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Rev. Crawford is ready for this national assignment

The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000 member churches comprised of 15 denominations and 25.7 million African-Americans under the leadership of the Right Most Rev. Anthony Evans, is proud to appoint the Rev. Stacey Crawford as its first national minister.

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Blerd City Con 3.0 puts spotlight on Black artists

Blerd City Con 3.0 held their two-day conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

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State Sens. Brian Benjamin and Kevin Parker endorse Kamala Harris for U.S. president

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris earned the endorsements of several local elected officials from five different states. The list includes New York State Sens. Brian Benjamin and Kevin Parker.

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Ambassador Dr. Lamuel A. Stanislaus celebrated street naming

The Brooklyn street co-naming to celebrate Ambassador Dr. Lamuel A. Stanislaus

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Afro-Latino Festival celebrates 7th year!

The Afro-Latino Festival celebrated its seventh year this past weekend, July 12 and 13, with two days of music, talks, food and dance hosted by City Point/Albee Square and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

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Geoff Eaton gets Made Man Foundation honors for activism, promoting economic & social justice

Geoffrey Eaton, TouroCOM Harlem’s new director of community affairs and diversity and co-chair of the TouroCOM Harlem Community Advisory Board, was honored recently by The Made Man Foundation in the category of “Industry Thought Leaders & Transformational Change Advocates” for his community activism promoting economic and social justice.

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Sen. Kevin Parker, Sigma Gamma Rho & USA Swimming teach water safety with Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon

On Saturday, June 22, Brooklyn youth of all ages learned the basics of water safety at the Swim 1922 Clinic held at the Boys & Girls Club at Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse in Brooklyn, New York.

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Eric Garner’s family demands justice as officer won’t face federal charges in chokehold death

Five years ago, Eric Garner uttered his last words, “I can’t breathe” during a confrontation with the NYPD.

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Women embracing natural hair texture as NY bans discrimination based on hairstyles

New York has banned discrimination based on hairstyles; it's now the second state in the nation to do so.

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Justice Department won’t charge Officer Pantaleo in Eric Garner death

Federal prosecutors won’t bring civil rights charges against a New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

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Teen found guilty in Bronx school stabbing case

A judge rules that a Bronx high school student is guilty on manslaughter charges after fatally stabbing one of his classmates in 2017.

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Power restored to all customers after blackout

Con Edison reports that crews have completed the restoration of power to 72,000 customers on the West Side of Manhattan.

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What to do if ICE shows up at your door

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is set to launch raids Sunday to arrest and deport thousands of immigrants with court-ordered removals in 10 cities, including New York City.

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A$AP Rocky’s mother speaks publicly in Harlem on rapper’s detention in Swedish jail

Renee Black, the mother of Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, spoke publicly Saturday morning, alongside Rev. Al Sharpton, for the first time since her son's "inhumane detention" in a Swedish jail earlier this month.

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Immigrants on alert: protests, outreach ahead of ICE raids

Immigrant advocacy groups have been slammed all day with outreach phone calls to families.

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Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas pleads guilty to stealing campaign funds

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas pled guilty to stealing campaign funds and lying about those funds on a disclosure to the State Board of Elections.

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Gov. Cuomo signs equal pay law

As New York City celebrates the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s ticker-tape parade, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an equal pay bill into law.

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Michigan governor OKs highway honor for Aretha Franklin

Michigan's governor has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.

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Killing of a Black teen who was listening to rap music should be treated as a hate crime, activists say

The stabbing death of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a Phoenix-area convenience store has prompted calls for a hate crime investigation.

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City failed to do repairs and remove kids from lead-contaminated NYCHA apartments: reports

New York City failed to do repairs and move kids out of apartments with lead.

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Woman arrested after mom fatally stabbed in Brooklyn subway station: police

A woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a Brooklyn mother to death in a subway station late Monday night after a fight that started on the train, authorities said.

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Group grants $1.6M for places that are part of Black history

More than $1.6 million in grants are going to 22 sites and organizations to help preserve Black history.

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Stevie Wonder says he’s getting a kidney transplant in fall

Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall.

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Harlem resident and nation’s oldest living person Alelia Murphy turns 114

At age 114, the community gathered on Saturday to wish a happy birthday to Alelia Murphy.

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NYC Health + Hospitals to host farmers markets for staff, community

As part of its continuing commitment to support healthy eating at and near its facilities, NYC Health + Hospitals today announced its 2019 schedule of farmers markets hosted at public hospitals and community health centers across the city.

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H. Carl McCall honored at retirement tribute

A galaxy of New York’s political and business luminaries hosted a retirement celebration to pay tribute to the legendary H. Carl McCall, outgoing chair of the SUNY board of trustees and the first African-American elected to statewide office in New York.

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Free weekend Jazz Summit opens in Harlem July 6

The New York State Jazz Literacy and Art Society is sponsoring The Great Harlem Jazz Summit, Part 4 at Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, located at 52 W. 116th St. between 5th Avenue and Lenox/ Malcolm X Blvd on Saturday, July 6, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., and Part 5 at Cleopatra’s Needle Restaurant, located at 2485 Broadway (92nd Street) on Saturday, July 27, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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True 2 Life hosts Peace in the Park festival in Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

Saturday, June 29, 2019, Peace in the Park Festival was hosted in Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, by the nonprofit organization True 2 Life, an anti-gun violence initiative.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #126

The dramatic ascendance and national exposure Sen. Kamala Harris has commanded is apparently too much for the Trumps, both senior and junior, to ignore.

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Dr. Hazel N. Dukes hosts her plaque unveiling ceremony at Ruby’s Vintage

Dr. Hazel N. Dukes had her plaque unveiling ceremony at Ruby’s Vintage in Harlem on Sunday, June 30; it was sponsored by the Migdol Organization.

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Cheyney: A balanced budget and more money for scholarships

Cheyney University came out of the weekend with a pair of victories, reporting the likelihood both of a balanced budget and announcing that the newly signed state budget includes almost $4 million in scholarships for Cheyney students.

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Minimum wage hikes going into effect in NJ

New Jersey’s minimum wage goes up 13% to $10 an hour as part of the state’s five-year phase in of a $15 hourly minimum wage.

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Jumaane Williams, immigration activists holding ‘Know Your Rights’ day of action in Queens, Bronx

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and a coalition of immigrant rights activists are holding a "Day of Action" on Tuesday as part of their #KnowYourRights public awareness campaign, they say.

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Attorney to file motion to dismiss charges against Ala. woman whose unborn child died in shooting

A Birmingham attorney says she plans to file a motion to dismiss charges against an Alabama woman whose unborn child was killed in a shooting, according to WBRC.

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PHOTOS: NYC celebrates LGBTQ pride

Thousands of people turned out for the Gay Pride Parade in the city. A sea of rainbow flags waved from Midtown to the Village in Manhattan.

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White supremacist sentenced to life in prison for deadly car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia

The avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago.

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Police investigating triple shooting in Brownsville

Three people were rushed to the hospital after being shot in Brooklyn Friday evening.

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Meet Shannon Nia Alomar, Miss Black New York USA

Miss Black New York USA, Shannon Nia Alomar, talks with AmNews writer Vanessa Love about representing the Empire State, her platform and how she's helping youth on the latest episode of our podcast.

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Census citizenship question blocked by Supreme Court, partisan gerrymandering continues

Reports indicate that the Supreme Court has ruled the question of citizenship cannot be asked on the 2020 U.S. Census.

SENEGALESE IN WALL STREET PROTEST FEAR OFFSHORE OIL/GAS RESOURCES LOST TO FRAUD

(GIN)—A foreign investor with mineral assets throughout Africa is alleged to have made a secret payment of $250,000 to a company run by the brother of the president of Senegal, in a bid to obtain the country’s assets, according to recently published reports in the BBC and Global Witness.

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Brooklyn hosts memorial for Comrade Field Marshal Coltrane Chimurenga

The family and the December 12th Movement (the organization he co-founded) held standing-room-only “Memorial Tribute to our Comrade Field Marshal Coltrane Chimurenga” on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Rev.

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Bill Cosby files appeal over testimony from other women accusers

Cosby's lawyers say the accounts from the five other women were "strikingly dissimilar" to that of trial accuser Andrea Constand and too remote in time to her 2004 encounter with Cosby.

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HISTORY MADE: Alphonso David appointed first African American to serve as president of the Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) names civil rights lawyer Alphonso David as president of the LGBTQ organization.

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NYC voters head to the polls for primary election

With the New York primary election on Tuesday, there is still some time to learn about the candidates and what you need to do to cast your vote.

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Boy hit by stray bullet in Crown Heights shooting might never walk again, father says

An 11-year-old boy who was one of two people shot by stray bullets on a Brooklyn street Thursday might be paralyzed, his father told PIX11 News Monday.

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BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts.

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Philadelphia street renamed for Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a legend as a boxer, philanthropist and social activist.

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Black leaders push for fair 2020 census count

Leaders of numerous African American organizations recently convened to deal with the upcoming 2020 census that could affect available resources and the political representation of Blacks in the century’s third decade.

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Attorney General Letitia James: State will not cooperate with Trump-ordered ICE raids

New York state Attorney General Letitia James joined the mayor of Chicago in saying that they will not cooperate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids rounding up migrant families this weekend.

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New York lawmakers OK pot decriminalization

Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled.

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