Stories for August 2019

Saturday, August 31

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City Council member wants NYPD racial data on traffic stops

Queens City Council Member Donovan Richards wants to get some numbers on police traffic stops.

Friday, August 30

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400 Years in Virginia. 500 Years in Slavery.

In August 2018, the National Newspaper Publishers Association began a series on the transatlantic slave trade.

Thursday, August 29

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J’Ouvert and West Indian Day Parade 2019: Everything you need to know

Colorful, costumed crowds will take on the streets of Brooklyn as the sound of steel drums flood the streets at one of the largest Caribbean Carnival celebrations in New York City.

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NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of Democratic primary

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced she is dropping out of the Democratic Presidential primary on Wednesday on her Twitter account.

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Althea Gibson finally gets her due—a U.S. Open statue

The start of this season’s U.S. Open began in its usual, celebratory fashion, this year honoring legendary tennis great Althea Gibson.

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Serena begins her quest for a 24th Grand Slam at the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is like home to Serena Williams. She has won six women’s singles titles there and two doubles championships.

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McGowan seeks greater diversity in cycling

Last week’s Colorado Classic presented by VF Corporation was cyclist Ayesha McGowan’s first time competing at altitude.

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Liberty playoff hopes end with loss to Mercury

Tuesday night’s 95–82 loss to the Phoenix Mercury put an end to the New York Liberty’s hopes of making a late season playoff push.

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The greatest tennis players descend upon Queens once again for this year’s Open

The new season of “Power” and the U.S. Open are the hottest things popping off this week.

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Giants prepare for one last look at players on the bubble

Quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and defensive back Dandre Baker don’t have to worry about a dreaded meeting with Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman informing them they’ve been cut before the 4 p.m. deadline this Saturday for teams to set their 53-man roster.

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Mets momentum stalls as they hunt a wild card berth

The Atlanta Braves are the Mets’ kryptonite.

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NFL players choose long-term health over increased wealth

Football is a collision sport; a violent collision sport. Many athletes who play the game for an extended period pay a steep physical and often mental price.

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5 tips to detox before the end of summer

As summer winds down, some people who ditched their New Year’s weight-loss resolutions may re-dedicate themselves to looking good.

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Holding on to one’s independence

If you want to experience how difficult it is to get through a day without the use of the thumb and index finger, just immobilize your thumb with a wooden splint.

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EMPD celebrates 30 years

EMPD celebrated their 30th anniversary as a group in Crotona Park in the Bronx as part of the SummerStage Concert Series.

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Richmond’s arts scene makes for a perfect getaway

Richmond, Virginia, ironically the site of founding father Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech, was for decades, a major hub of the North American slave trade.

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8 immigration news headlines you may have missed in a week

There’s no denying that when it comes to immigration under the Trump administration, the news cycle is moving at a fast and furious pace.

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Caribbean braces for first major storm action in 2019

Countries in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States sub grouping of the Caribbean Community this week braced for the first major storm of the 2019 hurricane season as Tropical Storm Dorian set its sights on a region still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Celebrating Michael Jackson's birthday

Michael Joseph Jackson was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.

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Al Mathieu: let’s build a community

Al Mathieu, a Brownsville, Brooklyn, native aids his community however he can.

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While We Are Still Here holds 4th annual Sugar Hill Music Fest Sept. 7

New York City’s longest-running house band, Harlem’s own Sugar Hill Quartet (with a very special guest) will co-headline While We Are Still Here’s 4th Annual Sugar Hill Music Festival

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Author Paule Marshall, whose novels merged Black worlds

At a lunch date in 1983 at the University of Iowa, I met the acclaimed author Paule Marshall for the first time.

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Korey Wise distributes school supplies and inspiration in Schomburg Plaza

Excited parents and children greeted Korey Wise, one of the Exonerated Five, as he returned to Schomburg Plaza to distribute backpacks and school supplies and help children get ready for the first day of school.

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First Black fighter pilot, Eugene Bullard

During a recent conversation with Ed Dwight, once among the most celebrated pilots in the nation, and my goddaughter who is in the process of becoming a commercial airline pilot, I thought of Eugene Bullard.

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Talking SCHOP! Bronx Little Italy, Part II

Last I left you, I was finally making a left onto the legendary Arthur Avenue, aka Bronx’s Little Italy.

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The value of rejection

I was recently talking to a friend who did not receive a job she applied for. I then spoke to a former student about not getting into a graduate program of interest to her.

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Pay TV titan AT&T continues its scorched earth ways

In early June 2019, in an opinion piece for the television industry trade magazine BROADCASTING & CABLE, I expressed my displeasure and befuddlement at AT&T/DirecTV discontinuing retransmission consent negotiations that had been underway for months with my Howard StirkHoldings’ stations.

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To address our urban gun violence crisis, focus on handguns

Recently, a familiar debate arose—one that has almost become a national ritual.

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Danger: how New York City targets minority nightlife

In 1926, during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, New York City enacted the Cabaret Law.

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NYSUT, others say ‘pump the brakes’ on state test bragging

New York City’s mayor and the schools chancellor touted the latest gains on the state English and math exams, but the state teachers’ union wants them to slow down.

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CEOs sing a new tune, but action must follow

Business Roundtable—a lobbying organization made up of almost 200 chief executives from Apple, Walmart, JPMorgan Chase, and many more of the world’s largest companies—released a statement in August that purports to change the role of corporations in our society.

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Officials announce plan to fix lead pipes in Newark

The water continues running dry in Newark, New Jersey but how long will it take before its even safe to drink?

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Trump waffles on trade war

Trump’s appearance at the recently concluded G-7 summit did little to resolve the ongoing trade war with China.

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HBCU Week taking place Sept. 23-28

The HBCU Hub is hosting the inaugural New York City HBCU Week Sept. 23-28. The week will consist of several events to educate students and families about choosing a Black collegeand the scholarships, careers and financial aid they offer.

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State Sen. Kevin Parker hosts back-to-school giveaway

On Saturday, Aug. 24, State Senator Kevin Parker hosted the 12th Annual Harvest Fest Back-To-School Celebration at Paerdegat Park in Central Brooklyn.

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50th African American Day Parade set for Sept. 15

The 50th Annual African American Day Parade (AADP) is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15, in Harlem.

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Reframing the history of slavery in Angola and the U.S.

f the U.S. has 35,000 museums, a writer asked in 2014, why is only one about slavery?

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‘Black Panther’ sequel date announced

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Harlem Jazz & Music, Miles Davis film, Melvis Santa

The Harlem Jazz & Music Festival began Aug. 10 and runs through Aug. 31. This first annual festival is being presented in a variety of venues throughout Harlem.

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Dynamic Designs for spring/summer ’20

At Madrid’s recent Fashion Week, designer Custo Dalmau created a sensational collection for the brand Custo Barcelona.

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Indonesian Diversity influences fall/winter ’19 looks

Direct from Indonesia, four dynamic designer collections were shown for fall 2019 NYFW. Guests were left in awe by each garment.

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Mother-daughter girls’ trip sparks affordable luxury bath line in BK

Mother and daughter Shaunya and Leona Hartley are women of action who took deliberate steps to make their champagne wishes and business dreams come true.

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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’—a woman runs toward a better life

“Brittany Runs a Marathon” is the debut feature by playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo and is drawn from the life of his best friend, Brittany, an overweight New York woman who decided to change her life—and not just to have a pleasing figure or to improve her health.

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‘Power’ season 6—it’s lights out!

It’s over for STARZ’s New York-based series “Power” as they enter the sixth and final season.

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Lashana Lynch to play the new 007

It has been reported that British actress Lashana Lynch will be taking over the role of 007 in the upcoming continuation of the franchise.

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‘While I Breathe, I Hope’ shows the fight is not yet won

Somber music and an extremely tight close-up of a commemorative plaque greets the viewer at the start of the documentary, “While I Breathe, I Hope.”

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AfroPunk holds 14th Fest in BK

Now in its 14th year, the annual AfroPunk festival has become such a social and cultural mainstay, Brooklynites (and global devotees) instinctively know the arrival of the two-day music showcase signals the last hurrah of summer.

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New polling sparks debate on consolidating Dem candidate pool

Democratic candidates on the polling bubble are fighting to join the third and fourth debates.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go #134

Trump’s former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written a book that includes discussion of his turbulent tenure.

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Eric Garner's family wants every cop in incident fired

The family of Eric Garner told folks that they wouldn’t stop. Looks like they meant it.

Wednesday, August 28

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Dorian officially becomes a hurricane as it approaches Puerto Rico

Dorian strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon as it lashed the British and US Virgin Islands and neared eastern Puerto Rico, threatening floods and landslides in some areas that were hard hit two years ago by Hurricane Maria.

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On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have a Dream” speech

As a crowd of nearly 250,000 people gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these historic words: “I have a dream.”

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Bully Proof Your Kid: Self-esteem, stress management and bully solutions now

If your child has recently shared with you that he or she is being bullied, you are certainly feeling upset and angry right now.

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The importance of a healthy parent teacher relationship

It's the same story every year -- you worry about whether the new teachers will understand your child.

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17 million voters purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018

A Brennan Center analysis has found that at least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, similar to the numbers discovered between 2014 and 2016.

Tuesday, August 27

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Use this website to find Black-owned restaurants

More than 2,000 Black-owned eateries are featured on the new internet-based restaurant locator eatblackowned.com, which launched June 21 intending to support Black-owned restaurants.

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HUD regional director visits NYCHA in Brooklyn

Housing and Urban Development Regional Director toured public housing facilities in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Demonstrators protesting Newark water crisis attempt to mar MTV VMAs red carpet

A group of protesters attempted to rush barricades outside the prudential center Monday, just as the MTV Video Music Awards were getting underway.

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2019 MTV VMAs: Complete list of winners

Check out the full list of winners at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Meek Mill pleads guilty, won’t serve more time in prison

Rapper Meek Mill has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge to resolve a case that’s kept him on probation for most of his adult life.

Monday, August 26

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Social media and the teenager

Social media is a natural part of life for many people with statistics regularly being reported on its usage.

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How to find the best back-to-school deals

With households nationwide spending $27.6 billion on items like clothes, accessories and supplies, back-to-school is now the second biggest shopping season of the year, according to Deloitte research.

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Rochester Black teen sprayed with hose by alleged KKK member

A Black teen in East Rochester, N.Y. is one of the latest victims of hate crimes sweeping the nation after being sprayed with a hose by a white man proclaiming to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Thousands gather to commemorate 400 years since American slavery began

Four hundred years ago, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort on the shores of Virginia.

Saturday, August 24

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How to find the best flight deals

Booking a flight is easy, but finding the best deal may not be as simple.

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Black businesse$, Black consumer$: A necessary alliance

Entrepreneurship is nothing new in the Black community. Black people have historically worked hard to establish, maintain and grow their own businesses to cultivate an economic base in providing goods, products and services to consumers.

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NAACP Observes 400th Anniversary of Slave Trade in Journey from Jamestown to Jamestown

On Sunday, August 18, the NAACP began a journey to honor African ancestors.

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Lead testing in Newark water to extend a few more weeks

Testing to see if city-issued filters are removing enough lead from Newark’s water will last a few more weeks.

Friday, August 23

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Program improves access to healthy food options in Brownsville

Lyft, in partnership with GrowNYC and its community partner, BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers, is improving access to healthy foods for people with inadequate access to full-service grocery stores and farmers markets in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Thursday, August 22

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The NFL–Jay-Z partnership can’t make Colin Kapernick disappear

It’s been eight days since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay-Z met Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the offices of Roc Nation here in New York City to announce what instantly became a controversial and polarizing partnership.

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The US Open has officially begun: Fan Week events entertain tennis fans

No matter what your level of appreciation is for tennis, you have to love the US Open, held here at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens across from Citifield where the New York Mets play.

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Liberty finally break long losing streak

On Tuesday evening, at the end of a three-game road trip, the New York Liberty scored its first win since July with an 82–76 win over the Indiana Fever to snap an eight-game losing streak.

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Méité eager to start her season

It’s beautiful and the people are amazing,” said French figure skater Maé-Bérénice Méité about life in Tampa, Florida, where she has been training for the past year.

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As successful as the Irving–Strickland league is, it’s director seeks a little more

No matter how effortless it can look hosting a summer basketball league, even the best can experience, suffer through some trials and tribulations.

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The Giants defense aims to finish games much better than last season

Leads must be preserved. It’s one of the shortcomings those held over from the Giants defense last season will readily admit and a undeniable source of their 5-11 record. A blown 17-point lead versus the Philadelphia Eagles in a deflating 25-22 loss in Week 12 was a microcosm of the Giants’ season.

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It’s a fine line for the Jets—not getting too high or getting too low

If it was hard to understand why veteran players are apprehensive about playing preseason games, the loss of Avery Williamson—the Jets starting middle linebacker who tore his right knee ACL against the Atlanta Falcons last week, during the team’s second of four preseason games—should clarify it.

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Mandela’s granddaughter joins health foundation as ambassador

Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation (www.globalaccf.org) announced today that Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, South African writer and activist, Zoleka Mandela, is joining the global medical humanitarian organization as an ambassador.

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“Sweet Lorraine” is stunning theater

“Sweet Lorraine,” premiering as part of the inaugural RAVE Theatre Festival is a moving, compassionate production.

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Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones

There is a gospel song that has been sung by many gospel groups titled “Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones.” It tells the story of how the prophet Ezekiel blew breath into despondent folks who were in the Valley of Dry Bones.

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Experience the past and present in Natchez, Mississippi

The past is ever present in Natchez, Mississippi.

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What every immigrant should know about Trump’s public charge rule

Donald Trump’s Public Charge policy, the latest white nationalist move to turn the U.S. into a gated country welcoming only wealthy and white immigrants in the ‘Make America white Again’ agenda.

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The hopes and dreams of children and their community

The future for kids and the Harlem community may lie in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Thanking Ben Carr

Benjamin “Ben” Carr, 69, of Staten Island, N.Y., was born in Rocky Point, N.C. Oct. 10, 1949 to the late Hazel and James Carr.

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Organizations across the city host back-to-school giveaways

With school students in the city headed back to class in a few weeks, several organizations, politicians and groups are giving away school supplies and backpacks to local students.

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Dr. Margaret Just Butcher, educator and political activist

When your father is the famed biologist Ernest Everett Just and the first to receive the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, great things are expected of you, and his daughter Margaret Just Butcher forged her own path of brilliance and achievement.

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The New Harlem Restaurant Week

Get ready to eat, eat, eat in Harlem, all over Harlem, again. It is time for Harlem Restaurant Week, which began on Aug. 19 and ends on Sept. 1.

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Talking SCHOP! Bronx Little Italy, Part II

For years I have heard of the magic of Arthur Avenue, the history, the authenticity, the legacy, but I never experienced it firsthand…until very recently.

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When are we going to get serious about gun control?

Where does one even start? The United States is averaging roughly one massive shooting per day.

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America must take a good look in the mirror

If there was ever a moment in time when we as Americans need to dig deeply and take a good look at ourselves in the mirror—that moment is now.

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No slave commemoration for educators: An open letter to the governor and lieutenant governor of N.J.

We, the educators committed to equality and truth telling of history, are appalled at the disintegration of the 2019 Amistad Summer Institute.

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Pediatricians say racism is devastating to Black children—let’s get to the root cause

It’s amazing how often the news media give big play to an academic report that tells us something Black mothers already knew. Another example of the old wisdom nothing is real until white people discover or acknowledge it.

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32BJ Health Fund launches program to improve members’ maternity care

The 32BJ Health Fund launched a new program this month to help improve the quality and safety of maternity care for is union members.

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Now is the time

Here’s a sad but true fact: labor unions in America are weaker than in other industrialized nations. Today, in America, just 10.5 percent of all workers are in a union, and in the private sector, only one in 16 workers are in a union.

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Nat Turner’s slave rebellion observed in Newark

The ninth annual Nat Turner Slave Rebellion Observance took place on Wednesday at Nat Turner Park in New Jersey.

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Newark water crisis prompts activists to step in, state of emergency requested

Activists are speaking up for Newark residents who are dealing with the city’s water crisis and demanding a swift resolution.

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The Obamas take on Trump

Many Americans are chomping at the bit eager to see “American Factory,” a Netflix documentary produced by Barack and Michelle Obama and their company Higher Ground.

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Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL surprises some, upsets others

It was the brand management heard around the world.

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FAMU president visits Harlem

Florida A&M University President Dr. Larry Robinson recently visited the city as part of FAMU’s National Alumni Association Northeast Regional Conference.

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Harlem children get ready for school with new backpacks and school supplies

Helping Harlem children got ready for the first day of school with the resources they need to succeed.

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SADC Solidarity on ending illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe

On August 18, the 39th Southern African Development Community summit of the heads of state and government held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, declared October 25, 2019 as “A Day of Solidarity to Lift the Illegal Sanctions Imposed on Zimbabwe.”

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Jazzmobile, Charlie Parker Fest, Newport highlights

On Aug. 23 Jazzmobile at Marcus Garvey Park swings with Harlem 100: Mwenso and the Shakes, vocalist Brianna Thomas, South African vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and special guest saxophonist Fred Wesley (James Brown band), and drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Possewith a show 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Art curator Valerie Cassel Oliver talks success in the arts

Valerie Cassel Oliver is an African-American staple of the modern and contemporary art world.

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Richmond, VA celebrates one of its most accomplished African-American women

“Richmond has an amazing history and a lot of people have come out of this space that folks don’t know,” says Enjoli Moon, a longtime Richmond resident.

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Made in Africa Designers Hit NYFW

Made In Africa S/S 2020 will hit the NYFW runways at Pier 50 Studios on Sept. 5, 2019 at 5 p.m. For the company’s first time showing in NYC, they will introduce runway presentations from two contemporary African designers Maxhosa Africa and Eliana Murargy.

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Fall ’19 accessories make fashion statements

After a successful launch of the Luxury Women’s Ready to Wear Collection during Paris Fashion Week Spring 2019, Dara Senders launched her new Fall/Winter ’19 accessories collection with a three-day presentation.

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Richard Wright classic ‘Native Son’ gets stage treatment at the Duke Theater

The Acting Company is presenting “Native Son” with a book by Nambi E. Kelley. Based on the 1940 novel by Richard Wright, it looks at the way in which Black men were perceived by white society decades ago—namely, as stupid, criminal, unworthy.

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‘David Makes Man’—a brilliant, instant classic now on OWN

Oscar winner and Tony nominee Tarell Alvin McCraney’s first television project “David Makes Man,” which premiered Aug. 14 on the Oprah Winfrey Network—OWN, is an instant classic.

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Sherri Shepherd gives epic performance in ‘Brian Banks’

The world knows Sherri Shepherd, 52, as a very funny woman. A standup comic, she earned her spot in comedy by performing all over the U.S. before landing it big as one of the hosts on “The View.”

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Culture takes center stage at Apollo’s Harlem Week Celebration

One of the highlights of the Harlem Week 2019’s cornucopia of events celebrating the past, present and future milestones of the world’s most famous Black community throughout July and August was a stimulating conversation with leaders of some of Harlem’s outstanding cultural institutions that took place at the Apollo Theatre Thursday, Aug. 15.

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Advocacy group files lawsuit against NYPD over bodycam footage

A civil rights advocacy group is suing the New York Police Department for bodycam footage.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go #133

OK, which of the noxious comments from Trump or preposterous proposals do you want to air this week?

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Killer Cop Fired: 'Five years too late'

NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill tried his best to bury the lede, but the firing of Daniel Pantaleo rang bells around the five boroughs.

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URBAN AGENDA: A Racist Trump Declares War on Immigrants of Color

The Trump administration is making its boldest move yet to cause a great deal of suffering for immigrants who are here legally, and at the same time to make it harder for aspiring Americans to enter the country through legal channels.

Wednesday, August 21

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NYPD sergeant will keep job, loses 20 vacation days over her role in Eric Garner’s death

The NYPD sergeant who supervised Daniel Pantaleo — the officer responsible for Eric Garner’s 2014 chokehold death — will keep her job and lose 20 vacation days, according to reports Wednesday.

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COMMENTARY: Mental Health Awareness Matters

With so much going on in the world today, there are many real-world issues that are in need of our focus.

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Parents sues school officials they say used Sharpie to cover son’s new haircut

The parents of a middle school student are suing a Houston-area school district and school officials in federal court for allegedly coloring in his hair design earlier this year with a black permanent marker.

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5 shooting deaths in under 24 hours across Queens, Brooklyn

It was a violent day across the city Tuesday, with five fatal shootings in Queens and Brooklyn in less than 24 hours, according to the NYPD.

Tuesday, August 20

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Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

History commonly and most often points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now the United States.

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Another Black Man Targeted, Tasered and Beaten by Police

All eyes across the nation have been on the city of Baytown, Texas, ever since an unarmed Black woman, 44-year-old Pamela Turner, was shot to death on video by Baytown Police Officer Juan Delacruz

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Garner family wants statewide chokehold ban after Pantaleo firing

“Commissioner O’Neill, I thank you for doing the right thing.”

Monday, August 19

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NEC production of 'Imminently Yours' carried powerful message

One of the purposes of Black Theatre is to powerfully tell our stories, enrich our lives and let the world know the struggles and the issues that Black people have not only endured, by managed to thrive through.

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Channelling Eartha Kitt In 'Down To Eartha'

What do you really know about Eartha Kitt?

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Channelling Eartha Kitt In 'Down To Eartha'

What do you really know about Eartha Kitt?

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“SHEnanigans” - a theatrical masterpiece!

I love that Lewis created “SHEnanigans” because it is a healing, funny, therapeutic production to experience.

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Daniel Pantaleo fired from the NYPD for Eric Garner killing

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil fired former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the 2014 police death of Eric Garner.

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Historians retrace first Africans in America

Four hundred years ago on Aug. 20, 1619, the English warship White Lion docked at Port Comfort (now Fort Monroe), Virginia.

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Meet the 11-Year Old Genius Who Just Started High School

Dionn Megginson, an 11-year old girl from Texas, is making her way to excellence. At such an early age, she has just recently started classes as a 9th grader in high school.

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Committee Chairs Request Information from Consumer Bureau on Efforts to Protect Student Loan Borrowers

Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger requesting information and records concerning the CFPB’s efforts to protect consumers from unlawful student loan servicing practices.

Saturday, August 17

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John Coltrane's 'Blue World' album set for release

John Coltrane and his classic quartet still have unissued music to offer 21st-century listeners.

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Sixth annual SOURCE360 Conference and Festival taking place in Brooklyn and Harlem

The sixth annual SOURCE360 Conference and Festival is set for Aug. 15-18 with events happening in two locations in the city.

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Federal judge set to rule on next steps in Newark water crisis

Newark residents are pushing for more bottled water amid the city's lead crisis

Friday, August 16

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Stacey Abrams Says She’d Serve as Vice President

The overcrowded Democratic presidential field has a record six women seeking the nomination.

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School admissions changes will make it easier for parents, students: officials

The middle school and high school admissions process for students in New York City is about to get a lot easier, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza, the head of the city's school system.

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Gov. Cuomo proposes law to redefine domestic terrorism motivated by hate

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a first-in-nation domestic terrorism law that would include mass violence motivated by hate.

Thursday, August 15

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Despite another loss, spirits high at Liberty’s UNITY Day

The New York Liberty lost 84–69 to the Seattle Storm on Sunday afternoon as the team made its regular season debut at Barclays Center.

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The sad rise and fall of basketball prince Sebastian Telfair

Fifteen years ago, March 17, 2004, this reporter stood in front of a smiling, round faced teenager in a locker room at Madison Garden. Sebastian Telfair, 18-years-old, exuded pure joy and confidence.

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Jr. NBA Global Championship brings young talent together

From Aug. 6–11 an impressive array of international basketball talent convened in Orlando, Florida for the 2019 Jr. NBA Global Championship. Top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls from around the U.S. and the world played some ferocious games and met icons of the sport such as Dwyane Wade and Swin Cash.

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Slam Jam Classic closes out another summer league season

Summer league youth basketball is concluding here in the boroughs.

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The year of the QB for the Giants continues against the Bears

This year is the year of the quarterback for the Giants. It is about whether rookie Daniel Jones will be inserted as the starter before the season ends or if Eli Manning will firmly maintain the position he has held since his rookie season of 2004 for the entire 16-game schedule in the final year of his contract.

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Jets new coordinators are well traveled—on both sides of the ball

With the hiring of new Jets head coach Adam Gase comes a new offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator.

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With success last season and this summer, more eyes will focus on Brooklyn’s schedule

The off-season signings of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and their six-seed 2018-2019 season finish will bring more eyes and give more shine to the Brooklyn Nets, who’ve announced their upcoming season schedule this week.

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Mets try to stay hot in the heat of the playoff race

Over the past five weeks, the Mets have resiliently and what has been unforeseen by most followers of Major League Baseball, rocketed their way into playoff contention.

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Neck pain can be a real you-know-what

You may have been called “a pain in the neck” or bothered by someone you consider to be a pain in the neck, but worse than that can be having real pain in the neck.

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Berries are berry good for you

If the great baseball player Darryl Strawberry would have eaten more strawberries, he may have prevented the development of colon cancer.

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St. John: A small island with a lot to offer

St. John is the smallest of the three islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Thomas is the capital and there’s St. Croix, the largest of the trio.

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10 key facts about America’s growing immigrant population that drives white supremacists batty

While many around the world are still reeling from the fact that a young white man, fueled by hate propagated by White Supremacists and the xenophobic rhetoric of the president of the United States drove hundreds of miles to the border town of El Paso to massacre 22 Latinos...

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Were they fair to Telfair?

Hip-Hop, basketball, and hustlers! That trinity of entities were immortalized by the late, great Notorious B.I.G. with lyric ‘Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot.’

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #132

While we are certainly alarmed to learn that the Trump administration, through the U.S. Department of Interior, where Wilber Ross is the overseer, is in the process of changing how the Endangered Species Act will be implemented, the move is consistent with Trump’s outlook on all things living, and a few dead.

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Tommie G. Eaddy—Chess, good conversation and a haircut

There are many barbershops across New York, but there is something special about Everything Nice.

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Church of Christ donates food and supplies in Brownsville

As the city announced that Brownsville, Brooklyn will now receive $9 million in the wake of the recent mass shooting which injured 11 and killed one person

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How to be thrifty during back-to-school shopping

Back-to-school shopping is quite a daunting task and it can get pretty expensive for many parents. The children want all of the fancy, new and character-covered school products on the market and many parents feel compelled to spend a lot of their hard-earned cash on said school supplies.

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Harlem Jazz Boxx, Jazz Gallery, Scott at Smoke, Mansion

The Harlem Jazz Boxx Series is the most reflective series of jazz in the community on Tuesdays from noon–2 p.m. ($15); and Fridays from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. ($20), at the Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street.

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NY Giants great running back Ron Johnson

Northwestern High School in Detroit has produced a number of world class athletes, including baseball greats Willie Horton and Alex Johnson, and Olympic Gold medalist Henry Carr.

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Hair care news for your hair, wigs or weaves

Whether you are wearing a weave, a wig, or your own hair, your hair is your crown and glory.

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Vegan vibes in BK

Black VegFest 2019 recently took place in Brooklyn at the historic Weeksville Heritage Center.

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Fare evaders, MTA mismanagement, and what next

I have recently noticed the signs on my subway commute warning riders that “Fare evaders will be prosecuted” if they are caught not paying their $2.75 fare.

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Glemaud’s back-to-school knits for fall

Fashion feels almost like the ’70s when there are so many Black designers on the scene.

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Insularity or innovation: The precarious future of HBCUs

It has been an open secret for years that the writing is on the wall for most HBCUs. The reasons are myriad, but principally because HBCUs no longer command a monopoly on attendees created by de jure segregation.

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Make your carbon footprint kick rocks

If you’re not conscientious of the waste you produce, and the ways that your carbon footprint impacts our planet, you should be.

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Exploring Caribbean roots at Akwaaba gallery

Newark’s Akwaaba Gallery will a host a reception on Friday, Aug. 16, from 6-9 p.m., for the opening of “Origins: Memories from the Metropolis,” an exhibition featuring 8 artists who all received their professional training in the metropolis of New York, but trace their origins to the nations of the Caribbean archipelago.

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Chancellor Carranza does damage control

Over the last few months, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has been trying to walk a fine line between several groups of public school stakeholders.

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‘While I Breathe’ docu follows young, Black Democrat in the Deep South

Moviegoers will get an inside look at the modern American political landscape as director Emily Harrold’s “While I Breathe, I Hope” comes to Brooklyn’s Stuart Cinema this August.

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Immigrant car workers file lawsuit against New Jersey car wash

Eight immigrant car wash workers in New Jersey are taking their boss to court.

32BJ condemns government for ICE raid in Mississippi

U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations raided Koch Foods’ food processing plants in Mississippi arresting 680 people, the majority of them Hispanic.

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‘Councilwoman’ chronicles immigrant’s dual life as hotel housekeeper, council member

When we meet Carmen Castillo in Margo Guernsey’s “Councilwoman,” she is already a councilwoman, a part-time gig for which she receives roughly $18,000 a year.

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Newark responds to lead in drinking water

Follow-up test results provided on Aug. 9, 2019, have shown that a small sample of water filters (2 of 3) provided to the city of Newark may not be removing lead to the low levels expected by city, state and federal officials.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey: Rise Africans, rise!

The 79th annual Marcus Garvey Black Power Parade, which treks through Central Harlem, is scheduled for this Saturday afternoon. It departs from the corner of 124th Street and Marcus Garvey Park West, at the very park which honors his legacy.

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Basquiat’s art evokes Michael Stewart

When it comes to police misconduct/brutality it is hard to dismiss the image of Eric Garner being taken down in a chokehold.

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Polls show Trump doing poorly in suburbs of battleground states

Democratic presidential candidates are sure to chafe at the news of Trump’s plans on green cards that will favor the wealthy and the major changes his administration is making to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, but they do have some good news to cheer

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Make room for rumba! The Cuban dance form is coming for Harlem Week!

“One of the things that kids in Cuba do,” London-based artist Jessica Angel explains, “is that within the school system, they regularly have classes in museums.

Metro Briefs

As the one-year look-back window under the Child Victims Act opens this week, several lawsuits were filed moments after midnight by sexual abuse survivors.

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‘Untouchable’ Louison busted for immigration fraud in Brooklyn

Brenda and Kathy (names changed for privacy), who spoke to The Caribbean American Weekly recently, alleged that Arleigh Louison, a Grenadian national and New York resident, had defrauded them as he orchestrated a sham immigration practice in an office building located on 223rd Lenox Road, Brooklyn, adjacent to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke’s office.

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East NY activists and leaders want mayor, city to keep NYCHA promises

While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fruitless campaign for presidency moves along, public housing residents just want him to keep his promises.

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Charge ’em out: Trump administration looks to make immigrant life harder

This week, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli reworded Emma Lazarus’ famous poem to CNN’s Erin Burnett.

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Colombia’s Zulia Mena, imprisoned and in need of support

One of Colombia’s most prominent Afro Colombian politicians has been languishing since February 12, 2019, in a prison cell, while fighting a series of criminal charges.

Wednesday, August 14

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A$AP Rocky found guilty in Swedish assault case, but won’t go back to jail

A Swedish court found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault Wednesday for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm, but he won’t serve more jail time.

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Nearly 100,000 sign petition to rename street by Trump Tower after Obama

More than 93,000 people have signed an online petition to rename a block of a Manhattan Avenue after former President Barack Obama – a block that just so happens to be the home of Trump Tower.

Tuesday, August 13

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Racial and low-Income family Healthcare disparities remain

Although the percentage of Americans without health insurance is far below what it was a decade ago.

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COMMENTARY: Calling Out Racism, White Supremacy and White Nationalism is More Vital Than Ever

The spectre of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others that wrongly maintain that the American flag and free speech provide them with moral justification and protection for their...

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Three Day Event Planned to Commemorate First African Landing in Virginia

In August 1619, more than 20 Africans landed at Old Point Comfort, the present-day Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., and were forced into labor as slaves.

Thursday, August 8

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Report finds lead in NYC public elementary schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to eliminate lead exposure by 2029.

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‘It’s not testing, it’s racism, stupid!’

Racism, not testing, is the No. 1 issue affecting the education and mis-education of Black children in NYC.

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Medical trailblazer Dr. Edith Irby Jones

When her older sister, Juanita, died during a typhoid epidemic in Arkansas in the 1930s, Edith Irby Jones set her mind on becoming a doctor.

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Made in Harlem

Last week Harlem Park to Park and their Harlem Local Vendor Program held their first annual Harlem Summer Food Show Gourmet & Specialty Food Expo at the newly renovated Settepani Café.

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Community responds to mass shootings

Reports state that people in the U.S. are more likely to be killed by a gun shooting than residents in any other country.

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Talking SCHOP! The Plan for you

For some of my Talking SCHOP! longtime readers, you might remember a period when I was on an eating program called The Plan from New York Times best-selling author and former Harlem resident, Lyn-Genet Recitas.

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Just get out of the way

My frustration and anger with Mayor de Blasio is growing more and more palpable by the day.

Social isolation and political divisions are turning our youth into killers

By now it should be obvious to most people that mass killings do not take place in a vacuum.

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Beloved author Toni Morrison, dead at 88

“We die,” Toni Morrison said at the conclusion of her Nobel Prize address in 1993.

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What is the secret to African-Americans winning more elections?

In 2019, and 2020, African-Americans have the capacity and ability to win more political offices, on the local, state and federal level than ever before.

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Desensitized, but sensitive: Being young in a gun culture era

This past weekend two mass shootings took place within 24 hours of each other, leaving 29 dead and even more wounded. If you’re not from the U.S. or are unfamiliar with the gun culture that plagues our nation, that statement might startle you.

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NYSUT praises bill authorizing stop-arm cameras on school buses

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a key component of his “Justice Agenda” this week.

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CWA President Emeritus Morton Bahr dead at 93

The second day of the biannual Communication Workers of America’s convention in Las Vegas last week brought some sad news.

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America’s Domestic Terrorism

This past weekend’s cowardly shooting sprees in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio—which resulted in the deaths of 31 people and the serious wounding of approximately four dozen more—once again casts a spotlight on the murderous violence which permeates throughout the land of the free.

Metro Briefs

Attorney General Letitia James, along with a coalition of 38 states, has sent a letter to Congress urging them to remove federal barriers that are currently preventing health care providers from offering treatment for opioid use disorder.

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Our fight for reparations

The Dec. 12th Movement International Secretariat will host a screening of the “Durban 400,” a documentary film of the historic World Conference against Racism held in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

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Republican legislator introduces bill making dousing NYPD with liquid a felony

In response to a series of incidents, one Republican elected official wants to make spraying cops with liquids a crime.

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Ghana says they are open for cultural exchange, tourism, visits and relocation

It is official that the Ghanaian government is reaching out to folk from the diaspora to consider the African nation as a viable place to visit, relocate, expand investment opportunities and do business with.

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He named his movement ‘Revolution Now’ and they jailed him

The Nigerian political sphere is in the mainstream again after political activist/leader of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has been arrested and jailed following claims by Nigerian security agents that he was a threat to democracy and has committed treason.

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Rough going continues for the Liberty

Another game, another loss and another step further from the playoffs. Despite promising moments and decent performances, the New York Liberty continues to lose.

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Champ Bailey uses the HOF platform to deliver a message on race

Champ Bailey delivered a powerful message.

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Dermon Player and Dwayne Mitchell—two of New York City’s most notable basketball coaches

In American sports rivalries, the New Yankees versus the Boston Red Sox, Duke Basketball versus UNC, and Michigan Football versus Ohio State are the most.

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New York to host annual One Africa Global weekend!

Summer is not summer unless New York hosts the annual One Africa Global weekend! Africa’s biggest musical artists converge on the Big Apple to show up and show out.

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Amazin’ Mets fight their way back into the playoff race

Fifty years ago, in 1969, the legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel tagged his team with the moniker Amazin’ Mets, as they transformed from being a directionless 73-89 outfit a year earlier, ninth in the then 10-team National League, to finishing first in the newly formed National League East division with a record of 100-62.

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Giants open preseason hosting the Jets with a remade roster

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is the shared home of the Giants and Jets, although it is the Giants who will officially be the host for tonight’s preseason opener for both teams.

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Ashley's Aquarian Age

Use this week’s energy to get that project started that you’ve been thinking about all year. If you find yourself thinking about traveling, by all means, do it.

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It’s fun for the Jets’ new head coach now, but it’s just preseason

When the New York Jets hired Adam Gase as their head coach at the end of last season, about 12 days after firing Todd Bowles, there were questions and apprehension about Gase’s hiring.

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BMHC, Harlem week, jazz in the valley

On Aug. 8, Bronx Music Heritage Center at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd., will present its new series New Voices in Latin Music, at 7 p.m. New Bojaira (Bo-hi-ra) blends jazz improvisation with flamenco rhythms and singing to create a combination a multi-cultural excursion.

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Francis makes history at Pan-Am Games

Already back at training the day after returning from the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, gymnast Danusia Francis allowed herself a moment to savor her accomplishments.

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Nas releases ‘Lost Tapes 2’

Queens native, rapper and entrepreneur Nas has released a new collection of music titled “The Lost Tapes 2” (Mass Appeal/Def Jam.

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Youth teams battle for Rucker championships in Harlem

The Rucker championships were held on Sunday, morning through the afternoon, concluding their 10 week summer league basketball program.

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Cool fashion & art news updates

At Alice + Olivia, summer ’19, cool summer looks are about colorful mix-ups in bold prints and patterns. Make the most of leg-lengthening looks like shorter skirts, jumpsuits, longer pants and shorts. Cropped tees are tops.

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Health Dept., providers, to improve care for patients with history of criminal justice involvement

The Health Department announced a campaign to educate health care providers on how to care for patients who disclose a history of criminal justice involvement.

Studio 189: Sustainable Styles for fall

At NYFW, Studio 189’s first fall collection stunned the audience with modern yet functional designs and entertainment. Founded by actress Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, Studio 189 is an artisan produced fashion lifestyle brand and social enterprise. Presented at Spring Studios, this collection leveled the season with a display of beautiful prints and well-tailored clothes for men, women and children in sustainable fabrics.

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A little touch is never too much

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

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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’—family entertainment at it’s best

It’s been 20 years since Dora the Explorer was first introduced to audiences, the character was 7 years old. The show has since become a classic and an effective teaching tool, with Dora traveling the world asking questions and solving puzzles, alongside her big-mouthed backpack and a curious monkey, Boots.

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‘Luce’ a question on tolerance as an African child soldier finds safety in America

The new indie film “Luce”—based on the JC Le’s off-Broadway play in its transformation from the stage to the big screen—retains its ability to generate conversation on the issues of prejudice, racism, and what it means to embrace American opportunities.

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Art, culture and sun: an off-peak season Miami getaway

With hot and humid temps soaring into the 90s during the summer months, May through September is considered off-peak season.

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TEDx Harlem is back for this year’s Harlem Week!

It’s been seven years since TEDx was in Harlem but it’s back for this year’s Harlem Week, and better than ever! Local, independent versions of TED Talks, TEDx events deliver the same inspirational, forward-thinking ideas; from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages.

Scottish university pays £20mil, admits slavery link

After irrefutable evidence of its links to the trans-Atlantic slave trade were recently exposed, a Scottish university has stepped forward to offer Sterling 20 million as first-step reparatory justice payments for its role in the worst crime against humanity.

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Commissioner Wanda M. Leonard elected new mayor of Upper Marlboro

Wanda M. Leonard, who has served as a commissioner in the town of Upper Marlboro, Maryland for the past 18 months, was elected president of the board of commissioners (mayor) for the town of Upper Marlboro in a special meeting July 1. Leonard succeeds Tonga Turner, who resigned last month to spend more time with her husband and their young sons and to focus on her professional career.

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“It ain’t over,” Sharpton declared

After an interminably long five years, the wheels of justice finally moved a notch Friday, Aug. 2, when Judge Rosemarie Maldonado, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of aTrials recommended that Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired from the department for his role in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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American Airlines adds third daily Miami flight to St. Thomas

MIAMI—The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has announced the addition of a third American Airlines daily flight between Miami and St. Thomas in time for the winter season.

Waxing poetic in the face of change

Walking up and down these streets just don’t feel the same.

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Staten Island’s First Central Baptist Church hosts annual health fair

The First Central Baptist Church of Staten Island just held their Church Community Cookout and Nurse Ministry Health Fair.

He named his movement ‘Revolution Now’ and they jailed him

The Nigerian political sphere is in the mainstream again after political activist/leader of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has been arrested and jailed following claims by Nigerian security agents that he was a threat to democracy and has committed treason.

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We are born ‘Worthy’

Michelle Hollinger, author of ‘Worthy,’ said that her mystical journey for more than a decade has led her to the path of spirituality.

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URBAN AGENDA: Putting Workers’ Rights at the Top of the Progressive Agenda

Our mayor has been taking some hits from the press, and his critics, for pursuing his presidential ambitions.

Wednesday, August 7

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Closing Rikers Must Mean Ending Solitary Confinement

Mayor Bill de Blasio is determined to close the detention complex at Rikers Island, a priority many New Yorkers rightfully support.

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NYC pledges $9M to aid area after Brooklyn festival shooting

New York City plans to spend $9 million to enhance anti-violence efforts, crisis response, security and other programs in the Brooklyn neighborhood where gunfire killed one person and wounded 11 others at a community festival.

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Cyntoia Brown, ex-sex slave convicted of killing man who bought her, released from prison

Cyntoia Brown was released from prison early Wednesday morning after being granted clemency by then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in January, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Tuesday, August 6

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Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88.

Monday, August 5

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Jesse Jackson slams 'dangerous' Trump rhetoric

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has condemned recent outbursts by President Donald Trump targeting lawmakers of color and inner cities as “dangerous, divisive and diversionary” and says he believes they are fueling white nationalist extremism.

Sunday, August 4

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2 mass shootings in less than 24 hours shock US

It took just 30 seconds in Ohio and zero bullets in Texas for officers to stop two mass shooters this weekend, but not before 29 people were killed and about 50 injured in less than 24 hours.

Friday, August 2

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REPORTS: NYPD judge recommends Daniel Pantaleo be terminated from police force

An NYPD judge has recommended that Daniel Pantaleo, the officer at the center of the Eric Garner case, be terminated from the police force.

Thursday, August 1

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Barry blazes on Broadway!

Manilow IS A MIRACLE on Broadway!

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Electeds demand shuttle buses to replace closed elevators at 181st Street A Train Station

State Sen. Robert Jackson, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa are demanding shuttle buses for the Washington Heights community during elevator repairs at the 181st Street A Train Station.

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ConEd explains cause of Westside power outage

In a statement released this week, ConEd outlined the root cause of the outage earlier this month that left 72,000 customers without power on Manhattan’s Westside for five hours on July 13.

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Sixth annual Veterans Resource Fair in Harlem

Councilmember Bill Perkins and State Sen. Brian A. Benjamin are hosting the sixth annual Veterans Resource Fair in Harlem at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building

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The beauty and the importance of the W.E.B. Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture

Set on a beautiful campus in the bustling heart of Accra, Ghana, is the inspirational W.E.B. DuBois Centre for Pan African Culture, which was dedicated on June 22, 1985.

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How to prepare for and tackle unexpected college costs

Smart financial decisions can help your family make good college investment decisions. Unfortunately, unexpected costs throw many families for a loop.

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Baritone Todd Duncan, the original ‘Porgy’

If Anne Brown has appeared, can Todd Duncan be far behind? Certainly not in this column that featured her last week.

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…And New Again

The word “pioneer” can be defined by as a noun or as a verb. According to Merriam-Webster, as a noun it is “a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method.”

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem’s New…

Confession time. I have been so busy with cooking for clients, Harlem EatUp! and my latest project in Washington Heights (wait until I get into that in the coming weeks), I have been remiss on reporting some of the new openings in Harlem.

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Stand with Puerto Rico

So many of us have been following the fate of Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck.

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Trump, Baltimore and the diminishing potency of the ‘race’ card

President Trump’s harsh and angry tweets about the social conditions and hygienic disaster in Baltimore directed at Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings were undoubtedly in bad taste. It is understandable, therefore, that The Baltimore Sun editorial board felt compelled to respond in kind, which it did in a scathing editorial that compared the president to “vermin.”

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Reparations & facts ignored

When the discussions of reparations for African-Americans is being debated, Congress and opponents limit their considerations to what happened to African-Americans during the horrific period of slavery.

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The House and the Senate don’t agree on too much these days

The House and the Senate are like cousins that don’t get along.

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Friends, colleagues and elected officials mourn Héctor Figueroa

Colleagues celebrated former 32BJ SEIU President Héctor Figueroa’s legacy at Riverside Church last week.

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Kyle Bragg elected president of 32BJ SEIU

In the aftermath of Héctor Figueroa’s untimely death, 32BJ SEIU’s executive board had to elect a new president. They’ve found their man.

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Jersey City police shooting prompts demands from NAACP

The police shooting of two Black men left wounded in Jersey City has the NAACP displeased over Mayor Steve Fulop’s response.

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Black doll pulled from NJ store shelves after allegations of racism

A product called Feel Better Dolls that looked like a stereotypical Black caricature disappeared from store shelves in New Jersey after allegations that the doll was racist.

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Emmett Till continues to haunt America

It has been 64 years since the nation was rocked by the tragedy of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boy from Chicago who was brutally murdered while visiting his relatives in Money, Miss.

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The debate: Williamson whips the wonks

If the political pundits and commentators are right, the author Marianne Williamson, with her New Age advocacy, was the shining star of the Tuesday evening debate from Detroit.

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December 12th Movement hosts screening of ‘Durban 400’

Councilmember Bill Perkins and State Sen. Brian A. Benjamin are hosting the sixth annual Veterans Resource Fair in Harlem at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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BP Adams announces new jail plans

As the fight for improved jail facilities continues, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams unveiled his plans for a new proposal for borough-based jailing facilities and the proposed expansion of the existing facility in Brooklyn at 275 Atlantic Avenue.

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More pain for Eric Garner family

Ben Carr, the stepfather of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who was killed by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, died this weekend after suffering a heart attack, while attending the wedding of Lisha Garner, Eric Garner’s sister.

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Ghana is calling folk home from the diaspora

The Gulf Coast of Guinea is calling people to come home from the diaspora to the Motherland—and Ghana specifically.

NIGERIAN CLAIMS TO DEFEATING BOKO HARAM ARE ‘FAR FROM TRUE REALITY’

In Borno State, one of Nigeria’s most conflicted states in the Northeast, few would be celebrating the anniversary of the first outbreak of violence by the Boko Haram fighters whose trail of heartbreak and tragedy weave through the region’s many small towns.

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For $52 mil, four years, Bell prepares to bring the trophy to his new home

Last year this time, Le'Veon Bell’s holdout was the lead news story the way Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys, Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers, both running backs, and Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints, a receiver, lead the conversation now.

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Fela! The Concert

Fela! The Concert

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Anti gun violence is the theme of the day at Rucker Park

The Kevin Shaw Jr. Foundation showcased three youth basketball games Saturday afternoon, July 27, in Rucker Park on 155th and Eighth to establish the foundation’s first annual tournament event under the Shaw name.

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The NBA continues its efforts to expand basketball in Africa

The NBA’s fruitful Basketball Without Borders program concluded its 17th year in Senegal this week

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Summer ’20 shoe news in sizes up to 14!

New shoes are always the best, especially when they are comfortable and fashionable.

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Willis writes next chapter in her basketball life

Although born and raised in Southern California—attending high school at basketball powerhouse Narbonne and graduating from UCLA—Lisa Willis made a discovery while playing with the New York Liberty in 2007–08.

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Best NYFW Fall/Winter ’19 looks

For fall/winter ’19, New York Fashion Week featured the best designers and strong collections from top labels like Coach, Anna Sui, Helmut Lang, Telfar, Gypsy Scout, LaQuann Smith, Tomo Koizumi and Sies Marjan.

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Liberty back at it after All-Star break

After a big home court win over the Los Angeles Sparks, the New York Liberty had one more game before the league headed into the WNBA All-Star break.

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MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, YOUNG LORDS 50TH

Summertime for jazz lovers offers as many opportunities to see great outdoor concerts and festivals as birds chirping their favorite songs.

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Mets shake up rotation and look towards the future

It was a forgone conclusion among followers of Major League Baseball that Long Island native Marcus Stroman would be moved by the Toronto Blue Jays before yesterday’s (Wednesday, July 31) MLB trade deadline.

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Chef Kardea Brown brings Gullah/Geechee cuisine to the Food Network

Chef Kardea Brown’s new show “Delicious Ms. Brown” which debuted on the Food Network, Sunday, July 29, celebrates contemporary Gullah cuisine—something she knows intimately.

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After a tough weekend against Boston, the Yankees prepare for another

Unless the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox—the defending World Series champions—meet up in the post season, this weekend’s four game homestand at Yankee Stadium will be Boston’s last visit to the Bronx this season.

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‘Measure for Measure’ is a modernized delight

There is something that just warms the soul when you watch a William Shakespeare play.

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Montefiore Hospital hosts health fair to celebrate 10 years of service

On Saturday, July 20, Montefiore Wakefield Hospital Community members, elected officials and hospital staff gathered to commemorate an incredible 10 years of service.

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August 2019 Dance Calendar

The annual Battery Dance Festival returns for its 38th season, presented by Battery Dance in association with Battery Park City Authority, offering free performances from Aug. 11-16.

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Moshood celebrates 25th anniversary with fashion show at Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza

On Sunday, July 28, everything was about the iconic Moshood “tribal” logo on T-shirts, dresses, skirts, tunics, agbadas, pants, hats, bags and accessories.

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Retreats Just for Women

You know what they say, a woman’s work is never done.

Would Trump and his cronies qualify for U.S. citizenship through naturalization?

One of the major points that struck me as I caught some of the Robert Mueller testimony on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, was the number of lies that the special prosecutor said were either told to him or proven to be lies.

Millions pledged for Caribbean conservation programs

France and Germany, along with The Nature Conservancy, have pledged over US$45 million in contributions to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund to increase resources for biodiversity conservation.

Afros must do better in Trinidad, says PM

People of African descent across the English-speaking Caribbean will largely observe Aug. 1 as the day their foreparents were emancipated from slavery.

The Boomerang Effect

That boomerang effect about things coming around and coming back around called karma says in its dictionary meaning “intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).”

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Taste the Caribbean: frozen treats with a Trinidadian twist

For thousands of years ice-cream was reserved for the white and rich. Many had to settle for flavored snow.

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Celebration and re-internment of our ancestors

NYC Councilmember Inez Barron and NYS Assemblymember Charles Barron joined together to honor the legacy of African ancestors who endured centuries of enslavement in the formation of East New York, Brooklyn.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #130

“Today, in honor, we remember every sacred soul who suffered the horrors of slavery and the anguish of bondage. In the face of grave oppression and grave injustice, African-Americans have built, strengthened, inspired, uplifted, protected, defended and sustained our nation from its very earliest days.”

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MASS MAYHEM: Brooklyn community demands pre-emptive action against gun violence

The Brownsville, Brooklyn community is reeling from a shooting over the weekend that left one person dead and 11 people injured at the annual “Old Timers Day” block party. Activists and elected officials are searching for solutions to stop the violence.