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Building explosion in East Village leaves several injured

The FDNY responds to a five-alarm fire and partial building collapse in Manhattan’s East Village.

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South Sudan frees hundreds of child fighters, including a 9-year-old girl

South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May.

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Brandy joins the cast of 'Chicago' on Broadway

Grammy-award winning R&B singer Brandy Norwood is set to join the cast of the musical Chicago in her Broadway debut.

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Queen of Soul hosts star-studded birthday affair

Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in style this weekend at a star-studded affair at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan.

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MTA fare increase takes effect

Get ready to dig deeper into your pocket to get around. A fare hike on public transportation by the MTA is now is effect.

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#JusticeforMartese: Outrage ensues after bloody beating of Black college honor student

The bloody beating of a Black, unarmed college honors student is the latest police brutality incident caught on camera that’s fueling outrage across the nation.

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Renaissance Health Care Network, Harlem Hospital advisory boards host legislative breakfast

Saturday, March 7, the Renaissance Health Care Network and Harlem Hospital community advisory boards held their Joint Legislative Breakfast at Harlem Hospital Center.

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FRENCH POLICE ON TRIAL FOR DEATH OF TEENS AFTER 10-YEAR WAIT

Two teenagers of North African descent, running from police, were electrocuted in a power substation 10 years ago. The officers will finally stand trial this week.

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PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS AT US EVENT JAILED IN DRC

Journalists, activists, hip-hop artists and a U.S. diplomat were rounded up by police at a pro-democracy event Sunday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sponsored in part by the U.S. government.

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SPARKS FLY AS SIERRA LEONE’S VP EXPELLED FROM PARTY

An internal war is roiling the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, with Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana at dead center.

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Starbucks’ 'Race Together' initiative gets backlash on social media

Starbucks newest initiative is getting a lot of buzz, however, not the conversation the coffee chain hoped to spark.

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White House: Black and Hispanic graduation rates rising

Graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

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United Way of NYC hosts Power of Women to Make a Difference Luncheon

Nearly 600 female leaders in the business, finance and nonprofit sectors came together at Cipriani 42nd Street for United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s (WLC) ninth annual Power of Women to Make a Difference award luncheon.

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Maya Angelou Forever Stamp to be issued in April

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the late Maya Angelou with a Forever Stamp.

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Hot 97 hosts album signing event featuring stars of 'Empire'

As anticipation for Wednesday’s two-hour season finale of Fox’s hit prime time drama Empire builds up, two stars from the show stars are making an appearance in the city for an album signing event.

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NAN Youth Huddle to hold gathering denouncing Brooklyn brawl

Members of the National Action Network’s (NAN) Youth Huddle are holding a prayer on Monday denouncing the viral video of a brawl that occurred at a McDonald’s.

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Frustration in Ferguson

In a city already filled with tension, two officers from the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri are shot during a demonstration Wednesday night.

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Marvin Gaye's family says Pharrell could have stolen another song

Just days after a jury found Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke guilty of copyright infringement for ripping of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” to make their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s family says there might another case song stealing.

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Links celebrate Black History Month at Covello Senior Center

The Greater New York chapter of the Links held their Black History Month celebration at the Covello Burden Center for Aging, located in the Leonard Covello Center in East Harlem.

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DEBT BALLOONS OFF THE CHARTS IN GHANA, ANGERING CRITICS

The steady nation of Ghana could be heading for a painful train wreck as government borrowing raises the foreign debt to sky-high levels.

Baruch Bearcats sweep men’s, women’s CUNY championships

The last time Baruch and Brooklyn met in the CUNYAC/Army ROTC championship game was 2009, which Brooklyn won 89-69. Head coach John Alesi wasn’t with the program that year, but he can now etch his name in Baruch coaching lore after his Bearcats defeated the Brooklyn Bulldogs.

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Jaymes Holmes-Dennison breaks 600-meter NJCAA record

Freshman middle-distance runner Jaymes Holmes-Dennison made history at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national championships this weekend.

Top pros running in 2015 United Airlines NYC Half to train with students

World-class runners and wheelchair athletes, including Meb Keflezighi, Molly Huddle and Tatyana McFadden, competing in the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half will join students in NYRR’s Mighty Milers and Young Runners youth running programs in a special youth running clinic.

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Jury rules Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye song

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams must pay up after a jury rules that they copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give It Up” to make their 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines.”

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FAMU Wind Symphony to make historic debut at Carnegie Hall

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Wind Symphony is gearing up for a historic performance at Carnegie Hall later this month.

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Fallout continues over racist fraternity video at OU

As the fallout over a video of white fraternity members shouting racist chants continues, reports indicate another video of the organization engaging in racist behavior has surfaced.

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Harlem School for the Arts president Yvette L. Campbell leaving post

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) announced Monday that President and Chief Executive Officer Yvette L. Campbell is leaving her post and headed for United Arab Emirates for a career in international arts management.

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No federal charges for Michael Brown’s killer

The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown is not facing federal charges, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Anthony Rajkumar named executive director of HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation President and CEO Ram Raju M.D. announced that Anthony Rajkumar has been appointed executive director of HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center.

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City College Center for the Arts presents ‘On Kentucky Avenue’

This week, the City College Center for the Arts and Byron and Sylvia Lewis present the newly created work “On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Historic Club Harlem.”

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SOUTH AFRICAN MINERS IN NEAR-DEATH FIRE AS INVESTORS EYE PROFITS

An early morning fire swept through the Kusasalethu Gold Mine, southwest of Johannesburg, trapping close to 500 workers on a Sunday shift.

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OMALIS ARE ‘HANGING BY A THREAD’

After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the bombers, the motives and the official response.

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Berkeley College Hudson Valley named Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champs

For the seventh time in 10 seasons, the Berkeley College men’s basketball team has won the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, defeating the defending champion Bears of St. Joseph’s College by a score of 91-82 Sunday, Feb. 22.

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Jah-Leah Ellis named Valley Collegiate Player of the Year

The Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced their women’s basketball end-of-season awards.

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Raheem DeVaughn tops Billboard R&B chart

Three time Grammy Award nominated recording artist Raheem DeVaughn's new album, Love, Sex and Passion, debuted this week at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Albums Chart.

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DOJ not charging George Zimmerman for Trayvon Martin killing

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is not charging George Zimmerman for 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old, Black unarmed Trayvon Martin.

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Legends shine at the BET HONORS

BET Networks returns with the eighth annual “The BET HONORS” to pay tribute to the contributions of legendary African Americans in the areas of education, theater, business and technology, music and innovation.

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St. James and Co. in Newark hosts 'The Luxe Lounge'

St. James and Co. in Newark, N.J. hosts "Luxe Lounge"

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Apollo Dining With the Divas Luncheon raises $325,000

On Thursday, February 12th, the Apollo Theater hosted its fifth annual Dining with the Divas luncheon, a fundraiser celebrating the accomplishments of women in the arts and in business.

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Thousands of students attend Black History Month festival

Nearly 4,500 grade-school children recently enjoyed prime seating to watch the thrilling dancers of Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn-based dance troupe, at the Con Edison-Town Hall Black History Month Festival, held Feb. 5 and 6.

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Have a blessed journey home, Theresa Freeman

Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to Democratic Party leader, district leader, committee woman and community activist the Honorable Theresa Freeman.

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Officer involved in Akai Gurley shooting pleads not guilty

The officer involved in the shooting death of unarmed, Black Akai Gurley pleades guilty to several charges.

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Winter storm hits NYC

A blizzard hits the city impacting travel, closing schools and bringing widespread snow.

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Snow shovlers needed for storm aftermath

In the aftermath of what is being called an historic blizzard approaching the city, snow removal is going to be needed to clean up.

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Scholarships available to Black students

A list of scholarships available to Black students.

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January is National Blood Donor Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to become regular blood donors this year, starting during National Blood Donor Month in January.

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Gospel legend Andrae Crouch passes at 72

Gospel legend Andrae Crouch has died, according to reports.

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Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo laid to rest

Former New York State governor and Democratic Party champion Mario Cuomo is laid to rest in Manhattan.

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Two NYPD officers killed in shooting

Two NYPD officers are dead after a man shoots them while they are sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

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A spcial visit with Santa

Santa lives at Macy’s. We all know that. And visiting Santaland on the eighth floor of Macy’s Harold Square is a magical experience.

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