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Cyril Josh Barker

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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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Documentary to Highlight Impact of Vaccines on Black Boys

Muhammad Mosque No. 7, the New York Local Organizing Committee and Justice or Else are hosting a showing of the documentary “Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe” Saturday, July 30 at 4 p.m. at 106-08 W. 127th St. in Harlem.

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Marcus Garvey March and Rally held in Brooklyn

Saturday, Aug. 6, the Choice Campaign is a march and rally being held in celebration of the August 2016 Marcus Mosiah Garvey Month.

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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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