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Over 350 summons warrants erased at 'Another Chance' event in the Bronx

A burden for several people in the Bronx was lifted when 355 summons warrants were erased at last Saturday’s “Another Chance” event held at the Mount Hope Community Center.

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U.S. Postal Service set to issue 2016 Kwanzaa Forever stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is set to issue the 2016 Kwanzaa Forever stamp on October 1 in Charleston, S.C.

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Bronx DA drops assault case against Mamadou Diallo

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that Amadou Diallo will not be prosecuted in the death of a man he had beaten for trying to rape his wife in their apartment.

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Nana Camille Yarborough honored in Brooklyn

Cultural icon Nana Camille Yarborough was surely feeling the Brooklyn love this weekend.

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Celebrate New York Caribbean Carnival Week

The 49th annual West Indian American Day Carnival Association New York Caribbean Carnival Week 2016 celebrates “One Caribbean, One People, One Voice,”

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Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka,' dead at 83

Gene Wilder, who brought a wild-eyed desperation to a series of memorable and iconic comedy roles in the 1970s and 1980s, has died, his lawyer, Eric Weissmann, said.

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VIDEO: Funeral services for late journalist George Curry

George Edward Curry, a media pioneer and longtime advocate for the black press and civil rights, will be laid to rest Saturday, Aug. 27 in his hometown on Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Kinds and colors of loss and grief: Problems of unity without justice

As the country passes through this period of dangerous and difficult times, times of declared shared loss and shared grief, it is important that we not find ourselves joining conversations and embracing policies that diminish or dismiss our own loss and grief, indict us as a people and divert us from our righteous and relentless struggle.

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Third annual Black Expo comes to New York City

Last Saturday, July 30, the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel hosted the third annual Black Expo.

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City Parks Foundation’s free summer golf program for NYC youth

City Parks Foundation welcomes NYC youngsters to stay active in parks throughout New York City via their 2016 Summer Sports Program for young people.

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Scholar Kevin Young named director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The New York Public Library names poet and scholar Kevin Young as Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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Eric Garner death commemorated

Sunday, July 17 marked two years since the police killing of Eric Garner. Family members, activists and the community gathered for events.

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Alelia Murphy, 111 and counting

Alelia Murphy was born July 6, 1905. She is the last living of 12 siblings. Her immediate family consists of two children, Frederick and Rose; three granddaughters, Annette, Nefer and Crystal; and six talented great-grandchildren, Dawayad, Taquan, Heru-Ahkety, Saut, Seba and Naiya.

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Sen. Kevin Parker hosts free mammography event

Wednesday, July 20, State Sen. Kevin Parker, in partnership with Nachas Health & Family Network and The American Italian Cancer Foundation, hosted a free mammography event at The Bridge Multicultural & Advocacy Project.

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Centenarian honored with NYC Council Proclamation

New York City Council Member Andy King presented a NYC Council Proclamation to Ann Eliza Codrington of the Bronx in celebration of her 100th birthday Saturday, July 23, at Dreiser Community Center, 177 Dreiser Loop, Auditorium B, Co-op City, Bronx.

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Health experts at major AIDS confab city new infection surge

A massive turnout of activists, delegates, doctors and public health experts are settling in for this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, where the good news is that survival rates have increased thanks to life-saving medications.

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2016 New York Urban League Classic cancelled

The New York Urban League announced that its annual football classic has been cancelled for 2016.

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Sharpton speaks on Baton Rouge police killings

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke Sunday at New Hope Baptist Church in Elizabeth, N.J., with over a dozen mothers in attendance that lost their children to police misconduct.

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Songwriter Alan Scott debuts music video featuring Eric Garner's mother

D.C. songwriter and music teacher Alan Scott debuts his new song “You Only See Me When I’m Gone,” which touches on the recent killings of Black Americans.

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Family, activists commemorate 2-year anniversary of Eric Garner death

Sunday, July 17 marks two years since the police killing of Eric Garner.

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Police Athletic League kids compete in summer tournaments

Come cheer on 30 of the Police Athletic League’s Double Dutch champions, in fifth through eighth grades, as they show off their skills and compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals at PAL’s Summer Day Camp Double Dutch Tournament.

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New shot clock will be used at all 29 NBA arenas during the 2016-17 season

NEW YORK, July 7, 2016—The NBA and TISSOT announced today the launch of a groundbreaking integrated timing system and a new shot clock with innovative LED glass technology developed exclusively for the league.

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Brooklyn senior citizens dance the night away at ‘senior’ prom

Recently, on a rainy evening, a team of dedicated community activists transformed a local middle school gymnasium into a dance hall for senior citizens from Central Brooklyn to party like it’s 1959 at a prom for Brooklynites 60 and older.

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Mayor David Dinkins celebrates his birthday with a fundraiser for Robert Jackson’s State Senate campaign

In front of a large crowd that included State Sen. Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith Wright and many education and community leaders, former Mayor David Dinkins celebrated his birthday at a fundraiser for Robert Jackson for State Senate at the home of Debbie Meyer and Eric Rosenthal.

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Queens of Queens

Resorts World Casino New York City recently hosted the Queens of Queens Dance Party at the Central Park event space.

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‘MONOPLY MONEY’ DRAWS SCORN FROM CASH-STRAPPED ZIMBABWEANS

With exports down and scarce dollars hidden away under pillows, banks in Zimbabwe are running out of legal tender.

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Funeral arrangements announced for late radio personality Vaughn Harper

Funeral services for legendary radio personality Vaughn Harper have been announced.

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Protest commemorates one year since death of Sandra Bland

A protest is taking place in Brooklyn on Wednesday, July 13 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a Black woman who suspiciously died while in jail in Texas in 2015.

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NYCHA: Harlem developments not being sold and demolished

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) says rumors claiming that three Harlem housing projects have been sold to a “billionaire housing developer” and are slated for demolition are not true.

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David Dinkins celebrates 89th birthday

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins celebrated his 89th birthday at a party at Ellen's Stardust Diner in Times Square.

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Man known as #MrStealYourGrandma proving good Black don’t crack

If you haven’t heard of him by now, 54-year-old Irvin Randle is taking social media by storm.

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BP Adams launches Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Walk

Sunday, June 26, 2016, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, along with a host of Brooklynites and international and domestic cultural enthusiasts, kicked off the inaugural Central Brooklyn Arts & Cultural Walk.

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ANOTHER TAKE ON BREXIT FROM AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

Writing on the blog This Is Africa, Malawi journalist Levi Kabwato tackled the much reported story of “Brexit” from his own unique perspective.

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New York City enacts commercial tenant harassment reform

Commercial landlords will face penalties for harassing their tenants.

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Your 4th of July weekend guide

If you're staying in the city this Fourth of July weekend there's plenty to do around town.

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Brooklyn hosts the 45th International African Arts Festival

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Brooklyn’s most beloved celebration of African culture and family.

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PHOTOS: NYC celebrates LGBTQ pride

Thousands of people turned out for the Gay Pride Parade in the city.

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Jennifer Holliday headlining Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show

Grammy and Tony-Award winner Jennifer Holliday is scheduled to perform at Macy's 4th of July Fireworks celebration.

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2016 BET Awards: The winners

The 2016 "BET Awards," is set to take place at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26 in Los Angeles. This year’s show features a tribute to late superstar Prince.

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State Senator Kevin Parker hosts tea party

Saturday, June 11, State Sen. Kevin Parker was joined by family, friends and supporters for his annual High Tea event.

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The Rev. and Mrs. Cockfield celebrate golden anniversary

June 25, 2016, from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Alfred and Linette Cockfield of Far Rockaway and Brooklyn, N.Y., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows and a reception titled, “Then and Now—Two Hearts One Love—50 Years of a Wonderful Love” at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church, located at 661 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Flood season in Ghana, fatalities mount

Residents of a suburb of Accra are blaming government for failing to take action and prevent flooding fatalities, which are again mounting one year after heavy rains and a gas station explosion took more than 150 lives.

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Artist with Down syndrome featured at local gallery

An exhibition of works by Haile King Rubie, a 26-year-old Harlem artist with Down syndrome, will inaugurate the Clara Francis Gallery, a new Harlem art spot, from July 27 to Aug. 17, 2016.

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Bronx unemployment drops to 6.1%

The Bronx’s unemployment rate has fallen to one of its lowest numbers ever, according to newly released statistics from the New York State Department of Labor.

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Twin NFL stars raise money for sickle cell

Saturday, June 18, 2016, NFL stars and twin brothers, Jason and Devin McCourty, are hosting their annual Tackle Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.

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Vulcan Society presents awards

There were many celebrations at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, N.Y. June 2, 2016.

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Study: 1 Percent of Black Men in US Are Registered Sex Offenders

One percent of all black men in the U.S. are registered sex offenders, and black men enter the sex offender registry at nearly twice the rate of white men, a new University at Albany study finds.

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Hate crime?: Black S.I. teen dies of asthma attack after being chased by white mob

The death of 16-year-old Black boy in Staten Island causes shockwaves around the city and could be a possible hate crime.

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Saint John’s becomes home to NYCFC Academy

New York City Football Club is pleased to announce that St. John’s University will be the home for the NYCFC Academy for the 2016 season.

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More than two million pledged and ran on Global Running Day

More than two million people from more than 165 countries pledged to run on Global Running Day June 1.

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