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CUNY faculty fights for new contract

With so many unions awarded contracts since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, many New Yorkers have forgotten about CUNY’s faculty and staff.

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The sultry and magnificent Pearl Bailey

After Pope Francis did New York City, his next stop was Philadelphia, where he was serenaded by the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin.

Will Pope Francis soften any hearts on immigration?

Pope Mania is over now that the Holy Father is back in Rome, leaving many wondering whether his remarks on immigration, made to the U.S. Congress last week, managed to soften any hearts.

Pay us money for slavery, region tells UK PM

The head of a group appointed by Caribbean leaders to force Britain and other European countries to compensate the region for the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade wants British Prime Minister David Cameron to own up to the genocide against Caribbean people and be prepared to act accordingly.

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St. Croix to host Restaurant Week

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has launched Restaurant Week on the island of St. Croix, the event running from Wednesday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 8.

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Pope on poverty and prevention

"Consider that more than 2 out of every 5 people living in New York City live in poverty."

Community Storefront Program launches in Newark’s South Ward

South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and others recently opened the Community Storefront Program at 790 Clinton Ave. in the South Ward’s Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood.

Jersey City launches new loan program to assist small businesses

Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop announced the launch of a new loan program aimed at securing financing for local businesses.

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Obama and Putin—stalemate

Call it poker, chess or political arm wrestling.

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Darrien Hunt’s mom scoffs at $900,000 settlement offer in son’s police killing

On the one-year anniversary of Darrien Hunt’s police killing, several dozen family members, friends and supporters gathered at the Panda Express in Saratoga Springs, Utah, where he was shot, to commemorate his life and call for police accountability.

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Help & Hope for Homeowners event

The NAACP and the Ocwen Financial Corporation hosted the third Help & Hope for Homeowners event...

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Fifth annual Staten Island Black Heritage Family Day

The fifth anniversary of the Staten Island Black Heritage Family Day showcases, honors and celebrates the rich and diverse cultures of people of African descent who live on Staten Island.

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Politicos attend Paul J. Cooper 44th anniversary benefit gala

Paul J. Cooper was a local community activist who advocated for improved mental health services for the community. The center was renamed in his honor after his death.

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Usher ties the knot

According to several reports, Anthony Anderson’s wife, Alvina, has filed for divorce from the actor after 20 years of marriage.

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BRIC JazzFest, Mixon’s Hot House

With the generational influence of Brooklyn native musicians Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston, the keeper of African music and culture, the borough will present its first installment of the BRIC JazzFest.

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Dance calendar October 2015

This month’s calendar begins with a celebration of a New York dance treasure...

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Tribe Called Quest reissue debut album for 25th anniversary 

In the first of a series of reissues, the legendary New York-based hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest  is reissuing their debut album, “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm,” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the album’s 1990 release. 

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‘The Martian’: Middling entertainment

When an otherwise successful NASA mission to Mars is overtaken by an unexpected and severe storm, the astronauts take off for home, leaving behind a presumed-dead crew member, Mark Watney (Matt Damon).

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Coates, Miranda among winners of MacArthur ‘genius grant’

The 2015 recipients of the MacArthur “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have been announced this week, giving 24 contemporary artists, photographers and writers an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Wesley Snipes is ‘The Player’ for NBC

I’ve always enjoyed connecting with Wesley Snipes. He’s always respectful, fun, informative and, to my understanding, he’s a very loyal man.

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