Stories for November 2014

Sunday, November 30

To Congress: Confirm Loretta Lynch

In the aftermath of the democratic defeat in the midterm election in 2014, President Barack Obama...

We have the power, let’s use it

They say a ham sandwich can be indicted, so why is it then that a police officer who shoots an unarmed Black teenager can get off without even having to go to trial?

City announces contract agreement between school custodians and public school cleaners and handypersons

School custodians and public school cleaners and handypersons have a new agreement, according to the mayor’s office.

New report suggests wage theft of airport worker salaries

Airport workers in New York have been fighting for better benefits and a living wage for several years.

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Good government is based on cooperation

Just hours after the recent midterm elections, talk of impeachment was already on the lips of pundits, and polarization....

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To those diehard fans who were engrossed in the hotly contested NY Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game, nothing else mattered.

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First Corinthian hosts Jazzmobile’s 50th Anniversary Concert (pics)

Pics from the First Corinthian hosts Jazzmobile’s 50th Anniversary Concert

Tree planted in Washington, D.C., in honor of Emmett Till

Last week, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., joined Republican senators and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to plant a tree on the grounds of the Capitol in honor of Emmett Till.

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‘SOS: Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement’ reading

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College recently presented a book discussion and reading.

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The fury McCulloch started

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch chose to announce the grand jury decision in the Police Officer Darren Wilson case in the dark of the night Monday, Nov. 24.

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Grand Fury in Ferguson

No Indictment! And things in Ferguson went from grand jury to grand fury.

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The true ‘Motivation Man’

Brooklynite Terrell Perkins is inspirational in every sense of the word. He is a film producer, director and storyboard illustrator, as well as an actor, but before everything else, he is an artist.

Friday, November 28

Jailed Trenton mayor asks for appeal

Trenton mayor Tony Mack has filed arguments with the federal district court, seeking a new trial.

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Wal-Mart driver attempts to put the brakes on Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit

Wal-Mart driver attempts to put the brakes on Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit/

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Defense Secretary Hagel resigns

On the heels of Attorney General Eric Holder tendering his resignation, President Obama announced that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is resigning.

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Sharpton meets with Rand Paul in D.C.

Sharpton met with Rand Paul in D.C. last Thursday

Lawsuit accuses Ferguson police officer of rape

With the pending grand jury decision regarding Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the national news, the suburb of St. Louis can do with some good news.

‘The fight is not over,’ declared Sharpton

“The grand jury process is broken, and it should be indicted,” said attorney Benjamin Crump.

Thursday, November 27

Members of City Council walk out

Reverberations from the grand jury’s no indictment of Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed an unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 echoed in hundreds of communities this week.

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Food stamp cuts, hunger causing higher demand for food charities

One in four children in New York City are food insecure, and one in ten seniors in the city are also food insecure.


A delegation of New York elected officials, business people, community activist and public health advocates plan to travel to West Africa in July 2015, regardless of what many of them characterize as “broad stroke” misinformation of the current state of affairs on the continent of Africa as it relates to the Ebola virus disease.


The Staten Island Children’s Museum is currently taking applications for its high school internship program.


In a new report, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is calling on the city to pursue an environmentally friendly component to the new, free wireless network, LinkNYC, announced by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications last week.


In reaction to the police killings of Michael Brown, Akai Gurley and Eric Garner, and the lack of indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, the December 12th Movement is leading a “Black Friday, Black Resistance” rally the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Rep. Rangel, will you protect our jobs and community again?

While the country contemplates how the midterm results will impact policies, one thing hasn’t changed: the administration and some members of Congress are still pushing for a new trade deal that makes the North American Free Trade Agreement look puny.

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Another police homicide!

It was déjà vu all over again for Omowale Clay, the bullhorn in his hand as he marched behind Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron, who was at the front of demonstrators last Saturday evening in East New York, all of them outraged at the police for the shooting death of Akai Gurley.

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GRAND FURY: No indictment in Michael Brown killing

A grand jury decides not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Black, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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When the poor cried, Barry wept

By the time Marion Barry died this past Sunday morning, he had already been buried several times by the mainstream media.

The Cosmopolitan Review 11/27 - 12/3

I am thankful for love, life, the pursuit of happiness, family, good friends, good health, to be alive on planet earth, a member of my culture and of service to the human race that I live in the United States of America and for President Barack Obama.

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Defense Secretary Hagel resigns

On the heels of Attorney General Eric Holder tendering his resignation, President Obama announced that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is resigning.

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‘SOS: Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement’ reading

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College recently presented a book discussion and reading.

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Sharpton meets with Rand Paul in D.C.

The Rev. Al Sharpton Meets with Rand Paul about the criminal justice system.

Lawsuit accuses Ferguson police officer of rape

With the pending grand jury decision re- garding Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the national news, the suburb of St. Louis can do with some good news.

Tuesday, November 25

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We have the power, let’s use it

They say a ham sandwich can be indicted, so why is it then that a police officer who shoots an unarmed Black teenager can get off without even having to go to trial?

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New IB on the Block

Harlem’s Young Diplomats Magnet Academy achieves IB status.

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Food for Everyone

Food Not Bombs Harlem, a volunteer-based organization, distributes food to the community from its home base at 143rd and Amsterdam.

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Harlem Protests Ferguson Verdict

Many New Yorkers were up in arms (literally) after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Monday, November 24

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Officer Darren Wilson not indicted in Michael Brown shooting

A grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Monday.

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Community outraged over latest NYPD shooting

Questions and outcry continue as the city grapples with its latest police shooting of yet another unarmed Black man.

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Marion Barry passes at age 78

Former Washington, D.C. mayor and civil right pioneer Marion Barry has died.

Saturday, November 22

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E. Harlem Celebrates The Day of the Dead

Rooted in Mesoamerican rituals, the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, has made its way from Mexico to Harlem.

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A look at the Ayotzinapa Crisis

The brutality of police violence in the Mexico that occurred in September 26th has gone largely under the radar in the United States. But an insistent group of protestors, including East Harlem residents, continue to make their voices heard in Manhattan to insure justice for the 43 disappeared students and the six people killed.

Friday, November 21

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Obama Shields Over 5 million Immigrants From Deportation

At the risk of furthering the gulf between himself and an already polarized Congress, President Obama announced several sweeping executive actions poised to protect more than five million immigrants currently living undocumented in the United States.

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Harlem Haberdashery Gives Back

Harlem Haberdashery, the family owned Central Harlem, NY based boutique announces two major charitable initiatives just in time for the “Season of Giving.”

Thursday, November 20

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Free stuffed school bag giveaway

Brooklyn-based company STATE Bags will gift all the children in P.S. 208 in West Harlem, Friday, Nov. 21.

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Get on Up to James Brown Way

A Harlem street will receive its new name, James Brown Way, in honor of the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown.

New program to help minority, senior women with heart disease

When it comes to hearts, men and women are not created equally.

A struggle beyond Ferguson

No matter what the outcome of the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision is on the shooting death of Michael Brown, one thing is clear: This is not the end.

Can President Obama cement his Asian policy legacy this week?

Last week in eight days, President Barack Obama traveled to three countries, China, Myanmar, and Australia, and attended three different summits with many world leaders.

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Black doctor dies of Ebola on American soil

Dr. Martin Salia is the second person to die of Ebola in the U.S.

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Protesters demonstrate with mass ‘die-in’ near Delmar and Skinker

Approximately 150 protestors shut down Delmar and Skinker boulevards and Forest Park Parkway in St. Louis, Mo., this week to mark the 100 days since unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.

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William Wells Brown, author and anti-slavery advocate

Of the many fascinating men and women in Black history, few have offered the intrigue and mystery of William Wells Brown.

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Community Affairs Calendar 11/20-11/26

Greetings! President Barack Obama has announced that Stevie Wonder, Meryl Streep, Tom Brokaw and 16 others will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House Nov. 24 for their achievements and accomplishments.

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Talking SCHOP! Sides of thanks

I have returned from an awesome respite in the Caribbean.

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Something to wine about

Whether you are going to a Thanksgiving dinner or inviting friends and family over to give thanks, a bottle or two of great wine always enhances the experience. V

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Delightful lodging and the fine arts in and around Monterey

In the first part of our exploration of Monterey, Calif., we had just started delving into the early history, historic sites and attractions found in this beautiful region located along California’s beautiful Central Coast region just 120 miles south of San Francisco, 70 miles south of San Jose and 345 miles north of Los Angeles.

WTC window washers glad to have feet on the ground

When Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama went to wash windows on the new One World Trade Center last Wednesday, neither of them thought the day would end with them on local and national news.

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McDonald’s workers’ global tour begins

McDonald’s workers from major cities in the United States have begun their eight-country, three-continent tour in support of the global labor movement.

The labor movement and the 2014 elections

The results of this year’s elections throughout the country were not what we in the labor movement had hoped for.

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Happy 103rd birthday Ms. Sarah Boyd

In 1945, Sarah Boyd and her husband moved to Harlem, N.Y., and became lifelong residents of this city.

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Celebrating ‘Lasting Legacies’

Rep. Charles Rangel, Dr. Roscoe Brown and former Mayor David Dinkins

The Cosmopolitan Review 11/20-11/26

Button up your overcoats as, once again, the Nordic-like winds are swooping down upon us.

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New Harlem beer didn't come out of the 'Blue'

Sitting with Harlem Blue Founder and President Julian Riley, you get the impression that while he's a novice in the beer game, he might already have a better grip on it than some of his peers.

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Winter coat styles for men

Just in time for this cold weather, Harlem Haberdashery harbors a limited edition leather coat in the 5001 Flavors Collection that’s currently in the store.

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Carmen Marc Valvo celebrates 25th anniversary

Carmen Marc Valvo captivated the audience with a smashing collection for spring-summer 2015. His 25 years in business has been truly amazing.

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‘Brownsville’ captivating, moving theater

Lizan Mitchell opens “brownsville song (b-side for tray)” with one of the most moving, riveting and emotional monologues I have heard in a play in years.

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‘Noah’ experiences racism backlash

The film “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe as the film’s larger-than-life biblical figure, has accrued backlash for failing to cast Black actors in the film.

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Gina Prince- has a sleeper hit with ‘Beyond the Lights’

I was first introduced to Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood press conference while covering the Oscars in Los Angeles in March.

KKK and their weird PR phase

I have stopped trying to figure out how things are working in the 21st century. Everything is bigger, better, stronger, faster and, unfortunately, dumber.

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500 Men Making a Difference honors 30 impactful women

Saturday, Nov. 15, 500 Men Making a Difference, an organization founded by Wayne Devonish, honored 30 women who have done phenomenal work in the Brooklyn community.

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Experimental drug fails to save Ebola doctor from Sierra Leone

One of the promising new drugs being tested against the deadly Ebola virus failed this week to save a surgeon from Sierra Leone, flown in for treatment at a Nebraska hospital.

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Kenyan Catholic clerics attack UNICEF's tetanus shot program, seek shutdown

Leaders of Kenya’s Catholic Church are attempting to derail a vaccination campaign that would protect 2.5 million, women from a life-threatening nerve disease.

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President Mugabe visits NYC

A follow-up forum conducted earlier this month by the December 12th Movement at Harlem’s UCLA—the University on the Corner of Lenox Avenue—discussed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s visit to New York City a couple months ago, where he addressed the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

East Harlem Tutorial Program breaks ground on $30 million community education center

Wednesday, Nov. 19, East Harlem Tutorial Program, the community-based operator of college prep after-school programs and public charter schools, broke ground on the East Harlem Education Center, a $30 million state-of-the-art facility that addresses the desperate need for more quality public education space in the area. East Harlem students will have access to the breadth of the center’s cutting-edge resources, including STEM and robotics labs, wellness facilities, including a gym, and music and performance spaces.

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Valentino Carlotti receives Reginald F. Lewis Award for Leadership in Business and Philanthropy

Valentino D. Carlotti, senior partner and head of the Institutional Client Group at Goldman Sachs & Co., was presented with the Reginald F. Lewis Award for Leadership in Business and Philanthropy Saturday, Oct. 11 during a special luncheon ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., as part of the 2014 Harvard Black Alumni Weekend.

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Letter No. 102: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Since you can’t say it publicly, I will—those darn Republicans have some nerve!

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Holder’s last session with Caricom

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was scheduled to meet with his colleagues from the Caribbean trade bloc in idyllic Barbados Wednesday of this week to discuss security and other issues, officials said.

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Paul Brock, Kaye Chong honored in Brooklyn

A pioneering media visionary who gave Black journalists a voice of their own was recognized for his vision and outstanding leadership at the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage-sponsored Evenings of Excellence and Caribbean Media Exchange leadership awards ceremony in Brooklyn last week.

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Mayor de Blasio signs law restricting city’s assistance with feds on immigration

Amid a looming congressional battle over the state of immigration reform, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law two bills that dramatically limit the city’s cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, in addition to evicting the agency from its Rikers Island offices.

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City Council bill requires officers to get consent before they search

NYPD officers may soon have to identify themselves first and then explain why someone is being stopped and questioned under a new bill introduced last week in the City Council.

GOP trounces Democrats in 2014 midterm elections: Where is the golden sky?

“It was a blood bath,” said one political pundit. “It was a shellacking,” said another, quoting President Barack Obama’s assessment of the Democrat’s victory over the GOP in the 2012 election.

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Thy medicine is thy food

In today’s society, everyone seems to be aware that a healthy diet is key to maintaining good health, whether we choose practicing it in our lives or not. But a connection that seems more difficult for people to make is that food is actually medicine.

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Howard Robertson: Retired Rikers warden starts anti-violence program

Imagine having your father murdered during a mugging when you are only 9 years old, then, later, three of your older siblings die from drug usage, and your mother is murdered by her boyfriend while you are away at college?

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Brooklyn BP calling on teens to join community boards

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joined educators, community leaders and advocates urging teenagers to take advantage of a new state law that now allows them to become members of the city’s community boards.

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Brooklyn College celebrates Shirley Chisholm Day

Shirley Chisholm Day is being celebrated with an event at Brooklyn College Nov. 20 at 11 a.m.

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Chris Owens Foundation hosts 'Know Your Rights' forum

In the wake of the police deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the Chris Owens Foundation is hosting a “Know Your Rights” workshop Friday, Nov. 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Restoration Plaza, located at 1368 Fulton St. in Brooklyn.

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Mayor de Blasio opposes bill to make chokehold illegal

A day before Queens Democratic City Councilman Rory Lancman introduced a package of bills that would criminalize the use of chokeholds by NYPD officers, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not support such move, because there are some “extreme situations” in which an officer may be justified in using the maneuver.

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Rage against Rachel

Given the withering attacks from the media and the NYPD that have formed a cascade of allegations of wrongdoing, it was only a matter of time before Rachel Noerdlinger would have to relinquish her position as chief of staff for the city’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, some of her supporters said.

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Nation awaits Ferguson verdict

All eyes are on Ferguson, Mo., again as a grand jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown.

Wednesday, November 19

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Report: 1 in 30 children homeless in America

As the nation prepares for the holiday season, new numbers about homeless children reveal that this season may not be so joyous for many.

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Activists respond to Ferguson Commission

In a teleconference call Wednesday, several community activists and reporters discussed the impending verdict of the grand jury on the death of Michael Brown and whether police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed him in August, will be indicted.

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VIDEO: Rev. Al Sharpton press conference on pending grand jury decisions of various police brutality cases

The Rev. Al Shaprton outlines the National Action Network's plan of action pending the outcome of grand jury decisions on various police brutality cases.

Friday, November 14

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Taking a Stand Against Catcalling!

Q&A with Caroline Tompkins

Caroline Tompkins, a 22-year old photographer hailing from Ohio, is the challenging catcalling norm with her weapon of choice, her camera.

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A HIT comes to Harlem

Mark Blackman and Eleanor Luken might just bring a HIT to Harlem. The duo needs their fellow Harlemites to donate $30,000 towards setting up the Harlem Independent Theater (HIT).

Thursday, November 13

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Paris Blues at 45

The neighborhood bar in Harlem has become little more than a memory only cherished by the community’s elders.

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Mosley’s ‘Lift’ expands beyond walls

Ironically, the setting of Walter Mosley’s tragedy, “Lift,” is within the confines of an elevator.

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Nicki Minaj lands 56th hit on R&B/ hip-hop top 100

Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj, who graces the current cover of Billboard magazine, is experiencing unprecedented success in her skyrocketing music career.

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A conversation with legendary director Michael Schultz

“If I make a reputation as a director in theater, someone will offer me a movie,” he recalled.

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DOC NYC returns for fifth edition

DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, starts this week, running Nov. 13 to 20.

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‘President’ Alfre Woodard returns to TV

Fans of actress Alfre Woodard should prepare to be delighted come Nov. 17.

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Homegoing details for Jonathan Hicks

A wake will be held for the late Jonathan Hicks Friday, Nov. 14, at Bethany Baptist Church, located at 460 Marcus Garvey Blvd. in Brooklyn.

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The Rev. Marilyn Ava Jolley ordained into the gospel ministry

Sunday, Nov. 2, there was a great celebration at First Baptist Church of Crown Heights as Minister Marilyn Ava Jolley was ordained into the gospel ministry by the Rev. Dr. Clarence Norman Sr.

The love of life

As you read this column, just think of the killings that are taking place in our homes, neighborhoods, cities and towns and countries throughout the world.

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New strength-based music programs aimed at reforming juvenile detention centers

Renowned choir director Pastor Chantel R. Wright seeks to effect change in the lives of New York City’s detained youth by spearheading an effective and well-received music program focused on bringing reform to juvenile detention centers through music.

Boys and Girls High School has new principal

Michael Wiltshire is the new principal of the Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, after Bernard Gassaway’s abrupt resignation from the position last month.

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Extraordinary Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks

In the African-American literary canon, Phillis Wheatley, Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Petry, Maya Angelou, Mari Evans, Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker and Sonia Sanchez—to name a few illustrious Black women writers—have carved an everlasting niche in our collective memory.

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Oliver and Cuyjet’s ‘BOOM!’: Third time is a charm

Not too long ago, for a Dance magazine segment titled “Why I Dance,” Cynthia Oliver wrote: “This mission, to look at cultural, social, environmental, gendered, classed, racial, and other conditions that make us who we are—vulnerable, erroneously confident, humorous, ridiculous—is why I do this. "

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Fall for Dance 2014: A good year!

The idea behind Fall for Dance at City Center, under President and CEO Arlene Shuler, Associate Producer Stanford Makishi and Artistic Advisor Ilter Ibrahimof, is to bring together a mixed bag of dance genres and dance lovers.

Letter No. 101: Immigration reform now!

The GOP may feel emboldened now, but the results from Nov. 4 do not reflect a national consensus—just agreement by a small group that is not your base anyway.

Guyana parliament dissolved

This week, Guyana’s Indo-led governing People’s Progressive Party used an unusual clause in the national constitution to duck an opposition no-confidence motion that would have forced it to resign and call general elections in 90 days.

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Holiday window shopping: On and offline

With the holidays coming up fast, window shopping becomes a favorite pastime.

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St. Lucia resort appoints Kashmie Ali

Experienced hospitality executive Kashmie Ali, who has spent 25 years in corporate leadership, has returned to St. Lucia as the new managing director of the Landings St. Lucia.

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Signature styles for spring-summer 2015

In her Coral Gables Atelier, Florida’s renowned designer Silvia Tcherassi unveiled a sensuous spring-summer 2015 fashion collection last Wednesday to a private group of VIP clients, industry insiders and the media.

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A dialogue between Dr. Cornel West and communist leader Bob Avakian

A dialogue between Dr. Cornel West, one of the nation’s foremost public intellectuals, and Bob Avakian, the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, on the issue of “Revolution and Religion,” is sure to be as lively as it is provocative.

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Harlemites speak out against profiling signs in stores

Many local residents are upset about certain signs that have been posted up in some uptown businesses recently, which they say racially profiles the indigenous community in their own hoods.

The Cablevision ship of fools

Since the overwhelmingly Black workforce in Brooklyn chose to become the first workers in the company to join a union nearly three years ago, Cablevision has refused to offer them a fair contract, has run an aggressive, illegal anti-union campaign and has paid them 14 percent less than comparable workers in Westchester, Long Island and basically every non-union location in the company.

Black America at a crossroad

Marijuana, Workfare, Detroit, Low Voter Turnout, Ferguson

New Jersey granted one-year extension to improve student achievement

New Jersey has been granted a one-year extension of the waiver freeing the state from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration announced last week

Open letter to Mayor de Blasio: Plan to succeed

New York City is not alone in facing a crisis in education.

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Faster alone, farther together: Individuals, families and economic resilience

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s recent speech at a conference on income inequality sponsored by Credit Suisse ruffled a lot of feathers, on both the right and the left of the political spectrum.

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Protestors demand answers in shooting of Kashad Ashford

This past weekend, the People’s Organization for Progress organized a march and rally demanding answers in the death of Kashad Ashford, a 23-year-old Newark man killed by police in September.

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Anxieties run high as Ferguson residents await grand jury decision

Missouri and the country at large are waiting anxiously for a grand jury decision that will decide the fate of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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Tony Clomax: Filmmaker flying high with his ‘Broken Angels’

Saturday, Nov. 8 was the second annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo. Many came to see the 30th anniversary of the showing of “The Last Dragon,” featuring the urban star Taimak Guarriello as Bruce Leeroy.

Obama defends executive power on immigration

If President Barack Obama goes ahead with his plan on immigration reform, then one “I” may trigger the other “I”: impeachment.

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Community Affairs Calendar 11/13 - 11/19

Check out Imhotep Gary Byrd's Guide to Black Events.

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Our Kysha Harris gives a recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving Day turkey.

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The wonder and beauty of Monterey, California

Located along California’s beautiful Central Coast region just 120 miles south of San Francisco, 70 miles south of San Jose and 345 miles north of Los Angeles, Monterey is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations, playing host to just over 8 million annual visitors from across the U.S. and abroad.

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McDonald’s workers’ fight an increased minimum wage goes overseas

The local has gone global, as McDonald’s workers from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles traveled to eight countries on three continents beginning this week to try and enlist fast-food workers, unions and elected officials in support of higher pay and the right to organize.

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Police union denied appeal on stop-and-frisk case

Police reform advocates, community activists and the Bill de Blasio administration heard some good news on Halloween, when a federal appeals court refused to allow New York City police unions to intervene in the city’s stop-and-frisk settlement.

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund hold 28th annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund held its 28th annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner last Thursday night.

Determined to Educate gala honors community leaders

The sixth annual Determined to Educate Gala kicked off early November with a room full of spirited, well-dressed revelers in Manhattan.

Cosmopolitan Review 11/13 - 11/19

I don’t know about you, but I am still reeling over Halloween.

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NAN hosts 'From Sean Bell to Eric Garner'

The National Action Network is hosting the forum, “From Sean Bell to Eric Garner,” Tuesday Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m., at Mount Sinai United Church of Christ, located at 16 Pike Street on Staten Island.

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Mayor unveils new plan for schools, responses vary

With much fanfare last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a $150 million plan to fix 94 of the city’s lowest performing public schools.

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Expulsion of ANC's union partner creates uproar

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa, or Numsa, a major partner of the African National Congress with more than 350,000 members, was expelled in a late-night session of members of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions, also known as Cosatu, the labor federation of the ANC.

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Doping shadow falls on popular Kenyan running star

A defiant Rita Jeptoo is rejecting claims by her estranged husband that she enhanced her spectacular winning running times in the Boston and Chicago marathons with a blood booster.

Suicide bomber dressed as student kills 48 at all-boys public school

As Americans honored their veterans in a national day of parades and ceremony, Nigerians were grieving over a war with terrorists, who are now slaughtering children with suicide bombs.

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The Rev. Myles Munroe dies in horrific plane crash

A jet plane carrying the Rev. Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, crashed in the Bahamas Sunday, killing everyone on board.

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New weed rules, summonses—not arrests

Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said officers will no longer arrest and charge New Yorkers for low-level marijuana possession, but will instead issue a summons for violation

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Department of Veteran Affairs improves services

As America pauses to honor the work of military personnel this Veterans Day, the federal government is also using the holiday to highlight several improvements to how the nation helps those who have served.

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President nominates New York’s Loretta Lynch for US attorney general

Last Saturday, President Barack Obama gave his loyal supporters and other Democrats something to cheer about after the abysmal showing in the midterm elections—he nominated Loretta Lynch as his next attorney general, replacing the outgoing Eric Holder.

Wednesday, November 12

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings depth to ‘Beyond The Lights’

Honored this past October with the “Emerging Icon” award from Elle Magazine at the celebration for their 21st annual “Women in Hollywood” issue, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an actress on the rise.

Tuesday, November 11

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City Council bill to make chokehold illegal

Queens Democratic City Councilman Rory Lancman plans to introduce a package of bill on Thursday, that aims to criminalize the use of chokeholds by NYPD officers and provide guidelines on how the tactic can only be used.

Monday, November 10

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NYPD pulling plug on ‘buy-and-bust’

Reports indicate that NYPD officers are being told to halt the practice of “buy-and-bust.”

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Fulton Center Transit Complex opens in Lower Manhattan

After 10 years and a price tag of over $1 billion, the MTA opens the new Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan on Broadway between John and Fulton Streets

Friday, November 7

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Harlem Shake Thriller Flash-Mob

On Halloween night a “Thriller” flash-mob was held in front of the Harlem Shake restaurant on Lenox Avenue. Participants of the Flash Mob

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Jonathan Hicks: The Kappa

While the late Jonathan Hicks is being remembered as a famed journalist, his dedication to his fraternity is also being highlighted.

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Loretta Lynch nominated as next U.S. Attorney General

President Barack Obama nominates U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General replacing Eric Holder.

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#LongLiveNY campaign ignites organ donor movement

The New York Organ Donor Network hopes to get more people to become organ donors with its latest campaign.

Thursday, November 6

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 11/6 - 11/12

Check out events going on around the city.

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Talking SCHOP! Dark theater, bright bites

Food festival season is finally a wrap.

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Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7

Fall is a wonderful time of year. Changing leaves. Cooler weather. It’s also the season for people with Medicare to review their current Medicare coverage, as Medicare open enrollment begins.

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Concord Baptist Church sponsors an impressive college fair for high school students

For many, the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, is more than a spiritual institution.

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Take me with you: Must-have travel necessities

There are so many great travel-related clothing and accessories, gadgets, products and more on the market today that it is often hard to know which ones would be of benefit, whether sojourning to faraway lands or close to home.

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The Black Eagle settles in his nest

When we left the intrepid Hubert “The Black Eagle” Julian last week, Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries had toppled the Batista regime, leaving the new Cuban government in the midst of a Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, both with reservations about their association with the new government.

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Noted journalist and AmNews columnist Jonathan Hicks makes his transition

In one of his last columns for the Amsterdam News, Jonathan P. Hicks did as he had always done—provide readers with the best information, this time on the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Letter No. 100: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, It has been 25 months to the date since I began writing these open letters to you calling for immigration reform now.

Summit called to address Ebola scare

Caribbean Community leaders were scheduled to fly to Port of Spain, Trinidad, this week for an emergency summit primarily organized to review the state of readiness in the event of an Ebola infection or outbreak in the tourism-dependent region.

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Hospitality Jamaica Celebrates 10 Years

More than five years ago, I penned a story about the work of Jamaican journalist Janet Silvera, who has kept tourism, the region’s bread winner, in the news and business pages of the Jamaica Gleaner and, in so doing, helped connect the Jamaican people to an industry that some across the region view as patronizing and subservient.

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Teachers take Time to task over cover

Time magazine has once again invoked the ire of teachers unions across the country.

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Defeating Ebola

As president of a health care workers union, my primary responsibility is to defend the interests of our members and their patients, families and communities

Excellent education basics No. 1: How do children learn?

Education occurs in the context of a relationship between teachers and children in a supportive and welcoming learning environment.

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It’s on at Madison Garden!

We’re a little past the midway point for the NFL season, and both area teams are winning below expectations.

The nation is red, but we ain’t dead!

The GOP tidal wave has painted the nation an obdurate red, with Republicans grabbing control of the Senate and gaining control of Congress because they also increased their numbers in the House.


"I am a Liberian, not a virus.” That’s the loud and clear message of a campaign launched online by a group of Liberian women who refuse to be shamed by thoughtless outbreaks of rejection and cruelty that link African people to the epidemic that has taken thousands of lives.

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Mayor Baraka meets with ex-offenders and gang members to address violence

In July, newly elected Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka introduced his “100 Day Plan.”

Last suspect caught in connection to murdered Paterson teen

“This was the last defendant we were looking for,” Chief Passaic County Prosecutor Michael DeMarco told the judge at the hearing for Baseem Williams, 22, who was charged with six counts of first-degree offenses, including the murder of Nazerah “Bugg” Coleman.

Report: Federal civil rights charges unlikely in Michael Brown’s death

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, is unlikely to face federal civil rights violation charges because there’s not sufficiently strong evidence, a federal law enforcement official told the Washington Post.

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State election roundup

All three statewide politicians hung on to their spots as several legislative politicians were also re-elected during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Domestic violence rally calls for clarity

Calling attention to the scourge that is domestic violence, Stephanie McGraw and her organization, We All Really Matter, joined other activists and Rep. Charles Rangel and City Councilwoman Inez Dickens at Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building.

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Community outraged over Leroy Baylor’s WHCR ouster

Local grassroots supporters are speaking out against the banning of WHCR radio host Leroy Baylor, who was taken off their airwaves back in July amid allegations of anti-Semitism.

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Stop bullying: Golden’s runway fashions for kids

Boys and girls ages 3 to 13 rocked the runway at New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania last Saturday to benefit the Stop Bullying Project that’s finally catching on.

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MFIT exhibits ‘Faking It’ in fashion

“Faking It: Originals, Copies and Counterfeits”

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NAACP convention presents Staten Island NAACP president with Eugene T. Reed Award

Staten Island NAACP President Edward C. Josey won the prestigious Eugene T. Reed Award at the NAACP New York State Conference’s 78th annual convention Oct. 10-12 at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Million Woman March in celebration of 17th anniversary launches a movement

It was 17 years ago, Oct. 25, 1997, that Black women from across the nation gathered in Philadelphia, Pa., for the first Million Woman March to highlight the need for a movement to restructure the image of Black women.

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Federal court clears way for stop-and-frisk reforms 

New York City can now move forward and implement its reform measures to overhaul the NYPD’s controversial practice of stop-and-frisk after a federal appeals court rejected police unions’ motions last Friday to block the changes. 

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George Clinton by George Clinton

Questlove interviewed George Clinton about his memoir, "Brothas Be, Yo Live George , Ain't That Funking Kinda on You?" at the Schomburg Center. A fascinating time was had by all.

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I am Black

A man standing a bit hunched on the Borough Hall 4 train platform is scream-talking with his friend across the platform.

The midterm elections: A referendum on the two-party system?

Ahh, those pesky midterm elections are here again.

The Cosmopolitan Review 11/6 - 11/12

Happy Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, where we scare off the evil spirits, pray for the saints one day and pray for the dearly departed souls the next day.

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A ‘Stewart’ in public relations

Ryan Stewart serves as vice president for the Terrie Williams Agency.

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Hip-hop celebrates four decades this weekend

The West Bronx born and bred culture known as hip-hop commemorates its 40th anniversary this weekend, and the organization that established it—the Universal Zulu Nation—will observe its 41st anniversary.

Metro Briefs 11/6–11/12 2014

Reports indicate that NYPD officers are being told to halt the practice of “buy-and-bust.” Critics praising the cessation say the tactic unfairly targeted citizens of color.

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Rebel leader reveals fate of Nigeria's Chibok girls

Hopes kindled by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan of a deal struck with the Boko Haram terror group for the release of some 200 girl students were dashed last week by a video just released by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Sheka

De Blasio adds three new members to watchdog group after jail chief resigns

A day after Commissioner of Correction Joseph Ponte announced the sudden resignation of his department chief, William Clemons, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed three new members to the Board of Corrections to provide an independent oversight role over the Department of Correction amid growing criticisms and concerns over how inmates are treated at Rikers Island. 

‘A Great Night in Harlem’ artistically and financially rewarding

At each Jazz Foundation in America annual concert the logo stresses “saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time,” and the several younger musicians who performed Friday evening at the Apollo for the 13th annual concert assures the continuation of the foundation and its overall purposes.

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Jimmy Scott memorial

He was called “Little Jimmy Scott,” but his heart was that of a giant.

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Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrested for robbery

Suge Knight, hip-hop producer and founder of record label Death Row Records, has found himself in hot water again, just weeks after being shot at a Los Angeles nightclub.

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Snipes returns to the silver screen

Flo Anthony has the latest in celebrity news.

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The Bessies: Be proud!

The dance scene in New York packed the Apollo Theater in droves to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the renowned award ceremony, the Bessies, which honor outstanding creative work in the field. Fittingly, New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, gave enlivening opening remarks “on behalf of her favorite dance partner, Mayor [Bill] de Blasio.”

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Creating an ‘Empire’

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”—William Shakespeare, “King Lear”

MoMA releases footage of newly discovered 101-year-old Black film

The Museum of Modern Art has unearthed a 101-year-old treasure in the form of a previously unknown Bert Williams film.

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State election roundup

All three statewide politicians hung on to their spots as several legislative politicians were also re-elected during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

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GOP tidal wave

Our president is Black, but the nation turned a crimson red on Tuesday as the Republicans took control of Congress, won several important gubernatorial races and even put a Black man in the Senate from the South for the first time since Reconstruction.

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Ben Tucker named NYPD first deputy Commissioner

Ben Tucker has been appointed the NYPD’s first deputy commissioner.

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Chief Banks' resignation shakes up NYPD

Banks had wanted to retire from the NYPD for some time, so initial news of his promotion surprised many. This week, though, he said, “It’s the best decision for the Police Department for me to retire.”

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How Airbnb Is Transforming Harlem

Update: Airbnb, the home sharing site, has run up against problems in New York City and in cities across the country. But not in Harlem.

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Renters March for Change

The goal of this renter’s march: Renewing and strengthening the rent laws this upcoming legislative session.

Wednesday, November 5

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Benjamin Tucker named First Deputy Commissioner of NYPD

Deputy Commissioner of Training Benjamin Tucker is named First Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD.

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Big wins in midterm elections

All three statewide politicians hang on to their spots as several legislative politicians are also re elected during the Midterm elections on Tuesday. However, the elections hand control of the State and U.S. Senate over to the Republicans.

Tuesday, November 4

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Citi Bikes Head Uptown

That’s right! You’ll soon be seeing those blue chariots pass 59th street.

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The Chipped Cup: Perfect Imperfection

What do you do as a classical violinist and a Ph.D. candidate in Art History in New York City? Open a Harlem-based coffee shop!

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HarlemWeen Lights Up 125th Street​

Both children and their parents filled the The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building plaza to celebrate the third annual Harlemween costumed dance party.