Stories for October 2017

Tuesday, October 31

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Coast Guard Academy investigates after cadet tries to intimidate another cadet based on his race

The Coast Guard Academy is investigating after they said a cadet tried to intimidate another cadet because of his race.

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Tiger Woods to make golf return after nine-month absence

After a nine-month absence through injury, former world No.1 Tiger Woods will make his competitive return to golf at the Hero World Challenge on November 30.

Monday, October 30

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Blacks often pay higher fees for car purchases than whites

It’s that time of year again when auto dealers try to make room in their showrooms for next year’s models.

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What you need to know about the Manafort, Gates indictment

The 31-page, 12-count indictment against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates focuses on their years as political consultants and lobbyists working with Ukraine.

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Jam Master Jay remembered on 15th anniversary of his murder

The case may be cold, but the love for Run-DMC's DJ Jam Master Jay still runs warm.

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What the Manafort indictment proves about Trump (and what it doesn't)

On Monday morning former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on charges of money laundering and filing false foreign lobbying reports, among other counts.

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Severe weather sweeps tri-state, snarling commute; thousands without power

Severe weather pounded the Northeast region with powerful winds and drenching rains early Monday, leaving nearly 300,000 without power.

Sunday, October 29

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Report: First charges filed in Mueller investigation

A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

Saturday, October 28

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Halloween events for kids and families

Check out these community events going on for Halloween for kids and families!

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What to do for Halloween in NYC

Check out these Halloween event going on around the city.

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NYC not backing down on feds’ ‘sanctuary cities’ order

New York City officials sent a letter to the U.S. Justice Department Friday defying a directive intended to pressure the city into cooperating more with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

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Barack Obama called for jury duty in Illinois

Barack Obama has fulfilled his civic duty as president. Now comes another role as a citizen: jury duty.

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Educating Black students in the New Jim Crow Era

After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most Black children.

Thursday, October 26

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Win or lose Sunday, the Jets must stay on their grind

The New York Jets host the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at MetLife Stadium, their eighth game of the season, but the Falcons don’t look like the team that played against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in February.

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Giants fail to seize momentum with loss to Seahawks

So the Giants victory over the Denver Broncos proved to be an aberration after all. Although they were coming off a spirt-lifting 23-10 road win against the Denver Broncos in Week 6, the seeming momentum gained by the Giants failed to translate into another victory a week later.

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NY and NJ teams ready to make their marks

The Seton Hall University Pirates and St. John’s University Red Storm may have been picked to finish sixth and seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll, but the players and coaches remain ready to bring their best every game.

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Big East women’s hoops ready to show their stuff

In the game of women’s college basketball, the Big East has always been revered. Since the conference reconfigured several years ago, some different schools have emerged as conference leaders. Defending Big East Tournament Champion, Marquette University, topped the 2017-18 Big East Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll.

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Brooklyn, struggling to push up, make strides in this league

Just as the Brooklyn Nets seem to be defining themselves, taking the initial steps needed to separate themselves from the muck that covers the basement floor of the NBA’s standings, where they’ve been the last few years, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Eastern Conference champions, are on Brooklyn’s schedule, an early challenge for this newly revamped Nets team, their fifth game of the regular NBA season.

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Lupita Nyong’o pens essay on Weinstein harassment

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o penned an eloquent and vivid account of her personal encounter with Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, who has recently been outed by more than a dozen Hollywood actresses as a rapist, harasser and misogynist.

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There is a World Series even without the Yankees

Despite how it may appear, there is a World Series being played, even though the New York Yankees are not in it. Many Yankee fans acknowledge the last World Series as being played in 2009, the last time that the Bronx Bombers were participants, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games for their 27th championship. 

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The corruption of amateur basketball has many fathers

To refer to major college basketball, elite high school prep schools and postgraduate programs as amateur athletics is both laughable and a gross mischaracterization. All are capitalistic entities, engaging in free market principles in which billions of dollars are being exchanged.

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Brooklyn, struggling to push up, make strides in this league, beat the Cavs

The huge electronic billboard marquee facing Flatbush Avenue from Barclays Center in Brooklyn repeatedly flashed, SOLD OUT in large letters.

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NYC Health + Hospitals hosts health insurance seminar

Leading up to the open enrollment periods for Medicare and New York State of Health, the state’s official online marketplace, NYC Health + Hospitals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are collaborating to help community partners, faith-based partners, caregivers and community members understand health insurance options available to them.

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Talking SCHOP! Halloween tricks

I do love Halloween—seeing kids both young and old getting into the spirit. I do my best to buy candy I don’t like to distribute for trick-or-treating. The problem is there isn’t much candy I don’t like.

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The touch of a cold: How to stay healthy this cold and flu season

Well, the sneeze and sore throat season is upon us with a vengeance.

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Packing tips for a South African safari

Before my recent African safari, I spent weeks researching packing needs and searching for the perfect items.

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Executive Director International of the Collegiate Church the Rev. Julie Johnson Staples

In late September, Intersections announced the Rev. Julie Johnson Staples as the new executive director.

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Jaden Michael is ‘Wonderstruck’ in Todd Haynes’ new film

Actor Jaden Michael plays Jamie, a young boy helping Ben (Oakes Fegley) find his father in New York City circa 1977 in director Todd Haynes’ terrific new film, “Wonderstruck.”

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The Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics

Five decades before Colin Kaepernick and the current crop of disgruntled NFL players utilized silent protest to bring international attention to the plight of Americanized Africans in the land of the free, U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos seized a moment in time to be eternally etched in the annals of Black Power history. This past Monday marked the 49th anniversary of one of the most incendiary acts of protest committed by athletes.

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Robbers and killers in home invasion case apprehended, one still sought

“There are no words to properly capture the outrage our community is experiencing over the death of Waldiman Thompson, a 91-year-old resident of Decatur Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant who, along with his 100-year-old wife Ethlin, were the victim of a deadly home invasion,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told the Amsterdam News.

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Get ready for ‘Ragnarok’

L.A. Williams: I doubt he’ll win. He should. After all, Thor is a weather-controlling immortal warrior who is much stronger than Spider-Man and usually depicted as stronger than Wonder Woman, too. (Gasp!)

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BAM hosts Frantz Fanon-inspired film series

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is currently wrapping up a film series inspired by the work of Fanon. The series, according to BAM, brings together stylish mainstream films like “Deep Cover” and “Caché,” with unabashedly revolutionary calls to arms with documentaries such as “Concerning Violence” and “The Hour of the Furnaces.”

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Cornelia Bailey, the Gullah-Geechee griot of Sapelo Island

Many years ago, while conducting research on the Gullah-Geechee culture in the small islands off the coast of South Carolina, I had plans to extend this pursuit to Georgia, particularly to Sapelo Island.

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Community Calendar October 26 - November 1

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

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Gjonaj adds CWA to list of labor endorsements

Another labor union has endorsed Mark Gjonaj for New York City Council’s 13th District in the Bronx.

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32BJ’s Figueroa and Gov. Cuomo speak out against Trump budget

President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Senate’s budget push has met the anger of labor union leaders and Democrats. The U.S. Senate is proposing a $5.8 trillion cut to federal spending, including $1.3 trillion from Medicaid and nearly $500 billion from Medicare.

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Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair touring New Jersey

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week is holding fairs in New Jersey Nov. 11-17 at five locations.

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Obama campaigns for NJ gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy

Former President Barack Obama made a stop in the Garden State to speak at an invite-only campaign event Thursday for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.

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Beautiful soprano Angel Blue makes debut at Metropolitan Opera

In 1961, opera soprano Leontyne Price made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera and elicited an ovation that was more than 35 minutes long.

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Trump’s obsession with Obama continues

When President Trump was asked why he had not publicly made a statement about the four Green Berets ambushed in Niger, he chose this moment as another occasion to belittle former President Obama.

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As war widens in Africa, body bags come home

A funeral was held over the past weekend for Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in a country few can find on a map and in a war that few lawmakers knew anything about.

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Bridal/evening designs and quilting art

At the Westbeth Gallery at 55 Bethune St., Brooklyn, N.Y., an extraordinary exhibit features beautiful quilt designs. Jacquelynn Jones, a member of a quilt guild, is one of many NYC artists exhibiting in the show. The Westbeth Gallery’s quilt exhibit ends this Saturday, Oct. 28. Viewing time is now through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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FashioNXT designer looks for now

The second night of Portland’s FashioNXT shows was amazing.

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Women: Use your vote wisely

One hundred years ago, women in New York State were the first in the nation to be granted legal permission to vote in state elections. Because American citizens are born with inalienable rights, regardless of gender, race, country of origin, political or sexual preference or socio-economic status, it should never have been an issue.

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The dodgy dogma of public disarmament

In a major setback to anti-gun activists—and a significant advance for Second Amendment advocates—a three-judge panel of the Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in July that the district’s “good cause” requirement for firearm licensing was unconstitutional.

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Amsterdam News endorsements Nov. 7, 2017, General Election

Here are the Amsterdam News' endorsements for the upcoming general election.

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There’s no one like Miss Patti

At 73 years young, with 54 years of professional experience, Patti LaBelle deserves her spot in the pantheon of all-time great singers.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: October 26 - November 1

OK, so we almost have it right: bright sunny days, little to no rain, not too hot, not too cold. But it doesn’t smell like fall. Or is it just the poor air quality of the city that prevents us from smelling anything but pollution?

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CUNY board approves tuition break for students from Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Students from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will pay in-state tuition for the 2017-18 academic year, the CUNY board of trustees voted unanimously Monday.

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Harlem's Got Talent kicks off fifth year

Harlem’s Got Talent, a music education program for elementary/middle school children and their parents, begins its fifth year of classes Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Drew Hamilton Center, 220 W. 143rd St.

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Disaster capitalism

The road to recovery isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

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Eight HBCU bands 'march on' to the 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

A record number of votes helped select this year's lineup of marching bands from our nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018.

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American Airlines CEO: 'We want to be even better' on race relations

American Airlines CEO Douglas Parker said Thursday his airline can do a better job in race relations with its customers.

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Supporting survivors of sexual harassment and assault

There have been far too many articles placing blame on women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted

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Alexis Allison: breast cancer survivor, and founder of Annual Queens Cancer Walk

Breast cancer survivor Allison Alexis will tell one and all that this ravaging disease is one of the most common diseases that affects women nationally.

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New York’s Brandee Younger returns to play Alice Coltrane

Harpist Brandee Younger has had a connection with the late, great jazz musician Alice Coltrane for some time.

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Outrage and action as Trump offends Gold Star widow

As the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson buries her husband, her tragedy has been the backdrop for a war she didn’t want to be part of.

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Trial starts for off-duty officer charged in road rage shooting

Opening statements were made in court Monday in the case of an NYPD officer accused of gunning down a Brooklyn father in an apparent case of road rage.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go #39

President Trump’s callousness dipped to a new low with his caustic, insensitive comments to Myeshia Johnson whose husband, Sgt. La David, was recently killed in Niger.

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Tamika Mallory continues her quest for justice after being ejected from plane

Activist Tamika Mallory continues to look for resolution in the aftermath of an incident which resulted in her being kicked off an American Airlines flight last week.

Wednesday, October 25

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Lenox Terrace gets updated construction plan

Since its initial building in 1959, Lenox Terrace has been a jewel to Harlem’s residential life. Today it’s on the verge of a major renovation in an effort to keep up with current demands.

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Missing 10-year-old Bronx boy back at home

The 10-year-old boy missing in the Bronx since Monday is now at home.

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Fats Domino dead at 89

Reports indicate that New Orleans pianist and singer Fats Domino has died.

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NAACP warns Black passengers about traveling with American Airlines

The NAACP has warned African-American travelers to be careful when flying with American Airlines.

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College tuition is still getting more expensive

The price of a college education rose faster than inflation, again.

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2 young men shot dead on Grambling State University campus

Authorities are trying to find the person who fatally shot two young men at Grambling State University early Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, October 24

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'Benson' star Robert Guillaume dies at age 89

Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his starring role in the 1980s TV sitcom ''Benson", has died.

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Jon Lester, ringleader of Howard Beach racial attack in 1986, is dead at 48

Jon Lester’s family announced his death on Facebook two months ago.

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Reforming our bail system and empowering our disenfranchised communities

The report of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, entitled “A More Just New York City,” should be commended for an excellent analysis of our criminal justice system and the ineffective use of our jails, for solid, compelling arguments on why Rikers Island Jail should be closed and, more importantly, for addressing our archaic bail system that clearly hurts poor defendants.

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Maxine Waters: 'Take Trump out' remark was about impeachment

Rep. Maxine Waters rejected Tuesday any suggestion that she was vowing to harm President Donald Trump last week when she said she would "take Trump out."

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CEMOTAP hosting forum on Donald Trump coverage in Black media

On Saturday Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Broadcaster Bernard White returns to New York to speak on the "Trumpout of Black News Critical Black Stories That Are being Ignored"

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Mother of teen stabbed at Bronx high school suing DOE and NYPD

The mother of the teen stabbed to death last month at Bronx high school announces her plans to sue the the NYC Department of Education and the NYPD for $25 million.

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No, Janet Jackson isn't banned from the Super Bowl

People of the world today, worry not: The NFL says Janet Jackson is not banned from the Super Bowl.

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Reward offered in search for 3rd person after deadly Brooklyn home invasion

A reward is being offered Tuesday in the search for at least one more person after a violent home invasion led to the death of a 91-year-old man earlier this month.

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Gusty winds, heavy rain to pound tri-state all day Tuesday

Severe weather, including gusty winds and heavy rain, will pound the tri-state area most of Tuesday, and there’s even the slightest chance of a tornado.

Monday, October 23

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New York bans e-cigarette use in bars, restaurants, parks

E-cigarette smokers in New York will soon join the same outdoor areas as cigarette smokers.

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MTA to announce replacement of Metrocards with ‘tap’ system

Say goodbye to the swipe.

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Trump disputes military widow's account of condolence call

President Donald Trump on Monday disputed a widow's account of a condolence call he made to her following the death of her husband in Niger earlier this month.

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Donald Trump just hit a new low in the La David Johnson fiasco

Calling the widow of an American soldier killed in action is, emotionally speaking, absolutely gut-wrenching. Knowing that nothing you will say can bring true comfort. Knowing a life -- and likely many lives -- have been altered forever. Facing down pure loss and pure grief.

Sunday, October 22

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Snoop Dogg targets Trump as hip-hop's presidential onslaught continues

Hip-hop is going hard at President Donald Trump, and Snoop Dogg is the latest rapper to step into the ring.

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NAACP board elects new leader as group 're-envisions itself'

The NAACP board unanimously elected Derrick Johnson to serve a three-year term as the president and CEO of the longtime civil rights organization, the NAACP announced on Saturday.

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Five ex-Presidents attend hurricane relief concert; Trump appears in video message

All five living former US Presidents took part in a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for hurricane relief efforts, while President Donald Trump appeared in a taped video message to the concertgoers.

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Loved ones say goodbye to Sgt. La David Johnson, US soldier slain in Niger

Loved ones bid their farewells Saturday at a private funeral for Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four US soldiers killed in Niger, whose death has been at the center of a public dispute this week between President Donald Trump and a congresswoman.

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Yankees fall to Astros in Game 7, ending run to World Series

The Yankees fell to the Astros 0-4 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series Saturday night, sending Houston to the World Series against the Dodgers.

Friday, October 20

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Man arrested in Brooklyn home invasion that led to death of 91-year-old: sources

A man has been arrested after a 91-year-old man was killed and his 100-year-old wife injured in a Brooklyn home invasion, sources said Friday.

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Lupita Nyong'o shares Weinstein story, hopes to end 'conspiracy of silence'

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has a Harvey Weinstein story, too. And she's sharing it in hopes of doing her part to end what she calls in a New York Times op-ed a "conspiracy of silence."

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Who was Sgt. La David Johnson?

As his family lays him to rest, here are some things you should know about Sgt. La David Johnson.

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Donald Trump's low-road presidency

On Thursday night, following a day of back-and-forth over who said what in a phone call between the President of the United States and a military widow, President Donald Trump tweeted this: "The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!"

Thursday, October 19

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Obama letters from 1980s to be made available at Emory University

If you've ever wondered what former President Barack Obama was like when he was younger, Emory University has obtained letters to his then-girlfriend that could reveal more about his youth -- and they will be available to the public later this week.

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Talking SCHOP! To 10 more years!

Ten years of doing anything is a milestone for any person, business or organization. The Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival is no exception.

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Less than 48 hours in Amsterdam

The quiet, picturesque city of Amsterdam is made up of dreamy canals, cozy restaurants and the friendliest people, making it an easy place to explore—even if you don’t have much time.

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The Western Conference—Strength and power at the top

It’s a great thing for the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks that neither team will ever be realigned to the Western Conference, especially now. The conference is top heavy with elite teams that will have battles during the postseason commensurate of championship caliber games.

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LeBron James and the Cavaliers remain the kings of the East

When the Boston Celtics signed free-agent forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million contract this past July, and then acquired point guard Kyrie Irving in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers a little more than five weeks later, on paper, they instantly became a highly credible threat to the Cavaliers’ supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

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Activist Tamika Mallory takes on American Airlines after being kicked off flight

Activist Tamika Mallory believes she was the victim of white male aggression during an incident that made headlines on an American Airlines flight.

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Queens College names court for legendary coach

Last Saturday, Queens College officially named its basketball court inside Fitzgerald Gymnasium for Lucille Kyvallos, who coached the Knights from 1968 to 1981.

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Iona finding its volleyball groove

The volleyball team at Iona College is feeling the strongest it has in several years.

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‘Oedipus El Rey’ extended at Public Theater until Dec. 3

“Oedipus El Rey” has yet to officially open at the Public Theater—still in previews—but the response has been so overwhelmingly positive that it has extended its run until Dec. 3.

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Nominations announced for 45th AUDELCO Awards

The word is out for the nominees of the 45th annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, which recognize excellence in Black theater.

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Giants rediscover running game in first win of the season

The Giants trotted onto the turf at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver Sunday night to face the Broncos as a team decimated by injuries and embroiled in turmoil.

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The Jets are competing, despite flags on their play

With the Jets ahead 14-0 at the six-minute mark of the second quarter of Sunday’s game, the New York Jets were at the point where most assumed that the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, their AFC East division rival, would be ahead, leading in the game. 

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In retirement, Bill Daughtry lays it out and gets to the point

Every day news items and headlines overshadow the ones before it. Colin Kaepernick takes a knee. The president says something stupid.

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Jeremy Lin Out - Injured In First Game Of The Season

Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin is out for the season. Lin, 29, has been diagnosed with a ruptured patella tendon of his right knee.

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The NFL opens dialogue on social issues

As Colin Kaepernick continues his battle to secure a roster spot on one of the league’s 32 teams, the movement he began more than a year ago has reached a new level of national focus. 

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Five foods that help prevent the flu

Getting a vaccine is not the only way to protect yourself from the flu. What you eat every day can also protect you from getting sick.

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Save organs with clot busters

I am sure that you have heard this carefree little camp song: Row, row, row...

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How Trump played Pelosi and Schumer

A month ago, two of the country’s top Democrats—Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi—were besides themselves over an apparent “deal” made with Donald Trump to help the 800,000 DREAMERS.

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Rough storm season will slow tourist arrivals

With the infrastructure of so many countries devastated by the record-setting 2017 hurricane season, tourist arrivals to Caribbean destinations are expected to plunge significantly this year.

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St. Thomas to welcome return of Royal Caribbean Nov. 10

The Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is welcoming the return of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas to the territory Friday, Nov. 10.

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Seasons are changing

Every year around this time, the seasons change and so do we. Some may notice that when you wake up the sun has yet to rise, even though it’s well after 6:30 a.m.

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Million Woman March celebrates 20 years

The monumental and original Million Woman March will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the launch of a new Global Movement for Women and Girls of African Descent worldwide.

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MWBEs host launching event at the Historic Studio Museum in Harlem

Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises program held their launching event at the Historic Studio Museum in Harlem.

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Gospel salute held for Pastor Rev. Dr. Jehoshaphat Forchalle

Brooklyn hosted an Anniversary Gala for the Rev. Dr. Jehoshaphat W. Forchalle for his more than 60 years in ministry.

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Inez Austin passes at 91

The moment you met Inez C. Austin, you knew you were in the company of a very special woman. Her smile always lit up the room.

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Hoyt Fuller, an editor and advocate of the Black aesthetic

No discussion of Detroit’s Black history is complete without consideration of the contributions made by Fred Hart Williams.

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NYC High School Application Guide, a free mobile app and website

The NYC High School Application Guide, a free mobile app and website, is now available for middle school students.

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Deadline for Disney’s Dreamers Academy looms

The Oct. 31 deadline is looming for high school students to apply to be among the 100 selected to participate with Steve Harvey and Essence in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy, the educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Community Calendar October 18 - October 25

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

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Cops release new images of home invasion suspect

Police have released images of one of the men suspected of the home invasion in Brooklyn last week that left an elderly man dead.

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32BJ, Working Families Alliance blast ‘sanctuary’ ad by Republican NJ gubernatorial candidate

Being down double digits in the polls and being beaten in fundraising has made New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno channel her inner Donald Trump.

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32BJ pres slams Trump for threatening feds removal from PR

President Donald Trump used Twitter again to direct his ire toward an island suffering post-hurricane devastation.

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Proposed workers’ comp changes would hurt workers

For more than 100 years, our workers’ compensation system has protected workers injured on the job by providing immediate wage replacement and medical benefits without the need for a costly lawsuit.

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Black woman running for freeholder in Atlantic County

Black female Democratic candidate Ashley Bennett, 32, said she was inspired to run for freeholder in Atlantic County’s 3rd District after Republican incumbent John Carman posted a sexist statement about this year’s Women’s March.

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Amazon’s second headquarters could bring 50,000 jobs to Newark

As cities across the nation join in the race for Amazon to build its second headquarters, Newark is among those hoping the retail giant will become the city’s next big employer.

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Farrakhan speaks in Newark: Separation or death

The Nation of Islam commemorated the 22nd anniversary of their historic Million Man March, which occurred in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16, 1995, with a forum at Newark, N.J.’s Symphony Hall. Their leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, echoed much of the powerful speech of his spiritual father and former NOI head, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, delivered at Harlem’s 369th Armory Aug. 27, 1961, titled “Separation or Death.”

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Letter to the Editor: Coverage of Las Vegas shooting

This letter is in response to the articles covering the recent shooting in Las Vegas.

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500 Men supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bed-Stuy-based 500 Men Making a Difference hosted their annual Breast Cancer Walk this past Sunday.

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They build this city: Protecting New York’s construction workers

The stunning skyline of New York City rises up around us, fluid in its shape as new skyscrapers are erected every year.

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Edification and humility

Life is such a precious gift. We tend to spend the best parts of our lives in the pursuit of our ambitions, without pausing to consider the purpose of it all.

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Still increase in racial disparities in juvenile justice

The Washington Post ran one of those rare “Good News” items this month.

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Restoration Rocks art in Bed-Stuy

Brooklyn-linked artists such as Les Nubians, Soul Science Lab, Talib Kweli and DJ Spinna performed at the 11th annual Restoration Rocks event this past Saturday.

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Cosmopolitan Review: October 19 - October 25

Was I the one who said I was ready for cooler temperatures, waiting for the leaves to fall and wondering, “In the fall will you fall for me?” Well, turn up the heat—it’s freezing.

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Harlem Mothers SAVE hosting Halloween event

Anti-violence organization Harlem Mothers SAVE is hosting their fifth annual Halloween Candy Bag Giveaway Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its headquarters.

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Women firefighters at historic highs in the FDNY

Four new women become FDNY firefighters this week and they all have one special thing in common—they are all mothers. Krysteena Corbett-Terryl, Jacqueline Reno, Melisa Ritchie and Lisa Snyder walked across the FDNY graduation stage Wednesday to earn a huge accomplishment.

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‘Trump unfit to lead,’ say doctors of Duty to Warn Movement

Some said Trump is senile. Indeed, he is the oldest president to have ever assumed office.

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Council Member Jumaane Williams introduces reproductive rights bill

Council Member Jumaane Williams introduced a bill this week that seeks to ensure protections against employment discrimination based on reproductive health care decisions.

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Black Gold Start mother says Trump never called

Army specialist Etienne Murphy was killed in May 2017 during a vehicle rollover incident in Syria. His parents speak to Alisyn Camerota about their loss

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Bronx teen accused of stabbing classmate indicted on manslaughter charges

Matthew McCree is dead and Abel Cedeno is alive; however, that didn’t stop a grand jury from downgrading Cedeno’s murder charge to manslaughter. His supporters call the new indictment a “victory.”

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URBAN AGENDA: 'Broken Windows' Policing at the Turnstile

In a welcome development this week, the New York City Council held public hearings on a bill that would require the NYPD to publish quarterly data about fare evasion arrests – a policing strategy desperately in need of greater scrutiny.

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Whole Foods Market unveils public artwork, Harlem: Past, Present, Future

There was an official dedication of the public artwork, Harlem: Past, Present, Future, at Whole Foods Market Harlem Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.

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CSS report: Poor communities of color are targeted in fare hike arrests

A new study by the Community Service Society highlights how poor Black New Yorkers are targeted by police in fare hike arrests.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #38

President Trump, our clown in residence, aka Tweedledum or Tweetledumb, has lined up three more stooges to usher our planet toward doomsday—Michael Dourson, Kathleen Harnett White, and William Wehrum.

Wednesday, October 18

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Holder: Trump 'crossed the line' saying Obama didn't call Gold Star families

President Donald Trump went too far when he falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama had not called the families of slain soldiers, former Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.

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In attempt to sow fear, Russian trolls paid for self-defense classes for African Americans

A group linked to the Russian troll farm behind thousands of fake Facebook ads paid personal trainers in New York, Florida, and other parts of the United States to run self-defense classes for African Americans in an apparent attempt to stoke fear and gather contact details of Americans potentially susceptible to their propaganda.

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Free Black Women's Library coming to Harlem

The Free Black Women's Library heads uptown to the Studio Museum in Harlem on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Out of the Shadows: Overt racism flourishes in the American South in the Trump era

Race relations in the United States, especially in the South, are plagued by troubling examples of the challenges that face the nation, as Americans work toward achieving the dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of, more than 50 years ago.

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Kaepernick's attorney on NFL collusion case: We will have a smoking gun

Colin Kaepernick's attorney Mark Geragos said Tuesday he has a "high degree of confidence" that he will be able to prove National Football League team owners colluded to keep Kaepernick from being signed.

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Congresswoman says Trump told widow of fallen soldier 'he knew what he signed up for'

President Donald Trump told the widow of a US serviceman killed in the ambush in Niger that "he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson.

Tuesday, October 17

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Reports: Howard University safe after active shooter scare

Reports indicate that Washington D.C. law enforcement has given the all clear at Howard University after reports of an active shooter.

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner wants to be bad

Malcolm-Jamal Warner is well aware that when some fans look at him -- despite his many years in the business -- they still see the son of a lawyer and a doctor who craved an original Gordon Gartrell shirt.

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NFL announces support for criminal justice reform

The NFL is coming out for criminal justice reform.

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NYUL hosts 31st annual HBCU Fair

The New York Urban League is hosting the 31st Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Without Kaepernick, what is NFL saying to Black fans?

Aaron Rodgers is one of the National Football League's best players, and with his potentially season-ending injury, the NFL will be put to the test.

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Morehouse appoints new president to trailblaze leadership

Morehouse College has appointed Dr. David A. Thomas as its first non-alumnus president since 1967 to take over leadership, the appointment marks the 12th president of the highly esteemed all male college located in the Atlanta University Center.

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NFL players: Behind 'take a knee' lies this racial injustice

With the NFL protests ongoing, it's important to not lose sight of why they began in the first place. As NFL players and concerned citizens, we want to continue to shed light on the racial disparities within our criminal justice system, including the need for bail reform.

Monday, October 16

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Tamika Mallory incident reignites conversation on ‘flying while Black’

Activist Tamika Mallory’s account of what happened to her on Sunday when she was booted off of an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York went viral getting hundreds of thousands of views.

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Activist Tamika Mallory claims she was racially targeted by American Airlines over seating dispute

Activist Tamika Mallory believes she was the victim of racial targeting after she was kicked off of an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York over a dispute involving a seat on the plane.

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Stacey Abrams wants to be America's first Black female governor

The GOP has held a tight grip on the governor’s mansion in Georgia since 2002, when Sonny Perdue, promising to restore the Confederate battle cross to the state flag, defeated Democratic incumbent Roy Barnes to become the first Republican to hold the position in the Peach State since Reconstruction.

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Colin Kaepernick files grievance, says NFL owners 'punished' him for protesting

Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the National Football League in which he claims team owners colluded to keep him from being signed.

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Funeral arrangements made for 91-year-old killed in Brooklyn home invasion

Funeral arrangements have been made for Waldiman Thompson, the 91-year-old man who died after a home invasion in Brooklyn last week.

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Guilty verdict in trial over 2016 Chelsea bombing that hurt 30

A federal jury has convicted a man of planting two bombs on New York City streets, including one that injured 30 people when it detonated.

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PHOTOS: The Rev. Al Sharpton's daughter, Dominique gets married

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s eldest daughter, Dominique, marries Dr. Marcus Alan Bright during a ceremony at Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens.

Sunday, October 15

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Slain high schooler laid to rest

Candles and photos of 15-year-old Matthew McCree are still visible in the backyard of his apartment building on Mapes Avenue in the Bronx.

Friday, October 13

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Man beaten by white supremacists in Charlottesville is arrested

In an incident captured on video and widely shared online, a black man was beaten by several white attackers in a parking garage during August's rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Search for suspects continues in Brooklyn home invasion that left elderly man dead

The search continues for suspects in a violent Brooklyn home invasion that left a 91-year-old man dead and his 100-year-old wife injured.

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HBCU homecomings are the perfect fall vacation

At historically Black colleges and universities, homecoming is more than a football game—it’s like a family reunion during college football season, where the who’s who, of both the past and present, return to campus—decked out in their university sweatshirts and Greek letters—for that one weekend just to relish the place that helped shape them during such formative years.

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Lawsuit filed against Charlottesville protesters

Nearly a dozen people are suing white supremacists who were protesting in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the summer, alleging emotional and physical trauma from the protesters' threats and violence.

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Obesity among all US adults reaches all-time high

The United States will not be escaping the obesity epidemic crisis anytime soon: Nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese, the highest rate the country has ever seen in all adults, according to research released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Trump will end health care cost-sharing subsidies

President Donald Trump plans to end a key set of Obamacare subsidies that helped lower-income enrollees pay for health care, the White House said Thursday, a dramatic move that raises questions about the law's future.

Thursday, October 12

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Community Calendar October 12 - October 18

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

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NYC Wine & Food Festival

This weekend, put on your comfy shoes, pull out those jogger pants, buy a fresh pack of antacids and set your social media cameras to “beast mode” because it is the decade celebration of the Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival.

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Talking SCHOP! We came, we harvested!

The annual Harlem Park to Park Harlem Harvest Festival went down this past Saturday, and it was their best autumn celebration so far.

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Laurence Fishburne stars in ‘Last Flag Flying’

In 1998, I had the pleasure of being in the audience for James Purdy’s play “Sun of the Sleepless,” which starred a then-unknown actor whose reputation, to surprise—in the early 1990s—was growing exponentially.

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Faustin Linyekula’s ‘In Search of Dinozord’

Fabulously talented Broadway veteran Chuck Cooper is starring in “Prince of Broadway” at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Cooper, who has one of the most distinctive voices on Broadway, is featured throughout the production singing songs that would be traditional and nontraditional for a Black actor.

Bill Daughtry—About other things, about his life now

ESPN silenced television host Jemele Hill for two weeks for comments made regarding boycotting the sponsors of the Dallas Cowboys and their owner, Jerry Jones, but New York City sports talk show host Bill Daughtry silenced himself last week, retiring from the station at the end of September.

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Jemele Hill stands tall in the face of corporate cowardice

ESPN broadcaster Jemele Hill should be applauded by those who are advocates of free speech for her intellect, unwavering voice and support for a critical cause—social and racial justice in the United States.

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Young gymnasts celebrated at Hilliard Foundation benefit

Athletes, influencers and supporters gathered at the New York Athletic Club Oct. 3 to celebrate the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation Going for the Gold Benefit.

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Minnesota Lynx win fourth WNBA Championship

The 2017 WNBA season lasted as long as it possibly could as the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks, the top two teams in the league for the past two years, went down to a fifth and final game.

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It’s only Week 6, but the Giants must prioritize next season

At 0-5, the primary focus of the Giants’ leadership should be the team’s future.

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They’re 3-2—You gotta give the Jets some respect

It’s week 6 of the NFL season, and although they share the position with the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots, a three-way tie, a screen shot of the NFL standings has the New York Jets 3-2 atop of the AFC East Division.

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Changes in the Nets’ lineup give team chance to prosper

Last night’s preseason game at Nassau Coliseum between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers was a reminder of the great history of both teams, and their common denominator, Julius Erving.

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As expected, the Knicks start their rebuilding from the bottom

Let’s get this statement out of the way in the first paragraph: The Knicks are bad.

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Kevin Barron: Black Power storytelling

Frustrated with the injustices and suffering of Black people around him and on the news, Kevin Barron found a way to revolutionize his people in a new light with his latest novels, “Black Rising” and “Black Rising: Home and Abroad.”

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Hot 97 announces major holiday concert

Hot 97 will be hosting a holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N. J. Artists such as Cardi B, Dave East, Tee Grizzley, 21 Savage, Meek Mill and Chris Brown are expected to perform at the holiday concert. There will be some surprises during the show as well, they promise.

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Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises program hosts launching event

Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises program will be hosting an event at the Historic Studio Museum in Harlem.

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Seniors demand mayor provide real affordable housing

Notwithstanding the pouring rain, seniors and other community members and various organizations from East New York assembled Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, outside City Hall to demand real affordable senior citizen housing.

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Fundraising for devastated communities in Florida

Looking to build a network among other entrepreneurs within their community, the Nola D Collective will be hosting a fundraiser brunch at the 3 Black Cats Cafe.

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Healthy aging: Doable and it beats the alternative

It is never too late to focus on the positive aspects of aging and on positive steps to stay active and maintain independence.

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Leaves of healing

I believe that the most beautiful and spiritual visual experience I have had is observing the changes of the color of leaves in the fall, which we are still experiencing in many parts of the country.

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The Confederate States of Columbus: No refuge could save the hireling and slave

These seemingly cryptic lyrics are from the third Stanza of the “Star Spangled Banner,” written by American lyricist and poet Francis Scott Key.

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Trump raises new demands for DACA

On Oct. 5, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program reached its deadline for any recipients to renew their permits in hopes of continuing to pursue their dreams.

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IDNYC is well worth it

Last year I went and got a New York City ID card, commonly referred to as IDNYC, the free identification card for all New York City residents.

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The Barrons battle to follow national trend for Indigenous Peoples’ Day replacing Columbus Day

In late 1994 the United Nations declared Aug. 9 as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and four years prior, Berkeley, Calif., had already become the first U.S. city to replace Columbus Day. Last month Los Angeles joined Denver, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Seattle, among other cities, in recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. And this Oct. 5, Austin, Texas, did the same.

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Trump threatens NBC and other networks

Ever since his announcement to run for the presidency, we have known of Trump’s distaste for the media, as he underscores it with the charge that we are “the enemy of the people.”

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Report: One in 10 city school students are homeless

More than 104,000 students were identified as homeless by NYS school districts and charter schools according to a report by New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students.

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Assemblyman Barron and SUNY Student Assembly supporting Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron held a news conference at Columbus Circle on Columbus Day to announce that he has introduced a bill in the State Assembly to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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Couture Confidence Camp hosts Confidence Event

The Couture Confidence Camp will be hosting the Cool Kids School Kids Confidence Event Saturday, Oct. 14, at the ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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City Council must pass police reform before year ends

The people in my community of Flushing, Queens, like New Yorkers in various other neighborhoods across the city, are tired of getting targeted and harassed by the NYPD.

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The president’s wall

If the president’s vast wall is successfully constructed, it will immediately convert the land of the free into the world’s largest and most populated maximum security prison.

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Immigration reform efforts show Trump is dealmaker in chief

The American people elected Donald Trump because they wanted a strong leader not beholden to corporate interests or content to watch as American inexorably slipped toward mediocrity.

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How gentrification enforces the myth of Black inferiority

Across the United States, neighborhoods that were once historically Black are experiencing an influx of white residents.

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Local postal union, residents fight against potential post office sell-off

They tried and failed in Chelsea, but the United States Postal Service wants to sell off a post office building in Harlem and residents aren’t happy.

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Hector Figueroa: Trump’s immigration demands are ‘devil’s bargain’

Sunday, President Donald Trump released a 70-point list of immigration demands that have drawn the ire of Democratic politicians and one labor leader.

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Hip-hop honoring itself at BET Awards

got bars! Even have a moniker: Lil’ Ole Yungun. By this time next year, I would’ve walked the red carpet as the new hottest thing in hip-hop and secured a few trophies honoring my achievements.

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Nigerian Independence Day celebration in NYC 

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, people came from all over the nation to celebrate the 57th anniversary of  Nigeria’s Independence Day (Oct. 1, 1960).

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Sisters walk to end domestic violence in East New York and abroad

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn walked through East New York, Brooklyn, for their Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence.

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Cosmopolitan Review: October 12 - October 18

So far so good, as October is now in full swing. Although I haven’t smelled fall in the air yet, I do expect the leaves to turn from green to orange, red and yellow.

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Jemele Hill suspended by ESPN, activists cry foul

ESPN’s co-host of SportsCenter and commentator Jemele Hill finds herself in yet another controversy. The network suspended Hill for two weeks Monday after violating their social media policy a second time.

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Trump Must Go! #37

Things may not be that rosy between Trump and his secretary of state, and his former HHS head Tom Price had to walk the plank, but the president’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt seems to be conducting himself in accordance with the boss’s orders.

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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’

New York City is my home and has been since the 80s.

Wednesday, October 11

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BET Hip Hop Awards 2017: The winners list

The BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 delivered plenty of buzzy moments, as always.

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Sexual harassment - A symptom of power play

Ever since women have entered the workforce in large numbers, the problem of sexual harassment has gained a momentum of its own.

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Terry Crews captures why sexual assault survivors don't come forward

Actor Terry Crews said he understands why women are reluctant to raise sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood power brokers like Harvey Weinstein.

Tuesday, October 10

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Muhammad Ali Enterprises sues Fox for $30 million

Muhammad Ali Enterprises is suing Fox Broadcasting Company after the network allegedly used the boxer's likeness without permission.

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NAACP Calls Out FBI’s Latest Report on “Black Extremists” as Déjà Vu

According to a journalistic investigation by the news outlet Foreign Policy (FP) the FBI’s counterterrorism division has identified a new threat—Black identity extremists (BIE). The FBI’s assessment is that BIE’s “perception of police brutality against African Americans have spurred retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement”

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Airbnb campaigns to increase diversity on its platform

Airbnb, the housing marketplace that connects travelers with hosts in 65,000 cities and 191 countries worldwide, is now on a mission to increase awareness about the company’s economic benefits in communities of color.Airb

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Odell Beckham Jr. to have ankle surgery later this week

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will have surgery for his broken left ankle later this week.

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Black woman told her hair ‘too urban’ for work at Banana Republic

A manager at a Banana Republic in New York has been fired for sending an employee home because her braids were too “urban.”

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Dove apologizes for ad: We 'missed the mark' representing Black women

Dove apologized this weekend for a social media post that the company says "missed the mark" representing black women.

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ESPN suspends Jemele Hill over NFL tweets

ESPN has suspended host Jemele Hill for two weeks due to "a second violation of our social media guidelines," the network announced Monday afternoon.

Sunday, October 8

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Nelly arrested after allegations of rape, released with no charges

Cornell Haynes Jr., better known as the rapper Nelly, was taken into custody Saturday in Washington state after a woman told police he raped her.

Saturday, October 7

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Playboy played a role in the strong Black woman I am today

When I read that Hugh Hefner had passed away, I was immediately transported to the spring of 1991 in my Aunt Linda's kitchen on Chicago's South Side, surrounded by my dad's sisters, Jennifer, Janis, and, of course, Linda.

Thursday, October 5

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CEMOTAP holds media panel

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, the Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People held an energetic and informative workshop in Queens entitled How to Be an Internet Warrior.

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10th anniversary of African Burial Ground National Monument

Special events and programs are scheduled to occur throughout the week. The park will feature a film series and live entertainment by various groups and organizations, and libation ceremonies will be conducted.

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Tap into Harlem Harvest Festival

Fall is finally here, Halloween costume planning is in full movement and Harlem Park to Park’s annual Harlem Harvest Festival is going down this Saturday, celebrating the harvest season.

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Talking SCHOP! Barbados Food & Rum Festival 2017

Sept. 20, I attended the news conference to announce the eighth annual Barbados Food & Rum Festival taking place Nov. 16 to Nov. 19, 2017.

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A fashion girl’s guide to Paris

To a fashion girl, Paris is the mecca for all things chic and fabulous.

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New Heritage, Music Japan, Ron Carter, Jazzmobile, Monk

Voza Rivers and Jamal Joseph of the New Heritage Theatre Group will be the first honorees of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Hall of Fame in recognition of their illustrious history and the center’s 10th anniversary celebration, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Lt. the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Community Center, 34 W. 134th St. New Heritage is celebrating its 54th anniversary this month.

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Bessies awarded to two African-American dance artists

It’s an honor to have one’s work recognized by one’s peers. Of course, we heard that a lot during the recent Emmy Awards, but, trite or not, it’s gratifying to see African-American artists recognized by their colleagues.

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Nora Chipaumire—being free…

“When I go home [to Zimbabwe], and now I go more and more…they know how to punk it out,” said Nora Chipaumire. #PUNK, her latest work, commissioned and presented as part of “Crossing the Line Festival,”

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Curvaceous evening elegance for spring/summer ’18

“African American,” the spring/summer ’18 fashion collection designed by Frederick Anderson, brought out the best in 1970s styles with a 2017 finesse.

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Breton’s ‘Yellow Submarine’ spring/summer ’18 show is a hit

For spring/summer ’18, designer Malan Breton takes his core inspiration from the film, “Yellow Submarine.” Presented on the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, his collection is a testament to fearlessness and the freedom that comes from the ability to endure what seems to be the impossible, finding strength to open our hearts and minds to only discover our capabilities.

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Tommy Davidson brings families together in ABC’s ‘Vacation Creation’

My Google calendar gave me an alert that my presence was expected at the Viceroy Hotel. I was scheduled to interview iconic comedic actor Tommy Davidson—of “In Living Color” fame—about season two of his new show, ABC’s “Vacation Creation,” which premieres Sept. 30.

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Soul singer Charles Bradley dies at 68

The electrifying stage performer and funk and soul revivalist Charles Bradley died at 68 years old in late September. Known for his raspy, weeping soul ballads and passionate vocal performances, Bradley found success later in life after recording his debut album, “No Time for Dreaming,” at the age of 62 years old.

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New York City Ballet’s Taylor Stanley leaps into history

When Taylor Stanley was promoted to principal at the New York City Ballet by Artistic Director Peter Martins, he was thrust into a spotlight shared with only a handful of others, most notably the ebullient, late Albert Evans and the venerable Arthur Mitchell, whose promotion by NYCB founder and Artistic Director George Balanchine made him the first African-American principal dancer with any of this country’s major ballet companies.

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Fatherly advice from Melvin Alston

Melvin Alston serves as the Community and Fatherhood Outreach coordinator for the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.

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Odom brings celebrity and his own resume to a room of legends 

The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame once again officially inducted deserving legends and heroes of the game to its distinguished, prestigious organization.

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The NYC Basketball Hall of Fame inducts the class of 2017

The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame held its 28th annual induction ceremony Tuesday night at the Bryant Park Grill in Manhattan honoring eight of the city’s former hoop stars.

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Dynamic duo fuel Brooklyn College tennis

Brooklyn College’s formidable women’s doubles team of Georgeen Belrose and Shannel Johnson refer to themselves as Venus and Serena (after the Williams sisters). Both born in New York and raised in the Caribbean—St. Lucia for Belrose and Jamaica for Johnson—they share an easy camaraderie and a decisive commitment to being stellar student-athletes.

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WNBA Finals go to a fifth game

The 2017 WNBA Finals have a familiar feel—same electricity as 2016, same two teams, same intensity and the same do-or-die quality.

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The Giants fall deeper into the abyss as Week 5 looms

Depending on one’s definition of over, it isn’t an exaggeration to make the claim that the Giants’ season is indeed over. For a team that had justifiable expectations to be a Super Bowl contender, the winless Giants now are hanging on to the slightest probability of just making the playoffs.

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The Jets come back hard, make strides in the face of adversity

The overtime period in the press box of the New York Jets game Sunday at MetLife Stadium was kind of like a re-enactment of a high school class room with a substitute teacher. Someone yells out, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!” the famous line from “A Tale of Two Cities,” the historical novel written by Charles Dickens.

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A local road win? For the Brooklyn Nets, it’s a start

The Brooklyn Nets began their new NBA 2017-18 season with a 115-107 road win against the New York Knicks Tuesday night. Although it’s only a preseason road game across the bridge in Manhattan, it’s a positive. A win is a win, and it’s something for a young, fledging team such as Brooklyn to build on. It helps them to figure it out.

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Judge and the Yankees power their way to the ALDS

Forget Aaron Judge having postseason jitters. If there was any concern that the Yankees prodigious rookie would show signs of nervousness under the beaming lights of playoff baseball, he resoundingly put those concerns to rest Tuesday night.

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Can Hurricane Irma possibly help Haitians win a TPS extension?

In Washington Sept. 12, 2017, Haiti’s U.S. Ambassador Paul Altidor and Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) hosted a dinner with other Democrats to craft a new strategy aimed at convincing the White House to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.

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Dominica slowly picking itself up after Maria

Coverage of the 2017 hurricane season is slowly disappearing from the major newspapers and from the daily lineup of media houses in the Caribbean less than a month after two of the worst storms ever to have passed through the region caused extensive damage to more than a dozen countries or cities stretching from Dominica to Florida in the U.S.

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De Blasio blasted on broken community promises

In a few weeks New Yorkers will hit the polls once again for the 2017 mayoral election with candidates that include Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and current Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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We are all Puerto Rican

Last week I wrote about the need for all Americans to continue to uplift and support the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Free EMT course hopes to come back post-state audit

Lleryn Montan is a mother of three attempting to pursue an EMT career. She had recently signed up for a free EMT training program provided by Davis Training Programs.

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Farrakhan’s minister responds to Trump

Minister Louis Farrakhan’s New York representative, Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, added his voice to the growing crescendo of those rejecting President Trump’s attack on NFL players who are following quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneel protest against rampant police brutality in the United States.

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Debunking the myths around sickle cell disease

In the United States, sickle cell disease is considered rare because it affects only approximately 100,000 people nationwide.

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Co-Caine killed Able

I am sure that the pharmacist J.C. Pemberton of Atlanta did not envision the dangers and addictive properties of cocaine when he first introduced it to the American public in a drink made from coca leaves.

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Seventh annual Conference for Women in Science & Engineering

Keiana Cavé, an undergrad at the University of Michigan studying chemical engineering, will be a keynote speaker at the Brooklyn’s Poly Prep seventh annual Conference for Women in Science & Engineering Saturday, Nov. 11.

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NYC High School Admission Application Guide

The NYC High School Admission Application Guide, a free mobile app and website, is now available for incoming high schoolers.

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Senator Parker hosts Black College Expo–New York in Brooklyn

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, State Senator Kevin Parker partnered with the National College Resources Foundation to host the Black College Expo–New York at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York.

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Hugh Bell, an artist with a camera

When artist Otto Neals took a seat next to me at a street renaming ceremony in honor of the late Elombe Brath Saturday in Harlem, he had a copy of Breuckelen with himself on the cover and it caught my eye

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Community Calendar: October 5 - October 11

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

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32BJ announce endorsements, DC37 champions primary victory for candidates

Late last week, 32BJ SEIU announced its endorsement of candidates in Long Island elections.

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32BJ’s Hector Figueroa blasts ICE raids in sanctuary cities

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s recent raids targeted immigrants in sanctuary cities in a four-day operation.

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A needless constitutional convention

Every 20 years, the people of New York State are asked via statewide ballot to vote on whether to call a convention to revise our state’s constitution. A constitutional convention sounds fine in theory.

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Black high school football player files discrimination suit

A Black former high school football player is reportedly filing a $1 million lawsuit against Lenape High School in Medford, N.J., according to reports.

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Longtime New Jersey activist Douglass Tucker passes away

Activist Douglass Tucker of Montclair, N.J., is being remembered for his work in civil rights and his volunteer work. He passed away last month from natural causes.

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Thousands rally for Black women’s march in Washington, DC

Saturday, Sept. 30, thousands of people from all across the country converged in Washington, D.C., to support the March for Black Women, organized by the Black Women’s Blueprint.

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Trump’s tragedies

After putting his feud with the NFL and the cultural wars on hold, President Trump has finally devoted attention to the disaster in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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Cameroon security forces fire on English-speaking separatists killing 17

Amid a rising tide of citizen-led movements demanding independence, sovereignty and home rule, English-language speakers in Cameroon are rising up for an end to second-class status, unemployment and limits to freedom of speech imposed by French-language rulers in the capital, Yaounde.

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We are all to blame for the Las Vegas shooting

The videos circulating on social media and playing repeatedly on the newscasts are the stuff of nightmares. The audio is chilling; the sheer panic in the air is palpable.

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The Confederate States of Columbus: A nation under our feet

You might wonder where is this place named in the title. You might ask if it’s from a work of fiction. Where is it set? What’s time period and who are the players?

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Political maturity in the East

The evening was clear and the community was ripe for a political showdown with the top government official of the city.

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Racism, activism, hurricanes and TIDAL waves

Make plans, God laughs. The results from last season led us to believe that we had restored the defensive identity associated with the championship runs we’ve had in the past and that we had an offense, buoyed by one of the most explosive players in the game, that could scratch the potential of the overall personnel—boom, plans for Feb. 4 in Minneapolis were plausible.

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Circle of Sisters expo rocks Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center hosted Circle of Sisters, a one-day event that was held Sept. 30 2017.

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Royal Skills Clinic Celebrates 10 years

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25, and Aug 26, the Royal Ivey Skills Clinic, along with Defending Your Dream, Inc., celebrated 10 years of working with neighborhood boys and girls aged 8 to 13 in the community of Hollis, Queens.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: October 5 - October 11

Have you picked your apples, gone to see the fall foliage or done any of the other things people do once fall sets in? Of course, there are those who prepare ahead of time and pack the summer clothes away and bring out the sweaters and long-sleeved clothing, but it is also a great time to get outdoors.

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JetBlue donates $10,000 to the Harlem Jets youth football league

JetBlue Airways recently surprised the Harlem Jets youth football team with a $10,000 donation to continue providing services to the city’s youngest football players.

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Community residents lead walking tour of vacant public property

Community residents, elected officials, homeless people, housing advocates and other stakeholders led a walking tour of East Harlem this week to highlight privately owned and publicly owned vacant buildings and lots that could be developed as permanently affordable housing.

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Elombe Brath ‘showing’ us the Way

Like the hundreds who attended Elombe Brath’s events at the Harriet Tubman School in the past, there was a sizable crowd in the heart of Harlem last Saturday for a street co-naming ceremony in honor of the esteemed “freedom fighter,” as he was repeatedly called.

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Racism and Bias at Root of Health Inequities

A shocking reminder that low-income people of color face devastating inequities in the delivery of health care is the subject of a state Department of Health investigation of Lincoln Hospital which in 2014 “lost track” of a patient, a handyman named Angel Rivera.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #36

Stephen Paddock, the suspect in the massacre in Las Vegas who took his life, had a cache of more than 40 weapons in his home and in the hotel room from where he shot and killed 59—and counting—people and wounded more than 500 others.

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Film celebrates superhero Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall said it elegantly and honestly when he said that “sometimes history takes things into its own hands.” The more brutal assessment is that history is told by the victors, not the victims, so the truth is rarely part of what really happened, and therefore history is flimsy and, mostly, false.

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New Yorkers focus on hurricane-hit Caribbean rebuild

“Maria has finally left us, Lee is still around, but not posing a threat. Nothing else on the horizon, just a tropical wave a long way away and another one just rolled off Africa...

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Justice for Matthew: Deadly Bronx school stabbing raises questions about school safety

Louna Dennis continues to grieve as she prepares to bury her son Matthew McCree, who was fatally stabbed by another student at a Bronx high school.

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Domestic Terrorism: The Las Vegas massacre

Stephen Craig Paddock was a domestic terrorist whose shooting rampage killed 59 people and injured 530 others during a music festival in Las Vegas Sunday.

Wednesday, October 4

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How America has silently accepted the rage of white men

In the wake of one of the worst massacres in modern American history, our government's highest leaders will be silent about why things like this keep happening.

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Las Vegas victims remembered at Brooklyn vigil

They sang a song of peace and demanded the end to the war on guns.

Tuesday, October 3

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Democrats put hope in SCOTUS as they race against the 2020 redistricting clock

Democrats have launched groups, funded legal battles and thrown money at state parties in an effort to keep the disastrous redistricting of 2010 that all but guaranteed a Republican-controlled House for the next decade from happening again.

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'The Mayor' brings timely laughs to politics

OK, stop if you've heard this one: A guy enters a political race as a publicity stunt to help boost his brand, and actually winds up winning and faces the thorny challenges of holding elected office.

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Trump mum on whether Las Vegas shooting was domestic terrorism

President Donald Trump on Tuesday did not say whether he thought the Las Vegas shooting was an act of "domestic terrorism," joining law enforcement officials who have so far declined to use that term to describe the largest massacre in modern American history.

Monday, October 2

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Massive gun violence terrorizes us all

The mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night -- now the single most deadly shooting in modern US history, with 58 dead and over 500 hurt -- is, no matter what the motivation of the shooter, a form of terror against us. This is not a legal or political position, it is purely a matter of psychological impact.

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New York elected officials react to Las Vegas mass shooting

Several elected officials released statements about what happened in Las Vegas.

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NFL anthem protests continue with raised fists, T-shirt slogans

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton raised his fist in a black-power salute after scoring a touchdown. Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva was joined on the field by his teammates this time.

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New Nielsen study reveals growing spending power, influence of Black women

A new report detailing the record-setting spending power of African American women has further buoyed the confidence of Black female entrepreneurs, who said the information proves their undeniable value to the United States and the global economy.

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Marches on racial justice set to unify on National Mall

Two marches will take place in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of racial and gender inequality.

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58 killed, 515 hurt in Las Vegas Strip massacre

Thousands of country music fans ran for cover as a gunman fired on them from a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.