Stories for December 2015

Thursday, December 31

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Who loses, who thrives when white creatives tell Black stories?

The year 2015 saw the rise of “#BlackLivesMatter” and “#BlackGirlsMatter,” both movements helmed by powerful, fearless Black women. In 2016, I’m starting “#BlackPerspectivesMatter.”

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Goodbye, 2015, and a special message to my incarcerated brothers and sisters

This last column in 2015 is dedicated to my incarcerated brothers and sisters across the country.

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Community Calendar 12/31 - 1/6

Check out what is going on around the city this week!

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Janet Jackson postpones tour

Tongues are wagging that Janet Jackson is postponing her “Unbreakable World Tour” because she “must have surgery soon,” the iconic songstress announced on her Instagram account. Jackson kicked off the tour in Vancouver this past August.

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A Black woman in medicine should not be an anomaly

The way I view race has drastically changed from the beginning of my medical career until now.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 12/31 - 1/6

Ain’t no party like a Fellas party!

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The year ahead: A changing of the guard amidst a brave new world

The famed satirist Aldus Huxley once remarked, “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”

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Spring 2016: Fine lines and details

When you think about spring 2016, you can’t help but think of a colorful peacock’s feathers spreading with luminous bright colors.

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Spring/summer’16: Gorgeous ball gowns and dresses

What color brings to a ball gown helps to create a gorgeous look.

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Around the world with the flip of a page

You don’t have to adjust your glasses. Just read the title much slower, as it is a tad bit different from what your brain probably took in initially.

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Protestors take over Brooklyn Bridge after cops cleared in Tamir Rice’s murder

Withstanding freezing hail Monday evening, several dozen activists, led by the #NYCRiseUp4Tamir Coalition, rallied at lower Manhattan’s Washington Square Park after the announcement that a Cleveland grand jury declined to indict the cops involved in the fatal shooting of 12-years-young Tamir Rice last year.

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Survivors Luncheon: Embracing forgiveness and moving forward

The survivors of the New York City subway bombing joined together Dec. 19 for a day of remembrance and celebration to create a positive memory on the 21st anniversary of a horrific terrorist act that has changed the lives of so many.

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A Drum Love Kwanzaa kick-off

Umoja! Unity! There was a spectacular celebration on the first day of Kwanzaa at Sistas’ Place in Bed-Stuy Saturday. It was a jam-packed family affair! Joyous singing, spoken word and music reverberated in everyone’s hearts and in the street.

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Governor Cuomo signs legislation to prohibit shackling of pregnant inmates during transportation

Gov. Cuomo signed legislation Dec. 22 that prohibits the use of restraints during the transport of all pregnant inmates at state and local correctional facilities, and within the first eight weeks postpartum.

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Firefighters ratify new deal

It was a long road for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, but they finally ratified a new deal.

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NLRB to review case involving research and teaching assistants at Columbia

A case to be reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board could decide a group’s right to collectively bargain.

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Talking SCHOP! 2015: The Wrapper

Happy New Year! In preparing to write this piece, our last of 2015, we were blown away by all the food that has been cooked and eaten by the people we have met in the places we have been.

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Pioneering Black publisher and editor Charles F. Harris passes at 81

Ten years ago, when Charles F. Harris sat for an interview with “Historymakers,” he disclosed his first contact with the world of words in print. His father insisted that he read the papers he delivered. Harris not only read the papers, he devoured them, digested them so thoroughly that elements of them emerged again in the books he edited and published.

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Family and activists mark one year since Jerame Reid shooting

Dec. 30 marks one year since the police shooting death of Jerame Reid in New Jersey. Civil rights activists and other groups rallied Monday, calling for federal intervention in the case.

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Queens neighborhood celebrates one year without a single shooting

As we get ready to wrap up a year that was filled with gun violence and a heated debate on whether the country’s gun control laws add to the ease in which people get access to firearms, LIFE Camp, one of the city’s most effective anti-violence organizations, has hit a milestone that the rest of the country is struggling to reach.

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Jackie Rowe-Adams and the gift of giving

Harlem residents and many beyond the community know Jackie Rowe-Adams for her many joyous, triumphant renditions of the Black national anthem at numerous public events.

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Lincoln unveils mural encouraging a healthier option

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln and NYC Health + Hospitals/TheFund, the philanthropic arm of the city’s public health system, have teamed up with Brooklyn artist Katie Yamasaki to create a one-of-a-kind mural inside a hospital stairwell...

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AmNewsFOOD: Best New Harlem Eats 2015

There have been a couple of openings (and closings) of note for Harlem restaurants, but overall the year has been good for Harlem eating.

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Don’t let your bones de-Kay, take vitamin K

There is an old World War II song that states, “Save the bones for Henry Jones, ‘cause Henry don’t eat no meat.” When the war was upon us, it was difficult to get meat, and most families made soups containing bones. Often, when there are diet changes, it is advantageous to our health. In this case, we were getting adequate calcium in our diets from the bones.

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Crisis in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a full investigation of the recent spate of shootings by the police in the city, but it may be too little, too late. The cries for him to resign now resonate across the nation, amplifying the local voices and protests.

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Tamir Rice killing shows why Black leaders distrust judicial process

We are troubled with the news that a police officer will not be indicted for the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice because one witness claimed the boy may have posed a threat to the community.

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PHOTOS: National Action Network Christmas Day meal for the homeless

The National Action Network held its annual Christmas Day feeding of the homeless and a toy giveaway at its headquarters in Harlem.

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PHOTOS: Kwanzaa celebration at the Apollo

The Apollo Theater held its annual “Kwanzaa Regeneration Night Celebration,” featuring Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

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SNL alums serve up new film

“Saturday Night Live” comes to the big screen in “Sisters” with alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-starring in a raucous comedy about two sisters who are shocked to find out that their parents are selling their childhood home.

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Judith Jamison talks life, dance and AAADT

On New Year’s Eve, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will celebrate with a 50th anniversary tribute to Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison.

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Happenings about town

The bassist Richard Bona, whose music is tinged with world beats and jazz, will bring in the new year at his co-owned Club Bonafide (212 E. 52nd St.) for two sets at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Following Bona Group’s later set, the percussionist and vocalist Davi Vieira and Bondafide Brazilian Band will perform.

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Natural hair bloggers add ‘real’ to reality TV series

Something different is coming across our computer screens on Feb. 2, 2016, a reality show, “My Life Offline,” starring successful, respectable and educated Black women.

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January 2016 dance calendar

There is still a great deal of dance to see as we close out 2015, and even more to open 2016.

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‘Big Band Holidays’ joy at JALC

Christmas trees along the streets of Manhattan are a sure sign that the holiday season is underway, and that time of year was underscored last weekend at Jazz at Lincoln Center when the orchestra struck up a medley of familiar songs.

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Bill Cosby faces criminal sex charges after many accusations

Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in relation to a 2004 accusation in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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Who to call on the police instead of the police

As we arrive at the cusp of a new year and say goodbye to the old, Black Americans remain in a quandary when it comes to the issue of police and community relations.

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Year in Review 2015

We take a look back at the top stories of 2015

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10 most popular stories of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close and a new year begins, we’d like to share the top stories that mattered to you.

Wednesday, December 30

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Ice Cube takes family vacation to Disney World

Rapper/actor Ice Cube vacations at Walt Disney World

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Father of son shot by Chicago police: 'I feel like I was robbed of everything'

Antonio LeGrier hoped police would help his son when he called 911 last week.

Tuesday, December 29

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Tamir Rice shooting case: What's next?

The police officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside a Cleveland recreation center last year won't face criminal charges. And neither will the other officer who was with him in a controversial shooting that was captured on video.

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Chicago cop pleads not guilty in Laquan McDonald killing

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and misconduct charges in the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Monday, December 28

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No indictment in Tamir Rice case, prosecutor says

An Ohio grand jury has decided not to return an indictment in the 2014 police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday.

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The rise of Black Lives Matter: Trying to break the cycle of violence and silence

Critics said it wouldn't last. It was a blip on the radar of protest movements. It would fade away like Occupy Wall Street. With no clear structure and no strong leader, some said, it was bound to fail, especially when the infighting began. But still it rises -- and polarizes.

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Chicago police 'accidentally' kill grandmother; more protests set as mayor demands reform

Two more shooting deaths by Chicago police are prompting swift action by the mayor -- as well as by residents who want the mayor to go.

Saturday, December 26

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2 killed in latest Chicago police officer-involved shooting

Chicago police -- under intense scrutiny in recent months over officer-involved shootings -- were involved in another on Saturday morning, an incident that left two people dead, police said.

Thursday, December 24

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A recent settlement overhauls solitary confinement in NY

The New York Civil Liberties Union has claimed a major victory when it comes to solitary confinement in prison.

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DA Thompson’s gifts freedom in over dozen overturned convictions

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson releases two men who had spent over 30 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

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Brooklyn BP Eric Adams opens application process for 2017 fiscal year capital budget

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams formally opened the application process for capital funding from his office for fiscal year 2017.

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Armory College Prep gives gifts

Washington Heights community students who participate in the Armory College Prep for middle school students were Santa’s little helper.

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Officer who killed Amadou Diallo promoted

Once again the Rev. Al Sharpton was sharing the platform at the National Action Network with Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo.

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Painting the city ‘The Color Purple’

s you’re reading this column, chances are you’re doing one of three things: (1) traveling to do some last-minute shopping, (2) wrapping/unwrapping presents or (3) returning gifts for what you really want or what’s left.

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AmNews writer honored by AUDELCOS

“When you walk out of the theater, you’ll feel inspired, empowered, refreshed and rejuvenated by the joyous noise coming from the stage,” wrote Linda Armstrong in her review of “The Color Purple.”

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PHOTOS: The Armory Inducts 2015 class to the Hall of Fame

Members of the 2015 class at the Armory receive a major honor.

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Apollo Winter Wonderland

The Apollo Theater hosted the Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland Saturday.

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Will Smith in ‘Concussion’

In “Concussion,” Pittsburgh pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) is known for his quirky habits, such as speaking to corpses and asking for their help in identifying their causes of death, and performing his surgery while listening to Teddy Pendergrass.

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Mayor’s affordable housing plan under attack

The Staten Island Borough Board voted against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan by a 6 to1 margin Dec. 10, which was the last board to cast their vote.

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New Year’s Eve happenings

Well, it’s time to bring in 2016, and hopefully everyone took notes to make adjustments for an even better year, good health, happiness and being an active member of society.

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Kyle Abraham’s soulful message

For his first full evening at the Joyce Theater, Kyle Abraham and his company, Abraham.in.Motion, played to sold out houses, and rightfully so.

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Seton Hall attracting national attention

At 10-1 heading into Christmas break, the women’s basketball team of Seton Hall University had plenty to celebrate.

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Homeless New Yorkers to sue city

Jesus Morales has been homeless and living on the streets for the past 15 years. On Oct. 2 in East Harlem, he was one of three homeless people who were the victims of NYPD officers who tossed his belongings into the trash, deepening the pain of having no place to call home.

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WNYC’s ‘Power Lines’ hosts first of many discussion on race in the city

Earlier this month, WNYC hosted a panel discussion about race, gentrification and a segregated New York City school system that is eerily similar to the south of the civil rights era despite being in the melting pot capital of the world.

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Dear Santa,

I’m not sure what to ask for this year, because there is so much need out there.

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Knicks struggling in stellar Eastern Conference

After a laborious 107-99 loss to the athletically superior Orlando Magic at home Monday night, which ended their four-game winning streak, the Knicks were 14-15 when they began a three-game road trip Wednesday evening against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Jets know one loss will destroy their playoff hopes

Nine weeks ago, the New England Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champions, defeated the New York Jets 30-23 in New England—a game that Jets fans think they should have won.

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Pressure mounts as Giants continue to crumble

Maybe it was asking too much for the Giants’ defense to be immovable or at least resolute, as their game versus the Carolina Panthers, a 38-35 loss, wound down to its final seconds this past Sunday.

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The up and down Nets need a dose of consistency

Last Monday, Dec, 14: Orlando Magic 105, Brooklyn Nets 82. Brooklyn’s 17th loss of the season.

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Sandra Bland: Non-indictment is an indictment on the realities of race

As 2015 comes to a close, I am trying to process all that has happened this year. The senseless killings by the state and by officers sworn to protect the citizens of the United States. The uprisings. The unanswered questions.

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Heroic 15 year old killed while shielding Tennessee girls from bullets

There’s a saying that the true character of a person shines in a time of crisis.

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Grand jury decides against indictments in Sandra Bland case

A grand jury has decided not to indict anyone in the case of Sandra Bland, whose death in police custody raised questions of excessive force and the role of race.

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Humza al-Hafeez makes his transition

Humza al-Hafeez, born Leonard Ernest Weir on Feb. 28, 1931, and formerly known as Leonard 12X Weir, was an Islamic minister, author and social activist most notably recognized as being the first Black Muslim NYPD officer.

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Albany State University marching band to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade

The Albany State University Marching Band is headed to Pasadena, Calif., to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

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Abubadika Sonny Carson celebrated by community

Abubadika Sonny Carson, who was celebrated by the community recognizing the 13th year since he made his transition, on Dec. 20, 2002.

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Concord Baptist Church hosts rendition of Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Concord Baptist Church hosted a rendition of George Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah."

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Coal for Christmas

The idea of getting coal for Christmas has come to symbolize a bad joke about not really receiving anything. Yet for NYCHA residents, the inability to receive basic heat is no joke.

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Community Calendar 12/24 - 12/30

Check out what is going on the in the city this week!

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The Rock, girlfriend welcome baby girl

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Cosmopolitan Review 12/24 - 12/30

Christmas Eve, my favorite day of the year. The night before Christmas is always so special. There is a tingling in the air that all is well, all is bright. Sleep in heavenly peace as tomorrow is Christmas Day, and you want to be well rested for a day of cheer.

The true meaning of Christmas: Down with Santa, up with Jesus

Having ended my career as head coach of track and field at Brown University in Providence, R.I., 30 years, I viewed my first video of Minister Louis Farrakhan, titled “The True Meaning of Christmas,” filmed at Temple No. 11 in Boston.

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Black Lives Matter: The new Civil Rights Movement

Growing up in the South Bronx, my community and I were accustomed to watching headlines of “police brutality” against Blacks and Latinos on the evening news.

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Barbados to finally dump Queen Elizabeth

Tiny, idyllic Barbados, a place where British tourists have persistently said they are most comfortable visiting in the entire hemisphere, now says that it plans to dump Queen Elizabeth as the island’s head of state—just in time for the country’s 50th independence anniversary next year.

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Dan Marino inspires medical leader

One of the world’s leading orthopedic surgeons was inspired by meeting a legendary American football hero who was visiting the Cayman Islands to participate in a leadership conference.

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Retrospective on a year of intransigence and volatility

By all accounts, the political arena has proven to be full of surprises in 2015.

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Minority workers sue Local 14 for racial discrimination

A union representing operating engineers is under fire for alleged racial discrimination.

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Summer 2016 footwear goes high tech

Put your best foot forward for day or evening.

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Damnsel’s designs for fall & new app

Damnsel made their debut at New York Fashion Week with a luxury handbag collection by designer Rachel Feinberg.

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The cultural and culinary arts of McAllen

As a rising star in Texas, McAllen, located in southern Texas along the 100-mile expanse of the northern bank of the Rio Grande River separating the United States from Mexico, possesses a rich arts and culture scene and gastronomic landscape, both of which delight and surprise visitors and denizens alike.

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Talking SCHOP! Row House on the Row

Harlem’s Eighth Avenue adds yet one more restaurant to the list with the opening of Row House (@RowHouseHarlem, 2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-256-0019, www.rowhouseharlem.com) on the corner of 115th Street.

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Department of Public Safety created in Newark

The consolidation of several municipal agencies in Newark, N.J., will cut six positions down to two and save the Brick City almost $600,000.

How the GOP Grinch stole Christmas

Ah, Christmas! A time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, exchange gifts, look back at your achievements over the year and, if you are a Catholic like me and millions of Caribbean and Latino immigrants, celebrate another birthday of sweet baby Jesus after four weeks of Advent.

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Touro: Community violence is a ‘public health emergency’

More than 200 students and faculty members from the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work gathered recently to discuss the timely topic of violence in our communities and how to manage client anger, rage and humiliation before such emotions spiral into violence.

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The One World Doll Project

Not all dolls are equal. The One World Doll Project makes this fact very clear with their Prettie Girls and Tween Scene lines

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Clinton’s force; the Republicans farce

In her closing statement during the Democratic presidential primary debate Saturday evening, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “And may the Force be with you,” referencing the new “Star Wars” film.

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Black economic power in our own interest

Flaring human rights abuses in Black communities across the nation have demanded a proactive, national, organized answer.

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A touch of Jamaica in Park Slope

Nestled by the Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue stop on the F and G line is a piece of Jamaica.

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‘Hateful Eight’ violent, outrageous, riveting

As Quentin Tarantino enters into his eighth film with “The Hateful Eight,” I’ve lost count on how many times the word “nigger” is sliced, diced and slapped upside the head of the viewer. In this film, however, the use of the N-word is slung with a venous truth that’s wrapped in historical facts.

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Ralph Lemon: What’s next?

The creator, choreographer and director Ralph Lemon said that his recent work at the Kitchen, titled “Scaffold Room,” should not be considered a dance work.

Wednesday, December 23

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WLNY-TV to present special Christmas programming

WLNY-TV (Channels 10/55) continues a holiday tradition by rekindling its Yule Log on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Baby, it's warm outside: Higher-than-normal temps expected for Christmas

Mild weather is expected in the city on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Surviving holiday gift-return madness

The holidays are about giving and receiving.

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Tap your holiday stress-busting super power: Breathing

Despite the myriad joys the season brings, it can be a stressful time for many of us.

Tuesday, December 22

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La Viglia at babbalucci

A merry Christmas Eve to you! Though the weather might not reflect our internal winter wonderland, the season is still upon us.

Monday, December 21

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Freddie Gray case: William Porter likely to face June retrial

William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, will face a June 13 retrial, said court spokeswoman Allison Akers.

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Bill Cosby sues supermodel Beverly Johnson for defamation

Bill Cosby filed a lawsuit Monday against supermodel Beverly Johnson, alleging she lied when she said the comedian drugged and tried to rape her at his New York home in the mid-1980s.

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Grand jury decides against indictments in Sandra Bland case

A grand jury in the case of Sandra Bland has decided not to return any indictments.

Saturday, December 19

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Santaland is top destination at Macy's as Christmas comes near

Five-year-old Willa made her annual pilgrimage to Macy's Herald Square to see Santa.

Friday, December 18

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NBA All-Star Voting 2016 is all set

The National Basketball Association and Verizon has tipped off NBA All-Star Voting 2016.

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Who are these people putting Kristaps Porzingas in the Hall of Fame?

Please! The debate ends here: Carmelo Anthony or Kristaps Porzingis?

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Jets in a flying mood after wins over the Giants and Dallas

The New York Jets are playing with a somewhat amended but shared theme to close out the fourth quarter of this 2015-16 NFL season.

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With the coming release of ‘Concussion,’ what is the future of American football?

From Pop Warner through the professional ranks, football is far and away the most popular sport in America.

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Some alterations may be needed in Brooklyn

Over the past week, the Brooklyn Nets have hosted native New Yorkers Lance Stevenson (L.A. Clippers), Tobias Harris and Channing Frye (Orlando Magic) and former Net, Paul Pierce (L.A. Clippers). Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves) visits Sunday and Deron Williams (Dallas Mavericks) Wednesday, both former recent Nets players.

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Giants brace for Cam Newton after big win in Miami

Has there ever been more drama this late in an NFL season involving three teams that have collectively lost more than 50 percent of their games?

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Our Community's Biggest Challenges Are Neglected When Ideology Prevails

Under the leadership of President Obama, the United States has taken unprecedented action to begin addressing climate change - one of the biggest issues facing our time.

Thursday, December 17

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Public housing: Smoke-free buildings with leaking roofs?

Now that HUD has proposed regulations banning smoking in public housing, government concern about the health of residents seems to be gaining currency.

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Holiday season means extra stress for retail workers

Working in the retail industry, any time of year can be a challenge.

British Walkers come in kicking down doors

Took a while for the get back to come, but eventually it did. Wayyyy back in the day, when I was the lil tag along, my fashion-forward cousins would inadvertently rub it in.

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Is Bernie the best bet?

The 2016 presidential election is upon us.

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Community Calendar 12/17 - 12/23

Check out what's going on int he city this week!

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Patti gets plaque for pies

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Cosmopolitan Review 12/17 - 12/23

And the countdown to Christmas has begun.

Using Black economic power to get justice

Across the United States, in cities large and small, the campaign to not shop this Christmas season in protest against police murder and brutality, gentrification and devaluation of our labor continues with the determination and energy of activists and community.

Choice Hotels expands to Guyana

Choice Hotels is continuing its Caribbean growth with the addition of the elegant 25-room Opus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana on the coast of South America to its growing list of upscale properties.

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Three wise men, a mom and manger

In the days before Thanksgiving this year, a young mother left her newborn baby boy (umbilical cord intact) swaddled in a manger that was part of the nativity scene at Holy Child Jesus Church, a Catholic congregation located in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, N.Y.

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Dr. James McCune Smith, America’s first Black physician

In Carla L. Peterson’s “Black Gotham: A Family History of African-Americans in Nineteenth Century New York City,” one of the longest citations in the index is given to Peter Guignon, her great-great-grandfather.

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Activists urge Christmas boycott in response to police terrorism

“No justice for us, no profit for you!” and “They won’t stop, we don’t shop!” several dozen activists rhythmically chanted from the northeast corner of Harlem’s African Square (125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) over the weekend as they urged passersby not to spend their hard-earned money with corporate companies.

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Whistleblower settles with NYPD after outing quota system

New York Police Department officer Craig Matthews said he felt the brunt of retaliation after telling his supervisors of a quota system in the Bronx’s 42nd Precinct.

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Study: Imports from China by Walmart have killed jobs

A new report by a progressive nonprofit group suggests that imports from China by Walmart have eliminated or displaced hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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Paint the town in style

Make a splash in something colorful! At Let’s Paint, designed by Delia Alleyne, the spring-summer 2016 collection offers contrasting colors against black silhouettes. She introduced a comfortable line of rompers, jackets, funky trousers and the classic little black dress.

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Congolese cultural creations and model call

For their spring-summer show set for Aug. 8, 2016, Kapy Bash Mode is calling all models to auditions Jan. 9 to 11, 2016, at the Art Gallery, located at 707 N. 4th St., Allenton, Pa.

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McAllen is for the birds!

In our first adventure, we were just getting the lay of the land in McAllen, located in southern Texas a little over a one-hour flight from Dallas along the 100 mile expanse of the northern bank of the Rio Grande River separating the United States from Mexico.

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Talking SCHOP! South African holiday libations

What’s better this holiday season than gathering with friends and family over good food, laughter and libation? Nothing!

Black ‘climate justice’ activists review COP21 agreement

Saturday, Dec. 12, world leaders from 193 nations attending the United Nations-sponsored climate conference, known as COP21, signed what is being termed a historic agreement that some observers say marks the end of the fossil-fuel era.

Former AmNews reporter, esteemed journalist C. Gerald Fraser passes at 90

“Scores of witnesses saw a 44-year-old man assaulted, kicked and fatally shot by an off-duty policeman who hauled his victim along a Sugar Hill street, left him in a heap on the sidewalk and fled into a nearby apartment house, last Wednesday.” No, this article was not written last week, though it resonates with a terrible currency. This was a story in the Amsterdam News, written by C. Gerald Fraser in 1954.

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POP calling for international day of action on Martin Luther King’s birthday

The People’s Organization for Progress is calling for an international day of action in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Presidential politics and the Black community

There is no question in my mind that Donald Trump is a national and international embarrassment.

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Founder of Kwanzaa coming to Brooklyn

The National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the International African Arts Festival present a 49th Anniversary of Kwanzaa Celebration, featuring the founder of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga.

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Organizations, politicians push for National Gun Violence Awareness Month

Several elected officials and anti-violence groups have started a campaign to make June National Gun Violence Awareness Month.

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Hung jury for cop charged in Freddie Gray's death: What's next?

What happens next is anyone's guess, now that a mistrial has been declared in the case against a Baltimore police officer in the death of Freddie Gray.

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Mistrial declared in trial for first officer accused in Freddie Gray killing

Wednesday, a mistrial was declared in the case of Baltimore police officer William Porter. Jurors said they could not reach a decision in the first of the trials of the six officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

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Justice Tanya R. Kennedy inducted to State Supreme Court

“I am ready, and I am able,” Justice Tanya R. Kennedy announced to a throng of admirers in the New York County Courthouse rotunda last Thursday evening.

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Comrades reflect on Jimi Hendrix’s Harlem history

Friday, Nov. 27, rock & roll aficionados across the country commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the physical birth of cultural icon Jimi Hendrix with numerous festivities.

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Alice Walker doesn’t support JetBlue’s affiliation with her play

JetBlue might be the official airline of “The Color Purple,” but the play’s creator isn’t a fan of the company.

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Obama updates strategy on Islamic State

Fresh from his relative victory on climate change, though there’s much to be done on the crisis, President Barack Obama tackled another pressing issue: the Islamic State group.

GAS AND OIL DRAW HUNGRY FRACKERS TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Peace Park is a rich ecosystem where one finds the gemsbok desert antelope, black-maned Kalahari lions and pygmy falcons.

Even Rick Lazio gets it!

I’ve never been a fan of Rick Lazio so for him to actually make sense to me last week was a shocker.

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Landlord pays $95,000 to resolve Fair Housing case

The Fair Housing Justice Center conducted a test that has yielded evidence of race discrimination.

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Something to wine about

Whether you are a causal drinker or an aficionado, wine continues to be something that can surprise the palate both with food and on its own.

And then there were nine

If the final of five Republican debates Tuesday night in Las Vegas was viewed from the perspective of new film releases, Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” might be analogous.

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Cookware beware

When I was growing up, every home had a black frying pan. The blacker it...

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Rapist cop faces 236 years, community decries minimal news coverage

While mainstream media largely overlooked the story of former cop Daniel Holtzclaw facing a 236-year sentence for the sexual assaults of 13 Black women, Black social media took citizen journalism to new heights.

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Region fears it may lose Cuba as relations with US normalize

There are palpable fears in some sectors of the 15-nation Caribbean trading bloc that that normalized relations between Cuba and the U.S. could leave the region.

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Lawyers call on Brazil to apologize for African slavery

Brazil’s national bar association, the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil, is calling on the nation’s federal government to present a formal apology for African slavery.

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Brenda Carroll Dowdell—a survivor’s story

“At 9:00 o’clock that morning I was fussing with my children, and by 9:00 o’clock that night I was fighting for my life,” said Brenda Carroll Dowdell as she recalls the day that changed her life forever.

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NYC seeks more Black, Latino and Asian men to teach in public schools

Led by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Young Men’s Initiative, NYC Men Teach is an engagement and recruitment effort aimed to inspire more men of color to become teachers in New York City.

December 12th Movement celebrates 28th anniversary

Under the banner of “Black Nationalism, Black Nation, Pan Africanism or Perish,” the December 12th Movement founding members have stood together through thick and thin, for the past 28 years.

There is an antidote to fear

A terrorist threat—real, imagined or merely a hoax—cannot be easily dismissed in a world fraught with anxiety.

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Honoring Abubadika Sonny Carson

This Sunday, the Committee to Honor Black Heroes, along with Drum Love, will be hosting a tribute to long-time community leader Abubadika Sony Carson, who died 13 years ago.

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Vulcans give out toys at Harlem Hospital

Black firefighters and EMS workers from the Vulcan Society, with some help from Santa Claus, handed out toys to children at Harlem Hospital.

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Dionne Warwick's 75th birthday party brings out the stars as she launches nonprofit

Stars of Broadway, film and television, alongside music superstars and politicians, gathered to celebrate the 75th birthday of Dionne Warwick.

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AmNews Controller Antoinette Donegan graduates Citizens Police Academy program

The Citizens Police Academy program was first implemented in 1993 as part of the NYPD’s ongoing effort to develop a working relationship with the community.

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MacArthur ‘Genius’ at City College of New York

Author Colson Whitehead graced City College of New York in a lecture and conversation with Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy.

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HSA’s ‘Soul Nativity’ a gospel-infused, magical farce

Let’s start here: Hallelujah, the definition of a farce is “a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant and thus improbable.”

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‘In the Heart of the Sea’ goes adrift

“In the Heart of the Sea” is the true story of the last survivor of whaling ship, who tells the amazing story of the ship’s demise resulting from unrelenting attacks from a whale.

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Nublu Jazz Fest a beehive of stinging proportions

With the graffiti painting and life-sized artwork of Charlie Chaplin on the steel gray door, who would think this is the home of Nublu, one of the hippest little music venues on the Lower East Side.

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Broadway’s divine ‘Color Purple’

“The Color Purple” is heavenly, the cast divine, the musical is extraordinarily empowering, the energy throughout is sublime.

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‘The Big Short’ educates as well as entertains

“The Big Short” tells the story of how the 2008 Great Recession began with the crumbling of the housing market, ultimately leading to a worldwide financial crisis.

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Afro-Cuban oriented Tiempo Libre brings salsa rhythms to the Met

Tiempo Libre’s founder, Jorge Gómez, says his band is revved up for their upcoming Dec. 18 concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wednesday, December 16

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NYPD officer involved in Amadou Diallo shooting gets promotion

Reports indicate that one of the officers involved in the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo is being promoted to sergeant.

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Hung jury in Freddie Gray case a 'major setback' for prosecutors, analysts say

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin has a term for where he thinks the prosecution in the case of Baltimore police Officer William Porter is right now.

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Study: Black men with clinical prostatitis may have lower risk of prostate cancer

According to a new study, African American men with clinical chronic prostatitis have a significantly lower risk of prostate cancer.

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Freddie Gray case: Jurors in deadlock; judge says keep deliberating

When the jurors in the trial of William Porter went to bed Tuesday night, they were deadlocked over the fate of the Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Tuesday, December 15

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Airbnb hosts found to discriminate against guests with 'black' names

Airbnb hosts are less likely to rent to guests with African American sounding names, according to a new Harvard study.

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One threat to L.A. and New York school districts, two very different responses

The United States' two biggest school districts get the same threat.

Monday, December 14

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Dr. Khalil G. Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg, leaves next year for Harvard

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Schomburg Center’s director for the last five years, will be leaving the post in July 2016.

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Freddie Gray case: William Porter's fate in hands of jury

The fate of William Porter will be in the hands of the jury as early as Monday.

Saturday, December 12

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Where's winter? Record-setting warmth on tap for much of U.S.

Unseasonably mild temperatures are spreading over the eastern half of the country and about 75% of the U.S. population will see the temperature climb over 60°F by then end of the weekend

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Victims describe assaults by convicted ex-Oklahoma City cop Daniel Holtzclaw

One of the women assaulted by former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw said she feared for her life when he pulled her over last year and forced her to perform a sex act on him.

Friday, December 11

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Supreme Court releases audio of Scalia's comments on African-Americans in universities

The Supreme Court on Friday released audio of controversial comments made by Justice Antonin Scalia suggesting that some African-Americans might be better off at "less-advanced"universities, language that has caused a national uproar and spurred condemnation from elected officials including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. John Lewis.

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Michelle Obama raps: Go to college

MC FLOTUS is in the house!

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Jesse Jackson: 'Police can stop shooting people in the back now'

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday called for the Chicago mayor and city council to take immediate action amid the growing crisis over excessive police force, saying the city needs to pass a law that prohibits police from shooting any suspect in the back.

Thursday, December 10

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Queens College enters national rankings

When Elizabeth Naumovski became head women’s basketball coach at Queens College, winning was a rare thing.

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Daniel Jacobs made it an early evening for Peter Quillin

It only took Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs 85 seconds, a little less than a half a round to change Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin’s undefeated record of 32-0-1 to 32-1-1 Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Jets win statement game, beating Giants on their shared field

Were the New York Jets and Giants concerned about their rivalry, about bragging rights or just about winning a game and making the playoffs?

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Giants prove they’re not a fourth quarter team at crunch time

Having held fourth quarter leads in 10 of their 12 games this season, the Giants once again proved to be apathetic to prosperity, squandering an advantage for the fifth time this past Sunday in a head­-scratching 23-­20 overtime loss to the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

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The threat to public safety arriving by international mail

Law enforcement agencies nationwide are confronting an increasingly prevalent threat: a flood of cheap, new synthetic drugs from overseas.

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Gratitude

I recently attended First Corinthian Baptist Church and the theme of the sermon was gratitude.

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50 Cent to star in new Fox comedy

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

Cosmopolitan Review 12/10 - 10/16

How do you describe beautiful? “The Color Purple,” that’s how.

On campus race tensions: Randall Kennedy, The New York Times and the need for transparency in journalism

It is ironic that The New York Times would turn to Randall Kennedy for perspective regarding the current upheavals on American college campuses, where allegations of racism have been surging in recent weeks.

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Understanding evil in America

With every passing day, new and increasingly vile reports of evil acts bombard our lives, jolting us out of our day-to day lives.

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32BJ supports mayor’s affordable housing plan

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan has a friend in 32BJ SEIU.

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Festive holiday celebrations: dress for the occasion

Dec. 5 and 6 in Washington, D.C., the 2015 Kennedy Center honorees included Cicely Tyson, who was honored for her lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts.

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Ghost-like glamour for the holidays

For the holidays, the look starts with your makeup.

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McAllen: A rising star in Texas

Every living thing goes through a growing phase. Children, animals, plants—they all start from little seedlings and mature into their full potential.

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Investigator concludes Tamir Rice’s hands were in his pockets when shot by cop

An independent report released last Friday evening determined that Tamir Rice’s hands were in his pockets when he was fatally shot on Nov. 22, 2014, by Caucasian Cleveland cop, Timothy Loehmann.

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City Council votes to fund security for private schools

When people talk about public-private partnerships, this may not be what they had in mind.

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Talking SCHOP! Apres ski NYC at Baita

Though the current weather might not be preparing us, the official beginning of winter is less than two weeks away and three days before Christmas.

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Obama on the fight against terrorism: ‘We will prevail’

It may have been absolutely coincidental that President Barack Obama’s address from the Oval Office Sunday evening was just about 14 minutes long, the same as the number of people killed in what he has finally called an act of terrorism in San Bernardino, Calif., last Wednesday.

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Noel Pointer Foundation: Empowering our children one note at a time

The late Noel Pointer believed that “learning to play a string instrument is a transformative experience that advances children’s lives” and to keep his dream alive, the Noel Pointer Foundation, under the leadership of his wife, CEO/Director Chinita J. Pointer, presented their first annual Giving Tuesday concert at the Restoration Plaza on Dec. 1.

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A soulful poet of Harlem: Safiya Henderson-Holmes

It was while working recently on a documentary about the history of 555 Edgecombe and 409 Edgecombe, two sites in Harlem where a number of iconic African-Americans live and have lived, that I was reminded of the poet Safiya Henderson-Holmes, who once resided at 409.

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The Montgomery Bus Boycott 60 years later

Rosa Parks’ defiant stance against the racist Jim Crow laws of the segregated South kicked off an economic boycott against the National City Lines Bus Company in Montgomery, Ala., which lasted a little more than a year.

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Bronx Pathfinders participate in holiday volunteer project

Members of the Pathfinders youth ministries group from the Willis Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church participated in a community service project last week.

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Could the Supreme Court hand President Obama a final win?

The U.S. Supreme Court has in the past two years handed President Barack Obama his biggest wins on one of the most controversial policies during his tenure as president—the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

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Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center celebrates AIDS/HIV progress in community.

AIDS/HIV is no respecter of persons regardless of age, race or profession, thus people worldwide unite every Dec. 1 in their fight against the disease, to show support for people living with AIDS/HIV and commemorate those who have died from the disease.

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Congressional investigation sought in Red Cross’ handling of Haiti relief funds

As the sixth anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, looms next month, the National Black Church Initiative is urging the United States Senate to launch a congressional inquiry into the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of dollars the American Red Cross received in donations, meant to assist in the Caribbean country’s relief efforts.

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Hannukah latkes

Potato pancakes are a traditional food during the Jewish holiday of Hannukah, but you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy them.

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Harry Reid assails 'racist' Scalia comments

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday took to the Senate floor to attack Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's comments during an affirmative action case as "racist" -- and sought to tie him to Donald Trump and Republicans.

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Activists, Brooklyn Borough president fighting to stem fire death epidemic

There were 121 civilian home fire fatalities in New York reported by U.S. media between Jan. 1 and Dec. 7, and more than a few happened in Brooklyn.

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Marie Slaughter celebrating 50 years of life and continued community service

Marie Slaughter of Queens was recently honored at the Community Bridge House on her 50th birthday and for her 35 years of volunteer service.

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‘The Color Purple’ and Blacks on Broadway

The Amsterdam News' Educational Foundation salute to Blacks on Broadway at Sardi’s restaurant was a memorable event.

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D.A. Ken Thompson hosts another big Begin Again program

Warrants can hang over the heads of people like the Sword of Damocles, but the Begin Again program could change that.

Charged in self-defense, Brooklyn activist experiences nightmarish day after daughter gets wrongly arrested

Brooklyn community activist Michael Tucker had an unnecessary scare when he called the mother of his daughter Mia Tuesday, Nov. 17 around noon.

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COJO founder and Chairman Gary Williams presents the COJO Humanitarian Award to Olympian Veronica Campbell-Brown

Olympian Veronica Campbell Brown gets COJO 2015 Humanitarian Award.

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Chicago blues

As Spike Lee’s movie “Chi-raq” hit theaters last weekend, Chicago continued to be America’s newest epicenter of police mistreatment.

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Killer cops in Chicago

Eight days before Laquan McDonald’s body was riddled with 16 bullets by a Chicago police officer in October 2014, Ronald Johnson III, 25, eight years older than McDonald, met a similar fate.

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Urban Bush Women, inspired by Coltrane

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder and artistic director of Urban Bush Women, discusses the company.

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Trump’s demagoguery

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump ratcheted his toxic rhetoric to a new level when he announced he would block the entry of all Muslims to America.

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Homeless Crisis NYC: Stringer wants investigation into housing discrimination against homeless

Donna Morgan, 50, works as a home health aide. But while she tends to the needs of others, New York City’s landlords aren’t tending to hers.

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Busta busts through hip-hop’s glass ceiling

Let me tell you, the Busta Rhymes show at the Prudential was phenomenal!

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Spend Christmas with ‘Krampus’

It’s a few days before Christmas.

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Russell at Birdland, Zon del Barrio, Fourplay at 25

The vocalist Catherine Russell has a fresh, vibrant sound formulated in the blues and jazz tradition that has become an enticement to her ever-growing fan base.

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Double Dutch — not just child’s play

Sweat rolled down competitors’ foreheads as teams from as far as France and Japan competed in the 24th annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic at the Apollo last Sunday.

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‘Chi-Raq’: Strong message, weak delivery

The violence has to stop, but Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” is set in a violent south Chicago community.

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Political costs of inequality

As we approach year’s end, justice and equality advocates can point to important gains.

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The gift that keeps on giving

Dec. 2, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater swept on stage at New York’s City Center exuding warmth, radiating brilliance and lighting up the night. If this opening night of its five-week winter season is any indication, audiences are in for a real treat.

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Nets were in a holiday mood after taking down Houston

Winning games or a game can totally change the mood in a struggling team’s locker room.

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Elevation celebration for the Rev. Daryl G. Bloodsaw

For the first time in 63 years, the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights celebrated the elevation of the Rev. Daryl G. Bloodsaw to its pastorship.

Emotional triggers

The meaning of emotional triggers.

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Noel Pointer Foundation empowering our children one note at a time

The late Noel Pointer believed that “learning to play a string instrument is a transformative experience that advances children’s lives."

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Trinidad officially in recession

One by one, governments in the 15-nation Caribbean Community are beginning to complain about having a full blown or creeping economic recession.

Jamaican businesswoman heartened by Caribbean hospital

Jamaican businesswoman is giving thanks for the lifesaving heart treatment she recently received in the neighboring Cayman Islands.

On-campus race tensions: Randall Kennedy, The New York Times and the need for transparency in journalism

It is ironic that The New York Times would turn to Randall Kennedy for perspective regarding the current racial upheavals on American college campuses.

Rule in favor of affirmative action

On a day when President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the 150th anniversary of the ending of slavery, we may be losing affirmative action.

Black Medford NJ police officer suing for racial discrimination

Black police officer Mark Hunsinger recently filed suit against Medford Township Police Department and the township of Medford, N.J.

Obama on the fight against terrorism: ‘We will prevail’

President Barack Obama’s address was just about 14 minutes long, the same as the number of people killed during the terrorism attack in San Bernardino, California.

Wednesday, December 9

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Sharpton in courtroom during Supreme Court oral arguments for Fisher v. University of Texas

Rev. Al Sharpton was in the courtroom at the Supreme Court during the oral arguments for Fisher v. University of Texas. Following the hearing Sharpton led a rally outside with members of the National Action Network and other leaders.

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Officer accused in Freddie Gray case takes the stand

Baltimore police Officer William Porter, one of six officers charged in the April death of Freddie Gray, testified Wednesday that he didn't realize Gray was injured until the final stop of the van ride in which the prisoner suffered a broken neck.

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Chicago mayor: 'Painful and honest reckoning' needed after police shootings

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that his city needs "a painful and honest reckoning into what went wrong" surrounding the death of Laquan McDonald, as well as other instances in which police officers used excessive force.

Tuesday, December 8

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Pig's head left at Philadelphia mosque

Philadelphia's mayor on Tuesday vowed to find the "coward" who left a pig's head at the door of a Philadelphia mosque.

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House passes visa waiver overhaul

he House overwhelmingly passed legislation on Tuesday (407 to 19) that would overhaul the federal visa waiver program and bar those from Iraq, Syria, Iran and the Sudan, or those who have visited those countries in the last five years, from traveling to the United States without a visa.

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Prosecution rests in trial of officer accused in Freddie Gray case

Prosecutors have rested their case against Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, the first of six officers to stand trial in the April death of Freddie Gray.

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HIV cases down 20% overall in U.S., but up 87% for 2 groups

While the overall number of HIV diagnoses continues to fall in the United States since the first cases were documented 30 years ago, at least two groups of the population are seeing a sharp increase in those numbers.

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Chicago releases video of police using Taser on man in cell who later died

The storm over the Chicago police's use of force shows no sign of abating.

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Freddie Gray would have survived with prompt treatment, experts testify

Freddie Gray likely would have survived the neck injury he received in the back of a police transport van had he gotten prompt medical treatment, two expert witnesses testified on Monday.

Monday, December 7

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Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called Monday to block all Muslims from entering the United States.

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6 holiday albums you should be listening to this season

Check out these 2015 holiday albums that are sure to "make your spirit bright"

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Attorney: No charges against Chicago officer who shot Ronald Johnson

No criminal charges will be filed against the Chicago police officer who shot and killed Ronald Johnson in October 2014, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said Monday. Johnson was armed with a loaded gun at the time of the shooting, she said.

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Hip Hop heavy hitters shine at 'Hot for the Holidays'

Hot 97 Hot for the Holiday brings top hip hop acts to Newark.

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Rapper 2 Chainz pays disabled veteran's rent for a year

One disabled veteran has a famous rapper to thank for making her holiday season much easier.

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Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy nominations

Taylor Swift left anything but a "Blank Space" in the nominations for the 58th Grammy Awards, receiving nods in the Big Three categories -- album, record and song of the year -- though hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar outdid her for overall nominations.

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Actress Cicely Tyson among Kennedy Center honorees

President Obama may have been a little late for the Kennedy Center Honors, but that didn't stop the attendees from enjoying the celebration -- or Stephen Colbert from having a little fun at his expense.

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AG: Justice Department investigating if Chicago police broke law

The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether the Chicago police engaged in "a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or federal law," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday.

Saturday, December 5

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'The Wiz Live' eases on down the road to big ratings

NBC's live musical, "The Wiz Live!," brought in 11.1 million viewers on Thursday night, according to NBC.

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Police reports on Laquan McDonald shooting 'at odds' with video, paper says

Chicago police reports on the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year are "dramatically at odds" with the dashcam video that triggered protests in the city...

Friday, December 4

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Not so random Thanksgiving acts

The holiday season is always a time to stop and take stock in friends and family.

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Talking SCHOP! Mayfield is for (food) lovers

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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December travel calendar of events

The end of the year has snuck up on us again, but that’s no reason to bring your travel adventures to a close.

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Knit prints, patterns partner up for fall

As the designer of a luxury lifestyle brand, Tory Burch defines her collection with an array of classic American sportswear.

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Swimwear for cruises and warm spots

In the midst of the holiday season, many are traveling to warmer climates. New swimwear collections are in the stores, but you can still get some great suits and deals for now.

Thursday, December 3

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Why take risks with the safety of our school children?

In 1992, two teenagers were shot to death in the hallway of a Brooklyn high school a little over an hour before Mayor David N. Dinkins was to visit the school to give an inspirational speech.

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SEIU endorses Hilary Clinton for president

We’re still 11 months away from the U.S. presidential election, but 32BJ SEIU has gotten ahead of the labor pack and endorsed Hilary Clinton for president.

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Advocacy groups calls for equal pay for early childhood educators

Program directors and advocates from more than 100 education-based programs in the five boroughs want equal pay for early childhood educators now.

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Willie Mays, Shirley Chisholm, Katherine G. Johnson awarded Medal of Freedom

The names on the figurative marquee were a definite indication that the East Room at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was the place to be.

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The Fifth annual African Diaspora Awards shine

Celebrating educational, cultural and entrepreneurial excellence was the 5th annual Africa Diaspora Awards, organized by Applause Africa, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan.

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Prominent civil rights attorney Jacqueline Berrien passes

Jacqueline Berrien and her husband, Peter, resided in Brooklyn. “Jackie,” as she was known, passed Nov. 9 at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.

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Jerry G. Watts, noted scholar of Black intellectuals, passes at 62

During the recent emergence of prominent African-American public intellectuals, Jerry Gafio Watts was rarely mentioned.

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Native-Americans became immigrants in their own land

It seems today that the immigrants entering our country are being singled out as undesirable and not welcomed in this land of freedom.

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NYC Health + Hospitals reminds New Yorkers to get tested

In honor World AIDS Day, which took place this week, NYC Health + Hospitals is reminding New Yorkers to prioritize their health by getting an HIV test.

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Independent reports: Tamir Rice killing a ‘callous disregard for life’

Reports by independent use-of-force expert witnesses released Monday, Nov. 30—one year after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by Caucasian Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann...

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Urban Agenda: Our Best Chance to Fix a Broken System

New spotlights on violent confrontations between police and black and brown communities as well as a deeply-felt understanding that mass incarceration has exacted a devastating and unequal social and economic toll have created unheard-of momentum on both sides of the aisle for criminal justice reform.

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Macy’s Herald Square spreads holiday spirit to kids at 65th annual Operation Happy Children

Christmas arrived early for nearly 300 children from across the city.

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Madison Square Boys & Girls Club salutes the holiday season with 49th annual Christmas Tree Ball

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club will hold its 49th annual Christmas Tree Ball.

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Eldzier Cortor’s paintings preserved African tradition

The legacy of artist Eldzier Cortor.

The problem with Sanders’ immigration plan

Let’s face it, Sen. Bernie Sanders is saying all the right things and pushing extremely hard to get the “minority” vote.

Nominee from the real Caribbean loses battle for top job

Leaders from more than 50 former British colonies in the past week voted to give the Commonwealth grouping of nations its first female secretary general.

Caribbean hotels chip in for Dominica

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association raised funds to help the people of Dominica.

Open letter to the Black community from the Community & Clergy Coalition

The hatred and violence that has confronted Black Americans throughout American history is systemic.

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More body cameras for the police

We are elated that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has finally taken steps to deal with the Chicago Police department’s coverup of laquan McDonald's execution.

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Newark allots over $12 million for community initiatives to improve community education

Money allotted by the city of Newark, N.J., is making way for the creation and ongoing support of community schools.

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Obama opens climate change summit in Paris

President Barack Obama’s opening words at the climate change conference Monday in Paris set the tone and direction of the two-week summit.

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Mayor Emanuel under fire

The public is calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel amidst allegations of a cover up of Laquan McDonald's murder.

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City opens new women’s shelter in Long Island City

The city opened a homeless shelter for women in Long Island City, spurred by a 9 percent increase in single adult women entering the shelter system.

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Scars tell our journeys

Scars from illnesses tell others, who wouldn't have known, what we've been through.

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Nets showing improvement, struggling to win games

The Brooklyn Nets, currently 5-13, are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

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Knicks’ tough defense becoming their calling card

Knicks' are using their tough defense this NBA season.

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Giants fail to seize the moment in Washington

This past Sunday, the Giants lost against Washington.

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Todd Bowles returning his team to the early days of the season

It was like old times, back during the first five games of the NFL 2015-16 season, when the New York Jets were winning games.

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Local D-I teams fight for supremacy

It's early, but the story is already being told as to what kind of season NY-NJ Division I women's basketball team will be having.

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COJO Scholarship Gala honors Olympian Veronica Campbell Brown

Olympian Veronica Campbell-Brown will be honored by the New York-based nonprofit Children of Jamaica Outreach.

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Ice-T, Coco welcome baby girl Chanel

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend for “Law & Order: SVU” star Ice-T and his wife Coco, who gave birth to a 5.7-pound, 18-inch baby girl, Chanel Nicole.

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An open letter to the Daily News

Charles Barron and Inez Barron writes scathing letter to Daily News about its report regarding the conviction of Sheldon Silver.

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Tolliver at Sistas’, Chuchito Bonafide, Roy Ayers burns

Charles Tolliver, the trumpeter, composer and arranger who is constantly expanding his terrain of the jazz genre, will appear for one night only at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place (456 Nostrand Ave.) Dec. 5.

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Give this giving season

New York City Mission Society teaches us how to give this holiday season.

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A sober reflection on appropriate measures to counteract ISIS

Acts of terrorism are carried out by organizations with weak military power and a strong political motive.

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Soul Understated continues Gin Fizz residency December 4

Soul Understated continues to give its fans fierce soul stylings with a monthly residency every first Friday at Gin Fizz Harlem.

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Queens vigil to mark nine-year anniversary of Sean Bell death

Supporters of Sean Bell braved the cold for the annual overnight vigil in Queens exactly nine years after he was killed by cops.

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Clowns, jugglers, aerialists, acrobats and more at Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus is back at Lincoln Center, and it’s a delightful family experience.

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NYPR creates a new department to boost diversity

Brenda Williams-Butts named vice president of NYPR's new diversity focused HR department.

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Book review: ‘Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life’

In a recent edition of The New York Times, Sam Roberts reviewed several coffee table books on the city, and he could have added “Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life.”

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NBLCA receives award from NYS Department of Health

On World AIDS Day, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS received the 2015 Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award.

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500 Men Making a Difference hosts toy drive

500 Men Making a Difference is collecting toys for the children and families of the Park Manor Shelter in Brooklyn.

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Malcolm X family launches online store and social media accounts

The family of late civil rights leader Malcolm X have increased the icon’s presence online.

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December 2015 dance calendar

Include dance in your holiday plans.

Survivors of 1994 subway bombing to come together in celebration

Survivors of the 1994 New York City subway bombing are coming together as the 21st anniversary approaches.

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Erykah Badu released phone-themed mixtape for Thanksgiving

Neo-soul musician Erykah Badu is gearing up to release a new mixtape, “But U Caint Use My Phone.”

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Robert Hinton killed before receiving brutality settlement

He endured violence at the hands of Rikers Island correction officers and survived, but Robert Hinton met his untimely end closer to home.

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Prince plans to embark on solo piano tour

Legendary music artist Prince is apparently trying new things in the midst of his 30-plus year career. He will reportedly embark on a 16-date European tour, titled “Prince Spotlight: Piano & A Microphone.”

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‘The Wiz’ toe-tapping musical fun

NBC embarks on its latest musical holiday tradition: a three-hour live production of the groundbreaking Broadway show that brought Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road.

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Black Boycott Impacts: Black Friday sales see dip in the millions

Black Friday sales see dip in the millions: Black Dollars Do Matter

Did the “Black” come out of Black Friday this year? Numbers released this week say so.

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Public housing crime up

Crime on the rise in NYCHA buildings despite city spending millions to improve safety

Reports indicate that even with the implementation of a program costing the city $210 million, crime is up in a number of New York Public Housing Authority developments.

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It’s a wrap: Silver found guilty

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was found guilty on all seven counts, including money laundering, honest services fraud and extortion.

Wednesday, December 2

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Family of man killed by Chicago police wants dashcam video released

The family of Ronald Johnson is angry and wants answers from the Chicago Police Department.

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The immortal, rebellious Rosa Parks

One indisputable date on the American historic calendar is Dec. 1, 1955.

Tuesday, December 1

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Tamir Rice shooting: Officer says threat was 'real and active'

The police officer who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice is speaking out for the first time, more than a year after the shooting.

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Day 2 of jury selection in first Freddie Gray trial

Jury selection resumed Tuesday in the trial of a Baltimore Police Department officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

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Montefiore AIDS Center and Addiction medicine expert honored on World AIDS Day

The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute (NYSDOH) is honoring the Montefiore AIDS Center staff for their work in the field of HIV/AIDS and Alain Litwin M.D. for his contributions to the field of hepatitis C (HCV).

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Chicago mayor asks for police superintendent's resignation

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that he has asked for the resignation of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

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Chicago mayor to announce police accountability task force

Embroiled in a political firestorm over his city's handling of a shocking police shooting, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking to mend fences.