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Up those numbers: The lack of Black and Brown students at specialized high schools

Diversity has long been an issue with specialized high schools.

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‘A Small Oak Tree Runs Red’—Explosive, powerful theater at Billie Holiday Theatre

Soul-stirring, take you to school, take you to church theater is happening right now at the Billie Holiday Theatre as it presents “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red."

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Three Black books to read in early 2018

As we enter the new year with America clinging to the past and surviving the divisive efforts of a new presidential administration, it is always good to take the time to look for reminders that the national African-American community is still thriving and expressing itself without reservation.

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Annual Harlem Fine Arts Show celebrates healing power of art

Rushing from the stage to get to his shift at Kings County Hospital, Dr. Robert Gore still made the time to speak briefly to the Amsterdam News about the connection between art and medicine.

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Labor leaders and activists angered over no immigrant deal in Senate

Like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, the Republicans have tricked Democrats into agreeing on a bill without a deal for immigrants and Dreamers, leaving Democrats angry. Labor leaders and pro-immigration activists aren’t happy about it either.

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Labor, community activists push back against U.S. Census citizenship question

A group of local community activists, labor and legal advocacy leaders sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him to reject a proposal from the Department of Justice that would change the U.S. Census.

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Dr. King, a legacy constantly challenged

Workers’ rights and civil rights are one. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew that and ultimately died in the fight for equality and dignity in the workplace.

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Videos explain how marijuana legalization in NJ could advance racial justice

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon under Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform is shedding light on how it could improve racial justice in the state.

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Local HBCU alumni come together in Teaneck for youth event

Alumni from several historically Black colleges and universities came together Feb. 15 at Teaneck High School for the HBCU Panel Discussion & Mix and Mingle.

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Trump blames Obama on Russian meddling

Once again President Trump is trying to have it both ways in the ongoing investigation of the Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

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Randall Woodfin ruling the Magic City

At age 36, Birmingham, Ala. Mayor Randall Woodfin is one of the nation’s youngest Black mayors of a major city and a power player in Alabama politics.

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Talking SCHOP! Brunching at 50

To me, family and friends are everything I need to get by. We are there for each other from ups to downs and everything in between. So, when my favorite (and only) sister, Heather, hit the big 5-0, we had to celebrate…in the way SHE wanted to celebrate.

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Bobby Brown reveals true date of daughter’s death

Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.

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Fall/winter ’18 fashion: What works for office and evening

Ever since designer Jason Wu created that beautiful, one-shoulder white inaugural gown for former First Lady Michelle Obama (and other sophisticated clothes for her), he has been on the fashion radar.

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Classics pieces for fall/winter ’18

At 393 NYC, Negris LeBrum’s fall/winter 2018 presentation was a smash hit Sunday, Feb. 11. For this season, the Houston-based company’s Black-to-Basic collection represented the rebirth of Negris LeBrum.

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Book Review: ‘Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,’ by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

The old saying that we die twice—when we stop breathing and when there is no one left alive who still remembers us—is a less than subtle reminder that our lives have to have impact. We have to conduct our lives in a way that guarantees that we “live” beyond even those who knew us personally, so that we can continue to live on in collective memory.

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Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Tiffany Haddish presenters at 90th Oscars telecast

The 90th Oscars telecast produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are lining up a dynamic slate of presenters for their March 4 telecast on the ABC Television Network.

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‘Welcome to WAKANDA’—a night in New York City

The fashion kids, fashion editors and fashion #trendsetters flocked to the special invitation-only event held at New York City’s Industria. The occasion was simple.

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De Blasio’s Rikers announcement gets mixed results

It’s taking too long. It’s going too quickly. More facilities aren’t the answer. He’s not protecting inmates. He’s not protecting correction officers.

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An arts school for Harlem

For more than a century, Harlem has served as the epicenter for cultural, social and artistic innovation in New York City. From Langston Hughes and Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown and Lauryn Hill, numerous artists have found their iconic voices in Harlem’s theaters, concert halls, jazz clubs and galleries.

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