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Speculation surrounds 16-year-old girl’s death in juvenile detention center

Much suspicion circulated as news spread about the passing of 16-years-young Gynnya McMillen in a juvenile detention center earlier this month.

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Wall Street’s slave story

Wall Street's slave market was once a booming business for the nation's economy.

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F.W.A.—Straight Outta Harlem

With stalwarts Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, and Mother Kefa becoming ancestors in 2015, they joined the First World Alliance’s other founders who preceded them, Brother Bill Jones (2010) and Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1998). As a significant chapter in Harlem’s Re-renaissance era concludes, some reflect on the groundbreaking institutions’ illustrious legacy.

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Patrice Lumumba’s assassination 55 years later

On the 55th anniversary of his assassination, we take a look at Patrice Lumumba’s unparalleled legacy.

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Fighting for justice: Cop who killed Akai Gurley goes on trial

A heavy police presence was visible outside of Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court, in the lobby, on the second floor and in Justice Danny K. Chun’s courtroom this past Monday and Tuesday as the rookie cop who shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old Black man in an East New York public housing building more than a year ago finally faces charges.

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1976 Olympic champion Howard Davis Jr. joins ancestors

Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer one week before his 59th birthday last year, Howard Edward Davis Jr. bravely battled its debilitating effects before eventually transitioning onto the ancestral realm at his Plantation, Fla. Residence, Dec. 30 at 9:17 p.m., while surrounded by loved ones.

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Arthur Schomburg digs up Africa’s past

Inspired by a fifth-grade teacher’s claim that “Black people have no history, no heroes or accomplishments of any consequence,” Arthur Schomburg set out on a lifelong mission to disprove that fallacy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The apostle of peace

While many did not agree with the peaceful preacher’s passive approach to solving race problems in the land of the free, some admired Dr. Kings's courageous stance against oppressors.

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Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad: The truth terrorist

On the 68th anniversary of his physical birth, a couple of Khalid Muhammad’s comrades reflected on his legacy.

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Akon utilizes solar power to light Africa

Co-founded in February 2014 by internationally renowned music artist Akon, consultant Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily, Akon Lighting Africa was established to develop innovative solar-powered systems that will provide electricity to over 600 million continental Africans.

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