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Cyril Josh Barker

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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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Wife of Jerame Reid files wrongful death suit

Reports indicate the wife of Jerame Reid is filing a wrongful death suit seeking more than $1 million.

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Howard University students spend spring break cleaning up Newark

Alternative Spring Break project students from Howard University are participating in Mayor Ras Baraka’s Model Neighborhood Initiative cleanup in Newark this week.

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Frustration in Ferguson

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo. According to reports, however, after confessing to the shooting, he is now recanting his story.


Justice League NYC officially announced the group’s April 13 March2Justice, with honorary co-chairs Harry Belafonte and 1199 SEIU President George Gresham.

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#HarlemServiceDay community improvement event rescheduled

Harlem resident Landon Dais is hosting #HarlemSeviceDay Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 117th Street and eight Avenue.


Friday, March 20, the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center is hosting a dialogue titled, “We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Chains: Black Resistance and the Roots of Mass Incarceration.”

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Steven Hawkins leads the way at AIUSA

Executive Director of Amnesty International USA Steven Hawkins is at the forefront of the injustices that happen in America. With recent issues involving law enforcement and community relations, he’s a leading voice in the fight for justice.

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VIDEO: Highlights from the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy

Check out highlights from the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World.

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Amnesty International USA holds 50th Annual General Membership Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International USA is being held in Brooklyn from March 20 to March 22, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Teens learn life lessons at 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy

ORLANDO, Fla.—Walt Disney World Resort welcomed 100 teens selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine last week for four days of inspiration and empowerment.

‘Black Girls Rock!’ comes back to Jersey

BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” is coming to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

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Father of Trayvon Martin visits Bridgeton, NJ

In the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., the father of Trayvon Martin recently made a visit to the town that is grappling with a situation he sadly knows all too well.

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Madness in Madison

People around the nation are asking if police gun violence is reaching epidemic proportions.The name Anthony Terrell Robinson Jr., 19, is now on the list of unarmed men of color fatally shot by police. Protest again ensued, fueling the out-of-control distrust between police and the community.

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VIDEO: AmNews editor Nayaba Arinde meets with the community

Therapy Wine Bar is hosting “Coffee With Nayaba Arinde” Saturday, March 14, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Arinde, who serves as editor of the New York Amsterdam News, will be available to meet with community members and discuss various issues.

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Mosholu Montefiore Community Center serves as haven for Bronxites

Something special is happening in the Bronx at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center. The more than 75-year-old organization has been a fixture in the community, helping generations of residents with free and affordable programs.

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Students leave with life lessons and new prospective at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens bid an emotional farewell at the commencement on the final day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine at Walt Disney World on Sunday.

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#SAEHatesMe: White fraternity caught on video singing racist chant

Social media is a buzz over surfacing of a video of a white fraternity at the University of Oklahoma singing racist chants.

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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.