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Long live the spirit of Abubadika Sonny Carson

May 20th marked the 90th physical anniversary of legendary urban activist Robert “Sonny” Carson, affectionately known as “Abubadika” to his comrades within his beloved Brooklyn community, and as “A.B.” to his close confidants.

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Malcolm X Day 2019

The December 12th Movement is leading the people in the 94th celebration of the birthday of our national Black hero Malcolm X.

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Harlem celebrates 94th birthday of Malcolm X

A number of local events took place Sunday to commemorate the 94th physical day anniversary of revolutionary freedom fighter Malcolm X.

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Malcolm X:  You left your mind in Africa

This Sunday marks the 94th physical day anniversary of the renowned human rights activist, Malcolm X.

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Texas executes ringleader of heinous James Byrd lynching

On Wednesday, April 24, the racist Caucasian male who orchestrated the heinous June 7, 1998, murder of 49-year-old James Byrd Jr., was executed by lethal injection at Texas State Penitentiary. John King, 44 was pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m. CDT (8:08 p.m. EST) after being injected with a deadly dosage of the sedative pentobarbital, minutes earlier.

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Trailblazing filmmaker John Singleton joins the ancestors

After suffering a massive stroke on April 17, renowned urban filmmaker John Singleton joined the ancestors this past Monday, at 51 years of age, after relatives told doctors to terminate the life-support which had been sustaining him.

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City Council calls on NYPD to stop DNA collection

On Wednesday, April 10, the Legal Aid Society sent a letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, stating that collecting DNA evidence from city citizens is “racially biased,” and “constitutes a significant infringement on young people’s civil rights, particularly people of color.”

Arrest made in hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle’s murder

On Tuesday, April 2, Los Angeles police announced that they arrested 29-year-old Eric Holder, the suspected killer of Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered the afternoon of March 31 outside his “Marathon Clothing” store after a “personal dispute.”

Legendary fusion musician Edwin Birdsong joins the ancestors

Many associates, family and fans of influential musician Edwin Birdsong were saddened as they learned that he had transitioned on to the ancestral realm Monday, Jan. 21, in Los Angeles.

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Arthur Schomburg: The African globe-trotter

Thursday marks the 145th bornday anniversary celebration of astute bibliographer and historian Arthur Alphonso Schomburg, who navigated the globe amassing millions of African artifacts from throughout the diaspora during the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th.

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This Is Hip-Hop at the Apollo Theater

A Golden Era hip-hop concert at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater Friday evening featured some legendary artists from the New York City metropolitan area who were very popular during the 1990s and who took the capacity crowd down memory lane as they played some classic material.

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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. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrating 90th bornday

This Monday the nation recognizes the legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a host of festivities.

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Marijuana funding to go to MTA

With 10 states across the country, including Washington, D.C., recently legalizing recreational cannabis, New York looks to join and reap the financial rewards.

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Sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown granted clemency

With his term set to expire Jan. 19, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he granted executive clemency to Cyntoia Denise Brown, 30, an African-American woman convicted of killing an abusive man, and commuted her life-sentence. She’s scheduled to be paroled Aug. 7, 2019, for the next 10 years.

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Judge allow Mumia to re-appeal conviction

Dec. 27, in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, Judge Leon Tucker issued his highly anticipated ruling re-instated the post-conviction appellate rights of political prisoner of war Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Sonny Abubadika Carson still lives

Thursday, Dec. 20, marks the 16th anniversary since Brooklyn warrior Sonny Abubadika Carson joined the ancestral realm.

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Mumia awaits judge’s appeal determination

Monday, Dec. 3, attorneys for political prisoner of war, Mumia Abu-Jamal, attended Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court before Judge Leon Tucker to present previously suppressed evidence of judicial misconduct by Justice Ron Castille, but they were promptly dismissed after the brief “3 to 5 minute formality hearing.”

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1968 Olympic Black Power salute: 50 years later

During the medal ceremony after their 200-meter race at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Oct. 16, 1968, African-American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos partook in a very defiant act of social protest that immortalized them.

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Suge Knight settles on 28-year sentence

Last Thursday, Sept. 20, attorneys for former record executive Marion “Suge” Knight, 53, agreed to a plea deal that will sentence him to 28 years in prison when they return to court Oct. 4. He has remained incarcerated since the 2015 hit and run on the set of hip-hop super group NWA’s biopic, “Straight Outta Compton.”

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Olympian John Carlos is honored at Brooklyn’s East New York 5K run

Saturday, Sept. 8, after the conclusion of the East New York Restoration 5K run, awards and praises were bestowed on 1968 Olympic bronze medalist Dr. John Carlos.

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Mumia’s attorneys granted 60 days

During last Thursday’s (Black Aug. 30) presentation at Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, attorneys for death row survivor Mumia Abu-Jamal successfully argued for another opportunity to present previously suppressed evidence and were granted a 60-day continuance by Judge Leon Tucker.

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Hip-hop commemorates 45 years

Although November is recognized as “Hip-Hop History Month” by many of the pioneers who laid the foundation for the Bronx-bred culture in November 1973, several months earlier, an 18-year-old Jamaican-born DJ was already hosting parties in the West Bronx.

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Inmates launch “Nat Turner Day” prison reform strike

Tuesday, Aug. 21, numerous inmates in at least 21 cities across the country began one of the largest prison strikes in the history of the United States, in protest of inhumane living conditions they contend are reminiscent of “modern-day slavery.”

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All out for Mumia Aug. 30

Activists are urging the public to pack the courthouse Thursday, Black Aug. 30, at 1301 Filbert St., Philadelphia to demand that political prisoner-of-war Mumia Abu-Jamal be granted the opportunity to present evidence of his innocence that had previously been suppressed by a judge they contend had ulterior motives.

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New York Black Panther Party celebrates 50th anniversary

Shortly after Huey Newton and Bobby Seale established the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland, Calif., during October 1966, the movement spread, eventually reaching New York during spring 1968.

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Political prisoner of war, Robert Seth Hayes, paroled after 45 years

Having been incarcerated since 1973, original Black Panther activist Robert Seth Hayes, 69, was released on parole last Tuesday.

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Two 16-year-old Brooklyn boys shot dead days apart

Monday evening, a heavy-hearted Brooklyn community decried the senseless violence that claimed the lives of two 16-year-olds just days apart.

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David Dinkins and Charlie Rangel honored for Father’s Day

Friday, June 15, East Harlem’s Taino Towers hosted a special tribute to several local elected officials—past and present—during a Father’s Day Dinner.

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Herb Boyd receives social justice award

Monday, May 21, Amsterdam News contributor Herb Boyd was bestowed with the Outstanding Career Achievement Award during the 2018 James Aronson Social Justice Journalism Awards at Hunter College’s Lang Recital Hall.

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Malcolm X influencing future generations

Malcolm X’s legacy was commemorated Saturday in acknowledgment of the 93rd anniversary of his birth.

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Sonny Abubadika Carson: Brooklyn warrior

The life and legacy of urban warrior Sonny Abubadika Carson will be commemorated this Sunday in the People’s Republic of Brooklyn in acknowledgement of the 82nd anniversary of his physical birth. Although he joined the ancestors Dec. 20, 2002, his powerful influence is still felt today.

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Attorneys make new bid for Mumia’s freedom

Attorneys make new bid for Mumia’s freedom

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—50 years later

The courageous efforts of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. garnered much attention this past Wednesday, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of his April 4, 1968, assassination in Memphis, Tenn., at age 39

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Carol A. McCrae: Reinventing the accounting experience

Although some contend that it is rather difficult to find some semblance of success in the highly competitive, male-dominated white collar world of accounting, Carol A. McCrae is one woman who has beaten the steep odds.

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Activists call on support for Herman Bell’s parole

After being denied seven previous times, political prisoner-of-war, Herman Bell, was granted parole Wednesday, March 14, when a New York State Board of Parole three-member panel unanimously agreed that his “debt has been paid to society.”

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Rakim Tweets: ‘You are now witnessing the devolution of rap music

Still regarded as the greatest lyricist in hip-hop’s glorious history, Rakim Allah vented his views Tuesday, Feb. 13, via Twitter about the decaying state of the music genre he helped popularize and make a global phenomenon.

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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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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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Acknowledging America’s political prisoners of war this Saturday

Various grassroots activists will pay homage to this country’s forgotten segment of society and their families with the 22nd annual Freedom Fighters Dinner Tribute.

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The Schomburg Center: Harlem’s Kilimanjaro

“If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today.” Surely, astute historian Arthur Alphonso Schomburg must’ve had this African proverb in mind as he globetrotted, amassing millions of artifacts from throughout the Diaspora during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Two decades later, another Brooklyn man’s murder conviction is overturned

Thursday, Jan. 11, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dineen Riviezzo announced that she had overturned Sundhe Moses’ 1997 murder conviction and ordered a new trial, citing the illicit activities of a disgraced NYPD detective.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s concern for the poor

The world famous Apollo Theater, along with WNYC 93.9 FM, conducted a public panel on its historic stage this past Sunday afternoon commemorating the legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a presentation titled “Apollo Uptown Hall: 50 Years After MLK—A Dream Deferred.” This event is part of the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

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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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Big Daddy Kane runs down memory lane at Schomburg Center

Saturday, Dec. 16, the Schomburg’s Hip-Hop History Project initiated its new series “Going Way Back” with an exclusive featured interview of Grammy award-winning MC, Big Daddy Kane.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on capitalism: 'This is not just'

As the nation prepares to commemorate the immeasurable achievements of courageous civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, the 89th anniversary of his birth, a closer look is taken into how he grew from being known as a peaceful preacher to being one of the most feared Black men in America.

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Celebrating scholars who helped free your African minds

The contributions and legacies of several great African scholar warriors will be commemorated this weekend, concluding this Gregorian calendar year and introducing the next, most notably, the mentally liberating efforts of Dr. Chancellor Williams (born Dec. 22, 1898, in Bennettsville, S.C.), Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop (born Dec. 23, 1923, in Diourbel, Senegal) and Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan (born Dec. 31, 1918, in Gondar, Ethiopia).

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Harlem sends home one its cornerstones, Dr. Jack Felder

Fellow activists, associates and educators attended going home services at the Williams Institutional CME Church, (2225 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) this past Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning to bid farewell to one of Harlem’s stalwart African scholar warriors.

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The fight for Mumia’s freedom continues

In Philadelphia last weekend, dozens of activists and supporters commemorated the 36th anniversary of the shooting, serious wounding and, supporters say, unjust incarceration of Black Panther activist and grassroots journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, with two days of events in the city of “brotherly love.”

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Police: Girl, 15, met killer on social-media who stabbed her 80 times

Philadelphia police reported that on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the 200 block of South 49th Street, they discovered the burnt corpse of a 15-year-old African-American girl named Sabriya McLean, who had been stabbed more than 80 times and set ablaze.

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