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Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad honored in Brooklyn

Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad, internationally known as the Black Power General, was celebrated Jan. 12 at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church on what would have been his 69th birthday.

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Anti-violence organization S.A.V.E. and post-prison support nonprofit GOSO host hip-hop competition

Post-prison support organization Getting Out and Staying Out and anti-gun-violence advocates Stand Against Violence East Harlem hosted their first ever hip-hop competition showcase Jan. 19.

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Malcolm X Commemoration Committee hosts annual dinner for families of political prisoners

The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee is hosting its 21st Annual Dinner Tribute to the Families of PP/POWs Saturday, March 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Building

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Former State Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson sentenced to five years

Reports indicate that former State Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson has been sentenced to five years in prison over corruption charges.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrated in the city

New Yorkers celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with service and activism.

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Bishop Eddie Long dead at 63

Multiple reports indicate that Bishop Eddie Long has died.

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Mott Hall High School hosts MLK discussion

Mott Hall High School in Harlem is hosting the event, “A Conversation with Men to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday to Motivate Today’s Scholars to Create Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

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Local Black business leaders help donate 25,000 tickets for students to see 'Hidden Figures'

New York City African-American business leaders, in partnership with 20th Century Fox, Google, Facebook, Infor and AT&T, have launched an initiative to offer free admission to the critically-acclaimed feature, Hidden Figures, for over 25,000 students in New York.

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Black Hollywood takes center stage at Golden Globes

In the wake of continued allegations of discrimination and racism in Hollywood, several Black films and entertainers took home awards at Sunday's Golden Globes.

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Corrections officers sentenced to probation for covering up beating of inmate

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a New York City Department of Correction captain and two officers have been sentenced to five years’ probation for covering up an assault on an inmate in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

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NYS HBCU Initiative 'Intro to HBCUs' event in Yonkers

The New York State HBCU Initiative is presenting its third annual Intro to HBCU event Friday, Jan. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, located at 1 Larkin Center.

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Talladega College band will perform at inauguration, school's president says

The marching band of a small historically black college in Alabama will participate in the 58th Presidential Inaugural Parade, the school's president announced Thursday.

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Top 10 stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and a new year starts, we’d like to share the top stories that mattered to you. Here is a list of the 10 most read stories on our website of the year based on numbers from our online traffic.

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Harlem community board awards grants to minority med students

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, in conjunction with the TouroCOM-Harlem Community Advisory Board, has awarded the first round of grants from its newly established Fund for Underrepresented Minority Students

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WLNY-TV to air annual Yule Log and Christmas Eve midnight mass

WLNY-TV (Channels 10/55) will continue a holiday tradition by rekindling its Yule Log on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Al Sharpton, family of Michael Griffith commemorate 30 years since Howard Beach racial incident

Rev. Al Sharpton and the family of Michael Griffith are gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 20 to commemorate 30 years since the racially motivated 1986 death of Griffith in Howard Beach, Queens.

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NYPD deputy inspector indicted for sexual abuse

NYPD Deputy Inspector Keith Walton has been indicted on first-degree sexual abuse and other charges for grabbing the private area of a police officer and making her do the same to him inside the 49th Precinct stationhouse, where he served as commanding officer.

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Elected officials call for increased temperatures in residential buildings

On Monday, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams held a rally on the steps of City Hall calling for the Administration to move forward with Intro 0722, which amends the minimum temperature to be maintained in residential dwellings overnight.

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Nominees for 48th NAACP Image Awards announced

The nominees for the 48th NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday with ABC and HBO leading the nominations in the television categories with 23 nominations and 14 nominations.

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Breadsticks for everyone: Olive Garden opens in Harlem

Taking a bite out of Applebee’s, putting rubber bands on the claws of Red Lobster and laying flowers at the grave of Joe’s Crab Shack, comes 125th Street’s next national chain restaurant, Olive Garden.

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National Action Network, civil rights groups to hold rally in Washington ahead of presidential inauguration

In the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, a coalition of civil rights groups, activists, unions and clergy will rally outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. to warn President Trump and Congress that the fight for criminal justice, voting rights, affordable health care, improvements in education and other issues around equality and justice continues

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2016 Kwanzaa Forever stamp now available

The U.S. Postal Service issued the 2016 Kwanzaa Forever stamp on October 1 in Charleston, S.C.

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African Women’s Development Fund-USA joins #GivingTuesday

The African Women’s Development Fund-USA (AWDF-USA joins #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

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Demonstrations held at stores on Black Friday call for justice for Eric Garner

The Justice Now! Coalition held its first action of the weekend, the “Economic Shutdown 2.0” on Black Friday.

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National Dance Institute performs at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Midtown gets a touch of Uptown as 150 elementary school dancers from the Harlem-based National Dance Institute (NDI) make their way along the route during the event.

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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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President Obama grants commutations to 79

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama granted commutation of sentence to 79 individuals.

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Exercise key to avoiding heart disease, diabetes

Exercise is an important key to avoiding both cardiovascular disease and diabetes. According to a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who are able to perform physical activities, such as climbing a flight of stairs or running a short distance, are at lower risk for heart problems, even if those women are overweight.

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Cicely Tyson, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom including several Black honorees.

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New York City Mission Society hosting 13th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Community Dinner

The New York City Mission Society will provide more than 200 meals at its 13th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Community Dinner at Minisink Townhouse on Thursday, November 17.

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Memorial service details released for Gwen Ifill

Journalist Gwen Ifill will be remembered at a pair of events this weekend in Washington, DC

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Bounce TV set to re-air 'Roots'

Bounce TV is set to air the 1977 mini-series Roots on five consecutive nights from Nov. 16-20 starting at 9. p.m. ET.

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Tom Joyner Foundation accepting applications for 'Full Ride' scholarships for graduating seniors

The Tom Joyner Foundation announced the "Full Ride" scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2017.

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Gun sales skyrocket as threats of election violence mount

One of the nation's largest gun manufacturers, Sturm, Ruger, announced a sharp rise in gun sales today as election day nears and threats of violence mount.

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Black Solidarity Day is Nov. 7

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, marks the 47th anniversary of Black Solidarity Day, a day in which Black people in the United States take a “day of absence” to make an assessment of the struggle for freedom and plan the way forward.

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Halloween safety tips

The NYPD is urging families to be safe on Halloween. Here are some quick tips!

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VIDEO: AmNews Editor Nayaba Arinde discusses breast cancer battle at 'The Root'

New York Amsterdam News Editor and breast cancer survivor Nayaba Arinde was featured on a panel discussion on Friday on TheRoot.com.

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Atlanta University Center library wins national award

The Atlanta University Center's (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library makes history this week becoming the first historically black college and university (HBCU) library awarded the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

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VIDEO: In new ad ‘On The Ballot’, President Obama discusses the progress at stake in election

Hillary for America announced Friday a new television ad, "On The Ballot", featuring President Barack Obama making a final pitch to voters about how the progress made in the last eight years is on the ballot, and how our next president will determine whether to build on these accomplishments - or tear down everything that's been achieved.

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HBCU Spotlight: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Today we spotlight University of Maryland Eastern Shore in our National HBCU Week Series, alma mater of Amsterdam News sports editor and columnist Howie Evans.

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HBCU Spotlight: Alabama State University

Continuing our series on National HBCU Week, today we spotlight Alabama State University, alma mater of Amsterdam News staff writer and online editor Cyril Josh Barker.

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Honda Battle of the Bands to celebrate 15th anniversary

Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) is back and gearing up for its 15th annual Invitational Showcase that will be held in January 2017 to spotlight the premier marching bands from the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

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Tennessee State University and SLA Worldwide lead first HBCU Federal Contracting Academy

Tennessee State University and SLA Worldwide will hold the first annual Federal Contracting Academy for Historically Black Colleges and Universities on this week at the Renaissance Capital View in Arlington, Virginia. The inaugural event will be in conjunction with the 2016 National HBCU Week Conference hosted by the White House Initiative for HBCUs.

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HBCU Spotlight: Lincoln University

We begin our National HBCU Week spotlighting Lincoln University, alma mater of late Amsterdam News Publisher Wilbert Tatum.

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Roland Martin kicks off 'School Choice is the Black Choice' initiative at Howard University

“Roland Martin Presents: Is School Choice the Black Choice?” on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 a.m. ET. The town hall which took place at Howard University on Oct. 5, 2016 explored the importance of school choice for African-American children. Part two of this town hall will air next Friday, October 28 at 7 a.m. ET.

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National HBCU Week kicks off

President Barack Obama kicks of National Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Week going on from October 23 through 29.

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Influencers turn out for 'Women for Hillary' Harlem fundraiser

On Thursday night, over 200 key influencers gathered in Harlem to support 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Bronx BP Ruben Diaz launches Youth Corps service program

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in conjunction with lead coordinating partner DreamYard and community partners WHEDCo, M.S.390, DreamYard Prep and The Mission Continues, kicked-off the first Bronx Youth Corps Day of Service with student volunteers from Bronx schools.

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Parents, educators, students rally in Albany after walking 150 miles to demand education funding

Twenty students, parents, educators, elected officials and advocates from across the state arrived in Albany Tuesday as the final stop of a 10-day, 150 mile walk from New York City, where they gathered for a rally outside the New York State Court of Appeals to demand Campaign for Fiscal Equity funding.

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Archbishop Tutu, 85, records video saying he wants assisted-dying option

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, 85, has recorded a video saying he wants the option of assisted dying “when the time comes … to pass” and endorsing bills worldwide to authorize this end-of-life option.

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