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Cyril Josh Barker

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NJPAC’s ‘Disney in Schools’ program gives art to Newark students

More than 170 elementary students from Newark, N.J., are getting the opportunity to sing and dance on stage at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.

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Children in low-income communities more likely to be obese

Having less access to resources such as recreational programs, parks and full-service grocery stores have a greater impact on the nation’s childhood obesity rate than race, according to a recent report.

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Homeless New Yorkers to sue city

Jesus Morales has been homeless and living on the streets for the past 15 years. On Oct. 2 in East Harlem, he was one of three homeless people who were the victims of NYPD officers who tossed his belongings into the trash, deepening the pain of having no place to call home.

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Mistrial declared in trial for first officer accused in Freddie Gray killing

Wednesday, a mistrial was declared in the case of Baltimore police officer William Porter. Jurors said they could not reach a decision in the first of the trials of the six officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

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Marie Slaughter celebrating 50 years of life and continued community service

Marie Slaughter of Queens was recently honored at the Community Bridge House on her 50th birthday and for her 35 years of volunteer service.

Black Medford NJ police officer suing for racial discrimination

Black police officer Mark Hunsinger recently filed suit against Medford Township Police Department and the township of Medford, N.J.

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Newark allots over $12 million for community initiatives to improve community education

Money allotted by the city of Newark, N.J., is making way for the creation and ongoing support of community schools.

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NBLCA receives award from NYS Department of Health

On World AIDS Day, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS received the 2015 Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award.

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500 Men Making a Difference hosts toy drive

500 Men Making a Difference is collecting toys for the children and families of the Park Manor Shelter in Brooklyn.

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Malcolm X family launches online store and social media accounts

The family of late civil rights leader Malcolm X have increased the icon’s presence online.

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Black Dollars Matter: Black-out of Black Friday and beyond

“We will make it a real ‘Black Friday,’” warned Minister Louis Farrakhan, “because there won’t be a Black person in sight.”

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‘Batter’ up: Ronnie Hernandez takes the cake

If you do a double take, you might not think that one of Ronnie Hernandez’s couture cakes is real.

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Community hearing on housing discrimination against formerly incarcerated persons

There will be a Community Hearing on Housing Discrimination Against Formerly Incarcerated Persons.

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The Black Institute hosts MWBE reception at Medgar Evers College

Real estate mogul and activist Roy Donahue Peebles will speak at the Minority and Women Business Enterprise reception.

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Cake Man Raven returns to Harlem

Famed baker Raven “Cakeman” Dennis is coming back uptown and is hosting a gala to celebrate.

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Clean Slate summons warrant forgiveness event coming to Manhattan

Clean Slate is an upcoming warrant forgiveness where New York criminals with warrants can have them cleared without being arrested.

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Irvington providing health insurance enrollment assistance

Irvington, N.J., is providing help for people who need to enroll or re-enroll in affordable health insurance plans.

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Newark’s Model Neighborhood Initiative houses first homeless family

Newark’s Economic and Housing Development department is working with the foundation and NJCC to create jobs.

52nd birthday ceremony for Clifford Glover, 10, killed by NYPD

Clifford Glover would have been 52 this year, but in 1973, when he was 10, he was shot and killed by an officer.

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Higher learning: Racism at America’s colleges

Activism and protests at America’s colleges and universities this week has put the spotlight on racism in higher education.

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Study says Black graduates from HBCUs outperform Black graduates from predominantly white schools

Study reveals that graduates of HBCU are more likely than Black graduates of other institutions to thrive in a number of areas of their lives.

Tears for Tyshawn: Young shooting victim laid to rest in Chicago

Funeral services for 9-year-old shooting victim Lee were held Tuesday at St. Sabina Church in Chicago.

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President Obama speaks on criminal justice reform in Newark

President Barack Obama traveled to Newark, N.J., this week to highlight the re-entry process of formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Green Business Summit being held Nov. 19

Green Business Summit is coming to the city Thursday, Nov. 19.

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Community Public Radio news adds a new programming

Community Public Radio recently released new programming for its lineup.

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Ingersoll community center hosts violence prevention event

The Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is hosting a sleepover.

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NYC Fair Chance Act takes effect

New Yorkers with conviction histories and their advocates are celebrating the New York City Fair Chance Act.

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#Justice4Corey: Police in Florida fatally gun down innocent Black man

Corey Jones of West Palm Beach, Fla., is the latest name added to the list of Black men unjustly shot police.

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Who murdered Dejah Joyner?

Funeral services were held for 12-year-old Dejah Joyner at Union Baptist Church.

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Long Island teen killed by stray bullet laid to rest

Funeral services were held on Friday in Hepstead, Long Island for 12-year-old Dejah Joyner at Union Baptist Church. The family and the community continue to mourn for her death as police continue to look for her killer.

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Lupita Nyong’o comes to Harlem

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o makes an appearance uptown at MIST Harlem for a conversation.

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Feds to regulate for-profit schools

Reports released this week indicate that for-profit colleges, such as the University of Phoenix and Everest College, continue to receive tens of millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Education, even after the department found the schools to be predatory and abusive.

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Professor Ricky Jones knows best

Professor Ricky Jones, who served 13 years behind bars, is receiving the Citizens Against Recidivism Award.

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Revelers line streets for African-American Day Parade

Thousands came out for what is dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” the 46th annual African-American Day Parade Sunday in Harlem.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announces multi-agency strategy to end sale of use of K2

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a multi-agency strategy to reduce demand and supply for synthetic cannabinoids, often sold under the brand name K2, among others.

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NYCHA urged to take responsibility for murder of Olivia Brown

Community leaders in Harlem gathered at Lincoln Houses Monday, advocating that all NYCHA residents be kept safe after the 2013 murder Olivia Brown.

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Activists tell City Hall, police to utilize community patrols

Community leaders have long had the solution to cut down on violence in the city.

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African-American Day Parade marches through Harlem

Dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” thousands came out for the 46th Annual African-American Day Parade on Sunday in Harlem.

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SOURCE360 merging movers and shakers with hip-hop

The Source magazine and the North Star Group hosts SOURCE360, taking place throughout the Brooklyn Cultural District, from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20.

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The Links dedicate new library at Alma Rangel Gardens assisted living community

The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, dedicated a new library for the residents of the Harlem-based Alma Rangel Gardens Assisted Living Center Tuesday.

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James Blake not letting up on NYPD fight

James Blake was once the world’s fourth greatest male tennis player, and after a highly publicized confrontation with an NYPD officer, he could be serving unwanted attention to the department.

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James Blake not letting up on NYPD fight

James Blake was once the world’s fourth greatest male tennis player, and after a highly publicized confrontation with an NYPD officer, he could be serving unwanted attention to the department.

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Through the eyes of Tommy Harris: A 9/11 reflection

Sept. 11 always tugs on Tommy Harris Jr.’s heart.

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A Black man's emotional recovery from 9/11

Frederick Myers plans to spend this September 11 in solitude.

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Baltimore awards settlement to family of Freddie Gray

The family of Freddie Gray is appreciative but still seeking justice, after the city of Baltimore approved a $6.4 million settlement for the death of the 25-year-old Black man at the hands of police.

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Nell Braxton Gibson: ‘Too Proud to Bend’

Nell Braxton Gibson was 13 years old when Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14.

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Kim Royster officially promoted to assistant chief

Assistant Chief Kim Royster has officially assumed her new position in the NYPD and will now be tasked with bringing more diversity to the department.

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Blacks being pushed out of New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

Ten years ago, America was gripped by images of what was the nation’s costliest natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. However, for Black America, it will remain another moment when the nation once again turned its back on people of color.

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Synthetic marijuana: The new crack?

Politicians are cracking down on the underground sale of synthetic marijuana to prevent the widely used drug from crippling the city the way the crack epidemic did in the 1980s and 90s.

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Red Cross seeks blood donations during final weeks of summer

The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage.

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