Stories for August 2017

Thursday, August 31

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GBE Guide to Black Events

Greetings! Congratulations to a true living legend, Woody King Jr., the legendary “Godfather of Black Theater,” founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting open at the U.S. Open

Missing the annual U.S. Open Food Tasting Preview last year was a bummer! I had to settle for a delicious Fuku fried chicken sandwich from concessions and a couple of the signature Honey Deuce Grey Goose cocktails to make up for it.

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An ode to La Compagnie

One of the best things about living in New York City is having access to just about everything.

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Tyler Perry TV show back for a third season

Tyler Perry’s popular OWN drama series, “If Loving You Is Wrong,” returns for an anticipated third season Tuesday, Sept. 19,

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Memories of Dick Gregory, satirist and activist

Hearing of Dick Gregory’s death on Aug. 19 was a real shocker. And pondering the fact that he was a vegetarian and so aware of living healthy, it just seemed impossible he would leave us at the age of 84.

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Resort ’18: Transitional looks for day or night

“When it comes to clothes, less is more,” stated Australian designer Anna Quan.

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‘Gone with the Wind’ pulled from Memphis film series

Times have changed in the South and in the world of film.

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And the 2017 Bessies go to…

Two of the dance world’s most esteemed contributors will be recognized for their long-standing artistry, service and support of the field by The New York Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, Monday, Oct. 9.

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Introduction to ‘The Defenders’ 101

“You four: The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, the smart-ass detective, the righteous ex-con and the kid with the glowing fist. The war for New York is here…so get your s--- together.”

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Steven Mnuchin on Harriet Tubman's $20 bill: 'We will be looking at this issue'

Maybe putting Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill isn't a done deal after all.

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‘Leap!’ into the mind of a tiny dancer with heart

Dreams of being a famous ballet dancer dressed in bright pink tutus and a life filled with dazzling pirouettes, all viewed under the spotlights is what makes this sweet new animated story “Leap!” such a charming cinematic family viewing experience.

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Dance Calendar September 2017

African contemporary choreographers/performers command this month’s calendar.

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Brooklyn district attorney candidate forum: Five days before election

The district attorney is one of the most powerful positions in the criminal justice system. The DA determines whether to charge the accused and has an impact on everything from which charges to file, suggested bail amounts, the contours of plea deals, to the length of sentencing and beyond. This power is immense for a single elected official, and it is typically unchecked.

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Labor Day—A day like none other

For many, Labor Day is just a sad reminder of the end of summer and the beginning of school. It’s usually the time to get in that last trip to the beach, the last barbecue and the last chance to sleep late during the week.

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Age is just a number as Venus Williams chases another US Open title

At 37, Venus Williams is the oldest woman playing at the U.S. Open.  But age wasn’t a factor in her 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 first-round victory over 19-year-old Victoria Kuzmova of Slovakia Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens. 

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The USTA and Katrina Adams—leadership through diversity and inclusion 

Less than 10 minutes after Katrina Adams, the chairwoman, CEO and president of the United States Tennis Association handed the championship trophy and a $3.5 million check to Stan Wawrinka

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With Jackson gone, Mills puts forth Knicks’ new philosophy

“It begins with a question.” This statement is how Knicks president Steve Mills began his recent blog post on thegarden.com, Madison Square Garden’s website.

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Liberty win eighth in a row

With a commanding 92-62 win over the Chicago Sky on Sunday afternoon, the New York Liberty not only won its eighth consecutive game, but also earned a bye for the first round of the playoffs.

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Francis stages huge upset at World Championships

Although Queens native Phyllis Francis is an Olympic gold medalist (4x400 relay in Rio), she headed into the women’s 400-meter final at the IAAF World Championships in London earlier this month decidedly in the shadow of U.S. teammate Allyson Felix and Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas.

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Percy Sutton 5K honors a true Harlem giant 

As part of the annual August month-long Harlem Week celebration, thousands of competitive and recreational runners converged in Manhattan’s famous village this past Saturday to participate in the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run.

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QBs Smith and Johnson battle for a spot on Giants’ 53-man roster

More 1,000 athletes will be unemployed—albeit for some temporarily—by 4 p.m. this Saturday, the deadline for NFL teams to finalize their 53-man rosters for the start of the regular season.

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The Jets best quarterback might still be in college

It’s being said that the Jets’ best quarterback might still be in college.

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Unique camp helps grieving children and teens

From Aug. 21-25, Calvary Hospital hosted the 20th consecutive session of their bereavement camp for 60 children and teenagers, aged 6 to 18.

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Facebook: Let’s face it

It is interesting how a simple concept such as Facebook, created by Mark Zuckerberg, became an international frenzy on the internet.

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Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 8

This week, we conclude our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 8: Green card through registry.

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Guyana goes after stolen ancestral Afro land

Guyana’s government has established a commission of inquiry to resolve issues pertaining to land ownership in the home country of the Caribbean single trading bloc of nations, particularly those related to large tracts of land freed African slaves would have bought after emancipation but were taken away by the previous Indo-led administration for private and state projects.

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Caribbean tourism progress hinges on smarter partnerships

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association applauds efforts being made by the region’s public and private sectors to grow tourism, but cautions against the inherent risks if the sectors do not work more closely together to resolve differences.

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Let’s take our minds off things

I know the daily news has been quite stressful for many people. Whether you are concerned about white supremacists taking over your neighborhood, North Korea’s Kim Jung-un and nuclear threats or just having an incredibly incompetent president at the helm, we are living in stressful times

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Joshua Walker: Helping youth succeed

Since 2014 Joshua Walker has been the founder and CEO of Avenue Music Group. The Brooklyn native started the nonprofit organization to provide entrepreneurship opportunities for high school students, to prepare them to succeed in their future careers and young adulthood.

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Robert Taylor, our hero, has died

Aug. 12, Robert “RT” Taylor, lifelong fighter for human rights and the liberation of African people in the United States and abroad, succumbed to complications from type 1 diabetes and a stroke. Hundreds of family, friends, colleagues and comrades gathered at Gilmore’s funeral home in St. Albans, Queens, Aug. 16 to pay tribute to his extraordinary legacy.

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New York City Mission Society back to school tips

As we get ready to go back to school, I am reminded of the dedicated parents who will do anything and everything to ensure their children get a high-quality education.

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Marcus Mosiah Garvey: Emancipate your African mind!

The immeasurable legacy of Pan-African forefather Marcus Mosiah Garvey will be commemorated this Thursday, the 130th anniversary of his birth in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, with a host of activities throughout the metropolitan area.

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James Edwards, consummate actor and war veteran

The recent death of Dick Gregory and citations from his book “Nigger” brought to mind the actor James Edwards.

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Community Calendar August 31 - September 6

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

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Governor Cuomo: It’s time to protect immigrant New Yorkers

President Donald Trump continued to boldly endorse police brutality and state violence last week with the pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Unions come down on Trump’s pardon of Arpaio

President Donald Trump continued his trend of ignoring the rule of law by pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio Friday.

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Activists, officials come down on Illinois Governor over wage veto

Last week, Illinois State Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would’ve increased his state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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Moms of slain children organize car caravan of remembrance

Commemorating their slain children, mothers gathered together in New Jersey.

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The science of supporting athletic protests

Much has been discussed recently regarding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his silent protests during the 2016 National Football League season, where he knelt on one knee during the singing of the national anthem to protest police brutality.

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‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

So far, 61,734 mental health professionals have signed a petition initiated by psychologist Dr.  John Gartner calling for “the removal of President Donald Trump from office” because of “serious mental illness” that they agree, “renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of president of the United States.”

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Israel flying high as it deepens global ties in Argentina

A flight by Israel’s national air carrier El Al to Argentina next month would be a historic first, if it were not for Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

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Mayweather did what he was supposed to do

It was all a dream—or so we thought. In fact, it may have begun here in New York City at the world’s most-famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

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Harlem Week/Basil Paterson Award Luncheon

Harlem Week hosted dignitaries as they attended their tremendous Economic Development Day,

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Margaret R. Smith celebrates 95th birthday

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, Brooklyn’s First AME Zion Church, family and friends came out to celebrate Mother Margaret R. Smith’s 95th birthday.

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Cosmopolitan Review: August 31 - September 6

As of the writing of this article, our days on Martha’s Vineyard are dwindling to a precious few, as is summer.

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Harlem barber "Denny Moe' give free haircuts to kids

Several young men are headed back to school with a fresh cut thanks to Harlem barber Dennis Mitchell (aka “Denny Moe”).

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Bronx Borough President hosts back to school event

Bronx President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual “Back to School” Literacy & Health Fair at the Pablo Casals Middle School 181 on the Co-op City Education Campus.

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De Blasio hikes cigarette prices aimed at cutting down on smoking

The city’s estimated 900,000 smokers are going to have to dig deeper in their pockets. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several bills to reduce the number of smokers, including raising the price of cigarettes to $13.

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Activists: Employing formerly incarcerated people benefits society

Former President Barack Obama: “Around 70 million Americans have some sort of criminal record. It means millions of Americans have difficulty even getting their foot in the door to try to get a job, much less actually hang on to that job.

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City Hall lays out J’Ouvert preparations

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill have decided that “Times Square on New Year’s Eve” security measures are necessary for Monday’s J’Ouvert celebration.

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Hurricane Harvey wreaks havoc on Gulf Coast

Valiant action did indeed share the same space as helplessness, hopelessness, gratitude and despair as Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in Houston, Texas. Rainfall numbers have broken national records at 51.88 inches as of Wednesday, Aug. 30.

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New York Amsterdam News Endorsements Part One

Every election cycle, the New York Amsterdam News conducts interviews to select candidates for endorsement for public office.  For the past three decades, maybe more, we have announced the meetings on the front page of the newspaper for several weeks before the meetings are to take place. 

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Ministers’ March attacks Trump’s agenda

A larger than expected group of marchers, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, converged on Washington D.C. to protest the policies of President Donald J. Trump on Aug. 28.

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Show your love for Sierra Leone!

In the wake of the deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone this month, Assemblyman Charles Barron and Operation P.O.W.E.R. organized a community fundraiser in East New York Monday night, Aug. 28, 2017.

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And the 2017 Bessies go to…

Two of the dance world’s most esteemed contributors will be recognized for their long-standing artistry, service and support of the field by The New York Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, Monday, Oct. 9 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Tuesday, August 29

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One of the oldest HBCUs in the country could fold in September

Cheyney University, One of the Nation’s Oldest HBCUs, Could Lose Its Accreditation in September

After years of financial trouble and heartbreaking enrollment decline, Cheyney University, one of the oldest Black institutions of higher education in America, is on the verge of fiscal ruin and in danger of losing its accreditation.

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Officials to undocumented immigrants: You will not be arrested if you seek shelter after Harvey

Undocumented immigrants who seek shelter from Harvey's devastation don't have to worry about ICE agents picking them up. That's the message from immigration officials, FEMA and the city of Houston.

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Harvey evacuees face relief, worry at Houston convention center

More than 9,000 people are dry and safe Tuesday at a temporary shelter in downtown Houston's convention center but are now struggling to come to grips with their new reality.

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Louisiana braces for Harvey's rain as it marks Katrina's 12th anniversary

New Orleans woke up with an uneasy sense of déjà vu Tuesday as it kept a wary eye on Tropical Storm Harvey while marking the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson!

If the King of Pop were alive today he would have turned 59. However, even four years after the death of Michael Jackson, fans are still giving birthday wishes via social media.

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How to end the scourge of gun violence? Open dialogue

A high school football game: a scene common in many of our memories. But for one young man, in his senior year, it was different. After watching a football game from the stands on a Friday night, a fight broke out as he was standing nearby.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown biopic coming soon to the small screen

The story of Bobbi Kristina Brown's life and tragic death is coming to the small screen.

Monday, August 28

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Sculpture of MLK Jr. unveiled in Atlanta

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and several other dignitaries were on hand for the unveiling of a sculpture of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in remembrance of the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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MTV Video Music Awards 2017: The winners list

Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were about performances and powerful words.

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Trump to lift military gear ban for local police

The Trump administration will unveil a new plan Monday to roll back limits on a controversial program that provides local law enforcement agencies with surplus military gear, marking the end of a policy implemented during the Obama administration.

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How you can help the victims of Harvey in Texas

Rescuers continue to pull people from rising floodwaters. The traumatized and weary evacuees often have nothing but the soaked clothes on their backs. Aid groups are scrambling to provide shelter, emergency services and hope.

Sunday, August 27

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Houston area copes with flooding as Harvey delivers pounding rainfall

Harvey is no longer a hurricane, but life-threatening flooding continued in and around Houston on Sunday night as citizens with boats assisted authorities in search and rescue efforts.

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Remembering the 1963 March on Washington

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, let us remember...

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Sharpton leads 'Ministers March for Justice' in DC

Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action network gathered with clergy from across the nation in Washington D.C. for the “Ministers March for Justice” on Monday.

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Civil rights and racial justice organizations jointly condemn Sheriff Joe Arpaio pardon

Several organizations including the NAACP and the National Urban League are condemning the President Donald Trump's pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Paul Ryan 'does not agree' with Arpaio pardon, spokesman says

House Speaker Paul Ryan disagrees with President Donald Trump's decision Friday to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his spokesman said Saturday.

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Report: Trump asked Sessions to consider dropping Arpaio prosecution

President Donald Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions this past spring whether he would drop the federal case against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but was rebuffed at the time, according to The Washington Post.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Conor McGregor by TKO

In a result that shocked few, Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Conor McGregor by technical knockout before a crowd of 14,623 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Saturday, August 26

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3 headlines the White House hopes you'll miss as Hurricane Harvey hits

As the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the US in more than a decade took aim at Texas, President Donald Trump's White House engaged in an age-old Washington tradition: the Friday news dump.

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3 people shot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Three people have been shot in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

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Family of Bronx teen who died during football practice raising money for funeral

The family of a teenager who died after he suffered a medical incident during a high school football practice is raising money to help pay funeral expenses.

Friday, August 25

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Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Donald Trump has pardoned controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio of his conviction for criminal contempt, the White House said Friday night.

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Sebastian Gorka resigns from White House

Sebastian Gorka, an outspoken and combative defender of President Donald Trump's national security agenda, has left his position as a White House counterterrorism adviser, two administration officials told CNN.

Thursday, August 24

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Finally, it’s trophy day at the Kyrie Irving-Rod Strickland Summer Basketball League

No national anthems. No agendas or platforms. No conscious or symbolic signs of solidarity. If it isn’t locked into a video game’s design, it seems nonessential to the children competing on the court for the biggest trophy given to the winners of the Kyrie Irving-Rod Strickland Summer Basketball League championships.  

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Athletes’ support for social justice gains momentum

The National Football League’s Buffalo Bills were stunned by the retirement of wide receiver Anquan Boldin Monday. Less than two weeks after signing with the Bills as a free agent, the 14-year veteran, one of the most productive receivers in NFL history, envisioned a higher calling for himself beyond football.

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Kyrie to the Celtics begins a new chapter of NBA drama

Days after reports surfaced late last month that point guard Kyrie Irving had met with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and requested a trade, a person with ties to Irving made the following observation to this reporter.

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Liberty secure playoff spot with win over Lynx

“We know who we are physically,” said New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer after the Liberty’s fifth consecutive win, a 70-61 victory over the Minnesota Lynx. “We know who we are role-wise. We know who we are as a basketball team.”

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Harlem Junior Tennis program offers instruction to up and coming players 

The Harlem Junior Tennis and Educational Program, a not-for-profit organization, introduces tennis to a great number of youth each year. Boys and girls from 7 to 18 years of age learn the game of tennis from a staff of certified instructors who’ve competed either on the collegiate or professional level.

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Liberty’s Unity Game provides forum for frank discussions

In addition to a hard fought, important win over the Minnesota Lynx, last Sunday marked the New York Liberty’s first Unity Game.

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Early in the preseason, Giants’ offense not looking super  

The Giants have designs on being Super Bowl contenders. From the front office to the players, the collective sentiment is they have the necessities to be as good as any team in the NFL.

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The Uptown Challenge and Slam Jam conclude another successful season

When Krystal Pearson of the Bingo’s All Stars hit a jumper with seconds to go before the final buzzer to win the game against Team Nike three weeks ago, preventing overtime, even without the raw energy of the crowd and the amped excitement of MC Chocolate, the public address announcer/host/league MC, you kind of knew that they’d participate in the final weekend of the Uptown Challenge, the playoffs and championships.

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Color your diet healthy with fresh fruits and vegetables

Richly colored fruits and vegetables, such as those available fresh in New York State from now through fall, are colorful and tasteful additions to your table, and also vital to a healthy diet.

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Laughter may be the answer

My mom used to say that when things were not up to par, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.” She also used to sing a song with the words, “Get your hat and get your coat, leave your worries on the doorstep, life can be so sweet, on the sunny side of the street.”

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What next?

I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely exhausted with this presidential administration. We were warned that DJT would govern with chaos and surprise.

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Robert Fields Jackson II: A rising star in the community

Robert Fields Jackson II is a community activist, an organizer, a humanitarian, a father and a husband. Based in Harlem, the 36-year-old spends most of his time giving back.

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Martha’s Vineyard in August: Part 2

They say “anybody who’s anybody” vacations on Martha’s Vineyard during the month of August every single year.

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NYCHA food entrepreneurs at SummerStage

The Food Business Pathways Program is designed exclusively for NYCHA residents who want to start or grow food businesses.

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Talking SCHOP! by the seafood

OK, so I missed the eclipse (next one in 2024), but I was returning from another fun family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard with my aunt and cousin. The planets do need to align for it to happen, if that counts.

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Harlem Stage returns with new season, director of programming

After 30 years of consistently promoting the artistic legacy of Harlem, the African-American-led performing arts organization, Harlem Stage, returns with its 2017 season.

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Overweight white rapper becomes larger-than-life star in ‘Patti Cake$’

Music video director Geremy Jasper knows how to turn an indie underdog into an unlikely rap star

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‘Kidnap’ will grab you and not let go

Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) tries to make the best of a difficult day, working as a waitress in a coffee shop.

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‘Port Chicago 50’—A true story that needs to be told!

“Port Chicago 50” played at the National Black Theatre at 125th Street and 5th Avenue and told the story of the 200 Black sailors who died in explosions on naval ships on a July evening in 1944.

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Culture icon Carmen de Lavallade bows out of White House reception

Carmen de Lavallade, the 86-year-old dancer, choreographer and actress being honored by the Kennedy Center in December, recently announced that she will not attend the White House reception.

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Hundreds of Jews, Christians and Muslims unite against racism, anti-Semitism

A diverse and growing coalition of New York City religious clergy and faith organizations called people of faith to gather, in the face of the emboldened racism and resurgence of anti-Semitism in America, for “Yes to Love, No to Hate” Interfaith Solidarity, Hope and Action, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at the Fourth Universalist Society, 160 Central Park West.

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The Rev. Charleszetta ‘Mother’ Waddles, fed the body and the soul

Nearly every African-American community has its “Mother” or “Queen Mother,” who has dedicated her life to preserving both her people’s present welfare and her enduring legacy.

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Community Calendar August 24 - August 30

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

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March for Justice update

This Saturday, Aug. 26, will mark the beginning of a 180-mile, 18-day march that is calling for the closure of the Attica correctional facility, the elimination of human rights abuses in state prisons and jails and comprehensive reform of the juvenile justice system.

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Former NY Gov. candidate Paladino removed from Buffalo school board

Former New York State gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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32BJ denounces Astorino’s veto of immigration bill

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino rejected a bill that would’ve protected undocumented immigrants in his area.

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Medicare for all

Recently we joined our friends and allies in cheering the defeat of Senate bills to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and deny health care to millions of Americans.

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Trump is Trump again

As predicted, President Trump, hours after a rather conciliatory speech at Fort Myer—where it was more about Charlottesville than Afghanistan—was back at his accusatory best, blaming the media for the violence in Virginia last week.

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State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins continues push to be majority leader

Elected officials gathered in Harlem in defense of State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Monday in an effort to make her leader of the State Senate.

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Leaders come under fire as death doll from mudslide tops 600

Sierra Leone’s catastrophic mudslide that buried more than 600 mostly poor people was not just an act of God.

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Nigerian leader, ending three month hospital stay, returns with fiery speech

After a long absence because of ill health, President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria, pledging to renew the fight against terror group Boko Haram and end a rash of ethnic violence that he blamed on “political mischief makers.”

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More than 240,000 summons warrants dismissed in NYC

Anyone from Manhattan (New York County) and the Bronx who has littered, loitered or urinated in public and received a summons for it is in luck. The New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance has dismissed more than 240,000 warrants and The Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark has dismissed nearly 160,000 warrants.

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‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual number 5 of the American Psychiatric Association provides an interesting alternative to the popularly held notion that Donald Trump lies all the time

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Dick Gregory—An underappreciated Sherpa on the climb to economic freedom

Seldom a month goes by when I do not speak in glowing terms about my business mentor and brother in spirit, Dick Gregory.

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Working toward college access for all

Like many New Yorkers, I was the first in my family to go to college.

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Confederate statues fall, but economic racism lingers

Cheers to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, one of the first mayors to take Confederate statues down and make the strong point that these statues represent nothing but oppression. You should check out the speech he delivered, in May, at MarketWatch.com.

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Black Girls Rock!

“When I tune into my beautiful self, I get happiness. Everything in the universe belongs to me.” These are profound thoughts by newly fallen soldier, Dick Gregory.

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PHOTOS: Harlem Week 2017

The 43rd annual Harlem Week wraps up with another successful celebration of events, concerts and gatherings.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: August 24 - August 30

One day hot and sunny; the next cloudy and rainy. And so it goes. Regardless of the weather, you can’t keep a good girl down.

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Elected officials, community leaders demand removal of Central park monument honoring controversial doctor

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, elected officials and community leaders rallied this week outside Central Park to demand that the New York City Parks Department remove a statue that pays tribute to Dr. J Marion Sims, a physician who conducted medical experiments on enslaved Black women.

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Hip-hop celebrates 44 years

Although November is recognized as “Hip-Hop History Month” by many of the pioneers who laid the foundation for the culture up in the Bronx during November 1973, several months before that, an 18-year-old Jamaican-American DJ was already hosting parties at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. His record collection and sound system was so astounding that no other DJs could compare.

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Ramarley Graham’s mother releases new legal filings against the NYPD

Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, announced a new legal filing against the New York City Police Department for what she believes are efforts to conceal critical information about Graham’s 2012 killing by officers.

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VIDEO: NYC rallies for Colin Kaepernick

Rallies have taken place across the city in support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose silent protest during the national anthem at football games against cases of police brutality drew national attention.

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End Museum Admission Fees: Stop Cultural Elitism

Divides between the rich and the poor are nothing new in New York City, but nowhere is the chasm more vividly on display than in the crowds that visit the city’s preeminent museums.

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Harlem Stage returns with new season, director of programming

After 30 years of consistently promoting the artistic legacy of Harlem, the African American-led performing arts organization, Harlem Stage, returns with its 2017 season.

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The fight to let Amanda stay

“Sad,” said Amanda Morales-Guerra to the AmNews about Donald Trump. “Especially knowing my situation. I desperately hoped that he wouldn’t win the election.”

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Dick Gregory—He attacked racism and bigotry with ironic humor

Dick Gregory possessed a comedic gift that when combined with his political insight cut like a laser to the heart of the Black experience in America.

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Make America great again—Trump Must Go! #30

What has long been an axiom for political pundits is the direct connection between American domestic and foreign policy.

Wednesday, August 23

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Bronx man punched by NYPD cop claims he was an innocent bystander

Kevin Pettiway says he was an innocent bystander the night of August 5 when he was punched in the face by an NYPD Officer

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Donald Trump's 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech

President Donald Trump went to Arizona on Tuesday night and delivered what has now become a trademark speech: Full of invective, victimhood and fact-free retellings of recent historical events.

Tuesday, August 22

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Kaepernick's protest is gaining support while he's still out of a job

The protest movement Colin Kaepernick started is rightfully growing and having a much needed impact on the conversation of racial inequality in America.

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Powerball jackpot hits $700 million

The Powerball jackpot keeps climbing.

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Miss Subways contest is back— and now open to all genders

From 1941 until the late 1970s, more than 200 women wore the crown of Miss Subways.

Monday, August 21

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Nat Turner rebellion remembered in Newark

The People’s Organization for Progress (P.O.P.) in Newark commemorates the 186th anniversary of the Nat Turner Rebellion.

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Ambassador Andrew Young speaks out on confederate protests

Ambassador Andrew Young sees the actions happening in Charlottesville, Virginia and around the country as similar to the civil rights marches of his day.

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Lumumba becomes youngest mayor of Jackson, Miss.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba became the youngest mayor in the history of Jackson, Miss., when he was sworn-in last month in front of a standing room-only crowd at Jackson’s Convention Center Complex.

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Dick Gregory's devastating, and funny, attack on racism

"You know the definition of a Southern moderate? That's a cat that'll lynch you from a low tree." That joke, delivered in the 1960s by trailblazing comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who passed away Saturday, seems unsettlingly relevant in today's America.

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Torn “Black Lives Matter” sign prompts investigation

HARTFORD

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The solar eclipse is here

People all across the country wait patiently but plan thoroughly their next expedition to bask in… the dark of the moon. This special alignment, called a solar eclipse, is visible from someplace on Earth about every 18 months

Sunday, August 20

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Dick Gregory, civil rights activist and comedian, dead at 84

Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform comedy at white clubs, died Saturday.

Saturday, August 19

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Bannon or no Bannon, Trump will be Trump

In any normal White House, in any normal week, the ouster of the President's political and ideological guru would signal a major course correction.

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Pastor A.R. Bernard to quit Trump's evangelical advisory board: 'There was a line'

A New York City megachurch pastor became the first religious leader to step down from President Trump's evangelical advisory board.

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Georgia NAACP wants all Confederate symbols removed from public property

The Georgia chapter of the NAACP called on state officials Friday to remove all Confederate symbols from public property in response to last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Friday, August 18

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Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon fired

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, two White House officials told CNN Friday.

Thursday, August 17

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Lawsuit settled over NYPD's interaction with people in wheelchairs

A lawsuit against the New York City Police Department to provide accessible transportation for people who use wheelchairs at the time of their arrest has been settled.

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Liberty in the pink after win over Sparks

Sunday, the New York Liberty overcame a rough first quarter to notch its third consecutive win with a powerful, team-driven 83-69 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks.

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Trump’s defense of racists warrants athletes’ protests

Not that the masses needed further confirmation that Donald Trump supports white supremacist ideology, but his response to the riots in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend as showed that he is only the president of the racists, extremists and misguided flocks who elected him.

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Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL face off over domestic violence

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute.

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WNBA teams finally make the big time in video gaming

This fall, WNBA teams make their official video game debut as part of NBA Live 18, marking a first for the league and its teams.

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The Yankees—It’s nothing to worry about, or is it?

The New York Yankees were unable to gain any ground in their attempt to secure first place in the Eastern Division of the American League.

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Each One Teach One and Golden Hoops close it out in Rucker Park

The Each One Teach One Summer League and the Golden Hoops Tournament both concluded with their championship games at the world famous Rucker Park.

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His name is Lucky, although lately, he hasn’t been

First, his dog was kidnapped and held for ransom.

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At the start of preseason, Giants offensive line concerns still linger

It was only the Giants’ first preseason game of 2017, but the consternation the team’s offensive line caused its fan base last season carried over against the Pittsburg Steelers at MetLife Stadium Friday night in a 20-12 loss.

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Gestational diabetes: Tips for a healthy mom and baby

Of all the medical tests expectant mothers undergo in the months before childbirth, perhaps one of the most important evaluates for gestational diabetes.

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A half empty glass for medical care

I am sure you have heard the expression after things have overtaken you to look at the situation with a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty attitude.

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White supremacy as the norm

Just a few days ago, the South rose again. The photos and video coming out of the University of Virginia and the greater Charlottesville, Va. area were clear and explicit examples of how the foundation of white supremacy and anti-Black racism continue to serve as guiding principles and desires for far too many white Americans in the 21st century.

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Daryl Homer—Olympic silver medalist pays it forward

Fencing has changed the lives of minority youth, and unlike other sports, it has set them up for success later in life. “The sport really does have the potential to change your life,” said two-time Olympian, Daryl Homer. “It has for so many of us.”

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BET to broadcast 'Black Girls Rock' award show on Aug. 22

The Black Girls Rock award show has returned for its annual broadcast on the BET network. Actress, singer and producer Taraji P. Henson is the host.

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It's time for Blacks to stand up and fight Trump

Donald Trump once famously asked the African American community: “What do you have to lose?” We now have the answer. Everything.

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SHOP local: Serengeti Teas & Spices

Finding myself walking down Eighth Avenue on a hot, hot summer day, I see the good people of Serengeti Teas & Spices offering samples of their wares—iced! Yes please!

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Talking SCHOP! Sylvia’s Grill Skills contest

There is a new grill champion in Harlem! They are lean, mean grilling machines at the first Sylvia’s Grill Skills contest against some stiff competitors—their neighbors!

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Barcelona stunned as 13 killed in van attack on Las Ramblas

At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 injured after a van rammed through crowds of people in the heart of Barcelona Thursday in what police described as a terror attack.

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August in Martha’s Vineyard: Part 1

Every August, an influx of middle- to upper-class African-Americans retreat to the small island of Martha’s Vineyard, just off the coast of Massachusetts, to conclude the summer with beach days and dinner parties among old friends.

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Reverend Henry Vincent Harrison passes

July 19, the Rev. Henry Vincent Harrison died in Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, according to Minister Susan Vann. According to the minister, Harrison was a great leader at the Baptist House of Prayer and overseer for 10 years.

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Bronx great day of hip-hop

A great day of hip-hop is upcoming in the Bronx Saturday, Aug. 12, in Church Alive Community Church at Sedgwick Avenue and Hip-Hop Boulevard. “Hip-hop is many things,” said Kurtis Walker, aka Kurtis Blow, when asked about what hip-hop means to him. “It’s a way of life.” Walker, a hip-hop pioneer, is the first rapper and the first to sign with a major record label.

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Play NYC event to showcase more than 100 video games

A games convention featuring approximately 120 video games and expecting 5,000 attendees is taking place in New York from Aug. 19-20.

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Baraka returning school control to Newark residents

School control in Newark, N.J., must be followed by full involvement of residents in planning for future of city schools, according to Mayor Ras J. Baraka in a press release from the City of Newark Press Office. “Time has shown that the state control has not improved our schools,” said Baraka.

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Dr. Darwin T. Turner, poet, teacher and leading literary critic

When I arrived at the University of Iowa in 1983, Dr. Darwin Theodore Troy Turner had already reached a commanding plateau of his amazing academic career. At that time, he was the University of Iowa Foundation’s Distinguished Professor of English.

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Community Calendar August 17 - August 23

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

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JAZZ NOTES: Billy Hart, Basie, Parker Fest, McCloud tribute, Farafina

Billy Hart is a stalwart drummer whose reputation is as noteworthy as a luminous full moon.

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NABJ in NOLA was a Hall of Fame affair

Rather than being upstairs at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, where there was a standing room only crowd for the appearance of Omarosa Manigault at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists conference, a few of us chose to spend the time meeting with the National Writers Union.

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Black leaders, artists respond to Charlottesville

In a stunning protest by America’s white nationalist and neo-Nazi community, violence and chaos ensued when a mass of white men descended on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va.

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Confederate flags hung in East Village windows anger residents

A person living in the East Village hung up Confederate flags in the windows of an apartment, and the locals are not happy about the display.

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“Step” into the lives of young women just like you

There might be an early Oscar contender in the documentary category this year, with several key industry predictors giving the “dark horse,” aka “the little film that could,” a serious second look. “Step” is soulful without trying to be.

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Unions condemn ‘alt-right’ Charlottesville rally

The results and aftermath of the ‘alt-right’ rally in Charlottesville, Va. are still being felt around country.

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Hal Williams to star in ‘Port Chicago 50’ at National Black Theatre

During WWII, 200 Black sailors were killed in explosions that were the fault of the U.S. government. This incident is the focus of “Port Chicago 50,” a play opening Thursday, Aug. 17 at the National Black Theatre at 2031 Fifth Avenue.

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Unions go to bat for Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Local labor unions have jumped to New York State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ defense after a hedge fund manager and political donor made racially charged comments about her in a Facebook post.

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Brooklyn assemblyman raises the question on why are there nuclear weapons

“The United States does not have the moral authority to speak out against North Korea’s nuclear weapons when they remain silent about Israel’s nuclear weapons,” Assemblyman Charles Barron stated in an email to the AmNews.

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Sacramento’s first Black police chief emphasizes the importance of community policing

Sacramento’s incoming police chief, Daniel Hahn, hopes to bridge the divide between the city’s Black community and its police department.

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Family urges Cuomo to sign Briana’s Law

The family of Briana Ojeda, Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix Ortiz, and several other local officials took to the steps of City Hall for a news conference Aug. 10 to call on Governor Cuomo to sign Briana’s Law.

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The unauthorized psychoanalysis of Donald Trump

If the world wanted to prevent the arrival of a narcissistic, vulgar,  big-mouthed, lying,  misogynic, bullying, immigrant bashing,  racist, alleged rapist, president of the United States named Donald Trump, it would have to  had to have started  at least two generations ago

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This time is no time for moral midgetry

While our hearts go out to those killed and injured amid violent conflicts between white supremacist and neo-Nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., one thing is clear: bigotry and racial hatred were the primary causes of the casualties.

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Combat inequality by helping award $16 billion to minority and women-owned businesses

NYC small-business owners, do you want to live in a city where the local economy mirrors the vast diversity of New Yorkers?

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Building a political consensus with a Black united front

“What we are much more likely seeing is a deepening disappointment with the Democratic Party among Blacks,” according to the Black Commentator, an analysis from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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Source360 hosts social justice panels, music, tech and business

City politicians, police, and civil rights advocates attended a panel held Thursday that focused on relations between the NYPD and the community.

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Harlem Week hosts Senior Day Expo & Fair

Harlem Week hosts its Senior Day Expo & Fair at Adam Clayton Powell Jr State Building on 125th Street this week.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: August 17 - August 23

Greetings from Martha’s Vineyard. Yes, if it is August, then the Mitchells must be on Martha’s Vineyard. I confess, I wait all year just to return here.

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Trump: Returning to the bad old bad days

We have all heard the sayings, “History repeats itself,” and “There is nothing new under the sun.”

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Brooklyn District Attorney candidate night at Medgar Evers College

The Brooklyn NAACP and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College are hosting the Brooklyn District Attorney Candidate Night Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. at Medgar Evers College (1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn).

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East New York highlights 1000 days of free gun-related homicides

Anti-violence activists are highlighting 1000 days of no gun-related homicides in East New York, Brooklyn Aug. 17.

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Trump Charlottesville fallout continues

Even those critics who have developed an impenetrable steel-like facade to the almost daily panned President Donald Trump statements, tweets and actions were astounded as he likened the flag-carrying, torch-wielding, stick-waving neo-Nazis and their ilk to the mostly white counter-protestors in Virginia.

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Trump calls removal of Confederate monuments 'so foolish'

President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the removal of monuments to Confederate figures as "sad" and "so foolish," days after white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to Charlottesville, Virginia, to violently protest the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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War at Home: Trump & his Racists vs Everyone else

It’s plain and simple: the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, is a racist and America put him in the White House. Although many Americans are now coming to that realization, others have known for decades.

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Black leaders, artists respond to Charlottesville

In a stunning protest by America’s white nationalist and neo-Nazi community, violence and chaos ensued when a mass of white men descended on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va. and embarked on a surprise march that began after sundown at 9 p.m. Friday, August 11.

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A rogue president

The fissure in the nation’s race relations experienced a more tragic chasm in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend, and it also signaled a further collapse of the Trump administration.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #29

We should not be surprised that President Trump had to be prodded to deliver a stronger message of condemnation in the wake of the melee in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday.

Wednesday, August 16

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Brooklyn church removes plaques honoring Confederate general

Leaders of a New York Episcopal diocese removed two plaques honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the grounds of a church in Brooklyn.

Tuesday, August 15

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Trump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash

In a remarkable news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, President Donald Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side.

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Brooklyn man one of 2 soldiers killed in Iraq, Pentagon cites artillery ‘mishap’

A Pentagon spokesman says the two U.S. soldiers killed Sunday in Iraq were casualties of a U.S. artillery “mishap.”

Monday, August 14

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Talking to children when hate makes headlines

There is no shortage of examples of bigotry-inspired hatred in the United States these days, nor are there iron-clad ways to shield children from ugliness.

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VIDEO: Trump calls KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists 'repugnant'

President Donald Trump directly condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis in a statement from the White House Monday afternoon.

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Another white nationalist rally planned, this time in Texas with Richard Spencer

Brace yourselves for Round 2: White nationalists are planning for another protest in September.

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Trump lashes out at black CEO who quits council

One of America's most prominent black CEOs quit President Trump's manufacturing council on Monday over Trump's failure to condemn white supremacists.

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Merck CEO quits Trump council over Charlottesville

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier quit President Trump's manufacturing council on Monday after Trump failed to condemn white supremacists.

Sunday, August 13

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Black man brutally beaten by white supremacists during Charlottesville clash

Deandre Harris is getting little attention in the infinite hours of coverage of what happened in Charlottesville, Va.

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Virginia leaders rally at Black church after hate-filled event turns deadly

As Virginians grappled Sunday with the deadly aftermath of a white nationalist protest, state leaders didn't preach about unity from their offices or on TV -- they went to a historically black church in Charlottesville.

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Why Trump won't stand up against hate

With one dead and 19 others injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has responded to his first domestic crisis with the cowardice of the bully he has always been. Instead of standing up to the violent white nationalists who terrorized a peaceful city, he made them morally equal to those who allied against the hate.

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Black leaders speak on Charlottesville violence

Black leaders speak condemning the "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va. and President Donald Trump's handling of the situation.

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VIDEO: NYC protesters stand in solidarity with Charlottesville

Protesters gathered in New York City’s Union Square on Saturday, August 12 in solidarity with victims of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Omarosa Manigault spars with black journalist convention panel

White House aide Omarosa Manigault's chilly reception on a panel at a convention for black journalists Friday spiraled into a screaming match following questions about President Donald Trump's views on police brutality

Saturday, August 12

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Trump -- once again -- fails to condemn the alt-right, white supremacists

President Donald Trump, a man known for his bluntness, was anything but on Saturday, failing to name the white supremacists or alt-right groups at the center of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Charlottesville mayor: 1 dead during violence around 'Unite the Right' rally

One person was killed amid violence on Saturday at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to Mayor Mike Signer.

Thursday, August 10

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Talking SCHOP! Leaning back in the Rockaways

Where does the time go? No really, summer is waning. It is August, Halloween decorations are in stores and friends are posting pictures of their children with #backtoschool! I am not ready.

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A guide to Athens, Greece

The city of Athens has been continuously inhabited for more than 7,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest cities. With a history like that, it’s no wonder there’s so much to see and do.

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Usher sued for allegedly spreading STD

R&B star Usher Raymond is caught in the middle of a scandal after being accused of giving a fan herpes.

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Two anticipated albums by Black female guitarists

Two anticipated albums from soul musicians Jackie Venson and Cold Specks are due out this fall.

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Ailey Extension Dance Classes: Release your inner dancer

Have you ever sat in the audience at an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance during the magnificent dance company’s summer and winter seasons and thought wistfully, “I would love to try to do at least some of that!” Well, nothing’s impossible.

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‘Step’ is life

The atmosphere was crackling with high voltage, and the air was scented, thick with youthful optimism. It’s easy to catch the fever of this feel-good movie.

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August 2017 Dance Calendar

Finish August with more dance outdoors. The 36th annual Battery Dance Festival in Battery Park City (Aug. 13-19) returns with free performances against a backdrop of the New York Harbor.

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Sundae Sermon returns this weekend

One of Harlem's favorite summertime events "Sundae Sermon" returns this Sunday, Aug. 13.

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Maplewood police chief and captain among those on leave after controversial video released

Six Maplewood, N.J., police officers along with Chief Robert Cimino and Captain Joshua Cummis have been disciplined after a video was released of the officers making racist comments and controversial arrests, according to reports.

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Robert Taylor: A hero battles for life

A throng of family, friends, comrades and activists gathered together this past Sunday for a “Jazz and Poetry Get Well Jam Session” at Sistas’ Place in Brooklyn for Robert “RT” Taylor.

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Source360 kicks off festival and conference on influence of hip-hop culture

Starting Thursday, Aug. 10, at 8 a.m., The Source magazine will be hosting its fourth annual Source360 Festival and Conference. 

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In the persistence, healing comes

Adio Kuumba Akil stands 5 feet tall with a gargantuan persistence that brought herbal medicine specialist Dr. Sebi and his cures for cancer and sickle cell anemia to scores of people in the U.S. Knowledge of Sebi healing women of cysts and cancer without surgery convinced her to pave a path for him from St. Croix’s Garden Holistic Institute, where she met him, to a larger platform on the mainland.

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Sarah Webster Fabio, poet, educator, activist and literary critic

No matter which of the endeavors consumed her at the moment—poet, scholar, educator, musician, activist, literary critic, performer or mother—Sarah Webster Fabio did it with uncommon flair and creativity.

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Community Calendar August 10 - August 16

The legendary Stevie Wonder is one of the headliners at the Sept. 23 Global Citizen Festival, the annual concert in Central Park blending music and social activism, joined by Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, Alessia Cara and a blend of eclectic artists.

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TWU continues to push de Blasio on MTA funding

For the past several weeks, while New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio engage in a tug-of-war over the MTA, TWU Local 100 has directed their ire toward the mayor.

Cuomo ratifies five-year contract with CSEA

Wednesday, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo ratified a five-year agreement with Civil Service Employees Association-represented state executive branch employees.

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One-on-one with Mayor de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio held his 31st town hall meeting in Harlem last week.

Spectrum strike affects us all

The strike by more than 1,800 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers against their employer, Spectrum-Time Warner Cable, isn’t just important to only the families of the cable technicians who are fighting back against corporate greed.

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Sen. Cory Booker introduces bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker recently introduced the Marijuana Justice Act that would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level.

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NYFW’s top men’s designers

One right after another, New York Fashion Week’s menswear designers presented fabulous shows, and their collections received the best reviews.

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Judge promises reduced sentences if inmates get vasectomies

Controversy is swirling after a judge from one county instituted a new program that would shave jail time for people who get surgeries that would prevent them from having children.

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Trump's words or war...'caught between two maniac

President Trump ratcheted his rhetoric to its most militaristic edge Tuesday, warning North Korea to end its threat against the U.S. or face the “fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

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Supporters hoping Mugabe will name a successor

As the field of presidential hopefuls appears to grow by the day, reports state that First Lady Grace Mugabe is now urging her husband to name a successor to be the next president of Zimbabwe.

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Billionaires worked behind scenes in Kenya's recent polls

There was more than just voting in the presidential polls in Kenya this week.

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Palestinian financial glorification of terrorism must cease

The Palestinian Authority just made an announcement about cutting welfare payments to families who live in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

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The reality of whiteness in America in 2017

Reverse discrimination is an old concept that was used in 1974—charging racial discrimination against white people.

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‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

Section 7 of the American Psychiatric Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics of 1973 reads as follows: “On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.”

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The Giants’ running game is an important work in progress

As the NFL has gradually moved from a run first league to a more wide-open, pass dominated game, running backs have become dramatically devalued.

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Colin Kaepernick diss inspires boycott call

It’s been a long road for these dudes.

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As bad as it seems, ‘Injuries are a part of the game’

The New York Jets begin this season with real football issues.

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The Knicks continue to shape their front office as Melo stays put

The off-season noise that surrounded the Knicks through the month of July has died down as the franchise quietly shapes its front office.

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Bowie and Gatlin disrupt Jamaica’s prolonged sprint dominance

One event doesn’t define the future of sprinting in track and field.

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MOVE 9 commemorates 39 years behind enemy lines

Four decades after the MOVE 9 were imprisoned in what many contend was an unjust frame-up case, supporters of the Philadelphia-based MOVE Organization packed Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Ave.) this past Saturday afternoon to attend the “39 Years Too Long: Free the MOVE 9” seminar.

The Cosmopolitan Review August 10 - August 16

Hot and steamy, even on a cool day, that’s August.

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SMARTBALL and the Golden Hoops tournament both begin this week

SMARTBALL and the Golden Hoops basketball tournament start up this week, highlighting some of the best high schools and players from the metropolitan area.

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Liberty score hard fought win in Garden return

It’s been a jam-packed six weeks for the New York Liberty.

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Senator Parker delivers keynote address at third Annual NY Energy Revolution Summit

Wednesday, Aug. 2, State Sen. Kevin Parker delivered the keynote address at the third Annual New York Energy Revolution Summit.

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New book sheds light on issues in college sports

In his work, Dr. Emmett L. Gill Jr. often studies issues related to sports and society with a focus on college sports scandals.

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Yankees, over achieving, go in hard against the Sox and Mets

The New York Yankees finish up their three-game road series tonight (Thursday) against the Toronto Blue Jays to jump right into 10 straight games against their rivals.

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More than 200 warrants cleared at Another Chance event in the Bronx

More than 300 people attended last Saturday’s Another Chance event in the Bronx, and 226 summons warrants were erased.

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Families of Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray hold memorial basketball tournament

Seeking to turn tragedy into a force for positive change, the families of police shooting victims Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray came together last weekend for the Hoops for Justice memorial basketball tournament.

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Asthma: Food for thought and lungs

Taking up most of the space in our chests are two beautiful organs called the lungs.

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City Council member Bill Perkins and Mayor Bill de Blasio endorse each other

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Council Member Bill Perkins announced this week their endorsement of one another for mayor and the City Council. Both are up for re-election in the upcoming primary.

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Hydrate well, stay cool to avoid heat-related illness

The human body is cooled naturally when heat escapes from the skin and when sweat evaporates from the skin.

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U.S. Virgin Islands to promote travel at NABJ convention

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism continues building links with the important African-American community with support for this year’s National Association of Black Journalists convention, taking place this week in New Orleans, La.

Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 5

This week we continue our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 5: Green card as a human trafficking and crime victim.

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Caribbean ups reparations pressure on Europe

Caribbean governments are stepping up the pressure on Europe to pay reparations for the brutal transatlantic slave trade, adding Norway and Sweden to the list of countries they have identified as culpable players.

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Dietra Kelsey: Whose side are you on?

This week, the Amsterdam News spoke with the playwright Dietra Kelsey about her upcoming play and other works she has created in her media career.

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North Korea says Guam strike plan ready within days

A North Korean plan to fire four missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam will be ready for Kim Jong Un's consideration in days, state media has reported, as an unprecedented exchange of military threats between Washington and Pyongyang intensifies.

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A Fix for the Subway, Half Fares for Working Poor

Mayor Bill de Blasio made a political gamble earlier this week when he unveiled his plan for funding half-price transit fares for low-income New Yorkers and urgently needed subway improvements by asking the wealthiest New Yorkers to pay a modest increase in the existing “millionaire’s tax.”

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Source360 kicks off festival and conference on influence of hip-hop culture

Starting Thursday, Aug. 10, at 8 a.m., The Source magazine will be hosting its fourth annual Source360 Festival and Conference. 

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #28

As usual, we were not contacted by CNN for its recent poll that showed President Trump’s lowest approval rating to date. On Monday, the president notched his 200th day in office and his approval rating dipped to 38 percent.

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Tax the rich: De Blasio wants millionaires to get MTA on track

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio turned to a tried and true method for improving the Metropolitan Transit Authority: Have the rich pay their fair share.

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City Council grills MTA on money and projects

Members of the New York City Council held a Metropolitan Transit Authority oversight hearing at City Hall to talk to MTA representatives about money, the allocation of said money and future projects.

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Ailey Extension Dance Classes: Release your inner dancer

Have you ever sat in the audience at an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance during the magnificent dance company’s summer and winter seasons and thought wistfully, “I would love to try to do at least some of that!”

Wednesday, August 9

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Magic Johnson invests in NYC's LaGuardia airport

Magic Johnson keeps making business deals.

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Oprah is coming to supermarket shelves this fall

Oprah Winfrey gave Weight Watchers a boost. Now's she bringing her health kick to supermarket aisles.

Tuesday, August 8

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U.S. Army refuses to take Confederate general names off Brooklyn streets

The U.S. Army has refused to change the names of Brooklyn streets bearing the names of Confederate generals, despite requests from New York's representatives in Congress.

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City Council holds MTA oversight hearing

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and the City Council hold the Council’s Committee on Transportation's oversight hearing to examine the state of the subway system.

Monday, August 7

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President Obama's policies still drive economic growth

In May of 2017, the Black unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 17 years: 7.5 percent. Then, in June, the jobless rate for Blacks fell to 7.1 percent, before rising to 7.4 percent in July, according to the latest jobs report.

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Council Member Laurie Cumbo gives birth

Brooklyn City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo welcomes a baby boy.

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Heavy downpours, thunderstorms across tri-state prompt flash flood watch

The week is getting off to a wet start, with heavy downpours, thunderstorms and gusty winds expected throughout Monday, prompting a flash flood watch, according to the National Weather Service.

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At 200-day mark, Trump nominations still lag

On President Donald Trump's 200th day in office, he still lags far behind his predecessors in staffing up his administration, both in terms of nominations and confirming those positions.

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NYC mayor pushes for tax on the 1 percent to fund subway fix

The mayor of New York City wants to tax the wealthiest 1 percent to fund repairs and improvements to the beleaguered subway system.

Friday, August 4

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What people get wrong about affirmative action

After the New York Times reported that the Justice Department is gearing up to combat "intentional race-based discrimination" in schools, many were left wondering whether we're about to see a new push to dismantle affirmative action

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Suge Knight accused of threatening 'Straight Outta Compton' director

Former rap mogul Suge Knight is in trouble again with the law.

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Trump just won't stop talking about Russia

There was a line of thinking in Washington this week that President Donald Trump might scale back his rhetoric on the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia, the result of a new White House chief of staff in John Kelly and a reshuffled legal team.

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Baltimore public defenders say body camera video shows faked evidence

Baltimore police body camera videos show "multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," according to the public defender's office, the second such instance of alleged misconduct caught on tape in recent weeks.

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St. Louis NAACP branch calls for an end to Missouri travel advisory

The local St. Louis branch of the NAACP is calling for the organization to revoke its Missouri travel advisory, opposing the group's position at the state and national level.

Thursday, August 3

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Annual SOURCE360 to talk social justice, music, technology and leadership

There’s going to be a hip-hop/social justice takeover in Brooklyn next week as the fourth SOURCE360 Festival and Conference takes over several venues, Brooklyn blocks and street corners. Hip-hop artists, social justice, civil action, progressive politics and rap predictions and expectations panels are all a part of the extensive four-day program.

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 2017

The seventh annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival welcomed more than 15,000 guests Sunday, July 23.

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Talking SCHOP! Miss Lily’s…RE-spect!

When one of your great Cali friends blows into town and asks to get lunch, you quickly assess the day’s responsibilities.

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A guide to the island of Mykonos

You can get to the island of Mykonos by air or by sea!

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Nia Long joins ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

The United Negro College Fund’s “A Mind Is...” Summer Benefit’s two-day Hamptons, N.Y. extravaganza will take place Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.

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The Great Hill, Cornelia Street, Summerstage, Melvis live

Jazzmobile’s Summerjazz fest, Great Jazz on the Great Hill, in Central Park, Aug. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., is a rainbow jazz combustion.

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Dominique Morisseau’s take on young Black males is quite revealing at Lincoln Center

Have you ever seen a play that delivered a powerful, poignant, profound message?

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Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Pipeline’ puts educational systems on trial

Detroit born and raised Dominique Morisseau is perhaps best known as a writer for the criminally under-recognized (I am looking at you Emmys and Golden Globes) comedy-drama “Shameless” on Showtime.

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Jackie Alexander new artistic director of National Black Theatre Festival

The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., is happening right now. It started July 31 and will run through August 5.

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‘Atomic Blonde’—nothing you haven’t seen before

A British undercover agent is murdered in East Berlin.

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Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market holds free jazz fest Aug. 5

Saturday, Aug. 5, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem market, located on West 116th Street between Fifth avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, will host its third annual Louis Armstrong Jazz Fest.

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Celebrating the life of Shayk Ahmadou Bamba

Shayk Ahmadou Bamba was born in Senegal, and he served as a Sufi Master in the religion of Islam, living from 1853 to 1927 under French colonial rule.

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Jimmy Cliff discusses new single, ‘Life’

Jamaican musician and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff continues his long and influential career, which began in Kingston, Jamaica in 1962, with a single that was released earlier this spring titled “Life.”

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Sigmas and Zetas come together for cookout in Brooklyn

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. hosted their annual Blue and White Picnic in Prospect Park.

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Brownsville Oldtimers Weekend celebration draws thousands to annual neighborhood block party

Elders and people from all ages attended the Brownsville Old Timers Weekend Block Party. The event celebrates the neighborhood's most valued members.

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Dr. S. Allen Counter, ‘the most interesting man in the world’

There is no need to wait for years to go by to enshrine Dr. S. Allen Counter, who died July 12 at his home in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Counter was 73 and his daughter, Philippa Counter, said the cause of death was cancer

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Community Calendar August 3 - August 9th

With the release of the motion picture “Detroit” and the AmNews’ Herb Boyd’s opus “Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self Determination” all eyes are on the Motor City.

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UFT follows AQE’s lead, sends letter opposing SUNY charter regulations

The United Federations of Teachers took the State University of New York’s board of trustees to task for its proposal to lower teacher qualifications for SUNY-authorized charter schools.

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RWDSU praises Sheila Oliver as candidate for NJ lieutenant governor

Two presidents of locals RWDSU chapters in New Jersey heaped praised on gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy’s new running mate.

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National Night Out with the community and NYPD from Harlem’s 28th Precinct

Thousands of people across New York City attended National Night Out events on Tuesday. The event brings together police and community members in an effort to combat violence.

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Phil Murphy picks Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in governor’s race

Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy announced his selection of State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver as his running mate in the race to serve as his lieutenant governor.

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Alliance of Families for Justice plan march to Albany

As the Alliance of Families for Justice approaches the upcoming date for the March for Justice on Aug. 26, three family members from the AFJ spoke with the Amsterdam News about their future participation and commitment for the March for Justice.

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Kiss the Mooch goodbye

Anthony Scaramucci, the latest victim in the Trump administration, might be said to have tripped over the same tongue that for 10 days as communications director had given him a national platform.

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Kenyan elections jarred by torture murder of election official

The body of senior Kenyan election official Christopher Chege Msando was discovered this week on the outskirts of Nairobi, showing signs of torture, according to police.

French court sides with migrants, ordering restart of humanitarian aid

Efforts by French officials to block humanitarian aid for African and other migrants seeking sanctuary at the port of Calais were forcefully rebuffed this week by France’s highest administrative court.

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Caring for your hair

At a recent Afro/Latin festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., we met up with vendor Keisha Charmaine Felix, author of “More Than a Hair Journey: The Black Woman’s Guide to Self-Love & Loc Maintenance.”

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Miami Swim Week’s beauty looks

This season, Miami Swim Week’s beauty looks were all about natural and fresh looking beauty.

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Bowles sets an upbeat tone kicking off the new Jets season

The New York Jets training camp hasn’t been open a full week yet.

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As QBs continue to be glorified, Odell Beckham Jr. seeks fair pay

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will enter this season on the fourth year of his rookie contract that will pay him $1.8 million.

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Seize the time!

The co-founder and chairman of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale, wrote a book in the ’60s titled “Seize the Time!” That saying is most appropriate for the time that we are living in now.

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Each One Teach One Summer League Basketball approaches the finals

Depending on the time that you attend during the weekend, you’ll find New York City basketball legend Bob McCollough at Each One Teach Summer League Basketball games on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Eighth Avenue and West 155th Street.

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McCain’s valiant stand

With a last-ditch gimmick to get a “quick win” on repealing and replacing Obamacare before the summer recess in the balance, Sen. John McCain stood before his Senate colleagues last week to deliver a classic speech on bipartisanship and parliamentary procedure.

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Liberty gain momentum

Past the halfway point in the 2017 WNBA season, the New York Liberty is clearly on track to make the playoffs.

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The president has no business telling police to ‘rough up’ suspects

In my 14 years of law enforcement service, I would be lying if I said I never wanted to hit a suspect’s head on the side of the car.

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Justin Gatlin tries to catch Usain Bolt one last time

The IAAF World Championships begin tomorrow in London. It will mark the end of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt’s remarkable career as the greatest male sprinter of all time.

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Local track talent readies for the World Championships

The top track and field athletes from around the world are getting their final practices in before the IAAF World Championships kick off in London tomorrow.

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Moshood celebrates Afrikan spirit and fashion

With his effervescent “Wear Moshood, Wear Yourself” essence, Lagos-to-Brooklyn fashion icon Moshood hosted his annual MOSHOOD/Afrikan spirit fashion show outside his flagship landmark store on Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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Colin Kaepernick feels the force of conservative NFL fan base

It is the second week of training camps across the NFL landscape and Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.

The Cosmopolitan Review August 3 - August 9

It’s August, one of the dreamiest months of the year.

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Lack of integrity, professionalism and structure allows dysfunction

Referees, umpires and game officials have made enough bad calls over the years to make it difficult to ever really come to their defense.

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Another Chance event being held in the Bronx

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark is hosting the second annual summons warrant forgiveness program in the Bronx, inviting residents from all five boroughs to clear their records and move on with their lives.

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Changes made to J'Ouvert celebration

Reports indicate that officials are making changes to the annual J’Ouvert celebration that takes place during the early morning hours of the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

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Elected officials to ride subways for 24 hours

Ahead of the City Council hearing Aug. 8, elected officials plan to ride the rails to hear directly from subway commuters.

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Reaching Black men in barbershops could lead to early cancer detection

Aging Black men are at much greater risk of dying prematurely of colorectal cancer than any other group in the United States, and they are less likely than their white counterparts to be diagnosed at an early stage of the disease.

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The ‘Whole Foods Effect’ comes to Harlem

The new Whole Foods in Harlem has seen loads of customers since its opening July 21.

Cookware beware

When I was growing up, every home had a black frying pan.

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Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 4

This week we continue our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 4: Green card through refugee or asylee status.

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Oil, gas could spark significant change for larger CARICOM states

Last week, U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil announced yet another major oil field find off Guyana, saying that it continues to be confounded and encouraged by the large amount of high-quality crude it has discovered in the past two years.

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Damon Young running the Whole Foods ship

As buzz about Whole Foods Market’s Harlem location continues, the man who’s keeping the store running is getting the opportunity to reconnect with the community he says helped direct him to the path he’s on.

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D’Angelo to reissue ‘Brown Sugar’

Soul phenomenon D’Angelo found himself honored as an esteemed R&B musician with four Grammy nominations after the debut of his breakout album, “Brown Sugar” in 1995.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #27

If it were not for President Trump’s comment instructing the police not to be “too nice” when taking suspects into custody, the hot item this week would be Trump helping his son draft a misleading statement about his involvement with the Russians.

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Comfort station providing little comfort for Harlem residents

New York City’s Parks Department is renovating parts of city parks, but for some, it’s taking too long.

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Suspects nabbed after sex trafficking and sexual assaults in Brooklyn

Community leaders and antiviolence organizations are taking action after a string of sexual assault attacks and a sex-trafficking operation of young women has left two Brooklyn neighborhoods on high alert.

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Police Kill Again: NYPD shoot mentally ill man in Brooklyn

In yet another police shooting of a Black man at the hands of the NYPD, protocols on how the department deals with alleged suspects’ mental health issues are once again at the forefront.

Wednesday, August 2

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I won’t let New Yorkers get taken for a ride

The residents of Harlem have every right to be furious about the state of the subways. This crisis needs immediate attention. As mayor, I am doing all I can to help the MTA (which runs the subways) and the State of New York (which runs the MTA) fulfill their responsibilities and address this painful situation. 

Tuesday, August 1

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North Carolina given September deadline to draw new maps in gerrymandering case

North Carolina does not have to hold special elections ahead of its 2018 spring legislative session, a panel of three federal judges ruled in a gerrymandering case.

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Serena Williams: 'Gender pay gap hits women of color hardest'

American tennis star Serena Williams has slammed the gender pay gap, issuing a passionate call for black women to "be fearless" and demand equality.

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Fatal police shooting of ’emotionally disturbed’ man raises questions on police protocols

There are now serious questions and concerns over what happened in the moments before officers from the NYPD’s 67th Precinct opened fire on an emotionally disturbed 32-year-old Brooklyn man inside his apartment.