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Mugabe Is Right! rally at UN

Organized by the Brooklyn-based December 12th Movement, a contingent of approximately 100 grassroots activists converged on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue this past Saturday at noon and marched through the streets of Midtown Manhattan in support of African liberation and Robert Mugabe’s efforts to keep Zimbabwe self-sufficient from Western colonial capitalists.

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Bronx high school has 100 percent of 2016 graduating class enrolled in college

Batting 100 is a rare feat in any field, let alone in academia. Yet, that is exactly what the entire 2016 graduating class at the Bronx’s Theater Arts Production High School accomplished this year.

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Ramsey Orta preparing to begin bid

After copping out in July to a four-year prison sentence for alleged drugs and weapons possession, cop-watch activist Ramsey Orta is preparing to turn himself in next month to begin his bid.

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Tupac Amaru Shakur: Native Harlemite

After getting shot up in Las Vegas on the night of Sept. 7, 1996, hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur joined the ancestors six days later, Sept. 13, at 4:03 p.m. On the 18th anniversary of his transition, local activists reflected on his New York City history.

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49ers Colin Kaepernick puts his millions where his mouth is

Taking a page out of the very same book that has eternally etched the anti-establishment protests of legendary socially conscious athletes Muhammad Ali, John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Craig Hodges, just to mention a few, Colin Kaepernick has utilized his star status to heighten awareness about relevant social issues. Mainly the torrent of police terrorism consistently committed across the country against America’s citizen of color.

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Marcus Garvey’s message today

Grassroots activists around the globe will commemorate the 129th anniversary of the birthday of Black nationalist icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey this Wednesday, Aug. 17, with a number of cultural events worldwide.

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Stevie Wonder says, ‘Black Lives Matter because we are the original people of this world’

While on the set of a London performance during the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park last month, superstar singer Stevie Wonder dropped some science as he exhorted the audience of more than 65,000 in attendance to remember that “Black lives matter … because we are the original people of this world!”

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Schomburg Center hosts 50th anniversary of Harlem’s original Black Panthers

Friday evening, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd., hosted the 50th anniversary of the original Black Panther Party, which was established by local activists here in Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park during June 1966.

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Accused killer of Harlem hip-hop legend murdered

Gerard Woodley, 46, was shot and killed at approximately 11:17 p.m., Thursday, June 23, in front of his Harlem home at 106 W. 139th St., near Malcolm X Blvd.

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NY comrades celebrate Sister Afeni Shakur’s life

Just two days after the 45th anniversary of when Afeni Shakur gave birth to her son, Tupac Amaru Shakur, in Harlem, many of her relatives, Black Panther Party comrades and other friends paid homage to her legacy during a memorial at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave., this past Saturday (June 18).

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Brooklyn tribute for Mama Queen Afeni Shakur

Many worldwide were saddened by the heartbreaking news that Sister Afeni Shakur, 69, became an ancestor May 2.

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Reflections on Sonny Abubadika Carson

Friday, May 20, several comrades of Sonny Carson recollected some fond memories of the Brooklyn warrior to commemorate his 87th birthday anniversary.

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Fifth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inducts several favorite locals

The 5th annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner was held at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, Queens last Sunday, April 3, and featured several popular locals.

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Malcolm X Day 2016 local events

On the 91st anniversary of Malcolm X’s physical birth, this May 19, a variety of events throughout the New York metropolitan area will commemorate the occasion.

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Celebrating the life of Woodley Charlot

A handful of tight-knit people—mainly close friends and intimate relatives—came out to reflect on the memory of Brother Woodley Charlot, a.k.a. “Big Sincere” or simply “Sin,” at a local get-together in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on spring’s first day.

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Afrika Bambaataa officially removed from the Universal Zulu Nation

Friday May 6, the Supreme and World Councils, which oversee the daily operations of hip-hop’s first family, the Universal Zulu Nation, announced that the Bronx-born and bred organization was officially displacing its founder, Afrika Bambaataa, from its ranks amid a slew of pedophilia accusations over the past month and change.

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Malcolm X: Africa’s global ambassador

“The Malcolm X Day May 19 celebration recognizes his vision of us as a global people liberating ourselves from European colonialism,” explained historian Dr. Leonard Jeffries in preparation for the 51st anniversary of the event, “and May 25 is African Liberation Day, where we celebrate the great strides made regarding Africa’s global unity over the past several decades.”

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Dr. Georgina Falú: Preserving our ancestors’ legacies

Dr. Georgina Falú and her Falú Foundation have established nonprofit organizations for several notable African scholar warriors so that their lifelong efforts continue to make an impact.

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Afeni Shakur, mother of hip-hop icon Tupac, joins ancestors

Afeni Shakur, original Black Panther activist and mother of slain hip-hop legend Tupac, passed away Monday night after paramedics removed the 69-year-old from her Sausalito, Calif., home and rushed her to Marin General Hospital

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Fidel Castro: Continue Cuba’s communism after I am gone

During his dissertation at the fourth and last day of the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba last Tuesday, April 19, the Caribbean island’s long-standing revolutionary leader Fidel Castro announced that he would soon be departing this world and implored his people to continue his social vision for his country.

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Afrika Bambaataa responds to illicit sex allegations

After last week’s AmNews article regarding several pedophilia allegations made against DJ Afrika Bambaataa, the hip-hop pioneer responded by requesting an opportunity to speak his piece, with his new attorney, Charles Tucker, providing legal advice. Once the opportunity was granted, they attempted to clarify the confusion.

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Hip-hop founder accused of pedophilia

One of hip-hop’s founders has been accused of partaking in illicit sexual activities with underage boys.

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President Mugabe says goodbye to foreign diamond miners

Staying true to the promise he made to his country several weeks prior, President Robert Mugabe made sure a number of foreign diamond mining companies ceased operations in the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe and vacated the land on the country’s eastern region.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal to commemorate 62nd birthday

Supporters of world-renowned political prisoner of war Mumia Abu-Jamal have scheduled a number of events in Philadelphia this weekend to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of his birth.

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Ramarley Graham supporters urge de Blasio to fire killer cops

Tuesday afternoon, April 12—what would have been Ramarley Graham’s 23rd birthday—a diverse assortment of activists displayed the power of the people by converging on City Hall to deliver a petition supported by approximately 60,000 signatures to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.

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Investigation into 16-year-old’s killing continues

Law enforcement officials are still seeking clues to last month’s killing of Juwan “Chico” Tavarez, 16, in East Harlem’s Jefferson Houses.

Chinese poachers imprisoned for slaughtering 226 elephants

Two Chinese immigrants were convicted by a court in Tanzania late last month after they were found to illegally be in possession of 706 ivory elephant tusks and were each sentenced to 30-year terms in prison.

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Obama bill bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons

In a move that many anti-penitentiary activists deem to be progressive, President Barack Obama issued executive orders to ban solitary confinement as a form of punishment for juveniles in federal prisons.

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Mikaila Ulmer: 11-years-young entrepreneur

Mikaila Ulmer is breaking new ground and setting a precedent for future generations of youths who aspire to create and manage their own businesses.

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NYPD officers who arrested Black postman reprimanded

After an investigation, the four plainclothes NYPD cops caught on video in Brooklyn on St. Patrick’s Day making a questionable arrest of Glenn Grays, a uniformed African-American postman, were removed from their normal assignments and placed on modified duty.

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Barron: ‘Bill Bratton can go to hell!’

“My response to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is that he can go to hell, and take his killer cops with him and take his broken window theory with him!” declared elected activist Assemblyman Charles Barron.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. —‘I’ve seen the Promised Land’

Monday, April 4, is the 48th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tenn., as he stood on the balcony of Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel.

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Mutulu Shakur due for parole hearing

A new campaign to liberate Black Panther activist Dr. Mutulu Shakur was launched on March 1 after several fallacious reports were circulated in February that he had been released from a federal prison in California.

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Happy 97th physical day Florence M. Rice

Florence M. Rice celebrated her 97th birthday surrounded by activists, friends and family at the Sister's Uptown Bookstore in Harlem.

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UN implores US to pay reparations for slavery

During a Washington D.C. press conference in early February, three human rights activists, who are also members of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent panel, suggested that Congress pass the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.

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Ramsey Orta, who recorded police killing Eric Garner, arrested again

Ramsey Orta, the man who recorded Eric Garner’s tragic death at the hands of NYPD officers, was arrested again this past February for alleged domestic violence.

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Prosperous physical day to Abiodun Oyewole

A couple of comrades of astute artist and ghetto griot Abiodun Oyewole commemorated the 68th anniversary of his physical birth on Thursday, Feb. 25 by reflecting on his significant contributions and immeasurable legacy.

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Jurors reflect on why they convicted killer cop

After convicting the killer cop who took Akai Gurley’s life in a dimly lit stairwell of East New York’s Pink Houses on the night of Nov. 20, 2014, some of Peter Liang’s peers explained why they found him guilty of second-degree manslaughter and official misconduct last month.

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Harlem commemorates Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing’s legacy

Sunday, Feb. 28, Harlem’s Clarke House (286 Convent Ave.) hosted “An Examination of the Work of Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing,” moderated by renowned scholar/author Dr. Marimba Ani. A capacity crowd filled the building’s first three floors as she conducted a PowerPoint presentation outlining Cress-Welsing’s lifetime scholarly achievements.

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Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland finally fired

Thursday, March 3, it was announced that the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland last summer prior to her mysterious death, Brian Encinia, was formerly fired after he failed to “rebut disciplinary charges leveled against him in January, Public Safety Director Steven McCraw wrote in a letter of final termination,” reports read.

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Ghana to eliminate English as medium of instruction in schools

Ghana is planning to eliminate English as the primary language in schools and focus on their native tongue.

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Robert Mugabe expels Zimbabwe’s foreign diamond exploiters

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe puts an end to foreign diamond exploiters.

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Robert Mugabe expels Zimbabwe’s foreign diamond exploiters

As Africa continues to shake off the shackles of Arab and European colonialism, another step was recently taken in that direction.

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Oscar Micheaux: The first prominent African-American filmmaker

Movie-director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith are leading a boycott of Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony due to its “lack of Black” nominees after an all-Caucasian slate was selected last month for the second consecutive year.

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Final ‘Angola Three’ POW Albert Woodfox freed after 43 years in solitary confinement

POW Albert Woodfox, the original Black Panther activist, spent more time in solitary confinement than anyone else currently held captive in U.S. prisons.

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Reactions to public protest of killer cop’s conviction in Akai Gurley trial

The aftermath of a killer cop’s conviction in Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court a couple weeks ago has caused some debate about NYPD training, as well as accountability, when they don’t adhere to departmental procedures.

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Cop who killed Akai Gurley convicted of manslaughter

After two and a half days of deliberation, the NYPD cop who killed Akai Gurley was found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct by a jury of his peers in Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court.

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Black U.S. presidents before Obama

Although Barak Obama’s 2008 selection to the Oval Office propagandized many to believe he is this country’s first Black commander-in-chief, records reveal that at least six previous U.S. presidents are of African ancestry.

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Jury begins deliberations in Akai Gurley homicide trial

After more than two weeks of testimonies at Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court, a jury of eight Caucasians, three Hispanics and one African-American began deliberating Peter Liang’s fate for the Nov. 20, 2014 shooting death of an unarmed Black man...

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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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