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Former State Senator Malcolm Smith sentenced to 7 years in prison

Former Queens State Senator and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is spending the next seven years of his life behind bars.

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CUNY Prep renamed after Dr. Derrick Griffith

The CUNY Board of Trustees renames CUNY Preparatory School in the Bronx after its founding, the late Dr. Derrick Griffith who died in the May 2015 Amtrak accident that killed eight people.

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Education For a Better America and the Amsterdam News team up for scholarship

Education for a Better America (EBA) and the New York Amsterdam News are partnering to award two high school students scholarships to help them with their first year of college.

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Baltimore County Police fatally shoot unarmed Black man

Questions linger after police fatally shoot an unarmed Black man near Baltimore, according to reports.

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City pools open for summer

City public pools are open for the summer season.

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Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage legal across America

In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry and recognize their marriages.

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WATCH: Funeral services for South Carolina massacre victim Sen. Clementa Pinckney

Funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney were held Friday.

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Safe and Fair - Everywhere: Will it work?

With the addition of 1,300 more cops on the street, a new plan by the mayor and the police commissioner aims to improve police-community relations while keeping people safe.

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NYCHA renovations keep apartments vacant for an average of seven years

Major repair and renovations take apartments off the market an average of 2,605 days; over $8 million in estimated lost rent

An audit released Thursday by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer found that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) keeps apartments off the rent rolls for an average of 7 years while doing major repairs.

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Min. Louis Farrakhan and leaders mobilizing for 20th anniversary of Million Man March

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will join with leaders from across the nation to officially announce plans for the Millions for Justice convening to demand justice and equality for all in America.

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Al Sharpton, elected officials lead day of remembrance for South Carolina massacre victims

Rev. Al Shaprton and other elected officials lead a day of remembrance in honor of the victims of this week's Black church massacre that occurred in South Carolina.

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Victims' families to Roof: 'May God have mercy on you'

The man who confessed to killing nine people at a Black church in South Carolina has his bond hearing.

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Demonstrators rally in Newark to condemn South Carolina church massacre

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted an emergency march and rally to condemn the Black church massacre that took place in Charleston, S.C.

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Police presence beefed up at city’s Black churches

In the wake of the South Carolina Black church massacre where nine people were killed, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday an increase of police presence at many of the city’s Black churches.

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Nation mourns for Emanuel AME Church

The nation remains in shock after a white gunman opens fire in a Black church in Charleston, S.C. killing nine people.

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What you should know about rent regulation laws

If you are one of the more than two million New Yorkers who lives in rent-regulated housing, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is informing tenants of their rights here's what you need to know

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Rachel Dolezal: 'I defiantly am not white'

White woman who lied about being Black breaks her silence

Rachel Dolezal breaks her silence as she makes her first public statements about why she considers herself African American even though she is white.

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Five things you didn’t know about Congressman Charlie Rangel

June 11 marks Congressman Charlie Rangel’s 85th birthday. Here are some things you might not know about him.

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Bratton under fire for comments about lack of diversity in the NYPD

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton makes disparaging statements about diversity in the NYPD during an interview with The Guardian, a British newspaper.

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Grand jury indicts former South Carolina police officer in Walter Scott shooting

Reports indicate that the police officer who fatal shot Walter Scott in South Carolina has been indicted with murder by a grand jury.

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'Festival of Praise' tour coming to Brooklyn in October

The “Festival of Praise” concert tour is making a stop in Brooklyn on October 30 at the Kings Theatre.

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PHOTOS: LAHHNY stars Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris host brunch before taking vows

"Love & Hip Hop" star Yandy Smith tied the knot with Mendeecees Harris held a brunch before taking vows on live television on Sunday.

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7 photos that prove Malcolm X's spirit is felt today

Every year on May 19, Malcolm X's birthday, marchers' make their way down 125th Street in Harlem to ensure that businesses close from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in honor of the beloved leader.

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Community celebrates Malcolm X's 90th birthday

The Shabazz Family and X Legacy are hosting a birthday celebration for the late el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, known as Malcolm X.

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Fleet Week welcomes American heroes to city

Hundreds of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 27th Annual Fleet Week

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Medgar Evers College comes together to remember Dr. Derrick Griffith

Students, faculty and the community came together to remember Medgar Evers College dean Dr. Darrick Griffith at a candlelight vigil on the campus

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Street artists shine at art show

More than 30 New York City street artists showcased their work this weekend in the "Love It or Hate It" art show.

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Legendary blues singer B. B. King dies at 89

Best known for his down-home style and recognizable guitar skills, blues legend B.B. KIng has died.

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Stevie Wonder turns 65

Music legend Stevie Wonder turns 65 and we're opening up the archives of our rare photos of his career.

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VIDEO: Hammer-wielding suspect gunned down by police in Midtown

Reports indicate that the man wanted by police for several random hammer attacks was gunned down by officers in Midtown.

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City Comptroller Scott Stringer and AARP launch ID theft prevention tour

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel kicked off the 2015 Shred Day event series in front of the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem on Monday.

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Officer not charged in Tony Robinson shooting

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced Monday that the white officer who shot biracial, 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr. in Madison, WI in March will not face charges.

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Alhambra Ballroom hosts bridal expo

The Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem is hosting a bridal expo and fashion show on Sunday, May 17 from 3pm to 7pm.

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Common takes the stage in Harlem

Rapper and actor Common recently performed in Harlem with two exclusive performances of UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH COMMON at Madiba Harlem at MIST.

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Reports: George Zimmerman involved in shooting in Florida

Reports indicate George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting in the Lake Mary, Fla. near Orlando on Monday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo cracks down on nail salons

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the launch of a multi-agency Enforcement Task Force that will move immediately to prevent unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions in the nail salon industry.

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Justice Department opens investigation into the Baltimore Police Department

A week after six police officers in Baltimore are arrested on charges including from murder and manslaughter for the death of Freddie Gray, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the launching of an investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).

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10 things to see during the Apollo Theater's 2015-2016 season

Harlem's crowned jewel, the Apollo Theater, announced its programming for the 2015-2016 season.

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FDNY at 150: The history of Black firefighters in New York

As the FDNY celebrates its 150th anniversary this week, we take a look at the history of African Americans in the Department.

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May Day rally takes on new meaning

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Manhattan on Friday to participate in the annual May Day rally.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Get to know Marilyn J. Mosby

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby was thrust into the spotlight since the police death of Freddie Gray.

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Freddie Gray’s death ruled a homicide

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Friday that all six officers involved in the the death of Freddie Gray are being charged.

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Families of New Yorkers killed by police meet with Gov. Cuomo

The surviving family members of New Yorkers killed by the police over the past decades brought their demand for a special prosecutor for police killings directly to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Capitol office in Albany.

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World-renowned Pentecostal leader, builder, college founder William L. Bonner dies at 93

The honorable Chief Apostle William Lee Bonner, a spiritual leader and book author who built an international organization, landmark educational institutions and churches, and reached millions in his ministry, passed away Friday, April 3.

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Demonstrators gather in Union Square for Freddie Gray

Thousands gather in Union Square Wednesday night for a peaceful demonstration organized by Millions March NYC for police brutality victim Freddie Gray.

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Federal agent fatally shoots alleged hammer-wielding Black man in Detroit

Reports indicate that a federal agent in Detroit fatally shot a Black man 10 times who was allegedly wielding a hammer on Monday triggering demonstrations in the Motor City.

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Baltimore uprising: Justice for Freddie Gray

Community leaders advocate for calm in Baltimore as the city moves forward and peaceful protests take place.

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How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake

Help from around the world is needed after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend continues to have a devastating aftermath as the death tolls rises.

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Texas House votes to deregulate natural hair braiders

Effort follows court decision declaring irrational laws unconstitutional

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Just who is Loretta Lynch?

Loretta Lynch takes her place in history this week as the U.S. Senate confirms as the first African American female U.S. Attorney General but who is she?

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