Stories for July 2016

Saturday, July 30

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Forget New Year's; start a summer workout instead

Forget about fitness-focused New Year's resolutions. Experts say summer might actually be the best time of year to conquer a new workout routine.

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#BlackWomenDidThat trending after Clinton's nomination

Hillary Clinton made history on Thursday night, becoming the first time a major party has nominated a woman for president.

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North Carolina voter ID law overturned on appeal

A federal appeals court Friday overturned parts of North Carolina's 2013 voting law, including provisions that required voters to show a photo identification card, saying they were enacted "with racially discriminatory intent" in violation of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

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Philando Castile shooting: Outside attorney to help decide on charges

A Minnesota prosecutor said Friday he has appointed an outside attorney to help him decide whether to pursue criminal charges in the July 6 shooting death of a black man by a police officer

Friday, July 29

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Hillary Clinton: 'The sky's the limit'

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination Thursday with "humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise," taking her place in history as the first woman to lead a presidential ticket.

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10 takeaways from the Democratic convention

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, casting herself as a uniter working for the common good and Donald Trump as a divider stoking fear for political gain.

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Has Clinton's convention message resonated with the party?

Democrats who came to Philadelphia this week fretting about party division say there is only one way to ensure Hillary Clinton wins in November: defining themselves as the party of national unity.

Thursday, July 28

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'Sesame Street' vets axed, actor says

A veteran star of "Sesame Street" is saying today's story is brought to you by the letter "F" -- for "fired."

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VIDEO: Replay of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Watch the replay of the 2016 Democratic Convention from Philadelphia.

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TRANSCRIPT: President Barack Obama's speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Read President Barack Obama's speech at the 2016 DNC

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The Rev. Grace Ogunwuyi ninth annual Prayer Summit 2016 held at Baptist House of Prayer

This month the Fruit of Increase Ministries honored community people at their Prayer Summit. Bishop Lamar Williams was keynote speaker.

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One Africa brought music and culture to the Brooklyn stage

Africa took over Downtown Brooklyn with style, fashion, music and culture this past weekend.

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Alelia Murphy, 111 and counting

Alelia Murphy was born July 6, 1905. She is the last living of 12 siblings. Her immediate family consists of two children, Frederick and Rose; three granddaughters, Annette, Nefer and Crystal; and six talented great-grandchildren, Dawayad, Taquan, Heru-Ahkety, Saut, Seba and Naiya.

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1199/GNYHA breast cancer screening venture

A joint venture between 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East and the Greater New York Hospital Association urges women to undergo breast cancer screening.

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Sankofa Global Tinker Workshop labs to help minority youth in STEM this fall

Nurturing future scientists is a daily mission for Tracy Gray, the CEO and founder of Sankofa Global STEM Tinker Workshops.

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Genius of genealogy from Louisa Parris to Chirlane McCray

During a recent event at Gracie Mansion, First Lady Chirlane McCray was among the speakers, and she recounted a story about her great-grandmother, Louisa Parris. She was from Barbados, and my profile last week of C.L.R. James, a native of Trinidad, sent me reeling again back to the Caribbean.

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NY Black Expo to promote diversity in business, cultivate leading entrepreneurs

For the third consecutive year, the Black Expo will be heading to New York City Saturday, July 30, to commemorate minority businesses and entrepreneurship ventures.

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Columbia grad students win pay increase

Unions, and workers in general, have made some gains over the past five years. Graduate student workers can be included on that list.

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AFT endorses Hillary Clinton

Before this week’s coronation at the Democratic National Convention, the American Federation of Teachers jumped in front to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

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Economic inequality is making us sick

Economic inequality has an even higher cost than many people realize. Beyond lowering living standards for working Americans, a treasure trove of data compiled by the Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute reveals that a major consequence of income inequality is poorer health and even shorter lifespans for those who earn less—poor people have an average lifespan six years shorter than the wealthy.

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Newark and Hot 97 team up for ‘Newark Getting to Zero’

Newark and Emmis Communications’ Hot 97 launched the “Newark Getting to Zero” initiative this week to raise HIV awareness.

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Irvington receives $600,000 to demolish 50 unsafe buildings

Irvington Township recently received a 0 percent interest loan of $600,000 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Gov. Chris Christie to demolish 50 unsafe buildings in Irvington.

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Protesters Reject Seven More Years of Bongo Dynasty

(GIN)—For the past 50 years, the citizens of Gabon have lived under a dynasty with one name: Bongo. Omar Bongo Ondimba, the father, served from December 1967 to June 2009 to be replaced by his son, Ali Bongo Ondimba, who served from 2009 until today.

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Kenyan Gender Activists in Uproar over Star's attack on dancer

(GIN)—A well-known soukous star from the Congo got a quick lesson in the evolving status of Kenyan women when he was detained and summarily deported, his performance scuttled, after he was caught striking a woman with his foot on a bystander’s cell phone camera.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton joins Eric Garner’s family for justice demonstration

It was two years ago, July 17, 2014, when the Internet exploded with shocking images of the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old Staten Island father who died after being choked by Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer.

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Rebuilt Giants optimistically open training camp

Tom Coughlin didn’t want to go. For certain he didn’t want to end his 12-year tenure as the New York Giants head coach with three straight losing seasons, in which the Giants had a combined record of 19-29, three consecutive third-place finishes in the NFC East and no playoff appearances.

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Jets camp is now open but who’ll QB this team?

Imagine if the New York Jets opened their training camp yesterday, anytime this week or in the immediate future with a statement from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick that had sampled a portion of Muhammad Wilkerson’s enamored words, written after securing a long-awaited deal, the way presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s wife extracted lines from a past Michelle Obama speech to supplement hers and read them to the world at last week’s Republican National Convention.

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Home Sweet Harlem swings

Home Sweet Harlem Restaurant was the place to be last Thursday night. Located at 1528 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y., just off the corner of West 135th Street, the place was jumping with tenor saxophone player Chris Johnson’s Trio, featuring Fukushi Tainaka on drums and Lauren Hendrix on bass playing “all that jazz.”

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Liberty head into Olympic break

The WNBA is currently on Olympic break until Aug. 26. While some players head to Rio to represent their countries in Olympic play, others are taking well-deserved rests.

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The Armory Foundation honors Mayor David Dinkins

In 1993, then New York City Mayor David Dinkins, the 106th mayor in the history of the city, and the only African-American to ever hold the title, presented a ceremonial key to The Armory in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan to Dr. Norbert Sander, a track and field standout at Fordham Prep High School in the Bronx and subsequently at Fordham University.

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A swim fashion splash

In South Beach, Fla., the Funkshion Fashion Week presentations were a hot splash of colors and savvy swimwear styles. The shows, starting at 7 p.m., were a pleasant way to spend an evening.

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Michael has spoken, but was it necessary?

Much attention has been given to Michael Jordan speaking out Monday, denouncing the brutish violence suffered by Blacks at the hands of police, and the retaliation by those fed up with police abuse.

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Mount Sinai researchers ID way to predict, prevent donated kidney damage

A multicenter team of researchers led by Barbara Murphy, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has identified a panel of genes that can help predict whether a transplanted kidney will later develop fibrosis, an injury that can cause the organ to fail. Their results were published in the July 21 edition of the journal Lancet.

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The Democratic Convention: A sharp contrast to Trump

Because the Democratic Convention followed the GOP Convention, held in Cleveland last week, we have more of a basis to contrast the two, both in style, substance and tone. Thus far, the Democrat events could not look more different, and this difference goes to a sharply contrasting vision of both the current state of our union and the direction for the future.

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Stand back against fatback

As you expand your waist with fatback and other high fatty-calorie foods, the deposits of fat will ultimately collect in your gut and your butt.

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Trump, not Spanish-language media, made it about immigration

At a time when the entire United States is looking on at the clear lack of diversity in the Republican Party—not even the handful of Blacks and Latinos brought out to save face at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, could help—the conservative Washington Times has decided to attack Spanish-language media.

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Governments again complain about US banks

This issue just would not go away. In the past week, finance ministers from across the nine-nation Eastern Caribbean sub-grouping faced up to the issue of de-risking, the situation of American commercial banks cutting ties with those in the region because of increased pressure from the Feds to scrutinize transactions.

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U.S. Virgin Islands launches family reunion promotion

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (July 28, 2016)—The United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is encouraging Virgin Islanders living outside the territory to come back home to reunite with their loved ones.

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Racial double standards—And what has happened to the GOP?

Well, it’s official. The GOP has officially crowned DJT (I can’t bring myself to type his name) as their nominee.

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Michael Jordan’s effort rebounds with critics

Whoaaa! Pump the brakes! Just as we were to hit the presses, word came down from Mount Olympus.

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America’s gift to Blacks is PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is in the news again. When soldiers return home they are often diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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We got you! Love, Harlem farmers markets

If you haven’t been all up in one of our Harlem farmers markets, shame on you! And as the saying goes, “When you point your finger at someone, there are three pointing back at you.” Boy, am I guilty.

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Sen. Kevin Parker hosts free mammography event

Wednesday, July 20, State Sen. Kevin Parker, in partnership with Nachas Health & Family Network and The American Italian Cancer Foundation, hosted a free mammography event at The Bridge Multicultural & Advocacy Project.

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Talking SCHOP! Pop-up under a Blue Moon

Now here’s an Oprah moment for you —I LOVE BEER! However, unlike Oprah’s bread obsession, I don’t drink it every day.

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Have car, will travel, Part 2

This article is the second of a two-part series on driving in a foreign country. The white hill towns—pueblos blancos—in the Andalusia region of southern Spain gracefully sprout from the surrounding terrain.

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Centenarian honored with NYC Council Proclamation

New York City Council Member Andy King presented a NYC Council Proclamation to Ann Eliza Codrington of the Bronx in celebration of her 100th birthday Saturday, July 23, at Dreiser Community Center, 177 Dreiser Loop, Auditorium B, Co-op City, Bronx.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Summer breeze makes me feel fine, blowing through the caverns of my mind. Oh for the good ole days when the living was easy

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Obama to Trump: America is already great

President Barack Obama on Wednesday harnessed the rhetorical skills that catapulted him to White House with an address to the Democratic National Convention dismissing Donald Trump in withering terms and establishing Hillary Clinton as his political heir.

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Democratic platform far from perfect

The Democratic platform is 57 pages long but short on substance for Black Americans.

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Jazzmobile, Blanchard, SummerStage, Dr. Taylor

Blazing sun rays are in full force, radiating this summer’s first heatwave as jazz fans lie peacefully in wait for early evening to make their way to Jazzmobile.

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Documentary to Highlight Impact of Vaccines on Black Boys

Muhammad Mosque No. 7, the New York Local Organizing Committee and Justice or Else are hosting a showing of the documentary “Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe” Saturday, July 30 at 4 p.m. at 106-08 W. 127th St. in Harlem.

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Studio Museum in Harlem holds Alma Thomas exhibit

Alma Thomas was a Black female artist who depicted the light around her through her art, even as it was dimmed by the shadow of dominance by white male artists. Taking inspiration from her garden in Washington, D.C, Thomas painted the relation between the plants and the surrounding environment using an array of colors and abstract shapes.

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Marcus Garvey March and Rally held in Brooklyn

Saturday, Aug. 6, the Choice Campaign is a march and rally being held in celebration of the August 2016 Marcus Mosiah Garvey Month.

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Freddie Gray officers suing prosecutor Marilyn Mosby

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is going from prosecutor to civil defendant in connection with the case of the death of Freddie Gray.

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A fascinating look at an America where slavery never died

“That’s the problem with doing the devil’s work,” Victor tells us early on in “Underground Airlines,” a dazzling new novel from Ben Winters. “It can be pretty satisfying now and again,.”

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The buses get revamped

Because of consistent delays and overcrowded buses, bus ridership has declined significantly.

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A Black Panther moment at Comic-Con

If you build it, they will come and help to make you billions of dollars in sales. That is just one aspect of what Comic-Con International has done, but for fans of the comic book genre, it’s much much more.

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IDNYC brings security and incentive to area residents

IDNYC is a free form of identification for New York residents, an idea developed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

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Mother of Mohamed Bah meets with Justice Department regarding NYPD killing of her son

It has been nearly three years since NYPD officers unlawfully barged into Mohamed Bah’s apartment and fatally shot him after responding to an emergency call for an ambulance.

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Another crack in the glass ceiling by Clinton

“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected the nominee of the Democratic Party for the presidency of the United States,” Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday evening, saying words he probably never hoped to say.

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URBAN AGENDA | A Conversation with Education Professor Pedro Noguera

I sat down recently with noted education scholar and UCLA Professor Pedro Noguera to get his views on our segregated public school system, Mayor de Blasio’s school-turnaround plan, Specialized High Schools admissions and his thoughts on charter schools.

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Community Calendar 7/28 - 8/3

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

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Egypt Ufele, a young fashion designer with a dream

At the age of 10, were you a style icon with a buzzing clothing line featured in New York Fashion Week? For Egypt Ufele, a young girl from Queens, N.Y., the answer to this question is yes.

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This is what America looks like

Not only did a rainbow of diversity occupy the floor of the convention center in Philadelphia, a parade of people of color marched across the stage during the first two days of the Democratic National Convention. “This is what America looks like,” more than one speaker exclaimed.

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'Motown the Musical' is marvelous!

“Motown the Musical” is back on Broadway. It’s a completely engaging, soulful trip down memory lane, mixed with serious moments that echo the discrimination that Blacks have endured in this country.

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Charges dropped for remaining officers in Freddie Gray killing

The charges against the three remaining police officers involved in the 2015 killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore are dropped, resulting in yet another case in which police walk free after committing a homicide and deepening the divide between police and the Black community.

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Michelle’s moment: First Lady shines at DNC

It took fiery speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama and Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to somewhat stifle the dissension in the ranks as the Democratic convention got underway Monday in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, July 27

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'Mothers of the Movement' makes case for Hillary Clinton

Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, on Tuesday described watching her daughter being "lowered into the ground in a coffin" at the Democratic National Convention.

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Barack Obama to make case for Hillary Clinton, his legacy

President Barack Obama's three Democratic convention speeches have, in succession, launched his national career, thrust him into the Oval Office and secured him a second term.

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Freddie Gray case: Charges dropped against remaining officers

Prosecutors are dropping charges against the three remaining Baltimore police officers facing trial in connection with Freddie Gray's death.

Tuesday, July 26

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It's official: Hillary Clinton makes history

Democrats made Hillary Clinton the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the nation's history on Tuesday, shattering one of the last remaining glass ceilings in American politics.

Monday, July 25

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From homeless to high school grad bound for college

Liyjon DeSilva had a secret. He kept it at night, when he could see the stars in the sky as he went to bed in a parking lot. He kept it during the day, when he attended classes at Lee High School in Houston.

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Fort Myers club shooting: 2 dead, 14 injured outside teen party

The two people killed outside a Florida nightclub's teen party were teenagers, Fort Myers police said.

Sunday, July 24

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Viewers guide to the Democratic convention

Democrats kick off their convention Monday under the cloud of party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's resignation and Donald Trump's 6 point bounce coming out of last week's GOP convention.

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Michael Bloomberg to endorse Hillary Clinton

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent who considered his own presidential run this year, will endorse Hillary Clinton and speak at the Democratic National Convention, a senior Clinton official confirmed to CNN

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North Miami shooting: Officer who shot unarmed man identified

Authorities in North Miami, Florida, on Friday identified the police officer who shot an unarmed African-American man lying in the street with his arms in the air this week.

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Clinton says there is an unfair 'Hillary standard' on trust and honesty

Hillary Clinton "felt sad" watching a Republican National Convention that was mostly about "criticizing me," she said an interview aired Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes."

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Wasserman Schultz resigning as party leader

Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday.

Friday, July 22

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Hillary Clinton selects Tim Kaine as her running mate

Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate, turning to a steady and seasoned hand in government to fill out the Democratic ticket, she announced Friday.

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Baton Rouge police killing reveals bigger issue about PTSD in Black men

The nation was put on edge once again as three police officers were killed. The shooting took place in Baton Rouge, La., which is still reeling from the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling.

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Babyface and New Edition—Oldies, but goodies

Babyface may seem like a quiet, unassuming guy, but put him on a stage and he sets the house on fire with 30 years of hits, from The Deele to After 7, to Paula Abdul, to Karyn White, to Boys II Men, to Bobby Brown to Toni Braxton. Babyface, also known as Kenny Edmonds, is a musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. Over his years of performing, he has won 11 Grammy Awards and has more than 26 Number 1 R&B hits.

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Mint Condition, the world’s most underrated band, rocks NYC

Mint Condition for president, and B.B. King’s for V.P.—yes! Mint Condition lives up to the title of their 1996 third studio album, “Definition of a Band.” Think Earth, Wind & Fire, bring in Maze and Frankie Beverly, bring in 90s R&B/funk doused in the energy of the 2000s, then you have this band.

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Donald Trump's America: Scary but fixable

Donald Trump painted a foreboding picture Thursday of an America adrift as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination with a sober speech in Cleveland.

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North Miami shooting: Police accidentally shot man, union says

A video that shows an unarmed African-American man lying in the street with his arms in the air doesn't tell the whole story of what happened when North Miami police shot the man earlier this week, a union official told reporters.

Thursday, July 21

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It’s time for NBA players to move on from the Olympics

With the Aug. 5 opening ceremonies for the Rio Olympics only two weeks away, the USA men’s basketball team is readying itself to earn the country’s sixth gold medal over a span of seven Summer Games. And after they complete their mission, NBA players should move on from the Olympics for the foreseeable future.

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Cash carries Liberty to victory

As the WNBA heads into its Olympic break, the New York Liberty continue to dominate the Eastern Conference. Sunday afternoon, the Liberty pulled out a hard-fought, physical and close game against the Connecticut Sun, 83-76. Each time the Liberty built up a lead, the Sun countered, even pulling ahead a couple of times.

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Family and friends say goodbye to Vaughn Harper

Tourists on double-decker buses, dog walkers, parents and nannies with children, in and out of strollers, pass the entrance of Riverside Church and the curbside limos, gawking curiously, wondering as a capacity crowd entered the landmark institution to celebrate the life of legendary radio personality Vaughn Harper, midday Saturday, July 8.

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Young athletes root for Justin Gatlin

In 90-degree weather young athletes stood on the steps of City Hall in anticipation for their hero, Justin Gatlin, an American sprinter who won the Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash in 2004. His personal best is 9.74 seconds, and he won the World Indoor 60-meter dash twice.

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Free skills and drills programs at Rucker Park

If you have a youngster between 5 and 13 years of age who needs and wants to improve his or her basketball skills, then he or she should attend the Bobby Bingo-Bob McCullough-Free Drills and Skills Camp at the world famous Holcombe Rucker Park Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at West 155th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard (Eighth Avenue), the historic Harlem p

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Each One Teach One remains a staple for Harlem youth

For six decades and counting, Each One Teach One has been a staple of summer youth basketball in New York City.

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What immigrant voters should know about Mike Pence

Just when you thought Team Donald Trump could not be more divisive, along comes the announcement of ultra-conservative Christian Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as the vice presidential running mate.

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Trinidad and Jamaica move to sort out major row

Trinidad and Jamaica, two of the more influential members of the Caribbean trade bloc, began talks in Jamaica this week, mostly to sort out fears among Jamaicans that authorities in Trinidad are biased against them and usually turn them away in droves whenever they visit the most southerly island in the region.

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Soufrière resorts named to top resorts list

Two of Soufrière, St. Lucia’s top resorts have been included among the Top 25 Caribbean Resorts by one of the world’s leading travel magazines.

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Vaughn Harper’s ‘Quiet Storm’ evoked at his homegoing

“He came with game,” media master Imhotep Gary Byrd began in his eulogy of Vaughn Harper Saturday afternoon at Riverside Church.

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It’s a new day for Harlem

I am sure many residents of Harlem are wondering about their future representation, now that State Senator Adriano Espaillat has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative of District 13 in New York.

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500 Men Making a Difference to host Bed-Stuy Music Festival

Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the nonprofit organization 500 Men Making a Difference is hosting the 2016 Bed-Stuy Music Festival in Brooklyn.

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Day of action to address hepatitis C risk

New York State has the third highest hepatitis C rate in the U.S., and East Harlem has one of the highest rates of newly reported chronic hepatitis C infection of all New York City neighborhoods.

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Celebrating Mandela Day in NYC

This past Monday was the 98th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

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A healthy arsenal in your kitchen

A healthy arsenal in your kitchen Everybody can be a healthy somebody by eating the following foods:

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Men’s fashion week report: Popsicle color combinations are cool

Men’s spring/summer 2017 Fashion Week presentations went off without a hitch in New York last week.

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W.E.B DuBois Scholars Institute introduces bright minds to bright minds

The W.E.B DuBois Scholars Institute, founded by Dr. Sherle Boone in the 1980s, was created with the intention of providing minority students with the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds of our time.

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D’Angelo’s dashing duds for spring/summer 2017

Designer Edwing D’Angelo rolled right into the third edition of New York Fashion Week with a fascinating menswear collection.

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Language and social activism according to Joshua Bennett

Hailing from Yonkers, N.Y., esteemed educator and artist, Joshua Bennett has gained international recognition as a talented poet and voice for young people.

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Jail killer cops!

When Micah Xavier Johnson killed five cops in Dallas, Texas, a robot with a bomb attached to it was detonated, killing Johnson.

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Sip & Toast Harlem

There is always something happening in Harlem, and summer is no exception.

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Marxian scholar, historian and activist C.L.R. James

During a recent panel at Revolution Book store in Harlem, the subject of revolution dominated the discussion.

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The uncanny road ahead for Trump

With the GOP convention finally at hand, team Trump faces the truly daunting task of keeping his brand afloat and maintaining a course to victory in the fall.

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Talking SCHOP! The great summer ‘scapes

Garlic scapes, that is. The curly firm stalks growing out of soil-submerged garlic bulbs.

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African superstar artists performing in Brooklyn

“Naija dey come o!” Friday July 22, 2016, Afro-pop R&B singer Banky W will host the One Africa Festival Concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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‘Is this war? I don’t believe so and I certainly hope not’

American communities and police departments are contending with truly horrific events, including the questionable and, in some cases utterly unjustifiable, deaths of Black men at the hands of police, and the deaths of police at hands of disturbed assailants who claim to be exacting revenge for police killings. Is this war?

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Have car, will travel, Part 1

This is the first of a two-part series on driving in a foreign country.

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AFT’s Weingarten parrots Clinton’s statement on Pence’s education record

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten isn’t a fan of the Republican vice presidential nominee.

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Hope and basketball

It’s only July 2016, but for basketball fans we’re a year ahead into the 2017/18 season.

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Denzel, Viola bring ‘Fences’ to silver screen

Paramount Pictures has given an awards season December release to Denzel Washington’s “Fences,” with a limited opening in New York and Los Angeles Dec. 16 and a wide release on Christmas Day, according to Variety.

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Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival embraced at Gracie Mansion

One person arriving at Gracie Mansion Thursday compared the long line of people waiting to enter to the lines at the Apollo Theater when James Brown was the star attraction.

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival rocks Queens

Dancehall, roots reggae, lover rock, calypso, soca and all meats jerk took over Roy Wilkins park in Queens this past Sunday.

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NYC bids farewell to Vaughn Harper

Vaughn Harper, the man who lent his velvet voice to the airways of WBLS-FM while inspiring and helping so many, died peacefully July 9 after a long, courageous battle with type 2 diabetes.

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CTU and CPS review budget

Last week, Chicago Public Schools issued their budget for the upcoming school year to principals.

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‘2 Dope Queens’ co-host launches new solo WNYC podcast

Two new voices emerged in the podcast world in early spring—launching at No. 1 on iTunes—and they belonged to two young Black women with zero qualms about talking about anything, especially not the hilarious differences between Black and white people.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

We had the time of our lives. Where? At Coney Island, where else?

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Maurice Hines talks ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’

“Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life” is back! That delicious jazz- and tap-filled musical treat that enjoyed a limited Broadway run earlier this year is coming to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park July 28, for one night only.

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Mayor Ras Baraka holds motorcade demanding jobs for women and people of color at Newark Seaport

Monday, Mayor Ras Baraka, community leaders and Newark residents conducted a motorcade from City Hall to the Newark Seaport demanding that the International Longshoreman’s Association end discriminatory practices in hiring.

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AT&T's Girls Who Code Program visits NYC Tandon School of Engineering

AT&T’s Girls Who Code program visited the MAGNET space at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering this week.

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P.O.P. Justice Mondays hits milestone, remembers Eric Garner

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its 25th consecutive Justice Monday protest to demand federal investigations into four active police shooting cases in New Jersey.

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‘She Loves Me’ is a theatrical delight!

You will love “She Loves Me,” playing at Studio 54. This musical comedy is just a good time at the theater.

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‘Paramour’ is thrilling theater

In the audience, you get to experience a captivating story, phenomenal singing and some of the most stunning, graceful and lovely acrobatics you’ve ever seen.

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Black Panthers celebrate 50 years

The original Harlem Black Panther Party is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding with an event at the Schomburg Center.

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Miami shooting: Man shot by cops was lying down with hands up, lawyer says

Charles Kinsey said he was lying in the middle of the street with his arms raised high when police shot him in the leg.

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‘Don’t Blink’—A journey into the world of a legendary photographer

“I hate to be pinned in front of the camera because that’s what I do people,” Robert Frank, the legendary photographer, tells the audience early on in “Don’t Blink—Robert Frank,” the new film by Laura Isabel, which will be showing at the Film Forum from Wednesday, July 13 to Tuesday, July 26.

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NYPD arrests man suspected of tossing device into police van

After an hours-long standoff, New York police arrested a man suspected of tossing a device into a marked New York City Police Department van in Times Square on Thursday.

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Black men with guns

Since this nation’s bloody beginning—the decimation of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans—nothing has been more terrifying to white America than a Black man with a gun.

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A community answers the call to action

In the past week, Black activism has been linked to the recent shooting and killing of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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Ballet Hispánico featured in Lincoln Center at the Movies

Beauty of motion. Power in the sublime. An athlete poured into the body of a dancer.

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Health experts at major AIDS confab city new infection surge

A massive turnout of activists, delegates, doctors and public health experts are settling in for this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, where the good news is that survival rates have increased thanks to life-saving medications.

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Misty Copeland’s first full season as ABT principal ballerina

This year, American Ballet Theater’s spring season marked a historic milestone. It was the first full season for the first African-American principal ballerina in that company’s 75-year history, Misty Copeland.

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Cholera crisis­—10,000 dead

Cholera is an infectious and often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, typically contracted from infected water supplies and causing severe vomiting and diarrhea.

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Council speaker’s Right to Know position not sitting well with activists

The City Council speaker has left it up to the police to fix themselves.

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Tara Gardner—Gardening minds and exposing the youth

Focused on leveling the playing field for New York City children, Tara Gardner knows the importance of having children experience new and exciting outdoor activities and adventures.

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What’s going on?

Tuesday night I had the distinct pleasure to attend a preview performance of the Broadway revival of “Motown: The Musical.”

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First African-American man to win short documentary Oscar opens ‘Life, Animated’

Roger Ross Williams is the first African-American man to win an Oscar in the category of Documentary Shorts, and his new documentary, “Life, Animated,” which explores the life of a truly remarkable young man—Owen Suskind—who, at the the age of 3, began the slow decedent into autism, is exceptional storytelling.

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GOP convention off to a roiling start

Rather than sit through hours of the Republican convention, many viewers watched the event on C-SPAN, which allowed them to select the speakers they wanted to see and hear.

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A community answers the call to action

In the past week, Black activism has been linked to the recent shooting and killing of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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Jail killer cops: Community shows how ‘Black Lives Matter!’

Within the past few weeks, the people of this nation have turned their heads to a new victims. In Dallas, five police officers were reportedly killed by Micah Xavier Johnson. In Baton Rouge, three police officers were allegedly gunned down by Gavin Long from Kansas City, Mo. These alleged shooters were returned vets from Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively, apparently disaffected upon their return home.

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Community Calendar 7/21 - 7/27

Check out what's going on in the city.

Wednesday, July 20

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Clinton closes in on VP choice: Kaine and Vilsack leading the way

Hillary Clinton is spending two days at home in New York, finalizing her decision for a running mate, before formally introducing her Democratic ticket during a weekend campaign swing in Florida, according to several Democrats familiar with the search.

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Trump aide offers resignation in Melania Trump plagiarism incident

A speechwriter working for Donald Trump's company identified herself on Wednesday as the person responsible for plagiarism in Melania's Trump convention speech and offered her resignation.

Tuesday, July 19

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Crane collapses on Tappan Zee Bridge; all lanes appear blocked

A crane appears to have collapsed on the Tappan Zee Bridge, blocking traffic in both directions on Tuesday.

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In the age of Black Lives Matter, can the NAACP stay young?

The scene at the NAACP's annual convention this week was decidedly traditional: soul food stands sold lunch, gospel music filled the main hall and prayers marked speeches about Civil Rights and police brutality.

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New HIV vaccine to be trialed in South Africa

A vaccine against HIV will be trialed in South Africa later this year after meeting the criteria needed to prove it could help fight the epidemic in Africa.

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'Ghostbusters' star Leslie Jones busts Twitter haters, gets love in return

"Ghostbusters" star, Leslie Jones, fought back against Twitter users sending her racist and hateful comments on Monday by not allowing them to hide. Instead, she filled her own timeline with screenshots of their spiteful remarks, and let shame rain down upon them.

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'I was an African-American before I was a police officer'

As a black man and Cincinnati's Chief of Police, Eliot Isaac lives at the center of two worlds that have collided in recent weeks after the killings of two black men at the hands of police and the fatal attacks on several police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Amazon donates 10 new sewing machines to keep kids crafty at Queens YMCA

The children at the YMCA in Queens using decades old sewing machines will now have new ones to develop their skills and hobbies.

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White House responds to petition to label Black Lives Matter as terrorist group

The White House denied a request from more than 140,000 people to formally designate Black Lives Matter as a terrorist group.

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Campaign denies Melania Trump's speech plagiarizes parts of Michelle Obama's

Donald Trump's campaign manager denied allegations Tuesday that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, calling the accusation "just really absurd."

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Clinton: Trump most dangerous presidential candidate in US history

Hillary Clinton said Monday that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, was the most dangerous presidential candidate in the history of the United States.

Monday, July 18

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2016 New York Urban League Classic cancelled

The New York Urban League announced that its annual football classic has been cancelled for 2016.

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Brian Rice trial: Highest-ranking officer cleared in Freddie Gray death

Baltimore police Lt. Brian Rice was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in connection with Freddie Gray's arrest and death, Judge Barry Williams ruled in a bench trial Monday.

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President Obama on Baton Rouge shooting: 'Attacks on police are an attack on all of us'

President Barack Obama's statements on the Baton Rouge police shooting.

Sunday, July 17

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Sharpton speaks on Baton Rouge police killings

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke Sunday at New Hope Baptist Church in Elizabeth, N.J., with over a dozen mothers in attendance that lost their children to police misconduct.

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Baton Rouge shooting: 3 officers dead; shooter was Missouri man, sources say

A Missouri man ambushed and killed three law officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on Sunday during a time when police nationwide and in the Louisiana city in particular have been on high alert after five officers were killed in a Dallas ambush July 7.

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Songwriter Alan Scott debuts music video featuring Eric Garner's mother

D.C. songwriter and music teacher Alan Scott debuts his new song “You Only See Me When I’m Gone,” which touches on the recent killings of Black Americans.

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Family, activists commemorate 2-year anniversary of Eric Garner death

Sunday, July 17 marks two years since the police killing of Eric Garner.

Thursday, July 14

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For affluent Blacks, wealth doesn't stop racial profiling

High-earning professional Black men say, they too, face challenges when dealing with police -- though sometimes the slights are less violent and more subtle.

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Eric Garner's daughter says she was 'railroaded' by ABC

ABC News is in big trouble with Eric Garner's daughter.

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Bratton should check his privilege

Commissioner Bratton has developed a knack for talking about improving police-community relations out of one side of his mouth and then opening chasms between him and New York’s communities of color on the other.

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Man sues NYPD for violating First Amendment rights

The New York Police Department is facing a lawsuit after they violated the First Amendment rights of Ruben An, an associate for the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, who recorded public police activity.

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Unions representing health-care workers push for workplace safety policies

A group of labor unions representing health-care workers across the country want the federal government to ensure workplace safety for their constituents.

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Weingarten praises Democrats’ education stances for convention platform

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten offered nothing but praise for the Democratic Party after delegates passed amendments that bridged Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s platforms.

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New York Liberty take a stand

Sunday afternoon, the New York Liberty pulled out a 75-65 win over a scrappy San Antonio Stars team. F

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NAACP and Montclair Police Department to host community-law enforcement meeting

The Montclair Police Department, in cooperation with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Montclair NAACP-Criminal Justice Committee, is hosting a community meeting.

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Anniversary of Newark Rebellion commemorated

Tuesday, July 12, the People’s Organization for Progress hosted its annual observation of the anniversary of the epic Newark Rebellion.

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As America stews, athletes’ actions must surpass their words

In the aftermath of the deaths of two Black men at the hands of overzealous, unrestrained police officers, and the subsequent murder of five police officers in Dallas by a 25-year-old Black man with a visceral reaction to the aforementioned homicides, prominent athletes have emerged as strong voices in a mass outcry for social justice and equality.

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The Hillary and Bernie show

Hillary Clinton’s slogan of “Stronger Together” got a little bit stronger Tuesday evening in Portsmouth, N.H., when Sen. Bernie Sanders enthusiastically endorsed Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.

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Obama blesses the fallen officers in Dallas

In response to the shooting of police officers in Dallas last week, President Obama unleashed a barrage of words Tuesday at a memorial service for the slain officers, as if he intended each word to begin the healing process, to push the pain a little further into the past.

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UFC sells for $4 billion, a record amount

If you pay $4 billion for a company today that was bought for $2 million in 2001, how long would it take to recoup your investment and begin turning a profit?

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Playground problems at C.S. 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center

Since the summer started, the children at C.S. 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center have only been able to enjoy their playground a few times.

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Serena Williams cements her greatness with Wimbledon title

Serena Williams didn’t need to win her seventh Wimbledon singles title and 22nd individual major tournament to confirm that she is the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.

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David Dinkins Tennis Club continues to serve

This summer, Harlem’s children have an opportunity to learn and improve their tennis game, tighten up their game skills like professional champion Serena Williams and receive assistance with reading and academic instruction each Saturday morning.

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Harlem tenants protest for repairs

The tenants of 295 W. 150th St. in Harlem held a press conference and rally outside of their building Wednesday, the evening before their court hearing for a building-wide Housing Part action against their landlord, Yitzchnk Horowitz.

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Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest

Get your hops and varietals straight at the fourth annual Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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'USA Danger Zone- Police Murders of Black People Rising'

The December 12th Movement will hold an emergency community gathering at Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn N.Y., Friday, July 15, 2016, at 7 p.m., focusing on the relentless and systemic racist attacks on Black people in the United States.

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Talking SCHOP! Black Chef Series 2016

This past Monday began the second annual Black Chef Series, held at Harlem’s Blujeen (@BlujeenNYC, 2143 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-256-1037, www.bluejeennyc.com).

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Police Athletic League kids compete in summer tournaments

Come cheer on 30 of the Police Athletic League’s Double Dutch champions, in fifth through eighth grades, as they show off their skills and compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals at PAL’s Summer Day Camp Double Dutch Tournament.

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Lawsuit seeks to preserve recording of police activity without retaliation

A man who was arrested, allegedly in retaliation for recording cops, filed a federal lawsuit last week.

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Traveling (Internationally) While Black

Nerja, a coastal town in the Malaga province of the Andalusia region of southern Spain, was crammed with families on holiday, joyously eating and drinking.

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New shot clock will be used at all 29 NBA arenas during the 2016-17 season

NEW YORK, July 7, 2016—The NBA and TISSOT announced today the launch of a groundbreaking integrated timing system and a new shot clock with innovative LED glass technology developed exclusively for the league.

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Shopping in Cape May

Cape May, N.J., features gorgeous Victorian houses on every street.

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URBAN AGENDA | Roscoe Brown: A Hero in War and Peace

Roscoe Brown man of enormous accomplishment, he came of age at a time when American institutions were segregated, lynching of blacks occurred on a regular basis in many parts of the country, and being born black essentially guaranteed that anything you achieved in this world would happen with the scales weighted decidedly against you.

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Join The Club! Hair news now

Opening day at The Club by Dominik Mager, an upscale hair salon conveniently located at 2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd. near 122nd Street, was a huge success. And from July 11-16, they are offering a 20 percent discount on all services.

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Stomp Out Sarcoma Walk

More than 100 cancer patients, survivors and their families, along with staff from the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and community members, gathered Saturday, July 9 to raise awareness and research funds at the 11th annual Stomp Out Sarcoma Walk in Van Cortlandt Park.

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Are Nick Cannon and Chilli an item?

New couple alert! The crowd at WDKX’s Summerfest Concert in Rochester, N.Y., got a second show July 9 as they watched Nick Cannon share a PDA with Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

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Tropical fruit: more than a treat

Alright, you have a dollar to spend for a tasty treat.

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Trying Times

Suddenly, the television flashes a video of a young Black man, Alton Sterling, shot by a white police officer in Baton Rouge, La., Monday.

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Enough!

Enough.

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A clear double standard

As a licensed firearm carrier, I have had to undergo significant and ongoing training, both in the safe operation of firearms, as well as the legal and prudential implications of bearing arms as a civilian.

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One Africa Music Festival coming to Brooklyn

People, like myself, who enjoy listening to Afrobeat and Afropop artists are excited about the upcoming concert, One Africa Music Festival, Friday, July 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This concert is presented by Upfront & Personal.

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Courtney Kemp Agboh’s ‘Power’ returns for Season 3

Courtney Kemp Agboh is the only woman show runner of a crime drama and the only woman of color with a number 1 original show in the premium cable space, and yet she takes time to live tweet during each episode debut of her show “Power.”

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Murder in Black and blue

A day after the Fourth of July, there was a brutal sequel to the moments of patriotism in Baton Rouge, La., when Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man, was riddled with six bullets from the local police.

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Just POWER-ful—That’s all

Summer 2016 is shaping up to be eventful for the apparition.

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Third World to headline for Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

Anyone who enjoys authentic Caribbean food needs to run—not walk—to get tickets to the sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.

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Brooklyn senior citizens dance the night away at ‘senior’ prom

Recently, on a rainy evening, a team of dedicated community activists transformed a local middle school gymnasium into a dance hall for senior citizens from Central Brooklyn to party like it’s 1959 at a prom for Brooklynites 60 and older.

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Mayor David Dinkins celebrates his birthday with a fundraiser for Robert Jackson’s State Senate campaign

In front of a large crowd that included State Sen. Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith Wright and many education and community leaders, former Mayor David Dinkins celebrated his birthday at a fundraiser for Robert Jackson for State Senate at the home of Debbie Meyer and Eric Rosenthal.

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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company scores yet again

The dancers who make up Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company—Brittany Ballentine, Arcell Cabuag, Shayla Caldwell, Annique Roberts, Keon Thoulouis and Clarice Young—are true vessels for Brown’s recognized vocabulary.

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US immigration fees could go up by the fall

Get those citizenship applications in now if you qualify, or get ready to shell out more in fees to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services. Fees for more than three dozen immigration applications are set to go up again by this fall. The Department of Homeland Security recently closed its comment period on the proposed fee changes.

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Edisa Weeks’ Delirious Dances—Political dance?

There is beautiful movement, live music and a good deal of theater in Edisa Weeks’ “To Begin the World Over Again” (Gibney Dance, Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, June 30 to July 2).

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Lem Peterkin, photographer—The Brooklyn exhibit

Beloved long-time New York photographer Lem Peterkin is finally getting his name in lights.

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Caribbean bloc supports move to World Court

Tired of being bullied by larger and more powerful neighbors, two of the Caribbean Community’s largest member states with border disputes have decided to approach the World Court for final rulings, hoping that a win would end decades of political uncertainty.

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Moving on with ‘Hamilton’ and ‘In the Heights’

Sadly, it wasn’t too long ago that Hispanics on Broadway were as easy to spot as a unicorn, prancing in a purple passion jumper.

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Queens of Queens

Resorts World Casino New York City recently hosted the Queens of Queens Dance Party at the Central Park event space.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

With Wimbledon over and the Rio Olympics to begin, many are keeping cool in front of the television set, inside some air-conditioned abode.

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‘Ghostbusters’ is eerily mediocre

It’s been 30 years, but the ghostbusters are back!

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Eugene Giscombe, ‘Mayor of 125th Street,’ passes at 76

Tuesday, a group of people involved in making a documentary on the history of the Apollo Theater were discussing various people to be contacted for the project.

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These killings must stop

Here we are once again. A Black man has been killed on the streets of America and we must watch it, digest it, explain it to our children, question it, debate it and defend his existence, and then move on to fight another day.

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Free summer fun for city kids

It’s the time of year that kids love and parents tend to dread— the New York City school break is upon us and kids, all over the city, are itching to play.

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Vaughn Harper, the voice of the ‘Quiet Storm’ is stilled

Vaughn Harper’s mellifluous voice that matched the melodious music he dispensed was a staple on WBLS radio for years.

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Medgar Evers College Preparatory School graduate Adigun Olusola celebrated

I congratulate my son, Adigun Olusola, on the successful completion of middle school!

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SummerStage heats up all over NYC

This year’s SummerStage has gotten off to a slammin’ start and shows no signs of abating.

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Inventor Sarah E. Goode, the first Black woman awarded a patent

Last week, we profiled Frederick McKinley Jones, an inventor who, for the most part, was unknown and unheralded. His African-American female counterpart, equally obscure, is Sarah E. Goode. Goode is often cited as the first Black woman to be granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for her invention of a folding cabinet bed in 1885.

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Career Day at HCCI

Preparing individuals with career-oriented skills to sustain themselves economically, the organization Harlem Congregations for Community Involvement, a group dedicated to the revitalization of Harlem, teamed with Moody’s Analytics, a credit risk-management company, last month, to host Career Day for the nearby Harlem neighborhood.

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‘MONOPLY MONEY’ DRAWS SCORN FROM CASH-STRAPPED ZIMBABWEANS

With exports down and scarce dollars hidden away under pillows, banks in Zimbabwe are running out of legal tender.

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Gardener at the East New York Farmers Market heals residents with Seeds of Life Enterprises

Not all doctors wear white lab coats and have stethoscopes draped around their necks. Brooklyn gardener, Lyeta Herb, who has developed a line of natural healing tonics to cure arthritis, lower high blood pressure and detoxify the colon, commonly wears a bright colored dashiki.

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Away with all pests!

Rudy Giuliani is back! His racist blather is being spewed on an endless round of television shows, many of which are allowing him ample time to add vitriol to a time of tragedy in need of calm and thoughtful ideas.

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Off-duty officer stripped of badge and gun in Brooklyn motorist death

As protests sweep the nation for the Black lives lost last week, family and friends of Delrawn Small gather to say goodbye to the Brooklyn father who was fatally shot by an off-duty NYPD officer.

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Crisis America: Violent killings grip nation

Eight recent shootings in four days over the Independence Day weekend has put police brutality and the fractured relations between metropolitan police departments and Black and brown communities nationwide under the global spotlight.

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Camille A. Brown: Exploring the Black Girl Spectrum

Choreographer Camille A. Brown stands in front of a group of Black women and girls who are hanging on her every word and movement.

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Community Calendar 7/14 - 7/20

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

Wednesday, July 13

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What Black men of Dallas need you to know

It shouldn't have taken the deaths of two black men in Louisiana or Minnesota, or the countless ones before that, they say.

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Funeral arrangements announced for late radio personality Vaughn Harper

Funeral services for legendary radio personality Vaughn Harper have been announced.

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North Carolina law blocks release of police recordings

Citing a desire to balance "public trust" with the rights and safety of law enforcement officers, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation this week that blocks the release of law enforcement recordings from body cameras or dashboard cameras with limited exceptions.

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Philando Castile shooting: What happened when filming stopped?

Days after police shot them, the investigations into the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are far from over.

Tuesday, July 12

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Black and blue: Double despair for African-American police

Even before five fellow Dallas officers were shot and killed last week, Morris Pope was already in sorrow.

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Protest commemorates one year since death of Sandra Bland

A protest is taking place in Brooklyn on Wednesday, July 13 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a Black woman who suspiciously died while in jail in Texas in 2015.

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Hip Hop Honors' tips hat to women trailblazers, tackles racial issues

Monday night's "Hip Hop Honors" was a chance to honor both the first ladies of hip-hop and bring attention to racial unrest in this country.

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Community activists gather in Harlem to discuss gun violence solutions

The group 100 Black Men of New York held what it calls a broad-based emergency summit to address gun violence, equal justice and the recent police shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas.

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Transitions to college freshman year: you and your student together

The calendar turns to August; summer is nearing its end. You've completed all the preparations needed prior to freshman year. Your student is headed off to college in the fall.

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The role Black churches must play in assisting at-risk children

By Dr. D. L. Waters

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Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders formally declared an end to their political rivalry Tuesday, joining forces to take on a shared enemy: Donald Trump.

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Police more likely to use force on blacks than whites, study shows

A think tank study of thousands of incidents where law enforcement interactions turned forceful concluded blacks are much more likely to be involved than other groups.

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How an African cycling team is improving the odds for schoolchildren

Limpopo, in the heart of South Africa, is resource-scarce and poverty is severe. Many households do not have access to running water or electricity.

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Dialogue amid more nationwide protests

As protests against police brutality continue across the country, signs of cooperation between demonstrators and law enforcement emerged in Atlanta.

Monday, July 11

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Sanders groups, supporters begin to coalesce around Clinton

Groups that supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary are starting to coalesce around the former secretary of state.

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How Black mothers talk to their children about policing and race

Black mothers reflect on telling their sons about interaction with the police.

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NYCHA: Harlem developments not being sold and demolished

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) says rumors claiming that three Harlem housing projects have been sold to a “billionaire housing developer” and are slated for demolition are not true.

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James Blake: Black Lives Matter is 'long overdue'

James Blake, a former professional tennis player who made headlines last year when New York police tackled him to the ground, is speaking out in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Where do we go from here? A nation united in grief seeks answers

In the aftermath of the recent kllings in the nation, the country looks for direction for the next steps.

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Singer Chaka Khan enters rehab

Grammy award winning R&B singer Chaka Khan is canceling her July performances in order to focus on her health, according to her website.

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New York DJ Vaughn Harper of WBLS ‘Quiet Storm’ dies at 71

Legendary DJ Vaughn Harper, host of radio show “Quiet Storm” has died.

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Calls for calm as hundreds arrested in protests nationwide

Authorities, protest leaders and the mother of one of the victims have appealed for calm as over 300 demonstrators, angry at the latest killings of black men by police officers, were arrested in a weekend of intense, sometimes violent nationwide protests.

Saturday, July 9

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Sarah Palin: Black Lives Matter is a 'farce'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says the Black Lives Matter movement is a "farce" and said Americans who hyphenate their racial backgrounds -- such as African-Americans and Asian-Americans -- "further divide our nation."

Friday, July 8

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David Dinkins celebrates 89th birthday

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins celebrated his 89th birthday at a party at Ellen's Stardust Diner in Times Square.

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Thousands in NYC protest fatal police shootings; at least 40 arrested

At least 40 were arrested in Times Square Thursday while protesting the police-related shootings of two black men this week, police said.

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Dallas sniper attack: 5 officers killed during protests against police

Shooters killed five officers at a protest over police violence in downtown Dallas, sending screaming crowds scrambling for shelter and spurring an investigation into who was behind the ambush.

Thursday, July 7

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Minnesota Cop kills Philando Castile during traffic stop

Thirty-two-year-old Philando Castile is dead following a Wednesday evening (July 6) officer involved shooting in Falcon Heights, near the gates to Minnesota State Fair grounds.

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Meat is killing you and the planet

If I’ve somehow kept your attention, and you weren’t instantly put off by the title of this article, then just know that I’m not going to bombard with anger or spite because you eat meat.

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It’s time to mind your body

I am sure that you have been reading in magazines, in newspapers and online how physicians are finally trying to incorporate the mind of a patient in the healing process.

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Something to wine about: Rioja

Another wonderful independence weekend celebration! I headed to the Berkshires to hang with friends, cook, eat, laugh and repeat.

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Talking SCHOP! On the Red Farm

In this city, finding a restaurant to dine in can be daunting, painful even.

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Casually elegant 2016 shapes for day or night

Young designer Annelie Schubert’s collection was sponsored and presented by Mercedes Benz and Elle Magazine for the Berlin spring/summer ’16 shows.

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Community creates mural for Yuri Kochiyama, Malcolm X

Dozens of community builders, artists and educators started a two-week-long mural project this weekend called, “From Harlem with Love: A Mural for Yuri and Malcolm X,” to commemorate the legacies of the late civil rights activists.

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Spring/summer ’17 fashion news from Berlin

Overall, the Berlin spring/summer ’17 shows are huge productions. This Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show was one of the best.

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Health professionals vote to join the AFT

Health care workers in Montana, Connecticut and New Jersey recently voted to join the American Federation of Teachers.

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Frederick McKinley Jones, refrigeration genius

In the current edition of Smithsonian magazine (July/August 2016), basketball immortal Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was asked which African-American inventor he believed warranted more recognition.

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DC37 endorses Jamaal Bailey for state senator

Last week, New York State Senate candidate Jamaal Bailey scored a major endorsement from the biggest public union in New York City.

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Better tools, not obstacles, for middle-income workers

We don’t need to listen to pundits or polltakers to know times are tough for working people. Millions of full-time workers live in poverty.

Thousands take oath of citizenship ensuring they can vote in November

On July 4, as the United States marked its 240th birthday—the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776—the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services celebrated thousands of new citizens all across the country.

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Celebrating beautiful ‘Black Pearls’

After going over the catalog, my decision came down to the final two collections: “Living in Confusion” and “Prime of My Life.”

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CARICOM fears banking isolation

Caribbean Community leaders have given their clearest signal yet that the region is in real danger of being cut off from the rest of the world if the large American banks carry through with threats to cut ties with those in the bloc because of alleged high risks of doing business.

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Summer of festivals

Almost every week in July, there is a festival going on within the five boroughs. In the spirit of Independence Day, this past weekend it was the annual International Arts Festival at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn.

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Miss Universe visits the Caribbean

Positively affected by Health City Cayman Islands’ humanitarian approach to healthcare, the reigning Miss Universe has pledged her support to advance the mission of the internationally-accredited hospital.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Happy Fourth of July! Tis the season for a killer playlist, hot dogs, bikinis and an ice cold—well, you fill in the blanks.

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Brutal shooting death of Alton Sterling proves cavalier police killings of Blacks far from over

It happened again.

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Crisis erupts over police-linked killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer

(GIN)—Four police officers have been arrested in the torture and murder of a noted Kenyan human rights lawyer and two other men.

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NJ activists use Fourth of July to honor Mumia Abu-Jamal and protest police shootings

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its 23rd consecutive Justice Monday Rally on the Fourth of July to demand federal investigations into four active police shooting cases in New Jersey and honor political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal at the Peter Rodino Federal Building in Newark.

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Summer youth employment program launches in Newark

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, teen program participants and representatives of partner/funder organizations recently launched a youth summer employment program.

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SOUTH AFRICAN WRITER ON MENTAL ILLNESS WINS MAJOR LITERARY PRIZE

(GIN)—This year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing for a short story has been awarded to South African writer, photographer and filmmaker Lidudumalingani for his story, “Memories We Lost.”

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A Harlem political convention

In the 1830s, mainly as a response to slavery, Black abolitionists in the North began to hold meetings under the banner of the “National Negro Convention Movement.”

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NBA players cash in as the league prospers

The emotional reactions of working class men and women to the mind-blowing contracts bestowed on NBA free agents by wealthy owners is justifiably understandable.

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Emotional D.L. Hughley on police shootings: It's too much

Author, actor and political commentator D.L. Hughley is the father of two African-American children, and he has had the conversation with them that no parent wants to have.

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For Kevin Durant is the grass greener?

Up until the time to submit this story, push send, I waited for an announcement, some breaking news report stating that Kevin Durant had changed his mind, reneged, rescinded his decision to depart the Oklahoma Thunder the way DeAndre Jordan changed his mind last season after committing to the Dallas Mavericks’ max offer deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers before Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban could get Jordan’s signature on the contract.

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Native New Yorkers set to make their mark at Rio Olympics

In various sports and disciplines, New York City will be well represented next month at the Rio Olympics.

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W.E.B. DuBois Scholars excel

The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute is a summer program devoted to exposing middle and high school students to the joys of academia.

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Hastings qualifies for US Olympic Team

When Natasha Hastings woke up Monday morning, she finally exhaled.

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Philando Castile's mother: He was 'black in the wrong place'

Hours after her son's death was live-streamed on Facebook, Valerie Castile was remarkably composed.

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Brooklyn gets Lin in a three-year deal

In an astute basketball and marketing move that parallels their rebuilding, the Brooklyn Nets have signed point guard Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $36 million contract.

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Cops killing Black folks—We say no to your attempted genocide

Another one of our brothers has been shot dead. Our tongues are raw from years of biting them and suppressing our emotions brought about by oppression.

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With an eye on the future, the Knicks address the present

Over the course of the last week, Knicks President Phil Jackson and General Manager Steve Mills have deftly remade the team’s roster.

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COMMENTARY | Let Tarzan rest in peace

Why and how is Hollywood still making films about a white man, Tarzan, as king of the African jungle?

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Three Mets and three Yankees voted as All-Stars

Major League Baseball hosts its annual All-Star Game Tuesday, July 12 in San Diego, Petco Park, the home of the National League San Diego Padres.

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Kevin Hart looking for talent

Forget all of those rumors about the producers of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” putting the entire cast out to pasture and replacing them with bigger names in the rap game.

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What’s the big deal with the de Blasio “scandals?”

Ok, so everyone seems to think the sky is falling when it comes to de Blasio and the recent “scandals” plaguing various donors in his orbit.

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Harlem Havana, New Century Jazz

As a tourist in Cuba when President Obama made the announcement that America was ready to reestablish positive relations with Cuba after 57 years, Dec. 17, 2014, was a memorable moment for me.

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Alton Sterling shooting: Homeless man made 911 call, official says

A homeless man made the 911 call that brought police to the convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot dead, a senior law enforcement official told CNN on Thursday.

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Shhh … the morgue is overflowing with bodies

During the go-go ’80s and ’90s, when cities such as Miami and New York were plagued by drug-related violence, stories abounded about city morgues so overfilled that the medical examiner had to rent refrigerated trucks from Burger King to store the extra bodies.

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New Federal Theatre holds gala benefit

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre recently held a festive gala benefit at Trump Place, 220 Riverside Blvd., honoring Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles, two of many actors and directors who have worked at NFT over the theater’s 46-year history. Van Peebles was introduced by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons. Nelson was introduced by former Mayor David Dinkins.

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In pursuit of a great idea

About three years ago, Westchester resident Yedidah Yehudah had an epiphany.

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Black Gotham’s storyteller Kamau Ware fills the gaps in Black American history

American Black history doesn’t begin and end with enslavement—Black and brown bodies pouring out of ships onto the shores of strange lands, to make the lives of white people easier.

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Tamara Tunie takes to the stage for ‘American Son’

Tamara Tunie, beloved star of “Law & Order: SVU,” is onstage in a new, world-premiering drama called “American Son.”

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Artist McArthur Binion at Galerie Lelong

From a distance McArthur Binion’s art has a textured effect, a few resembling huge pieces of tapestry. But as you get closer, the basket-like weave of blocks reveal bits of personal information. Under the application of industrial crayon and oil sticks are photocopied pages from a collection of address books and his birth certificate.

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Hot Summer Nights! free concert series to take place at Kingsborough Community College

The Hot Summer Nights! free outdoor concert series is set to begin Saturday July 9 at the Lighthouse Bandshell on the campus of Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn.

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New York Urban League Presents Whitney M. Young Scholars Class of 2016

The New York Urban League recently honored 22 Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholars in a ceremony hosted by the NYUL Young Professionals at Harlem School of the Arts.

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From the ‘Minions’ team, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

“The Secret Life of Pets” is the new animation family comedy from Illumination, the company that unleashed those clever little yellow Minions on a generation. The creative brain power is now poised to do the same, this time exploring the secret world of regular cats, dogs and other pets who get up to major mischief while their unsuspecting owners are at work.

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Bronx mother indicted in connection with death of children in fire

A Bronx woman has been indicted on charges stemming from the April 13 deaths of her young daughters, who were alone in their apartment when a fire erupted.

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Imprisoned Resistance: Politics of Incarceration in Palestine and The US

The 2016 U.S. prison, labor and academic delegation to Palestine presents the program “Imprisoned Resistance: Politics of Incarceration in Palestine and the US” July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Center, located at 3940 Broadway at 168th Street in Manhattan.

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Gbenga Akinnagbe stars in ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

The new star of the new sci-fi thriller, “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Gbenga Akinnagbe is a well-rounded actor who finds satisfaction in wearing many hats. Along with promoting his appearance in his new box office film, which also stars Vivica A. Fox and Jeff Goldblum, Akinnagbe has four projects in post-production, including a new HBO series entitled “The Deuce,” which is his second project with Nina Noble and David Simon, lead creators of “The Wire.”

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Essence Fest legacy expands, music legends conquer the Dome

In more ways than one, the Essence Music Festival legacy is expanding. The series of concerts at the New Orleans Superdome last weekend featured several recording artists with histories stretching back 20 years or more.

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Building better cops: NOBLE celebrates 40th anniversary of service

How do you make better policemen?

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Brooklyn Museum to hold anti-gentrification and displacement forum

The Brooklyn Museum will open its doors for a very important conversation this weekend.

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Motorist killed by off-duty cop

“You don’t bring a gun to a fist fight, and I don’t know the exact circumstances of the police shooting of Delrawn Small, but I am uncomfortable with the fact that this father died during a road rage incident,” retired detective Marquez Claxton told the Amsterdam News, even as news filtered out about the controversial Baton Rouge police shooting of Alton Sterling.

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Obama and Clinton “shoulder to shoulder”

For the first time since 2008, President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigned together in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday afternoon. Only this time it was Obama stumping for Clinton.

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Famed Tuskegee Airman and educator, Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. passes at 94

National war hero and New York City educator Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. has died.

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PHOTOS: The International African Arts Festival celebrates its 45th year

The International African Arts Festival celebrated its 45th year at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park, July 1 to July 4.

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A jewel of Harlem: Dr. Thelma C. Davidson Adair

In 2011 Congressman Charles Rangel honored her. On the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, she was at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Thelma C. Davidson Adair has truly done it all.

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Community Calendar 7/7 - 7/13

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

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Beyond the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July has come and gone. Shards of fireworks have been swept away, the smell of cordite lingers in the air and there remains a few booms echoing in the distance. We can let Frederick Douglass rest again until next year, when once more we will invoke his powerful words about the nation’s unrelieved hypocrisy.

Wednesday, July 6

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Alton Sterling shooting: Video of deadly encounter with officers sparks outrage

Two police officers pin down Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, then shoot him as he lies on the ground.

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Louisiana lawmaker calls on Justice Department to investigate police shooting death

Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond called on the Justice Department Wednesday to investigate the death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man shot as he lay on the ground with two Baton Rouge police officers on top of him.

Tuesday, July 5

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Off-duty officer shoots, kills driver in Brooklyn road rage incident: NYPD

An off-duty officer shot and killed a driver in Brooklyn early Monday in an apparent road rage incident, authorities said.

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‘Excessive’ number of shootings leaves 14 people injured in NYC after Fourth of July

An “excessive” number of shootings occurring on the Fourth of July and the following morning in New York City has left 14 people injured, according to the NYPD.

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Judge who acquitted 2 officers in Freddie Gray case to decide 3rd cop's fate

The highest-ranking officer charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death has chosen a trial by judge -- the same judge who acquitted two of his co-defendants.

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FBI director doesn't recommend charges against Hillary Clinton but calls her 'extremely careless'

FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that he would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state -- but he added Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" handling classified information.

Saturday, July 2

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Man known as #MrStealYourGrandma proving good Black don’t crack

If you haven’t heard of him by now, 54-year-old Irvin Randle is taking social media by storm.

Friday, July 1

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Baltimore Police Department overhauls decade-old use of force policy

More than a year after the death of Freddie Gray, a revised use-of-force policy focusing on "the sanctity of human life" and de-escalation of tensions will take effect Friday at the Baltimore Police Department.

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Wright concedes in primary to replace Rep. Charles Rangel

State Assemblyman Keith Wright, finally conceded defeat late Thursday afternoon.