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Applications open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy

High school students nationwide can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Students take to streets for Children’s March for Peace

Young students from the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) marched the streets of Harlem calling for peace in the neighborhood as part of the 21st Annual HCZ Peace March on Wednesday.

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City marks one year since Michael Brown killing

Events are taking place in the city commemorating one year since the police death of Michael Brown.

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Enough with the Will Smith-Jada Pinkett Smith breakup rumors

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are not calling it quits this summer.

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NYPD Chief Deputy Kim Royster being transferred to personnel division

Commanding officer of the NYPD's Public Information Office Kim Royster is making history with a promotion.

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Mount Vernon community activist calls on DOJ to investigate Raynette Turner death

Mount Vernon community activist Samuel L. Rivers is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of Raynette Turner.

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Black woman found dead in jail cell in Mount Vernon

A Black woman was found dead in jail cell in Mount Vernon.

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City under heat advisory through Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for the New York, Tri-State area through 8 p.m. Thursday.

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Video shows NYPD officers beating Black man at Target in Brooklyn

A video that's going viral of NYPD officers beating a Black man at a Brooklyn Target is raising questions and outrage.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, dies at age 22

The daughter of late singer Whitney Houston has died after being in a coma for six months.

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State Sen. John Sampson found guilty on corruption charges

State Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn's 19th District was stripped of his seat Friday after he was convicted on three of the nine corruption charges he faced.

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State wage board votes in favor of increasing minimum wage for fast-food workers

More than 180,000 fast-food workers in the state are praising the the New York Wage Board after they unanimously vote to increase the minimum wage to $15.

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‘Justice for Garner’ rally takes place at U.S. Federal Courthouse

On the weekend marking one year since the police killing of Eric Garner, Rev. Al Sharpton and his coalition rallied and took a petition to the U.S. Justice Department.

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Building collapse in Bed-Stuy causes injuries, street closures

A building collapse in Bed-Stuy leaves several people injured and closes streets.

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President Obama addresses NAACP

President Barack Obama speaks to the NAACP at the annual convention in Philadelphia.

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Web series 'Token Empire' launches Kickstarter campaign

Web series "Token Empire" has launched a Kickstarter campaign

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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

Congressman Charlie Rangel's political legacy spans nearly 45 years. 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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