Stories for December 2017

Sunday, December 31

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VIDEO: New Year's Eve in Times Square

Check out the festivities in Times Square!

Saturday, December 30

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Daughter of Eric Garner dead at 27 following heart attack

Erica Garner, the eldest daughter of Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner, has died after suffering a heart attack.

Friday, December 29

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The glamour of fashion

Swirling down the runway, Zang Toi’s gowns are absolutely stunning.

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Florals bloom in spring fashions

Husband and wife team Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock knocked their spring/summer Brock collection right out of the park with summery floral fashions.

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Follow Black women to victory in 2018

“It’s a good night to be an African-American woman,” said CNN Political Commentator Symone Sanders Tuesday night.

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We still have time left in 2017

I don’t know about you, but for me 2017 was an emotionally draining year. I have never felt so insecure about the future of my country.

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Community Calendar: December 28 - January 3

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

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Oprah sounds a warning

Tongues are wagging that Prince Harry has always been one to do things his own way—whether it’s giving very open interviews, publicly kissing the woman he loves and now breaking royal tradition with his engagement portraits with Meghan Markle.

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Music feeds more than the soul

We all know that music has the power to change our emotions and to enhance almost any event.

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The Cosmopolitan Review December 28 - January 3

Wait a minute. It’s not over. In fact, we’re just getting started. It’s the celebration that just keeps going.

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The Lord’s Prayer

“Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name…” The words are as poetic as they are powerful.

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Daisy Lampkin, a NAACP trailblazer and civic leader

Most visitors to Pittsburgh who venture to the famous Hill District want to see where the great playwright August Wilson once lived.

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Labor leaders talk 2017, Trump and the future

The year 2017 was a tough year for labor unions and union advocates, but those on the front lines championed accomplishments despite what the year offered them.

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ProFellow.com names Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship one of the top 10 for summer 2018

The United Negro College Fund announced that the Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship has been recently recognized as one of the top 10 fellowships for summer 2018 by ProFellow.com, a source of information for professional and academic fellowships.

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My 2017 travel highlights

I’m blessed to say that 2017 has taken me all over the world, to places I never thought I’d get the chance to see.

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Talking SCHOP! 2018! Bring it!

What an amazing Christmas 2017 for my family and me. I hosted my brood for a feast of pernil and kumquat rosemary roasted chicken with sides of roasted mashed yams, macaroni and cheese, haricot vert and mushrooms and eight-hour braised collard greens. My family was raving about the whole meal, which warmed both my spirit and my “chef heart.”

Trenton Anti-Violence Coalition celebrates Kwanzaa 

Thursday Dec. 28, starting at 7 p.m., the Trenton Anti-Violence Coalition will be hosting their “In the City” Kwanzaa celebration at the Big Easy Restaurant in downtown Trenton, 111 South Warren St.

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Fariña announces retirement

Last week, New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced her plans to retire. After her recent announcement of school closures, she used a news conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to reflect on her tenure.

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Protect skin from outdoor cold and indoor heat

Although a long, hot shower or snuggling in a heavy sweater and other warm clothing in a toasty room might initially feel wonderful in winter, these measures to keep warm and comfortable are not wonderful for your skin.

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Celebrating scholars who helped free your African minds

The contributions and legacies of several great African scholar warriors will be commemorated this weekend, concluding this Gregorian calendar year and introducing the next, most notably, the mentally liberating efforts of Dr. Chancellor Williams (born Dec. 22, 1898, in Bennettsville, S.C.), Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop (born Dec. 23, 1923, in Diourbel, Senegal) and Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan (born Dec. 31, 1918, in Gondar, Ethiopia).

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Snow White and Sleepy

The cause of snoring is the vibration of the soft palate in the roof of...

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There’s Room at the Inn’ on Staten Island

Staten Island’s Central Family Life Center fed those in need at the “There’s Room at the Inn” celebration Dec. 23.

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Black Gotham’s Nerdy Thursdays

It was poetry night at Black Gotham’s last Nerdy Thursday of the year, hosted by Abdul Fattah-Ismail, author of “Extended Syllables,” and David King of Haiku Portraits.

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One World: Literature and Art

“Portals: A Solo Exhibition by Shani Jamila Presents One World: Literature and Art” was recently held at the at the Urban Justice Center, and was presented by the artist, a cultural worker with more than a decade of leadership in designing and executing innovative programs that use the arts to catalyze social change

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Five 2017 reissued albums by Black artists

As 2017 comes to an end, it is important to reflect on the re-emergence of great music of the past, as well as celebrating new music that was released this year.

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The passing of three giants in jazz

With my friend and colleague, and this paper’s eminent jazz authority, incapacitated the past several weeks, he has permitted me to substitute for him temporarily.

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‘The Greatest Showman’ is a show worth seeing

Based on the original musical, “The Greatest Showman” follows P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) from his humble beginnings through his becoming the world’s master entertainer.

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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ makes a strong case for seeing this film

It’s a law firm operating on a shoestring. One attorney goes to court and is the face of the firm.

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January 2018 Dance Calendar

To begin 2018, put the extensive lineup for the acclaimed series “American Realness,” Jan. 9 to Jan. 16 on your calendars.

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‘The Children’ is not child’s play

When I go to the theater I want to be entertained. I don’t mind learning about real-life situations that deal with serious topics.

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The 45th annual VIV Awards celebrated Black theater

Oh, what a night! The 45th annual AUDELCO “VIV” Awards recognizing excellence in Black theater was fabulous at Symphony Space Monday, Nov. 20.

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Small child playing with stove started Bronx fire that killed 12: fire commissioner

New York City’s deadliest fire in a quarter century was started by a small child playing with a stove, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Friday.

Thursday, December 28

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Celebrate with Charlie Wilson on New Year’s Eve at the NJPAC

At 7 p.m. Dec. 31, Uncle Charlie—R&B/funk musician and producer Charlie Wilson—will be performing at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

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Erica Garner in a medically induced coma after heart attack

The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack.

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Councilmember Inez Barron announces her candidacy for City Council speaker

“I am running as a candidate for speaker of New York City Council,” City Councilmember Inez Barron announced at a first day of Kwanzaa—Umoja—unity rally Tuesday night.

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2017 Year in Review

Highlights of 2017.

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URBAN AGENDA: A Segregated School System Undermines NY’s Future

Segregation in the New York City School system is one of the most important problems facing our city, and one that our elected leaders must do a better job of handling.

Wednesday, December 27

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Celebrities come out to Flatbush to support Madison Square Boys and Girls Club toy drive

James A. Smith founder and CEO of Smith Brand Agency and Joseph Belony brought some holiday cheer to 300 students enrolled in the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club.

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Rapper T.I. goes on $20,000 shopping spree to help single mothers on Christmas

Rapper T.I. shared video on Christmas of him helping single mothers buy presents for their children — and says he spent $20,000 in 30 minutes in the process.

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Bitterly cold temps are here — and they’re sticking around

A blast of arctic air has settled in over the region, bringing with it days of bitterly cold temperatures and warnings from officials that this kind of frigid weather can be dangerous.

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Brooklyn Grandma plans to sue city, says cops forced her to stay inside apartment for 16 hours

A 54-year-old Brooklyn grandmother who was woken by the sound of police banging on her apartment door late one night plans to sue the city after she says officers forced her to stay inside the apartment for 16 hours.

Tuesday, December 26

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Kwanzaa: An African-American cultural celebration

Saturday, Dec. 26, marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a non-religious celebration of African-American culture....

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Black women and girls deserve more respect, visibility in the #MeToo movement

This has been a monumental year for the reaffirmation of women’s rights in the workplace and the ballot booth.

Monday, December 25

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Christmas celebrated across the city

The spirit of the holiday was felt across the city as people came together to celebrate Christmas with food, family, friends and good cheer.

Thursday, December 21

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Toy giveaway brightens holidays for veterans and military families in the Bronx

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo hosted its Toy Giveaway for the children of veterans and active military members last Saturday.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go #47

First it was rumored that Trump was preparing to pardon Michael Flynn, who served ever so briefly as the national security adviser.

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Screw'ged! GOP tax bill is only for the rich

Much more than a glitch or a do-over was necessary to alter the first vote by the House in its approval of a GOP tax bill. A second vote Wednesday only confirmed what they and the Senate had done earlier with a $1.4 trillion measure now needing only Trump’s signature.

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Interfaith Medical Center brings holiday cheer to patients, staff, Brooklyn community

Interfaith Medical Center recently celebrated the holiday season with their annual Winter Wonderland celebration.

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Snow shovelers needed for winter season

As the winter season begins, snow shovelers are needed to dig out the Big Apple.
The city is hiring temporary snow laborers to clear away snow.

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Talking SCHOP! A Merry, Merry Christmas!

Today marks T-minus 96 hours until Papa Noel slides down that chimney.

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Hot Gifts for the Holidays

HOT for the Holidays are cool gifts for all. The big parental question is WTF—What’s today’s fun? How are we going to engage our kids and provide opportunities to learn, experiment and grow?

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CCRB report: NYPD rejecting more of our findings

The new semiannual report from the Civilian Complaint Review Board revealed that the New York Police Department is ignoring their recommendations and refusing to provide names and badge numbers to citizens.

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Funeral held for Lowell Hawthorne

A funeral was held this week for late Golden Krust founder Lowell Hawthorne. Pictured here is State Sen. Yvette Clarke with Barbadian historian, Sir Hilary McDonald Beckles KA, the current vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies and chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Committee.

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Musical chairs: Chancellor proposes school closings

The schools lacked stability and the chancellor wants another shake up.

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Homeless NYC: Turning vacant properties into permanent housing

According to advocacy group Coalition for the Homeless, approximately 63,000 people are sleeping in shelters in New York City, leaving many people with no place to call home this Christmas.

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Council leadership needs to reflect us

The New York City Council is supposed to be the voice of the people.

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Knicks still labor to win on the road

Protecting one’s home court is a primary goal of each of the NBA’s 32 teams and an essential element of their success or lack thereof.

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Hofstra performs valiantly in the face of injuries

It has been a rough opening to the 2017-18 season for Hofstra University women’s basketball. The Pride has been beset by injuries—at times only suiting up seven people for a game—and finals break couldn’t come fast enough for coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey.

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Hashtag Me Too is pervasive in sports

The sports world has been far from exempt from the current wave of sexual misconduct and allegations that now heavily trend.

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The Giants reinforce draft status with loss to the Eagles

When the 2017 NFL schedule was released last April, an initial analysis by many pundits conjectured the Giants’ Week 15 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles could have crucial implications in determining the winner of the NFC East Division.

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Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks legacy is a matter of perspective

Carmelo Anthony’s most unpardonable fault in the view of countless Knicks fans is that he didn’t mirror the greatness of LeBron James in a little more than six full seasons with the franchise.

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The NBA gives us a day of games for Christmas

After the Sacramento Kings last night, the Washington Wizards tomorrow night, both home games, and the Indiana Pacers in Indy Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets will be able to spend Christmas Eve and Monday, Christmas Day, at home, unwrapping gifts, enjoying the festive holiday and the merriment, while 10 of the NBA’s East and West Conference teams are scheduled for their Christmas Day showcase of games, interspersed with gift-giving.

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Fantasia, Raheem DeVaughn and Cardi B bringing a soulful Christmas

Don’t really know if during her storied career Fantasia has performed at the Apollo Theater, but it definitely seems she has prepared for that moment for a good portion of her professional career. Culling from her previous stints in New York, that of a featured actress on Broadway (in “The Color Purple” and “After Midnight”), she informed the capacity crowd that the evening’s performance won’t be what they’re accustomed to seeing of her.

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Kandi Burruss joins cast of ‘Chicago’

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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The latest anti–drug industry media firestorm: unscientific, dishonest and dangerous

Have drug companies been lying about their development costs to justify high prices?

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Young, gifted and Black—What no one told me about being ‘first’ to go to college

I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities.

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DBNA.org/OurBlackLivesMatter showcase/contest calling for entrees

In the spirit of the upcoming Black History Month, the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance will be hosting a Black Lives Matter showcase contest in February 2018. 

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Labor leaders denounce GOP tax bill

Republicans in the House and the U.S. Senate passed sweeping, $1.5 billion tax legislation, the most significant tax reform in 30 years.

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TWU president criticizes mayor for Iowa trip

Although a lot of media attention is devoted to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s protests of the mayor’s trip to Des Moines, Iowa, another union announced its objection as well.

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32BJ and others back mayor’s online voter registration plan

New legislation signed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would make voter registration for New Yorkers easier.

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Tavis Smiley fires back at sexual misconduct allegations: ‘PBS made a huge mistake’

Talk-show host Tavis Smiley defended himself again against sexual misconduct allegations on “Good Morning America,” saying, “PBS made a huge mistake here.”

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Three Women’s March figures endorse Williams for Council speaker

Although he’s not considered a front-runner for the seat, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams got a significant endorsement for Council speaker.

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Harlem sends home one its cornerstones, Dr. Jack Felder

Fellow activists, associates and educators attended going home services at the Williams Institutional CME Church, (2225 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) this past Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning to bid farewell to one of Harlem’s stalwart African scholar warriors.

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Nicole Barnwell—Spreading the HBCU gospel

Nicole Barnwell is making sure that students in the Tri-State area know that historically Black colleges and universities are an option when it comes to higher education.

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‘Elf The Musical’ is stupendous holiday fun!

The Theater at Madison Square Garden has the next holiday tradition with “Elf The Musical.”

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Ailey Company’s Jamar Roberts makes choreographic debut

At 6-foot-4 Jamar Roberts stands tall in a crowd. He stood tall at the Opening Night Gala Benefit honoring Board President Debra L. Lee, BET Network chair and CEO.

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Mayor de Blasio signs legislation creating online voter registration

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed legislation allowing for the creation of an online system to make voter registration easier for New York City residents.

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The smile and memory of Leatrice O’Farrell Sutton recalled at homegoing

From the melodious sound of the tune wafting through the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, to the words delivered by family members and dignitaries, to the endless gallery of photos flashing from a monitor, one thing was consistent in the marvelous memory of Leatrice O’ Farrell Sutton—her infectious smile.

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This Christmas, spare a thought for immigrant detainees

Either I am getting older and wiser, or the rapid expansion of technology has made narcissism and ingratitude more obvious.

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The defeat of de feet, de knees and de hips

When I was a kid, you would wear a pair of shoes until the soles were so thin that even when you stepped on a stone, you would likely feel the pain.

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Murders upset Jamaica

As Jamaica prepares for the Christmas and New Year holiday season, there is increasing worry among government, civil society and locals in particular about a spike in the murder rate and the seeming inability of authorities to do anything about it.

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Schneiderman: We’ll sue the FCC over net neutrality repeal

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he’s suing the Federal Communications Commission over its decision to repeal net neutrality rules last week.

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Zora Neale Hurston has a new book slated for 2018

Publisher Harper Collins has announced the release in 2018 of an unpublished work by anthropologist and author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Zora Neale Hurston.

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’—a franchise built by women: $100 million domestic and counting!

Rewind: The all-girl a cappella superstars of Barden University, the very ones that have made the “Pitch Perfect” franchise a big, fat hit are back, in full musical and comedic force!

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Minnie Riperton’s ‘Perfect Angel’ to be reissued

The late Minnie Riperton, the angelic voiced singer-songwriter, best known for her 1975 hit ballad, “Lovin’ You,” has had her iconic album, “Perfect Angel,” reissued in celebration of her 70th birthday.

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A holiday treat in BK: OWN Network’s ‘Checked Inn’

One of the best holiday gifts could be a weekend getaway at one of the best bed-and-breakfasts in the city, which is owned by an African-American family.

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No bull: ‘Ferdinand’ is a good film!

Ferdinand (the voice of John Cena) is giant bull with a gentle heart. His father is a champion matador fighter and at the farm where Ferdinand is born, he is expected to follow suit.

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Holiday gift choices with style

Here are some ideas to shake up the coming holiday season, starting with the stocking stuffers.

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New legislation will place social workers in all NYC police precincts

Police precincts see individuals with complex, pressing social and emotional needs every single day. Yet our city’s precincts often lack the resources to properly handle many of these circumstances.

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Happy holidays—There’s still time for that end of year giving

I know many of us are watching our pennies at the end of this year.

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Community Calendar: December 21 - December 27

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

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The Cosmopolitan Review: December 21 - December 27

Let the countdown begin. It’s Christmastime in the city. Although the snow helped a little, where are the Santas on every corner ringing bells?

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Hotel in Haiti promotes history and culture

Travelers interested in exploring the rich cultural history of the French-Creole Caribbean nation of Haiti are being wooed by one of its distinguished hotels.

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An issue that’s not so taxing

It’s been said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. We haven’t yet figured out a way to mitigate death, and paying taxes remains an unwelcome necessity.

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The unmasking of President Trump’s mental illness

“Worse than being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking, and he proved that to the country the first day he was president,” said Dr. John Gartner, a founding member of Duty to Warn, an organization of mental health professionals who feel Trump is unfit to be president. “If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.”

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Pan Africanism lives—December 12th Movement report on Zimbabwe

On Dec. 27, Kujichagulia, the second day of Kwanzaa representing self-determination, the December 12th Movement will present a report to the Black community on its recent trip to Zimbabwe to observe the Extraordinary Congress of the country’s revolutionary party, Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front.

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Academy of Art University’s top 10 designers show East-to-West elegance

From unconstructed garments to classic and tailored cuts, Academy of Art University’s top 10 designers focused on 2018 spring and fall designs.

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The Holy Land

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, this holiday season, I can’t help but reminisce on the time I spent in the Holy Land a few months back.

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US Sen. Cory Booker faces death threats

The police presence at the Newark home of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker was stepped up after the Democratic politician was on the receiving end of a death threat.

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The fight for Mumia’s freedom continues

In Philadelphia last weekend, dozens of activists and supporters commemorated the 36th anniversary of the shooting, serious wounding and, supporters say, unjust incarceration of Black Panther activist and grassroots journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, with two days of events in the city of “brotherly love.”

Wednesday, December 20

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Sonny Abubadika Carson—Rest in power 15 years later

December 20, 2017 marks the 15th year since the passing of one of Black people’s most courageous and gifted Black Liberation fighters, Sonny “Abubadika” Carson, as he was affectionately and respectfully known on the streets of Brooklyn.

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Bowles sums it up like this, ‘Internal is internal’

The first thing that the New York Jets need to do to build upon their foundation is to extend the contract of head coach Todd Bowles.

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NYPD officers now required to identify themselves, let people know they can refuse being searched

NYPD officers will soon be required to identify themselves and inform people that they have the right to refuse to be searched in nonemergency encounters.

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Republican tax bill passes both House and Senate

Congressional Republicans delivered an epic overhaul of U.S. tax laws to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, bringing generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans while providing smaller cuts for middle- and low-income families.

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Actor, activist and father: Ossie Daivs remembered

Ossie Davis Would Have Turned 100 This Year. His Children Remember his Life.

Given the heightened racial tensions in America, it’s hard to ignore that Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee always stood out as dedicated activists for freedom, justice and equality.

Tuesday, December 19

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NASA celebrates legacy of first Black American Astronaut

Fifty years ago, a tragic accident ended the groundbreaking career of Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., a Chicago native and stellar Air Force pilot who became America’s first Black astronaut.

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Taxes will rise for everyone earning under $75,000 within a decade under Republican plan

Congress’ official tax analyst says while the Republican tax bill would mean an average initial reduction for all income groups, average taxes would rise for everyone earning under $75,000 by 2027.

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At least 3 dead in Amtrak derailment in Washington state, official says

At least three people were killed and more than 100 injured when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state, DuPont Fire Chief Larry Creekmore said Monday night.

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Colin Kaepernick wants to join Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Stephen Curry in buying the Carolina Panthers

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Monday joined Sean “Diddy” Combs and Steph Curry in saying he’d like to buy the Carolina Panthers.

Monday, December 18

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14 NYC schools, including Bronx campus where student was fatally stabbed, face closure

Fourteen NYC schools face closure, including the Bronx campus where a student was fatally stabbed earlier this semester, largely due to underperformance, and others may be merged or truncated, the NYC Department of Education announced Monday.

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Golden Krust founder and CEO Lowell Hawthorne laid to rest

The funeral service for Lowell Hawthorne, the CEO of the iconic Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill will be held on December 18 in the Bronx, New York. Hawthorne is survived by his wife, four children and grandchildren.

Thursday, December 14

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Merry Christmas from Marcus Samuelsson

Christmas came early for chef restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson and his team with a new restaurant in Newark, N.J., and the release of Red Rooster’s first album.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Holidays

This past weekend my company, SCHOP!, planned and catered a lovely birthday brunch for one of my besties in the world, NiLu Harlem gift store owner Katrina Parris-Pinn.

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A Black Art Basel Miami

Usually, when waves of people crash onto the City of Miami, it’s a crowd of college spring breakers or it’s for something like the Super Bowl. But, during the first weekend of every December, a different type of crowd seizes the city.

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Arrests made in 2015 killing of rapper Chinx

Two men have been arrested in the 2015 drive-by shooting death of Lionel Pickens, a New York City rapper who performed under the name Chinx and was gunned down while he and a friend sat at a red light in Queens, police said Thursday.

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‘The Lion King’—two glorious decades on Broadway and counting

Make “The Lion King” part of your circle of life! It lifts the soul! It’s no wonder this musical is celebrating its 20th year on Broadway: it is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Timely documentary: ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’

In 1944, a 24-year-old Black woman was abducted and brutally gang-raped near her home in Abbeville, Ala. It’s no surprise, at all, that her vicious and morally bankrupt white abusers were never arrested and therefore not convicted of this hideous crime.

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Vivica A. Fox stars in ION’s ‘A Christmas Cruise’ Dec. 16

Miss Vivica A. Fox is still bringing her very own brand of fire to everything that she touches.

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Mavis Staples releases new album, ‘If All I Was Was Black’

Legendary soul singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples has released a timely new album titled, “If All I Was Was Black.”

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Talib Kweli talks sexism, hip-hop, new album ‘Radio Silence’

Rapper and activist Talib Kweli took the time to chat about his new full-length album, “Radio Silence.” Although the conversation began with music, it quickly turned to the topic of sexism and the lack of equality for women and girls in society

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Dr. R. Chester Redhead, the eminent dentist, passes at 92

“The best way to understand New York’s Black upper class is to study its origins,” Dr. R. Chester Redhead told author Lawrence Otis Graham.

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Two civil rights icons—Simeon Booker Jr. and Ernest Finney Jr.

There is no way to say for certain if the journalist extraordinaire Simeon Booker and the eminent Justice Ernest Finney Jr. were ever at the same place at the same time, but given their eventful lives, particularly on the civil rights battlefields, they traversed some of the same historic ground.

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More NY students with disabilities can graduate with diplomas

Monday, the New York State Board of Regents adopted new regulations for students with disabilities that allows them to graduate without passing state exams.

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Public school parents rally to challenge mayor/DOE commitment to diversity

A group of parents, an elected official and public high school students gathered at City Hall last week to challenge the mayor. The challenge? Proof of his and the Department of Education’s commitment to diversity.

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Painter Laura Wheeler Waring, noted for her portraits and illustrations

Depicted on the cover of the April 1923 edition of The Crisis magazine is the art of Laura Wheeler Waring, and this image of a woman playing an ancient harp, entitled “Egypt and Spring,” was just one of several covers she illustrated.

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Community Calendar December 14 - December 20

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

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Voices cry for Cuomo to sign ‘Lavern’s Law’

A bill that could potentially save New York patients some pain is sitting on the governor’s desk not signed.

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Affordable Housing Manager position created in Newark to aid with housing crisis

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced this week that the city is looking to fill the position of Affordable Housing Manager.

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National gun rights bill could be public threat

Fallout continues over Congress’ passage of House Bill 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

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DACA fate hangs in the balance for another week

With the government shutdown set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday, Congress passed a short-term spending deal last Thursday.

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Sharpton and CBC meet with Libyans about slavery

Various groups held an anti-slavery march Dec. 11 in Washington, D.C., to protest against slave auctions in Libya. The issue was first reported by CNN via a video in early November.

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PSC-CUNY/CUNY deal restructures full-time faculty workload

A deal between the City University of New York and the union that represents CUNY’s faculty and staff would allow full-time faculty to restructure their time.

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Union dues up for grabs in the Supreme Court

Labor has fought many battles this decade, but the fight in the highest court could be the biggest of them all.

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No metal detectors in public schools—What’s your suggestion, Mr. Mayor?

Three students, three families ripped apart. One student is dead, one critically wounded and the other awaits trial.

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Black Women’s Roundtable salutes trailblazer Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘Me Too’ movement, and others

The Black Women’s Roundtable salutes and congratulates its colleague and partner, Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement, and others who were recognized by Time magazine as the “Silence Breakers” and collectively are the Time magazine Person of the Year 2017.

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Mandela—A true African leader worthy of emulation

Nelson Mandela’s legacy is already reshaping our world for the better. I am once again reminded of this insightful quotation by John C. Maxwell: “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion not position.”

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Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is the right move

Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing, but that doesn’t make it any less right.

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President Trump and Republicans are stealing without blinking an eye

During the Obama White House days, Republicans claimed that everything Democrats and the president tried to do was always too expensive.

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The Golden Globes

Saying that time flew will be quite the understatement. It literally seems like yesterday that I was taking self-inventory and assessing what my resolutions were for 2017. Now we sit days away from closing the chapter on the year.

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Dr. Brenda M. Greene honored by the Brooklyn Oldtimers Foundation Inc.

Dr. Brenda M. Greene, chair of the English Department and executive director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, was honored at the 45th anniversary celebration of the Brooklyn Oldtimers Foundation Inc. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Antun’s in Queens Village.

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Santaland at Herald Square

We all know that there is something so special about going to Macy’s Herald Square and visiting Santa.

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Community gathers for lighting of Harlem Christmas tree

Holiday cheer was in the air Dec. 7 as the Harlem Christmas tree was lit at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza.

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Cosmopolitan Review: December 14 - December 20

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. The sidewalk Christmas trees are plentiful and beautiful, which is one of the many things I love about this time of year.

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State Sen. Brian Benjamin moves forward with campaign promise to close Rikers

State Sen. Brian Benjamin recently hosted a community forum in Harlem on the effects Rikers Island has on the community.

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Civilian FDNY employees file discrimination lawsuit

According to a new lawsuit, discrimination in the FDNY isn’t limited to actual firefighters.

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Attempted terrorist attack puts NYC on high alert

New York City is dealing once again with the aftermath of an attempted terrorist attack. Luckily, this time, there were few injuries and the suspect was caught.

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Omarosa denies getting fired from White House job

Former “Apprentice” star Omarosa denies she was fired from her job at the White House — and she’s teasing that she has stories to tell about what she’s seen and heard there.

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Woman of the Year: Tamika Mallory

“Powerful” is the word activist Tamika D. Mallory says sums up what 2017 means to her. This year, the 36-year-old was thrust further into the spotlight for her work as national co-chair for the Women’s March and continuing the fight for social justice.

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URBAN AGENDA: Forcing NYCHA Out of the Dark

At a recent hearing, City Council Members criticized NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye for not making the agency’s lapses in inspecting apartments for toxic lead-based paint risks known—to them, to at-risk residents, and to the public—when she uncovered them in 2016.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #46

Trump’s misconduct is clear

We wondered how long it would take in this period of sexual harassment and misconduct before the charges against Trump would be renewed.

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Doug Jones wins; Trump rebuked in Alabama

No matter what you call it—a rebuke or a repudiation of President Trump and his former strategist Steve Bannon—folks in Alabama are calling it a victory for Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore Tuesday evening in a very important special senate election.

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Talib Kweli talks about sexism, hip-hop and new album ‘Radio Silence’

Rapper and activist Talib Kweli took the time to chat about his new full-length album, “Radio Silence.”

Wednesday, December 13

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Reports: Omarosa Manigault Newman set to leave the White House

Reports indicate that Omarosa Manigault Newman is set to leave her position in the White House as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison next month.

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Police search for missing 11-year-old boy last seen at Bronx school

Authorities are on a desperate search for an 11-year-old boy from the Bronx who never returned home from school Tuesday.

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Colin Kaepernick visits Rikers Island

Colin Kaepernick visited inmates and correction officers at Rikers Tuesday.

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First Lady Chirlane McCray launches new partnership to promote mental health and wellness in Black communities

First Lady Chirlane McCray launched her new mental health initiative Sisters Thrive this week.

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Racism in the workplace and the whitewashing of the #MeToo movement

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus to leave his job after the “MeToo” hashtag galvanized women to speak up about sexual misconduct, harassment and more.

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Roy Moore loses to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama Senate race

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday

Tuesday, December 12

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to NYC for brief run during the holidays

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage Nov. 29 – Dec. 31.

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Turbulent Senate race now in hands of Alabama voters

Depending on who is making the case, Alabama’s special Senate election Tuesday is about either continuing the “Trump miracle” in Washington or allowing “decency” to prevail back home.

Monday, December 11

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Family of bullied white child with alleged racist ties gets nearly $60K while family of Black child who committed suicide gets less

Ten-year-old Ashawnty Davis of Colorado, who is Black, and 10-year-old Keaton Jones Tennessee, who is white, are both victims of bullying.

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The ANC's battle for South Africa's presidency heats up

The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing social democratic political party once led by the late Nelson Mandela, faces perhaps its most contentious and controversial election yet.

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I'm passing the TMCF baton to DSU president Dr. Harry L. Williams

If you are like me, watching the Summer Olympics has always been a family affair. One of my favorite competitions to watch was track and field.

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New enrichment program for Black girls transforms lives

At a time when many messages for young girls seem to be conflicting, Baton Rouge teens are experiencing an influx of organizations and programs designed to show them how amazing and powerful they are in the world. From Black Girls Rock on a national scale to the local Womanhood101 initiative and the “TransfHERmation” program, the brilliance of teen girls are being magnified and strengthened.

Friday, December 8

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Attorney Spotlight: Corporate Transactional Lawyer and Litigator Johnathon Hardaway

Johnathon P. Hardaway III is one of the country’s best attorneys and sports agentsNearly one dozen Fortune 500 companies and twenty-three professional athletes have one thing in common.

Thursday, December 7

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December 12th Movement celebrates 30-year history of revolutionary resistance

The December 12th Movement celebrates “its 30-year history of revolutionary resistance to American imperialism and national oppression Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017; our movement also mourns the lost, this year, of one of its founders, Robert ‘RT’ Taylor, the son of our Chairperson Viola Plummer, whose loss we can never replace,” said Roger Wareham, attorney and December 12th Movement member.

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Rest in power—Dr. Jack Felder, activist and scientist, passes at 78

For many years, come rain or shine, Dr. Jack Felder, along with his son, Nova, had a permanent spot on 125th Street in front of Mart 125.

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Donald Faison’s TV Doctors of America Campaign 

“We want to promote healthy living and choices,” comedian and actor Donald Faison told the Amsterdam News. “It is important for people to get regular check-ups with their doctors and physicians.”

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Study: Public schools aren’t participating in family/community engagement

A new study conducted by Rice University suggests that “family and community engagement” were the biggest drivers of a parent’s satisfaction with their child’s school.

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Timothy Dark speaks on new album, creating music in NYC

The emerging NYC-based hip-hop artist Timothy Dark has just released a new album, “The Last Days of the Dark.”

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An undaunted civil and human rights advocate, Rep. Charles Diggs Jr.

Current news stories surrounding the political turmoil in Zimbabwe and Kenya, the sexual harassment charges against Rep. John Conyers Jr., remembering Rosa Parks’ iconic moment almost 62 years ago to the day and the ongoing recollection of the tragic death of Emmett Till bring to mind memories of Congressman Charles Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.), who had ties with each of these individuals or events.

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December 2017 Dance Calendar

Include dance in your holiday plans, and begin with the world premiere of George Emilio Sanchez’s “Bang, Bang, Gun Amok,” a 24-hour “performance filibuster” dedicated to U.S. gun culture, Dec. 8-9 at Abrons Arts Center.

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Community Calendar December 7 - December 13

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

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Talking SCHOP! A moment in España

I just returned from a transformative dining experience in East Harlem. I am still vibrating.

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White men will pick the next speaker of the NYC Council!

While Black leaders are having City Council speaker candidate forums on the issues, white leaders are counting the votes and cutting the deals to pick and control the next speaker. White men control the process.

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Gov. Cuomo announces approval of Smart Schools Investment Plans

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the approval of 88 Smart Schools Investment Plans aimed at reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century.

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Union leaders call Senate tax bill ‘robbery’

When the U.S. Senate passed their tax bill in the dead of night, it didn’t surprise anyone that labor leaders weighed in.

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Courtlandt Corners workers strike in the Bronx

Workers at an affordable housing development in the Bronx went on strike after management threatened them with retaliation for organizing.

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Simple holiday travel etiquette

It’s no secret that the holidays are one of the most hectic times of the year to travel by plane.

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The great tax scam

Early Dec. 2, under the cover of darkness, the Republican-led Senate passed—strictly along party lines—a tax overhaul bill that could represent the greatest transfer of wealth in our history from working people and the poor to the nation’s biggest corporations and wealthiest families.

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Can Trump obstruct justice?

Now that Michael Flynn, Trump’s very brief national security adviser, has copped a plea and promised to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, we can only speculate on the extent of the plea, and what information Flynn is willing to dispense.

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Nairobi welcomes delegates to major UN forum on environment

Approximately 7,000 delegates from more than 100 countries are registered for a major conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi this week.

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New Zimbabwean president must hold elections and rebuild the economy

Now that the dust has settled in Zimbabwe after the ouster of 93-year-old Robert Gabriel Mugabe by the military and with the induction of the former Vice President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as the nation’s second president since its independence in 1980, all eyes are on the economy and holding open, fair elections.

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Jets rise up like the day, shock KC, prepare for Denver

The New York Jets beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-31 Sunday afternoon in a competitive, high-scoring, back-and-forth contest that could have gone either way until the Chiefs exhausted their final possession late in the fourth quarter.

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Giants start over in a season of chaos

The New York football Giants, a franchise historically constructed on a sturdy, conservative foundation, has fallen into a sinkhole.

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James and Ciprès prepare for French nationals

It has been an outstanding autumn for French pairs champions Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès.

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Brooklyn women’s hoops start strong

Off to a 5-1 start, Brooklyn College women’s basketball is in an upbeat frame of mind.

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The Yankees end their search—The team hires Aaron Boone

Aaron Boone, who hit one of the greatest, most historic postseason home runs in baseball history as a New York Yankee against their most noted rival, the Boston Red Sox, to win the 2003 American League Championship, was hired Monday and officially introduced yesterday (Wednesday) at a noon  news conference at Yankee Stadium as the team’s new manager.

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Police: Girl, 15, met killer on social-media who stabbed her 80 times

Philadelphia police reported that on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the 200 block of South 49th Street, they discovered the burnt corpse of a 15-year-old African-American girl named Sabriya McLean, who had been stabbed more than 80 times and set ablaze.

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Despite being shunned by the NFL, Kaepernick still earning victories

His movement has led NFL owners to pledge $89 million to address social justice issues.

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Injuries derail the Knicks’ goal of attaining consistency

The Knicks have reached a critical point early in a season that has revealed promise for future success.

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The false slogan of right-to-work: an attack on worker freedom

Today’s economy is rigged against working families and in favor of the wealthy and the powerful. That’s not by accident. CEOs and the politicians who do their bidding have written the rules that way, advancing their own interests at the expense of everyone else.

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North Korea and history are the best teachers for influencing our actions

We the people need our leaders to elevate the discussion about options, short of all-out war, as the administration navigates our way through the vexing North Korean issue.

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Fariña kicks off computer science education week

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has launched Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10), a global effort encouraging computer science education, and she has announced New York City’s new CS4All Hack League, a citywide coding competition.

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Has lying replaced truth in the Trump administration?

As Americans, we would like to believe that truth reigns supreme, and our leaders operate with integrity and honesty. But in 2017, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, things are different, and truth has been replaced with lies.

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Passports and reservations are needed for these Brooklyn Nets games

If you want tickets for tonight’s Brooklyn Nets’ home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Miami Heat for Saturday night, check your passport.

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Keepers of the overground underground, prepare yourself for Rapsody

For the pure fans of hip-hop, there’s a few times when we meet that fork in the road. It occurs when we find that diamond in the rough that bears the responsibilities of what true emceeing is about—finding your voice, expressing your thoughts in a manner unique as possible and growth. Now couple that with flow, vocabulary and content and we’re onto something special.

Nutritional deficiency in pregnancy: tips for mothers-to-be

It’s often said that a pregnant woman must eat for two. Although that old adage doesn’t give a mother-to-be license to overeat, it does reflect the fact that she is responsible for her baby’s nutrition.

Carbon monoxide—a gas that kills

The air that we breathe daily is made up of several life-giving gases, including oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. When these gases react with one another, they produce substances that are essential for life on this planet.

U.S. Virgin Islands updates media, airlines in Atlanta and New York

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism visited Atlanta and New York City last month to share updates about the territory’s recovery with national media, key airline partners and Virgin Islanders.

Immigrants beware this holiday—Trump’s ICE men are on the prowl

If you are an undocumented immigrant living in the U.S., be very careful—especially this holiday season.

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Boy Scouts of America honors Harlem’s most prominent figures

Harlem Scouts pose for a picture with the 2017 Harlem Good Scout Award honorees. Robert Gore M.D., Beatrice Polk and Emil Wilbekin.

Suriname’s mass murder trial inching to a close

The 15 victims were rounded up from their homes by heavily armed soldiers, taken to a fort just next door to today’s presidential complex and parliament and shot for allegedly hatching plans to topple the military regime.

Your vote counts, start planning for 2018

I am so sure I am not the only American citizen who watches the news these days in utter disbelief.

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White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting of Walter Scott

A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Isaac Kusi, Krismark shea butter and palm oil lotion innovator

Born and raised in Ashanti, Ghana, Isaac Kusi is the founder and CEO of Krismark in the Bronx. He is a purveyor of sophisticated, smooth shea butter and palm oil lotions.

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Higher Heights Black Women Lead at Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room was the venue for the fabulous Higher Heights Black Women Lead event

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Cosmopolitan Review: December 7 - December 13

The beginning of December always feels like the calm before the storm. Like the song “Proud Mary,” by Ike and Tina Turner where Tina would start off, “We’re gonna begin this song nice and easy but we’re gonna finish this song nice and rough.”

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Tax bill would cut essentials to communities of color

President Donald Trump and Republicans herald that their tax plan will help middle class Americans and put the economy back on track by cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

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Immigrants' rights groups rally outside outside of Sen. Chuck Schumer's office

Monday, Desis Rising Up and Moving and members of immigrant communities gathered outside of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s office for a news conference and rally calling for the senator to reject the racist principles behind Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda and to defund hate in the upcoming budget and spending bill negotiations.

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New York State fights for victims of child sex abuse

New York State wants to raise the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases. The current statute of limitations gives survivors until the age of 23 to file a civil lawsuit.

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NYCLU to Sen. Felder: No armed police in public schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union has called out a state senator for suggesting armed police be put in schools.

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TV One cancels Roland Martin 'NewsOne Now'

The only Black daily newscast on television is no more.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #45

The debate as to whether a president can obstruct justice intensified this week. What is apparently not debatable is the reduction of national monuments, and Trump, as he promised earlier this year, delivered on that measure—some 2 million acres are no longer protected federal land.

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Black activists take US ethnic cleansing to UN

As principal stakeholders in the International Decade of People of African Descent (2015-2024), the December 12th Movement International Secretariat and the International Association against Torture, both U.N. non-governmental organizations, traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to the U.N. Regional Meeting of Europe, Central Asia and North America (Nov. 23-24) to raise the issue of ethnic cleansing in the U.S.

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Council Member Jumaane Williams honors Colin Kaepernick

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams presented former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick with a New York City Council proclamation honoring him for his “commitment to protesting the systemic oppression of and police brutality toward people of color.”

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Start your new tradition today: Buy Black this holiday season

According to an article that appeared on Black Entrepreneur.com, the African-American community continues to be a significant consumer base with the ability to heavily influence the buying patterns of goods and services that are purchased in the United States of America

Wednesday, December 6

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NAACP: Make history in selection of Council Speaker

The NAACP New York State Conference Wednesday announced it will launch a social media campaign to promote the election of the first African American Speaker of the New York City Council in history.

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After misleading feds on lead testing, NYCHA chief is on the hot seat at packed hearing

New York City Housing Authority's chair was grilled by city council members Tuesday after news broke that her agency had falsely reported lead inspections and lead removal in public housing had occurred.

Tuesday, December 5

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Black faith leaders encourage their flocks to sign up for Obamacare

Faith leaders in the Black community are encouraging members of their congregations to sign-up for healthcare coverage during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period that ends on December 15.

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Protests grow over racist, anti-Semitic tweeter becoming firefighter

He tweeted so many messages, over so many months, that were so racially, ethnically and religiously offensive that he resigned from being an FDNY emergency medical technician.

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Longtime Rep. John Conyers retires amid sexual misconduct allegations

“I am retiring today,” Rep. John Conyers Jr. said Tuesday morning on the “Mildred Gaddis Show” Detroit (102.7 FM), “and I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support, incredible, undiminished support I’ve received across the years from my supporters, not only from my district, but across the country as well.”

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State Sen. Rubén Díaz Sr. submits resignation

State Sen. Rubén Díaz, of the Bronx, has submitted his resignation from the New York State Senate at year end, ahead of joining the City Council in 2018.

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Police fatally shoot machete-wielding man in the Bronx

A machete-wielding man was shot dead by police in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx Tuesday, officials said.

Monday, December 4

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Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.

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Judge to keep Meek Mill in prison despite outcry

A Philadelphia judge says Meek Mill will stay in prison because he’s a “danger to the community.”

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Hundreds rallied for Meek Mill, but what about the rest?

Recently, hundreds of fans and supporters held a rally outside a Philadelphia courthouse, chanting for Robert Rihmeek Williams a.k.a. Meek Mill, to be released

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13 ways the tax bills from the Senate and House would affect you

The tax overhaul bills passed by the Senate and House would likely to change your tax return in ways large and small — which credits you can take, what you can deduct, how much you pay.

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CBC meets with FBI director over 'Black Identity Extremist' report

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray failed to explain why the agency he leads changed the name of a domestic terrorism designation from “Black Separatist Extremists” to “Black Identity Extremist,” during a recent meeting with a group of Congressional Black Caucus members about a leaked FBI document.

Sunday, December 3

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Golden Krust founder Lowell Hawthorne dead at 57

The local, national and international Caribbean Diaspora community is reeling from the untimely death of Jamaica-born Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, business entrepreneur and philanthropist.