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Met orchestra musicians announce new agreement

It took some time, but Met Orchestra musicians and the Metropolitan Opera have made sweet music together.

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Fast-food workers rally in New York City and around the nation

Last Thursday, fast-food workers around New York City and the country staged rallies in favor of a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union.

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Battle rapping for summer madness and fighting for Mike Brown

As a long-time follower of the sport known as battle rap, it’s not hard to imagine the future vision projected by the fervent believers coming to fruition

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Elinor Tatum celebrates 20 years at the AmNews

New York Amsterdam News publisher Elinor Tatum celebrated her 20th anniversary with the newspaper at a luncheon honoring 20 celebrated New Yorkers.

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Another unfavorable poll for Obama

As if we needed another poll about the approval of President Barack Obama, Newsmax, an independent website, so it claims, is in the process of compiling impressions, and thus far it isn’t looking good for our graying leader.

The Cosmopolitan Review 9/11 - 9/17

The final destination for Labor Day activities typically takes place in Sag Harbor.

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Church leaders defend 'Public Protector' vilified over Zuma report

A blizzard of brickbats, insults and other aspersions aimed at South Africa’s public protector assigned to investigate the taxpayer-financed country estate of President Jacob Zuma have roused the Diakonia Council of Churches, a social justice faith-based group, which this week came to her defense in an open letter.

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Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa's 'Eskom' over killer coal dust

Environmental activists with Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust into the air.

This week in Black History (Sept 11- Sept 17)

Remembering Black history every week.

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Metro Briefs 9/11 - 9/17

A roundup of news around the city.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Harlem’s Fashion Row Celebrates Byron Lars and Beverly Johnson

Byron Lars, Beverly Johnson and more honored by Harlem’s Fashion Row; chashama brings art and nightlife culture to New York Fashion Week; and Glenn Ligon’s new tote with MZ Wallace to benefit The Studio Museum.

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De Blasio signs solitary confinement oversight bill at Rikers Island

Amid growing criticism from relatives of inmates and jail reformers, including the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently reported on a “deep-seated culture of violence” at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will track and limit the use of solitary confinement at the correctional facility.

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No more Fergusons means no more partisan manipulation

Tears fill our eyes and make it hard to see, even though we feel more clear-eyed in the face of tragedy. I fear that the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City will blind us and foster illusions about the political actions the Black community must take.

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Obama ain’t a brotha to the youth of Ferguson

By almost any standards, President Barak Obama defies easy classification.

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Activists advocate ‘Stop the Violence’ campaigns across the city

As the summer winds down, community activists throughout the city have been advising local youth to curb the rampant violence that has senselessly claimed the lives of and hospitalized numerous victims this season.

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'Chokeholds not illegal,' Bratton says

Nothing leaped from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s mouth like the words “Chokeholds are not illegal,” during his oversight appearance Monday before the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety.

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Denzel wants to be the new Bond

According to reports, while participating in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat to promote his latest movie, “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington revealed his desire to be the next James Bond.

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Detroit Jazz Festival, no fillers

Rain, the demon of outdoor jazz festivals, spread its hysterical tears over the Detroit Jazz Festival last week, denying bassist Stanley Clarke and Dr. Lonnie Smith’s octet the opportunity to close the festival on its Labor Day finale.

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Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler speaks out

Ishmael Butler, of the transcendent hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces and a Grammy-winning artist (as one-third of Digable Planets), speaks in a quiet and milky tone when asked questions about the process and creation of his unique music.

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Celebrating grandparents at the Apollo

The Apollo Theater celebrates the love of grandparents.

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