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Protesters enraged over the choking of Eric Garner by NY Police Officers

Most of the controversy stems not only from whether the officers used excessive force but also because that particular "choke" tactic by the police has been outlawed for some time. Islanders have evoked dismay over rhetoric of change without any actual change.

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Black man choked to death by cops

With images of Marlene Pinnock, a black woman brutally beaten by a California Patrol office on July 1 still fresh on the nation’s mind, another more fatal scene was captured on video yesterday from Staten Island.

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Jazzmobile at 50, Locke at Dizzy’s, Bronx Music, Tolliver at Cell

New York City jazz fans know it’s summer when they notice the birds flapping their wings over Harlem, grooving to the Summerfest Jazzmobile running full steam from July to August.

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Community still shaken after P.J.’s murder

The East New York community was unimpressed when, stoned faced and dressed in an orange Correction Department jumpsuit, Daniel St. Hubert pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the stabbing death of one child and the severe wounding of another child during an appearance in a Brooklyn courtroom.

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Developer ‘SLAPPS’ tenants down

On July 2, in a courtroom in lower Manhattan, a frivolous lawsuit came before a judge. The lawsuit, if allowed to go forward, could have a chilling, detrimental effect on all Americans’ rights to address and communicate with their elected officials.

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FCC doublespeak: Saying one thing and doing another

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 specifies that the Federal Communications Commission “shall” review its broadcast ownership rules every four years, “determine if” those rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition and “repeal or modify” any regulation determined to no longer be in the public interest.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! With our GBE “Black Media Month” as the backdrop, we note preparations for the upcoming United States-African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., in August.

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African Burial Ground in East Harlem to be memorialized

Religion & Spiritualality

Originally scheduled for renovation throughout 2015 to 2019, the MTA’s bus depot at 2460 Second Ave. (between 126th and 127th streets) will instead shut down permanently Jan. 5, 2015 to make way for an African Burial Ground memorial.

Ameenah Rasul, leader of women in the Nation of Islam, dies at 90

The sight of large numbers of white-uniformed Nation of Islam women streaming into Lagree Baptist Church on West 125th Street in Harlem set off rumors of Minister Louis Farrakhan making an unannounced speaking engagement to the possible passing of an important Muslim.

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Talking SCHOP! Hot time, farmers markets in the city

One of the best ways for me to savor summer is to visit one of my local, weekly farmers markets.

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Music Brings Life says, ‘Heroes donate blood’

The president and founder of Music Brings Life, Kenaan Bristol a.k.a. “Special,” doubled as hype man outside the Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday, July 2. Storming the stage with backup dancers in tow, he “wound up” his waist in support of blood awareness.

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Taking a ‘JUCY’ road trip!

Summer is well on its way, and if you haven’t already planned a road trip escape, I have something for you to consider: gettin’ JUCY!

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Tipped workers fight for higher wages

Last week, a new coalition of food delivery workers, low-wage tipped workers and women’s rights leaders across New York called for an end to subminimum wages for tipped workers.

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Finally, public housing gets the attention it deserves

For too long, the New York City Housing Authority was treated like the neglected child of New York City. It was almost as though 400,000 residents and 10,000 workers were invisible.

The beautiful philosophy of Natalie Stewart

"For a minute there, it was hard for anyone not to get caught up in the World Cup. The subject even permeated a discussion I had recently with an innovative young lady."

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Brooklyn’s Kalahari Gallery presents South African artist Vumelani Sibeko

Embarking on a courageous journey to the United States, Vumelani Sibeko has spent his first two months living on the streets of New York City as part of his latest performance piece titled “Get On the Bridge.”

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New York County Democratic Committee holds second annual Demmy Awards

This week, the New York County Democratic Committee held its second annual Demmy Awards. New York County Leader Keith L.T. Wright hosted.

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Getting a jump on razor bumps

House Calls

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. There was no sign or reason as to why he left. Needing a cut very badly, I visited another shop in the area. When I entered, there were six barbers and a load of heads waiting to be trimmed.

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Trayvon Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, graduates high school

The country may remember Rachel Jeantel as the friend of Trayvon Martin who testified against George Zimmerman during the February 2012 trial, but today she is known as a tenacious high school graduate.

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Kennedy Center’s intergenerational line dancers

The Harlem Council of Elders held intergenerational line dancing at the Kennedy Center in Harlem.

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