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Community sends abolitionist attorney Lynne Stewart home

A multi-ethnic audience of supporters attended two days of memorial services a couple of weeks ago to commemorate the life and legacy of “The People’s Lawyer,” Lynne Stewart.

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Activist/attorney Lynne Stewart joins the ancestors

Many self-determining activists and freedom fighters were saddened by the heartbreaking news that the courageous attorney Lynne Stewart had passed onto the ancestral realm this past Tuesday at her Brooklyn home.

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Malcolm X memorialized on 52nd anniversary of his assassination

Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd anniversary of Malcolm X’s martyrdom, a capacity, multi-ethnic crowd packed into the building where it actually occurred—the former Audubon Ballroom, renamed the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) when it reopened in 2005—to reflect on his iconic legacy.

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Harlem’s revolutionary trinity: Khalid Muhammad, Malcolm X and Allah the Father

Last week’s edition of Amsterdam News spanned some significant dates that tied together three different alpha males whose lifetime efforts immensely affected many communities throughout the African Diaspora.

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Malcolm X: The price of freedom is death

Friday, Feb. 21, 1965 marks the day a hit squad of cold-blooded assassins aired out the Audubon Ballroom stage, expiring the physical life of Black Nationalist advocate El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, in full view of his pregnant wife, Betty, and four young daughters along with approximately 400 unsuspecting Organization of Afro-American Unity supporters.

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Harry Floyd Smith Sr. Returns to the Essence

The Harlem community, the boxing fraternity and many members of the Five Percenters, were deeply saddened by the news that Harry Floyd Smith Sr., aka A. Allah, had joined the ancestors Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 83 years of age.

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Anti-police terror open-house conference takes place

Local activists held a free-of-charge open-house conference on Saturday All Souls Unitarian Church “Reidy Hall”

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Community combats cop’s racial profiling

Already during this brief post-Obama period, community activists are figuring out ways to combat the NYPD’s racial profiling of New York City’s citizens of color.

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The Harlem Renaissance

The period of time between the late 1910s and the mid-1930s, when Black cultures thrived in northern Manhattan, is known as the Harlem Renaissance.

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The Harlem Hellfighters: African-American WWI heroes

In the World War I era, Jim Crow segregation laws were prominent throughout the United States in all segments of society, as well as during physical combat overseas.

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Schomburg Center classified as National Historic Landmark

The National Parks Service announced Wednesday, Jan. 11, that Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd., corner of 135th Street) was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It was one site among 24 nationwide to be recently so honored.

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Bronx killer cop’s departmental trial concludes

Closing arguments wrapped up Monday’s session at lower Manhattan’s One Police Plaza, concluding the weeklong departmental trial of the Caucasian NYPD cop, Richard Haste, who shot and killed an innocent, unarmed Black teenager in his Bronx home on Feb. 2, 2012.

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Anti-Trump sentiment increases nationwide

As the United States’ first African-American president prepares to conclude his last days in the Oval Office this week, many across the country are staging demonstrations denouncing Donald Trump’s pending inauguration this Friday in the nation’s capital.

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The Haitian Revolution: 213 years later

Historians regularly refer to the Haitian Revolution as the most prominent and successful slave rebellion against European imperialism ever in the Western Hemisphere.

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Activists urge Obama to pardon Mutulu Shakur

With just over a week left before Barack Obama, the United States’ first American-African commander in chief leaves the Oval Office, local activists are appealing to him to grant clemency to “political prisoner of war” Dr. Mutulu Shakur, who has been incarcerated since Feb. 12, 1986.

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Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad Brooklyn tribute Thursday

Local activists are preparing to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad this Thursday, Jan. 12, the 69th anniversary of his birthday, at the House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn) from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: ‘I fear I am integrating my people into a burning house’

As the nation prepares to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this upcoming Monday, a closer look is taken at his fearless freedom struggles.

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Reflections on the legacy of Thutmose Powell

Several comrades of renowned Harlem activist Brother Morris Thutmose Powell reflected on his life-long efforts this past Monday at Harlem’s UCLA, the University on the Corner of Lenox Avenue. Powell joined the ancestors May 23 while in Namibia, Africa, where he had been residing as a guest of President Sam Nujoma for the past several years.

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B.B. King hosts the Juice Crew reunion

One of the greatest assortment of hip-hop lyricists ever assembled will be reunited this Thursday evening at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in the heart of Times Square (237 W. 42nd St.).

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African scholar warriors

A tribute honoring several renowned African scholar warriors will take place in Harlem this weekend, concluding this Greco-Roman calendar year, and ushering in the next.

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Harlem recognizes Human Rights Day

“What’s the call? Free them all!” a slew of multiethnic activists chanted while posted up on the northeast corner of Harlem’s African Square (125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) this past Saturday afternoon as they withstood the cold while commemorating Human Rights Day.

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Second Avenue subway launches New Year’s Day

The M.T.A. announced Monday that the long-delayed Second Avenue subway line is on track to launch its inaugural ride this New Year’s Eve, with local politicians and M.T.A. brass in attendance.

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Abubadika Sonny Carson’s influence today

Several comrades of Brooklyn warrior Abubadika Sonny Carson reflected on his legacy 14 years after he transitioned to the ancestral realm.

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Noted photographer Jamel Shabazz at Harlem’s Schomburg Center

On the evening of Dec. 8, the audience at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture were taken down memory lane as one of this generation’s top Black photographers, Jamel Shabazz, presented his most recent book, “Pieces of a Man.”

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Local reactions to Fidel Castro becoming an ancestor

Many anti-establishment activists were deeply saddened by the news that Cuban freedom fighter and former president, Fidel Castro, had joined the ancestors Friday at 90 years of age.

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Killer cop charged in Philando Castile’s death

On Wednesday afternoon, Minnesota’s Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced that the cop who fatally shot a Black male motorist during a traffic stop July 6 has been formerly charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.

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Gambia preps to leave ‘International Caucasian Court’

Amid accusations of incompetence and preferential treatment of colonial leaders, the small West African nation of Gambia is joining Burundi and South Africa as African countries that wish to exit the International Criminal Court.

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Boxing legend Aaron ‘The Hawk’ Pryor passes at 61

The boxing community was deeply saddened as news spread that one of its greatest and proudest warriors ever had recently joined the ancestors.

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The original Black Panther Party—the Fair Play Committee celebrates 50 years

With co-founder Bobby Seale’s recent visit to Harlem, and the grassroots organization commemorating its 50th anniversary last month, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense has been a hot topic lately.

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Bobby Seale visits Harlem’s Schomburg Center

Activists from throughout the metropolitan area packed into Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd. and 135th Street) Thursday evening (Oct. 27) to witness legendary revolutionary and original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense co-founder Bobby Seale divulge some very relevant history. He was in town promoting his book with photographer Stephen Shames, “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers.”

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‘This is a conspiracy to commit murder’

Supporters of world renowned political prisoner of war, Mumia Abu-Jamal, converged at Philadelphia’s Friend’s Center, 1500 Cherry St., last Friday afternoon to discuss new developments in his case. Of primary concern was treatment for his deadly hepatitis C virus, his deteriorating health and adverse prison conditions.

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49ers’ Kaepernick opens eyes by sporting Black Panther T-shirt

After Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco’s defiant quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, displayed more signs of militancy by wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of the uncompromising Black Panther Party for Self-Defense to a postgame news conference.

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Elder of the Five Percenters, Abu Shahid, returns to the essence

Many locals were saddened by the news that Brother Abu Shahid had joined the ancestors Wednesday, Sept. 28, at his Pittsburg, Pa. home. He was 85 years of age.

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Brooklyn recognizes Sonny Abubadika Carson Day

Associates and comrades from the People’s Republic of Brooklyn are hosting an all-day event this Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, commemorating the life and legacy of one of Brooklyn’s finest, Sonny Abubadika Carson.

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Trisco Pearson from the legendary Force M.D.’s joins the ancestors

Many people in the mature age range of their 40s and 50s were deeply saddened by the news that another member of the pioneering hip-hop act, Force M.D.’s, had become an ancestor Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

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Parents of Ramarley Graham file formal request for murdered son’s documents

The parents of Ramarley Graham filed a formal request with the city last Thursday, Sept. 29, for the release of all official documents relating to their son’s Feb. 2, 2012, killing by one of New York’s finest.

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Ramarley Graham’s mother speaks against NYPD trial for her son’s killer

After the NYPD revealed last week Thursday that they plan on conducting a department trial for Richard Haste, a cop who unlawfully broke into a Bronx home, and then shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham during the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2012, his mother quickly responded.

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Mugabe at UN: Lift illegal sanctions off Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe’s president addressed the United Nations’ 71st General Assembly Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, in Midtown Manhattan, he utilized the opportunity to present his case on why the economic sanctions against his country should be lifted.

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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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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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