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Language skills needed for Caribbean tourism

It’s time for stakeholders in the Caribbean’s hospitality industry to more broadly represent the multicultural nature of the region and serve the growing diversity of visitors to the Caribbean by learning to speak more than one language.

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Black ballerinas reflect on Misty Copeland’s historic ‘Swan Lake’ debut

As the opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” filled the sold-out Metropolitan Opera House, a dancer in white flitted across the dimly lit stage, with its backdrop of a shimmering blue lake, and disappeared.

Key issues on Caricom agenda include reparations, Venezuela, Guyana

Three key issues will attract the attention of Caribbean trade bloc leaders when they meet for three days at one of their two most important annual summits in Barbados starting Thursday.

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Free ‘Tempest’ production magical, awe-inspiring

The Public Theater presents an awe-inspiring revival of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Direction by Michael Greif, the show ingenuously uses open space, colorful backdrops, sound effects, music, troupes of fairies and commanding actors to create a seamless picture of a remote island home of a vengeful father and stranded noblemen.

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Parents, you have a right to school choice

I attended primary and secondary public schools in New York City.

We arise out of the ashes

Black America was jubilant on the morning of June 17, when Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the first African-American woman to be appointed U.S. attorney general.

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Suit settled over alleged jail assault of Jerame Reid

Cumberland County in southern New Jersey reportedly approved a settlement of $340,000 to the estate of the late Jerame Reid, who was allegedly abused while in jail.

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Nigerian actor takes on ‘Terminator’

More than 30 years ago in the 1984 sci-fi cult classic, body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger—whose accent is so thick, a full-time interpreter could be a legitimate tax write-off—uttered a phrase that has become part of the global zeitgeist: “I’ll be back!”

Nina Simone: Voice of the Civil Rights Movement

In this time of intense racial turmoil, Ava DuVernay and Liz Garbus could not be more propitious with their remarkable films.

Newark partners with Service Line Warranties of America to repair water and sewer lines

Newark, N.J., has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America to offer the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program to homeowners.

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Comptroller audit points to vacant NYCHA units

An audit has confirmed what many have suspected—plenty of public housing vacancies are available that aren’t being filled.

Obama evokes God’s grace

After his rousing, heartfelt eulogy for the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama was called “Rev. President” by several of the AME pastors.

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Misty Copeland: Two milestones in two weeks

Raven Wilkinson—who in 1955 joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the first African-American woman—and Lauren Anderson—who in 1990 became the first female African-American principal dancer in the country at Houston Ballet and, at the time, the world’s only African-American prima ballerina in a major ballet company—brought flowers and warm hugs to Misty Copeland at the curtain call for her performance as Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” one of the most important roles in a ballerina’s repertoire.

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Ex-offenders sue for discrimination

Last Thursday, the NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches filed a class action lawsuit against employers who use the job sites Monster, ZipRecruiter and Indeed to illegally post job listings in New York with bans on applicants with felony convictions.

Final victim laid to rest in Charleston

Funeral services for the ninth and final victim of the Emanuel AME Church Massacre were held Tuesday in South Carolina.

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Akai Gurley died as cops argued four minutes before getting help

As 28-year-old Akai Gurley bled to death in a darkened Brooklyn project stairwell, rookie cop Peter Liang and officer Shaun Landau argued for four minutes before getting help for the East New York native, according to newly released court documents.

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Local legislators weigh in on marriage equality

Last Friday marked the beginning of a historic Pride Week in New York City and around the country, when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of marriage equality.

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Black churches burning again

The slaughter of nine Black worshippers in the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was a tragic reminder of the four little girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.

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Historic marker unveiled in Lower Manhattan at site of former slave market

Elected officials, historians and community members came together last weekend to unveil a plaque marking the site of the colonial-era Wall Street slave market.

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Misty Copeland becomes ABT’s first African-American principal ballerina

When American Ballet Theatre announced the promotion of Misty Copeland to principal ballerina Tuesday...

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