Stories for January 2019

Thursday, January 31

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Former DC37 leader Stanley Hill dead at 82

The former leader of the biggest public union in New York City has passed away.

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AKAs to present more than $1.6 million to HBCUs

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in partnership with its Educational Advancement Foundation, recently announced the establishment of the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund, which was created to bolster the financial stability of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Eleven-year-old prodigy studies physics at Southern University

While most 11-year-olds are worrying about video games, TV and sports, 11-year-old Elijah Precciely is worrying about making sure he has enough hours to study physics.

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Ewart Abner Jr., an astute visionary in the music industry

It is not necessarily the intention to connect one profile with another in this column, but whenever they are related, it’s hard to ignore the association.

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Community Calendar: January 31 - February 6

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

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Seneca Village: Black history in Central Park

Before the city built Central Park, the area from West 82nd to West 89th streets and between 7th and 8th avenues was the location of what was known as Seneca Village, a predominantly African-American community .

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Government reopens, but federal workers won’t forget

After 35 days, President Donald Trump decided to end the shutdown.

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The experts tell us what’s wrong with the Amazon deal

In January, the RWDSU and four community organizations—Alliance for a Greater New York, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change and Local Progress—conducted a briefing in the RWDSU’s New York City office to discuss our recently released report “What’s Wrong With Amazon.”

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Black History Month 2019: Black Migrations

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History announced the theme for Black History Month 2019 is Black Migrations, focusing on the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.

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February 2019 Dance Calendar

In just the first weekend of February, three performances are a must see.

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Four shot during vigil in Newark

A Newark community is shaken after four teenage girls were shot during a vigil, leaving one of the victims fighting for her life after being shot in the head.

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Income inequality fueling backlash, elites worry

The rich are getting richer, businesses are thriving, but it’s hard not to notice that discontent is growing among the expanding poor and middle class and could soon pose a threat to the well-to-do.

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Uptown Restaurant Week 2019

Yes, yes, NYC Winter Restaurant Week is happening all over the city, as we reported last week. However, we were remiss not to highlight East Harlem’s Uptown Winter Restaurant Week...

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Trump’s stall on the wall

If things go as they most certainly will, the nation will be stalled again with Trump’s unlikely budge on his demand to get his wall built on our southern border.

Nigerian lawyers back chief justice with 'suspicious' millions in unexplained funds

Efforts to clean up government, difficult in the best of times, were hamstrung by none other than Nigeria’s top judge accused of failing to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars that “suspiciously” appeared in his accounts but were never declared as required by law.

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Black nations at the UN do not support US against Venezuela

The United States called for an emergency meeting of the 15-member U.N. Security Council Jan. 26 to discuss the political situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela after President Donald J. Trump declared earlier in the week that President Nicholas Madura would not be recognized as the rightfully elected leader.

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Talking SCHOP! Wings 12-24-36…hut-hut!

You know what this Sunday is and whether you like it or not, the food will always be a winner.

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NYCHA to get federal monitor: Ben Carson, Mayor de Blasio

Housing Secretary Ben Carson announced Thursday a federal monitor will supervise reforms meant to better living conditions at the New York City Housing Authority.

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Short-notice Valentine’s Day getaways

Remember how you used to feel when you heard “Love’s Holiday” by Earth, Wind & Fire? Why not make it real?

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For a Rams victory, Aaron Donald and company must harass Tom Brady

Disrupting the rhythm and timing of Brady was the key, not allowing him to sit in the pocket and with surgical precision dissect the second and third levels of their defense.

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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.

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2020 presidential election: Who can beat Trump?

As the 2020 presidential election approaches liftoff, the ever-growing pool of candidates in the Democratic Party wants to put the brakes on the Trump Train.

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James and Ciprès win first European Figure Skating title

They are only the second French pair to win the title, the last win coming in 1932.

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February 2019 Dance Calendar

In just the first weekend of February, three performances are a must see: Urban Bush Women (Jan. 31 – Feb. 9); DELIROUS Dances/Edisa Weeks (Feb. 4 – 6); and Camille A. Brown and Dancers (Feb. 5 – 10).

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Smith gives coaching insight into Super Bowl LIII

“The way you stop Tom Brady is to get him in the pocket,” she continued.

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With Dinwiddie out, it’s next man up off Brooklyn’s dwindling bench

“I didn’t know that. I think that says we’re ahead of schedule,” said Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn’s head coach, happy about where the team is right now.

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Two witnesses—one with a pen, one with a camera

There are two exquisite exhibits up through most of Black History Month, from one end of Manhattan to the other.

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Islamophobia is still alive and well in America

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Debbie Almontaser, who is a leading scholar on education and Islam.

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Dubai: Where morality and modernity coexist

When I arrived in Dubai two week ago as the guest of billionaire business mogul Khalaf Al Habtoor, I expected to witness the opulence and luxury for which the United Arab Emirates have become renowned.

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Will the Knicks be an appealing franchise for top free agents?

Clearly Davis, who will turn 26 in March, above all else, particularly money, deeply desires to win a title.

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American imperialism, not socialism is the root cause of the economic and political crisis in Venezuela

In 1998, Hugo Chavez was democratically elected president of Venezuela by an overwhelming majority of the Venezuelan people.

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No half-measures in democracy

Last year, Mayor de Blasio appointed a commission tasked with proposing revisions to the City Charter that would improve our campaign finance system and enhance participation in our local democracy.

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Get on board The Soul Train

We’ve all heard the adage of necessity being the father of invention. Not so popular is the phrase pertaining to the ridicule, scrutiny and overall struggle of the inventor.

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Track and field’s best eager to shine at the 112th Millrose Games

It will be the 112th presentation of the Millrose Games, making it the longest held event of its kind.

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Gregory Hines gets another stamp of approval

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series honoring famed tap dancer and actor Gregory Hines.

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Ebony Miranda to head Apple Bank branch in Harlem

Apple Bank appointed Ebony Miranda as assistant vice president and branch manager at the bank’s newly relocated Harlem branch office.

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State Senate passes Child Victim Act

The Senate Majority Conference this week passed the Child Victims Act, reforming New York State’s outdated statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.

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Closing health disparities in the Black community

February is American Heart Month and an excellent time to review heart health risks and guidelines, especially among members of the African-American and Latino communities.

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Albany passes the DREAM Act

New York State’s legislature gave DREAMers a reason to celebrate.

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To be or not to be with vitamin C

If you want to be, and live as long as you can be on this polluted planet, I would suggest that you get an ample amount of vitamin C.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #104

Trump, his weapon of mass distraction once more active, has dipped into another foreign affair much as in the past when domestic problems pin him down.

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Ten reasons why $5 billion cannot build a wall on the US southern border

Donald Trump is lying again—bigly—and the American people, especially more than 800,000 federal workers, contractors and their families, paid the price.

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WHO WILL EMERGE?: The race for public advocate—full speed ahead

When many candidates enter a political race, political insiders say the one with the most name recognition will probably win.

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CARICOM sends delegation to New York to discuss Venezuela

Current Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Kitts Timothy Harris led the delegation to the talks at U.N. headquarters in the city after a string of worrying developments in the South American nation in recent weeks.

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Esosa Ighodaro and Black Women Talk Tech

“We are very excited about the upcoming conference, we hope that people come out and enjoy [our full program],” said Ighodaro.

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Families in Bronx building feeling the deep freeze after several days without heat

Rosa Oyola lives at the Castle hill Houses in the Bronx with her 3-year-old grandson Darnell. They've been without heat for days.

Wednesday, January 30

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NFL Super Bowl, Gladys Knight, and Colin Kaepernick

This isn’t about Gladys Knight’s right to perform at the Super Bowl; it surely isn’t about the singing of the National Anthem and you can bet your bottom dollar this isn’t about Colin Kaepernick playing QB in the NFL again.

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Thousands without heat in NYC public housing on eve of polar vortex

Thousands of NYCHA residents are without heat Tuesday on the eve of a polar vortex expected to slam New York with below-freezing temperatures.

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Brutally cold air, deep freeze coming to tri-state area

As brutally cold air makes its way into the tri-state region, the arctic deep freeze is carving a path through the Midwest, forcing the widespread closure of school, offices and prompting the U.S. Postal Service to suspend mail delivery.

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R&B legend James Ingram dead at 66

Popular R&B singer James Ingram died on January 29 at age 66 at his home in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 29

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REPORT: Actor Jussie Smollett victim of racially charged and homophobic attack in Chicago

Reports indicate that "Empire" star Jussie Smollett was the victim of apparent homophobic and racial attack that landed him in the hospital.

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New York City Council Ignoring ‘Unintended Consequences’ in Discussing Menthol Ban

The New York City Council’s Committee on Health has scheduled a Wednesday, Jan. 30, session to discuss a plan to ban menthol and flavored cigarettes.

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'Lead Free NYC' aims to end childhood lead exposure

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today released the city’s Roadmap to Eliminating Childhood Lead Exposure, after a 90-day review of all agencies’ policies related to lead prevention.

Monday, January 28

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Black student beaten and accused of stealing his own car by police wins $1.25 million

Lawrence Crosby, an engineering graduate student who was violently arrested and beaten by police and falsely accused of stealing a car he actually owns, recently won a $1.25 million settlement from his lawsuit against the Evanston Police Department.

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DA to fight new appeal for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Philadelphia’s top prosecutor will fight a court decision that gives Mumia Abu-Jamal a new chance to appeal his conviction in a 1981 police slayingPhiladelphia’s top prosecutor will fight a court decision that gives Mumia Abu-Jamal a new chance to appeal his conviction in a 1981 police slaying.

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'Black Panther' wins Best Cast at SAG Awards

The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards honored the best film and television performances of the year on Sunday.

Friday, January 25

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Ten-year-old Black boy commits suicide after being bullied, parents suing school district

Seven Charles Thomas Bridges, a 10-year old fifth-grade student at Kerrick Elementary School in Kentucky, has died after hanging himself.

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President Trump to sign short-term deal ending government shutdown

President Donald Trump said Friday he's reached a deal to reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown.

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MLK's legacy alive in the classroom

It is essential to share Dr. King’s message of the need for racial justice and civil and human rights.

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Flights delayed at LaGuardia, Newark airports over staffing issues, FAA says

Air traffic is delayed at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Philadelphia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey due to staffing issues

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Harlem resident tackling youth unemployment with grant from Coca-Cola

S.J. Weathers, 23, of Harlem, is the winner of the Dear Future New York City Challenge.

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2019 Oscar Nominees: #OscarsSoBlack?

The 2019 Oscar nominations are out and it is safe to say the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is acknowledging the phenomenal work of black filmmakers and performers this season.

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NYC to pay $3 million to settle Kalief Browder lawsuit

New York City will pay $3 million to the family of Kalief Browder, whose long detention in solitary confinement and suicide at age 22 made him a symbol of a broken justice system, city officials said Thursday.

Thursday, January 24

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BroadwayCon 2019: Oh, what a time!

Every year now I look so forward to an annual event that celebrates Broadway and is a theater-lovers dream, and that is BroadwayCon.

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Government closure leaves federal workers in peril

More than 800,000 Americans who keep the government running are on the financial edge because of President Donald Trump.

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‘Network’ is a Broadway phenomenon!

“Network” is a fascinating multimedia experience where the audience gets to realize the over-exaggerated role television plays in the lives of everyday people.

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Consistency and contributions have moved the Nets up through the Eastern Conference

The Brooklyn Nets have moved up the Eastern Conference to the sixth seed as quietly as they descended to the bottom of it over the past few years.

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Brooklyn hospital acquires leading technology in prostate cancer treatment

Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Maimonides Medical Center has become the second hospital in the United States and the first on the East Coast to acquire the groundbreaking Focal One high-intensity focused ultrasound technology.

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The government shutdown must end

The president of the United States has taken American government workers hostage in his attempt to build a senseless wall.

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Caucasians can learn from reading Black newspapers

In the United States today, many cities print newspapers in diverse languages for other racial and ethnic groups.

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Paterson mayor announces changes to police amid suspicious death of Jameek Lowery

In an effort to improve community-police relations, Paterson, N.J. Mayor Andre Sayegh announces several changes to the city’s police department in the wake of the death of Black, 27-year-old Jameek Lowery after he was refused assistance by officers.

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Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club hosts their 43rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

New York Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde was the keynote speaker as the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club held their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

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Cooking it up with chef JJ Johnson

Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson has already made a name for himself as an award-winning culinary master at The Cecil and Minton’s restaurants in Harlem with his Pan-African culinary style.

Honoring our queen, Jo Grinage’s 90th birthday and birthday party

Matriarch Fanny “Jo” Grinage was just honored at her 90th birthday party at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. She received an honorary degree from Medgar Evers College at her 90th birthday party Jan. 12.

A long day of protests

The day of protests in Sudan was a long one. A 16-year-old boy named Mohamed Alebaid was shot dead by security forces.

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Caribbean reparations fight takes new turn: Swiss were also involved

The fight by Caribbean Community nations to make Britain and other former slave-trading European nations pay for one of the worst genocides in human history has taken an interesting turn, with researchers unearthing evidence that the Swiss were also involved.

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Owning February

February has been described as the border between winter and spring.

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St. Francis proving to be legit contender

This is a big year for St. Francis College in Brooklyn. It is celebrating its 160th year of existence and 50 years as a coed institution.

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Taking a knee has been reduced to outcries, public shaming by celebrities and the internet

It appears that the protest against the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who’ve taken a knee during the national anthem as a symbol of protest against racial injustice in America has been reduced to a social consciousness issue

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Shutdown suffering, NFL shenanigans, national anthem exposure

It has occurred before, but not quite like this time. Here we are in Day 33 (as we went to press) of the longest government shutdown on record.

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The Patriots defeat Kansas City to compete in the Super Bowl once again

It will be the ninth Super Bowl appearance for the New England Patriots during the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era.

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URBAN AGENDA: Communities of Color Hit Hardest by Student Loan Debt Crisis

Student loans are imposing crushing burdens on millions of Americans, young and old. The economic hardship, not to mention the pressures of repayment, strikes particularly hard at black and Latino student loan borrowers who default at a higher rate than any other group.

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Where there is smoke, there is fire—get rid of Trump

There is a fundamental problem in America, and it starts with the leadership, which is the current president of the United States, Donald Trump.

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Community Calendar: January 24 - January 30

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

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‘Black Panther’ becomes first comic flick to garner Oscar nom

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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You’re nobody until somebody (white) kills you

Social media rang with righteous indignation over the senseless killing of Jazmine Barnes, who was shot and killed while riding in a car along with her mother and three sisters, on a Texas highway Dec. 30.

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Advertising trailblazer, Barbara Gardner Proctor

If by naming her company Proctor & Gardner, Barbara Gardner Proctor made you think of Proctor & Gamble, the inversion was typical of her vision and imaginative advertising ingenuity.

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Shutdown leaves federal workers in peril

More than 800,000 Americans who keep the government running are on the financial edge because of President Donald Trump.

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The tux jumpsuit is news!

The jumpsuit created by designer Rinat Brodach made a fashion statement on Billy Porter for the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards.

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Milan’s Fashion Week: Patterns and prints

Marni’s designs clearly define artsy looks. The clothes have an old-fashioned flare with today’s street-style edge.

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Talking SCHOP! Vegan greens, y’all!

Jamaica was right on time because this weather…suspect…that is all. I am keeping my cornrows in, my glowing tan skin moisturized and sitting in the sun, inside my sealed and heated apartment.

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Celebrate Black History Month on the road

This year do a deep dive for Black History Month. Don’t settle for the usual. Consider hitting the road to celebrate our history.

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Statue of Liberty climber could go to prison but vows to keep climbing ‘for the children’

Now there are news reports that the Trump administration’s policy of separating would-be immigrants from their children has been far more extensive and far more shocking than anyone suspected.

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Arthur Schomburg: The African globe-trotter

Thursday marks the 145th bornday anniversary celebration of astute bibliographer and historian Arthur Alphonso Schomburg, who navigated the globe amassing millions of African artifacts from throughout the diaspora during the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th.

Deadly militant raid on Kenyan hotel complex raises questions on security

The death toll in a deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan hotel complex has risen to 21, including 16 Kenyans, one American and three of African descent.

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Health package introduced by State Assembly aims to address mortality among Black mothers

New Jersey ranks 47th in the nation for maternal mortality, with 37.3 deaths per every 100,000 live births. Black women in the Garden State are five times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related complications.

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The audacity of the Trump administration knows no bounds

On a day when millions paused to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Donald Trump chose to again use immigrants as pawns in his con-game to get funding for a wall of slats on the U.S. southern border.

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Trump gets only half a loaf from Supreme Court

Last summer, the current White House occupant tweeted that the government would not allow “transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” This decision was clearly aimed to reverse a policy advanced by the Obama administration.

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NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2019

Running from Jan. 21 to Feb. 8, it’s the annual NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2019! Get into a two-course lunch for $26 and/or a $42 three-course dinner at participating restaurants.

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This Is Hip-Hop at the Apollo Theater

A Golden Era hip-hop concert at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater Friday evening featured some legendary artists from the New York City metropolitan area who were very popular during the 1990s and who took the capacity crowd down memory lane as they played some classic material.

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Protecting Black girls

The recent documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” about the famed R&B singer’s abuse of Black girls and women over the years and the shocking revelation of a Brooklyn pastor who has been charged with raping his daughter has put the issue sexual assault of Black women and girls in the spotlight.

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Activists: Israel Anti-Boycott Act unconstitutional

The bill introduced in Congress calling for criminal penalties of up to $1 million for companies that support the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions Movement against Israel is being called “unconstitutional” by activists.

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Laquan McDonald’s family disappointed in verdicts

The uneven, unfair hand of justice prevailed again in Chicago, where white officer Jason Van Dyke was given a light sentence in the shooting death of Black teen Laquan McDonald.

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Heart failure . . . and success

Heart failure is becoming more and more common. Nearly 6 million Americans are suffering from it today.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #103

Native American elder Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam War veteran, may not be a household name, but his presence has been felt across social media where a video captures him hand drumming amid a throng of taunting white youths adorned with Make America Great Again caps.

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BP Eric Adams hosts celebration of life service for Honorable Justice William C. Thompson

Thursday, Jan. 17, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams hosted a celebration of life service in the Courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall in honor of Honorable Justice William C. Thompson.

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Schomburg Center hosts 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

The NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presented the seventh annual Black Comic Book Festival Jan. 18 to Jan. 19.

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Celebrating Peace Week in NYC

On Dr. King’s actual birthday, New York City elected officials kicked off Peace Week with anti-violence leaders at City Hall. Erica Ford, co-founder of Peace Week and founder and CEO of LIFE Camp Inc., and A.T. Mitchell, co-founder of Peace Week and founder and CEO of Man Up! Inc., hosted a week of events from Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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The Baseball Hall of Fame hypocrisy persists with the exclusion of Bonds and Clemens

Tuesday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s selections for its class of 2019, led by Mariano Rivera, the great New York Yankees closer who became the first player to ever be unanimously elected.

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Sundance Film Festival 2019 selections

Here are our choices for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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First Black woman to earn Tony nom set to direct ‘Respect’

Liesl Tommy, the first Black woman to earn a Tony Award nomination, is set to direct “Respect” under Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, the feature film based on the life of music icon Aretha Franklin.

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Laiona Michelle writes and stars in new Nina Simone play, ‘Little Girl Blue’

The award-winning actress, singer and writer Laiona Michelle, who has appeared in popular TV shows such as “The Blacklist” (2013) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

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Janet Jackson inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pop music icon Janet Jackson will be officially inducted into the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Will Downing talks first Gospel album, ‘The Promise’

Rhythm and blues artist Will Downing seemed to be destined to become great at a young age, attending Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn with music industry leaders such as Clive Davis, Barbra Streisand and Stephanie Mills.

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Carmen de Lavallade’s magical tour of a legendary ‘Life’

Dancer, actor, choreographer and charismatic, iconic performer Carmen de Lavallade takes audiences on a magical mesmerizing tour of what can only be described as a charmed life when she graces the Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center with her show, “Life of a Legend,” Jan. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. each night.

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Apollo Comedy Club monthly series kicks off Feb. 7

It’s time to laugh. What else can you do to make yourself feel better in these “challenging” times?

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Entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast creates unique wellness experience

The seed for Bernadette Pleasant’s business, Femme! Fitness, was planted many years ago when she was just a teenager.

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Niasia Boone excelling at Manhattan College

Indoor track and field season moves along quickly. This coming weekend Manhattan College competes at the Boston University Terrier Classic.

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Will the Knicks stick with ‘The Process’ as the trade deadline nears?

After the Knicks’ 108-105 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden nearly two weeks ago, a local Philadelphia reporter asked Knicks head coach Dave Fizdale if there was a common path in the 76ers’ successful rebuild and the Knicks’ current reconstruction project.

Wednesday, January 23

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It’s time to mind your body

I am sure that you’ve been reading in recent articles how physicians are finally trying to incorporate the minds of patients into the healing process. That is long overdue. In fact, the concept is still not part of the curriculum in medical schools, where the art of healing is first introduced to future doctors.

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Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World for Dreamers Academy

Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World for Dreamers Academy.

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CBC to Trump: ‘Stop Using Federal Workers as Political Pawns’

During a press call last week, members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that among other consequences, African Americans will be disproportionately affected by what is now known as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

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Cory Booker says he's nearing 2020 decision as he swings through key southern states

Sen. Cory Booker says he is nearing a decision on whether to run for president in 2020, but the New Jersey Democrat's schedule over the past weekend left little doubt as to what the decision will ultimately be.

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DA: New Mumia Abu-Jamal files show no sign of judge conflict

Philadelphia prosecutors say they’ve found no hint from newly found files in a former Black Panther’s police slaying case that a judge involved had a conflict of interest.

Tuesday, January 22

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Spike Lee, Regina King, 'Black Panther' and 'BlacKkKlansman' among Oscar noms

Here is the full list of 2019 Oscar nominations.

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Let Predatory Tax Loans Take Your Refunds

For many consumers, the New Year brings an annual effort to file taxes early enough to help pay off big bills, replace major appliances or tuck away a few bucks for the proverbial ‘rainy day’.

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries calls Trump ‘grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’

The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus called President Donald Trump “the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Monday.

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COMMENTARY: Kamala Harris is Right Choice to ‘Save our Country’

That Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris announced her candidate for president on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is no coincidence.

Sunday, January 20

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The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Christina Greer reflects on the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left behind, and why it important to keep that legacy alive.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The apostle of peace

While many did not agree with the peaceful preacher’s passive approach to solving race problems in the land of the free, some admired Dr. Kings's courageous stance against oppressors.

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 15, is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Since 1983, the third Monday...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day fast facts

Here's a look at Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that falls on the third Monday in January.

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DOL announces recruitment for operating engineer apprentices

A local union is looking for a few good men and women for stationary engineer apprenticeships.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to Trump: Forget Wall, Fix Nation’s Deadly Water Problems

The lead content in Newark’s drinking water now is the highest ever recorded in the past 17 years and Mayor Ras Baraka has sent a letter to President Donald Trump because of the health emergency.

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NYPD cracking down on heroin in the Bronx

The south Bronx still struggles with rampant heroin abuse.

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Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposal to end shutdown

President Donald Trump sought to break the government shutdown impasse Saturday.

Saturday, January 19

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Weekend winter storm to slam tri-state with heavy snow and sleet

Winter storm warnings and watches have been issued for the tri-state as a second, more potent, storm is expected to slam the area with heavy snow, sleet and ice this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

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Still Unsolved: The Cold Cases of Biggie, Tupac and Jam Master Jay

Little did Tupac Shakur know, as he left a heavyweight boxing match in Las Vegas on Sept. 7, 1996, that his life was about to end.

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Former Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced to 81 months for fatally shooting Laquan McDonald

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced Friday to 81 months in the killing of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, more than four years after the shooting.

Friday, January 18

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MLK-Themed Study Reveals States with the Most Racial Progress

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and 58 percent of Americans saying increased diversity makes the United States a better place (while only 9 percent say it makes the U.S. worse), the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s States with the Most Racial Progress.

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The Transatlantic Slave Trade – Africans Urged to ‘Come Home’

The Transatlantic Slave Trade started with slave ships, whips, chains and a most demonic kind of evil: Europeans and others hunting down Africans like animals.

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Tri-state area bracing for one-two punch from snow storms; winter storm watch issued for the weekend

The first of two storm systems makes its way through the tri-state area Friday, as a winter storm watch was issued for the weekend, when heavy snow, sleet and ice are expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday, January 17

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Is it vitamin B-12 deficiency?

Which way is your health going? Up or down? Or maybe sideways? In other words, do you feel as good as you should?

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Harlem’s HypeThaKid goes viral with her first song ‘Did’

“My first time ever rapping, I was a second finalist in a Swizz Beatz contest to win 5K,” said HypeThaKid. “I could always picture myself as an artist, but being a rapper wasn’t it.”

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Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International Inc. hosts their 43rd annual Memorial Breakfast for Dr. King

Next Monday, Jan. 21, starting at 9 a.m., the Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International Inc. will host their 43rd annual Memorial Breakfast for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Plainfield High School

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events 2019

Here are some events happening around the city on Martin Luther King Day

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Willis Richardson, prolific but often ignored playwright

It ceases to be a surprise where the African-American presence might pop up in today’s news.

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Community Calendar January 17 - January 23

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

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrating 90th bornday

This Monday the nation recognizes the legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a host of festivities.

Probation officers’ union files suit against city over provisional appointments

The union representing New York City probation officers has filed suit against the City of New York.

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Los Angeles public school teachers go on strike

The union for the second largest school system in the United States went on strike Monday.

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Michael B. Jordan surprises students at Newark high school

Famed actor and Newark native Michael B. Jordan surprised students at Barringer High School last week in hopes of inspiring them to pursue their dreams.

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New Jersey survivors of solitary to share stories of life in isolation

Six survivors of solitary confinement in New Jersey are publicly sharing their stories later this month about their life-altering experience in solitary confinement.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: ‘Organize, organize, organize’

There was an overflow crowd of supporters Saturday afternoon at the People’s Forum near Penn Station to hear a panel of speakers on an update on the case of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Black church coalition backs Trump’s AG nominee

Coming to town is a new sheriff, ah, make that possibly a new U.S. attorney general if Trump’s nominee, William Barr, is confirmed during hearings that began Tuesday.

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Trump shutdown same as weapon of economic sanctions used against Zimbabwe

Every day it is becoming clearer that President Trump’s “partial shutdown” of the federal government is affecting more than the 800,000 federal workers and hundreds of thousands of contract workers who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay.

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At 95, tailor Leroy Archer sews on

When you reach a certain age, some might say you are “over the hill.” But for many folks, life only grows as you age.

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Hand-signed screen prints at Martin Lawrence Galleries

The Pop Art Movement’s masters’ prints will be on view at the Martin Lawrence Galleries, located at 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, Calif., starting Jan. 26, 2019.

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How will you celebrate MLK Day?

How will you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year?

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Spiritual illness is crippling America

There are few offenses more heinous than those that are sexual in nature.

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Trump’s shutdown is an intentional attack on the federal government

Let’s get real. Trump does not care about the federal government. He only cares about his ego and his ego’s brand.

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Black boys need rites of passage programs in 2019 across the country

The year 2019 is important to African-American men because the opportunities are boundless and amazing. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.

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Rally to protect Black girls outside Sony Music HQ to demand RCA Records drop R. Kelly

Advocates from Black Women’s Blueprint, Color of Change, CREDO, Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC and UltraViolet rallied outside Sony Music’s Madison Avenue HQ in Manhattan, calling on Sony Music and its subsidiary, RCA Records, to immediately drop R. Kelly

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Breakfasting with chef JJ Johnson

TV One launched their new women’s channel, CLEO TV, with an exclusive preview of their new series, “Just Eats with Chef JJ.”

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7 Grains Health Food in Harlem celebrates over 40 years in business

Black-owned health food store 7 Grains is celebrated 43 years, and its owner, Abdul M. Malik, is celebrating his 80th birthday.

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February SNAP benefits being issues early in New York due to government shutdown

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance recently announced that most recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will receive their full February benefits early, because of the ongoing federal government shutdown.

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AG Letitia James announces major win over Trump administration in Census case

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a victory in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to demand a question about citizenship information on the 2020 census.

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De Blasio goes peak progressive during State of the City

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went all the way progressive during his State of the City address last week.

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Danielle Brooks hosts latest edition of ‘AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange’

Danielle Brooks became wholly intrigued with “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” after seeing its list of alumni hosts, some of whom are not only her peers but also her friends.

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Rent or food? Workers cope with month-long government shutdown

President Donald Trump said last month that he’d take credit for the government shutdown.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #102

Our baffled, bewildered and befuddled so-called president is not only unfit for office, but also he has no idea where he is and where he’s going.

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#YouToo: Documentary series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ increases focus on issues of abuse and sexual assault

Jostling for space in the 24-hour news cycle between the rancor of the U.S. government shutdown fallout and the freshly fueled, ever-increasing circles of R. Kelly sex assault revelations, came the horrific story of the 14-year-old girl from Brownsville who said she had been raped by her father since she was 12.

Wednesday, January 16

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Two storm systems expected to pass through tri-state region

A taste of winter is on the horizon as two storm system are expected to pass through the tri-state region in the coming days

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The Government Shutdown: Another Storm for Black Farmers, Cooperatives, and Southern Rural Communities

It was anticipated that the new Farm Bill would offer hope for improving farming economies into 2019 — especially after major 2018 farm losses from natural disasters and the trade war.

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Top 12 scholarship programs for Black students in 2019

The new year has settled in, and most students are already back to their normal school routine.

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Cuomo unveils plan to make NY 11th state to legalize pot

New York would become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Tuesday, January 15

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Protest being held outside Sony Music HQ over R. Kelly

Black Women’s Blueprint, Color of Change, CREDO, Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC, and UltraViolet, will rally outside Sony Music’s HQ in Manhattan, calling on Sony Music and its subsidiary, RCA Records, to immediately drop R. Kelly .

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Award-winning actress Regina King opens up about sleeper hit 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Regina King makes it easy to say “yes” to an assignment editor’s request for a reporter to join in on a national conference call and listen to an actress talk about her role in a movie.

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No heat, no hot water, no answers for public housing residents

Barbara Hernandez is an assistant teacher and she says she's frustrated with the heat and hot water in her building at the Wagner Houses in Harlem.

Monday, January 14

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Actors Danny Glover and Delroy Lindo return to leadership academy for Black teen males at Princeton

Personal development, empowerment, and accountability are primary focus areas of From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men, operated by At the Well Conferences, Inc., a provider of events for teens since 2009.

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Government shutdown hits African Americans the hardest

With over 50,000 federal employees, the fourth congressional district in Maryland represents the fifth largest number of workers, and Maryland likely counts as the third-largest impacted state by the government shutdown, according to Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown.

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Pastor’s son charged with sex abuse, incest; community protests Brooklyn church

Community members demonstrated in front of the 61-year-old Progressive Baptist Church on Howard Avenue Sunday

Sunday, January 13

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How healthy is gentrification?

A recent study illustrates the link between gentrification and mental health.

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‘SNL’ comedian Michael Che hosts benefit for NYC public housing projects he grew up in

Saturday Night Live” funnyman Michael Che hosted a fundraiser for a cause close to home: New York City public housing.

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Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history

The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess.

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Brooklyn pastor charged with multiple counts of sex assault

Myia Maples broke down in tears as she told PIX11 News about the alleged sex abuse and rape of her 14-year-old sister, allegedly by her own father, Matthew Gibson.

Saturday, January 12

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Fifty-Five Strong: The largest Congressional Black Caucus kicks off the 116th Congress

As the new Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) was handed a large gavel from outgoing Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) it became clear that the new CBC would be making a sizable mark on the next Congress.

Friday, January 11

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Rev. Al Sharpton holds meetings with new congressional members

As the first full week of the 116th Congress wraps up, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN DC Bureau Chief Ebonie Riley on Thursday took part in a series of meetings with historic new members of Congress.

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‘The Lord has held my hand this whole time’ — Cyntoia Brown speaks out

At long last, one of the greatest injustices in recent history has been corrected.

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Suspects involved in police brawl released from custody

A wild scene unfolded in broad daylight at the corner of Broadway and 169th Street in Washington Heights when police officers repeatedly kicked and struck two people who were resisting arrest.

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Portland police officer kills blind Black man with mental illness

Andre Gladen, a 36-year old Black man who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was legally blind, was shot and killed by a Portland police officer.

Thursday, January 10

Raven Wilkinson, ballet pioneer and mentor to Misty Copeland, passes at 83

Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American woman to be admitted to a major American ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, died Dec. 19, at her home in Manhattan.

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The year in review in Black theater—moving, fresh, phenomenal! Part 2

Aug. 26, 2018, will forever break my heart. The president of AUDELCO, Grace L. Jones, died on that day at the age of 90, after being at the helm of the organization for many years.

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Jazz Notes: Sands dazzles, Winter Jazzfest, Allan Harris APAP

The pianist and composer Christian Sands has grown from a rising young musician to watch to a seasoned 29-year-old to be seen whenever he hits town.

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Del Mar and Rancho Palo Verdes: SoCal shining stars

When you consider exploring Southern California, you likely envision a road trip that includes San Diego and Los Angeles.

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Never too late for luck

Yes, I had my “luck in the new year” black-eyed peas Jan. 2. And? I had them, they were delicious and I feel lucky!

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Talking SCHOP! Stepping on the bandwagon

A very Happy New Year again to you and yours. I wish you all of the health, wealth and good food you can stand. Cheers!

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Katie Smith focuses on propelling the Liberty to success

Last season was rough for the New York Liberty, one of the WNBA’s original franchises.

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Hampton alumni turn out for game versus Columbia

“We try to always come out and support our university,” said Carol Fennell. “Hampton is in Virginia, so we don’t often get to see them play this far up north.”

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With all of the Nets’ improvements, the old Nets might also appear

But after 43 games, more than half of the regular NBA season played, would you expect for the Brooklyn Nets to be in seventh place of the Eastern Conference standings?

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Ending a long road, Knicks see their potential future in Durant

As of Wednesday they were tied with the Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls for the fewest wins in the league.

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Drew Brees looks to cement his legacy with another Super Bowl title

He was a ubiquitous and prominent figure during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005...

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Top name quarterbacks lead AFC teams in hopes of divisional wins

Luck, ranked No. 5, logged 4,593 passing yards, 39 touchdowns, completing 62.3 percent of his passes during the season.

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The answers to a future Black history sports trivia question

One day, a Black history sports trivia question could be name the four Black NFL quarterbacks who started in three of the four wild card games to begin the 2018-2019 NFL postseason.

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With several dismissals, Black head coaches left off of the NFL carousel

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Mike Lynn are the only two remaining Black head coaches in the National Football League’s 32 teams.

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Mount Sinai, Man Cave Health launch sports-themed resource center

Although it is a serious disease, prostate cancer is treatable if caught early.

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Preventing the flu blues

The cold virus is usually put to rest by “killer cells” produced by our body’s magnificent immune system.

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TheDream.US announces new round of scholarships for DREAMers

“TheDream.US scholarship has enabled hundreds of CUNY’s DREAMers to pursue their goals and achieve academic success,” said Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz.

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Diving into the Genetics of Sickle Cell Disease

In recent years, genetics has become a hot topic in popular culture, frequently making news headlines and serving as a key theme in movies and TV shows—and for good reason: our genes are what make us unique.

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Melba Liston, a marvelous trombonist, composer and arranger

The esteemed pianist and bandleader Randy Weston wrote a song in tribute to her musical genius.

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Three book trees felled

With the calendar about to flip and a new year dawning, it was time for some house cleaning, time to clear a veritable forest of book trees making the path to the computer all the more challenging.

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UAW files lawsuit against General Motors for breach of contract

The union representing autoworkers wants to take General Motors to task.

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A first step for criminal justice reform

Late last month, Congress passed and the president signed the most far-reaching criminal justice reform in a generation.

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Marijuana funding to go to MTA

With 10 states across the country, including Washington, D.C., recently legalizing recreational cannabis, New York looks to join and reap the financial rewards.

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Community on edge after death of Black man at hands of police in Paterson

Several protesters took to the streets of Paterson, N.J. on Tuesday in protest over the death of Jameek Lowery.

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Sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown granted clemency

With his term set to expire Jan. 19, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he granted executive clemency to Cyntoia Denise Brown, 30, an African-American woman convicted of killing an abusive man, and commuted her life-sentence. She’s scheduled to be paroled Aug. 7, 2019, for the next 10 years.

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Community Calendar (Jan. 10 - Jan. 17)

"It will be a day “on” not a day 'off'...."

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Here’s how the government shutdown is affecting the US immigration processing

Court appointments scheduled during the shutdown are now being “reset” to new dates in the future, per a notice from the Department of Justice dated Dec. 26, 2018.

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Antigua threatens Scotiabank in row over asset sale

The bank has strongly resisted, contending that the sale is a private transaction and that it is free to choose a buyer rather than to be dictated to by any government.

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Elegant Systems interchangeable jewelry

While walking around the city of Nassau, Bahamas on the Island of New Providence, you notice many women sporting Systems necklaces.

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Jennifer J. Parker—branding and building is her business

“I always had an interest in telling a story about an organization and the business that makes them stand out from similar ones,” said Parker.

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Twelve books in 12 months

Every January I make a commitment to try to read at least 12 fiction books in the year. For the past five years, I have been setting this goal and for the past five years I have come up slightly short.

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Trump’s tenacity bringing Chinese in line

For almost 30 years, China has been carefully maneuvering to become the most powerful economy on the planet.

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Let’s take back Memorial Day

Amid 244 years of slavery and another 91 years of legalized segregation, there is yet another apprehension that Black Americans might feel regarding the actions of the United States government and its subsidiaries.

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Beale Street is talking now!

A few short months ago on these very pages, we stated that come award season, the work put in by Regina King for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk” would warrant strong consideration to hear the words “and the winner is…” at any and every award ceremony that honors the craft of acting.

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PHOTOS: Dominique Sharpton-Bright and husband welcome new baby

Dominique Sharpton, the oldest daughter of the Rev. Al Sharpton, and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bright, celebrated the arrival of their first child.

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Queens AKAs taking applications for scholarships

The Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Queens is asking local Black students to apply for their scholarship.

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Wegmans hiring and training full-time employees for new Brooklyn store

Hiring and training are now underway for Wegmans Food Markets’ expansion into New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Mayor de Blasio announces plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the largest plan in the nation to guarantee health care for every New Yorker.

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Shutdown avoided? Maybe

Andrew Cuomo announced a new fix for the L train, avoiding an outright shutdown of the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #101

Trump, the mathematician of madness and mayhem, dropped a welter of numbers during his brief, thankfully, address to the nation Tuesday evening.

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Iconic activist Angela Davis snubbed in her hometown

Back in September of last year, noted scholar and activist Angela Davis was to receive the prestigious Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights award at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s annual gala in February. Jan. 4, the BCRI caved in to pressure they say came from within and without to rescind its invitation, which has spurred an outrage from a number of community activists.

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Liar in Chief: Trump’s first Oval Office speech, a litany of lies

If there is one good thing to cheer and applaud in Trump’s first Oval Office speech to the nation—it was short.

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Report: Cause of death for Paterson man who begged police for water was spinal meningitis

Jameek Lowery, the 27-year-old New Jersey man whose death spawned protests, after he had begged police for water at department headquarters, died of spinal meningitis.

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Mayor “Slow-Walks” Help for City’s Poorest Commuters

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s peculiar reluctance to embrace Fair Fares, half-priced MetroCards for the city’s lowest income families, was on display last week as the mayor traveled up to Harlem to announce a partial roll out of the long-awaited anti-poverty program.

Wednesday, January 9

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Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he stokes ‘fear’

President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall.

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Minorities poised to take advantage of oil and gas boom

For African-Americans and Latinos, the path to upward mobility in the oil and gas industry remains filled with both hurdles and hope.

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Executive Producer Dream Hampton talks 'Surviving R. Kelly'

For Dream Hampton, who served as executive producer of the much-talked about “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, the explosive revelations in the film were just the tip of the iceberg.

Tuesday, January 8

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Trump to address the nation as shutdown enters third week with no end in sight

President Donald Trump will seize the power of the bully pulpit this week amid the ongoing government shutdown.

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Black teacher says she was asked to translate ‘Slave Talk’ in lawsuit, demoted when she refused to do so

The only Black teacher in a New York school district has filed a lawsuit against the Commack School District on Long Island and is listing out a host of racial discrimination and harassment incidents in the process.

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Trump official delays plan to move into NYC public housing

A Trump administration official who planned to spend January living in New York City’s troubled public housing system says the experiment has been delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

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Family demands answers after Paterson man asks police for water, dies within 48 hours

The Facebook Live shows 27-year-old Jameek Lowery as he walked into Paterson Police Headquarters on Saturday morning, sweating profusely, foaming at the mouth and at times incoherent, but clearly asking for help and for water.

Monday, January 7

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NAACP: 'An unconscionable shutdown'

The NAACP released the a statement about the ongoing government shutdown.

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Cyntoia Brown, ex-sex slave convicted of killing man who bought her, to be released

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has granted clemency to a woman serving a life sentence for murder who says she was a victim of sex trafficking.

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Man charged with murder in Houston girl’s death

A black man was arrested and charged with murder in the killing of a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting that authorities said Sunday appeared to be a case of mistaken identity, not a racially motivated attack, as her family feared.

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Golden Globes: The winners list

Check out this year's Golden Globe winners!

Sunday, January 6

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COMMENTARY: A More Diverse Congress, a More Perfect Union?

The 116th Congress, sworn in on January 3, is the most diverse our nation has ever seen.

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Cory Booker reportedly close to announcing White House bid

Will Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) follow in the footsteps of another charismatic U.S. Senator who shocked the world in 2008 in a victorious march to the White House?

Friday, January 4

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The Transatlantic Slave Trade: 500 Years Later the Diaspora Still Suffers

The most enduring consequences of the migration for the migrants themselves and for the receiving communities, were the development of racism and the corresponding emergence and sustenance of an African-American community.

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REPORT: City leaders, Brooklyn Borough President discuss the future of NYCHA

Three Brooklyn Tenant Association Presidents were guided by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams into an apartment inside Ocean Bay Bayside apartments in Far Rockaway, Queens Friday.

Thursday, January 3

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Jazz Notes: ‘Brown Butterfly,’ Roy Hargrove Musical Celebration

The deed, the project, the incredible body of music by the trombonist, composer and arranger Craig Harris is complete.

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The year in review in Black theater—moving, fresh, phenomenal!

The year 2018 was a year I will never forget in Black theater.

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Best popular albums from Black artists in 2018

On the first moments of listening to rapper Nicki Minaj’s fourth studio album, “Queen,” it become apparent that Minaj worked painstakingly hard on the album’s presentation.

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Key West—A slice of the laid-back life

There’s no place like Key West. What’s not to love about a place where the locals are quick to tell you that there are two things that will get you kicked off the island - prejudice and pretentiousness?

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Impeachment articles against Trump reintroduced by House Democrat

At least one House Democrat isn’t going along with Nancy Pelosi’s plea that it’s too early to talk about impeaching President Donald Trump.

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Wilfred DeFour, a valiant and vital Tuskegee Airman

Walk the streets of Harlem, chat with the vendors or stop off at the Apollo Theater and say hello to Billy Mitchell, “Mr. Apollo,” and you can catch up on all the news you might have missed in the papers, on television, on radio or on social media.

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Starr Andrews is ready for the big time

This season has been her first on the Grand Prix circuit, and settling into the upper echelons of competitive skating is not easy.

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NY/NJ teams gear up for conference play

It’s been a busy and exciting autumn for Division I women’s basketball teams in New York and New Jersey.

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Community Calendar January 3 - January 9

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

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Wilson and Prescott take center stage in the opening act of wild-card weekend

Contrary to their evident physical differences, Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott have much in common, mainly that both were highly productive college quarterbacks who were undervalued by NFL Draft evaluators.

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AFC playoff teams feature football’s youngest QBs and their most decorated

The league’s Top 6 AFC teams and Top 6 NFC teams look to advance through the rounds, the Wild Card, the Divisional and on to the AFC and NFC championships.

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De Blasio and Teamsters Local 237 announce tentative contract agreement

The holidays came early for members of Teamsters Local 237.

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32BJ praises Supreme Court asylum ruling

President Donald Trump didn’t get what he wanted for Christmas, and 32BJ isn’t shedding any tears.

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‘I would like to wish Todd the best’—But was he given the best?

Speculation about Bowles’ firing became strong after the Jets’ embarrassing 41-10 home loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.

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You can’t call yourself pro-worker or pro-union if you ignore Amazon’s behavior

Amazon has been well-documented as one of the most anti-worker, anti-union companies in the U.S. and around the world.

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Missing the playoffs again, the Giants have a lot of work ahead

Missing the playoffs again, the Giants have a lot of work ahead

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Knicks try to maintain confidence as losses pile up

No rational Knicks fan could have possibly thought they would be anything but a lottery team this season.

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Win or lose, Brooklyn hasn’t quit trying to move up in the East

The Brooklyn Nets’ end-of-year surge has been one of the most impressive win streaks of this NBA season.

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The Rev. Jackson and the Rev. Sharpton—twin voices of struggle

We should not be surprised that the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would deliver New Year’s messages with a similar resonance, evoking Scripture, history and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Heart failure . . . and success

Heart failure is becoming more and more common.

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Judge allow Mumia to re-appeal conviction

Dec. 27, in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, Judge Leon Tucker issued his highly anticipated ruling re-instated the post-conviction appellate rights of political prisoner of war Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Flags fly for an ex-president of Nigeria 'too nice' for the job

Former President Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari, a devout Muslim, a former school teacher, son of a farmer, trader and herder, was remembered this month as a nice man, a gentle man but not a particularly strong man.

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This New Year: Stop, look, don’t listen!

Well, today, I would like to give you those three words with a little variation as you cross the street called Life, First, I would suggest that you stop complaining about every little pain you feel.

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Five Trump immigration rule changes you might have missed

To say 2018 has been a tough year for immigrants in the U.S. and immigration as a whole is an understatement.

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Suriname turns down Chinese mega fishing ships

Without any announcement or warning whatsoever, the mega Chinese mother ships appeared in local ports in the past month.

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019! Hopefully, the first few days of 2019 have been filled with a sense of energy and purpose.

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New Year’s resolution for a divided America

As 2018 draws to a close, we face many challenges and unsettling truths as a country. We must resolve to do better.

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Dear Secretary Carson and HUD administrators,

We are clergy members and leaders of communities of faith, with thousands of parishioners who live in NYCHA developments across the city.

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Black money matters: It is a thing

Donald Trump’s Department of Justice and a group of 20,000 unnamed and unknown Asian-Americans who call themselves Students for Fair Admissions are suing Harvard University in federal court in Boston seeking to strike down affirmative action at colleges and universities.

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Benefactor Charlo’s boxing best and philanthropy

The last two times he fought at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Jermell Charlo delivered consecutive knock outs.

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AmNews 2018 Year in Review Pt. 2

Part 2 of our look back of some of the headlines from 2019.

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NYCHA’s future rests with Trump’s Ben Carson

The next four weeks can decide the fate of public housing in New York City.

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Census 2020 push kicks off in Harlem

Elected officials and community leaders came together for a news conference at the Schomburg Center in Harlem Wednesday to announce the city’s plans for the 2020 Census.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #100

There was never any doubt in our minds that we would have enough ammo to excoriate Trump each week.

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Activist raise reward to $60K for information leading to Jazmine Barnes’ killer

Civil Rights attorney Lee Merritt and activist Shaun King raised a $60,000 reward for information leading Harris County Sheriff deputies to Jazmine Barnes’ killer.

Wednesday, January 2

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State Attorney General Letitia James delivers inauguration address

On Tuesday, Attorney General Letitia James delivered remarks at the official New York State Inauguration Ceremony on Ellis Island.

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Five African American NFL head coaches fired

Five of the NFL’s seven African American head coaches were fired on December 31st.

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Rep. James Clyburn: House will pass plan to reopen the government

Today House Majority Whip-elect James E. Clyburn says the House will pass legislation to end the Trump Shutdown on the first day of the 116th Congress

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One county just swore in 17 black female judges in Texas

A new year brought the swearing-in of newly elected officials in Harris County, Texas, and among them were 17 black female judges.

Tuesday, January 1

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HISTORY MADE: Letitia James sworn in as first African-American and first woman to serve as New York State Attorney General

Just before midnight, Letitia James was officially sworn in as the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York.

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Michelle Obama’s 'Becoming' will soon be a classroom curriculum for young Black girls

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book "Becoming", which sold over 1.4 million copies in its first week of release, has inspired many Black women all over the world.

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Here are the new laws New Yorkers should know about for 2019

The fight for $15 has finally become a reality.