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Craig D. Frazier



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We will never forget Yusef Hawkins

Last week marked the 25th anniversary of Yusef Hawkins’ death. The racially polarizing incident set the city ablaze with racial tensions and tarnished a Bensonhurst community.

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El Barrio” Street changed to Young Lords Way

The corner of E. 111th St. and Lexington Ave. was changed Saturday to Young Lords Way, honoring the Puerto Rican group that fought for social justice in the sixties.

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Newark leaders criticize Newark schools open enrollment

More than 600 parents turned out at the registration center, with many waiting hours and others never even making it through the front door, leaving many children with no school to attend.

Newark Rally against Police Brutality

Community activists joined supporters seeking justice for the Michael Brown and Abdul Kamal killings as they all gathered at the Lincoln Monument on Springfield Avenue in Newark yesterday for a peaceful rally.

Nothing Short of Summer Fun From Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County have been busy all summer long. Earlier this month, more than 400 people celebrated Unity Day with members and staff of the Summer Fun Club and Teen Leadership Camp programs of the Plainfield, Elizabeth and Union Clubs. Together they shared a great day of food, games and activities at Weber Park in Union.

State of City Pays Wrongly Convicted Man $13 million

On Monday, Jabbar Collins, 42, convicted of the 1994 killing of an Orthodox rabbi, won a $10 million settlement with New York City. During the trial, Collins’ lawyer, Joel Rudin, exposed questionable policies under Hynes and his top assistants.

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Brooklyn borough president announces affordable housing for Brooklynites

In May, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced construction of affordable housing units over the next decade in Ocean Hill, with commercial space and community facility use. Last week, joined by elected officials, developers and community leaders from across the borough, Adams outlined the details of his $3.3million in allocations to develop projects across Brooklyn.

Englewood raises age for cigarette buyers

Englewood, N.J., became the first town in the state to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21. The ordinance covers cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes. Meanwhile, a bill is making its way through the state Legislature that would ban the sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to anyone under 21. 

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Video educates those who struggle with credit debt

Although African-American households are in less debt today than they were in 2008, credit card debt and bad credit continue to affect the Black community disproportionately.

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Mental health issues create problems for African-Americans in city jails

Researchers have discovered some disturbing statistics about substance abuse and mental health in our criminal justice system. Approximately two-thirds of the people involved in the U.S. criminal justice system suffer from substance abuse disorders.



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