Stories for July 2019

Wednesday, July 31

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How to prepare for and tackle unexpected college costs

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

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Black Voters Say They Won’t Forget Trump’s Racist Tweets

Robin D. Stephens lived through Jim Crow and thought the worst days of racism were behind her.

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White professor working at HBCU files discrimination lawsuit over salary complaint

Marshall Burns, a 73-year old white physics professor at historically Black Tuskegee University, has filed a lawsuit against the school for alleged age and race discrimination.

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R. Kelly judge to decide on order protecting evidence

A federal judge overseeing singer R. Kelly's child-pornography case in Chicago is set to rule on how tightly he should restrict access to and mentions of the evidence.

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Americans largely do not want Blacks to obtain cash reparations

The majority of Americans are not in favor of the Black community getting cash reparations, according to the results of a new poll.

Tuesday, July 30

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Disney Dreamers Academy alumna returns to Walt Disney World as Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2019

Disney Dreamers Academy 2019 alumna Jacqueline Means returned to Walt Disney World Resort on Monday with a new title – Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen.

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Baltimore-area district pushes back against Trump comments

As Latoya Peoples painted a mural with high school-age students Monday in Baltimore, she was determined not to let President Donald Trump's recent tweets about the city "sink in too much."

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The truth about Black people and country music — we created it!

The global success of rapper Lil Nas X's hip hop country song "Old Town Road" should not be a surprise to anyone.

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A$AP Rocky’s trial in Sweden starts Tuesday. Here’s what we know

A$AP Rocky will go on trial in Sweden on Tuesday, after spending much of the past month in jail.

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Heat advisories issued across NY, NJ for Tuesday

Just over a week after our first heat wave of the year, the potentially dangerous hot weather is back Tuesday.

Monday, July 29

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Marijuana decriminalization signed into law, creating process to have records expunged for some offenders

Governor Cuomo signed a new marijuana decriminalization bill into law Monday

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NYPD seeks 2 shooters in fatal Brooklyn playground shooting

A popular community festival was coming to a close when gunfire erupted in a Brooklyn neighborhood

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Thousands gather to celebrate past, present and future of Harlem as a historic neighborhood

Thousands gathered at US Grant National Memorial Park Sunday to celebrate the past, present and future of Harlem as a historic neighborhood.

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Boys & Girls Club of Harlem gets a new high-tech clubhouse

In this digital age, it's crucial for youth to know the many opportunities STEM related fields have.

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Gunman kills three, including a 6-year-old boy; injures 11 others at Gilroy Garlic Fest in California

The rock band TinMan was playing its last song for a crowd of a couple hundred people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday evening.

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Trump keeps up fight with Black community by launching feud with Sharpton

President Donald Trump launched a feud with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday, escalating a series of attacks on prominent black leaders and minority progressives.

Sunday, July 28

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1 dead, 11 others injured in shooting at community event in Brooklyn park

Late-night gunfire at an outdoor event in Brooklyn killed one man, wounded 11 other people and sent hundreds running for cover despite a large police presence in the area.

Saturday, July 27

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Black women taking on the fight against diabetes

The cost of insulin is skyrocketing and people—especially Black women—are dying because they cannot afford or don’t have access to vital medication.

Thursday, July 25

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Some Black lives mean more than others to Mayor de Blasio

This week, as protests have been growing to demand action regarding the murder of Eric Garner, Mayor de Blasio met with Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, along with other members of Eric’s family.

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Long serving DA, Robert Morgenthau, dead at 99

While the late Robert M. Morgenthau, New York City’s longest serving district attorney, who died on July 21 at 99, will be remembered by some as setting the “gold standard” for prosecutors, others will see that salute as somewhat tarnished.

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Simplify your grilling routine this summer

Summer is typically a busy time for families, making those moments you spend together all the more precious.

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Soprano Anne Brown, Gershwin’s ‘Bess’

Whenever there’s a revival of “Porgy and Bess,” and that seems to be a perennial event, it’s impossible not to think of the first time it opened on Broadway in 1935, featuring Todd Duncan and Anne Brown.

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Support Black television

I am so excited about two new television shows beginning this month. I always try to support Black shows, since many of us are old enough to remember the dearth of shows on television or the ways in which networks would pin popular Black television shows against one another and show two popular Black shows at the same time on competing networks

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The Sunday morning stick-up

I don’t go to church anymore,” she told me ruefully, “because I can’t afford it.”

Carving out a path to educational justice

For the last two years, Black, Latinx and immigrant parents from the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and allied groups have organized, advocated and fought for Culturally Responsive Education in NYC schools.

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Cuomo officially signs bill giving farmworkers protections and right to organize

Farm workers in New York State now have the right they’ve clamored for.

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First Black doctor at South Jersey hospital, Dr. William J. King, dies at 88

Dr. William J. King made history when he became the first Black doctor at Underwood-Memorial Hospital (now Inspira Medical Center) in Woodbury, N.J. in 1968. Dr. King died July 16 from heart disease and diabetes, according to reports.

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Inmates deal with no AC in Bergen County Jail

As temperatures rose to triple digits in the Northeast, inmates at New Jersey’s Bergen County Jail battled with no air conditioning leading activists to protest over their treatment.

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NAACP hosts 110th National Convention in Detroit, calls for Trump’s impeachment

The NAACP focused on the upcoming 2020 presidential election, criminal justice, health care and called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump at its 110th National Convention in Detroit this week.

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‘Franco the Great’ gate artwork celebrated at East River Plaza

Blumenfeld Development Group, Ltd. and Brookfield, on behalf of East River Plaza, in partnership with the Save the Gates of Harlem will come together with community to celebrate icon Franco “Franco the Great” Gaskin’s gate murals, of which several are permanently displayed at the East River Plaza Atrium.

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New York Life Foundation awards $1.3 million in grants to help middle school students transition to high school

The New York Life Foundation in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance announced $1.35 million in new grants, to be awarded to 26 youth development organizations across the country to support middle school youth during the out-of-school time hours. Two of the organizations are in the city.

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Black children more likely drown than white children

Young Black children are more likely to die due to drowning than white children. The statistic is deeply rooted in the stereotype that Black people don’t like to swim or simply can’t.

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REPORT: NYS leads in nonprofit jobs and wages

New York led the nation in nonprofit employment with more than 1.4 million jobs and total wages of just over $78 billion in 2017, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

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Bill proposed to give free transit fare to centenarians

Bronx Council Member Andy King introduced a bill calling on the city through the Department of Aging to facilitate a program of free access to all New York City Transit services, including Access-A Ride, buses, trains, as well as NYC Ferry service, for New York City residents over the age of 99.

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Blackouts exacerbate heatwave

As the heat continues to rise in NYC the city has also been experiencing a series of blackouts

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Report: New laws haven’t changed bail process for NYers

A new report revealed that the New York City Department of Corrections hasn’t complied with a new law as much as they should have.

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New British Leader's Disturbing Remarks Recalled By African Media

African media greeted the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, by recalling some of the particularly cringe-worthy remarks made during his formative years in politics.

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Unexpected Struggles In The Fight Against Ebola

The battle to knock out the Ebola virus should have its eyes on the goal. Instead, politics and a divisive struggle between two drug makers have interfered. A key health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo has resigned in protest.

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Another form of global warming by Barry Harris and crew

When the venerable pianist and composer Barry Harris spreads out a carpet of chords, signaling the tune “Billie’s Bounce,” his bandmates know intuitively how to shape their solos.

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Jazzmobile, Blue Swamini, Settepani, Persip at 90

These opening weeks for Jazzmobile are a testimony to why the nonprofit organization has maintained its reputation as the best jazz Summerfest in the Big Apple.

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Prints are Charming for Fashions and Home

In Pantoneview’s 2020 color trend report, there’s a new direction introducing both a novel and nostalgic approach to design.

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Sizzling swimwear hits Miami Swim Week

Miami Swim Week was a splash! The Buy-Now-See-Now 2019 collection of Natasha and Devin stayed true to their signature in styles and cuts.

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Giants begin training camp with optimism and questions marks

During the past seven seasons, the Giants have had only one postseason appearance, in 2016, losing to the Green Bay Packers 38-13 on the road in an NFC wild card game under former head coach Ben McAdoo.

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Three Black art exhibitions to see in Richmond, VA

The city of Richmond, Virginia has a long, complex and evolving history.

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New season, new management—the Jets open training camp with a new start

The new, New York Jets opened up their training camp yesterday (Wednesday) to officially get their 2019 NFL season started.

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Pompey celebrates fourth successful track meet

The Aliann Pompey Invitational in Georgetown, Guyana, named for the country’s four-time track Olympian, recently had its fourth edition

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Liberty score much-needed win

At the midpoint of the 2019 WNBA season, it’s now or never for the New York Liberty. In need of a win, rookie guard Marine Johannès, who only recently joined the team after fulfilling overseas commitments, was literally perfect.

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Jewelle Blackman’s magnificent debut in ‘Hadestown’ is just Fate!

“Hadestown,” Broadway’s best musical, playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre at 219 W. 48th Street, is one of the most stunning, unforgettable Broadway musicals you will ever see.

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Despite ESPN company policy, Le Batard addresses race, politics

t may be of interest to sports fans that when something happens to a sportscaster or sports talk show personality short of death, very little attention is paid to it during sports talk programs the way attention is given to an athlete that makes the news.

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Mariano Rivera, baseball’s greatest closer, enters the Hall of Fame

Each year, the voting for Major League Baseball’s next Hall of Fame class fosters heated and exhaustive debate regarding who is deserving of enshrinement.

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NBA players have become the chief power brokers of NBA free-agency

When ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Kevin Durant had agreed to join Kyrie Irving in signing long-term contracts with the Brooklyn Nets, the news shook up the basketball world.

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At the Schomburg this week: The Young Lords at Fifty

Recently, most Americans—if not the world—were busy celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.

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There were no marketing campaigns when Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf took a knee

As BIG 3 basketball makes its way around the states this summer season with former named NBA players on their rosters and coaching teams, one player who deserves an incredible amount of attention, his quotes circulated from interviews and press conferences with much fan-fare, pretty much just plays the game and remains low key.

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NYC Health + Hospitals honors disabilities advocate Marilyn E. Saviola

NYC Health + Hospitals’ Vice President of Ambulatory Care, Dr. Ted Long, last week honored Marilyn E. Saviola, the founder of the Independence Care System Women’s Health Program and nationally recognized disability-rights advocate, for her unwavering advocacy for the rights of people with physical disabilities to live at home and in the community as independently as possible.

Grapefruit juice and magnesium for high blood pressure

Years ago, I can recall my mom and her friends talking about taking Epsom salts and grapefruit juice to lower blood pressure.

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HBO holds New York Latino Film Fest, Aug. 12-18

Mira, mis amigos it’s time to mark your calendar to celebrate The New York Latino Film Festival, the nation’s premier and most diverse Latino film festival—a touchstone of the nation’s thriving multicultural cinematic movement—which kicks off its 16th edition Monday, Aug. 12.

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Attorney General James defends ban against large-capacity magazines

Joining a group of 17 Attorneys General across the nation, New York State Attorney General Letitia James defends California’s ban on large-capacity magazines (LCM) holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

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Community Calendar: July 25 - July 31

As the heat wave moves through the tristate, the temptation of outdoor live events and physical activities presents a challenge to us all—especially young children, our pets and those of us of a certain age. Doctors advice: drink lots of fluids, but steer clear of alcohol, sugary drinks and caffeine, as these have dehydrating effects.

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Last-minute summer vacation ideas

Somehow it is already the middle of July. Memorial Day and the Fourth of July came and went and yet you still haven’t managed to get out of dodge.

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‘Astronomy Club’ to land on Netflix

Hang on. Take a deep breath. Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries, has ordered a new sketch comedy made by and about Black culture.

Native Americans, please tell Donald Trump and his merry band of racists to go back where they came from Dear Native American brothers and sisters—and especially Congressmembers Sharice Davids and Deb

Your voices have been Missing In Action this past week in the continued racialization of politics in these United States by the 45th POTUS

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Fight for A$AP Rocky's release continues

Rapper and Harlem Rakim Mayers, also known as A$AP Rocky, remains detained in Sweden after a physical confrontation involving his entourage against heckling fans.

Gang violence spirals in Trinidad; govt. appeals to public

Twenty-four murders in a seven-day period in the past week in Trinidad have so shaken up the sensibilities of people on the island that various umbrella groups have said the country is close to a breaking point as it relates to violent crime and now authorities have asked the public to help them identify the leaders behind the spik

Caribbean hotelier says get online or get left behind

Leading Caribbean hotelier, Sanovnik Destang, executive director of Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia, is encouraging fellow tourism industry professionals to fully embrace the use of technology if they want to drive business to their hotels, restaurants and attractions.

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Getting to the essence of it

If you are a connoisseur of that pure, raw, well essence of what Black music, nope scratch that, Black CULTURE is about, the 2019 ESSENCE Festival was where you needed to be.

House votes to raise minimum wage, McConnell stifles it in Senate

The House of Representatives passed a new minimum wage law, but it might not make it to the Senate floor.

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No one will do it for us— we have to do it ourselves

You don’t need a title or money to help your community.

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NDI: There is a rose in East Harlem

There is a rose in East Harlem where hundreds of youngsters learn ballet, tap, modern dance, music, choreography and more while experiencing “a love of the arts, a passion for learning and a desire to strive for their personal best.” The name of the rose is the National Dance Institute.

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Protesters vow more demonstrations in wake of Garner decision

Thousands of protesters marched down to City Hall about the decision made by the Justice Department.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #129

It is unequivocally clear that the Republican Party has bought Trump’s fake news mantra, hook, line and sinker.

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AmNews hosts Mayor Pete at first "Discussions on the Oval"

Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg may have had his interview scrapped recently by an audio media company after his appearance on a popular country music show, but he was given wide range during an appearance at the Amsterdam News, though he might have been tempted to run for cover.

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URBAN AGENDA: Hector Figueroa: Exemplary Union Leader for Workers’ Rights

Hector Figueroa, the late president of the Service Employees International Union 32BJ, was smart, fearless and ferocious. He always knew which side to be on and it was always the side of the poor, the powerless, and workers who got paid by the hour.

Wednesday, July 24

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Philadelphia fires 13 officers for racist Facebook posts

Police officers in Philadelphia and St. Louis are paying a heavy price for their acts of racism.

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Robert Mueller testifies before Congress

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary & Intelligence Committees on the Russia investigation and the published report released by his office.

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COMMENTARY: Reparations must include the costs of predatory lending

In recent years, the spate of homicides linked to questionable uses of deadly weapons and/or force, have prompted many activist organizations to call for racial reparations.

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NAACP Unanimously Calls for the House of Representatives to Begin Impeachment Proceedings

During its 110th National Convention at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, the NAACP — the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization — hosted delegates from all over the country.

Tuesday, July 23

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Another Black woman-owned startup makes history — raises $1 million in funding!

Founder & CEO Caroline Wilson, the brainchild behind AfroAvenue.com, created the website and app after securing first round funding of over $1 million from investors.

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Morehouse students allege sexual harassment by dean

The AJC and WSB-TV reported that a Morehouse College student posted short videos on Twitter late Tuesday and Wednesday claiming the school has ignored his complaint that an employee sexually harassed him last year.

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Trump refused to attend the NAACP Convention because he didn’t want to do Q&A

President Donald Trump reportedly canceled a supposed appearance at the 110th NAACP National Convention this year in Detroit.

Monday, July 22

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How a Black Farming Community Found Justice

Black families in the South are doing important work to continue the legacy of Black farming communities.

Black families in the South are doing important work to continue the legacy of Black farming communities.

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Robert Morgenthau, longest-serving Manhattan DA, dead at 99

Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau has died.

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11-year-old child shot in East Harlem: police

An 11-year-old boy was shot in the leg in East Harlem on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Sunday, July 21

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Dr. Patrice Harris sworn-in as the American Medical Association’s first Black female president

In June, Dr. Patrice A. Harris, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was sworn-in as the 174th president of the American Medical Association (AMA).

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If you’re poor in America, debtor’s prison is real

Despite a centuries-old Supreme Court ruling that outlawed the practice, debtor’s prison remains very much alive in America, experts told NNPA Newswire.

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REPORT: Black men are biggest beneficiaries of the First Step Act

The First Step Act, which replaced a federal “three strikes” rule that imposed a life sentence for three or more convictions – with a 25-year sentence, is benefiting thousands of incarcerated Black men, according to a new report.

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Extreme heat and humidity continue Sunday; storms Monday bring a flash flood watch

The heat dome remains locked over our area for another day Sunday, with hot and humid weather continuing across the tri-state.

Saturday, July 20

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‘Hidden Figures’ no more—Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson of NASA

Thanks to the tireless research of Margot Lee Shetterly and her book “Hidden Figures,” Katherine Johnson, Eunice Smith and Mary Jackson were brought from the shadows of history. They received even greater prominence when the film of the same title was released in 2016.

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Health officials investigate cases of Legionnaires’ at Harlem NYCHA building

Health officials are testing the water system of a Harlem NYCHA building following concerns of Legionnaires' disease.

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‘Our fear is people dying’: City urges New Yorkers to take heat emergency very seriously

The heat will be so intense this weekend that it could be deadly.

Friday, July 19

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Fallout continues over ‘send her back’ chant targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar

Supporters of President Donald Trump at his recent rally in North Carolina pointed their pitchforks against the Democratic Congresswoman Somalian Ilhan Omar, who represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.

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Hydrate well, stay cool to avoid heat-related illness

The human body is cooled naturally when heat escapes from the skin and when sweat evaporates from the skin.

Thursday, July 18

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Rev. Crawford is ready for this national assignment

The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000 member churches comprised of 15 denominations and 25.7 million African-Americans under the leadership of the Right Most Rev. Anthony Evans, is proud to appoint the Rev. Stacey Crawford as its first national minister.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Beyoncé and Jay-Z

At press time, the latest R. Kelly news is that the disgraced singer’s live-in girlfriends, Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, sent a video to TMZ in which they denied reports that federal authorities evicted them from Kelly’s Trump Tower Chicago home, calling it “fake news.”

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Joy of Jazz producer Mantwa Chinoamadi

This spring, Johannesburg, South Africa will groove to the organic rhythms of jazz as the city celebrates the 22nd Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival from Sept. 26-28.

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Yossi Milo Gallery hosts ‘African Spirits’ Thru Aug. 23

Yossi Milo Gallery is hosting African Spirits, a group exhibition of photographic works taken in and out of the studio tracing the iconic visual legacy of studio portraiture from mid-20th century Africa on contemporary art.

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Liberty lose two on the road

The New York Liberty is once again trying to figure out how to sustain a winning momentum. Last week, the team was on the road, first dropping an 83–99 game to the Chicago Sky followed by a 69–78 loss to the Seattle Storm.

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‘Stuber’ stumbles

Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), a mild-mannered sporting goods clerk, moonlights as an Uber driver.

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Will the Knicks’ veteran free-agent signings stunt the growth of the youngsters?

This is how Knicks general manager Scott Perry presented the team’s signings of veteran forward Reggie Bullock and Marcus Morris Tuesday, July 16: “With Reggie and Marcus we are adding two more versatile, hard-nosed and accomplished players to an already improved roster,” said Perry. “We value both players’ perimeter shooting ability and their strong presence on the court and in the locker room. We’re excited to have them in New York and are confident they will excel playing for this team under Coach Fizdale.”

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Blerd City Con 3.0 puts spotlight on Black artists

Blerd City Con 3.0 held their two-day conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

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In Memoriam: Brother Lamont Curry Muhammad

Within weeks of each other, two leading authorities on Blacks in Mexico joined the ancestors.

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The David Dinkins Tennis Club begins another summer season

The David Dinkins Tennis Club, named after beloved former New York City mayor, the Hon. David Dinkins, began another summer season this Saturday, providing free tennis lessons for young children and their parents

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Metro Eagles blaze a path to nationals

St. John’s University track and field coach James Hurt said he’s never seen so many spectators at a meet on campus as what he saw during the Amateur Athletic Union regional qualifier held at St. John’s June 27-30.

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Clark Atlanta University hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship for sixth consecutive year

Twenty-five young leaders from 19 African countries arrive at Clark Atlanta University for the sixth consecutive Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative

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Remembering Arthur McGhee and his elegant designs

I met Arthur McGhee, a distinguished African-American designer, during the late 1970s.

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The BIG 3—Recreational basketball in a professional setting

In its third season, BIG 3 basketball is proving to be a viable entertainment league. Consisting of former NBA players, 12 teams, the BIG 3 is described as a professional 3-on-3 basketball league founded by rapper/actor Ice Cube and his partner, entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz.

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Dr. Colin A. Palmer, pre-eminent scholar of the African Diaspora

Two African-American authorities on the history of Blacks in Mexico died within several weeks of each other.

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Talking SCHOP! ‘Happy eating and thanks for reading’

I am taking a moment to thank all of the readers of this historic newspaper. Aside from a job, the collective work of the team is a labor of love, yes, but mostly a labor of respect for you, the readers and the community at large. We appreciate you investing in us weekly and the legacy that is The Amsterdam News. Cheers!

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The Mets’ rebuilding plan stalls again

Last July 20, the Mets were 40-55, well out of contention for the National League East title and far from being a viable wildcard entry.

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Boxing great, Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whittaker dies after being hit by a car

This week, the boxing world and all of sports mourn the untimely passing of Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, the former world champion dominant during the 1980s and 1990s, recognized as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

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We must stay focused on the border

I recently saw the photos of Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Trump administration visiting the Southern border and walking past men and women in cages.

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Biden’s cringeworthy backpedal on race signals weakness

A criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign for president is that, at age 76, he may be too old to be running for president.

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Cuomo calls for accountability in reorganization plan for MTA

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pens an open letter to the MTA Board

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AFT names Evelyn DeJesus VP of education

The American Federation of Teachers looked to New York to pick someone as a top official.

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For retail workers, difficult times in a seemingly strong economy

While the economy seems to be doing well, and retail companies, their CEOs, and their stockholders seem to be doing well, there’s a group that’s in danger of being left behind: retail workers, many of whom find daily life a struggle to not only advance, but to survive.

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Legislations restrict the use of isolated confinement in New Jersey’s correctional facilities

Recently signed legislation restricts the use of isolated confinement in New Jersey’s correctional facilities.

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America gets mixed view inside border facilities

The fight continues at the U.S.-Mexico border over the conditions at the facilities where migrants are detained. Vice President Mike Pence says conditions are unacceptable.

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State Sens. Brian Benjamin and Kevin Parker endorse Kamala Harris for U.S. president

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris earned the endorsements of several local elected officials from five different states. The list includes New York State Sens. Brian Benjamin and Kevin Parker.

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Minority and Women Business Enterprise bill signed into law

The MWBE Program Extension bill sponsored by Senator James Sanders Jr. was signed into law reauthorizing reforms, and extending the MWBE program until 2024.

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Fall designs for peace & style

For this season’s Fashion for Peace designs, all eyes are on India and New York.

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Cuomo signs pay equity legislation

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the U.S. Women’s World Cup ticker-tape parade to announce pay equity legislation.

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Community Calendar July 18 - July 24

Greetings! Our GBE Black Media Month 2019 opens up with historic news that the legendary Black newspaper, The Chicago Defender, has become an online-only publication. Is it a sign of the times? Join us to talk about it this weekend in Radio GBE and Express Yourself. (see schedule below)

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National Urban League making moves

The National Urban League is getting a new headquarters location in New York City. Governor Cuomo has signed a bill to authorize the transfer of state property in New York City to Empire State Development for National Urban League headquarters, Urban Civil Rights museum and affordable housing.

NY Times pummeled over job postings called offensive by Africans

The New York Times is still recovering from the verbal bashing it received from Kenyan writers shocked and angered by the paper’s outdated references to Africa in a recent ad for the job of Nairobi bureau chief.

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Guyana: not so hidden gem

You don’t have to search hard to find Guyanese culture in New York City. As of three years ago, there were more than 140,000 Guyanese living in New York City, making them the fifth-largest foreign-born population in the city, according to the U.S. Census’ American Fact Finder.

Where are the tens of thousands of bad hombres, U.S. ICE?

At least seven days before Sunday, July 14—the promoted start of Donald Trump’s newly touted ICE raids—the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced it had arrested 20 “criminal” and immigration violators during a five-day enforcement surge in San Diego, California.

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Norway may pay Suriname to preserve forests

Back in 2009, Guyana and Norway signed off on a novel deal for a Caribbean Community country, under which that oil and gas-rich European nation would provide Guyana with millions in grant aid to preserve its standing stock of rainforest.

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Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon sizzle in sultry, romantic drama on Broadway!

It is not often that a Broadway play starts off with two actors, the only cast members, having sex on a darkened stage—sex complete with total nudity, bed shaking, and sounds of ecstasy and satisfaction—and having those actors be six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Tony nominee, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle winner Michael Shannon.

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Ambassador Dr. Lamuel A. Stanislaus celebrated street naming

The Brooklyn street co-naming to celebrate Ambassador Dr. Lamuel A. Stanislaus

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Meet the women at the center of HBO doc ‘Who Killed Garrett Phillips’

Potsdam, N.Y. is the kind of town where Confederate flags fly without notice.

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A Sky With No Limits

Beating the odds and working in a field as a minority Black woman dominated by mostly white men shows what one can accomplish with drive and determination. Sky Davis found her calling as a product designer by chance.

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Afro-Latino Festival celebrates 7th year!

The Afro-Latino Festival celebrated its seventh year this past weekend, July 12 and 13, with two days of music, talks, food and dance hosted by City Point/Albee Square and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

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Geoff Eaton gets Made Man Foundation honors for activism, promoting economic & social justice

Geoffrey Eaton, TouroCOM Harlem’s new director of community affairs and diversity and co-chair of the TouroCOM Harlem Community Advisory Board, was honored recently by The Made Man Foundation in the category of “Industry Thought Leaders & Transformational Change Advocates” for his community activism promoting economic and social justice.

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Sen. Kevin Parker, Sigma Gamma Rho & USA Swimming teach water safety with Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon

On Saturday, June 22, Brooklyn youth of all ages learned the basics of water safety at the Swim 1922 Clinic held at the Boys & Girls Club at Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse in Brooklyn, New York.

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‘The Lion King’—Beyoncé, Donald Glover, others elevate new classic

The animated story of “The Lion King” is such a classic now that Disney would have been downright foolish to tinker with perfection.

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Trump’s racist remarks strike ire nationwide

On Monday, if the White House’s incompetent incumbent couldn’t possibly go any further as a racist demagogue, he stepped closer to the precipice of madness and inanity.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #128

Much as we dislike trampling through a trail of crap, that is the path we take recounting Trump’s racist past.

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'Our Lives Don't Matter': Eric Garner's family demands justice

The mother of Eric Garner, Gwen Carr, was heartbroken to find out through the media that the officers involved in her son’s 2014 death would not face any federal charges.

Wednesday, July 17

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U.S. House votes to condemn President Trump’s use of social media to spread racist messages

On July 16, the U.S. House voted 240-187 to condemn the racist language of Donald Trump in a series of twitter communications over the weekend.

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Eric Garner’s family demands justice as officer won’t face federal charges in chokehold death

Five years ago, Eric Garner uttered his last words, “I can’t breathe” during a confrontation with the NYPD.

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New York raises statewide smoking age to 21

New York is the latest state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to discourage teens from getting hooked.

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Heat wave expected to hit the New York, New Jersey area

A prolonged stretch of extreme heat and humidity is on the way and poised to bake the Big Apple.

Tuesday, July 16

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Women’s suffrage forged by founding sisters: Happy Birthday to Ida B. Wells

“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”

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Women embracing natural hair texture as NY bans discrimination based on hairstyles

New York has banned discrimination based on hairstyles; it's now the second state in the nation to do so.

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Breast cancer is the most imperative health issue Facing African American women

Though Black women get breast cancer at a slightly lower incidence rate than white women, Black women are 42% more like to DIE of breast cancer than white women.

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Justice Department won’t charge Officer Pantaleo in Eric Garner death

Federal prosecutors won’t bring civil rights charges against a New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Monday, July 15

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Teen found guilty in Bronx school stabbing case

A judge rules that a Bronx high school student is guilty on manslaughter charges after fatally stabbing one of his classmates in 2017.

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Power restored to all customers after blackout

Con Edison reports that crews have completed the restoration of power to 72,000 customers on the West Side of Manhattan.

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Remembering a 'champion': 32BJ SEIU president Hector Figueroa

32BJ SEIU president Hector Figueroa has died from a heart attack

Sunday, July 14

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What to do if ICE shows up at your door

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is set to launch raids Sunday to arrest and deport thousands of immigrants with court-ordered removals in 10 cities, including New York City.

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A$AP Rocky’s mother speaks publicly in Harlem on rapper’s detention in Swedish jail

Renee Black, the mother of Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, spoke publicly Saturday morning, alongside Rev. Al Sharpton, for the first time since her son's "inhumane detention" in a Swedish jail earlier this month.

Saturday, July 13

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Mental health stigma still affecting African Americans

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health says poverty level affects mental health status and African Americans living below the poverty level are three times more likely to report psychological distress.

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Report: Blacks seven-times more likely than whites to be wrongfully convicted of murder

Blacks are seven-times more likely than Whites to be wrongfully convicted of murder.

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Immigrants on alert: protests, outreach ahead of ICE raids

Immigrant advocacy groups have been slammed all day with outreach phone calls to families.

Thursday, July 11

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Bill aimed at renaming subway stations to honor Medgar Evers College on the brink of becoming law: Brooklyn lawmakers call on governor to sign bill

A bill that would rename two subway stations in Central Brooklyn in recognition of Medgar Evers College has passed both houses of the legislature and could become law with the governor’s approval.

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Alelia Murphy celebrates her 114th birthday in Harlem

Harlem is home to some of the most incredible people. But more especially home to the oldest living person in the United States, Alelia Murphy.

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NYU College of Dentistry’s Saturday Academy aims to diversify dentistry

The field of dentistry has historically lacked diversity. According to the American Dental Education Association, in 2016, only 15.2 percent of those applying to dental schools nationwide were underrepresented minorities, including Black and Hispanic applicants.

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Bessie B. Stringfield, intrepid motorcyclist and storyteller

Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, a theater maven, was 103 when she died in 2018. Mainly remembered for founding the Hadley Players, she distinguished herself earlier when she learned to drive and became the first woman in New York City to obtain a motorcycle license.

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Sustainable eating made easy

The needs of grocery shoppers are seemingly always evolving, and now more than ever, they want to know where and how their food is produced and what impact it has on the environment.

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Happy birthday Mayor Dinkins

On July 10, New York City’s 106th mayor turned 92. Each time I have the opportunity to spend time with my “forever mayor,” I am constantly amazed at the intelligence, dignity and grace Mayor David Dinkins exudes.

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Our founder’s messy truths

As we enter the 243rd year since our nation’s founding, there are signs of decline. One of the most pernicious symbols of our nation’s fall from grace is our inability to confront the truth when it conflicts with our politics. But even more damningly, we seem to even believe our own lies.

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De Blasio’s Uber cap will create new medallion system—and drivers will suffer

There’s an expression that bad ideas never die. For a while it looked like the medallion system that governed taxicabs in New York might be an exception to the rule.

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Voter apathy and suppression undermines democracy

One of the most important rights a citizen has in a democracy is the right to vote. That right is considered sacred and inalienable.

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Federal court rules against Trump in Local 79 case

This week, a federal court judge for the Eastern District of New York ruled against efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to stop a union protest.

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Unions continue the good fight one year after Janus

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the labor movement in the Janus vs. AFSCME case.

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Activists mark 52 years since the Newark Rebellion

On Friday, July 12, the People’s Organization for Progress is hosting its annual observation of the anniversary of the epic Newark Rebellion.

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Update: Newark continues to deal with lead in water

Last month, Newark officials reported elevated levels of lead in the city’s water in some homes and buildings with the primary sources of lead exposure being lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust or soil.

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Governor signs bill giving access to Trump’s state tax returns

Unlike the often passive-aggressive demeanor of congressional Democrats, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and certainly Attorney General Tish James, are not intimidated by Trump.

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NYC public pools open with free swimming lessons

New York City public parks’ 53 outdoor pools are open for the season and remain open through Sept. 8.

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Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas pleads guilty to stealing campaign funds

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas pled guilty to stealing campaign funds and lying about those funds on a disclosure to the State Board of Elections.

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We’re not done: the Queens DA race heads to a recount

It looked like change was eminent in Queens politics, but a voter recount might say otherwise.

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South African candidate for space fight dies in motorbike crash

Family and friends are mourning the untimely death of Mandla Maseko, South Africa’s candidate to be the first Black African in space.

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Family of Nelson Mandela to form media company

Flo Anthony as the latest celebrity news!

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Jazzmobile Summerfest, Newport Jazz Festival

Despite the metamorphoses of Harlem—or plain old forced gentrification—there has been one constant mainstay in Harlem and that is Jazzmobile, since 1964.

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‘Do The Right Thing’ turns 30

Spike Lee celebrated the 30th anniversary of his movie “Do The Right Thing” with a block party in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn on the block the movie was shot.

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Australia’s next generation designers

The St. George NextGen Program supports and mentors emerging designers.

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Backstage hair care tips & styles!

For fall/winter ’19, hair finishes varied from slick/sleek, frizzed, polished, braids, natural textures, colors, and all lengths and cuts. Overall, hair on the NYFW runways was glorious!

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New York theater companies will represent at the National Black Theatre Festival

At the 16th biennial National Black Theatre Festival, scheduled to occur July 29 to Aug. 3 in Winston Salem, N.C., New York-based theater companies will be very well represented.

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‘The Secret Life of Bees’ is buzz-worthy

“The Secret Life Of Bees,” running through July 21 at the Linda Gross Theater on West 20th Street, is a life-affirming musical!

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Tyler Perry Studio partners with Viacom to create BET+ Streaming

It has been reported that film and theater mogul Tyler Perry has partnered with Viacom to create a new BET streaming service.

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Film at Lincoln Center announces summer 2019

Diversity, diversity, diversity and its sister word—inclusion—have become new buzz words used (so often) to announce that the entertainment industry is making needed changes in their white-as-usual programming in television and film.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a reason to go to the movies again

Is “Spider-Man: Far From Home” worth your hard-earned money? Yes, yes it is. You might even kick yourself (hard) that you didn’t spring for that big box of popcorn.

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25 Years of ESSENCE Fest culminates in a legacy of firsts

New Orleans, LA—On the 25th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine’s yearly festival, founder Edward Lewis recalled that the event was created as a celebration.

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Regal Charity Ball for children in Rwanda

It was a magnanimous effort when Duke Concept partnered with Rwandan Orphans Project and hosted their first annual Regal Charity Ball to raise awareness and funds for thousands of children in Rwanda who do not have access to health care.

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Dedication and renaming of U.S. post office after Major Robert Odell Owens

Having come from a humble background and influenced by his father’s philosophy which was patterned after FDR’s “New Deal,” Major Robert Odell Owens knew there was a larger world offering many opportunities.

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The private companies reaping millions from running ICE detention pens

On Friday morning, July 5, #TrumpHasKidsInCages began trending on Twitter.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #127

Last month after the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration had an inadequate justification for adding a citizenship question to the Census, Trump was not about to take that as a final decision.

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Liberty win four straight, but lose a big one on home court

Things were looking good for the New York Liberty. After winning four straight games—three of them on the road—the team had reached .500. Unfortunately, a return to home court was anything but triumphant as the Liberty suffered a bruising 58–90 loss to the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday afternoon

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World Cup champs elevate the call for equal pay for women

America is the most prosperous nation in the world. It is also a country divided by wide racial, cultural, social and gender fissures.

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New York area ballers secure their position within the 1 percent

On their way to being among the 1 percent—whether it’s based on the sliding scale of one’s yearly gross and or portfolio of savings, equity, investments and or lines of credit—three of New York’s tristate area basketball prodigies have just signed new contracts to secure their position in that select group.

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Full Court All World 21 returns to the playgrounds of NYC

In decades past, the game of 21 was a staple of schoolyards across the urban landscape of this country.

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Countdown clock on Garner: Family, activists trek to DC to demand DOJ action

If the amount of worn shoe leather was any indication of how the people in New York City felt about the on-camera death of Eric Garner, according to grassroots activists who fought for justice in this July 2014 case, then officer Daniel Pantaleo should have been arrested on sight.

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It’s back-to-back softball wins for Harrison

Taking part in the festivities surrounding the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience—unless you’re Mariah Harrison. Last weekend, the 11-year-old marked her third appearance as a national finalist and second consecutive win in the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run softball competition.

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Coco opened, but Serena is now left to close the show

If Serena Williams wins her semifinal Wimbledon match today, she advances to the championship Saturday to play against the winner of Simone Halep versus Elina Svitolina.

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Knicks add veterans to unproven roster of youngsters

The Knicks are very much a work in progress. After a fleeting period of hope in the winter and spring, when there was still the prospect of the franchise acquiring players that would immediately elevate it from the depths of the NBA standings and change the widely held perception they are fraught with ineptitude, Murphy’s law prevailed.

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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn—It’s a done deal

The NBA’s most recent free agency market has been the wildest that it’s ever been

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Harlem’s 114-year-old ray of sunshine says ‘Trust in God—and thank your nurse!’

Alelia Murphy was born in North Carolina in 1905 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, and on July 6, she turned 114 years old. Ms. Murphy is not only the oldest living person in Harlem, but the oldest person living in all of the United States.

It’s time to mind your body

I am sure that you have been reading in magazines, newspapers and etc.,

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! Our GBE Black Media Month 2019 opens up with a global sigh of relief, now that word has it that my longtime friend, beloved collaborator, brilliant multi Grammy Award winner and Motown icon, Steveland Morris aka Stevie Wonder, is successfully managing an apparent health challenge with his kidneys.

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Outside of the limelight, Anguilla still a shining star

Just because something’s not in the limelight doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be.

The private companies reaping millions from running ICE detention pens

On Friday morning, July 5, #TrumpHasKidsInCages began trending on Twitter

Free travel for more groups in Caricom bloc

One of the main bugbears to progress in the 15-nation Caribbean Community has been linked to the slow pace of implementation of rules regarding free movement and resettlement of various categories of workers but leaders say they are moving to improve the work pace.

Bronx’s Rahsaan Patterson smooove as he ever was!

Outside our confines they talk cray about us. One thing for certain, two things for sure though, we New Yorkers grind.

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Brooklyn’s International African Arts Festival unites

The 48th annual International African Arts Festival declared “Ya Tond la taaba”—we are one!

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Garth Sylvester’s tools for success

Garth Sylvester opened his own supply store, GCS Building Supplies, three years ago after working with a company for 26 years.

Wednesday, July 10

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Gov. Cuomo signs equal pay law

As New York City celebrates the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s ticker-tape parade, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an equal pay bill into law.

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Michigan governor OKs highway honor for Aretha Franklin

Michigan's governor has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.

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Killing of a Black teen who was listening to rap music should be treated as a hate crime, activists say

The stabbing death of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a Phoenix-area convenience store has prompted calls for a hate crime investigation.

Tuesday, July 9

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Being Black and Republican in the era of Trump presents real challenges

It's likely that identifying as a Republican today isn’t as easy as it once was, particularly with President Donald Trump’s policies.

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Cameron Boyce Remembered

The world is mourning the loss of Disney star Cameron Boyce who passed away Saturday due to an ongoing medical condition.

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City failed to do repairs and remove kids from lead-contaminated NYCHA apartments: reports

New York City failed to do repairs and move kids out of apartments with lead.

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Woman arrested after mom fatally stabbed in Brooklyn subway station: police

A woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a Brooklyn mother to death in a subway station late Monday night after a fight that started on the train, authorities said.

Monday, July 8

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Group grants $1.6M for places that are part of Black history

More than $1.6 million in grants are going to 22 sites and organizations to help preserve Black history.

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Patrick Gaspard to receive prestigious NAACP Spingarn Medal

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has announced that Ambassador Patrick Gaspard will be awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal.

Sunday, July 7

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The Chicago Defender ends print edition

After 114 years of using ink on paper to deliver news that informs, educates and empowers the African American community throughout the Windy City, Real Times Media, parent company of the Chicago Defender, has announced that the Chicago Defender will move to a digital-only format

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Stevie Wonder says he’s getting a kidney transplant in fall

Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall.

Friday, July 5

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Harlem resident and nation’s oldest living person Alelia Murphy turns 114

At age 114, the community gathered on Saturday to wish a happy birthday to Alelia Murphy.

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Ebony, Jet fire remainder of staff, may close its doors for good

It’s official, Ebony Magazine—along with its sister publication Jet Magazine—has potentially closed its doors for good.

Wednesday, July 3

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Brooklyn High School of the Arts Graduation 2019

Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall was the beautiful venue for the 2019 graduating class of the Brooklyn High School of the Arts Monday, June 24.

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Glorious 53rd anniversary for Mr. And Mrs. Smith

Although very modest and not wanting to make a big fuss at all, Larry and Yvonne Smith recently quietly celebrated their 53rd year of wedded union.

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After being spurned by KD and Kyrie, all the Knicks can do is move forward

The Knicks shouldn’t have to apologize, offer mea culpas or craft suspect narratives to save face after being spurned by unrestricted free-agents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving—both Net gains for Brooklyn

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant dunked on—no slammed—the basketball world Sunday evening, June 30, at the start of the NBA free agency season by both agreeing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, a package deal that also includes Deandre Jordan.

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The Yankees return from London with the American League’s best record

The Yankees gave the United Kingdom a glimpse of why they are one of the most successful and iconic sports brands in the world.

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Despite the adversity, the Mets look back, celebrate their history

The New York Mets celebrated the 50th anniversary of winning the team’s first World Series for the franchise this past weekend at Citifield.

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Venus Williams defeated in Wimbledon by 15-year-old prodigy

Tennis great Venus Williams will now have more time to practice and focus on next month’s U.S. Open here in New York City after being defeated at Wimbledon July 1 by 15-year-old upstart prodigy, Cori Gauff.

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Liberty gets back-to-back wins

The New York Liberty had a lot to celebrate as they pulled out a 69–68 win over the Dallas Wings last Friday night

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Connecticut returns to the Big East

It was announced last week that the University of Connecticut, which left the Big East conference in 2013 in the wake of football-driven conference realignments, will be returning in the near future (most likely the 2020-21 school year).

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NBA free-agency period surpasses suspense of the postseason

Within a span of three hours this past Sunday night, June 30, the NBA’s free-agent period, which officially began at 6 p.m., surpassed the regular season and playoffs in providing ardent followers of the league drama, intrigue and anxiety.

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NYC Health + Hospitals to host farmers markets for staff, community

As part of its continuing commitment to support healthy eating at and near its facilities, NYC Health + Hospitals today announced its 2019 schedule of farmers markets hosted at public hospitals and community health centers across the city.

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Don’t become a meathead by eating too much meat

The average person in America and across the world consumes the flesh of at least 100 million animals a year to satisfy their taste for meat.

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Community Calendar: July 4 - July 10

Greetings! As we open up GBE “Black Media Month” 2019, we sadly note the passing of New Jersey media commentator/activist, Kae Thompson Payne, former talk show host at WLIB.

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Under-the-radar foodie destinations

Food, glorious food! When you go on vacation, the culinary scene is no small consideration.

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H. Carl McCall honored at retirement tribute

A galaxy of New York’s political and business luminaries hosted a retirement celebration to pay tribute to the legendary H. Carl McCall, outgoing chair of the SUNY board of trustees and the first African-American elected to statewide office in New York.

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Melanin magic: Miss Black NY USA

The Queen of New York State, Shannon N. Alomar, advocates for young Black men and women, letting them know that they are more than what society defines them as

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Mom demands consequences for son’s death

Matthew McCree’s mother Louna Dennis couldn’t even sit in the courtroom during the trial for the alleged killer of her son

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East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence families graduate asthma management program

The East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence buzzed with excitement as families gathered to participate in the graduation ceremony post completion of a breathing exercises and other self-management tools training program

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Minisink celebrates a legacy of service

For those who are Harlem natives, the name Minisink carries memories of fellowship and excellence.  Over the years, youth have been empowered and educated in leadership and volunteerism through the various program offerings of the Minisink legacy.

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Mike Epps, OWN TV producer Kyra Robinson tie the knot

According to MSN, Cuba Gooding Jr. showed up to a Manhattan court in New York City on June 26 where his legal team tried to get charges against the Oscar winning actor dismissed after a woman claimed he groped her at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge in Manhattan.

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Free weekend Jazz Summit opens in Harlem July 6

The New York State Jazz Literacy and Art Society is sponsoring The Great Harlem Jazz Summit, Part 4 at Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, located at 52 W. 116th St. between 5th Avenue and Lenox/ Malcolm X Blvd on Saturday, July 6, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., and Part 5 at Cleopatra’s Needle Restaurant, located at 2485 Broadway (92nd Street) on Saturday, July 27, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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Salon Africana, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cape Town Tour

The vocalist, songwriter Somi, whose music has become a definitive source in the realm of jazz, will present her second ongoing performing arts program, Salon Africana.

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Our young grads steppin’ up!

As we all know, June is a very important month for lots of parents and family members with us acknowledging our wonderful graduates who have worked so hard this year. But let’s not forget about the “little” people—our young children that is!

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‘Made In Harlem’ given the Greenlight in BK

Harlem’s Dapper Dan is dropping his highly anticipated memoir, “Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem,” next week in Brooklyn and moderating the conversation is Project Runway judge and former TEEN VOGUE editor Elaine Welteroth.

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‘Toni Stone’—great play about first pro Black woman baseball player

Imagine how difficult it was for Black men playing baseball in the Negro American Leagues in the 1920s to 1950s.

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Top Paris SS 2020 menswear looks

In Paris spring/summer 2020 menswear is going through a transformation. Menswear is flourishing, and models from Dior struck a pose on a pink sand catwalk. According to Jessica Michault, senior vice president of GPS Radar by Launchmetrics, “More men’s fashion houses are holding destination presentations.”

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Talking SCHOP! A birthday first in Canada, Part III

May 25, 2019. Day two in Montreal, on my first time in Canada and it was my birthday!

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A bridal week blast for 2020

The looks were dainty, feminine, well-designed and lovely. A beautiful gown for your wedding day was all that mattered.

July 2019 Dance Calendar

This month’s calendar begins with Savion Glover’s return to The Joyce Theater (July 2-6), coupled with a 35-year celebration of his life in tap as choreographer, director and actor. Glover will premiere Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP Café.

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The 2020 Democratic candidates

If you are a registered Democrat, I want to congratulate you for surviving the first Democratic debate of what will be a very long election season.

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Woody is back—with Key & Peele!—in ‘Toy Story 4’

Woody (Tom Hanks) is back and so is Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the gang and in this new chapter, they are involved in Bonnie’s first day of kindergarten, a family road trip and the discovery of an antique shop where sad old toys hope for a second chance.

A better approach to a worsening Iran situation

President Trump’s freewheeling style is one of the main reasons that Americans rejected the conventional candidates and instead elected him to serve as president of the United States.

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Richard Roundtree—the original ‘Shaft’—is back

The original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, is back giving just as much fire and hip attitude as you’ve come to expect and love in “Shaft’ circa 2019

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Andre De Shields talks life, ‘Hadestown’

Have you ever felt like you were participating in a historic moment?

Salacious FBI information again attacks character of MLK

In 1970, only two years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his widow Coretta Scott King received the horrific news that haters had shot into her husband’s crypt in Atlanta, using it for target practice.

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True 2 Life hosts Peace in the Park festival in Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

Saturday, June 29, 2019, Peace in the Park Festival was hosted in Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, by the nonprofit organization True 2 Life, an anti-gun violence initiative.

Race in America brings out the best in us and the worst in us

There are only a few topics that make us speak with emotional fervor and act with brotherly and sisterly love.

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Unions, elected officials weigh in on Supreme Court’s review of DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decided to settle the fate of DREAMers once and for all.

Black men supporting fatherhood initiatives

For the last three years, Derek Phillips, a New York City assistant principal, father and founder of the Real Dad’s Network, has worked on his dream of combining several New York based fatherhood initiatives to establish the Real Dad’s Week—the entire eight days or so before Father’s Day.

JFK Eulen Airport workers strike for 24 hours

A group of airport workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport walked off the job allegedly because of improprieties by their employer.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #126

The dramatic ascendance and national exposure Sen. Kamala Harris has commanded is apparently too much for the Trumps, both senior and junior, to ignore.

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Alphonso David appointed first African-American president of the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign has named lawyer Alphonso David as president of the LGBTQ civil rights organization

Citizenship question is off 2020 census….for now

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the citizenship question inclusion in the 2020 census.

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Nigeria restores the study of history in public schools—absent for a decade

The government of Muhammadu Buhari is bringing back the teaching of history in all basic and secondary schools, ending a decade in which departments of history were dismantled or merged into other programs as having little earnings potential for the high school graduate

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Dr. Hazel N. Dukes hosts her plaque unveiling ceremony at Ruby’s Vintage

Dr. Hazel N. Dukes had her plaque unveiling ceremony at Ruby’s Vintage in Harlem on Sunday, June 30; it was sponsored by the Migdol Organization.

Tuesday, July 2

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Cheyney: A balanced budget and more money for scholarships

Cheyney University came out of the weekend with a pair of victories, reporting the likelihood both of a balanced budget and announcing that the newly signed state budget includes almost $4 million in scholarships for Cheyney students.

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Minimum wage hikes going into effect in NJ

New Jersey’s minimum wage goes up 13% to $10 an hour as part of the state’s five-year phase in of a $15 hourly minimum wage.

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Jumaane Williams, immigration activists holding ‘Know Your Rights’ day of action in Queens, Bronx

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and a coalition of immigrant rights activists are holding a "Day of Action" on Tuesday as part of their #KnowYourRights public awareness campaign, they say.

Monday, July 1

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Attorney to file motion to dismiss charges against Ala. woman whose unborn child died in shooting

A Birmingham attorney says she plans to file a motion to dismiss charges against an Alabama woman whose unborn child was killed in a shooting, according to WBRC.