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Cyril Josh Barker

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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

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She’s every woman: Dr. Danielle Lee Moss

Dr. Danielle Moss Lee, chief executive officer of the Young Woman’s Christian Association (YWCA), is one of the city’s leading ladies when it comes to giving herself to the community

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Harlem street renamed after Hermena Rowe

On Sunday, several local residents gathered for the street renaming ceremony for Hermena Rowe, mother of anti-violence activist Jackie Rowe-Adams of Harlem Mothers SAVE.

Local students participate in mock trial competition

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Gordon Parks School I.S. 270 in Queens are participating in a mock trial competition.

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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