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Cyril Josh Barker

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The Amsterdam News celebrates 105 years

It was definitely an event for the decades as the New York Amsterdam News celebrated its 105th anniversary with a gala at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan Monday night.

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Weekend marches in DC and New York make mark

s the whole world looks on, with solidarity marches from Africa to Europe and India, the nation continues to voice its outrage over the police brutality cases that have taken place throughout the U.S.

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Making a ‘Chicer Collegiate’

Morehouse College alum, fashion designer and businessman Anthony Moultry said he wants to be the next Ralph Lauren when it comes to collegiate apparel.

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NYPD begins body cam pilot program

The NYPD launched its police body cam pilot program Friday.

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MCNY president attends White House College Opportunity Day of Action

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama recently joined college presidents and other education leaders from around the nation at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action, where organizations announced more than 600 new actions to help students prepare for and graduate from college.

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Barrons call on Brooklyn DA to hold public hearing in Akai Gurley case

Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron, Councilwoman Inez Barron and Operation POWER are demanding Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson hold a public preliminary hearing for Akai Gurley, the 28-year-old unarmed man who was shot and killed by rookie police officer Peter Liang in East New York.

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AG wants to take over police killing cases

If New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gets his way, he will be in control of cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police, taking over the duty from district attorneys

Black Friday sales down, boycott responsible?

According to the National Retail Federation, Black Friday sales were down 11 percent.

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Sonia Sanchez: The poet of generations

Famed poet Sonia Sanchez is best known for making her mark and pioneering the Black Arts Movement.

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Food stamp cuts, hunger causing higher demand for food charities

One in four children in New York City are food insecure, and one in ten seniors in the city are also food insecure.

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Black doctor dies of Ebola on American soil

Dr. Martin Salia is the second person to die of Ebola in the U.S.

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Jonathan Hicks: The Kappa

While the late Jonathan Hicks is being remembered as a famed journalist, his dedication to his fraternity is also being highlighted.

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#LongLiveNY campaign ignites organ donor movement

The New York Organ Donor Network hopes to get more people to become organ donors with its latest campaign.

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A ‘Stewart’ in public relations

Ryan Stewart serves as vice president for the Terrie Williams Agency.

Metro Briefs 11/6–11/12 2014

Reports indicate that NYPD officers are being told to halt the practice of “buy-and-bust.” Critics praising the cessation say the tactic unfairly targeted citizens of color.

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State election roundup

All three statewide politicians hung on to their spots as several legislative politicians were also re-elected during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

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Gbenga Akinnagbe wired for success

Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe is best known for his role as Chris Partlow in the HBO series “The Wire.” However, activism is also something he has a passion for.

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Stop and Diss

Community demands an end to police harassment

From a police officer caught on camera allegedly stealing money from a man, to a pregnant woman being slammed to the ground by officers and separate incidents of two young men being punched and kicked while on the ground by cops, the cameras continue to record as police brutality in the city reaches what could be its peak.

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VNSNY helping HIV-postive patients

As the fight against HIV continues, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is at the forefront, supporting those living with the virus and helping them better understand their diagnoses to improve their ability to manage symptoms and get the emotional support they need.

Detroit’s Water Crisis

As Detroit continues to struggle with its myriad of issues, the city’s water remains a major concern for residents.

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First U.S. ebola death

Hospital officials in Dallas confirmed Wednesday that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola while in the U.S., has died.

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78th annual NAACP state conference begins

The NAACP New York State Conference is hosting its 78th annual convention Oct. 10 through Oct. 12 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.

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Sharpton hosts education summit

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network hosted its Education Summit 2014 at New York University this week, sparking the conversation on the education gap in America.

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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.

Fallout continues in Ferguson

In the continuing aftermath of the shooting of unarmed, Black 18-year-old Michael Brown, several issues plague the community of Ferguson, Mo., including a memorial for the teen being set on fire.

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Metro Briefs 9/25 - 10/1

News from around the community.

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Greenetrack wants to get the green light

Luther Winn, president and CEO of Greenetrack, the largest Black-owned casino developer in the country, is looking to bring the success of casinos to New York State not only to stimulate business for the state, but also to transform a community.

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Fallout continues in Ferguson

In the continuing aftermath of the shooting of unarmed, Black 18-year-old Michael Brown, several issues plague the community of Ferguson, Mo., including a memorial for the teen being set on fire.

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National HBCU Week 2014

President Barack Obama proclaims September 21 through September 27 as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week.

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African American Day Parade 2014 (Photos)

The 45th African American Day Parade was in full swing yesterday as thousands came out to enjoy the performances, music, food and art.

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A jewel in the ministry

The Rev. Dr. Renee Frances Washington-Gardner celebrates her 10th pastoral anniversary in October, but she is also celebrating many historic firsts.

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Stop Domestic Abuse

The incident involving Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice has put a microscope on the issue of domestic violence.

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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. He's going to take a...

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Clinton Hill framed in cultural art

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, resident L.B. Brown is founder of the Clinton Hill Simply Art & Framing Gallery.

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Brooklyn’s ‘yogi’

Black New Yorker

Registered yoga instructor and documentarian Stefanie Joshua brings the benefits of yoga, to the community. The Brooklynites message about the alternative form of exercise comes just in time for National Yoga Month in September.

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More than $5 Million Allocated to Improve City Parks in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams unveiled the parks funding component of his capital budget plan during a press conference at the Hecksher Playground in Bushwick.

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Thousands mourn Michael Brown in Ferguson

Monday, Aug. 25, thousands of mourners packed the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Ferguson, Mo., for the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month

Iyabo Fadario had to put her life on hold because of a disease so rare that she is one of a very few African-Americans to have it. Even though undergoing dialysis helps keep her healthy, she is in need of a kidney transplant and was placed on the waiting list last November.

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Marie Delus: Grassroots superstar

Black New Yorker

Marie G. Delus went from serving as a secretary for Mayor David Dinkins to being the current deputy agency chief contracting officer for the city. With more than 20 years as a civil servant with the New York City government, she also gives her time to the community by working on various efforts.

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Michael Brown—the world responds

“Arrest Darren Wilson now! Get the warrant, knock down his door, handcuff him, perp-walk him, arraign him, indict him, convict him. Nothing less.” These are the words of respected activist Rosa Clemente, teaching assistant at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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MTA giving opportunities to MWBEs

The MTA is making historic moves when it comes to working with certified minority- and women-owned businesses in giving them their fair share of work on projects.

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What you need to know about the Michael Brown case

The latest on the Michael Brown case.

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MTA giving opportunities to MWBEs

The MTA is making historic moves when it comes to working with certified minority and women-owned businesses in giving them their fair share of work on projects.

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More police shootings nationwide

As the nation comes to terms with the fatal Aug. 9 police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, more police shootings have taken place.

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Avonte’s Law to take effect

A law named after Avonte Oquendo was signed this week that would require audible alarms on doors in schools that educate students with special needs.

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No indictment in Kimani Gray case

It’s a devastating blow for the family of 16-year-old Kimani Gray, as Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announces he will not prosecute the officers who killed the teen.

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Anwar Tillery—the entertainer indeed

To say that Anwar Tillery is a jack-of-all-trades would be an understatement. The Bronx-based entertainer’s titles include rapper, actor, writer and stand-up comedian.

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State of the city: Videos, the NYPD and the answer

Chaos and mayhem could be the words to describe the state of the city since the video-recorded death of Eric Garner on Staten Island July 17.

Affordable Housing Seminars To Be Held In Brooklyn

Community Board No. 2 in Brooklyn is hosting five free seminars on financial empowerment that will be held over the next year by housing advocates so area residents have the credit history they need to qualify for housing lotteries, as well as in-depth orientations on the application process.

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