Dr. Christina Greer

Dr. Christina Greer

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The Gotham Book Prize

This year’s winner of the inaugural Gotham Book Prize is James McBride for his novel “Deacon King Kong” (Riverhead Books, 2020), a masterful tale that should be required reading for all New Yorkers.

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Charlie Rangel: Still a Lion

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Representative Charlie Rangel for my FAQ.NYC podcast.

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Is it time for your annual mammogram?

This is a public service announcement for our female readers over the age of 40 or anyone who has a woman they know and/or love.

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We must remember Jackson, Mississippi

There are so many news stories on the local, state and national level, it is sometimes hard to keep track of all that is going on.

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Remembering Breonna Taylor

It has been just over a year since Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police officers in her own apartment on March 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Daylight Savings Time

Spring is around the corner, we can all see it in little ways. The birds seem to be getting a little louder

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Happy Women’s History Month

This March we will take time and reflect on the various contributions of women in our lives and around the world. I also like to extend Black History Month as long as I can and celebrate the contributions of Black women in society.

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We must remember our incarcerated during COVID

Some of you may have seen reports from St. Louis showing incarcerated men burning their cells to bring attention to their living conditions and health concerns.

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Black History Month Challenge

Black History Month is almost halfway over and hopefully you have taken the time to reflect on all of the ways Black people have contributed to the United States and the world more broadly.

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Celebrating Black women this Black History Month

I am currently writing a manuscript detailing the careers and legacies of Barbara Jordan, Fannie Lou Hamer and Stacey Abrams.

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COVID Black

I recently discovered the CovidBlack.org project aimed at connecting Black people in their resilience.

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How shall we prepare for Black History Month?

The past year has been emotionally exhausting for so many Black Americans. As Black folks endured the last year of the Trump administration and suffered grave losses due to COVID-19, Black Americans have oftentimes struggled to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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A Biden administration

Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States and millions of Americans are breathing a collective sigh of relief, having survived the last four years of a Trump administration.

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This is who we are

The events of last week have shaken so many Americans to the core.

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Preparation for 2021

It’s a new year and time to prepare as best we can for all of the surprises this world has to offer. I, for one, have quite a few deadlines in 2021 and I need to work consistently and patiently in order to achieve my various goals.

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Happy New Year

We are in our last day of one of the most trying years of our lives…and we survived! No matter the circumstance, we actually thrived.

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Happy Holidays

I am wishing happy holidays to you and yours. This holiday season may feel a bit different from previous years.

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We must stay vigilant

The presidential election was roughly one and a half months ago and the president of the United States has yet to concede.

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The holiday season is among us

This holiday season is unlike any other we have experienced before. Many of us are spending time by ourselves and not with our families and friends.

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Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving will likely be a unique experience for many. Countless families are choosing to forego the large celebrations and family gatherings in order to keep loved ones safe and healthy in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Biden won: What comes next?

Although the votes have yet to be certified (that will happen on Dec. 14), it is safe to say former Vice President Joe Biden has won a decisive victory over the sitting president.

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A new day in politics: We can now dress the wounds of our nation

These days the Biblical scriptures of Chapter 8 in the Book of Jeremiah are likely resonating soundly for many of us.

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Harlem mourns

Last month Harlem lost a real hero. Cecil Corbin-Mark died Oct. 15 after suffering a stroke and passed away at the tender age of 51.

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Realistic expectations on election night

For so many American voters, participating in a U.S. election means going to the polls on the first Tuesday in November, watching the electoral returns on their favorite network, seeing which candidate gets over 270 Election College votes, and then seeing which candidate will be sworn in or reelected as the president of the United States.

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Remembering Black immigrants

Just a few weeks ago we heard of the harrowing story of women at detention camps in southern states in the United States being forcibly sterilized against their will.

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Support our Black cultural institutions

During these difficult economic times, it is now more important than ever that we support our Black cultural institutions.

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United States Postal Service

Ahead of the November 3rd election, there is so much discussion about the dismantling of crucial sorting machines at postal offices around the country.

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This is not a drill

It’s time to look alive. The president of the United States recently refused to commit to a peaceful transference of power pending the results of the November 3rd election.

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It’s not over

I keep reading articles and opinion pieces about the end of Democratic politics

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Do not let the polls fool you

We are now just under two months before the election on November 3rd. Although we will be voting for the president and vice president of the United States.

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Mourning those we’ve lost

It seems like 2020 just won’t stop. So many of us are still processing the death of Kobe Bryant at the beginning of the year and just last week, we lost Chadwick Boseman.

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Back to school

There are so many parents who are exhausted. Students across the country have been home since March and many parents are at their wits’ end.

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Kamala Harris makes history

Last week at the Democratic National Convention, California Senator Kamala Harris made history by accepting the Democratic nomination for the vice presidency of the United States.

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Gratitude

I know so many things in the world seem like they are on fire these days. Our nation appears to be sliding into an authoritarian regime.

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Please don’t forget to fill out your Census

If people do not fill out the Census and are not counted, then they and their communities are not recorded and the allocation of resources are not distributed to them.

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We must pay attention to secret police

The past few weeks we have seen some quite troubling visuals of secret police descending on cities across the country.

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Saying goodbye to C.T. Vivian and Rep. John Lewis

America has lost two giants in the ongoing civil rights struggle.

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COVID-19 and HIV: Lessons learned from the International AIDS Conference

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference, a bi-annual event, was hosted in the United States for the first time since 2012, when President Obama lifted the travel ban for people living with HIV and AIDs traveling to the United States.

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Givly, the giving app

I recently filed my 2019 taxes and was quite disappointed in myself. The previous year I had pledged to tithe 10% of my salary to organizations doing good work in New York City and beyond.

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Phases 2 and 3: Are we ready?

Last week Mayor de Blasio announced New York City would be moving to Phase 2 of opening the city.

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Happy Pride Month

June is National Pride Month where we celebrate our friends and family members who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ).

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Happy Father’s Day

This year I will be celebrating Father’s Day with my dad at his home in Delaware.

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How can you be useful in this moment?

Many people have asked me what they can do to be useful in this surreal moment.

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Stay safe during these uprisings

By now most people have seen the images and read stories about the various uprisings across the country.

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Congratulations graduates

Graduation is such an exciting and exhilarating time in a person’s life. It is the culmination of hard work and dedication.

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Remembering our veterans

It is hard to imagine such a young nation being at war the majority of her existence, but that is the history of the United States.

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Please focus Mr. Mayor

Just a few days ago millions of mothers celebrated Mother’s Day. For far too many Black mothers, the holiday was filled with sadness and despair.

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Resources during these surreal times

The current pandemic has thrown so many lives into a tailspin.

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Dear governor, please give human service workers more assistance

We are several weeks into sheltering in place due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently passed an executive order to mandate facemasks for people when they are in public.

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It’s time to activate

I’m not sure what day of the quarantine is upon us. Hopefully our readers have been sheltering in place these past few weeks and staying at home as much as possible in order to flatten the curve.

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Looking for a good read during this time of sheltering in place

During this time of sheltering in place, many of us have found solace in catching up on television and movies to escape our surreal reality.

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Thank you to our heroes

The word hero used to get thrown around quite a bit. It seemed like everyday someone was being hailed as a hero.

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Happy Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month. 2020 has been filled with a series of trials and tribulations and the strength of women has been evident in ways large and small.

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Stay safe during coronavirus

So we are entering a new and surreal moment in our city, our nation, and our world. The coronavirus has come to the United States and by all accounts will cause more destruction before we begin to see any relief from this relatively mysterious virus.

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‘Soldier’s Play’ is a must see!

Run, don’t walk to see this latest production of “A Soldier’s Play.”

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South Carolina––what’s at stake

It appears Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is currently in the lead with delegates for the Democratic Party primary nomination.

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Local politics matter

I know the 2020 presidential election is somewhat all consuming in many of our news and daily lives.

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Happy Black History Month

Every February this nation celebrates Black History Month.

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What an embarrassing display

All I can do is shake my head at the road on which we currently find ourselves. Our democracy is literally hanging on by a thread, largely due to the actions of Republican senators who are pledging loyalty to Donald Trump instead of upholding their oath to represent and protect the American people.

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Did you make resolutions?

Every January millions of people make New Year’s resolutions.

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What the Framers intended

It seems like the world is on fire, literally and figuratively.

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Happy New Year!!!!

It is a new year, a new decade, and as the legend Patti LaBelle would say, “A new attitude.” I truly hope everyone will blast her 1985 hit from the “Beverly Hills Cop” soundtrack as we enter this new era.

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Getting ready for 2020

The year 2019 is almost behind us and it is time to prepare for a new decade. I am so curious and excited as to what this new decade will bring forth.

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The year is coming to a close

As we start to wind down 2019 and reflect on the past year and the past decade, hopefully we will be able to recount all of the highs and lows we have experienced. As always, I like to think of all of the various ways I am fortunate in my life.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving dear Amsterdam News readers. Each year we dedicate a special day to gather with friends and family, make traditional meals, and give thanks for the abundance in our lives.

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Cuomo, it’s time to represent New York and free criminalized survivors of domestic violence!

Every so often I turn my column over to one of my thoughtful students. Aniqa Chowdhury is a lifelong resident of Queens and currently a student at Fordham University—Lincoln Center. Here are her thoughts on Cuomo and his domestic violence initiatives…or lack thereof.

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Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act

I am so sure many of our readers saw the horrifying video of 19-year-old Adrian Napier tackled by close to a dozen NYPD officers with guns drawn on a crowded subway car just because he allegedly skipped the $2.75 subway fare.

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‘Fires in the Mirror’

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Anna Deveare Smith’s classic play “Fires in the Mirror” now playing at the Signature Theatre.

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Election Day is approaching

New York City has an election day swiftly approaching on November 5.

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Honoring our ancestors

This past weekend I attended the wedding of a dear friend from college.

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Losing our icons

This past week we lost two icons, Jessye Norman the famed opera singer and Diahann Carroll the brilliant and talented actress.

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An app that makes politics easier

I recently discovered a politics app that just might change the way everyone thinks about politics. Each election season I get frantic phone calls from friends and family from across the country asking me who they should vote for, what the particular issues are in their respective districts, and what I think about the overall political field.

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It’s time for impeachment

We have reached a point where impeachment is no longer up for discussion. Many people would argue that impeachment proceedings should have begun several months ago.

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Thank you to all the teachers

Millions of children are back in school and the school year has officially begun.

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The value of rejection

I was recently talking to a friend who did not receive a job she applied for. I then spoke to a former student about not getting into a graduate program of interest to her.

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Immigrants continue to contribute to our society

There are currently so many debates about the “immigration problem” in the United States. The president and his administration have condemned immigrants for the past two plus years, villainized them as murders and rapists, and completely ignored their centuries of contributions to American society.

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Something to think about as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Every year millions of Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, usually by eating “Mexican food” and drinking copious amounts of tequila.

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So many Democratic candidates

It seems like each week someone new announces they are running for the presidency in 2020. In the upcoming weeks and months, it is likely that we will see even more members of Congress, governors and businessmen jump in the race.

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019! Hopefully, the first few days of 2019 have been filled with a sense of energy and purpose.

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Happy Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year when we gather with family and friends to fellowship, eat and give thanks for all of the different aspects of our lives.

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The elections are over, but we still have work to do

Last week, millions of Americans across the country made their voices heard.

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Embrace change

Today is Election Day and change is in the air.

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Support the prisoner’s strike

Last week imprisoned individuals from prisons from across at least seven states went on strike to highlight their conditions and make demands for equitable and humane treatment, to bring attention to the deaths of inmates that have occurred while in custody, and to end forced and unpaid labor.

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We will always love you, Aretha

We lost our queen last week.

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What does it mean to have an ally?

I was recently reading about the racist and homophobic past tweets of Major League Baseball Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader.

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We must make the immigration debate our fight

Many of us have been horrified watching the news these past few weeks and seeing innocent children who have been ripped away from their parents’ arms.

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Reconnect with some one outside of your age group

I recently saw a story on social media about a bisexual girl who was getting ready to go to a Gay Pride celebration in Washington, D.C.

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April is National Poetry Month, and it almost came to a close without me properly acknowledging it. I have always been a lover of poetry.

Lately, the political climate has my levels of stress and anxiety on the maximum setting, so I find myself more and more unwinding during the day with a nice poem to calm my nerves and remind me that I am not alone in this world.

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Exciting election season

What if I told you there is an exciting new show on television filled with political intrigue, trials, bribery, lies, smack talk and long-standing beefs?

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We still have time left in 2017

I don’t know about you, but for me 2017 was an emotionally draining year. I have never felt so insecure about the future of my country.

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NYU McSilver Institute announces Dr. Christina M. Greer as the 2018 McSilver Fellow in Residence

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work, has announced Dr. Christina M. Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University and media commentator, as the 2018 McSilver Fellow in Residence.

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Happy Thanksgiving, or better yet, happy Native-American reflection

Every year millions of Americans gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Make sure you have a voting plan

Next Tuesday, Nov. 7, the New York City municipal elections take place. There will be several important elections on your ballot for mayor, borough president, City Council members, judges and even district attorneys

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Supporting survivors of sexual harassment and assault

There have been far too many articles placing blame on women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted

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Let’s take our minds off things

I know the daily news has been quite stressful for many people. Whether you are concerned about white supremacists taking over your neighborhood, North Korea’s Kim Jung-un and nuclear threats or just having an incredibly incompetent president at the helm, we are living in stressful times

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What next?

I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely exhausted with this presidential administration. We were warned that DJT would govern with chaos and surprise.

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Making lists: 39 while 39

I am celebrating a birthday this week. Actually it will be my final year in my 30s.

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If you see something, say something



Even though the election was just a few weeks ago, it seems like DJT has been our president-elect for decades.

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Let’s not forget about gender

I am a proud Black American woman and often think of my primary identity as being Black American. However, after watching Matt Lauer’s “interview” with presidential candidates Clinton and Trump, I quickly realized that I must be much more vigilant about checking patriarchy and male privilege.

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Lower-level elections matter

I know most people are focused on the 2016 presidential election, which will take place Nov. 8.

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I will not be attending the RNC

I planned to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this summer. I thought it would be an opportunity to interview voters, local officials and party leaders to hear what their plans are for the next four years.

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Nixon and the War on Drugs

So it has finally been confirmed. Black people are not crazy, or left-wing conspiracy theorists or hypercondriacs.

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Black Girl Movement: A National Conference, April 7-9, 2016

The Black Girl Movement: A National Conference will convene at Columbia University.

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‘The Royale’: Fascinating fiction and unfortunate realities


It is rare that I see a play and am still thinking about it weeks after I’ve seen the show. “The Royale,” currently showing at the Lincoln Center (Mitzi Newhouse) Theater until May 1, is inspired by the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion.

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Happy Women’s History Month

I always love the first week of March. I am still riding high from Black History Month (and the extra day this leap year) and gearing up for a month where I get to celebrate the intersection of race and gender.

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‘Militias’, stand-offs and the privilege of being white

By the time this piece goes to print, I have no idea if the standoff/armed takeover of a federal building in Oregon will still capture the attention of the mainstream media outlets.

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Happy New Year

Welcome, 2016! As we emerge from the 2015 fog, I am wishing everyone a 2016 filled with peace, prosperity and forward advancement in all portions of your life.

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Goodbye, 2015, and a special message to my incarcerated brothers and sisters

This last column in 2015 is dedicated to my incarcerated brothers and sisters across the country.

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Is Bernie the best bet?

The 2016 presidential election is upon us.

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Gratitude

I recently attended First Corinthian Baptist Church and the theme of the sermon was gratitude.

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Scars tell our journeys

Scars from illnesses tell others, who wouldn't have known, what we've been through.

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Political giving: Expanding our definition of tithing

I recently attended an event for women involved in and interested in politics.

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10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

It seems like so much has changed since Hurricane Katrina touched down in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Aug. 29, 2005.

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It’s a new year, get a tuneup

Get a health Check-Up.

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The 2016 presidential race will be here before we know it.

Let’s face it, summer is more than half over, 2015 is half finished and we will soon see leaves turning and cold fronts coming in.

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Conversations with our elders: Forgiveness is the gift we give ourselves

I recently had lunch with an 82-year-old relative. She went to college in the late 1940s and received her master’s in musicology in the early 1950s.

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Let’s think about Cuba

Congress recently blocked President Barack Obama’s efforts to ease the Cuban embargo, but it now appears the two countries will begin the process of recreating embassies after 55 years.

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Let it out, cry if you need to

By now,most of us are processing the events in Charleston, S.C., in various ways.

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Support our girls

I have been following the #Sayhername campaign, which acknowledges and memorializes Black women and girls who have been killed by the state.

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What New Yorkers can learn from California: Bags and baths

I recently visited Los Angeles, and each time I touch down and see the Pacific Ocean, I always feel like I am cheating on New York City just a bit.

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Keep it current

As the weather finally begins to change, I am inspired by the phrase “Keep it current.” It may seem like a simple or even abstract phrase to some, but it is quickly becoming a guiding principle for me in all facets of my life.

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Get more politically involved

Greetings, readers. As a political scientist, I have dedicated myself to helping students become more informed of political processes, more politically aware of their surroundings and more knowledgable about how systems of power work (and sometimes do not work) in this country.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Amsterdam News readers.