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Cyril Josh Barker

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Newark winds down bottled water distribution

The City of Newark is winding down distribution of bottled water to residents, except for pregnant women and families with children under the age of six.

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Eric Garner’s daughter petitions to ban chokeholds by police statewide

The fight to prevent another police killing similar to that of Eric Garner’s gains momentum as his youngest daughter petitions to change law enforcement policy.

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Paul Robeson Day celebrated at Rutgers football game

As part of a yearlong celebration commemorating 100 years since the 1919 graduation of social activist, lawyer and entertainer Paul Robeson, Robeson was honored last weekend at a Rutgers University football game highlighting his athletic career at the school.

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The fight continues: Eric Garner bill proposed

It’s been over a month since former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s termination from the NYPD over Eric Garner’s 2014 death and just over two months since U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced that Pantaleo and the officers involved would not face federal charges. The quest for justice now shifts to changing policy.

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Civil rights legend Claudette Colvin leaving New York

The family of civil rights legend Claudette Colvin announced that she’s leaving New York City and moving back to Alabama.

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Jersey City library renamed after first Black library director

The Jersey City Free Public Library’s main branch now bears the name of its first African American director, Priscilla Gardner, whose career goes back 50 years.

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Referee suspended for making Black wrestler cut locks

The white referee who forced a Black high school wrestler to cut his locks in order to participate in a match in New Jersey has been suspended for two years following a civil rights investigation.

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Yusuf Hasan: The man behind the African American Day Parade

Yusuf Hasan is the chairman of the African American Day Parade.

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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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JUUL continues strategy to combat underage use

JUUL Labs announced it’s implementing a series of new measures in the United States that build upon our existing efforts to combat the issue of youth access, appeal and use of vapor products.

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VACCINE LIMBO: 26,000 children won’t be going back to class on the first day of NYS public schools

Some 26,000 children won’t be going back to class on the first day of New York State public schools because their parents chose not to vaccinate them.

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Rochester Black teen sprayed with hose by alleged KKK member

A Black teen in East Rochester, N.Y. is one of the latest victims of hate crimes sweeping the nation after being sprayed with a hose by a white man proclaiming to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Organizations across the city host back-to-school giveaways

With school students in the city headed back to class in a few weeks, several organizations, politicians and groups are giving away school supplies and backpacks to local students.

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Newark water crisis prompts activists to step in, state of emergency requested

Activists are speaking up for Newark residents who are dealing with the city’s water crisis and demanding a swift resolution.

Metro Briefs

As the one-year look-back window under the Child Victims Act opens this week, several lawsuits were filed moments after midnight by sexual abuse survivors.

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Jersey City police shooting prompts demands from NAACP

The police shooting of two Black men left wounded in Jersey City has the NAACP displeased over Mayor Steve Fulop’s response.

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Black doll pulled from NJ store shelves after allegations of racism

A product called Feel Better Dolls that looked like a stereotypical Black caricature disappeared from store shelves in New Jersey after allegations that the doll was racist.

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December 12th Movement hosts screening of ‘Durban 400’

Councilmember Bill Perkins and State Sen. Brian A. Benjamin are hosting the sixth annual Veterans Resource Fair in Harlem at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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First Black doctor at South Jersey hospital, Dr. William J. King, dies at 88

Dr. William J. King made history when he became the first Black doctor at Underwood-Memorial Hospital (now Inspira Medical Center) in Woodbury, N.J. in 1968. Dr. King died July 16 from heart disease and diabetes, according to reports.

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Inmates deal with no AC in Bergen County Jail

As temperatures rose to triple digits in the Northeast, inmates at New Jersey’s Bergen County Jail battled with no air conditioning leading activists to protest over their treatment.

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NAACP hosts 110th National Convention in Detroit, calls for Trump’s impeachment

The NAACP focused on the upcoming 2020 presidential election, criminal justice, health care and called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump at its 110th National Convention in Detroit this week.

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'Our Lives Don't Matter': Eric Garner's family demands justice

The mother of Eric Garner, Gwen Carr, was heartbroken to find out through the media that the officers involved in her son’s 2014 death would not face any federal charges.

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Activists mark 52 years since the Newark Rebellion

On Friday, July 12, the People’s Organization for Progress is hosting its annual observation of the anniversary of the epic Newark Rebellion.

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Update: Newark continues to deal with lead in water

Last month, Newark officials reported elevated levels of lead in the city’s water in some homes and buildings with the primary sources of lead exposure being lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust or soil.

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Mom demands consequences for son’s death

Matthew McCree’s mother Louna Dennis couldn’t even sit in the courtroom during the trial for the alleged killer of her son

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Alphonso David appointed first African-American president of the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign has named lawyer Alphonso David as president of the LGBTQ civil rights organization

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Black podcasters come together for Afros & Audio Podcast Festival

Black podcast coalition Afros & Audio hosted its inaugural two-day festival at live recording audience theater We Are Much Different in Brooklyn.

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School guidance counselor Gwendolyn Annette Simmons passes away

Gwendolyn Annette Simmons (affectionately known as Gwen) is best remembered for her years working in the New York City public school system as a music teacher and guidance counselor.

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Street signs unveiled for newly renamed ‘Paul Robeson Boulevard’

Eighteen signs are now in place in New Brunswick bearing “Paul Robeson Blvd.” replacing what used to be Commercial Avenue.

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Newark forum focuses on domestic violence

Domestic violence in New Jersey is on the rise.

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Police fatally shoot Black man in South Bend

South Bend, IN is the focus of one of the nations’ latest police involved shootings that’s left a Black man dead and a community demanding answers.

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Bronx graduates honored with community BBQ

Bronx City Council Member Andy King hosted a graduation cookout with hundreds of his constituents recently graduating from elementary, middle and high school, as well as post-secondary grads.

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Harlem Neighborhood Block Association celebrates 20 years

The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association celebrates its 20th year with a block party for the community.

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State Fair Meadowlands brings big crowds

The State Fair Meadowlands recently kicked off and runs through July 7.

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Alvin Bragg announces run for Manhattan D.A.

Former New York State Chief Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg announces his candidacy for Manhattan District Attorney challenging incumbent District Attorney Cy Vance.

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Advocates push for New Jersey to allow undocumented immigrants to have driver’s licenses

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, immigration advocates in New Jersey are pushing for a similar bill.

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Call them the ‘Exonerated Five’

Aftershocks continue after the release of Ava DuVernay’s miniseries “When They See Us” based on the Exonerated (formerly referred to as the Central Park) Five.

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Phoenix police incident outrages nation

Couple involved in police brutality case speaks with the AmNews

International outrage continues in Phoenix after a video of police drawing their guns on a Black couple and their children who were accused of shoplifting in Phoenix went viral.

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Longtime HBCU theater professor retires

Actress Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart’s career in theater education spans nearly 50 years inspiring hundreds of students and giving them the tools to make it in the entertainment business.

Black South Jersey teacher claims she endured racial abuse

Black school teacher Tammy Jordan was the first Black teacher hired at Larchmont Elementary School in Mount Laurel, N.J. in 25 years.

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West Point cadet killed in accident laid to rest

Family and friends gathered on Tuesday for a memorial service for Christopher J. “C.J.” Morgan, the 22-year-old cadet killed during an accident when a vehicle overturned at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Free legal help for low-income Newarkers facing eviction

According to officials from the Essex County Trial Court Administrators Office, there are approximately 38,000 eviction actions filed annually in Essex County, and Newark’s share is the highest at 20,000.

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Bloomfield College installs first African-American president

Dr. Marcheta P. Evans is Bloomfield College’s 17th president succeeding Richard A. Levao. Evans is also making history as she is the first woman and African-American to lead the college in its 150-year history.

Abortion debate continues

The debate over abortion rages on as states continue to pass more stringent laws, but advocates maintain the fight across the nation to allow women to choose.

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Debo Adegbile fighting the good fight

Attorney Debo Adegbile attributes his success as an anti-discrimination lawyer and a commissioner on the United States Civil Rights Commission to those who fought for civil rights before him, such as late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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New Jerseyan Lonnie Bunch III named first Black to serve as head of the Smithsonian Institute

Newark native and historian Lonnie G. Bunch III made history of his own after being elected the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian.

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Newark police officer charged with manslaughter in shooting

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office handed down several charges to a Newark police officer including manslaughter after the officer fatally shot a man in January.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol raises $1.3 million at annual gala

Harlem-based youth organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) recently hosted its 15th annual VOICES benefit gala.

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Harlem resident benefits from billionaire’s big gift

Like millions of other college graduates in America, Harlemite Elijah Dormeus, 22, was seated during his commencement ceremony donning his cap and gown listening to the keynote speaker, thinking about his future when he received an unexpected graduation gift.

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De Blasio signs executive order to increase advertising in community and ethnic media

With the stroke of a pen, Mayor Bill de Blasio increased the advertising revenue for ethnic and community media, directing city agencies to spend at least 50 percent of their annual print and digital publication advertising budget on the targeted media outlets.

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