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Craig D. Frazier

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Lowe’s donates to improve Union Club Aquatics Center

During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County sustained significant damage to the roof trusses and roof.

New Jersey imposes 21-day quarantine for Ebola contact

Experts are still examining the risk factors for contracting the Ebola disease.

Brooklyn DA promises to protect Coney Island

“I am determined to come to Coney Island and protect you.”

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Reel Sisters Film Fest hits Brooklyn

Founded in 1997 by African Voices magazine, the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series is heralded as the first festival in Brooklyn to highlight women filmmakers of color.

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Ebola: Fear Factor

This Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio told a gathering at an Ebola education forum at the Jacob Javits Center, “This city has been preparing and drilling for weeks and weeks.

Seven charged in death of Paterson girl

Passaic County prosecutors charged three adults and three juveniles last week in the death of 14-year-old Nazerah “Bugg” Coleman.

Community leaders continue to demand justice for Abdul Kamal

Last week, the People’s Organization for Progress and local civil rights leaders joined the family of Abdul Kamal at a rally in front of the Essex County prosecutor’s office, demanding justice for the death of the Irvington man, shot and killed by police last November.

Foundation awards Boys and Girls Club of Union City $10,000

Last week, Diane Senerchia, executive director of Northfield Bank Foundation, visited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County to meet with teens and present an award for $10,000 to support their expanded Career Launch initiative.

Mayor shifts police personnel to combat crime

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka asked the New Jersey Civil Service Commission for permission to demote six of its eight deputy chiefs in an effort to put 70 percent of the police force on neighborhood streets.

Senseless gun violence in Paterson claims teenager

Nazerah “Bugg” Coleman, 14, a freshman basketball star at International High School, was leaving Mom’s Fried Chicken on the corner of Clinton and N. Main streets when shots rang out.

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Schumer gets a visit from young demonstrators for immigration reform

Members of DRUM-South Asian Organizing Center, a grassroots organization representing the interests of low-income South Asian and Muslim immigrants in New York City, attended a 30-minute demonstration in front of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Manhattan office.

Lawmakers rally to reform laws that will reduce unfair convictions

When it comes to justice, we should have a system in place that allows us to find the truth, as opposed to prosecutors or defense teams trying to win a case”

New Jersey mayors address foreclosure problems

As the national economy continues to rebuild in the wake of the Great Recession, foreclosures have steadily declined in most housing markets.

Gun violence continues to plague Newark

Earlier this year, the New Jersey State Police and local authorities announced an anti-violence partnership, including increased patrols in response to the escalating violence in Newark and neighboring cities.

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De Blasio to raise living wage

The cheers of thousands of minimum wage workers could be heard as Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order enacting a sweeping expansion of New York City’s Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act.

Students walk out of Newark schools

More than 200 Newark high school students left class last week and marched to Military Park in downtown Newark.

Victims of police violence share their stories at public forum in Newark

Public records document 418 incidents of police misconduct over two and a half years in Newark.

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Black female firefighter promoted to FDNY lieutenants

Last week at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, alongside 55 other FDNY members, Tracey Lewis became the second Black female firefighter to be promoted to lieutenant in the department’s history.

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Coalition pushes for disciplinary code reform in city schools

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The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York, with the support of 16 City Council members and two state Assembly members, called on the Department of Education and the de Blasio administration to limit punitive discipline practices and promote positive school climates.

Newark celebrates 24 Hours of Peace

When Hakim Green, educator, activist and half of the hip-hop duo Channel Live, was working with a youth organization in Newark, he and then City Councilman Ras Baraka wanted to come up with a way to fuse Baraka’s anti-violence initiative with hip-hop, 24 Hours of Peace was born.

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Brooklyn organization fights Ebola

Brooklyn’s Imani House, Inc. helps low-income youth, families and immigrants create viable neighborhoods where residents take responsibility and make life-changing decisions for improvement, not just in their community, but globally as well

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Booker Leads in Senate Race

As the Senate’s only Black Democrat, Cory Booker emerged as one of the two most-sought-after Senate Democrats on the campaign trail.

Three casino close in Atlantic City

The most remarkable and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out this week when city said goodbye to three casinos.

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Bronx cheers! NYC officials respond to Texas senator’s slur

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tries to take a bite out of the Big Apple while addressing immigration policy.

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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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Is police brutality a national epidemic?

While heavy armored vehicles roll down the streets of Missouri, the outrage simmering dangerously over the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has gone viral.

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Judge rules against NYPD racial bias in case of Romona Moore

The suit filed by the mother of 21-year-old murder victim Romona Moore was thrown out of court on Monday. The college honors student was abducted, tortured and killed in Brooklyn in 2003. At the time Moore went missing, cops at Brooklyn’s 67th Precinct downplayed her mother’s cry for help, saying she was probably with a boyfriend.

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800 Fathers celebrate first ever Family Day

A clear sunny summer day in the Gun Hill section of the Bronx proved to be the prefect backdrop for the first ever 800 Fathers’ Family Day. The Evander Childs High School football field was the venue for a barbecue, also providing space for family activities like tag football and volleyball and an inflatable playhouse for a group of emphatic children.

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Lawmakers push reforms for drug offenders

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are pushing a new bipartisan bill to reform criminal background checks and the juvenile justice system. They say the war on drugs can be excessive and counterproductive and disproportionately affect the poor and minority communities.

New Jersey cities partner in crime

Last week, the mayors of Paterson, Newark and Jersey City announced a tri-city approach to confront the violence that has plagued their cities in recent years. According to statistics, homicides across New Jersey spiked to a seven-year high in 2013. At least 409 people died violently last year.

New report shows city does more to help those paying child support

A new report by the New York City Independent Budget Office shows a shift in priorities at the city’s Office of Child Support Enforcement. OCSE began in 1975, when Congress provided a blueprint for local child support enforcement programs. OCSE provides custodial parents with assistance in obtaining financial support and medical insurance coverage for their children by locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support orders and collecting and distributing child support payments.

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.

Feds investigate ‘One Newark’ plan

The U.S. attorney general is investigating allegations that Newark’s school re-organization plan discriminates against Black students. The “One Newark” school reorganization plan, announced by Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson in December, is scheduled to be operational this fall. It includes converting elementary schools into early childhood centers, relocating other schools to underused facilities and turning other schools into smaller academies. The plan also suggests the expansion of charter schools that, to date, serve about 20 percent of Newark students.

Monitor to oversee Newark Police Department reforms

The Justice Department ordered independent monitoring of the Newark Police Department after a federal investigation found “a pattern of unconstitutional policing.” In addition, findings show that city police officers had no constitutional basis for 75 percent of the pedestrian stops they conducted in recent years. It also determined that officers often used excessive force during arrests but underreported the level of force used.

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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.”

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