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Cyril Josh Barker

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Blair M. Duncan appointed president and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

Blair M. Duncan was named president and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Duncan, who previously served as executive vice president of the organization, takes his new position after Kenneth Knuckles recently announced his retirement from the position after 15 years.

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New law would make it easier for NJ hair braiders to conduct business

New law would make it easier for NJ hair braiders to conduct business

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Mother of Waffle House shooting victim accepts college degree on her daughter’s behalf

Mother of Waffle House shooting victim accepts college degree on her daughter’s behalf

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Killing of two Black men by group of whites sparks outrage but little media coverage

As the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opens to remember Blacks who have been lynched, the heinous act of civilian whites killing African-Americans for no reason is still happening.

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Community asked to help police by viewing surveillance cameras in Newark

Community asked to help police by viewing surveillance cameras in Newark

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Waffle House scattered, smothered and covered in crime

Waffle House scattered, smothered and covered in crime

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The Rev. Dr. Melony Samuels is investing in individuals

With thousands of New Yorkers struggling with hunger, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger Executive Director and founder the Rev. Dr. Melony Samuels is a key figure in the fight to make sure those without food are taken care of.

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Brothers Thrive initiative targets Black men for mental health services

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray is expanding her platform of mental health awareness to target Black men.

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Black professor who defended Black Lives Matter suing college that fired her

Black professor who defended Black Lives Matter suing college that fired her

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Gregory Smiley on path to shaping the future

Gregory O. Smiley is making history: he is the first Black campaign manager for a New York State senator and the first for a sitting U.S. senator.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka delivers State of the City address

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka delivers State of the City address

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Austin serial bomber kills himself

America is now adding the name Mark Anthony Conditt to the list of the most heinous criminals in U.S. history.

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NYCHA tenant leaders asks: Where’s the money?

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes major announcements that he is proposing $550 million in funding for the New York City Housing Authority in the state budget, tenants continue to suffer.

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National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Bergen/Passaic chapter hosting ‘Adopt a School’ symposium

The Education Committee of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Bergen/Passaic Chapter is hosting an “Adopt a School” afternoon symposium at Teaneck High School Saturday, March 17, from noon to 4 p.m.

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National Park Service awards $550,000 in federal grants to support African-American history

The National Park Service has awarded more than $500,000 to the City of Paterson through the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program.

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Bombs targeting Black residents terrorize Austin

A string of bombs going off in Austin, Texas, has law enforcement pointing to possible hate crimes as police continue to look for suspects.

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Students leave with life lessons and new perspective at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens bid an emotional farewell at the commencement ceremony on the final day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Walt Disney World on Sunday.

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Black-owned children’s store becoming Bronx hot spot

Betti Mclish is the owner of Betti’s Children’s Store, a Black-owned shop in the Bronx. The Harlem native has operated the store in the Williamsbridge neighborhood since 2016.

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‘GOAL Digger’ Tina Lee Jones

Tina Lee Jones calls herself a “GOAL Digger” and wants other women to join her movement.

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‘Bring Our Children Home’: Lawmakers, advocates call for closure of New Jersey girls’ prison

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice wants New Jersey to build a prison-to-school pipeline by closing the only girls’ youth prison and rebuilding the Bordentown School.

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My Brother’s Keeper hosts employment summit for young men in Newark

More than 1,000 young men in Newark recently attended the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit at the Prudential Center.

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Medgar Evers College honors L. Joy Williams for Black History Month

Medgar Evers College recently honored L. Joy Williams, president of the Brooklyn chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and host of the podcast “Sunday Civics,” with its Trailblazer Award.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Racism in the classroom

In New York City district-run schools, Latino and Black students represent approximately two-thirds of total enrollment, and Latino and Black teachers make up one-third of the educator workforce.

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'Making Rent Count' pilot program to help New Yorkers boost credit score

Comptroller Scott Stringer in partnership with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association announced a new pilot program, Making Rent Count.

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Videos explain how marijuana legalization in NJ could advance racial justice

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon under Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform is shedding light on how it could improve racial justice in the state.

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Local HBCU alumni come together in Teaneck for youth event

Alumni from several historically Black colleges and universities came together Feb. 15 at Teaneck High School for the HBCU Panel Discussion & Mix and Mingle.

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Randall Woodfin ruling the Magic City

At age 36, Birmingham, Ala. Mayor Randall Woodfin is one of the nation’s youngest Black mayors of a major city and a power player in Alabama politics.

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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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