Stories for March 2015

Tuesday, March 31

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Famed political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal in critical condition

Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated political prisoners, is reportedly in a diabetic coma and in intensive care at the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA.

Monday, March 30

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History made: FAMU Wind Symphony becomes first HBCU ensemble to play Carnegie Hall

It’s official. Florida A&M University’s Wind Symphony makes history Sunday becoming the first classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to perform at Carnegie Hall and is on its way to the Kennedy Center in 2016.

Saturday, March 28

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VIDEO: FAMU Wind Symphony holds dress rehearsal for Carnegie Hall debut

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Wind Symphony makes final preparations for its Carnegie Hall performance.

Friday, March 27

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Florida A&M musicians arrive in New York for historic performance at Carnegie Hall

The 60-member wind symphony from Florida A&M University (FAMU) arrived to the city on Friday to prepare for their performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday.

Thursday, March 26

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Building explosion in East Village leaves several injured

The FDNY responds to a five-alarm fire and partial building collapse in Manhattan’s East Village.

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‘Unequally Yoked’

If the dress rehearsal for Lynette Blackwell’s spiritual stage play “Unequally Yoked” is indicative of the full ensemble, then she is truly on the road to becoming an excellent playwright and director.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events 03/26-04/1

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black Events.

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Dr. Ben in his own words

Toward the front of the headquarters of the National Action Network in Harlem, there is a chair—no, a throne—that was placed there for the venerable Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan.

Stop, look, don’t listen!

Years ago, there used to be signs on different corners warning you about traffic. The signs would read: “Stop, Look and Listen.”

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Harlem represents at Bone Broth Festival

There are trends when it comes to fashion, technology and most industries. Food is no exception. The latest trend is simple, wholesome and, some would say, homeopathic.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem-made vegetarian eggrolls

SChopgirl reviews Watkins Health Foods & Juice Bar on west 125th St. in Harlem.

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Dwight School B-ball team capitalizes on new home

It’s been two years since the Dwight School opened its athletic center in East Harlem, and the investment has already paid off.

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De Blasio pushing successful ‘Pre-K for All’ program

Almost 22,000 families have applied for seats in the city’s expanded universal pre-k program during the first day of registration, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced during a press conference last week.

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Great finds for the traveler on the go

One of the benefits of being a travel writer is that you often find out about many of the latest travel accessories, gadgets, clothing, books and so forth as soon as they come on the market, each offering its own unique features for those on the go.

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Toni Stone, first female professional baseball player

With major league baseball currently in spring training and Women’s History Month nearing its end for this year, we throw the spotlight on Toni Stone, the first woman to ever play in a men’s professional league.

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Diamond jewelry purchasing tips

Every woman should have a fine jewelry piece in the jewelry box. DANI by Daniel K just launched its first multimedia jewelry campaign at Baselworld 2015.

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UniverSoul: You will laugh, clap and be moved

From the time you sit down at the UniverSoul Circus, you realize why you are here once again. It is time for you to rejoin this family.

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Haute fall-winter 2015 hats

Fashion has changed. The trend is more about what you can create out of the fashion pieces that you have.

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The GOP’s demographic reality according to Ayres

I did not need to write a book about it, but I’ve said it about a hundred times in this column and on radio on WLIB’s “GBE Mindflight” with Imhotep Gary Byrd over the course of this past two years or more. Now veteran GOP pollster Whit Ayres is saying exactly this, but in an entire book.

Barbados to dump the queen

Tiny Barbados is preparing to dump Britain’s Queen Elizabeth after centuries of imperial colonial rule. The nation has decided to replace her with a local head of state and, like Guyana, Trinidad and a few other Caribbean trade bloc states, soon proclaim itself a republic.

Turks and Caicos resort appoints new GM

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos (March 26)—Seven Stars Resort, located on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, has appointed Wilbert Ashbert Mason as its new general manager.

Teachers’ unions not happy with Cuomo administration’s Dream Act stance

A potential bill that would allow New York undocumented high school graduates to apply for state financial aid for college might be taken out of the governor’s budget.

Officers involved in alleged jail assault of Jerame Reid could face trial

The officers involved in the alleged jail assault of Jerame Reid are looking at a trial as a jury has been set, according to reports.

Mayor Ras Baraka proclaims May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day in Newark

Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka and local citizens are joining communities around the nation to raise awareness about Americans living with fibromyalgia. Baraka recently proclaimed May 12 “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

McDonald’s workers refuse to get burned again

Growing weary of low pay and bad conditions, McDonald’s workers have filed 28 health and safety complaints against their employer in 19 different cities.

Funding for NYCHA key to city’s future

The New York City affordable housing crisis is likely worse now than ever before. According to a recent Bloomberg report, the average monthly rent in February 2015 for a Manhattan studio apartment is $2,351, and Brooklyn is officially the least affordable housing market in America.

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Blacks, Hispanics a third of New York’s low-income working families

Something that passes the eye test for many continues to have statistics backing it up.A new report published by the Working Poor Families Project reveals that out of the 584,829 working families in New York that were considered low income in 2013, 381,000 (65 percent) were ethnic minorities. Thirty-five percent (203,000) were white.

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Nation awaits autopsy in possible lynching in Mississippi

Mississippi was the site of one-third of all lynchings that occurred in the United States in 1925 and was the epicenter of some of the nation’s most heinous race crimes.

Kendrick Lamar’s Democrips and Rebloodicans

David Goodson talks "Empire" and Kendrick Lamar's latest album in this week's Nighlife.

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Women in the Pulpit Honored

Thursday, March 12, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic organized its first ever program “Ain’t I a Leader? Women in the Pulpit,” presented by the Interchurch Center and hosted by its president and executive director, Paula Mayo.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown moved to rehab

According to reports, Bobbi Kristina Brown was moved to a rehab facility over the weekend. Sources close to the family told Entertainment Tonight that she was moved from Emory University Hospital to an undisclosed rehabilitation facility in Atlanta.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater; Trio 3 at Vanguard

During her recent engagement at the Blue Note, it became evident Dee Dee Bridgewater is the most dynamite female jazz vocalist of this century.

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Rihanna named first Black Dior representative

R&B pop music queen Rihanna has been having great success in the fashion and advertising world over the past couple of years. She was hired on as creative director for Puma last year, and now she has been chosen to be the “face of Dior.”

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Home Depot Women's History Month ceremony for women veterans

The Home Depot signature store located on West 23rd Street held its “Appreciation of Our U.S. Women Veterans Ceremony” for Women’s History Month.

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Murphy to play Pryor’s father in biopic 

Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy has been cast to play the father of the prolific late comedian Richard Pryor. Murphy has been cast among an all-star lineup of actors, including Mike Epps as Pryor, Kate Hudson as Pryor’s wife, Jennifer Pryor, and Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, Marie Carter. 

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MTA, take a hike

When a fare hike by the MTA went into effect Sunday, the moans from straphangers, particularly those who have been struggling even to pay $2.50 per ride, were louder than the brakes of an A train coming to a halt—that is, if you were lucky to have one arriving at your station on schedule.

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The savage inequality of education must end

The current education debate in Albany has been elevated because of the need to pass a New York state budget by March 31.

The cosmopolitan Review 03/26-04/1

Yvonne Delancy Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

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Tune in to season two of Bravo’s ‘Blood, Sweat and Heels’

There are numerous reality TV shows across many networks that star people of color, but Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat and Heels” brings something a bit different to the reality table.

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South Sudan frees hundreds of child fighters, including a 9-year-old girl

South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May.

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Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe in Ben Bowman’s ‘Knucklehead’-Q&A with director Ben Bowman

Ben Bowman’s “Knucklehead” will open BAMcinématek’s fifth annual New Voices in Black Cinema, running March 26 to March 29.

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Amnesty International celebrates 50 years

Celebrating 50 years of global impact, last weekend Amnesty International held its annual General Meeting and Human Rights Conference, entitled “From Moment to Movement,” at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott.

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BAM’s New Voices: A chat with director Nefertite Nguvu

Nefertite Nguvu’s “In the Morning” will screen at BAM’s New Voices in Black Cinema, Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and cast members.

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BAMcinematek presents New Voices in Black Cinema

Pull out your MetroCard because Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29, it’s time to go to Brooklyn and enjoy the richness that BAMcinematek will present throughout their New Voices in Black Cinema film festival.

Teen violence: Who’s to blame?

I returned from “Bloody Sunday” weekend in Selma, Ala., with my mind filled with images and words of men and women of superlative courage, ingenuity and commitment, and who made the ultimate sacrifice, only to be met with news of the gang violence committed upon one teenager by other teenagers.

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Kendrick Lamar releases ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

The highly anticipated album from rapper Kendrick Lamar was released March 16 and quickly became one of the most successful digital releases in history.

The poverty of identity politics

Imagine if the current president were a Republican, and if during the second half of his second term, after having been elected both times with record turnout by Blacks, the Black unemployment rate remained stagnant at 11 percent while the Black poverty rate hit a record high of 27 percent.

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Bilal takes the stage in Harlem

R&B singer Bilal is making an appearance in Harlem Friday as part of the “Uptown Nights Concert” series. The sold-out concert takes place at Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

New film featuring Dr. Cornel West, revolutionary Bob Avakian

Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and Dr. Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York will show their film, “The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion,” Saturday, March 28, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Queen of Soul hosts star-studded birthday affair

Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in style Sunday at a star-studded affair at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan. Friends at the intimate celebration hailed the “Queen of Soul” as she turns 73 this week.

Harlem youth winners at White House Film Festival

Good news about Black youth in the mainstream media has become increasingly rare, so we are thrilled to learn that Harlem’s Digital Media Training Program was among 15 winners of the second annual White House Film Festival and celebrated the occasion last week with President Barack Obama.

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ShotSpotter: Now Big Brother is listening, too

At NYPD headquarters Monday, March 16, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is putting $1.5 million of taxpayer money toward a new high-tech pilot program that will help cops determine when and where gunshots are fired, even if no one reports them.

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Dr. Ben joins the ancestors

After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan, aka “Dr. Ben,” transitioned on to the ancestral realm Thursday, March 19 at approximately 3:30 a.m.

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Brave survivor: Destiny Mabry talks advocacy, self-love and empowerment

When asked about advocating for women, especially victims and survivors of domestic violence, Destiny Mabry, 25, responds, “I advocate for the human race, men and women."

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Dr. Ben makes his transition, funeral details announced

The tributes have been numerous and are continuing for the Black Man of the Nile. Having known “Dr. Ben,” as he is affectionately known, for many years from England to the U.S., this journalist was asked to attend the meeting and bear witness to the proceedings during the organizing of his funeral.

New York Coalition Against Hunger takes over hotline

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger is now operating the USDA National Hunger Hotline. The hotline is a resource for individuals and families seeking information on how to obtain food.

Actor Danny Glover honored by National Black Writers conference

The Center for Black Literature and Medgar Evers College is honoring and paying tribute to the work of actor Danny Glover during the 2015 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium.

Unicef kicks off health intiative with help from John Starks

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF celebrates the New York launch of UNICEF Kid Power, with former NBA All-Star and New York Knicks legend John Starks, at the Young Diplomats Magnet Academy in Harlem.

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Firefighters ask for real disability benefits

The Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association demanded that City Hall move to increase disability pension benefits for newer FDNY members if they become seriously injured or permanently disabled on the job.

State Assembly passes Paid Family Leave Act

Last week, New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Members Cathy Nolan and Michele Titus announced the passage of the Paid Family Leave Act.

Wednesday, March 25

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Brandy joins the cast of 'Chicago' on Broadway

Grammy-award winning R&B singer Brandy Norwood is set to join the cast of the musical Chicago in her Broadway debut.

Monday, March 23

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Queen of Soul hosts star-studded birthday affair

Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in style this weekend at a star-studded affair at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan.

Sunday, March 22

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MTA fare increase takes effect

Get ready to dig deeper into your pocket to get around. A fare hike on public transportation by the MTA is now is effect.

Friday, March 20

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VIDEO: Amnesty International USA kicks off Annual General Meeting in Brooklyn

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) kicks off its its two-day Annual General Meeting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Wednesday night with a reception.

Thursday, March 19

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Black man found hanging from tree in Mississippi

The FBI is investigating the body of a Black man found hanging from a tree in Clairborne County, Mississippi.

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#JusticeforMartese: Outrage ensues after bloody beating of Black college honor student

The bloody beating of a Black, unarmed college honors student is the latest police brutality incident caught on camera that’s fueling outrage across the nation.

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Dr. Ben joins the ancestors

After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, transitioned.

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'Empire' finishes on top

Love it or hate it, Fox’s “Empire” is taking Black America by storm and the numbers prove it.

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Wings Academy makes history, winning first-ever PSAL title

A little under a month ago, Billy Turnage still felt the pain of one of the most heartbreaking losses of his nine-year tenure as head coach of Wings Academy.

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Frasier leads South Shore to the girls PSAL championship

The South Shore girls varsity basketball team from the Flatlands of Brooklyn won this season’s PSAL high school championship on the court of Madison Square Garden, where pros and the collegiates play, beating the Grand Street Campus Lady Wolves, also from Brooklyn, 42-30.

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The Nets, somehow, continue to hang tough

On a bootlegged recording of a club performance by rapper Biggie Smalls, the Notorius BIG, the deceased one chants and repeats, “Where Brooklyn At,” four times—an applicable question to this season’s Brooklyn Nets, here and now.

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Knicks return to MSG with an uplifting win over the Spurs

After a taxing five-game road trip during which the Knicks went 1-4, they experienced an uplifting homecoming Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 104-100 in overtime.

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Unfamiliar faces head to the Big Dance

Just when it appeared that no New York City Division I women’s basketball team would be in the NCAA Tournament, St. Francis College in Brooklyn went on a remarkable streak to claim the Northeast Conference Championship and punch a ticket to the Big Dance.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events 03/19-03/25

Imhotep's gives his weekly guide to Black events.

Hurry curry chicken

"SChopgirl" Kysha Harris shares her recipe for a curry chicken dish.

Groups, officials want Cuomo to strengthen criminal justice proposal

Some New York state senators and Assembly members have linked up with civil rights advocates and community groups.

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Talking SCHOP! Pecan + salmon = good!

"SChopgirl" Kysha Harris shares one of her recipes for Salmon with Pecans and Rosemary.

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The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, civil rights activist, dies at 90

President Barack Obama said that he was one of the Rev. Willie T. Barrow’s godchildren, “and I have worked hard to live up to her example.” Such has been the lot of many of Barrow’s many godchildren, all of whom are now mourning her death and remembering her undying commitment to civil rights. She was 90.

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AmNews hosts meet and greet event in Brooklyn

Community members and local leaders came together at Therapy Wine Bar in Brooklyn for “Coffee With Nayaba Arinde” last Saturday.

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Mayan history and culture in Mexico

One of the most beautiful areas of Mexico, the Riviera Maya possesses a deep, rich Mayan history—the people who were thought to have risen to prominence around 250 A.D. and were eventually dominated and almost wiped out in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistadors.

Four plants that can cure what ails you

A fever, stomach pains or a simple case of the sniffles can send people rushing to the pharmacy for a drug to battle their symptoms. But Mother Nature provides a number of medicinal plants with healing properties that also can nurse you back to health, a fact more Americans are beginning to discover.

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Via Spiga’s spring 2015 shoe styles

For their spring 2015 campaign, Via Spiga footwear features model Hilary Rhoda in a great pair of gladiator dress heels. The campaign focuses on modern, elegant shoe styles that speak to all facets of a woman’s life and wardrobe.

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NAN preparing for annual convention

The National Action Network is hosting its 17th annual National Convention April 8 through April 11 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.

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Spring 2015 fashion classes

Design Entrepreneurs NYC has a call out for all designers with their own labels to participate in a free, intensive “min-MBA” program that will be held at the Fashion Institute of Technology beginning May 28.

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Praising phenomenal women

Celebrating Women’s History Month, makeup artist Marsha Page, the CEO of Marsha’s Makeovers, is hosting an event that will empower young girls and adolescents. March 31, at Brooklyn Ballroom of Bric Arts Media House, Page presents “A Celebration of Phenomenal Women, Paving the Way for Our Girls.

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Has the disrespect for the president extended to the courts?

How can 104 legal scholars and immigration law instructors be wrong and one judge be right?

US coming down on Caricom for copyright

The U.S. is beginning to crackdown on Caribbean trade bloc countries that have used American television and other programs without respecting copyright issues for decades.

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Comfort Suites Grand Cayman records best year ever

CAYMAN ISLANDS (March 19)—The Choice Hotels International Caribbean portfolio continues to gain guest appeal. Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman has recorded its best year since it began operations 14 years ago.

NY teachers continue crusade against Cuomo’s reform proposals

With New York’s teachers and education activists fighting against the governor’s proposals, one group has come back with a proposal of their own.

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No more excuses, confirm Loretta Lynch

Several days after impressing a Senate panel, Loretta Lynch appeared to be a shoo-in to succeed Eric Holder Jr. as U.S. attorney general. But leave it to the mischievous, mean-spirited Republicans to rain on her parade. At least, we hope, only temporarily.

CUNY union releases radio ad talking contract situation

In a new ad titled “Model,” CUNY’s teacher union takes aim at the governor once again regarding their contract situation.

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Wife of Jerame Reid files wrongful death suit

Reports indicate the wife of Jerame Reid is filing a wrongful death suit seeking more than $1 million.

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Howard University students spend spring break cleaning up Newark

Alternative Spring Break project students from Howard University are participating in Mayor Ras Baraka’s Model Neighborhood Initiative cleanup in Newark this week.

Envelope containing cyanide addressed to White House

Monday, according to a story posted on The Intercept, an envelope received at the White House mail screening facility tested positive for cyanide.

The Floyd and Manny show

David Goodson discusses the highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, scheduled for May 2.

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Frustration in Ferguson

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo. According to reports, however, after confessing to the shooting, he is now recanting his story.

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Lil’ Kim pays tribute to Biggie

Hot new couple alert! Common and Lupita Nyong'o were photographed together at both this year’s Golden Globes and Academy Awards ceremonies.

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Haynes at 90; Gloster Project; Vanguard at 80

The young Roy Haynes earned a reputation in his hometown of Roxbury, Mass., before Luis Russell sent him a one-way ticket to join his 18-piece band, which was engaged at Harlem’s Savory Ballroom in 1945.

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Renaissance Health Care Network, Harlem Hospital advisory boards host legislative breakfast

Saturday, March 7, the Renaissance Health Care Network and Harlem Hospital community advisory boards held their Joint Legislative Breakfast at Harlem Hospital Center.

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Jabari Davis brings laughs, life lessons

Growing up in a Black, vegan family in a gang-controlled neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Jabari Davis got a head start on material for his stand-up comedy routines.

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Great voices in Harlem support the Gloster Project

Last summer, the Gloster Project provided three weeks of painting, public speaking, theater and performing arts, and music education to children in Gloster, even including an appearance by actor and activist Danny Glover and other artist friends of the Troupes.

The Cosmopolitan Review 03/19-03/25

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

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Two teenagers of North African descent, running from police, were electrocuted in a power substation 10 years ago. The officers will finally stand trial this week.

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Robert Blackburn photo exhibit open now through March 21

The Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba is pleased to present selections from the exhibition “Robert Blackburn: Passages.”

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Journalists, activists, hip-hop artists and a U.S. diplomat were rounded up by police at a pro-democracy event Sunday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sponsored in part by the U.S. government.

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Daniel Beaty is Paul Robeson in ‘Tallest Tree’

Daniel Beaty gives a tour-de-force performance, playing up to 40 characters in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a solo play that he also wrote. It tells the life story of Paul Robeson, a towering figure among our nation’s prominent African-Americans.

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An internal war is roiling the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, with Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana at dead center.

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Interview with Tituss Burgess

Thank you, Netflix, for connecting me with Tituss Burgess. He is the very one who turned Broaday on its head, making a huge splash on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Guyanese political activist murdered months before election

With just two months to go before Guyana’s next general election, opposition activist Courtney Crum-Ewing was shot in the street last week while urging local residents to vote against the ruling party.

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Binge watching: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

Perhaps you hate to admit that you’ve joined the world in its new obsession, cleverly coined “bw,” binge watching. I will admit to my #bwaddiction to quality TV viewing and the added bonus of watching these provocative documentaries, taunt thrillers and smart comedies, at my convenience, on my choice of devices.

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Notable civil rights icon speaks at Wadleigh School for the Performing Arts

Wadleigh High School has educated students in the Harlem community since opening in 1902. Now known as the Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts, it has become an institution where students of color can excel in academics and the arts.

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HBO releases second ‘Game of Thrones’ hip-hop mixtape

Cable network HBO has announced the release of the second volume of the “Catch The Throne” mixtape, showcasing a number of hip-hop songs from some of the industry’s top lyricists.

‘Brothers From the Bottom’ is a vital work to see

Have you ever experienced a play that not only entertained you, but also left you feeling educated and motivated? I saw a play over the weekend that did just that. “Brothers From the Bottom” is a captivatingly written and directed play by Jackie Alexander.

Brooklyn Bail Fund

Rikers Island is filled with thousands of poor people accused of petty crimes. They’re not serving time as a punishment. They’ve been found guilty of no crime. They’re languishing in jail because a small amount of bail far exceeds what they and their families can afford.

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As social media increases our youth’s penchant for violence, we must combat the root cause

As many others did, I watched the video of a young girl nearly beaten to death by other teenage girls in horror while a crowd stood by and watched.

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Touro students lobby Albany for loan forgiveness

March 10, Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work sent two students to Albany for the 2015 Legislative Action Day. Aris Johnson and Brenda Davis packed their bags and traveled north to advocate for the Dream Act and loan forgiveness reform.

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Mental health issues plague troubled youth

Harlem activist Baylor said, “The mention that one of the teens has mental problems is a ‘red flag’ to stop Black people from agreeing with the tabloids that we have given birth to savages.

When it comes to Iran and Israel, Obama is way off target

The unelected mullahs in Iran must be having a hearty laugh this week, enjoying the spectacle of the Obama administration falling over itself to drive a wedge between America and Israel, our vital Middle East ally.

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Black, Hispanic cops sue NYPD over punishment for not fulfilling quotas

A group of Black and Hispanic cops are filing a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD for punishing them for not meeting monthly arrest and ticket quotas.

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Attorney general confirmation stalled

Four months ago, President Barack Obama selected Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general. In February, a Senate panel approved the nomination, but since then, things have turned into an interminable wait.

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Valerie Graves: Creating authentic, inspiring African-American advertising

As the creative chief of urban agencies UniWorld and Vigilante, Valerie Graves spent decades creating memorable African-American ads. Graves’ award-winning campaigns sold cars for Ford, Pontiac and Buick, soda for Pepsi and burgers for Burger King.


Justice League NYC officially announced the group’s April 13 March2Justice, with honorary co-chairs Harry Belafonte and 1199 SEIU President George Gresham.

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#HarlemServiceDay community improvement event rescheduled

Harlem resident Landon Dais is hosting #HarlemSeviceDay Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 117th Street and eight Avenue.


Friday, March 20, the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center is hosting a dialogue titled, “We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Chains: Black Resistance and the Roots of Mass Incarceration.”

Study: Desired criteria for specialized high schools means fewer Blacks, Latinos

The call to consider more than the Specialized High School Admissions Test as criteria for admission has reached a fever pitch in New York City. But a new report suggests that if activists get what they want, the results might not be what they expect.

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Steven Hawkins leads the way at AIUSA

Executive Director of Amnesty International USA Steven Hawkins is at the forefront of the injustices that happen in America. With recent issues involving law enforcement and community relations, he’s a leading voice in the fight for justice.

Wednesday, March 18

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Starbucks’ 'Race Together' initiative gets backlash on social media

Starbucks newest initiative is getting a lot of buzz, however, not the conversation the coffee chain hoped to spark.

Tuesday, March 17

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VIDEO: Highlights from the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy

Check out highlights from the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World.

Monday, March 16

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White House: Black and Hispanic graduation rates rising

Graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

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United Way of NYC hosts Power of Women to Make a Difference Luncheon

Nearly 600 female leaders in the business, finance and nonprofit sectors came together at Cipriani 42nd Street for United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s (WLC) ninth annual Power of Women to Make a Difference award luncheon.

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Maya Angelou Forever Stamp to be issued in April

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the late Maya Angelou with a Forever Stamp.

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Hot 97 hosts album signing event featuring stars of 'Empire'

As anticipation for Wednesday’s two-hour season finale of Fox’s hit prime time drama Empire builds up, two stars from the show stars are making an appearance in the city for an album signing event.

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Amnesty International USA holds 50th Annual General Membership Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International USA is being held in Brooklyn from March 20 to March 22, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

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NAN Youth Huddle to hold gathering denouncing Brooklyn brawl

Members of the National Action Network’s (NAN) Youth Huddle are holding a prayer on Monday denouncing the viral video of a brawl that occurred at a McDonald’s.

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Frustration in Ferguson

In a city already filled with tension, two officers from the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri are shot during a demonstration Wednesday night.

Friday, March 13

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Marvin Gaye's family says Pharrell could have stolen another song

Just days after a jury found Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke guilty of copyright infringement for ripping of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” to make their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s family says there might another case song stealing.

Thursday, March 12

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As social media increases our youth’s penchant for violence, we must combat the root cause

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams shares his thoughts on the fight at a Flatbush McDonalds that went viral

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The savage Brooklyn beating: preventing the do-nothing bystander culture

The Bully Proof Diva Traciana Graves shares here thoughts on the McDonalds beating

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Sharpton brings it home in Selma

Whatever the reasons for selecting the Rev. Al Sharpton as the keynote speaker at the “Bloody Sunday” commemoration at Brown Chapel A.M.E. church in Selma last Sunday, it proved to be a wise decision.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.

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Beware Killer Bread

Walk quietly and carry a healthy appetite when entering Fairway and be on the lookout for bread, Dave’s Killer Bread (@KillerBread), that is.

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Talking SCHOP! Taking uptown Upland

I see the buds on the trees—spring is right under this snow. Therefore, I am pulling back the reins to do some body “spring cleaning.”

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Exploring the Riviera Maya

If you were to look at a map of Mexico, which looks like the lower portion of a mermaid, you would find the Riviera Maya, where her delicate fin curls northward at the tip.

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A matter of knits and colors for fall

At Missoni’s show in Paris, the Trompe L’oeil’s marble pattern floored the runway. In knits, there’s news in space-dyed patterns that are wide, uneven and with blurred bands that resemble television static.

Staten Islanders celebrate Rev. Carolina in grand style

This past Saturday, churchgoers from the First Central Baptist Church on Staten Island put on their glad rags to celebrate the 10th anniversary Banquet for the Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina Sr.

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‘Madame Cezanne’ on view at the Met

On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art now through March 15 are paintings, drawings and watercolors by Paul Cezanne of his wife and most-painted model, Hortense Fiquet (1850-1922), and they are quite remarkable.

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Skin irritation or contact dermatitis?

Do you have “dishpan hands?” Actually, persistently rough, red hands are a sign of contact dermatitis. According to the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, 9 percent of office visits to dermatologists are for dermatitis.

Report says subways have gotten worse

If you regularly take the subway, you have heard complaints about trains seemingly getting worse, with more delays and longer waits. Now there’s evidence to back up the complaints.

New Yorkers, Cuomo make moves on ‘fair pay’

The fight for an increase in the minimum wage nationwide has heated up in New York, with the governor adding his voice.

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Chicken pox redux: Shingles

When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., It seemed like everyone got that viral disease known as “chicken pox.” It was a welcome condition that allowed you to stay home from school and be relieved of the scratching that it caused.

Honoring our unsung heroes

I’m proud to have been part of a delegation of 1199ers that went to be in Alabama this month to retrace the footsteps of our heroic sisters and brothers whose courage and sacrifice helped forged a key victory in our ongoing march to equality: the right to vote.

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Teens learn life lessons at 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy

ORLANDO, Fla.—Walt Disney World Resort welcomed 100 teens selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine last week for four days of inspiration and empowerment.

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Beauty mogul Rose Morgan

Since this is Women’s History Month, the “Classroom” column will keep its focus on the contributions of Black women. Last week, “Stagecoach Mary” led the way in opening the West, and on the eastern front, wielding not a rifle but a hot comb and a cosmetic kit, was Rose Morgan.

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Welcome back, Ms. Lauryn Hill

David Goodson gives his weekly Nightlife review.

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Sanity has prevailed thanks to 75 brave Republicans

After much time wasting, sanity prevailed and a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security was averted, thanks in part to 75 brave Republicans.

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Links celebrate Black History Month at Covello Senior Center

The Greater New York chapter of the Links held their Black History Month celebration at the Covello Burden Center for Aging, located in the Leonard Covello Center in East Harlem.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 03/12-03/18

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

No backing down on reparations demands

Caribbean governments restated their intention to pursue Britain and other European nations that participated in the brutal transatlantic slave trade for reparations. Likewise, they want those nations to know that they should negotiate with the region in good faith.

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Hotelier honored by St. Lucia

ST. LUCIA (March 9)—A visionary champion of excellence in the Caribbean hospitality sector has been honored by the government of St. Lucia.

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The steady nation of Ghana could be heading for a painful train wreck as government borrowing raises the foreign debt to sky-high levels.

Netanyahu’s speech undermines President Obama’s authority

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress. He was greeted with thunderous applause, which lasted nearly his entire speech

Rebuking Obama

There is nothing new about partisan politics in our so-called democracy, but sometimes the “demo” gets absolutely “cracy,” and with a Black man in the White House, the GOP has made the political divide even wider.

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Naclerio, Cardozo gunning for back-to-back PSAL titles at MSG

With 722 victories on his resume, Ron Naclerio, the head coach of Cardozo’s boys varsity basketball team, is inarguably one of the most successful high school coaches in New York City hoops history.

So much has changed, or has it?

When we look at the images of President Barack Obama crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge with his family, along with Rep. John Lewis and Amelia Boynton Robinson, who were both beaten on Bloody Sunday, and those thousands of others this past weekend, we think to ourselves, “Wow, we have come so far!” But have we?

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Brooklyn Nets honor legendary coach Lou Carnesecca

The spectators collectively cheered as one when they spotted the slowly walking figure moving toward the court inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The voices represented a multitude of men and women who were more than familiar with the man who brought hoops glory to the St. John’s University basketball program.

Cop caught lying about arrest and assault

A cellphone video capturing a Caucasian Baltimore police officer punching an unarmed Black male teenager in the face in an unprovoked attack contradicts the cop’s claims that he was assaulted.

‘Black Girls Rock!’ comes back to Jersey

BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” is coming to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

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Darrelle Revis returns to Jets Island

In a road trip that lasted some 23-plus months with vacation stops in Tampa Bay and New England, Darrelle Revis, considered by one and all to be the best cornerback on this planet, is back in the green and white of the Jets.

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Father of Trayvon Martin visits Bridgeton, NJ

In the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., the father of Trayvon Martin recently made a visit to the town that is grappling with a situation he sadly knows all too well.

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Madness in Madison

People around the nation are asking if police gun violence is reaching epidemic proportions.The name Anthony Terrell Robinson Jr., 19, is now on the list of unarmed men of color fatally shot by police. Protest again ensued, fueling the out-of-control distrust between police and the community.

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Queens College heads back to NCAA tournament

It was a close battle throughout, but then one of the brightest stars in Division II women’s basketball, Madison Rowland, made a crucial basket, drew the foul and sank a free throw to give the Queens College Knights the edge they needed to secure a victory over NYIT in the East Coast Conference final.

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Bully-Proof Diva: 8 things parents don’t know, need to know and should want to know about their children and bullying

Parents today have tons of things to deal with and sometimes it feels like more than any other time before.

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Short of live bodies, the Knicks fought the good fight

After being run out of the Pepsi Center, the home of the Denver Nuggets, Monday night to begin a seven-day, five-game road trip, the Knicks fought the Utah Jazz to the final buzzer 24 hours later but still fell short by 87-82.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: New PSA Challenges Negative Perceptions about Young Black Men

In the world of advertising agencies a passionate pitch to a client doesn’t mean that idea will make it onto billboards or television.

Did Lee Daniels dash with Dame’s cash?

First Mo’Nique said Lee Daniels originally offered her the role of Cookie on “Empire” then reneged, claiming the executives at Fox said she is hard to work with. Now Damon Dash says that Lee was also supposed to put him on “Empire” because the director-producer never repaid him the $2 million he put up for a film project.

Baruch Bearcats sweep men’s, women’s CUNY championships

The last time Baruch and Brooklyn met in the CUNYAC/Army ROTC championship game was 2009, which Brooklyn won 89-69. Head coach John Alesi wasn’t with the program that year, but he can now etch his name in Baruch coaching lore after his Bearcats defeated the Brooklyn Bulldogs.

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Jaymes Holmes-Dennison breaks 600-meter NJCAA record

Freshman middle-distance runner Jaymes Holmes-Dennison made history at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national championships this weekend.

Sista’s Place, Schomburg celebrate women; Kitano’s hosts Harlem chanteuse

Brooklyn was one of the hottest boroughs in Gotham, with jazz musicians such as Max Roach, Cecil Payne and Randy Weston all being born there and later turning the little city into a hotbed for jazz.

Top pros running in 2015 United Airlines NYC Half to train with students

World-class runners and wheelchair athletes, including Meb Keflezighi, Molly Huddle and Tatyana McFadden, competing in the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half will join students in NYRR’s Mighty Milers and Young Runners youth running programs in a special youth running clinic.

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Ringling Bros. is ‘Xtreme’ fun

“Circus Xtreme” is the current offering from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, and it is extreme—an extremely good time for all! Make sure to arrive early because once you pick up your tickets, you are invited to come onto the floor as long as it is one hour before the performance for the preshow. D

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Gospel Heritage Foundation, Majestic Life Ministries host 20th annual Gospel Summit

Orlando was the venue of the Gospel Heritage Foundation’s 2015 International Worship Summit, the largest worship gathering in the U.S. during Black History Month.

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Amsterdam News celebrates 50 years with Macy’s

We here at the Amsterdam News thank Macy’s for their involvement in the paper’s long and rich history, and we look forward to our continued relationship in the future.

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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, a signature style

There is no mistaking the now well-tuned signature movement style and vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown. His mix of West African, house and modern dance should probably have its own brand. After all, the “gaga” technique, developed by Ohad Naharin, a contemporary of Brown, when performed by Brown’s dancers, distinguishes them from all others.

Leave New York City to love it

New York City can be an exhausting place. The constant movement, the noise pollution, the actual pollution and the roughly 9 million people who all seem to be riding the subway at the same time as I am can weaken my spirit and make me pine for suburban life some days.

Albert Maysles, auteur of American cinema verite, dead at 88

Albert Maysles made intense, oft-discussed and legendary films with his brother David, including “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter,” that pushed the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Last week, Albert Maysles passed away in his Manhattan home. He was 88.

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Sugar Hill Gang doc screens at Schomburg

Hip Hop Hands Foundation and True Hip Hop Memoirs invite the community to attend a screening of the Sugar Hill Gang documentary “I Want My Name Back.” After the film will be a Q&A with the original members of the Sugar Hill Gang.

Move quickly from thought to action

Reduce the time that elapses between thought and action. More importantly, strive to have the time lapse approach zero. Your mantra will soon become “More Done!”

Keep your eye on the goal, not on the prize

In lieu of the United State Justice Department’s decision in reference to the killing of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, along with listening to Minster Louis Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day 2015 keynote address, titled “The Intensifying Universal Cry for Justice,” I was compelled to write and submit this article.

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Poverty, hope, working class clash at Bronx exhibit

An exhibit called “Three Photographers from the Bronx: Jules Aarons, Morton Broffman and Joe Conzo” seeks to capture the Bronx and American societal unrest at its peak.

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Dominique Morisseau

When Dominque Morisseau was in the second grade, she thought to herself, “I’m going to be a writer and an actor.” By the third grade, the native Detroiter was writing “Cabbage Patch Kid Mysteries” and handing out her original stories to her classmates.

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VIDEO: AmNews editor Nayaba Arinde meets with the community

Therapy Wine Bar is hosting “Coffee With Nayaba Arinde” Saturday, March 14, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Arinde, who serves as editor of the New York Amsterdam News, will be available to meet with community members and discuss various issues.

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Many rivers and bridges to cross

As President Barack Obama prepared to lead marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge spanning the Alabama River in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that historic march for voting rights Saturday, he said that we as a nation have many “more bridges to cross.”

Rikers Island inmates rescue correction officer from assault by fellow inmate

On the night Feb.28, a female correction officer at Rikers Island was sexually assaulted and almost raped in a locked watch post by a much larger prisoner, but a group of inmates intervened and rescued her.

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Update on Dr. Ben’s ailing health

Widely circulating rumors about legendary African factologist Dr. Yosef ben A.A. Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, being close to death—or even that he had transitioned recently—are unfounded, say his relatives and close comrades.

Obama, end the illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe now

March 3, President Barack Obama issued an executive order extending U.S.-imposed economic sanctions against the people of Zimbabwe for another year, claiming Zimbabwe “continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. foreign policy.”

Wednesday, March 11

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Mosholu Montefiore Community Center serves as haven for Bronxites

Something special is happening in the Bronx at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center. The more than 75-year-old organization has been a fixture in the community, helping generations of residents with free and affordable programs.

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B.O.R.N with Style

Langan is one of Jonathan Brodrick’s associates who together cultivate immense charm and fashion know how at B.O.R.N, the acronym for Borrowed, Old, Refurbished, and New.

Tuesday, March 10

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Jury rules Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye song

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams must pay up after a jury rules that they copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give It Up” to make their 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines.”

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FAMU Wind Symphony to make historic debut at Carnegie Hall

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Wind Symphony is gearing up for a historic performance at Carnegie Hall later this month.

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Fallout continues over racist fraternity video at OU

As the fallout over a video of white fraternity members shouting racist chants continues, reports indicate another video of the organization engaging in racist behavior has surfaced.

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Harlem School for the Arts president Yvette L. Campbell leaving post

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) announced Monday that President and Chief Executive Officer Yvette L. Campbell is leaving her post and headed for United Arab Emirates for a career in international arts management.

Monday, March 9

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#SAEHatesMe: White fraternity caught on video singing racist chant

Social media is a buzz over surfacing of a video of a white fraternity at the University of Oklahoma singing racist chants.

Sunday, March 8

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Self-image, career goals focus at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens learned about the value of self-image along with showcasing what they’ve learned on the third day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine at Walt Disney World on Saturday.

Saturday, March 7

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Teens get hands-on experience at Disney Dreamers Academy

“Dreams, Passions, Possibilities” was the theme for the second day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine on Friday

Friday, March 6

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#BlackOutDay celebrates individuality

Tumblr and Twitter users just celebrated what will be the first of many "Black Out Days.” Users created the hashtag #BlackOutDay to celebrate Black beauty and individuality.


Bronx Refuge Church of Christ recently announced its new pastor, Elder Michael Bouie. He will be installed at ceremony at the church Saturday, March 21.

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Milton Allimadi and activist James Blake will debate the issue of “Which President Is Greater, Barack Obama or Muammar Qaddafi?” Sunday, March 15.

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Snow Day in Harlem

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Civil wrongs

Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice were all unarmed Black males killed by the police or a neighborhood watch volunteer. And if the recent decisions in the Martin and Rice cases are any indication, the Justice Department will find it difficult to prosecute the officers for civil rights violations.

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Every Photo Tells A Story

Every photo tells a story. But in a world of Instagram and Pinterest, we tend to look at a photo for its face value. That’s what Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and The Emergence of a People resonates.

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Disney Dreamers Academy kicks off at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort welcomes the 100 teens selected to participate in 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on Thursday.

Thursday, March 5

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Kem at the Barclay's Center, Brooklyn tonight – March 5, 2015

If you haven't seen Kem live ever – peoples you are going to be in such a treat on Thursday, 5th March 2015, at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. He is featured in a line up which includes Charlie Wilson and Joe.

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We will never forget you, Mase

Mase has left us, but the memories will live on forever. Rest in peace, Mase.

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Council Member Jumaane D. Williams honors East Flatbush, Inc.

Deputy leader and chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, Jumaane D. Williams, honored the East Flatbush Village, Inc. All Stars Youth Cheer, Step, and Dance Team, in the chambers of City Hall, for their outstanding teamwork at the 2014 American Youth Football and Cheer National Championships.

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Seton Hall Lady Pirates conquer the Big East

With Seton Hall University’s victory in the final game of the regular season—an 85-76 come-from-behind win over Butler—the Pirates head into the Big East tournament this weekend with the Big East regular season title and the number one seed.

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Nets, Heat battling for final East Conference playoff spot

The Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat are locked in a battle for the final playoff spot in the NBA Eastern Conference.

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Without NBA talent, Derek Fisher is taking the weight

Watching the Knicks these days may be challenging to those who are measuring them solely on wins and losses. And they only had 12 in 59 games after getting mashed by the Sacramento Kings by 124-86 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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A better way to handle juvenile crime

New York is one of only two states where 16- and 17-year-olds are automatically tried for crimes as adults. Teens tried as adults are 34 percent more likely to be re-arrested for felony crimes than their peers in the juvenile justice system.

Finally, leadership has emerged

I have visited the Holy Land nearly a dozen times, and the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress left me with a range of intense emotions.

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Darryl C. Towns: Housing champion

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Darryl C. Towns in 2011 as CEO and commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal. HCR organizes all of the state’s major housing and renewal agencies under one leadership structure.

Consumer Affairs commish updates on latest work

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Julie Menin to be the commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, he had two main goals: reduce fines for businesses and educate New Yorkers about their consumer rights.

Eric Holder: ‘Read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”’

In a wide-ranging exit interview with last Friday, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder surprised some when he showed support for one of the United States’ most feared and uncompromising Black social critics.

Harlem middle schools kickoff apprenticeships

The nonprofit organization Citizen Schools strives to close the opportunity gap between students from vastly different economic and social backgrounds.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events 03/5-03/11

Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.

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Sending Clark Terry home with a jazzy flair

Jazz lovers came out in droves to the homegoing of famed jazz trumpeter Clark Terry. The service took place at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, after Terry “peacefully went home to God on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Pine Bluff, Ark., surrounded by his family, students and friends.”

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International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York 2015

It’s time once again for the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York. This premier event, held at the Javitz Center, begins Sunday, March 8, running through Tuesday, March 10.

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Veryl L. Harvey, 84, passes

Veryl L. Harvey was born Sept. 11, 1930, to Douglas and Elizabeth Bannister in Baltimore, Md. She was educated in the Baltimore public school system and graduated from Douglas High in 1948.

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Harlem Haberdashery hosts Harlem Hospital benefit

Harlem Haberdashery welcomed 325 attendees to their second Masquerade Ball to benefit Harlem Hospital Center’s Pediatric Department Unit Saturday, Feb. 28.

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Talking SCHOP! LoLo’s: The gathering place

With all of this snow, ice and cold we’ve been having, a quick last-minute island escape would be beyond divine. Thank goodness spring is just around the corner, but if patience is not your strong suit, there’s a ray of sunshine right on West 116th Street filled with all of the trappings of island life called LoLo’s Seafood Shack.

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Asthma: Food for thought—and lungs

Taking up most of the space in our chests are two beautiful organs called the lungs. Yes, they breathe, providing our bodies with the needed oxygen to keep the other organs, such as the heart, kidneys and brain, alive.

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The crisis of bullying

I believe that bullying is a prevalent disease. It is present in schools, workplaces, online and especially among the teenage population. Despite infecting society, I believe this disease has a cure.

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The intrepid Mary Fields

Fortunately, the “Classroom” column has a number of knowledgeable readers, and a few of them, from time to time, send in suggestions of historic figures who need wider recognition. Recently, one from B.J., requested a profile on Mary Fields, someone I had thought about several months ago. His prompting was enough. Here’s our take on this legendary woman of the West.

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Ebony Escapes! into March 2015

Hello, (almost) spring! It won’t be long before we’ll be shedding those heavy coats, taking out our lighter sweaters and getting ready to take advantage of the warmer weather to explore the many happenings going on this month. Here are just a few to get your March travel plans underway.

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GOP obsession with Obama’s immigration order will lead to loss in 2016

Since the new GOP-controlled Congress took over in January, they have done nothing but focus on President Barack Obama’s immigration order that is aimed to help millions of immigrants.

Caribbean banks in deep trouble with US counterparts

Caribbean trade bloc governments have agreed to establish a special committee of finance ministers to probe reasons why American and European commercial banks are reluctant to conduct business with regional counterparts, saying they fear many will soon face closure if the situation is not corrected.

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Caribbean media group helps Trinidad school

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (March 5)—Students with learning disabilities in Trinidad recently received a helping hand from the Caribbean Media Exchange when the U.S.-based nonprofit organization donated sporting equipment to Eshe’s Learning Centre in Woodbrook.

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From Lenox Avenue

I was born on Lenox Avenue shortly after the Harlem Renaissance invigorated the neighborhood with the vibrancy of intellectual discovery and artistic expression. Escaping injustice, millions of Blacks searched for a place to call their own.

Our women with unlimited possibilities

This week in Miami, Fla., approximately 150 Black women came together to share, learn, inspire and collaborate.The brainchild of Debra Lee and sponsored by BET, this is the sixth annual gathering of Leading Women Defined.

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Protesters stage demonstration in response to Jerame Reid shooting

A protest for the police shooting of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., brought out nearly 200 people last Saturday, according to reports.

HBCU choirs to perform in East Orange

The City of East Orange Senior Volunteer Corp is hosting “Music Explosion,” featuring the concert choirs of historically Black Bethune Cookman University and Lincoln University.

Sundiata Acoli’s parole halted

Feb. 5, New Jersey’s Supreme Court granted the state attorney general’s request that “political prisoner of war” Sundiata Acoli, not be released until they decide whether to hear arguments in the case against his parole.

Netanyahu gives controversial speech before Congress

In this third speech before a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel made it abundantly clear where he stands—and “stand” is the operative word in this 40-minute address—on the deal now in process between the U.S. and Iran.

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Fall-winter 2015 hits: The Art Hearts Fashion

In a models-bare-all presentation, the Art Hearts Fashion bid farewell to the Lincoln Center showings with a monumental final show that was presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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Accessories: Art-to-Wear

When you think of beautiful jewelry, you must remember the exquisite work of Sandy Baker, a fine jewelry designer known since the 1970s for her gold earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

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Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker to host daytime TV show

The NBA and Hollywood came together Feb. 26 at the London West Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate the premiere of “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” the Showtime documentary that tells the story of the basketball icon’s career up until now.

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Clark Terry and Cephas Bowles farewells

Clark Terry, one of the most influential trumpet and flugelhorn players for six decades, who mentored Quincy Jones, Miles Davis and Dianne Reeves, died Feb. 21 in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was 94.

Workers need opportunity, not credit check roadblocks

Far too many New Yorkers are struggling to survive and are desperate for jobs so they can support themselves and their families. But nowadays, applying for a job can mean an invasive credit check, and prospective employment can hinge on an applicant’s credit history.

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‘Forever Freestyle 9’ returns to Lehman Center for ninth year

Producer Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records is once again bringing freestyle music to the stage via his show, “Forever Freestyle 9,” taking place this Saturday in the Bronx. Tickets for the popular show go quickly so fans should get to the box office before the show is sold out.

NELP reports benefits of raising home care industry wages

According to a new report by the National Employment Law Project, paying workers in the home care industry $15 an hour would add $6.6 billion in activity to the economy—not to mention adding $16.5 billion in the pockets of workers.

CUNY professors call on Albany to ‘keep its promise’

The City University of New York’s teachers’ union wants New York’s government to keep its promise. In a radio ad titled “Legacy,” sponsored by the Professional Staff Congress, the union and CUNY’s faculty and staff, the union calls on Albany legislators to replace the millions that CUNY would lose because of the latest budget proposal.

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‘Finding Dante’—activism through art

“Stripped of his private security detail and notoriety, how would New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s biracial teen son, Dante, theoretically fare in an encounter with the NYPD?” This question is asked by two local artists, Rico Washington and Shino Yanagwa, in their new work, “Finding Dante.”

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Broadway dished up the laughs with James Earl Jones

The comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” one of the funniest productions to ever hit a Broadway stage, just finished its run at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street.

Props to the new Basketball Hall of Famers, RIP Anthony Mason

As an avid basketball fan, I was gassed for a particular late summer night in 2008. The Foxwoods was launching an inaugural weekend in conjunction with the Basketball Hall of Fame to turn the induction ceremony into a weekend event.

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‘Dutchman’ is powerful theater

“Dutchman” by Amiri Baraka, playing at the Castillo Theatre on West 42nd Street, is being performed by New Federal Theatre. Woodie King Jr. has decided to dedicate the theater’s 46th season to reviving Baraka’s work. “Dutchman” is a very powerful play to watch.

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Ailey II springs forward at the Joyce Theater

March 17, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, better known as Ailey II, returns to the Joyce Theater with its first independent season at one of dance’s most cherished and historic venues

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New Yorkers say goodbye to Helen Perkins

Dozens of elected officials, community leaders and activists came out to pay respects to the late Helen Perkins, mother of state Sen. Bill Perkins.

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Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York & Vicinity hosts NAACP Day

The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York & Vicinity hosted NAACP Day was held on Monday, Feb. 23.

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Dance calendar: March 2015

For the first time since their 50th anniversary tour in 2012, the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica returns to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of the venue’s 60th anniversary season March 21-22.

The Cosmopolitan Review 03/5-03/11

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

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Rachel Noerdlinger: Life after the storm

Rachel Noerdlinger was unwillingly thrust into the spotlight last year, making headlines on a daily basis. Just months after the media firestorm, she is on track to getting her life back.

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Wednesday, March 4, the Justice Department said that it would not prosecute Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who gunned down unarmed Michael Brown, 18, in broad daylight.

Families of New Yorkers slain by officers ask for special prosecutor

A group of New Yorkers who share an unfortunate bond want New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make sure justice is served in cases involving deadly use of police force.

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With kidnappings and violent attacks almost a daily occurrence in Nigeria, the disappearance of an American missionary appears to have stirred a new wave of outrage among the international community over the worsening conditions in the West African country.

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A $5 million prize for exemplary leadership, good governance and defending human rights has been awarded to the president of Namibia, it was announced this week.

Wednesday, March 4

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No federal charges for Michael Brown’s killer

The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown is not facing federal charges, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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The Heights Hosts Sneak Peek of ABC Series

ABC may have another hit series, American Crime debuts this Thursday March 5 at 10 PM.

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As America’s attention wanes, democracy growing in Africa

Lately, the United States has moved to aggressively to bolster pro-western forces in the Ukraine and promote democracy in the Middle East and Asia.

Monday, March 2

Finding and filling cracks in the pipeline

“The pipeline is leaking.” This sentiment was added by William Floyd and summarizes the Tuesday panel on “Ensuring a Diverse Flow in the STEM Pipeline,” hosted by the New York Urban League. The event was held at the CUNY Gradu- ate Center on Fifth Avenue.

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VIDEO: LAPD officers kill homeless Black man

The world is again exposed to another killing of a Black man by police.