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HARLEM FOCUS

Harlem Focus is a blog with an eye on community, culture, art, food and life in and around Harlem. It is a product of the CCNY–Amsterdam News Urban Digital Media Lab in collaboration with The Documentary Forum (CCNY Center for Film, Journalism, and Interactive Media.)

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Elombe Brath funeral services set for Satruday

The late Elmobre Brath is being lead to rest Saturday, May 31 at 10 am at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

Thursday, May 29

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Children’s Museum jazz, five piano finalists, Kroon at Abyssinian

Jazz Notes

Recently, preschoolers were totally involved in their new activities as they were introduced to jazz through arts and crafts and live music by pianist and composer Jonathan Batiste.

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This summer, spend ‘After Midnight’ with LaBelle, Knight and Cole

“After Midnight” is a celebration of Duke Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and 30s.

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Hip Hop Hall of Fame inducts Sugar Hill Gang, the Sequence, ‘Wild Style’

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show returned to television, taping at Stage 48 in midtown with a memorable induction ceremony and concert event that was hosted by the legendary Roxanne Shante with DJ Mell Starr on the turntables.

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Billie Holiday production brings back old-time faith

The Billie Holiday Theatre is currently showing “The Seeds of Abraham,” a play that is both a drama and a comedy.

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June 2014 dance calendar

Highlighting the June calendar with three weeks of dance are Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence June 3-8 at the Joyce Theater and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and June 11-22 at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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‘Power’ in the city: 270 million and counting!

On June 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, the new series “Power” premieres on Starz, and it’s going to be a Twitter favorite once the first episode breaks; good news the network will have seven more ready to follow it.

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Children’s book fair in Harlem

Strolling down Amsterdam Avenue, searching for new bargains and the prices that only Harlem can create, the store window of the Studio Museum of Harlem (on the ground floor, which houses the studio store) made me stop and, like a child, press my nose against the glass window and wish!

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New exhibit highlights Black theater’s Harlem roots

Imagine a version of “Macbeth” set in Haiti with an all-Black, 137-member cast of actors, dancers and drummers. It sounds like a modern Broadway hit, but it’s actually a production that took place at Harlem’s famed Lafayette Theatre in 1936.

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Amsterdam News endorsements for Congressional primary

Every two years, congressional candidates make their rounds to editorial boards across the city to ask for the papers’ endorsements.

Students protest against ‘One Newark’ plan

Last week, a group of students formed a picket line and staged an overnight sit-in protest against the “One Newark” school reorganization program backed by Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson. Anderson has been mired in controversy since she introduced her new approach to improving the school system.

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Gov Christie must cut funds to balance budget

Gov. Chris Christie tussled with Democrats for months during his first term to get a landmark public employee pension overhaul passed in 2011. In January, the governor conceded in his State of the State address that it might not have been enough.

Reparations redux

As thousands of college students return home for the summer and compete with the thousands of teenagers already scrambling for jobs in an ever-shrinking job market, the Obama administration has announced it will be allotting $6.7 million for the creation of conservation jobs for youths and returning veterans.

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B'Way welcomes 'Holler if Ya Hear Me'

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Floyd Mayweather could be back in legal trouble after a beef with rapper T.I. turned into a brawl at a Fatburger on the Las Vegas strip about 2 a.m. on May 25.

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b Michael’s charming s tyles

On my way to the Harlem office this morning, I bumped into famous designer b michael on the street. We both took off our sunglasses, laughed and greeted one another warmly. “I just have a few questions, if I could just have a moment,” I asked. Michael, wearing a beautiful yellow shirt, smiled. “Of course!”

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Parsons honors Jason Wu and Hugo Boss

Parsons The New School of Design honored designers Jason Wu and Hugo Boss on May 21 at their 2014 Parsond Fashion Benefit.

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Hope and skepticism in the pursuit of the abducted Nigeria girls

Hope tempered with trepidation has followed the news that the almost 300 girls have been located.

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“Phenomenal Woman”

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

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States’ rights, slavery and the strange symbolism of Cliven Bundy

America is a land of stories. We love to use stories about individuals to extract general principals about society as a whole.

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Poll shows Rangel in lead against Espaillat and Walrond

With the recent wave of endorsements flowing toward both New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Rep. Charlie Rangel, one would think that the race for New York’s 13th congressional seat is neck and neck.

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Vin Taylor: ‘Donut Doctor’

Vin Taylor calls himself the “Donut Doctor” and, no, there is no school where you can major in that field.

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Obama administration allots $6.7 million for conservation jobs for youth

As thousands of college students return home for the summer, and compete with the thousands of teenagers already scrambling for jobs in an ever-shrinking job market, the Obama administration has announced they will be allotting $6.7 million for the creation of conservation jobs for youth and returning veterans.

Hill Harper, A.R. Bernard to receive honors from Moving Mountains for the Arts

Moving Mountains for the Arts is hosting its fourth annual Awards and Cocktail Reception, honoring Hill Harper, Pastor A.R. Bernard and Sarah Hasted.

Rev Al Sharpton hosts the fifth Annual Triumph Awards

The National Action Network (NAN) and the Rev. Al Sharpton will host the fifth annual Triumph Awards on June 2 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Racially profiled New Yorkers, city council members perform in theatre festival

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Member Corey Johnson, Council Member Carlos Menchaca and other city politicians will participate in Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s Legislative Theatre Festival on Friday, May 30.

Nelson Mandela Day celebrated in Brooklyn

Next month, Brooklyn will commemorate the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to New York City in 1990.

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The world mourns the remarkable, phenomenal Dr. Maya Angelou

Hearts are breaking as the public absorbs the news that the majestic genius Dr. Maya Angelou made her transition on the morning of Wednesday, May 28, in her home in North Carolina.

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Sharpton demands justice for Bronx teen shoved through window by NYPD sergeant

The Rev. Al Sharpton recently came to the defense of a 14-year-old Bronx boy who underwent emergency surgery to remove pieces of glass from his chest, lungs and heart, and got at least 50 stitches following an altercation with a New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant who allegedly shoved him into a glass storefront window.

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EatUp! ... only in Harlem!

Talking SCHOP!

You’ve seen it. Maybe you have even tasted it. With all of the new and different eateries and restaurants opening, Harlem is fast becoming a food destination beyond our signature soul food. Well, the time has come for Harlem to get its food due and let it shine, shine, shine in a spotlight to be cast next year.

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NYC: Beyond the ‘Apple’ of your eye

New York City is on a literary roll as of late. As one of the most fascinating cities in the world, it has been the subject of countless articles, movies and documentaries, plays and more. Discovering New York City is like pulling back the layers of an onion—the deeper you go, the more richness and flavor you find.

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McDonald’s workers protests for better conditions

McDonald’s employees from nearly three dozen cities marched to the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting last Thursday morning in Oak Brook, Ill. Calling for better wages, employees of the fast food giant responded to claims by officials that McDonald’s jobs are primarily first jobs for teenagers.

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TWU Local 100 ratifies new contract

It took almost a month, but Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 members officially ratified a new contract after a two-year fight.

Avery Sunshine ain’t never lie!

Nightlife

My people, my people: Black music ain’t going nowhere, no time soon. Even better, there’s a batch of artists who pride themselves on making pure, soulful music. Trust and believe that. Now that that’s established, we as consumers need to find it.

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Black Veterans for Social Justice hosts third annual parade in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Black Veterans for Social Justice Inc. hosted its third annual parade in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, on Memorial Day weekend.

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Teen Lifters attend Deltas’ community fair

Members of Teen Lift, a social and educational mentorship program, joined the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter as they hosted their May Week celebration on May 17 at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn.

Cosmopolitan Review May 29- June 4, 2014

Greetings from Anna Maria Island, Fla., where the sun is hot, the water is blue and the living is easy. The Mitchells joined other family members and friends for the nuptials of cousin Catherine, daughter of former Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Frank Morton Jr., to Charlie Palmer. 

William Worthy Jr., a bold Black journalist dead at 92

At a time when journalists were forbidden to travel to China, Cuba and the Soviet Union, William Worthy Jr. defied the U.S. State Department, grabbed his trusty typewriter and embarked on journeys to report the unreportable, interviewing several prominent Communist leaders.

Former NY state Sen Abate dead at 66

The political world in New York continues to mourn the death of former New York state Sen. Catherine Abate.

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The Y invites NYC to unplug this summer

The dog days of summer conjure images of sand castles and ice cream cones, long days by the pool and long nights at the baseball stadium.

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Just a little touch

House Calls

From the time I entered medical school, I can’t recall one course that I took that ever mentioned the word “touch.”

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Wadleigh gets newly remodeled library

As Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts continues on its path to progress after a threat of closure last year, the school recently opened its newly remodeled library.

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Claudia Jones was to the left of Karl Marx

There’s very little to distinguish 504 143rd St. between Hamilton Place and Broadway. But there was a time back in the late 1940s when a notable revolutionary lived here.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 29- June 4, 2014

As we wind down GBE African Liberation Month with farewells to the fallen,we open up Black Music Month with the official New York City naming of “Miles Davis Way” and a block party celebration that featured legendary people, including Herbie Hancock, Davis’ former wife and acting icon Cicely Tyson and many more luminaries. He will always be “Miles ahead.”

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Letter No. 80: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

Now that Eric Cantor, the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, has shown that not even in the days before Memorial Day weekend will he be bothered to give a vote on Rep. Jeff Denham’s ENLIST Act, which would have allowed undocumented immigrants to enlist in the military and to eventually naturalize, it is incumbent that you act.

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Bahamas has new tourism chief

Caribbean Connection

Joy Ann Jibrilu is the new Director General of Tourism of the Bahamas, replacing 30 year-tourism veteran David Johnson, who will become the new chief executive officer of the Hotel Corporation of the Bahamas and lead that organization’s transition to the Tourism Development Corporation.

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Caricom foreign ministers call in help

Caricom foreign ministers who met for several days at regional headquarters Guyana in the past week say they plan to utilize the services of academic and other experts from around the trade bloc in the future to help governments shape the region’s foreign policy and to assist them in dealing with various challenges.

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Cop claims Tupac’s last words were real to the very end

According to a recent report, a police officer revealed Tupac Shakur's last words.

Wednesday, May 28

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Africans share in grief over passing of Maya Angelou

Legendary poetess Maya Angelou was renowned in Africa much as she was beloved in the country of her birth.

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Malawi's first woman president faces ouster in disputed vote

President Joyce Banda’s legacy may be cut short if a court fails to uphold her annulment of last week’s poll and schedule a new election in 90 days.

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Nigeria claims to know where kidnapped girls are

Almost a month after more than 200 boarding school girls were kidnapped by a militia group dressed as soldiers, a top Nigerian officer claimed to know exactly where the girls were being held.

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Disturbances Mar Niger Govt's deal with French Mining Co.

Students and police clashed in the capital city of the West African nation of Niger this week over essential stipends held up by a school official.

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Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou Joins the Ancestors

The celebrated author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died at 86.

Tuesday, May 27

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CARICOM Forign ministers call in help

Caribbean Community foreign ministers met for several days in regional headquarters in Guyana

Thursday, May 22

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Salt-N-Pepa back together again as a trio?

On the “A” w/Souleo

DJ Spinderella officially returns as full-time member of Salt-N-Pepa; T.J. Holmes reveals theme of forthcoming book; and why Brotherhood/Sister Sol organization wants youth to avoid reality TV.

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Nigerians and New Yorkers rally for kidnapped girls

It has been six weeks since armed men kidnapped 276 school girls aged 16-18 from the village of Chibok in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.

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‘Dutchman’ is stunning!

If you want to have a theatrical experience that will leave you stunned, then you need to head to the National Black Theatre on 125th St. and 5th Avenue and see “Dutchman.” It is the 50th anniversary of this powerful, emotional drama created by the late Amiri Baraka.

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Joe Wilder remembered, Dolphy fest

Jazz Notes

Joe Wilder, the understated trumpeter with the smooth tone, a longtime member of Count Basie’s Orchestra and one of the first African-American musicians to play in the pit bands of Broadway shows, died on May 9. Wilder was 92 years old and a resident of Manhattan for many years.

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On the verge: Jerrod Carmichael

It’s official: Jerrod Carmichael is a comic on the rise, and the fact that he’s one of the stars of an official summer hit, the R-rated “Neighbors,” is just one indicator.

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Director of Nina Simone film files lawsuit

Accomplished director Cynthia Mort has filed a lawsuit against the producers of the new Nina Simone biopic after being cut out of the film’s production process. Mort sued the UK-based producer, Ealing Studios Enterprises Limited, claiming the terms of her contract and directorial deal were violated.

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DanceAfrica 2014: Celebrating Africa’s Bantaba

This Memorial Day weekend, the 37th annual celebration of DanceAfrica, the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African culture, sweeps into the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a exuberant exploration of the rich cultural heritage of Madagascar with “DanceAfrica 2014: Celebrating Africa’s Bantaba (“dancing ground”).

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Misty Copeland is growing stronger!

Misty Copeland continues with her strong comeback this season for American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and is featured in George Balanchine’s “Duo Concertant,” Natalia Makarova’s “La Bayadere” after Marius Petipa, Enrique Martinez’s “Coppelia” and Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon.” Copeland will be making her debut in “Duo Concertant” this season.

Segregation, housing and education

Opinion-Editorial

It was recently nationally reported that “New York schools (public and charter) suffer from worse racial segregation than in any other U.S. state.” Throughout New York City schools, all classes get dismal marks for diversity. It was surprising to many that most Black and Latino children in New York attend schools with almost no white classmates.

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New responsibilities come with the age of ownership

Donald Sterling’s publicly disclosed comments depict an anachronistic view of race relations in this country.

Community still seeks justice for Abdul Kamal

The People’s Organization for Progress recently organized a rally in Irvington in support of the family of Abdul Kamal, who was killed by police last November. They sent a message to the Essex County prosecutor’s office and the state attorney general demanding an investigation and indictment for the officers involved.

New Jersey Boys and Girls Clubs celebrate National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling. It is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. All over the country, bike enthusiasts filled their calendars with group bike rides, social events, classes, volunteer opportunities and panel discussions about biking.

Workers protest for wage increase

Fast food workers seeking higher pay protested against McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s locations around the globe demanding a minimum wage increase.

NAACP selects Brooks as new leader

Last week, the NAACP’s national board of directors selected attorney Cornell William Brooks to be the association’s president and CEO. Since Benjamin Todd Jealous stepped down, an interim president was installed. Brooks, a veteran lawyer, minister and longtime president and CEO of the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will now be in charge of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.

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Summer ’14 fashion notes

Summer is here, and there are a few fashion pieces you should have in your wardrobe. It’s the season of unusual, favorite things.

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Sleek Physique’s sporty styles for working out

Last Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, N.Y., a new fashion/fitness company named Sleek Physique made its debut.

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Malcolm X’s influence on today’s youth

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,” Malcolm X stated during the Organization of Afro-American Unity’s founding forum at Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom on June 28, 1964.

Corporate charter school hijackers destroying public education

Opinion-Editorial

New York City has become a hotbed for education reformers making promises to ready Black and Brown children for college and their careers, even as young as kindergarten.

They buried the lede

The “Gray Lady,” aka the New York Times, has had a storied past. She has stood at the center of controversies and victories and now is at the center of a historic milestone, but under the ouster of its former executive editor Jill Abramson, the lede has been buried.

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Elsie McCabe Thompson named new president of New York City Mission Society

Earlier this month, the board of directors of the New York City Mission Society (NYCMS) announced that Elsie McCabe Thompson will be the new president of the nonprofit, effective on April 30.

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Serena and Venus’ father addresses racism during local book signing

Richard Williams was in town Tuesday, May 7 promoting his new book “Black & White: The Way I See It” during a speaking engagement at Barnes & Noble bookstore at 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street.

Citizenship Now! call-in helps those in need

Call-in volunteers, including immigration attorneys, paralegals and advocates, took phone calls from folks with immigration questions.

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The ‘art’ of education

Eric Pryor serves as the executive director of the Center for Arts Education (CAE), which is one of the city’s top organizations, making arts accessible to all public school students. During the two and a half years he’s been with the organization, Pryor has been a part of the ongoing movement to not only put art in the lives of students, but also advocate the importance art plays in education.

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Fleet week rolls into the city

The five ships made their way into the this week for Fleet Week. The annual event during Memorial Day weekend brings the nation’s maritime service members.

An evening wight the chief aide to Malcolm X

In their annual celebration of the birth and life of Malcolm X, Brooklyn Macon Library welcomes Abdullah Abdur-Razzaq, who served as chief aide to Malcolm X, on Tuesday, May 27 at 6 p.m. Participants of all ages are welcome.

Manhattan BP demands halt on section 8 downsizing

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to halt the downsizing of the city’s Section 8 residents

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FedEx Malcolm X dis spurs boycott

Dozens of people celebrating what would have been Malcolm X’s 89th birthday stood beneath a hoisted red, black and green flag as it flapped high outside the FedEx store near the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.

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Honoring a shining Black prince

May 19 marked the 89th birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, commonly known as Malcolm X, and the 49th year of the pilgrimage.

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Rangel and Espaillat campaigns heat up as they trade barbs

Rep. Charlie Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat have continued to trade barbs and insults as the race for 13th congressional seat heats up.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 21-28, 2014

As we celebrate the climax of African Liberation Month and the birthday anniversary of Malcolm X, we note the passing of Sam Greenlee, author of the classic book “The Spook Who Sat By the Door.”

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Uptown Battle of the Bars winner crowned

Earlier this week, the second annual Uptown Battle of the Bars culminated at Harlem Tavern

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Talking SCHOP! We came, we ate, and yes, we drank!

Thank goodness the spring weather is settling in, because we needed to get out of the house. We needed to crawl the streets, spend time with friends, eat, drink and see how Harlem is getting down with the get down! And there was no shortage on things to do over the last couple of weeks … lest there be a riot on the avenue.

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Rest and rejuvenation in Quebec

I really don’t like the saying, “All good things must come to an end,” because that means it’s time to wrap up this feature series in the beautiful province of Quebec, Canada—but not before I extol the virtues of two more amazing places that just must be on your Canadian travel bucket list.

BHP fighting for right to bid on LICH

All hope seems lost for Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP), but they refuse to let SUNY move on to the next bidder for the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site.

Fast food workers relentless in push for better conditions

Fast food workers will not let you forget about their plight.

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Mayor de Blasio, keep your promise

School safety agent Kangela Moore, a hardworking mother of two, makes less than $40,000 a year after 22 years on the job, even though men who do similar work for the city earn about $7,000 more.

Sheryl Lee Ralph pushes her DIVA Foundation

Nightlife

Time not only heals old wounds, but also changes perceptions. In the ʼ70s, it was written that the music industry had sunk to its lowest point with the advent of disco.

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Fabulous book signing by Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez in Brooklyn

Oscar-nominated actress and Emmy-nominated choreographer Rosie Perez was very frank at her book signing at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority New York Alumnae Chapter host May Week

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s New York Alumnae Chapter held its May Week national program, which was created in 1920 during the sorority’s second national convention.

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Ernesta Procope, Receives Black Enterprise’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Ernesta G. Procope, chairman of E.G. Bowman Company, a Manhattan insurance brokerage, received the 2014 A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award from Black Enterprise magazine on May 16, at its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Cosmopolitan Review May 22-28, 2014

Harlem is certainly all aglow with festivities, fine dining and people from all walks of life coming together uptown to enjoy themselves and pay tribute.

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Local activists call an end to Zimbabwean sanctions

The continuing fight to emancipate Zimbabwe from European imperialism was the main theme of a recent rally at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building in Harlem, sponsored by the December 12th Movement.

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Beloved revolutionary Elombe Brath joins the ancestors

On the very day his friends and comrades were celebrating the birthday of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz), Elombe Brath was joining his fellow revolutionary on the other side of our struggle. Brath, 77, made his transition on Monday, May 19 at the Amsterdam Nursing Home, according to his son, Cinque.

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Advice on standing up for your health

May 6 marked the start of National Nurses Week, a week set aside to recognize the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the field of nursing.

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Barbecue and you

House Calls

Well, here it is, another day of celebration and a day of seeing how much one can eat and drink. Well, I can assure you that when the good times and exotic tastes are over, your stomach will be singing the barbecue blues.

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York College celebrates the achievements of past members of its Teachers as Leaders Program

On Thursday, May 15, the York College Black Male Initiative Program recognized the achievements of previous participants of the Teachers as Leaders Program during a welcome back event on the college’s campus in Jamaica, Queens.

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Oliver Brown was more than a footnote in history

Sixty years ago this week, in 1954, the nation witnessed the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education that supposedly brought an end to segregated schools.

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Letter No. 79: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

The fact that you have now put a deadline in place for immigration reform tells me you must have.

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JetBlue launches more Caribbean flights

Caribbean Connection

JetBlue Airways has launched four new nonstop routes to the Caribbean as it expands its reach throughout the region.

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Caricom-Canada talks stall again, near collapse

In the clearest indication yet that Canada and the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc might not have a free trade agreement anytime soon

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Three gallant freedom fighters join the ancestors

I was still reeling from the news that one of Detroit’s most remarkable freedom fighters, General Gordon Baker Jr., had joined the ancestors when in rapid succession, like a machine gun of sorrow, word came that the author Sam Greenlee had expired and that the uncompromising voice of Vincent Harding was stilled. Then, as if there was no end to the sadness, the phone was alive with messages that the beloved Elombe Brath was no longer a breathing icon of commitment

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Food festival coming to Harlem in 2015

Harlem receives some presidential treatment this week as former President Bill Clinton, along with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and others, have announced the Harlem EatUp! festival.

Wednesday, May 21

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David Paterson named chair of NY State Democratic Party

Former New York State Gov. David Paterson was tapped to become the new chair of New York State's Democratic Party.

Monday, May 19

Former NY State Senator Abate, dead at 66

The political world in New York State continues to mourn the death of Catherine Abate.

Saturday, May 17

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NYC College Responds to Sexual Assault Investigation

A recent federal report cited 55 colleges and universities under Title IX investigation for mishandling sexual violence issues reported to officials. The report, released by U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) earlier this month lists New York City’s own CUNY Hunter College.

Thursday, May 15

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Street named in Sylvia’s honor

Go with the Flo

My colleagues over at the “Confidential” column at the New York Daily News are reporting that Solange Knowles’ elevator attack on brother-in-law Jay Z, which occurred on May 5 at a Met gala after-party in the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel, was ignited because the rap mogul had plans to head to Rihanna’s after-party without Beyonce.

Undead Music Festival’s Final Days, Sosa, Adujah, Palmieri

Jazz Notes

There are only two days left to the Undead Music Festival, which is taking place in Brooklyn and the Village.

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A celebration of Haiti

On May 17, Community2Community will celebrate Caribbean culture during its fourth annual Hope and a Future: A Celebration of Haiti event.

Whoopi’s daughter holds birthday bash in NYC

Throwing a full-blown, celeb-heavy New York City birthday party for the daughter of an EGOT (winner of a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) isn’t for the faint of heart or the style-challenged.

Big day at the NBT

“Ready for revolution” was the battle cry for Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), and it was also a mantra by which the activist lived during his spirited stay among us

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‘NYPD Blue’ star hits big screen in ‘From the Rough’

Actor Henry Simmons took time out of his busy schedule to talk with this journalist about his latest movie, “From the Rough,” a movie he stars in with Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clark Duncan and Tom Felton. The movie opened Friday, April 25.

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DTH’s dazzling present, promising future

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s (DTH) recent season at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater was all too brief but dazzling on so many levels.

Def Dance brings it this spring

Def Dance Jam Workshop will present their spring season (May 16-18) at MIST Harlem and Theater Arts Center/The Smith

Newark schools superintendent believes in her plan to improve education

When Cami Anderson took her job as Newark schools superintendent, she was convinced she could help turn around a state-run system in a poverty-ridden city where 41 percent of ninth-graders failed to graduate on time.

Christie appoints new head of Port Authority

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated a former state attorney general to become the new face of the Port Authority

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Black Panther, political prisoner Marshall ‘Eddie’ Conway released

On Thursday, May 8 at Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore, community activists, scholars and cultural performers all welcomed home former Black Panther and political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway.

Malcolm X lives

Local admirers of Malcolm X reflect on his continuous cultural and political influences throughout the past five decades as they prepare to commemorate the 89th anniversary of his physical birth this Monday, May 19.

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Costume Institute’s Charles James exhibit

The Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center opened May 8 with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s inaugural exhibition “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” which is on view now through Aug. 10.

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Patrick Kelly designs at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until November 2014, Kelly’s designs give folks a great glimpse of this fabulous designer’s styles.

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Donald Sterling’s insane rant and Magic Johnson’s illustration of decency

If anyone has demonstrated a sense of decency and character in this entire, sordid saga generated by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, it is Magic Johnson.

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Welcome to the jungle: Fetishizing darkness

Opinion-Editorial

On April 23, Lupita Nyong’o was named the “Most Beautiful Person” in People magazine

Kidnappings in Nigeria

Human trafficking continues to be a major issue not only in Africa, but in the rest of the world as well.

We have the right to know what is in our food

Opinion-Editorial

We, as New Yorkers, are a step closer to achieving our right to know what is in all of the food that we eat.  Recently, the New York state Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee endorsed a measure that would require genetically modified organisms (GMO) labels on food. (A vote of the full Assembly has not been scheduled.)

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Mayor Baraka: A city to hold up and a legacy to uphold

With Ras Baraka’s mayoral victory in Newark, N.J., yesterday, the family secures unprecedented electoral authority.

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Senator proposes bill to drastically lower student debt 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has proposed a bill that would quell the fears many Americans have when it comes to taking out student loans.

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Mutale Nkonde: Super mom, aspiring international community builder

Mutale Nkonde is a remarkable young lady.

Justice coalition for Alberta Spruill

Activists will commemorate the 11th anniversary of the police shooting of grandmother Alberta Spruill

Tribute to Amiri Baraka at Bam

The event “A Brooklyn Tribute to Amiri Baraka: A Big, Bold, Beautiful Life!” is taking place at BAMcafe on May 17

Haitian flag day celebrated in Brooklyn

On May 16, City Council Member and Deputy Leader Jumaane D. Williams and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will co-host the fourth annual Haitian Flag Day with News 12 anchor Alisha Laventure

City looking to honor local fathers

The New York City Fatherhood Initiative presents the fourth annual NYC DADS Matter Awards.

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Sylvia P. Woods Way’ street-naming ceremony

Sylvia Woods, the Queen of Soul Food, has her Harlem street named after herself.

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Richard Parsons named interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has worked quickly to erase Donald Sterling’s presence from the league.

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Mothers demand justice for Ramarley Graham; Bratton says he’s ‘comfortable’ with the caseworkers

It all started with unarmed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham being chased by NYPD officer Richard Haste into his grandmother’s bathroom in February 2012.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 15-21, 2014

Our birthday greetings to my brother, co-writing partner and Grammy Award-winning legend, the Wonderman, Steveland Morris, aka Stevie Wonder, who turned 64 on May 13. Stevie, you are an inspiration to us all. Happy birthday to you.

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Talking SCHOP! Clean it out! Feel good!

That winter really did it to us! We filled our coffers to the brim in order to stave off having to go out in the cold to forage.

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Disney World 2014: More magical than ever

The most magical place on earth just got more magical, just in time for the summer vacation season.

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Minimum wage rallies continue in the Big Apple

The energy in the fight for a higher minimum wage in New York hasn’t died down yet.

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Rangel , Espaillat divvy up union support

ndorsements are coming in quickly as the 13th Congressional District race heats up.

Dre says the beats really do go on

Nightlife

In April 1992, historic seeds were planted in the world of hip-hop. With the release of a single from a moderately successful motion picture soundtrack, the music world was put on notice. “Yeah and you don’t stop.” We were forewarned.

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Milestone celebration for Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Some of the nation’s most influential Black figures were recently honored as Brotherhood/Sister Sol celebrated its 10th annual VOICES benefit gala.

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Northside Center for Child Development Gala 2014

Northside Center for Child Development Gala 2014 Northside Center for Child Development held its annual gala at 583 Park Ave. in Manhattan with this year’s honorees Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster; Michael A. Peterson, president and CEO of the Peterson Foundation; Joel E. Klein, a former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; and Jesse Angelo, CEO and publisher of the New York Post. Said Thelma Dye-Holmes, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of Northside Center, “Thank you for joining Northside Center for Child Development as we celebrate 68 years of holding true to the vision and courage of pioneering psychologists Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie Phipps Clark. Since the Clarks founded this great institution in 1946, Northside’s vibrant growth continues to meet the challenges of poverty. We are saving lives and building futures. “This year, over 3,000 families in East and Central Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx came to Northside. Many arrive struggling with emotional, behavioral and educational difficulties. They leave better able to succeed in school, meet life’s challenges and reach their full potential.” The gala was hosted by mistress of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto and featured a performance by Rosie’s Theater Kids and special remarks from Michael Goldstein, Northside Center’s chair of the board.

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Terrie Williams overwhelmed by surprise 60th birthday party

Terrie Williams’ unprintable response was hilarious when she walked in on her surprise 60th birthday celebration on Friday, May 9. It was hosted by her dedicated and fabulous Terrie Williams Agency staff at the incredibly beautiful La Maison d’Art, located at 259 W. 132nd St. Just as priceless as the whole party was the fantastic cake, made by Williams’ gifted cousin,Twanna Rose (rosetee621@aol.com). Happy birthday, Terrie!

Cosmopolitan Review May 15 - 21, 2014

Mother’s Day was a glorious day—a sign of so many good things to come.

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The Rev Daughtry to hold daily prayer vigil at the UN for kidnapped Nigerian students

A group called the Clergy Alliance to Save Abducted Nigerian Children announced that they will hold a daily prayer vigil at the Ralph Bunche Park

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Memorial services for Basil A. Paterson May 29 at Riverside

A memorial service for the esteemed attorney and civil servant Basil Alexander Paterson is scheduled for Thursday, May 29 at Riverside Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Documentary aims to further mental health conversation amongst Blacks

In 2010, of the over 2,000 recorded completed suicides by African-Americans, about 82 percent of them were completed by African-American males, according to the American Association of Suicidology. “Face of Darkness” filmmakers Squeaky Moore and Kenneth Nelson are hoping that their new documentary film can help challenge the stigma in the Black community surrounding issues of mental health. “As an African-American male, I was taught that a man could not express his feelings and never to cry,” Nelson said via press release. “There is a stigma in my community that prevents males from sharing emotions, hugging or admitting that we are afraid.” The documentary, which will be shown at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Tuesday, May 20, follows the battle three African-American men face while dealing with depression. The documentary also features mental health specialists Dr. Jeffrey Gardere and Terrie Williams, author of the acclaimed “Black Pain,” who says that fighting the silence around mental health struggles is one of the most important things we all can do. “The reality is, if you don’t go and talk to someone, you will die,” Williams said in a phone interview. “It may be a slow death, but you will die. You will not be all that God intended you to be.” “Face of Darkness” will be shown at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem on Tuesday, May 20 from 6-9 p.m.

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Don’t be a glutton for gluten

House Calls

As I visit many marketplaces selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food objects saying “gluten-free.”

Boys and Girls Harbor looks to continue founder’s legacy

Last week, the founder of Boys and Girls Harbor, Anthony “Tony” Drexel Duke, passed away at the age of 95.

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Changing the ‘Kulture’

Hot 97’s Shani Kulture and WBLS’ Barbara De Laleu are on a mission to change how people view the Black image.

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Educator supreme Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

There are so many exciting and innovative ways to invoke our immortal ancestors, and the Central Brooklyn Leadership Council and the Men’s Ministry of Historic First Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn did it wonderfully in a pre-Mother’s Day event by saluting four women with its second annual Mary McLeod Bethune: Light of Our Life Awards.

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Letter No. 78 Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

You should send a congratulatory note to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chamber President Tom Donohue.

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Caricom backs Antigua in fight with US

The Caribbean trade bloc governments appealed to the U.S. to honor a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in favor of Antigua

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Progress on Caribbean tourism marketing

Caribbean Connection

The Caribbean Tourism Development Company’s (CTDC) website, CaribbeanTravel.com, is making significant strides in promoting the region to the world.

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World rallies for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Public pressure both at home and abroad is keeping hope alive for the safe return of the 200-plus Nigerian girls abducted from a boarding school in a remote part of northern Nigeria by the notorious Islamic fundamentalist Boko Haram group.

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De Blasio’s budget: Increased spending, not many cuts

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new budget wants to have its cake and eat it too.

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The people's mayor: Ras Baraka wins Newark mayoral election

Ras Baraka is now mayor-elect of Newark, N.J.

Wednesday, May 14

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Q&A with Light Graffiti Artist Vicki DaSilva

The light painting pioneer shines her light on the 12th Ave. viaduct at W. 125th St. as part of a new public art initiative that kicks off this weekend.

Tuesday, May 13

From Afghanistan to Africa, reaper drones are the hottest weapon of choice

As the war in Afghanistan winds down, western countries are finding new uses for their high-tech surveillance equipment and unmanned drones – namely a new war against terror in Africa.

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Liberians successfully resist UK company's 'land grabbing'

After years of fruitless court battles by small farmers against major multinational corporations, the Jogbahn Clan across 11 villages in Liberia is celebrating victory over a British company which tried to clear them off their lands.

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South Africans return Madiba's party to lead the nation

In a closely watched election, South Africans turned out a decisive “vote for the party,” giving the African National Congress – the party of Mandela - another five years at the nation’s helm.

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No deal for the kidnapped girls, seen in new video

Attempts to broker the return of the missing school girls held in a rebel camp somewhere in northern Nigeria were apparently quashed today when a government minister forcefully rejected any deal.

Monday, May 12

Remembering DJ E-Z Rock

Harlem Focus

Back in 1988, Rodney Bryce, DJ EZ Rock, and rapper Rob Base released their first hit, now a hip-hop classic, the renowned “It Takes Two.” The song became part of the Top 40 on the Billboard 100 list.

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Run! It’s Good for You

Harlem Focus

Two years ago, Harlem resident Alison Désir, decided to share her running experience through blogging. A year later her words evolved into actions.

Friday, May 9

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Richard Parsons named interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers

National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has named Richard Parsons the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Clippers int the wake of the Donald Sterling incident.

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New baby girl for Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is the proud mother of a new baby girl.

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A journey with Love/Forte

Nia Love and Marjani Forte guided the audience’s lens in the final performance of “Memory Withholdings” at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

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Dianne McIntyre and James Baldwin: Exemplary storytellers

To celebrate James Baldwin, the quintessential American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet and activist, on what would have been his 90th anniversary, the dance institution New York Live Arts (NYLA) partners with Harlem Stage and Columbia University School of the Arts to present a festival in his honor.

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NYC-based no-wave musician Tomas Doncker collaborates with mentor James Chance

Tomas Doncker is a successful label owner and founder of True Groove Records.

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Saul Williams to star in Tupac musical

Poet, musician and actor Saul Williams is preparing his debut in the starring role of the new Broadway musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me.”

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Encore broadcast of ‘The African Americans’ starts May 11

WLIW21 will air a special presentation of noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s groundbreaking series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” on Sunday, May 11 and 18, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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‘Godzilla’: The biggest monster

Combine every famous woman, man, child, superhero and archvillain who ever dared to make a dent in the cultural lexicon, and they won’t come close to the popularity achieved by the one, the only, international superstar—Godzilla!

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Basquiat re-emerges into contemporary art mainstream

A new work from 1980s contemporary art star Jean-Michel Basquiat will be going up for auction in May.

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Charles Rogers, popular AmNews columnist, publicist, dies

Charles Rogers, a long-time entertainment columnist for this publication, died on April 29 at the Bishop Henry B. Hucles Nursing Home in Brooklyn.

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An open letter from the NYC schools chancellor

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, this letter, written by Chancellor Carmen Farina, is being distributed to 75,000 public school teachers to show appreciation and gratitude for their dedication to improving the lives of our students. Dear colleagues, Few of us remember the teachers who made us spend hours memorizing and spouting back facts. But none of us forget the ones who, with a gentle nudge or a kind word, convinced us that we could achieve endless opportunity. Sister Leonard, my English language arts teacher, was one of the memorable ones. As a sophomore in high school, I decided to become a teacher. But unbeknownst to me, I was on a non-academic track, taking typing and stenography instead of math and other credit-bearing courses like many classmates. My advisor had apparently decided that a daughter of Spanish immigrants lacked the aptitude and wherewithal to attend college. Sister Leonard made my cause her personal mission. With her support, I caught up on all the math classes I’d missed, took the Spanish Regents exam—and became the first person in my family to go to college. One great teacher can transform a life. On this Teacher Appreciation Day, I want to recognize you—the city’s 75,000 public school teachers—for the countless lives you transform. Thank you for showing up every day, bringing joy to our classrooms and working tirelessly to provide all of our students with a first-rate education. I know this isn’t an easy job. As a New York City public school teacher for 22 years, I have walked thousands of miles in your shoes. As chancellor, it is now my privilege to walk alongside you. My focus will always be on the critical work you do in the classroom. As we embark on this journey together, I encourage you to think about teaching as a craft and a profession. Whether you are beginning your career in the classroom or are a veteran in our schools, our 1.1 million students rely on you. We want to help you cultivate your passion, achieve excellence and take your skills to levels you never dreamed possible. Thanks to our proposed contract with the teachers union, we will be able to deliver unparalleled professional learning: Teachers will have a 75- to 80-minute block of time every week to share successful practices. You will have more time for parent engagement; you can even schedule appointments. In addition, the new contract offers excellent educators formal opportunities to hone their classroom practices, develop their leadership skills and collaborate with and support other educators to improve student achievement. These are monumental changes that will help return dignity and respect to the profession. Going forward, we will give you more tools you need to succeed, including town halls just for teachers and unprecedented on-the-ground support. In honor of the hard work you do for our school children, I ask you to take some time today to remember a student whose life you have changed: the student who, like me, became the first person in her family to graduate from college; the student who has a career because you cared enough to see the potential others missed. These are the reasons we teach. Thank you for making a difference in our children’s lives. Warmly, Carmen Farina

Bring back our girls

Editorial

The world is alarmed but not yet up in arms about the recent abduction of more than 275 young girls in northeastern Nigeria.

Only days left in Newark municipal election for mayor

Councilman Ras Baraka and Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries have less than one week before an election that will decide the next mayor of Newark, N.J.

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Knicks’ Larry Johnson wants all-Black basketball league

As news about the lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling spread last week, outspoken former NBA forward Larry Johnson responded by calling for Black players to be self-sufficient and self-determining.

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Unions, activists, and immigrants rally on May Day

Last Thursday thousands of labor unions, community organizations, immigrant groups and elected officials rallied at City Hall Park in favor of better jobs, better conditions and the overall improvement of the working class.

Thursday, May 8

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Arturo O’Farrill tributes father’s Afro-Latin jazz legacy

On the “A” w/Souleo

Arturo O’Farrill reimagines father’s classic Afro-Latin jazz composition for Apollo Theater; R&B singer Tank previews new album; and “The Retrieval” film addresses themes of freedom and manhood

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Fashion meets comfort in shoes

If you’re on the go, you know that wearing a fashionable, comfortable heel is important, especially if you want to make a style statement every day.

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House opens

Looking for new interior decorating ideas?

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Norm Lewis: First Black phantom on B’way!

History will be made with the longest running show in Broadway history, “Phantom of the Opera,” when for the first time on a Broadway stage, an African-American actor—Norm Lewis—will step into the lead role as the Phantom.

Raise the age

Opinion-Editorial

Think about what your life was like when you were a teenager.

A ‘Sterling’ example of our confusion

Opinion-Editorial

The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) is a business organization.

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Redeeming the image of Black men in the media

High school graduation rates are at an historic all-time high. African-American students are helping drive this historic trend with a 69 percent graduation rate—the highest graduation rate seen in years.

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Celebrating the well-lived life of Paul Robeson Jr.

Appropriately, the sonorous voice of Paul Robeson singing a “Balm in Gilead” opened the celebration of the life of his son, the younger Paul Robeson

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Mayor’s housing plan earns tacit praise

On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled an 10-year affordable housing plan

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Councilman Ruben Wills arrested on

A Queens-based New York City councilman was arrested on Wednesday in connection to a corruption investigation.

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Hasan Harris: ‘Not guilty’

Headlines in 2008 blasted Hassan “Hocus 45th” Harris and his brother as kingpins of a major gang.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 8-14, 2014

Greetings to all of our sistas, mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, alive and in spirit. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Talking SCHOP! That full feeling …

There are not many times in life when over 75 of New York City’s top food and beverage talents converge for one evening, in one place. And when they do, you make your best effort to be there. What is the premier event in this category?

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and you’re a princess too

At Disney World, there are princesses everywhere.  It’s a part of what dreams are made of.

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Brooklyn Health Partners jilted by LICH

Just when you thought the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) was nearing its conclusion, the winning bidder has met a road block.

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Mothers’ March for Justice

“Economic inequality is the defining challenge of our time,” President Barack Obama declared late last year.

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International Jazz Day in Harlem

Harlem’s third annual International Jazz Day was held at the Dwyer Cultural Center at Harlem’s Center for Arts Innovation in honor of UNESCO

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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Kappa Omicron’s 2014 Food Drive

Many people need help nowadays, and at its Washington Height brownstone, the Kappa Omicron chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity stands ready to help

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Kenya's polygamy law gets thumbs ip from U.S.

A U.S. State Dept. official has found something to like in Kenya’s new legislation legalizing multiple marriages.

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Erykah Badu in hot water over birthday serenade for Swazi king

Pop icon Erykah Badu was the surprise guest of honor at a swanky party for Swaziland’s King Mswati who turned 46 this month. The lavish event was held at one of Mswati’s many palaces.

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Nigerian women lead rallies worldwide for the 'missing girls'

An unprecedented surge of gatherings and rallies across the U.S. and abroad, sparked by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian boarding school girls

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U.S. loosing clout among entrenched african leaders

In his just concluded Africa tour, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was striking few deals with African leaders who are intently pursuing their own agendas on elections, the construction of schools, hospitals, roads and bridges, and on curbing rampant corruption in the region.

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Cosmopolitan Review May 8 - 14, 2014

Guests poured into Central Park to enjoy live music, an outdoor cocktail reception and a seated dinner at the Loeb Boathouse 

Cuomo warns employees of scams targeting local businesses

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is alerting New York business owners of a scam targeting corporations.

Ema and Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management participate in 'America's preparethon'

On Wednesday, 120 of students from the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Preparedness interviewed some 1,500 residents across New York City’s five boroughs about their families’ preparedness.

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Lee Daniels and Cathy Hughes among those being honored by brotherhood/sister sol

Nationally recognized nonprofit and youth development organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol is hosting its 10th annual VOICES benefit on Thursday

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Former Queens councilman Leroy Comrie announces senate bid

Leroy Comrie has announced his candidacy for state senator of New York’s 14th Senatorial District

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Brooklyn borough president to work with mayor to create more affordable housing

This week, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams proposed an amendment to the zoning of the Broadway transit corridor, from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Broadway Junction, to permit more residential density.

Feds: Garden City must remedy housing discrimination

A federal court judge ordered the village of Garden City, N.Y., to change its housing practices in order to remedy years of intentional discrimination against non-whites.

Municipal IDs coming closer to reality

The city is getting closer to making the concept of a municipal ID a reality as the first hearings for the plan get underway.

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams declares “Brooklyn Day of Prayer”  

In keeping with the tradition of President Harry Truman Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams declared May 1 as Brooklyn Day of Prayer

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Raising breast cancer awareness

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) has launched its annual breast cancer awareness campaign to remind women that mammograms can be a lifesaver and to urge women 40 and over to schedule a mammogram every one to two years.

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Salmonella on tomato skin, not within

House Calls

There was a recent scare that tomatoes were causing a condition known as salmonnelosis

Teachers say no to NYC English language arts performance assessment exam

Teachers at the International High School at Prospect Heights (IHSPH) gathered in front of the school last week to announce they would not give the New York City English language arts (ELA) performance assessment exam.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Black Book Fair a hit

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Brooklyn Alumnae chapter’s annual Black Book Fair took place last Sunday

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The intrepid George Washington Williams

Recently, there have been a number of books about the Congo.

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Letter No. 77: Immigration reform now!

The big question on everyone’s lips this Cinco de Mayo is will you act or will you let bigots like Rep. Steve King stand in the way of giving over 11 million people a fair path to legalization?

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High profile murder rocks the region

A series of emergency meetings are being held across Trinidad following the murder of one of the country’s most prominent citizens and apolitical attorneys.

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LIAT calls for lower taxes

The newly appointed CEO of LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, believes a reduction in taxation on intraregional travel will help increase revenues for the governments of the Caribbean

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Congressional Endorsement Interviews

Endorsement interviews for congressional candidates who have been duly qualified by the New York City Board of Elections to participate in the June 24 primary election and seek the endorsement of the New York Amsterdam News should call 212-932-7465 by May 21 to schedule an interview. Interviews will be held on Friday, May 23 only.

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Officer who fatally shot Kimani Gray earns ‘Cop of the Year’ award

It may as well be a slap in the face for the family of Kimani Gray as the police officer who fatally shot the 16-year-old receives a “Cop of the Year” award from his fellow officers.

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Finally: UFT, de Blasio agree on new deal

For New York City’s public school teachers, happy days are here again.

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New Yorkers rally for the return of kidnapped Nigerian girls

In Union Square last Saturday, May 3, hundreds of men, women and children took up the clarion call to “Bring Our Girls Home.”

Wednesday, May 7

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Good and Bad News in the Diabetes Fight

Even as the epidemic skyrockets, the rate of diabetes-related complications drops

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Blood Sugar Swings—Handled!

Staying away from the wrong foods can help folks with type 2 diabetes gain better blood sugar control.

Tuesday, May 6

Hair’itage play tours New York

Hair’itage, a play about six Black ‘Sistahs’ who share a journey surrounding their hair and the way it has impacted their lives, is making its way around New York State.

Thursday, May 1

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Patrick Kelly’s fashion legacy lives on through buttons and bananas

On the “A” w/Souleo

Fashion designer Patrick Kelly celebrated with retrospective; a period drama based on story of mixed-race woman; Carrie Mae Weems and friends at the Guggenheim and Publicolor raises funds to brighten schools.

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Top youth chess players to compete in Mayor’s Cup Chess Championships

300 of New York City’s top-rated scholastic chess players will compete in the 12th annual New York City Mayor’s Cup Chess Championships for the chance to be named the “Best in the City.”

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Mayor Dinkins, Earl Monroe, James Blake to celebrate Harlem Junior Tennis Program

The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program (HJTEP) will celebrate 42 years of extraordinary service and dedication to its program participants on Monday, May 5

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Williams savors final St. John’s track meets

St. John’s senior sprinter Corrine Williams is collecting memories, souvenirs and lots of photos

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2014 NBA playoffs the best in history

The opening round of the NBA playoffs has arguably been the most competitive and compelling first round in the history of the league

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Nets battling to advance in the NBA playoffs

The first round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors may well go seven games.

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Statement by the Brooklyn Nets on Commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement

Tuesday’s announcement by Commissioner Adam Silver sends a strong message that racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated in the NBA

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver slam dunks Donald Sterling

The Tuesday, April 30 news conference was the most important news conference in the history of the National Basketball Association.

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Tonys: ‘Raisin’ earns five impressive nods

The 68th annual Tony Awards nominations were announced this week

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NBT honors Amiri Baraka with a production of ‘Dutchman’

The National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem will come together to pay tribute to late author, playwright and activist Amiri Baraka

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Hip-hop pioneer DJ E-Z Rock dead at 46

Rodney “Skip” Brice passed away this weekend at the age of 46.

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Nollywood hits NY at the New York African Film Festival

Some of the latest work from talented filmmakers representing the continent of Africa will be presented at the 21st New York African Film Festival

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Ballet Hispanico: Growing repertory, beautiful dancing!

In his fourth year as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico, the brand that Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro sports is becoming more and more sound.

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May 2014 dance calendar

Topping this month’s calendar are the Limon Dance Company at the Joyce, Frederic Nauczyciel at Julie Meneret Contemporary Art and Francesca Harper at Susan Batson Studio Theater.

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The NBA does the right thing

We’re not accustomed to the kind of tough response that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver leveled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks he made in a private conversation.

Justices, ranchers and Clippers, oh my!

The last week has seen the racist underpinnings of the United States bubble up from the necrotic abyss like lava that explodes during a volcanic eruption.

Commissioner Silver: A slam dunk!

Editorial

Former NBA great Elgin Baylor got it exactly right when he charged that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling viewed his team as a “vision of a Southern plantation-type structure.”

Community leaders continue to seek justice for Abdul Kamal

The family of a slain Irvington man is waiting for justice after members of the Irvington Police Department killed Abdul Kamal, 30, last November.

Former Newark police boss under investigation

The former boss of the Newark Police Department’s Internal Affair unit, Deputy Chief Joseph Tutela, is the target of an investigation by the prosecutor’s office.

New tobacco ‘apology’ ads plan still excludes most Black media

A revised plan for major tobacco companies to purchase court-ordered ads to admit that they deliberately misled the public about the dangers of smoking would add nine white-owned newspapers to the list of publications carrying tobacco “apology” ads.

Obama tour to forge ties in Southeast Asia

Not since 1998 has a top American official paid a visit to Malaysia and President Barack Obama may have some second thoughts about his current tour of the nation

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Drive to bring Mumia home continues as he celebrates 60th

The campaign to bring political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal home was a recurring theme throughout two separate days of events commemorating his 60th physical day anniversary last week.

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The NBA plantation

Commentary

Charles Barron will be joined by former NFL star Walter Beach of the Cleveland Browns in a presentation entitled “Jump Ball: Blacks Rising Up to Fight for Power, Ownership and Self-Determination in Sports” on Thursday, May 1.

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Boxing contender Ruben ‘Hurricane’ Carter transitions

Former prizefighter Rubin “Hurricane” Carter became an ancestor on Sunday, April 20

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Jazzmobile Harlem Shrines Festival, Stanley Clarke returns

Jazz Notes

Before Jazzmobile’s outdoor season begins traveling throughout city streets it will swing indoors from May 4-10 celebrating the fourth annual 2014 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.

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Sun-protecting skin care tips

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, safe, natural solutions are the way to go.

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Art of Chinese calligraphy at the Met

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, explore “Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy in the Galleries for Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy.”

Five indicted in gang assault beating

A Black man who was severely beaten in Brooklyn by a group of Hasidic Jewish men from the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit is coming closer to getting justice.

Dangerous consequences will ensue if Fannie and Freddie dissolve

Opinion-Editorial

The financial crisis hit hard throughout the country, but here in New York we are continuing to feel the damage in a profound and personal way.

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A Sterling reputation for racism

With good reason, the sports world is aflame over the recent remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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Brooklyn artists welcome Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka at fundraiser

With less than two weeks remaining in the mayoral race for Newark, N.J., candidate Ras Baraka took time out from the campaign trail to attend a fundraiser in Brooklyn on Saturday.

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Gerry Eastman’s island on Bedford Avenue

In the face of gentrification Gerry Eastman has been able to not only maintain the building he owns in the neighborhood, but also preserve local music.

Cuomo warns employees of scams targeting local businesses

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is alerting New York business owners of a scam targeting corporations.

EMA AND Urban Assembly school for emergency management participate in 'America's PrepareAthon'

120 of students from the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Preparedness interviewed some 1,500 residents across New York City’s five boroughs about their families’ preparedness

LEE DANIELS AND CATHY HUGHES AMONG THOSE BEING HONORED BY BROTHERHOOD/SISTER SOL

Nationally recognized nonprofit and youth development organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol is hosting its 10th annual VOICES benefit on Thursday, May 8.

Former Queens councilman Leroy Comrie announces senate bid

Leroy Comrie has announced his candidacy for state senator of New York’s 14th Senatorial District

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‘Ending gun violence starts with you!’

A determined collection of anti-gun violence activists, parents, concerned residents and some law enforcement officers gathered on Harlem’s Lennox Avenue to mark the five-year anniversary of the shooting death of 13-year-old Chris Shakim Owens.

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From Brooklyn to Zanzibar: Judges to attend big conference in Tanzania

Several New York City judges are on their way to Tanzania, invited by their continental colleagues to the 12th International Biennial Conference of the International Association of Women Judges.

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Leroy Comrie announces state Senate run

Former Queens Councilman Leroy Comrie announced on Monday that he’s running for New York state Senate

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Paul Robeson Jr, the son of a legend who made his own mark, dead at 86

Paul Robeson Jr. 86, died last Saturday, April 26, in Jersey City, N.J.

Children should be vaccinated at age 2

Vaccines are parents’ most successful and cost-effective health tools for protecting their children from avoidable diseases and death.

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Holistic healing is good for the soul

I remember one Sunday morning when I was a young man, sitting in Concord Baptist Church and anxiously waiting for the healing words from the Rev. Gardner C. Taylor.

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Wadleigh Secondary School getting new life with mentoring initiative

Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts was spared from a spate of school closures in 2012.

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Mary Church Terrell: A fighter for equal rights

Mary Church Terrell addressed the question of what it meant to be a Black woman in the nation’s capital.

Rodney commission starts work

An international commission of inquiry into the mid-1980s assassination of a Guyana-born U.S. and Caribbean Black Power and civil rights activist, Walter Rodney, began in earnest in his homeland this week.

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Letter No. 76: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

This past week, I was at a naturalization ceremony at the Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., that featured about 100 or so immigrants taking the United States Oath of Allegiance.

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John Lynch exits office

John Lynch, Jamaica’s director of tourism, is leaving office in a month’s time.

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Community rallied for brave teen gun violence victim

Teen gun violence victim Gama Droiville has become a symbol of survival in recent weeks after being shot in the eye in Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn DA proposes new marijuana rules

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has stated that he will no longer prosecute folk caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana

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Benched: Clippers owner banned for life after racial blowout

It was just a few short words that put the NBA into a whirlwind after racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling spread like wildfire

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 1 - 7, 2014

As we enter African Liberation Month 2014 Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem are co-presenting “Dutchman” by LeRoi Jones

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Food. Drink. Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Time to get those oxfords, retro Jordans, chukkas and sandals out of the closet and walk the streets.

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Mexico: WINNING!

Talking SCHOP!

Cinco de Mayo, a time of tequila, tacos and revelry. While there are myriad places to get down with the get down on May 5, I know where my pesos will be spent.

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Respites for the mind, body and soul in Quebec

Our next spa stop was Spa Natur’Eau, an oasis that far exceeds your wildest expectations.

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DC 37, Bill Clinton endorse Rangel for Congress

DC 37, Bill Clinton endorse Rangel for Congress By STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff To some, the tide of support for Rep. Charlie Rangel in his latest congressional run seemed to be turning away from him. Enter District Council 37 (DC 37) with their latest endorsement. The largest public union in the city endorsed Rangel in his congressional run against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and the Rev. Michael Walrond. Lillian Roberts, DC 37’s executive director, felt that Rangel’s presence is still needed in Washington. “Our members know that Congressman Charles Rangel is an experienced legislator who’s savvy and passionate championship of issues important to workers both here and around the country has won him a 95 percent approval rating with the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employees, our international union,” said Roberts in a statement. “Throughout his 23 terms in office, Congressman Rangel has always aided our struggles to protect the jobs of public employees and the safety net services they provide. Going forward, we know that with him on our side, we can go a long way in our fight against income inequality and our fight for workers’ rights, affordable housing, decent wages, public education, immigration reform and more.”  Rangel received some good news in the form of an endorsement from former President Bill Clinton as well. “Charlie has been a champion of more good jobs, successful small businesses and strong families for more than 40 years,” said Clinton in a statement. “That’s what his district and our country need now.”  Rangel appreciated the endorsement. “President Clinton’s bold leadership created an era of real economic growth and positive change in the lives of New Yorkers and all Americans,” said Rangel in a statement. “We share a progressive vision of creating a New York that’s more affordable and equitable for everyone. I look forward to returning to Washington so I can continue making this vision a reality by fighting for better jobs, affordable housing and real reforms to our immigration laws.” Espaillat wasn’t happy with Clinton’s endorsement, and during an appearance in WABC radio, he said that the former president and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were not on the “side of change.” “The kind of support I’m seeing from voters is unprecedented,” said Espaillat. “This is going to be a slam dunk. This is going to be a big victory. As Muhammad Ali once said, it’s going to shake up the world.” Espaillat recently received endorsements from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Transit Workers Union Local 100.

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Port Authority passes resolution to improve airport worker wages

Port Authority board members voted unanimously to raise the wages of all contract employees at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports

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Car Wash Assembly RDSW showcases the power of NYC’s workers

In April, hundreds of car wash workers and community and worker activists joined together at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in Manhattan for the second annual Car Wash Workers Assembly.

Giving jazz its due

Jazz Notes

It’s a mystery how certain things get embraced by society like adages.

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Maudry McCullough’s 100th birthday celebration

On April 24, Canaan Senior Center celebrated Maudry McCullough’s 100th birthday

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Making legendary Rep John Lewis a Belfast peace ambassador

For 20 years, the Washington Ireland Program has been bringing young people from Ireland to Washington, D.C., for internships that broaden their horizons and enhance their education.

The Cosmopolitan Review May 1 - 7, 2014

You know it’s spring in Harlem when you see all of the trees that line both Seventh and Lenox avenues from 110th to 141st streets in full bloom.

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Sugar Hill Garden Gets Facelift

Harlem Focus

Heaps of dead leaves from falls past were piled up in rotted flower beds. An uprooted tree lay on the grass next to a semi-drained pond. Old mannequins and wooden cut outs littered the expansive tree-lined park. Just another sunny Saturday in Harlem.