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Max Tapper is ‘The Fit New Yorker’

At 6-foot-5 and a chiseled 230 pounds, Max Tapper’s own body is perhaps the best advertisement for his personal training business.

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Ebony LaDelle uses coloring books to highlight authors of color

In terms of diversity, book publishing in the United States lags well behind other industries.

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Black women’s lives matter, too

Alexia Christian. Rekia Boyd. Yvette Smith. Shereese Francis. Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Most of those names are probably unfamiliar to you

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Black art and the white gaze at the Brooklyn Museum

Patrons who appreciate art by and about Black people should make a bee-line to the top three floors of the Brooklyn Museum. Artwork from right now, the recent past and ancient history are on display via three sizable exhibitions.

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Brook Stephenson helps writers of color fill their pages

This week's Black New York is writer Brook Stephenson.

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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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