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Sundiata Acoli’s parole halted

Feb. 5, New Jersey’s Supreme Court granted the state attorney general’s request that “political prisoner of war” Sundiata Acoli, not be released until they decide whether to hear arguments in the case against his parole.

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No federal charges against Trayvon Martin’s killer

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it will not file charges against George Zimmerman for killing unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., Feb. 26, 2012.

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Queen Mothers of Africa reunite for NGO/CSW consultation day in Harlem

The U.N. Women and New Future Foundation hosted a forum to usher in CSW 59/Beijing+20. A forum held Friday, Feb. 6 at Harlem Family Church Center, 147 W. 120th St., laid out their past and future efforts to establish an all-girls school in Ghana, Africa, with local Americanized Africans participating in the academic aspects.

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Reflections on Malcolm X’s legacy on 50th anniversary of his death

Several hundred admirers attended the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Washington Heights last Saturday afternoon to acknowledge five decades since the assassination of one of Harlem’s historic figures.

What does Malcolm X’s legacy mean 50 years after his execution?

One week before the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s execution, a few of his colleagues and others inspired by his legacy paid tribute at the very same location where five cold-blooded assassins extinguished the physical life of the fearless Black Nationalist advocate.

Black US presidents before Obama

Although Barak Obama’s 2008 election to the Oval Office led many to believe he is this country’s first Black president, some “historians” reveal that at least six previous U.S. presidents were of African ancestry.

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NYPD wants to reclassify resisting arrest as a felony

Wednesday, Feb. 4, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch urged state legislators to increase the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony.

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Black cop fired for doing the right thing

Officer Cariol Horne, a 19-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, is fighting to have her work benefits restored after being fired for stopping her partner from brutalizing a Black man who was already in custody and for betraying the “blue wall of silence.”

Court vacates ‘Friendship Nine’ trespass conviction 50 years later

Last Wednesday, Jan. 28, a South Carolina judge, John Hayes, vacated the 54-year-old convictions of a group of Black civil rights activists who defied that era’s racist segregation laws.

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Americans support President’s proposal to offer free community college

A recent poll suggests that many Americans support his proposal to enroll aspiring students at local community colleges for free.

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