Stories for September 2017

Saturday, September 30

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O.J. Simpson to focus on 'friends, family and golf,' live in gated community after release

The last leg of O.J. Simpson's odyssey to freedom will cut through one of the grayest, most desolate stretches of America. Signposts suggest it will end at one of the country's most affluent green enclaves.

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The US Virgin Islands are struggling to recover from the storms, too

Do Re Mi Daycare on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands has been serving students for 20 years.

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Trump can't accept brown people and women calling him out

Nothing in the tweets President Donald Trump sent out Saturday morning criticizing the people of Puerto Rico and the commonwealth's female mayor revealed anything new about his character.

Friday, September 29

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From Eminem to Kendrick Lamar: 7 of hip-hop's strongest lyrics on Colin Kaepernick

President Donald Trump has remained defiant this week in his feud with athletes who take a knee during the National Anthem, insisting that NFL owners should fire players who engage in this protest.

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Rep. Al Green: Black people should consider not going to White House until Trump apologizes for NFL comments

Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat, said Wednesday that black Americans should consider declining White House invitations until President Donald Trump apologizes for his comments calling NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem a "son of a bitch."

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Judge rules Black Lives Matter movement can't be sued, dismisses case

The Black Lives Matter movement cannot be sued, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dismissing a case against the group and an activist brought by a police officer injured during protests after the July 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Beyoncé lends her voice to hurricane relief, literally and figuratively

Beyoncé is rallying her gente in the name of hurricane relief with a new-ish song unveiled Thursday.

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Exclusive: Fake Black activist accounts linked to Russian government

A social media campaign calling itself "Blacktivist" and linked to the Russian government used both Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt to amplify racial tensions during the U.S. presidential election, two sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The Twitter account has been handed over to Congress; the Facebook account is expected to be handed over in the coming days.

Thursday, September 28

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NFL owners attempt to control the narrative

The protests have increased. They have spiraled from Colin Kaepernick’s initially sitting during the national anthem to kneeling, to being joined by other teammates, and then by players from other teams and other sports.

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Trump uses athletes as a diversion from critical issues

Donald Trump continues to effectively use athletes and others whose livelihoods are considerably tied to sports to divert the masses’ attention from critical issues confronting this nation.

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Big East guides student-athletes in transition to life after college basketball

All the Big East conference schools sent a selection of women’s basketball student-athletes to New York last weekend to participate in the second annual Transition Game Program.

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Sparks and Lynx tied with one win each in the WNBA Finals

For the second year in a row, the two best teams in the WNBA are battling it out for the championship. The Los Angeles Sparks claimed game one 85-84 in a buzzer beater by Chelsea Gray.

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Giants improve but remain winless heading to Tampa

The Giants’ gut-wrenching loss to the Eagles this past Sunday in Philadelphia proved to be at once encouraging and disheartening for a team whose Super Bowl aspirations are rapidly dissipating.

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Jet offense, Jet defense and possible jet lag, make the Jaguars beatable

The work and faith that has been put into the New York Jets since the start of training camp have finally showed some dividends.

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CBN celebrates National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The Carter Burden Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of New Yorkers aged 60 and over, hosted several community events Friday, Sept. 22, the 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, aimed at reducing the risk of falls for NYC seniors.

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Eye docs versus ear docs

I hope that this article is not misleading. I am not writing about doctors who take care of the ears or doctors who give eye care.

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For the Nets, new trees are growing in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets opened their training camp this week with optimism and hope.

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With Melo gone, the Knicks officially enter a period of rebuilding

Carmelo Anthony is finally a former New York Knick, traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls’ 2018 second-round draft pick.

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US immigration changes you might have missed in all the hullaballoo

In what can only be called the maddening crowd of immigration protests and discussions on whether Democrats should make a deal with the devil and the details of such, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has gone ahead and quietly made changes that will have an impact on U. S. employers seeking to hire temporary non-agricultural workers, on Sudanese immigrants who are here on Temporary Protected Status and on some immigrants who previously did not have to be interviewed before adjusting their status.

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Prime ministers appeal: Help hurricane-battered Caribbean

It is becoming increasingly likely that Caribbean leaders will have to meet in emergency session in the coming weeks to address what is clearly the worst natural and humanitarian disaster in living memory after unprecedented destruction from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Our territories need more than just our prayers

The recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have left devastation in their wake. The loss of lives, property and natural surroundings has forever changed the lives of millions of Americans and people in the Caribbean.

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Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, a wildlife specialist with an interest in bears

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant earned her doctorate in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She is the only African-American woman scientist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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Harlem Local Vendor Program expands

Harlem Park to Park and the office of Senator Brian Benjamin hosted a news conference to highlight the success of the inaugural Harlem Local Vendor Program with Whole Foods Market.

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Talking SCHOP! Oh, oh it’s ladies night

…and the feeling was certainly right! Monday night, I along with chef Tiffany Minter and chef Aaliyah Baylor were the first all-female chefs for the Black Chef Series held at Blujeen in Harlem.

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Boston, the historical destination

Being one of the oldest cities in the country makes Boston the perfect destination for history enthusiasts, but with a variety of activities available and a ton of unique neighborhoods, it’s also the perfect place for your next family trip.

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October 2017 Dance Calendar

Two women top this month’s calendar: Germaine Acogny with the U.S. premiere of “Mon élue noire (My Black Chosen One): Sacre #2” (Oct. 4-7) and Cynthia Oliver’s world-premiere “Virago-Man Dem” (Oct. 25-28), both at BAM Fisher.

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is roundly entertaining

In 2014, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced filmgoers to the international intelligence agency operating with the highest diplomatic, scholarly and gentlemanly behavior with the ultimate goal of keeping the world safe.

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21st annual Urbanworld Film Fest: TV overview

With the lines between television and film becoming increasingly blurred, film festivals have begun showcasing premiere television and streaming service programming as well.

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21st annual Urbanworld Film Fest film highlights

The 21st annual Urbanworld Film Festival was a treasure trove of quality, entertaining, thought-provoking stories about people who endeavor to forge lives in densely packed, high-energy, fast-moving metropolises across the globe.

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A homegoing of music for Sarah McLawler Kimes

From the opening organ prelude with Donald Smith at the keyboard and Carol Sudhalter on baritone saxophone in a rendition of “Caravan” to a collective singing of “This Little Light of Mine,” led by Antoinette Montague, who officiated the funeral services, Sarah McLawler Kimes rested in a familiar milieu of music.

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Only 29 college presidents show up to National HBCU Week Conference

Despite calls from the Congressional Black Caucus and the United Negro College Fund, The National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference went on as scheduled, wrapping up last week in Arlington, Va.

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Bernie Casey, gifted athlete, artist and actor

Within a few days of learning of Bernie Casey’s death, I had read an article about polymaths, those individuals who are proficient in several endeavors.

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Community Calendar: September 28 - October 4

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

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NYC to host Nigeria’s Independence Day three-day celebration

The Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians Inc. will be hosting a three-day event in celebration of the 57th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence Day.

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32BJ praised Cuomo’s executive order on immigrants

An executive order by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo will prevent state agencies from asking about a person’s immigration status outside of certain conditions.

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The Independent Drivers Guild asks TLC to help craft more humane accessibility measure

The Independent Drivers Guild announced Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2017, its opposition to the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s proposed accessibility rule, which it estimates will cost New York City’s working drivers more than $125 million in the first year alone.

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New Jersey high school, college athletes protest during national anthem

As America watches the continuing saga of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem at games, the phenomenon appears to be making its way down to athletes hoping to make it to the big leagues.

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NAACP New Jersey State Conference 2017 convention set for Oct. 5-8 in Parsippany

The New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP is set to hold its 2017 convention at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel Oct. 5 through Oct. 8 in Parsippany, N.J.

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Trump’s culture war and war of words

The topsy-turvy Trump world tumbled even further into chaos and turmoil last week as the president ratcheted up his culture war, asserted once more his support for repealing and replacing Obamacare, sided with a right wing candidate in Alabama and drew a line in the sand when faced off with the NFL.

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Trump slights Africa in first policy speech to leaders

In a speech riddled with errors, gaffes and whoppers, President Donald Trump greeted African leaders attending the U.N.’s General Assembly and lavished praise on the distinguished group for doing an “absolutely incredible job.” “Africa has tremendous business potential,” he said.

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A community effort supports the street co-naming of Mrs. Ponsie B. Hillman Way

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, the community gathered at the northwest corner of West 71st Street and Columbus Avenue to unveil a street sign in honor of Ponsie B. Hillman.

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Losing weight and clutter

Can you imagine life without clutter? Now’s the time to declutter your home, office, room and mind. It works. This do-it-now book, “Lose 200 Lbs. This Weekend: It’s Time to Declutter Your Life!” by Don Aslett, will inspire and instruct you on just how to do it

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Cool girl looks for models from designer’s neighborhood

Designer Sandy Liang continues to celebrate her brand’s downtown roots. For NYFW, she chose her models from a select group of cool women from her neighborhood. A New York-based designer, Liang grew up in Bayside, Queens.

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Whichever side you’re on, Trump is frightening and alarming

At the United Nations last week, President Trump gave his first official speech, and made it clear to the world that he is in charge, and he will destroy any nation if America is “provoked.” No one knows what “provoked” means, but America has the power and capacity through its military force to totally destroy a nation.

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Let’s make politics out of bounds on Sundays

When the referees in charge of NFL football games make questionable calls, a challenge can be issued, subjecting the decisions to closer review.

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

Over the course of our state’s history since July 26, 1788, only seven women and two people of color have had any direct impact on the state constitution.

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Avery always brings the Sunshine

It can be said that true art has the ability to activate the senses. For little Denise White, Black music served in that capacity.

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Harlem hosts Dads Take Your Child to School Day

New York State celebrated Dads Take Your Child to School Day for the 11th year Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.  More than 450 schools, Head Start, child care programs and community-based organizations registered at www.dadstakeyourchildtoschoolday.com to host activities for fathers and male caregivers on their respective sites.  Over the years, New York State has had as many as 11,000 fathers participate in this event.

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Cosmopolitan Review: September 28 - October 4

As much as I love September, I am nonetheless eagerly awaiting October. I can’t wait to smell fall in the air and have the temperature drop just a bit to the low 70s.

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State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright propose 'MTA Fare Evasion' bill

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright introduced legislation over the summer that would make turnstile jumping and theft of public transportation services a civil matter and not end with an arrest and criminal record.

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MWBE advocates claim Intro 1447 shuts Blacks out

“I don’t think we got adequate time to review what they were planning,” said Charlene Nimmons, of Public Housing Communities, to the AmNews. “I was in talks with [New York City] Council Member Jumaane Williams, but I still needed the time to be able to share that information with our constituents.”

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Barron won’t host de Blasio town hall!

It was disingenuous, self-serving and political opportunism for Mayor Bill de Blasio to request our local Council Member Inez Barron to host him in a town hall meeting in East New York, Brooklyn one month before the general election.

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NYC Council member stage kneel-in at City Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, several New York City Council members proudly declared that they were “taking a knee” on the steps of City Hall in reaction to President Trump’s “profane condemnation of NFL players who do the same.”

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Parents renew call for metal detectors in schools after fatal Bronx stabbing

The last time there was a fatal stabbing inside a New York City public school was back in 1992, 25 years ago.

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Congresswoman kneels on House floor to protest Trump's criticism of NFL

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took a knee on the House floor Monday night in solidarity with NFL players who knelt during the National Anthem following President Donald Trump's criticism of the protest.

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SCOTUS stays execution of Georgia death row inmate amid claims of racial bias

The US Supreme Court issued a stay of execution Tuesday night for a Georgia death row inmate who argued that a racist juror voted to put him to death because he is black.

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Hip-hop stars slam Trump amid anthem firestorm

Hip-hop artists -- from Diddy to Killer Mike -- rallied behind Colin Kaepernick and other athletes this week after President Donald Trump urged owners of the NFL to fire the "sons of bitches" who protest the National Anthem on the field.

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NFL star Michael Bennett challenges Americans to treat each other better

eattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett on Wednesday said he and fellow NFL players who have protested during the National Anthem are spiritually challenging Americans to change the way they see each other, and treat each other.

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March for Black Women DC bound

Continuing the ripple effect of protests that have rocked the country over the past week, thousands of Black women will hit the streets of Washington, D.C. this weekend for the March for Black Women.

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Storms' Aftermath: NYers front and center in hurricane relief

With some flooded and battered areas still unreachable, and fear of disease spreading in many of the hurricane-hammered Caribbean countries, residents of many islands are struggling to find some degree of normalcy, as the pursuit for food, water, shelter and electricity remains a priority.

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21st annual Urbanworld Film Fest film highlights

In America, the word urban has been bastardized to some extent because of our hysterical obsession with race.

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ACLU taking on voting rights fight

According to election numbers, the 2008 presidential election brought out the most diverse number of voters in U.S. history. Since then 27 measures were passed or implemented in 19 states that make it harder to vote.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #35

O, President Trump, how we despise thee, let us count the ways.

Wednesday, September 27

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Weiner gets 21 months in teen sexting case

This time four years ago, disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner had just lost the Democratic primary in his bid to be the next New York City mayor, winning just 5 percent of the vote.

Tuesday, September 26

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College Choice releases 2017 ranking of the 50 best HBCUs

College Choice has published a ranking of the 50 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities for 2017.

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Ex-NY Senate leader Dean Skelos granted new trial in corruption case

Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos has been granted a new trial in his corruption case.

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Michael Jordan: Protesting athletes 'should not be demonized or ostracized'

Former NBA star and owner of the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan spoke out Sunday in support of athletes choosing to kneel in protest during the national anthem.

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Rep. Jeffries: Trump a 'racial arsonist'

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says that Donald Trump's response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, led many Americans "to conclude that the President of the United States chose to pull the sheets off and reveal himself."

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Commuting by subway? What you need to know about air quality

Four more major Indian cities will soon have their own metro lines, the country's government has announced.

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The Republican zombie repeal and replace effort just died. Again.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins' announcement that she will not vote for her party's last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare effectively dooms Republican hopes of abolishing a law they spent eight years campaigning against.

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Seahawks' Michael Bennett: Trump stooped so low with his NFL attacks

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said Monday that he didn't understand why President Donald Trump would "stoop so low" as to say that NFL owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who stages a protest during the National Anthem.

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Tiger Woods has no timetable for return but set for Presidents Cup role

He can only hit 60-yard shots as he recovers from his latest back surgery but Tiger Woods will return to a golf course this week as an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup.

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Boy beaten with hammer, killed while protecting little sister from sex abuse

An 8-year-old California boy was beaten to death with a hammer while protecting his younger sister from being sexually assaulted by his mother's ex-boyfriend, according to KTXL.

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Black NYPD detectives denied promotions based on race, file federal suit

A group of Black detectives in the NYPD’s Intelligence Division filed a federal lawsuit against the department Monday, claiming they were denied promotions based on race.

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College affordability is a family affair

Do you have $100,000 saved for your child to earn a four-year public college degree or as much as $200,000 for that same student to attend a private university?

Monday, September 25

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Rev. Al Sharpton's activism being assessed at Columbia University

Rev. Al Sharpton is the subject of a day-long Columbia University School of Journalism symposium examining the impact he has had on civil rights and urbanizing the doctrines of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over the last 50 years.

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VIDEO: Rep. Hakeem Jefferies weighs in on NFL protests

On Monday, on the House floor, U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), took to the House floor to address President Trump’s scurrilous attacks on Stephen Curry, Lebron James and the courageous NFL players who have taken a stand against social injustice.

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Questions of racial bias surround Black man's imminent execution

The state of Georgia is set to carry out its second execution of the year on Tuesday, when it plans to put to death Keith Tharpe, who was sentenced in 1991 for murdering his sister-in-law.

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NFL players, owners come together to denounce Trump's anti-protest rant

Stadiums across the US -- and even further afield -- became the focus of an unprecedented show of defiance against US President Donald Trump Sunday, as some NFL players locked arms or refused to stand for the national anthem, saying that they are protesting racial and social injustice.

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Target raises minimum wage to $11 an hour, $15 by 2020

Target is giving its workers a raise.

Sunday, September 24

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It's impossible for black athletes to leave politics off the field

President Donald Trump ignited a war of words with the nation's African-American athletes this weekend, yet again putting himself squarely in the middle of a racially charged debate.

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Charles Bradley, soul singer who found fame late in life, dies at 68

Singer Charles Bradley, who was known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" because of his raspy voice and stirring performances, has died.

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The dark racial sentiment in Trump's NBA and NFL criticism

In the last 24 hours, President Donald Trump has criticized NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem and NBA superstar Steph Curry for expressing ambivalence about whether or not to attend the traditional White House celebration for champions in professional sports.

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What Trump's NFL, Curry remarks should signal to his base

President Donald Trump is going to war with some high-profile African-American athletes who have political thoughts on their minds.

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NFL owners are not happy with Trump's rhetoric

The business moguls who control the NFL are siding with their players over President Trump.

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Stevie Wonder takes both knees 'for America' after Trump NFL remarks

Legendary musician Stevie Wonder took both knees at a New York music festival, seemingly showing solidarity with NFL players criticized by President Donald Trump hours earlier.

Saturday, September 23

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'Hidden Figures’ author joins NASA in honoring Katherine Johnson

NASA Langley has named a building in honor of Katherine Johnson, one of the inspirations behind the novel and film “Hidden Figures.”

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Harris-Stowe State University holds panel discussion on status of African-Americans in St. Louis

Students at Harris-Stowe State University packed a classroom Wednesday for a panel discussion on the status of African-Americans in the St. Louis area.

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Prosecutors asking for 2-year prison sentence for Anthony Weiner

With Anthony Weiner's sentencing set for Monday, the big question is: Will he go to prison?

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Trump: NFL owners should fire players who protest the national anthem

President Donald Trump criticized some in the National Football League Friday night at a rally for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange, saying team owners should fire players for taking a knee during the national anthem.

Friday, September 22

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The former FBI director spoke at Howard University. It did not go well.

Students at Howard University loudly protested former FBI Director James Comey Friday as he delivered a convocation address.

Thursday, September 21

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Recipe: Brussels sprout cauliflower gratin

This recipe from Bon Appetit makes the perfect side dish for the holiday table or for a weeknight roast chicken dinner.

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Talking SCHOP! Taste Talks 2017

In 2015, I had my first visit to Taste Talks in Brooklyn and had a terrific time. This year I headed back to see what was on the agenda.

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Hurricane Irma affects a tourism-driven region

Last week, the Western Hemisphere experienced one of the worst hurricanes in recorded history.

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Jazz Notes: Dizzy’s, Donald Harrison, Freddie Cole, Russell Malone, Kara Walker

Now through Oct. 1 Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival is in full effect.

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‘Prince of Broadway’ is theatrical musical perfection

“Prince of Broadway,” playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, is a love letter to Hal Prince and his magnificent Broadway career.

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Recap: Art Hearts New York Fashion Week shows

Art Heart Fashion recently kicked off their New York Fashion Week shows with a spectacular display of international and national talent.

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NYC music critics Greg Tate, Laina Dawes head to Baltimore Book Festival

Renowned New York-based authors and music critics Greg Tate and Laina Dawes are making their way to Baltimore this weekend to sit on a special closing panel at the Baltimore Book Festival.

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Maysles screens ‘Copwatch’ doc Sept. 22-23

To protect and to serve is the motto that began, in 1955, with the Los Angeles Police Department and was further adopted by many other police forces.

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Lena Waithe becomes first Black woman to win Emmy for comedy writing

Netflix series “Master of None” co-star Lena Waithe became the first African-American women to win an Emmy for Best Writing in a Comedy Series.

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Director Sharon Lewis on Urbanworld debut of ‘Brown Girl Begins’

Never give up on your dreams, especially if it’s to make a film. Sharon Lewis was a struggling actress browsing the shelves in a Los Angeles bookstore in 1998 when Nalo Hopkinson’s just published “Brown Girl in the Ring” caught her eye.

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Gang Green’s woes overshadowed by the Giants’ blues

The New York Giants 0-2 record, their troubled start, somewhat overshadows the 0-2 record of the Jets, their troubles and their slow start.

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The Giants’ offense faces a crisis after 0-2 start

Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh stood in front of his locker at MetLife Stadium a few minutes before midnight Monday steadfastly defending his fellow lineman Ereck Flowers.

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Monroe soccer off to solid start

Soccer is a high-profile sport at Monroe College in New Rochelle, and the women’s soccer team is showcasing some stellar New York area talent this season.

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With changes at the top does it make it harder at the bottom

NBA trades and free agency signings over the summer, the offseason, meant to strengthen teams, straighten out cap problems and sometimes, personality problems have dominated the sports pages the last two summers.

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NYC Basketball Hall of Fame set to welcome newest class

The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame will honor its 2017 class Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Bryant Park Grill in Manhattan headlined by former Christ the King Regional High School star and two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom

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Sparks/Lynx rematch in WNBA finals

The Washington Mystics might have stopped the New York Liberty in their tracks to advance to the semi-finals of the WNBA playoffs, but once there the team was no match for three-time WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx trounced the Mystics in three straight games to advance to their sixth final in seven years.

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Golovkin-Canelo raises more suspicions about boxing

The texts flooded this reporter’s phone immediately after the decision was rendered in the middleweight championship fight between Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan and Canelo Alvarez from Mexico in Las Vegas Saturday night.

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US Open 2017 champions 

A No. 1 ranked player, Rafael Nadal proved that he is the No. 1. Four American women reached the singles U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 1981.

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Changing Medicare would threaten Hispanics’ health

Hispanics are 50 percent more likely than whites to die diabetes and liver disease.

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Taking a beating from diabetes?

When I was a kid going to public school, it was inevitable that the toughest hyper-maniac in the class always wanted to pick someone out to beat up at 3 p.m.

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It’s not too early to think about the general election in New York City

I am going to try my best not to finger wag my dear readers of the Amsterdam News.

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Kerry Hines’ great hair industry adventure

“My main goal is to inform and educate the viewers,” said Kerry Hines, founder of the HaiRadio Broadcast Network. “We talk about beauty, hair vendors throughout the city, music and hot topics.”

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OBITUARY: Manuel Roland “Ron” Carrillo

Manuel Roland “Ron” Carrillo, aged 94, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover, N.J.

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A proper send-off and fitting farewell to ‘Baba’ Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory was a comedian, but he was so much more. He was a civil rights leader, but he was so much more than that. He was a health advocate, and so much more.

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First ever Comic Con at Mount Vernon public library this Saturday

The Mount Vernon Public Library has been the Central Library of Westchester County for 60 years.

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New Yorkers join communities nationwide marching for education

Activists declared Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, the National Day of Action to Oppose the Trump/DeVos Anti-Education Agenda.

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Dr. Ruth Elizabeth Burks, literary scholar and film authority

When Ishmael Reed announced this week that Dr. Ruth Elizabeth Burks had died, he reminded us that she was among the contributors to “Black Hollywood Unchained—Commentary on the State of Black Hollywood,” a collection of essays he edited in response to the film “Django Unchained” and published by Third World Press (2015).

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Community Calendar September 21 - September 27

Greetings! Grammy-winning, living legend Stevie Wonder opened up the recent Hurricane Relief Telethon for Texas and Florida live from Los Angeles.

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Rally for Zimbabwe President Mugabe at U.N.

Robert Mugabe, president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, will address the United Nations General Assembly Thursday, Sept. 21, and a Zimbabwe support rally will be held at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th Street and First Avenue, at 3 p.m.

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Columbia grad workers testify before elected officials

This Wednesday, research and teaching assistants from various departments across Columbia University testified in front of a panel of elected officials at the Broadway Presbyterian Church.

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South Jersey college named after slave owner rethinks name

In the wake of monuments and buildings named after Confederate icons, one college in South Jersey is battling controversy over its name.

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Trump ‘bombastic’ at UN

President Trump should swallow some of the words he delivered in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

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ESPN’s Jemele Hill becomes subject of political controversy

In the age of President Donald Trump, the sports channel ESPN has become another ground for the ongoing culture war.

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New York State Office of Mental Health announces federal suicide prevention grant

Tuesday the New York State Office of Mental Health received a $3.5 million grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Zero Suicide grant program.

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Protesters rally against gentrification, violence, racism in first borough-wide march

Hundreds of protesters packed Brooklyn Saturday morning in a rally against gentrification, violence and racism calling out Brooklyn’s elected officials ahead of Tuesday’s primaries.

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Plaid plays for spring/summer ’18

Despite Hurricane Harvey, Negris LeBrum’s Le Magnolia collection was presented here for New York Fashion Week.

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Recap: Art Hearts New York Fashion Week shows

Art Heart Fashion recently kicked off their New York Fashion Week shows with a spectacular display of international and national talent.

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‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

 Donald Trump has finally admitted that he will resign from the U.S. presidency sometime this fall. No, not the real Donald Trump, but Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter who wrote “The Art of the Deal,” says that what’s going to happen.

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Let’s grow our own farmworkers

The tide of globalism, is, according to economists, a train that has already left the station. The neo-liberal consensus, shared by both Republicans and Democrats over the past few decades has been that so-called free trade is the stimulant of economic growth in America.

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How racism affects people, families and communities of color

he statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity—inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy of slavery.

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Defend progress: Vote no on constitutional convention

New Yorkers make progress. It’s what we do. It’s not always easy—in fact, it seldom is. Every progressive victory in New York history has been hard-won, and, in November, New Yorkers must once again choose progress.

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Black music—A real narrative

In the annals of Black music history, we all know what Detroit had poppin’ with Motown.

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Staten Island holds Black Heritage parade

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, Staten Islanders held their seventh annual Staten Island Black Heritage Family Day.

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Harlem hosts 48th Annual African-American Day Parade

Dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” the 48th annual African-American Day Parade marched through Harlem on Sunday.

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Cosmopolitan Review: September 21 - September 27

Here we are, mid-September. A dash of Indian summer, a dash of rain from the hurricane season and everyone is getting back in the groove.

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City Council Members call for for greater regulation of private bus companies after fatal crash

City Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and Council Member Peter Koo called for further collaboration between the City Council, the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Police Department to crack down on bad private bus companies and take them out of operation.

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NCNW hosting health fair in Co-Op City

The National Council of Negro Women Co-Op City section is hosting their eighth annual Community Health Fair Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 177 Dreiser Loop, Room 4, in the Bronx.

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Post office named after Tuskegee Airman Roscoe C. Brown Jr.

The Morris Heights post office in the Bronx now bears the name of late Tuskegee Airman and Bronx Community College President Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr.

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Comptroller Stringer’s report: Sex education in NYC public schools ‘inadequate’

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said that the children need to learn more about the birds and the bees.

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Protests erupt in St. Louis in aftermath of police shooting verdict

St. Louis is yet again the epicenter in the nation for protests and demonstrations in the wake of another white police officer being acquitted in the killing of a Black man.

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Some Hopeful Signs in NYC Census, But It’s Not All Good

On the face of it, life improved for the poor in New York City in 2016.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #34

Last week when we compared President Trump to a hurricane we may have done a disservice to these natural disasters, and with his provocation of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, he portends an even more calamitous eve of destruction, a possible nuclear showdown.

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Obie-winning actor brings free festival to HSA

Obie Award-winning actor, Harlem School of the Arts alumnus and artist in residence Chris Myers presents Interfest, a free, three-day arts and ideas festival promising an energized experience for emerging artists and thinkers to explore the future of culture and community.

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Ruben Diaz Jr. and others to Amazon: Come to the Bronx!

A letter signed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and other elected officials advocates that the company Amazon make the Bronx the place for their next headquarters.

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Disaster Zone: Earthquake, hurricane devastate Mexico and the Caribbean

Another major hurricane in the Caribbean and a deadly earthquake in Mexico take center stage this week as concerns about what exactly is going on with Mother Earth.

Wednesday, September 20

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St. Louis protest police accused of controversial 'kettling' tactics

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of St. Louis to protest the recent not-guilty verdict in the case of a former police officer accused in a fatal shooting.

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Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises, rescue attempts continue

Rescuers in hard hats and masks descended Wednesday on Mexico City in search of survivors after a deadly earthquake struck the region.

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Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico after killing 7 people in Dominica

Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds.

Tuesday, September 19

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Man charged in Baton Rouge killings

A 23-year-old Louisiana man was charged with murder Tuesday after police matched his DNA to shell casings found at the scene of a pair of homicides, authorities said.

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Cuomo endorses rival and fellow Democrat de Blasio for mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday picked up the endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his fellow Democrat and frequent rival.

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Tensions in St. Louis: How did we get here?

Since white ex-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted Friday in the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man, demonstrators have taken to the streets every night. Largely peaceful in the daytime and sometimes turning violent after dark, the protests have reignited the national conversation over race, police conduct and the use of the deadly force.

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Hurricane Maria back at Category 5 as it barrels toward Caribbean

Hurricane Maria, making its first landfall as a Category 5 storm, has blasted Dominica with "widespread devastation," according to the prime minister of the Caribbean island nation.

Monday, September 18

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Protesters back in St. Louis streets after night of violence

Protesters angry over the acquittal of ex-police officer Jason Stockley, a white cop on trial for murder in the shooting death of a black man, were back in the streets of downtown St. Louis early Monday after demonstrations the previous night turned violent.

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3 dead, several critically injured when buses crash in Flushing

Three people are dead and 16 others are injured, including multiple in critical condition, after a "very serious" collision involving two buses, which sent one into a building that later caught fire in Flushing Monday morning.

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Diversity took center stage at Emmys

Diversity was on display and celebrated Sunday night at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Baton Rouge shootings may be racially motivated, police say

Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said Sunday the killings of two black men in separate incidents last week are linked and may have been racially motivated.

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Emmy 2017: The winners list

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, aired Sunday on CBS.

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More than 80 arrested in third night of St. Louis protests

More than 80 people were arrested after a third night of demonstrations in St. Louis over the acquittal of a former police officer who had been charged with first-degree murder.

Sunday, September 17

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St. Louis sees second night of protests over ex-cop's acquittal

Protesters blocked roads in St. Louis on Saturday night on a second day of demonstrations after the acquittal of a former police officer who was charged with first-degree murder.

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Cosby retrial date set for April

Bill Cosby's retrial on aggravated indecent assault charges has been set to start April 2 in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom.

Friday, September 15

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Jemele Hill vs. Donald Trump vs. ESPN

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted this: "ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming).

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Protests erupt after ex-cop Jason Stockley found not guilty in black man's death

Thirteen people were arrested during protests Friday in downtown St. Louis after a judge found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith.

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When will Trump call white supremacists "losers"?

"Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!"

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Former St. Louis officer Stockley found not guilty in Anthony Smith killing

A St. Louis judge has acquitted former police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Smith.

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Which statues should stay -- and which should go

"Where does it stop?" our President has asked in response to the call in Charlottesville, Virginia, to take down a commemorative statue of Robert E. Lee.

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Trump signs resolution condemning white supremacy

Hours after he returned to rhetoric equating violence from white supremacists with those protesting them, the White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump signed a resolution condemning white supremacy.

Thursday, September 14

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Montego Bay is more than resorts

Jamaica is truly one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.

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An evening of style with Harlem Fashion Row

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Bronx Rising, Reggie Workman, Coltrane, Jazzmobile

At a point in jazz history, the Bronx was an enduring hard-bop borough, where that sound of hipness was the order of the day, and many musicians called it home.

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‘A Raisin in the Sun’ shines at Harlem Repertory Theatre

I always get excited when I hear that Harlem Repertory Theatre is doing a production. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a production there that wasn’t poignant and moving. They are currently presenting Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” at 240 E. 123rd St. at Second Avenue.

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HFR’s Fashion Week shows

Harlem Fashion Row’s presentations for Fashion Week were spectacular.

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Six Indonesian designers hit 2017 New York Fashion Week

At New York Fashion Week, six young Indonesian designers pulled off a marvelous presentation, as Indonesian Diversity’s spring/summer ’18 hit the runway. They displayed gorgeous collections of ready-to-wear and accessories.

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Sixth annual Literacy Across Harlem march, book drive and community celebration

The month of November is Literacy Awareness Month and in Harlem we are starting the celebration early with the sixth Annual Literacy Across Harlem march, book drive and community celebration.

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Common becomes first rapper to win Oscar, Grammy and Emmy

Common has come a long way from his early days of rhyming in Chicago in the 90s.

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Tribeca TV Fest September 22 to September 24

Everything about the entertainment space has changed. The box office for movies continues to drop.

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Spike Lee, Jordan Peele team up for new film

It has been reported that Jordan Peele, creator of the breakout Black horror thriller “Get Out,” has teamed up with Spike Lee to direct and produce a new film project titled “Black Klansman,” and will follow the story of a Black detective, Ron Stallworth, who infiltrated the Klan in an undercover operation in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1978.

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Urbanworld Film Fest returns Sept. 20-24

In the spirit of those who reach for the stars to change the world, Stacy Spikes created the Urbanworld Film Festival 21 years ago. Spikes is a former executive at Miramax and October Films.

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The Jets only have possibles—one, maybe two, maybe three

The New England Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champions, lost their home opener, game one of the 2017-18 National Football League season, with the ring presentations and the raising of the Super Bowl banner and the commissioner, Roger Goodell, making the presentation. 

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Giants’ offense stalls in season opening loss to Cowboys

It shouldn’t have surprised anyone that in their first game of the 2017 regular season the Giants’ offense picked up where it left off at the end of last season, unable to effectively put the ball in the end zone.

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Mets and Yankees travel opposite paths this season

It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Mets and Yankees. The latter is on pace to earn a spot in baseball’s postseason tournament whereas the former has been an abject disappointment.

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Mystics knock Liberty out of the playoffs

“What happened?” That was the inevitable question after the New York Liberty was defeated by the Washington Mystics 82‑68 Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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No one ever gives you a slam—You gotta take it

In just two weeks, Aug. 28 through Sept. 10, new stars have emerged into the tennis world, and on its biggest stage, the U.S. Open.

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Sloane Stephens authors improbable US Open championship

The year was 1981, the last time four American women reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open. It was also the last time there was an All-American junior girls final at the tournament.

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Simpini paces LIU cross-country

Adjovi Simpini speaks quickly—full of enthusiasm, competitiveness, school spirit and determination. Now a senior at Long Island University, she is pushing herself to have the best possible cross-country season.

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Black College Football Report: North Carolina A&T, Tennessee State and Grambling stay perched in FCS rankings

Three historically Black colleges and universities remained in the Football Championship Subdivision top 25 rankings this week in the early stages of the season.

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National Association of Health Services executives established NAHSE New Jersey

During a summer enrichment program, Richelle Webb Dixon abandoned her college dream of becoming an attorney after realizing her professional calling was actually in health care administration.

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Are you breathless with asthma?

House Calls

Asthma is like blowing up a balloon and constricting the opening that allows the air to escape.

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We will support the Dreamers…

In another harrowing episode of “The Apprentice: D.C.” the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced they will rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and this administration will begin reversing Barack Obama’s efforts to support the nearly 1 million children who are undocumented in the U.S.

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Cancer survivor Nacole Ali

“I am just grateful that I am cancer-free and that all my hair grew back! I can be just as flawless as I previous was,” Nacole Ali said. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ali is an international bestselling author on Amazon and a media personality.

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The passing of the great actress Novella Christine Nelson

Novella Christine Nelson was a major American artist of theater, film and music, having worked on and off Broadway and in major Hollywood films, as well as independent works, for 50 years.

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Mind-Builders brings creative arts to the Northeast Bronx

Almost 40 years ago, founder and executive director Madaha Kinsey Lamb developed a vision for an interdisciplinary arts facility for underserved young people in the Northeast Bronx.

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Working toward College Access for All

Like many New Yorkers, I was the first in my family to go to college.

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A. J. Smitherman, a fearless publisher and advocate for the damned

It was during a recent speaking engagement in Tulsa on the riot that occurred there in 1921 that I discovered in my research a most interesting man.

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Community Calendar: September 14 - September 20

Check out what's going on around the city!

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Merging academia and activism for race relations

In the months since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, activists and scholars have converged, condemning his violent and divisive racial rhetoric.

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Unions set up funds, volunteer to help members affected by Irma and Harvey

With Hurricanes Irma and Harvey wreaking havoc in the America’s south and southeast regions, unions have come to the forefront to contribute to the effort in their own ways.

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Study: More than 50 percent of home care workers are on public assistance

A new study by a national research and consulting organization showed that more than half of home health care workers rely on public assistance to supplement income.

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Toward a people’s agenda

As Congress returns to work after its annual August recess, we need to step up our resistance efforts. On Congress’ agenda are a number of packages that will affect us all.

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President Trump must end Zimbabwe sanctions

For the past 16 years, the United States has imposed severe economic sanctions on the people of Zimbabwe.

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Mayor Ras Baraka, Savion Glover discuss strengthening Newark’s arts and culture industry

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Tony Award-winning artist Savion Glover recently discussed the importance of the city’s arts and culture industry to strengthening Newark’s prosperity at a news conference.

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The beating of Herman Bell

On the morning of Sept. 5, 2017, Herman Bell, an elder incarcerated at Great Meadow Correctional Facility near the upstate community of Comstock, N.Y., was brutally assaulted by a vicious gang of prison guards.

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Antifa is dangerous because its ideology may deceive Black youth

For many who want to #resist against the alt-right and white supremacy, Antifa has emerged as an acceptable counterweight to neo-Nazis.

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No risk to public safety in dismissal of decade-old bench warrants

As Manhattan’s district attorney, it is my responsibility to make our criminal justice system fairer, more efficient and more effective for all.

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‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

Psychologist Naim Akbar has traced the root word of psychology back to the ancient Egyptian word sacca, for wise, which later evolved into Psyche, the Greek goddess of the soul.

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Race and the City Council speaker race

Will the next New York City Council speaker be Black?

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The criminal tragedy of Baltimore schools

In 2005, when the Emmy Award-winning television drama “The Wire” shined a harsh light on Baltimore City Schools, it proved to be an eye-opening experience for viewers who were not familiar with the tragic plight of students in Baltimore.

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Fund the MTA’s Action Plan

NYC Transit workers know the subway system inside and out. We know it better than anyone else.

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Will Trumpism lead us to fascism?

In these dark days, as we watch the erosion of our civil, constitutional and human rights take place before our very eyes, I am reminded of the lessons that history can teach us about these very troubling current events.

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Street named Johnnie Mae Johnson Way in East Harlem

Family, friends, elected officials and East and Central Harlem honored a late Harlem activist, renaming East 130th Street and Lexington Avenue Johnnie Mae Johnson Way during a big ceremony Sept. 9, 2017.

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Cosmopolitan Review: September 14 - September 20

Happy days are here again! The children have gone back to school!

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Landon Dais hired as political director of the Marijuana Policy Project's New York affiliate

Attorney and longtime community organizer Landon Dais is named political director of the Marijuana Policy Project’s New York affiliate.

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Gov. Cuomo announces $5.5 million for supportive housing in Brooklyn

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced allocation of $5.5 million in state funding for a supportive housing development in Brooklyn.

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God's Battalion of Prayer in Brooklyn hosting 'Still We Rise Human Justice Summit'

Part three of the “Still We Rise Human Justice Summit” is being hosted at God’s Battalion of Prayer in Brooklyn Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Trump to pocket $14 million from sale of Starrett City

Owners of Brooklyn’s Starrett City housing complex have reached an $850 million sales agreement that could earn President Donald Trump a $14 million payout.

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CCRB substantiates complaints against cop who killed Eric Garner

The New York Civilian Complaint Review Board has substantiated complaints made against the cop who killed Eric Garner in 2014.

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Paradise Lost: Irma leaves Caribbean nations in dire straits

As Texans still struggle to recover from Hurricane Harvey and Floridians wait for Irma’s water to recede and electricity to be restored, drinking water, food, and basic necessities continue to be in short supply for survivors in Caribbean nations devastated by Hurricane Irma.

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De Blasio, incumbents emerge victorious on primary night

Tuesday marked primary night for Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James and, to no one’s surprise, they won their respective races.

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Make American Great Again—Trump Must Go! #33

As a series of hurricanes trouble our nation they bring a massive swirl of distractions, all of which takes our eyes off the dangers our president brings daily.

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Herb Boyd to talk about ‘Black Detroit’ Saturday

Educator, author, activist and AmNews contributor Herb Boyd will hold a talk and book signing for “Black Detroit” Saturday.

Wednesday, September 13

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Michael Bennett: Police singled me out, put a gun near my head

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who is among prominent NFL players who protest the national anthem before games, said police in Las Vegas unfairly singled him out, threatened him with a gun and detained him briefly after he attended last month's prizefight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.

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12 white men -- and no minorities -- to testify at Trump voter commission meeting

All 12 people scheduled to deliver presentations to President Donald Trump's voting commission at St. Anselm College here Tuesday are white men.

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Louisiana centenarian celebrates another birthday at WWII Museum

A very special veteran celebrated another milestone today at the National WWII Museum downtown.

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Caribbean residents describe dire situation as food, water run out

A week after Hurricane Irma struck a string of Caribbean islands, some residents find themselves in darkness, as power remains out and increasingly worried as food and water run scarce.

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De Blasio wins NYC mayoral primary

New Yorkers voted citywide Tuesday in the local primaries.

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DOJ will not prosecute officers in Freddie Gray case

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will not prosecute six Baltimore police officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

Tuesday, September 12

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Results of the New York primary vote

New Yorkers voted citywide Tuesday in the local primaries. The mayorship, Brooklyn District Attorney’s spot, Public Advocate’s position and all 51 seats on the City Council are up for grabs.

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The history of Black firefighters in New York

Black firefighters in the FDNY have faced several challenges as the Department evolved over time.

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Patricia Gatling says she is first choice for Brooklyn DA

Not only is Patricia L. Gatling the former deputy secretary for Civil Rights for New York State, and the former commissioner and chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, but she is also a lawyer from the Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP firm.

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NNPA EXCLUSIVE: We must have a new Poor People's Campaign and moral revival

Channeling the incisive analysis of our best historians, TaNehisi Coates cut through the talking points of political pundits last week to name Donald Trump America’s “First White president.”

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Here’s how you can help Hurricane Irma victims

Millions across a string of islands, Florida and Georgia need help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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Don't forget about us: Irma's desperate Caribbean survivors

Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 storm when it crashed through the Caribbean, leaving at least 36 people dead in its wake before moving on to Florida.

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Your guide to the New York primary races

The polls open citywide Tuesday for primary election voting. The mayorship, Brooklyn District Attorney's spot, Public Advocate's position and all 51 seats on the City Council are up for grabs.

Sunday, September 10

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16 years after 9/11: The state of the terrorist threat

Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks, there is a fair amount of good news about the state of the battle against jihadist terrorists: The United States has not suffered a successful attack by a foreign terrorist organization since al Qaeda's horrific attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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Clinton: Trump's inauguration speech was 'a cry from the white nationalist gut'

Hillary Clinton said being at President Donald Trump's inauguration was "like an out-of-body experience" and that his speech was a "cry from the white nationalist gut."

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Hurricane Irma makes landfall over the Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma bludgeoned Florida on Sunday morning, snapping trees like matchsticks and knocking out power to more than 1 million people

Saturday, September 9

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LIVE: Tracking Hurricane Irma

Check out the latest weather conditions in Florida and track Hurricane Irma.

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The first New Yorkers go to college tuition-free

Florence Yu can't believe her luck. She's starting college the same year New York made tuition free for middle-class students like her.

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NBA encourages players to engage on social issues

The NBA is encouraging its players to be socially conscious.

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To understand Black America's anger, watch the video

Cobb County Lt. Greg Abbott of Georgia will no longer be a police officer after a long career because he told a white motorist during a traffic stop, "you're not black.

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'Crown Heights' actors on the pain of injustice

Colin Warner hopes that when audiences see "Crown Heights" it infuriates them.

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Hurricane Irma marches toward Florida after hitting Cuba

Hurricane Irma battered northern Cuba then made a turn for Florida, where it's expected to hammer the state with whistling winds, heavy rain and surging waves.

Thursday, September 7

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Irma pounds Turks and Caicos, threatens Miami

Conditions in the Turks and Caicos deteriorated Thursday as deadly and massive Hurricane Irma moved in on the islands -- and continued tracking toward South Florida where it could slam Miami this weekend.

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The 128 US Open men qualifiers are down to eight: the Semifinals

The Men’s Semifinals of the U.S. Open begins tomorrow, Friday, with the winners from four of the Opens featured in matches this week: Rafael Nadal versus Andrey Rublev, Roger Federer versus J. Del Potro, Sam Query versus Kevin Anderson and Pablo Carreno Busta versus Diego Schwartzman.

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American women are a force at the US Open

Even in the absence of Serena Williams, the greatest women’s tennis player of all time—who less than a week ago gave birth to a baby girl—American women have been a force at this year’s U.S. Open. Most notably Black women.

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If you can put politics and social issues aside, it’s time for some football

For football fans, tonight (Thursday) begins the official start of the new NFL season, and like the last few, it’s co-opted by controversy, as well as a few concerns regarding the weather. 

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Giants eye super-season in the NFC

As the 2017 NFL season gets underway tonight (Thursday), the Giants, under head coach Ben McAdoo, now in his second year after replacing Tom Coughlin, are confident they have the makings of a Super Bowl team

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Howard leads strong showing for HBCU football

The football programs at historically Black colleges and universities have a long and illustrious history of producing legendary coaches and players.

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Liberty head into playoffs on a roll

“We know who we are,” said New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer after the team’s final home game of regular season play, an 81-69 win over San Antonio Stars. “We’re going to play our defense and get our rebounds, which give us a chance to win every game.”

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After Mayweather-McGregor, what’s next for boxing?

In today’s era of boxing, mega-fights happen only once every three years or so and are commonly mischaracterized.

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Moss aims for strong final season at St. John’s

Goals are always set high for St. John’s University’s volleyball. Currently 5-2 after last weekend’s Albany Invitational, middle blocker Danisha Moss is excited for the season ahead.

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Interfaith Medical Center to hold health fair Sept. 9

Interfaith Medical Center will hold a community health fair on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1545 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Alzheimer’s Association-NYC Chapter to host walk Oct. 28

The Alzheimer’s Association – New York City Chapter invites Manhattan residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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Fuel for school daze

School bells are ringing and children will be doing more than singing. Studies show that many will have difficulty with concentration and memory and display many other anti-learning characteristics. Dr. Gerald Deas reports on this deficiency.

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Don’t forget to vote!

Sept. 12 is swiftly approaching. That is the date for New York City municipal elections for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, City Council, district attorneys and civil judges.

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Sarge the Suave—Vietnam War vet and community treasure

A former Vietnam veteran who goes by Sarge, aka “Joe Driver” can be seen on Fulton Street (Harriet Ross Tubman Avenue) and Marcy Avenue, looking sharp as ever.

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Remembering Simeon Wright—Emmett Till’s cousin

“I was lying there, frozen stiff and not moving, when my mother rushed into the room,” Simeon Wright recounted of the morning when his cousin Emmett Till was abducted by two white men.

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What happens when our elders fail us?

America is embroiled in one of its most compelling and complicated schisms, the issue of social justice in the midst of the unprecedented coverage of unarmed Black men being killed at the hands of white police officers

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Assemblyman Charles Barron: ‘Teach the real history of Columbus!’

“Since the State Assembly gave Mayor de Blasio mayoral control over our schools, which I opposed, let’s demand that he includes in the curriculum the ‘real’ history of Christopher Columbus,” Assemblyman Charles Barron told the Amsterdam News.

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National Dance Institute

The National Dance Institute is an art-based education program in New York City. It teaches important life skills through the form of art that includes dance and music.

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Evelyn La Rue Pittman, teacher and composer of folk operas and spirituals

In preparation for lectures in Tulsa, Okla., I stumbled upon the name of Evelyn La Rue, or LaRue, Pittman, and recalled seeing a photo of her taken by Carl Van Vechten, who documented so many outstanding African-Americans, particularly during the Harlem Renaissance era.

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‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

Free association is a process utilized by psychoanalysts that involves stimulating the free flow of a patient’s thoughts. The patient is asked to say the first thing that comes to mind after hearing “trigger words.” 

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Union leaders bash Trump for DACA decision

Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Donald Trump would begin the phase-out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting ready for fall cooking

I know summer is not over just yet, but I can’t help trolling for awesome fall recipes to cook now or for the upcoming holiday spreads.

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Union leaders talk Labor Day

President Donald Trump’s presence has heightened the ongoing war between the workforce and the corporations who employ them. Several union leaders addressed the legacy of Labor Day and the battle for workers’ rights.

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Hello, shoulder season

Don’t let the end of this season get you down. We’re on the verge a new travel season - an underrated season that travelers rarely take advantage of.

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Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize Amazon’s growth

Taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing the growth of Amazon, the world’s largest internet-based retailer. Our public policy shouldn’t bend toward giving handouts to a company that had a revenue of almost $136 billion last year, and whose CEO, Jeff Bezos, has a net worth hovering around $90 billion, making him one of the richest people on the planet.

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Sheila Oliver runs for lieutenant governor of New Jersey

Former New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver visited Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack, N. J. Aug. 27, to explain why she wants to be lieutenant governor of New Jersey to the Bergen County National Association of the Advancement for Colored People.

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Charlottesville might be a modern-day slave rebellion

Pulling up to Charlottesville, Va., I expect to be heading into a frenzied chaos of protestors and Klan ralliers.

Jazz Notes: Donald Byrd Street, Lana and Wendell, Tain Watts

It is a big deal when the arranger, composer and trumpeter Donald Byrd, a native of Detroit, is so loved and respected in New York that a street is named in his honor.

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Racist Georgia cop who admitted ‘We only kill Black people’ forced to resign

Greg Abbott, a Caucasian cop in Cobb County, Ga., notified his department last Thursday that he was resigning, after being threatened with termination after local TV station WSB-TV aired a video the previous day of him making some racist remarks.

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Ballet Hispánico celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the beauty that is Hispanic heritage is Ballet Hispánico.

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Art at City College: ‘Void of Death’ by Julio Mejia

A city without art is a colorless city. It’s often argued that a world without the arts will wither and die.

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Powerful one-woman play to premier at National Black Theatre

The world premiere of “The Peculiar Patriot,” the one-woman show written and performed by Liza Jessie Peterson, is set to run from Sept. 13 through Oct. 1, at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre.

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Harlem-based sisters building with cupcakes and coffee

Monica and Rosa Prado, new co-owners of the Lennox Coffee Roasters, celebrated their business venture with samplings from Anne’s Cupcakery. Lennox Coffee Roasters is located at 60 W. 129th St. Since 2011 the establishment has been well-known, in Central Harlem, for its seasonal coffee, baked goods and artsy decor.

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MWM-20: A movement to fight against growth of female incarceration

Sister Phile Chionesu, a grassroots activist, human rights advocate, Black nationalist/freedom fighter and co-convener of the historic Oct. 25, 1997, Million Woman March explained to the AmNews during a recent telephone interview that one of the “motivating factors” behind the march was the growing number of Black and Latino women behind prison walls.

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Brooklyn district attorney candidate forum: Five days before election

The district attorney is one of the most powerful positions in the criminal justice system. The DA determines whether to charge the accused and has an impact on everything from which charges to file, suggested bail amounts, the contours of plea deals, to the length of sentencing and beyond.

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Don’t shut the door on promise

Throughout its history the City University of New York has delivered remarkably well on a straightforward promise to all New Yorkers – regardless of wealth, race or national origin, if you give us your best efforts, we will give you the opportunity to reach your dreams.

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The Democratic Party’s immoral “high-ground” on racial identity politics

Racial identity politics has long been the domain of the Democratic Party, where the hegemony of the liberal-left has taken root.

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New York Amsterdam News Endorsements Part Two

The Bronx is a diverse borough on all fronts—racially, economically and culturally.

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Boogie Down Bronx rocks Made in America stage

We back! Yes, yes y’all! It’s been awhile now, but we can say the phrase just as Boogie Down Productions did back in ’88, “My posse from the Bronx is thick!”

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The Cosmopolitan Review: September 7 - September 13

Do you remember when it was last September? I do, and my how time flies! Time’s going so fast, or is it me who stops to start and lets the moments past?

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Janet Jackson promises something special for Houston

Hurricane Harvey is not going to stop Janet Jackson.

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Medgar Evers College college outdoor extravaganza

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Medgar Evers College will be hosting their annual family friendly SoulFest Fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 9.

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Brooklyn HDFC news conference and rally

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Brooklyn Housing Development Fund Corporation held a news conference and rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

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Gentrification is ethnic cleansing

Brooklyn activists have begun to organize mass demonstrations targeting housing developments that out-price community residents and displace them.

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March for Justice: Countdown to Albany

A determined group of marchers are approaching Albany, after days of walking from Harlem. This rally is for human rights and against New York State jails and prisons, according to Black Rising Radio host and Alliance of Families for Justice volunteer, Kevin Barron, and the AFJ website.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #32

As if we needed another brutal reminder of President åTrump’s insensitivity and egregious disregard for the welfare of others, he went ahead with his plan to cancel the DACA program, one that President Obama established to protect the thousands of undocumented children, the “Dreamers” from deportation.

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Trump rescinds DACA

It was devastating enough for documented immigrants when Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston’s corridors.

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URBAN AGENDA - Trump’s New Deal for Black America: How’s That Working For Us?

“What do you have to lose?” This was the question Donald Trump robustiously put to blacks in America in an appeal for our vote in the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday, September 6

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Black Woman Rock - 3 advance to the US Open Quarterfinals

For the first time in US Open history, three African- American women, Venus Williams, Sloane Stevens and Madison Keyes have all advanced to an Open's quarterfinal round at the same time.

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Dreamers on DACA's end: 'We will not be thrown back into the shadows'

rotesters rallied Tuesday against the Trump administration's plan to end a program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as it heads toward Puerto Rico

An extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma pounded tiny northern Caribbean islands Wednesday morning as one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic -- and is on a path to hit parts of the British Virgin Islands and perhaps skirt northern Puerto Rico later in the day.

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Venus Williams wins thriller to set up all-American semifinal against Sloane Stephens

Venus Williams is the definition of longevity.

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Civil rights groups criticize Trump Justice pick ahead of hearing

The questioning could be intense for President Donald Trump's pick to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, as Eric Dreiband's nomination goes before the Senate judiciary committee Wednesday.

Monday, September 4

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DACA on the brink

President Donald Trump is expected to end a program that protected undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children -- so-called "Dreamers" -- from deportation, four sources familiar with the decision told CNN.

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Is Donald Trump taking any of Barack Obama's advice?

We now know what outgoing President Barack Obama told incoming President Donald Trump.

Sunday, September 3

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Justice Department: No evidence Trump Tower was wiretapped

The Justice Department said in a court filing Friday evening that it has no evidence to support President Donald Trump's assertion in March that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower before last year's election.

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Read the Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump

During his final moments in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama folded into thirds a handwritten letter to Donald Trump, slid it into an envelope, and in neat capital letters addressed it to "Mr. President."

Saturday, September 2

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Dreamers' anxious as Trump DACA decision looms

Bruna Distinto can't stop staring at her cell phone.

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Government, nonprofit workers can now apply for student loan forgiveness

Those seeking student loan forgiveness from the government's public service program can finally start the application process. After 10 years, the form was made available Friday.

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How Trump compares with Obama so far on jobs

Donald Trump's job record as president so far has been pretty good. It's just not as good as Barack Obama's.

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Help! 11 tips to get kids to eat healthy

Ask any parent about the top challenges of raising kids, and getting them to eat healthy would probably be high on the list. Countless parents have kids who just want to eat chicken nuggets, or pasta, or macaroni and cheese, or all of the above, and definitely without any vegetables.

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Serena Williams gives birth to baby girl, coach says

Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, according to her coach and the US Open's official Twitter account.

Friday, September 1

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke resigns

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke -- a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump who is reviled by civil rights advocates -- resigned from his post Thursday, according to County Clerk George Christenson.

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Georgia officer who said 'We only kill black people' faces dismissal

A Georgia police officer stands to lose his job after he was caught on dashcam footage telling a woman in a traffic stop, "We only kill black people."

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Harvey aftermath: Houston 'open for business'; other cities suffering

Days after Harvey struck, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner struck an optimistic tone on Thursday, declaring the city "is open for business." The mayor and other officials pointed to small signs of recovery, such as fewer people in shelters, more bus lines resuming and the city's shipping channel reopening on a limited basis.

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What August showed us about America

One August in America tested the nation's mettle. Years from now, that's what historians will say.

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Flying for Labor Day? Pack your patience after Harvey

The U.S. air travel system is heading into the holiday weekend with one arm tied behind its back, with a surge of Labor Day travelers taking to the skies while Houston's busy airports remain hobbled from Hurricane Harvey.