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De Blasio pulling a boulder uphill with charter mess

Some New Yorkers might wonder aloud who’s exactly in charge of education in New York City.

Valaida Snow, ‘The Queen of the Trumpet’

Since this is Black Music Month, it’s a prime time to feature Valaida Snow, a versatile musician I have always wanted to profile in the “Classroom.”

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The hypocrisy of the right

Now that the U.S. federal court has halted the president’s immigration executive orders and the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill with an immigration component has died in the Congress, it looks bleak again for immigration reform.

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Trinidad votes in September

Citizens of oil- and gas-rich Trinidad and Tobago go to the polls in early September, and the governing People’s Partnership administration faces an uphill task if it doesn’t want to become the latest government in the Caribbean to be voted out by dissatisfied electors.

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The End Mayoral Control Coalition supports Barron’s education bill

The End Mayoral Control Coalition fully and enthusiastically endorses Assembly Bill A.7924, introduced by Assemblyman Charles Barron, to establish a commission to thoroughly study the ineffectiveness of the New York City mayoral control of education state law.

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Black like me, says Rachel Dolezal

Unlike Ray Sprigle and John Howard Griffin, two writers who pretended to be Black for a month or so several decades ago, Rachel Dolezal is determined to be Black forever, and apparently, up to now, only her parents and adopted siblings knew her real racial identity.

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Crime numbers down in Irvington

Numbers from the Irvington Police Department indicate that crime is coming down in the New Jersey township.

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Jersey City, Cisco partner for new IT training program for inmates

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise announced a new IT training program for both inmates and recently incarcerated individuals, as well as the at-risk population.

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Summit leaders honor 'accomplished African women'

This year’s focus on accomplished women was not totally overlooked at the African Union Summit, despite its preoccupation with the president of Sudan, migration, xenophobia and other pressing issues.

Revolutionary women educate youth by breaking down the system

In the wake of the McKinney, Texas, pool party incident, in which a white police officer used excessive force on an unarmed Black 15-year-old female, women gathered recently at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center in Harlem to discuss oppression, racism and protecting the quality of youth.

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Hillary says she’s ready to be the first female president

For nearly an hour Saturday on Roosevelt Island, Hillary Clinton, with several impressive “formers” in front of her name, opened her presidential campaign full bore, invoking past presidents, including her husband, Bill, and memories of her mother.

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Tanzania replaces English with Kiswahili as its official school language

Back in April, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration announced that, henceforth, Kiswahili will be the primary language utilized in his country’s schools.

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Haitians face mass deportation from Dominican Republic

As of Wednesday’s (June 17) deadline, tens of thousands of Africans of Haitian ethnicity who now call the Dominican Republic home were unable to register under the regularization plan, which offered an opportunity to obtain legal status for the undocumented, and now face deportation in the coming months.

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Community Calendar 6/18 - 6/24

Greetings! Greetings! We note the 150th celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

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A visit to the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery

A trip to Kentucky could not be complete without visiting a house of bourbon, if not the whole Kentucky bourbon trail.

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Police presence beefed up at city’s Black churches

In the wake of the South Carolina Black church massacre where nine people were killed, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday an increase of police presence at many of the city’s Black churches.

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TRANSCRIPT: Statement by President Barack Obama on the shooting in Charleston, S.C.

President Barack Obama speaks on the church massacre in South Carolina

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Great travel books that put the world at your fingertips

Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has played an active role in inspiring people all over the world to take a deeper look at, and care more deeply about, our planet through numerous print and online publications, award-winning television series, outstanding photography and more.

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Nine massacred during prayer and bible study

Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, has been arrested in the mass shooting death of nine people, three men and six women, during a prayer meeting and bible study Wednesday evening at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

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