Stories for January 2016

Friday, January 29

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Black History Month theme highlights African American historic places

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced the theme for Black History Month 2016 is "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories."

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Peyton defeats Tom, to face Cam in the Bowl

The hate on the New England Patriots, their quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick piles up like plowed, dirty snow on a New York City street.

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Blatt, from head coach to candidate

When Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin says that LeBron James, their star player, “the best player in basketball,” wasn’t consulted when making the decision to fire their head coach.

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Without Carmelo’s offense, Knicks suffer power shortage

Progress is rarely linear, and no doubt there have been many peaks and valleys for the Knicks, as they have achieved quantifiable growth from last season to now.

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New coach reinvigorates LIU basketball

In her first year as head women’s basketball coach at Long Island University, Stephanie Oliver is creating a sense of kinship and possibility among her players.

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Chicago activists tell the UN that reparations are owed now

“What do we want? One, we want reparations now, including new and substantial investments in the education of children of African descent.

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F.W.A.—Straight Outta Harlem

With stalwarts Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, and Mother Kefa becoming ancestors in 2015, they joined the First World Alliance’s other founders who preceded them, Brother Bill Jones (2010) and Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1998). As a significant chapter in Harlem’s Re-renaissance era concludes, some reflect on the groundbreaking institutions’ illustrious legacy.

Activists stand with Muslims in New Jersey as hate spreads across the US

On the same day that approximately 200 activists held their counter protest in Bayonne, N.J., against a group of residents opposed to plans to build a Muslim Community Center at the site of a vacant warehouse, a Muslim from Bangladesh living in the Bronx was assaulted by two men wearing ski masks who, according to police, shouted, “ISIS, ISIS!”

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Affordable Care Act: The data collection is essential

The last two years of open enrollment for expanded health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act have resulted in over 2 million New Yorkers receiving health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace.

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Giving New Yorkers a fair chance after incarceration

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses the need to help people who are formerly incarcerated.

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Harlem nonprofit brings free doula care to women across NYC

In the wake of a study released earlier this month on the benefits of doula care in bringing down health care costs, the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership—a Harlem-based nonprofit offering comprehensive health and social services to families—has renewed its commitment to bring doula care to New York City women.

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Bottom Line: Creating brighter career connections for students across NYC

Bottom Line students were able to put their skills on display and receive career and interview advice at the second annual Go Far Forum on Jan. 7.

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The Schomburg’s indomitable Jean Blackwell Hutson

During the recent groundbreaking ceremony at the Schomburg Center as part of the $22 million renovation project, Jean Blackwell Hutson’s name was invoked by several of the notables at the event.

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Community Calendar 1/28 - 2/3

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

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Food media interns wanted

Do you have what it takes? We are looking for some creative, ambitious, focused, passionate and resourceful interns to be part of the team.

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Talking SCHOP! Eating the Blizzard of 2016

After the record-setting temperatures, after all the joking and debates over global warming, Miss Mother Nature turned down the thermometer and dropped Sir Jonas on the Northeast.

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Quinoa, sunflower, sprouts and lentils, oh my!

Whether due to cultural traditions, health concerns, social trends or a combination thereof, travelers are increasingly seeking out great vegetarian and vegan restaurants as part of their epicurean adventures—and they’re finding much more than just lettuce and tofu.

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Stars donate water to Flint, Michigan

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Charles Lloyd, the New Cookers, Bass at Dizzy’s

In 1965, when Charles Lloyd recorded his first album, “Dream Weaver” (Atlantic Records), as a leader he was already acknowledged as a rising star.

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REVIEW: 'Timeless, The Mystery of the Dark Water'

Theatrical productions should be approached with an open mind.

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Spring ’16 looks from three designers

New York-based Nicholas K presented a modern, softly styled collection for spring/summer ’16. Often, the term “urban nomad” is used to describe the brand.

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In furs volume is key

For furs this season, the bigger the fur the better, especially if you are out and about in this often shivering-cold weather.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem honors King’s legacy at NJPAC

On what would have been the 87th birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a large, diverse audience gathered at the NJPAC to celebrate his life and legacy through dance with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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Watch out 'Patti Pies': Aretha Franklin launching her own desserts

The latest news about Aretha Franklin probably won't do much to quell chatter that she has beef with Patti Labelle.

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Michael Jackson didn't want a white actor to portray him

With controversy raging over Joseph Fiennes' casting as Michael Jackson in a British TV production, a 1993 video has surfaced of the late singer saying he didn't want a white actor to portray him on screen.

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CNN/ORC Poll: Most opposed to Oscar boycott

When it comes to diversity at the Academy Awards, most Americans shrug their shoulders, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.

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Five things you need to know about Zika

A relatively new mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological birth disorder and the rapid spread of the virus across the globe.

Thursday, January 28

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Patrice Lumumba’s assassination 55 years later

On the 55th anniversary of his assassination, we take a look at Patrice Lumumba’s unparalleled legacy.

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Cameron Jerrell Newton has arrived

Cameron Jerrell Newton is the best player in football.

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You’ll lose, with pneumonia and booze

While training at Kings County Hospital in internal medicine, I often had to admit many patients with pneumonia.

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Outrage at Oberlin College

More than a generation has gone by since I taught at Oberlin College in Ohio.

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‘Preachers of Atlanta’ premieres February 3

The new reality series “Preachers of Atlanta,” which premieres on Oxygen Media, Feb. 3, is riveting, fascinating and engaging entertainment.

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The SAG Awards: Road trip 2016

The annual Screen Actors Guild Awards can’t be accused of lacking diversity.

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David Bowie: The difference between being a musical chameleon and appropriating

If you were to put all of David Bowie’s albums into a bin and grab three of them blindly, you would get three different listening experiences.

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Black History Month at the Apollo

The Apollo Theater will host a series of artistic and community programs in celebration of Black History Month.

The Iowa caucus and immigration

In a matter of days, the first primary caucus of the U.S. presidential election season will kick off in Iowa, a Midwest state that sits between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

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American surgeon saved in Grand Cayman

A doctor from Massachusetts is alive today thanks to quick reactions by hotel employees, first responders and the skilled medical teams and surgeons at Health City Cayman Islands. Now he plans to partner with the facility that saved his life.

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Reflections on Peace Week in NYC

Last week marked the sixth anniversary of LIFE Camp’s New York Peace Week celebration, and the first official year it was on the New York City calendar.

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Akai Gurley case: Trial of officer Peter Liang

Prosecution opening statement in the Peter Liang trial delivered by Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner

The opening statement delivered by Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner, Chief, Civil Rights Bureau.

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MLK, Obama and the theology of hope

There are certain moments in time when the weight of history is more noticeably acknowledged than at others.

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Honoring our history, building our future

For nearly 400 years, Harlem has served as a home to communities of African descent—individuals who played a pivotal yet often overlooked role in our city’s growth, history and success.

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POTUS, SCOTUS and Congress move on criminal justice reform

Two back-to-back decisions on Monday, one by President Barack Obama and one by the Supreme Court, will ease the plight of juvenile offenders who are relegated to solitary confinement in federal prisons and the other will remove the mandatory sentencing of children convicted of homicide to life in prison without parole.

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Black freedom fighter tribute points to restorative justice

Last weekend’s 20th annual Black freedom fighter tribute hosted by the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee at 1199 proved to be that intense and more

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Report: Minimum wage increases haven’t hurt restaurant industry

A new report from Cornell University suggests that for the past 20 years, restaurants haven’t been affected by minimum wage increases at any level.

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Walmart workers’ fight against their employer continues

Walmart workers and their advocates smelled something fishy about their employer’s latest action.

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CTU responds to Illinois gov’s attempt to control Chicago Public Schools

Last week, while insinuating that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s actions didn’t work, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner pushed for the state to take over the city’s public school system.

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A day in the life of the legendary regal Regina Belle

Much ado is made of the hip-hop heydays. For a decade around the same span (say, 1985–1995), what was touching female R&B? Let’s talk about it.

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AmNews Publisher honored by NCBW in Long Island

New York Amsterdam News Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum was recently honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Long Island Chapter.

Cosmopolitan Review 1/28 - 2/3

OK, so where was I? That’s right, happy New Year. Someone asked me, “When do you stop saying happy New Year?” Is it the last day of January? I am not sure, but if so, then I guess it is also appropriate to continue making New Year’s resolutions, as I’ve added one more to the list.

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Poll: Black New Yorkers feel they are slipping further down economic ladder

ach year the Community Service Society surveys New York City’s low-income residents about their views and on what programs and policies would help them get ahead economically.

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Bringing Joy to social activism

Brooklynite Joy Simmons is offering the East New York community, advocacy and leadership through her position as the deputy chief of staff for Councilwoman Inez Barron.

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US Attorney Paul Fishman conducts investigation into police shooting death of Jerame Reid

Thomas Eicher, the criminal division chief in the U.S. attorney’s office, recently wrote to community leader Walter Hudson, chair of National Awareness Alliance, updating the office on the status of the investigation of the police shooting of Jerame Reid.

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Staten Island NAACP to host Black college fair

The Staten Island chapter of the NAACP is hosting its annual HBCU Fair Saturday, Feb. 6.

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32BJ endorses Keith Wright for Congress

Endorsement season has picked up in the race for New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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African leaders to press fight for representation at the U.N.

The present composition of the United Nations is a thorn in the side of some African leaders, who question why none of the five permanent members of the Security Council is a Black African.

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Brazil and Trinidad cut back on Carnival

Every year, thousands of tourists and locals flock to Brazil and Trinidad to experience the biggest street parties on Earth, but this year the two Carnival powerhouses are scaling back the festivities because of a financial crisis.

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Obama: Clinton ‘wicked smart’

In calling Hillary Clinton “wicked smart,” President Barack Obama veered about as close as he could to endorsing his former secretary of state.

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Fighting for justice: Cop who killed Akai Gurley goes on trial

A heavy police presence was visible outside of Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court, in the lobby, on the second floor and in Justice Danny K. Chun’s courtroom this past Monday and Tuesday as the rookie cop who shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old Black man in an East New York public housing building more than a year ago finally faces charges.

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Rapist cop gets 263-year sentence

The former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping more than a dozen Black women is sentenced to 263 years in prison.

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Vast ramifications of water crisis in Flint

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has not only sparked outrage from its citizens, it has gone viral and is now a top news story across the globe.

Wednesday, January 27

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Ferguson, Justice Department reach tentative agreement

The Justice Department and officials from Ferguson, Missouri, have reached a tentative agreement on reforms in the police department and court system, according to a document released Wednesday by the city.

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State A.G. issues consumer alert after uptick in phone scam complaints

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a consumer alert following a recent uptick in local reports of telephone scammers posing as officials from the IRS.

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White actor to play Michael Jackson in British TV show

With all the controversy over #OscarsSoWhite, now may not have been the best time to announce that a white actor has been cast as African-American pop star Michael Jackson.

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NAACP lays out 15-point action plan for water crisis

As the nation's eyes continue to be locked on to Flint's water crisis, the NAACP has come up with a plan to help solve the problem.

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Oscars CEO on diversity changes: 'It's not about political correctness'

The sweeping new measures designed to enhance diversity at the Oscars were not motivated by "political correctness," the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in an interview published on Wednesday.

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Newark offers care for homeless during recent blizzard

Newark officials announced Wednesday that the city worked to offer comprehensive services to the city's homeless population during last weekend's blizzard.

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Homeless advocates and housing developers announce new initiative for large-scale, low-income housing

Homeless advocates, nonprofit housing developers and other stakeholders unveil a new housing proposal to help transition away from the controversial "cluster site" shelter program.

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Flint, Michigan: Did race and poverty factor into water crisis?

The contamination of drinking water in Flint, Michigan, has so outraged community advocates that they now pose a powerful question: Was the city neglected because it is mostly black and about 40% poor?

Tuesday, January 26

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Apollo Theater rings NYSE opening bell for its 82nd anniversary

In celebration of the Apollo Theater's 82nd anniversary, the Theater was invited to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

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Ruby Dee's daughter launches line of greeting cards containing quotes from the late actress

The daughter of late actress Ruby Dee, Hasna Muhammad, launches a line of greeting cards that contain inspirational quotes from her mother.

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Lincoln University marching band to perform in Honda Battle of the Bands

Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is headed to Atlanta to perform in the 2016 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase. The marching band event of the year will be held January 30.

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Michelle Obama on young Barack: 'He was a bum'

President Barack Obama has always been candid about his youthful transgressions -- a history his wife referenced Tuesday when explaining anyone can become a high achiever.

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Want to work from home? Try one of these companies

Maybe you've had a soul-sucking commute for years. Or maybe you just log way too many long days away from your family and faithful hound.

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6 Cleveland police officers fired for actions in 2012 fatal chase

Six Cleveland police officers have been fired in connection with a November 2012 car chase that ended with officers firing 137 bullets at a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, said Detective Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association.

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PHOTOS: Inside Susan Taylor's 70th birthday celebration

Essence magazine Editor-in-Chief Emerita Susan L. Taylor i celebrated her 70th birthday with a fundraiser event for her organization, the National CARES Mentoring Movement.

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Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison

President Barack Obama said Monday he was moving to ban solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level offenders in federal prisons, a change long sought by advocates of prison reform who argue the punishment exacts a lasting mental toll.

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Akai Gurley shooting: Trial begins for rookie NYPD officer

Peter Liang, the police officer who shot Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a New York housing project, was more concerned about saving his own job than saving the man's life, a prosecutor argued.

Monday, January 25

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Why the racial wealth gap won't go away

For many black and Hispanic families in the United States, achieving financial security remains frustratingly out of reach.

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5 ways for women to protect their heart health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. It's especially of concern for women, because their symptoms can be different from men's, according to the American Heart Association.

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Dr. Sam Anderson discusses 'Black Holocaust for Beginners' on MNN

Black talk show "Books That Matter, People Who Matter" presents "Black Holocaust for Beginners" on air Monday night at 10:30 p.m. on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

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Maintenance performed by DEP in Upper Manhattan affects tap water

On the eve of a record-setting snowstorm, residents across Upper Manhattan say they experienced brown water flowing through their taps.

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Civil rights groups seek meeting with film industry leaders

The leaders of three leading national civil rights organizations announced Monday they will request a meeting with the trustees of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and other film industry leaders.

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Blizzard will cost up to $3 billion

The storm that hit the East Coast over the weekend likely cost businesses and residents about $2.5 billion to $3 billion.

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Daughter of Malcolm X to speak at Tuskegee University during Black History Month

Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, daughter of Civil Rights icon Malcolm X, is speaking at Tuskegee University on Tuesday, Feb. 2 as part of an ongoing Lyceum Series the institution is presenting.

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Shaq, Florida officer surprise kids with a basketball match

When Florida police officer Bobby White played street basketball with a group of neighborhood kids this month, he promised he'd return to shoot more hoops.

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City seeks additional snow laborers to clear snow and ice

Snow laborers can get paid $13.50 per hour for first 40 Hours each week the $20.25 per hour after that

As cleanup from this weekend's winter storm continues, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia put out a call for additional emergency snow laborers.

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Family of Akai Gurley attends first day of NYPD officer's trial

Monday marks the first day of trial of NYPD Officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley.

Sunday, January 24

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First major snowstorm of the season blows through city

After what many called a mild winter, New York City experiences its first major snowstorm of the season scheduled to hit this weekend.

Saturday, January 23

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Report: NYC's Bloomberg tells aides to draw up plans for presidential run

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly told advisers to work on plans for an independent campaign for president.

Friday, January 22

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NAACP and Head Start join forces in memorandum of understanding

TheNAACP and the National Head Start Association ( announced a initiative aimed at empowering the country’s most vulnerable families

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Oscars make changes to boost diversity amid #OscarsSoWhite backlash

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, is taking sweeping measures to double the number of women and minority members by 2020.

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Uncommon coaches set to clash in Charlotte

Ron Rivera and Bruce Arians have taken the road less traveled to this Sunday’s (6:40 p.m.) National Football Conference championship game.

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AFC chip has Super Bowl-type hype

Only two games remain before the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7. The AFC and NFC championships take place this Sunday

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Knicks have long, crucial stretch at home ahead

The NBA schedule makers have either been extremely benevolent to the Knicks or done them a grave disservice.

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Nets face LeBron, Durant, Wade and their woes

Looking at the NBA standings, an analyst or a Brooklyn Nets fan might ask, “Is Brooklyn, ranked 14th in the Eastern Conference, closer to catching up to the Milwaukee Bucks, who are in 13th place, or, dropping lower in the standings, closer to the Philadelphia 76ers in 15th place?”

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Brooklyn dominates CUNYAC play

The Brooklyn College Bulldogs know what it means to be oh-so-close to winning it all.

Brooklyn’s Alyssa Sandy runs personal best 55-meter hurdles in 8.0

Thousands of girls and young women, from Georgia to Massachusetts, competed at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn this weekend at the third preliminary meet of the nation’s largest track and field series for women.

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1976 Olympic champion Howard Davis Jr. joins ancestors

Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer one week before his 59th birthday last year, Howard Edward Davis Jr. bravely battled its debilitating effects before eventually transitioning onto the ancestral realm at his Plantation, Fla. Residence, Dec. 30 at 9:17 p.m., while surrounded by loved ones.

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Stacey Dash responds to backlash with 'How BET Lies To Black People'

Actress Stacey Dash is not backing down from some controversial remarks.

Thursday, January 21

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Bill Cosby wins in Pennsylvania court; defamation lawsuit dismissed

It was a win for Bill Cosby in court on Thursday.

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Oklahoma City cop convicted of rape sentenced to 263 years

Daniel Holtzclaw, the Oklahoma City police officer convicted on rape and other charges after he preyed on African-American women over six months, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

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Clinton withstands Sanders’ left hooks

In the fourth and final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses, it was a verbal slugfest between the putative champion and national frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her worthy adversary Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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City prepares to offer free tax services

As tax season begins, tax companies are once again targeting low-income filers with the so-called convenience of refund anticipation loans.

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Dolores Eaton, mother of Geoffrey Eaton gets wonderful homegoing

Funeral services were held recently for Dolores Eaton, mother of Geoffrey Eaton.

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Star-studded night at historic Riverside Church; Chris Rock, Michael B. Jordan, J. Cole pay homage to late Dr. King

After the church bells rang at Riverside Church in Harlem Monday afternoon, more than a dozen stars lined the podium to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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First stand-alone health center dedicated to women set to open in Clinton Hill

Health center in Newark to bear name of America's first Black nurse

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other officials broke ground for the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center at Bradley Court on Wednesday.

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Arthur Schomburg digs up Africa’s past

Inspired by a fifth-grade teacher’s claim that “Black people have no history, no heroes or accomplishments of any consequence,” Arthur Schomburg set out on a lifelong mission to disprove that fallacy.

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New partnership will support mental health of college students of color

The JED Foundation and the Steve Fund, two leading mental health organizations, announced in December 2015 a joint plan to provide colleges and universities with recommended practices for improving support for the mental health and emotional well-being of America’s college students of color.

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Noted attorney continues to fight for students

In 1998, when bugging devices were discovered at City College, one of them a camera hidden in a smoke detector, students were aroused and quickly summoned attorney Ron McGuire to voice their complaint.

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Community Calendar 1/21 - 1/27

Check out what's going on around the city!

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Jamaican condiment king inducted into hall of fame

Winston Stona, co-founder of Busha Browne, was inducted into the Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame 2016 class for his leadership in the specialty food industry.

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Talking SCHOP! A night out: Plan B

Last year, to celebrate the passing of yet another birthday, I took my main man out to dinner.

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2015 travel year in review

From amazing locales to outstanding restaurants, warm and welcoming people, unique attractions, jaw-dropping accommodations and a great deal more, 2015 was a very wanderlust year

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Jamie Foxx to exec produce TV crime drama

Flo Anthony with the latest celebrity news.

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Pure Jazz Publisher Jo Ann Cheatham dies at 72

Jo Ann Cheatham, mentor, educator, photographer and pioneer founder and jazz publisher of Pure Jazz magazine, died Jan. 2 at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx.

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Longer lengths and details for spring

At Derek Lam’s spring/summer ’16 show for New York Fashion Week...

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Celebrity-styled designs and home décor forecast

Most of the fashionable and socially influential women in the world are dressed in some of Dennis Basso’s designs, especially for their red carpet appearances.

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Rock ‘n roll is here to stay at Lehman Center in the Bronx

Lead singer of The Coasters, J.W. Lance, was happy to discuss his upcoming appearance with the group

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2015: Black theater year in review: Pt. 2

Continuing its season dedicated to Amiri Baraka, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre staged “Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois).”

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Coltrane and Urban Bush Women a ‘Supreme’ pair

In silhouette, accompanied by a soft hum, repeating, reaching and curving from one long limb to the other, Channon Judson’s arms, legs and torso wafts through the space for the opening of Urban Bush Woman’s “Walking With ’Trane” at BAM Harvey (Dec. 9-12)

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Souleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo’s ‘An African Man in America’

Specially commissioned for BAM Fisher (Dec. 2 to 5), Souleymane “Solo” Badolo’s “Yimbegre” is a dance for men and a journey about one—Badolo

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Newark to host international film festival in the fall

Newark is hosting its first international film festival in the fall. Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council members, and Kenneth Gifford of the Newark Office of Film & Television made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.

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Paley Center to present Bowie screening series

The Paley Center of Media will pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy of David Bowie by reprising its landmark screening exhibition

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ to premiere at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has been inclusive since its creation 30 years ago...

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Will Smith to skip Oscars: 'Diversity is the American superpower'

Like his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith will skip the Academy Awards amid disappointment with a dearth of minority nominees.

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Road trip Hollywood: Year three, the Oscars

“It’s a fluke, it’s because of ‘12 Years a Slave’ that the Amsterdam News was approved. Wait. They won’t invite you back, they don’t need ‘you’—that’s how they view Black media and Black audiences.”

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Schomburg holds fourth annual Black Comic Book Fest

The Schomburg Center held the fourth annual Black Comic Book Festival last Saturday.

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A Black view from Scotland: 'Surely Chris Rock will do the right thing'

AmNews reader Amanda Baker gives her take on the Oscars boycott and Chris Rock

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POTUS blows off immigration reform in final SOTU

As the Obama administration ramped up immigration raids across the country, rounding up Central American immigrants who have failed to qualify for asylum, the president used his final State of the Union to skip his usual immigration reform push altogether.

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Afro-led government to probe Guyana death squad killings

On Carnival day back in 2002, four inmates awaiting trial for various felony offenses broke out of a maximum-security prison in Guyana’s capital, formed a gang that traded deadly rifle fire with police, staged a serious of armed robberies and killed several people at the start of a murderous six-year period that ended in 2008

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Puerto Rico hotel enhances team

A Puerto Rico hotel is capitalizing on the hospitality management experience of a seasoned professional to improve guest satisfaction and support the professional development of younger members of the staff.

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Iran broadcasts its humiliation of America

The images that flashed on television screens all across the world this week were an epic propaganda victory for Iran and the latest in a series of reminders that Obama’s presidency’s biggest foreign policy “achievement” is destined to leave a legacy of even greater bloodshed and conflict. Iran, literally and figuratively, has brought America to its knees.

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President Obama’s legacy

I have begun to think about the last year of President Obama’s second and final term.

Speak truth to power, and then take some of it

During the recent Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said she was outraged upon hearing about the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

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UFT, educational activists respond to State of the State

Educational activists and the United Federation of Teachers had a few things to say about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech. Most of it focused on his budget proposals and policy for education.

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Airport workers let their voices be heard

They had been planning this for a while, and the main event didn’t disappoint.

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Workers in retail need $15 an hour to survive

Nicole Brown, a 32-year-old single mother working in retail, shared her story at a press conference in Albany, N.Y., this month.

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Oscar who? We celebrate Black talent like we s’posed to

In “Burn Hollywood Burn,” Chuck D sang, “Hollywood or would they not, make us all look bad like I knew they had!”

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PHOTOS: NYC celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

New Yorkers celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service and activism.

Cosmopolitan Review: 1/21 - 1/27

Thank you to all of you who offered your condolences, warm thoughts, support and prayers in the passing of my mother.

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Harlem-based interior designer making strides in Harlem

Nicole Gibbons, an African-American interior designer and TV personality, is the interior designer for Enclave at the Cathedral, the new 15-story, 430-unit rental complex in Harlem, N.Y.

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Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka signs innovative five-year tax abatement

At a recent Newark City Hall ceremony, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka signed a municipal ordinance that will spur development by freezing taxes until 2020 for multiple dwellings and commercial and industrial redevelopment projects.

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Lurie Daniel Favors named general counsel for Center for Law and Social Justice

The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College of the City of New York names Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq. as its general counsel.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and state courts announce Project Fast Track

Mayor de Blasio and the state courts this week announced Project Fast Track, a strategy to reduce gun violence in New York City through a targeted, system-wide focus on the limited number of individuals responsible for most gun violence.

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Jesse Jackson hosts 19th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed to the city for the 19th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Feb. 16 through Feb. 18, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

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'Cobalt for smartphones mined by children in the DRC': Amnesty

Children as young as seven haul cobalt for foreign companies operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Ghana think tank questions major shortfall from gold sales

Ghana’s abundant resource in gold produced $23 billion in earnings from 2013 to 2016, but only $1.7 billion for the country’s coffers, according to a newly released report by the African Centre for Energy Policy in Ghana.

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MLK library in Mozambique brightens reality of American life

At the Centro Cultural Americano in the Mozambican capital of Maputo, there’s a trove of books in the Martin Luther King library that tell the American story, with some offerings touting a mythological tolerance, belied however by the fierce struggles in the U.S. over race, religion and immigration.

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This businessman turned $40 into $6 billion

Daymond John, best known as an investor on ABC's reality series Shark Tank, grew up the only child of a single mother living in Queens, New York.

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Mothers of unarmed Black men killed by police honor Gov. Cuomo at NAN

he mothers of unarmed Black men killed by police presented a plaque to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Charles Barron: Why I spoke out at Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address

Assemblyman Charles Barron opens up on speaking out during the governor's State of the State address.

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Investigation continues in alleged Brownsville rape

There is a mood in Brownsville that something untoward happened in Osborn Park two weeks ago.

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Muddy Waters: Michigan governor slow to react to water crisis

All eyes are on Flint, MI as issues with the city's water continue.

Wednesday, January 20

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Settlement reached in Barneys 'shop-and-frisk' case

Reports indicate that Barneys has agreed to pay a settlement to a Black man who accused the luxury retailer of racially profiling him.

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Former Rikers officers sentenced for roles in attack on inmate

Two Rikers Island correction officers are behind bars in connection with the assault on an inmate that caused the man to permanently lose the sight in one eye.

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Senator Kevin Parker celebrates King holiday with free community concert

State Senator Kevin Parker hosts his 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Brooklyn College.

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Fox commentator: Oscar flap 'ludicrous' and get rid of Black History Month

ox News commentator Stacey Dash dismissed the outrage over the lack of African-American Oscar nominees as "ludicrous."

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Calls mount for host Chris Rock to boycott Oscars

In 2005, Academy Awards host Chris Rock opened the show by saying, "It's a great night tonight. We have four black nominees tonight. It's kind of like the 'Def Oscar Jam' tonight."

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Yasiin Bey: 'No more parties in S.A.'

Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), the American hip hop recording artist and actor, has spoken (and rapped) out against his arrest and detention in South Africa after trying to leave the country on a "World Passport."

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Youth demand justice for police killing of Ramarley Graham

Dozens of youth and student organizations from across New York City convened outside of the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for a speakout on Tuesday to demand justice in the police killing of Ramarley Graham.

Tuesday, January 19

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DuBose family and the University Of Cincinnati reach settlement

The family of Samuel DuBose has settled its claims with the University of Cincinnati

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Oscars president 'heartbroken and frustrated' about lack of diversity

Following criticisms two years in a row about the lack of diversity with Oscar nominees, the president of the organization behind the awards show has spoken out.

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More Africans have access to cell phone service than piped water

In Africa, less than one in three people have a proper drainage system, half of the population live in areas without paved roads, and only 63% have access to piped water. Yet, 93% of Africans have cell phone service.

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The doctor will judge you now

If you are overweight, have emotional problems or have difficulty with English, there's a good chance your doctor could be judging you because of it.

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St. Paul police officer accused of online threat to Black Lives Matter protesters

Police in St. Paul, Minnesota, have put an officer on leave while investigators try to figure out if he's responsible for a Facebook post urging drivers to run over Black Lives Matter protesters on Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- and how to get away with it.

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Sharpton calls for ‘TV Tune Out’ of Oscars ceremony

In response to the lack of Black nominees for this year’s Oscars, Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for people to not watch the awards ceremony.

Monday, January 18

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Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott Oscars ceremony

Invoking the Rev. Martin Luther King's legacy on his birthday, two prominent African-Americans announced Monday that they will boycott this year's Academy Awards over a lack of diversity among nominees.

Sunday, January 17

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Darcel Clark sworn in as state's first African-American female district attorney

Darcel Clark officially becomes the new Bronx district attorney and New York State's first Black female district attorney.

Friday, January 15

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Children in low-income communities more likely to be obese

Having less access to resources such as recreational programs, parks and full-service grocery stores have a greater impact on the nation’s childhood obesity rate than race, according to a recent report.

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The SCW guilt

As we approach the early spring months, many resolutions that we made at the beginning of the year have not been realized. This may cause us to have the SCW guilt.

The force of Operation POWER

For more than 20 years, the grassroots organization Operation POWER has helped to facilitate community change and advocacy.

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Iman and David Bowie: A never-ending love story

David Bowie’s widow Iman took to her Instagram account just days before her husband’s death and shared some very emotional quotes about the late music visionary and icon.

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Community Calendar 1/14 - 1/20

Check out what is going on around the city this week.

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Resolutions 2016: Eat better

Just in time for those New Year resolutions to eat a little better, lose a few pounds, work out a little more or all of the above here comes New York City Restaurant Week 2016 to test your will power.

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Talking SCHOP! Houseman will be home

I am grateful for so much in my life, but none more so than family and friends and friends who are family.

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Services held for Natalie Cole

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Onaje Gumbs, Cassandra’s, Winter Marathon Jazzfest

Harlem native Onaje Allan Gumbs and New Vintage (featuring Trio Plus) will be returning to BamCafe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Urban Agenda: Stop shortchanging students and fully-fund schools in 2016

I am just off a holiday season where I got to shower my grandchild with gifts.

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Direct from Cuba, Septeto Nacional makes debut at Lehman

Music genius Ignacio Pineiro formed Septeto Nacional in 1927 in Central Havana.

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Patricia Field: A store-closing mob scene

Here’s a real fashion shopping tip. Fifty percent off everything in the store sounds great for fabulous, one-of-a-kind designer pieces that are absolute treasures at this downtown boutique.

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Spring ’16 fashion celebration

Known for celebrating exuberant, embellished and over-the-top fashions, Betsy Johnson always delivers an entertaining collection that rocks the tent. Her clothes are unique, free-spirited and unique.

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88th Oscar noms announced

Today, the 88th Oscar nominations were announced, and the Amsterdam News will return to Los Angeles to cover all of the glitz, fun and glamour that makes the award season exciting.

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2015: Black theater year in review: Pt. 1

The year 2015 was one of the most magnificent years that Blacks in theatre have experienced for some time.

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Road trip Hollywood: SAG Awards 2016

It’s time for Road Trip 2016, and the party starts with the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles Jan. 30.

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Franchising smart with ‘Ride Along 2’

In the not-so-distant-past, the mega-corporation that is Hollywood didn’t have much faith in the first “Ride Along.”

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Frances Hooks, educator and wife of NAACP Leader Benjamin Hooks, dies at age 88

Memphis educator and civil rights advocate Frances Hooks has died.

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Suspects in alleged Brooklyn gang rape released

Reports indicate that the five suspects accused of raping a woman in Brownsville, Brooklyn have been released by order of a judge.

Thursday, January 14

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Knicks starting to stick

Confidence, trust and synergy are elements the Knicks, with a roster that was nearly completely overhauled last summer, didn’t adequately possess through the first two months of the season.

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Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad: The truth terrorist

On the 68th anniversary of his physical birth, a couple of Khalid Muhammad’s comrades reflected on his legacy.

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‘Our Roots Black History Sketchbook’ launched in London

First the cartoon series, now the book compilation.

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Celebrating the life of Alvin Ailey on his 85th birthday

On Jan. 5, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated what would have been the 85th birthday of the man who founded the world-renowned company in 1958 and changed the face of American dance forever.

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‘Militias’, stand-offs and the privilege of being white

By the time this piece goes to print, I have no idea if the standoff/armed takeover of a federal building in Oregon will still capture the attention of the mainstream media outlets.

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Ted Cruz is crazy, like a fox

Hide your kids. Hide your wife. Because the presidential bid of Rafael Edward Cruz—whom you may know by his stage name, “Ted”—is most definitely picking up steam.

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Microcosm, macro-aggression and the offended generation

Scores of dead white men glared back at them from the walls of the college dorm.

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‘Faith is about taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase’

Just the mention of the letters “MLK” and thoughts of transformation enter the mind.

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Obama: Unfazed, unflappable

The late Shirley Chisholm used to declare that she was “unbought and unbossed.” President Barack Obama might state that he is “unfazed and unflappable.”

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Future, Drake having smashing years

Certain facts, like it or not, can’t be denied, especially with bottom line numbers being used as supporting evidence.

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Local 46 endorses Adam Clayton Powell for Congress

Adam Clayton Powell scored an endorsement for his congressional campaign from Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46 Monday, Jan. 11. Powell, running for the 13th Congressional District seat, stood with President John Skinner and other union members on the steps of City Hall.

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BP Adams honors station agent hero

Yesterday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams paid tribute to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker who rescued a woman on the subway tracks at the Franklin Avenue station in Crown Heights.

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MLK Jr. birthday brings about ‘Peace Week’

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this Friday coincides with a week’s worth of activities and workshops in New York designed to “keep the peace.”

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Settlement will protect Muslims from NYPD surveillance

Stop looking. There’s nothing else to see here.

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PSC-CUNY pushes for more funding from Cuomo, not sure if they got everything they wanted

Members of the City University of New York’s faculty and staff had hoped that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would restore their funding to pre-2008 levels and provide a raise in the minimum wage. It looks like they’ll be funded, but as of press time, they weren’t sure for what.

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Brooklyn native teaches us how setbacks can make success even sweeter

By the time Brooklyn native Sharra Dade’s day ends, it is 12 a.m. Four hours later, she is up and ready to continue being a successful entrepreneur in PR and marketing, a real estate agent and a producer for Twelve18 Media—a Black-owned production company. Sandwiched in between that, she is writing a book and is the co-creator and writer for the blog LiveLifeLoveGood.

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New Jersey MLK events

Check out these events going on in New Jersey for the Martin Luther King holiday

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Obama’s gun control order

It’s been less than two weeks into the new year and President Barack Obama intends to tighten gun control laws across the U.S.

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Obama’s final State of the Union address

“I want to focus on our future,” President Barack Obama said toward the beginning of his final State of the Union address in the House Chamber and to the nation Tuesday evening.

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A Brooklyn neighborhood is thrust into the spotlight

Theo McLeod, 61, a retired construction worker purchased his home on Osborne Street, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn nearly 19 years ago. He speaks proudly of this neighborhood of well-manicured lawns and single-family homes.

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Meeting called over crisis in Black media

Last summer, when news anchor Joy-Ann Reid’s show was removed from the lineup at MSNBC and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” was removed from the station’s daily prime time perch at 6 p.m. to one time a week at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings, they were like the canaries in the mineshaft, early warning signs that Black commentators and hosts were becoming ever more scarce on television and in the media in general.

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Has the UN lost credibility in Haiti and Africa?

As 2015 was coming to an end, the 193-member United Nations wrapped up its agenda with discussions and resolutions on issues in the Sahel/Western Sahara, Burundi as the African Union agreed Dec. 19 to deploy an African prevention and protection mission and Dec. 15 the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 2251, which extended the mandate of the U.N. Security Force for Abyei, South Sudan, until May 15.

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Akon utilizes solar power to light Africa

Co-founded in February 2014 by internationally renowned music artist Akon, consultant Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily, Akon Lighting Africa was established to develop innovative solar-powered systems that will provide electricity to over 600 million continental Africans.

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Cuomo criticized at State of the State address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces several new initiatives during his 2016 State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday ranging from improving conditions for the homeless to decreasing unemployment.

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Malcolmites announce 20th annual freedom fighters tribute

Sunday, Jan. 17, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee will host the 20th anniversary of its annual tribute to Black political prisoners and their families.

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Dr. King’s inspirational legacy lives on

As the country prepares to acknowledge the legacy of civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, we look at some of his social contributions throughout his brief time on this physical plane.

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Rushed judgement?: Brownsville rape case evolving

“I don’t want to ‘Central Park Five’ these boys,” said A.T. Mitchel, founder of Man UP! Inc. community group. “This story does not add up. The community has to be careful not to rush to judgement.”

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Chicago drops objection to releasing police shooting video

The city of Chicago abruptly changed course late Wednesday, dropping its long-standing objection to the release of videos showing the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen three years ago.

Wednesday, January 13

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Lawrence Phillips, imprisoned ex-NFL rusher, dies in suspected suicide

Lawrence Phillips, an imprisoned former NFL running back who was awaiting trial on charges of killing his cellmate last year, died Wednesday morning after being found unresponsive in his prison cell, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

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Powerball winners annouced

The $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot -- the largest lottery prize in history -- will be split at least three ways.

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State of the Union: Barack Obama sells optimism to nervous nation

Putting aside a sudden crisis with Iran, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans in his final State of the Union address to reject the politics of tribalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to build a "clear-eyed, big-hearted" and "optimistic" nation.

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The police shooting video Chicago doesn't want you to see

The city of Chicago has filed paperwork to keep another fatal police shooting video from being released to the public, saying the video could taint any potential juror pool.

Tuesday, January 12

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Donald Trump calls Tavis Smiley a racist

In his latest controversial effort to dismiss media criticism, Donald Trump has labeled talk-show host and political pundit Tavis Smiley a "racist."

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VIDEO: 2016 State of The Union Address

Live stream of President Barack Obama's final State of The Union Address

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Conceited crook doesn't like mugshot, sends police selfie

A man wanted for arson and vandalism didn't like his mugshot being shown everywhere, so he sent officers a selfie to use instead.

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5th teen in custody over woman's alleged gang rape at N.Y. playground

A fifth person is in custody in connection with a woman's alleged gang rape in a Brooklyn playground, a law enforcement official said.

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Almost half of U.S. teens exposed to secondhand smoke, study finds

Although most middle and high school students in the United States have never used tobacco, almost half of this group of never-smokers has been exposed to secondhand smoke, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Funeral held for singer Natalie Cole

Singer Natalie Cole was given a final send-off by her family and friends in Los Angeles on Monday in a service befitting an "unforgettable" artist.

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David Bowie and Iman: A glamorous love story

Rockers dating models is almost cliche in Hollywood.

Monday, January 11

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Bernie Sanders campaign launches HBCU tour

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign is kicking off the 'Feel the Bern' HBCU tour.

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Resisting the recasting of Martin Luther King

With the passage of time, there seems to be some miscalculation and misrepresentation about what...

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2016 Golden Globe Awards recap

Black stars shinned at this year's Golden Glob Awards

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4 teens arrested in gang rape of 18-year-old in Brooklyn playground

Four teens who forced a father to leave his daughter so they could take turns raping her at a park have been arrested, New York police say -- but a fifth suspect is still at large.

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Appeals court halts trial for 2nd officer charged in Freddie Gray's death

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued a stay Monday that halts the trial of Caesar Goodson Jr., the second of six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

Sunday, January 10

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Rapper withdrawing $200K detained outside bank

It was '"mo' money, mo' problems" for Memphis-based rapper Blac Youngsta on Friday.

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Playground gang rape has NYPD asking public for help

New York police are looking for five men who forced a father at gunpoint to leave his daughter behind so they could take turns raping her, according to a press relea

Friday, January 8

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Obama to leave seat empty at State of the Union to honor gun violence victims

The White House will leave one seat in the First Lady's State of the Union guest box empty on Tuesday to represent victims of gun violence.

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NYPD sergeant involved in Eric Garner death placed on modified duty

Reports indicate that an NYPD sergeant involved in the death of Eric Garner has been placed on modified duty.

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Janet Jackson denies cancer rumors

Janet Jackson said in a statement Wednesday that she does not have cancer after rumors swirled online about her health on the heels of the singer canceling several concert dates due to illness.

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Beyonce to join Coldplay for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

Let's hope the lights stay on this time.

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Attorneys: Chicago cops falsified witnesses' accounts, threatened them

At least three witnesses to the Laquan McDonald police killing were questioned for hours, threatened by officers and ordered to change their accounts to match the official Chicago police version of the shooting, the attorneys for the teen's estate say.

Thursday, January 7

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Audio captures arrest of woman who died after being forced from hospital

Agencies are investigating December death of Black female patient Barbara Dawson at a Florida hospital.

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Jets went to a football party,but didn’t receive any gifts from Rex

The New York Jets got us to buy in, and then let us down.

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Great 2015, better 2016

The last week of December is always a time for reflection on the 51 prior weeks, especially when you’re trying to recollect the year’s best. At the beginning of the month, I had narrowed down the top shows I witnessed in 2015 for a retrospective view.

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Happy New Year

Welcome, 2016! As we emerge from the 2015 fog, I am wishing everyone a 2016 filled with peace, prosperity and forward advancement in all portions of your life.

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Community Calendar 1/7 - 1/13

Check out what's going on around the city!

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Jaden Smith the new face of Vuitton

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Cosmopolitan Review 1/7 - 1/13

Yvonne DeLaney Mitchell reflects on the passing of her mother

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Some New York politicians are not truthful to the working class

It’s not easy to explain viable alternatives to sharply raising the minimum wage.

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Does Obama have a terrorism blind spot?

Many people continue to reflect and remark about the strange eulogy President Barack Obama delivered from the Oval Office in the aftermath of the San Bernardino attacks.

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Court certifies classes of autistic children and children attending private programs in NYC

In a comprehensive 48-page opinion made public Tuesday, the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has allowed the claims asserted on behalf of children with disabilities in a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, the New York State Education Department and the Commissioner of Education to proceed as a class action.

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Spring’16 styles are soft and pretty

Designer Jose Natori crossed continents while navigating a fashion career and creating her global brand, the House of Natori.

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Comfortable, convenient, stylish and healthy products for the road

Check out these products for your next trip!

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Sistas’ Place hosts Black community forum

Last week, after it was announced that there would be no indictment for the officers widely suspected of the murder of Sandra Bland, the Sistas of the Harriet Tubman Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Collective gathered in front of One Police Plaza to protest the lack of justice for the Black women and men who have been killed by the police.

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Talking SCHOP! A Brooklyn New Year

A very happy New Year to you! I hope 2016 brings you all of what you hope and for which you have prepared.

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New York Urban League offers Whitney M. Young Scholarship

The New York Urban League is inviting students to apply for the Whitney M. Young Scholarship, worth $3,500.

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Militia takes over Oregon wildlife refuge

An action reminiscent of Americans during the anti-British era is occurring in Oregon, where a militia has taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Remembering four strong Black women

The end of the year and the beginning of a new one is always a moment to look back on what might have been and to look forward to what may be.

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Obama makes highly emotional plea to end gun violence

In a highly emotional, tearful speech Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama outlined portions of his plan to tighten gun control in the nation.

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MLK International Day of Action set for Newark

Monday, the People’s Organization for Progress hosted a press conference on its upcoming International Day of Action to honor the birthday of the immortal Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Cuomo announces $15 minimum wage for SUNY employees, pushes for more

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought good news to State University of New York employees this week.

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Bronx BP Ruben Diaz and Code/Interactive launch Code/Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Code/Interactive, a Bronx-based computer science education nonprofit, jointly launched the Code/Bronx initiative at Boricua College’s Melrose Campus to start a computer science program at every school in the borough.

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The countdown begins to November 2016

The countdown is now officially on to Nov. 8, the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election.

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Dear 2016, Love, AmNewsFOOD

This is the beginning of my 11th year writing “Talking SCHOP!” and other food-related stories for the Amsterdam News.

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Celebration of Dr. Ben and Dr. Clarke’s immeasurable contributions

The lifetime efforts of two legendary African scholar warriors were acknowledged on New Year’s Eve at Harlem’s National Black Theater.

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Caribbean taking credit for climate change

The agreements that nearly 200 countries signed in Paris to mitigate the effects of climate change last month have been well publicized, but the 15 members of the bloc of Caribbean Community countries are taking some of the credit regarding limiting increases in global temperatures to acceptable levels.

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The drive to make a difference

Born and raised in Harlem, N.Y, Bishop Lawrence E. Edgerton Sr. can relate to hardship and strives every day to make someone else’s life better.

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HUD proposes smoking ban across all public housing

Deidre M. Sully, deputy director of NYC Smoke-Free, wirtes about smoking in public housing.

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Leave Rosa Parks alone!

In the annals of the nation’s history, the righteous struggle of Black Americans—our symbols, icons and organizations—has often been hijacked, commandeered and expropriated by those claiming to identity with our cause or to justify their own.

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United African Congress pledges support for Brooklyn’s Cultural Museum of African Arts

Distinguished United Nations ambassadors of several African countries honored Eric Edwards, executive director and founder of the Cultural Museum of African Arts, at their Honors Event, held at the prestigious Friars Club in Manhattan Dec. 16, 2015.

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Empire City Moles’ holiday party

The Empire City Moles held their annual holiday event.

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Metro Manhattan Links, Alpha  Phi Alpha fraternity host holiday party benefit

A holiday party was held at the Harlem Hospital Cafeteria for the “Go High School, Go College” program by the Metro Manhattan Links and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

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Songstress Natalie Cole dead at 65

Natalie Cole, the soulful, Grammy Award-winning jazz singer who, like her legendary father Nat King Cole, carried a distinctive sound, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 65.

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‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ is terrific!

Maurice Hines is starring in a new show, “Tappin’ Thru Life,” at New World Stages on West 50th Street.

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Banana Puddin’, Jazz Gallery, Jazz Connect Conference

Rome Neal’s homemade banana puddin’ has become a staple in the jazz community just as soul food is the staple of Sylvia’s Restaurant.

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We TV new series ‘Growing Up Hip-Hop’ premieres January 7

Raised by hip-hop legends and pioneers, “Growing Up Hip Hop” features the princes and princesses of the hip-hop world.

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Sonia Sanchez doc headlines ‘Best of ADIFF 2015’

ADIFF 2015 Closing Night film “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” will be one of the highlights of the “Best of ADIFF” program to be held at Teachers College, Columbia University from Friday, Jan. 8 to Sunday, Jan. 10.

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New ‘Black Panther’ comic roars into April

Ryan Coogler to direct, Chadwick Boseman to lead

The level of talent in the African-American community is about to get a major, global jolt in the arm, and it’s all about “the new Black Panther.”

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Why we’re marching on King Day

Jan. 18, millions around the world will observe the birthday of our beloved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Janitors in New Jersey ratify new contract; NYC cleaners reach tentative deal

Close to 7,000 32BJ SEIU-affiliated cleaners and school custodians in New Jersey now have a new contract.

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Unions praise mayor’s paid parental leave announcement

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had an early Christmas present for some city workers.

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Georgia DA recommends murder indictment in officer's killing of veteran

A criminal grand jury later this month will weigh whether to formally charge an Atlanta-area police officer with murder in the shooting death of a U.S. Air Force veteran, a county prosecutor said Thursday.

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Cops killed more than 1,000 civilians across US in 2015

As 2015 concluded, various organizations attempted to accurately document the number of killings committed by on-duty cops across the country during the previous 12 months.

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NAACP wants Tamir Rice grand jury transcripts; church group wants Cleveland boycott

Reports indicate the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP is requesting transcripts of witness testimony before the grand jury that did not indict the police officers for the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

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Cuomo forces homeless into shelters during winter

“We’re living with the mistakes that past mayors have made, all the hand-outs to landlords that made this city unaffordable, but this mayor and this governor aren’t helping,” said homeless woman Sheila Turner.

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De Blasio, Cuomo spar over homeless issue

The homeless are usually stuck between the shelters and the streets.

Wednesday, January 6

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Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland indicted on perjury charge

Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, has been indicted on a perjury charge, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's home for sale

Less than five months after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of singer Bobby Brown and late singer Whitney Houston, her home has been listed for sale.

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Powerball jackpot hits $500 million as ticket sales soar

Powerball ticket sales have caught fire, boosting the jackpot to $500 million ahead of Wednesday night's drawing.

Tuesday, January 5

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Emotional Obama calls for 'sense of urgency' to fight gun violence

President Barack Obama grew emotional Tuesday as he made a passionate call for a national "sense of urgency" to limit gun violence.

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Black judge reduces sentence after white defendant apologizes for calling him the 'n-word'

A video of a white, racist skinhead in court goes viral after he calls a Black judge the n-word.

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Winter finally arrives in New York

After a Christmas holiday that saw temperatures in the 60s and 70s, the reality of winter is now hitting New York City.

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Attorney misconduct alleged, retrial ordered in Chicago cop shooting case

A Chicago city lawyer has resigned after a federal judge ruled he and another attorney intentionally withheld evidence in a police shooting death case.

Monday, January 4

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Walter Scott case: Michael Slager granted bail

Michael Slager, the former police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, who's charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, has been granted bail, according to court records.

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During sermon on violence, N.C. pastor confronts man with rifle

Pastor Larry Wright was talking to his small eastern North Carolina congregation about the senseless deaths in his community when a man with a rifle walked into his church.

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Bill Cosby charges: What happens next?

Suddenly, Bill Cosby can no longer escape prosecution.

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Serena Williams: World No.1 pulls out of Hopman Cup matches due to injury

After a majestic 2015, Serena Williams' new season got off to a stuttering start after she withdrew from Monday's Hopman Cup matches due to a minor knee injury.

Saturday, January 2

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Camille Cosby ordered to give deposition in case against husband Bill

A Massachusetts court has denied a motion by Camille Cosby, wife of under-fire comedian Bill Cosby, to quash her deposition order.

Friday, January 1

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PHOTOS: Natalie Cole through the years

We open up our archives and take a look at the life of Natalie Cole.

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Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65

Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning singer who had hits with such songs as "This Will Be" and "Our Love" and recorded "Unforgettable ... With Love," a best-selling album of songs made famous by her late father, Nat King Cole, died Thursday evening.