Stories for February 2019

Thursday, February 28

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Book review: ‘Glory: A Life Among Legends’ by Dr. Glory Van Scott

In her absolutely engrossing memoir, “Glory: A Life Among Legends,” Dr. Glory Van Scott utilizes a number of motifs...all of which taken together replicate her multifaceted career.

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Spike Lee wins Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

In the press room after his win for Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman,” which he shares with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott, Lee was light-hearted.

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Regina King wins Best Supporting Actress for ‘Beale Street’

The 91st Academy Awards brought the Blackness, and, with it, the crowning of a new, thespian queen—Regina King. #OscarsSoBlack? Yes, we’re blessed.

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When ‘Green Book’ won Best Picture: press room reactions

On Oscar Sunday the press room was packed with journalists from around the world and many of us began our collective day hopeful that director Spike Lee would take the big win.

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In the press room: Oscars, 2019: Part One

We’ve been covering the Oscars since 2015 and it was just as exciting this year as it was the first year.

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March 2019 Dance Calendar

The month of March is dominated by a full month of dance (March 1–30) at BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, with their BAAD! Ass Women Festival.

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There’s so much to love in Montréal

Montréal is known for its jazz festival. But, there’s much more to Montréal, especially now as the city is in the midst of a yearlong, 375th birthday celebration.

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Talking SCHOP! Lechón means pork

Admittedly, I do not make it to East Harlem enough. I know I am missing a whole lot of awesome regional Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican and pan-Spanish foods as well as...

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'Daughters of the Movement' panel discussion at ICP March 3

A timely African-American panel discussion, Daughters of the Movement: Where Do We Go From Here, will take place in New York City at the ICP Museum March 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Turkish Group styles for NYFW

With the beautiful snow falling, The Turkish Group drew a big crowd at Industria Studios in NYC’s West Village.

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Independent designers show Fall ’19 at NYFW

Over the course of two shows at Pier 59 during fashion week, Oxford Fashion Studio presented 14 designers.

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Before Black History Month ends

It always seems like Black History Month flies by. In 28 days, corporations, organizations, schools and countless other institutions try to cram centuries’ worth of history into photos and soundbites for the masses.

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The Green New Deal: The left’s phony attempt to co-opt Trump’s labor populism

The florid Green New Deal proposed by the newly elected congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been widely panned by critics on both the right and the left—but perhaps most notably by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein.

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Equity must be part of cannabis legislation from day one

As New York works to legalize adult-use marijuana, state lawmakers have the opportunity to achieve true racial equity and justice, but it will require a legislative and operational agenda that goes beyond the bureaucratic “promise” of equity.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republicans firmly in control in Florida

Many Florida residents would like to believe that Florida is turning into a purple state, because there are more Democrats on the voting rolls.

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Essence of the ’90s

For those who point to the ’90s as music’s golden era, 1994 could be used as the yardstick in which the decade was measured.

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Prosecutors, police and community come together to address officer involved fatalities

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, dozens of people from across the country gathered to address the persistent issue of fatalities at the hands of police officers.

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Black History Month celebrated with town hall meeting in Staten Island

Black community leaders in Staten Island came together Saturday, Feb. 23, for the 14th annual Staten Island Black History Town Hall Meeting in Stapleton. Leaders from various groups discussed emerging Black leaders in Staten Island’s Black community.

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Sen. Parker celebrated Dr. King Jr.’s legacy with free community concert

On Sunday, more than 500 community residents joined State Senator Kevin Parker for his 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert in conjunction with the A Shared Dream Foundation.

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Bank workers celebrate Black History Month

A savvy group of ladies working at the Amalgamated Bank on Fulton Street in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, decided to celebrate Black History Month in the most beautiful of ways.

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Educational justice advocates push for a more culturally responsive school curriculum

On Wednesday, Feb. 20 the Coalition for Educational Justice gathered with parents and kids in blustery conditions on the steps of the old Tweed Courthouse to delivery their disappointment about the lack of representation of students of color in NYC’s elementary curricula.

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Queens AKAs hosting HBCU fair

The Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is hosting their 2nd annual Historically Black College and University Fair Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rochdale Village Community Center located at 169-35 137th Ave. in Jamaica, Queens.

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CCRB, NYU host summit on youth-police relations

Approximately 300 young people attended Speak Up, Speak Out: A Youth Summit on Policing in New York City, hosted by the Civilian Complaint Review Board and New York University on Feb. 26.

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The Network Journal announces its 21st annual 25 Black Influential Black Women in Business awards

The Network Journal, corporate executives and business owners announced the 2019 list of 25 Influential Black Women in Business.

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Older NYers to governor, lawmakers: Ensure MTA’S Fast Forward plan fully funds subway accessibility

New York should be a great city to age in: you don’t need to drive to get places. But because three quarters of subway stations are only accessible using stairs, New Yorkers find themselves increasingly immobile and isolated as they age.

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Shooters target ‘wrong’ brother

“Why did you kill him?” Raymonde Figaro bemoaned. “There’s nothing left in my heart... I don’t feel my body anymore.”

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #108

After winning his first Oscar the eminent director, Spike Lee, used that platform to voice some feelings that he has apparently long wanted to express.

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Nation of Islam’s annual ‘Saviour’s Day’ convention

Saviour’s Day Convention 2019, the Nation of Islam’s annual celebration of the birth of “the Saviour,” Master Fard Muhammad, may have been the “best Saviours’ Day convention ever,” as one participant said.

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Tuskegee University prepares to inaugurate first female president

A new era of leadership and excellence will serve as the overarching theme for Tuskegee University’s upcoming inauguration of President Lily D. McNair.

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Hunter wins first CUNYAC women’s basketball title in 15 years

In a tense, physical game in which the lead swung back and forth, Hunter College prevailed over Brooklyn College 76–65 to win its first CUNY Athletic Conference title since 2004.

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University of Mississippi basketball players reject racist symbolism

This past Saturday, Feb. 23, at the University of Mississippi, two pro-Confederacy groups, Confederate 901 and the Hiwaymen, applied the First Amendment rights granted them by staging a march on the grounds of the sprawling campus.

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For Clyde, it was serendipitous, but abounding and astounding

Through the annals of New York sports history, several names ring out, but none more than Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

Diamond great Don Newcombe could pitch and hit with the best

Lately our Black notables are departing the earthly plane faster than our pages and resources can give them their due.

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Community Calendar: February 28 - March 6

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

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Biney is hitting her stride

It has been a great year for short track speed skater Maame Biney.

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The ‘Green Book’ returns to Harlem

“The Negro Motorist Green Book” arrived back in Harlem the other night where it began.

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Led by youngsters, the Knicks experience the joy of winning

The unbridled look of joy on the players’ faces was unmistakable as the Knicks gathered near half court at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night Feb.26.

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Why we stood up to Amazon

My union, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, stood with our allies in New York City against the Amazon HQ2 development in Queens for one simple reason: it is time to confront a powerful economic giant that is transforming our future world of work into one where workers have no voice and a wealthy few hold all the power.

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The next 40 days and 40 nights could be biblical for Brooklyn

Between Friday, March 1 and April 10, the Brooklyn Nets have 19 games left to solidify their playoff position.

32BJ celebrates halt of union member’s deportation

The deportation of a porter, and union member, is delayed for now. But that itself is a victory for 32BJ SEIU.

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In historic moment NAACP rings closing bell on Wall Street to highlight launch of new minority impact ETF

On February 26 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)joined Impact Sharesin ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), to highlight the launch of the NAACP Minority Empowerment ETF (NYSE Arca: NACP).

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Another MLK Jr. basketball tournament, but the refs made it special

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All-Star Games, the ninth annual, was hosted Saturday, Feb. 23, at the El Faro Beacon facility on East 121st Street in East Harlem.

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Kamala Harris and Rev. Al Sharpton talk important issues over soul food

Since announcing she was running for president of the United States, California Sen. Kamala Harris has been busy.

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Athing Mu is simply sensational setting new 600-meter mark

Athing Mu is a prodigy, even her elite opponents at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships were stunned by her performance.

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Queen Latifah announces plans to build affordable housing in Newark

Queen Latifah is known for her work in music, TV and films but the New Jersey native is now giving back to the community that gave her so much by building affordable housing in her hometown of Newark.

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Amen, thank God for skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body and is a mirror image of what is going on inside and outside.

House rebukes Trump declaration on border wall

In the first formal rejection of the Trump emergency declaration for the southern border, the House easily passed a resolution to block the proposed wall.

UNREST DEEPENS ACROSS EAST AFRICA AND AFRICA’S ‘HORN’

Instability is growing in the East African nations of Sudan and South Sudan while the U.S. pursues a military solution to a decades-long civil war in Somalia.

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There’s so much to love in Montréal

There’s much more to Montréal, especially now as the city is in the midst of a yearlong, 375th birthday celebration.

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Testy Nigeria election results declared

Following a delayed presidential election—postponed for a week—and reports of army intimidation and other alleged election crimes, and after a reportedly low turn out of less than 30 percent of voters, the Independent National Electoral Commission chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu declared Tuesday, Feb.

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‘Green Book’ critics fail to comprehend greater significance of Dr. Don Shirley’s story

There has been a lot more criticism since Sunday night of “Green Book,” the movie, especially after it beat out favorites to win the Best Picture award at the 91st Oscars.

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Caricom leaders meet in St. Kitts

Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders are meeting in the Eastern Caribbean island state of St. Kitts this week with recurring issues.

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Nina Shaw: From Harlem to Hollywood

Harlem and Bronx native Nina Shaw is one of Hollywood’s top entertainment attorneys.

Wednesday, February 27

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New ‘toolkit’ helps to prevent police-involved killings

It’s a concept that shows consideration for the victims of fatal police actions, and the concept has originated from a source that some victims’ families call surprising: law enforcement professionals.

Tuesday, February 26

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People's Choice: Jumaane Williams wins public advocate special election

New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams is now one seat away from mayoralty.

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Petition seeks to end practice of charge stacking

Charge Stacking is a term in the legal system that’s usually understood when it’s too late.

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Officials considers bill requiring NYPD to adopt child-sensitive arrest policies

One NYC organization, called Children of Promise, acts as a safe haven for hundreds of kids. They all share one thing in common—they have a parent in prison.

Monday, February 25

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REPORT: R. Kelly released after posting bail

Reports indicate that R&B singer R. Kelly has posted bail releasing him from police custody in Chicago.

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Miss America Nia Franklin among thousands of 'Princesses' at Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Reigning Miss America Nia Franklin joined thousands of other tiara wearers this weekend as she took part in the 11th annual runDisney Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World.

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Epidemic of missing Black girls continues to stump authorities, frustrate parents

Since NNPA Newswire reported on the alarming lack of interest in the cases of missing black females, readers – including law enforcement – have responded by using social media to bring to light the host of African Americans and others of color who’ve gone missing.

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R. Kelly pleads not guilty to all counts of aggravated sexual abuse

R&B singer R. Kelly’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client Monday as the singer faces multiple charges of sexual abuse in Chicago.

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2019 Oscars: The winners

Oscars 2019, it was a star-studded list of presenters will take the stage, Dana Carvey, including Mike Myers, Chef José Andrés, Queen Latifah, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand, and Serena Williams introducing the nominees

Sunday, February 24

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Black women in America and cervical cancer prevention

Many people may believe that cervical cancer is a problem of the past. Prior to the 1940s, it was a major cause of death of women of childbearing age.

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R. Kelly ordered jailed on $1M bond at Chicago hearing

R. Kelly was jailed on $1 million bond Saturday at his first court hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial involving a celebrity.

Saturday, February 23

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NYC public housing residents pack town hall with HUD admin Lynne Patton after Trump meeting

Over 100 tenants of the Douglass Houses packed a town hall meeting inside Grace Methodist Church Friday night.

Friday, February 22

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R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse; no-bail arrest warrant issued

R. Kelly was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, after decades of lurid rumors and allegations that the R&B star was sexually abusing women and underage girls.

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Rev. Al Sharpton meets with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris in Harlem

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris met with Rev. Al Sharpton Feb. 21 in Harlem at Sylvia’s Restaurant.

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NYC Public Advocate Hopefuls in Their Own Words: AARP Releases Video Voter Guides

Mark-Viverito, Blake, Rodriguez, Ulrich, Alicandro, Eisenbach, Herbert, Rich, Yee Speak to City Voters

Nine candidates for New York City Public Advocate outline their agendas for city residents 50 and over in video voter guides AARP released today at www.aarp.org/votenyc.

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Older NYers to Governor, NYS Lawmakers: Ensure MTA’S Fast Forward Plan Fully Funds Subway Accessibility

Three-fourths of Stations Lack Elevators; 90%+ of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities are beyond a quarter-mile walk of an accessible station.

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HUD Regional Director Lynne Patton experiences NYCHA, brings issues to Trump

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Lynne Patton continues her promise with her month-long project of living in NYCHA housing for a month.

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State Dept. raises travel warning over Haiti unrest

Demonstrators are filling the streets of downtown Port au Prince in Haiti as anger and frustration over government mismanagement and corruption boils over.

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Hottest NYFW trends for Fall ’19

From this week’s NYFW’s Fall ’19 previews, here are some of the hottest trends from 23 designers showing their collections.

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Affair’s fall styles are Glamorous

For Fall ’19, Affair’s designer Rufat Ismayel brought glamour and lots of sparkle to Spring Studios for the Final Day of New York Fashion Week 2019. One of Hollywood’s newest go-to-labels, it is fitting for Affair’s collection to close the NYFW shows at Spring Studios. Designed by Azerbaijani designer Rafat Ismayel, the looks were sultry, empowering and feminine.

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Queen Latifah coming home to Newark to redevelop neighborhood

Rapper and actress Queen Latifah is making a major investment in a housing development in Newark: the city where she was born.

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At 88, Toni Morrison Personifies the Strength of Black Womanhood

Black Girl Magic, Black Girls Rock, and other slogans have surfaced in recent years to describe the power, resilience and steadiness of the Black woman.

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NYCHA resident talks public housing with President Trump, VP Pence at White House

In the midst of federal public housing official Lynne Patton's week-long stays in New York public housing properties, Patton invited a NYCHA resident to meet President Trump at a White House event on Thursday.

Thursday, February 21

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African pop-up festival NYC

The organizers of African Restaurant Week produced a new week of events to celebrate Black History Month titled A Taste of Africa Week.

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Talking SCHOP! Chili meatloaf

I do love some chili, especially on cold days like we have been having.

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Under the radar: Spring European getaways

Take Rome, Paris, London and Barcelona off the list. Here’s where to go instead.

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Jamila Woods announces new album, pays homage to Zora Neale Hurston

Chicago-based neo-soul artist, Jamila Woods, will release a new album. The record, titled “Legacy! Legacy!” is officially due out via Jagjaguwar May 10.

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Harlem celebrates Belafonte’s birthday March 1 at Aaron Davis Hall

Stephens is just one of a number of former vocalists who worked for many years with iconic singer and actor Harry Belafonte.

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Nari Ward exhibit puts objects in dialogue with history

It’s more poignant than ever that the New Museum’s extraordinary exhibition of sculptor Nari Ward’s work, which runs through May 26 of this year, is called “We the People.”

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Cruising into uncharted territory

There’s something to be said for venturing beyond your comfort zone. It’s exciting. Everything has the sweet flavor that comes from the curiosity of the new, the different.

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National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) commemorated National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Thursday, Feb. 7.

New York State is the national leader in the effort to end HIV/AIDS, with the goal of ending the epidemic in the state by 2020.

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Ballot versus Bullet in Nigeria 2019 elections

A new dimension has been brought into Nigeria’s polity and raised apprehension among the masses as the world was taken by surprise when Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), ordered Feb.

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Community Calendar February 21 - February 27

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

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‘Hands off Venezuela’: A unity call to the international community

America has the nerve to send food and medicine to the corrupt American-appointed opposition in Venezuela to help the Venezuelan people, when it was American imperialism that caused the food and medicine shortage in the first place!

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Cash bail strips wealth from low-income communities

New Yorkers, including elected officials like Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders, are increasingly recognizing that cash bail helps drive mass incarceration.

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Hollywood’s hijack of the #MeToo Movement

The powerful #MeToo Movement was established to address real injustices suffered by women—and in some cases, although significantly less common, by men.

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Has Black History Month lost its relevance in our America?

February is Black History Month. I am a legitimate senior citizen and I can remember when this month of extolling the greatness of our people started out as a week.

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Bringing justice home: Creating a Bureau of Housing and Loan Fraud in the Queens DA’s Office

We are now 10 years out of the Great Recession, and predatory lending and housing fraud continue to threaten and harm New Yorkers.

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The All-Star game distances Brooklyn even further from your New York Knicks

Fans of New York basketball seem obsessed with making their Knicks great again.

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Sports n politicking!

Think we can now get a clear understanding of how it now works.

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Seun Kuti brings song, dramatics and politics to Sony Hall

Looking like, sounding like, and inspiring like his legendary Afrobeat ‘baba,’ Fela Kuti, youngest son Seun Kuti performed like the whole world was watching, at his jam-packed gig at Sony Hall off Times Square Tuesday, Feb. 19,.

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The Knicks remain in the hunt for Zion while still chasing wins

Legions of Knicks fans are conflicted.

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New York city council considering protections for people without credit, but we also need solutions

On Thursday, Feb. 14, the New York city council considered several legislative proposals to address cashless store policies. Council Member Richie Torres has sponsored legislation to prohibit retailers from not accepting cash, which would protect consumers who don’t have access to credit from discrimination.

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City outlaws discrimination based on natural hairstyles

The NYC Commission on Human Rights released new legal enforcement this week, a guidance that defines discrimination on the basis of natural hair and hairstyles that disproportionately impacts Black people, under the New York City Human Rights Law.

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Monroe heads into nationals on upbeat note

With its highest ever national ranking (No. 2), the women’s track and field team at Monroe College is preparing for the upcoming NJCAA Indoor Championships, intent to succeed.

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Home to Harlem event space and gallery to showcase African-American artistry

A new event and gallery space in Harlem aims to pay homage to the neighborhood’s creative roots and African-American culture.

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St. John’s loses close game to DePaul at the Garden

St. John’s University women’s basketball team came into Sunday’s game against DePaul University at Madison Square Garden on a high.

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Big money free agent deals lead off the new baseball season

Despite the threats of snow and natural cold weather this time of year until Spring, baseball season has begun with MLB teams opening up their training camps during this past week.

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Changing the career aspirations for Black and Brown children

I have been working with Black and Brown youth for over 20 years. First as a youth mentor, later as a youth pastor and senior pastor.

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Don Newcombe, an ‘Other Boy of Summer,’ passes away

On Jan. 31, the gripping documentary “The Other Boys of Summer” premiered in Manhattan at the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium.

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Is Colin Kaepernick’s NFL career finally over after settling his lawsuit?

Last week, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid settled their collusion lawsuits with the National Football League, which could be the finality of the quarterback’s NFL career.

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Brooklyn memorializes Frederick D. Thompson, top coach, lawyer and former NYS assistant attorney general

Extraordinarily successful track and field coach Frederick D. Thompson may be now best remembered as the founder of the Atoms Track Club of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

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Offense is dominant in the West as they showcase their scoring prowess

Sunday’s high scoring NBA All-Star Game, won by Team LeBron 178-164 and led by game MVP Kevin Durant in a come from behind victory is an indication of one thing.

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Kindergarteners make Valentine’s Day visit to senior center

Nearly two dozen local kindergarteners made a special Valentine’s Day visit to senior citizens at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Center (Covello) in East Harlem.

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Cocoa has flavor and flavonoids

I bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa that you are actually protecting your heart with an antioxidant known as flavonoid.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson hosts annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

Commemorating how far African-Americans have come 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in America is the focus of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit which kicked off Wednesday.

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SUNY takes steps to end food insecurity for college students

No college student should ever have to choose between a textbook or groceries, laundry or dinner.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #107

Richard Painter, former chief ethics attorney for President George W. Bush, said something many of us have believed for years, which is that Trump is “not well at all mentally.”

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Under the radar spring European getaways

Maximize your savings more by visiting under the radar cities. Take Rome, Paris, London and Barcelona off the list.

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Public Advocate candidates answer the tough questions

New Yorkers have 17 candidates to choose from in next week’s special election for public advocate. The highly sought after seat, vacated by Letitia James after her election to serve as the state attorney general, is often a clear shot for anyone wanting to be the city’s next mayor.

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Dr. Doris L. Wethers, led breakthroughs in sickle-cell anemia

Each day when you think you’ve discovered your last “Black First,” another one pops up.

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How will 21 Savage use his new reality?

Rapper 21 Savage is now living a new reality, one that he buried for most of his 26 years and largely pretended did not exist.

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Central bank chief fired

President Desi Bouterse of Suriname has fired the head of the Caribbean Community nation’s central bank in a move that has sparked fears that the administration is seeking to replace him.

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For-hire drivers are fearful of new congestion tax

Traveling from point to point, here to there, just got more expensive in New York City.

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St. Lucia's Jade Mountain, Anse Chastenet listed among the best

St. Lucia’s iconic Jade Mountain Resort has received more top international travel accolades while its sister resort Anse Chastanet continues to be recognized by the world’s most discriminating travelers.

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Activists rally against potential demise of Metro North comfort station

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Harlem residents from various backgrounds gathered in the shadow of Metro North’s 125th Street Comfort Station calling on the city to invest in rehabilitating the structure and broadening access to safe, clean bathrooms for local residents.

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AFL-CIO president to Trump: Your emergency is fake news

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took President Donald Trump to task again. This time, it’s over his declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for his border wall.

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Staying politically optimistic

The recent blatant power grab coming out of the White House is a lot to digest. For many, the feelings of depression and disgust are commonplace when thinking about the political leadership in Washington.

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Rutgers University professor says school could do more for Black New Jerseyans

Rutgers University is the largest institution of higher education in New Jersey with a student population of nearly 70,000 statewide.

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Jasmine Taby highlighting racial discrimination abroad

The replacement of a single letter in a name could be the difference between being racially discriminated against or being able to blend into society.

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‘Essex Five’ takes center stage at Black History Month event

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. hosted the county’s 16th annual African-American History Month Celebration last Friday, Feb. 15.

Black student arrested after refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A dispute over a Black 6th grader refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at a Florida middle school is causing fierce reaction.

Trump’s so-called emergency challenged by lawsuits

Sixteen states, including New York, have joined a lawsuit filed by Xavier Becerra, attorney general of California, challenging the Trump administration’s move to acquire funds from government agencies to build a wall along the Mexican border.

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‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett turns himself in, faces felony charge for alleged hate crime hoax

More than three weeks after he alleged that he was the victim of a hate crime, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false report about it, Chicago police said Thursday morning.

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Voters set to return to polls after Nigeria cancels original election

Shocked, but not surprised can best describe the majority response of Nigerian voters waiting for the opening of the presidential election polls last Friday night/Saturday morning, Feb. 16.

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URBAN AGENDA: Enough Talk. Time for Real Change on City’s Segregated Schools

Last week the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released its initial report with policy recommendations to the Mayor and Chancellor about how to integrate the city’s stubbornly segregated public schools.

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Neighborhood Defender Service establishing office in Wayne County

he Wayne County Procurement Division announced that it has recommended the Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) for tentative award of the contract to establish a public defender office in Wayne County.

Wednesday, February 20

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Police official: ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett is now a suspect; detectives presenting case to grand jury

A police official says “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is now considered a suspect “for filing a false police report” and that detectives are presenting the case against him to a grand jury.

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New York may join other states in ending cash bails

A 2017 report revealed how the use of cash bails in the city of Los Angeles spawned a massive industry built on the backs of poor communities of color.

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Snow forecast for NY, NJ as large storm system approaches

A large storm system will approach the region from the south bringing some snow for Wednesday, before turning into rain.

Tuesday, February 19

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It’s time to stop marginalizing African Americans in public higher education

Students across the country are putting final touches on their applications for some of our country’s most prestigious public institutions.

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Voters turned back as Nigeria cancels national goals

Voting for the nation’s next president has been called off for Saturday.

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Black student arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

A dispute over a Black 6th grader refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance at a Florida middle school is causing fierce reaction.

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Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020.

Monday, February 18

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NAACP celebrates 110th anniversary of freedom fighting

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – NAACP – was founded 110 years ago after a deadly race riot rocked the city of Springfield, Illinois

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Historically black colleges, universities get boost under measure sailing through Congress

Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware introduced legislation to assist historically black colleges and universities.

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NYPD doing internal review after commanding officer allegedly tells cops to shoot rapper 50 Cent ‘on sight

The NYPD has confirmed to PIX11 News that there is an internal review into Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez of the 72nd precinct after the New York Daily News reported the precinct commander told his officers during roll call to shoot rapper 50 Cent "on sight."

Sunday, February 17

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Our Black women and girls have gone missing but few seem to care

Recently, the nonprofit Black & Missing Foundation compiled statistics from the FBI which noted that in 2016 alone, 242,295 individuals of color were reported missing in the United States.

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NYC has the country’s most segregated schools; will the city’s plan to change that make its best schools worse?

New York City is the most diverse city in the country, if not the world, according to a variety of measures. However, when it comes to the city's public school system, it is a very different story.

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New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated attack: police sources

Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault.

Saturday, February 16

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Most and least ethnically diverse U.S. cities identified

With immigration reform remaining one of the most prominent political issues, suggesting that the U.S. demographic landscape may soon change, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities.

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NFL settles collusion case with Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick’s more than two year battle with the NFL has come to an end.

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Newark keeps door open for Amazon

With talks of the possibility that the city could rescind its deal to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to New York City, one Newark organization is saying their invitation to take the online retailer is still open.

Friday, February 15

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Sing it from the rooftops: ‘Choir Boy’ is a must-see!

“Choir Boy,” a brilliant, compassionate and touching work by African-American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, is a colossal theatrical experience! McCraney is making an explosively impressive Broadway debut.

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ROAD TRIP: 34th Independent Spirit Awards

It’s that time of year again when we venture to sunny Los Angeles to cover the 2019 film award season which includes, again this year, the 34th Independent Spirit Awards (Indie Spirit Awards).

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Barnard hosts 9th annual Athena Film Fest Feb 28-March 3

The ninth annual Athena Film Festival, co-founded by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, will take place Feb. 28-March 3, 2019, at Barnard College in New York City.

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On the red carpet for ‘High Flying Bird’

Filmmakers and cast were all on the red carpet at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade theater this past Thursday, Feb. 7, for a Lincoln Center Film Society members’ screening of Steven Soderbergh’s new film “High Flying Bird.”

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Chicago police, Fox dispute reports about Jussie Smollett attack

Chicago police said Thursday night that local media reports that the attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.

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Upholding our values and standing against discrimination

Recently, the Toledo Blade and other media outlets have reported on racial discrimination issues at Toledo Transmission.

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REPORT: Family demands answers, justice after Brooklyn man, 24, dies unexpectedly in prison

A 24-year-old Brooklyn man unexpectedly died Monday at Green Correctional Facility in Upstate New York less than three months after the start of his incarceration on a drug charge.

Thursday, February 14

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Friends and family gather to show love and respect for Fred Thompson

The usual ebullience and vivacity of the annual Colgate Women’s Games which concluded earlier this month was overshadowed somewhat by the recent passing of its visionary leader and founder, Frederick D. Thompson, Esq. who was laid to rest last week, Thursday, Feb. 7.

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Local talents post big Millrose Games victories

“When everyone else was doubting me, I never doubted for one second my ability,” said English Gardner, who won the women’s 60 meters at a personal best 7.10 seconds.

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Young runners shine brightly at Millrose Games

It was a fight to the finish and the women of Columbia University were determined to defend their title in the College Women’s 4x400 relay at the Millrose Games.

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New DollMaker Hair Studio in Harlem

If you are looking for a new, modern approach to doing your hair, stop in at The Dollmaker Studio, located at 813 Malcom X Blvd., between West 120th Street and West 119th Street in Harlem, N.Y.

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Kejelcha and Klosterhalfen dominate the Millrose’s Wannamaker Miles

The surface at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights upheld its reputation as arguably the fastest in the world as many runners set their personal best times at the 112th Millrose Games this past Saturday, Feb. 9, including Donavan Brazier, who posted a new American indoor record in the men’s 800-meters with a time of 1:44.41.

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F/W ’19 menswear: Remembering clothes worn by early immigrants

It’s fashion week in New York City! With their fabulous clothes, designers are telling amazing stories.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Each year we are inundated with red hearts in stores, on television and across society. For some, it is a welcomed sign that love is in the air.

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Colgate Women’s Games conclude another spectacular track and field season

The Colgate Women’s Games ended spectacularly last week in a variety of divisions. In their 55 meter high school category, it was dominated by local talent.

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Brexit and the future of U.S.-Britain relations

The future of Brexit, England’s historic divorce from the European Union, hangs in a precarious balance as last week British Prime Minister Teresa May’s Brexit Plan failed miserably when put to a vote in the British Parliament.

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The Knicks hold on to hopes of a rebuild and not much else

On Monday in Cleveland, the Knicks set a dubious franchise record, losing their 17th straight game, a 107-104 defeat to the Cavaliers.

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Helping MWBEs insure their success

I have been a consultant for minority- and woman-owned businesses in the construction industry for 33 years.

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The NBA’s East is a beast once again at the All-Star break

“The referees f---ing suck!”

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To improve public safety, turn over evidence

New York State has an important opportunity to pass reform this week that will make our criminal justice system more fair and more transparent.

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The UAW plays a historic role in pioneering civil rights and freedoms in the workplace

The National Newspaper Publishers Association has enjoyed a long history of supporting organized labor, particularly during the Civil Rights Movement when many unions and civil rights-focused organizations worked together to secure legislation that benefitted African-Americans.

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LeBron selects some Eastern Conference players to complete his Western Conference team

The NBA All-Star game is no longer just the East versus West, but two team captains choosing up sides like they do on playgrounds or in some gymnasium.

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‘Roadmap to Health’ program makes stop in BK

New York State Assembly member and vice president of the African-American Clergy and Elected Officials Latrice Walker and Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel recently joined the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America at the Powerful Praise Tabernacle in Brooklyn for the first Brooklyn stop of the “Roadmap to Health” program.

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Grammy yeah or nah?

For all intents and purposes the 2018 music year is a wrap. It was put to rest Sunday, Feb. 10, with the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

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National CARES Mentoring Movement hosts annual “For the Love of Our Children” gala

On Monday, Feb. 11, at Ziegfeld Ballroom, the National CARES Mentoring Movement presented its fourth annual “For the Love of Our Children” gala

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Love people and use things

I am not Catholic, however, I was raised as a shouting Baptist at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, and every week I was an ardent listener of Bishop Fulton Sheen who had an hour-long television program.

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HBCU Night at the Barclays Center

HBCU Night took place at the Barclays Center last Friday, Feb. 8.

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Sydney, a spectacular destination

Some things are worth waiting for. You’ll have no regrets about flying the nearly 23 hours from New York to Sydney, Australia.

21 Savage, the music industry and immigration

For years, top awards like the Oscars and the Grammys were viewed as platforms seized by celebrities to speak up and speak out about injustices, human rights violations and the social issues of the day.

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Schomburg Center Rally encourages NYC nurses in wake of hospital reform

Due to continued concerns about staffing and funding, nurses, public officials and citizens alike crowded the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, to begin their campaign for a renewed effort to fix a broken system for public hospital nurses of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Major oil find excites southern Caribbean

U.S. supermajor ExxonMobil announced two major oil finds offshore Guyana in the past week, and the discovery has raised the hopes for similar massive oil discoveries in two of its neighbors that incidentally already produce oil and gas.

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Comptroller Scott Stringer honors local trailblazers for Black History Month

Last week, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer hosted his annual “Trailblazers” event in honor of Black History Month at Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens.

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Harlem-based nuns advocate for the poor in Washington

The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Inc., one of only three orders of mostly Black nuns in the United States, recently headed to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers not to abandon the nation’s poor.

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December 12th Movement commemorates Malcolm X

The December 12th Movement is hosting the event “We Black” (at House of the Lord Church , 415 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.) to commemorate the assassination of Malcolm X.

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Kermit Eady and Zakia Byrd join the ancestors

A celebration of life memorial service was held for Kermit Eady on Tuesday at St. Mark AME Church in Jackson Heights.

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Amazon cancels plans for NYC headquarters

Amazon is ditching its plans to build a new headquarters in New York after facing backlash from members of the community.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson to host Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed to the city for the 22nd annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Feb.

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Doctors, lawyers with monetary motives cause painful decisions in women’s health care

Women, especially women of color and poor women, tend to suffer disproportionately in our health care system.

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Embracing my imperfections studying abroad in London

Growing up in North Carolina, I was shy and my need to be perfect in everything I did made it difficult to connect with others.

Woody Strode, impressive on the gridiron and the screen

Almost on the same day the media was celebrating the centenary of Jackie Robinson’s birth, one of the cable television outlets that feature classic shows broadcast the 1977 TV series “How the West Was Won.”

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CSS and activists to City Hall: ‘Fair Fares could work if people knew it existed’

Working class and poor New Yorkers looked forward to the rollout of Fair Fares.

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Community Calendar February 14 - February 20

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

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Escape from New York: Amazon kills deal for new HQ

Earlier this week, Amazon threatened to take their ball and go home if elected officials and activists didn’t play by their rules.

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Much more than dolls

Growing up, little girls tend to play with dolls in their childhood. The doll is designed in human form to connect with children, particularly young girls.

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U.S. Virgin Islands high school graduates eligible for free college tuition at UVI

Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, students who have graduated from secondary school in the U.S. Virgin Islands will have one less concern about their college careers: tuition payments.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #106

Once again Trump has demonstrated his profound ignorance of history or his lack of sensitivity while insulting Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In a tweet last Saturday, he taunted Warren again, as he has done on numerous occasions, by referring to her as “Pocahontas” and then pushed the indignity to another level.

Social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts and jazz legend Wayne Shorter to receive honorary degrees from Rutgers

The Rutgers University Board of Governors announced that social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts and jazz legend Wayne Shorter will receive honorary degrees at the Rutgers-Newark Commencement ceremony.

The halves of Kamala Harris

If presidential aspirant Sen. Kamala Harris of California has put forth progressive domestic proposals, they are often offset and countered by various foreign policy positions.

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The business of small business

Strategy consultant and Harlem small-business owner Nikoa Evans-Hendricks serves as executive director and co-founder of Harlem Park 2 Park, a social enterprise of more than 250 entrepreneurs uptown.

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Nigerian presidential elections upcoming, Omoyele Sowore looks for the votes

The Nigerian presidential election is set to take place Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

Wednesday, February 13

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White supremacist sentenced in Manhattan sword killing

A white supremacist who traveled from Baltimore to Manhattan to kill a black man with a sword was sentenced Wednesday.

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Bill Cosby’s spokesman says the comedian thinks prison is an ‘amazing experience’

Despite the circumstances, Bill Cosby said his time in prison is an “amazing experience,” his press spokesman Andrew Wyatt said in a TV interview.

Tuesday, February 12

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A New Year’s Resolution for Children in New York: School Improvement

New Year’s resolutions are underway across the state of New York, and I’m one of those who is trying hard to keep the promises I made to myself.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 22nd Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit

400 Years Later: Closing the Wealth Gap, Expanding Opportunity

Join National Urban League President & CEO Marc H. Morial, Rev. Al Sharpton, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, President & CEO CVS Health, Larry J. Merlo, Susan L. Taylor, CEO & COO Ariel Investments John W. Rogers and more.

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Why the New York City Council proposal to ban menthol cigarettes is wrong

I dedicated 34 years of my life to public safety, enforcing the laws that our legislators placed before me. That’s what cops do, and we trust that those laws are well thought out, studied and based upon sound data and evidence.

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Snow, sleet, freezing rain hits NY, NJ Tuesday, turns to rain by night

Snow began falling in New York around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Snowfall is expected to be steady across NY and New Jersey by late morning before switching over to rain, and causing dangerous commuting conditions throughout the day.

Monday, February 11

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The State of the Black Union

During the month of February in America we celebrate Black History Month. As we celebrate the achievements of Blacks in the making of this great country, I can’t help but think about the state of the Black community in 2019.

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Housing official Lynne Patton set to move into NYCHA

NYCHA will have a new resident as of Monday: the regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in New York and New Jersey.

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Grammys 2019: Full list of winners

Check out the full list of this year's Grammy Winners!

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Men allegedly use racial slur, beat construction worker in Manhattan

Men allegedly used racial slurs and beat a construction worker on Saturday after he asked the men to leave a Hell's Kitchen construction site, officials said.

Saturday, February 9

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Omega Psi Phi inducts Minister Louis Farrakhan

Minister Louis Farrakhan was inducted as a full lifetime member of the fraternity.

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Director Spike Lee boycotts Gucci, Prada for blackface items

Director Spike Lee said Friday he will no longer wear Gucci or Prada until the brands hire some Black designers following a pair of blackface fashion fails from the major Italian fashion houses.

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Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault

A second woman has come forward accusing Virginia's Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

Friday, February 8

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Activists criticize American Bar Association over law school exams

Favoring diversity over quality, the American Bar Association (ABA) recently rejected a proposal to hold law schools responsible for not preparing students for the rigors of the legal profession, according to a news release critical of the association from Project 21, a leading voice of Black conservatives.

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Relatives of people who died at the hands of police call for law that protects cops to be thrown out

Family members united through a tragic bond testified before the City Council on Thursday. They all had loved ones who died in police custody or were killed by police.

Thursday, February 7

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Frank Robinson, Hall of Fame outfielder and 1st black manager in Major League Baseball, dead at 83

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83.

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Free (delivery) Friday for Uptown Restaurant Week

Listen, you work hard! You deserve free delivery every day to the office, but seldom if not ever get it. Well, tomorrow, Feb. 8, you will get it for you and four of your colleagues (…or five orders for yourself) during the last day of Uptown Restaurant Week!

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Talking SCHOP! Spr-inter cleaning…Yup.

Here is our annual, what we are now calling, “sprinter” cleaning list for your kitchen. Take your time…and drink plenty of wine.

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Shemar Moore speaks on losing friend Kristoff St. John

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Havana Jazz Festival 2019 in Review

The women of Havana, Cuba move with a lyrical flow as they walk down those hot busy streets with a destination in mind but no neurotic effort to get there.

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A Valentine’s Day date idea at the McKittrick Hotel

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and the creative minds behind the interactive theater show “Sleep No More,” have created a perfect way to celebrate the love date, which includes a romantic dinner for two in The Club Car or on the cozy winter rooftop The Lodge at Gallow Green, and Sleep No More on Feb. 14 — plus more unforgettable performances all weekend

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Please experience ‘Behind the Sheet’

Hello my people. You only have until Feb. 17 to see “Behind the Sheet,” a powerful story that sheds a blaring light on a story most of us are not familiar with, but that needs to be told!

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ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Hollywood Awards’ to be held Feb. 21

Sister Lord’s words ring true. It’s in finding the joy within that helps others find it, as well. It’s in this spirit that ESSENCE once again presents their annual “Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” in Hollywood, Thursday, Feb. 21.

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Will Downing talks first Gospel album ‘The Promise’

R&B artist Will Downing seemed to be destined to become great at a young age, since he attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn just like music industry leaders such as Clive Davis, Barbra Streisand and Stephanie Mills.

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‘Posing Modernity’ exhibit unveils hidden figures of the fine art world

It was just two years ago that moviegoers across the United States were uniquely delighted to see a film called Hidden Figures.

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Legendary casting agent Robi Reed casts ‘American Soul’

Robi Reed is a legend. Make no mistake: casting a film is an art form, and she is an artist. The seasoned veteran has more than 30 years of experience.

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BET’s new series ‘American Soul’ gets to the soul of Cornelius’ legendary show

The new ten-part series “American Soul,” which debuts internationally on BET with back-to-back episodes starting Feb. 5 (9 p.m. ET/PT), is a straight-up example of Black excellence in every category.

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Women’s events look to be intense at Millrose Games

Competing at the NYRR Millrose Games at the Armory in Washington Heights this Saturday will be a heartfelt part of English Gardner’s homecoming.

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Knicks face uncertain future after stunning trade of Porzingis

It’s now one full week since the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis, the man most of their fans thought would be a cornerstone of the franchise’s future.

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Brady-Belichick put their millennial opponents in check for a sixth Super Bowl win

If you’re a New England Patriot, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick fan, a minority, you’re ecstatic, appreciative of Sunday’s Super Bowl game.

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The Rams’ offense not ready for prime time in Super Bowl LIII

Sean McVay became the newly anointed next great NFL head coach this season by a plethora of media and league executives after helping to lead a turnaround of the Los Angeles Rams from a 4-12 record under former head coach Jeff Fisher two years ago to 11-5 and the NFC West title last season to the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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Lake Kwaza focuses on Olympic goals

It’s a busy and exciting time for sprinter-turned-bobsledder Lake Kwaza.

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The NFL’s social justice initiative goes forth without Colin Kaepernick

As of today, Colin Kaepernick, who began the National Football League’s social justice movement, is far removed from its official inception and impending execution.

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Has Brooklyn hit the wall? Is the bottom falling out of their win column?

D’Angelo Russell, averaging an impressive career high in points and assists this season, has been selected as one of the guards to the NBA All-Star team.

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Young women from here to Georgia compete in Colgate’s track and field championships

The 45th Colgate Women’s Games, the nation’s largest amateur track series open to all girls and women from elementary school through college and beyond, concluded on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the New Balance Track and Field Center, the Armory in upper Manhattan after another season of great competition.

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Touro HealthCorps, First Impact join to teach simple life-saving technique Feb. 10

This Sunday, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine students will instruct people of all ages in a simple compressions-only CPR technique so they can use it in emergencies until help arrives

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Garlic: The breath of life

I am familiar with one herb in the plant kingdom that has kept people healthy through the centuries.

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Culture and nature in Raleigh, N.C.

This once sleepy southern city is getting a lot of attention for its cuisine and cool vibe.

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Calls for Virginia governor to step down grow amid blackface controversy

It’s a story of blackface, yearbook photos, a Michael Jackson dance competition and a sexual assault allegation.

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A life well lived: Herbert Eugene Tatum Jr. passes

Herbert Eugene Tatum Jr. was born May 28, 1928, in the Snow Hill Community, Sampson County, N.C., to the late Mittie Spell Tatum and Eugene Milton Tatum.

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Prison conditions send shockwave across city

From a federal judge and even the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), legal powers from all angles are trying to figure out why prisoners at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn were left with no electricity and no heat for days as a polar vortex hit the city.

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A stunning ‘Suite for Malcolm X’ at City College

During his brief but iconic stay with us, Malcolm X (El-Malik El-Shabazz) was an always evolving political leader and thinker.

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State Senator Kevin Parker supports #THRIVENYC

In November 2015, first lady Chirlane McCray launched #ThriveNYC, an initiative that takes a hands on approach to addressing the mental health needs of New York City residents.

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Latest spring trends…

The newest trends for spring focus on 1980s looks. Say goodbye to slip dresses, minimalism and hello to the material girl.

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Celebrate Black History Month in NYC

What to do during Black History Month, from a poetry slam to a trolley tour, as recommended by locals

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Ruth E. Carter’s costume designs for ‘Black Panther’

Ruth E. Carter is celebrating her third Oscar nomination, this time for Best Costume Designer for the film “Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler.

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So many Democratic candidates

It seems like each week someone new announces they are running for the presidency in 2020. In the upcoming weeks and months, it is likely that we will see even more members of Congress, governors and businessmen jump in the race.

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The Democrat nomination is up for grabs

Along with the 2019 new year came the predictable onset of the 2020 presidential election cycle.

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Zelda Wynn Valdes, a dress designer of the stars

In a recent edition of The New York Times the special section titled “Overlooked” listed several African-Americans who deserved obituaries but never received them.

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Want to make America great again? Start by showing respect to Native Americans

I am aware of the numerous tribal wars that occurred for thousands of years before European settlers arrived in the “New World.”

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Community Calendar: February 7 - February 13

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

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It is not progressive for the state legislature to exclude Black and Brown workers from legislative initiatives

There are important discussions taking place in the state legislature about the future of New York City’s construction industry and especially its workers.

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LA teachers’ strike ends, city agrees to new deal

After a six-day strike and a 21-hour bargaining session, Los Angeles public school teachers are back on the job.

Amazon: We’ll fight any attempt to unionize

The biggest online retailer in the world told one of the most union-dominated cities that its workers will not organize on their watch.

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Still Standing Alliance brings purpose to Super Bowl LIII weekend

From the gate you can tell it was going to be a long Super Bowl LIII weekend for the supporters of the Los Angeles Rams.

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People’s Organization for Progress pushes civilian oversight of police

Even as temperatures get bone-chillingly cold, community social justice organization the People’s Organization for Progress continues its Justice Monday rallies demanding Gov. Phil Murphy sign into law the “Independent Prosecutor’s Bill.”

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Remembering Trayvon Martin on what would have been his 24th birthday

February 5th would have been Trayvon Martin’s 24th birthday. People took to social media with an outpouring of support honoring him.

Black History Month: Five facts about Black foreign-born immigrants in the United States

Happy Black History Month! Seems rarer and rarer these days to see an ad on television or anywhere that says that yet around 12-14 percent of the U.S. population is considered to be Black or African-American.

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Gov. Murphy signs $15 minimum wage into law

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation this week raising New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024

Black voices rise on Venezuela

A throng of protesters converged on the doorstep of the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations to denounce the aggressive attempted coup orchestrated by the Trump administration.

Caricom upset with OAS for recognizing Venezuela’s interim pres

Staying in an active role in the ongoing situation in neighboring Venezuela, Caribbean Community governments this week chided the Organization of American States in Washington.

Key Figure In Divestment Campaign That Halted US Investments In South Africa Passes

In an interview for the book “No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists Over a Half Century,” Dumisani Kumalo recalled the struggle to cut off the U.S. funds that were sustaining the apartheid government of South Africa.

Sunil Chatrani named 2019 Hotelier of the Year

Sunil Chatrani, chief executive officer and executive director of Elegant Hotels Group, is the Caribbean’s 2019 Hotelier of the Year.

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US Hits Ghana With Visa Sanctions In Spat Over Deportees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and State Department say they will no longer issue visas for certain Ghanaians.

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Spreading the gospel of HBCUs

Brooklynite Andres “Dre” Martin serves as founder of the annual HBCU Night, an event touring the nation that celebrates African-American Heritage and the culture of historically Black colleges and universities.

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Nurses, union call for health care justice

Public hospital nurses of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation demanded safe staffing and fair funding as they kicked off their contract campaign in Harlem Tuesday, Feb. 5.

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ACS African-American Heritage Committee asks, ‘Are we doing enough for young men of color?’

On Feb. 1, 2019, Susan L. Taylor, founder and CEO National CARES Mentoring Movement and editor-in-chief emerita of ESSENCE magazine.

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Skepticism surrounds HUD/NYCHA deal

The New York City Housing Authority has been plagued with corruption and incompetence for years.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #105

For every Trump tweet, for every fabrication and stupid conclusion he reaches, there’s a commentator or critic who can hang him on his own petard.

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Amadou Diallo’s name still ‘echoes’ 20 years later

“Unfortunately, Amadou will never get justice and we still feel that there’s not any change,” said Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of the late Amadou Diallo. “Before hashtags, before Twitter, Amadou’s name echoed around the world.”

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URBAN AGENDA: An Opportunity to Repair Harms Caused by Two-Tiered Criminal-Legal System

When the 2019 legislative session began, many New Yorkers were excited to hear Gov. Cuomo include the much-anticipated legalization of adult-use cannabis in his budget priorities.

Wednesday, February 6

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‘Trump lies, democracy dies,’ protesters chanted

“Trump lies, democracy dies!” and “Get Trump out of the White House!” were some of the chants from demonstrators outside Trump Tower and the International Tower near Central Park hours before he delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

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TV One represents change in it's Black History Month programming

TV One celebrates Black History Month with a tribute to inspirational black women and a full schedule of programs that exemplifies this year's theme, "REPRESENT CHANGE."

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Activist Tamika Mallory and mixologist Karl Franz appear on 'Just Eats with Chef JJ'

Activist Tamika Mallory and mixologist Karl Franz joined culinary star Chef JJ on the latest episode of CLEO TV's sizzling new series JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ.

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Blackface photo reopens long history of bigotry in medicine

The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page wasn't the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele.

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Judge tries to figure out what happened at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn

Prison employees and inmates testified Tuesday that chilly temperatures inside a New York City federal lockup came days before a fire left some inmates without heat, light, hot water, and attorney and family visits for a week.

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Abrams blasts Trump, McConnell for ‘Power Grab’ after State of the Union Address

Stacey Abrams may not be the governor of Georgia, but she did make history on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Tuesday, February 5

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For Black Children, Attending School Is an Act of Racial Justice

As a seemingly twisted way to ring in 2019, the Trump administration has sent a loud and clear message that it’s okay for educators and school leaders to keep Black children out of school buildings and exclude them from opportunities to learn.

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Brooklyn mom in toddler tussle video gets public apology from NYC officials

A New York mother who had her toddler yanked from her arms by police in a widely seen video on social media has gotten a public apology.

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Amadou Diallo’s mother shares memories of her son 20 years after he was killed by police

Amadou Diallo's mother, Kadiatou, held back tears, as she talked with PIX11’s Jennifer Bisram on the 20th-year anniversary of her son’s death.

Monday, February 4

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The American Dream remains deferred for Black millennials

The American Dream is described as a national ethos: a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.

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Actor Kristoff St. John dead at 52

Reports indicate that actor Kristoff St. John has died. He was best known for his role on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless."

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New Jersey’s minimum wage to rise to $15 by 2024

New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill last week to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, sending the bill to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk, where it's scheduled to be signed on Monday.

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Justice Department to probe power outage at Brooklyn detention center

The U.S. Department of Justice said Sunday it will work with the Bureau of Prisons to examine what happened at a federal detention center in Brooklyn that had lost heat and electricity last week and to ensure that it has a backup system in place.

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New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl

Super it wasn’t — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.

Sunday, February 3

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Feds say Brooklyn jail will have power restored by Monday

The federal Bureau of Prisons said Saturday that work to restore power to a detention center in New York City where inmates have gone without heat and electricity for a week will be completed by Monday.

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NAACP, civil rights leaders call for resignation of Virginia gov. to resign amid blackface controversy

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he does not believe he is either person in the racist photo that appeared in his 1984 yearbook but that he did once darken his face to resemble Michael Jackson during a dance contest in 1984.

Saturday, February 2

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How well do police police themselves? New report recommends changes that cops’ union condemns

The question of how well police police themselves is at the center of a new report released to the public on Friday morning by an independent panel of former prosecutors.

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New York City inmates stuck in freezing, dark cells: lawyers

Hundreds of inmates at a federal jail in New York City have spent days in cold, dark cells amid frigid weather and without access to visitors or email, attorneys for the inmates said Friday.

Friday, February 1

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Former Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes dead at age 83

Charles J. Hynes, 83, who served 24 years as district attorney in the ‘Republic of Brooklyn’ died Tuesday evening at a Hospice in Deerfield Beach, Florida. According to news reports he had been in failing health for some time.

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NYPD: Records not precise on who trained officer accused in Eric Garner chokehold death

The New York Police Department hasn’t been able to figure out who specifically trained an officer accused in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker launches 2020 bid

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.”