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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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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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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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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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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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