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Cyril Josh Barker

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Blacks being pushed out of New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

Ten years ago, America was gripped by images of what was the nation’s costliest natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. However, for Black America, it will remain another moment when the nation once again turned its back on people of color.

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Synthetic marijuana: The new crack?

Politicians are cracking down on the underground sale of synthetic marijuana to prevent the widely used drug from crippling the city the way the crack epidemic did in the 1980s and 90s.

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Red Cross seeks blood donations during final weeks of summer

The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage.

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Activists group demands no police presence at Michael Brown commemoration

The Black Summer Coalition is commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Ferguson uprising Sunday, Aug. 9 at 12 p.m. in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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AG investigating death of Raynette Turner

Law enforcement officials in Mount Vernon said anyone in a holding cell is supposed to be checked on every 15 minutes, but at least an hour had passed between the time Raynette Turner was last seen alive and the time she was found dead.

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Rapper Common and Mayor Ras Baraka to ‘Occupy the City’

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, actor-rapper-activist Common and thousands of Newark, N.J., residents will unite to “Occupy the City” Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m.

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Questions remain as Sandra Bland is laid to rest

“I am the mama and I’m telling you that baby did not take herself out,” said Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, when she gave her daughter’s eulogy at her funeral Saturday.

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Bronx unemployment numbers drops again

Numbers from the New York State Department of Labor show another drop in the unemployment rate and a significant increase in the labor participation rate in the Bronx.

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State Senator John Sampson found guilty

State Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn’s 19th District was stripped of his seat Friday after he was convicted on three of the nine corruption charges he faced.

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Eric Pryor named new president of Harlem School of the Arts

The Harlem School of the Arts has named Eric G. Pryor its new president, replacing Yvette Campbell, who left the position in June.

Ginny's Supper Club hosts fundraiser for families of S.C. church-shooting victims

Ginny’s Supper Club recently hosted “Harlem Helps: A Benefit for the Families of Mother Emanuel AME Church.”

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HHC Kings County Hospital celebrates opening of farmers market

Kings County Hospital Center and Harvest Home Farmers Market hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for its new farmers market, which officially opened July 8.

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Audit by city comptroller reveals backlog of 50,000 repairs in NYCHA

An audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed a backlog of 50,000 repairs in the New York City Housing Authority and that it takes an average of a year to fix safety violation

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Nation in outrage: What happened to Sandra Bland?

“Here in Texas, we are not afraid of ISIS,” stated the Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, at a press conference about the death of Black, 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died July 13 in a Texas jail. “We are afraid of the police.”

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Million People’s March against police brutality, racial injustice and economic inequality

After more than six months of planning and promotion, the Million People’s March against police brutality is set to take place this Saturday in Newark N.J.

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High school girls participate In Justice Academy at Fordham Law School

Fordham Law School is hosting the 7th annual Justice Academy for Young Women, a college and law school preparatory program that combines course work and leadership training for underserved high school students in the city.

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Manhattan BP Launches ‘Fresh Food For Seniors’ Program Uptown

Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer launched the Fresh Food for Seniors program, which expands the group of pickup points in northern Manhattan.

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500 Men Making a Difference Hosts Cleanup and Painting Day at Von King Park

The organization 500 Men Making a Difference is asking for volunteers to help them as they clean and paint Von King Park in Brooklyn Saturday, July 18.

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48th anniversary of Newark Rebellion commemorated

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its annual observation of the anniversary of the epic Newark Rebellion.

‘Safe and Fair’: Will it work?

With the addition of 1,300 more cops on the streets, a new plan by the mayor and the police commissioner aims to improve police-community relations while keeping people safe.

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Lawsuit alleges city engages in affordable housing discrimination

The Anti-Discrimination Center and a group of African-Americans filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Manhattan accusing the city of discrimination when providing affordable housing.

City, Warby Parker to provide free eyeglasses to community school students

The city is expanding its vision-screening program to all 130 community schools and will partner with Warby Parker to provide a free pair of glasses to students in need.

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Fresh air fund children leave for summer experience in the country

Monday morning, over 145 New York City children left for one- and two-week experiences with volunteer host families in suburban and small town communities as the Fresh Air Fund kicks off its 139th program.

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Red Cross urging blood and platelet donations during summer

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.

Final victim laid to rest in Charleston

Funeral services for the ninth and final victim of the Emanuel AME Church Massacre were held Tuesday in South Carolina.

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New York mourns with Charleston

The nation remains in shock after a white gunman opened fire in a Black church in Charleston, S.C., killing nine people.

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Crime numbers down in Irvington

Numbers from the Irvington Police Department indicate that crime is coming down in the New Jersey township.

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Jersey City, Cisco partner for new IT training program for inmates

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise announced a new IT training program for both inmates and recently incarcerated individuals, as well as the at-risk population.

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Identity theft: Rachel Dolezal

If you ask Rachel Dolezal what race she is, she will say she’s Black, even though her birth certificate and her parents, who are white, say she is Caucasian.

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Cries for justice after Kalief Browder suicide

Backlash continues over the suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder, the young Black man who hung himself June 6 after being held for three years on Rikers Island awaiting trial on a robbery charge that was eventually dismissed.

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Web series 'The Breakdown' spotlights young Black women's prospective

Multimedia journalist and radio personality Selena Hill is best known for her radio show “Let Your Voice Be Heard” on Harlem’s WHCR 90.3 FM, however, she’s now giving her take on issues, lifestyle and empowering women in a new web show.

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Dominique Sharpton a powerful youth advocate

Dominique Sharpton was just a toddler when her father, the Rev. Al Sharpton, marched the streets of Bensonhurst in the late 1980s over the racially charged death of Yusef Hawkins.

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Here comes the judge: Milton Tingling

When you first meet New York County Clerk Milton Tingling, you wouldn’t know that before he became one the city’s most revolutionary judges, he was a cab driver and an MTA token booth attendant.

Greg 'Jacko' Jackson film festival being held in Brownesville

The fourth annual Greg “Jocko” Jackson Film Festival is taking place Friday, June 12 at the Brownsville Recreation Center, located at 1555 Linden Blvd. in Brooklyn. Youth films will be shown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bratton under fire for comments about lack of diversity in the NYPD

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton made disparaging statements about diversity in the NYPD during an interview with The Guardian, a British newspaper.

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Grand jury indicts former South Carolina police officer in Walter Scott shooting

Reports indicate that the ex-police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott in South Carolina has been indicted by a grand jury.

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Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project comes to Newark

The Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition brought his Wall Street Project Summit to Newark, N.J., this past week.

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Rangel, other elected officials demand moratorium on luxury housing

Rep. Charles B. Rangel recently held a rally on the steps of City Hall in New York City to demand a moratorium on luxury housing.

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Arrests drop, crime rises in Baltimore

Just a couple of months ago, America’s eyes were on Baltimore after the fallout over the fatal police shooting of unarmed Black 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

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MMCC hosts teen conference in the Bronx

The Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) in the Bronx recently held its annual Teen Advisory Council Conference.

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Remembering Dr. Derrick Griffith

“I never told him this, but he’s . . . everything I wanted to be,” said Dr. Derrick Griffith’s son, Darryus, as tears streamed down his face during a recent press conference. “My dad was everything to me. My dad was a great person. He was everything I’m not.

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Lady Law: Are Black women in leadership under attack?

As Black America continues to hail Marilyn J. Mosby as a hero for charging six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, the predicted backlash has begun.

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Teen shot at Mother’s Day bike event in Newark

"Mother’s Day will never be the same for my sisters and I,” said Tanika Zigler, the aunt of 15-year-old Al-Shakeen Woodson, during a recent news radio interview. “Never.”

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Schumer calls for immigration protection for Nepalese nationals in the US

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer called for the Department of Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protected Status for Nepalese nationals currently residing in the United States.

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Malcolm X Committee to honor Herman Ferguson

Saturday, May 16, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee is hosting a special memorial appreciating the life and legacy the late Herman Ferguson, their legendary founding chair.

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President Obama launches MBK Alliance at Lehman College

President Barack Obama delivered remarks at an event launching the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at Lehman College in the Bronx Monday.

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Mighty Marilyn!

Black America's new superhero

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Friday that all six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray are being charged. The charges include manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

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NJ police shot 15 people in the past two years

A scathing report out of New Jersey indicates that 15 people have been shot by police in the Garden State over the past two years. Nine died at the hands of law enforcement.

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Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. kicks off Bronx Week 2015

Sunday, May 3 Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is hosting an outdoor food, music and art festival at the Bronx General Post Office to kick off Bronx Week 2015.

New Yorkers urge to help mother's march for justice

Three New York leaders of the police anti-brutality movement are participating in the Million Moms March to the U.S. Justice Department in Washington Mother’s Day weekend.