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Bronx woman celebrates 101st birthday at Black History Month celebration

Bronx resident Gloria Rowe recently celebrated her 101st birthday at JASA’s Einstein Senior Center in Co-Op City during the center’s Black History Month celebration.

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Sen. James Sanders Jr. to host free tax prep services

Beginning Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. State Sen. James Sanders’ District Office (142-01 Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park) will offer free tax preparation and filing for individuals and families earning less than $50,000.

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NYC plastic bag ban takes effect on March 1

In an effort to save money and help the environment, the state of New York will be banning plastic bags from stores starting March 1.

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Congressman Hakeem Jeffries holds State of the District address at the Downtown Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University

Cong. Hakim Jeffries hosted his State of the District at the Long Island College, Brooklyn Campus on Monday, 24 February, 2020.

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'This might be bad': CDC warns of coronavirus worsening in the U.S.

They were four ominous words about coronavirus from the federal entity established to promote and protect American health: "This might be bad."

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Trump budget 'threatens the very future' of New Yorkers who rely on housing programs: senators

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers could soon pay more rent for their public housing homes while also seeing a reduction in services under Trump Administration proposals.

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As public charge rule goes into effect, some NYC immigrants fear seeking help

Changes to the new "public charge" rule went into effect Monday, and it’s leading some immigrants to make drastic moves.

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Kobe and Gianna Bryant honored in public memorial at Staples Center

Thousands of mourners gathered in the Staples Center on Monday to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

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Thousands were without water at Manhattan NYCHA complex

Thousands of New York City Housing Authority residents were without water Sunday night after a water main break, officials said.

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2020 NAACP Image Awards: Complete winners list

Check out who took home top honors at this year's NAACP Image Awards

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December 12th Movement commemorates 55 years since death of Malcolm X

The December 12th Movement is hosting its Pan African Forum in commemoration of the 1965 death of Malcolm X on Friday, Feb. 21 at the National Black Theater

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SUNY Downstate partners with Medgar Evers and Brooklyn College

Graduates of Medgar Evers College School of Science, Brooklyn College Health & Technology, and Health and Nutrition Sciences have announced that Medgar Evers’ students can receive priority admission consideration into the Master of Public Health program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health.

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Rapper Pop Smoke shot and killed in Hollywood Hills, reports say

Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed in the Hollywood Hills, according to multiple reports.

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Actress Ja'net DuBois dead at 74

Reports indicate that actress Ja'net DuBois has died.

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Mike Bloomberg qualifies for Nevada presidential debate

Expect to see a new face on the debate stage.

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Rents already rising amid broker fee back-and-forth: study

In the midst of a legal battle challenging a new ban on broker fees statewide, a new report says city landlords are already trying to make up the difference.

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De Blasio endorses Bernie Sanders

Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race for president on Sunday.

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Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson lead tributes for Kobe Bryant at All-Star Game

As expected, this All-Star weekend has been largely about paying tribute to the life of Kobe Bryant.

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa: Child actress who appeared in Disney's 'Queen of Katwe' dies at 15

Nikita Waligwa, a child actress who appeared in the 2016 Disney film Queen of Katwe, died of a brain tumor.

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Family of great-great-great Hyacinth Bourne, 103, announce funeral arrangements

Great-great-great Hyacinth Bourne, 103, made her transition just one month after her 103rd birthday, in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

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Stefani Zinerman announces her campaign for 56th Assembly

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Brooklyn activist Stefani Zinerman announced her candidacy for the 56th Assembly District at the Historical Weeksville Heritage Center.

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Bloomberg apologizes again for stop-and-frisk support after 2015 audio clip resurfaces

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was trending on Twitter Tuesday morning, but not for reasons likely to help his campaign.

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Our right to vote: Landmark legislation turns 55

Fifty-five years ago, the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders watched former President Lyndon B. Johnson sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965

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Melanated Campout, organized group of Black campers, plans weekend of outdoor adventures

Melanated Campout, LLC announces Melanated Campout Summer Edition in Cartersville, GA – June 5-7, 2020.

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NYC Census to hold over 60 events for 'Teach-In Tuesday'

On Tuesday, February 11, NYC Census 2020 and its partner organizations are holding more than 60 civil rights-style teach-ins across all five boroughs to educate New Yorkers and encourage participation in the 2020 Census.

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Police shootings raise tensions between mayor, NYPD union head

Politics is threatening to divide the NYPD in the wake of two shootings targeting police officers over the weekend.

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Broker fees back in New York after order from judge

New Yorkers may have said goodbye to broker fees too soon.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala dies at 78

The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78.

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Janet Jackson will take 'Black Diamond' tour across the US this summer

Janet Jackson is going on tour and releasing a new album this year.

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Date set for Kobe Bryant's memorial service in Los Angeles

A memorial service is set to be held in the Staples Center on Feb. 24 for Kobe Bryant.

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Oprah excites fans at 20/20 Vision Tour at Barclays Center

Oprah Winfrey inspired over 15,000 people inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn Saturday as part of her 20/20 Vision Tour.

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Manhattan district attorney to review Malcolm X murder case

More than 50 years after Malcolm X was killed, the Manhattan district attorney’s office is looking into reopening the civil rights activist’s 1965 murder case.

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Council Member King hosts “Celebrating Our History” event

To kick off Black History Month at Evander Childs Educational Campus, Council Member Andy King hosted his annual “Celebrating Our History" event with The Bronx Youth Empowerment Program.

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Department of Consumer and Worker Protection urges qualified New Yorkers to take advantage of free tax prep

The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Lorelei Salas recently launched the Agency’s 18th annual tax season initiative and encouraged New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less to file for free using NYC Free Tax Prep.

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Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond hosting women’s conference

The Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond, the first woman and first African American woman president at the New York Theological Seminary, hosts the 2020 Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Women’s Conference on Feb. 7, an annual conference dedicated to empowering female faith leaders across New York.

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President Trump acquitted in final impeachment trial vote

President Donald Trump will remain in office following a Senate vote to acquit him

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City Planning Commission approves expansion of Lenox Terrace

The proposal to expand Lenox Terrace passed a major hurdle today, though many community members don't support it.

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Rihanna to receive special honor at NAACP Image Awards

Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards this month.

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NYC settles suit over man who died in police custody for $2.6M

The mother of a Bronx man who died of an asthma attack in police custody has received a $2.55 million settlement from New York City.

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Rapper 50 Cent receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Rapper 50 Cent was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.

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CEMOTAP hosts ‘The Meeting’

In a standing-room-only event, on Saturday, Jan. 25, South Ozone Park-based CEMOTAP hosted their forum entitled “The Meeting—Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King and The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”

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Sen. Kevin Parker celebrates Dr. MLK’s legacy with a free community concert

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 500 community residents joined State Sen. Kevin Parker for his 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert in conjunction with the A Shared Dream Foundation.

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African American Pearl Harbor veteran celebrates 100th birthday

Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo joined Council colleagues in the City Hall Chambers to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Rev. James E. Blakely on Jan. 23, 2020, the oldest known African American Pearl Harbor veteran on record.

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Amateur Night at the Apollo kicks off 86th season

Amateur Night at the Apollo returns on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. marking the 86th year of the signature program, and will introduce the new “Set It Off Man” Greginald Spencer.

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About 90 percent of all jaywalking tickets issued to Black and Latino pedestrians in NYC

New Yorkers are known for darting into traffic without heeding crosswalks and traffic lights.

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Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world

Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire.

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Program teaches prisoners how to code to obtain tech jobs upon release

The Last Mile, a prison rehabilitation program based in San Quentin, California, offers prisoners free training on how to code

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City official investigating allegations of grade-fraud against NYC Department of Education

New York City teachers were forced to pass students who didn't do well on exams, they told NYC Councilman Robert Holden.

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How to find hidden college scholarships

Finding money for college is not easy.

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See all the biggest winners at the 2020 Grammy Awards

Lizzo and Billie Eilish have won their first career Grammys.

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