Stories for October 2016

Monday, October 31

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As for-profit college enrollment climbs, Blacks graduate with more debt

Borrowers face over $125 million in unnecessary interest charges

With 44 million consumers owing about $1.4 trillion in student loans, a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that student loan servicing and debt collection together will boost borrower costs even higher over the next two years.

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Video could be key as ex-cop goes on trial in Walter Scott killing

It took seconds for Michael Slager to fire the shots that ended Walter Scott's life in a field behind a pawn shop in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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City comptroller gives mayor another near-failing grade on city procurements for M/WBEs

Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and several elected officials touted the creation of a new minority- and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) office with a goal of awarding at least 30 percent of procurements to M/WBEs by 2021. However, when it comes to the city’s own share of procurement with M/WBEs, a new report by City Comptroller Scott Stringer reveals Mayor de Blasio continues to fail.

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Halloween safety tips

The NYPD is urging families to be safe on Halloween. Here are some quick tips!

Friday, October 28

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VIDEO: AmNews Editor Nayaba Arinde discusses breast cancer battle at 'The Root'

New York Amsterdam News Editor and breast cancer survivor Nayaba Arinde was featured on a panel discussion on Friday on TheRoot.com.

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Atlanta University Center library wins national award

The Atlanta University Center's (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library makes history this week becoming the first historically black college and university (HBCU) library awarded the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

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Obama makes a promise about his wife

She might be the breakout star of this year's campaign trail, but First Lady Michelle Obama won't be making the jump from surrogate to candidate.

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Jidenna gets political: The next president must make college more affordable

Grammy Award nominee Jidenna said one of "the most imperative tasks" the next president can accomplish is making higher education affordable.

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Bill Cosby is legally blind, according to defense attorneys

Bill Cosby's defense attorneys declare he is legally blind in a new motion filed in a Pennsylvania court, and they argue that the impairment will hamper his ability to defend himself at his criminal trial.

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VIDEO: In new ad ‘On The Ballot’, President Obama discusses the progress at stake in election

Hillary for America announced Friday a new television ad, "On The Ballot", featuring President Barack Obama making a final pitch to voters about how the progress made in the last eight years is on the ballot, and how our next president will determine whether to build on these accomplishments - or tear down everything that's been achieved.

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Cranberry juice won't prevent urinary tract infection, study finds

Cranberries, cranberry juice and cranberry products are often recommended as a natural way to prevent urinary tract infections, but a new study suggests that this effort may be futile.

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Viola Davis takes on poverty in hometown

You know her as the tough-as-nails defense attorney Analise Keating on the ABC series "How to Get Away with Murder." But in real life, actress Viola Davis fights for a different cause: ending poverty.

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Woman accuses Clarence Thomas of groping her in 1999

A woman has accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her in 1999, when she met him as a young Truman Foundation Scholar at a dinner party in Falls Church, Virginia.

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Plane carrying Pence skids off runway

Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence said Friday he is "fine" following his plane skidding off the runway at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday night, adding there were about "10 seconds of uncertainty."

Thursday, October 27

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VIDEO: Michelle Obama fires up North Carolina crowd for Hillary Clinton

Michelle Obama on Thursday delivered a resounding speech vouching for Hillary Clinton's preparedness to be president, saying the Democratic presidential nominee has more experience than anyone else to assume the nation's highest office.

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Deltas and AKAs team up for Breast Cancer Awareness event

Members of the Pi Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the North Manhattan Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently came together for the Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration of Life Party in Washington Heights

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HBCU Spotlight: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Today we spotlight University of Maryland Eastern Shore in our National HBCU Week Series, alma mater of Amsterdam News sports editor and columnist Howie Evans.

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Friendship Baptist Church celebrates 80th anniversary

One of the oldest churches in New York will be celebrating their 80th anniversary, starting Nov. 5. The celebration will include a luncheon and four dynamic services that will span three Sundays.

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Elder of the Five Percenters, Abu Shahid, returns to the essence

Many locals were saddened by the news that Brother Abu Shahid had joined the ancestors Wednesday, Sept. 28, at his Pittsburg, Pa. home. He was 85 years of age.

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Chirlane McCray announces mental health hotline

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray announced a citywide hotline to provide support for issues related to mental health Oct. 24 at a community support center in the Corona neighborhood in Queens.

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Nielsen study highlights the digital prosperity of Black millennials

The Nielsen 2016 study, “Young, Connected and Black: African-American Millennials Are Driving Social Change and Leading Digital Advancement” highlights the digital use of Black millennials and cultural and political influences.

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NYC Children’s Cabinet launches initiative to support NYC youth

First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery announced Oct. 21 a new initiative from the NYC Children’s Cabinet entitled Growing Up NYC.

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DOE announces expansion of Diversity in Admissions pilot initiative

The New York City Department of Education announces an expansion in the Diversity in Admissions pilot initiative, which had its launch this spring.

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Enolia P. McMillan, first woman president of the NAACP

Whether in the classroom, in community meetings or with her colleagues at the NAACP, Enolia P. McMillan was known to speak her mind and never to suffer fools kindly.

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Community Calendar 10/27 - 11/2

Greetings! Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey will host “Showtime at the Apollo,” a two-hour event and reimagining of the classic talent showcase series, in which Harvey will celebrate his return to the famed theater, where he launched his own career, and where he’ll be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music. The star-studded special will air Monday, Dec. 5, (8 p.m.-10 p.m., ET/PT) on FOX. An additional one-hour special, also hosted by Harvey, will air in early 2017.

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De Blasio and Murphy push for Port Authority to raise wages for airport workers

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy testified at the board meeting of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Their goal? To push for the agency to increase airport workers’ pay.

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Princeton grad workers vote to join AFT

Graduate workers at Princeton University have followed the lead of their University of Chicago and Cornell University peers.

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Like unions, BLM movement is a fight for justice

Black Lives Matter is one of the most important civil rights movements in recent years. And it is one we in organized labor must embrace, not only because it is morally right but also because fighting for justice is what unions do.

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‘Moonlight’—Beautiful and heartbreaking

“Moonlight” is based on the story “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” by MacArthur genius grant recipient, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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Tapping into Hop House

A couple of Harlem friends and I decided a “catch up” was desperately needed—nothing too fussy, something local.

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Talking SCHOP! Red Rooster: The cookbook

Last week chef and restauranteur, Marcus Samuelsson, celebrated the release of his latest publication, “The Red Rooster Cookbook.”

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Newark Anti-Violence Coalition condemns recent police shooting and celebrates return of Chibok girls on National Day of Action

The Newark Antiviolence Coalition held its 15th annual National Day of Action Oct. 22. The organization highlighted the recent police killing of two men that occurred on North 7th Street near Abington Avenue in Newark.

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Golden State is still the power, but watch out for San Antonio

This past 2015-2016 NBA season was dominated by the Western Conference.

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Immigrants and supporters shut down George Washington Bridge

Immigrants and supporters shut down the upper level of the George Washington Bridge for 45 minutes during Tuesday morning’s rush hour.

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LeBron and the Cavs will remain the kings of the East

With much needed help from Kyrie Irving, who was officially minted as a superstar by virtue of his stellar and clutch performance in June’s NBA Finals, LeBron James made good on his promise of delivering a championship to the city of Cleveland, its first since 1964.

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Fair Housing Justice Center settles federal court lawsuit

The Fair Housing Justice Center recently announced a federal court lawsuit settlement between four nursing home and assisted living facility operators.

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At 85, Jim Couch continues to coach and to give back

The Jim Couch National Training Showcase held a two-day basketball camp over the weekend at the Mott Haven Educational Complex in the Bronx, hosting more than 75 players from 12 states and five countries.

Trump gropes toward the finish line

In April, 2015, when Hillary Clinton announced her second bid for the presidency, she chose only to allude to the fact that she was a woman. “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she said, referring to her defeat by Barack Obama and the proverbial barrier blocking women from the highest office.

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Kenya lifts death penalty for more than 2,000 inmates

(GIN)—While American leaders bicker over the fate of the death penalty, with 17 inmates going to their deaths so far this year, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed documents commuting all death sentences to life imprisonment.

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Kenyan Stanley Biwott poised to defend his NYC Marathon title

The TCS New York City Marathon has grown exponentially since its first running in 1970.

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Self-healing and wellness news

Bestselling author Queen Afua is an internationally renowned and devoted wellness advocate.

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Khan’s fashion details for spring ’17

Designer Naeem Khan’s spring ’17 collection was dedicated to his mentor, Halston, the fashion icon for whom he worked in the ’70s. The looks were vibrant. The colors were inspired by Khan’s deep love for cooking. Who knew!

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Sparks win WNBA title in the final seconds

The WNBA Finals came down to a fifth game, the fourth quarter and the closing seconds before a champion was determined, with the Los Angeles Sparks winning 77‑76 over the Minnesota Lynx.

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How ‘affluenza’ threatens to reach the presidency

After many years of near anonymity, I was dragged back into the spotlight by Donald Trump.

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The same media that created Trump, now out to utterly destroy him

In this election cycle, the media’s influence has extended far beyond their traditional roles as reporters and provocateurs to actually framing the public debate.

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Governor should sign the Legislature’s Historic Public Defense Reform Act

The Legislature unanimously passed a bill at the end of its session that would end New York State’s half-century of neglect of a fundamental responsibility.

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The streaky Giants head into their bye week trending upward

The Giants’ 17-10 win over the Los Angles Rams Sunday in London was inarguably the antithesis of aesthetic beauty.

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Redemption, second chances, bad luck, frustration, but Jets win

The Jets had a four-game losing streak and had either lost their way or were surely off road, way deep in the direction of that wide, unpaved, dimly lit path where defeat and bewilderment can take you.

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All aboard the Soul Train!

With Nov. 8 on the horizon, it might be of utmost import that we enjoy what’s left of 2016. Don’t profess to be a prophet or anything, but this time next year—Oohhh weee!

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Harlem’s MLK Park reconstruction begins

Picking up shovels, elected officials, activists, residents and those from Quennell Rothschild & Partners, the landscape architects for the project, lauded the Harlem groundbreaking of Martin Luther King Park on Malcolm X Boulevard between 113th and 114th streets.

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Whey is way up in preventing muscle weakness

Can you recall the nursery rhyme, “Little Miss Muffet?” It went like this: Little Miss Muffet /Sat on a tuffet/Eating her curds and whey/Along came spider/Who sat down beside her/And frightened Miss Muffet away.

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Harlem-made products in Whole Foods Market

During the Harlem Park to Park event, the public was invited to meet the first 11 Harlem vendors selected to have their products carried in the new Whole Foods Market on 125th Street (opening 2017).

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The Cosmopolitan Review 10/27-11/2

Witches in the air but we don’t care. Ghost and goblins everywhere. Me in my costume make people stare. All I can say is you better beware. On Halloween night you better say a prayer, spirits from the grave a lurking everywhere. Then again, have no fear; Halloween only comes once a year.

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A chat with one of Trump’s ‘deplorables’

Last Friday, I had a surprise run-in with someone who can be categorized as one of Donald Trump’s ‘deplorables.’

Mixed fortunes for Antigua, Grenada with Caribbean appeals court

A Trinidad-based Caribbean appeals court has been in operation for nearly 12 years, but fewer than half of the countries of the 15-nation Caribbean Community bloc of nations have signed on as members.

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Caribbean hotelier receives ICABA Pinnacle Award

Leading Caribbean hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy captured the Pinnacle Award at the International Career and Business Alliance Salute to Caribbean Excellence Awards event at The Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend.

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Black Women’s Roundtable kicks off nationwide Power of the Sister Vote campaign

Black Women’s Roundtable ignites the Power of the Sister Vote campaign to increase turnout among Black women on Election Day, Nov. 8.

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Haiti needs us

The recent hurricane in Haiti has yet again brought the island into the national news cycle.

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New York’s homeless stuck between the government and residents

Terraine is the mother of a 17-year-old son. She is a veteran. She has been homeless since May of 2015. She has stayed in temporary locations and shelters in every borough except Staten Island, and she has spent a few of those months on the street sleeping in her truck. During the warm weather months, she sells nonalcoholic beverages in front of the Brooklyn Public Library location at Grand Army Plaza. This year should’ve been a great year for her business.

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Fusion East hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch this Sunday

In the spirit of October being the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, Fusion East restaurant is hosting their own brunch Sunday, Oct. 30. Fusion East is a new Caribbean and soul food restaurant located in East New York.

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Trevante Rhodes shines in ‘Moonlight’

Every major film critic has weighed in on the beauty and lasting impact of the new film “Moonlight,” which really can’t be called “just a gay film” or just an “African-American film” because it’s much, much more.

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The Global Entry program and TSA pre-check

An alert pops up on my phone that reads, “Flight is now boarding.” This notification would be great except I’m anxiously sitting on a parking lot shuttle, and we are just pulling up to the airport.

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Jay Z headlines concert for Hillary

Hip-hop mogul Jay Z will headline a concert for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Cleveland before Election Day.

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Trio 3, American Slave Coast, Zora Neale Hurston

Trio 3 is a collaborative of iconic explorers and renowned bandleaders that include the bassist, composer Reggie Workman, the saxophonist, composer and arranger Oliver Lake and the drummer Andrew Cyrille, who over the past six decades have defined the music on their own terms.

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A melting pot of Harlem culture

Harlem is inundated with rich culture and colorful communities from all walks of life.

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The Bessies—Oh what a night!

This year’s 32nd annual NY Dance and Performance Awards, the Bessies, moved from a five-year run at the Apollo Theatre to the Brooklyn Academy of Music at the Howard Gilman Opera House.

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Zadie Smith fills auditorium at Medgar Evers

Celebrated author and essayist Zadie Smith recently spoke to a packed auditorium of college students, faculty, fans, supporters and readers at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

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Stephanie McGraw’s W.A.R.M. fights back against domestic violence

The Harlem-based nonprofit organization, We All Really Matter, is holding their seventh annual Domestic Violence Forum, “Bridging the Gap,” to bring awareness to the growing epidemic during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Misty Copeland on ABT’s fall season, diversity in ballet

Misty Copeland’s performance at American Ballet Theatre’s fall 2016 Gala Thursday, Oct. 20, was a delightful display of classical ballet at its most technically challenging and musically responsive.

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Community Calendar 10/26 - 11/2

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

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DOJ wants to indict cop who killed Eric Garner

Skepticism and tepid hope are occupying the same space as news broke Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, that in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration his Department of Justice is looking to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

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CCRB claims improvement in handling complaints against cops

The NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board issued its semiannual report at the end of September highlighting several trends that, according to the agency, show progress in reviewing complaints against officers of the NYPD.

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Protest, demonstrations ensue after police shooting of 66-year-old Black woman

The fallout continues after last week’s police shooting death of 66-year-old Deborah Danner in the Bronx.

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We must win: New York Congressional Endorsements

This year’s presidential election is pivotal for the future of America. We have endorsed Hillary Clinton wholeheartedly in these pages previously and we do it once again today.

Wednesday, October 26

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Racism in medicine: An 'open secret'

What happened on a hot summer day two years ago still shakes Dr. Emily Whitgob to the core.

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HBCU Spotlight: Alabama State University

Continuing our series on National HBCU Week, today we spotlight Alabama State University, alma mater of Amsterdam News staff writer and online editor Cyril Josh Barker.

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Trayvon Martin unmentioned as Trump talks of Blacks getting shot in the city he died in

Rallying supporters in this city where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, Donald Trump on Tuesday described African-Americans as "living in hell" and getting "shot" for simply walking in the street.

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Queens boy heard screaming inside locked school bus after falling asleep

A Queens woman is outraged after her grandson was left alone on a school bus Monday morning.

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Reports: Civil rights charges coming for NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner

As a result of the the Justice Department has replacing the New York investigative team working on the Eric Garner case with outside agents, reports indicate that civil rights charges are being handed down to the NYPD officer who shot Garner.

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NNPA, Howard University team up to poll Black voters

In a historic effort to measure the pulse of African American voters, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) partnered with Howard University to conduct the first scientific poll of the Black community during the 2016 election cycle.

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Honda Battle of the Bands to celebrate 15th anniversary

Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) is back and gearing up for its 15th annual Invitational Showcase that will be held in January 2017 to spotlight the premier marching bands from the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Tuesday, October 25

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NAACP says white students threw a noose around a black student's neck

Allegations that white students threw a noose around a black student's neck and "pulled the noose tight" have rocked a southern Mississippi high school.

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Tennessee State University and SLA Worldwide lead first HBCU Federal Contracting Academy

Tennessee State University and SLA Worldwide will hold the first annual Federal Contracting Academy for Historically Black Colleges and Universities on this week at the Renaissance Capital View in Arlington, Virginia. The inaugural event will be in conjunction with the 2016 National HBCU Week Conference hosted by the White House Initiative for HBCUs.

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Girl, 15, found bruised with her teeth knocked out near Bronx subway station: NYPD

A 15-year-old girl was found injured near Gun Hill Road in the Olinville section of the Bronx Monday morning.

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Preteens need only two rounds of HPV vaccine, CDC says

Young people who get the human papillomavirus vaccine before turning 15 need only two doses, rather than three, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week.

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Obama reads Trump's mean tweets about him on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

President Barack Obama got in on the trend of famous people reading mean tweets about themselves Monday, including a tweet from the man who hopes to replace him.

Monday, October 24

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HBCU Spotlight: Lincoln University

We begin our National HBCU Week spotlighting Lincoln University, alma mater of late Amsterdam News Publisher Wilbert Tatum.

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Roland Martin kicks off 'School Choice is the Black Choice' initiative at Howard University

“Roland Martin Presents: Is School Choice the Black Choice?” on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 a.m. ET. The town hall which took place at Howard University on Oct. 5, 2016 explored the importance of school choice for African-American children. Part two of this town hall will air next Friday, October 28 at 7 a.m. ET.

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Black women will elect the next president

Black women will play a key role in electing the next president, according to a recent report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

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Drake drops four new songs ahead of 30th birthday

Drake turned 30 Monday, but it was his fans who received a gift.

Sunday, October 23

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National Museum of African-American History and Culture 'sold out' through March 2017

Tickets to the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington D.C. are "sold out" through March 2017. You need a ticket with a date to enter the museum, even though you don't have to pay for it.

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Hillary Clinton to campaign with Michelle Obama for the first time

With mere weeks until Election Day, the Clinton campaign is committing considerable time to North Carolina.

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Obama turns his wrath on GOP Senate hopefuls

His deep disdain for Donald Trump now long established, President Barack Obama is turning his arrows on Republican lawmakers stuck with the GOP nominee, landing Air Force One on their turf and unleashing a torrent of insults.

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National HBCU Week kicks off

President Barack Obama kicks of National Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Week going on from October 23 through 29.

Saturday, October 22

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Minneapolis police clear officers in fatal shooting of Jamar Clark

A Minneapolis Police Department internal investigation concluded Friday that two officers involved in the November 2015 fatal shooting of Jamar Clark did not violate department policies and will not face discipline.

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Emmett Till memorial sign scarred by bullet holes

The sign marking the site where Emmett Till's body was found is now riddled with bullet holes.

Friday, October 21

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Georgia teen loses leg after teacher's 'body slam,' attorney says

A 13-year-old boy had to have his right leg amputated after a contractor at a Columbus, Georgia, school "body slammed" him repeatedly, an attorney for the boy's family said.

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VIDEO: ‘Wake up, get up, stand up and stand together’ —Hazel Ingram

At 93 years young, Hazel Ingram is truly one of New York City’s treasures.

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Outrage after Bronx woman shot by police

Bronx resident Deborah Danner has been added to a long list of Black people fatally shot by law enforcement as the NYPD is admitting it failed.

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'Moonlight' shines as coming-of-age tale

Deeply affecting, "Moonlight" is a small, beautifully told story that resonates well beyond the time spent in the theater. Bleak, but not hopeless, it's also one of those independent films that will rely on critical accolades and awards consideration to magnify its understated glow.

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Lady Gaga on song about Trayvon Martin: 'How can I not say something?'

Lady Gaga is opening up about what could become one of the most talked about songs on her forthcoming new album, "Joanne."

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Thousands of Seattle teachers take a powerful #BlackLivesMatter stand

Thousands of Seattle teachers made for an inspiring sight when they wore Black Lives Matter shirts en masse to reinforce their commitment to black students in their public schools.

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No happy warriors to be found at Al Smith dinner

No one would confuse Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for happy warriors.

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Two years later, Laquan McDonald shooting brings calls for justice

Two years have passed since a Chicago police officer shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, leading to reforms and fueling national conversation about police use of deadly force.

Thursday, October 20

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Donald Trump: 'I will totally accept' election results 'if I win'

Donald Trump said Thursday he will accept the results of next month's election if he wins, a caveat that threatens to cast unprecedented doubt on the legitimacy of the electoral process.

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Milwaukee officer who shot Sylville Smith accused of sex assault

The Milwaukee police officer involved in a fatal shooting that sparked days of protests in the city in August has been arrested on sexual assault and prostitution charges, police said Thursday.

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URBAN AGENDA: With $82 Billion Budget, City Can Afford to Give Half Fare to Working Poor

Upward mobility, made possible by commuting to good jobs and higher educational opportunities throughout our city, requires actual physical mobility

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Brooklyn recognizes Sonny Abubadika Carson Day

Associates and comrades from the People’s Republic of Brooklyn are hosting an all-day event this Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, commemorating the life and legacy of one of Brooklyn’s finest, Sonny Abubadika Carson.

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Thank you and goodbye to DA Ken Thompson, the ‘People’s Prosecutor’

Last week, we lost Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, the “People’s Prosecutor.”

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Unmasking George Soros and his antagonism toward Israel

Billionaire George Soros generally does not hide the fact that he uses the considerable funds at his disposal to support his extremist, leftist ideals. So when he does hide something, it should raise some serious questions.

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Winning the war against diabetes

I thought of that important lesson when I learned I had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My A1C level, measuring my blood sugar, was an unbelievable 17; this dangerous number is three times the normal level of what is considered healthy.

TIDAL washes over Brooklyn

Somewhere along the way something that we so proudly hailed had been compromised. The “Voice,” as hip-hop has been metaphorically described, ain’t what it used to be.

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NYC community making strides against breast cancer

This past Sunday, Oct. 16, thousands of people came out to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in New York to help bring awareness to the disease, which is attacking women and men all over the nation.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: Oct. 20 - Oct. 26

It’s official. You can pack away the bikinis and summer shorts and pull out the long johns. Early reports predict a long, cold winter, so it is not too soon to start squirreling away your nuts.

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FDNY ignores claims of racism

It appears the largest predominantly white fire department in the United States hasn’t learned its lesson yet.

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Spread Love the AMG way!

Joshua Walker and his Avenue Music Group is spreading love this holiday season with their second annual Thanksgiving Day giveaway.

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Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, esteemed leader and educator

There is no need for generations to unfold to recognize the remarkable career of Dr. Benjamin F. Payton. No need to wait for the years to enshrine a man who made his transition on Sept. 28 in Estero, Fla. He was 83, and what a productive 83 years.

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Other tales of the pantry

No matter the time of year, it is always good practice to purge your pantry. Who knows what it will inspire for your next meal. Are you

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Community Calendar: October 20 - October 26, 2016

Greetings! To celebrate Zora Neale Hurston’s 125th birthday, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, presents “Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography” by Laurence Holder.

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Talking SCHOP! An autumn cleaning

Though recent temperatures suggest an Indian summer, September had me ready to pull out the Crock-Pot, fire up my oven and generally get ready for my favorite hearty food season.

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National Day of Protest takes place Oct. 22

The 21st annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality March is being held this weekend in Harlem.

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Donald Trump refuses to say whether he'll accept election results

Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to say he would accept the result of the presidential election if he loses to Hillary Clinton, raising the possibility of an extraordinary departure from principles that have underpinned American democracy for more than two centuries.

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Adventures in Aruba

At about 10 a.m. one morning this past summer, I found myself riding shotgun in a Jeep Wrangler heading toward the northernmost tip on the island of Aruba.

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LIU-Brooklyn faculty senate calls for president’s resignation

The lockout is over, but LIU-Brooklyn’s faculty senate isn’t done with LIU President Kimberly Cline.

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UFT praises NAACP call for moratorium on charter school expansion

The NAACP wants to slow the expansion of charter schools until they can figure out what’s going on.

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Essex County College looks to partner with Burkina Faso

Charge d’Affaires Seydou Sinka, from the Embassy of Burkina Faso, and Deputy Counsel General Apollinaire Ouedraogo visited Essex County College’s Africana Institute last Friday to discuss possible joint education programs.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph joins cast of ‘Wicked’

The elite of the film, television, political, sports and beauty world came out to salute the honorees at the second annual Women of Excellence Salute Awards, presented by African-American Women in Cinema, Oct. 13, at Morgan Stanley in the heart of Times Square in New York City.

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NAACP New Jersey State Conference hosts 2016 annual convention in Cherry Hill

The New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP held its 2016 convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Oct. 13-16 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

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Black churches being pushed out of nation’s capital

Long-standing African-American churches are disappearing from the nation’s capital one at a time, like victims in an Agatha Christie murder mystery.

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Chico Freeman at Sistas’, AACM, Black Panthers exhibit

The bold tone of tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman and his compositions keep his music glowing on the jazz rainbow.

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Down to the wire: Polls show Clinton victory as election day nears

With less than one month before the nation’s electorate flexes its muscles to determine its choice of commander in chief, the forecast is looking more and more like Hillary Clinton is on her way to victory over Donald Trump.

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Emotional reunion for 21 rescued ‘Chibok’ girls

In a sight that could make a witness choke up with tears, a roomful of rescued Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok ran into the arms of their overjoyed parents and smothered them with hugs.

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Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation celebrates roof-breaking, design of new wing

Since 2005, home for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation has been a sleek, glass-enclosed building on the northwest corner of West 55th Street and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan known as the Joan Weill Center for Dance.

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Haiti in need of real help

A little more than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti—killing more than 800 people, displacing thousands more and reviving the threat of cholera—some Haitian-Americans are avoiding donating to the American Red Cross.

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Fall for Dance 2016—A New York favorite

There is just one week left of New York City Center’s annual dance season opener program, Fall for Dance.

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The Jets may have been damned either way

It’s happened. The New York Jets will start backup quarterback Geno Smith against the Baltimore Ravens at Metlife Stadium Sunday afternoon.

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Donna Karan presents luxurious sporty looks

Designer Donna Karan introduced a smartly styled collection of luxurious sportswear for this fall. The collection was presented in a modern day oasis setting at the Urban Zen Studio during NY Fashion Week.

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The Giants salvage playoff hopes before heading to London

To assert that the Giants’ playoff hopes were at stake Sunday versus the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium may not be an overstatement.

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Youthful elegance for spring/summer ’17

At Carmen Marc Valvo’s show, the look was youthful and elegant.

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Afropunk attends New York Comic Con

Once again the Jacob Javits Center opened its doors to the public for Comic Con, which gathers comic lovers from all walks of life.

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WNBA finals go to a deciding fifth game

The Los Angeles Sparks, playing in its first WNBA Finals since 2003 and pursuing its first WNBA championship since 2002, was up two games to one against three-time and defending champions, the Minnesota Lynx. Playing on home court, the Sparks, led by Candace Parker and league MVP Nneka Ogwumike, started in determined fashion, but ultimately fell to the Lynx 85-79, forcing a fifth and deciding game in Minnesota tonight. 

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Bob Dylan’s homage to Black America

As expected, there’s a lot of debate gathering among scholars and writers about Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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As preseason ends, Brooklyn has a new beginning

Tonight (Thursday) is the final game of the preseason for the Brooklyn Nets.

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Spy on ‘Snowden’—It’s an excellent film!

Edward Joseph Snowden was a computer whiz who wanted to put his talents to work for the United States Government.

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Knicks already generate enthusiasm from Garden faithful

It was only mid-October, but one could have mistaken the energy in Madison Square Garden Saturday night as the Knicks played their preseason home finale against the Boston Celtics for that of a late-May playoff game.

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Kevin Hart’s ‘What Now?’—Not now!

Kevin Hart’s “What Now?” tour is the centerpiece of this film. Hart performs before a record-setting, sold-out performance filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

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For the WNBA, the Lynx and Sparks, this is it

Meshed between baseball’s playoffs; Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football; college football Saturday; the preseason start of the NBA; and all of the shenanigans surrounding the presidential election are the WNBA Finals, the last three to five games of women’s professional basketball this season.

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Afro-Brazilian workshop held to inspire healthy living in the Bronx

On Oct. 15, with support from Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres, not-for-profit New York community health plan Amida Care presented “Dance to the Rhythm,” a free community “Live Your Life” wellness event at Webster Police Athletic League in the Bronx.

More Americans likely care more about sexual assault than illegal immigrants

In light of Donald Trump’s hot mic debacle, aka “Pussygate,” the spotlight has been put squarely —as it should—on the issue of sexual assault and misogyny.

Tiny Caribbean nation being bullied by the US

A tiny, tourism dependent nation in the Eastern Caribbean is openly accusing the U.S. of persistently bullying it into submission, largely because the island took Washington to the international trade court and won in a bitter and ongoing row over internet gambling.

Support for Haiti and the Bahamas

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is urging the region’s tourism industry stakeholders to assist with both immediate and sustained relief efforts to support the people of Haiti and parts of the Bahamas, which were hardest hit by Hurricane Mathew this month.

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Freedom of the press

I recently taught my Introduction to Politics students a unit in which we discussed the U.S. Constitution and the subsequent amendments that have been added to our incredible governing document.

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Bill de Blasio on Donald Trump: 'We've seen this before. This is what fascists do'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim the presidential election is rigged is reminiscent of a fascist.

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Reel Sisters kicks off film fest

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will present more than 40 films that are guaranteed to inspire, uplift and spark conversations among family and friends

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Community Calendar 10/20 - 10/26

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

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An apology, now what?

The police apologizing?

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Mom dies of broken heart: Venida Browder, Kalief’s mother, dead at 63

Sixteen months after Kalief hanged himself with an air conditioning cord, Venida died of a heart attack at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.

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DA Thompson laid to rest—Job wish honored

Late Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson was not yet funeralized last week when news reports emerged about who would replace Brooklyn’s first African-American district attorney.

Wednesday, October 19

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Trump, Clinton gear up for final showdown

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meet in Las Vegas Wednesday for one last throw of the dice.

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Tupac among new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Music lovers, get ready to rock the vote.

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Kerry Washington welcomes baby boy

Congrats are in order for Kerry Washington.

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Ciara on the power of being a woman

Ciara is both blessed and busy.

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President Obama's cool, eclectic, speedy workout mix

The notoriously devoted exerciser in chief, President Obama has shared his current favorite workout jams for Wired magazine's November issue, showing an eclectic interest and a love of super speedy beats of rhythm and sound.

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What are the world's best and worst airports for 2016?

"Oh great, a 10-hour airport layover," said no-one.

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Students are graduating with $30,000 in loans

College grads left school with more debt in 2015 than they ever have before.

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When retirement savings goals seem hopelessly unrealistic

I often see rules of thumb suggesting how much people should save each year or how much money they should have in retirement accounts by certain ages to be on track to a secure retirement.

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Trump wished Condi Rice was a 'bitch' in 2006

Donald Trump said in a 2006 speech he wished former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a "bitch," according to archived video reviewed by CNN's KFile.

Tuesday, October 18

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Chuck Berry, 90, releasing new album

Chuck Berry is proving you are never too old to rock and roll.

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Obama: Trump's rigged election claim 'whining before the game's even over'

President Barack Obama sharply disputed Donald Trump's claim that the US election system is rigged, saying the Republican presidential nominee should "stop whining."

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Police chief group issues apology to minorities

The head a major international law enforcement organization on Monday apologized for "the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society's historical mistreatment of communities of color."

Monday, October 17

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Obama to highlight record high school graduation rate

The White House announced Monday the highest US high school graduation rate on record at 83.2% in the 2014-2015 school year, although significant disparities still exist between groups of students.

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Father, son arrested in death of Olympian Tyson Gay's daughter

Police arrested two more men -- a father and son -- in the shooting death of Olympic track star Tyson Gay's daughter, Trinity, who authorities say was hit by a stray bullet during a shootout in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Man sentenced in road rage shooting involving George Zimmerman

The man convicted of shooting at George Zimmerman in a road rage incident has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, Florida authorities said.

Sunday, October 16

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Hundreds remember Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson as beacon for justice at funeral

Hundreds turned out Saturday to say a final farewell to Brooklyn’s first African American District Attorney, Ken Thompson.

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Black doctor claims discrimination by airline during flight emergency

An African-American OB-GYN says she was discriminated against on a flight when attendants refused to let her help with an in-flight medical emergency.

Friday, October 14

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Influencers turn out for 'Women for Hillary' Harlem fundraiser

On Thursday night, over 200 key influencers gathered in Harlem to support 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Racial disparities receding for women with breast cancer

Racial disparities between black and white breast cancer patients are receding, according to a report released Thursday.

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It's lonely in the Black 1%

It's one of the loneliest, most exclusive clubs in America.

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Bronx BP Ruben Diaz launches Youth Corps service program

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in conjunction with lead coordinating partner DreamYard and community partners WHEDCo, M.S.390, DreamYard Prep and The Mission Continues, kicked-off the first Bronx Youth Corps Day of Service with student volunteers from Bronx schools.

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Parents, educators, students rally in Albany after walking 150 miles to demand education funding

Twenty students, parents, educators, elected officials and advocates from across the state arrived in Albany Tuesday as the final stop of a 10-day, 150 mile walk from New York City, where they gathered for a rally outside the New York State Court of Appeals to demand Campaign for Fiscal Equity funding.

Thursday, October 13

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WATCH: Michelle Obama denounces Trump for 'bragging about sexually assaulting women'

First lady Michelle Obama delivered Thursday an impassioned denunciation of Donald Trump, calling the recently unearthed comments by the Republican presidential nominee "shocking" and "demeaning," and below "basic standards of human decency."

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Conference examines 20th anniversary of U.S.-backed invasion of Congo by Rwanda and Uganda

Twenty years ago, in 1996, Rwanda and Uganda invaded Congo, which was then known as Zaire. The invasion toppled longtime CIA agent and dictator Mobutu who ran Congo into the ground after he seized power in 1960 from independence hero Patrice Lumumba, who was murdered.

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In the spirit of Attica, the incarcerated unite

This past Sept. 9 marked the 45th anniversary of the prison uprising in Attica, N.Y. In 2016, the incarcerated are fighting for their rights once more.

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Ken Thompson was a true fighter for justice.

I had the honor of working with Ken for years, well before he was district attorney and I was public advocate.

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Lead pipes, the Roman Empire and American infrastructure

There has been some scientific speculation as to whether high levels of lead in the city’s pipes caused widespread lead poisoning among Romans, ultimately leading to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

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Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard: My friend Ken Thompson

Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard reflects on the passing of Ken Thompson.

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Jay Z is riding his TIDAL wave

A year ago, global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, raised upward of 1.5 million, divvied into grants for a select list of organizations promoting social and racial justice with their inaugural TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC.

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Fatherhood awards—Great dads honored

In an era when so much attention is ceded to notoriously “deadbeat dads,” it is refreshing to know that hardworking, proactive and protective dads are not forgotten.

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Restoration rocks Bed-Stuy again

The place to be last Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, was Restoration Plaza in the center of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

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Cosmopolitan Review: Oct.. 13 - Oct. 19

Still waiting for the leaves to turn colors, the crisp smell of fall in the air and all of the other yummy things that come with October?

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Black FDNY civilian employees file EEOC complaint, announce lawsuit

Black civilian employees of the Fire Department of New York are still dealing with discrimination.

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Fort Greene Council celebrates new victory in the fight against gentrification

The Fort Greene Council held a celebration of their victory in the fight to preserve their most precious service centers, Grace Agard Harewood Senior Center and The Young Minds Day Care Center, after a yearlong battle over the lease of the property.

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HistoryMakers brings history to classrooms with Black leaders at city schools

During this year’s back-to-school season, dozens of Black-American leaders will visit classrooms across the city.

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Charlotte Hawkins Brown, educator and advocate of civil rights

Like the pioneering teacher Charlotte Forten (1837-1914), Charlotte Hawkins Brown was educated in Massachusetts and then devoted a good part of her life to dispensing that knowledge to students in the South.

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At 2-3 and spiraling, Giants are in a state of urgency

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The well-known and oft-said quote, originally penned by French journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr nearly 200 years ago, could aptly be co-opted as the official motto of the Giants. After beginning the season 2-0, the spiraling Giants have lost three straight games and now find themselves in a state of urgency.

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Can the Jets turn the corner?

At various times during these past two seasons—let’s call it, the Ryan Fitzpatrick era—New York Jets’ losses have been prefaced with “They had a chance to win this game,” or “They could have won this game,” or several other variations of the theme, but Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers is disqualified from the use of the preface.

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Brook and Lin are setting the tone for now

Although it seems like we were just at the park checking out summer leagues and tournament games, the NBA is now upon us. Teams around the league have begun preseason play. Camps opened Sept. 26, and preseason games have begun.

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Will Jackson give Hornacek the license to shape the Knicks?

Last June, when Phil Jackson announced the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as the Knicks’ new head coach, he had this glowing assessment of the former Phoenix Suns’ head coach from the franchise’s president: “Jeff has a tremendous basketball acumen and possesses strong leadership skills. During his career as both a player and coach, he has demonstrated the ability to elevate the game.”

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Big East teams eager for memorable season

This season is the 35th season of women’s basketball in the Big East Conference.

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Minnesota and Los Angeles battle for the WNBA chip

The WNBA Finals continue tomorrow night, Friday, in Southern California between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx, the league’s top two.

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Trump faces more groping allegations

Two women told The New York Times in a report published Wednesday night that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump touched them inappropriately, allegations that were swiftly followed by a similar claim in People magazine.

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Boko Haram releases 21 Chibok girls to Nigerian government

Boko Haram militants handed over 21 Chibok schoolgirls to Nigerian authorities Thursday after a series of negotiations, Nigeria's government said, in the first mass release of any of the more than 200 girls and women kidnapped from their school two years ago.

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Drake breaks record for most AMA nominations

Bill Cosby is trying yet again to get a criminal case against him tossed—this time with a filing in Pennsylvania by his new lead attorney, according to reports.

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Square Circles making strides against breast cancer

On Oct. 16, 2016, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be having its annual walk at Prospect Park for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Monterey Jazz Festival—Cold nights, hot music

While waiting for my Monterey flight in the Los Angeles Airport, I noticed a familiar person sitting quietly to my left.

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An American president finds himself on trial

To some, George W. Bush is considered a war criminal, having plunged the United States into two needless Middle East wars, one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq

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Portland’s FashionNXT shows on the runway

This season, the world’s fashion industries are introducing new designers. It’s sort of like a changing of the guard, and it’s so exciting to witness.

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Desigual’s global traveler’s spring/summer ’17 looks

At Desigual’s show at Moynihan Station in New York City, some of the collection’s highlights included Desigual’s long knit dresses, lace fringes and hand-woven pieces that were simply mesmerizing.

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‘The Girl on the Train’ is an entertaining ride

“The Girl on the Train” is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce.

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Terrie M. Williams supports Kid Cudi after disclosure of mental health battle

Mental health expert and best-selling author Terrie M. Williams commended Kid Cudi after he publicly disclosed his battle with depression.

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Acknowledging Black and POC experimental musicians

My years of following, documenting and sharing the news of diverse experimental music artists led me to the High Zero Festival in Baltimore, as I had gotten the tip that the festival had made a conscious curatorial effort to scout and invite highly proficient, talented and improvisational musicians of all races, genders and backgrounds along with the local and international white male musicians who have dominated the experimental international community.

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‘Mubassa’s Dream’ takes flight in Harlem

Dr. John (Satchmo) Mannan’s book, “Mubassa’s Dream—And 18 Legends from the Land of Nod” (Aladdin’s Books International, 2016), in many ways mirrors the diverse interests and passions of the writer.

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NY Film Fest’s opening night

The New York Film Festival’s opening night is considered to be the world’s most prestigious celebration of cinema, and the AmNews was part of a very select group of journalists invited to celebrate, mix and mingle.

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Free yoga, tennis, fitness for seniors this fall

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, 60 and older, to participate in CityParks Seniors Fitness. The fall 2016 season of Seniors Fitness programs began the week of Sept. 26, and offers free tennis lessons, yoga instruction and fitness walking in 16 parks across the city. In Manhattan, the program will be offered in Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side, Central Park, Inwood Hill Park in Inwood and Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem.

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Lemonade: That cool refreshing eatery

Eddie Murphy said it first, and best, when impersonating Elvis in “Delirious,” but the California fast casual eatery chain, Lemonade (@LemonadeLA, www.lemonadela.com), takes “cool” and “refreshing” to a whole new level.

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Waste no time in reducing your waistline

Hey, brothers and sisters, when have you taken a tape measure and measured your waistline? It has been suggested by those who predict whether you could be a victim of cardiac disease that if you are a male, and your waistline is greater than 40 inches or a female with waist size greater than 35 inches, beware. If you really want to determine how you fit into this cardiac category, just stand in front of a full-length mirror. Images don’t lie!

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Talking SCHOP! Convertible. Sun. Fun. Friends. It’s LA! Part II

My first visit back to Los Angeles in nearly eight years was proving to be just what the doctor ordered: sun, fun and friends, plus a convertible for added effect.

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There’s still time to register to vote

This election is possibly the most critical election of most of our lifetimes. Any immigrant not voting, or missing this opportunity to vote, could mean handing a tax cheat, a sexist pig, a demagogue, a xenophobe and an ignoramus the chance to set this country back decades.

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A day trip to La Jolla

If you plan to be in San Diego for a few days, you should rent a car and take the 30-minute trip up to La Jolla. The 7-mile, hilly seaside community offers much more than just the University of California, San Diego.

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Archbishop Tutu, 85, records video saying he wants assisted-dying option

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, 85, has recorded a video saying he wants the option of assisted dying “when the time comes … to pass” and endorsing bills worldwide to authorize this end-of-life option.

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Welcome to fall

There is something special about the changing of seasons. One of the main reasons I prefer the East Coast to the West Coast is largely because of my need for four seasons.

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Travel leader calls for urgent investment in Caribbean human resources

PUERTO RICO (Oct. 13, 2016)—Gerard “Jerry” Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, known for his innovations and relationships in the tourism, hospitality and entertainment communities, called for an urgent investment in the next generation of Caribbean travel and tourism leaders to elevate service standards within the region.

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Tragedy, discussion and change with Rikers Island

New York City’s notorious correctional facility has been in the news a lot recently.

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Caribbean rolls out relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew

Now that Hurricane Matthew, one of the deadliest storms to have roared through the Caribbean and the U.S. in more than a decade, has made landfall in Florida, relief officials at the Caribbean’s main response agency are getting ready to roll out assistance efforts to member countries lashed by the storm.

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McDonald’s workers file EEOC complaints alleging sexual harassment

Women cooks and cashiers at McDonald’s around the country have had enough.

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Senior workforce development job fair in East Orange draws more than 200 job seekers

East Orange’s Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training hosted its first Senior Workforce Development Job Fair last week, drawing more than 200 job seekers ages 60 and up.

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NAN Newark Tech World unveiled

The Rev. Al Sharpton, Panasonic Corporation North America CEO Joseph M. Taylor, State Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka recently unveiled the National Action Network Newark Tech World.

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Trump trounced: Latest scandals cause stir for GOP

Folks are flocking from Donald Trump like he has the plague, and many of those in flight believe he is a contagious miscreant who is unfit to lead the nation.

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Longer lives for Kenyans, medical journal finds

Life expectancy showed a slight uptick for Kenyans, according to a study prepared for the U.N. and its benchmark sustainable development goals. 

Where deadly diplomacy meets harmful humanitarianism

Scholars of public policy and political science understand that to enact an unpopular or questionable policy and to gain public support for such a policy, a crisis must occur.

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Miriam Makeba magnificently honored in ‘Mama Africa the Musical’

In the early 1960s she was introduced to the world by singer and activist Harry Belafonte, singing in her incredible, unique South African vocalizing style of yells, chants, hums and scats woven into the electrifying soulfulness and spiritual vibrations of African music.

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Hurricane Matthew’s devastation from Haiti to the East Coast

The life-threatening Hurricane Matthew, which left a death toll of more than 1,000 in Haiti, has swept through the United States, causing extreme flooding in North Carolina and devastation in other parts of the south.

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Remembering Ken Thompson

It isn’t often that we devote the editorial page to the passing of one of our heroes, but there are times when more space should be set aside for such occasions.

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Community Calendar 10/13 - 10/19

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

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War cries of a New Yorker—Nicole Goodwin

Harlem, being the colorful melting pot of New York City culture and an amalgamation of rich ethnicity, finds itself inundated with equally interesting people that inhabit it.

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Ken Thompson dead at 50

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken P. Thompson, 50, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, after battling cancer for several months—unknown to the general public. At the time of his death, Thompson's family was by his side. 

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Brooklyn anti-gun violence activist killed in Miami shooting

This past Sunday saw the death of Crown Heights anti-gun violence activist Lavon Walker, who was killed in Miami in an early morning shooting.

Wednesday, October 12

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'Martin' actor Tommy Ford dead at 52

Actor Tommy Ford, best known for his role as Tommy in the 1990s hit sitcom "Martin," has died in Atlanta, a spokeswoman for his family said.

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Fox airing 'Showtime at the Apollo' special in December

Steve Harvey is hosting host SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, a two-hour event on Dec. 5

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'BeyHive' descends on former pol for citing Beyoncé lyrics as example of Clinton hypocrisy

Beyoncé became part of the 2016 election dialogue on Monday night, and the "BeyHive" swarmed.

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Americans take fewer multivitamins but more vitamin D, omega-3s

The majority of American adults use dietary supplements.

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How to pay off your student loans faster: Start before graduation

Most college students don't realize they can make payments on their student loans before they graduate. Too many keep those annoying loans out of sight and out of mind until they absolutely must start making payments, usually six months after leaving school.

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Should I delay taking social security?

I understand that if I delay taking Social Security, I'll receive a larger benefit. But while I'm waiting for that bigger benefit, I'll have to withdraw more from my retirement savings, which means I'll miss out on the investment gains those larger withdrawals would have earned.

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Trump, get your facts right on Central Park jogger case

If Donald Trump really believes in his law and order campaign theme, he had better get his facts straight on the Central Park jogger case. Last week, the Republican presidential candidate repeated his bogus assertion that the dismissal of the charges against the five black and Hispanic youths (the so-called Central Park Five) who were convicted of the crime was "outrageous," as was the settlement of their civil lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment.

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Janet Jackson confirms pregnancy at 50

Janet Jackson is finally letting the world in on her big news.

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Funeral services for Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson set for Saturday

Funeral services and a viewing are set for Friday and Saturday for late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson who passed away Sunday.

Tuesday, October 11

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Fall vacationing in Orlando

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Orlando in what is known as the offseason during September through November, when crowds are fewer, children are back in school and the weather is still warm.

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This mother and son lost everything in Matthew. Now they ask, 'What's next?'

The gymnasium at Nash Central High School is quiet and almost empty. Row upon row of green cots line the floor.

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Colin Kaepernick to start Sunday for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a national movement in sports by not standing during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, will make his first start of the season.

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Drake cancels the rest of his tour after ankle injury

Drake has just canceled the remainder of his Summer Sixteen tour.

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SOB's hosting fundraiser for Haiti

Live world music venue and restaurant SOB's is hosting a Haiti hurricane relief fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 14.

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Solange Knowles: She's more than just Beyonce's sister

Solange Knowles is more than just Beyonce's little sister. But like Queen Bey, Solange now has a number one album.

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Cholera fears rise in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew has left Haiti, but the danger is far from over as the number of cholera cases now is on the rise.

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‘They were given new life’: Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson remembered by people he helped free from wrongful convictions

He lived for only 50 years, the last three of which he was Brooklyn District Attorney. But in those three years, Ken Thompson played a major role in ensuring that nearly two dozen wrongfully convicted people gained years of life they very well may not have had without his efforts.

Monday, October 10

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Trump, Clinton wage scorched-earth debate

The once sacred tradition of a presidential debate -- where candidates typically trade barbs over their vision of the country's future -- exploded into something quite chilling.

Sunday, October 9

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Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson dies after battle with cancer

Multiple reports indicate that Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson has passed away after battling cancer.

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Donald Trump comments on sexual relations with Black women

In the midst of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's current firestorm, his continued struggle to win Black voters hit another snag when tapes surface of him making comments on sleeping with a Black woman.

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Real reason Republicans are ditching Trump? It's white women

Emory University law professor Dorothy A. Brown shares her views on why Republicans are really dumping Trump.

Saturday, October 8

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Jesse Jackson celebrates 75th birthday

Saturday, Oct. 8 marks civil rights activist Jesse Jackson's 75th birthday.

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Trump issues defiant apology for lewd remarks -- then goes on the attack

Donald Trump apologized early Saturday for lewd and sexually aggressive remarks he made a decade ago -- and then made it clear he is girding himself for a nasty political battle.

Friday, October 7

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Reality Check: Donald Trump and the Central Park 5

Few people in New York City -- and, perhaps, the country -- who followed the news in 1989 could forget the "Central Park Jogger" rape case.

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UPDATE: In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Caribbean-Americans express worry

At least 11 people died when Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other parts of the Caribbean.

Thursday, October 6

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United Palace House hosts The Gathering UPHI 2016: Reawaken Wonder

The fourth largest theater on Broadway, United Palace House of Inspiration, 4140 Broadway at 175th Street, opened its doors Friday, Sept. 30, for its third annual The Gathering UPHI, a multiday affair of creativity, connectivity and celebration to set the mind and spirit of our people free and “Reawaken Wonder.”

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UN call for Black reparations penetrates US presidential election

From the New York Post to The Washington Post, written and electronic mass media across the country have broadly covered the report of a United Nations working group’s call for reparations for Black people, but has imposed a news blackout on the fact this issue has been injected into the U.S. presidential election since the beginning of the year.

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Remembering Shimon Peres, a man of wisdom

Columnist Armstrong Williams reflects on the passing of Shimon Peres

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Community demands safely run nuclear power plants

Frank Fraley, President SHARE (Safe Healthy, Affordable, Reliable Energy) pens an open letter about nuclear power safety.

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Nat Turner—Birth of a new movement?

While it’s usually reserved for the day after Thanksgiving, on the surface, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, looks to give new meaning to Black Friday

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Nigeria 56th Independence Day celebrated in NYC

Nigerians came from all over the tristate area and beyond to celebrate the 56th year of independence from British colonialists.

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PHOTOS: 120th anniversary of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce at Harlem Hospital

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce celebrates it 120th anniversary at Harlem Hospital an event at Harlem Hospital.

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The Cosmopolitan Review Oct.6 - Oct. 12

It has been a long, sometime arduous year. A lot of people have passed on to the next dimension including my mother, Harriet DeLaney, Dr. Stanley Nelson, Lennie Williams, Jemel Crumbs, Dr. Roscoe Brown, Estelle Noble, the brother and sister of Jake McGhee and Langston Williams, whose body has yet to be laid to rest because of a family dispute.

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Bronx Council Member Andy King 'gets pink' for breast cancer awareness

The American Cancer Society recently launched its Real Men Wear Pink of New York City program, which features Real Men Wear Pink candidates from all five boroughs who have committed to showing their support and raising money in the fight against breast cancer.

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Convent Avenue Baptist Church hosts HBCU fair

The African-American Experience Forum of Convent Avenue Baptist Church is sponsoring their annual HBCU College Fair Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Comptroller Scott Stringer proposes tripling the city's earned income tax credit

City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer proposed tripling the city’s Earned Income Tax Credit contribution from 5 percent to 15 percent of the federal tax credit.

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NYC clergy to NYPD: VieVu’s body cameras won’t protect our communities

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Southern Baptist Church, a coalition of African-American clergy demanded a public discussion around the selection of VieVu as the vendor for the NYPD’s $6.4 million body camera contract.

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Walking for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As we all should know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Collaborating Organization, approximately one in eight women living in America will have breast cancer at some point in their life.

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URBAN AGENDA: Eviction prevention is good housing policy

Fifty-seven years ago, the Supreme Court upheld providing counsel in criminal proceedings as a constitutional right: when life and liberty interests were at stake, the court’s Gideon v. Wainwright ruling held that individuals were entitled to a court-appointed attorney if they could not afford legal representation on their own.

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Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are breaking the mold

The Boston Red Sox were the last team in Major League Baseball to sign a Black player. On July 21, 1959, Elijah “Pumpsie” Green became the first African-American to wear a Red Sox uniform.

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WNBA season heads to the finals

The WNBA Finals begin Sunday, with the three-time and reigning champion Minnesota Lynx heading to its fifth final in six years.

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Magpies: Soft-served in LA

My visit to LA was not primarily about food

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Talking SCHOP! Convertible. Sun. Fun. Friends. It’s LA! Part I

When planning the weekend to Austin, Texas, with my crew, I realized I had not been back to Los Angeles in nearly eight years.

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Brooklyn USA pays tribute to this year’s awardees

In keeping with tradition, the Brooklyn USA Athletic Association, Inc. once again held their annual awards dinner dance Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, to recognize and honor those deserving of awards, and to present students with scholarship funds.

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FX moves ahead with Singleton’s ‘Snowfall’

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that FX is moving ahead with “Snowfall,” giving a 10-episode series order to John Singleton’s drama inspired by the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

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As injustices persist, sports leagues must confront growing player protests

The National Basketball Association, the National Football League and Major League Baseball have long been a bastion of wealthy white owners, almost exclusively composed of one-percenters whose social, economic and political influence have influenced nearly every facet of society.

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With only four games completed, the Jets are at the crossroads

The first quarter of the NFL season is over. Except for the 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles (Can you believe that?) and the 2-1 Green Bay Packers, two teams coming off a bye week, each of the 28 NFL teams have played four games each.

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Harlem jazz, BRIC Fest, Un-Columbus celebration

Craig Harris, the trombonist, composer and arranger, is an innovative musician constantly exploring the realm of this music, which is easily experienced through his two diverse groups, The Tailgaters Tails and Nation of Imagination.

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October 2016 Dance Calendar

This month’s calendar is filled with events and performances that revisit the history of dance, offer a mix of dance from different cultures and look toward the future.

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The 2-2 Giants look for a turnaround in Green Bay

In the NFL, there is often a fine line between victory and defeat, being a playoff team or missing the postseason.

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Milan’s spring/summer ’17 fashion news

In Milan, Italy, La Perla’s spring/summer collection at Palazzo Clerici recently drew a standing-room-only audience.

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A Paris runway report

Winner of the Spring/Summer ’16 ANDAM Fashion Prize, Wanda Nylon presented a sophisticated spring/summer ’17 collection last week in Paris.

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Ryan Community Health Network opens newest location in Harlem

Elected officials, community representatives and government officials joined the leadership of The William F. Ryan Community Health Network to formally open the Ryan/Frederick Douglass Community Health Center at 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the heart of Harlem.

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‘Magnificent 7’ doesn’t live up to its name

It’s been 56 years since the original “The Magnificent Seven” first hit the big screen.

How any immigrant or person of color can support Trump is beyond comprehension!

In the days leading up to the U.S. presidential debate of Sept. 26, 2016, I was left speechless by the announcement from a group of Black Haitian immigrants in Miami, and later Jamaican reggae singer Etana, that they were voting for the racist xenophobe who has sadly emerged as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential contender.

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ hits theaters

Veteran cinematographer Elliot Davis should be nominated and win several awards this season for his stunning visuals in Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.”

Major storm troubles Caribbean

One of the worst storms to have hit the Caribbean in about a decade is being blamed for at least two deaths in Haiti and infrastructural damage in a number of countries, including Barbados and Jamaica, as people in Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida are also bracing for its arrival.

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ hits Netflix Oct. 7

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” opened the 54th New York Film Festival with a jolt! Did you feel it?

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Bahamian named Caribbean hotelier of the year

Bahamian hotelier Stuart Bowe was named the 2016 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

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Cage match: Does the comics’ ‘Luke Cage’ jibe with TV’s?

Artist/designer L.A. Williams and George Carmona III, contributing writer for BlackSci-Fi.com sit down for a conversation.

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New report: One in four health care workers live in poverty

A new report released by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute states that a quarter of all health care workers live in poverty because of a lack of living wages and basic benefits.

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Do you have a voting plan?

So many friends and family members have called me in the past few weeks to express how worried they are about the upcoming presidential election.

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NNPA mourns passing of William Garth Sr.

On behalf of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of William Garth Sr. who passed Friday, Sep. 23, 2016, in Chicago. 

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Trisco Pearson from the legendary Force M.D.’s joins the ancestors

Many people in the mature age range of their 40s and 50s were deeply saddened by the news that another member of the pioneering hip-hop act, Force M.D.’s, had become an ancestor Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

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Rower releases $4.5 million rowboat to Equatorial Guinea

What’s the first thing you’d want after rowing across the Atlantic?

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Native American activists push for Indigenous People’s Day

America has a tendency to celebrate and uplift those who may deserve it by way of holidays, media and our history books.

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Millennials and the vote

With the presidential debate fresh in their minds, millennials shared their thoughts.

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Dr. Cornelius N. Dorsette, medical pioneer in the state of Alabama

One of my loyal readers, after reading a Classroom profile on the famed architect Vertner Tandy, noted I had cited Dr. Cornelius Nathaniel Dorsette, his wife’s father, as the first African-American to pass the Alabama medical examination.

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Age and activism: A discussion panel reframes aging

Growing old comes with its stigmas.

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It’s GOTV time

Not in at least a half-century have we witnessed a national presidential election in which the candidates hold such vastly different views.

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P.O.P. continues ‘Justice Mondays,’ adds morning rally

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its 36th consecutive Justice Monday protest this week, demanding federal intervention into New Jersey’s four recent police shooting cases, at the Federal Building in Newark.

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Graduation ceremony held for first class of the Newark Street Academy

The first graduation ceremony of the Newark Street Academy was held last Friday at the Marion Bolden Student Center.

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UNC Charlotte students react to the Keith Scott shooting

A usually calm town in North Carolina is still simmering as it has been rocked with anxiety and tension after a fatal police shooting last month.

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Vice-presidential debate, ho-hum and hokum

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

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Feds pull plug on US bribery play for African assets

 A major play for African assets led by a company of hedge fund speculators in the U.S. has been smashed with a penalty settlement of $412 million, ending a multiyear investigation. 

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Nat Turner and Nate Parker in Harlem

Celebrating his 62nd birthday with the community, Rev. Al Sharpton hosted a screening of the film " The Birth of a Nation" at Harlem's AMC Magic Johnson Theater with Nate Parker.

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Celebration: Milestones in Black achievement inspiring us all

Even in the darkest periods of African-American history and culture, we have found glorious moments to celebrate. Today, with seemingly daily reports of atrocities, particularly with unarmed Black men the victims of police shootings, there are still bright, silver linings in the gray clouds of despair.

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A New Yorker worth her jazz—Aziza Miller

New York City is birthplace to some of the world’s most sought after musicians. Singer, songwriter and musician Aziza Miller embodies the quintessence of a native New Yorker with the soul and vibrancy of a musician who lives and breathes jazz and the beat of the city.

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2016 Labor Awards ceremony held in Harlem

Movers and shakers from the city’s labor movement took center stage at the New York Amsterdam News’ “Tying Communities Together” 2016 Labor Awards held at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.

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Community Calendar: October 6 - October 12

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

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Parents of Ramarley Graham file formal request for murdered son’s documents

The parents of Ramarley Graham filed a formal request with the city last Thursday, Sept. 29, for the release of all official documents relating to their son’s Feb. 2, 2012, killing by one of New York’s finest.

Wednesday, October 5

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5 takeaways from the vice presidential debate

Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence come into Tuesday night's debate with a mission.

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WATCH: Police videos show final moments of Keith Lamont Scott's life

Videos released Tuesday by the Charlotte Police Department show the final minutes of Keith Lamont Scott's life as he lay dying in a parking lot, hands cuffed behind his back, pants pulled down to his ankles and shirt cut off to treat his gunshot wounds.

Tuesday, October 4

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Ava DuVernay hopes her documentary '13th' will spark a 'revolution within'

Ava DuVernay tackles racial division in America and the disproportionate incarceration of African-American men in her new Netflix documentary, "13th."

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Acclaimed author Gloria Naylor dies at 66

Author Gloria Naylor, whose stories chronicling the experiences of black women in the 1980s and 1990s drew wide acclaim, died at age 66.

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Hurricane Matthew lashes Haiti with heavy rains

Hurricane Matthew pounded western Haiti Tuesday morning, packing winds of 145 mph as it made landfall.

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Tulsa shooting stirs memories of bloody race riot

When the police shooting of unarmed father Terence Crutcher happened on September 16 in Tulsa, the city's reaction was furious -- but peaceful.

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Long Island town shaken by slayings of four teens

In the span of 11 days last month, the bodies of four teenagers -- including the skeletal remains of two victims missing for months -- were found in yards and wooded areas of a suburban Long Island town.

Sunday, October 2

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Kanye West halts show after Kim Kardashian held at gunpoint in Paris

Rapper Kanye West abruptly left his set early at the Meadows Festival in New York on Sunday night after learning his wife, Kim Kardashian West, was held at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room.

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VIDEO: Nate Parker addresses rape case in emotional '60 Minutes' interview

Director Nate Parker wants people's focus back on his film "Birth Of A Nation" and not on his 1999 sexual assault case.

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6 questions about Trump's taxes and the political fallout

Donald Trump is facing another political mess -- this time just five weeks from Election Day.

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Los Angeles police investigating shooting of man by officer

The Los Angeles Police Department says it is investigating after an officer fatally shot a black man following a foot chase.

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El Cajon police release video of fatal officer-involved shooting

Police in El Cajon, California, on Friday released cell phone and surveillance video that shows the controversial fatal shooting of a man who pointed a vaping device at officers.

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Historic black school in Virginia vandalized with racist messages

Over the weekend, the Ashburn Colored School, a longstanding remainder of institutionalized discrimination outside Washington D.C., was defaced by vandals who spray-painted swastikas, drawings of genitals and other derogatory messages on its walls.

Saturday, October 1

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Building breast cancer awareness in the Black community

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and citizens are still working hard to raise the profile of the disease.

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President Barack Obama proclaims National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2016

President Barack Obama's proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016.