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Self-image, career goals focus at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens learned about the value of self-image along with showcasing what they’ve learned on the third day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Walt Disney World on Saturday.

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Security stepped up at local mosques after massacre in New Zealand

Fears continue to linger in the city’s Islamic community after last week’s deadly massacre at a mosque in Christchurch, NZ.

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NYCHA $LASH: Activist meeting with Trump yields no dividends

Frederick Douglass Houses Tenant Association President Carmen Quiñones met with President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in February.

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Nina Shaw: From Harlem to Hollywood

Harlem and Bronx native Nina Shaw is one of Hollywood’s top entertainment attorneys.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson hosts annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

Commemorating how far African-Americans have come 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in America is the focus of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit which kicked off Wednesday.

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Rutgers University professor says school could do more for Black New Jerseyans

Rutgers University is the largest institution of higher education in New Jersey with a student population of nearly 70,000 statewide.

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‘Essex Five’ takes center stage at Black History Month event

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. hosted the county’s 16th annual African-American History Month Celebration last Friday, Feb. 15.

Black student arrested after refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A dispute over a Black 6th grader refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at a Florida middle school is causing fierce reaction.

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Black student arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

A dispute over a Black 6th grader refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance at a Florida middle school is causing fierce reaction.

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Newark keeps door open for Amazon

With talks of the possibility that the city could rescind its deal to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to New York City, one Newark organization is saying their invitation to take the online retailer is still open.

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The business of small business

Strategy consultant and Harlem small-business owner Nikoa Evans-Hendricks serves as executive director and co-founder of Harlem Park 2 Park, a social enterprise of more than 250 entrepreneurs uptown.

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People’s Organization for Progress pushes civilian oversight of police

Even as temperatures get bone-chillingly cold, community social justice organization the People’s Organization for Progress continues its Justice Monday rallies demanding Gov. Phil Murphy sign into law the “Independent Prosecutor’s Bill.”

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Gov. Murphy signs $15 minimum wage into law

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation this week raising New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024

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Spreading the gospel of HBCUs

Brooklynite Andres “Dre” Martin serves as founder of the annual HBCU Night, an event touring the nation that celebrates African-American Heritage and the culture of historically Black colleges and universities.

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Protecting Black girls

The recent documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” about the famed R&B singer’s abuse of Black girls and women over the years and the shocking revelation of a Brooklyn pastor who has been charged with raping his daughter has put the issue sexual assault of Black women and girls in the spotlight.

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Paterson mayor announces changes to police amid suspicious death of Jameek Lowery

In an effort to improve community-police relations, Paterson, N.J. Mayor Andre Sayegh announces several changes to the city’s police department in the wake of the death of Black, 27-year-old Jameek Lowery after he was refused assistance by officers.

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Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World for Dreamers Academy

Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World for Dreamers Academy.

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Black wrestler forced to cut locks

The fallout continues after a Black high school wrestler in New Jersey was forced to cut his locks by a white referee before a match.

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Person of The Year: Letitia James

Attorney General-elect Letitia “Tish” James was a teenager when she saw her brother unjustly arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

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AmNews Year In Review 2018

Here is a look at some of this year's top headlines.

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South Jersey Black church being turned into museum honoring Harriet Tubman

Reports indicate that a church in Cape May, N.J., is being transformed into a museum honoring abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman.

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Mother attacked by police with baby in arms suing city

The community continues to rally around young Brooklyn mother Jazmine Headley, who was thrust in the spotlight last week after video surfaced of police and security at a Human Resource Administration center in Brooklyn trying to take her 1-year-old baby.

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Commission in Newark to target gentrification

As more major corporations want to call Newark home and more people from New York City are coming in looking for bargain rents, local officials assembled a new commission to fight gentrification.

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Candidates for public advocate make their case

The stage is set for the special election for the next public advocate after Letitia James’ victory to be the next state attorney general.

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Cory Booker 2020: Will he or won’t he?

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker continues to fan the flames of possibility over a 2020 presidential run.

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Sheriff Anthony Cureton changing police/community relations

Newly elected Anthony Cureton only had 44 days to run for Bergen County sheriff after disgraced former Sheriff Michael Saudino resigned in September. In a recent interview with the AmNews, Cureton said he wants to focus on more discussions with the community.

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One Lady and two men in a room: Andrea Stewart-Cousins

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins makes her way into the history books this week after being elected the majority leader of the New York State Senate. She is the first woman to lead a major conference in the State Legislature.

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New York says goodbye to State Sen. Jose Peralta

Funeral services were held this week for the late State Sen. Jose Peralta. The 47-year-old politician, who represented the State Senate’s 13th District in Queens, died last Wednesday.

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Gov. Phil Murphy wants $15 minimum wage passed by year’s end

This week, Gov. Phil Murphy urged the Legislature to close the wage gap and pass a bill raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in New Jersey before the end of the year.

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First African-American elected sheriff sworn in the Bergen County

Anthony Cureton makes history as the first African-American elected sheriff in Bergen County. Cureton was sworn in last Tuesday during a ceremony in Hackensack by State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

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Hunger NYC: Still suffering

Approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers don’t know where their next meal is coming from. As families prepare for the holiday season, new numbers indicate that many people in the area are struggling, even with a so-called improving economy that’s being celebrated by the White House.

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NYCHA repairs a doorway to privatization?

The New York City Housing Authority just got another leg up on the road for the $32 billion needed for repairs.

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NJ GOP candidate: ‘I would have won if people didn’t call me a racist’

Failed New Jersey GOP House candidate Seth Grossman blames voters’ view of him as a racist for his loss during last week’s general election.

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Son of Black activist Killed in Suspected Lynching

The hanging of a 24-year-old Black man from a tree in Missouri has suspicions of lynching and a family demanding a more thorough investigation.

Mount Laurel gets first Black councilmember

The recent election saw voters elect the first Black Township Councilmember in Mount Laurel in Burlington County, Kareem Pritchett, who is now one of the only two Democrats elected to the council.

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Is Newark in a water crisis similar to Flint?

Reports indicate that haloacetic acid, which can cause cancer, is in drinking water in Newark. However, Mayor Ras Baraka is fighting back against such reports that water in the city is toxic.

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Your midterm elections roundup

Tuesday’s midterm elections set records, made history and broke glass ceilings at all levels of government, including local, state and national.

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Thailand: Vacationing in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Thailand, known as the “Land of Smiles,” is not only one of Asia’s most interesting countries to vacation in but also one of the most affordable. With a generous exchange rate, decent inexpensive hotels, beautiful sights and culture, the Southeast Asian nation should be on every world traveler’s bucket list.

Is U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez taking the Black vote for granted?

One Black pastor in Newark says incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is taking the Black vote for granted. Polls show Menendez, who is a Democrat running for re-election, and Republican candidate Bob Hugin will be in a close race when voters go to the polls next Tuesday for the midterm elections.

Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation to transform youth justice

Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order establishing the Task Force for the Continued Transformation of Youth Justice aimed at reviewing policies and evaluating New Jersey’s juvenile justice system.

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White man kills two African-Americans at Kentucky supermarket

As violence continues to plague the country and the fallout from President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is made manifest, the brutal killing of two African-Americans in Kentucky is being called another example of the side effects.

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Report: College is worth the cost, but planning is key

Despite rising college costs, a clear majority of families believe higher education is well worth the investment, and most students and parents are willing to stretch themselves financially to make it happen, according to a new study.

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Death of college student brings attention to DUI

Kennedy Segars was on her way to making her dreams of becoming a lawyer come true with a full scholarship to Alabama State University when her life was tragically cut short. The 18-year-old freshman was killed by a drunken driver last week while visiting family in her hometown of Decatur, Ga.

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Demonstrators protest against police brutality at the Fraternal Order of Police in Newark

The People’s Organization for Progress took their weekly Justice Monday rally to the doorstep of the Fraternal Order of Police in Newark. The rally, which was P.O.P’s regular Justice Monday, was part of the 23rd annual National Day Against Police Brutality.

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Institute for Social Justice and others holding rally to make NJ governor accountable

Saturday, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and other groups, including the NAACP, are holding the Rally for the #94Percent in front of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Newark calling on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to be accountable to the 94 percent of Black voters that elected him into office.

Voter suppression in Georgia takes center stage in gubernatorial race

Controversy continues to stir in Georgia as suspicions of voter suppression in the highly contested gubernatorial race become the focus. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is poised to make history if elected in November by becoming the first Black woman elected governor in America.

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Newark brings free Wi-Fi kiosks to city streets

LinkNWK activated this week in Newark’s first Link kiosks that are delivering free Wi-Fi and other services at no cost to users. Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Aisha Glover, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Intersection, a cities technology and media company, came together to install the kiosks.

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Black poll worker in New Jersey dedicates nearly 80 years to getting people to vote

At the age 97, poll worker Laura Wooten of Lawrence, N.J. has been advocating for people to exercise their right to vote since 1939. She recently received the Leadership Award from the National Newspaper Publishers Association for her service and is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from a New Jersey chapter of the NAACP.

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U.S. Sen Cory Booker introduces legislation to fight national poverty

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker recently introduced a new bicameral bill that will expand the 10-20-30 anti-poverty formula to a significantly larger group of federal accounts to ensure more funds are targeted to persistent poverty communities without raising taxes or adding to the deficit.

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Brown Eyez realize: P.J. Fleury

Pojanee “P.J.” Fleury is the owner of Brown Eyez Company, a Harlem-based multimedia company she founded in 2007 to promote healthy, positive lifestyles to mainstream audiences.