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NYC public housing residents pack town hall with HUD admin Lynne Patton after Trump meeting

Over 100 tenants of the Douglass Houses packed a town hall meeting inside Grace Methodist Church Friday night.

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R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse; no-bail arrest warrant issued

R. Kelly was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, after decades of lurid rumors and allegations that the R&B star was sexually abusing women and underage girls.

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Rev. Al Sharpton meets with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris in Harlem

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris met with Rev. Al Sharpton Feb. 21 in Harlem at Sylvia’s Restaurant.

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Older NYers to Governor, NYS Lawmakers: Ensure MTA’S Fast Forward Plan Fully Funds Subway Accessibility

Three-fourths of Stations Lack Elevators; 90%+ of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities are beyond a quarter-mile walk of an accessible station.

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Queen Latifah coming home to Newark to redevelop neighborhood

Rapper and actress Queen Latifah is making a major investment in a housing development in Newark: the city where she was born.

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NYCHA resident talks public housing with President Trump, VP Pence at White House

In the midst of federal public housing official Lynne Patton's week-long stays in New York public housing properties, Patton invited a NYCHA resident to meet President Trump at a White House event on Thursday.

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City outlaws discrimination based on natural hairstyles

The NYC Commission on Human Rights released new legal enforcement this week, a guidance that defines discrimination on the basis of natural hair and hairstyles that disproportionately impacts Black people, under the New York City Human Rights Law.

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Home to Harlem event space and gallery to showcase African-American artistry

A new event and gallery space in Harlem aims to pay homage to the neighborhood’s creative roots and African-American culture.

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Brooklyn memorializes Frederick D. Thompson, top coach, lawyer and former NYS assistant attorney general

Extraordinarily successful track and field coach Frederick D. Thompson may be now best remembered as the founder of the Atoms Track Club of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

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Kindergarteners make Valentine’s Day visit to senior center

Nearly two dozen local kindergarteners made a special Valentine’s Day visit to senior citizens at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Center (Covello) in East Harlem.

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Public Advocate candidates answer the tough questions

New Yorkers have 17 candidates to choose from in next week’s special election for public advocate. The highly sought after seat, vacated by Letitia James after her election to serve as the state attorney general, is often a clear shot for anyone wanting to be the city’s next mayor.

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‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett turns himself in, faces felony charge for alleged hate crime hoax

More than three weeks after he alleged that he was the victim of a hate crime, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false report about it, Chicago police said Thursday morning.

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Neighborhood Defender Service establishing office in Wayne County

he Wayne County Procurement Division announced that it has recommended the Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) for tentative award of the contract to establish a public defender office in Wayne County.

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Police official: ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett is now a suspect; detectives presenting case to grand jury

A police official says “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is now considered a suspect “for filing a false police report” and that detectives are presenting the case against him to a grand jury.

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Snow forecast for NY, NJ as large storm system approaches

A large storm system will approach the region from the south bringing some snow for Wednesday, before turning into rain.

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Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020.

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Historically black colleges, universities get boost under measure sailing through Congress

Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware introduced legislation to assist historically black colleges and universities.

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NYPD doing internal review after commanding officer allegedly tells cops to shoot rapper 50 Cent ‘on sight

The NYPD has confirmed to PIX11 News that there is an internal review into Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez of the 72nd precinct after the New York Daily News reported the precinct commander told his officers during roll call to shoot rapper 50 Cent "on sight."

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NYC has the country’s most segregated schools; will the city’s plan to change that make its best schools worse?

New York City is the most diverse city in the country, if not the world, according to a variety of measures. However, when it comes to the city's public school system, it is a very different story.

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New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated attack: police sources

Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault.

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Barnard hosts 9th annual Athena Film Fest Feb 28-March 3

The ninth annual Athena Film Festival, co-founded by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, will take place Feb. 28-March 3, 2019, at Barnard College in New York City.

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Chicago police, Fox dispute reports about Jussie Smollett attack

Chicago police said Thursday night that local media reports that the attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.

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REPORT: Family demands answers, justice after Brooklyn man, 24, dies unexpectedly in prison

A 24-year-old Brooklyn man unexpectedly died Monday at Green Correctional Facility in Upstate New York less than three months after the start of his incarceration on a drug charge.

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‘Roadmap to Health’ program makes stop in BK

New York State Assembly member and vice president of the African-American Clergy and Elected Officials Latrice Walker and Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel recently joined the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America at the Powerful Praise Tabernacle in Brooklyn for the first Brooklyn stop of the “Roadmap to Health” program.

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HBCU Night at the Barclays Center

HBCU Night took place at the Barclays Center last Friday, Feb. 8.

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Comptroller Scott Stringer honors local trailblazers for Black History Month

Last week, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer hosted his annual “Trailblazers” event in honor of Black History Month at Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens.

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Harlem-based nuns advocate for the poor in Washington

The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Inc., one of only three orders of mostly Black nuns in the United States, recently headed to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers not to abandon the nation’s poor.

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Amazon cancels plans for NYC headquarters

Amazon is ditching its plans to build a new headquarters in New York after facing backlash from members of the community.

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White supremacist sentenced in Manhattan sword killing

A white supremacist who traveled from Baltimore to Manhattan to kill a black man with a sword was sentenced Wednesday.

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Bill Cosby’s spokesman says the comedian thinks prison is an ‘amazing experience’

Despite the circumstances, Bill Cosby said his time in prison is an “amazing experience,” his press spokesman Andrew Wyatt said in a TV interview.

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Snow, sleet, freezing rain hits NY, NJ Tuesday, turns to rain by night

Snow began falling in New York around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Snowfall is expected to be steady across NY and New Jersey by late morning before switching over to rain, and causing dangerous commuting conditions throughout the day.

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Housing official Lynne Patton set to move into NYCHA

NYCHA will have a new resident as of Monday: the regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in New York and New Jersey.

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Grammys 2019: Full list of winners

Check out the full list of this year's Grammy Winners!

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Men allegedly use racial slur, beat construction worker in Manhattan

Men allegedly used racial slurs and beat a construction worker on Saturday after he asked the men to leave a Hell's Kitchen construction site, officials said.

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Omega Psi Phi inducts Minister Louis Farrakhan

Minister Louis Farrakhan was inducted as a full lifetime member of the fraternity.

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Director Spike Lee boycotts Gucci, Prada for blackface items

Director Spike Lee said Friday he will no longer wear Gucci or Prada until the brands hire some Black designers following a pair of blackface fashion fails from the major Italian fashion houses.

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Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault

A second woman has come forward accusing Virginia's Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

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Relatives of people who died at the hands of police call for law that protects cops to be thrown out

Family members united through a tragic bond testified before the City Council on Thursday. They all had loved ones who died in police custody or were killed by police.

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Frank Robinson, Hall of Fame outfielder and 1st black manager in Major League Baseball, dead at 83

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83.

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Touro HealthCorps, First Impact join to teach simple life-saving technique Feb. 10

This Sunday, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine students will instruct people of all ages in a simple compressions-only CPR technique so they can use it in emergencies until help arrives

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A life well lived: Herbert Eugene Tatum Jr. passes

Herbert Eugene Tatum Jr. was born May 28, 1928, in the Snow Hill Community, Sampson County, N.C., to the late Mittie Spell Tatum and Eugene Milton Tatum.

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State Senator Kevin Parker supports #THRIVENYC

In November 2015, first lady Chirlane McCray launched #ThriveNYC, an initiative that takes a hands on approach to addressing the mental health needs of New York City residents.

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Celebrate Black History Month in NYC

What to do during Black History Month, from a poetry slam to a trolley tour, as recommended by locals

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Nurses, union call for health care justice

Public hospital nurses of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation demanded safe staffing and fair funding as they kicked off their contract campaign in Harlem Tuesday, Feb. 5.

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TV One represents change in it's Black History Month programming

TV One celebrates Black History Month with a tribute to inspirational black women and a full schedule of programs that exemplifies this year's theme, "REPRESENT CHANGE."

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Activist Tamika Mallory and mixologist Karl Franz appear on 'Just Eats with Chef JJ'

Activist Tamika Mallory and mixologist Karl Franz joined culinary star Chef JJ on the latest episode of CLEO TV's sizzling new series JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ.

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Blackface photo reopens long history of bigotry in medicine

The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page wasn't the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele.

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Judge tries to figure out what happened at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn

Prison employees and inmates testified Tuesday that chilly temperatures inside a New York City federal lockup came days before a fire left some inmates without heat, light, hot water, and attorney and family visits for a week.

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Brooklyn mom in toddler tussle video gets public apology from NYC officials

A New York mother who had her toddler yanked from her arms by police in a widely seen video on social media has gotten a public apology.

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Amadou Diallo’s mother shares memories of her son 20 years after he was killed by police

Amadou Diallo's mother, Kadiatou, held back tears, as she talked with PIX11’s Jennifer Bisram on the 20th-year anniversary of her son’s death.

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