Stories for September 2016

Friday, September 30

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Tulsa police officer pleads not guilty in shooting death

Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby, charged with felony manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed man earlier this month, appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty through an attorney.

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Daymond John: I've been stopped and frisked "maybe 20 times in my life"

Daymond John, the CEO of FUBU, is no stranger to being stopped and frisked by police.

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Texas barbecue … For real!

Our final day together as five in Austin needed a punctuation, an exclamation point filled with authenticity, beer and lots of cooked meat.

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Talking SCHOP! Three days, three nights in Austin Part II

From our first night, Austin was proving to be the food gem my “girls weekend” crew and I thought it would be.

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On a quest for the best Zinfandel in St. Helena

You could hear the sound of rocks crunching beneath the tires of the passenger van as it pulled off the road and into the driveway of the Brown Estate in St. Helena, Calif.

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The Brownstone, Il Caffe Latte, Monk at 100

Berta Indeed, a longtime Harlem resident and jazz promoter who is diligently keeping the music alive in the community, will present “Straight-Ahead Jazz in Harlem” on Oct. 7

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RIP Radio Raheem: Bill Nunn passes

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news

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For sale: Cab Calloway’s Riverdale home

Home features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3,200 square feet

The Riverdale, Bronx home of jazz great Cab Calloway home is currently on the market.

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Egyptian designer debuts at New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer ’17 shows

The “Rise of the Pharaohs” is the theme of Temraza’s Spring/Summer ’17 Collection. With her roots in Cairo, the designer’s line was influenced by her hometown, the Pharaohs and ancient Egyptians.

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Sandman Sims: A tribute to his legacy

Sandman Sims, also known as Howard Sims, was a renowned artist, legendary tap performer and a beloved member of the Harlem’s Apollo Theater and community.

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Nora Chipaumire’s manifesto to her father

Nora Chipaumire doesn’t just make dance works; her work provokes many sensibilities. In her latest, “Portrait of Myself as My Father” (September 14-17) at BAM Fisher as part of the 2016 Next Wave Festival, the Zimbabwe-born Chipaumire is joined by Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye (Kaolack) from Senegal and Shamar Watt from Jamaica.

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DuVernay doc opens New York Film Fest

Hip hip hooray, hip-hip-hurray—this is our collective cheer for former unit publicist, producer and award-winning film and TV director, Ava DuVernay.

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Bergen Community College in Paramus hosts discussion on police/community relations

Race, diversity, community engagement and law enforcement are the focus of an upcoming forum at Bergen Community College.

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‘Queen of Katwe’—An African queen arrives in theaters

“Queen of Katwe,” is directed by Mira Nair and based on Tim Crothers’ book.

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The Jets’ coach said what after their loss?

The New York Jets, a postseason hopeful, helped defeat themselves Sunday afternoon, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in a forgettable game for Jets’ fans, but a memorable, frameable victory for those who love Kansas City.

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Giants prime for the Vikings after falling to Washington

The Giants were positioned to deposit Washington into a deep and perhaps lasting hole this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

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Liberty season comes to an end

The WNBA debuted a new playoff format this year, with the first two rounds being single-game, one-and-done affairs. The New York Liberty had a bye to the second round, thanks to having the third-best regular season record in the league, but their postseason was short—defeated by the Phoenix Mercury 101-94 last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. 

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The new Brooklyn Nets: A focus on defense and chemistry

The Brooklyn Nets opened the team’s training camp this week, along with the other 31 NBA teams, to prepare for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

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Knicks begin journey to the playoffs with upgraded but dubious roster

Hope springs eternal! For the Knicks this statement could indeed be one of their mantras as they commenced training camp Tuesday at the team’s training center in Greenburgh, N.Y., before continuing their preparation Tuesday at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where they will remain until Saturday.

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‘RIO’ exhibit coming to Chelsea Market

Oct. 1, Ben Arnon, a New York City-based visual journalist, will be bringing his most recent work, entitled “RIO,” to New York’s Chelsea Market.

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Church hosts free Autism Awareness Concert Oct. 8

Out-Reach Ministries is sponsoring a free Autism Awareness Gospel Concert to be held at United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic

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Dr. Deas: 'It’s time to mind your body'

I am sure that you have been reading about how physicians are finally trying to incorporate the mind of a patient in the healing process.

Thursday, September 29

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Bike Walk Run needs volunteers for annual event set for Oct. 9

It’s that time of year again when community members will gather in Brooklyn for the 35th Annual 10K Community Bike Walk Run Oct. 9.

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Practicing self-care

These past few weeks I have not slept well. It seems as if each night I lie awake for more than two hours while my mind races about every minor and major event, detail and problem I’ve read about and digested in the news just a few hours earlier.

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Protestors refuse to gloss over Bratton’s legacy

“Working together in partnership in our neighborhood-based policing initiatives, they are forging the way forward in crime fighting and collaboration,” wrote former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in his resignation letter addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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'Empire' praised for taking on police brutality

"Empire" waded into #BlackLivesMatter Wednesday night and the hit Fox series is being hailed for it.

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Funeral services held for District Leader Johnnie Mae Johnson

Homegoing for the Hon. Johnnie Mae Johnson, 70th AD district leader, PTA president and Model Cities member. It was held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at Harlem's Metropolitan Baptist Church.

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Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Do you want your children to get out of the house and enjoy a day at the museum with free entertainment?

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School safety data say Black students face more arrests, summonses than white peers

Students as young as 7-years-old are being handcuffed by authorities, the NYPD reported.

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President Obama’s remarks at inauguration of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

James Baldwin once wrote, “For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard.”

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Americans finally get a bite at the Apple

Perhaps one of the most underreported stories of recent weeks was the European Union’s ruling on Apple’s tax arrangement with Ireland.

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Those who make money out of the suffering of the poor and the homeless

You should know that there are many people who are making a lot of money out of the suffering of the poor and the homeless.

And then there was justice

Almost five years ago 12-year-old Garrett Phillips was strangled in his home and died hours later in a hospital in Potsdam, N.Y.

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D.C. opens new African-American museum and hosts Freedom Sounds Festival

Despite what we’ve seen, heard and been taught, the Negro, Black, Afro/African-American has a history in this country that should not only be acknowledged but also celebrated.

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PHOTOS: Smithsonian opens National Museum of African-American History and Culture

The metalwork matches that made by Black craftsmen in Charleston and New Orleans.

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The Cosmopolitan Review Sept. 28 - Oct. 5

What day is the best day ever in Harlem? Well, besides Halloween when the streets are lit up with ghost, goblins, fairies, witches and favorite creatures, it has to be the day of the African-American Day Parade.

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Hoboken train crash: 1 dead, 75 injured

A New Jersey Transit train plowed through a major station in Hoboken during Thursday morning's rush-hour commute, killing at least one person and injuring 75 others, some seriously, local officials said.

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‘A bright star is cast’—National Museum of African-American History and Culture

President Barack Obama, during his speech last Saturday to inaugurate the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture—a name Donald Trump mangled hours before his debate—observed that the museum would not be a panacea for the nation’s racial struggle.

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Abyssinian Baptist Church hosts men's health event in honor of the late Deacon Dr. Joe L. Jakcson

The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem recently hosted the “Men’s Health and Wellness Day” in an effort to encourage more men in the community to seek healthcare services.

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Settlement reached on behalf of mentally ill prisoner who died at Rikers

The Department of Corrections is paying $5.75 million to the family of Bradley Ballard, who was killed by corrections staff at Rikers Island in 2013.

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Hasidic man found guilty in beating of Black gay man

Reports indicate that 24-year-old Mayer Herscovic faces up to 15 years in prison after he is found guilty of beating a Black gay man in Brooklyn.

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Ramarley Graham’s mother speaks against NYPD trial for her son’s killer

After the NYPD revealed last week Thursday that they plan on conducting a department trial for Richard Haste, a cop who unlawfully broke into a Bronx home, and then shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham during the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2012, his mother quickly responded.

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Harlem antiviolence organization launches new initiative

Harlem’s antiviolence organization, Getting Out and Staying Out, officially launched the Stand Against Violence East Harlem program.

Killer cop cuffed

It was surreal. Like a scene from a movie or TV drama. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, when they slapped the handcuffs on officer Wayne Isaacs, the family of his slain victim, Delrawn Small, gasped and cheered at the same time.

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After 5 years soccer coach cleared in 12 year old’s death

Oral “Nick” Hillary, charged with the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in Canton, N.Y. Judge Felix Catena’s verdict was met with a flood of emotions in the crowded courtroom.

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Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, a diplomat of immense influence and integrity, dies at 95

With world leaders gathering at the U.N. this week and Caribbean leaders meeting at SUNY to discuss a partnership with the University of the West Indies, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus would have felt perfectly at home.

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Griot and culinary anthropologist Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor passes at 79

A coterie of scholars and activists around the world were stunned to hear that Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor had joined the ancestors.

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Mugabe at UN: Lift illegal sanctions off Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe’s president addressed the United Nations’ 71st General Assembly Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, in Midtown Manhattan, he utilized the opportunity to present his case on why the economic sanctions against his country should be lifted.

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Olympic great and nurse, Willye B. White

Ed Temple, the famed head coach of women’s track at Tennessee State University, died last Thursday.

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AFSCME names new chief of staff and general counsel

Earlier this month, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees welcomed both a new chief of staff and a new general counsel to the fold.

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Fight for $15 rallies at presidential debate

Fast-food workers, labor activists and advocates waged a protest outside of the presidential debates at Hofstra University Monday.

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Black female employee files sexual and gender discrimination suit against AAA North Jersey

Shanique Wells, director of marketing at AAA North Jersey, is suing the company and her boss, President David Hughes, for gender and sexual discrimination.

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Clinton clobbers Trump

If Donald Trump shows up for the second debate in St. Louis, he’s either a glutton for punishment or still wallowing in a pit of self-delusion, believing he defeated Hillary Clinton Tuesday night at Hofstra University.

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NIGERIA SUES ‘BIG OIL’ FOR STOLEN SHIPMENTS WORTH BILLIONS

Subsidiaries of some of the world’s leading oil companies shipped millions of barrels of Nigerian crude oil to the U.S. but failed to report the shipments, causing a drop in Nigeria’s oil export earnings.

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African leaders tell UN it’s time to reform the Security Council

Mahamadou Issoufou, president of Niger, one of the smallest nations in Africa, explained to the world body that the 15-member Security Council must be reformed to “rectify the anachronism which characterizes the organization.”

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Obama gives Israel $38 billion in aid over the next 10 years

Sept. 14, the United States and Israel signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on military aid, replacing the current MOU set to expire in 2018.

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Killer cop cuffed: NYPD officer who killed Delrawn Small indicted

It was surreal. Like a scene from a movie or TV drama. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, when they slapped the handcuffs on officer Wayne Issacs, the family of his slain victim, Delrawn Small, gasped and cheered at the same time.

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And then there was justice

Amsterdam News Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum reflects on the Nick Hillary case.

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Danny Glover and labor leaders highlight labor breakfast

The New York Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch Associated Networks are holding their sixth annual Labor Awards Breakfast Sept. 29 at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom.

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Community Calendar 9/29 - 10/5

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

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Tulsa—Police killing aftermath

The Greenwood neighborhood known as Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Okla., was the site of one of the nation’s most heinous race riots in 1921 that not only killed hundreds of Black citizens but also undercut Black prosperity for generations to come.

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Nick Hillary, not guilty!

Oral “Nick” Hillary, charged with the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in Canton, N.Y.

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Iman Essiet: Activism through art

Inspired by life’s experiences, Iman Essiet is using her gift of art and passion for activism to bring Black people across the nation closer together.

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20th Annual Urbanworld wrap-up

This year, the New York Amsterdam News became one of the newest media sponsors of the 20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, the nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival in the world.

Wednesday, September 28

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5 travel hacks the airlines don't want you to know about

Frequent fliers know that in the competitive world of modern airlines, it takes a skilled player to spot the good deals among the gimmicks.

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Kaepernick: 'Let's make America great again, for the first time'

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn't hold back Tuesday when he was asked by CNN about the first presidential debate.

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For-profit colleges: 6 things to ask before enrolling

For-profit colleges have a ton of critics who've accused schools of luring in low-income students with false promises and then providing a subpar education.

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Keith Scott shooting: What we know a week later

It's been a week since a Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott.

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California officer fatally shoots African-American man

A Black man has died after police shot him in El Cajon, California, sparking protests in the suburb northeast of San Diego.

Tuesday, September 27

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Viola Davis and Denzel Washington shine in stirring 'Fences' trailer

It's a little early to be making Oscar predictions, but if the first trailer for "Fences" is any indication, expect to see Viola Davis and Denzel Washington on some critics' lists.

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VIDEO: Girl weeps over police shootings at tense Charlotte meeting

A young girl climbed up a step ladder to stand at the podium before a tense Charlotte City Council meeting.

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Drake's 'Views' breaks Apple Music record with 1 billion streams

Drake is certainly enjoying the view.

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Sharpton holds rally in Tulsa for Terence Crutcher

Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network lead a march and rally in Tulsa, Okla. on Tuesday for a "National Prayer Call for Justice March” for police shooting victim Terence Crutcher.

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Firefighter killed in Bronx house explosion

A 17-year New York fire department veteran was killed Tuesday after an explosion sent parts of a home's roof raining down onto firefighters, police officers and utility workers, authorities said.

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Clinton delivers in first debate

Hillary Clinton showed up at the debate of the century and delivered. Donald Trump started out strong, then struggled.

Monday, September 26

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Obama: African-American museum helps tell fuller story of America

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the new Smithsonian museum devoted to African-American history elevates the often-overlooked impact of black Americans and will help others better understand the breadth of the American story.

Friday, September 23

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‘The Journey Is the Destination’ makes world premiere in Toronto

Last week marked the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Bronwen Hughes’ “The Journey Is the Destination.”

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A Forthright brunch

It was a Saturday morning. You can take the women out of the city, but you can’t take the brunch out of the women.

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Talking SCHOP! Three days, three nights in Austin Part I

Just finished the first leg of my Midwest/West Coast excursion.

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Las Vegas: The adult Disneyland

“Sin City.” “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Best known as “Adult Disneyland” (I made that last one up, but you get it), Las Vegas is what you get if you imagine Times Square in the desert, with wall-to-wall slot machines and 2000 percent more heat. Sound like fun? Excellent! Let’s proceed.

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Columbia Choice, Davis tribute, Tolliver, Ware fundraiser

Stage presence has always been a questionable affair when it comes to jazz musicians.

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Author delivers debut with ‘Counting Descent’

With “Counting Descent,” writer, teacher, Harvard Ph.D. candidate and award-winning poet Clint Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates Black humanity while living in a world that often renders Blackness a caricature.

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Tulsa officer Betty Shelby booked, released on bond

Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was booked at the local county jail early Friday morning and released shortly after on $50,000 bond.

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The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame celebrates its honorees

The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2016 last Wednesday at the prestigious New York Downtown Athletic Club in Midtown Manhattan.

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NBA training camps set to get underway

As the summer gives way to fall, NBA teams across the league are preparing to open their training camps for the 2016-17 season, all hunting the defending champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Golden State Warriors, who after winning a record 73 games in the regular season were defeated by the Cavaliers 4-3 in the finals.

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Liberty look to regain momentum in playoffs

It’s been a rough stretch for the New York Liberty since WNBA play resumed after the Olympic break. Despite being just 3-5 since Aug. 26, the Liberty held on to the third best record in the league, thanks to early season success.

Thursday, September 22

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Author delivers debut with ‘Counting Descent’

With “Counting Descent,” writer, teacher, Harvard Ph.D. candidate and award-winning poet Clint Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates Black humanity while living in a world that often renders Blackness a caricature.

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Printed lady looks are Bëts for Spring ’17

Print it! From head to toe, Xuly Bët’s collection offers a glimpse into yesterday’s fashion closets, but their styles show off today’s fashion flair.

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Jets get an additional boost from Enunwa and Forte

With the first two weekends of the NFL season completed, the New York Jets have already faced adversity.

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Giants chase perfect start against Washington

Victor Cruz appeared to be somewhat incredulous as he stood at a podium in a media interview room at MetLife Stadium Sunday addressing the press.

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Fall fashion foot notes

J.J. Gray’s Fashion Week trunk show introduced a superior line of custom-made boots and Oxfords for men and women.

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Irie Jam’s 23rd anniversary celebration and Sizzler Kalonji’s return!

Once DJ Killer Boo, from Irie Jam Radio, stepped onstage and there was something to see other than the crew setting up, and amid intermittent jeering from the agitated crowd, there was much to forgive and possibly much to forget.

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United Way and the Giants partner for education

Monday, at the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, the United Way of New York City and the New York Giants, with the support of Verizon, launched the Character Playbook, an interactive online course designed to facilitate character development and social emotional growth in preteen and teenage middle school students.

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‘Marie and Rosetta’ will take you to church

“Marie and Rosetta” is a production that needs to be seen! Set in Mississippi in 1946, it tells the story of legendary gospel singer Rosetta Tharpe and her protégé Marie Knight. Tharpe, a popular singer who sold more than a million records, had to deal with prejudice and racism.

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Issues facing young people today

When I was a youngster, full of energy and acting up, the old folks would say I was “cutting up.”

Nicholas Brothers take flight at the Film Forum

“The Nicholas Brothers defied gravity, they hung in the air and stayed there for a long time. I saw this with my own eyes.”

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‘Queen of Katwe’ opens Urbanworld fest

Director/producer Mira Nair is at a point in her career where every creative and business move resonates on the wavelength of living legend.

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Dear Editor

As the new school year resumes this month, my thoughts turn to those students who have the will to succeed, but not always the resources.

The Bratton legacy

Among those with reputations deemed “untouchable,” we often think to organized crime figures or mysterious men in smoke-filled rooms.

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New director of communications in U.S. Virgin Islands

Alani Henneman-Todman has been appointed the new director of the Communications Division for the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.

Making Sense of and Fixing NYC’s Haphazard Commercial Waste System

You’d be forgiven for never having thought about commercial waste collection, but it’s currently one of the least regulated and most dangerous industries in New York City—and it’s about to be turned on its head. 

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Welfare, work and war

Relaxing at home recently, I happened to pick up a copy of the book “Schindler’s List,” which has been sitting on my coffee table since I first read the book back in 1996.

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Officer Pantaleo’s raise raises ire

I am pleased that public outrage and good investigative journalism has resulted in the NYPD “reviewing” overtime pay for officers on modified duty.

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Twin sister speaks of brother’s murder by cop

After being interviewed on several major networks, the Crutcher family, accompanied by the Rev. Al Sharpton, held a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the National Action Network in Harlem.

Welcome back David Hollister!

When embarking on a new venture, getting advice from someone accomplished in the field you’re about to enter is a welcomed plus.

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Mugabe Is Right! rally at UN

Organized by the Brooklyn-based December 12th Movement, a contingent of approximately 100 grassroots activists converged on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue this past Saturday at noon and marched through the streets of Midtown Manhattan in support of African liberation and Robert Mugabe’s efforts to keep Zimbabwe self-sufficient from Western colonial capitalists.

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Architect Vertner W. Tandy, a man of many firsts

From Harlem to up the Hudson River, the creative genius of architect Vertner Woodson Tandy remains on display.

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Community Calendar: September 22 - September 28 2016

Greetings! Remember September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. In the United States, 90,000 to 100,000 people­—mainly Blacks or African-American—are affected.

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Rolex Central Park Horse Show to host FREE Family Day

Located at Wollman Rink in Central Park (easily accessible from Fifth Avenue and 60th Street), the Rolex Central Park Horse Show Family Day will welcome kids of all ages.

Cosmopolitan Review: Sept. 22 - Sept.28

Ushering in Fall Fashion Week, and the beginning of the social season, Macy’s presented Fashion’s Front Row 2016 before a sold-out crowd at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

THE BLACK INSTITUTE AND THE BLACK, LATINO AND ASIAN CAUCUS HOST FORUMS ON CREDIT ACCESS FOR M/WBES

The Black Institute and the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus is hosting a series of forums on access to credit capital for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

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Assemblywoman Diana Richardson Hosts Civic Minded Meeting in Brooklyn

Assemblywoman Diana Richardson is hosting her joint Civic Minded Meeting Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. at MS 61, located at 400 Empire Blvd. in Brooklyn.

13TH Annual Harlem Business Innovation Summit and $1000 Pitchtank Competition

The Harlem Business Alliance leadership, HBA members, elected officials, lenders and entrepreneurs are gathering at the Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion Tuesday, Sept. 27, for Disrupt Harlem 2016 Business Innovation Summit.

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Bronx DA and legal aid clear 355 warrants

It was a breezy fall-like morning last Saturday when Jerome Brown stood in line at the Mount Hope Community Center in the Bronx, waiting for his certificate signifying a clean record.

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Former NYCHA worker accuses the City Council speaker of wanting a ‘Spanish manager’

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito allegedly wanted a “Spanish manager” at Mill Brook Houses in the Mott Haven section of The Bronx, according to a lawsuit.

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Community Calendar 9/22 - 9/28

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

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One in Five New Yorkers Still Live in Poverty

The latest Census Bureau figures were released last week, an annual year-to-year analysis of the nation’s economic and social well-being based on measures such as income, health coverage and poverty rates.

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STEM program focuses on mathematical storytelling

Nkechi Agwu, a mathematics professor at CUNY Borough of Manhattan, is determined to fill the gap of women of color in the STEM workforce through her unconventional method of math instruction.

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Terence Crutcher's sister: 'We’re demanding that justice be served'

While we have coverage elsewhere in the paper, we thought it would be instructive to allow Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Terence’s twin sister, to recount the incident, express the family’s feelings and present their call for justice.

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Urbanworld holds special ‘Queen of Katwe’ screening Sept. 22

Director/producer Mira Nair is at a point in her career where every creative and business move resonates on the wavelength of living legend.

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Bombs at the debate

With the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fast approaching, the two candidates quickly weighed in on the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, each suggesting he or she was best prepared to deal with such attacks.

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COPS KILL AGAIN: Two fatal police shootings spark nationwide outrage

Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla. and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. are the latest men added to list of Black men who have been killed by police, sending shockwaves across the nation and furthering the rift between police and the community.

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Bronx high school has 100 percent of 2016 graduating class enrolled in college

Batting 100 is a rare feat in any field, let alone in academia. Yet, that is exactly what the entire 2016 graduating class at the Bronx’s Theater Arts Production High School accomplished this year.

Wednesday, September 21

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Tulsa police shooting investigated by Justice Department

An unarmed black man walks on a Tulsa, Oklahoma, road with his hands in the air. Police officers follow closely behind him as he approaches his vehicle. He stands beside the car, then falls to the ground after one officer pulls the trigger.

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Charlotte police shooting: Scott had gun, not a book, chief says

After a night of violent protests in Charlotte, the police chief tried to quash rumors about what happened to Keith Lamont Scott.

Tuesday, September 20

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Over 350 summons warrants erased at 'Another Chance' event in the Bronx

A burden for several people in the Bronx was lifted when 355 summons warrants were erased at last Saturday’s “Another Chance” event held at the Mount Hope Community Center.

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NY, NJ bombings: After suspect's capture, a search for clues into his past

A notebook found on New York and New Jersey bombings suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami contained ramblings about terrorists and also mentioned Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American imam who was a spokesman for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a law enforcement official.

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Serena Williams won't rush back after battling injuries in 2016

Serena Williams says she's sick and tired of playing at grand slams while injured.

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Kevin Hart drops first rap single

Kevin Hart appears to be dead serious about having a career in hip hop.

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Wage gap between Blacks and whites is worst in nearly 40 years

The wage gap between blacks and whites is the worst it's been in nearly four decades, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.

Monday, September 19

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President Barack Obama's statements on the explosions in New York City and New Jersey.

President Barack Obama's speaks on on the explosions in New York City and New Jersey.

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What New York City is really like after bombings: Tough and resilient

The air was sticky, the floors wet from the pouring rain. As the crowded A train crawled to a halt at the 34th Street platform, New Yorkers piled onto the subway, stacking themselves shoulder to shoulder as the door barely squeezed closed.

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Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir of Harlem and Eddie Vedder take the stage to fight against gun violence

Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir of Harlem is taking the stage with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence event at New York’s Beacon Theatre

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Clinton's challenge: Rebuilding Obama's winning coalition

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Beyhive swarms over Beyoncé Emmy loss

Beyonce Knowles and Kahlil Joseph were Emmy nominees for outstanding directing for a variety special for "Lemonade" but lost to "Grease: Live" directors Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski.

Sunday, September 18

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Emmys: 'People v. O.J. Simpson' dominates TV's biggest night

The People v. O.J. Simpson" has been the belle of the ball at the 68th Emmy Awards Sunday night.

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Finding another side of Orlando

There comes a point during any Orlando vacation when it's high time to ditch the masses and venture away from the theme parks.

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African American Day Parade marches through Harlem

Dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” thousands came out for the 46th Annual African-American Day Parade on Sunday in Harlem.

Friday, September 16

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Congressional Black Caucus rejects Trump's 'birther' admission

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus fiercely criticized the way Donald Trump delivered his brief admission Friday that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, saying it was insufficient and demanding an apology for Trump's years-long push of "birther" claims.

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Nick Gordon found legally responsible for death of Bobbi Kristina Brown

A Georgia judge has found Nick Gordon legally responsible for the death of his girlfriend, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

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Talking SCHOP! Labor Day fun firsts

AmNews Food editor Kysha Harris highlights foods from her Labor Day weekend vacation.

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10 museums curating the history of the Black experience

Like anything with Black history, we must honor and respect the trailblazers. It’s the same for museums. The following is a list of museums that have been focusing on curating and cultivating the history of the Black experience.

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Martha, Snoop gearing up for first ‘Potluck Dinner Party’

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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JAZZ NOTES: Hope Way, Green Film, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sistas’

The late pianist St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was ushered into jazz history based on his musicianship, and as a genius composer and arranger.

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Talented black dance artists among 2016 Princess Grace awardees

An unusually large number of young gifted Black dancers and choreographers are among the recently announced recipients of the coveted 2016 Princess Grace Awards.

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September 2016 Dance Calendar

Check out what's going on this month around the city in the world of dance

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HFR’s Ninth Annual Award Celebration

Harlem Fashion Row’s 9th Annual Fashion Week celebration was a complete success.

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Spring/summer ’17 fashions in New York

So excited! Great to have the spring/summer ’17 shows in New York while the summer weather is still here.

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Latino Short Film Festival kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

It’s always a great feeling to give love to our community, and because the Latino and African-American lives are so intertwined—especially in New York and almost one-in-same, uptown, with the robust Dominican and Puerto Rican populations shaking down the island flavor to the mix—the announcement of the second Official Latino Short Film Festival, Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, is a cause to celebrate.

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Lynn Whitfield shines as matriarch in Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Greenleaf’

It was a shared ritual with her grandmother that gave rise to a desire within Lynn Whitfield to pursue acting.

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MIST hosts Harlem International Film Fest

September is packed with film festivals—it’s almost as iconic as the falling leaves.

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Trump: 'President Barack Obama was born in the United States'

Donald Trump finally acknowledged Friday that "President Barack Obama was born in the United States," reversing himself on the issue that propelled him into national politics.

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Bill Bratton, NYPD’s champion of ‘broken windows’ policing, retires Friday

William Bratton is at the end of an unparalleled law enforcement career that saw him run police departments in Boston, Los Angeles and New York and advocate crime fighting strategies that were copied across the nation.

Thursday, September 15

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Jets look to defeat Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills

The New York Jets are looking for their first win of the season. They’re also looking for their first win against former head coach Rex Ryan, and Ryan’s Buffalo Bills, their division rival.

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After taking down the Cowboys, the Giants prime for home opener

It was only one game, but in the NFL, unlike the NBA’s 82-game schedule and Major League Baseball’s 162-game marathon, every game is crucial, especially those against division opponents. So the Giants’ 20-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on the road this past Sunday in the 2016 regular season opener for both teams was significant.

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Williams falls short as Kerber takes Open title

The much expected seventh US Open title for Serena Williams never manifested as Angelique Kerber from Germany, who bested Williams in the Australian Open final, defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to earn her second Grand Slam title of 2016, becoming the first woman since 2007, other than Williams, to capture two majors in the same year.

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All international players in the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open culminated 14 days of great, exciting tennis this weekend with the Men’s Championship Final Sunday.

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Jim Robinson keeps Negro Leagues flame burning brightly

At 86-years-young, Jim Robinson remains a passionate storyteller, vividly sharing narratives and anecdotes from many decades past. 

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Injury-plagued Liberty show resolve

Even though the New York Liberty has locked in third place in the WNBA heading into the playoffs, the team is playing with full-on intensity, despite the fact several players are currently on the injured list.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime, a new face in tennis

Saturday and Sunday US Open tennis began with the doubles championships.

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Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day

September 21 has been designated Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day to encourage people to take loved ones—who would not or could not go on their own—to the doctor.

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Snoring and sleep apnea

The cause of snoring is the vibration of the soft palate in the roof of the mouth, resulting in a hoarse noise that usually occurs during sleep. Is anyone in your family guilty of producing this noise at night while sleeping?

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Let’s not forget about gender

I am a proud Black American woman and often think of my primary identity as being Black American. However, after watching Matt Lauer’s “interview” with presidential candidates Clinton and Trump, I quickly realized that I must be much more vigilant about checking patriarchy and male privilege.

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Ohio officer kills robbery suspect, 13, who had BB gun, police say

A police officer shot and killed a 13-year-old robbery suspect in Ohio's capital after the boy, who is black, pulled a BB gun out of his waistband, police said.

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A jazz tribute and flyover to Dr. Roscoe Brown Jr., renowned Tuskegee Airman and educator

Famed Tuskegee Airman and educator Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. made it abundantly clear that when he died, there were to be no funeral services. He insisted there be a jazz concert in his memory.

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Harlem is overheating

The average outside temperature in New York City during the summer is 83 degrees, but in many Harlem apartments that average climbs up to 95 degrees.

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LIU-Brooklyn faculty locked out by administration

Going into Wednesday, Long Island University-Brooklyn’s faculty and the administration were set to head back to the bargaining table for a new contract.

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Nurses in PA vote to unionize

Registered nurses at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Pottstown, Pa., continued their organizing ways last week when they voted to join a union.

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Academic program launched for youth dropouts in Newark

A new program has been launched in Newark to ensure that out-of-school youth remain off the streets, complete their high school educations and get good jobs.

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Day of action in Newark for political prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin

Supporters and organizers are coming together for a National Day of Action for political prisoner Imam Jamil Al- Amin Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at 84 Clinton Place in Newark.

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Protests stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

When Colin Kaepernick refused to honor the American national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner,” he may not have been aware that his protest was consistent with one now raging in North Dakota.

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Concern about Clinton’s physical health and Trump’s mental health

As expected, it was another exciting and unpredictable week on the presidential campaign trail between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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World Bank issues dire warning on dirty air

What’s deadlier than malaria, four times as deadly as HIV/AIDS and flies under the radar for most policymakers worldwide?

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Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 17 dead

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Tanzania over the weekend and was felt throughout the Great Lakes region, local authorities said Sunday. 

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View from Zimbabwe

It was quite humbling to read the story titled “Mugabe is right—African liberation support rally September 17” in The New York Amsterdam News edition of Sept.1 2016. The initiative by the December 12th Movement and Friends of Zimbabwe to speak against the neo-colonial agenda is laudable.

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‘Star Trek’ introduced us cellphones and broke racial barriers

As the iconic science fiction franchise “Star Trek” celebrates its 50th anniversary, America is in many ways living in a “Star Trek” world. From handheld “communicators” to a multiracial command crew, “Star Trek” propelled the world into the 21st century.

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Letter to Black community: Escalation of State Department propaganda warfare to undermine Zimbabwe

This is an open letter to the Black community on the escalation of the State Department propaganda warfare to undermine the Republic of Zimbabwe’s sovereignty and independence.

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The Black vote: A monolithic betrayal of diversity

Although I have been a so-called Black American and a social conservative all my life—and found the two aspects of my identity to be remarkably congruent—I am always surprised when confronted with some of the vitriol that I and my fellow Black conservatives face when addressing the Black community.

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Archie Bunker still lives within some, many or most of us

Politicians are human and occasionally they cannot contain themselves, allowing their true sentiments to come out; sometimes in droplets hardly noticed, but sometimes in damaging blurbs.

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Hip-hop’s evolution front and center

Judging by the talent at the 2016 Made in America Festival, aside from the talent curator, Shaun “Jay-Z” Carter, it’s probably safe to say that the entity proudest of the new lions set to bounce on the music industry is XXL magazine.

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PHOTOS: Unions celebrate Labor Day on 5th Avenue

Unions participated in this year's Labor Day Parade on 5th Avenue in Manhatten.

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Cosmopolitan Review: Sept. 12 - Sept.21

Happy days are here again. The kids are back to school. It was a long hot summer—good but hot. There were many moments when tears were shed, because many of those we love passed on to the next dimension. May their souls rest in peace, while their spirits live on in the hearts of family, friends and loved ones.

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Metropolitan College opens South Bronx Cmapus

Metropolitan College of New York officially opened its new Bronx campus on East 149th Street, moving from its previous location on Courtlandt Avenue. The new campus is the anchor of Triangle Plaza Hub, a mixed commercial project.

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New York State Office of Mental Health announces statewide suicide prevention plan

The New York State Office of Mental Health recently announced the release of a plan for suicide prevention, aimed at reducing New York State’s suicide rate.

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Fake cop sentenced for rape and robbery of woman

A Brooklyn man who impersonated a cop was sentenced up to 32 years to life in prison Monday, Sept. 12, for the rape and robbery of a woman at the Sunset Park Hotel.

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Espaillat’s growing influence

Victories for three women in Tuesday’s primaries were headline stories, one of them close to home here in Harlem and one from the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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Mayor de Blasio must revoke appointment of NYPD commissioner

On Aug. 2, Mayor de Blasio made the passive decision to let Commissioner Bratton call the shots on who would take over as his successor, consciously disregarding the line of succession and avoiding an opportunity for an open and transparent process.

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Sandra Bland's family settles for $1.9M in wrongful death suit

Sandra Bland's family has reached a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit, the family's attorney said Thursday.

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20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival runs Sept. 21-25

The 20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), presented by Revolt with founding sponsor HBO, is one of the largest competitive film festivals and is designed to advance the presence and impact of diverse content creators.

Wednesday, September 14

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Some new faces mark primary week in New York

While one might be skeptical of a new day in Albany, there will be new faces.

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Garner case haunts Bratton

The heat is on. Certainly Mayor Bill de Blasio and his on-his-way-out Police Commissioner Bill Bratton must be a tad bit hot under the collar as they feel the hot glare of New Yorkers enraged by the news that officer Daniel Pantaleo, who put Eric Garner in a fatal—and prohibited choke-hold—has received $120,000 in salary and overtime pay since the on-camera killing of the father of six in July 2014.

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Community Calendar 9/15 - 9/21

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

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Traci Lester putting her best foot forward at the National Dance Institute

Newly hired executive director of the National Dance Institute, Traci Lester, wraps up her first week in her new position. In an interview with the AmNews, she said she’s looking to expand the nonprofit’s reach to give more access to the arts to city youth.

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The unadorable deplorables

During a speech last Friday at an LGBT event in downtown Manhattan, Hillary Clinton said that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are a “basket of deplorables.” It may have been a serious gaffe for the presidential hopeful, but we think she undercounted the number of deplorables in Trump’s camp

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Ramsey Orta preparing to begin bid

After copping out in July to a four-year prison sentence for alleged drugs and weapons possession, cop-watch activist Ramsey Orta is preparing to turn himself in next month to begin his bid.

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First African-American, woman to lead Library of Congress sworn in

The nation's most notable library has a new head librarian.

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Zimmerman testifies in trial of man accused of shooting at him

George Zimmerman took the stand Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a man accused of shooting at him during a road-rage incident last year in Lake Mary.

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Officer who put Eric Garner in fatal chokehold made $120,000 clocking in overtime

The NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold while arresting him in 2014, leading to Garner's death at age 43, earned about $120,000 in overtime last year, records show.

Tuesday, September 13

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Fans stream Nelly to help him pay off $2.4 million debt

It's reportedly getting "Hot in Herre" for Nelly, at least financially, and fans want to help.

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Tupac Amaru Shakur: Native Harlemite

After getting shot up in Las Vegas on the night of Sept. 7, 1996, hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur joined the ancestors six days later, Sept. 13, at 4:03 p.m. On the 18th anniversary of his transition, local activists reflected on his New York City history.

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Zeta Day on the Hill addresses how African Americans can leverage their power in government

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is in Washington D.C. for Zeta Day on the Hill (ZDOTH) 2016 at the Holiday Inn Capitol.

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Gazebo where Tamir Rice was killed to be dismantled

The Cleveland gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by police will be removed Wednesday, nearly two years after his death, authorities say.

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U.S. Open - Global Winners

The US Open concluded fourteen days of exciting tennis this weekend with their two most popular matches, the Women's Championship Finals on Saturday and the Men's Championship Finals on Sunday.

Monday, September 12

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David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o talk Oscars diversity and 'Queen of Katwe'

Much was made of the Oscar David Oyelowo didn't win for his role as Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2014's acclaimed "Selma." Yet Oyelowo, now the star of Disney's upcoming "Queen of Katwe," says the snub didn't bother him because the role was about more than just accolades.

Sunday, September 11

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9/11 anniversary: America remembers lives lost on one of its darkest days

Bells will toll and tears will flow as the nation marks a dark day in sorrowful yet hopeful ceremonies.

Friday, September 9

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Student starts petition calling for unlimited student MetroCards

A student at Eleanor Roosevelt High School wants student MetroCards to have more rides.

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Supreme Court order allows straight ticket voting in Michigan

The Supreme Court cleared the way Friday for straight ticket voting to continue in Michigan.

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VIDEO: Black Navy sailor sits for anthem in solidarity with Kaepernick

A US Navy sailor who posted a video of herself sitting in protest during the national anthem at a Florida military base could face punishment after her post went viral this week.

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Serena? Done! The Men battle in today's Semifinals

After defeating Simona Halep 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarter final match of the US Open on Wednesday night, Serena Williams, seeded number 1, was shockingly beaten last night, Thursday in the semifinals by now family foe, Karolina Pliskova.

Thursday, September 8

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Martha’s Vineyard Beach Eats

The saying “Don’t bring sand to the beach” couldn’t be truer in Martha’s Vineyard.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting down on Martha’s Vineyard

Food editor Kysha Harris explores the cuisine at Martha's Vineyard.

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More trouble for Chris Brown

Previous reports claiming drugs and guns were confiscated from Chris Brown’s home after police obtained a search warrant were completely false. According to the Los Angeles Times, police did not discover any weapons after the long standoff with the singer.

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Mulatu Astatke, Elmo Hope Street, Carter in Newark

Most New Yorkers don’t think twice about the many jazz performances that take place in varied venues, such as Harlem bars, churches, restaurants and museums, throughout New York City.

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0039 Italy’s romantic looks for spring/summer ’17

Backstage at 0039 Italy’s spring/summer ’17 fashion show in Berlin, models try to relax. It takes many hours to get ready for a show.

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Spring/summer’17: Fashion cutoffs are news

When it comes to the length of a garment for spring/summer ’17, take your pick. From the looks of this collection, the wider the pant legs the better.

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Demerara Gold’ shines onstage

“Demerara Gold,” starring and written by Ingrid Griffith, is a boisterous one-woman show about a young Guyanese girl’s coming of age journey, capturing a heart-wrenching immigrant’s tale in spurts of immense elation and disconcerting sorrow, with pocket sized doses of laughter, all in one 90-minute sitting.

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Member of Tuskegee Airmen, Dabney Montgomery, dies at 93

Before marching with Dr. King in Selma in 1965, Dabney Montgomery was a ground crewman for the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Montgomery, 93, died of natural causes Saturday, according to his goddaughter, Marlene Patton.

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Berry named vice president for student affairs at Lincoln University

Lincoln University Interim President Richard Green named Edgar L. Berry the new interim vice president for Student Affairs

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Chancellor Milliken Names Dr. Mary Corliss Pearl as dean of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College

Chancellor James B. Milliken has named Dr. Mary Corliss Pearl as dean of the City University’s William E. Macaulay Honors College.

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The door is always open

I’m good at moving—other people. And not just around town.

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Djokovic reaches Open’s semifinals for 10 straight years

You would have expected so much more from Jo-Wilfred Tonga, ranked ninth against the No. 1 seeded Novak Djokovic, after watching his earlier matches this past week, and listening to his friend and competitor, Gael Monfils, ranked 10th, speak so highly of him.

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One American woman left standing at the U.S. Open

Madison Keys’ and Venus Williams’ dreams of reaching the finals at the U.S. Open came to a halt in the fourth round as the tournament moves toward its dramatic conclusion this weekend at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.

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The Kaepernick controversy is trapped in an echo chamber

It was Aug. 26, two weeks ago, that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick carried out what on the surface was an innocuous, silent protest against what he perceives to be widespread social injustices directed at Black men and women in this country. 

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Liberty return to score huge home court victory

Despite being three players short because of injuries, the New York Liberty scored a huge 92-70 win over the Phoenix Mercury last Saturday evening.

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Are you ready for some football?

The NFL season begins tonight with “Thursday Night Football.” Amazingly, mentions of Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t far behind. 

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Will the Giants’ makeover result in a playoff berth?

The Giants’ extreme offseason makeover is about to be put on display.

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The US Open concludes with free events, semifinals and championships 

A variety of celebrities and athletes were sighted on the grounds of the US Open this week, held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, across from Citi Field in Queens, as a point of reference. 

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Luminaries take a shine to ‘Black Women in Medicine’

Actors Lamman Rucker (“Why Did I Get Married?,” “Greenleaf”) and Catherine Curtin (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller made appearances during the weeklong theatrical world premiere of the inspirational documentary “Black Women in Medicine” in New York City.

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‘Broadband matters!’ says Clayton Banks

Clayton Banks, the founder and co-executive producer of Silicon Harlem, is almost as everywhere as the internet.

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New immigration option opens up for foreign-born entrepreneurs

For once there is some good news to report on the immigration front—an option that could help, not harm immigrants, especially those with the entrepreneurial spirit.

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Violent crime spirals in Trinidad—Government, opposition meet

In a rare show of political unity, government and the main opposition party in Trinidad met to discuss the island’s escalating crime situation, as murders averaged one a day in the oil-rich republic and as fears of a worsening situation spiked.

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Dr. Christina Greer: 'I support Colin Kaepernick'

By now, many of you have heard about the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who has decided to take a knee during the national anthem.

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Union leaders and elected officials commemorate Labor Day

For some, Labor Day is a day to relax, barbecue and get ready for the school year. For others, it’s a reminder to acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who came before you in the name of better wages and work conditions.

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AFL-CIO talk importance of Black woman vote

Although often ignored by the mainstream media, the backbone of the Democratic Party is African-American women. This year, the election, like the previous two presidential elections, might be swayed by the number of Black women who turn out in key states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

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Gov. Chris Christie vetoes $15 minimum wage bill in NJ

The Fight for $15 movement suffered a blow in New Jersey as Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage in the Garden State.

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P.O.P. keeps fight for justice going with Labor Day protest

On Labor Day, the People’s Organization for Progress hosted a “Day of Outrage” protest rally to condemn the failure of the Justice Department to indict the officers who shot and killed Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J.

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49ers Colin Kaepernick puts his millions where his mouth is

Taking a page out of the very same book that has eternally etched the anti-establishment protests of legendary socially conscious athletes Muhammad Ali, John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Craig Hodges, just to mention a few, Colin Kaepernick has utilized his star status to heighten awareness about relevant social issues. Mainly the torrent of police terrorism consistently committed across the country against America’s citizen of color.

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Detroit to Trump: Drop dead!

One of the best definitions of Donald Trump—and he’s been called everything from a sociopath to a psychopath—is that he is like a tornado, hollow in the center, but nevertheless dangerous and destructive.

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Path to Mumia’s freedom

A new legal action filed by Mumia Abu-Jamal in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Aug. 7, 2016, provides a path in the courts to overturn Mumia’s conviction and win his freedom.

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Trump is talking loud but saying nothing about immigration

When Trump tells the media and America that he is going to give a major policy speech, listeners will be more confused when he finishes.

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The moral origins of Donald Trump’s improbable rise to power (Part 2)

As if to compound the insult to American power represented by the world’s vociferous rejection of the Bush doctrine, the U.S. found itself in 2008 facing the biggest economic disaster since the Great Depression.

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Our loans matter

Our loans matter. Discrimination and injustice in the housing market has long been an oppressive reality in African-American and Latino communities, and it needs to end immediately.

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Annual West Indian American Day Carnival lights up the Parkway

Thousands upon thousands—if not a couple of million people—jammed onto Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Labor Day for the 49th annual West Indian American Day Carnival 2016.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: September 8 - September 14

It’s good to feel the cooler evening winds bring down the temperature from the heat of the hot summer sun on our skin.

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Single moms and the race for public office

Tenacity and fortitude is something mothers develop almost as a natural second and third string to their bow.

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Bronx street renamed after late Assemblyman Samuel Bea Jr.

Friends, family members and elected officials gathered Wednesday at the corner of Ely Street and Strang Avenue in the Bronx, to rename the intersection “Honorable Samuel Bea Jr. Way,” in memory of the state lawmaker who is best known for his 30 years of service as district manager of Community Board 12.

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Gov. Cuomo announces winners of the Carey Gabay Scholarship

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced the five winners in the Carey Gabay Scholarship Program.

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Leveraging $3.2 Billion MTA Contract to Create Good Jobs for Our Communities

Today companies competing for a $3.2 billion Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contract to produce more than 1,000 subway cars, with the potential to create thousands of jobs here in New York, will gather for a pre-proposal conference in Manhattan.

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DOE opens nine temporary Registration Centers across NYC for new student enrollment

The DOE is opening nine temporary Registration Centers across the five boroughs to make it easy for new students to enroll in school, and to assist families who may have questions.

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City officials and activists file briefs for release of Pantaleo misconduct record

At a news conference held at City Hall Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, activists announced that city officials, along with Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, and community organizations filed a legal action supporting the release of a summary misconduct record of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who held Eric Garner in a fatal and prohibited chokehold in July 2014.

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National Dance Institute announces new executive director

Former education, nonprofit and human services executive Traci Lester is assuming the role as executive director of the Harlem-based National Dance Institute. She began her new position this week.

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Roxane Gay becomes first Black woman to write for Marvel

Roxane Gay is the first Black woman to write for Marvel Comics and will be joining forces with Ta-Nehisi Coates and poet Yona Harvey to add her magic to the new Marvel comic series titled “Black Panther: World of Wakanda.”

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Pre-carnival shootings raise questions about festival’s future

Four people were shot during the pre-dawn annual event, but the two fatalities were Tiarah Poyau, 22, and Tyreke Borel, 17. Although a certain vocal element immediately seized upon the opportunity to assail the usually peaceful Caribbean event and demand that it should be no more, others are calling for perspective.

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Community Calendar 9/8 - 9/14

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

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Father mourns son on 9/11

Clyde Frazier Sr. last spoke to his son, Clyde Frazier Jr. Sept., 10, 2001. At the time, he didn’t know that would be the last time he would speak to his son.

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BLM+BLM=freedom, justice and equality

Reviewing the platform and demands of Movement for Black Lives in its booklet “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice,” recalls current and past platforms, including ones proposed by the Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, Amnesty International, Moral Mondays, the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, the Democratic Party and the Revolutionary Communist Party among others.

Wednesday, September 7

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Top Ferguson activist found dead in burning car, police say

A 29-year-old activist who rose to prominence in the protests following the police killing of Michael Brown was found dead in a burning a car in a St. Louis suburb, according to police.

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Study: Film diversity still lagging

Last year's viral #OscarsSoWhite campaign may have fueled the conversation about inclusion and diversity in film but the talk has yet to yield any results on screen, according to a new study.

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Bronx DA drops assault case against Mamadou Diallo

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that Amadou Diallo will not be prosecuted in the death of a man he had beaten for trying to rape his wife in their apartment.

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Tiger Woods to make comeback

Tiger Woods is on his way back -- but the former world No. 1 says he "still has work to do" as he attempts to resurrect his career.

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Obama nominates first Muslim federal judge

President Barack Obama has nominated a Washington lawyer to the US District Court bench who would become the country's first Muslim-American federal judge if he is confirmed.

Tuesday, September 6

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USTA to host their free tennis event, Thursday

Find something fabulous in your closet, or get something new, like the Jordans that came out on Saturday, or some Rod Lavers and a Lacoste or Polo top. Or, just come as you are to the US Open's Community Day

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Serena's Grand year: Making history, making waves, making us jealous

You know Serena Williams. We all know Serena Williams. She's been burning up the tennis world for 20 (!) years now. But it seems in the past year or so, she's gotten even more...Serena Williams-y.

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Erykah Badu lends her voice to Detroit rape victims

Seven years after the discovery of 11,341 abandoned and unprocessed rape kits in a Detroit police warehouse, Shahida Mausi-Johnson sought out ways to somehow bring justice to the victims.

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Bill Cosby sex abuse trial scheduled for 2017

After years of accusations and denials, Bill Cosby will finally go on trial next year.

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Arrest made in fatal shooting of woman, 22, at J’Ouvert in Crown Heights: police

Two people are dead and at least four others are injured as violence erupted along the bustling parade route during the J'Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn early Monday morning, despite a heightened police presence, according to the NYPD.

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First lady Michelle Obama set to campaign for Clinton

First lady Michelle Obama is set to join the Clinton campaign's post-Labor Day push with an event in Northern Virginia on September 16, according to a campaign official.

Sunday, September 4

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Hermine ruins beach weekend as it makes way up East Coast

Hermine picked up speed as it marched toward the East Coast, ruining the holiday weekend for some as it closed beaches as far north as New York.

Saturday, September 3

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Trump's minority outreach off to rough start

Donald Trump's highly publicized efforts to woo minority voters aren't going exactly as planned.

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You can now buy airline tickets with monthly payments

Dreaming of a vacation, but don't have the cash for the airfare? You can now pay for your plane tickets in monthly installments.

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Trump brings message of unity to Black church in Detroit

A subdued Donald Trump on Saturday directly addressed a largely African-American audience for the first time as a presidential candidate, delivering a warmly received message of unity that focused on fixing economic hardship in the black community.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs on growing up: "I wanted to... shake up the world"

Sean "Diddy" Combs is not surprised by his success.

Friday, September 2

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Touro student to address treatment gap in opioid addiction

Touro College of Pharmacy student Sefa Kploanyi has been chosen to participate in the inaugural Pharmacy Quality Alliance-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program.

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DR. DEAS: 'If I can help somebody’s arteries and veins'

As a physician, I took care of many bodies that were traveling wrong, and believe me, they had a lot of trouble with their arteries and veins because of lack of exercise and poor nutrition.

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Someone come and get Rudy Giuliani

It appears the former mayor has attached his rusty rocket to the bandwagon of hatred and lunacy of the Republican nominee. Giuliani cannot seem to pass up an opportunity to praise the orange one, denigrate Obama and Hillary Clinton whenever possible and turn the racist dog-whistle politics of 2016 into a full racist bark on any media outlet that will take him.

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Preventing, not inviting cancer

Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states, according to a Seattle Times newspaper article dated Aug. 25, 2016.

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Inspector general says cops overstepped boundaries in investigations

A new report from the Office of the Inspector General for the New York Police Department concluded that officers broke rules when surveilling/investigating political activity.

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Kaepernick takes a stand by sitting

In one way, Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, brought to mind the courageous act of Rosa Parks, who chose to sit rather than give up her seat at the front of the “colored” section of the bus to a white passenger.

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PHOTOS: Soul Summit works it out at Restoration Plaza

Soul Summit takes over Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn

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Spike Lee celebrates MJ’s birthday

Do The Right Thing Way on Lexington Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn was packed with hundreds of people, as film director and famous Brooklynite Spike Lee hosted a BK Loves MJ 2016 birthday party for the late singer Michael Jackson.

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Medgar Evers College helps close racial gap in swimming

This year, Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y., is proud to announce a new addition to the college, a 25-yard and five-lane pool

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Tristate African-Americans from Muslim families score big in Rio

Young African-American Olympians from Muslim families of the Tristate area, have returned home after historic, medal-winning performances in this year’s international Olympic games.

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The moral origins of Trump’s improbable rise to power

Literally seven out of every 10 political stories published in the mainstream media this year have centered upon the improbable campaign for president of Donald Trump.

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To the office Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark

A open Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark on the Mamadou Diallo case from Sam Disu.

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Colin Kaepernick—Black resistance matters

In less than two weeks, the show starts. Yet this week, the league finds itself front and center for reasons outside the gridiron. San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has set it off with what has become a polarizing act.

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Nana Camille Yarborough honored in Brooklyn

Cultural icon Nana Camille Yarborough was surely feeling the Brooklyn love this weekend.

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Sen. Parker hosts annual Harvest Fest Back-To-School Celebration

State Senator Kevin Parker hosted his ninth annual Harvest Fest Back-To-School Celebration at Paerdegat Park in Brooklyn

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Island love in Maui: AmNews freelancer weds in paradise

Amsterdam News freelancer Jhodie-Ann Williams wed her king, Hasani Powell,

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Cosmopolitan Review: Sept. 1 - Sept. 7

Hopefully your sunscreen made it through the summer, and you did too.

Thursday, September 1

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Happy un-labored day

A very happy and joyful Labor Day Weekend to all! I know it will be filled with familiar foods from the grills, smokers, ovens and stovetops, but I say un-labor yourself with salads.

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Talking SCHOP! Fan food fuel in Flushing

The first week of the 2016 US Open (@USOpen) tennis championship is in full swing in Flushing, Queens, and there is plenty to report, not the least of which is the new grandstand and expanded grounds.

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Labor Day road trip tips

We had been staying at great-grandmother’s small house in Warsaw, Va., where in the front room a relative called Brother slept. When we lived in New Jersey, I always looked forward to our family road trips to the small town of less than 2,000 residents.

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Gabrielle Union knows what time it is

On Aug. 26, “Being Mary Jane” star Gabrielle Union debuted her new timepiece, The Gabrielle Union for Invicta Collection, at the new Invicta Flagship store in New York City.

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Generations Jazz Fest, Nuyorican Tuesdays, George Curry

The seventh annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival brings together legendary jazz masters and emerging artists from Sept. 1 to Oct. 2 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (60th Street and Broadway).

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‘Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not’ completes run at FringeNYC

Doreen Oliver sets a humorous and realistic tone in a one-woman performance of “Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not.”

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New self-esteem guide for teen girls

As teens grow, having and maintaining self-esteem in essential. Author Lane Cobb offers many tips in “Be Your Biggest Champion: A Self-Esteem Guide for Teen Girls,” an inspirational guide that provides young people with tools they can use for the rest of their lives.

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Step up in boots and sporty styles

Recently at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin’s spring/summer 2016 shows, emerging designer Alexandra Tamale made a strong fashion statement with a collection of Rio-timely sportswear for on or off the court.

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Community Calendar: 9/1 - 9/7

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

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Academy pres. Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Nate Parker controversy

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was recently re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, has always been a trailblazer and a calm and reasonable voice easy to hear over a roaring crowd.

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Viola Plummer—A voice for the people

 “I am a Black woman who recognizes and celebrates her African ancestry,” Viola Plummer responded to an Amsterdam News question about how she described herself. “I have faith that our people will eventually be free!”

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De Blasio appoints Vladeck to head of OLPS

With Labor Day coming up this weekend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio named the first deputy commissioner of the new Office of Labor Policy and Standards.

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Shelby Westbrook, Tuskegee Airman, dead at 94

Last month the famed Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe Brown joined the ancestors. Wednesday, Aug. 17, fellow airman Shelby Westbrook, died in Chicago.

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LaGuardia High School students and alums want their school back

Students and alumni from the school that inspired the movie “Fame” are lamenting what used to be.

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Consummate actress and writer, Beah Richards

As we conclude the deserving clamor around what would be the 96th birthday of the great jazz musician, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, another notable born a month before, July 12, 1920, was actress Beah Richards.

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M/WBE participation a key to economic success

If we, as Black New Yorkers, are serious about Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise opportunities across the State of New York, then we need to get into the game in a much more vigorous and meaningful way.

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Garvey’s son asks Obama for father’s posthumous pardon

This past Aug. 17., Dr. Julius Garvey led a campaign to have his famous father’s name cleared for an unjust mail fraud conviction by urging the United States’ first Americanized-African president to posthumously pardon him.

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The Kangaroo Track Club and Black Family Day

Douglas Terry, who was a young man in the 1960s when the Black community was in the midst of a struggle for civil rights, believed empowerment and equality were the key to justice.

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NYSNA announces endorsements for State Assembly and State Senate

The New York State Nurses Association announced their endorsements for New York State Assembly and New York State Senate last week.

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Harlem sees rise of new community campaign ‘Black Harlem Lives’

The Harlem community is home to the rise of new campaign, “Black Harlem Lives.” The campaign, which celebrates the Black community and authentic Harlem culture, was born in response to a New York Times article “Black Harlem Has Come to an End.” Black Harlem Lives creator, Nicole Moore, developed the campaign as a way to endorse and recognize Black people and their stories in the Harlem community.

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Contractor settles with the NLRB

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board announced a settlement with an airline contractor who tried to scare workers who organized.

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Climate change: challenge and opportunity

Heavy rainfall and historic flooding in Louisiana last month took the lives of 13 residents and damaged 60,000 homes.

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Community reacts to non-indictment of officers in Jerame Reid killing

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted a Day of Outrage protest rally to condemn of Justice Department’s non-indictment of the officers who shot and killed Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J.

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Newark hosts parade for Olympic medalist Shakur Stevenson

Newark honors hometown hero and Olympic boxing silver medalist, Shakur Stevenson, with a parade and Key to the City.

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Celebrate New York Caribbean Carnival Week

The 49th annual West Indian American Day Carnival Association New York Caribbean Carnival Week 2016 celebrates “One Caribbean, One People, One Voice,”

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North Carolina NAACP to Supreme Court: Uphold HB 589 provisions

The North Carolina NAACP is attempting to thwart the efforts by the state’s government to maintain voter ID laws.

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Trump continues outreach to African-American amid zero percent approval

As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made his surprise trip to Mexico this week to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, one poll suggests his approval rating among African-American has gotten worse.

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Mass protests against Mugabe called ‘biggest in a decade’

Zimbabwe pastor, Evan Mawarire, posting on Twitter in a feed he called “ThisFlag,” was letting off steam about his children’s rising school fees.

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Summer cease-fire plea

As summer comes to close another violent weekend blankets the city, leaving activist yet again calling for a cease fire.

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Mugabe is right—African liberation support rally September 17

Robert G. Mugabe, president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, chairman of the Zimbabwe National Union- Patriotic Front and commander in chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, is once again under attack from the West and its mercenary mouth-pieces.