Stories for July 2017

Monday, July 31

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How you could be using your credit cards all wrong

You could be getting a lot more out of your credit cards than you think.

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Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director

Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director, two sources tell CNN.

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Is it time for universal paid family leave?

The American public overwhelming supports policies that guarantee workers paid leave if they have a child, get sick or need to care for a family member.

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New York now considers youth as a factor for inmates’ parole

Parole officials in New York are now considering an offender’s age at the time of their crime in response to court rulings that juvenile offenders serving life sentences must have a meaningful shot at release.

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Kelly sworn in as Trump's second chief of staff

John Kelly was sworn in as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff Monday, tasked with bringing order to an often chaotic White House and jump-starting the President's stalled legislative agenda.

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Tracy Morgan on return to TV after accident: 'Thank God'

Tracy Morgan returns to scripted comedy in "The Last O.G," but the actor feels a lot has changed since he was last on the small screen -- mainly himself.

Thursday, July 27

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Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’ delves into the bloodshed of the 1967 Detroit riot

Director Kathryn Bigelow delves into re-telling the facts around the grisly acts of police brutality committed against African-Americans in 1967 at the Algiers Motel during one of the most violent riots in Detroit’s history.

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Activists commemorate Assata Shakur’s 70th birthday

A contingent of grassroots activists, artists, admirers and comrades of exiled political refugee Assata Olugbala Shakur came together Sunday, July 16, at Newark’s REFAL Center (271 S. Ninth St.) to acknowledge her with “For the Love of Freedom: Assata Is Always Welcome Here—An Honoring of 70 Years of a Committed Life,” hosted by the N.J. Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee.

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Similar ride shut down at New Jersey fair after fatal accident in Ohio

Before Ohio fairgoers were hurled off the Fire Ball, the ride was inspected multiple times. And it passed.

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Press Iyamu: Press to success

Press Iyamu is a Fairleigh Dickinson University student who studies electrical engineering and is the co-founder of a startup sharing economy platform known as Where is it? Who has it? How much?, or W.W.HO., founded March 31, 2016.

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Regina Anderson Andrews, librarian, playwright and patron of the arts

The storied Harlem Renaissance is replete with authors, but often neglected are the librarians, the bibliophiles who played an important role in keeping the books on the shelves and ensuring a struggling writer’s success.

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NYSNA, 1199, advocates and politicians denounce Senate health care vote

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the motion to proceed with debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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32BJ attacks Christie for STAFER veto, endorses NYC Council candidate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s going out like he came in: fighting against labor.

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Davido brings spectacular Afrobeat performance to Manhattan

Afrobeat fans from all over the tristate area descended on Times Square Saturday night to see international superstar David Adedeji Adeleke.

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Advocates, civil rights group want to close youth prisons

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice recently launched a campaign to close the New Jersey Training School for Boys, known as “Jamesburg,” and the Female Secure Care and Intake Facility, known as “Hayes.”

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Brandon Marshall takes center stage as Giants training camp begins

Brandon Marshall is one of the most recognizable and ubiquitous personalities in the NFL.

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Kendrick Lamar brings DAMN Tour 2017 to Brooklyn

It could have been nothing but Maad City in Brooklyn this past weekend, but Kendrick Lamar knew exactly how to keep the crowd hyped.

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The Jets open their training camp with one thing assured, uncertainty

As interesting as the league’s premiere teams are, those that are in rebuilding mode, such as the New York Jets, who open their camp tomorrow (Friday) in Florham Park, are quite interesting, too.

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Senate debate on Obamacare underway on Capitol Hill

“Let the sideshow begin,” Blue Magic sang years ago, but they could have been talking about the GOP charade, the upcoming vote-a-rama as they reject amendment after amendment on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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City Council votes in favor of tenants’ legal representation

Last week, the New York City Council decided that low-income tenants deserve legal representation in housing court.

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NAACP hosts 108th National Convention in Baltimore

The NAACP focused on its plans to defend communities of color against legislative attempts to further diminish civil rights protections at its 108th National Convention in Baltimore this week.

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Basketball standout builds new media platform

Growing up playing basketball Tajay Ashmeade watched a lot of her favorite athletes speak to the press.

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Articles of impeachment officially filed against Trump

What several political analysts had predicted before his takeover of the Oval Office this past January may become a reality sooner than many had anticipated—the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Liberty head on the road on upbeat note

After a decisive 85-55 victory over the injury-plagued Washington Mystics, the New York Liberty had one more home game before heading off on a long road trip.

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Election races to watch- Kenya, Rwanda, Angola

Major elections are taking place in three African nations next month: in oil giant Angola, in East African powerhouse Kenya and in tiny, rapidly developing Rwanda. 

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Why do they keep knocking on our doors?

They come to our neighborhoods in vans and in cars.

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Kenyan teens head for Silicon Valley with "app" to end FGM

When historians write Africa’s digital story, Kenya will likely assume its place as the cradle of the internet revolution on the continent.

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Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference goes back to its roots

The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference commences today (Thursday) in Harrisburg, Pa.

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Summer shooting madness

A warm summer July night brought out yet more blue and white police cars and yellow and black caution tape and shell casings, with uniformed officers and detectives surrounding an active scene.

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Homelessness is not just about shelter

I believe the number of homeless veterans is approximately 30,000. An important point to make is homelessness is not just about shelter.

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Walter Welsh guides IExcel to the top of girls’ basketball

The passion emanating from Walter Welsh is unmistakable.

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Leadership by example

At a crucial juncture in the fight for civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned President John F. Kennedy not to “accommodate injustice to maintain political balance.” Today, few politicians are willing to speak out against the injustice in their own political party, and even fewer defy the partisan self-interest that has engulfed Congress.

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GirlTrek members reward themselves with Liberty basketball

GirlTrek, the women’s organization of Harlem Hospital that walks for sport and encourage patients and others to live healthier and more fulfilled lives.

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Hand in hand, MTA and union going the wrong way!

Instead of focusing on how to go to bat for the governor, Local 100 leadership should be focusing on its own members and on the riders and taxpayers who foot all the bills.

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It’s not just playing—it’s also about the coaching

Summer basketball leagues and tournaments are quite popular this time of year, here in the New York metropolitan area and around the United States.

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Cool R&B summers in NYC

What happened to B in R&B?

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Mother Wilmer Robinson turns 100

Here is an example of what 100 years should look like.

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Tabay Atkins: The youngest certified yoga instructor in America

Tabay Atkins is the youngest certified yoga teacher in America and he’s been practicing yoga since he was just 6 years old.

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United Volta Association exhibits rich African culture in Harlem concert

A New York City-based African nonprofit socio-cultural organization known as the United Volta Association Inc., popularly referred as UVA, in conjunction with the African Studies faculty of Binghamton University, put up a splendid performance to mesmerize the audience gathered at the Adam Clayton Powell State Building on 125th Street last Saturday, July 8, 2017, at an African cultural show.

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Water down your high blood pressure

Until 1955, there were no drugs to control high blood pressure.

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Cayman Islands hospital offers new atrial fibrillation procedure

A leading hospital in the Caribbean is offering another first that could save the lives of heart patients across the Caribbean and the world.

The Cosmopolitan Review July 27 - August 2

It is the dog days of summer, and my only solution to keeping cool sans air conditioner is to drink plenty of good old New York City tap water on the rocks.

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Study finds health outreach at barbershops helpful to Black men

A new study finds that patients who participated in a patient navigator program in which they enrolled at their barbershops were twice as likely to get screened for colorectal cancer.

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Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 3

This week we continue our series on getting a permanent residency or green card in Trump’s America with Option 3: Green card as a special immigrant.

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Black party wins again in Bermuda

Sent to the opposition benches in 2012 after three consecutive terms in office plagued by infighting and allegations of arrogance.

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Elected officials and advocates advance bill to stop more than 25,000 turnstile jumping arrests

Senator Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright hosted a news conference with public defenders and criminal justice reform advocates Tuesday in Brooklyn on legislation to decriminalize turnstile jumping.

What exactly is China building in Africa?

This month, China opened its first military base abroad in Djibouti, a small country on the Horn of Africa.

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Respectability politics won’t save us

I have been following the career woes of Colin Kaepernick quite closely these past few months.

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Ruben Wills guilty of corruption

A jury found New York City Council Member Ruben Wills guilty on five counts in a corruption trial.

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March for Justice

Aug. 26, the Alliance of Families for Justice will lead a 19-day march to bring to the attention of the New York State Legislature, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the general public the human rights abuses in New York prisons and jails such as Rikers and Attica, according to the AFJ website.

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Aissatou Bey-Grecia, a workforce powerhouse

Aissatou Bey-Grecia has been a resident in Harlem since 1967. Currently, she is the director of Workforce Strategies and Initiatives at McKissack and McKissack, the oldest minority and women-owned business in the United States.

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Honors student jailed at Rikers makes bail with the help of Kennedy organization

Pedro Hernandez, an honors student jailed at Rikers and who was at risk of losing his full-ride to college, has made bail thanks to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a justice organization headed by Kerry Kennedy, the nonprofit said.

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Immigrants and diversity are focus of Harlem Week

The face of Harlem has been changing throughout its long history.

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URABN AGENDA: Donald Trump and America’s Double-standard

It’s sad that that every time President Donald Trump does or says something outrageous or thoughtless, Republicans offer the excuse that he is new and doesn’t know what is required or expected of a president.

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Make American Great Again—Trump Must Go! #26

President Trump is obsessed with two Democrats: Hillary Clinton, who he defeated in the last election, though he doesn’t seem completely convinced, and his predecessor in the Oval Office, Barack Obama.

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Frank Ocean performs in US for first time since 2014

The experimental R&B musician Frank Ocean has struggled with the limelight since the success of his debut album, “Channel Orange,” which was released in 2012.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand holds town hall meeting in Bronx

New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand addressed topics ranging from health care, gun violence, race relations and Israel at a town hall meeting for constituents on Saturday at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

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MISSED SIGNALS: Train woes continue

Another derailed train, more delays and a mayor, governor and transit head who can’t seem to decide who’s responsible as commuters continue to suffer.

Wednesday, July 26

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Michelle Obama rises above racist jabs to empower women

You can't deny it. Michelle Obama shattered a glass ceiling when she became the first black first lady in the United States.

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After traveling the country mowing for those in need, strangers help Alabama man pay tuition

When an Alabama man whose own generosity made national headlines realized he wouldn't be able to pay his college tuition, friends and strangers alike stepped up to help.

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Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate the ban transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces.

Tuesday, July 25

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Senate rejects proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare

Senate Republicans voted Tuesday afternoon to advance to floor debate on their efforts to re-write health care policy, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie.

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Kendrick Lamar leads with the most MTV VMA nominations

MTV announced the nominations for the 2017 Video Music Awards on Tuesday via Instagram, and rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with the most nominations for his video "Humble."

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Family's 'Black Lives Matter' sign burned down in front yard

A southeast Portland family is standing by their beliefs after their "Black Lives Matter" sign was burned down in their front yard early Sunday morning.

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NAACP names Derrick Johnson as Interim President

The NAACP has named Derrick Johnson, the vice chairman of their board of directors, the organization’s interim president.

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Rod Rosenstein lauds Trump inauguration speech amid President's DOJ criticism

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, defended the promises President Donald Trump made in his inaugural address even as the President himself has accused the Justice Department of leading a "witch hunt" against him.

Monday, July 24

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New York was 'On Ten' at 'Wild 'N Out: LIVE from the Barbershop'

MTV hosted another "Wild 'N Out: LIVE from the Barbershop" pop-up in New York on Sunday at Well Connected Barbershop in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

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LIVE: 108th NAACP Annual Convention

Watch the live stream of the 108th NAACP Convention from Baltimore.

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Bernie Sanders to speak at NAACP National Convention

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to address the Republicans' agenda at the NAACP national convention in Baltimore on Monday.

Sunday, July 23

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What's next for O.J. Simpson?

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after serving nearly nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas. But the former NFL superstar and movie actor's future outside of prison may not be so rosy.

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Kevin Hart denies cheating reports

Kevin Hart is laughing off reports that he's been unfaithful to his pregnant wife.

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New Jersey raises smoking age to 21

New Jersey is set to become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, after Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Friday that hikes the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 19.

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90 hospitalized during Chance the Rapper concert

More than 90 people were hospitalized in Connecticut during a concert headlined by musician Chance the Rapper, authorities said.

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Ex-firefighter accused of torching Black fireman’s NY home after racist note was found gets prison

A former New York firefighter said stupidity, not racism, spurred him to set a fire that destroyed a black colleague’s apartment.

Friday, July 21

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Body camera footage prompts review of 100 Baltimore cases

About 100 cases involving at least one of three Baltimore police officers are under review by the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office.

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Councilman Ruben Wills found guilty in corruption trial

A jury found a city councilman from Queens guilty of five of the six counts against him in his corruption trial Thursday.

Thursday, July 20

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O.J. Simpson granted parole after 9 years in prison

O.J. Simpson is scheduled to appear before a parole board in Nevada on Thursday in a hearing that will decide whether one of America's most notorious prisoners will be released.

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Talking SCHOP! Un rendezvous? Mai, oui!

I was recently invited to dinner at one of the newest restaurants to open on Eighth Avenue.

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Seven steps to planning the perfect trip

Sometimes the hardest part about taking a vacation is actually planning the trip. It can be hard to figure out where to start or who to ask for help.

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Denzel and wife summer on the Mediterranean

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Faddis at Dizzy’s, Fred Staton at 102

Dizzy Gillespie was known for his high notes that reached into the stratosphere. No other trumpeter came near those stratospheric notes until the young Jon Faddis, who idolized Dizzy, came on the scene.

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Milestone Films restores two tap dance classics in time for NYC’s Tap Week

If filmmaker George Nierenberg had it his way, legendary disco club Studio 54 would have featured tap-dancing feet instead of gyrating hips.

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Hip-hop more popular than rock music in the U.S.

Nielsen’s worldwide consumer report has just released its annual midyear report on the entertainment industry. Within the findings, hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar’s album, “DAMN,” is one of the biggest albums of 2017. But that is not the most important piece of information the report gleaned from public interest.

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New allegations of R. Kelly’s sexual misconduct surface

The exposing of R&B star’s R. Kelly’s (Robert Sylvester Kelly) sexual misconduct toward underage girls goes back nearly 20 years and was spearheaded by a couple of Chicago Sun-Times journalists, Jim DeRogatis and Abdon Pallasch Dec. 21, 2000

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Black judge removes Mississippi flag with Confederate emblem from court

Carlos Moore made history this week when he took to the bench as the first African-American municipal judge in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Then he made a ruckus.

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Eric Garner memorialized on the third anniversary of his death

The audience was silent as the ceiling lights of the church dimmed and the video displayed on giant TV screens began to play.

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Prostate Health Educational Symposium slated for Long Island

The fifth annual Prostate Health Education Symposium is scheduled for Bethel AME Church of Freeport on Long Island, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 5, at 9 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m.

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Celebrating prom, UK style

There is a saying that when America sneezes, Britain catches the cold, meaning that whatever the U.S. does, Britain is bound to follow.

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Ex-corrections officer sentenced to one year in jail

A former corrections officer was sentenced to one year in a city jail for smuggling contraband Friday and was also ordered to pay several court fees.

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Jim Ingram, an intrepid reporter and radio commentator

Despite the overwhelming recognition and attention Detroit is receiving in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the rebellion, there are sure to be many interesting elements that will not be covered.

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Resort ’18 swimwear: Romantic chic

New York designer Kristian Chase has traveled the world from an early age.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events July 20 - July 26, 2017

In the aftermath of “Mandela Day” (July 18), the worldwide acknowledgment of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, we join the world in celebrating this “world champion of human rights,” whose light continues to shine around the planet.

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AFL-CIO verbally attacks Trump’s NLRB nominees

President Donald Trump’s nominees for the National Labor Relations Board have met the ire of the AFL-CIO.

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World class fashions are casually elegant

Named after its forward thinking Australian designer, m a r i a m.seddiq is a label that’s synonymous with conceptualism.

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Graduate workers continue to organize on NY campuses

Summer classes dominating college campuses across New York City and fewer students around than normal haven’t stopped graduate workers from organizing.

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Rose should stay in the Garden

I am writing this letter, supporting point guard Derrick Rose continuing to play in the Garden.

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First female African-American judge named in Passaic County

LaToyia Jenkins Stewart makes history this week as she becomes the first female African-American judge in Passaic County.

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N.J. officer charged in beating of Black teen

The police officer involved in the beating of a Black teen in Carteret, N.J., has been charged.

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Social media destroying intellect and work ethic

Retweet. Comment. Like. Snap. Direct message. Twitter. Facebook. Snapchat. Instagram. The world has certainly changed over the past 10 years, and social media has played a massive role in the transformation.

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Does the law work differently for the Trump administration?

As a Black man who has no formal education and training in the field of law, I understand that America operates by the rule of law.

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McConnell foiled again

One would think that with the GOP in command in Congress and with President Trump presiding over the White House that the repeal or the replacement of Obamacare was all but history.

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Original sin: The meaning of treason

Whispers of treason have become bold accusations as the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election turns from simmer to boil.

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Black faith leaders rally on Capitol Hill against health care bill

Tuesday African-American clergy from across the nation convened on Capitol Hill to call on Congress to reject the budget proposed by the Trump administration and the health care bill.

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First woman to head OPEC snared in multibillion dollar fraud scheme

Lavish lifestyles are nothing out of the ordinary in New York City, home of the rich and glamorous.

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Brooklyn hosts annual Hip-Hop Festival

Since it was established in 2005, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has put forth the best balance of celebrating and preserving hip-hop’s legacy through culture-based educational events, exhibitions, movie screenings and the climactic block party.

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After disqualifying opposition, Rwandan president sees victory in august polls

Rwandan President Paul Kagame may think he has a clear shot at winning the upcoming poll Aug. 4.

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The Fathers and Men of Professional Basketball Players visit Queens

On Father’s Day, several Queens families were treated to a gift from the organization Fathers and Men of Professional Basketball Players. Five fathers from the group descended upon the Renaissance Middle School (IS 192) in St. Albans.

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Mayor David Dinkins celebrates 90th birthday at Gracie Mansion

Last week Mayor David Dinkins was honored as “walking history” as he celebrated his 90th birthday at Gracie Mansion.

The Cosmopolitan Review July 20 - July 26

Are you busy grilling and chilling in the good old summertime?

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Whole Foods opens in Harlem

A new Whole Foods supermarket opened in Harlem.

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The Uptown Challenge—16 years of showcasing women’s basketball

The Westchester Hawks high school and college teams defend their championship crowns, won last year in the Uptown Challenge, a highly competitive women’s basketball league held in Harlem that showcases the talents of the New York metropolitan area’s up-and-coming players.

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Louis Armstrong House Museum breaks ground on Education Center

The Louis Armstrong House Museum held a groundbreaking ceremony this week for its new $23 million Education Center, which will be located across the street from the museum at 34-56 107th St. in Corona, Queens.

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Mills and Perry become the NBA’s highest Black executive duo

With owner James Dolan at the top of the franchise’s hierarchy, the Knicks once again reconfigured their front office and formally introduced Steve Mills and Scott Perry as the team’s new president and general manager, respectively, at their training facility in Greenburgh (Westchester County, N.Y.) Monday. 

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Department of Consumer Affairs continues to warn about predatory lending in the used car industry

The Department of Consumer Affairs is in the middle of its public awareness campaign to educate current and prospective used car owners about the rise of predatory lending in the used car industry.

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The Basketball Tournament lands in Brooklyn for Super 16

Since its inception in 2014, The Basketball Tournament, also known as the TBT, has been a compelling and viable alternative to longstanding traditional summer basketball leagues.

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Free mobile legal help center coming to the Bronx

Council Member Andy King is hosting a free civil legal services mobile van Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the annual 12th Council District Fun in the Son Community Engagement Day event outside the Evander Childs Football Field, 800 E. Gun Hill Rd., Bronx.

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WBAI turns up the volume at City Hall

The personnel of radio station WBAI-FM spoke their minds, not on the radio but at City Hall July 13.

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With Brooklyn, it’s like, ‘Yo, my dude, be humble’ 

During this offseason, the Brooklyn Nets have quietly, down low, gone about the business of rebuilding their team, last place Eastern Conference finishers this past season, with the worst record in the NBA.

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Report: Blacks and Latinos arrested more frequently than whites for marijuana possession

According to a recently released report, Black and Latino New Yorkers made up 86 percent of the 60,000 marijuana arrests made between 2014 and 2016, whereas white New Yorkers and others made up just 14 percent.

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Giants prepare to open training camp as Super Bowl contender

The Giants are expected to take a big step forward this season after finishing 11-5 and second in the NFC East in the 2016-17 season.

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New York liberates potential in crucial win

Several players referred to it as getting a monkey off their backs.

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New York fuels Donaldson’s competitive fire

It has been an intense and exciting summer for Khaila Donaldson, who enters her senior year at Howard University this fall.

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LPGA sets new strict dress codes for their lady golfers

New LPGA dress code edicts will take effect this weekend, limiting and monitoring the apparel of its professional tour players.

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Latino Alzheimer’s caregivers forum at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

Approximately 400 families, caregivers and community organizations and a variety of agencies gathered at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx for a health forum that provided insight into a disease that 5 million Americans are living with—Alzheimer’s disease.

Laughter is healing

Of all the pictures I have viewed by the great and near-great painters, I have never seen one painting that shows God or Jesus with a smile or even laughing.

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Heinz Simonitsch first recipient of prestigious Icon of Hospitality Award

Legendary Caribbean hotelier Heinz Simonitsch, who defined luxury hospitality and environmental sustainability, has received the first Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Icon of Hospitality Award.

Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 2

This week we continue our series on getting a permanent residency or green card in Trump’s America with Option 2: Green card through employment.

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Europe replies to demand for reparations

At the just concluded meeting of Caribbean Community leaders in Grenada, the question of making European nations that had participated in the transatlantic slave trade compensate the region for the genocide was discussed at length, but officials are tightlipped about exactly what some European governments have indicated in their replies for demands for reparations from the Caribbean.

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Vacant lots could house 200,000 homeless New Yorkers

Currently in New York City more than 60,000 people are sleeping in homeless shelters, including approximately 23,000 children.

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Andrew Walcott brings new flavor to ENY

In an effort to bring some food flare to the East New York area, Andrew Walcott has found a way to fuse the best of both worlds with his Caribbean soul food inspired restaurant, Fusion East.

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Hot Tracks: Subway blaze stokes MTA's 'Summer of Hell'

New York City subway trains can reach a top speed of 55 miles per hour, but it doesn’t appear they are living up to their full potential.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #25

President Trump may be temporarily exasperated in his plan to demolish his predecessor’s legacy, but he is no less dangerous and will certainly look for other ways to continue his mission of destruction.

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Whole Foods Market Harlem opens

Whole Foods Market officially opened the doors of its 12th NYC location in Harlem on Friday. The 40,000-square-foot store, located at 100 W. 125th St. in the heart of Harlem, celebrated the grand opening day beginning with their traditional bread breaking ceremony.

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Increasing affordable housing in NYC

Prepare your down-payments, New York City, because Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that his administration secured 24,293 affordable apartments and homes in Fiscal Year 2017, the highest overall production since 1989, according to the New York City website.

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First look: ‘Detroit’ from the Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow

Aug. 4, the nation will get another major wake-up call about our lack of civil rights in American in the form of the new movie “Detroit,” directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who is best known for her visceral and hard-hitting work in “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Wednesday, July 19

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Former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns: It's a 'time of power' for women in tech

With headlines about sexual harassment sweeping Silicon Valley, the former CEO of Xerox has a message for women: Don't avoid the tech industry.

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Health care state of play: Repeal effort dead -- for now

The Senate Republicans' quest to do something on health care continues Wednesday with a lunch at the White House and a buildup to a vote next week on an effort to repeal Obamacare without a replacement set.

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Ask Dr. Kevin: Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

In this article, Dr. Kevin answers common questions about sickle cell disease and its impact on the African-American community and provides tips for living with and supporting someone with the disease.

Tuesday, July 18

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Parents of alleged R. Kelly 'victim' speak out

A couple who claim their daughter is having a sexual relationship with R. Kelly, and that she is being manipulated by him into cutting off contact with the outside world, have responded to a video of her denying she's being held by the Grammy-award winning singer.

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Criminal charges filed against N.J. officer in beating of teenage boy

Criminal charges have been filed against a New Jersey police officer in the beating of a teenage boy that was caught on cameras.

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New study: Black homeownership falls to 42.2 percent

New Harvard Study Finds Steep Declines in Black Homeownership in Major Cities

For the 12th consecutive year, America’s national homeownership rate has declined, according Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS)’ annual report, “State of the Nation’s Housing 2017.” This year’s report also found these declines vary by race and ethnicity.

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MTA chief pledges change after track fire brings over a million riders’ commute to a crawl; riders are skeptical

A track fire in Harlem during the morning rush affected over 1 million commuters across eight different subway lines — a full one-third of the entire subway system.

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Family of teen stuck in Rikers tries to raise $250K bail so he can realize full-ride college dream

The family of a teenage shooting suspect, who has claimed he is innocent, is working to raise $250,000 so he can pay his bail and accept a full scholarship to college.

Monday, July 17

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Walmart apologizes for slur in listing on its website

Walmart has apologized for an offensive slur used by a third-party seller in a product listing on its website.

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Tyler Perry signs deal with Viacom

Tyler Perry is adding to his house.

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Rapper DMX arrested for tax evasion

Even hip hop moguls have to pay taxes.

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Tulsa officer acquitted in shooting is resigning from police force

An Oklahoma police officer who was acquitted in last year's shooting death of an unarmed black man will resign from the Tulsa Police Department next month, she announced Friday.

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Eric Garner death commemorated

Monday, July 17 marks three years since the police killing of Eric Garner. Family members, activists and the community gathered for events.

Sunday, July 16

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Mikey likes it and you will, too

It’s no surprise that on any given day Michael “Mikey” Cole’s Lower East Side ice cream parlor, Mikey Likes It, has a line of people waiting to get flavors such as “Foxy Brown,” “Ice Ice Baby” and “Mint Condition.”

Thursday, July 13

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Talking SCHOP! Cooking up a long weekend

We know the best thing about a long weekend is, in fact, that it is a long weekend. Period. End of story. However, when you can add a respite from the city, marrying great friends and meeting new people, perfect weather and some killer food, the ensuing short week seems miles away.

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The Greenbrier—America’s resort

Who knew that in the middle of nowhere (aka Greenbrier County, W.Va.) there’s a palatial resort that’s been the top vacation destination for royals, notable high-ranking government officials and their families and even Hollywood celebrities for more than 235 years.

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Harlem Book Fair returns July 15

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Mclean, Belgrave, Jazzmobile, Saxton and Dr. Lonnie

When you attend a concert of the multireed player and flutist Rene McLean, his music will ascend the boundaries of the hard bop American tradition.

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‘Bella,’ a bootylicious musical at Playwrights Horizons

“Bella: An American Tall Tale” had a recent world premiere run at Playwrights Horizons.

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‘Me the People,’ a hilarious musical comedy at The Triad

Are you concerned about the future of this country? Do you wonder how we got to where we are with our new inexperienced president? Do you wonder how a man with countless character flaws got into the White House and is still there? The hilarious answers to these and many other questions are waiting for you at The Triad Theater

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Trina announces new solo album after seven years

Miami rapper Trina has announced the release of her sixth studio album, “The One,” which is due out Sept. 8.

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José Limón’s legacy

Today, in the dance world, when companies led by dance pioneers are fast disappearing, and works from some of these iconic pioneers are sometimes second on the list of must-sees, it is refreshing to know that in some instances, the old is still being renewed.

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Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man

“Please, can’t you just be the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?” It was a request made to Tom Holland, now suiting up as the young web slinger, a key member of the new generation of superheroes. This is Spider-Man at it’s very best. Applaud the future that’s coming to the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

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‘Baby Driver’ is a reason to go the movies this summer

In “Baby Driver,” director Edgar Wright knows how to show an audience a good time! Best known for his comical work, including the zombie flick “Shaun of the Dead” and the cop caper “Hot Fuzz,” in this new film he’s bringing us speed and cool attitude.

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2 Live Crew rapper 'Fresh Kid Ice' dies

Christopher "Fresh Kid Ice" Wong Won, a founding member of rap group 2 Live Crew, died Thursday, according to his agent. He was 53.

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Florida state attorney pulled over in traffic stop that goes nowhere fast

A Florida state attorney who was pulled over in a traffic stop said she intends to use the incident as a teachable moment for police.

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Martha Rivera Chavis, wife of civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis, dies at 53

While we welcome the arrival of Black Press Month, we mourn the passing of Martha Rivera Chavis, the wife and first lady of the NNPA, of which her husband, Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr., is the president and CEO.

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Noted former Detroit native Geri Allen remembered in words and music

Pianist, composer, educator Geri Allen was born in Pontiac, Mich., June 12, 1957; raised in Detroit; was a graduate of Howard University; earned a degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh; played all over the world;

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Chokwe Antar Lumumba sworn in as Jackson’s new mayor

Chokwe Antar Lumumba was sworn in as mayor of Jackson, Miss., July 3, 2017.

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Touro College awards top honor to Payal Aggarwal for service, leadership, research and dedication

When Payal Aggarwal was just 6 years old, she visited her grandfather in India in the hospital.

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Civilian Complaint Review Board plans to give presentation focused on police interactions

The city board that reviews complaints levied against NYPD officers plans to give a Friday, July 14, 2017, presentation that focuses on how the public should interact with police.

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Lillian Hardin Armstrong, pianist, composer and tailor

There was, as expected, a flurry of renewed interest in the life and musical legacy of jazz great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong over the last week or so because his birthday was on or somewhere around the Fourth of July.

South Sudan in the grip of ethnic cleansing

South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, did not celebrate its sixth anniversary July 9.

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Community Calendar: July 13 - July 20

Our July 2017 GBE Black Media Month highlights the Motor City, beginning with our own Herb Boyd, whose new book “Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination” is drawing critical raves.

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Conviction of former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver overturned

A federal appeals court has overturned the corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

De Blasio signs on to expand charter schools

After Albany granted him a two-year extension on mayoral control of public schools, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to repay with a favor to the charter schools.

Pleasure Chest workers vote to join RWDSU

Fast food workers aren’t the only ones who’ve wanted to organize.

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Allah, the Father’s assassination: 48 years later

Ever since 1971, during the second weekend of June, the Harlem-based Five Percenters aka the Nation of Gods and Earths acknowledge their annual accomplishments during the anniversary of the assassination of their founder Allah, the Father, with their Show & Prove event. 

Minneapolis City Council passes $15 minimum wage

Right before the July Fourth holiday, thousands of Minneapolis workers got a welcomed treat.

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New York Men’s Fashion Week report

Presented at the Prince George Gallery on East 15th Street, the spring/summer Men’s Fashion Week opened Monday, July 10, with Nonich, a savvy young men’s line stemming from the University of Maryland.

Vendors in tears as Zambia's biggest outdoor market burns

A fire of unknown origins raced through the largest outdoor market in Zambia, destroying the livelihood of its many vendors.

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Haute couture: Chanel’s 2017/2018 fall collection

At Chanel’s fall/winter 2017/2018 haute couture presentation in Paris, the atmosphere was luxurious, yet delightful.

Equal pay for equal work? Kenyan nurses push the envelope

Year after year, reports tell of a wide gap between the wages earned by men and those earned by women.

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Our health is in danger

Our health is in danger.

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Fact or fiction—The media

“Fake news” or honest reporting?

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Health care repeal turns back the clock to a time of no rights

The health care repeal that Republicans are pushing through Congress is a direct attack on the lives of Black people throughout the country.

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Media illiteracy on purpose

There once was a time when most educated people, of a certain age, made it a point to watch the evening news, read the daily newspaper or, as technology advanced, read publications online.

When culture is always of the Essence

What is it about the July 4 weekend that has people planning for it in mid-July the year prior, to congregate in the Crescent City, New Orleans, La.?

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Bronx holds ceremony for new children’s museum

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in celebration of the Bronx Children’s Museum that’s being built on Exterior Street in Mill Pond Park.

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Harlem Omegas host 2017 Five Borough Food Pantry Project Awards

Since 2009, Harlem’s Kappa Omicron Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has committed to help the homeless and veterans who go without assistance and support. To date, the fraternity has raised more than $25,000 in their efforts.

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Momentum grows for Pompey track meet

In her job as the sprints and hurdles coach at St. John’s University, Aliann Pompey shares her knowledge of track honed over the course of a long and successful career that included four trips to the Olympics.

The Cosmopolitan Review July 13 - July 19

Don’t you wish summer would always be here?

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Track and field becomes obscure in the U.S.

The Green Packers’ superlative quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, arguably the NFL’s best player, could walk down the streets of Helsinki, Finland, Zurich, Switzerland or St. Kitts and Nevis—a two-island country in the West Indies—relatively unnoticed.

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Crazy train—Report: MTA’s impact on lives of commuters

Almost three-quarters of people who use New York City subways reported being late for work over the past three months, and 2 percent lost their jobs.

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Liberty return to NY stuck at .500

It was the night that the Phoenix Mercury retired the jersey of Penny Taylor and the players were determined to head into the postgame ceremony with a win.

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Free Learn-to-Swim program open to children at state parks

The annual free Learn-to-Swim program will be available to approximately 3,000 children this summer at state parks across New York. Now in its fifth year, the Learn-to-Swim program is offered through a partnership among the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Department of Health; the American Red Cross; the National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Master Pools Guild; and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association Foundation.

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Knicks make moves without permanent GM

Phil Jackson’s high-profile tenure as president of the Knicks will forever be perceived as a paradox, in some aspects Shakespearean.

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City names new Department of Homeless Services administrator

Joslyn Carter has been named as administrator of the Department of Homeless Services, which is now part of the Department of Social Services.

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Slam Jam Summer Basketball tips off a brand-new season

The Slam Jam Girls Summer Basketball Classic will once again host their league for junior high school girl student athletes from the New York metropolitan area.

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Young women to spend summer coding at AT&T

A class of 20 high school students from New York and New Jersey will spend seven weeks at AT&T’s New York City office, learning the skills they need to succeed in the tech industries, through the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program.

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Mayweather and McGregor prepare to get it on

Tuesday began the first of four hyped press events to promote the upcoming Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor lightweight bout Saturday night, Aug. 26, in Las Vegas.

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Attorney generals sue Department of Education for abandoning student protections

Eighteen state attorneys general, and one from the District of Columbia, have taken their grievances with Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to court.

Activists demand no uncertified teachers to go to charters

Educational activists and teachers’ unions have battled, ideologically, with charter schools most of the decade. The Alliance for Quality Education has now found a new battle to fight.

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For the Yankees and Mets, play time is over

The fun and games are over.

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The Yankees eye the playoffs; the Mets drop out of contention 

The Yankees and Mets begin their post All-Star Game schedule in distinctly different mindsets.

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Eat them to beat them: St. Lucian ‘conservation cuisine’ battles lionfish

Lionfish, one of the most destructive invasive fish species ever to reach the Caribbean, are wreaking irreparable damage on coral reefs by eating practically everything they come across.

Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 1

Under the current Donald Trump administration, legal status or a green card for any immigrant has become a prized possession.

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Five inmates escape main Guyana prison

It has barely been 17 months since riots and fires at Guyana’s main prison killed 17 prisoners after inmates set fire to mattresses to protest poor food, overcrowding and inordinate delays in trials for those on remand, but as the week began, local authorities are again grappling with a major mutiny at the facility.

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U.K. pol suspended for using racial epithet

It was reported Monday that a U.K. politician used the expression “nigger in the woodpile” during a meeting about Brexit.

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Harlem hosted seventh annual stroll for cancer awareness

During the afternoon of Saturday, June 24, at Harlem’s Morningside Park (123rd Street and Morningside Avenue) Shades of a Cure conducted a daylong event that helped heighten awareness about a very serious topic affecting inner-city communities nationwide—cancer.

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Making lists: 39 while 39

I am celebrating a birthday this week. Actually it will be my final year in my 30s.

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Olympic fencer stresses the importance of elite sport in education

At the age of 9, Nzingha Prescod’s fencing career began when her mother took her to the Peter Westbrook Foundation.

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URBAN AGENDA: The Next Stop for Poor Subway Riders Should Not Be Rikers

By recently announcing that his office would no longer criminally prosecute most cases of turnstile jumping, Manhattan’s District Attorney Cyrus Vance acknowledged that laws can be enforced without sending people to Rikers Island or putting immigrants at risk of deportation.

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New Gun City: Shootings show firearm proliferation

Tears streamed down the face of slain NYPD Detective Miosoitis Familia’s oldest daughter Genesis as she spoke about the unconditional love her mother gave to her and two younger siblings.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #24

Transparency, like the truth, is an alien word in the vocabulary of the Trump family, a point given fresh currency with Trump Jr.’s rush to publish his Russian-related emails in advance of media disclosure.

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Jay Z explores emotional wisdom in ‘Footnotes’ from ‘4:44’

Rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z released “Footnotes” to accompany his emotional opus, “4:44,” which was released exclusively on the digital music provider, TIDAL. “Footnotes” shows a montage of Black men and men of color giving accounts of their trials in relationships.

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A gathering to honor a freedom fighter

“My name is Assata (she who struggles) Olugbala (for the people) Shakur (the thankful one), and I am a 20th century escaped slave,” she wrote on her website in 2013.

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Democrat files articles of impeachment against Trump

After months of threats and speculation, Wednesday afternoon Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) has formally introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump.

Wednesday, July 12

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Fifty years after the riots that shook America, has anything changed?

On the hot summer night on of July 12, 1967, two white policemen in Newark, New Jersey, arrested an African-American cabdriver named John Smith for "tailgating" and driving in the wrong direction. The police also accused Smith of physical assault and using offensive language.

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WBAI press conference in City Hall

In New York City City Hall, the WBAI-FM radio station is set to have a press conference on Thursday at 1 p.m.

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More than 44 million Americans have a side hustle

Feel like every day you're hustling, hustling? Yeah, you and 44 million other people.

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Jay-Z, Beyoncé relationship 'not built on the 100% truth'

For a couple who spent years denying they were even in a relationship, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are making up for lost time by divulging some major details about their marriage.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor spar in profanity bout as hype tour starts

If the August 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor matches the fighters' trashing talking Wednesday boxing fans could be in for a real pugilist fest next month.

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Trump defends embattled son, calls Russia controversy a 'witch hunt'

President Donald Trump defended his son Wednesday for being "open, transparent and innocent" during his interview with Fox News and blasted the current Russia controversy as "the greatest witch hunt in political history."

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What happens if Congress doesn't repeal Obamacare

Even if Congress fails to repeal Obamacare, Republicans have a big decision on their hands.

Tuesday, July 11

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VIDEO: Thousands mourn fallen New York police officer

An image of Miosotis Familia's smiling face looked down from a church stage as thousands celebrated the life of the police veteran and mother of three on Tuesday. The officer was was laid to rest a dozen years to the day after she joined the NYPD.

Monday, July 10

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Black families believe racial inequality growing in U.S. schools

Black families overwhelmingly believe that their schools are underfunded, and that racial inequality is growing, according to a poll conducted by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research firm.

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Obama set for first political event since leaving office

Barack Obama is set to attend his first political event since leaving office, a Thursday fundraiser for a new group aimed at helping Democrats draw friendlier legislative district lines.

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Wake to honor slain NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia Monday

Slain officer and mother of three, Miosotis Familia, will be honored at a wake in the Bronx Monday.

Saturday, July 8

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Nelsan Ellis, 'True Blood' actor, dead at 39

Nelsan Ellis, the actor who lit up the screen on HBO's vampire drama "True Blood," has died at age 39.

Friday, July 7

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Man known as #MrStealYourGrandma still blazing the internet

From photo shoots to club appearances, traveling the country and even walking brides down the aisle, the past year for social media sensation turned model Irvin Randle has been eventful.

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Bill Cosby retrial is set for November, judge rules

Bill Cosby will be retried on three charges of assault starting November 6 of this year, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Thursday.

Martha Rivera Chavis, wife of NNPA President, dies

Martha Rivera Chavis, the devoted wife of civil rights leader and National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., has died.

Thursday, July 6

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Talking SCHOP! Support community food

I am so grateful for all of the local farmers this time of year with awesome produce, meats and products. It is the only time I think to go. However, there are other opportunities for city dwellers to get farm fresh produce that always escape my timing.

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Discovering Cuba

Nearly two years ago, President Obama eased relations and lifted sanctions over Cuba, allowing Americans to travel to the Caribbean island, only 90 miles south of us, for the first time in more than 60 years.

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Geri Allen, the adventuresome pianist, dies at 60

Geri Allen, the pianist, composer and bandleader, whose music was too varied to be categorized, from straight-ahead to her engaging Motown interpretations to the brilliant colors of her avant-garde melodies, died June 27, in Philadelphia. She was 60.

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Summer ’17 beauty notes

Beautycounter’s cosmetic collection encompasses an array of products for you face, skin and body.

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Dressing in 10 easy pieces for summer

Ten Pieces, an Australian fashion house, offers essential wardrobe options.

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Moses Sumney releases new single from anticipated debut album

The mysterious and sultry folk soul singer/songwriter Moses Sumney has released a new single in anticipation of his debut full-length album, whose title has not yet been announced.

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Larkin Grimm releases ‘Chasing an Illusion’

The New York-based avant-folk musician, Larkin Grimm, has released a collection of free jazz, experimental-inspired of songs with her new album, “Chasing an Illusion.”

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Jimmy Iovine talks ‘The Defiant Ones’

Jimmy Iovine has five decades in the music industry and is one of the most successful businessmen working today.

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‘The Defiant Ones’ documentary airs on HBO July 9

Allen Hughes has made a lasting imprint in the documentary world with HBO’s “The Defiant Ones.”

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‘I Am the Blues’ opens at Quad Cinema July 12

“I Am the Blues,” directed by Daniel Cross available on VOD July 12, takes the viewer into the deep backroads of the South, visiting the authentic juke joints and listening to the stories of the people who play, live and know the real roots of the blues.

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Photographer Alex Harsely lights up June Kelly Gallery

A lot of planning goes into a seemingly candid photograph when an artist is at work. This fact becomes self-evident when you visit the current show at June Kelly Gallery titled “Alex Harsely: An Overview,” now on display through July 28.

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Pianist, composer, educator Geri Allen joins the ancestors

Hours after social media was abuzz Tuesday, June 27, that Geri Allen was ailing, the gifted pianist, composer and educator was dead.

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Brooklyn Community Board says no to city’s plan for armory

Brooklyn’s Community Board 9 voted unanimously with one abstention (35-0) against the city’s plan to turn a Crown Heights armory into a condo tower with office space and a recreation center.

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Scott La Rock Boulevard unveiled

A couple of weeks ago, “up in the Bronx where the people are fresh,” hip-hop legend DJ Scott La Rock was honored with a street-naming ceremony at the intersection of Jerome Avenue and Kingsbridge Boulevard.

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Summer ’17 beauty notes

Beautycounter’s cosmetic collection encompasses an array of products for you face, skin and body.

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Hip-hop community mourns passing of three legends

During this month of June three legendary figures who helped popularize the urban culture known as hip-hop have transitioned onto the ancestral realm.

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Dressing in 10 easy pieces for summer

Ten Pieces, an Australian fashion house, offers essential wardrobe options.

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Women in the media discuss journalism in light of a divided country

Saturday, June 17, at Barnard College, WAM!NYC, the New York City affiliate of Women, Action and the Media, hosted its eighth annual gender justice in media conference, “Report the Fact, Frame the Future.”

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New health care bill the wrong choice for African-Americans

Baltimore, Md.—In 1954, Thurgood Marshall and a team of NAACP attorneys argued the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education, before the Supreme Court.

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Emmett Till marker: Students plaster hope on vandalized site

A historic marker in Money, Miss., dedicated to informing the public about the teenaged Emmett Till’s kidnapping, assault and murder in 1955 was vandalized on June 26, according to The Root.

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Dr. Robert Walter Johnson, the ‘godfather’ of Black tennis

As Wimbledon gets underway in London, tennis will be a dominate discussion for several weeks.

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American culture scores touchdown in Jerusalem

America’s export of football into Israel received an incredible boost this week after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and an awe-inspiring group of NFL greats visited Israel to inaugurate a new sports complex in Jerusalem called the Kraft Family Sports Complex.

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Republicans are winning and Democrats have no plan or platform

Democrats can never win in America without the Black vote and a progressive platform.

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Imhoteps Guide to Black Events: July 6-July12, 2017

In our GBE 2017 Black Music-Black Media Month Spotlight, Charlie Wilson, Dionne Warwick and Catherine Russell will join the list of previously announced acts for this year’s Grammy Salute to Music Legends event, celebrating the recording academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards winners.

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The world celebrates the 46th International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn

Folks from the Gambia to the Gowanus and from the Songhay to Staten Island came to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park to celebrate the 46th International African Arts Festival.

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Ebony owes its freelancers more than $200,000

It all started with the Twitter hashtag “#EbonyOwes.”

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Unions, activists and elected officials to GOP: don’t take away our health care

Last month, before the U.S. Senate decided to punt on a health care vote, union leaders, elected officials and activists gathered in Capitol Hill demanding that the government save health care.

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Across the US workers are choosing a union voice

At our union, the RWDSU, we are seeing workers across the U.S. demand the respect and fair treatment all workers deserve.

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Dinkin's great birthday bash

June 15 the Association to Benefit Children in celebration of Mayor David N. Dinkins’ 90th birthday held a special birthday dinner at the June Kelly Gallery.

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East Orange named one of ‘Most Liveable’ cities in America

East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III was recently awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2017 City Livability Awards Program during The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 85th Annual Meeting.

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Lead issues continue in Newark after improper testing

The Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness is preparing to re-screen 4,600 children for lead levels. The city is currently facing two unrelated issues involving testing for lead.

The Cosmopolitan Review July 6 - July 12

Witnessing the end of an era can be a somewhat somber experience.

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‘Environmental justice now,’ becomes grassroots rallying cry

Climate change is not an environmental issue.

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Another setback for the Trump administration

Last week the Trump administration was dealt another devastating blow when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency could not freeze the implementation requiring oil and gas companies to fix methane leaks in the equipment.

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New IDNYC benefits announced for summer

Several new family-friendly benefit partners for IDNYC’s more than 1 million cardholders to enjoy for the summer were recently announced.

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Sen. Kevin Parker hosts 10th Annual Job Fair

Tuesday, June 27, State Sen. Kevin Parker in partnership with New York City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams held his 10th Annual Job Fair at the Student Union Center at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Rwandans recall end of genocide on liberation day

Rwandans have marked the 23rd anniversary of Liberation Day, recalling the end of a genocidal war that took the lives of nearly 1 million men, women and children.

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Brownsville Houses receiving new appliances with help of Assemblywoman Latrice Walker

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker allocated more than 1 million dollars to Brownsville Houses for new appliances that will be arriving to residents starting June 1 with the last delivery scheduled for June 30.

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Literary prize for Sudanese writer, Maskela picks up Phd in music

This season is one of accolades for some of Africa’s outstanding artists.

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‘Exercise leadership!’ #CLOSErikers takes protest to de Blasio

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio exited the YMCA last Friday, protesters greeted him with chants of “Exercise leadership! Ten years sucks!” The #CLOSErikers campaign was determined to be heard one way or another.

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Widows of Nigerian activists charge shell oil with complicity in hangings

The widows of four Nigerian activists are entering their 22nd year of a long struggle for justice, and to hear them tell it, they’re in no way feeling tired. 

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Albany grants de Blasio two more years of mayoral control of schools

Last Thursday, the New York State Senate finally gave Bill de Blasio what he wanted: mayoral control of schools.

In face of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, one man sends powerful reminder

Unable to pass a repeal of Obamacare in the Senate because of a rift in their own caucus, the GOP and the Donald Trump administration have turned back to their favorite pasttime—scapegoating immigrants.

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Does baseball need a new era of swag?

During the golden age of the Negro Leagues, baseball was much more than a game.

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Both Mets and Yankees get set for the All-Star break

The middle of the Major League Baseball season is upon us.

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As Anthony rumors swirl, Knicks focus on youth movement

As the story goes, back in 2012, Carmelo Anthony issued an ultimatum to then Knicks executive vice president of Basketball Operations and general manager Glen Grunwald and team owner James Dolan that either he or head coach Mike D’Antoni had to go.

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Liberty head west badly in need of a win

The New York Liberty are currently on a West Coast road trip and focused on breaking a three-game losing streak.

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Richards-Ross opens up in revealing memoir

On the track and in interviews, track and field star Sanya Richards-Ross has always been poised and thoughtful.

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Venus Williams confronts life-altering experience

As Venus Williams met with the media this past Monday following her 7-6 (7), 6-4 first round victory over Belgium’s Elise Mertens at Wimbledon, the five-time singles tournament champion was understandably overcome with emotions when asked to address a car crash that took place June 9 in which she was involved, resulting in the death of a 78-year-old man.

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For Lena Johnson, fencing is mental and fun

What would interest a young woman in participating in a sport that dates back to the early 1400s, and dates back to the 1700s as a competitive one?

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The David Dinkins Tennis Club serves up another season

It’s not too late to sign up for the David Dinkins Tennis Club, held every Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., for children 10 years of age and younger. It’s free.

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Hypertension help shows success in controlling Bronxites’ blood pressure

More than three-quarters of patients with hypertension receiving care at NYC Health + Hospitals

When taste and smell get lost

Mrs. S. was a 79-year-old mother of four children, 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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Enroll into ‘the university without walls,’ hotel legend urges

Hoteliers and aspiring young hospitality professionals need to appreciate the critical role that the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association can play in their success

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Surinamese president facing 20 years for mass murder

A court in Suriname has recommended a prison sentence of 20 years for Suriname’s head of state, Desi Bouterse

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Kristan Justice: Because I Am a Queen female empowerment program

Kristan Justice is the co-founder of Because I Am a Queen and director of the Rose organization.

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Community mourns death of slain NYPD officer

The sisters of slain NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia stood together as the sun began to set, surrounded by people who came out to pay their respects to Familia.

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People’s Victory: Activists stop effort to rename Harlem south of 125th Street ‘SoHa’

It looks like the battle to rename Harlem south of 125th Street “SoHa” is coming to an abrupt end.

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Let’s talk about Black wealth

When it comes to the issue of building up Black people financially, American author, economist and social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins talks about asset accumulation through ownership. Asset accumulation is the goal of all savers and investors.

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‘The Defiant Ones’ documentary airs on HBO July 9

Allen Hughes has made a lasting imprint in the documentary world with HBO’s “The Defiant Ones.”

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Make American Great Again—Trump Must Go! #23

As our families gather to celebrate, commemorate or commiserate on the Fourth of July, there is much about President Donald Trump and his administration that is reminiscent of the times when members of Congress assembled in 1776 and signed the Declaration of Independence.

Wednesday, July 5

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New York police officer fatally shot in 'unprovoked attack'

A New York police officer of 12 years and mother of three was fatally shot early Wednesday as she sat in a command vehicle in the Bronx, authorities said.

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In Chicago, gun deaths take no holiday

The revelry of fireworks and parades offered little comfort in some parts of America's third largest city.

Tuesday, July 4

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Cory Booker on 2020: 'I don't know what the future's going to bring'

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker seems to tread carefully around speculation of a potential 2020 White House bid.

Monday, July 3

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Apartment hunting? Do these 4 things before signing a lease

Moving is stressful. And not just because of the cost.

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New Jersey government shuts down in budget standoff

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his family had the beach to themselves Saturday after a budget deadlock closed state-run tourist attractions to the public.

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Hospital gunman fired from job week before shooting, NY official says

The doctor who killed one of his former colleagues and injured six others during a shooting rampage at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital on Friday had been fired from a separate city job just one week earlier, a New York City official told CNN.