Stories for May 2017

Wednesday, May 31

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'Underground' canceled, producer John Legend seeks 'new home'

WGN America's overhaul has officially begun.

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How Trump is chipping away at Obama's legacy

There is nothing unusual about a new president arriving in Washington with a promise to right the perceived wrongs of his predecessors.

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NYPD sergeant charged in shooting death of Deborah Danner

NYPD sergeant is expected to face charges in the death of Deborah Danner, a woman with a history of mental illness who was shot at her Bronx home last year, police sources confirmed Wednesday.

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Lauryn Hill and Nas going on tour

Lauryn Hill and Nas are ready to rule the world.

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Tamir Rice shooting probe: 1 officer fired, 1 suspended

Cleveland police Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014, was fired Tuesday after an investigation found that he was guilty of violating rules when he applied to be a cadet, Cleveland Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath said.

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EBONY magazine moves to Los Angeles

EBONY Heads West, Leaves Chicago for Los Angeles

Los Angeles has lured another Black icon away from the Windy City.

Tuesday, May 30

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Teen on Portland train: 'They lost their lives because of me and my friend'

As tears streamed down her cheeks, Destinee Mangum, 16, thanked the three strangers who intervened on a Portland light-rail train after a man hurled anti-Muslim slurs at her and her friend who was wearing a hijab.

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Michael Brown's mom will finally receive her high school diploma

Lesley McSpadden always wanted to finish school, but the timing was never right.

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Michael Jackson gets sympathetic treatment in 'Searching for Neverland'

Narrowly focused on the last few years of his life, "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland" labors to humanize the King of Pop, acknowledging eccentricities but portraying him as an object of sympathy.

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What you should know before buying sunglasses

Summer's almost here, so beware the brightest of sunlight! To protect your eyesight, the most important recommendation you need to follow is to wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation whenever you go outside during daylight hours, according to the National Eye Institute. This is true for everyone, no matter what age, year round.

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Baltimore mayor eyes removal of Confederate monuments

Baltimore may follow "in the footsteps of New Orleans" and remove the city's Confederate monuments, the city's mayor says.

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What should you do if you witness a racist or Islamophobic tirade?

It's an instinct that comes naturally to good Samaritans: When you see one stranger attacking another with racist or religious epithets, you try to protect the victim.

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Tiger Woods, arrested on suspicion of DUI, blames prescriptions

Golfer Tiger Woods, arrested on Memorial Day in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence, said alcohol was not involved and he had "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications."

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Protest and turmoil rock last day of Texas legislative session

Texas ended its contentious legislative session Monday as protesters packed into the state Capitol over a new ban on sanctuary cities, and lawmakers erupted into a heated argument with alleged death threats on the House floor.

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Job prospects mixed for Black workers last month

Even though Black women lost ground in the labor market last month, the unemployment rate for Black workers dipped below 8 percent for the first time since January 2017, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department.

Monday, May 29

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Freed slaves started first Memorial Day in the U.S.

Memorial day is a day that is set aside to honor those who fought in for the United States Military.

Friday, May 26

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Disrupt NYC host their first concert with Jidenna and the Local Natives 

TechCrunch Disrupt NY hosted their first private concert at the Webster Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 17. Megastar Jidenna and Local Natives performed from 8 p.m. to 11pm.

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Talking SCHOP! Third year is a charm

I cannot think of a better gift today, on my birthday, than to not only have celebrated the successful third annual Harlem EatUp!

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Rihanna slays at Cannes

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Boss tenors, ‘ReOcurring Dreams,’ Regina salutes Ella

When discussing the tenor saxophone’s soul or its rhythm and blues swing vernacular, it is necessary to bring both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt into the conversation.

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Tony-nominated Michelle Wilson talks ‘Sweat’

I recently had the opportunity to interview Tony-nominated Michelle Wilson for her role as Cynthia in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat,” playing at Studio 54 on West 54th Street.

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‘Sweat’ is moving theater

“Sweat,” Lynn Nottage’s latest work, is an intensely written and flawlessly performed drama. It will make you laugh and cry as it tells a real story of real people’s lives.

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A new Alabama law makes sure Confederate monuments are here to stay

Alabama -- one of the Southern states steeped in controversy over the public display of Confederate monuments -- now has a law protecting these and other old landmarks.

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They tried for 17 years to have a baby. Now they have sextuplets

This birth announcement won't fit on your standard 5x7 greeting card.

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Deaths from Alzheimer's disease in the US have risen by 55%, says CDC

The rate of people dying from Alzheimer's disease in the United States rose by 55% over a 15-year period, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

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How can I pay off $175,000 in student loans and still have a life?

I am 27 and just graduated from law school with about $175,000 in student loans.

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AT&T, Coke & more ditch Puerto Rican Day Parade over controversial honoree

Big-name sponsors are yanking their support from New York's 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade after organizers decided to honor a man labeled by U.S. officials as a terrorist.

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It's been 10 years since Congress raised the minimum wage

Congress hasn't raised the minimum wage in 10 years. Democrats on Capitol Hill decided to mark the occasion by introducing a bill that probably won't pass.

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Global retirement 'timebomb': Why you'll have to work past 70

Hoping to retire before you turn 70? Too bad.

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Why parents in tough Chicago neighborhoods fear after-school program cuts

Rachel Norwood doesn't like her 10-year-old son walking home alone through their Chicago neighborhood. In Englewood, a distance of a few blocks can make a huge difference.

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After homicide, black U. of Maryland students demand change -- and get it

For years, students complained, saying University of Maryland officials needed to do more to prevent or respond to racist incidents on campus.

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Day of action for Mumia set for May 30

On Tuesday, May 30th, The Mobilization For Mumia, a coalition of human rights groups in support of political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, will host a press conference and rally at the Philadelphia District Attorney's

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Black AIDS Institute launches '30 Days of HIV' campaign

The Black AIDS Institute, the nation’s only think tank focused on the impact of HIV upon Black communities, has announced a national, digital-community campaign, “30 Days of HIV.”

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Four African-Americans chosen for Cosby jury

After a third day of the jury selection process Bill Cosby criminal trial, all 12 jurors have been chosen. It was a day filled with high-drama and even several outbursts of laughter by the embattled comedian and others.

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What to make of these viral racist rants?

The cell phone videos show the underbelly of American society. Racist vitriol, mostly directly at Latinos, shared on social media.

Thursday, May 25

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Checked bag tips

There is no worst start to a trip than arriving to your destination without your luggage. Airlines are notorious for often delaying your luggage’s travel, or losing it all together.

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Day-to-evening looks with delicate details

At New York Fashion Week, there were several new designers on the bill. Jonathan Simkhai’s presentation was created for the modern woman.

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Eco-friendly fashions in clever colors and cuts for fall ’17

At the Swedish Residence on Park Avenue at 64th Street, designer Gudrun Sjödén’s fall ’17 collection was recently introduced by Leif Pagrotsky, the consul general of Sweden, with a continental breakfast. Sjödén presented sneak-peak of her summer ’17 collection on a warm, sunny, 92-degree morning.

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Harlem EatUp kicks off at the Apollo

A special homage to the great Billie Holiday kicked off the 2017 Harlem EatUp! Festival at the Apollo last week.

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’—Take this trip!

The Heffley family—Dad (Tom Everett Scott), Mom (Alicia Silverstone), older brother (Charlie Waters), Greg, the diary writer, himself (Jason Drucker) and younger brother (Dylan and Wyatt Walters)—take off from their middle-class abode to travel to Grandma Meemaw’s 90th birthday celebration. The multiday journey in the family auto turns into an endurance and even a test of survival.

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“Alien: Covenant” doesn’t disappoint

Terror is back, the alien type of terror. Do you remember the terrifying image of a larva alien exploding out of a bloody human body—ravenous—and moving like a bullet in search of a new host?

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Javier Bardem bent on revenge in ‘Pirates’

There are some actors who could—literally—read anything and make it exciting.

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Amandla Stenberg plays a girl in love with life

African-American actress Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson star in the teenage romance in “Everything, Everything” as a pair of adorable kids in the first blush of puppy love.

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Tyde-Courtney Edwards’ story of dance and healing

The founding director of BalletAfterDark, Tyde-Courtney Edwards, is bent of telling her story and letting those who may be in the same situation know that there are options.

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Pace yourself

It seems like each week brings a new set of mini-hurricanes from the president and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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Stefani Zinerman, a prominent successful women in her community

Stefani Zinerman has worked with Robert E. Cornegy since former President Barack Obama’s campaign in  2012. After the Obama campaign, Cornegy wanted to run for City Council, and hired Zinerman as his petition and campaign manager.

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Building strong bones is best defense against osteoporosis

Outdoor exercise, brought on by the warmer weather, may help to achieve better bone health, as well as improved muscle tone and weight control.

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Carrots, not carats, are a girl’s best friend

If you look at a bunch of carrots, they look like beautiful, golden orange fingers, although they do not have any 24-carat diamonds wrapped around them. These fingers, however, contain nutrients that will enrich your life.

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Golden State gets home early to prepare for the chip

The Golden State Warriors were good enough and talented enough to sweep through every round of the NBA’s Western Conference postseason since April 16 to be where they are today, home, preparing for nine days for the NBA Finals, which begin next  June 1. 

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Cavs one win away from a historic Finals rematch

When the Cleveland Cavaliers carried out an utter dismantling of the Boston Celtics on the road in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference finals by a total of 57 points, including a ridiculous 130-86 thrashing in Game 2, it seemed that playing Game 3 and 4 in Cleveland was a mere formality.

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Red Storm head to NCAA Regionals

The NCAA Outdoor Regional Championships take place today through Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Three members of the track and field team from St. John’s University will take part: Maya Stephens in the 400 meters, Adriana Wright in the 100-meter hurdles and Nyla Woods in the hammer throw. They hope to advance to the NCAA Outdoor National Championships to be held in Eugene, Ore. next month.

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Liberty dealt double blow

Up against the Minnesota Lynx, three-time WNBA Champions, the New York Liberty’s lack of cohesion coupled with an ailing Tina Charles led to a 90-71 loss.

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Myron Rolle scores the ultimate touchdown

In a time when college and professional football is under intense scrutiny for its inherent violence and unethical practices by respective medical staffs, Myron Rolle may someday be at the forefront reshaping the game.

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LeBron James versus Michael Jordan—The great debate

He’s labeled “the best basketball player in the world” and affectionately called King.

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Today’s NFL players may one day dance with the stars

OTAs, the off-season training sessions implemented by NFL teams to help develop players and make them better has begun.

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s star rises with new Nike deal

The Giants can only hope that Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t experience the same fate as the Mets’ Matt Harvey.

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Harlem remembers Malcolm X

Last Friday morning, a caravan of vehicles trekked from the corner of 126th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem up to Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester County to commemorate the 92nd anniversary of Malcolm X’s May 19 birthday.

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NYSAC executive director talks Raise the Age task force

Passed almost two months ago as part of New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, raising the age of adult criminal responsibility for non-violent felons isn’t as simple as it might look.

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AQE and Working Families respond to IDC’s ‘Call The Roll’ video

After being accused of halting progress of Democrats in Albany, the Independent Democratic Conference released a video to prove they support a liberal agenda.

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St. Francis College celebrates new graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College’s Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

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Daniel A.P. Murray, an eminent librarian and bibliophile

Not until Elizabeth Dowling Taylor published her book, “The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era” (Amistad Press, 2017) was I aware of Murray and his role in the Black elite of Washington, D.C. as well as his creative promotion of African-American literature and culture.

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Community Calendar: May 25 - May 31

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

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32BJ advocates for TPS extension for Haitians and STAFER Act in NJ

Fighting nationally and locally, 32BJ President Hector Figueroa spoke out on behalf of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians and for new legislation in New Jersey that would increase wages for airport workers.

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AT&T worker strikes spread across the country

Hoping for a better contract, AT&T workers used this past weekend to show why they matter.

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Rutgers hosts conference addressing Black infant mortality in NJ

Rutgers University, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Center of New Jersey and the Partnership for Mental and Child Health of Northern New Jersey are hosting the conference “Black Infant Mortality in New Jersey: Past, Present and Future,” Friday, June 2, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

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More damaging revelations against Trump

Last week, more damaging revelations surfaced suggesting that President Trump is careening dangerously toward impeachment.

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Unpleasant surprise unveiled for West Africans in American—you're deported

Ghanaians who have overstayed their U.S. visas are facing a new Trump administration push to deport hundreds or thousands of Africans, including those from countries stricken by the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

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Conversation with April Ryan on politics, race and motherhood

A week ago Wednesday, April Ryan, Washington bureau chief of American Urban Radio Networks and CNN political analyst, held a conversation on politics, race relations and motherhood with The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of The Links and others at Mist Harlem.

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No David Clarke promotion after deaths in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke went on conservative talk radio Wednesday—in advance of any announcement from the Trump administration—to announce that he will be accepting a position as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and Engagement. 

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President Trump is true agent of hope and change in the Middle East

A new day has dawned in the Middle East. On the heels of Donald Trump’s first visit to Israel as president of the United States, it is evident that the game has changed. America is right back where it belongs—at Israel’s side.

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End the killing of Black children by police

The time is now for America’s legislative body at the state and local levels to bring a full stop to the endless harassment and killing of Black children at the hands of the men and women in law enforcement sworn to protect and serve them.

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Democracy on fire with President Trump striking the match

Democracy is being challenged in America, and it appears the rule of law does not apply to President Trump and his administration.

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Introducing Christopher Johnson’s ‘100:1 Crack Legacy’

It could be effectively argued that visuals destroyed the process of visualization. This theory, once applied closely to the arts, as video popularity sometimes supplanted that of the song it was to support, has trickled into everyday life.

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Northside Center for Child Development holds gala

May 8, 2017, the Northside Center for Child Development, a local nonprofit based in Harlem that has provided early childhood education, behavioral health and enrichment services to low-income New York City children and their families for more than 70 years, held their annual gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

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Metropolitan Black Bar Association hosts annual gala

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association hosted its annual gala Friday at Pier 60.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: May 25 - May 31

Here we are, in the merry merry month of May. This month is the time we celebrate our mothers, May graduates and all of those who have served and died for our country as members of the military. Memorial Day is also a good time to recognize the cost of war.

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Council Member Andy King launches Constituents Service Night

Bronx Council Member Andy King and his staff are hosting Constituent Services Night every other week in different NYCHA housing developments in the 12th Council District.

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The Brooklyn Hospital Center opens new site

The Brooklyn Hospital Center hosted a community open house May 24 to celebrate its new state-of-the-art ambulatory facility.

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Bronx Week closes with parade and walk of fame ceremony

The grand finale of Bronx Week 2017 took place Sunday with the annual induction ceremony and Bronx Week Parade.

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African Liberation Day focusing on Trump's impact on Black community

The December 12th Movement is hosting African Liberation Day Friday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Sistas’ Place.

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Bill Cosby jury selected

A jury was selected Wednesday for comedian Bill Cosby's June 5 trial.

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Speaker Ryan holds the line

If the Senate is poised to reject President Trump’s American Health Care Act that narrowly passed in the House by four votes, they should feel equally resistant to his budget proposal, with its severe cuts planned for the nation’s poor.

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NYCLU report: NYPD racially profiling kids in public schools

A report released by the New York Civil Liberties Union May 8 reveals that the NYPD in city schools are handcuffing Black and Hispanic students disproportionately to their Caucasian counterparts.

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DanceAfrica to celebrate 40th anniversary, Chuck Davis’ life and legacy

The deep, resonant sound of African drums and the rhythmic pounding of some 50 dancers’ feet make the floor and walls of the Brooklyn Academy of Music fourth floor rehearsal studio reverberate.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #17

In his speech last Sunday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, President Trump, after saying he was not there to lecture the leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries, did just that.

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Anti-racists call for unity in response to horrific attack

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has imposed a five-tier threat level and announced that yet another attack is likely.

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Introducing State Sen. Brian Benjamin

Brian Benjamin is Harlem’s newest politician, winning by a landslide in the special election Tuesday to replace the seat vacated by District 30 State Sen. Bill Perkins, who was elected to the City Council.

Wednesday, May 24

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Fleet Week welcomes American heroes to city

Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 29th Annual Fleet Week.

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Brian Benjamin wins special election for state senate seat

Brian Benjamin is Harlem’s newest politician winning a landslide in the special election on Tuesday to replace the seat vacated by District 30 State Senator Bill Perkins who was elected to the city council.

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'I Bike Harlem' owner uses Airbnb to grow her business

For decades, many travelers to New York City have limited their excursions to Manhattan neighborhoods south of Central Park.

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Flint residents still suffering, forgotten, abandoned

Residents of Flint, Michigan have very little to celebrate, three years after the water crisis in the city made national headlines.

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'Dancing with the Stars' crowns new champs, ending surprise-filled season

"Dancing with the Stars" has wrapped up what could go down as one of the most surprise-filled seasons in its 24-season history.

Tuesday, May 23

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NAACP President Cornell Brooks voted out

Why did the NAACP’s national board vote to part ways with their president, Cornell William Brooks?

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Bill Cosby arrives for Day 2 of jury selection in his sex offense trial

For decades, he was one of America's most popular entertainers. Now, Bill Cosby is facing trial on sexual offense charges that could land the comedian in prison for the rest of his life.

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Slain Maryland student gets degree on graduation day

Today should have been the day Richard Collins III walked across a stage in a cap and gown.

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Concert bombing victims: Eight-year-old girl among dead

An 8-year-old described as a "beautiful little girl" has been named as one of the 22 people killed in a vicious bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night.

Monday, May 22

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Campus killing: Suspect is a member of 'Alt-Reich' Facebook group, police say

A judge has denied bond for a white University of Maryland student accused of fatally stabbing a young black student at a campus bus stop.

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Jury selection begins in Bill Cosby's assault trial

Comedian Bill Cosby arrived in a courtroom here Monday as jury selection began in his assault trial.

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Black lawmaker received racist threats after calling for impeachment

Rep. Al Green played recordings at a town hall on Saturday of racist threats he received after recently calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

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Billboard Music Awards 2017: What you missed

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards were held Sunday in Las Vegas and oh what a night.

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Inside Beyoncé's baby shower

Don't act like you didn't know Beyoncé was going to shut it down when it came to her baby shower.

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Tulsa jury foreman: Shooting of unarmed black man 'tragic but justifiable'

A jury acquitted a white Tulsa police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man because there was no evidence the officer acted outside her training, the jury foreman said in a letter released Friday.

Friday, May 19

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Liberty win home opener, but Laimbeer displeased

“We can’t play like that and expect to compete for a championship,” said New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer after the team’s opening game of the 2017 WNBA season. Although the Liberty was victorious 73-64 over the San Antonio Stars, the coach felt the effort was disappointing on every level.

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Skill, not luck, will guide the Knicks’ course

Even Walt Frazier’s satirical splendor couldn’t move the basketball gods to elevate the Knicks into one of the top spots in the NBA Draft, which will be held June 22.

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WNBA teams show continued commitment to community

WNBA teams and the league’s players have always been known for their community outreach. Last week, the New York Liberty stepped it up with all the players, coaches and management participating in a large-scale community initiative. The players were matched with organizations or causes about which they are passionate.

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Retirement of Jeter’s number brings back many memories

With all of the celebration, the pomp and the circumstance, the remembrances and wonderfully kind words this past weekend for retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, whose number is also now retired, I can’t help but be reminded of Jeter’s appearance with Bernie Williams on one of the hilarious episodes of “Seinfeld,” a television show now in reruns. 

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Is Kaepernick being blackballed? Does Kaepernick want to play?

Blaine Gabbert’s signing with the Arizona Cardinals last week brings one question to mind: Is Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by NFL owners?

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Greg Popovich persists in rejecting Donald Trump

As Donald Trump continues his political decompensation, prominent sports figures have been unwavering in lending their voice to the resistance of his authoritarian and regressive ideology that has placed American democracy and the well-being of the masses in peril.

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The Celtics look to halt the Cavs’ march to the Finals

The runaway locomotive that is the Cleveland Cavaliers led by its motorman, LeBron James, has thus far obliterated everything in its path this postseason.

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Proficient on both offense and defense, Golden State only lacks empathy

They each took a different road to get here. They each secured a top-seeded position, and then advanced to these NBA Conference Finals—East and West.

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Harlem patients share stories with future doctors

Patients who have struggled in the past with medical and mental health challenges and who live in the Harlem community recently came to Touro to speak with medical and pharmacy students about their experiences being treated in nursing homes, prisons and other facilities.

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The cough, that irritating cough

Basically, the body eliminates foreign material by coughing. Now, the cough may be caused by dust, mold, vapors from spray cans, dusting powders, perfumes or a host of other irritants that might be in the air. However, there is one cough that is caused by a condition that is often overlooked.

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FPWA expert panel dissects Trump’s urban agenda

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies hosted its latest installment of Personally Speaking entitled “The First 100 Days: Examining the Impact of Trump’s Urban Agenda”

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Let’s extend Mother’s Day

This past Sunday, many of us celebrated the amazing women in our lives.

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Pamela Tate-McMullen focuses on student achievement

Bedford Academy High School in Brooklyn enjoys a prominence for its exceptional student accomplishments and its strict educational curriculum.

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Black-owned sneaker company aims to put entrepreneurs on the right foot

Sneakerscustom.com is a new, innovative way to generate income for schools, organizations or anyone with aspirations of making their own sneaker brand.

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May means “burger business”

Harlem Shake has been holding down the corner of 124th and Lenox Avenue for some time.

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7 things you need for a long flight

Whenever you are flying across the country, or across the world, being prepared for a long flight is the best way to get through one.

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Fourth season ordered for ‘Black-ish’

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Matthew Whitaker, Four Miles, Abbey Tribute, SA Freedom Day

Matthew Whitaker, the 16-year-old pianist/organist and composer, can easily captivate his audience within minutes. He is that good.

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Vilaro’s Ballet Hispánico!

Though hard to believe, Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, has held this role for seven years now.

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FIT’s Fashions of the Future ’17

FIT’s Fashion of the Future runway show was amazing! With five specializations, including knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion and children’s wear, the top fashion designers of the 2017 graduating class put on quite a show. The looks were innovative.

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Australia’s runway re-cap

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia recently kicked off its Resort ’18 collections. Designer Dion Lee opened the event and debuted his dashing collection at the Sydney Opera House to more than 500 national and international industry media, buyers and VIP guests.

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Prince in tribute via The Purple Xperience

Vocalist and frontman for The Purple Xperience, Marshall Charloff, was a teenager when he first met Prince. Little did he know that 30 years later he would perform as Prince in The Purple Xperience, a tribute act fostered by Matt “Doctor” Fink, Prince’s scrubs-wearing keyboardist from the band The Revolution.

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‘Guardians 2’ serves up more of the same—fun, laughs and plenty of action

In Hollywood, big-budget, sci-fi films that have the universal “geek” stamp of approval—i.e., Marvel—don’t require a strong script.

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Academy focuses spotlight on music and sound

There is a notion that all the work that’s done by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is aimed at producing the speculator Oscar celebration, but there is much, much more to know about the Academy than just the pursuit of the famed gold man, Oscar.

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Complex Networks’ new series ‘Food Grails’ explores America’s underground food

Do hip-hop and food go together like a hot dog and a bun? Ask Miss Info, a hip-hop insider and the host of “Food Grails,” the new show on Complex Networks that explores the convergence of pop culture, race and class and how these forces shape a city’s culinary identity.

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Viva the Revolution

For many longtime fans, the most difficult thing to accept about Prince’s untimely passing was the prospect of never attending another live concert by the artist.

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Alice Coltrane protégé speaks on mentor, upcoming Red Bull Fest concert

I spoke on the phone with Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda protégé and spiritual student Surya Botofasina about how Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda touched his life as his guru and musical teacher.

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Officer acquitted for killing unarmed Black man in Oklahoma returning to duty

Reports indicate that white Tulsa, Okla. police officer Betty Shelby, who was acquitted this week for the killing of unarmed Black Terrence Crutcher, is keeping her job.

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Talking SCHOP! Uptown crawlin’

No, nothing salacious to read here. Just some media folks checking out the upper Harlem restaurants participating in the Ultimate Grand Tasting of the third annual Harlem EatUp! festival, culminating in live jazz and even more food at Ginny’s Supper Club.

Thursday, May 18

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Sonny Abubadika Carson to be commemorated this Saturday

The life and legacy of urban warrior Sonny Abubadika Carson will be commemorated this Saturday in the People’s Republic of Brooklyn in acknowledgement of the 81st anniversary of his physical birth. Although he joined the ancestors Dec. 20, 2002, his immeasurable influence is still felt today.

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Bedford Stuyvesant hosts Tohma Y. Faulkner street naming ceremony

Community was the central focus of Sister Tohma Y. Faulkner’s life.

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Times Square car incident: 1 dead, 22 injured; driver in custody

An 18-year-old woman was killed and at least 22 people injured Thursday when a speeding car plowed into pedestrians Manhattan's bustling Times Square, city officials said.

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New kid on the block: Brian Benjamin

Brian Benjamin is poised to become Harlem’s newest elected official and a sign of the new generation coming to uptown politics.

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'Malcolm’s Echo: The Legacy of Malcolm X’ film screening

Organized by the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and the Sons of Afrika (atmxcc519@verizon.net), the annual visit to Malcolm X’s gravesite in Hartsdale, N.Y., will occur Friday, May 19.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol nets $1 million at recent gala

The stars were out last Wednesday as Brotherhood/Sister Sol hosted its ninth annual VOICES benefit gala. This year’s event was held at Gotham Hall in Midtown and honored actor Jeffrey Wright and famed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems.

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Sylvia Moy, a breakthrough songwriter and producer at Motown Records

Think Detroit and invariably the next thought is automobiles and the Motown Recording Company. Say Motown, and Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson come to mind.

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Community Calendar: May 18 - May 24

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

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Mayor de Blasio announces new protections for freelancers

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced one of the first documented protections for freelance workers.

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32BJ supports fast food workers petition, announces candidate endorsements

Monday, 32BJ joined fast food workers at City Hall to deliver 3,000 messages to the New York City Council calling on council members to pass a law enabling industry workers to fund their own nonprofit organization with paycheck deductions.

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Newark street renamed for ‘Uggie’ as hunt for his killers continues

A street in Newark is renamed after late beloved dancer Eric “Uggie” Bowens, who was fatally shot in November. His killers have not been brought to justice as no arrests have been made in the shooting.

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Police look for answers in policing the mentally ill

Taleah Everett, a woman whose family members said suffers from psychotic episodes, was driving erratically two months ago near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., when Capitol Police, fearing a possible terrorist act, shot at her car to stop it. Everett, 20, was not injured.

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Trump trips again

A disclosure by The Washington Post on Monday that President Trump had shared highly classified intelligence information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week sent a new wave of improbability and consternation across the nation.

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Farmers reap 'bitter chocolate' as unrest rocks Ivory Coast

Troubles in the Ivory Coast have pushed the price of cocoa to its highest level in five years.

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Trump should/won’t resign

Here’s a little hypothetical scenario for you to ponder. Trump resigns over threat of impeachment from charges of obstruction of justice and cover-up.

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Father reunites with family, but finding work is difficult

President Barack Obama paroled many of the men and women who were sentenced to overly harsh federal prison terms during the “War on Drugs.” Black people were arrested, convicted and sentenced at an astounding rate during that period and to inordinately harsh terms under new “mandatory” minimum sentences passed by Congress and states.

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‘Akua’s Dance’ release party held at Sistas’ Place

Akua Dixon held court at Sistas’ Place last night. I am not one of those folks for whom the word queen comes naturally in addressing my sisters, but truly Dixon reigns supreme in the accomplishment of her craft.

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Fear of African-Americans in Mississippi in 2017

Imagine sitting in your home with your spouse and children.

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A test for the Trump coalition

The recent wispy vote in the House of Representatives and subsequent haranguing from national party Democrats on the fate of their political opponents create many inflection points for pundits and policy watchers alike.

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Supporting families with more community schools

Bringing schools and communities together as partners to build a better future for students and families is common sense. Since 2014, we have launched 150 community schools across the city, and this September, 69 additional schools will be transforming their school buildings into neighborhood hubs.

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A Declaration of Independence

Declaring independence from the policies and practices of President Trump

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Mary J. Blige shows strength of a woman

Human nature is a little twisted sometimes, especially when love is involved. Case in point: Imagine if you are in a 20-plus year friendship.

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PHOTOS: Macy's celebrates legacy

Recently Macy’s brought together its business and community partners to celebrate the diversity and inclusion legacy of its Macy’s Executive Chairman Terry J. Lundgren and to introduce their newly elected President and CEO Jeff Gennette.

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Brooklyn Community Church celebrates 2017 Women’s Day

Walking Towards a Courageous Victory” (Esther 4:1-17) was Brooklyn Community Church’s 2017 Women’s Day theme.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: May 18 - May 24

A torrential rainstorm one day a week and trees are in full bloom—and so is my hay fever.

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Report urges New York school districts to better protect immigrant students and families

With more than 190,000 immigrant students across New York State in public school, the recent scare of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers looking for a student at a Queens school has undocumented immigrants living in more fear.

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Malcolm X Black Unity Awards being held May 21

The 48th Annual Malcolm X Black Unity Awards are being held Sunday, May 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the International African Arts Festival Headquarters located at 1360 Fulton St., Suite 401, in Brooklyn.

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Not Another Child marks 10 years

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, nonprofit organization Not Another Child is hosting their Change Makers Benefit Gala June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel Ballroom.

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Labor leaders, community groups and elected officials demand Trump extend TPS for Haitians

Over the past 10 years, Haiti has dealt with major tropical storms, a major earthquake and a hurricane. They still haven’t recovered. But according to President Donald Trump’s administration, the 50,000 Haitians in America with Temporary Protective Status should head right back to their homeland.

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Tulsa officer acquitted in fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher

After nine hours of deliberations, a jury acquitted white Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man.

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Ailey II—Always a sure bet!

Ailey II, the revered junior company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, presented their first season at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, March 29 through April 2.

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The City’s Last Bastion of White Privilege

For the first time in history, people of color and women make up most applicants for the upcoming New York City firefighter test, which many fire department officials celebrate as an important high-water mark in the long-running battle to diversify city firehouses.

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Malcolm X: What’s in a name?

Upon returning to New York City on May 21, 1964, after his hajj to Mecca, Brother Malcolm X picked up right where he left off when he departed several weeks earlier, on April 13.

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Impeach Trump now

Texas Congressman Al Green spoke those words on the House floor Wednesday morning, kicking off what could be the journey to impeach President Donald Trump.

Wednesday, May 17

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Congressman calls for Trump's impeachment on House floor

Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump Wednesday morning, the first member of Congress to officially request leveling charges against the President from the House floor.

Tuesday, May 16

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Defiant Trump says he had 'absolute right' to share information with Russia

President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday he had the right to share information with Russia related to terrorism and other issues, his first public response to the revelation he disclosed classified information at an Oval Office meeting last week.

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As trial nears, Bill Cosby says racism could be a factor

Bill Cosby said he does not plan to testify in his own defense during his upcoming assault trial.

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Report: Dylann Roof said white nationalists would save him from death row

Convicted mass murderer Dylann Roof told a psychologist working for his defense team that his death penalty wouldn't be carried out because he'd "be rescued by white nationalists after they took over the government."

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What it's like to be the target of racist incidents on campus

Taylor Dumpson was elated. On May 1, she became student government president at American University -- the first African-American woman ever to hold the job.

Monday, May 15

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Harlem EatUp! 2017

Get the latest about this year's Harlem EatUp!

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Tulsa officer testifies after killing unarmed Black man

Moments before she killed an unarmed man, Betty Shelby had no idea what he may have been reaching for, the Tulsa police officer testified Monday.

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In 2017 State of Black America report, Blacks show slight gain

Equality Index for Blacks Inches Closer to Whites in the 2017 Report

In their annual State of Black America report, called “Protect Our Progress,” the National Urban League (NUL) suggested that the nation should invest in a “Main Street Marshall Plan” that would solidify gains made by Black Americans during the Obama Administration.

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Baby on Board badge not just for cars in New York

The "Baby on Board" motto works for more than just car commuters. At least that's what the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority hopes as it launches an awareness campaign to encourage courtesy in subway cars.

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How much will tennis miss Serena Williams?

As Serena Williams chased a historic calendar grand slam in 2015, tickets for the US Open women's finals sold out before the men's for the first time.

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'Grey death': The powerful street drug that's puzzling authorities

A new drug called "grey death" has been linked to a handful of lethal overdoses in the South -- but no one knows exactly what's in it or where it's coming from.

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Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish are expecting

Oh boy, get ready for some new stand up material from Kevin Hart about life with a newborn baby.

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Worldwide cyberattack: Here's how to protect yourself

One of the biggest-ever ransomware attacks continues to take computers hostage.

Friday, May 12

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Talking SCHOP! Eating up at The James Beard House!

For the second year, I was honored to attend the James Beard Foundation Harlem EatUp! dinner at the James Beard House. This year brought together another awesome collection and representation of Harlem’s culturally diverse community.

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Summer in fantastic Chicago

Having to face such brutal winters every single year forces residents of the Windy City to take full advantage of every single moment during its summers. For those few months, the city is bursting with activities to enjoy the great weather outdoors.

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Foxx to host game show on Fox

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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T.K. Blue, HSA Dance, celebrating Ella

The multi-saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger T.K. Blue has an unwavering sound that grew out of his parents’ Afro-Caribbean roots.

Gonjasufi releases new psychedelic hip-hop remix album ‘Mandela Effect’

Experimental producer and hip-hop artist Gonjasufi recently released “The Mandela Effect,” a remix album full of interpretations from notable Black artists such as Moor Mother, Shabazz Palaces and King Britt.

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Patrick Adams returns to Red Bull Music Fest May 11

Musician, arranger and synth player extraordinaire Patrick Adams returns to the Red Bull Music Academy Festival NYC to curate a two-hour concert of his greatest hits, selected from the catalog of more than 1,000 songs he’s been credited with working on.

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Cejunel’s haute couture chapeaus

From Gun Hill Road in the Bronx to the Kentucky Derby, you can always wear one of Cejunel’s hats and create a fashion furor.

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Wearable options for fall ’17

When you don’t quite know what to wear from day to day because of the changing weather, you must keep a seasonal variety of clothes in your closet. At Ellery’s fall ’17 show for Paris Fashion Week, there was a nice array of clothes that seem to fit the changes of the seasons nicely.

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‘The Dinner’—Skip this meal for now

Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife, Claire (Laura Linney), are surprised by Paul’s brother, Stan’s (Richard Gere) and his wife, Katelyn’s (Rebecca Hall) abrupt invitation to have dinner at a posh, exclusive local restaurant. The brothers are not close and Stan, a congressman, is running for governor.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ too?

Yes, Marvel Studios has had a string of hits with their various Avenger-related flicks, but I thought they were pushing their luck releasing 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. I knew the oft-canceled comic. Most people had never heard of the team.

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Treat Mom to free theater at the Public

Treat your mother—hey, your whole family—to a free performance of the Mobile Unit’s “Twelfth Night,” directed by Saheem Ali at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater.

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‘Hello Dolly’ is everything a musical should be

It’s so nice to have “Hello Dolly” back where it belongs—on Broadway! This classic musical revival is playing at the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street and stars the marvelous Bette Midler as Dolly Levi.

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Tony Awards to honor James Earl Jones, ‘Jitney,’ ‘Sweat’

James Earl Jones will be honored at the 71st annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 11, at a live presentation at Radio City Music Hall. At the age of 86, Jones will receive a well-deserved Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

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Mets and Yankees experience a role reversal

Coming into the 2017 Major League Baseball season, the Mets and Yankees appeared to be on divergent paths.

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Derek Jeter returns to the Bronx to have his number retired

Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returns to the team’s historic Bronx stadium Sunday afternoon, Mother’s Day, to have his Number 2 retired, an honor only given to the major league’s greatest Yankee players.

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Banks drives it home

Queens College junior Damira Banks literally sprinted to the finish. The multi-talented junior track athlete was part of the Knights’ victorious 4x100 relay team at last Saturday’s Tom Farrell Classic at St. John’s University.

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Liberty suffer rough loss in preseason

“Even though they were without some main players that will be on their final roster, we wanted to see if we could be physical with them because we respect how they play,” said Curt Miller, coach of the Connecticut Sun, after his team defeated the New York Liberty 79-57 in a preseason game played at Columbia University.

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Kobe’s new league is a reminder of one thing, reclassification

The announcement of the new youth basketball program, the Mamba League, spearheaded by retired basketball great Kobe Bryant, in partnership with Nike and the Boys and Girls Clubs in Los Angeles, their attempt to properly teach the game of basketball and to change the culture of youth and teen basketball now permeated by AAU Basketball, brings to mind one thing: Reclassification.

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The Brooklyn Senior Games melds the mind, body and spirit

The pure joy and satisfaction emanating from Vivian Jett’s voice is nothing less than upliftingly infectious when she speaks of the second Annual Brooklyn Senior Games.

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Golden State sweeps—no, vacuums—their way through the West

The Golden State Warriors decisive defeat of the Utah Jazz Monday night enabled them to close out their second round of NBA playoffs in four straight games, to rest and prepare for what will be the first real test of their skills and prowess, the winner of the San Antonio Spurs-Houston Rockets series.

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The Celtics and Wizards revive old school basketball

It’s not quite the hand-to-hand combat seen when the New York Knicks faced the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers in the ‘90s, or other blood and guts series of decades past. But the Eastern Conference semifinal between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards, which reached Game 5 in Boston last night tied 2-2, has the feel of a matchup between teams intent on reviving old school basketball.

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Beware of the kitty cat’s scratch and litter

This column is dedicated to Mittens, my family’s beloved and deceased cat.

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Visiting Nurse Service of New York home care nurse Neely Bagley with a patient

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, a time set aside to recognize the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the field of nursing. Nurses make a difference in our lives every day

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‘Sweat’

I recently saw “Sweat” on Broadway, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Her poignant play follows a small factory town in Pennsylvania during the 2000 election season.

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Ruben Diaz Jr. talks Bronx Week and the borough’s resurgence

This time of year is always important to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Not only is it Bronx Week, but also it’s a chance for Diaz to show off his creation.

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President Trump fires FBI director James Comey

President Trump has found yet another way to boil the political pot—dare we call it Trumpestuous—with the firing of FBI director James Comey. As expected, the termination of the FBI head has unleashed a firestorm of reaction among Democrats and Republicans.

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AG Sessions paves way for stricter sentencing in criminal cases

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a new directive for federal prosecutors across the country: charge suspects with the most serious offense you can prove.

Thursday, May 11

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21st century everywoman—Darlene Walker-Mungin

Co-founder of Invest In You Inc., and founder of the Rose Female Empowerment Program and Your Health Matters initiative, Darlene Walker-Mungin has more than 25 years’ experience in program development.

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NYSUT endorses Brian Benjamin for Senate

The New York State United Teachers announced this week that they have endorsed Brian Benjamin for New York State Senate in the 30th District.

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Upon the wings of a dove

Sometime in the womb, as we evolve over months from a single-celled organism into the complex mass of neurons and flesh that we recognize as ourselves, an awareness of our place in the world emerges.

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Unmasking the disease of a thousand faces

Lupus—a complex, devastating and life-changing autoimmune disease that currently has no cure—is not easily understood or explained.

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Cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline

“I am innocent.” These three words caught my attention as I watched “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part documentary series that aired on SpikeTV throughout the month of March to the beginning of April.

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AQE: Cuomo isn’t a champion of public education

Last week, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a news conference at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City touting his new education budget.

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Cuomo signs legislation allowing full union dues to be deducted from taxes

Last week, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new legislation that would allow full union dues to be deducted from state taxes.

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Cleveland ole skool soul

Cleveland? If I were to stay true to the core tenets of loyalty to my town, I’d want no parts of anything from that city, especially from the perspective of an avid sports fan. Here’s a quick then/now synopsis as to why.

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Harlem Rotary Club celebrates Harlem’s heyday for 50th anniversary gala

The Harlem Rotary Club flashed way back this past Friday, throwing a Harlem Nights themed fundraising gala to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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NAN continues fight against institutionalized injustice

Founded on the belief that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” the National Action Network wrapped up its 26th annual four-day national convention at the Sheraton Times Square April 29, 2017.

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Cosmopolitan Review: May 11 - May 17

Lest we ever forget, the Hon. Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court and one of the most effective civil rights crusaders of the 20th century, will be recognized on Thurgood Marshall Law Day 2017.

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Styrofoam recycling bill proposed to City Council

On Friday, the New York City Council is holding a hearing on Intro 1480, which would create a curbside program to recycle polystyrene foam.

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State education department seeks public comment on new education plan

The New York State Education Department this week presented to the Board of Regents and released for public review and comment the draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

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Brooklyn BP Eric Adams asks, 'Is It an Emergency?'

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams debuted the “Is It an Emergency?” campaign, focused on the issues surrounding emergency room overuse, which, according to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, costs $38 billion a year nationally.

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Metropolitan Black Bar Association to honor late Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson and Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

District Attorney Ken Thompson and the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam at their annual gala May 19.

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A cemetery holding Black bodies is in disrepair

Driving through the Richmond Town neighborhood of Staten Island on an uncharacteristically warm spring day might bring you toward Frederick Douglass Memorial Park. Last Friday, like any other day, the front entrance to the African-American cemetery was open, but not because it was day time and a family had just finished burying a loved one.

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Twenty years for the unity of the human family

The 20th anniversary celebration of the encounter and pact between Chiara Lubich and Imam Warith Deen Mohammed will take place at Historical Masjid Malcolm Shabazz in the heart of Harlem May 20, 2017.

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Malcolm X Conference for Self-Determination

This May 19 and 20 the December 12th Movement is calling on our community to respect and celebrate Malcolm X by participating in the Malcolm X Conference for Self-Determination.

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Library renamed the Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library

“I lived on 114th Street and Manhattan Avenue,” Harry Belafonte said toward the end of his 20-minute speech at the 115th Street Library.

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World War II hero Carl E. Clark honored before his death

The failure of the U.S. to recognize the valor and courage of Black American soldiers, sailors and other military personnel is nothing new, and the topic surfaced again when Carl Clark, 66 years after his heroic act during World War II, was finally honored in 2012.

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Activists fight for Flint

On April 21, 2017, members from Black Millennials for Flint, along with members from Tavares Taylor Charities and the National Black United Front, traveled to Flint, Mich., to engage with the community organizations and residents.

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Rutgers University-Newark debate team makes historic win

Two members of the Rutgers University-Newark debate team were recently honored at Newark City Hall after they became the first African-American partnership to score first and second place in the National Debate Tournament.

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Jersey City on edge after four homicides in 11 days

The community, city officials and leaders are calling for a cease fire in Jersey City after four people were killed in 11 days. R

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Chokwe Antar Lumumba wins Democratic primary in Jackson, Miss.

A week ago, May 2, Chokwe Antar Lumumba won the mayoral Democratic primary in Jackson, Miss. Lumumba, 34, whose father, the city’s former mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, died three years ago at 66, defeated a crowded field of candidates, polling phenomenal numbers.

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TrumpCare: Death assurance

Of all the distressing numbers related to the Republican so-called American Health Care Act, narrowly passed last week in the House, none is as disturbing as those forecast by the Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance.

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Ordered release of white farmers accused of murder of Black boy sparks riot

Two South African white farmers accused of causing the death of a 16-year-old accused of stealing sunflowers were granted bail and released, sparking a wave of protests that were met with police violence.

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Jordan Edwards case: Killer cop had reckless past

A police office is charged and jailed for murder and a family and community say goodbye to a child as the saga over the police shooting of unarmed, Black 15-year-old Jordan Edwards continues.

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Bronx Beating: Street vendor fights for life after brutal attack

Community leaders, elected officials and advocates in the South Bronx sent a stern message to police as well as the suspect who allegedly attacked a vendor who was stopping a purse snatcher.

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I’m So AmNewsFOOD 2017 winners

What a response this year to our third annual I’m So AmNewsFOOD Harlem EatUp! contest. A big thank you to all that entered, and for those not selected, we hope you will try again next year and tell a friend.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #15

In the wake of the firing of FBI director James Comey, and the letter he received from President Trump, we have composed a letter of termination to Trump.

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82 Chibok girls released in Boko Haram swap

Dozens of the kidnapped Chibok girls have been returned. Of the 276 girls originally snatched in April 2014, 113 are still held captive.

Wednesday, May 10

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Bethune-Cookman grads boo Betsy DeVos at commencement

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced an auditorium of jeering Bethune-Cookman University graduates Wednesday as she gave a commencement address that many students and graduates said she was in no place to deliver.

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Here is who Trump could pick to replace Comey

By firing FBI director James Comey on Tuesday, President Donald Trump has created a near-impossible standard for his replacement.

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REPORT: Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin dies at age 45

Reports indicate that entertainer and musician Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin has died at age 45

Tuesday, May 9

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1 man taken into custody in group beating that left Bronx street vendor with fractured skull

Police on Monday have taken one of the five men into custody in connection with a group beating of a Bronx street vendor that left him with a fractured skull last week.

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Trump fires FBI director James Comey

President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey.

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Protests to greet DeVos at historically black college commencement address

A leading civil rights group on Monday called for the resignation of top leaders at a historically black university where Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to deliver the commencement address.

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Thurgood Marshall's widow keeps his legacy alive

Cecilia Marshall never imagined that the battle for equal rights in schools and elsewhere would still be as vital today as it was six decades ago when her husband, United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, fought to end legal segregation as a civil rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Monday, May 8

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AKA President, lawmakers condemn racist act at American University

A day after Taylor Dumpson, who is an African American woman, was elected to be student body president at American University, nooses and bananas (some with the words “AKA Free” on them) were found hanging in various places on the American University campus.

Sunday, May 7

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82 released Chibok schoolgirls arrive in Nigerian capital

The 82 Chibok schoolgirls released in a swap between terrorist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government have arrived in the capital city of Abuja, the government said Sunday.

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Ex-cop is charged and a community weeps: 'Rest In Peace, Jordan'

Grieving friends and family turned out Saturday for the funeral of Jordan Edwards, the unarmed 15-year-old boy shot dead last week by a police officer who is now charged with murder.

Friday, May 5

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Suspect in murder of MTA worker ex-girlfriend, found dead after police standoff

Zire King, the man accused of murdering his MTA worker ex-girlfriend, was found dead Friday evening inside the New Jersey home in which he barricaded himself during a standoff with police.

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Fired Texas cop to face murder charge in shooting of boy, 15

A Dallas-area police officer who was fired after he shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy will face a murder charge, authorities said Friday.

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House GOP health care bill doesn't match Trump promises

Days before his swearing in, President-elect Donald Trump made a bold promise on his plans for health care reform.

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Flowers for moms? ENJOY!

A couple of weeks back I was invited down to the Wall Street area for a midafternoon light lunch and floral arranging session. Mostly motivated by food and tasting the victuals of chef Vanessa Cantaves again, guests arrived to a beautiful assortment of pink roses, eucalyptus and design tools at the ready.

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Talking SCHOP! Ramps it up!

For ultimate foodies, we know when spring has arrived when ramps show up in the supermarket and at farmers’ markets.

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

One of the biggest music festivals of this generation concluded part two this past week in the middle of the desert, two hours east of Los Angeles, in Coachella Valley.

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It’s a girl for Russell Wilson and Ciara

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Palmieri Mondays, PR music, Bobbi Humphrey, Jazz Gallery

Those now controllable frenzy-dancing salsa fans will always have explosive memories of the master Afro-Caribbean and salsa master Eddie Palmieri during his days leading his Conjunto La Perfecta (1961), his album “Azucar Pa Ti” (“Sugar for Me”), which is in the Library of Congress, and his collaborations with Cal Tjader.

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Dance Calendar May 2017

Heading up this month’s calendar is LaMama Moves! Dance Festival (May 18-June 4)

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Cool, comfortable sportswear for summer

For high-end womenswear, Philomena Zanetti showed a fashionably yet simply styled collection in Berlin for spring/summer 2017.

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Shop SoHarlem for Mother’s Day!

Last Sunday afternoon, SoHarlem’s loft at the Mink Building, 1361 Amsterdam Ave., Suite 340, was filled with plenty of artsy surprises and Mother’s Day buys.

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New York African Film Fest: Exploring the past, engaging the future

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and African Film Festival presents the 24th New York African Film Festival, May 3-9. The festival’s theme, “The Peoples’ Revolution,” taps into the pulse of protest and the calls for change bubbling up throughout the peoples of the world, a reform charge championed by a new wave of artists throughout Africa and its Diaspora.

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17th annual New York Indian Film Festival

The comparison between Bollywood and Hollywood is a very long industry joke, but like most parts of the world, India has its own brand of storytelling and as such has produced a list of legendary storytellers whose craftsmanship in the art of filmmaking is jaw-droppingly good.

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Rare Malcolm X docu screens May 7

It’s hard to believe that attendees at the screening of Lebert “Sandy” Bethune’s film, “Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom,” Sunday, May 7, at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center will acquire as much knowledge as Bethune dispensed during his recent appearance at City College.

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Marius’ passing is another reminder of the seriousness of cancer

“We celebrate the life of someone who has meant so much to this community,” said the Rev. Michael A. Walrond Jr. of First Corinthians Baptist Church about Greg Marius to the many who filled his pews Thursday to do just that—celebrate Greg.

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Figure Skating in Harlem celebrates 20th anniversary

Tuesday night, Figure Skating in Harlem marked its 20th anniversary of serving girls aged 6 to 18 with a vibrant program that combines the discipline of figure skating with educational programs that promote academic success

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Kobe Bryant basketball leagues for children

As the summer approaches, so does the start of summer youth basketball, the leagues, tournaments and the AAU.

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Racism continues to permeate stadiums across the globe

Last month, Major League Baseball celebrated the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut as its first Black player. This week, MLB was reminded of its ignoble past.

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St. John’s continues strong track and field season

St. John’s University track and field athletes head into this weekend’s Tom Farrell Classic, the only home meet of outdoor season, on an upbeat note.

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Basketball pioneer Solly Walker passes

New York City basketball vanguard Solly Walker has passed. Walker transitioned last Friday at the age of 85. Services for Walker were held this past Monday at Siloam Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.

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San Antonio, Houston, Utah and the Clippers? Don’t be surprised!

Don’t be surprised that the San Antonio Spurs, the second best Western Conference team, were decisively beaten 126-99 by the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.

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The Wizards must find a way to repel the force of Thomas

Isaiah Thomas may be one of the smallest players in the NBA, yet no one has a bigger heart. Still mourning the tragic death of his younger sister, 22-year-old Chyna Thomas, as a result of an auto accident, which occurred on the eve of the start of the Boston Celtics opening round of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, the 5-foot-9 Thomas lifted the Celtics from the depths of a 2-0 deficit to a 4-2 series win after they dropped the first two games at home.

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Mount Sinai Heart hosts free blood pressure screening May 19

Mount Sinai Heart will celebrate the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s American Stroke Month May 19.

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A woman’s heart: What do symptoms have to do with it?

I am sure you have heard that old hit song, “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” Well, my ladies, whether you’re in love or not, when you have uncomfortable feelings in your chest that persist, those signs can have a lot to do with your survival.

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Remembering LA 25 years later

I have read several thought pieces reflecting on the 25 years after the Los Angeles uprisings, after the acquittal of the police officers involved in the brutal beating of motorist Rodney King.

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Black self-determination or police terrorism

There is a school of thought that states violent police terrorism persists unabated in Black communities across the country.

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Safiya Bandele, a woman of honor and grace

Dozens of awards later, Brooklyn resident Safiya Bandele will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 19, at a fundraiser for the Magnolia Tree Earth Center. 

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First ‘Dreamer’ gets deported, 32BJ responds

San Diego native Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, 23, has lived in the United States since he was 9. He said he had a valid permit.

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William T. Coleman Jr., ‘Counsel for the Situation’ and civil rights icon

William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. was called “Bumps” by Coleman Young, Detroit’s first African-American mayor, during their stint in the military, and President Clinton honored him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry, was young, gifted and Black

Finding a female counterpart to the remarkable August Wilson is not easy, but Lorraine Hansberry comes close, and she came to mind additionally as we prepare for Malcolm X’s birthday May 19, which she shared.

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Honoring August Wilson: Holding hallowed cultural ground

In the month of remembering, reading and raising up the work and life of August Wilson (April 27, 1945-Oct. 2, 2005), arguably the most successful and celebrated playwright in U.S. history, one is unavoidably impressed with his unswerving, deep-rooted love and appreciation of his people and culture as the central source of his grounding, his expansive grasp of human life and his impressive creative production

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New York Urban League Young Professionals hosts annual REBIRTH! Event

The New York Urban League Young Professionals recently hosted their annual REBIRTH! Event

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Community Calendar: May 4 - May 10

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

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Mumia’s attorneys optimistic after latest hearing

The latest leg in the legal battle to free political prisoner of war Mumia Abu-Jamal took place Monday, April 24, his 63rd birthday, during the first court hearing of the Post-Conviction Appeal Act petition at Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas.

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Washington Heights businesses and livery base owners #ShutItDown on May Day

Elected officials, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Bodega Association and immigrant-run small-business owners used May Day to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and race-based rhetoric.

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Tristate area, nation rally on May Day

On the 102nd day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the resistance he’s sparked from the most vulnerable Americans continued on International Workers Day.

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Women and mothers lead the resistance

Each year we set aside the second Sunday in May to celebrate and honor our mothers.

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All your questions about fidget spinners, answered

If you know a middle school kid, or a parent or teacher of one, chances are you've seen the simple little colorful device that's driving them all crazy lately.

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Taco time touchdown

Last week was all about broccoli. Thanks for indulging me. I hope you enjoyed it...

Thursday, May 4

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New women’s resource center in Newark bears name of mayor’s late sister

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held May 12 for the opening of the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center in Newark.

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Dumb Trump

If it’s possible to discern a person’s character and integrity, or lack thereof, by whom they admire and respect, then there’s little to commend President Trump’s hero-worship of Andrew Jackson.

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Gambian to head new peace and justice group

The former head of Greenpeace Africa took the opportunity of the climate march in Washington, D.C., last weekend to announce that Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, a new Africa-wide social movement focused on climate change, will be officially launched on African Liberation Day, May 25.

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Black women and infant mortality

In the United States, data have shown that Black women experience higher rates of birth and pregnancy complications including infant mortality compared with other ethnicities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of preterm birth for non-Hispanic Black women is approximately 1.5 times the rate seen in white women.

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National Action Network wraps up convention

The National Action Network wrapped up its four-day national convention Saturday at the Sheraton Times Square.

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AENY celebrates anniversary

A day of fun-filled activities for youth and adults is on the agenda for the one-year anniversary celebration of the ARTs East New York community arts center.

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Florida university to award degree to Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin's getting a college degree.

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Shelters and jails, de Blasio’s new homes for us!

Mayor Bill de Blasio came into office talking about a “tale of two cities,” one white and wealthy, and the other Black, Brown and poor.

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Reinstating the UHF Discount will help advance minority ownership

The FCC’s April 20, 2017, decision to reinstate the UHF Discount should be heralded as a significant opportunity to advance diversity and minority broadcast television ownership.

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Change begins with one, therefore it shall begin with me

The title of this piece is my mantra that I created years ago because I feel it is important that I am one of the standard-bearers for change.

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Eric Benét and Marsha Ambrosius rock BB Kings

When we rock with you, we rock with you, especially when it’s family. Their journey is ours. May 2 and May 3 BB Kings played host to a family reunion as two of our favorite kin, Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét, held court on the New York leg of their national M.E. Tour.

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Parker hosts Leadership Award

Friday, April 28, State Sen. Kevin Parker and Healthfirst hosted the sixth Annual Educational Leadership Award Breakfast Ceremony at Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at Kings County

Thursday, April 27, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County participated in the international campaign, “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”

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NAACP holds hearing on charter and public schools

The NAACP’s Task Force on Quality Education held a hearing in New York, Thursday, April 27, at Harlem Hospital Center & Pavilion in the Herbert G. Cave Auditorium.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: May 4 - May 10

Flying throughout the night on Air Berlin with my longtime friend and District Leader Earnestine Bell-Temple was a dream.

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The Abilities Expo: Helping someone in need

Every year thousands of people attend the Abilities Expo New York in hopes of making their life a little better.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol honoring actor Jeffery Wright and artist Carrie Mae Weems

Harlem-based nonprofit and youth development organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol is honoring award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright and acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems at the organization’s upcoming 13th annual VOICES benefit on May 11.

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Former US Assistant Attorney General named president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Carol V. Mason, former United States Assistant Attorney General, has been named the fifth president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Mother of six gunned down, family/community outraged

A gunshot to the head struck MTA train conductor Jacqueline Dicks, 41, a mother of six, shattering the close-to-midnight air in East New York, Brooklyn, Monday, May 1, 2017.

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De Blasio proposes $84 billion budget, Trump looms over it

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed budget attempts to combat the Donald Trump administration. De Blasio’s $84 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018 could be a low estimate considering that the budget for the last fiscal year was $3 billion more than estimated.

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NY may require stylists to undergo domestic violence training

For Anthony Civitano, the bond between a hairdresser and his or her client is "as strong as a bond there is between relatives and friends."

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Jordan Edwards' killing fuels community's grief -- and a call for justice

On the first day back to school since Jordan Edwards was killed, more than 100 of his football teammates gathered early Monday for a meeting in a Dallas suburb.

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'Black Lives Matter' cases: When controversial killings lead to change

Three days, three different resolutions, one common trait: white officers killing black males.

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Boyfriend wanted in shooting death of MTA worker, mother 6, killed near her Brooklyn home

The boyfriend of an MTA conductor and mother of six who was gunned down is now wanted for questioning in the woman’s slaying, which he'd originally blamed on a trio of hooded men who ambushed the mother of six just steps away from her Brooklyn home.

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Flint water crisis: Three years later

Just as the nation thought things were over with the water situation in Flint, Mich., reports from the city say everything is not OK.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #14

Many pundits, and certainly a horde of President Trump’s supporters, are quick to cut him some slack when it comes to his governmental deficiencies.

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Texas terror: Police kill unarmed, Black teen

On April 29, Black, unarmed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards became the 386th person this year killed by police when he was gunned down by an officer in Balch Springs, Texas.

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URBAN AGENDA: Not Too Late For `Fair Fares’ in City Budget

Now that Mayor de Blasio has released his FY2018 Executive Budget, the City Council has an opportunity to tweak his spending priorities so that they better serve to mitigate New York City’s affordability crisis.

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Teddy Riley gets ready for a ‘Conversation’ May 5

Super producer, leader of the New Jack Swing movement and Soul Train Legend Award recipient Teddy Riley will be sharing a unique opportunity with his fans in New York City May 5.

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Trump’s destructive first 100 days

It all depends on which side of the political fence you are on, which will determine if you think Trump is doing an exceptional job his first 100 days in office.

Wednesday, May 3

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No federal charges against officers in Alton Sterling death

Ten months after Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge police while pinned to the ground, the Department of Justice announced no federal charges will be filed against the two officers at the scene.

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Who was Jordan Edwards? Teen killed by police called a good student, athlete

He might be the last person you'd expect to die in a police shooting.

Tuesday, May 2

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Black Americans living longer, but racial gap remains, CDC says

When it comes to the overall health of black Americans, there's good news and bad news, according to a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

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Officer who killed Texas teen should be arrested, attorney says

The family of Texas honor student Jordan Edwards is too distraught to speak about the teen's death -- especially after police admitted Jordan posed no threat to them.

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Ex-officer Michael Slager to plead guilty after killing unarmed Black man

Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot a man in the back, intends to plead guilty to one federal charge of excessive use of force as part of a plea agreement, a source with direct knowledge of the plea deal said.

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Texas cop fatally shoots teen outside house party

A police officer in a Dallas, Texas, suburb fatally shot a 15-year-old boy outside a high school house party Saturday night.

Monday, May 1

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NAACP Niagara Summit to unite groups to address immigration, voter mobilization, and civil rights

On Tuesday the NAACP will bring together a rare gathering of diverse policy, polling and demographics experts, activists, and civil rights leaders to develop a set of key strategic principles and objectives to counter the unfolding and escalating civil rights crisis during its Niagara Summit on the Potomac.

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Ja Rule still getting fried over Fyre Festival -- and now sued

When it comes to Ja Rule and his Fyre Festival, "It's Murda" for the rapper.

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Council Member Laurie Cumbo announces she's pregnant

Brooklyn City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo announced in a Facebook post on Monday that she's expecting.

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Trump's wacky history lessons continue

After puzzling comments about 19th Century abolitionist Frederick Douglass and marveling that no one knew Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, President Donald Trump has just unloaded another historical non sequitur.

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Trump administration ending Michelle Obama's girls education program

The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.

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US May Day rallies: It's the economy

May Day is International Workers Day. It is the day we commemorate the sacrifices made...

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Controversial Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke faces protests Monday

Thousands are expected to take to the streets of Wisconsin on Monday to demand that the governor remove controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a tough-talking firebrand who wants to use his deputies and correction officers to enforce federal immigration laws.