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Talking SCHOP! Forbidden food

Traif being the Yiddish word for non-kosher, is this little eatery that celebrates pork, shellfish and globally inspired soul food. I say, “Got it,” “Yes” and “Bring it on!”

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Hot travel destinations for 2015

2015 is going to be a great year for travel! Numerous A-List travel publications are spreading the travel gospel to new adventurers, seasonal voyagers and travel junkies alike.

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Healthy winter hair news

According to John Atchison, “Love is in the hair!” Feb. 19 through Feb. 28, the salon, located at 143 Madison Ave., will offer a special 10 percent off.

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‘Little Ballers’ premiers February 25

Nickelodeon will debut the world television premiere of “Little Ballers,” a two-hour sports documentary exploring the journey of four 11-year-old basketball players in the Amateur Athletic Union and the impact of youth basketball in America

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Fall 2015 fashions are fly on New York City runways

New York City’s extreme cold weather hasn’t slowed the attendance of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s fall-winter previews at New York City’s Lincoln Center. On and off the runways, the fashions are off the hook!

What does Malcolm X’s legacy mean 50 years after his execution?

One week before the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s execution, a few of his colleagues and others inspired by his legacy paid tribute at the very same location where five cold-blooded assassins extinguished the physical life of the fearless Black Nationalist advocate.

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Brooklyn’s Best Honors salutes Kings County’s best

Tuesday, Feb. 24, City Councilman Robert E. Cornegy and BRIC TV producer Fred Brown will host Brooklyn’s Best Honors. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Borough president’s office, Our Time Press and Urban ID Media, the festive affair will take place at Amarachi Prime, 189 Bridge St., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Playwright Garland Lee Thompson Sr. honored at memorial service

A memorial service was held for Garland Lee Thompson Sr. at St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem Saturday, Feb. 14. Garland passed away Nov. 18, 2014, in New York City.

Only government funding can save public housing

New York City’s attempts to sell New York City Housing Authority properties to private developers should be a concern to all New Yorkers.

Harlem, nation ready to celebrate Saviours’ Day

As the month of February is observed as Black History Month, which recognizes the plight, journey and accomplishments of Black people in America, there is another constant reality that is always present at the close of this month. “Saviours’ Day,” the crowing event of Black History Month, culminates around the closing date of the month.

Hats off to the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball Team

For sports fan, particularly of New York franchises, a couple of events that transpired this past week could be indicators that we may have to strap in, because there’s some turbulence ahead.

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Harlem photog receives congressional recognition for iconic photograph

A special Black History Month event took place this week in Harlem when Rep. Charlie Rangel presented Harlem’s own Anthony Whitaker with a congressional proclamation in recognition of his historical, inspirational and iconic photograph “Steel Standing.”

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Pediatric fatty liver disease clinic opens at Montefiore 

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore announced that it has opened a clinic to treat children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a buildup of fat in the liver.

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Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

I have never been to a family gathering, church dinner, birthday party or dinner-dance where a high calorie meal isn’t followed by a higher calorie, sweeter than sweet dessert.

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Tenor sax player Fred Staton celebrates 100th birthday

On a cold February evening at the Local 802 Jazz Foundation of America in Midtown Manhattan, musicians from the Harlem Blues Band played wonderful jazz music in celebration of saxophone player Fred Staton's 100th birthday.

Black US presidents before Obama

Although Barak Obama’s 2008 election to the Oval Office led many to believe he is this country’s first Black president, some “historians” reveal that at least six previous U.S. presidents were of African ancestry.

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White House reports high school graduation rates at all-time high

According to a new report from the White House, high school graduation rates are at an all-time high in America, with college enrollment increasing as well.

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California Girl Scout group participates in Black Lives Matter marches

A group of young girls and their two mentors in California have created their own special Girl Scout troop, in which they come together and participate in Black Lives Matter protests.

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Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker and confidant

My daughter Maya arrived in town the other day to attend and possibly participate in the currency that vibrates with Fashion Week. An artist and fashion designer based in Miami, she often makes this annual pilgrimage, where women of her color and caliber are as a scarce as Black female directors in Hollywood.

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The Cosmopolitan Review 02/19-02/25

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.

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