Stories for June 2015

Monday, June 29

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CUNY Prep renamed after Dr. Derrick Griffith

The CUNY Board of Trustees renames CUNY Preparatory School in the Bronx after its founding, the late Dr. Derrick Griffith who died in the May 2015 Amtrak accident that killed eight people.

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

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

Saturday, June 27

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Baltimore County Police fatally shoot unarmed Black man

Questions linger after police fatally shoot an unarmed Black man near Baltimore, according to reports.

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Obama evokes God’s grace

After his rousing heartfelt eulogy for the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Obama was called “Rev. President” by several of the AME pastors. His eulogy was part praise for Rev. Pinckney and part sermon with Obama summoning God’s grace.

Friday, June 26

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Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage legal across America

In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry and recognize their marriages.

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WATCH: Funeral services for South Carolina massacre victim Sen. Clementa Pinckney

Funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney were held Friday.

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Six years since Michael Jackson’s death

Today officially marks the fifth anniversary since the death of the King of Pop.

Thursday, June 25

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City partnering with Warby Parker to provide free eyeglasses to students at community schools

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 students in need.

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Safe and Fair - Everywhere: Will it work?

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

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Saving the site of MLK’s ‘War Room’

Site of strategic planning for MLK and civil rights leaders joins list of American places in dire need of preservation.

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NYCHA renovations keep apartments vacant for an average of seven years

Major repair and renovations take apartments off the market an average of 2,605 days; over $8 million in estimated lost rent

An audit released Thursday by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer found that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) keeps apartments off the rent rolls for an average of 7 years while doing major repairs.

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Flag flap continues

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

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Diddy charged with assault

Tyler Perry, a longtime supporter, threw a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his home in Los Angeles June 18.

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Kathleen Battle: ‘Black Lives Matter’

Recently, the diva soprano Kathleen Battle brought her multi-octave angelic voice to the hip Blue Note jazz club.

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‘Black Art Legends’ event honors artist Robert Carter

What do you get the man who “has everything” for Father’s Day?

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National Black Theatre marks 47th anniversary by honoring trailblazers

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre celebrated 47 years of keeping soul alive in Harlem with the eighth annual TEER Spirit Awards Gala, held Thursday, June 18 at the National Black Theatre, located at 2031 Fifth Ave.

NYC blues musician launches first ever South by South Orange Fest

New York City staple Tomas Doncker has dipped his hands into another fresh and innovative project. In celebration of the release of his new album, “Big Apple Blues,” which he wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, Doncker is launching the first ever South by South Orange Festival.

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East African vocalist stuns River to River Fest

With a relaxing vibe in the air, people bobbed, tapped and swayed to Somi’s powerful performance at the River to River Festival last Thursday in downtown Manhattan’s Battery Park.

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Sanaa Lathan to exec produce ‘Flyy Girl’ trilogy

When the casting news broke that CodeBlack Films, a Lionsgate company, had partnered with Sanaa Lathan to executive produce and star in the feature film adaptation of the “Flyy Girl” book trilogy, written by New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree, I was confirming my meeting with the Quincy Newell, the executive vice president and general manager of CodeBlack.

Netflix premieres ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

“What happened, Miss Simone?” asked Maya Angelou in 1970, and that question is now the subject of a Netflix documentary revealing heretofore untold intrigue in the making of Nina Simone.

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Yamazaki’s ‘OQ’ a quiet story

The New York dance world first knew of Japanese-born fashion designer and butoh choreographer Kota Yamazaki through his collaboration with Germaine Acogny and her Senegal-based company Jant-Bi.

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Remembering Ornette Coleman

There were 11 of us in the audience at the Minor Key in 1960 in Detroit when Ornette Coleman and his quartet showed up for a weeklong engagement.

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Activists label de Blasio, Mark-Viverito ‘sellouts’

Police reform advocates blasted their progressive allies in the largely liberal New York City Council after Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito reached an agreement to hire 1,300 new officers.

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NBA draft always a full-court game of deceit and surprises

Lies, rumors, conjecture and partial truths. Such is the nature of the NBA draft, taking place tonight (Thursday) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 6/25 - 7/1

Greetings! In the spirit of Black Music Month 2015, celebrate the life of late jazz great Ornette Coleman Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, between West 120th and 122nd streets. Afterward will be the internment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street in the Bronx.

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Picking 29th, the Nets can only hope for a Draft Day miracle

Brooklyn Nets fans will have to wait until the end of Round 1 of tonight’s (Thursday) NBA draft, being held at the Barclays Center, the Nets’ home, to hear NBA Commissioner Adam Silver say, “With the 29th pick, the Brooklyn Nets choose …” The NBA champs, the Golden State Warriors hold the 30th pick, closing out the first round.

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A tentative deal has been reached on rent regulation, but many feel as if Albany simply kicked the can down the road

According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the renewed rent laws include an increase in the decontrol threshold for vacant rent stabilized units.

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Interfaith Medical opens state-of-the-art dental center

Interfaith Medical Center President Steven Korf and Chairman of Dental Medicine David J. Miller, DDS, were joined by local officials and community leaders to cut the ribbon for a new state-of-the-art dental center, housed in the hospital’s east building at 1545 Atlantic Ave., between Albany and Troy avenues.

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Sankofa community empowerment hosts 'Black Lives Matter' series

Sankofa Community Empowerment, Inc. is in the middle of their “Black Lives Matter” five-part series.

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State Sen. Bill Perkins’ powerful speech on the chamber floor remembering Holcombe Rucker

I rise today to honor the memory of Holcombe Rucker, proud son of Harlem and a true visionary with respect to youth development, mentoring and community building.

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Students witness swearing in of US Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Washington D.C.

Last week, Loretta Lynch officially became the 83rd attorney general of the U.S.

Talking SCHOP! Chicago eats

As Frank Sinatra said, “Chicago is my kind of town,” from the people to the sights and, of course, the food.

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Tina Charles, teammates’ lack of intensity hurting Liberty

“We’ve got to step up and be there mentally,” said New York Liberty guard Essence Carson after a dismal 80-63 loss to the Indiana Fever at Madison Square Garden last Friday.

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Staying fit on the road

Whether traveling for business or leisure, it is very important—and often very difficult—to keep fit on the road.

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A fall ’15 Tlale of soft, sensuous styles

David Tlale launched his brand 11 years ago. A native of South Africa, he showcases his inimitable designs all over the world.

Classic, chic styles for fall

In a collection of Calvin Klein classic clothes for day and evening, designer Francisco Costa finds a way to show a collection that seems timeless.

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Haitian deportation in the Dominican Republic

As of Wednesday, June 17, the deadline for the government of the Dominican Republic’s naturalization process aimed at “migrant workers” was reached at midnight.

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Let it out, cry if you need to

By now,most of us are processing the events in Charleston, S.C., in various ways.

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Why you can’t kill the spirit of Mother Emanuel

You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.

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Report: How ‘Unheard Third’ deals with poverty

A new report from the Community Service Society chronicles how a group of New Yorkers who are constantly discussed, but never heard from feel about their situation.

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Landscape company caught not paying overtime, defrauding state on unemployment

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman caught a landscaping company red-handed and is asking them to pay up.

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New law brings order and oversight to car-wash industry

New York City’s car wash industry has long operated as if it has been doing business in the Wild West, with a history of wage and hour violations and exploiting workers.

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Black folk still bear the burden of the Dred Scott decision

Wednesday night, June 17, nine people were massacred by a 21-year-old white male while attending a Bible study and prayer meeting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

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Miss Jackson’s back

Not now, that’s not fast enough. Right now! Immediacy is the word. That’s how we movin’—in the moment.

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Preserving and honoring the International African Arts Festival 2015

The 44th annual International African Arts Festival, also known as the African Street Festival in its earlier history, will welcome people from across the country and from around the world to celebrate African culture in the United States.

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A call to courage in the hour of evil

Among the nine innocents murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., this past Wednesday was Pastor Clementa Pinckney.

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Children’s Aid Society honors Jesse Owens with student mural in Harlem

Author, community activist and founding president of BK Nation, Kevin Powell, the Children’s Aid Society and New York youth have unveiled a mural honoring Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens.

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From Brixton to Brooklyn: South London native gets her big break in the Big Apple

Award-winning filmmaker, producer and director Dami Akinnusi is making the most of her opportunities while residing in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her family.

The Cosmopolitan Review 6/25 - 7/1

June has been a whirlwind of a month, and I can’t believe how fast the month has flown by. Graduations, weddings, anniversaries and summer fun together make for a joyful time.

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New federal ID requirements for commercial drivers

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding commercial drivers across the state that all Commercial Learner Permit and Commercial Driver License holders must provide proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence or temporary legal presence, and proof of New York residency upon renewal of a driver license as well as all non-duplicate CLP/CDL transactions.

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NYC in mourning after Mother Bethel massacre

The names of nine African-Americans who were gunned down by a white man during a Bible study session at a historical Black church in Charleston, S.C., have been echoing across New York City since last week, as faith leaders, elected officials and hundreds memorialize the victims.

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Thompson moves to let folks Begin Again

Emmanuel Baptist Church, located a block away from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, was a place of hope for the thousands who lined up outside last Friday and Saturday.

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De Blasio reverses course on budget, adds 1,300 NYPD officers

In a move that shocked many New Yorkers, Mayor Bill de Blasio changed direction and added 1,300 new NYPD officer hires to his newly approved budget.

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New York mourns with Charleston

The nation remains in shock after a white gunman opened fire in a Black church in Charleston, S.C., killing nine people.

Monday, June 22

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Min. Louis Farrakhan and leaders mobilizing for 20th anniversary of Million Man March

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will join with leaders from across the nation to officially announce plans for the Millions for Justice convening to demand justice and equality for all in America.

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Inside a killer's mind: The Dylann Roof manifesto

Dylann Roof allegedly wrote a manifesto on hie views on America revealing his motivation for fatally shooting nine Black people at church in South Carolina

Friday, June 19

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Harlem’s First AME Bethel Holds Vigil for Charleston Shooting Victims

Hundreds packed the First African Methodist Episcopal Bethel church in Harlem Wednesday night to memorialize the nine people who were gundown during a Bible study session at a prominent historical black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Al Sharpton, elected officials lead day of remembrance for South Carolina massacre victims

Rev. Al Shaprton and other elected officials lead a day of remembrance in honor of the victims of this week's Black church massacre that occurred in South Carolina.

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Victims' families to Roof: 'May God have mercy on you'

The man who confessed to killing nine people at a Black church in South Carolina has his bond hearing.

Thursday, June 18

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Demonstrators rally in Newark to condemn South Carolina church massacre

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted an emergency march and rally to condemn the Black church massacre that took place in Charleston, S.C.

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Juneteenth: 150th Anniversary of Black freedom

Freedom is worth celebrating and this Friday, June 19, marks African-Americans’ Independence day and America’s second Independence day.

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On the “A” w/Souleo

Vivian talks upbeat new album; Apollo Theater celebrates 10th annual spring gala; LGBT Museum announces expansion plans.

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The sad truths behind the Happy Meals

The advertisements would have us believe that fast-food restaurants are the savior of the working parent, too tired to cook and in need of a quick, reasonably priced way to feed the family.

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Rising rents raise quality of housing concerns

This weekend, the organization People Against Landlord Abuse and Tenant Exploitation-Harlem held a two-day “Demystifying Housing” conference in Harlem.

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Ramadan opens with a salute to Elijah Muhammad

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam, who opened Black America to the acceptance of Islam, along with the discipline of fasting, will be honored at a reunion titled, “The Love That Love Produced,” Saturday, June 20, 6 p.m., at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., in lower Manhattan.

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Philadelphia CeaseFire changing high-risk young lives

The 22nd Police District in Philadelphia has the highest number of homicides and shootings in the city.

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Happy Father’s Day

We often joke about Father’s Day being a time when all of the kids buy their dad a tacky tie and everyone signs their name on one card. We also know that this important holiday often goes relatively unnoticed by many who have never known or been raised by their fathers.

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Open letter to Mayor de Blasio: Plan to succeed

New York City is not alone in facing a crisis in education. You have an opportunity to lead the nation in real education reform. It will require that you take extreme but prudent actions.

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Caitlyn, gender identity, and the post-postmodern era

Let’s face it, with the grand debut of Bruce Jenner as a woman named Caitlyn (and the accompanying demand from the liberal media that we take it as anything more serious than attention-seeking narcissism), we have finally arrived at the post-postmodern era.

Ayanda Clarke interprets the world through music

Ayanda Clarke, 39, is a Bed-Stuy native percussionist with a stacked resume.

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Mount Rushmore of hip-hop?

Mount Rushmore is the thing now. In various fields, you’ll find folks placing who they deem to be the four immortals.

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Five Percenters commemorate 45th Show and Prove

The Harlem-based community organization known as the Five Percenters converged over the past two weekends to showcase their artistic talents, as well as to acknowledge its founder and one of his closest comrades

Eastern Area Links honors staff of Home Depot

The staff of the Home Depot flagship store on West 23rd Street received an award from the Eastern Area Links for their extraordinary support of women veterans and their recognition of women veterans during Women’s History Month, March 2015.

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Bronx Triangle seventh annual scholarship awards ceremony

Eastwood Manor Supper Club in the upper Bronx held its seventh annual scholarship awards ceremony and dinner for 15 recipients, graduates from high schools and colleges.

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Hundreds greet civil rights legend Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson

At 103, Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson may be physically limited and confined to a wheelchair, but her spirit, inspiration and memories are as fresh and rewarding as they were during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, when her legend was born.

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Olympic great Henry Carr passes

At Northwestern High School in the 1960s, Henry Carr was called the “Gray Ghost” because of his amazing speed in track. But later in life, after becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, he was most interested in the Holy Ghost, in reading the Bible and teaching the importance of service to others. Carr was 72 or 73 when he died of cancer May 29 in Griffin, Ga.

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Lincoln Medical Center receives accolades for stroke care

Milton Nunez, executive director of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Lincoln Medical Center, announced that HHC Lincoln has received from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association the “Get With the Guidelines, Stroke Gold Plus Award” and the “Get With the Guidelines, Target: Stroke Honor Roll–Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award” for the successful implementation of higher standards of stroke care, aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Anti–gun violence activist graduates from College of New Rochelle

Youth and anti–gun violence activist Chris Foye just earned a degree from the College New Rochelle.

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‘Arthur’ ain’t so righteous

Many of my religious patients refer to the medical condition known as arthritis as “Arthur,” and when Arthur ain’t so kind to them, he’s arthritis or just plain irritating.

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De Blasio pulling a boulder uphill with charter mess

Some New Yorkers might wonder aloud who’s exactly in charge of education in New York City.

Valaida Snow, ‘The Queen of the Trumpet’

Since this is Black Music Month, it’s a prime time to feature Valaida Snow, a versatile musician I have always wanted to profile in the “Classroom.”

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The hypocrisy of the right

Now that the U.S. federal court has halted the president’s immigration executive orders and the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill with an immigration component has died in the Congress, it looks bleak again for immigration reform.

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Trinidad votes in September

Citizens of oil- and gas-rich Trinidad and Tobago go to the polls in early September, and the governing People’s Partnership administration faces an uphill task if it doesn’t want to become the latest government in the Caribbean to be voted out by dissatisfied electors.

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The End Mayoral Control Coalition supports Barron’s education bill

The End Mayoral Control Coalition fully and enthusiastically endorses Assembly Bill A.7924, introduced by Assemblyman Charles Barron, to establish a commission to thoroughly study the ineffectiveness of the New York City mayoral control of education state law.

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Black like me, says Rachel Dolezal

Unlike Ray Sprigle and John Howard Griffin, two writers who pretended to be Black for a month or so several decades ago, Rachel Dolezal is determined to be Black forever, and apparently, up to now, only her parents and adopted siblings knew her real racial identity.

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Crime numbers down in Irvington

Numbers from the Irvington Police Department indicate that crime is coming down in the New Jersey township.

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Jersey City, Cisco partner for new IT training program for inmates

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise announced a new IT training program for both inmates and recently incarcerated individuals, as well as the at-risk population.

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Summit leaders honor 'accomplished African women'

This year’s focus on accomplished women was not totally overlooked at the African Union Summit, despite its preoccupation with the president of Sudan, migration, xenophobia and other pressing issues.

Revolutionary women educate youth by breaking down the system

In the wake of the McKinney, Texas, pool party incident, in which a white police officer used excessive force on an unarmed Black 15-year-old female, women gathered recently at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center in Harlem to discuss oppression, racism and protecting the quality of youth.

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Hillary says she’s ready to be the first female president

For nearly an hour Saturday on Roosevelt Island, Hillary Clinton, with several impressive “formers” in front of her name, opened her presidential campaign full bore, invoking past presidents, including her husband, Bill, and memories of her mother.

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Tanzania replaces English with Kiswahili as its official school language

Back in April, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration announced that, henceforth, Kiswahili will be the primary language utilized in his country’s schools.

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Haitians face mass deportation from Dominican Republic

As of Wednesday’s (June 17) deadline, tens of thousands of Africans of Haitian ethnicity who now call the Dominican Republic home were unable to register under the regularization plan, which offered an opportunity to obtain legal status for the undocumented, and now face deportation in the coming months.

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Community Calendar 6/18 - 6/24

Greetings! Greetings! We note the 150th celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

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A visit to the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery

A trip to Kentucky could not be complete without visiting a house of bourbon, if not the whole Kentucky bourbon trail.

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Police presence beefed up at city’s Black churches

In the wake of the South Carolina Black church massacre where nine people were killed, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday an increase of police presence at many of the city’s Black churches.

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TRANSCRIPT: Statement by President Barack Obama on the shooting in Charleston, S.C.

President Barack Obama speaks on the church massacre in South Carolina

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Great travel books that put the world at your fingertips

Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has played an active role in inspiring people all over the world to take a deeper look at, and care more deeply about, our planet through numerous print and online publications, award-winning television series, outstanding photography and more.

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Nine massacred during prayer and bible study

Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, has been arrested in the mass shooting death of nine people, three men and six women, during a prayer meeting and bible study Wednesday evening at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

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Haute Herrera habits

“I have a responsibility to the woman of today—to make her feel confident, modern and, above all else, beautiful,” said designer Carolina Herrera after a recent show.

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Cool spring-summer ’15 men’s looks

Fashion has really opened up with regards to menswear.

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Activists let their voices be heard on wage raise

Lining up and ready to raise hell, hundreds of fast-food employees gathered outside of the second public hearing of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s wage board Monday.

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Teachers’ unions, advocates and legislators call for halt to charter school openings

At a press conference last week, state legislators, education activists and teachers’ unions called for a halt to charter school openings in addition to legislation that would require charter schools be held “accountable.”

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Home care is a vital part of equality fight

Economic inequality already has emerged as an issue in the 2016 elections.

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Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman dies at 85

Ornette Coleman, the multi-instrumentalist, composer and innovator whose harmonic concepts pointed jazz in a new direction, died June 11 in Manhattan.

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VIDEO: President Obama speaks on South Carolina church shooting

President Barack Obama speaks on the shooting at a Black church in South Carolina

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Apollo hosts Women of the World Fest

Who ran Harlem? At least for this past weekend, women did.

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bell hooks responds to NAACP head disguising self as Black

In the wake of the revealing report that Spokane, Wash., NAACP President Rachel Dolezal has been disguising her true identity as a white woman for years, bell hooks took to her social media page to post a short but profound statement about Dolezal’s alleged misrepresentation.

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Biggie Smalls’ record label contracts to be sold in auction

The online auction house Paddle8 will be auctioning the original contracts documenting the transition of late rap star Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace, and Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, from working with Uptown Records to signing on to a joint venture with Arista Records in 1993.

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Nation mourns for Emanuel AME Church

The nation remains in shock after a white gunman opens fire in a Black church in Charleston, S.C. killing nine people.

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Corey Mitchell makes history at 69th Tony Awards

History was made this year at the 69th annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall, as the inaugural Tony for Excellence in Theatre Education was awarded.

The best of LAFF

Choosing the best of the best from the Los Angeles Film Festival to highlight was tremendously challenging.

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Our Children’s Foundation Fights for Survival

Harlem’s Our Children’s Foundation (OCF) rallied to save their after​-​school program, which is under treat of being defunded.

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Road trip: LAFF

LA Film Fest Director Stephanie Allain gives credit where credit is due, fully acknowledging the strength of her programming team Roya Rastegar and Jennifer Cochis, who curated an “energetic slate of films from around the world,” which includes 45 world premieres and over 55 first-time directors

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32BJ, 1199 union members shine in art exhibit

Art exhibits tend to be associated with the upper class and sophistication.

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Shell casings and sunshine

There were more than 20 shootings this weekend in New York City, with three deaths.

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Identity theft: Rachel Dolezal

If you ask Rachel Dolezal what race she is, she will say she’s Black, even though her birth certificate and her parents, who are white, say she is Caucasian.

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Cries for justice after Kalief Browder suicide

Backlash continues over the suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder, the young Black man who hung himself June 6 after being held for three years on Rikers Island awaiting trial on a robbery charge that was eventually dismissed.

Wednesday, June 17

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New air standards could disproportionately affect urban communities

As President Obama moves to implement policies that his administration says will reduce smog levels, he is facing a backlash in the urban and largely Black communities that are at the core of his political base and key to the Democratic Party’s success in next year’s elections.

Monday, June 15

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What you should know about rent regulation laws

If you are one of the more than two million New Yorkers who lives in rent-regulated housing, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is informing tenants of their rights here's what you need to know

Friday, June 12

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Rachel Dolezal: 'I defiantly am not white'

White woman who lied about being Black breaks her silence

Rachel Dolezal breaks her silence as she makes her first public statements about why she considers herself African American even though she is white.

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On the “A” w/Souleo

A look at Hennessy’s support of African-American community in new doc to be screened June 12 at American Black Film Festival.

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Juneteenth celebration held in Harlem

The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group hosted the 22nd annual Juneteenth KingFest Celebration Parade and Street Fair.

Thursday, June 11

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Web series 'The Breakdown' spotlights young Black women's prospective

Multimedia journalist and radio personality Selena Hill is best known for her radio show “Let Your Voice Be Heard” on Harlem’s WHCR 90.3 FM, however, she’s now giving her take on issues, lifestyle and empowering women in a new web show.

Kodjoe and wife head to small screen

Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, the world’s most gorgeous and nicest couple, were spotted making their way through LAX last week.

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Five things you didn’t know about Congressman Charlie Rangel

Congressman Charlie Rangel's political legacy spans nearly 45 years. Here are some things you might not know about him.

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Talking SCHOP! While on vacation

Greetings from Louisville and Chicago!

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Kleinsinger’s Jazz, J.D. Allen, Newark Jazz Garden, Blue Note Fest

While institutions like the Village Gate, Mikel’s and the JVC Jazz Festival have become a subject of the past tense, the tradition has continued with Jack Kleinsinger’s “Highlights in Jazz,” New York’s longest running jazz concert series.

The incredible story of the Jubilee Singers

Inspired, educated, motivated—that’s how I felt as I watched “A Band of Angels” at Theater 3, located at 311 W. 43rd St.

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Audrey Pauline Thorne passes on

Audrey Pauline Thorne, a 65-year member of the Greater New York Links, transitioned into eternal rest May 2 at her home on La Guardia Place in lower Manhattan.

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Don’t make plans to ‘Visit’

Have you ever sat in a Broadway theater and thought of the offering before your eyes, “This is weird”?

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Father’s Day travel fun

Ties, socks, tools, sporting event tickets and golf accessories are just some of the things we may think of as gifts for the men in our lives for Father’s Day.

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ROSE hosts third annual ‘I Am My Sister’ ceremony

The third annual Respectful Outstanding Sisters of Excellence “I Am My Sister” ceremony was held Thursday, June 6.

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Harlem Globetrotter legend Marques Haynes

When it came to dribbling a basketball, making it appear as though he had it on a string, Marques Oreole Haynes of the Harlem Globetrotters was matchless.

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Jon Batiste named Colbert’s bandleader

Jon Batiste, the young, award-winning multi-instrumentalist, has been named bandleader of the new “Late Show,” hosted by Stephen Colbert after his predecessor, David Letterman’s final show was recently aired on CBS.

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Dudley Williams: A life well-lived in dance

In 2004, when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Dudley Williams was preparing to retire after four decades in dance, an interviewer asked about the unique longevity that characterized his remarkable career.

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Many Blacks want to be blue

Insert foot in mouth here. Or in other words, good morning, Commissioner Bratton. Recently NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper that a problem exists with hiring Blacks for the Police Department because “we have a significant population gap among African-American males because so many of them have spent time in jail and, as such, we can’t hire them.”

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Lifetime’s ‘Preach’ coming to TV

The Lifetime Network approached me about their upcoming docu-series “Preach,” produced by Core Media Group and slated to air Friday, June 5 at 10 p.m.

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Fast food, minimum wage movement claims victories, keeps pushing

From New York to Los Angeles to St. Louis, members of the fast-food worker movement are achieving small victories and continuing to push their agenda nationally.

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Firefighters, officers to de Blasio: ‘We need a better disability plan’

Wednesday afternoon, over 1,000 New York City firefighters and police officers made their way to Albany, N.Y., to rally in front of the New York Capitol.

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His Cavs up 2-1, Blatt indeed has coaching chops

Game 4 tonight (Thursday) of the NBA Finals should prove to be as competitive as the first three.

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Brooklyn Sunday School Union hosts 187th Parade

“Christ for a Troubled World” was the message as the Brooklyn Sunday School Union held its 187th annual Anniversary Day Parade.

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A father’s love creates a world of magic

Imagine that your little girl enters kindergarten bright eyed and full of self-confidence.

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Dominique Sharpton a powerful youth advocate

Dominique Sharpton was just a toddler when her father, the Rev. Al Sharpton, marched the streets of Bensonhurst in the late 1980s over the racially charged death of Yusef Hawkins.

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Road trip: The LA Film Fest

While covering the Oscars in February, my colleague and I had the opportunity to kick it with Los Angeles Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain at the hip coffee joint Aroma, which she affectionally calls “my back kitchen because I am here so much.”

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Is Fabolous the new ‘King of New York’?

For a designation that has no tangible perks to speak of, it’s undoubtedly the most coveted moniker in hip-hop—the “King of New York.”

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The exhaustion breakthrough—the book!

Star Jones hosted a book signing for Dr. Holly Phillips, who signed copies of her new tome, “Exhaustion Solution,” at The Writing Room on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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New York arts and entertainment leaders join FPWA’s ‘Personally Speaking’ series

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies convened its “Personally Speaking” series Wednesday, June 3, featuring leaders in the fields of arts and entertainment who have helped make New York a more vibrant and artistic city. 

The Cosmopolitan Review 6/11-6/17

June is busting out all over. Now if only the sun would follow suit.

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Blatt’s coaching contributions overlooked as James forges ahead

Being the coach of LeBron Raymone James, the undisputed best basketball player in the world, is a complex position.

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Cascade of Crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

Conflicts in Burundi and Libya, xenophobia, migration and terrorism will be high on the agenda at the upcoming African Union summit taking place this week in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center in South Africa.

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Liberty has strong, productive opening

Coach Bill Laimbeer said the New York Liberty is still a work in process, but he is glad that New York fans got to experience the team’s chemistry in the home opener, an 82-73 win over the Atlanta Dream.

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Zimbabwe health activist joins 500 in US for Obama's flagship Africa program

Where some business school graduates nurse dreams of wealth and glory, Vimbiso Mashumba has been building health care systems to help women and children in Zimbabwe.

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Support our girls

I have been following the #Sayhername campaign, which acknowledges and memorializes Black women and girls who have been killed by the state.

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Mr. Mayor, we demand action now

The United Clergy Caucus is a heterodox convening of African-American clergy from across the five counties of New York City.

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Grand APNU/AFC victory/unity parade for Brooklyn

A grand victory parade and rally in honor of the victorious coalition government in Guyana is set to take place Sunday June 14 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Things won’t change until we change

The tense relation between the Black community and the police in the wake of recent police shootings is undoubtedly the new frontline in America’s ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States.

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Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss introduces summer crime plan

Irvington, N.J., Mayor Tony Vauss recently introduced the township’s “Summer Crime Plan” at Irvington Town Hall.

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Teacher terminated for having students send Mumia Abu-Jamal cards gets support

This week, the People’s Organization of Progress spoke in support of recently terminated Orange elementary school teacher Marilyn Zuniga at the Orange Board of Education meeting.

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Here comes the judge: Milton Tingling

When you first meet New York County Clerk Milton Tingling, you wouldn’t know that before he became one the city’s most revolutionary judges, he was a cab driver and an MTA token booth attendant.

Greg 'Jacko' Jackson film festival being held in Brownesville

The fourth annual Greg “Jocko” Jackson Film Festival is taking place Friday, June 12 at the Brownsville Recreation Center, located at 1555 Linden Blvd. in Brooklyn. Youth films will be shown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bratton under fire for comments about lack of diversity in the NYPD

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton made disparaging statements about diversity in the NYPD during an interview with The Guardian, a British newspaper.

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Women changing the face of the formerly incarcerated

Former Bedford Hills inmate Iris Bowen has gained her independence through education.

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Grand jury indicts former South Carolina police officer in Walter Scott shooting

Reports indicate that the ex-police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott in South Carolina has been indicted by a grand jury.

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‘Run, Keith, Run!’

Assemblyman Keith Wright announces candidacy for 13th Congressional District

Cheered on by friends, associates, his wife, Susan, and a cadre of clergy, including the Rev. Calvin Butts III of Abyssinian Baptist Church, Assemblyman Keith Wright officially announced his candidacy for New York’s 13th Congressional District, a seat that has belonged exclusively to Rep. Charles Rangel for over 40 years.

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Are the nation’s cops out of control?

Call it “Bluemania.” That is, the excessive use of force by cops across the nation.

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Farrakhan speaks to activists and community leaders in Harlem

A couple hundred “people who influence people” gathered to listen to Minister Louis Farrakhan in a closed-door meeting Friday, June 5, at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building.

Tuesday, June 9

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Bratton under fire for comments about lack of diversity in the NYPD

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton makes disparaging statements about diversity in the NYPD during an interview with The Guardian, a British newspaper.

Monday, June 8

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State troopers and fans clash outside Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium

After performances from the likes of Meek Mill, Big Sean and Fabolous, Summer Jam attendees are left MetLife Stadium to a disastrous sight.

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Grand jury indicts former South Carolina police officer in Walter Scott shooting

Reports indicate that the police officer who fatal shot Walter Scott in South Carolina has been indicted with murder by a grand jury.

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'Festival of Praise' tour coming to Brooklyn in October

The “Festival of Praise” concert tour is making a stop in Brooklyn on October 30 at the Kings Theatre.

Friday, June 5

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‘Unsung’ revisited

Just in time for Black Music Month, TV One gives you a couple of reasons to make sure your cable bill is kept current for the next few months.

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AARP farewell dinner for Dionne Polite

The Senior Health Coalition hosted a dinner honoring Dionne Polite, associate director of the multi-ethnic outreach for AARP.

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NY Urban League hosts 50th Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner

The New York Urban League held its 50th anniversary Frederick Douglass Dinner Tuesday, May 19 at Pier Sixty.

Cosmopolitan Review 6/4 - 6/10

El Museo del Barrio’s annual spring gala was a sold-out affair this year, raising more than $1 million for the museum. Held at the Plaza Hotel, the evening began with cocktails, including specialty tequila concoctions, served in the Terrace Room, followed by dinner and dancing to music by Avenida B in the Grand Ballroom

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Newly recovered ship contains rare remnants of slave ship

A Portuguese slave ship that left Mozambique in 1794 bound for Brazil had hardly rounded the treacherous Cape of Good Hope when it broke apart violently on two reefs only 100 yards from shore.

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Nigeria's new prez sworn in amid 'catastrophic expectations'

Muhammadu Buhari, his hand on the Holy Book, was sworn in as president of Nigeria at an open-air ceremony this past Friday in the capital city of Abuja.

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A tour of Martinique by GHCC

A delegation led by Lloyd Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, traveled to the beautiful Caribbean island nation of Martinique last week.

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Community Calendar 6/4 - 6/10

We have moved into GBE Black Music Month 2015. Get ready for a month full of great performances.

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Vendy Plaza at La Marqueta

For all of you Harlem foodies who hop on a train to venture to other boroughs to fraternize with other foodies in a market of food vendors, take that $5.50 over to La Marqueta every Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. (through Sept. 6) for Vendy Plaza.

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Talking SCHOP! My Harlem birthday

AmNews Food editor Kysha Harris celebrates her birthday with some great dishes.

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Ebony Escapes! into June 2015

Hot festivals, vibrant theater productions, cool exhibits and more of Afrocentric interest that educate, share and inspire are all on the travel itinerary for this summer and beyond.

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Young designers stand out in Australia

For Australia’s Fashion Week, several young designers presented impressive collections. Ophelie’s line focuses on simply tailored styles with elastic embedded in beautiful handmade fabrics.

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Hip lingerie and swimwear

According to swimwear designer Vanessa Jean Simmons, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven.”

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NYS appoints new education commish

MaryEllen Elia was appointed the new state education commissioner after serving as a superintendent in Hillsborough County, Fla., for 10 years.

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Musician’s union & 54 Below reach new agreement

Monday, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 AFM announced a new collective bargaining agreement with the New York venue, 54 Below.

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Home care a vital part of equality fight

Economic inequality has already emerged as an issue in the 2016 elections.

Thursday, June 4

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Prince to donate proceeds from 'Rally 4 Peace' concert to NAACP

Grammy-award winning artist Prince is donating proceeds from his "Rally 4 Peace" concert to the NAACP's ACT-SO program in Baltimore.

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Chaka Khan blows away audience at 'Celebrate Brooklyn!'

Thousands of people waited hours for Chaka Khan as she kicked off 'Celebrate Brooklyn!' Performing Arts Festival on June 3.

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Pioneering educator Ollie McClean laid to rest

Hundreds of people came out to celebrate sterling pioneering educator Ollie McClean, who passed away Tuesday, May 26.

HHC farmers markets bring fresh fruits, veg to New Yorkers

Dr. Ram Raju, president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, announced today that HHC will host farmers markets at 11 of its facilities this year, including, for the first time, at HHC Kings County in Brooklyn and HHC Gouverneur in Manhattan, helping to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to New Yorkers who need them for a healthy diet.

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The Brotherhood/Sister Sol marks 20th anniversary

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol marked its 20th anniversary recently at Gotham Hall, with the 11th edition of its annual VOICES benefit.

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Reading is still fundamental

Have you ever heard the saying, “Reading is fundamental?” Well, some Harlemites take the term literally.

Lucy Gonzales Parsons, a courageous and daring visionary

Sometimes the working journalist, if she or he is paying close attention, the story they are looking for is right under their nose—or on their external hard drive, as was in the case of the current Classroom profile.

It’s a month to celebrate Caribbean immigrants, but who really cares?

It’s officially National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 30 days that are supposed to be about celebrating the contribution of Caribbean and West Indian immigrants in these United States.

Canada goes to WTO for Caricom

Because neither Canada nor the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc can agree on a new deal governing trade between the two, Canada has said it now has no choice but to ask the Geneva-based World Trade Organization to intervene in the dispute.

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President Obama salutes Caribbean-Americans

”As the United States begins to normalize our relations with Cuba, we have the potential to empower a nation and end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere,” said President Barack Obama on the occasion of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which kicked off this week with ceremonies and activities.

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Why New York City needs an improved 421-a program

Opportunity is the foundation of mobility in our communities.

Peace Walk: A step in the right direction

It’s always good to learn that our editorial voice is in sync with progressive developments in our community, and that congruity is certainly evident this week when you read the op-ed by John Burnett.

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Minaj to appear in ‘Barbershop 3’

Two months after “Empire” wrapped its rookie season, writers of the Fox drama on May 29 announced via Twitter the show’s return date of Sept. 23.

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Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project comes to Newark

The Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition brought his Wall Street Project Summit to Newark, N.J., this past week.

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Rangel, other elected officials demand moratorium on luxury housing

Rep. Charles B. Rangel recently held a rally on the steps of City Hall in New York City to demand a moratorium on luxury housing.

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Arrests drop, crime rises in Baltimore

Just a couple of months ago, America’s eyes were on Baltimore after the fallout over the fatal police shooting of unarmed Black 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Neal’s 12th Peggy Epps 100, Harlem Jazz Museum

Rome Neal, with his many persevering projects in the field of jazz, has earned him the title of the “hardest working man in jazz” as a singer, actor, producer and promoter.

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‘Power’ cast lets loose on loyalty

The second season of “Power,” created by executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, will premiere June 6.

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Tracy Morgan to makes first TV appearance since crash

Tracy Morgan finally returned to television after recovering from a crash that left him in critical condition and took the life of his close friend and comedic mentor James McNair.

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It’s the season of Kanan: Season 2 of ‘Power’

Since the launch of Starz’s “Power,” which is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and features show creator and executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh (“The Good Wife”), the media chatter about “can the market place maintain interest in following the lives of complex African-American characters?

King’s collaborations translated through beautiful dance

On making work, San Francisco-based choreographer-artistic director Alonzo King of LINES Ballet insists “my experience has been that working with collaborators in whatever field, you realize you are doing the same thing.”

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Dance/NYC celebrates Upper Manhattan, Harlem

Dance/NYC, under Executive Director Lane Harwell, has been making strides in and around New York City in a big way.

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Poetic justice for former Knicks Smith and Shumpert

When the 2014-2015 NBA season began, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, in their deepest phase of REM sleep, couldn’t have dreamed of being in the Finals as a teammate of the wondrous LeBron James.

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Cavaliers, Warriors finally meeting for the NBA title

It’s finally here! The NBA Finals, tonight (Thursday).

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Ben True, Joyce Chepkirui run to UAE 10K titles

Some of the fastest distance runners in the world converged upon Central Park this past Saturday for the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K Race, which included 7,885 runners in total.

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Liberty plot new direction

It’s been a hard fought, somewhat disappointing preseason for the New York Liberty.

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Killer of Malcolm X’s grandson hit with 27 years

As news spread several months ago about the severe sentencing of Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, 26, for the murder of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, 28, many questions remained unanswered.

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What New Yorkers can learn from California: Bags and baths

I recently visited Los Angeles, and each time I touch down and see the Pacific Ocean, I always feel like I am cheating on New York City just a bit.

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Cops and Kids Day

As we approach the midpoint of the year, New York City residents are eager for a summer filled with outdoor activities, street fairs and community-based events throughout the five boroughs.

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South Dakota voter fraud prosecution out of control

Former South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s trial started Tuesday.

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Foster care children are not invisible kids

All my life I have been invisible.

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Free dental screenings for children in Upper Manhattan to 'Health Now NY'

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is give free dental screenings for kids.

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Urban Agenda: As Albany dithers, working moms suffer

A string of public corruption investigations and convictions have sullied an already dubious image of state politics this legislative session. As a result, a disgruntled electorate has low expectations that anything good can come out of Albany.

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NYC Female Firefighters still face discrimination

Locally, female firefighters are still battling to be treated equally.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks off hot summer season at Lincoln Center

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater explodes onstage at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for its annual two-week summer season with a program.

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Mayor de Blasio: How's he doing?

On Tuesday night’s episode of “The Daily Show,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke with host Jon Stewart about his increased national profile.

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385+ killed by cops in 2015

Police, nationwide, have killed 385 people during the first five months of 2015.

Wednesday, June 3

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MMCC hosts teen conference in the Bronx

The Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) in the Bronx recently held its annual Teen Advisory Council Conference.

Tuesday, June 2

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter Steps Down Amidst Scandal

The heat surrounding the FIFA organization after the corruption charges were announced finally got too much for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to handle. After 17 years, Blatter announced he would resign his position.

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June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day

The day honors the memory of Hadiya Pendleton and the hundreds of victims of gun violence

June 2 would have been Hadiya Pendleton's 18th birthday. Instead, it's both a day of mourning and cries to end the gun violence epidemic.