Stories for June 2017

Friday, June 30

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Doctor fatally shoots 1, wounds 6 at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital before killing himself

A doctor opened fire with an assault rifle Friday inside a New York City hospital where he used to work, killing a woman and wounding six people before turning the gun on himself, law enforcement officials said.

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Philadelphia District Attorney pleads guilty in corruption case

The district attorney of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges Thursday and resigned effective immediately, federal officials said.

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Jay Z raps about relationship with Beyonce on ‘4:44’

Jay Z has opened up about his rocky relationship with wife Beyonce on “4:44,” his first album in four years

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The legacy of Lena Horne

Lena! Just Lena--and the Horne automatically followed. There was only one Lena Horne and her angelic voice and stunning beauty are now part of the ages.

Thursday, June 29

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Why a key diabetes test may work differently depending on your race

A test widely used to diagnose and monitor diabetes may vary in accuracy based on your race and other factors, potentially influencing how aggressively your doctor monitors and treats your diabetes.

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Single mom of 4 earns PhD from North Carolina A&T

It was Mother's Day weekend when Sharita Mathis-Lawson experienced the moment she worked three years to achieve.

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St. Louis teens leave messages of hope on vandalized memorial

A group of St. Louis students took lessons learned in their social justice program and put them into action when they encountered vandalism hundreds of miles away.

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Halle Berry says her historic Oscar win now means 'nothing'

Being the first and only black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress would seem like a watershed moment, but for Halle Berry it means "nothing."

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Adults view Black girls as 'less innocent,' new report says

When compared with their white peers, young black girls are viewed less as children and more like adults, according to a new research report.

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White House proposes $9.2 billion in education funding

No one ever said that higher education wouldn’t cost money. Across the country, tuition is steadily rising and students are taking longer to pay off their student loans.

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Governor Cuomo declares MTA state of emergency as subway system struggles

The governor announced Thursday he is signing an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the MTA.

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State Assembly votes to extend mayoral control for two years

The State Assembly votes to renew mayoral control of New York City public schools for two years. The bill is now headed to the State Senate

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Talking SCHOP! Brooklyn keeps on makin' it...

…and I (along with many others) keep on takin’ it.

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Out and about at the BET Awards

I traveled to Los Angeles over the weekend with #NissanDiversity for the 2017 BET Awards.

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Miami Jazz Fest’s WDNA-FM debut, Mustafa Jazz Fest

These days the only time you hear about Miami is in a political context on those rare occasions “the Orange Barron” visits from the “Crazy House” to cajole his loyal Cuban Republican supporters.

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Nashville is more than country music

It’s almost impossible to not think of country music when you think of Nashville.

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Family and friends remember Shantel Davis, demand justice on anniversary of her death

Family and supporters gathered in Flatbush, Brooklyn, as they commemorated the fifth anniversary of the June 14, 2012, shooting death of Shantel Davis by NYPD Officer Philip Atkins.

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CUNY students to see increase in college tuition

At a meeting with the CUNY Board of Trustees, it was decided by vote that the students at City University of New York will see an approximately $200 tuition increase in the next five years.

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Friday evenings of Jazzy Jazz at Medgar Evers College

The Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Festival will be held on nine Friday evenings, from July 7 to September 1, 2017. This year it will pay tribute to the legendary Lena Horne.

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Caribbean Heritage Month and its importance to African-American History

Life Needs the Caribbean! So read the tagline of a full-length commercial that ran in frequent rotation on national network television a couple of years ago.

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Nigeria’s WizKid collaborates with Drake, Major Lazer and wins BET Award

The 26-year-old Nigerian songwriter and hip-hop/R&B artist, WizKid, is rising to prominence in America after emerging from a lengthy and successful career in Africa.

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Attack near mosque shows terrorism in all forms must be condemned

A few weeks ago, Americans were awakened to news of yet another terrorist strike in London, the British capital.

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Liberty fall on Pride Night

The crowd was more than 10,000 strong, some of them rocking super cool rainbow sunglasses courtesy of Resorts World Casino NYC.

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Considering the current state of play

Last week we dealt with the news that once again an African-American man was killed by the actions of the police and will not receive any justice.

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Mobb Deep's Prodigy's funeral open to the public in NYC

It’s official: Mobb Deep’s Prodigy’s funeral service will be held in New York City Thursday, June 29.

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Cuomo denounces Senate health care bill cuts to Medicaid funding used to combat opioid epidemic

With the vote for the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act scheduled for this week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo denounced the bill for cutting Medicaid funding used to combat the opioid epidemic.

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Wisely, the Knicks and Phil Jackson go their separate ways

In February, Knicks owner James Dolan was emphatic in his contention that he would not relieve Phil Jackson of his duties as team president before the conclusion of his five-year contract.

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Rest and raised in ‘Power’

“Rest in Power” is an expression that’s been utilized since the passing last week of Albert “Prodigy’ Johnson.

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Mobb Deep’s Prodigy returns to the essence at 42

The hip-hop community was deeply saddened as news spread that Prodigy, an MC from the legendary Mobb Deep out of Queensbridge Housing projects in Long Island City, Queens, transitioned onto the ancestral realm this past Tuesday.

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Active and swim style forecast for spring/summer ’18

For spring/summer 2018, color trends are exceptional in active and swimwear markets. According to Design Options Inc., the color forecasting firm that brings Southern California’s unique aesthetic to the world, women’s active wear and contemporary swimwear markets are showing themed color trends.

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With all that’s going on, nothing tops Jackson being fired

What can top the beginning of free agency July 1, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin opting out

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Councilman King holds Annual Youth Day Graduation Cookout Celebration

The day started out with rain but cleared up well before the noon start of the 2017 Youth Day Graduation Cookout Celebration, this past Saturday, hosted by New York City Council Member Andy King in collaboration with the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program.

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Australia’s runway looks for men and women

Akira Isogawa, one of Australia’s most celebrated designers, presents garments that echo Eastern influences with richly embellished fabrics, vintage textiles and traditional prints.

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NYC athletes perform well at USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

With berths at stake for the upcoming IAAF World Championships later this summer in London, the competition was intense at last weekend’s USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

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Stop the CUNY tuition hike

I prepared a statement outlining a few of the reasons why I will be voting no on this budget.

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Mrs. Fannie B. Peck, founder of the National Housewives’ League

While doing research on “Black Detroit,” which chronicles the history of the city’s African-American citizens’ struggle for self-determination, I encountered so many often neglected freedom fighters and civic leaders.

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July 2017 Dance Calendar

The July calendar has a good deal of carry-over performances from last month and Kyle Abraham’s Abraham.In.Motion tops the list.

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Roz Nixon Entertainment celebrates NYC seniors with a day of salsa, jazz and Motown

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, was a day for celebrating seniors, but all were welcome as Roz Nixon Entertainment hosted “Celebrating Jazz, Salsa & Motown.”

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16th New York Asian Film Festival June 30-July 16

Inclusion has always been a part of the philosophy and the practice of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The 16th New York Asian Film Festival with Subway Cinema announced their lineup for films—June 30 to July 13 at the Film Society and July 14 to 16 at the SVA Theatre.

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Armory College Prep Class of 2017 scores perfect mark in college applications

The Class of 2017 Armory College Prep scored a perfect 100 percent, as all 22 students secured acceptances to four year colleges to continue their educational careers this fall.

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is a big loser

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow ape followers are pushed to the point of conflict after suffering unimaginable loses—including Caesar’s wife and son—at the hands of humans.

The Cosmopolitan Review June 29 - July 5

By now I am sure everyone has pulled out their shorts, sandals, flip-flops and bikinis.

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Community Calendar: June 29 - July 5, 2017

I had the opportunity to attend a screening of “Marshall,” based on a true incident in the life of Thurgood Marshall, when he was a young lawyer, long before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Greg Marius honored by Mayor de Blasio at Rucker Park

Greg Marius, the founder and former CEO of the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park, was honored this past week posthumously by Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Silly summer fun with ‘Despicable Me 3’

I’m confident that the minions would gleefully follow Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy and Chris Renaud anywhere this dazzlingly creative group would go!

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32BJ SEIU takes on D.C with AHCA and travel ban

With many Americans finding a voice of resistance during President Donald Trump’s first year as president, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that unions such as 32BJ SEIU continue to speak out.

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Celebrate International African Arts Festival

The 46th Annual International African Arts Festival will return to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, Saturday, July 1, through Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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SUBOA celebrates 50th anniversary

Of course they’ve made a bad or questionable call or two.

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Carnegie Hall to celebrate 100th birthday of Sylvia Olden Lee

On June 29 at 7:30 p.m., The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture is holding a concert at Carnegie Hall to honor the 100th birthday of a world-renowned classical music singer and teacher. Sylvia Olden Lee, one of the greatest of the vocal coaches of the 20th century, was the first African-American staff member at the Metropolitan Opera.

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32BJ praises NY assembly for STAFER Act vote, pushes Senate to say ‘yes’

32BJ SEIU wants the New York State Senate to follow the State Assembly’s lead and pass the STAFER act.

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'Antigone' in Brownsville

July 15, the Brooklyn Public Library Brownsville Branch will be presenting their co-produced Theater of Wars Productions’ “Antigone in Ferguson.”

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An un-American health care act

Last month, the U.S. Senate’s health care working group began crafting companion legislation to the House’s version of the American Health Care Act, a House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Dr. Ian Smith’s new book addresses exercise and sugar intake

Whether you work out with the intensity of a professional or an amateur athlete, your sugar intake is important to maintaining good health.

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Brooklyn hosts 46th annual International African Arts Festival

From Saturday, July 1, to Tuesday, July 4, this year will mark the 46th anniversary of the African Street festival at Commodore Barry Park.

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Black college professor fired after media appearance defending Black Lives Matter

A Black professor at Essex County College was fired after she appeared on Fox News defending Black Lives Matter.

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Perjury charge against former trooper in Sandra Bland case dismissed

The former Texas state trooper who pulled over and arrested Sandra Bland has turned in his law enforcement license in exchange for having a perjury charge against him dismissed.

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College athletic programs stained by sexual assaults

Last Friday in Davidson County, Tenn., former Vanderbilt University football player Brandon Banks was found guilty of rape by a jury.

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GospelFit launches Run, Walk, Praise for Healthy Living

GospelFit proudly presents the launch of Run, Walk, Praise for Healthy Living Saturday, July 1, 2017, on Randall’s Island in Manhattan beginning at 9 a.m. Run, Walk, Praise is designed to be an experience to bring the community together and create a fun and healthy environment.

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Plan to reduce unemployment in Newark unveiled

Corporate CEOs and leaders of social justice, community development and educational institutions announced an initiative called “Hire. Buy. Live. Newark” aimed at strengthening the city’s economy.

Push to discontinue use of ‘SoHa’ presses on

Newly-elected State Sen. Brian Benjamin is continuing his campaign promise to eradicate the use of the term “SoHa” to describe Harlem.

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Numbers not there for GOP senators

Numbers count.

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Taking care of the caregiver: Five tips for nurturing yourself this summer

Dubbed the “sandwich generation,” those in their mid-30s and 40s are in a unique position.

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Just a little touch

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

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Zuma's Mining Charter: Step Up or Two Steps Back For Black Empowerment?

The initials stand for Black Economic Empowerment, and the prospect thrilled many South Africans who had seen the wealth of their nation drained away during years of oppressive white rule. 

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Shanduke McPhatter’s Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes

Shanduke McPhatter is pacing next to a Brooklyn mall that was near the site of a recent shooting, shouting into a mic and imploring passing shoppers to listen to what he has to say about two topics he’s familiar with: gun violence and gang life.

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Barbadian economist says U.S. Virgin Islands on track to fiscal stability

Respected Caribbean economist Jeremy Stephen praised the U.S. Virgin Islands’ government’s recent efforts to correct the fiscal imbalances that have challenged its treasury for successive administrations.

Modern-day slavery in US ICE detention centers?

Just when you thought being arrested and detained as an immigrant was bad enough, a new lawsuit sheds light on the nightmare that is the entire immigration detention system.

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Caribbean leaders discuss crime, trade

Caribbean leaders head to the Eastern Caribbean spice isle of Grenada next week for their main annual summit

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De Blasio on closing Rikers: It will take 10 years

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed a desire to close Rikers Island. A new city report said it’ll take a decade.

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Celebrating Pride Month

As June comes to a close, I want to celebrate all of my brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community.

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Joyce Adewumi promotes African arts and culture in NYC

Joyce Adewumi is founder of the New York African Chorus Ensemble, the chairperson for the Arts and Culture Committee in Manhattan Community Board 9 and the vice president of the 30th Precinct Community Council.

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NAACP, NYCHA tenants and workers battle city council’s apprenticeship requirement plan

The NAACP, NYCHA tenants and advocates gathered at City Hall Monday to speak out against a potential law requiring apprenticeships for construction workers. The bill (Intro. 1447), which currently has the support of the New York City Council, comes as a result of an increase in construction-related deaths between 2011 (17) and 2015 (25).

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Friday evenings of Jazzy Jazz at Medgar Evers College

The Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Festival will be held on nine Friday evenings, from July 7 to September 1, 2017. This year it will pay tribute to the legendary Lena Horne.

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URBAN AGENDA: Repeal of Obamacare is a Disaster for City’s Public Hospitals

The Republican Congress’ plan to take away insurance coverage and roll back Medicaid would be a disaster for New York City’s Health + Hospitals and New York’s communities.

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Come celebrate African culture at the International African Arts Festival

The 46th Annual International African Arts Festival will return to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, Saturday, July 1, through Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Audit the MTA now!

The recent train derailment at 125th Street is bringing several issues the MTA is dealing with to light.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #22

On Wednesday, President Trump returned to one of his favorite targets—the media. Doubling down on his message of the past that the press and the media are the “enemy of the people,” his most recent tweet castigates The New York Times.

Wednesday, June 28

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Knicks, team president Phil Jackson agree to part ways

The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson have agreed to part ways, the organization announced Wednesday morning.

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City pools open for summer

City public pools are open for the summer season.

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Crews work to restore normal service following Harlem train derailment

Repair crews are working to restore normal service across several subway lines Wednesday morning following a train derailment caused by "human error" in Harlem.

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NYC Rent Guidelines Board votes to increase rent on 1, 2-year leases

The New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted 7-2 to increase rent 1.25 percent on one-year rent-stabilized leases and a 2 percent increase on two-year leases.

Tuesday, June 27

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Twitter hires new head of diversity

Twitter has a new head of diversity.

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'Black Lives Matter' cases: What ended up happening after controversial police killings

Once again, a police officer has been acquitted after killing a black man -- but the officer's employer is shelling out millions of dollars to the family.

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Alton Sterling's children sue Baton Rouge police over his death

Alton Sterling's five children have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming their father's fatal shooting last year by a Baton Rouge police officer violated his civil rights and fits a pattern of excessive force and racism within the police department's ranks.

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Three Chicago cops indicted in Laquan McDonald case

Three current or former Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on state felony charges of conspiracy in the investigation of the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

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Bill Cosby says he isn't planning a 'sexual assault tour'

Bill Cosby is not planning to hold a "sexual assault tour," the comedian said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Crumbling Commute: Delays, angry commuters and divestment

Muffled, barely audible train announcements: “There is train traffic ahead of us/A Train crossing/signal problems. We thank you for your patience.”

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PHOTOS: Straphangers evacuate through tunnels after subway derailment

Subway rider Enrique Garcia shot photos of what commuters had to go through as they evacuated after Tuesday's train derailment.

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Train derailment at 125th Street leaves 34 injured, causes mass delays

The derailment of an A Train at 125th Street leaves 34 people injured and causes significant disruptions to the subway system.

Monday, June 26

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DC mural of prominent black figures repainted -- without Bill Cosby

After over 50 years of loyalty, an iconic Washington, DC, restaurant honored patron Bill Cosby in 2012 by painting his face onto a mural outside the diner.

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Supreme Court allows parts of travel ban to take effect

The Supreme Court Monday allowed parts of President Donald Trump's travel ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall.

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Philando Castile's family reaches $3 million settlement with city of St. Anthony

The family of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed last year by a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer, has reached a $3 million settlement with the city, according to a statement from the city and lawyers for the family.

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String of weekend shootings plague city

Several shootings took place over the weekend.

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At Pride celebrations, protesters chant 'No Justice, No Pride'

At Pride celebrations across the United States on Sunday, a protest movement that aims to draw attention to the struggles of marginalized people within the LGBTQ community made itself heard.

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BET Awards: Full list of winners, records set and notable speeches

The BET Awards commenced Sunday evening, bringing with it big wins for Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, but also a record for Chance the Rapper and notable speech by Solange, who didn’t mention the Queen B.

Friday, June 23

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Man, woman shot and killed while sitting in SUV outside Brooklyn party hall

Two people were shot and killed early Friday while they sat in an SUV outside a Brooklyn party hall, police said.

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BET Awards 2017: 6 reasons to tune in

The biggest stars in sports, film and music will descend on Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday to celebrate the accomplishments of African-American and other minority entertainers.

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Home prices are sky high, but mortgages are still cheap

The median existing home price climbed to $252,800 in May, according to the National Association of Realtors, exceeding the peak hit in June 2016 of $247,600.

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Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke out against a proposed GOP Senate bill that dismantles the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Wyclef Jean gets political: 'Carnival III,' refugees and Trump's most powerful weapon

As the fate of President Donald Trump's travel ban hangs in the balance, Wyclef Jean is sending an empowering message to immigrants and refugees: America wouldn't be great without you.

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Bill Cosby to hold town halls to educate on sexual assault laws, publicist says

Bill Cosby will hold a series of town halls to educate young people on sexual assault, his publicists said.

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Police release more recordings from the shooting of Charleena Lyles

Infuriated after a pregnant black woman was shot and killed by police, protesters marched from the apartment building where Charleena Lyles died to downtown Seattle on Thursday night.

Thursday, June 22

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Viola Davis produced series tackles racism through comedy

Viola Davis is determined to be at the forefront of change in Hollywood.

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Bill Cosby jurors give conflicting accounts of deadlock

Two jurors in Bill Cosby's assault trial offered differing accounts of their deadlocked deliberations that underscore how differently they may have viewed the case.

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Talking SCHOP! Discovering Sahadi’s

was quickly hustling my way across (…up, down?) Atlantic Avenue when I walked by a store I heard of many times. I thought, “Well, I am here, just take a quick lookie-loo,” and into Sahadi’s I went.

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Aruba: Where to stay, what to do

Can you ever go wrong with staying at a Ritz Carlton property? The answer is no, and this property is one worth checking out.

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Color news: Palettes for fall ’17 and ’18

In home furnishings ’18, colors are far-fetched! Many influences join together in various, unpredictable ways.

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Tam’s East-meets-West looks for fall ’17

When it comes to mixing East-meets-West fashions, no one does it better than New York designer Vivienne Tam.

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Jay Z follows in footsteps of Mother’s Day bail out

Rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z found inspiration from the activist organizations Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change’s successful fundraising campaign that funded the bailout of incarcerated mothers on Mother’s Day.

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DJ Khaled recognized for work in education

Last year, DJ and music executive DJ Khaled teamed up with Viacom and the Get Schooled Foundation to create a program called “Keys to Success,” in which monthly keys are offered to high school students that offer tips and advice on setting goals.

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Joey Alexander and Cecile McLorin Salvant shine at NJMH benefit concert

Pianist/composer Randy Weston, upon accepting his award at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem annual benefit concert Wednesday at Hunter College, said, “I only have two words: Joey Alexander.”

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‘All Eyez on Me’—the life of Tupac Shakur

For many in the community, the unsolved death of Tupac Shakur remains a tender spot.

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A message from Okwui Okpokwasili

A close look into Okwui Okpokwasili’s eyes at the end of a performance confirms how completely she commits to the message in her work.

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‘Power’ season premieres June 25

Being the boss in the crime world of New York City is a tricky and bloody affair.

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Letter requests exemption from hiring freeze for Rangel, Pickering and Payne fellows

Senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY5) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX20) sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson requesting that Rangel, Pickering and Payne fellows receive waivers from the hiring freeze so that they may fully serve in the State Department Foreign Service.

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Trump can end downward spiral by following Ford, Reagan

​President Donald Trump has the examples of predecessors Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan to navigate successfully through the Scylla and Charybdis of his stormy political seas.

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The elephant in the room

Harlem is known all over the world as the historic capital of African-American culture.

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Gun Violence Awareness Month highlights the national epidemic

Orlando, Newtown. San Bernardino. Aurora. The names of these cities have become synonymous with the devastation of the gun epidemic in our country.

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Percy Lavon Julian legacy: Steroids, cortisone and birth control pills?

Percy Lavon Julian was an African-American chemistry researcher who was born in Montgomery, Ala., April 11. Julian was a major pioneer of the chemical synthesis of medical drugs from plants, and he created steroids, cortisone and birth control pills that are all still being used to this very day for a variety of essential purposes.

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HBCU champion George H. Andrews passes away at 87

Longtime Brooklyn resident George H. Andrews has died.

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Ruqayyah Sanders’ journey to success

The Amsterdam News spoke with 21-year-old Ruqayyah Sanders, who went from Teaneck High School in New Jersey to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C., about her college experience.

THIS WEEK IN BLACK HISTORY

June 18, 1909: Nannie Burroughs opens a national training school for women.

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The medical Northcross family of Detroit

Among the many untold Black stories in Detroit’s history is the phenomenal contributions made by doctors, and especially by African-American physicians.

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DOJ gets backlash from NAACP over settling cases without consent decrees

The Department of Justice is getting backlash from the NAACP after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued guidance to the Civil Rights division to settle cases without using consent decrees.

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Community Calendar June 22 - June 28

Greetings! A major Black music month 2017 highlight happened when Berry Gordy Jr., Jay Z, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. President Obama recorded a special message to Jay Z, the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, noting, “I’m pretty sure I’m still the only president to listen to Jay Z’s music in the Oval Office.”

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James West, co-inventor of the modern day microphone

James Edward Maceo West is a U.S. inventor and professor who, in 1962, established the electret transducer technology that is currently used in 90 percent of contemporary microphones.

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Mumia supporters’ demand to DA: Release the files!

Supporters from “The Mobilization for Mumia” converged at the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, (3 South Penn Square) on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 30, to pressure them to comply with a recent court order instructing them to release all files pertaining to former DA Ron Castille’s handling of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals by May 30.

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BEPAA presents the 19th annual tribute to Professor John Henrik Clarke

The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry will be hosting their 19th annual tribute to Professor John Henrik Clarke Sunday, July 30, at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at 212 Tompkins Ave. in Brooklyn.

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Joining the fight against blood cancer

Every 35 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with a blood cancer, many patients being children and young people.

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Amazon buying Whole Foods? RWDSU looks at it suspiciously

It’s a big game of Monopoly played by only one person.

Waiting on latest Jay Z album, and RIP Prodigy

The phrase “one and done,” so synonymous with the National Collegiate Athletic Association/ National Basketball Association pipeline, is a once a year, celebrated, life-changing occurrence.

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AFT thanks Trump for apprenticeship programs…with a caveat

Last week in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he said would allow industries to create more apprenticeship programs.

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Vote ‘NO’ on the CON-CON con

On Nov. 7, 2017, when voters go to the polls to cast their ballot for candidates for various elective offices, including governor and mayor, there’s another part of that ballot—toward the end—that might affect voters as much, if not even more.

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Assata Shakur's birthday celebrated in Newark

Assata Shakur’s birthday was celebrated July 16 at the REFAL CTR in Newark hosted by the New Jersey Black Panther Party Commemorative Committee.

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The Amsterdam News hosts educational luncheon at Plaza

This week the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation honored women rising in the field of science as the paper celebrated its 108th anniversary.

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Sanctuary city status strengthened in Newark

A 10-page executive order spelling out Newark’s sanctuary city status and the protocols and protections that the city provides to undocumented immigrants was signed by Mayor Ras Baraka this week.

The Cosmopolitan Review: June 22 - June 28

I usually save “roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” until at least late July or early August.

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High-ranking official arrested over Flint water crisis

Five health officials in Flint, Mich., are being charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with contamination of the city’s water that caused 14 deaths.

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Cuba sí, Trump no!

When The Nation magazine in a recent announcement assured those interested in taking its tours to Cuba that everything was all right, it spelled out President Trump’s new restrictions on the constitutional rights to travel to Cuba.

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500 Men Making a Difference hold summer cleanup in park

Saturday, June 24, 500 Men Making a Difference will host a Herbert von King Park Summer Cleanup.

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Africa Among Top 10 Fastest-Growing Markets for Air Travel

Airline industry and ministry officials attending Aviation Festival Africa and Airports Show Africa heard some good news and some not so good news.

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International African Arts Festival hosting 28th annual Symposium at P.S. 287

July 1, 2017, the International African Arts Festival will be hosting its 28th annual Symposium at PS 287, located at 50 Navy St., Brooklyn, across the street from the International African Arts Festival.

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Nets trade veteran Brook Lopez and first round draft pick to Lakers

The NBA Draft takes over Barclays Center tonight (Thursday)

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Fire Safety Warnings Repeatedly Ignored in UK Housing For Immigrants

Mo Tuccu, a British national from Eritrea, was visiting friends at Grenfell Tower with his wife Amal Ahmedin and 3-year-old daughter Amaya.

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True2Life hosting Peace in the Park Youth Festival

In the spirit of acknowledging Gun Violence Awareness Month, True2Life will be hosting a Peace in the Park Youth Peace Festival June 24.

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The Knicks head into the NBA Draft with many needs

Perhaps the prevailing question entering tonight’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for those who closely follow the Knicks is will Phil Jackson

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International & multicultural business, homebuyers and health expo to be hosted in Brooklyn

Thursday, June 22, from 8:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an International & Multicultural Business, Homebuyers and Health Expo hosted by the New American Chamber of Commerce.

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Rod Strickland’s summer basketball league kicks of its 20th season

Coaches scream at players and referees at a high volume from the sidelines.

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Cuomo looks to establish control over Penn Station

With summer here and New Yorkers’ collective anger at public transportation increasing, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to fix Penn Station.

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Legionnaires’ disease outbreak kills one, hospitalizes six in Lenox Hill

The Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that affected the Bronx several years ago hit the Upper East Side recently.

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Liberty split games on the road, head home for Pride

It was lose one and win one for the New York Liberty on their recent road trip.

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Does Phil Jackson see Porzingis as the future of the Knicks?

Phil Jackson has proved to be an extraordinary agitator in his three-plus years as the Knicks’ president.

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Esteemed journalism professor examines media depictions of female athletes

In two recent studies, Dr. Cynthia Frisby, associate professor of strategic communications at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, studied news stories about prominent female athletes and exposed significant instances of microaggressions as well as racist behavior.

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Boxing moves closer to becoming a niche sport

Here’s a quick litmus test for avid sports fans.

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As the Mets struggle, their young prospect learns the game

Unlike the NBA’s annual draft that begins tonight (Thursday) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the NFL’s, held earlier in the year, both red carpet events

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Eating plastic will make you sick

You cannot stretch out the length of your life by eating plastic.

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U.S. Virgin Islands advance plans to improve cruise sector

The U.S. Virgin Islands is advancing plans to improve its visitor experience for cruise ship passengers.

Thank God the congressional baseball shooter was not an immigrant or Muslim

My granny always told me to be grateful for small things.

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Afro-owned airline expanding

While all of the major airlines in the Caribbean are losing money and carrying debts totaling more than $50 million annually, a small upstart airline, now in its fourth year of operation, is moving to expand and open new routes.

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Rikers correction officer pleads guilty to criminal sex act with inmate

Jose Cosme, a 37-year-old New York City Department of Correction Officer, has pleaded guilty to a third-degree Criminal Sex Act with an inmate in Rikers Island.

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Celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks

This month we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the birth of my favorite poet, Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Lena Johnson: I am fencing with Olympic dreams

Black New Yorker speech delivered at the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation Luncheon, June 20, 2017

Black New Yorker speech delivered at the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation Luncheon, June 20, 2017

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DJ Khaled recognized for work in education

Last year, DJ and music executive DJ Khaled teamed up with Viacom and the Get Schooled Foundation to create a program called “Keys to Success,” in which monthly keys are offered to high school students that offer tips and advice on setting goals and the tools to finish college.

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Pregnant Mom shot and killed by Seattle cops

Several dozen demonstrators gathered and marched through Harlem Monday to protest the shooting death of a pregnant Black woman by the Seattle police.

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Cop acquittal in Philando Castile case stirs protest

“You are next” That is what the mother of Philando Castile, Valerie Castile, said to the public June 16 when she learned about the verdict on Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop last year, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter June 16, according to CNN.

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Suspicious death of Black man in Mississippi recalls state’s haunting past

The recent killings of two Black men in Mississippi are raising serious questions about whether or not the deaths were the result of lynchings.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #21

President Trump, in his continuing attempt to demolish every vestige of the Obama administration, unleashed two missiles of destruction this week.

Wednesday, June 21

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‘Playing the waiting game’: Garner family meets with DOJ officials in chokehold case

The family of a Staten Island man killed by a police chokehold met with Justice Department officials Wednesday as a federal investigation of the case hangs in the balance.

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Milwaukee ex-cop who fatally shot Sylville Smith found not guilty

Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith during an August 2016 foot chase, was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide on Wednesday.

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Philando Castile shooting: Dashcam video shows rapid event

What's most shocking is how fast it happened.

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Prodigy of Mobb Deep dies at 42

Rapper Prodigy, one half of the influential hip hop duo Mobb Deep has died, according to a co-author on one of his books, Kathy Iandoli.

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O.J. Simpson parole hearing set for July

O.J. Simpson may be one step closer to becoming a free man.

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Settlement reached in Michael Brown civil lawsuit

The family of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, has reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

Tuesday, June 20

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Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year, study says

Rambunctious third-graders filled a classroom in Seattle on a crisp autumn day. One of the students dropped his backpack, and horror ensued.

Monday, June 19

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Brooklyn Sigmas to award $10,000 in scholarship money

The Brooklyn Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., is awarding $10,000 in scholarship money to deserving students at its annual Hutson L. Lovell Scholarship Banquet on June 23.

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Bill Cosby's attorney says he is worried about entertainer's health

Bill Cosby's defense lawyer says he is concerned about the entertainer's health following what he described as an "unfair" aggravated indecent assault trial that ended in a mistrial Saturday.

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Police: Mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife

A pregnant mother of four was shot and killed by Seattle police after she confronted officers with a knife, authorities said Sunday.

Sunday, June 18

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Beyoncé and Jay Z welcome twins

Beyoncé and Jay Z have welcomed twins, a source close to the couple tells CNN.

Saturday, June 17

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Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby's criminal trial as jury deadlocks

The judge in the Bill Cosby trial declared a mistrial Saturday after the jury failed to reach a verdict in the case.

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Spelman College student receives Formation Scholars Award from Beyonce

Beyonce announced the four winners of her Formation Scholars Award for the 2017-2018 academic year, and one of the students is a junior at Spelman College.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, others connected to Tupac slam 'All Eyez On Me'

All eyes are on a new film about the life of Tupac Shakur, and some of his friends don't like what they see.

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Chicago kids shot on playground latest in spate of gun incidents

After a shooting at an elementary school on the South Side of Chicago wounded two girls, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he's sick of the gun violence in his city.

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Philando Castile shooting: 18 arrested as thousands protest verdict

Thousands of protesters gathered Friday night after a jury found a police officer not guilty in last year's fatal shooting of motorist Philando Castile.

Friday, June 16

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Tightening Cuba restrictions, Trump again chips away at Obama's legacy

President Donald Trump will travel Friday to a predominantly Cuban neighborhood of Miami to announce his plan to cool the warming relations between the United States and Cuba, chipping away at yet another key aspect of former President Barack Obama's legacy.

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Hot 97 presents Summer Jam 2017 

Hot 97 hosted its  annual Summer Jam Concert at the MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J., last weekend. It was hot, but the music was hotter. Summer Jam is always a highly anticipated event.

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Talking SCHOP! Arigat gozaimashita, Sushi Inoue!

One would think that as a Harlem child of the ’70s and early ’80s, the range of food I was exposed to was limited to the great food of Sherman’s, Reliable, Sylvia’s and the fried chicken sold in the back of the Candlelight Lounge on Lenox Avenue.

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‘The Green Book of South Carolina’

The South Carolina African-American Heritage Commission has recently launched an exciting new mobile travel guide, “The Green Book of South Carolina,” to help residents and visitors from all over the world navigate to the more than 300 African-American cultural sites across the state’s 46 counties

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Wedding bells for Diana Ross’ son

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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The groove maker Mickey Roker dies at 84

The drummer Mickey Roker, whose distinctive groove placed him on the first-call list for such musicians as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock and Ella Fitzgerald, died May 22 in Philadelphia, where he had resided for many years.

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Harlem-based order of Black nuns to sell uptown location

The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Inc. (FHM), one of three orders of mostly Black nuns in the United States, has put its Harlem location on the market as they restructure.

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Trump says he is being investigated over Comey firing

President Donald Trump, in a furious Friday morning message, said he is being investigated for his role in firing former FBI Director James Comey and seemed to accuse the deputy attorney general of overseeing a "witch hunt" against him.

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Obama inducts Jay Z into Songwriters Hall of Fame and reflects on their bond

Former President Barack Obama inducted his longtime supporter and friend Jay Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a surprise taped video message Thursday, explaining his bond to the legendary MC.

Thursday, June 15

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2 health officials turn themselves in after newest Flint water charges

Two of the highest health officials in the state turned themselves into a Flint court Thursday morning.

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Brains in chains

On Jan. 1, 1863, America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Jamie Hector, still moving mountains

There was star-studded gathering at the 26 Bridge venue Tuesday night as celebrities such as LL Cool J, Michael K. Williams, Angela Yee and Steve Buscemi came to an awards ceremony and fundraiser for Jamie Hector’s decade-old youth organization, Moving Mountains.

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Designer news for resort and spring ’18

For their pre-spring 2018 collection, Ports 1961 was inspired by travel, literally and metaphorically.

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Modern modes for fall ’17

Oversized, unconstructed, tailored and sophisticated are keywords describing Odeur Studio’s autumn/winter ’17 collection for Berlin Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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SZA releases debut full-length ‘Ctrl’ 

The young African-American, neo R&B musician and Kendrick Lamar label mate, SZA, has released her debut album, “Ctrl.”

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Luaka Bop record label releases uncovered Alice Coltrane ashram recordings

The independent world music record label, Luaka Bop, was founded in 1988 by producer and former lead singer of the iconic New Wave band, The Talking Heads.

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Only Black America can pull Bill Cosby from the fire—Should they? Will they?

Bill Cosby is among the most, if not the most, pioneering of Black entertainers in his generation.

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BAAD! brings out the good

It seems that any visit to Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance is a not-to-be-forgotten experience.

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Gilda Squire: The woman behind Misty Copeland

When Misty Copeland steps onstage in this, her second, year as the first African-American principal in the 75-year history of American Ballet Theatre, she will make history once again with debuts as the first Black ballerina to dance the lead in several iconic classical ballets on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House.

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Iran learns that sometimes you reap what you sow

The Middle East is a complex region, with rich layers of history and traces of biblical footprints that often cling to their ancient past, while clashing with modern-day geopolitical power struggles rooted in political, religious and extremist ideologies.

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Technology will be key to mobilizing the Black vote in 2018

As a child growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, I don’t understand millennials’ fixation on texting, and their spending hours on other social media platforms.

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Union stalwart passes

The sun rose in Winneba, Ghana as it did every day, but April 5, 1947, its rays shone more brightly with the birth of Evelyn Grace Ekua AnaisIewa Parker, affectionately known as Auntie Eve. Born to the late Anna Quaison-Sackey and the late Edward Ernest Parker in Akim, New Tafo, Ghana.

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Soul Town, New York

The verbiage indicated it would be a ‘soul man’ dominated few days, originating on Long Island and reaching a crescendo uptown in Harlem.

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Road trip: Los Angeles Film Festival June 14-22

It’s time to hit the road back to Hollywood to cover the The 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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Yara Shahidi, Spike Lee, more turn out for a night with Raoul Peck

In front of a packed house that included the likes of actress Yara Shahidi and director Spike Lee, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presented Oscar-winning director Raoul Peck in conversation with Schomburg director Kevin Young and Paul Holdengraber, director of LIVE from NYPL, as part of its “Artists and the Archive” series.

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Hillary Clinton blacklash

The Committee to Mobilize Against Dictatorship in Haiti just organized a “Protest Hillary Clinton Resurrection” rally last week, at Medgar Evers College Graduation held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Jehovah-Jireh Baptist Church installs new pastor

There was much celebrating among his flock with the installation of the Rev. Craig Johnson at the Jehovah-Jireh Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem.

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Soweto Day celebrated June 16

On June 16, the December 12th Movement is inviting folks to join them in celebrating the 41st anniversary of the historic youth uprising in Soweto, South Africa.

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New production by award-winning playwright shines light on police brutality

National Black Theatre in Harlem is closing its 48th season with the world premiere of “Kill Move Paradise.”

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Mae Mallory, an often ignored militant activist

When a good friend reminded me that Mae Mallory was a participant at the Sixth Pan-African Congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1974, I dove into my memory bank to recall her presence there.

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James Earl Jones, August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ get love at the Tonys

James Earl Jones was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 71st annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 11.

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Community Calendar: June 15 - June 22

Greetings! In celebrating Black Music Month 2017, a reminder to all that we are also celebrating National Caribbean Heritage Month 2017 in which we highlighted the anniversary passing of Pan-African giant, Marcus Garvey, noting the legacy of his global contribution in our Sunday broadcast with Milton Allimadi.

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The NBA champion Warriors mull foregoing visit to the White House

Many members of the Golden State Warriors organization, including head coach Steve Kerr and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, have been publicly critical of President Donald Trump.

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TWU verbally spars with WFP over progressive direction

For some, infighting for the direction of progressive politics has devolved into a purity contest.

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Queens hosts Gun Violence Awareness Month barbecue

Activists, community leaders, politicians and residents attended a barbecue at the 157th Street Playground to bring attention to citywide work around gun violence and creating an environment for a safe summer.

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Warriors win chip amid hypocrisy, rhetoric and absurdity of fans and media

The Golden State Warriors had only lost two games since March 11.

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Buy Black East New York

Buy Black! This phrase can either enlighten or tighten the attention of the listener.

The Cosmopolitan Review June 15 - 21

Throughout my whole life, I have been accused of looking at life through rose-colored glasses.

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The Liberty win for local school students

First-grade and second-grade students from the Storefront Academy, a charter school in the South Bronx, were treated to  New York Liberty basketball game tickets Sunday afternoon

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Congressman Donald Payne announces $3.7 million in Upward Bound grants

Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. recently announced the awarding of nearly $3.7 million in Fiscal Year 2017 grant funding to New Jersey institutions of higher education through the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program for pre-college education programs for disadvantaged students.

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State Senator James Sanders Jr. presents the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival

New York State Sen. James Sanders Jr. is partnering with The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association to present the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival Saturday, Aug. 19. Sanders represents the 10th Senatorial District in Queens, New York.

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Liberty win four straight at home

The New York Liberty came out explosive against the Seattle Storm, but Sunday’s 94-86 win proved no easy romp.

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East Orange observes National Gun Violence Awareness Day to combat violence

Several recent shootings in East Orange, N.J., have not only put the city on edge but also prompted the community to step and become more involved.

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Bronx BP hosts annual Ramadan celebration

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. celebrated with the Muslim community Tuesday at his annual Iftar Dinner in honor of the holy month of Ramadan at the Bronx County building.

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Edwards inspires with new memoir

Over the past week, Simone Edwards made appearances as national representative for Caribbean American Heritage Month

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Tulsa deals with another police shooting of Black man

After the acquittal of white Tulsa, Okla., police officer Betty Shelby for the killing of unarmed, Black father Terence Crutcher, the city is grappling with yet another police shooting of a Black man.

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NYPD Officer indicted for transporting narcotics in exchange for money

NYPD officer Nysia Stroud, 29, was indicted for transporting marijuana and more than one kilogram of cocaine in exchange for money.

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After Finals loss, the Cavs begin to reassess their future

LeBron James’ seemingly superhuman feats weren’t enough to prevent the Golden State Warriors from engineering an authoritative 4-1 best-of-seven series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the teams’ third consecutive meeting in the NBA Finals.

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NYCHA housing forum taking place in East Harlem

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is co-sponsoring a public housing forum with Community Board 11’s Housing Committee in East Harlem, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 Third Ave. (at 119th Street).

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U.N Urges Donors to Reconsider Deep Cuts To Education For Africa

Sharp cuts in education aid to sub-Saharan African countries in the past six years have unraveled progress made in basic education, adult education and literacy programs.

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Veteran's Resource Fair in Harlem

The fourth annual Veterans’ Resource Fair will be held Wednesday, July 26, at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza, 163 W. 125th St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Puerto Rico claims seventh annual Golden Hoops Championship

The seventh annual Golden Hoops tipoff final this past Saturday at the Scan El Faro Beacon Community Center in Harlem

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Nabian Freedom Fighter, Founder of Swapo, Passes

Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, former Robben Island prisoner, hero and icon of Namibia’s struggle for self-determination, died June 9. He was 93 years old.

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Advocates praise passage of Police-STAT Act in Assembly

Pushing for law enforcement transparency, the New York State Assembly passed legislation that would force police departments to make records on arrest available to the public.

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Surgeons return child’s heart to chest cavity

Surgeons at Health City Cayman Islands have made history in the Caribbean after performing lifesaving surgery on a child from Nicaragua, who was born with his heart outside of his chest cavity.

ICE arrests get more bizarre

A random check of the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement site will show that Donald Trump’s ICE men and women are seemingly focused on rounding up those “bad hombres,” or criminal immigrants who have committed major crimes such as murders, rapes etc.—much like Trump and his White House minions claim.

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Trinidad outlaws child marriages

Trinidad’s parliament has outlawed child marriages, with most of the 41 members of the Assembly voting to fix the legal age of matrimony at 18.

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to our readers here at the Amsterdam News.

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Aku Acquaye fights for gender equality

“I would like for it to be easier for Black women to find a network of professionals, who would be willing to mentor and sponsor them throughout their leadership journey from high school to their postgraduate career and beyond,” said Aku Acquaye, a senior at Barnard College.

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Tupac biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ hits theaters

Somewhere on the spiritual plane prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur was looking down and smiling at the assembled guests at Harlem’s Maysles Documentary Center last week.

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Witnesses testify in road rage killing of Delrawn Small by NYPD officer

A Brooklyn judge has set the date for the trial of a police officer involved in a shooting for October in a court hearing Tuesday.

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URBAN AGENDA: Mayor’s Diversity Plan Gets a Failing Grade

Last week, the New York City Department of Education (DOE), at long last, put forward a plan to increase diversity in New York City public schools.

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Make American Great Again—Trump Must Go! #20

We were not at the exciting Second Annual People’s Summit this past weekend in Chicago.

Wednesday, June 14

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Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.

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No verdict yet in Philando Castile case

The jury in the manslaughter trial of a Minnesota officer charged in the killing Philando Castile ended a third day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict.

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Parents' lawsuit in Georgia gym mat death is dismissed

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of the South Georgia teen found dead in a rolled gym mat has been dismissed by a federal judge.

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4 police officers suspended in alleged kicking of burn victim

Four police officers have been suspended after a video surfaced that appears to show the victim of a fiery car crash being kicked by police as he lies on the ground, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced Monday.

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Dave Chappelle will take the stage with Chris Rock, Trevor Noah at Radio City Music Hall

Dave Chappelle is taking the stage with a little help from some of his fellow comedians and a few musicians who have appeared on his famous Comedy Central show.

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Baltimore police doing 12-hour shifts after deadly surge of violence

The man was bleeding from his forehead when officers found the shooting victim as he lay dying on a waterfront road early Tuesday.

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Republican House Whip Steve Scalise, congressional staffer shot in Virginia shooting

Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer and members of the congressional police force were shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, in what sources are calling an apparent "deliberate attack."

Tuesday, June 13

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Macy Gray talks racism in America and her biggest problem with Trump

Macy Gray is known for her edgy, enigmatic voice and her soulful music about love and life, but in her 10th studio release, which will be out this summer, the Grammy-winning singer is getting political in a way she hasn't before.

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Redesigned pride flag recognizes LGBT people of color

When the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide two years ago, the White House was illuminated with rainbow lights reminiscent of the pride flag to celebrate.

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Bill Cosby's fate now in the hands of jurors

The criminal trial of Bill Cosby ended on Monday after defense called just one witness—a detective who had earlier testified for the prosecution.

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Warriors dethrone Cavaliers for second title in three years

The Warriors have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, clinching their second title in three years and their fifth in team history, avenging the loss to Cleveland after blowing a 3-1 lead a year ago.

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Apollo Theater raises over $2 million at Annual Spring Gala

Director and producer Stan Lathan and the Verizon Foundation are being honored at this year’s Apollo Spring Gala set for Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m.

Monday, June 12

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Making the case for HBCUs

UNCF’s iconic, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” advertising campaign remains the gold-standard for shining light on the urgency of investing in Black colleges and universities.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's ex Nick Gordon arrested on domestic battery charges

Bobbi Kristina Brown's former partner Nick Gordon was arrested in Florida for alleged domestic violence against his current girlfriend, authorities said.

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One third of world now overweight, with US leading the way

More than two billion adults and children globally are overweight or obese and suffer health problems because of their weight, a new study reports.

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'Luther' returning to BBC America

BBC America is bringing Idris Elba back in "Luther."

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Tony Awards 2017

"Dear Evan Hansen" won "Best Musical" at the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday.

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Bill Cosby's defense rests without hearing from famed comedian

Bill Cosby's defense rested on Monday after calling just one witness, as the famed comedian declined to testify in his own defense.

Saturday, June 10

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Tulsa police fatally shoot mentally-ill man armed with knives

A mental health call turned into a deadly shooting in Oklahoma when three law enforcement officers confronted a knife-wielding man outside a convenience store, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said.

Friday, June 9

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Cosby believed Constand relationship was 'romantic'

Without taking the stand, Bill Cosby may have raised reasonable doubt in his sexual assault trial on Thursday, June 8

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One-month sugar detox: A nutritionist explains how and why

If you've read about the latest wellness trends, you may have entertained the idea of a diet detox.

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Man charged with battery in racially charged incident at Starbucks

A Chicago man was charged this week with misdemeanor battery after an apparent racially charged altercation caught on video.

Thursday, June 8

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Talking SCHOP! Reunion @ Union Square Café

A tradition might be starting … my birthday and great food.

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Disney unveils ‘Pandora—The World of Avatar’

Going to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. is always a magical experience. Whether you are 2 or 28 or 88, there is something in the parks that will resonate for you.

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Parlor jazz, La Lupe honored at CCCA, Blue Note Fest

During the 1920s, rent parties were considered the hipper happenings of Harlem.

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Celebrity dads rock with kids on the runway

Rookie USA presented their rocking spring/summer ’17 NYFW show featuring celebrity and non-celebrity dads.

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At the Met: The Costume Institute’s spring exhibit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition at The Costume Institute, “Rei Kawakubo/Commes De Garcon: Art of the In-Between,” examines the designer’s fascination with space between boundaries.

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SassyBlack set to release ‘New Black Swing’

The young and enigmatic experimental R&B pop artist, SassyBlack, has announced the release of her upcoming album.

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The Veldt releases ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’

The band, consisting of twin brothers Danny and Daniel Chavis, drummer Marvin Levi and bassist Hayato Nakao, has been carving out a musical return after long cementing themselves as Black staples of the shoegaze music scene.

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Alvin Ailey Lincoln Center summer season lights up the night with fireworks

Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, says there are a number of reasons folks should be excited about the company’s upcoming Lincoln Center summer season (June 14-18).

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Don’t bother with ‘Baywatch’

The elite Baywatch lifeguard team, led by Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson), sets up tryouts for the new season.

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‘Captain Underpants’ is epic family fun

The title says it all: “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”

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Bill Cosby trial: Jurors hear comedian's story -- but not from him

Jurors in Bill Cosby's assault trial heard his version of events for the first time Thursday -- just not from the comedian himself.

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‘Raising Bertie’ screens at Maysles Cinema June 9-11

Produced by Chicago’s internationally acclaimed Kartemquin Films and executive produced by Jermaine Cole (J. Cole), “Raising Bertie” focuses the story on an almost forgotten rural community of color that still exists in America.

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Winners and Losers from James Comey's testimony

In the highest-profile Congressional testimony in decades, fired FBI Director James Comey spent nearly three hours detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump -- a forced and awkward relationship defined, according to Comey, by a series of lies told about him by Trump.

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Clinton to Medgar Evers College graduates: ‘Never let anyone silence your voice’

Losing the 2016 presidential election was “pretty devastating, especially considering who I lost to,” Hillary Clinton told graduates of Medgar Evers College on Thursday.

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You either like Golden State or you don’t

We live in a divided society.

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City Releases Brownsville Plan

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and Mayor Bill de Blasio recently released The Brownsville Plan to advance community-driven strategies for the creation of 2,500 new affordable homes, new and improved cultural, recreational and educational facilities and business opportunities in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

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LeBron James and the Cavs hope for a miracle in the NBA Finals

The bloodied but unbowed Cleveland Cavaliers returned home last night (Wednesday) for Game 3 of the NBA Finals after being bludgeoned by the Golden State Warriors in Oakland in Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points.

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Juneteenth celebration held in Harlem

The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosting the annual Juneteenth KingFest Celebration Parade and Street Fair Saturday, June 17, in Harlem starting at 11 a.m.

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Local teens named to USA Basketball U16 National Team

This time of year, Diamond Miller of Somerset, N.J., should be taking final exams and revving up for a summer of AAU basketball.

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National Caribbean Heritage Month kicks off

Several elected officials kicked off National Caribbean American Heritage Month with a celebration of nine people of Caribbean heritage at the Our Caribbean Heritage Celebration last weekend at the Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library in Manhattan, hosted by City Council Member Andy King.

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How should I save for my kid's college education?

I am 29 years old and a single mother to a four-year-old. I contribute 6% to my 401(k) with a company match.

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District 40 City Council debate

In District 40, New York City Council candidates presented their platforms and proposals to the residents of Flatbush, Brooklyn for the upcoming City Council election Sept. 12, 2017.

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Collective effort brings Liberty successful results

What a difference three days make.

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24-hour campaign raises awareness for childhood summer hunger

One thing that some people say others take for granted: a summer away from school in which a child doesn’t miss a meal.

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Williams Institutional Christian Methodist Episcopal Church reopens in Harlem

The Rev. Herb Daughtry spoke at the dedication and grand opening of Williams Institutional Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem.

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Harlem greats come out to support the John Hunter Camp Fund 

The John Hunter Memorial Camp Fund hosted another fabulous Robert “Bob” Douglass Hall of Fame Awards luncheon Sunday, raising money once again, their 45th year, to send deserving and financially in need children from the metropolitan area to summer camp. 

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100 percent of Uncommon Collegiate High School graduates accepted into four-year colleges

One-hundred percent of the graduates from Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School (832 Marcy Ave.), in Bedford-Stuyvesant are set to go to college in the fall, including the first ever graduate headed to an Ivy League school.

THIS WEEK IN BLACK HISTORY

June 6, 1831: The first National Negro Convention meeting is held in Philadelphia.

The Cosmopolitan Review June 8 - June 14

June is busting out all over. I know I have said it before, but what a delight to say it again. Although we still have to contend with the one-day sunny, one-day torrential rain storm, it’s all good.

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Aaron Judge dramatically becomes the new face of the Yankees

The hype surrounding the Yankees’ 25-year-old right fielder Aaron Judge is understandable.

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The curious case of Colin Kaepernick continues

When Colin Kaepernick decided he was not going to stand during the ceremonial playing of the Star-Bangled Banner, the U.S. national anthem, before his National Football League games with the San Francisco 49ers last season, he was acutely aware there would be backlash.

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Organizations, interests combine to help ‘green up’ Polo Grounds

Although each entity involved may have a had different motivation for doing it, they shared a common goal: restoring high quality and open green space for residents of the Polo Ground Houses in Harlem.

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Curtis Mayfield, a socially conscious singer and composer

“A few would-be biographers have tried to tell my father’s story; none have done it well,” wrote Todd Mayfield with Travis Aria in “Traveling Soul—The Life of Curtis Mayfield” (Chicago Review Press, 2017).

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IMHOTEP'S GUIDE TO BLACK EVENTS

Greetings! Our GBE Black Music Month 2017 opens with a salute to the gentle genius Curtis Mayfield, who would have been 75 this year. Mayfield’s talent created the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, climaxing with his critically acclaimed “New World Order,” recorded while he was paralyzed.

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Exposing the New York State Parole Board

Over the past several years, there has been a great deal of examination and public outcry about mass incarceration and its damaging impact on poor and working-class Black/Brown families and communities.

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Reduce your risk of urinary tract infections

Although the urinary tract has built-in safeguards to help ward off infections, bacteria and other microorganisms still manage to get in and cause infections.

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Lessons from Manchester

The message from many Europeans with regard to terrorism is “Enough!”

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Gun violence—Is it a willful pandemic?

Since even before the election when No. 45 came into office, he has used the very real threat of terrorism to help fuel his bigotry.

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Another Gun Violence Awareness Month plea

June 2 more than a dozen Cure Violence grassroots organizations held a news conference at One Center Street, to announce June as Gun Violence Awareness Month.

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Barbados hotelier named president-elect of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

MIAMI (June 15, 2017)—Leading hotelier Patricia Affonso-Dass is the new president-elect of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

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Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement hurts Africa and the planet!

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement that was signed by 196 countries in 2015 threatens to devastate struggling developing nations in Africa, developing nations throughout the world and the entire planet.

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De Blasio’s education investments meet UFT’s approval

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council reached a handshake deal on a $85.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2018 that includes several investments in education and in young New Yorkers.

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Cuomo: NY health care stays intact regardless of Trump; 1199SEIU approves

Gearing up for a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to shore up health care for his constituents.

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Benjamin Melendez returns to the essence

Low key, a few building blocks in the ever-evolving culture of hip-hop have returned to the essence.

The irony of Trump and his National Caribbean American Heritage Month proclamation

Not to be outdone by his predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who signed the bill declaring National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, June 6, 2006, Donald Trump Wednesday, May 31, issued his first CAHM proclamation.

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NYC sends a message by banning on-call scheduling

Working in retail in New York City can be a tough way to make a living.

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Left Forum hosts 'Does Black Media Matter?' panel

As part of their jam-packed “Resistance” event, Left Forum hosted a “Does Black Media Matter?” panel June 4.

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Sugar body tells planters to switch to the US

An umbrella body linked to raw cane sugar producers in the Caribbean has told the regional sector to concentrate on the more lucrative American market and ease exports to Europe, despite the fact that Europe has been a loyal customer for nearly 300 years.

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Black NJ teen claims cops beat him after car crash

The family of a Black 16-year-old is looking for answers after they say police officers brutally beat the teen after a car crash in Middlesex County.

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Activists uniting to fight anti-sanctuary city efforts in NYC

May 31, residents in a Queens’ neighborhood attempted to stop federal immigration agents from taking into custody a man charged with reentering the United States illegally from Guyana, according to the New York Daily News.

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Comey to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee

President Trump announced Monday that he will not invoke executive privilege to block former FBI Director James Comey from testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday.

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New Jersey holds primary for governor race

Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno are facing off to replace New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after the state’s primary election Tuesday.

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Black women are the backbone … and the kryptonite

I recently read an article by my colleague Jason Johnson, in which he stated that Black women are like kryptonite to the Republican Party.

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Summer Jam 2017

On Sunday June 11th, Hot 97 will be hosting their annual Summer Jam concert at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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Prince born day celebrated in Bed-Stuy

Saturday, June 3, Spike Lee hosted “Your second annual PRINCE BORN DAY PURPLE PEOPLE PARTY” from noon to 6 p.m. at Restoration Plaza on Herkimer Street.

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Accord, sparks outrage from Jill Stein

President Donald Trump just fulfilled one of his campaign promises to his supporters when he withdrew the United States of America from the Paris Climate agreement, which was signed by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, on April 22, 2016, and ratified, accepted and approved by this country Sept. 3, 2016.

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Apollo, community honor Harlem’s Significant Elders

The Apollo Theater Education Program in partnership with the Harriet Tubman Learning Center, C.S. 154 in Harlem, celebrated members of the Significant Elders for their 10-year contribution to the Apollo Theater Oral History Project.

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Selma Bartholomew challenges the pay gap

Saturday, June 10, an event entitled “You, Working to Rule” is being hosted by the American Business Women’s Association New York City Chapter.

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U.K Muslim Groups Reject Terrorism and Extremism

After a terror attack on a popular nightspot in London that left seven dead, more than 50 wounded and 21 in the hospital in critical condition, British Muslim groups expressed both dismay and anger at the murderous assault linked to Islamist extremists.

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James Comey hoped leak would lead to special counsel on Russia

Former FBI director James Comey testified Thursday that he orchestrated the leak of his accounts of conversations with President Donald Trump because he thought it might lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation.

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Make American Great Again—Trump Must Go! #19

With each tweet from our twerp of a president, the nation and world become more imperiled.

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Protect the Babies: Shooting of 5-year-old alarms city

At press time, Jaheen Hunter was reported to still be in critical condition at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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Comey’s testimony revealed

Wednesday, a copy of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was released.

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Cosby accuser: ‘I did not have the courage … to tell my family’

Bill Cosby’s defense team said Wednesday that accuser Andrea Constand had been alone with the comedian on numerous occasions before she accused him of a January 2004 assault, insinuating that the meet-ups were romantic in nature.

Wednesday, June 7

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What you need to know about New York's tuition-free scholarship

Tuition-free college just became a reality in New York.

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4 questions to ask before pulling the trigger on retirement

I plan to retire in five years, but want to be sure I'll be prepared. What practical guidance can you offer me?--A.M.

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Cosby accuser returns to stand for more defense grilling

Defense attorneys will continue to try to poke holes Wednesday in the testimony of the former Temple University employee who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and assaulting her in 2004.

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Trump to nominate Christopher Wray as FBI director

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he plans to nominate Christopher A. Wray to be the next FBI director.

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Officer: Philando Castile was 'relaxed and calm' at traffic stop

When officers approached Philando Castile during a traffic stop, Castile looked "relaxed and calm," said Joseph Kauser.

Tuesday, June 6

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New Orleans musician Herb Hardesty, Fats Domino’s sax man

Herb Hardesty may be best remembered for his half-century of performing in the studio and in concert with Fats Domino, but many music lovers first heard his melodic tones on Lloyd Price’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.” It was clearly a rhythm and blues song, but you could hear shades of jazz in Hardesty’s brief solo.

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8 of New York City's best rooftop bars

There's something about being far above the hubbub of the Big Apple's streets, especially in the summertime, when humidity levels soar and the concrete feels like it's emanating heat waves.

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Man in custody in connection with shooting of boy celebrating 5th birthday in the Bronx: police

A person is in custody in connection to the shooting of a 5-year-old boy celebrating his birthday in the Bronx, NYPD Chief Robert Boyce tweeted Tuesday.

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Las Vegas police officer charged in death of man put in chokehold

A police officer in has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the chokehold death of a father of two at a Las Vegas Strip resort, authorities said.

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Cosby back in court for Day Two of indecent assault trial

The mother of one of Bill Cosby's accusers recalled Tuesday how her daughter called her crying in 1996 to tell her that the famed actor had drugged and assaulted her, then tried to have her fired from the agency that represented him.

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From FB Live to witness stand: Philando Castile's fiancée testifies in cop's trial

Diamond Reynolds didn't just watch her fiancé die at the hands of a police officer. She made sure the world watched, too.

Monday, June 5

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Police speak less respectfully to Black drivers, study suggests

A succession of high-profile police shootings and racial tensions swept the United States last summer. One year later, researchers are still trying to better understand the delicate relationship between police and the communities they patrol.

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How Bill Cosby's TV family has supported him

All eyes were on Bill Cosby Monday morning when he arrived at a Pennsylvania courthouse arm-in-arm with Keshia Knight Pulliam, the actress who played his youngest television daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show."

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Bill Cosby's lawyers open with attack on accusers' credibility

Prosecutors in the Bill Cosby indecent assault trial on Monday claimed the 79-year-old actor knew exactly what he was doing when he drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004 -- while the defense went after Constand and another Cosby accuser's credibility.

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The Trump Administration takes on Obama's education law

President Trump, Ed Sec DeVos Make False Claims about Education Policies

President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continue to make misleading statements about Common Core State Standards, muddying the waters for school districts working to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Kevin Hart opens up in new memoir

Kevin Hart is taking his quest for world domination to bookstores.

Sunday, June 4

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Bill Maher apologizes for using racial slur during 'Real Time' interview

Comedian Bill Maher apologized Saturday for using a racial slur during an interview the night before with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska on his HBO show.

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After everything, Bill Cosby's trial comes down to 'he said-she said

Bill Cosby has been accused by more than 50 women of sexual assault -- and the sheer weight of that number has led to crushing condemnation in the court of public opinion.

Saturday, June 3

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Josephine Baker, the ‘Bronze Venus’

The recent death of Jean-Claude Baker, while a sad occasion, is an opportunity to renew our acquaintance with his “mother,” Josephine Baker, famously known as the "Bronze Venus".

Friday, June 2

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Talking SCHOP! The Harlem EatUp! Dine In experience

Officially, I was invited to Streetbird Rotisserie to witness a collection of great New York City chefs—Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, Joey Campanaro and Jason Giagrande of 4J Foods—and host Karl Franz Williams of Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall collaborate on a raucous evening.

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Getting the most out of summer

Most people anticipate summertime all year long. They look forward to the endless sunshine, the long days, and the fact that during the summer almost anything seems possible.

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Tough time for Tiger Woods

Flo Anthony's latest celebrity news

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Vision Fest, Hamiet Blueitt tribute and fundraiser

This year’s Vision Festival 22 runs now through June 3 at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, in the West Village).

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‘Wonder Woman’ is bulletproof

The Amazonian lives! All hail our female warrior, our super-heroine, “Wonder Woman.”

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More designer news from Australia Fashion Week

Season after season, Australian designer Alice McCall focuses on intricate detailing.

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Spring ’17 floral prints and bridal tips

Comprising an eclectic mix of pieces and a sharp palate of rainbow tones among black, white and neutrals, the collection is a serene fantasy with a hint of darkness.

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Writing On It All offers free fun on Governors Island

If you want to leave your mark, it’s time to write on the wall. Writing On It All is a participatory writing project open to all interested members of the public.

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Dance Calendar June 2017

For nearly one year now, Kyle Marshall and dancers Oluwadamilare Ayorinde and Myssi Robinson have been in deep research, making his first full-evening work, “Colored.”

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Waiting for ‘Wonder Woman’

A packed theater. Eager fans. And the audience erupted with applause when Wonder Woman appeared on screen.

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Shabazz Palaces announce July 14 album releases

The afrofuturistic hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces has announced the release of not one but two albums after their 2014 full-length debut album, “Lese Majesty.”

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Lashana Lynch stars in Shonda Rhimes’ new period drama

Based on the famous play by Shakespeare, Rhimes’ series premiered on ABC May 29. It is a story of complex love affairs and fraught power relationships among the young denizens of the Italian city of Verona in the aftermath of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, the main characters in the play of the same name.

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Cavs and Dubs: A star war—The Finals of the trilogy

Throughout the years in sports and entertainment, there have been several great trilogies that have fully captured the attention of a genre’s fans, transcended them and become iconic classics.

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The underdog Cavaliers chase an NBA repeat against the hungry Warriors

The defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers enter Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors with an unfavorable outlook from computer algorithms and Las Vegas odds makers. Yet they are the decided underdog according to both in this historic series, as it will be the first time in NBA history two teams have faced each other in the Finals three consecutive seasons.

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Four NY/NJ athletes advance to NCAA Track and Field Championships

They came out hard and several posted personal bests, but most of the Division I female track and field athletes from the New York/New Jersey area fell short at the NCAA Outdoor Regional Championships in Lexington, Ky.

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Liberty fight hard, but fall to LA Sparks

Three New York Liberty players scored in double figures and the bench played some solid minutes, but it wasn’t enough against the defending WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks. Candace Parker put up a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and although reigning league MVP Nneka Ogwumike got into foul trouble, her 22 points and seven rebounds were enough to lead the Sparks to a 90-75 win in Madison Square Garden.

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Baseball players can hold a grudge—They have long memories

During the eighth inning of Monday’s Memorial Day baseball game in San Francisco, the Giants versus the Washington Nationals, who were leading 2-0 with two outs, the bases empty, right fielder Bryce Harper up to bat is hit in the leg by a 98 miles per hour fastball by Giants’ reliever Hunter Strickland, apparently payback for something that happened in the National League Division Series in October 2014, a two-and-a-half-year grudge.

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Stargell auction elicits pain and anger for the family

Sports memorabilia is a lucrative business. The estimated global revenue exceeds $7 billion according to multiple sources that track sales and profits.

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Minority ownership remains low in professional sports

When Derek Jeter was in his last years as a major league baseball player, the former New York Yankee icon was often asked if he would ever consider becoming a baseball manager.

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LeBron James versus Michael Jordan—The debate continues

The Cleveland Cavaliers closed out their series against the Boston Celtics last week to advance to the NBA Finals, which begin tonight (Thursday).

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Touro College graduates sixth pharmacy class

The sixth graduating class of the Touro College of Pharmacy took their oaths and received their PharmD degrees at commencement exercises held at Columbia University’s Roone Arledge Auditorium last week.

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The gift of water

Throughout the solar system, the Earth is the only planet that has been blessed with water.

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Fleet Week takes over New York

Last week members of the U.S. armed services showed off their skills, their sailing cities and their great manners during the annual Fleet Week.

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Political tithing

I have been thinking quite a bit these days about the long historical legacy of Black Americans donating to the church. As I see young Black American candidates across the country vying for political office, I am forced to think more critically about the role of political tithing in the Black community.

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Imam Talib: Put on the whole armor of God

Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, 66, is the imam of the Harlem-based Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, Inc. According to his biography, before being elected to his present position in 1989, he served as the assistant imam of the MIB—which is considered the lineal descendant of the Muslim Mosque, Inc., founded by the late Minister Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz)—from 1975 to 1988.

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Shirley Horn, an unforgettable voice and superb pianist

Most fans of vocalist/pianist Shirley Horn were probably seduced by her recordings and concert engagements toward the end of her career, with her rendition of “Here’s to Life,” her signature song. But there’s plenty more to Horn’s remarkable journey and legacy that began May 1, 1934 in Washington, D.C., where she was born and raised—and continued to live for most of her life.

Thursday, June 1

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Gooding family speaks on the passing of Cuba Gooding Sr.

The family of Cuba Gooding Sr. thanks for for their love and support since his passing.

Brother Kenneth Muhammad transitions

Admirers, family and friends gathered at the Unity Funeral Chapel (2352 Fredrick Douglas Blvd.) in Harlem Thursday, May 11, 2017, to pay their respects to Brother Kenneth Muhammad (Hayes), who joined the ancestors May 4 at Harlem Hospital.

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Educators raise $10K to sponsor 20 SHSAT prep scholarships in the Black community

Students who want to attend specialized high schools are required to pass the schools’ admissions tests.

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Violet T. Lewis, educational trailblazer and founder of Lewis College of Business

Whenever there’s discussion of historically Black colleges and universities, the mind drifts to the southern states.

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Community Calendar: June 1 - June 7

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

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Trump budget takes away from those in most need

From eliminating student loan forgiveness, cutting crucial after school programs and reducing funding for food stamps, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 appears to be showing no mercy for low- and even middle-income Americans.

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DC37, libraries workers and advocates to de Blasio: Keep investing in libraries

On a hot and muggy Friday morning at City Hall, libraries workers, advocates and members of the union DC37 called on the de Blasio administration to keep investing in libraries.

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De Blasio signs Fair Workweek legislation

Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill that would help fast-food workers around the five boroughs.

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Kushner, Kremlin and crisis

First there was Paul Manafort, and then Michael Flynn. Now the intrigue and possible collusion with the Russians has reached even deeper inside the Trump administration to his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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Victim of heinous racial attack laid to rest

Families across the nation honored loved ones killed serving in the nation’s armed forces on Memorial Day. However, the family of Black Army Lieutenant Richard Collins III honored their loved one who was killed on American soil in a recent act of racial terrorism.

Rude end to G-7 summit overlooking African heads of state

African leaders invited to the summit of seven developed countries looked on in frustration and dismay as the leaders of wealthy nations ignored their invited guests and their pleas for help on a score of urgent issues.

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Cannes Film Festival has few women, no Black films

There wasn’t a single film by a Black director screening work at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. And not just in the competition, where a film by a Black director hasn’t been in the running for a staggering four years, since Abderrahmane Sissako’s stunning “Timbuktu.”

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Activists talk fare evasion arrests

Last week, elected officials and activists directed New Yorkers’ attention to the increase in fare evasion arrests on New York City subways.

Ceramic artist Susan Beecher leads Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts summer workshops

Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts will have a series of workshops during the summer. Sugar Maples is a part of the Catskill Mountain Foundation.

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Brooklyn armory project: More housing for the rich?

“Since the very beginning our message has been clear: We will not allow public land to be used for the purpose of luxury condominiums. I stand here today with my colleagues in government to demand Mayor de Blasio go back to the drawing board and produce a plan that meets the needs of my Brooklyn neighbors,” stated Cumbo.

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Putting our memories into action after Memorial Day

The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the G. I. Bill, was intended to provide World War II veterans with funds for housing and unemployment but especially funds for education.

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Time for a value Renaissance in government spending

I once heard an old Southern Baptist preacher begin his sermon with a powerful admonition: “We go our whole lives where we know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.”

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Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and elected officials commend National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board for recognition of Oscar López Rivera

May 22, 2017, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and 35 elected officials released a letter to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board commending them for their resolve and support of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera. López Rivera is one of dozens of individuals being honored at the 60th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

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Why I should be governor of New Jersey

In less than a week, New Jersey will conduct the first primary since the election of Donald Trump. Already, Trump has moved to turn back the clock in so many areas, including criminal justice reform.

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Maysa Leak and her soulful

Maysa Leak and her soulful DNA

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Black Veterans for Social Justice host annual veterans’ parade

The Black Veterans for Social Justice hosted their sixth annual Bedford-Stuyvesant Memorial Day Parade through the heart of the neighborhood from the historic Restoration Plaza down Marcy Avenue.

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Activists condemn the rebranding of Harlem

Activists gathered last week to condemn the rebranding of Harlem south of 125th Street as “SoHa.” Comptroller Scott M. Stringer even delivered remarks at a Manhattan Community Board 10 news conference on the southeast corner of West 115th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem.

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Cosmopolitan Review: June 1 - June 7

Regardless of rain or shine, technological development doesn’t stop. This fact was never more evident than at the Inaugural Virtual Enterprises International Venture Challenge as they celebrated the Magic of Entrepreneurship.

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Former Amy Ruth’s owner in dire straits

Carl Redding once paid for a couple of kids to attend Rice High School, when it was still around. Carl Redding is used to helping other people.

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‘Harlem: Home of Immigrants’

It didn’t take those summoned to the GHCC 2017 Partnership/Sponsors Breakfast Meeting long to pick up on Lloyd Williams’ announcement of the theme for the upcoming Harlem Week.

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Racial slur sprayed on LeBron's house: 'It's tough being black in America'

NBA star LeBron James' Los Angeles home has been vandalized with a racist slur spray-painted on the front gate, LA police tell CNN.

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Noose found inside African-American museum in DC

A noose was found at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC on Wednesday, the museum said in a statement.

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Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to run for governor

Former NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, also a former Black press executive, is now launching a political career.

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Jim Johnson ready to take on the Garden State

Democrat Jim Johnson is running for Governor of New Jersey with hopes to change the tone, among other things, in the politics of the Garden State.

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Disney unveils ‘Pandora—The World of Avatar’

Going to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. is always a magical experience. Whether you are 2 or 28 or 88, there is something in the parks that will resonate for you.

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Stand Up for Economic Justice: Fight Trump’s Vicious Budget Ax

In the weeks leading up to his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made economic justice the central focus of his advocacy. Dr. King saw economic inequality as a fundamental flaw in our society that needed to be addressed both by words and deeds.

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Anti-violence groups working toward 'Summer of Peace'

June is Gun Awareness Month, highlighting the sharp increase in firearm fatalities and survivors.

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Make American Great Again—Trump Must Go! #18

The perplexing problem President Trump presents us is where do we start in our demand to remove him from office—the growing cry for impeachment, his abominable budget plans and determination to roll back Obama’s affordable health care, the recent tour abroad that left climate change and NATO distraught?