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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s last minute push for pre-K sign up

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a campaign urging New Yorkers to sign their children up for pre-K. The mayor said the city has secured the funding necessary to expand pre-K to 53,000 children this September.

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Famous abroad, unknown in America, the actor Ira Aldridge

Whenever Hollywood or Broadway dips into Black culture with their interpretations, we should automatically be concerned. The films “12 Years a Slave” and “Django Unchained” prompted widespread response and the debate continues.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: April 24 - 30, 2014

Word is out about “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” directed by Kenny Leon

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Letter No. 75: Immigration reform now!

Immigration Korner

The best thing about the new age of journalism is that it allows for readers to immediately react to stories on the news websites. I love reading these message boards, especially the responses on immigration stories, as it gives a very real insight into the way Americans feel despite the lack of congressional action.

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LIAT CEO takes office

Caribbean Connection

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (April 24)–The newly appointed CEO of LIAT, “the Caribbean Airline,” arrived from the United Kingdom on Sunday with a promise to listen to staff to determine how to improve the regional carrier.

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Feds involvement demanded as family marks 21st birthday of Ramarley Graham

“I was unable to celebrate Ramarley’s 21st birthday last Saturday or his last two birthdays, and instead have been forced to memorialize his life,” said Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham.

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Affirmative action struck down by nation’s top court

Affirmative action lost a major battle this week. In a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a majority of voters in Michigan to end affirmative action in the state. The Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case has given opponents of affirmative action a powerful weapon. This case says majority rules in a land of minorities.

Big sugar conference to look at future for region

A major international conference involving sugar producers from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and other regions is slated for Jamaica next month as fears grow that a new protocol governing sales of crystal to the Europe is being implemented over objections from manufacturers.

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Green activists mark earth day world wide

Actions to save the forests, the rivers, wildlife and endangered species were underway this week from Pittsboro, North Carolina to Nairobi, Kenya as millions of people marked the 44th anniversary of Earth Day.

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CEO of b michael AMERICA brand bullish about manufacturing in America as he expands the Advanced American Lifestyle brand into the Ready to Wear industry

Mark-Anthony Edwards, CEO of b michael AMERICA outlined to his Board of Directors aggressive plans to expand the b michael AMERICA Couture brand into RTW

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‘Lion of Zimbabwe' recalls 'Chimurenga' on independence day

As Zimbabwe marks its 34th year of independence from colonialism, singing star Thomas Mapfumo sent a salute “to the brave heroes and heroines who joined the war of liberation.”

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Ghanaian textiles demand end to chines knock-offs

Plagiarism by foreign manufacturers threatens to end Ghana’s standing as the maker of world-renowned textile patterns while country becomes an importer of its own imitated products, say local retailers.

Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students

While divers conducted their final searches in Korea for the high school students drowned in a misguided ferry excursion, in Nigeria, Principal Asabe Kwambula pleaded with kidnappers of over 100 high school girls to “have mercy on the students.”

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On the “A” w/Souleo: LiV Warfield: A ‘BlackBird’ learns to fly

Prince protégé, LiV Warfield just may be 2014’s breakout music star with new album The Unexpected.

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NAN convention bigger and better than ever

It would take a Paul Bunyan to get his arms around the proliferation of ideas and proposals germinated at the 16th Annual National Action Network Convention last week at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

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Apollo celebrates fourth annual Harlem Jazz Shrine Fest

Some of New York’s fashion elite gathered to celebrate OWN’s new reality series “Love in the City”

The year of Baldwin, Bronx Music Heritage Center

The novels, poems and essays of James Baldwin are stimulating words, sharpened with the truth, that instigate change and promote activism in some form or another. He was a word warrior-activist rallying for a change in society’s thinking.

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Makeup now: Shades by Gal Line

A complete makeup line with colors for everyone, founder GraceAnn Long introduces Shades by Gal. The company’s mission is to create a cosmetic that includes every woman. “There’s a shade for everyone, a perfect match,” said Long.

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Sculptures from ‘Lost Kingdoms’ at the Met

This holiday season is the perfect time to take youngsters to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to view “Lost Kingdoms.”

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Musician, fashion designer on the rise

New York City-based artist, musician and fashion designer Amatus is a rare breed among the talented young creative forces in Manhattan and Brooklyn

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