Stories for February 2017

Tuesday, February 28

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NAACP announces new national board members

The NAACP announced the six newest members to its 64-member National Board of Directors.

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Andrew Young talks MLK legacy, Trump's White House

It’s forever a burning question, particularly as many African-Americans soul search, reminisce and speculate during Black History Month.

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Usain Bolt: 'No hard feelings' after losing Olympic gold

Usain Bolt may have lost one of his Olympic gold medals after compatriot Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance -- but the Jamaican says he has "no hard feelings" towards his sprint relay teammate.

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New York among top worst states for first-time homebuyers

It's not easy being a first-time homebuyer these days.

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It's a golden age for affordable flying. No, really

Shortly after Pan American Airways started flying from New York to London in 1959, a round trip ticket cost what would be $3,800 today -- in economy class.

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Justice Department asks court to dismiss claim of discrimination in Texas voter ID case

The Justice Department asked a federal district court Monday to dismiss its claim that a Texas Voter ID law was enacted with the intent to discriminate.

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Muhammad Ali's son says he was detained at airport because he's Muslim

The son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali said he was detained by immigration officials at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport because he's a Muslim.

Monday, February 27

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African-American gun club says membership surged in Trump era

More African-Americans appear to be taking an active interest in their right to bear arms since the election of President Donald Trump, gun club leaders and firearm sellers say.

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Jurors in Cosby trial to come from outside suburban Philly court

Bill Cosby's criminal sexual assault trial will stay in Montgomery County Court outside Philadelphia, but the jurors will come from another Pennsylvania county, a judge ruled Monday.

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

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

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PHOTOS: Black celebrities at the Oscars

Black Hollywood takes centerstage at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday with several not only African-Americans taking home awards but also blazing the red carpet.

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Viola Davis ends award season hot streak with Oscar win

Viola Davis's award season hot streak just ended with a bang.

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Oscar mistake overshadows historic moment for 'Moonlight'

It was lost in the confusion of the Oscar envelope snafu, but "Moonlight" made history.

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It was 'Moonlight,' not 'La La Land': A timeline of a historic Oscars blunder

Director Barry Jenkins said he was "speechless" after his movie "Moonlight" was announced as the winner of best picture on Sunday night, following an unprecedented moment in Oscars history.

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Mahershala Ali becomes first Muslim actor to win an Oscar

Of all the memorable moments at the Oscars Sunday night, Mahershala Ali's win for best supporting actor marked an especially poignant triumph.

Saturday, February 25

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'Declaration 17' hopes to send message to Trump and America

As President Donald Trump continues his first 100 days in office, several Americans are declaring their independence from his policies and practices.

Thursday, February 23

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US public schools take steps to protect undocumented students

Chicago Public Schools say they will deny federal immigration agents access to district buildings and personnel unless served with a criminal warrant, the latest in a series of steps taken by US school officials to protect undocumented students.

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Trump’s immigration crackdown: We need action, Mayor de Blasio, not more rhetoric

Dear Mayor de Blasio, Your administration’s municipal identification policy is vague. But what makes it dangerous is that it is causing hysteria in the African immigrant community in New York City...

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Chickpea vegetable stew

I have been putting my slow cooker to work this winter to great results.

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Talking SCHOP! First-class food

Just returning from a trip to Los Angeles with family.

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Ten things to know before you visit The National Museum of African-American History and Culture

I could spend even more weeks talking about The National Museum of African-American History and Culture and explaining why it is so powerful, but the truth is words do not do it justice.

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Apollo holds fifth installment of Africa Now!

Kanye West had an eventful few days in New York City.

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Apollo, American Son, Brooklyn Is Africa, Black designers

Feb. 25, The Apollo Theater presents “AFROPUNK Unapologetically Black: The African American Songbook Remixed, A Celebration of Black Protest Music” at 7:30 p.m.

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Imagine if it were Brooklyn in a blockbuster trade

Imagine if the Brooklyn Nets had put together a blockbuster trade by the end of Sunday’s 66th annual NBA All-Star Game, or any time this week, the last days before the trade deadline ends, the way New Orleans Pelicans executives traded for Sacramento Kings star center, 6-foot-11 DeMarcus Cousins. 

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Don’t ‘Ring’ the bell

Have you ever gone to a show and found yourself interested yet confused as to what was happening?

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The Knicks’ direction remains unclear after Dolan’s avowal

If Knicks’ owner James Dolan’s word is his bond, Phil Jackson will be the franchise’s president for the next two seasons unless the Hall of Fame coach decides to voluntarily resign.

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Lena Johnson poised for collegiate and international success

As a teenager growing up in the Atlanta area who was seriously committed to continuing her fencing on the college level, Lena Johnson made an important decision.

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Tony winner Tonya Pinkins takes on directing role with one-act play

When you hear the name Tonya Pinkins, you probably think of the TV actress (she’s most well-known for her role on “All My Children”).

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St. John’s pushes toward postseason

St. John’s University women’s basketball spent last weekend on the road—winning handily against Providence University 71-47 and dropping a tight game to Creighton University 60-67.

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Lincoln and Wings earn top spots in boys AA playoffs

Abraham Lincoln High School of Coney Island and Wings Academy of the South Bronx will head into the 2016-2017 Public School Athletic League playoffs as the top two seeds after their victories in the borough championships this past Saturday at Queens College.

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B Michael’s fall ’17 ready-to-wear

After viewing the big New York Fashion Week shows all over town, it was nice to visit B Michael’s atelier in Manhattan’s Garment District Sunday, Feb. 13, for a more private showing.

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Opulent fur accents for fall/winter 2017 looks

Often the fashion show starts with the audience, and Son Jung Wan’s show was no exception.

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Colgate Women’s Games conclude after weeks of preliminaries

There’s a beauty to track and field that’s not experienced in other sports.

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Silver adeptly leads NBA, Wiggins goes in on WNBA, the All-Star fiasco 

Since assuming the role of NBA commissioner Feb. 1, 2014, Adam Silver has proved to be an exceptional leader of one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands.

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet pays tribute to David Bowie

Count on beautiful bodies moving through space as if there is nothing else to do but dance, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the brain-child of co-founders/artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, is a sure bet.

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Revis allegedly knocks two guys out, but there’s no evidence

A year ago at the end of the NFL season, there was an early morning report that LeSean McCoy, running back for the Buffalo Bills, formerly with the Philadelphia Eagles, had been in a fight with policemen who were doing security in an after-hours spot in Philadelphia.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates 48th anniversary

On a recent Sunday, in one of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s spacious, sun-drenched studios in its 152nd Street headquarters, Artistic Director Virginia Johnson beamed as she welcomed a standing-room-only audience to a special Sunday matinee, the celebration of DTH’s 48th anniversary.

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Porter Ray pulls from alchemy and mysticism for new album ‘Watercolor’

Promising young hip-hop artist Porter Ray is releasing his debut album on the Seattle-based record label Sub Pop Records, which is famous for supporting a majority of rock acts such as the popular grunge band, Nirvana.

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Eating red or processed meat can increase colon cancer risk

High intake of red and processed meat over a long period of time is associated with an increased risk of certain types of colon cancer, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Going up yonder from your home

During my many years of medical practice, I have made many house calls on folks who were going to their eternal rest.

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Cynthia Erivo will take the stage at Oscars Governors Ball

The news that award-winning singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo will perform at the Governors Ball immediately after the Oscars Sunday, Feb. 26, was announced at the annual Oscars Governors Ball food preview, which provided a preview of the food, beverages and décor of this year’s Governors Ball.

Donald Trump, talk to El Chapo before building your great border wall

In Donald Trump’s universe, aka his mind, there is no doubt that his “Great Border Wall” will keep out all “bad hombres” from the U.S.—at least at the southern border.

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Lobbying firm to work for Caribbean governments

A Trinidad-based umbrella regional security agency is planning to help governments scrutinize the backgrounds of foreigners applying to become citizens of a string of Caribbean nations that have schemes offering passports and citizenship to expatriates in exchange for investment dollars.

Manny Pacquiao partners with Caribbean hospital

CAYMAN ISLANDS (Feb. 23, 2017)—World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines is partnering with a leading Caribbean hospital and charity to bring free cardiac care to children from his homeland.

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PBS previews Maya Angelou documentary at Schomburg with Clintons as special guests

“A Rock, A River, A Tree…,” the first words of the poem “On the Pulse of Morning”, were written by actress, dancer, author, professor, activist and poet Maya Angelou. Angelou, who died in 2014, delivered them in front of a crowd of more than three quarters of a million people in Washington, D.C., on a sunny 40-degree day in mid-January 1993.

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Trump administration may be planning to use the National Guard for immigration detainment

The Trump administration may be considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to detain unauthorized immigrants in 11 states, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

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Get it together yellow taxis

I recently read that yellow cab drivers are trying to put pressure on the mayor, City Council and New Yorkers to assist them in their hyper-expensive medallion woes.

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All Aboard!’ with Brian Demar Jones

Brian Demar Jones is making all the right stops in his lead role as The Conductor in the new off-Broadway musical, “All Aboard!”

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Harlem’s revolutionary trinity: Khalid Muhammad, Malcolm X and Allah the Father

Last week’s edition of Amsterdam News spanned some significant dates that tied together three different alpha males whose lifetime efforts immensely affected many communities throughout the African Diaspora.

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Trump’s exorbitant security costs

Among the litany of complaints targeting the Trump administration is the exorbitant cost of security for the president and his family.

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NYC Council’s recent bill takes aim at illegal dollar vans

A bill sponsored by New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams will see the light of day.

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Farrakhan: America will never be great again

For those who thought that because of the anti-Islamic atmosphere present in America the 83-year-old head of the Nation of Islam, the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan, would temper his remarks during his keynote address before thousands at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. on Feb. 19, you were wrong.

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Malcolm X celebrated on the 52nd anniversary of his death

The community came together Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Washington Heights for the 52nd Memorial Anniversary Commemoration for Malcolm X.

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Viola on the front line at 80

Veteran political strategist, educator and organizer Viola Plummer is 80 years young!

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Dear Secretary Betsy DeVos:

I am writing in response to your voicemail.

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URBAN AGENDA: Mayor de Blasio and the “Affordability Crisis”

Mayor Bill de Blasio deserves a full measure of credit for proposing that the City provide a right to counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction in Housing Court.

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Bill Epton, a political activist and free speech advocate

A native of Harlem, Bill Epton was born Jan. 17, 1932, and if there is such a thing as a political prodigy, he may have been the prototype with his keen instinct for protest.

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CDPAP: Strengthening the Bond of Trust

Taking the first steps to inviting a caregiver into your home or in the home of a loved one can be very difficult.

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Elections matter

As we mark just one month of the Trump presidency, a month in which we experienced a constant assault on our values, progress and decency, it is almost unbelievable to think that we all heard people right before the election saying that “there wasn’t much difference between who we elect” or “I’m concerned about her emails.”

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Dr. Carson deserves an up or down full Senate vote

On any given day in New York, there are more homeless adults than fans at a sold-out game in Yankee Stadium; more homeless children than attendees at a packed to capacity Madison Square Garden event.

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New York City Council speaker’s race: Not all the news that’s fit to print 

The protection of the First Amendment comes with responsibility. 

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Community Calendar: February 23 - March 1

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, December 12th Movement presented “Malcolm X Speaks in the Era of Trump” at Sistas’ Place, in Brooklyn.

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Acknowledging National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

I’ve been a human services provider since 1998, working with the underserved in marginalized communities throughout New York State.

This season of Knicks state of play, Oakley and Garden gentrification?

When all signs point to the worst, it’s the intrinsic nature of a true fan to look for the bright side.

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32BJ SEIU and others respond to new deportation plan

After getting shot down by the courts the first time, President Donald Trump’s administration has drafted a new plan to deport undocumented immigrants.

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Trump tamps down on illegal immigrants

If for a moment you thought President Trump had softened his approach to illegal immigration, then you and millions of undocumented immigrants are in for a rude awakening. In fact, in several ways, his policy has hardened.

32BJ announces endorsements, celebrates Puzder’s retreat

The union 32BJ SEIU has been busy of late announcing endorsements on one side and fighting against Andrew Puzder’s nomination on the other.

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New York natives honored at Black Engineer of the Year Awards

On Saturday evening, three New York City natives were awarded at the 31st annual BEYA Global Competitiveness Conference.

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For working people, progress and resistance

Workers at three Babeland stores in New York City—a mission-driven, queer-owned sex toy boutique—have made history by ratifying their first union contract after organizing with the RWDSU last year.

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Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students

The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.

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Jersey City named most diverse city in America

According to a study by WalletHub.com, Jersey City is the nation’s most diverse city in the nation, receiving a score of 95.88 out of 100.

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Interfaith Medical Center provides free dental care to Central Brooklyn children

The Department of Dental Medical at Interfaith Medical Center has recently introduced its annual Give Kids a Smile event in the celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosts Kappa League Leadership Conference in Montclair

Approximately 200 young men from across the tri-state area recently attended the Kappa League Leadership Conference at Montclair State University presented by the Northeastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

The Cosmopolitan Review; Feb. 23- Mar. 1

As I was saying, Carter G. Woodson (Dec. 19, 1875-April 3, 1950) was an African-American historian, author and journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

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Why teenagers shoot

Imagine, as a parent of a teenager, you go to sleep, wake up the next day, and before noon you are the parent of a teenage shooter.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton to speak at The New School

The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to discuss key issues affecting civil rights, economic and social justice and criminal justice reform at The New School Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

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Kechie's project hosts Black History Month cocktail reception

Nonprofit organization Kechie’s Project is hosting “Men-Talk” a conversation with men and women in honor of Black History Month.

Lt. General H.R. McMaster the new national security adviser

Thus far, Lt. General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster appears to be a good choice as President Trump’s national security adviser if a consensus of pundits is reliable.

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Assemblyman Charles Barron to host Black History Month presentation

Brooklyn-based community organization 500 Black Men Making a Difference is hosting Assemblyman Charles Barron for his “We Are Mighty Builders” Black History Month presentation, Sunday, Feb. 26.

Former Council Member Patricia Wooten passes away

Former City Council Member Priscilla A. Wooten died Feb. 15.

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Civil war blamed for famine looming in South Sudan

The government of South Sudan and the United Nations are reporting that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.

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Protests break out after off-duty LAPD officer fires gun in scuffle with teens

Protests broke out Wednesday night in Anaheim, California, after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired his gun during a confrontation with a teenager.

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African refugees look to Canada as U.S. deportations rise

Refugees, including some from Africa, have been trekking through subzero weather at the northern U.S. border with Canada in a bid to escape a new wave of deportations from the U.S. 

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Capalino + Company launches MWBE Connect NY app

New York City lobbying firm Capalino and Company launched a mobile app for minority and women business owners and entrepreneurs Jan. 25, 2017.

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Community questions Howard Beach jogger case

“People that I am taking to in Brooklyn just do not believe the case brought against Chanel Lewis.” community and union activist Daniel Goodine told the Amsterdam News. “They are telling me ‘It ain’t him.’”

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Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates 48th anniversary

On a recent Sunday, in one of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s spacious, sun-drenched studios in its 152nd Street headquarters, Artistic Director Virginia Johnson beamed as she welcomed a standing-room-only audience to a special Sunday matinee, the celebration of DTH’s 48th anniversary.

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De Blasio signs ‘right to counsel’ bill

New York City’s renters might have a fighting chance in housing court thanks to the mayor.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #4

Our world of misinformation, fake news and fake guns is further troubled by a fake president.

Wednesday, February 22

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The Black Press played a vital role in 'Hidden Figures'

In her book, “Hidden Figures,” author Margot Lee Shetterly pays homage to the African-American women who worked as human computers in the space program.

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First Black crew member to join International Space Station

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected astronaut Jeanette Epps to join the crew of the International Space Station in 2018

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Trump and the Black Caucus plan to meet for the first time

Following a bizarre exchange with American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan, the Congressional Black Caucus is in talks with President Donald Trump to set up a meeting.

Tuesday, February 21

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Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball operations

He's talked about it. Now Earvin "Magic" Johnson will get the chance to run the Los Angeles Lakers.

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#OscarsSoWhite creator on what's next

April Reign is not just advocating for Black Hollywood.

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Trump: African-American history museum is 'fantastic'

President Donald Trump visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture for the first time on Tuesday morning.

Monday, February 20

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New Yorkers rally to say, 'Today I am a Muslim, too'

New Yorkers by the thousand, representing myriad backgrounds and faiths, converged on Times Square on Sunday, heeding a music mogul's calls to let Muslims know their fellow Americans stood by them.

Saturday, February 18

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VIDEO: Charlie Rangel talks Trump

Former congressman Charles Rangel recently sat down for a Q&A with Nasser Kazeminy, the chairman of National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO).

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DTH’s Virginia Johnson on 48th Anniversary Celebration, February 19

Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) is excited about the upcoming celebration of the company’s 48th Anniversary on Sunday, February 19 at its 152nd Street headquarters.

Friday, February 17

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Opposition from labor and activists force Puzder’s hand

Andrew Puzder won’t be a member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet.

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Helping your aging parents choose the best home care option

It's never easy watching your parents get older. It's often their wish to retain their youth and maintain their independence for as long as possible.

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Trump asks African-American reporter to set up meeting with Black lawmakers

President Donald Trump on Thursday asked April Ryan, an African-American reporter and longtime White House correspondent, if she would arrange for him a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby dismissed

A federal judge in Massachusetts dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by Katherine McKee, an actress who claimed he raped her in 1974, according to court documents.

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10-year-old rapper seeks to spread 'positive hip-hop'

Standing less than 5 feet tall, it's easy to overlook "Corey J." in a crowded room. Until he opens his mouth.

Thursday, February 16

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Harry Floyd Smith Sr. Returns to the Essence

The Harlem community, the boxing fraternity and many members of the Five Percenters, were deeply saddened by the news that Harry Floyd Smith Sr., aka A. Allah, had joined the ancestors Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 83 years of age.

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Anti-police terror open-house conference takes place

Local activists held a free-of-charge open-house conference on Saturday All Souls Unitarian Church “Reidy Hall”

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Officer sodomizing victim leads to Paris protests

Weeklong protests erupted in France after a 22-year-old Black man charged that police officers beat and sodomized him during an arrest Feb 2.

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A new kind of Black History Month

Every day for the month of February this year, I have posted, to my Facebook page, the photo and story of a Black person who was killed by police.

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Ona Judge, President Washington’s fugitive slave

Other than being a runaway slave from George Washington’s plantation, there isn’t much known about Ona or Oney Judge.

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Businesses rally in support of #ADayWithoutImmigrants

Restaurants and other businesses across the country are closing their doors Thursday in support of a "Day Without Immigrants," a national grassroots movement seeking to protest President Trump's immigration reforms and highlight the contributions of the immigrant community in the United States.

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Community Calendar: February 16 - February 22

Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

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Malcolm X speaks in the era of Trump

In the spirit of Black History Month, African-Americans are acknowledging their great leaders who paved the way to where they are now.

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AT&T workers fight against outsourcing and offshoring

AT&T workers aren’t backing down from their desire to have their company end outsourcing and offshoring.

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32BJ Fight on behalf of the undocumented

A local union is making its collective voice heard on the immigration front.

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Fatal police shooting of another Black man rocks Bridgeton

Bridgeton, N.J., is dealing with yet another fatal police shooting of a Black man, and activists, and the community are demanding answers.

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“I’m So AmNewsFOOD” 2017

Yes, it is cold, but we at AmNewsFOOD have our eyes on spring and the third annual Harlem EatUp! festival.

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Advocates demand mayor make homelessness a priority

During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent State of the City Address, he only mentioned the word “homeless” twice, referring to the nearly 65,000 New Yorkers who are staying in shelters.

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Talking SCHOP! Dim sum with the sum

She returned to the city she loves and the people who inhabit it.

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Flynn the fall guy

The Trump administration stumbled badly Monday evening when Mike Flynn, the national security adviser, tendered his resignation.

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National Museum of African-American History and Culture: Part 3

Just like our history, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is much more than “just slavery.”

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Radio still a dynamic medium in 21st century, says U.N. on World Radio Day

Since its invention in 1895, the radio just won’t sit still.

Harlem Fine Arts Show runs Feb. 16-19

According to reports, the Adele love fest for Beyoncé didn’t end when the Grammys went off the air.

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Tension mounts as Kenyan doctors are jailed in labor dispute

Seven doctors leading a strike of public sector medical professionals were hauled off to jail as talks to end a four-year running labor dispute collapsed. More than 5,000 workers are honoring the strike that began Dec. 5. 

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Harlem School of the Arts present Wé McDonald and Matthew Whitaker in concert

On a recent wintry evening in downtown Manhattan, the stage at the Highline Ballroom was anything but cold: Wé McDonald reminded the sold-out crowd of mostly parents and young adults that it took a village to nurture her talent.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens to release sophomore album

Rhiannon Giddens, the Grammy-award winning musician and lead singer of the Black folk trio Carolina Chocolate Drops, is gearing up to release her sophomore album via Warner Music Group Feb. 24.

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Extraordinary elegance for fall/winter ’17

For autumn/winter 2017, Desigual reached back to the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s for inspiration, interpreting looks from the cultural periphery of these eras.

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New York Fashion Week’s fall 2017 looks are polished and diverse

Despite the heavy snowstorm Thursday, fashion pioneers attended the New York Fashion Week shows, headquartered at Skylight Clarkson Square downtown on Washington Street, and at designer shows held all over the City.

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ doesn’t quite take off

When Barbara Gordon takes over for her father as police commissioner of Gotham City, she announces that crime fighting must become a community effort.

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Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards celebrates 10 years

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”—Audre Lorde

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Bill Perkins emerges victorious in special City Council election

New York State Sen. Bill Perkins is back in the New York City Council.

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The versatile vocalist Al Jarreau dies at 76

Al Jarreau, the only vocalist to win Grammys in pop, R&B and jazz through his deep sea of versatility, died Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

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Trump travel ban of 2017—‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’

Trump’s travel ban of 2017 is, to use a biblical metaphor, a case of “old wine in new bottles,” or more appropriately, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” It is an attempt to put a legal veneer in what is basically a crude example of Islamophobia.

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Cavs falter, Wizards rise in the East at the All-Star Break

Entering this season, the Washington Wizards, under new head coach Scott Brooks, were expected by many astute basketball observers to emerge as one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference after a disappointing campaign last season in which they went 41-41, finishing 10th in the 15-team East, missing the playoffs and precipitating the firing of former head coach Randy Wittman.

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Immigrants under siege in New York

President Donald Trump’s attack on immigrants has arrived in New York.

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Power still lies with Warriors and Spurs as Houston evolves

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers are the reigning NBA champions, the power of the association still lies in the West with the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, the one and two seeds in the Western Conference.

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Wilson leads the pack for local Millrose competitors

It was her fourth consecutive Millrose Games victory in the 800 meters, a personal best and a new American record for Ajee’ Wilson.

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Valentine’s Day Heart in Times Square Celebrates Immigrants

With all the current turmoil surrounding immigration, The Office for Creative Research did something a little different for Valentine’s Day.

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Brooklyn gains confidence despite losses, Jeremy Lin to return

As positive as players and coaches try to be, 13 straight losses, 15 straight at home, do very little to boost a team’s morale and players’ self-esteem.

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Dolan, Oakley, Jackson and Melo: An awful reality show

The Knicks have become a reality series in which the lines between the absurd and sensible have become blurred.

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Patricia Gatling—DA candidate endorsed by Mayor Dinkins

Patricia Gatling, former NYC human rights commissioner and first assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, today received the endorsement of former NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins for Brooklyn district attorney.

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Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosts Black History Month Awards

The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosted its Black History Month Awards breakfast Friday, Feb. 10, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

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Affolder, McLeod and Bullis High shine at 110th Millrose Games

A sibling rivalry often supersedes brotherly love.

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Okolo sets record in the 500

“My plan was to run a fast 300 and then finish the last lap strong,” said Olympian Courtney Okolo, who set a new world indoor record in the 500 meters at Saturday’s 110th Millrose Games.

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Stars turn out for the Love of Our Children Gala

The For the Love of Our Children Gala held in honor of Susan L. Taylor’s National CARES Mentoring Movement was recently held at Cipriani 42nd Street, hosted by Tamron Hall and Michael Eric Dyson.

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Calvary honors Stephanie Perkins-Veitch, CCT-II, with “CATCH A Star” Award

Calvary Hospital recently honored Stephanie Perkins-Veitch, CCT-II, with the “Catch A Star” Award for December 2016.

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A lesson taught by Mr. Snow

When I was a youngster growing up in Brooklyn, I actually prayed for snow to come.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: February 16-22

A recent finding reported that a crack in the fourth largest Antarctic Ice Shelf, known as Larson C, is breaking away at a rapid pace.

The raids, deportation and profiling begin in Trump America

Feb. 9, 2017, a 36-year-old woman became the first known immigrant to be detained and deported by the Donald Trump administration.

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New look at Antiguan passport holders

Just when the administration of President Donald Trump is applying greater scrutiny to who enters the U.S. and who doesn’t, authorities in Antigua are preparing to pull the plug on nearly 20 foreigners who bought passports and citizenship rights under its Citizenship by Investment Program in recent years.

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LinkNYC teams up with Silicon Harlem to celebrate Black History Month

LinkNYC is collaborating with Silicon Harlem to celebrate the contributions of legendary African-Americans on Link kiosks across New York City during Black History Month.

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Caribbean hoteliers predict positive tourism performance for 2017 

THE BAHAMAS (Feb. 16, 2017)—Caribbean tourism fared well in 2016, and industry stakeholders are generally upbeat about the year ahead, despite the fact that many hoteliers were forced to adjust their high performance expectations for 2016 as the year progressed because of unforeseen events.

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Alzheimer's Association NYC and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. team up for Awareness Campaign

The Alzheimer’s Association NYC chapter announced a new partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Rho Omega chapter, in Brooklyn to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and increase education, care and support resources in the African-American community.

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Donations matter

It seems as if the current administration has half of the country feeling like the America they know and love has been taken hostage by radical extremists of the domestic kind.

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Congressman Adriano Espaillat Honors Predecessors for Black History Month

U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat recently honored the two men who had his congressional seat before him for Black History Month: former Congressmen Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Charles B. Rangel of New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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Harlem’s George Suttles making big moves

A little over a month ago, Harlem native George Suttles joined The John A. Hartford Foundation as a new program office.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #3

Two major snafus this week are further evidence that Trump’s puppets are not prepared for the big time, and haven’t a clue about governance.

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Immigrant hysteria, fear, organizing, protection

Fear and loathing coat the streets of New York City after President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, as immigrants dodge U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials demanding status and detaining people.

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Black experimental artists shine at Harvard BLM conference

Harvard University recently presented a conference titled, “Black Lives Matter: Music, Race and Justice,” hosted by two music graduate students, Ian R. Copeland and Laurie Lee.

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Bill Perkins wins District Council #9 special election

Given his name recognition, political experience and a crowded field of candidates, Bill Perkins was the favorite to win the special election Tuesday for the City Council seat in District #9.

Wednesday, February 15

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Will Trump do a better job than Obama with HBCUs

Despite a cavalcade of political distractions and a legal battle over immigration, President Trump appears to be focused on funding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

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A resurgence of white nationalism': Hate groups spiked in 2016

Across the country, flyers are showing up on college campuses.

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Harlem library being renamed after Harry Belafonte

The New York Public Library (NYPL) and Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that the Library has decided to adopt a new name for Harlem’s 115th Street Library.

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Bill Perkins wins special election for 9th Council District

State Sen. Bill Perkins is headed back to the city council representing the 9th District in Harlem after winning the special election to replace Inez Dickens, who was elected to the state assembly in November.

Tuesday, February 14

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson kicks off Wall Street Project 20th Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson kicked off his Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s 20th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit on Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt New York. The three-day event goes through Friday.

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Rachel Lindsay will be the first black 'Bachlorette'

ABC is finally delivering on its long-held promise to bring a diverse lead to its Bachelor franchise.

Monday, February 13

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Democrats, advocates question ICE raids after hundreds of arrests

Immigrant rights activists and Democrats are raising concerns this weekend about recent immigration enforcement actions -- though immigration officials maintain that only routine actions targeting criminals were underway.

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Study: Blacks feel ignored by the Democratic Party

Cornell Belcher, the CEO of Brilliant Corners Research, said that it’s no surprise that Black voters have presented a very clear mandate to the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose the Trump Administration, because 92 percent of African Americans voted against President Trump.

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New Yorkers push to overturn Charles Oakley’s ban at Madison Square Garden

New York Knicks fans were pumped after their four-point victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

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Beyoncé's mother of a Grammy performance

Grammy viewers were hoping for a surprise performance from pregnant Beyoncé, and she delivered.

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A Tribe Called Quest had the most political moment of the Grammys

A Tribe Called Quest used their time on the Grammy stage on Sunday to put on the most politically-charged performance of the night.

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Grammys 2017: Adele and Beyoncé's big moments

Adele swept the top honors at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, but the night was shared with Beyoncé.

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Adele's 'Black friends' Grammy comment stirs debate

Adele really, really wanted to share her admiration for Beyoncé at the Grammy Awards and social media felt her on that.

Sunday, February 12

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NAACP Image Awards: 'Hidden Figures,' Henson, Beyoncé

Taraji P. Henson took home two NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night. One was for her role in "Hidden Figures," which was named best movie.

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Al Jarreau, Grammy-winning jazz singer, dead at 76

Al Jarreau, the jazz-pop musician best known for the hits "Breakin' Away," "We're in This Love Together" and the theme song to the popular 1980's TV show, "Moonlighting," died Sunday, according to posts on his verified social media accounts

Friday, February 10

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What happens when students notice racial bias

Children rarely forget the moment when a teacher might inadvertently display a racial bias.

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Fidel Castro honored in NYC at historic Shabazz Center

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, Fidel Castro Ruz, revolutionary leader of the Cuban Revolution, was honored in a memorial tribute at the historic Malcolm X /Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, Broadway and 165th Street in Manhattan.

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Author William Melvin Kelley passes at 79

One of William Melvin Kelley’s novels, “A Different Drummer,” signaled his complex, singular style and literary penchant.

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DOE and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: Students’ rights in light of Trump travel executive order

In light of Donald Trump’s new executive order banning entry into the U.S. for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, the Department of Education and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs issued the following guidelines to help people worried about present conditions.

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Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary

With Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote Tuesday afternoon, Betsy DeVos is now Secretary of the Department of Education.

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Ferdinand Lee Barnett, publisher, lawyer, civil rights activist

For several weeks I’ve been mulling over the idea of featuring a profile of the men behind famous women.

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Community Calendar: February 9 - February 15

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

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Black liberalism ain’t cutting it!

In 1967 Dr. King said, “The majority of [Black] political leaders … are still selected by white leadership, elevated to positions, supplied with resources and inevitably subjected to white control.

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COBA battles those who want to close Rikers Island

New York City Councilman Danny Dromm of Queens wants to close Rikers Island. The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association has something to say about that this election season.

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Keeping our eyes on the prize

During African-American History Month, it is customary to review our progress on the long road to freedom.

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Mayor Lester Taylor not seeking re-election in East Orange

Mayor Lester Taylor recently announced his intention not to run for re-election and to step down at the end of his four-year term.

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African liberation flag raised at Trenton City Hall

Wednesday the City of Trenton raised the red, black and green African liberation flag, in honor of the historical achievements and sacrifices of Black people locally and throughout the world.

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City offering free tax prep

Tax season is underway and companies are once again targeting low-income filers with the so-called convenience of refund anticipation loans.

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Report: Racial wealth gap fueled by public policy

A new report indicates that even when individuals in racial groups go to college, have full-time jobs and are from two-parent homes, racism remains prevalent.

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Petition: Wal-Mart CEO and others must speak out against Trump

An online petition is urging corporate CEOs and business leaders who are “dangerously silent” to speak out against President Donald Trump.

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Services to honor the life of Kuwan J. Christian

Family and friends attended the services for Kuwan J. Christian Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem.

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Alluring fashion and beauty looks for spring ’17

Cushnie et Ochs designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs presented a flawless execution of their alluring spring ’17 collection here in New York.

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Border-crossing patterns and shapes for autumn/winter ’17

At Berlin’s recent autumn/winter ’17 Fashion Week, patterns were abundant in suits, dresses and coats.

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Water in Frackville contaminated 2,500 inmates and employees

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at 4 p.m., 200 South Broad St., in Philadelphia, prisoner rights advocates, concerned citizens and supporters of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal will hold a demonstration outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in Philadelphia, demanding he take steps to address the water crisis at Mahanoy and Frackville state prisons.

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Steve Bannon on the National Security Council—Why not?

Since President Donald Trump named Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, to the National Security Council’s principals committee, the left has erupted in all kinds of moral outrage.

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Supreme Court nominee: Smooth-talking anti-civil rights conservative

Neil Gorsuch, 49, poised to be the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was introduced to the world Monday.

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Musiq Soulchild bringing the R&B narrative

True story. For roughly three days a week, the routine was the same. The dude would arrive at the room, break out the bag containing the grub and eventually pull out the checker board—12 red pieces versus 12 black pieces, last man standing.

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Haitians in Brooklyn protest new president

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Grand Army Plaza, KOMOKODA and a group of Haitians and their friends protested what they called the “installation of U.S.-supported indicted money launderer Jovenel Moise as the next president of Haiti.”

Thursday, February 9

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9th Circuit rules against reinstating travel ban

President Donald Trump's travel ban will remain blocked, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

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URBAN AGENDA: Betsy DeVos and the charter school test

This week controversial school choice advocate Betsy DeVos became the new U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Ramarley Graham’s family still demands justice

The family and supporters of slain teen Ramarley Graham gathered at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan to demand justice from the NYPD and the city.

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Cosmopolitan Review: 2/9 - 2/15

If it is February, then it must be Black History Month. 

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Mayor’s upcoming homeless plan raises concerns

A new plan to fight homelessness being released by Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting criticism from homeless advocates about how the mayor is handling the widespread problem.

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Community combats cop’s racial profiling

Already during this brief post-Obama period, community activists are figuring out ways to combat the NYPD’s racial profiling of New York City’s citizens of color.

Piece of Velvet Valentine’s Day!

Thank you for your submissions so far for Piece of Velvet’s Valentine’s Day contest!

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Talking SCHOP! Red Rooster honors women of color chefs for Black History Month

It is that time of year again when the African-American experience is highlighted by the nation.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture: Part 2

When entering the particularly well-lit lobby of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, it would be nearly impossible to overlook the massive art structure suspending from the ceiling.

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NAACP Statement on the Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

The NAACP's response to the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions at US Attorney General

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Fashion feted at NMAAHC

Two legendary Old Spice Guys took center stage at Super Bowl LI in Houston, as the star of Golden Globe winning series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” former NFL player and longtime Old Spice pitchman Terry Crews, plus Super Bowl 50 MVP and new Old Spice Guy Von Miller, celebrated the release of new Hydro Wash body wash from Old Spice’s Hardest Working Collection performance lineup.

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Jeff Sessions confirmed to be the next attorney general

The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the next attorney general, surviving a vocal push by Democrats to derail his nomination.

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Nicholas Payton, Jam, Marika Hughes, Weston at Medgar Evers

As part of Black History Month, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will present Desert Island Discs with the trumpeter/composer Nicholas Payton (tonight) Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Stage and screen acting vet Santiago-Hudson directs ‘Jitney’ on Broadway

Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s career got off to as auspicious a start as one could hope for.

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Macy's kicks off Black History Month event series

Retail giant Macy’s has a slew of celebrations planned all over the U.S. throughout February to commemorate Black History Month.

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50th Anniversary of ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’

In 1967, racial tensions in cities all over the country erupted in violent collisions that laid bare social, economic and political strife.

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‘Lion’ leaps with six Oscar noms

The New York Amsterdam News has been invited to cover the 89th Oscars, marking our fourth consecutive year.

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‘A United Kingdom’—a true-life romance

For film producer and lead actor David Oyelowo, his six-year passion to bring the powerful true story of African King Seretse Khama to the U.S. has finally materialized with “A United Kingdom.”

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Daniel Beaty writes and stars in ‘Chapter & Verse’

“Chapter & Verse” is the first film by veteran Hollywood producer Cheryl Hill—co-owner of the new production company, Harlem Film Company—directed by Jamal Joseph, written by Daniel Beaty and Jamal Joseph, and starring Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and Selenis Leyva.

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Self-inflicted wounds cost Falcons Super Bowl title

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

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New England grinds out a historic ‘Super Bowl’ win

The parade culminating their Super Bowl celebration is over.

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ATI heats up the Armory for the Millrose Games

The Armory Track Invitational can stand on its own as a competitive meet that attracts some of track and field’s elite international athletes.

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Olympic medalists expected for Millrose Games

"I’ve heard the track is fast and the crowd is really engaged in the track meet, so I’m really looking forward to it,” said first-time Millrose Games participant Ashley Spencer, Olympic bronze medalist in the 400-meter hurdles. “

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How comfortable should Brooklyn become while in last place?

The All-Star break approaches

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The Knicks’ slide continues as Jackson channels Trump

“Build it, and he will come.” The famous quote from the movie “Field of Dreams” is often misquoted to read, “Build it, and they will come.”

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Getting to the Super Bowl and returning can be hard

Losing teams of big games such as Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons are rarely remembered.

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Queens College keeps winning streak going

With a 19–3 record and a Division II national ranking of 21, Queens College women’s basketball is going strong.

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Future nurses celebrated at St. Francis

Continuing a new tradition at St. Francis College, more than 60 future nurses, the largest class ever at the College, were welcomed into the four-year Nursing BSN program at the Third Annual Nursing White Coat Ceremony with a keynote address by State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon on Friday, Feb. 3.

Food for thought—and your lungs

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

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A Caribbean hub for sports medicine?

CAYMAN ISLANDS (Feb. 9, 2017)—Health City Cayman Islands may be the go-to Caribbean hospital for Turks and Caicos Islanders needing to treat sports-related injuries, according to a recent beneficiary of treatment at the state-of-the-art medical facility. 

Immigrants, know your rights!

Fear and concern are palpable in the immigrant community and rightfully so.

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Tillerson will not write Guyana’s laws

While the newly minted administration of President Donald Trump fights with the justice system on immigration issues, Guyana’s government has found itself on the defensive about the role former ExxonMobil boss and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could play in the country’s fledgling oil and gas sector.

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Snowstorm pounds the Northeast, canceling flights, closing schools

The Northeast is hunkering down Thursday for what could be the most significant storm of the season, with a foot of snow of forecast and blizzard conditions in some areas.

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The Harlem Renaissance

The period of time between the late 1910s and the mid-1930s, when Black cultures thrived in northern Manhattan, is known as the Harlem Renaissance.

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Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrate Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Council Member Laurie Cumbo joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council colleagues to celebrate the creation of the NYC Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence.

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We must address incarceration

I recently read Angela Davis’s book, “Are Prisons Obsolete” (2003).

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Ghanaian artist brings his skills to the court

Special to the AmNewsDespite their loss to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier last month, Knicks players and fans got a special treat from award-winning Ghanaian artist, Tafa, who conducted the first ever live painting to take place during a basketball game at the world famous Madison Square Garden.

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Cordell Cleare is our choice for the 9th Council District

Six of the candidates seeking to be the councilmember representing District #9 appeared last week at the Amsterdam News to get its endorsement.

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Trump blasts a judge and court system

If the partisanship that has been so evident in the political arena over the last year or so holds up, then the appellate judges in U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th District should rule against President Trump’s executive order blocking the entry of refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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Road trip Hollywood: 48th NAACP Image Awards

It’s time for our annual Hollywood Road Trip, which begins with the 48th NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate the best accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

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Inez Dickens sworn in as Assembly member

It took a roster of prominent elected officials and notable residents to recite portions of Inez Dickens’s impressive resume and political ascendance during her inauguration as the new Assembly member for the 70th District.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #2

Last week, we inaugurated our demand that President Trump must go, with the words of that great American patriot Thomas Paine.

Wednesday, February 8

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Blacks will account for nearly 18 percent of U.S. population by 2060

Each year, the Census Bureau recognizes Black History Month by releasing up-to-date statistics that reveal the total Black population, the number of Black-owned businesses and even how many African-American military members are serving the country.

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OneUnited Bank and #BlackLivesMatter launch the 'Amir' debit card

Black-owned OneUnited Bank and #BlackLivesMatter launched the the "Amir" Visa Debit card card during Black History Month.

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Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on Senate GOP

The Senate has silenced Elizabeth Warren.

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Near record heat Wednesday before heavy snow is forecast to hit tri-state Thursday

Mother Nature is demonstrating the full scope of her abilities in the tri-state area, as near record-breaking heat Wednesday will take a nosedive overnight, and a long-awaited major snowstorm is forecast to drop as much as a foot of snow Thursday morning.

Tuesday, February 7

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Neonatal Mortality: The quiet crisis in the African-American community

Most newborns grow and thrive, but in the United States, almost six out of every 1,000 babies die during their first year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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CBC members protest Trump's 'Muslim ban' at airports nationwide

At the height of the protests over President Donald Trump’s executive order that imposed a travel ban on seven Muslim countries, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) arrived at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport and asked airport officials how many people were being detained at the airport as a result of the order.

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Educational free market or educational free fall?

The educational crisis in the United States is a well-known but little discussed fact. In international educational rankings developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2014 the U.S. ranked 24th in reading, 28th in science and 36th in math. This dismal showing should create a national outcry, but analyses of the problem and possible solutions have been few and far between.

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Mount Vernon police chase suspect into Bronx, shoot woman in car

A woman is injured and a man is in custody after a police chase that began in Mount Vernon ended in a police-involved shooting in the Bronx.

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Mental capacity of murder suspect in Karina Vetrano death called into question

A man arrested in connection with the death of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano allegedly gave police specific details about the murder, law enforcement sources say.

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Elevated levels of lead found in water at Bronx school

City Council Member Andy King informed parents remediation work is being done on the affected water fixtures inside P.S. 41 on Olinville Ave.

Monday, February 6

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Patriots complete biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, win fifth title

For the first time, a Super Bowl needed overtime, and for the fifth time, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.

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Woman who falsely accused Emmett Till will avoid prosecution

Relatives of Emmett Till speak out after woman’s confession

He’s been dead for more than 60 years. Buried with Emmett Till was the truth to what led to brutal murder in 1955. But the latest development in the case is not going well the Till’s relatives in Chicago, the murder boy’s hometown, where schools and streets are named after him.

Friday, February 3

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'Chapter and Verse' red carpet opening night party at Mist Harlem

Harlem turned up and let loose at the red carpet premiere of “Chapter and Verse” at Mist Harlem.

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Will the Falcons finally earn their first Super Bowl title?

This Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in NRG Stadium in Houston, the 13-5 Atlanta Falcons, representing the National Football Conference, will face the 16-2 New England Patriots of the American Football Conference in Super Bowl LI for the National Football League championship.

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It’s the Bradys’ seventh appearance for a fifth bowl ring

It’s amazing how we hunger, wait for and anticipate the start of the NFL season—I’m excluding the preseason—and just like that, 22 weeks have gone by, elapsed.

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Do today’s athletes get it? Do they understand?

Even with the advancements of meds and psychoanalysis, today’s athletes and sports executives seem to have a false sense of reality that only a win or winning can solve.

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Sports figures reject Trump’s racist, anti-Muslim immigration ban

This past August in Rio de Janiero, Yusra Mardini and Rami Anis of Syria, as well as James Chiengjeik and Yiech Biel of South Sudan, among others, proudly represented the aptly named and first ever Refugee Olympic Team at the summer Olympic games.

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Half of Brooklyn’s 2016-17 season has already been lost

Which NBA team has yet to reach double digit wins this season? Which NBA team is the worst in the Eastern and Western Conference, has only two road wins and hasn’t had any semblance of a winning streak all season?

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Knicks’ effort and desire not enough to gain wins

Time and circumstances are against the Knicks. Thus far, their 2016-17 season has been one of several incarnations, devolving from promising to struggling to sinking.

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St. John’s earns a big win at Mecca of basketball

“It never gets old; it never gets less exciting,” said Joe Tartamella, head coach of St. John’s University’s women’s basketball, about his team playing at Madison Square Garden.

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An artist with a camera, Chuck Stewart, passes at 89

There is the photo of Eric Dolphy in deep thought, his bass clarinet resting on his shoulder. Another photo shows a pensive John Coltrane with his wife Alice hovering in the background.

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Michael J. Feeney remembered one year later

Friends and family came together this week to remember late journalist Michael J. Feeney, who died Jan. 31, 2016.

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‘Dreadlocks Story,’ a film about the spirituality of Jamaican Rastafarians and Indian Sadhus

Linda Aïnouche is a French anthropologist who directed and produced her first award-winning film called “Dreadlocks Story.”

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Vicki Garvin was a revolutionary at home and abroad

During a recent trip to Ghana and beyond its stated purposes, I found it difficult not to think of the number of African-Americans who went there after Kwame Nkrumah came to power in 1957.

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Reaction to Brooklyn’s Brookdale Hospital report

Reportedly there wasn’t an empty seat in Brookdale Hospital’s auditorium Jan. 10 for the emergency meeting to discuss the state’s health care overhaul report.

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Racial bias puts patients at risk

Black and Latino patients admitted to an emergency room with bone fractures or kidney stones are less likely to receive the recommended levels of painkillers relative to the average white patient.

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The Bishop Eddie Long I knew

I was hanging out with Bishop Eddie Long one day when he decided to surprise me.

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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' to appear in New York federal court

Mexico's most notorious drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is set to appear in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Friday morning.

Thursday, February 2

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32BJ advocates for Muslims in dire straits

Didn’t matter if you had a green card, a work visa or were escaping conflict.

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Presidents change, but our values should not

The president of the United States may have changed, but our values should not. 

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Teachers’ union accuses KIPP of violating federal law

United Federation of Teachers officials called out KIPP Academy Charter School leaders recently for allegedly violating federal labor laws.

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East Orange stands in solidarity with Muslim women during World Hijab Day

East Orange stood in solidarity with Muslim women worldwide in observance of the fifth annual World Hijab Day Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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Rutgers University celebrates Black History Month

Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center are celebrating Black History Month with a series of events

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Wayne Barrett Blues: Memories of a muckraker

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Our Lady of the Presentation Church in Brownsville, family, friends, colleagues, politicians and probably more than a few enemies gathered to honor the life and work of master investigative reporter, editor and stalwart word wizard Wayne Barrett.

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Trump the tyrant

With each tweet, with every stroke of his poison pen, President Donald Trump expresses an unbridled, tyrannical behavior that has aroused a nation with increasing alarm and outrage.

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A Piece of Velvet for your slice of heaven

Have you been strolling 125th Street and peeped a small sweets shop on the south side between Lenox and Fifth avenues?

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Talking SCHOP! The house pickles built

On one recent night I was home minding my business when my friend, Kate, called to invite me to a tasting.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Part 1

Black History Month is the perfect time to reflect on African-American culture and recognize individuals who have broken barriers and improved our nation in insurmountable ways.

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Chuck Stewart, definitive jazz photographer, dies at 89

Chuck Stewart, whose portraits and improvisational photographs are recognized at a glance similar to identifying a Coltrane tune after a few notes, died Jan. 20, in Teaneck, N.J.

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No homework on Hindu festival Diwali in Mineola

Mineola Union Free School District in New York state has announced that homework and exams will be postponed on the day of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

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See Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater Feb. 4

This year marks the 16th anniversary for the young Brooklyn-based, Bessie Award-nominated dance company.

Paris Jackson to appear on ‘Star’

Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late phenomenal King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is Lee Daniel’s next star.

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Dressed to Kilt in NYC

Talk about a sizzling Scottish fashion show and fundraiser! Last weekend’s “Dressed to Kilt” fashion affair kicked off New York Fashion Week with a smashing designer showcase.

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Visionary filmmaker Kathleen Collins featured at upcoming BAM series

Before Professor Annalise Keating, there was Professor Sara.

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Spring 2017: Fashion angles

When you think about what’s new, think about what’s different from the last season.

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‘Belle’ director returns with ‘A United Kingdom’

For two days last week, we had the opportunity to connect with “A United Kingdom” director and screenwriter Amma Asante (“Belle”) and actor and producer David Oyelowo.

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Broken Windows breaks the bank, can’t be reformed



The debate over Broken Windows policing took a new turn last week with word that the city settled a lawsuit that challenged the NYPD over years of criminal summonsing patterns.

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First annual Black Web Fest to debut at National Black Theatre

The bigger the digital world becomes, the more the demand for content will continue to grow.

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February Dance Calendar

The young choreographer, social activist, Jamaican native living in Brooklyn, Marguerite Hemmings, tops this month’s calendar, and there are two chances to see her this month.

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First lessons for the Trump White House

We are barely two weeks into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, and a few things are becoming evident while still others are slowly crystalizing around a man and an administration that will truly be unlike any other this institution has seen.

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AFRICAN UNION BLASTS TRUMP’S AFRICAN MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS BAN

(GIN)—An outraged African Union recalled the kidnapping of Black Africans as it considered the controversial new U.S. anti-immigrant rules.

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Bountiful ties between Ghana and Israel

Accra, Ghana—Recently, a delegation of African-American journalists was invited to tour Ghana by the Consulate General of Israel in New York City.

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A Black History Month commentary: Appreciating President Obama

This Black History Month presents a perfect opportunity to not fully let you go, Mr. President.

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New York to hold memorial for Comrade Fidel Castro

Feb. 4, New Yorkers will gather at the Malcolm X/Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, located in Upper Manhattan, at 7 p.m. The memorial tribute is sponsored by the NY/NJ Cuba Si’ Committee.

Don’t ignore signs of depression

NYC Health + Hospitals reminds New Yorkers that depression is a common illness that can be assessed by a primary care physician.

The Cosmopolitan Review: February 2-8

Say adieu to January 2017 and bonjour to February, the month of love, dead presidents and Black history.

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A half empty glass for medical care

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

A day without immigrants

The thing we feared has come upon us!

Greatness and sampling from true masters such as The Stylistics

Talk about underrated! The list of artists who have done covers of their material reads like a who’s who.

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Reparations commission cranks up 2017 agenda

A Caribbean reparations commission appointed by governments is meeting this week to help lay the groundwork for a proposed summit with the region and former slave-trading nations in Europe.

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Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosts Black History Month Awards Breakfast

The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosted its Black History Month awards breakfast Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

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Uber and Lyft in tug-of-war over customers’ post-travel ban

One could argue that Donald Trump’s presidency has made almost every decision by citizens a political one. The choice between two tech “disruptors” in the taxi industry has become a source of political debate.

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Ask an elder

I recently attended the home-going service for Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, a longtime friend of the Amsterdam News and a brilliant and groundbreaking psychiatrist.

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Second Annual American Entrepreneurship Award in the Bronx opens for entries

The American Entrepreneurship Award, a program created and funded by the Libra Group to support American startup businesses and entrepreneurs, announced this week that it has begun accepting submissions for its second annual award.

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500 applaud as Brooklyn students win awards for art, essay and poetry works celebrating Dr. King’s legacy and life

Monday, Jan. 16, the Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission honored Dr. King’s life through the eyes of Brooklyn’s youth.

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Medical students, deans and faculty demand Congress #DoNoHarm

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, was declared the National Day of Medical Student Activism to express outrage that congressional moves on health care will lead to 43,000 unnecessary deaths per year.

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Executive disorder: Trump ban leads to chaos and mass mobilizations

“Flagrantly unconstitutional,” is what New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called President Donald Trump’s Friday, 27, 2017, executive orders suspending the admission of all refugees for 120 days and banning the admittance of Muslims from Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Yemen into the U.S. and barring all Syrian refugees indefinitely.

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Mother of fatally shot Bronx teen marks 5th anniversary of his death with rally

A Bronx woman whose teenage son was fatally shot by police five years ago is demanding justice; she’s holding a rally demanding the firing of several NYPD officers.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #1

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” the great patriot Thomas Paine wrote in 1776 to bolster the morale and the resistance of the forces arrayed to demolish the tyranny of King George III and the grip of British colonialism.

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Exuective Disorder: Trump action cause dissent

President Donald Trump hasn’t been in office but 11 days, and for many Americans that’s 11 days too long. Friday he issued his strongest edict, banning all refugees from Syria and placing a temporary block on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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No Muslim ban, No border ban, U.S. communities standing together

Lutfa Adnan and her family joined thousands of vocal protesters at Philadelphia International Airport Jan. 29, chanting “Let them in!”

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Community Calendar 2/2 - 2/8

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

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Lorenzo Daughtry-Chambers, advocate for the soul

Lorenzo A. Daughtry-Chambers is more than an entrepreneur, author and speaker.

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BroadwayCon: A theater lover’s dream

BroadwayCon at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this past weekend was the best it gets for theater lovers.

Wednesday, February 1

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Trump holds 'little breakfast' to kick off Black History Month

President Donald Trump met Wednesday with several African-American leaders for a listening session to kick off Black History Month.

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Delaware corrections officers held hostage in prison standoff

Corrections officers are being held hostage at a Delaware prison, authorities said Wednesday.

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Beyoncé pregnant with twins

Social media is buzzing over the revelation that superstar Beyoncé Knowles in pregnant again. This time with twins.

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Scholarship opportunities for African American students highlighted during Black History Month

Fastweb.com is honoring African American History Month with a focus on important scholarship opportunities available for graduate, undergraduate and college-bound African American students.

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'Madiba' brings Nelson Mandela's inspiring life to BET

"Madiba" provides a handsome centerpiece to BET's Black History Month lineup, solidly chronicling Nelson Mandela's struggles against Apartheid over three nights, with Laurence Fishburne playing the South African leader.

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Getting Gorsuch: How Trump picked his Supreme Court nominee

"So, was that a surprise?" President Donald Trump said with a grin, moments after unveiling his pick for the Supreme Court.

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Black History Month theme highlights African Americans and barriers in education

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced the theme for Black History Month 2017 is "The Crisis in Black Education” focusing on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans.

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Green Dot purchases RushCard in megadeal

Every American needs a RushCard – or Green Dot.