Stories for May 2016

Friday, May 27

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Bismack Biyombo is having fun, a lot of fun!

The Toronto Raptors’ 6-foot-9 frontcourt force, Bismack Biyombo, flashes what seems to be a perpetual smile when fiercely competing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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OKC—The city shuts down the state

The NBA Eastern and Western Conference Finals have, thus far, defied expectations.

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Liberty drop two overtime games

For two games in a row, the New York Liberty held a lead over its opponents for most of the game only to fade in the final minutes and crumble in overtime.

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Visual impairment doesn’t prevent cross-country run

If you want to bring attention to a social cause, take a long scenic run, or a long-distance walk, across the United States of America.

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Fifth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inducts several favorite locals

The 5th annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner was held at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, Queens last Sunday, April 3, and featured several popular locals.

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Revolutionary Will Reese celebrated in Harlem

Noted activist Will Reese was memorialized at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Harlem May 14, 2016. The well-known communist died in February this year after a four-year battle with cancer.

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Activist James Haughton memorialized at Mount Olivet Baptist Church

Powerhouse of the labor movement Jim Haughton was memorialized at Harlem’s Mount Olivet Baptist Church, with friends and family praising his unwavering dedication.

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African-American women have less accurate mammograms

African American women are referred for fewer breast biopsies after having a mammogram than white women, yet they have a higher rate of unnecessary biopsies or false positive results, according to a study presented at Touro College Research Day.

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When taste and smell got lost

Mrs. S. was a 79-year-old mother of four children, with 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Sen. Kevin Parker hosts 9th annual Prom Dress Giveaway

Saturday, May 14, State Sen. Kevin Parker hosted his 9th annual Prom Dress Giveaway at the Samuel J. Tilden High School campus in Brooklyn.

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Benny Carter, the master arranger of big band swing

For a couple of reasons Benny Carter stayed on my mind this week. His memory was first evoked during a discussion of the history of the Apollo Theater.

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‘Ghost Brothers’ investigating paranormal activity

Three friends banded together to travel throughout America and investigate whether ghosts exist. Friday, April 15, Destination America premiered the six-part series, “Ghost Brothers.”

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 5/26 - 6/01

GBE African Liberation Month 2016 saw the United African Movement present a more than well deserved tribute to its president-founder, legendary court room genius, “Attorney at War,” Alton H. Maddox Jr., featuring, among others, pan-African activist-educator Dr. Leonard Jeffries at their weekly Wednesday forum, 1025 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn N.Y.

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Talking SCHOP! The view from Harlem EatUp! 2016

The second annual Harlem EatUp! festival has come to a close. The Dine Ins have been turned out, The Stroll has been stomped and The Taste has been devoured.

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Great travel necessities to wear, flash, strut and pack

I swear, the tech, clothing, accessory, food and other areas of the product segment of the travel industry keep getting better and better!

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A spiritual reunion between Miles and Trane

Tributes to the music and legacy of Miles Davis and John Coltrane were only feet apart recently at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Kat’s Cafe, ‘Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song’

Last week, while visiting Atlanta, I was introduced to a nice little jazz club on that scene called Kat’s Cafe.

Thursday, May 26

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New talk show for Amber Rose

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that VH1 has slotted a June premiere date for Amber Rose’s new talk show. “The Amber Rose Show” will debut at 11 p.m. Friday, June 17.

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Spring/summer 2017 sketches and fall 2016 designs

On top, there are woven, off-the-shoulder blouses that look quite feminine over peasant and poet-styled blouson skirts.

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Designer launches cosmetic line at show

At Malan Breton’s autumn/winter ’16 presentation for New York Fashion Week, the collection was filled with classic cuts that bordered on sporty styles in functional shapes for a modern lifestyle.

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Duke Ellington’s sacred concerts revived at Grace Congregational Church

Last week the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts hosted its 24th International Study Group on the peerless composer.

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Ailey begins Lincoln Center season

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle has announced the program for the company’s two-week Lincoln Center season, June 8-19, and it is a jam-packed choreographic grab bag featuring more than a dozen works on five different programs.

‘Money Monster’ comes up short

Lee Gates (George Clooney) hosts a TV show in which he’s part showman and part financial advisor. He livens up the program with visual and sound effects, such as hens clucking, as he tells viewers “not to be chicken” when he suggests a risky stock.

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‘Dear White People’ director brings his wit to Netflix

“Dear White People,” a comedy series based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed, Sundance award-winning satirical indie film is coming to Netflix.

‘Roots’ reimagined

History® will premiere “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30.

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BAMcinématek presents FilmAfrica May 25-30

Despite the purposeful lack of accurate African history in world school curriculums and the laughable content of most books on history, the cradle of all civilization is in Africa.

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Brennyn Lark makes stunning Broadway debut in ‘Les Miserables

If you go to the theater to be moved, to cry and to feel inspired, then you must make plans to see the current revival of “Les Miserables,” playing at the Imperial Theatre on West 45th Street.

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Joe Morton is the brilliant Dick Gregory in ‘Turn Me Loose’

“Turn Me Loose” is a tour-de-force that celebrates Dick Gregory’s brilliance. Joe Morton is quick-witted, funny and poignant as the iconic comedian.

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CTO appoints tourism specialist

Dominica’s Amanda Charles is the new sustainable tourism specialist at the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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How the Obama administration could screw Democrats’ chances in November

During his run for the office of president in 2008, Barack Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform and immigrants responded in droves. At the time of his victory, Democrats controlled Congress—both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Cash-strapped Venezuela turns to Caribbean

Facing perhaps its worst ever political and economic crisis, despite being the world’s fith oil producer, Venezuela has turned to its Caribbean neighbors for help as President Nicolas Maduro struggles to hold on to power.

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New Yorkers to receive mental health support in more NYC communities

Fifteen community-based organizations have been selected to receive grants to partner with mental health providers, train staff and improve access to mental health care in their communities through the Connection to Care program, as part of ThriveNYC.

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In the spirit of Malcolm X

On May 19, the 27th annual Malcolm X Birthday Black Power March and Rally moved along Harlem’s 125th Street corridor behind a huge banner depicting Malcolm X.

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Thank you, teachers

I recently returned from the YWCA’s annual event to celebrate women and girls. Each year their “Potential to Power Girls Symposium” brings together a diverse group of girls from high schools (and now middle schools) from across the city to spend the day discussing such topics as feminism, social justice, gender and racial equality, racism, economic uplift, tech, STEM, the arts and everything in between.

Short lifespan of American demo-republicanism

It doesn’t seem so long ago when an ambitious political couple holding preteen Chelsea Clinton by the hand was moving from the governor’s mansion in Little Rock, Ark., to the august quarters of the White House in D.C.

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The education dilemma

For far too many years we’ve tried to address the problem of failing educational achievement in America essentially by ignoring it. And by ignoring it, I mean, throwing money at it and hoping it’ll go away.

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Time out for a little appreciation

Election campaigns tend to move candidates toward increasingly negative assessment of the character, competency and accomplishments of their opponents.

Cosmopolitan Review 5/26 - 6/01

Each borough has its own unique ambiance, but Brooklyn is more like a town, an enchanting place to live and play.

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Memorial Day: Continuing the legacy of Harlem Hellfighters

On Memorial Day we remember those who shed their blood, sweat and tears to make the United States of America the most beautiful country in the world.

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Last Poet Abiodun launches latest release

Famed Last Poet Abiodun Oyewole and his music group released their new album “Gratitude” at New Harlem Besame Lounge this week.

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Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra keeps it funky!

I have some vivid memories of my first foray as a musician. Fourth grade it was. I could join the glee club, but my Afro wasn’t quite right at the time to sing. The other option was the ban

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NYPD refuses to disclose StingRay information; NYCLU sues

The New York Civil Liberties Union’s battle with the New York Police Department over StingRay devices continues.

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Fight for $15 to protest McDonald’s shareholder meeting, looks to join SEIU

McDonald’s cooks and cashiers wanted their employer to know that they’ve had enough.

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Trump ‘a disaster waiting to happen,’ Clinton says

Hillary Clinton, approximately 90 delegate votes away from being the Democratic presidential nominee, has turned down Sen. Bernie Sanders’ request for a debate before the June 7 primary in California.

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The Brown and Black turn black and blue

Tuesday, education activist group Families for Excellent Schools, supported by public school parents, filed civil rights complaints against New York City and State departments.

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Montclair honoring Harlem Hellfighters on Memorial Day

The memory of four members of the 369th infantry regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” from Montclair are being honored at this year’s Memorial Day tribute in the township.

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Winners announced at Newark Black Film Festival

A documentary about author Alice Walker and a drama about boxing are among the winners of the Newark Black Film Festival 2016 Paul Robeson Award.

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No unrest after latest Freddie Gray verdict

According to J.C. Faulk, a Baltimore activist and founder of An End to Ignorance, a group that combats systemic racism, the neighborhoods were “eerily quiet.”

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U.S. Supreme Court voids death sentence of Black Georgia man

In a 7-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a death-row inmate in Georgia citing race discrimination in the jury selection.

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Riot Police Using 'Excessive Force' Break Up Opposition Protest

Demonstrators in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisumu in western Kenya seeking a new slate of election commissioners were met with an excessive use of violent force by uniformed officers that stunned many Kenyans over its brutality.

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Mandela Statue Casts Shadow over Unfree Palestine

Now that the media circus has moved on, a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is a curious icon standing impressively tall in the well-to-do city of Ramallah, the economic capital of Palestine.

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Ghana Still A of Lethal E-Waste Dumping

Digital dumping ground. World’s largest e-waste dump. Whatever you call it, Agbogbloshie, Ghana, is among the top ten “worst polluted” places where tons of discarded electronics, refrigerators, microwaves and televisions—also known as e-waste—end up decomposing in a massive scrap heap.

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City forces landlords to repair buildings with cluster homeless units

Seven buildings used as homeless shelters with a combined total of 726 building code violations are being forced by the city to clean things up.

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New York Urban League hosts summer STEM Program

The New York Urban League is inviting eighth-graders to participate in the NYUL Experimental Technology Academy this summer to learn more about technology, college and careers in STEM.

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Malcolm X would have celebrated his 91st birthday Thursday, May 19

At the Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, there was birthday cake. Droves of activists gathered at his grave site in Westchester County. Hundreds of residents took to the streets of Harlem to march.

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A liar, a bigot and an underdog—Black youth weigh election options

Voting for the “least racist,” seems to be the position that some Black youth are taking during this presidential election.

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Closer than close: A tale of Hillary, Donald, the polls ... and Bernie

It’s early, but a potential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, two of the least popular presidential candidates in recent memory, could be closer than people think.

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Ailey begins Lincoln Center season

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle has announced the program for the company’s two-week Lincoln Center season, June 8-19, and it is a jam-packed choreographic grab bag featuring more than a dozen works on five different programs.

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Community Calendar 5/26 - 6/1

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

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Nate Moran—From the street to big dance beats

For two years, crashing on the streets of New York was the norm for freelance mimer Nate Moran. And then he met R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Ne-Yo on Eighth Avenue in the mid-2000s.

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Smack is back!

Now that white men between the ages of 18 and 44 top the number of addicts in the nation dying of overdoses of heroin, or smack, lawmakers, law enforcement officers, the medical profession and civic leaders are taking notice.

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New York City hoping to avoid mental illness epidemic

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration recently launched an ambitious “comprehensive” mental health plan, called ThriveNYC, that will cost $850,000 over five years, because according to experts, “1 in 5 New Yorkers experience a mental health disorder in a given year.”

Wednesday, May 25

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Emotional photo reveals Haitian West Point grad's American dream

If you need proof that triumph can have many faces, look no further than this stunning photo of recent West Point graduate Alix Idrache.

Tuesday, May 24

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Fleet Week welcomes American heroes to city

Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 28th Annual Fleet Week.

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Judge: Bill Cosby to stand trial for assault charges

More than a decade after he was first accused of sexual misconduct, Bill Cosby will go to trial.

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Supreme Court sides with death row inmate in racial discrimination case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday morning in favor of a death row inmate in a case concerning race discrimination in jury selection.

Monday, May 23

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Freddie Gray case: Officer Edward Nero not guilty

Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty of all charges for his part in the events leading to the death of Freddie Gray. Judge Barry Williams announced his decision Monday after a bench trial. Nero was charged with second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Friday, May 20

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Life is good for J.R. Smith

Life has been good for J.R. Smith since he was traded by Knicks president Phil Jackson to the Cleveland Cavaliers in January of 2015.

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Curry, Westbrook highlight NBA West semifinal series

If you watched the NBA Western Conference Finals last night, Wednesday, and Game 1 Monday between its two remaining teams, the Oklahoma Thunder and the Golden State Warriors, you’re watching two of basketball’s most notable point guards.

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Liberty open with two wins

It’s only two wins and there’s a long season ahead was the sentiment of New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer and the players, but no one can deny it’s nice to open the 2016 WNBA season with back-to-back victories.

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Yankee legend Bernie Williams receives his Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music

Former Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams lined up with more than 200 other graduating Manhattan School of Music students Friday afternoon, May 13, at Riverside Church to receive his Bachelor of Music diploma from the prestigious music conservatory.

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One punch makes baseball exciting again

Sunday’s “basebrawl” between Rougned Odor and Jose Bautista was better than many professional fights.

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LeBron James redefines the sports business model

Jim Brown, considered by many sports historians to be the greatest football player ever, was also one of the most forward thinking athletes of his generation.

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Jumatatu Poe keeping people in the know

In the vast landscape of pop culture, dance has and will always be a welcomed barometer.

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Dianne McIntyre and six dance artists receive Doris Duke Artist Award

Harlem’s own Dianne McIntyre is named as one of the seven dance artists to receive the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Award.

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The need for speed: A trip to NASCAR

I’ve watched NASCAR races on TV many times and have learned over time that there is a lot more to it than just driving around in a circle for a few hours.

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Beauty app news for you

With the age of technology moving so fast, keeping up with all the new beauty apps can get hectic.

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Evening glamor: Soft, sexy and sophisticated

World-class women are devoted to the top designers and the fashions in their collections.

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Legends who walk among you: The Veldt

Any given day on the Lower East Side, you can find members of The Veldt, a legendary Black psychedelic Brit Pop band who got their start and a major label record deal with Polygram in the ’80s.

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Columbia grad students achieve parental leave and other victories

Columbia University’s graduate students won a major victory last week.

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Contract negotiations begin for New York/New Jersey airport workers

Last Tuesday, approximately 7,000 New York and New Jersey airport workers began negotiations for the first union contract for subcontracted airport workers in the region.

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Report: DC $15 minimum wage would raise wages for 114,000

A new report by the Economic Policy Institute concludes that if phased in by 2020, Washington D.C.’s $15 minimum wage proposal would give 114,000 workers a pay raise.

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Diddy and The Family are back

In 1993 an aspiring music executive established a label that would eventually lay the foundation of a movement that would literally have a global impact. Fashion, multimedia and food/beverage were a few of the industries that were influenced by the kid from Harlem, Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy, with the golden touch.

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Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. hosts book signing for Smith and Gasby

The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. hosted a book signing party for Barbara Smith and Dan Gasby in honor of their new book “Before I Forget.” More than 150 people attended the talk and reception Wednesday, May 4.

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United Palace honors the Rev. Dr. Eula Dent Eikerenkoetter for 50 years of service

The United Palace House of Inspiration honored the Rev. Dr. Eula M. Dent Eikerenkoetter for her 50 years of stewardship, service and contributions to Reverend Ike Ministries and the greater United Palace community.

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Cosmopolitan Review 5/19 - 5/25

“There is no better [teacher] than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”—Malcolm X.

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South African defense ministry defends hiring of Cuban workers

A growing number of Cuban technicians are working in South Africa, refurbishing infantry combat vehicles and South African Military logistical transport vehicles of the South African National Defense Force.

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Water is life: Links to Helping and healing in Haiti

The 2010 catastrophic earthquake devastated the nation of Haiti. Millions of Haitian citizens were affected by the major structural damage in Port-au-Prince and other settlements in the region. Despite international humanitarian aid, six years later, the people of Haiti are still suffering.

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Memorial service to be held for Afeni Shakur

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Chico Freeman returns, ‘Nina’ the film

Chico Freeman, the tenor saxophonist who has been a creative force in jazz for more than four decades, will return to New York City, where he released his first album “Morning Prayer” (1976), after living in Europe for the past decade.

Thursday, May 19

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The Duke is tops

To capture the majesty and influence of Duke Ellington’s music requires a yearlong activity, each day representing a tenth of his compositions, many of them immortal standards.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ is a conflict worth seeing!

Although nations around the world appreciate the brave heroics of the Avengers, the leaders from the international community become weary of the collateral loss of innocent lives and the massive property damage resulting from the super heroes’ otherwise effective crime-fighting efforts

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Emmy winner Joe Morton takes the stage as Dick Gregory

Joe Morton, who recently won an Emmy for his portrayal of Eli Pope on ABC’s “Scandal,” has returned to the New York stage, playing stand-up comedian and activist Dick Gregory in “Turn Me Loose”

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DanceAfrica 2016: A celebration in movement, rhythm and spirit

This Memorial Day weekend, the 39th annual DanceAfrica celebration promises to fill the Brooklyn Academy of Music and its surrounding community with a dynamic display of dance, music, film, food, fashion and more as it has done since it was founded in 1977 by Baba Chuck Davis, but this time there’s something different.

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Passionate political activist Ramon Jimenez dead at 67

Ramon Jimenez, a voice for the voiceless and an outspoken member of the Green Party, died Tuesday of prostate cancer. He was 67.

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Free community health fair Saturday, May 21

Springfield Gardens Intermediate School 59, in partnership with the I.S. 59 PTA, P.S. 132Q (The Ralph Bunche School), Jamaica YMCA, New York State Sen. Leroy Comrie, Our Brothers Guardian, Inc. and EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care, will host the third annual I.S. 59 Community Health and Educational Fair and “The Men Rising” Conference

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Water down your high blood pressure

Until 1955, there were no drugs to control high blood pressure. People with this condition were in deep water and became water logged due to the retention of excess fluid. Thus, a condition known as hypertension resulted.

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Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook hosts book signing

Former U.S. Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook’s “Soul Sisters: Devotions for and from African American, Latina, and Asian Women” recently hosted a book release and signing event.

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PSC-CUNY votes to authorize strike

They’ve worked without a contract for five years and haven’t had a raise in more than six years. The City University of New York’s faculty and staff have had enough.

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Jackie Carter, an extraordinary publisher of diversity in children’s books

Even many of those with a direct connection to the publishing industry were not aware of author Jackie Carter’s important pioneering role in the promotion and publishing of children’s books, particularly those with an emphasis on racial diversity.

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The political gap today

Many Americans watching the presidential primaries are left wondering what has happened to the nation politically.

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White House chooses Newark for Special Impact Hub program

The White House chose the city of Newark as one of 16 communities to take part in the Special Impact Hub program, aimed at upgrading and expanding community programs (including job, learning, meal and violence reduction programs) for young people this summer and year-round.

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Trumpestilence

Yesterday, Donald Trump insulted the Pope and the Dalai Lama. Not really. But because he’s insulted everybody else, they could very well be on his hit list.

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Clinton edges Sanders in Kentucky, loses in Oregon

No matter whose polls or numbers you consult, Hillary Clinton has outdistanced her opponent thus far in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

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Terrie Williams hosts suicide prevention walk

Noted public relations counselor and author Terrie M. Williams is no stranger to pain.

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Congratulations graduates

This time of year always warms my heart. It seems everywhere I turn there is someone graduating from elementary school, high school, college or a graduate program.

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Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Broadway Theater Tony Award nominees

This year has been, without question, the best year for actors, producers, directors and other theatrical professionals of color on Broadway.

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A choice between truth and repose

As the esteemed essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote in an essay titled “Intellect,” “God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please. You can never have both.”

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URBAN AGENDA: Gentrification, Rising Rents and the City’s Changing Housing Landscape

This is interesting, but probably not very surprising: according to a report released last week, the black population in the city’s “gentrifying” communities – places like Central Harlem, Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Morrisania, just to name a few -- declined by seven percent from 1990 to 2010.

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Eric Holder delivers commencement address at Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School alum and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is delivers the keynote address at Columbia Law School’s graduation.

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Report: State's 'eviction bonus' largest contributor to rent increases on stabilized apartments

According to a report by the Community Service Society, New York State’s “eviction bonus” is responsible for nearly 50 percent of the citywide total increase in stabilized rents above inflation.

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De Blasio goes to Staten Island town hall

Mayor de Blasio’s first ever town hall meeting on Staten Island was held last month in a gymnasium named after the island’s current Republican Borough President James Oddo.

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Labor dept pushes for Verizon talks

It’s been going on for months, and now the U.S. Department of Labor wants Verizon’s labor issues to come to an end.

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Harlem EatUp! 2016

This year's Harlem EatUp! event bringing out some of the best and brightest from Uptown restaurant scene as well as some new flavors.

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Community Calendar 5/19 - 5/25

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

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The ‘Uberlicious’ Mai Perkins

Mai Perkins in one of the 20,000 Uber drivers taking New Yorkers from point A to point B. She’s combining her love of writing and being an Uber driver with her popular blog “Uberlicious.”

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Our right to know

It is ironic that many New Yorkers are not aware of the Right to Know Act, the legislative package that aims to protect them while promoting communication, transparency and accountability between them and the New York Police Department.

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Ronald Savage, alleged victim of Afrika Bambaataa, speaks to the AmNews

Ronald Savage is a 50-year-old single father of three, who is one of at least four men who have accused hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa (aka Kevin Donovan) of molesting him as a teen. The founder of the world-renowned Universal Zulu Nation has denied all accusations.

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Union chief criticizes Bratton for ‘hypocrisy’

Even as the disconnect between the NYPD and the community doesn’t seem to be improving, recent headlines reveal a new conflict, this time within the department.

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Behind the Photo: Harlem Eat Up! Class of 2016

Last year’s Harlem EatUp!’s first class photo took place in front of a couple of brownstones on 119th Street in homage to Art Kane’s iconic photo, “A Great Day in Harlem.”

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Malcolm X Day 2016 local events

On the 91st anniversary of Malcolm X’s physical birth, this May 19, a variety of events throughout the New York metropolitan area will commemorate the occasion.

Tuesday, May 17

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Twitter adds BET CEO to board

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62 years after Brown v. BOE, court orders schools to desegregate

Living on the "other side of the tracks" isn't just a cheap idiom in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Monday, May 16

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Wendell Pierce bows out as Rutgers University-Newark commencement speaker after arrest

Actor Wendell Pierce was arrested in Atlanta over the weekend over an incident stemming from a testy exchange over politics, police said.

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AmNews Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum featured on Centric

A new television spot featuring New York Amsterdam News Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum is running on Centric.

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Feds to review North Charleston police

The feds are expected to announce a review of the North Charleston, South Carolina, police department Tuesday, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.

Friday, May 13

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Fight Over Free Digital Content Escalates as New Study Says Blacks and Latinos Would Benefit

A leading advocacy voice in the minority community on communications policy has lent its voice to the growing debate over free data.

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Obama administration issues guidance on transgender access to school bathrooms

The Obama administration issued guidance Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

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Destiny's Child alum cast in Dionne Warwick biopic

LeToya Luckett has been cast to play singer Dionne Warwick in a planned film about the singer's life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Susannah Mushatt Jones, world's oldest person, dies at 116

Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest person, has died in New York at age 116.

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Stephen Curry—Courting victory and providing best role model for kids

To the delight of Golden State Warriors fans and basketball enthusiasts everywhere—and to the surprise of practically no one—superstar Stephen Curry will be named the NBA MVP for the second straight year, according to ESPN.com sources.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are making a mockery of the Eastern Conference

They have essentially cakewalked through the first two rounds of the playoffs, defeating the Detroit Pistons in the opening round and then disposing of the Atlanta Hawks in the conference semifinals. They have won the best-of-seven series by a combined tally of 8-0.

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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook taking care of business out west

When the San Antonio Spurs play the Oklahoma Thunder tonight, Thursday, in Oklahoma, Game 6 of the second round of NBA playoffs, OKC will count on their younger legs to get them to the next round of NBA playoffs

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Stevie Wonder turns 66

Music legend Stevie Wonder turns 66 and we're opening up the archives of our rare photos of his career.

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Coaches freshen up their resumes for new NBA openings

A number of positions were available for applicants seeking NBA head coaching positions at the end of this regular season. Beginning last month, 10 teams have either hired or are in the process of hiring a suitable candidate for their openings.

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Liberty brings preseason action to Harlem

Although the New York Liberty lost a close preseason game to the reigning WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, 77–74, fans had a chance to see the newest names on the roster up close because the game was played at Levien Gymnasium at Columbia University.

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'Racist McShootface' -- George Zimmerman gun auction draws trolls

George Zimmerman is auctioning the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin four years ago, he told a Florida TV station.

Thursday, May 12

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Third anniversary of the passing of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Malcolm Shabazz was buried near his grandparents, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.

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Eriq La Salle to join X-Men franchise

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity gossip.

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Cape Town Jazz Festival highlights

Covering the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival was an emotional experience that broadened my concepts of South Africa during this first-time visit.

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Masterwork of Black theater opens at HSA May 13

The Harlem School of the Arts Theatre Department is launching “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show."

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Revolution’

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an uptown boy and very proud of it. We can lay claim (by our zip code, to a degree) to the genius that is Miranda, the lyricist, composer, creator and star of “Hamilton.”

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Literary giants Ishmael Reed and Haki Madhubuti in town

There are two opportunities for folks in the region to spend time with the eminent author Ishmael Reed.

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Black productions recognized with Drama Desk noms

The Drama Desk Awards honor the best in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater.

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‘Blackbird’ is a riveting, disturbing drama

Broadway is a vehicle through which many different topics can be discussed, including those that may be difficult for people to approach and deal with.

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PHOTOS: Opening night at the New York African Film Festival

Stars and filmmakers were out during the opening night of this year's New York African Film Festival.

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Remembering Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign

Wednesday, the People’s Organization for Progress, led by activist Larry Hamm, held a march and rally commemorating the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign to End Poverty and Racism and to Demand an Economic Bill of Rights.

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BCA 12th annual Global Food & Wine Experience

The Black Culinary Alliance celebrated its 12th annual Global Food & Wine Experience

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Ebony Escapes! into May 2016

Barbecue, al fresco movies, jazz and gospel festivals and more are just the beginning of the wide array of events happening across the country this month.

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Designers inspired by hip-hop

At the recent New York Fashion Week presentations, designer Shayne Oliver’s collection was amazing. Making his debut, Oliver is the owner of the label, and his show had a standing-room-only crowd.

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Soft spring and summer 2016 styles

Two young fashion designers showed contemporary sportswear collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Previews in Berlin.

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UFCW/MCAW files Walmart-related complaint to NLRB

Walmart is in the news again regarding its labor practices.

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NLRB upholds decision to pay wrongfully terminated janitors

The National Labor Relations Board upheld a previous decision requiring Eastern Essential Services to pay janitors for lost wages and benefits.

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Election 2016: The next six months

Not since the 1964 election, when Democrat Lyndon Johnson defeated conservative Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, has the difference between the candidates at the top of the national tickets of the two major parties been so stark.

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Afrika Bambaataa—It’s about to get real

Because one of the major news stories mirrors ancient Greek civilization, let’s begin with a quote from a Greek philosopher, Thrasymachus: “Justice is nothing other than the advantage of the stronger.”

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Harlem celebrates Mother’s Day

The annual Mother’s Day march/parade took over 125th Street as it celebrated 30-plus years in Harlem honoring mothers.

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Mo’Nique at the Apollo for Mother’s Day

There were lots of laughs with Mo’Nique and comedian Tone X at the Apollo Theater on Mother’s Day this past Sunday.

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Cosmopolitan Review 5/12 - 5/18

April showers bring May flowers. What do the May flowers bring? According to the New York Society for Ethical Culture, they bring truth, justice and the American way. The rain didn’t stop those who gathered at the Central Park West location for the presentation of the Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Public Service Awards to former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

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Ethiopia plans to export more coffee but local vendors object

Strike while the iron is hot. For Ethiopia, that means sell—coffee beans in this case—while the market for good coffee is booming around the world.

U.S. delegation among foreign nations saluting re-elected winner of DuBois poll

After the disputed re-election of the longest-serving ruler of Equatorial Guinea, opposition leaders and local organizations decried it as “not credible.”

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Celebrating the life of Woodley Charlot

A handful of tight-knit people—mainly close friends and intimate relatives—came out to reflect on the memory of Brother Woodley Charlot, a.k.a. “Big Sincere” or simply “Sin,” at a local get-together in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on spring’s first day.

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New citywide initiative supports Alzheimer’s caregivers

Thanks to grants from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, two of New York City’s leading providers of caregiver support services have launched a new initiative to provide comprehensive services for caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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Community music school on UWS welcomes students regardless of financial status

If it’s a matter of paying next month’s rent or enrolling your child in music lessons, guess where the money is going?

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SUNY Old Westbury holds Convocation to Honor Excellence

The beautiful expansive campus of SUNY Old Westbury just held its annual Convocation to Honor Excellence.

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James Haughton, crusader against the construction industry

There was a time a score of years ago when monthly visits to Jim Haughton’s place in lower Manhattan were part of a routine exercised by local—and a few national—activists.

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West Point cadets—Solidarity in sisterhood

U.S. Navy Veteran Patrice Porter shares her thoughts on Black women posing int he highly publicized photo at West Point Military Academy.

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Rutgers University prepares for Obama’s commencement address

On the heels of his rousing commencement speech at Howard University, President Barack Obama heads to the Garden State this weekend to address graduates at Rutgers University.

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Election to replace late Teaneck Mayor Lizette Parker set for November

As the Township of Teaneck continues to mourn the death of its late mayor, Lizette Parker, the task is now underway to select her replacement.

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Sanders wins West Virginia but gains little

The polls and pundits predicted that Sen. Bernie Sanders would win the West Virginia primary Tuesday, and they were right. But, as they also noted, the victory did little to close the gap between him and Hillary Clinton, who has a decisive lead in delegates.

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President Barack Obama's commencement address at Howard University

The commencement speech President Barack Obama delivered at the Howard University graduation.

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The new plastic bag fee in NYC

Last week, the New York City Council approved a bag fee of $0.05 on all plastic bags.

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The legacy and lessons of Malcolm X

May 19th marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X. Now more than ever, his prophetic 1964 “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech resonates for Black people during this 2016 presidential election year...

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Is actor Jussie Smolett leaving 'Empire?'

All eyes were on Fox's primetime drama Empire on Thursday night as one of the season's pivotal moments could change everything.

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Stuck in the doldrums: The alarming rise of white despair in America

No one has quite been able to put a finger on it, but there is something definitely afoot in America, with an alarming rise in suicides among individuals between the ages of 35 and 64.

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Deltas and Omegas host program for college-bound students

The New York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Xi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity are hosting the event “The Things Textbooks Don’t Teach Us About College!”

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DYCD hosts Heroes Project

April 27 the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development held its first comic book creation initiative for middle school students all across New York City in a special collaboration with Darryl Makes Comics and The Comic Book Project.

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Charges against postal worker dismissed in police misconduct case

Brooklyn District Ken Thompson dismisses charges against a letter carrier whose U.S. Postal Service vehicle was left unattended following his arrest.

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NYPD sergeant shoots armed man following car stop in Queens; officer bitten by suspect

An armed man was shot by a NYPD sergeant after he pointed his weapon at police in Queens late Wednesday.

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Afrika Bambaataa officially removed from the Universal Zulu Nation

Friday May 6, the Supreme and World Councils, which oversee the daily operations of hip-hop’s first family, the Universal Zulu Nation, announced that the Bronx-born and bred organization was officially displacing its founder, Afrika Bambaataa, from its ranks amid a slew of pedophilia accusations over the past month and change.

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Talking SCHOP! Mountain Bird Flies High

The second annual Harlem EatUp! festival (@HarlemEatUp!) is only one week away! Another food-filled weekend of dinners, tastings, demos, art and more will go down for all to enjoy.

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Community Calendar 5/12 - 5/18

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

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Dr. Georgina Falú: Preserving our ancestors’ legacies

Dr. Georgina Falú and her Falú Foundation have established nonprofit organizations for several notable African scholar warriors so that their lifelong efforts continue to make an impact.

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Even children fear Trump

AmNews Publisher and Editor in Chief Elinor Tatum shares how children view Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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'Shuffle Along’ is Black Broadway history

“Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” is one of the most significant, sensational, stirring musicals to come to Broadway in some time. It gives an endearing, historical record of “Shuffle Along,” the first Black musical staged on Broadway in 1921.

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Malcolm X: Africa’s global ambassador

“The Malcolm X Day May 19 celebration recognizes his vision of us as a global people liberating ourselves from European colonialism,” explained historian Dr. Leonard Jeffries in preparation for the 51st anniversary of the event, “and May 25 is African Liberation Day, where we celebrate the great strides made regarding Africa’s global unity over the past several decades.”

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Treachery: Corrupt Cuomo or debased de Blasio?

The race that the nation, if not the world, is watching with interest is one looming between Hillary Clinton and the “presumptuous” Donald Trump, as Clinton called him.

Wednesday, May 11

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The best time to start taking Social Security

People say you should hold off taking Social Security until full retirement age or later rather than starting benefits early.

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Ex-North Charleston officer indicted on federal charges in Walter Scott death

A grand jury Wednesday indicted former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager on federal charges in last year's shooting death of Walter Scott.

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'THE BLACKOUT PARTY' to celebrate Black nominees at Tony Awards

Walker International Communications, Inc. (WIGC) and Broadway Black are hosting THE BLACKOUT PARTY.

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Prince death investigation: Doctor saw Prince twice

The focus of the investigation into the death of Prince appeared to be shifting Wednesday to the role of a Minnesota doctor revealed in a search warrant to have seen the entertainer twice in the weeks before his death.

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Union to represent 35,000 Uber drivers in New York City, but with limits

Uber announced Tuesday that it has recognized the newly formed Independent Drivers Guild, which will represent 35,000 drivers in New York City.

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West Point clears black cadets over raised-fists photo

The 16 female, African-American cadets who appeared in a photograph with raised fists in uniform will not be punished for their controversial "Old Corps Photo."

Tuesday, May 10

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Freddie Gray case: Judge will decide officer's fate, not jury

In the next trial of a Baltimore police officer in the Freddie Gray case, it won't matter what the jury thinks; there won't be one.

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How Prince and Michael Jackson led parallel lives

Prince and Michael Jackson were born the same year and rose to colossal fame in the 1980s. Each defined a sound for a generation.

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Court delays in the Bronx have defendants waiting years, suit claims

Residents of the New York City borough of the Bronx who have been arrested for a misdemeanor charge are waiting months or even years for their cases to be resolved.

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PRINCE Act proposed in Minnesota

A Minnesota lawmaker has moved to protect Prince's legacy after the superstar's death.

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Ferguson swears in new police chief

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, swore in Delrish Moss as its first African-American police chief on Monday.

Monday, May 9

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Black West Point cadets under scrutiny for raised fists in photo

It's a time-honored tradition at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York -- graduating seniors in small groups don their ceremonial high-collared uniforms and pose for a photo in front of historic Nininger Hall.

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ImageNation highlights banned Warner Bros. cartoons

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is hosting a night of rare animation and discussion on race centering on the 11 banned and controversial Looney Tunes and Merrie Melody cartoons.

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Obama at Howard: 'Passion is vital, but you got to have a strategy'

President Barack Obama warned against a culture of political correctness on college campuses Saturday as he urged students at Howard University to engage in the political process at the local level.

Friday, May 6

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Apollo Theater inducting Prince into Walk of Fame at spring gala

The Apollo Theater is hosting 11th Annual Spring Gala on Monday, June 13.

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Virginia first-grader with no hands wins national handwriting contest

People may look at Anaya Ellick and see a child who'll have a lifetime of challenges. But a second look at her reveals a girl who's providing a lifetime of inspiration.

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Two NYers named to Olympic basketball team

Both New York and the New York Liberty will be represented at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Suddenly the playoffs are more interesting

The NBA playoffs have become interesting all of a sudden. The Portland Trailblazers, now battling the Golden State Warriors, took advantage of the Los Angeles Clippers’ bad luck in the first round, beating them in six games to advance in the Western Conference.

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Dwayne Wade remains a force in Miami

Dwayne Wade is arguably one of the five greatest shooting guards of all time. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Dwayne Wade and Allen Iverson, in that order, constitute this writer’s list. Greatness is primarily measured by longevity, statistics and championships.

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PHOTOS: Pearl Washington laid to rest

Friends and family came together to remember the late Dwayne A. "Pearl" Washington.

Thursday, May 5

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Work or cry; do or die

There is a meat-cutting, face-slashing frenzy going on in New York City, and while we’re discussing the finer points of the head/heart battle between Hilary and Bernie or the dangers of brown shirt versus conservative Republican nominations, we’re ignoring the bubble of anger so laden with pus it’s plummeting downward, not floating up.

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The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, civil rights witness and participant, dead at 81

The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles is often best remembered as an eyewitness to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac, passes

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Simpson and Stewart, no smiles for Miles, Chet Baker

In today’s cluttered world of flying plastic bags, where the paparazzi are idolized for stalking celebrities, photographers such as Coreen Simpson and Chuck Stewart take their world-renowned photographs the old fashioned way—with permission and creativity.

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‘Demolition’ is a wreck

It was over so quickly: Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his wife are driving one seemingly normal weekday afternoon when a car crashes into the side of their vehicle, killing her. He reacts strangely to her death.

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‘The Boss’ should be fired

What goes up must come down. After a heartbreaking childhood where she is shuttled from foster home to foster home, Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) climbs to the top of the business world, becoming the CEO of three Fortune 500 companies

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Matt Bernson for Mother’s Day

Celebrities, trend makers and fashion editors know the name Matt Bernson. His Tribeca shoe store, nestled at 20 Harrison St., is almost hidden on a nondescript cobble-stone corner that (now) is part of one of the most expensive real-estate sections of the city.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’—a conversation

Ironically, the fact that some people don’t expect complexity from comics might be the very reason why social issues are often addressed in them, yet “fly under the radar.”

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NY African Film Festival opens this week

The 23rd New York African Film Festival opened May 4, marking the 50th anniversary of Ousmane Sembene’s celebrated first feature, “Black Girl.”

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Urban Agenda: When the Cell Doors Open and They All Come Home

As a relatively young program officer at the Ford Foundation early in my career I made a visit to Sing Sing I will never forget.

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Two popular Harlem pols unite

For those who missed the Saturday morning press conference at the Alhambra, where Rep. Charles Rangel endorsed Keith Wright to succeed him, there was a smaller, more intimate occasion with Wright that evening at Tsion Café.

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Author of ‘The Cook Up: A Crack Memoir’ in Harlem Thursday

From running the streets of East Baltimore to teaching in the classrooms at the University of Baltimore, D. Watkins shares his story in finding the light in the darkness with his new book, “The Cook Up: A Crack Memoir.”

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Sanders wins Indiana

Sometimes in a race, particularly a hotly contested political one, it’s not a matter of how far you’ve come but rather how much further you have to go to win.

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Afeni Shakur, mother of hip-hop icon Tupac, joins ancestors

Afeni Shakur, original Black Panther activist and mother of slain hip-hop legend Tupac, passed away Monday night after paramedics removed the 69-year-old from her Sausalito, Calif., home and rushed her to Marin General Hospital

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Organizers prepare for Malcolm X Day

Organizers and activists are preparing for the 91st birthday celebration of Malcolm X Thursday, May 19. The day also commemorates 27 years of the annual 125th Street business shutdown in Harlem.

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A Sabbia summer @Eataly

If the dinner at Gustiamo wasn’t enough, up pops Eataly’s Sabbia at La Birreria (@Eataly, 200 5th Ave., 212-229-2560, www.eataly.com). The space has been transformed into a coastal resort inspired by the waves and breezes of the Italian coastline—think Sardegna, the city of Rimini in Emilia-Romagna and the island of Capri.

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Hattie B’s knows hot chicken!

So, at the end of our last adventure in Nashville, when we were checking out some of the many outstanding culinary options.

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Oscar de la Renta’s collection shows in Australia

It was just announced that Oscar de la Renta’s summer 2016 collection will make its runway debut and close Australia’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week presentations May 20, 2016.

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Fashion in an age of technology at the Met

“Fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before,” said Thomas P. Campbell, director/CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the recent press preview of “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

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Verizon workers continue work stoppage

Almost three weeks ago, 37,000 Verizon technicians and customer service representatives walked off the job, pushing for a better contract with their employer.

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Security officers rally at Bryant Park for new contract

Security officers affiliated with 32BJ have had enough.

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Wrong road to a cure

Last year, when Mayor de Blasio issued his proposal for the city’s budget, he expressed concern about a growing deficit that would adversely affect millions of New Yorkers and the city’s ability to provide essential services.

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Waiting for the facts

If you say it loud enough and often enough, it becomes popular consensus. Eventually it can become so engrained into the collective psyche that it’ll be conceived as “truth.” That’s how rumors and stereotypes get perpetuated and facts gets altered or obliterated.

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Mosque 7 hosts Eat to Live Health Seminar in Harlem

This past Saturday, April 30, 2016, Mosque 7 in Harlem hosted a day-long Eat to Live Health Seminar, based on the teachings of the Nation of Islam’s Hon. Elijah Muhammad in his lessons and book “How to Eat to Live.”

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Street co-naming ceremony for Tanaya Copeland

This week family members, community leaders and residents gathered for a street co-naming ceremony for Tanaya Copeland

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Urban Health Conference held in Harlem

With participation from the Abyssinian Baptist Church and the First Corinthian’s Baptist Church, as well as the Brooklyn Christian Center and the Radio Health Conference on WBLS WLIB and 103.9FM, the Urban Health Conference was held in Harlem

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The Cosmopolitan Review: 5/5 - 5/11

Purple rain, purple rain. When will the sun shine again? That didn’t stop May Day and Cinco de Mayo from occurring all in one week.

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Haitian cooking night reminds us of our roots and lets us give back

Thursday, May 19 you will have the opportunity to attend the class “Cook Like a Haitian” in Brooklyn, N.Y. The event will be hosted by the Court Tree Collective, a group of Carroll Gardens-based artists who are dedicated to sharing new and exciting cultural events with the local community.

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Fidel Castro: Continue Cuba’s communism after I am gone

During his dissertation at the fourth and last day of the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba last Tuesday, April 19, the Caribbean island’s long-standing revolutionary leader Fidel Castro announced that he would soon be departing this world and implored his people to continue his social vision for his country.

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Bernie, I think it’s time to step aside

This election cycle has been so much more exciting and interesting than I expected.

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VP Biden, do your other constitutional job

President Obama must demand Vice President Biden to schedule immediately a vote on Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination.

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Are American taxpayer dollars funding Iran’s nuclear program?

Less than one year ago, the Obama administration signed, sealed and delivered a nuclear agreement into the bloody hands of Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.

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The Links, Inc. hosts B. Smith and Dan Gasby

The Metro-Manhattan New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated honored restaurateur and lifestyle icon B. Smith and her husband and business partner Dan Gasby.

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United Palace House of Inspiration honors the Rev. Eikerenkoetter for 50 years of service

The United Palace House of Inspiration is hosting a celebration in honor of the Rev. Dr. Eula M. Dent Eikerenkoetter and her 50 years service to Rev. Ike Ministries and the greater United Palace community.

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Innocent man released from prison after serving more than 50 years

Paul Gatling, 81, was released from prison after serving 52 years for a crime he did not commit.

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Sickle cell disease: Know your status, mournful mom urges

Burying a family member is never easy, especially when a parent buries a child. This sad chore fell upon now mother of five, Yvette Teixeira, when her eldest daughter, Makayla, passed in August 2014.

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Educator and deacon Dr. Joe L. Jackson passes at 81

Professor Emeritus Dr. Joe Lewis Jackson leaves a legacy as a passionate family man, educator and church deacon at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. He died April 20 of cancer. Jackson was 81.

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Americans need wake-up call on importance of sleep

A wake-up call to remind Americans about the value of a good night’s sleep and the dangers of undiagnosed and untreated insomnia rang forth from the Save Our Sleep Forum convened by the National Sleep Foundation.

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Hyperthyroidism may lead to uncontrolled diabetes

During my practice of medicine in the hood, my family and I lived above my office.

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College Signing Day

(Last week was) College Signing Day—a day of great excitement and celebration. Across all five boroughs, high school seniors have made their final decisions on where they’ll be attending college in September. It’s a wonderful accomplishment for them, their families and their teachers and school staff.

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Black student accepted to all eight Ivies announces her decision

A Black Long Island high school student receiving offers from all eight Ivy League schools has finally made her choice.

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Moody’s math challenge takes NYC by storm

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge and Mega Math Workshop took New York City by storm as students demonstrated the importance of math.

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Harriet Tubman would want freedom, not gestures

“I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

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Uphold the fallen warriors

It has been immensely encouraging to see the number of young people who have flocked to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign. We are also pleased to witness the impact of Black Lives Matter on a plethora of social and political issues.

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Newark leaders hold rally demanding fair hiring at ports

Leaders in Newark, N.J. took to the streets this week demanding that the Waterfront Commission, the New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association do more to remedy racial, gender and ethnic inequality in employment at the area ports.

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Two people connected to Flint water crisis are dead

Two separate deaths in Flint, Mich., have a connection to the town’s continuing water crisis.

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Obama and Wilmore—It’s a Black thang!

Saturday evening in the Hilton ballroom in Washington, D.C., from President Obama’s opening remarks to the closing comments by comedian Larry Wilmore during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it was a “Black thang.”

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Mother's Day tears: Women mourn the lives of their children taken by violence

Mother’s Day may be a commercially contrived premise, but it brings with it a deep sense of sentimentality for many.

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Twins work together in support of art

Identical twin sisters Karen and Sharon Mackey are on a mission to show the love to artist of color by teaching people how to become art collectors and decorate homes and businesses with fine art.

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Great White Way gets a bit of color

Given the prominence and harvest of Tony nominations of “Hamilton” and “Shuffle Along,” the Great White Way is a little bit darker this year.

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Misty Copeland poised to take flight

This is an amazing time for ballerina Misty Copeland. On May 2, one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers, Mattel, launched a Misty Copeland Barbie Doll as part of its “Sheroes” program, honoring female heroes who inspire girls and women “by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities.”

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To Afeni Shakur, a loving revolutionary spirit

Assemblyman Charles Barron reflects on the late Afeni Shakur.

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Afrika Bambaataa responds to illicit sex allegations

After last week’s AmNews article regarding several pedophilia allegations made against DJ Afrika Bambaataa, the hip-hop pioneer responded by requesting an opportunity to speak his piece, with his new attorney, Charles Tucker, providing legal advice. Once the opportunity was granted, they attempted to clarify the confusion.

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Talking SCHOP! Everything’s popping up Italian

I have an affinity for all things Mediterranean—the places, the culture, the people and most certainly the food.

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Community Calendar 5/5 - 5/11

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

Wednesday, May 4

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Janet Jackson pregnant with first child, days before 50th birthday

Janet Jackson is pregnant with her first child, a source confirmed to Entertainment Tonight.

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Prince team sought addiction doctor's help, lawyer says

The day before Prince died, his team called an eminent opioid addiction specialist in California seeking urgent help for the singer, an attorney working for the specialist and his son said Wednesday.

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Student says she was targeted for criticism by teacher because she’s Black

A northern California teacher is being accused singling out a student for test criticism because of the color of her skin.

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City considers reducing rents for 1M families; why tenants and landlords have doubts

After setting an historic record last year by not raising rents on the city's 1.03 million rent-regulated apartments, the Rent Guidelines Board now considers making local history again by actually reducing rents for the first time ever.

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At the starting gate: Clinton leads Trump by double-digits

As Donald Trump captures the mantle of presumptive Republican nominee, a new poll finds he begins his general election campaign well behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Tuesday, May 3

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Half of teens think they're addicted to their smartphones

Fifty percent of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices, according to the poll.

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Digital Divas: Akilah Hughes, Amelia Umuhire, Stephanie Riggs Create Buzz in Digital Content Space

The recent Tribeca Film Festival brought some of the most dynamic, exciting and promising new digital storytellers in the industry.

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Teen accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools makes her choice

A Long Island teen who received acceptance letters from all eight Ivy League schools has decided where she'll attend college in the fall.

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Afeni Shakur Davis, Tupac's mother, dies at 69

Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of one of hip-hop's most seminal and iconic figures, has died at age 69, the Marin County, California, sheriff's office said Tuesday.

Monday, May 2

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Mother's Day gift ideas that work

There are a myriad of different gifts ideas for mothers on Mother's Day.

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Prince's estate: Still no will, but search continues

A court hearing to determine the fate of Prince's estate -- including the contents of a secretive vault the musician left behind at Paisley Park -- concluded Monday with a special administrator appointed but no will discovered.

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What's it like to apply to college from one of America's poorest neighborhoods?

CNNMoney followed 5 seniors in the Bronx, NY this year.

CNNMoney followed Olatunde and several classmates during their senior year of high school as they tried to defy the odds by getting into college from one of America's poorest neighborhoods.

Sunday, May 1

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Clinton's warning: Obama's legacy is on the line with Trump

Hillary Clinton warned the roughly 6,000 people at an NAACP dinner in Detroit on Sunday that Donald Trump's candidacy is the biggest risk to President Barack Obama's legacy, putting the decision between her and the Republican front-runner in stark terms.