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Earth Day: 10 things you can do now to help the planet

April 22 is Earth Day and organizations and groups around the world a advocating the need for people to take necessary steps to help the environment.

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Laurie Cumbo holds Easter egg hunt in Fort Greene

New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, a member of the Council Committee on Youth Services, held a community egg hunt at Fort Greene Park in partnership with several community-based organizations on the eve of Easter Sunday.

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What you should know about opioids

For a professional perspective on the appropriate uses and risks of opioids, we asked Soteri Polydorou, M.D., and Luke Archibald, M.D., substance abuse treatment experts at NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health care system, 10 questions about opioids.

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NYS Tax Department refutes fake news with facts

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance this week set the record straight to counter common tax season myths about how tax returns are processed and refunds are issued.

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‘IN MY WORDS’ with New Settlement’s program for girls and young women

The area surrounding New Settlement is one of the most at-risk in New York City in terms of poverty, literacy and education.

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The resilience that hate produced

The tragic murder of New Yorker Timothy Caughman has ripped the scab off the wounds that violence against communities of color have inflicted.

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Laborers, Local Union #731 recruits apprentices

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Laborers, Local Union #731, will conduct a recruitment from May 9, 2017, through May 22, 2017, for 30 skilled construction craft laborer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today. 

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NYC rallies on Equal Pay Day

Last week City Council Member Laurie Cumbo stood with colleagues and activists from across the city to rally for economic justice on Equal Pay Day.

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Protect our girls

New York City Council Member Andy King (in red) joined the Black Lives Matter of Greater New York Sunday in a solidarity march to raise awareness for 64,000 missing Black women and girls.

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Booker, Pallone and NJ groups stand in solidarity against Trump's anti-environment agenda

In New Brunswick, N.J., outside of the Environmental Protection Agency Edison Environmental Center, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Frank Pallone, state and local elected officials and local environmental groups stood in solidarity against President Trump’s anti-environmental agenda and abandonment of the fight against climate change

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On Ramarley Graham’s 24th birthday, mom sues de Blasio administration’s NYPD

Wednesday, April 12, the family of Ramarley Graham and several supporting organizations announced the filing of a lawsuit against the NYPD for refusing to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Law on what would have been Graham’s 24th birthday.

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IDNYC reaches more than 1 million cardholders

IDNYC, New York’s municipal ID program, reaches more than 1 million cardholders across the five boroughs.

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Singer Brenda Jones of The Jones Girls passes at 62

Reports indicate that singer Brenda Jones of the R&B sister girl group trio The Jones Girls has died. She was 62.

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Activist Leola Maddox makes her transition

Activist and educator Leola Maddox (second from left), wife of famed attorney and activist Alton Maddox, has died.

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DeBlasio announces plans to close Rikers Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio, joined by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, announces his plans to close Rikers Island as a result of a report on the detention facility set for release on Sunday.

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CEMOTAP observes its 30th anniversary of media activism

CEMOTAP, the Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People, has special plans for its 30th anniversary celebration Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 2 p.m., when renowned constitutional attorney Gloria Browne-Marshall will keynote a program that will include paying tribute to four unsung activists: Professor James Blake, student adviser at Borough of Manhattan Community College; Sister Fredrica Bey, Newark, N.J. powerhouse activist; Pam Africa, indefatigable advocate for renowned political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal; and African centered artist, Lucian Pinckney.

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Appreciation for the Rev. Elizabeth Alston-Crouell

Saturday, March 25, 2017, Stephen Community African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Harlem community held an appreciation luncheon to honor one of their own, the Rev. Elizabeth Alston-Crouell.

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Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club History Month celebration

The Negro Business and Professional Women's Club in Harlem celebrated Women’s History Month by recognizing local young women “for their talents, self-worth and love of self.”

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Chancellor Fariña kicks off Summer in the City applications

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today kicked off the application period for Summer in the City enrichment programs that offer students hands-on, STEM-oriented and college-aligned curricula, as well as educational visits to New York City cultural institutions.

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Applebee’s speaks on closure of 125th Street location

Applebee’s is the latest chain restaurant to close its doors in Harlem making it the third chain to leave the neighborhood.

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HBCU alumni, students to rally on Capitol Hill

Concerned alumni, students and friends of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are set to gather on Capitol Hill on April 27 for a National Day of Action to increase support for black institutions of higher learning.

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NYC Health + Hospitals hosts immigrant health care rights panel

NYC Health + Hospitals is hosting “Immigrant Health Care Rights” panel discussions to help educate immigrant communities and provide access to information and resources.

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Hazel Dukes celebrates glorious 80th birthday

All the big wigs and their friends flocked to the Upper West Side’s Society of Ethical Culture to celebrate Hazel Dukes, NAACP New York State conference president, on her 80th birthday.

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ASAP Ferg to donate painting at first A$AP Yams Commemorative Gala & Art Auction

Rapper ASAP Ferg is donating a large scale oil painting that he originally debuted during Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 to the A$AP Yams Commemorative Gala & Art Auction that will take place this weekend in New York.

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Declaration 17 holds inaugural public reading

"Declaration 17" is holding its Inaugural public reading on Monday at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street and Central Park West).

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Morehouse and Spelman College glee clubs perform in NY/NJ

The Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs take the stage in two performances in New York and New Jersey.

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College scholarships for African-American students you need to know about

Students around the nation are always looking for money to pay for college. Here are some scholarships for African-American students with upcoming deadlines.

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Joni Sledge of R&B group Sister Sledge dies at age 60

Founding member of the American musical group, Sister Sledge, Joni Sledge has died.

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Rucker Park 50th anniversary

Sports achievements are always in need of reflection.

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Touro student wins award for research at homeless shelter

A fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has won first place in a poster competition for her research on the effects of teaching about healthy diet and nutrition at a Queens homeless shelter.

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'My Home Is Not Your Backyard’ at Corridor Gallery

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Caribbean Fine Art Fair proudly announced the opening of “My Home Is Not Your Backyard” with an opening reception Feb. 26. Curated by Oshun Layne, the exhibition (which runs locally until March 26) is a dual venue experience at The Grand Salle Gallery and Annex (Bridgetown, Barbados) and Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, N.Y.).

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Manhattan Fathers Forward Coalition hosts Daddy Daughter Dance

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, the Manhattan Fathers Forward Coalition sponsored a Daddy Daughter Dance in partnership with School District 5 at the Harlem’s Children Zone.

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Save our community gardens

Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., a parks committee meeting will take place at the Manhattan Community Board 10 office, located at 215 West 125th Street, Fourth Floor.

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PHOTOS: Black celebrities at the Oscars

Black Hollywood takes centerstage at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday with several not only African-Americans taking home awards but also blazing the red carpet.

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'Declaration 17' hopes to send message to Trump and America

As President Donald Trump continues his first 100 days in office, several Americans are declaring their independence from his policies and practices.

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Eating red or processed meat can increase colon cancer risk

High intake of red and processed meat over a long period of time is associated with an increased risk of certain types of colon cancer, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Malcolm X celebrated on the 52nd anniversary of his death

The community came together Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Washington Heights for the 52nd Memorial Anniversary Commemoration for Malcolm X.

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New York natives honored at Black Engineer of the Year Awards

On Saturday evening, three New York City natives were awarded at the 31st annual BEYA Global Competitiveness Conference.

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VIDEO: Charlie Rangel talks Trump

Former congressman Charles Rangel recently sat down for a Q&A with Nasser Kazeminy, the chairman of National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO).

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Radio still a dynamic medium in 21st century, says U.N. on World Radio Day

Since its invention in 1895, the radio just won’t sit still.

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Tension mounts as Kenyan doctors are jailed in labor dispute

Seven doctors leading a strike of public sector medical professionals were hauled off to jail as talks to end a four-year running labor dispute collapsed. More than 5,000 workers are honoring the strike that began Dec. 5. 

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Harlem School of the Arts present Wé McDonald and Matthew Whitaker in concert

On a recent wintry evening in downtown Manhattan, the stage at the Highline Ballroom was anything but cold: Wé McDonald reminded the sold-out crowd of mostly parents and young adults that it took a village to nurture her talent.

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Patricia Gatling—DA candidate endorsed by Mayor Dinkins

Patricia Gatling, former NYC human rights commissioner and first assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, today received the endorsement of former NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins for Brooklyn district attorney.

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Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosts Black History Month Awards

The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosted its Black History Month Awards breakfast Friday, Feb. 10, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

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Stars turn out for the Love of Our Children Gala

The For the Love of Our Children Gala held in honor of Susan L. Taylor’s National CARES Mentoring Movement was recently held at Cipriani 42nd Street, hosted by Tamron Hall and Michael Eric Dyson.

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Calvary honors Stephanie Perkins-Veitch, CCT-II, with “CATCH A Star” Award

Calvary Hospital recently honored Stephanie Perkins-Veitch, CCT-II, with the “Catch A Star” Award for December 2016.

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Harlem library being renamed after Harry Belafonte

The New York Public Library (NYPL) and Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that the Library has decided to adopt a new name for Harlem’s 115th Street Library.

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Bill Perkins wins special election for 9th Council District

State Sen. Bill Perkins is headed back to the city council representing the 9th District in Harlem after winning the special election to replace Inez Dickens, who was elected to the state assembly in November.

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Fidel Castro honored in NYC at historic Shabazz Center

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, Fidel Castro Ruz, revolutionary leader of the Cuban Revolution, was honored in a memorial tribute at the historic Malcolm X /Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, Broadway and 165th Street in Manhattan.

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Services to honor the life of Kuwan J. Christian

Family and friends attended the services for Kuwan J. Christian Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem.

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