Stories for January 2015

Thursday, January 29

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Harlem Superintendent of the Year Award

Known as the “Super of the Year” competition, an annual competition to see which supers perform their duties best in their buildings was held in lower Manhattan on Hudson Street by Friedman Management Corp., a real estate developer in Harlem and lower Manhattan.

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ProVoice Challenging Women

ProVoice Challenging Women, a collective of sisters collaborating, meeting and having conversations on information, motivation and the celebration of women, held their monthly meeting at the Harlem State Office Building art gallery.

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CEDAW reception at Cooper Museum

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was held at Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., in Manhattan. CEDAW is the only comprehensive international treaty on women rights.

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Pete Carroll, Marshawn Lynch share the same supernest

On the surface, Pete Carroll and Marshawn Lynch appear to be polar opposites, but a close examination of the coach and the player reveal that at their cores, they are anything but contrasting souls.

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Please no more talk: Let Patriots and Seahawks kick off Super Bowl XLIX

Fans are gearing up for the Patriots and Seahawks face-off at this year' Super Bowl.

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Say hey! Willie Mays still contributes to NYC public schools

Hall of Fame baseball great Willie Mays supports P.S./M.S. 46–Arthur Tappan School with donations to the school's music and arts programs.

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Olympians prepare for round two in super 400 meters at NYRR Millrose Games

This year’s NYRR Millrose Games promises to be one of the best ever and features the likes of Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault Jenn Suhr, world champion hurdlers Jason Richardson and David Oliver and 2014 World Indoor 800-meter leader Ajee Wilson.

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Jah-Leah Ellis fulfills her hoop dreams at College of New Rochelle

As a kid, Jah-Leah Ellis says she didn’t have much interest in basketball. Now, she is receiving accolades for her play.

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Bully-Proof Diva: Three things you need to know about the impact of bullying in the workplace

Bullying doesn’t just happen on the playground.

Have you read a good book lately?

Christina Greer encourages us to read one good novel this year, and offers some suggestions.

A dream interrupted: Black America’s economic decline a betrayal of King’s legacy

While a major thrust of King’s movement was to eradicate legal barriers to full participation in the American enterprise, his push for economic empowerment has been largely ignored, much to the detriment of those in whose name he fought and died.

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Rev. Herbert Daughtry: The celebrated sage

Rev. Herbert Daughtry will be at his very own historic honored Jan. 31 at the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn. There, dozens upon dozens of community, faith, and business leaders will assemble at 2 p.m. to celebrate the life and legacy of “The People’s Pastor.”

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The ‘bully-proof diva’

After being bullied during childhood and later on in the workplace, Traciana Graves is giving people the power to be “bully-proof.”

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ASALH kicks off Black History Month

New York State members of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History presents their annual ceremony.

The Year of the Black Woman

Mutale Nkonde launched the campaign “Year of the Black Woman, 2015,” in part of a 365-year series of online and in-person events to sustain fiscal development in the African and Latino American community.

Protecting Innocence Campaign launched

Pastor Donovan Larkins, founder and president of Spirit of Life Christian Center, Shekinah Ranch and the Shekinah Ranch Foundation, launched the Protecting Innocence Campaign to prevent sexual victimization in children.

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Loretta Lynch deftly handles Senate Judiciary Committee

At the beginning of her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning, Attorney General-designate Loretta E. Lynch delivered her opening statement.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Imhotep's weekly guide to black events.

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‘Je Suis Jean-Claude’

“Yes, my friends. I guess we are all Charlie. Praying for a better world … Love, Jean-Claude.”

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The Super Bowl drum (sticks)

Chicken drumsticks are always a hit, and they are perfect for a Super Bowl gathering because of their easy one-hand eating. Here’s a simple, easy and quick recipe.

Winter storm brings potential dangers to area seniors

With dangerous winter weather in the forecast, Home Instead Senior Care urges seniors and their families to take several important steps to ensure their safety.

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Got oil? Fossil folly or oil greed?

The processes through which past societies have undermined themselves by damaging their environments fall into eight categories, whose relative importance differs from case to case.

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Americans support President’s proposal to offer free community college

A recent poll suggests that many Americans support his proposal to enroll aspiring students at local community colleges for free.

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Talking SCHOP! A Far East Super Bowl …

No matter the Roman numerals that follow, the Super Bowl proves to be a great American tradition about the convivial experience, the togetherness and, of course, the food.

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Major Taylor, the ‘Black Cyclone’

Not many folks today can cite chapter and verse on Taylor and his phenomenal feats that began in the 19th century, particularly with cycling

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The GOP’s immigration solution

Wednesday, Jan. 21, the House Homeland Security Committee took up H.R.399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, introduced by the committee’s chairman, Michael McCaul.

Five general elections in Caricom this year

At least five general elections are scheduled to be held in the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc this year, including three in the politically volatile Southern Caribbean region, and if opinion polls are anything to go by, at least three elections could result in new governments.

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St. Maarten names new minister of tourism

Jan. 22, 2015—St. Maarten appointed Claret M. Connor as the country’s new minister of tourism, economic affairs, transport and telecommunications.

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Free trade with Cuba

I was in Havana and witnessed firsthand the jubilation in the streets as President Barack Obama announced to the world the United States would renew diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of strained relations.

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Have New Yorkers become snow wimps, or is it just the government?

As a kid growing up in New York City, it seemed to me that for schools to close, Armageddon had to be near.

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Deola Sagoe/Clan: Glamorous styles with colorful accents

After her debut presentation at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Nigerian designer Deola Sagoe continues to wow with her signature looks.

Justice for Jerame: Another Black man shot by police

Another police shooting of a Black man has the victim’s family and the community asking questions.

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Marissa Alexander released from prison

Jacksonville, Fla.—Tuesday, Jan. 27, domestic violence victim Marissa Alexander, 34, was released from a local jail after negotiating a plea deal in which her sentence will be the three years she has already been incarcerated.

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New designers hit New York in style

As the fashion world prepares for New York Fashion Week next month, designers Adele Dejak and Dorin Negrau get ready to showcase their collections.

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‘Fairness for all’: Cuomo unveils plan to improve police-community relations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his “Fairness for All” plan, is said to be a directive to restore and improve police-community relations.

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Black McDonald’s workers file civil suit

McDonald’s workers fired last year at three stores in Virginia filed a civil suit against the company, alleging that a pattern of racial and sexual discrimination flourished at the franchise locations.

Caregivers at for-profit NYC, Long Island nursing homes vote to strike

Caregivers at more than three dozen for-profit Long Island and New York City nursing homes have voted to strike, with the desire to improve continuity of resident care and secure living wages and benefits for nursing home workers.

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LL Cool J to host Grammys

LL Cool J will host the 57th annual Grammy Awards for the fourth consecutive year.

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New Century, Jazz at the Met

Upon a recent visit to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), it was quite evident the star of the hour was not an individual musician, but the all-inclusive New Century Jazz Quintet.

Return of D’Angelo, the ‘Black Messiah,’ at the Apollo

R&B singer D"Angelo hits the stage for a one night only performance on Feb. 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Apollo Theater.

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Former Baltimore drug dealer now an anti-drug crusader

Kevin Shird knows a thing or two about the Baltimore streets, and his knowledge is from firsthand experience.

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‘Sacreds: Photographs of Faith’ now on view

Local photographer Bob Gore recently held an opening and meet-and-greet for his newest exhibit, “Sacreds: Photographs of Faith.”

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February dance calendar 2015

Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company returns to the Joyce Theater for their annual season, celebrating 30 years.

The Cosmopolitan Review

This week's Cosmopolitan Review with Yvonne Delaney Mitchell.

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Academy pres responds to ‘Selma’ Oscar snub

The announcement for this year’s 87th Academy Awards nominations caused an almost immediate backlash from the African-American community over the lack of nominations for the civil rights film "Selma".


It’s election time in nearly a dozen African countries, and the wish of some leaders to fiddle with the constitution and have a forbidden third term in office is sending tremors through the fragile states involved.

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Oscar-nominated ‘Timbuktu’ opens at Film Forum

Filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako’s bold film, “Timbuktu,” is masterful storytelling from the first frame to the last, leaving a lingering impression of deeply felt human emotion that is presented in richly shaded tones.

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Breakfast with Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore

Brace yourselves, New York, there is a new Black man poised to make you think and laugh, but mostly laugh—while you’re thinking!

AGOA, Mugabe and the push for a Pan-African union

As African leaders in the AU and the Diaspora continue pressing to renew the AGOA, they must know, respect and act in accordance to the importance of Zimbabwe and Pan- Africanism in helping to forge ahead for a “fair” trade bill for Africa.

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Sharpton promotes the Black vote in England

Along with invitations to the White House and other prestigious addresses, the Rev. Al Sharpton can now include the Oxford Union, where such luminaries as President Ronald Reagan and Mother Theresa have spoken.

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Embattled Speaker Silver asked to resign

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, charged with graft and corruption, decided Monday to take a step back. But that is apparently not a big enough step for Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright, leader of the Manhattan Democratic Party.

Monday, January 26

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Winter storm hits NYC

A blizzard hits the city impacting travel, closing schools and bringing widespread snow.

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Get more politically involved

Greetings, readers. As a political scientist, I have dedicated myself to helping students become more informed of political processes, more politically aware of their surroundings and more knowledgable about how systems of power work (and sometimes do not work) in this country.

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Snow shovlers needed for storm aftermath

In the aftermath of what is being called an historic blizzard approaching the city, snow removal is going to be needed to clean up.

Friday, January 23

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Imhotep's guide for some upcoming black events.

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Talking SCHOP! Empire Diner dining

Newly refurbished and reopen for business, Empire Diner offers patrons good, simple food and friendly service in a comforting atmosphere.

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Wanderlust guides for the adventurous traveler

To help you in your quest to explore the vast expanse of this beautiful country, the folks at Bella Terra Publishing have created “Rail U.S.A.: Museums & Trips,” three unique regional guide maps featuring more than 1,200 railroad points of interest.

NY attorney general settles agreement with bank in fight to end discrimination

Prompted by concerns of New York banks not lending to minority groups after the mortgage and financial crisis in 2008, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Civil Rights Bureau launched an investigation into the claims.

Poll reveals New Yorkers disapprove of NYPD’s disrespect of mayor

A recent on-line poll revealed that an overwhelming number of New Yorkers disagree with the NYPD’s disrespectful actions toward Mayor Bill de Blasio during memorial services for two of their fallen comrades last month.

Celebrating the life of Sister Samiya Hameeda Abdullah, aka Goldii

Relatives, friends, extended family members and supporters from the Islamic community gathered at the City of Brotherly Love’s Kingsessing Recreation Center to acknowledge the 37th anniversary of the physical birth of Sister Samiya Hameed Abdullah, aka Goldii.

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Sleep your way to wellness

Everything you need to know about Sleep Apnea, from what it is and what causes it, and how you can treat it.

Cocoa has flavor and flavonoids

Recents studies have shown that foods rich in an antioxidant known as a flavonoid, such as cocoa, red wine, and green vegetables, can be healthy for our hearts.

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Peace Corp director, staff honor Dr. King’s birthday with day of service

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Peace Corp Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and staff members visited children at Barbara Chambers Children’s Center in northwest D.C. Jan. 16.

New Caribbean food thrust

Renewed hope for the region’s agricultural sector is on the horizon, with the launch of a global initiative to transform the Caribbean’s food and beverage industry.

Kudos to the 26 brave Republican Congress members with sagacity

26 Republicans voted against an amendment passed on Jan. 14 that would block funds for President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and overturn the president’s immigration executive actions from 2011.

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Trinidad reeling under lower oil prices

Trinidad, the bloc’s largest producer of oil and recently a major supplier of gas for Eastern Seaboard states in the U.S., is being forced to significantly cut back on spending as international prices plunge, leaving the oil- and gas-dependent nation in the financial lurch.

Blue on Black violence is rampant and goes unpunished

After the killing of the NYPD officers in Bed-Stuy, police supporters and the media are portraying police as the targets of "cop killers", while the number of Black and Brown men, women, and children killed at the hands of police officers rises, and the authorities go unpunished.

President Obama, don't turn the page yet

With an ambitious agenda and less than two years to complete it, time is running out for him to take on the issues in urban communities.

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Jasmine Britt’s music of life

A native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., music teacher Jasmine Britt is tooting her own horn when it comes to contributing her talent to educating the world.

Thursday, January 22

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The health care crisis in New York

State Senator Bill Perkins discusses why he fights for "New York Health" legislation that will ensure Medicare-type healthcare for all.

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Costume Designers Guild Awards

Lacoste, the famous sports brand, returns as a sponsor of the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards, scheduled for Feb. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Elizabeth Warren, tea party spot on

Sen. Elizabeth Warren opposes the “CRomnibus” provision that would restore FDIC insurance for high-risk trading in derivatives. Warren Democrats have already jumped out in opposition to the change.

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DVF designs pretty spring dresses

he dress is still the best in Diane Von Furstenburg’s spring 2015 collection

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1199/Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center hosts 19th annual political prisoners’ family dinner

Last Saturday was a powerful, moving night for the people as the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee hosted its 19th annual tribute to Black freedom fighters and their families.

Protecting the protectors is critical to our safety

It is evident that we must take steps to increase the safety of our police officers as well as repair the broken relationship with the constituents they serve.

Happy birthday, Muhammad Ali, forever the ‘Black Superman’

While we had a holiday for the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let’s not forget that on Jan. 17, we can pay homage to the “Greatest,” Muhammad Ali.

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Induction ceremony for Judge Evelyn J. Laporte

Judge Evelyn J. Laporte was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of the state of New York.

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Reliving Ailey at City Center 2014

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater took over the New York City Center stage for their annual month-long season.

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week a “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration” was held by the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York and Vicinity.

The Cosmopolitan Review

This has to be the year of Ava DuVernay. Everyone is taking their children to see “Selma,” the movie focusing on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s struggle, determination and ultimate victory in obtaining the right to vote for millions of Black people in the United States.

This year, consider AUDELCO and support Black theater

As you begin the new year and decide what you want to do with some of your extra money or time, consider getting involved with AUDELCO, the nonprofit organization that has been supporting Black theater for 42 years.

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Tonya Pinkins stars in ‘Rasheeda Speaking,’ directed by Cynthia Nixon

Seeing the title of Joel Drake Johnson’s play, “Rasheeda Speaking,” you are eager to hear what this Black woman has to say. But, according to Cynthia Nixon, who makes her directing debut with the play, Rasheeda is not a character per se.

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Newark holds ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ forum

Tuesday, Jan. 6, Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other dignitaries hosted Newark’s first “Young Men of Color and Law Enforcement” forum as part of President Barack Obama’s nationwide “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge”

Woman outraged that Miami police used brother’s mug shot for target practice

Last month, the Florida Army National Guard’s Sgt. Valerie Deant was shocked after arriving at the Medley Firing Training Center shooting range for her unit’s “annual weapons qualifications training,” and coming across a very disturbing find.

White House to hold screening of ‘Selma’

The film “Selma,” will become the latest in a line of Oscar contenders, such as last year’s ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and 2012’s “Lincoln” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” to be shown in the White House.

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The governor’s expensive, expansive 'opportunity budget'

Governor speaks on budget expansion.

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Jazz wins Golden Globe, Dr. Martin Luther King on jazz, ‘Selma’

When it comes to television and film, jazz takes a backseat as the stepbrother to hip-hop, soul or pop music, so it was somewhat of a surprise when J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for the jazz-based film “Whiplash”.

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Brooklyn DA investigates NYPD for planting guns

Last Friday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that his office is investigating six NYPD officers on suspicion of planting guns on innocent people to pad their arrest records and fulfill department quotas.

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City Council propose funding for new police-bulletproof vests 

Rank-and-file NYPD officers may soon have new bulletproof vests, under a new $7.3 million funding proposal for fiscal year 2016 by the New York City Council.


The Morehouse College Manhattan Alumni Association held its 25th annual MLK Awards Breakfast and Fundraiser Monday at the Cecil in Harlem.


Tuesday, the New York City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, chaired by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, held an oversight hearing titled, “Short-Term Rentals: Stimulating the Economy or Destabilizing Neighborhoods?”


The Missing Persons Unit of the New York City Police Department is continuing its search for 37-year-old Bibi Kadim, a developmentally disabled individual, who has been reported missing since Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.


The family of an unarmed Black man fatally shot by police in a Brooklyn housing project says they have faith that the DA will bring the case to justice.

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Plans by current President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold a national census that critics say could delay elections for years prompted a rock-throwing melee in the capital city, Kinshasa.


While the president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, marched in a Paris rally to support the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, anger was rising at home among the country’s majority Muslim population over cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed.

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Kenyan government officials are rushing to condemn the apparent brutality of police who attempted to disperse a protest of primary school children using tear gas, snarling dogs and clubs.


Income inequality, one of the issues that so troubled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is again front and center in today’s news.

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Road trip: Hollywood

The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. (ET) /5 p.m. (PT). Kathy Connell is executive producer.

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Anthony Anderson to host NAACP awards

Hollywood will be celebrating it’s fabulous Blackness with the the 46th NAACP Image Awards, a two-hour star-studded (live) event Friday, Feb. 6, on TV One at 9p.m.

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‘Into the Woods’ is big fun on the big screen

The Disney Christmas release, “Into the Woods,” is definitely a gift for the entire family. Rated PG, it is a delightful movie to experience.

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Doo-wop is back at Lehman Center

Well known doo-wop groups such as the Duprees, the Platters, Barbara Harris and the Toys, Larry Chance and the Earls, the Belmonts and Ragdoll, will be performing Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Lehman Center.

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Obama’s audacity of hope

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, was abound with a number of audacious proposals for the Republicans to chew on and mull over before they soundly reject them.

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Mayor Dinkins delivers keynote at MLK luncheon

The Black Agency Executives organization recently held its 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon.The Honorable David Dinkins, New York’s first and so far only Black mayor, was the keynote speaker.

Monday, January 19

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D’ Angelo to perform at the Apollo

Romantic New Yorkers, of every persuasion, it’s time to really get 2015 started right!

Friday, January 16

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The bullet-pointed pen

Satire along the lines of French cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo’s pointed scoffing has always been associated with lethality.

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Ralph Gilmore: Father, artist and ‘Mayor of Harlem’

When 40-year-old graphic designer Ralph Gilmore was growing up in Harlem, he was exposed to limited career options.

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Lee Daniels based ‘Empire’ episode on painful past

According to reports, the flashback scene in the Jan. 7 debut of “Empire” on Fox, in which Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, beats his 6-year-old son Jamal and dumps him in a trash can for wearing his mother’s heels was based on the show director Lee Daniels’ rough relationship with his own father.

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Jazz on Fifth, Marc Cary, Steve Kroon at Trumpet’s

The noted percussionist Steve Kroon, who has played many jazz venues nationally and internationally, will make his debut Jan. 16 at Trumpet’s Jazz Club, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, N.J.

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Dance calendar January 2015

Before the month is out, see Raja Feather Kelly and Tzveta Kassabova as they come together in their self-produced weekend titled “Super We,” at Danspace Project, Jan. 29 to Jan. 31.

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Five people shot at Chris Brown show in California

Five people were injured in a shooting in the early hours of Sunday, June 11 at the Fiesta nightclub in San Jose, Calif., where Chris Brown, the troubled R&B pop artist, was making an appearance.

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Common, John Legend take home Globe for ‘Glory’

It was clear from the beginning that Hollywood’s African-American community was largely under-represented in this year’s Golden Globes. “Selma” was the only Black film recognized in major categories, and Black actresses Quvenzhane Wallis, Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis went home empty-handed in their respective categories. Don Cheadle and the star of “Selma,” David Oyelowo, were also snubbed.

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‘Africa Umoja’: Strength, passion and spirit

If you were at Symphony Space last week, then you got to experience the captivating, sensual and powerful performance of “Africa Umoja: 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy Tour.”

It is time to do what is right about Sudan: Say no to Arab racism

Now that we have completed the festivities of the transition from one year to the next, we might want to reflect on what has been happening in Sudan before, during and now after our celebrations.

Thursday, January 15

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House GOP: Beware the power of the immigrant vote

The House GOP has donned full riot gear and gone hard after the immigrants President Barack Obama has tried to help

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Britain and Commonwealth may suspend Guyana for breaching rules

The 53-nation Commonwealth grouping of former British colonies this week threatened to sanction Guyana’s government for its suspension of the country’s parliament and for its refusal to hold local government elections.

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Sisters ‘Point’ to Jamaica

Legendary American R&B sibling group the Pointer Sisters and singer-songwriter Peter Cetera have been added to the lineup of the 19th Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. — end of an era

Remembering the violent and non-violent protest era of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rallying for #Dream4Justice March

Justice League NYC’s #Dream4Justice March will begin at noon Jan. 19

Report the news, Jake Tapper

Jake Trapper of CNN, stated his disappointment that President Barack Obama was not among the millions—particularly world leaders—marching in response to the horrific loss of lives in France this past week.

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Rainbow PUSH calls for diversity

The Rev. Jesse Jackson kicked off his 18th annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Tuesday at the Sheraton Hotel in New York. This year’s summit, “Where Wall Street, Main Street & Silicon Valley Converge,” featured sessions on technology, entrepreneurship, best companies for diversity, the role of corporate boards and investing in communities.

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Making of an ‘Empire’

Sometimes, when you meet someone very special, you get that jolt that is associated with electricity or, as the hippies would say, you experience a “very good vibe.”

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‘Empire’ is a hit on Fox

When you mix the sound of Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley with the calibrated perfection of director-producer Lee Daniels, it’s a no-brainer that an empire would rise from such a connection.

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Anti-Black hate crimes on the rise

Jan. 6, an explosive device was detonated at a NAACP office in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Students to see ‘Selma,’ for free

Like the historic march in Selma, Ala., in 1965, the movie “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., is part of an unprecedented campaign to make sure that young school children in the metropolitan area get a chance to see the film free of charge, thanks to a coalition of Black New York business leaders.

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Talking SCHOP! Poly-holiday meal

Last year … OK, just last month (does that joke ever get old?) … my college girlfriends got together for our annual holiday meal.

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2014 travel year in review

In some ways, the year flowed along smoothly, and in others, it just flew by.

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Anti-aging and skin care notes

Is your face fit for winter? For face fitness, three ladies, Heidi Frederick, Rachel Lang and Kate Gyllenhaal, teamed up to open a new SkinGym pop-up boutique at South Street Seaport that’s the talk of the town.

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Fur attitudes in color

In this winter’s arctic chills, furs hit the street big time. The most important trends are color, exaggerated volumes, proportion, bold trims, dramatic prints and patterns and capes. Furs are also a mainstay in terms of ready-to-wear.

The Cosmopolitan Review


Brrrrr. Old man winter definitely has us in his grip. Boots, hats, scarves, leg warmers, snow pants, coat, gloves—it takes an extra 15 minutes to get out of the house in the morning if we are to stay on schedule.

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Guru’s legacy lives on, DJ Premier continues his reign

Chemistry is a word that gets thrown about loosely. Musically for instance, if a pairing comes with a couple of hit singles, then the word gets pulled out as the reason for the success. In theory it sounds good, but it may not necessarily be the case.

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition hosts 18th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was in the city this week hosting the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s 18th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

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Charles Barron holds historic inauguration in East New York

Religious leaders from the Rev. Herbert Daughtry to Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad gathered with the masses.

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The New York state conference of NAACP branches

The New York State Conference of NAACP Branches, led by the state President Hazel N. Dukes, held its annual meeting, along with a mandatory training session for branches and youth and college chapters members, Saturday, Jan. 10, one of the coldest days thus far this year.

Parent Coalition Calls for New Federal Student Privacy Protections

The Parents Coalition for Student Privacy recently spoke out on student’s personal information being given by schools to private companies.

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Haiti anniversary remembered

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, marked five years since a 7.0 earthquake devastated the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding areas.

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Calls for a stronger Pan-African movement to deal with Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been quoted as saying that the rebel organization Boko Haram killed 13,000 people in 2014. On Jan. 13, the United Nations called on his administration to bring the five-year rebellion to an end.

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Lynch mobbed

Rather than an apology from Mayor Bill de Blasio about the current turmoil between his office and the NYPD, some officers would prefer more manpower, more police cars and better protective vests.

Wednesday, January 14

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De Blasio Announces New Municipal ID Program

Mayor Bill De Blasio recently launched IDNYC, an identification card program which allows all New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants, to apply for a municipal ID.

Monday, January 12

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The Changing Face of Harlem

It was the 1920s and the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance.

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March for Paris Victims Called Display of Contradiction

Close to 4 million people joined a historic march in Paris, France, Sunday to show sympathy for the 12 fallen staffers of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, and support for the right of free expression in the media.

Friday, January 9

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Black theater Year in Review

2014 was a phenomenal year for Black theater.

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A talk with ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay

If there is an Ava DuVernay fan club, I would like to pledge my membership.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 1/8 - 1/14

Check out what's going on around town this week.

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Talking SCHOP! Visions of 2015 at Lido

There is an old saying that whatever you are doing on New Year’s Eve is a symbol of what your coming year will be.

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Ebony Escapes! into January 2015

Well, although it may seem like time is just flying by, it also marks the beginning of a whole new year of exciting events, exhibits and more celebrating African-American culture all over the Diaspora. Happy New Year and enjoy!

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Important winter skin tips

Taking care of your skin is a must, and winter is the best season for at-home skincare.

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Swimwear and sports bra news

Caffe, the luxury beachwear line, presented a glamorous collection in Miami.

Bronx Youth Empowerment, Council Member Andy King host community meal and gift-giving event

Eight years ago, Council Member Andy King and his family hosted a holiday meal and gift-giving event, opening their Bronx home to neighborhood children from youth programs, nearby NYCHA developments and throughout the community.

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‘Auld Lang Syne’ to ‘106 & Park’

Took a few days to realize that I had to hit the supermarket and get a new calendar.

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Cosmopolitan Review 1/8

And a Happy New Year! Have you made your New Year’s resolution?

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Students see Selma for free

27 African-American leaders in partnership with Paramount Pictures created a fund for students to see the film free of charge.

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Physician assistants to mentor HS students

During a time when national interest in careers in the medical field has been increasing dramatically, an all-girls Catholic college preparatory high school and a prominent hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side have partnered to provide a new medicine-focused internship program for students.

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Can the sulfites

When I was a little boy, many, many years ago, at the end of the summer, when fruits and vegetables were at their peak deliciousness, my mom would get out the well-used utensils for preserving the sun-filled morsels of nature's bounty.

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New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus members demand action on special prosecutor bill in next session

The past 15 years have seen 179 people killed by NYPD officers but only three indictments

Recently, New York’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus reaffirmed its intention to pass legislation requiring a special prosecutor to be used for cases involving the death of an unarmed civilian by a police officer

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Scholarships available to Black students

A list of scholarships available to Black students.

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Scholarships ease the loan debt burden of Black students

According to a 2014 report by the Inaugural Gallop-Purdue Index, a nationally comprehensive study of 29,560 U.S. college graduates found that African-American college students acquire 17 percent more student loan debt then their white counterparts.

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Pioneer librarian and archivist Dorothy Porter Wesley

Whenever African-American librarians are mentioned, Jean Blackwell Hutson of the Schomburg; Clara Jones of Detroit, the first Black president of the American Library Association; and Dorothy Porter Wesley of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University usually head the list.

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The GOP’s ‘end to Homeland Security funding’ plan

In 2015, as I look into my crystal ball on immigration, it is clear that this will be another year of battle over the hot-button issue, especially now that the GOP has taken control of both houses of Congress.

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Bahamas PM new head of CARICOM

The Bahamas has taken over the rotating chairmanship of the 15-nation Caribbean Community from Antigua and Barbuda and will be the venue for next month’s mid-year regional leaders summit, the bloc said this week

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The meltdown of NYPD and the citizenry of NYC

If there has ever been a question of whether the NYPD is out of control, the answer is certainly evident at this point. It is.

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Don’t apologize for being a dad, Mr. Mayor

When I found out I was pregnant in February 2010, I prayed to have a girl because I was terrified of raising a Black boy in New York City.

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‘Millions People March’ planned for July in Newark

The People’s Organization for Progress announced plans for a “Million People’s March for Justice for All Victims of Police Brutality” July 25 in Newark, N.J.

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Republican stalwart Edward Brooke III dead at 95

Attaining firsts were hallmarks in Sen. Edward Brooke’s remarkable political odyssey, but they were not among his most cherished milestones.

Girlfriend of Black man shot by police in Ohio killed in car crash

Reports indicate that the girlfriend of a Black man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart has died.

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Baltimore, Indianapolis, Carolina, Dallas advance to divisional playoffs

The next big football day for New York Jets and Giant fans is the NFL draft.

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Cowboys ride an official’s call to Green Bay

The reversal of a pass interference call against the Dallas Cowboys, which arguably altered the outcome their 24-20 win versus the Detroit Lions in one of two NFC wildcard playoff games last weekend, is emblematic of why the NFL remains America’s most compelling reality series.

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Phil’s offseason tips, JR, Shump and Dalembert traded

Monday, the Knicks had a first-hand look at Marc Gasol, who team president Phil Jackson seemingly covets for the simple reason that the Memphis Grizzlies starting center, a potential free agent this summer, is debatably among the top 20 players in the NBA.

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Past, present and future celebrated at Maggie Dixon Classic

Tears filled the eyes of Julie Dixon Silva after an on-court presentation to the Maggie Dixon Foundation by Madison Square Garden.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Amsterdam News readers.

Black men on the firing line

Two weeks ago, I went to the burial of my first cousin Sandy’s 29-year-old son. He was murdered by another young Black male in Florida. I had never met her son, Gibran, but knew of him, and I knew what it meant to grow up Black and poor in Florid

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A gun should never be a cop’s first, second, or third option

There is not much left that can be said about the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo. Minds have been made up and battle lines drawn.

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Brooklyn DA to exonerate another man wrongfully convicted of murder

Monday, Jan. 5, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson agreed to exonerate Derrick Hamilton, a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 21 years in prison.

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January is National Blood Donor Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to become regular blood donors this year, starting during National Blood Donor Month in January.

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Mayor: Officer Liu ‘was a good man’

It was a dreary, teary Sunday morning and afternoon for the funeral services of officer Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, N.Y. With police officers from all over the nation and some from abroad, all of them standing in formation along 65th Street, the overcast skies were gray, not blue, and a sprinkle came before the four-hour-long services were over.

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Gospel legend Andrae Crouch passes at 72

Gospel legend Andrae Crouch has died, according to reports.

Thursday, January 8

Being fit with Josie

Even though the holiday season is behind us, that doesn’t mean stories of good deeds must stop.

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Cuomo vetoes bill to change city jails’ prosecutor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation last week that would have allowed the Queens district attorney’s office to have jurisdiction and prosecute crimes that occur on Rikers Island and in other New York City jails.

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Mario Cuomo, three-term governor, laid to rest

Men in uniform and kilted bagpipers were in the streets of New York again Tuesday for the funeral services of former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo, who died New Year’s Day. He was 82.

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No criminal charges against Sanford Rubenstein

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein, as he has done in so many cases, won another decision from the district attorney’s office, but this time he was the accused, and the prosecutor found no basis to proceed on the charges of rape.

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Who's in charge?

Since the murders and subsequent funerals of two members of the New York City Police Department, tensions have risen between the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the mayor’s office and the police commissioner.

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The Harlem Youth Court is now accepting applications for their next cohort. Youth aged 14 to 18 who reside in New York City can apply to become Youth Court members.

Tuesday, January 6

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A Look at Africa’s Influence in Harlem

A CCNY Student Project

Immigration from Africa has exploded all over the country. The U.S. census reports that 1.6 million African immigrants live in the U.S.—or 4 percent of the country’s foreign born population.

Crawford’s girlfriend interrogated by cops after his shooting death

Beavercreek Detective Rodney Curd accused John Crawford III’s girlfriend of helping bring a gun into Walmart in order to shoot his ex-girlfriend.

Monday, January 5

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Cuomo gets cheers and jeers over fracking ban

Last Wednesday, members of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced that he would ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the state, citing potential health risks. The praise, as well as the condemnation was quick to appear.

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Republicans continue to miss the boat on immigration

Last week, the Wall Street Journal carried a story that quoted the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security as saying he is preparing a border-security bill aimed at better measuring illegal crossings, with targeted improvements in equipment and technology along the Southwest border. On the Senate side, Ron Johnson, R.-Wis., the incoming chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, also told the paper that he hopes to have a framework for a border-security bill ready by late January.

Would an open Cuba affect Caribbean tourism?

By the time Obama had finished outlining plans to normalize relations after 18 months of astonishingly secret talks, academics were releasing studies that had already predicted not so good news for countries that are members of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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Seeing each other

“O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us,” are the immortal words of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Friday, January 2

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Common reflects on role in ‘Selma’

In “Selma,” directed by the very skilled Ava DuVernay, there is a touching, late-night scene when a deeply troubled Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) leaves the warmth of his bed to call a sleeping woman.

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Azealia Banks, Q-Tip address cultural appropriation

There has been a racial battle boiling between hip-hop up-and-comers Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea for some time now.

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Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo laid to rest

Former New York State governor and Democratic Party champion Mario Cuomo is laid to rest in Manhattan.

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Assata Shakur: An open letter to the media (1998)

My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy toward people of color.

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Seeing each other

“O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us,” are the immortal words of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.

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PBA fights de Blasio

NYPD officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio, booing him at a graduation ceremony and charging that he is complicit in the shooting deaths of two city cops make Gotham look bad. But the animosity has much to do with union contracts and the re-election of the police union president.

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Cops again accused of planting evidence, lying about informants

In 2011, while caught up in a corruption scandal, former NYPD Detective Stephen Anderson testified in court that fabricating drug charges on innocent victims to meet quotas was common practice.

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An officer and a gentleman laid to rest

Even if you were not among the more than 20,000 police officers and spectators in Queens last Saturday for the funeral of police officer Rafael Ramos, you could tell it was a special moment in the city’s history.

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Tamu’s quest for the homeless

Tamu Arnoux dedicates her life to helping a population in the city that is often overlooked.

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Year in Review 2014: Part II

A look at the top stories of 2014.

Thursday, January 1

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The Fight for $15

2015 presents daunting challenges for working people and progressives. Because last November’s elections saw the nation’s most conservative legislators capture the U.S. Senate and increase their hold on the House, the next Congress is expected to bring more obstruction and renewed attempts to reverse recent and past achievements.