Stories for September 2019

Monday, September 30

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Regal grand diva Jessye Norman dead at 74

Opera singer Jessye Norman has died.

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Booker was ready to call it quits but now says his 2020 campaign continues

Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday he will stay in the 2020 Democratic presidential race after his campaign met a self-imposed fundraising goal of $1.7 million.

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Oprah surprises with $1.15 million donation for minority college students

Oprah Winfrey stunned a predominantly-female audience in Charlotte on Saturday by announcing she would donate $1.15 million to help minority students attend and succeed in college.

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The Trump Effect — Is this administration a present danger to the Black psyche?

The debate over the merits of Donald John Trump’s presidency continue with no sign of closure in sight. The constituency that elected him has remained steadfast in its support, as the marginalized and ethnically diverse who oppose him, stay at odds with his policies and (in their view) offensive rhetoric.

Friday, September 27

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Advocates for homeless camp out at City Hall

A modest gathering inside City Hall Park Thursday evening aimed at raising awareness to New York City’s ongoing homeless crisis and the desperate need for more affordable housing.

Thursday, September 26

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Not much was expected, but Jets still need to trend in right direction

There’s never been a declaration of any kind, by anyone that the New York Jets would be a playoff team this season.

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It’s Act 2 for Daniel Jones after a sterling debut

It’s understandable why so many Giants fans are drunk with optimism after watching rookie quarterback Daniel Jones lead his team to a 32-31 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road this past Sunday in his first career start.

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Game Changers conference sheds light on the diverse roles women play in sports

The subjects at this year’s Game Changers conference ranged from what it’s like to be a female sports agent negotiating on behalf of NFL and NBA players to the role of mentors to how participation in sports can change lives.

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Sports Foundation holds 50th anniversary gala

he Sports Foundation, which has positively impacted the lives of countless New York City youth who have gone on to pay it forward as adults in numerous walks of life, held its 50th anniversary gala titled “Celebrating Our Angels” Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx.

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Knicks prepare for training camp without a big name star

Before they fell to the No. 3 spot in the NBA Draft Lottery in May, the Knicks, who had the worst record in the league last season at 17-65, maintained grand designs of being in the enviable position of holding the No. 1 overall pick and having cap space for two max contracts.

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Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics advance to WNBA Finals

Leaving nothing to chance, the Connecticut Sun came in hot in the WNBA semifinals, winning its series with the Los Angeles Sparks 3–0. The first two victories came on home court in Connecticut.

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Brooklyn Nets address questions that will face them all season

There were two chairs and two microphones and a bottle of water each for the two speakers scheduled to host the Brooklyn Nets' annual State of the Team address Tuesday afternoon at their practice facility. But there was only one speaker, general manager Sean Marks.

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Teams transition through early season quarterback woes

At the official start of training camps in June, NFL teams may not have known every player who’d be listed on their roster, but ownership and front offices did know who their quarterback would be, who’d be leading their team offensively on the field during this 2019-2020 season.

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School daze are here again

Definition: Daze: A state of being confused, befuddled, overcome. Stunned, stupefied, dumb.

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Rev. Jermain W. Loguen, a defiant anti-slavery voice

In his highly praised biography of Frederick Douglass, historian David Blight offers this paragraph about a historic gathering of notable Black leaders at a convention in Syracuse, New York in 1864.

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Community Calendar September 26 - October 2

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

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Talking SCHOP! A Likkle time in Brooklyn

It was a lazy end of summer Sunday in Harlem.

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Much to do and see in Daufuskie Island, SC

There are getaways and then there are places to get away—from most everything. Daufuskie Island is such a destination.

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Lilli Cooper talks ‘Tootsie’

Lilli Cooper is an amazing talent, and is magnificent in Tootsie as Julie Nichols. Her extraordinary performance garnered her a 2019 Tony nomination.

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Rock and roll instruments ‘Play It Loud’ at the Met until Oct. 1

“Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll,” now on view at the Metroplitan Museum of Art, brings back such sweet memories.

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Soft styles and sustainable looks for spring/summer ’20

Bailuyu by Fu Wenjie’s latest collection opened with a whispery white pristine gown that paved the way for a beautifully designed symphony of soft styles.

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Woodstock Film Fest celebrates 20th anniversary Oct. 2-6

The Woodstock Film Festival announced the full lineup for its landmark 20th anniversary, taking place from Oct. 2-6 in the historic Hudson Valley towns of Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Saugerties and Rosendale.

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10 immigration headlines you may have missed while blinking

There is just so much happening on the immigration front under this draconian administration and its cohorts in the Senate weekly that it feels like you miss a lot with just a blink.

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Trinidad government sells major refinery to union, hopes for revival soar

When authorities in Trinidad closed the island’s major money-losing oil refinery last year, nearly 3,000 workers were sent on the breadline, nearby businesses suffered and neighboring Caribbean nation clients of the facility were left to fend for themselves.

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It’s time for impeachment

We have reached a point where impeachment is no longer up for discussion. Many people would argue that impeachment proceedings should have begun several months ago.

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The state of Black employment

The top line numbers seem to tell it all. When it comes to American employment, a rising tide lifts all boats.

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Were there other factors involved in the recent hate crimes?

The mass killings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are still fresh in my mind. It was just a few weeks ago that America took another nosedive with these senseless murders all happening within a 24-hour time period.

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We must reopen Central Park 5 prosecutor Linda Fairstein’s cases

Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” brought into sharp focus the harrowing injustices in the case of the Exonerated Central Park Five—five African American and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully convicted for the brutal rape of a woman in Central Park in 1989.

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Eugene Scalia’s nomination moves forward, labor and activists continue protest

Amidst all of the Ukraine hoopla, labor secretary nominee Eugene Scalia’s nomination continues to make its way to confirmation.

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Workers file EEOC complaint against Verizon, claim racial discrimination

Latasha French has worked at a Verizon’s corporate office in Irving, TX for 17 years. However, her status as one of the senior employees in the building didn’t shield her from racial discrimination, according to a complaint.

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Car wash bill will protect workers from injustices

The Car Wash Bill 2019, which would end subminimum wages and help eliminate wage theft for thousands of downstate New York car wash workers, was passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly in June.

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Liz Player: Bringing classical music to Harlem

Executive and creative director of the Harlem Chamber Players, Liz Player, founded this organization with the hope of bringing high quality classical music and orchestras to upper Manhattan.

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Abuja court orders release of Omoyele Sowore

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, as Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari prepared to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, protestors prepared to gather to demand the release of Bergen County, N.J. based, Nigerian-born former Omoyele Sowore. Sowore is a former Nigerian presidential candidate; he is being held in a Lagos jail.

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Harlem commemorates Robert Mugabe, former president of the Republic of Zimbabwe

New Yorkers came out to commemorate the liberation struggle legacy of the former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe.

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MTA pushes back against asbestos reports

“We want all of the asbestos removed from the property and removed from transit facilities,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams during a Sept. 25 news conference in East New York. “It should be done in an expeditious fashion. We want to have air-quality tests around this depot."

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Chancellor Carranza aims to make booklist ‘culturally responsive’

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza wants public school students to see themselves in the books they’re assigned to read.

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Harlem School of the Arts campus renovation will open up the building to the community

Something beautiful is happening along St. Nicholas Avenue, between 141st and 145th streets—a new educational corridor is being created.

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Mariah’s ‘In the Mix’ for ‘black-ish’ spin-off

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Harold Mabern Jr., the percussive pianist, dies at 83

Harold Mabern Jr., the pianist and composer with the big smile, roaring laugh and a profound percussive sound that lit the piano like a Saturday night jook joint as he caressed every key with an energetic magical touch, died unexpectedly on the evening of Sept. 17, 2019, in New Jersey.

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Miles Davis’ nephew talks legacy, ‘Birth of the Cool’

Vince Wilburn Jr., the nephew of the late, great Miles Davis, is celebrating the release of the new Miles Davis documentary, “Birth of the Cool.” Wilburn, along with Davis’ son Erin Davis and daughter Cheryl Davis, oversees the estate, making the decisions of how Davis’ legacy will continue and be personified.

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‘Harriet’ directed by Kasi Lemmons is “masterful, timely and emotionally searing”

Director Kasi Lemmons understood something about Harriet Tubman that countless history books didn’t gleam or, if they did, they choose not to share: Harriet Tubman was a woman filled with love.

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Forest Whitaker’s ‘Godfather of Harlem’ gets it right! 10 out of 10!

In “Godfather of Harlem” award-winning actor and producer Forest Whitaker gets it right as Harlem businessman of the streets, Bumpy Johnson.

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Birthday Girl..Phyllis Thomas

Family and friends recently came together for a birthday celebration for Phyllis Thomas.

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Kids took to the streets for Climate Strike in NYC

On Friday, Sept. 20, people took to the streets of lower Manhattan in protest days before the start of the United Nations Climate Summit, with hopes of bringing awareness to climate change and demanding new policies from the government.

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The Moth meets Harlem’s storytelling traditions during Harlem Week

There is something very fitting about The Moth being in Harlem for the most recent Harlem Week.

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October 2019 Dance Calendar

This month is jam-packed, but be sure to include the American Dance Guild (ADG) Festival 2019, “Shaping the Now: Dance in Uncertain Times,”

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Cynthia Erivo strong as Harriet Tubman at the UrbanWorld Film Festival, and Ta-Nehisi Coates and Oprah Winfrey big at the Apollo

If the documented history is to be believed, the odyssey of the African American began in 1619 with the arrival of the privateer The White Lion, which brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia 400 hundred years ago!

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Brooklynites celebrate Dr. Sam Pinn with musical extravaganza

Bass player Stanley Banks and promoter George Johnson are proud to have worked with the Sam Pinn Memorial Celebration, which packed Brooklyn’s Boys & Girls High School Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

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Paul Robeson Day celebrated at Rutgers football game

As part of a yearlong celebration commemorating 100 years since the 1919 graduation of social activist, lawyer and entertainer Paul Robeson, Robeson was honored last weekend at a Rutgers University football game highlighting his athletic career at the school.

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Demand to end illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe intensifies

During the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this week the United States came under fire.

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The fight continues: Eric Garner bill proposed

It’s been over a month since former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s termination from the NYPD over Eric Garner’s 2014 death and just over two months since U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced that Pantaleo and the officers involved would not face federal charges. The quest for justice now shifts to changing policy.

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America to de Blasio: Goodbye, nice to know you

When Bill de Blasio didn’t poll well enough to qualify for the September debates, it was only a matter of time.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go #138

Stepping across lines, be they political or moral, is a daily exercise for Trump, and recently he did both.

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Impeachment inquiry against Trump launched by Speaker Pelosi

“I’m beyond pleased that a strong majority of my Democratic colleagues have joined us in the effort to hold accountable and impeach the most unlawful and unpatriotic man to ever occupy the White House.”

Wednesday, September 25

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Congress Must Act to Address Gun Violence

It seems like every few months, our nation is rocked by another mass shooting. El Paso and Dayton are only the latest of a list of tragedies that stretches from Parkland to Pittsburgh, Charleston to Columbine, San Bernardino to Sandy Hook, and to Las Vegas.

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Teacher fired for a mock slave auction in class gets hired in a mostly black school; she’s assigned to stay home for now

She was fired from a local private school after she'd held a mock slave auction in her classroom last school year.

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Memo: Trump prodded Ukraine to probe Biden

Washington plunged into an impeachment crisis on Wednesday, as House Democrats opened an investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign season dealings with Ukraine.

Tuesday, September 24

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Civil rights legend Claudette Colvin leaving New York

The family of civil rights legend Claudette Colvin announced that she’s leaving New York City and moving back to Alabama.

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Teacher Fired After Writing Note Saying That Black Children Are Devils

A substitute teacher at Bernard Awtrey Middle School in Atlanta has been fired after allegedly writing a note describing Black children as devils and white children as angels.

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Lead tests show 99 percent of Newark water filters effective

Sampling in hundreds of Newark homes exposed to lead in drinking water has found that up to 99 percent of city-issued water filters are working, city and state officials said Monday.

Monday, September 23

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Newark set to unveil new lead testing results

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Phil Murphy and other elected officials are releasing the results of new lead testing at a 1 p.m. press conference on Monday at Newark City Hall.

Sunday, September 22

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Why is Suicide a Growing Problem in the Black Community?

It’s no secret that African Americans – particularly teens – are committing suicide at record levels

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‘When Harlem Saved a King’ premieres at the Apollo Theater

A documentary called "When Harlem Saved a King" looks at a forgotten chapter of Harlem history

Friday, September 20

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Mayor Bill de Blasio drops out of 2020 presidential race

The race is over for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Thursday, September 19

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Eric Garner’s mother takes case to Congress

Eric Garner’s mother, along with Rev. Al Sharpton, took their case to congress Thursday.

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Like Beckham’s watch, the Jets need sometime

In sports, like other major subjects of interest, the back stories sometimes become as important as the game. Over the past few weeks, Odell Beckham’s insistence on wearing an expensive watch during football games became one of those topics.

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The Giants abruptly end the Eli Manning era

Eli Manning is a future Pro Football Hall of Fame player and the greatest QB in the 94-year history of the New York Giants franchise. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion and twice the game’s MVP.

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Skeleton athlete sleighs on

Two years ago, Simidele Adeagbo was a brand marketing manager for Nike Africa. A four-time NCAA All-American in the triple jump at the University of Kentucky, Adeagbo had retired from competitive athletics in 2008.

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Harlem restaurateur dishes great meals here and at the Open

It can be very hard to get the attention of sports media members who are fed everything from corn dogs to prime rib, shrimp and lobster with a variety of sides and assorted desserts, but chef J.J. Johnson was prepared for them, the athletes...

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NFL players try to channel their NBA brethen

Last January, when Anthony Davis and his agent Rich Paul informed the New Orleans Pelicans they wanted the organization to trade the six-time NBA All-Star and three-time All NBA First Team forward, it was a demand that was sure to be met.

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WNBA Playoffs into the semi-finals

Four teams dominated play throughout this WNBA season and now those teams are facing off in the semi-finals.

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The Mets’ what-if season approaches its end

This has been a season of what-ifs for the New York Mets.

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Knicks coach reaches out to those from his community

New York Knicks assistant coach Royal Ivey held his annual Skills Clinic this weekend for boys and girls ages 8 through 13 at the Renaissance School, IS 192 in Queens, New York.

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Bahamian authorities brace for higher death toll

Some of the claims from authorities that the death toll will rise dramatically in the coming days have subsided for now, but Haitian immigrants who live in The Bahamas have formed themselves in to groups to help in the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and to ensure welfare issues are looked after.

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‘Godfather of Harlem’ returns home

The audience at the Apollo Theater was flooded and star-studded on a Monday. The catalyst for the excitement and commotion was the premiere of the new vehicle from Oscar Award winning actor Forest Whitaker entitled “Godfather of Harlem.”

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Zellnor Myrie holds community meeting on 2020 Census

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, State Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie held a community meeting on the upcoming 2020 Census.

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Whitney White: New kind of theater

Director and performer Whitney White is making a name for herself in the world of theater. With shows such as “A Human Being,” “Of a Sort” by Jonathan Payne, “What to Send Up When It Goes Down” by Aleshea Harris, “Canyon” by Jonathan Caren, and several more under her belt, White has greatly contributed to the rise of Black female directors.

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Thanking the Rev. Wendell Foster

At Walker Memorial Baptist Church on Sept. 14, 2019, New Yorkers fondly remembered the Rev. Wendell Foster, who passed away at the age of 95. The Bronx borough’s first Black citywide elected official (he was elected to the City Council in 1977) was known for his Civil Rights Movement politics.

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We can’t fix birth in the United States until we confront our sexism, racism and classism

The United States is the only industrialized country in the world where maternal death rates are rising, a fact that finally seems to be permeating the national consciousness.

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Joan Johnson, a Black hair care pioneer

It’s never too soon to pay homage to a woman who made such a mark on our culture and on our heads.

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Talking SCHOP! Get your food, drink AND art on!

Oh boy, I love what I do and to be able to share it with you on a weekly basis is a boon! Yes, I am often invited to come taste some food and drink and talk shop with various food makers, chefs and business owners, but on this occasion, I was invited to also paint.

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Reflecting on 9/11

Last week was the 18th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the entire United States.

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Big changes needed at the CIA to advance Trump’s smart strategy

After decades of American predictability, President Trump’s unexpected decision to cancel a secret Camp David meeting with the Taliban is the latest example of the effectiveness and strength of the strategy of the Trump negotiation team.

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U.S. military paying Trump’s companies for business around the world

The House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into whether President Trump has personally enriched his family, and his company. Many in the country are extremely angry about these incidents, but the reason most candidates run for office on any level is to improve their financial status.

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New York City’s education system is racist and unresponsive to Black/Brown students

Let’s call it what it is. New York City’s education system is racist and until there is an unapologetic dismantling of its system which breeds racial inequity and disparities to maintain the status quo, New York City public schools will remain an unresponsive system for Black and Brown students.

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Skip the greeting card—no presents needed: Labor Day, a holiday like no other whose importance lasts beyond a single day

It’s not so easy to find a holiday that crosses all religious, racial, ethnic and gender lines. Your political party, favorite color and years of education matter little too.

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UAW workers strike from General Motors

The largest labor strike in over a decade began on Monday, Sept. 16. It involves America’s biggest carmaker.

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Jersey City library renamed after first Black library director

The Jersey City Free Public Library’s main branch now bears the name of its first African American director, Priscilla Gardner, whose career goes back 50 years.

MXCC freedom fighter tribute blazes Black August hot!

The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee’s Annual Freedom Fighter Dinner Tribute blazed in a powerful Black August afternoon at the Langston Hughes Community Library Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.

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Trump’s tax returns targeted again

Yet another phase of getting Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns was recently disclosed, this one a subpoena issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

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Benefit concert featuring Najee supports addiction prevention and recovery

The PILLARS recovery center is partnering with GUIDEPOSTS to host their first annual fundraiser in the fight against substance misuse on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Symphony Space in Manhattan.

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NY Giants Michael Thomas kicks off school year with free backpacks and supplies in the Bronx

Earlier this week, Giants safety Michael Thomas, UnitedHealthcare, United Way of NYC and Dreambuilders donated nearly 500 backpacks full of classroom essentials to students at PS 49, The Willis Avenue School in the Bronx.

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Community celebrates ninth annual Staten Island Black Heritage Parade/Family Day

The Ninth annual Staten Island Black Heritage Parade/ Family Day took place last Saturday in Stapleton.

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Affluent society blamed for massive loss of Kenyan forest

Since independence, natural resources in Kenya have been on a fast track to extinction. Today, nearly half of all its forests are gone, resulting in more droughts, floods and other dire consequences for communities, ecosystems, food security and infrastructure.

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Council Member Daneek Miller and electeds host community meeting for seniors

Councilman Daneek Miller hosted the event with Assemblywoman Vivian Cook. Senator Leroy Comrie and Councilman Donovan Richards were in attendance as well. Selected speakers spoke in a panel format on issues ranging from estate planning and guardianship, real estate, geriatric care, cybersecurity and identity theft, funeral pre-planning, and finances.

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Secret Swimming Spots in the Caribbean

When you’re in on a secret you feel special. While there are places in the Caribbean that are on everyone’s must-see list, better still is the insider’s list for those in “the know.”

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‘Hustlers’—a reason to go the movies!

The world places its proverbial foot on the necks of the woman—around the world—so it’s no surprise that women use their sexuality as a weapon, and it’s a powerful one.

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2019—a great year for Dionne Warwick

The Wendy Williams Show kicked off its 11th season on Sept. 16 with some good news.

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Three titans of tenor sax at the John Coltrane Jazz Festival in Harlem

Bill Saxton, Alvin Wink Flythe and Todd Herbert explore the intricacies of the music of John Coltrane on stage Saturday Sept. 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, located at 52 West 116th Street between 5th Avenue and Lenox Avenue.

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Akiko, Betty Carter, Sista’s, Theo Croker

As the summer sun transforms to autumn leaves, Jazzmobile at Minton’s Playhouse (206 West 118th Street) continues on Sept. 19

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Interactive adventures await your young explorers at ‘Pip’s Island’

There is a hidden treasure for the family on the corner of 42nd Street and 9th Avenue. Well, maybe not truly hidden since from half a block away you can see the name on the building: “Pip’s Island.” Well let me tell you, if you have children ages 4-10 it is something to visit, experience and enjoy.

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‘American Moor’—an affirmation of classical talent

Keith Hamilton Cobb has created and stars in a brilliant, thought provoking play called “American Moor” playing at the Cherry Lane Theatre at 38 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village.

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Spring/Summer Fashion Week reviews

What a fabulous affair! ESSENCE Fashion House made its New York Fashion Week (NYFW) debut and premiered the ESSENCE Best in Black Fashion Awards on Sept. 4 at 523 West 37th St., NYC.

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Understated styles for spring/summer 2020

For Noon by Noor’s spring 2020 NYFW collection, designers were inspired by the l Bahraini pearl and its surroundings.

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Choreographer Donald Byrd receives 2019 Doris Duke Artist Award

Donald Byrd, choreographer, theater artist, artistic director of the New York-based Donald Byrd/The Group from 1978-2002, and creator of memorable works including the highly celebrated “The Harlem Nutcracker,” is one of six recipients of the 2019 Doris Duke Artist Awards.

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Nia Hampton creates unprecedented space for Black femme filmmakers

Filmmaker, Black feminist, author and organizer Nia Hampton is a young Black woman on the rise.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation at the Apollo, Sept. 23

“The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine.”―Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me”

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57th New York Film Fest, Sept. 27-Oct. 13

There are only four more months left in the year, can you believe it? But don’t fret because the month of September brings the best in film from around the world at the annual 57th New York Film Festival (Sept. 27 – Oct. 13) presented by Film at Lincoln Center.

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Camille A. Brown choreographs Met Opera’s ‘Porgy & Bess’

Standing in front of a large studio filled with some 90 singers and dancers, is a young, diminutive Black woman whose profile is reminiscent of a regal African sculpture thanks to a head wrap that forms a bun atop her head...

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MTA proposed capital plan aims to improve public transit systemwide

The MTA announced this week it is proposing $51.5 billion for its capital plan over the next five years for improvements to subways, buses and railroads.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #137

There is nothing in the Obama matrix that doesn’t infuriate Trump. Among his most recent missiles at the Obamas—and this time he assails the couple—is their Higher Ground Production Company that launched the first in a series of documentaries and other projects on Netflix.

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New Yorkers attend funeral of Zimbabwe former president Robert Mugabe saying ‘The struggle continues’

Members of the Brooklyn-based December 12th Movement have just returned this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, from Zimbabwe where they attended the funeral of the recently late former premier.

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BETS OFF, BETS ON?: National Urban League and resort operator want to bring casinos downstate

A potential economic and employment boon for Black New Yorkers might be through casinos. However, the governor has told everyone to “pump the brakes.”

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority raises $1 million in one day in support of HBCUs

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated raises $1 million in 24 hours for a second consecutive year during HBCU Impact Day on Monday.

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URBAN AGENDA: While Trump Panders to HBCUs, New York Acts to Protect Student Borrowers

President Donald Trump went to the annual convention of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in Houston last week to evoke America First, the nationalist sentiment that won him overwhelming support among white conservatives.

Wednesday, September 18

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Referee suspended for making Black wrestler cut locks

The white referee who forced a Black high school wrestler to cut his locks in order to participate in a match in New Jersey has been suspended for two years following a civil rights investigation.

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Frustrated NYCHA tenants storm management offices across from City Hall demanding repairs

Dozens of NYCHA tenant residents, members of a group called Community Voices Heard say they are sick of feeling ignored, so they stormed management offices Tuesday mornings.

Tuesday, September 17

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MTA releases $51.5 billion plan for improvements

Transit riders have a wish list of improvements and the MTA issued its own official plan on Monday.

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Why Athletes and Entertainers Like Jay-Z Can’t Solve Our Problems

The big controversy about Jay Z and the NFL is a perfect example of why we can’t rely on our athletes and entertainers to solve the major problems in our community.

Monday, September 16

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Flying While Black: Stop the U.S. Congress from Raising Air Travel Taxes

On Capitol Hill, some lawmakers are championing what is essentially a regressive tax on airline passengers that would raise the cost of flying – painfully, on working families.

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PHOTOS: Highlights from the 50th African American Day Parade

Thousands lined Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem on Sunday for the 50th Annual African American Day Parade on Sunday.

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School district forces 4-year-old Black boy to braid his hair or cut it off

Four-year-old Michael Trimble, known to his friends and family as “Tink,” arrived at his new school with his grandmother in rural Texas last month to meet his teacher. It was a few days before Head Start was supposed to begin, and Tink was excited that he would finally get to go to a big kids’ school.

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New claims against Kavanaugh detonate in heat of 2020 election

President Donald Trump and Democratic White House hopefuls have plunged into a new battle over Justice Brett Kavanaugh because they have strong incentives to put the Supreme Court at the epicenter of the election.

Friday, September 13

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US civil rights advocate Juanita Abernathy dies at 88

Juanita Abernathy, who wrote the business plan for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and took other influential steps in helping to build the American civil rights movement, died Thursda

Thursday, September 12

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10 things to know about the African American Day Parade

Organizers are gearing up for the 50th Annual African-American Day Parade set for Sunday, Sept. 15 in Harlem. Before you head to the festivities, here are some things you need to know.

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Yusuf Hasan: The man behind the African American Day Parade

Yusuf Hasan is the chairman of the African American Day Parade.

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Mumia has successful cataract surgery

Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal recently had surgery.

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It’s only Game 1, but the Jets have some things to clean up for Game 2

It’s only been one game and the overall expectations for this new season have been modest, both unassuming and unpresuming.

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The Giants’ penetrable defense picks up where they left off

Last season, the Giants’ defense gave up leads in five of the team’s final seven games, a primary reason for their 5-11 record, the worst in the NFC East division.

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Serena falls short of capturing her 24th major at the US Open

Serena Williams’ quest for her 24th major singles title and a tie with Margaret Court for the most of all-time in women’s tennis wasn’t to be at the 2019 U.S Open.

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Nadal wins another Open - This is how it all went down

If Rafael Nadal and or tennis fans thought that his US Open semi-finals match against 24-seed Matteo Berrettinni on Friday night would have been harder, more competive, we were all mistaken.

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Liberty finish the season with a win

Another rough New York Liberty season came to an end on Sunday with a win over the Atlanta Dream, the only WNBA team with a worse record than the Liberty.

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Monroe College soccer kicks off the season in winning fashion

It’s business as usual for the Monroe College Mustangs.

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Mets keep fighting as playoff hopes fade

The Mets have given their fans a reason to remain interested in this season.

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Sports radio talk show host Tony Paige decides to retire

Unless something changes, sports radio talk show host Tony Paige will retire this week after 16 years of broadcasting late nights on WFAN, 66 on the AM dial, 101.9 FM.

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Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, passes

Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, passed away Sept. 6 at the age of 95.

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Sign a living will, while living well

Today, I would like to introduce you to the Homebody family. Mr and Mrs. Homebody enjoyed the company of two lovely children named affectionately, Brother and Sister.

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U.S-based journalist detained and jailed in Nigeria

This year New York tri-state area journalist and educator Omoyele Sowore ran for president in Nigeria. He now sits in a Lagos jail.

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Hampton University opens doors to Bahamian college students displaced by Dorian

Hampton University entered into an agreement with the University of the Bahamas-North (UB-North) to allow students who have been displaced by Hurricane Dorian to continue their education on the historically-Black university’s campus.

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Pumpsie Green, first Black on the Boston Red Sox

There must have been a moment in July 1962 when catcher Elston Howard of the New York Yankees was at home plate with the batter Pumpsie Green of the Boston Red Sox.

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Community Calendar: Sept. 12 - Sept. 18

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

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Talking SCHOP! The Little Cabin that could…

Well, good end of summer to all. I hope the time away from the city and/or your normal routine fed your soul and spirit. Bring on fall.

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Eight places to catch your dinner and eat it too

When you make something with your hands there’s a special something, a pride that comes from being a creator.

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Kevin Hart on road to recovery

On Sept. 7 in Hartley Park, Main Street Boxing NY held its 10th annual Westchester County Boxing Championships, co-sponsored by the Mount Vernon, N.Y. Recreation Department. Said Mayor Andre Wallace, “As mayor of Mount Vernon I’ve always realized that Mount Vernon has a rich history in sports.

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Jlco & Joy of Jazz, Howard Johnson Concert

From September 12-14, “The South African Songbook: Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy” proudly continues at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (60th Street and Broadway) with special South African guest pianists; the established composer Hilton Schilder and the young gun Bakari Dyer.

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Circle of Sisters

Scenes from the Circle of Sisters Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, hosted by 107.5 WBLS, celebrating and inspiring Black women.

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Loc love at LocFest NYC

The first annual Locfest NYC, which celebrates loc’d hair culture, fashion and history, took place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn.

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Global Fashion Collective’s elegant looks for SS ’20

Whimsical color palettes, artistic fabric manipulations and ethereal elegance led the way for the first show from Global Fashion Collective. They featured three young designers including Glaze Kohl, Xunero and Jessica Chang Studio. Their colors, prints and fabrics were soft, pretty and elegant.

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Four emerging Chinese designers opened NYFW

It’s New York Fashion Week and fashion designers are on the hoof! Yesterday, Sept. 4, 2019, ICY presented four emerging Chinese designers with outstanding spring/summer 2020 women’s and men’s fashion collections at NYFW.

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‘Betrayal’ is interesting on Broadway!

The complexity of human relationships is the focus in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on W. 45th Street.

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‘Top Boy’ returns after six years

The cult television show, which has been called “Britain’s answer to ‘The Wire’, was canceled six years ago despite critical acclaim of its real and gritty depiction of street culture in London.

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TCM’s ‘Silent Sundays’ returns with new host

Thanks to filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux and Noble Johnson, University of Chicago Cinema and Media Studies professor Jacqueline Stewart says, there was a Black presence in the U.S. film industry from its very beginnings

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Urbanworld Film Fest returns Sept. 18-22

The definition of urban, an adjective, reflects a characteristic of a town or city, “the urban population” according to a Google search. In this spirit—I assume—The Urbanworld Film Festival was so named.

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Amid the devastation in Abaco, Bahamas, the conversation turns to ‘Illegal Immigration’

It’s hard for many to imagine that illegal immigration is also a problem for some Caribbean nations, including the hurricane devastated northwestern Bahamas.

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Bahamas’ neighbors pitch in to help

International aid organizations and authorities in The Bahamas are stepping up the evacuation of people from Grand Bahama and Abaco, which were flattened by a slow-moving Hurricane Dorian in the past week, as authorities prepared islanders for a steep rise in the death toll as searches of the rubble continued.

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Thank you to all the teachers

Millions of children are back in school and the school year has officially begun.

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What we can learn from storms

As Tropic storm Dorian tore through the Bahamas this week, wreaking havoc and causing loss of human life and destruction of property in the billions of dollars, many of us sat transfixed before the spectacle unfolding on our television screen, wondering how nature could have dealt our beloved neighbor such a cruel hand. But the reality is that we should not have been surprised.

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New York’s repeal of the religious exemption to vaccines: what it means for African American families

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Reverend Sharpton’s National Action Network will host the Harlem Vaccine Forum at its 106 West 145th St. headquarters at noon.

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Mental health crisis and police officers, counseling and cops?

Recent incidents of suicides within the NYPD has many people asking, “What is going on? Why are these happening? What can we do about it? What should we do about it? How do we protect our protectors?”

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NY wants ‘gig worker rights’ to travel east

California’s state government’s slated to pass a bill that would make workers of app-based companies like Uber and Lyft full employees of said companies.

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Candis Tolliver named 32BJ’s new political director

Candis Tolliver has spent the past two years with 32BJ SEIU as a senior political director. For her work, the union is promoting her.

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Circle of Sisters great day of unity, entertainment & sisterhood

The 2019 Annual Circle of Sisters EXPO came to a grand closing with nearly 30,000 in attendance at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, Saturday, September 7, 2019.

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Celebrating our beloved grandparents

Forty years ago President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day each year as National Grandparents Day.

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The 22 Points Team Youth Program donates to the Harlem community

The 22 Points Team Youth Program held their 11th annual back-to-school giveaway at the Harret Tubman P.S. 154 in West Harlem on Saturday, Sept. 7.

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Donations pour in to help those impacted by Newark water crisis

More than $300,000 has been raised to date for an online fund opened in partnership with the United Way of Essex West Hudson to address community needs during Newark’s water problems.

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Trump’s map flap creates a political imbroglio

Trump’s map flap, his tweet that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama “harder than anticipated,” has left in its wake a political imbroglio at the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.

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Bronx AKAs hosting HBCU fundraiser

The Eta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is hosting a “School Daze Party” to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Saturday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Code Red Restaurant & Lounge located at 1320 East Gunhill Rd.

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Friends of Public Schools Harlem distributes thousands of backpacks and school supplies to children

Following two weeks of backpack and school supply giveaway events at NYCHA houses, street fairs and police precincts throughout Harlem, Friends of Public Schools Harlem with a special grant from the Migdol Family Foundation gave its 4,000th supply-filled backpack at an event at Drew Hamilton Houses.

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NAKO hosting education forum in Brooklyn

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival will host its community education forum on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m at the Multipurpose Room of Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. in Brookly

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Suicide and cops: Are there police with mental health issues on the patrol?

On Labor Day a 48-year-old retired NYPD officer was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a transit parking lot on Arthur Kill Road on Staten Island.

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From Libya to Rwanda, refugees call new outpost plan 'flawed'

European nations are building a wall—a sea wall—to keep African migrants from reaching their shores.

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Nkrumah stressed need for economic freedom

A wave of violence against foreign nationals has been sweeping over Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #136

The quiz this week, dear students, is how many former members of the Trump administration have either been fired, resigned, or a little bit of both?

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Big Apple spirit reaching out to victims in the island nation after deadly hurricane devastation

Devastating images of the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian show what appears to be an apocalypse that has hit the Bahamas.

Tuesday, September 10

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Student gets 14 years for fatal stabbing

Abel Sedeno, the Bronx man who fatally stabbed his 15-year-old classmate and injured a 16-year-old student inside a classroom at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in 2017, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

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Syracuse University welcomes Exonerated 5 member to campus

Through the eyes of a 14-year-old with a love of basketball and the trumpet in 1989, Syracuse University had everything Kevin Richardson would ever want in a college.

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Man charged with hate crime after biting Black woman during road rage

Jeffrey Calhoun, a 62-year old white man, is facing several charges of hate crime after he allegedly harassed Jeanneie Muhammad, a Black woman, during a recent road rage dispute.

Monday, September 9

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Workshop in Business Opportunities launches 54th year of workshops

Beginning the week of September 16th in New York, Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) will launch their 54th year of workshops teaching new and existing entrepreneurs how to build profitable, successful businesses in 5 New York City locations.

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NAREB Urges Black Americans Not to Defer Their Dream of Homeownership

According to the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) wealth building usually begins with that first investment in owning your own home. Whether you purchase a first-time “starter” home or inherit a property or residence.

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Despite U.S. Open Loss, Serena Williams is still the Greatest of All Time

Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title.

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12-year-old boy seriously injured when shot in neck in Yonkers: police

A 12-year-old boy is undergoing surgery Sunday morning after being found shot in the neck early Sunday in Yonkers, police said.

Saturday, September 7

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Black unemployment rate in U.S. falls to a record low, data says

Black unemployment fell to a record low in August, helped by a jump in the number of Black women on the job.

Friday, September 6

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Robert Mugabe, longtime Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95

Robert Mugabe, the former leader of Zimbabwe forced to resign in 2017 after a 37-year rule whose early promise was eroded by economic turmoil, disputed elections and human rights violations, has died. He was 95.

Thursday, September 5

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Serena moves a step closer to another Open title

Serena Williams is heading to the U.S. Open semifinals. It took her only 44 minutes to defeat 27-year-old Wang Qiang of China, 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

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Stephens readies for World Championships

Sprinter Maya Stephens graduated from St. John’s University in 2018 after four stellar years representing the university on the track field.

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Liberty drop two home games

Already eliminated from post-season, the New York Liberty are playing for pride the final games of the season.

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Will Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs emerge as Super Bowl LIV champions?

Patrick Mahomes could only watch and hope. He had already engineered what would go down as one of the most dramatic scoring drives in Kansas City Chiefs history, leading his offense on a five-play

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Giants open their season against the Super Bowl hopeful Cowboys

The Giants’ final game of the 2018-19 NFL season set the stage for their 2019-20 season opener this Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Frenchmen Gael Monfils advances in the Open as several top seeds don't

Novak Djokovic, the US Open's defending champion was forced to retire from his Open match on Monday night.

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Time is running out on the Mets’ wild-card prospects

If your are a Mets fan, use any adjective or a bunch of adjectives, expletives included for emphasis is understandable, to vent your exasperation, make that controlled anger, for Tuesday night’s 11-10 loss to the Washington Nationals Inexcusable

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Gase’s Jets: It’s way too early for guestimations

The New York Jets 2019-2020 season officially begins Sunday, a home game against the Buffalo Bills, a Division game for both.

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A great day for the East New York community

Celebrating the fading of a glorious summer, and the beginning of a promising school year East New Yorkers came together in Unity Plaza for a Saturday of fun, music, food, giveaways, free school supplies and community good vibing.

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Journalist Joy Reid talks power, identity in the age of Trump

Journalist Joy Reid Reid firmly believes the United States, if it acts quickly, already has the tools with which to repair the damage wrought by Donald Trump.

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Black girls just keep rocking

The 2019 ‘Black Girls Rock’ had me in a real Shalamar’ish mood. Any time we get to honor and respect the achievements of past, present and future excellence is a moment to cherish, but the annual production of Beverly Bonds’ vision always has a way to perfectly frame it.

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Jahrid Barker’s graphic details

In the next decade, Jahrid Baker hopes to be a well-known graphic designer.

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Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance hosts back-to-school party

On Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, The Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) hosted a back-to-school party.

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The heart of the problem can be pain pills

Most folks will find their way to a doctor's office or an emergency room when...

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Henrietta Wood, won the first reparations lawsuit

When it comes to reparations and its history, I have often cited its origins to Callie House, Rev. Isaiah Dickerson and their National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association, which they established in 1894.

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‘Free Meek’ takes intimate look at rapper and team who fought ‘Filthadelphia’ and won

Rapper Meek Mill’s (née Robert Rihmeek Williams) Aunt Beverly was caught off guard one day when her niece rushed into her Philadelphia apartment excitedly reporting that Meek, then a teenaged aspiring rapper, was downstairs “spitting.”

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Dance Calendar September 2019

This month is filled with a good deal of dance to help close out the summer days.

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Jerry Johnson’s Ancestral Wall: ‘Recognizing those who recognized us’

Jerry Johnson is from California. He lives in Ghana. He works in New Ningo. He founded the Ancestral Wall.

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Caribbean countries ram up oil exploration

Some Caribbean Community countries are rushing to ramp up oil and gas exploration, motivated by the runaway success Guyana has had since first discovering commercial quantities back in mid 2015.

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We must protect the environment

I almost cannot wrap my mind around the photos of the burning Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Often referred to as the earth’s lungs, the destruction of the Amazon’s flora, fauna, animals, and overall ecosystem should frighten all of us and encourage the entire global community to act.

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The tragedy of Scott Hapgood

When UBS banker and father of three Scott Hapgood was arrested and charged with manslaughter in Anguilla, I was one of the first and most vocal observers to sound an alarm.

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Will toxic lead water be the norm in America’s poor cities?

Officials will admit there is a lead crisis in the drinking water in certain parts of the city in Newark, New Jersey.

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Xenophobia has no place in South Africa

Africa, as the earliest cradle of human civilization, fought tooth and nail to defeat the scourge of apartheid in South Africa. With that defeat emerged the leadership of one of the noblest leaders of our generation, Nelson Mandela.

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Trump to loot the Pentagon

The promise, or should we say threat that Trump made months ago about declaring a national emergency to divest funds from the Pentagon to build a wall along the southern border appears to be closer to a reality.

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NYUL hosts Black college fair

The New York Urban League is hosting its Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Celebrate National Grandparents Day, Sept. 8

Perhaps if you’re a New Yorker who gets around town, you’ve encountered the ubiquitous Doris Williams, pushing her cart and dispensing fliers promoting National Grandparents Day, which falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day, and Sept. 8 this year.

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WBLS’ Circle of Sisters Returns to NYC

The 2019 Circle of Sisters Expo is taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center Saturday, Sept. 7. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the day concludes at 10 p.m.

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Rikers Island closure approved by City Planning Commission

In a 9-3 vote, the City Planning Commission moved forward with plans to close Rikers Island and replace it with smaller jails across the city.

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7.3 million reasons second chances are so important to Americans with a criminal background

The next time you grab coffee or walk down the street, look to your left—and to your right

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JUUL continues strategy to combat underage use

JUUL Labs announced it’s implementing a series of new measures in the United States that build upon our existing efforts to combat the issue of youth access, appeal and use of vapor products.

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Violence rains down on Nigerian and other African businesses in Johannesburg

Just as state-sponsored violence threatens Latinos in the U.S., xenophobia is again threatening Nigerians and other Africans whose shops in Johannesburg  are being targeted for looting and destruction by unknown groups.

Commemorating a 400 year journey

It was a commemoration worthy of the ancestors.T his past weekend was filled with nourishment for the spirit and the mind. “Welcome to these shores,” Chief G. Anne Richardson, leader of the Rappahannock Tribe, told the audience of over five thousand.

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Community Calendar September 5 - September 11

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

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Talking SCHOP! Bronx Little Italy, Part III

If you have been following along this Bronx Little Italy food journey, thank you.

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Getaways for a fantastic fall

There’s something about fall that’s fantastic.

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Kevin Hart on the mend after fender-bender

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news!

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Harlem series, Coltrane, South Africa Jalc, Celia Cruz

The Harlem Jazz Boxx, presenting the most adventurous jazz series in Harlem, continues with its Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24 lineup featuring Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs Big Band.

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Afrofuturism featured at Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, Sept. 7-8

From Sept. 7-8, the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will return to the Brooklyn Expo Center for its sixth straight year.

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“Moulin Rouge” is a B’way phenomenon

“Moulin Rouge” is a wildly fabulous, sexy, seductive, funny love story! “Moulin Rouge” is an attitude, a way of life! Before the show officially starts the audience is submerged into this very imaginative.

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Get ready to be scared: Brooklyn Horror Film Fest returns Oct. 17-24

Boo! Mark your calendars for a scary October. The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival returns to bring the best and most provocative horror cinema to local screens across Brooklyn from Oct. 17–24!

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Unions denounce new labor secretary nominee Eugene Scalia

President Donald Trump found another nominee for labor secretary that’s angered unions and labor activists.

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Unions reflect on Labor Day, continue to mobilize

Labor unions celebrated Labor Day this week, but kept one eye toward the future of worker solidarity during conservative rollbacks of their gains.

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Albany expunges and decriminalizes weed

Many New York residents breathed a sigh of relief at the end of August.

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PHOTOS: West Indian Day Parade 2019

Millions of people came out to this year's West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go #135

On several occasions we have referred to Trump as the mischief-commanding-officer, but we were advised to call him the commander-in-thief, and that title is given fresh currency with his move now to loot the Pentagon—that is, divest funds from scheduled military projects—to build a wall along the nation’s southern border.

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VACCINE LIMBO: 26,000 children won’t be going back to class on the first day of NYS public schools

Some 26,000 children won’t be going back to class on the first day of New York State public schools because their parents chose not to vaccinate them.

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URBAN AGENDA: Summer may be over, but it’s never too late to invest in our youth

This fall, more young New Yorkers are heading back to school with valuable work experience under their belts, and much needed earnings in their pockets, thanks to recent significant expansion and improvements to the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

Wednesday, September 4

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Oprah Winfrey launching wellness arena tour in early 2020

Oprah Winfrey is taking her motivational spirit on the road early next year with an arena tour to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Tuesday, September 3

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NYC’s West Indian parade brings cultural pride to rainy day

Steel bands and revelers sporting elaborate feathered costumes, Caribbean flags and some rain ponchos marched and danced Monday in a West Indian American Day Parade dampened by weather and awash in cultural pride.

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Breaking Barriers in Ballet: Misty Copeland Set to Receive Trailblazer Award

Misty Copeland had the world of ballet standing still, when she made history as the first Black female principal dancer to the prestigious American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 2015, just months after becoming the first Black woman to perform the lead role of “Odette” in ABT’s coveted “Black Swan” in the winter of 2014.

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National Congress of Black Women to Honor Shirley Chisholm at Annual Brunch

On Sunday, September 15, the National Congress of Black Women will celebrate its 35th annual brunch in the Thurgood Marshall Room of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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Education in the Segregated South: A Determined African American Culture

During segregation, Black schools in the South focused on building an environment of success for community children.

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Officials say school water is safe in Newark as students head back to class

As public school students head back to class for the fall in Newark, concerns over the lead in residential homes due to old pipes has spilled over to the school system.

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Black man serving life sentence for stealing $50 released

Alvin Kennard, a Black man from Alabama who has been in prison for 36 years serving a life sentence without parole for stealing $50.75 from a bakery, is set to be released from prison after being resentenced to time served.