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Cory Booker 2020: Will he or won’t he?

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker continues to fan the flames of possibility over a 2020 presidential run.

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Sheriff Anthony Cureton changing police/community relations

Newly elected Anthony Cureton only had 44 days to run for Bergen County sheriff after disgraced former Sheriff Michael Saudino resigned in September. In a recent interview with the AmNews, Cureton said he wants to focus on more discussions with the community.

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One Lady and two men in a room: Andrea Stewart-Cousins

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins makes her way into the history books this week after being elected the majority leader of the New York State Senate. She is the first woman to lead a major conference in the State Legislature.

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New York says goodbye to State Sen. Jose Peralta

Funeral services were held this week for the late State Sen. Jose Peralta. The 47-year-old politician, who represented the State Senate’s 13th District in Queens, died last Wednesday.

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Gov. Phil Murphy wants $15 minimum wage passed by year’s end

This week, Gov. Phil Murphy urged the Legislature to close the wage gap and pass a bill raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in New Jersey before the end of the year.

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First African-American elected sheriff sworn in the Bergen County

Anthony Cureton makes history as the first African-American elected sheriff in Bergen County. Cureton was sworn in last Tuesday during a ceremony in Hackensack by State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

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Hunger NYC: Still suffering

Approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers don’t know where their next meal is coming from. As families prepare for the holiday season, new numbers indicate that many people in the area are struggling, even with a so-called improving economy that’s being celebrated by the White House.

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NYCHA repairs a doorway to privatization?

The New York City Housing Authority just got another leg up on the road for the $32 billion needed for repairs.

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NJ GOP candidate: ‘I would have won if people didn’t call me a racist’

Failed New Jersey GOP House candidate Seth Grossman blames voters’ view of him as a racist for his loss during last week’s general election.

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Son of Black activist Killed in Suspected Lynching

The hanging of a 24-year-old Black man from a tree in Missouri has suspicions of lynching and a family demanding a more thorough investigation.

Mount Laurel gets first Black councilmember

The recent election saw voters elect the first Black Township Councilmember in Mount Laurel in Burlington County, Kareem Pritchett, who is now one of the only two Democrats elected to the council.

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Is Newark in a water crisis similar to Flint?

Reports indicate that haloacetic acid, which can cause cancer, is in drinking water in Newark. However, Mayor Ras Baraka is fighting back against such reports that water in the city is toxic.

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Your midterm elections roundup

Tuesday’s midterm elections set records, made history and broke glass ceilings at all levels of government, including local, state and national.

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Thailand: Vacationing in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Thailand, known as the “Land of Smiles,” is not only one of Asia’s most interesting countries to vacation in but also one of the most affordable. With a generous exchange rate, decent inexpensive hotels, beautiful sights and culture, the Southeast Asian nation should be on every world traveler’s bucket list.

Is U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez taking the Black vote for granted?

One Black pastor in Newark says incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is taking the Black vote for granted. Polls show Menendez, who is a Democrat running for re-election, and Republican candidate Bob Hugin will be in a close race when voters go to the polls next Tuesday for the midterm elections.

Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation to transform youth justice

Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order establishing the Task Force for the Continued Transformation of Youth Justice aimed at reviewing policies and evaluating New Jersey’s juvenile justice system.

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White man kills two African-Americans at Kentucky supermarket

As violence continues to plague the country and the fallout from President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is made manifest, the brutal killing of two African-Americans in Kentucky is being called another example of the side effects.

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Report: College is worth the cost, but planning is key

Despite rising college costs, a clear majority of families believe higher education is well worth the investment, and most students and parents are willing to stretch themselves financially to make it happen, according to a new study.

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Death of college student brings attention to DUI

Kennedy Segars was on her way to making her dreams of becoming a lawyer come true with a full scholarship to Alabama State University when her life was tragically cut short. The 18-year-old freshman was killed by a drunken driver last week while visiting family in her hometown of Decatur, Ga.

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Demonstrators protest against police brutality at the Fraternal Order of Police in Newark

The People’s Organization for Progress took their weekly Justice Monday rally to the doorstep of the Fraternal Order of Police in Newark. The rally, which was P.O.P’s regular Justice Monday, was part of the 23rd annual National Day Against Police Brutality.

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Institute for Social Justice and others holding rally to make NJ governor accountable

Saturday, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and other groups, including the NAACP, are holding the Rally for the #94Percent in front of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Newark calling on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to be accountable to the 94 percent of Black voters that elected him into office.

Voter suppression in Georgia takes center stage in gubernatorial race

Controversy continues to stir in Georgia as suspicions of voter suppression in the highly contested gubernatorial race become the focus. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is poised to make history if elected in November by becoming the first Black woman elected governor in America.

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Newark brings free Wi-Fi kiosks to city streets

LinkNWK activated this week in Newark’s first Link kiosks that are delivering free Wi-Fi and other services at no cost to users. Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Aisha Glover, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Intersection, a cities technology and media company, came together to install the kiosks.

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Black poll worker in New Jersey dedicates nearly 80 years to getting people to vote

At the age 97, poll worker Laura Wooten of Lawrence, N.J. has been advocating for people to exercise their right to vote since 1939. She recently received the Leadership Award from the National Newspaper Publishers Association for her service and is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from a New Jersey chapter of the NAACP.

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U.S. Sen Cory Booker introduces legislation to fight national poverty

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker recently introduced a new bicameral bill that will expand the 10-20-30 anti-poverty formula to a significantly larger group of federal accounts to ensure more funds are targeted to persistent poverty communities without raising taxes or adding to the deficit.

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Brown Eyez realize: P.J. Fleury

Pojanee “P.J.” Fleury is the owner of Brown Eyez Company, a Harlem-based multimedia company she founded in 2007 to promote healthy, positive lifestyles to mainstream audiences.

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NYC Charter School Center Announces Common Online Application

The New York City Charter School Center recently announced the official launch of the Common Online Charter School Application for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Bed-Stuy School Selected to Participate in Mental Health Education Project

Whitelaw Reid Educational Campus, located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, is participating in the first phase of a new mental health program by the New York State Education Department and the State Office of Mental Health.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol demolishes brownstone to make way for new building

The youth of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol in Harlem are taking the first swing of the sledgehammer Friday to begin the first phase of the organization’s new building.

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Horizon Juvenile Center missing the mark

At first glance, the Horizon Juvenile Center looks like it could be a brand-new charter school in the South Bronx—new facade, up-to-date classrooms and pristine window frame.

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Paterson police officers under fire for brutal arrest of unarmed deaf Black man

Shocking viral video of police aggressively detaining a deaf Black man in Paterson, N.J., is now under investigation.

Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair touring New Jersey

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week is holding fairs in New Jersey Nov. 11-16 at five locations.

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Weekly protest in Newark honors Colin Kaepernick

Social justice organization the People’s Organization for Progress honored Colin Kaepernick during their weekly Justice Monday rally against police brutality in Newark.

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Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair touring New Jersey

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week is holding fairs in New Jersey Nov. 11-16 at five locations.

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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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Boston’s Ayanna Pressley heads to Congress in historic win

Viral video of Black Boston City Council Member Ayanna Pressley in shock after being elected the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District continues to make its rounds on social media.

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Black woman receives death threats after recording racist white woman at NJ gift shop

A white female employee at Jenkinson’s Aquarium gift shop in Point Pleasant Beach is out of the job after a video surfaced of her kicking out a group of young Black girls.

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Queen Latifah to host 2018 Black Girls Rock! in Newark

Actress, rapper and singer Queen Latifah is set to come to her hometown of Newark to host the 2018 Black Girl Rock! celebration Aug. 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

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Black Baltimore police officer resigns over assault video

Former Baltimore police officer Arthur Williams resigned and has been charged with felony assault after he was caught on video beating a man he stopped on the street while on patrol.

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies at age 76

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died Thursday according to reports after battling with illness. She was 76.

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Children Aged 10 to 13 Urged to Get IDNYC Cards

More youth can enroll in the IDNYC program because the age of eligibility is being reduced from 14 years of age to 10.

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Funding Creates More than 700 Affordable Housing Units in the Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced this week that his office has allocated more than $3 million in capital funding to five developments in the Bronx, creating more than 700 new units of affordable housing in neighborhoods throughout the borough.

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Parkland High School Students Visit the Bronx

Last Friday, Assembly Member Michael Blake hosted a group of student leaders from Parkland High School in Florida for a gun violence prevention and voter mobilization Day of Action in the South Bronx.

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State Sen. Jesse Hamilton Introduces 911 Anti-Discrimination Bill

As more and more incidents of white people calling the police on Blacks for doing normal things make headlines, State Sen. Jesse Hamilton is introducing a bill to combat the problem after his own experience.

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Applications open for the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy

High school students around the country can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

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College enrollment increases for Newark high school graduates

A report released by the Newark City of Learning Collaborative says more Brick City high school students are going to college.

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New Jersey teachers attend mandatory Black history workshop

Several New Jersey teachers recently wrapped up a mandatory workshop to teach Black history in public schools in the Garden State.

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Chicago 911: One weekend. 72 shot. 13 dead.

A weekend of violence in Chicago left 72 people shot and 13 dead, according to reports.

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Council Member Andy King and Community Leaders Head to St. Thomas

Bronx City Council Member Andy King flew to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands this week to assist in efforts to rebuild areas that were destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

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Volunteers filling backpacks for students living in shelters

This week, Operation Backpack is sorting backpacks filled with school supplies at their warehouse.

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