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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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Wall Street’s slave story

Wall Street's slave market was once a booming business for the nation's economy.

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F.W.A.—Straight Outta Harlem

With stalwarts Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, and Mother Kefa becoming ancestors in 2015, they joined the First World Alliance’s other founders who preceded them, Brother Bill Jones (2010) and Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1998). As a significant chapter in Harlem’s Re-renaissance era concludes, some reflect on the groundbreaking institutions’ illustrious legacy.

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Patrice Lumumba’s assassination 55 years later

On the 55th anniversary of his assassination, we take a look at Patrice Lumumba’s unparalleled legacy.

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Fighting for justice: Cop who killed Akai Gurley goes on trial

A heavy police presence was visible outside of Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court, in the lobby, on the second floor and in Justice Danny K. Chun’s courtroom this past Monday and Tuesday as the rookie cop who shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old Black man in an East New York public housing building more than a year ago finally faces charges.

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1976 Olympic champion Howard Davis Jr. joins ancestors

Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer one week before his 59th birthday last year, Howard Edward Davis Jr. bravely battled its debilitating effects before eventually transitioning onto the ancestral realm at his Plantation, Fla. Residence, Dec. 30 at 9:17 p.m., while surrounded by loved ones.

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Arthur Schomburg digs up Africa’s past

Inspired by a fifth-grade teacher’s claim that “Black people have no history, no heroes or accomplishments of any consequence,” Arthur Schomburg set out on a lifelong mission to disprove that fallacy.

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. Khalid Abdul Muhammad: The truth terrorist

On the 68th anniversary of his physical birth, a couple of Khalid Muhammad’s comrades reflected on his legacy.

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Akon utilizes solar power to light Africa

Co-founded in February 2014 by internationally renowned music artist Akon, consultant Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily, Akon Lighting Africa was established to develop innovative solar-powered systems that will provide electricity to over 600 million continental Africans.

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Dr. King’s inspirational legacy lives on

As the country prepares to acknowledge the legacy of civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, we look at some of his social contributions throughout his brief time on this physical plane.

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Celebration of Dr. Ben and Dr. Clarke’s immeasurable contributions

The lifetime efforts of two legendary African scholar warriors were acknowledged on New Year’s Eve at Harlem’s National Black Theater.

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Cops killed more than 1,000 civilians across US in 2015

As 2015 concluded, various organizations attempted to accurately document the number of killings committed by on-duty cops across the country during the previous 12 months.

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Activists urge Christmas boycott in response to police terrorism

“No justice for us, no profit for you!” and “They won’t stop, we don’t shop!” several dozen activists rhythmically chanted from the northeast corner of Harlem’s African Square (125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) over the weekend as they urged passersby not to spend their hard-earned money with corporate companies.

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Investigator concludes Tamir Rice’s hands were in his pockets when shot by cop

An independent report released last Friday evening determined that Tamir Rice’s hands were in his pockets when he was fatally shot on Nov. 22, 2014, by Caucasian Cleveland cop, Timothy Loehmann.

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The Montgomery Bus Boycott 60 years later

Rosa Parks’ defiant stance against the racist Jim Crow laws of the segregated South kicked off an economic boycott against the National City Lines Bus Company in Montgomery, Ala., which lasted a little more than a year.

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Congressional investigation sought in Red Cross’ handling of Haiti relief funds

As the sixth anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, looms next month, the National Black Church Initiative is urging the United States Senate to launch a congressional inquiry into the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of dollars the American Red Cross received in donations, meant to assist in the Caribbean country’s relief efforts.

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Independent reports: Tamir Rice killing a ‘callous disregard for life’

Reports by independent use-of-force expert witnesses released Monday, Nov. 30—one year after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by Caucasian Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann...

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Black Dollars Matter: Black-out of Black Friday and beyond

“We will make it a real ‘Black Friday,’” warned Minister Louis Farrakhan, “because there won’t be a Black person in sight.”

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Tamir Rice’s police murder called ‘objectively reasonable’

A 13-page report released last Thursday by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office determined that 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s murder by a Caucasian Cleveland cop one year ago was “objectively reasonable,” according to law enforcement consultant Ken Katsaris, an expert on police use of force.

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Six-month-old girl thrown to her death from Bronx window

Neighbors in the Bronx’s Tremont section pleaded with Tenisha Fearon as she dangled her baby out of her window.

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Cuba offering medical scholarships to American Blacks and Hispanics

The recent renewed diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has created many new possibilities.

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Assata Shakur’s exodus commemorated

Revolutionary activists have designated Nov. 2 “Assata Shakur Liberation Day,” marking the anniversary of one of the most courageous stances against U.S. tyranny in recent memory.

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LeBron James’ Wheels for Education gives back to the community that made him

Utilizing his superstar status and money is just one way NBA standout LeBron James has chosen to positively influence the next generation.

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Lupe Fiasco establishes nonprofit

Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco is implementing one of urban culture’s primary principals to inspire others to do similar as he establishes his newly formed company.

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Africa’s sustainable development discussed at United Nations

During September’s last weekend, three days of conferences were conducted at the United Nations General Assembly, in Midtown Manhattan, titled “The Sustainable Development Summit.”

Indigenous Peoples’ Day replacing Columbus Day

In recent years, a mass movement has been taking place across this country to abolish Columbus Day, the annual holiday commemorating European colonizer Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the “New World,” allegedly on Oct. 12, 1492.

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Hip-hop pioneer Kool DJ AJ becomes an ancestor

An extensive conglomerate of hip-hop pioneers and aficionados came out to Harlem’s Mother AME Zion Church (146 W. 137th St.) on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17 to pay their respects to fellow legend Kool DJ AJ.

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Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor inducted into Apollo’s Walk of Fame

Three legendary Black comedians were further immortalized recently when they were inducted into the Apollo Theater’s exclusive Walk of Fame.

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Darrien Hunt’s mom scoffs at $900,000 settlement offer in son’s police killing

On the one-year anniversary of Darrien Hunt’s police killing, several dozen family members, friends and supporters gathered at the Panda Express in Saratoga Springs, Utah, where he was shot, to commemorate his life and call for police accountability.

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Mumia’s legal and medical update

The latest on Mumia's health

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Long live Huey P. Newton

Revolutionary activist Dr. Huey Percy Newton was fatally shot at 47 years of age Aug. 22, 1989, on Center Street in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood of West Oakland, Calif.,

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25-year-old Black woman becomes youngest ever judge in Easley, SC

The history-making news of a 25-year-old Black woman becoming the youngest judge ever appointed in her hometown of Easley, S.C., has gone viral, setting the Internet ablaze and making local headlines.

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Rakim Allah rocks Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park

The Harlem community was given a special treat on a recent Tuesday evening by the man who is generally regarded as the greatest MC of all times.

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First World Alliance co-founder Sister Kefa joins the ancestors

After being hospitalized for the past several months, lifelong activist Sister Kefa Nephthys joined the ancestors last Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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Marcus Garvey: ‘Up you mighty race!’

Monday, Aug. 17 is the 128th anniversary of the physical birth of pan-African icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey, and to commemorate that occasion the 75th annual Black Power March departs from the park in Central Harlem that bears his name.

Tupac’s comrade Hussein Fatal killed in car crash

Heartfelt condolences from several colleagues of Hussein Fatal, local recording artist and close comrade of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, went out last month as news spread of his July 11 passing in a tragic car accident on a Georgia freeway.

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Marcus Garvey: Up you mighty race!

Monday Aug. 17 is the 128th anniversary of the physical birth of pan-African icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey, and to commemorate that occasion the 75th annual Black Power March departs at from the park in Central Harlem that bears his name.

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Robert Mugabe: Africa must set up own ICC to try Europeans

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is advocating for his fellow African heads of state to take a stern self-determining stance against European imperialists, who have been exploiting the motherland for its labor from her indigenous inhabitants and for her natural resources for several centuries.

Kenyan leaders warn Obama against promoting gay rights during visit

President Barack Obama was warned by local leaders not to address gay rights prior to visiting his father’s homeland, Kenya, last week because he risked “opening floodgates of evil by supporting LGBT rights.”

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Nigerian professor claims drug cures HIV/AIDS

Professor Maduike Ezeibe, instructor at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, is claiming that he has recently created a new therapy for HIV/AIDS.

Straight Black Pride Movement claims to be under attack by LGBTQ community

President Barack Obama’s signing into law same-sex marriage last month has not swayed a certain segment of the population, who were unaware that his 2007 campaign pledge to bring about change also included legalizing gay marriage in the land of the free.

Cairo-to-Cape Town free trade zone to be established in Africa

Wednesday, June 17, senior officials from 26 countries in eastern and southern Africa met in Egypt and pledged to create the continent’s largest free trade zone, which will reach from South Africa to the northeastern region in Egypt.

Obama to KKK: ‘Take off the hoods!’

According to reports, President Barack Obama is planning to propose tough new legislation that will force the Ku Klux Klan and other extremist hate groups to disclose the identities of their members.

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Nigeria outlaws female genital mutilation

In one of his final official moves before ceding power to recently elected Muhammadu Buhari, outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a measure that criminalizes the controversial practice of female genital mutilation.

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Five Percenters commemorate 45th Show and Prove

The Harlem-based community organization known as the Five Percenters converged over the past two weekends to showcase their artistic talents, as well as to acknowledge its founder and one of his closest comrades

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Tanzania replaces English with Kiswahili as its official school language

Back in April, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration announced that, henceforth, Kiswahili will be the primary language utilized in his country’s schools.

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Haitians face mass deportation from Dominican Republic

As of Wednesday’s (June 17) deadline, tens of thousands of Africans of Haitian ethnicity who now call the Dominican Republic home were unable to register under the regularization plan, which offered an opportunity to obtain legal status for the undocumented, and now face deportation in the coming months.

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Killer of Malcolm X’s grandson hit with 27 years

As news spread several months ago about the severe sentencing of Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, 26, for the murder of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, 28, many questions remained unanswered.

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Community shows support at Elombe Brath Brooklyn fundraiser

Grassroots activists and lifelong comrades of a legendary Pan-Africanist and community stalwart filed into Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza, 1368 Harriet Tubman Blvd., Saturday, May 16 to honor the legacy Elombe Brath, who devoted his entire life to liberating his people.

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