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Elaina Johnson

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Six years since Michael Jackson’s death

Today officially marks the fifth anniversary since the death of the King of Pop.

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Shiloh Baptist Church hosts annual Street Crusade

Dozens gathered outside of Shiloh Baptist Church Sunday, July 26 to celebrate their annual Street Evangelistic Crusade. A big white stage blocked all traffic from entering 131st Street between seventh and eighth avenues.

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Eric Garner case highlights schism between cops and community

Each day brings new developments in the death of Eric Garner. Last Friday, the city’s medical examiner announced that Garner’s death resulted from a chokehold, something that was evident from the cellphone video of the encounter.

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Happy 53rd Birthday President Obama!

Happy 53rd Birthday to President Obama!

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Harlem Week celebrates 40 years

Sunday July 27, the 40th annual Harlem Week festival begins. Crowds will be drawn uptown for events that showcase Harlem’s rich history and the achievements of African-American people.

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Trayvon Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, graduates high school

The country may remember Rachel Jeantel as the friend of Trayvon Martin who testified against George Zimmerman during the February 2012 trial, but today she is known as a tenacious high school graduate.

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Kayden's Courageous Fight Despite Adversary

Kayden was born prematurely with a life-threatening birth defect called an omphalocele. It is a rare condition in which the intestines and organs develop outside of the baby’s abdomen. In the United States, more than 700 babies a year and 1 in 5,000 are born with this defect. Last January, further complications caused Kayden to lose his right leg and left foot. He also had two abdominal surgeries.

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NYC Gay Pride Parade 2014

The Gay Pride parade started at noon on 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ended at Greenwich and Christopher streets at the Stonewall Inn.

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NYC to pay 40 Million Dollar Settlement to 'Central Park Five'

City Comptroller Scott Stringer signs off on "Central Park 5" $40 million settlement.

Mayor de Blasio scolds NYCHA for lack of security cameras

At press time Wednesday, June 11, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer joined public housing residents, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) chair Shola Olatoye, and City Council member Inez Barron to announce the start of a long-overdue security camera installation at Boulevard Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, and five other developments around the city, in an effort by the administration to engage and be more responsive to the needs of public housing residents.

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City Council hearing discusses ‘Avonte’s Law’

Last Thursday, people gathered outside City Hall with banners, T-shirts and signs featuring 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s name and picture. The crowd chanted and pled with City Council members to pass “Avonte’s Law,” which would require alarms to be placed on school exits.

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Prince Joshua Avitto celebrated on his seventh birthday

Tuesday, June 17 would have been Prince Joshua Avitto’s seventh birthday. His Boulevard Houses, East New York community threw a big party to remember and celebrate Prince, who was stabbed to death, allegedly by the now incarcerated Daniel St. Hubert.

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Baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, dies at age 54

Baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, died at age 54 due to cancer from chewing tobacco for many years.

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Project Residents Respond to Police Raid

Last Wednesday, 400 NYPD officers raided the Manhattanville and Grant Project houses because of turf wars between the two housing projects over the years.

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The Legendary Ruby Dee Joins the Ancestors

Ruby Dee, winner of an Emmy, a Grammy and a Screen Actors Guild award died Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y. at age 91.

Family of St. Hubert Blames Justice System for Murder of Prince Joshua Avitto

Marie Bauzile, the mother of Brooklyn stabber, has taken her son’s defense.

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Janai Nelson Named Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Janai Nelson was named Associate Director-Counsel of The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

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Daniel St. Hubert Arrested in Connection with Stabbing of Two Children

NYPD detectives arrested the suspect in connection with the stabbing of two young children on Sunday

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Arsenio Hall Show Canceled After Season One

The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season due to low ratings.

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Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies at 93

Yuri Kochiyama, Japanese-American civil rights activist, has died of natural causes in Berkley California at age 93.

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Thousands of Students of Color Affected By School Closing

Thousands of students of color in Detroit; New York; Newark, NJ; Oakland; Washington, D.C; Chicago and Philadelphia have lost their schools due to mass school closings. 

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New Black Panther Party Plans New Year Events

The New Black Panther Party’s Newark chapter plans to kick off the new year with new events.

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Debra Auguste Receives Presidential Early Career

Dr. Debra Auguste, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Groove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers.

Family Moved Jahi McMath to Undisclosed Location

13-year-old California native, Jahi McMath, is still hooked up to machines and considered brain dead after suffering complications from a tonsillectomy she received on Dec. 9.

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Spike Lee's brother, Christopher Lee, dies at age 55

Yesterday, director Spike Lee announced on Instagram that his younger brother, Christopher Lee died at age 55.

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Mayor David Dinkins honored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated

Mayor David Dinkins honored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

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Holiday Toy Drive Donates To Urban Resource Institute

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria New York started a new toy drive program called Project Blue Elf using donations and volunteers from the company.

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Team TEN Book Drive collects more books than ever

Team Total Equity Now hosted their second style for ordinal numbers Annual Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive.