Stories for October 2014

Friday, October 31

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NYPD Police Chief Philip Banks III resigns

Reports indicate that Police Chief Philip Banks III is resigning.

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New York Amsterdam News Endorsements for 2014 Midterm Elections

The New York Amsterdam News endorses the following candidates for the 2014 Midterm Elections

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Vote for working families

When you go to the polls next week, you hold the power to make changes on the ballot.

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Vote November 4th, your life may depend on it

With just a few days left before New Yorkers and the rest of the country go to the polls for the midterm elections, we at the Amsterdam News want you to pause.

Thursday, October 30

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The diary of Malcolm X: 1964

Just as the Chicago-based publisher, Third World Press, was preparing to put “The Diary of Malcolm X: 1964” in stores last November, lawyers representing some of Malcolm X’s and Dr. Betty Shabazz’s daughters obtained a court-mandated restraining order, halting its sale.

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Martin Luther King III visits legendary coach Ron Naclerio in Queens

Martin Luther King III, Dr. Martin Luther King’s oldest son, went to Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, to talk to faculty, staff and students.

Cosmopolitan Review Oct 30 - Nov 5 2014

As we roll into the final months of 2014, it’s not too late to get those tax deductions by making a contribution to your favorite church, charity or nonprofit.

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Rev. Vernon Williams remarries bride in Harlem

The Rev. Vernon Williams and evangelist Gail Y. Williams held a remarriage ceremony.

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Passing of Giants of the Human Spirit

If they ever tell my story, let them say I walked with giants.

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Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary celebrates hospital’s 175 years

The 2014 Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary Gala, held at Marina del Rey, brought together the largest number of Lincoln Medical Center staff and community organizations to pay tribute to its 823 nurses, compassionate and dedicated professionals whose courage and determination make them role models in the nursing industry.

Don’t rush it, to flush it!

A few years ago, I wrote an article titled “Don’t Rush With the Flush.”

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New Yorkers come out to hear Cuban ambassador at John Jay College

Cuba’s ambassador to the United Nations, Rodolfo Reyes, was the keynote speaker at an Oct. 25 program that examined “U.S. – Cuba Relations and the Case of the Cuban Five,” at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

City Council bills tackle segregation in NYC public schools

Three city lawmakers introduced a package of legislation that they say will ensure the New York City public school system, among the most segregated in the country, increases diversity.

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‘The Black Eagle,’ the arms supplier

Last week, we embarked on the life and legacy of Hubert “The Black Eagle” Julian.

Which side are they on?

Safe, welcoming, collaborative neighborhood public schools that have multiple pathways for student engagement—from pre-K to career and technical education.

Lowe’s donates to improve Union Club Aquatics Center

During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County sustained significant damage to the roof trusses and roof.

New Jersey imposes 21-day quarantine for Ebola contact

Experts are still examining the risk factors for contracting the Ebola disease.

Farrakhan alleges US government created Ebola for population control

In a recent issue of Final Call, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan charged that U.S. scientists are concocting deadly diseases, with the primary purpose to “depopulate the world of Black people.”

Midterm misery ahead?

Midterm elections have always been a headache for the White House incumbent, and the upcoming one may be even more troublesome for the Democrats, with Barack President Obama practically unwelcomed by so many candidates.

International News 10/30-11/5

IN THE LAND OF DIAMONDS, BOTSWANA’S RULING PARTY’S SPARKLE DIMS

Afro-Peruvian ‘cajon’ to be internationally recognized

The country of Peru has slowly come to recognize a treasure in its midst.

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Serena and Venus called the ‘Williams brothers’

Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended for a year for referring to Venus and Serena Williams as the “Williams brothers” and stating that they are “frightening to look at” on a late night talk show.

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Michael Dunn gets life without parole in ‘loud music murder’

After being convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder for the November 2012 shooting death of Jordan Davis for blasting his music in a Florida convenience store’s parking lot, Michael Dunn was sentenced to life without parole last Friday.

Casino license will be a true test for New York on its MWBE commitment

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown a strong commitment to the idea of strengthening MWBEs in New York, but the true test will be whether the governor’s gaming commission awards one of the four casino licenses to the only MWBE proposal.

Wise investment to protect human services

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that his agencies would hold spending at current levels despite a record budget surplus.

Barack W. Obama

This must be a difficult time for liberals, Democrats and all other flavors of Obama followers.

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Mother-daughter duo: Sisters Building Sisters

Rosalyn McIntosh and Nyasha Adams Rivera are the mother and daughter co-founders of Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sisters Building Sisters is a nonprofit organization focused on uplifting, encouraging and motivating women.

MetroBriefs October 30- November 5

UNITED CLERGY CAUCUS AND NAACP HOST ‘GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY’

Brooklyn DA promises to protect Coney Island

“I am determined to come to Coney Island and protect you.”

City Council passes bills to ignore some requests to detain immigrants

New York City will soon start rejecting some requests from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain immigrants for deportation, except in limited circumstances, under a package of bills the City Council passed overwhelmingly last week.

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Alicia Keys throws annual NYC gala

Songstress Alicia Keys is the co-founder and global ambassador of an organization that brings aid and awareness to AIDS victims in Africa.

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T.I. defends Rayven-Simone on ‘Larry King Now’

Actress Rayven-Simone found herself in the middle of a controversy when she expressed that she did not want to be considered African-American.

Halle Berry launches lingerie line

The term “ladies night” has been redefined, thanks to a new group of high-powered female influencers who gathered Oct. 22 for an exclusive evening of conversation, ideation and fun.

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Tips for winter skin

With temperatures dropping, knowing how to protect your skin from the winter weather is a must.

Top fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

The fashion world has lost one of its greatest designers. Oscar de la Renta died Oct. 20.

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Dean Moss—not just for entertainment

Dean Moss awakened tales surrounding the life of John Brown, a 19th century white abolitionist, for his multimedia, evening-length work “johnbrown,” which ran Oct. 16 to Oct. 25 at the Kitchen, a long-time home for Moss, who served as curator and advisor to artists there.

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A brief conversation with an icon: Arthur Mitchell

rthur Mitchell, founder of the historic Dance Theater of Harlem and the first Black dancer to become a principal with a major American ballet company, George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, was honored with the 2014 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Apollo Theater Monday, Oct. 20.

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November 2014 Dance Calendar

The 20th anniversary celebration of Complexions Contemporary Ballet is the highlight of this month’s calendar.

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Angélique Kidjo concert will honor the late Miriam Makeba

The internationally renowned singer Angelique Kidjo will be paying tribute to her idol, Miriam Makeba, at Carnegie Hall this coming Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Open Letter #99: Immigration reform now!

Dare non-criminal undocumented immigrants and immigrant advocates get their hopes up one more time?

Caricom and U.S. to meet on trade

An umbrella body overseeing trade and aid relations between the U.S. and the Caribbean will convene in the Bahamas this week for its annual review meeting, which will include updates on a simmering international gaming row between the U.S. and Antigua, the Guyana-based trade bloc said.

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Choice Hotels exec named to CHTA leadership

Choice Hotels International executive Bill Clegg has been named among the new slate of officers elected to the executive board of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, underscoring the global hotel franchisor’s expanding presence and commitment to developing travel in the rebounding Caribbean market.

Go out and vote!

Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters head to the polls for the midterm elections to decide the races for governor, state attorney general, comptroller and various congressional seats.

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Police Chief Banks gets promotion; Barron demands NYPD overhaul

Police Chief Philip Banks III just got a promotion. You can now call him First Deputy Commissioner Banks.

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Africans allay Ebola fears

It’s little wonder people are so confused and uncertain about the outbreak of Ebola, when you have fear outrunning facts, rumors taking precedent over reality, and some elected officials playing political football with the virus.

Tuesday, October 28

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Unveiling Vendy Plaza at La Marqueta

Speaker of the Council Melissa Mark-Viverito and the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) are now hard at work with their La Marqueta Retoña initiative, a collaboration designed to revive La Marqueta through the community, the arts and of course, food. In designing an approach for fall activities, the team behind La Marqueta Retoña partnered with the Street Vendor Project’s Vendy Awards.

Friday, October 24

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Harlem Halloween: To Trick or Treat?

Downtown Manhattan has been the spotlight for this holiday, but what about the Harlem area?

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Harlem Rocked after Positive Ebola Test

Hamilton Heights residents were restless this Friday afternoon after news that one of their neighbors tested positive for the Ebola virus became public.

The Working Families Party has earned our support

I’ve long believed that everyone who’s willing to work hard should have the chance to move up in the world.

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From LA to Harlem’s Studio Museum

Lauren Halsey is doing big things. This year alone, the 27 year-old artist graduated the Yale School of Art with a MFA in Sculpture.

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New York Comic Con promotes diversity, but does it mean anything?

This year, more than 150,000 people attended New York Comic Con, an annual four-day pop culture expo designed to celebrate all things glorious and geeky in pop culture.

Thursday, October 23

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NY doctor tests positive for Ebola

On Thursday Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at press conference that New York had confirmed its first patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

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Harold Hambrick: Entrepreneurial visionary and empowerment advocate saluted

In a moving funeral service Friday in Los Angeles, scores of leaders in the arts, culture, clergy, education, politics and business joined professionals and grateful residents to salute Harold Hambrick, an entrepreneurial visionary, community griot and strategist for the poor and struggling.

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Harlem's Sneaker Head

This is for the sneaker heads.

Exercise: Key to avoiding heart disease, diabetes

Exercise is an important key to avoiding both cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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A woman’s heart: What do symptoms have to do with it?

I am sure you have heard that old hit song, “What Does Love Have to Do With It.”

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The intrepid ‘Black Eagle,’ Hubert Julian

Last week, we presented the fascinating story of Bessie Coleman, a pioneering pilot who soared through the sky in the early 1920s as few Black or white, male or female pilots did.

Almost half a million Texas voters may be turned away from polls

In an emergency action, the Texas NAACP and other civil rights groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Texas from enforcing Senate Bill 14.

Ebola in our midst

As the Ebola crisis spreads, the virus, much like the controversy surrounding the outbreak of HIV/AIDS more than a generation ago, has raised several serious concerns about how to contain it, who’s to blame for the epidemic and what exactly is the disease and its background and history.

Letter No. 98: Immigration reform now!

With the Islamic State, Ebola, the economy and everything else in the mix, I know it’s very hard to keep your eye on immigration reform.

Farrakhan pushes reparations

Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan flew to Jamaica last week to celebrate the 19th anniversary of his Million Man March on the U.S. Capitol in 1995.

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Young Jamaican mom gets free heart surgery

A young woman from Jamaica is the latest beneficiary of life-enhancing surgery and care provided free of charge by the skilled team of cardiac surgeons at Health City Cayman Islands.

Leaks from grand jury in Missouri

A sealant is needed on the grand jury proceedings in Ferguson, Mo., but it probably won’t stop the leaks that were disclosed last week.

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Five Percenters commemorate 50th anniversary

During the past couple weeks, various local events have commemorated the establishment of the Five Percenters, a.k.a. Nation of Gods & Earths, a half century ago.

Blaming it on Obama

If President Barack Obama hasn’t been catching enough flak, if his things-to-do list isn’t already crowded with pressing issues, the Ebola epidemic has brought another patch of gray hair and more problems to his troubled, beleaguered administration.

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Lennon Lacy’s death recalls Emmett Till

Black Americans old enough to recall the shock of seeing and hearing what had happened to Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 are sure to get a fresh whiff of that atrocity in learning about the tragedy of Lennon Lacy in Bladenboro, N.C.

A most coveted status: Unreported rape, murder and mayhem on college campuses

In 2003, a student at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., reported a sexual assault to campus authorities.

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Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn building in the community

Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn is an up-and-coming nonprofit organization providing empowerment opportunities to women and girls living in underserved communities.

Rockaway Youth Task Force’s ‘Day of Service’

The Rockaway Youth Task Force invites volunteers of all ages to the second annual “Day of Service” Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. at 310 Beach 58th St.

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Gbenga Akinnagbe wired for success

Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe is best known for his role as Chris Partlow in the HBO series “The Wire.” However, activism is also something he has a passion for.

Metro Briefs 10/23-10/29

The “Face of Darkness” team is appearing on ‘Here and Now’ on WABC 7.

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Community Affairs Calendar 10/23-10/29

Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

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TV director is also comic book creator

The New York Comic Convention, recently held at the Jacob Javits Center, was a gathering of all things involving the comic book industry.

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Harlem’s heaven of hats

While walking along West 117th Street at Frederick Douglas Boulevard, especially on the weekends, you will find Evetta Petty showing off her stylish hats.

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Talking SCHOP! ‘Best Food Week Ever!’ Part II

Usually, food lightning never strikes twice, especially in the same week. But leave it to food festival season 2014 to surprise me and make me feel like a newbie once again.

Do you have a pair of ‘Killer Heels’?

The heels are high! The look is fly, and the styles are absolutely fabulous!

Stevie Wonder and fiancee expecting triplets?

Oct. 9, the New York Women’s Foundation held their annual fall gala “A Night at the Plaza” in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Gunn swings, Payton plays, Kellylee Evans

During Russell Gunn’s recent one-nighter at the Blue Note jazz club, his music took the audience to the musical cliff’s edge, and as the pebbles fell beneath their feet, they breathlessly moved to a spiked groove.

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Escape to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea

Situated along California’s Central Coast region just 249 miles north of Santa Barbara, five miles south of Monterey and about 120 miles south of San Francisco, Carmel is a spectacular vacation gem.

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Billy Porter, family, cast discuss theatrical first

I recently had the pleasure of attending the opening night performance of “While I Yet Live,” playing at the Duke on West 42nd Street.

Workers to Walmart: Commit to $15 minimum wage

Walmart workers from almost 1,700 locations in the nation have called for the company to make a public commitment and raise pay to $15 an hour.

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Halloween, Hollywood, Broadway and Harlem

Here come the holidays and all the joys and tribulations associated with the “festive” part of city life.

Schneiderman sues Papa John’s for underpaying workers

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is hoping to deliver the goods on behalf of local Papa John’s employees.

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Former Greater NY Links President Audrey Thorne celebrates 96th birthday

At her senior citizen high-rise apartment located on the campus of New York University, former Greater New York Links President Audrey Thorne celebrated her 96th birthday with Greater NY Links presidents and members.

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LeBron James’ Disney show debuts October 26 

Megastar athlete LeBron James has signed on to produce a television pilot showcasing the childhood stories of his past, along with those of other athletes

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David Hollister: Grown man music is back!

I really enjoy those conversations with previous generations. To hear them tell it, we and future generations ain’t about nothing.

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BSRC hosts annual gala

Monday, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation honored Rosie Perez, William Thompson Sr. and Bruce Gordon at the annual Restore Brooklyn Benefit Dinner, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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American Cancer Society hosts Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Prospect Park

This past weekend, the American Cancer Society held its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk all over the nation.

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Reel Sisters Film Fest hits Brooklyn

Founded in 1997 by African Voices magazine, the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series is heralded as the first festival in Brooklyn to highlight women filmmakers of color.

THE COSMOPOLITAN REVIEW 10/23-10/29

Did you know that the national NAACP was established in New York City, 105 years ago, and that the New York State Conference was coordinated in1936?

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EBOLA DRUG SAFETY TESTS RAISE ETHICAL ISSUES AS NY TIMES COMMENDS CUBA

Can you test a promising new Ebola drug by giving it to one sample infected group and giving a deactivated placebo to another? That’s the issue dividing medical experts at a World Health Organization meeting this week in Geneva.

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Ebola: Fear Factor

This Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio told a gathering at an Ebola education forum at the Jacob Javits Center, “This city has been preparing and drilling for weeks and weeks.

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Deal or no deal? Chibok girls still held

A myriad of stories is swirling around the Chibok girls.

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Rikers Island correction officers seen in negative light

A report was released this week stating that a former Rikers Island inmate, Bishme Ayers, 25, was beaten and sodomized by a correction officer July 4 at Jacobi Medical Center.

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Family and creativity fuel Marlon Wayans’ success

Following the advice of his brother, Keenen, to not sit around and wait for Hollywood, Marlon Wayans has firmly established his own identity as an actor, writer, producer, director and stand-up comedian.

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Dear White People’ conveys complexity of contemporary race relations

“Dear White People, the minimum requirement of black friends to not seem racist has just been raised to two.

Monday, October 20

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Eladia Riggs Bing makes her transition

Eladia Riggs Bing passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 following a lengthy battle with Stage 4 cancer. She was 73.

Friday, October 17

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Malala Influences a Generation

Oct. 10, 2014, Malala Yousafzai was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts against the Taliban and to help women get an education.

Thursday, October 16

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PHOTO GALLERY: Sharpton celebrates 60th birthday at First Corinthian Baptist Church

The Rev. Al Sharpton celebreates his 60th birthday with a free gospel concert for the community.

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Kenyan scholar Ali Mazrui makes the transition

Famed Pan-Africanist scholar Ali Mazrui has passed away after suffering for several months from a protracted illness.

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Save your sick leave, get your flu shot

Yes, flu season is here again, and it’s important to take precautions to stay healthy this fall, because the flu can leave you seriously sick for up to two weeks!

Feeling good? Whether it’s the weather…

St. Francis of Assisi (think of the new pope) wrote a wonderful poem called the “Hymn of the Sun.” A verse relating to the sun states, “Be thou praised, O Lord, for all Thy creation, more especially for our brother the sun, who bringeth forth the day and givest light thereby, for he is glorious and splendid in his radiance, and to Thee, most high, he bears similitude.”

CUNY to vote on new campus sexual assault policy

The City University of New York’s board of trustees will vote to enact a new policy that will determine how its 24 schools across the city will address cases of sexual assault and harassment amid growing concerns nationwide over college officials failing to investigate alleged cases.

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Dr. Haki Madhubuti discusses Malcolm X at Adelphi University

Over the past months, we have lost such iconic figures from the literary canon as Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Amiri Baraka and Ruby Dee, to mention but a few.

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Pioneering pilot Bessie Coleman

Seeing a Black woman with “aviation consultant” under her name on a nightly television news show caught my attention, but the moment was so fleeting that her name never registered, or if it did, I forgot it.

Letter No. 97: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, In less than a month, we will know who will control the U.S. Senate going forward. Will it remain blue or will it turn bloody red?

The Ebola threat and the Caribbean

Some Caribbean community governments are preparing for the possibility of an outbreak of the Ebola virus, knowing full well that a single confirmed case in the region could significantly affect its lifeline tourism industry.

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Caribbean TV producer to receive media award

Caribbean media veteran Lukkee Chong will receive the 2014 Caribbean Media Exchange Leadership Award this month in South Florida.

Domestic violence: Moving from bystanders to ‘UpStanders’

It’s time to stop asking why they stayed and start asking what we can do to help.

NYPD leads the way

It’s a bet we here at the AmNews would love to lose. We’re willing to wager that before you’ve finished reading this editorial, somewhere in the nation, an unarmed, nonthreatening Black man will be excessively brutalized, if not killed, by a white law enforcement officer.

Seven charged in death of Paterson girl

Passaic County prosecutors charged three adults and three juveniles last week in the death of 14-year-old Nazerah “Bugg” Coleman.

Community leaders continue to demand justice for Abdul Kamal

Last week, the People’s Organization for Progress and local civil rights leaders joined the family of Abdul Kamal at a rally in front of the Essex County prosecutor’s office, demanding justice for the death of the Irvington man, shot and killed by police last November.

Imam Jamil Al-Amin transferred to general population

Reports released last week revealed that political prisoner of war Jamil Al-Amin, formerly H. Rap Brown, has been transferred out of solitary confinement to the general population at a new prison location.

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Cornel West arrested in Ferguson

“Moral Monday” began with an act of civil disobedience led by a diverse group of local and national faith leaders, including prominent activist and author Dr. Cornel West.

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Labels: Are you an African-American?

Where are you from? Most are able to answer this question with ease, but some can’t.

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Weaving a tale as therapy

Author Miriam Kelly Ferguson weaves an interesting tale in her debut novel, “Weaver.”

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Georgia Gold Skin Care collection

With the cooler weather creeping in, you’ll want to make sure you stock up on new skin care products to help turn your bathroom into your home spa.

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Paula Patton seeks divorce

Flo Anthony gives the latest in entertainment news.

Could President Obama be wrong about the Ebola virus?

Many times in America, the president is the last person in the bureaucracy to know the truth, because there are just so many different levels in his administration.

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Wilson at Blue Note, ‘Jazz on Fifth,’ Great Night in Harlem

Cassandra Wilson, the most daring of female jazz vocalists, whose style transcends categories with its infusion of soul and blues, will carry on at the Blue Note jazz club (131 W. Third St.) Oct. 16 through Oct. 19, with two shows each night at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

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Life story of ‘A Sucker Emcee’

It is with his own personal declaration of fear that Craig “muMs” Grant grabs our attention during his performance of “A Sucker Emcee,” directed by Jenny Koons and with music by Rich Medina.

Stop Ebola at the border

In September, the president gave a somber, yet reassuring-sounding speech concerning the United States’ response to the Ebola virus that is currently ravaging three West African nations.

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Palmer is perfect as Cinderella on Broadway

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” playing at the Broadway Theatre at 53rd Street and Broadway, currently stars Keke Palmer in the role of Ella, and this young lady is wonderful.

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Reginald Hudlin to produce Governor’s Awards

Good is good and talent is talent. That realization in Hollywood continues to bring gifted people of color to the forefront and into the spotlight.

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18-year-old shot 17 times by police

Just two months after teenager Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson, Mo., policeman Darren Wilson, another unarmed 18-years-young Black male was also fatally shot by a different local area Caucasian cop.

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Gods of hip-hop rock the Apollo Theater

A capacity-crowd packed the world famous Apollo Theater last Saturday evening to witness some prominent Five Percenters perform on stage to commemorate their nation’s 50th anniversary with this historic throwback concert.

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Apollo host 'Africa Now!'

The Apollo Theater celebrated the Motherland with "African Now!"

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Noted sculptor Gabriel Koren in search of studio

Even in the best of times, it is never easy for our artists in this society, and the challenges they face are more daunting when their economic situation reaches a critical point.

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Sharon Gordon of CPR: ‘Let’s bring it back to the basics’

“Every dime I had was spent on two things—books and records,” said Sharon Gordon, founder of the nonprofit organization Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music.

Metro Briefs 10/16-10/22

HEAF CELEBRATES 25 YEARS, REPORT: RODENT INFESTATION ON THE RISE, BROOKLYN DA CREATES NEW VIOLENT CRIMINAL BUREAU, NEW HERITAGE THEATER TURNS 50

De Blasio, Bratton add four new members to NYPD watchdog group

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton appointed four new members, including a former civil rights lawyer, a law professor and former U.S. attorney, a retired NYPD sergeant and a retired transit police chief to sit on the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Jonathan Moore new lawyer for the family of Eric Garner

Whenever there’s a high profile story in the city, particularly when the Rev. Al Sharpton is at the center of it, the news media flocks to the National Action Network’s Saturday rallies.

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Brooklyn DA moves to set wrongly convicted man free after 29 years in prison

A Brooklyn man who spent nearly 30 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of murder is expected to be released Wednesday.

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Nigeria Independence Day celebrated in NYC

Nigerians from across the area come together to celebration Nigerian Independence Day.

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Lillian Roberts to step down from DC 37

After 60 years of service to the labor movement and having served as president of the largest public union in New York City, District Council 37 President Lillian Roberts has announced her resignation.

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Stop and Diss

Community demands an end to police harassment

From a police officer caught on camera allegedly stealing money from a man, to a pregnant woman being slammed to the ground by officers and separate incidents of two young men being punched and kicked while on the ground by cops, the cameras continue to record as police brutality in the city reaches what could be its peak.

Monday, October 13

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Congo in Harlem Film Series Is Back

Over the last decade, the influence of immigrants from Africa has grown larger and stronger. So now’s the time for the 6th Annual Congo in Harlem Film and Event series hosted by Maysles Cinema in the coming weeks.

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Boogie Down Broadway

The Marlborough Chelsea gallery is presenting and outdoor exhibition, Broadway Morey Boogie, at the 137th Street 1 train subway entrance.

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An African “Sex and the City”

Nicole Amarteifio, creator of the YouTube series “An African City,” just may be on the cutting edge of Ghollywood, Ghana’s Hollywood.

Friday, October 10

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Justice for Mike Brown - the symphony

Cultured Missourians expecting a quiet night at the symphony were in for something of a shock, to say the least.

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Restoring Marie Laveau’s legacy

Local tattoo artist and illustrator, Scarlet Sinclair, created a full-color portrait of Marie Laveau, the legendary voodoo queen of New Orleans, and is donating 50 percent of all print sales directly to the restoration fund for Mlle.

Thursday, October 9

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On the 'A' w/Souleo: 'Hollywood Divas' stars dish on debut season’s drama

TV One’s new reality show follows drama in the lives of black actresses in Hollywood from homelessness to weight challenges.

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VNSNY helping HIV-postive patients

As the fight against HIV continues, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is at the forefront, supporting those living with the virus and helping them better understand their diagnoses to improve their ability to manage symptoms and get the emotional support they need.

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H&M’s layered looks for kids

For fall, layered looks are fashion essentials for children. H&M has some cozy separates, including chunky knits with puffy coats and pom-pom hats, that look adorable on children.

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Grand designs and Renaissance tapestry on view at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its first major monographic exhibition devoted to the great 16th century Netherlandish artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550).

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Ignorance of law no excuse for police?

Like most people, Sergeant Matt Darisse of the Surrey County, N.C. Sheriff’s office believed driving with a broken taillight is against the law.

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The Ebola crisis: A test case for enlightened self-interest

There is always a lesson in a crisis if you’re humble enough to look for it. As the Ebola crisis spreads throughout West Africa, both the on-the-ground struggles and the international response have been enlightening, to say the least.

Mayor de Blasio defends wife’s chief of staff

It seems that no matter where he turns, the Rev. Al Sharpton is besieged by reporters who, despite the current stew involving rape allegations against National Action Network attorney Sanford Rubenstein, the Rachel Noerdlinger story continues to be an issue he can’t avoid.

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Madeline McCray Empowering others around her

Born and raised in Harlem, Madeline McCray is by far the definition of a maverick. Actress, author, life coach and inspirational speaker, McCray has been through a lot, and she is not afraid to share her story.

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Apollo Theater presents 'Africa Now! South Africa'

The Apollo Theater, in partnership with the World Music Institute, presents “Africa Now! South Africa,” the special third installment of the theater’s annual Africa Now! Festival.

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Famed educator pushes for local charter school

Dr. Steve Perry has a plan to establish the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School. He recently began the process of filing a charter application.

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Baba Herman Ferguson memorialized in North Carolina

Herman Ferguson, 93, was always known for his signature smile. When he smiled, he made everyone else smile. But this past Saturday, there were more tears than smiles.

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Convent Avenue Baptist Church hosts college fair

The African American Experience Forum of Convent Avenue Baptist Church, 420 W. 145th St., is hosting its annual HBCU College Fair Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the lecture hall.

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Mutulu Shakur up for parole

After being a political prisoner of war for nearly three decades, Dr. Mutulu Shakur was considered for parole by a California Victorville Federal Correctional Facility board Aug. 12.

Mugabe: We would love to see South Africa take the lead

During a recent two-week trip to China, Robert Mugabe, the anti-imperialist president of Zimbabwe, addressed a seminar in Beijing where various African diplomats were present, taking the opportunity to challenge Caucasians in South Africa, suggesting that they are responsible for placing the country in a compromising position.

Eva’s charter school scheme

Last Thursday, thousands of parents, teachers and students gathered in Foley Square in lower Manhattan for what is believed to be one of the largest rallies for charter schools the city has seen.

SUNY adopts Cuomo’s proposed sexual assault policy

The State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed sexual consent policy that will address how the university system will prevent, investigate and prosecute cases of alleged sexual assault on its campuses.

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Dr. Austin Curtis, who assisted Dr. George Washington Carver

Students and teachers of African-American history are most assuredly aware of the work of the eminent Dr. George Washington Carver, but they are probably less informed about his able assistant, Dr. Austin Curtis Jr.

Letter No. 96: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, When you swept into office in 2008 on the backs of many immigrant voters, your promises of comprehensive immigration reform were glorious.

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Bratton vows to crack down on ‘brutal, corrupt, racist’ officers

In a blunt message, the first of its kind by the city’s top cop, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department William Bratton made it clear that officers who abused their authority are “poisoning the well” and will be aggressively removed from his department.

Caribbean Muslims and ISIS

Islamic leadership groups in Trinidad are to meet this week to discuss and assess reports that dozens of local Muslim activists have left the prosperous twin-island republic with Tobago for the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State, with some reportedly earning up to $1,000 a day for their services.

The NFL’s solution to the domestic violence problem: Three Janes

My generation grew up with Tarzan—and, later, Jane, his companion—flying through the jungle, from tree limb to tree limb, yelling like a crazy man. Of course, we were on Tarzan’s side no matter who the enemies were, e.g., the animals and those “savage Africans.” Tarzan was our hero.

Do we all have bull’s-eyes on our backs?

Over the past few weeks, the New York City tabloids have been focusing on the private life of a city employee, even though there has been no wrongdoing by the individual.

Foundation awards Boys and Girls Club of Union City $10,000

Last week, Diane Senerchia, executive director of Northfield Bank Foundation, visited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County to meet with teens and present an award for $10,000 to support their expanded Career Launch initiative.

Mayor shifts police personnel to combat crime

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka asked the New Jersey Civil Service Commission for permission to demote six of its eight deputy chiefs in an effort to put 70 percent of the police force on neighborhood streets.

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City to end teen solitary confinement at Rikers

By the end of this year, the New York City Department of Corrections will end a longstanding practice, solitary confinement of adolescents, in which 16- and 17-year-old inmates are locked in a cell for more than 23 hours a day without any human contact for months.

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Eric Garner’s family plans to slap city with $75 million lawsuit

The family of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after being placed in an apparent prohibited chokehold by a police officer in July, plans to sue the city and the New York Police Department for $75 million.

Detroit’s Water Crisis

As Detroit continues to struggle with its myriad of issues, the city’s water remains a major concern for residents.

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Community Affairs Calendar 10/9- 10/15

Greetings! October is GBE “Black Arts Month” 2014 and “Domestic Violence Month.” We have also moved into “Mental Health Awareness Week” (see “Community”).

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Talking SCHOP! Ponty Bistro ponies up in Harlem

Quiet as it is not kept, there are still areas of Harlem being developed.

Ebony Escapes! into October

Fall is here already, and that just opens the door to a bevy of cool and exciting events, attractions and so forth that feed our souls and inspire us to get out and explore all the world has to offer.

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Airport workers to address Ebola concerns

Thursday, workers from local airports will attend an awareness training session that will cover guidelines for cleaning airplane cabins, lavatories and areas that have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

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De Blasio’s executive order increases, expands living wage

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order to increase and expand the living wage to benefit more New Yorkers.

Nas: The time is still ‘Illmatic’

It was the summer of 1982 that the world was exposed to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s song “The Message,” which proved that hip-hop music was more than just meaningless rhymes strung together.

National Association of University Women New York branch scholarship /awards luncheon buffet

The Empire City Casino, Yonkers, N.Y. hosted the National Association for University Women, New York Branch, Scholarship Awards Luncheon.

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The Rev. Dr. Forchalle banquet anniversary gala

The Rev. Dr. Jehoshaphat Forchalle celebrated his 55th year in the ministry at Miracle Church of Christ in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

The Cosmopolitan Review 10/9 - 10/15

Fall temperatures have arrived, but the smell of fall in the air has yet to come. Plus, there’s still Indian summer to look forward to, so don’t pull out your hats and gloves just yet

‘CREATIVE RESISTANCE’ PLANNED FOR ‘ANTI-POOR’ CONFAB

Farmers, indigenous peoples and other social justice groups will be taking to the streets this week in 10 cities, calling for an end to ruinous business-driven development plans for poor countries around the world.

WORLD BANK IN BID TO PUT LAGOS WATER IN PRIVATE HANDS

As Detroit fights to end a punishing wave of water shutoffs sparked by a payment crisis six years in the making, a bid by the World Bank could put Lagos, Nigeria, in similar straits.

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When Baron Samedi comes: The Death of Jean-Claude Duvalier

Saturday, Oct. 4, one of the most brutal dictators of Haiti, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier was dying of a heart attack at his home in Thomassin, a Port-au-Prince mountaintop suburb, as an old, familiar friend, dressed in a top hat, black suit and dark glasses, paid him a final visit. Duvalier’s friend who visited him on that day as he clung to his life while facing death was Baron Samedi.

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One last ‘Game’ for BET

Flo Anthony breaks down the latest in entertainment news.

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‘Keep On Keepin’ On,’ Ravi and Chick reviews

‘Keep On Keepin’ On’ is one of the best films of the decade. It chronicles the life of legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry (age 89 at the time of filming) focusing on a period when he was battling diabetes-related complications while working with his young protege, pianist Justin Kauflin (then age 23).

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Jewish Museum showcases Black abstract expressionist painter Norman Lewis

The Jewish Museum, located at 1109 Fifth Ave. on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, has a couple of surprises for visitors.

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Dowoti Desir ‘reveals history’ at the African Burial Ground

Many of us remember Dowoti Desir when she was the executive director of the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational and Cultural Center in Washington Heights.

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And the award goes to …

n October and again in December, Arthur Mitchell, founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem; Dr. Charles Davis, founder of DanceAfrica!; Joan Myers Brown, founder of Philadanco!; and Misty Copeland, soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will be honored by dance institutions for their exemplary work in the field.

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‘Kill the Messenger’ talks about crack and the late Gary Webb

The studios’ marketing machines usually position their important films in carefully calibrated rollouts in the fall for consideration for a variety of awards, ending with the coveted Oscar as a hopeful win.

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Geoffrey Holder, a man of magic and majesty

His voice arrived first, deep and sonorous, prefiguring a man of enormous life and vitality. Such was the often imposing but impressive visage and physique of Geoffrey Holder, who many remember mostly from his promotion of 7-Up. But the multitalented Holder was much more than a pitchman.

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Geoffrey Holder: The gentle giant

Geoffrey Lamont Holder, a multitalented artistic force of nature whose commanding 6-foot-6 frame, baritone voice and enthusiastic laugh were outward manifestations of an incandescent spirit and an inimitable creative genius, made his transition Sunday at age 84, as a result of complications pneumonia.

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First U.S. ebola death

Hospital officials in Dallas confirmed Wednesday that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola while in the U.S., has died.

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78th annual NAACP state conference begins

The NAACP New York State Conference is hosting its 78th annual convention Oct. 10 through Oct. 12 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.

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Cut Off: Sharpton severs ties with accused attorney

News broke Wednesday that the Rev. Al Sharpton would be cutting troubled attorney Sanford Rubenstein lose as rape allegations against the attorney stay in the headlines.

Wednesday, October 8

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Denzel Washington plays ‘Equalizer’ with signature quiet intensity

Denzel Washington reteams with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua in the action thriller, The Equalizer.

Tuesday, October 7

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Tackling Food Insecurity in Harlem

Food insecurity remains a reality for many of Harlem’s residents.

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In Solidarity with Ramona Africa

Though the bombing of the black liberation group MOVE happened almost 30 years ago in Philadelphia, the lone survivor remains in the news.

Monday, October 6

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Graduates Shine at Harlem Hospital

The Harlem Hospital Center School of Radiologic Technology celebrated the class of 2014 on October 3rd.

Friday, October 3

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On the “A” w/Souleo: New TV series explores ‘America by the Numbers’

If the numbers truly don’t lie then America is in the midst of radical demographic changes.

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National Bar Association calls for day of action

In response to the recent deluge of police-involved deaths like those of Rodney Mitchell, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the National Bar Association (NBA) is holding a "Day of Action."

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New York brings 'Occupy the Corners' to Detroit

Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams brings "Occupy the Corners" to Detroit.

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Brooklyn councilman and OWN star host event on Breast Cancer.

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams is hosting the third annual Girls Like Us Survive: Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff on Sunday, October 12 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at CoCo Mane on 1185 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn.

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Virginia State University Women’s Volleyball

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVIERSITY ROSTER

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Geno Smith has to avoid becoming his own worst enemy

Was Smith’s response directed solely at his hecklers, or at his own mistakes, at his inability to have an impact on the team, at their defensive mistakes that allowed Detroit to drive 90 yards downfield in 14 plays for a touchdown?

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Tom Coughlin’s team finally playing like Giants

Over a span of five days, the Giants dramatically altered the trajectory of their season—at least for now.

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Knicks, Nets will continue their interboro rivalry on and off the court

Training camp for each team has opened to prepare them for the upcoming 2014–2015 season. It’ll be interesting for both.

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Bethune-Cookman’s Quentin Williams MEAC Offensive Player of the Week

The Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats’ Quentin Williams registered two career highs over the weekend and has been named this week’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

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Johnson named CIAA Offensive Back of the Week

After rushing for a career-high 125 yards against Fayetteville State University this past Saturday, Virginia State University senior running back Louis “Trey” Johnson was awarded the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Offensive Back of the Week honors for the week ending Sept. 28.

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Desyre Blackburn running in stride for Seton Hall 

Growing up with Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., headquarters in the neighborhood, Desyre Blackburn was destined to run.

Thursday, October 2

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

From the 60th Birthday celebration for the Rev. Al Sharpton to Harry Belefonte and David Dinkins speaking at the Apollo Theater about South Africa, check out our community affairs calendar.

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Talking SCHOP! Sunday antics in Brooklyn

Once this fall routine starts to settle in, time just seems to go far, far away.

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Arts, entertainment and culinary delights in Buffalo

There are so many wonderful layers to all there is to see, do and experience in and around Buffalo, as we’ve seen in the previous two parts of this feature series.

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Local officials and advocates take police union to task over stop-and-frisk case

Elected officials and advocates have a simple message for the police union: Stop with the nonsense.

Dionne Farris wows Boston

The incomparable Dionne Farris wowed the crowd at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston this past weekend.

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Bronx unemployment rate dips to single digits

The only borough on the mainland has defended itself from criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz, and now the Bronx has some other good news to share.

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The power of the ballot

One month from now, our nation’s voters will head to the polls.

Third annual Global Citizen Festival rocks Central Park

Once upon a time, the grandiose ambition of a child was to be known as the biggest and best in the whole wide world.

Interfaith uses art and medicine to promote healing

Interfaith Medical Center, located on Atlantic Avenue in Crown Heights, was created in 1983 through the merging of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and Jewish Hospital Medical Center.

Report: Black girls falling victim to systemic barriers in education

The report, “Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity,” outlines what are sometimes insurmountable barriers to staying in school and how poor educational outcomes result in limited job opportunities, lower lifetime earnings and increased risk of economic insecurity for African-American women.

Senseless gun violence in Paterson claims teenager

Nazerah “Bugg” Coleman, 14, a freshman basketball star at International High School, was leaving Mom’s Fried Chicken on the corner of Clinton and N. Main streets when shots rang out.

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Schumer gets a visit from young demonstrators for immigration reform

Members of DRUM-South Asian Organizing Center, a grassroots organization representing the interests of low-income South Asian and Muslim immigrants in New York City, attended a 30-minute demonstration in front of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Manhattan office.

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Harlem Renaissance Jazz, Film & Art presents an evening of cultural celebration

The Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corp hosted the return of “Harlem Renaissance Jazz, Film & Art.”

The Cosmopolitan Review 10/2 - 10/8

Go Jets and amazing Mets, and farewell to Derek Jeter, a class act both on and off the field.

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b michael’s spring ’15 collection

When it comes to fashion design, no one told the story better than b michael.

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Skin care for now

For a digital skin consultation and a targeted facial, visit the SK II counter at Saks Fifth Avenue to help keep your skin glowing well into the fall months.

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Working toward a better future

Parent, writer and education researcher Andrea M. Nelson-Royes is passionate about her work promoting literacy and education worldwide.

State attorney general settles minimum wage dispute with JFK airport contractor

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement last week with an airport contractor that was paying workers at an hourly rate below the minimum wage.

Oil Barons Jump On New Finds In Africa, Ignoring Climate Justice Calls

U.S. and U.K. oil explorers are making their moves on the Western Sahara, between Mauritania and Morocco, despite calls by thousands of climate justice activists worldwide to “keep the oil in the soil.”

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Haiti: The richest country in the Western Hemisphere

For decades, and up to this point, Haiti has had the inauspicious distinction of being labeled the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere despite its rich resources, along with its rich historical and cultural legacy.

The future is in 3-D, and it’s in Washington Heights!

On a Google search to learn about the wonders of 3-D printing, which is poised to revolutionize the way business and consumers interact, I discovered 3-D Heights.

Boston Herald apologizes for racist cartoon

“Have you ever tried the watermelon-flavored toothpaste?”

The two party system is killing America

The tale of Ferguson, Mo., is, in many respects, the tale of two cities.

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Africa comes to life at Calabar Imports

Designer Atim Oton spreads her influence not only in Crown Heights but also in the world at large with her innovative designs.

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Parole board approves Sundiata Acoli’s release

The appeals panel found that the 2011 parole board ignored evidence that was beneficial to Acoli.

Lawmakers rally to reform laws that will reduce unfair convictions

When it comes to justice, we should have a system in place that allows us to find the truth, as opposed to prosecutors or defense teams trying to win a case”

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A rap to the bladder

Just below your navel is the area where the bladder lies.

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Holly Robinson Peete fetes 50

The latest in entertainment news from Flo Anthony

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Celebrating math genius Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz

Two mathematic scholars, Dr. Munaj A. Rachman and Asantewa McIntosh Dawson, painted a vivid picture of the life, work and accomplishments of the late math genius, Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz.

This Week in Black History (Oct 2 - Oct 8)

Remembering Black history every week.

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Liston & Weston exhibit, Langston ‘Insights,’ Villafranca at Drom

For pianist-composer Randy Weston, jazz is more than a flow of hip music with improvisational statements, it represents the roots of Africa, the origin of jazz.

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Eight weekends of ‘Reproductive Awakening’ for Black women

Heads up, women! The organizers of “Reproductive Awakening: Narratives of Agency in Black America” have conceived eight enlightening weekends of programming devoted to you.

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Judge Constance Baker Motley: Trailblazer in court and civil rights

We are reminded of Judge Constance Baker Motley because Sept. 28, 2005, she made her transition to that court in the great beyond, where it can be safely assumed she administered her duties with the same sense of fairness and justice that typified her highly accomplished days with us.

Letter No. 95: Immigration reform now!

A new Pew Research Center poll summed up the feelings across the country of many—both Democrats and Republicans—on the issue of illegal immigration.

Race for top post in ACP brings internal row

Caribbean governments have nominated three prominent professionals to lead a 79-nation, Brussels-based group of former European colonies, but some member states are very upset that those shortlisted come from countries that they say have traditionally dominated the top positions of umbrella regional and international organizations.

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Shonda Rhimes enjoys great success with ABC’s ‘Night of Rhimes’

Powerhouse executive producer and television writer Shonda Rhimes has three television shows that premiered with huge audiences Thursday night.

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NYFF brings the best in thrillers

The 52nd New York Film Festival, which continues through Oct. 12, has already screened two films that have industry brass across the board weighing in on the chances of award nominations.

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Travel veteran to receive CMEx award

Travel and tourism industry veteran Horace Hord will receive the 2014 Caribbean Media Exchange Leadership Award next month in Miami.

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President Obama losing his alter ego, Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder is the first African-American to hold that office and ranks as the fourth-longest serving attorney general in United States history.

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October 2014 dance calendar

Topping this month’s calendar is the very engaging Dean Moss with the premiere of “johnbrown” at the Kitchen, Oct. 16-25.

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The US military is as unequal as America. Want a fair fight? Reinstate the draft

A war tax and a draft would make us stop and rethink who we’re sending off to fight ISIS—and why

I am certain that the U.S.-led coalition can defeat the Islamic terrorist groups in the Middle East.

New Jersey mayors address foreclosure problems

As the national economy continues to rebuild in the wake of the Great Recession, foreclosures have steadily declined in most housing markets.

Gun violence continues to plague Newark

Earlier this year, the New Jersey State Police and local authorities announced an anti-violence partnership, including increased patrols in response to the escalating violence in Newark and neighboring cities.

Obama’s Rubik’s Cube

President Barack Obama’s overrating of security forces in Iraq and underestimating the conflict in Syria would appear a recipe for disaster, and this is just the half of the problems piling up on his plate, leaving him with a veritable Rubik’s Cube of troubles.

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It’s official: AG Eric Holder announces his resignation

Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. had intimated his intended departure as the head of the Department of Justice, and last Thursday afternoon he made it official.

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Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion: Bring on the abstract!

Kyle Abraham was given two years (2012-2015) through New York Live Art’s Resident Commissioned Artist Program to premiere “a new work … at NYLA,” according to the presenting organization.

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Remembering Herman Ferguson

Herman Ferguson was never a braggadocio. But Thursday, Sept. 25—when the 93-year-old lifelong international activist made his transition—there was not one, but two rainbows in the sky over Brooklyn.

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Sharpton hosts education summit

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network hosted its Education Summit 2014 at New York University this week, sparking the conversation on the education gap in America.

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De Blasio to raise living wage

The cheers of thousands of minimum wage workers could be heard as Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order enacting a sweeping expansion of New York City’s Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act.