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Cyril Josh Barker

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Avonte’s Law to take effect

A law named after Avonte Oquendo was signed this week that would require audible alarms on doors in schools that educate students with special needs.

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No indictment in Kimani Gray case

It’s a devastating blow for the family of 16-year-old Kimani Gray, as Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announces he will not prosecute the officers who killed the teen.

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Anwar Tillery—the entertainer indeed

To say that Anwar Tillery is a jack-of-all-trades would be an understatement. The Bronx-based entertainer’s titles include rapper, actor, writer and stand-up comedian.

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State of the city: Videos, the NYPD and the answer

Chaos and mayhem could be the words to describe the state of the city since the video-recorded death of Eric Garner on Staten Island July 17.

Affordable Housing Seminars To Be Held In Brooklyn

Community Board No. 2 in Brooklyn is hosting five free seminars on financial empowerment that will be held over the next year by housing advocates so area residents have the credit history they need to qualify for housing lotteries, as well as in-depth orientations on the application process.

Harlem's Philip's Senior House Remains Affordable

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the preservation of Philip’s Senior House, a 14-story Mitchell Lama building with 200 units in central Harlem. As part of its rehabilitation and modernization, Philip’s Senior House will also remain affordable for low- and moderate-income seniors for 40 years.

Air Conditioners Donated To NYCHA Program

Air conditioning manufacturer Friedrich will donate 150 units to cool 38 Cornerstone programs at NYCHA sites. The gift benefits community centers where youth participate in summer enrichment programs. The donation goes to the Department of Youth and Community Development in NYCHA, which has extended evening hours in community centers citywide.

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Demonstrators call for dismissal of Marissa Alexander case during ‘Stand Your Ground Week’

Black residents in Florida are pushing for a dismissal of the case against Marissa Alexander and the exit of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey. Reports indicate that Alexander, who is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for firing a warning shot, remains under house arrest as she awaits a retrial of her case.

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City approves ‘poor door’ for affordable housing residents

A controversial plan would allow a residential condo building to have one entrance for its residents who buy condos facing the Hudson River and another for affordable housing residents facing the street.

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Poll on Obama believable?

A Qunnipiac University poll says President Barack Obama is the worst U.S. president since World War II and that Mitt Romney would have been a better choice.

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Water running dry in Detroit?

Organizers from groups such as the National Action Network and the Working Families Party are voicing their outrage over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s shutoffs and say the utility company is risking the public’s health.

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War On Summer Violence Begins

Gun violence is ripping through the nation. While it’s only the second weekend in July, already the shootings are mounting. Some folks walk around saying, “Parks aren’t safe. Walking to the store isn’t safe. Chilling on the block isn’t always safe.” Stats speak to a frightening gun violence surge.

Cutting for a cure aims to improve community health

Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop in Harlem is hosting it’s fourth biannual 48-Hour Health Fair and Hair Cutting Marathon July 11-13.

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J.D. Livingston remembered: ‘Thank you for kindness’

Memorial services were held for late radio producer and National Action Network (NAN) crisis department leader Joseph Dennis “J.D.” Livingston. Best remembered for his signature saying, “Thank you for your kindness,” a host of friends, family politicians and community leaders attended the event to pay tribute to the activist, communicator and producer.

Peace is a lifestyle conference to discuss neighborhood violence

Several community anti-violence groups are participating in the first annual Peace is a Lifestyle Conference on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus Pope Auditorium in Manhattan. The event is being hosted by Fordham University GSS Continuing Education, BK Nation and Life Camp.

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Brooklyn to celebrate 'Do The Right Thing Day'

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams honored filmmaker Spike Lee and his award-winning film “Do the Right Thing,” proclaiming June 28 as “Do the Right Thing Day” in Brooklyn to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the film’s release date.

Blogging While Brown conference to bring together bloggers of color

Black bloggers from around the country are gathering in New York for the seventh annual Blogging While Brown Conference on June 27-28 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Speakers for the event include Sheree Adams, Kristen Bolton-Keys and Jason Kaston and Alfred Edmond Jr. of Black Enterprise.

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Verl Thomas showing the world of wonder

Black New Yorker

Verl Thomas wants African-Americans to see the world, and he’s doing it one tour at a time. Along with his wife, Latifah Chinnery, Thomas is co-owner of the New York City-based, Black-owned travel agency Equator 3 Tours LLC.

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Matriarch Edna Swann makes her transition

Librarian, author and educator Edna Christine Tatum Swann, known as “Mama Edna,” leaves behind a rich history and legacy not only to her own family, but also to the Amsterdam News. Swann passed away on June 22 at the age of 93.

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Jumaane Williams: ‘Not in my hood’

As the summer begins, many city leaders and community activists have begun to prepare for the violence that has unfortunately become routine with the warmer weather.

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Education is looking ‘Bright’

Black New Yorker

Marcus Bright is on a crusade to link colleges with high schools in urban communities in an effort to get young people excited about science and math, putting them at the forefront for careers in technology.

Juneteenth celebrated in the city

Celebrations for Juneteeth are being held across the city, commemorating the official end of slavery in America. A celebration is being held today at Restoration Plaza, located at 1368 Fulton St. in Brooklyn, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be an African Marketplace, performances, awards ceremony and health fair.

Cuomo to host local job fairs

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced eight job fairs taking place in six regions across the state this week. The events will be held in central New York, Long Island, mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, Southern Tier and Western New York.

Gun violence victims remembered at First Corinthians Baptist Church

First Corinthian Baptist Church, in collaboration with Harlem’s Silent Cry, is hosting “Cease Fire” on Saturday, June 28 from 3:30-7 p.m. The service is aimed to restore, recognize and renew the spirit of families who have lost loved ones to violence. The community is invited to celebrate life and provide support and encouragement to the families. Silent Cry is an organization that aims to bring about change to youth ages 6 to 16.

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Homicides down in city but shootings up

Homicides in the city are down but shootings are up, causing some to ask if reforming the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice was a good idea.

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The Apollo celebrates 80 years

Harlem’s crown jewel, the Apollo Theater, celebrates its 80th birthday this week, with a star-studded, music-filled event during the annual spring gala. On top of celebrating eight decades of entertainment, the Apollo also honored BNY Mellon and Richard Parsons.

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Mistrial for Malcolm Smith

Untranslated Yiddish recordings are what’s to blame for the mistrial declared Tuesday in the case against state Sen. Malcolm Smith.

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President Obama focuses on student debt

College graduates and college students are starting to breathe a little easier thanks to President Barack Obama’s signing of a memorandum directing the secretary of education to propose regulations that would allow nearly 5 million federal direct student loan borrowers the opportunity to cap their student loan payments.

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The Apollo celebrates 80 years

Harlem's crown jewel, the Apollo Theater, celebrates its 80th birthday this week, with a star-studded, music-filled event during the Annual Spring Gala. On top of celebrating eight decades of entertainment, the Apollo also honored BNY Mellon and Richard Parsons.

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Aretha Franklin Talks Radio City, New Album, Biopic Film

The “Queen of Soul” still reigns, and now more than ever, Aretha Franklin is still satisfying her fans as she receives an Ivy League honorary degree, prepares for the release of her new album this fall and throws a new name in the ring as to who could play her in a biopic film.

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Questions loom over former DA Charles J. Hynes

The recently unseated Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes could have been using the money from major drug busts to fund his campaign.

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The community’s doctor: Susan Beane

Dr. Susan Beane serves as vice president and medical director of Healthfirst, a not-for-profit managed care organization sponsored by hospitals and medical centers in New York. She focuses on care management and clinical provider partnerships.

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Elombe Brath funeral services set for Satruday

The late Elmobre Brath is being lead to rest Saturday, May 31 at 10 am at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

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Vin Taylor: ‘Donut Doctor’

Vin Taylor calls himself the “Donut Doctor” and, no, there is no school where you can major in that field.

Rev Al Sharpton hosts the fifth Annual Triumph Awards

The National Action Network (NAN) and the Rev. Al Sharpton will host the fifth annual Triumph Awards on June 2 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Racially profiled New Yorkers, city council members perform in theatre festival

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Member Corey Johnson, Council Member Carlos Menchaca and other city politicians will participate in Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s Legislative Theatre Festival on Friday, May 30.

Nelson Mandela Day celebrated in Brooklyn

Next month, Brooklyn will commemorate the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to New York City in 1990.

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Wadleigh gets newly remodeled library

As Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts continues on its path to progress after a threat of closure last year, the school recently opened its newly remodeled library.

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The ‘art’ of education

Eric Pryor serves as the executive director of the Center for Arts Education (CAE), which is one of the city’s top organizations, making arts accessible to all public school students. During the two and a half years he’s been with the organization, Pryor has been a part of the ongoing movement to not only put art in the lives of students, but also advocate the importance art plays in education.

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Fleet week rolls into the city

The five ships made their way into the this week for Fleet Week. The annual event during Memorial Day weekend brings the nation’s maritime service members.

An evening wight the chief aide to Malcolm X

In their annual celebration of the birth and life of Malcolm X, Brooklyn Macon Library welcomes Abdullah Abdur-Razzaq, who served as chief aide to Malcolm X, on Tuesday, May 27 at 6 p.m. Participants of all ages are welcome.

Manhattan BP demands halt on section 8 downsizing

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to halt the downsizing of the city’s Section 8 residents

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Food festival coming to Harlem in 2015

Harlem receives some presidential treatment this week as former President Bill Clinton, along with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and others, have announced the Harlem EatUp! festival.

Justice coalition for Alberta Spruill

Activists will commemorate the 11th anniversary of the police shooting of grandmother Alberta Spruill

Tribute to Amiri Baraka at Bam

The event “A Brooklyn Tribute to Amiri Baraka: A Big, Bold, Beautiful Life!” is taking place at BAMcafe on May 17

Haitian flag day celebrated in Brooklyn

On May 16, City Council Member and Deputy Leader Jumaane D. Williams and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will co-host the fourth annual Haitian Flag Day with News 12 anchor Alisha Laventure

City looking to honor local fathers

The New York City Fatherhood Initiative presents the fourth annual NYC DADS Matter Awards.

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Disney World 2014: More magical than ever

The most magical place on earth just got more magical, just in time for the summer vacation season.

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Milestone celebration for Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Some of the nation’s most influential Black figures were recently honored as Brotherhood/Sister Sol celebrated its 10th annual VOICES benefit gala.

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Changing the ‘Kulture’

Hot 97’s Shani Kulture and WBLS’ Barbara De Laleu are on a mission to change how people view the Black image.