Stories for April 2017

Saturday, April 29

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Why the 1992 L.A. riots matter today

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, which exploded following the acquittal of four LAPD officers charged with the brutal videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King

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The Los Angeles Riots: A look back

Here is some background information about the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.

Friday, April 28

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Memorial service for Cuba Gooding Sr. held at the Apollo Theater

Cuba Gooding Sr., the late R&B soul singer who sang lead vocals for the legendary "Main Ingredient" , was memorialized at the Apollo Theater

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Student posts a photo of classmates on Craigslist and labels it 'slaves for sale'

A high school student in Florida has been suspended after taking a photo of two female classmates without their knowledge and posting it as an ad on Craigslist with the title: "two slaves for sale."

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For these women, the competition is in their walking

Many athletes have as hard a time keeping in shape and looking buffed as many of us do. Some football and baseball players don’t even look like athletes.

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Forever remembering Greg Marius, basketball and entertainment visionary

There are countless people who have been saddened by the transitioning of Greg Marius this past weekend from his earthly state of being to spiritual bliss, people who barely knew him or never met him at all.

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Chapman looking to finish outdoor season strong

When looking into colleges, sprinter Paige Chapman, who grew up in Maryland, said most talented track athletes looked south, not north, for college.

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Sullivan Award brought surprises and healing

It was one of the most dynamic groups of Sullivan Award finalists in recent memory. Six Olympic gold medalists and a collegiate standout vied for the trophy at the 87th annual award named for the founder of the Amateur Athletic Union.

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Left tackle and tight end top the Giants’ list of needs

The seemingly only sure thing in the tenuous world of the National Football League is the New England Patriots will be a Super Bowl contender.

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The underskilled or overmatched get done in the west

It’s apparent that in these first rounds of NBA Playoffs, some teams just didn’t have a chance.

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Raptors look to eliminate underdog Bucks after early series struggles

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference over the past four seasons. From the 2013-14 to the 2015 season, they won the Atlantic Division title three straight years.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: More than just feeling tired

Everybody feels tired sometimes, but feeling fatigued for six months or longer can be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Foods for vibrant health

Here is the list of the most healthy foods from A to (not quite) Z:

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From the lotto and IRS scams to the US immigration scam—look out!

Just when you thought you had heard of all the scams you need to be wary of—from the Jamaica lotto scam to the IRS scam—along comes another!

Protesters force concessions from the French

They had practically shut down the country for more than a month, protesting what they called a high level of abject neglect from France, the poor state of infrastructure and the widening disparities between the quality of life for whites and those for Blacks and others.

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Caribbean305 to launch Caribbean-American heritage month celebrations in Miami

Flavors from more than a dozen Caribbean nations will be simmering together at Caribbean305, the region’s newest culinary and cultural celebration taking place on Miami’s Jungle Island.

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Queen Latifah, Jill Scott set to star in Lifetime’s ‘Flint’ movie

There is to be a new film about the water tragedy of Flint, Mich. Executive producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Katie Couric, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere will tell the story of the water crisis in Flint.

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Chef Sahera Threats’ sweet smell of success

Pastry chef Sahera Threats made her dreams a reality nearly a year ago when she turned her passion into a business by opening Pastry Lover’s Choice on Staten Island.

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Some call it 'stealthing,' others call it sexual assault

Some people call it "stealthing" -- a practice where men secretly remove or damage condoms without their partners' knowledge. Others call it sexual assault.

Thursday, April 27

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Longtime Harlemite Mary Black joins the ancestors

Family, friends and relatives convened at Unity Funeral Chapel (2352 Frederick Douglass Blvd.)  Monday, April 17, 2017, to bid farewell to longtime Harlem resident Mary Black, who joined the ancestors April 2 at age 79.

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James Baldwin’s letters acquired by the Schomburg

James Baldwin, a native son of Harlem, is home again, at least some of his precious letters and other artifacts are after having been acquisitioned by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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De Blasio announces pre-K expansion proposal for 3-year-olds

Building on universal pre-K, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced 3-K for All: an effort to provide universal pre-K for every 3-year-old regardless of family income.

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13-year-old Nigerian-American accepted into Duke University gifted program

Back in 2013, Noella Ukpe-Roberts of Missouri City, Texas, was narrating adorable videos of her favorite folktale, “Lǎo Lǎo Tóu,” in fluent Chinese.

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A playwright of the ages, August Wilson

A recent press release from Dr. Maulana Karenga reminded me of the great playwright August Wilson. Karenga, as timely and prescient as ever, will be paying homage to Wilson and his remarkable odyssey and the Classroom follows suit.

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Community Calendar: April 27 - May 3

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

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1199SEIU endorses Brian Benjamin for State Senate

Looking to fill the seat once occupied by Bill Perkins, Brian Benjamin received an important union endorsement.

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32BJ responds to USCIS bid to end temporary protected status for Haitians

Donald Trump’s administration continues its war on those it determines to be “undesirables.”

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Bloomingdale’s needs to recognize importance of workers 

Since 1937, the RWDSU has represented the employees at Bloomingdale’s flagship store on 59th Street. The store is a New York City institution and an internationally famous tourist destination.

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Newark Police Department unveils body cams

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose and Panasonic Systems Communications Company launched the body-worn and dashboard camera pilot program for the Newark Police Division Wednesday.

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Civil rights legend returns to alma mater

The man who coauthored the famous “I Have a Dream” speech with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is returning to his New Jersey high school for the first time since he graduated nearly 70 years ago.

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Judge blocks Trump’s sanctuary cities

President Trump suffered another serious judicial bump Tuesday when a San Francisco judge ruled against his executive order barring federal funds to the so-called sanctuary cities. This decision by a judge is the latest court setback for the Trump administration, including three blocks on his earlier immigration orders and travel bans.

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Doubts raised about highly praised malaria vaccine headed for Africa

With much fanfare, the world’s first injectable vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, starting in 2018.

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2017 ‘I’m So AmNewsFOOD’ winners

We are excited to present the following three winners May 20 and May 21 in the Ultimate Grand Tasting at the Harlem Stroll of Harlem EatUp! 2017

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Talking SCHOP! Molded by Clay

For all of you old school Harlem heads who knew of, patronized, loved and respected Perk’s on the corner of 123rd street and Manhattan Avenue, the latest iteration will not disappoint. It is a modern homage to all of the souls who have crossed its threshold onto the terracotta (aka clay) floors.

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Spring skiing in Vail, Colorado

I know what you’re thinking: “April is a little late in the season to be thinking about skiing.” But the truth is if you don’t mind waiting, spring may actually be the best time of year to throw on your skis and head to the slopes.

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Jesse Williams and wife to split

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Jazz Day, Conduction, Carl Bartlett, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium

International Jazz Day will be celebrated as far away as Antarctica. The continent that contains 90 percent of all the ice on the planet and is the coldest. No fear. We hear the penguins have put together a dynamic bebop band for the occasion.

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Book Review: ‘Millionaire Moves,’ by Dr. William F. Pickard

Dr. William F. Pickard, in the Introduction to his book “Millionaire Moves—Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship” (Real Times Media, 2016), offers this caveat and promise: “There is a surplus of inspirational, how-to-be-a-winner books on the market, and they all claim to have answers.

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‘Showtime At the Apollo’ returns to FOX, auditions began April 23

The Apollo Theater and FOX announced that “Showtime at the Apollo” has been picked up as a one-hour weekly series featuring Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey as host. Set to debut during the 2017-2018 season, “Showtime at the Apollo” is a reimagining of the classic talent showcase series.

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‘Baby Boss’ orders you to go to the theater!

It’s bad enough that 7-year-old Tim has a new baby brother who completely saps his parents’ attention and energy, but Tim learns that his sibling is actually not at all who or what he appears to be.

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Red Bull Music Academy NYC 2017 features Teddy Riley, Patrick Adams, more

This year’s Red Bull Music Academy NYC 2017 will be taking over New York City once again with a number of incredible events that will take place across the city from April 29 through May 21.

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‘The Get Down’ is still getting down

Brother Nelson George has a wide-open smile that, at first glance, gives the appearance that you are staring into the eyes of a gentleman who’s been slumbering away.

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“True Conviction” shines at Tribeca Film Fest

“True Conviction” is another excellent documentary from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival that examines the vagaries of the legal system and law enforcement.

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Spring cleaning tips

Are you working on your “to-do” list for spring cleaning? There’s no time like the present to clear your home of clutter and dust.

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Children’s Cupcake City Socialite at Queens Museum

Celebrating Earth Day in Flushing, N.Y., the Queens Museum held a series of events that included the Mamas Expo, which featured vendors throughout the Queens Museum specializing in products and services geared toward parents and children, and many women-owned businesses were represented. One of the main attractions was the Cupcake City Socialite, a mobile beauty boutique and children’s spa.

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Trump’s planned HUD cuts would devastate working families

A single mother fears her 5-year-old son will get sick or injured because of the pipe leaks that are causing the walls and ceiling of her apartment to crack and crumble.

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Harvard’s season of digesting

“Yesterday, we all had to digest the results of the election.” These were the words of the Harvard Law School’s Dean of Students to the entire law school’s student body the morning after the 2016 presidential election.

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Cuomo’s fake progressivism damaging education in NYS

New York State is thought to be a leader in liberal and progressive culture all around the world. But what the world doesn’t know is that our great state has upheld practices of systemic racism and economic inequity for our children for decades.

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A budget of missed opportunities

As we’ve seen, New Yorkers are concerned with what is happening in Washington and are now more engaged with what is happening in Albany.

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Ruff Ryders take over Brooklyn

For artist Lil Waah, Drew James, Quadir Lateef and Brillo, an assumption of extreme jitters was justified on the evening of Friday, April 21. That night, they were thrust into the fire and were about to showcase their wares in front of an estimated 15,000 heads at the Barclays Center.

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East New York Restoration celebrates Earth Day

East New York Restoration Local Development Corp. celebrated Earth Day April 20, 2017, with a lunch honoring Hasani Douglas.

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Push to rename Harlem street after ‘Dr. Ben’

Tuesday, April 25, community and family members presented a proposal to rename the meridian at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard after the esteemed, world-renowned historian and educator Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan.

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Intersections International holds anniversary gala

More than 450 international and national community leaders in social justice and human rights came together for a festive and elegant evening of entertainment, camaraderie and recognition of a decade of partnership achievements and vision and dialogue in collaborative efforts toward innovative social change.

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The Kechie's Project Inc. panel discussion on global education and girls' security

Friday, April 28, the Kechie’s Project Inc. will host a panel discussion on “Global Education and Girls’ Security: Chibok Girls of Nigeria and Beyond.”

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Little Sun People to host live and silent auction

Mama Fela Barclift, founder and director of Little Sun People preschool and day care center (1360 Fulton St. in Brooklyn), is about to celebrate Little Sun People’s “35 years of Culture, Care and Community!”

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Fire tragedy hits Queens families

“Please take care of your kids,” said grieving mother Dajuana Green. Family members, firefighters and residents were left devastated Sunday when fire ripped through a wood framed house at 2:36 p.m. April 23, leaving four children and teens and one adult dead.

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Barack holds town hall meeting in Chicago

Looking rested and younger than ever—despite the increased gray hair—former President Barack Obama sat onstage in the middle of a youthful roundtable at the University of Chicago Monday.

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Community activists and others file legal opposition to NYPD body cam policy

The New York Police Department’s body camera program launched this week, but not without a fight from activists.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #13

Most of the national monuments slated for review by President Trump were designated by former President Clinton and former President Obama, and thus it is evident that this planned assault on the nation’s public lands is mainly another move to erase Obama’s legacy.

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J.D. Dillard’s ‘Sleight’ opens April 28

“Sleight,” J.D. Dillard’s strong directorial debut, a film that he co-wrote with Alex Theurer stars up and coming actor, Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill and ingenue Seychelle Gabriel.

Wednesday, April 26

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NNPA Exclusive: Cosby remains strong supporter of education

Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, have given untold millions of dollars to colleges and universities over the years, and promoting education for African-Americans has been a hallmark of the comedian’s legendary career.

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NAN kicks off annual convention

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Harry Belafonte, filmmaker Spike Lee and Sybrina Fulton are among the big names attending the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 25th annual National Action Network national convention at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel April 26-29.

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Books n Bros: African-American boy starts book club for kids like him

Sidney Keys III has always loved to read. But at his school library, the 11-year-old noticed a void of books about kids like himself.

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Fox News anchor joins lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment at network

Fox News' legal troubles grew even larger Tuesday, with new plaintiffs, including an anchor, joining a suit alleging racial discrimination and harassment at the network.

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Emotional Evin Cosby defends her father

I am the youngest of five. I remember our family trips and moving to NYC just so we could be closer to my father as he worked.

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NNPA Exclusive: Bill Cosby finally breaks his silence

It’s been more than two years since the embattled, television and film legend, who was once known as “America’s Dad,” has spoken out publicly.

Tuesday, April 25

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BLACKONOMICS: Black fraternities and sororities have the economic clout to power the next Black renaissance

Remember the scene from “New Jack City” when Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) told Scotty (Ice-T), “This ain’t personal; this is business?”

Monday, April 24

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Black doctors earn less than white doctors

African-American physicians earn 15 percent less than White physicians—an average of $262,000 compared to $303,000—according to Medscape’s 2017 Physicians Compensation Report.

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Why Riverside Church Supports the April 29 March on Washington for Climate, Jobs & Justice

On Easter Sunday the temperature was approaching 90 degrees, which is a nice reminder that summer is on the way.

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WATCH: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Chicago

President Barack Obama will be joined by young leaders for a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement.

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After months of quiet travel, Obama to speak in Chicago

Three months after leaving the White House, former President Barack Obama will deliver his first public remarks of his post-presidency.

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T.I. speaks out on police brutality

CNN caught up with Tip "T.I." Harris at the SXSW festival last month, where the Grammy-winning rapper and actor premiered his latest passion project, "Us or Else" --- a short film that examines the relationship between police and the black community.

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Teen wears Black Lives Matter-inspired dress to prom

A Florida teenager wore a dress featuring pictures of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, and others to her high school prom.

Friday, April 21

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Talking SCHOP! Get ready to EatUp!

The third annual Harlem EatUp! festival is less than one month away! We are preparing our stomachs, ears, eyes and souls for all of the food, music, art and culture Harlem has to offer.

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Saint Barths, where the rich and famous get away from it all

The little French West Indies island of Saint-Barthélemy, more often referred to as Saint Barths, is most notably known for being the place where the rich and famous go to get away from it all. Why they choose this island becomes clear the moment you set eyes on Gustavia Harbor.

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Carmelo Anthony and La La to split

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Organ Monk, award for Plummer, Onaje Gumbs, Elombe tribute

When Greg Lewis (aka Organ Monk) plays the Hammond B-3 electric organ, it takes on the lively colors of soul, R&B and jazz with the accompaniment of electric guitar and drums. He has been swinging with this hip hypnotic style for more than half a century.

Amazing lace looks

Mimi Prober’s amazing lace looks are elegant. Using recovered fragments of antique materials that date from the 18th and to the early 20th centuries, her pieces are natural and locally produced in luxury fibers.

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Glamorous gowns and glitzy shoes

“If you can spend hours getting dressed, it’s fabulous,” stated designer Mark Badgley, who with James Mischka founded the label Badgley Mischka. “However, a woman should also be able to bring a dress to work and change there for an evening out.”

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New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM April 26-30

Wake up New York City. It’s film festival time and the power of the African and African-American creative voice is alive and well and just a MetroCard swipe away.

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Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ now at Public Theater

Four stars has become the industry standard for excellence, but like John Leguizamo—the inventive one-man unstoppable force of entertaining truths—I break those stupid rules and I offer the canopy of the stars above to rate his most recent one-man show, “Latin History for Morons.”

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Family, friendship, fashion the focus of Andre Leon Talley talk at BAM

On a recent early spring evening at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, journalist Tamron Hall, bedecked in light purple thigh high boots in honor of Prince, introduced iconic fashion editor Andre Leon Talley as a dear friend, describing him as, “A human being who is larger than life, like a Black superhero.

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Things go as expected in WNBA Draft

It was no surprise that Kelsey Plum of the University of Washington, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I basketball, was the top pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

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Jackson’s lack of subtlety overshadows the harsh truth

Phil Jackson will never be nominated for a U.S. ambassadorship.

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Top-seeded Celtics stagger on the ropes against the Bulls

Even it was by default, the Boston Celtics claimed the top seed in the Eastern Conference entering the playoffs by finishing 53-29, two games ahead of the 51-31 Cleveland Cavaliers, who had owned the top spot in the conference the previous two regular seasons.

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Western Conference Playoffs begin with surprises and disparities 

The beginning of the first round of Western Conference Playoffs provided us with a few surprises, and once again examines the question of competent officiating by league referees.

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Co-workers make walking a sport and a lifestyle

To improve the health of the community, and even the health of herself and her co-workers, Ebone M. Carrington, CEO/COO of NYC Health and Hospitals/Harlem, historically known as Harlem Hospital, has become a participant of GirlTrek.

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African-American presence in MLB declines as Jackie Robinson is celebrated

This past Saturday, April 15, marked the 70th anniversary of the Major League Baseball debut of Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson.

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Columbia lacrosse gaining respect

Lacrosse is a fast and furious sport, and Columbia University’s women’s team is picking up its pace. The team’s goalkeeper, Kelsey Gedin, has played a big role in the team’s growing presence.

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The Jordan Classic brings together ballers and fashion

It has to be absolutely flattering and self-gratifying to not only see ballplayers on a professional basketball court wearing your brand of sneaker but also have the ticket buyers—the spectators, the audience in the arena—sport your kicks as accessorized fashion statements from the likes of Ferragamo, Gucci and Louboutin. It has to be extremely rewarding, personally and financially, not to mention the level of street cred.

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Borough presidents call for Mayor de Blasio to fully fund universal free healthy lunch

It was announced this week that all five borough presidents have partnered on a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio calling for the full funding of universal free healthy school lunch for every New York City district school student for Fiscal Year 2018.

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Forget me not

Early in my childhood, I can still remember a tiny, beautiful little flower that would bloom in the early spring, showing itself off with light green leaves and a cluster of small, blue, pink or white flowers.

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Will Trump extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians?

Mark July 22, 2017, on your calendar. It is the day the 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status granted to qualified Haitian immigrants under the Obama administration will end.

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Jamaican government apologizes to Rastafari community

Earlier this month, a leading Caribbean government took the highly unusual step of publicly apologizing to a section of the population for an atrocity authorities committed on the group when police killed eight of its members and injured several others during the racially sensitive colonial era.

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Sir Royston Hopkin to address excellence at CHIEF conference in Miami

Respected Caribbean hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG, will address the importance of excellence in Caribbean tourism when he delivers the keynote presentation at this year’s Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum, or CHIEF, set to take place at the Hyatt Regency Miami, from June 2 to June 4.

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Our children are loved and missed

The recent disappearances of several girls (and boys) in the D.C. area have been disturbing and troublesome to say the least.

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'When Doves Cry': Remembering Prince

Entertainment writer Flo Anthony pens a tribute to late pop singer Prince.

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Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car

Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in Woodland Hills Thursday, KTLA reports.

Thursday, April 20

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Tamika Mallory and Nicole Paultre-Bell host third Black Lives Matter Summit at LaGuardia Community College

Thursday, April 20, 2017, noted civil rights activists Tamika D. Mallory and Nicole Paultre-Bell will be hosting their third Black Lives Matter Summit at LaGuardia Community College.

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Paul Robeson Freedom School to host Dr. Jahi Issa’s Marcus Garvey lecture

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Dr. Jahi Issa will be giving a lecture on the life of Marcus Garvey, sponsored by the Paul Robeson Freedom School.

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Morehouse School of Medicine celebrates contributions of Hank Aaron and raises $800,000 to advance health equity

Morehouse School of Medicine celebrates the generous contributions of Henry “Hank” Aaron—as the Louis C. Vanguard recipient—to the Atlanta health community and allows donors to experience how the school is leading the creation and advancement of health equity during the 10th annual Hugh M. Gloster Society Celebration Thursday, April 13.

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Add Linda Hopkins’ voice to the angelic choir

In one way, Linda Hopkins cannot be considered among our treasured distant ancestors because she died Monday, April 10.

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United Women Firefighters and The Vulcan Society host firefighter-themed festival at St. Mary’s Park

United Women Firefighters and The Vulcan Society Hosted a festival held at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx this past Saturday, April 8, in an effort to bring more diversity to the FDNY. Participants were able to file for the exam as well as participate in a 5K race called “Are You Brave Enough” that mimicked similar obstacles that firefighters face.

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PROFILE: Caran Menardy

Caran Menardy is known throughout Harlem for her colorful hair and appearance, but April 21 she is known for her purple blazer, a white ruffled blouse and a purple Afro wig.

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Students turn out for HBCU fair and summer employment kickoff in East Orange

Hundreds of students came out earlier this month for the annual Summer Work Experience Program Kickoff and HBCU fair to connect local students with Black colleges from across the country.

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Newark Liberty Airport hosts MWBE outreach forum

Newark Liberty International Airport hosted a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Outreach Forum this week, for contractors, vendors and consultants seeking to learn about contracting opportunities for the airport’s $2.4-billion Terminal A Redevelopment Program.

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Justice for All Ball

Some of New York’s biggest and brightest activists will be royally honored May 25, 2017, at the 1199 Penthouse, in Manhattan, by The Black Institute from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Tip leads anti-graft SWAT team to upscale Lagos pad and bundles of U.S. cash

Neatly bound bundles of fresh U.S. dollars, Nigerian naira and British pounds totaling more than $50 million were recovered by an anti-graft “swat team” in a raid at the Osborne Towers, a luxury building in an upscale section of Lagos. 

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Raise the Age smoke and mirrors

Al Sharpton called raising the age of criminal responsibility historic; Governor Cuomo called it a legacy achievement. Malcolm might have said, pertaining to raise the age, that we put too much cream in our coffee and are left with something less potent and watered down.

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Massacres in Syria must stop

For the past six years, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has literally been allowed to get away with murder. Two weeks ago, his forces once again gassed their own people to death, including women and children, demonstrating Assad’s complete disregard for the sanctity of human life.

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Community policing needs the Watchmen

The term community policing is being touted as something that is going to be a cure-all for the Afro-American and Latino communities.

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Trump does not have the authority to go to war in Syria

Just days after the September 11 attacks, Congress voted to give President George W. Bush legal authority to take military action against the perpetrators of the terror attacks and associated forces.

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‘Shots Fired’—Reality, music, movement

If you are a native of the Bronx, you’re quite familiar with the expression, “Shots fired!” and the actions associated with it.

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Laurie Cumbo holds Easter egg hunt in Fort Greene

New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, a member of the Council Committee on Youth Services, held a community egg hunt at Fort Greene Park in partnership with several community-based organizations on the eve of Easter Sunday.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: April 20 - April 26

Easter and Passover officially mark the beginning of spring and so do the pear blossom trees that are beginning to bloom along Lenox Avenue. The warm, sunny days don’t hurt either.

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Daughtry annouces $5,000 Atlantic Yards/NetsDBNA community foundation grants

Activist pastor the Rev. Herbert Daughtry just announced that the Atlantic Yards/Nets/DBNA Community Foundation and the DBNA Capacity Building Grant Program will provide grants of $5,000 to Brooklyn-based community organizations

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Middle Collegiate Church to host Revolution Love Conference

On the weekend of April 28-30, the Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project will be hosting their 11th annual Revolutionary Love Conference.

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Suspicious: Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam found dead in the Hudson River

Statements of sympathy and grief for Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, in many ways reflecting the ordinary and extraordinary people she touched, are coming in from people in all walks of life.

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Constance Malcolm seeks justice for her son Ramarley Graham on his 24th birthday

Eighteen-year-old unarmed Ramarley Graham was shot and killed in front of his grandmother and younger brother.

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Trayvon Martin’s death sparked a movement that lives on five years later

Five years ago, the world learned of Trayvon Martin and how he died.

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Tribeca Short Film Fest, April 19-30

There was a record 4,385 short films submitted for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, and only 57 were chosen, including 36 world premieres.

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URBAN AGENDA | Mayor de Blasio to the City’s Working Poor: Take the Trolley

Mayor Bill de Blasio just doesn’t get it. He has staunchly opposed Fair Fares -- a program to implement half-priced MetroCards for working poor families in the city.

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Elected officials call out Cuomo on weak tuition-free program

Assemblyman Charles Barron and City Councilwoman Inez Barron, along with several education activists, called out Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the hypocrisy of his recent tuition-free education initiative.

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‘Raise The Age’ gets no praise

With the recent signage of the “Raise the Age” legislation, New York no longer automatically processes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. However, critics say the legislation still needs fine-tuning.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #12

No, we were not in the streets the other day when thousands of Americans marched, demanding President Trump release his tax returns to the public.

Wednesday, April 19

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Bill O'Reilly out at Fox News

Bill O'Reilly is done at Fox News, its parent company 21st Century Fox said Wednesday.

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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison, officials say

Convicted murderer and former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said, just days after his acquittal in a double murder case.

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Black Caucus analyzes civil rights in the Trump era at forum

As lawmakers, community stakeholders and activists protest against current White House policies, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) hosted a summit on the future of civil rights under the Trump Administration.

Tuesday, April 18

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In emotional service Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slavery

There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the "slaveholding religion of this land." One is "good, pure and holy," the other corrupt and wicked, the "climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds."

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Cleveland murder suspect Steve Stephens kills himself after pursuit

Steve Stephens, the Cleveland murder suspect who posted video of the slaying on Facebook, shot and killed himself in Pennsylvania after a brief police chase, authorities said Tuesday.

Monday, April 17

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There's a new world's oldest woman

How to be the oldest person in the world? Don't drink rum, according to 117-year-old Jamaican Violet-Mosse Brown, recently dubbed the world's oldest human.

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Law passes in NY mandating that police interrogations be recorded on video

All police questioning in major crimes must be recorded on video during the entire time that a suspect is in custody, under a law approved Monday by legislators in New York, according to an official with the Innocence Project.

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The Facebook victim was a granddad walking home after Easter meal

He was walking home from an Easter meal with his family when the stranger walked up to Robert Godwin Sr.

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Prince documents unsealed: Opioid prescriptions written in manager's name

Opioid painkillers -- some in prescription bottles with the name Kirk Johnson on them -- were found in several places in Paisley Park following Prince's death last year, court documents unsealed Monday showed.

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Job prospects flat for Black workers in March

The employment prospects for African Americans showed little improvement in March, according to the Labor Department’s most recent jobs report.

Thursday, April 13

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For Brooklyn, the least wins, the most losses

With baseball, golf and the New York Rangers’ playoff run about to consume this city’s sports pages and sports programs, the Nets and Knicks inability to get into the postseason makes them as topical, as trending as the final bit of snow that fell last month.

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Jackson, Anthony and Porzingis will determine the Knicks’ future

The Knicks ended their long and disconcerting 2016-17 season last night at Madison Square Garden hosting the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the only handful of teams with a worst record than them.

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Rugby great to develop women’s program at Monroe

Named USA Rugby’s Player of the Decade in 2010, Phaidra Knight has a passion for the sport and its positive impact.

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McDonald hitting her stride at LIU

Sprinter and hurdler Shantae McDonald of Long Island University wasn’t that happy with her performances at the start of outdoor track and field season, but the results would beg to differ.

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Is this the beginning of the end of the Cavs’ dominance?

LeBron James is acutely knowledgeable of the components needed to compose a championship team.

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Only attrition can lessen the dominance of the west

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers won last year’s NBA championship, and the Golden State Warriors fell six games short this season of matching the 73 wins that they achieved last year, the Western Conference of the NBA still remains the gold standard.

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Lies, rumors and reconnaissance abound as NFL Draft nears

The 82nd NFL Draft, being held in Philadelphia, is two weeks away, as the first round will take place Thursday, April 27. Which means the lies, rumors and reconnaissance that have become synonymous with the draft are in full bloom.

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Unsigned high school athletes showcase their talents for college coaches

Thirty of the top-rated senior ballplayers from New York’s five boroughs converged on the east side, First Avenue and 120th Street in Harlem at the Scan/El-Faro Beacon Community Center at the Coalition School for Social Change Campus, last week to display their talents for a variety of college coaches looking to bolster their teams’ rosters and provide collegiate opportunities for basketball athletes.

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What you should know about opioids

For a professional perspective on the appropriate uses and risks of opioids, we asked Soteri Polydorou, M.D., and Luke Archibald, M.D., substance abuse treatment experts at NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health care system, 10 questions about opioids.

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The love of life

As you read this column, just think of the killings that are taking place in our homes, neighborhoods, cities, towns and countries throughout the world.

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Caribbean leaders brown-nose while Latin American leaders slam Trump

The disparity has always been huge in how Latin American leaders stand up for their diaspora versus their Caribbean counterparts. It’s almost like Jesus and the moneychangers.

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France approves billion-dollar package for Guiana after protests

Authorities in Paris, France, have approved a billion-dollar package for its Overseas Department of French Guiana, ending weeks of crippling strikes, street protests and general unrest as locals came out vehemently with complaints of decades of rank neglect and discrimination from France.

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New flights to transport St. Maarten patients to Health City Cayman Islands

ST. MAARTEN (April 6, 2017)—Caribbean tertiary care hospital Health City Cayman Islands has announced direct charter flights to transport patients from St. Maarten to Grand Cayman for specialized medical treatment.

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Activism wins again

If 2017 has shown us anything, it’s the power of regular people banding together to make substantive political change.

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Joining forces to combat homelessness

Veterans are more likely than nonveterans to experience homelessness. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, like the general homeless population, veterans are at a significant risk of homelessness if they have low socioeconomic status, a mental health disorder and/or a history of substance abuse.

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NYS Tax Department refutes fake news with facts

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance this week set the record straight to counter common tax season myths about how tax returns are processed and refunds are issued.

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Recipe: Mushroom-topped roasted asparagus

We mustn’t forget about the side dishes at the holiday table, especially because spring has sprung and all of our favorite vegetables are back and better than before. Here is my recipe for my favorite, roasted asparagus with mushroom breadcrumbs.

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Talking SCHOP! Easter eating

When I see blossoms in Harlem, it makes me feel a certain way.

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Saint Maarten, the perfect island

Saint Maarten is the perfect island for a family trip.

Janet Jackson splits with husband

After rumors of several hiccups in their marriage since they became man and wife, Janet Jackson has split with husband Wissam Al Mana just three months after giving birth to the estranged couple’s son at the age of 50.

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Bob Cunningham, master bassist, dies at 83

Bob Cunningham, the consummate bassist and composer whose deep rhythmic sound became sought after by such bandleaders as Gary Bartz, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, died in New York April 1.

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Meals on Wheels recipients threatened under proposed Trump budget

Charles Abel, a 65-year-old man living in Baltimore, is among the millions of Americans who rely on Meals on Wheels, a program that President Trump plans to cut dramatically under his budget proposal.

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Harriette Cole moderates latest DreamLeapers Behind the Scenes fashion event

Food and drink generously provided by famed soul food eatery Sylvia’s flowed freely on the recent evening when Harriette Cole, founder of DreamLeapers Initiatives did a deep dive into the fashion world.

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Seventh Annual Artists Ball at Brooklyn Museum

What a ball! Last week’s Artist Ball at the Brooklyn Museum was a complete success, raising more than $1.7 million for the Institution.

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Supporting Autism Awareness Month by standing up for families

An oft-quoted African proverb tells us “It takes a village to raise a child.” This concept becomes even more affecting when the child in question has an autism spectrum disorder.

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Noon By Noor, feminine looks with tailored touches

For fall ’17, Noon By Noor’s collection was modern and effortless. Striking prints and interesting embellishments led the way.

Timidity in an age of innovation

I love talking with listeners on my Sirius 126 nightly 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. radio show or those who watch my local and national TV programs.

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Virginia Johnson, DTH prepare for City Center season

April 19-22, Dance Theatre of Harlem swings into City Center Theater with a program designed to highlight this company’s young, gifted ballet dancers’ command of a choreographic palette that ranges from the cool, elegant precision of classical ballet to the articulate earthiness of modern dance.

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Allen Maldonado, mogul in the making, launches new app

Allen Maldonado is now calling New York City home, temporarily, as he begins to shape the character, cousin Bobby, for the new untitled series executive produced by Jordan Peele (“Get Out”).

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Why I didn’t vote for ‘The Big Ugly’ (the state budget)!

The New York State Budget is infamously and traditionally called “The Big Ugly” because it has so many “ugly” moving parts to it and the good parts are either watered down or underfunded.

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Tribeca Film Fest April 19-30

It is time for the annual Tribeca Film Festival when die-hard cinefiles get that wild, giddy expression.

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Aunjanue Ellis of ‘Quantico’ talks NYC, Ben Carson

The usual reaction to news that your employer is changing locations is at least anxiety if not outright displeasure.

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The Kalief Browder story should have been even more real

Had it focused only on the subject matter, it would have been a very good film. What elevated “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” to great was that it nuanced how common behaviors we may take for granted can powerfully affect a singular life.

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‘IN MY WORDS’ with New Settlement’s program for girls and young women

The area surrounding New Settlement is one of the most at-risk in New York City in terms of poverty, literacy and education.

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The black and white of missing persons

On the national level there has been little to no mention of Michelle Jordan, Leonna Lewis, Shaniah Boyd and many others.

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When Dr. King broke his betrayal of silence

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

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The resilience that hate produced

The tragic murder of New Yorker Timothy Caughman has ripped the scab off the wounds that violence against communities of color have inflicted.

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NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County gets largest fleet of state-of-the-art ventilator equipment  

NYC Health + Hospitals Kings County has recently made a large investment in cutting-edge critical-care technology to provide patients with the best possible care.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal begins treatment for hepatitis C 

Despite the Specialty Pharmacy Times headline defining Mumia Abu-Jamal as an “infamous inmate,” it’s good news that he has begun receiving treatment for his hepatitis C virus.

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500 Men Making a Difference to host In the Black Small Business Expo

The organization 500 Men Making a Difference is a nonprofit coalition that recruits men to mentor young African-American men in the age range of 12 to 22 years throughout the five boroughs.

The Cosmopolitan Review April 13 - April 19

Put your boots on, baby! It’s going to be a wet one! Additionally, the Shamanic forecast says April is going to be a month of high highs and low lows.

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Making every child matter

As a former school board president and as a parent of a high school and middle school student, I know the importance of investing in our children’s education.

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Black nationalist pioneer, Carlos Cooks

African and African-American history can hit you in some of the most unpredictable places, if you pay attention.

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Morris Heights Center Community to host spring baby shower

Wednesday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Morris Heights Health Center and Fidelis will be hosting their free spring baby shower for mothers in the community.

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Community Calendar: April 13-April 19

Greetings! Our GBE “Living in the Spirit Month 2017” rolls on through April, setting the stage for a Mother’s Day weekend tradition at the Prudential Center in Newark this year, Saturday, May 13, with the annual McDonald’s Gospelfest concert.

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The Go Africa Festival coming in July

The Go Africa Network Inc. is collaborating with Go Africa Health LLC, Go Caribbean Inc., Go Africa News LLC and The African Union Expo LLC to host a one-day street festival.

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Laborers, Local Union #731 recruits apprentices

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Laborers, Local Union #731, will conduct a recruitment from May 9, 2017, through May 22, 2017, for 30 skilled construction craft laborer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today. 

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US immigration policy and steady economy intertwined

Dear Editor, Movement supporters may look unique.

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Center for Community and Ethnic Media to offer new class

Starting April 25, the Center for Community and Ethnic Media will be offering a new class, the Health Reporting Fellowship.

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NYC rallies on Equal Pay Day

Last week City Council Member Laurie Cumbo stood with colleagues and activists from across the city to rally for economic justice on Equal Pay Day.

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Protect our girls

New York City Council Member Andy King (in red) joined the Black Lives Matter of Greater New York Sunday in a solidarity march to raise awareness for 64,000 missing Black women and girls.

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Booker, Pallone and NJ groups stand in solidarity against Trump's anti-environment agenda

In New Brunswick, N.J., outside of the Environmental Protection Agency Edison Environmental Center, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Frank Pallone, state and local elected officials and local environmental groups stood in solidarity against President Trump’s anti-environmental agenda and abandonment of the fight against climate change

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On Ramarley Graham’s 24th birthday, mom sues de Blasio administration’s NYPD

Wednesday, April 12, the family of Ramarley Graham and several supporting organizations announced the filing of a lawsuit against the NYPD for refusing to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Law on what would have been Graham’s 24th birthday.

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Nuked by the GOP

Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the newest member of the Supreme Court Monday, and it is conceivable that Democrats will be swearing and cursing for years after a nuclear option was a determining factor.

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Trump’s agenda? It’s complicated

During his press briefing Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, responding to questions about the turmoil in the West Wing, said, “Our battles and our policy differences need to be behind closed doors.

Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #11

Tuesday was not a good news day for White House press secretary Sean Spicer. During his daily press gab, Spicer, referring to the recent atrocity in Syria, said that President Bashar al-Assad was worse than Adolf Hitler in that the Nazi leader did not use chemical weapons against his own people.

Ashanti Cultural Center hit by wave of vigilantes

(GIN)—Once the envy of its neighbors and the model of democracy and the rule of law, Ghana has been struck by “vigilantism,” led by former security guards turning against the political parties that once hired them. 

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Cuomo college tuition plan praised and criticized

New York declared a small victory for middle-class families, becoming the first state to make tuition free for students at public two and four-year institutions, as part of the new state budget’s Excelsior Scholarship program.

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Trailblazing Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam found dead in the Hudson River

Statements of sympathy and grief for Justice Sheila Adbus-Salaam, in many ways reflecting the ordinary and extraordinary people she touched, are coming in from all walks of life.

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Uganda tries to silence an impolite activist fighting for sanitary pads

She’s an activist and academic whose rants against current Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni are definitely rated PG if not Triple X.

Wednesday, April 12

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Comedian Charlie Murphy dies following leukemia battle

Comedian Charlie Murphy died Wednesday after a battle with leukemia, according to his publicist.

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What you need to know about New York's tuition-free scholarship

Tuition-free college just became a reality in New York.

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Here's how much airlines will pay you to give up your seat

How much will an airline pay you to give up your seat? The answer: As much as you can negotiate for.

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Bill Cosby's 'Little Bill' books targeted for censorship, library group says

Embattled comedian Bill Cosby's award-winning children's books series has landed on the American Library Association's list of top 10 books targeted for removal from school libraries.

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Gun thefts spiked in 2016, federal report says

More than 9,200 firearms were stolen from federally licensed dealers last year, according to a new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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GAO to issue new federal advertising spending report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has heard the call for a new report on federal advertising and they’re listening.

Thursday, April 6

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Make American Great Again—Trump Must Go! #10

As many of our readers know, for the past 10 issues of the paper we’ve been posting editorials on the front page, demanding that Trump Must Go!

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‘I’m So AmNewsFOOD’ contest deadline approaches

There is no time to mince, chop or dice words. We are still taking submissions for the third annual “I’m So AmNewsFOOD” contest to sample your foods at the Harlem EatUp! Festival.

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Talking SCHOP! Tsion Cafe wins first Citi Challenge

Last week I had the honor of being one of the judges at East Harlem’s Hot Bread Kitchen for the first Harlem Market Challenge, created and sponsored by Citi in partnership with the Harlem EatUp! Festival.

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URBAN AGENDA - Deception through Insinuation: Image Is Not Enough

Optics matter, appearances are important and all presidents and politicians use them to enhance their message.

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University of South Carolina claims national title

Gamecocks alumni are celebrating.

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Thoughts of redemption by the time they got to Phoenix

With four minutes left in the first half, the Gonzaga Bulldogs looked to increase their seven-point lead over the Carolina Tar Heels in Monday night’s NCAA national championship game held at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz.

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Why is Albany waiting to raise the age?

President Donald Trump’s administration has stoked concern in the New York State government, and New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants a budget to address that concern.

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Sen. Jesse Hamilton proposes bill to incorporate Black history into curriculum

Former president of the School Board and District Leader Sen. Jesse Hamilton of District 42 in Brooklyn proposed a bill that would make it mandatory for New York State schools to incorporate Black history into their K-12 curriculum.

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Nolen Scruggs soars at Columbia

At a school not known for its sporting success, fencing has been a shining light for Columbia University. The fencing team won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2015 and ’16.

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Lopez’s true value to Brooklyn will soon be determined

Brook Robert Lopez has a quiet, gentle aggressiveness that’s unlike most 7-foot NBA centers.

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Knicks can give fans the gift of pride in the season’s final days

There isn’t much the Knicks have given their fans this season with the exception of frustration and disappointment.

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Will the Ewing effect revitalize Georgetown basketball?

After 15-years as an NBA assistant coach, Patrick Ewing has at last been afforded the opportunity to guide his own program.

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Mets and Yanks open season with renewed hopes and new rules

The start of the baseball season has begun. The New York Mets opened their season at home on Monday afternoon with a 6-0 win at City Field against the Atlanta Braves, the first game of a three-game home stand.

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34th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Equal Justice for Children Tribute

Saturday, March 11, 2017, the World Community of Social Workers hosted its 34th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Equal Justice for Children Tribute.

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Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. keynotes Malcolm X Conference

It was announced that Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., son of former Black Panther leader, Chairman Fred Hampton, and chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee and Black Panther Party Cubs, will be returning to Harlem, N.Y. to keynote the opening of the Malcolm X Conference on Self-Determination taking place as the community honors the 92nd year of the birth of Malcolm X. 

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ re-boot makes casting misstep

The film based on Masamune Shirow’s cult manga series of the same name, “Ghost in the Shell,” has taken big hits for the casting of white woman Scarlett Johansson instead of casting a Japanese woman in the lead role.

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Fab 5 Freddy in conversation with Greg Tate

Artist, rapper, composer and television host, Fab 5 Freddy, whose given name is Fred Brathwaite, will be in conversation with author and music critic Greg Tate April 8 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn in conjunction with Brathwaite’s new art exhibition, “Afro-Greco,” which has been showing since March 12 and will continue to be shown in the gallery until April 23.

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April 2017 Dance Calendar

Two ballets companies will again share their season of dance: Ballet Hispánico (April 18-23) at The Joyce Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem (April 19-22) at New York City Center.

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We’ll march for climate jobs and justice

Among the Washington administration’s latest attempts to turn back the clock is its senseless assault on environmental regulations.

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Supporting Black business builds Black Power in 2017

With President Trump leading America, Black Americans must depend on each other to support and maintain their current standard of living.

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Attorney Roger Wilkins, aide to presidents Kennedy and Johnson, dies at 85

It took Roger Wilkins a while to settle into the world of journalism, where his famous uncle and father had established enviable reputations, but once there he made his mark and reached deeper precincts of the mainstream media than his predecessors. Wilkins, for some time the sole high-ranking African-American in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, died Sunday, March 26, a day after his 85th birthday, in a care facility in Kensington, Md.

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Pretty psychedelic prints and shoes for fall ’17

At Jeremy Scott’s New York show, fashions on the runway were influenced by ’70s styles. Psychedelic prints were modernized in pantsuits, dresses, skirts and jackets.

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William T. Coleman Jr., ‘Counsel for the Situation’ and civil rights icon

William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. was called “Bumps” by Coleman Young, Detroit’s first African-American mayor during their stint in the military, and President Clinton honored him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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The reality of a dream becoming a nightmare

Sometimes when you hear of someone being deported back to the Caribbean, your first impression is that this individual is a criminal, and when I lived in the Caribbean that was always my belief. If you were deported from the United States, it was because you were a criminal.

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De Blasio is off the hook. Now what?

It was recently announced that Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City, will not be indicted on several possible corruption charges, thus freeing him from the albatross that has hung around his neck for more than a year.

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Community Calendar 4/6 - 4/12

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

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Students are making support for Israel their mission

In recent days, I watched as throngs of supporters of Israel unloaded from buses and blanketed Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress with a singular goal in mind: to strengthen America’s relations with our beloved ally, Israel.

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Sister Burnsteen Sharrieff Mohammed, secretary and reformer of NOI

Without Burnsteen Sharrieff Mohammed’s secretarial and clerical skills and her intuitive understanding of W.D. Fard’s beliefs and principles, the Nation of Islam might never have blossomed.

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Tips for flying with children

Traveling with children is difficult. Well, let’s be completely honest. Doing pretty much anything with children is quite challenging, but traveling is especially hard. Their short attention spans, inability to move quickly or even just at your speed and need to constantly be entertained creates an entirely new challenge to getting from point A to point B.

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NYC Black women rally for Maxine Waters and April Ryan

Ultimately victorious were the 20,000 women in apartheid-ripped South Africa, who on Aug. 9, 1956, marched on the Union buildings in Pretoria to protest against The Urban Areas Act of 1950.

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Caribbean Film Series at BAMcinématek screens ‘House on Coco Road’

“The House on Coco Road” is an intimate portrait of Fannie Haughton, an activist and teacher who moved her children from Oakland, Calif., to participate in the Grenada Revolution only to find her family in harm’s way of a U.S. military invasion.

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Who is looking for missing Black girls?

In late 2016, Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police began using Twitter to inform the public of missing persons.

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Kalief's legacy: Rikers closure set, yet could prove to be long, grueling process

This week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that although it might take 10 years, the notorious Rikers Island jail is scheduled for closure.

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Starting on a high note: Adam Ray

Flutist Adam Ray has not only made a name for himself on the New York music scene but also accomplished a lot at his young age while bringing much needed diversity to classical music.

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Kultivating Konfidence in NYC

Saturday, April 1, Monday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 4, Kultivating Konfidence held its first full workshop series, which took place at three Brooklyn high schools.

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Links and La Femme Vet Network host second annual Military Women’s Conference

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Greater New York Chapter of the Links and La Femme Vet Network on March 10 collaborated on the second annual Military Women’s Conference at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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The Masters and the world of golf moves on without Tiger Woods

The Masters, arguably the most venerable and prestigious golf tournament in the world, begins today at the historic Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., which is known as much for its historically elitist and exclusionary policies as it is for its spectacularly manicured greens.

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Charlie Wilson, the world’s consummate performer

College is supposed to be that time when people begin to find themselves and make inroads to maximizing their potential.

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Labor and social activists rally against racism and for better wages

On the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., social justice and labor advocates gathered in dozens of cities around the country Tuesday to show a united front. Both groups vowed to fight racism and continue to work in favor of better wages for all workers.

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NYS Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. hosts call-to-action events

On April 8, 2017, the New York State members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host numerous Call to Action Forums under their sorority’s GET ENGAGED Social Action Initiative throughout New York State.

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City and union leaders celebrate paid sick leave anniversary

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated the third anniversary of New York’s Paid Sick Leave Law with Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas, elected officials and union leaders.

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HGAR elects first Black president

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors recently elected Dorothy Botsoe, owner of Jensen Realty, Inc. in White Plains, as the organization’s first Black president since the association’s inception in 1916.

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Black community calling for resignation of NJ officer who allegedly exposed himself to children

A Pennsville, N.J., police officer is under fire and being pressured to resign after reports surface that he allegedly exposed himself to two children in a bathroom.

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IDNYC reaches more than 1 million cardholders

IDNYC, New York’s municipal ID program, reaches more than 1 million cardholders across the five boroughs.

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McDonald’s Gospelfest celebrates 35 years in New Jersey

The 35th Annual McDonald’s Gospelfest returns to the Prudential Center Saturday, May 13, featuring Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter Fantasia among this year’s performers.

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Immunization Week recognizes importance of infant vaccinations

National Infant Immunization Week, sponsored by the National Immunization Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is observed annually to promote the benefits of immunizations and to focus on the importance of immunizing infants against vaccine-preventable diseases by age two.

Not everything is as it seems

“Not everything is as it seems.” Those were the words spoken by the venerable karate master Mr. Miyagi to his student Daniel, when Daniel complained that painting Miyagi’s property was not teaching him self-defense.

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Wedding bells (again) for Martin Lawrence

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: April 6 - April 12

March certainly left 2017 roaring like a lion, with strong wind and rain. With temperatures fluctuating throughout the entire month, it was obvious March couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a lion or a lamb.

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Filibuster looms for Judge Gorsuch

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil M. Gorsuch has won the vote of three Democrats in the Senate.

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Trump administration looks to remove ‘bad hombres’ faster

Governments, especially those in Latin America and the Caribbean, had better quickly put in place systems to deal with more criminal deportees from the U.S.

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Exxon finds more oil off Guyana, Jamaica ramps up seismic surveys

American oil giant ExxonMobil has reported major success with its latest probe of its Snoek well off Guyana, saying that nearly eight weeks of drilling have paid off with positive results in the latest of six wells drilled so far.

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The Mann’s World Family Tour brings music to Brooklyn

David and Tamela Mann’s new TV One show, “The Manns,” which premiered April 4 and will run Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., ET, has every ingredient for a bona fide hit show, and one without the negative stereotypes and lavish parade of bad behavior that has colored reality television in the past.

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All-star musicians Les Amazones d’Afrique raise funds for women’s rights

A powerhouse collective of West African women musicians, including Angélique Kidjo, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Mouneissa Tandina, Nneka, Pamela Badjogo and Rokia Koné, called Les Amazones d’Afrique have come together to collaborate on a new musical project called République Amazone.

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Ahmed Kathrada, South African activist dies at 87

When I learned that this humble man of fortitude who was an integral force within the long battle to end apartheid in South Africa died March 28, in Johannesburg, it was a very sad moment for me. He was 87.

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Harlem Arts Fest holds annual gala

In the early 20th century, the Harlem Renaissance symbolized the awakening of a modern global consciousness of the African diasporic identity expressed through the arts.

Wednesday, April 5

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Pepsi pulls controversial Kendall Jenner ad

Pepsi has pulled its controversial Kendall Jenner ad.

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Singer Brenda Jones of The Jones Girls passes at 62

Reports indicate that singer Brenda Jones of the R&B sister girl group trio The Jones Girls has died. She was 62.

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Vy Higginsen's Mama Foundation salutes Cissy Houston at grand opening of The Harlem Gospel Concert Series

The Mama Foundation for the Arts launches The Harlem Gospel Concert Series starring Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir from Harlem at The Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street starting April 15th and continuing the first three Saturdays in May (6th, 13th & 20th).

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Pneumonia: 5 things to know

Your chest is tight, and at times, it's hard to catch your breath. You wheeze or cough so hard that your sides soon ache.

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Distracted driving: Urging companies to crack down

In 2004, David Teater of Spring Lake, Michigan, lost his 12-year-old son, the youngest of three boys, to a distracted driver. Afterward, he knew there were a few different ways he could get involved to raise awareness about this deadly problem.

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IRS will use private debt collectors, but warns of potential scams

Debt collectors are coming ... for your years-overdue unpaid federal taxes.

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The uncertain future of Internet privacy

"You are just going to bring down the entire Internet."

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Nivea pulls 'white is purity' advert after outcry

Nivea has withdrawn an advert that was branded racist on social media and shared by right wing groups.

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New Jersey teen gets accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools

Talk about an embarrassment of riches.

Tuesday, April 4

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CBC delivers "We Have A Lot To Lose" paper to President Trump

Carrying a 130-page document titled, “We Have A Lot To Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century,” members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) sat down with President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence to discuss a range of issues affecting the Black community.

Monday, April 3

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The struggle is real for Millennial homebuyers

It's going to be an intense house-hunting season -- especially for young buyers.

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Officer: Black man's fatal shooting had nothing to do with race

A white Tulsa, Oklahoma officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist last year said race was not a factor in her decision to open fire.

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Blacks have a lot to lose with Trump's new budget

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” targets a number of programs for severe cuts or outright elimination—programs that often help poor, working-class and Black families.

Saturday, April 1

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Activist Leola Maddox makes her transition

Activist and educator Leola Maddox (second from left), wife of famed attorney and activist Alton Maddox, has died.