Stories for October 2015

Saturday, October 31

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NYC African American Gen Xers and boomers financially stressed: AARP survey

70 percent of African American Gen Xers say they may leave New York City when they retire according to a new survey of African American city voters commissioned by AARP.

Friday, October 30

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Spike Lee to serve as grand marshal of New York City Marathon

Brooklyn­-raised filmmaker and quintessential New York sports fan Spike Lee will lead the field at the 45th running of the world’s largest marathon.

Inez Reid’s tireless work for domestic violence awareness

Inez Reid, director of social services at Cluster House in New York City, is one person who is totally aware of the horrendous, terrifying darkness of domestic violence—and she is doing something to fight it.

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Dr. Beny J. Primm, noted authority on drug treatment, dies at 87

For many years, one of the mainstays of the National Urban League’s annual “State of Black America” was Dr. Beny Primm’s report on health issues.

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De Blasio wants change to bail laws

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a change to state law that would allow judges to consider the risk to public safety when setting bail or considering an alternative program for a defendant.

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Take precautions for a safe, enjoyable Halloween

Halloween can still provide enjoyment and pleasant surprises for today’s children if proper precautions are taken.

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Red Cross introduces new RapidPass online donor health history

American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system.

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Halloween will make your child scream

Well, here it is again, Halloween, which is usually celebrated Oct. 31, before All Saints Day.

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Poll data show urban parents optimistic about schooling options

The results of a new Education Post poll illustrate varying perspectives on secondary education in America across racial and socio-economic lines.

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What the race for House speaker could mean for education

The recent decision by John Boehner, the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, to step down will have more consequences than one might think.

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A true Renaissance woman, Gwendolyn Bennett

For many years in various books on the Harlem Renaissance, Gwendolyn Bennett’s name has popped up.

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Community Calendar 10/29 - 11/4

Check out what's going on in the city this week!

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Cirque du Soleil brings the magic and music of Michael Jackson to life

Cirque Du Soleil's "Michael Jackson ONE" is a must-see in Las Vegas!

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The more leather the better

When you’re wondering what to wear in leather this season, look at what designer August Getty presented in his fall 2015 collection.

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Kids Fashion Week review

Making their debut at Spring Studios, petitePARADE presented their ninth runway show, which was also digitally activated and globally distributed.

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Andra makes her ‘Day’but’

Those hundreds of thousands that contributed to those millions of YouTube views have to feel proud.

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Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies hosts 2015 Impact Awards Gala

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies hosted the Impact Awards Gala at Capitale this week to raise funds for yearlong programming and advocacy.

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Brooklyn Best Honors reps for Domestic Violence Awarness Month

Brooklyn’s Best Honors celebrated its first year raising awareness and funding for a worth cause with a turn-up at Bedford Hall.

Cosmopolitan Review 10/29 - 11/4

It was Friday afternoon, 2 p.m. The sweet, melodic chimes on my clock had just sounded, only to be followed by two pop-pops.

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All Harlem Hallows Eve ‘to-boo list’

There is lots to “boo” this Halloween. Falling on a Saturday gives you every excuse to start early and stay out late.

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Talking SCHOP! Boo food

Happy Halloween to all you ghouls and goblins and revelers!

Thursday, October 29

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Overcoming Black economic stagnation

The hostile response we have seen recently to protests of police brutality and the killing of unarmed African-Americans by police in New York City, Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore, and elsewhere is all too familiar to those of us who lived through the late 1960s.

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Once more, all lives matter!

It is disheartening to learn of the dispute between the Rev. Al Sharpton and the family of Randolph Holder Jr., the NYPD officer killed last week.

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Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation battling hunger this Thanksgiving

Irvington, N.J., Mayor Tony Vauss and Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation Executive Director Deborah Simpkins announced INIC is giving away Thanksgiving baskets to Irvington residents with children.

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FCC to cut costs of prison phone calls

Inmates and their families might get a little bit of relief when talking by telephone to loved ones behind bars.

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Obama addresses police chiefs in Chicago

When it was announced that President Barack Obama was going to his hometown of Chicago, there was a wellspring of hope from activists that he would be visiting his old neighborhood on the South Side.

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Pop-up shop offers new way to help end domestic violence

To promote domestic violence awareness in October, walks and rallies usually fill up the month, but the Center Against Domestic Violence broke away from tradition and held its first pop-up shop event, “Shop Till It Stops,” this past weekend at the Living Gallery in Crown Heights.

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Bedford Academy High School students tour White House

A group of local high school student got to go to the White House

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High stakes for Wesley Snipes’ ‘Player’

Flo Anthony has the latest entertainment news!

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Kamasi at Bric, AACM celebrate Dr. Lonnie Smith Award

Since the early 1960s, Los Angeles has been acknowledged for its West Coast cool jazz sound perpetuated by the composer-pianist Dave Brubeck and the vibraphonist Cal Tjader.

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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s anonymous bodies

A lot happened in Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and anonymous bodies’ “#negrophobia” at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center.

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Patricia Hoffbauer: finding different ways

Patricia Hoffbauer makes work that pushes audiences in unconventional ways.

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Flying Lotus premieres new music project

The young African-American producer, radio personality and DJr Flying Lotus (whose great aunt is the transcendent jazz composer Alice Coltrane) has released new music in collaboration with ex-Digable Planets rapper, now Shabazz Palaces lyricist Ishmael Butler and the enigmatic bass player Thundercat.

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Erykah Badu to host Soul Train Awards

It has been announced that the iconic neo-soul musician and former Soulquarian Erykah Badu will host the Soul Train Awards 2015.

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Lee Daniels to receive SAG honor

What I love best about my job,” said Lee Daniels in a past interview, “is that I can hire talented people of color to work in all departments, to work on ‘Empire.’ It’s one of the best parts of my job!”

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Chris Rock returns to host Oscars

Inclusion, i.e., diversity, or the lack of it, is a conversation that Hollywood is still having.

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32BJ endorses Harris and Grodenchik

Last week, members of 32BJ SEIU announced the endorsement of two candidates for the New York State Assembly and the New York City Council.

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Car wash owners file suit; car wash workers cry foul

Car wash owners want to take a closer look at a new law that helps car wash workers and no one is happy.

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A disgraceful attack on workers

New York City’s new Car Wash Accountability Act, designed to regulate an industry that has long operated without any oversight and which has a disgraceful history of worker exploitation, is under attack.

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Jets should learn from loss, focus and move on

If you listened intently to the post-game press conferences, you could hardly tell who won Sunday’s game.

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Knicks hope for positive new beginning

The Knicks opened their 2015-16 regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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They’re playing basketball and the Nets are tested early

It’s not just Halloween, the start of the World Series and the upcoming New York Marathon and its festivities.

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Giants stay a step ahead in NFC East

The tenuous nature of the NFC East division remains somewhat indecipherable after Week 7.

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Ejore elevates Monroe to national level

In just her first semester as a freshman, Susan Ejore from Nakuru, Kenya, has elevated Monroe College’s cross-country team to a dominant position.

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Technology and voting

I recently asked my students to provide their thoughts about technology and voting in national elections.

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Let’s combat domestic violence

Like countless other Americans, throughout the month of October I wear purple in its various hues.

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Gun control and the disarming of the Black community

Ronald Reagan was the father of the modern gun control movement in America.

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Brooke Obie: A pen, faith and lots of love

“I know that God loves me.” That statement is what has kept writer and editor Brooke Obie afloat.

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Ingersoll community center hosts violence prevention event

The Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is hosting a sleepover.

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NYC Fair Chance Act takes effect

New Yorkers with conviction histories and their advocates are celebrating the New York City Fair Chance Act.

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The Gathering for Justice celebrates 10th anniversary

The Gathering for Justice’s 10-year anniversary at the Justice Ball is taking place Monday, Nov. 9 at the Apollo Theater.

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Justice or Else: ‘Shock the economy! No Xmas shopping’

“Justice or Else” is planning an economic boycott this holiday season.

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Emotional farewell for slain NYPD officer

NYPD officer Randolph Holder was laid to rest as the city says goodbye to the fallen policeman, who was killed last week in East Harlem.

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#Justice4Corey: Police in Florida fatally gun down innocent Black man

Corey Jones of West Palm Beach, Fla., is the latest name added to the list of Black men unjustly shot police.

Justice or Else: ‘Shock the economy! No Xmas shopping’

“Justice or Else” is planning an economic boycott this holiday season.

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Community activists propose plan to curb gun violence

We know our community,” said A.T. Mitchell, founder and CEO of the anti-violence, street-based organization Man Up! Inc. “We love our community. Let us protect our own community and stop the violence.”

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Who murdered Dejah Joyner?

Funeral services were held for 12-year-old Dejah Joyner at Union Baptist Church.

Wednesday, October 28

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Arrest video fallout: Spring Valley High Officer Ben Fields fired

When Sheriff Leon Lott saw a video of his deputy slamming a student to the ground and tossing her several feet, he said, it made him want to vomit.

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Donald Byrd talks about ‘The Minstrel Show Revisited’

When Donald Byrd’s “The Minstrel Show Revisited” is presented at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Oct. 30, it will be a perfect example, not of art imitating life, but of art illuminating life.

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World Series: Biggest moments from Royals' Game 1 win over the Mets

An inside-the-park homer. Power outages. Oh, and extra innings. Looks like the 2015 World Series is off to a dynamic start.

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Emotional farewell for slain NYPD officer

The city continues to mourn for NYPD Officer Randolph Holder who was killed last week in East Harlem while trying to apprehend a suspect.

Tuesday, October 27

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Obama pushes for sentencing reform at law enforcement forum

President Barack Obama visited Chicago Tuesday to push for lawmakers to amend sentencing laws so fewer non-violent criminals are locked away for long stretches.

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Lawsuit claims former DA is blocking current Bill Cosby investigation

A civil lawsuit filed Monday claims a former Pennsylvania district attorney is blocking a current, reopened criminal investigation into Bill Cosby.

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Long Island teen killed by stray bullet laid to rest

Funeral services were held on Friday in Hepstead, Long Island for 12-year-old Dejah Joyner at Union Baptist Church. The family and the community continue to mourn for her death as police continue to look for her killer.

Friday, October 23

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Lupita Nyong’o comes to Harlem

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o makes an appearance uptown at MIST Harlem for a conversation.

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Community Calendar 10/22 - 10/28

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

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Harvest Festival winners

It was another fun community outing at Harlem Park to Park’s annual Harlem Harvest Festival. Restaurants, vendors, adults, children, families and friends all converged on St. Nicholas Square between 116th and 117th streets to see an abundance of Harlem offerings.

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Tidal Wave takes over BK

The implications of the latest and much maligned business venture Tidal by mogul Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z, are of historic proportions.

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David N. Dinkins Municipal Building, a tribute to the city’s first Black mayor

The classic, beaux arts Manhattan Municipal Building, once planned to be sold and converted into a condominium, was given a fresh do-over without losing any of its luster when it was renamed the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building last Thursday.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

All over the city Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, thousands of people wrapped up against the cold to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Cosmopolitan Review 10/22 - 10/28

Now that the entertaining season is in full swing, there are a few things you should know to help keep you on the A-list, especially if you are the host.

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Eddie Murphy awarded Mark Twain Prize

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Baraka celebration, Motley at Whitney

Recently, family, friends and followers came out to Newark Symphony Hall to celebrate Amiri Baraka.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers playing for real

Camille A. Brown is a consummate soloist. For the debut performance and the premiere of “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” at the Joyce Theater, Brown and her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, played to mostly sold-out houses.

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Misty Copeland: The interview Pt. 2

And we’re back with Part 2, as promised, of the Misty Copeland interview with Amsterdam News. So let’s read on!

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Acting Supreme Court Judge Reginald Boddie speaks in Harlem

On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 8, Acting Supreme Court Judge Reginald Boddie visited Harlem to talk about the law.

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Upcoming events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer tends to appear in Black women at a younger age and in more advanced forms.

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Health fair and art exhibit Oct. 23

Barbara Russell, aka Ms. B. the Doodle Queen, is hosting the “Under the Radar Art Series,” with Wilhelmina Grant at the Breast Health Awareness Fair and Art Exhibition

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Read my lips and keep them healthy

When I was a kid, two things would cause me to have a big lip, and that was a punch in my mouth from a friend...

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New report focuses on high school choice in NYC

A new report by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University shows just how the high school selection process works for the city’s most vulnerable.

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Jazz modernist painter Archibald J. Motley Jr.

If you’ve read many books on the Harlem Renaissance, then invariably the works of painter Archibald John Motley Jr. have embellished the text and provided you with colorful images of that celebrated era of American history.

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Donald Trump’s rhetoric incites racism

Donald Trump has shown no sign of toning down his anti-immigrant rhetoric, and now his take-no-prisoners attitude is inciting hate and racism, as evidenced again in Virginia last week.

The queen still reigns supreme

General elections in Jamaica are due in about a year, and if the governing People’s National Movement is forced to demit office because of the will of the electorate, it could mean that its sacred political promise to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as the island’s head of state would not have been kept.

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Indian doctors a blessing to Caribbean, says envoy

Having spent nine years in New Delhi, the Dominican Republic’s ambassador to India has endorsed the expertise of Indian medical practitioners, who are dispensing high-quality medical care and saving lives in the Caribbean and around the globe.

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Fairness for the formerly incarcerated

Tuesday, Oct. 20, we held a press conference at City Hall in Manhattan to highlight the plight of housing for the formerly incarcerated.

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Black joy and despair

Whether in Africa or in the global Diaspora, there continues to be an ebb and flow of good news and bad news, things to cheer and things to abhor.

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Newark names appointees to Civilian Complaint Review Board

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council released the names of seven of the nine appointees to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

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‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ loses 1 million viewers—was the boycott to blame?

Black Entertainment Television did not broadcast the 20th anniversary commemoration of Million Man March. A few days later, the television network broadcasted its annual BET Hip Hop Awards show to 1 million fewer viewers than the previous year.

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Nigerian Independence Day Oct. 24 in NYC

After the pope being in town and the U.N. General Assembly being in session last month, the annual Nigerian Independence Day New York City parade will be held this Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Lupe Fiasco establishes nonprofit

Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco is implementing one of urban culture’s primary principals to inspire others to do similar as he establishes his newly formed company.

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It’s final: Biden won’t run

Ending many months of speculation, Vice President Joe Biden, with his wife, Jill, and President Barack Obama by his side in the Rose Garden at the White House Wednesday afternoon, told the nation that he will not be a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

Thursday, October 22

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Jets flying high with Ryan Fitzpatrick

Because we here support and applaud each and every effort initiated by all those who stand for and petition for the renaming of the NFL’s franchise located in our nation’s capital in solidarity with America’s indigenous people, we’ll simply refer to that team henceforth and therewith, until such time comes, as just Washington.

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Eli: ‘Giants have to figure out a way to get a win’

In the immortal words of Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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Brook Lopez yearns to be Nets’ leader

There’s no sign identifying the street off Route 17 in Bergen County, N.J., where the Brooklyn Nets have their training facility.

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Big East veterans anticipate exciting season

We’re going to play team ball,” said Aliyyah Handford, St. John’s senior guard, who was selected Big East Preseason Player of the Year.

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Letter written by Malcolm X on sale for $1.25 million

“I have just completed my pilgrimage (Hajj) here to the Holy City of Mecca … which is absolutely forbidden for non-Muslims to even rest their eyes upon,” Malcolm X wrote in 1964 after completing his trip to Mecca.

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We do not all look alike, Commissioner Bratton!

I know the assault of James Blake happened weeks ago, but I am still reeling from Commissioner Bill Bratton’s comments about the professional tennis player.

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Commentary: A gathering of thousands in the nation’s capital

Since I have to teach on Saturdays at the City College of New York, it was not possible for me to attend the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in the nation’s capital.

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Under attack, Israel deserves our support

Here we go again. Israel, America’s truest ally in the Middle East, is under assault by terrorists, and the Obama administration is once again turning its back on the Jewish state.

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Felix Soto keeps hope alive at Cluster House

It is 4 p.m. Friday, and Felix Soto, UPwards employment specialist at Urban Pathways, is about to begin his one-hour session at the Cluster House, 902 Amsterdam Ave. in New York City.

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Jennifer Jones Austin: A survivor with a purpose

Jennifer Jones Austin may not speak from a pulpit every Sunday, but she views her role as executive director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies as her “calling.”

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Supreme congressman serenaded by Supreme Mary Wilson

Thursday, Oct. 29, two legends—Rep. Charles Rangel and Mary Wilson of the Supremes—will share a momentous occasion: the congressman’s birthday celebration.

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Mayor de Blasio signs legislation outlawing synthetic marijuana in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio this week signed into law three new bills to curb the use of the synthetic marijuana known as K2 and increase violations for those who seek to sell or manufacture this chemical mixture.

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Bronx unemployment drops

Bronx job statistics continued to improve this month, according to the latest numbers from the New York State Department of Labor.

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Perkins launches run for Congress

New York Sen. Bill Perkins announced last week that he’s running for Congress. Perkins is looking to take the seat currently occupied by Rep. Charlie Rangel, who announced he won’t run again after his term ends.

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NYCLU claims NYPD secretly using X-ray van in certain ’hoods

The New York Civil Liberties Union believes that the New York City Police Department used Z Backscatter Vans (aka X-ray vans) when surveilling certain neighborhoods.

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Paying Tribute to the City’s 106th Mayor

I was among those in attendance at last week’s renaming of the city’s Municipal Building in honor of David Norman Dinkins, the City’s 106th mayor.

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Chrissy Teigen, John Legend announce pregnancy

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have announced that they are going to be having their first child.

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NBC’s Tamron Hall replaces Cosby on Temple’s Board of Trustees

Tamron Hall was voted to replace Bill Cosby on Temple's Board of Trustees.

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‘Crimson Peak’ a bloody good time

“Ghosts are for real!” is the eerie first line in the film “Crimson Peak.”

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Stevie Wonder: Sixty-five and still amazing

Last week, Stevie Wonder stood on the stage of the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and said that he asked his staff whether they thought people would show up for his second concert in Newark, since he’d already performed an earlier concert there in April of this year.

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Jones and Tyson simply charming in ‘Gin Game’

“Simply charming” is the best way to describe theater veterans James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson as they co-star in “The Gin Game” at Broadway’s Golden Theatre on West 45th Street.

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The softer side of Vegas

In the first part of this travel series, I posed the question, “What do you really know about Vegas?”

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CUNY faculty, staff plan strike authorization vote

The Professional Staff Congress will vote on whether they should go on strike after working without a contract or new raises.

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Israeli police investigate ‘lynching' of African asylum seeker

The murder of an African bystander mistaken for an assailant has renewed harsh criticism of excessive force used by Israeli security forces against Africans and Palestinians.

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Former child soldier writes children’s book

A slit wrist. Gun powder mixed with cocaine rubbed into the wound. An abducted 5-year-old boy blindfolded, given an AK-47 and told to shoot his 12-year-old best friend.

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Officer meets untimely end, East Harlem copes

Police named 31-year-old Tyrone Howard as a suspect in the shooting death of officer Randolph Holder, 33, in East Harlem.

There is no Mexico without Afro-Mexicans

A discussion of the importance of Afro-Mexicans.

Wednesday, October 21

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Chris Rock to host 2016 Oscars

The beloved comic announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he'll be back to host the Oscars in 2016, for a second time.

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NYPD officer fatally shot while chasing robbery suspect

A New York police officer died after he was shot in the head Tuesday night while chasing a robbery suspect, authorities said.

Tuesday, October 20

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Tracy Morgan will tour in 2016

Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to "Saturday Night Live" in New York on Saturday. Now he's going to take the big stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. -- as well as theaters in several other cities.

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Lamar Odom breathing on his own, taken to Los Angeles

Now breathing on his own, former NBA player Lamar Odom has been taken from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to continue his recovery.

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Eddie Murphy receives Mark Twain Prize for comedy and insight

Every year, an American comedian receives a serious award -- and not just for being very funny. On Sunday, this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor went to Eddie Murphy.

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6 St. Louis-area churches are arson targets; reward offered

Arson fires have been set at half a dozen St. Louis-area churches in recent days. Authorities want to know who did it and why.

Friday, October 16

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Georgia ex-deputies found guilty of lesser charges in student's jail death

Two former sheriff's deputies who had been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a college student in a Savannah, Georgia, jail early this year have been found guilty of lesser charges.

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Ebony Magazine cover of 'Cosby Show' cast sparks mixed reaction

Social media is buzzing with mixed reaction over Ebony Magazine's cover featuring the cast of "The Cosby Show."

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Family of Tamir Rice calls for special prosecutor in shooting case

The family of slain Cleveland boy Tamir Rice called Friday for a special prosecutor to take over the case, alleging the county prosecutor currently handling it has shown himself to be biased in favor of the police officer who shot the 12-year-old last year.

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Community Calendar 10/15 - 10/21

Check out what's going on in the city this week!

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Murray’s Cheese Bar’s new fall menu

Who doesn’t love cheese? Really, there are too many varieties for both those who are lactose intolerant (goat, sheep) and everyone else.

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Talking SCHOP! …and in recent food eating history

I’ve been finding myself in Brooklyn a lot lately visiting friends, shopping, aimlessly walking around and most certainly eating.

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What do you really know about Las Vegas?

“Sin City.” “Glitter Gulch.” “The Gambling Capital of the World.” Whatever you call it, Las Vegas is one of the most famous cities in the world.

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Timeless elegance and color

At New York Fashion Week, timeless elegance collided with a modern edge at Yigal Azrouel’s show.

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European designers explore fall styles

Called the German Valentino, designer Guido Maris Kretchmer’s fall-winter designs showed his passion for design and fabric.

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Educational advocates, activists target Moskowitz

Educational activists and unions had a week filled with retorts to Success Charter School Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz.

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Fight for $15 makes its way to White House

After getting started by a group of fast-food workers in New York City, the Fight for $15 movement has already reached the rest of America and the globe.

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Wait—did somebody steal the soul?

Who stole the soul? It’s gone! People walking around here are happy go lucky like nothing happened.

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Harlem School of the Arts hosts 50th Anniversary Gala Kick-Off

Oct. 5, the Harlem School of the Arts hosted its 50th Anniversary Gala KickOff in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza.

Cosmopolitan Review 10/15 - 10/21

As Hurricane Joaquin went out to sea, the winds that had come along with it died down but not before blowing away the clouds, leaving a clear midnight sky.

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Africa’s sustainable development discussed at United Nations

During September’s last weekend, three days of conferences were conducted at the United Nations General Assembly, in Midtown Manhattan, titled “The Sustainable Development Summit.”

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WNBA Finals featured five passionate games of action

The 2015 WNBA championship was decided Wednesday night with a fifth and final game.

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How long can the Giants continue to live on the edge?

Living on the edge has become the hallmark of the 2015 Giants. In three of their five games this season, the Giants’ margin of victory and defeat has been miniscule, and the outcomes have been decided in the final few possessions.

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Jets, coming off bye week, hang tough in AFC

During a bye week, there’s plenty of time for reflecting, soul searching, contemplation and self-evaluation.

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Skating at Rockefeller Center officially open for 2015-2016 season

The start of the 2014-15 winter season in New York City kicked off with the official opening of the Rink at Rockefeller Center, the most famous ice rink in the world, Tuesday, Oct. 13.

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Political giving: Expanding our definition of tithing

I recently attended an event for women involved in and interested in politics.

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Getting body cameras right

Following the death of Eric Garner over one year ago, I called on the nation’s largest police department to adopt body-worn cameras.

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Muslim teen expertly assembles media stunt, not merely a clock

America is a great nation, but its people are currently living in very dangerous times.

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Dr. George C. Fraser to speak to youth at Rise2Greatness

Dr. George C. Fraser, world-renowned motivational speaker and CEO of FraserNet, is set to come to Brooklyn, N.Y., to speak to the youths of the community Dec. 18 at the BRIC House.

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Traumatic brain injury survivor turns to tech world

In 2012, Ruby Taylor was in a car accident and suffered traumatic brain injuries that left her with thoughts of suicide.

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Black TV journalist DeMarco Morgan returning to New York

Black newsman DeMarco Morgan is returning to the Big Apple to work as a correspondent for CBS News.

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State Sen. Kevin Parker joins NNEDV to highlight National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

State Sen. Kevin Parker is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to take part in a series of events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Convent Avenue Baptist Church hosts college fair

The African-American Experience and Forum of the Convent Avenue Baptist Church hosted its annual college fair.

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Could ‘Bail Lab’ help reform city jail system?

Approximately 47,000 people are detained on bail in New York City every year, and a new city initiative aims to help reduce the number for low-risk individuals.

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Schumer and Booker team up for sentencing reform bill

Two senators from the tristate area are looking to reduce minimum sentencing for nonviolent offenders.

Thursday, October 15

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Jury weighs Georgia ex-deputies' fate in college student's jail death

Jurors began deliberations Thursday on the fate of two former sheriff's deputies charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a college student in a Savannah, Georgia, jail early this year.

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‘L&O: SVU’ star Tamara Tunie kicks off cabaret tour

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Cary’s ‘Harlem Sessions,’ AACM 50th anniversary

Tiny pin-lights adorn the steep narrow staircase ascending to the top, where a young lady sits, politely greeting and taking cash ($10). As one pays, a thick black curtain blocks the view from the inside, although the enticing music, cheerful chatter and clinking glasses can be heard, which only peaks your anticipation of getting behind that curtain.

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‘From Black Face to Black Panther’ looks at people of color in comics

According to the Comic Con website (NYCC.com), in the depiction of people of color in the world of comics, “There have been some very positive changes recently, with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the announcement of the upcoming Black Panther movie, the Luke Cage series on Netflix, the relaunch of Ms. Marvel in print as a teenage Islamic girl, Jada Pinkett Smith in ‘Gotham’ and both Will and Jaden being rumored for upcoming superhero movies.

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‘Barbecue’ at Public Theater ridicules racist perceptions

What an engaging and brashly funny comedy is “Barbecue,” now playing at the Public Theater!

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‘Jobs’ is a chore

The film “Steve Jobs” tells the story of one of the cofounders of Apple computers, specifically focusing on the pivotal period in Job’s career, 1984 to 1994, when the computer company developed the Mac, NeXT and the iPod.

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NYFF opened ‘above the city’ and closed with a ‘trumpet’

The opening night film for the 2015 NYFF was the tremendous “The Walk,” directed by the masterful Robert Zemeckis. On hand and holding court was the Zemeckis, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays real-life high-wire walker Philippe Petit who was also in attendance.

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Jessica Williams, Ebony Jo-Ann to receive inaugural Reel Sisters Award

Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m., the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will present the first Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award to honorees Jessica Williams and Ebony Jo-Ann

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Misty Copeland: The interview Pt. 1

We sit down for an interview with ballerina Misty Copeland.

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United Palace House of Inspiration hosts ‘Gathering’ fall festival fellowship

The United Palace House of Inspiration is hosting the “Gathering,” a live concert featuring Kelly Price and Kenny Lattimore, Friday, Oct. 16, starting at 7 p.m., at the United Palace Theatre, located at 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in Manhattan.

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PHOTOS: Million Man March 20th anniversary draws participants from all across nation

An estimated 1 million people gathered on the Washington Mall Oct. 10, to attend the Justice or Else rally called by Minister Louis Farrakhan in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

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Feds to regulate for-profit schools

Reports released this week indicate that for-profit colleges, such as the University of Phoenix and Everest College, continue to receive tens of millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Education, even after the department found the schools to be predatory and abusive.

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Don’t Snooze On Clues hosts anti-bullying essay campaign

Don’t Snooze On Clues is an organization that provides educational safety services to children and youth.

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Dr. Charshee McIntyre, a tireless woman warrior and scholar

The recent gathering of thousands to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March sent my thoughts spiraling back to that historic moment, not so much as to recall the euphoria, but to an interview I conducted with Dr. Charshee McIntyre on the question of the role of Black women at the event.

Watch out for Vitter

Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana is in a major fight in the race for governor of Louisiana. His campaign has been struggling in a state where some 6 percent is Hispanic along with just over 100,000 Asians.

Too much sun in the Caribbean?

Browse through any magazine or website relating to the Caribbean and you will find that the region usually promotes itself as a place where tourists can enjoy sun, sand and the sea, but in recent months, governments and tourism industry officials are ironically complaining bitterly about too much sun and its effects on economies.

CCCADI’s new fellowship creates diverse future leaders

Recently, twenty mid-career professionals took the next step toward becoming leaders in the fields of cultural arts, public policy and advocacy when they completed the first ever Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship.

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The importance of job training programs and STEM programs in NYC

While New York City continues to rebound from the economic downturn, in many parts of our city residents are being left out of the recovery.

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Who is talking to us?

The Black vote in America has been key to the successful election of any Democratic president in recent history and of a countless number of local officials.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day replacing Columbus Day

In recent years, a mass movement has been taking place across this country to abolish Columbus Day, the annual holiday commemorating European colonizer Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the “New World,” allegedly on Oct. 12, 1492.

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Ramapo College hosts 15th annual statewide ‘Diversity Issues in Higher Education’ conference

he 15th annual statewide “Diversity Issues in Higher Education” conference is being held at Ramapo College of New Jersey Friday, Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 505 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah, N.J.

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Clinton still in command

While the Democratic presidential contenders delivered substance to issues during the debate Tuesday evening in Las Vegas—something that eluded their Republican counterparts—it took a question from a viewer online to perk up the ears of Black viewers

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Prosecutor: Tamir cop actions ‘reasonable’

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty is under fire after releasing two reports that justified the police shooting of a 12-year-old boy in broad daylight.

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Walter Scott family to receive $6.5M

The North Charleston, S.C., City Council voted to authorize a $6.5 million settlement to the family of Walter Scott.

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Unity or Else: The ripple effect

One Million Gather in DC for 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March

Unity to combat police violence. Unity to defeat white supremacy. Unity to face inner-city crime. Unity to build a productive and formidable Black community.

Wednesday, October 14

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Did BET DC blackout cause boycott?

BET Hip Hop Awards sees major dip in ratings

Numbers from Nielsen cable data indicate that the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards saw a disappointing drop in ratings compared to last year.

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McDonald's launches of 2015 Flavor Battle Competition in search of best DJ

McDonald's is hooking up with leaders in hip-hop culture to announce the launch of its 2015 Flavor Battle competition.

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Georgia's Stone Mountain to be topped by MLK tribute

Georgia's Stone Mountain, a site that once hosted Ku Klux Klan cross-burnings and remains a home for Confederate tributes, will soon be adding a very different symbol: a tower in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Tracy Morgan returns to standup with New York show

Tracy Morgan has returned to the stage almost a year and a half after being critically injured in a car crash.

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BET Hip Hop Awards: Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean grab top honors

Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean were big winners at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired Tuesday night.

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Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o to speak in Harlem

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o is coming uptown to speak at MIST Harlem on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m

Monday, October 12

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FULL VIDEO: Justice Or Else! Washington, D.C.

Full video of Justice or Else in Washington, D.C.

Friday, October 9

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'Cosby Show' actor: Show's legacy is 'tarnished'

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played son Theo Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," says the sitcom's legacy has been "tarnished" by the torrent of sexual allegations against its star, Bill Cosby.

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Shooting leaves 1 dead near Texas Southern University

One person was fatally shot Friday at an apartment complex near the Texas Southern University, Houston police said on Twitter.

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Hip-hop pioneer Kool DJ AJ becomes an ancestor

An extensive conglomerate of hip-hop pioneers and aficionados came out to Harlem’s Mother AME Zion Church (146 W. 137th St.) on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17 to pay their respects to fellow legend Kool DJ AJ.

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Lincoln Medical gets grant to study obesity, hypertension in inner city

Milton Nunez, executive director of Lincoln Medical Center of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, announced that HHC Lincoln has been selected by New York to receive over $1.26 million over two years from the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program for biomedical research on obesity and hypertension in minority patients.

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Clot busters save organs

I am sure you have heard and sung the carefree little camp song that went something like this: “Row, row, row your boat/Gently down the stream/Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily/Life is just a dream.”

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New York French-American Charter School adopted by Tunisia

The New York French American Charter School was adopted by the country of Tunisia and the Organization Internationale de La Francophonie Sunday, Sept. 27.

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The Jazz Crusaders: Only Stix Hooper remains

Sunday, Oct. 4, Wilton Felder, a bassist and tenor saxophonist, perhaps best remembered as a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, died at his home in Whittier, Calif.

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A mass shooting every week during Obama’s second term

Blood is on everyone’s hand in America, because we have the power to stop horrendous acts of murder with guns, yet nothing is done.

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We agree—increase Social Security benefits!

Perhaps taking a cue from the outrageous remarks made by Donald Trump that has made him the frontrunner of the GOP pack for several months now as the presidential nominee...

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Families of victims of police brutality meet with feds

Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s office met with the families of Kashad Ashford and Abdul Kamal, two families victimized by police brutality.

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Iconic rebel Grace Lee Boggs dead at 100

In the annals of Detroit’s radical history, Grace Lee Boggs was unique.

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Health care providers appeal for Mumia Abu-Jamal

More than 40 health care providers have signed and delivered an appeal to Pennsylvania state officials, including Gov. Tom Wolf, requesting proper care for Mumia Abu-Jamal and thousands of other inmates infected with hepatitis C.

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Coughlin’s Giants regroup with a rousing win over Buffalo

Over the course of roughly two and half weeks, the Giants have risen from the abyss to prosperity—or at the very least to a promising future.

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It was a most proper and smashing contest in jolly old London

You would have had to attend a 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. church service or an earlier mass, or maybe move up your morning jog to catch the start of the 9:30 a.m. Jets-Dolphins game this past Sunday in London, England. Kickoff was 2:30 p.m. (London time; five-hour time difference), across the pond, on your tellie.

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Brook Lopez wants to be the guy for the Nets this season

The upcoming 2015-16 NBA season may be an interesting one for the Brooklyn Nets. Deron Williams is gone, securing a buyout, and then signing with the Dallas Mavericks over the summer.

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WNBA Finals in high gear

The Indiana Fever and Minnesota Lynx are tied at one game a piece in the WNBA Finals.

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Sisters Building Sisters hit the pavement to stop domestic violence

As the wind and rain whipped through the afternoon air in East New York, a bullhorn was passed throughout the walking crowd to anyone who wanted to spread a message, and the faint voice of a 5-year-old could be heard chanting, “Stop domestic violence,” while she held onto her mother’s leg.

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My dear lost America

It is a shame that after all these years, the Black socio-political structure seems inept.

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To curb Chiraq violence, bring in the NOI

This past Monday evening, a family of six was gunned down as they returned to their home.

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Howard grad returns to roots in Senate race

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general and the early odds-on favorite to become the state’s first Black U.S.

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Niaren Binford: Spectacular artist

Brooklyn-based artist and teacher Niaren Binford is striving to highlight and depict the beauty, style and grace of women of color in her artwork.

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Family of Mohamad Bah petitions DOJ for justice

Wednesday, the mothers of Eric Garner and Ramarley Graham stood beside Hawa Bah, whose son Mohamed Bah was killed by the NYPD in 2012.

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March for Safety highlights Avonte Oquendo death

A “March for Safety” is being held at Hunter’s Point Park South in Queens, Saturday, Oct. 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., to mark the second anniversary of Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance.

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NAACP New York State Conference holds 79th Annual Convention in Long Island

The NAACP New York State Conference will convene its 79th annual convention at the Hilton Long Island Hotel, located at 598 Broad Hollow Road in Melville, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11.

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Cuomo visits Bedford-Stuyvesant to discuss new special prosecutor

Central Brooklyn elected officials and community leaders welcomed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Bedford-Stuyvesant to discuss his designation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office to investigate police shootings.

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De Blasio and the homeless

He may not be responsible for the homeless issue, but it’s now New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s problem to handle.

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Community Calendar 10/8 - 10/14

Check out what's going on this week!

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Smell it, flip it, snap it, zip it

There are a lot of new, great travel necessities on the market these days.

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Bloomingdales 59th Street celebrates runway heroes

Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, New York City, hosted childhood cancer fighters and survivors last Saturday in honor of September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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Hu’s couture looks for spring 2016

At the Artbeam, one of Fashion Week’s venues, New York-based designer Vivienne Hu showed her third collection.

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New York, Boston airport workers fight for wages, better conditions

In New York, airport workers want the $15 minimum wage as soon as possible.

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Following NY’s lead, other cities convene wage boards

New Yorkers led the way and now the rest of the country is following suit.

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North Charleston reaches $6.5 million settlement with family of Walter Scott

The family of the late Walter Scott and the city of North Charleston, South Carolina, have reached a $6.5 million settlement.

Thursday, October 8

The Cosmopolitan Review 10/8-10/14

So much is happening this month.

Apollo pays homage to comedy royalty

To set off their new initiative called the Apollo Comedy Clubs, the Apollo Theater officially inducted comedic icons and Apollo Legends into the Apollo Walk of Fame.

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New Legacy Leaders host domestic violence healing conference

New York’s New Legacy Leaders partnered with Harlem Hospital Center to host a dynamic empowerment event to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness month.

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UK couple publish new children’s book

A couple from Leeds, in Northern England, has recently published their first children’s book after months of hard work and dedication.

Prime Minister David Cameron ignores reparation pleas from the Caribbean

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said that paying reparations to Caribbean islands for Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade is not a good way to “move on.”

Will Smith comes out with new track

Two additional honorees have been added to African-American Women in Cinema’s WES Awards.

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Young Lords exhibit, Christian Scott at Harlem Stage

The 1960s were heavily colored with shaded overtones of rebellious youth implementing revolutionary tactics against an indifferent government.

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Smithsonian acquires hip-hop photography collection 

Over 400 photographs compiled for the Eyejammie Hip-Hop Collection have been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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On the Verge: Up-and-coming film producer Mel Jones

Mel Jones’ official title is “Film Independent Manager Special Projects with the LA Film Festival.”

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Meagan Good is great in ‘Minority Report’

At this point, she’s a veteran, entering the game, in 1997, in the drama “Eve’s Bayou.”

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Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor inducted into Apollo’s Walk of Fame

Three legendary Black comedians were further immortalized recently when they were inducted into the Apollo Theater’s exclusive Walk of Fame.

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Keshia Knight Pulliam defends legacy of 'Cosby Show' in wake of scandal

As more allegations are made against Bill Cosby, his former co-star says the scandal doesn't negate the importance of his iconic television show.

BOOK REVIEW ‘Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him’

Comedy changed when Richard Pryor took over.

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Economic woes for Abyssinian Development Corporation

When it rains, it pours—at least that’s the deluge Abyssinian Development Corporation is experiencing nowadays.

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Inspector general to NYPD: ‘Train officers better’

In a report last week, NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure outlined ways police officers can avoid unnecessarily violent confrontations.

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Million Man March 2: ‘Justice or Else,’ 10.10.15

Believers, non-believers, the inspired, the hopeful, the jaded, the skeptics and the eternally optimistic—this Saturday, many of these folks will be heading to Washington, D.C.

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Urban Agenda: A Break from Bloomberg/Giuliani “Punish the Poor” doctorine

When ideology trumps common sense you get failed policies. That was the case with the city’s approach to “Welfare to Work” programs under the previous two mayors.

Friday, October 2

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Apollo hosts Harlem Healthy Soul Fest

The Apollo Theater recently hosted the third annual Harlem Healthy Soul Festival, building on its role as a community resource and gathering place.

Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 9/01 - 9/07

In celebration of Bill Withers’ recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the brilliant iconic song craftsman and soulful vocalist returns for a tribute concert ...

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Fried chicken and super heroes

Saturday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., our friends at Harlem Shake NYC (@HarlemShakeNYC) are hosting a fried chicken primer, featuring “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science.”

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Talking SCHOP! Creating new food memories

Way before it was cool for city dwellers to get in touch with their food and community-supported agriculture popped up, I was taking trips with my elementary school class to orchards to pick apples from the branch.

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Captivating travel stories for the soul

There are all kinds of travel guides out there, for specific destinations, themed travel such as beach vacations, traveling with children, sojourns for baby boomers and the list goes on.

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Spring 2016: b Michael’s styles at Harlem Stage

Fashion is not new to Harlem. In fact, several designers come to Harlem for their style ideas.

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The artful styling of spring fashions

Twelve new and upcoming designers showed their collections during the Art Institutes’s Fashion Week presentation.

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A popular pope

Pope Francis’ six-day, three-city visit to the United States may have either brought divisions closer together or provided the opposing forces enough calm to be comfortable in their separation.

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Camille A. Brown presents ‘Black Girl: Linguistic Play’

Last week, I saw Camille A. Brown’s “Black Girl: Linguistic Play.”

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Tribute for African internationalist Elombe Brath at Schomburg

An international who’s who visited Harlem’s Schomburg Center to pay tribute to global activist and renowned Pan-Africanist Elombe Brath Saturday, Sept. 26.

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150 years of Cedar Fall Baptist Church history

Like most African-American churches that began shortly after the end of the Civil War and slave emancipation, Cedar Fall Baptist Church began as a worship center under a brush arbor, with no formal structure.

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No one seems to be strong enough to break away in NFL East

In the NFL, coaches dissect their 16-game regular season into fourths. Heading into week four, the Giants can significantly alleviate their disastrous beginning to the 2015 campaign and plausibly look forward optimistically with a win over the Buffalo Bills in New York this Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Jets let their guard down, get whacked at home

New York Jets fans converged on MetLife Stadium Sunday afternoon with a new sense of hope, a new spirit of optimism and a renewed vitality.

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No shame, no blame! Liberty season comes to a quiet end

Although the New York Liberty won’t be vying for a WNBA championship this year, it’s hard to criticize a team that re-energized the fan base, fought hard and lit up Madison Square Garden with some of the best play in women’s basketball.

Top high school teams to compete in NYC Mayors Cup Championships

New York City’s top high school cross country teams from the Public Schools Athletic League, Catholic High School Athletic Association and independent schools will compete for the title of Best in the City.

Thursday, October 1

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Two New Yorkers weld new path with steam fitting apprenticeship

Many people dream of changing careers and finding something with more purpose.

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Cuomo helps low-paid workers come out of the shadows

I proudly took the stage at the Jacob Javits Center Sept. 10 with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Vice President Joseph Biden and other leaders to announce Cuomo’s “Campaign for Economic Justice,” which seeks to make New York the first state in the nation with a $15 minimum wage.

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Lyfe Jennings brings that good ole feelin’ right back

It’s official. We’re seeing the pigskin flying officially for three weeks now.

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ABC News reporter renews vows

Emmy Award-winning ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo recently renewed her vows to her husband of 10 years, Tommie Porter.

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15th annual Anti-Corruption Awards honors activists

Richard Kirkpatrick of Harlem was honored at the 15th annual Anti-Corruption Awards sponsored by the New York City Independence Party.

Cosmopolitan Review 9/24 - 9/30

Hello, October, and hello to the second season of the hit TV show “Empire.”

MIDEAST PIVOTS TOWARD SOLAR POWER—WILL AFRICA CATCH UP?

To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert, but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East.

PALM OIL PLANTATIONS DEVOURING FORESTS IN WEST AFRICA

A newly released study has found that trees covering an area twice the size of Maine were cut down worldwide in 2014. But the biggest threat to forests is looming over West Africa.

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ALL FEMALE ANTI-POACHING TEAM ACCLAIMED FOR SAVING LIVES

Saving the rhinos was probably the farthest thing from the imaginations of Collet Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane when they were making their career choices.

If I can help somebody’s arteries and veins

I’m sure that you have heard some great gospel singers sing that wrenching and uplifting song “If I Can Help Somebody.”

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Eric Adams convenes Brooklyn task force on early childhood development

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams convened the first meeting of the Brooklyn Task Force on Early Childhood Development, aimed at promoting the healthy growth of Brooklynites, from pre-natal to age 3, along with their families, Sept. 26.

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CUNY faculty fights for new contract

With so many unions awarded contracts since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, many New Yorkers have forgotten about CUNY’s faculty and staff.

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The sultry and magnificent Pearl Bailey

After Pope Francis did New York City, his next stop was Philadelphia, where he was serenaded by the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin.

Will Pope Francis soften any hearts on immigration?

Pope Mania is over now that the Holy Father is back in Rome, leaving many wondering whether his remarks on immigration, made to the U.S. Congress last week, managed to soften any hearts.

Pay us money for slavery, region tells UK PM

The head of a group appointed by Caribbean leaders to force Britain and other European countries to compensate the region for the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade wants British Prime Minister David Cameron to own up to the genocide against Caribbean people and be prepared to act accordingly.

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St. Croix to host Restaurant Week

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has launched Restaurant Week on the island of St. Croix, the event running from Wednesday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 8.

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Pope on poverty and prevention

"Consider that more than 2 out of every 5 people living in New York City live in poverty."

Community Storefront Program launches in Newark’s South Ward

South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and others recently opened the Community Storefront Program at 790 Clinton Ave. in the South Ward’s Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood.

Jersey City launches new loan program to assist small businesses

Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop announced the launch of a new loan program aimed at securing financing for local businesses.

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Obama and Putin—stalemate

Call it poker, chess or political arm wrestling.

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Darrien Hunt’s mom scoffs at $900,000 settlement offer in son’s police killing

On the one-year anniversary of Darrien Hunt’s police killing, several dozen family members, friends and supporters gathered at the Panda Express in Saratoga Springs, Utah, where he was shot, to commemorate his life and call for police accountability.

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Help & Hope for Homeowners event

The NAACP and the Ocwen Financial Corporation hosted the third Help & Hope for Homeowners event...

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Fifth annual Staten Island Black Heritage Family Day

The fifth anniversary of the Staten Island Black Heritage Family Day showcases, honors and celebrates the rich and diverse cultures of people of African descent who live on Staten Island.

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Politicos attend Paul J. Cooper 44th anniversary benefit gala

Paul J. Cooper was a local community activist who advocated for improved mental health services for the community. The center was renamed in his honor after his death.

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Usher ties the knot

According to several reports, Anthony Anderson’s wife, Alvina, has filed for divorce from the actor after 20 years of marriage.

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BRIC JazzFest, Mixon’s Hot House

With the generational influence of Brooklyn native musicians Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston, the keeper of African music and culture, the borough will present its first installment of the BRIC JazzFest.

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Dance calendar October 2015

This month’s calendar begins with a celebration of a New York dance treasure...

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Tribe Called Quest reissue debut album for 25th anniversary 

In the first of a series of reissues, the legendary New York-based hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest  is reissuing their debut album, “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm,” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the album’s 1990 release. 

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‘The Martian’: Middling entertainment

When an otherwise successful NASA mission to Mars is overtaken by an unexpected and severe storm, the astronauts take off for home, leaving behind a presumed-dead crew member, Mark Watney (Matt Damon).

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Coates, Miranda among winners of MacArthur ‘genius grant’

The 2015 recipients of the MacArthur “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have been announced this week, giving 24 contemporary artists, photographers and writers an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Wesley Snipes is ‘The Player’ for NBC

I’ve always enjoyed connecting with Wesley Snipes. He’s always respectful, fun, informative and, to my understanding, he’s a very loyal man.

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Pope’s strong message

“He’s so loved,” she said of the pope, the first Latin American and Jesuit to lead the Roman Catholic Church.

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Bush’s ‘free stuff’ sparks reaction

Bush’s ‘free stuff’ sparks reaction.

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Farewell to the carpenter

In many ways, the job of the speaker of the House is much like that of a craftsman.

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Professor Ricky Jones knows best

Professor Ricky Jones, who served 13 years behind bars, is receiving the Citizens Against Recidivism Award.

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Assemblyman Michael Blake participates in White House state legislator briefing

Bronx Assemblymember Michael A. Blake participated in a State Legislator Briefing with President Barack Obama.

PRESERVE OUR LEGACY HOLDS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Preserve Our Legacy held it’s annual fundraiser dedicated to sickle cell research at Sofrito in Harlem.

SANKOFA COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROVIDING BUSES TO 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF MILLION MAN MARCH

Saturday, Oct. 10, Sankofa Community Empowerment is taking a one-day bus trip down to Washington D.C. to participate in the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March Justice or Else! rally.

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Sisters Building Sisters to hold anti-domestic violence rally in East New York

To highlight this horrible reality, Saturday, Oct. 3 at noon, Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn will be spearheading our second annual Walk to End Domestic Violence in East New York and Abroad.

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De Blasio announces $1.6 billion in MWBE awards

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Director Maya Wiley announced Sept. 28 that New York City has awarded over $1.6 billion in contracts to MWBEs in fiscal year 2015.

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Michelle Obama comes to Harlem

First lady Michelle Obama made her way to Harlem Tuesday, Sept. 29 to talk with young girls about the importance of education and her latest campaign to educate millions of girls worldwide.

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All in the family: Boyland’s ex-wife in custody

The ex-wife of disgraced former New York Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. might meet a fate similar to his.

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Fixing police-community relations

At One Centre Street, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel unveiled a new report from town hall meetings on police.

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A Report We Strongly Endorse

Improving police-community relations has been a topic of conversation for decades, especially in communities of color.