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Thursdays, Seleno celebrates, Poncho Burns, Newport at 60

Jazz Notes

In the midst of this Harlem gentrification, more venues are opening their doors to live jazz. Every Thursday, the Lenox Saphire (341 Lenox Avenue at 127th Street) brightens with The Phil Young Experience and Friends.

Stringer takes NYCHA to task in new audit

Because of alleged shady bookkeeping and a lazy attitude toward oversight, the New York City Housing Authority did not live up to its promise to help its own. Section 3 of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Act mandates that NYCHA set aside a certain percentage of jobs for public housing residents and low-income New Yorkers when the cost of a project exceeds $100,000. According to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYCHA did not hold up its end of the bargain.

City to pay family $2.75 million for Rikers Island inmate

New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit that was filed by the family of a Rikers Island inmate who was allegedly beaten to death in December 2012 by corrections officers.

Op-ed on Israel

As rockets continue to rain down on Israeli communities and Israeli troops act to quell the onslaught, I will be boarding a plane bound for the Jewish state to see with my own eyes exactly what is taking place. During my time in Israel, I will be reporting on the ground and conducting a series of in-depth interviews on the latest state of affairs.

Thin line between cops and Crips

The other day, I believe it was July 17, while driving through Staten Island, I saw a gang of goons, all clad in blue, threateningly surrounding a fearful fellow who appeared to be fumbling a stuttering explanation to his menacing interrogators. They were all wearing baggy, blue khakis that were sagging downward. They must be Crips, I thought. Rumor has it that they are thugs and hoodlums, killers even. I felt somewhat discomforted.

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City Council passes “Avonte’s Law”

The New York City Council unanimously passed “Avonte’s Law” last Thursday, which calls on the Department of Education and the New York Police Department to evaluate the need for alarms and install audible alarms on doors of public school buildings that house special needs programs.

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Creating Agents of Change: The Power of You Teens

Black New Yorker

Bullying, sexual abuse, eating disorders and teen pregnancy—these are just a few of the challenges the CEO and founder of the Power of You Teens, Felicia Gibson Jaycox, wants to help our young girls combat. Created to empower and inspire teens, the organization acts as a support system for its youth, providing networking opportunities and other tools necessary for success.

Affordable Housing Seminars To Be Held In Brooklyn

Community Board No. 2 in Brooklyn is hosting five free seminars on financial empowerment that will be held over the next year by housing advocates so area residents have the credit history they need to qualify for housing lotteries, as well as in-depth orientations on the application process.

Harlem's Philip's Senior House Remains Affordable

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the preservation of Philip’s Senior House, a 14-story Mitchell Lama building with 200 units in central Harlem. As part of its rehabilitation and modernization, Philip’s Senior House will also remain affordable for low- and moderate-income seniors for 40 years.

Air Conditioners Donated To NYCHA Program

Air conditioning manufacturer Friedrich will donate 150 units to cool 38 Cornerstone programs at NYCHA sites. The gift benefits community centers where youth participate in summer enrichment programs. The donation goes to the Department of Youth and Community Development in NYCHA, which has extended evening hours in community centers citywide.

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! The tristate community joins with WBAI in mourning the passing of criminal justice and ex-offender advocate Eddie Ellis, host and executive producer of “On the Count,“ which was heard over WBAI. Ellis protected the rights of the incarcerated and served many former inmates and their families with a dedication that will be forever remembered.

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Talking SCHOP! Sizzling feet on Lenox

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Those grooves on the sidewalk on Lenox Avenue between 127th Street and 118th Street are real. Last Tuesday, loyal and patient Harlemites and patrons made their way up and down the avenue for the second annual Lenox Sizzles restaurant crawl.

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Santa Monica: Beauty and the beach

Last time around we had just barely scratched the surface of Santa Monica, Calif., a unique, beachside community known around the world.

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1199SEIU launches new health care program with Montefiore

Last week, 1199SEIU announced the launch of a program that will coordinate care for close to 15,000 union members and their families, who already receive much of their care from Montefiore-affiliated programs.

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Met Opera workers fight for a fair contract to stay out of poverty

Fast-food workers aren’t the only ones fighting for a fair wage. Last Thursday evening, hundreds of Met Opera workers and community members held a rally to protest a contract proposal they claim would set them on the path to poverty.

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Kenny Leon Still Shining

It’s puzzling how audiences have not been able to definitively quantify what makes someone the “best” in hip-hop. On my side of the ledger, it starts and ends with the word.

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Harlem Revive! A Community Day of Unity

Hundreds of Harlemites poured into the Bradhurst neighborhood’s Jackie Robinson Park Amphitheater Saturday, July 19 to participate in “Harlem Revive!: A Community Day of Unity.”

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Metro-Manhattan Links partner with Metropolitan Museum of Art

Last week, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School and co-sponsor the Metro-Manhattan Links partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to host a day of “Understanding Cultures Through Art” for 57 of the school’s student-scholars and chaperons.

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The Bartendaz stress ‘movement is medicine’

The sixth annual Day of Movement, hosted by Giant and his Bartendaz, brought out the masses July 26 in the park at 139th and Lennox to witness and partake in their noted innovative exercise and fitness techniques, using urban playground equipment and street furniture.

The Cosmopolitan Review

Among the things I love about journalism is that you get to tell both sides of the story. You may recall in last week’s column, I wrote of ancient Mesopotamia, which was once known as the cradle of civilization. It is a region of the Middle East, which can best be located by today’s geographical description as ISIS territory.

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