Stories for April 2019

Tuesday, April 30

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Four Black investors who go beyond their industries

Success isn’t always about how much money you have. Sometimes, investing some of that money into a business or cause you believe in is even more rewarding than keeping your wealth to yourself.

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‘Boyz In the Hood’ stars Ice Cube, Regina King, Nia Long and Morris Chestnut remember John Singleton

Celebrities who starred and worked in films by late director John Singleton are sharing giving their condolences to on social media.

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NYPD is ‘not following through with the letter of the law’ with new Right to Know act, councilman says

The City Council’s public safety committee held a hearing Monday to discuss the implementation of the Right to Know Act.

Monday, April 29

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John Singleton dead at 51

Famed African American movie producer John Singleton has died.

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Black Alabama teen commits suicide after being bullied

Nigel Shelby, a 15-year old Black student attending Huntsville High School in Alabama, has taken his own life after being bullied for being gay.

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Marvin Gaye stamp being dedicated at the African Burial Ground

The special dedication of the Marvin Gaye Stamp is taking place Tuesday, May 7 at the African Burial Ground at 290 Broadway.

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COMMENTARY: Experts: ‘Jury of your Peers’ Rarely Applies to African Americans

If accused of a crime, American justice supposedly guarantees the right to a trial in front of a “jury of your peers.”

Sunday, April 28

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Experts: Reparations Are Workable and Should Be Provided

As Joe Biden prepares to enter the crowded Democratic field for the 2020 presidential election.

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Trump, Media Assaults on Omar a New Low for American Politics

American politics appears to have hit a new low.

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NNPA President Represents Black Press at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Presidents have traditionally attended and spoken at the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 26

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Assemblyman Charles Barron explains how Chanel Lewis' DNA could have been fraudulently linked to Karina Vetrano

Hear State Assemblyman Charles Barron discuss Chanel Lewis' sentencing and the next steps on this week's episode of our podcast

Thursday, April 25

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Dwayne Haskins should be the Giants’ pick to succeed Eli Manning

Last year at this time, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was unambiguous in his praise for Saquon Barkley heading into the NFL draft.

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The Jets are out of the QB market, but like the others they have needs

The first round of the NFL Draft, pro football’s live reality show, airs tonight at 8 p.m. EST on national television from Nashville, Tennessee.

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Former hoops star finds inspiration as an author

Growing up in New York, Joa Macnalie loved sports. She played college basketball at Southern Vermont College, where she scored over 1,000 points by her junior year and was team captain.

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Panelists discuss how to help grow women’s sports

“There is so much work to be done, you have to start somewhere,” said Jillian Svensson, executive director of SheIS, an organization launched in 2018 to promote and grow women’s sports and in turn empower women.

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Mets survive perilous 13-game stretch against NL rivals

When the Mets’ 2019 schedule was released, an early 13-game gauntlet, including a 10-game, 11-day road trip beginning on April 11, was glaring.

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There just wasn’t enough impetus for Brooklyn to play tonight

Being dissed wasn’t impetus enough. Nor was winning Game 1 in Philly’s building, or Saturday’s near win.

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Bucks, Raptors, Sixers and Celtics set for East semifinals

With All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward sidelined with injuries last season, the Boston Celtics grinded their way to Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals, falling to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Lillard-Westbrook match-up ends as the rest battle through the Western Conference

There have been no sweeps or early departures from any of the four Western Conference first rounds of playoffs.

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BK church addresses health-care disparity in community

Health is everything. Knowledge is power. And it all starts with equal access for all.

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Treat your cat with care and caution

This column is dedicated to my family’s loved and late cat, Mittens. Born with deformed front feet that resembled mittens, this cat was calm, cool and knew exactly who she was in relationship to our family and universe.

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Something special in South Caicos

When you get off a big plane and then climb into a six-seater, you know you’re headed somewhere special. So it is when it comes to South Caicos in Turks and Caicos.

The U.S.’ immigration laws of inequality

The hypocrisy and inequality of America’s immigration law was recently highlighted in an opinion piece by Kriston Capps in The New York Times.

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Guyana oil find spurs exploration campaigns among neighbors

American supermajor ExxonMobil is preparing to add a fourth drilling ship to its offshore fleet given the humongous amount of oil it has found so far and the accuracy of its well drilling campaign since 2015 officials say.

Health City Cayman Islands donates to NFL alumni

Health City Cayman Islands is supporting NFL Alumni’s (NFLA) charitable mission with a $20,000 donation to its “Caring for Kids” program.

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Phyllis Otera Thomas: Caring for the community with therapy and support

The licensed clinical social worker and therapist told the Amsterdam News, “In our culture, we  don’t invest in counseling or even the study of behavioral science. It is either ignored or we look into spirituality to solve our problems.

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Goal reached for funds needed to help rebuild burned Black churches

The fire and support to rebuild Notre Dame has dominated headlines.

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Time to wake America up from its student debt nightmare

Higher education has always offered opportunities to learn and earn a better quality of life. But in the 21st century, higher education has also become synonymous with ever deepening debt.

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NAACP exec tapped as Diversity director at Touro

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem have appointed Geoffrey E. Eaton director of community affairs and diversity, the colleges announced this week.

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Maria W. Stewart, essayist, teacher and abolitionist

Invariably, when compiling a list of historic, and often overlooked, individuals one name leads to another, and so it is with this iteration of the classroom.

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Community Calendar: April 25 - May 1

Check out what's going on in the community this week.

32BJ praises de Blasio for Green New Deal

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City’s Green New Deal to attack global warming which includes $14 billion in new investments and legislation by the city.

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Laborers endorse Xamayla Rose for City Council special election

Laborers Local 924 endorsed Xamayla Rose for the upcoming May 14 special election race for New York City Council District 45.

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City Council calls on NYPD to stop DNA collection

On Wednesday, April 10, the Legal Aid Society sent a letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, stating that collecting DNA evidence from city citizens is “racially biased,” and “constitutes a significant infringement on young people’s civil rights, particularly people of color.”

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REPORTS: Possible African burial ground found in Bergen County

The discovery of what could be an African burial ground is creating buzz in New Millford in Bergen County.

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Make the Road New Jersey and NJ mayors denounce citizenship question on Census

Immigrant rights organization Make the Road New Jersey and the mayors of Passaic and Paterson, N.J., are demanding the citizenship question be removed from the 2020 U.S. Census.

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Richard Habersham announces congressional run

Community leader and former television journalist Richard Habersham is looking to enter the political realm as he announces his run for Harlem’s 13th congressional seat currently occupied by Adriano Espaillat.

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Trumpoenas begin

Democratic members of Congress have promised for months that Trump, by one committee or another, would be subpoenaed.

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ZAMBIAN VILLAGERS WIN LANDMARK RULING IN WATER POISONING CASE

Zambian villagers whose livelihoods were turned upside down by a toxic spill from a copper mine will finally have their day in court.

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ON EARTH DAY, AFRICA BRACES FOR SEVERE DROUGHT

Water has no enemy.

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Former Vice President Biden launches 2020 presidential campaign

Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday

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It's Not Over: Court sentences Lewis to life with no parole for Vetrano’s death

“I’m innocent,” said Chanel Lewis to those in the courtroom. “I’m sorry for the family’s loss, but I didn’t do this.”

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The measles hysteria in New York is not justified!

The declaration of a “State of Emergency” by Mayor Bill de Blasio was completely unnecessary and it completely ignores the facts that come from the mainstream medical establishment’s own literature!

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’90s Ladies on tour

You can’t survive, let alone thrive 30 plus years in an industry as fickle and cutthroat as the music business without heart and soul in abundance and your circle must remain for the most part sucker-free.

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Greater New York Chapter of The Links holds Diamonds and Pearls Gala

The Greater New York Chapter of The Links celebrated its 70th anniversary with a sparkling gala fundraiser on an equally sparkling evening at the iconic 583 Park Avenue.

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Canarsie hosts the My Time Inc. Horace Morancie Model Cities award ceremony

The Bayview Community Center in Canarsie, Brooklyn was the setting on Sunday, April 7, 2019, for the My Time Inc. award ceremony.

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Late Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson honored by NYUL at Frederick Douglass Awards

Late Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is among this year’s honorees at the New York Urban League’s 54th annual Frederick Douglass Awards.

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Sharpton to speak at HBCU commencement ceremonies

The Rev. Al Sharpton announced his spring speaking schedule this week, which will include commencement addresses at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #116

Trump will not be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, and this keeps his absentee streak alive at three.

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New MTA fare hikes greet New Yorkers

The MTA celebrated another resurrection on Sunday when fare hikes went into effect.

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election is a win for Israel and the United States

The dust has settled, the votes have been counted and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been re-elected to serve Israel for a record-setting fifth term.

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Magnolia Tree Earth Center appoints Marlon Rice as executive director

Magnolia Tree Earth Center, Bedford-Stuyvesant’s acclaimed urban ecology nonprofit, celebrates April’s Earth Month with the appointment of Marlon Rice as executive director

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‘You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer’

I am always looking for a great new book to read, add to my collection, and purchase for friends and family members.

Wednesday, April 24

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Bill Cosby renews attacks on trial judge as he seeks bail

Imprisoned actor Bill Cosby is renewing attacks on a Pennsylvania trial judge as he seeks bail while he appeals his sex-assault conviction.

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NY, NJ residents will need REAL ID, enhanced ID to board domestic flights starting 2020

New York and New Jersey residents are going to need an enhanced driver’s license or REAL ID if they want to board domestic flights.

Tuesday, April 23

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Chanel Lewis sentenced to life in prison for murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano

More than two and a half years after the murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, and after two trials and the postponement of the killer’s initial sentencing, Chanel Lewis learned his fate Tuesday.

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Nets dissed without reverence must step to the Sixers tonight

The Brooklyn Nets will be in Philadelphia tonight for Game 5 of their first round match up against the 76'ers without a general manager, Sean Marks, for what could be their last game of their 2018-19 NBA season.

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Black mom of 5 wins $110 Million lawsuit against Bronx hospital for malpractice

Keimoneia Redish, a Black grandmother from New York who was left crippled for life due to medical malpractice, has recently won a massive $110.6 million in damages.

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Black Women’s Health Imperative Announces Strategic Partnership

The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) has announced a strategic partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) at the NCBW Day of Action and Advocacy in Washington, DC.

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Protesters demonstrate against fare increases

Riders are paying more to ride the subway and that has inspired some protesters to take a stand on the platform and at the bus stop.

Monday, April 22

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COMMENTARY: Is There More to Teaching and Learning Than Testing?

Teaching is a multi-faceted calling for many and an occupation for some, but how can teaching and learning effectiveness be measured without testing?

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Environmental Racism - A quiet killer in Black communities

While we often hear and read about police brutality, housing and employment discrimination, there is simply inadequate media coverage of an equally destructive form of racism….environmental racism.

Sunday, April 21

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Is More Attention Finally Being Given to Missing Black Girls?

Minneapolis police have a located a 12-year-old girl who went missing last week.

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John Singleton, ‘Boyz n the Hood’ director and writer, hospitalized after stroke

Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, best known for the movies “Boyz n the Hood” and “Poetic Justice,” is in intensive care at an undisclosed hospital after he suffered a stroke this week, his family said Saturday.

Saturday, April 20

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Harlem street renamed in honor of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

The northeast corner of 123rd Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Harlem now bears the names of famed acting and civil rights couple Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

Friday, April 19

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Notre Dame fundraising inspires people to donate nearly $2 million to rebuild burned Louisiana churches

As hundreds of millions of dollars roll in to help rebuild the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, people have been inspired to donate to rebuild three churches in Louisiana that were intentionally burned down.

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Automatic Voter Registration Laws Transform How People Register to Vote

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Chair of the Elections Subcommittee of the Committee on House Administration.

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In Black and White: Key Findings of American’s View on Race in 2019

New research has revealed that 78 percent of African Americans believe the country has not gone far enough on the issue of making sure blacks have equal rights with whites.

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Lawsuit Cites Appalling Lack of Diversity in Radio and TV Ownership

Free Press, the Massachusetts-based nonpartisan organization that fights for the right to connect and communicate along with several allies

Thursday, April 18

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PODCAST: Columbia University student alleging racial profiling by campus security wants change

Check out this week's episode of the New York Amsterdam News Podcast where we sit down with Columbia University Alexander McNab who is accusing campus security of racially profiling him.

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‘Little’ is a big hit!

“Little” really begins when the young nerd Jordan Sanders (played by “Black-ish” actress Marsai Martin at age 13) gets utterly humiliated in her class by a white girl.

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2019 Tribeca Film Fest to open with world premiere of ‘The Apollo’

The film will debut at the iconic theater itself Wednesday, April 24, 2019, and later this year on HBO.

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Wyatt Cenac, Nikole Hannah-Jones talk ‘Problem Areas,’ school safety

For someone who describes himself as a person who makes a living just “trying to make people chuckle,” Wyatt Cenac is doing some pretty heavy lifting.

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‘Miracle in Rwanda’ shows the power of faith, love, forgiveness

“Miracle in Rwanda,” playing on Theatre Row on 42nd Street, tells the story of one young woman’s struggle. It is a moving, at times heart-wrenching, and inspiring story.

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Dance artists Camille A. Brown, Juel Lane, recipients of $40,000 award

Camille A. Brown, who hails from Queens, New York, and Juel Lane from Atlanta, Georgia, have spent a good deal of their ever-evolving dance careers working on the same stages.

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Talking SCHOP! A teachable moment

I recently had my commitment to demand customer service tested at a Saturday afternoon cooking class friends and I took to celebrate another friend’s birthday.

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Jazz Notes: Jazz Museum, Art & Origins, Harrison & Eliot Jazz Heroes, P’s Place

Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring the French American singer, lyricist Malika Zarra will appear at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (58 West 129th Street) April 18 at 8 p.m.

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NYC Health + Hospitals urges immigrant NYers to ‘Seek Care without Fear’

NYC Health + Hospitals and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs today re-released a joint open letter to New Yorkers in 14 languages making a promise that no one will question their immigration status when they seek care at any of the public hospitals or community health centers across the five boroughs.

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Find family-friendly fun at Barcelo Maya Grand Resort

Riviera Maya is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and jungles.

Hate group fundraises on border security as Trump considers former head to lead US CIS

While reports have surfaced that Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of FAIR (the Federation for American Immigration Reform), which has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, could be nominated as head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the group is quietly fundraising on Trump’s border security push.

Jamaica welcomes compensation for Windrush generation

Jamaica’s government has moved to embrace a plan by Britain to offer compensation to thousands of Caribbean nationals—most of them Jamaican nationals—who were badly mistreated by the British government’s ultra-right immigration policies which in some cases forcibly deported legal residents back to the region because they were misclassified as illegal.

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Vanessa Williams still giving back as she hosts benefit concert for scholarship

Singer and actress Vanessa Williams will be hosting a benefit concert at the Schomburg Center, on April 24, to raise funds to support Black and Latino students in the college of visual and performing arts at Syracuse University.

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Brooklyn can beat the Sixers, but not with lackluster quarters and no physicality

It’s not the Buster Douglass upset of Mike Tyson or the Boston Red Sox’s demolishing of the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, but the Brooklyn Nets’ win over the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday afternoon was shocking, unexpected.

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Tiger Woods engineers improbable fifth Masters victory

As he stood over a short two-foot putt on the afternoon of Sunday, April 14, on the 18th green at Augusta National Gold Club in Augusta, Georgia, Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, one of the most famous global figures of the past three decades, was about to come full circle.

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Liberty selects Asia Durr

Moments after hearing her name called as the second pick of the 2019 WNBA Draft, guard Asia Durr of the University of Louisville shared a distinct connection to her new home.

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Eleventh-hour entry scores top pick in WNBA Draft

Jackie Young had less than 24 hours after the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost a heartbreaker to Baylor University in the championship game of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament to decide if she wanted to enter the WNBA Draft.

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America’s contradiction: Forgiveness for Tiger, ostracism for Kaepernick

The predominantly white faces that provided the backdrop for Tiger Woods’ dramatic and implausible victory Sunday at the Masters represented this country’s penchant for selective forgiveness.

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The memory and legacy of Jackie Robinson lives on, in perpetuity

Shortly before being assassinated in 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Jackie Robinson made my success possible.

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Western Conference playoffs filled with name brands and some very stiff competition

The first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs has started off with some interesting games and matchups for your viewing pleasure.

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Columbia prevails at NCAA National Fencing Championships

Columbia College senior Iman Blow is graduating next month.

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Coach Douglas Terry Muhammad’s Brooklyn homegoing

The homegoing services for Coach Douglas Terry Muhammad were held on Thursday, April 11, at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

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Toward a Black education agenda

The miseducation of Black children has increasingly become a burning issue in New York City.

Thomas McCants Stewart, jurist, educator, author and civil rights leader

Among the illustrious Black New Yorkers cited in Carla Peterson’s “Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth Century New York City” is Thomas McCants Stewart.

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Community Calendar: April 18 - April 24

Check out what's going on in the community this week.

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Dennis Parker continues legacy of fighting for civil rights

Dennis Parker was nine years old when his family was on a road trip to Massachusetts in the 1960s when they stopped at a motel that appeared to have vacancies.

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TWU Local 100 to workers: Keep eyes out for transit attacker

Transit workers union officials told their constituents of someone on the loose targeting their brethren.

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Jumaane Williams hosts PTO roundtable with airport workers

Airport workers from LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports met with New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams to discuss paid time off legislation.

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Rutgers dedicates plaza to Paul Robeson

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the graduation of Paul Robeson, Rutgers University dedicated a plaza named for the Black singer, actor, social activist, lawyer, athlete Friday, April 12, to honor his legacy.

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Leaders say ‘no’ to new youth prison in Newark

Newark leaders are speaking out against the state’s plans to build a youth development center in the Brick City.

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Trump targets Rep. Omar and incites death threats

Rep. Ilhan Omar is a Muslim, a woman, a refugee and an outspoken critic who speaks truth to power and thus is a perfect foil for attacks and insults from Trump.

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Goal of $1.8M needed to help rebuild burned Black churches

In less than two weeks, when three predominantly Black churches in a south Louisiana parish were burned down, it brought back memories of senseless attempts to destroy Black places of refuge.

EBOLA OUTBREAK NOT A GLOBAL EMERGENCY, SAYS WORLD HEALTH GROUP

The World Health Organization has declined to declare the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency because the disease is currently limited to two provinces, reports Science.

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SUDANESE DEMANDS FOR A CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT REMAIN FIRM

Protests that began over the skyrocketing price of bread and shortages of food and fuel have accomplished what few people believed was possible in a country ruled by a leader with an iron fist.

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Make America Great Again: #115 Trump Must Go!

Trump the ignoramus has once again let his loose lips comment on something that he knows nothing about.

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Educator Stan Kinard sent home in Brooklyn

With all the energy and spirituality of his Orisha/Ifa African spiritual tradition on Monday, April 15, educator and activist Stan Kinard was honored at his Brooklyn homegoing.

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Black Columbia University student alleges racial profiling by campus security

Columbia University senior Alexander McNab was thrust into the spotlight this week after video of campus security guards pinning him down at Barnard College surfaced and went viral.

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New York City Commission on Human Rights

The New York City Commission on Human Rights recently launched a new campaign to combat anti-Black racism in New York City.

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What Trump’s Fed nominations say about the U.S. economy

President Trump’s latest nominees to the Federal Reserve’s board of governors typify the president’s outside-the-box approach to executive decision-making.

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Boeing scandal reveals cause of Ethiopian Airline crash

On the morning of March 10 an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, in clear weather, crashed shortly after leaving Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

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Mayor must up affordable homes for homeless

New York City remains in the midst of the worst homelessness crisis since the Great Depression. A record 63,600 people—including 23,000 children—sleep in shelters each night, while thousands more brave the streets.

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Pugilist Clarissa Shields—Fighting like a GIRL

“You play to win the game!” That’s what we were told, emphatically. Sometimes, though, it’s not just about the win. Those with a self-confidence that’s through the roof have a different set of parameters. For them it’s also about how.

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Famed ’50s group The Chantels fêted in the Bronx

On April 5, famed ’50s female group The Chantels received a commemorative street sign at the corner of West 166th Street and Prospect Avenue, in the Bronx, in front of St. Anthony of Padua’s Church where the group began.

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Bill aimed at protecting voters of color passes Senate Elections Committee

State Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie, chair of elections, introduced and the Senate Elections Committee passed a law that will safeguard all New Yorkers’ rights to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

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Harlem School for the Arts announces major renovation

The Harlem School of the Arts at the Herb Alpert Center recently announced the start of a major construction project that will transform the 37,000 square foot facility.

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Justice in Limbo: Chanel Lewis’ sentence postponed

“My son is not a murderer,” Veta Lewis told the Amsterdam News. “He didn’t get a fair trial. He was railroaded by the police, the prosecution and the judge.”

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URBAN AGENDA: A Better Deal for NYCHA?

NYCHA is still in critical condition, still short of the $32 billion it needs to restore its aging infrastructure and trying to address the appalling failures in its property management operations uncovered by the U.S Attorney’s Office.

Wednesday, April 17

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COMMENTARY: Omar Faces Rightwing Backlash as She Forces Uncomfortable Conversations About Israel, Palestine

For the last several months, freshman Congresswoman IIhan Omar (D-MN) has weathered sustained attacks from Republicans, Fox News and other conservative elements because she has the temerity to question the intimate, decades-long relationship between the United States and Israel.

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Sentencing of Chanel Lewis in killing of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano is postponed

Two trials and 2 ½ years later, the man convicted of killing a Queens jogger is set to be sentenced Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 16

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Black Detectives Win $700,000 Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against the NYPD

Three Black detectives from New York, who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the NYPD’s Intel Division

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Waters, Durbin Reintroduce Bill to Give Students Defrauded by For-Profit Colleges Their Day in Court

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and have reintroduced bicameral legislation designed to strengthen students’ ability to hold for-profit colleges accountable in court for their misconduct.

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NYPD’s DNA database raises legal questions

The Legal Aid Society says it is too easy for the NYPD to collect and save your DNA.

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NYCHA will new X-ray guns to check thousands of apartments for lead paint contamination

Mayor Bill de Blasio displayed a lead gun in a news conference Monday and made a promise to families who live in New York City public housing.

Monday, April 15

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Tiger Woods seals fifth Masters title and 15th major

Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title to seal one of the greatest comeback stories in sports after overcoming career-threatening back problems.

Sunday, April 14

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From Snoop Dogg to President Obama: Tributes to community activist Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was shot to death in Los Angeles on March 31 outside of his store Marathon Clothing.

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Growing lack of affordable housing leaves low-income families with few options

A recent study by the Urban Institute reports that in communities across the nation home prices and rents are exceeding the reach of an increasing number of households.

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FILM REVIEW: Little

Little is a guilty pleasure. The guilt comes as you watch a 14-year-old actress (Marsai Martin, Black-ish) behaving like a lustful 38-year-old female who flirts with a middle school teacher

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Congress traveling the country to hear evidence of voting rights violations

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Chair of the Elections Subcommittee of the Committee on House Administration, will hold field hearings to hear from citizens about their recent voter registration and voting experiences.

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All-male Morehouse College to begin admitting transgender students in 2020

Morehouse College, a historically black all-men’s school in Atlanta, will begin admitting transgender students who identify as men in 2020, according to a news release from the school.

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Booker launches presidential campaign tour in Newark

Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker launched a national campaign tour Saturday with a major rally in the New Jersey city where he served as mayor, as he looks to break out of a crowded 2020 field of more than a dozen viable candidates.

Thursday, April 11

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April WarmUp!

The WarmUp! to EatUp! fun continues with two events, tomorrow night with a dance and a family event Saturday. They are bound to capture your spirit and should not be missed.

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Talking SCHOP! The WarmUp! program has begun

As associate producer for Harlem EatUp! 2019, I am so excited to be working with some outstanding community art and culture organizations for the pre-festival program WarmUp! to EatUp!

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The art and soul of Philadelphia

Here’s what to do on your next art-and-soul-filled visit to the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) love.

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‘Ain’t No Mo’ is a tour de force at The Public

“Ain’t No Mo’” is a tour de force. Playwright and star Jordan E. Cooper, a fresh new voice on the New York Theater scene, has created a theatrical masterpiece.

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Wendy Williams files for divorce from Kevin Hunter

Wendy Williams is getting divorced.

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Dancers Linda Celeste Sims, Glenn Sims to bring new addition to Ailey family

Anyone who has seen Ailey's exquisite Linda Celeste Sims perform duets with her husband Glenn Allen Sims can attest that there is always something magical in the air when the two dance together.

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2020 is closer than you may think

I know it may be hard to believe, but it is time to start thinking about the 2020 elections.

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A Northam-Smollett America

February was a good, albeit controversial, month for discussions about race in this country.

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The importance of traffic safety in MCB9

A tragic accident took place last weekend that culminated in the loss of the life of Erica Imbasciani.

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Corruption permeates every aspect of Trump’s business

President Donald Trump is a narcissist who has no concept of truth and integrity.

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Nipsey Hussle: Final victory lap—thank you

Time for reflection. Rewind a spell to the time of the vaunted issue of XXL Magazine’s Freshmen Class 2010.

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Burna Boy fires up the Apollo!

Afro-Fusion, Afro Jam and Afro Beat fans side by side with reggae and hip-hop heads packed the Apollo Theater on Friday, April 5.

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Five Percenters Allah & Justice Square co-named

“Peace” was a word spoken throughout the afternoon at the intersection of 126th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. Saturday, April 6.

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Racial discrimination lawsuit filed against Bronx private school

A student at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a K-12 private school in the Bronx, announced that he and his parents filed a lawsuit against the institution Monday, April 1

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Coach Douglas Terry joins the ancestors

“With great sadness, I share that my father has passed away,” said Keeva Terry of her beloved father commonly known as “Coach” around the Brooklyn neighborhoods he frequented for decades.

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Educator Stan Kinard makes his transition

This past weekend educator and activist Stan Kinard made his transition after a long battle with cancer.

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High hopes in education: A community conversation in Brooklyn

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio charged Friday that the city’s specialized high schools practice “massive segregation” as the controversy grows over admissions criteria to the elite institutions.

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Brooklyn exceeds all expectations this season as they advance to the playoffs

Appreciate the Brooklyn Nets. They play basketball. There’s no drama. No backstories.

Christian Academy to host second annual Community Learning Experience

Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy International is set to host their second annual Community Learning Experience in New York City April 13, a set of workshops targeted toward STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students.

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The Knicks are on the clock as their rebuild now begins in earnest

At a town hall forum for select Knicks season ticket holders last September, the team’s general manager, Scott Perry, laid out some of the organization’s short-term objectives.

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Opportunity knocks for St. John’s as Mullin steps down

Chris Mullin is out as St. John’s head basketball coach. His official departure this past Tuesday, April 9, came on the same day his teammate on the iconic 1992 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, Magic Johnson, resigned as the president of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Honoring great African-American women of Oberlin

Nothing pleases a writer, reporter or historian more than recognition by his or her peers. And you can understand how overwhelming it was for me to learn that three of my comrades—John Williams, Trust Graham and Ahmed Abdullah—follow this classroom column, two of them avid collectors.

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NBA Academies brings first group to Women’s Final Four

Thirty-four teenage female ballers came to Tampa, Fla., site of the NCAA Women’s Final Four, from all over the world.

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Baylor wins third national title

It was an emotional game with dramatic twists and turns.

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Community Calendar: April 11- April 17

Check out what's going on in the community this week.

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Family and friends join together to say goodbye to Cal Ramsey

Family and friends came to Harlem last week to celebrate the life and memory of its life long resident and esteemed member of New York’s storied basketball community, Calvin Ramsey who passed away Monday morning, March 25.

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H. Carl McCall announces his retirement

Former state senator and state comptroller H. Carl McCall, 83, announced April 10 that he would be retiring as chairman of the board of the trustees for the State University of New York after serving for almost eight years.

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Mets face an early test with a 10-game road trip

In a rare occurance, Jacob deGrom was off his game Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #114

According to the latest PEW Research Center survey, a majority of Americans (56 percent) say Trump has made race relations worse; just 15 percent say he has made progress toward improving race relations, while 13 percent say he has tried but failed to make progress and 14 percent say he hasn’t addressed this issue.

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Lack of Black donors not helping a mother’s search

Charlene Bullock remembers the first time she knew something was wrong with her seven-year-old son, Asaya.

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Jets host a fabulous midtown affair introducing new uniforms to fans

The New York Jets kicked off the unofficial start of the new 2019-2020 season by introducing their fans and the world to their new uniforms at an invitation-only party in midtown Manhattan hosted by comedian/actor JB Smooth.

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CTU says election of Lightfoot won’t stop their push for education reform

While Chicago celebrated the election of its first Black (and lesbian) mayor, the Chicago Teachers Union reminded the city of the mission at hand.

Going ‘cashless’ promotes discrimination in our communities

As more establishments refuse to accept cash, people without credit or debit cards are facing discrimination.

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Uncontrolled diabetes may be due to thy thyroid

During my practice of medicine in the hood, my family and I lived above my office. They participated in helping me to give service to my neighbors and patients. introduction leads me to a story that happened on a cold, snowy winter night when I was called to see a patient who was dying at home.

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker introduces bill to study reparations

U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker announced this week he will introduce a bill to form a commission for the study of reparation proposals for African-Americans.

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Hate Fuels New Flames: Black churches burning again

As a bulwark, a sacred refuge and a safe place to organize against racism and bigotry, the Black church has been indispensable.

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Black NJ principal dies after donating bone marrow

Students and faculty are mourning the death of beloved Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson after he donated bone marrow to a stranger. He was 44.

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The art and soul of Philadelphia

Philadelphia is inspired by both its past and present.

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Measles outbreak causes health hysteria

The nation’s largest measles outbreak in nearly two decades continues with the latest outbreak in New York City causing Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare a public health emergency.

Donald Trump and the ‘Eediat Bwoy’ syndrome

After a week that has left many shaking their heads in disbelief at the lunacy being spewed by the president of the purported greatest country in the world, the dialogue has again shifted to the mental competency of the so-called leader of the free world.

Can Trump’s immigration policy get worse? Yes

Trump’s revolving door took another precipitous turn the other day with the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

No Venezuelan refugee camp in Trinidad, says PM

Of the 15 nations in the Caribbean Community, Guyana and Trinidad are located the closest to crisis-ridden Venezuela and are both beginning to feel the brunt of the economic refugee migration problem.

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AFRICAN LEADERS BUILD WEAPONS STOCKPILES AIDED BY RUSSIAN DEALER

There’s a new “rumble in the jungle” in the words of Muhammad Ali, but George Foreman isn’t a part of it.

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Sade Lythcott—Continuing the legacy at the National Black Theatre

Sade Lythcott is the daughter of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, founder of the nonprofit, community-based National Black Theatre in Harlem.

Venezuelans may not agree on Maduro, but all say they don’t want an intervention

It’s been a mere six years since the death of Venezuela’s Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, and in that little amount of time Venezuela’s economy has gone into a steep decline.

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Make America Great Again: #115 Trump Must Go!

Trump the ignoramus has once again let his loose lips comment on something that he knows nothing about. With the Cathedral of Notre Dame engulfed in flames, Trump jumped in with his advice on how to handle the fire.

Wednesday, April 10

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IN MEMORIAM: Gloria Irene Williams Norman Clark

Dr. Mrs. Gloria Irene Williams Norman Clark passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2019.

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Family of 7-year-old Black girl killed by police settles for $8 million

The family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year old girl shot and killed by a Detroit police officer, has received an $8.25 million settlement almost 9 years after the tragic incident.

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A new home for the young, gifted and Black in Brooklyn

Although Manhattan has been a mecca for young Black artists cultivating their craft since the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance, there came a time for the starved outer-boroughs to rise to the occasion.

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Wyckoff Gardens NYCHA residents say water is dirty in their complex

New York City Housing Authority residents living in Wyckoff Gardens have a lot to say about their water: it's dirty and they can't always get it hot.

Tuesday, April 9

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The fight for equal pay, gender parity heats up

Gender activists and other advocates battle to close the gap

Despite the United States touting itself as the bastion of freedom and equality, women in this country – despite comprising 50.8 percent of the population – have always found themselves in the position of having to fight for salary and wages comparable to men.

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African Americans audited by IRS more than any other group

A poor, rural county in Tennessee that is predominantly Black receives more audits from the IRS than any other county in the United States while rich counties skate by unbothered, according to a study published on the tax professional news website Tax Notes.

Monday, April 8

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After 51 years, fair housing still an unfinished journey

Fifty-one years ago, this month, the Fair Housing Act (the Act) was enacted to ensure that housing discrimination was illegal.

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Reparations for descendants of the slave trade emerges as Democrats’ campaign platform

Reparations have fast become a major platform for Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

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REPORT: Structural racism eliminated Black farmers

A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) provides insight on how decades of structural racism within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has led to the virtual elimination of black farmers.

Sunday, April 7

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Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service to be held at Staples Center: report

The funeral service for slain rapper, Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom, is set to be held Thursday at the Staples Center, according to a report from TMZ.

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Suspicious fires consume 3 black churches in 10 days in a Louisiana parish

For three historically black churches in the heart of south central Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole country, Sunday services will not be the same.

Saturday, April 6

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Bill Cosby agrees to settle 7 defamation cases

Bill Cosby has agreed to settle lawsuits filed by seven women who say he defamed them when he accused them of lying about sexual misconduct allegations.

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6 lies and truths about Black unemployment under Trump’s administration

Since taking over the White House, President Donald Trump has had a lot to say about Black unemployment rates in the country.

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Newark calls emergency town hall on gentrification

Alarm bells are going off in Newark over gentrification, and how the forces of change and property development are changing the face of New Jersey’s largest city.

Friday, April 5

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Check out our podcast!

Be sure to check back for episodes of the New York Amsterdam News Podcast featuring our journalists discussing the top headlines.

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Education Department helps loan servicers instead of borrowers

In an increasingly competitive global economy, highly skilled workers have a sharp advantage in securing and keeping employment

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Apply to Our 2019 Summer Internship Program

We're looking for Editorial, Photography, Web and Social Media interns. If you're interested, please email submit your resume, cover letter and three writing samples to our internship coordinator at internships@amsterdamnews.com.

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AG Letitia James/coalition challenge Trump administration attempt to ask citizenship question to 2020 Census

New York Attorney General Letitia James, leading a coalition of 18 states, 16 local governments and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, filed a merits brief in the United States Supreme Court in the case challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

Thursday, April 4

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Play marks 25th anniversary of Rwandan massacre

Rwandan actress Malaika Uwamahoro is presently in rehearsal for her one-woman-play, “Miracle in Rwanda,” in which she plays 10 separate characters, at the Lion Theater.

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Ben Vereen performs at Dizzy’s Club, April 4-7

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing the one-and-only Ben Vereen recently, as he was getting ready to perform April 4-7 at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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A Soulful Music Celebration at Aaron Davis Hall, April 6

A surprise conversation after church for globe-trotting singer Marvin Lowe brought home to him the importance of staging A Soulful Music Celebration right here in New York City.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem City Center season celebrates 50 years

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s upcoming City Center season (April 10-13) is special for so many reasons.

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Carnegie Hall, Schomburg, NBT collab to present ‘Migrations’

Carnegie Hall’s “Migrations: The Making of America,” is a five-week, 100 hundred event citywide festival about the people who have helped shaped American culture.

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Talking SCHOP! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Harlem EatUp!

Last week I waxed on about the fifth annual Harlem EatUp! festival (@HarlemEatUp), taking place May 13-19, 2019.

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Educational summer vacations for kids

Now is the time to start planning your summer vacation. Maybe you’ve already done Disney and want a different kind of vacation, one with purpose.

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Commentary: A day that will live in infamy, the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 1968, is a day that will live in infamy. Most Americans can recall...

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Open Letter to the Congressional Black Caucus re: U.S. attacks on Venezuela

We write to urge you to support the international and domestic efforts to thwart the Unites States’ unlawful attempts to change the existing governments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Cuba

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America benefits from the imperfect flawed man, in the perfect role

Former Trump attorney and disgraced, convicted, shameless felon, Michael Cohen, recently gave testimony before Congress focused upon negative allegations against his former boss.

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Want to deliver jobs in New York City? Look To Sylvia’s and Melba’s restaurants in Harlem, not Seattle

While the story of how New York City won, and then lost, 25,000 new Amazon jobs will continue to be debated in the weeks and months ahead, we should not lose sight of the fact that Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature currently have proposals before them that could also potentially jeopardize thousands of jobs for New Yorkers.

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Prosecutors must help those with criminal records secure jobs

To achieve a fairer, more just criminal justice system, prosecutors should not only incarcerate fewer people, they must use the full weight of their offices to help those who already have been convicted (many for low-level crimes) secure employment.

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NAACP Image Awards highlights

To live up to its assessment as the premiere multicultural award show and truly acknowledge the excellence in the broad scope of creative expression the NAACP Image Awards would be one long show or as it plays out currently, a two day fête.

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Local resident Alvis Rogers celebrating 100th birthday

On Saturday, April 13, Alvis Rogers will celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends.

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Cicely Tyson honored during Women’s History Month at Ruby’s Vintage

Oscar Award winning actress and Harlem native Cicely Tyson was among the distinguished women to be recognized at the “Celebrating Today’s Renaissance Woman” reception

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Pan-Hellenic Council joining with Got to Stop against human trafficking

Got To Stop has partnered with The National Pan-Hellenic Council of New York City to lead a community call to action, “Got to Stop Trafficking Walk!” on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Kobe Bryant visits Mamba League Youth Clinic in Harlem

Former NBA player Kobe Bryant visited a Mamba League Youth Clinic—a collaboration between Nike, Bryant and Children’s Aid—at the Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem.

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National Action Network kicks off national convention

The National Action Network (NAN) kicks off its 28th annual national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Wednesday, April 3—the event runs through Saturday, April 6.

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INJUSTICE SERVED: Chanel Lewis found guilty–Appeal imminent

Cheers and applause filled the courtroom when verdict read that Chanel Lewis was the guilty of the murder of Karina Vetrano.

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AG James sues opioid distributors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between June 2017 and June 2018, a record 31,500 people in the United States died from synthetic opioid overdoses.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #113

Chances are you haven’t heard of the E-Poll Market Research, and that stands to reason because it’s not publicly available.

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The education of the Knicks’ youngsters bears positive potential

When Kevin Knox scored a career high 31 points against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 13, shooting 12-23, in a 108-105 Knicks loss, the promise of the 19-year-old rookie was palpable.

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Trailblazing lighting designer Shirley Prendergast passes

Shirley Prendergast departed this life to join the ancestors on Feb. 26, 2019.

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Dr. John Marshall Kilimanjaro Sr., 1930-2019

Dr. John Marshall Kilimanjaro (né Stevenson) Sr., professor, civil rights activist, trailblazing newspaper founder and publisher of the Carolina Peacemaker, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point, N.C. John was born on June 6, 1930, in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Isabell Lawson Broy Stevenson, a Registered Nurse, and the late Arthur Leonard Stevenson, a Pullman Porter.

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Solving problems with math and music

Harvard-trained mathematician and popular jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller teams up with jazz pianist and math professor Rob Schneiderman to unveil the secrets behind successful problem solving at Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math+Music Salon, on Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m. at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), located at 11 East 26th Street across the street from Madison Square Park.

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Nets try to hang on to postseason spot

The Brooklyn Nets have just come off their longest and hardest road trip of the season.

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Diverse books are lacking in the NYC elementary curriculum

Kadija Kone still remembers the first time she read a book with a main character that looked like her.

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NCAA must put smart systems in place for the end of one-and-done

Last Saturday, one day before Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke University men’s basketball team were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Michigan State 68-67, the all-time winningest coach in Division I basketball history (1,132 wins) expressed trepidation.

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The Yankees begin the 2019 season beset by injuries

The Yankees have started the 2019 season, one which they envision will end with them winning the World Series championship, facing unforeseen challenges.

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Francis aims for gymnastics history

Danusia Francis made quite the impression at the Superstars of Gymnastics competition held on March 23 in London, England.

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Women’s Final Four is set

It’s a clash of the titans with one upstart added to the battle. The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament reaches its climax as the Final Four gets underway tomorrow in Tampa.

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Wilt Chamberlain, still a man of the ages, as stated by pop culture

James Harden, the bearded Houston Rockets MVP guard, tied Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 20 consecutive games with 30 points or more which hadn’t been broken or challenged in over 50 years.

Tommie Agee, team record holder and amazing Met

Like millions of American boys, I once dreamed of being a Major League Baseball player.

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It’s down to four then to two from the NCAA field of 68

The best four remaining NCAA men’s college basketball teams in the nation playing Saturday night, April 6.

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Community Calendar: April 4 - April 10

Check out what's going on in the community this week.

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Is it a vitamin B-12 deficiency?

Which way is your health going? Up or down? Or maybe sideways? In other words, do you feel as good as you should? Aging has nothing to do with how you feel.

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Educational summer vacations for kids

With a little digging, you can find opportunities that offer fun and an educational experience for the family. Here are a few ideas.

That Fox News howler and the dumbing of America

On Saturday, March 30, the U.S. State Department announced that the Trump administration was cutting off aid to what is referred to as the “Northern Triangle,” or the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Sarasota, Fla.’s Newtown community added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail as southernmost attraction

Visit Sarasota County is pleased to announce the addition of The Newtown African-American Heritage Trail as an official attraction on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which has more than 100 attractions across 15 states.

Pilots take pay cut to keep lifeline island hopper afloat

People in the tiny tourism dependent Eastern Caribbean islands rely heavily on small island-hopping commuter airlines to move around the region.

CAYMAN ISLANDS WELCOMES NEW HOTEL, NEW KIND OF HOSPITALITY

The thriving Cayman Islands’ accommodation market welcomes a newcomer with a fresh, modern feel, ideally located in the heart of the world famous Seven Mile Beach corridor.

Keeping the Highlander Center in our thoughts

Tennessee suffered a fire that destroyed an entire building and countless artifacts from the Civil Rights Movement and social justice struggles from several decades past.

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Weingarten calls DeVos a liar over teachers’ union comments

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten called out Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying she lied about the teachers’ unions losing members in the wake of the Janus v. AFSCME decision.

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NYSUT launches campaign to fix ‘broken’ state exams

New York State United Teachers wants Albany to tackle state exams that they feel do more harm than good.

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Former Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson passes at 86

Kenneth Gibson not only made history being elected Newark’s first Black mayor in 1970, he was also the first African-American elected mayor of any major city in the Northeastern United States and the first African-American president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Gibson died in West Orange, N.J., on March 29 from illness.

Arrest made in hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle’s murder

On Tuesday, April 2, Los Angeles police announced that they arrested 29-year-old Eric Holder, the suspected killer of Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered the afternoon of March 31 outside his “Marathon Clothing” store after a “personal dispute.”

Trump: No more aid for three Central American countries

Time and time again the nation has seen what has become a mantra: What Obama has done Trump will undo.

GHANA’S CROWN JEWEL OF BIODIVERSITY THREATENED BY BAUXITE MINING

Environmental groups in Ghana are waging an 11th hour battle to stop the government of Ghana from opening the Atewa Forest Reserve—a crown jewel of biodiversity and a source of three rivers—to commercial large-scale bauxite mining.

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EX-PRESIDENT’S THEFT FROM GAMBIA TOPS $300 MILLION

Experts who follow the money are still scratching their heads as to how a quarter of a billion dollars vanished from the national coffers along with former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh at roughly the same time.

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URBAN AGENDA: New York’s Segregated School System is an Embarrassment

Every time another school shooting occurs in America, it’s common to hear a chorus of “thoughts and prayers,” a symbolic term used by politicians who pretend to care about the tragedy.

Wednesday, April 3

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Local firm touts bail reform as Supreme Court sets standards for release

While a landmark Georgia case has now set the standard for bail, one New York-based law firm is applauding the Empire State’s readiness to address the injustice of cash bails.

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Lori Lightfoot wins Chicago mayoral race, will be first Black woman in role

Lori Lightfoot will be Chicago’s next mayor after Tuesday’s highly anticipated race. She’ll become the first Black woman ever to lead the country’s third-largest city.

Tuesday, April 2

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Marvin Gaye Stamp unveiled in Los Angeles

A first-day-of-issue event for the commemorative stamp honoring the late soul singer Marvin Gaye will be held Tuesday at the Greek Theatre on the 80th anniversary of his birth.

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Judge in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case blasts Krasner for trying to block latest appeal

The Pennsylvania judge in the Mumia Abu-Jamal case has issued an opinion blasting Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner for trying to block the world-famous death row inmate from having a chance to reargue his case in front of the state’s high court.

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5 ways to prevent financial child abuse in African American families

A child doesn’t have to be bruised to experience abuse. There are many other ways a child can be harmed. One being Financial Child Abuse.

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Jury finds Chanel Lewis guilty in death of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano

A jury found Chanel Lewis guilty Monday night in the 2016 murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano.

Monday, April 1

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Tackling the high cost of student loan debt

There’s no way around it: Americans are drowning in student loan debt, collectively owing $1.5 trillion. Rising college costs mean that number isn’t likely to drop much in the next few decades.

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle dead at 33

Rapper Nipsey Hussle has reportedly died in a shooting in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon.

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Census 2020: For all to count, all must be counted

While every Census faces challenges and even controversies, the count remains important because it’s the federal government’s very first responsibility to the U.S. Constitution.

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Report reveals how the NCAA shortchanges Black men

With March Madness entering its final stages and the recent college admissions scandal continuing to unfurl, all eyes are on higher education.