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The Rev. Dr. Joseph Bragg, man of the pen and cloth, dead at 75

For more than a generation, Joe Bragg was a tireless journalist whose words and voice constantly kept us abreast of local and world happenings.

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After a good start, US can do more to fight Ebola

It was good news, without question, when President Barack Obama announced that the United States will send 3,000 troops to West Africa to help with the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Lest we forget Attica

Lest we forget, the business of the criminal justice system deals with lives.

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Fatherlessness: Cause or symptom of societal decline?

There has been a lot of focus on the decline of fatherhood in the Black community, as the proportion of Black children growing up in single-parent (overwhelmingly female-headed) households has exploded since the 1960s.

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Now that the Central Park Five will be compensated, what about the ‘Harlem Six’?

The recent news about the city finally financially compensating the five Harlem young men who were unjustly incarcerated a quarter of a century ago for the brutal April 19, 1989, assault and rape of Trisha Ellen Meili, a 28-year-old Caucasian female jogger in Central Park, conjures up memories about another highly politicized miscarriage of justice involving half a dozen Harlem teenagers who were also wrongfully convicted for a heinous crime committed against Caucasians.

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Metro Briefs 9/18 - 9/24

A roundup of weekly news going on around the city

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Mayor de Blasio approves four charters to co-locate inside public schools

On the first day of the public school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned charter schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision, he will not give them space in public schools.

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De Blasio unveils charter school co-location vision

On the final stop of his first-day, five-borough city school tour last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear to charter schools seeking to co-locate in public schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision

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Hip-hop, Source360 take over Brooklyn

The reclamation of hip-hop from the grips of ratchetness, money-focused debauchery and sexually exploitive divisiveness is one of the many motivations behind McMillan’s Source360 event. In the heady Downtown Brooklyn, which encompasses the Barclays Center, Habana Outpost, Milk River Lounge, Brooklyn Moon, Frank’s Lounge and Long Island College.

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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,

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Stop Domestic Abuse

The incident involving Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice has put a microscope on the issue of domestic violence.

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Family celebrates Eric Garner’s birthday

Family members and friends of Eric Garner joined the Rev. Al Sharpton last Saturday morning at the National Action Network Headquarters in Harlem to celebrate what would have been the chokehold victim’s 44th birthday.

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Kechie’s Project rallies for the Chibok girls

Saturday, even the rain could not stop Kechie’s Project’s “Bring Back Our Girls” rally in support of the kidnapped Chibok girls of Nigeria. While the steady rain may have minimized the attendance or the rally, supporters of the cause still showed up.

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A jewel in the ministry

The Rev. Dr. Renee Frances Washington-Gardner celebrates her 10th pastoral anniversary in October, but she is also celebrating many historic firsts.

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Harlem Healthy Soul Festival!

The Apollo Theater presented their 2nd annual Harlem Health Soul Festival. A community initiative focused on family health and wellness.

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Buying Wine in Harlem

If you ever wondered where you can find a decent bottle of wine in Harlem we'll have you know that you are not alone.

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A Walk in El Barrio

September 15th marks the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage Month, “El Més de la Hispanidad.” What better way to celebrate than a stroll through El Barrio?

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Spirited Discussion of Police Brutality

A fired up crowd gathered last week at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a town hall meeting. Harlem residents joined a panel of noted academics and activists to discuss the police presence in communities of color following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Serena, No. 1 in the world, wins sixth US Open title

Serena won her third consecutive U.S. Open championship and sixth overall to go along with winning her 18th Grand Slam championship.S

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Giants' dismal season of 2013 continues with loss to the Lions

A team’s first game of the NFL regular season often triggers an overreaction from fans and media. However, the Giants’ loss to the Detroit Lions on the road Monday night, a 35-14 thorough whipping, perhaps was an ominous indicator of what is to come.

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