Stories for December 2016

Friday, December 30

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9 last-minute Obama moves to stymie Trump's agenda

With the finish line in view, President Barack Obama is entering a sprint. He's scaled up his executive power moves in a bid to solidify some of his legacy items before Donald Trump takes office.

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Obama to meet congressional Democrats on efforts to block health care repeal

President Barack Obama will head to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with House and Senate Democrats on a strategy to block the Republican effort to dismantle his signature health care law.

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Top 10 stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and a new year starts, we’d like to share the top stories that mattered to you. Here is a list of the 10 most read stories on our website of the year based on numbers from our online traffic.

Thursday, December 29

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Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Tennis great Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are engaged.

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Eight places to visit in 2017

This year you should make a resolution to see more of the world. You should explore places, near and far, that are unlike any other place you have ever been.

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B.B. King hosts the Juice Crew reunion

One of the greatest assortment of hip-hop lyricists ever assembled will be reunited this Thursday evening at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in the heart of Times Square (237 W. 42nd St.).

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Street named for Stevie Wonder

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Easy elegance from old fashion tricks

The passion of fashion accompanies Marta Zampolini’s spring/summer collection. When she was young, Zampolini loved to “steal with her eyes” the tricks of her grandmother’s dressmaking skills.

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Men’s fashion and footwear news

Ports 1961 just announced their company’s collaboration with iconic sportswear and boxing brand Everlast, made famous by the world’s greatest boxers and actors.

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Best Black albums of 2016

This year has not been the most enlightened year for the Black American community.

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‘Lion’ hits the right tone

“Lion” is based on a true story that begins in 1986, in Kolkata, India, when a little boy named Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train, accidentally traveling more than 1,000 miles from his small village into the central streets of constantly moving India.

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January 2017 Dance Calendar

Finish 2016 and ring in 2017 with performances by the renowned flamenco company, Nocha Flamenca, where live music and principal dancer Soledad Barrio is a staple.

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New Year’s Eve around town

This New Year of 2017 behooves every citizen to be active, stay vocal and remain vigilant. For such a diligent task, mandatory indulgence in some serious partying until the stars rattle in the sky and that cow refuses to jump over the moon.

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Black American athletes make a difference, here and abroad

When looking back on this year, 2016, trying to identify and rank the year’s greatest sports moments, and those who created them, the death of boxing great, Muhammad Ali, must be noted because of how it reminded us all of the greatness of this man, in and out of the ring.

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Remembering the legends of sports

Comparing athletes and coaches from various eras is a common practice among fans and journalists.

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NY Division I teams rev up for conference season

The 2016-17 Division I women’s college basketball season is about seven weeks along and there are some surprises.

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Giants earn wild card bid, await playoff opponent

It doesn’t matter how a team clinches its playoff spot as long as they get in. Ideally, the Giants would have celebrated their first postseason berth since the 2011 by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday on the road.

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Bowles ends season with health issues, maybe even athazagoraphobia

The back story to Sunday’s Buffalo Bills-New York Jets football game at MetLife Stadium, the last day of the regular season, became less interesting now that Buffalo has fired their head coach, Rex Ryan.

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Staying just above .500 not good enough for the Knicks

The Knicks’ Christmas Day game versus the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden served as test for a team that needs to take the next step in their evolution as a potential contender in the Eastern Conference—contender being a relative term.

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Brooklyn gets some validation, but more is needed

You could see the grimace on Randy Foye’s face as he watched Cody Zeller’s put-back go in off a Kemba Walker-missed reverse layup with 2.3 seconds left in a tight game, putting the Charlotte Hornets temporarily ahead of the Brooklyn Nets, 118-117.

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Lincoln’s first tree-lighting

NYC Health + Hospitals / Lincoln’s first tree-lighting ceremony took place last week in front of Lincoln at the corner of 149th Street and Morris Avenue.

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Harlem community board awards grants to minority med students

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, in conjunction with the TouroCOM-Harlem Community Advisory Board, has awarded the first round of grants from its newly established Fund for Underrepresented Minority Students

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In-sanity Claus

Well, commercial Christmas is over and folks are beginning to regain their sanity after buying, buying and buying and charging, charging and charging.

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Open letter to Donald Trump from an immigrant

Immigration columnist Felicia Persaud pens an open letter to Donald Trump.

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Caribbean chair praises collective efforts

The outgoing chairman of the 15-nation Caribbean Community has praised the region for the way it collectively responded to Haiti and other islands hit by Hurricane Matthew in early October, saying it has become clear to all that there is no other way for the string of mostly island nations to survive other than through collective efforts.

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Health City Cayman Islands completes 500 orthopedic surgeries

Health City Cayman Islands has completed 500 successful orthopedic surgeries two and a half years after it opened its doors.

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No safe haven for the old, Black and poor

NYCHA is ready to close senior centers that are underused and to suspend services being ignored.

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2016—A year of major transitions

While noting the disturbing numbers of wars and copious amount of deadly violence laying wast all over the globe, it is with somber thought people acknowledged that 2016 marks the passing of so many famous and noteworthy people, whose name, works or impact they feel touched them.

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Alain Leroy Locke, philosopher and Harlem Renaissance giant

Alain Leroy Locke is perhaps best known as the editor of “The New Negro,” an anthology that is widely viewed as the touchstone of the Harlem Renaissance. In many biographies, Locke is considered the “dean” of this historic era.

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Farewell Cecil, Hello Minton’s 2017: the redux

After a three-year run, the Afro-Asian-American Harlem eatery, The Cecil, will close as a restaurant at the end of the year and reopen as a private events space while a long-term vision is determined.

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Talking SCHOP! Needed luck in 2017

I hope you enjoyed a merry Christmas with friends and family and your new year’s plan is as lively or sedate as you desire.

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A fascist forecast

Simply defined, fascism is “a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of opposition, private economic enterprise under centralized governmental control, belligerent nationalism, racism and militarism.”

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2016—Year in review

Is it still 2016? This year really seems like the year that never ends.

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Letter in support of Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s clemency petition

We are writing to urge you to commute the sentence of Dr. Mutulu Shakur. He has served more than 30 years in prison for his conviction arising from his participation in the social justice movement of the past century. He is recognized as a leading member of the movement for human rights for African-Americans.

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Rapper Yasiin Bey is the realist’s realist

As frustrating as it is to be a music fan, you may be correct to deduce the stress level for an artist to be magnified tenfold what we feel.

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Honoring the 50th annual celebration of Kwanzaa

Black people all around the world are celebrating Kwanzaa. New Yorkers did the same in all five boroughs and beyond.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network Christmas special

On Christmas Eve, the Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of National Action Network, hosted the annual children’s toy give-away and feeding of the homeless and the underserved at the Harlem House of Justice.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Wait a minute. Hold up. It ain’t over yet. Santa Claus can’t go to sleep yet. He can only take a nap, because he must celebrate the new year with Mrs. Claus and the elves.

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East New York Restoration Center to host job fair

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, the Workforce 1 Career Center will host a job fair.

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Pan Afrikan Muslim Association to host community meeting in Weequahic HS in Newark during Black History Month 

Calling 10,000 to faith, family, neighborhood, unity, peace and power, the Pan-Afrikan Muslim Association will host a massive community meeting for Muslims of African descent, for the African-American community and for humanity at Weequahic High School, 279 Chancellor Ave. in Newark, N.J., in February 2017.

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Violence rocks holiday season—Solution hunting

Nobody wants deja vu all over again when it comes to inner city violence.

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Obama said he could have defeated Trump

It seems each week brings a new wrinkle of rancor during the presidential transition.

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Community Calendar: 12/29 - 1/5

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

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Year in Review 2016

We take a look at the issues that made headlines in 2016

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African scholar warriors

A tribute honoring several renowned African scholar warriors will take place in Harlem this weekend, concluding this Greco-Roman calendar year, and ushering in the next.

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Q&A with Margot Lee Shetterly, author of ‘Hidden Figures’

One of the most highly anticipated and talked about films of the year is “Hidden Figures.” Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner, the film is based on the true story of a group of extraordinary Black women (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson) from segregation-era Virginia, and the important contributions they made to the space program and defense industry in the United States during the Cold War.

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Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

The year 2016 was supposed to be one that brought about great change to America.  It was supposed to be President Obama’s crowning glory, capping off what we must say was a successful eight years in office, despite the continuous fights he had to endure with a Republican Congress that tried to fight him every step of the way.

Wednesday, December 28

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Freed Chibok girls return home for joyful Christmas

It was a journey they had waited nearly three long years to take.

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Dylann Roof plans no witnesses or evidence in penalty phase

Dylann Roof, the admitted white supremacist who could face the death penalty for killing nine black churchgoers, was back in court Wednesday morning.

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Why I took to the streets: The people behind the protests of 2016

A football coach from Charlotte, a project manager from Florida and a teaching assistant from Iowa. Three people from three different backgrounds with a dedication to three different causes.

Tuesday, December 27

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Actor and comedian Ricky Harris, who worked alongside the greats, dies at 54

Ricky Harris, whose yin-yang comedic career went from raunchy standup on one end to family-friendly sitcoms on the other, has died. He was 54.

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NYPD suspends cop who allegedly posted Snapchat of handcuffed family

Waking up with a gun to her face, handcuffed along with her family and having the incident posted on Snapchat, was not how Kimberly Santiago expected to start her morning last Thursday.

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Deadly Christmas weekend in Chicago: 12 people fatally shot

Chicago's citywide crime wave didn't slow down during the holiday weekend.

Thursday, December 22

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‘All politics is local’—New Yorkers stress need for real Black Agenda 2017

“All politics is local” is a popular refrain among activists, politicos and casual observers alike. That being said, with 2017 looming and a possibly challenging Donald Trump presidency on the January horizon, Black New Yorkers are gathering in rooms large and small to discuss what they think the Black Agenda 2017 must be.

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Old, Black and Eeking Out a Living

For 16 years after she graduated from Hunter College with a major in political science and a minor in psychology, Michelle Johnson's sales career at Newsday in Long Island was nothing less than promising and she came to consider it an art form.

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Something to wine about: Ntsiki Biyela

Ntsiki Biyela is a force to be reckoned with. She is more than just another highly talented winemaker. As South Africa’s first Black female winemaker, she is also a pioneer who continues to be inspired and to inspire others.

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Domestic violence survivors, BP Adams hold empowerment rally

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joined domestic violence survivors and elected officials such as Assembly members Amy Paulin and Jamie Williams and Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues, held a candlelight empowerment rally on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

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Talking SCHOP! Yammering on…

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus, belated Happy Hanukkah … just happy holidays everyone! We’re going in for the second round of holiday meals, y’all!

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Kujichagulia: Self-determination now!

As we enter the sphere of President Trump, we must make a thoroughgoing analysis of the choices that lay before us.

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The White House in December

During the holidays, you can find a little magic everywhere you turn. But something tells me very few places are more magical than the White House in December.

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Oprah’s ‘O Girls’ premieres January 15

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Harlem recognizes Human Rights Day

“What’s the call? Free them all!” a slew of multiethnic activists chanted while posted up on the northeast corner of Harlem’s African Square (125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) this past Saturday afternoon as they withstood the cold while commemorating Human Rights Day.

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Judine Somerville: From pirouette to Rockette to Dynamite

They say dynamite comes in small packages. Judine Somerville, who recently reprised her role as one of the legendary Dynamites in NBC’s production of “Hairspray,” is the definition of dynamite in a small package.

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The Millennials and economic challenges

Compared with Baby Boomers and Generation X, some would say that Millennials are the most educated and diverse generation to date.

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‘Cats’ is dazzling!

I have never seen anything like it. A production that had people dressed as and acting like cats. A musical that has the audience come to an understanding of the things that these animals go through.

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The importance of beginner tech fluency in senior citizens

Within a day of purchasing a new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, my father flicked his thumb, scrolled through the user interface, shook his head and said, “This is too hard.”

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‘Sing’ is one of the best holiday movie choices

The genius storytellers behind the animated hits “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets” have created a rich new, animated musical called “Sing,” with many stars lending their vocal cords to this hilarious movie, including Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane.

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Audre Lorde, activist, librarian, lesbian and warrior poet

It was wonderful to see Audre Lorde included in a photo collage on the cover of last week’s Village Voice.

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‘Hidden Figures’ opens Christmas Day

“Hidden Figures” is based on the lives of mathematicians, Katherine Goble-Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae). Hollywood could not make it up—nor would Hollywood make it up.

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Craig Harris brings ‘God’s Trombones’ back to Harlem Dec. 22-23

Legendary jazz musician Craig Harris is going back in time to bring people together this holiday season and beyond and is using “God’s Trombones” as his platform.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The gift that keeps giving

Blessed. That’s the first word that comes to mind during the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s City Center season. It describes the AAADT dancers’ gift of technical versatility as they perform ballet, jazz, modern and African dance styles with steely precision, contagious exuberance and unassuming grace.

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All Brooklyn wants for Christmas is a win, or two

The Brooklyn Nets have not been able to pair back-to-back wins so far this season, but they’ve certainly mounted multiple losses.

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Knicks return home and preserve their winning record

Kyle O’Quinn’s voice boomed across the Knicks’ locker room at Madison Square Garden late Tuesday evening. “I told you stop messing with me,” the 6-10, 26-year-old forward from Norfolk State via Jamaica, Queens, warned Kiyan Anthony, as he playfully clutched the apologetic yet retreating youngster. But it was too late for contrition or escape.

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NY/NJ airport workers win first union contracts

Four years of hard work has paid off for New York and New Jersey airport workers.

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Journalism great and activist Howard Bingham dies at 77

Sports and sports journalism lost a giant last Thursday when Howard Bingham, best known as the longtime personal photographer and close confidant of the legendary boxer and social activist Muhammad Ali, died at the age of age 77.

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Giants target Eagles to bolster playoff seeding

The Giants are in. Or almost certain to be one of the six teams representing the National Football Conference when the playoffs begin a little more than two weeks from today.

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Vancouver-based hospital service and maintenance workers join AFT

The American Federation of Teachers took their work over the border when workers at a hospital in Vancouver voted to join them.

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UFT opens new teacher center at Bronx school

A collaboration between the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education, bears fruit in the Bronx.

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Jets special teams? Disappointing! Defense? Disappointing! Offense? Disappointing!

It started off so good, and then seven nothing by the end of the first quarter. A 40-yard catch and run touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce Petty to rookie receiver Robbie Anderson. In seven plays, 75 yards

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Calls grow for firing of white New Jersey State employee who harassed Black Muslim woman

Backlash is growing for the state to fire a white state employee who allegedly committed what is believed to be a hate crime against a Black Muslim woman earlier this month.

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Anniversary of the passing of the 13th Amendment that ended slavery observed in Newark

The People’s Organization For Progress held an observance on the anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, Sunday at the Lincoln Monument in downtown Newark.

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2nd Annual AT&T Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational

On Saturday, December 17, The Armory Foundation recognized eight distinguished high school track and field coaches by inducting them into the Armory Coaches Hall of Fame during the 2nd Annual AT&T Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational.

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A vestige of slavery gives Trump the margin of victory

The Electoral College, a vestige of America’s ignominious past, remains a troubling element and was decisive Monday when the electors voted Donald Trump as president.

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Stephens brings St. John’s to the front of the pack

Indoor track and field season is young, but St. John’s University junior Maya Stephens has already established her intention to become one of the top sprinters in the country.

Protesters say, ‘No!’ to Trump’s fascism

While protesters around the nation assembled at state capitals hoping to pressure members of the Electoral College to dump Trump, a more radical contingent gathered at Cooper Union Monday to voice their objection to the incoming Trump administration.While protesters around the nation assembled at state capitals hoping to pressure members of the Electoral College to dump Trump, a more radical contingent gathered at Cooper Union Monday to voice their objection to the incoming Trump administration.

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Come celebrate Kwanzaa’s 50th birthday

This year will mark the 50th annual celebration of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was developed by Dr. Maulana Karenga, who was a professor of Black studies at California State University, Long Beach in 1966.

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‘TRIAL OF STRENGTH IN THE STREETS,’ CRISIS GROWS FOR KABILA

Congolese President Joseph Kabila is facing a “trial of strength in the streets” if he stays in office beyond the constitutionally mandated deadline of this week, say critics of the two-term leader who appears to be digging in for the long term.

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Pool fitness in winter weather

It may be wintertime, but that doesn’t mean taking a dip in the pool should be ruled out.

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U.N. advocates for autism awareness across African diaspora

Before children are diagnosed with autism in Africa, some are excluded from their families, reportedly.

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Preventing the flu blues

Well, the sneeze and sore throat season is upon us with a vengeance. I don’t know about you, but even I have had an unexplained cough with a tickle in my throat.

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Second Avenue subway launches New Year’s Day

The M.T.A. announced Monday that the long-delayed Second Avenue subway line is on track to launch its inaugural ride this New Year’s Eve, with local politicians and M.T.A. brass in attendance.

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Soft, feminine styles for spring ’17

After the lights were turned down, the audience was transported to India during the beginning of Runa Ray’s show.

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Jumaane Williams’ message to the city: Keep New York residents warm

With the cold approaching New York City this weekend, Council Member Jumaane Williams reignited his push to amend the overnight temperatures maintained in residential dwellings.

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Fur fashions for arctic blasts

For fall 2016/2017, designers offered an array of great fashion choices that are sure to deliver cold weather chic.

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Let’s be woke and awake

I am not sure how many people reading this column are still reeling about the recent presidential election.

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Trump’s thank you tour a sign of his ego and more to come

As the billionaire and millionaire club continues to grow, everyone is fighting for their piece of the pie.

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The CIA is not wrong about Russia but Putin should not underestimate Trump

One of the main reasons why Hillary Clinton lost the election had to do with perceived (and actual) security breaches with regards to her private email communications and the hacking of the Democratic Party.

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Fighting Trump with local power politics

Hey Black leaders, don’t join the Donald Trump Black gravy train line, trying to secure funding for yourself and your pet programs.

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Tupac stayin’ alive, getting his props

Looking back, it looks like filmmaker John Singleton was on to something. During his run, aside from the film “Rosewood,” Singleton’s mining of untapped talent from Black music and trusting that they could carry the acting and marquee load was a gamble that has proved in the long run to have paid off.

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Senator Parker and Natasha Wilson of NOW Productions host kids’ Christmas party

Saturday, Dec. 10, State Sen. Kevin Parker and Natasha Wilson of NOW Productions hosted a Christmas party for kids at the Flatbush YMCA.

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Operation HOPE celebrates their new graduates

In conjunction with Harlem’s Popular Community Bank under branch manager Anuli Okeke, Harlem’s Operation Hope celebrated the graduates of their Entrepreneurial Training Program.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 12/22 - 1228

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.

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Safety lighting installation completed to reduce crime in Bronx public housing

The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the New York City Housing Authority completed an $8.2 million safety-lighting installation project at Castle Hill Houses and a $2.4 million safety-lighting installation project at Butler Houses this week in the Bronx.

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Reports suggest many city students are not receiving adequate sexuality education

Two reports recently released by NYC’s Department of Education suggest that many students in NYC are not receiving the recommended amount of sexuality education.Two reports recently released by NYC’s Department of Education suggest that many students in NYC are not receiving the recommended amount of sexuality education.

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A.G. Eric Schinderman calling on Obama to dismantle federal registry that targets Muslim

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman called on the Obama administration this week to rescind the regulatory framework of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, a controversial registry created during the George W. Bush era that sought to track and register non-immigrant males from primarily Arab, Muslim and South Asian countries regardless of whether they were suspected or accused of any wrongdoing.

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Abubadika Sonny Carson’s influence today

Several comrades of Brooklyn warrior Abubadika Sonny Carson reflected on his legacy 14 years after he transitioned to the ancestral realm.

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Denzel: ‘Be the best you, that you can be’

As the award-season moves swiftly to the Jan. 24 Oscar nominations, the pre-awareness screenings for “Fences,” which stars director and producer, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, has picked up a powerful momentum. Make no mistake. Acquiring a nomination and winning an Oscar are like campaigning for political office.

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Charter School Mess: Success Academy exposed again

Success Academy Charter Schools and its founder and CEO, Eva Moskowitz, find themselves in hot water after a recent audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Whitney House—Staying ‘Woke and Ready’

Harlem-based designer Whitney House has a message for the masses. Woke and Ready, or W.A.R., is the name of her latest collection.

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The fright before Christmas

While it could be fun to play around with Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” particularly repurposing his opening lines to read “that a creature was stirring in the White House and even a louse,” our situation is much too perilous and endangered, and it calls for a serious regard for the arrival of Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

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Community Calendar 12/22 - 12/28

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

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In memory of Michael Griffith and Cedric Sandiford

Whenever family and friends gather to commemorate and memorialize, it’s an occasion of memory and reflection, and these elements abounded Tuesday evening at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, where the lives of Michael Griffith and Cedric Sandiford were recollected.

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Street Corner Resources gets new headquarters

Anti-violence and community outreach organization Street Corner Resources has spent years on the streets of Harlem to help the community and prevent violence.

Tuesday, December 20

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Al Sharpton, family of Michael Griffith commemorate 30 years since Howard Beach racial incident

Rev. Al Sharpton and the family of Michael Griffith are gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 20 to commemorate 30 years since the racially motivated 1986 death of Griffith in Howard Beach, Queens.

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Denzel Washington talks #OscarsSoWhite

Denzel Washington knows firsthand the struggle for actors of color in Hollywood.

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How much sugar is OK? Paper adds to debate

How many spoonfuls of sugar can you have in a day?

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Minimum wage going up in 21 states, 22 cities

Come the new year, millions of the lowest-wage workers across the country will get a raise.

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How newsrooms can stop being so white

On Sunday, the New York Times public editor Liz Spayd wrote a column that cut deep to the bone about the lack of racial and ethnic diversity and the "newsroom's blinding whiteness."

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Merry Christmas: You're fired!

The Grinch stole Christmas this year for thousands of Americans who were given pink slips before the holidays.

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Michelle Obama: Why I am helping Trump

While Michelle Obama was a harsh critic of Donald Trump on the campaign trail, the first lady says in an interview that she is supportive of the country's incoming new leader.

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Michelle Obama: 'We are feeling what not having hope feels like'

Following the election of Donald Trump, Michelle Obama said many Americans now know what it's like not to have hope.

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Russia 'determined to fight terror' after envoy's assassination

Russia has warned it will not make "concessions to terrorists" a day after its ambassador was gunned down in the Turkish capital Ankara.

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Berlin Christmas market attacker could be at large, authorities admit

A man detained by police after a large truck was rammed into a Berlin Christmas market may not have been the driver, German authorities said, leading to fears that the attacker could still be at large.

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Blackonomics: An interview with Black billionaire Bob Johnson

One of the post-election highlights for me was the meeting between Donald Trump and Bob Johnson.

Monday, December 19

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Obama grants clemency to 231 individuals, largest single day act

President Barack Obama on Monday granted clemency to 231 individuals, the largest single day act of his presidency and totaling 1,324 total while in office.

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Electors remain faithful to Trump and select him as official winner

Donald Trump surpassed the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College on Monday, taking the next step in the official process to become President.

Friday, December 16

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Spiritually Speaking: Prayer is my daily weapon of choice

Recently, I’ve had reason to refocus on that sometimes habitual thing that I do known as prayer. Be it morning prayer, evening at church or, on behalf of a friend or seeking guidance in and out of a difficult situation, I have come to realize my prayer life could and should be much better.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio fined over $47,000 for campaign violations

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been fined over $47,000 for violating spending rules during his 2013 mayoral campaign.

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Stay warm! Your life may depend on it

Baby, it's cold outside -- and many of us first feel the freezing temperatures of winter in our toes and fingertips before elsewhere in the body.

Thursday, December 15

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Dylann Roof trial: Jury returns guilty verdict on all charges

A jury has found Dylann Roof guilty of all 33 federal charges he faced after last year's massacre at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Talking SCHOP! Sticky roasted carrots

Every time I step into a grocery store to shop for my clients is an opportunity to get inspired and create something new on the weekly menu.

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Six tips for stress-free holiday travel

Flying is always a part of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Sometimes it runs smoothly like clockwork; other times it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

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‘Foxy Brown’ coming to the small screen

Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” may have been a box-office bomb, but it earned some major recognition from the 2017 NAACP Image Awards, scooping up six nominations.

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Bob Cranshaw versatile bassist and activist dies at 83

Bob Cranshaw, the versatile bassist whose great sound led him beyond the regions of jazz and his long musical relationship with Sonny Rollins to “Sesame Street” and to being a regular pit member in Broadway shows, died Nov. 2, at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

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Ailey’s Judith Jamison to teach exclusive dance workshop

For many New Yorkers, the holiday tradition includes watching an electrifying performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Black male ‘ballerina’ of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male comic ballet company, takes the stage at the Joyce Theater (Dec. 13-28) with a program presenting parodies of traditional classical ballets that tickle, tantalize and make audiences laugh out loud while treating them to technically skilled, impressive parodies of such iconic ballets as “Swan Lake,” “Giselle” and others.

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Siriano’s styles in plus sizes

Finally, a well-named designer is paying attention to the plus-size woman!

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Special holiday events at The Met

Inspired by “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry,” there are several special conversations and events happening now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Marshall Exhibit is currently on view through Jan. 29, 2017, at The Met Breurer.

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Documenting Harlem in pictures

December marks a time of festivities, family and celebrating what we’re grateful for.

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‘Rudolph’ is great family fun through Dec. 18

When you were a child, did you look forward to the holiday season because you knew that Channel 2 was going to run “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?” I know I did.

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Skip this ‘Party’

They have one last chance. The Chicago office of a company is going to close unless they land a 14-million-dollar contract. And it’s Christmastime and they have until the end of the year to close the deal.

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Afro Cuban Orisha Dance Theater has world premiere Dec. 17

“Siete Mares,” a new work by Afro Cuban Orisha Dance Theater, is set to have its world premiere this weekend.

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Award season is here

Welcome to the beginning of the 2017 award season. The 74th Golden Globe Award nominees, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, have been announced for 2017.

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Local TD Bank protest gets national results

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in front of TD Bank located at 957 Marcy Ave. in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Brooklyn Anti Violence Coalition, the Lay The Guns Down Foundation, NYS Assemblywoman Annette M. Robinson, Canon Diane M. Porter and the Rev. Taharka Robinson held a news conference announcing that TD Bank will close its locations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s national holiday.

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Jordan Nixon strives for excellence on and off the court

Obsession is often an instrument of excellence. Sixteen-year-old Jordan Nixon is obsessed with the sport of basketball, and her relentless ambition has been an impetus driving the Harlem native to achieve excellence in her fledgling journey.

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Joyous Celebration at The Salvation Army in Harlem

Joyous Celebration at The Salvation Army in Harlem.

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Black elders hungry on life’s margins

A brief overview of East New York follows based on city statistics, studies and typical news accounts.

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Dr. Chika Onyeani—Rest in peace

Today, on this sixth day since his death, I have composed myself and tried to find the appropriate words to say goodbye to an icon, Dr. Chika Onyeani.

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Hunter College/CUNY student wins prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Hunter College student Faiza Masood, Class of 2017, has been selected as a recipient of one of the most prestigious academic honors, the Marshall Scholarship.

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Knicks trend upward in the face of Jackson’s criticism

Phil Jackson is either experiencing issues with impulse control or calculatingly laying the groundwork for his exit from New York at this season’s end.

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NAACP Youth and College to convene ‘People’s Inauguration’ January 21

As young people, like the rest of the nation and world, grapple with the looming reality of a new and so-far potentially controversial presidential administration and Republican control Congress, the Youth and College Division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is hosting a “gathering of youth activists next month to organize and plan how to respond to new civil rights threats expected under a new administration and Congress in 2017.”

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As L’s mount, Brooklyn may need to seek victories elsewhere

As the L’s mount up, nearly 200 percent more than their wins, the Brooklyn Nets may have to find victories, no matter how small, in other areas.

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Union leaders stand up for Chuck Jones

United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones found fellow union leaders and members defending him after being publicly criticized by President-elect Donald Trump.

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Columbia grad students officially vote to form union

In a landslide, Columbia research and teaching assistants voted 1,602 to 623 in favor of joining the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers Union. Columbia’s graduate workers are the first in the country to form their union after the National Labor Relations Board’s August ruling.

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Giants stay ahead of the wildcard pack but danger still waits

The Giants’ 10-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium Sunday night was a signature win for a team that has a slight and tenuous lead over its pursuers for one of the two wildcard playoff spots. The division winners receive an automatic bid and the remaining two teams with the best records will secure the wildcard berths.

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Reduced transit fare would help get low-wage workers moving

Working people in New York City face yet another MTA fare hike next year—and this time it could go up to $3 per ride.

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South Sudanese activists warn of nation's 'catastrophic collapse'

(GIN)—South Sudanese human rights activists are turning to open letters and opinion pieces to plead for intervention in the newly independent East African nation that appears in danger of imminent collapse because of a brutal and endless war.

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The Jets get a head start on next season

If this is the season to be jolly, that may or may not include New York Jets’ fans.

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Noted photographer Jamel Shabazz at Harlem’s Schomburg Center

On the evening of Dec. 8, the audience at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture were taken down memory lane as one of this generation’s top Black photographers, Jamel Shabazz, presented his most recent book, “Pieces of a Man.”

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To give joy with a toy, select carefully to avoid hazards

Of the approximately 3.5 billion toys and games sold each year in the United States, more than half are sold during the winter holiday season.

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Families making Christmas dollars out of 15 cents

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many families it means splurging on expensive gifts. But not all families can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on their loved ones. According to city data, the average income for a family in the Bronx is $33,000. However, almost 30 percent of the Bronx population lives below the poverty line.

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Is meat good for your health?

When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities. There was a saying in those days, “TB or not TB, that is the question … Consumption be done about it?”

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Airbnb—Technology, home sharing and the steady march toward justice

Privacy, travel and boarding, hospitality and generosity. These words do not appear in the U.S. Constitution, but for generations they have been cherished virtues and rights especially for the African-American community, which endured centuries of bondage only to be liberated into the clutches of Black Codes, Jim Crow, redlining, the prison industrial complex and a legion of discriminatory laws that prevented it from amassing economic, social and political power.

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The con game continues in the soap opera of El Trumpeto

The word “con” in the dictionary is defined as “persuade(ing) (someone) to do or believe something, typically by use of a deception” or “an instance of deceiving or tricking someone.”

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Dr. Ben Carson: Another chapter in a remarkable career

In recent days, the media has been abuzz with speculation over cabinet appointments within President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Specifically, much talk has focused on Dr. Ben Carson and his announcement that he was not interested in serving in a cabinet post.

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A true sanctuary city

Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito recently joined the chorus of other elected officials throughout the country reaffirming their commitment to sanctuary policies protecting immigrant communities. We applaud this loud stand for justice and will continue our crucial work here in New York City as the city’s public defenders.

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PHOTOS: Harlem tree lighting at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building

There was yet another grand Christmas tree lighting at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building in Harlem.

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Celebrating 30 years of giving goodwill to the children 

George Johnson has for 30 years been giving from his heart to help families and children who are less fortunate. He always hopes to make their Christmas holiday a joyful one and bring out smiles and happiness. Johnson said, “This started as a desire to help. I was doing jazz events in my home, which later became this event. Over 50,000 children have benefited.”

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Barbados hedging on breaking away from Britain

Almost two years ago, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados vowed that his tiny but well organized Caribbean island would ditch Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as the country’s head of state and make the Barbados a republic like neighbors Trinidad and Guyana, but now there is every indication that nothing will happen in the very near future.

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Cosmopolitan Review 12/15 - 12/21

Are you making your list and checking it twice? Lists seem to be the way to go these days. A list for who to call, email, text or write; the want list; the need list; and ultimately the to-do list.

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Report: Hate crimes increase against Muslims in New Jersey

Numbers from the New Jersey State Police indicate that while the total number of hate crimes has gone down, the number of hate crimes targeted toward Muslims in the state is up.

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Elders honored at Kwanzaa celebrated at NJPAC

Three elders in New Jersey who are making a difference in the communities they serve are being honored at the annual celebration of Kwanzaa at NJPAC.

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Unions, activists and officials react to Trump’s labor secretary pick

In the “up is down, left is right” world of the president-elect’s transition to the White House, the current pick for secretary of labor makes sense.

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Russian hacking gains traction

With the recount having run its course, the unpredictable presidential race now enters combat over Russian hacking.

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NNPA awarded $1.5 million ESSA media grant

The National Newspaper Publishers Association is pleased to announce it has received a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Al Sharpton headed to DC ahead of Presidential Inauguration

The National Action Network, led by civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced the route for a rally and march on MLK weekend Jan. 17, just six days before the presidential inauguration. The 2017 march on Washington will start at the National Sylvan Theater and head to West Potomac Park via Independence Avenue SW and end with a rally across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

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Senate approves renaming of post office after late Tuskegee Airman Roscoe C. Brown

Legislation to rename the Morris Heights Post Office after former Tuskegee Airman and Bronx Community College President Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. was approved in the U.S. Senate this week and now heads to President Barack Obama for approval.

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High school and college students conduct research on health in Brooklyn

This summer, W.A.T.C.H. High School, MIT and Medgar Evers College conducted a participatory action research project in East New York and Brownsville, Brooklyn, to collect community input on various social health factors that affect the residents of those neighborhoods.

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Jim Brown meets with Trump

Tuesday was a good news day for Donald Trump in his desire to reach out to the African-American community.

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Community residents host rally for 100 percent affordable housing

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, the community, activists and elected officials rallied at the Bedford-Union Armory.

Staten Island lawmakers fight city over ID card data

Two Staten Island Assembly members won the first stage of their lawsuit Monday, convincing a State Appellate Division Court to issue a restraining order to stop New York City from destroying documents that were collected for its municipal ID program.

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Smoking ban in public housing

I recently heard that the Obama administration, led by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, will implement a smoking ban in all federal public housing.

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Nowhere to sleep in the city that never sleeps

The holidays bring times of joy, family and celebration. This time of the year also brings cold weather conditions and many displacements for those without a home.

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Advocates stress importance of sanctuary schools

As the fallout from the presidential election of Donald Trump continues, reports of hate crimes continue to rise.

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Families making Christmas dollars out of 15 cents

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many families it means splurging on expensive gifts. But not all families can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on their loved ones.

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URBAN AGENDA: Will We Allow Trump to Undo Policing and Criminal Justice Reforms?

After the election returns of 2016 announced Trump’s victory and sent shock waves through most, but not all, of America, even the stock markets went down.

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Afro Cuban Orisha Dance Theater has world premiere Dec. 17

“Siete Mares,” a new work by Afro Cuban Orisha Dance Theater, is set to have its world premiere this weekend.

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Darlene Aiken’s upscale mixer a networking oasis in social media desert

In this digital age where FaceTime and internet interfacing are replacing face-to-face interaction, where sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have redefined linking, it is refreshing to find spaces where professionals can come together in the flesh.

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We don’t need a doctor in the house

We hope that Dr. Ben Carson, once a candidate to be president, wasn’t as indecisive a neurosurgeon as he has been a politician.

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Community Calendar 12/15 - 12/21

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

Wednesday, December 14

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SAG Awards 2017 noms: The list

Nominations for The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday.

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NFL great Brown on meeting Trump: 'He's got my admiration'

NFL legend Jim Brown stopped by Trump Tower Tuesday for a meeting pegged as a discussion about issues facing the African-American community, and he came away from the gathering with the President-elect having his admiration.

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Official gets job back after racist post about Michelle Obama

A West Virginia county employee who was suspended after posting racist remarks about first lady Michelle Obama will soon be back at her job.

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Dylann Roof's racist rants read in court

All 2,000 words. Each rambling, racist belief that self-confessed white supremacist Dylann Roof wrote down was read aloud Monday in court for jurors in his murder trial in Charleston, South Carolina.

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NYPD deputy inspector indicted for sexual abuse

NYPD Deputy Inspector Keith Walton has been indicted on first-degree sexual abuse and other charges for grabbing the private area of a police officer and making her do the same to him inside the 49th Precinct stationhouse, where he served as commanding officer.

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Elected officials call for increased temperatures in residential buildings

On Monday, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams held a rally on the steps of City Hall calling for the Administration to move forward with Intro 0722, which amends the minimum temperature to be maintained in residential dwellings overnight.

Tuesday, December 13

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Nominees for 48th NAACP Image Awards announced

The nominees for the 48th NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday with ABC and HBO leading the nominations in the television categories with 23 nominations and 14 nominations.

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NAACP president: Trump transition team has reached out

The president and chief executive of the NAACP says the Trump transition team has reached out to the organization.

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Americans spend almost $10,000 each year on health insurance

Health care spending in the United States grew at a rate of 5.8 percent last year and reached $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person, based on new analysis from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore.

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Blackonomics: Black folks need to stop drinking the 'fool-aid'

The term “Drinking the Kool-Aid” has been taken to a new level among many of our people.

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WATCH: Kanye West meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

Kanye West met with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday, after he was spotted arriving at Trump Tower in New York City, only days after the rapper first came back into the public eye following his hospitalization.

Monday, December 12

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Breadsticks for everyone: Olive Garden opens in Harlem

Taking a bite out of Applebee’s, putting rubber bands on the claws of Red Lobster and laying flowers at the grave of Joe’s Crab Shack, comes 125th Street’s next national chain restaurant, Olive Garden.

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National Action Network, civil rights groups to hold rally in Washington ahead of presidential inauguration

In the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, a coalition of civil rights groups, activists, unions and clergy will rally outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. to warn President Trump and Congress that the fight for criminal justice, voting rights, affordable health care, improvements in education and other issues around equality and justice continues

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Black community shocked by Michael Slager mistrial

Last week, the nation was shocked to learn that the jury for the trial of Michael Slager, the North Charleston police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black motorist as he jogged away from a traffic stop in 2015, could not agree on a murder or manslaughter conviction or any punishment for the officer.

Friday, December 9

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Mass shooter Dylann Roof, with a laugh, confesses 'I did it"

Dylann Roof confessed almost immediately to the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, according to an FBI video shown Friday at his murder trial in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Obama orders review of Russian election-related hacking

President Barack Obama has ordered a full review into hacking by the Russians aimed at influencing US elections going back to 2008, the White House said Friday.

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Victoria's Secret apologizes to customer who says she was racially profiled

Victoria's Secret has apologized to a woman who posted a widely viewed video on Facebook saying she was kicked out of an Alabama store because she is black.

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They did the math: How NASA's Black mathematicians multiplied success

By the time NASA was preparing to send John Glenn to space for the historic Mercury-Atlas 6 mission computers were used to calculate launch conditions.

Thursday, December 8

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Housing for the Ages--The quest to build Coretta Scott-King Senior Apartments

In her short adulation at the official opening of Coretta Scott-King Senior Apartments in East New York, Brooklyn, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of the Aging praised the nonprofit Community Partners Commission Association, Inc. and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, one of the city's largest multi-service nonprofits.

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Winter weather warmup

Sweaters and scarves aren’t the only ways to brace yourself against blustery weather. There’s no time like winter to putter in the kitchen, where the cozy heat from the stove and the aromas of mouthwatering dishes can warm you from the inside out.

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Gifts for the traveler on your list

Let’s be honest. Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list is overwhelming.

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Beyoncé leads with nine Grammy noms

On Dec. 2, Fox made its Chicago stop on the promotional campaign for the new series, “Star.” Local VIPs were treated to an advance screening of the show at AMC River East 21 followed by an after-party at Lucky Strike.

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Reviews: Hendrix, Montague Experience, Randy Weston

The Apollo Theater is the most renowned music hall on the planet. So to say the recent celebration of “Jimi Hendrix in Harlem” should be added to the best performances to hit that world famous stage is a big deal.

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Ntozake Shange: A colored girl for whom the rainbow is not enuf Pt. 2

CUNY’s Eugene Nesmith moderated the symposium with Dr. Kimberly F. Hall, creator of the Digital Shange Project at Barnard, director Woodie King, Jr., Tony-Award winning actress and Julliard faculty member Trezana Beverley and Shange’s longtime editor, Michael Denneny, sharing highlights and insights into the artist and her seminal work.

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Jennifer Holliday is a dream once again on Broadway!

Jennifer Holliday is back on Broadway as Shug Avery in “The Color Purple,” and she is absolutely a dream to watch.

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‘“Master Harold” … and the Boys’ is theatrical brilliance

Poignant, riveting, captivating and disturbing are the words that come to mind as you watch the timeless production of Athol Fugard’s “‘Master Harold’ … and the Boys” playing at the Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street.

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Portman gives intricate performance in ‘Jackie’

Director Pablo Larraín makes a stunning debut with his first English film, “Jackie,” which is a history of one of America’s most popular first ladies.

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‘Star’ the next winner from creator Lee Daniels

FOX knows a star when they see one, and with the juggernaut success of “Empire,” created by Danny Strong and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels, the intelligent FOX executives have given Daniels room to create lightning in the bottle—again—and this time it might be so explosive that it makes the Lyons’ “Empire” look tame.

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‘Collateral Beauty’ opens December 16

“Collateral Beauty,” directed by Oscar-winner David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”), opens nationwide Dec. 16. The film could be described as a holiday drama that puts a new spin on the iconic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” because on the surface, the story focuses on themes that touch us all—love, time and death—but without the nostalgic, innocent charm of the aforementioned classic.

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A family tradition is back at Radio City!

The holiday season has started, and what better way to acknowledge it than going to see a family tradition, “The Radio City Christmas Show?” My daughters and I went to enjoy it as we do every year and it was fantastic to see.

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The Rangel decades

It was a young Charlie Rangel who came to Capitol Hill from Harlem in January 1971, fresh from a narrow primary victory over the flamboyant and powerful Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Its time Trump anti-immigration hardliners really listen to ‘We the People’

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been called a lot of things, including racist and anti-immigrant.

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The revolutionary corset jacket hits for spring ’17

In Los Angeles, Gwyneth Paltrow wore a La Perla’s revolutionary Corset Jacket and matching legging, a key suiting concept from the new ready-to-wear collection designed and shown by Julia Haart, creative director of La Perla, for the opening of Goop Gift last Wednesday in Los Angeles. This jacket is a wardrobe essential for spring 2017.

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Spring into shapes from the runway

“Every woman, regardless of size and shape, deserves to feel confident, comfortable and gorgeous,” said designer Tadashi Shoji. This belief drives him and his namesake brand. For spring/summer ’17, his romance with the color blue was dramatic.

Tiny Antigua and US at it again

The government of a tiny Eastern Caribbean nation and the mighty United States are at it again over the refusal of the U.S. to comply with a ruling by the World Trade Organization that went in favor of Antigua instead of the U.S.

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Gun justice in America is making a right turn

There are 350 million guns owned by citizens in America, and the majority of the owners are white.

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Fires in Israel could spell danger ahead for America

Thousands of firefighters risked their lives in Israel over the past week as they battled hundreds of fierce wildfires. Neighboring friendly nations, including Croatia, Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Russia and Turkey, did not hesitate to come to Israel’s aid, sending additional personnel and firefighting aircraft.

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An open letter to Bernie Sanders

As you know, tens of millions of U.S. citizens have been shocked, dismayed and outraged by the election of a rich, racist/sexist/Islamophobic egomaniacal climate-change denier who is arrogantly clueless to the complex world of politics. And there are still tens of millions of U.S. citizens who were not surprised by the election of this type of character because they understood how deeply entwined white supremacy and class is in America—How this race-class dynamic is a central driving force to transform what little democracy exists in late capitalist America into neo-fascism.

New approach to ‘people development’

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is aiming to deliver high quality, affordable training support to its members with a renewed emphasis on “people development.”

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Are you qualified?

Few Americans will ever forget how my mayor, the former mayor of New York City, the People’s Mayor Post 9/11, Rudolph Giuliani, took great pains to shred the résumé of then Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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Self-care using our senses

I am still reeling from the election results, but I have decided to try to find some ways to lift my spirits. There are so many wonderful things around me, and I have decided to use my senses to remind myself to be thankful for all of the major and minor entities in my life.

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Hot 97FM brings up today’s pop, hip-hop and soul artists

Like it or not, comparing is something we as humans do. At its optimum level, it can halt or impede progress and in some cases cloud judgement. Case is point, this past weekend, WQHT-FM HOT 97 hosted the biggest holiday concert of the season: Hot for the Holidays, presented by Boost Mobile, to a capacity-filled Prudential Center.

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Apollo hosts 25th annual Double Dutch Classic

Double Dutch took over Harlem’s Apollo Theater in an exciting competition this past weekend.

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NYC hosts Applause Africa’s sixth annual African Diaspora Awards

It was like the African Diaspora NAACP Awards. Big contributors to the African Diaspora—doctors, community activists, business folk and artists—were honored at the fabulous event at Florence Gould Hall.

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Activists to Obama: Use Constitution to pardon undocumented with low-level drug offenses

A group of clergy and immigrant justice advocates have called for President Barack Obama to pardon undocumented immigrants with nonviolent, low-level offenses.

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Cosmopolitan Review 12/8 - 12/14

Everybody loves a parade, and the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continued with the tradition. I can remember going to the parade with my mom when I was just a little girl.

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All roads lead to Philadelphia for Mumia December 9

Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, imprisoned since 1981 for the death of a white policeman, plan to gather in Philadelphia to march and rally for his freedom.

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Assistant District Attorney Derek Lynton honored with Thomas E. Dewey medal

Bronx Assistant District Attorney Derek Lynton is a recipient of the Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark made the announcement this week

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The Commons Cafe hosts 'Up Love & Resistance' on International Human Rights Day

The Northeast Political Prisoner/Prisoner of War Coalition is holding Up Love & Resistance with a cultural night for International Human Rights Day Saturday, Dec. 10, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Commons Café, 388 Atlantic Ave., between Hoyt and Bond streets in Brooklyn.

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Madelon Delaney Stent passes

Madelon Delany Stent died Nov. 29, 2016, surrounded by her family. Madelon Delany was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Harlem, the loving daughter of Willetta Smith Delany and Judge Hubert T. Delany, one of the first African-American judges in New York City. She was married to Theodore R. Stent, M.D.

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NYC Congressional members: Do not leave city taxpayers on hook for Trump Tower

Six members of the New York City congressional delegation this week wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio asking the state and city to refuse to pay for enhanced security at Trump Tower once President-elect Trump is inaugurated.

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Local reactions to Fidel Castro becoming an ancestor

Many anti-establishment activists were deeply saddened by the news that Cuban freedom fighter and former president, Fidel Castro, had joined the ancestors Friday at 90 years of age.

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Creating a ‘hate-free zone’ in Queens

More than 1,000 people, including Latino immigrants, Muslims and Jews and members of LGBTQ, South Asian, Asian and Black organizations based in Queens, gathered Dec. 2 in Diversity Plaza, Jackson Heights to address the different ways communities will be affected by the “policies of hate” when the new presidential administration takes over in January. Many speakers pledged to build “hate-free zones” in Queens, and to build communities that “love and protect each other.”

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Arrest made in heinous murder of 20-year-old NJ student

Police charged Khalil Wheeler-Weaver with the murder of Sarah Butler. He was arrested on Tuesday, and he is being held under bail for $1,000,000.

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St. Jude’s to sell Maya Angelou-themed lanterns

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is currently selling Dr. Maya Angelou “love lanterns” to raise money for its ambitious annual Thanks and Giving campaign.

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‘Big Brother’ is watching

In the wake of the recent presidential election, an outcome largely determined by voters seeking a change from the previous Democratic administration and—let’s be real—a Black family in the White House, we have increased instances of white nationalism.

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Raynoma Gordy Singleton, the unsung singer and musician

Raynoma Gordy’s voice is hardly distinguishable as a background singer on Marv Johnson’s “Come to Me,” an early recording that helped launch the Motown sound.

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Off-duty corrections officer shot and killed in Brooklyn

Corrections officers are mourning the death of one of their own after she was ambushed, shot and killed while sitting in her car in Brooklyn this Sunday.

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‘Fair Workweek’ legislation is introduced in City Council

Because of the politics of the current president-elect, states and cities would have to lead the charge on workers’ rights.

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The path ahead

One month after Election Day, many of us are still fighting through our shock and grief while trying to better understand the reasons for Hillary Clinton’s defeat.

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Groundbreaking of new high school signals ‘rebirth’ of Trenton

The New Jersey high school attended by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, playwright Ntozake Shange and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z received a new beginning as officials break ground for the new Trenton Central High School.

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Jersey City wins millions for affordable housing

Jersey City gets more than $3 million in private-sector grants for three affordable housing projects.

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Suspect charged with manslaughter in Joe McKnight shooting death

Days after the suspect in the fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight was released, sparking allegations of racial bias by police, the Jefferson Parish sheriff announced Tuesday that Ronald Gasser was back in custody, charged with manslaughter.

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No easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, environmentalists and allies achieved a major victory this week—for now.

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GAMBIA’S ONCE ‘PRESIDENT FOR LIFE’ QUIETLY CONCEDES DEFEAT

The prospect of another stolen election by the flamboyant President Yahya Jammeh took a surprise turn this week when the Gambian leader calmly accepted his defeat at the hands of opposition leader Adama Barrow.

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Hate crimes rise since the election

Donald Trump becoming the president-elect has opened the flood gates even further to a flow of hate crimes around the nation.

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Jamaal Bowman stumbled into education and doesn’t regret it

A product of the Upper East Side, Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School Principal Jamaal Bowman didn’t set out to be an educator.

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‘“Master Harold” … and the Boys’ is theatrical brilliance

Poignant, riveting, captivating and disturbing are the words that come to mind as you watch the timeless production of Athol Fugard’s “‘Master Harold’ … and the Boys” playing at the Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street.

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Hate in the time of Trump

This election season has brought an outcome that many never expected. Donald Trump is the president- elect. A man who, for all intents and purposes, has been a circus act for decades is now the “leader” of the “free world.”

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Community Calendar 12/8 - 12/14

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

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St. Jude’s to sell Maya Angelou-themed lanterns as part of holiday fundraising campaign

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is currently selling Dr. Maya Angelou “love lanterns” to raise money for its ambitious annual Thanks and Giving campaign.

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Mystery surrounds the death of 20-year-old dancer Sarah Butler

Police have yet to find the person responsible for killing 20-year-old Montclair, N.J., college student and dancer Sarah Butler, who was found dead at the Eagle Rock Reservation last Thursday after being reported missing days before Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, December 7

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Discrimination suit alleges black applicants passed by for temp jobs

On Tuesday, attorneys for five Black workers filed a class action lawsuit in federal court alleging that MVP Staffing and seven of its clients discriminated against black workers and failed to assign them work.

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Obama's candid reflections on race

President Barack Obama's election in 2008 broke a racial barrier that set soaring expectations for an era of improved race relations.

Tuesday, December 6

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Chris Rock is going on tour

Chris Rock is coming to a venue near you.

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Black unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent in November

The Black unemployment rate improved from 8.6 percent in October to 8.1 percent in November, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department.

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Could African-American beauty products pose health risks?

One in 12 beauty and personal care products marketed to African-American women in the US contains highly hazardous ingredients, according to research released Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group.

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Grammy nominations 2017: Adele and Beyoncé reign

Adele and Beyoncé are set for steep competition at this year's Grammy Awards.

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ABC orders pilot from 'black-ish' creator about politically polarized couple

ABC's first post-election pilot pick up couldn't be a more topical show.

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Ben Carson is back -- and so are his controversies

Ben Carson is back -- and so are the controversies and contradictions that have dominated his time in politics.

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Pollster: Christie approval worst we've seen in 20 years

Things just keep getting worse for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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Suspect charged with manslaughter in Joe McKnight shooting death

Days after the suspect in the fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight was released, sparking allegations of racial bias by police, the Jefferson Parish sheriff announced Tuesday that Ronald Gasser was back in custody, charged with manslaughter.

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Bill Cosby's deposition on sex, drugs OK for criminal case, judge says

A 2005 deposition in which Bill Cosby admits to extramarital affairs and giving other women drugs with their consent so they'd have sex with him can be used by attorneys in a criminal case against him, a judge ruled Monday.

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LeBron James won't stay at Trump's New York City hotel

LeBron James won't be among the guests staying at the Trump SoHo hotel.

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Judge declares mistrial in Michael Slager trial

A prosecutor vowed Monday to retry a white former police officer charged with killing an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, South Carolina, after the jury failed to reach a verdict following 22 hours of deliberation.

Monday, December 5

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From banks to beauty products, the #BuyBlack movement is real

It’s a trend that many are hoping won’t just turn into a passing fad.

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Muslim NYPD officer threatened, told 'go back to your country'

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he's "sick to my stomach" over an incident in which a Muslim off-duty NYPD officer was reportedly threatened over the weekend by a man who said, "I will cut your throat, go back to your country."

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Bronx DA to ask for grand jury in death of Deborah Danner, killed by NYPD sergeant

A grand jury will be called to investigate the death of a woman who was shot and killed by an NYPD sergeant as police responded to her home in October, the Bronx District Attorney said.

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Taraji P. Henson, Richard Gere and more celebs to honor giving

You may be used to seeing Taraji P. Henson dish out snappy one-line comebacks as street-smart matriarch Cookie Lyon on Fox's "Empire."

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Mariah's World' lives down to expectations on E!

To say that "Mariah's World" is a predictable train wreck serves more as promotion than criticism. Yet even by the standards of reality docu-series, this E! showcase for pop diva Mariah Carey is pretty hilarious, especially with everything that's transpired since the point where the show's storytelling begins.

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'Moonlight' named best picture by L.A. Film Critics group

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has honored "Moonlight" as its best picture of 2016, cementing the independent movie's stature as an awards-season frontrunner.

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Off-duty corrections officer shot dead in car

A city corrections officer was shot and killed Sunday night in Brooklyn, New York, police say.

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New York Mayor asks Obama, Congress for $35 million to protect Trump

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking government officials for $35 million to cover the cost of protecting President-elect Donald Trump until the inauguration.

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Steve Harvey returns to the Apollo for 'Showtime'

Steve Harvey has a lot on his plate these days.

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Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary

Ben Carson will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Trump transition team announced Monday.

Friday, December 2

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Man released in shooting death of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight

A man suspected in the shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight in what appears to be a road rage incident has been released from custody in Louisiana without charges, authorities said Friday.

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Mall of America hosts first black Santa

For the first time ever, the Mall of America is hosting an African-American Santa.

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Keith Scott killing: Protesters upset over lack of charges

More than two months ago, the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott sparked thousands of protesters into the streets of Charlotte.

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Chicago tops 700 homicides for the year

Chicago has reached another bloody milestone.

Thursday, December 1

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Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan remarks on the passing of ‘El Comandante’ Fidel Castro

“The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught me that there is a law in nature that whenever a people are deprived of that which God intends for that people to have, such as freedom, justice, equality of opportunity and equal membership in society; the longer the people are deprived, the greater the manifestation of the one who is born out of that longing from a simple woman to answer that need, that cry, that prayer of those deprived who long,” said Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Chicago-based, world renowned Nation of Islam.

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Innovative sculptor Houston Conwill passes at 69

There is a photo of two iconic African-Americans, Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka, doing a furious version of the jitterbug atop a cosmogram in the atrium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. This flat geometric figure created by Houston Conwill is a memorial to Langston Hughes and depicts the rivers he cites in “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”

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How Stevie Wonder saved my life and what El Comandante Fidel Castro taught me

In the spring of 1972, this Black single mother left her young son behind to travel to Cuba with the Fifth Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade, an organization that had been founded in 1969 in opposition to the U.S. blockade on Cuba, and one of its specific purposes was challenging the travel restrictions imposed by the United States Government.

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Conrad Lynn, a lawyer for the damned

Attorney Conrad J. Lynn was as much a revolutionary outside the courtroom as he was inside it, and the varied cases he handled over six decades stand as a testament to his legal insight and unyielding conviction. Sometimes it appeared as though Lynn went out of his way to find the most challenging and controversial circumstance to which to bring his wise, resolute counsel.

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Long live the spirit of Fidel Castro!

I was truly saddened to learn of the passing of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

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Fight for $15 celebrates 4-year anniversary with protests; study shows gains

The movement that led to a reawakening for labor rights let its biggest threat know that they aren’t going anywhere.

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Trump’s pick for education secretary labeled ‘destroyer’ of public education

She’s married to the man whose family started Amway. Her brother helped found Blackwater. Now, she could be the Secretary of Education under the new president.

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Campaign launched in Jersey City promotes small businesses during holiday season

The Jersey City Small Businesses Services along with Mayor Steven Fulop recently launched a citywide, year-round campaign, “Shop Jersey City Buy Local,” to support local and independently owned businesses.

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Demonstrators taking to the streets in Newark against Donald Trump

Saturday, Dec. 3, the People’s Organization for Progress is hosting a rally and march protesting the election of Donald Trump at noon beginning at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Statue on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Newark.

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Colorado voters keep slavery clause in state constitution by mistake

Lee McNeil, 72, vowed to fight on in an interview with the AmNews two weeks after election results in the state of Colorado showed that the referendum on the ballot to abolish a loophole in the state’s Constitution that makes slavery a punishment for a crime failed.

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URBAN AGENDA: With Trump as President, Public Housing’s Future is on the Line

What will happen to public housing under soon-to-be President Donald Trump? The answer to this question could have consequences for every single one of the more than half million New Yorkers -- most of them low-income blacks and Latinos – living in 328 public housing developments across the five boroughs, not to mention the hundreds of thousands whose rents are subsidized by Section 8 vouchers.

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Fidel was 'A strong voice for social justice,' a U.N. Secretary-General

(GIN)—U.N. Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon extended sympathies to the Cuban people on the passing Friday, Nov. 25, of their longtime president, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, who he called “a strong voice for social justice.”

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Survey: Black New Yorkers struggling to save for retirement

Results from a recent survey conducted by AARP New York and Siena College reveal that African-American Generation Xers and Baby Boomers in New York City are unprepared for retirement.

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The New African-American Museum in DC

On a beautiful sunny day during Columbus Day weekend, Washington, D.C.’s skyline was magnificent.

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Spring fashions from New York to Paris

Designer Bibhu Mohapatra’s spring/summer ’17 backdrop was set in a prewar era. It was a time characterized by flourishing art and literature. His spring ’17 collection is inspired by the hidden identities of the females of la Belle Époque. It celebrates the optimism, prosperity and cultural innovations of that prolific time.

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Black institutions matter

In the wake of the stunning outcome of the recent presidential election, I feel a renewed urgency about the existence of an institution such as Medgar Evers College

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Best Thanksgiving ever!

Kudos to my mom for a truly wonderful Thanksgiving. The invitation, “come and bring containers for leftovers.”

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Talking SCHOP! First Friendsgiving

Did you take my suggestion from last week’s Talking SCHOP! to practice thankfulness during this holiday season, being in the moment, calmly achieving a state of awareness and being grateful for togetherness?

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Making the Middle East great again

The election of Donald J. Trump signals very dark days ahead. Not for the American people, of course, but for our nation’s enemies and adversaries in the Middle East.

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Which frequent flyer program is best for you?

When it comes to flying, status is everything. These days, loyalty programs are much more than just a way to earn miles that you can eventually use toward another flight.

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Open Letter to President of the United States Barack Obama

In the toxic vapor trails of this past Nov. 8 elections, just before your soon to be “I’m-outta-here” status, it has been reported that you have embarked on a global trip, presumably to calm fears and angst among America’s friends and allies that things will be fine between them and your country once you leave office, notwithstanding the caustic and bombastic vitriolic assertions of your replacement, one Donald Trump.

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‘Patti LaBelle’s Place’ premieres on the Cooking Channel

While Kanye West, who is married to Kim Kardashian, continues to be hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, after suffering a breakdown more than a week ago, Lamar Odom, who is almost divorced from Khloe Kardashian, headed to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Ben Vereen on coming home—again

Don’t know when the slogan or ideology, “You can’t go home again,” became so deeply entrenched in our society, but it’s been proved incorrect on quite a few occasions.

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Arts for Art, Ndegeocello, Oasis, ‘VIV’ Awards

The holidays are in bloom with joyous events taking shape like a dashing Harlem reindeer.

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The Ella Nixon Drive for children and families

The Ella Nixon Drive is an annual holiday toy, clothing and gift-giving event that not only works to secure a happy holiday for those in need but also serves to encourage and assist others in becoming charitable organizers so that they may reach their own gift-giving goals. Roz Nixon, founder of the drive, said, “Christmas was the most important time of the year for my mother.

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December 2016 Dance Calendar

Include dance in your holiday plans.

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Dr. Sebi celebrated in Harlem

This past Saturday, Nov. 24, there was a Dr. Sebi Celebration held at the Adam Clayton Powell State Building.

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Youth of Avenue Music Group spread the love with community giveback

This past Thanksgiving Day, while some people had turkey with all the trimmings and others went hungry, young entrepreneur Joshua Walker and his Avenue Music Group’s Spread the Love Giveback fed, clothed and entertained those in need in the Bed-Stuy community.

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The 44th annual VIV Awards—Oh what a night!

Last Monday night was the annual heartwarming Black Theater family reunion, acknowledgement of extraordinary talent and a love-fest.

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Ntozake Shange: A colored girl for whom the rainbow is not enuf Pt. 1

It has been awhile since Ntozake Shange’s paradigm-shifting “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” exploded onto the theatrical scene in 1973, introducing a provocative new voice and unique genre—the choreopoem.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 12/1-12/7

After a wonderful Thanksgiving, the holiday season has now officially begun, and that can only mean one thing. Well, actually it means a couple of things—holiday shopping, holiday gatherings and the much anticipated holiday galas. The Fellas, the Hillbillies, the Comus, look for updates to come.

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‘Allied’ will become a classic

She announces to her neighbors that her husband is arriving soon. Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) lives among the Westerners residing in Morocco in 1942.

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Defender organizations, elected officials call on Cuomo to sign gravity knives reform legislation

The Legal Aid Society and Brooklyn Defender Services joined with other defender organizations, community advocates, stakeholders and elected officials this week calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that would treat folding knives as work tools, not weapons.

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‘Fences’ open Christmas Day

The buzz about the 89th Academy Awards nominations is swirling strong around actor/producer/director Denzel Washington’s theatrical version of August Wilson’s award-winning play “Fences.”

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Spending per inmate in city jails reaches $132,019

The rate of fight and assault infractions in New York City jails skyrocketed 25 percent in Fiscal Year 2016, even as per-inmate spending grew to $132,019 and the average daily number of inmates fell to a 33-year low of 9,790, according to a new analysis released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

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Community celebrates Sean Bell 10-year anniversary

This past Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Nov 25, 2016, the parents and former fiancé of Sean Bell celebrated the life of the 23-year-old father of two, who was gunned down in a hail of 50 bullets by three NYPD officers 10 years ago.

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Airbnb urges hosts not to discriminate against guests

In a city where the average rent is nearly $4,000, finding cheap and affordable housing is a long and tiring mission.

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Jerry Reese and the 8-3 Giants stem critical voices

The constant chorus calling in to talk radio and tirelessly posting on social media last January demanding the Giants fire Jerry Reese, the franchise’s senior vice president and general manager, took on a cultlike existence. 

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Firing Bowles is now part of the conversation

Stories this season describing the play of the New York Jets have revolved around common themes of how they could have won games that were lost; have they, or will they, turn the corner; and the more popular ones, the tempered quarterback controversy (or situation), i.e., why is Ryan Fitzpatrick starting, and why isn’t there more focus on Jets’ younger players, such as Bryce Petty, their future.

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Johnson paces the Mustangs

Now fully recovered from a torn ACL, Monroe College point guard Shania “Shorty” Johnson is having a phenomenal season.

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Nets clip LA—It’s something to build on

When the Brooklyn Nets step onto the Barclays Center gym floor tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, they should do so with chips on their shoulders, and a renewed spirit and confidence that a win or wins give you.

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Derrick Rose pushes the limits amid the Knicks’ resurgence

Monday night at Madison Square Garden, Derrick Rose confronted what for many is an unnerving image of his former self in the person of Russell Westbrook.

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Tiger Woods seeks to revive a dormant career

Tiger Woods will turn 41 Dec. 30. His days as one of the greatest golfers of all time, if not the greatest, have long past. Severe back and knee injuries have minimized his amazing gifts.

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Lincoln Medical Center gives thanks to patients

Last week, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln hosted a full-service Thanksgiving dinner for patients and families, and also gave turkeys and makings of dinner to more than 45 families.

Caribbean films showcased at ADIFF

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is back for its 24th edition, from now until Dec. 11 with a total of 66 films from 30 countries, including 34 U.S. and New York premieres. Screenings are held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College at Columbia University, Cinépolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem.

Could America’s greatest undocumented immigrant save us from Trump rule?

Those proactively seeking ways to stop Donald Trump from officially becoming president of the United States in January have turned to a decree written by a man who is undoubtedly America’s greatest undocumented immigrant.

Caribbean’s best known leader is no more

In early December 1972, then Guyana’s Prime Minister Forbes Burnham and three of his regional colleagues sprang a monumental political surprise on the world when they officially established diplomatic relations with Fidel Castro’s communist-ruled Cuba, largely ending the island’s American-imposed and policed hemispheric isolation and opening the floodgates to a rash of other nations to follow suit.

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Farewell Fidel

I, like many Black Americans, grew up in a household that supported Fidel Castro and the decades he spent fighting imperial powers.

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Recount and electoral integrity

Petitions for a recount of the 2016 presidential election have upset Donald Trump, pierced his thin skin and provoked more inanities and false claims, and that alone may be worth the cost of the plan to recount the votes in three states—Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

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Fidel— ‘History will absolve me!’

“It is with deep sorrow that I come before you to inform our people, and friends of our America, that today, Nov. 25, at 10:29 p.m., Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz has died,” stated Raul Castro, Cuba’s president and Fidel’s brother, in an announcement in Granma, the official voice of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee.

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‘Fences’ opens Christmas Day

The buzz about the 89th Academy Awards nominations is swirling strong around actor/producer/director Denzel Washington’s theatrical version of August Wilson’s award-winning play “Fences.”

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Charmil Y. Davis—Community activist, fighting on during chemo

This past June 3, Charmil Y. Davis was hosting the National Gun Violence Day in Newark, which was commemorating the horrific Newark schoolyard killings in 2007.

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Community Calendar 12/1 - 12/7

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

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Joshua Walker—Thank you for giving back

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, Avenue Music Group provided more than 600 Bedford-Stuyvesant residents with food and clothing for their Spread Love Thanksgiving Day event.

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Political chasms and chaos persist

Setting aside division and finding common ground are not solely matters facing those mourning and not mourning the death of Fidel Castro.