Stories for November 2015

Monday, November 30

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First officer goes on trial in Freddie Gray death

The first of six city police officers went on trial Monday in a closely watched case involving a 25-year-old black prisoner who died after being shackled and placed without a seat belt in a Baltimore City police van.

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Black religious leaders: No Trump endorsement

Donald Trump is meeting with black pastors in New York on Monday amid controversy over whether they plan to endorse the billionaire businessman's presidential bid.

Friday, November 27

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Man charged with murder in 'assassination' of Tyshawn Lee, 9

Four weeks after alleged gang members lured 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee into an alley and killed him -- a slaying that some in violence-riddled Chicago called a new low -- the city's police superintendent announced the arrest of one man Friday and vowed to "obliterate" the "criminal" group he belonged to.

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Protesters disrupt Chicago shopping corridor, ask feds to probe McDonald killing

Protesters marched on Chicago's luxury corridor during a major shopping holiday Friday and demanded the resignations of the city's top leaders, alleging a yearlong cover-up of a police video depicting an officer's killing of teenager Laquan McDonald.

Thursday, November 26

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Jamar Clark, unarmed Black man in Minneapolis, killed by police

There was a serious escalation in Minneapolis Monday, Nov. 23, where demonstrators have been protesting the fatal Nov. 15 shooting of Jamar Clark.

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Happy birthday Regent Adelaide Sanford

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, the Adelaide L. Sanford Institute, the Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry and Elders House hosted a 90th birthday celebration for Dr. Adelaide L. Sanford.

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Community Calendar 11/26 - 12/2

Check out what's going on around the city.

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Talking SCHOP! Thanksgiving Leftover Ramen

A very happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope the day brings you togetherness, joy and tons of leftovers—all for which to be thankful.

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Travel for business or pleasure? How about both?

As a travel writer, most of the year I’m on the move. Boarding a plane at 5 a.m., checking out a new resort, restaurant hopping in a small town, taking in an exhibit in a museum—it’s all business … and pleasure.

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Tichina Arnold, live at Minton’s Thanksgiving weekend

Tichina Arnold is set to perform at Minton's

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Tyra leaving ‘FABLife’

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Pauli Murray: Lawyer, priest, feminist, poet and civil rights activist

If Pauli Murray were alive today, she would be celebrating her 105th birthday.

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Black Dollars Matter: Black-out of Black Friday and beyond

“We will make it a real ‘Black Friday,’” warned Minister Louis Farrakhan, “because there won’t be a Black person in sight.”

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‘Marvelous Mal’ Whitfield, Olympic great, dead at 91

Watching Mal Whitfield run around the track in those grainy films from the late 1940s and early 1950s, he didn’t appear robust enough to even complete a race.

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Predatory education, subprime schools hallmarks of Success Academies

As alluded to in a recent Daily News editorial, there is, indeed, a wind blowing against New York’s charter school movement.

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A Thanksgiving meditation on war and peace

One of the things we have much to be grateful for in this country is that our wars have not been fought on our own soil.

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People partnerships not just ‘a mess of pottage’ Creating business opportunities in rebuilding Haiti

On Jan. 1, 1804, when Haiti proclaimed its independence from France, it not only became the first free Black republic in the world, it ignited the torch of hope for enslaved and exploited peoples worldwide.

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The police, friend or foe?

The other day, my 5-year-old daughter and I were walking down the street...

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Minimum wage: The double-edged sword of America’s workforce

Minimum wage started a debate among people who feel there is no equal accommodation for people in the minimum wage workforce.

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Airport workers hit the picket lines

A week before Thanksgiving, airport workers wanted to let companies know who hold the power.

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All New Yorkers need a raise

New York’s low-wage workers are facing another difficult holiday season. They know it will be a struggle to just pay the bills and put food on the table, before even considering what it will take to buy gifts for their families.

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Living in ‘AmErykah’

On the initial announcement that “The Hippest Chick,” Erykah Badu was hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards, hints of skepticism ran on and on.

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Interfaith Medical Center gives Thanksgiving to community

Interfaith Medical Center gives Thanksgiving to community residents and some community groups.

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Celebration of womanhood at Schomburg Museum

Over 400 people gathered at the historic Schomburg Museum, located in Harlem, N.Y., for a celebration of womanhood.

Cosmopolitan Review 11/26 - 12/2

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris a little more than a week ago, it feels as though life as we know it will never be the same.

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Ali Abdullah claims his place in the tech world

Nestled in a recently renovated East Harlem building, Ali Abdullah runs around his office in preparation for our interview.

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East Orange promotes first female fire captain in city’s history

Tasha Hayes-Smith, an East Orange firefighter since August of 1993, becomes the first female promoted to captain in the department’s history.

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Justice or Else: Be 1 of the 10,000

The youths of Muhammad Mosque #7 hosted a Justice or Else: 10,000 fearless open house Saturday Nov. 21 at MIST Harlem.

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Black women take the lead in Black Friday boycott

The “Real Black Friday—No Christmas Shopping Campaign” took to the streets last Friday with the Harriett Tubman–Fannie Lou Hamer Collective of Black women in Brooklyn.

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Trump the epitome of asininity

Each time we think that Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has exhausted his asinine statements, he retrieves another.

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The Slave Theater needs your help

The Children of Slaves and Patriots committee is hosting daily rallies in front of the Slave Theater.

Peru and Ecuador mark first imprisonments for racial discrimination

A Peruvian court has handed down prison sentences for two businessmen who took no action to assist an Afro-Peruvian woman who faced racism while at work.

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Activists want DOE to investigate Success Academies, Moskowitz

It may have been raining in New York City last Thursday, but educational activists at 32 Old Slip in lower Manhattan were determined to shine anyway.

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Iconic songwriter, musician Allen Toussaint dies at 77

Allen Toussaint, the pianist, songwriter, arranger and record producer whose whimsical, funk-laced songs influenced the New Orleans R&B scene, died Nov. 10 while on tour in Madrid.

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Sexy spring styles and watches for gifts

For spirited women whose style is distinctive, the Australian company Ginger & Smart showed soft, easy-to-wear dresses that could take you from day to night.

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The art of style at the Met

From Nov. 19, 2015 to Feb. 21, 2016, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” at their Costume Institute for fall 2015.

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AUDELCOs: Celebrating the Black theater family

Last Monday, Symphony Space was the place to be for members of the Black theater family

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Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo

Celebrating 45 years of repertory that reflects the ever-changing diversity of Latino cultures, Ballet Hispanico made its annual holiday return to the Apollo stage.

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Lineup announced for 23rd African Diaspora International Film Fest

Idris Elba, Anthony Mackie, Geraldine Chaplin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sonia Sanchez, Rusty Cundieff, Stanley Nelson and Thierry Michel are some of the names that lead the 23rd African Diaspora International Film Festival.

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Interview with Ryan Coogler, ‘Creed’ director-writer, part 2

“Creed” is Ryan Coogler’s second feature film, and he shares a screenwriting credit with Aaron Covington, the movie based on a story by Coogler.

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‘Creed’ gets four stars

Writer-director Ryan Coogler confirms every bit of promise that he displayed in his 2013 debut “Fruitvale Station,” which also starred Michael B. Jordan.

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Ticketing bus passengers

I was recently on one of the MTA’s new Select Stop buses...

Wednesday, November 25

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Autism while Black

If you’re Black, you’re not allowed to have a developmental or mental disorder.

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Chicago on edge after release of video of Laquan McDonald shooting

Wednesday had been marked as the day Chicago officials had to release graphic dashcam video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald's final moments and -- because of that -- the day the city could erupt.

Tuesday, November 24

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Chicago officer who shot Laquan McDonald charged with murder

The Chicago officer charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is no longer being paid by the police department, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters Tuesday.

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5 people shot near Jamar Clark protest site in Minneapolis

Five people were wounded when gunfire erupted near a Minneapolis police precinct where demonstrators have been protesting the shooting death of Jamar Clark, police said.

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NYU distances itself from 'White Student Union'

Officials at New York University (NYU) are condemning a group created on Facebook called "Union of White NYU Students."

Sunday, November 22

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Report: From 2002-11 Blacks were 2.5 times more likely than whites to experience nonfatal force by police

A study recently released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics uncovers the how Black have been treated by law enforcement.

Saturday, November 21

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B.P Gale Brewer hosts moment of silence for victims of Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

On Friday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer hosted a community vigil and moment of silence for the victims of recent Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

Friday, November 20

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Akai Gurley remembered one year later

November 20 marks one year since the police shooting death of Akai Gurley.

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Mali hotel attack: Gunmen barged in, shot at 'anything that moved'

Gunmen who raided a Malian hotel hollered "Allahu akbar" as they sprayed bullets on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast, a witness said.

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Portraits of black faculty defaced at Harvard law building

Harvard University police are investigating a possible hate crime at the law school after someone covered portraits of black faculty members in tape, according to university officials.

Thursday, November 19

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Hoverboards' are illegal in New York City

Better scratch "hoverboards" off your wish list this year if you live in New York City.

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HBO hosts special screening of '3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets' documentary with panel discussion

On Wednesday night, HBO hosted an invite-only screening of the documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets at the Schomburg Center in Harlem.

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Eating together … that is all

Yes, Thanksgiving can be about the togetherness of cooking and preparing a large spread for others to enjoy and regale you with copious amounts of compliments for your dressing, yams or apple pie.

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Talking SCHOP! Sitting at the Helm

There are two seasons of the year that make me joyous with wonderment. The first is spring, with all of the new blooms and their emergence from winter’s frost. The other is fall.

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Community Calendar 11/19 - 11/25

Check out what's going on in the city!

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Travel tips of the trade

The busy holiday season is right around the corner, a time when many people take to the skies, roads, rails and seas to visit friends and family close to home and further afield.

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Bronx Papa John’s franchisee convicted of wage theft

Abdul Jamil Khokhar and BMY Foods were caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

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Walmart workers to ‘Fast for $15’ on Black Friday

Walmart workers across the country plan on putting their money where their mouths are on Black Friday.

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Mary J. Blige stands the test of time

I guess a telltale sign that you’ve reached a rarified level of success is when after a significant period of time, the moves you make still can elevate or perhaps alter the movements of your peers and, in the case of entertainment, your ardent supporters/fans.

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Staten Island Park named after Black Vietnam War vet rededicated

Veterans Day 2015 had a special meaning for the war veterans and supporters who gathered at the site of the new memorial for Cpl. Lawrence Thompson, the first Black soldier to die during the Vietnam War.

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Friendly 50 Club’s 55th annual Harvey Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance

The Friendly 50 Club held their annual scholarship dinner dance at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.

Cosmopolitan Review 11/19 - 11/25

Happy Veterans Day and a salute to all of the men and women who have served in the armed forces over the course of history for the United States of America, for all of those who gave their lives so that our country could be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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African who shielded girl from terrorist gunfire 'a hero,' witnesses say

A Good Samaritan who died shielding a girl from a terrorist’s bullet was called a hero by witnesses and friends for his selfless bravery.

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Tamir Rice’s police murder called ‘objectively reasonable’

A 13-page report released last Thursday by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office determined that 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s murder by a Caucasian Cleveland cop one year ago was “objectively reasonable,” according to law enforcement consultant Ken Katsaris, an expert on police use of force.

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Tracy Morgan to play Redd Foxx?

Governors Award recipient Spike Lee reminded hundreds of Hollywood heavy hitters about their failure at diversity.

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Grimes celebrates 80, BMHC, James Hurt, Masekela and Willis

Henry Grimes, the revered bassist who played a role in expanding the jazz language in the 1950s, along with Albert Ayler, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and Cecil Taylor, recently celebrated his 80th birthday on the Upper East Side at Jan Hus Neighborhood Center.

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Ballet Hispanico to collaborate with Apollo Theater, host performances for youth

A few years ago, I rang up the PR team of Ballet Hispanico and asked to watch a rehearsal, and they said yes. I love dance but never felt comfortable enough to really dig in and write about it.

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Jose Limón: A legend lives on

The late choreographer and early modern dance pioneer Jose Limón will always be recognized for his tremendous contributions in bringing breath to dance...

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Donald Byrd’s ‘Minstrel Show’ back in NYC

Minstrelsy is a difficult topic. The choreographer Donald Byrd agrees.

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Jolie-Pitt’s ‘By the Sea’ sinks

The mid-’70s in the south of France is the setting for “By the Sea.” An American couple, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie Pitt), a former dancer, and her husband, Roland (Brad Pitt), a writer, hope to ignite both his career and their relationship.

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True-life drama ‘The 33’ gets a ‘10’

It was an event that captivated much of the world in 2010, when 33 miners were buried in a 100-year-old gold and copper mine.

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Percy Miller gives master class in ‘Master P’s Family Empire’

Percy Miller is a single father who is raising five beautiful children: his daughter, Cymphonique, and four sons, Romeo, Veno, Hercy and Mercy.

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AmNews talks with ‘Creed’ director Ryan Coogler

“Creed” is the seventh “Rocky” movie and the first that the franchise’s creator and star, Sylvester Stallone, didn’t write, Ryan Coogler did.

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The lasting consequences of criminal convictions

This Saturday, New Yorkers who want to resolve arrest warrants for failure to answer summonses issued by the NYPD for minor charges such as drinking alcohol on the street, unlawful possession of marijuana, riding a bike on a sidewalk, disorderly conduct and other such offenses will get their chance.

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Why I went to an HBCU

AmNews online editor Cyril Josh Barker discusses why he decided to go to an HBCU.

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Jets coach Todd Bowles seeking consistency from team

Jets coach Todd Bowles must ask himself critically, “Where Do We Go From Here?”

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Giants’ loss to Patriots a hurting thing

There’s something about the New York Giants that disrupts the New England Patriots’ quest for perfect titles.

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Derek Fisher evolves as Knicks show progress

The learning curve of Derek Fisher has been one of the least discussed topics.

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Wins equal relevance for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets are on a quest to stay relevant this season.

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Fairleigh U continues pursuit of excellence

The Devils of Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham is intent on continuing their winning tradition.

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East Harlem’s George Ball set to direct Thanksgiving weekend hoops throwdown

A basketball tournament in East Harlem will kickoff on Thanksgiving.

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New York Jets tackle hunger with Food Bank for New York City

New York Jets players teamed up with Food Bank for New York to tackle hunger this holiday season.

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Six-month-old girl thrown to her death from Bronx window

Neighbors in the Bronx’s Tremont section pleaded with Tenisha Fearon as she dangled her baby out of her window.

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We need a gas tax

Last year we filled our gas tanks with fuel that was almost $4 per gallon, but this year will be different.

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Selma to Ferguson

If voting wasn’t important, why would there be systematic efforts to deny the right to certain demographics?

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A dance with the devil under the Paris moon

Little did we know that in the midst of our travels we would be confronted with a major terrorist attack in Paris.

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Racial disparity: Media coverage of terrorist attacks differs with color

This week, the mainstream news media has, through its coverage, insisted on universal mourning for Paris for the reported 129 dead and 352 wounded in an alleged Islamic State shooting and bombing spree, which President Francois Hollande called “an act of war.”

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HUD proposes smoking ban across all public housing

If the New York City Housing Authority is a microcosm of public housing around the country, a lot of work needs to be done with the infrastructure.

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‘Batter’ up: Ronnie Hernandez takes the cake

If you do a double take, you might not think that one of Ronnie Hernandez’s couture cakes is real.

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Community hearing on housing discrimination against formerly incarcerated persons

There will be a Community Hearing on Housing Discrimination Against Formerly Incarcerated Persons.

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Paris under siege

Paris, “the City of Lights,” is currently illuminated by flickering candles. The candles, along with flowers and other items, are memorial decorations at the various sites where three hours of carnage by terrorists transpired Friday evening.

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The Black Institute hosts MWBE reception at Medgar Evers College

Real estate mogul and activist Roy Donahue Peebles will speak at the Minority and Women Business Enterprise reception.

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Cake Man Raven returns to Harlem

Famed baker Raven “Cakeman” Dennis is coming back uptown and is hosting a gala to celebrate.

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NYPD on alert

Ramifications of the terrorist carnage in Paris has put many large metropolitan cities of the world on full alert.

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Clean Slate summons warrant forgiveness event coming to Manhattan

Clean Slate is an upcoming warrant forgiveness where New York criminals with warrants can have them cleared without being arrested.

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West End Presbyterian Church shares music, fellowship with community

The church bells of West End Presbyterian Church ring out majestically every hour on the hour.

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Square Circles hosts breast cancer survivors meet and greet

The new community organization Square Circles hosted its first breast cancer survivors meeting at Sistas’ Place.

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NFL great Fred McNeill a star with the Minnesota Vikings

Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill was among the most punishing tacklers.

Another blow to young undocumented immigrants

An attempt by the president in November 2014 to expand DACA remains blocked by a court too caught up in politics.

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French attacks force renewed focus on IS

Terrorist attacks in Paris forces a renewed focus by Caribbean governments on international terrorism.

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Jamaican-American leader honored in Philly

Jamaican-American nonprofit executive Kwayera Archer-Cunningham was honored.

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Homeless veterans ignored and disrespected

For many veterans, they leave from the service to nothing.

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SCOTUS to rule on jury racism

Racial discrimination in jury selection is a longstanding and iniquitous aspect of our so-called criminal justice system.

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Irvington providing health insurance enrollment assistance

Irvington, N.J., is providing help for people who need to enroll or re-enroll in affordable health insurance plans.

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Newark’s Model Neighborhood Initiative houses first homeless family

Newark’s Economic and Housing Development department is working with the foundation and NJCC to create jobs.

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French delegation visits Mumia Abu-Jamal

Medical treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal is more passionate and effectively advanced in France.

Wednesday, November 18

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Jamar Clark shooting: Officers' names released

The two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed Jamar Clark are seven-year veterans who joined that city's police force 13 months ago, authorities said Wednesday.

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Why you can't find this pie anywhere

Patti's sweet potato pie makes reviewer sing like Patti LaBelle. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on pie turned phenomenon.

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Bomb blast kills dozens in Nigerian city of Yola

At least 31 people were killed and 72 others injured in a bomb blast in the northeastern Nigerian city of Yola on Tuesday evening, according to Aliyu Maikano, a local Red Cross official.

Saturday, November 14

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Paris attacks: ISIS claims responsibility for gunfire, blasts that killed 128 people

Americans are among the injured in the Paris attacks, State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said Saturday.

Friday, November 13

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Nona Hendryx brings it to the theater

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Sistas’ Place, Black Violin, afternoon jazz, Harrison smokes

Sistas’ Place in Brooklyn is more than a jazz club. It is a jazz family that supports the music and is involved in community activism.

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Gurira’s ‘Eclipsed’ stark, compelling drama at public

Nothing but a one-room hovel with a corrugated tin roof.

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‘Eclipsed’ offers blinding spotlight on mistreatment of women

The Public Theater is a leader in presenting relevant plays about real and devastating subjects that people around the world have endured and survived.

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Pioneer Arthur Mitchell donates archives to Columbia

Arthur Mitchell, the pioneering ballet dancer, artistic director and choreographer who, in the 1950s, became the first African-American principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, was celebrated at Columbia University Oct. 27 and 28.

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Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff to tour in 2016

Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, the recipients of the very first Grammy for Best Rap Performance, are reuniting for an extensive tour almost two decades later.

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George Lucas Foundation seeks USC diversity boost with large donation

“Stars Wars” creator George Lucas is making a sincere attempt to boost diversity at the University of Southern California’s film school.

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‘Spectre’ not so spectacular

Agent M (Ralph Fiennes), head of the British organization MI6, can’t figure out what the “H” is wrong with Agent 007, James Bond (Daniel Craig).

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2015 Bessies honor best in dance

Dance is celebrated in New York City once a year and in a big way when dancers and dance lovers alike pack the Apollo Theater to celebrate the renowned awards the Bessies, which honor outstanding creative work in the field.

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November 2015 dance calendar

In the same year that they celebrate 45 years of Latin culture through dance, Ballet Hispanico, under Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, comes together with the Apollo Theater in co-commissioning the evening-length...

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Community Calendar 11/2 - 11/18

Check what's going on in the city this week.

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Talking SCHOP! Thanksgiving: This Bird or that bird

Don’t let this mild weather fool you. Time is still passing and we have arrived, yet again, to the holiday season.

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Up, up and away …

If you are of a certain age, you will remember this song by the 5th Dimension: “Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?

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Weight loss review

With the holidays fast approaching, you want to know some weight loss, fitness and good-health options.

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Hip Clothes for spring and summer 2016

For spring/summer 2016, Outkast People created a collection for the underground, hip generation.

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CUNY faculty let their voices be heard loud and clear

If last week taught the City University of New York anything, it’s that their faculty and staff are willing to be handcuffed for a new contract.

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B&H workers vote to unionize

B&H Photo warehouse employees scored a major victory last week after voting to join a union.

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Babyface all grown up in the game!

Nov. 29 at 8 p.m., when the hippest trip in America pulls into the last station, marked for “Legends,” exiting the transport this year will be Kenneth Edmonds.

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Graduating firefighter Khalid Lee makes family proud

Last week, Khalid Lee, 23, was one of 295 probationary firefighters to graduate in a ceremony at the Queens College Performing Arts Center.

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Doe Fund celebrates 30 years of service

Oct. 31, local nonprofit the Doe Fund celebrated 30 years of providing life-transforming services at their annual benefit gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Thursday, November 12

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Amid tumult, University of Missouri taps interim system president

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators announced a former law professor, who had been working on diversity and inclusion efforts at the system's main campus, as its interim president Thursday.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks at Medgar Evers

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks about his book "Between the World and Me" at Medgar Evers.

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Harry Belafonte’s Gathering for Justice celebrates 10 years of criminal justice reform

Harry Belafonte celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Gathering for Justice at the Apollo Theater

The Cosmopolitan Review

Having turned back the hands of time one hour with Daylight Savings Time, the night sky is upon us by 6 p.m.

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Honoring Our Heroes, the 96th Annual Veterans Day Parade

The 96th annual Veterans Day Parade was held in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday.

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Jubilation in freetown as Sierre Leone declared ebola-free

Two years since the outbreak, Ebola is on its way to becoming a distant memory.

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Cuba offering medical scholarships to American Blacks and Hispanics

The recent renewed diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has created many new possibilities.

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Square Circles breast cancer survivor support group to hold community event

The community support group Square Circles will hold its first breast cancer survivors meeting at Sistas’ Place in Bed-Stuy.

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Hamilton on Broadway

A hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton comes to Broadway.

Netanyahu’s vision of peace trapped in myth, paranoia

In an editorial published in 1997, I called for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s resignation

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Brooklyn native carries on the sewing seed

Fourteen years ago, a grandmother in Brooklyn wanted to pass on the art of sewing to her granddaughters.

52nd birthday ceremony for Clifford Glover, 10, killed by NYPD

Clifford Glover would have been 52 this year, but in 1973, when he was 10, he was shot and killed by an officer.

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Higher learning: Racism at America’s colleges

Activism and protests at America’s colleges and universities this week has put the spotlight on racism in higher education.

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Black women face double whammy in FDNY

When little Black girls in the city dream of becoming something great, will they be able choose being a firefighter?

IBO report focuses on homeless public school students

A report highlights the tribulations of homeless public school students in the five boroughs.

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Tuskegee Airman and firefighter George F. Henry passes on

George Franklin Henry, who served on the Tuskegee Army Air Force and was a retired NYC firefighter, died.

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Fight for $15 rally: ‘We’re not done yet’

Fast-food workers across the country wanted to let politicians and citizens know that they’re not going to be quiet this election season.

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Allen Toussaint, legendary pianist-composer, dies at 77

Pianist and composer Allen Toussaint died of a heart attack in Madrid after a performance there at the Lara Theater.

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Panel discusses art’s place in activism

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute held a one-day conference, “The Art of Justice”, dedicated to art’s role in activism.

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How good is your soil?

The poet Sasha Nyary wrote a wonderful piece depicting what seeds we should plant if we are to enjoy life.

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Public Advocate Letitia James joined high school students at college and trade school fair

“Education is a great equalizer!” exclaimed Public Advocate Letitia James.

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Study says Black graduates from HBCUs outperform Black graduates from predominantly white schools

Study reveals that graduates of HBCU are more likely than Black graduates of other institutions to thrive in a number of areas of their lives.

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The extraordinary voice of Minnie Riperton-Rudolph

Remembering the life and voice of Minnie Riperton.

How immigrant voters can guarantee comprehensive immigration reform

New American voters must combine forces with African-Americans to ensure that the GOP not only loses the White House again but also loses the Congress.

Caricom takes reparations fight to OAS

Caricom continues to fight for reparations from Europe.

The Landings St. Lucia earns top award

The Landings St. Lucia won a 2015 Orbitz Worldwide Best in Stay award.

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Abbas must stop inciting people to violence against Israel

The words of Abbas and his message are so sinister and hateful that the hairs on my neck actually stood up.

Shocking opponents, health law brings big numbers in jobs, insured

Unchallenged at the latest Republican debate, all candidates said they would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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‘Black is back!’

The students in Missouri are showing us the power of protest.

Obama takes another blow

It was another one step forward and one step back for the Obama administration this week.

Tears for Tyshawn: Young shooting victim laid to rest in Chicago

Funeral services for 9-year-old shooting victim Lee were held Tuesday at St. Sabina Church in Chicago.

Wednesday, November 11

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The next Missouri? Ithaca College students stage walkout

Emboldened by recent upheavals at the University of Missouri, hundreds of Ithaca College students staged a walkout Wednesday to demand the resignation of President Tom Rochon, who they claim has not responded adequately to incidents of racism on campus.

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NYUL hosts Black college fair

The New York Urban League hosted its 29th Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair Saturday at Riverbank State Park.

Tuesday, November 10

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Allen Toussaint, New Orleans R&B legend, dies at 77

Influential New Orleans songwriter, musician and producer Allen Toussaint died Monday of a heart attack, his son said in a statement Tuesday.

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Fight for $15 stages biggest strike ever

Fast food employees and other minimum wage workers in hundreds of cities went on strike Tuesday morning in what organizers said would be the biggest strike yet for a $15 wage.

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University of Missouri campus protests: 'This is just a beginning'

This morning, students will head to classes as they have always done. The football team will take to the field to prep for their game against Brigham Young University next weekend.

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South side Chicago community in shock over killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee

People in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood have become used to the shootings that plagued much of Chicago's south side for decades.

Monday, November 9

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Congressman Charlie Rangel to host career fair

Congressman Charles Rangel in cooperation with City College of New York and Harlem Community Development Corporation is hosting, the 2015 Rangel Career Fair

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Mizzou highlights ‘Soul Food’ brunch and ‘Soul Train’ show on website amid racial media firestorm

As the saga at the University of Missouri continues with the resignation of its president over racial issues on the campus, the school is doing everything it can polish its image.

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Report: Mortgage denial rates down, especially among Black borrowers

The percentage of U.S. mortgage applicants getting approved has increased, especially among middle-income black and Hispanic loan applicants, indicating that easing mortgage restrictions are making it easier for more Americans to become homeowners.

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Why Africa's biggest telecom company is crashing

The boss of Africa's biggest telecom company MTN is stepping down just weeks after Nigeria fined the company about $5 billion, which is about half its annual revenue.

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Vivica A. Fox comments on ex 50 Cent's sexuality

Someone may want to remind Vivica A. Fox how much 50 Cent loves to troll on social media.

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Pastors say it's time to talk about racial injustice

Ronald Reagan once said that "all great change in America begins at the dinner table," and we agree. But, as ministers, we also believe that great change can't happen unless someone sets the table for tough conversations. That's where the pulpit comes in.

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University of Missouri president steps down amid race row

Several University of Missouri organizations, including the football team and the student association, saw their demand met Monday when university system President Tim Wolfe announced he was stepping down amid a controversy over race relations at the school's main campus.

Saturday, November 7

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Carson slams reporters over questions about his past

Ben Carson spent much of Friday aggressively rebutting media reports about his past -- a striking departure from the mellow personality he has displayed on the campaign trail.

Friday, November 6

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Ben Carson campaign rolls out rap ad

Ben Carson's campaign is rolling out a new ad in markets with large African-American populations that features a rap promoting the candidate for president.

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Community Calendar 11/5 - 11/11

Check out this week's events going on around the city.

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Restaurant Weeks here and there

This week is not the first Restaurant Week you have heard of in New York City.

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Talking SCHOP! Problems? Brunch it out!

You know when you have worked a long and hard week filled with late hours, crowded commutes and general isolation from your day-in-day-out life?

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Afrocentric fall events to delight and inspire

New York City, Philadelphia, Barbados, Mobile, Schenectady, Kiawah Island and even online! These are just a few of the locales where numerous exciting events and happenings are taking place this month and beyond

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High-tech ski styles lift off

For men and women, Black Crows, a French independent free-ski label, launches an incredible “corpus” collection of technical outerwear.

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More on fall dressing

As you are putting your fall looks together, here are more notes on what’s in.

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Big annual Guitar Mash Benefit Jam coming!

The first and only time I got to frequent New York City’s City Winery, it turned out to be one of the last performances of the late, great Bobby Womack.

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Pageantry and pride at NYC Nigeria Independence Day parade

Permit technicalities, plus visits from Pope Francis and United Nations General Assembly members, meant that the 55th Nigerian Independence Day celebration was pushed back to the last week in October rather than the closest one to Oct. 1.

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Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem celebrates 25th anniversary

Tuesday night at the Edison Ballroom, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem presented former Mayor David Dinkins with the Distinguished Service Award for his enduring pursuit of social justice.

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Aretha Franklin gifts pope copies of late father’s sermon

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” and the Rev. Jesse Jackson greeted Pope Francis backstage at the “Festival of Families” event in Philadelphia during his U.S. visit.

Cosmopolitan Review 11/05 - 11/11

Do holidays revolve around day-to-day life or does day-to-day life revolve around holidays?

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Afro-Colombians dispose of blackface TV character as African-American rep faces racial profiling

Protests from Afro-Colombian activist groups won a major victory last week when the Colombian television network Caracol Television finally agreed to stop broadcasting the portrayal of a stereotypical character who wears blackface on its weekend entertainment program “Sabados Felices.”

Thursday, November 5

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Oprah picks her 'favorite things' for 2015

Oprah Winfrey, perhaps the country's leading tastemaker, has some suggestions for your holiday shopping.

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Chicago Police: 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was targeted in gang shooting

A 9-year-old boy shot and killed in a Chicago alley on Monday was the intended target of a gang-related shooting, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Thursday.

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TWU members want to end MTA deal with GCS

Transit Workers Union Local 100 members are tired of the conditions at an Access-A-Ride call center in Queens and want the Metropolitan Transit Authority to end its relationship with the contractor—and they have an MTA board member ready to support their cause.

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B&H employees go back to work but will continue fight

Workers at B&H Photo in Manhattan are pushing for unionization and better wages and fighting with their employer in the process.

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For low-wage workers, the time has come

Nov. 10, thousands of 1199ers will take to the streets, as will thousands across the U.S., to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage.

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Famed Ebony journalist Alex Poinsett dies at 87

Alex Poinsett’s name is inextricably linked to Johnson Publications

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Former Rep. Gus Savage of Chicago dead at 90

Although former U.S. Rep. Gus Savage was best known for his representation of Chicago’s South Side, he was a hero for a cadre of New Yorkers in 1992...

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Saying goodbye to Tony-nominated activist Leon Bibb

The man who marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, helped break racial barriers in Broadway and television, and became a renowned folk singer died in Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 23. Charles Leon Arthello Bibb was 93.

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Assata Shakur’s exodus commemorated

Revolutionary activists have designated Nov. 2 “Assata Shakur Liberation Day,” marking the anniversary of one of the most courageous stances against U.S. tyranny in recent memory.

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Jaw pain may indicate complex medical problems

If you experience pain in the joints of the jaw, do not just succumb to teasing about eating or talking too much. You could have TMJ disease. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, also known as the jaw joint.

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Leaves of healing

I believe that the most beautiful and spiritual visual experience I have had is observing the changes of the color of leaves in the fall.

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Biwott, Keitany 2015 NYC Marathon champions

Highlights from the 2015 New York City Marathon

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VIDEO: Pan-African Congress celebrates 70th anniversary in Manchester

Seventy years ago, from Oct. 15 to 21, 1945, the fifth Pan-African Congress was held in Manchester, England.

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Faith leaders, medical experts host confab on needs of inner-city, rural communities

Dr. Pernessa Seele, community activist, founder and CEO of the Balm in Gilead, recently announced the Healthy Churches 2020 Conference, being held Nov. 4 to 6 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, N.C.

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Mike Epps to host ABFF Honors

Comedian Mike Epps has been tapped to host the inaugural ABFF Honors event. This Golden Globes-style awards gala is a salute to excellence in motion pictures and television. It will be held Sunday, Feb. 21 in Los Angeles.

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Jazzmobile, ‘In White America,’ Wilbur Ware benefit

Jazzmobile the nonprofit organization founded in the 1960s to bring live jazz to New York City communities, has moved indoors for the fall. Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., its benefit concert “Keep the Music Playing” takes place at the Sanctuary in First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC), 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. at 116th Street.

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And the AUDELCO nomination goes to ...

In 2014 and 2015, Black theater has shined so brightly.

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LeBron James’ Wheels for Education gives back to the community that made him

Utilizing his superstar status and money is just one way NBA standout LeBron James has chosen to positively influence the next generation.

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Basketball Hall of Famer Mel Daniels dominated the court

Basketball buffs up to the minute on their NBA trivia know what Ralph Simpson, Steve Smith, Kevin Willis and Spencer Haywood have in common.

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Former Ailey dancer opens performing arts center in BK

In a sparkling new, sun-drenched dance studio just off the Gates Avenue stop of the J train in Brooklyn, Dwana Smallwood leads a class of eager pre-teens, or “tweens” if you will, in putting together what will be a modern dance routine.

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A `Tale of Two Cities’ worthy of the Mayor’s scorn

Bill de Blasio’s rise to the second most powerful elective office in the country was due in large part to the solid support he received from the city’s black and Latino population, who believed he would do something about inequities in law enforcement, housing and education.

As a son of immigrants rises, immigration takes a backseat

A new poll shows that Cuban-American Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has tripled his support since September.

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Caribbean appeals court hands down key land rights ruling

A Trinidad-based umbrella Caribbean appeals court has forced authorities in Belize to recognize ancestral lands of its historical Mayan people.

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U.S. Virgin Islands promotes romance

The United States Virgin Islands and Mon Cheri Bridals are bringing weddings and honeymoon experiences to paradise.

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College access for all NYC schools

I recently announced that starting next school year, all New York City high schools will offer the SAT exam free to 11th-graders.

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A talk with producer Effie T. Brown

A native French speaker helped me understand this elegant phrase that has a clumsy English translation: “reculer pour mieux sauter,” or “to step back to better leap forward.”

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An open letter to Mayor de Blasio: Don’t take New York backwards

We believe Mayor Bill de Blasio should withdraw his proposals and convene stakeholders to develop real solutions that can advance justice and public safety for New Yorkers.

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‘Instant Mom’ Tia Mowry also cooks it up at ‘Home’

German-born, American-grown actress Tia Mowry holds a special place in the hearts of many of us who remember her turn as one half of the twin duo in the family comedy “Sister, Sister.”

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President Obama speaks on criminal justice reform in Newark

President Barack Obama traveled to Newark, N.J., this week to highlight the re-entry process of formerly incarcerated individuals.

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National Black Church Initiative calls for $25 million to combat police brutality

The National Black Church Initiative is calling for the creation of a $25 million fund to help combat police brutality in the African-American community.

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US boots on the ground in Syria

President Barack Obama announced last week that U.S. troops were on their way to Syria.

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Mary Keitany, all by her lonesome, wins women’s NYC Marathon

Mary Keitany, the defending NYC Marathon champion, brings an interesting question to mind.

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Kenyan Stanley Biwott joins the club of the greatest long-distance runners in history

2015 TCS New York City Marathon men’s champion, Stanley Biwott, maneuvered into the company of the great distance runners in history.

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Dalton hits the spot at Howard

It took a visit to the campus of Howard University for Courtney Dalton to decide if it was where she wanted to play college volleyball.

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Nets must avoid dropping into an early ­season hole

The 2015-16 NBA season has just begun, so it’s a little unfair to be strongly critical of a team.

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Could this be a turnaround season for Phil, Derek and their Knicks?

No reasonable hoops fan expects the Knicks to pose any serious threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ status.

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Nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee shot to death in Chicago alley

A 9-year-old boy was shot and killed Monday in Chicago, and police say it isn’t clear whether the child was targeted or was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Staten Island shift: Did Eric Garner case play a role in Dems' win?

A shift in political rule in Staten Island appears to be getting stronger with Tuesday’s election of McMahon to district attorney, who is a Democrat. His win brings consistency to every district attorney’s office in the city, with Democrats heading each one in all five boroughs.

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MTA approves of capital plan, but some want more money included

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will finally get to work on capital projects, but not all are happy with the recent agreement.

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Enough is enough, let’s get real about guns in America

It seems like each week there is a new tragedy that reaches communities all across the U.S.

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Brooklyn community hosts powerful meeting on Black Solidarity Day

Members of the Brooklyn-based December 12th Movement congregated at Sistas’ Place to celebrate Black Solidarity Day.

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Congressional Black Caucus talks financial inequalities for Blacks

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Joint Economic Committee Democrats discussed economic inequalities.

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A bipartisan approach to criminal justice reform

Violent crime—a crippling public health epidemic destroying communities across America.

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Rise of the outsider candidate also reflects a popular uprising against the mainstream media

The latest CNBC-moderated Republican primary debate showed how disconnected the mainstream media has become in this country.

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Lorenzo Cromwell, the young man behind the Instagram stardom

Lorenzo Cromwell, the young man behind @Callhimrenny.

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Green Business Summit being held Nov. 19

Green Business Summit is coming to the city Thursday, Nov. 19.

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Community Public Radio news adds a new programming

Community Public Radio recently released new programming for its lineup.

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Report demands increased diversity in specialized high schools

A new report authored by the Community Service Society outlines a proposal that may improve diversity at New York City’s specialized high schools.

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BLAC urges Black, Latino families to request gifted and talented testing

BLAC held a press conference to encourage Black and Latino families to request gifted and talented testing for their pre-K through second-grade children.

Wednesday, November 4

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Darcel Clark makes history as first African-American woman elected DA in New York State

Justice Darcel D. Clark is elected Bronx District Attorney after beating her Republican opponent Robert Slano taking 86 percent of the votes.

Tuesday, November 3

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9-year-old shot to death in Chicago alley

A 9-year-old boy was shot and killed Monday in Chicago and police say it isn't clear whether the child was targeted or was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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NextGen NYCHA: The first 100 days

NextGeneration nation makes changing during its first 100 days.

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Inmates record music video in jail

The policy is written on signs in front of the jail that are plain as day: No cell phones are allowed, not even for the guards themselves.

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ABC stands behind Raven-Symone as online petition racks up signatures

Raven-Symone, the former Disney Channel star turned daytime talk show co-host, has enraged viewers and nonviewers of ABC's "The View" with some of her opinions, and the backlash is growing.

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Teens spend a 'mind-boggling' 9 hours a day using media, report says

You probably won't be surprised to hear that a new report found that teens and tweens spend a lot of time watching TV, videos and movies, playing video games, reading, listening to music and checking social media, but you might be somewhat shocked (I was!) by just how much time.

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Jury and racial bias debate comes to the Supreme Court

Several Supreme Court justices appeared sympathetic on Monday to claims from a death row inmate that new racially-charged evidence indicating prosecutors...

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White House, Chris Christie fight over criminal justice reforms

The White House and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took turns lambasting each others' records on criminal justice Monday, as President Barack Obama traveled to Christie's state to promote new initiatives to rehabilitate former prison inmates.

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Righting a wrong: Delaware pardons man who guided slaves to freedom

More than a century before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous open letter from the Birmingham jail, another incarcerated champion of civil disobedience penned a powerful missive against racial injustice.

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Court says Bill Cosby to be deposed by November 25 in defamation lawsuit

A court granted a motion Monday allowing for Bill Cosby and his former attorney to be deposed as part of a defamation lawsuit filed by model Janice Dickinson.

Monday, November 2

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers playing for real

Camille A. Brown is a consummate soloist.