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Cyril Josh Barker

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Assistant District Attorney Derek Lynton honored with Thomas E. Dewey medal

Bronx Assistant District Attorney Derek Lynton is a recipient of the Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark made the announcement this week

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The Commons Cafe hosts 'Up Love & Resistance' on International Human Rights Day

The Northeast Political Prisoner/Prisoner of War Coalition is holding Up Love & Resistance with a cultural night for International Human Rights Day Saturday, Dec. 10, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Commons Café, 388 Atlantic Ave., between Hoyt and Bond streets in Brooklyn.

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NYC Congressional members: Do not leave city taxpayers on hook for Trump Tower

Six members of the New York City congressional delegation this week wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio asking the state and city to refuse to pay for enhanced security at Trump Tower once President-elect Trump is inaugurated.

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Groundbreaking of new high school signals ‘rebirth’ of Trenton

The New Jersey high school attended by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, playwright Ntozake Shange and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z received a new beginning as officials break ground for the new Trenton Central High School.

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Jersey City wins millions for affordable housing

Jersey City gets more than $3 million in private-sector grants for three affordable housing projects.

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NYC First Lady hosts leaders from around the country for mental coalition

First Lady Chirlane McCray this week held the first convening of Cities Thrive, a new national mental health coalition committed to driving mental health reform on a local and national level across the United States.

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NYUL HBCU Fair Brings Out Thousands

Approximately 3,200 students from across the tristate area attended the New York Urban League’s 30th annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair last weekend.

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Brooklyn DA’s office denies justice in Nicholas Heyward Jr. case

After more than 20 years of trying to get justice and even a glimmer of hope, the family of a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by police received devastating news this week about their case.

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ACLU goes to court for appeal in Kashad Ashford case

The ACLU went before the New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday appealing the Kashad Ashford police killing case in Trenton.

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Newarkers mourn murder of neighborhood street performer

Community members in a Newark neighborhood are mourning the killing of a beloved street performer known as “Uggie.”

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Eighth Annual Freedom Dance celebrates Assata Shakur

The eighth annual Freedom Dance is set to take place at the National Black Theatre (2031 Fifth Ave.) in Harlem Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Protest, demonstrations ensue after police shooting of 66-year-old Black woman

The fallout continues after last week’s police shooting death of 66-year-old Deborah Danner in the Bronx.

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Deadline for Disney’s Dreamers Academy looms

The Oct. 31 deadline is looming for high school students to apply to be among the 100 selected to participate with Steve Harvey and Essence in the 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy, the educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Essex County College looks to partner with Burkina Faso

Charge d’Affaires Seydou Sinka, from the Embassy of Burkina Faso, and Deputy Counsel General Apollinaire Ouedraogo visited Essex County College’s Africana Institute last Friday to discuss possible joint education programs.

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NAACP New Jersey State Conference hosts 2016 annual convention in Cherry Hill

The New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP held its 2016 convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Oct. 13-16 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

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Freedom of the press

I recently taught my Introduction to Politics students a unit in which we discussed the U.S. Constitution and the subsequent amendments that have been added to our incredible governing document.

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Senior workforce development job fair in East Orange draws more than 200 job seekers

East Orange’s Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training hosted its first Senior Workforce Development Job Fair last week, drawing more than 200 job seekers ages 60 and up.

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NAN Newark Tech World unveiled

The Rev. Al Sharpton, Panasonic Corporation North America CEO Joseph M. Taylor, State Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka recently unveiled the National Action Network Newark Tech World.

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Fall vacationing in Orlando

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Orlando in what is known as the offseason during September through November, when crowds are fewer, children are back in school and the weather is still warm.

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Comptroller Scott Stringer proposes tripling the city's earned income tax credit

City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer proposed tripling the city’s Earned Income Tax Credit contribution from 5 percent to 15 percent of the federal tax credit.

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Graduation ceremony held for first class of the Newark Street Academy

The first graduation ceremony of the Newark Street Academy was held last Friday at the Marion Bolden Student Center.

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Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair touring New York/New Jersey

The 18th Annual Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week is holding fairs in New York and New Jersey Nov. 12-17 at four locations.

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Bergen Community College in Paramus hosts discussion on police/community relations

Race, diversity, community engagement and law enforcement are the focus of an upcoming forum at Bergen Community College.

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Abyssinian Baptist Church hosts men's health event in honor of the late Deacon Dr. Joe L. Jakcson

The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem recently hosted the “Men’s Health and Wellness Day” in an effort to encourage more men in the community to seek healthcare services.

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Settlement reached on behalf of mentally ill prisoner who died at Rikers

The Department of Corrections is paying $5.75 million to the family of Bradley Ballard, who was killed by corrections staff at Rikers Island in 2013.

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Black female employee files sexual and gender discrimination suit against AAA North Jersey

Shanique Wells, director of marketing at AAA North Jersey, is suing the company and her boss, President David Hughes, for gender and sexual discrimination.

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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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A Black man's emotional recovery from 9/11

Frederick Myers plans to spend this September 11 in solitude.

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Gov. Cuomo announces winners of the Carey Gabay Scholarship

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced the five winners in the Carey Gabay Scholarship Program.

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Community reacts to non-indictment of officers in Jerame Reid killing

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted a Day of Outrage protest rally to condemn of Justice Department’s non-indictment of the officers who shot and killed Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J.

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Newark hosts parade for Olympic medalist Shakur Stevenson

Newark honors hometown hero and Olympic boxing silver medalist, Shakur Stevenson, with a parade and Key to the City.

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Trump continues outreach to African-American amid zero percent approval

As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made his surprise trip to Mexico this week to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, one poll suggests his approval rating among African-American has gotten worse.

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Harlem church distributes backpacks and school supplies to more than 500 students

First Corinthian Baptist Church collected and distributed more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies for needy Harlem children and teens on Saturday.

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US Attorney’s Office fails to indict Bridgeton police officers involved in fatal shooting of Jerame Reid

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced this week that after a federal investigation, there is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges in connection with the fatal 2014 shooting of Jerame C. Reid.

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Police officer who killed Philando Castile goes back to work

The police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile in Minnesota during a traffic stop in July is back on the job.

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Newark gearing up for sixth annual #24HrsOfPeace and second annual “Occupy the City”

Officials are preparing for the sixth annual #24HrsOfPeace and second annual “Occupy the City” in an effort to curb violence in the city.

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Young Jersey City victim released from hospital on the same night she was shot

This week, a press conference was held to report on the condition of 16-year-old shooting victim Tylasia Black and demand an investigation into the treatment she received from the Jersey City Medical Center.

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Latest scam manipulates caller ID systems to pose as NYS Tax Department reps

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is alerting taxpayers to the latest tactics being used by con artists.

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City settles with Akai Gurley's family for $4.1 million

The family of Akai Gurley will receive a $4.1 million settlement from the city, according to reports.

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Korryn Gaines—Killed by Baltimore cops, questions linger

A 23-year-old Black woman shot and killed by police in Baltimore continues to deepen a rift between law enforcement and the community in the city.

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Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association hosting school supply giveaway

Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association is preparing for their ninth annual Free School Supplies event, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Glenfield Park.

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Newark swears in new police chief

Veteran investigator Darnell Henry is sworn in as the new chief of the Newark Police Department at a ceremony last week at Newark Tech Essex County Vocational School. Henry had been serving as acting chief since his appointment earlier this year.

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King Sunny Ade returns to the Brooklyn stage

The amazing maestro of African Beats and juju music King Sunny Ade will be following up last month’s stellar performance at BAM Metrotech with a 70th birthday celebration, which will also look back at his 50 years on stage.

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NAACP New Jersey State Conference 2016 annual convention set for October

The New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP is set to hold its 2016 convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Oct. 13 through Oct. 16 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

King Sunny Ade returns to the Brooklyn stage

King Sunny Ade returns to the Brooklyn stage.

Bronx BP Calls for Shap/EBT Tech Advances

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has written a letter to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging his agency to adopt rules that will make it easier for consumers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits online with Electronic Benefit Transfers cards.

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NYC Emergency Management Brings Mobile Office to the Bronx

The New York City Emergency Management Department visited the Bronx Tuesday to discuss emergency preparedness, coordination and planning with residents.

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Homeless advocates demand NYPD end ‘move along’ orders

Several homeless and community groups, including Picture the Homeless, Communities United for Police Reform, the Street Vendor Project and the Justice Committee are coming together to demand an end to the NYPD’s “move along” orders.

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Newark and Hot 97 team up for ‘Newark Getting to Zero’

Newark and Emmis Communications’ Hot 97 launched the “Newark Getting to Zero” initiative this week to raise HIV awareness.

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Irvington receives $600,000 to demolish 50 unsafe buildings

Irvington Township recently received a 0 percent interest loan of $600,000 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Gov. Chris Christie to demolish 50 unsafe buildings in Irvington.

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