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Cyril Josh Barker

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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.

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B'More Unrest

The killing of another Black male by police left Baltimore burning Monday, April 27, 2015. It is calmer now, with curfews, multiple arrests and a simmering anger replacing the unbridled outrage that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray.

Chris S. Owens to be honored

The life of gun violence victim Chris S. Owens is being honored at a vigil Sunday, April 26 from noon to 2 p.m. in Harlem on the corner of West 121st Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

Author Elizabeth Alexander hosts book signing

Professor and author Elizabeth Alexander is hosting a book signing for her memoir, “The Light of the World,” at Barnes and Noble, Union Square, Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

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Harlem School for the Arts’ Campbell leaving

The Harlem School of the Arts announced Monday that President and CEO Yvette L. Campbell is leaving her post and headed for United Arab Emirates for a career in international arts management.

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A murder most foul

Citizens mobilize and rally Wednesday morning in North Charleston, S.C. as the nation is outraged over yet another shooting of an unarmed Black man.

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Free Ramsey Orta

Ramsey Orta, the man who shot the video of Eric Garner being killed by police last year, remains at Rikers Island, held on $100,000 bond on weapons possession charges.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka delivers his first State of the City address

In his first State of the City address, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka highlighted his achievements since taking office.

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Another unarmed Black man killed by police in New Jersey

This week, an unarmed Black man was killed while in police custody in New Jersey, according to reports. Phillip White was reportedly arrested at his home in Vineland late Tuesday morning and died while he was in custody.

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Jazz Appreciation Month kicks off at Sistas' Place

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and the celebration kicked off Wednesday at Sistas’ Place in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Steppers present percussion clinic with the Blue Devils and Bugle Corp

The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band is providing the opportunity for drummers to improve their craft at a clinic held in cooperation with the world-renowned Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp at the Next New Wave Drum Line Clinic.

The people's tribunal puts law enforcement on trial

The People’s Power Assemblies of New York City announced the opening session of the People’s Tribunal on Police Violence and Structural Racism April 2 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem.

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History made: FAMU Wind Symphony becomes first HBCU ensemble to play Carnegie Hall

It’s official. Florida A&M University’s Wind Symphony makes history Sunday becoming the first classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to perform at Carnegie Hall and is on its way to the Kennedy Center in 2016.

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VIDEO: FAMU Wind Symphony holds dress rehearsal for Carnegie Hall debut

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Wind Symphony makes final preparations for its Carnegie Hall performance.

Officers involved in alleged jail assault of Jerame Reid could face trial

The officers involved in the alleged jail assault of Jerame Reid are looking at a trial as a jury has been set, according to reports.

Mayor Ras Baraka proclaims May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day in Newark

Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka and local citizens are joining communities around the nation to raise awareness about Americans living with fibromyalgia. Baraka recently proclaimed May 12 “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

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Nation awaits autopsy in possible lynching in Mississippi

Mississippi was the site of one-third of all lynchings that occurred in the United States in 1925 and was the epicenter of some of the nation’s most heinous race crimes.

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Bilal takes the stage in Harlem

R&B singer Bilal is making an appearance in Harlem Friday as part of the “Uptown Nights Concert” series. The sold-out concert takes place at Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

New York Coalition Against Hunger takes over hotline

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger is now operating the USDA National Hunger Hotline. The hotline is a resource for individuals and families seeking information on how to obtain food.

Unicef kicks off health intiative with help from John Starks

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF celebrates the New York launch of UNICEF Kid Power, with former NBA All-Star and New York Knicks legend John Starks, at the Young Diplomats Magnet Academy in Harlem.

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VIDEO: Amnesty International USA kicks off Annual General Meeting in Brooklyn

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) kicks off its its two-day Annual General Meeting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Wednesday night with a reception.

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NAN preparing for annual convention

The National Action Network is hosting its 17th annual National Convention April 8 through April 11 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.

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