Stories for February 2016

Monday, February 29

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Donald Trump stumbles on David Duke, KKK

Donald Trump is trying to clean up a racially charged controversy Monday after he refused to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke over the weekend.

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Oscars overnight ratings hit eight year low

The 88th Annual Academy Awards had controversy, Chris Rock, and a few surprises ("Spotlight" wins Best Picture!), but the big storylines on Hollywood's biggest night brought in disappointing ratings for the Oscars.

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Chris Rock: 'You're damn right Hollywood is racist'

Everyone knew that Oscars host Chris Rock, after six weeks of silence on the issue, was going to address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy during his monologue Sunday night.

Saturday, February 27

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Oscar Awards boycott party being held in Harlem

Imagenation is hosting a free Oscar Boycott Party in Harlem on Sunday.

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Melissa Harris-Perry 'highly unlikely' to return to MSNBC

"Melissa Harris-Perry" the TV show ended not with a celebration or a cancellation, but with a tug of war over Beyoncé.

Friday, February 26

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Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

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Educating the youth about financial readiness

Amalgamated Bank hosted a workshop for local high school students at their Harlem branch in conjunction with National CARES Saturday, Feb. 6.

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Black History Month: We are the ones

On Aug. 9, 1978, the late poet and political activist June Jordan read a poem at the United Nations titled “Poem for South African-Women.

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Martin Lawrence back out on the road

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Tony Burton, trainer in 'Rocky' films, dies at 78

Tony Burton, the actor who played trainer Tony "Duke" Evers in the "Rocky" films, died Thursday, his sister Loretta Kelley said. He was 78.

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Jazz speaks on Grammy Awards

This year’s Grammy Award for Song of the Year was “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. The song title is apropos for the following thoughts “Jazz” was pondering during this year’s awards ceremony.

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‘Hughie’ is boring Broadway

Forest Whitaker, an academy award-winning actor, is making his Broadway debut playing Erie Smith in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” at the Booth Theatre. Now, there is no question that Forest Whitaker is an outstanding actor, producer and director.

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Glynn Washington adding diversity to radio one story at a time

There were about 50—give or take—of us sitting in the intimate room of the Greene Space earlier this month.

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Oscar Micheaux: The first prominent African-American filmmaker

Movie-director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith are leading a boycott of Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony due to its “lack of Black” nominees after an all-Caucasian slate was selected last month for the second consecutive year.

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Film fest celebrates Black History Month

From Feb, 26 to 28, 2016, the African Diaspora International Film Festival will celebrate Black History Month from an international perspective in the spirit of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015–2024).

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Author, former Buffalo Soldier to hold book signing at Sister’s Uptown

On Saturday, Feb. 27, join retired A.D. Warden and former Buffalo Soldier Roy J. Caldwood over refreshments as he signs copies of his book, “Making the Right Moves: Rikers Island and NYC Corrections.”

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Shaka Senghor’s story of redemption

In Detroit, a city that has endured its share of bad news, it’s good to know there are at least a few sprigs of hope and promise.

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Sarah Vaughan forever stamp to be unveiled in Newark

The US Postal Service is honoring jazz singer Sarah Vaughan with a forever stamp set for unveiling in Newark, N.J. in March.

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Oscars 2016: All eyes on Chris Rock

The big question for the 88th Academy Awards can be reduced to five letters: WWCRD? What Will Chris Rock Do?

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Was February 2016 the best Black History Month ever?

A steady stream of indelible pop culture moments celebrating black identity has led some to proclaim February 2016 the best #BlackHistoryMonth ever, with a melanin rainbow fistbump emoji for emphasis.

Thursday, February 25

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Presidential politics: Democracy or hypocrisy?

Did you know that you never voted for the president in your life? You can’t vote for president. The president is voted in by the electoral college.

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Lack of diversity in Hollywood is no aberration

The lack of diversity in the upcoming Oscars—or more broadly, that lack of diversity in Hollywood—is but a minor problem in the scheme of things.

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Community Calendar 2/25 - 3/2

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

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Own a restaurant? Go here!

The 23rd annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is a must-attend event bringing together thousands of foodservice, restaurant and hospitality professionals from New York State and the surrounding areas.

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Talking SCHOP! My new meatball

Food editor Kysha Harris shows us how a great meatball recipe.

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So you’re looking for an adventure?

As older generations continue to live longer and in better shape, younger generations actively seek to push new boundaries.

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Knits are news for fall ’16

Kye kicked off New York Fashion Week with a fine collection that focused on unconventional silhouettes at the Gallery at Skylight Clarkson Square downtown.

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Black designer of the month: A street-styled Xuly Bet for fall 2016

As soon as Xuly Bet’s Paris collection appeared on the Pret-a-Porter runway at the Louvre in 1999, the audience went wild.

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Regina Belle: Talent, belief and opportunity

Bridges, tunnels and “welcome to” signs aside, growing up, the real determination of geographical boundaries were the radio waves.

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Ebb and Flow: First annual Benefit Dinner for Amadou Diallo 15th anniversary

Ebb and Flow was the title of the first annual Benefit Dinner for Amadou Diallo, Thursday, Feb. 4, the 15th anniversary of his 41-bullet shooting death by cops in 1999.

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Staten Island’s Black community leaders come together

Black community leaders in Staten Island came together Saturday for the 11th annual Staten Island Black History Town Hall Meeting in Stapleton.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 2/25 - 3/2

Thirty days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except February, alone to which we 28 assign, ‘til leap year gives us 29.

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Woman, 106, dances with joy at meeting the Obamas

Virginia McLaurin waited all her life to see an African-American in the White House.

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Zimbabwe: Is a dynasty of Mugabes in the works?

Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest president, turned 92 this week without a clear successor. His wife, Grace, however, is grooming herself for the job.

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Ugandans disoute outcome of election giving president a fifth term

Retirement? Not for President Yoweri Museveni. The 71-year-old leader, who has already held office for three decades, once knocked African leaders who “overstay.” But whereas some leaders gather their memories and go, Museveni went to the mat for a fifth term.

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Urban Agenda: Gov. Cuomo Brings his fight for Paid Family Leave to Harlem

Harlem was the site of a rally last week led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and featuring local elected leaders and advocates keenly aware that momentum is building in New York for a statewide policy that would provide job protection and wage replacement for workers who want to take time off to care for a newborn or seriously ill parent or relative.

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Unions reinforce support of Hillary Clinton for president

In a joint statement, over 20 unions have put their eggs in Hillary Clinton’s basket.

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B&H Photo warehouse workers join United Steelworkers

Several months after 200 B&H warehouse workers in Brooklyn voted to join the United Steelworkers, workers in the basement warehouse below B&H Photo Video’s retail store in Midtown Manhattan have done the same.

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Rev. Al Shapton to lead rally before Academy Awards in support of 'TV Tune-Out'

Rev. Al Sharpton is moving forward with urging people to not watch the Academy Awards set for Sunday in Los Angeles with several rallies across the nation.

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How much more losing can Carmelo take?

Knicks loss especially hard on Carmelo Anthony.

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The hiring and firing of Billy King all sounds the same

Sean Marks replaces Billy King as the new general manager for the Brooklyn Nets.

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Millrose Games got off to a running, jumping start at Armory

The Millrose Games kicks off it's 109th year at the Armory on the Upper West Side.

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Hometown glory at Millrose Games

Brooklyn native Natasha Hastings wins big in the 400 meters dash at the Millrose Games.

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Can Tiger Woods reclaim championship form?

With his last win major win in 2008 Tiger Woods heads to Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia for the Masters Tournament.

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Charges dropped in alleged N.Y. playground gang rape case

Charges have been dropped against five teenagers connected with a woman's alleged gang rape at gunpoint in a Brooklyn playground, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced on Wednesday.

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Rallies continue at Justice Department in New Jersey for police brutality victims

The People’s Organization for Progress continued its “Justice Department Mondays” rallies demanding federal intervention in the police brutality cases of Abdul Kamal, Kashad Ashford, Jerame Reid and Radazz Hearns.

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Richard Allen stamp unveiled in East Orange

The United States Postal Service in the Northern New Jersey District unveiled a commemorative Black Heritage Stamp featuring Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church this week.

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Union's importance in Black History

Remembering the importance of labor unions and their fight for African American worker's rights as we celebrate Black History Month.

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Hard choices for Carson on the road to Nevada

Dr. Ben Carson's struggles during the Republican primaries could soon lead to an end to his campaign.

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From protest to politics

Protest movements are opening up a new dialogue when it comes to policy changes in America.

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Final ‘Angola Three’ POW Albert Woodfox freed after 43 years in solitary confinement

POW Albert Woodfox, the original Black Panther activist, spent more time in solitary confinement than anyone else currently held captive in U.S. prisons.

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Hillary hits the jackpot in Nevada

It may not have been an overwhelming win for Clinton in Nevada, hardly the nirvana she once envisioned, but she did fortify her firewall and brush aside some of the wind, if not the bluster, of her opponent’s momentum.

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Federal grand jury struggles on in Garner case

A federal grand jury continues to examine and hear evidence to determine if Eric Garner’s civil rights were violated in 2014 when a police officer killed him in an apparent chokehold.

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Reactions to public protest of killer cop’s conviction in Akai Gurley trial

The aftermath of a killer cop’s conviction in Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court a couple weeks ago has caused some debate about NYPD training, as well as accountability, when they don’t adhere to departmental procedures.

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Joshua Walker’s community journey

Young Brooklynite provides community outreach through his own music management group.

SI councilwoman Debi Rose celebrates black history month by honoring black veterans

Councilwoman Debi Rose will honor several veterans in her annual celebration of Black History Month at the St, Philip's Baptist Church in Staten Island.

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'The Gathering X: part 2' a world music concert

The New York African Chorus Ensemble will be hosting a musical event that showcases performances from cultures all over the world.

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Bronx teen dies while visting Africa

A fifteen year old Bronx teen has died while on a mission trip in Africa.

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Brooklyn DA moves to vacate woman's wrongful manslaughter conviction

A Brooklyn DA works to clear the name of a woman wrongfully convicted of manslaughter eighteen years ago.

Wednesday, February 24

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Black Votes Matter PAC launched to maximize Black voter turnout in key battleground states


Concerned that there may be dramatic drop off in the record turnout of Black voters that propelled Barack Obama to the presidency, a group of veteran New York political and civil rights operatives launched Black Votes Matter PAC...

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Viral video celebrates hairstyles of Black men over the last 100 years

A YouTube video featuring the popular hairstyles worn by Black men is going viral.

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Do we need a Black History Month? Here's your answer

The racial issues that simmer unceasingly beneath the surface of America have rushed to the surface again and again over the past year, boiling up as recently as the Grammy Awards last week.

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'Black girl magic' is more than a hashtag; it's a movement

Coming of age in the early '90s, Marcia Smith says, her mother made sure she would grow up to be a proud black woman, instilling in her from a young age what it means to love yourself, culture and heritage.

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Why the Beyoncé controversy is bigger than you think

Beyoncé is certainly not the first celebrity to cause a stir by inserting race into her art, but there's a reason why her recent actions are resonating.

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VIDEO: A rapper's relatable ode to paying off student loans

New Orleans rapper Dee-1 turned that dream into a reality by paying off his loans with an advance he received after signing a record deal.

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Obama offers hints on Supreme Court pick

President Barack Obama reiterated again Wednesday the broad outlines of what he's looking for in a candidate to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia, despite hardening resistance among Senate Republicans toward considering his eventual Supreme Court nominee.

Tuesday, February 23

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Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark dies at age 76

Queens Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark has died Monday.

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Wu-Tang Clan's GZA brings rhyming science to college

GZA is fusing science and hip hop.

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Study finds African Americans dream big, but struggle to reach financial goals

Seven in 10 African Americans currently do not have a long-term financial plan.

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Survey: Americans using tax refunds to pay off debts

The majority of Americans plan to be financially responsible with their cut of the $305 billion in refunds issued by the IRS this year.

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Happy 60th, Disneyland! You've come a long way from Day One

For all the attention paid to shiny new features at Florida's Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland or the under-construction Shanghai Disneyland, there's only one original Disney park.

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Spike Lee endorses Sanders, tells voters to 'wake up'

Director Spike Lee endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in an ad telling South Carolina voters to "Wake up!"

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Obama gives Congress Guantanamo closure plan

President Barack Obama's long-awaited plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility was delivered to Congress Tuesday morning, seven years after Obama made an Oval Office vow to permanently shutter the prison for enemy combatants.

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Hollywood is a 'white boy's club,' says study

Hollywood is a "straight white boys club" on screen and off, according to a new study of the entertainment industry.

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Ben Carson: Obama was 'raised white'

Ben Carson suggested that if elected president he might be the first African-American to hold the position noting, President Barack Obama was "raised white" and outside of the United States.

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Louis Farrakhan offers concert security for Beyoncé

Beyoncé is getting some high-profile support from Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Monday, February 22

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3,000-year-old fingerprints found on ancient Egyptian coffin lid

Researchers at Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK have found 3,000-year old fingerprints on the lid of an Egyptian coffin.

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'Broke' 50 Cent ordered to court after flashing cash online

The rapper "50 Cent" is heading to court to explain why he's declaring bankruptcy -- while posting pictures of himself surrounded by cash on Instagram.

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A ten-year milestone for Scalia's silent partner

Justice Clarence Thomas' deep and unwavering voice filled the Basilica of the National Shrine last Saturday as he delivered a reading from the Book of Romans at the Mass celebrating his close friend, ideological soul mate and occasional defender, the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Saturday, February 20

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Teacher quits after parents report texts to daughter

An Upstate teacher is off the job after school officials say he sent inappropriate text messages to a student. Now sheriff's deputies are investigating the matter.

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Clinton feeling 'the Bern' at historically black colleges

Bernie Sanders has captured the imagination of younger voters, while Hillary Clinton enjoys strong support among African-American voters.

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No, your baby's fever was not caused by teething

It's a laundry list of symptoms that every parent is familiar with -- a cranky baby who's drooling, not eating and not sleeping. It must be teething.

Friday, February 19

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Police union calls for law enforcement labor to boycott Beyonce's world tour

A Miami police union is urging a nationwide boycott by law enforcement labor organizations of Beyonce's forthcoming world tour, which is scheduled to begin in the city on April 27 at Marlins Park.

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Designer, 10, shows plus-size line at New York fashion show

A 10-year-old fashion prodigy is standing against bullies from her school by debuting her size-inclusive clothing label at New York Fashion Week.

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The classics according to Dada Masilo

It is a brave thing to put oneself among a large pool of choreographers determined to rework the proverbial 19th century ballet classic “Swan Lake.”

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‘Zoolander 2’ not runway ready

In 2001, “Zoolander” told the story of two unlikely models, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson), who took the fashion world by storm.

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Two losses and a gain for Black journalism

Black journalism was dealt a double blow recently with the sudden death of Michael Feeney and the passing of Acel Moore, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Cardiologist leads women-centered holistic heart health movement

Cardiologist Dr. Jennifer Mieres is leading a women-centered holistic approach to heart health, a contemporary movement that is changing the narrative of heart disease.

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Harlem Haberdashery to present third annual Masquerade Ball to benefit Harlem Hospital Center

Harlem Haberdashery will present its third annual Masquerade Ball benefiting Harlem Hospital Center.

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Olympic great Jesse Owens

We always hold our breath when Hollywood, the publishing industry and the media delve into the intricacies of the Black experience, and now we await “Race,” a film about the exploits of track and field great Jesse Owens

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The Brooklyn Nets: It’s kinda conplicated

Michael Jordan once said, “I failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.”

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Cheryl Toussaint keeps the Colgate Games running

The Colgate Women’s Games is the nation’s largest amateur track series in the United States.

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Women’s events at Millrose will feature star power

It is an Olympic year and track and field athletes are gearing up early.

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Stars getting ready for 109th Millrose Games

The sport of track and field operates in relative obscurity in the United States, but it always gains interest leading up the Summer Olympics.

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Beyond Flint

We are gradually learning, much to our dismay, that the water crisis in Flint, Mich., is not an anomaly, not an aberration confined to one part of the nation.

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Black emancipation poses threat to white supremacist traditions at 2016 Super Bowl

For the most part, no one ever expected such a barrage of condemnation against the superstar African-American singing artist Beyonce for her performance during halftime at the 2016 Superbowl.

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Jesse Jackson hosts annual Wall Street Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson wraps up the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund's 19th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit Thursday.

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Hunger in the community: Food Bank does its part to help

When the AmNews visited the Food Bank for New York City’s Community Kitchen & Food Pantry in Harlem earlier this month, the New Hampshire primaries hadn't taken place yet.

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Harlem food on film

Last week, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture celebrated “Harlem on My Plate,” a documentary short film that explores the history of Harlem’s food renaissance.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Restaurant & Retail Therapy

No time to waste, folks! We are in the first week of the seventh annual Harlem Restaurant & Retail Week, brought to you by Harlem Park to Park.

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'Welcome home to you' at Timber Creek

In the first part of this series, we had just arrived at Timber Creek Retreat House, set on 80 spectacular wooded acres in Drexel, Mo., just an hour from downtown Kansas City.

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Fall-winter 2016 New York Fashion Week report

Cold temperatures helped keep fashion folks moving quickly from show to show all over New York City this week.

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The Bomb Squad revisited

I have to preface this piece by saying my views skewed, as I’m what they call a “homer.”

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Rangel honored by Cuomo

Before a highly distinguished audience during the governor’s brunch celebrating the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, Congressman Charles B. Rangel was honored by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his lifetime commitment to public service at the Executive Mansion on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2016.

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NYCLU calls out NYPD for Stingray use

Last week, the New York Civil Liberties Union announced that the New York Police Department has spied on individuals’ cellphones 1,016 times between 2008 and May of 2015 without a written policy.

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Fight for $15 rallies held in western, central NY

A movement sparked by New York City workers has made its way global … and upstate.

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Reports: Former Mayor David Dinkins improving after being hospitalized for pneumonia

Reports indicate that former New York City Mayor David Dinkins is doing better after being hospitalized for pneumonia.

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Grocery Worker Retention Act provides security in supermarket industry

Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Grocery Worker Retention Act into law.

Thursday, February 18

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Study: A third of U.S. adults don't get enough sleep

You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again: Despite repeated recommendations for adults to sleep at least seven hours each night, a new study shows that more than one-third of us are not getting enough shut-eye.

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Dr. Erika Gibson: The first African-American board-certified veterinary neurosurgeon

When New York City native Dr. Erika Gibson was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Today she’s not only living her dream but also making history.

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Author seeks to rebuild after house fire

A recent fire destroyed a large section of the home that writer, satirist, and spoken-word performer Darius James shares with his sister, Jeri.

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Bill Cosby sues accuser Andrea Constand

Bill Cosby has sued the woman whose 2004 sexual assault accusations formed the basis for recent charges against him, alleging she violated a decade-old civil settlement in part by cooperating with a new criminal probe.

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15 funny responses to Trump’s ridiculous stance on immigration and Muslims

Social media and top comedians chime in with fifteen hilarious responses to the outrageous statements made by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

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CCADI to host two-day symposium February 27-28

“Trade/itions” is a two-day symposium event that will explore the points of orisha intersections through an artistic, activist and 21st-century lens.

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First Zika pregnancies reported in Caribbean

The first Caribbean case of the Zika virus in pregnant women has been confirmed in Barbados, where three women are currently seeking treatment as the virus continues to storm the region.

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King of Savalou, Benin visits to Harlem

Senator Bill Perkins held a public welcome ceremony for His Excellency Gandjegni Awoyo Gbaguidi, King of Savalou, Benin.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 2/18 - 2/24

What better time to talk about Black history than now, in the middle of Black History Month?

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UN announces death of former UN Chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a veteran Egyptian diplomat and a single term as U.N. secretary-general, has died. He was 93.

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‘How to Be Single’ worth the price of admission

Movie: “How to Be Single,” Alice (Dakota Johnson) meets Josh (Nicholas Braun) during her freshman year of college and after.

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BET, American Black Film Fest partner up for 2016 ABFF Awards

The 2016 American Black Film Festival on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Los Angeles).

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Need for police accountability, transparency and right to know

Last week’s conviction of NYPD officer Peter Liang, in the killing of Akai Gurley is the first step for more police accountability when it comes to wrongful deaths.

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Rep. Rangel, B. Smith, Hunter-Gault turn out to honor Black art

With a recent increase in high-profile art lovers and collectors such as Jay Z, this show resonates even more with the public.

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NAACP-Newark Chapter hosts panel discussion on Black Lives Matter and elder recording

The NAACP-Newark Chapter is hosting a panel discussion on Black Lives Matter at the Newark Library where they will be discussing various topics with community activists and more.

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Essex County College offers scholarships to Newark high school students living in public housing

Essex County College is offering two new scholarships to Newark high school seniors living within the Newark Housing Authority.

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Cop who killed Akai Gurley convicted of manslaughter

After two and a half days of deliberation, the NYPD cop who killed Akai Gurley was found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct by a jury of his peers in Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court.

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Anti-Beyonce Black Panther protest fails

Anti-Beyonce Black Panther protest turns into an anti-'anti-Beyonce' protest.

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Double Treble returns to Harlem for Black History Month

Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem will again serve as host of Double Treble, the dynamic duo of Roderick Demmings Jr. and Karl Van Richards as they put on a special performance in honor of Black History Month.

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Justice Scalia dead at 79

President Obama scolded for his plans to nominate a successor following the death of the highly conservative Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Hillary in Harlem

Her message to the Black electorate

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was on message in Harlem on Tuesday, and the centerpiece of her objective of tearing down social and political barriers was the African-American community.

Wednesday, February 17

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Kanye West's new album pirated over 500,000 times

anye West recently released his latest album, "The Life of Pablo," on TIDAL, the subscription music site owned by Jay Z. He then tweeted that the album would "never never never be on Apple," and that it would never be for sale.

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Only 88 tech startups are run by black women

There are a paltry number of black women running tech startups. And there's an incredible dearth of money flowing to the few who are.

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The Mama Arts Foundation holding auditions for Gospel for Teens

Vy Higginsen’s Mama Arts Foundation is holding auditions for the Gospel For Teens program.

Tuesday, February 16

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Study finds dementia incidence highest In African Americans

The first study to look at dementia risk in a population representing the diversity of the United States finds dementia incidence to be highest in African Americans.

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Napa Valley Wine Train thwarted in effort to dismiss #laughingwhileblack lawsuit

The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California is allowing 11 African American women to continue to press their discrimination case against the former and new owners of the Napa Valley Wine Train.

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How Kendrick Lamar's fiery performance won Grammy night

For the second time in a week, an African-American performer has lit up a nationally televised event with a politically charged performance, conveying unapologetic black pride.

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Texas A&M investigating reports of racial slurs toward high school visitors

Texas A&M officials have identified one student who was involved in an incident where Aggie students reportedly yelled a racial slur at a group of 60 minority high schoolers and told them to "go back where they came from."

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The Black Panthers are back -- and never really went away

Beyoncé didn't bring back the Black Panthers when she and an Afro-frizzed dance team donned black leather jackets and berets during Super Bowl 50's halftime show.

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Only fans in 'Formation' at planned anti-Beyonce rally

It was either the protest that never was or the one that folks decided they no longer cared about.

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Clinton: U.S. must halt 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Hillary Clinton will propose a $2 billion plan to take on "overly punitive school discipline policies that disproportionately impact people of color" on Tuesday in New York, according to a campaign aide briefed on the plan.

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Prince protege Vanity dies at 57

Denise Matthews, who as Vanity fronted the group Vanity 6 but was best known for her collaboration with Prince, has died at a hospital in Fremont, California.

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Grammys 2016: Burno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' is record of the year

The three big prizes at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards went three different ways Monday night, with Bruno Mars winning record of the year for his hit "Uptown Funk."

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NYPD: Woman accuses Eliot Spitzer of assault

New York police say they're investigating whether former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is tied to an alleged assault at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

Saturday, February 13

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Obama to enter nomination fight with legacy on court at stake

President Barack Obama entered what's certain to become an acrimonious election-year battle Saturday, declaring he would act "in due time" to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose sudden death was announced Saturday.

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Single vs. married: A Valentine's Day showdown

Each year when Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts turn to love, relationships and coupling.

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Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice, dies at 79

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a leading conservative voice on the high court, has died at the age of 79, a government source and a family friend told CNN on Saturday.

Friday, February 12

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Inspiration soars on National Girls and Women in Sports Day

This year marks the 30th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.

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Harlem Burger & Wine Fest

There is a new hot couple in the neighborhood. Both residents of Lenox Avenue, one has been shaking it up for a couple of years and the other is an ingénue, a new vintage in Harlem.

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Talking SCHOP! Valentine kitchen tomfoolery

Oh, Valentine’s Day, sometimes you stump us so. Is it cards, flowers and candy? Should we dine out, have a weekend getaway or lavish each other with heartfelt gifts?

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Renew, refresh, return to life at Timber Creek

Although only about an hour drive from almost anywhere in the Kansas City metro area, it feels like a world away—a place where you don’t do anything, you just be. This is Timber Creek.

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Beloved journalist Michael J. Feeney passes

Monday, Feb. 8, hundreds of people who loved and admired award-winning journalist Michael J. Feeney.

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Jack Johnson’s one-man show, Monterey Jazz All Stars

“Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story,” now playing at the Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets), is one of the most important plays of 2016.

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Jazzy jewelry sparkles with vintage looks

A dazzling piece of Dylanex jewelry makes a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift.

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Pea coats top men’s look for fall-winter 2016

During last week’s New York autumn-winter 2016 Men’s Fashion previews, RalphyPablo debuted an intimate collection.

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Tribute held for iconic dancer Dudley Williams

“Love, Forever Dudley,” the recent tribute to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater soloist Dudley Williams, had all the warmth of a loving family reunion.

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Tel Aviv goes to Jamaica to find the ‘Congo Beat’

The heart knows, the mind knows, and when there is love behind the beat, borders are blown into a trillion pieces. That’s the power of music.

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Road Trip Hollywood: Pan African Film Fest

“Do you know Ayuko Babu? You should know Ayuko Babu. Hold on, I will find Ayuko Babu for the [Amsterdam News].”

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Bundle up Northeast: Record lows expected this weekend

An Arctic surge will bring bitter cold air to the Northeast this weekend, with record low temperatures expected.

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Hakeem Jeffries: Bernie Sanders 'a bit presumptuous' on race relations

A Congressional Black Caucus leader said Friday that it is "a bit presumptuous" for Bernie Sanders to conclude he is the best candidate to improve race relations in America.

Thursday, February 11

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Akai Gurley shooting: Jury finds police officer guilty of manslaughter

Officer Peter Liang, who shot and killed an unarmed man in a New York housing project stairwell in 2014, was found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct on Thursday.

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Superman Newton felled by Broncos' kryptonite

Cam Newton failed to channel his inner Superman, the fictitious superhero with whom he associates himself.

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Denver dabbed Panther hearts in San Francisco

The sentimental favorite to win Sunday’s Super Bowl were the Denver Broncos, not just for the love of the team but because of all the speculation about this being Peyton Manning’s last game.

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Love and honor at the NAACP Awards

Black stars shine at the NAACP Awards.

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‘Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ premieres February 16 on PBS

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding and disputes raged over equality and civil rights.

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Attorney John P. Kellogg takes us to school with new book

When attorney John P. Kellogg decided to write “Taking Care of Your Music Business,” it was his intention to take a very daunting subject matter and simplify it.

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Federal grand jury hears evidence in Eric Garner case

A grand jury is hearing evidence as part of federal civil rights investigation into the death of an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by a white police officer, an official familiar with the investigation said Thursday.

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Black U.S. presidents before Obama

Although Barak Obama’s 2008 selection to the Oval Office propagandized many to believe he is this country’s first Black commander-in-chief, records reveal that at least six previous U.S. presidents are of African ancestry.

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Harlem students learn through Touro’s ‘MedAchieve’

Fifty Harlem high schools students gathered at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine last week, where they viewed multiple medical procedures and gained hands-on experience through interactive displays at a fair designed to expose them to the world of science and medical careers.

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February is Gum Disease Awareness Month

Dr. Donna Williams of Morningside Dental Care in Harlem helped to launch the “Gum Disease Awareness” campaign in New York two years ago.

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The breast, more or less!

Women seem to worry about having small breasts and men are distressed when they have...

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Addie Waites Hunton, a crusader for justice and women’s rights

If William Alphaeus Hunton Jr. is an “Unsung Valiant,” as his wife, Dorothy, wrote in his biography, Hunton’s mother was an even more obscure personality, but one, like her son, worthy of consideration.

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Equal opportunity advertising for ethnic media

Brooklyn Borough President Eris Adams highlights the importance of advertising support for ethnic media.

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Black History Month matters!

As we begin celebrating the 90th anniversary of Black History Mont there are indications that it is needed now more than ever.

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Sanders and Trump victorious in New Hampshire

This time the polls were exactly right. Sen. Bernie Sanders took New Hampshire overwhelmingly and Donald Trump triumphed over his Republican rivals.

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Hillary Clinton tours Flint, Michigan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a pause from campaigning Sunday, Feb. 7 to visit Flint, Mich.

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Event this week hosted by sole survivor of bombing of 1985 Philadelphia-based MOVE Organization

Friday night, Feb. 12, Ramona Africa, the lone adult survivor of the May 13, 1985, bombing of the MOVE Organization, will host an event at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Educational Center in Manhattan.

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Chancellor Farina holds roundtable with community/ethnic media

Tuesday morning, at the Tweed Courthouse behind City Hall, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina held a roundtable with members of community and ethnic media.

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Drywall apprentices needed

The New York State Department of Labor announced that an organization is looking for new workers.

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TWU suggests de Blasio curb horse carriage crusade, calls for investigation

Of all the hills for a New York City politician to possibly die on, one would think horse carriages in Central Park would be low on the list.

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CUNY and DC 37 officials to Cuomo: Invest in CUNY

Earlier this week, officials from the City University of New York and District Council 37 asked Albany lawmakers to fully fund CUNY.

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Urban Agenda: Lack of Deeper Affordability Hurting Mayor’s Housing Plan

When Mayor de Blasio first introduced his ambitious affordable housing plan, the Community Service Society and other advocates for the poor voiced concerns about the plan’s income targeting.

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Happy birthday, Elinor

New York Amsterdam News publisher and editor-in-chief, Elinor Tatum, celebrated her 45th birthday.

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WWRL, last Black-owned radio station in NYC, sold

The last black-owned radio station in New York City has been sold.

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Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White has ‘Reached the Stars’

Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire moves on.

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The Bedford-Stuyvesant/Crown Heights All-Star Reunion

One hundred and fifty guests attended the Bedford-Stuyvesant/Crown Heights All-Star Reunion Awards Ceremony, which was hosted by Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr.

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Black history on the go

Man gives brief black history lesson on New York City bus.

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We are all Haitian

The attacks of Haitians in the Dominican Republic affects us all as New Yorkers.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 2/11 - 2/17

Check out what's happening in the community the from Feb 8th - Feb 17.

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Red Flag Raised In Ethiopia As Food Shortages Mount

Food shortages mount in Ethiopia

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Obama meets Colombian delegation, but where are the Blacks?

There’s some outrage being expressed in D.C. this week after the visit between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and President Obama.

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Public school children need our support and our funds

More funding in early childhood education, may improve student's long term success.

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How to help our military defeat the terrorists

Support from fellow leaders and the public can help with the evolving challenges our military faces.

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Tanya Wright: A butterfly rising

Former child star Tanya Wright reflects on finding her way back to work after the loss of her brother.

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Pop-up restaurant serving homeless to open in Harlem

New restaurant opens in Harlem catering to the homeless.

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City council memeber Laurie Cumbo sees signage of bills

City Council Member Laurie Cumbo witnesses bill signing that will benefit students, community residents and cultural hubs within the 35th Council District, which she represents.

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Black history month commemoration features Civil Rights activist Claudette Colvin

Civil Rights Activist Claudette Colvin is commemorated at Black History month film festival.

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The mayor’s ‘One New York’

Mayor de Blasio shares an update on his "One New York" plan and the progress they have made so far.

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Jury begins deliberations in Akai Gurley homicide trial

After more than two weeks of testimonies at Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court, a jury of eight Caucasians, three Hispanics and one African-American began deliberating Peter Liang’s fate for the Nov. 20, 2014 shooting death of an unarmed Black man...

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Feeling the ‘Bern’ in Harlem

Fresh from his victory in New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders had breakfast with the Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia’s in Harlem.

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NY activists respond to Beyonce tribute to the Panthers

The only trending issue matching the post-Superbowl 50 “We still support Cam Newton” social media storm is the debate surrounding Beyonce’s big “Formation Show” nod to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

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Michael J. Feeney remembered in Harlem and New Jersey

Funeral services were held this week for late journalist Michael J. Feeney.

Wednesday, February 10

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Goodbye New Hampshire: Clinton campaign moves quickly to focus on African American voters

A day after getting trounced by Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton's campaign moved quickly to solidify African American voters ahead of Nevada and South Carolina's electoral contests, rolling out a series of travel plans and endorsements aimed at showing Clinton's strength with the critical Democratic constituency.

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America's first black-owned radio station let the words of MLK and others ring

Two blocks away from the famous King Center in downtown Atlanta is a small brick building that tourists typically overlook.

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Akai Gurley shooting: NYPD officer's case goes to the jury

The fate of a New York police officer who shot and killed a man in a housing project stairwell now rests with jurors.

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Ferguson City Council demands changes in deal with Justice Department

Federal court might be the next stop for Ferguson, Missouri, after the City Council voted to change an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform its police force and municipal court system.

Tuesday, February 9

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#BoycottBeyonce sparks backlash

Call it a backlash against the backlash.

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Akai Gurley shooting: Closing arguments to begin in case against NYPD officer

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of Peter Liang, the NYPD officer who shot Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a New York housing project.

Friday, February 5

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Manning versus Newton, Shakespearean or blaxploitation?

There are many compelling story lines surrounding Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.

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Panthers will out-brawn Broncos

Super Bowl 50, matching up the National Football Conference champions the Carolina Panthers and the American Football Conference champions the Denver Broncos on Sunday (6:30 p.m.) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., will be a confrontation of size versus speed.

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Knicks not making any excuses for lack of wins

The old sports adage, “It’s not about the Xs and Os, it’s about the Jimmys and the Joes,” clearly applies to the 23-28 Knicks.

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Olympic dreams grow at Monroe

Throughout Lesleigh Hogg’s coaching career, he has coached nine Olympians representing four different countries.

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Speculation surrounds 16-year-old girl’s death in juvenile detention center

Much suspicion circulated as news spread about the passing of 16-years-young Gynnya McMillen in a juvenile detention center earlier this month.

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College Awareness Day

Preparing for college can be stressful for both parents and students. As the first person in my family to go to college, I felt the same anxiety, and I know how many of you feel.

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Naval hero John Henry Lawson

If you’ve never heard of the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections, you are not alone. Not until it was brought to my attention by Harlem resident Mani Gilyard was I aware of an organization of African-American stamp collectors.

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There are too many Flints in America

Like many of you, I have been appalled reading about the Flint, Mich., environmental crisis turned federal state of emergency.

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1 dead, 3 injured after crane collapses in snowy Manhattan

At least one person was dead and three others injured after a Friday morning crane collapse in snowy Lower Manhattan, the New York City Fire Department said.

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Two NYPD officers shot in the Bronx; suspect dead

Two New York Police Department officers who were shot in the Bronx on Thursday night are in good condition while the suspected shooter is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

Thursday, February 4

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Nets searches for new GM, more wins

As the Brooklyn Nets' search for a new general manager continues, so does their search for more wins.

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Maurice White, leader and founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

Maurice White, the Earth, Wind & Fire leader and singer who co-wrote such hits as "Shining Star," "Sing a Song" and "September," has died, according to his brother, EWF bassist Verdine White.

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Community Calendar 2/4 - 2/10

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

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Talking SCHOP! Super Bowl 50-worthy pizza

Whether going to or throwing a party, there are always the usual suspects—nachos, meat in some form betwixt and between bread, pizza and the essential wings, Buffalo-style being the most popular.

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February Travel Events

As daunting as it may seem that time is flying by so fast and the ink is barely dry on our New Year’s resolutions, it doesn’t mean that we have to let life pass us by.

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White Michael,Tulivu Donna-Henry at BAM

The Brits and some Americans became quite upset upon hearing whispers that the British actor Idris Elba could possibly become the first Black James Bond, the popular worldwide fictional secret agent 007, martini’s shaken, not stirred.

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Straight A’s for “School of Rock” on Broadway

“School of Rock—The Musical” is a high-octane performance!

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Ruby Dee cards for Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion, Hasna Muhammad, daughter of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, has introduced a beautiful greeting card collection that features extraordinary quotes from her mother.

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Casual elegance spring for day to evening

Supima, America’s luxury cotton company, offers a line that designates an elite brand of pima cotton.

Martia Goodson speaks for the ‘Church Ladies’

“How long … not long,” said Martia G. Goodson, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King as she answered how long it took her to write “Church Ladies: Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era” (Author House, 2015).

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SAG: Diversity and inclusion

The SAG Awards presented diversity, but popular entertainment media might give evidence to the contrary.

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February dance calendar

February, as always, is filled with dance

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Recording Industry of America streaming live

Technological advancements have once again made their mark on the antiquated structure known as the music industry.

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Apollo celebrates 82nd anniversary, rings Opening Bell at NYSE

The Apollo celebrates it's 82nd anniversary by ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

The Cosmopolitan review

A brief review of Chez Lucienne, Celebrating Diversity in the Bar and the 2016 Winter Antiques Show.

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City Hall: 'We want accountability from cops and de Blasio'

Activists urge Mayor de Blasio to stand up against wrongdoing, four years after NYPD officers shot and killed Ramarley Graham.

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State education officials lack concern about educating Black doctors

The New York Department of Education is seeking to prohibit approved Caribbean medical schools from entering into any new affiliation agreements with New York hospitals to help train their students.

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The case of Flint, Michigan: Management in the absence of leadership is a disaster in the making

The lack of leadership and poor management skills in the local government of Flint, Michigan is majorly to blame for their current water crisis.

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Justice for Ramarley

Where is the justice for Ramarley Graham.

Deacons for defense film showing

The film "The Deacons for Defense" shares a different side of black men during the Civil Rights Movement.

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De Blasio reaches tentative agreement with traffic enforcement agents

The mayor announced a tentative contract agreement between the city and the Communication Workers of America Local 1182 Traffic Enforcement Agents, including both level one traffic and level two.

Teen gunman convicted of murder for shooting innocent man on bus

Brooklyn teen convicted of murdering an innocent man on a crowded New York City bus.

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Teachers’ union sues Detroit Public Schools over building conditions

The Detroit Federation of Teachers, along with the American Federation of Teachers and several parents, filed a complaint in Michigan’s 3rd Circuit Court accusing Detroit Public Schools and Emergency Manager Darnell Earley of allowing school facilities to deteriorate.

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Assemblyman Charles Barron hosts Black History Month event

Assemblyman Charles Barron hosts black history month event.

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Our history is US history

During African-American History Month, we are reminded that the struggles and victories of people of African descent are central to our nation’s progress.

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Wall Street’s slave story

Wall Street's slave market was once a booming business for the nation's economy.

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Book review: ‘The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women’

Edward Lewis opens up about being a creative force behind a magazine for black women.

Africa's Nonstop Sun Now Powers a Solar Bus

The Ugandan manufacturers of a solar-powered bus are showing off their creation at a stadium in Kampala.

Trouble Ahead For Nigeria As Oil Plummet

Tumbling oil prices have been a gift to some, but they’ve blown a huge hole in Nigeria’s balance sheet, which some fear may set the once promising African economy into a tail spin.

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DA Thompson announces indictment of 18 alleged members of violent street gang

NYPD busts violent Brooklyn street gang.

Gushing Pipelines Bombed by Militants Foul Water, Farms and Fishing Grounds

Oil is spewing unchecked into delicate ecological systems in southern Bayelsa State, Nigeria, after multiple bombings by militants in the area.

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Ramarley Graham’s parents demand justice after four years

Bronx family still fighting for justice four years after the loss of Ramarley Graham.

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Oil isn’t well in the world

Low oil and gas prices are wreaking havoc on economies across the globe.

NJPAC’s ‘Disney in Schools’ program gives art to Newark students

More than 170 elementary students from Newark, N.J., are getting the opportunity to sing and dance on stage at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.

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Mayor Ras Baraka unveils 45-day plan to reduce violence

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka unveiled details of the city’s 45-day plan to reduce crime and violence this week.

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Cruz control

Ted Cruz trumps Donald in Iowa.

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Hillary and Bernie: Dead heat in Iowa

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders bid in the Iowa caucuses ended in a “virtual tie."

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Bill Cosby case: Judge says prosecution can go forward

The sexual assault case in Pennsylvania against Bill Cosby will go forward, a judge in Montgomery County ruled Wednesday.

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Noted journalist Michael J. Feeney gone too soon

Media professional and former New York Association of Black Journalists President Michael J. Feeney dedicated his life to journalism, bringing diversity to newsrooms and touching the lives of many in the profession.

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Killer cop on trial for second week

The trial of NYPD Officer Peter Liang continues.

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Machete victim 'defended himself'

Headlines once again were plastered in local mainstream newspapers about the former City Hall aide and her son.

Tuesday, February 2

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Funeral arrangements for late journalist Michael J. Feeney

Funeral arrangements have been announced for late journalist Michael J. Feeney.

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Scholarship opportunities for African-American students

Here is a list of scholarships for African-American students from fastweb.com.

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Meet the 'Dreamers': Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World

Eight local area high school students are preparing for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, March 3 through 6 at Walt Disney World.

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Black students at SUNY Albany say they were attacked on a bus

A rally was held Monday evening at the State University of New York in Albany after three black female students were attacked by a group of white men and women during a confrontation on a bus over the weekend, officials said.

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Family, supporters mark four years since Ramarley Graham police shooting

Family members and supporters are marking four years since the fatal police shooting of Ramarley Graham.

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Bill Cosby to ask for sex assault charges to be dropped

Bill Cosby will ask a judge on Tuesday to dismiss a criminal charge alleging that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004.

Monday, February 1

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Justice Department to investigate San Francisco police

The Justice Department and San Francisco officials are expected to announce a review of the city's police department training and practices Monday.

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Noted journalist Michael J. Feeney dies at 32

Journalist and former New York Association of Black Journalists President Michael J. Feeney has died.

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Buffalo Zoo Entrence Court: Buffalo

The Buffalo Zoo Entrance Court is significant in the areas of landscape architecture and ethnic heritage as an important and extremely rare surviving design by early twentieth century African America landscape architect John Edmonston Brent.

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The Starr Clark Tin Shop: Oswego County

The Starr Clark Tin Shop in Oswego County was pivotal location on the Underground Railroad for those escaping slavery.

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Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged: Auburn, N.Y.

Harriet Tubman established the Home for the Aged in 1908 in Auburn, NY to do her life-long work of caring for aged and indigent African Americans.

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The Sherwood Equal Rights Historic District: Cayuga County

Th Sherwood Equal Rights Historic District was a place where Blacks escaping slavery settled once they reached north. The district is historically significant for its association with abolitionism and the Underground Railroad.

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The Skinny House: Mamaroneck

Inside one of New York's most historic houses built by an African American