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Brooklyn BP hosts Gariduna heritage celebration

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined the Garifuna Coalition USA and HealthFirst in hosting a Garifuna heritage reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall this week

Councilman Jumaane Williams relaunches efforts to make Jackie Robinson home a landmark

Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams announced plans to relaunch efforts for the city to landmark Black baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s family home, located at 5224 Tilden Ave.


After Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s speech on the 2014-15 state budget, Billy Easton, executive director of Alliance for Quality Education, said when it comes to school aid, the governor is claiming credit for a victory for which he provided no leadership.

Harlem democratic club to host spring fundraiser

The Frederick E. Samuel Community Democratic Club is hosting its annual spring fundraiser

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Brooklyn DA appoints chief of Conviction Review Unit

In one of several significant moves during his first few months in office, newly elected Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson tapped Harvard Law School professor Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. as special counsel to the district attorney for the revamped Conviction Review Unit.

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NYPD disbands Muslim surveillance unit

The NYPD is shutting down a surveillance operation aimed at Muslims. Known as the Demographics Unit, NYPD tactics included going undercover to gather information on Muslims, along with eavesdropping on public conversations among those in the faith.

Education champion Dr. Luberta Luby Fields Mays makes her transition

Celebrated educator Dr. Luberta “Luby” Fields Mays has passed away. She is best remembered as an elementary school teacher, college professor and dedicated church member. She was 84.

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Marissa Alexander awaits jury selection, retrial

Marissa Alexander’s ongoing case will hit a pivotal point on May 16, when a hearing will determine if there will be a “Stand Your Ground” hearing along with jury selection slated in July.

Rosemari Mealy: 'Berkeley to Brooklyn'

Last Thursday, the Center for Law and Social Justice hosted Dr. Rosemari Mealy, JD, Ph.D., who discussed and signed two of her recently published books at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Sharpton, de Blasio kick off NAN's 16th National convention

On Wednesday, April 9, the Rev. Al Sharpton kicked off his National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in Manhattan. He assured that it was destined to be the largest four-day civil rights gathering of the year.

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Gerard Kersey: Following suit

They say the suit makes the man, but Gerard Kersey is taking that to another level.

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The weekly Brooklyn-based celebrity-driven entertainment news and lifestyle television show “What’s the 411” received a Free Speech Award


The Black Aerospace Professionals Summer Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy is currently accepting applications


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted a Vision Zero town hall meeting


Operation PROM is hosting Brooklyn’s second annual Prom Dress Giveaway

Homophobic church sign causes stir in Harlem

Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem continues to make headlines over his controversial anti-gay messages on his marquee

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City Council members make the grade in ‘report card’

The Human Rights Project at the Center for Human Rights released its sixth annual New York City Council Human Rights Report Card.

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Racial groups clash over Texas Black man’s death

Racial tensions are taking shape in the aftermath of the mysterious death of Alfred Wright in Texas.

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NAN convention brings out best and brightest

President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Mayor Bill de Blasio are among the big names attending the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 16th annual National Action Network convention next week.

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‘Get Covered’ tour aims to spike enrollment for Affordable Care Act

With the Affordable Care Act deadline fast approaching national celebrities and community leaders have banned together to spike enrollment in New York City.

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NYPD reminds Harlem pedestrians to be careful

The 29th Precinct in Harlem NYPD is reminding pedestrians to be careful by handing out fliers along 125th Street.

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Deadline looms for health care enrollment

Six months and over 1 million applications and over 700,000 enrolled people later, the countdown is on for those who have not enrolled for mandated health care coverage.

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Shaping the nation’s future: Heather C. McGhee

At the tender age of just 33, Heather C. McGhee serves as the president of the public policy organization Demos.

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Harlem Hospital opens new emergency department

Harlem Hospital Center to open its new $19 million state-of-the-art Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center

New collaboration for entrepreneurship advancement

The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee is hosting a commemoration forum

Forum on Sharpeville Massacre

The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee is hosting a commemoration forum

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Boyland conviction causes uproar in BK

In the aftermath of the conviction of Assemblyman William Boyland, his Brooklyn district is going through an involuntary political reconstruction

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Ras Baraka: ‘Believing in Newark’

Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka has his sights set on filling the position left by Cory Booker

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Stop-and-frisk becomes focus in Newark

While stop-and-frisk might seem like an isolated issue in New York City, the controversial practice is starting to take center stage as a growing problem in Newark, N.J.

Bronx deltas host women's history month event

The Bronx Alumni Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting “Then, Now and Beyond: A Delta Heritage & Archives Showcase and Reception"

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President Obama to headline NAN convention in April

The Rev. Al Sharpton announced this week that President Barack Obama will address the National Action Network’s 16th annual national convention.

Mission Society honors founders and leaders of Harlem's Sisulu-Walker Charter School

The New York Mission Society honored the founders and leaders of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem, the first charter school to open in the state of New York.

Free tax prep day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Assemblyman Karim Camara is partnering with WellCare for a free tax prep day.

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State of Young Black New York urges ‘movements’ rather than ‘moments’

The New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP) hosted the annual State of Young Black New York last Saturday

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She’s every woman: Dr. Danielle Lee Moss

Dr. Danielle Moss Lee, chief executive officer of the Young Woman’s Christian Association (YWCA), is one of the city’s leading ladies when it comes to giving herself to the community

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Harlem street renamed after Hermena Rowe

On Sunday, several local residents gathered for the street renaming ceremony for Hermena Rowe, mother of anti-violence activist Jackie Rowe-Adams of Harlem Mothers SAVE.

Local students participate in mock trial competition

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Gordon Parks School I.S. 270 in Queens are participating in a mock trial competition.

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Emergency Preparedness program coming to Newark

Rudolph Muhammad, director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Ambulance Corps, is hosting an emergency preparedness education and awareness program in Newark, N.J

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Obama annouces 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative

President Barack Obama announces his national "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative aimed at helping young Black and Latino males.

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A standing ovation for Voza Rivers

Over the years, Rivers has been considered one of the go-to people when it comes to Black theater, not only in New York City, but around the world.

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Racial groups clash over Texas Black man’s death

Racial tensions are increasing during the aftermath of the mysterious death of a Black man in Texas.

Black Civil War groups honored

In honor of Black History Month, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams recognized the 150th anniversary of the first African-American troops from New York to fight in the American Civil War.

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One hundred black men inc. hosts 34th annual benefit gala

One Hundred Black Men for New York Inc. is hosting its 34th annual benefit gala on Feb 27.

Universal Zulu Nation and the NYC 'Harlem Hood' host meeting to celebrate 'womyns' history month

The members of Universal Zulu Nation and the NYC “Harlem Hood” will host an event on Wednesday, March 5, under the theme “The 21st Century Community Roles of Womyn Leadership.”

Memorial planned for 6-year-old traffic accident victim Amar Diarrassouba

On Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m., the students and staff of P.S. 155 will hold a brief remembrance in honor of 6-year-old Amar Diarrassouba

Stop-and-frisk case sent back to lower court

While the city might have dropped its case to appeal a judge’s decision to keep stop-and-frisk the way it is, everyone is now vying for a seat at the table as reforms are made.

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Social work at its best: Carol Smith-Njiiri

Carol Smith-Njiiri dedicates her life to helping children and families through social work.

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September shooting of Black Texas child stirs outrage

The shooting of yet another Black child is causing reaction and outrage, this time in Texas, where 46-year-old Brian Cloninger shot 8-year-old Donald “D.J.” Maiden Jr. with a shotgun last September.

Cuomo announces more college-level courses in state prisons

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new statewide initiative to give incarcerated individuals the opportunity to earn a college degree

Eric Schneiderman to introduce 'unjust imprisonment Act'

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that he will propose legislation that revises Section 8-b of the New York State Court of Claims Act