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Courtenay Brown

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Student brings first Black sorority to NYU

According to New York University (NYU) junior Tiana Morrison, her university has been in want of a Black Greek organization for far too long.

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Director Spike Lee attends screening of his film in Harlem

ImageNation presented a free, outdoor screening of “Jim Brown: All-American” on the Great Lawn of St. Nicholas Park on Saturday with a special guest appearance by the film’s director, Spike Lee.

Brooklyn street renamed in memory of teen killed for iPod, Christopher Rose

Richard Ciceron has never returned to the East Flatbush intersection where he was involved in an altercation that resulted in the death of his best friend, Christopher Rose, in 2005. Rose became the first person in the country known to be killed over an iPod.

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Queens Council on the Arts offers grants to artists

In support of the creative spirits who live in Queens, the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) have opened applications their annual grants to individual artists and organizations.

Russell Simmons says ‘sorry’ for Harriet Tubman ‘sex tape’

Earlier this year, Rapper Lil’ Wayne lost PepsiCo as a sponsor and received backlash from iconic legends like Stevie Wonder for a lyric that disrespected Emmett Till, a Black teenager whose racially-charged death in 1955 incited the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. In disrespecting important figures in Black history it looks like Russell Simmons is next.

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Bronx youth band hosts concert ‘with a message’

The Music With A Message (MWAM) youth band will return from a summer tour this Friday for their second annual concert in the Bronx.

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Summer tips from Harlem pet-owners

It’s been a hot summer, and it was probably even hotter for your furry pet. Luckily, there are several places in Harlem that offer great opportunities for shade and activities for your pet. Likewise, many pet-owners in Harlem told the AmNews that early morning and late afternoon walks were better to ensure that their dogs are not too over-heated during morning strolls. 

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Puzzler changes education one crossword at a time

For Kevin Dunn, the answer to keeping Black youth out of trouble and informed about their past, present and future is puzzling. Word puzzling, that is.

Judge rules against family naming baby ‘Messiah’

A Tennessee judge ruled on Thursday that “Messiah” is an unacceptable name for a 7-month-old baby who was brought into court because of the parents’ disagreement for a last name for the child.

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Brooklyn Academy for Music to tribute film series to March on Washington

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, BAMcinématek will screen 40 films as a part of “A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement,” all of which will chronicle the years leading up to the March and the effects it had on the Civil Rights Movement.

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Afropunk Fest to bring beats back to Brooklyn

The ninth annual Afropunk Fest will return to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park this year with new artists and events that will transform the multicultural festival into a food, music, and shopping frenzy.

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Activist proposes more money for Black institutions, less for fast-food industry

According to former radio personality and community activist Bob Law, Blacks should consider how the way they spend their money could influence policy in America.

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Few changes coming to Harlem Week events

Harlem Week kicked off on Sunday, July 27 with several events, including the annual Fusion Fashion Show, which relocated from its usual location in front of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building to Riverside Park a few years ago. According to Lloyd Williams, chairman of Harlem Week, festival attendees can remain sure that this year’s 39th annual Harlem Week will be consistent with previous years, with the exception of a few changes. Williams told the AmNews that the “basic approach” to the more than 100 events and activities held over the course of July and August will be similar to previous years, but some events will have different themes.

Brooklyn church fundraises for ‘window’ of opportunity

 The buckling glass and protruding frames of the 40-foot tall Tiffany stained-glass window at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church (BMBC) may go unnoticed by the average person walking the streets of Fort Green, Brooklyn. Members of the church, however, believe that the window, which has been damaged by extreme weather conditions begs restoration.

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Harlem week 2013!

Harlem Week is in full flow with several events, including the annual Fusion Fashion Show, the two-day Children’s Festival, the outdoor film festival featuring a screening of “Jim Brown: An American Hero” and a job and career fair on Aug. 8, which is part of the of the annual Economic Development Day event.

Armed Bronx teen killed by NYPD

Shots rang in the Bronx early Sunday morning when police shot and killed a young Black teenager who, according to the NYPD, opened fire on another fleeing man.

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Former Harlemite spreads the power of entrepreneurship

At a time when it’s becoming more and more common to see small businesses replaced with bigger corporations, Erike Mayo remains hopeful about the power of entrepreneurship.

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Harlemites welcome Joe’s Crab Shack to neighborhood

Joe’s Crab Shack opened its first location in New York City on 125th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard today, and with a live DJ and a large crowd, its presence was made known to Harlemites.

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Harlem church screens films to bridge gap between gentrification and education

It was the good ol’ times all over again Monday night at AME Zion Church on the Hill.

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Blink Fitness opens first location in Harlem

Blink Fitness opened its doors to the Harlem community on June 21. The new location is one of 13 locations in the New York tristate area.

NYCHA policies contested as elderly woman fights eviction

Blind, bed-ridden 80-year-old Marie Cothia is just weeks away from losing her NYCHA home of more than 15 years.

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Vulnerable communities ignored in prez climate change proposal

Sweating under the summer heat, President Barack Obama announced that he will use his executive power to enact several policies that will prevent and reverse the effects of climate change.

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From banker to the Bronx’s humble humanitarian

Sometimes those who are the most deserving of praise are the least willing to have their accomplishments acknowledged. Jean Smith is one of those people.

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Harlem Arts Fest to spotlight Harlem entertainers

The second annual Harlem Arts Festival comes to Marcus Garvey Park this weekend to feature more than 30 of Harlem’s best artists, musicians and dancers. This free, family-friendly event will celebrate and promote the importance of arts education, while presenting artists across different genres that will help mark the Richard Rogers Amphitheater and the surrounding park as a venue for culture.

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City council overrides Bloomberg; paid sick leave passes

Amongst several mandates announced today, the City Council voted and overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto on paid sick-leave this morning, forcing thousands of businesses to offer paid sick days and protecting workers across New York.

City council overrides Bloomberg; paid sick leave passes

Amongst several mandates announced today, the City Council voted and overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto...

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Ohio Charter School Bans Natural Hairstyles

On June 14th, 2013, a letter was sent out to the parents and staff of...

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Harlem to host 20th annual Juneteenth celebration

Festivities will be held nationally and internationally over the next few days to celebrate Juneteenth,...

'Ban the Weapons' Expresses Rapper Lil B's Anti-Gun Stance

Lil B, nicknamed "The BasedGod" joins other artists such as Stevie Wonder, RZA, and Nas...

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NAACP Taking Submissions for 'Unsung Heroes' Campaign

It's Black history month: one month out of the year when we take the time...