Stories for September 2014

Monday, September 29

NAN hosts Town Hall on Domestic Violence

The National Action Network will hosts a town hall discussion on the topic of domestic violence.

Friday, September 26

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Baba Herman Ferguson makes his transition

Herman Ferguson was never a braggadocios man. But on Thursday Sept 25, 2014 – 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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Harlem Fashion Row

The end of summer is a time when leading style makers from disparate parts of the globe assemble in New York City for a series of events known as Fashion Week. Since fashionistas of color are often underrepresented, Harlem Fashion Row was designed in 2007 as a major platform for dressmakers of color.

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Harlem Gets in the Swing

The Harlem Swing Dance Society brings back the lively dance with its weekly swing classes and other events.

3-D in the Heights

The internet changed the world in the 1990’s. The world is about to change again—this time the revolution will be in 3-D.

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Rangel’s letter: More minority inclusion in LaGuardia project

In a letter to the New York Congressional Delegation, Rep. Charles Rangel discussed why more minorities need to be included in the LaGuardia Central Terminal Project.

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City agency sponsors annual ‘Dads Take Your Child to School’ celebration

The Department of Youth and Community Development co-sponsored the eighth annual “Dads Take Your Child to School” rally and walk in Brooklyn.

Thursday, September 25

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PHOTO GALLERY: 42nd Annual New York Urban League Football Classic

The Black college experience comes to the city as the Howard University (HU) and Morgan State University MSU) football teams play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N. J. at the 42nd Annual New York Urban League Football Classic.

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Remembering Ruby Dee

Fans and celebrities gather to remember late actress Ruby Dee.

Inaugural affair salutes Caribbean transplant

The quarterly event, which salutes Brooklyn residents while highlighting local business establishments that add richly to the fabric and wellbeing of the beloved borough of Brooklyn, salutes exceptional individuals in the areas of business, civic service, arts and entertainment.

Letter No. 94: Immigration reform now!

I endorse the Caucus’ call for you to “act boldly and use all legal means available to provide immediate and temporary relief from deportation to qualified immigrant workers and immigrant families.”

Jamaica Calculates Its Reparations Money

“It also does not include the trauma and pain of the ‘Middle Passage’ journey, punishment, death through execution and the sexploitation which were daily features of the plantation society, both during and after slavery,” said the commission boss, Verene Shepherd. “And it excludes the cost of repatriation. There is no doubt that the punishment meted out to the enslaved people was severe, and this level of suffering must be accounted for in any demand for repair and restorative justice.”

Domestic violence: NFL vs. NYPD

Recently, I watched a video of Ray Rice, then a football player with the Baltimore Ravens, punching and knocking out his fiancee, Janay Palmer. I then recalled watching a video of a Staten Island police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, use an officially banned chokehold to suffocate and murder Eric Garner, a Staten Island resident. I then read a story about Greg Hardy, a member of the Carolina Panthers football club.

Save Our Planet!

All of the world’s 7.2 billion people are impacted by climate change and global warming, and this transcends the issues of race, region and religion.

Students walk out of Newark schools

More than 200 Newark high school students left class last week and marched to Military Park in downtown Newark.

Victims of police violence share their stories at public forum in Newark

Public records document 418 incidents of police misconduct over two and a half years in Newark.

Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 9/25 - 10/01

Greetings! The 10th anniversary of Circle of Sisters, the largest expo in New York City, uniting, motivating and celebrating women of color, takes place Saturday, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 at the Jacob Javits Center, 34th Street and 11th Avenue.

Fallout continues in Ferguson

In the continuing aftermath of the shooting of unarmed, Black 18-year-old Michael Brown, several issues plague the community of Ferguson, Mo., including a memorial for the teen being set on fire.

Black man killed by police while running away

The two Caucasian cops who killed 22-year-old Darrien Nathaniel Hunt in Saratoga Springs, Utah, Sept. 10 shot him six times from behind.

Obama’s UN speech assails Islamic State group

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama had a full agenda of crucial items, but the bulk of his more than 40-minute speech was directed to the current crisis in the Middle East.

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Citywide AA Summer League Champs 2014

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Food festivals this way come

While the end of summer brings sadness to some for the loss of long, hot, carefree days, for others, it is the beginning of food festival season.

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Talking SCHOP! NYC: Our oyster

Just as quick as it comes, there summer goes and Mr. Fall has arrived. That slight chill in the air wraps you up at night and wakes you up in the morning.

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Jets facing an early season crisis on all fronts

The climate of attention now given to the NFL office suggests that its commissioner, Roger Goodell, may want to retain a Ray Donovan for damage control.

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A wealth of Black history in Buffalo

In part one of this series, we started our exploration of Buffalo, located in the far west region of New York along the shore of Lake Erie and the bank of the Niagara River.

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Climate is the name of the game: Marchers takes over NYC

Union leaders, environmental activists and concerned citizens took to the streets of Manhattan Sunday for the People’s Climate March, one of the largest marches about the climate in history.

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Rashad Jennings leads the Giants to an emotional win over Houston

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings, less than 30 minutes removed from setting a career high with 176 yards rushing on 34 carries, leading his team to a 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans

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Salute to you, Derek Jeter

Many moons have passed, but the memories are crystal clear of heading to the crib and waiting for the BX 55 bus on the inner block of 161st Street and River Avenue.

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USTA Foundation and Johnson & Johnson hosts Warrior and Family Tennis Day in Harlem

The USTA Foundation, formerly USTA Serves, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association, in partnership with health care company Johnson & Johnson and its Veteran Leadership Council, hosted their final Warrior and Family Tennis Day in Harlem, led by instructors from the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program

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Ambassador Johnson-Cook launches ProVoice/ProVoz Movement in Harlem

After serving under two U.S. presidents and accomplishing much in her career, Ambassador Suzanne Johnson-Cook came off her sabbatical in October 2013 with a vision for the ProVoice/ProVoz Movement.

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Fairleigh Dickinson aims for NEC title

With a 5-3 record, Fairleigh Dickinson currently sits atop the women’s soccer standings in the Northeast Conference.

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Greater NY Links co-sponsors health forum

A charter bus brought 46 seniors from Abyssinian Baptist Church’s senior program and Esplanade Garden’s NNORC senior program to the community partnership forum on Alzheimer’s and brain awareness.

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New York Amsterdam News Fourth Annual Labor Breakfast

The New York Amsterdam News held its fourth annual Labor Breakfast last Thursday at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.

The Cosmopolitan Review 9/25 - 10/01

It was poetry at its best as the Center for Black Literature, Akila Worksongs, AfricanVoices magazine, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Arts + Crafts joined forces to present “Celebrate Sonia.”

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Strip mines, pollution and de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread 

Pits in the ground from mining, forests stripped of trees and water poisoned by toxic materials are among the lesser known culprits in the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease.

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New report finds gender-based violence ‘too costly to ignore’

On the heels of the Ray Rice scandal in the U.S., a new report by the accounting firm KPMG says that violence against women in South Africa costs the country between $2 and $4 billion yearly.

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Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

New York streets were overflowing Sunday with hand-made posters, buttons, baby carriages, bicycles, musical instruments and nearly 400,000 marchers demanding an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas that are creating havoc for the environment in the U.S., Africa and most of the world.

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Brooklyn borough president discusses importance of emergency preparedness

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams hosted a forum on Sept. 17 to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness during a natural or man-made disaster.

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Expert pathologist: Eric Garner died in police chokehold

An expert forensic pathologist hired by the attorneys representing the family of Eric Garner, whose death was ruled a homicide after an apparent police chokehold that Police Commissioner William Bratton said is prohibited, concurs with the city’s medical examiner’s autopsy report, which stated that Garner died of neck compression.

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UN leaders must include nuclear energy in action plan on climate change

All eyes will be on New York City this week, as world leaders come together for the United Nations Climate Summit—an event that aspires to shape the national and global energy future.

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How the current criminal justice system hurts the ‘least of these’

Imagine for a moment that you are on your way to work driving down Main Street. You only make $25,000 a year, so you can’t afford to replace your broken tail light that got smashed last week in a fender bender.

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Tyler Perry expecting a baby

Tongues are wagging that the Jay Z and Beyonce breakup rumors that we have been hearing all summer are true.

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Very Threadgill, Bebo Valdes exhibit, Haynes and McBride reviews

Saxophonist-composer Henry Threadgill has been a significant member of the avant-garde movement.

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Source360 setting new hip-hop standard

Over the weekend, a myriad of hip-hop 2.0 events had Source magazine Publisher L. Londell McMillan feeling that there is a brand-new outlook for the much-maligned genre.

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Three Harlem art galleries commemorate the 40th anniversary of ‘For Colored Girls’

Curated by art aficionado Souleo, “i found god in myself” commemorates the 40th anniversary of the first performance of “For Colored Girls.”

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Jewelry trends for spring 2015

Various product lines were showcased in the side shops at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Sharonnie Perry: True New Yorker, champion for Interfaith Hospital, community and spirit

Brooklyn’s own Sharonnie Perry is a long-time community activist, an efficacious leader and a staple in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant. She is a charismatic organizer who is capable of galvanizing some of the most politically influential leaders to effect positive change.

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Metro Briefs 9/25 - 10/1

News from around the community.

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Desigual: Say it with flowers for spring

What better way to “say something nice” than with flowers?

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Multiple award winner Billy Porter talks new play

Q&A: Billy Porter, the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning actor for his portrayal of Lola in “Kinky Boots,” in which he is still starring on Broadway, has decided to take a step in a slightly different direction.

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Black authors represented at Brooklyn Book Fest

All week long, opportunities to celebrate literature were presented throughout the borough, with events such as “ringShout: A Place for Black Literature’s Fifth Annual Bookend Reading,” and “Poets & Passion—Talkin’ Dub: Mikey Smith Tribute.”

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Black female firefighter promoted to FDNY lieutenants

Last week at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, alongside 55 other FDNY members, Tracey Lewis became the second Black female firefighter to be promoted to lieutenant in the department’s history.

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U.S. Census: In New York, poverty still a problem

A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that poverty is still a major problem in the tristate area.

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AG Eric Holder announces his resignation

The nation's first African-American Attorney General, Eric Holder steps down.

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Civil rights leaders and bereaved family members call for justice

During the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the most effective tactic in bringing about change happened when the various organizations combined their resources.

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Fallout continues in Ferguson

In the continuing aftermath of the shooting of unarmed, Black 18-year-old Michael Brown, several issues plague the community of Ferguson, Mo., including a memorial for the teen being set on fire.

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Greenetrack wants to get the green light

Luther Winn, president and CEO of Greenetrack, the largest Black-owned casino developer in the country, is looking to bring the success of casinos to New York State not only to stimulate business for the state, but also to transform a community.

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DOJ takes on Ramarley case 

Two and a half years later and after two failed grand juries, the parents of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham may now find some solace, as they were told that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office has launched a federal civil rights investigation into the death of their unarmed son, who was gunned down in his grandmother’s bathroom because officers thought he had a gun. 

Monday, September 22

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National HBCU Week 2014

President Barack Obama proclaims September 21 through September 27 as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week.

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African American Day Parade 2014 (Photos)

The 45th African American Day Parade was in full swing yesterday as thousands came out to enjoy the performances, music, food and art.

Sunday, September 21

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Harlem hosts African American Day Parade

Dubbed as the “Largest Black Parade in America,” the 45th Annual African American Day Parade takes place in Harlem.

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Celebrated attorney Faith Jenkins takes the bench in new court show

She may be the youngest TV judge ever but former New York prosecutor Faith Jenkins isn't playing any games in her courtroom on “Judge Faith,” premiering Monday, Sept., 22.

Friday, September 19

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Celebrities, fans gather for public memorial service for Ruby Dee

The life and legacy of actor, author and activist Ruby Dee is honored with a public memorial celebration Saturday at The Riverside Church.

Thursday, September 18

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The Jets present an early holiday gift to the Packers

There was a time, win or lose, when the New York Jets and their head coach, Rex Ryan, only had to compete against the Giants, their MetLife roommate, for trending back page headlines.

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Giants Remain Positive Despite 0-2 Start

The tenor exuded by the Giants in the locker room and beyond after Sunday’s 25-14 loss at MetLife Stadium to the Arizona Cardinals was optimism and hope.

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Hofstra Aims for Another Championship

“We’re off to a good start with this new coaching staff,” said Adama Aja, a middle blocker on Hofstra’s volleyball team.

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Ebony Escapes! to Buffalo

Often when people think of traveling to the Empire State, New York City comes to mind. But as multifaceted as it is, it’s not the only fascinating city in the state.

Union leaders will be honored at fourth annual labor breakfast

Local and national labor leaders and union advocates will be honored yet again at the New York Amsterdam News’ fourth annual labor breakfast.

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Bells Ring for School Safety Agents

It’s a new day for New York City’s 5,000 school safety agents. They will finally be receiving the wages we have fought for over the years and which they deserve.

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The Legends Promoters of New York Hold Rooftop Party

The Legends Promoters of New York held an appreciation rooftop party at Brooklyn Terrace, overlooking the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines.

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DC 37 Commemorates 9/11

Last Thursday, DC 37 commemorated 9/11 and honored those whose lives were cut short by the horrific events

The Cosmopolitan Review 9/18 - 9/24

Another year, with the memory of 9/11 upon us, to remind us of all we have to be grateful for. It seems to me that as each year passes, the realization of the terrorist attack becomes more frightful, and sadder.

U.S. Millions Committed for Ebola but A Paltry 25 Beds Are Yet to Arrive

Between $100 million and $180 million have been committed to the fight against Ebola in West Africa, an amount considered much too little and reaching the needy much too slowly.

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More Bodies Pulled From The Sea After Migrant Boat is Rammed

Approximately 500 refugees are feared dead after their vessel was rammed by traffickers in icy Mediterranean waters, according to two Palestinians who survived the ordeal.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 9/18 - 9/24

Imhotep Gary Byrd give you the best Black events around town.

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Happening in and out of Harlem

Oyster Bash NYC, presented by Chefs Table NYC, is a fully immersive experience featuring an extensive menu of oysters, guided tastings and oyster selections curated by special guest Julie Qiu of the popular blog “In a Half Shell.”

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Talking SCHOP! Be sweet in September

Monday, Sept. 8, former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Harlem’s own Aliyyah Baylor, co-owner of Make My Cake, taught a dynamic cake decorating class at Make My Cake.

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Disappointment Runs Deep as 'Blade Runner' Walks Free

The decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa that found Olympian Oscar Pistorius not guilty of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, stunned South Africans, who had been glued to the trial since the gavel first pounded the court to order last March.

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NeNe Leakes launches fashion line

Flo Anthony talks the latests in celebrity news.

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Gerald Wilson, influential jazz composer, dies at 96

Gerald Wilson, a big band leader and trumpeter whose fountain of jazz compositions and arrangements became a pivotal force, influencing eight generations of musicians, died Sept. 8 in his home in Los Angeles.

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Elegance ‘Emerges’ at Fashion Industry Association award show

Celebrating its seventh season, Emerge! honored iconic model Beverly Johnson with its Fashion Innovator Award and introduced seven aspiring fashion.

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Spring ’15: A matter of contrasts

Designer Son Jung Wan focused on “Dualism” for spring/summer 2015.

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‘Key and Peele’ returns for Season 4

Season 4 of Key and Peele’s outrageously funny and unapologetically smart series, “Key and Peele,” roars back to Comedy Central Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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NYFF and Urban World: Making money for NYC

New York City hosts two diverse film festivals this month, providing creative choices for a wide variety of cinematic tastes.

Failure of capitalism

Citizens and workers in most European countries suffering from the economic depression are being forced by governments to finance the loss of banks.

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Remembering Dan Eldon: A life of passion

Sept. 18 would have been Dan Eldon’s birthday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Memorial for Maya Angelou

A memorial service for the late Maya Angelou was held at The Riverside Church.

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Fruit of Increase Ministries holds seventh annual Prayer Summit

This past July 12, the Fruit of Increase Ministries, an associate ministry of the Baptist House of Prayer, held their seventh annual Prayer Summit.

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Grammy winner joins fight against kidney failure

Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., Lady Tania Michael Ministries will host their 11th Annual Hope Brings Peace Concert and Dialysis Empowerment event at Calvary Cathedral of Praise, located at 45 E. 8th St. in Brooklyn

Dads participate in eighth annual ‘Dads Take Your Child to School’ celebration

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong, New York City Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, elected officials and more than a hundred students and their dads and father figures participated in the eighth annual Dads Take Your Child to School celebration in Brooklyn.

City urges parents to sign up middle schoolers for new after-school program

Parents are being urged to sign up for after-school programs.

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Ethel L. Payne, ‘First Lady of the Black Press’

Learn more about Black press pioneer Ethel L. Payne

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Cultural centers to host ‘Evenings of Excellence’

The second annual “Evenings of Excellence” series will be held at the Miramar Cultural Center in the Miami area and Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn this fall.

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Groundbreaking of new cultural center in East Harlem

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute recently broke ground at the former firehouse at 120 E. 125th St., which the institute is renovating into a cultural center for East Harlem.

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New Jersey News 9/18 - 9/24

News from New Jersey

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More than a dozen arrests during Ferguson I-70 shutdown attempt

More than a dozen people were arrested last Wednesday during a protest that attempted to shut down Interstate 70 in what organizers called an act of civil disobedience demanding justice for Michael Brown.

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Obama, Ebola and the Islamic State group

Almost at the same time that President Barack Obama was in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Tuesday, declaring a commitment of 3,000 U.S. military forces to West Africa to deal with the ravages of the Ebola epidemic, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he would recommend ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State group if necessary.

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SWAT team murders 107-year-old man at home

The family and friends of Monroe Isadore conducted a memorial this past Sunday at 13th and Pine streets in Pine Bluff, Ark., to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of his murder by police.

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The Rev. Dr. Joseph Bragg, man of the pen and cloth, dead at 75

For more than a generation, Joe Bragg was a tireless journalist whose words and voice constantly kept us abreast of local and world happenings.

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After a good start, US can do more to fight Ebola

It was good news, without question, when President Barack Obama announced that the United States will send 3,000 troops to West Africa to help with the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Lest we forget Attica

Lest we forget, the business of the criminal justice system deals with lives.

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Fatherlessness: Cause or symptom of societal decline?

There has been a lot of focus on the decline of fatherhood in the Black community, as the proportion of Black children growing up in single-parent (overwhelmingly female-headed) households has exploded since the 1960s.

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Now that the Central Park Five will be compensated, what about the ‘Harlem Six’?

The recent news about the city finally financially compensating the five Harlem young men who were unjustly incarcerated a quarter of a century ago for the brutal April 19, 1989, assault and rape of Trisha Ellen Meili, a 28-year-old Caucasian female jogger in Central Park, conjures up memories about another highly politicized miscarriage of justice involving half a dozen Harlem teenagers who were also wrongfully convicted for a heinous crime committed against Caucasians.

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Mayor de Blasio approves four charters to co-locate inside public schools

On the first day of the public school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned charter schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision, he will not give them space in public schools.

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De Blasio unveils charter school co-location vision

On the final stop of his first-day, five-borough city school tour last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear to charter schools seeking to co-locate in public schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision

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Hip-hop, Source360 take over Brooklyn

The reclamation of hip-hop from the grips of ratchetness, money-focused debauchery and sexually exploitive divisiveness is one of the many motivations behind McMillan’s Source360 event. In the heady Downtown Brooklyn, which encompasses the Barclays Center, Habana Outpost, Milk River Lounge, Brooklyn Moon, Frank’s Lounge and Long Island College.

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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,

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Family celebrates Eric Garner’s birthday

Family members and friends of Eric Garner joined the Rev. Al Sharpton last Saturday morning at the National Action Network Headquarters in Harlem to celebrate what would have been the chokehold victim’s 44th birthday.

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Stop Domestic Abuse

The incident involving Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice has put a microscope on the issue of domestic violence.

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A jewel in the ministry

The Rev. Dr. Renee Frances Washington-Gardner celebrates her 10th pastoral anniversary in October, but she is also celebrating many historic firsts.

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Kechie’s Project rallies for the Chibok girls

Saturday, even the rain could not stop Kechie’s Project’s “Bring Back Our Girls” rally in support of the kidnapped Chibok girls of Nigeria. While the steady rain may have minimized the attendance or the rally, supporters of the cause still showed up.

Monday, September 15

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Harlem Healthy Soul Festival!

The Apollo Theater presented their 2nd annual Harlem Health Soul Festival. A community initiative focused on family health and wellness.

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Buying Wine in Harlem

If you ever wondered where you can find a decent bottle of wine in Harlem we'll have you know that you are not alone.

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A Walk in El Barrio

September 15th marks the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage Month, “El Més de la Hispanidad.” What better way to celebrate than a stroll through El Barrio?

Friday, September 12

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Spirited Discussion of Police Brutality

A fired up crowd gathered last week at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a town hall meeting. Harlem residents joined a panel of noted academics and activists to discuss the police presence in communities of color following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Thursday, September 11

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Serena, No. 1 in the world, wins sixth US Open title

Serena won her third consecutive U.S. Open championship and sixth overall to go along with winning her 18th Grand Slam championship.S

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Giants' dismal season of 2013 continues with loss to the Lions

A team’s first game of the NFL regular season often triggers an overreaction from fans and media. However, the Giants’ loss to the Detroit Lions on the road Monday night, a 35-14 thorough whipping, perhaps was an ominous indicator of what is to come.

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The Packers can't wait to get their hands on Geno

The opening weekend of the 95th season of the NFL, now heavily overshadowed and marred by the release of Ray Rice’s elevator video, is one of the reasons why their fans love pro football so much.

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Brazile, Hammon and Dunn honored by WNBA

As the Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky prepare to do battle in the WNBA Finals, members of the league, as well as former players and other individuals from women’s sports, gathered in New York City last week for the WNBA Inspiring Women Luncheon.

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‘No No: A Dockumentary’ a home run

In 1966, a memorable Western film was released in theaters with a rather interesting title: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Celebrating the physical life of Tunde’ Ra Aleem

Numerous relatives, childhood friends, comrades and spiritual allies packed into the First Corinthians Baptist Church (1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) last Monday morning, Aug. 18, to pay their respects to one of Harlem’s own shining lights, Tunde’ Ra Aleem.

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Talking SCHOP! A Crispo return to fall

It’s back-to-school time for your little and not-so-little ones.

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ICB hosts annual Men and Family Health Expo

As part of its ongoing health initiatives, the International Christian Brotherhood, a faith-based fraternal organization, will host its annual Men’s and Family Health Expo Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave. in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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The Apollo presents Harlem Healthy Soul Fest

Saturday, Sept. 13, from noon to 6 p.m., the Apollo Theater will present its second annual community initiative focused on family wellness: the Harlem Healthy Soul Festival.

Think ‘life’ and live longer

When I wake up in the early morning hours after a sound sleep, I feel so good because I’m still alive. Hey! What a relief! When you think about it, life is wonderful, and everyone should count their many blessings.

Coalition pushes for disciplinary code reform in city schools


The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York, with the support of 16 City Council members and two state Assembly members, called on the Department of Education and the de Blasio administration to limit punitive discipline practices and promote positive school climates.

Newark celebrates 24 Hours of Peace

When Hakim Green, educator, activist and half of the hip-hop duo Channel Live, was working with a youth organization in Newark, he and then City Councilman Ras Baraka wanted to come up with a way to fuse Baraka’s anti-violence initiative with hip-hop, 24 Hours of Peace was born.

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How the charter school movement threatens public education, disempowers parents and what we can do about it

Young people are supposed to love going to school—a place where educators who understand and support them nurture their full human development into caring, competent and responsible adults.

De Blasio unveils charter school co-location vision

On the final stop of his first-day, five-borough city school tour last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear to charter schools seeking to co-locate in public schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision...

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It’s time to arrest Michael Brown’s killer

It has been more than month since Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man, was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Will Vodery: Musical genius

Few African-American classically trained musicians are as obscure as Will Vodery

Letter No. 92: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President...

Aussie firm vows not to bribe officials

When general elections are held in the Caribbean trade bloc headquarter nation of Guyana later this year or early in the next, the issue of runaway corruption is likely to take center stage.

Five Percenters announce 50th anniversary plans

Members from the Nation of Gods & Earths, a.k.a. the Five Percenters, held an afternoon press conference Aug. 21 in front of their national headquarters, the Allah School in Mecca to announce the plans for their half-a-century anniversary commemoration next month.

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New leaders in Trinidad and at Sandals

Keith Chin is the new chief executive officer of the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago.

#BeyondFerguson and America’s teachers


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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 9/11 - 9/17

With our GBE “African Reducation Month” in full swing, a series of events are upon us that celebrate the life of queen mothers of our culture who passed away recently.

End the culture of corruption!

It was our hope that in Tuesday’s primaries, the state senators in trouble—Thomas Libous, Malcolm Smith and John Sampson—would have their fates decided in the court of public opinion by voters. But in only one instance—Smith was defeated decisively by Leroy Comrie in District 14 in Queens—did voters save the court from cleaning the slate.

Support rally for ailing Imam Jamil Al-Amin this Friday

A host of grassroots activists have scheduled an evening of “Love & Resistance” in support of political prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin, for this Friday evening, Sept. 12, at Midtown Manhattan’s Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center, 310 W. 43rd St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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In search of the best

In a culture where being “the best” this, and “the most” that often takes center stage, it’s easy to find just about any subtopic that fits the bill.

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NAN, attorneys for Michael Brown’s family call for arrest of Officer Darren Wilson

“Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that the police are not subject to it, or we arrest him right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime,” said the Rev. Carlton Lee of Flood Christian Church and the St. Louis chapter of the National Action Network.

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Met orchestra musicians announce new agreement

It took some time, but Met Orchestra musicians and the Metropolitan Opera have made sweet music together.

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Fast-food workers rally in New York City and around the nation

Last Thursday, fast-food workers around New York City and the country staged rallies in favor of a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union.

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Battle rapping for summer madness and fighting for Mike Brown

As a long-time follower of the sport known as battle rap, it’s not hard to imagine the future vision projected by the fervent believers coming to fruition

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Elinor Tatum celebrates 20 years at the AmNews

New York Amsterdam News publisher Elinor Tatum celebrated her 20th anniversary with the newspaper at a luncheon honoring 20 celebrated New Yorkers.

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Another unfavorable poll for Obama

As if we needed another poll about the approval of President Barack Obama, Newsmax, an independent website, so it claims, is in the process of compiling impressions, and thus far it isn’t looking good for our graying leader.

The Cosmopolitan Review 9/11 - 9/17

The final destination for Labor Day activities typically takes place in Sag Harbor.

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Church leaders defend 'Public Protector' vilified over Zuma report

A blizzard of brickbats, insults and other aspersions aimed at South Africa’s public protector assigned to investigate the taxpayer-financed country estate of President Jacob Zuma have roused the Diakonia Council of Churches, a social justice faith-based group, which this week came to her defense in an open letter.

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Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa's 'Eskom' over killer coal dust

Environmental activists with Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust into the air.

This week in Black History (Sept 11- Sept 17)

Remembering Black history every week.

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Metro Briefs 9/11 - 9/17

A roundup of news around the city.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Harlem’s Fashion Row Celebrates Byron Lars and Beverly Johnson

Byron Lars, Beverly Johnson and more honored by Harlem’s Fashion Row; chashama brings art and nightlife culture to New York Fashion Week; and Glenn Ligon’s new tote with MZ Wallace to benefit The Studio Museum.

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De Blasio signs solitary confinement oversight bill at Rikers Island

Amid growing criticism from relatives of inmates and jail reformers, including the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently reported on a “deep-seated culture of violence” at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will track and limit the use of solitary confinement at the correctional facility.

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No more Fergusons means no more partisan manipulation

Tears fill our eyes and make it hard to see, even though we feel more clear-eyed in the face of tragedy. I fear that the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City will blind us and foster illusions about the political actions the Black community must take.

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Obama ain’t a brotha to the youth of Ferguson

By almost any standards, President Barak Obama defies easy classification.

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Activists advocate ‘Stop the Violence’ campaigns across the city

As the summer winds down, community activists throughout the city have been advising local youth to curb the rampant violence that has senselessly claimed the lives of and hospitalized numerous victims this season.

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'Chokeholds not illegal,' Bratton says

Nothing leaped from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s mouth like the words “Chokeholds are not illegal,” during his oversight appearance Monday before the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety.

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Denzel wants to be the new Bond

According to reports, while participating in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat to promote his latest movie, “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington revealed his desire to be the next James Bond.

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Detroit Jazz Festival, no fillers

Rain, the demon of outdoor jazz festivals, spread its hysterical tears over the Detroit Jazz Festival last week, denying bassist Stanley Clarke and Dr. Lonnie Smith’s octet the opportunity to close the festival on its Labor Day finale.

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Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler speaks out

Ishmael Butler, of the transcendent hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces and a Grammy-winning artist (as one-third of Digable Planets), speaks in a quiet and milky tone when asked questions about the process and creation of his unique music.

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Celebrating grandparents at the Apollo

The Apollo Theater celebrates the love of grandparents.

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Curator brings Ntozake Shange roaring to new life in Harlem

Curator Souleo has faith in other artists. If there is a charity benefit, you can count on his support, plus Souleo shares the love.

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Toshi Reagon curates powerful activism, music fest

“Word*Rock*&Sword: A Musical Celebration of Women’s Lives” will feature a number of beautiful and talented performers,

Free offerings from NYFF

The NYFF Opening Acts, a 10-day series, will run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 25 and will compliment the 52nd New York Film Festival (Sept. 26–Oct. 12).

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New television series ‘Black-ish’ promises big laughs

Tracee Ellis Ross just might have another hit show on her hands. The “Girlfriends” alum is set to co-star in the new ABC series “Black-ish,” which also stars Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne.

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Primary night in New York

Several candidates had victories after Tuesdays primary election.

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Caribbean roots of black church explored

Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”

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Komen Central Park breast cancer walk draws thousands

The weather was perfect Sunday, Sept. 7, and thousands of breast cancer survivors and their supporters ran and walked in the New York City Race for the Cure.

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Central Park Five get money, but no apology

The men known as the Central Park Five will now get their $41million from the city for their wrongful convictions.

Tuesday, September 9

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Election Day (Again!)

Harlemites are heading to the polls again but this time may be different - or not.

Monday, September 8

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Harlem Festival Kicks Off!

The Harlem International Film Festival (HI) kicks off Wednesday, with an eclectic and timely mix of movies, including a documentary about Desmond Tutu, several Harlem-based movies and panel discussions with top indy-filmmakers

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New Film Looks at Harlem in Transition

Filmmaker Shawn Batey conceived her new documentary, “Changing Face of Harlem”, with the hope of starting a dialogue between local residents as they tell their stories about their relationship with Harlem and their hopes and dreams for the area.

Thursday, September 4

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Jets’ toughest opponent will be their schedule

Sunday, the Jets will host the Oakland Raiders in their 2014 season opening game. Although the pre-season doesn’t count, it has perhaps provided a perspective on what Jets coach Buddy Ryan and his staff can expect from this 2014 team.

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Can the Giants recover from last year’s nightmare season?

The question that must be examined as the Giants move toward their first game of the regular season Sept. 8 on the road against the Detroit Lions is, are they better than the 7-9 unit of last season?

Young girls leading the rise of USA tennis

Who, female or male, has what it takes to become the future face of American tennis? And will American female tennis players continue to jump out front over their male counterparts?

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Fierce battles in WNBA conference finals

Although the first round of the WNBA playoffs was pretty simple—only one of four match-ups going to three games—the conference finals have been much more competitive.

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NYC Basketball Hall of Fame inductions set to tip

The 25th New York City Basketball Hall of Fame class will be inducted Sept. 16 at the New York Athletic Club, located at 59th Street and Central Park West.

Reconciliation Conference: The next steps

While the world watches Muslims killing Muslims in what many deem as completely anti-Islamic, Muslims in the “City of Brotherly Love” are working to settle their differences and promote unity with the “Reconciliation Conference:

Help Prevent Suicide by Being Involved and Showing Support

Most suicidal individuals do not want to die; they just want to end the pain they are experiencing, according to experts cited by the American Association of Suicidology.

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Nigeria Entertainment Awards brought out Stars of Entertainment and Music

The ninth annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards were held Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.

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A Lazy Heart May Need Coenzyme Q10

Can you imagine an engine running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year without stopping? Well, that little muscle called the heart that sits inside your chest and is about the size of your fist does just that.

Stringer Shows Concern about Pre-K Numbers, de Blasio Shrugs

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed that he had only received 141 of more than 500 contracts for universal pre-K service providers.

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A Special Gift for Children from Incarcerated Men

The day was filled with fun, food, grooming and gifts for the youths of the Children of Promise, a community-based nonprofit organization in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, whose mission is to embrace the children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system.

Talking SCHOP! Post Labor Day Blues

You get exactly 2.3 seconds to lament about the waning days of summer. August gave us fall-like days, so perhaps September will keep the air conditioner running a little longer.

This Week in Black History

Remembering Black history every week.

Dr. Irene Diggs: An extraordinary anthropologist

In the foreword of his book “The World and Africa,” pre-eminent scholar and historian W.E.B. Du Bois wrote: “I am indebted to my assistant, Dr. Irene Diggs, for efficient help in arranging the material and reading the manuscript.”

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Black celebrities remember Joan Rivers

Comedian and talk show host Joan Rivers has died.

Oprah cast to play Richard Pryor’s Grandmother

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union's wedding in Miami, Oprah back in theaters and Kevin Hart kicks off his latest tour. Check out the details.

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Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet

It’s very difficult for any band to maintain a high profile for an extended period of time, but saxophonist Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet have kept Harlem swinging for more than 20 years.

‘The 411’ Has a Lot to Say—and Youth need to Hear it!

“The 411” was adapted for the stage and directed by Juney Smith. The 85-minute production featured six inmates giving advice to youth, at times trying to frighten and inspire them.

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‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ was raw and profane Tupac

“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a musical at the Palace Theatre that closed this past summer, showcased the songs of Tupac Shakur. The lyrics were raw and described the most negative sides of life.

On the Verge: Roselyn Coleman Williams

Roselyn Coleman Williams developed the app “Acting in the Digital Age: An Actor’s Guide to Finding Work in New Media” to help actors maneuver and succeed in the digital age. Right now, it’s free.

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‘In Jesus time’: God and Hollywood

This past weekend, those faith power players broke “spiritual, creative and financial bread” at the Merge Summit, one of the largest events for people of faith, held in Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Celebrating Charlie Parker

Celebrating Charlie Parker

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Imhotep Guide to Black Events: Spet. 4-14, 2014

As the doors to educational institutions open up across the country, it is a reminder that the learning never stops and that we as an African-American people owe it to ourselves to never forget “the lessons” of the past and the value of education in the accomplishments of our people.

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NYPD’s ‘Hip-Hop Squad’ Keeps Close tabs on Rappers

In the wake of the Suge Knight shooting in Los Angeles, the New York Police Department’s special unit that keeps tabs on hip-hop stars at their shows and parties has stepped up surveillance.

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Dance calendar for September 2014

Check out our September 2014 dance calendar.

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Unique travel adventures for beer, blood, capes, Uganda and homelessness

It seems like everywhere you look these days in blogs and websites, the craft brewery industry is taking center stage.

Letter No. 91: Immigration reform now!

After spending the entire year doing nothing on immigration reform and blocking and bashing every appeal, offer, lobby, cry and motion sent to them, the GOP is now up in arms over the possibility of you using administrative moves on the issue.

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China’s Caribbean plan

If there were any doubts that China has its eyes on Latin America and the Caribbean, just look at the latest statements emanating from Beijing about its plans to assist the Caribbean trade bloc.

Why Mike Brown’s Mother is my Shero

Like many patriotic Americans, I am aching right now in the wake of the death of Mike Brown, the Ferguson, Mo., young man who was gunned down by police, and the ensuing unrest among community members seeking answers and the militaristic response of local authorities.

Vote September 9

Right after Labor Day, New York moves ahead at full speed. The children go back to school, work kicks into high gear and the city prepares to vote in primaries that sometimes are actually the only real contests candidates will encounter in the election cycle.

School Safety Agents Agree to a Tentative Deal

Last week, Teamsters Local 237 and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a tentative contract agreement and a proposed settlement of a pay equity lawsuit that would distribute upwards of $38 million in back pay to current and former school safety employees.

SEIU endorses John Liu in New York Senate race

Former New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu’s run at a state Senate seat might need a bandwagon.

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Five back-to-school acne tips for teens

As back-to-school approaches, stress levels may rise, and teens are more likely to develop acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 40 percent of adolescents have acne or acne scarring.

We’ll March to Save our Communities and our Planet

Poverty and the combination of diesel trucks, waste treatment and power plants and a highway system that has no regard for the area’s residents all add up to a borough that is home to one of the largest concentration of asthma victims in the nation.

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Auction: Music star Naomi Judd’s costume collection

Julien’s Auctions, in Beverly Hills, California, announces the auction of country music star, Naomi Judd’s, costumes and personal items, scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8, at the Julien’s Auctions gallery.

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Robert Jackson led ‘Run for Peace’ through 31st Senatorial District

Joined by State Senator Bill Perkins, community members and other runners, former City Council Member, Robert Jackson, led a “Run for Peace” Sunday through 12.8 miles of the 31st Senatorial District.

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Ferguson rally rescheduled, but protesters still turn out

Despite the cancellation of a planned Labor Day shutdown of Highway I-270 at West Florissant to protest the Aug. 9, killing of Michael Brown by local policeman Darren Wilson, demonstrators still took action and jammed up traffic during a short time around 4:40 p.m.

Cosmopolitan Review Sept 4- 10, 2014

Who could complain about the weather this summer? Beautiful blue skies, a hint of a breeze and bright sunshine. Hopefully fall will prove much of the same...

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Brooklyn organization fights Ebola

Brooklyn’s Imani House, Inc. helps low-income youth, families and immigrants create viable neighborhoods where residents take responsibility and make life-changing decisions for improvement, not just in their community, but globally as well

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Booker Leads in Senate Race

As the Senate’s only Black Democrat, Cory Booker emerged as one of the two most-sought-after Senate Democrats on the campaign trail.

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Fast Food Workers & the Min. Wage in Harlem

While the U.S. has experienced regular job growth after the 2008 Great Recession, wages have remained stagnant, particularly for those employed in service industries.

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Renee Collymore—A force in the classroom and community

Renee Collymore wrote “WE WON” after being declared winner of the 57th committeewoman/district leader seat in the 2012 election.

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Martin Luther King and the Ferguson rebellion

What would the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say if he were alive today about the uprising, or shall we say rebellion, in Ferguson, Mo., in response to a white police officer killing an unarmed Black youth, Michael Brown?

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A belligerent ISIS is not a US crisis

In the wake of the televised beheading of American journalist Tim Foley, there have been urgent calls in the media for an intensified U.S. military response to the Islamic State group (ISIS or ISIL) responsible for Foley’s gruesome murder and a host of other barbaric atrocities across northern Iraq and Syria. 

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City Council hearing on NYPD retraining

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will face the New York City Council at an oversight hearing Sept. 8 to discuss the department’s plans to evaluate its current training procedures and his pledge to retrain, from “top-to-bottom,” 35,000 officers, after the recent death of Staten Island man Eric Garner as a result of a prohibited chokehold applied by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo.

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Clinton Hill framed in cultural art

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, resident L.B. Brown is founder of the Clinton Hill Simply Art & Framing Gallery.

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Olanike Alabi enjoying her campaign for district leader

On Labor Day, Olanike Alabi proudly joined a million or so partying people at the Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade.

Three casino close in Atlantic City

The most remarkable and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out this week when city said goodbye to three casinos.

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Bratton ‘strongly supports’ NYPD body cameras

In the wake of recurring allegations of police brutality, racial profiling and excessive use of force, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that he’s “actively looking” to launch a program that mandates body cameras for NYPD officers.

Obama’s Tan Suit Strategy

President Barack Obama caught as much flak for wearing a tan suit to a press conference as for confessing that he had no strategy for dealing with ISIS inside Syria.

‘Don’t boo, vote!’ Obama boomed

In a Labor Day speech freighted with work metaphors and good news about the nation’s economy, President Barack Obama summoned his best rhetoric at Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee on the national holiday.

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Black man’s death in NYPD custody ruled homicide

On July 13, four days before Eric Garner was killed in a chokehold by a NYPD officer, Ronald Singleton, 45, was killed when officers physically restrained him. Last week, the city’s medical examiner ruled that Singleton’s death was a homicide.

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Fight Over Spoils Turns Deadly in Leaderless Lesotho

In the Kingdom of Lesotho, Prime Minister Tom Thabane, fearing a military coup, slipped out of the country Saturday night.

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International Criminal Court Under Fire

A historic case brought before the ICC against the US, Britain, Canada, France and NATO allies in 2012 focused on war crimes and human rights abuses against Libya, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Palestine and Black people in the United States of America, is aggressively moving forward.

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Run/Walk for a cure for breast cancer

A sea of bright pink takes over Central Park at least once a year as breast cancer survivors and the band of family and supporters take part in the “Race for the Cure.”

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Bronx cheers! NYC officials respond to Texas senator’s slur

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tries to take a bite out of the Big Apple while addressing immigration policy.

Wednesday, September 3

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Public memorial service for Ruby Dee set for Sept. 20

A public memorial service for late actress Ruby Dee is being held on Sept. 20 at The Riverside Church.

Tuesday, September 2

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Amsterdam News Internships are Open

The Amsterdam News is currently looking for interns.

Monday, September 1

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47th Annual West Indian Day Parade takes place in Brooklyn

Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway gives way to the 47th Annual West Indian Day Parade.