Stories for April 2015

Thursday, April 30

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Families of New Yorkers killed by police meet with Gov. Cuomo

The surviving family members of New Yorkers killed by the police over the past decades brought their demand for a special prosecutor for police killings directly to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Capitol office in Albany.

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African Film Fest returns to Lincoln Center

The 22nd New York African Film Festival will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 6 to 12).

Stomp the boulevard!

Kick off the impending mid-week blues and explode into hump day after a night on Harlem’s Restaurant Row, eating, drinking and laughing in reverence of the fourth annual “Food and Drink Boulevard,” presented by Experience: Harlem and the Frederick Douglas Business Alliance.

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Talking SCHOP! A vintage friendship

This week, Kysha "SCHOPgirl" Harris reviews Chuko in Brooklyn.

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Ebony Escapes! into May 2015

You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, I don’t know about the shower part, but May is definitely “blooming” with an abundance of insightful, delightful, creative, fun and fascinating events.

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Best looks for brides and grooms

Last Saturday’s weather was absolutely perfect for a rooftop bridal fashion show! Malan Breton presented his spring-summer 2016 collection for brides and grooms.

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Makeup: Cheek to chic

With a few strokes of mascara, eye shadow and blush, you will add color to your cheeks, and length and definition to your eyes. It makes a difference.

Does Obama take Republican treatment personally?

As President Barack Obama celebrates the confirmation of Loretta Lynch’s nomination, on one hand he is ecstatic, and on the other hand, upset.

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Missing and invisible Black men

The recent death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in Baltimore that has triggered nights of violence is further confirmation of a report in The New York Times about “missing Black men.”

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A fundraiser for Judge Tanya R. Kennedy

Sylvia Alston’s place was packed Sunday afternoon to alert the community of Judge Tanya Kennedy’s re-election bid. Let us hope that her courtroom is never this crowded. 

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Rep. Charles Rangel fundraiser at Sylvia’s Also in Harlem

Supporters of Rep. Charles Rangel attended a fundraiser at Sylvia’s Also Restaurant in Harlem

Cosmopolitan Review 04/30-05/6

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review


Nigeria’s president-elect is already making waves with his pledge to attack corruption, starting with the missing $20 billion allegedly swiped from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the previous administration.


A practice of denying admission to South African public schools children without visas or whose parents are refugees from other African countries is creating a foundation for the current rash of xenophobia, critics of the practice say.


Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, ignoring objections to an ill-advised third term, now faces a growing popular movement to oust him after his term ends this coming June.

Touro students achieve 100 percent match rate

All of the 124 students graduating from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem this coming June who sought and were eligible for highly coveted fall residencies have been matched successfully, the school has announced.

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

I am sure you have heard that old hit song, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Well, ladies, whether you’re in love or not, when you have uncomfortable feelings in your chest that persist, those signs and symptoms can have a lot to do with your survival.

IBO study details income levels of specialized high school students

For almost a decade, the talk around New York City’s specialized high schools has been about access, opportunity and how money affects both. New Yorkers now have some numbers to confirm their beliefs.

Summer fun in Harlem

Children from the ages of 4 to 12 will be able to attend the Artscape Summer Camp at the famous Harlem School of the Arts.

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Mary Eliza Mahoney, the nation’s first Black professional nurse

The Civil War was over by the time Mary Eliza Mahoney was accepted into nursing school, but the gallant Union fighters, particularly those wounded in battle, could have used Mahoney’s skilled professionalism and calm efficiency and caregiving that were the hallmarks of her illustrious career.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 04/30-5/6

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.

Seventh annual August Wilson Monologue Competition

Jujamcyn Theaters and True Colors Theatre Company have announced the judges for the seventh annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, to be held Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 W. 52nd St.).

Harlem School of the Arts presents ‘Colored Museum’ through May 3

Harlem School of the Arts’ Theatre Department presents “The Colored Museum,” written by George C. Wolfe and directed by Alfred Preisser.

Reparations in Chicago

In 2004, a federal judge in Chicago dismissed a lawsuit brought by descendants of slaves against corporations they accused of profiting from slavery, ruling the plaintiffs did not establish a direct link to the companies targeted.

Is Obama planning to pursue slavery reparations in 2016?

According to a report by “Fox Business News” host Charles Payne, in an episode of “Making Money”, the United States’ first Americanized-African president is preparing to reward some of the descendants of those who endured the African holocaust for the past several hundred years and involuntarily labored without compensation while building this country into the superpower it eventually became.

DC 37 calls on extension of city beach/pool season on lifeguards’ behalf

District Council 37 and City Council Parks Committee Chair Mark Levine voiced support for expansion of city beach and pool season. They want it to end the last week of September instead of Labor Day.

FEMA’s grant to NYCHA is as welcome as spring

The impact of Hurricane Sandy on residents of the New York City Housing Authority, who were evacuated to safety or remained without heat or hot water in the fall of 2012, continues to demand attention.

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NJ police shot 15 people in the past two years

A scathing report out of New Jersey indicates that 15 people have been shot by police in the Garden State over the past two years. Nine died at the hands of law enforcement.

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Chris Christie’s decision to send state troopers to Baltimore met with opposition

New Jersey residents are voicing their opposition to Gov. Chris Christie sending 150 state troopers to Baltimore this week to help local law enforcement.

Rekia Boyd’s killer acquitted

A legal point, a very fine one, has helped free a Chicago detective in the shooting death of Rekia Boyd. Cook Country Judge Dennis Porter ruled that prosecutors did not prove that officer Dante Servin had acted recklessly

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Ramona Africa: ‘They’re trying to kill Mumia!’

Close comrades and relatives of Mumia Abu-Jamal have been concerned about his rapidly deteriorating health since his “near-death” March 30 diabetic shock, which caused him to lose consciousness and be hospitalized.

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Kevin Love’s injury changes everything in Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ dreams of an NBA title became a little cloudy Tuesday when the team’s general manager, David Griffin, revealed that Kevin Love, the Cavs’ versatile power forward, would likely be out for the rest of the season with a severe left shoulder injury.

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Brooklyn Nets proving they can run with Atlanta

Despite their four regular season losses to the Atlanta Hawks, the Brooklyn Nets have been able to run with the Hawks in this postseason, almost winning playoff Game 2 in the Dirty Dirty, winning Game 3 and 4 here, at home.

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams welcomes Cosmos to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams held a soccer ball “kick around” and extended a special Brooklyn welcome to New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese, assistant coach Alecko Eskandarian, New York Cosmos players Raul Gonzalez and Long Island native Carlos Mendes and Joe Barone, chairman of the National Premier Soccer League.

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Ezekiel Elliott wins the 2015 Sullivan Award

Amateur Athletic Union President and CEO Dr. Roger J. Goudy described this year’s Sullivan Award finalists as perhaps the strongest group ever, an unquestionable who’s who of amateur sports.

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Another special award for Jah-Leah Ellis

The 2014-15 All-Met Division III women’s college basketball teams were announced Tuesday by the Met Basketball Writers Association, and College of New Rochelle senior forward Jah-Leah Ellis (Harlem, N.Y., Hun School of Princeton, N.J.) has been selected to the Third Team.

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Who will take the blame if Mayweather, Pacquiao is a stinker?

Saturday night, 38-year-old Floyd Mayweather and 36-year-old Manny Pacquiao will meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a welterweight bout that theoretically will determine who is the so-called best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

What Hillary Clinton needs to do to win the presidency

Like her or hate her, Hillary Clinton has made it clear she is going to fight like Ali to be the first female president of the United States.

Second Caribbean government taken out by voters

In all this year, six general elections are to be held in the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc, and if internal and other polls hold true, four of these are expected to yield new governments or result in wafer-thin majorities.

Cable & Wireless locks arms with hotel group

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Cable & Wireless Communications, a full-service communications provider operating in 16 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

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What $5 can do for you

Many years ago, I began saving $5 bills after getting change. This small act has changed the way I view money, how I shop and what I view as needs versus wants.

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Strengthening our mission against gun violence

Let’s change the way we look at gun violence. Instead of simply calling it crime, we need to call it what it truly is: one the most serious threats to public health in Harlem.

Senseless brutality

Anyone who has watched the video of Walter Scott being gunned down by officer Michael Slager in North Charleston, S.C., should be absolutely shocked by what occurred.

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Brook Stephenson helps writers of color fill their pages

This week's Black New York is writer Brook Stephenson.

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Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. kicks off Bronx Week 2015

Sunday, May 3 Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is hosting an outdoor food, music and art festival at the Bronx General Post Office to kick off Bronx Week 2015.

New Yorkers urge to help mother's march for justice

Three New York leaders of the police anti-brutality movement are participating in the Million Moms March to the U.S. Justice Department in Washington Mother’s Day weekend.

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Remembering Chris Shakim Owens, victim of senseless gun violence

Sunday, April 26, people gathered on the corner of 120th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the stray-bullet slaying of 13-year-old Chris Shakim Owens in 2009.

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World-renowned Pentecostal leader, builder, college founder William L. Bonner dies at 93

The honorable Chief Apostle William Lee Bonner, a spiritual leader and book author who built an international organization, landmark educational institutions and churches, and reached millions in his ministry, passed away Friday, April 3.

A baby for Sherri and a new role for Perry

This week's entertainment and celebrity news updates with Florence Anthony.

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Kurtis Blow joins other hip-hop artists to celebrate Disco Fever reunion

With the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts sponsoring the 38th anniversary of the famed Bronx nightclub Disco Fever by presenting “Fever Re-Union: Old School Hip-Hop Concert” Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m., this writer had the occasion to talk to one of the original hip-hoppers, Kurtis Blow.

Dance calendar: May 2015

Two events highlight this month’s dance calendar, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia and Gabriel “Kwickstep” Dionisio’s hip-hop dance group Full Circle (May 1) and Marjani Forte (May 6 to 9).

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Another beginning for Dance Theatre of Harlem

The Dance Theatre of Harlem's April 2015 season marked the return to its longtime home, New York City Center.

Miles, Michele Rosewoman, 2015 Jazz Masters

Ron Scott gives us this week's "Jazz Notes".

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Welcome, Attorney General Loretta Lynch

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had hardly finished being sworn in Monday as the first African-American woman to hold the position when the outrage and violence in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death in police custody became an immediate flashpoint.

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B'More Unrest

The killing of another Black male by police left Baltimore burning Monday, April 27, 2015. It is calmer now, with curfews, multiple arrests and a simmering anger replacing the unbridled outrage that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray.

Wednesday, April 29

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Demonstrators gather in Union Square for Freddie Gray

Thousands gather in Union Square Wednesday night for a peaceful demonstration organized by Millions March NYC for police brutality victim Freddie Gray.

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A Tale of Two African Nations: Nigeria and Congo

Nations across sub-Saharan Africa have for decades struggled to establish strong and stable democracies upon the ruins of single-party systems notorious for squelching dissenting views, jailing opposition leaders and embarking on self-serving economic policies that brought hardship to their peoples.

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Federal agent fatally shoots alleged hammer-wielding Black man in Detroit

Reports indicate that a federal agent in Detroit fatally shot a Black man 10 times who was allegedly wielding a hammer on Monday triggering demonstrations in the Motor City.

Tuesday, April 28

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AmNews Live: All Eyes on Baltimore

New York Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde and staff writer Cyril Josh Barker discuss the situation in Baltimore.

Monday, April 27

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Baltimore uprising: Justice for Freddie Gray

Community leaders advocate for calm in Baltimore as the city moves forward and peaceful protests take place.

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How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake

Help from around the world is needed after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend continues to have a devastating aftermath as the death tolls rises.

Friday, April 24

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Texas House votes to deregulate natural hair braiders

Effort follows court decision declaring irrational laws unconstitutional

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Just who is Loretta Lynch?

Loretta Lynch takes her place in history this week as the U.S. Senate confirms as the first African American female U.S. Attorney General but who is she?

Thursday, April 23

Backlash follows xenophobic South African attacks on fellow Africans

April 19 (GIN)—Shocking images of South Africans beating foreign-born residents residing in Durban, Johannesburg and other parts of the country stunned the continent, which had taken a message of brotherhood from former South African President Nelson Mandela.

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New Nigerian buharism and democracy

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has turned a new page and heralds a new dawn with her March 28 presidential election that saw the emergence of Muslim politician and former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari elected to the highest office in the land.

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United States Senator Charles Schumer on the Loretta Lynch confirmation

The 5-month saga of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation process as Attorney General has been frustrating, but finally, today the Senate confirmed Ms. Lynch as the first African-American woman ever to hold the office of Attorney General.

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Obamacare: Its importance and complexities explained

Presuming you’ve done well and lived up to the good recommendations dispensed during March Nutrition Month, the upcoming fifth annual National Urban Health Conference is packed with additional information that will help you as you continue your pursuit of wellness and happiness.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 4/23-4/29

Imhotep gives his weekly guide to Black events.

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Harlem Earth Day 2015

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the Earth! Yes, we should be doing that every day, but this Saturday, April 25, Harlem Park to Park will present Harlem Earth Day in Morningside Park, noon to 4 p.m.

Talking SCHOP! Miso Mania

Kysha "SCHOPgirl" shares her recipes for Miso Black Cod and Red Miso Hangar Steak.

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More to Macon than meets the eye

African-Americans have played a significant role in the history of Macon, Ga., since its early founding. Although many people identify the city with two of its most famous native sons—Otis Redding and Little Richard—there were numerous other African-Americans and institutions that helped make the city what it is today.

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Spring awakening: Harlem Skincare & Laser Clinic has moved

Seven Brown is so excited to invite everyone to the opening of her Harlem Skincare & Laser Clinic April 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at 2119 Frederick Douglas Blvd., between 114th and 115th streets.

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Talulah’s terrific styles

For Australia’s Fashion Week earlier this month, Talulah’s collection was colorful, sexy and stylish!

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At last! Loretta Lynch confirmed as U.S. Attorney General

At last, after a delay of more than five months, Loretta E. Lynch was narrowly confirmed as U.S. Attorney General by the Senate Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters look to get back old disability pay

New York City firefighters are looking to restore disability pay for new hires that was lost under the previous state governor.

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Fight for $15 and ‘Black Lives Matter’ take over NYC

Across the country, fast-food workers walked off their jobs in a display of solidarity and how far they will go for a living wage.

Car wash workers win strike, sending a powerful message

After four months on the picket lines that spanned a brutally cold winter and a difficult holiday season, “carwasheros” at Vegas Auto Spa in Brooklyn, N.Y., have won their strike and ratified a landmark contract agreement that includes wage hikes, strong worker protections and a $1,500-per-person signing bonus.

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Jazmin is coming with a huge arsenal

David Goodson talks R&B singer Jazmin Sullivan in this week's Nightlife review.

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#March2Justice concludes in DC

March2Justice arrived at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Members of Justice League NYC stood alongside Rep. John Conyers as he reintroduced the End Racial Profiling Act.

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The Greater NY Links in Philadelphia

The Greater New York chapter and the Philadelphia chapter of the Links commemorated the social activism of the Links founding members in celebration of Women’s History Month.

The Cosmopolitan Review 4/23-4/29

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

Touro College of Pharmacy students celebrate residencies

Touro College of Pharmacy students are celebrating their recently announced residency matches at prestigious institutions throughout the United States and its territories.

A rap to the bladder

Just below your navel is the area where the bladder lies internally. Tenderness in this area can often signal that a bladder infection may be in progress.

Farrakhan praises the unique value of the Black woman

“The value of the Black woman is worth more than the value of the Earth.” This was the message of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the national minister for the Nation of Islam, who addressed a national audience of women Saturday, April 18.

Abyssinian hosts a wonderful evening of jazz and reparations

It was fortuitous this past weekend to have Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan’s wake and viewing at the Abyssinian Baptist Church last Thursday right around the corner from the Reparations Summit, convened at the same time by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century at Mother AMEZ Church in Harlem.

Dancehall superstar Konshens embarks on his ‘College Pop Up’ campaign in New York

You know it’s a good day when you receive a notification that there will be a special guest attending your class today, but can you imagine if that person turned out to be dancehall superstar Konshens?

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Jersey rallies for pro-Mumia teacher

“House negroes! All of you! You ought to be ashamed of yourselves! Let that young lady teach,” bellowed angry octogenarian activist Nat Williams at the apparent smugness and indifference to the community’s overwhelming support for embattled Orange elementary school teacher Marilyn Zuniga by Orange’s majority African-American Board of Education.

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Samuel J. Battle, New York City’s first Black man in blue

Reading Ginger Adams Otis’ engrossing “Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest,” which centers on the ordeal and ultimate success of Wesley Williams to become a fireman, she cited a passage about another African-American pioneer in uniform, Samuel J. Battle, New York City’s first Black policeman.

The stricter the government, the wiser its population

As Justice Department lawyers Friday, April 17 urged the federal appeals court in New Orleans to let President Barack Obama’s November 2014 executive action on immigration immediately move forward, despite a legal challenge by 26 red states, my aunt called to tell me about the marriage of a 50-year-old immigrant caregiver to her 99-year-old employer.

Largest shareholder plotting to collapse regional island hopper

Barbados and Antigua, two of the largest shareholders of the regional commuter air service that is an aviation lifeline to many islands in the Caribbean Community, are at the center of a heated row with Antigua.

St. Lucian resorts switch on for Earth Day

Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts marked Earth Day this past Wednesday by switching their lighting systems to an energy efficient, ecologically friendly light-emitting diode solution.

Smart crook versus crooked cop

During the turbulent 1980s and early 1990s, when murder, mayhem and drugs plagued the inner cities, scores of self-made gangsters vied for control of certain neighborhoods.

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Stuck in the middle of a deadly dilemma

Over the past several months, a lot of attention has been focused on killer cops. Every other day, we seem to witness a case of police brutality that ends in murder.

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NJ mourns death of teen basketball star

“Welcome to death avenue” was written on a wall across the street from where a young teen was fatally shot in Paterson, N.J. City officials have since painted over the message that carries a heavy meaning.

Friends remember Freddie Carlos Gray

Freddie Carlos Gray whose age has been misreported in media accounts, died April 19, a week after an arrest by Baltimore police near his home in West Baltimore left Gray with spinal injuries and in critical condition.

‘They are killing Mumia,’ wife charges

Wadiya Jamal, wife of the imprisoned and ailing Mumia Abu-Jamal, was shocked to see photos of her husband. She was even more horrified seeing him in person last Thursday at the SCI Mahanoy.

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Bojan Bogdanovic named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

The NBA named Brooklyn Nets guard-forward Bojan Bogdanovic Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in April.

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LeBron Cavs may be the only hope for the East

The opening week of the NBA playoffs have reaffirmed what the regular season clearly established: The Eastern Conference is demonstratively inferior to the Western Conference from top to bottom.

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Liberty makes superb additions on WNBA Draft Day

It was supposed to be a relatively uneventful WNBA draft, with no stars on par with Brittney Griner, the top draft pick of 2013, or Breanna Stewart, the likely first pick in 2016. But then, two players who met the league’s requirement of turning 22 this year decided to leave their college days behind and go pro.

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NBA top guns in playoffs shooting straight

Across the country, millions of NBA fans are buying into “Let’s give the championship trophy to a team from the west.”

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Support local businesses

Harlem residents deserve to have stores that provide clothes, coffee, food and a host of other goods. However, I wonder what the long-term costs will be for the neighborhood and the community if, slowly but surely, many of the locally owned businesses disappear.

In de Blasio’s New York, where are the construction jobs going under his affordable housing plan?

Many were optimistic when Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to lead a new affordable housing construction surge that would deliver 200,000 new and renovated units of housing to New York City over a decade.

A fictional conversation between President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas

Never before in America’s history have three Black men occupied such official positions of power: President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Kyla Imani McMillan, a 13-year-old inspiration

This weeks Black New Yorker is 13-year-old singer, dancer, and performer Kyla Imani McMillan.

Local students calling on presidential candidates to support 'Debt-Free College'

Hunter College and CUNY students, faculty and community members came together Tuesday to call on 2016 presidential candidates to support a national goal of debt-free college at public institutions of higher education.

‘Jail Ain't No Good' annual walk-a-thon

The Masjid Malcolm Shabazz Mosque is hosting the “Jail Ain’t No Good” annual walk-a-thon Saturday, April 25.The four-mile walk will start at 11 a.m. at West 116th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.

Chris S. Owens to be honored

The life of gun violence victim Chris S. Owens is being honored at a vigil Sunday, April 26 from noon to 2 p.m. in Harlem on the corner of West 121st Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

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A man’s faith and a DA who believed in his innocence

Michael Waithe, 52, served time—a year and a half of a possible four-and-a-half-year sentence—for a crime he didn’t commit. Through his 30-year ordeal of fighting to be cleared and the prospect of being deported, he says he never lost his faith in God.

Organizations call on City Council to drop NYPD proposal

Last week, a group made up of nearly 60 organizations sent a letter to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the council itself to oppose their proposal to add 1,100 police officers to the New York Police Department’s headcount.

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What can’t the dancers of Ailey II do?

For their weeklong run at the Joyce Theater (March 17 to 22), Ailey II didn’t entice audiences to come see a premiere, nor did the promotions offer anything else that was new. What was expected, however, was a season of good dancing from really good dancers.

Beloved singer Johnny Kemp passes

Johnny Kemp, beloved singer of the 1988 hit “Just Got Paid,” died April 16 in Jamaica while in the country to join the Tom Joyner cruise. The married father of two was 55.

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Lawrence, Basquiat and Wiley: Art revolutionists

The artist Jacob Lawrence’s “One-Way Ticket: Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North” is now on exhibit through Sept. 7 at the Museum of Modern Art.

Lane, Uggams and Epps discuss history of Blacks in theater

Stewart F. Lane wrote a phenomenal book called “Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way,” published by Square One Publishers. The book chronicles the history of Blacks in theater, and it is a marvelous, exciting, fascinating history.

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An American in Paris’ has been reinvented!

Broadway’s Palace Theatre, at the corner of Broadway and 47th Street, is home to a reimagined version of “An American in Paris,” and it is worth seeing.

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Solange Knowles’ business partner in critical condition after stabbing

Solange Knowles was faced with a personal emergency last week and was forced to cancel a DJ set she had booked aligning with the Coachella festival. Knowles rushed back to New Orleans after learning her business partner and friend Armina Mussa had been stabbed.

Everything about ‘Song From the Forest’

Louis Sarno explains his inspiration for writing his book, “Song From the Forest: My Life Among the Pygmies,” which is playing currently and receiving strong accolades from a wide variety of his peers and critics alike.

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The TFF, with Moet

New York has always been cool. That’s a fact, but with the Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios, the chic factor has been amped up.

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Animation Showcase’ screens in New York City

In New York City, April 24 to May 29, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI,” an animation series aimed at highlighting the techniques that make up the craft of animation.

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Loretta Lynch: U.S. attorney general confirmation watch

Loretta E. Lynch, 55, may soon make history. She will be the 83rd U.S. attorney general if and when she is confirmed.

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Communities searching for solutions to gun violence

This past weekend, with the last strains of a harsh winter replaced by rising temperatures, gunshots rang out in three New York boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan.

Tuesday, April 21

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First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at Tuskegee University commencement

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Tuskegee University’s 130th Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Friday, April 17

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‘Bama State Style’ gives look into HBCU band life

Lifetime premieres its newest reality series “Bama State Style” featuring the Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets.

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Singer Johnny Kemp dead at 55

Reports indicate that R&B singer Johnny Kemp has died.

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Fight for $15 & 'Black Lives Matter' take over NYC

Several studies have been done showing that an increase in the wages of these employees would help boost the economy and lower the burden on tax payers since workers wouldn’t have to rely on public assistance and food stamps in order to survive.

Thursday, April 16

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Noted women host 'For Sisters Only' panel at NAN convention

Female panelists came together to discuss issues and topics relating to Black women and girls during the National Action Network’s 15thannual convention last week.

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National Action Network labor panel urges workers to raise hell

April 10, the nation’s top labor leaders took the struggle to protect the rights of working men and women to the annual National Action Network convention.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events 04/16-04/22

Imhotep gives his weekly guide to Black Events.

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New York City Hot Sauce Expo 2015

New York City heats up Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 with High River Sauces’ third annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo (@NYCHotSauceExpo), taking place at the Brooklyn Expo.

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Talking SCHOP! You’re so AmNewsFOOD

The Amsterdam News is excited to be an official media sponsor of the first annual Harlem EatUp! festival (@HarlemEatUp), going down May 14–17.

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Macon, Georgia: ‘The Song and Soul of the South’

In the first part of this feature series, we had just begun to grasp the overall “lay of the land” of Macon, Ga., a boutique town of approximately 90,000 residents situated a little more than an hour northwest of Atlanta.

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Children’s clothes spring up

From toddlers to teens, petitePARADE’s eighth Kids Fashion Week show was spectacular. Their young models strutted down the runway and sparked excitement with this audience in clothes from over 100 designers.

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Destination shopping tours: In Paris and New York City

Imagine traveling to New York City or Paris with a planned tour of all your favorite shops and meeting some of your favorite designers. CJ Tours, a full service Parisian fashion and beauty shopping tour operator and online boutique, will handle all of the details of just that sort of trip for you.

Report: 42 percent of workers in the US paid less than $15 an hour

A new report by the National Employment Law Project concluded that 42 percent of workers in the United States are paid less than $15 an hour.

Workers sue federal contractors

Contracted workers at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Park Service and the National Zoo have filed a complaint seeking $1.6 million in unpaid wages under the U.S. Service Contract Act.

The brutal, beautiful sport of boxing takes center stage with Mayweather vs Paquiao

In wake of the upcoming Mayweather vs Paquiao fight, David Goodson remembers one of the biggest and brutal boxing matches in history.

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‘Helping others survive’

At the State Office Building in Harlem, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs held their Women’s History Month Celebration.

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Grand engagement ceremony takes place in Brooklyn

A magnificent engagement ceremony was held Saturday, April 11 at Brooklyn’s Eden Palace Banquet Hall, joining the Shittu and Banire families.

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A glorious celebration for the life of Dr. Ben

While there is no dismissing the glorious encomiums for the late Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan—and they were as full of praise as the many dispensers—the priceless item at his more than three-hour funeral service at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem was the printed program.

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Hearing from victims of police brutality

In the wake of the police killing of an unarmed Black man in North Charleston, S.C., the National Action Network’s annual conference kicked off last Wednesday.

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April 2015 marks 29th Alcohol Awareness Month

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

The Cosmopolitan Review 04/16-04/22

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

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I Love New York hosts Eagle Academy Students for a day at Hunter Mountain

Love New York recently partnered with the Ski Areas of New York to host a day of outdoor activities for Eagle Academy students in an effort to expand opportunities for young New Yorkers and broaden the reach of its tourism campaign.

Report: Boko Haram forced nearly 1 million kids from their homes in Nigeria

More than 800,000 children, some as young as 4, have been forced to flee their homes since last year because of Boko Haram’s violent attacks on military forces and civilians in Nigeria, according to a new United Nations report.

The indomitable Callie House, reparations pioneer

After a week of reparations festivities this past weekend, under the auspices of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, there is a need to keep the discussion going on this important issue.

UN unveils permanent memorial to transatlantic slave trade

The idea that began as a U.N. General Assembly resolution Dec. 17, 2007, culminated March 25 with the unveiling of “The Ark of Return,” located at the Visitors’ Entrance Plaza at U.N. headquarters in New York City.

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Obama tackled on immigration at Jamaica town hall

s President Barack Obama met with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday, April 9, here in the U.S. Diaspora, I hoped that at least CARICOM leaders would have the good sense to raise the issue of immigration with the president, especially because Caribbean-American Rep.

Jamaican teen stopped from joining Islamic State

Of all the leaders in the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc, Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad would appear to have an obsession with terrorist organizations in the Middle East and their impact on the rest of the world, vulnerable youth in particular.

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Sandals relaunches Ochi resort

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (April 16)—After a multimillion-dollar renovation project, Sandals Resorts has relaunched the chain’s largest and Jamaica’s newest resort to date, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

Obama travels to Jamaica, Panama to improve relations

The tension among the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean countries has not really changed for 100 years.

Violence in blue

Are the incidents of the police caught on camera committing one brutal, atrocious act after another aberrations or are they merely a small sample of even more occurrences that are never recorded? We like to believe it’s the former.

Why don’t Black lives matter?

Why don’t Black lives matter? Is it because according to the Constitution we are still just three-fifths of a person? Is it because our communities seem poorer than others? Or is it because when we dress in a hoodie, we are a threat?

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Credit Derek Fisher as his team played and won with pride

Fans angrily questioned the value of the Knicks winning games that, in their view, were meaningless and theoretically jeopardizing a guaranteed top three pick, which they would receive by finishing with the worst record in the NBA.

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Stars come out for Mayor Ras Baraka’s birthday party

Mayor Ras Baraka was in his element as he celebrated his birthday with family, supporters and friends at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott Monday night.

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Knicks salute loyal fans at Fan Appreciation Night

The New York Knicks’ final home game of the season paid special tribute to the team’s fans with a series of rewards and unique experiences as part of Knicks Fan Appreciation Night, presented by the Chase Freedom Credit Card.

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Farrakhan to speak at women-only meeting

"Until the Black woman is lifted up, Black people will never be respected, nor respect themselves,” says Minister Louis Farrakhan.

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Figure Skating in Harlem shoots for the stars

To celebrate its 18th anniversary of existence and 10th anniversary of fundraising galas, Figure Skating in Harlem moved off the ice at Trump Rink in Central Park to a new venue, 583 Park Ave.

Another Unarmed Black man gunned down by police—This time in Tulsa

Funeral services Sunday for Walter Scott, the Black man shot and killed in North Charleston, S.C., had only recently concluded when a police video was released showing an unarmed Black man fleeing the police when he was subsequently tackled, forced to the pavement then shot and killed.

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NBA, PepsiCo newest landmark marketing partners

PepsiCo and the National Basketball Association announced a new multiyear marketing partnership, making the food and beverage company an official marketing partner of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association, NBA Development League and USA Basketball, beginning next season.

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Nelly facing drug charges

According to reports, rapper and reality star Nelly is facing felony drug charges after being arrested in Tennessee April 11.

Dr. Ben and Dale Fitzgerald farewell

On a misty morning of clouds, more than 1,000 people, dressed primarily in African garb, stood regally in a tremendously long line, waiting for admission into Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church to celebrate the life of Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, affectionately called “Dr. Ben.”

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Increased Black diversity in the US, New York City

Just recently, the Pew Research Center released a report that said the number of Black immigrants has more than quadrupled since 1980.

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CTH celebrates 15th anniversary

Theater and Harlem luminaries converged on the Apollo Theater Soundstage Monday to mark the 15th anniversary of the Classical Theatre of Harlem with Ty Jones, producing artistic director, and David Roberts, managing director.

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Not good enough: How New York is failing minority businesses

For decades, minority-owned firms have been trying to do business with New York City and New York state governments. And for decades, they’ve been told that, for varying reasons, they’re “just not good enough” to compete.

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A talk with ‘Manos Sucias’ creator Josef Wladyka

During the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, director and screenwriter Josef Wladyka’s “Manos Sucias” won the award for Best New Narrative Director and an Audience Award.

Obama’s dangerous wordplay

As if the Islamic Republic of Iran’s determined pursuit of nuclear weapons were not enough, President Barack Obama’s recent interview should prove to everyone just how dangerous the framework agreement announced in Lausanne April 2 really is.

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Select films from Tribeca Film Festival 2015

Select films from Tribeca Film Festival 2015

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From New York to DC, folks set off on #March2Justice

Monday kicked off Justice League NYC’s first March2Justice

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Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy merges academics and activism

This week's Black New Yorker is activist and educator Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy.

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Mary J. Blige, Spike Lee, technology highlight Tribeca Film Festival 2015

The Tribeca Film Festival is back for its 15th year. The selection of this year’s films is one of the best in recent years. Mary J. Blige’s documentary, “Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions” will screen at the Beacon Theater April 16.

Author Elizabeth Alexander hosts book signing

Professor and author Elizabeth Alexander is hosting a book signing for her memoir, “The Light of the World,” at Barnes and Noble, Union Square, Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

City college student organizations rally in solidarity with 60,000 workers

Various student organizations at the City College of New York rallied in front of the Wille Administration Building Wednesday, advocating for more student services on campus.

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Community bids Dr. Ben farewell

Two days of ceremonies at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church last week allowed associates, comrades, family and friends of acclaimed Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan the opportunity to pay their final respects before he was interred at Ferncliff Cemetery Friday afternoon.

Delta Sigma Theta hosts annual book fair

The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is having its annual Black Book Fair Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Medgar Evers College.

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Hillary’s in!

About a minute and half into her online announcement of her presidential bid last Sunday, Hillary Clinton said, “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by, so you can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is strong.”

To test or not to test: The saga of Common Core

Tuesday marked the beginning of Common Core testing for many elementary and middle school students across New York, but the arrival of Common Core hasn’t come without its detractors.

Participatory budget discussions come down the stretch

Participatory budget week begins in New York City, with residents getting to determine what capital project would most improve their neighborhoods.

Saturday, April 11

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A glorious celebration for the life of Dr. Ben

While there is no dismissing the glorious encomiums for the late Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan—and they were as full of praise as the many dispensers—the priceless item at his more than three-hour funeral service at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem was the printed program.

Friday, April 10

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VIDEO: Funeral services for Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan

Funeral services for Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem

Thursday, April 9

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The New York Amsterdam News​ Summer Internship Program

We're looking for Editorial, Photography, Web and Social Media interns.

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Duke University’s super freshmen didn’t play like freshmen in the NCAA Final Four championship game.

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The Nets making a final desperate run to playoff land

The attention to the Brooklyn Nets’ “better late than never” resurgence has been like the mediocrity of their NBA season.

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Limited in talent, young Knicks playing hard for Derek Fisher

It was unsurprising, in fact, it was expected, when a chorus of Knicks fans concluded that Derek Fisher did not possess the necessities to be a capable coach in the NBA barely four months into his first season on the bench.

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Lois Elfman’s Amsterdam News top 10 NY-NJ lady hoopsters

With the season now concluded, we are naming the Amsterdam News Top 10 Players from our area.

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Brook Lopez plays his way to back-to-back Player of the Week honors

The NBA announced that Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 5.

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Jay-Z announces 2015 Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship

The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students, as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time.

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Amsterdam News live streams funeral services for Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan

Funeral services for the late Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan on Friday, April 10 will be live streamed on

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Billie Holiday centennial celebration

Billie Holiday is one of the best jazz singers in history. This is not up for debate. However, she could just as easily be considered one of the best blues singers as well.

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Touro students learn team care in Harlem

On a recent Thursday morning, across 125th Street from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, pharmacy and medical students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Touro College of Pharmacy gathered for the first session of a course titled “Introduction to Cultural Competence in Healthcare.”

Aspirin: Foe or friend?

Aspirin is a wonderful drug, but it has its complications.

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Wendell Pierce fighting food deserts in New Orleans

Noted actor Wendell Pierce, who has appeared in televisions shows like “The Wire” and “Treme” and successful films like “Horrible Bosses,” has become dedicated to fulfilling a need in his hometown of New Orleans. 

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A special tribute to Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan (1918–2015)

Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan (Dr. Ben) was the preeminent “Multi-Genius of Our Time.”

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Berlin’s Fashion Week: Chic yet functional clothes

At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, the looks were chic and showed military influences.

‘Tallest Tree’: Beaty phenomenal as Robeson

From the time that Daniel Beaty began his one-man show “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” your attention was grabbed and maintained.

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Jacob Lawrence’s ‘Migration Series’ at MoMA

Marking the centennial of the beginning of the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North, the Museum of Modern Art presents “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North.”

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Tribeca Film Festival: two documentaries of note

Sometimes when you say the word “documentary,” it’s perceived as “boring” or depressing. Although, sometimes that’s true, it isn’t for “Song of Lahore” and “In My Fathers’ House.”

Dean of Black ministers, the Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, passes at 96

The good reverend joined the ancestors after attending Easter services at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Durham, N.C. He died of an apparent heart attack at the Duke University Medical Center. He was 96.

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Celebrating Dr. Ben’s extraordinary life

As family and friends prepare to commemorate the lifelong achievements of renowned factologist, Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as “Dr. Ben,” at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, thousands from all walks of life are expected to attend.

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Harlem School for the Arts’ Campbell leaving

The Harlem School of the Arts announced Monday that President and CEO Yvette L. Campbell is leaving her post and headed for United Arab Emirates for a career in international arts management.

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Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner, patriarch of an illustrious family

While Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Miller, were the parents of several highly successful children, they were fairly accomplished in their own right.

Cinque Brath attends Namibian inauguration with uncle Kwame Brathwaite

Nothing would have pleased Elombe Brath more than to have been among the invited guests at the recent inauguration of Dr. Hage Geingob, Namibia’s third president.

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Writing letters must not be a dying art

All of these modes of communication are necessary and helpful in our quest to stay involved and connected. However, I am proposing the slower way to stay connected.

Convertible justice: The inequitable currency of human life

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from a Nigerian school and the three-month anniversary of the slaughter of 2,000 people in Baga, how can we explain the lack of international response to the expansion of Boko Haram?

Is this better?

Increasing the number of people graduating from high school and seeking higher education is particularly important in our inner cities, where public high school graduation rates are often less than 70 percent.

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National Action Network holds annual convention

The National Action Network's Annual Conference kicked off yesterday at a ribbon cutting ceremony where Rev. Al Sharpton was joined by Mayor de Blaiso, NJ Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Chairman Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, NAN Board Members, and other special invited guests.

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events 04/9-04/15

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.

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A Great Day (for food) in Harlem

Styled to pay homage to the iconic 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem,” Harlem EatUp! Festival's founding sponsor Citi and organizers staged a commemorative photo shoot featuring Harlem chefs and restaurateurs.

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Talking SCHOP! Two-for-one holiday weekend

Kysha "SCHOPgirl" Harris gives a review of Manhattan restaurant Indian Road Cafe.

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Welcome to Macon, Georgia!

Located a little over an hour’s drive north from Atlanta, Macon is a boutique town (approximately 90,000 people in the entire county) that offers a bigger city punch.

Federal EEOC: NYC discriminated against minority/women employees

Monday, the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined that the city of New York had systematically discriminated against its employees on the basis of race and gender, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

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McDonald’s workers offended by company’s wage ‘stunt’

One day after workers announced a planned strike on tax day, April 15, McDonald’s engaged in an act many workers have labeled as cynical.

Still going crazy for Will Downing

David Goodson talks about Will Downing and his latest album in this weeks "Nightlife" review.

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G&B Foundations’ 15th annual Awards and Scholarship Luncheon

March 21, Riccardo’s Ballroom in Astoria hosted the G&B Foundations’ 15th Annual Awards and Scholarship Luncheon, honoring seven young people with college scholarships.

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Caribbean culinary series for PBS

Jamaican-born Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair will tantalize viewers with traditional and gourmet Caribbean recipes on the new cooking series, “Taste the Islands with Chef Irie.”

What in the world is Cuomo thinking?

So much for New York being one of only a few states in the union to allow high school graduates who are undocumented immigrants to apply for state financial aid for college.

Ex-officers line up behind Guyana elections coalition

When the Caribbean trade bloc headquarter nation of Guyana votes for a new government May 11, the elections will most likely be a straight race between a multiracial opposition coalition group and the Indo-dominated governing People’s Progressive Party...

Test taking and money making

I voted no for the so-called education reforms portion of the $141.6 billion New York budget for two reasons.

Time to reap some reparations!

There are times when the editorials in the major dailies take positions on subjects that we applaud.

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The Rev. Dr. Clarence Norman Sr. celebrates 62 years as pastor at the same church

Norman is a multifaceted and caring individual with extensive training and commitment in areas that affect the community.

The Cosmopolitan Review 04/9-04/15

Added to the ongoing saga of hatred is the recent episode featuring Patrick Cherry (I refuse to call him detective, as he is a disgrace to the squad). Just who does he think he is?

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Mumia still in critical condition

Suzanne Ross, a veteran activist and longtime stalwart in the fight for the liberation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, was among a contingent of supporters who traveled to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka speaking truth to power

After only eight months since being sworn in as mayor of Newark, New Jersey’s largest urban city, Ras Baraka recently expressed several strong demands to executives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and to the governor of New Jersey during his first State of the City address.

Obama’s doctrine and legacy

If President Barack Obama’s intention is to forge a legacy, one mainly based on his foreign policy, he has made several decisive steps toward that goal.

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Marishka Phillips brings soul to the stage

The term “triple threat” does not fully encompass all of the talents Marishka Phillips possesses.


Last weekend, Brooklyn City Council Member Jumaane Williams hosted his third annual Easter egg hunt at Wyckoff Farmhouse in partnership with East Flatbush Village Inc.


The life of gun violence victim Chris S. Owens will be honored at a vigil Sunday, April 26, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Harlem on the corner of West 121st Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.


Justice League NYC is hosting the March2Justice April 13 with honorary co-chairs Harry Belafonte and 1199 SEIU President George Gresham.

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Sharpton slams S.C. murder

Citizens mobilized and rallied Wednesday morning in North Charleston, S.C. in outrage over yet another shooting of an unarmed Black man.

Teachers, parents respond to Cuomo’s budget

The education plans slipped into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $142 billion budget have left several parties either unresponsive or outright displeased.

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The Boko Haram insurgency is facing a new combatant in their war on the Nigerian people. He is a seasoned former general and now president—Muhammadu Buhari.

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Frightened students at Garissa University in northeast Kenya hid for what seemed like a lifetime as a small band of al Shabaab terrorists lined young people up on the floor and fired bullets into the backs of their heads.

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Community hosts celebratory home-going for Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan

“Dr. Ben was very close to Malcolm. He was the one giving Malcolm spiritual guidance,” revealed professor James Small. “He shoveled dirt on Malcolm’s grave. He was there. His loss hit him very hard.”

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Casey’s Crisis

Casey Bardowell is 3 feet tall, weighs 50 pounds and is 9-years-old. She takes up to 40 medications daily because she suffers from a severe form of graft-versus-host disease.

Wednesday, April 8

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A murder most foul

Citizens mobilize and rally Wednesday morning in North Charleston, S.C. as the nation is outraged over yet another shooting of an unarmed Black man.

Tuesday, April 7

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Stunning photos of Mumia Abu-Jamal's health condition

The following photos of Mumia Abu-Jamal were taken on April 6, 2015. He was taken to the hospital previously due to issues with diabetes.

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Apollo Theater inducts Billie Holiday into Walk of Fame

In celebration of her 100th birthday, the Apollo Theater inducts jazz singer Billie Holiday into its Walk of Fame.

Thursday, April 2

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events 04/1-04/8

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.

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… Into Easter

Kysha Harris shares some recipes to try at the dinner table this Easter Sunday.

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Talking SCHOP! Emerging from winter…

Kysha "SCHOPgirl" Harris shares a recipe for an arugula salad.

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For the love of travel (guides)

This week, Lysa Allman-Baldwin discusses travel guides for travelers of all kinds.

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Natural hair news: Tgin is in Target

Tgin (Thank God I’m Natural) is a delicate cream and conditioning collection for natural hair, and the good news is, it’s now on the shelves at Target.

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Workers prepare for national strike

The largest rally of underpaid workers is set to take place April 15—tax day.

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Free Ramsey Orta

Ramsey Orta, the man who shot the video of Eric Garner being killed by police last year, remains at Rikers Island, held on $100,000 bond on weapons possession charges.

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Flowery art in bloom

Macy’s Flower Show was beautiful. To add to the attraction, couture and ready-to-wear designer b. Michael celebrated his latest spring ready-to-wear line.

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International Black Reparations Summit to meet in New York

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, a leading research, policy and advocacy group with offices in New York and Baltimore, announced that it is holding their International Reparations Summit at various sites across New York City, April 9 to April 12.

DC 37 joins equal pay campaign push

Last week, DC 37 kicked off its pay equity campaign with an event at the union’s offices, co-sponsored by the union’s Latino Heritage and Women’s committees.

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Annual NAN convention kicks off

The National Action Network, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, will kick off its 25th year with its national convention at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers April 8 to April 11.

Wage increase left off state budget

It was reported Sunday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders had agreed on a new deal concerning the upcoming budget that would not include an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

Civil suit found US government guilty in King assassination in 1999

This weekend, the world will commemorate the April 4, 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Almost five decades after the murder, so much speculation still remains as to who is responsible. Although James Earl Ray initially copped a plea, three days later he unsuccessfully attempted to recant and demand a trial.

Fight for $15: Raising the wage floor

April 15 is Tax Day. For many of us, it also is a reminder of the disparity between what working people pay in taxes versus what the 1 percent pay.

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Yeah, Black Girls Rock! Thank you, Mrs. Obama!

David Goodson talks "Black Girls Rock!" in this week's Nightlife.

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Home-going/funeral services for Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan

World-renowned Egyptologist, Grand Kemetician Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as “Dr. Ben,” will be laid to rest April 10 at Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, N.Y., after a service at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church.

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Lincoln Medical receives ‘baby-friendly’ designation

Lincoln Medical Center, located at 234 E. 149th St. in the Bronx, became the first hospital in the Bronx to be designated “baby-friendly.”

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Jazz Master Randy Weston gives a rousing concert for school children in Bed-Stuy

Having arrived from South Africa days ago, Jazz Master Randy Weston still found time to perform a free concert for the students of Sankofa International Academy in Bedford-Stuyvesant Saturday.

High school seniors honored at Children’s Defense Fund gala

Five high schools seniors who were each able to overcome hardships and achieve academic success were honored at the Children’s Defense Fund-New York Beat the Odds gala last month.

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Leading New York women in philanthropy and social service honored by Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Closing out Women’s History Month, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies reconvened its “Personally Speaking” series Wednesday, March 25, featuring prominent women in philanthropy.

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Mary Elizabeth Bowser, Black spy during the Civil War

There is much discussion nowadays about the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the Reconstruction Era and how similar today’s racial climate is to that distant past with the widespread police brutality and political repression.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 04/1-04/8

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review

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Chris Christie’s big fat mistake

It must be something in the Kool-Aid Republicans or, in this case, Republican presidential hopefuls—slurp!

Controversial ‘dollars for passport’ scheme under review

The six-week-old government in the Eastern Caribbean twin island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis says it is planning a complete overhaul of its economic citizenship program through which foreigners can buy a local passport and citizenship through cash and investment projects because the system was badly abused by the previous administration.

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Health care tourism on the rise 

CAYMAN ISLANDS (April 2)—Health care tourism is an opportunity for the Caribbean region, according to an article outlining “13 Opportunities for the New Caribbean.”

Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

March 30 (GIN)—Showing a “commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders,” Nigerians by the hundreds of thousands lined up at polling stations across the country to select the next president and National Assembly of their country.

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Conflicting accounts over Mrs. Mugabe’s trips abroad

March 30 (GIN)—First lady Grace Mugabe is being treated in Asia for appendicitis, according to government officials.

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Professor Bayyinah Bello keynotes Women’s History Month program

Bayyinah Bello, professor of history at the State University of Haiti, turned an auditorium upside down and inside out when she keynoted the Women’s History Month celebration here at the Stanley Eugene Clark Elementary School March 29.

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Local players take part in McDonald’s All American Games

It’s been a busy week for three players from the New York-New Jersey area who participated in the 2015 McDonald’s All American high school basketball game, held this week in Chicago.

We urge lawmakers to reject Cuomo’s education agenda

Last week, a group of clergy endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education agenda, which includes use of more high-stakes standardized tests for students to evaluate teachers, a state takeover of struggling public schools and the pulling back of funds from public schools to open more privately run charter schools.

States’ rights return

What do Florida, Alabama, Texas, Indiana, Mississippi and Arizona have in common? There are two, almost three things that they share in opposition to the Obama administration and the federal government.

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Phil begins to rebuild on hope, but will hope be enough?

Hope built on a sound strategy is the essence of the message Phil Jackson delivered to Knicks season ticket holders Monday.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka delivers his first State of the City address

In his first State of the City address, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka highlighted his achievements since taking office.

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Harlem RBI seeking volunteer baseball and softball coaches

Harlem RBI has started their 24th season of recreational baseball and softball leagues for middle and high school students in East Harlem and the South Bronx.

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Another unarmed Black man killed by police in New Jersey

This week, an unarmed Black man was killed while in police custody in New Jersey, according to reports. Phillip White was reportedly arrested at his home in Vineland late Tuesday morning and died while he was in custody.

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Student indicted for putting noose on James Meredith statue

One might expect the statue honoring the first Black student at Ole Miss to be treated well.But no. Last week, the U.S. Justice Department indicted a former University of Mississippi student on federal charges for putting a noose on the statue of James Meredith at the Ole Miss campus in Oxford.

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PSAL, CHSAA slug it out for city bragging rights

New York City’s top high school senior boys and girls basketball players from the Public Schools Athletic League and the Catholic High School Athletic Association are competing against each other for the right to call their league the “Best in the City”.

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DOJ investigating 20 local police departments

Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as the next U.S. attorney general may be in limbo, but that hasn’t stopped current U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder from moving expeditiously in his remaining months in office with his plan to rein in the abusive conduct of local police departments around the nation.

Brandy joins cast of ‘Chicago’ on B’way

The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical “Chicago” will welcome Brandy Norwood, who makes her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart Tuesday, April 28.

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The up-and-down Nets still in position to make the playoffs

The one constant in the Brooklyn Nets’ season has been inconsistency--the players as well as the team.

Randy Weston, Maceo’s Funk, Donald Harrison

Randy Weston, the brilliant pianist and composer, will celebrate his 89th birthday at the Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., April 2 through April 5, with sets at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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Grace Jones documentary underway  

The BBC recently announced its plans for its 25th anniversary projects, which will include a Grace Jones documentary titled ”Grace Jones: The Musical of My Life.”

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It’s time to pay our taxes

This time of year sneaks up on most of us—the time when we are frantically looking for receipts, thinking about how we are going to organize our financial lives and whether you should TurboTax your own filing or just pay someone to do the dirty work for you.

FFF at TFF: Free family fun at Tribeca Film Fest

Tribeca Film Festival wants to give you and your family something very special. Throw your hands up and say “yes” because it’s free and that’s great news, considering we live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. 

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Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo’ne Davis’ olive branch

We’ve spent the last several months reminding women of how much they matter--let’s be careful not to train young girls that they matter most when showing the world how much abuse they can take and still hold their heads up high.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem launches City Center season

Virginia Johnson takes a deep breath before sitting down for an interview in a room just off the spacious, sun-drenched studio backstage at New York’s City Center

Does increased wealth lead to a declining sense of abundance?

Author Armstrong Williams discusses why wealth doesn't exactly equal abundance.

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Dance calendar April 2015

hree events headline this month’s calendar: Dance Theatre of Harlem at City Center (April 8 to April 11), EMoves at Harlem Stage (April 10 to April 18) and Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce (April 14 to April 26).

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Nadia Lopez: Wonderful educator

When some people hear the name “Brownsville,” they often think of the crime, violence and gang activity that frequently plague the Brooklyn neighborhood. But Nadia Lopez, the principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, is trying to change that perception.

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Mumia transferred back to prison infirmary

Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred back to the infirmary at SCI Mahanoy Wednesday night and activists are demanding that his family and attorney be allowed visitation in the prison infirmary.

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Jazz Appreciation Month kicks off at Sistas' Place

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and the celebration kicked off Wednesday at Sistas’ Place in Brooklyn.

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Dr. Ben’s colleagues reflect on his legacy

“When an old person dies, a library burns” … so goes the African proverb. March 19, Harlem’s wa’ret was incinerated. As the disheartening news spread that legendary African historian Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, aka Dr. Ben, had joined the ancestors early that Thursday morning

Brooklyn Steppers present percussion clinic with the Blue Devils and Bugle Corp

The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band is providing the opportunity for drummers to improve their craft at a clinic held in cooperation with the world-renowned Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp at the Next New Wave Drum Line Clinic.

The people's tribunal puts law enforcement on trial

The People’s Power Assemblies of New York City announced the opening session of the People’s Tribunal on Police Violence and Structural Racism April 2 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem.

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Budget on time but without the goods

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he has done over the past five years, got his budget in on time, beating the April 1 deadline, but many of the state’s elected officials and civic leaders feel that in the process, he dropped the baton.

Wednesday, April 1

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10 HBCUs that offer full scholarships

Families and students are getting misinformation about full scholarships available at HBCUs.