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Convicted mayor wants new trial

Last week, Trenton Mayor Tony Mack asked a federal judge to throw out his guilty conviction

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Political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz out of solitary confinement

political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz was released to the general population after 22 years in solitary confinement

New collaboration for entrepreneurship advancement

The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee is hosting a commemoration forum

Fundraiser for East Harlem explosion

Several Harlem community leaders are hosting a fundraiser event for the victims of the East Harlem gas explosion that killed eight people.

Forum on Sharpeville Massacre

The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee is hosting a commemoration forum

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Cornegy opens Bed-Stuy lactation station

Nursing moms in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, no longer have to worry about where they can feed their hungry children

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Boyland conviction causes uproar in BK

In the aftermath of the conviction of Assemblyman William Boyland, his Brooklyn district is going through an involuntary political reconstruction

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Devoted activist-communicator J.D. Livingston passes

J.D. Livingston, the producer for Imhotep Gary Byrd’s radio shows, joined the ancestors last Friday at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx

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Keep a healthy gut

The only time that you know you have a gut is when it either growls or cramps up

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Activists want Cuomo to hear them on education

Education activists and civil rights organizations want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to devote just as much aid to public schools as he devotes to charter schools.

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Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad remembered

Reflecting on the legacy of the non-apologetic Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad at Harlem’s UCLA

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The wonderful historian Drusilla Dunjee Houston

Thanks to the tireless research and acclamation of Dr. Peggy Brooks Bertram students of Black history have gained a better understanding of journalist Drusilla Dunjee Houston’s incomparable contributions

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Letter No.70: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

This past week, we lost an immigrant who would have been proud to see me reach letter No. 70 in this series to you.

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P.R. property has new ‘View’

Caribbean Connection

The charming Comfort Inn and Suites hotel in Levittown, Puerto Rico, has opened a new seafood restaurant

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Fallout from the explosion: recovering and responsibility

Topics that New Yorkers have talked about, but never this loudly, are rearing its head again in the aftermath of the East Harlem building explosion

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Compensate 1990 Trinidad coup victims, says report

The report of a commission of inquiry into the July 1990 attempted coup in Trinidad is out and has come up with some interesting recommendations for authorities

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Ras Baraka: ‘Believing in Newark’

Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka has his sights set on filling the position left by Cory Booker

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City settles in FDNY discrimination case

This week, the city settled the second part of the Vulcan Society lawsuit against discriminatory exams for the Fire Department of New York

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Community residents ask Cuomo for special elections

At a Sunday afternoon rally targeting Gov. Andrew Cuomo activists demanded special elections and the reopening of 10 Assembly district offices in New York

Wednesday, March 19

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Operation to Aid Victims of Harlem Building Explosion

Operation “East Harlem We Stand” is accepting donations for victims of the Harlem building explosion on March 12.

Tuesday, March 18

It Does Not Have To End in Violence or Death

A group of black youth were pulled over by a police officer in New Jersey on March 8. They were just leaving a conference at the Princeton University Campus. But the story does not end as you expect.

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Tuskegee Airmen's ‘Chief’ Anderson commemorated on USPS stamp

The Chief Flight Instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen is being featured on a USPS Stamp.

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A Non-Profit Community Organization Helps New Yorkers Enroll in ObamaCare as Deadline Approaches

The Community Healthcare Network-CHN will hold three health insurance enrollment drives in Long Island City, Jamaica and Harlem, for those who are not yet insured under the Affordable Care Act.

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House”

Popular women of Soul - Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, and others “In Performance at the White House."

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Global Warming Could Melts Africa's Famed Mountain Peaks

Ice is vanishing from Africa’s snow-topped peaks, raising fears of a meltdown from the continent’s “Alps.”

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Nigerian Wins Major Book Prize for ‘Americanah’

Acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who gave us Half of a Yellow Sun, has written an epic volume on a U.S. sojourn by a modern young woman from Nigeria who confronts a new reality – being Black in America.

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Stampede at State-Run Job Recruiting Event Leads to 20 Deaths

Over half a million applicants turned up for jobs offered by the Nigerian Immigration Service last week and in the resulting crowding, some 20 panicked jobseekers were killed in a stampede.

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Rebuilding Begins of Timbuktu's Precious Mausoleums

Mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu, defaced during the 2012 uprising by separatist Tuaregs and Islamists in the north of Mali, are being rebuilt by Malian experts, the United Nations has said.

Monday, March 17

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Women's History Month and Girls' Empowerment Day with New York Urban League

The New York Urban League hosts empowerment event for girls during Women's History Month.

Sunday, March 16

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Staying Warm in Spring

Anyone living in New York City can vouch that last winter has been one for the books. This spring may not be any better either. Since most of us probably have cabin fever by now, here are five places to stay warm in case the temperature dips again:

Best buys for your travel buck

If you’re like me, you want a lot more simplicity in your life. So I am constantly on the lookout for great ideas, products and gadgets that can help me pare down, reduce stress and travel smarter and lighter.

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Letter No. 69: Immigration reform now!

It is unfortunate that, like you did with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you persist in twisting the truth on your deportation record and your powers as president.

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Caribbean mourns tourism colleague Veronica St. Louis

You know immediately when you meet a remarkable human being, and so it is that I pause to pay tribute to an accomplished woman who I met only once.

The conductor and maestro Dean Dixon

A roster of African-Americans of great creative ability who had to venture abroad to perform, produce or present their craft and talents with integrity is long. Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ira Aldridge, Melvin Van Peebles and Marpessa Dawn are a few notables who come quickly to mind.

Saturday, March 15

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Crown Heights Tenant Union says “no” to landlord rule

A new union in Crown Heights is determined to protect residents from unfair treatment from landlords.

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Harlem Happy Hours

If you’re on a budget but still looking to grab drinks and a bite after work (or class) happy hours are your friend. Lucky for you, with over 50 restaurants located in Harlem offering a happy hour menu, only a handful of them actually have food specials.

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Formula for Affording Harlem

Moving to Harlem a few decades ago wasn’t an option for many people. But now, everyone wants a piece of the neighborhood.

Friday, March 14

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Anita Hill reminds a nation of a Supreme Court embarrassment

Anita Hill accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment shortly after President George H.W. Bush nominated him as the nation’s second African-American to sit on the nation’s high court 23 years ago.

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Welcome to the world of health care

On March 5, first lady Michelle Obama talked about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center Inc. in Miami.

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Changing the conversation on parenting 

The amount of influence the family life has on a child is eye-opening.

‘We are our brother’s keeper’

Much is said of the state of Black America, especially young Black males, but there are so few who are willing to offer solutions to combat the incarceration rates or bolster graduation rates. There is an eagerness to point out the issues, but the zeal is lacking when it is time to mete out solutions.

A good start for Women’s History Month

opinion-editorial

Women’s History Month was nicely commemorated on Monday when Sen. Claire McCaskill’s bill to force changes in the military’s sexual assault policies unanimously passed in the Senate.

Obama nominee Adegbile rebuked by Senate

On March 5, the U.S. Senate announced that it had rejected Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nomination to oversee the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

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Phenomenal woman: Barbara White

Barbara White serves as co-chair of the New York City Omega Black College Tour, ran by the Xi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

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Convicted mayor still in office

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

Poll places Christie fourth among Republican presidential candidates

Last week, thousands of right-leaning activists made the journey to a convention hall outside the nation’s capital for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

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Stop-and-frisk becomes focus in Newark

While stop-and-frisk might seem like an isolated issue in New York City, the controversial practice is starting to take center stage as a growing problem in Newark, N.J.

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Obama takes foreign and domestic blows

It’s probably a good time for President Barack Obama to beat a hasty retreat to Key Largo, Fla., gather the golf clubs and seek some solace on the back nine.

Bronx deltas host women's history month event

The Bronx Alumni Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting “Then, Now and Beyond: A Delta Heritage & Archives Showcase and Reception"

ASCAC hosts annual conference in New Jersey

The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) is holding its 31st annual conference at Essex County College in Newark, N.J.

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President Obama to headline NAN convention in April

The Rev. Al Sharpton announced this week that President Barack Obama will address the National Action Network’s 16th annual national convention.

Mission Society honors founders and leaders of Harlem's Sisulu-Walker Charter School

The New York Mission Society honored the founders and leaders of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem, the first charter school to open in the state of New York.

Free tax prep day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Assemblyman Karim Camara is partnering with WellCare for a free tax prep day.

Comptroller Stringer names chief diversity officer

In his effort for the city to increase its number of contracts and subcontracts to female- and minority-owned contractors, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has named Carra Wallace as the city’s first chief diversity officer to oversee city agencies.

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It’s not just education: Bill de Blasio and housing

Whether it’s affordable housing or homelessness, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legacy isn’t just tied to charter schools and universal pre-K. A group of activists and supporters of the mayor gathered outside of City Hall last week to call for more affordable housing, stating that his current policy goals don’t go far enough.

NYPD brutality on video

Community relations among New York’s finest is again being heavily scrutinized after bystander Dariel Reyes video recorded two law enforcement agents who seemed to be bullying and verbally and physically abusing an innocent Black man prior to tackling him to the ground and arresting him for no apparent reason.

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‘Jazz Meets Sports’ at NJPAC

A historical jazz and sports collaborative event occurred recently on a Sunday evening at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. For the first time, two sports legends were presented onstage at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC with one of the nation’s top jazz musicians.

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South African Women Taking Charge in The Newsroom

Women of color are making strides in newsrooms across South Africa. This new development was highlighted by the “rock star” of South African journalism – Ferial Haffajee - in a recap of gender accomplishments for International Women’s Day.

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Okaru performs, Donald Byrd tribute, Motown at Schomburg

Jazz Notes

Jazz is happening on Sundays at Harlem’s famous Paris Blues!

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The persistent playwright of ‘HAIR’itage’

Niccole Nero Gaines is persistent, a character trait which, in my experience, is necessary for success in the theater world.

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South African Blacks Need 500 Years to Close Wage Gap With Whites - Report

Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year.

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Another Kenyan Steals The Limelight Over Highly-Praised New Book

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was the “Woman of the Year”, winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, screenwriter and organizer of the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

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Lloyd Price delivers oldies-but-goodies at the Cutting Room

You knew it was going to be a special evening Friday at the Cutting Room with the great singer Lloyd Price

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Former President of Nigeria Linked to Half a Billion Dollars Heist

Four years ago, at a conference in Lagos, three eminent leaders took a swipe at the increasing rate of corruption in Nigeria.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Yoga activists fight human trafficking

Lara Land uses yoga to fight trafficking and raise funds and new web series offers women tips on becoming financially empowered.

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March 14 is “Serve the People Day” in Harlem

The Harlem’s People’s Survival Program's “free food, clothing, medical, housing, emergency preparedness, legal street first aid, self-defense, cultural and educational program information day," on March 14.

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International Women’s Day rally for NYC to raise minimum wage

Living on minimum wage is a harsh reality for many New Yorkers like Sabrina Storey, a fast-food worker, who has been working at a local KFC franchise since December of last year.

Thursday, March 13

Imhotep's Guide To Black Events March 13 - 19, 2014

Greetings! Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will celebrate its 44th anniversary with a special gala honoring legendary producer Voza Rivers on Sunday, March 16 at the Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts, located at 199 Chambers St. The special event begins with a 3 p.m. reception and will be followed by the awards program, co-hosted by Danny Glover, Debbi Morgan, Tamara Tunie and Robert Townsend.

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Talking SCHOP! Taking a ‘rum’ to the Bodega

There has been a transformation on the corner of 118th Street and Lenox Avenue. One of the original Harlem staple eateries boldly shuttered its doors for a trip around the world, and what they brought back was no mere T-shirt from the airport. What they brought back to Harlem is a new experience with a diaspora of rums—47 to be exact!

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Young designers stand out

For fall ’14, three young designers were featured their thesis collections in the Academy of Art University’s (AAU) presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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No more games in ‘A Doll’s House’

The idea of the independent, self-actualized female is one that we know—but not so much so that we take the idea for granted, as to some degree, the age-old expectations and stereotypes of women’s roles in society still remain.

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Brandon J Dirden goes ‘All the Way’ as MLK

How do you bring one of the most famous civil rights activists in history to life?

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‘Stokely: A Life’—a bio with brio

During his sizzling odyssey across the global firmament, Stokely Carmichael changed his name to Kwame Tur

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Fans of the original ‘300’ have nothing to fear

Action and fantasy lovers, have no fear! “300: Rise of an Empire” is going to thrill old fans and gain new ones!

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Isaiah Washington returns to ‘Grey’s’ after seven-year absence

African-American actor Isaiah Washington lost his lucrative and popular role on the ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2007

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s third season in NYC

For its third season in New York at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre presented works spanning from 2006 to 2014

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March dance calendar 2014

Dance in March offers up contemporary flamenco with Rocio Molina and cantaora Rosario La Tremendita, as well as contemporary ballet from the San-Francisco-based Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.

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Columbia’s Ward to participate in renowned coaching program

Columbia University point guard Taylor Ward posted 16 points in the final game of her collegiate career, a loss to the Princeton Tigers

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Moving day for Jets Cromartie and Holmes

The Jets released two of its highest profile players in cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday.

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Questions but few answers surrounding the Knicks

There are so many unanswered questions swirling around the Knicks right now that they could change their logo to a question mark.

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The Nets’ Billy King has built a potent playoff team

When players and coaches talk about putting in a team effort, it’s usually a throwaway statement. It isn’t with the Nets.

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City workers hold Fair Pay Forum

While education is getting all of the coverage, the unions and the new city budget look to be the central story of not only this year, but the current administration’s legacy.

Workers honor International Women’s Day, call out Koch brothers

In honor of International Women’s Day, hundreds of nurses, caregivers, community activists, union members and elected officials held a march and rally on the Upper East Side to tell the Koch brothers that all New Yorkers need quality health care.

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Raising the minimum wage isn’t enough

We applaud and support efforts to raise the minimum wage in New York and elsewhere.

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Let the soul river flow

I never realized how much curiosity fuels folk. We always wanna know what happened.

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Shared Interest hosts 20th anniversary awards gala

Distinguished American and African leaders and top diplomats gathered for Shared Interest's celebratory annual event that recognizes leaders for their commitment and ongoing work toward economic democracy and development in Southern Africa

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Black Women’s Leadership Caucus holds annual Harriet Tubman celebration

the Black Women’s Leadership Caucus hosted its annual celebration of the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman

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Cosmopolitan Review March 13 - 19, 2014

Even though there is still a chill in the air, with the commencement of Lent and daylight savings time, we’re beginning to prepare for spring.

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Uganda upholds anti-gay law

Refusing to bow to pressure from Western society, Uganda maintains that it will hold steadfast to its defiant opposition against homosexuality.

Dr. King’s aide Clarence B. Jones honored in Harlem

On Thursday, Feb. 27, one of King’s close confidants, Dr. Clarence Benjamin Jones, and Convent Avenue Baptist Church’s Senior Pastor Rev. Jesse T. Williams Jr., were presented with the distinguished 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award at Williams’ church.

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Was Chokwe Lumumba murdered?

The Feb. 25 passing of Jackson, Miss., Mayor Chokwe Lumumba shocked many of his close comrades as circumstances about his death still remain unclear.

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Blacks youths, legalized marijuana and generation incarceration

Today, our jails are filling up with youngsters who are cutting up. In fact, prisons are sources of economic growth and have replaced mental institutions. 

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Celebrating Black inventors

While February is named Black History Month, all year long we can honor our historical figures, important people and the creators of the objects we use everyday.

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Charter school debate rages on

Mayor Bill de Blasio began curtailing the rapid expansion of charter schools throughout the city, including some Success Academy charters run by former City Council Member Eva Moskowitz,

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East Harlem explosion levels two buildings; four dead, 50 injured

By press time, four were dead, 50 were injured and nine remain missing after an explosion knocked down buildings 1644 and 1646 Park Ave. between East 116th and 117th streets.

Wednesday, March 12

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Dreamers descend on Disney

'The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.' -Walt Disney

inety-nine dreamers descended on Walt Disney World last week to participate in the seventh annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine. Representing 27 states and the District of Columbia, these young people, aged 13-19, came with the intention of getting guidance and help to figure out how to achieve their dreams.

Medical marijuana for Caricom

Caribbean trade bloc leaders have agreed in principle to decriminalize the narcotic in the region and have even dared to suggest that the move could help reduce crime.

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Explosion in East Harlem at 117 Street

One, possibly two buildings, at 1644 and 1646 Park Ave., collapsed due to the explosion.

Tuesday, March 11

Abortion and Black Babies in New York City

More Black babies were aborted in 2012 than born alive.

Monday, March 10

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Kudos to the President and his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

opinion-editorial

Any historian will tell his students that a president’s second term will define his legacy to the country and the world. President Obama will go down in history as one of America’s greatest presidents that held the office.

Friday, March 7

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First-ever White House film festival and millions in software for students

President Obama and the White House host the first-ever student film festival and promise millions of dollars in software for use in classrooms across the country.

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“Husband material” Marcus Pierce stars in new reality TV show for Bravo

One of the stars of Bravo's latest reality show, "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" shares a little bit about himself and what he's looking for in a lady.

Reparations, Marijuana on Leaders Summit

When Caribbean Community leaders meet in the tiny Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent next week two unusual items will be on the agenda of their two-day mid-year summit, one to do with an effort to win compensation for Slavery from Europe and the other a debate as to whether regional citizens should be allowed to possess and smoke marijuana, at least for medical reasons.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Two art projects aim to rebuild community

The Bronx Museum of the Arts enlists celebrities to get people “Back in the Bronx,” and Out to See brings awareness to South Street Seaport post-Hurricane Sandy.

Thursday, March 6

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Please remember Gordon Parks’ ‘Solomon Northup’s Odyssey’

As 2014 Black History Month ended, Denzel Washington appeared on late night television to promote his forthcoming performance in Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic “A Raisin in the Sun.”

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The harmful consequences of raising the minimum wage

Just a few short weeks ago, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) decidedly set forth a verdict on the effects of a minimum wage increase.

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Out on the town with Lupita, Paula and Angela

There have been rumors flying throughout the entire film awards season about a possible romance brewing between new “It girl” Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto

Haynes Burns at Blue Note, ‘Sinners and Saints’

Anytime Roy Haynes performs, the venue becomes a sold-out happening, but his recent two-day engagement at the Blue Note became even more significant with the appearance of bassist Ron Carter

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DTH celebrates 45 years with a star-studded evening

The Dance Theatre of Harlem held its star-studded Vision Gala at the elegant Cipriani.

NAMA celebrates Black History Jazz Legends

At the Bronx Library on Fordham Road, the New Amsterdam Musical Associates (NAMA) held their annual Black History Month concert featuring “Legends of Song.”

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Wedding dresses fit for a queen

TeKay Designs, a couture house based in Houston, Texas, presented an impressive Queen of the Brides collection in New York.

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In the press room at the Oscars

I am a cinephile, so there is no greater thrill than covering the Oscars.

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Apollo’s ‘Club Harlem’—what a night!

In just the second iteration of the Apollo’s “Club Harlem,” begun last year as an idea by Executive Producer Miki Shepard, number two was a hit.

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Caribbean Week returns to NYC

Caribbean Week returns to New York City from June 1 to 8, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced

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Letter No. 68: Immigration reform now!

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 3 made a good call in deciding against hearing appeals filed by the towns of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pa.

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‘300: Rise of an Empire’ won’t disappoint!

“300: Rise of an Empire” won’t disappoint fans of the first blockbuster

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‘Ikland’ shines light on bias of historians

It’s widely understood that history is told by the winners, but few understand how much is packed into that fact.

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African-American women history-makers in sports Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born March 3, 1962, in East St. Louis, Ill. Joyner-Kersee is considered to be the greatest female athlete ever. She became the first to score more than 7,000 points in the heptathlon. 

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Stony Brook heads to conference championship on a roll

A win over the University of Albany on Albany’s home court put the perfect finish on SUNY Stony Brook’s regular season and poised the Seawolves as co-favorites heading into the America East Conference tournament starting on Friday.

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Shout-out to the loyal Knicks fans

There are thousands and thousands of loyal Knicks fans who refuse to dump on their team—senior citizens, high school and college kids and just fans from all walks of life who are still sticking with their team.

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Jason Kidd is coaching like a veteran

Quick, a show of hands of people who thought Nets rookie coach Jason Kidd would be on the unemployment line by now.

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Jumaane Williams praises Brooklyn Nets for barrier-breaking signing of Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay active player

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, released a statement upon the Brooklyn Nets’ signing of Jason Collins to their roster. Collins is the first openly gay active player in North America’s four recognized team sports, according to ESPN.

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A vegetarian celebration

Talking SCHOP!

I was a little leery of attending the New York City Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events March 5-12, 2014

Our GBE Women’s History Month is lit up with Oscar wins for “12 Years a Slave” in the categories of Best Picture for director Steve McQueen and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

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Awarding ourselves

Nightlife

With history as an indicator, it was probably a safe assumption that the awards season for African-American entertainment, specifically cinema, officially ended with last week’s NAACP Image Awards.

Concord Baptist Church honors Brooklyn’s new borough president

The newly elected first Black borough president of Brooklyn, Eric Adams, was honored at a lavish banquet given by the William Moss Brotherhood Ministry of the Historic Concord Baptist Church of Christ on Friday, Feb. 28 in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The Cosmopolitan Review March 6-12, 2014

March may have come in with a roar, but February left with a vengeance. Within the final week of February, three of our beloved friends and family members passed on from this earthly existence and onto their glory.

The Cosmopolitan Review

March may have come in with a roar, but February left with a vengeance. Within the final week of February, three of our beloved friends and family members passed on from this earthly existence and onto their glory.

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The lesson of ‘12 Years a Slave’ for a nation in the age of Obama

It is a story that America doesn’t like to look at, much less take the time to consider the implications of what that nation’s experience with slavery means in a modern world

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‘My Brother’s Keeper’?

The nation is in need of an all-hands-on-deck strategy

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President shows his true colors

For the first time last week President Barack Obama was no longer the standard bearer for the status quo of how America thought and started working for people of color

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State of Young Black New York urges ‘movements’ rather than ‘moments’

The New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP) hosted the annual State of Young Black New York last Saturday

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Dr. Ophelia DeVore Mitchell passes at 93

Fashion industry pioneer and newspaper publisher, Dr. Ophelia DeVore Mitchell, remembered as trailblazer

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She’s every woman: Dr. Danielle Lee Moss

Dr. Danielle Moss Lee, chief executive officer of the Young Woman’s Christian Association (YWCA), is one of the city’s leading ladies when it comes to giving herself to the community

Newark community campaigns for smoke-free parks

Newark organizations and community members have established 100 percent smoke-free parks and recreational areas for Newark

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Newark schools superintendent will not attend public meetings

The relationship between Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson and the school advisory board has become so confrontational that they now communicate solely by press release and video.

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Marissa Alexander could face up to 60 years

The Florida woman, Marissa Alexander, who fired a warning shot to ward off her estranged abusive husband will be retried and may face up to 60 years behind bars if convicted

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Black Panther released from prison after four and a half decades

After negotiating a deal in Baltimore Circuit Court, Marshall “Eddie” Conway was released from a Maryland state penitentiary last Tuesday

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Saying goodbye and thank you to the ‘judicial genius’ Chokwe Lumumba

This weekend, there will be memorial and funeral services held in Jackson, Miss., in celebration of the life of the honorable Lumumba.

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Harlem street renamed after Hermena Rowe

On Sunday, several local residents gathered for the street renaming ceremony for Hermena Rowe, mother of anti-violence activist Jackie Rowe-Adams of Harlem Mothers SAVE.

Local students participate in mock trial competition

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Gordon Parks School I.S. 270 in Queens are participating in a mock trial competition.

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Avonte Oquendo's cause of death still unknown

Reports indicate that investigators are unable to pinpoint exactly how 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo died.

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Emergency Preparedness program coming to Newark

Rudolph Muhammad, director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Ambulance Corps, is hosting an emergency preparedness education and awareness program in Newark, N.J

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De Blasio goes forth with education agenda

Last week, the mayor axed plans by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to further expand Success Academy schools into public school spaces

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New organization helps custodial parents collect child support

Scofflaws and deadbeats had better watch out, because a new tristate area-based organization is looking for those noncustodial parents who refuse to financially support their childre

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Bratton and de Blasio look to change the ‘language’ of policing

According to New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, officers will be retrained on how to talk to the public

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Desperation grows among youth for jobs and land

Youth members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front are running out of patience for land and jobs

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Murder trial of 'blade runner' sparks media frenzy

The trial of former “blade runner” and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius opened this week in South Africa before hundreds of cameras and journalists from over 100 countries.

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Intergenerational Black History celebration at senior center

The intergenerational Black History celebration between the seniors of Stuyvesant Heights Neighborhood Center and eighth-grade students at Sankofa International Academy in Bed-Stuy demonstrated a reciprocal bond fostered by love, respect and value for cultural history.

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New York Landmarks Conservancy awards Sacred Sites Grants

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced that 13 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $200,000 have been awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York

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Berries are berry good for you

If the great baseball player Darryl Strawberry would have eaten more strawberries, he may have prevented the development of colon cancer.

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CUNY launches Terence Tolbert internship

The City University of New York (CUNY) has launched the Terence D. Tolbert Public Service Internship six years after the death of a man who dedicated his life to public service.

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Marian Anderson, a ‘voice heard once in a century’

The great conductor Arturo Toscanini said her voice was one heard only “once in a hundred years.”

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Traveling into March

Ebony Escapes!

Spring is just around the corner—yahoo! That means more pleasant temps and longer days that allow us to get out and delve into a wealth of fascinating and exciting events of interest to communities of color and others happening all across the country.

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Black pride for Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar prize

Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Hollywood feature “12 Years a Slave.”

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Obama announces ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative

President Barack Obama's “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative for young men of color is promising.

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Universal pre-K, charter schools battle for Albany’s attention

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has hit some roadblocks when promoting his education agenda, but he’s sticking to his guns.

Tuesday, March 4

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Poll: New Yorkers want universal pre-K, approve of de Blasio funding plan

New Yorkers are demanding a quality education for preschoolers.

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Helmsley Charitable Fund gives Grants to 10 Historically Black Higher Institutions

Historically Black Colleges and Universities received a financial boost from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

New York City Schools Now Observe Lunar New Year as a Holiday

Lawmakers announced the passage of legislation that would allow New York City schools to be closed on the Lunar New Year holiday. The announcement was made at the headquarters of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Manhattan, just blocks from P.S. 130 and other schools with large Asian American student populations, a press release said.

A Heroic Kidney Donation by AmNews Staff Yields Positive Feedback

Sandra Galloway, 60, was excited to return to, singing in her church choir. This had been almost two years after getting a new kidney.

Monday, March 3

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Two African American Women Activists Inducted Into South Carolina Hall of Fame

The founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund and a notable civil rights activists were inducted Monday Feb. 24, 2014 into the South Carolina Hall of fame at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

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All eyes on Lupita Nyong’o and “12 Years a Slave” at the 86th Annual Academy Awards

One of the most talked about actresses and one of the year's best films came out on top at the Academy Awards this Sunday.

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International Women’s Day celebration with Radical Women

The group Radical Women will have their Women Freedom Fighters Defending Our Communities Globally event on March 15.

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Black History Month with the Universal Zulu Nation

Closing out Black History Month with the Universal Zulu Nation.