Stories for December 2019

Tuesday, December 31

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Sowore––New York-based journalist released from Nigeria detention

“Sowore is doing well,” Opeyemi Sowore told the Amsterdam News on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019––New Year’s Eve’s Eve. “The children are doing well. It was a wonderful Christmas Day as we were able to talk to Yele.”

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New laws going into effect in 2020

The new year brings in new laws that could impact your life.

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Man arrested after video appears to show attempted abduction on Bronx subway: police

A man is under arrest after a now-viral video captured what appears to be an attempted abduction on a Bronx subway train early Monday.

Monday, December 30

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Stay Strong John: Rep. John Lewis diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Among the living iconic civil rights leaders, few are as remarkable and steadfast as Rep. John Lewis.

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Family of Black doctors has social media buzzing

Dr. Herbert Oye is a Board Certified Endovascular and Vascular Surgeon, specializing in invasive and non-invasive treatment of vascular diseases.

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Separate, Unequal, and Dismal: Urban League rekindles leaders’ commitments to improve public schools

The Urban League of Louisiana released an equity report examining the quality of Baton Rouge public schools and identifying gaps in outcomes, access, and excellence.

Thursday, December 26

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Norm Lewis was fantastic at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Norm Lewis has been gracing the 54 Below stage for the last five years and his show “Naughty and Nice” definitely lives up to the title.

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Jets end their season again on the outside of the playoffs

One regular season game remains for all 32 NFL teams on the 2019-2020 schedule.

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The Giants play to win as the season comes to an end

The Giants aren’t tanking for a high draft pick. The players haven’t quit on Pat Shurmur, their head coach, whose future with the team is dubious.

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Lister brings explosive moves to Globetrotters fans

The internationally known Harlem Globetrotters will be entertaining New York area audiences this weekend, starting with a game at Madison Square Garden on Friday afternoon, Dec. 27.

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How NYC Division I teams are scoring

Division I women’s basketball is about seven weeks into the 2019–20 season. Teams had a bit of time off this week for Christmas, but they’re back in action this weekend.

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Brooklyn has some things to be thankful for this Christmas

The Brooklyn Nets should not only be feeling the yuletide spirit, but also a level of Thanksgiving.

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The Knicks’ Christmas present to fans can be consistent growth

The Knicks were granted the gift of spending Christmas with their loved ones.

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Brooklyn Nets and New York Jets spread some yuletide joy

As wonderful as the holidays can be, it’s unfortunate that everyone doesn’t get to share in that joy.

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Aliann Pompey named president of the Panam Sports Athletes’ Commission

December has been a hectic and exciting time for Aliann Pompey, assistant coach for track & field at St. John’s University.

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Addressing out-of-pocket costs key to health improvement, cost savings

More than 190 million Americans suffer from chronic diseases. For them, healthcare reform isn’t a political football––it’s a matter of life and death.

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Holiday thoughts

Well, commercial Xmas is over, and folks are beginning to regain their sanity after buying, buying and buying.

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Community Calendar December 26 - January 1

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

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Charlotte is a shining destination in the Carolinas

There’s a lot of chatter about Charlotte. It’s been called the top travel destination in the Carolinas and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Some say it’s the new Atlanta.

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Another lump of coal this Christmas for immigrants

Another lump of coal! That’s all immigrants are getting again this Christmas from Trump & Co., aka The President and his personal attorney, also known as the Attorney General of the USA, Bill Barr.

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Guyana on cusp of becoming oil producer

Preparations are racing ahead for Guyana, the Caribbean Community’s largest and most resource-rich nation, to become the world’s newest oil producer perhaps before the end of 2019 as an international consortium led by American oil giant ExxonMobil prepares to begin producing its first set of crude from below the seabed.

Peace God––Popa Wu is memorialized

Hundreds of members of the Five Percenters, lovers of the Wu Tang Clan and hip-hop, packed Restoration Plaza to memorialize Popa Wu, a.k.a. Freedum Allah, 63, who died suddenly in his Brooklyn home last Monday, Dec.16.

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Soulful Homecoming for George T. Harris

If you were among the precious few attending the homecoming celebration for George T. Harris at the Black Lady Theater in Brooklyn...

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African scholar warriors: Drs. Ben, Clarke, Diop & Williams

The legacies of several progressive activists-turned-scholars were recognized Tuesday evening, Dec. 24, 2019 at Harlem’s National Black Theater, during a special born day bash which concluded this Greco-Roman calendar year, while introducing the next one.

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Ashley’s Aquarian Age: December 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020

What a beautiful moment: the end of a decade and our entry into the darkness of winter is upon us.

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Up & coming rapper Juice Wrld passes

Up and coming rapper and singer Juice Wrld died Dec. 8 after suffering a seizure as law enforcement searched luggage aboard his private jet for guns and drugs at a hangar inside Chicago’s Midway Airport, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

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New Year's Eve happenings

It’s time to bring in another new year, celebrate like you’ve never partied before. Some of the jazz clubs available for you to bring in an explosive new year are listed below.

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Ski & street jacket styles for fall/winter ’20/’21

The fall/winter 2020-2021 Tatras collection represents the brand’s turning point.

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Fashion & accessories from NYC to Istanbul

For the holidays in New York, Harlem My Love’s designer Claude Jay introduced a magnificent handbag collection.

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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights return, thru Jan. 5

Now is a great time to pull out your monthly MetroCard and Google search a path to visit New York City’s Bronx Zoo for their annual Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights.

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‘Black Christmas’—a holiday movie for horror fans

It’s the holiday season and there is something special for horror fans—“Black Christmas”—directed by Bob Clark (“Porky’s” and “A Christmas Story”).

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Black Theater Year In Review, Part 1

2019 was truly a year of Splendor for Black Theater! It was a year where the great, superbly talented, Andre De Shields, “FINALLY” received his first TONY Award! After 50 years in the business De Shields won his First Tony Award for his role as Hermes in the brand new, very original, Broadway musical “Hadestown.”

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Queens hosts the popular Igue Festival

The Occasions Banquet and Catering Hall in Jamaica, Queens was the very busy venue for the 31st celebration of the annual Igue Festival organized by the Edo Organization and Bini Club.

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Busy season solutions

For those who are always on the go, it can be difficult to find time to whip up meals and snacks that are both nutritious and tasty.

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Getting ready for 2020

The year 2019 is almost behind us and it is time to prepare for a new decade. I am so curious and excited as to what this new decade will bring forth.

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America’s real ‘freedom dividend’: Hard work and pro-business policies

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is on to something: Americans could use a big “freedom dividend”—that is, a guaranteed source of income on which they can rely month after month, free from the uncertainties of the job market and employment.

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Public repentance? Mike Bloomberg’s mea culpa isn’t enough

One of the most difficult things for a politician to do is offer a sincere apology that is accepted as such.

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Janitors may walk-off job to end 2019

Close to 22,000 office cleaners might end this year (and begin the new year) with a work stoppage.

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Trump appointed NLRB appointees are making it harder for workers, labor fights back

Several recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board would make it harder for workers to unionize.

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East Orange hosting multi-location Kwanzaa celebration

The City of East Orange is hosting its 2019 Kwanzaa Celebration at several locations throughout the city. Elmwood Presbyterian Church, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc

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Legislation clarifies that discrimination based on hairstyles associated with race is illegal

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act” (CROWN Act), clarifying that prohibited race discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.”

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W. Africa’s colonial-era currency dead—Long live ‘the eco’

A decades-long reminder of the years of captivity under colonial French rule was ended this month with the renaming of the colonial era currency––the CFA franc––to a name of independence– the Eco.

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Vigil held outside governor’s office for people in solitary confinement

Survivors of solitary confinement, family members of people in solitary, and other advocates held a holiday vigil outside the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for those suffering in solitary confinement in the prisons as well as local jails across the state.

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Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s attempts to change the definition of ‘public charge’

Last week, immigrant advocates filed a federal lawsuit seeking to jointly block three interrelated “Public Charge” rules publicized by Pres. Donald Trump’s administration.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #151

On the first day of Kwanzaa My Congress gave to me An Impeachment of Donald J. Trump...

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2019 Year in Review

We review the headlines of 2019

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URBAN AGENDA - Survey: Public Still Unaware of Paid Sick Day Law

Cold and flu season is here, but too many working New Yorkers—including 60 percent of low-income employees covered by NYC’s paid sick leave law—have heard little or nothing about their right to paid sick time.

Wednesday, December 25

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Christmas celebrated across the city

The spirit of the holiday is being felt across the city as people come together to celebrate the Christmas season with food, family, friends and good cheer

Tuesday, December 24

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WLNY-TV to air annual Yule Log and Christmas Eve midnight mass

WLNY-TV (Channels 10/55) continues a holiday tradition by rekindling its Yule Log on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Korey Wise, one of the Exonerated Five, participates in holiday gift giveaway in Harlem

Korey Wise, one of the Exonerated Five, joined with Friends of Public School Harlem and the Migdol Family Foundation to host a holiday gift giveaway party.

Monday, December 23

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14-Year Old Spelman College student makes dean’s list during first semester

Sydney Wilson, the youngest student admitted to Spelman College, has recently achieved another milestone as she ended the first semester as a college student with a 3.76 GPA, making it to the Dean’s list.

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At 95, Cicely Tyson says she refuses to retire

Cicely Tyson, one of the most iconic actresses of our time, has just turned 95-years old.

Sunday, December 22

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80-year-old woman graduates from HBCU with a 3.69 GPA

Donzella Washington, an 80-year old woman from Alabama, is celebrating being the oldest person to ever graduate from Alabama A&M University.

Saturday, December 21

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Former Fort Worth officer indicted in Atatiana Jefferson's shooting death

A Texas grand jury has indicted a former Fort Worth police officer who two months ago fired through the window of a home, killing Atatiana Jefferson.

Friday, December 20

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NJ bans discrimination based on hairstyle a year after a black student wrestler cut his dreadlocks to compete

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law on Thursday making it illegal to discriminate based on hairstyles associated with race,

Thursday, December 19

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Manning gifts Giants fans a much needed feel good day

There hasn’t been much for Giants fans to celebrate this season.

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Athletes discuss competing in predominantly white sports

Against the backdrop of the work of artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, titled “Gymnasium,” six athletes tackled the topic “Black Bodies/White Spaces: The Sports Edition” at The Africa Center.

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Ferdinand-Harris coaches people to be ultimate teammates

When Marie Ferdinand-Harris was lighting up the court as a high school all-star, Kodak All-American at Louisiana State University and then in the WNBA, she was focused on making an impact.

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Pittsburgh knows LeVeon’s talents, but do the Jets?

Sunday’s Jets game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium, one of their last two for the season, matches Le’Veon Bell––the Steelers former running back now with the Jets––against his former team.

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With Irving and LeVert out, Brooklyn is still a top tier team

The Brooklyn Nets upcoming schedule, finishing out this year and bringing in the new one, will allow them the opportunity to write the narrative for how they’ll be perceived as a team.

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Mike Miller gives the rejuvenated Knicks a jolt of energy

The Knicks have new life.

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Athletes from near and far participate in the Colgate Women’s Games

This is the first season that the Colgate Women’s Games will take place without its founder, Frederick D. Thompson, Esq., who passed away in January of this year.

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The Armory welcomes the Guiding Eyes for the Blind

On Monday, Dec. 16, The Armory Foundation’s City Track and Little Feet community youth programs hosted Guiding Eyes for the Blind at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

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Ginger: a healing winter treat

My first introduction to an ethnic cookie was the gingerbread boy or girl that I saw in the window of my local bakery.

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Community Calendar December 19 - December 25

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

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Sayulita: one of the best kept secrets in Mexico

Sayulita is one of the best kept secrets in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

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Over 267,000 immigrants deported from the U.S. in 2019

A whopping 267,258 immigrants were deported from the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2019 according to the latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fiscal Year 2019 Enforcement and Removal Operations data released last week.

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Trinidad switches dollar notes to undermine organized crime

Authorities in Trinidad in the past week dropped a monetary bombshell on the country by moving to outlaw the old $100 currency notes aimed at undermining the strength of the underground economy, including a thriving counterfeit trade, and contending that it is just part of a studied plan to deal with organized crime.

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NYC: Celebrating the Christmas season

Several community events took place across the city to celebrate the Christmas season.

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

Thanks again to Ancestry.com, I now know my affinity for Mediterranean foods is not just a preference but perhaps a trait of my lineage.

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Richard Hatcher, a trailblazing mayor, passes at 86

Richard Hatcher, one of the first African Americans elected as mayor of a major U.S. city, died on Friday, Dec. 13, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, according to his family.

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CUNY, City announce $1 million pilot program to address hunger among its students

During a news conference at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez announced a $1 million pilot program to address food insecurity among CUNY students.

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Four-time gold medalist, Harrison ‘Bones’ Dillard

When Harrison Dillard, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, died on Nov. 15, there wasn’t the fanfare and notice he received 70 years ago, though several national media outlets lavished praise on the great athlete.

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Talking SCHOP! Always add value

I am a firm believer in defining your path, taking each job, each position, each experience and identifying the lesson to use it as a steppingstone to the next opportunity.

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McNally Jackson workers vote to join RWDSU

Workers at McNally Jackson Bookstores want the ability to collectively bargain for a contract. Their recent actions could lead to that goal.

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De Blasio reaches tentative agreements with one CWA chapter, ratifies deals with others

City Hall and Communications Workers of America Local 1180 have come to a tentative agreement.

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The year is coming to a close

As we start to wind down 2019 and reflect on the past year and the past decade, hopefully we will be able to recount all of the highs and lows we have experienced. As always, I like to think of all of the various ways I am fortunate in my life.

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Killing ourselves with hate

The recent shooting inside a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey is the latest example that Americans are literally killing ourselves with hatred for our neighbors.

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When lies start at the White House

As Pres. Donald Trump is impeached in the House, and gets off in the Senate, the system is broken.

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Fighting for the unbanked and underbanked: The need for solutions to protect the wealth of communities of color

There are more than one million unbanked and underbanked households in New York City.

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Jersey City shooting puts focus on gentrification in Black neighborhood

Shock and mayhem hit Jersey City when a shooting left six people dead, including the suspects, and three people injured.

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Trump aims to weaken anti-redlining legislation

President Donald Trump’s administration wants to roll back laws and the rollback could lead to a wider wealth gap between whites and everyone else.

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Subways stations renamed after Medgar Evers College

Legislations recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo renames two subway stations in Crown Heights, Brooklyn after Medgar Evers College.

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December 12th Movement to deliver Zimbabwe ‘Report Back’

On Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., the December 12th Movement International Secretariat delegation led by Chairperson Viola Plummer will “Report Back” on their trip to Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Five tech giants link to 'cruel and brutal use of children' in Congo mines

This month, five major companies were named in a federal class action suit filed by the Washington-based International Rights Advocates for “knowingly benefiting from and aiding and abetting the cruel and brutal use of young children.”

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World human rights groups activists, electeds call for Sowore to be released

“The whole world is watching!” protestors from Nigeria, to New York, to England, to Canada are chanting during dozens of demonstrations demanding the release of the now re-arrested New Jersey-based publisher Omoyele Sowore.

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Wu Tang Clan’s patriarch Popa Wu returns to the essence

The Five Percenters and hip-hop communities were shocked Monday morning upon hearing the news that Popa Wu, a.k.a. Freedum Allah, had suddenly returned to the essence at his Brooklyn home.

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Horoscopes with Ashley’s Aquarian Age: December 19 to December 25

I’ve always thought that it was super generous of Whoever-Planned-It-All to give us our longest night on the first day of winter. As the temperatures drop and the snow piles up, the days are getting longer.

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Up & coming rapper Juice Wrld passes

Up and coming rapper and singer Juice Wrld died Dec. 8 after suffering a seizure as law enforcement searched luggage aboard his private jet for guns and drugs at a hangar inside Chicago’s Midway Airport, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

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Ladies and gentlemen: the incomparable Ms. Dionne Warwick

With material recrafted by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, Sybil, Isaac Hayes and even Slick Rick (at a small dose) it’s no wonder her material has resonated for generations on end.

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Earl Spain, owner at St. Nick’s, dies at 89

Earl Spain, the astute and humorous owner of Harlem’s once internationally popular St. Nick’s Pub, died in New York City on Dec. 1. He was 89.

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‘one in two’ highlights the humans behind statistics

Whenever I hear that Donja R. Love has written a play I rush to go and experience it. This is one very gifted playwright and I adore how passionately and compassionately he writes about the issues of Black queer men.

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Anna Deavere Smith’s genius at play in Signature Theatre’s ‘Fires in the Mirror’

Anna Deavere Smith’s brilliance, love for her fellowman and her portrayal of the racial tensions that arose in 1991—when 7-year old Gavin Cato died under the wheel of a car in the Grand Rebbe’s motorcade...

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Dressing up for the holidays

After all of the get-ready-for-the holiday plans have been achieved, it’s time to give some thought about how you want to look for the holidays. Pick out your favorite jewelry, dress, skirt, blouse, coat, scarf, stockings, gloves and hat.

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Glamorous bridal gowns for spring ’20

Designer Reem Acra’s Bridal collection at NYFW was sensational.

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Obama, Baldwin, other Black greats center stage in ‘Busted In New York’

In a recent interview with the Amsterdam News, noted social and cultural essayist Darryl Pinckney remarked about Barack Obama’s presidency, “What really drove people crazy was not that there was a Black guy sleeping in the White House, but there was a Black guy in charge of all the money.”

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Stephanie Allain and Lynette Howell Taylor to produce the 92nd OSCARS

When the Academy President David Rubin announced that Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor and producer Stephanie Allain will produce the 92nd Oscars.

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Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo gets double Golden Globe noms

Golden Globe nominations 2020 have no surprises. Netflix earned 17 nominations across film and television. HBO’s power is slipping with only 15 nods.

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On the red carpet with cast, director, producer of critically acclaimed ‘Clemency’

The Whitby Theater at the standout Whitby Hotel was the setting for a special recent screening of critical darling “Clemency,” starring Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater season sparkles

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s season is in full swing from Dec. 4 – Jan. 5 at City Center with five-weeks of performances that promise to rival the sparkle of the Swarovski crystal-studded Times Square ball that will bring in 2020.

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Five Blind Boys of Mississippi Gospel in Harlem

It bears reminding that the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi Gospel brought their beautiful sounds to the Friendship Baptist Church in Harlem this fall.

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Debert Cook: a golfing go-getter, health, travel advocate

Debert Cook could be seen as a classic over–OVER achiever. Let’s see now. She is an accomplished businesswoman, a magazine publisher, a writer, and a traveler-consultant...and she wraps it all up in her golf clubs.

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Harlem stabbing raises question about treatment of teen suspects

Community leaders are trying to avoid another “Exonerated 5” situation after the stabbing death of an 18-year-old white female college student in Morningside Park.

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On to the Trump trial

With Rep. Diana De Gette of Colorado presiding over the debate on the articles of impeachment, much of the rancor of the previous days had subsided by Wednesday, Dec. 18.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #150

Aha! Dear readers: We have found a collection of Republicans we salute and almost totally agree with, particularly when it comes to removing Trump from the Oval Office.

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A FATHER'S PLEA: Queens dad seeks justice

‘Daddy, am I going to die?’ daughter asks dad after horrific scare

FDNY firefighter and minister Omar Wilks wants answers and justice after a man tried to attack his 14-year-old daughter in Queens resulting in her being hit by a car and being seriously injured.

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R. Kelly pleads not guilty to NYC bribe charge linked to Aaliyah wedding

Singer R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to charges he schemed to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female the day before he married teen R&B singer Aaliyah in 1994.

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Murphy signs bill to restore voting rights to some convicts in NJ

Governor Phil Murphy signed two bills into law today that will allow convicts out on parole or probation to vote and many may be able to clear their criminal records of low-level offenses.

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Trump has been impeached, but he's still President. What's next?

President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in a near party-line vote Wednesday. He is still the President.

Wednesday, December 18

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An investigation has revealed what may be 2 mass grave sites from the 1921 Tulsa race riots

A decadeslong effort to recover mass burial plots from the 1921 Tulsa race riot has been spurred forward after an investigation found that two sites in the Oklahoma city may contain unmarked mass graves.

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Protesters rally against potential MTA police hires

Beefing up police presence in the transit system is never an easy decision, especially when it comes to the MTA.

Tuesday, December 17

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Congressional Black Caucus members talk impeachment, HBCU Funding

Shortly after the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump on Friday,

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Bronx teen found after surveillance video showed her abduction: police

A 16-year-old girl was found safe Tuesday afternoon after an Amber Alert was issued for her abduction.

Monday, December 16

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NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams unveils 2019 'worst' landlords watchlist

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has unveiled his annual list of the city's worst landlords.

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Miss Jamaica crowned 2019 Miss World, becomes the 5th Black woman this year to win a major pageant

Yet another Black woman has won a prestigious international beauty pageant. Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh was recently crowned Miss World 2019 becoming the fifth Black woman this year to win a major pageant.

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City to pay $625K settlement to Black woman after cops ripped her baby away

Jazmine Headley, a Black mother whose 1-year old son was forcibly pulled away by NYPD police officers from her arms during an arrest.

Sunday, December 15

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Manhattan DA Vance drops list of cops with potentially poor credibility

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance released a list of NYPD cops he says may have credibility problems

Saturday, December 14

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Bill Cosby denied appeal, but other avenues to freedom remain

Bill Cosby, who in 2018 was convicted and sentenced to prison on aggravated indecent assault charges, has lost his bid for an appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Friday, December 13

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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up the holidays

Visitors from around the world have been stopping by to admire the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Thursday, December 12

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Add optics to the list of the Jets’ problems

It doesn’t take much to get distracted from the New York Jets’ 5 and 8 win-loss record, or their loss last week to a winless Cincinnati Bengals team ending Cincy’s 11 straight record breaking defeats

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Giants face major changes after another discouraging loss

Something has to change for the Giants. Inevitably there will be numerous new faces on the sidelines—both players and coaches—as well as who is putting the team together in the franchise’s executive offices.

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Coaching shakeup doesn’t move the Knicks’ needle

There is no elixir to the Knicks’ myriad issues. The reconstruction of their markedly damaged foundation will be methodical rather than dramatic.

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Jordan and Allen are the Nets’ centers of attention

We frequently here about, “the mood of the locker room. What’s the mood of the locker room? Has the coach lost it or not?

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Brooklyn College readies for conference action

The Brooklyn College women’s basketball team is not happy with how last season ended. The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker to Hunter College in the CUNY Athletic Conference final.

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St. John’s kicks off indoor track season

Although it was just two meets before taking a break for final exams and the Christmas holiday, St. John’s University track & field showed good form and got to channel the competitive energy that is built in training.

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Joshua gets his revenge in Ruiz rematch

For Anthony Joshua, his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. couldn’t come fast enough

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Colgate Women’s Games continues its holiday tradition

With December’s holidays and sales days also come the Colgate Women’s Games, the nation’s largest amateur track series open to all girls and women.

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Community wellness and tea event Dec. 15

On Dec.15, 2019, which is also International Tea Day, Wellness Tea Therapy, LLC will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduces wellness into the community and beyond through health-conscious teas

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Lean on the bean

It is interesting how important the bean is in our food chain, and I don’t mean jellybeans! For good nutrition and survival, man has had to lean on the bean.

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Community Calendar December 12 - December 18

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

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Milwaukee makes for a great Midwestern visit

When you think Milwaukee, maybe what comes to mind is the ’70s hit television show, “Laverne & Shirley,” with its catchy opening theme song and the two of them skipping through the streets of Milwaukee.

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Kem and Joe at NJPAC on Thursday, Dec. 12

Have you been a good bunch of elves this year? Then go right ahead and treat yourselves to this week’s Kem and Joe show at NJPAC, where WBLS presents “Home for the Holidays.”

McKinsey should be held accountable for the death of Carlos and other migrant children in detention

A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy’s lifeless body was left near a toilet on a cold hard concrete cell floor from approximately 1:30 a.m. until 6 a.m. in May this year.

Surinamese parties want clarity about convicted president

Opposition parties in the Caribbean Community nation of Suriname have asked for a special meeting with parliamentary speaker Jenny Geerlings-Simons to discuss the future relationship between President Dési Bouterse and the assembly in the wake of his recent jail sentence for mass murder.

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Will Smith participates in The World’s Big Sleep Out in New York City’s Times Square on Saturday, Dec. 7

On Saturday, Dec. 7, New York City joined over 50 cities worldwide to host The World’s Big Sleep Out, a global initiative uniting the world in a universal effort to help fight homelessness.

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Anna Deavere Smith’s genius at play in Signature Theatre's 'Fires In the Mirror'

Smith’s intensely conceived and written work is one of the most beautiful examples of journalism come to life.

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Jelani Anglin: Help is one phone call away

Jelani Anglin is using his sharp entrepreneurial skills to impact the community around him.

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Irving Louis Burgie Jr. put Belafonte and calypso on the map

Many music lovers of the world know that “Day-O” or the “Banana Boat Song” was popularized by Harry Belafonte, practically his signature tune, but had no idea who the composer was.

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Harlem’s landmarked A. Philip Randolph High School celebrates 40 year anniversary

A. Philip Randolph Campus High School (APRCHS) celebrated its rich, historic legacy in New York City’s Harlem community.

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Barbara Hillary, first Black woman to the North and South Poles

It’s one notable achievement to reach the North Pole at the age of 75 and then become the first Black woman to reach the South Pole four years later.

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Elevate holiday cooking with seasonal skillet dishes

The rush of the holiday season––shopping for gifts, decorating the house, hosting loved ones and other added obligations––can be challenging.

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‘Queen & Slim’

I usually do not write reviews of plays or movies while I am still trying to process them.

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Israel’s doctors will cross the planet to save a life

When the world’s poorest or most isolated nations need emergency medical assistance, there is always one nation that will heed the call—Israel.

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Black communities call on Comcast to #KeepStarz, and end Black viewer tax

In recent years, Comcast has lured Black audiences with the Starz show “POWER,” and Latinx communities with the Starz show “VIDA.”

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Letter to the Editor

As Cyril Josh Barker notes in his Nov. 21, 2019 online article “One in eight New Yorkers are food insecure,” almost 11% of New York City senior citizens experience food insecurity.

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Are Republicans playing by their own rules to win?

“Voting rights advocates and civil rights groups filed the federal challenge shortly after DeSantis signed into law a measure (SB 7066) that requires felons to pay ‘legal financial obligations,’ such as restitution, fines and fees, to be eligible to have their voting rights restored.

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Attorneys general letter urges labor department to withdraw earning-decreasing bill

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division wants to change how employers calculate overtime, but attorneys general are pushing back against possible consequences.

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De Blasio legislation expands prevailing wage

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will expand guaranteed prevailing wages to building service workers.

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NYC to stop sending homeless to Newark

Newark and New York City made collaborative progress in addressing the issues between the two municipalities created by New York’s Special One-Time Assistance program, which moved about 1,200 New York homeless families and individuals to Newark apartments, regardless of their habitability, paying their rents for a year.

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Dems announce articles of impeachment

After months of handwringing and several days of testimony before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committee, the House Democrats announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10, that two articles of impeachment will be brought against Trump—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Kwanzaa celebration taking place at Rochdale Village

The “Our Village Kwanzaa Celebration” is set to take place at the Rochdale Village Community Center, located at 169-65 137th Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, on Dec. 28 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Councilman Robert Cornegy teams up with Black Ink Crew for voter registration drive

The cast of VH1’s “Black Ink Crew” was on a mission to get the Bed-Stuy community registered to vote on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Climate activist at Madrid Summit denounces inaction by world leaders

As the 25th United Nations climate conference moved into its second week, environmental activists from around the world denounced the influence of corporate power plainly visible at the Madrid summit and took to the streets in a massive climate protest led by indigenous leaders and youth.

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Ashley’s Aquarian Age: December 12 - December 18

Jupiter, the planet of big ideas and the seeker of truth, is in a harmonious trine with rebellious Uranus.

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Zooid, Ellison Letters, Birdland, Owens Double Burn

From the very beginning the saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger Henry Threadgill performed his perception jazz on the outer limits of its parameters.

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Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens: Sassy Mamas and so much more!

The Black Spectrum Theatre Company in Queens is absolutely a great place to experience marvelously entertaining theater.

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Josephine Baker musical is spectacular!

I had the great fortune this past weekend to catch a delightful, well-written, -sung, -danced and -staged production called “The Dark Star from Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker.”

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Holiday stocking stuffers & stops

“New Kid” by Jerry Craft, an award-winning author-illustrator, is a wonderful read and a gift for children.

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Miami’s Art Basel Show report

In collaboration with artist Miranda Makaroff SS’20 collection, designer Desigual unveiled a fantastic fashion collection with artistic cameos that showed women living in harmony with nature.

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Rasheedah Phillips talks Black Quantum Futurism coming to Harlem Stage

Harlem Stage’s fall season finale of the Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism Series will take place on Dec. 13.

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‘Bombshell’—suspenseful and deeply satisfying

What is the movie “Bombshell” really about? In a nutshell, “Bombshell” is a powerful movie about what selling, in America, has become.

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Henry Street Settlement stages 3rd annual 24-hour arts event against gun violence

In one of the most stunning moments during the March For Our Lives in 2018, eleven-year-old Naomi Wadler took the stage and talked about the deaths of young Black people by gun violence each year.

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Acclaimed author and activist Nubia Kai at Sister’s Uptown Dec. 13

Many moons ago, as my Chickasaw ancestors would say, when I first began teaching at Wayne State University in Detroit, one of the best students I had was Nubia Kai.

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A special evening of dances by Donald McKayle

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), students from The Julliard School Dance Division and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence were brought together for one-night-only to celebrate dance icon Donald McKayle.

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‘What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21’

guess technically, Jarad Anthony Higgins did make it past his 21st, having celebrated his born day on Dec. 2; that would put him six days into his 21st birthday.

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Holiday Jazz Tree Lighting at historic Minton’s Playhouse

Celebrated Harlem actress Kim Fields, Harlem fashion icon Dapper Dan, Fox News T.V. Anchor Arthel Neville.

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Getting in on the ground floor of the hemp industry

Reports indicate that the legal weed business in this county is an $11 billion industry with just a little over 4% of businessowners being Black.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #149

A few days ago the New York Times posted an editorial of parodies, limericks and poems citing problems with Trump and his administration.

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U.S-based publisher re-arrested in Nigeria in shock courtroom move

It was a shocking sight that less than 20 hours after being released from alleged “unlawful” detention, New Jersey-based Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore was tackled in an Abuja court room, and re-arrested on original charges of treason.

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New report takes anti-gang initiative 'Operation Crew Cut' to task

During New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first term the New York Police Department launched an initiative to take on gangs in the city.

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URBAN AGENDA: Time for New York to Take Up Clean Slate Program

As the 2020 legislative session approaches, many New Yorkers are wondering how legislators can follow up on 2019’s landmark efforts.

Wednesday, December 11

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West Point strips racist motto from football team's flag

The U.S. Military Academy has stripped a motto from its football team spirit flag because of its connection to hate groups, the academy said Sunday.

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Black Baptist church, believed to be oldest in U.S., finishes repairs

A 160-year-old church believed to be the oldest Black church in the United States and built by enslaved Africans has been restored to a version of its former glory.

Tuesday, December 10

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New book teaches inmates how to build credit while incarcerated

Platinum Publications has announced the release of "The Inmates Step-by-Step Guide: How to Build Your Personal Credit While Incarcerated."

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Michael Bloomberg, King of Stop and Frisk, tries to make everyone forget

In 2010 in New York City, 601,285 people were stopped-and-frisked by the New York City Police and 315,083 of them were Black. In 2011, 685,724 individuals were stopped and 350,743 were Black.

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Black law enforcement speaks out on proposed menthol ban

Several state legislatures have recently proposed laws which are being directed towards what may only be viewed as a mephitic approach to issues as they relate to youthful use of e-cigarettes and vaping.

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Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Teen USA and now Miss Universe are all Black women

For the first time, top beauty pageants — Miss USA , Miss Teen USA, Miss America and now, Miss Universe — have crowned black women as their winners at the same time.

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Articles of impeachment: Dems accuse Trump of abuse of power, obstruction of Congress

Democrats to formally announce articles of impeachment against Trump at 9 a.m.

Monday, December 9

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House passes Voting Rights measure to restore portions of law gutted in 2015

More than four years after sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were taken out by the Supreme Court and following four attempts under a House led by Republicans, Rep. Terri Sewell’s (R-Ala.) bill to reinstate voting protections has finally passed.

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Law Enforcement groups condemn statement by Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte on impact of a menthol cigarette ban

The leaders of several influential law enforcement groups joined to condemn comments made last week by Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte who represents Brooklyn’s 42nd Assembly District.

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Rapper and singer Juice Wrld dead at 21 after medical emergency

Rapper and singer Juice WRLD has died in Chicago, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said Sunday.

Saturday, December 7

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City Comptroller: It costs $337,000 per inmate at Rikers Island

Shocking statistics shows just how much money it costs to run Rikers Island.

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Officers file racial profiling lawsuit against NYPD

NYPD Lt. Edwin Raymond is fully aware the accusations he’s going public with now, against his employer, could potentially damage his future career in law enforcement.

Friday, December 6

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #148

First Trump sneaked off to Afghanistan to visit the troops, then he tweeted mixed feelings about the impeachment inquiry and whether the White House would participate.

Thursday, December 5

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'The Best Things In Life' brings holiday classic to modern day!

David Lamb is well-known and appreciated for his very funny plays “Platanos & Collard Greens,” and “Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo,” and he has now penned “The Best Things In Life.”

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The Bills are NY's only winning NFL team

Buffalo, under head coach Sean McDermott, in his third year, his first head coaching position after holding various assistant positions since 1998, is currently 9 and 3 in the AFC East.

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St. John’s rebuilds while Seton Hall has aspirations of the Final Four

It’s been 34 years, 1985, since the St. John’s men’s college basketball team last made it to the Final Four.

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The Knicks’ conflicting priorities call for immediate resolution

It may have reached a point at which the Knicks should completely commit to thoroughly assessing Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Allonzo Trier and Dennis Smith Jr., and consider trading the veterans who understandably may not willingly accept reduced roles

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The Nets’ Dinwiddie excels as starter or reserve

When Kyrie Irving returns to the Brooklyn Nets’ starting lineup, possibly next week, one thing is certain, there will be less minutes for point guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

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Jets suffer horrible loss to the lowly Bengals

Unless you’re into hockey, Rangers, Islanders, Sunday was an exceptionally hard day for a New York sports fan.

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he Giants’ perennial spiral has become a self-fulfilling prophecy

Subconsciously, the Giants expect to lose.

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Hofstra working to develop new identity

The women’s basketball team at Hofstra University has always looked strong, but has fallen short of achieving its potential.

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St. Francis basketball celebrates school history

The men’s basketball team at St. Francis College in Brooklyn is currently 2–5. Each game, the players are giving their best on the court.

Homeless fiasco: our collective failure of epic proportions in New York City

When it comes to New York City’s affordable housing crisis, you and I are just as much to blame as our mayor, Bill de Blasio.

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The Rev. Dr. James Walker Wyns passes

Dr. Wyns was the resident pastor at Christ United Church, which was founded by the Rev. Ike in 1962. Dr. Wyns served the church for over 45 years and traveled the world with the Rev. Ike on his evangelical crusades.

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Celebrating the life of David White

Born May 29, 1941, at Harlem Hospital, he resided in Central Harlem during his formative years, attending P.S. 89 and the Harlem Boys Club, and was a Cub Scout at Abyssinia Baptist Church, before moving to the Harlem River Houses in the late 1950s.

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Fordham University’s Dr. Christina Greer presents 27th annual lecture honoring Arthur Ashe’s mission to end disparities in medicine

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University hosted the “Legacy of Arthur Ashe in the 21st Century” lecture, on Wednesday Dec. 4.

Surinamese president fights jail sentence

The 15 were killed at a colonial-era Dutch fort that is ironically steps away from Bouterse’s current presidential and cabinet office.

The DHS, fake universities and the Obama administration

This sting operation that engaged in entrapment, deceit and eventual “robbery” of foreign-born immigrant students started way before Donald Trump’s time as president.

Rethinking diversity hiring

At a recent gala event for Black leaders, the keynote speaker addressed this issue directly.

MetroBriefs

The National Action Network (NAN) hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the community at the House of Justice in Harlem.

Snowstorm closes schools, government offices, roads in New Jersey

New Jersey battled its first major snowstorm of the season this week shutting down schools, state offices and businesses

Politician Calvin West dies at age 87

Best remembered as Newark’s first African American to win a citywide election, Calvin West died on Monday.

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Sen. Kamala Harris bows out of the presidential race

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” she said in a press statement.

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Bogalusa’s call workers issue a complaint through NLRB

This week, NLRB Region 15 issued a complaint against Maximus Federal Services, Inc. for violating federal labor law at its call center earlier this year.

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Blake attempts to refute Crain’s story, says opponents are running scared

Blake said that this story is a clear indication that he’s winning the race to replace retiring Bronx Rep. Jose Serrano in 2021.

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National Grid lifts moratorium, but can they be trusted?

The nightmare is over for Long Island, Queens and BrooklynThe nightmare is over for Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn.

The DHS, fake universities and the Obama administration

Like many, I too was furious last week when I read the Detroit Free Press story that stated that U.S. ICE had arrested over 250 immigrant students since January,

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Guadeloupe—hidden gem of the Caribbean

If you tell someone that you’re going to Guadeloupe, don’t be surprised if you get a puzzled look or asked, “where’s that, Mexico?”

Surinamese president fights jail sentence

As was widely expected, a court in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community nation of Suriname has sentenced incumbent president and former army commander Dési Bouterse to 20 years in prison.

William Gardner Smith—significant Black author in exile

Any list of African American writers with a deep and resourceful connection to France would immediately include James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Chester Himes. But that list would not be complete, at least significantly in terms of post-World War II writers, without the inclusion of William Gardner Smith.

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Love of birds and animals

This is not the scene usually found on Christmas cards showing happy birds and animals playing in the snow.

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A love of birds and animals

Inner-city stray birds and animals experience hazardous conditions during the winter months while they are trying to survive.

Impeachment hearings in the Judiciary Committee

His opening statement in several ways mirrored those made by Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the Intelligence Committee, and the 300-page report released on Tuesday.

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What's in store: holiday highlights

NiLu Gift Boutique offers quality gifts including candles, diffusers, jewelry, pillows, greeting cards, art prints, body butters and lots more.

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Tailored elegance for spring/summer 2020

For spring 2020, he was inspired by new whimsical trends that showed up in collections in London and Paris.

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Big Apple Christmas Con holds holiday party Dec.14

Big Apple Comic Convention, New York City’s longest-running premier boutique comic books and popular culture show, is celebrating its move to the New Yorker Hotel with the Big Apple Christmas Con holiday party and convention on Dec. 14, 2019.

We’ve got one month

What I have recently realized is this simple fact––we have under one month before the close of the decade.

The last real Negus alive attacks Buttigieg with ‘wokeness’

nd to pick a twitter fight over the rather bland, innocuous and unremarkable statements Buttigieg made almost a decade ago––seems to be just that. Much ado about nothing.

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Teamsters praise mayor for private carting legislation

Last week, the New York City Council passed Intro 1574 to reform the city’s private carting industry.

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Brooklyn Black Friday protest demands Gateway Center give more support for community

A protest took place on Black Friday against the Gateway shopping center to raise awareness of the mall’s alleged lack of representation and community support.

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Ericka Keller to open school for Black youth

Ericka Keller is the CEO and chairperson of the Black-owned real estate development and general construction contracting firm Brisa Builders, located in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

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WORLD LEADERS GATHER FOR MAJOR CLIMATE CONFAB WITH AFRICA IN SPOTLIGHT

Floods, landslides, drought and cyclones have put 33 million people at emergency levels of food insecurity. More than half of these are believed to be children, the report says.

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Gone in a SNAP: New rule could reduce food stamps

New Yorkers receiving SNAP could see a 17.2% reduction benefit.

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On Netflix’ ‘Bikram’—Trusted teacher uses sacred to indulge the profane

The thousands-years-old practice of yoga is synonymous in most people’s minds with sacredness, serenity, and the highest of human ideals.

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Celebrating trailblazing icon, activist Diahann Carroll

Dianne Reeves’ soul-stirring rendition of Paul McCartney’s “Black Bird,” was a song Carroll’s daughter, Suzanne Kay, said her mother specifically requested be sung at her tribute when she passed.

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B’way reaches out to Black audiences with ‘Let’s Do Broadway’

The Broadway League recently held a spectacular event at the National Geographic Center to inspire African American engagement, awareness and access.

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‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’—Back and better than ever!

Every year my family and I look forward to starting the holiday season and getting that spirit by going to Radio City Music Hall.

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Review: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

Hanks is transformed and you believe he’s the one-and-only Mr. Rogers the moment he takes off his street shoes and puts on his sneakers.

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‘Formation’ video director makes film debut with ‘Queen & Slim’

The success of “Queen & Slim” is in large part because of director Melina Matsoukas, who is best known for having directed Beyoncé’s “Formation” music video.

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IMHOTEP’S GUIDE TO BLACK EVENTS

Greetings! To all WBAI listeners, we are “Giving Thanks” for your support at the WBAI “Fight Back” meeting.

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Guadeloupe—hidden gem of the Caribbean

If you tell someone that you’re going to Guadeloupe, don’t be surprised if you get a puzzled look or asked, “where’s that, Mexico?”

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The Boys’ Club of New York gives big thanks

The Boys’ Club of New York’s fourth annual Thanksgiving Drive, held the weekend before Thanksgiving at BCNY’s Gerry Clubhouse in East Harlem, was hugely successful!

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Holidays Night Market

With Thanksgiving safely in the 2019 annals, it is time to kick off the holiday season in Harlem with the inaugural Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta.

Wednesday, December 4

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A play displaying the beauty of Black barbershops premiers at BAM

The “Barber Shop Chronicles” makes its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Dec. 3 after earning critical acclaim in the United Kingdom.

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Newark sues, says NYC sent homeless families to illegal apartments in NJ

Homelessness is an ongoing issue in New York and the city is under fire for one of the methods of combating the issue.

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Justice for Rodney Reed!

A crowd some of Rodney Reed’s family members estimated was about 1,000 people, recently gathered at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, Texas demanding that Gov. Greg Abbott act to halt the execution of Mr. Reed in a controversial murder case.

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Serena Williams Builds Schools in Jamaica, Africa

While many deep-pocketed philanthropists and celebrities will write checks to support worthy causes, Tennis megastar Serena Williams routinely goes the extra mile.

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Kamala Harris to drop out of the 2020 presidential race

Sen. Kamala Harris ended her 2020 presidential campaign on Tuesday.

Monday, December 2

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CDC says 1 in 5 adolescents and 1 in 4 young adults have prediabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed concern on Monday as it released figures that show a significant portion of young Americans are at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Three Baltimore men exonerated after nearly four decades in prison

Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were released and exonerated after spending 36 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

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Bill Cosby Counsels Prisoners Via ‘Mann Up’ Program

Mann Up, a prison program that’s helping to change the lives of African American men with long sentences, has received a significant boost with the presence of Bill Cosby.

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Nearly 1,000 people gather to increase the number of Black lawyers at National Black Pre-Law Conference

Hundreds of people from across the country came together from November 8th to November 9th, 2019 for the 15th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2019 Sponsored by AccessLex Institute.

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When will snow start and how much should NY, NJ expect?

The first major storm in the Northeast of the season has arrived and one inch to more than a foot of snow is expected in the New York City area, depending on your location.

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Millions of Americans could lose food stamps under new SNAP eligibility proposal from Trump administration: study

Millions of Americans who rely on food stamps could be in trouble.

Sunday, December 1

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Students rally in Maryland’s capital to resolve longstanding HBCU lawsuit

Students and alumni from Maryland’s four historically black colleges rallied near the state Capitol building in a call for a resolution to a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities in academic programs.

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Snow storms heading for tri-state as millions travel home from Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving travelers return home Sunday, a powerful storm heading toward the East Coast has left millions under various winter weather alerts.