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No federal charges against Trayvon Martin’s killer

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it will not file charges against George Zimmerman for killing unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., Feb. 26, 2012.

Fiery setbacks for local restaurant Maison Harlem

On an especially cold Monday morning, the Amsterdam News was made aware of an unfortunate fire at local restaurant Maison Harlem.

Dori J. Maynard, a fighter for diversity in journalism, dead at 56

Maynard is a name almost synonymous with Black journalism, and a pall hangs over it at the moment with the death of Dori J. Maynard, the daughter of publisher Robert C. Maynard, who carved her own unique niche in the ...

NAN performing activists salute Whitney Houston

The National Action Network Arts and Culture Committee, under the leadership of award-winning playwright Arnold Pinnix, presented “I Look to You: The Gospel of Whitney Houston.” This production takes a spiritual and insightful look into the afterlife of the late ...

Lessons from the last colony in Africa

Last December, I was among a group of African-American journalists, scholars and filmmakers selected to travel to Western Sahara and Algeria. The excursion was financed and organized by Polisario, a Western Saharan movement whose mission is to secure independence for ...

Bassist dies at 78; Garland Thompson Sr. memorial

The intuitive bassist and educator whose style was a perfect fit for such varied musicians from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Cecil Taylor and Carmen McRae died Dec. 2 in his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 78.

Report says $125 million in wages were stolen from NYC workers

A new report by the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, the Employment Law Unit at the Legal Aid Society and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice suggests that employers were able to evade labor laws ...

Medical and dental residents reach tentative agreement with the city

Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City had reached a tentative contract agreement with the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare.

NYC, Long Island nursing home workers get union contract

New York City and Long Island nursing home workers were on the brink of striking, but they can put the picket signs down after securing a union contract.

Queen Mothers of Africa reunite for NGO/CSW consultation day in Harlem

The U.N. Women and New Future Foundation hosted a forum to usher in CSW 59/Beijing+20. A forum held Friday, Feb. 6 at Harlem Family Church Center, 147 W. 120th St., laid out their past and future efforts to establish an ...

McDonald’s honors media legends for Black History Month

New York tristate area McDonald’s restaurants have once again celebrated the achievements and talents of Black media legends and trailblazers.

SOUTH AFRICAN MINERS IN NEAR-DEATH FIRE AS INVESTORS EYE PROFITS

An early morning fire swept through the Kusasalethu Gold Mine, southwest of Johannesburg, trapping close to 500 workers on a Sunday shift.

Was Jimmy Breslin tipped off about Malcolm X’s assassination 50 years ago?

Was the NYPD involved or did they merely know about the impending murder of Malcolm X and allow it to happen 50 years ago? Were some reporters, including famed scribe Jimmy Breslin, tipped off that something was about to go ...

OMALIS ARE ‘HANGING BY A THREAD’

After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the bombers, the motives and the official response.

Sharpton the newsmaker

It may be a great disservice to mention the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rudy Giuliani in the same article, but they are two public figures with a long affair with the media—one longing for it to go away and the ...