Stories for January 2017

Tuesday, January 31

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Supreme Court 101: How it works and what's at stake now

The nation will be watching closely when President Donald Trump reveals his nominee for the Supreme Court Tuesday night.

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Muslim immigrants: Trump is slamming the door on our American Dream

Four years ago, Mrwan Alqaut had just immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt and was working as a busboy at a Burger King in New York. He now lives in Maryland, works as an electrical engineer and has recently been planning to buy a house.

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Hundreds attend Tompkins Square Park rally to denounce Trump policies

While it was politically convenient for elected officials to show up in Tompkins Square Park Monday night and encourage residents out for an anti-Trump protest to go vote, it was also a realization for the people that they will only have their voice heard, according to them, in the voting booth.

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Oprah Winfrey becoming a contributor to CBS' '60 Minutes'

Oprah Winfrey will contribute several stories to the coming season of "60 Minutes," CBS announced Tuesday.

Monday, January 30

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Obama 'fundamentally disagrees' with Trump's immigration order

Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump's executive order curbing immigration in a statement on Monday, backing protesters who have taken to the nation's airports to express their displeasure with Trump's action on Friday.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio: We can help you sign up for health insurance

When people have insurance they can see a doctor and deal with small problems before they become big ones. When people have insurance they know that an illness won’t leave them owing lots of money.

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Rev. Barber tells Black press: 'Bowing down is not an option'

Reverend William Barber, the president of the North Carolina state chapter of the NAACP and leader of the Moral Mondays movement, delivered a rousing keynote address to open the 2017 Mid-Winter Conference of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

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Lawyers' Committee goes on red alert as Trump rolls back civil rights

President Donald Trump began his first term by attempting to roll back the civil rights gains that occurred under his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

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Why New York's 'tuition-free' colleges will still cost $14,000

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing to make New York the first state in the country to adopt a tuition-free plan at both two-year and four-year public colleges.

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Stars get animated on SAG Awards red carpet

The SAG red carpet was packed with star power, and CNN was right in the middle of it.

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2nd day of protests over Trump's immigration policies

America's major airports became ground zero Sunday for a second consecutive day of protests against President Donald Trump's new immigration policies.

Friday, January 27

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Death of 3-year-old boy in 2016 ruled a homicide, police say

The death of a 3-year-old boy days after he was found in his Harlem apartment with bruises all over his body has been deemed a homicide, police said Friday.

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Report: Emmett Till accuser confesses she lied about incident that led to his killing

An upcoming book by author and Duke University senior research scholar Timothy Tyson reveals startling new information about the infamous Emmett Till case.

Thursday, January 26

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The wrap dress is back for spring/summer ’17

The wrap dress is in style this spring ’17. Singer/actress Beyoncé showed off her curves in designer Romeo Hunte’s shapely, striped style.

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Brooklyn has lost in many ways, and in disappointment is one

The Brooklyn Nets have found a variety of ways to lose games this season—in the third quarter, the fourth quarter, the final minutes and seconds of a game; by blowouts, by buzz beaters, by one point or two points. 

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Knicks must decide soon if they will rebuild or stay the course

The time is rapidly approaching for the Knicks’ honchos to decide if they will dismantle the team or keep the current roster intact and fight for a low playoff seed.

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New coach keeps Adelphi hoops on track

When Missy Traversi took the job as head coach of Adelphi University women’s basketball last May, she knew she was coming into a program on the rise. Accustomed to winning and looking to take it up another notch, in her first season as the Panthers’ head coach the team is an impressive 17-2 overall and 12-0 in NE 10 conference play.

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Falcons stifle Rodgers and the Packers en route to Super Bowl LI

In the week leading up to the NFC championship game, the Atlanta Falcons, the most dynamic and talent-laden offense in the NFL, were persistently queried as to how they would slow down Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had carried his team to eight straight wins, including two in the playoffs, a 38-13 spanking of the New York Giants at home in their wild card game and a gripping 34-31 win in Dallas over the Cowboys in the divisional round.

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Brady, Belichick, Butler and Blunt bust out en route to Bowl

Minutes after the Atlanta Falcons finished breaking down the highly respected Green Bay Packers Sunday, the New England Patriots began their dissection of Steeler Nation, busting out the Pittsburgh Steelers to close out the NFL’s championships.

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Indoor track and field season heats up at the Armory

The New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Washington Heights will be one of the most appealing and frequented venues in the tristate area over the next 10 weeks as it hosts several of the sport’s signature events, including the iconic Millrose Games Feb. 11 and the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet from March 10 through March 12.

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Sandals and Marriott join forces to open Kingston hotel

Sandals Resorts International has announced a new partnership with Marriott International to bring AC Hotels by Marriott, a modern, design-driven lifestyle brand, to the Caribbean. 

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Gambia begins new era after unpopular leader packs and runs

Former president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, packed a Chadian cargo plane with luxury cars and went into exile late Saturday, barely missing the West African regional troops on their way to remove him by force if necessary. 

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An ode to the Liberal Kraken

I can remember vividly the first time I met David. It was in the winter of 2002. My colleague Nancie and I were on the train coming from New York to D.C., and everyone on the train recognized me, and David, ever inquisitive, wanted to know who that guy was.

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‘God made me funky’

When you know you’re rocking something fresh, that air of confidence is sometimes misleading.

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Eric Adams and Ruben Diaz launch 'Gifted and Talented Education Task Force'

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the creation of a new “Gifted and Talented Education Task Force” to study issues surrounding gifted and talented education in New York City public schools, as well as the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools.

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When all is said and done, try Deas remedies

The following remedies have been shown in many cases to heal as well as cure many medical conditions that are not always found in medical textbooks.

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89th Oscars: A very colorful year

The nominations for the 89th Oscars have been announced, with three out of five actresses nominated under Best Supporting role being African-American—Viola Davis in “Fences,” Naomie Harris in “Moonlight” and Octavia Spencer in "Hidden Figures”—in competition with Nicole Kidman in “Lion,” and Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea.”

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Oscars: A word from the nominees

Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are people of their word, as witnessed by the 2017 Oscar nominee announcements.

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Thank you, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross

Funeral services were held Wednesday at for that pioneering psychiatrist Phyllis Harrison-Ross at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where she served as a trustee and chairperson. Harrison-Ross died Jan. 14 at age 80.

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What does the death penalty solve?

Dylan Roof, the murderer of nine innocent praying churchgoers from Mother Emmanuel AME Church, has been sentenced to death for his heartless crime.

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Broadway’s ‘Phantom’ brings diversity to lead roles

The “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, at the Majestic Theatre, has boldly cast the first African-American as Raoul (Jordan Donica) and the first Asian-American as Christine (Ali Ewoldt).

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Moor Mother Goddess releases album/book combo ‘Fetish Bones’

Camae Ayewa, better known as rapper, poet and producer Moor Mother Goddess, creates multi-tiered art installations that are complex and diversified.

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‘Jitney’ is the best play on Broadway!

It has been too long in coming but, at last, August Wilson’s “Jitney” has made it to Broadway. And “Jitney” is the best play there!

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Sistas’ Place, Howard Johnson, Blue Note, ‘Trubone’

Like his fellow native Brooklynites (Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston), the pianist Ed Stoute wears his Brooklyn badge of honor with distinction as he celebrates the jazz tradition with spirited inspiration.

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Chef Andre Fowles recalls legendary win on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to be taped live on national TV while competing in a life-changing cooking rivalry with several expert chefs, all to win the title along with a large cash prize. Just ask Jamaican chef Andre Fowles, who won the grand prize after battling in a few tournaments on the Food Network’s popular “Chopped” show.

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Complexions kicks off season at the Joyce Theater

Complexions Contemporary Ballet, a company formed in 1994 by resident choreographer Dwight Rhoden and dancer Desmond Richardson, kicks off its 23rd season at the Joyce Theater (Jan. 24-Feb. 5) with two distinctive new programs and a troupe of dancers that will knock your socks off.

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Truth and diversity was missing at the inauguration in 2017

There was a fundamental disconnect at the Trump inauguration, because there were mostly whites attendees at the event. Washington, D.C. is known as “the Chocolate City.” So where were the people of color?

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Making the Case for Progressive Policies

Now that Trump has been sworn in as our country’s 45th President, what will this mean for Harlem and other communities around the nation?

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Community Calendar 1/26 - 2/1

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

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2017 Harlem Fine Arts Show coming soon

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

Is it mid-January or what? Where’s the snow, sleet, below freezing temperatures? I just heard that the biggest iceberg ever is about to break free of the Arctic ice sheet. Really?

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The inestimable genius of Benjamin Banneker

Three things brought to mind of the genius Benjamin Banneker. Last month Cyril deGrasse Tyson, the father of noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, died.

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Assembly approves legislation protecting women’s reproductive rights

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly members Kevin Cahill and Deborah Glick showed how they’ll oppose Trump—through their own policies.

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Union leaders talk women’s march and what’s next

Millions of people around the world participated in the Women’s March, with large crowds converging in places such as New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Cleveland, Los Angeles, London and even Antarctica.

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Fast food workers push for City Council to pass pro-worker bills

Another group of Americans that are worried about Donald Trump’s presidency? Fast-food workers.

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What to do during a layover in Taipei

Because of Taiwan’s strong business ties to the United States, Taipei, its capital, is the perfect gateway city to begin your exploration of Asia. However, staying for an extended amount of time is not necessary, even if you want to gain a good sense of the culture and the best the city has to offer. Instead, I suggest using Taipei as a launch pad and a place for an extended layover.

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Trump delays Texas voter ID case

In a move signaling a shift in direction when it comes to the Department of Justice in the nation, President Donald Trump ordered a delay in the hearing of the Texas voter ID law case.

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Talking SCHOP! Jamaica Funk

Listen … we are getting through these historical times together as best we can. Looking at the nightly news is like a horror movie you can only watch through the ever so slightly spread fingers of your hands as you cover your face.

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Schomburg Center classified as National Historic Landmark

The National Parks Service announced Wednesday, Jan. 11, that Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd., corner of 135th Street) was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It was one site among 24 nationwide to be recently so honored.

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Bronx killer cop’s departmental trial concludes

Closing arguments wrapped up Monday’s session at lower Manhattan’s One Police Plaza, concluding the weeklong departmental trial of the Caucasian NYPD cop, Richard Haste, who shot and killed an innocent, unarmed Black teenager in his Bronx home on Feb. 2, 2012.

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Organizing in the time of Trump

There currently exists, it would appear, an air of defiance and need to triumph as unprecedented is the massive outrage that motivated more than a million people to take to the streets during and one day after the inauguration of controversial Twitter-friendly Donald Trump.

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NYC Black grassroots protest Trump!

As the extravagant pomp and circumstance of the United States presidential inauguration ceremony commenced Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, tens of thousands demonstrated in stiff opposition across the country.

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Black Institute prepares for immigration forum in Brooklyn

The Black Institute is partnering with Brooklyn City Council Member Mathieu Eugene for an immigration forum in Brooklyn Thursday, Jan. 26.

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The soap opera of El Trumpeto begins

Long before John Lewis and 60-plus Democratic lawmakers decided they would not attend the inauguration of El Trumpeto as president of the United States, I had decided there was no way I would watch the launch of the country’s biggest soap opera, the new D.C. Reality TV show!

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Development ties between Israel and Ghana

Accra, Ghana—In 1958, Israel’s Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion presented a two-seater Piper Cub airplane to Ghana’s Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah as a birthday gift from the Israeli government.

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Caviar says love

Some might think Valentine’s Day is a throwaway holiday, created by a chocolate-flowers-cards consortium to get us to spend money unnecessarily.

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Exclusion and co-opting of Black culture at Women’s March

The Women’s March turned out to be a bigger international stance against inequality than expected. All over the world, some are estimating that 3 million people marched Jan. 21, demanding equal rights and freedoms for all. There were some obvious sentiments about the newest president as well.

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Jamaicans leading the rush to get visas

Jamaicans appear to be among the most anxious of Caribbean Community citizens who are rushing to obtain non-immigrant, or visitor, visas to the U.S., fearing that promised policy changes by the administration of President Donald Trump might make it harder to do so in the coming months.

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Leo Pinkney Kultivating Konfidence with the youth

Leo Pinkney is a local game changer. He is the founder and creator of the innovative nonprofit organization Kultivating Konfidence, “To improve the health and increase the vitality of our community’s residents, by teaching and utilizing agricultural and solar energy operations as a conduit to improving their overall quality of life.”  

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Sen. Parker celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with free community concert at Brooklyn College

On Martin Luther King Day, more than 2000 New York City residents joined State Sen. Kevin Parker (D, WF) for his 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, in conjunction with the A Shared Dream Foundation.

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Schomburg Center hosts Black Comic Book Festival

The Schomburg Center hosted their 5th annual Black Comic Book Festival, expanded over two days. Comic fans of all ages thronged the colorful and informative event, which included many panels, booklets, festival T-shirts, authors, designers, illustrators and fellow aficionados.

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PS 175 celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All over the city communities celebrated the national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King.

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What’s going on?

The Donald Trump inauguration is the unapologetic installation of white supremacy in the White House. This ascendancy of Jim Crow racism is coupled with brazen declarations of the rights of big business and the banks to intensify their exploitation of all American workers under a false promise of “more jobs.”

Wednesday, January 25

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Trump calls for 'major investigation' into voter fraud

President Donald Trump called on Wednesday for "a major investigation" into voter fraud, following through with baseless claims he has made since November's election alleging millions of illegal votes during the general election without citing any evidence.

Tuesday, January 24

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President Donald Trump's thin skin

President Donald Trump's refusal to let sleeping dogs lie now threatens to harm his presidency.

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#OscarsLessWhite? Diversity comes to Academy Awards

This year's Oscar nominations have thrust the conversation about diversity back into the limelight, but this time in a more positive context.

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NYC to spend $1 billion to upgrade public housing roofs

Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a $1 billion commitment to fix leaky roofs in New York City’s public housing complexes.

Monday, January 23

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Trump and Obamacare: Where we go from here

President Trump's executive order on Obamacare Friday reaffirmed his commitment to dismantle the health reform law. But it could have little tangible impact on the law... at least initially.

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Women's March NYC: 400,000 protesters make their way to Trump Tower

More than 4000,000 demonstrators march toward Trump Tower Saturday for the Women's March on NYC, one of the many protests happening throughout the nation.

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More than 1 million marched against Trump in US -- and that's without counting DC

More than a million Americans took to the streets of the United States to protest Donald Trump the day after his inauguration. And that doesn't include the many thousands of people who took part in the main event -- The Women's March on Washington -- for which there was no official crowd estimate.

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Falcons, Patriots advance to Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons spent 25 years playing in the Georgia Dome, and they saved their best for last.

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7 tax tips for the Black community

ax season has officially begun and it’s time to find those deductibles and items that might help offset some of what you might have to pay the government by April 15.

Saturday, January 21

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Protesters rally worldwide in solidarity with Washington march

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and around the world are joining marches Saturday to raise awareness of women's rights and other civil rights they fear could be under threat under Donald Trump's presidency.

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Women of color on what's at stake under President Trump

Hundreds of thousands of women are expected to march in Washington D.C. and other cities across the country this weekend to raise awareness of women's rights and other civil rights issues that many think are being threatened by the Trump administration.

Friday, January 20

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NYC officer who shot Ramarley Graham: I thought 18-year-old would kill me

A white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager to death in the bathroom of his New York City apartment says the last thing he wanted to do was pull the trigger.

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Putting the 'active' in activism: How to get kids to step up and get involved

atie Danziger, a mom of three in New York City, remembers when her daughter, a college senior, called last year as there were demonstrations around racial issues on campuses across the country.

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Obama's post-inauguration remarks: Full text

Former President Barack Obama bid farewell to members of his staff Friday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before departing with his family for a vacation in California.

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Trump becomes 45th President of the United States

Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States Friday during a time-honored inauguration ceremony that encapsulated the peaceful transfer of power that is a hallmark of American democracy.

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Record number protests expected to happen during Donald Trump’s inauguration weekend

More than two dozen demonstrations, a record number, have been permitted for this week's inauguration of Donald Trump.

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Must-haves for hitting the slopes

With a couple of four-day weekends quickly approaching, now is a great time to start planning a ski trip to the mountains.

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New film in the works for Taraji P. Henson

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Spring/summer 2018 color and fashion forecast

For 2018, Wonderlust is a trending mood. The theme reaches into the young, eager spirit of nature and adventure.

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NY Fashion Week spring ’17 runway news

Anniesa Hasibuan was the first Muslim and the first Indonesian designer to show the hijabs on the NY Fashion Week runway. Born in Jakarta, July 30, 1986, she is the wife of Andika Surachman, a young entrepreneur.

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Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group’s ‘Citizen’ at BAM/Harvey

It is not surprising that for Reggie Wilson’s latest work, “Citizen,” he begins by directing his audience to keep thinking about these unreasoned times in the Black man’s history.

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Three faces of Fana

The experience begins on the trip to the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, now all of 18 years old but still a hidden gem, run by Artur Aviles (artistic director) and Charles Rice-Gonzalez (executive director), that give emerging artists a platform to show their work. The experience continues once you enter the space: part church, part party place, part offices and sectioned off by shimmering strands that form a curtain—part performance space.

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48th NAACP Image Awards nominations announced

Host Anthony Anderson is going to keep the comedy hot and topical Feb. 11 with the NAACP Image Awards, starting with a 90-minute live red carpet pre-show, which is followed by the star-studded, two-hour, live TV special, airing on TV One.

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Say hello to ‘The Bye Bye Man’

It needs some work but it’s a nice house: large rooms and furniture come with it. So the three college students who need a place to live decide to rent it.

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President Obama's last words to America

President Obama departed the Oval Office for the final time Friday, slipping a letter for Donald Trump into the top drawer of his desk and striding toward the Residence.

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Obama tweets final message from White House, announces new website

President Barack Obama tweeted the American people in his final hours of head of state promising to continue his work with them, and unveiling a new website.

Thursday, January 19

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Obama commutes 330 sentences, most in single day

President Barack Obama granted 330 commutations, the White House announced Thursday, the most commutations given in a single day by a US president.

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8 ways we've changed since the last time we had a new president

It was only eight years ago when President Obama took office, but it seems like a lifetime. Smartphones were a luxury. Donald Trump was a reality TV star.

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Talking SCHOP! 2016: Gone but Not Forgotten, Part II

The second part of 2016 brought a second Pacific Northwest reunion with my bestie Raquel and nephew Spencer! I flew into SeaTac and we headed southwest for a weekend in Tenino and Olympia before returning to Seattle for a week of fun and food.

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Black Sundance January 19 to 29, 2017

This year our annual Hollywood road trip will begin with the famed Sundance Film Festival, one of the most respected film festivals in the world.

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Barack Obama: A true president of sports

Today is Barack Obama’s final full day as president of the United States. His historic election in 2008 as the 44th and first African-American president of this country elicited pride and a sense of self-determination among countless people of color around the world.

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Matt Ryan and the Falcons will fly past the Packers

If 33-year-old Aaron Rodgers has been Superman the past several months, lifting the Green Bay Packers to nine straight wins, the Atlanta Falcons 31-year-old quarterback Matt Ryan has been Batman all season.

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As the season ends, it’s down to chips and bowls

It was the lowest output of scoring by any of the four winning teams Sunday. It was the lowest scoring game of the four played, but the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to pull off another postseason win to advance to the AFC Championship Sunday against the New England Patriots.

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If it were a 24-minute game, Brooklyn would be OK

The end of the first quarter nears. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gets a steal off a DeMar DeRozan turnover. He gets down court with a running dunk.

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Melo is simply a diversion from Jackson’s flaws

Phil Jackson has patently established he is not the smartest guy in the room. The Knicks’ president is unquestionably intelligent, but by persistently channeling his inner Donald Trump, creating diversions in an attempt to deflect attention from the substantive issues that really ail his franchise, Jackson is presenting himself as imprudent and obtuse, and isn’t fooling anyone.

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McNeal steps up for West Point

Playing Division I basketball is a daunting prospect, but that is only one piece of Janae McNeal’s life.

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Why the FDA should think like a surgeon

On a visit to her prenatal physician, Margaret Boeme and her husband received unwelcome news. Their unborn baby had a spinal tumor.

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The Inauguration is upon us

In just a few days, thousands of Republicans and Trump supporters will gather in Washington, D.C., to witness the swearing -n of the 45th president.

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More than 60 House Dems to skip inauguration

Many of the Democrats in Congress may not have needed a reason to boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration, but his sharp retort to Rep. John Lewis has given them the cover they need.

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Get a jump-start with Pre-K for All

Our city’s Pre-K for All program offers our youngest learners an opportunity to develop their social skills, explore science, learn routines and build their vocabulary.

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Collegiate thoughts on the Trump era

From Donald Trump being elected as president to President Barack Obama’s farewell speech, emotions have been scattered across a plane of sadness, joy and frustration.

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Desperate Gambian leader may find all exits not closed

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh hardened his position this week in defiance of December’s election results that put opposition candidate, Adama Barrow, squarely over the top. Now, as military loyalists peel off or are jailed, it appears he may have played his last card. 

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A president’s last act—Dual citizenship for Africans in the Diaspora

Jan. 6, 2017, a day before the West African nation of Ghana changed leadership (President John Dramani Mahama lost the election to Nana Akufo-Addo), I was blessed to receive my Ghana citizenship along with Bro. Earl 3X Reddix from Las Vegas.

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A true statesman: President Obama’s legacy

Au revoir, President Obama.  President Barack Hussein Obama, 55, departs the White House with a legacy of sweeping change and political controversy.

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Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad anniversary celebration

Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad was known for his work as the Black Power General and as a powerful Black activist. Jan. 12, his life, legacy and the 69th anniversary of his physical day were celebrated by local activists, community members and leaders of the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn.

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Dr. King on Black Power, revolution and Black politicians

White America and the white media, for their comfort, have “frozen Dr. King in history” at his “I Have a Dream” speech and call for integration in 1963.

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Philanthropist and Colorado pioneer, Clara Brown

Recently, while browsing in a Barnes and Noble bookstore in Cary, N.C., I bumped into a book lover who recognized me and asked me if I had ever heard of Clara Brown.

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Congresswoman Clarke: Why I am not going to the Presidential Inauguration

Initially, I was inclined to attend the inauguration of the 45th president of our great nation. Like most Americans, I have viewed presidential inaugurations as a ceremonial rite of passage, and representing the people of the 9th Congressional District of New York at the transition in the governance of our nation was understood as a tradition.

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Americans, not Moscow, are sending President-elect Trump to the White House

Let’s distinguish fact from fiction and separate out whining from winning. Vladimir Putin did not elect Donald Trump to serve as the next president of the United States.

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Hillary Clinton for mayor

Sometimes New Yorkers forget our history. They also forget that in this great city of change, anything can and does happen daily.

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Fast food workers, council members and advocates denounce Puzder

Leading up to the Senate confirmation hearings for potential Labor Secretary Andy Puzder, fast-food workers, New York City Council members and allies denounced his position and history of anti-labor behavior.

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Newark Airport workers rally on MLK Day

Lost amid the commemoration of a civil rights icon was his advocacy for labor rights. Some airport workers reminded the world of that this week.

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Ice Cube’s new BIG3 Basketball League

On the precipice of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend, O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, revealed why and how one of his dreams is coming to fruition.

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Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad honored in Brooklyn

Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad, internationally known as the Black Power General, was celebrated Jan. 12 at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church on what would have been his 69th birthday.

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Cosmopolitan Review: January 19 - January 25

I am still reveling in the fact that 2016 is over. It became a year when so many of our beloved friends and family passed on into the next dimension.

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White football player/rapist given no jail time

During the attack they “then kicked the coat hanger several times, forcing it farther into the victim’s body and causing rectal injuries that required treatment at a hospital,” reported KTVB in Boise, Idaho. On Oct. 23, 2015, at an Idaho high school, three white football players, John R. K. Howard, Tanner Ward and a juvenile accomplice, sodomized a mentally disabled Black teen on their team with a coat hanger.

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Dr. King’s legacy revived

Practically every aspect of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—his dignity, optimism, determination, ministry, courage, sermons, admonitions, guidance, dedication, hope and even his literary prowess—was invoked by a number of elected officials and activists Monday at the National Action Network.

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An open letter to President Barack Obama

Malcolm X Commemoration Committee press office Zayid Muhammad and chair Dequi Kioni Sadiki pen an open letter to President Barack Obama.

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Whatever Dylann Roof wants, he gets

He was taken into custody alive, bought Burger King for a snack and now he gets to die. Social media erupted in excitement over the death sentence of Dylann Roof, because finally a white man would be held accountable for murdering innocent Black people.

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Anti-Trump sentiment increases nationwide

As the United States’ first African-American president prepares to conclude his last days in the Oval Office this week, many across the country are staging demonstrations denouncing Donald Trump’s pending inauguration this Friday in the nation’s capital.

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Anti-violence organization S.A.V.E. and post-prison support nonprofit GOSO host hip-hop competition

Post-prison support organization Getting Out and Staying Out and anti-gun-violence advocates Stand Against Violence East Harlem hosted their first ever hip-hop competition showcase Jan. 19.

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Malcolm X Commemoration Committee hosts annual dinner for families of political prisoners

The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee is hosting its 21st Annual Dinner Tribute to the Families of PP/POWs Saturday, March 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Building

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Pioneering psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, passes at 80

There’s a photo of Wayne State University’s College of Medicine graduating class in Detroit in 1959. Of the 66 graduates, there are two Black men, one white woman, and one Black woman—Phyllis Harrison.

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Obama’s legacy

Somewhere between the differing polarities of Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, two of America’s most engaging and controversial Black public intellectuals, is the truth of President Barack Obama’s legacy, the gist of his eight years in the Oval Office.

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Report suggests racial progress in America

The NY Daily News in a story titled “The death of post-racial America” Jan. 15 said, “So even those who mourn the rise of Trump should celebrate the awakening. It’s an awakening to the fact that we are not a post-racial society.

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Lookman Mashood: Cooking up a dream in Brooklyn

“Anyone can dream of having their own business,” said Lookman Mashood. “But it takes dedication for your dreams to thrive.” Mashood is the owner of one of the eminent Nigerian restaurants in New York City.

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Community Calendar 1/19 - 1/25

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

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‘We Shall Not Be Moved’—Marchers remember the legacy of Dr. King

Hundreds of marchers gathered in Washington D.C. this past Saturday. The Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network, in partnership with organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Urban League, Hip Hop Caucus, Planned Parenthood and others, led the “We Shall Not Be Moved” march.

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The numbers count

Numbers, as we all know, are important in evaluating anything. They tend to take the guesswork out of a situation where opinions vary and conclusions differ.

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‘harlem is . . . Music’—Reflecting on yesterday with an eye on today

As we approach Black History Month and reflect on the evolving nature of Harlem, with its current influx of a new generation of culturally and ethnic diverse residents, it’s worth reflecting back to a similar time a hundred years ago.

Wednesday, January 18

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Steve Harvey in 'Family Feud' with fans

Name something Steve Harvey has done recently that is upsetting fans?

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Former State Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson sentenced to five years

Reports indicate that former State Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson has been sentenced to five years in prison over corruption charges.

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Talladega College band on inauguration: 'Forget the politics... We are musicians'

Alex Liddell Jr. sang an Al Green song as he sorted through recently dry-cleaned uniforms -- deep crimson with Carolina blue accents -- for his marching band's biggest performance ever.

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VDIEO: Obama meets press for final time as President

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his final press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

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Disciplinary trial begins for NYPD officer who killed Ramarley Graham

A disciplinary trial has begun for a white New York City officer in a case that was an early catalyst for outrage over police use of deadly force against Black men.

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Secret Service settles racial discrimination case with $24 million payment

The Secret Service has agreed pay $24 million to settle a racial discrimination case brought on by eight African-American Secret Service agents who alleged that the federal agency denied them job opportunities because of their race, according to court documents.

Tuesday, January 17

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Obama cuts sentences of hundreds of drug offenders

President Barack Obama on Tuesday reduced or eliminated the sentences for hundreds more non-violent drug offenders.

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Charter schools controversy will only grow under Trump

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't been coy about his vision for public schools: He wants them to become more like their private counterparts.

Monday, January 16

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Trump tweets MLK salute, will meet with son

After a weekend clash with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, President-elect Donald Trump on Monday called on Americans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and "celebrate all of the many wonderful things that he stood for."

Sunday, January 15

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Bishop Eddie Long dead at 63

Multiple reports indicate that Bishop Eddie Long has died.

Saturday, January 14

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It's All Over: 'Dreamgirls' star Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration performance

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday is telling President-elect Donald Trump she's not going -- to his inauguration.

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Trump rips 'all talk,' 'no action' civil rights icon Lewis

President-elect Donald Trump harshly responded to civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Saturday, calling him "all talk" and "no action" after Lewis said Trump was not a "legitimate" president.

Friday, January 13

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Chicago police use excessive force, DOJ finds

The Chicago Police Department has unconstitutionally engaged in a pattern of excessive and deadly force, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday, wrapping up a 13-month federal probe of a department that has been under heavy scrutiny over officer-involved shootings.

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Three civil rights sites become national monuments in Obama's final days

The Birmingham, Alabama, motel where Martin Luther King plotted how to resist and protest the city's and state's discriminatory laws against African Americans is becoming a national monument, the White House announced Thursday.

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House set to vote on Obamacare repeal step

The House is set to vote Friday on a resolution that will begin the process of repealing Obamacare, though disagreement continues within the Republican Party on how best to proceed.

Thursday, January 12

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'Black-ish' presents message of unity in first post-election episode

The most recent episode of ABC's "black-ish" was not only the post-election episode viewers have been eagerly awaiting, it was also the one viewers may have needed.

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Giuliani to advise Trump administration on cybersecurity

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team announced Thursday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani "will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cybersecurity problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector."

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Cyril DeGrasse Tyson, sociologist, educator and civil rights activist, dies at 89

Cyril DeGrasse Tyson, a leading figure in the development of urban social policy in New York City, who devoted his life to the empowerment of all those who were disenfranchised, died at his home in North Salem, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

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Remembering Trayvon: A conversation with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

The Anti-Racism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and Penguin Random House Publishing will present a discussion with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of slain youth, Trayvon Martin.

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Film legend and pioneer, Spencer Williams Jr.

When Black film pioneers are discussed, invariably Oscar Micheaux is mentioned. I’ve featured Micheaux in this column in the past, but one early actor and director who is rarely discussed is Spencer Williams Jr.

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Macy’s and Sears Holdings to close a combined 226 stores

Three well-known retailers are closing stores around the country—and eliminating jobs.

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32BJ speaks on JFK renovation

Before his State of the State address in Manhattan Monday, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed his desire to make John F. Kennedy Airport “world-class.”

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NAACP leader goes to jail as clergy members march to stop AG nominee

More than 200 people representing a coalition of interfaith clergy, moral leaders and activists marched Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C., calling on Congress to reject the nomination of Alabama’s Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions for the office of U.S. attorney general.

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Dr. King’s ‘tough love’ to the Trump regime

There is the imminent convergence of two very interesting dates: Jan. 15, the nation celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and five days later Donald Trump is inaugurated as America’s 45th president.

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Somali-American makes debut as Minnesota state rep

She’s an “intersectional feminist,” a mom, a refugee, an immigrant and a resident of Minneapolis. Besides that, Ilhan Omar is a history maker and the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States. 

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The Haitian Revolution: 213 years later

Historians regularly refer to the Haitian Revolution as the most prominent and successful slave rebellion against European imperialism ever in the Western Hemisphere.

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Activists urge Obama to pardon Mutulu Shakur

With just over a week left before Barack Obama, the United States’ first American-African commander in chief leaves the Oval Office, local activists are appealing to him to grant clemency to “political prisoner of war” Dr. Mutulu Shakur, who has been incarcerated since Feb. 12, 1986.

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Get up and move your body

It’s a new year, and time for a new you, especially if you have been waiting for the right time to get fit. At the Harlem YMCA, Phyllis Spencer Lennon is offering several ways to get your mind, body and spirit healthy.

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View Black designers’ styles at The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT’s exhibit, “Black Fashion Designers,” on view now through March 16, 2017, is a compelling examination of the significance and unrecognized impact that African-American designers have had on fashion.

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Why I’m going to the inauguration

I told some of my friends where I was going next weekend, and I got a mix of bewilderment (“Ugh! Enjoy?”), concern (“Don’t go. Nothing good can come of it.”) and amusement (“You might become a pet Negro celebrity, of sorts. At least on Facebook.”). All comments were entirely valid and understandable responses to what seemed to be an insane notion: To go witness the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States of America.

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Eyes and ears forward

In “Critique of Pure Reason,” Immanuel Kant wrote, “... knowledge therefore of every understanding, or at least of the human understanding, must be by means of concepts, not intuitive, but discursive.”

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Crashing the party in Washington

When I was a teenager, I thought I was being clever by planning a party in my parents’ apartment in Harlem when they were out of town on vacation.

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2016 and our farewell to some of our greatest musical icons

Farewell 2016. As we take a retrospective look back at the year that was, we can only conclude that this one was a rough one.

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Thousands expected to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday in DC

Each year, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the nation’s capital, and on Jan. 14, the holiday celebration will be joined by thousands assembling there to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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1,000-day vigil for Chibok girls, met with unsatisfied protesters, advocates

Before the Christmas holiday, Nigerian authorities reported that 21 of 276 Chibok girls had been released by the Boko Haram.

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Cosmopolitan Review: January 12 - January 18

Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. What can you do to promote that? It is a good way to start off your New Year’s resolutions.

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URBAN AGENDA: Revival of tuition-free public college in New York has room for improvement

For more than 125 years after it was founded in 1847 as “the Free Academy,” the City University of New York (CUNY)—the largest urban public university system in the United States—had remained tuition-free, providing a critical path to quality higher education for the children of New York’s poor and working-class families who would otherwise be unable to afford it.

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'Harlem Got Talent' kicks off new season

The Friends of Frederick E. Samuel Foundation, Inc. successfully kicked off their fourth season of Harlem Got Talent, a neighborhood youth music program.

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LDC/ENY business center hosts fashion and beauty business workshop

The Local Development Corporation of East New York is hosting a fashion and beauty business workshop.

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Mott Hall High School hosts MLK discussion

Mott Hall High School in Harlem is hosting the event, “A Conversation with Men to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday to Motivate Today’s Scholars to Create Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

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Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad Brooklyn tribute Thursday

Local activists are preparing to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad this Thursday, Jan. 12, the 69th anniversary of his birthday, at the House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn) from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Union leaders positive about Cuomo’s agenda on education and child care

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered the first of his many State of the State addresses in Manhattan this past Monday.

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Women on the march!

More than 100,000 are expected to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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Talking Schop! 2016: Gone but not forgotten, part I

What a year, that 2016! She giveth and taketh away. There are the most evident topics, which don’t need addressing here. Suffice it to say, we shall see what the next four years have in store for us. Let’s just vibrate within the pages of AmNewsFOOD for now.

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Eleuthera—The other Bahamas

When most people think of vacationing in the Bahamas, they think of the over-commercialized—and extremely expensive—Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Nassau, or some exclusive cruise ship beach that lacks culture and is nothing more than a place to rack up cheap souvenirs.

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‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ shine at Golden Globes

Kerry Washington had a party-filled weekend. Jan. 6, the “Scandal” star attended the Obamas’ final soiree at the White House.

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Havana International Jazz Festival

The annual International Jazz Plaza de la Habana attracts musicians from around the world.

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‘I am the child of the dream, that MLK spoke about…’

Grammy Award winner Gordon Chambers is a man of love, a man of God and a songwriter/storyteller with enough life lessons, trials and tribulations and success and glory to make for a great autobiography and motion picture.

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Tupac Shakur inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It has been announced that late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Harlem School of the Arts: A prized Harlem gem

Harlem School of the Arts is a one-of-a-kind institution in Harlem. HSA, which has been around since 1964, is a leading example of arts, community and collective creative forces joining together under one roof.

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‘La La Land,’ a musical for a particular type of movie fan

Musicals are not made for everyone. You need to have a romantic soul and therefore be open to applauding the effort, no matter how strained and thready the end product might be.

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Schomburg hosts fifth annual Black Comic Book Fest

Rapidly becoming one of the most highly anticipated yearly family events for many, the Black Comic Book Festival returns to the Schomburg Jan. 13 and 14.

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Brooklyn’s down to small victories, teachable moments

It’s been a hard, competitive month of basketball in terms of scheduling and the teams on their schedule for the Brooklyn Nets. 

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The Knicks have bigger issues than Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose will return to game action at Madison Square Garden tonight (Thursday) for the first time since his abrupt and brief exit from the Knicks on Monday. Ironically, he will face his former team, the Chicago Bulls.

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Starr Andrews aims to shine on the ice

When a YouTube video posted when you were nine has received more than 44 million views, what’s next? For figure skater Starr Andrews, the answer is the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that begin Jan. 14 in Kansas City, Mo.

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The road to the Super Bowl gets amped this weekend

The AFC and NFC postseason games get amped up this weekend—division games, the second round of competition on the road to the Super Bowl Feb. 5.

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After a quick playoff exit, the Giants look towards next season

The New York Giants’ first playoff appearance in five years was short-lived. The Green Bay Packers dismissed the Giants by 38-13 at Lambeau Field last Sunday in what was the NFL’s marquee matchup on the opening weekend of the playoffs.

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NBA ref report has merits, but not enough

Recently, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was quite vocal about his disapproval of the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report, which analyzes and critiques the calls and officiating of its referees.

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Odell Beckham Jr. and the cult of celebrity

We are living in a culture of celebrity worship. In this culture, personalities such as Kim Kardashian are famous for being famous, and an egomaniacal, reality television star has ascended to the presidency of the United States.

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Black families can bridge the wealth gap by owning a home

From predatory lending and foreclosures to wealth stripping and income inequality, the national wealth gap is relevant and ongoing.

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Ben Carson heads for hearing amid questions about qualifications

Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon and former GOP presidential candidate, will sit before a Senate committee Thursday morning to make the case that he should be confirmed to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Mount Sinai launches same-day appointments program

Mount Sinai Health System recently announced it will offer same-day appointments with primary and specialty care physicians.

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A little touch is never too much

From the time I entered medical school, I can’t recall one course that I took that ever mentioned the word “touch.”

Be afraid, be very afraid: The Trump immigration rhetoric is about to become reality

In a matter of days, the administration of El Trumpeto will become the dreaded reality for many Americans.

Guyana summit agenda to include Brexit, US

Caribbean Community leaders have finalized the date for their annual half yearly summit in Guyana in mid-February, and a number of key agenda items, including Britain’s impending departure from the European Union and Caribbean relations with the incoming Donald Trump Administration, are likely topics of discussion, officials said this week.

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Scuba St. Lucia earns PADI Green Star Award

St. Lucia’s longest-running dive operation, Scuba St. Lucia, has received the Professional Association of Diving Instructors Green Star Award for its dedication to conservation.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: ‘I fear I am integrating my people into a burning house’

As the nation prepares to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this upcoming Monday, a closer look is taken at his fearless freedom struggles.

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Everything that seems urgent is not important

I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the impending Trump-Pence presidency, and the nonstop media coverage doesn’t seem to tell me much more than a few random tweets and the latest antics of a 70-year-old man who acts like a petulant child.

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Community Calendar 1/12 - 1/18

Check out what's going on around the city!

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Yes, he did: Obama's grand farewell

In his nearly hour-long farewell address Tuesday evening in Chicago at McCormick Place, President Barack Obama recounted his eight years in office with his customary grace and dignity. While he mentioned President-elect Donald Trump only once by name, the massive audience was attuned to his nuances and the subtleties that alluded to the incoming president.

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CORE leader, Roy Innis, dead at 82

When Roy Ennis, a native of the Virgin Islands, first emerged on the political scene as a member of Congress of Racial Equality, he was a steadfast opponent of racism and discrimination and a loyalist in the ranks of civil rights activists.

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Farewell, Mr. President, and still we rise!

As Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, leaves office, he made it abundantly clear in his farewell address that he was optimistic about the future and his commitment to progress.

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An evening of music, dance, spoken word inspired by Dr. King

In these trying times, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have never been more vital to our collective sanity.

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Sharon going for a ‘Full-Nelson’ for women in politics

Although there’s always been a need for more women to be in elected office, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run made that call even louder.

Wednesday, January 11

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Victim's dad warns Dylann Roof: 'Your creator ... he's coming for you'

Those whom Dylann Roof hurt the most had the chance to address the convicted killer before his Wednesday sentencing, with one of the victims' sisters calling him "among the worst kind of evil."

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Cory Booker takes stage to rail against Jeff Sessions nomination

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gave an impassioned and unprecedented plea to the Senate on Wednesday to vote against Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general and his fellow senator, Jeff Sessions.

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Obama offers optimism -- and warnings -- in farewell address

President Obama's farewell speech. President-elect Trump's strategy on government inaction. And Team Trump's influence over state party organizations.

Tuesday, January 10

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Dylann Roof jury: Death penalty for Charleston church shooter

Twelve federal jurors said Tuesday that Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine people in a 2015 massacre at a historically black Charleston, South Carolina, church, should be put to death.

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Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond prepares to lead the CBC

The changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. continues as Representative Cedric Richmond (LA -02) prepares to lead the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) as chairman for the 115th Congress.

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Prince's estate still being untangled

The legendary musician Prince was no pauper.

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Cummings: Obama 'elevated African-American people so much'

Reflecting on the legacy of President Barack Obama, Rep. Elijah Cummings spoke Tuesday of his pride in what America's first black president has accomplished.

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Orlando tragedy: Two officers remembered

One officer was a mother known for working with youth in the Orlando community.

Monday, January 9

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Local Black business leaders help donate 25,000 tickets for students to see 'Hidden Figures'

New York City African-American business leaders, in partnership with 20th Century Fox, Google, Facebook, Infor and AT&T, have launched an initiative to offer free admission to the critically-acclaimed feature, Hidden Figures, for over 25,000 students in New York.

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Basketball team finds hanging Black puppet at NJ high school

Officials are investigating after a black puppet was found hanging by its neck in a room where a northern New Jersey high school’s girls basketball team was changing before a game.

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Lack of diversity in hiring plagues both sides of the aisle

Don Cravins, the National Urban League’s senior vice president for policy, challenged members of the U.S. Senate, particularly the Senate’s 46 Democrats, on the lack of minority hiring in their senior staff positions at a two-hour forum on Capitol Hill.

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Orlando police officer killed; sheriff's deputy dies in search for killer

An Orlando police officer searching for a murder suspect was gunned down Monday, and a sheriff's deputy looking for her killer also died, authorities said.

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Black Hollywood takes center stage at Golden Globes

In the wake of continued allegations of discrimination and racism in Hollywood, several Black films and entertainers took home awards at Sunday's Golden Globes.

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Tanden: Clinton will never run for office again

Hillary Clinton confidante Neera Tanden says she doesn't expect Clinton to run for New York mayor -- or anything else, ever again.

Sunday, January 8

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Surprisingly strong snow storm ends, leaving a big mess to clean up

It went from threatening a glancing blow to requiring an army of snow blowers.

Friday, January 6

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Michelle Obama in final speech: 'I hope I've made you proud'

Michelle Obama gave her final White House remarks in an emotional speech Friday, thanking her supporters and saying, "being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I've made you proud."

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Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: 5 dead, suspect in custody

Five people were shot dead and eight wounded in the baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale's airport, and law enforcement sources tell CNN the suspect had brought the firearm in his checked luggage.

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Reflections on the legacy of Thutmose Powell

Several comrades of renowned Harlem activist Brother Morris Thutmose Powell reflected on his life-long efforts this past Monday at Harlem’s UCLA, the University on the Corner of Lenox Avenue. Powell joined the ancestors May 23 while in Namibia, Africa, where he had been residing as a guest of President Sam Nujoma for the past several years.

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New Yorkers still demand return of Chibok girls

Back in April 14, 2014, nearly 300 high school girls were abducted in Chibok, Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram. According to the BBC, Boko Haram is a terrorist group that wants to increase Islamic practices and get rid of anything that is associated with Western society. The group has been in Nigeria for years, but the abduction of the Chibok girls caught worldwide attention.

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NY check cashers association launches 2017 scholarship program

The Financial Service Centers of New York, is a professional trade association that represents the New York’s licensed check cashing industry.

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Mattie Smith Colin from the Chicago Defender covered the Emmett Till tragedy

When you have a resourceful corps of colleagues and comrades, you can keep up with current events, stay abreast of breaking news and be in touch with your history and culture.

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Is cereal healthy?

Cereal is healthy only if you choose wisely.

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Nearly all New York subways about to get cell service

New Yorkers are about to lose one of their last excuses for not responding to work calls.

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Corrections officers sentenced to probation for covering up beating of inmate

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a New York City Department of Correction captain and two officers have been sentenced to five years’ probation for covering up an assault on an inmate in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Thursday, January 5

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Walmart settles LGBT-discrimination lawsuit

Earlier this month, Walmart received a perfect 100 score on the Human Right Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. At the same time, the retail giant was settling an LGBT-discrimination lawsuit.

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NYers look forward to minimum wage, but larger fight looms

Many New Yorkers were celebrating the increase in state minimum wage beginning Dec. 31, 2016, this week, but incoming President-elect Donald Trump might make their hard-fought victory moot.

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Toward a better nation

We in 1199SEIU refer to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as our North Star. We constantly ask ourselves, what would Dr. King do?

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New Jersey community organizer and activist Balozi Robert Alexander Harvey dies at age 76

Pan-African nationalists and the community in Newark are mourning the passing of community organizer and activist Balozi Robert Alexander Harvey, who died Dec. 28 at the age of 76.

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Will history absolve Obama?

As if to shore up his legacy, President Obama, over the remaining days of his tenure, has made some memorable moves, many of which could have come earlier according to some of his supporters.

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2016 marks year of violence for Chicago

Chicago marked 2016 as the deadliest year in nearly two decades, data released by the Chicago Police Department shows.

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Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

Israel lashed out at its African and other allies this week, suspending aid and other relationships in retaliation for their votes on a U.N. resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.

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President Obama, exonerate Marcus Garvey

Since he was tried, convicted and sentenced to prison in 1925, Marcus Garvey has maintained an iconic presence in U.S. and world history.

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NAACP members and activists arrested for sit-in in Alabama

Citing accusations of voter suppression tactics and opinions on voter fraud, six civil rights activists occupied Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office in Mobile, Ala. Members of the NAACP and NAACP Alabama State Conference were protesting Sessions’ record on voting rights and criminal justice reform.

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Fashion bridges cultural gaps for spring ’17

International designer Vivienne Tam is known for her culture-bridging, East-meets-West concepts in her collections.

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Bébénoir opens second boutique in Harlem

Harlem boutique Bébénoir just opened a second store at 2064 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (between 124th and 125th streets), New York City.

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Technology and the student with special needs

This article was inspired by my work with children on the autism spectrum, specifically African- American children.

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Without a decent place to live, you won’t be prepared to thrive in the workplace

The great challenge of our nation is to ignite the hope of upward mobility and the realization of one’s personal potential. Housing opportunities are at the core of how we meet this challenge. 

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We shall not be moved!

This King Day weekend we are summoned, by divine mandate and history and to breathe new life into the movement embodied in the life and by the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Food Bank celebrate holiday diaper drive

Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the Food Bank for New York City celebrated the donation of thousands of diapers during Brewer’s first holiday diaper drive.

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50th anniversary of Kwanzaa celebrated in Brooklyn at PS 258

The 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa was celebrated all over the world and all across the city in New York.

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Cosmopolitan Review: January 5 - January 11

Happy New Year! If you are anything like me, the new year couldn’t come soon enough. Just to show how tough 2016 was, instead of getting the heck out of Dodge, the year hung around an extra moment.

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Package to combat hit-and-runs proposed to city council

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the Transportation Committee, announced the introduction of a new bill to curb hit-and-runs in New York City, as well as plans to introduce several other bills shortly.

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NYS HBCU Initiative 'Intro to HBCUs' event in Yonkers

The New York State HBCU Initiative is presenting its third annual Intro to HBCU event Friday, Jan. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, located at 1 Larkin Center.

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Prayer vigil held in Brooklyn for Chibok girls

The House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn is launching a 1,000-day prayer vigil for the Chibok girls, who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria in 2014.

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Sanders to host MLK Day debate on Obama administration

As we all know, the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is on Jan. 15.

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Cuomo: Make bipartisan public defense reform cheaper

The bill had bipartisan support. Activists and advocates from various parts of New York State stood by the bill.

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Sharpton heads up rally in Washington, DC

Minority groups and activists are gearing up ahead of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration Jan. 21.

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Schoolyard chicken movement gets a boost from Purina

The Purina Animal Nutrition Center is an organization that is located in hills of Gray Summit, Missouri. Since 1894, when the organization began, the focus on and care of animals, such as providing healthy diet, has gradually increased.

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A ray of ‘New Hope’ for Black elders

Brooklyn has 232 listings of pantries, soup kitchens, food shelves, food banks and other setups, more than any other borough in New York City, according to foodpantries.org which provides a directory.

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Talladega College band will perform at inauguration, school's president says

The marching band of a small historically black college in Alabama will participate in the 58th Presidential Inaugural Parade, the school's president announced Thursday.

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Gettin’ on the good food foot for 2017

There is no time like the first week of the year to set your intentions and get your affairs in order.

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Talking SCHOP! Holiday respite at Fig & Olive

Happy New Year! You know how the holidays go.

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Brickell, the ‘grown-up’ alternative to South Beach, Miami

Chances are, when you think about vacationing in Miami you’re probably actually thinking of vacationing on South Beach, but for a good reason.

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Tiny and T.I. to split

Tameka “Tiny” Harris has reportedly filed for divorce from husband, rapper Clifford “T.I” Harris, after six years of marriage.

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Jazz Gallery Films, Jazz for Disability, Jazz Connect

The Jazz Gallery, known for introducing its audiences to exciting young guns and those musicians who refuse to follow the Merriam-Webster definition of a “conformist”, will present its Inaugural Jazz on Film Festival Jan. 6 and Jan. 7.

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Kerry James Marshall on exhibit at Met Breur

The largest museum retrospective to date of the work of American artist Kerry James Marshall (born 1955) is currently showing at the Met Breuer as a cornerstone of its inaugural season.

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‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ debuts on HBO

The early and positive word-of-mouth had done its job—effectively and affectionately—for the documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” which screened at the 2016 New York Film Festival. The house was packed.

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‘Passengers’—Don’t take this voyage

Talk about a long nap: the 5000 passengers and crew on the Starship Avalon are on a 120-year voyage from Earth to their new outer-space home.

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Film Society of Lincoln Center features ‘Moonlight’ director Jan. 5

There is no denying the powerful impact of A24’s drama “Moonlight,” written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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2016: The year in review in Black theater

The year 2016 was full of brilliance for Blacks in theater. The year began with the phenomenal work of Lydia R. Diamond, “Smart People,” which was presented by Second Stage Theater and starred African-Americans Mahershala Ali and Tessa Thompson, along with Joshua Jackson and Anne Son.

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The Jets’ season is done, so are six Jet coaches

Immediately after Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, a 30-10 win against a division rival on the last day of the regular season, Jets’ head coach Todd Bowles was asked about the future of his coaching staff, specifically offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s return.

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Can the Giants conquer Aaron Rodgers and the Packers?

By any objective measure, the New York Giants have already had a successful campaign.

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CSI women’s hoops sits atop CUNY AC

Coach Tim Shanahan cautions that it’s early in the season, but at present the College of Staten Island women’s basketball team sits atop the CUNY Athletic Conference standings at 4-0 in conference play.

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The new year brings Brooklyn to a brand-new place 

OK, it’s official. It’s confirmed. The Brooklyn Nets are officially in last place in the Eastern Conference, at the bottom, 15th in a field of 15—a new year in a brand-new space.

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Defenseless Knicks search for stops and answers

The Knicks better find answers immediately for their inability to stop opponents from scoring with impunity, or their season will reach the point of no return very soon.

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The NFL Playoffs begin—12 teams vie for Bowl chip

This season’s Super Bowl is just five weekends away, Sunday, Feb. 5. It will be held in NRG Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, who have qualified for the 2016-17 playoffs, the postseason, but even if they win Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Oakland Raiders, they’ll need to buy tickets or get comped for entry into sport’s biggest game.

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If stranded in a snowstorm, strive to stay warm and awake

Despite the best planning and frequent weather checks, the erratic weather of winter may still catch you in a snowstorm and leave you stranded in a vehicle on the road. If that happens, your efforts need to be focused on staying warm and awake.

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Cocoa has flavor and flavonoids

I’ll bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa, you are protecting your heart with an antioxidant known as flavonoid.

Immigrants, get ready to shell out more in citizenship application fees

It’s just gotten more expensive to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Happy New Year immigrants!

Trinidad cabinet to examine terror suspects list

When cabinet ministers meet in Port of Spain, the Trinidad capital, early in January, they will spend time considering an intelligence report identifying nearly 200 locals with alleged links to international terrorism.

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Comfort Suites Grand Cayman adds delicious sparkle

One of the more popular hotels in the Cayman Islands has become even more endearing to guests since a recent upgrade to its common and breakfast areas. 

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Grandma’s Place—A lifetime experience

In the heart of Harlem is a sacred place of joy and childhood memories for all. Grandma’s Place is an authentic toy store in Harlem with toys and books aimed at providing a lifetime experience.

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Cuomo proposes tuition-free college

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a proposal to make college tuition-free for New York’s middle-class families at all SUNY and CUNY two- and four-year colleges.

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Mr. Mayor, make good on your promise!

For far too many New Yorkers who are trying to make ends meet, it’s a vicious circle that always comes up short.

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Film Society of Lincoln Center features ‘Moonlight’ director Jan. 5

There is no denying the powerful impact of A24’s drama “Moonlight,” written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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Grandma’s Place—A lifetime experience

In the heart of Harlem is a sacred place of joy and childhood memories for all. Grandma’s Place is an authentic toy store in Harlem with toys and books aimed at providing a lifetime experience.

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Community Calendar 1/5 - 1/11

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

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Maulana Karenga and Kwanzaa’s 50th anniversary celebrated in Harlem

Addressing a standing room only crowd Dec. 28, at the National Action Network in Harlem, the Rev. Al Sharpton, president and founder of the organization, drew rounds of applause, and his words had particular resonance when he introduced the guest speaker, Maulana Karenga, and his concept of Kwanzaa and nguzo saba, the seven principles.

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New day, old ways: Citizens seek accountability from NYPD in new year

It was only the third and fourth days of January 2017 when two “police-involved shootings” claimed the lives of two Black males in Brooklyn. As Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill tout a reduction in crime in the city overall, at the same time members of Communities United for Police Reform are demanding police policy evolution and accountability.

Wednesday, January 4

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Quitting smoking is the hardest resolution to keep

It's that time of year when many of us take a cold, hard look at our lives -- and, more important, our vices -- to set a goal we believe will make us healthier or happier in the year ahead.

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Mariah Carey 'mortified' after 'horrible' New Year's Eve performance

Mariah Carey is breaking her silence on her botched New Year's Eve performance.

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Omarosa to join Trump team, focus on public engagement

Omarosa Manigault will join President-elect Donald Trump's White House team in a role expected to focus on public engagement, a senior level transition source told CNN on Wednesday.

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Dozens of commuters injured when NYC train comes off track

More than 100 people were hurt Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a bumping block at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and was knocked off the tracks during the morning commute.

Tuesday, January 3

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Janet Jackson welcomes a son

Janet Jackson has given birth to a baby boy, according to People magazine.

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NAACP stages sit-in at Jeff Sessions' office

The NAACP is staging a sit-in at the Mobile, Alabama, office of US Sen. Jeff Sessions to protest Sessions' nomination as US attorney general.

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New York governor proposes free tuition at state colleges

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make free tuition a reality at New York's public colleges.

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Historians rank President Obama's legacy

Supporters and critics alike may eventually come to view President Barack Obama’s two-term White House tenure the same way.

Sunday, January 1

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Tips for setting weight loss or exercise goals for the new year

The most popular New Year's resolutions made year after year is to FINALLY get in shape and lose those extra pounds.