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Reliving Ailey at City Center 2014

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater took over the New York City Center stage for their annual month-long season.

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week a “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration” was held by the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York and Vicinity.

The Cosmopolitan Review

This has to be the year of Ava DuVernay. Everyone is taking their children to see “Selma,” the movie focusing on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s struggle, determination and ultimate victory in obtaining the right to vote for millions of Black people in the United States.

This year, consider AUDELCO and support Black theater

As you begin the new year and decide what you want to do with some of your extra money or time, consider getting involved with AUDELCO, the nonprofit organization that has been supporting Black theater for 42 years.

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Tonya Pinkins stars in ‘Rasheeda Speaking,’ directed by Cynthia Nixon

Seeing the title of Joel Drake Johnson’s play, “Rasheeda Speaking,” you are eager to hear what this Black woman has to say. But, according to Cynthia Nixon, who makes her directing debut with the play, Rasheeda is not a character per se.

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Newark holds ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ forum

Tuesday, Jan. 6, Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other dignitaries hosted Newark’s first “Young Men of Color and Law Enforcement” forum as part of President Barack Obama’s nationwide “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge”

Woman outraged that Miami police used brother’s mug shot for target practice

Last month, the Florida Army National Guard’s Sgt. Valerie Deant was shocked after arriving at the Medley Firing Training Center shooting range for her unit’s “annual weapons qualifications training,” and coming across a very disturbing find.

White House to hold screening of ‘Selma’

The film “Selma,” will become the latest in a line of Oscar contenders, such as last year’s ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and 2012’s “Lincoln” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” to be shown in the White House.

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The governor’s expensive, expansive 'opportunity budget'

Governor speaks on budget expansion.

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Jazz wins Golden Globe, Dr. Martin Luther King on jazz, ‘Selma’

When it comes to television and film, jazz takes a backseat as the stepbrother to hip-hop, soul or pop music, so it was somewhat of a surprise when J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for the jazz-based film “Whiplash”.

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Brooklyn DA investigates NYPD for planting guns

Last Friday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that his office is investigating six NYPD officers on suspicion of planting guns on innocent people to pad their arrest records and fulfill department quotas.

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City Council propose funding for new police-bulletproof vests 

Rank-and-file NYPD officers may soon have new bulletproof vests, under a new $7.3 million funding proposal for fiscal year 2016 by the New York City Council.

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE ALUMNI CELEBRATE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

The Morehouse College Manhattan Alumni Association held its 25th annual MLK Awards Breakfast and Fundraiser Monday at the Cecil in Harlem.

COUNCILMEMBER JUMAANE WILLIAMS LEADS HEARING ON AIRBNB

Tuesday, the New York City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, chaired by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, held an oversight hearing titled, “Short-Term Rentals: Stimulating the Economy or Destabilizing Neighborhoods?”

POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH FOR QUEENS WOMAN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

The Missing Persons Unit of the New York City Police Department is continuing its search for 37-year-old Bibi Kadim, a developmentally disabled individual, who has been reported missing since Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

AKAI GURLEY CASE GOES BEFORE GRAND JURY

The family of an unarmed Black man fatally shot by police in a Brooklyn housing project says they have faith that the DA will bring the case to justice.

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TIRES BURN IN STREETS OF KINSHASA OVER ELECTION DELAY

Plans by current President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold a national census that critics say could delay elections for years prompted a rock-throwing melee in the capital city, Kinshasa.

RISING ANGER IN MUSLIM AFRICA OVER OFFENDING CARTOONS

While the president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, marched in a Paris rally to support the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, anger was rising at home among the country’s majority Muslim population over cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed.

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KENYAN CHILDREN TEAR GASSED BY POLICE

Kenyan government officials are rushing to condemn the apparent brutality of police who attempted to disperse a protest of primary school children using tear gas, snarling dogs and clubs.

NEW REPORT FINDS ‘STAGGERING INEQUALITY’ OF INCOMES ONCE DECRIED BY MLK

Income inequality, one of the issues that so troubled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is again front and center in today’s news.

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