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Cyril Josh Barker

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Municipal IDs coming closer to reality

The city is getting closer to making the concept of a municipal ID a reality as the first hearings for the plan get underway.

Five indicted in gang assault beating

A Black man who was severely beaten in Brooklyn by a group of Hasidic Jewish men from the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit is coming closer to getting justice.

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Gerry Eastman’s island on Bedford Avenue

In the face of gentrification Gerry Eastman has been able to not only maintain the building he owns in the neighborhood, but also preserve local music.

Cuomo warns employees of scams targeting local businesses

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is alerting New York business owners of a scam targeting corporations.

EMA AND Urban Assembly school for emergency management participate in 'America's PrepareAthon'

120 of students from the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Preparedness interviewed some 1,500 residents across New York City’s five boroughs about their families’ preparedness


Nationally recognized nonprofit and youth development organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol is hosting its 10th annual VOICES benefit on Thursday, May 8.

Former Queens councilman Leroy Comrie announces senate bid

Leroy Comrie has announced his candidacy for state senator of New York’s 14th Senatorial District

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Wadleigh Secondary School getting new life with mentoring initiative

Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts was spared from a spate of school closures in 2012.

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Community rallied for brave teen gun violence victim

Teen gun violence victim Gama Droiville has become a symbol of survival in recent weeks after being shot in the eye in Brooklyn.

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Benched: Clippers owner banned for life after racial blowout

It was just a few short words that put the NBA into a whirlwind after racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling spread like wildfire

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Michael Walrond: ‘The outside candidate’

“Now is the time,” according to young, bright-eyed political newcomer Michael Walrond, one of the two candidates looking to unseat long-time Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel.

Black dancers to serve as grand marshals in annual dance parade

Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover and Bessie Award winner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar will serve as grand marshals for the eighth annual New York Dance Parade and festival on Saturday, May 17.


Legendary journalist Les Payne joins Bernard White, Milton Allimadi, Nat Wood, James McIntosh, Betty Dopson and members of the Alliance of Progressive Black Journalists in a discussion of Black media at John Henrik Clarke House.

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Rangel scores endorsement for former president Bill Clinton

Rep. Charlie Rangel has received a major endorsement from former U.S. President Bill Clinton

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Feds involvement demanded as family marks 21st birthday of Ramarley Graham

“I was unable to celebrate Ramarley’s 21st birthday last Saturday or his last two birthdays, and instead have been forced to memorialize his life,” said Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham.

Manhattan BP Gail Brewer: ‘A different kind of politician’

Serving just over 100 days in her new position as Manhattan borough president, Gail Brewer says she’s “a different kind of politician” and plans to be just as accessible to her constituents as she was when she was in the City Council.

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