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Cyril Josh Barker

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Mayor Ras Baraka holds motorcade demanding jobs for women and people of color at Newark Seaport

Monday, Mayor Ras Baraka, community leaders and Newark residents conducted a motorcade from City Hall to the Newark Seaport demanding that the International Longshoreman’s Association end discriminatory practices in hiring.

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AT&T's Girls Who Code Program visits NYC Tandon School of Engineering

AT&T’s Girls Who Code program visited the MAGNET space at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering this week.

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African American Day Parade set for Sept. 18

Organizers announced that the 47th Annual African American Day Parade will take place Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Harlem.

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Black Panthers celebrate 50 years

The original Harlem Black Panther Party is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding with an event at the Schomburg Center.

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Anniversary of Newark Rebellion commemorated

Tuesday, July 12, the People’s Organization for Progress hosted its annual observation of the anniversary of the epic Newark Rebellion.

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Harlem tenants protest for repairs

The tenants of 295 W. 150th St. in Harlem held a press conference and rally outside of their building Wednesday, the evening before their court hearing for a building-wide Housing Part action against their landlord, Yitzchnk Horowitz.

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NJ activists use Fourth of July to honor Mumia Abu-Jamal and protest police shootings

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its 23rd consecutive Justice Monday Rally on the Fourth of July to demand federal investigations into four active police shooting cases in New Jersey and honor political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal at the Peter Rodino Federal Building in Newark.

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Summer youth employment program launches in Newark

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, teen program participants and representatives of partner/funder organizations recently launched a youth summer employment program.

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Hot Summer Nights! free concert series to take place at Kingsborough Community College

The Hot Summer Nights! free outdoor concert series is set to begin Saturday July 9 at the Lighthouse Bandshell on the campus of Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn.

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New York Urban League Presents Whitney M. Young Scholars Class of 2016

The New York Urban League recently honored 22 Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholars in a ceremony hosted by the NYUL Young Professionals at Harlem School of the Arts.

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Bronx mother indicted in connection with death of children in fire

A Bronx woman has been indicted on charges stemming from the April 13 deaths of her young daughters, who were alone in their apartment when a fire erupted.

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Imprisoned Resistance: Politics of Incarceration in Palestine and The US

The 2016 U.S. prison, labor and academic delegation to Palestine presents the program “Imprisoned Resistance: Politics of Incarceration in Palestine and the US” July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Center, located at 3940 Broadway at 168th Street in Manhattan.

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NJ Black mayors say proposed legislations could make things worse for low-income New Jerseyans

The New Jersey Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice is urging state legislatures to reject two proposals they say would damage cities and increase economic inequality.

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Community mourns after East Orange boy is killed in accidental shooting

A community in East Orange remains in shock from tragedy after a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 4-year-old brother, killing him.

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Former Detroit city leader and TV anchor arrested in Harlem

Charles Pugh, the former Detroit City Council president and news anchor, remains in a Manhattan jail waiting to be extradited after he was arrested in Harlem by the U.S. Marshals over allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy in 2003.

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Hudson County Urban League leader Elnora Watson passes at 67

President and CEO of the Urban League of Hudson County Elnora Watson was not only a pillar to the North Jersey chapter of the organization but also a community leader. She died June 19 of illness in her home at age 67.

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Police officers not indicted in Phillip White death

A grand jury decided not to indict two Vineland police officers involved in the March 2015 death of Phillip White.

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State of Black World Conference IV comes to Newark

The Institute of the Black World is holding its fourth State of the Black World Conference Nov. 16-20 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

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Juneteenth celebration held in Harlem

The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosted the annual Juneteenth-KingFest Celebration Parade & Street Fair on Saturday.

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Crown Heights Jewish Community Council offering free air conditioners

Free air conditioners are available to Brooklyn residents with medical conditions.

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Zulu Nation Apologizes to Victims of Afrika Bambaataa

Reports indicate that Zulu Nation issued an apology this week via the media to victims of its founder, Afrika Bambaataa.

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Winners announced at Newark Black Film Festival

A documentary about author Alice Walker and a drama about boxing are among the winners of the Newark Black Film Festival 2016 Paul Robeson Award.

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Union chief criticizes Bratton for ‘hypocrisy’

Even as the disconnect between the NYPD and the community doesn’t seem to be improving, recent headlines reveal a new conflict, this time within the department.

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Election to replace late Teaneck Mayor Lizette Parker set for November

As the Township of Teaneck continues to mourn the death of its late mayor, Lizette Parker, the task is now underway to select her replacement.

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Organizers prepare for Malcolm X Day

Organizers and activists are preparing for the 91st birthday celebration of Malcolm X Thursday, May 19. The day also commemorates 27 years of the annual 125th Street business shutdown in Harlem.

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Remembering Teaneck mayor Lizette P. Parker

Teaneck Township Mayor Lizette P. Parker has died. Parker passed away Sunday morning after being taken to Holy Name Medical Center in New Jersey for respiratory issues. She was 44.

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Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross ‘Champions of Change’ Public Service Awards honor Eric Holder and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric. H. Holder Jr. and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are being presented with Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross “Champions of Change” Public Service Awards at the New York Society of Ethical Culture’s Champions of Change 2016 awards program May 5.

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Bobbi Humphrey: Still going strong

Walking down Harlem's Lenox Avenue, Bobbi Humphrey can't help but stop every few feet to...

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President Obama to deliver commencement speech at Howard

President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Howard University during the school’s graduation ceremony May 7 in Washington, D.C.

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Columbia Law School debate discusses 'Delivering the Black vote'

The December 12th Movement, the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University and the Black Vote Coalition are hosting “The Great Debate In Harlem” Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia University Law School, located at 435 W. 116th St. and Amsterdam Avenue.

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Hillary Clinton holds rally in Harlem

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came to Harlem Tuesday to drum up support during the final weeks before the New York primary.

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Howard University students participate in Alternative Spring Break in Newark

Over 50 Howard University students are spending their spring break volunteering at community sites in Newark.

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Mothers call on state lawmakers for help after alleging abusive practices at Success Academy

Two mothers alleging teachers denied children bathroom privileges and were punished for walking up the stairs too slowly at Success Academy School met with officials in Albany Thursday to make their plea to lawmakers.

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Staten Island’s Black community leaders come together

Black community leaders in Staten Island came together Saturday for the 11th annual Staten Island Black History Town Hall Meeting in Stapleton.

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Richard Allen stamp unveiled in East Orange

The United States Postal Service in the Northern New Jersey District unveiled a commemorative Black Heritage Stamp featuring Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church this week.

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Essex County College offers scholarships to Newark high school students living in public housing

Essex County College is offering two new scholarships to Newark high school seniors living within the Newark Housing Authority.

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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