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Activist Larry Hamm awarded Key to the City of Newark

Last Sunday, longtime activist, community leader and founding chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress Larry Hamm was awarded the Key to the City of Newark by Mayor Ras Baraka, during a community service dinner at which Hamm was the keynote speaker.

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Civil rights legend Anne Moody recently made her transition in Gloster, Miss., and that small town is again in the news with the Gloster Project, a new initiative led by Margaret Porter Troupe with the purpose of providing arts education and free summer camps and activities to the children of rural Mississippi, where she was born and raised.

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Chefs do deliver in Harlem

Friends and executive chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud delivered meals to homebound elderly to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Citymeals-on-Wheels’ “Chefs Deliver” program.

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No federal charges against Trayvon Martin’s killer

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it will not file charges against George Zimmerman for killing unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., Feb. 26, 2012.

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Fiery setbacks for local restaurant Maison Harlem

On an especially cold Monday morning, the Amsterdam News was made aware of an unfortunate fire at local restaurant Maison Harlem.

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Talking SCHOP! #HarlemOnTheRise

Wednesday, Feb. 18, Harlem Park to Park (@HarlemPark2Park, HP2P) presented the third annual Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference, newly set at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (@SchomburgCenter).

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Dori J. Maynard, a fighter for diversity in journalism, dead at 56

Maynard is a name almost synonymous with Black journalism, and a pall hangs over it at the moment with the death of Dori J. Maynard, the daughter of publisher Robert C. Maynard, who carved her own unique niche in the pursuit of journalistic excellence and diversity.

NAN performing activists salute Whitney Houston

The National Action Network Arts and Culture Committee, under the leadership of award-winning playwright Arnold Pinnix, presented “I Look to You: The Gospel of Whitney Houston.” This production takes a spiritual and insightful look into the afterlife of the late Grammy Award-winning psalmist.

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72 hours in Denver

So your spouse has a series of business meetings, one of your best friends is attending a conference or its time to take one of the kids for a college campus visit. For whatever reason, you’ll be in the beautiful “Mile High City,” Denver.

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Lessons from the last colony in Africa

Last December, I was among a group of African-American journalists, scholars and filmmakers selected to travel to Western Sahara and Algeria. The excursion was financed and organized by Polisario, a Western Saharan movement whose mission is to secure independence for Western Sahara.

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Rihanna fetes Fendi

Renowned philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and yours truly attended “The Making of a Costume” Monday night, Feb. 9 at New York City Center.

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Skin care is essential

SK-II Skin care workers showed patrons how to properly take care of their skin during New York City Fashion Week.

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Bassist dies at 78; Garland Thompson Sr. memorial

The intuitive bassist and educator whose style was a perfect fit for such varied musicians from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Cecil Taylor and Carmen McRae died Dec. 2 in his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 78.

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Tradition meets the contemporary: Compagnie Jant-Bi

Full disclosure, choreographer Robyn Orlin is a white South African and her recent work, “At the same time we were pointing a finger at you, we realized we were pointing three at ourselves,” at Peak Performances (Jan. 24 through Feb. 1), was performed by eight Black Senegalese men from Compagnie Jant-Bi.

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B Michael’s new reign of glamour for fall 2015

Popular designer b Michael fashion shows are always grand, and his clothes are haute couture.

Eddie Murphy turned down Bill Cosby role on ‘SNL’

Controversy was buzzing around the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live” as former cast member Norm Macdonald reportedly shared more than 100 tweets, typing out insider details of the show’s writing, cast dynamics and role choices. The most titillating story Macdonald shared was his knowledge of Eddie Murphy’s last-minute choice to not depict Bill Cosby in the “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch.

Report says $125 million in wages were stolen from NYC workers

A new report by the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, the Employment Law Unit at the Legal Aid Society and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice suggests that employers were able to evade labor laws even after courts ordered them to pay $25 million in stolen wages to workers.

Medical and dental residents reach tentative agreement with the city

Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City had reached a tentative contract agreement with the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare.

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Lee Daniels: ‘Mo’Nique  blackballed after Oscar win’

Actress and comedienne Mo’Nique received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2010 for her powerful role in Lee Daniels’ “Precious. Recently, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she told her story of being “blackballed” from the film industry after her win, stating that Daniels was the person who called her with the news of her loss of support in Hollywood. 

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Black B’way stars chronicled in fabulous new book

“Black Broadway: African-Americans on the Great White Way” is full of the history of Black performers on Broadway, with some of the most stunning photos of these performers that you will have the pleasure of viewing.

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