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Brotherhood/Sister Sol nets $1 million at recent gala

The stars were out last Wednesday as Brotherhood/Sister Sol hosted its ninth annual VOICES benefit gala. This year’s event was held at Gotham Hall in Midtown and honored actor Jeffrey Wright and famed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems.

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Sylvia Moy, a breakthrough songwriter and producer at Motown Records

Think Detroit and invariably the next thought is automobiles and the Motown Recording Company. Say Motown, and Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson come to mind.

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Community Calendar: May 18 - May 24

Check out what's going on around the city this week!

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Mayor de Blasio announces new protections for freelancers

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced one of the first documented protections for freelance workers.

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32BJ supports fast food workers petition, announces candidate endorsements

Monday, 32BJ joined fast food workers at City Hall to deliver 3,000 messages to the New York City Council calling on council members to pass a law enabling industry workers to fund their own nonprofit organization with paycheck deductions.

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Newark street renamed for ‘Uggie’ as hunt for his killers continues

A street in Newark is renamed after late beloved dancer Eric “Uggie” Bowens, who was fatally shot in November. His killers have not been brought to justice as no arrests have been made in the shooting.

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Police look for answers in policing the mentally ill

Taleah Everett, a woman whose family members said suffers from psychotic episodes, was driving erratically two months ago near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., when Capitol Police, fearing a possible terrorist act, shot at her car to stop it. Everett, 20, was not injured.

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Trump trips again

A disclosure by The Washington Post on Monday that President Trump had shared highly classified intelligence information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week sent a new wave of improbability and consternation across the nation.

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Farmers reap 'bitter chocolate' as unrest rocks Ivory Coast

Troubles in the Ivory Coast have pushed the price of cocoa to its highest level in five years.

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Trump should/won’t resign

Here’s a little hypothetical scenario for you to ponder. Trump resigns over threat of impeachment from charges of obstruction of justice and cover-up.

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Father reunites with family, but finding work is difficult

President Barack Obama paroled many of the men and women who were sentenced to overly harsh federal prison terms during the “War on Drugs.” Black people were arrested, convicted and sentenced at an astounding rate during that period and to inordinately harsh terms under new “mandatory” minimum sentences passed by Congress and states.

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‘Akua’s Dance’ release party held at Sistas’ Place

Akua Dixon held court at Sistas’ Place last night. I am not one of those folks for whom the word queen comes naturally in addressing my sisters, but truly Dixon reigns supreme in the accomplishment of her craft.

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Fear of African-Americans in Mississippi in 2017

Imagine sitting in your home with your spouse and children.

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A test for the Trump coalition

The recent wispy vote in the House of Representatives and subsequent haranguing from national party Democrats on the fate of their political opponents create many inflection points for pundits and policy watchers alike.

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Supporting families with more community schools

Bringing schools and communities together as partners to build a better future for students and families is common sense. Since 2014, we have launched 150 community schools across the city, and this September, 69 additional schools will be transforming their school buildings into neighborhood hubs.

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A Declaration of Independence

Declaring independence from the policies and practices of President Trump

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Mary J. Blige shows strength of a woman

Human nature is a little twisted sometimes, especially when love is involved. Case in point: Imagine if you are in a 20-plus year friendship.

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PHOTOS: Macy's celebrates legacy

Recently Macy’s brought together its business and community partners to celebrate the diversity and inclusion legacy of its Macy’s Executive Chairman Terry J. Lundgren and to introduce their newly elected President and CEO Jeff Gennette.

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Brooklyn Community Church celebrates 2017 Women’s Day

Walking Towards a Courageous Victory” (Esther 4:1-17) was Brooklyn Community Church’s 2017 Women’s Day theme.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: May 18 - May 24

A torrential rainstorm one day a week and trees are in full bloom—and so is my hay fever.

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