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Cyril Josh Barker

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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.

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Teens get hands-on experience at Disney Dreamers Academy

“Dreams, Passions, Possibilities” was the theme for the second day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine on Friday


Bronx Refuge Church of Christ recently announced its new pastor, Elder Michael Bouie. He will be installed at ceremony at the church Saturday, March 21.

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Milton Allimadi and activist James Blake will debate the issue of “Which President Is Greater, Barack Obama or Muammar Qaddafi?” Sunday, March 15.

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Disney Dreamers Academy kicks off at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort welcomes the 100 teens selected to participate in 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on Thursday.

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Biden announces $25 million in funding for cybersecurity education at HBCUs

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and White House Science Advisor John Holdren recently announced that the Department of Energy will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to support cybersecurity education.

McDonald’s honors media legends for Black History Month

New York tristate area McDonald’s restaurants have once again celebrated the achievements and talents of Black media legends and trailblazers.

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Malcolm X to be honored in East Orange

zz poetry takes center stage at the East Orange Public Library as Cultural Cafe, a special literary arts project of the East Orange Public Library, presents a “Poetic Tribute to Malcolm X” in observation of the 50th anniversary of his assassination, Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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#JusticeforJerame: Community not backing down

As residents in the southern New Jersey community of Bridgeton continue their fight for justice in the police killing of a Black man that was caught on video, some are facing criminal charges for protesting.

Fallout from police shooting of Black man in NJ continues

Black citizens in the southern New Jersey city of Bridgeton continue to demand answers for the police shooting of a Black man who clearly had his hands up, as seen on a dash cam video.

Federal charges not likely in Michael Brown shooting

As the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown continues, it appears federal charges will not be filed against the police officer who killed the 18-year-old, unarmed Black male in 2014.

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The ‘bully-proof diva’

After being bullied during childhood and later on in the workplace, Traciana Graves is giving people the power to be “bully-proof.”

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ASALH kicks off Black History Month

New York State members of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History presents their annual ceremony.

Justice for Jerame: Another Black man shot by police

Another police shooting of a Black man has the victim’s family and the community asking questions.

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Jasmine Britt’s music of life

A native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., music teacher Jasmine Britt is tooting her own horn when it comes to contributing her talent to educating the world.