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Black Women’s Roundtable salutes trailblazer Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘Me Too’ movement, and others

The Black Women’s Roundtable salutes and congratulates its colleague and partner, Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement, and others who were recognized by Time magazine as the “Silence Breakers” and collectively are the Time magazine Person of the Year 2017.

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Santaland at Herald Square

We all know that there is something so special about going to Macy’s Herald Square and visiting Santa.

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State Sen. Brian Benjamin moves forward with campaign promise to close Rikers

State Sen. Brian Benjamin recently hosted a community forum in Harlem on the effects Rikers Island has on the community.

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Reports: Omarosa Manigault Newman set to leave the White House

Reports indicate that Omarosa Manigault Newman is set to leave her position in the White House as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison next month.

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First Lady Chirlane McCray launches new partnership to promote mental health and wellness in Black communities

First Lady Chirlane McCray launched her new mental health initiative Sisters Thrive this week.

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Family of bullied white child with alleged racist ties gets nearly $60K while family of Black child who committed suicide gets less

Ten-year-old Ashawnty Davis of Colorado, who is Black, and 10-year-old Keaton Jones Tennessee, who is white, are both victims of bullying.

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NAACP: Make history in selection of Council Speaker

The NAACP New York State Conference Wednesday announced it will launch a social media campaign to promote the election of the first African American Speaker of the New York City Council in history.

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Golden Krust founder Lowell Hawthorne dead at 57

The local, national and international Caribbean Diaspora community is reeling from the untimely death of Jamaica-born Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, business entrepreneur and philanthropist.

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OneUnited Bank teams up with The Breakfast Club raising $700,000 for social justice

Earlier this month, OneUnited Bank, the largest black owned bank in America, teamed up with Charlemagne Tha God and The Breakfast Club, on their Change4Change Radiothon.

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Thanksgiving Day celebrated in the city

The spirit of Thanksgiving was felt across the city as people came together to celebrate the holiday with food and camaraderie.

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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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NJMH holds gala at Schomburg

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at the historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem hosted its Third Annual Fall Benefit Concert, Uptown in Autumn

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NYULYP hosts discussion on recreating Black Wall Street

The New York Urban League Young Professionals recently hosted its National Day of Empowerment at Moody’s in Downtown Manhattan.

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Humble providing more meals for locals

Chief Master Sabu and the Humble School of Martial Arts will be hosting its 37th annual Humble Thanksgiving feeding festivity Nov. 23, 2017.

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Is Oprah Winfrey replacing Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning?'

Multiple reports indicate that CBS is "begging" media personality and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey to replace disgraced news anchor Charlie Rose as co-host of "CBS This Morning."

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City Council holds joint on housing, homelessness and safety

Earlier this week, Council Member Jumaane Williams , Deputy Leader and Chair of Council's Housing and Buildings Committee, and Council Member Stephen, Chair of the Committee on General Welfare held a hearing on two bills that relate to housing and homelessness.

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Brooklyn BP Eric Adams delivers 15,000 pounds of turkey and trimmings to needy Brooklynites

Last Friday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams distributed 15,000 pounds of food, including turkeys and healthy trimmings, to more than 100 local food pantries and houses of worship that are serving Brooklynites in need this Thanksgiving.

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GoFundMe and Thurgood Marshall College Fund team up to help HBCU students pay for college

GoFundMe recently announced a partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation's largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community.

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Andra Day and Common to perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Grammy Award–nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day is singing "Stand Up for Something," from the film Marshall on the Girl Scout float at the 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

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Women of color are fastest-growing group of business owners

According to the most recent figures contained in the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45 percent last year—a rate five times the national average.

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PVAMU Marching Storm arrives in NYC

The Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm band arrived to the city Monday ahead of their performance at the 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade set for Thursday.

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Thanksgiving Day meals in the community

Several churches and organizations are giving away free Thanksgiving Day meals.

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Rev. Al Sharpton responds to Rev. Jesse Jackson's announcement that he has Parkinson's disease

"We pray for him, just as he fought for us.”

One of Rev. Jesse Jackson's mentees, Rev. Al Sharpton is responding the civil rights leader's announcement that he is suffering from Parkinson's disease.

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Salvation Army to serve 1,000 at Thanksgiving dinner

bout 1,000 homeless and hungry people will receive Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at The Salvation Army Greater New York Divisional Headquarters at 120 West 14th Street in Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day.

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The best apps for the Thanksgiving cook

With Turkey Day just days away, many people are anxiously cleaning their homes and prepping their pantry for a day of cooking and hosting.

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The Shadow League and Buick honors three sports trailblazers

The fourth annual Shadow League Awards, presented by Buick, held Wednesday, Nov. 8, at ESPACE (New York City), was a huge success.

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Marine Corp veteran and New York State Sen. James Sanders Jr. hosts Veterans Day Luncheon

State Sen. and Marine Corps veteran James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) hosted a Veterans Day Luncheon at Applebee’s at Five Towns for dozens of veterans.

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‘Last Revolutionary’ to open 25th annual ADIFF

The African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with 64 films from 31 countries, including 31 world, U.S. and New York premieres. Screenings will be held at three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University; Cinema Village; and MIST Harlem.

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Is it time for a change in leadership at NYCHA?

As the saga continues over revelations that the New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) lied about lead paint in thousands of apartments, tenants' complaints about longtime issues are pouring in.

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City Councilwoman Inez D. Barron re-elected

East New York came through for incumbent City Councilwoman Inez D. Barron, who was re-elected Nov. 7, 2017, to the New York City Council, as the representative for District 42.

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Walter Smith Jr., New York Beacon publisher, passes at 83

Walter “Ball” Smith, publisher and savvy business entrepreneur, died suddenly in Miami Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

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Serenity Singers celebrate 36th anniversary

Lifting every voice, the Rev. Elizabeth Austin Crouell along with musical director Janice Suber and the sacred voices of St. Stephen Community AME Church presented the Rev. Baylor and the Serenity Singers in concert in celebration of their 36th anniversary.

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Harlem Holiday Lights celebrating 25 years

The 125th Street Business Improvement District and Community Boards 9 and 10 are flipping the switch for the 25th Anniversary of Harlem Holiday Lights.

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NAN board wants Sharpton to delay succession plan

The Board Chair of National Action Network (NAN), Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, has asked NAN Founder Rev. Al Sharpton to delay his plans to step down as President of NAN in 2019 upon his 65th birthday.

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Bronx teen accused of stabbing classmates pleads not guilty

Abel Cedeno, 18, pled not guilty on the manslaughter and assault charges he's facing in the stabbing of two fellow students inside his Bronx high school.

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New list highlights nation's most affordable HBCUs

Black college database The Hundred-Seven has published a list of public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that are recognized for their affordability.

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NYUL HBCU fair brings out thousands

Thousands of students from across the Northeast attended the New York Urban League’s 31st annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair on Saturday.

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National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. celebrates 30th anniversary

Former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, now president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the NBLCA Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the fabulous Gotham Hall at 36th Street and Broadway in New York City.

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Sen. Kevin Parker and CUNY team up for free citizenship application assistance event

Saturday, Nov. 4, State Sen. Kevin Parker and the City University of New York held their annual CUNY Citizenship Now! application assistance event at the Flatbush YMCA.

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NYC Health + Hospitals/Sydenham Community Advisory Board hold annual public meeting

The NYC Health + Hospitals/Sydenham Renaissance Community Advisory Board held their annual public meeting Friday, Oct. 27, at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, hosted by CAB Chairperson Ruth Clark and Vice Chairperson Everett Person.

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Dwayne and Whitley attend HBCU Ford Drive2Greatness event in Texas

Actors Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison—Dwayne Cleophus Wayne and Whitley Gilbert of NBC’s “A Different World”—visited Terrell, Texas to celebrate with the community and students of Southwestern Christian College.

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California NAACP wants 'The Star-Spangled Banner' removed as national anthem

Reports indicate that the California NAACP wants to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as America's national anthem citing racist lyrics.

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Sheila Oliver becomes New Jersey's first Black lieutenant governor

Democrat Phil Murphy wins the New Jersey governor's race making his running mate, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, the state's first Black lieutenant governor.

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HBCU marching band participating in 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) Marching Storm is headed to the Big Apple for the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Celebrating Black Solidarity Day

Oct. 28, Operation People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect honored Dr. Carlos Russell, the founder of Black Solidarity Day, in East New York, Brooklyn.

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Halloween events for kids and families

Check out these community events going on for Halloween for kids and families!

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CUNY board approves tuition break for students from Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Students from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will pay in-state tuition for the 2017-18 academic year, the CUNY board of trustees voted unanimously Monday.

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Eight HBCU bands 'march on' to the 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

A record number of votes helped select this year's lineup of marching bands from our nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018.

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Missing 10-year-old Bronx boy back at home

The 10-year-old boy missing in the Bronx since Monday is now at home.

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'Benson' star Robert Guillaume dies at age 89

Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his starring role in the 1980s TV sitcom ''Benson", has died.

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