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Hair’itage the Play talks Black Hair, Love, and Race

Niccole Jeanette Nero-Gaines shares everyday salon experiences in her latest work “Hair’itage: The Journey of Sistahs with their Hair,” a down-to-earth production that explores the inordinate amount of attention placed on Black hair and the challenges Black women face.

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March on Washington film fest coming to NYC

Only one year after the March on Washington Film Festival debuted in Washington, D.C., the festival has expanded, screening films and offering panel discussions and musical performances in three cities next week—Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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Harlem district hosts first ever spelling bee

Amid bumblebees pasted on the walls and the cheers of dozens of proud parents, students from schools all throughout Harlem’s District 5 competed in the first ever superintendent’s spelling bee, held at Riverbank State Park last week.

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YWCA Hosts Girls Empowerment Symposium 

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of the City of New York hosted the “Potential to Power Girls Symposium to Ignite Social Action on Issues Facing 21st Century Girls” on June 2nd at John Jay College in Manhattan. 

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NYC school disciplinary code reforms anticipated 

Black and Latino students in the nation’s largest school district have been disproportionately penalized for failing to comply with school rules on or near school grounds, but New York City school officials are now attempting to change this with a long-awaited reform of citywide disciplinary codes. The codes are set to change soon as part of ongoing efforts to reform the current, somewhat controversial disciplinary measures. The new and improved codes will reportedly combat these race-based disparities in school suspensions and arrests.

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Harlem-born Yankee's Chef talks Inspiration, Family, and Life

Jerome J. Maxwell, personal chef to the New York Yankee baseball player CC Sabathia, reflects on his journey to success in the culinary field.

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Obama administration allots $6.7 million for conservation jobs for youth

As thousands of college students return home for the summer, and compete with the thousands of teenagers already scrambling for jobs in an ever-shrinking job market, the Obama administration has announced they will be allotting $6.7 million for the creation of conservation jobs for youth and returning veterans.

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NYC College Responds to Sexual Assault Investigation

A recent federal report cited 55 colleges and universities under Title IX investigation for mishandling sexual violence issues reported to officials. The report, released by U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) earlier this month lists New York City’s own CUNY Hunter College.

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Senator proposes bill to drastically lower student debt 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has proposed a bill that would quell the fears many Americans have when it comes to taking out student loans.

Hair’itage play tours New York

Hair’itage, a play about six Black ‘Sistahs’ who share a journey surrounding their hair and the way it has impacted their lives, is making its way around New York State.

#MyNYPD Twitter reignites battle with Occupy Wall Street protesters

The NYPD reignites the several year old battle with Occupy Wall Street protesters with a public outreach campaign to improve relations with city residents, asking New Yorkers to tweet photos with #myNYPD

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NYPD warns Harlem Residents about Double-Parking by 125th street intersections

NYPD officers handed out fliers on April 2nd near the notorious intersection of 125th street and Lenox Ave where several deadly accidents have taken place in the past few years. The fliers warned about the dangers of double parking for drivers and pedestrians.

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HeyFranHey Hosts 'Healthy Hair' Meet-Up in Harlem

HeyFranHey.com founder Francheska Medina, hosted a ‘Hey Healthy Hair’ meet-up on March 29, answering any and every question from New Yorkers interested in a more holistic approach to taking care of their hair, skin, and bodies.

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Bronx hospital unveils new ER and lasting commitment to the community

This past Friday, the Bronx’s Lincoln Hospital, which houses New York City’s busiest single site emergency room, according to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, unveiled newly renovated facilities.

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Brooklyn man exonerated after 24 years in prison

Brooklyn native Jonathan Fleming, 51, has been exonerated after being falsely convicted of murder in August 1989 and spending over 24 years in prison. 

NYC Human Rights Report Card grades Council Members

The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, UJC, has released its 6th annual New York City Council Human Rights Report Card. The report card which assigns city council members a grade of A, B or C bases marks on their legislative records for the year; bills implemented in areas pertinent to human rights are awarded points.

Spotlight on Sisters in Cinema at MoCada

New Voices in Black Cinema focused the spotlight on Black females in film for Women’s History Month.

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Barclays Center opens DBNA ‘Meditation Room’

The Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) Meditation Room inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has officially opened after recent renovations

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‘Americanah’ author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie takes Schomburg by storm

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visited the Schomburg Library in Harlem for the first stop on her book tour

Brooklyn Parents Hold Rally for Students Bullied by School Officials

Four families have alleged that a NYC public school principal and teacher at PS 235 is bullying their students.

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NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Controversy

The annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade may not take place this year as some of the parade’s original board members have resigned and members of the community are unsure about what this will mean for the parade set to take place on June 8.

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Operation to Aid Victims of Harlem Building Explosion

Operation “East Harlem We Stand” is accepting donations for victims of the Harlem building explosion on March 12.

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Tuskegee Airmen's ‘Chief’ Anderson commemorated on USPS stamp

The Chief Flight Instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen is being featured on a USPS Stamp.

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House”

Popular women of Soul - Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, and others “In Performance at the White House."

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March 14 is “Serve the People Day” in Harlem

The Harlem’s People’s Survival Program's “free food, clothing, medical, housing, emergency preparedness, legal street first aid, self-defense, cultural and educational program information day," on March 14.

Abortion and Black Babies in New York City

More Black babies were aborted in 2012 than born alive.

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CUNY launches Terence Tolbert internship

The City University of New York (CUNY) has launched the Terence D. Tolbert Public Service Internship six years after the death of a man who dedicated his life to public service.

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Poll: New Yorkers want universal pre-K, approve of de Blasio funding plan

New Yorkers are demanding a quality education for preschoolers.

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Shirley Chisholm to be honored by the League of Women Voters

In honor of Women's History Month, the legacy of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm will be honored with the introduction of the 2014 Shirley Chisholm Membership Level.

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Trayvon Martin: two years later

Two years after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin the world continues to remember him.

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NYPD and MTA to clear the homeless from subways in an “outreach” effort

The NYPD and the MTA will begin clearing the homeless out of the city's subways on Feb. 24 at 3 a.m., in what the department is calling an “outreach program,” to offer them alternative shelter from the cold.

Affordable Health Care officials want African Americans, enlists the help of mayors

White House officials report that by the end of January 2014 more than 3.3 million Americans will have signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act. Despite this, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett reasons that the number could be much higher if more members of the African American community would take advantage.

Amsterdam News Editor Nayaba Arinde at Therapy Wine Bar

AMNews editor Nayaba Arinde had coffee with readers at the Therapy Wine Bar in Brooklyn. Hear what they had to say about it.

'Men of Color in Higher Education' panel at City College

“White Walls: Men of Color in Higher Education.” at City College on Sunday Feb. 23 from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Taxi drivers say no to De Blasio's new traffic safety regulations

New York City taxi drivers are not happy with recent traffic safety regulations that may stifle their ability to make money.

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Minority Business Development Agency seeks nominees for 2014 awards

MBDA, is seeking nominations of exceptional minority entrepreneurs and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community in 2014.

#DangerousBlackKids Responds to Michael Dunn Verdict

After Michael Dunn's mistrial ruling in the case of the shooting death of Jordan Davis, 17, Twitter users respond using with #DangerousBlackKids

Guilty: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin convicted by federal jury

The former mayor of New Orleans has been found guilty of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and favors from businessmen while in office.

Where to spend Valentine's Day 2014 in Harlem

Harlem's hotspots are hosting concerts, celebrations, and offering special menus to make this Valentine’s Day as romantic as it can be.

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Record number of prisoners, falsely convicted of crimes, exonerated in 2013

A recent report reveals that a record 87 exonerations occurred in 2013, bringing the total to 1,304 known exonerations in the last 25 years.

Gov. Cuomo reports $851 million of taxpayers money recovered from Medicaid abusers

New York is reportedly leading the nation in Medicaid recoveries after Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed that the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) recovered over $851 million of taxpayers’ money in 2013.

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New York City vs. Street Artists,' will the petition reach Supreme Court?

It's been a few years since a 2010 city rule limited the number of artist-vendors allowed to sell their work in major public spaces like Central Park, Union Square Park, Battery Park, and the High Line. However, after the rule was upheld by a federal court in September 2013, it appears that New York City has truly waged a war against street artists.

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DMX angers black community, agrees to George Zimmerman "celebrity" boxing match

Rapper DMX has agreed to fight Trayon Martin killer George Zimmerman in a "celebrity" boxing match, according to a report released on Feb. 5. The news comes on what would have been Trayvon Martin's nineteenth birthday. Much of the black community, including the Rev. AL Sharpton aren't too sure about the rapper's decision.

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Stop Mass Incarceration Network remembers Trayvon Martin at the National Black Theater

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is taking their message to the National Black Theater! Join them February 5 - 10 at 2031 5th Ave in Harlem

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De Blasio updates New Yorkers on weather, snow removal in the city

Mayor de Blasio gives an update on weather conditions in New York. He remarks on recent controversies pertaining to the effectiveness of the city during snowstorms.

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Alice Walker talks The Color Purple and her career in Black History Month documentary

As the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Alice Walker discusses her groundbreaking novel in a Black History Month special.

Superbowl XLVIII on a Budget?

Can't make it to the Superbowl XLVIII? Find out where to have a good time and catch the game this Superbowl Weekend in the city.

Obama raises the minimum wage for federal workers after recent protests

In the wake of national protests by fast-food workers, the president has proposed a compromise in the form of the Harkin-Miller Bill. In an official statement released Tuesday, the White House revealed that President Obama is using his executive authority to raise the Federal minimum wage to $10.10, up from the current $7.25.

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NY and NJ Port Authority orders $1 pay hike for airline workers

Following President Obama's announcement of his Executive Order to raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ordered airlines to give their minimum wage employees an immediate raise.

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Speculations for tonight's State of the Union Address

The nation readies itself to hear President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight