Stories for September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

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Bill Cosby: Universities rescind honorary degrees

Bill Cosby's stunning fall from grace appears far from over.

Monday, September 28

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Trevor Noah and other Africans hitting the big time

South African comedian Trevor Noah finally makes his debut Monday as the new host of "The Daily Show."

Saturday, September 26

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Pope Francis leaves students with some homework

Pope Francis gave the students of Our Lady Queen of Angels School an important assignment during his visit on Friday.

Friday, September 25

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The fruit kids eat most is ...

How do you like them apples? Among kids, a lot, apparently.

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The five best ways to experience Havana

With the relaxation on U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba, many Americans are trying to figure out how to go to the island and what to do once they get there.

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House Speaker John Boehner: 'I decided today is the day'

John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who steered his party to an overwhelming House majority in 2010, said in a news conference Friday afternoon he had decided only that morning to announce his plans to resign from Congress.

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Pope Francis visits 9/11 memorial

Pope Francis paid his respects Friday to the victims of the September 11 attacks, participating in an interfaith service and praying with their families at the ground zero memorial.

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717 people dead: What caused the Hajj stampede?

A day after a deadly crush killed 717 people during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, a critical question remained Friday: What caused the chaotic stampede?

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Black designers absent from NYFW but present in other ways

Black fashion designers find alternative showcase opportunities during New York Fashion Week and legendary model Beverly Johnson talks new memoir.

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In today’s NFL, Giants must learn to seize the moment

Seize the moment. In the 16-game NFL regular season schedule, every win is precious and every loss is consequential.

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Jets’ Todd Bowles off and coaching like a 30-year vet

Todd Bowles got a thing for Gladys Knight, he likes Eddie Levert and the O’Jays and he likes milk with his Chips Ahoy cookies.

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Liberty tasting sweet wins in WNBA playoffs

It was a fight to the finish in the first round of the WNBA playoffs for the New York Liberty, but the team prevailed with a 79-74 victory over the Washington Mystics in game three.

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New York City Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes the 26th class of inductees

The newest inductees to the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame

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After Blake arrest, City Council to create NYPD early intervention system

Today, members of the New York City Council announced that they will push bills to create and monitor an NYPD early intervention system for overly aggressive police officers.

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Dr. Carson inflames Muslim community

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker shot his wad of cash and bowed out of the presidential race Monday.

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Tribute for African internationalist Elombe Brath at Schomburg

Last weekend a delegation of activists met with President Hage Gottfried Geingob of Namibia.

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Fading minds need your time

I had many elderly patients who, unfortunately, began to have fading minds and lived alone...

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Domestic Violence Conference to take place next Saturday

With the issue of domestic violence coming back to the forefront this decade and reaching crisis levels, activists and pundits felt it was high time to get together and create a plan to combat it.

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HistoryMakers back in town and ‘back to school’

HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African-American video and oral history archive, is once again in New York City.

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Tuskegee Airman Calvin Spann, a ‘Red Tail’ in the sunset

A couple of weeks ago, while doing research on Frank Petersen, the first African-American Marine pilot, Jesse Brown was mentioned because it was his heroic combat in the air that inspired Petersen.

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Community Calendar 9/24 - 9/30

Check out what's going on around the city!

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New York City Wine & Food Festival 2015

It’s that time of the year again—food festival season!

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Talking SCHOP! Taste Talking

My first time at Taste Talks proved to be the right year for my inaugural visit.

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Art, music and film among Afrocentric events presented in October

Believe it or not, fall is officially here...

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Historic Emmy wins for Viola, Regina and Uzo

History was made when twice-Oscar-nominated “How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis won an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series, becoming the first African-American actress to claim that prize.

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Nicholas Payton at Birdland, Bob Stewart Tuba Competition

With the summer dispersing, it’s fast leaving us with just memoires of those wonderful outdoor jazz concerts that featured the sounds of nature with Gotham’s chirping bird solos and those long improvised notes of the crickets that sometimes persisted for hours.

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Pope Francis invokes MLK in nod to racial tensions

Pope Francis quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in both of his major speeches in Washington during his first trip to America.

Thursday, September 24

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East Harlem: The Pope's 'most important stop'

On a park bench outside a Manhattan housing project, Jenny Ortiz, 65, remembered the day she and several parishioners were led out of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in handcuffs.

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Sweet sounds of Brooklyn

Music is celebrated at "Sweet Sounds of Brooklyn"

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Latino History Month: A time to recognize Black culture

Last week Hispanic Heritage Month began.

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Macy’s fashion front row spectacular

Macy’s magnificent turnout at the Theater at Madison Square Garden for “Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row” was memorable.

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The chemise dress is back for spring 2016

Carmen Marc Valvo is leading the way with his stylish, color-blocked chemise dresses that are bright and smart-looking.

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Maya Angelou art collection sells for $1.3 million

Close to 50 pieces of art from the estate of iconic poet and author Maya Angelou were collected and auctioned at the Swann Auction Gallery in New York City.

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Don Cheadle makes directorial debut at New York Film Fest

Don Cheadle will make his directorial debut with “Miles Ahead,” a remarkable portrait of the artist Miles Davis.

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Save the West Indian Day Parade

Each Labor Day weekend, thousands of New Yorkers gather to celebrate “One Caribbean, One People, One Voice.”

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No housing and job discrimination against New Yorkers with criminal convictions

For too many formerly incarcerated men and women, their criminal past condemns them to a dismal future.

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Seeking the missing American worker

One of the striking facets of the economic downturn that started in 2008 and the “recovery” that has continued until today is the unprecedented slack in the American labor force.

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Justice or else

As the summer months have passed and the winds of fall are upon us, we are 16 days away from the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March.

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Don’t blame J’ouvert

Predicting where the next barrage of bullets will occur in New York City or the nation is impossible.

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Regents passes new evaluations, but with a caveat

The United Federation of Teachers and the New York State Union of Teachers pushed hard for what they felt were “fairer” evaluations.

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Unions, activists react to mayor’s education speech

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a new education agenda at a speech in the Bronx last week.

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We need to protect and preserve public housing in New York City

May 19, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his 10-year plan to eliminate NYCHA’s operating deficit to prevent the downfall of a program that houses over 600,000 and employs over 11,000 New Yorkers.

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Bob Marley’s children Damian and Stephen staying ‘righteous’

It happens every lifetime, I guess—a momentous event that changes the course of history.

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Spectacular Black wedding in the hills of Italy and English countryside

A fantastic wedding took place in Europe.

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Revelers line streets for African-American Day Parade

Thousands came out for what is dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” the 46th annual African-American Day Parade Sunday in Harlem.

Cosmopolitan Review 9/24 - 9/30

It’s official. Say adieu to summer and hello to fall.

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A fire department that reflects the city it serves

More than 40 years ago the Vulcan and Hispanic Societies filed a lawsuit against the New York City Civil Service Commission charging that the New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) hiring practices were discriminatory.

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Honoring scholar Joseph Graham

Harlem resident Chantel Carter knows the setbacks, hard work and dedication it takes having a child with special needs.

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Mumia’s legal and medical update

The latest on Mumia's health

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Obama praises role of Black women in civil rights

A major speech by President Barack Obama can be wide-ranging, touching on a shopping list of topics, or it can be precisely tailored to a single issue.

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Bedford Central Community Corp. hosts 10th Annual Homebuyer Series

Bedford Central Community Development Corp. is starting its homebuyer course in October.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announces multi-agency strategy to end sale of use of K2

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a multi-agency strategy to reduce demand and supply for synthetic cannabinoids, often sold under the brand name K2, among others.

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John Henrik Clark 100th birthday celebrated at Medgar Evers College

In honor and memory of John Henrik Clark’s 100th birthday, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, wants to raise awareness about Clark’s numerous contributions, as well as introduce him in his own words.

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William Boyland Jr. gets 14 years for corruption

Former New York Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s wrongdoings have caught up with him.

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NYCHA urged to take responsibility for murder of Olivia Brown

Community leaders in Harlem gathered at Lincoln Houses Monday, advocating that all NYCHA residents be kept safe after the 2013 murder Olivia Brown.

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Unions, electeds pack Amsterdam News labor breakfast

Members of the labor community and elected officials came out last week for the New York Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch and Associates’ “Tying Communities Together” Labor Awards Breakfast at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.

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DA thwarted in attempt to sideline Nick Hillary

Oral “Nick” Hillary, accused of murdering a 12-year-old white boy in Potsdam, N.Y., in 2011, is out on bail after being arrested and charged with second-degree criminal contempt.

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Activists tell City Hall, police to utilize community patrols

Community leaders have long had the solution to cut down on violence in the city.

Wednesday, September 23

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‘Empire’ returns for season two

"Empire" is set to be one of this season's hottest shows.

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Couple trying to resolve mistaken $2 million cell phone bill

We’ve all found mistakes on our cell phone bills, likely a few dollars here and there. But imagine hearing you owe more than $2 million on a phone plan you had for just a month.

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Weight of the union: Obesity by state

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control find that while adult obesity rates remain steady, they are still high around the country.

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Pope Francis gets political in Washington debut

Pope Francis immediately dove into the whirlpool of U.S. politics on Wednesday,

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Fans anticipate season premiere of Fox's 'Empire'

Cookie and Luscious Lyon are back as Fox's highly-rated drama "Empire" returns for its second season.

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Binge drinking 101: Learning to curb the college trend

Binge drinking continues to be a problem for college students

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Yogi Berra, baseball player and source of folk wisdom, dies at 90

Yogi Berra, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history who also was known for his humorous malapropisms, has died.

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Tisha Campbell-Martin wears rapist's apology in music video

Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin has shared a secret from which she says she's found peace.

Tuesday, September 22

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Funeral arrangements announced for Carey Gabay

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Carey Gabay, an aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo who was shot in Brooklyn over Labor Day Weekend.

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James Blake meets mayor, seeks 'lasting impact' after police takedown

Tennis star James Blake meets with Mayor Bill de Blasio about Blake's negative interaction with an NYPD officer.

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Reclaiming the waves: South Africa's new surfing heroes

South Africa has beautiful beaches and some of the world's best surf, but during apartheid segregatory laws were used to bar nonwhites from parks, swimming pools, libraries, public transportation -- as well as beaches

Monday, September 21

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PHOTOS: The 46th Annual African-American Day Parade

The African-American Day Parade marched through Harlem on Sunday.

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HISTORY MADE: Viola Davis becomes first Black woman to win Emmy for Best Actress In A Drama

Actress Viola Davis made history at the Emmys Awards Sunday night by becoming the first Black woman to win Emmy for Best Actress In A Drama.

Friday, September 18

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Apollo Theater hosts Third Annual Harlem Healthy Soul Festival

The Apollo Theater presents its third annual community initiative focused on family wellness—Harlem Healthy Soul Festival, on Saturday, September 19 from 12pm to 7pm.

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Liberty head to playoffs after record-breaking season

The New York Liberty start postseason play at Madison Square Garden this Friday versus the Washington Mystics. First, the good news.

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A Giant case of poor decisions leads to season-opening loss

The Giants’ distressing 27­-26 defeat to the defending NFC East champions the Dallas Cowboys on the road Sunday night

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New NFL season: Many questions, but who has the answers?

The start of the NFL season is much like the first day of school—new uniforms, new equipment, new players, a new team personnel.

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Pursuit of Grand Slam can now be tucked away

Serena Williams’ quest for a Grand Slam came to a disappointing and sudden halt in her semi­final match.

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A mind, body and spirit transformation in Costa Rica

In our last sojourn, we had just arrived at the Retreat at Altos del Monte, a new, secluded, eight-acre mountaintop estate just 45 minutes from San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Yolanda Torres appointed new executive superintendent of FACE

ronx native and longtime educator Yolanda Torres was appointed executive superintendent of the Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Aug. 26.

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AmNews Labor Breakfast honors activists, workers, politicians and those who fight for the cause

Although they’re depicted as operating with different agendas in mind, the annual New York Amsterdam News Labor Breakfast shows what can be achieved when activists, workers and politicians are in sync with each other.

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Vivica A. Fox to join ‘Empire’

Check out the latest in celebrity news from Flo Anthony.

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Mary Lou Williams film, Bartz at Dizzy’s, Coltrane’s birthday

The independent filmmaker Carol Bash began her early career working at CBS’s “60 Minutes” (receptionist and production assistant).

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Sanaa Lathan names Baldwin as one of her favorite authors

Actress and executive producer Sanaa Lathan is passionate about literacy, which “releases the power of the imagination.”

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‘Minority Report’ star Meagan Good talks religion, her new show

Megan Good is one of those women who manages to look downright sexy and downright wholesome all at the same time.

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Rapping history works on Broadway in ‘Hamilton’

I did not have the opportunity to experience the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “Hamilton” when it was playing off-Broadway, but I’m so glad I did get to see it on Broadway.

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East Harlem’s Saint Cecilia’s parish introduces immigrants, refugees due to meet Pope

At East Harlem’s Saint Cecilia’s parish, Catholic Charities Monsignor Kevin Sullivan recently introduced groups of Central American immigrants and refugees who will meet the Pope.

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A compassionate conclusion: Helping New York City’s homeless

“God Forgive Us for Making People Invisible” was the title of a sermon I preached about Lisa, a homeless woman in our community who had sadly passed away. Lisa, who suffered from mental and substance abuse illnesses, would stand in front of our church.

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Our common home and Pope Francis

From Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home,” we have a template on what may be the content of his discussions during his visit to the U.S.

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Long live Huey P. Newton

Revolutionary activist Dr. Huey Percy Newton was fatally shot at 47 years of age Aug. 22, 1989, on Center Street in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood of West Oakland, Calif.,

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SOURCE360 merging movers and shakers with hip-hop

The Source magazine and the North Star Group hosts SOURCE360, taking place throughout the Brooklyn Cultural District, from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20.

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Mount Sinai opens dialysis and renal treatment center

The Division of Nephrology of the Mount Sinai Health System recently marked the opening of the Mount Sinai Kidney Center at East River Plaza with a formal ribbon cutting.

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CUNY students pledge service to New York City on 9/11

Sept. 11, nearly 900 students from eight CUNY colleges pledged to serve New York City by joining 135 community organizations through the CUNY Service Corps.

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Writers Thomas Sayers Ellis, Chinelo Okparanta join CCNY faculty

Acclaimed poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and short story writer Chinelo Okparantan have joined the City College of New York’s MFA program in creative writing as visiting faculty for the fall 2015 semester.

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Teachers fight back against tenure lawsuit

Teachers in New York have had enough of the attacks on their livelihood.

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Freedom fighter Safiya Bukhari and a voice for political prisoners

Two things recently brought back memories of Safiya Bukhari: the release of Stanley Nelson’s film on the Black Panther Party and the various commemorations surrounding the uprising in Attica prison in 1971.

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Latest on ‘the Greatest’ by Ishmael Reed

Few African-American writers, no, make that American writers, have been as productive and insightful in their literary careers as Ishmael Reed.

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Time to unite on Iran

Fourteen years ago, a terrible thing happened to our country, to our city, when terrorists attacked us on Sept. 11.

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The wrong Dr. Ben

The narrative of Dr. Ben Carson’s life is compelling.

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Newark Community Economic Development Corporation reduces application process from one year to 31 days

The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation and the city of Newark, N.J., announced an improved business licensing process.

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People’s Organization for Progress demands justice for NJ police shooting victims

Recent rallies held in New Jersey by the justice organization People’s Organization for Progress are demanding justice for several unarmed Black men who have been killed by police.

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The Links dedicate new library at Alma Rangel Gardens assisted living community

The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, dedicated a new library for the residents of the Harlem-based Alma Rangel Gardens Assisted Living Center Tuesday.

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James Blake not letting up on NYPD fight

James Blake was once the world’s fourth greatest male tennis player, and after a highly publicized confrontation with an NYPD officer, he could be serving unwanted attention to the department.

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CCRB report sees decrease in complaints, increase in substantiated ones

A new semi-annual report by the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board demonstrates the power of camera phones.

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Community Calendar 9/17 - 9/23

Check out what's going around the city this week!

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Celebrate Italian food at Identita Golose

Identita Golose, one of the most prestigious international culinary organizations highlighting the best of contemporary Italian cuisine, returns to the United States.

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Donald LeSessne Miller passes

A trailblazer has passed away and left a host of memories for us to cherish, including a life of accomplishments and service. Donald LeSessne Miller passed away Aug. 29.

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FASHION WEEK: Spring-summer 2016: Look the part

New York Fashion Week is open. Desigual’s spring-summer 2016 collection, shown at Skylight at Moynihan Station on West 33rd Street, focused on women living in the city.

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FASHION WEEK: Awe-inspiring red carpet looks for spring 2016

At Art Beam, Leanne Marshall opened New York Fashion Week with an artful, modern twist. Her show ushered the audience on a journey of rebirth.

Thursday, September 17

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Talking SCHOP! Long Island vineyard hoping

As much as I would have wanted to be on a beach Labor Day weekend, I found myself on my couch under the air conditioning, glued to my television watching the U.S. Open.

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Cuomo: ‘It’s time to change the minimum wage’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s ready to do right by workers.

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NLRB says Teach for America members can join union in Detroit

An under-the-radar ruling has a big chance to shape the nature of certain education programs in America.

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Renaissance Farie has two weekends left

Only two weekends are left to experience the magic of the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, N.Y. The Faire,

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NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch Freedom Fund Luncheon

Sept. 12, at the Marina del Rey in Throggs Neck, N.Y., the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch held its 14th annual Freedom Fund Luncheon, with a wonderful turnout of members and guests from all over New York.

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Celebrating Althea Gibson and tennis

Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presented “American Masters, Althea,”

Cosmopolitan Review 9/17 - 9/23

Don’t worry, it’s not officially fall until you smell it in the air and the leaves on the trees turn to a golden orange and yellow.

Tunisa slams door on refugees with 100-mile moat

Once surrounding castles of old, a moat stretching 100 miles is being dug by Tunisia against alleged terror threats from nearby Libya.

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A ‘symbol of reconciliation' for victims of British rule

In a ceremony attended by thousands of Kenyans, statues dedicated to the victims of torture and ill-treatment by British colonialists were unveiled this past weekend at Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner in Nairobi.

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Yvonne Pointer: A passionate woman with a purpose

Cleveland-based anti-violence activist, author, motivational speaker and philanthropist Yvonne Pointer took an amazing step by opening a school in Ghana, Africa, in honor of her daughter.

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Dr. William Grier, co-author of ‘Black Rage,’ dead at 89

At the peak of David Alan Grier’s popularity as a cast member of the television show “In Living Color,” it was rarely mentioned that he was the son of noted psychiatrist William Grier.

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25-year-old Black woman becomes youngest ever judge in Easley, SC

The history-making news of a 25-year-old Black woman becoming the youngest judge ever appointed in her hometown of Easley, S.C., has gone viral, setting the Internet ablaze and making local headlines.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month together

Hispanic Heritage Month is an important annual event, one that allows a diverse group of people of similar culture, language and ethnicity to come together and celebrate our shared success as we strive for an even greater future.

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Congress must oppose the dangerous Iran deal

As Congress inches closer to voting on the Iranian nuclear deal—an historic mistake that will bless the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism as it becomes a nuclear threshold state—Americans should be terrified.

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We should be paying attention to the immigration debates in Europe

By now you may have heard about the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are flooding the shores of Europe and forcing several nations to confront their own ideas and definitions of democracy, equality and fairness.

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Owner of Fabulous Freddy’s speaks on Black business

Opening a business in a industry that is predominately run by another race can be a risky move for some, but Janice Fredericks, 29, believed in herself and her dreams.

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James Blake not letting up on NYPD fight

James Blake was once the world’s fourth greatest male tennis player, and after a highly publicized confrontation with an NYPD officer, he could be serving unwanted attention to the department.

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Critical Condition: Bed-Stuy Vollies in need of lifesaving measures

Captain James “Rocky” Robinson’s mission was laid out in 1987.

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Cuomo aide dies

The family of an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in grief this week after learning that the aide, Carey Gabay, who was shot in the head last week, has died.

Wednesday, September 16

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The rise and fall of Joe's Crab Shack

When Joe’s Crab Shack built their first New York City location in Harlem in 2013, the company promised jobs and a place where locals could go for good food.

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Obama invites Ahmed Mohamed, clock-making teen arrested in Texas, to White House

The same day Texas police announced that a teenager arrested in Texas after bringing a clock he made to high school would not charged, President Barack Obama invited the student to the White House.

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Police officer claims bosses discriminating against him for having beard

An Atlanta police officer has a big beef with the department over his beard.

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FASHION WEEK: Kanye West's last minute NYFW show angers designers

Rapper Kanye West has managed to offend some folks during New York Fashion Week.

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Here's why Ben Carson is catching up to Donald Trump

Donald Trump may still be leading the Republican field, but fellow outsider candidate Dr. Ben Carson is closing in, and both are leaving the rest of the field behind.

Tuesday, September 15

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Carson writes of his cousins killed in street violence

Ben Carson wrote about his personal experience with violence as a youth in an op-ed targeted at millennials.

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Georgia police refuse to go out on 'racially insensitive' call

Snellville, Ga. police refused to go out on a call they are calling "racially insensitive."

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Bobby Brown remembers Bobbi Kristina

Bobby Brown has spoken publicly about his daughter for the first time since her death almost two months ago.

Monday, September 14

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Applying for financial aid just got a little easier

Applying for financial aid can be a pain. But the federal government will start allowing students to file their applications three months earlier, aiming to make the messy process a little easier to handle.

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Vanessa Williams gets Miss America apology -- 32 years later

Actress and singer Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America stage Sunday night, three decades after she became the first black woman to win the crown but resigned following a nude photo scandal.

Sunday, September 13

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Second annual ESSENCE Street Style Block Party takes place in Brooklyn

Fashionistas from all over came out to the 2nd annual ESSENCE Street Style Block Party in Brooklyn

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Moses Malone, NBA legend, dies

Basketball legend Moses Malone died on Sunday, according to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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James Blake on cop's mistake: Outcome for me could have been worse

When former tennis star James Blake relives the moment an undercover cop grabbed and threw him to the ground outside a New York hotel, he wonders what would have happened if he hadn't cooperated.

Friday, September 11

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Joe's Crab Shack: Employees were offered to apply for transfers to other locations

Officials from Joe's Crab Shack say employees at the now closed Harlem location were offered to apply to work at the chain's other locations in the Tri-State area.

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Ben Carson to tour Ferguson

Ben Carson will tour Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday, the city that has been the site of frequent protests since unarmed teenager Michael Brown was killed by police last summer.

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Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake won't seek re-election

Embattled Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday that she will not seek re-election, saying a political campaign would take time away from the city's ability to cope with a police brutality scandal.

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Dedicated to those who did not survive Sept. 11, 2001

When the building of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center was proposed in...

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Through the eyes of Tommy Harris: A 9/11 reflection

Sept. 11 always tugs on Tommy Harris Jr.’s heart.

Thursday, September 10

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Civil rights icon Amelia Boynton Robinson passes at 104

Back in June, when Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson appeared at the United Palace House of Inspiration in Washington Heights, she regaled the audience with historical memories, none more exhilarating than her own legendary place in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Helen Burns Jackson, movement matriarch and mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, passes at 92

Over the past two or three weeks, the nation has mourned the passing of notable civil rights icons. Monday, Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson joined the ancestors.

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Nigeria Entertainment Awards celebrates 10th year with style

The Nigeria Entertainment Awards, also known as the NEA, were established in New York City in January 2006.

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AileyCamp celebrates 25 years

On Aug. 13, at Hostos Community College, some 100 youngsters, 11 to 14 years of age, burst onto the stage of the main theater in a program bristling with energy, enthusiasm and talent, demonstrating not only what they learned but also how much fun they had during a six-week stint this summer at CAS/AileyCamp

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Black Panthers, Sista’s Place, Bronx Tour and Jazz

Over the years, there has been an abundance of information written on the Black Panthers, as well as a few off-Broadway plays and short film clips.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center to open 28th season at Lehman Center

Bassist Carlos Henriquez had just returned from Cleveland, where he worked with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra, having performed Wynton Marsalis’s composition “Swing Symphony” when we talked.

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Word, Rock & Sword Fest returns to NYC

Singer, composer, producer and activist Toshi Reagon is proud to present the fifth annual installment of “Word, Rock & Sword: A Festival Exploration of Women’s Lives.”

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Blondell Cummings: A remembrance and food for thought

A short, stocky woman in a long, white dress stands alone on a dimly lit stage.

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MIST Harlem hosts Caribbean film fest

Creatively Speaking Film Series celebrates the opening of its 20th consecutive season Sept. 11 to 13 with “Spotlight Caribbean” at MIST/Madiba Harlem.

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Venus Williams: College grad

Flo Anthony dishes on the latest in celebrity news!

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‘The Devil Finds Work: James Baldwin on Film’ at Lincoln Center

One of the most engaging, invigorating and rewarding perks of living in New York City is being able to enjoy and absorb the rich and diverse cultural offerings provided by the Film Society of Lincoln Center season after season.

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James Blake detained: NYPD chief wants to apologize to ex-tennis star

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday he wants to apologize to former tennis star James Blake, who was mistakenly tackled and handcuffed by police in a sting operation that went awry outside a Manhattan hotel Wednesday.

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Touro students win top awards at conference

Student leaders from Touro College of Pharmacy walked away with numerous top awards and scholarships at the conclusion of the 2015 Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

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Building stronger school communities

"As chancellor, I love talking to our students and parents at community meetings, forums, town halls and even in the grocery store..."

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Cuomo: ‘It’s time to fix Common Core’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Common Core is broken and needs to be reviewed.

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The Marines’ first Black pilot, Frank E. Petersen Jr.

It took years for the nation to recognize the heroic achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, and it’s taken even longer to know of the breakthrough made by Frank E. Petersen Jr. With Petersen joining the ancestors Aug. 25 at age 83, there has been a number of obituaries in the mainstream press.

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Community Calendar 9/10 - 9/16

Check out this week's event calendar!

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The Retreat at Altos del Monte

Located between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, Costa Rica is truly a jewel of Central America

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Caribbean community celebrates Labor Day

Millions took to Eastern Parkway this past Monday in celebration of Caribbean culture and pride at the 48th annual West Indian American Day Labor Day Carnival.

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William sisters win on court despite elitism, racism

Right on, Serena Williams!

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Black lives still precious

When we subscribe to the idea that “Black Lives Matter,” it’s something we state without pause or reservation.

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Berkeley College students attend national student leadership diversity convention in Jersey City

Fourteen Berkeley College students explored issues of diversity and leadership at the third annual Student Leadership Diversity Convention recently held in Jersey City, N.J.

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Baltimore awards settlement to family of Freddie Gray

The family of Freddie Gray is appreciative but still seeking justice, after the city of Baltimore approved a $6.4 million settlement for the death of the 25-year-old Black man at the hands of police.

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Another executive order from Obama

When President Barack Obama told union workers during his Labor Day speech in Boston on Monday that his executive order will require federal contractors to extend the number of paid sick leave days, there was sustained applause.

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Fall 2015-2016 knits, eco-friendly hits are on the line

At Paper London’s Berlin Fashion Week Show, the look was modern sleek.

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Berlin’s New Designers show for spring-summer 2016

Alexandra Tamele, 22, presented a striking, brightly colored collection of menswear and a women’s line at the Berlin Fashion Week shows.

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The Source magazine brings back great weekend hip-hop festival to Brooklyn

The NorthStar Group and The Source magazine will present the second annual SOURCE360 Festival Sept. 17 to 20.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: ‘Black Panthers’ doc presents rise and fall of activist organization

The triumphs and failures of the Black Panther Party gets the feature-length documentary treatment.

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Officials praise the worker on Labor Day

Political officials on the national, state and local levels talked about the state of workers on Labor Day.

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Appellate court grants home workers overtime, minimum wage protections

A recent ruling by a federal appeals court reinstated a rule change that provides home care workers with minimum wage and overtime protection.

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Kevin Hart, Vic Mensa, J Cole, Meek Mill, Water Bed Kev rock Made in America Festival

The true school hip-hop antenna was standing at full attention as I made my way down Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Sylvia Alston of Belvedere Apartment and ‘Miami’ of Convent Garden host annual Labor Day Jazz Festival

At the Wilson Major Morris Community Center in Sugar Hill, Harlem, Sylvia Alston of the Belvedere Apartment and “Miami” of the Convent Garden Jazz Marching Band held their annual Labor Day Jazz Festival, with live entertainment

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Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club ‘Unity Is Victory Affair’

At Our Children’s Foundation, 527 W. 125th St., Rep. Charles Rangel and Council Member Inez Dickens held their annual “Unity Is Victory Affair,” honoring New York City judges, political leaders, community leaders and a ballroom full of community activists.

Cosmopolitan Review 9/10 - 9/16

Now that the dog days of August are behind us and the summer dust is settling, welcome to September.

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Disruptive theatrics by ex-Chadian president seeking to thwart war crimes trial

The trial of Chad’s ex-President Hissene Habre, faced continuous disruptions by the accused mass murderer, who tried to drown out a reading of his alleged crimes against humanity by the court clerk.

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Serena’s quest to win Grand Slam continues at semifinals

Serena Williams defeated sister Venus 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

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Liberty clinch first in the East

A 75-71 victory over the Minnesota Lynx Sunday evening allowed the New York Liberty to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2002.

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Giants hope to end playoff drought

As the Giants engage in the final preparations for their 2015-16 season opener versus the Dallas Cowboys on the road this Sunday night (8:30 p.m.), to date, the parts indeed equal the sum.

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Jets will have an early test regarding their future

Though they are filled with optimism, a sense and spirit of newness, the season is not an open field for “Gang Green,” who were 4-12 last season.

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Homelessness in our major cities

"I recently returned from a trip to San Francisco and I was absolutely appalled at the number of homeless individuals on the streets."

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Putting it all on the line

Public agitation and rhetoric surrounding police relations with the African-American community have reached a fever pitch.

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Nell Braxton Gibson: ‘Too Proud to Bend’

Nell Braxton Gibson was 13 years old when Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14.

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Homeless people protest Mayor de Blasio 'attack'

Homeless people and their allies rallied on 125th Street Wednesday, demanding an end to rampant violations of the rights of homeless people by the NYPD under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Former tennis star James Blake mistakenly tackled by NYPD

This wasn't the greeting Olympian James Blake is used to getting in New York during the U.S. Open.

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Spike Lee to receive honorary Academy Award 

It has been announced that the critically acclaimed film director Spike Lee has been nominated for an honorary Academy Award.

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Cuomo aide shot: Electeds say blame violence, not carnival

While millions enjoyed the 48th annual West Indian American Day Carnival parade on Labor Day, an unfortunate series of events have some labeling the multimillion-dollar generating event dangerous.

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Hoda Kotb to lead Race for the Cure in Central Park

Pink boas and T-shirts will be the dress code for Sunday, Sept. 13, as breast cancer survivor and “Today” anchor Hoda Kotb serves as grand marshal for the 25th anniversary Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure at 9 a.m. in Central Park.

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Kim Royster officially promoted to assistant chief

Assistant Chief Kim Royster has officially assumed her new position in the NYPD and will now be tasked with bringing more diversity to the department.

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Our children succeed when parents and teachers work together

Yesterday was the first day of school for many of the city’s 1.1 million students.

Tuesday, September 8

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Also straight outta Compton: Tennis champs Venus, Serena Williams

Raul Montez fondly remembers two polite slender girls holding tennis rackets and their father carrying a bucket of balls past his corner taco stand on Compton Boulevard.

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Send us your back-to-school photos!

Send us a photos of your kids as they head back to school and they could be featured in our upcoming photo gallery!

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Joe's Crab Shack closes Harlem location

The city's first Joe's Crab Shack location closes its doors in Harlem.

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Chris Christie: I would bring back stop-and-frisk

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that if he were mayor of New York City, he would bring back the stop-and-frisk program, slamming Mayor Bill de Blasio for the policies he's implemented.

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Source: Baltimore, Freddie Gray's family reach $6.4M settlement

The family of Freddie Gray has reached a proposed settlement with the city, a source close to the family said Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

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PHOTOS: 48th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival

Check out the sights from this year's West Indian American Day Carnival.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for 'national gun policy' after lawyer shot

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Tuesday for national gun control legislation to try to stem violence nationwide, one day after a top lawyer in his administration was shot and critically wounded early Monday morning.

Monday, September 7

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Violence erupts ahead of West Indian American Day Parade

Reports indicate that a lawyer in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration was one of three people shot in Brooklyn early Monday morning ahead of the West Indian American Day Parade.

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Labor Day always means different things to different people

"Work is for working men."--Henry Daniell, "The Suspect" (1944) Once again, as August gives way...

Friday, September 4

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Book bags and school supplies given away in Newark

Mayor Ras J. Baraka is giving out book bags and school supplies to Newark youth

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Robert Ayers knows not a soul in the NFL will shed a tear for him

New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers knows that in the unforgiving world of the NFL, no one is shedding a tear for him or any other injured player.

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Jets coach Todd Bowles has firm grip on team

Someone should give Kanye West a copy of New York Jets first-year head coach Todd Bowles’ press conference for pointers on being concise, being fluid and getting to the point.

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Serena draws sellout crowd on US Open opening night

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was in attendance for the opening night ceremony on day one of the U.S. Open

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Liberty headed tot he playoffs

It has been a banner week for the New York Liberty. Last Friday’s home court win over the Minnesota Lynx secured the Liberty its first trip to the playoffs since 2012. A victory the next day over the Connecticut Sun made New York the first WNBA team this season to reach 20 wins.

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David Dinkins Tennis Club for Kids names park after Althea Gibson

Former Mayor David Dinkins names tennis club after a tennis great.

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Anne Spencer, often forgotten poet of the Harlem Renaissance

Of the many heralded poets and writers of the fabled Harlem Renaissance, Anne Spencer is among the least known.

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Famed Rep. Louis Stokes dead at 90

Ironies abound in the remarkable life and legacy of Louis Stokes.

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Toni Parks-Parsons, daughter of Gordon Parks, dead at 74

In several ways, Toni Parks-Parsons personified her famous father, Gordon Parks. She was a photographer, an artist and a musician deeply committed to African-American life and culture. Parks-Parsons died Aug. 24 in England.

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Memories of Harlem’s Esplanade Gardens

Going back several decades, Esplanade Gardens was one of Harlem’s most active enclaves for positive and engaging youth activities.

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Officer shot his own patrol car, Massachusetts police say

A police officer lied when he said somebody shot at his patrol car, causing it to crash and catch fire, said Millis, Massachusetts, police Sgt. William Dwyer on Thursday.

Thursday, September 3

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Prosecutor to seek death penalty in Charleston church killings

A prosecutor in South Carolina said Thursday she'll seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine people during a prayer meeting at a historic African-American church.

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Extended run announced for Lupita Nyong’o’s New York stage debut

Flo Anthony breaks down the latest celebrity gossip.

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Rakim Allah rocks Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park

The Harlem community was given a special treat on a recent Tuesday evening by the man who is generally regarded as the greatest MC of all times.

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Nas supports tech scholarship for people of color

The legendary hip-hop star has been taking progressive steps in philanthropy over the last couple of years.

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First New York showing for Uwi Twins

The Uwi twins (pronounced “oo-wie”), Rueben and Levi, are looking forward to their first New York Fashion Week show.

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Fall clothes for night and day

Night and day clothes are so sophisticated this season.

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs re-elected as Academy president

A solid person stands on the weight of their “word,” and true to that, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences re-elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Caribbean Cultural Fest in Harlem

The 2015 edition of Caribbean Cultural Fest, presented by Virgin Islanders United, features the rich flavor of the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean Sunday, Sept. 6 at Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park.

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Ebony Escapes! into September

Whether you’re traveling on the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between this month (its September already?), you’ll find a wealth of special events, performances, culinary adventures and more of Afrocentric interest.

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PHOTOS: Gospel Night at SummerStage

Photos from Gospel Night at SummerStage hosted by the Greater Refuge Temple in Harlem sponsored by Angela Missy Billups.

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Jazzmobile ends season with a boom

In words and music, Eli Fountain and the Percussion Discussion delivered the importance of having music and arts programs as permanent fixtures in the city’s educational curriculum.

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Dizzy’s Club Jazz Fest, Randy Weston residency

As the long hot summer sun bows to the shorter brisk days of fall and winter, jazz enthusiasts fold up their leisure chairs as the outdoor free jazz concerts become a warm, swinging memory.

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September 2015 dance calendar

This month’s dance calendar is jam-packed!

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NLRB decision puts staffing agency, subcontracting model in jeopardy

The employer-employee relationship may be forever changed by a recent National Labor Relations Board decision.

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Keeping our eyes on the prize

Saturday, Sept. 12, I will be marching shoulder to shoulder with union sisters and brothers in the New York City Labor Day Parade.

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Bizzy—Taking the rapping ‘Oath’

Hate it or love it, the way the game is constituted, the pursuit of overnight fame has been reduced to a matter of minutes.

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Greater NY Chapter and Philadelphia Chapter of Links commemorate social activism

The Greater New York Chapter and Philadelphia Chapter of the Links recently came together for a special cause.

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Book signing by Dick Barnett at Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center

Recently, Harlem was treated to a book signing of “The Athlete Negro: The Awakening.”

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Bedford-Stuyvesant unveils ‘Do the Right Thing Way’

Filmmaker and actor Spike Lee returned to Bed-Stuy Aug. 29 to celebrate the 26th anniversary of his historic movie and pay tribute to the late artist Michael Jackson by renaming part of Stuyvesant Avenue “Do the Right Thing Way” during an overflowing, security-tight block party.

Cosmopolitan Review 9/3 - 9/9

The silence of the night was broken by the rapid exchange of gunfire.

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No pause in royal ceremony after 38 teen dancers are killed in crash

Some 38 teenage girls, chosen to take part in Swaziland’s traditional reed dance festival, were killed instantly when the flatbed truck on which they were riding crashed into another vehicle.

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Ex Guyanese Pres. named in 1999 kidnapping

Former Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo is named as a culpable party in the 1999 kidnapping and presumed murder of Franz Britton, aka Collie Wills.

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Nigeria Entertainment Awards announces 2015 nominees

The 10th annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards has just presented its list of its nominees.

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Chancellor Farina’s positive outlook for the city’s 1.1 million school children

Working with what she has been given by the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina—having spent 50 years in the service of New York’s public school system—espouses a claim on each and every school child in the city.

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Community Calendar 9/3 - 9/9

Check out the latest events going on around the city.

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The US Open will feed you … well

Aug. 27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Michelin Star-awarded chefs, “Top Chef Masters” chefs and executive chefs come together at the 2015 U.S. Open Food Tasting Preview to announce the menu and new food offerings. Commentator Hannah Storm will moderate the deuce-inspiring, mouth-watering conversation before guests are able to see and sample top quality foods.

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Talking SCHOP! Labor Day BBQ cheat

As much as we would like to, we all can’t get away for Labor Day weekend.

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Cordell Cleare hosts campaign fundraiser

Fifth Avenue’s Gran Piatta was the venue to be in Wednesday, Aug. 26. Cordell Cleare hosted the fundraising event, with supporters in her campaign for female district leader in the 70th Assembly District, Harlem.

What is America’s message to Black people?

As the commemoration of the 10th year of the Katrina human rights violation took place, people gathered this past weekend for an important forum at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place titled “Katrina Was America’s Message to Black People: What Is Black People’s Message to America: The Plebiscite.”

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Sharpton’s MSNBC program moves to Sunday mornings

Audiences will no longer have to tune in on weekday evenings to check out the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

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Harlem meets Havana

Congressman Charlie Rangel reflects on a reent trip by several notable Harlemites to Havana, Cuba

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Homelessness is real, Mr. Mayor

We are not sure what changed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mind about the homeless crisis, but he’s no longer denying it is dramatically increasing.

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No criminal charges in Jerame Reid police shooting

Reports out of New Jersey indicate that a grand jury has decided not to charge the two police officers involved in the shooting death of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton.

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A time to heal: It could have been worse

Activists and progressives in every walk of Black life were deeply disturbed when news reports about a fight between rivals were widely circulated.

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Obama in the Arctic

President Barack Obama addressed the issue of climate change with unusual force and vigor Monday from Alaska, stating that unless the nations of the planet act more aggressively, there will be “more drought.

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‘Straight Outta Compton,’ hardly

I normally would never write a movie review in this column, but upon seeing “Straight Outta Compton,” I am compelled to write some thoughts.

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Fun, not guns, during the annual carnival celebration

Labor Day provides New Yorkers with an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate the end of summer.

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Trust of the people 

Despite her assertions to the contrary, the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email address is not just an issue for the reporters she wishes would stop peppering her with questions on the topic.

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Ironclad Iran deal

Having secured the 34th Senate vote, President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran is all but ironclad.

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Marie Williams surviving and moving forward

Self-published author and rape survivor Marie Williams, 31, has opened up about her life, sharing and discussing the horrific experience she’s had with rape.

CEMOTAP hosts "Does Justice or Else Mean Reparations?'

The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People is hosting the discussion “Does Justice or Else Mean Reparations?”

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Black Panther documentary opens

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution” opened in New York Sept. 2 at the Film Forum.

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DOE sued by public advocate on school buses carrying children with disabilities

Public Advocate Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education Aug. 19 for failing to adequately provide air conditioning on school buses transporting District 75 children as plantiffs with disabilities.

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Women of the world demonstrate in Union Square Park

International Working Women’s Day Coalition marked the organization’s anniversary with a massive demonstration in Union Square Park Wednesday, August 26, showcasing women’s resistance from 1908 to the present.

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Harlem Creates Music Festival highlights worthy talent

On a sunny, sometimes cloudy, hot Sunday afternoon, the music featured at Riverbank State Park could be heard from the 145th Street main entrance to the soccer field.

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It's Carnival time!

Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn, is the place to be Monday for the West Indian American Day parade.

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Police commissioners fight over policy

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly isn’t holding his tongue about how he feels about law enforcement in the city since he left the NYPD.

Wednesday, September 2

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Judge: Separate trials for six officers in Freddie Gray case

A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday there will be separate trials for each of the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

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Longtime Black anchor Vivian Brown leaves The Weather Channel

With a career spanning near 30 years Black Weather Channel anchor Vivian Brown said farewell Tuesday to viewers leaving little information on why she was leaving or where she would go next.

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Chaka Khan and Tamar Braxton among celebrities on new season of 'Dancing With the Stars'

The legendary diva and the reality TV star are among the celebrities taking the floor this season on "Dancing With the Stars"

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Taylor Swift accused of channeling colonialism in new video

While many fans are talking about the steamy chemistry between Taylor Swift and Scott Eastwood in her new music video, the singer is taking heat for an altogether different reason.

Tuesday, September 1

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Bounce TV catches BET in viewership

Bounce TV has been the #1 African-American targeted television network in the delivery of overall viewers and key demos a dozen times in recent weeks, overtaking BET.

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Lack of sleep can lead to the common cold

So, it turns out your mother was right again: The less sleep you get, the more likely you are to catch a cold.

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Offensive language spray-painted on mailboxes, cars in Atlanta subdivision

The NAACP is calling attention to a string of racist graffiti found in a metro Atlanta subdivision, but they aren't welcomed by everyone.

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Mental health stigmas shift, but access to care still a struggle, survey says

Mental health has a long-standing public perception problem, but the stigma appears to be shifting.

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Study finds racial disparity exists between what black and white borrowers pay for mortgages

Racial disparity in mortgage rates is widespread between black and white borrowers, according to a newly published study which found more financially vulnerable black women suffer the most.

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. to serve again as the National Mobilization Headquarters for the 20th anniversary of The Million Man March

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is turning its Washington, D.C. offices into the National Mobilization Headquarters for the 20th Anniversary Million Man March.

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Inside Ben Carson's quiet surge

Watch out Donald Trump. Here comes Ben Carson.

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U.S. Open 2015: Serena Williams breezes to 'bizarre' first round win

Serena Williams blasted through her first-round match at the U.S. Open -- the final grand slam of 2015 -- to edge to within just seven wins of a rare calendar-year slam.