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Harlem church distributes backpacks and school supplies to more than 500 students

First Corinthian Baptist Church collected and distributed more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies for needy Harlem children and teens on Saturday.

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WARM combats domestic violence in the community

We All Really Matter Incorporation is here to take a stand against abuse.

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Simple steps to smarter snacking

When hunger strikes, it can be tempting to reach for the closest treat, even if it’s laden with fat and empty calories.

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Homeless to Mayor: Keep your promises

Homeless New Yorkers and their advocates want New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to own up to his promise to them.

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Traveling light with shades of Pinck

Instead of saying “hello” when she answered the phone, I said, “Where are you?”

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Sparks fly for Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes?

Yours truly ran into Bobby Brown Aug. 20 in Los Angeles. We both participated in the Leimert Park Book Fair.

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Bobby Hutcherson, influential vibraphonist dies at 75

Bobby Hutcherson, who changed the vernacular of jazz vibraphone and influenced generations of aspiring musicians in the process died Aug. 15 at his home in Montrara, Ca. He was 75.

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Spring/summer 2017 news

Aug. 25, 2016, at 13 W. 38th St., New York, N.Y., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Terese Sydonna’s fall 2016 collection will be available at a sample sale.

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Resort ’17 chapeau chic

It’s the season for fashionable straw hats. Madonna was spotted in Havana, Cuba, wearing the Drake hat from Gigi Burris Millinery’s Resort 2017 collection.

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New music series at Grill On The Hill

The Grill On The Hill, located at 1624 Amsterdam Ave. (646-838-8879), is a lot like “Cheers” but with African-Americans, Latinos and a vibrant rainbow tribe.

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Doreen Oliver brings one-woman show to NYC Fringe Fest

“Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not” is a heartfelt comedy about Doreen, a workaholic film producer whose life goes off-script after her son is diagnosed with autism.

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‘Opting out’ of standardized testing

Standardized testing is for many students and teachers alike, the most anxiety-ridden part of education.

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Harry Briggs Jr., member of an unheralded civil rights family

Once more with the recent death of Harry Briggs Jr., we are reminded of the Civil Rights Movement and many who, at best, are footnotes in history.

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Community Calendar: August 25- August 31, 2016

Greetings! A wall-to-wall crowd gathered uptown for the Harlem Week 2016 “Summer in the City” salute to the late Vaughn Harper, brilliant captain of the Quiet Storm for decades over WBLS-FM.

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The lion can sleep tonight

Congressman Charles B. Rangel is universally known as the “Lion of Lenox Avenue,” but the roar heard during a Harlem Day tribute for him Sunday was one of approval from a crowd not too far from his home in Lenox Terrace.

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Marisol Alcantara gets Senate endorsement from TWU and Fernando Ferrer

Union endorsements continue to make their presence felt leading up to the primary and general elections.

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Richmond hosts first ever Fight for $15 Convention

Four years ago, the Fight for $15 movement was launched. Now, it’s big enough to have a national meeting.

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US Attorney’s Office fails to indict Bridgeton police officers involved in fatal shooting of Jerame Reid

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced this week that after a federal investigation, there is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges in connection with the fatal 2014 shooting of Jerame C. Reid.

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From Nat Turner to Nate Parker

Nat Turner’s slave rebellion occurred in Virginia in 1831, but it has a fresh round of currency and controversy with “The Birth of a Nation,” actor, director and producer Nate Parker’s film depicting what was a bloody uprising.

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Police officer who killed Philando Castile goes back to work

The police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile in Minnesota during a traffic stop in July is back on the job.

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