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Cyril Josh Barker

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COVID-19 redefines homegoings

Social distancing rules during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting a damper on having large events of any kind including concerts, festivals, conventions and church services.

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Mayor Baraka partners with Newark property owners to provide housing for homeless during COVID-19

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka recently announced a $1 million program to immediately house people in need of shelter.

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COVID-19 is redefining church

As the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) rises across the nation, social distancing is being promoted as a means of prevention and large crowds are being deterred.

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New law allowing people on probation and parole to vote takes effect in NJ

Ron Pierce always valued the right to vote and remembers Election Day being meaningful in his house growing up.

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VIRAL NATION: Coronavirus and civil rights

Civil rights leaders and advocates say they want to make sure that Black Americans are getting their fair share of prevention and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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PODCAST NAACP President Derrick Johnson talks coronavirus

On the latest episode of our podcast, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson discuss the civil rights aspect of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Disney Dreamers Academy provides magical experience for teens amid changes

The 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine is canceled over coronavirus concerns but students still had the opportunity to experience Walt Disney World.

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Three local high school students heading to Disney Dreamers Academy

Three local high school students from the New York City area are preparing for the 13th annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine March 12-15 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson visits NYC for 23rd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

Raising critical questions addressing equity and fairness on Wall Street, access to capital, and closing the racial wealth gap is the focus of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 23rd Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit.

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Local HBCU alumni come together in Teaneck for youth event

Alumni from several historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) came together Feb. 20 at Teaneck High School for the 3rd annual HBCU Panel Discussion & Mix and Mingle.

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Newark steps up rent control enforcement in response to growing demand for housing

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Deputy Mayor/Director of Economic and Housing Development Allison Ladd recently announced new efforts to strengthen Newark’s rent control program.

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Black dean of two U.S. medical schools at Rutgers highlights lack of diversity in medicine

Dr. Robert L. Johnson is not only the first African American to lead two medical schools, he is the only person to do so.

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GET COUNTED: Black leaders emphasize the importance of filling out the Census

In 2010, New York City’s self-response rate to the Census was just 61.9%, a lower number than the national average of 76%.

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America’s first Black vote was cast in New Jersey

The national theme for Black History Month 2020 is “African Americans and the Vote” highlighting suffrage of Blacks throughout American history.

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Local HBCU alumni to gather in Teaneck for youth event

Alumni from several historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are coming together at Teaneck High School (100 Elizabeth Avenue) for the 3rd annual HBCU Panel Discussion & Mix and Mingle.

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Díaz drops out of mayoral race, and is leaving public office

Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz Jr. was poised to run for New York City mayor in the 2021 city elections.

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African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ donates tickets to ‘Just Mercy’

The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey donated more than 100 tickets to Berkeley College students for a viewing of “Just Mercy.”

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #154

In Trump’s world––with his wacky, narcissistic outlook in which he has fallen in love with himself––nothing seems to matter, particularly if it has anything to do with facts or the truth.

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Sen. Cory Booker suspends 2020 presidential campaign

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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New rule still presents challenges for hair braiders to conduct business in N.J.

The State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling recently announced it is issuing a special rule creating a limited license to perform hair braiding services and a licensure requirement for hair braiding shops.

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Jersey City shooting puts focus on gentrification in Black neighborhood

Shock and mayhem hit Jersey City when a shooting left six people dead, including the suspects, and three people injured.

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A FATHER'S PLEA: Queens dad seeks justice

‘Daddy, am I going to die?’ daughter asks dad after horrific scare

FDNY firefighter and minister Omar Wilks wants answers and justice after a man tried to attack his 14-year-old daughter in Queens resulting in her being hit by a car and being seriously injured.

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NYC to stop sending homeless to Newark

Newark and New York City made collaborative progress in addressing the issues between the two municipalities created by New York’s Special One-Time Assistance program, which moved about 1,200 New York homeless families and individuals to Newark apartments, regardless of their habitability, paying their rents for a year.

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Getting in on the ground floor of the hemp industry

Reports indicate that the legal weed business in this county is an $11 billion industry with just a little over 4% of businessowners being Black.

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The National Action Network (NAN) hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the community at the House of Justice in Harlem.

Snowstorm closes schools, government offices, roads in New Jersey

New Jersey battled its first major snowstorm of the season this week shutting down schools, state offices and businesses

Politician Calvin West dies at age 87

Best remembered as Newark’s first African American to win a citywide election, Calvin West died on Monday.

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Gone in a SNAP: New rule could reduce food stamps

New Yorkers receiving SNAP could see a 17.2% reduction benefit.

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Dedicated to those who want change

Many men and women––living and dead––have dedicated their lives for the betterment of mankind. In so doing, they have left their thoughts and deeds for us who are still living to be challenged for change.

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Community Calendar November 28 - December 4

Check out what's going on around the community this week!

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‘Mothers of the Movement’ share their stories at Rutgers University

Several Black mothers who lost children to police violence recently spoke at an event at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and say there needs to be better accountability when it comes to law enforcement.

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Advocates hope Black man on death row in Texas gets new trial

Black death row inmate Rodney Reed got the news of a lifetime when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted him an indefinite stay of execution.

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Syracuse University grapples with hate crimes

From racial slurs hurled at Black female students by white fraternity members to the n-word being written on a bathroom wall and a swastika on a snowbank, it’s clear. Syracuse University has a race problem.

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One in eight New Yorkers are food insecure

Over 1 million New Yorkers are suffering from this hunger amounting to one in eight people, according to an upcoming report being released by Hunger Free America.

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900,000 New Jerseyans suffering from hunger

According to officials, nearly 900,000 New Jersey residents are food insecure, meaning they lack regular access to enough affordable food including more than 260,000 children and 200,000 older residents.

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NCBW 100 Bergen/Passaic Chapter sponsors Teaneck International Film Festival

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW 100) Bergen/Passaic chapter is serving as an opening night sponsor of the Teaneck International Film Festival Thursday, Nov. 14.

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Booker hopes to ban facial recognition technology in public housing

Continuing his questioning of how law enforcement agencies use facial recognition software, New Jersey U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has turned his attention on how public housing is using the software.

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Princeton Theological Seminary to pay reparations, Black students say it’s not enough

Princeton Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees sent shockwaves when it recently annouced it unanimously endorsed the implementation of a multi-year action plan to repent for its ties to slavery totalling $27 million.

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The fight for control of WBAI radio continues

The saga at WBAI-FM continues as producers, staff and listeners of progressive, non-commercial WBAI Radio will hold a noon press conference on the steps of City Hall in response to last Monday’s sudden shutdown of the 60-year-old listener-supported radio station.

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Newark winds down bottled water distribution

The City of Newark is winding down distribution of bottled water to residents, except for pregnant women and families with children under the age of six.

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Eric Garner’s daughter petitions to ban chokeholds by police statewide

The fight to prevent another police killing similar to that of Eric Garner’s gains momentum as his youngest daughter petitions to change law enforcement policy.

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Paul Robeson Day celebrated at Rutgers football game

As part of a yearlong celebration commemorating 100 years since the 1919 graduation of social activist, lawyer and entertainer Paul Robeson, Robeson was honored last weekend at a Rutgers University football game highlighting his athletic career at the school.

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The fight continues: Eric Garner bill proposed

It’s been over a month since former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s termination from the NYPD over Eric Garner’s 2014 death and just over two months since U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced that Pantaleo and the officers involved would not face federal charges. The quest for justice now shifts to changing policy.

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Civil rights legend Claudette Colvin leaving New York

The family of civil rights legend Claudette Colvin announced that she’s leaving New York City and moving back to Alabama.

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Jersey City library renamed after first Black library director

The Jersey City Free Public Library’s main branch now bears the name of its first African American director, Priscilla Gardner, whose career goes back 50 years.

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Referee suspended for making Black wrestler cut locks

The white referee who forced a Black high school wrestler to cut his locks in order to participate in a match in New Jersey has been suspended for two years following a civil rights investigation.

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Yusuf Hasan: The man behind the African American Day Parade

Yusuf Hasan is the chairman of the African American Day Parade.

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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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JUUL continues strategy to combat underage use

JUUL Labs announced it’s implementing a series of new measures in the United States that build upon our existing efforts to combat the issue of youth access, appeal and use of vapor products.

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VACCINE LIMBO: 26,000 children won’t be going back to class on the first day of NYS public schools

Some 26,000 children won’t be going back to class on the first day of New York State public schools because their parents chose not to vaccinate them.

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