Stories for June 2019

Sunday, June 30

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PHOTOS: NYC celebrates LGBTQ pride

Thousands of people turned out for the Gay Pride Parade in the city. A sea of rainbow flags waved from Midtown to the Village in Manhattan.

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Your Fourth of July holiday weekend guide

If you're staying in the city this Fourth of July weekend there's plenty to do.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders delivers keynote at Black press event, labels Trump ‘racist and worst President in history’

One night after many pundits said he acquitted himself well in the debate in Miami between himself and other 2020 Democratic Presidential hopefuls, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders arrived in Cincinnati to deliver the keynote address at the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Legacy Awards Dinner.

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Bayard Rustin: the March on Washington and its ties to Harlem

Several days ago, Louis Sharp called the Amsterdam News seeking assistance on a historical item. He was trying to verify something he remembered from his past. In 1963, he was a volunteer working with Bayard Rustin, the key coordinator of that year’s March on Washington. He wanted to install a plaque in the Apollo Theater, where the headquarters of the march was located, but to do so, he needed proof that Rustin operated from this site.

Saturday, June 29

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White supremacist sentenced to life in prison for deadly car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia

The avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago.

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Police investigating triple shooting in Brownsville

Three people were rushed to the hospital after being shot in Brooklyn Friday evening.

Friday, June 28

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Black podcasters come together for Afros & Audio Podcast Festival

Black podcast coalition Afros & Audio hosted its inaugural two-day festival at live recording audience theater We Are Much Different in Brooklyn.

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Meet Shannon Nia Alomar, Miss Black New York USA

Miss Black New York USA, Shannon Nia Alomar, talks with AmNews writer Vanessa Love about representing the Empire State, her platform and how she's helping youth on the latest episode of our podcast.

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Rucker Park Prep Celebrating our Youth

Rucker Park Prep honors those who came before and have made contributions in areas such as art, entertainment, and sports.

Thursday, June 27

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Liberty unable to put together wins; stuck at 3–7

Tina Charles continues to be a fearless leader and superb player and Kia Nurse is having a first-rate sophomore season, but the New York Liberty are still unable to put together consecutive wins.

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Knicks draft RJ Barrett as a building block of the franchise

The plethora of Knicks fans present at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for last Thursday’s NBA draft overwhelmingly approved of the team’s selection of RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick.

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City Parks Foundation offers summer athletic programs for youth

As hundreds of thousands of New York City youth begin preparing for their summer break from school, the City Parks Foundation is once again offering free athletic programs comprising various sports in which they can engage.

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This season’s top, high profile NBA free agents

Their first name begins with K, but Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving are also five of the NBA’s top free agents that have to make a big decision in a few days

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Three track athletes among Red Storm student-athletes with 4.0 GPA

It was an impressive year in the classroom for St. John’s University student-athletes with 37 of them achieving a 4.0 grade point average in the spring semester.

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Knicks brace for disappointing free agency outcome

Sunday at 6 p.m. is the official beginning for the 2019-20 NBA season. It is the most highly anticipated summer of free agency since 2010, when LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Bosh decided to forgo re-signing with the Toronto Raptors to join Dwayne Wade in Miami and form a so-called super team with the Heat.

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School guidance counselor Gwendolyn Annette Simmons passes away

Gwendolyn Annette Simmons (affectionately known as Gwen) is best remembered for her years working in the New York City public school system as a music teacher and guidance counselor.

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Irving-Strickland and Uptown Challenge summer basketball leagues begin new seasons

The Kyrie Irving-Rod Strickland Summer Basketball League and Uptown Challenge, the leagues for high school and college youth, have begun another season featuring some of this area’s most competitive student athletes.

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Pastor Joseph Siju on a mission

When pastor Joseph Siju opened up his church nearly 10 years ago, he not only envisioned a place where people can receive salvation, but a place where people can get the right help they need to develop their personal lives.

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Girls for gender equality

New York City’s City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio have secured $857,000 in permanent funding each year to fund seven Title IX coordinators.

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Josephine Harreld Love, pianist and devoted arts advocate

A generation has gone by since Josephine Love’s Your Heritage House was among Detroit’s most prominent cultural sites.

NYC Health + Hospitals help launch prenatal care program

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, in partnership with Centering Healthcare Institute, launched a new program for pregnant women aimed at reducing preterm births and encouraging greater patient engagement during the prenatal experience

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A Harlem Juneteenth

June 19, 1865, was the abolition of slavery in Texas and enslaved African-Americans in the confederacy.

Garlic: The breath of life

I am familiar with one herb in the plant kingdom that has kept people healthy through the centuries. It was used by the Babylonians since the year 3000 B.C.

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Talking SCHOP! A birthday first in Canada, Part II

Last I left you, I was passing out after a long drive with my ace Jason, late night wonton soup and medication for my chest virus but, baby, we were in Montreal on my first visit to Canada! Nothing was going to stop us from having a great time.

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Community Calendar: June 27 - July 4

In NYC that means an amazing array of free music and events, from SummerStage to The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Harlem Week and more. SummerStage events will feature LED screens, a new sound system, and a higher, larger, and stronger stage canopy will complement the bigger stage. T

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Fashionable faux furs color up for fall ’19

Faux furs are in just about all of the designer collections for fall ’19.

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Elegant Genderless Fashions for Now

Italian designer Alessandro Trincone, owner of the brand that bears his name, introduced elaborate costumes for genderless clients.

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All-inclusive resorts have upped their game

Time was, all-inclusive resorts saved you money, but maybe you sacrificed a bit when it came to amenities and in many of them the food—well nobody would call it fabulous. Fast forward to today and there’s a new story when it comes to all-inclusive resorts. Many have upped their game and can hold their own with luxury competitors.

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Looking for a free museum?

I recently visited one of my favorite New York City museums and was blown away.

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Iran’s history of deception and enabling terrorists

The Iranian regime has been operating unopposed in the Iraq battle space since 2003.

Those ICE raids and what affected immigrants can do

Despite being called off by Donald Trump for now, fear remains in the immigrant community as agents from the administration’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Border Enforcement agency could begin raids in 10 cities on the homes of immigrants with court-ordered removals in less than two weeks.

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Marijuana decriminalization does not mean legalization!

If you thought at the end of the legislative session in New York State you would now have free rein to smoke marijuana you’re sadly mistaken

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Democrats using reparations to get out the Black vote!

I find it very disingenuous that in 2008, when the Democrats had control of Congress (both the House and the Senate) and the executive branch (president), with a Black president, Barack Obama, reparations never came up for a vote or a hearing.

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32BJ, elected officials celebrate passage of Climate Action & Leadership Protection Act

Ambitious is an understatement. With the goal of making the economy carbon neutral, Albany legislators passed the Climate Action & Leadership Protection Act during the last stretch of the latest session.

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Advocates and elected officials celebrate Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

New York State farmworkers now have the right to unionize and receive overtime pay. Legislation S.6578/A.8419, sponsored by New York Sen. Jessica Ramos and New York State Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, also addressed working conditions.

Caribbean gets involved in congressional reparations fight

As the fight to make a racist U.S. government compensate African-American descendants of slavery heats up, the head of the Caribbean Community’s Reparations Commission has been invited to testify before Congress, to share the progress the region has made so far in its fight with former European slave trading nations.

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Street signs unveiled for newly renamed ‘Paul Robeson Boulevard’

Eighteen signs are now in place in New Brunswick bearing “Paul Robeson Blvd.” replacing what used to be Commercial Avenue.

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Census citizenship question blocked by Supreme Court, partisan gerrymandering continues

Reports indicate that the Supreme Court has ruled the question of citizenship cannot be asked on the 2020 U.S. Census.

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Newark forum focuses on domestic violence

Domestic violence in New Jersey is on the rise.

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Police fatally shoot Black man in South Bend

South Bend, IN is the focus of one of the nations’ latest police involved shootings that’s left a Black man dead and a community demanding answers.

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Annual Harlem KingFest celebration Juneteenth parade and street fair

Harlem hosted its annual Juneteenth/KingFest celebration with a parade and street fair.

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‘True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality’

For a little over 200 minutes, or thirty seconds for every 400 years of what Bryan Stevenson calls a “narrative of racial difference,” you see and hear an “untold story of cruelty that hides in the silence of this country.”

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Bronx graduates honored with community BBQ

Bronx City Council Member Andy King hosted a graduation cookout with hundreds of his constituents recently graduating from elementary, middle and high school, as well as post-secondary grads.

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Harlem Neighborhood Block Association celebrates 20 years

The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association celebrates its 20th year with a block party for the community.

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Harlem-based WOC-owned CBD business is changing the industry

Symone Gates is bringing a new perspective to the saturated Cannabidiol (CBD) industry.

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‘Sea change’ in Queens? Cabán declares victory, Katz doesn’t concede

Tiffany Cabán may have proved that last year’s election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t a fluke.

SENEGALESE IN WALL STREET PROTEST FEAR OFFSHORE OIL/GAS RESOURCES LOST TO FRAUD

(GIN)—A foreign investor with mineral assets throughout Africa is alleged to have made a secret payment of $250,000 to a company run by the brother of the president of Senegal, in a bid to obtain the country’s assets, according to recently published reports in the BBC and Global Witness.

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Brooklyn hosts memorial for Comrade Field Marshal Coltrane Chimurenga

The family and the December 12th Movement (the organization he co-founded) held standing-room-only “Memorial Tribute to our Comrade Field Marshal Coltrane Chimurenga” on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Rev.

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URBAN AGENDA: Black Leadership in Albany Protects Renters Statewide

The New York State legislature made history this month by significantly strengthening rent control and rent stabilization in New York City and the suburbs, allowing local governments from the rest of the state to opt in to rent stabilization for the first time, and creating a long list of new rights for tenants across the state.

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Summer shots fired again

Shooting leaves Brooklyn youth seriously injured, possibly paralyzed

It is becoming an unfortunate and ugly trend. It is Gun Violence Awareness Month, but, once again, as school lets out and summer officially begins, violence is plaguing the city.

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H. Carl McCall leaves mark on state education as he retires

H. Carl McCall has not only made history in New York politics but also laid the framework for other Black politicians to follow in his footsteps.

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A final bow: The final performance of ‘125th & Freedom’

In a recent press release the National Black Theatre reminds its audience that this weekend on the 29th of this month will be your last opportunity to view “125th & Freedom” which the theater will present.

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New Tyler Perry/Viacom project in the works

It is hard to believe that 10 years ago on June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson went on to glory.

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Jammin’ Monday’s, Savion Glover, Minton’s

Monday Night Jam sessions return to Patrick’s Place Restaurant & Lounge (2835 Frederick Douglass Blvd. on 151st Street) with the Benny Rubin Band,7 p.m.-10 p.m., no cover just great music. Berta the producer of this event tells me Rubin, a 19-year old alto saxophonist, is a smokin’ young gun.

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Missy Elliott becomes first female rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Another inclusive strive has been made for hip-hop as rapper, songwriter and producer Missy Elliott becomes the first female MC to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Kenny Leon brings ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ into modern times and with all-Black cast

Talk about bringing Shakespeare into modern times and you are talking about Tony Award winning director, Kenny Leon, and “Much Ado About Nothing,” playing at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.

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Chatting with rising star and ‘Nature Girl’ Chasten Harmon

Chasten Harmon was supposed to be a boy; at least in the minds of her parents she was.

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‘Dark Phoenix’ rises

X-Men, the mutant humans born with superhuman abilities, return to the big screen. In “Dark Phoenix,” the mutants do battle with one of their own, Jean Grey, who possesses telepathic and telekinetic skills.

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John Shaft lives inside the AmNews—can you dig it?

It’s 2019 and John Shaft has taken up residence inside the historic building that’s owned by the New York Amsterdam News—can you dig it?

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Essence Fest celebrates 25 years with Michelle Obama

New Orleans—The 25th year of the Essence Music Festival arrives again in NOLA during the July 4 weekend with former first lady and author Michelle Obama as the headliner in a “conversation” at the Superdome Saturday afternoon.

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Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s 20th anniversary

While Juneteenth was celebrated across the land, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium combined Juneteenth, their 20th anniversary, and Black Music Month by hosting a ceremony inducting the late jazz giant Randolph Edward “Randy” Weston into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Make America Great Again: #125 Trump Must Go!

Far too many media mavens and mavericks have taken to their devices cheering Trump’s halt of a military attack on Iran.

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Albany be damned: Rent Guidelines Board votes for rent increases

About 2.5 million rent stabilized New York residents will see another raise in rents this year.

Wednesday, June 26

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Farah Louis, an ‘active’ Council member, wins primary

Farah Louis was referred to as an “active” New York City Council member more than a month ago.

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The Storied History of the Black Press: ‘The Pillars of Black America’s Struggle for Justice’

Since the founding of the Black Press 192 years ago, African American-owned newspapers have served their communities in ways that no other publications have.

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Bill Cosby files appeal over testimony from other women accusers

Cosby's lawyers say the accounts from the five other women were "strikingly dissimilar" to that of trial accuser Andrea Constand and too remote in time to her 2004 encounter with Cosby.

Tuesday, June 25

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HISTORY MADE: Alphonso David appointed first African American to serve as president of the Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) names civil rights lawyer Alphonso David as president of the LGBTQ organization.

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NYC voters head to the polls for primary election

With the New York primary election on Tuesday, there is still some time to learn about the candidates and what you need to do to cast your vote.

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Remembering Michael Jackson

Orson Wells' rich, brilliant & ultimately doomed character Charles Foster Kane died, alone and unloved,...

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Boy hit by stray bullet in Crown Heights shooting might never walk again, father says

An 11-year-old boy who was one of two people shot by stray bullets on a Brooklyn street Thursday might be paralyzed, his father told PIX11 News Monday.

Monday, June 24

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BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts.

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State Fair Meadowlands brings big crowds

The State Fair Meadowlands recently kicked off and runs through July 7.

Sunday, June 23

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Philadelphia street renamed for Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a legend as a boxer, philanthropist and social activist.

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On Reparations, the Question Isn’t If, but When and How

For nearly 250 years, enslaved Africans and their descendants toiled on the land and in the homes of white enslavers in the United States.

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Black leaders push for fair 2020 census count

Leaders of numerous African American organizations recently convened to deal with the upcoming 2020 census that could affect available resources and the political representation of Blacks in the century’s third decade.

Saturday, June 22

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New Parents and a Newborn with Sickle Cell Disease: What Now?

For the last two years, I’ve been honored to talk with you about sickle cell disease (SCD) through this column, sharing important information and my perspectives as a medical professional.

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Attorney General Letitia James: State will not cooperate with Trump-ordered ICE raids

New York state Attorney General Letitia James joined the mayor of Chicago in saying that they will not cooperate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids rounding up migrant families this weekend.

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New York lawmakers OK pot decriminalization

Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled.

Thursday, June 20

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Alvin Bragg announces run for Manhattan D.A.

Former New York State Chief Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg announces his candidacy for Manhattan District Attorney challenging incumbent District Attorney Cy Vance.

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Remembering our ancestors who didn’t survive the voyage

The 30th annual Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage hosted by City University, was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Brooklyn’s Coney Island boardwalk.

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Ready for a Harlem summer

Summer 2019 begins this Friday, June 21, at 11:54 a.m.

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Talking SCHOP! A birthday first in Canada, Part I

Not having fully recovered from the epic week of Harlem EatUp! and The World’s Fare, I am so grateful I got off my duff and planned my birthday in advance.

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Community Calendar: June 20 - June 26

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

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With the first pick in the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans selects...

The 2019 NBA Draft takes place tonight (Thursday, June 20) in the borough of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center—the home of the Brooklyn Nets.

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Toronto, Canada: The beauty and fun await

A road trip may take as long as nine hours, but those can be some of the most wonderful, memory making (nap-taking, if you’re a passenger like I was) and joy-filled hours you can have.

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With no certainties in free-agency, the Knicks focus on the draft

There is palpable disappointment among the Knicks fan base that the likelihood of the team signing Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker is low

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New York Public Library hosts emotional screening of ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’

Toni Morrison’s colleague and friend from her days at Alfred Knopf, Fran Liebowitz, explains in one scene from the documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” the author’s love of gifts, clothes, and parties.

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Hilliard revs up for a busy summer

On June 1, the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation presented its annual showcase, “Showtime in Harlem,” at the historic Harlem Armory.

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‘The Cher Show’ is a sheer delight

Cher is a dynamic performer and the struggles, hardships and hit songs of her life have been beautifully put together in a musical called “The Cher Show” playing at the Neil Simon Theatre on Manhattan’s W. 52nd Street.

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Hoopstar turned broadcaster seeks to reshape youth sports culture

Sports have played a central role in the life of Lea B. Olsen.

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Global Fashion Collective Fall ’19 recap

Expressive colors, artistic fabric manipulations and whimsical playfulness led the way for the first show from Global Collective. Their designers are young, new and talented.

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Power dressing for Fall ’19

Burnett New York presented a powerful, yet passionate Fall ’19 ready-to-wear collection at NYFW. Their inspiration stemmed from 1980s film heroines such as Sigourney Weaver in “Half Moon Street” and Michelle Pfeiffer in “Scarface.”

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‘Beetlejuice’ is a blast!

“Beetlejuice” at the Winter Garden theater is a delight.

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Liberty score huge road win

Center Amanda Zahui B scored a career-high 37 points.

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Who are the diamonds in the rough in the 2019 NBA draft?

Few basketball fans, even those that are close followers of the sport, knew the name Pascal Siakam when he was selected by the Toronto Raptors out of New Mexico State late in the first round with the 27th pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

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‘My Fair Lady’ is B’way gold

I absolutely love “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont located at 150 W 65th Street.

Brooklyn Mack makes historic debut in American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Le Corsaire’

Brooklyn Mack, internationally acclaimed African-American ballet dancer formerly of the Washington Ballet, made an historic debut as a guest artist in American Ballet Theatre’s production of “Le Corsaire” at the Metropolitan Opera House, June 11-15.

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Immigrants continue to contribute to our society

There are currently so many debates about the “immigration problem” in the United States. The president and his administration have condemned immigrants for the past two plus years, villainized them as murders and rapists, and completely ignored their centuries of contributions to American society.

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When debt becomes a life sentence: the rise of terminal debt

Debt is quickly becoming a new form of modern slavery in this country. With people becoming increasingly more willing to spend on consumer items and lifestyle enhancements before they actually earn the money, debt is increasingly common.

‘The Bobby DeBarge Story’ premieres in Atlanta

TV One hosted an exclusive screening of the highly anticipated original biopic “The Bobby DeBarge Story” at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta on June 8.

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Advocating for my father: the attorney, Robert Peterson Burns

My dad was one of many exemplary colored attorneys and judges within the judiciary system. Robert Peterson Burns served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War; he worked his way through college earning himself a law degree.

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NBA draft prospects take on the city

he NBA Draft is where we can see the league’s future superstars. JBL Audio’s Full Court Press a panel discussion held at the Harmon Electronics Store on Madison Avenue

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Black media and the Central Park Five compared to new documentary

I have yet to see filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed, “When They See Us,” or Ken Burns and Sarah Burns’ 2012 documentary “Central Park Five”—both films based on the 1989 savage rape and near-death assault on a white jogger, Patricia Trisha Meili.

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George Gresham re-elected president of 1199SEIU

1199SEIU President George Gresham will oversee the union for another three years.

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D-Day 75 years ago: Make sure the battle to defeat tyranny continues

You probably saw the pictures. Sixty veterans, well into their 90s, recently participated in the Normandy American Ceremony on the sun-drenched bluff above the Normandy beaches where 10,000 of their comrade soldiers gave their lives 75 years ago.

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Jazz Power Initiative

The Jazz Power Initiative is one of the significant organizations filling the void left by New York City’s public schools not offering all students classes in the arts from theater, dance and music.

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They may have lost the series, but they didn’t have to lose the game

When Klay Thompson went down in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals last Thursday, tearing his ACL (left leg) after a failed two-handed dunk on Danny Green, it seemed that the Golden State Warriors’ chances for three-peating were over

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‘Rocketman’ takes off

“Rocketman” quite simply is the evolution of Reginald Kenneth Dwight from a shy lonely kid into the internationally known music phenomenon Elton John.

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Advocates push for New Jersey to allow undocumented immigrants to have driver’s licenses

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, immigration advocates in New Jersey are pushing for a similar bill.

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You really should go and see ‘Ma’

A group of teens, sitting in the parking lot of a liquor store, take turns trying to get adult strangers to buy alcohol for them.

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Newark water crisis continues

Recent drinking water quality monitoring conducted by Newark’s Department of Water and Sewer Utilities found elevated levels of lead in some homes and buildings served by the city’s water system.

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A lazy heart may need Coenzyme Q10

Can you imagine an engine running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year without stopping?

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Trump’s health care plan—undisclosed

The occupant of the Oval Office is back on point again, that is, Trump has renewed use of a well-oiled weapon of attack: replace Obamacare.

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‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’—a poignant love letter to the city

Gentrification is a BS word thrown around this great, big country of ours as a polite excuse for forcing low- and medium-income people—mostly of color—out of their homes and communities so higher earning (mostly white) people can move in (seize) and make it their own.

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State investigations cracking down on underage drinking and fake IDs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says law enforcement isn’t letting up when it comes to fake IDs and underage drinking as summer gets underway.

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Summer meals program for kids

The Summer Meals program begins this month for city youth. Anyone 18 and under can get breakfast and lunch starting June 27 through Aug. 30.

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New data underscores call to pass legislation to end the 'school to prison pipeline'

A new report finds that school disciplinary actions that disproportionately target Black and Latinx youth are feeding the school to prison pipeline.

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Black art takes Toni Morrison documentary ‘The Pieces I Am’ to new levels of aesthetic pleasure

Titus Kaphar’s “Beyond The Myth of Benevolence,” Kara Walker’s “African/American,” and Aaron Douglas’ “Into Bondage” move slowly across the screen during the sequence of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” where the impact of America’s history of Black enslavement on the author’s work is discussed.

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40th anniversary Randy Evans Memorial Scholarship awards ceremony

On Saturday, June 22, the Randolph Evans Memorial Scholarship committee will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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Call them the ‘Exonerated Five’

Aftershocks continue after the release of Ava DuVernay’s miniseries “When They See Us” based on the Exonerated (formerly referred to as the Central Park) Five.

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Former President of Egypt dies on stand in contentious court hearing

Egyptian ex-president Mohammed Morsi, persecuted by the current military regime according to rights activists, collapsed on the stand and died after giving testimony in his trial, it was reported on state TV.

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The legacy of journalist Michael J. Feeney

It seems like only yesterday that the city of New York lost one of its journalists, known as Michael J. Feeney.

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Blue for Sudan: Sudan protest supporters speak out on the Sudan crisis

Social media profiles have turned blue to stand in solidarity with and bring awareness to the civil crisis in Sudan.

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Temptations in the Apollo’s Walk of Fame

Not only were “The Temptations” emblazoned on the Apollo’s marquee, the Motown group’s name is now embedded along the theater’s Walk of Fame, located between Patti LaBelle and Quincy Jones.

The purposeful delay of immigration benefits?

In January 2019, Jamila moved to the U.S. from Jamaica to join her U.S. citizen spouse in Florida

New European nations nabbed in slave trade

Caricom has expanded its list of European slave trading nations to demand payment from them.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #124

When we heard the news that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was packing it in and stepping down from her roost where she consistently cooed and crowed in defense of her boss, folks wondered if this was just another spin of Trump’s revolving door, ejecting aides and appointees.

Girls on the Run NYC hosted celebratory 5k on Thursday, June 13

The Girls on the Run program culminated with a celebratory 5k fun run Thursday, June 13.

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Dr. Ben gets his sacred ground

“He is standing in the window watching us,” Ruth Johannes said of her father as she regaled the crowd with her memories of him. “He was a warrior and freedom fighter.”

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Albany punts on marijuana

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said legalizing marijuana was a priority for him and for the state legislature. Apparently, priorities have changed.

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Master barber Kutzwell helping the Brooklyn community one haircut at a time

Trinidad born and Far Rockaway, Queens-raised, this Brooklyn-based master barber, public speaker and entrepreneur, Khane Kutzwell, is living out one of her goals by creating an inviting and safe space for people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations to get grooming services comfortably.

Wednesday, June 19

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'Why not now?' for slavery reparations, House panel is told

Lawmakers on Wednesday held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on reparations, spotlighting the debate over whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves in the United States.

Tuesday, June 18

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Bernie Sanders sole candidate to address the Black press at national convention

Every major newspaper and news organization in the country has labeled the Black vote crucial to success in the 2020 presidential election, and statistics show that African Americans are 60% more likely to utilize and trust print-related resources for information than the general public.

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Manhattan DA will not re-open cases linked to Central Park 5 prosecutors

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance will not re-open the case history of the two prosectors involved in the Central Park Five wrongful conviction case.

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NY lawmakers OK licenses for immigrants in US illegally

New York will become the 13th state to authorize driver’s licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally under legislation approved by lawmakers Monday night.

Monday, June 17

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Superb Spanish foods

Croquettes, cured meats like chorizo and jamon, calamari, paella, olives, roast suckling pig, bravas- fried potatoes with sauce, or anchovies are all superb Spanish foods to try at home or when visiting Spain.

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The Sweets of Spain

There is something for everyone in Spain when it comes to desserts! Decadent dreamy chocolate based desserts to fantastic fruity memorable meal enders await the food connoisseur.

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Snacking On the GO!

When traveling with children over the summer, one always has to take snacks with them.

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Phoenix police incident outrages nation

Couple involved in police brutality case speaks with the AmNews

International outrage continues in Phoenix after a video of police drawing their guns on a Black couple and their children who were accused of shoplifting in Phoenix went viral.

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O.J. Simpson says he’ll use new Twitter account to ‘set the record straight’

O.J. Simpson says he plans to use his new Twitter account to “set the record straight,” as well as to talk sports, fantasy football and even some politics.

Sunday, June 16

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Father's Day celebrated in the city

Several events happened around the city in celebration of Father's Day.

Saturday, June 15

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Police are still killing unarmed Black people, the 'Hands Up Act' could do something about it

Since the police killings of Botham Jean in Dallas and Emantic “E.J.” Bradford in Birmingham, Alabama, two months apart last fall, ongoing news coverage of unarmed Black people killed by police has mostly waned.

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Gift ideas for Father's Day that work

After a warm celebration of Mother's Day, the dads all over the world may start to become haywire as the Father's Day is not so far away.

Friday, June 14

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Thousands of police officers outed in slew of racist Facebook posts

Far too many law enforcement officers – from rookies to the highest ranking – view African Americans as “dogs,” and some punch in believing that, “it’s a good day for a chokehold.”

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Cuba Gooding Jr. to plead not guilty to groping woman at bar

Cuba Gooding Jr. turned himself in to police Thursday and was charged with forcible touching after a woman accused the actor of groping her at a New York City night spot.

Thursday, June 13

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Millennials continue to leave the church in large numbers

College students claim that inasmuch as the church brings a lot of hope, comfort and strength for many people, the church has been notorious for excluding young people.

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Jawan M. Jackson brings the bass in ‘Ain’t Too Proud’

It’s all about the bass and in the Tony-nominated (12 nominations) musical “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg—The Life and Times of the Temptations” the person in charge of bringing the bass is Jawan M. Jackson.

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Nuyorican presents ‘Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda’ thru June 16

When you think of Alexander Hamilton, do you think of one of the founding fathers of this country and believe that he was someone against slavery and that the family he married into, the Schuyler family, was against slavery as well?

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Stedman Graham’s new book ‘Identity Leadership’ tackles success in the new world economy

With looks and a bearing that scream part model and part pro athlete, it’s difficult to believe that Stedman Graham ever struggled with self-esteem issues.

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BlackBook gallery presents ‘Movement’ in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Los Angeles artist ThankYouX (aka Ryan Wilson) will debut his solo exhibition at the BlackBook Presents gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn Thursday, June 20, 2019.

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Elton John’s designer collaborates with Swarovski

To celebrate the musical “Rocketman,” Savile Row tailor Richard James and Swarovski have co-curated in-store displays in New York and London with original outfits from Elton John’s legendary career.

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Michael Jackson Scholarship Program supports students at HBCUs

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Bronx Rising, Brooklyn Jazz, free jazz, Nicole Mitchell

James Reese Europe was a pioneering phenomenon in the world of Black music that translated into ragtime and early jazz.

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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 4—will love win over betrayal?

The Queen Sugar Season 4 press luncheon, with Rutina Wesley (Nova), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Charley) and Kofi Siriboe (Ralph Angel), provided details about season four “Queen Sugar” presented by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

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‘Paris is Burning’ (again): the classic ball film returns to screens after nearly 30 years

As the film begins, we hear a voice describing a conversation with their father:

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Jessie T. Usher plays John Shaft Jr. in ‘Shaft’

Jessie T. Usher plays J.J., aka John Shaft Jr., a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT.

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Andre De Shields wins FIRST Tony

After 50 years in the business, at the age of 73 and at the 73rd annual Tony Awards, De Shields won his first Tony Award for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for his portrayal of Hermes in “Hadestown.”

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PODCAST: Activist Tamika Mallory

On this week’s podcast, our special guest is activist and Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory.

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#StrikeHard! Reggae Girlz World Cup Watch Party promotes unity and support for the team

On Sunday, June 9, the Jamaica Tourist Board hosted the first of a series of watch parties. Online people from watch parties in places such as Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale and Toronto joined New York to cheer on the Reggae Girlz as they faced Brazil in their opening match.

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Happy Father’s Day to all of the uncles out there

For the past few years I’ve written about all the wonderful fathers in our lives.

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Protectors of The Future

As a real estate investor, my partners and I own properties around the world from Puerto Vallarta to the South of France in a rustic Mediterranean village called Eze and at Le Son Net on the Island of Mallorca in Spain.

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Public Works Legislation: Critical in increasing economic mobility for Black workers

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) has long been a progressive voice within the American labor movement, advocating for the fair and just treatment of Black workers across sectors.

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Less stigma, more empathy for WIC families

In my struggles as a single mom on a limited income, the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children helped my family get by.

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26th annual Hot 97 Summer Jam concert

Sunday, June 2, marked the annual Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Thomas Haywood Newkirk celebrated in Harlem

Thomas Haywood Newkirk entered eternal rest on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Fort Tryon Nursing Home in Manhattan

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Temptations recognized by the Tony, people and peers

Shortly after the Broadway premiere of her creative baby “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Times of The Temptations” another ‘T’ word, outside of Temptations, was bought up to playwright/actress, Dominique Morisseau.

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Chamber Coalition offers day of opportunities; celebrates Juneteenth & Caribbean-American Heritage Month

The Chamber Coalition-New American Chamber of Commerce, the African-American International Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic-American International Chamber of Commerce...

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Omega Psi Phi Kappa Omicron Chapter holds 10th Annual Food Pantry Drive

The Kappa Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. recently donated $5,000 to five community food pantries in the city.

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State legislators pass bill allowing jury duty exemption for breastfeeding women

The State Senate and Assembly recently passed legislation providing breastfeeding women an exemption from jury duty.

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Golden State may be down, but tonight, they’re all lit

Tonight’s (June 12) Game 6 between the Toronto Raptors versus the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., is expected to be as exciting, as hyped as any Game 7 that has ever been played

Celebration of Life to be held for Dr. Irving Spear Hamer Jr.

A leader in urban education, Dr. Irving Spear Hamer Jr. passed away May 4, 2019.

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Pressure is on the Raptors after classic Game 5 defeat

It was a classic game in what has been an NBA Finals defined by the steady brilliance of the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard and the attrition experienced by the Golden State Warriors.

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Mets and Yanks split the season’s first subway series

The Yankees hosted the Mets this week at Yankee Stadium for the first installment of this season’s subway series.

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Longtime HBCU theater professor retires

Actress Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart’s career in theater education spans nearly 50 years inspiring hundreds of students and giving them the tools to make it in the entertainment business.

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The Jets officially introduce Joe Douglas, the team’s new GM

Despite the news several weeks ago of the firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan, surprising the sports world and probably even Maccagnan, employment agencies now have one less job to offer.

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Dr. Roberta Hughes Wright, attorney, teacher and civic leader

It may be understandable, if not acceptable, that Dr. Roberta Hughes Wright often languished in the shadows of her famous husband, Dr. Charles H. Wright.

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Miles makes first USA Basketball team

She’s a distinctive presence on the court, a 5-foot-11 point guard wearing glasses.

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Albany passes historic rent laws

Rent laws were set to expire on Saturday.

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Liberty notch first win of the season

The New York Liberty have been improving game by game, and things finally clicked on Sunday, June 9, when the team scored an 88–78 home court win over the Las Vegas Aces.

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IMHOTEP'S GUIDE TO BLACK EVENTS

Check out what's happening in New York City this week!

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #123

It’s hard not to get excited by recent polls that show Joe Biden is leading Trump in key states such as Texas, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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Nets making money moves, clearing space for max contracts

Along with free agency comes innuendo, head-scratching gossip, the wildest of scenarios.

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Finally, justice for downstate car wash workers moves forward

When the New York State Senate passed a bill amending the sub-minimum wage for car wash workers on June 5 and the Assembly passed the same bill a day later, the state legislature sent a clear message to car wash employers that their workers in New York City, Westchester and Long Island should be paid at least the minimum wage.

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The Knicks must have Plans A, B and C to rebuild the team

One must forgive long-suffering Knicks fans if they subscribe to the unwavering belief the franchise is cursed.

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De Blasio, Williams rally for ‘paid time off’ legislation

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and activist Gloria Steinem rallied at City Hall in support of paid personal time legislation.

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NY State’s first proton therapy center to open in East Harlem

A consortium of New York City’s leading cancer care providers are coming together to launch the New York Proton Center—a $300 million, 140,000-square-foot facility in East Harlem.

A fast headache from fast foods

Ms. H is a 40-year-old patient who was recently promoted to a supervisory position on her job. She earns more, but she goes to work early and comes home late.

Black South Jersey teacher claims she endured racial abuse

Black school teacher Tammy Jordan was the first Black teacher hired at Larchmont Elementary School in Mount Laurel, N.J. in 25 years.

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Discover Baltimore’s Black culture and creatives

Baltimore City will always be near and dear to my heart. It’s where I grew up and where my family still lives, so I visit often.

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West Point cadet killed in accident laid to rest

Family and friends gathered on Tuesday for a memorial service for Christopher J. “C.J.” Morgan, the 22-year-old cadet killed during an accident when a vehicle overturned at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Notorious B.I.G. street co-naming in Brooklyn

A torrential monsoon-like rain could not stop devoted fans of Biggie Smalls standing on a Bed Stuy block for three hours or so to witness the long-awaited street sign unveiling honoring the mega hip-hop icon.

Trump v. Biden in Iowa: a prelim of 2020?

Is there an impending showdown bash this week between Trump and Joe Biden in Iowa? The Republican incumbent and the Democratic hopeful are unlikely to bump in Iowa since Trump will be in the western part of the state and Biden in the eastern districts.

D-Day and a fourth Reich?

The headline from an editorial in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. was the best description anywhere of the so-called state visit by the U.S. president.

Norway to fund mega solar farms in Guyana

Norway’s government has approved grant aid worth $80 million to help the largest Caribbean Community nation build a number of mega solar farms to provide energy to several communities located near the jungle close to the borders with Venezuela and Brazil, officials have said.

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#StrikeHard! Reggae Girlz World Cup Watch Party promotes unity and support for the team

On Sunday, June 9, the Jamaica Tourist Board hosted the first of a series of watch parties. Online people from watch parties in places such as Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale and Toronto joined New York to cheer on the Reggae Girlz as they faced Brazil in their opening match.

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Ghana’s president stuns women with demeaning remarks at Canada confab

In this day and age of #MeToo shaking up outdated gender relationships around the world, it was somewhat unsettling to hear Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo demean his country’s working women as insufficiently activist and dynamic enough to obtain better leadership jobs.

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Angie Hancock loves to ‘Experience Harlem

Jazz venue Lenox Lounge, one of Harlem’s long-standing institutions, closed and was demolished in 2017 erasing another piece of uptown history.

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2020 Census: An Undercount Will Confound the Poor and People of Color

By law, the United States government is responsible for conducting a census every 10 years to count all of the nation’s residents.

Wednesday, June 12

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New Road Trip Report Shows Rising Gas Prices, Work Schedules Cramp Car Travel

Nearly half of American drivers surveyed say that rising gas prices are stopping them from heading out on a road trip this summer

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Apollo Theater raises over $2 million at Annual Spring Gala marking 85th anniversary

A host of celebrities and entertainers attended the Apollo Theater's 14th Annual Spring Gala Monday night.

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Democrats Hold Hearing on White Supremacy

House Democrats on Tuesday, June 4, grilled officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security during a hearing focusing on how the Trump administration is addressing the growing threat of violent white supremacist groups.

Tuesday, June 11

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America’s Natural Gas and Oil Industry is Hiring, Building Diversity

The economy is booming, but that doesn’t mean it’s all Easy Street for American families.

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OJ Simpson says ‘Life is fine’ after prison

After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative zone.”

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Public hearing on efforts to replace Rikers Island with smaller jails

As efforts to close Rikers Island jail facility and replace it with smaller jails in the boroughs continue, local officials are asking the community to sound off.

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Pilot dead after helicopter crash lands onto roof of Manhattan office tower

A helicopter made a crash landing onto the roof a 54-story skyscraper in midtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon

Monday, June 10

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Vet's body returned with organs missing

Two days before he died, Everett Palmer Jr. called his brother, Dwayne, to tell him he was on his way from Delaware to New York to visit him and their sick mother.

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De Blasio at the bottom of latest Iowa poll, Biden leads

Joe Biden leads as the top choice of likely participants in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Democratic caucuses, but his advantage there is smaller than the one he has held in recent national polling

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COMMENTARY: U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

With uniquely American hypocrisy, the Trump Treasury Department has pushed back the 2016 plan to put escaped slave and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Tubman would be the first African-American woman featured on U.S. currency.

Saturday, June 8

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West Point cadet killed in crash ID’d as NJ man

The cadet killed in a crash that also injured 21 other people was identified by the U.S. Military Academy on Friday.

Friday, June 7

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NYCHA bosses take heat from residents over safety concerns

In a joint City Council hearing of Public Housing and Public Safety Thursday, resident leaders and families got a chance to talk to city leaders directly about their concerns about safety.

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Barack and Michelle Obama set to produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify

Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company will start working with Spotify to produce podcasts, similar to its multi-year production deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films.

Thursday, June 6

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Coalition celebrates city’s sports equity legislation

Black and Latino public school students celebrated a hard-won victory in May.

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Marching against gun violence

New York activists will be marching cross the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend to highlight the national problem of people being shot or killed by guns.

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We must protect women’s reproductive rights

Trying to lead a life that is void of outrage is increasingly difficult in these political times. Just as I think this president and his administration can’t sink lower into depravity, inequity and corruption, it seems like they find ways to make me disgusted and disappointed anew each day.

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Anguilla attack shows Scott Hapgood is an American hero

It is a nightmare scenario that could happen to any American abroad—being attacked by an armed assailant in your own hotel room and forced to defend yourself only to be arrested and thrown in jail like a common criminal for protecting your family.

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Jamming at the 12th annual Roots Picnic

At least once a year, usually around Labor Day weekend, I find myself making the trek on I95 from the Boogie Down to the Two, One, Pound.

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Flag Raising Ceremony commemorates Juneteenth

The 400 Years of African-American History Commission celebrated the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth Freedom Jubilee Celebration, to share “The History of Slavery” and to memorialize its ending.

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A festive Inez Dickens garden party

A garden party given by Assemblymember Inez E. Dickens last Saturday in Harlem was a vibrant mixture of awards celebration, banquet, schmoozing, concert and, of course, fundraising.

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Project I.A.M. continues to lead the way with innovative teaching methods

On May 28, 2019, I had the immense pleasure to be invited to eight Black authors’ showcasing their work to the public at the Three Masks Event Center and art gallery in Orlando, Fla. The authors range from the ages of 6 to 11, both boys and girls, and everyone had big smiles on their faces.

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Fun summer fitness getaways for kids and teens

If you’re wondering what to do with your kids and teens this summer, put fitness at the top of the list.

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June 2019 Dance Calendar

This month of dance is unbelievably full, but be sure to include Raja Feather Kelly and the feath3r’s season at The Invisible Dog (June 6-7) in the world premiere of We May Never Dance Again.

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Symphony Space presents A Day of John Coltrane

Ask even the uninitiated who the titans of jazz are and the name John Coltrane is likely one of the first mentioned.

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Talking SCHOP!…Into Crazy Rich Weekend

Last I left you I was still in recovery mode from the 5th annual Harlem EatUp! festival. After which I went straight into a birthday Memorial Day Weekend celebration in Montreal.

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48th Annual African Arts Festival marks 50th anniversary of the founding of the East organization

The International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn’s most beloved celebration of African culture and family, returns to Commodore Barry Park on Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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State Education Department and State Library launch summer reading program

The New York State Education Department and the New York State Library are partnering with 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide to launch the 2019 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program.

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Brooklyn street being named in honor of Notorious B.I.G.

On June 10 the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation will host the official street naming ceremony of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Way to celebrate Brooklyn’s own Notorious B.I.G. at St. James Place and Fulton Street.

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Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cuisine, dead at 96

No visit to New Orleans is complete without a stop at the Dooky Chase Restaurant where on your best day you may be greeted by the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” Leah Chase.

Kam Williams, prolific film and literary critic, dies

Over the past two decades, film and literary critic Kam Williams published nearly 10,000 articles and reviews.

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Touro College of Pharmacy holds eighth commencement

On May 30, 2019, Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem awarded 82 graduates their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees during festive ceremonies packed with family, friends and other well-wishers at the Roone Arledge Auditorium-Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University.

Edwin McCabe, prominent ‘exoduster’ and founder of Langston University

During a recent visit to Oklahoma with my wife, among whose missions included finding her family roots and reunion, and researching the history of Taft, where she was born and spent her early years, the legacy and impact of Edwin McCabe popped up in several documents.

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Mina Malik is running for Queens DA whether you like it or not

Malik, in fact, did not stand down, but continued her quest to become Queens district attorney by championing her accolades.

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Golden State must overcome injuries in order to win this championship

The Golden State Warriors MASH, triage and Emergency Room personnel have now become the most important component of this team, keeping their players bandaged and properly diagnosed to get them through these last two, three, or four games of the season.

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Community Calendar: June 6 - June 12

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

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How will the Raptors bounce back from Game 2 loss?

On Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors squandered a fortuitous opportunity at home to put the Golden State Warriors into a 2-0 hole best-of-seven series.

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Central Park 5 Reality: How can you forget the real truth tellers of the Central Park Five

Within days of the brutal rape of Patricia Meili there were bull’s-eyes on the heads of five young men.

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The Yankees continue to rise while the Mets’ fall persists

Every team in Major League Baseball should have the problems that are confronting the Yankees.

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CUNY uses commencement to further message during contract negotiations

The union representing professors and academic staff at the City University of New York picked a new place to push for a new contract: student commencements.

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‘Making the Call,’ a historical documentary about Black basketball referees

Another season of summer league basketball is upon us. The NBA Finals are nearing their end. Teams and fans are anticipating the upcoming draft being held later this month.

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Free legal help for low-income Newarkers facing eviction

According to officials from the Essex County Trial Court Administrators Office, there are approximately 38,000 eviction actions filed annually in Essex County, and Newark’s share is the highest at 20,000.

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John Hunter Memorial Camp Fund—Robert ‘Bob’ Douglass 47th annual Luncheon

As the gracious speeches came to an end on Sunday afternoon during the annual John Hunter Memorial Camp Fund Luncheon at Our Children’s Foundation on West 125th Street, Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens,

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Activists declare war on gun violence

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month and activists around the city continue their annual call out for a cease fire, even in the wake of recent shootings in the city in the backdrop.

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Bloomfield College installs first African-American president

Dr. Marcheta P. Evans is Bloomfield College’s 17th president succeeding Richard A. Levao. Evans is also making history as she is the first woman and African-American to lead the college in its 150-year history.

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Liberty still searching for first win

Although there are some nice things happening with the New York Liberty this season, thus far the team is missing the most crucial positive—a win.

Abortion debate continues

The debate over abortion rages on as states continue to pass more stringent laws, but advocates maintain the fight across the nation to allow women to choose.

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Activists and City officials call on Vance to take action in CP5 case

After the Netflix series “When They See Us” made news for reenacting the Central Park Five case, some activists and elected officials have begun calling for action to be taken for what they say are the injustices committed by prosecutor Linda Fairstein and district attorney, Elizabeth Lederer.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! # 122

There are many riveting moments in Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us,” a documentary about the travesty of injustice endured by the Central Park Five, none more rewarding than her usage of actual television footage of Trump’s demand that the five receive the death penalty.

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Up2Us Sports honoree pays it forward

Former Division I basketball player and Yonkers native Tiffany Corselli has overcome obstacles in her life, including eviction and homelessness.

Trump-appointed judge rules in his favor

Amid voices calling for Trump not to desecrate the D-Day commemoration on Thursday in Normandy, France, the occupant of the Oval Office trudged ahead, at the same time tweeting at his Democratic opponents and others who challenge his authority, including a few Republicans.

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Students and families turn out for the eighth annual Uptown Games

The eighth annual Uptown Games held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Washington Heights this past Saturday, June 1, was more than an event to promote physical activity. It provided youth from Harlem and Washington Heights in grades first through eighth a venue for their continued social-emotional development using sports as a galvanizing vehicle

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Taking a cold swim may increase your food intake later

With the ocean and lake water in New York State still chilly, you might want to consider a new study on exercising in cold water before you jump in a lake.

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CBC chair confronted on U.S. sanctions on Zimbabwe

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke hosted The Congressional Black Caucus—The State of Black America in Brooklyn at I.S. 392 in Brownsville, Brooklyn on Friday, May 31, 2019

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Tropical fruit! More than a treat

All right, you have a dollar in your hand to spend for a tasty treat. A burger with relish, onions and ketchup would taste great, particularly with its special sauce. How about a frank?

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Fun summer fitness getaways for kids and teens

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! public health program aimed to reduce childhood obesity and inspire children to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

‘We’re on top of it and plan to stay on top!’

Social observers say that the Venezuelan Registration program in Trinidad and Tobago might help address the alarming rates of human trafficking of Venezuelan women.

The Trump administration’s latest immigrant rights violation

In case you missed it, as of June 1, 2019, the Trump administration’s State Department will begin asking most new applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media details under newly adopted rules that were pushed into law without any congressional oversight.

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Trinidad registering desperate Venezuelans; officials probe trafficking ring allegations

Trinidad has begun a massive two-week registration exercise of Venezuelans living in the country in a bid to bring some semblance of order to its refugee crisis even as more are arriving from the finance-starved neighboring South American nation each week.

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Roxanne Watson sharing her gift of life

Roxanne Watson of Nanuet, N.Y. spent the last seven years trying to increase the number of people registered for organ donation. She recently exceeded her goal of registering over 11,000.

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Community-based early childhood educators to de Blasio: ‘What about us?’

Last month, the Day Care Council of New York launched a campaign to raise awareness about community-based early childhood centers.

Wednesday, June 5

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Defense rests in Daniel Pantaleo trial after calling expert witnesses

It was the battle of the expert witnesses Wednesday as the defense rested in the trial of Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

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Central Park 5 prosecutor Linda Fairstein resigns from nonprofits after Netflix series backlash

A former prosecutor in the Central Park Five case has resigned from at least two nonprofit boards as backlash intensified following the release of the Netflix series "When They See Us," a miniseries that dramatizes the events surrounding the trial.

Tuesday, June 4

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Africans v. African Americans Subject of Film Festival

Historical and recent migrations have resulted in the merging of cultures and shared experiences.

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Harris County Medical Examiner Determines Human Remains Found in Arkansas Belong to Missing 4-Year-Old Maleah Davis

Although people following the case of missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis had braced themselves about the possible outcome of not finding little Maleah alive...

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The List of Black and Missing Continues to Grow

Type the name Tawny Reed in the Google search engine and click on “News.”

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Sephora to close US stores on June 5 for inclusion workshops

Sephora says it will close all its U.S. stores on the morning of June 5 to host “inclusion workshops” for its employees.

Monday, June 3

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Man arrested, charged for rape of 78-year-old woman in Queens home

Police arrested and charged a man in connection to the rape of a 78-year-old woman inside a Queens home.

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Black communities are reclaiming space outdoors, from backyard gardening to mountain climbing

Ieisha McIntyre grew up the youngest of five on an acre of land in Spanaway, Washington, a predominantly white rural town.

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New Jersey’s medical marijuana program expansion plan advances

A bill to greatly expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program cleared the state Senate Thursday. It now heads to the full Assembly for a vote.

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Harlem march highlights gun violence

Demonstrators are calling for the end of gun violence on the streets of New York City.

Sunday, June 2

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Legendary Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, dies at 96

New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase, who created the city’s first white-tablecloth restaurant for Black patrons...

Saturday, June 1

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Why Juneteenth should be a national holiday

The 154-year-old tradition launched by formerly enslaved people has emerged as a celebration of freedom

On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with a Union regiment.

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Black garbage bag with human remains found in Arkansas could be missing 4-year-old

A major bombshell development has come forth regarding missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis, who has been reported missing since May 4th.

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COMMENTARY: The Congressional Black Caucus must oppose HR 246

Think about it this way. If every tactic that was used by African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement and/or in the fight against apartheid South Africa was either criminalized or attacked by the US Congress, how would you respond?

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Texas officer returns to work on day the Black woman he killed was memorialized

On the day 44-year-old Pamela Turner was laid to rest, the officer who fatally killed her, Baytown Police Officer Juan Delacruz, was allowed to return to work after being placed on a mandatory three-day administrative leave, as if nothing ever happened.

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Women of color are ready to lead more organizations

Women of color in leadership roles often ask for support on how to be successful in the work environment and haven’t always found the answer.

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Virginia Beach mourns as police look for answers after gunman kills 12

A disgruntled employee went on a shooting rampage in a city building in Virginia Beach, killing 12 people before he died after a fierce gun battle with officers.