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Teen violence: Who’s to blame?

I returned from “Bloody Sunday” weekend in Selma, Ala., with my mind filled with images and words of men and women of superlative courage, ingenuity and commitment, and who made the ultimate sacrifice, only to be met with news of the gang violence committed upon one teenager by other teenagers.

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Kendrick Lamar releases ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

The highly anticipated album from rapper Kendrick Lamar was released March 16 and quickly became one of the most successful digital releases in history.

The poverty of identity politics

Imagine if the current president were a Republican, and if during the second half of his second term, after having been elected both times with record turnout by Blacks, the Black unemployment rate remained stagnant at 11 percent while the Black poverty rate hit a record high of 27 percent.

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Bilal takes the stage in Harlem

R&B singer Bilal is making an appearance in Harlem Friday as part of the “Uptown Nights Concert” series. The sold-out concert takes place at Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

New film featuring Dr. Cornel West, revolutionary Bob Avakian

Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and Dr. Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York will show their film, “The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion,” Saturday, March 28, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Harlem youth winners at White House Film Festival

Good news about Black youth in the mainstream media has become increasingly rare, so we are thrilled to learn that Harlem’s Digital Media Training Program was among 15 winners of the second annual White House Film Festival and celebrated the occasion last week with President Barack Obama.

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ShotSpotter: Now Big Brother is listening, too

At NYPD headquarters Monday, March 16, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is putting $1.5 million of taxpayer money toward a new high-tech pilot program that will help cops determine when and where gunshots are fired, even if no one reports them.

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Dr. Ben joins the ancestors

After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan, aka “Dr. Ben,” transitioned on to the ancestral realm Thursday, March 19 at approximately 3:30 a.m.

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Brave survivor: Destiny Mabry talks advocacy, self-love and empowerment

When asked about advocating for women, especially victims and survivors of domestic violence, Destiny Mabry, 25, responds, “I advocate for the human race, men and women."

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Dr. Ben makes his transition, funeral details announced

The tributes have been numerous and are continuing for the Black Man of the Nile. Having known “Dr. Ben,” as he is affectionately known, for many years from England to the U.S., this journalist was asked to attend the meeting and bear witness to the proceedings during the organizing of his funeral.

New York Coalition Against Hunger takes over hotline

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger is now operating the USDA National Hunger Hotline. The hotline is a resource for individuals and families seeking information on how to obtain food.

Actor Danny Glover honored by National Black Writers conference

The Center for Black Literature and Medgar Evers College is honoring and paying tribute to the work of actor Danny Glover during the 2015 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium.

Unicef kicks off health intiative with help from John Starks

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF celebrates the New York launch of UNICEF Kid Power, with former NBA All-Star and New York Knicks legend John Starks, at the Young Diplomats Magnet Academy in Harlem.

Firefighters ask for real disability benefits

The Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association demanded that City Hall move to increase disability pension benefits for newer FDNY members if they become seriously injured or permanently disabled on the job.

State Assembly passes Paid Family Leave Act

Last week, New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Members Cathy Nolan and Michele Titus announced the passage of the Paid Family Leave Act.

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Brandy joins the cast of 'Chicago' on Broadway

Grammy-award winning R&B singer Brandy Norwood is set to join the cast of the musical Chicago in her Broadway debut.

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Queen of Soul hosts star-studded birthday affair

Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in style this weekend at a star-studded affair at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan.

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MTA fare increase takes effect

Get ready to dig deeper into your pocket to get around. A fare hike on public transportation by the MTA is now is effect.

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VIDEO: Amnesty International USA kicks off Annual General Meeting in Brooklyn

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) kicks off its its two-day Annual General Meeting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Wednesday night with a reception.

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Black man found hanging from tree in Mississippi

The FBI is investigating the body of a Black man found hanging from a tree in Clairborne County, Mississippi.

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