Stories for August 2016

Wednesday, August 31

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Chris Brown arrest adds to troubled history

On Tuesday, the singer was back in the news, this time accused of threatening a woman with a gun at his Tarzana mansion. Police swarmed his home for an hours long standoff which ended with Brown's arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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Chicago police move to fire officers in Laquan McDonald shooting

In the latest step of an ongoing effort to heal the mistrust between Chicago law enforcement and city residents, the head of the police department formally moved to fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Tuesday, August 30

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Nick Hillary case takes new twist: Judge throws out prejudicial DNA

In a rare decision, Friday, presiding St. Lawrence County Court Judge Felix Catena ruled that the DNA evidence in the upcoming trial of Oral Nick Hillary is “unreliable” and cannot be used at trial.

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A defiant Emmett Till

Recently, in an otherwise thoughtful column in The New York Times, noted journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson perpetuated a misconception about the mother of Emmett Till.

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Babyface, Amber Rose and Calvin Johnson join 'Dancing with the Stars'

The cast of Season 23 of "Dancing With the Stars" was revealed Tuesday morning on "Good Morning America."

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Trump backer apologizes for blackface tweet, but stands by message

A prominent African-American pastor who supports Donald Trump apologized Tuesday for a tweet featuring a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface, but said he stood by the message he was trying to convey that Democrats take black voters for granted.

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VIDEO: Spike Lee says Trump trying to capitalize on murder of Dwyane Wade's cousin

Filmmaker Spike Lee said Monday Donald Trump was trying capitalize on the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Chicago Bulls player and NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Monday, August 29

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Chicago, aka 'Chi-raq' likely to top 2015 in number of shootings

Chicago is on track to cross a disturbing threshold and top the number of shootings and homicides in the city in 2015. It's not a war zone, but it helps explain why some people who live there call it Chi-raq, a name that draws an analogy between the city and Iraq.

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Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka,' dead at 83

Gene Wilder, who brought a wild-eyed desperation to a series of memorable and iconic comedy roles in the 1970s and 1980s, has died, his lawyer, Eric Weissmann, said.

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Abedin, Weiner separating after new sexting allegations

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she and former US Rep. Anthony Weiner are separating after new reports surfaced that he sent sexually suggestive photos again.

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MTV VMAs: Beyoncé steals the show with fiery performance

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards were free of controversy and full of powerful performances. From Beyoncé's surprise stage re-creation of "Lemonade" to Britney Spears' big comeback, here are some of the best moments from Sunday's show.

Sunday, August 28

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More Patti LaBelle desserts coming to Walmart

Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie was a smash-hit last year for Walmart. Now she's expanding her line to include new desserts

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Trump will directly address Black voters, top aide says

Donald Trump's campaign manager said Sunday he will soon be courting black voters more directly, scheduling events in front of predominantly African-American audiences.

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Dwyane Wade's cousin Nykea Aldridge killed; 2 brothers charged

Chicago police have arrested two brothers in connection with the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin Nykea Aldridge.

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Police: Student fatally stabbed in 'large fight' on Cornell campus

One Ithaca College student was killed and another was injured after being stabbed during a "large fight" on the nearby Cornell University campus early Sunday in Ithaca, New York, officials from both schools said.

Friday, August 26

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Don’t be a glutton for gluten

As I visit many marketplaces selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food products stating, “gluten-free.”

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We are all Milwaukee

When I was in high school, my family moved to a town approximately 10 minutes away from the Wisconsin border. I called it my father’s “Norman Rockwell phase” because of the lack of racial diversity in much of the area

Thursday, August 25

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Donald Trump’s outreach to the Black community falls flat

Aimed at trying to swing Black voters to his side, Trump’s statements pointing out that life for Black Americans is terrible don’t appear to be having any affect.

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Father of Nicholas Heyward asks Brooklyn DA to reopen son's case

The father of Nicholas Heyward Jr. pens an open letter to Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson about his son's case.

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Race and the 2016 presidential campaign

In his opening salvo as a candidate for the office of president, Donald Trump issued the following statement: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best …

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Gideon Manasseh, photographer and educator, passes at 77

Celebrated Amsterdam News Photographer and teacher Gideon Manasseh makes his transition.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: Aug. 25 - Aug 31

I can’t remember a sunnier day, when the son is hot, the air is clear and not a drop of humidity. And I like it just like that.

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Former high school basketball player sentenced to 15 years for shooting ex-roomate

A 24-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting another man in the chest and body during a confrontation in broad daylight in a courtyard in Sheepshead Bay.

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URBAN AGENDA | Milwaukee: Developing a New Model, Community and Policing

Fifty-two year old mother and grandmother Valencia Morgan asked that question last week as she stood among other black residents of Milwaukee’s Sherman Park. Just days earlier her community was the scene of violent protests that saw businesses burnt down and police in riot gear clashing with crowds following the shooting death by police of 23-year old Sylville K. Smith.

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Remembering Aaliyah 15 years after her death

August 25 marks the day when superstar singer Aaliyah, died when her plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the Bahamas.

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Harlem hosts the Uptown Saturday Concert

The Uptown Saturday Concert brought fashion and fun to the Harlem Music Fest with soulster Eric Benet, the Jeff Fox Band and wonderful fashion, as part of the tribute to the Harlem/Havana.

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Easco Boiler Company celebrates 90 years of business

Easco Boiler Company, celebrating 90 years of business, held a news conference and open house Tuesday, Aug. 16, at their headquarters.

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Harlem church distributes backpacks and school supplies to more than 500 students

First Corinthian Baptist Church collected and distributed more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies for needy Harlem children and teens on Saturday.

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WARM combats domestic violence in the community

We All Really Matter Incorporation is here to take a stand against abuse.

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Simple steps to smarter snacking

When hunger strikes, it can be tempting to reach for the closest treat, even if it’s laden with fat and empty calories.

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Homeless to Mayor: Keep your promises

Homeless New Yorkers and their advocates want New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to own up to his promise to them.

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Traveling light with shades of Pinck

Instead of saying “hello” when she answered the phone, I said, “Where are you?”

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Sparks fly for Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes?

Yours truly ran into Bobby Brown Aug. 20 in Los Angeles. We both participated in the Leimert Park Book Fair.

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Bobby Hutcherson, influential vibraphonist dies at 75

Bobby Hutcherson, who changed the vernacular of jazz vibraphone and influenced generations of aspiring musicians in the process died Aug. 15 at his home in Montrara, Ca. He was 75.

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Spring/summer 2017 news

Aug. 25, 2016, at 13 W. 38th St., New York, N.Y., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Terese Sydonna’s fall 2016 collection will be available at a sample sale.

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Resort ’17 chapeau chic

It’s the season for fashionable straw hats. Madonna was spotted in Havana, Cuba, wearing the Drake hat from Gigi Burris Millinery’s Resort 2017 collection.

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New music series at Grill On The Hill

The Grill On The Hill, located at 1624 Amsterdam Ave. (646-838-8879), is a lot like “Cheers” but with African-Americans, Latinos and a vibrant rainbow tribe.

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Doreen Oliver brings one-woman show to NYC Fringe Fest

“Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not” is a heartfelt comedy about Doreen, a workaholic film producer whose life goes off-script after her son is diagnosed with autism.

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‘Opting out’ of standardized testing

Standardized testing is for many students and teachers alike, the most anxiety-ridden part of education.

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Harry Briggs Jr., member of an unheralded civil rights family

Once more with the recent death of Harry Briggs Jr., we are reminded of the Civil Rights Movement and many who, at best, are footnotes in history.

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Community Calendar: August 25- August 31, 2016

Greetings! A wall-to-wall crowd gathered uptown for the Harlem Week 2016 “Summer in the City” salute to the late Vaughn Harper, brilliant captain of the Quiet Storm for decades over WBLS-FM.

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The lion can sleep tonight

Congressman Charles B. Rangel is universally known as the “Lion of Lenox Avenue,” but the roar heard during a Harlem Day tribute for him Sunday was one of approval from a crowd not too far from his home in Lenox Terrace.

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Marisol Alcantara gets Senate endorsement from TWU and Fernando Ferrer

Union endorsements continue to make their presence felt leading up to the primary and general elections.

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Richmond hosts first ever Fight for $15 Convention

Four years ago, the Fight for $15 movement was launched. Now, it’s big enough to have a national meeting.

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US Attorney’s Office fails to indict Bridgeton police officers involved in fatal shooting of Jerame Reid

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced this week that after a federal investigation, there is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges in connection with the fatal 2014 shooting of Jerame C. Reid.

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From Nat Turner to Nate Parker

Nat Turner’s slave rebellion occurred in Virginia in 1831, but it has a fresh round of currency and controversy with “The Birth of a Nation,” actor, director and producer Nate Parker’s film depicting what was a bloody uprising.

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Police officer who killed Philando Castile goes back to work

The police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile in Minnesota during a traffic stop in July is back on the job.

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Track star who snared silver medal fears death at home

Using every fiber of his being, track star Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia made a dash across the finish line at the just-ended Olympic Games in Rio, but it wasn’t to be the end of his run.

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Grandmother slain: The shooting of Miss Odessa

It was a warm summer night Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, around 11:45 p.m. Odessa Simms, 61, was playing a card game of pinochle at the Charles Young Park at West 144 Street and Lenox Avenue, two blocks from her West 142 Street home in Harlem. From between parked cars, one group of males reportedly fired at another group, in the general direction of the park, where many people were milling about and sitting on benches.

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New York Amsterdam News Endorsements for 2016 State Primaries

Check out New York Amsterdam New endorsements for the New York State Primaries.

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Community Calendar 8/25 - 8/31

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

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Millennial doula—Yasmintheresa Garcia

The 21st century lends itself to a shift in the role of women in society. Inspirational women have been around for centuries, with the 1990s giving birth to the next generation of creative and exceptional female activists.

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One amazing time at FlameCon 2

As we made our pilgrimage to Brooklyn, it was a rough start when the skies randomly decided to unleash a downpour on us.

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George Curry—A personal reflection

Given George Curry’s international impact on the world of journalism we can expect a long list of encomiums, all of them warranted and all needed in the attempt to capture the totality of his remarkable odyssey.

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Obama visits Louisiana after historic flooding

In what has been called the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, waters are finally receding in southern Louisiana from the recent devastating historic floods.

Wednesday, August 24

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Concert to “Make It Rain” for the forest to be live-streamed this weekend

A benefit concert to save the threes in the rain forest will take place this weekend in the middle of the Amazon jungle.

Tuesday, August 23

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VIDEO: Funeral services for late journalist George Curry

George Edward Curry, a media pioneer and longtime advocate for the black press and civil rights, will be laid to rest Saturday, Aug. 27 in his hometown on Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Monday, August 22

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Tracee Ellis Ross is having a moment

Tracee Ellis Ross is looking forward to the day that there is no longer discussion about diversity in Hollywood.

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800 people donate to save Langston Hughes' house

Soon poetry and music will fill the Harlem home of legendary poet Langston Hughes again.

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IHOP selling $1 pancakes to raise money for child hunger

On Aug. 23 all IHOP Restaurants, nationwide, from 7 AM to 7 PM, will offer their famous short-stack pancakes to customers for just one dollar.

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Nick Cannon is going to college and 'Drumline' comparisons begin

Nick Cannon can now add college freshman to his resume. The rapper, actor and "America's Got Talent" host announced on social media Monday that he has enrolled at Howard University.

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Grandmother playing dominoes in Harlem park killed by stray bullet

Odessa Simms, 61, played dominoes and watched the pinochle games here in the 145th St. park for as long as Harlem residents could remember.

Sunday, August 21

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Civil rights journalist and Black press columnist George Curry dead at 69

Pioneering Civil rights and Black political journalist George E. Curry, the reputed dean of Black press columnists because of his riveting weekly commentary in Black newspapers across the country, died suddenly of heart failure on Saturday, August 20. He was 69.

Saturday, August 20

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Harlem Week 2016: 'Summer in the City'

Harlem Week remains a summer festival that has something for everyone. Whether you’re a child, elder or prospective college student, the “Summer in the City” daylong event provides the public with a plethora of free activities for all ages.

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Usain Bolt becomes Olympic immortal as Jamaica wins 4x100m relay gold

Usain Bolt wins gold!

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Next for Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles: Role-modeling and cliff-jumping

Life has already changed for four-time Olympic gold medalist gymnast Simone Biles.

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Unhealthy diet during pregnancy potentially linked to ADHD in kids

Everybody knows that a high-fat, high-sugar diet is not a good idea. It can have a wave of negative consequences on your health, including greater risks of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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Trump pitches Black voters: 'What the hell do you have to lose?'

Donald Trump on Friday continued his outreach to African-American voters, presenting them with a stark question: "What the hell do you have to lose?"

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Are police ticketing practices creating a tinder box in Black community?

It's not just about police killing Black men. It's deeper than that.

Friday, August 19

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The battle to save Langston Hughes' $3 million home

Ivy still grows on the front of Langston Hughes' home in Harlem. There aren't many houses like it left in New York City. Real estate agents estimate it's worth over $3 million.

Thursday, August 18

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Simone Biles proves to be nearly untouchable

The Olympics in Rio have been the Games of historical accomplishments.

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Will Black Olympians’ success inspire future generations?

Somewhere in the United States, Canada and countries thousands of miles from North America, a young girl watched Jennifer Abel, the sensational 24-year-old diver from Montreal, seemingly defy long-held laws of physics, powerfully, yet with the grace of a ballerina, tightly contort her body, rapidly twisting head over feet before causing barely a ripple as she entered the water at the Maria Lenks Aquatic Center in Rio.

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The Jets preparation is just part of the process

It’s week 3 of the New York Jets’ training camp—21 days.

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Friends of Harlem Hospital golf for a cause

Friends of Harlem Hospital Center braved the 90-plus degrees of summer Westchester heat to participate in their seventh annual golf tournament held at Elmwood Country Club in White Plains, N.Y.

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The Giants’ Sterling Shepard and his legacy of success

For NFL rookies, the regimen, expectations, competition and requisite professionalism can be overwhelming.

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The Gardiner Foundation to hold 11th annual tournament

It was July 9, 2006, a day that altered the lives of an entire family, both immediate and extended.

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Make sure your child is medically fit for sports

Sports can be an important part of your child’s development.

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It don’t mean a thing if (taking care of your health) ain’t got that swing

When Duke Ellington composed the music for the lyrics of Irving Mills in 1931, which is now accepted as a jazz standard (“It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing”), it was based on the thoughts of Ellington’s former trumpeter, Bubber Miley, who was dying of tuberculosis.

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When Trump’s stereotyping actually is practiced by US immigration

Although many—myself included—frown, chastise, deride and scoff at the stereotyping and bigotry being spewed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump towards Muslims and immigrants, the harsh reality is that stereotyping by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents is happening daily at our borders.

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Cyber crimes bill causes worry

Several Caribbean Community countries are moving to draft new bills or pass legislation to make cyber crimes punishable under law, including heavy fines and jail terms for offenders, but the main regional media umbrella body is perplexed by clauses in some of the drafts.

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Louisiana flood: Worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says

The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross said.

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What the DOJ Report on Baltimore says about crime, race, and the future

I just finished reading a summary of the Justice Department’s report on the Baltimore Police Department.

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7 Chicago cops recommended for firing in Laquan McDonald death

Seven Chicago officers have been recommended for firing in relation to the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald, Chicago police said.

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Jarret Freeman—From Penn State wrestler to wannabe politico

For some New Yorkers, the mid-twenties are a time of exploration.

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Diezel Braxton is off the autism spectrum

At the age of 2, Diezel Braxton was diagnosed as autistic.

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Talking SCHOP! Thelma on Clinton

As serious New Yorkers who appreciate good food, we know how hard it can be sometimes to find that right place to spend our time and money.

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Heritage tour traces Native American, African, Dutch heritage in Albany

For a century, the history of early African-Americans in New York State has been largely hidden.

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Tulivu, Bird Fest, TriHarLenium

The vocalist Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch, whose singing ability offers her the inventiveness to journey through the windows of blues, soul and jazz, has caught the attention of audiences from Brooklyn to Europe.

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Next generation designer news and art

On Harlem’s Sugar Hill, Pamela Love introduces her Suspension Collection at the Museum of Art and Origin, located at 430 W. 162nd St., New York, N.Y.

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Girls’ clothes for fall/winter ’17/’18

With back-to-school just around the corner, shopping for the newest looks can be a challenge.

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Making history: Candice Patton of CW Network’s ‘The Flash’

Candice Patton has broken new ground, appearing in the CW Network’s “The Flash” as the potential love interest of the show’s superhero lead.

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The mayor says ‘vote’ in many languages

Recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio has expanded those who are able to register to vote by making voter registration forms available in five more languages: Russian, Urdu, Haitian Creole, French and Arabic. Prior to this expansion, voter registration forms were only available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bangla.

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International Day of Remembrance at Key West African Cemetery

Sunday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m, the Key West African Cemetery in Key West, Fla., will host an International Day of Remembrance of the victims of the slave trade and its termination.

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Tribute to Simone Moore—Sunrise, July 26, 1966; sunset, August 10, 2016

It is with a profound sense of sorrow, pain and anguish that the family of Colin A. Moore announces the sudden and untimely passing of his beloved daughter, Simone Moore.

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Marion Christopher Barry, son of the former D.C. mayor, dies of an overdose

Marion Christopher Barry, the son of the late mayor of Washington, D.C., has died of an apparent drug overdose.

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Flushing with fun: Oldest public high school hosts Friday’s Flushing Night Out

Attention all summer fun-seeking readers! The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with Flushing High School, a school celebrating its 140th anniversary, to bring the second, “Flushing Night Out” event to the local community.

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King Sunny Ade, Wunmi to host big Brooklyn show

Celebrating 50 years on stage and his 70 years of age, the legendary King Sunny Ade and his African Beats band will be performing a major show in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

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Let’s get ready to rumba!

“It’s amazing,” said the incomparable Cuban pianist and composer, Chucho Valdes. “Latin Jazz was born in New York with Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie and others.

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Langston Hughes and Nicolas Guillen

Saturday, Aug. 13, Fidel Castro, the great Cuban revolutionary and former president of the island nation, celebrated his 90th birthday.

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The summer crisis

Sickle cell in the summertime has a very different feeling to victims than it does in other seasons.

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Please Stop Smoking, It's Killing Us

My name is Adama, and I live in West Harlem. As a teenager I am aware of a lot of things, and what I notice most is how many of my peers and other younger children are exposed to the huge quantity of tobacco retail outlets in our communities.

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Florence Griffith Joyner, ‘Flo Jo,’ track immortal and fashionista

Watching the Black women in preparation for the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the Olympics in Rio this week, some decked out in tights, hair extended in weaves or wigs, faces aglow in colorful makeup, it was easy to remember the presence of Florence Griffith Joyner.

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Community Calendar: August 18- August 24 2016

Greetings! Our congratulations to our brother Ron Bobb Semple “The Voice and Spirit of Garvey” on receiving the Marcus Garvey Award for the Arts on Garvey’s Earthday on Aug. 17, in his homeland Jamaica,W.I. Harlem Week 2016 continues with “Summer in the City,” plus a special salute to WBLS Quiet Storm legend, the late Vaughn Harper.

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Crown Heights Uprising Anniversary

I’m sending this letter to you regarding the Crown Heights Riots in 1991.

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Four things Trump must do post-convention

All the pomp and circumstance have passed. The balloons have fallen, and the conventions are over and through.

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Giuliani’s giant gaffes

Earlier this year, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was campaigning so eagerly for Donald Trump that he confused Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima.

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Illinois government wants young drivers to learn how to deal with police

The Illinois state government wants young drivers to learn how to handle being pulled over by the police.

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Black Olympians continue the tradition of excellence

Teams are the theme this week. Nationally it’s almost impossible to escape Team USA’s exploits in the 2016 Olympic games.

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Cuomo: Employers will pay almost $4 million in back wages and damages to workers

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, on behalf of workers, just told businesses to pay up.

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Harlem Chamber of Commerce hosts awards luncheon

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce hosted their Harlem Week/Basil Paterson Awards Luncheon Aug. 11.

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Danny Glover speaks at judicial violence symposium

Sunday July 31 to Aug. 2, 2016, the Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church hosted a three-day judicial violence symposium.

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Retired New Yorkers wanted for benefits counseling program

The Community Service Society is looking for retired New Yorkers 55 years old and older for volunteer public benefit counselor gigs.

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Newark gearing up for sixth annual #24HrsOfPeace and second annual “Occupy the City”

Officials are preparing for the sixth annual #24HrsOfPeace and second annual “Occupy the City” in an effort to curb violence in the city.

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Young Jersey City victim released from hospital on the same night she was shot

This week, a press conference was held to report on the condition of 16-year-old shooting victim Tylasia Black and demand an investigation into the treatment she received from the Jersey City Medical Center.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

The forecast for today is, you guessed it, hot! Then again, it wouldn’t be summer if it wasn’t hot. So take it slow and enjoy your ice tea or lemonade, and all the fun summer has to offer.

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Community members urge Bronx DA to drop assault charge against Mamadou Diallo

A coalition of community members and criminal justice reform advocates are asking the Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark to drop assault charges against Mamadou Diallo, a taxi driver who was responsible for the death of a man who tried to rape his wife in a Bronx apartment building.

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Latest scam manipulates caller ID systems to pose as NYS Tax Department reps

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is alerting taxpayers to the latest tactics being used by con artists.

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City settles with Akai Gurley's family for $4.1 million

The family of Akai Gurley will receive a $4.1 million settlement from the city, according to reports.

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Go ahead Gabby

Gabby Douglas, the 20-year-old, three-time gold medalist, has received a lot of hate at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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Muslim cleric and aide assassinated

Last Saturday afternoon, Imam Alauddin Akonjee and his aide, Thara Miah, had just finished worship at Al-Furqan Jame Mosque in Queens when they were shot in the back of the head and killed.

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Korryn Gaines—Killed by Baltimore cops, questions linger

A 23-year-old Black woman shot and killed by police in Baltimore continues to deepen a rift between law enforcement and the community in the city.

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Sierra Leon bars pregnant girls from school

At their meeting next month in Geneva, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child will review reports detailing the obstacles, risks and challenges imposed by governments that limit the prospects for children to succeed.

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Twenty-five years in Crown Heights = gentrification

Aug. 19, 1991, is the day that a 7-year-old Black child, Gavin Cato, lost his life because a car driven by Yosef Lifsh slammed him into a wall, also injuring his 7-year-old cousin, Angela Cato. Three days after this tragic incident Blacks and Jews continued their fighting at Utica Avenue and President Street and on Eastern Parkway in front of the headquarters of the Orthodox Jewish Lubaviter community.

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Civil unrest in Milwaukee after cops kill another Black man

Another weekend. Another police-involved shooting. Another bout of civil unrest. Sunday morning people woke up to news images a Milwaukee ablaze, and major unrest and riot-geared police facing off with an irate and grieving Black community.

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A litany of lies

With each passing day, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his surrogate, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, are neck and neck in who can best the other in their feast of falsehoods. That is, who tell the most outrageous lies, who can be the most incoherent, the most absolutely wrong about facts.

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An interview with author Greg Tate

African-American author Greg Tate can be described as one of most influential Black music critics in Western culture, as his journalistic pursuits and published anthologies have been analyzed in educational institutions for 20 years.

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NELP analysis aims criticism at recent ‘Ban the Box’ studies

A new policy brief from the National Employment Law Project looked to debunk several reports that concluded “Ban the Box” laws hurt men of color who don’t have criminal records.

Wednesday, August 17

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Trump: Democrats have 'failed and betrayed' African-Americans

Donald Trump made a pitch for African-American voters on Tuesday by calling for more police in America's inner cities, arguing that Democratic policies have failed minority communities and accusing Democrats of "peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force."

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Baltimore 'hero mom' Toya Graham, family homeless after fire

Toya Graham first made headlines after a televised smackdown of her teenage son during the Baltimore riots last year. More than a year later, she's in the spotlight again -- but for a more somber reason.

Tuesday, August 16

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Simone Biles wins fourth Olympic gold on floor

For anyone who doubted her, it's official: US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is #1.

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What it's like to be Black in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of America's most segregated cities and is place where Black men are incarcerated or unemployed at some of the highest rates in the nation.

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14 million Africans to be vaccinated against yellow fever

Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo began an emergency vaccination campaign this week to curtail a yellow fever outbreak that has sickened thousands of people and killed more than 400, the World Health Organization said.

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Milwaukee shooting: Curfew imposed in hopes of restoring calm

After a tumultuous weekend mired in protests and violence, many Milwaukee residents hoped for calm.

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Wisconsin sheriff blames 'tribal behavior' for Milwaukee violence

Unapologetic and blunt, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has won legions of supporters on the right with his frequent commentary that slams Black Lives Matter and other liberal groups.

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Wendell Pierce loses home in Baton Rouge flooding

Wendell Pierce was a highly visible advocate for post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans after his parents' home was damaged and now the actor has suffered a similar loss.

Monday, August 15

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Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show' canceled by Comedy Central

"The Nightly Show" is coming to an abrupt end.

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Milwaukee's deep history of racial tensions

When city alderman Khalif Rainey called Milwaukee "the worst place to live for African Americans," it wasn't just hyperbole.

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Gabby Douglas' mom: She's 'devastated' by online criticism

Imagine being the darling of the 2012 London Olympics, only to be criticized for your every move four years later in Rio.

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Usain Bolt: Jamaican makes Olympic history with 100-meter triumph

It's become the sporting spectacle of the 21st century -- Usain Bolt arrives at an Olympic Games and walks away with the 100-meter gold medal.

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Kevin Hart gets married to longtime girlfriend

Kevin Hart is a married man. He married his longtime girlfriend Eniko Parrish, 31, in California on Saturday.

Sunday, August 14

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New York imam, his assistant killed near mosque

A New York imam and his assistant were gunned down in broad daylight Saturday after prayers at a nearby mosque, police said.

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RNC looks to expand outreach to African-Americans

The Republican National Committee is upping its outreach to black voters as Donald Trump's candidacy faces a steep battle to win over minorities.

Friday, August 12

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Olympic athletes’ journeys counters dire political climates

For the first time in the long and storied history of the Olympics, a team comprises a group of athletes who don’t represent a specific country.

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Simone Manuel: 5 things to know about US swimmer who made history

When Simone Manuel touched the pool wall at the end of her swimming event in Rio, she set both an Olympic and an American record.

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Simone Biles wins all-around gold at Rio Games in US one-two

There are some athletes which struggle to live up to the hype -- but in Rio it was the hype which failed to keep up with Simone Biles.

Thursday, August 11

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Marcus Garvey’s message today

Grassroots activists around the globe will commemorate the 129th anniversary of the birthday of Black nationalist icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey this Wednesday, Aug. 17, with a number of cultural events worldwide.

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Stevie Wonder says, ‘Black Lives Matter because we are the original people of this world’

While on the set of a London performance during the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park last month, superstar singer Stevie Wonder dropped some science as he exhorted the audience of more than 65,000 in attendance to remember that “Black lives matter … because we are the original people of this world!”

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Summer is not over yet

I can’t be the only person who is feeling a bit unnerved about the close of summer. I know we are almost a month away from Labor Day, but for some reason this summer seems to have blown by.

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Black Lives Matter NYC hosts tribute service for 2nd anniversary of Michael Brown’s death

Community members and families affected by state-sanctioned violence gathered at Riverside Church Tuesday, Aug. 9 for the two-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

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Brooklyn community talks health at forum

Last month, residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn came together at a town hall meeting to discuss topics regarding health and wellness with a panel of experts.

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SUNY Student Assembly supports efforts to combat teacher shortage

This week the SUNY Student Assembly endorsed TeachNY initiatives as a means to combat statewide teacher shortages.

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Clara Francis Gallery opens in Harlem

The Clara Francis Gallery is opening with the exhibition of “Haile King-Rubie: Speaking Colors.”

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Sleek skis are colorful in abstract designs

For winter 2016-2017, Black Crows showed a colorful lineup of outerwear alongside their 10th collection of skis.

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Do Black lives matter when it’s a Black cop?

July 25, 2016, Montrell Jackson, a Black police officer recently killed along with two others in Baton Rouge, La., by Gavin Long, a Black former Marine, was laid to rest at the city’s Greenoaks Memorial Park.

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Prisons—Islam’s ideal recruitment center

National security and public safety is the government’s foremost responsibility. Over the past 25 years, we have seen the government attempt to tackle crime in various ways.

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The need for New York to ‘Raise the Age’

Here’s how it goes: You’re riding the train on the way home from school with a group of friends. A commotion is heard in the middle of the train car.

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Jim Jones, Jill Scott take center stage

A reinforced concrete foundation was laid for the Harlem-based hip-hop groups, with teams the likes of Master Don & The Death Committee, the Disco 4, The Crash Crew, The Fearless Four and The Treacherous Three leading the way.

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Touro gets $2.5 million tuition grant for disadvantaged students

The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work today announced the receipt of a $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services to fund scholarships for disadvantaged graduate students in social work beginning fall semester 2016.

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The PROSE program— A plan for excellence

A few years ago, teachers union leaders developed the idea of the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence, a program for testing and implementing new styles of teaching and administration in New York City schools.

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Chano Pozo, the great Cuban percussionist and composer

As we approach the precipice of the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival, a nearly weeklong event from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21, it is difficult not to think of the great Cuban percussionist, conguero Chano Pozo.

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Talking SCHOP! Shrimp + Pasta

I adore shrimp. It is such an easy and versatile ingredient with such a big flavor. Here is my recipe for a quick pasta dish that I love making for my clients and for myself.

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Four Days in Wisconsin

While on Skype with a friend who lives in Berlin, I turned my computer around to show my view.

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Jazz on the Hill, Jazz in the Valley, Harlem/Havana

The tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger and big band leader Jimmy Heath will celebrate his 90th birthday in October, but on Aug. 13, he will start his major birthday celebration early at “Great Jazz on the Great Hill” in Central Park (106th Street and Central Park West).

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Bowles has a simple game plan for the Jets’ preseason

With just two weeks into their official training camp, the New York Jets suit up tonight, Thursday, in full pads, at Metlife Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Victor Cruz clings to hope as injuries persist

Victor Cruz’s arduous and circuitous journey from high school football star in Paterson, N.J., to academic casualty at the University of Massachusetts, where he ultimately found redemption, to NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and A-list celebrity is well documented.

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U.S. women dominate in early Olympic play

As expected, the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team dominated its opening games in Rio. Sunday, the U.S. team won a historic victory over Senegal 121–56. It was the largest number of points and largest margin of victory for any team in U.S. women’s Olympic history.

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Boys High ball players reunite

If you’ve ever wondered why New York City is recognized as “the Mecca of Basketball,” you would have found multiple reasons Saturday afternoon as Boys High alum gathered in Manhattan to celebrate their great legacy of basketball.

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DC 37 announces endorsements for Primary Tuesday

With the New York Primaries one month away (Sept. 13), the largest public union in New York City announced some of its endorsements this week.

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CUNY’s faculty and staff ratify contract

The Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents the City University of New York’s faculty and staff, ratified their new contract last week.

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Jordan Donica, first Black ‘Raoul’ in Broadway’s ‘Phantom’

I remember how excited I was when it was first announced that Norm Lewis was going to be cast as the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera,” on Broadway, making him the first Black man to play the role in the Broadway production.

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Unions and economists react to Trump’s economic speech

Republican Presidential Donald Trump gave a speech in Detroit that unveiled his economic policies if he is elected in November. But some people aren’t buying it.

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Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

Over the weekend, Jamaica Avenue’s commercial strip, from Parsons Boulevard to 170th Street, came alive once again as Cultural Collaborative Jamaica celebrated the 20th annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival.

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‘Nine Lives’—Not cute even with kittens

“Nine Lives,” the animated comedy starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken, did the impossible. This jumble of a film made cats not cute.

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Sun, fun and a 5K run in Bed-Stuy

On a beautiful bright summer Saturday morning (Aug. 6, 2016) dozens of people showed up to participate in the 500 Men Making a Difference second annual 5K run, as they hosted their seventh annual Mens Day in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Families came both to run and to show support for the neighborhood athletes.

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Harry Lennix of the ‘Blacklist’ keeping it busy

The first thing that hits you about Harry Lennix is the booming sound of his voice. It’s deep and comforting and sounds like God but not the “fire, hail, brimstone, hell bound” version of God.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

It’s August, when summer Saturday mornings are in full swing, and never more so than on the blocks between 137th and 140th streets along Lenox Avenue.

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Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association hosting school supply giveaway

Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association is preparing for their ninth annual Free School Supplies event, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Glenfield Park.

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‘Hamilton’ keeps rolling on

Sydney James Harcourt is now in the role of Aaron Burr, which is the very same role that earned Leslie Odom Jr. a Tony—this year—and Harcourt is brilliant as Burr.

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Newark swears in new police chief

Veteran investigator Darnell Henry is sworn in as the new chief of the Newark Police Department at a ceremony last week at Newark Tech Essex County Vocational School. Henry had been serving as acting chief since his appointment earlier this year.

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Schumer demands Congress pass bill providing $1.9 billion funding for Zika

Worry is engulfing the United States as more Zika virus cases are discovered on national grounds. Zika, a virus that is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti species mosquito, has been found to cause birth defects and other health-related issues.

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Greg Tate releases follow-up to groundbreaking debut with ‘Flyboy 2'

World renowned author, music critic and founder of the Black Rock Coalition, Greg Tate, has released a follow-up anthology to his groundbreaking book of essays and criticism, “Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America,” which was published in 1992.

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Clinton promises to repair Voting Rights Act

Of all the words Hillary Clinton has voiced in this turbulent election season, none are more on point and meaningful as her comments regarding the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Mining Tycoon of Sierra Leone and Presidential Hopeful Passes in London

One of the wealthiest men in Sierra Leone, who built his fortune in extractive industries, died suddenly at White Chapel Hospital in London, according to the Sierra Leone Telegraph.

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Party of Mandela Gets a Beating From Voters

It was a long night for the African National Congress party faithful as a popular revolt in the cities of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Port Elizabeth upended the ANC’s long-held power base in those two key municipalities.

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Hit the road, Bill

Thankfully, Bratton is gone. The consistent pressure of outspoken, uncompromising activists; the organized activities of the movements calling for justice; the prayers of families of victims of police misconduct; and yes, the scrutiny of federal investigations into corruption, have brought their weight to bear and have forced the departure of police commissioner William Bratton.

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Marcus Garvey lives!

The spirit of the Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. illuminated the streets of Brooklyn Saturday afternoon, Aug. 6, 2016.

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Ashley Toussaint running for the future

From institutionalized racism, to the spoils of white privilege, to the benefits of running miles in intense heat through hardened concrete inner-city streets, everyone has an opinion.

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Community Calendar 8/11 - 8/17

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

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Bratton leaves but his legacy lingers on

Two surprising but related announcements recently rocked the metropolitan area. The first was the news that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was leaving his post after a two-year tenure at the end of the month.

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De Blasio signs ‘NYPD Use of Force Encounter Reports Law’

On Aug. 3, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Intro. 606, also known as the “NYPD Use of Force Encounter Reports Law,” into law. Sponsored by a plethora of council members from 13 different districts, the bill focuses on holding the NYPD accountable for their actions with the citizens of New York City.

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Moving our money to Black banks

In the wake of a wave of brutal police murders of Black men and women, political activists across the United States have raised the protest and mobilization stakes to the economic level. In New York City, a “run on the banks” has started.

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Former AileyCamper, now Ailey member Solomon Dumas affirms program’s value

Thursday, Aug. 11, more than 100 youngsters will take the stage at Hostos Center for Arts & Culture for a festive performance that caps their six-week summer at CAS/AileyCamp New York.

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Are all marijuana arrests created equal?

A recent analysis of statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services by police reform advocacy group found that marijuana arrests rose in the first six months of 2016 compared with the same period last year.

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Dr. Sebi dies in custody of Honduran jailers

Tributes and accolades came in thick and fast when news broke Saturday evening that the renowned herbalist, alternative medicine practitioner and healer, Dr. Sebi, had made his transition Aug. 6.

Wednesday, August 10

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NYPD apprehends man who scaled Trump Tower with suction cups

A man scaling Trump Tower using giant suction cups was roughly pulled into the building at about 6:30 p.m. by members of the New York Police Department after reaching the 21st floor.

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Longtime ESPN anchor John Saunders dies

John Saunders, the sports anchor whose baritone voice was a fixture on ESPN programming for 30 years, has died, the network announced Wednesday. He was 61.

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'Neighborhood watch' member kills 20-year-old outside home

A North Carolina man who said he was a neighborhood watch member fatally shot a 20-year-old from inside his garage before telling a 911 dispatcher he was protecting his family from "hoodlums," according to Raleigh police.

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Baltimore police have racial bias, Justice Department reports

A Justice Department investigation found that the Baltimore Police Department engages in unconstitutional practices that led to disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests of African-Americans, and excessive use of force against juveniles and people with mental health disabilities.

Tuesday, August 9

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Gymnastics: Team USA and Simone Biles take team gold

The first set of results is in, and it's confirmed: The US women's gymnastics team is that good.

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Dr. Sebi dies in Honduran police custody

Tributes and accolades came in thick and fast when news broke on Saturday, that the renown herbalist, alternative medicine practitioner and healer – Dr. Sebi – had made his transition on Saturday, 6th August, Honduras, Central America.

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Usain Bolt: I'll win all three gold medals at Rio 2016

Usain Bolt, the most decorated sprinter of all time, is oozing with confidence as he edges closer to realizing his "Triple-Triple" gold medal dream at the Olympic Games in Rio.

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Thousands of kids hurt annually on amusement rides

From carousels to roller coasters, part of summer fun for many kids is a trip to the local carnival or a nearby amusement park. But experts are warning that children need to be supervised on rides because of the risk of injuries.

Monday, August 8

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Clock Boy' suit alleges civil rights violations

A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teen who was detained and hauled off in handcuffs last year because authorities thought a handmade clock he brought to his Texas high school to show his teachers was a bomb.

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Chicago police release video tied to shooting of unarmed man

Chicago officers are seen firing at least 15 shots at a black Jaguar as it races down a tree-lined street.

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Residents aid black firefighter who lost home to alleged arson

Support for the only black volunteer firefighter in an upstate New York town continues to pour in after he lost his home to suspected arson within days of receiving a letter containing racial slurs.

Thursday, August 4

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Harlem Restaurant & Retail Week 2016

Get ready again for Harlem Restaurant & Retail Week!

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Talking SCHOP! Polpettina

When you have been in the food industry for a while, cooking, writing and eating, your friends and family look to you for suggestions on places to eat, what’s new and interesting, as well as my thoughts on places they might like.

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Sights and sounds of Chi-Town

As I navigated the minefield of growing up Black in America, I leaned on Digable Planets, a ’90s hip-hop trio that rapped about Black existence through the prism of New York’s boroughs.

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Jackson family patriarch celebrates 88th birthday

After word spread that Mary J. Blige filed for divorce last week from her husband of 13 years, Kendu Isaacs, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul released a statement to People magazine.

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Cyro Baptista, William Parker, Axel in Brooklyn

Established jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s very seldom venture past the traditional gates of jazz.

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‘Suicide Squad’

L.A. Williams: If success creates opportunities, then Emmy winner Viola Davis, Oscar winners Ben Affleck and Jared Leto, and Oscar nominee Will Smith have a wide option of projects to star in. So why collaborate in “Suicide Squad,” a comic book-based movie team that’s unfamiliar to the masses?

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‘Star Trek’ is back with ‘Beyond’

Time stops for no one, even in space. In reviewing the Captain’s Log, with a birthday approaching, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, finds himself deeply depressed.

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August 2016 Dance Calendar

For August, dance can be seen indoors, and although there is more summer to be had, a good deal of outdoor performances are happening this month.

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Harlem welcomes Vivrant Beauty to the neighborhood

Elegant. Fresh. Open. Welcoming. Those are words to describe the space where Vivrant Beauty in Harlem resides.

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King Sunny Ade returns to the Brooklyn stage

The amazing maestro of African Beats and juju music King Sunny Ade will be following up last month’s stellar performance at BAM Metrotech with a 70th birthday celebration, which will also look back at his 50 years on stage.

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Bronx BP calls for Snap/EBT Tech Advances

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has written a letter to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging his agency to adopt rules that will make it easier for consumers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits online with Electronic Benefit Transfers cards.

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Emergency Management Brings Mobile Office to the Bronx NYC

The New York City Emergency Management Department visited the Bronx Tuesday to discuss emergency preparedness, coordination and planning with residents.

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Tenants, housing advocates and elected officials battle illegal hotel operator

Tenants, housing advocates and elected officials are rallying against Imperial Court building owner Michael Edelstein, accusing him of operating an illegal hotel.

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Millions March NYC occupies City Hall Park

On Aug. 1, just one day before NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced his surprise resignation, the Millions March NYC organization came out to occupy City Hall Park.

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Police Commissioner resigning in September

“Ding dong the warlock is gone!” declared an elated Assemblyman Charles Barron, upon hearing that the somewhat controversial police commissioner had just announced that he was going to be retiring next month.

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Summer fashion for party times

Chilean-born actress Leonor Varela appeared at the 9th annual Oceana SeaChange summer party wearing a design by Gauri & Nainika from their Autumn/Winter ’16 collection.

Acclaimed author James Alan McPherson Jr. dies at 72

During my brief stay in Iowa City and teaching at the university there, I had several opportunities to spend time with the author James Alan McPherson.

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Spring/Summer ’17 fashion on a dime

Dime-Mexico Fashion House put on a splendid show during Berlin Fashion Week.

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Schomburg Center hosts 50th anniversary of Harlem’s original Black Panthers

Friday evening, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd., hosted the 50th anniversary of the original Black Panther Party, which was established by local activists here in Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park during June 1966.

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The Clintons: Traditional marriage or business deal?

Who knows when it took a turn for the worse—when the Clinton marriage stopped being one of commitment and became a marriage of convenience.

Kinds and colors of loss and grief: Problems of unity without justice

As the country passes through this period of dangerous and difficult times, times of declared shared loss and shared grief, it is important that we not find ourselves joining conversations and embracing policies that diminish or dismiss our own loss and grief, indict us as a people and divert us from our righteous and relentless struggle.

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Cover-up of poisoned drinking water impacting millions of Floridians

After five years of our state being under the leadership of Gov. Scott, our representatives are pointing their fingers at everyone but themselves.

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Will Olympiad games overshadow their problems?

When the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics begin tomorrow night, Friday, Aug. 5 in Rio De Janeiro, the Olympic-size problems and controversies that have plagued the preparation for this season’s games are now mostly behind them, but there’s still time for an international incident.

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Alexander Twilight, the first African-American college graduate in US

In this fervid election season with such unpredictability, the American public is getting a massive dose of politics, some of the civic lessons they never learned or have forgotten.

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Ashleigh Johnson set to make history in Rio

Hillary Clinton made history when she became the first woman to accept a nomination for president of the United States for a major political party. Now Ashleigh Johnson is another American woman poised to make history.

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Team USA dominates in exhibition games

U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team coach Geno Auriemma said when he was planning the team’s exhibition schedule, he knew he wanted to end at Madison Square Garden.

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An open letter to Queens electeds

Dear Councilman Donovan Richards Jr., Senator James Sanders Jr., Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblywoman Michele Titus,

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Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo raise the Giants’ bar

Super Bowl 51, scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, is still six months away.

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32BJ announces endorsements for this year’s New York elections

While most of the nation is paying attention to the presidential election, 32BJ wanted New Yorkers to remember that the presidency isn’t the only office at stake.

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Big ups to the Head Doctor—Pooh the Barber

Before I sat down, I knew better. The picture he had hanging on the wall should have been enough to prevent me from jumping into the chair, but after waiting close to an hour for my regular dude to show up, time was of the essence.

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Mulgrew worries about school suspensions in letter to Fariña

In a letter addressed to New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew expressed concern on the topic of suspending students under the age of eight from school.

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The Jets train for a competitive season

Jets training camp has begun. Their quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is signed. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is signed.

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Third annual Black Expo comes to New York City

Last Saturday, July 30, the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel hosted the third annual Black Expo.

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City Parks Foundation’s free summer golf program for NYC youth

City Parks Foundation welcomes NYC youngsters to stay active in parks throughout New York City via their 2016 Summer Sports Program for young people.

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NYC Tour de Cure Starts at Randall’s Island August 20

The American Diabetes Association is inviting riders of all levels to join the celebration and be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement by taking part in the annual New York City Tour de Cure®, a cycling event on Aug. 20 at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, to help raise funds to change the future of diabetes and help stop this devastating disease.

The genius of Otto Neals: painter, sculptor, printmaker

Educators have long advocated for arts education.

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P.O.P. leader Larry Hamm reports back from DNC

People’s Organization for Progress Chairman Lawrence Hamm is giving a report on last week’s historic Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and he said, “We have a lot to talk about.”

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The Cosmopolitan Review

At last, the dog days of August are upon us. Whereas the month of July was hot and humid, August should promise to be sweltering. And I like it just like that. For those still in the city, there are so many ways to keep cool, stepping outside to warm up is not a problem.

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Beware: Pain pills and water pills don’t mix

I can’t tell you how many times patients have come to my office complaining about swollen ankles because of hypertension and congestive heart failure. Further history revealed that they were also taking pain medications for arthritis.

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500 Men Making a Difference hosts run and concert in Bed-Stuy

Saturday Aug. 6, 2016, the 500 Men Making a Difference is going to host their seventh annual Men’s Day.

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NAACP New Jersey State Conference 2016 annual convention set for October

The New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP is set to hold its 2016 convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Oct. 13 through Oct. 16 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

King Sunny Ade returns to the Brooklyn stage

King Sunny Ade returns to the Brooklyn stage.

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We must all stand up for Khizr Khan by responding to his call to vote

In the days since Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, stood up and bravely called out Donald Trump for his racism, narcissism and bigotry, Trump and the right wing have come out in shameful attack mode against this patriotic immigrant, Muslim and American.

Bronx BP Calls for Shap/EBT Tech Advances

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has written a letter to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging his agency to adopt rules that will make it easier for consumers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits online with Electronic Benefit Transfers cards.

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Caricom is right to demand reparations

Several Caribbean leaders Monday used the 178th anniversary of the emancipation from the transatlantic slave trade to push Europe into paying reparations to the region, months after governments formally sent demand documents to European governments.

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Hail, Hillary!

Hillary Clinton’s historic moment had to deal with a number of troubling distractions, from Wikileaks, to Sanders’ die-hards, to the man with orange hair.

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NYC Emergency Management Brings Mobile Office to the Bronx

The New York City Emergency Management Department visited the Bronx Tuesday to discuss emergency preparedness, coordination and planning with residents.

Anticipation building for tourism exchange

MIAMI (Aug. 4, 2016)—The Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum is generating a healthy buzz as it approaches its second conference, slated for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016, at El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Puerto Rico.

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Activists disrupt party unity at the DNC

Last week, the Democratic Party held their national convention at which candidate Hillary Clinton formally accepted the party’s nomination for president.

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Reflections on the DNC

I recently returned from Philadelphia, where I attended the Democratic National Convention as a reporter for the Amsterdam News.

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Homeless advocates demand NYPD end ‘move along’ orders

Several homeless and community groups, including Picture the Homeless, Communities United for Police Reform, the Street Vendor Project and the Justice Committee are coming together to demand an end to the NYPD’s “move along” orders.

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THE PARTY OF MANDELA HEARS CALLS FOR CHANGE

This week’s municipal polls will reveal the depth of disenchantment with the historic African National Congress.

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Harlem welcomes Vivrant Beauty to the neighborhood

Elegant. Fresh. Open. Welcoming. Those are words to describe the space where Vivrant Beauty in Harlem resides.

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Voting ID laws struck down

With the presidential election cycle experiencing unprecedented chaos, it was good news last week for African-American voters when the U.S. Appeals Court struck down a North Carolina law that required a photo identification when casting ballots.

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Black New Yorker Donna Heyward

Mother, wife, activist and personal fitness trainer—Donna Heyward is truly a creative and determined soul.

Community Calendar 8/4 - 8/10

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

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Millions March NYC occupies City Hall Park

On Aug. 1, just one day before NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced his surprise resignation, the Millions March NYC organization came out to occupy City Hall Park.

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Assemblyman Michael Blake claims he was victim of excessive force

Reports indicate that the incident occurred Saturday while Blake was at a community barbecue event at the Gouverneur Morris Houses in the Bronx.

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Police Commissioner resigning in September

Bye Bye Bratton

“Ding dong the warlock is gone!” declared an elated Assemblyman Charles Barron, upon hearing that the somewhat controversial police commissioner had just announced that he as going to be retiring next month.

Tuesday, August 2

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is resigning

The leader of the nation's largest police department is stepping down.

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Poll: Most NYC voters disapprove of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio has had a tough year with an ongoing federal probe into his administration, resignation of his press secretary and public feud with Gov. Cuomo, but now voters are saying they're not happy with him either.

Monday, August 1

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Scholar Kevin Young named director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The New York Public Library names poet and scholar Kevin Young as Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake accuses NYPD officer of using excessive force

A Bronx assemblyman filed a complaint against the NYPD after an officer used "excessive force" on him on Saturday.