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Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy merges academics and activism

This week's Black New Yorker is activist and educator Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy.

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Marishka Phillips brings soul to the stage

The term “triple threat” does not fully encompass all of the talents Marishka Phillips possesses.

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Jabari Davis brings laughs, life lessons

Growing up in a Black, vegan family in a gang-controlled neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Jabari Davis got a head start on material for his stand-up comedy routines.

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Dominique Morisseau

When Dominque Morisseau was in the second grade, she thought to herself, “I’m going to be a writer and an actor.” By the third grade, the native Detroiter was writing “Cabbage Patch Kid Mysteries” and handing out her original stories to her classmates.

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Lessons from the last colony in Africa

Last December, I was among a group of African-American journalists, scholars and filmmakers selected to travel to Western Sahara and Algeria. The excursion was financed and organized by Polisario, a Western Saharan movement whose mission is to secure independence for Western Sahara.

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Joe Rogers Jr. makes quality education uptown a priority

Joe Rogers Jr., a Harlem resident for the past decade, is on a mission to improve the educational opportunities available to uptown students.

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‘Love and Basketball’ creator to be honored at Athena Film Festival

Noted director, writer and producer Gina Prince-Bythewood will be an honoree at the fifth annual Athena Film Festival, which will be in New York City at Barnard College.

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Former Baltimore drug dealer now an anti-drug crusader

Kevin Shird knows a thing or two about the Baltimore streets, and his knowledge is from firsthand experience.

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Mayor Dinkins delivers keynote at MLK luncheon

The Black Agency Executives organization recently held its 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon.The Honorable David Dinkins, New York’s first and so far only Black mayor, was the keynote speaker.

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Ralph Gilmore: Father, artist and ‘Mayor of Harlem’

When 40-year-old graphic designer Ralph Gilmore was growing up in Harlem, he was exposed to limited career options.

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