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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

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Iota Phi Theta hosts Black History Month Scholarship Banquet

The Pi Omega chapter of Iota Phi Theta is hosting its fifth annual Black History Month Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 22 at Astoria World Manor.

Project child support reaches millions of disadvantaged children and parents

Project Child Support announced the opening of its satellite offices in Newark, N.J., and New York City to assist custodial and noncustodial parents.

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Celebrity mixologist Darryl Robinson passes

Reports indicate that celebrity mixologist and Cooking Channel star Darryl Robinson was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Feb. 5.

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Alicia Keys takes on bullying with app

Grammy Award-winning artist, singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and humanitarian Alicia Keys took center stage at the 111th American International Toy Fair, which kicked off this Sunday.

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Fury continues over Michael Dunn verdict

Over the weekend, a jury made found Michael Dunn guilty on four out of five counts, including attempted murder, in the killing of unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Davis. However, when it came to the murder charge, the jury could not come to a decision, leading the way for a retrial.

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Outrage over Queens teacher's ban on malcolm X

Parents and community leaders are still outraged over a Queens teacher banning students from doing a report on Malcolm X as part of a Black History Month project.

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Amiri Baraka's son to run for Mayor of Newark

The son of the late Amiri Baraka, Ras Baraka, announced he is running for mayor of Newark, N.J.

Veterans hospital postponed operation due to defective equipment

Family, clergy and community demand an investigation regarding the cancellation of a serious operation on Chris Robert Scott, who was admitted on Jan. 24 to the Veterans Hospital in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.

Cuomo announces more wage theft cases resolved in 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that more than 6,700 wage theft cases were resolved in New York in 2013

Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada steps down

Longtime Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada announced he is stepping down. Current COO Anne Williams-Isom will assume the position starting July 1.

Black man’s mysterious death in Texas points to foul play

A modern-day lynching in Texas? The family of a dead 28-year-old Black man, Alfred Wright, in East Texas suspects foul play and is looking for answers, with the U.S. Justice Department now getting involved.

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Jesse Jackson hosts annual Wall Street Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson wraps the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund's 17th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit on Thursday.

Soweto gospel choir set to perform in NY

On Feb. 15, the Soweto Gospel Choir is coming to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx

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Black History Month kicks off in the city

Last Saturday, the beginning of African-American History Month was marked with several events across the city and nation to kick off the month-long celebration.

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Response: End of stop-and-frisk appeal

It was music to many people’s ears as Mayor Bill de Blasio stuck to his campaign promise to end the city’s legal battle that found stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

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Central Park Five want justice

On Tuesday, Brooklyn City Councilwoman Inez Barron held a press conference on the steps of City Hall demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio settle the case involving the Central Park Five.

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Exhibit at Schomburg center features artwork from Black cartoons

Pamela Thomas, a member of the City College of New York class of 1996, and business partner Loreen Williamson have assembled one of the most extensive collections of 1970s Black animation art in the United States for the show “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution”

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Longtime poverty advocate Elwanda Young retires

Chief Strategy and Operating Officer of United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and longtime resident of Brooklyn Elwanda Young is retiring.

Federal approval of state's $10 billion medicaid waived

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and legislators from the state demanded that the federal government approve New York’s $10 billion Medicaid waiver.

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Mayor David Dinkins to host book signing in Brooklyn

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is hosting a book signing with former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins in honor of the release of his memoirs, “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic.”

City launches free tax prep campaign

As New Yorkers start to get their W-2s, tax companies are preparing for yet another busy season. Once again, the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is urging local residents to use the city’s free tax filing services.

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No charges filed in killing of Black Milwaukee teen, Corey Stingley

Citizens around Milwaukee are outraged over the lack of charges filed in the case of Corey Stingley, a Black 17-year-old who died at the hands of white killers.

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Yolanda Gross passes at 74

Beloved educator, church elder and musician Yolanda Gross has died. She is best remembered by family and friends for her humor, wit and her habit of giving back to her community. She passed away on Jan. 19 after an illness in Southampton Hospital at age 74.

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Sigmas celebrate their centennial

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity kicked off its centennial year by announcing several events that will commemorate the milestone

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Herb Boyd inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame

Amsterdam News journalist, author and scholar Herb Boyd was one of eight journalists recently inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame

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Tyron Waiters loves feeling ‘blue’

Tyron Waiters serves the community through his fraternity.

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Family commemorates two-year anniversary since NYPD killing of Ramarley Graham

The family of Ramarley Graham is hosting a memorial commemorating the second anniversary of his death

Free Universal Pre-K in the Bronx

BronxWorks has immediate spaces available for children 3 to 5 years old

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Family of Kyam Livingston speaking out

Family members, concerned citizens, clergy and community leaders are demanding an investigation into conditions at Brooklyn Central Booking after the death of 37-year-old Kyam Livingston

Second international people's tribunal ICC

The Second International People’s Tribunal will be held at Columbia University Law School

Sharpton aide named chief of staff to city’s new first lady

Rachel Noerdlinger, the well-known publicist to the Rev. Al Sharpton, has been named chief of staff to New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray.

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Eric Stevenson convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges

Disgraced Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was found guilty on charges including bribery and conspiracy. He could face 20 years in prison.

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Keeping up the ‘Drama’

Media personality, journalist and pop culture maven Candice “Ms. Drama” Williams has made a name for herself

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Marissa Alexander remains released on bond

Reports indicate that the Marissa Alexander, who was released on bond while she awaits trial for shooting a warning shot at her abusive husband, was almost sent back to jail after violating the terms of her bond

NYC Department of Environmental Conservation currently offering lifeguard tests

free lifeguard tests in the Adirondack and Catskill regions

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State legislatures and assembly put pressure on Cuomo to add $1.9 billion in school aid

Over 80 senators and Assembly members released a letter calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase school aid by $1.9 billion

New York City's fourth annual peace week kicks off

LIFE Camp., Man Up! and civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory kicked off New York City’s fourth annual Peace Week on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 15