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ShotSpotter: Now Big Brother is listening, too

At NYPD headquarters Monday, March 16, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is putting $1.5 million of taxpayer money toward a new high-tech pilot program that will help cops determine when and where gunshots are fired, even if no one reports them.

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Dr. Ben joins the ancestors

After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan, aka “Dr. Ben,” transitioned on to the ancestral realm Thursday, March 19 at approximately 3:30 a.m.

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Dr. Ben joins the ancestors

After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, transitioned.

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Black, Hispanic cops sue NYPD over punishment for not fulfilling quotas

A group of Black and Hispanic cops are filing a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD for punishing them for not meeting monthly arrest and ticket quotas.

Cop caught lying about arrest and assault

A cellphone video capturing a Caucasian Baltimore police officer punching an unarmed Black male teenager in the face in an unprovoked attack contradicts the cop’s claims that he was assaulted.

Rikers Island inmates rescue correction officer from assault by fellow inmate

On the night Feb.28, a female correction officer at Rikers Island was sexually assaulted and almost raped in a locked watch post by a much larger prisoner, but a group of inmates intervened and rescued her.

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Update on Dr. Ben’s ailing health

Widely circulating rumors about legendary African factologist Dr. Yosef ben A.A. Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, being close to death—or even that he had transitioned recently—are unfounded, say his relatives and close comrades.

Eric Holder: ‘Read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”’

In a wide-ranging exit interview with politico.com last Friday, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder surprised some when he showed support for one of the United States’ most feared and uncompromising Black social critics.

Sundiata Acoli’s parole halted

Feb. 5, New Jersey’s Supreme Court granted the state attorney general’s request that “political prisoner of war” Sundiata Acoli, not be released until they decide whether to hear arguments in the case against his parole.

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No federal charges against Trayvon Martin’s killer

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it will not file charges against George Zimmerman for killing unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., Feb. 26, 2012.

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Queen Mothers of Africa reunite for NGO/CSW consultation day in Harlem

The U.N. Women and New Future Foundation hosted a forum to usher in CSW 59/Beijing+20. A forum held Friday, Feb. 6 at Harlem Family Church Center, 147 W. 120th St., laid out their past and future efforts to establish an all-girls school in Ghana, Africa, with local Americanized Africans participating in the academic aspects.

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Reflections on Malcolm X’s legacy on 50th anniversary of his death

Several hundred admirers attended the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Washington Heights last Saturday afternoon to acknowledge five decades since the assassination of one of Harlem’s historic figures.

What does Malcolm X’s legacy mean 50 years after his execution?

One week before the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s execution, a few of his colleagues and others inspired by his legacy paid tribute at the very same location where five cold-blooded assassins extinguished the physical life of the fearless Black Nationalist advocate.

Black US presidents before Obama

Although Barak Obama’s 2008 election to the Oval Office led many to believe he is this country’s first Black president, some “historians” reveal that at least six previous U.S. presidents were of African ancestry.

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NYPD wants to reclassify resisting arrest as a felony

Wednesday, Feb. 4, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch urged state legislators to increase the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony.

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Black cop fired for doing the right thing

Officer Cariol Horne, a 19-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, is fighting to have her work benefits restored after being fired for stopping her partner from brutalizing a Black man who was already in custody and for betraying the “blue wall of silence.”

Court vacates ‘Friendship Nine’ trespass conviction 50 years later

Last Wednesday, Jan. 28, a South Carolina judge, John Hayes, vacated the 54-year-old convictions of a group of Black civil rights activists who defied that era’s racist segregation laws.

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Americans support President’s proposal to offer free community college

A recent poll suggests that many Americans support his proposal to enroll aspiring students at local community colleges for free.

Poll reveals New Yorkers disapprove of NYPD’s disrespect of mayor

A recent on-line poll revealed that an overwhelming number of New Yorkers disagree with the NYPD’s disrespectful actions toward Mayor Bill de Blasio during memorial services for two of their fallen comrades last month.

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.

Celebrating the life of Sister Samiya Hameeda Abdullah, aka Goldii

Relatives, friends, extended family members and supporters from the Islamic community gathered at the City of Brotherly Love’s Kingsessing Recreation Center to acknowledge the 37th anniversary of the physical birth of Sister Samiya Hameed Abdullah, aka Goldii.

Woman outraged that Miami police used brother’s mug shot for target practice

Last month, the Florida Army National Guard’s Sgt. Valerie Deant was shocked after arriving at the Medley Firing Training Center shooting range for her unit’s “annual weapons qualifications training,” and coming across a very disturbing find.

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Brooklyn DA investigates NYPD for planting guns

Last Friday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that his office is investigating six NYPD officers on suspicion of planting guns on innocent people to pad their arrest records and fulfill department quotas.

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Brooklyn DA to exonerate another man wrongfully convicted of murder

Monday, Jan. 5, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson agreed to exonerate Derrick Hamilton, a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 21 years in prison.

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Malcolm X: From Harlem to Harvard

Fifty years ago, Black Nationalist advocate El Hajj Malik El Shabazz/Malcolm X had departed from the Nation of Islam in March of 1964 and was challenging the white supremacists elite at their institutions of higher learning.

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Free Mumia campaign continues during 33rd anniversary of his incarceration

Dec. 9 marked the 33rd anniversary of the near-fatal shooting and brutal beating and incarceration of Black Panther activist Mumia Abu-Jamal at the hands of Philadelphia police.

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Eric Garner’s father pleads for peace after cops’ clearance

A slight tension was in the air at several key Staten Island locations early Dec. 3, as dozens of demonstrators withstood the chilly drizzle and staunch police presence in anticipation of a local Richmond County grand jury’s ruling on whether the NYPD’s Daniel Pantaleo would formerly face charges for choking the life out of 43-year-old Eric Garner July 17.

Cop shoots at man rushing asthmatic daughter for aid

A Jacksonville, Fla. sheriff fired a shot at an unarmed Black man last Monday (Nov. 24) as the man rushed his asthmatic daughter home to get medication.

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President Mugabe visits NYC

A follow-up forum conducted earlier this month by the December 12th Movement at Harlem’s UCLA—the University on the Corner of Lenox Avenue—discussed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s visit to New York City a couple months ago, where he addressed the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Harlemites speak out against profiling signs in stores

Many local residents are upset about certain signs that have been posted up in some uptown businesses recently, which they say racially profiles the indigenous community in their own hoods.

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Community outraged over Leroy Baylor’s WHCR ouster

Local grassroots supporters are speaking out against the banning of WHCR radio host Leroy Baylor, who was taken off their airwaves back in July amid allegations of anti-Semitism.

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Hip-hop celebrates four decades this weekend

The West Bronx born and bred culture known as hip-hop commemorates its 40th anniversary this weekend, and the organization that established it—the Universal Zulu Nation—will observe its 41st anniversary.

Farrakhan alleges US government created Ebola for population control

In a recent issue of Final Call, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan charged that U.S. scientists are concocting deadly diseases, with the primary purpose to “depopulate the world of Black people.”

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Michael Dunn gets life without parole in ‘loud music murder’

After being convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder for the November 2012 shooting death of Jordan Davis for blasting his music in a Florida convenience store’s parking lot, Michael Dunn was sentenced to life without parole last Friday.

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Five Percenters commemorate 50th anniversary

During the past couple weeks, various local events have commemorated the establishment of the Five Percenters, a.k.a. Nation of Gods & Earths, a half century ago.

Imam Jamil Al-Amin transferred to general population

Reports released last week revealed that political prisoner of war Jamil Al-Amin, formerly H. Rap Brown, has been transferred out of solitary confinement to the general population at a new prison location.

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18-year-old shot 17 times by police

Just two months after teenager Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson, Mo., policeman Darren Wilson, another unarmed 18-years-young Black male was also fatally shot by a different local area Caucasian cop.

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Gods of hip-hop rock the Apollo Theater

A capacity-crowd packed the world famous Apollo Theater last Saturday evening to witness some prominent Five Percenters perform on stage to commemorate their nation’s 50th anniversary with this historic throwback concert.

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Mutulu Shakur up for parole

After being a political prisoner of war for nearly three decades, Dr. Mutulu Shakur was considered for parole by a California Victorville Federal Correctional Facility board Aug. 12.

Mugabe: We would love to see South Africa take the lead

During a recent two-week trip to China, Robert Mugabe, the anti-imperialist president of Zimbabwe, addressed a seminar in Beijing where various African diplomats were present, taking the opportunity to challenge Caucasians in South Africa, suggesting that they are responsible for placing the country in a compromising position.

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Parole board approves Sundiata Acoli’s release

The appeals panel found that the 2011 parole board ignored evidence that was beneficial to Acoli.

Black man killed by police while running away

The two Caucasian cops who killed 22-year-old Darrien Nathaniel Hunt in Saratoga Springs, Utah, Sept. 10 shot him six times from behind.

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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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SWAT team murders 107-year-old man at home

The family and friends of Monroe Isadore conducted a memorial this past Sunday at 13th and Pine streets in Pine Bluff, Ark., to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of his murder by police.

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Now that the Central Park Five will be compensated, what about the ‘Harlem Six’?

The recent news about the city finally financially compensating the five Harlem young men who were unjustly incarcerated a quarter of a century ago for the brutal April 19, 1989, assault and rape of Trisha Ellen Meili, a 28-year-old Caucasian female jogger in Central Park, conjures up memories about another highly politicized miscarriage of justice involving half a dozen Harlem teenagers who were also wrongfully convicted for a heinous crime committed against Caucasians.

Five Percenters announce 50th anniversary plans

Members from the Nation of Gods & Earths, a.k.a. the Five Percenters, held an afternoon press conference Aug. 21 in front of their national headquarters, the Allah School in Mecca to announce the plans for their half-a-century anniversary commemoration next month.

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Activists advocate ‘Stop the Violence’ campaigns across the city

As the summer winds down, community activists throughout the city have been advising local youth to curb the rampant violence that has senselessly claimed the lives of and hospitalized numerous victims this season.

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Ferguson rally rescheduled, but protesters still turn out

Despite the cancellation of a planned Labor Day shutdown of Highway I-270 at West Florissant to protest the Aug. 9, killing of Michael Brown by local policeman Darren Wilson, demonstrators still took action and jammed up traffic during a short time around 4:40 p.m.

Imam Jamil Al-Amin relocated to medical facility

Supporters of political prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin (f.k.a. H. Rap Brown) contend that the power of the people earned the 71-year-old revolutionary’s July 14, 2014, transfer to a medical facility, where he could be properly diagnosed and treated. It had recently been determined that he had a rare form of cancer of the plasma cells known as multiple myeloma.

A brief history of Black August

For the past four-and-a-half decades, the self-defining, uncompromising efforts of a few freedom fighters from the Black Liberation struggle have been recognized each August by the many who acknowledge those deeds.

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