Stories for May 2019

Thursday, May 30

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Kawhi must carry a heavy load for Toronto to beat the Warriors

The NBA Finals begin tonight (May 30) in Toronto as the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors endeavor to win their third title in a row—and their fourth in the last five years—against the Eastern Conference champion Raptors, who are making their first ever appearance in the Finals in their 24-year history.

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Golden State is back—It’s their fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance

The Golden State Warriors have been preparing for tonight’s opening game against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals since Tuesday.

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High school prospect opts for the alternative path, a non-traditional route to the NBA

In a shocking move to college basketball and the professional basketball community, high school senior and Top 5 prospect R.J. Hampton signed a contract this week to play for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League.

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Two NY locals to represent the U.S. at the Women’s U19 World Cup

It’s a busy and exciting time for Long Island native Celeste Taylor. On June 8, she graduates from Long Island Lutheran High School.

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Amadou Gallo Fall named president of Basketball Africa League

With the proliferation of basketball over the past three decades as one of the world’s most popular global sports, Africa has produced some of the NBA’s most talented players as the game’s significance has grown there.

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WNBA season begins

The final cuts have been made (for now) and the 2019 WNBA season, the league’s 23rd, is in play.

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Norway has a better idea for organized youth sports

Organized summer youth sports programs are about to begin shortly in a variety of sports like basketball, baseball, net ball, soccer and tennis

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Ferguson promotes sisterhood for female student-athletes

Now an assistant professor and co-coordinator of the Ed.D. program in the department of higher education leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education...

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What’s the matter with you?

I am sure that you have been the recipient of this expression, when the observer notices that you are not the same person, physically or mentally, to whom they have become accustomed.

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Debo Adegbile fighting the good fight

Attorney Debo Adegbile attributes his success as an anti-discrimination lawyer and a commissioner on the United States Civil Rights Commission to those who fought for civil rights before him, such as late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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Eminent outspoken scholar, Dr. Martin Kilson passes at 88

In this digital age of social media, when in a nanosecond you have the news, we are just learning of the death of noted scholar and esteemed intellectual Dr. Martin Kilson who made his transition April 24.

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Dr. Gerald Deas receives honorary doctor of science at commencement from SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Gerald Deas, a pioneering public health advocate who was among the first physicians to use the power of the media to improve public health, was awarded an honorary doctorate of science at the 52nd commencement of SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Unita Blackwell: Civic leader and civil rights icon

If you are a poor Black woman born in the Mississippi Delta, you have three strikes against you, and chances are you’ll end up where you started.

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Community Calendar May 30 - June 5

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

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Harlem fire victims laid to rest

Family members and the community recently came together to lay to rest five of the victims of a fatal fire in Harlem.

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NYTWA & elected officials call for taxi driver exemption from congestion pricing

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance has called for its constituents to be exempt from congestion pricing.

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Union, NY Appellate Court: ‘Farmworkers have right to organize’

A New York State Supreme Court Appellate decision left farmworkers ready to work.

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New Jerseyan Lonnie Bunch III named first Black to serve as head of the Smithsonian Institute

Newark native and historian Lonnie G. Bunch III made history of his own after being elected the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian.

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Newark police officer charged with manslaughter in shooting

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office handed down several charges to a Newark police officer including manslaughter after the officer fatally shot a man in January.

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Trump sides with Kim over Biden

One tornado after another is tearing cities apart from Oklahoma to Missouri to Illinois, yet not a mumbling word from Trump who has obstinately denied global warming and climate change.

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Surviving tornado alley

Despite news of tornados raging across the state of Oklahoma, my wife and I did not suspend our annual Memorial Day trip there to tend the gravesites of her relatives. Our mission was only partially successful.

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Talking SCHOP! Crazy Rich Week

Wow. Wow. WOW! Harlem EatUp! 2019 is in the books and I am over the moon about my part in it and the people who make it happen.

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Destination wedding ideas that won’t break the bank

If you have more imagination than money, that’s not to say you’ll have to settle for some hall close to home. Here are some ideas for budget-friendly destination weddings.

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Author discusses book on ‘Boule’ at Sister’s Uptown

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem held a book signing and discussion for the book “Who Iz the Boule?” by M’bwebe Aja Ishangi.

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The Alvin Ailey School: 50 years and still going strong

On Thursday, June 13, the centerpiece of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center engagement will be The Ailey Spirit gala.

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Split Screens TV Fest returns to NYC, thru June 3

It’s almost summer and it’s time for the annual DOC NYC—the largest documentary festival in the U.S.

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Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ comes back strong for season 2

The second year of Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It” is even more relevant than ever.

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ has Harlem premiere; airs May 31 on Netflix

Netflix recently held their premiere for Academy Award-nominee Ava DuVernay’s new series, “When They See Us,” at the world famous Apollo Theater.

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Protesters converge on White House to end U.S. sanctions on Zimbabwe

African Liberation Day, Saturday, May 25, proved to be a tremendous victory for “we who believe in freedom and cannot rest.”

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Report shows how poverty sends New Yorkers into criminal justice system

A new report by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies outlines the steps New York City can take to address poverty and the criminalization of low-income New Yorkers.

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Long live the spirit of Abubadika Sonny Carson

May 20th marked the 90th physical anniversary of legendary urban activist Robert “Sonny” Carson, affectionately known as “Abubadika” to his comrades within his beloved Brooklyn community, and as “A.B.” to his close confidants.

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‘Strong Is the New Pretty’

For today’s teens and tweens, “Strong Is the New Pretty” by Kate T. Parker (2017, hard cover), is part of the new attitude.

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Style notes for summer and fall

When the seasons are clashing and it’s hot one day and cold the next, you need a variety of clothes in your closet.

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Will justice ever be served?

I have been following the “trial” on NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo and I am surprised, shocked, disgusted and (sadly) outraged that justice for the death of Eric Garner has yet to be attained.

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What does AG Barr’s declassification authority really mean?

Together, as a grateful nation of free people, we reflect on this recent Memorial Day weekend to honor the legions of uniformed service members across the span of our nation’s history, men and women who answered the call to duty to defend our nation from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

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The Democratic Party has a crowded field—can one be president?

In our last presidential election, a Democrat won the popular vote. Those voters said the wrong person is in the White House.

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The Democratic Party has a crowded field—can one be president?

In our last presidential election, a Democrat won the popular vote. Those voters said the wrong person is in the White House.

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Public works legislation: Critical in increasing economic mobility for Black workers

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists 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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BBQ and binge your ‘flix? And/or summer jam!

The phrase Netflix and chill was given a seasonal addendum. The added term, “barbecue and binge,” appears to have been coined just prior to the Memorial Day weekend, in time for the launch of season 2 of the Netflix hit series “She’s Gotta Have It,” and both can be attributed to the mind of Spike Lee.

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PHOTOS: DanceAfrica 2019

Danceafrica, the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance and music, returned for its 42nd year, now under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. Dance performances took place in the Opera House stage

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Juneteenth celebration at Carnegie Hall

The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of Riverside Church and president and founder of Healing of the Nations Foundation, in association with Carnegie Hall, will host the 5th annual Juneteenth celebration

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New York Foundling celebrates 150 years

The New York Foundling, one of the city’s oldest and largest social service providers, recently announced details for a weekend-long Homecoming Celebration honoring the organization’s 150 year anniversary.

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Queens DA candidates outline platform

Canddiates running for Queens District Attorney outline why they are the best candidate

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #121

Trump is at it again, openly defying John Bolton, his national security adviser.

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STOP THE BULLETS: Activists decry Memorial Day/start of summer violence in BK

Red for the blood, white for the hoodie worn by one of the shooting suspects, and blue for the uniforms that came to carry the injured and those who followed to investigate the two Memorial Day shootings in Brooklyn that left six people shot in two separate incidents, leaving one man dead.

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URBAN AGENDA - Housing Affordability: A Problem Beyond New York City

As the state legislature considers taking action next month on a slew of bills -- nine in all -- that will determine the next generation of housing policy in New York, it’s a good time to look at the issue of housing affordability across the state and the implications for low-income tenants.

Wednesday, May 29

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8 tips to make the most of your next doctor's visit

Visits to the doctor can be very productive with a little preparatory work in advance of the appointment, say experts.

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Walker’s Legacy, Comcast and Thurgood Marshall College Fund, team up to celebrate women of color in technology

Walker’s Legacy is proud to announce its ‘Women of Color in Tech’ tour powered by Comcast and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to showcase multicultural women in technology.

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Severe weather threat continues for tri-state into Wednesday night

After severe storms, including a possible tornado in southern New Jersey, hit the tri-state area overnight, another round of strong to possibly severe thunderstorms threatens the area

Tuesday, May 28

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Harriet Tubman stamp starts movement to replace Andrew Jackson on $20 bill

News that Harriet Tubman would not replace former President and slaveowner Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill caused outrage. However, it looks like she will appear on the cash anyway.

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Advocates, City Council members calling on mayor to increase funding for homeless students

Advocates and elected officials are calling on City Hall to fund and baseline 100 social workers in schools with the highest concentration of students living in shelters

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Violent night in Brooklyn: 1 dead, 5 wounded in separate shootings at parks in span of two hours

It was a bloody, violent end to Memorial Day in Brooklyn when six people were shot in two separate incidents over the span of just a few hours, leaving one man dead.

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Ex-Felon who graduated from Yale and is now a Lawyer

Reginald Dwayne Betts was 16-years old when he was convicted of carjacking.

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The struggle of Black Men with mental health stigma

Black men are one of the most neglected group of individuals in regards to mental health.

Sunday, May 26

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Iota Phi Lambda Celebrates 90-Year Anniversary with a Call to Action

According to a recent study done by Guidant Financial, Black-owned businesses have seen a dramatic increase since 2015, particularly among Black women.

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Herb Boyd talks the abortion ban, Trump and the 2020 election

Herb Boyd discusses several issues on our podcast

Friday, May 24

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SPECIAL REPORT: Women Play Key Role in Ensuring African Democracy

Throughout this southeastern African nation of nearly 20 million residents, the strength and resiliency of women is on display 24 hours each day.

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Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson Puts Focus on Social Status of Black Men and Boys

On May 15, Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson introduced H.R. 1636, the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act of 2019.

Thursday, May 23

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DanceAfrica celebrates Rwandan rebirth/renewal in 2019

When DanceAfrica returns to BAM on Memorial Day weekend, it will highlight a dramatic international story of rebirth and transformation for Rwanda.

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Beat the crowds: better beach options for fun in the sun

You know what to expect when you go to a beach that everyone raves about–crowds. There’s nothing worse than barely getting to walk on the sand without stepping over folks.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol raises $1.3 million at annual gala

Harlem-based youth organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) recently hosted its 15th annual VOICES benefit gala.

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Everyday is Groundhog Day for the struggling Mets

Not yet out of May, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen felt compelled to extend a vote of confidence to Mickey Callaway, the team’s beleaguered manager, who finds himself under siege by fans and media less than 50 games into this season.

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Game on! Liberty heads into the 2019 season

After a jubilant debut at Barclays Center, New York Liberty results for the rest of preseason have not been so positive.

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Bethune-Cookman rules on the links

Bethune-Cookman University’s women’s golf team recently rolled to their eighth consecutive PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship (formerly the PGA Minority Collegiate Championship).

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Wilder is right, boxing is the only sport where you can legally kill

“This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it,” said WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder last week, several days before his title fight Saturday night, May 18, a first round knockout of challenger Dominic Breazeale at Barclays Center.

Raptors claw back to a 2-2 with the Bucks in the East Finals

Kawhi Leonard has been there before. Gianns Antetokounmpo is trying to get there.

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Injuries or not, Golden State intends to win this thing

During the regular season, the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers played each other four times splitting the series two games a piece. During the third round of the post season, the Western Conference Finals, Golden State swept the same Blazer team in four games putting a quick end to this series on Monday night

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Magic’s tell-all tales shines a bright light on the Jets’ dysfunction

Magic Johnson’s tell-all television interview Monday was more like an episode from a “Housewives” or “Basketball Wives” reality show than what a sports fan would expect from their professional sports team.

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Manning knows he’s keeping the Giants QB spot warm for Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones is replacing Eli Manning. It’s not a matter of if, just when.

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Montefiore holds prom-themed event for hospitalized teens

On Saturday, May 18, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore held their annual CHAM Prom event, an important rite of passage for teens who have spent months hospitalized.

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Annoyed with fibroids?

More hysterectomies are performed each year because of the growth of fibroids. The uterus has been defined as an organ in mammals that holds, protects and usually nourishes the young until birth. Well, I beg to differ with this definition.

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What about the life of the immigrant child—outside of the womb?

In an effort to prove just how “Christian” they are, Bible touting right wingers who adopt and quote scripture when it is convenient to their agenda, are now on a mad push to prove just how far they are willing to go to protect a “life.”

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Caribbean prepares for storm season; Dominica re-engineers

The commencement of the 2019 hurricane season is less than two weeks away with official predictions that it could be a rough one as usual but some Caribbean Community nations, which endure a battering each year, are not so nervous anymore because of major engineering and other changes at the political level.

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Fitness company fights climate change in the Caribbean from the gym

SportsArt, the green fitness company, is offering individuals residing in and visiting the Caribbean an opportunity to contribute directly to the fight against climate change while exercising and staying healthy.

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Harlem resident benefits from billionaire’s big gift

Like millions of other college graduates in America, Harlemite Elijah Dormeus, 22, was seated during his commencement ceremony donning his cap and gown listening to the keynote speaker, thinking about his future when he received an unexpected graduation gift.

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Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond becomes first Black woman appointed president of the New York Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond makes history with her recent appointment as president of the New York Theological Seminary.

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Harlem celebrates 94th birthday of Malcolm X

A number of local events took place Sunday to commemorate the 94th physical day anniversary of revolutionary freedom fighter Malcolm X.

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De Blasio signs executive order to increase advertising in community and ethnic media

With the stroke of a pen, Mayor Bill de Blasio increased the advertising revenue for ethnic and community media, directing city agencies to spend at least 50 percent of their annual print and digital publication advertising budget on the targeted media outlets.

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Community Calendar: May 23 - May 29

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

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McD’s workers file sexual harassment suits against employer

McDonald’s workers have filed 25 new sexual harassment lawsuits against the company.

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DC charter school educators vote to unionize

Educators at a bilingual charter in the nation’s capital voted to unionize.

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Report shows how poverty sends New Yorkers into criminal justice system

A new report by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies outlines the steps New York City can take to address poverty and the criminalization of low-income New Yorkers.

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Trump and the possibility of climate chaos

If Trump and his administration get its way—and they usually do—our environment will literally and figuratively go up in smoke since he plans to rollback the Clean Power Plan put into effect by the Obama administration.

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March and rally to White House to demand Trump lift sanctions on Zimbabwe

“On Saturday, May 25, African Liberation Day, the streets of Washington, D.C. will echo to the thunder of voices of hundreds of people marching to the White House,” said December 12th Movement member Iman Essiet at a press conference last week in Washington, D.C.

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Milton Henry: Attorney, minister and comrade of Malcolm X

Long before becoming a minister, Milton Henry had experienced several political and ideological turns, none of them more eventful than the time he spent with Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz).

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Malcolm X Day 2019

The December 12th Movement is leading the people in the 94th celebration of the birthday of our national Black hero Malcolm X.

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After school, where do the kids go?

Going on about a decade now, the North Shore of Staten Island, home to the island’s most diverse communities, has been left without a rec center that made so many activities accessible.

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Trumpism: A cancer on the body politic

At this moment in history, we find ourselves at a crucial juncture in the road, one at which the structures of liberation and the structures and institutions of authoritarianism are contesting each other on a global stage to shape what the future will look like.

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Rotary Club of Harlem celebrates 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

The Rotary Club of Harlem recently hosted its fundraiser gala at the National Black Theater commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Justice delayed again: Pantaleo trial takes two-week break

The administrative trial of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo continued on Tuesday, May 21. It took three hours. It was the first day of proceedings after a four-day break.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #120

Guess what? We have finally found a Republican to stand with and applaud. He’s Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who recently became the first Republican in the House to support impeachment proceedings against Trump.

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Government pop quiz

I have been so disgusted and enraged at the draconian anti-abortion policies being passed in states across the country.

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Abortion Dilemma: US tackles divisive topic, Black community speaks

“Old white male lawmakers, and the men who agree with them, do not have a nickle in this dime when it comes to a woman, abortion and her body,” said Anna, who wants to remain anonymous, but wants the point made on this explosive matter.

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Scholastic meritocracy

With all of the high profile reports of corruption within the college admissions process surfacing, it is apparent that there is not always scholastic meritocracy. Asian-Americans are being routinely discriminated against, throttled in their admissions, despite their statistically higher performance in both course work and pre-college entrance exams.

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December 12th Movement pays homage to comrade Coltrane Chimurenga

Coltrane Chimurenga, field marshal of the December 12th Movement, joined the ancestors May 13, 2019.

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Congrats, Dr. Alexandra Fayne!

Proud College of Medicine graduate Alexandra Fayne, M.D., was one of over 400 students to receive her degree and diploma at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s 52nd commencement, held at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Wednesday, May 22

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Fleet Week kicks off in NYC

The tradition of Fleet Week in New York City is kicked off Wednesday with the annual Parade of Ships through New York Harbor.

Tuesday, May 21

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Sen. Kevin Parker hosts 12th annual Prom Dress Giveaway

On Saturday, May 18, State Sen. Kevin Parker offered his support to graduating high school students by hosting his 12th Annual Free Prom Dress Giveaway at the Samuel J. Tilden HS Campus in Brooklyn

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Justice for Maleah!: 4-Year-Old Still Missing

The case involving little Maleah Davis has caused a major stir across the Greater Houston area, as the details surrounding the case have gone from disturbing to downright heart wrenching.

Monday, May 20

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‘After 7’ artist Melvin Edmonds, brother of Babyface, dead at 65

R&B singer Melvin Edmonds, a member of the group After 7 and brother of superstar Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, has died at 65.

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Applications open for the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant

Lisa Ruffin, founder/producer of the 26th Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant, announced that applications are being accepted for the 2019 nationwide registration.

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Who is Robert F. Smith?

Black billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the Morehouse College 2019 graduation class when he announced he plans to pay off the student loans of the 400 graduates at the all-male historically Black college.

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Website helps Blacks find jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national Black unemployment rate is about 7%, meaning that at least two million African Americans are currently unemployed.

Sunday, May 19

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Black billionaire Robert F. Smith pays off Morehouse graduates’ school debts

Shock and praise continue after Black billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the 400 students in Morehouse College’s class of 2019 by telling them that he would pay their student loans totaling an estimated $40 million.

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MC Lyte making dreams a reality for African American scholars

A social media post recognizing African American scholars has gone viral and it’s all because of a Hip Hop legend.

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Despite dreams of prosperity, many African Americans not financially ready to retire

The nation’s leading public interest group providing seniors and others with information that empowers them to choose how they live, AARP, regularly publishes a retirement calculator that individuals and families can use to provide a personalized snapshot of what their financial future might look like.

Friday, May 17

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SAT will assign a new score that factors in where you live and how much your parents make: report

The nonprofit group that administers the SAT will assign an adversity score to each student who takes the test to reflect social and economic backgrounds, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, May 16

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Knicks’ luck falls short as their hopes to draft Zion dramatically fade

When NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum opened an envelope and announced which team would receive the third overall pick in the league’s annual draft next month, a palpable tsunami of disappointment engulfed the vast New York Knicks fan base.

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Tiger Woods shoots for back-to-back majors at Bethpage Black

It was only a month ago, April 15, that Tiger Woods stood over a two-foot putt on the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia and softly tapped in his golf ball to culminate one of the most indelible resurrections in sports history.

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Wilder versus Breazeale at Barclays—it’s more than personal for both

In addition to Tiger Woods and the actual New York Knicks third round draft pick attained Tuesday night, heavy weight boxing champion Deontay Wilder is also in town...

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St. John’s posts stellar results at the Big East Championships

There were 11 medals total and five first-place finishes at the Big East Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the athletes of St. John’s University.

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Liberty make Barclays Center debut and a star is born

It is the New York Liberty’s first season under new owner Joe Tsai.

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Golden State—great and really, really good

Everyone, fans, the league and prognosticators were resigned to the fact that the Golden State Warriors were going to play the Houston Rockets Sunday, Game 7 of their NBA semi-finals series.

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Mine and mind your own body

I am sure that you have been reading in magazines, newspapers and etc., how physicians are finally trying to incorporate the mind of a patient in the healing process.

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National Nurses Week: No place like home for a visiting nurse

Every year from May 6 through 12 people celebrate National Nurses Week, a time set aside to recognize the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the field of nursing.

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Much to love in southwest Florida

When people think Florida, Orlando or Miami often come to mind. But there’s a whole lot more to the Sunshine State.

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Transforming teen moms from ‘statistic to success’

According to the Center for Disease Control, rates of teenage pregnancy have declined across all racial/ethnic groups since the 1990s, although the rates for Black teens are still more than twice the rate for white teens.

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Haitian culture comes alive at Sans-Souci

UNI joins forces with consulate general of Haiti to celebrate Haitian Flag Day, May 18 at Judson Memorial Church.

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Bronx Deltas lend helping hand to high school students

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter recently gave local students a leg up for their college aspirations with two special events.

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Artist and preservationist Joan Maynard

Two things necessitate a change in the usual pattern here of alternating between Black men and women.

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Community Calendar May 16 - May 22

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

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JFK airport workers protest paid sick leave violations

John F. Kennedy International Airport workers have called out their employers for violating the law at their expense.

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Union leaders mourn passing of ATU International President Larry Hanley

The labor community is mourning the death of Amalgamated Transit Union International President Larry Hanley.

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Pilot program aims to put more Black teachers in the classroom

A bill recently signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy establishes a pilot program within the Department of Education to recruit disadvantaged or minority men to teach in certain underperforming schools under an alternate route program.

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Trump’s trade war with China hurts Black farmers

Trump, the sheriff of tariff, has delivered a devastating blow to America’s consumers, and most specifically to farmers with his standoff in the US-China trade war.

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Afro-Colombian activists receive death threats for organizing

AfroColombian activists are facing threats to their lives, and they’re appealing to supporters around the world to help them get protection.

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Congratulations graduates

Congratulations graduates! This is the season when so many families are celebrating the achievements of their loved ones.

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Let’s Shoot The Right People

By the time it was all said and done, a young man lay dead in his own apartment, shot once in the chest by an off-duty police officer who apparently mistook his apartment for her own.

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‘Someone Great’ is a new excuse to join Netflix

There is one good reason to give the platform Netflix a whirl, and that reason is the romantic comedy “Someone Great”

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Albany Deserves the Facts: New York’s Construction Unions Must Release Their Diversity Data

Despite union leaders claiming they are “religious about diversity,” the 32 New York construction unions have kept us in the dark about their diversity data.

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Project Renewal helping struggling mothers

This Mother’s Day there are too many moms in New York City struggling to make ends meet, especially because so many of us are the sole breadwinners.

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HBO celebrates Ali doc with special exhibit

Muhammad Ali came along at a time of the simultaneous rise of both mass media and the star Black athlete.

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ESSENCE outdoing herself, while the Knickerbockers are just..well..the Knicks

For the most part, when it comes to my day-to-day grind realism and common sense prevail.

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Citywide New York African Film Fest returns May 23-June 9

The storytellers from Mother Africa are back—May 23 through June 9—at the annual citywide New York African Film Festival (NYAFF).

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Low-income and minority communities lack access to CitiBikes

Every day, over 40,000 trips are made on CitiBikes in NYC.

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Lindy Hopper ‘Queen of Swing’ Norma Miller passes at 99

Norma Miller, the beloved, effervescent, energetic “Queen of Swing,” was the last surviving member of an elite group of dancers known as Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

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The 4th annual Mother’s Day Good Music Festival Weekend

Jam-packed was the Mother’s Day R&B concert at the Barclays Center on Friday, May 10.

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The World’s Fare 2019

In addition to my work with Harlem EatUp! this weekend, I was named as an Official Tastemaker for the second annual World’s Fare in Citi Field also happening this weekend, May 18-19.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem EatUp! 2019 is here

It is finally here! The fifth annual Harlem EatUp! has loaded in and is getting ready to party on Saturday and Sunday in Morningside Park with you.

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Freedom fighter now fighting for his life

From far and wide, comrades of Don Rojas came with passages of praise for the ailing journalist, who was defined by many as a freedom fighter.

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Much to love in southwest Florida

When people think Florida, Orlando or Miami often come to mind. But there’s a whole lot more to the Sunshine State.

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Destination Bed Stuy celebrates the art of healthy living

Bed Stuy Arts Stroll held its second Destination Bed Stuy symposium.

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Juneteenth/KingFest Celebration Parade and Street Fair set for June 15

The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosting the annual Juneteenth/KingFest Celebration Parade and Street Fair

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December 12th Movement celebrates Malcolm X’s 94th birthday

On Sunday, May 19, at 12 p.m. the Black Power March will assemble at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in front of the Harlem State Office Building.

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Malcolm X:  You left your mind in Africa

This Sunday marks the 94th physical day anniversary of the renowned human rights activist, Malcolm X.

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Farah Louis wins City Council special election

Eight candidates wanted the 45th City Council District seat, but one emerged victorious Tuesday night.

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Community fundraises for family after deadly Harlem fire

Tens of thousands of dollars in donations pour in a week after six people, including four children, were killed in an apartment fire in Harlem.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #119

Most likely it was a coincidence that as we completed MAGA #118, Trump unleashed a fusillade of 118 tweets.

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Pantaleo Has To Go: Officer stands trial for death of Eric Garner

“God knows I need the support,” said Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, while addressing the media at One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan on Monday, May 13.

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Art Imitates Life: How One Woman Draws Inspiration From Illness

As a fashion illustrator, Kris Keys creates art from real life, in real time.

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URBAN AGENDA: “Big Money” to Preserve an Institution of Segregation

The fact that just seven black students recently received offers to attend one of the city’s most elite public schools, Stuyvesant High School, has generated justifiable outrage.

Wednesday, May 15

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Mayor Bill de Blasio annouces run for U.S. President

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces his run for U.S. President.

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Viola Davis reveals diabetes diagnosis and campaign to raise awareness

Academy Award winner Viola Davis has opened up about her prediabetes diagnosis, sharing that she comes from a family with a history of type 2 diabetes.

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Black-owned ice cream shop in NYC getting national attention

Everyone in New York City seems to love the world's first and only pop-cultured inspired ice cream shop called Mikey Likes It Ice Cream and it's creating quite a buzz across the whole nation as well.

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Texas officer shoots and kills Black woman after she yells ‘I’m pregnant’

A police officer shot and killed a woman at a Houston-area apartment complex after she hit him with his Taser during a struggle, shocking him, police said.

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Federal monitor urges patience on NYCHA troubles

For the second time in three months, Bart Schwartz - the newly appointed federal monitor charged with overseeing the ailing New York Housing Authority -- essentially told a crowd of frustrated tenants that help is on the way, but they must be patient.

Tuesday, May 14

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City of Philadelphia bombed Black neighborhood, killing children and adults 34 years ago

It was 34 years ago on May 13, 1985 at 5:20 p.m. when a state police helicopter took off from the command post’s flight pad at 63rd and Walnut Streets...

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Make the most of your camping trip this Great Outdoors Month

Great Outdoors Month, celebrated in June, is the perfect opportunity for a camping expedition.

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Brooklyn Black haven from 1800s is in danger

Weeksville could have vanished altogether once before.

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‘Empire’ to get 1 more season on Fox amid schedule shake-up

“Empire” will return for its final season this fall on Fox — with Jussie Smollett a question mark — and should count itself lucky.

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Officer in Eric Garner ‘I can’t breathe’ death is scapegoat, lawyer says

The New York City police department on Monday began a long-awaited public examination...

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Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from Bronx halfway house

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner has left a halfway house in the Bronx after completing his prison sentence for illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Monday, May 13

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Protestors block FDR Drive traffic as officer in Eric Garner death faces NYPD trial

Protestors demanding that the officer accused in Eric Garner’s 2014 chokehold death be fired blocked traffic on the FDR Drive during the rush-hour commute Monday morning.

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5 years later, officer faces reckoning for Eric Garner chokehold death

The deadly confrontation five summers ago flickers in Gwen Carr's mind, competing for attention with warm, happy memories of her late son Eric Garner's life.

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New housing rule could kick tens of thousands of immigrants out of subsidized housing, NY lawmakers say

Democratic members of Congress from New York called Friday for federal housing officials to withdraw a new rule that could kick tens of thousands of immigrants out of subsidized housing.

Sunday, May 12

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Al Sharpton, National Action Network rally around family of Harlem fire victims

Saturday morning, Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network hosted family members coping with the deadly Harlem fire early Wednesday that claimed the lives of six people, including four children.

Friday, May 10

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MVP candidate Antetokounmpo elevates the Bucks to championship contender

On June 24 in Los Angeles, when the NBA holds its 3rd annual awards show, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo should be honored as the 2019 regular season most valuable player.

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Nance enjoys multi-sport success at NJIT

Academics and planning for the future are crucial to track and field athlete Sydne Nance. When the New Jersey native was deciding on where she would spend her college years, she was insistent on finding a school that offered architecture and an athletic program that would allow her to pursue such a demanding major.

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Mets’ lack of run production drops them in the NL East

It’s only May, but already there are some concerning signs the Mets may not be a viable contender for the NL East title or even a wild card spot by early summer.

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Monroe track and field talent abounds

The women’s track and field team at Monroe College has an incredible amount of talent. Several athletes have qualified for the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Championships to be held in New Mexico later this month.

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Weatherspoon into Basketball Hall of Fame

Since Teresa Weatherspoon donned a New York Liberty uniform in 1997 she has become identified with the electricity of New York.

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Denver’s playoff victory, overshadowed by another school shooting in their community

Led by 7-foot center Nikola Jokic’s 25 points and 11 rebounds, a double-double after a back-to-back triple double, the Denver Nuggets have the opportunity to close out their second round NBA series against the Portland Trailblazers tonight in Portland.

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Warriors must regain their physicality to advance to the Western Conference Finals

When the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, took the floor last night at Oracle Arena, their court against the Houston Rockets, the series tied 2-2, Golden State had struggled through a two-game losing streak, one a five-point overtime loss and the other a four-point loss, both in Houston, that dramatized one thing, the Warriors’ lack of physicality.

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The mineral chromium can make you shine

Do you feel a little rusty lately?

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As Trumpism reigns, the only balm for many immigrants is the court

It’s unfortunate but somewhat reassuring that the only real balm most immigrants have found as they fight against the dictator in the White House flying the fake flag of democracy is in the courts.

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Trinidad cops move against opposition bigwigs, two charged

In the past week police in Trinidad arrested and charged two prominent opposition-connected attorneys with malfeasance for links to a scheme that allegedly involved officials of the previous government paying astronomical sums of money to friends and colleagues for legal briefs connected to cases the state was involved with.

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Investing in the community and knowledge

Power couple Corey and Tamara Galloway are transforming East New York and Brownsville by investing in the Brooklyn communities.

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Tiger Woods awarded Medal Of Freedom honors at the White House

Without predicting the future, there’s no way of determining whether golf great Tiger Woods will ever win another major.

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NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson talks the 2020 election, the Census and race in America

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson speaks on the New York Amsterdam News Podcast about the 2020 election and America's current racial climate.

Thursday, May 9

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BAMS—activist, cultural ambassador and Amsterdam News photographer dies in car accident

“Repose en Paix Bams” was wailed in the streets of Harlem and the Bronx; and written all over social media when news broke Tuesday, April 30 that popular photographer and community activist Oumar Bamoye ‘Bams’ Deme had died in a car accident on the Bamako-Ouagadougou Road (Mali, Burkina Faso).

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Carranza sticks to his guns, fights for change to SHSAT

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t let angry parents get in the way of their desire to remake specialized high schools in their image.

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Extraordinary pianist and gifted teacher Hazel Harrison

In Jeffrey C. Stewart’s immense, absolutely engrossing “The New Negro—The Life of Alain Locke,” concert pianist Hazel Harrison is cited several times.

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Community Calendar May 9 - May 15

Greetings! The “Tony’s” are coming and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” The Temptations on Broadway musical has 20 nominations for the upcoming 73rd Tony Awards, scheduled for June 9, 2019.

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Weingarten to DeVos: raise teachers’ salaries with taxes on the rich

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten wants U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to practice what she preaches.

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The humanitarian crisis of Central American refugees

Ever since the day Donald Trump began his campaign for president, and in the over two years of his administration, he has focused on Central American immigrants.

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Bergen County Chapter of The Links, Inc. celebrates 45 years of service

The Bergen County Chapter of The Links, Inc. celebrates 45 years of service to the Bergen County community with its 14th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon at The Venetian in Garfield, N.J., on May 11.

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Trump vs. Dems—constitutional crisis?

For Trump, numbers are what really count. Numbers in the billions as he once boasted of his wealth and a claim back in 2015 that he was the richest, most successful candidate to ever seek the Oval Office.

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World Bank ups its aid package for countries hit by record-strength cyclones

World Bank has approved emergency support for the three African countries slammed by record-strength cyclones in what has been called the worst weather catastrophe in decades.

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Texas executes ringleader of heinous James Byrd lynching

On Wednesday, April 24, the racist Caucasian male who orchestrated the heinous June 7, 1998, murder of 49-year-old James Byrd Jr., was executed by lethal injection at Texas State Penitentiary. John King, 44 was pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m. CDT (8:08 p.m. EST) after being injected with a deadly dosage of the sedative pentobarbital, minutes earlier.

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Candidates vie for Jumaane Williams’ former seat

When Jumaane Williams won the special election for New York City public advocate, he left a void in his old New York City Council seat.

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How is your health?

The recent and sudden passing of John Singleton is a tragic loss for the cinematic community and his fans from across the globe.

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Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is a global giant

Once again, Israel is at the helm of discovering another monumental medical breakthrough.

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A fair wage for working men and women

There’s a push in Albany right now to make sure that construction workers who work on projects funded with taxpayer money are paid a fair wage.

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Learn your numbers during Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and it is very significant to me, because I am a stroke survivor.

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Tribeca Film Festival boosted by stronger African-American presence

Year 18 of The Tribeca Film Festival has come to pass and the presence of African-Americans looks to have more prominence.

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African Liberation Day pre-rally held in Harlem

As the December 12th Movement prepares to take a bus to Washington, D.C. on May 25, the human rights organization hosted a pre-African Liberation Day rally in Harlem on May 4, 2019.

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Runoko Rashidi keynotes the CEMOTAP 32nd anniversary gathering

Pelting morning rain could not stop determined members of the community from coming out to celebrate 32 years of community activism by the Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People on Saturday, May 4.

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State Sen. Brian Benjamin passes bill to restore jury rights to New Yorkers with felony convictions

State Sen. Brian Benjamin’s bill to restore the rights of New Yorkers with felony convictions to serve on juries recently passed the state Senate.

Queens DA Richard Brown passes away

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown recently passed away. Brown served as DA for nearly 30 years.

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Talking SCHOP! WarmUp! to EatUp! HeatsUp!

We are just four days away from Harlem EatUp! 2019! Another year of hard work, collaboration and excitement will come to its culmination once again.

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No need to head out west: East coast gaming resorts offer it all

Las Vegas is its own world, but that’s not to say that you can’t get your gaming groove on elsewhere. In fact, there are plenty of places here on the East Coast to take your chances with Lady Luck.

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Tony and Drama Desk 2019 noms: Blacks are beautifully recognized!

The Tony nominations are out for the 73rd annual Tony Awards, and Black talent is definitely acknowledged.

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Audit uncovers ASC’s shortcomings

A new audit reveals scathing evidence that the city’s Administration of Children’s Services is lacking when it comes to placing children in foster care and could be putting children in danger.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #118

On May Day, a day workers of the world celebrate, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a Black woman born in Somalia, an immigrant and Muslim, expressed her view of Trump to Amy Goodman on the news program “Democracy Now!” We offer this condensed version of the interview.

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Tragic fire in NYCHA housing kills six, including four children

Awoken by the crackling of flames, breaking glass and piercing screams were stunned Harlemites on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, on the corner of 143rd Street, at about 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

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HELL NO: De Blasio won’t announce presidential run…this week

Does he think he’d make a good president or is he running away from his problems?

Wednesday, May 8

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Some NYCHA senior centers are set to close; residents are outraged

More than a dozen NYCHA senior centers across the city are set to be closed or consolidated and tenants are not happy.

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6 people, including 4 children, killed in Harlem apartment fire

Six people, including four children, are dead after a fire tore through a NYCHA apartment in Harlem early Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 7

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NAACP and NNPA lead protest against police brutality

Delucca “Lucca” Rolle, the 15-year-old high school student who was punched and had his head slammed against the concrete by law enforcement officers last month, joined his attorney and several prominent civil rights activists in a peaceful demonstration in Florida to denounce police brutality.

Monday, May 6

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FedEx partnership aims to grow 75 Black businesses

“Grow or die,” says Richard Smith referring to future economic growth in Memphis.

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Black girls continue to disappear but few eyebrows are raised

The epidemic of missing and mostly forgotten African American girls continues to spread throughout the United States.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Mass Incarceration of Women and Minorities a New Crisis

Although the number of people in prisons and jails in America has slightly declined, numbers released on Thursday, April 25, by the Bureau of Justice Statistics still show that nearly 1.5 million individuals were in prison by the end of 2017.

Sunday, May 5

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All hail the queens! Miss USA, Miss America and Miss Teen USA have all crowned Black women

For the first time, America’s top beauty pageants — Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America — have crowned Black women as their winners at the same time.

Saturday, May 4

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Dr. Hasna Muhammad: Living the legacy of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

Dr. Hasna Muhammad describes growing up as one of the children of late acting and civil rights legends Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis as “ordinary and extraordinary.”

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Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp hosts annual gala

The mayor of Plainfield, Adrian O. Mapp, hosted his annual gala Friday, May 3, at Deewan Banquet in Piscataway Township.

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Black Teens Receive 11 Life Sentences in Crime Where No One Was Hurt

At 17, Juan Rayford Jr. was like so many other teens with big dreams – he wanted to escape his hardscrabble neighborhood and play college football and perhaps make it into the NFL.

Friday, May 3

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Howard University stands strong as neighborhood gentrifies

The historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., is known as the “Mecca” of HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities), however, headlines about the school in recent months have concentrated on the effects gentrification is having on the once mostly Black neighborhood where the school sits.

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Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People to hosting 32nd anniversary

Celebrating 32 years of community activism on Saturday May 4th, The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People (CEMOTAP) will be hosting their 32nd anniversary at the Robert Johnson Family Life Center in Jamaica, Queens.

Thursday, May 2

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Travel destinations for graduates

Graduation season is fast approaching. The graduate in your life has worked hard for that piece of paper, or maybe you’re the graduate and you have a personal testimony.

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When the threat comes from within, what can immigrants do?

In the current atmosphere of fear amid rising roundups and deportations of immigrants, it is most reprehensible to see the threat against undocumented immigrants being perpetrated from some within their own communities.

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Caribbean warned to brace for more drought conditions

The wider Caribbean region is being warned to brace for a dry season that could extend well into July as weather experts in the region urge government to prepare for eventualities that could be compounded by events associated with the annual hurricane season.

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ESSENCE Beauty Carnival Hits with Tips

The ESSENCE Beauty Carnival packed Pier 36 last Saturday and Sunday with thousands of beautiful Black women of all ages who were eager to be seen, get advice, meet the stars and purchase products. The extravaganza was a first for New York City. Sponsored by Aveeno, ESSENCE delivered an immersive experience for all!

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Something to think about as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Every year millions of Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, usually by eating “Mexican food” and drinking copious amounts of tequila.

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Why political emancipation without economic independence is incomplete freedom

I recently had the pleasure of being invited by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser to speak at a breakfast gathering honoring DC Emancipation Day, where we celebrated the 157th anniversary of Lincoln’s formal emancipation of over 3,000 enslaved individuals in the District, on April 16, 1862.

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Voting for dollars

What if correctional facility prisoners throughout the country were allowed to vote for any candidate they wanted and there just so happened to be a candidate who ran on the promise that if elected all sentences would be commuted to time served?

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The Democrats are confused and convoluted with Mueller’s Report

The Democrats have been waiting for the Mueller Report, and many thought this report would resolve much of the confusion with the direction the party would take.

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Teri Williams: “Black money matters”

A few minutes into a discussion with Teri Williams and you know that she has a sincere, deep-rooted and unapologetic love for her people.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sir Hilary Beckles headline tribute to Don Rojas

For most of his adult life, Don Rojas has been a revolutionary freedom fighter for justice and equality.

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PODCAST: Remembering John Singleton

Entertainment columnist Flo Anthony shares her thoughts on the recent passing of filmmaker John Singleton on this week's episode of our podcast.

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Travel destinations for graduates

Graduation season is fast approaching. The graduate in your life has worked hard for that piece of paper, or maybe you’re the graduate and you have a personal testimony.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem EatUp! x James Beard Foundation 2019

It's year five of the annual Harlem EatUp! festival celebrating the food, art and culture of our village of Harlem and with it the annual feast at the James Beard House.

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Jay-Z owns Webster Hall

There was no politicking from the sidelines at Jay-Z’s historic opening show at Webster Hall on Friday, April 26, following the completion of the total renovation of Manhattan’s historic East Village concert venue.

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Rotary Club of Harlem celebrating 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

The Rotary Club of Harlem is hosting a fundraiser gala on Friday, May 10, at the National Black Theater from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.

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For Giants GM Dave Gettleman, truth is an evident inconvenience

When Roger Goodell stood on a stage last Thursday night at the NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., and announced the Giants No. 6 overall pick in the first round, the league’s commissioner sent shockwaves through a fan base totally blindsided by hearing the name Daniel Jones.

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Jets get Quinnen Wiliams and good grades in this year’s draft

Unlike the backlash that the blue team is receiving from their first round draft choice, the New York Jets are being praised for what could be their second great consecutive draft.

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It’s time for ‘The Process’ to pay off for the Sixers

For five straight seasons, from 2012 to 2017, the Philadelphia 76ers finished either last or next to last in the Eastern Conference, winning less than 20 games in four and only 10 games in the 2015-16 campaign.

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Warrior-Rocket rematch may not be all it’s hyped to be

The Western Conference semi-finals between the Golden State Warriors—the defending champions—and the Houston Rockets, was thought to be the most exciting of the four second round playoff series of both the Eastern and Western Conferences, but the Warriors’ two home wins, Games 1 and 2, may refute this contention at this time.

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Figure Skating in Harlem celebrates biggest gala to date

With more than 450 people in attendance, Figure Skating in Harlem held its Champions in Life benefit gala on Monday evening, April 29.

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Volleyball champion Kathryn Plummer wins the Sullivan Award

The eight finalists for the 89th annual AAU James E. Sullivan Award have achieved incredible heights in their individual sports—World Champions, NCAA Champions and an Olympic gold medalist.

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Belmont Avenue now shares name with Dwayne ‘the Pearl’ Washington Way

Exactly three years after memorializing the life of Dwayne “the Pearl” Washington, one of New York City’s greatest sports prodigies growing up in Brooklyn, New York, his family, friends and supporters celebrated his passing by officially honoring Washington with the street from his old Brownsville neighborhood being named after him.

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St. John’s comes on strong at Penn Relays

It was a successful trip to Philadelphia for St. John’s University’s track and field team, which posted impressive results at the Penn Relays.

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Bronx Deltas hosting HBCU Fair

The Bronx Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. is hosting a historically Black college and university fair and Career Event.

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Beloved Jurist Damon J. Keith passes at 96

One of the last things Professor Thurgood Marshall told his graduating student Damon Keith were four words: “Equal justice under law.”

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Elected officials demand Board of Elections get early voting right

Elected officials and advocates are demanding that the Board of Elections make early voting easy for New Yorkers.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol honoring choreographer Bill T. Jones and Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond

Harlem-based nonprofit and youth development organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol is honoring choreographer Bill T. Jones and Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond organization’s upcoming 15th annual VOICES benefit on May 21.

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New book seeks way to end bullying

So many recent reports have shown that  stopping bullies and people from being bullied does not always have to end up in violence.

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Coalition calls for rent freeze to rent-stabilized apartments

On Monday morning at City Hall, residents, activists and elected officials called for a rent freeze to rent-stabilized apartments.

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Black elected officials silent on Chanel Lewis case?

A week after the sentencing of Chanel Lewis, speculation continues among Black New Yorkers over Lewis’ conviction with many maintaining his innocence.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #117

Obstruction of justice, emoluments and Venezuela are three things in the dark cloud hovering over Trump, and we can expect a gloomy forecast in the coming days.

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American Indian College Fund to continue college access and success program with $2.5 million, three-year grant

Native American and Alaska Native students are in a college-going and completion crisis.

The ultimate Black Bolshevik and revolutionary Harry Haywood

When a life was as adventurous and politically active as Harry Haywood’s, it’s difficult to find a starting point, a pivotal moment that encapsulates his remarkable journey.

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Community Calendar: May 2 - May 8

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

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NYSUT wants state to ‘Correct the Tests’

On the eve of state math tests for grades 3 through 8, the state teachers’ union wishes the tests weren’t happening in the first place.

Labor observes Workers Memorial Day

April 28 marked Workers Memorial Day. Unions honored their fallen and released reports on the numbers of workers who’ve recently perished.

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Trailblazing filmmaker John Singleton joins the ancestors

After suffering a massive stroke on April 17, renowned urban filmmaker John Singleton joined the ancestors this past Monday, at 51 years of age, after relatives told doctors to terminate the life-support which had been sustaining him.

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May means activism

Saturday, May 4, at 4 p.m. the December 12th Movement invites the community to join them during African Liberation Month for a rally demanding lifting the sanctions on Zimbabwe at All Souls Episcopal Church (114th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem).

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Jersey City Board of Education files lawsuit against state amid cuts to funding

Massive layoffs, the elimination of extra-curricular activities and after-school programs, and the closure and consolidation of several schools are the things that could disappear because of state funding cuts, according to officials from Jersey City Board of Education.

Firemen endorse Biden, Trump rages, Rosenstein resigns

Two weeks ago as the Notre-Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames, Trump suggested they try extinguishing it with planes dumping water on it.

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OIL BARONS BID BILLIONS FOR MOZAMBICAN OIL WHILE STORM FATALITIES SPIKE

The back-to-back cyclones that have ravaged Mozambique are unprecedented in recorded history, the U.N. said Friday.

AFTER RISKING LIFE, LIBERIAN ACTIVIST SCOOPS ‘GREEN NOBEL PRIZE’

Multinational corporations who seek weak democracies, high rates of poverty and untapped resources seem to make a beeline for Liberia, which has struggled to overcome two wars and the devastating pandemic of ebola.

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URBAN AGENDA: Giving Patients A Voice in the Health Care Policy Debate

Everyone should have health insurance. We all know this, yet thousands of New Yorkers simply can’t afford it.

Wednesday, May 1

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Community gathers to remember Bob Slade

The public attended a memorial service for late WBLS personality Bob Slade.

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Miss Teen USA 2019 winner celebrates beauty of natural Black hair

Kaleigh Garris, an 18-year old Black woman, recently won the Miss Teen USA 2019 competition wherein she represented the state of Connecticut.

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Crump, NAACP, NNPA to Demonstrate after Police Brutality Incident in Florida

The Broward County Chapter of the NAACP will lead a march and rally to demand the termination and criminal prosecution of two Florida sheriff deputies who were caught on video punching a 15-year-old African American student and repeatedly slamming the child’s head against concrete pavement.

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Judge agrees to hearing over jurisdiction in trial of officer accused in chokehold death of Eric Garner

A judge on Tuesday agreed to hold a hearing into whether a police watchdog agency in New York has the jurisdiction to handle the department disciplinary trial of the officer accused in the 2014 death of Eric Garner.