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Vigils held for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Last week, a number of local and international events occurred to mark that it has been more than 100 days since the abduction of the Chibok pupils.

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Birthday celebration for two Black Panthers

Those who wished to celebrate the birthdays of two modern-day freedom fighters joined the new Black Panther party at the Refral Center in Newark, N.J. The birthday tribute honored Black Panther Party members Assata Shakur and the late M.A. “Smitty” Smith last week.

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Mayor Baraka announces short-term goals for a ‘new Newark’

“For the next four years, more than 270,000 mayors will govern Newark,” said Baraka. “Working collectively, we will empower each other, take responsibility for our families, our neighborhoods and chart our new direction.”

Jersey City Mayor orders removal of killer’s shrine

This week, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop ordered the city to take down a shrine dedicated to Lawrence Campbell, the man who ambushed and killed a 23-year-old rookie police officer.

New Jersey community launches campaign to release nonviolent offenders

Backed by an online petition, a number of Essex County residents launched a campaign this week aimed at New Jersey legislators, calling for a bill that will reduce the number of adults and youth in New Jersey state prisons.

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Team Fearless honors leaders in hip-hop

“This year, we went straight to the essence of hip-hop. I started in Harlem and in the ’70s with DJ Hollywood,” Devastating Tito, creator of the Team Fearless Hip-Hop Honors PT IV, told the AmNews. Tito, a member of the rap group Fearless Four from Harlem New York, made their mark in 1982 with the hit single “Rockin It.” “The program represented three decades of hip-hop, the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s,” he noted.

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Shakespeare returns to Harlem

Actor, writer and director Justin Emeka returns for the second season of Shakespeare in the Park in Harlem. This year, the Classic Theatre of Harlem presents “Romeo and Juliet.”

Police search for answers in Paterson shooting

Police have deployed a mobile command center at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Warren Street in Paterson, N.J., after 12-year-old Genesis Rincon was shot in the head this past Saturday evening.

Protestors confront Christie at Paterson’s mayoral inauguration

After a four-year absence, Jose “Joey” Torres has returned as the mayor of New Jersey’s third-largest city.

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New Jersey legislators pass smoking ban

New Jersey may become the first state in the nation to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products in all public parks and beaches. Last week, the state’s Legislature approved a bill that would ban people from smoking in county and municipal parks but allow towns and counties to create a smoking section on their beaches. The bill now awaits Gov. Chris Christie’s approval.



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