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‘Hidden Figures’ no more—Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson of NASA

Back in June, when I featured the late Dorothy Vaughan in the Classroom, I promised to return to the subject of African-American women who worked at NASA as Vaughan did so illustriously. From Vaughan’s profile you were introduced to a ...
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Florence Griffith Joyner, ‘Flo Jo,’ track immortal and fashionista

Watching the Black women in preparation for the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the Olympics in Rio this week, some decked out in tights, hair extended in weaves or wigs, faces aglow in colorful makeup, it was easy to remember ...
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Frederick McKinley Jones, refrigeration genius

In the current edition of Smithsonian magazine (July/August 2016), basketball immortal Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was asked which African-American inventor he believed warranted more recognition.
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Dorsie Willis, sole survivor of Brownsville Massacre

If you’re one of the deep diggers of African-American history and you’ve heard of Dorsie Willis, then I tip my kufi to you.
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Mathematician Dorothy Vaughan, a pioneer in the Space Age

One of the most fulfilling rewards from the Classroom column are the number of suggestions
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From Downtown to Uptown: Reflections on the Cultural History of Harlem

Monday, June 13, approximately 200 artists, historians and community participants gathered at MIST Harlem (46 W. 116th St.) for a rich, spirited discussion of Harlem’s unique cultural history.
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Men’s fashion styles and influences

For spring/summer ’17, Fashion East Men’s show was very entertaining. Styles were shown every which way.
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Apollo Gala shines

Monday night the Apollo Theater celebrated its 11th annual Spring Gala. The event, which was hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances from The O’Jays, Leon Bridges and Andra Day, raised $1.7 million for the Apollo’s year-round artistic and ...
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Muhammad Ali a parallel in history

Even in his passing, Muhammad Ali displayed true greatness.
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Muhammad Ali: A send-off fit for a king

“America must never forget that when a cop and an inner city kid talk to each other, miracles can happen,” said Lonnie Ali at the public memorial service for her husband, Muhammad Ali.
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Vivica A. Fox returns to big screen

Sunday, June 5, philanthropist/author Jean Shafiroff and former heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney hosted a luncheon/candlelight vigil to salute the life of Muhammad Ali at Vero Cafe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
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Bundini Brown, Muhammad Ali’s sidekick, trainer and collaborator

For all the righteous and rightful media on the death of Muhammad Ali, there has been hardly a word about Drew “Bundini” Brown.
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‘Shuffle Along,’ ‘Color Purple,’ ‘Eclipsed’ and ‘Royale’ recognized at Drama Desk Awards

Black theater was recognized for its brilliance and talent on and off Broadway at the 61st annual Drama Desk Awards, held Sunday, June 5 at the Town Hall. “Shuffle Along” received the ultimate honor and several more, “The Color Purple” ...
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AmNews Archives: Muhammad Ali through the years

Muhammad Ali was known as "The Greatest" and lead a life full of compassion inside and outside of the ring
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Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend, activist and 'The Greatest' to a world of fans

His hands and his mouth were furiously fast. His skill as a boxer made him "The Greatest" in his mind and in the minds of many others.
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