Stories for July 2015

Friday, July 31

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It’s not just Sandra Bland: Three more mysterious jail deaths

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

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NAACP launching investigation into suspicious death of Black attorney in Connecticut

The mysterious death of a Black attorney in Redding, Conn. has ignited suspicions, prompting the state’s NAACP chapter to launch its own investigation.

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Ramarley Graham’s mother: ‘DOJ should stop dragging its feet’

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

Thursday, July 30

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Mount Vernon community activist calls on DOJ to investigate Raynette Turner death

Mount Vernon community activist Samuel L. Rivers is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of Raynette Turner.

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Cincinnati campus police Officer Raymond Tensing charged for Sam Dubose killing

This morning, University of Cincinnati officer Raymond Tensing, 25, has been arraigned after being charged with the murder of 45-year-old Sam Dubose.

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Talking SCHOP! New Ro rockin’!

I have made it my mission for the summer of 2015 to get away every weekend I possibly can.

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Spring-summer 2016 menswear: Textured modernism

For the new season, menswear designer Matiere embraces the concept of duality through the use of unexpected materials on modern silhouettes.

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Disclose Pantaleo’s records, judge rules

If a police officer has a record of substantiated misconduct, should this information be made available to the public? Yes, according to State Supreme Court Justice Alice Schlesinger.

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E. coli on your feet will defeat ya!

E. coli: A motile, rod-like bacteria found in the intestines (gut) in man and many animals that, under certain conditions, can cause infection of the urinary and gastrointestinal tract requiring medical care.

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Cypress Hills’ new farmers market offers healthy eating to underserved residents

In communities throughout New York City, access to affordable, nutritious food has been scarce, with residents stuck having to walk far out of their way to find quality, healthy fruits and vegetables.

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Poet, playwright, teacher and director Owen Dodson

During an appearance on a panel last Saturday at the Schomburg Center, I noticed a photo of Owen Dodson on the wall in the place where the American Negro Theater was prominent for Black actors 75 years ago. Dodson’s photo is there because one of his plays, “Garden of Time,” based on the myth of Medea and Jason, was produced there in 1945.

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Funding for CUNY falls short, as college tuition increases

Last Wednesday, hundreds of CUNY and SUNY students across the state fled their minimum-wage jobs and summer internships to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to invest in higher education.

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The threat from Islamic State is real

As Americans, the threat of terrorism today seems at a comfortable, manageable distance—miles, oceans and armies away.

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Uber app or crap?

Given all the noise and unknowns about Uber, the ride-sharing app-based service, it may be best to wait to see the outcome of the four-month study of the company proposed by the mayor.

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Fast-food workers speak on wage board ruling, others speak up

This week, New York’s wage board was expected to finalize a report recommending a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers.

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Fifteen dollars per hour sets precedent

If $8.75 isn’t enough for fast-food workers, it isn’t enough for retail workers or any of the other hardworking New Yorkers who still find themselves in poverty.

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Floetry flows on beautifully

Maybe, just maybe, we were looking at this thing all wrong.

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Million People’s March draws huge crowd

Last Saturday, approximately a thousand protesters gathered in solidarity on the steps of Newark’s Lincoln Monument in New Jersey.

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Questions remain as Sandra Bland is laid to rest

“I am the mama and I’m telling you that baby did not take herself out,” said Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, when she gave her daughter’s eulogy at her funeral Saturday.

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Bronx unemployment numbers drops again

Numbers from the New York State Department of Labor show another drop in the unemployment rate and a significant increase in the labor participation rate in the Bronx.

32BJ to Port Authority: ‘Hurry up!’

While Aviation Safeguard workers achieved a victory last week, the rest of New York’s local airport workers were left dealing with broken promises.

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All Star Code celebrates another year, AT&T scholars

July 25, All Star Code hosted its second annual Summer Benefit, raising more than $600,000 at the sold-out event in East Hampton, N.Y. Christina Lewis Halpern, All Star Code’s founder and executive director, also made a major announcement that evening—an innovative collaboration with AT&T.

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Dr. Claudia Alexander, a pioneering astrophysicist

Dr. Claudia Alexander, whose career in physics and aeronautical engineering was inspired by the research of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) in circular orbits, would have been excited to learn that NASA announced Thursday the discovery of exoplanet Kepler-452b that is a “close cousin” of Earth, thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope.

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Boogie at Inez’s birthday bash

When Councilwoman Inez Dickens of Harlem gives a birthday bash-cum-fundraiser, you can expect a massive turnout, fabulous food and the sound of backslapping and glad-handing, all of which was present last week at MIST Harlem, and it was a special treat to see the lady of the hour take to the stage and put a boogie to a brand new beat.

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Council members honor African-American ballerina Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland solidified her place in history when she was named the first African-American principal of the American Ballet Theatre in its 75-year history.

Immigrant killers versus police killings of Blacks

During an obviously politically motivated hearing on July 21 by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims,” Jim Steinle, whose daughter was recently killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco, testified.

The Cosmopolitan Review 7/30-8/5

Happy belated birthday to the Hon. Tanya Kennedy, who hosted an old fashioned b-day party for herself on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Caricom can approach WTO in rum dispute

A simmering row between rum producers in the Caribbean and the U.S. government over generous tax subsidies it gives to American companies operating in the region has flared again.

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Black Chef Summer Series in Harlem

Monday nights at Harlem’s newest comfort food restaurant, blujeen, just got a little more exciting with the launch of the Black Chef Summer Series (@BlackChefSeries).

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Caribbean tourism growth needs collective strategy

Bill Clegg, a respected hotel industry professional, believes that as the Caribbean tourism industry recovers, its leadership should work more collectively to ensure growth in the region is sustained.

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Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan War

President Barack Obama, in a meeting with regional African leaders, threatened new sanctions for the warring factions in South Sudan if a peace deal is not reached by Aug. 17.

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Why we need a special prosecutor

Tragic events over the past year have shone a light on one of our nation’s most urgent moral issues—the inequitable and ineffective state of our criminal justice system.

Kenyan leaders warn Obama against promoting gay rights during visit

President Barack Obama was warned by local leaders not to address gay rights prior to visiting his father’s homeland, Kenya, last week because he risked “opening floodgates of evil by supporting LGBT rights.”

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In Belize, paradise found

I'm not going to lie: The voyage to this Belizean island paradise 18 miles off the mainland is not for sissies.

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Local high school students win national science awards

The New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics program, one of the most inspiring and important youth programs in America, which plays a major role in the lives of many youths, is under-publicized.

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Harlem Week’s ‘Summer in the City’

Harlem Week remains a summer festival that has something for everyone.

‘Karibu, President Obama’

President Barack Obama was boogieing in Africa.

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Local nonprofit launches pop-up to promote small businesses and fund HBCU scholarships

This Saturday, Aug. 1, a local community service organization is launching a pop-up shop to promote minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as fund scholarships to HBCUs in Harlem at ImageNation Raw Space.

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It’s time to reform Rikers Island

It’s time to reform Rikers Island.

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Harlem Week sports events

Harlem has always held a rich sports history that people within the community gravitate toward.

Ice-T, Coco expecting

After Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Atlanta funeral service, her body will reportedly be flown to New Jersey to be buried next to her mother, Whitney Houston.

Newport Jazz Fest, Regina Carter, Jazz House Kids

Before 1954, Newport, R.I., was a quiet resort town for the rich who loved sunshine, tennis, their sailboats, yachts and, of course, fresh seafood.

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Harlem Week’s technology initiative

With the monthlong celebration of Harlem Week fast approaching, the concentration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and technology initiatives will be an effective group of events that caters to kids and adults.

Great Africa Fashion Day in Berlin

“Clothes are storytellers on the journey of our lives,” said Nana K. Brenu, founder of 1981, one of the Africa Fashion Day design houses that showed in Berlin last week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Misty Copeland, Carmen de Lavallade, Raven Wilkinson discuss race, ballet

Friday, July 17, still aglow from the promotion that made her the first African-American principal ballerina with American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland joined three other remarkable artists for a frank, informative and inspiring discussion of ballet and Black women, barriers and breakthroughs.

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Harlem Week’s Economic Development Day

The anticipated 2015 Harlem Week summer festival has begun.

Why ‘Our Lives Matter’

We believe that it is the God-given obligation of everyone to be responsible for the lives of their family members, neighbors, friends and associates.

Atlantic Yards/Nets/DBNA Community Foundatioin and DBNA capacity building grant program to hold awards ceremony

The Atlantic Yards/NETS/DBNA Community Foundation and the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance Capacity Building Grant Program will hold their first ever awards ceremony Thursday, July 30 at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Harlem Week music brings mix of tradition, diversity

Although this year’s Harlem Week officially began Tuesday, Sunday’s “A Great Day in Harlem” was the yearly monthlong festival’s ceremonious start.

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State Senator John Sampson found guilty

State Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn’s 19th District was stripped of his seat Friday after he was convicted on three of the nine corruption charges he faced.

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Bringing books to the big screen

The trilogy of “The School of Good and Evil” is hard to describe because it’s complicated and it shifts depending on your vantage point.

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August 2015 dance calendar

Two landmark dance events happen this month, with Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrating the life of Geoffrey Holder (Saturday, Aug. 1) and as part of CityPark’s Foundation’s Summer Stage, a 40th anniversary celebration of Broadway’s “The Wiz,” headed by Tony Award winner George Faison (Aug. 12 to 14).

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Celebrating the life of Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder, the creative genius whose career spanned 50 years and dazzled us with a limitless talent, energetic exuberance and captivating charisma, will be honored in a series of celebrations on his birthday, Aug. 1.

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Obama's return: The President visits the Motherland

While Republicans in the U.S. probably turned a whiter shade of pale, Obama explained that he was making the point that when it is time to leave office—it is time to leave.

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Eric Pryor named new president of Harlem School of the Arts

The Harlem School of the Arts has named Eric G. Pryor its new president, replacing Yvette Campbell, who left the position in June.

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Mental health and African Americans: Breaking the tradition of silence

A short time ago, I was at an event, talking to some very smart people about what we can do to address our mental health crisis.

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Bobbi Kristina to be buried in New Jersey

Bobbi Kristina Brown will be buried next to her mother in Westfield, N.J., Monday. Her funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta.

Wednesday, July 29

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As Obama Champions Democracy in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo Descends into Political Chaos as its President Clings to Power

As President Barack Obama sought to advance the principles of democracy on a historic trip to his father’s homeland of Kenya last week, the hope for a fair democratic process in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo appeared to be slowly eroding.

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Black woman found dead in jail cell in Mount Vernon

A Black woman was found dead in jail cell in Mount Vernon.

Tuesday, July 28

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Video shows NYPD officers beating Black man at Target in Brooklyn

A video that's going viral of NYPD officers beating a Black man at a Brooklyn Target is raising questions and outrage.

Monday, July 27

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, dies at age 22

The daughter of late singer Whitney Houston has died after being in a coma for six months.

Friday, July 24

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State Sen. John Sampson found guilty on corruption charges

State Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn's 19th District was stripped of his seat Friday after he was convicted on three of the nine corruption charges he faced.

Thursday, July 23

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Community Calendar

Greetings! Join us for “A Great Day in Harlem.”

Cecil chef delivers

Earlier this month, chef Tai Muhammed of the Cecil hand-delivered some of the 40 meals she prepared for homebound elderly Harlemites as part of the Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program.

Talking SCHOP! Feeling ‘Fancy’ now

After all of these years, I finally made it to the Fancy Food Show at the Javitz Center.

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‘As-salamu alaykum’: Sen. Perkins celebrates Eid al-Fitr

State Sen. Bill Perkins once again hosted a feast celebrating the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. Muslims and non-Muslims alike enjoyed great food alongside local residents, imams and activists.

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Malians host third annual International Children’s Fun Day

The USA Association of New York City Mali Charitable, also known as the Malian Cultural Center, held its third annual Children’s Fun Day Sunday, July 19.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Donna Williams, head of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hosted a very interesting evening out for those stuck in the city in the summertime with the presentation of “In Focus: Lucus Cranach’s Saint Maurice and Its Context.”

Ballers gonna ball

There’s a first time for everything. For the National Basketball Players Association, their ambitious first time was announced this past April.

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Stars, great food, good music at Jerk Fest

Roy Wilkins Park in Queens was taken over by a proper celebration of Jamaican cuisine, culture and music Sunday, July 19, with the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.

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Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

With a dangerous insurgency spreading within his country’s borders, the visit to Washington, D.C., this week by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was certain to touch on increased military support against Boko Haram.

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‘Beautiful Sea’ indeed

Their motto, “Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design,” is an apt way to describe the Chabil Mar Resort, an awe-inspiring, boutique, luxury villa property in the beautiful country of Belize.

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Liberty off to their best start since 2001 as they win a hustle game in Seattle

Tina Charles (30 points) led the Liberty to a 81-77 on-the-road win in Seattle.

Men’s New York Fashion Week

Do we need a separate Fashion Week for men?

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Step out in a comfortable wedge

For spring-summer 2016, soft, leather wedge sandals are in.

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New Deal for Airport Workers

Local airport workers were close to the breaking point Wednesday, but pulled themselves back with a new deal.

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Twitter campaign shines light on positives of African culture

Most images and stories of African culture portrayed in the media are negative, sad and tragic.

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Uber: 1, City Hall: 0

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to end his crusade against Uber … for now.

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Liberty rising across WNBA land and on the road

“Games like this in the middle of the season … if you can find a way to grind it out, at the end of the season, you look at your standings and it makes you a playoff team or it makes you a home court advantage team.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks out about female body shaming

“Body shaming Black female athletes is not just not about race,” said NBA Hall of Famer, six-time NBA champion and multi-time Most Valuable Player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “Body shaming is a misogynist idea. We need to re-think our ideals of female beauty.”

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Will this be Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s last training camp?

A seeming rite of the summer for those who follow and are affiliated with the New York Giants is speculating on the job security of head coach Tom Coughlin.

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No ticker-tape parades for the failing Big Apple teams

The ticker-tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes (Broadway in lower Manhattan) for the U.S. women’s soccer team brings to mind the number of sports teams that are here in New York, how often parades have been given for them and the teams that haven’t been eligible.

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Chelsea Greyhounds Junior Olympics-bound

Track and field is a unique sport that has a series of different events, showcasing an individual’s skill set in running, throwing or jumping.

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The 2016 presidential race will be here before we know it.

Let’s face it, summer is more than half over, 2015 is half finished and we will soon see leaves turning and cold fronts coming in.

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It’s time to help our neighbors

Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are facing the country’s largest economic and fiscal debt crisis in history.

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What the removal of the rebel flag really means

When South Carolina finally removed the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds, the action capped a volatile and often heated debate in the state Legislature (with passions running high on both sides of the issue), as well as in the country.

Celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Clarence Norman (April 1930-July 2015)

The Celebration of triumph for the Rev. Dr. Clarence Norman Sr. at the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights Saturday, July 18 was one of epic proportions.

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Wealth building 101: Squirrel something away

The most important concept in business is leverage.

Fantasia heads down the aisle

Does President Barack Obama have Hollywood aspirations once his term ends?

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Salsa Sundays, Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

The swinging bands of salsa flourishing with its big brass sound leaked out into the streets from social clubs to Bronx spots such as the Carlton Terrance and Concourse Plaza to Manhattan’s Corso and Riverside Plaza.

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‘Justice or Else’: Youth gather for panel discussion in preparation for 20th Anniversary of Million Man March

Student Minister Nuri Muhammad warned that Black folks need to be cognizant that the “Blu Klux Klan” is being allowed to terrorize the Black community and that its agenda is clear in terms of containment, brutality and non-accountability.

Revolution Books to open in Harlem

It may take a while before Revolution Books is up and running in Harlem, but last week the launch was announced and it promises to be a real boon for a community without a stand-alone bookstore.

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Emerald Snipes-Garner, reflects on her father’s death and the future

Emerald Snipes-Garner is the youngest daughter of Eric Garner, who was killed last year by police, and his widow, Esaw Garner.

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New York productions to be showcased at NBTF

Black theater family, make your plans and get ready to pack your bags this summer.

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DanceBrazil is raw, complex, vibrant

elon Vieira, artistic director of DanceBrazil, better known within the Brazilian dance community as “Maestre” (“Master”), is also the founder and artistic director of the Capoeira Foundation.

Ginny's Supper Club hosts fundraiser for families of S.C. church-shooting victims

Ginny’s Supper Club recently hosted “Harlem Helps: A Benefit for the Families of Mother Emanuel AME Church.”

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HHC Kings County Hospital celebrates opening of farmers market

Kings County Hospital Center and Harvest Home Farmers Market hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for its new farmers market, which officially opened July 8.

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Nigerian professor claims drug cures HIV/AIDS

Professor Maduike Ezeibe, instructor at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, is claiming that he has recently created a new therapy for HIV/AIDS.

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Emotional triggers

Emotional: Feeling abandoned, forsaken, destitute, depleted, drained, exhausted, empty-headed.

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Malcolm X II Phase A tenants celebrate five years of Senior Citizens on Our Minds Day

Harlem resident Jacqueline Gardner is celebrating five years of the annual Senior Citizens On Our Minds Day.

BAMcinematek presents 12th annual Animation Block Party

A single picture is worth a thousand words, so mark your calendars: Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2, it’s the 12th annual Animation Block Party, the East Coast’s premier animation festival, presented by BAMcinematek.

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Audit by city comptroller reveals backlog of 50,000 repairs in NYCHA

An audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed a backlog of 50,000 repairs in the New York City Housing Authority and that it takes an average of a year to fix safety violation

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Russell Simmons teaches students anti-violence techniques in Queens

More than 200 children filled the bleachers with bright yellow T-shirts at Catherine and Count Basie Middle School in Jamaica, Queens.

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50 years after Selma march, youth activists follow in footsteps

In 1965, Civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Exactly 50 years later, 24 Black and Jewish high school youth activists are spending 25 days throughout July on a cultural and historical civil rights journey across six states and 16 cities for free, courtesy of Operation Understanding DC.

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New lawsuit addresses ‘irreparable’ harm in foster care system

Last Wednesday afternoon, Public Advocate Letitia James confirmed what many have been suspecting for years: Children are being abused and neglected in the New York City’s foster care system.

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Book review: ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What is immediately essential for me about “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lengthy epistle to his son, is that “past is prologue.”

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Book review: ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What is immediately essential for me about “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lengthy epistle to his son, is that “past is prologue.”

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Trinidad picks up coup leader

Before daybreak Monday, police swooped down on the Trinidad headquarters of a Black Muslim sect that staged a bloody coup attempt on the island 25 years ago.

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Nation in outrage: What happened to Sandra Bland?

“Here in Texas, we are not afraid of ISIS,” stated the Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, at a press conference about the death of Black, 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died July 13 in a Texas jail. “We are afraid of the police.”

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Brooklyn family demands answers about relative who died in police custody

Kyam Livingston pleaded repeatedly for medical attention in the hours before she died in police custody at Brooklyn Central Booking jail, witnesses say

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Mothers Mourn: Families of men killed by police come together

“I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, kind of emotional, trying to fight back my tears,” Esaw Garner told the Amsterdam News, “but all the support from the people empowers me to keep getting the word out that we want justice for my husband, Eric Garner.”

Straight Black Pride Movement claims to be under attack by LGBTQ community

President Barack Obama’s signing into law same-sex marriage last month has not swayed a certain segment of the population, who were unaware that his 2007 campaign pledge to bring about change also included legalizing gay marriage in the land of the free.

Terror has many faces, and they’re not all immigrant

In the days after the Chattanooga, Tenn., killing of four U.S. marines by Muslim immigrant Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the right is more frenzied, with calls for an end to not just immigration but to “Muslim immigration” to the U.S.

Couple celebrates 30th anniversary with Caribbean surgery

For many married couples, a wedding anniversary is an opportunity to enjoy a special luxury or a romantic getaway to a destination far away from the realities of everyday life.

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Dear Mayor de Blasio, Expand ‘Begin Again’

At present, the city has roughly 1 million open summons warrants.

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We need Black male judges on the Manhattan Supreme Court

The New York State Unified Court System has always been a convoluted, complicated and sometimes very slowly functioning court.

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Million People’s March against police brutality, racial injustice and economic inequality

After more than six months of planning and promotion, the Million People’s March against police brutality is set to take place this Saturday in Newark N.J.

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Obamacy: A legacy of diplomacy

Let’s call President Barack Obama’s diplomatic surge “Obamacy.”

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Post Cold War, US-Cuba relations mended

The Cold War is long over, and with a better understanding of their mutual interests as well as the depth of their differences, the United States and Cuba officially restored their diplomatic relations Monday, July 20.

Wednesday, July 22

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State wage board votes in favor of increasing minimum wage for fast-food workers

More than 180,000 fast-food workers in the state are praising the the New York Wage Board after they unanimously vote to increase the minimum wage to $15.

Saturday, July 18

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‘Justice for Garner’ rally takes place at U.S. Federal Courthouse

On the weekend marking one year since the police killing of Eric Garner, Rev. Al Sharpton and his coalition rallied and took a petition to the U.S. Justice Department.

Thursday, July 16

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Claims of non-tenured teachers of color being let go in New York

New claims have risen regarding non-tenured teachers of color here in New York City being dismissed from their positions without cause.

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High school girls participate In Justice Academy at Fordham Law School

Fordham Law School is hosting the 7th annual Justice Academy for Young Women, a college and law school preparatory program that combines course work and leadership training for underserved high school students in the city.

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Manhattan BP Launches ‘Fresh Food For Seniors’ Program Uptown

Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer launched the Fresh Food for Seniors program, which expands the group of pickup points in northern Manhattan.

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This far by faith

Five years ago, James Elcock was injured in a terrible accident and ruptured his spine.

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It’s time to bring education into the 21st century

A record number of high school students are celebrating their hard-earned diplomas this year, but the celebrations won’t last.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Veteran soul singer, Dr. Mable John’s groundbreaking anti-domestic violence song highlighted in new exhibition

Dr. Mable John was only doing a friend a favor when she agreed to record the anti-domestic violence song, “Don’t Hit Me No More.”

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Greek voters rebuffed the debt vampires, why can’t America?

With an overwhelming majority of the Greek people having voted “no” in a referendum that would decide whether Greece would continue to borrow its way into a hopeless debt spiral, the bankers who own the country’s debt are recoiling in confusion.

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Conversations with our elders: Forgiveness is the gift we give ourselves

I recently had lunch with an 82-year-old relative. She went to college in the late 1940s and received her master’s in musicology in the early 1950s.

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Art’s healing power: Local artist shares healing journey

He fell off the stage during a Rainbow PUSH fundraiser concert after losing feeling in his legs. Doctors said he’d never walk again, diagnosing him with a ruptured spine and paralysis from the waist down.

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NYPD meets teens at Apollo despite vocal protests outside

After killing over 500 Americans nationwide this year, police are not faring well with youth. However, the All Stars Project hopes to improve this fractured relationship.

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New talk show for T.D. Jakes?

The stork was busy on the weekend of July 11.

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500 Men Making a Difference Hosts Cleanup and Painting Day at Von King Park

The organization 500 Men Making a Difference is asking for volunteers to help them as they clean and paint Von King Park in Brooklyn Saturday, July 18.

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Protest marks year since death of Eric Garner

Dozens of demonstrators rallied on Staten Island Monday night to commemorate in advance of the one- year anniversary death of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who was placed in what Police Commissioner William Bratton called a “prohibited” chokehold by an NYPD officer.

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Fruit of Increase holds annual prayer summit

The Rev. Grace Ogunwuyi is the executive director of Fruit of Increase Ministries, which just held its annual prayer summit.

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Cuomo appoints state AG to prosecute cop-involved killings

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will oversee cases of police-involved civilian deaths.

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Axel Tosca (U)Nity, 92nd Street Y Jazz Fest

Don’t let his wild dyed-blond Afro fool you, pianist Axel Tosca Laugart from Cuba has skills.

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Muslims raise over $50,000 to help rebuild burned Black churches

A coalition of Muslim groups launched an online fundraising campaign to help rebuild the Southern Black churches that have been either burned to the ground or severely damaged by fire in the aftermath of a white gunman killing nine Black worshipers in Charleston, S.C.

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‘Black Stars of the Great White Way’ to headline NBTF

Chapman Roberts, the executive director and producer of “Black Stars of the Great White Way,” is very excited these days, as he prepares to bring this unique, marvelous production down to the National Black Theatre Festival, happening Aug. 3 to 8 in Winston-Salem, N.C., as the main stage production, which is an enormous honor.

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Fatigue no more: Doctor says you can cure exhaustion naturally

There are those days, weeks and even months some of us experience this eternal energy drain, dragging through hours of monotony, too tired to think or react soundly.

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Community Calendar

Greetings! July is our GBE “Black Media Month,” saluting the pioneers and innovators of the Black media world.

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City College establishes medical school with St. Barnabas Hospital

In a major development in the institution’s 168-year history, the City College of New York announced the establishment of the CUNY School of Medicine at City College in partnership with Bronx-based St. Barnabas Hospital, which is part of the SBH Health System.

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Summer Sizzles is back!

Lenox Avenue will be on fire Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, for the third annual Summer Sizzles on Lenox, brought to you by Experience: Harlem and Harlem Park to Park.

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Bill T. Jones tell the story of ‘Dora’

Bjorn Amelan is Bill T. Jones’ partner and the son of Dora Amelan, the 94-year-old French Jewish nurse and World War II social worker, for whom Jones’ newest work, “Analogy/Dora: Tramontane,” is built.

Talking SCHOP! Return to Eden

As per usual, the Berkshires proved to be a welcome respite from all things city life.

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‘You Betta Belize It!’

It’s cute, catchy and you’ll see it everywhere you look in Belize: “You Betta Belize It!”

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Noodle hopes to be Yelp for preschools

Everything that can have a one-stop shop online usually does. Whether it’s Zillow, Yelp or TripAdvisor, there’s always something available to modern-day consumers when they need one place to find house listings, restaurants or travel arrangements. John Katzman, the founder of Princeton Review, now wants to add Noodle to the list.

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Urban Agenda: Older Youth Left Out of City Budget

Longtime readers of this column know that over the years I have been particularly vocal about the crisis of out of school, out of work young people.

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Inclusion and the Academy

Inclusion, the noun, is defined as “the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure,” and this is the word that most creative people of color are using to describe the continued issue they face within the inner circles of Hollywood.

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Educator supreme Marva Collins

“Kids don’t fail,” famed educator Marva Collins often declared. “Teachers fail, school systems fail. The people who teach children that they are failures, they are the problem.”

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Paris haute couture report

House of Busardi’s theme was “The Queen of the Night.”

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Keeping it real with the new ‘Star Wars’ directors

The two men, pictured above, are creative, fun, rich and (notice their posture) very down to earth. In the law of attraction, you must “let go of negative thoughts” and know that you are going to be successful, despite appearances that might suggest the absolutely opposite.

The continual scapegoating of immigrants

Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, the controversial Confederate flag located on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol was taken down after a 54-year run.

Blade returns—and he’s bringing his daughter

Writer Tim Seeley is bringing a new twist to the “Blade” series at Marvel, but the Daywalker won’t be fighting creepy evil demons and blood thirsty vampires alone.

Guyana-Venezuela situation worsens

Venezuelan authorities last week turned away and generally hassled a Guyanese fuel boat that had docked there for oil supplies.

Jade Mountain No. 1 in the Caribbean

The influential travel magazine Travel + Leisure again named St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain as one of the top 100 hotels in the world and number 1 in the Caribbean.

Cool off in sleek swimwear styles

As soon as Luli Fama debuted their first swim collection back in 2003, the design team, consisting of Luli Hanimian and brother-in-law Augusto Hanimian, the brand became a strong innovator in the fashion industry.

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Haters bash while Serena Williams celebrates latest victory

“We have watched [Serena Williams] grow from a baby girl in her sister’s shadow to a grown woman standing in her own light,” said TV host Melissa Harris-Perry in support of the world-renowned athlete, who has received an enormous white backlash in the wake of her Wimbledon victory.

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Firefighters’ union announces lawsuit against Council speaker

New York City’s firefighters will have their voices heard one way or another.

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Uber claims proposed legislation would destroy jobs

Officials from an oft-discussed car service say they want to stop city government from potentially killing jobs.

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Be vigilant on child care

Sometimes it’s not until the cancer is inoperable that the patient is alarmed and then frantically searches for treatment or a cure.

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'Money isn't justice:' says Sharpton as City settles in Eric Garner case

It is one year later. Eric Garner, locked in a chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo, died on video.

City to benefit from waste industry reforms

As the thermometer climbs this month, New Yorkers can expect a familiar and unwelcome odor: garbage.

Neighborhood Clean Up Initiative kicks off in East Orange

In an effort to help reform East Orange, the city is reportedly cleaning out 700 abandoned properties and giving jobs to local residents.

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48th anniversary of Newark Rebellion commemorated

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its annual observation of the anniversary of the epic Newark Rebellion.

Black Star channel documenting pieces of life

After a crazy work week, beautiful weather on an off day is a welcome sight to say the least.

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Obama admin announces changes to Fair Housing Act

In name, the Fair Housing Act was supposed to help desegregate neighborhoods and make America’s housing situation fair.

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Cosby confesses what his wife has known

What public records disclosed about Bill Cosby last week regarding the purchasing of Quaaludes apparently comes as no surprise to his wife, Camille.

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Flattened emergency vehicle tires did not stop Bed-Study Ambulance Corps anniversary celebration

It has been happening every year for the past 26 years, but this year was different.

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Jamaican Jerk Festival returns to Roy Wilkins Park

The taste of the Islands will return to Roy Wilkins Parks in Queens, when the fifth annual Jamaican Jerk Festival New York showcases Caribbean food and culture July 19, noon to 8 p.m.

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Mandela Day in Brooklyn

Not everyone knows about Nelson Mandela International Day.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Summer madness has finally arrived, in all of its various forms.

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TAX-DODGING MULTINATIONALS FEEL THE HEAT AT ADDIS CONFAB

Closing the income gap between rich and poor countries of the world will be on the table at a U.N.-sponsored policy conference this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Cairo-to-Cape Town free trade zone to be established in Africa

Wednesday, June 17, senior officials from 26 countries in eastern and southern Africa met in Egypt and pledged to create the continent’s largest free trade zone, which will reach from South Africa to the northeastern region in Egypt.

Tuesday, July 14

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Building collapse in Bed-Stuy causes injuries, street closures

A building collapse in Bed-Stuy leaves several people injured and closes streets.

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President Obama addresses NAACP

President Barack Obama speaks to the NAACP at the annual convention in Philadelphia.

Monday, July 13

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Web series 'Token Empire' launches Kickstarter campaign

Web series "Token Empire" has launched a Kickstarter campaign

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Wendell Haskins: The Original Tee Golf Classic

For years, many have wondered why there hasn’t been greater numbers of African Americans in golf. Original Tee creator, Wendell Haskins, offers insight to this, and how his tournament continues to be a vessel, making a difference.

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The Bill Cosby saga continues

According to public records released by the Associated Press, Cosby has admitted to purchasing prescription Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

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Million People’s March scheduled for Newark

Organizers are preparing for a massive march in Newark in response to the treatment of Black Americans

Friday, July 10

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Nas helps celebrate Hennessy’s 250th anniversary

Hennessy celebrates 250th anniversary with art tour and Nas. Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas helps inspire Rihanna and has a career resurgence.

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Holiday Weekend Proves America Must Improve Approach to Public Safety

Statistics show that gun violence goes up during summer holiday weekends, but that fact does not make it any easier for a mother, father, brother or sister dealing with the loss of a loved one due to senseless acts of violence.

Thursday, July 9

Summer 2015 Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Festival pays tribute to Randy Weston

Founded in 1996 by the late Dr. Mary Umolu, the Medgar Evers College Jazzy Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Department of Mass Communications, Creative and Performing Arts and Speech, is a musical and cultural happening in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

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Elected officials talk construction noise during school

The school year may be over, but local elected officials still have the kids in their thoughts.

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Football immortal Charlie Sanders, ‘the Ultimate Lion’

As I’ve said many times in this column, you don’t have to dig through the distant past to find remarkable Black Americans, men and women who knew that “Black Lives Matter.

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Eat more pork

Recently, the National Pork Board launched “The Grill Crashers” campaign, an initiative to show consumers how easy it is to cook lean pork recipes this summer.

What July 4 means to me as an immigrant

This July 4 marked only my second year as a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Dominican Republic neighbors condemn atrocities against Haitians

A Caribbean Community leaders summit that ended in Barbados on the weekend warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in the region if the Dominican Republic continues its heartless deportation of people of Haitian descent, including those born in the island nation neighboring Haiti.

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One Caribbean TV goes to US Congress

WASHINGTON (July 9)—One Caribbean Television went to the U.S. Congress last month to honor legislators who contributed to the proclamation of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

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Talking SCHOP! The summer special

It seems like we wait forever for the summer months to arrive.

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Community Calendar 07/09 - 07/15

Greetings. The Million People’s March Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice and Economic Inequality will take place Saturday, July 25 at noon, starting at the Lincoln Monument, located at the intersection of W. Market Street and Springfield Avenue in downtown Newark, N.J.

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Welcome to Belize!

Tropical rainforests, Mayan ruins and temples, stunning beaches, picturesque mountains and a rich history and culture.

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The NBA free agency period was like a baller’s Candy Land

Meeting legendary NBA baller Gus Williams the same week that the NBA begins its annual free agency pageantry was a statement of then and now, a before and after.

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African-American autism and vaccines

Last August, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention senior scientist, Dr. William Thompson, invoked federal whistleblower status and confessed that the CDC has known since 2001 that Black boys exposed to the MMR vaccine have a disproportionate risk of autism.

Down with the racist flag, up with a banner of hope

The good news is that this week, South Carolina senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds.

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Phil making moves, but are they going in the upward direction?

Depending on the lens through which one views the Knicks’ transactions thus far this summer, opinions will be mixed.

Fall ’15 fashions: East meets West

A number of Japanese designers, all extremely talented, recently made their debut at New York Fashion Week with a new concept, “Tokyo Meets New York,” at the Salon at Lincoln Center.

Obama to KKK: ‘Take off the hoods!’

According to reports, President Barack Obama is planning to propose tough new legislation that will force the Ku Klux Klan and other extremist hate groups to disclose the identities of their members.

Chicago’s deadly July 4 celebration

Chicago experienced a rash of shootings over the holiday weekend, leaving seven people dead and 48 injured, the Chicago Police Department told the Amsterdam News.

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Does the big market matter?

Athletes of past decades playing in big markets such as Los Angeles and New York held favorable advantages in securing endorsements and garnering widespread media attention.

Fall ’15 looks are fashion forward

For fall 2015, the look is back to basics that line up the importance of black and white.

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Labor Department to change overtime rules

More people could be eligible for overtime pay if the White House has its way.

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WBO attacks: Mayweather should hang it up

The time is now. Floyd Mayweather should hang the gloves up once and for all.

Supreme Court to revisit union fees fight

The U.S. Supreme Court said last week that they will revisit an issue many thought was no longer on the table.

Swin Cash helping to propel a youthful Liberty team

After an outstanding, hard-fought road victory over the Chicago Sky last week, the New York Liberty players had a few days off before returning to their training base in Westchester, N.Y.

Hip-hop welcomes back Dr. Tracey Lee

Although the roles have evolved, the incessant need of established and fledging artist alike is the need for an entourage.

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Long Island hosts annual Edo organizations cookout

The annual Bini people’s cookout took over a large corner of Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Island, Saturday, July 4. A DJ got the tristate Nigerian folk into the right cultural mood, as the young, the not so young and the elders showed off their intricate moves, and some competed for cash prizes. Graduates of 2015, from grade school to masters to doctorates, were honored and gifted with not one, but two huge cakes

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Alelia Murphy celebrates 110th birthday

Alelia Murphy, born July 6, 1905, is the last living of 12 siblings.

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Laila Ali to be inducted into Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame

Saturday, July 11, the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame will host its annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The Cosmopolitan Review 07/09 - 07/15

Oh what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day. Now that the month of July is here, everything’s going my way.

As Boko Haram advances in Nigeria, neighbor states are drawn into fight

Despite threats to eliminate Boko Haram by Nigeria’s sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari, the insurgent group refuses to melt away. In fact, it has launched new deadly attacks in that country.

Kenyan Lawmakers Warn Obama to ‘Keep off the gay agenda’ during visit

Five Kenyan lawmakers have threatened to eject President Barack Obama from Parliament if he tries to lecture them about same-sex marriage during his upcoming visit.

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Nigeria outlaws female genital mutilation

In one of his final official moves before ceding power to recently elected Muhammadu Buhari, outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a measure that criminalizes the controversial practice of female genital mutilation.

Vanessa Williams weds beau

July 3, actor Michael Jai White wed actress Gillian Waters in an intimate but extravagant ceremony in Thailand.

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The Vision Festival, Jazzmobile Summer Sets

If you are looking for a jazz scene that scares the jazz police and causes those smooth jazz heads to run in the opposite direction, then the Vision Jazz Festival is the place.

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‘Masters of Ceremony’ rock Radio City despite DMX arrest

So there we were at Radio City Music Hall Friday night at the “Masters of Ceremony” show. Rakim, Brand Nubian and Shabba were part of that boss lineup.

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Daniel Jose Older’s ‘Shadowshaper’ is a magical must-read

If books were rated like video games, I would give “Shadowshaper” by Daniel Jose Older an “E” for everyone.

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Let’s think about Cuba

Congress recently blocked President Barack Obama’s efforts to ease the Cuban embargo, but it now appears the two countries will begin the process of recreating embassies after 55 years.

‘Every shut eye ain’t sleep; Every goodbye ain’t gone’

The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, like a large sea of the human family, roundly and wholeheartedly condemns the vicious, savage, sinister, racist slaughter of the people of Mother Emmanuel AME, including a beloved daughter of Newark’s Vailsburg section, the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton.

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Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin discuss mojo for ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Like many of my colleagues, I have a love-hate relationship with press conferences.

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A call to courage

A little over one week ago, pure evil visited the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

‘Magic Mike XXL’ turns up the summer heat

“Magic Mike XXL,” co-written by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, appears to be a simple story about chiseled strippers whose one passion is to give lap dances to screaming women shaking dollar bills.

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Ailey dedicates evening to Dudley Williams

For their recent, annual two-week season at Lincoln Center, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater planned new productions of Talley Beatty’s “Toccata” (1960), Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison’s “A Case of You” duet from the larger work “Reminiscin’” (2005), the company premiere of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s “No Longer Silent” and the premiere of celebrated hip-hop choreographer, Rennie Harris’ “Exodus.”

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The Black Print: Rise of the Black millennial

Eleven years ago, teachers at the Clara H. Carlson School told Annis R. Sands of Elmont, N.Y., that upper-division courses would cause her excessive stress and anxiety.

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July 2015 dance calendar

Tap City, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s weeklong celebration of tap dance, returns for the 15th year July 6 to 11 with performances, award presentations, theater showcases, films and master classes.

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July 2015 dance calendar

Tap City, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s weeklong celebration of tap dance, returns for the 15th year July 6 to 11 with performances, award presentations, theater showcases, films and master classes.

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Congratulations to our centenarians

A proud East New York threw a huge birthday party this week for the oldest person in the world.

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Interview with Police Commissioner Bratton

A day before he was to address graduates from the police academy last Thursday at Madison Square Garden, Police Commissioner William Bratton sat with Amsterdam News Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Elinor Tatum and reporter Herb Boyd at police headquarters to discuss the latest policy developments in the NYPD.

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De Blasio announces $17.8 million to reduce unnecessary jail time for people awaiting trial

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced Wednesday that $17.8 million is being used to supervise 3,000 eligible defendants safely in the community instead of detaining them in jail while they await trial.

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National Action Network hosts legislative and policy conference on Capitol Hill

The Rev. Al Sharpton, president and founder of the National Action Network, and NAN leadership brought together members of Congress and the Obama administration, policy experts, civil rights leaders and partners for this year’s NAN Legislative and Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

‘Safe and Fair’: Will it work?

With the addition of 1,300 more cops on the streets, a new plan by the mayor and the police commissioner aims to improve police-community relations while keeping people safe.

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Lawsuit alleges city engages in affordable housing discrimination

The Anti-Discrimination Center and a group of African-Americans filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Manhattan accusing the city of discrimination when providing affordable housing.

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A fracas reminiscent of Eric Garner

A contingent of activists from Cop Watch and the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee were joined by members of the community last Friday in Harlem to protest the police assault of Saykou George.

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Cuomo appoints special prosecutor for police killings

Flanked by police reform advocates and relatives of unarmed New Yorkers who died at the hands of officers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a long-awaited executive order Wednesday that gives the state attorney general’s office authority to investigate cases in which an officer kills an unarmed civilian.

NYPD legislation sparks ‘Right to Know’ push

After the New York City Council adopted a budget that added 1,300 new positions within the New York Police Department, elected officials and community organizers have called for the passage of a new law to help the people

Tuesday, July 7

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Giving all job seekers a fair chance

A quick search of want ads in just about any newspaper reveals the problem: “No felonies.”

Thursday, July 2

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Community Calendar 7/1 - 7/7

Greetings! No play could have hoped for a better lead in than the president of the United States himself, Barack Obama, singing its theme at an international news event.

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Talking SCHOP! Boss hog

There’s a relatively new boss in town and just in time to celebrate a long holiday weekend.

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Definitely hotter than July!

July may be hot, but there are a bevy of festivals, cultural events, exhibits and more happening that are turning up the heat as well. Enjoy and stay cool!

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Summer hair and makeup tips

When it comes to hair and makeup, you must define your own beauty.

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Effortless swimwear solutions

When a global designer, super-style maven and beach lover takes to creating a swimwear line, anything goes.

Attorney Richard Mangum joins the ancestors at 69

For activists and reporters during the 1987 Howard Beach murder trial, Richard Mangum was indispensable. His role in the historic trial as part of the prosecution team headed by Special Prosecutor Charles Hynes was as a liaison to the media, which he did with unerring accuracy and sensitivity.

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Rent control: A lifeline for workers

One in 3 New Yorkers worry that they could become homeless.

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Here comes the great annual International African Arts Festival

This coming long weekend will see four days of family-friendly, fun-filled art, culture, and entertainment that’s been celebrating the African Diaspora in Brooklyn, N.Y., since 1971.

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Massachusetts home care workers reach new agreement for living wage

Home care workers in Massachusetts have reason to celebrate.

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Airport workers, elected officials rally around ‘poverty wages’

A different kind of food fair happened in Queens last week.

No- to low-cost preventive sexual health services available

The National Coalition for Sexual Health, which consists of over 50 leading health and medical organizations, issued a call to action to increase the uptake of essential preventive sexual health care services in the African-American community.

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Nightlife

Circled in red on the calendar was the date June 27.

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2015 Young Achievers graduating seniors

Metro-Manhattan Links, Incorporated and the Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. held their 16th Anniversary Graduation Dinner for the class of 2015 Young Achievers.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Hot fun in the summertime. Alas, July is here, my favorite month of the year, when the sun is hot, the breezes are warm and the ocean has finally warmed up enough for you to submerge your whole body—and not just your big toe.

Teenage killing? Enough said

As I drive through African-American communities, I cannot recognize a Boys and Girls Club, after-school programs, Little League baseball and football teams or Sunday school teachers, who make a commitment to teach from September until June.

SUMMIT OF WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT OPENS IN NICARAGUA

June 29 (GIN) Some 270 women from 220 countries gathered in Managua, Nicaragua over the past weekend to launch a political platform that addresses discrimination against people of color.

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East Harlem Block Nursery celebrates two major events

East Harlem Block Nursery No. 2, located in the Abraham Lincoln Housing Development, celebrated its 10th anniversary (2005–2015) at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building.

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For Haiti, relief will come in the long term

Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti, taking more than 230,000 lives and displacing over 1 million people, causing a massive housing crisis.

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Happiness is a huge home win for the Liberty

“For me, it was very personal. I’m so happy our team got the win,” said New York Liberty guard Candice Wiggins after the team’s 79-70 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Brooklyn Nets request waivers on Darius Morris

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard Darius Morris, Nets General Manager Billy King announced.

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Nets’ Billy King hustling to find hidden jewel

By the time Brooklyn made their selection, the 29th in last week’s NBA draft, the booing from die-hard New York basketball fans had subsided, but the reasons hadn’t been forgotten.

Brooklyn’s Sam Worthen keeps 23-year promise, earns college degree

Sam Worthen was a two-year starter at point guard from 1978 to 1980.

At NBA draft, Knicks fans show no love for Phil’s pick

Roughly one hour after Phil Jackson selected Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in last Thursday’s NBA draft, the Knicks president issued a statement through a press release that seemingly suggested the 19-year-old would someday emerge as a franchise player.

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Supreme Court upholds key health care provisions

President Barack Obama’s administration secured a major victory last week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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It’s time to get a mammogram

My sister recently told me she is preparing for her first mammogram.

Education for a Better America and the Amsterdam News team up for scholarship

Education for a Better America and the New York Amsterdam News are partnering to award two high school students scholarships to help with educational expenses in their first year of college.

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Cuomo’s wage board must take action

Sometime this month, the wage board empanelled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to make a recommendation that could have a dramatic effect on low-wage workers, especially in communities of color.

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Globeathon comes to Brooklyn

The House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., commemorated its first interfaith service last Wednesday to end women’s cancer.

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Deal on Iran would shred US nonproliferation efforts

Lately I am having a really hard time sleeping at night, and the source of my worry is the Middle East.

Confederate flag flap

It took nine innocent lives and 154 years to do it, but the Confederate flag that once flew proudly over South Carolina is at the center of debate.

City, Warby Parker to provide free eyeglasses to community school students

The city is expanding its vision-screening program to all 130 community schools and will partner with Warby Parker to provide a free pair of glasses to students in need.

Activist removes confederate flag from S.C. statehouse

Thirty-year-old activist Brittany Ann Byuarium “Bree” Newsome utilized a harness to scale a 30-foot pole in front of the South Carolina statehouse, in Columbia, S.C., Saturday morning to remove the racist Confederate flag. When she made it halfway up, police noticed her and gave her an order to come down, which she ignored.

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Kiri Davis: Filmmaker and activist

Art and activism are a shared passion for 26-year-old Kiri Davis.

Idris Elba returns to the small screen

Sunday’s 15th annual BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles celebrated Black stars from music, television, radio, film and sports.

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Fresh air fund children leave for summer experience in the country

Monday morning, over 145 New York City children left for one- and two-week experiences with volunteer host families in suburban and small town communities as the Fresh Air Fund kicks off its 139th program.

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Poet Jayne Cortez has not been gone that long.

Poet Jayne Cortez has not been gone that long. She died three years ago of heart failure at 78, but memories of her were unavoidable last Saturday in the memorial services for Ornette Coleman, her first husband.

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Charenee Wade records Gil Scott-Heron

Charenee Wade, for her debut release on Motema Music, took a bold leap by recording her interpretation of the music of Gil Scott-Heron, titled “Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson.”

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Red Cross urging blood and platelet donations during summer

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.

The SCOTUS ruling and immigration law

The historic Supreme Court ruling Friday, June 26 in the case of Jim Obergefell, which gives same-sex couples the right to marry in any U.S. state and established that they have the same rights as heterosexuals, now puts the spotlight again on the immigration rights of same-sex couples.

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Harlem Arts Fest brings free family fun uptown

The fourth annual Harlem Arts Festival wrapped up over the weekend, and the event was a major success. The free, multi-day festivities held in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park drew more than 1,000 attendees.

Language skills needed for Caribbean tourism

It’s time for stakeholders in the Caribbean’s hospitality industry to more broadly represent the multicultural nature of the region and serve the growing diversity of visitors to the Caribbean by learning to speak more than one language.

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Black ballerinas reflect on Misty Copeland’s historic ‘Swan Lake’ debut

As the opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” filled the sold-out Metropolitan Opera House, a dancer in white flitted across the dimly lit stage, with its backdrop of a shimmering blue lake, and disappeared.

Key issues on Caricom agenda include reparations, Venezuela, Guyana

Three key issues will attract the attention of Caribbean trade bloc leaders when they meet for three days at one of their two most important annual summits in Barbados starting Thursday.

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Free ‘Tempest’ production magical, awe-inspiring

The Public Theater presents an awe-inspiring revival of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Direction by Michael Greif, the show ingenuously uses open space, colorful backdrops, sound effects, music, troupes of fairies and commanding actors to create a seamless picture of a remote island home of a vengeful father and stranded noblemen.

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Parents, you have a right to school choice

I attended primary and secondary public schools in New York City.

We arise out of the ashes

Black America was jubilant on the morning of June 17, when Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the first African-American woman to be appointed U.S. attorney general.

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Suit settled over alleged jail assault of Jerame Reid

Cumberland County in southern New Jersey reportedly approved a settlement of $340,000 to the estate of the late Jerame Reid, who was allegedly abused while in jail.

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Nigerian actor takes on ‘Terminator’

More than 30 years ago in the 1984 sci-fi cult classic, body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger—whose accent is so thick, a full-time interpreter could be a legitimate tax write-off—uttered a phrase that has become part of the global zeitgeist: “I’ll be back!”

Nina Simone: Voice of the Civil Rights Movement

In this time of intense racial turmoil, Ava DuVernay and Liz Garbus could not be more propitious with their remarkable films.

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Newark partners with Service Line Warranties of America to repair water and sewer lines

Newark, N.J., has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America to offer the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program to homeowners.

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Comptroller audit points to vacant NYCHA units

An audit has confirmed what many have suspected—plenty of public housing vacancies are available that aren’t being filled.

Obama evokes God’s grace

After his rousing, heartfelt eulogy for the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama was called “Rev. President” by several of the AME pastors.

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Misty Copeland: Two milestones in two weeks

Raven Wilkinson—who in 1955 joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the first African-American woman—and Lauren Anderson—who in 1990 became the first female African-American principal dancer in the country at Houston Ballet and, at the time, the world’s only African-American prima ballerina in a major ballet company—brought flowers and warm hugs to Misty Copeland at the curtain call for her performance as Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” one of the most important roles in a ballerina’s repertoire.

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Ex-offenders sue for discrimination

Last Thursday, the NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches filed a class action lawsuit against employers who use the job sites Monster, ZipRecruiter and Indeed to illegally post job listings in New York with bans on applicants with felony convictions.

Final victim laid to rest in Charleston

Funeral services for the ninth and final victim of the Emanuel AME Church Massacre were held Tuesday in South Carolina.

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Akai Gurley died as cops argued four minutes before getting help

As 28-year-old Akai Gurley bled to death in a darkened Brooklyn project stairwell, rookie cop Peter Liang and officer Shaun Landau argued for four minutes before getting help for the East New York native, according to newly released court documents.

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Local legislators weigh in on marriage equality

Last Friday marked the beginning of a historic Pride Week in New York City and around the country, when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of marriage equality.

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Black churches burning again

The slaughter of nine Black worshippers in the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was a tragic reminder of the four little girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Baltimore photographer debuts exhibition inspired by Freddie Gray protests

New exhibit looks at Baltimore protests following death of Freddie Gray. Emily King talks ‘The Switch’ she experienced as an independent recording artist.

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Misty Copeland becomes ABT’s first African-American principal ballerina

When American Ballet Theatre announced the promotion of Misty Copeland to principal ballerina Tuesday...

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Historic marker unveiled in Lower Manhattan at site of former slave market

Elected officials, historians and community members came together last weekend to unveil a plaque marking the site of the colonial-era Wall Street slave market.

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Former State Senator Malcolm Smith sentenced to 7 years in prison

Former Queens State Senator and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is spending the next seven years of his life behind bars.