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Cyril Josh Barker

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Queen Latifah and Anita Hill serving as commencement speakers at Rutgers University

Queen Latifah and Anita Hill are serving as the commencement speakers for Rutgers University.

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N.J. police officer accused of exposing himself to Black children found not guilty

A Penns Grove, N.J., police officer accused of exposing himself to two Black children at a restaurant last year was found not guilty by a judge.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson leaves mark in NY after economic summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson wrapped the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund’s 21st annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit.

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Phil Murphy inaugurated as governor of New Jersey

Democrat Phil Murphy was inaugurated as New Jersey’s 56th governor and former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

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Haitian communities mark earthquake anniversary, condemn Trump

Haitian Americans and immigrants came together Friday to remember those lost in the devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed over 300,000 people

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Antonio Hairston: ‘I Am King’

This Martin Luther King Day, Antonio Javar Hairston is hosting approximately 100 Black men from the community at the Harlem YMCA for his third annual “I Am King” seminar.

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New Jersey prisons lift ban on book after ACLU protest

Two New Jersey state prisons lifted a ban on the highly acclaimed book, “The New Jim Crow,” after pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

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Remembering activist Erica Garner

After the infamous police killing of Eric Garner, his daughter, Erica Garner, dedicated her life to getting justice for her father along with leading young people in a movement condemning police violence. Garner died Saturday, Dec. 30, after suffering a heart attack.

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Attempted terrorist attack puts NYC on high alert

New York City is dealing once again with the aftermath of an attempted terrorist attack. Luckily, this time, there were few injuries and the suspect was caught.

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Woman of the Year: Tamika Mallory

“Powerful” is the word activist Tamika D. Mallory says sums up what 2017 means to her. This year, the 36-year-old was thrust further into the spotlight for her work as national co-chair for the Women’s March and continuing the fight for social justice.

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Hunger remains major issue in the city

Youma Nafo, who serves as food pantry coordinator at Harlem’s African Services Committee, said his organization has noticed an increase in the number of people who need pantry services over the past two years.

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NYPD Police Academy library named after city's first Black police commissioner

The library at the NYPD Police Academy is now called the Benjamin Ward Memorial Library, honoring New York City’s first Black police commissioner.

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'Cosby Show’ actor Earle Hyman dead at 91

Stage, television and film actor Earle Hyman has died. He was best known for his role as Bill Cosby’s fictional father Russell Huxtable on the sitcom “The Cosby Show” as well as the voice of Panthro in the 1980s action cartoon “ThunderCats.”

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Tamika Mallory, NAACP meet with American Airlines CEO

Activist Tamika Mallory and several civil rights leaders met with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker on Tuesday to discuss issues surrounding the company's alleged racial discrimination practices.

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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. 11-17 at five locations.

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Who was Sgt. La David Johnson?

As his family lays him to rest, here are some things you should know about Sgt. La David Johnson.

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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 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy, the educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Amazon’s second headquarters could bring 50,000 jobs to Newark

As cities across the nation join in the race for Amazon to build its second headquarters, Newark is among those hoping the retail giant will become the city’s next big employer.

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NAACP New Jersey State Conference 2017 convention set for Oct. 5-8 in Parsippany

The New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP is set to hold its 2017 convention at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel Oct. 5 through Oct. 8 in Parsippany, N.J.

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City Council Members call for for greater regulation of private bus companies after fatal crash

City Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and Council Member Peter Koo called for further collaboration between the City Council, the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Police Department to crack down on bad private bus companies and take them out of operation.

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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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State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins continues push to be majority leader

Elected officials gathered in Harlem in defense of State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Monday in an effort to make her leader of the State Senate.

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Maplewood police chief and captain among those on leave after controversial video released

Six Maplewood, N.J., police officers along with Chief Robert Cimino and Captain Joshua Cummis have been disciplined after a video was released of the officers making racist comments and controversial arrests, according to reports.

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One-on-one with Mayor de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio held his 31st town hall meeting in Harlem last week.

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Sen. Cory Booker introduces bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker recently introduced the Marijuana Justice Act that would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level.

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African-American Day Parade set for Sept. 17

Dubbed as the “Largest Black Parade in America,” the 48th Annual African-American Day Parade is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. in Harlem.

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More than 200 warrants cleared at Another Chance event in the Bronx

More than 300 people attended last Saturday’s Another Chance event in the Bronx, and 226 summons warrants were erased.

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Families of Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray hold memorial basketball tournament

Seeking to turn tragedy into a force for positive change, the families of police shooting victims Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray came together last weekend for the Hoops for Justice memorial basketball tournament.

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City Council member Bill Perkins and Mayor Bill de Blasio endorse each other

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Council Member Bill Perkins announced this week their endorsement of one another for mayor and the City Council. Both are up for re-election in the upcoming primary.

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City Council holds MTA oversight hearing

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and the City Council hold the Council’s Committee on Transportation's oversight hearing to examine the state of the subway system.

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Phil Murphy picks Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in governor’s race

Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy announced his selection of State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver as his running mate in the race to serve as his lieutenant governor.

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Another Chance event being held in the Bronx

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark is hosting the second annual summons warrant forgiveness program in the Bronx, inviting residents from all five boroughs to clear their records and move on with their lives.

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Changes made to J'Ouvert celebration

Reports indicate that officials are making changes to the annual J’Ouvert celebration that takes place during the early morning hours of the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

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Elected officials to ride subways for 24 hours

Ahead of the City Council hearing Aug. 8, elected officials plan to ride the rails to hear directly from subway commuters.

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Damon Young running the Whole Foods ship

As buzz about Whole Foods Market’s Harlem location continues, the man who’s keeping the store running is getting the opportunity to reconnect with the community he says helped direct him to the path he’s on.

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Advocates, civil rights group want to close youth prisons

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice recently launched a campaign to close the New Jersey Training School for Boys, known as “Jamesburg,” and the Female Secure Care and Intake Facility, known as “Hayes.”

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NAACP hosts 108th National Convention in Baltimore

The NAACP focused on its plans to defend communities of color against legislative attempts to further diminish civil rights protections at its 108th National Convention in Baltimore this week.

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First female African-American judge named in Passaic County

LaToyia Jenkins Stewart makes history this week as she becomes the first female African-American judge in Passaic County.

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Black faith leaders rally on Capitol Hill against health care bill

Tuesday African-American clergy from across the nation convened on Capitol Hill to call on Congress to reject the budget proposed by the Trump administration and the health care bill.

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Mayor David Dinkins celebrates 90th birthday at Gracie Mansion

Last week Mayor David Dinkins was honored as “walking history” as he celebrated his 90th birthday at Gracie Mansion.

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Louis Armstrong House Museum breaks ground on Education Center

The Louis Armstrong House Museum held a groundbreaking ceremony this week for its new $23 million Education Center, which will be located across the street from the museum at 34-56 107th St. in Corona, Queens.

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Department of Consumer Affairs continues to warn about predatory lending in the used car industry

The Department of Consumer Affairs is in the middle of its public awareness campaign to educate current and prospective used car owners about the rise of predatory lending in the used car industry.

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Free mobile legal help center coming to the Bronx

Council Member Andy King is hosting a free civil legal services mobile van Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the annual 12th Council District Fun in the Son Community Engagement Day event outside the Evander Childs Football Field, 800 E. Gun Hill Rd., Bronx.

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Vacant lots could house 200,000 homeless New Yorkers

Currently in New York City more than 60,000 people are sleeping in homeless shelters, including approximately 23,000 children.

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Crazy train—Report: MTA’s impact on lives of commuters

Almost three-quarters of people who use New York City subways reported being late for work over the past three months, and 2 percent lost their jobs.

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Free Learn-to-Swim program open to children at state parks

The annual free Learn-to-Swim program will be available to approximately 3,000 children this summer at state parks across New York. Now in its fifth year, the Learn-to-Swim program is offered through a partnership among the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Department of Health; the American Red Cross; the National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Master Pools Guild; and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association Foundation.

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City names new Department of Homeless Services administrator

Joslyn Carter has been named as administrator of the Department of Homeless Services, which is now part of the Department of Social Services.

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Young women to spend summer coding at AT&T

A class of 20 high school students from New York and New Jersey will spend seven weeks at AT&T’s New York City office, learning the skills they need to succeed in the tech industries, through the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program.

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East Orange named one of ‘Most Liveable’ cities in America

East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III was recently awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2017 City Livability Awards Program during The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 85th Annual Meeting.

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Lead issues continue in Newark after improper testing

The Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness is preparing to re-screen 4,600 children for lead levels. The city is currently facing two unrelated issues involving testing for lead.

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