Stories for February 2015

Friday, February 27

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Black Ink and the politics of tattoos, race, and gender

It took Dutchess Lattimore nearly twenty years before discovering that she possessed the skills to become a tattoo artist.

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Bully-Proof Diva: What ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ teaches us about abusive relationships

This past weekend the film sensation that’s engulfed mainstream media, popularly known as Fifty Shades of Grey opened up with a record breaking $248.7 million dollar haul worldwide. The $90.7 million made domestically also set a record for the largest President’s Day weekend debut. What’s all the excitement about?

Thursday, February 26

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Forum outlines challenges for fighting HIV and AIDS

Feb. 7, Douglas Brooks, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, participated in a forum on the “State of HIV in Black America,” held at Harlem’s Schomburg Center.

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Saviours’ Day

The 85th annual Saviours’ Day celebration kicked off last Friday as the start of a three-day holiday weekend. This year’s theme was “The Intensifying Universal Cry for Justice.”

Civil rights legend Anne Moody dies at 74

As we move into the final week of Black History Month and African-Americans cheer the victory of “Glory” at the recent Academy Awards ceremony after many have commemorated the life and legacy of Malcolm X, we pause now for a moment of silence in memory of Anne Moody, who died Feb. 5.

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Harlem welcomes home Sekou Odinga

Titled, “Love Yourself, Love Your Freedom: Official Welcome Home Celebration for Sekou Odinga,” a standing-room-only auditorium crowd of activists from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Newark and New York City came to welcome Sekou Odinga back into the community.

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Greater NY Links holds seminar for seniors

The Greater New York Links’ Health Advocate Committee for Seniors partnered with Health Advocates for Older People, the New York Foundation for Senior College and the AARP to hold an ongoing geriatric seminar for seniors about preventing falls and what to do after falling at the Brookdale Center for Aging and Longevity at Hunter College in East Harlem.

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How good is your soil?

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ planted his seeds of love in the (soil) soul of God. In three ways, he was resurrected in all his glory!

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Dare to demand a Black plebiscite

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of revolutionary Black nationalist El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, the December 12th Movement launched the campaign for a plebiscite for African people in the United States. The House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn was filled, despite the raging snowstorm.

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Biden announces $25 million in funding for cybersecurity education at HBCUs

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and White House Science Advisor John Holdren recently announced that the Department of Energy will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to support cybersecurity education.

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Dr. Charles H. Wesley: The eminent historian on Black labor

A few weeks ago, we profiled Dorothy Porter Wesley, the premier librarian, and promised to do one on her scholarly husband, Dr. Charles H. Wesley.

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Another Republican hack who has no compassion

Conservative U.S. Southern District Judge Andrew S. Hanen has undoubtedly dealt a harsh blow to immigrants set to begin applying this week for relief under President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.

Marijuana, reparations on summit agenda

Caricom leaders are scheduled to meet in the Bahamas to discuss a number of key issues, including the push to make European nations pay for slavery and to establish a commission on marijuana decriminalization, the bloc said.

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New sustainable tourism chair

ST. LUCIA (Feb. 26)—Prominent Caribbean hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy has been appointed chairman of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism.

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Anthony Rajkumar named executive director of HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation President and CEO Ram Raju M.D. announced that Anthony Rajkumar has been appointed executive director of HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center.

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Ex-Mayor Giuliani attacks President Obama over love for America

The insanity never stops with the Republicans because they are angry that an intelligent Black man is president of the United States.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events 02/26-03/04

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.

Our 'Glory'

The stirring performance of “Glory,” the anthem-like song from “Selma,” by composers John Legend (John Stephens) and Common (Lonnie Lynn) forecast accurately that the work would receive the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Corrections officers involved in Jerame Reid case seek dismissal of suit

Reports indicate the corrections officers involved in a lawsuit filed by a Black man fatally shot by police in December want the suit against them dismissed.

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Activist Larry Hamm awarded Key to the City of Newark

Last Sunday, longtime activist, community leader and founding chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress Larry Hamm was awarded the Key to the City of Newark by Mayor Ras Baraka, during a community service dinner at which Hamm was the keynote speaker.

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Civil rights legend Anne Moody recently made her transition in Gloster, Miss., and that small town is again in the news with the Gloster Project, a new initiative led by Margaret Porter Troupe with the purpose of providing arts education and free summer camps and activities to the children of rural Mississippi, where she was born and raised.

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Chefs do deliver in Harlem

Friends and executive chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud delivered meals to homebound elderly to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Citymeals-on-Wheels’ “Chefs Deliver” program.

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No federal charges against Trayvon Martin’s killer

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it will not file charges against George Zimmerman for killing unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., Feb. 26, 2012.

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Fiery setbacks for local restaurant Maison Harlem

On an especially cold Monday morning, the Amsterdam News was made aware of an unfortunate fire at local restaurant Maison Harlem.

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Talking SCHOP! #HarlemOnTheRise

Wednesday, Feb. 18, Harlem Park to Park (@HarlemPark2Park, HP2P) presented the third annual Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference, newly set at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (@SchomburgCenter).

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Dori J. Maynard, a fighter for diversity in journalism, dead at 56

Maynard is a name almost synonymous with Black journalism, and a pall hangs over it at the moment with the death of Dori J. Maynard, the daughter of publisher Robert C. Maynard, who carved her own unique niche in the pursuit of journalistic excellence and diversity.

NAN performing activists salute Whitney Houston

The National Action Network Arts and Culture Committee, under the leadership of award-winning playwright Arnold Pinnix, presented “I Look to You: The Gospel of Whitney Houston.” This production takes a spiritual and insightful look into the afterlife of the late Grammy Award-winning psalmist.

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72 hours in Denver

So your spouse has a series of business meetings, one of your best friends is attending a conference or its time to take one of the kids for a college campus visit. For whatever reason, you’ll be in the beautiful “Mile High City,” Denver.

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Lessons from the last colony in Africa

Last December, I was among a group of African-American journalists, scholars and filmmakers selected to travel to Western Sahara and Algeria. The excursion was financed and organized by Polisario, a Western Saharan movement whose mission is to secure independence for Western Sahara.

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Rihanna fetes Fendi

Renowned philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and yours truly attended “The Making of a Costume” Monday night, Feb. 9 at New York City Center.

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Skin care is essential

SK-II Skin care workers showed patrons how to properly take care of their skin during New York City Fashion Week.

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Bassist dies at 78; Garland Thompson Sr. memorial

The intuitive bassist and educator whose style was a perfect fit for such varied musicians from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Cecil Taylor and Carmen McRae died Dec. 2 in his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 78.

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Tradition meets the contemporary: Compagnie Jant-Bi

Full disclosure, choreographer Robyn Orlin is a white South African and her recent work, “At the same time we were pointing a finger at you, we realized we were pointing three at ourselves,” at Peak Performances (Jan. 24 through Feb. 1), was performed by eight Black Senegalese men from Compagnie Jant-Bi.

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B Michael’s new reign of glamour for fall 2015

Popular designer b Michael fashion shows are always grand, and his clothes are haute couture.

Eddie Murphy turned down Bill Cosby role on ‘SNL’

Controversy was buzzing around the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live” as former cast member Norm Macdonald reportedly shared more than 100 tweets, typing out insider details of the show’s writing, cast dynamics and role choices. The most titillating story Macdonald shared was his knowledge of Eddie Murphy’s last-minute choice to not depict Bill Cosby in the “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch.

Report says $125 million in wages were stolen from NYC workers

A new report by the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, the Employment Law Unit at the Legal Aid Society and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice suggests that employers were able to evade labor laws even after courts ordered them to pay $25 million in stolen wages to workers.

Medical and dental residents reach tentative agreement with the city

Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City had reached a tentative contract agreement with the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare.

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Lee Daniels: ‘Mo’Nique  blackballed after Oscar win’

Actress and comedienne Mo’Nique received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2010 for her powerful role in Lee Daniels’ “Precious. Recently, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she told her story of being “blackballed” from the film industry after her win, stating that Daniels was the person who called her with the news of her loss of support in Hollywood. 

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Black B’way stars chronicled in fabulous new book

“Black Broadway: African-Americans on the Great White Way” is full of the history of Black performers on Broadway, with some of the most stunning photos of these performers that you will have the pleasure of viewing.

NYC, Long Island nursing home workers get union contract

New York City and Long Island nursing home workers were on the brink of striking, but they can put the picket signs down after securing a union contract.

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Common "Glory"

In the past few months, Common's trophy collection has expanded to include the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards Impact Track for “Kingdom” and the 2015 Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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Queen Mothers of Africa reunite for NGO/CSW consultation day in Harlem

The U.N. Women and New Future Foundation hosted a forum to usher in CSW 59/Beijing+20. A forum held Friday, Feb. 6 at Harlem Family Church Center, 147 W. 120th St., laid out their past and future efforts to establish an all-girls school in Ghana, Africa, with local Americanized Africans participating in the academic aspects.

McDonald’s honors media legends for Black History Month

New York tristate area McDonald’s restaurants have once again celebrated the achievements and talents of Black media legends and trailblazers.

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City College Center for the Arts presents ‘On Kentucky Avenue’

This week, the City College Center for the Arts and Byron and Sylvia Lewis present the newly created work “On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Historic Club Harlem.”

The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

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SOUTH AFRICAN MINERS IN NEAR-DEATH FIRE AS INVESTORS EYE PROFITS

An early morning fire swept through the Kusasalethu Gold Mine, southwest of Johannesburg, trapping close to 500 workers on a Sunday shift.

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Was Jimmy Breslin tipped off about Malcolm X’s assassination 50 years ago?

Was the NYPD involved or did they merely know about the impending murder of Malcolm X and allow it to happen 50 years ago? Were some reporters, including famed scribe Jimmy Breslin, tipped off that something was about to go down?

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OMALIS ARE ‘HANGING BY A THREAD’

After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the bombers, the motives and the official response.

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Carmelo’s bad signal to the fans, organization and teammates

Nearly one full year into his tenure as the Knicks’ team president, Phil Jackson has rightfully torn out the team’s frame.

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Harlem legend Georgie Moore takes his game to a playground in the sky

George Moore, a native son of Harlem, who was one of the all-time great basketball players at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, Feb.16.

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Berkeley College Hudson Valley named Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champs

For the seventh time in 10 seasons, the Berkeley College men’s basketball team has won the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, defeating the defending champion Bears of St. Joseph’s College by a score of 91-82 Sunday, Feb. 22.

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Nets fighting to hold onto final playoff spot in the East

The Nets began the second half of their season by ending their three-game losing streak with road wins against the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.

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Sharpton the newsmaker

It may be a great disservice to mention the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rudy Giuliani in the same article, but they are two public figures with a long affair with the media—one longing for it to go away and the other courting it for coverage.

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Epiphanny Prince returning to her Brooklyn roots

When the New York Liberty hit the hardwood at Madison Square Garden this summer, they will truly have the feel of a hometown team.

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Jah-Leah Ellis named Valley Collegiate Player of the Year

The Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced their women’s basketball end-of-season awards.

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The Hank Carter story continues to be written

Forty-two years ago, Henry “Hank” Carter began what is now one of the most consistent social programs in these United States.

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Reflections on Malcolm X’s legacy on 50th anniversary of his death

Several hundred admirers attended the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Washington Heights last Saturday afternoon to acknowledge five decades since the assassination of one of Harlem’s historic figures.

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Real love is in the air

The month of February is a time to celebrate Black History Month, but it’s also a time to celebrate love.

‘Who gave this S.O.B. his green card?’

You should know that the immigrant community was insulted and disrespected by actor Sean Penn during Sunday night’s Oscars presentation.

Raping the system: Bill Cosby, sexual assault, and racial retribution

Bill Cosby has been "America's Dad" for years, but in light of recent sexual assault allegations by more than a dozen women, one wonders whether that imaged belied a private darkness that expressed itself in the drugging and raping of women, primarily young, blond white women

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Joe Rogers Jr. makes quality education uptown a priority

Joe Rogers Jr., a Harlem resident for the past decade, is on a mission to improve the educational opportunities available to uptown students.

Farrakhan takes on de Blasio’s haters and Giuliani

The strongest rebuke of Rudolph Guiliani’s coded attacks on President Barack Obama’s loyalty to America took place Sunday in Chicago during the annual Saviours’ Day speech by Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.

De Blasio, Cuomo, Schneiderman team up to tackle tenant harassment

With housing remaining one of the “it” issues of the early 21st century, three elected officials have connected to combat landlord harassment of tenants.

Wednesday, February 25

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Raheem DeVaughn tops Billboard R&B chart

Three time Grammy Award nominated recording artist Raheem DeVaughn's new album, Love, Sex and Passion, debuted this week at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Albums Chart.

Tuesday, February 24

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DOJ not charging George Zimmerman for Trayvon Martin killing

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is not charging George Zimmerman for 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old, Black unarmed Trayvon Martin.

Monday, February 23

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Legends shine at the BET HONORS

BET Networks returns with the eighth annual “The BET HONORS” to pay tribute to the contributions of legendary African Americans in the areas of education, theater, business and technology, music and innovation.

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St. James and Co. in Newark hosts 'The Luxe Lounge'

St. James and Co. in Newark, N.J. hosts "Luxe Lounge"

Thursday, February 19

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Apollo Dining With the Divas Luncheon raises $325,000

On Thursday, February 12th, the Apollo Theater hosted its fifth annual Dining with the Divas luncheon, a fundraiser celebrating the accomplishments of women in the arts and in business.

Teachers fire back at Cuomo over testing

A new advertising campaign by the New York State United Teachers union fires verbal shots at Cuomo’s plan for education reform, labeling his suggestions a “gimmick.”

JFK baggage handlers go on strike

Airport workers continued the fight for their rights, as baggage handlers at John F. Kennedy Airport went on strike last week.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events 02/19-02/25

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.

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Restaurant Weeks here and there

If you love to eat and have a list of restaurants you continually tick off as you go, sharpen your pencils, bundle up and get going—the Restaurant Weeks are here!

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Talking SCHOP! Forbidden food

Traif being the Yiddish word for non-kosher, is this little eatery that celebrates pork, shellfish and globally inspired soul food. I say, “Got it,” “Yes” and “Bring it on!”

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Hot travel destinations for 2015

2015 is going to be a great year for travel! Numerous A-List travel publications are spreading the travel gospel to new adventurers, seasonal voyagers and travel junkies alike.

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Healthy winter hair news

According to John Atchison, “Love is in the hair!” Feb. 19 through Feb. 28, the salon, located at 143 Madison Ave., will offer a special 10 percent off.

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‘Little Ballers’ premiers February 25

Nickelodeon will debut the world television premiere of “Little Ballers,” a two-hour sports documentary exploring the journey of four 11-year-old basketball players in the Amateur Athletic Union and the impact of youth basketball in America

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Fall 2015 fashions are fly on New York City runways

New York City’s extreme cold weather hasn’t slowed the attendance of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s fall-winter previews at New York City’s Lincoln Center. On and off the runways, the fashions are off the hook!

What does Malcolm X’s legacy mean 50 years after his execution?

One week before the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s execution, a few of his colleagues and others inspired by his legacy paid tribute at the very same location where five cold-blooded assassins extinguished the physical life of the fearless Black Nationalist advocate.

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Brooklyn’s Best Honors salutes Kings County’s best

Tuesday, Feb. 24, City Councilman Robert E. Cornegy and BRIC TV producer Fred Brown will host Brooklyn’s Best Honors. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Borough president’s office, Our Time Press and Urban ID Media, the festive affair will take place at Amarachi Prime, 189 Bridge St., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Playwright Garland Lee Thompson Sr. honored at memorial service

A memorial service was held for Garland Lee Thompson Sr. at St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem Saturday, Feb. 14. Garland passed away Nov. 18, 2014, in New York City.

Only government funding can save public housing

New York City’s attempts to sell New York City Housing Authority properties to private developers should be a concern to all New Yorkers.

Harlem, nation ready to celebrate Saviours’ Day

As the month of February is observed as Black History Month, which recognizes the plight, journey and accomplishments of Black people in America, there is another constant reality that is always present at the close of this month. “Saviours’ Day,” the crowing event of Black History Month, culminates around the closing date of the month.

Hats off to the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball Team

For sports fan, particularly of New York franchises, a couple of events that transpired this past week could be indicators that we may have to strap in, because there’s some turbulence ahead.

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Harlem photog receives congressional recognition for iconic photograph

A special Black History Month event took place this week in Harlem when Rep. Charlie Rangel presented Harlem’s own Anthony Whitaker with a congressional proclamation in recognition of his historical, inspirational and iconic photograph “Steel Standing.”

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Pediatric fatty liver disease clinic opens at Montefiore 

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore announced that it has opened a clinic to treat children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a buildup of fat in the liver.

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Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

I have never been to a family gathering, church dinner, birthday party or dinner-dance where a high calorie meal isn’t followed by a higher calorie, sweeter than sweet dessert.

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Tenor sax player Fred Staton celebrates 100th birthday

On a cold February evening at the Local 802 Jazz Foundation of America in Midtown Manhattan, musicians from the Harlem Blues Band played wonderful jazz music in celebration of saxophone player Fred Staton's 100th birthday.

Black US presidents before Obama

Although Barak Obama’s 2008 election to the Oval Office led many to believe he is this country’s first Black president, some “historians” reveal that at least six previous U.S. presidents were of African ancestry.

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White House reports high school graduation rates at all-time high

According to a new report from the White House, high school graduation rates are at an all-time high in America, with college enrollment increasing as well.

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California Girl Scout group participates in Black Lives Matter marches

A group of young girls and their two mentors in California have created their own special Girl Scout troop, in which they come together and participate in Black Lives Matter protests.

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Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker and confidant

My daughter Maya arrived in town the other day to attend and possibly participate in the currency that vibrates with Fashion Week. An artist and fashion designer based in Miami, she often makes this annual pilgrimage, where women of her color and caliber are as a scarce as Black female directors in Hollywood.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 02/19-02/25

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

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USCIS to begin accepting expanded DACA applications

U.S. Citizenship AND Immigration Services is moving ahead with plans to process applications for those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as ordered under executive action by President Barack Obama.

Official probe into the Dudus saga begins in Jamaica

An official investigation has begun into the bloody operation that dislodged Jamaica’s most wanted man from a fortified city stronghold. The politician at the helm of government at the time claims he was forced to sever all ties with the drug dealer because he had not only become a political liability but also because he had been hiding fugitives in the community.

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Hotel group names new CEO

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Feb. 12)—Respected hotel association executive Frank Comito is the new head of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, replacing Jeff Vasser, who left office at the end of December.

SUPERSTAR KIDJO’S ‘EVE’ SPOTLIGHTS AFRICAN WOMEN’S MUSIC

African singer, showstopper and activist Angelique Kidjo, won her second Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album, which she dedicated to African women.

Boko Haram ‘thugs and zombies’

Again we are gathering in this ongoing campaign to stop the senseless violence of Boko Haram, not just in Nigeria, but in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, and to say stop Africa’s other wars, like in the Congo, that has killed millions over the past eight to 10 years.

SIERRA LEONE PROMISES PROBE INTO MISSING EBOLA FUNDS

A full investigation will be conducted into multiple failures of accountability regarding the use of $5 million in funds sent for the fight against Ebola, the government of Sierra Leone has pledged.

Uncuff our children

Recently, an announcement of significant changes to the discipline code in New York City public schools was made. These changes in policy, intended to provide safety and fairness, are partially derived from the outcry of parents and advocates of children of color who are frustrated beyond measure by the restraints used on our children, the disproportionate suspension levels and expulsions.

REVERSING COURSE, US TO AID NIGERIA IN BOKO HARAM FIGHT

After a published plea from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for U.S. combat troops in the fight against Boko Haram, U.S. Africa Command appears ready to sweep aside its hesitation and jump in with both feet.

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NBA All-Star Weekend was a great place to hang out

The NBA All-Star Weekend was a great hang, a great social event.

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Mayor Ernie Davis sentenced and fined

In a federal courtroom packed with his supporters, Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Daniel Davis was sentenced Feb. 6 by Judge Paul E. Davison to one year of supervised probation and given a $10,000 fine. He is confined to the state for the duration of his sentence, except for official travel. He was also ordered by the judge to pay $5,000 in restitution and a $50 special assessment fee to the government.

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NBA Commissioner Silver deva standing ovation for a All-Star Weekend

In an era where excess and self-indulgence often trump substance across the professional sports landscape, last week’s NBA All-Star Weekend, illuminated the depth and reach the league has on producing a positive impact across a broad socio-economic spectrum.

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Malcolm X to be honored in East Orange

zz poetry takes center stage at the East Orange Public Library as Cultural Cafe, a special literary arts project of the East Orange Public Library, presents a “Poetic Tribute to Malcolm X” in observation of the 50th anniversary of his assassination, Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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‘Y&R’ star Victoria Rowell files diversity lawsuit

Jonelle Procope, president and CEO of the Apollo Theater, hosted the now annual Valentine’s Day “Dining With the Divas,” a luncheon celebrating extraordinary women, Thursday, Feb. 12 on the stage and entire main floor of the legendary Harlem landmark

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Harris swings, Kleinsinger’s highlights, Grammy 57

New York’s longest running jazz concert series, Jack Kleinsinger’s “Highlights in Jazz,” kicks off its 43rd season with a 42nd anniversary gala Feb. 19, featuring vocalist Catherine Russell and her band making their debut appearance.

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Tasting Oscars: Road trip Hollywood

Master chef Wolfgang Puck literally smacked right into me as he was taking his place behind a feast of delicious delights at the invite-only preview of this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscar celebration, which will immediately follow the 87th Oscars ceremony Sunday, Feb. 22.

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A VIP tour of a VIP event—Oscar style!

This year, the Oscar team went out all, inviting the Amsterdam News to all of the VIP opportunities associated with the “biggest award night” for the film industry, which is lovingly coined “the Oscars.”

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Francis scores huge hometown upset at Millrose Games

Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross was one of the undisputed stars of the 108th NYRR Millrose Games, but the night belonged to Queens native Phyllis Francis, who ran away from the field in the women’s 400 meters, making her professional track debut.

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Community Works presents celebration of Black theater

Community Works’ “harlem is…THEATER” exhibit, a multimedia celebration of nearly 200 years of Black theater in Harlem and New York, opened Tuesday at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, honoring more than a dozen leaders of Black theater.

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AmNews talks with ‘Beyond the Lights’ creator Gina Prince-Bythewood

Hearing is great, but listening is needed in crafting interesting stories, and Prince-Bythewood devoted herself to delivering 55 drafts of the screenplay for “Beyond the Lights,” and if you know anything about screenplay structure, her work is sublime.

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Eric Garner lives!

Eric Garner has been dead since July of last year after police officers forcibly apprehended him on the streets of Staten Island for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes. He may be dead, but Garner is not gone.

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Baby, it’s cold outside

As temperatures have began hitting all time lows this month, thousands of New York City homeless and recently evicted have no place to go on some of the coldest nights of the year.

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On cloud nine at Harlem Fine Arts Show

Each year since its inception six years ago, the Harlem Fine Arts Show has grown in size and prestige, featuring an extraordinary number of artists and their priceless productions from more than 80 galleries around the globe.

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Illegal hotels and the gentrification of communities of color

As if the challenge of rising rents, flat wages and shrinking housing options weren’t enough, many predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods are facing a new and dangerous threat: the rampant growth of such illegal hotel companies as Airbnb.

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DOE announces safety, fairness reforms

During his successful mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio often mentioned the need to have schools where students would have a safe and fair learning environment. This week’s announcement by Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina about school climate and discipline reforms is a major step in fulfilling that mission.

The indomitable Williams sisters

Despite troubles early in their tennis careers, Venus and Serena Williams have gone on to become champions and show the world they are not outsiders to the sport.

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Malcolm X: Celebrating and protecting his legacy

Many events will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Feb. 21, 1965, assassination of Malcolm X. From Brooklyn to the Bronx and dozens of venues in between, El-Hajj El Malik Shabazz will be honored, discussed, celebrated and mourned.

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Mitchell appointed NYC criminal court judge

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced that Guy Mitchell, who had been serving as an assistant state attorney general in charge of the Harlem-Bronx Regional Office, had been appointed as a criminal court judge.

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NYPD wants to reclassify resisting arrest as a felony

Wednesday, Feb. 4, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch urged state legislators to increase the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Judge blocks Obama’s immigration plan

President Obama’s executive authority hit another wall of resistance when a judge in Texas temporarily blocked his immigration plan.

Cornegy tells mayor to recognize Boko Haram atrocities

Last April, 276 Nigerian girls were snatched from their boarding school in the now embattled village of Chibok in Borno State. The international outcry was loud but fleeting.

Friday, February 13

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TWC NY1 News to air series on police community relations

TWC News NY1 will present a 5-part series called Police/Community Relations which will focus on how African American officers are working to improve police community relations. Police/Community Relations kicks-off on Sunday, February 15th at 11p.m.

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Bully-Proof Diva: The Fair Wage Debate

Valentine's day is one of the biggest sales days for the American restaurant industry. As you celebrate the special person in your life, you need to  know how to avoid being an unwitting bystander to harassment and bullying.

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Comedian Buttahman takes the stage at the West End Lounge in President's Day show

Comedian Buttahman takes the stage this President's Day for a free comedy show at the West End Lounge.

Thursday, February 12

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Valentine's Day in Harlem

Valentine's Day just around the corner. While there's nothing wrong with taking the traditional “dinner and a movie date,” being in Harlem means there are plenty other exciting things to do this weekend.

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Talking Inequality in Media

Bone chilling weather did not deter the masses from invading the Pershing Square Signature Center to see the ladies of “We Have Stories To Tell."

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Thousands of students attend Black History Month festival

Nearly 4,500 grade-school children recently enjoyed prime seating to watch the thrilling dancers of Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn-based dance troupe, at the Con Edison-Town Hall Black History Month Festival, held Feb. 5 and 6.

Mayor de Blasio’s pre-lemonary budget

With a gravelly voice and between sips of herbal lemon tea, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his preliminary 2016 Fiscal budget. He outlined the budget within three areas: fiscal responsibility, progressiveness and honesty.

Don’t be discouraged by corruption

It seems like everywhere I turn, there is another corruption scandal in New York City or Albany. I am truly astonished at the level of graft, outright theft and inappropriate behavior committed by some (but definitely not all) of our elected officials.

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‘James Baldwin Place’ now official

It was a foregone conclusion that police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, both slain by a mentally disturbed man last year, would receive the most tributes at the recent co-naming ceremony at City Hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio presiding.

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Black cop fired for doing the right thing

Officer Cariol Horne, a 19-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, is fighting to have her work benefits restored after being fired for stopping her partner from brutalizing a Black man who was already in custody and for betraying the “blue wall of silence.”

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Marshawn Day Lynchin’

For most of his career, running back Marshawn Lynch has been sprinting like a runaway slave. He has been dubbed an animal— they call him “Beast Mode.” For years, mobs of tacklers have tried to capture him, many to no avail.

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Have a blessed journey home, Theresa Freeman

Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to Democratic Party leader, district leader, committee woman and community activist the Honorable Theresa Freeman.

The Teflon Don of civil rights

The Rev. Al Sharpton seems to have learned this lesson long ago: When you’re a controversial civil rights leader who’s made a career out of harassing the cops and embarrassing the government, never keep any assets in your own name.

Pastor Jamaal Bernard opens Christian Cultural Center on Long Island

On Feb. 15, Pastor Jamaal Bernard Sr. will open Long Island’s new Christian Cultural Center at the UpSky Long Island Hotel

Larry Ossei-Mensah creatively mixes business and art

Art, inspirational quotes, snapshots from globetrotting adventures, joyful moments with beautiful women, men in bespoke suits, artists and friends. That is what you will find on Larry Ossei-Mensah’s Instagram account (@youngglobal).

Cartoonist defends right to ridicule Afro-Ecuadorian politician

A prominent cartoonist in Ecuador is under fire for an editorial cartoon that pokes fun at an Afro-Ecuadorian politician.

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Amadou Diallo Foundation starts conversation about community-cop relations

Thursday, Feb. 5. the Amadou Diallo Foundation sponsored a conference at Columbia University titled “How to Improve Police-Community Relations.”

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#JusticeforJerame: Community not backing down

As residents in the southern New Jersey community of Bridgeton continue their fight for justice in the police killing of a Black man that was caught on video, some are facing criminal charges for protesting.

Malcolm Smith’s mayoral aspirations end with a conviction

Former state Sen. Malcolm Smith was found guilty of bribery, wire fraud and extortion last week in federal court in White Plains, N.Y.

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Reward your heart for its faithful service

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the leading causes of death in New York, killing more than 67,000 residents each year, according to the state health department

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

Imhotep's weekly guide to black events.

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Run for a New York City Education Council

Every two years, the New York Education Council holds elections for council members. Since this is the year of elections, the Education Council is taking great measures to round up as many candidates from each of the 32 districts.

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Amarula for amour

Are you looking for a little something special to add to your Valentine’s Day cocktail? Something that perhaps might induce that stare, that glimmer in the eye, that je ne sais quoi of your betrothed? The answer lies in Africa’s Marula tree.

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Golfing immortal Charlie Sifford

The passing of pioneering golfer Charlie Sifford on Feb. 3 is just such a moment, particularly when there is no obituary in our publication. He was 92 and lived in Cleveland, Ohio.

Boohoo, Republicans!

Sitting in the birthplace of America’s greatest immigrant and hearing the madness being spewed by Republicans in Congress in Washington, D.C., makes me wonder how Alexander Hamilton would have been treated today if he were living as an immigrant in America.

Support growing as Jamaican Senate passes pro-marijuana bill

Jamaica appears not to be waiting for fellow Caribbean trade bloc governments to decriminalize medicinal marijuana and cease filling up jails with people found with small quantities for personal and religious uses.

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More free treatment for Haitian children

Four children from Haiti have received free lifesaving surgery at Health City Cayman Islands, bringing the number of young Haitians who have benefited from Health City’s ongoing commitment to support the tertiary health care needs of Caribbean youth to eight.

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Talking SCHOP! Give ’em the world for Valentine’s Day

Now, if there were only a way to capture that food moment, put it in a box and take it home, you would. Enter Try the World (@TryTheWorld), an online subscription service that brings the flavors of the world to your door.

NYPD trained to criminalize the community

This is what Devin Almonor said when NYPD officers stopped him and threw him against a car. As he testified during the stop-and-frisk trial, I positioned myself so he could easily see me.

Black History Month today, tomorrow and forever

In case you haven’t noticed, we are halfway through Black History Month. And if you’re in a dither about how to commemorate or celebrate this special moment on the calendar, your participation is still more than welcomed at a number of upcoming events.

Heastie starts search for new Ethics and Compliance office

Newly elected New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is attempting to live up to his promise of a cleaning up Albany.

Obama’s provocation

There is little need for President Barack Obama to be deliberately provocative, as he said he did after catching relentless flak from his detractors.

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Music and culinary thrills in San Francisco

Whether you’re into a chaotic bar scene, mellow speakeasy vibes, classical music, artistic dance performances, the opera, DF-infused dance beats, intimate live ensembles, piano bars or anything in between, you’ll find something to fit your musical temperament in San Francisco.

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Oprah, ‘Selma’ director to create original series

As usual, traveling to the NAACP Image Awards with Chevrolet proved to be a fabulous, fruitful weekend.

Not ‘N*ggas in Paris,’ ‘Brown Butterfly,’ Whalum review

Hip-hop, jazz, blues, gospel, R&B and funk are all members of the Black music family. Like its older brother blues, hip-hop comes directly from the experiences and perspective of the singer or rapper.

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Spring-summer 2015: Yachting looks

At Lacoste’s spring-summer 2015 show, there’s a look of nonchalance. With this collection, you can wear the clothes every which way.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown on life support, found unresponsive

Friends and family of the late and great R&B star Whitney Houston, who was survived by her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, are experiencing a tragedy that is all too similar to Houston’s passing

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Malan Breton shows the blues for fall 2015

They say “The Blues Ain’t Nothin” in a song that still rings in your ears. However, to designer Malan Breton, the blues are stylish, especially when it comes to a color in fashion.

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Road trip: Hollywood

Next Thursday, and continuing through Black History Month, do expect much, much more from the creative community of color

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MTA, Straphangers Campaign urge patience

With the upcoming increase in fares, many commuters are unhappy with the service provided by public transportation.

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‘Reach’ and ‘Soar’ Books that inspire

“Reach” is also like a sequel or companion to “Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character” by David C. Banks with G.F. Lichtenberg (Atria, 2015), and it’s probably not coincidental that they are both published by Atria. “Soar” is basically the story of the Eagle Academy and the amazing success it has had since its inception in 2004, putting young men at risk on the right path.

Local Union 137 wants sheet metal apprentices

If you live in New York City and are looking for work, the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union 137 is currently conducting recruitments every Monday until Feb. 8, 2016, for sign hanger and rigger apprentices.

D’Angelo just slayed it at the Apollo

A decade and a half has passed since a chiseled torso appeared on the album cover of his sophomore album, “Voodoo,” and the provocative video for the single “Untitled” propelled D’Angelo into the superstar stratosphere.

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‘Keep the Dream’ Alive Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Jimi Holloway held his annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner honoring nine individuals. This special event, held in past years at the New York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, was held this year at the Terrrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows.

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Cuba’s vibrant ‘Havana Rakatan’ comes to New York City

Cuban dance and music explode onto the stage at City Center Theater Feb. 18 through Feb. 22 when Ballet Rakatan, accompanied by the eight-piece Cuban son band Turquino kicks off its vibrant program, “Havana Rakatan,” which promises to generate enough heat to melt hearts and transport audiences to the sun-splashed streets of Havana.

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22nd annual Black History Month program at River View Towers

River View Towers Cooperative held its 22nd annual Read-In Chain. The theme of this year’s program, “Celebrating Black Freedom Marches,” featured readings from African-American authors on the subject of freedom and protest marches over time.

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De Blasio presents $77.7 billion budget

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that budgets “are by definition a statement of values.” According to the budget he presented this week, progressive values are alive and well for the most part.

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New Legacy Leaders hold ‘Journey to Wellness’ event

he New Legacy Leaders-Save HER-Save HIM “Journey to Wellness” event with chef Kenny Minor was presented at Harlem Hospital.

The Cosmopolitan Review 02/12-02/18

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

OUTRAGE WIDENS IN NIGERIA OVER POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTIONS

In a mounting chorus of voices, Nigerians from north to south, from the diaspora and at home, both Christian and Muslim, flooded Facebook, blogs and Twitter, and turned out in street rallies over the weekend demanding that the people be allowed to vote.

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COP INDICTED

The reactions to the indictment of police officer Peter Liang in the Nov. 20, 2014, shooting death of Akai Gurley has been swift and pointed.

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Chibok girls of Nigeria: Whose girls are they?

It seems like only yesterday that Kechie’s Project organized a rally, forum, vigil, concert and media reception in solidarity with our Chibok girls.

Tuesday, February 10

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Officer involved in Akai Gurley shooting pleads not guilty

The officer involved in the shooting death of unarmed, Black Akai Gurley pleades guilty to several charges.

Monday, February 9

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Gay Black Men's Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Saturday marked the 15th annual 'National Black HIV and Aids Awareness Day (NBHAAD).' The initiative promoted the education, testing and treatment of the disease in the community.

Friday, February 6

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Bully-Proof Diva: Three Things to Know About How Bullying Effects Your Personal Life

Common Misunderstandings about Adult Bullying

Attention: Roofer apprentices wanted

If you’re out there looking for a job, the Roofer JATC of the Capital District, Local Union 241 might have one for you.

Rubenstein files countersuit against rape accuser

Last week, the Amsterdam News received a press packet from the office of attorney Benjamin Brafman, including documents that listed the woman who accused his client, attorney Sanford Rubenstein, of rape.

Court vacates ‘Friendship Nine’ trespass conviction 50 years later

Last Wednesday, Jan. 28, a South Carolina judge, John Hayes, vacated the 54-year-old convictions of a group of Black civil rights activists who defied that era’s racist segregation laws.

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City launches largest earned tax credit campaign

Saturday, Jan. 31, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration launched the biggest earned tax credit campaign in the city’s history.

Jordanian pilot burned to death by Islamic State

The barbarism from the Islamic State group took another gruesome turn after they released a video purportedly showing a captive Jordanian pilot being burned to death.

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Distinguished Dr. Gene-Ann Polk Horne memorialized

Dr. Gene-Ann Polk Horne passed Jan. 3, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 88 and lived in Lafayette Hill, Pa.

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Cherry Lou Jenkins, 92, passes

Cherry Lou Jenkins entered into eternal rest at her home in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, Jan. 22. Jenkins was a retired caregiver. She was 92 years old.

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NYPD officer indicted for assault

Tuesday, Feb. 3, police officer Joel Edouard, 37, was arraigned on an indictment for third-degree assault and other charges for allegedly stomping on the head of a subdued suspect.

Coping with arthritis and the weather

Although it is not unusual to feel cold and stiff and even chilled to the bone during the New York winter, people with arthritic conditions may suffer twice as much.

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Photographer behind HONY helps raise money for Brooklyn middle school

The photographer behind the popular blog Humans of New York managed to help raise over $1 million for a Brooklyn middle school, which would fund yearly trips to Harvard University, summer programs and scholarships for its students.

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First lady of the Black stage, Rose McClendon

No mention of Black actors and actresses or Black theater—especially from a Harlem standpoint, where Frederick O’Neal and Abram Hill founded the American Negro Theater—is complete without some discussion of Rose McClendon.

Way to go, Loretta Lynch

As the Republican hound fest convened to try to discredit Lynch through U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama, the former New York district attorney stood her ground and defended the office and especially the president’s executive immigration action.

Jamaica gets liberal with weed

As Caribbean governments prepare to review region-wide legislation allowing for medical marijuana use and a relaxation of laws for possession of infinitesimal amounts, the Obama administration wants the island to know that it is not comfortable with the move towards decriminalization.

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Antigua appoints marketing execs

Antigua and Barbuda has appointed two Caribbean hospitality veterans to lead its marketing charge this year.

Eddie Murphy to appear on ‘SNL’ anniversary

For the first time in more than 30 years, Eddie Murphy is making his return to “Saturday Night Live.” In an interview with NewsOneNow, the comedian said he will appear on SNL’s 40th anniversary special, airing Feb. 15.

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What ifs mean absolutely nothing to the Patriots

Going ahead in the fourth quarter after coming from 10-points in the third, the New England Patriots’ chance for a Super Bowl victory had suddenly faded a third straight time, because of a last-minute lucky catch.

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The bottom line: Coach Pete Carroll blew it for his Seahawks

Days after the Seattle Seahawks snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, losing Super Bowl XLIX 28-24 to the New England Patriots, debate remains intense as to why Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and head coach Pete Carroll dialed up an illogical second-down pass play 1 yard from the go-ahead score with 26 seconds remaining.

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Assemblyman Keith Wright hosts Harlem Jets Parade and Pep Rally

The Harlem Jets, a Harlem-based football, cheerleading and wrestling organization that utilizes sports as a way to keep youth academically motivated and physically fit, was presented with a congressional record.

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Returning champs, newcomers from around the country to share spotlight at the 41st Colgate Women’s Games

The finals of the 41st annual Colgate Women’s Games will take place at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, Saturday, Feb. 7, where trophies and educational grants-in-aid from the Colgate-Palmolive Company are awarded to top place finishers in each age and grade division.

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Kia Wright set for induction into St. John’s Hall of Fame

The women’s basketball team at Adelphi University is currently 19-2, with a top 10 Division II national ranking. These kinds of stats and national profile are new for the Panthers, but exploring uncharted territory is something that first-year assistant coach Kia Wright understands extremely well.

Thursday, February 5

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Happy Black History Month

Even though it is cold and summer seems like years away, I absolutely love celebrating Black History Month. Yes, it is the shortest month of the year, but I still have 28 full days to learn more about my rich history and my brilliant ancestors.

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I believe that we can win: The Fight for $15 and the legacy of Selma

As many of you head to the theaters around Oscar season and Black History Month, I ask you to watch for those foot soldiers for justice and consider this: In New York City, more than 90 percent of fast-food workers are people of color. Most of them earn around $150 per week, even though they work for a multibillion-dollar industry.

The world is yours

Before leaving office, the first African-American U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, has ordered Brooklyn prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in the case of Lil’ Kim’s ex-fiance, Damion “World” Hardy.

Fallout from police shooting of Black man in NJ continues

Black citizens in the southern New Jersey city of Bridgeton continue to demand answers for the police shooting of a Black man who clearly had his hands up, as seen on a dash cam video.

State of delusion

Members of Congress concerned by the ongoing nuclear progress of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism are interested in pursuing a bill that would provide a backstop should the talks between Iran and the P5+1 ultimately break down because of Tehran’s unwillingness to dismantle its nuclear arms program.

Federal charges not likely in Michael Brown shooting

As the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown continues, it appears federal charges will not be filed against the police officer who killed the 18-year-old, unarmed Black male in 2014.

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Amadou Diallo, 16 years later

The police killing of Amadou Diallo ignited protests and debates in New York City that still rage 16 years later. The case gained national and international notoriety.

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Rapper J. Cole plans to open childhood home to single mothers

Young hip-hop star J. Cole plans to open his childhood as a safe haven for single mothers and their children.

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Harlem Fine Arts Show opens next week

The 2015 Harlem Fine Arts Show, which takes place Feb. 12 through Feb. 15 at the Riverside Church in Harlem, recently kicked off with a preview reception at The New York Times Corporate Headquarters.

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Darlene’s Invest in You helps people nationwide

Darlene Mungin works for the Department of Education and has a deep passion for helping women and young people, she is the president and co-founder of Invest in You Incorporated.

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Harlem Fine Arts Show takes over NYT headquarters

On a recent Thursday, the Harlem Fine Art Show celebrated local artists at their New York Times Preview Night. Sponsored by major contributors such as AARP, United and Aetna, the night featured artists from all five boroughs showcasing their work

‘It won’t be easy … but let’s get to work.’

Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his oft-repeated mantra, a “tale of two cities,” a fresh coat of rhetoric Tuesday at Baruch College in his State of the City address, determined to keep “New York City, a city for everyone.”

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‘Who We Be’ connects dots in multiculturalism wars

Jeff Chang, author of the incredible hip-hop culture history book “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop,” decided to introduce a conversation starter around these issues with 2014’s “Who We Be: The Colorization of America,” one of the must-read books of the past year.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 2/5-2/11

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events

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2015 Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference

Harlem Park to Park will host its third annual Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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‘Love and Basketball’ creator to be honored at Athena Film Festival

Noted director, writer and producer Gina Prince-Bythewood will be an honoree at the fifth annual Athena Film Festival, which will be in New York City at Barnard College.

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Talking SCHOP! A Korean silver lining

SChopGirl shares a recipe from David Chang for a roasted pork butt--Korean style.

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San Francisco, the ‘City by the Bay’

Whether you’re a first-timer or repeat visitor in San Francisco, you’ll be amazed at the amazing number of sites and attractions peppered throughout this city, encompassing only about 49 square miles.

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On the Paris couture runways …

The Paris couture shows are underway, and on Jan. 28, Antonio Ortega’s showed his spring-summer 2015 collection at Garage Lubeck in Paris.

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Student designer to hit New York runway

Up-and-coming designer Nina Perdomo, a second-year fashion student at the Art Institute of New York City, will show her mini-collection of six looks alongside 11 other Art Institute students from around the country.

Unions, activists praise de Blasio on housing, wage goals

Some activists appreciated Mayor Bill de Blasio's focus on his goal of increasing the city’s minimum wage and creating more affordable housing while maintaining already affordable units during his State of the City address Tuesday morning.

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What the mayor didn’t say

Mayor Bill de Blasio must be commended for his concern about keeping affordable housing at the top of his agenda, a point he underscored with building plans from borough to borough, even if he provided few details and made no mention of where the funds would come from to pay for such big dreams.

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Carmen de Lavallade: A gentle giant tells her six-decade story

New Yorkers will truly understand how lucky they are when the long-awaited original solo work about and performed by Carmen de Lavallade, “As I Remember It,” opens at the Baryshnikov Arts Center Feb. 19.

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People’s pastor, Herbert Daughtry, hailed in Brooklyn

Let the church say Amen! And the people said, “Forward ever, backward never!”

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On third-year anniversary, Ramarley Graham’s family vows to pursue justice

Three years after NYPD officer Richard Haste chased unarmed Black teen Ramarley Graham into his grandmother’s bathroom and killed him for “acting suspicious and having a gun,” relatives made it clear that the $3.9 million wrongful death lawsuit they settled with the city last week will not prevent them from seeking justice and police reform.

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Carl Heastie elected new Assembly Speaker

Feb. 4, New York Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx became the first African-American Assembly speaker in the state’s history.

UFT goes on the offensive against Cuomo, charter schools

In Cuomo’s State of the State address last month, the governor advocated raising the cap on charter schools, basing half of teacher evaluations on student test scores, putting struggling schools into receivership and extending a teacher’s probationary period from three to five years.

The best of our nation’s history

A major goal of Black History Month is to more fully integrate our long journey into our national narrative, but we are not there yet. Not nearly enough of our schools, educators and leaders know or are willing to acknowledge the struggles and contributions of African-Americans to our nation’s journey and progress.

David Huie, from hats to big stats

At first glance, you’d think Davis Huie is just one of us, a New Yorker born and raised in South Jamaica, Queens, still riding for his team despite what the record says. Then we get inside and the story unfolds.

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College-bound high school students discuss police brutality

At a recent event at the Harlem Hospital Dr. Herbert Cave Auditorium, more than 200 African-American high school students held a Q&A with four panelist on the theme, “Don’t Shoot, I Can’t Breathe: A 360-Degree Perspective.”

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People’s pastor, Herbert Daughtry, hailed in Brooklyn

Hundreds braved the cold last Saturday, Jan 31, to honor the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, celebrating his more than 50 years on the pulpit and fighting injustice from Brooklyn to the Sudan.

The Cosmopolitan Review 2/5-2/11

This week's Cosmopolitan Review with Yvonne Delaney Mitchell.

BOMBS FLY AS NIGERIANS PREPARE TO VOTE

As if things could hardly be worse, a bomb was detonated this week within a hair of striking President Goodluck Jonathan, who had just appeared at a campaign rally in northern Nigeria.

Mugabe beats sanctions

The 54 nations of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government unanimously elected Robert G. Mugabe, president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, to its chairmanship.