Stories for March 2016

Thursday, March 31

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Black Girl Movement: A National Conference, April 7-9, 2016

The Black Girl Movement: A National Conference will convene at Columbia University.

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If Black lives matter, Hillary and Bernie should commit to clemency

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have rooted their appeal to Black voters on promises to address the over-incarceration of federal narcotics prisoners.

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The ISIS mindset, who and why

We are in Paris, France, producing TV/print content and interviewing family members in a country that remains scarred by the devastation.

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Harriette Cole: The dreamleaper

Life stylist Harriette Cole has built her dream career by making people look good and fine-tuning their images.

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Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations is holding a national confence

The Black Is Back Coalition for Peace, Justice and Reparations is holding a national conference on the 2016 election and the struggle for Black self-determination at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

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FES believes school violence is on the rise

A pro-charter school group took to City Hall last week to protest the alleged uptick of weapons brought into New York City’s public schools.

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Barron: ‘Bill Bratton can go to hell!’

“My response to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is that he can go to hell, and take his killer cops with him and take his broken window theory with him!” declared elected activist Assemblyman Charles Barron.

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Community Calendar: 3/31 - 4/6

Check out what's going on around the city!

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‘I’m so AmNewsFOOD’ Contest 2016

AmNewsFOOD is at it again highlighting Harlem food makers during the second annual Harlem EatUp! with the “I’m So AmNewsFOOD” contest.

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Sharing the BBQ love: Great places to get your ‘que’ on

Brisket, rib tips, pork shoulder, ham, chicken, beef ribs, burnt ends, lamb—the options are endless for those who love barbecue.

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Beauty note: Take care of your hands

Are your hands looking old? You can conceal wrinkles on your face, but often your hands can give your true age away.

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LA Style and Tokyo Fashion Week reports

Foxbait and Lana Del Ray rocked the runways in the LA Style Fashion Week shows.

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Congressman Rangel: Your leadership is needed again

Even in the midst of a fiercely fought battle for the presidency, one thing hasn’t changed.

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Lincoln Hospital holds 12th annual summit

the Community Advisory Boards of NYC Health + Hospitals /Lincoln, Belvis and Morrisania, hosted their 12th Joint Legislative Summit at Lincoln Hospital.

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A half-empty glass for medical care

I am sure that you have heard the expression, after things have overtaken you, “Look at the situation with a glass half full rather than a glass half empty.”

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Happy birthday Inez and Viola!

Two Brooklyn champions celebrate joint birthdays.

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Second Intersolar Summit held in Brooklyn

State Sen. Kevin Parker held the second Intersolar Summit USA East 2016 March 24 in Brooklyn, where more than 450 solar energy experts came together to discuss various solar energy projects.

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CUNY funding restored but everyone wants more

The City University of New York may have been “saved,” but school officials and faculty and staff aren’t letting New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo off the hook.

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Lester A. Walton, journalist, diplomat and songwriter

Lester A. Walton’s name surfaced recently during all the promos and announcements about the revival of “Shuffle Along,” an all-Black musical often considered the springboard for the Harlem Renaissance. Walton, then employed at the New York Age, was among the journalists at performances in 1921, when the production premiered at the 63rd Street Theater, or Music Hall, in Manhattan.

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Mutulu Shakur due for parole hearing

A new campaign to liberate Black Panther activist Dr. Mutulu Shakur was launched on March 1 after several fallacious reports were circulated in February that he had been released from a federal prison in California.

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Shame on DA Thompson

Assemblyman Charles Barron shares his thoughts on D.A. Ken Thompson's decision to not put former NYPD Officer Peter Liang in prison for killing Akai Gurley.

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Horoscope: March 31 - April 6

Find out what the stars say about your future.

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Baby girl for T.I. and Tiny

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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‘Yardbird’ the opera, Cobi Narita

There is a 10-feet high bust of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the legendary alto saxophone player in his hometown of Kansas City, Kan. On March 30 Parker’s spirited presence became a mainstay in Harlem as he was inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Apollo Walk of Fame.

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April dance calendar

Check out what's going on in the world of dance for April!

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Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Edwidge Danticat, others celebrated at 13th National Black Writers Conference

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, announces the 13th National Black Writers Conference to be held from Thursday, March 31 to Sunday, April 3.

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Vanessa Bell Calloway stirs up church intrigue in ‘Saints and Sinners’

Vanessa Bell Calloway is an unlikely amalgam of God-given gorgeousness, dramatic chops and unbeatable comic timing.

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‘Sugar Ray’ is a knockout!

How much do you know about Sugar Ray Robinson?

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Fidel on Obama visit: ‘No empire building here!’

Fidel Castro speaks his mind on President Obama's recent visit to Cuba.

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First Black Girl Movement Conference coming to Columbia U

Columbia University is hosting the first Black Girl Movement Conference April 7-9, celebrating and empowering Black girls and women of all ages.

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Chicago fast-food workers strike with Chicago Teachers Union

To show solidarity with Chicago teachers, fast-food workers in that city will go on strike April 1.

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NACC holds Diversity Procurement Conference

The New American Chamber of Commerce held its annual Diversity Procurement Conference last week.

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Vy Higginsen: A Harlem Story

For Vy Higginsen, the executive director of the Mama Foundation for the Arts located in the heart of Harlem, being “first” was something she has done often in several fields and careers.

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You stayed on point, Phife—rest in power @iamthephifer

Remembering a hip-hop pioneer and A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg.

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New season of 'Empire' kicks off with a bang

Co-creator Danny Strong wrote and directed the March 30 spring premiere of “Empire” entitled “Death Will Have His Day.”

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The Cosmopolitan Review

The arrival of Spring brings new adventures to NYC.

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Happy 97th physical day Florence M. Rice

Florence M. Rice celebrated her 97th birthday surrounded by activists, friends and family at the Sister's Uptown Bookstore in Harlem.

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Women of Wisdom helping others

Women of Wisdom is bringing women of all walks of life together to share inspiring stories.

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Gurley Family slams DA Thompson’s ‘no jail time’ recommendation for killer cop

“If we don’t get justice—” Hertencia Petersen, Akai Gurley’s aunt called outside Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s office.

A South African leader insists 'we are not for sale'

South Africans are rising up against the outsized influence of corporate entities and wealthy individuals allegedly doling out contracts and jobs within the ANC

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More 'tech hubs'to rise in Africa, group predicts

Tech hubs and incubators in Africa are expected to number close to 300 by year’s end, and in some surprising locations.

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Hillary Clinton holds rally in Harlem

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came to Harlem Tuesday to drum up support during the final weeks before the New York primary.

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The Amsterdam News endorses Hillary Clinton for president

We unequivocally endorse Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for president.

Wednesday, March 30

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Hillary Clinton asks New Yorkers to have her back -- again

Hillary Clinton asked New Yorkers to back her in 2000 as the first first lady to run for Senate. She asked for their help again when she ran for re-election in 2006 and president in 2008.

Monday, March 28

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Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest, dead at 45

Marrying rap music and hip-hop culture to sports and pop culture at-large doesn’t seem like a big deal now. It’s expected. It’s considered passé in certain ways.

Saturday, March 26

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Throwback concert brings R&B stars to Prudential Center

WKTU 103.5 FM is hosting "Big Hits Throwback Fest" at the Prudential Center.

Thursday, March 24

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Urban Agenda - NYCHA: A Hard Ship to Turn Around

Among the city’s bureaucracies, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is known as a hard ship to turn around.

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Family and supporters of Akai Gurley hold angry rally outside the office of Brooklyn DA Thompson

“You betrayed our community D.A. Ken Thompson. Your decision to recommend that the police officer found guilty of shooting Akai Gurley should serve no jail time - is like killing him again,” so stated Assemblyman Charles Barron.

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Community Calendar: 3/24 - 3/30

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

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Talking SCHOP! Guess who’s bizzack?

That’s right, the second annual Harlem EatUp! is now officially upon us! The four-day festival celebrating the food, art and culture of Harlem will descend upon our village by patrons near and far. Last year proved to be an exciting event filled with many firsts.

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Fore! African-American golfers glean more than just the love of the game

Among the world’s best golfers, there’s Bubba Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Rory McIlroy. African-Americans who have also earned this prestigious title include Tiger Woods, Calvin Peete, Cheyenne Woods and Charlie Sifford, just to name a few.

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Stylish swimsuit shapes for all sizes

Whatever your size, it’s nice to know that there is a swimsuit shape for you at Mazu Swim! Everyone is raving about the place and what you can get from their website.

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LA Fashion Week report

Now in full swing, the Arts Hearts fashion designers are putting on quite a show at Los Angeles Fashion Week press previews! Prints are bold and silhouettes are playful.

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Harlem’s Black nuns celebrate 100 years of service

The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, one of only three orders of Black nuns in the United States, marks its centennial.

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AFL-CIO claims labor victory in DOL’s ‘persuader’ rule

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final ruling that would force employers to disclose the outside consultants they hire to try and bust unions and stop workers from organizing.

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Newark Airport workers, elected officials and clergymen: ‘Safe working conditions now!’

A group composed of elected officials, PrimeFlight Newark airport workers and other supporters took to PrimeFlight’s offices to call for better working conditions for its employees.

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New York’s workers deserve dignity and an immediate raise

There is dignity in all honest work and all workers deserve to be treated with respect.

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Snow forecasted? How's Miami's Jazz in the Gardens 2016 sound?!

The weekend forecast predicted snow … SNOW?! Noooo. My arm is twisted and I'm convinced; I will go. The destination? Miami Gardens, Florida. Sunshine, beaches and music sound like a winner.

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March 4 Justice for the Wrongfully Incarcerated plan to march to Albany in May

Saturday, March 19, organizers of the March 4 Justice for the Wrongfully Incarcerated held their weekly planning session in preparation for the walk to Albany, N.Y., at the office of Assemblyman Keith Wright

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Minister Dlamini visits Brooklyn

Ilitha Labantu founder Mandisa Monakali, in partnership with the Republic of South African Consulate General, hosted a reception at the Kalahari Gallery for Her Excellency Bathabile Dlamini, honorable Minister of Social Development for the Republic of South Africa.

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AmNews staffer goes back to alma mater

Alabama State University got a taste of the Big Apple when ASU alumnus Josh Barker arrived as the guest speaker for the Ida B. Wells Lecture Series.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: 3/24 - 3/30

Farewell to old man winter of 2016 and welcome spring. When it was cold, it was very, very cold, but overall, winter was mild and quick. Or does it just seem everything goes by quickly these days.

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UN implores US to pay reparations for slavery

During a Washington D.C. press conference in early February, three human rights activists, who are also members of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent panel, suggested that Congress pass the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.

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The Armory Foundation continues to be an educational life saver

Highlights from the Armory Foundation in Washington Heights.

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Post-season proves short for NY and NJ Division I teams

Post-season cut short for New York and New Jersey Division I NCAA Women's basketball teams.

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Bronx native Kemba Walker leads Jordan’s Hornets

Bronx native Kemba Walker, shows his talents down in Charlotte.

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The Knicks are now a major headache to their loyal fans

Knicks fans are suffering right along with the team.

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NYCLU sees issues with new public Wi-Fi

New York Civil Liberties Union say residents should approach New York City’s new public Wi-Fi network with caution.

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Reconciliation and rebuilding in Mississippi

Working to rebuild a new Mississippi.

105 years later we remember the Triangle fire and its role in the fight for worker safety

Recognizing the strength and resilience of the women of the labor movement that came before us.

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Do not interfere with the will of the people in an effort to stop Trump

Several reasons are to blame for the growing anger among the American people, not just Donald Trump.

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Ramsey Orta, who recorded police killing Eric Garner, arrested again

Ramsey Orta, the man who recorded Eric Garner’s tragic death at the hands of NYPD officers, was arrested again this past February for alleged domestic violence.

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First African-American woman CEO at private hospital in New York City honored

The Coalition to Transform Interfaith introduced and welcomed LaRay Brown, the newly appointed CEO for Interfaith Medical Center.

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Citywide ferry service to launch in 2017

New Citywide Ferry Service set to launch next year.

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Rev. Al Sharpton receives award from family of Nelson Mandela

National Action Network founder and President Rev. Al Sharpton received The Mandela Legacy’s “Hope, Success & Empowerment Award” at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, Canada.

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Preparations being made for 13th Annual National Black Writers Conference

The 13th National Black Writers Conference is set to take place March 31 through April 3 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

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NAN to celebrate 25 years at convention

The National Action Network is celebrating 25 years April 13-16 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel.

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Brownsville receiving first ever technology and wellness hub

Brownsville is receiving its very own technology and wellness hub, the first of it's kind for public housing developments.

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Mumia’s condition worsens

Activist community responds to worsening conditions of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Obama visits Cuba

President Barack Obama meets with President Raul Castro of Cuba to further discuss diplomatic relations.

Wednesday, March 23

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Charles Barron: Ken Thompson betrayed the Black community

Assemblyman Charles Barron shares his view on the Brooklyn DA's recommendation for house arrest for former NYPD Officer Peter Liang.

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Remembering Phife Dawg

A Tribe Called Quest rapper dies at 45

Rapper Malik Taylor, better known to fans as Phife Dawg of the group A Tribe Called Quest, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes.

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Shock reverberates as DA Thompson suggests probation for killer cop

Family, friends and supporters of the cop-slain Akai Gurley were left reeling last night, as at press time, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that he was recommending that convicted former NYPD cop Peter Liang serves his time under house arrest and probation for the fatal shooting of the young father he shot in the stairwell of Louis H. Pink Houses housing development in East New York, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, March 22

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Obama on terror attacks: 'We stand in solidarity' with Belgium

The U.S. will do whatever it can to help Belgium bring to justice those responsible for Tuesday's terror attacks, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday.

Monday, March 21

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MO'Motion Basketball League 14 & Under Champs

Booker T. Washington "Dream Chasers" over Milbank "Flyers" 42 to 48

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The New York Amsterdam News​ 2016 Summer Internship Program

We're looking for Editorial, Photography, Web and Social Media interns.

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Obama meets Castro after historic arrival in Cuba

A day after making a historic arrival in Cuba, President Barack Obama met Monday with the leader of the authoritarian regime here as part of his efforts to elicit change on the island.

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Woman shot by police in Norfolk, Virginia, was brandishing a fake gun

Police in Norfolk, Virginia, shot and killed a woman Saturday who was brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun.

Saturday, March 19

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New York’s basketball community mourning the passing of Charles Granby

New York City’s basketball community is mourning the passing of Charles “Chuck” Granby, who passed away last week. He will surely be missed by the hundreds of young men he guided through their teenage years.

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NY, NJ well represented in NCAA Tournament

New York and New Jersey women’s basketball history is being made at the Division I NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament kicking off tomorrow.

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NSAF hosts Cubans in historic exchange at New Balance Nationals Indoor at the Armory

Four Cuban athletes competed at the Armory in Washington Heights in New York City, in this past weekend’s New Balance Nationals Indoor, as guests of the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation.

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Knicks show signs of life but need a miracle to reach playoff land

Surprisingly, the Knicks showed signs of life 3,000 away from home.

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Nation of Islam students return to the United Nations

For the second year in a row, students from Muhammad’s University of Islam in Chicago attended the National High School Model U.N. conference held in New York City.

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Civil rights legend Myrlie Evers-Williams receives Doctorate of Humane Letters from CNR

From the moment she walked into the Castle at the College of New Rochelle, Myrlie Evers-Williams was accompanied by a cluster of admirers and well-wishers.

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Community Calendar 3/17 - 3/25

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

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The Cecil: New menu, lunch too?

The Cecil, Harlem’s Afro-Asian-American brasserie has not only flipped up their menu but is now serving lunch, too!

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Talking SCHOP! Spring recipe hunting

With the coming of spring, there is much anticipation of what foods to buy, cook and eat.

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Today's travel guides: More than pretty pictures

Today’s travel guides go far beyond pretty pictures and a bit of history.

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City Council strikes affordable housing zoning deal with de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio achieved a major victory this week when the New York City Council approved his housing re-zoning plan.

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Idris Elba with OBE award

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Weston at Carnegie, Apollo’s ‘Africa Now,’ Heath Swings

March 19, the dean of African classical jazz piano Randy Weston will perform with his long-standing band African Rhythms in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall at 9 p.m.

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‘The Humans’ a realistic family drama

Stephen Karam has put together a captivating drama that looks at the frailties that we all have in “The Humans,” playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway.

Friday, March 18

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Kapy Bash Mode

Originally from the DR Congo, fashion designer Kapinga Bash will showcase her spring-summer 2016 collection at the Alternative Art Gallery (707 N. 4th St., Allentown, Pa.).

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BK Sweat: Changing what success looks like in business and fitness

On the first day of Black History Month, Mekela Martin, 26, and Ajani Burgess, 25, launched BK Sweat, a fitness company in Brooklyn, and added to the growing list of Black owned businesses that are developing and changing the face of entrepreneurship.

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‘London Has Fallen’ rises to the occasion

As the world is shocked by the unexpected death of the British prime minister, the leaders of the Western world, including U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), immediately make plans to attend the funeral in London.

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Non-commissioned, uncensored New York art show

The Armory holds many cultural events, especially during Armory weekend. One event, called “New York Sh###y,” was an outdoor art show hosted by Uta Brauser, Josef Pinlac and the group called Con Artist Collective.

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Diversity in dance: The new hot topic

Diversity and inclusion in dance is a hot topic that has reached critical mass, bubbling over from the insular dance world into mainstream media.

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Prosperous physical day to Abiodun Oyewole

A couple of comrades of astute artist and ghetto griot Abiodun Oyewole commemorated the 68th anniversary of his physical birth on Thursday, Feb. 25 by reflecting on his significant contributions and immeasurable legacy.

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‘The Royale’: Fascinating fiction and unfortunate realities


It is rare that I see a play and am still thinking about it weeks after I’ve seen the show. “The Royale,” currently showing at the Lincoln Center (Mitzi Newhouse) Theater until May 1, is inspired by the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion.

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Delta Women’s Celebration Committee

More than 500 guests attended the 18th annual awards ceremony held by the Bronx alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: 3/17 - 3/23

Who says nothing happens in March? That it is just a long month, transitioning from winter to spring, with everyone trying to shake the winter doldrums?

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My visit to Ghana, the return to ‘the last exit’

It was surreal when the plane touched down and my sneakers touched the tarmac. My senses were excited with the rush of emotion and overwhelmed with the newfound heat.

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Sickle-cell disease and its affect on Black families

Sickle-cell anemia, which affects nearly 100,000 U.S. citizens, is one of the rarest but deadliest diseases among Americans, especially in the African-American community.

Thursday, March 17

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Horoscope: March 17-23, 2016

Check out your weekly forecast

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enCourage Kids Foundation hosts 31st annual gala

More than $1.3 million was raised at the 31st annual enCourage Kids Foundation Gala held recently in Midtown Manhattan. More than 800 guest attended the event held at the Marriott Marquis.

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Convertible justice: The inequitable currency of human life

As a British-Nigerian-American attorney and activist, I have learned a thing or two about the strength of foreign currency.

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Filling ones moral bank account is the pre-condition to achieving monetary wealth

At this point in my career, I have been blessed with a significant amount of outward success.

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Nancy Reagan’s dark legacy

Nancy Reagan died March 6 at the age of 94. She leaves behind a destructive legacy that will likely be with us for some time: “Just Say No.” Her unfortunate contribution to the war on drugs seldom gets the negative treatment it deserves.

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Dump Trump!

When it comes to blather, bluster and bombast, to say nothing of outrageous demagoguery, President Barack Obama knows this first hand since he has been a recipient of it even before he became the nation’s commander in chief.

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Families of those slain by police urge Cuomo to keep executive order

A letter signed by 16 surviving family members of New Yorkers killed by the police in the past several decades urged New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to preserve his executive order authorizing a special prosecutor in police killings.

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Workers bring Fight for $15 to Albany again

This Tuesday, thousands of low-wage workers, advocates, union leaders and elected officials took to the state capital to rally for a $15 minimum wage for all employees.

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CUNY supporters continue to push Cuomo on funding

Last week, almost two dozen organizations (from unions to activists to advocates) gathered outside of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s midtown office to call for more public investment in the City University of New York.

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Tina McRae is Harlem and Harlem is Tina McRae

Tina McRae has spent her life in Harlem. Not necessarily every moment.

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Howard University students participate in Alternative Spring Break in Newark

Over 50 Howard University students are spending their spring break volunteering at community sites in Newark.

Black talk on presidential election

An electoral forum will be held in Commemoration of the United Nations International Day Against Racism.

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A clean sweep for Clinton

If the second Super Tuesday in the Democratic presidential primaries was viewed as a game of pool, then Hillary Clinton ran the table on Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Children set to be tested for lead in Newark, New Jersey

Voluntary blood testing will begin Thursday for Newark public school students, a day after officials announced that lead levels in the district's water have been elevated since at least 2012.

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Mothers call on state lawmakers for help after alleging abusive practices at Success Academy

Two mothers alleging teachers denied children bathroom privileges and were punished for walking up the stairs too slowly at Success Academy School met with officials in Albany Thursday to make their plea to lawmakers.

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Female leaders honored at women's leadership council luncheon

The United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s held it’s 10th annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon honoring several female leaders who are making a difference in the community.

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City council passes two new bills

The New York City Council voted to pass bills banning domestic violence housing discrimination and strengthening energy and environmental construction.

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Family of Danroy Henry receive $6 million settlement

The family of late college student Danroy Henry is receiving a $6 million settlement from the village of Pleasantville

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Ramarley Graham’s family calls on mayor, commish to fire killer cops

Justice is still being sought for Ramarley Graham as his family calls on Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bratton to fire those involved in the late teen's death

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Dr. Carson on the take?

Dr. Ben Carson's endorsement of Trump is leaving many confused.

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President Obama names Judge Merrick B. Garland as SCOTUS nominee

President Obama nominates Judge Merrick B. Garland as Supreme Court replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Trumped again: Republicans scramble as Trump wins in several states in latest primaries

America continues to watch in disbelief as business man-turned-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes his way to the nomination.

Wednesday, March 16

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Ferguson City Council accepts Justice Department plan

Ferguson, Missouri, averted further legal woes Tuesday by unanimously agreeing to accept a U.S. Justice Department overhaul of its troubled police force and municipal courts.

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Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

President Barack Obama will nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court Wednesday morning, according to multiple congressional sources.

Tuesday, March 15

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DC Metrorail service suspended for a day for emergency inspections

The Metrorail system will be closed on Wednesday, March 16 for emergency inspections of the system's third-rail power cables.

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Federal oversight and regulation called for Black hair and beauty products

The organization Black Women for Wellness released “Natural Evolutions: One Hair Story,” a report outlining the health risks faced by Black women and girls due to a lack of federal oversight and regulation of hair care and beauty product manufacturers.

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Which is faster, braces or clear aligners?

Considering an orthodontic treatment for your child or yourself? Check out which choice could be right for you.

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De Blasio and local officials tour multi-million dollar rehabilitation project underway in Harlem

A massive affordable housing preservation project will repair apartments, improve the buildings and keep the rents of 358 apartments affordable to low-income families for the next 30 years.

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Cold turkey is best way to quit smoking, study says

A new study adds support to the notion that people who give up cigarettes all at once are more likely to be successful than those who wean themselves off gradually.

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Stephen Curry is making NBA history the new way -- by having a blast

As the Golden State Warriors plow through their history-making season, superstar point guard Stephen Curry is having the time of his life -- and there's nothing wrong with that, says CNN's lead NBA analyst Steve Smith.

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Michael Jackson's slice of Beatlemania goes to Sony in $750 million deal

Sony is taking control of one of music's crown jewels: a vast publishing catalog that includes many Beatles songs.

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Big Sean invests in Detroit youth

For Grammy-nominated rapper Big Sean, Detroit is more than just an old-English "D" on his ball cap. It's the place where he makes his biggest investment.

Sunday, March 13

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First African-American woman CEO at private hospital in New York City honored

The Coalition to Transform Interfaith introduced and welcomed LaRay Brown, the newly appointed CEO for Interfaith Medical Center.

Friday, March 11

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Jurors reflect on why they convicted killer cop

After convicting the killer cop who took Akai Gurley’s life in a dimly lit stairwell of East New York’s Pink Houses on the night of Nov. 20, 2014, some of Peter Liang’s peers explained why they found him guilty of second-degree manslaughter and official misconduct last month.

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Report: Gap between rich and poor schools has widened under Cuomo

A new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund concluded that children from New York State’s poor districts saw state funding for schools get worse.

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Pioneering prima ballerina Janet Collins

It is certainly wonderful to witness all the praise and adulation Misty Copeland is receiving for her prowess in dance. This is a great moment to reflect on another ballerina of equal agility and elegance from another era of challenge, Janet Collins.

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Sanders stuns Clinton in Michigan

The click you’re hearing is probably the sound of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team recalibrating its message, one that failed to resonate with white men, younger voters and the white working class in Michigan yesterday.

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Treating Carter’s cancer took decades, not months

Former President Jimmy Carter recently announced that he’s cancer-free thanks to a new immunotherapy drug. A few years ago, his form of melanoma was a virtual death sentence.

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No justice for Ramarley Graham

There is no justice for Ramarley Graham.

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Harlem commemorates Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing’s legacy

Sunday, Feb. 28, Harlem’s Clarke House (286 Convent Ave.) hosted “An Examination of the Work of Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing,” moderated by renowned scholar/author Dr. Marimba Ani. A capacity crowd filled the building’s first three floors as she conducted a PowerPoint presentation outlining Cress-Welsing’s lifetime scholarly achievements.

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Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland finally fired

Thursday, March 3, it was announced that the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland last summer prior to her mysterious death, Brian Encinia, was formerly fired after he failed to “rebut disciplinary charges leveled against him in January, Public Safety Director Steven McCraw wrote in a letter of final termination,” reports read.

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Joe's Crab Shack apologizes for racially-charged photo of hanging

Customers at a Joe's Crab Shack in Minnesota got quite the shock when they realized their table decoration depicted a hanging.

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MULTIMEDIA: Disney Dreamers get ready to take on the world

Roughly 100 teens from across the country paraded down Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on Wednesday to kick off the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

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Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson formally endorsed Donald Trump's presidential bid Friday, praising the real estate mogul and saying he wants "the voice of the people to be heard."

Thursday, March 10

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Charlie Parker to be inducted into Apollo Walk of Fame

The Apollo Theater is inducting jazz saxophonist, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, into the Apollo Walk of Fame

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Ramarley Graham’s family and supporters call for firing of officers

Two days after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced he would not pursue charges against the officers responsible for killing Ramarley Graham, Graham’s parents and supporters turned their attention to Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bratton, demanding they fire all the officers involved in the killing and subsequent treatment of the family and incident.

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Community Calendar 3/10 - 3/16

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

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‘Taste of India’ in Harlem

Lara Land, owner of Harlem’s Land Yoga Studio, presents “Taste of India,” a Bollywood-style fundraiser benefitting Three and a Half Acres Yoga, a nonprofit organization committed to communities of color and/or of moderate income.

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Talking SCHOP! Get Nix’d

Food editor Kysha Harris checks out Nix

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I need a staycation!

It was too busy to get away during the holidays, spring break for the kids is just around the corner and summer can’t get here fast enough to enjoy a little R&R.

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Inside the Flamekeepers Hat Club

Hats are very trendy, and they are for everyone.

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Luxury men’s accessories at Saks

For the next few days, New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store features a limited edition of the H.L. James bag in a remarkable men’s window display.

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Urban Agenda: Specialized High Schools to Black Students: Maybe Next Year

In response to the latest weak figures on admission rates for black and Latino students entering the city’s most elite high schools, New Yorkers were offered a familiar refrain: The city is committed to fostering diversity.

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CTU backs off April 1 strike threat

Chicago teachers claim a small victory as public school officials backed off a proposal that might have led to a strike.

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Alliance for Downtown NY employees to receive minimum wage increase

The Alliance for Downtown New York claims another victory as it announces an increase in wages for the organization's employees.

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BET, Arsenio honor Black notables

Black excellence was honored and celebrated by BET Networks and host Arsenio Hall at the taping of the 2016 BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. this past weekend.

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Children’s Defense Fund raises $1 million, celebrates students who have overcome adversity

Over 275 guests came out to celebrate the achievements of five local high schools at the Children's Defense Fund-New York annual "Beat the Odds Gala," in New York City.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 3/10 - 3/16

A look at some of the upcoming events in March.

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War on Women Rally

The International Working Women’s Day Coalition 11th March and Rally was held Saturday, March 5 at the feet of the Harriet Tubman Memorial in Harlem.

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A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

Even with a $5 million prize, the search to find an effective African leader is still a challenge.

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A hotel in a prized forest? Environmentalists say no

Hotel developers are eyeing the Karura Forest as the building ground for a new five-star hotel.

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Ghana to eliminate English as medium of instruction in schools

Ghana is planning to eliminate English as the primary language in schools and focus on their native tongue.

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What object tells your story?

The object one cherishes could symbolize a greater story than the eye can see.

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Inside a Trump rally

A look inside a Donald Trump rally.

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Tribute to a good man

Recognizing Dr. Ben Carson as he brings his presidential campaign to an end.

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Evon Idahosa: Fighting for justice for women globally

Activist Evon Idahosa dedicates her life to fighting the systemic injustices against women and girls who are victims of modern day sex slavery.

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Former NBA players John Starks and Larry Johnson being honored by the Garden of Dreams foundation

NBA All-Star and New York Knicks legends John Starks and Larry Johnson are being awarded the Community Partner Award on behalf of the Garden of Dreams Foundation enCourage Kids Foundation Gala this week

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Legislation could centralize on city services online

A new mobile app or website could be on it's way for city residents who want to apply for affordable housing, find jobs, pay parking tickets as well as manage other city services.

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Female HBCU presidents to speak at Abyssinian Baptist Church

Two women who serve as presidents of historically Black colleges are speaking at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church Sunday during the church’s 63rd Women’s Day Celebration.

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Queen Geniuses and Sen. Kevin Parker hosts Girls Empowerment Conference

Sen. Kevin Parker joined more than 150 young girls and Queen Geniuses founder President Regine Roy for the fourth annual Girls Empowerment Conference at Medgar Evers College this past Saturday.

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De Blasio, others file amicus brief supporting Obama’s executive action

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and others from around the country have filed an amicus brief pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to let President Barack Obama execute his executive action on immigration.

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Feds fail Ramarley

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors declined to charge the NYPD officer involved in the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, citing insufficient evidence for a criminal civil rights case against the officer.

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Free at last: Brooklyn woman’s conviction vacated after 10 years

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is moving to vacate a manslaughter conviction against Vanessa Gathers, 58, who was wrongfully convicted on the charge after a 1998 jury trial.

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Brownsville case dismissed: relief, revulsion and reflection

The dismissal of the Brownsville Five case is a sigh of relief for many, but the attention has been shifted to the father of the young woman, who lied about his daughter's alleged attack.

Wednesday, March 9

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Female HBCU presidents to speak at Abyssinian Baptist Church

Two women who serve as presidents of historically Black colleges are speaking at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church on Sunday during the church's 63rd Women’s Day Celebration.

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Two Baltimore officers charged over slapping incident

Two Baltimore school police officers, one of whom was seen in a cell phone video that appears to show him slapping and kicking a young man at a city school, are facing assault charges in the case.

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5 takeaways from Tuesday's primaries

Bernie Sanders teed up the Midwest as a battleground on Tuesday night as he knocked off Hillary Clinton in a down-to-the-wire Michigan primary.

Tuesday, March 8

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Feds decline to prosecute cop in Ramarley Graham shooting

Federal prosecutors Tuesday closed the investigation into the 2012 police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old man, saying there was insufficient evidence for a criminal civil rights case against the officer.

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Lawsuit takes aim at Mississippi state flag

Carlos Moore had his 5-year-old daughter in mind when he filed a federal lawsuit over the Confederate symbol on their state flag.

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Tyler Perry to narrate modern-day version of 'The Passion'

New Orleans is famous for its processions, but on Palm Sunday, Tyler Perry and a host of stars will take things to a new level with a live, modern-day portrayal of the last hours of Jesus' life on Earth.

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Prosecutors charge second man in killing of 9-year-old boy

Murder charges have been filed against a second suspect in the November 2015 killing of a 9-year-old boy, a crime that horrified a Chicago community.

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Baltimore cop can be forced to testify against officers in Freddie Gray case

Baltimore police Officer William Porter can be compelled to testify under immunity against fellow officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death, Maryland's appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Saturday, March 5

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The casting of Nina Simone and why skin color matters

The casting of Zoe Saldana to play civil rights icon and singer Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic has reignited a debate about race and skin tone in Hollywood that goes beyond just black and white

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More than 2 dozen Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt Trump rally

More than two dozen protesters chanting "black lives matter" disrupted Donald Trump's rally here on Friday, linking arms and resisting security personnel trying to eject them from the venue.

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Drugs, water immersion led to Bobbi Kristina Brown's death

Bobbi Kristina Brown died last year of complications resulting from drug intoxication and immersion in water, the Fulton County, Georgia, medical examiner said Friday morning.

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O.J. Simpson case: Questions, new twists after reports of knife discovery

Nearly 22 years after the fatal stabbing of Nicole Brown Simpson, reports of a knife discovered on her ex-husband's property are sparking a frenzy of questions.

Thursday, March 3

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March 2016 travel calendar of events

Upcoming events for the emerging spring season.

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Interfaith hosts Give Kids a Smile event

Interfaith Medical Center’s Department of Dental Medicine granted elementary school students from PS 243 free dental screenings at a Give Kids a Smile event in Brooklyn.

Gout will make you shout!

Gout is a painful form of arthritis sure to make you shout.

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Shop Harlem, live Harlem

Find out what's new in Harlem!

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Talking SCHOP! Masters of meat

The first ever Charcuterie Masters was held at the historic Flushing Town Hall on Northern Boulevard in Queens, showcasing the best meat makers across the country.

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Two wins, three losses and bye-bye to Joe

Brooklyn Nets keep pushing as they say goodbye to Joe Johnson.

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Rambis can get the job done for Knicks

Moving Kurt Rambis to head coach could be a good opportunity for the Knicks.

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Seton Hall seniors focus on postseason

Seton Hall honors seniors at the final regular season game of the season.

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Sports taking a serious stance against abuse of women

Sports organizations are continuing to hold major league athletes accountable for their abuse against women.

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Lia Neal wins four in PAC-12 Championships

Lia Neal wins big at the PAC-12 Championships.

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The Golden State Warriors spiced with Curry

Stephen Curry continues to break NBA records with his golden shot.

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Robert Mugabe expels Zimbabwe’s foreign diamond exploiters

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe puts an end to foreign diamond exploiters.

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‘Brownsville Five’ case: The aftermath

At court Thursday Brooklyn D.A Ken Thompson dismissed the charges against the five teens accused of assaulting the young lady in a Brownsville park.

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The end of Rikers Island? Officials speak out

City officials speak out on why Rikers Island should shut their doors.

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Montgomery police officer arrested in shooting death of suspect

A Montgomery, Alabama, police officer was arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of a man last week, the district attorney announced.

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‘Dot’ exposes devastation of Alzheimer’s disease

Colman Domingo hits the Alzheimer nail on the head with “Dot.”

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East New York community: ‘No more shelters!’

Assemblyman Charles Barron and several other community members organized a press conference in front of the Brooklyn Developmental Center in East New York to denounce the possibility of another shelter being placed in the neighborhood.

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Happy Women’s History Month

I always love the first week of March. I am still riding high from Black History Month (and the extra day this leap year) and gearing up for a month where I get to celebrate the intersection of race and gender.

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Community Calendar 3/3 - 3/9

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

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Elba shined at Spirit Awards

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Micro-aggression is macro-racism

Before you read this blog entry, let it be known that these statements come from real-life experiences and that all of these feelings are real and should not be taken lightly.

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Dear Governor Cuomo...

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law writes a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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Cosmopolitan Review 3/3 - 3/9

What is your name? What is the name your mother gave you? There is a scene in the movie, “Get on the Good Foot,” in which our hero repeats his name over and over

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Face the facts: Trump is not going anywhere

It’s time to face reality. Having handily won the last three primary contests heading into Super Tuesday, Donald Trump is the odds on nominee for the Republican Party.

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Court to NYPD: Figure these stop-and-frisk reports out

Police officers in the five boroughs are struggling to adapt to changes to stop-and-frisk polices.

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Seven B&H Photo employees fired after union elections

According to Laundry Workers Center United officials, seven employees from B&H Photo's Manhattan warehouse were fired the same day workers voted to join the United Steelworkers.

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32BJ praises Jersey City mayor for wage increase

Add Jersey City, N.J., to the list of American cities increasing the minimum wage.

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Robert Mugabe expels Zimbabwe’s foreign diamond exploiters

As Africa continues to shake off the shackles of Arab and European colonialism, another step was recently taken in that direction.

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Rangel honored by MALIK Fraternity

New York Rep. Charles Rangel was one of three esteemed guests honored Saturday, Feb. 27 at MALIK Fraternity’s second annual Black History Month Gala.

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AT&T employees, volunteers host mentoring session for students in Harlem

AT&T and Union Settlement hosted a college and career mentoring session Feb. 26 with A. Philip Randolph High School students to discuss future career opportunities and goals.

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Candidates in the starting gates to replace Rangel

Seven candidates were at the political forum Sunday afternoon at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in the Bronx, each to express how he or she should be the one to replace the retiring Rep. Charles Rangel.

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New designers hit fall ’16 at NYFW

For 13 young designers from The Art Institutes school system, Fashion Week was an opportunity to showcase talent, determination and creativity in their fall/winter 2016 collections.

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer hosts Black History Month reception

In celebration of Black History Month, the work of Harlem photographers was recognized during a reception in their honor Monday, Feb. 29, hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

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Black History Month celebrated at Interfaith Hospital

Interfaith Hospital’s departments of psychiatry, primary care. ambulatory care and community affairs presented a program of music, poetry, creative writing, praise, drumming and words of thanksgiving in celebration of Black History Month.

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International Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley returns to Brownsville

Maurice Ashley, the First International African American Chess grandmaster, returned to Brownsville to share his skills in a chess workshop.

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‘Risen’ raises the bar slightly for diversity

What has been called “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” the depiction of the resurrection of Jesus, has been produced often on TV and in film. The most recent adaptation is the film “Risen.”

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‘Race’

Its 1936. Nazi Germany hosts that year’s Summer Olympics.

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Oscar winners speak with the AmNews

In 2014, Jared Leto smiled and winked at me and let me hold his Oscar in the pressroom.

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Oscar boycott party held at Harlem’s Shrine

Consistent with what many would want the Academy Awards to actually be, a diverse group of New Yorkers came together at Harlem’s Shrine World Music Venue

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Dayton dance, Black composers in film, Marika Hughes

Before the publishing of books, African griots shared experiences through storytelling and dancing, which was a prominent part of African life.

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Latin freestyle celebrates 10th year at Lehman

New York City has led the country in musical diversity. It has been the home for blues, rock, jazz and the birthplace for bebop, punk rock, new wave, disco, freestyle and salsa, which was influenced by New York’s Latino community.

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‘Fiddler’ revival disappointing

I was so excited to hear that there was a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” playing at the Broadway Theatre.

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March dance calendar

Celebrate the beginning of March with dance in Harlem and Elisa Monte Dance as they celebrate their 35th anniversary and welcome their new artistic director, Tiffany Rea-Fisher.

Wednesday, March 2

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Kendrick Johnson's family drops lawsuit, but intends to refile, attorney says

The family of Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead at a Georgia high school three years ago, has temporarily withdrawn a wrongful death lawsuit that includes two former schoolmates as defendants.

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6 takeaways from Super Tuesday

onald Trump and Hillary Clinton didn't win their parties' nominations on Super Tuesday -- but they both became much harder to beat.

Tuesday, March 1

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Family demands impartial probe of man's killing by Raleigh police

One day after a 24-year-old man was shot dead by police in Raleigh, North Carolina, the head of the state NAACP demanded a full, unbiased investigation into what happened -- one he hopes will bring closure to the man's family and the community he once called home.

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Texas police: Witness says white male fired shot at black candidate's office

Police in Beaumont, Texas, say they're investigating a report that a white male yelled a racial slur and fired a gun at the campaign office of an African-American candidate for sheriff.

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Unlikely recruit becomes top legal adviser in the U.S. Army

When he was in high school, Ural Glanville couldn't even get accepted into a four-year college. But he has since gone on to become one of the top legal advisers in the U.S. Army.

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B&H discriminated against Hispanic workers, Labor Department lawsuit says

One of the world's most famous photography stores is facing accusations that it discriminated against women and minorities and relegated Hispanic warehouse workers to separate restrooms.

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Super Tuesday: What to watch

Super Tuesday is here, and as the presidential race goes national, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are hoping to put themselves way ahead.