Stories for October 2019

Thursday, October 31

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Kyrie is playing really, really well

With Kyrie Irving in their starting line-up and the spirit of Kevin Durant emanating from their bench, Brooklyn Net fans expect more than a 500 or less start.

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Knicks try to find themselves with a new mix of players

Determining that the Knicks’ matchup with the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden on Monday night was consequential is not an overstatement.

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The Giants remain stagnant as the Cowboys loom

It seems to be Groundhog Day for the Giants game after game, week after week. A change in quarterback from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones was intended to infuse energy and positive results after a 0-2 start.

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Losses and the trade deadline bring an uncomfortableness to the Jets

After another uncomfortable loss, the Jets started the week off with rumors of trading Le’Veon Bell, Jamal Adams and Robbie Anderson.

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Nets team and Nike to encourage girls to stay active in sports

Last week, the Brooklyn Nets announced a partnership with Nike to launch Game Growers, a new national program designed to create inclusive, meaningful sports experiences for girls.

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Good vibrations abound for Columbia women’s basketball

This is head coach Megan Griffith’s fourth season at the helm of Columbia University’s women’s basketball team.

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Heavy traffic? Street closures? Thousands of runners? It’s time for the NYC Marathon

A record number of runners, 52,814 crossed the TCS New York City Marathon finish line last year, and they’re expecting to match that and more on Sunday as participants compete in the world’s largest marathon that takes place in this city’s five boroughs.

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NCAA to allow student-athletes to profit from their images, names and likenesses

The National Collegiate Athletic Association was founded in 1910, roughly one year after the 1909 founding of this publication.

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Brave Bronx resident bringing awareness to neurological disorder Ataxia

“It all started with my trying to eat a pretzel. I all of a sudden couldn’t swallow,” recalls Bronx resident Kim Brown of her fateful trip to Coney Island in 2000.

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Community Calendar October 31 - November 6

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

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Celebrate milestone birthdays in style

A birthday is a birthday, until it’s a biggie, a number that has a certain magic. They are turning points, wake up calls; think ages 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80.

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U.S. migration/rights policies challenged before the United Nations Human Rights Council

When one thinks of complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Council, over human rights, one almost always assumes the accused nations are dictatorial regimes carrying out xenophobic agendas.

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Caribbean governments seek advice of final court on free travel, free movement

Caribbean Community governments have asked the region’s highest court to give them an opinion as to whether a member of the 15-nation group of countries can legally opt out of decisions taken by the collective regarding the right of some categories of Caribbean citizens to live and work anywhere in the region.

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WARM kicks off ninth domestic violence forum for community

Non-profit organization fighting against domestic violence, WARM (WE ALL REALLY MATTER), hosted its ninth annual domestic violence forum at the Salem United Methodist Church.

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A Joyful Launch Party for ‘Following In Her Father’s Footsteps’

The “Live with Kelly and Ryan” studio was packed with celebrants last Thursday at a reception for the launch of “Following in Her Father’s Footsteps,” a beautifully illustrated book for 8-12 year-olds.

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Ruschell Boone: making her mark on journalism

Emmy nominated reporter Ruschell Boone, is rising to fame in media today. Winning multiple awards for her work as a journalist, Boone has truly worked her way to the top.

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In memoriam: Queen Mother Sybil Claire Williams-Clarke

As a companion, colleague and wife, Sybil Williams-Clarke often stood loyally and lovingly in the shadow of her esteemed husband, Dr. John Henrik Clarke.

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Lucinda Cross to keynote COJO 25th Anniversary Gala

Best-selling author and President Obama Lifetime Achievement Awardee Lucinda Cross will deliver the keynote at the 25th Anniversary Fundraising Gala of the New York based Jamaican charity Children of Jamaica Outreach Inc.

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HBCU college fair at NAN’s headquarters in Harlem

The Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Action Network’s Youth Huddle partnered last weekend for an HBCU college fair at NAN’s headquarters in Harlem.

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Medgar Evers College opens 50th anniversary with lecture on legacy of slavery on health & medicine

As part of a series of programs to celebrate the approaching 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers College, the academic schools of the college hosted on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, a special lecture featuring the acclaimed journalist Linda Villarosa, who is the director of Journalism at City College of New York and an assistant professor of Media Communication Arts.

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Josephine Silone Yates, teacher, activist, clubwoman

Prolific and talented author Tonya Bolden has published another marvelous addition to her growing trove of books on African American history.

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Toast of Brooklyn Wine & Food Festival

The annual Toast of Brooklyn Wine & Food Festival went down this past weekend at the historical Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Talking SCHOP! Guma some more

Happy all hallows’ eve Harlem! Now, whether you deserve a “trick” or a “treat,” I will let the ghosts and goblins be the judge.

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‘Fires in the Mirror’

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Anna Deveare Smith’s classic play “Fires in the Mirror” now playing at the Signature Theatre.

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An un-American impeachment

We are now headlong into the throes of the Constitutionally directed authority of the U.S. House of Representatives—the people’s chamber—to call into question the behavior of a sitting public official.

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Ranked choice voting is not the so called ‘spoiler effect’

Any political campaign is challenging, but we know that for Black and Brown candidates, who’ve historically been excluded from elected office, it’s even harder.

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Black Power! Still needed! Still relevant!

In the 1960s, when we shouted, “Black Power!” we did the “Black,” but we didn’t get the “Power.”

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Chicago Teachers Union & CPS still haven’t reached a resolution

Chicago Teachers Union officials said their bargaining team won’t leave the table until they’ve reached a tentative agreement with Chicago Public Schools.

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32BJ blasts Trump administration for latest immigration stunt

The latest attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to curb immigration has drawn the ire of organized labor.

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New Jersey AG and DEP file lawsuits targeting polluters in state’s low-income and minority communities

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe recently filed six new enforcement actions targeting polluters in minority and lower-income communities across the Garden State.

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Princeton Theological Seminary to pay reparations, Black students say it’s not enough

Princeton Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees sent shockwaves when it recently annouced it unanimously endorsed the implementation of a multi-year action plan to repent for its ties to slavery totalling $27 million.

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Activists unite for ‘Day of Outrage’

With stories of police violence littering the media landscape, activists and victim’s families have had enough.

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Impeachment noose tightens on Trump

If things go as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised, by Thursday a vote will be taken to determine if the impeachment inquiry against Trump goes forward.

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Rev. Dr. Lakeesha Walrond president of the New York Theological Seminary

The Trustees of the New York Theological Seminary hosted the inauguration of Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond at Riverside Church.

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Sen. Brian Benjamin announces rainy day fund

Harlem State Sen. Brian Benjamin recently held a press conference announcing legislation authorizing the city to use a “rainy day fund.”

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Council Member Andy King suspended from the City Council

The New York City Council voted to take disciplinary actions against Council Member Andy King.

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Bronx Deltas named best chapter

The Bronx Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently earned the Eastern Regional Small Chapter of the Year by the sorority.

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Fallout continues for ArtShack Brooklyn

Even with the apologies and the resignation of the offender from her place of business, the community isn’t letting up after a white Brooklyn resident posted racially offensive Halloween decorations.

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Africans and Africans in the diaspora fight to lift illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe

Southern South African Development Community, alongside the December 12th Movement, marched during “A Day of Action” to launch a campaign to lift illegal sanctions forced on Zimbabwe by the United States and European Union.

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Horoscopes by Ashley’s Aquarian Age: October 31 - November 6

Not only are we in Scorpio Season. Not only did we just experience a New Moon in Scorpio. Not only is today the day that Mercury goes Retrograde. But, it’s also Halloween!

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Cynthia Erivo: ‘Harriet’ role is ‘greatest honor’ of her career

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival

The recent 22nd annual Joy of Jazz Festival held in Johannesburg, South Africa was an extended industrious program that began in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall “South African Songbook Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy”

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Charming, special occasion looks for SS’20

Every look created by emerging designer Christopher John Rogers that appeared on the runway received applause.

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Best fall ’19 accessory: the sleek, chic backpack

Whether you’re traveling around town, the country or abroad, there’s nothing more comfortable than carrying a sleek, chic backpack that holds your pertinent belongings.

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2nd Annual Black Theater Preview: spectacular at the Schomburg!

The 2nd Annual Black Theater Fall Preview, sponsored by Walk Tall Girl Productions, AUDELCO and Project1Voice, was an immense occasion at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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Naomie Harris stars in ‘Black and Blue’

I wanted to like “Black and Blue” because the subject matter—about police corruption and racism—is sadly timely.

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Award-winning Leslie Odom Jr. in ‘Harriet’ opening Nov. 1.

Leslie Odom Jr. who earned a Tony- and Grammy Award for his role in the groundbreaking musical “Hamilton” is a young man who made it clear, in our phone conversation that he owes a lot of gratitude to being trained at Freedom Theater, in his hometown of Philadelphia.

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Q&A with Cynthia Erivo, star of ‘Harriet’

There is no question that British singer-actress Cynthia Erivo is a rare find.

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And the winners of the 2019 Bessies are…

The New York dance community came out in droves to celebrate their love for dance at the 35th annual NY Dance and Performance Awards, the Bessies, honoring outstanding creative work in the field.

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Dance calendar November 2019

A devout resident of Harlem and a long-time dance maker, Nia Love tops this month’s calendar with the premiere of “g1(host): lostatsea” at Gibney, Nov. 7-9. According to the release, “…‘g1(host): lostatsea’ grapples with what it means to live within conditions shaped by the ‘afterlife’ of slavery.”

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Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, Roc Nation and the NFL

Deifying celebrities is not an option. Being an apologist is not in the cards.

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East New York Restoration’s Bling a Bra breast cancer awareness and prevention event

Black women from East NewYork and surrounding locales came out to the Prince Joshua Avitto Center on Schenck Avenue for the fun and fabulous Bling a Bra breast cancer awareness and prevention event

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #143

We need no reminder from CNN’s Don Lemon or MSNBC’s the Rev. Al Sharpton of Trump’s obsession with former President Obama, though their reports are additional confirmation of something we’ve been stoking for months.

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One in 10 NYC public school students are homeless

As homelessness continues to be a top issue in the city, a recent report places the attention on the number of homeless public school children.

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Activists demand investigation in cop/youth subway melee

“I am calling on Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to do the right thing and drop all charges against 15-year-old Marshall and the remaining teens,” demanded Anthony Beckford, president of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn. “He needs to also charge the officer who maliciously and brutally attacked 15-year-old Benjamin Marshall.

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URBAN AGENDA: All American Workers Owe an Enormous Debt to Unions

If America ever hopes to aspire to be a great country for all its citizens, it will be on the backs of workers -- the people who built this country -- and a strong labor movement.

Wednesday, October 30

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Jennifer Jones Austin named co-host of 'Open Line' on WBLS

Jennifer Jones Austin, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of FPWA is named the first female Co-Host of the popular Sunday morning radio show “Open Line” on WBLS 107.5 FM.

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Waters to Trump: Your Shamelessness Knows No Bounds

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, taking him to task for his harmful homelessness proposals.

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‘Friday,’ ‘Boondocks’ actor, comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died.

Tuesday, October 29

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Master of comedy Dave Chappelle receives ‘Mark Twain Prize for American Humor’

On Sunday night, Dave Chappelle, the legendary, no holds barred comedian, was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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Local dermatologist announces the relaunch of a Black doctor search engine

FindaBlackDoctor.com is a free internet service that allows the public to locate U.S. based African-American physicians.

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‘Day of Outrage’ protests call attention to police brutality

Communities across the nation mobilizing today to demand justice for African-American men and women who lost their lives during encounters with law enforcement.

Monday, October 28

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Rededicated Emmett Till memorial is now bulletproof

A memorial has been rededicated to Emmett Till just outside of Glendora, Miss. The new marker was dedicated Saturday to the slain 14-year-old Black teen from Chicago.

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Deadly and dangerous — Healthcare in America

Laughter is the Best Medicine, says the Reader’s Digest version of America.

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Schumer unveils new clean cars for America climate proposal

A Transformative Plan To Reduce Number Of Carbon-Emitting Cars On The Road, Create Jobs, And Accelerate Transition Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), a member of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, today unveiled the Clean Cars For America Climate Proposal.

Sunday, October 27

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Former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, political icon, dies at 90

Former U.S. Congressman John Conyers, whose 15-year fight to pass legislation that would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday, has died. He was 90.

Thursday, October 24

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Kyrie's ready as Brooklyn sets out to win while building chemistry

The 2019-2020 NBA season opens this week.

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Knicks open the 2019-20 season with more questions than answers

Incremental steps. Consistent progress. Tangible results.

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Daniel Jones and the 2-5 Giants take a step back

The Giants went into last Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium still harboring hopes that they could remain relevant in the standings.

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Patriots defense is ghostly for the Jets

There’s no doubt that the “I'm seeing ghosts” soundbyte taken from Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold during Monday Night Football’s nationally televised broadcast earlier this week will live on in infamy.

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Hofstra volleyball finding its rhythm

At the start of training for this season, Hofstra University volleyball head coach Emily Mansur was focused on imparting certain fundamentals and style of play to her young team. When the team struggled a bit, she reevaluated her approach.

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Big East play looks to be intense

College basketball play is less than two weeks away. Teams in the Big East conference will face stiff competition.

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Clippers, Lakers and Bucks begin the NBA season as championship favorites

Los Angeles was the epicenter of the NBA on Tuesday night and is likely to remain the league’s central point for the entirety of the 2019-20 season.

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“40 Under 40” Dynamic Achievers to be honored in Manhattan

The Network Journal is hosting their 22nd annual “40 Under 40” achievement awards ceremony honoring impactful African American professionals this Friday at the Crowne Plaza Times Square.

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Touro gives back to Harlem with free ‘Fall into Health Fair’

Joining the Harlem community at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) and Pharmacy “Fall into Health Fair” Friday was NYS Assembly Member Inez Dickens.

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Community Calendar October 24 - October 30

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

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Much to enjoy, both old and new, in Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, Virginia was the stomping ground of the nation’s first president. George Washington lived in nearby Mount Vernon, but Alexandria was where he owned a townhouse, went to church, did business, and even sold goods at the Old Town farmers market, the oldest farmers market in the country still held in the same spot on Market Square every Saturday morning.

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Brooklyn community says ‘Happy 100th birthday’ to Uriah Theophilus Grey

The East New York community announced the celebration of the life of Uriah Theophilus Grey,

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Sharpton’s National Action Network hosts 2019 Triumph Awards at Apollo

At the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Rev. Al. Sharpton and National Action Network recognized a range of leaders that are influencing Black culture at the annual Triumph Awards. Honorees included leaders in civil rights and social justice, the arts, entertainment, education, business, and sports

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Hank Willis Thomas’ art to change the world

Artist Hank Willis Thomas is leaving his mark in the art community, being featured in art exhibits all over the states as well as Spain, France and China. Specializing in photography, Thomas expresses a range of ideas in several ways.

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Eagle Academy Foundation hosts historic college & career fair

Hundreds of students attended the College & Career Fair held at Queens College Oct. 18, meeting the representatives of more than 100 colleges at a historic college fair.

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H. Carl McCall named a Hunter College Roosevelt House Leader in Residence for 2019-2020

The Honorable H. Carl McCall, former New York State comptroller and most recently the chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, will serve as the Hunter College Roosevelt House Leader in Residence for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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John Mercer Langston, congressman and college president

Last week at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, it was my pleasure and privilege to be in conversation with two of the leading authorities on the life and legacy of John Brown.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Harvest Festival 2019

And just like that, Harlem celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Harlem Harvest Festival on Saint Nicholas Avenue between 117th and 118th streets.

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Election Day is approaching

New York City has an election day swiftly approaching on November 5.

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The king of debt

When President Obama nearly doubled the national debt, raising it by almost $9 trillion during his two terms in office, Republicans howled in alarm.

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Each murder kills me a little bit more

Atatiana Jefferson’s death at the hands of Fort Worth police in the name of a “welfare check” is the latest in a far-too long list of heartbreaks.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings is the reason HBCUs are so important

“Our children are our living messengers to a future we will never see,” said the great Rep. Elijah Cummings.

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Drivers, advocates aim to hold ride-sharing industries accountable

Drivers of ride-sharing businesses want to unionize and organizations want the law to take them to task.

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Chicago teachers and city continue negotiations

The Chicago Teachers Union and the City of Chicago continued contract negotiations this week while schools remained closed.

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Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair touring New Jersey in November

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week is holding fairs in New Jersey Nov. 16-22 at five locations.

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Teens harass Black children at high school football game

The community wants action and answers in Lawrence Township after reports that two Black girls were on the receiving end of racial harassment at a local high school football game.

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Grants program looks to increase NYC’s census response rate

City Hall wants New Yorkers to understand the importance of the 2020 census.

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‘Trump/Pence Must Go!’ echoed on the streets of Manhattan

Hundreds of protesters assembled at Union Square Saturday, Oct. 19, and then marched peacefully to Trump Tower under banners emblazoned with “Trump/Pence Out Now.”

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The Sylvia and Herbert Woods Scholarship Foundation presents 18th Anniversary Fundraiser

The Sylvia and Herbert Woods Scholarship Foundation’s 18th Anniversary Fundraiser is paying homage to the Harlem Renaissance Centennial by honoring Dapper Dan and Michael Garner.

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Harlem AKAs and NAN host HBCU college fair

The Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Action Network’s Youth Huddle are partnering for an HBCU college fair on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the House of Justice, 106 West 145 St. in Harlem.

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Housing Justice for All campaign pushes for ‘good cause’ eviction legislation

A coalition of over 70 organizations representing tenants and homeless New Yorkers from across the state unveiled a legislative agenda to build on housing reforms.

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International support grows for fired African Union ambassador Dr. Chihombori-Quao

On Oct. 7, the AU notified Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the African Union’s ambassador to the United States, that her services would no longer be needed.

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Horoscopes by Ashley’s Aquarian Age: October 24 - October 30

This weekend brings the year’s only new moon in Scorpio.

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BRIC JAZZFEST, MCLEAN AT SISTA’S, MWENSO & SHAKES, MINTON’S

The BRIC JazzFest, which has been running since Oct. 19 in Brooklyn, culminates with its well-anticipated three-day Marathon, Oct. 24-26. It features more than 20 artists, who are well worth seeing although some of their names may not be familiar but like them you have to be adventurous and check them out.

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Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans join Aretha biopic

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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A talk with the two Mufasas of Broadway’s ‘Lion King’

Disney’s “The Lion King” is celebrating over two decades on the Great White Way! The musical’s lead character of Mufasa has been mainly played by Alton Fitzgerald White for the majority of the 20 years and has been taken over since July 10, 2017, by its current Mufasa, L. Steven Taylor.

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Meals clothing: classic styles with taste

Are you hungry for fashion? For their first presentation, Ritual Project Los Angeles put on quite a delicious show at Various Small Fires Gallery in West Hollywood, CA.

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FIT calls designers, b Michael’s news & EVVY Awards

If you’re a designer who’s looking to grow your business, apply to FIT’s Design Entrepreneurs 2020, a renowned industry-sponsored program that offers $150,000 in prize monies.

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With NBC’s ‘The Good Place,’ William Jackson Harper makes his mark in TV history

Thank you NBC brass for inviting us to lunch to meet William Jackson Harper, the handsome man who carved a place in television history playing the character Chidi in NBC’s hit comedy “The Good Place,” created by Mike Schur.

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Rosie Perez: a New York girl who made it in Hollywood

Rosie Perez is a New York girl who decided to make her mark in film and televison at a time in Hollywood when there were few who experienced any real success.

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Mother of formerly incarcerated son shares new book at upcoming event Oct. 26, 27

Countless families have become entangled in the criminal justice system unexpectedly and against their will, despite their best efforts to raise their children the right way.

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In Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ everybody dies—but that’s Scorsese

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is three hours and 30 minutes long and everyone important dies, but that’s Martin Scorsese.

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Joaquin Phoenix makes for a disturbingly likable ‘Joker’

Do you know an Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix)? Here’s the thing: you might? In director Todd Phillips “Joker” we get an up-close (too close) look at an urban nightmare a little too close to the grain.

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Liv Warfield talks losing Prince, writing new music

Prince protege and former member of New Power Generation (NPG), Liv Warfield has been through a lot these past few years. Overcoming the loss of her mentor has been a part of a painful journey, but Warfield has risen to release two new singles, “Mantra” and “Look at Me” produced by Joon Moon.

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Early voting begins in NYC

Early voting is now in New York and over the next week starting on Saturday, Oct. 26. Voters can go to a designated site and cast their ballot before Election Day on Nov. 5.

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In a space of 14 days, two immigrants in U.S. ICE custody are dead

The new fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2019, but in a matter of 14 days, two immigrants in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) have died.

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Bahamas to continue deporting illegals

Still battling to cope and recover from Hurricane Dorian last month, authorities in The Bahamas are coming under increasing international pressure to cease mass deportations of undocumented foreigners, Haitian nationals in particular.

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Treated like trash: report shows how commercial waste lands in poor, Black and Brown hoods

A new report exposes the environmental racism that’s commonplace in New York City.

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Revolutionary Olympians finally receive just due

Two legendary athletes, who are featured in what Time magazine regards as one of the top-50 most iconic photographs of all time, will finally be honored for their athletic achievements next month.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #142

When Trump hits the panic button, he usually steps into the zone of impropriety where he’s been so often that he ought to be required to pay rent.

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Elijah Cummings laid to rest

The Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and a titan of the U.S. Congress, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), died early Thursday morning, Oct. 17.

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Politicos slam Trump's terming the impeachment inquiry a 'lynching'

As the presidential impeachment inquiry gains momentum—with key witnesses being subpoenaed and appearing before House investigators—Trump continues to denounce it.

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Fired NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo sues the city to get his job back

Former NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was fired in August for his role in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against New York City, his lawyer said.

Wednesday, October 23

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Adjust your finances as life happens

Update or change your spending to make sure you’re making the right decisions for you.

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Community outraged after white ArtShack Brooklyn owner displays racist images in Clinton Hill

The racist images are gone but the community still has questions after ArtShack Brooklyn owner Dany Rose, who is white, displayed what appeared to be hanging Black children in the front windows of her Waverly Avenue home in Brooklyn.

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Harlem renaissance, legacy of hip hop, Queens-born journalist Gwen Ifill honored on new stamps

The U.S. Postal Service announced new Forever stamps set to launch in 2020.

Tuesday, October 22

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Heavy rain to make for messy evening commute Tuesday

Keep your umbrellas handy! The sun didn’t stay too long, and heavy rain is expected to cause a messy Tuesday evening commute.

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OP-ED: Importance of educators of color for Black & Brown students

I have been a Black student, education policymaker, and now an advocate for providing the best educational opportunities for all our children.

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Who’s hurting Black girls in school?

Women in the Room Productions announced its premiere schedule for “Pushout: The Criminalization Of Black Girls in Schools”, Friday.

Monday, October 21

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New rent laws protect tenants from predatory practices

New York City launched a campaign on new tenant protections Monday.

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Sharpton looks to comfort families after police shootings

A life taken at the hands of police. A grieving family. A divided nation. A stirring eulogy by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sunday, October 20

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NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal partners with HBCU Miles College for campus venture

A new partnership between NBA great Shaquille O’Neal and Miles College will help bring a Papa John’s Pizzeria to every Historically Black College and University Campus in the nation.

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NNPA Special Report: Police Shootings of African Americans

White Ex-Officer is Working to Change the Culture

A police officer’s bullet shattered a window and fatally struck Atatiana Jefferson as she and her 8-year-old nephew played video games inside her Texas home.

Friday, October 18

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Eric Garner’s mother urges repeal of NY police disciplinary records secrecy law

The mother of Eric Garner is urging New York lawmakers to repeal a law used to keep the disciplinary records of police and correction officers secret

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NYPD sergeant fatally shoots man in the Bronx in third police-involved shooting in the city this week

A man was fatally shot by police during a Bronx traffic stop Thursday in what is the third police-involved shooting in the city this week, the NYPD.

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City Council votes to close Rikers Island jail complex

New York City lawmakers voted to close the jail complex on Rikers Island Thursday through the approval of new zoning legislation.

Thursday, October 17

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Zion ready for his pro Garden debut and what could have been

It’s easy to envision Zion Williamson in a Knicks uniform, running the Madison Square Garden floor like an elite NFL tight end and soaring above the rim with the elevation of a world class high jumper.

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The Giants await the dynamic Kyler Murray and the Cardinals

Judging by the eye test, the Giants aren’t playoff caliber. An analysis of fundamental statistics affirms that empirical view as they are ranked 20th in the NFL overall in total offense and 28th in defense in the 32-team league.

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The Nets prepare for their opening, but the past won’t go away

It should be over. Just a memory. Some photos, some jet lag, and lots of stats and coach’s notes from last week’s two preseason games in the People’s Republic of China against the Los Angeles Lakers to help them prepare to start the new NBA season.

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Pirates and Red Storm rev up for college season

The WNBA season officially ended last Thursday when the Washington Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun 89–78 to win their first WNBA Championship.

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Local athletes excel at World Championships

The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships (track and field) were held earlier this month in Doha, Qatar.

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Former skater showcases FSH in photography show

On Oct. 13, photographer Flo Ngala’s exhibit “Harlem Ice: The Selects Folder” opened to great enthusiasm at the Compère Collective Gallery in Brooklyn. Ngala, 24, a lifelong Harlem resident, spent more than 10 years as a member of Figure Skating in Harlem.

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The Shadow League holds its sixth annual awards ceremony

The Shadow League, an online platform covering topics encompassing sports and culture, held its sixth annual Shadow League Awards last Thursday at The Edison Ballroom Rooftop in Manhattan.

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Exercise—key to avoiding heart disease, diabetes

Exercise is an important key to avoiding both cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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Getting a jump on razor bumps

A few weeks ago, I went to get a haircut, only to find that the shop was closed and the barber that I had visited for many years was not there.

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D.C.’s Black culture still thriving in the face of gentrification

Change is afoot in the nation’s capital. As Solange sings, there are cranes in the sky and new development as far as the eye can see.

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Trump is winning his war to lower immigrant numbers—and census data proves it

Seemingly lost in the deluge of impeachment news coverage recently was the less heralded release of some new data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey.

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Reparations movement boosted by two-day meeting

Regional academics, politicians and researchers spent two days in idyllic Antigua last week breathing new energy into the movement to make European nations pay for their part in the Transatlantic Slave Trade and organizers say they have walked away from the sessions with new momentum to confront this monumental task.

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Ian Turnbull selected to lead U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Festivals

Islands marketing and communications specialist Ian Turnbull has been appointed the territory-wide director of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s new Division of Festivals.

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Big Daddy Kane and Nona Hendryx rock Bed-Stuy Alive!

On Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, RestorationROCKS! had Fulton Street in Bedford Stuyvesant transformed into both an open air concert and vendors’ market and food bazaar.

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Erica’s a budding leader in education

Educator, writer, and entrepreneur Erica Buddington has dedicated her efforts to providing accessible education to children of color.

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Tackling domestic violence with WARM organization event

The organization WARM (WE ALL REALLY MATTER) will host its ninth annual domestic violence forum on Oct. 24, 2019, at the Salem United Methodist Church.

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Rev. Dr. Lakeesha Walrond to be first female, first Black female in 119-year-history of New York Theological Seminary

On Thursday, October 24, the trustees of the New York Theological Seminary will host the inauguration of Rev. Dr. Lakeesha Walrond at Riverside Church in New York.

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Comptroller: the city dragged its heels on lead problem

An elected official is taking the city to task for a systemic failure to protect kids.

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Sarah Jane Woodson Early, notable teacher and member of the WCTU

My friendship and collegiality with Dr. William Loren Katz is almost as extensive and rewarding as the research he has done on Native Americans and Black Americans, and there is no better testament of his enduring scholarship than the recently revised edition of “The Black West” (Fulcrum, 2019).

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Community Calendar October 17 - October 23

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

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A full menu for fun-filled holiday festivities

When holiday gatherings turn into all-day events, having meals ready from morning to night becomes an important part of seasonal hosting.

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Sophisticated silhouettes sum up spring/summer ’20

It was a September to remember in fashion. Having the shows in the outer boroughs brought out the best presentations from all of the designers.

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Honoring our ancestors

This past weekend I attended the wedding of a dear friend from college.

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It’s time to leave!

The president’s call to begin the withdrawal of American troops from Syria and “green light” the Turkish invasion (a term invented by the press) will effectively turn over the now two-plus year deployment in Syria to a NATO ally, Turkey.

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Ending Rikers, opening centers of healing for women

When I entered Rikers Island at the age of 20, I thought I was the only woman who had endured relentless violence in her lifetime.

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Justice is a familiar term, but do we know the meaning?

Justice can sometimes be a confusing term. When you think you have it figured out, it takes an unpredictable turn.

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Workers protest racial discrimination at Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless workers and elected officials want the telecommunications giant to quash racial discrimination in their midst.

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Cory Booker meets with Eulen America employees, supports effort to unionize

Subcontracted American Airlines workers found an ally in U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker.

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National Day Against Police Brutality being commemorated in Newark

In the wake of several police shootings across the nation—most notably the killing of Atatania Jefferson in Fort Worth, Texas—the People’s Organization for Progress (P.O.P.) is expanding its Justice Monday protest, as they host a march and rally to observe the 24th annual National Day Against Police Brutality.

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A white officer shot and killed a Black woman in her own home

On May 16, 2010, Aiyana Jones, a 7-year-old African American, was shot and killed during a raid by the Detroit Police.

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Civil rights groups go to trial in New York to stop voter suppression

The trial begins this week in a voting rights case that will affect hundreds of thousands of voters in New York City and statewide.

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Blind Boys of Mississippi performing at Friendship Baptist Church

The Friendship Baptist Church (114 West 131st Street, Harlem) is hosting a Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. featuring the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi.

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Juanita Young seeks family lawyer to return her grandchildren back home

New York activist Juanita Young is asking the city’s family law attorneys to assist her and her family in having her grandchildren returned to their home in the Bronx.

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Global peace prize awarded to Africa's youngest leader

“Love is greater than modern weapons like tanks and missiles… Love can win hearts, and we have seen a great deal of it today here in Asmara.”

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Horoscopes by Ashley’s Aquarian Age: October 17 - October 23

See what the stars have in store for you.

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Apollo to hold encore production of ‘Between the World and Me’

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Hargrove tribute, Ginny’s, Lovano Appel Room, Taylor Made

When one mentions great trumpeters in jazz history like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard, the name of Roy Hargrove must be included. He was the best trumpeter of his generation, as well as the most influential.

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Reel Sisters honors pioneering cultural icon/activist/author Nana Camille Yarbrough

On Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series honored award-winning performance artist, author and cultural activist Camille Yarbrough with their distinguished Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award.

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Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art annual Humanitarian Awards Show

The Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art will be hosting their fifth annual Madiba Humanitarian Awards on Oct. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Museum

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New book looks at South America’s inheritance of racism

There has been a noted excitement about the publication of the new book, “Entre el Atlántico y el Pacífico Negro: afrodescendencia y regímenes de desigualdad en Sudamérica/Between the Black Atlantic and Black Pacific: Afrodescendants and the regime of inequality in South America”

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ComicCon 2019: The best as always!

Every year my two daughters and I look ridiculously forward to New York ComicCon, and New York ComicCon 2019 was absolutely phenomenal at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on 11th Avenue by 34th Street.

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38th annual 10K Run and 5K Walk

There was no sleeping in last Sunday morning for participants in Brooklyn’s 38th annual 10K Run and 5K Walk held in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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What a NO vote means to closing Rikers

Today at City Hall there will be a call to vote on a land use bill that will green light the building of a multi-billion dollar multi-site project known as the borough based jail plan.

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The fight for control of WBAI radio continues

The saga at WBAI-FM continues as producers, staff and listeners of progressive, non-commercial WBAI Radio will hold a noon press conference on the steps of City Hall in response to last Monday’s sudden shutdown of the 60-year-old listener-supported radio station.

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Commemorating the Million Man March

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, was the 24th anniversary of the Nation of Islam’s Million Man March in Washington, D.C.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #141

Trump once again let the nation know that his respect for decency is even lower than his respect for democracy.

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AmNews responds to Gov. Cuomo using the n-word

AmNews Publisher and Editor in Chief Elinor Tatum pens and open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his recent use of the n-word during a recent radio interview.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, House Oversight Committee Chair, dies at 68

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.

Wednesday, October 16

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Marketers should show more respect for the Black consumer, according to a report

The influence of African American consumers is extensive.

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NYCHA residents marching to Gracie mansion

Residents of Holmes Towers and Isaacs House and organizers of the Justice Center en el Barrio, formed under the Holmes-Isaacs Coalition, are calling a citywide march to Gracie Mansion.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo uses ‘n-word’ to make point about derogatory terms against Italians

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday used the "n-word" during a discussion about derogatory comments about Italian-Americans.

Tuesday, October 15

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Officer who shot unarmed Black man in Georgia found not guilty of murder

A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked man was found not guilty of murder on Monday.

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Rapper DMX checks into rehab, cancels concerts in ‘ongoing commitment’ to his sobriety

DMX has canceled a series of upcoming shows in order to check into a rehab facility.

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Fort Worth police officer charged with murder for shooting black woman in her home

A white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door was charged with murder on Monday after resigning from the force.

Monday, October 14

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The Fort Worth officer who killed a woman in her own home has resigned, as mayor calls the shooting unjustified

The officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home Saturday morning has resigned, Fort Worth interim police chief Ed Kraus said Monday.

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Poll of likely voters shows rising student debt problems

When likely voters across the country were recently asked their opinions about student loan borrowing, 82% agreed that the still-growing $1.5 trillion debt is a national crisis.

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Dallas NAACP calls for independent investigation of Joshua Brown’s murder

Joshua Brown, a witness in the Amber Guyger Murder Trial was shot dead a week ago. Ms. Guyger, the former police officer, was found guilty of murdering business exec, Botham Jean, after “mistakenly” entering his apartment

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Black News Channel (BNC) TV launches in America

New 24/7 News Network Scheduled to Launch in November 2019

In a joint teleconference broadcast live from the Four Season’s Hotel in New York’s Financial District, the Black News Channel (BNC) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association announced the official launch date and time for the nation’s first 24-hour, 7-days a week all-news TV channel that will focus on African American news.

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Actor, activist Hill Harper wants health fund for Newark residents with lead poisoning

As Newark continues to replace old lead pipes, residents are left to wonder what the what long term impacts the contaminated water will have on their health.

Sunday, October 13

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4 dead, several hurt in shooting at illegal gambling site in Brooklyn: authorities

Four people were killed and several others were injured when shots were fired at an illegal gambling site at a Brooklyn club Saturday morning, police said.

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Texas cop fatally shoots woman in her own home after neighbor calls for welfare check

A Black woman was fatally shot by a white Fort Worth, Texas, officer inside her home early Saturday after police were called to the residence for a welfare check, authorities said.

Thursday, October 10

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Keith Hamilton Cobb discusses ‘American Moor’

Recently I sat down with Keith Hamilton Cobb and we talked about his career and “American Moor.”

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Darnold is back—the Jets can now resume their season

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is back. Darnold has been medically cleared to play football again after missing the Jets’ last three games due to mononucleosis.

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Daniel Jones’ education intensifies against the Patriots

Coming into last Sunday’s game versus the Minnesota Vikings, Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones had exceeded the expectations of many skeptics—this writer among them—who questioned whether he was worthy of being drafted with the No. 6 overall pick out of Duke University in last April’s NFL Draft.

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James embraces new challenges

The 2018–19 figure skating season was a whirlwind of firsts for three-time Olympian Vanessa James, who represents France. She and longtime pairs partner Morgan Ciprès won their first-ever Grand Prix events, Grand Prix Final and European Championship.

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WNBA Finals tied at 2–2

After winning on the road last week and tying WNBA Finals at 1–1, the Connecticut Sun looked to finish things out on home court, but the Washington Mystics weren’t having it. Despite being in pain, Elena Delle Donne returned to the lineup and helped Washington win game three of the series 94–81.

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New look Knicks aspire to establish a positive identity

The Knicks opened their season—albeit preseason—on Monday with a 104-99 win against the Washington Wizards on the road.

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Controversy engulfs Nets on trip to China

It was scheduled with the best of intentions.

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The Yankees wait as other playoff teams battle to advance

MLB schedulers were scrambling late last night and all day today (Thursday), putting together the ALCS and NLCS schedule to complete the next round of Major League Baseball’s post season.

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Penn State stands behind its players in response to racist letter

Bob Marley was one of the most inspirational and influential individuals of the 20th century.

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease should not be self-treated

The symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease are often dismissed as “just heartburn.”

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A spin on spinach

When I was a kid, the only way my mom got me to eat my spinach was to sing a song about Popeye and his muscles. I’m sure you remember the words to that song which states, “I’m Popeye the sailor man, I live in a garbage can.

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Where to go in October

Timing is everything. Knowing when to go to a destination is no small matter. You can pay more or less simply based on when you travel.

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All-star roster of dignitaries attend the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 65th birthday celebration

On Thursday, Oct. 3, at the New York Public Library, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his lifelong activism were celebrated at a star-studded celebration and “Party with a Cause.”

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Nigerian Independence Day pride shining through

Manhattan’s Second Avenue was transformed into a sea of green and white as The Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians Inc. hosted the 59th Nigeria’s Independence Day on Saturday Oct. 5.

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Gregg Bishop—NYC commissioner of Small Business Services

As commissioner of Small Business Services, Gregg Bishop has been working to provide New York City entrepreneurs and business owners with assistance and opportunities.

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Horoscopes by Ashley’s Aquarian Age: October 10 - October 16

The full moon is upon us on the 13th, dominating the astro-news for the week. The year’s only full moon in brash, impatient Aries is in challenging relationship to power-hungry Pluto.

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Cynthia Erivo to portray the Queen of Soul

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Randy Weston Way, Ron Carter at Birdland

One year after pianist and composer Randy Weston was called by the ancestors his neighborhood street, the corner of Lafayette and Grand Avenues in Brooklyn was co-named Randy Weston Way on Sept. 29.

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‘Between the Lines’ with DJ Rakim at the Schomburg

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture held a talk with legendary hip-hop artist.

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Flying Solo in Paris

Flying Solo’s Paris Fashion Week show featured fashion collections of over 40 designers in an incredible presentation at Salon Marceau, just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe last Saturday.

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Color vibrations for S/S 2020

Let’s face it, young people are designing for the future and are feeling empowered to create change.

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A night of sizzling salsa at Lehman Oct. 12

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and Goya Foods are proud to present Grammy Award winner José “El Canario” Alberto with Don and Peter Perignon in their debut Lehman Center performance for a captivating night of salsa on Saturday, October 12, at 8 pm.

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Reel Sisters honors pioneering, cultural icon Nana Camille Yarbrough Oct. 11

On Friday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award-winning performance artist, author and cultural activist Camille Yarbrough with their distinguished Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award

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Michelle Buteau: more than a comedian in BET’s ‘First Wives Club’

There are a few new reasons to get Netflix—or to keep Netflix—and that reason is Michelle Buteau. Not only is she funny (maybe, one of the new greats in the making) she’s beautiful.

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Serena Williams, Laverne Cox, Iman are highlights at latest Advertising Week New York

There was, at this year’s annual Advertising Week New York conference, the usual lineup of outstanding panels on the hottest trends in advertising and marketing.

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Prolific composer Alvin Singleton talks upcoming work, ‘Black culture’ as ‘American culture’

Alvin Singleton was a kid with access in the midtwentieth century close-knit Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of his childhood.

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‘The Great Society’ sets new theater standard

“The Great Society” is a theatrical triumph! Written by Robert Schenkkan, and playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, it has a captivating, historical story that shows us all the conflicts that went on with President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) during his administration and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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‘Freestyle Love Supreme,’ improv at its best

Have you ever been to a Broadway show where your participation influenced the flow of the evening?

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500 ICED in five days

While many have been distracted by the whistleblower’s complaint; Donald Trump’s foot in mouth disease over that Ukraine call; the Democratic congress’ push for an impeachment inquiry and all the latest drama in this bad soap opera we are trapped in, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has been quietly and wildly ramping up its enforcement actions.

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Bahamas ramps it up against immigrants, housing pressure to blame after Dorian

Under pressure to provide housing for the displaced following the pounding the nation took from Hurricane Dorian last month

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Goodbye and thank you Miss Carol Diahann Johnson

Born in the _ and raised in _! If the two towns involved in the equation are the Bronx and Harlem a uniquely flavored individual will surely manifest.

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First African American deputy chief promoted in the FDNY in 30 years

Fire Rescue Chief Malcom Moore was promoted to deputy chief of the FDNY. This marked a very important day in FDNY history.

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Commander Rocky Robinson of the BedStuy Vollies laid to rest

This past weekend Brooklyn sent home Commander James “Rocky” Robinson Jr., the famous retired FDNY EMT and founder of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

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Harlem nursing home donates school supplies to 100 Harlem elementary students

One-hundred students at P.S. 154, The Harriet Tubman Learning Center, received new backpacks brimming with school supplies from The Allure Group’s Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (The Harlem Center) on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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James H. Williams, chief porter of Red Caps at Grand Central Terminal

It’s not every day that you walk the streets of Harlem and bump into a published author and even rarer if that author is a good friend.

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Community Calendar October 10 - October 15

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

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Harlem Fine Arts Show, ‘Harlem Renaissance to Jamaica Renaissance’

The Harlem Fine Arts Show, “Harlem Renaissance to Jamaica Renaissance” celebrating art from the African diaspora, made a tour stop in Jamaica, N.Y.

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Losing our icons

This past week we lost two icons, Jessye Norman the famed opera singer and Diahann Carroll the brilliant and talented actress.

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The president is right that we must clean up America

The liberal media is once again taking off at breakneck pace to condemn President Trump. The fake issue for their bogus outrage?

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Impeachment reveals nation’s priorities

As reported by The Washington Post, a newly released Quinnipiac University poll shows that support for impeaching Trump and removing him from office has grown from 37% of registered voters to 47% in the latest survey.

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If it smells like a coup, walks like a coup, and looks like a coup—by any other name: it’s a coup!

Amidst a nation in political crisis with impeachment lurking in the wings and a presidential campaign underway, the country’s only non-commercial–listener sponsored network is threatening the very existence of its New York radio station, WBAI 99.5FM/NY.

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NY State Supreme Court: City’s medical examiner software is unreliable

Last week, the New York State Supreme Court called for all cases using the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s in-house DNA software, Forensic Statistical Tool, to be reviewed citing unreliable results.

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Chipotle workers strike claiming employer violated Fair Workweek law

Chipotle workers claim that their employer continues to violate Fair Workweek laws even after the city announced it was seeking financial remedies for previous violations.

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GM workers’ protest drags on, workers struggle to get by

Three weeks into their strike General Motors workers are struggling to get by, suppliers are losing business and GM hasn’t budged.

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Report highlights formerly incarcerated individuals denied the right to vote

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice recently released a report highlighting more than 30 people being denied the right to vote due to criminal convictions.

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Newark winds down bottled water distribution

The City of Newark is winding down distribution of bottled water to residents, except for pregnant women and families with children under the age of six.

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Aftermath of Botham Jean trial causes controversy, uproar

From controversial compassion for the killer to the murder of a key witness, the aftermath of the murder trial of Black, unarmed Dallas resident Botham Jean continues.

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Trump alarms GOP leaders

At last, it appears, Trump has done something that has drawn severe criticism from major GOP leaders.

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New York State My Brother’s Keeper Community Network reaches 25 member communities

The New York State My Brother’s Keeper Community Network now includes 25 member communities, Interim State Education Commissioner Beth Berlin recently announced.

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REPORT: Nearly 6,900 children in NY at risk if DACA ends

The New York State American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 6,900 children in New York would be harmed developmentally, psychologically and economically by the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

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Silicon Harlem hosts sixth annual Next-Gen Tech Conference

Silicon Harlem is hosting its sixth annual Next-Gen Tech Conference on Friday, Oct. 18, at the National Black Theater located at 2931 Fifth Ave. in Harlem.

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The 400th anniversary of 1619 in NYC

This month, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans sold into bondage in North America, nearly 50 organizations across New York City are holding observances to better understand and end inequality in America.

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Homeless in Peril

Fatal attacks and possible shelter evictions—where else is there to go?

“What happened over the weekend shakes the conscience of who we are as New Yorkers,” stated New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Free Sowore protest during Nigeria’s 59th independence NYC parade

On October 5, Nigeria held its 59th Nigeria Independence Day Parade and Festival in Manhattan.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #140

By now you have heard Trump’s boast and claim about his “great and unmatched wisdom” when it comes to dealing with Turkey.

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Sabotaged: After 60 years, has WBAI been silenced?

Unplugged microphones and empty chairs are what’s left at WBAI-FM’s radio studios in Brooklyn after the sudden closure of the station this week.

Wednesday, October 9

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This Black pilot is flying with a mission of diversity

Walking onto an airplane and seeing a black pilot is as rare as a blood moon sighting.

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Montgomery, Ala. elects first Black mayor in 200-year history

Alabama's capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 8

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Black men make up only 2% of teachers in America

Kyle Fersner entered his senior year of high school knowing what he wanted to do for a living — become a psychiatrist

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Fired Black partner’s claim of $1 Billion deceit by major law firm supported by federal judge

Don Lewis is a double Harvard graduate and a former partner at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.

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HUD says deregulation, not affordable housing, needed to solve homelessness

Research finds homelessness is a national crisis

For more than a decade, economists, lawmakers, and others have heralded the nation’s economy.

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Michelle Obama releasing companion book to her memoirs

Michelle Obama’s first project since “Becoming” is more about her readers than about herself.

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Oprah donates $13 million to Morehouse College

Oprah Winfrey now has the largest endowment ever at Morehouse College in Atlanta after donating $13 million, according to a news release from the school.

Monday, October 7

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What Matters 2020 – Issues that impact minority communities

Every vote counts and Elections have consequences!

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Simone Biles nails two more amazing moves that will be named after her

The greatest gymnast of our time and probably ever, Simone Biles, has another two moves that will bear her name.

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WBAI shuts down due to financial issues

New York-based, listener-supported radio station WBAI is shutting down, according to a press release from the station's owner, the Pacifica Foundation.

Sunday, October 6

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Joshua Brown, key witness in Amber Guyger murder trial and Botham Jean’s neighbor, shot to death in Dallas

A man who was a key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was fatally shot Friday in the parking lot of his apartment complex, according to attorney Lee Merritt.

Saturday, October 5

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Baltimore prosecutor attempts to throw out nearly 800 criminal convictions

Nearly 800 criminal cases involving 25 police officers suspected of corruption are set to be thrown out in Baltimore, according to the city’s chief prosecutor.

Friday, October 4

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Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies at 84

Diahann Carroll, the trailblazing actress and first Black woman to star in a non-servant role in a television series has died.

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Amber Guyger coddled in court after being given a 10 year murder sentence

On Wednesday, in Texas, former white police officer Amber Guyger was charged with ten years in prison for killing unarmed Black man Botham Jean in his own apartment.

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COMMENTARY: Fannie Lou Hamer Died of Untreated Breast Cancer

While Black women get breast cancer at a lower rate than white women, we are 42 percent more likely to die from it.

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Senate Education Chair blocks bipartisan bill to extend HBCU funding

Each year as families beam with pride at seeing a son, daughter or another relative graduate from college, that achievement is nearly always the result of a family’s commitment to higher education.

Thursday, October 3

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Darnold needs to be back out there, but not this Sunday

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been cleared to perform in non-contact activity. He began working out and throwing Monday, but without any physical player contact.

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The Giants look toward the Vikings after two uplifting wins

NFL coaches break down their 16-game regular season into four game blocks. They also take a one-game-at-a-time viewpoint.

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Young players delight in giving back to the community

Eight members of the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy II junior varsity girls’ basketball team marked the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s day of service by reading to Pre-K students at the Harlem Head Start Gems.

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WNBA Finals tied at 1–1

Playing on home court, the Washington Mystics took game one of the WNBA Finals 95–86 over the Connecticut Sun.

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Even with veterans added, the Knicks still focus on their youth

The Knicks held their annual Media Day event this past Monday, Sept. 30, in front of the opening of training camp.

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A record number of Black quarterbacks lead NFL teams this weekend

The Dallas Cowboys versus the New Orleans Saints. Prime time, national television this past Sunday night, Week 4.

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Capitalistic NCAA fights against athletes’ financial freedom

On Monday, Gov.Gavin Newsome of California signed a bill into law that will allow college student-athletes to financially benefit from the capitalistic system that has afforded the organization billions of dollars in revenue

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Community Calendar October 3 - October 9

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

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How to save on holiday travel

You want to make the holidays merry with a trip to see family and friends. Trouble is, you don’t have a ton of dough.

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Carolyn A. Butts uses her magazine to raise African Voices

Founder and publisher of nonprofit arts magazine African Voices, Carolyn A. Butts has been dedicated to uplifting the voices of African artists for over 25 years. With a magazine focused completely on the capabilities of people of color, Carolyn worked to create an environment where writers and artists could be uplifted.

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Federal judge to Harvard: race-aware admissions process can stay

Harvard managed to defeat a conservative challenge on its admissions process.

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Commander Rocky Robinson of the BedStuy Vollies makes his transition

Brooklyn is saying goodbye to Dr. James “Rocky” Robinson, the founder of the beloved lifesaving Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corp and Retired Capt. of FDNY Bureau of EMS.

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NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care appoints new executive director

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the appointment of Nicole Jordan-Martin, MPA, as executive director of NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care, the public health system’s program to deliver services to patients at home and in the community.

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Gotta get some selenium

Selenium is known as a trace metal. You only need a small amount to do a giant job in keeping the body in good shape.

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Chicago doctor says, ‘Black people are born traumatized’

Many Black men and women today understand the social climate they’re living in.

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Chancellor Carranza talks about plans for NYC public schools

This past Friday, Sept. 27, New York City Department of Education Chancellor Richard A. Carranza held a press meeting to go over attained progress, current concerns, and future plans for NYC public schools.

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Savannah Churchill, a vocalist who merged R&B and jazz

While doing research on the life and legacy of percussionist Max Roach, I stumbled on the name of Savannah Churchill, a singer I first heard when I was about 10 years of age from my mother’s collection of shellac records.

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Harlem Harvest Festival 2019

It’s back, back, back again! The 10th annual Harlem Harvest Festival goes down this Saturday, Oct. 5, on St. Nicholas Avenue between 117th and 118th streets, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival creators and organizers, Harlem Park to Park, are excited to showcase Harlem’s makers, art and fun!

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Talking SCHOP! First Course NYC, thank you!

The NYC Department of Small Business Services has launched First Course NYC, a paid culinary apprenticeship to train New Yorkers and connect them to quality entry-level line cook jobs in leading New York City restaurants.

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An app that makes politics easier

I recently discovered a politics app that just might change the way everyone thinks about politics. Each election season I get frantic phone calls from friends and family from across the country asking me who they should vote for, what the particular issues are in their respective districts, and what I think about the overall political field.

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A matter of trust

In recent days we have seen the latest evidence of just how difficult it has become for President Trump to operate in this present-day hyper partisan environment.

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Marijuana legalization and regulation

Marijuana being legalized could create a large number of jobs and plenty of economic resources and opportunities.

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Republicans use gerrymandering to gain a political advantage

Voting is on the minds of many people these days. We see the histrionics and we know our vote is going to make a difference. Our apathy of yesterday must turn into our assertiveness today.

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Subcontracted Con Edison cleaners rally for better wages

Subcontracted workers took to the Con Edison building in Manhattan to protest for better jobs and better wages.

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Eric Garner’s daughter petitions to ban chokeholds by police statewide

The fight to prevent another police killing similar to that of Eric Garner’s gains momentum as his youngest daughter petitions to change law enforcement policy.

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Far Rock Children’s Harvest Festival set for Oct. 5

The Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn is hosting its annual Children’s Harvest Festival Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Far Rock Farm located at 385 Beach Street in Far Rockaway, Queens.

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U.S. Census & struggling New Yorkers: light at the end of the tunnel?

The latest American Community Survey report revealed that income inequality in America has increased and New York’s no different.

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Reel Sisters Film Fest kicks off Oct. 5

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series—the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival devoted to women filmmakers—will present an exciting lineup of films dedicated to self-care, wellness and healing.

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Will Smith to portray Harlem mobster Nicky Barnes

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Celebrate jazz at the New York Jazz Fest

Dr. John Satchmo Mannan and Alvin Wink Flythe will celebrate jazz from Parker to Coltrane on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1:30-5 p.m. at The Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market at 52 W. 116th St. between 5th Avenue and Malcolm X Blvd. Admission is free to the public.

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Larry Willis, the eclectic jazz pianist, dies at 76

Larry Willis, the eclectic jazz pianist and composer who refused to be categorized as a member of the rock band Blood, Sweet & Tears, and enjoyed stints with Jerry González’s Latin-jazz Fort Apache Band, avant-garde drummer Paul Murphy, Carmen McRae and Hugh Masekela, died Sept. 29 at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He was 76 years old.

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Cool, casually chic cuts for SS ’20

Designer Hanh Merriman’s namesake spring/summer ’20 collection was inspired by the desert mountains in Utah.

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Paris SS ’20 fashion report

Oxford Fashion Studio recently premiered 16 diverse designers’ collections during SS ’20 Paris Fashion Week at the International Le Grand Hotel.

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Obama portraitist Kehinde Wiley with new sculpture, leads artistic charge to change historical narrative

On Friday, Sept. 27, beneath Times Square’s larger-than-life digital billboards at 46th Street—where images of Oprah Winfrey, Armani spokesmodel Madisin Rian, and the cover of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest novel flickered on and off—there was a palpable buzz.

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URBANWORLD 2019 showcases true craftsmanship

It’s a wrap for the 2019 Urban Film Festival, the brainchild of founder Gabrielle Glore (festival director & head of programming, Urbanworld Film Festival) in a year she called “exceptional.”

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‘Ad Astra’ doesn’t add up

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to outer space to figuratively kill two birds with one stone—or one trip.

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‘Abominable’ is a ton of family fun

I say yes, yes, yes to meeting and befriending this particular Yeti.

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‘Motherless Brooklyn’ closes NYFF, Oct. 9

In the press release for the new Warner Bros film “Motherless Brooklyn” written and directed by Edward Norton and based on the Jonathan Lethem novel about a New York detective with Tourette syndrome, the highlight is that the film is financed by African American billionaire Robert F. Smith.

Actor-writer Connie Winston discusses upcoming solo show ‘American Captives’

Writer/performer Connie Winston (right) discussed the upcoming performance of her solo show “American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland” with WBAI (99.5-FM) radio host, producer and activist Malika Lee Whitney (left) during the Sept. 27 evening broadcast of the station’s multi-discipline arts focused program “Untitled.”

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Oprah Winfrey made history at the Apollo Theater and I was there

I was there. In a sold-out house at the Apollo Theater that was filled with (mostly) Black and Brown faces and it was glorious.

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New Yorkers set to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Day

This week the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians Inc. will be hosting a three-day event in celebration of the 59th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence Day.

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URBAN AGENDA: Policing Poverty at the Turnstile

Local Law 47 took effect in December 2017, requiring the NYPD to publicly release data on the number of arrests and summonses for fare evasion by race, sex and age for every subway station.

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60,000 strong gathered on the Great Lawn at Central Park for the 2019 Global Citizen Festival

World and business leaders, non-profit organizations, and thousands (in excess of 60,000) Global Citizens united on the Great Lawn at Central Park for the 2019 Global Citizen Festival.

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Stroll down Randy Weston

Now you can stroll down Randy Weston Way in Brooklyn.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go #139

Words such as “coup” and “civil war” have been flaunted lately by Trump, suggesting that his administration is under siege.

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Rumors of Treason: Trump’s swamp widens

Infestation of Trump’s political swamp widens as the impeachment inquiry intensifies with the subpoena of attorney Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal counsel, and a report that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the call to Ukraine’s President Zelensky.

Wednesday, October 2

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Dallas cop gets 10 years for killing neighbor

A white Dallas police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting her unarmed, black neighbor in his home.

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NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. visits with a 'Strong Bill Cosby'

On the first anniversary of his imprisonment, Bill Cosby received a visit from Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the renown civil rights leader and lead-member of the famed political prisoner group known as the Wilmington Ten.

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Woman climbs over fence into lion exhibit at Bronx Zoo

Video of a woman seemingly entering the restricted lion's den at the Bronx Zoo went viral Tuesday, with an NYPD spokesperson confirming its legitimacy.

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‘Raise the Age’ takes effect in New York

The second phase of the “Raise the Age” law is in effect removing 17-year-olds who have committed criminal acts from automatically proceeding as adults in the criminal justice system.

Tuesday, October 1

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Ex-Dallas police officer found guilty of murder in shooting death of neighbor

A white former Dallas police officer who said she fatally shot her unarmed, black neighbor after mistaking his apartment for her own was found guilty of murder on Tuesday.

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Impeaching a President

Experts and historians told NNPA Newswire that the probability of impeaching Trump remains extremely low.

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The Afro represents cultural change within Black Diaspora

Between the chit-chat about the Dodgers or Lakers—there’s very little political talk—the subject of the Afro (or “natural”) comes up, of which he is a font of knowledge. O.D., by his estimate, has probably given 50,000 haircuts over the past 60 years.