Stories for August 2015

Monday, August 31

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Columbia University clarifies on 'Obama's return'

Reports indicated that President Barack Obama was going to head to Columbia after his term, however, the school is now clarifying what they meant.

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Bronx BP opens new amphitheater in Soundview Park

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in collaboration with the New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, hosted a ribbon cutting and free movie night at the newly constructed Amphitheater.

Manhattan crossing guard vacancies

A list of crossing guard vacancies

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School crossing guard positions open across Manhattan

The Police Department is accepting applications for school crossing guard positions across Manhattan and the city as a whole.

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Hulk Hogan: 'I'm not a racist'

Hulk Hogan says his history of using the n-word isn't evidence of racism. It's a byproduct of his upbringing.

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MTV VMAs 2015: What in the world happened?

Leave it to the MTV Video Music Awards to give folks plenty to talk about the next day.

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Kanye West declares 2020 presidential bid at VMAs

Forget 2016. Kanye West says he's planning to run for president in 2020.

Sunday, August 30

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway's first black Jean Valjean, dies after fall

Actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who made history as the first African-American to play the lead role in a Broadway production of "Les Miserables," died Friday night in New York.

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Blind people can be racist, too, study says

Some blind people, just like sighted people, make judgments about others based on their race, according to a new study.

Friday, August 28

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Frank Petersen, first African-American Marine aviator, dies

Frank Petersen, the first African-American Marine aviator has passed away.

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Memorial celebration for Brook Stephenson Aug. 29 at Medgar Evers

The life of nonprofit founder and author Brook Stephenson will be celebrated Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. at Medgar Evers College

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First World Alliance co-founder Sister Kefa joins the ancestors

After being hospitalized for the past several months, lifelong activist Sister Kefa Nephthys joined the ancestors last Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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Learning to code with the Code Crew

The Code Crew was founded in 2013 by Felicia and Jamal O’Garro, a married couple living in New York City. The Code Crew is a program that provides opportunities for people who are interested in engineering and technology.

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Carl B. Stokes, Cleveland’s first Black mayor

The death of Louis Stokes last week brought back memories of his brother Carl. And because their amazing lives were so often intertwined, it is fitting that this week’s “Classroom” is devoted to Carl, the first African-American mayor of Cleveland.

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Addressing growing health care needs through diversity

With the Affordable Care Act encouraging millions of patients to visit doctors and millions more baby boomers aging into Medicare, a looming physician shortage threatens the future of health care.

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Speed up NYC Safe

The urgency of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “NYC Safe” plan came into sharp relief the other day when a relative of actor Morgan Freeman was stabbed to death.

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NAACP New Jersey State Conference to hold convention in October

The NAACP New Jersey State Conference is its annual state convention Oct. 9 through 11 in Princeton, N.J., at the Westin Hotel.

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‘Justice or else’:Farrakhan demands economic, social and political action in the face of injustice

Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan demanded that a disaffected Black populace “must redistribute the pain” in the face of systematic and institutionalized racial injustice.

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Blacks being pushed out of New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

Ten years ago, America was gripped by images of what was the nation’s costliest natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. However, for Black America, it will remain another moment when the nation once again turned its back on people of color.

Thursday, August 27

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Poll disputes Donald Trump claim on black voter support

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that his plans to improve the economy for black Americans is why he is leading in the polls with black voters, though at least one recent poll disputes Trump's claim.

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Study: Blacks in multiracial congregations have racial attitudes resembling whites

A new study from Baylor University concluded that the racial attitudes of Blacks in multiracial church congregations resemble those of whites.

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Community Calendar 8/27 - 9/2

Check out this week's events going on around the city

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Fort Lauderdale food shout-outs

I did manage to make it out of town for a week in Fort Lauderdale this summer. The trip was work-related so there was no kicking back, but I managed to squeeze in some good food that is worth a couple of shout-outs.

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Talking SCHOP! Summer’s almost over? Get outta here!

Greetings! I’m writing to you “live” from the beaches of Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island.

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2015’s most and least affordable US travel destinations

I normally don’t think of, or consult, banking institutions when deciding where to embark upon a travel sojourn.

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Fall’s bits and pieces

Fall fashions are showing in a variety of ways. Hair and makeup, as well as the clothes, complete the total look. Emily Saunders, a New York City designer born to British parents, presents the best of both worlds.

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Kids rock for back-to-school

Even though Haddad Brands, a leading children’s apparel and accessories company, focused on top brands such as Nike, Nike SB and Jordan...

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Bad Boys for Life rocking the stage again

When he said, “Ten years from now, we’ll still be on top” on one of hottest single releases, “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems,” from a then-burgeoning label, the listening audience was torn.

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#TakeCareofHarlem goes back to school

Harlem Hospital Center’s Mural Pavilion welcomed up to 500 kindergarten to grade 12 students and their families, preparing for the new school season

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Dr. Maya Angelou stamp dedication ceremony at African Burial Ground

A special dedication ceremony was held at the African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan for the Dr. Maya Angelou Limited Edition Forever Stamp

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Akwaaba Mansion hosts traditional Naija wedding

Aug. 23, a beautiful summer Sunday afternoon, Brooklyn’s Akwaaba Mansion was the exquisite venue for a traditional American and Nigerian wedding.

Cosmopolitan Review 8/27 - 9/2

How lucky we are to live among prolific documentarians who, while memorializing our past, can bridge its relevancy to our present and give a sense of hope, direction and clarity for our future.

Rev. Tutu's legacy foundation recalls close friendship with Jimmy Carter

In a note from the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the South Africa-based organization expressed its concern for former President Jimmy Carter, now battling an advanced stage of cancer.

Antislavery movement in Mauritania suffers setback as leader is jailed

Despite a tough law against slavery passed in 2007 allowing slaveholders to be prosecuted, those who protest the practice may still wind up in jail, in some cases for years.

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Brazilian politicians call out McDonald’s for working conditions

The Fight for $15 is global. Brazil demonstrated that fact last week.

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Liberty gunning for playoff spot that’s in sight

The Liberty returned to Madison Square Garden last Friday night intent on claiming victory.

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Jets hosted more than 1,200 on Youth Football Day

The New York Jets welcomed more than 1,200 young football players during training camp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

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Rehearsals ending for Giants, time to open the curtains

There are only two more dress rehearsals for the New York Giants before the curtain opens on the 2015 season.

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NY Road Runners celebrate history at 2015 Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run and 1.5­ Mile Walk

The 2015 Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run: Celebrating the Journey and the Percy Sutton Harlem Walk: Celebrating the Journey, Full STEAM Ahead

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Man down, next up: Life in the NFL moves on with or without you

The multiple big-screen monitors, mounted overhead in the New York Jets’ press area that provide us, the media, with visuals, replays and stats, continuously showed the Jets’ rookie head coach, Todd Bowles

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10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

It seems like so much has changed since Hurricane Katrina touched down in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Aug. 29, 2005.

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Deadly diplomacy: The 100th anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti

Haiti recently caught the attention of the American press again.

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What if Black lives really mattered?

On the recent first anniversary of the controversial death of Michael Brown, protesters in Ferguson, Mo., took to the streets with the urgent message that “Black Lives Matter.”

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Report: Barriers Remain for College-educated Blacks and Latinos

Is a college degree still worth the ever-increasing cost of tuition?

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Gary Kirkland brings creativity, enthusiasm and enjoyment to patients at MPC

Sunshine and a gentle summer breeze are the order of a glorious August Saturday afternoon at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center’s Casa Verde, located at the Ward’s Island complex in New York City.

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City Council Jumaane Williams kicks off school supply drive

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams recently launched his annual Back to School Supply Drive, taking place through Sunday, Sept. 15, at his district office, located at 4517 Avenue D in Brooklyn.

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GoFundMe takes down Black man’s campaign

Although GoFundMe, the crowdfunding site, has no reservations about proudly announcing that hundreds and thousands of people have raised more than $1 billion from 16 million donors, it seems a bit reluctant to talk about a campaign it recently took down.

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Report says GOP willing to let Moskowitz run as Republican for mayor

Some people want New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio out of office at all costs.

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Percussion Discussion in concert

It is rare in these parts for a jazz ensemble to have a concert date on the heels of the release of its latest recording.

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Ciara, Russell Wilson to wed

Word on the curb, according to Terez Owens, is that Ciara and Russell Wilson have applied for a marriage license.

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Gary Keys, a force in documentary films, dies at 81

Gary Keys, the producer, writer and director who brought history and a lively perspective to his many popular documentaries on Count Basie and Duke Ellington, died Aug. 9 in Manhattan.

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An exhibition of Haitian art at Kenkeleba House

From Aug. 19 through Sept. 19, the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba is pleased to present “Energie Nouvelle,” an exhibition of artwork by 53 artists of Haitian descent. This project is hosted by the Consulate General of Haiti in New York.

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HARLEM WEEK: Harlem Day 2015

Harlem Week began 41 years ago as Harlem Day, and Sunday, Aug. 16 marked the 41st Harlem Day, taking place on 135th Street from St. Nicholas Avenue to Fifth Avenue,

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Tracy Morgan marries fiancee

Comedian Tracy Morgan wed his longtime girlfriend, Megan Wollover, in an intimate ceremony Aug. 23.

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Yasiin Bey releases surprise single

Hip-hop star and accomplished rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) released a surprise single, “Basquiat Ghostwriter.”

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What’s next for Mike Epps

There are many solid reasons to add Starz to your viewing slate.

Ex-girlfriend, former friend speak out on abuse at hands of Dr. Dre

“Straight Outta Compton,” the hip-hop biopic based on the life and careers of the members of ’90s rap group N.W.A., has experienced box office success, grossing $60.2 million in its first week.

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Free Harlem community gardens tour Aug. 29

Saturday, Aug. 29, Harlem’s community gardeners will invite the public to share in the 10th anniversary tour of Harlem’s miraculous, community-centered grassroots-developed green oases.

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Over the moon for Misty Copeland in ‘On the Town’

In the lead up to Misty Copeland’s Aug. 25 debut in the Broadway musical “On the Town” at the Lyric Theatre, anticipation-inducing announcements of her limited engagement were everywhere.

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PHOTO GALLERY: AfroPunk Fest 2015

Highlights from AfroPunk

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Virginia shooting suspect claimed he was victim of racial discrimination

Two TV journalists in Virginia were killed Wednesday morning when a gunman shot them during a live interview in the middle of a morning broadcast.

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Blacks still devastated by hurricane aftermath

An advisory from the White House Tuesday indicated that President Barack Obama will be in New Orleans Thursday for the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the region.

Wednesday, August 26

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Who was Vester Flanagan/Bryce Williams?

The man who police say killed two journalists during a live broadcast Wednesday was no stranger to WDBJ-TV. He was Bryce Williams, a former reporter for the Roanoke, Virginia, station until he was fired two years ago.

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Virginia TV reporter, photographer killed in shooting during live interview

The latest in the WDBJ-TV shooting.

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Amelia Boynton Robinson, civil rights matriarch, dies at 104

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a matriarch of the civil rights movement immortalized in a photograph taken on Bloody Sunday, has died.

Tuesday, August 25

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Wine tour apologizes for kicking 'boisterous' book club off train

The top executive of Napa Valley Wine Train apologized to members of a book club who said they were humiliated when staff booted them from the luxury rail car for disturbing passengers with their laughter.

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Back to school: What kids are most anxious about is ...

What are kids most worried about when going back to school?

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Cornel West endorses 'brother' Bernie Sanders

Civil rights activist and philosopher Cornel West on Monday endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

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Ferguson judge withdraws all arrest warrants before 2015

The municipal court judge in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday announced sweeping changes to the city's court system, including an order to withdraw all arrest warrants issued in that city before December 31, 2014.

Thursday, August 20

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Bronx team named Slam Jam champs

Slam Jam Champs

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National Labor Relations Board says no to college football union

Northwestern University football players will have to wait a while longer, or until they make their NFL debuts, to get paid.

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Liberty suffer shocking loss at the Garden

Liberty shocking loss

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Don King back in the ring

Up and coming heavyweight boxer Trevor Bryan

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It’s a new year, get a tuneup

Get a health Check-Up.

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When will we be confident that Black lives really do matter to mass America?

Black Lives Really do Matter

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Brook Stephenson, emerging author, dead at 41

Many of Brook Stephenson’s countless friends learned too late of the gathering in his name Thursday at McNally Jackson Bookstore in lower Manhattan.

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Marcus Garvey: ‘Up you mighty race!’

Monday, Aug. 17 is the 128th anniversary of the physical birth of pan-African icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey, and to commemorate that occasion the 75th annual Black Power March departs from the park in Central Harlem that bears his name.

In London, a tale of two Europes

Traveling to Europe during the summer

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Elease Wiggins teaches how to say ‘Farewell to Welfare’

Wiggins teaches single parents how to escape Welfare

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Touro student wins minority student scholarship

Diana Rivers, a third-year student at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, has won the 2015 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Scholarship, awarded by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

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100,000 children from low-, moderate-income families could lose access to high-quality preschool

From the U.S. Department of Education

Expanding access to high-quality preschool is critically important to ensuring that every child in America has the opportunity for lifelong success—but House and Senate committees authored a spending bills that make significant cuts to programs.

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Mary Edmonia ‘Wildfire’ Lewis, a trailblazing sculptor

Hearing about the current economic situation sculptor Gabriel Koren is enduring is reminiscent of another sculptor, Mary Edmonia Lewis, who, unlike Koren, was a Black and Native American artist born around 1844 in Greenbush, N.Y., a suburb of Albany.

The changing face of America

The rise of immigrants in Silicon Valley

Just in case it was previously unclear, the browning of America is proceeding at a rapid rate. Nowhere is it more obvious than Silicon Valley, where the rise of immigrants continues.

With test results, some see progress, others see failure

School Test results, some see progress and failure

Sugar struggles in Guyana

Just recently, authorities in Guyana set up a commission of inquiry to find out what exactly has gone wrong with their decaying sugar industry.

JetBlue chief Caribbean bound

The head of one of the leading U.S. carriers will keynote an important tourism gathering in the Caribbean.

Mayor Baraka, Newark health department urge residents to take precautions during heat advisory

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, director of the Department of Health and Community Wellness advised residents, especially vulnerable populations, to take precautions during hot weather.

Tupac’s comrade Hussein Fatal killed in car crash

Heartfelt condolences from several colleagues of Hussein Fatal, local recording artist and close comrade of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, went out last month as news spread of his July 11 passing in a tragic car accident on a Georgia freeway.

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Electeds, community leaders call for unity in fight againtst poverty, homelessness

This week, members of the United Nations brought up the issue of increasing homelessness in New York.

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CUOMO ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO EDUCATE BAR OWNERS ABOUT REVAMPED ID CARDS

New state effort to educate bar owners, security and staff of licensed establishments about new features included on driver licenses, permits and ID cards.

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THE 11TH ANNUAL MARJORIE MATTHEWS COMMUNITY ADVOCATE RECOGNITION AWARDS

At the Coler Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility Campus on Roosevelt Island, the 11th annual Marjorie Matthews’ Community Advocate Recognition Awards were held.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 8/20 - 8/26

Our congrats to the GHCC and everyone who made Harlem Week 2015 such a glorious success!

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Coalition marches for Haitians targeted in DR

Friday, Aug. 14, the Coalition for Human Rights in the Dominican Republic led a march across the Brooklyn Bridge

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Harlem happenings

There is much to keep you entertained uptown these days. Call a couple of friends and check out what’s going on in Harlem!

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Talking SCHOP! In a hurry? Chimichurri!

Just because we are in the middle of our first heat wave of the summer (be grateful it’s August) doesn’t mean the cooking stops…

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10 best family campgrounds

Being away from the everyday stresses of life, leaving behind most all of today’s modern conveniences, the enhanced taste of food when prepared alfresco and the opportunity to immerse myself in nature at the beach, in the mountains, in state and national parks and at other amazing places.

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Sui’s fall folkloric fashions

Coming straight out of the ’70s, Anna Sui’s collection takes you on a vintage trip to Alaska and out west to a timeless array of country clothes that range from prairie prints to Eskimo and Native American furs.

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Obama’s Attempts to Close Digital Divide Jeopardized by Legal Dispute Ruling by International Trade Commission is pending

President Obama made an important announcement that has the potential to transform the lives of struggling minorities.

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Instanbul’s designers focus on the ’40s

Dutch designer Ilja Visser conjured up a collection of knits for the “Ready-to-Fish” fall ’15 collection, shown recently in Istanbul.

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Former Louisiana Walmart employees suing for race/age discrimination

Walmart and discrimination have been in the spotlight often in the past few years, and last week was no exception.

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Union leaders reflect on Julian Bond

The death of civil rights activist and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond left the world of activism and human rights with big shoes to fill.

P. Diddy’s Hitmen back on the boards

June 29, a surprise performance at the 2015 BET Awards was Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records 20-year reunion performance sent a reminder that despite the flash and controversy associated with the label, at its core was strong music.

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Harlem Week declares ‘Our Lives Matter’

Saturday, Aug. 15, during one of Harlem Week’s largest public events, “Summer in the City,” Harlem Week organizers and sponsors and electeds such as Assemblyman Keith Wright asked “all people of goodwill to bring yourself and your respect and love for all people to the rally that says “Our Lives Matter.”

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Janelle marches in Times Square in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Conscious singer Janelle Monae marched through Times Square in a Black Lives Matter rally.

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Bed-Stuy hosts Universal Hip-Hop Parade for Social Justice

The Universal Hip-Hop Parade for Social Justice

Cosmopolitan Review 8/20 - 8/26

Reviewing for the week of the 8/20 - 8/26

MARCHERS REJECT POLITICAL SHUFFLE BY GUINEA BISSAU PRESIDENT

More than a thousand people filled the capital streets of Bissau this week despite a downpour in a march sparked by the unilateral dismissal by President Jose Mario Vaz of his entire government, including a popular prime minister.

ALL EYES ON LESOTHO AS SOUTHERN AFRICAN NATION UNRAVELS

The small enclave state of Lesotho, with less than 2 million inhabitants, is taking on major proportions for the summit this week of the Southern African Development Community.

UGANDAN TV ANCHOR SNARES BBC NEWS PRIZE

Prime time news anchor Nancy Kacungira is this year’s winner of the Komla Dumor award, a new BBC prize recognizing an African journalist with exceptional talent, passion for work and poise.

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Williams sisters sell midtown loft

With the U.S. Open scheduled to get under way at the end of the month, tennis superstar sisters Venus and Serena Williams have quietly sold their spacious loft apartment in New York City’s Garment District for just under $2.1 million

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Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, Maxine Sullivan Way

The phrase “Bird lives” refers to Charlie “Bird” Parker’s iconic life as the most influential alto saxophone player in jazz.

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Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ continues to attract mixed reactions one year on

The successful hip-hop star Nicki Minaj made history by becoming the first female rapper to earn a life-sized wax figure in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas.

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2015 AFROPUNK Festival

The 2015 Brooklyn AFROPUNK Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23 in Commodore Barry Park.

A new frontier for BET founder

As the spokesperson for a new chapter in digital network history, Traci Blunt's words are an anointing, given the weight of UMC’s founder.

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‘Compton,’ hip-hop and NWA’s legacy

Last weekend marked the opening of the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” in theaters nationwide

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SummerStage presents ‘The Wiz’

A glorious production of the Broadway classic “The Wiz” graced the stage at Marcus Garvey Park as part of the Summerstage 30th anniversary season.

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Julian Bond, civil rights legend, dead at 75

With the passing of Julian Bond Saturday at age 75 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., the flood of tributes and expressions of sentiments is a testament to his remarkable service, as are the numerous honors bestowed upon him as a warrior for justice and equality.

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Barron: ‘Ban secret grand juries’

New York Assemblyman Charles Barron wants what’s in the dark to come to light.

Spirit of the Pell Grant under attack by federal budget proposals

Decades ago, U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell eloquently stated, “The strength of the United States is not the gold in Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction we have, but the sum total of the education and character of our people.”

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Is there justice in America or is it just us?

Over and over again we hear of convictions being overturned for Black men who have spent the better parts of their lives behind bars for crimes they did not commit. The reasons these men have languished in the penitentiaries of this country are multifold.

Wednesday, August 19

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RAILROADED: College Soccer Coach Seeks Justice

It’s all too real for Oral “Nick” Hillary, a former soccer star and coach, who faces second-degree murder charges in the death of Garrett Phillips, the son of Hillary’s ex-girlfriend Tandy Cyrus.

Tuesday, August 18

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Morgan Freeman’s Granddaughter Fatally stabbed in 'Exorcism'

Thirty-year-old rapper, Lamar Davenport, under the street name “Lyric” fatally stabbed actor Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter on Sunday,

Monday, August 17

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Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter stabbed to death

E'Dena Hines, the step-grandaughter of actor Morgan Freeman, was stabbed to death early Sunday, allegedly by her boyfriend.

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Julian Bond, civil rights leader and former NAACP chairman, dies at 75

Julian Bond, a lifelong civil rights leader and former board chairman of the NAACP, has died. He was 75.

Thursday, August 13

The Studio School offering two scholarships

The Studio School on the Upper West Side opens applications for two scholarships the private school is looking to grant.

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Marcus Garvey: Up you mighty race!

Monday Aug. 17 is the 128th anniversary of the physical birth of pan-African icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey, and to commemorate that occasion the 75th annual Black Power March departs at from the park in Central Harlem that bears his name.

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The Crucial Role of New York’s Public Hospital System

In 1969, the New York State Legislature created the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), which oversees a huge complex of public hospitals and clinics.

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#BeAboutIt Youth Anti-Violence Summit

The New York City Department of Probation convened a daylong town hall event, the One Message Many Voices #BeAboutIt, Youth Anti-Violence Summit, Wednesday, Aug. 12 to discuss anti-violence issues with borough youth.

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Community Calendar 8/13 - 8/19

Check out what's going this week int he city

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Brisket over briquets: Easy ideas with grilled leftovers

Although brisket is generally regarded as a cool-weather dish, you may be surprised how this ultimate comfort food works in delicious recipes that help you hang on to the fading days of summer.

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A few of my favorite (travel) things

One of the benefits of being a travel writer is that you often find out about many of the latest travel accessories, gadgets, clothing, books and so forth as soon as they come on the market, each offering their own unique features for those on the go. Here are a few of the latest to come my way.

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Pictorial fall looks for all body types

In his initial entry into the U.S. market last season at Lincoln Center, OUDIFU’s founder and creative designer, Zhuliang Li, made quite an impression, especially when he came out for his bow with his baby in his arms.

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Fall fashion’s global glamour

At Reem Acra’s show, the details were exquisite.

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Amalgamated Bank announces $15 minimum wage

When many people envision a banker, they usually think of the Hollywood image of the arrogant, Wall Street type.

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De Blasio announces deal with firefighters

After a lot of friction and back and forth, City Hall and the Uniformed Firefighters Association have finally reached a deal.

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Peace Sean Price, ‘Jesus Price Supastar’

As the comparisons between hip-hop and athletics began to take form, one of the first ideals to carry over is the premise that it’s a young man’s game.

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500 Men Making a Difference hosts sixth annual Men’s Day celebration

Saturday, July 8, the 500 Men Making a Difference organization hosted its sixth annual Men’s Day celebration.

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Brooklyn’s Soul Summit bigger and better

The tristate area came to Fort Greene Park Sunday, Aug. 9 to enjoy the Soul Summit.

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Cosmopolitan Review 8/13 - 8/19

Still looking for a way to beat the summer heat and maybe look into a quick getaway?

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After his devastating injury, Victor Cruz is full speed ahead

Victor Cruz has proved to be appealing after playing himself on the HBO series “Ballers.”

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Geno Smith down for the count after locker room brawl

Geno Smith getting clocked, snuck, his jaw broken by now former team mate, Ikemefuna Enemkpal, a reserve linebacker in a locker room altercation Tuesday over an alleged outstanding $600 debt, is no doubt a headline-grabber, an hourly news story for “SportsCenter” and the lead story for daily news programs, but it’s also an excellent script for an additional episode of “Ballers” or “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”

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Liberty in the pink

Breast Health Awareness Night always brings an emotional vibe to Madison Square Garden, and the New York Liberty rewarded the enthusiastic crowd of 9,987 with a decisive 84-63 victory over the Chicago Sky.

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World’s top wheelchair athletes compete this fall in Chicago-New York Challenge

Defending TCS New York City Marathon champions Tatyana McFadden and Kurt Fearnley will lead the field vying for the $20,000 Challenge prize purse at the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and 2015 TCS New York City Marathon.

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Todd Bowles must control his locker room

There always comes a time when an old coach is no longer with the franchise and the new man in charge has to light a fire under his team so everyone is fully aware who is running the show.

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Jeb Bush town hall ends with 'Black Lives Matter' chants

Jeb Bush's town hall in North Las Vegas on Wednesday ended abruptly after the Republican presidential candidate answered a question about racial inequality, and Black Lives Matter advocates began chanting as he made his exit.

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It may be a circus, but you need to watch it

I may be making an assumption here, but based on the letters I have received since I began writing this column, I believe most of my readers identify with the Democratic Party when it comes to politics.

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ACS, we demand you restore Young Minds Day Care Center and other day care providers

When we fail to advocate on behalf of our children, we set them up for failure.

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Deal with Iran is a national security tragedy

The mullahs in Iran call the United States “the Great Satan,” but we are the ones who just made a deal with the devil.

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Bradford C. Washington: New age dentist

Bradford C. Washington dedicated his life to helping and bringing about positive change in the lives of children. Washington, an engaging orthodontist, is living a life filled with underlying details that have led him to where he is today.

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Local journalist elected president of the National Association of Black Journalists

New York-based journalist Sarah Glover was elected as the 21st president of the National Association of Black Journalists at the organization’s national convention last week in Minneapolis.

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Black step troupe seeking steppers

Soul Steps, a professional African-American step troupe, is holding auditions for steppers Thursday, Aug. 29, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at DANY Studios, located at 305 W. 38th St. in Manhattan.

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Coalition for the human rights in the Dominican Republic to march across Brooklyn Bridge

The Coalition for Human Rights in the Dominican Republic is calling on the community for support in addressing the discriminatory policies and practices taking place in the Dominican Republic against people of Haitian descent.

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Chris S. Owens foundation hosts ‘Back to school giveaway’

The Chris S. Owens Foundation is hosting its annual “Back to School Giveaway” event Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

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De Blasio poll numbers show uphill battle

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio might have his hands full if he wants to win a second term.

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Synthetic marijuana: The new crack?

Politicians are cracking down on the underground sale of synthetic marijuana to prevent the widely used drug from crippling the city the way the crack epidemic did in the 1980s and 90s.

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Akua Brenda Weekes, lifelong activist for the people, makes her transition

Akua Brenda Weekes, prominent pan-African community activist, teacher, writer, beloved mother, daughter, sister and grandmother transitioned Friday July 3 in Harlem. She was 65.

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Students give up summer vacation to get head start on anatomy

While most medical students take the summer off to work, travel or just recuperate, there were still more than a few students left at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem.

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Drinks that drain the brain

How do your children behave at home, at play and at school?

Harlem Week celebrates STEAM

Saturday, Aug. 8, the Youth Technology Education & Career Conference 2.0, with emphasis on STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, arts and math, was held at Our Children’s Foundation on West 125th Street.

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The Bilingual advantage: Dual languages gives students a competitive edge

I grew up speaking Spanish with my parents, who fled their native Spain during its Civil War and settled in Brooklyn.

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WOMEN’S DAY HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR MORE CHANGE

Recognition of the indispensable role played by women in defeating Apartheid in South Africa was the focus of countless speeches, film showings and even fashion shows as the country paused this week for National Women’s Day, a public holiday.

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Captain Hugh Mulzac, distinguished merchant marine and activist

It is always a pleasure when a reader wants to know something more about a person mentioned in the Classroom.

First GOP debate shows party is on fast track to Lose-ville

Loseville, USA! That’s exactly where the robotic bunch of GOP presidential hopefuls is heading—and fast.

Venezuela: A ‘fishbone’ in the throat of Guyana

The Venezuela-Guyana relationship has become strained.

Trinidad heats up, Rowley fears assassination

In just under a month from now, voters in oil- and gas-rich Trinidad and Tobago will decide whether to dump the administration of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar amid widespread allegations of corruption and graft and an inability to deal with runaway violent crime, among other simmering societal ills.

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Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch,

For centuries, Black women in America have been raped, beaten, jailed and killed, with minimal or no federal response.

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Nine days and counting

Sadly, by the time you finish reading this editorial, another unarmed Black man will be fatally shot by a white police officer.

Mumia’s hepatitis C and lawsuit

During his long and debilitating incarceration, Mumia Abu-Jamal has learned a lot about the penal institution and the reforms necessary to improve the system.

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Schumer’s no nuke deal

The threat that Sen. Chuck Schumer will vote “no” on the Obama administration’s nuke deal with Iran has created alarm within the Democratic ranks.

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Dear AG Lynch, please protect our women

Let me start by saying how glad I am you’re here.

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Mixon’s ‘Pass It On,’ Cassandra’s Jazz Club

The pianist, arranger and composer Danny Mixon is underrated on the jazz radar screen, but his music and contributions to the field are a big deal.

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BET biopic for New Edition

The court-appointed conservator for the late Bobbi Kristina Brown initially filed suit on her behalf against one-time companion Nick Gordon in June, alleging financial impropriety and physical harm.

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Saul Williams talks new album

Writer-actor-activist Saul Williams has released a number of vivid and emotionally penetrating collections of poetry, music and film.

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Jill Scott’s new album debuts at No. 1 on Billboard charts

R&B songstress Jill Scott is celebrating the wildly successful debut of her newest album, “Woman.”

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Corey Hawkins makes history in ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Corey Hawkins has one simple ambition: He wants to do his best.

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Jason Mitchell new to the game as Easy-E in ‘Compton’

Jason Mitchell’s portrayal of the late and controversial Eazy-E is going to stampede over details about the actor, Mitchell.

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N.W.A. story comes to big screen with ‘Straight Outta Compton’

In 1988, the raw and ferocious rhymes of a new hip-hop sound by the group N.W.A. made their song “F–k tha Police” an anthem that resonated with communities around the world.

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House the homeless

Homelessness is considered pretty much an accepted part of life in New York City and has been for decades—the man asking for money when you exit a building, the woman holding a child in her arms who speaks to the entire subway car, the shoeless man with a sign on the sidewalk or the man with the jingling cup asking passersby for spare change.

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Mumia’s hepatitis C and lawsuit

During his long and debilitating incarceration, Mumia Abu-Jamal has learned a lot about the penal institution and the reforms necessary to improve the system.

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Frustration grows amid Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Bronx

Even though no new cases with an onset of symptoms have occurred since Aug.3, Bronx residents are at wit’s end over the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

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Michael Brown anniversary marked by protests

“Mike Brown didn’t start a movement, he just unified and galvanized this movement,” KaLisa Moore of the People’s Power Assemblies told an amped up crowd in downtown Brooklyn Sunday, Aug. 9.

Wednesday, August 12

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Singer Monica and her children visit Walt Disney World Resort

Grammy award-winning artist MONICA and her children soared above Disney’s Animal Kingdom park aboard TriceraTop Spin

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New recording: King's first 'I have a dream' speech found at high school

Little else stirred the American soul in the 20th century like four short words cried out across the National Mall in Washington on August 28, 1963 -- "I have a dream."

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Jets QB Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks after 'sucker punch'

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith needs surgery and is out at least six to 10 weeks after being what is called "sucker punched" by a teammate in the Jets locker room on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 11

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2016 Spring Internship Program

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

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Rapper Sean Price dies

Brooklyn rapper Sean Price, a member of hip-hop groups Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik and Random Axe, died Saturday at 43, record label Duck Down Music confirmed.

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Another tense night in Ferguson

A day of civil disobedience that saw several arrests in Ferguson ended Monday with some protesters throwing rocks and bottles at police.

Sunday, August 9

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Ferguson one year later: Will changes last?

A look at Ferguson, Missouri one year after the police shooting of Michael Brown.

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Michael Brown's father: 'I think of him every single day'

Michael Brown Sr. steps out of a white Yukon at the Top Notch Barber and Beauty salon on Chambers Road. He's here for his weekly trim.

Saturday, August 8

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College football player killed by police; allegedly crashed car into dealership

An unarmed Texas college football player was fatally shot by police after he allegedly drove a vehicle through the glass doors of a car dealership in the middle of the night in Arlington, authorities said.

Friday, August 7

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Black unemployment rate falls to lowest in 7 years

Getting a job is easier now for all Americans, including African-Americans.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Teedra Moses overcomes insecurity to release sophomore album ten years after debut

Singer-songwriter, Teedra Moses returns with new music after a decade. Hennessy unveils new bottle design by Ryan McGinness.

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Applications open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy

High school students nationwide can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Students take to streets for Children’s March for Peace

Young students from the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) marched the streets of Harlem calling for peace in the neighborhood as part of the 21st Annual HCZ Peace March on Wednesday.

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City marks one year since Michael Brown killing

Events are taking place in the city commemorating one year since the police death of Michael Brown.

Thursday, August 6

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Biden’s bid?

If there’s an ounce of truth to rumors that Vice President Joe Biden is quietly meeting with folks who seem determined to draft him for another presidential run, then we will have to wait to see if it can be marinated into a pound of commitment.

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Derrick Coleman: The deaf Super Bowl champion who broke the sound barrier

When you meet Derrick Coleman, Jr., the first word that comes to mind is "genuine."

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St. Louis County NAACP to host event marking one year since Michael Brown's death

The St. Louis County NAACP will host a commemoration event to mark the one year since the death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson.

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7 reasons why it's awesome to be a female African director

African cinema is booming.

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Metropolitan Opera to stop blackface makeup use in production of 'Otello'

The Metropolitan Opera will debut a fresh face in its season-opening production of Verdi's "Otello" in September.

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Mariah Carey may join 'Empire,' gets Walk of Fame star

Mariah Carey finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- and it was accompanied by some big news.

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Steve Spagnuolo set for encore return to Giants

Despite the absence of defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul, whose status with the Giants is still in limbo, the defense is still moving forward in training camp under the direction of Steve Spagnuolo.

Jets welcome Darrelle Revis back with open arms

If “Ballers,” the new HBO half-hour series starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were taken off the air, I wouldn’t be as disturbed as I am by some of the episodes.

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U.S. Epidemic: America tackles gun problem

“The gunshots are like lullabies over here,” said a resident of the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to NY1, in the wake of the shooting death of Domingo Martin, 46, Saturday night.

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The Real Harlem Legends II

The Real Harlem Legends II

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Liberty honor Hammon, score big win

“It’s all about energy,” said New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer after the team’s 78-62 win over the Seattle Storm.

Bronx Old-Timers reunion at Forest Playground

The annual Bronx Old-Timers Day was held Aug. 2 at Forest Playground, located at 166th Street and Union Avenue.

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Harlem RBI, Yankees team up to build ‘Field of Dreams’

The New York Yankees and Harlem RBI are coming together Aug. 6 for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and opportunity.

Is Chip Kelly marginalizing Black culture?

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has at once been hailed and mocked for his unconventional approach to building a football program.

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Don’t get worked up about the small stuff

Like many people reading this column, I have been overwhelmed by so many of the incidents involving Black Americans in the U.S.

A new cost of Obamacare: Surging emergency room usage

Emergency room usage has spiked in recent years.

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The substance of things unseen

One of the things that really stood out over the past few weeks in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy in Charleston, S.C., is the incredible grace with which the community of Charleston has borne both its own anguish as well as the intense international media circus that has enveloped the town.

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Michael Tucker says no to ‘suns out, guns out’

The summer’s sun comes with a slight sense of dread.

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Local activists urge U.S. Attorney General to investigate deaths of women of color in police custody

The Rev. Jamal Bryant, Tamika D. Mallory and Yandy Smith-Harris, leaders of Justice League NYC and Black Women’s Roundtable, along with other activists, will gather in front of the Department of Justice Monday to urge U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch an investigation into the suspicious deaths of women of color in police custody in recent weeks.

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Red Cross seeks blood donations during final weeks of summer

The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage.

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Activists group demands no police presence at Michael Brown commemoration

The Black Summer Coalition is commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Ferguson uprising Sunday, Aug. 9 at 12 p.m. in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Ramarley ’s mother: ‘DOJ act now’

Flanked by dozens of youths outside the Department of Justice office in downtown Manhattan, the mother of Ramarley Graham urged U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to speed up his investigation and slap civil rights charges on Richard Haste, the NYPD officer who killed her unarmed son.

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AG investigating death of Raynette Turner

Law enforcement officials in Mount Vernon said anyone in a holding cell is supposed to be checked on every 15 minutes, but at least an hour had passed between the time Raynette Turner was last seen alive and the time she was found dead.

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Three-bass hit in Harlem

It’s a great day in Harlem when in a few days you can encounter three major jazz musicians, more specifically three Hall of Fame bass players—Reggie Workman, Mickey Bass and Larry Ridley.

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Tap + Cork 2015

Bed-Stuy’s premiere beer and wine event, Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest (@TapCork), is set to take place Aug. 14-15.

Talking SCHOP! Sittin’ on the dock of the lake

Another Friday brought the opportunity to get on some mode of transportation out of the city to a destination of relaxation.

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Adrienne West: From Queens to Europe

Last Sunday at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, with its large influx of loyal members and tourists, the spirited moment of truth came from the pulpit and the microphone of Adrienne West during her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s composition “Come Sunday.”

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Afrocentric adventures in August

Summertime, and the living is … exciting, colorful, inspiring, cool and so much more, so be sure to check out some of these amazing events of Afrocentric interest happening both in your own backyard and further afield.

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New HBO deal for Russell Simmons

Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker celebrated the wrap of their talk show, “The Boris and Nicole Show” in Hollywood, where the gorgeous couple enjoyed an outdoor party with their entire crew with food by Lemonade and ice cream cupcakes and ice cream cake by Cold Stone Creamery.

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Summer shopping spree

Shopping while on vacation is a lot of fun, especially if you’re looking for something in the moment or something pretty for the beach.

New designer news, fall ’16 forecast

New designer Lee Avant presented an impressive debut collection last week in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Summer nights: Afropunk at Lincoln Center

Summer nights: Afropunk at Lincoln Center

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Building and Construction Trades members protest at Columbia University

The JDS Development got a rude awakening courtesy of Building and Construction Trades members.

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Unions and ‘Black Lives Matter’

Ever since its inception, the “Black Lives Matter” movement has found itself intertwined with labor movements.

Union Matters

With more than 20 candidates running for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations, we health care workers—the largest single sector of the American workforce—are asking ourselves, who will speak for working people?

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Jessie T. Usher has no ‘Survivor’s Remorse’

“Family take it in. These are the good old days we dreamt about. This is where we’re meant to be. Together.”—Cam Calloway

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David Banner hosts American Black Film Festival

Here’s an introduction to a dude that you’ve probably seen before but don’t know too much about.

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‘The Wiz’: George Faison celebrates a legendary hit

Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison perches on the edge of his seat in front of the mirrored wall of his Harlem rehearsal studio.

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‘Honoring Those Who Serve, Above and Beyond’

Pace Business College held an awards ceremony for 10 veterans, the event titled “Honoring Those Who Serve, Above and Beyond.”

Soul Summit Music Festival

So, I am 17. I don’t know much about house music, but I want to see parents and grandparents going nuts at the Soul Summit Music Festival in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoons, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., during the summer.

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Judge rules Garner records to be kept secret, NYCLU continues to fight

While his last breath was recorded for the public to see, the records from the grand jury that let his murderer go will remain sealed.

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Touro holds successful fundraiser for minority scholarships

Nearly $66,000 was raised by the Harlem community to fund scholarships for underrepresented minorities to attend Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine at the school’s second official “parlor” meeting, hosted recently by attorneys John Lynch and Sylvia Khatcherian at their home on West 116th Street in Harlem.

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50th anniversary celebration for Minisink Townhouse and NYC Mission Society

The New York City Mission Society will be celebrating 50 years at the vibrant community center Minisink Townhouse this weekend, Aug. 8.

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Feeling good? Whether it’s the weather

St. Francis of Assisi (think of the new pope) wrote a wonderful poem called “The Hymn of the Sun.”

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International weeklong Nelson Mandela celebration

From Saturday, July 18 to Friday, July 24, Council Member Robert E. Cornegy (36th District, Brooklyn), staff and interns joined the Nelson Mandela International Day of Service Planning Committee, the South African Consulate and community leaders in a weeklong celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and service.

The Cosmopolitan Review

The dog days of August are here, but aren’t we all lucky little puppies?

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US Multinationals Scooped Up Deals During Obama’s Visit To Kenya

A presidential stopover in Nairobi to meet “global entrepreneurs” turned out to be a windfall for mega-development projects, bank lenders and U.S. corporations.

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Activist entrepreneur Una G. Mulzac

Una G. Mulzac came to mind last week when it was announced that Revolution Books was opening a store in Harlem.

New leadership at the Landings St. Lucia

The Landings St. Lucia has appointed international business executive Kathy Taylor interim general manager after the departure of Caribbean hospitality veteran Kashmie Ali, who led a turnaround of fortunes at the premier Caribbean resort over the past year.

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Robert Mugabe: Africa must set up own ICC to try Europeans

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is advocating for his fellow African heads of state to take a stern self-determining stance against European imperialists, who have been exploiting the motherland for its labor from her indigenous inhabitants and for her natural resources for several centuries.

The reality of no illegal immigration

Donald Trump’s platform for president of the United States seems to be to throw gasoline on the fire of issues that stir the growing band of right-wingers, afraid of the increased darkening of America, into an anti-immigrant rage.

Reparations battle picks up steam

Usually at this time of the year, international legislators and high flyers at umbrella organizations such as the European Union, its Parliament and even the Caribbean Community Secretariat take an extended break from the daily grind of trade negotiations and global conferences to refocus on the main issues in the fall.

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‘A clear and simple wrong’ still not right

Fifty years ago, on Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson uttered these words as he signed into law the Voting Rights Act.

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NJ attorney general: Remove state officials’ names from Jerame Reid lawsuit

Reports indicate that acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman wants state officials removed from the lawsuit stemming from the police shooting of Jerame Reid.

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Rapper Common and Mayor Ras Baraka to ‘Occupy the City’

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, actor-rapper-activist Common and thousands of Newark, N.J., residents will unite to “Occupy the City” Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m.

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Voting rights at 50 and endangered

“Today is a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan

When President Barack Obama announced his Clean Power Plan, there were several long outbursts of applause in the White House Monday, none more sustained than when he remarked that the “plan [was] two years in the making, and the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change.”

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Is there a national attack on Black women?

With attention still focused on Sandra Bland’s mysterious death in a Texas jail cell, four other deaths involving the police and jail are making their way into the national consciousness.

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Legionnaires’ disease creates health scare for city

Legionnaires’ disease is the latest health scare that has taken New Yorkers by storm and put the city into somewhat of a frenzy.

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Michael Tucker says no to ‘suns out, guns out’

The summer’s sun comes with a slight sense of dread. That old adage is often repeated, “Sun’s out, guns out.”

Wednesday, August 5

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Officers cleared in shooting of unarmed Idaho man

Bonneville County Prosecutor Daniel Clark has determined the use of force was justified in the shooting of Ricky L. Mosley on June 29.

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Idris Elba becomes the first Maxim cover man

Actor Idris Elba is wearing the heck out of a black leopard-print funnel coat as Maxim's first solo male cover model.

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Summer surge of synthetic marijuana causes overdoses, crime

Synthetic marijuana is flooding the streets of major U.S. cities this summer, causing a surge in overdoses and, according to some police officials, a rise in violent crime

Tuesday, August 4

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HARLEM WEEK: Senior Citizen's Day celebrates Harlem's golden residents

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Harlem hosted the Senior Citizens Conference on “Demystifying Technology” at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on Tuesday.

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Man pleads guilty in explosion outside NAACP office in Colorado

A Colorado man has pleaded guilty in a January explosion outside of an NAACP chapter in Colorado Springs.

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Enough with the Will Smith-Jada Pinkett Smith breakup rumors

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are not calling it quits this summer.

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Questions loom over A.G.'s investigation into death of Raynette Turner

In his first case since being appointed special prosecutor just a few weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating the death of Raynette Turner in Mount Vernon.

Monday, August 3

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Police investigating graffiti on Queen Haley's gravestone

The police department in Savannah, Tenn., is investigating the vandalism of Queen Haley's gravestone.

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NYPD Chief Deputy Kim Royster being transferred to personnel division

Commanding officer of the NYPD's Public Information Office Kim Royster is making history with a promotion.

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Walmart, Amazon halt sales of toy guns that look real in New York

Five major retailers have agreed to stop selling realistic-looking toy guns in New York state, the attorney general said Monday.

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Brown family member escorted out of Bobbi Kristina's funeral

It was to be a day close family and friends said good-bye to Bobbi Kristina Brown.

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Community activists kick off campaign to raise awareness about violence after bloody weekend

In the aftermath of a violent weekend in New York City where three people were killed and at least 17 others were injured due to shootings, there has been a call to end the senseless acts.

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Joe Biden keeps watchful eye on 2016 race

Vice President Joe Biden has yet to rule out a 2016 presidential campaign and is likely to wait beyond August to decide, several Democrats say, allowing him to watch as the contest unfolds before determining whether he could make a viable late entry into the race.

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Dr. Dre announces first new album in 16 years

It may be time to let go of the idea of a "Detox" album from Dr. Dre.

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NYC Mayor: Legionnaires' disease outbreak has peaked

An outbreak of the disease in the Bronx has claimed seven lives, de Blasio said. All of the victims were older adults with additional underlying medical problems.

Saturday, August 1

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Italian police seize money from Snoop Dogg at airport

Snoop Dogg left Italy $205,000 lighter on Saturday after police seized money from him at an airport in Calabria.

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Equal pay: Advocates say 'clock out' for black women

An Atlanta-based advocacy group has dubbed Tuesday "Black Women's Equal Pay Day" and the idea has quickly gained traction on Twitter and Facebook.

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Congressional Black Caucus to talk diversity with Silicon Valley leaders

The Congressional Black Caucus delegation is going to visit Silicon Valley to help tackle Big Tech's diversity problem.

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Residents look to revive Austin's shrinking black community

Austin's black population decreased 5.4% between 2000-10

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Dylann Roof pleads not guilty

Dylann Roof pleaded not guilty Friday to 33 federal charges in the June 17 attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina