Stories for November 2016

Wednesday, November 30

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Jury deliberations begin in Michael Slager murder trial

A South Carolina jury began deliberating Wednesday in the murder trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.

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Keith Lamont Scott killing: No charges filed against officer, district attorney says

Charlotte police Officer Brentley Vinson's deadly use of force was lawful the day he killed Keith Lamont Scott, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said Wednesday in announcing no charges will be filed in the case.

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U.S. Senators demand study on federal advertising in Black-owned media

Five U.S. Senators have joined the fight for accountability in the federal government’s advertising practices – or lack thereof — when it comes to minority-owned news outlets.

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Despite progress, colorectal cancer claims thousands of Black lives

Few diseases cause as much pain and suffering as cancer. While survivors, activists, policymakers and healthcare professionals have been successful in raising awareness for some types of cancer, others are not as high profile.

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Black AIDS Institute honors Lee Daniels on World AIDS Day

The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals who, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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Serena Williams slams inequality and discrimination in open letter

The subject of equal pay in tennis was very much in the headlines early in 2016 thanks to the much criticized comments of former pro Ray Moore.

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Truck driver who hit Tracy Morgan's limo pleads guilty

A former Walmart truck driver who crashed into a limousine carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and three others pleaded guilty Tuesday in a New Jersey court. Under the terms of the plea deal, he is not expected to serve jail time.

Tuesday, November 29

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'Hamilton' has best week ever for a Broadway show

The smash Broadway show "Hamilton" had the most successful week ever for a Broadway show, despite President-elect Trump calling it "highly overrrated."

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2016 Kwanzaa Forever stamp now available

The U.S. Postal Service issued the 2016 Kwanzaa Forever stamp on October 1 in Charleston, S.C.

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Moonlight' darling of Gotham Awards

"Moonlight" has made history.

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Harassment in schools skyrockets after election, teachers report

In the first national snapshot of what teachers are observing since the presidential election, nine out of 10 educators who responded to the survey said the election has negatively impacted students' behavior and mood.

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The Walter Scott shooting: How Michael Slager's trial has unfolded

As the murder trial for Michael Slager enters its fifth week, new details have emerged from both the defense and prosecution about the day the officer killed Walter Scott.

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African Women’s Development Fund-USA joins #GivingTuesday

The African Women’s Development Fund-USA (AWDF-USA joins #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

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The evolution of the One Million Conscious Black Voters and Contributors

The movement that began as THE One Million Conscious Black Voters and Contributors, while aspirational as it rapidly moves toward its goal of one million members, it is also dynamic as opposed to static.

Monday, November 28

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Ohio State University: Attacker killed, 11 hospitalized after campus attack

Ohio State University officials lauded the efforts of Officer Alan Horujko, 28, in stopping Monday's attacker before he could injure more people.

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Voting rights activists speak on the aftermath of the 2016 elections

During a recent forum on the 2016 presidential election on Capitol Hill, voting rights advocates and civil rights leaders expressed concerns about the role that restrictive voting laws might have played in the outcome. The forum also tackled the problems faced by African Americans and Latinos on Election Day.

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Tiger Woods: Return of the 'gladiator'

The intense stare and the fierce will to win have likened him to a gladiator, but will Tiger Woods's comeback gets the thumbs up from the jury?

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Officials blast Trump vote fraud claims, GOP wants to 'move on'

Election officials, leading Democrats -- and even a prominent Republican -- blasted President-elect Donald Trump after he spread allegations of voter fraud and targeted a trio of states with his false claim.

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Miami fans jeer Colin Kaepernick amid comments on Castro

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was greeted with a chorus of boos Sunday when he took the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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Dylann Roof represents self in Charleston murder trial

A federal judge on Monday granted Dylann Roof's motion to represent himself, and Roof is being permitted to object if he feels potential jurors are not fit to serve on the jury deciding his fate.

Sunday, November 27

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'Barney Miller' actor Ron Glass dies

Actor Ron Glass, known for his role on the police sitcom "Barney Miller," has died, his agent says.

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Flying to Cuba: What you need to know

Hoping to fly to Cuba? It's complicated.

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Obama: My prayers are with the Cuban people

President Barack Obama reacted to the death of Fidel Castro in a statement released by the White House Saturday morning, offering condolences to his family and extending a hand of friendship to the Cuban people.

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Clinton to join recount that Trump calls 'scam'

Hillary Clinton's campaign said Saturday it will take part in efforts to push for recounts in several key states, joining with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has raised millions of dollars to have votes counted again in Wisconsin.

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Chicago officer who fatally shot Black teen relieved of powers

A Chicago police officer who said he shot and killed a black man this week after the teenager pointed a gun at him has been relieved of his police powers, the Chicago Police Department said Saturday.

Saturday, November 26

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Fidel Castro, Cuba's longtime revolutionary leader, dies at 90

Fidel Castro, the Cuban despot who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died aged 90.

Friday, November 25

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Demonstrations held at stores on Black Friday call for justice for Eric Garner

The Justice Now! Coalition held its first action of the weekend, the “Economic Shutdown 2.0” on Black Friday.

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West Virginia man accused of killing teen who bumped him

William Ronald Pulliam appeared unrepentant after fatally shooting a teenager during a confrontation outside a West Virginia discount store.

Thursday, November 24

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National Dance Institute performs at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Midtown gets a touch of Uptown as 150 elementary school dancers from the Harlem-based National Dance Institute (NDI) make their way along the route during the event.

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Black separation? Mobilizing for a plebiscite

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, The Choice campaign for self-determination organized by the December 12th Movement, held a Black Voters State of Emergency Community Speak-Out Nov. 15.

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The ‘Three Doctors’ honored with mural unveiled in Newark’s West Ward





The “Three Doctors” are known for their inspirational book “The Pact.” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the Newark Public Art Program recently unveiled a public mural depicting the doctors in the city’s West Ward.

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Harlem lights up for the holidays

The 125th Street BID and Community Board 9 kicked off the holiday season in Harlem Nov. 17 with the Parade of Lights along 125th Street.

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New Yorkers celebrate blessings and contemplate post-election reality

Flint’s still in the middle of a water crisis. Indigenous (Native) Americans and activists are still protesting the Dakota Pipeline. White nationalists believe they’ve found an ally with the president-elect. For some citizens, Thanksgiving dinner is the least of their worries.

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With a blocked shot, Kristaps Porzingis lends a hand to NYC youth program

New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis has taken another step into his greatness this year, slowly evolving into the Knicks’ best player after All-Star Carmelo Anthony held the reigns in the Big Apple for the past five seasons.

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Washington helps the NFC East division rise as the best in football

It was a few days past mid-September, and the 2016 NFL season had merely reached the conclusion of 
week 2.

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Fight the white right!

When historian Rayford Logan wrote about “nadir of American race relations,” he was referring to the period after Reconstruction to the dawn of the 20th century.

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A week off hasn’t changed much in Jet land

This holiday season, there’s much less for the New York Jets to be thankful for, but their wish list grows.

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Seton Hall freshmen answer the call

After three successful seasons the last two of which concluded with trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Seton Hall University Pirates have high expectations.

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Flat and stagnant, Brooklyn looks to regroup for Thanksgiving

Without being there for every game, it’s kind of hard to judge, but except for three out of four losses, the Brooklyn Nets first West Coast road trip this season should not have been that bad—not grueling at all.

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Talk of triangle eases as Knicks begin to gel

Tuesday night, Knicks president Phil Jackson reclined in his customary seat at Madison Square Garden near center court, approximately 25 feet behind the scorer’s table.

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The Bronx Giants—an outstanding football program uptown

As I watched the Bronx Giants play football Saturday afternoon on Evander Childs High School’s field in the Bronx, I couldn’t help but remember the days of when the Black Spades hung around there.

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FDNY launches proactive recruiting campaign

The FDNY has set out on a proactive mission to recruit more firefighters and EMTs in an active November campaign to encourage young people to join the Fire Department.

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Killer cop charged in Philando Castile’s death

On Wednesday afternoon, Minnesota’s Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced that the cop who fatally shot a Black male motorist during a traffic stop July 6 has been formerly charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.

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The might of the white right

Whether within governmental circles or on the alt-right or the extreme right, danger lurks, particularly for America’s Black and Brown citizens.

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Uptown giants receive Harlem Good Scout Award

The Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Council, presented the Harlem Good Scout Award to three community leaders at an event Nov. 17 at the Alhambra Ballroom.

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McAllister’s house full of love

This Thanksgiving is very special for the Gillian and Orlando McAllister’s family as they officially add two more seats to their table this year.

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If you see something, say something



Even though the election was just a few weeks ago, it seems like DJT has been our president-elect for decades.

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Moving forward 

We’ve just been through what has been the most divisive, exhausting and unsettling presidential election in our lifetime.

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Obama, free our political prisoners!

As he went across the country encouraging us to vote for Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama said he wants Black people to respect and protect his legacy.

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Talking SCHOP! Thankfulness

A very happy Thanksgiving to all! Family and friends, and maybe even you, traveled near and far to be together today.

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‘Soul Train’ keeps chuggin on

The stigma attributed to New Yorkers, especially when we’re out of town, is that we can be a little vociferous.

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Tracy Morgan, more return to Apollo stage

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Fight for $15 to strike Nov. 29

This Monday, members of the Fight for $15 announced a nationwide work stoppage Nov. 29. Workers around the country want to signal to the incoming Donald Trump administration that they’ll keep fighting for a living wage no matter who is in office.

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32BJ endorses Bill de Blasio for re-election

Pundits on both sides of the aisle may have criticized his approach to governing the city, but a few unions are still backing Bill de Blasio for re-election.

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The beauty of ‘Some Nerve’

“Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave,” (Riverhead), by Patty Chang Anker is a “must read,” according to Parents magazine.

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Masterworks: Unpacking fashion at the Met

On view from now through Feb. 5, 2017, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art introduces their fall 2016 exhibition, “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion.”

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FIFA weighs expulsion of Israeli soccer clubs in occupied Palestine 

Rights organizations are pushing the international soccer association, FIFA, to crack down on Israeli soccer clubs that have settled in occupied Palestinian lands in violation of specific FIFA rules. 

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Catholic bishops apologize in Rwanda for role in genocide

Twenty-two years after the genocide in Rwanda, which took the lives of more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, the Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized this week for the church’s role in the slaughter.  According to a report by The Associated Press, the prelates said they regretted the actions of those who participated in the massacres. 

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New website to offer space for Black businesses to thrive

As the busy holiday shopping season gets underway, Black shoppers are looking to spend their dollars with Black businesses.

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Paul J. Cooper Center serves early Thanksgiving dinner

Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services, Inc. turned its administrative offices on the second floor at 510 Gates Ave. into a festive dining room and served an early Thanksgiving dinner to the community.

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’Tis the season to see Disney

The holidays bring festivities all around, but no place does festive quite as extravagantly as Disney World. Orlando’s Disney World Resort came to life this past week during the start of its jovial holiday season with new, old and enjoyable additions to its holiday lineup.

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Thanksgiving for all

Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to come together, be generous of spirit and perhaps help others to share the same experience.

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Community Calendar 11/24 - 11/29

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

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Cosmopolitan Review: Nov. 24 - Nov. 30

OMG! I made a faux pas. In an earlier edition of “The Cosmopolitan Review,” I erroneously mentioned that Nicolette Robinson, star of the off-Broadway musical “Invisible Thread,’ and who plays the role of Jane in the award-winning Showtime series “The Affair,” was the fiancée of Tony award-winning star of the hit Broadway play, “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr, when she is in fact, his wife.

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Civil rights stalwart Constance Baker Motley and the first Black woman federal judge

Folks might think that I conferred with the Harlem Cultural Archives in shaping my syllabus this semester on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Sharon Jones, blues diva, dead at 60

Blues diva Sharon Jones, whose powerful voice could soar over her band’s thunderous beat, will now have to be experienced on her records and a passion-filled documentary.

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Do the right thing, ‘Party People’

“Do the right thing, for the right reason regardless of the consequences,” is the message that I heard while watching “Party People” at the Public Theater.

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Anna Deavere Smith gives voice to the everyman

I don’t know anyone else who has the gift to interview people—to capture the person’s words and essence, tone of voice, facial gestures, nervous ticks such as stuttering, way of sitting and particular body movements that clearly depict that a different individual is addressing the audience—than Anna Deavere Smith.

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‘Autumn’—An explosive political play

The Billie Holiday Theatre recently presented the politically explosive play “Autumn.”

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Bent on progress

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to appear in the two-part series “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” which was produced by acclaimed professor and documentarian, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Bronx Council Member Andy King gives away turkeys and coats

City Council Member Andy King hosted two events at which his office donated turkeys and coats to those in need in the city’s 12th Council District in the Bronx.

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Show real leadership, Donald Trump—the hate and fear is real

For those, including Donald Trump, who believe the fear rising in Black and Brown America is unjustified—think again!

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‘Fantastic Beasts’—better than ‘Harry Potter’

J.K. Rowling’s prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is better than her “Harry Potter” series, which took the single mother, who was living on government assistant programs, into the realm of the very wealthy and beloved.

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African-Americans with diabetes can prevent vision loss

According to the National Eye Institute, more than 800,000 African-Americans have diabetic retinopathy, and this number is projected to increase to approximately 1.2 million people by 2030.

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A healthy shopper is a wealthy shopper

If you shop for healthy food, you will not only save a lot of money but will also get a wealth of health.

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Clashes over Dakota Access Pipeline escalate

Police and approximately 400 people who were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline clashed Sunday evening as demonstrators set cars on fire and police launched tear gas and water at the crowds.

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Jamaica urged to remain in trade bloc

The man credited with pulling the single market trading aspects of the Caribbean Community together is leading an effort by people of influence in the region to urge Jamaica to remain a key and leading member of the family of nations.

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Trump and the ‘working hungry’

The struggles of the “heartland” have been well chronicled this election and the president-elect might do little to alleviate the situation.

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Judge Constance Baker Motley gets a lane

A number of dignitaries and elected officials joined members of the Motley family for a ceremony last Saturday for the co-naming of a lane in honor of Judge Constance Baker Motley, the first Black female federal judge in the nation.

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Nottage’s ‘Sweat’ reflects signs of the times

At the Public Theater Lynn Nottage’s drama, “Sweat,” directed by Kate Whoriskey, echoes some of the themes of this past presidential election season. In a post-industrial city, such as Reading, Pa., friends and coworkers bond, but years later as jobs shrink and the factory closes, they become distant and bitter.

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Hendrix Apollo Tribute, Chambers at Smoke, WeBop HSA

Jimi Hendrix, the most influential guitarist in rock music history, who distinctly added to the genre’s then speeding comet with his electrifying brand of blues and funk, will be celebrated at the Apollo Theater Nov. 26, one-night only, with two dynamic performances at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2016 winter season sizzles

The power of dance to unite and inspire us while shining a light on important issues will take center stage when the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater explodes onto New York City’s Center Stage (Nov. 30- Dec. 31) with a sizzling mix of thrilling dances, awesome dancers and mesmerizing music, all of which promise to warm your heart and make your soul dance.

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‘Pressure Makes Diamonds’ a gem of a book

In her memoir “Pressure Makes Diamonds—Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be,” Valerie Graves has spun an appealing narrative with a protagonist who reads like an African-American female counterpart of Horatio Alger.

Wednesday, November 23

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Sean Bell 10 years on—The city remembers

“Nov 25, 2016, marks the 10-year anniversary for Sean Bell,” said Valerie Bell, mother of the slain unarmed 23-year-old father of two young girls, who was shot dead in a hail of 50 police bullets as he left his bachelor party in the early morning of his wedding day Nov. 25, 2006.

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What about the Black working class?

Amid all of the talk about economic populism this election cycle, one group has been largely left out: working class Americans of color.

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The consequences of using Airbnb while Black

The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has shown us that even 50 years after the fight for civil rights, we must remain vigilant in the face of systemic racial discrimination from community-police relationships, to workplace equality, to fair housing practices.

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Hip-hop braces for a Donald Trump presidency

As the reality of a Donald Trump presidency settles in, artists and activists in the hip-hop community are gearing up for a political battle.

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Bias incident reports in NYC skyrocket 400 percent since election, compared to last year

Bias incident reports in NYC skyrocket 400 percent since election, compared to last year

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Obama urged to squash sale of attack aircraft to Nigeria

A former State Department official is warning against a drive by President Barack Obama to sell “as many as 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria,” a move that would pull the U.S. into more dangerous excursions on the continent. 

Tuesday, November 22

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Blackonomics: It's time to give our money marching orders

In April 2005, I wrote an article titled, “Billion Dollar March,” at the behest of “The Ice Supreme Man” Ashiki Taylor in Atlanta.

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Trump 'seriously considering' Ben Carson for HUD secretary

President-elect Donald Trump says he's "seriously considering" Dr. Ben Carson for housing secretary.

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BET founder: Trump 'committed to reaching out to African-Americans'

The founder of BET said Monday night he is optimistic the lives of African-Americans could improve under President-elect Donald Trump after meeting with him Sunday.

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Donald Trump's first 100 days: A breakdown of his plan

There was no mention of building a wall along the Mexican border. There was nothing about repealing Obamacare.

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President Obama grants commutations to 79

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama granted commutation of sentence to 79 individuals.

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Prayers for Kanye West

News that Kanye West has been hospitalized resulted in an outpouring of well wishes for the rapper.

Monday, November 21

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Janelle Monae on 'Moonlight' and 'Hidden Figures'

Janelle Monae is someone you'll be seeing a lot of this year.

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A community of journalist and politicians deliver and emotional goodbye to Gwen Ifill

A low key, but solid strain of references to current affairs was heard in the eulogies for much loved and respected journalist Gwen Ifill at her funeral on November 19.

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2016 American Music Awards top moments and winners

The 2016 American Music Awards brought out the biggest names in music Sunday night at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.

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Obama offers 'wait and see' approach to Trump, but adds he'll be watching

President Barack Obama in his final press conference abroad advised the world to "take a wait and see approach" for what a Donald Trump presidency may mean in terms of policy, but added that he would weigh in if the "ideals" of the country are called into question.

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Obama advice to daughters about election: 'Don't get into a fetal position'

President Barack Obama's advice to his two daughters and anyone worried about the election of Donald Trump is not to "get into a fetal position" and put the outcome in context.

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Kanye West cancels rest of tour: Are fans fed up?

Kanye West left thousands of his California fans disappointed on Saturday night after cutting his show short, performing only two songs and engaging in a long rant about politics, the media and Beyonce and Jay-Z.

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Mississippi residents unsure of controversial billboard's intent

A provocative roadside billboard in Mississippi that mixes art and politics has united onlookers in anger and confusion.

Sunday, November 20

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Alabama police officer indicted on murder charge

An Alabama grand jury indicted Montgomery police officer Aaron "A.C." Smith on a murder charge Friday in connection with the shooting death of Gregory Gunn, the district attorney told CNN.

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Trump: Pence 'harassed' by 'Hamilton' cast

resident-elect Donald Trump accused the "Hamilton" cast Saturday of harassing Vice President-elect Mike Pence at a performance Friday evening after the actors called on Pence to "uphold our American values."

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Man fatally shot by police after attacking 2 officers with baton in Brooklyn: NYPD

A person was fatally shot by police after allegedly striking two officers in the head with a metal baton in a Brownsville apartment building Saturday afternoon.

Friday, November 18

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Mott Haven Academy Charter School maintains educational link for foster care children

According to the U.S. Department of Education, children in foster care are at high-risk of dropping out of school and are unlikely to attend or graduate from college.

Thursday, November 17

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Leek-cauliflower mashed “potatoes”

I made this dish for a client’s weekly service to a great response. It has all of the feeling of mashed potatoes, but much lighter. It’s a great addition to your holiday table.

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Talking SCHOP! Remaining thankful

With T-minus seven days until Thanksgiving, we present the annual turkey recipe.

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Bangkok by boat

The city of Bangkok has nearly 600 high-rise buildings, ranking it fifth in the world. It’s hard to believe a metropolitan city of that size and stature could also be the home of an intricate canal system set up along the Chao Phraya River.

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Homegoing held for Will Smith’s father

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Candido retires, James Moody Fest, Chocolate Street

The influential Cuban musicians who introduced Latin sounds and Afro-Cuban rhythms to New York City began in the late 1930s, with the trumpeter and bandleader Mario Bauza, Machito’s foster sister and vocalist Graciela in the 1940s and Chano Pozo.

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Zora Neale Hurston celebrated at Castillo Theatre

New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre is celebrating the 125th birthday anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston with a wonderful play penned lovingly and respectfully by Laurence Holder entitled “Zora Neale Hurston, A Theatrical Biography.”

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‘Sweat’ is Lynn Nottage at her best!

Lynn Nottage is a gifted playwright. She can take a real situation and place it into a play in a way that an audience can understand, identify with and deeply care about.

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DANCE: Pretty’s story

There is more dancing, less talking but equal amounts of emotional jolts in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s “Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist,” Part II of The Analogy Trilogy series (Oct 25-Nov. 6) at the Joyce Theater.

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Justin Michael Williams—‘Metamorphosis’ of an artist

Humble beginnings give rise to the most authentic, creative individuals and artists. Musician and performer Justin Michael Williams possesses a deep dedication and passion for music and is a music star on the rise with a powerful voice and message to share with the world.

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‘Moana’—Disney’s new Pacific Islander princess

Polynesian princess Moana will quickly become as popular as Cinderella as the revival of Disney begins to reflect the global communities. The film is as exciting as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” which are also directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

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‘Loving’ delivers knockout performances

“Loving,” directed and written by Jeff Nichols, has managed to deliver a film that finds the center of the human story, laying out the gross injustice without provoking frustration and utter rage.

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Exercise key to avoiding heart disease, diabetes

Exercise is an important key to avoiding both cardiovascular disease and diabetes. According to a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who are able to perform physical activities, such as climbing a flight of stairs or running a short distance, are at lower risk for heart problems, even if those women are overweight.

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Love of birds and animals

Inner-city stray birds and animals experience hazardous conditions during the winter months while they are trying to survive

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As an immigrant woman, I now have tremendous trepidation about staying in America

As an immigrant woman who has lived in America for the past 20 years, the fear and trepidation I have felt throughout this election at the thought of Donald Drumph—I mean Trump—becoming president, became a harsh reality for me Nov. 9.

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Trump presidency could mean windfall for some states

Not many governments or citizens in the bloc of 15 nations in the Caribbean were hoping or praying to have to live with an administration led by Donald Trump, but his victory in the 2016 presidential election could mean a financial windfall for some countries, particularly those in the Eastern Caribbean.

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Guyanese in St. Maarten receives life-saving pacemaker

Egland Arthur, a construction supervisor in St. Maarten, started experiencing shortness of breath while visiting Guyana earlier this year.

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Our new reality is setting in

For the past few days I have been walking around in a haze.

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Donald Trump and the Lessons of Philadelphia, Mississippi

Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. For many, this is simply unbelievable.

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Cosmopolitan Review 11/17 - 11/23

Well, well, well. So Donald J. Trump is our president-elect. And you want to know what The Cosmopolitan Review thinks. After all, this is a social column, and I know you love it when the column tackles real issues. It’s not all about the fluff.

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NYC Food—Equal access to fresh healthy food starts here

According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 29 percent of Central Harlem’s population lives below the poverty line, the second poorest community in Manhattan.

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Tom Joyner Foundation accepting applications for ‘Full Ride’ scholarships for graduating seniors

The Tom Joyner Foundation announced the “Full Ride” scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a historically Black college or university in the fall of 2017.

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Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark, pioneering psychologists

This past weekend at the City College of New York, a crowd, summoned by the Harlem Cultural Archives and the Northside Center, gathered to commemorate the legacies of its founders, Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark.

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Avenue Music Group spreads the love with their Thanksgiving Day Giveback

The Avenue Music Group’s Spread the Love Thanksgiving Day Giveback is helping the community by providing food, clothing and live performances to those less fortunate, and those folks in need of a little extra help and community love.

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Trump played the race card

After the pollsters, pundits, the media and other predictors erred deplorably on the presidential election outcome, now they are trying to figure out how they flubbed the call.

MTA announces (another) new fare hike

Many New Yorkers have been feeling the blues this past week and the latest announcement from the Metropolitan Transit Authority might add to it.

Unions continue to wrestle with Trump victory

It has been a week and people on the left are still reeling from Donald Trump’s election victory. Unions, in particular, are still coming to grips with what to do next. Some have advised to do what they’ve always done: fight.

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Newark says goodbye to ‘Uggie’

Community members in Newark came together this week to lay to rest the beloved street performer known as “Uggie” at New Hope Baptist Church.

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Keith Ellison puts in bid for DNC chair

The Democratic Party hasn’t had this little control in federal government since the early 20th century, but one man wants to save it from itself.

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After election upset, africans assess changed U.S. landscape

Africans were tweeting and messaging about the surprise outcome of U.S. elections last week that left many in the developing world worried for the future.

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Gambia preps to leave ‘International Caucasian Court’

Amid accusations of incompetence and preferential treatment of colonial leaders, the small West African nation of Gambia is joining Burundi and South Africa as African countries that wish to exit the International Criminal Court.

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Black folk express worry over Donald Trump’s victory

The just-concluded presidential election across the United States that brought victory to Donald John Trump of the Republican Party as the 45th President-elect has been attracting harsh criticism, condemnation and division among American citizens.

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KRVC’s Broadway Bash

Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt Development Corp. held their first of what will become their annual Broadway Bash Gala last evening at Manhattan College.

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Dar’s ‘Jeans for Refugees’

To benefit an international Rescue Committee, 100 celebrities participated in “Jeans for Refugees” by donating a pair of their own jeans for designer Johny Dar to paint artistically.

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Rep. Rangel, protect your legacy—and us!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a controversial trade agreement strongly opposed across the political spectrum.

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Our Media Elite

As the largest minority broadcast television owner, I have an interesting perspective on news and reporting.

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Creating a more just NYC

The recent passing of Venida Browder, mother of Kalief Browder, a young man whose three-year detention at Rikers and subsequent death reverberated throughout our nation, is yet another tragic reminder of the unnecessary and unjustified pain inflicted on the incarcerated and their families.

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Black Panthers celebrate 50th anniversary in NYC

This past week the New York chapter of the original Black Panther Party celebrated their 50th Anniversary/Legacy Weekend in Harlem. Attendees included Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Sekou Odinga, Dequi Kioni Sadiki and Jamal Joseph.

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Jumanne Williams host ‘Girl’s Empowerment Day’

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Jumanne Williams host ‘Girl’s Empowerment Day’

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Association of Black Educators of New York hosts fall conference

The Association of Black Educators of New York hosted a fall conference Nov. 12 entitled “Supporting the Emotional Health, Emotional Growth and Learning of All Students.”

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Harlem mothers S.A.V.E. celebrates 10 years

Anti-violence organization Harlem Mothers Stop Another Violent End is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this week with an awards dinner.

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NYC First Lady hosts leaders from around the country for mental coalition

First Lady Chirlane McCray this week held the first convening of Cities Thrive, a new national mental health coalition committed to driving mental health reform on a local and national level across the United States.

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Brooklyn DA’s office denies justice in Nicholas Heyward Jr. case

After more than 20 years of trying to get justice and even a glimmer of hope, the family of a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by police received devastating news this week about their case.

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State A.G. busts operators of “three-quarter” housing scam

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced this week the arrest of attorney Anthony Cornachio of Garden City and charges against NRI Group, LLC and Canarsie A.W.A.R.E., Inc., which are Medicaid-enrolled drug treatment programs controlled by Cornachio.

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Election aftermath—Community responds

As the post “shocking” presidential election result weeping, wailing and throwing up of hands subsides among the mainstream, along with the outraged protestors taking city centers nationwide are the this-changes-nothing shrugs of the independent-thinking grassroots.

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Community Calendar 10/17 - 10/23

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

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Racial incidents litter college campuses post-Election Day

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s Election Night surprise victory, college campuses across the country have experienced incidents of racial aggression directed at nonwhite Americans.

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Gwen Ifill, a journalist of warmth and authority, passes at 61

Gwen Ifill, a pioneering Black journalist with an unshakable reserve of integrity and grit, died Monday, Nov. 14, at a hospice center in Washington, D.C. She was 61.

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Trump reminds us the racial justice movement is growing

I was so lucky last week. Two days after the election, 2,300 racial justice activists of all colors arrived in Atlanta at the Facing Race conference, which my organization Race Forward hosts.

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Sam Adewumi teaching students that the sky is not even their limit

As another year of testing for the city’s elite specialized high schools passes by, one program continues its push to solve the entrance exams’ largest issue: diversity.

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‘Almost Christmas’ more than almost good

It’s a bittersweet time. Christmas approaches. Walter (Danny Glover), a retired auto repair shop owner, tries his best to make the most of the holiday season.

Wednesday, November 16

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Cicely Tyson, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom including several Black honorees.

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New York City Mission Society hosting 13th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Community Dinner

The New York City Mission Society will provide more than 200 meals at its 13th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Community Dinner at Minisink Townhouse on Thursday, November 17.

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The Black unemployment rate is double what whites experience

Black workers lost ground last month, as the unemployment rate increased from 8.3 percent in September to 8.6 percent in October, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department.

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WATCH: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses meeting with President-elect Trump

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, and planned to hold a noon press conference at Trump Tower to discuss the meeting.

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Officer charged with manslaughter in Philando Castile killing

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday.

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Memorial service details released for Gwen Ifill

Journalist Gwen Ifill will be remembered at a pair of events this weekend in Washington, DC

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West Virginia mayor resigns after racist Michelle Obama Facebook post

The mayor of Clay, West Virginia, has resigned and another county official is out following their exchange over a racist Facebook post that compared first lady Michelle Obama to an "ape in heels."

Tuesday, November 15

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Chili's apologizes after manager takes Black vet's meal

US Army veteran Ernest Walker went to his local Chili's restaurant for a hamburger. Instead, he was denied a meal after an altercation over his service record.

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WATCH: Antonio Breez features fans in music video

Hip-hop artist Antonio Breez has a lot to be thankful for, in part to the success of his debut album “The Convocation of Antonio Breez” in early 2016.

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‘The Cosby Show’ returning to TV ‘by popular demand

The Cosby Show” will return to the airwaves next month on Bounce TV.

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Bounce TV set to re-air 'Roots'

Bounce TV is set to air the 1977 mini-series Roots on five consecutive nights from Nov. 16-20 starting at 9. p.m. ET.

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Black America's resilience will keep us struggling forward

Nobody said that the road to freedom, justice and equality would be easy. In the wake of the results of the national elections across the United States, it is crystal clear that the aspirations, hopes and dreams of 47 million Black Americans are neither in vain or hopeless. We have been disappointed before. We have been joyous before. But today we are all called to be vigilant, persistent and resilient.

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Colin Kaepernick: 'It would be hypocritical of me to vote'

Colin Kaepernick did not vote in Tuesday's presidential election, saying at the time that it didn't matter to him who won.

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The Rock is the Sexiest Man Alive for 2016

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson continues to crush it.

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8 million Americans could get a lower rate on their student loans

Eight million Americans could get a lower interest rate on their student loans, and many of them might not even know it.

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Michelle Obama reflects on election: 'We are all on one team'

First lady Michelle Obama reflected Monday on the election results, declaring that regardless of politics Americans are "all on one team."

Monday, November 14

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Tom Joyner Foundation accepting applications for 'Full Ride' scholarships for graduating seniors

The Tom Joyner Foundation announced the "Full Ride" scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2017.

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Anti-Trump protests move through fifth day

Protesters hit the streets Sunday over the election of Donald Trump, marking the fifth day of demonstrations in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Trump won the election, but white supremacy won't win forever

I began election night with exuberance. I was among the many who forecast a Hillary win.

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Dave Chappelle and the history of the N-word on TV

Dave Chappelle is definitely one of the few people who could get away with dropping the N-word on "Saturday Night Live."

Sunday, November 13

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Cuomo offers New York as refuge for people who feel ‘under attack’ during Trump’s presidency

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered New York as a refuge to anyone who feel threatened or under attack during Donald Trump’s four-year presidency.

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Russell Simmons aiding digital diversity

Russell Simmons is a pioneer in creating content for and about the underserved -- and he sees no reason to stop now.

Friday, November 11

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Do you know the Montford Point Marines?

Last week, I had the pleasure of honoring some truly great Americans with the Congressional...

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'Almost Christmas' stars on holiday magic

Creators of the new film "Almost Christmas" hope it becomes part of the cannon of beloved holiday movies.

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NAACP president: Voter suppression helped Trump win

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said Thursday that Donald Trump's electoral victory benefited from voter suppression.

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Looking for hope in Trump's America at MLK's grave site

While millions of Americans spent this week wondering how Trump's election might change their country, some people living abroad said it has already changed how they see America.

Thursday, November 10

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Reports of racist graffiti, hate crimes in Trump's America

Fears of heightened bigotry and hate crimes have turned into reality for some Americans after Donald Trump's presidential win.

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New York Foundling leading the way in child adoption

November is National Adoption Month and there are around 10,000 children in the city foster care. Black children account for nearly 60 percent of all children in the foster care system.

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Obama: Historic Trump meeting was 'excellent'

President-elect Donald Trump called President Barack Obama a very fine man as the two long-time antagonists met in the Oval Office in a ritual epitomizing the peaceful transfer of power.

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Fading minds need your time

I have many elderly patients who, unfortunately, began to have fading minds and were living alone. They were being cared for by personnel provided by private and city agencies.

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Let’s face it—The anti-immigration rhetoric is not only about illegal immigrants

By the time this column is published, U.S. voters would have chosen the next president of the United States.

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Protesters target Trump buildings in massive street rallies

For many Americans across the country, Donald Trump's victory is an outcome they simply refuse to accept.

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Light at end of economic tunnel for Suriname

Of the many nations in the Caribbean Community facing economic problems, Suriname this week said that tough economic austerity measures that were imposed by government and the International Monetary Fund in the past year are beginning to help the country emerge from its worst crisis since military rule in the 1980s.

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USVI Department of Tourism upbeat after China visit

Efforts to attract travelers from China to the United States Virgin Islands were explored during Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty’s recent visit to Chengdu and Beijing. 

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One president, two Americas

The transformation of Donald Trump begins Thursday.

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Talking SCHOP! Fowler & Wells

I’ve had nothing but great meals and experiences at every Tom Colicchio eatery in which I have dined.

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Visiting the markets of Thailand

Thailand is easily the most interesting and most beautiful place I have ever visited. Behind every corner and on every street, no matter where you are, there is something unique to be seen.

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Netherlands Dans Theater boasts Bronx native Prince Credell

Nov. 16, the famed Netherlands Dans Theater swings into New York’s City Center for a brief season (Nov. 16-19) that highlights the qualities that earned it an international reputation for pushing dance’s boundaries, namely, bold repertory and what one critic called “the world’s most magnificent dancers displaying a retina-shredding sxpectacle of passion and power.”

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Is it time to think about election 2017?

Tip O’Neill, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, famously said, “All politics is local.”

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Sweet Lou at 90, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

No one swings harder than Lou Donaldson on the alto saxophone, as he demonstrated last week celebrating his 90th birthday at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. As usual, his smooth performance required multiple standing ovations, including one as he took the stage.

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November 2016 Dance Calendar Pt. 2

The November calendar continues with traditional, worldly, contemporary and annual favorites.

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Will Smith’s father passes

Will Smith’s father, Willard Carroll Smith Sr., has died, according to the Oscar-nominated actor’s ex-wife, Sheree Zampino.

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Jamell Henderson; education is access

Of the 43 individuals to have held the Office of President of the United States, 15 attended law school. It’s common practice for anyone looking to make it in the realm of politics. But although Jamell Henderson aspires to one day hold that office, he says he wants to do it “by the beat of [his] own drum.”

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James Baldwin reaches out from the grave in ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

The late James Baldwin reached out from his grave and bitch-slapped America in “I Am Not Your Negro” by filmmaker Raoul Peck.

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OWN’s ‘Queen Sugar’ top pick with women

A day in the life of a journalist in New York City isn’t hard work. Let me keep it 100 percent.

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Ruth Negga—A ‘Loving’ Oscar hopeful

Ruth Negga’s eyes stop you cold. They are large, deep and expressive, combining her delicately etched beauty and connecting it to a voice that’s melodic and measured.

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Get your flu shot, not the flu

A few days ago, I overheard a woman in Brooklyn saying proudly that she and her two children have never gotten the flu shot and have never gotten sick.

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Boxing legend Aaron ‘The Hawk’ Pryor passes at 61

The boxing community was deeply saddened as news spread that one of its greatest and proudest warriors ever had recently joined the ancestors.

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Mackey Twins Art Gallery presents ‘Art’s Conscience II’

The Mackey Twins Art Gallery, the tristate area’s largest collection of exclusive works by artists of color, presents “Art’s Conscience II.” The exhibition opened at the Interchurch Center Gallery in Manhattan Monday, Oct. 31 and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 30.

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Clinton Hill Gallery remains a fixture after gentrification of Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

More than 20 years ago, Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn was a home for auto repair shops, buildings marked by graffiti and single room apartments.

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‘Project Runway’ winner designs singer’s gown for CMA Awards

Last week, singer Kelsea Ballerini belted out her No. 1 single “Lost Boy” on top of the clouds in a flowing, whispery gown, designed by “Project Runway” winner Leanne Marshall, at the 50th CMA Awards celebration.

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East meets West at Art Hearts show in China

East meets West in Beijing, China at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week China. After presenting previews from Oct. 25 to 30, the show ended, but the Art Hearts Fashion designers left a lasting impression. AHF presented six international brands to the MBFW runway and brand exhibit at 751D Park. All shows were outstanding.

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Columbia teaching/research assistants will vote to join union

Next month, research and teaching assistants at Columbia and Harvard universities will vote for their right to unionize.

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A time to heal and get real

Now that all the media, the pollsters and the prognosticators have been proved woefully wrong, and as the reality sets in that the United States actually elected Donald Trump as its 45th president, we need to come together and begin to heal the deep wounds that emerged during this epic battle for the heart and soul of America.

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Dr. Barbara Christian, a literary critic and pioneering feminist

There was a collective gasp in the academic community, particularly among her associates, when Dr. Barbara Christian died at 56 in the summer of 2000.

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Hillary Clinton speaks to the nation

Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you all so much. [Applause] Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you so much. A very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you.

Rhythm of the Night in ‘da Bronx’

Getting there is one thing. Gallons of blood, sweat and tears plus countless thoughts have been poured into the production of material designed for mass consumption, only to get halted abruptly in a mailroom, never meeting the powers who could change a music maker’s life.

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Lauren Leader-Chivée’s ‘Crossing the Thinnest Line’

Lauren Leader-Chivée’s ground-breaking book, “Crossing the Thinnest Line,” examines how supporting and embracing diversity in terms of race, gender, gay rights and immigration in Hollywood will make America a better country.

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Uptown giants to receive Harlem Good Scout Award

The Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils, is presenting the Harlem Good Scout Award to three community leaders at an event Nov. 17 at the Alhambra Ballroom.

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Bedford Union Armory—A battle for affordability

Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson spoke out against development of the Bedford Union Armory and for affordability in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

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HSA holds gala

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, Harlem School of the Arts hosted its annual gala benefit to support the school’s year-round visual and performing arts programming and initiatives.

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De Blasio bans NYC agencies from asking about applicants’ previous salary

In an effort to close the wage gap for minorities and women in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Nov. 4 banning government agencies from asking job applicants about previous salaries.

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Unions and activists react to Trump victory

What some people considered unthinkable happened. Donald Trump’s the new president-elect.

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ACLU goes to court for appeal in Kashad Ashford case

The ACLU went before the New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday appealing the Kashad Ashford police killing case in Trenton.

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Newarkers mourn murder of neighborhood street performer

Community members in a Newark neighborhood are mourning the killing of a beloved street performer known as “Uggie.”

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Election result—youth response

This year’s presidential election has been one of the most suspenseful in American history.

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Dakota pipeline fight continues amid changing political landscape

Armored military vehicles, tear gas, pepper spray and police battling protesters. These images are etched into the minds of anyone who witnessed Black Lives Matter protests. But those images can also be found in North Dakota.

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World confab on raising temps calls for focus on Africa

Marrakesh, home to mosques, palaces and gardens, will be going green for COP22, the international follow-up to last year’s historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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White Backlash: Donald Trump stuns in presidential victory

Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory became evident around midnight Tuesday for the Hillary Clinton supporters assembled at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

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The people have spoken—‘Make America great again?’

It has been mere hours since the release of the presidential election results in which GOP Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump succeeded to win the presidential election. He is set to become America’s 45th president, an unruly turn of events amid deceptive polls.

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‘Mommy, I am scared!’

When I returned home at 2:30 in the morning from Jacob Javits Center waiting for the election results to come in, I was greeted by a sign written in 6-year-old handwriting that simply read “Hillary” with hearts, taped to my front door.

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The original Black Panther Party—the Fair Play Committee celebrates 50 years

With co-founder Bobby Seale’s recent visit to Harlem, and the grassroots organization commemorating its 50th anniversary last month, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense has been a hot topic lately.

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For Jamell Henderson, through education, all things are possible

Of the 43 individuals to have held the Office of President of the United States, 15 attended law school. It’s common practice for anyone looking to make it in the realm of politics.

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Nominations are out for 2016 AUDELCOs

Nominations for this year’s AUDELCO Awards, the “VIVs” as they are affectionately called, after late founder Vivian Robinson, were recently announced.

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Community Calendar 10/10 - 10/16

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

Wednesday, November 9

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Hillary Clinton lost the election but is winning the popular vote

Donald Trump may have scored an astonishing upset presidential victory, but Hillary Clinton could still receive more votes.

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Dylann Roof case: Jury selection postponed over competency issue

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Obama vows to work for a 'successful transition' of power

President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to work for a "smooth transition" of power to President-elect Donald Trump when he leaves office in January, citing the example set by former President George W. Bush eight years ago.

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Hillary Clinton delivers painful concession speech

he Democratic nominee unequivocally conceded the presidential race, and said that the Constitution requires a peaceful transfer of power.

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Election results: Senate and congressional races in NY, NJ

There are many local races in the ballot this election year in New York and New Jersey.

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Tears and shock at Clinton's election night party

At Hillary Clinton's election night party in Manhattan, her supporters grew tense. Before long, they were despondent.

Tuesday, November 8

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Presidential Election Results

Check out the results from the election on the live map.

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Chance the Rapper leads hundreds from concert to early vote site

Chicago rap star Chance the Rapper led hundreds of crowd members from a free concert to an early voting location in the city on the night before Election Day, an effort dubbed the "Parade to the Polls" that was captured and shared on social media.

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Widespread polling problems plague NYC, with long waits, busted machines, names missing from rolls

Voters across New York City and elsewhere in the tri-state area were plunged into voting nightmares on Election Day, facing wait times of up to three hours, misplaced ballots, broken machines and even their names vanished from rolls.

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Blackonomics: Elections won't change anything, until we vote with our wallets

By the time you read this, I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies, and maybe even found it necessary to delouse, because the dirty, filthy, hateful, distasteful, embarrassing, vile, toxic, grimy, polluted campaign we all witnessed is likely the worst in the history of electing a President.

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Election Day 2016: History arrives

History will be made in America tonight.

Monday, November 7

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Gun sales skyrocket as threats of election violence mount

One of the nation's largest gun manufacturers, Sturm, Ruger, announced a sharp rise in gun sales today as election day nears and threats of violence mount.

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Person killed when pushed in front of 1 train at Times Square, officials say

A person was shoved in front of the 1 train and fatally struck at Times Square on Monday afternoon, officials said.

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The 2016 presidential election exposed America's racist and sexist patriarchy for the world to see

Just a few days before the corrosive 2016 election, it occurs to me that no matter what the outcome, our social fabric has been shredded by the ugliness of this campaign. Sure, there have been ugly campaigns before, but this one has revealed the extent to which racism and sexism are acceptable features of life in these United StatesThe 2016

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Clinton, Trump in final sprint to finish line

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are poised to fight late into the night Monday as they barnstorm across battleground states on the final full day of campaigning.

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Obama's last campaign

Barack Obama surveyed a sopping crowd huddled in the Osceola County Stadium Sunday, taking in another 11,000 people willing to wait in torrential downpours to catch a glimpse of the change president.

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7 things to watch for on Election Night

Donald Trump is attempting to crack Hillary Clinton's blue wall. And Clinton is hoping for a surge in Latino turnout fueled by opposition to Trump.

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Justice Department sends election monitors to 28 states

More than 500 Justice Department election monitors will be on the ground in 28 states on Election Day to help enforce of federal voting rights laws.

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Dylann Roof case: Judge delays jury selection

A judge has delayed the final stage of jury selection in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, who's accused of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Friday, November 4

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1 NYPD sergeant killed, 1 wounded in shootout with Bronx burglary suspect

An NYPD sergeant was shot and killed and another was wounded while pursuing a burglary suspect in the Bronx Friday afternoon, police sources confirmed.

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Suicide deaths on the rise in kids

Since 2007, the rate of suicide deaths among children between the ages of 10 and 14 has doubled, according to new government data released Thursday.

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CMA responds to allegations it removed social media posts over Beyoncé performance backlash

The Country Music Association is pushing back on reports it deleted social media posts about a performance by Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks at this week's CMA Awards.

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Bridgegate trial: What's next for Chris Christie?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was not on trial in connection with the so-called Bridgegate scandal, but the case has thrown into question the political future of the once-rising Republican star.

Thursday, November 3

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Emotionally disturbed man dies after police officer uses Taser on him in the Bronx

A Bronx man is dead after an NYPD officer used a Taser on him Wednesday night.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performers announced

There looks to be something for just about everyone at the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Manhattan DA releases 'Domestic Violence Initiative' task force report

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance released the report of his office’s “Domestic Violence Initiative,” compiled with input from dozens of city agencies, community-based organizations and experts over the course of a two-year collaboration.

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Black Solidarity Day is Nov. 7

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, marks the 47th anniversary of Black Solidarity Day, a day in which Black people in the United States take a “day of absence” to make an assessment of the struggle for freedom and plan the way forward.

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URBAN AGENDA: A Summer Jobs Program for the 21st Century

During the 1970s, 80s and 90s, the city’s summer jobs program was largely about reducing crime by keeping poor black and Latino youth off the streets and out of trouble.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: Nov. 3 - Nov. 9

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Among the many, as there are many stars in the sky, has to be the Princess Grace Foundation. But of course.

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Great Women in Music celebrate ‘The Divine One’ at Harlem Besame

Great Women in Music is a New York City-based ongoing celebration of the many contributions women have made to music and the world. Since 2001, GWIM has annually presented a month-long festival in October.

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A great SHSAT prep program in the heart of Brooklyn

As another year of testing for the city’s elite specialized high schools passes by, one program continues its push to solve the entrance exams’ largest issue: diversity.

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Bobby Seale visits Harlem’s Schomburg Center

Activists from throughout the metropolitan area packed into Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd. and 135th Street) Thursday evening (Oct. 27) to witness legendary revolutionary and original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense co-founder Bobby Seale divulge some very relevant history. He was in town promoting his book with photographer Stephen Shames, “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers.”

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A half empty glass for medical care

I am sure that you have heard the expression, when things have overtaken you, “Look at the situation with a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty.” In my practice of medicine, I have always advised patients after diagnoses to consider that many things may be done to relieve suffering and bring their health back into balance.

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UN: Reparations are owed to Blacks in America

Cuba’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodriguez Abascal, addressing world delegates during the U.N. Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Oct. 20 stated that the “slave trade and the legacy of slavery are the root causes of social and economic inequalities, hatred, fanaticism, racism and prejudice that today continue to affect people of African descent.”

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Newark mayor and port employers announce agreement to provide more jobs for residents

Residents in Newark are now getting a fair shot at getting the many port jobs available thanks to Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Council on Port Performance coming together to create a Workforce Development Implementation Team.

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Somerset County awards grant to fund first African-American museum in Central Jersey

The Sourland Conservancy received a $67,688 grant from the Somerset County Historic Preservation to support the creation of the Stoutsburg Sourland African-American Museum—the first African-American museum in central New Jersey.

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The Accelerated Learning Academy for future STEM leaders

The W.E.B DuBois Scholars Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing children in marginalized communities with the opportunity to strengthen their academic skills, has launched the Accelerated Learning Academy. The ALA is for high-achieving 10th- and 11th-graders who are interested in STEM: science, technology, engineering and

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A presidential election beyond the borders of the US

With candidates openly declaring their disdain for each other, investigations into one candidate’s past use of government email and the other candidate accused of past sexual misconduct, the most rancorous presidential election in American history is about to take place. Voting for the next leader of the Free World is mere days away and tensions are at their highest.

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Every vote counts—Even a ‘no’ vote

Let us be abundantly clear. There are only two persons in this 2016 presidential race—Hillary Rodham Clinton or Donald Trump.

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Harlem Harvest Festival Bake-Off winners

I was honored again to judge the annual Bake-Off at the Harlem Park To Park Harlem Harvest Festival held last month on St. Nicholas Avenue between 116th and 117th streets.

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Talking SCHOP! Ribollita

I am still working my autumn cleaning plan of cooking first from my pantry (freezer and refrigerator, too)to purge and make room for new ingredients.

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Flying business class to Asia is well worth the cost

Flying halfway around the world can be daunting, exasperating and downright agonizing.

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Kevin Hart developing Disney deal

According to the Daily Mail, backstage drama at “The View” is at an all-time high, with tensions between moderator Whoopi Goldberg and original host Joy Behar sky-rocketing.

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Bobby Seale, Slave Coast, jazz thespians, Haynes swings

As the Black Panther Party celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout the United States, Bobby Seale recently stopped at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He mesmerized an enthusiastic audience with corrected untruths and future goals for the people.

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Brooklyn district attorney’s office announces chess program for at-risk youth

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with Police Athletic League Executive Director Frederick Watts, announced a new initiative in East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant to provide high-quality chess programs to at-risk youth.

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Plus-size style news for spring/summer ’17

Beth Ditto, vocalist of The Gossip, unveiled her second collection Nov. 1, 2016, with an 11-piece, ready-to-wear line available in sizes 14 to 28.

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The powerful, elegant voice of bass baritone William Warfield

Usually when mention is made of an African-American with a commanding bass baritone voice, Paul Robeson comes to mind. If Robeson was the ultimate performer in this vocal level, then William Warfield was not far behind.

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‘This is a conspiracy to commit murder’

Supporters of world renowned political prisoner of war, Mumia Abu-Jamal, converged at Philadelphia’s Friend’s Center, 1500 Cherry St., last Friday afternoon to discuss new developments in his case. Of primary concern was treatment for his deadly hepatitis C virus, his deteriorating health and adverse prison conditions.

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Multi-zipped styles are in play

In a league of their own, Hood By Air delivers another striking collection for spring/summer 2017.

32BJ endorses Zephyr Teachout and others for Congress

A New York City union announced endorsements for Congress leading up to Election Day.

McDonalds reaches settlement in labor lawsuit

Workers in California achieved a victory late last month when a fast-food giant agreed to pay out a lawsuit settlement.

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The times they were a Strange-ing

By now, you’ve likely seen the promotions for the new “Dr. Strange” flick because Marvel Comics’ marketing is trés effective.

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November 2016 Dance Calendar Pt. 1

The options are many for this month’s dance calendar: traditional, worldly, contemporary, annual favorites and so much more.

Election Day and beyond

We in 1199SEIU have been in high gear since September, pulling out the vote for Hillary Clinton and labor-friendly candidates for Congress and state houses.

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Fusion East restaurant hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch

Sunday, Oct. 30, executive director at East New York Restoration, Colette Pean, hosted her Breast Cancer Awareness Bunch at the Fusion East restaurant in East New York.

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Reports of rape of Boko Haram victims by government soldiers

Dozens of young girls rescued from Boko Haram kidnappers were made victims again by the Nigerian soldiers and policemen assigned to protect them, according to accounts documented by investigators for Human Rights Watch.

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Civil rights warriors Tom Hayden and Jack Greenberg pass

If in these pages we can praise Bob Dylan for his artistic commitment to African-American life and struggle, then certainly some space should be set aside for Tom Hayden and Jack Greenberg, both of whom recently passed on to the ages.

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‘Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise’ premieres on PBS

Amid a political frenzy, a showcase of racial divide and conflicts between communities and law enforcement, award-winning Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., brings a riveting story of Black American history over the past 50 years.

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49ers’ Kaepernick opens eyes by sporting Black Panther T-shirt

After Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco’s defiant quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, displayed more signs of militancy by wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of the uncompromising Black Panther Party for Self-Defense to a postgame news conference.

Immigrants concerned about safety in America must choose ‘her’

With just days now before Election Day 2016, Nov. 8, it has become crystal clear to me as an immigrant and a naturalized U.S. citizen and voter that the choice in this election is not only about the candidate who is best able to serve as a president for all the people right now, but also about the candidate who can assure that I can safely continue to live in this country.

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Use your power! Use your vote!

As Americans, we pride ourselves on our democratic system of government and our Constitution. Yet, for a whole host of reasons, we as Americans have not fully maximized our participation in our democracy.

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Defancing Thomas

This month marks two historic occasions: the 25th anniversary of the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and the inauguration of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington.

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Black Solidarity Day and voting our interest!

As we prepare for Black Solidarity Day (Nov. 7), the day before the General Election, remember W.E.B. Dubois said that the “color line” (racism) was the defining issue of the 20th century.

Caribbean keeps up reparations pressure

Caribbean Community nations are raising awareness about reparations among member nations and keeping up pressure on Western nations such as Britain and France to agree to make reparation payments for the horrific trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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Not J. Edgar Hoover again!

Folks old enough to remember J. Edgar Hoover and how the FBI played such a disruptive role in our pursuit of democratic and constitutional rights must be having terrible flashbacks to those turbulent times.

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Musical legend speaks on the power of the vote

For a moment, I forgot what the objective of the conversation was. I had no idea I was speaking with someone who majored in psychology and who is an impassioned follower of politics, particularly with the impact that the outcome of Nov. 8 can have on us all.

U.S. Virgin Islands supports young culinary talent

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Nov. 3, 2016)—Committed to community outreach and the enhancement of the tourism product in the territory, the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is supporting young culinary talent during the second annual Restaurant Week with the launch of its “Dine on Us” charitable raffle.

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Eighth Annual Freedom Dance celebrates Assata Shakur

The eighth annual Freedom Dance is set to take place at the National Black Theatre (2031 Fifth Ave.) in Harlem Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Getting real with millennials and voting

Millennials are the largest living generation in the United States, surpassing the older generation known as baby boomers. Millennials have grown up alongside technology and social media, but, more importantly, they are the generation that could decide the election.

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Election Day is upon us

It feels as if I have been writing about the 2016 presidential election for years now. We now have less than a week before Election Day. There are currently four people running for the presidency, and many voters are still confused and displeased by the choices on the ballot. I do not normally publically endorse candidates, but for this incredibly important election I fully endorse Hillary Clinton to be the 45th president of the United States.

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Black Americans motivated to vote: criminal justice and policing key

Voter turnout in the current election by African-Americans and criminal justice and policing were key issues in a recent poll by the African American Research Collaborative. The AARC, hosted by State Voices, is a unique collaborative consisting of pollsters, scholars, researchers and commentators.

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Sweden to Harlem—‘From Sammy with Love’

The Swedish hit show “From Sammy with Love” comes to Harlem’s Apollo Theater for an exclusive one-night-only performance.

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Community Calendar 11/3 - 11/9

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

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Will Clinton’s victory bring chaos?

If Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election, there are rumors afloat that it will spur a torrid reaction, some of which may have a portent of mayhem and violence.

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We must vote

Every year at this time we say we must vote. And every four years we say it is more important than ever. But this year it is different.

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Vote your interest: A unique polling of Black Americans

Voter turnout in the current election by African-Americans and criminal justice and policing were key issues in a recent poll by the African American Research Collaborative.

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Putting a “Pryce” on self-affirmation

Nikkie Pryce is on a mission to help women with self-love and self-awareness through the use affirmation.

Wednesday, November 2

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Police: 'Vote Trump' vandalism, fire at Mississippi Black church a hate crime

Police are treating the burning of a black church in Mississippi -- during which vandals spray-painted "Vote Trump" on an exterior wall -- as a hate crime, saying it amounts to an act of voter intimidation.

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C. Virginia Fields: Vote we must on Nov. 8!

Following two terms of America’s first black president, our nation is at a historic turning point. If you doubt your place in determining what path we’ll go down, let me take you back to another historic time.

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Early voting update: Black vote declining with 24.4 million ballots cast

A dip in African-American turnout has knocked Democratic early voting numbers off their 2012 pace in key battleground states like North Carolina.

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Obama to black voters: Trump would undo my legacy

In a strong appeal to black voters on Wednesday, President Barack Obama warned that if Donald Trump wins the election next week, the Republican presidential nominee would undo his administration's legacy.

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What you need to know about the NAACP's war on charter schools

The call for a moratorium on charter schools by the NAACP is a case of “Throwing the baby out with the bath water.” While most Black folks are concentrating on Hillary and Donald, the largest and oldest “Colored” organization approved an internal resolution calling for a halt to the “expansion of charter schools” until those schools meet criteria set forth by the NAACP.

Tuesday, November 1

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Clinton talks about criminal justice, jobs, and education with the Black press

In an exclusive interview with North Carolina’s African-American press, Hillary Clinton said the even though she is running to benefit all Americans, the first woman expected to be elected president of the United States on Nov. 8th does have a special focus on working with the African-American community and its leaders — both local and national — to improve employment, business, education, and other important quality of life issues.

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Nearly 90 percent of Black voters favor Clinton over Trump in new HU/NNPA national Black voter poll

On Monday, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Howard University, announced the results of the 2016 Howard University/NNPA National Black Voter Poll.

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These celebs won Halloween

Let's be honest: You knew Beyoncé was going to shut it down for Halloween.

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The sacred land at the center of the Dakota pipeline dispute

Outside Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota --- A prophecy warned that this time would come. A black snake would arrive to destroy the Earth. It is now slithering across this land, disturbing what's sacred and gearing up to poison the water.

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Ex-AGs Alberto Gonzales, Eric Holder, Michael Mukasey rip FBI director

Republican former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday slammed the FBI director's recent actions in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.