Stories for June 2016

Thursday, June 30

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Talking SCHOP! Thank Hemings!

Any night spent crossing the threshold of the James Beard House to eat foods prepared by talented chefs from across the country is a night to remember.

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Summer hair in the city

At Ms. P’s Hair Studio at 280 W. 117th St., Harlem, N.Y, summer hair is turned out in a wide variety of styles.

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Fashionable flats for the summer holidays

A long-time footwear company adds color, glitter and glamour to their holiday footwear collection.

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URBAN AGENDA | The Next Battle in Albany: Expungement Law

For hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers – most all of them black and brown – having a criminal record is a life-altering event.

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1199SEIU praises passing of Home Health Aide Bill

The end of the latest session in the New York State legislature saw a few groups unsatisfied that their cause wasn’t considered and some that were ecstatic.

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AFT’s Weingarten reacts to Fisher v. University of Texas decision

In a 4-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court said that race could still be a factor in college admissions.

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Espaillat endorsed by CWA and Workers United

New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat got some more good news this month after being endorsed by both the CWA Local 1101 and the SEIU affiliate Workers United for New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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BET Award show: Putting Black cultural appropriation on blast

The day of the event began as they all do for a media member.

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NYC teens graduate with pride and honor

Along with thousand of students all over the globe, I graduated from high school this past week.

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House Democrats stage sit in for vote on gun control legislation

On June 22, 2016, a commotion erupted in the House of Representatives as more than 40 House Democrats staged a protest on the floor of the lower chamber.

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BP Adams launches Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Walk

Sunday, June 26, 2016, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, along with a host of Brooklynites and international and domestic cultural enthusiasts, kicked off the inaugural Central Brooklyn Arts & Cultural Walk.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

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ANOTHER TAKE ON BREXIT FROM AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

Writing on the blog This Is Africa, Malawi journalist Levi Kabwato tackled the much reported story of “Brexit” from his own unique perspective.

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Local students donate art to NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

June 13, 2016, Community School District 7, the Art Class from Public School 18 donated 14 lovely works of art by its students to NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, just across the street.

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A hero like me—Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Whereas some children look for leaders on television and media, others in the New York City area are looking towards their communities.

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Three years of terror with schools’ construction company

There were rodents in the classroom and feces at the schools’ entrance.

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Activists discuss quality of education in NYC schools and race relations

In November of last year, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that seven elementary schools in New York City will undergo changes in their admission policies.

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Sylvia Woods, the queen of soul food

Last week, when a coterie of notables gathered at Sylvia’s Restaurant for a press conference on the Harlem/Havana event, Lloyd Williams, who hosted the affair, gave a shout out to Kenneth Woods, Sylvia’s son.

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The SCOTUS immigration ruling is the final nail in the coffin of the GOP

I must confess that I was brought to tears by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on immigration June 23, 2016.

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New York City enacts commercial tenant harassment reform

Commercial landlords will face penalties for harassing their tenants.

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Barbadians and the Panama Canal

A delegation of officials from Barbados, including Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, traveled to Panama on the weekend for the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal project.

ACOYA Curacao names new general manager

A highly experienced hospitality professional, Ronald Kooistra, has taken the helm of ACOYA Hotel Suites and Villas, a member of the Ascend Hotel Collection, in Willemstad, Curaçao.

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Jill Scott ties the knot

Although it is no surprise to yours truly, because I have known that Grammy-winning singer/actress Jill Scott and my longtime friend Michael Dobson have been engaged for more than a minute, the lovely couple were married in a secret ceremony June 25.

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NJ Black mayors say proposed legislations could make things worse for low-income New Jerseyans

The New Jersey Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice is urging state legislatures to reject two proposals they say would damage cities and increase economic inequality.

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Community mourns after East Orange boy is killed in accidental shooting

A community in East Orange remains in shock from tragedy after a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 4-year-old brother, killing him.

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319th US Army Band, Harlem jazz, Jazz Museum gala

There was a time when innovative jazz, Latin jazz musicians and the Salsa kings called the Bronx their home.

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Don’t despair, in two years we do it again

Two things are decisive in the race for the 13th Congressional District seat that has been filled for the past 46 years by the retiring Rep. Charles B. Rangel.

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Essence Music Fest 2016 presents show-stopping lineup

Mariah Carey. Kendrick Lamar. Puff Daddy. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

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Liberty celebrate 20 years with fanfare

We’ve found our chemistry,” said New York Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers after the Liberty’s tough 104-97 OT loss to the Phoenix Mercury. “It felt good seeing all the old players who paved the way for us to be here today.

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Summer youth basketball must revisit its roots

Dotted across this country’s urban landscape, summer youth basketball has long been a staple of the social fabric of countless communities. I

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Dancer pursues passion despite diagnosis

A recent Intel commercial opens with the shadowy image of a Black female dancer in midair, like a cannonball caught in midflight, her Afroed silhouette illuminated by an electric blue backdrop.

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Derrick Rose comes to the Apple, bringing a world of promise with him

Last July, there was palpable curiosity among the Knicks fan base as they awaited their first extensive look at Kristaps Porzingis in the Las Vegas summer league.

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The Knicks and Nets, tales of two cities

It’s amazing that the Brooklyn Nets can trade their leading rebounder and number two scorer, forward Thaddeus Young, to the Indiana Pacers on draft day in exchange for the Pacer’s first-round draft pick, guard Caris LeVert, 21, a fourth-year senior from Michigan at the 20th position, without an outcry from fans.

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The Zika virus is an Olympic concern

Crime, corruption, government mismanagement and environmental concerns take a backseat to the health concerns plaguing the 2016 Olympic Games which begin in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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‘The Total Bent’ targets corrupt TV evangelists

“The Total Bent” is a musical that highlights how corrupt some TV evangelists can be.

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A celebration of Muhammad Ali

t’s taken me a few weeks to process the passing of Muhammad Ali—sports icon, fighter for civil rights, humanitarian and an unapologetic Black man.

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Havana comes to Harlem

What began two and half years ago as a dream cultural connection between Harlem and Havana, Cuba, is practically a reality.

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Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real

Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us.

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Hillary: All fizzle and no sizzle

“All sizzle and no steak,” is a long-standing American idiom denoting someone who is full of style and flash but lacks substance.

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Disney’s ‘BFG’ opens July 1


The great imaginative minds of author Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and master storyteller Steven Spielberg have finally united to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life.

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‘The Shallows’ lacks depth

We all need some downtime.

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Former Detroit city leader and TV anchor arrested in Harlem

Charles Pugh, the former Detroit City Council president and news anchor, remains in a Manhattan jail waiting to be extradited after he was arrested in Harlem by the U.S. Marshals over allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy in 2003.

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July 2016 Dance Calendar

Before the July calendar begins, there is still more dance left to see in June.

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LaGuardia Community College’s program for deaf adults celebrates 40th anniversary

The Program for Deaf Adults at LaGuardia Community College marks 40 years of helping deaf and hard-of-hearing students pursue their higher education goals with classroom interpreters, tutors, note takers, classes taught in American Sign Language and testing accommodation support, as well as academic, personal and job development advisors and other support services.

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Cuomo announces funding increase to support special education schools

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced this month that special education providers will receive a 4 percent increase in reimbursement rates.

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Community Calendar 6/30 - 7/6

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

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Brooklyn hosts the 45th International African Arts Festival

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Brooklyn’s most beloved celebration of African culture and family.

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SCOTUS and us

As we have learned over the years, particularly during its right wing reign, the Supreme Court giveth and taketh away.

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Tiffany Lovell-Effiong’s presents Miss Diaspora Africa International competition

The director of the Miss Diaspora Africa International Pageant, Tiffany Lovell-Effiong is launching the first ever U.S. African Diaspora competition this year to commemorate the “everyday woman.”

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UK vote stuns world

Racist attacks and hate crimes are sharply on the rise in the United Kingdom after the surprise result Friday of a national referendum over leaving the European Union.

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They never thought it could happen, but it did

The United Kingdom is currently reeling from what the Brits are calling Brexit, or the vote to leave the European Union.

Wednesday, June 29

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The Apollo Theater presents hip hop concert featuring DMX, Jim Jones and Jadakiss

The Apollo Theater announced that it will present The Originals: DMX featuring N.O.R.E., Jim Jones Jadakiss & friends with DJ Scram Jones, an epic hip-hop concert

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Poll shows Clinton with battleground leads

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump across the board in a new poll of battleground states.

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To improve your memory, get moving ... or take a nap

Scientists have unlocked new secrets for boosting memory retention: One involves breaking a sweat, and the other involves taking a snooze.

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How the typical American family pays for college

You're thrilled your child got into college, but that doesn't mean you're happy about the tuition bill.

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3 people detained in connection to shooting death of Gov. Cuomo aide Carey Gabay

Three people have been detained in connection to the fatal shooting of Carey Gabay, an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was killed last year while walking at the J’ouvert Festival in Crown Heights, police sources said Wednesday.

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Primary results: Espaillat claims victory as Wright waits for count

Adriano Espaillat claims victory to succeed longtime Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel to represent the 13th congressional district while Keith Wright vows not to concede until all the votes are counted.

Tuesday, June 28

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Red Cross apologizes for 'super racist' safety poster

The Red Cross is apologizing after a poster depicting pool safety rules was circulated on Twitter and flamed for being "super racist."

Monday, June 27

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Frontline tackles fraught police-minority relationship in 'Policing the Police'

After a series of politically charged incidents involving law enforcement and young African-American men, Frontline's "Policing the Police" provides a bracing and illuminating look at the issue.

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Michelle Obama, daughters visiting Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia arrived Monday in Liberia, beginning a three-nation trip to draw attention to the millions of girls around the world who are not in school.

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Loretta Abbott—Dance was her life

An iconic photo from a 1960s performance of Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece “Revelation” captures a man and woman walking forward side-by-side.

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Saving community newspapers in the age of Facebook

Hundreds of newspapers have disappeared in the last 15 years and readership is on the decline. No newspaper is immune from the migration of readership to online platforms, dwindling ad revenues, fragmented audiences and even reduced attention spans.

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Jesse Williams' speech stole the BET Awards

Actor Jesse Williams took to the BET Awards stage Sunday night as an honoree and left a hero.

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Blacks still far behind whites in wealth and income

Blacks in the United States continue to lag far behind whites in key areas of economic well-being like wealth, income and homeownership, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds.

Sunday, June 26

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PHOTOS: NYC celebrates LGBTQ pride

Thousands of people turned out for the Gay Pride Parade in the city.

Saturday, June 25

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Congressional Black Caucus endorses Keith Wright

The Congressional Black Caucus shows support for Keith Wright with an endorsement.

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Jennifer Holliday headlining Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show

Grammy and Tony-Award winner Jennifer Holliday is scheduled to perform at Macy's 4th of July Fireworks celebration.

Friday, June 24

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2016 BET Awards: The winners

The 2016 "BET Awards," is set to take place at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26 in Los Angeles. This year’s show features a tribute to late superstar Prince.

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Obama designates first LGBT national monument

President Barack Obama announced Friday he was designating the area around the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the country's first national monument to LGBT rights.

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COMMENTARY: Supreme Court gets it right on race, but how much does it matter?

Black South Carolina journalist discusses the recent decision to allow the University of Texas to continue to use affirmative action in its admissions process.

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Man, 46, fatally shot in front of Harlem apartment

A man was fatally shot in front of his Harlem apartment late Thursday night, police said.

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Bernie Sanders: I'll probably vote for Clinton

Bernie Sanders said Friday he will likely vote for Hillary Clinton for president in November, the strongest expression of support yet from the Vermont senator, but he left the door open that he could change his mind.

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United Kingdom votes to leave EU in historic referendum

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum, with 51.89% of the population voting to leave and 48.11% voting for remain.

Thursday, June 23

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Ex-NYPD officer gets probation for stomping on arrestee’s head

An NYPD officer who stomped on a man’s head while he was facedown on the ground while being arrested was sentenced on Thursday to 2 years probation and instructed to resign, according to the Kings County District Attorney.

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Former Detroit city leader, TV anchor arrested in Harlem for alleged sexual misconduct with minor

The man who was once the second most powerful political figure in Detroit politics as well as a former television anchor for the city's Fox affiliate was arrested Thursday morning by the Regional Fugitive Task Force in Harlem.

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Facing New Court Ruling, Free Data Advocates Seek to Simplify Economic Justice Issues

The organization that’s been on the front lines fighting to maintain free data for people who can’t afford it, took their fight to Capitol Hill on Monday in a passionate, standing room only forum in the Cannon House Office Building.

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Democrats end House sit-in protest over gun control

Democrats decided to end their day-long sit-in protest on the House floor over gun control Thursday.

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Hudson County Urban League leader Elnora Watson passes at 67

President and CEO of the Urban League of Hudson County Elnora Watson was not only a pillar to the North Jersey chapter of the organization but also a community leader. She died June 19 of illness in her home at age 67.

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Police officers not indicted in Phillip White death

A grand jury decided not to indict two Vineland police officers involved in the March 2015 death of Phillip White.

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Trump wants more racial profiling

Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, continued to dominate the news cycle, this time with two stories that push his lethal envelope ever closer to the edge.

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Justice Thomas retiring or tired?

Many Americans on the left—and some in the middle—are hoping the rumor that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is pondering retirement is true.

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Keep Harlem in vogue

Change appears to be inevitable for the communities of the world, and Harlem is no exception.

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Citrus sorrel halibut

I adore halibut—really, any white big-flake fish.

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Talking SCHOP! Summer is here!

Though I was thoroughly enjoying the late spring weather, I am excited summer 2016 has arrived.

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Best places to visit in the US 2016

I just love Lonely Planet!

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Backstage: All about beauty and styling

The womenswear label Georgia Alice is dedicated to creating modern, luxurious ready-to-wear.

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Summer styles: Leggier looks reign

This summer, the variety of weather climates urges you to have a variety of clothes in your closet.

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Report: Feds must step into ring with payday lenders

A new staff report by the House Financial Services Committee concluded that stronger federal consumer protections are needed for Americans who’d consider payday lenders.

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Welcome to the Golden Isles of Georgia!

What do NFL great and actor James Brown, poet Sidney Lanier, and the Rockefellers have in common? The Golden Isles of Georgia!

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A Holocaust: How Black Wall Street was destroyed

White men and women, with their children in tow, gathered around the outskirts of the blazing Black neighborhood as if attending a Friday evening picnic.

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A month of remembrance for the Emanuel victims

Summer is normally filled with laughter, fun and sunny days. However, for the local residents of Charleston, S.C., this year’s month of June marks the one-year anniversary of the massacre of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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PSC and CUNY finally reach a tentative deal

The City University of New York and its faculty and staff have agreed to a tentative contract after years of fighting.

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NY comrades celebrate Sister Afeni Shakur’s life

Just two days after the 45th anniversary of when Afeni Shakur gave birth to her son, Tupac Amaru Shakur, in Harlem, many of her relatives, Black Panther Party comrades and other friends paid homage to her legacy during a memorial at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave., this past Saturday (June 18).

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State Senator Kevin Parker hosts tea party

Saturday, June 11, State Sen. Kevin Parker was joined by family, friends and supporters for his annual High Tea event.

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Brooklyn’s MoCADA welcomes the 51st Ooni of Ife

With a reputation of being the very Afrocentric capital of the tristate area, it was fitting that last week Monday, June 13, 2016, the lovingly called “People Republic of Brooklyn” welcomed the newly anointed 51st Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, 40.

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The Rev. and Mrs. Cockfield celebrate golden anniversary

June 25, 2016, from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Alfred and Linette Cockfield of Far Rockaway and Brooklyn, N.Y., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows and a reception titled, “Then and Now—Two Hearts One Love—50 Years of a Wonderful Love” at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church, located at 661 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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‘Black Women in Medicine’ is forcing the need for Black female doctors to the forefront

When Black Americans get diagnosed with diabetes, HIV, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma or prostate cancer—a few of the growing number of diseases that studies show are more prevalent in the Black community—they are oftentimes getting a prognosis and treatment from the nearly 95 percent of non-Black physicians in the U.S.

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Weeksville Heritage Center seeks financial support

The Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, the site of one of America’s first free Black communities, has made several budget cuts over the past years to continue its work of preserving the history of Weeksville.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Welcome the first day of summer.

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Flood season in Ghana, fatalities mount

Residents of a suburb of Accra are blaming government for failing to take action and prevent flooding fatalities, which are again mounting one year after heavy rains and a gas station explosion took more than 150 lives.

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Dorsie Willis, sole survivor of Brownsville Massacre

If you’re one of the deep diggers of African-American history and you’ve heard of Dorsie Willis, then I tip my kufi to you.

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Afeni Shakur smiling from Heaven

Assemblyman Charles Barron reflects on his friend the late Afeni Shakur

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Let’s call it what it was—an American turned immigrant killer

In the days since June 12, 2016, a lot has been said of the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

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Ganja kiosks for tourists a possibility

When Caribbean Community leaders meet for their main annual summit in Guyana in two weeks, one of the agenda issues will include a discussion on how the region will deal with medical marijuana and decriminalization of the narcotic for personal use across the single trading bloc of nations.

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President hails Caribbean Americans

The dynamism and diversity of Caribbean Americans have contributed to America’s story in extraordinary ways, says President of the United States Barack Obama.

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The NBA Championship—To the victor go the spoils

Though losing sucks, as it was recently stated by Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry, there are plenty of cliches, references and ironies to describe the Warriors’ final losses to at least make reading about them interesting and explainable—losses that came at a most inopportune time.

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LeBron keeps his word leading Cleveland to the NBA championship

The Chosen One has delivered!

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Victorious Liberty head to celebratory weekend

After the New York Liberty’s home court victory over the Dallas Wings last week, the team hit the road and continued to win. First, they dispatched the Connecticut Sun 80‑72.

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Dr. Lonnie Smith, Coltrane at Birdland, African masks

Dr. Lonnie Smith, the ever swinging organist and composer, brings his Hammond B-3 to the Jazz Standard (116 E. 27 St.) June 28 to July 3. Smith’s audience prescription for his engagement will be plenty of national hip rhythms from blues to soul and straight jazz, no chaser.

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Phil Jackson boldly acquires Derrick Rose

Who needs a first-round pick?

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And now the documentary—The O.J. Simpson trial

If it took 94 out of 100 years for the “Trial of the Century,” then the O.J. Simpson murder trial didn’t disappoint.

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New York art tour in Chelsea

This past weekend was the sixth annual West Chelsea Artists Open Studios tour presented by the West Chelsea Artists Group.

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Artist with Down syndrome featured at local gallery

An exhibition of works by Haile King Rubie, a 26-year-old Harlem artist with Down syndrome, will inaugurate the Clara Francis Gallery, a new Harlem art spot, from July 27 to Aug. 17, 2016.

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Squash the beef, de Blasio and Cuomo

Am I the only one who is getting sick and tired of the bickering between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

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‘The Fits’—A story told through the language of dance

“The Fits” is a film not so much about the performance of dance, but about dance and movement as the language of the film itself.

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The grouping that hurts

Caribbean leaders in both political and civil society need to closely examine whether our concerns are taken seriously by international agencies and organizations, or whether we are marginalized because of our smallness and the continued grouping of the region with Latin America.

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Freddie Gray verdict: Baltimore officer who drove van not guilty on all charges

Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the van in which Freddie Gray was fatally injured, was found not guilty Thursday on all charges, including the most serious charge of second-degree depraved-heart murder.

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College campus sexual assault

The number of sexual assaults reported at four-year U.S. colleges and universities in 2014 is 4,964. College campuses throughout the country have become plagued by a disease

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Supreme Court upholds University of Texas affirmative action plan

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas, saying that the plan taking race into consideration as one factor of admission is constitutional.

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Abrogation of the Fourth Amendment

It was rumored this week that Justice Clarence Thomas was considering retiring from the Supreme Court. That widely circulated report was quashed by his wife...

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In conversation: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Walter Mosley talk shop at NYPL

If you live long enough you’ll find yourself in the same room as some very interesting, and unexpected, folks.

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SekouWrites makes pretty bracelets with heavy meaning

SekouWrites decided to take on a project he calls Brown Boy Bad, a series of conversations with Black fathers about how racism affects raising Black children today. Writes, an author, car blogger of SimplyRides.com, and former editor at Uptown Magazine, created this project serendipitously, but ultimately to activate his talents, skills, platforms and passion to contribute to something bigger.

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Harlem congressional candidates square off for Rangel’s seat

With Congressman Charles Rangel looking on, seven candidates Monday evening debated who was the best qualified to replace the 46-year veteran leader of the 13th Congressional District. According to the reaction from the audience at Hostos College, Assemblyman Keith Wright and State Senator Adriano Espaillat won the overall cheer meter.

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Chanel Petro-Nixon: Someone in Brooklyn knows something

In June 2006, Chanel Petro-Nixon was found dead in a garbage bag in front of 212 Kingston Ave. on a Brooklyn sidewalk.

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Community Calendar 6/23 - 6/29

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

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Community remembers Shantel Davis

On June 14, 2012, Shantel Davis, 23, was killed by an NYPD police officer on 38th Street and Church Avenue in East Flatbush. Four years later, the family is still left with unanswered questions about what happened that day.

Wednesday, June 22

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Bronx unemployment drops to 6.1%

The Bronx’s unemployment rate has fallen to one of its lowest numbers ever, according to newly released statistics from the New York State Department of Labor.

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Iowa congressman wants to block $20 Tubman

An Iowa congressman has proposed legislation that would block Harriet Tubman from replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

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Gladys Knight's son accused of tax evasion as restaurants raided

Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles, an Atlanta dining institution that features Southern favorites and is named after the famed singer, was raided on Tuesday after Georgia's Department of Revenue accused the owner -- Knight's son -- of theft and tax evasion.

Tuesday, June 21

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Senate rejects series of gun measures

Senators couldn't muster enough bipartisan support to pass a series of gun control measures Monday, the latest in a long string of failed attempts at enacting tighter curbs on firearms in the United States.

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Oprah Winfrey lends star power to 'Greenleaf' and OWN's gradual makeover

Oprah Winfrey is giving "Greenleaf" her seal of approval, in a way that few billionaire show business moguls can.

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Get cash back for your student loans

It's simple. Buy stuff with this new debit card and you'll reduce your student loan debt.

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Bronx clinic owner arrested for alleged $5 million Medicaid scam

The owner of a Bronx medical clinic was arrested for allegedly creating false Medicaid claims amounting to more than $5 million in reimbursements.

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NYPD seeks to reduce sex crimes as more women report incidents

The number of sex crimes reported on the subway is through the roof but there's a big positive to the bad news – it means more women are standing up and telling police.

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High-ranking NYPD officials arrested for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for favors

Three high-ranking NYPD officials and a Brooklyn-based businessman were arrested and charged Monday in connection to an alleged scheme to provide bribes, such as a Super Bowl trip, a stay with a prostitute, and other costly favors in exchange for “cops on call” and expedited gun-license applications.

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Prosecutors close books on "Mississippi Burning" case

Federal and Mississippi authorities closed the books on one of the most notorious cases of the civil rights era Monday, saying no viable prosecutions remain in the half-century-old investigation.

Monday, June 20

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Kendrick Johnson investigation: Feds will not file charges

There will be no charges filed in the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday, citing insufficient evidence in the Valdosta, Georgia, case.

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Chicago's deadly Father's Day weekend: 12 murders, 54 shootings

On Father's Day weekend in Chicago, 12 people were murdered in 54 different shootings across the city.

Thursday, June 16

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Obama: Orlando victims' families pleaded with me to stop the violence

President Barack Obama said Thursday that grief-filled parents in Orlando pleaded with him to take steps preventing the kind of gun violence that took their children.

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Prayer vigil held in aftermath of alleged hate crimes against Staten Island churches

On Wednesday, Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina, Pastor of First Central Baptist Church in Staten Island called for a noon prayer vigil.

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American Black Film Festival celebrates 20 years

On Wednesday the annual American Black Film Festival kicked off in Miami. Now Hollywood looks very different, but it still grapples with some of the same issues of diversity as it did when the festival launched 20 years ago.

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Oprah endorses: 'I'm with her'

"I'm with her," says Oprah Winfrey.

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AFL-CIO endorses Hillary Clinton

The leadership of the AFL-CIO voted on Thursday to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, according to a spokesman for the union federation.

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Why the Black Travel movement has taken off

Tastemakers Africa, Nomadness Travel Tribe and Travel Noire have one unique thing in common.

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Poet/healer Stephanie Alston-Nero transitions at 61

In search of the ancestral, whether physically or spiritually, was a mission that consumed the being of Stephanie Alston-Nero.

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Ali, a man of faith for the ages

If the funeral services for Muhammad Ali last Friday in Louisville, Ky., seemed interminably long,

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Twin NFL stars raise money for sickle cell

Saturday, June 18, 2016, NFL stars and twin brothers, Jason and Devin McCourty, are hosting their annual Tackle Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.

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Human beings need beans

Just think, you have green beans, lima beans, yellow beans, red beans, black beans, navy beans, snap beans, kidney beans and soy beans.

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Ramarley Graham marchers trek 17 miles to One Police Plaza

Thursday, June 2, 2016, supporters and allies gathered together in solidarity to walk from East 229th Street in the Bronx to One Police Plaza in Manhattan to demand justice for the murder of the 18-year-old teenager, Ramarley Graham.

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Touro Medical Grads Receive NY State Service Award

Jemima Akinsanya and Jean Shiraki, two recent graduates of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2016, received the Community Service Award of the Medical Society of the State of New York at commencement ceremonies held recently at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

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Low-income single moms show greater earnings mobility than others

Single mothers in Georgia who participate in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program experience greater income mobility than males, whites and people with disabilities, according to a study by Georgia State University economists.

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Mathematician Dorothy Vaughan, a pioneer in the Space Age

One of the most fulfilling rewards from the Classroom column are the number of suggestions

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Seattle sushi redeemed!

On my first visit to Seattle, I was so looking forward to having sushi in the Pacific Northwest.

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Talking SCHOP! Part II: Goin’ Back to Seattle

After a fun holiday weekend in Tenino, Wash., it was time to head back to Seattle. Work and school for my friend and nephew, and hiking, exploring and catching up with friends for me. All along the way, I stayed alert to the best bites in Seattle and didn’t make any repeat visits to restaurants from the last trip.

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Rich history and epicurean delights in the Golden Isles of Georgia

In our previous explorations of the Golden Isles of Georgia, we delved into their early English, French, Spanish and African-American history, their wealth of unique sites and attractions and the beauty of the natural landscape, together making them what they are today.

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From Downtown to Uptown: Reflections on the Cultural History of Harlem

Monday, June 13, approximately 200 artists, historians and community participants gathered at MIST Harlem (46 W. 116th St.) for a rich, spirited discussion of Harlem’s unique cultural history.

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Men’s fashion styles and influences

For spring/summer ’17, Fashion East Men’s show was very entertaining. Styles were shown every which way.

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Assembly passes Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

New York nurses scored a victory in Albany this week when the New York State Assembly passed the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (A08580A).

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Teachers at three Cleveland charter schools ratify new contracts

The faculty and staff of three charter schools in Cleveland have ratified a new contract. This action makes them the first organized charter schools with a collectively bargained agreement in their city.

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DC 37 and CUNY agree on tentative labor pact

The chancellor of the City University of New York and the executive director of District Council 37, AFSCME and AFL-CIO announced a tentative contract settlement after seven years of collective bargaining

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A great night at the Tony Awards

We’ve been rocking together for years on end, so it’s always good to see our brothers and sisters have their days in the sun, and that was indeed the case this weekend.

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Apollo Gala shines

Monday night the Apollo Theater celebrated its 11th annual Spring Gala. The event, which was hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances from The O’Jays, Leon Bridges and Andra Day, raised $1.7 million for the Apollo’s year-round artistic and community programming initiatives.

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Ali the Greatest

A Peoples’ Memorial Rally for the phenomenal and courageous Muhammad Ali was held in the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Saturday June 11, 2016, in front of Sistas’ Place coffee house on the corner of Nostrand and Jefferson avenues.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

Spring is in the air, love and laughter everywhere. Oh give me the night. What a night it was at the Children’s Health Fund 2016 Annual Benefit.

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Warriors blew an an opportunity to end the NBA season

The Cleveland Cavaliers have life. After falling into what seemed to be an insurmountable 3-1 hole after losing Game 4 by 108-97 to the Golden State Warriors at home, the Cavs survived elimination Monday night on the road with a 112-97 win in Game 5.

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The Warriors and Cavs have been here before

Both the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been here before.

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Liberty clip the Wings

It was the narrowest of victories, but in the closing moments the New York Liberty pulled out a 91-88 home court win over the Dallas Wings.

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Muhammad Ali a parallel in history

Even in his passing, Muhammad Ali displayed true greatness.

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Muhammad Ali: A send-off fit for a king

“America must never forget that when a cop and an inner city kid talk to each other, miracles can happen,” said Lonnie Ali at the public memorial service for her husband, Muhammad Ali.

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Muhammad Ali: The greatest people’s champion

A People’s Memorial Rally for the phenomenal and courageous Muhammad Ali was held in the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Saturday June 11, 2016, in front of Sistas’ Place coffee house, on the corner of Nostrand and Jefferson avenues.

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Lower-level elections matter

I know most people are focused on the 2016 presidential election, which will take place Nov. 8.

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My father, Muhammad Ali, knew Islam was about peace

My family and I were deeply troubled to hear of the tragic disregard for human life that took place in Orlando, Fla., Sunday morning, just two days after my father’s funeral.

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Vivica A. Fox returns to big screen

Sunday, June 5, philanthropist/author Jean Shafiroff and former heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney hosted a luncheon/candlelight vigil to salute the life of Muhammad Ali at Vero Cafe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Blue Note Jazz Festival, Vision Fest review

It’s not the norm, a jazz gig held at 4 p.m. in the afternoon June 18 at the Blue Note jazz club (131 W. 3rd St.), featuring the renowned poet Sonia Sanchez, accompanied by her friend, the brilliant alto saxophonist/composer Gary Bartz.

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Review: Ailey at Lincoln Center

Together, Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, Ronald K. Brown and Rennie Harris have made a total of 13 works specifically for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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‘The Conjuring 2’ is entertaining and scary, too

They’re back! Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as paranormal investigators, Lorraine and Ed Warren.

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ASSETS DEPLETED, LIBYAN FUND SUES GOLDMAN SACHS FOR ‘ABUSE’

Over a four-month period, complex and unsuitable trades made by Goldman Sachs bankers ate up nearly the entire investment of a Libyan sovereign wealth fund, an amount Libya is suing to recoup, according to a case now before a U.K. high court.

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Orlando massacre affects all of us

Jordan Paterson gives his take on the Orlando massacre and how it impacts all Americans.

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#TonysSoBlack: Diversity wins at Tony Awards

"Hamilton" and "The Color Purple" win big at the Tony Awards as diversity shines.

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Community Calendar: 6/16 - 6/22

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

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Ali Forney Center counselor provides relief for LGBT youth affected by Orlando attack

Some homeless LGBT youth will return to sleeping on a park bench or in a subway car this evening.

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Black LGBTQ community reacts to Orlando gay club massacre

The recent mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub continues to ignite outrage throughout the LGBTQ community. Black members of the gay community are also showing support and speaking out.

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Double shootings spark outrage

The fatal shooting of a mother in the Bronx caught in crossfire and the shooting of five teens in Brooklyn over a designer bookbag is a clear indication that gun violence will again be a problem this summer.

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Carnage in Orlando: Massacre in Florida causes shockwaves

Beyond the tragedy in Orlando, Fla., Sunday morning in which to date 49 people were killed and 53 injured, five of them critically, another clash is becoming more imminent each day between two presumptive presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, June 15

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Oprah Winfrey is writing a cookbook, puts memoir 'on hold'

Oprah Winfrey is writing her first cookbook, "Food, Health and Happiness: 'On Point' Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life."

Tuesday, June 14

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My father, Muhammad Ali, knew Islam is about peace

Hana Ali is the third-youngest child of Muhammad Ali. She discusses the recent shooting massacre in Orlando and what her father would say.

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#TonysSoBlack : 'Hamilton' helps diversity sweep theater awards

"Hamilton" may have failed Sunday night at the 70th annual Tony Awards to clinch the most awards ever won, but the smash-hit musical still helped make history.

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Kerry Washington to domestic violence victims: 'There is a way out'

Kerry Washington has a message for women who feel trapped in an abusive relationship: "There is a way out."

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Thousands gather at Stonewall Inn to honor Orlando victims

Thousands gathered at a vigil Monday at the Stonewall Inn honoring the victims of an Orlando nightclub massacre.

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Man in custody following East Flatbush shooting that injured 5 teens

Police have a 21-year-old man in custody in connection with a Brooklyn shooting that injured five teenagers.

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Getting Compton's young men to trade gang life for working life

At age 34, Aja Brown is the mayor of Compton, Calf. and is one of the youngest mayors in the nation. Battling with a gang problem and unemployment in her city, she highlights a plan to get young men off the streets and into the workforce.

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How to help Orlando shooting victims

Hundreds of people have answered the call, waiting in line to give blood to help the victims in the Orlando, Florida, terror attack, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Sunday, June 12

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Police: 50 killed in Florida nightclub terror attack

A gay nightclub here was the scene early Sunday of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11.

Friday, June 10

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VIDEO: Muhammad Ali Memorial Service

Watch the Memorial Service for Muhammad Ali from Louisville, KY

Thursday, June 9

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President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton in video

President Barack Obama endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a web video Thursday.

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Muhammad Ali: The greatest of all time

The last of the greatest heroes passed away June 3, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz., because of respiratory problems and septic shock.

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Noted asthma consultant to discuss aid and remedies

We will never know the extent to which Dayshen McKenzie, who recently fled for his life from a white gang on Staten Island, might have been helped by Yocheved Bat-Imedt, a registered nurse and holistic asthma consultant.

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The X-Men, Storm and civil rights arguments

Ronald R. Nelson: Inspired by the new movie “X-Men: Apocalypse,” we wanted to share some thoughts on one of the featured characters, Storm.

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Diversity is the theme of Michelle Obama’s commencement speech

At City College of New York, with nearly 4,000 graduates who represent 150 nationalities and speak more than 100 languages, First Lady Michelle Obama was right at home with diversity as the theme of her commencement address Friday afternoon.

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World turns to Louisville for sendoff of favorite son Muhammad Ali

True to his giant character, he wanted it as open as possible -- with a chance for his fans to say goodbye. Three days of funeral proceedings began Wednesday with a downtown festival called "I Am Ali," in his hometown of Louisville, KY, and continued Thursday with a public Muslim service at the city's Expo center.

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Bundini Brown, Muhammad Ali’s sidekick, trainer and collaborator

For all the righteous and rightful media on the death of Muhammad Ali, there has been hardly a word about Drew “Bundini” Brown.

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Broadway musings and a mini-review

African-Americans attend theater and purchase tickets on Broadway for a myriad of shows.

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Caribbean immigrant contributions to US should not be underestimated

This June marks the 10th anniversary of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States.

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Trinidad/Jamaica row addressed at summit

The simmering years-old row between Jamaica and Trinidad over an alleged Trinidadian bias against Jamaican nationals traveling to Trinidad is to be addressed at the highest level, with a planned visit by Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Keith Rowley to Jamaica in the coming months.

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A word with some Tony nominees

Don’t shoot the messenger.

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Hotelier promotes new Caribbean Culinary Council

A leading Caribbean hotelier has initiated the launch of a Caribbean Culinary Council to enhance collaboration between Caribbean chefs, as well as international chefs with an interest in the region.

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‘Shuffle Along,’ ‘Color Purple,’ ‘Eclipsed’ and ‘Royale’ recognized at Drama Desk Awards

Black theater was recognized for its brilliance and talent on and off Broadway at the 61st annual Drama Desk Awards, held Sunday, June 5 at the Town Hall. “Shuffle Along” received the ultimate honor and several more, “The Color Purple” was recognized and “Eclipsed” received special attention on a few levels.

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State of Black World Conference IV comes to Newark

The Institute of the Black World is holding its fourth State of the Black World Conference Nov. 16-20 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

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Muhammad Ali, ‘the Greatest,’ made his final journey home

Hearts were heavy in many of the citizens of Louisville, Ky., when it was announced that their hometown hero, boxing great Muhammad Ali had died at the age of 74 in a Phoenix, Ariz., hospital Friday, June 3, 2016, from complications relating to Parkinson’s disease, bringing to a close his most challenging fight.

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Annual African-American Parade and Festival held in Montclair

The Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation held the 27th annual African-American Parade and Festival last weekend.

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The world mourns and celebrates Muhammad Ali—The Greatest of all time

The man known as the “Black Superman,” Muhammad Ali, passed away Friday, June 5, 2016.

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Brooklyn tribute for Mama Queen Afeni Shakur

Many worldwide were saddened by the heartbreaking news that Sister Afeni Shakur, 69, became an ancestor May 2.

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Seattle, Seattle

The next day, after a pretty awesome visit to the Olympia Children’s Museum, we stopped into Pacific Northwest seafood chain Anthony’s.

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Talking SCHOP! Part I: Goin’ Back to Seattle

I just returned from my second visit to the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle to visit my best good friend Raquel and my nephew Spencer.

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Lue hasn’t distinguished himself from fired Blatt

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ experiment has not reaped the results their chief decision makers hoped for or expected.

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The Golden Isles of Georgia – Part 2

In our first exploration of the Golden Isles of Georgia, we learned that its history dates back to the early 1600s, it was named after the surrounding golden brown-hued marshland and today it encompasses the mainland port city of Brunswick and the barrier islands of Sea Island, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island and Little St. Simons Island.

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Golden State going quietly about their business seeking a repeat NBA title

The Golden State Warriors left their northern California homes, departing to Cleveland up two games to none, leading the 2015-16 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Liberty Burn the Fever

Last Friday’s 91–59 home court win over the Indiana Fever was the New York Liberty’s largest margin of victory since August 2010.

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High street styles for men

Designer Agnese Narnicka’s brand, One Wolf, founded in 2010, offers high-fashioned street clothes for men.

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The 44th annual Robert Douglas Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon

The Robert “Bob” Douglas Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon took place Sunday, June 5, honoring the recipients of their distinguished awards.

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Summer ’16 looks for day-to-evening elegance

It’s summertime, and the fashion look is cool and easy. A number of designers showed a wide array of prints, short and long dresses and swimsuits with cover-ups.

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Free camp for SHSAT preparation announced

The controversy surrounding New York City’s Specialized High School Admissions Test has been well chronicled in the past decade.

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Norman Seabrook arrested on corruption charges

Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, was arrested in his home Wednesday morning on corruption charges.

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The rise of the Orange One

So reality is upon us. The Orange One has secured the GOP nomination for the presidency.

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Summit to ‘elevate’ teaching profession takes place next week

Through a joint initiative launched by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD and the U.S. Department of Education, teachers from across New York State will gather with the mission to advance student outcomes.

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Economic inequality is making us sick

Economic inequality has an even higher cost than many people realize.

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Juneteenth celebration held in Harlem

The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosted the annual Juneteenth-KingFest Celebration Parade & Street Fair on Saturday.

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Muhammad Ali—Pride, fortitude, integrity and compassion

As Americans of African descent, we should know better then most the feeling of being a victim of crime.

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Roses bloom at celebration of sisterhood

Thursday June 4, 2016 the Respectful Outstanding Sisters of Excellence, or the ROSE, hosted their fourth annual ceremony at St. Francis in Downtown Brooklyn.

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Vulcan Society presents awards

There were many celebrations at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, N.Y. June 2, 2016.

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State Assembly passes ‘Kalief’s Law’ to reform pretrial detention

Last week, the New York State Assembly passed law S 5988-A /A 8296-A, known as “Kalief’s Law,” to reform New York’s speedy trial provision and improve the effectiveness of the state’s criminal justice system, ensuring that people aren’t unjustly held in pretrial detention for longer than needed.

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Spike Lee hosts birthday bash for Prince in Bed Stuy

Saturday, June 4, filmmaker Spike Lee hosted a huge birthday party for Prince, who died suddenly April 21, 2016.

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The Cosmopolitan Review

June is busting out all over.

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Ali tributes overflow from African leaders

He was adored by hundreds of millions on the continent, but Muhammad Ali was much, much more. He championed Africa’s cause, seeking to change the bleak views held by many outside the continent—a place of accomplishments that were cruelly omitted from school textbooks.

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Community Calendar 6/9 - 6/15

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

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Cops say no evidence of racial bias for Staten Island teen chased to death

The mother of the Staten Island teen who was chased to death by a crew of white and Hispanic teenagers is urging police officers to hold the group accountable for the attack.

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Pro-boxer Titus ‘God Gifted’ Williams inspired by Ali to keep fighting

Before a boxing match pro-fighter Titus “God Gifted” Williams of the Freeport Boxing Club in Long Island, N.Y., cues up motivational speakers like Eric Thomas and Les Brown on his iPhone playlist.

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Beyonce Formation Tour 2016 stomps in beautiful rhythm all over Citi Field, NY

The Beyonce Formation tour took over Citi Field in Queens, N.Y., for two nights starting Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Since April 27, 2016, Beyonce has been touring the nations, performing her hit album “Lemonade.”

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Amsterdam News Congressional Endorsements

The Amsterdam News' endorsements for the congressional election.

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Hear Hillary’s roar

As the first woman to win the nomination of a major political party, Hillary Clinton strode to the stage at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Tuesday evening, opened her arms and embraced the historic moment.

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AmNews pays tribute to legendary Muhammad Ali

Like his name in Arabic, Muhammad Ali was the “most high,” the epitome of athletic grace, political integrity and total love for the human family.

Wednesday, June 8

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Exonerated Michigan man leaves prison

Davontae Sanford spent more than eight years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He knew he was innocent, and his lawyers say that police should have, too.

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Muhammad Ali: Louisville kicks off celebration of legend's life

The lines that snaked for blocks Wednesday in downtown Louisville were reminiscent of the scramble long ago for tickets to this boxing legend's title bouts.

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FBI arrests president of New York City correction union on corruption allegations

The head of the nation's largest municipal jail guard union is facing federal corruption charges along with a hedge-fund founder.

Tuesday, June 7

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Study: 1 Percent of Black Men in US Are Registered Sex Offenders

One percent of all black men in the U.S. are registered sex offenders, and black men enter the sex offender registry at nearly twice the rate of white men, a new University at Albany study finds.

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Why Muhammad Ali was 'the greatest' American Muslim

It was a fitting end to this country's most famous Muslim life: Family and friends around the bed of Muhammad Ali, the boxer whose conversion to Islam decades ago sent countless seekers and sportswriters scrambling in search of a Quran.

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Kimbo Slice, popular MMA fighter and internet sensation, dies

Mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice died Monday, according to the MMA organization that represented him.

Monday, June 6

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How an underwater hoax spawned a sports legend

As Flip Schulke described his last shoot over lunch one day in 1961, the nineteen-year-old boxer across the table devoured every word. Schulke, a Miami-based freelancer for Sports Illustrated, vividly explained how he had photographed water-skiers from below and published the pictures in Life magazine.

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Surprise Kanye West performance ends in fans' disappointment

It was an only-in-New-York moment: the announcement of a surprise Kanye West performance that drew throngs of people to the streets of Manhattan in the middle of the night. But instead of a concert to remember, the night ended with a hoard of disappointed fans and allegations that police used pepper spray to disperse them.

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Meet Army Reserve officer Deshauna Barber, Miss U.S.A. 2016

An Army Reserve officer and I.T. analyst from the District of Columbia has been crowned Miss U.S.A. 2016 after mounting a strong defense of women in combat roles in the military. Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old from the nation's capital, gave the answer during the interview section of the pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday.

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Bill Clinton to give eulogy at service for Muhammad Ali

Former President Bill Clinton will be among those eulogizing late boxing legend Muhammad Ali Friday at a service in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Sunday, June 5

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Muhammad Ali: In the ring, on screens big and small

The 2001 drama "Ali" isn't your only chance to relive the rope-a-dope. Here are five notable appearances Ali himself made on screen that will give you a glimpse of the late boxing great in action.

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Muhammad Ali to be memorialized Friday in Louisville

Muhammad Ali, known as "The Louisville Lip" as he began his ascension to boxing greatness, will be celebrated in his Kentucky hometown with ceremonies on Thursday and Friday, a family spokesman said.

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Muhammad Ali: Inside his final hours

Muhammad Ali, the iconic three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who died Friday, had recently shunned the public spotlight he once seemed to revere.

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What made Muhammad Ali 'The Greatest'?

A conversation about Muhammad Ali could go on for hours before even beginning to touch on the sporting legacy he left in the ring. His charisma, charm, quick wit and ability to turn a phrase were just some of the qualities that made him a truly global icon.

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Jesse Jackson: Ali was not controversial. Segregation was

Rev. Jesse Jackson discusses the passing of Muhammad Ali.

Saturday, June 4

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AmNews Archives: Muhammad Ali through the years

Muhammad Ali was known as "The Greatest" and lead a life full of compassion inside and outside of the ring

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Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend, activist and 'The Greatest' to a world of fans

His hands and his mouth were furiously fast. His skill as a boxer made him "The Greatest" in his mind and in the minds of many others.

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'Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee': Best quotes from Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was quick with his fists but he also knew the power of words to unsettle his rivals.

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Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest,' dies at 74

Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer who proclaimed himself "The Greatest" and was among the most famous and beloved athletes on the planet, died Friday in Phoenix, a family spokesman said.

Friday, June 3

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CDF Freedom Schools—Leveling the playing field

From correcting low self-esteem issues to learning fractions, the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools program knows no bounds.

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Taraji P. Henson receives top honors

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Turn Me Loose, Vision Festival

If you make one commitment for this early summer season, make it to see Joe Morton in “Turn Me Loose,” the greatest role of his acting career to date, as he portrays the comedian and activist Dick Gregory.

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American Ballet Theater’s Project Plié: Making ballet dreams come true for children of color

An inconspicuous building in Manhattan’s Flatiron District is not only headquarters to the American Ballet Theater but also a wonderland of sorts for some 22 children of color enrolled in the JKO School Children’s Division Bridge Class, which is a local component ABT’s national Project Plié initiative.

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‘Skeleton Crew’ is theatre at its best!

Watching “Skeleton Crew” is like seeing a slice of life. “Skeleton Crew” is theatre at its best—a prime example of how theater imitates life.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ gets a split review

In “X-Men: Apocalypse,” an ancient cyber-mutant, Apocalypse, awakens, doesn’t like what he sees and decides to take over the world and destroy the human race, so the more peaceful X-Men decide to stop him and defeat his team.

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Hate crime?: Black S.I. teen dies of asthma attack after being chased by white mob

The death of 16-year-old Black boy in Staten Island causes shockwaves around the city and could be a possible hate crime.

Thursday, June 2

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Gil Noble remembered at CEMOTAP

In a tribute to the late Gil Noble last Saturday at CEMOTAP, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, one of several speakers, told the audience that the gathering was a family affair.

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Student body president Philip Armendi and class valedictorian Mehwish Mahmood spoke jointly at the Touro commencement

Members of the Touro College of Pharmacy Class of 2016 received their doctor of pharmacy degrees last week at a spirited ceremony led by their new dean, Dr. Henry Cohen.

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A woman’s heart

Whether you’re in love or not, when you have uncomfortable feelings in your chest that persist, those signs and symptoms can have a lot to do with your survival. The discomfort may be a symptom of coronary heart disease.

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Harlem high schoolers speak on visit to Malcolm X gravesite

Thursday, May 19, 2016, students from New Design Middle School in Harlem took a trip to Hartsdale, N.Y. in commemoration of the El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz 91st birthday celebration.

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Expanding economic opportunities for minority-and women-owned business enterprises

Every year, the city of New York spends billions of dollars on construction projects around the five boroughs.

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NJ Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice endorses Hillary Clinton

This week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with 15 members of the N.J. Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice to discuss issues important to their communities. After the event, the Mayors’ Alliance endorsed Clinton for president.

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‘Reparations Now!’ for president 2016 campaign launch

The Black Voter Coalition launched its voter registration campaign for the upcoming 2016 presidential election Saturday with great success.

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A narrow lead for Clinton in Cali

Mathematically, the Democratic presidential primary has been over for months, and when the primaries in California and New Jersey are over, Hillary Clinton can probably add presumptive candidate to her list of titles.

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Golden State—Two Game 7s get them here

They played two Game 7s, two all or nothing, loser-go-home elimination games to get them here—to the 2015-16 NBA Finals.

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Lebron hopes to end Cleveland’s Championship drought

It has been a well documented 52 years since the city of Cleveland celebrated a championship won by one of its major professional sports teams.

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Pompey elevates St. John’s to the next level

Two members of the St. John’s University track and field team are headed to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 8-11.

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Saint John’s becomes home to NYCFC Academy

New York City Football Club is pleased to announce that St. John’s University will be the home for the NYCFC Academy for the 2016 season.

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Prince died from accidental overdose of fentanyl, medical examiner says

Toxicology tests for Prince concluded that the entertainer died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.

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Colleges continues to place money over morals

The disturbing and unconscionable scandal that has shaken the foundation of Baylor University is just one of the many reaffirmations across the college landscape that money is far more meaningful than morals to its leadership.

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Muhammad Ali hospitalized with respiratory issue

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized, his family spokesman said in a statement Thursday.

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More than two million pledged and ran on Global Running Day

More than two million people from more than 165 countries pledged to run on Global Running Day June 1.

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The word ‘thug’ has no place in Commissioner Bratton’s vocabulary

Commissioner Bratton recently referred to the suspected gunman in the shooting at a T.I. concert last week as a “thug.”

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Proposed Medicare changes sacrifice cancer patients for cost savings

Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation recently proposed a major change to the way Medicare pays for advanced cancer medicines.

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Urban Agenda: From Race and Punishment to Second Chances

The Community Service Society recently launched The Color Line in the 21st Century, a discussion series that invites diverse groups of activists, thought leaders, and community members to examine the exclusionary effects of race, class, and criminal punishment and to propose policies and strategies that will improve the life chances of persons in black, brown and low income communities, who have borne the brunt of the destruction wrought by mass incarceration.

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Bernie’s utopian nightmare

Bernie Sanders’ appeal among young people has increasingly focused on delivering the supposed benefits a socialist society can give them: free education, free health care and a government-mandated “living wage.”

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Ma’oon Inc. and Newark Symphony Hall presents 2016 Qur’an Competition

Newark Symphony Hall and Ma’oon Inc. present "Path Towards Understanding Quran Through Recitation & Competition on Sunday, June 12 from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Newark Symphony Hall located at 1030 Broad Street in Newark, NJ.

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Brian Figeroux—the people’s champion

Growing up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad has its perks.

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Crown Heights Jewish Community Council offering free air conditioners

Free air conditioners are available to Brooklyn residents with medical conditions.

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Zulu Nation Apologizes to Victims of Afrika Bambaataa

Reports indicate that Zulu Nation issued an apology this week via the media to victims of its founder, Afrika Bambaataa.

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Freeze your rent

Calling all New York City senior citizens—your rent does not have to go up.

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The Cosmopolitan Review June 2 - June 8

We all know by now that once Memorial Day weekend sets in, all bets are off, and it’s summer.

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Talking SCHOP! A new ‘buon compleanno’

It was yet another delicious and fun monthly dinner with my oldest friends.

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Summer ’16 looks for on the boat and beach

Whether you are on the beach, a boat or the boardwalk, pretty prints are the way to go.

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College student debuts film at Cannes Film Festival

From Rutgers University to the Cannes Film Festival!

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Reflections on Sonny Abubadika Carson

Friday, May 20, several comrades of Sonny Carson recollected some fond memories of the Brooklyn warrior to commemorate his 87th birthday anniversary.

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Workers reach tentative agreement with Verizon

After months of bickering, picket lines and accusations, Verizon and its workers agreed on a tentative four-year deal.

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Economic justice is tied to racial justice

For too long, much of the U. S. labor movement has been fighting the corporate class with one hand tied behind our backs.

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‘Roots’ blacklash—Enough with the slave movies

You know it’s been a rough day when you need to see “Roots” to bring levity

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DanceAfrica celebrated at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Since I was young, I always attended DanceAfrica at the outside bazaar at the Brooklyn Academy of Music during Memorial Day weekend.

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With the return of two Chibok girls, hope builds for the release of all

When news broke that a Chibok girl, one of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls missing for the past two years, had been discovered not far from where her kidnapping took place, there was no greater story that day in Nigeria.

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Community Calendar 6/2 - 6/8

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

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Brian Figeroux—The people’s champion

In the 1980s, Brian Figeroux moved to New York and later started the law firm, Brian and Associates, which concentrates on criminal defense, family and defense law, police misconduct issues and U.S. immigration law.

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A gorilla we will miss

In Swahili Harambe or Harambee means to “pull together,” but it resonates currently as the name of the silverback gorilla that was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo Saturday after a child fell into the animal’s enclosure.

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Dance calendar June 2016

Dance in June is full. Be sure to see the many festivals in and around the tristate area.

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Activists march for Akai Gurley and slam DA Ken Thompson

Droves of activists rallied across Brooklyn for police-slain resident Akai Gurley Saturday, May 28.

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Charges reduced for man who killed would-be rapist

Mamadou Diallo, 61, walked out of Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday night to cheers after his initial charges were reduced for fatally beating the man who tried to rape his wife and was terrorizing the community. Previously facing manslaughter charges for fatally beating the man with a tire iron, Diallo had the charges reduced by a judge to assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released on his own recognizance.

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‘Think Orange!’ Gun Violence Awareness Month begins

“It’s time for them to not sit down with the people that speak for us, but with us,” said anti-gun violence activist Erica Ford, founder of the LIFE Camp, at a Manhattan launch of June Gun Violence Awareness Month. “It’s time to bring attention and awareness to the anti-gun violence movement. This will continue to grow but we need to break down some of the bureaucracy so that organizations like these can get the money they need to be successful.”

Wednesday, June 1

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Florida officer charged in shooting death of Corey Jones

Former Palm Beach County police officer Nouman Raja has been charged with attempted first degree murder and manslaughter by culpable negligence in the shooting death of stranded motorist Corey Jones last year.

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Therapists often discriminate against black and poor patients, study finds

Minorities and lower-income individuals can face numerous challenges in getting treatment for depression and other mental health problems. They may lack insurance or transportation to a therapist's office; they may experience stigma in their communities around mental illness that prevents them from seeking care.