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Obamacare: Its importance and complexities explained

Presuming you’ve done well and lived up to the good recommendations dispensed during March Nutrition Month, the upcoming fifth annual National Urban Health Conference is packed with additional information that will help you as you continue your pursuit of wellness and happiness.

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At last! Loretta Lynch confirmed as U.S. Attorney General

At last, after a delay of more than five months, Loretta E. Lynch was narrowly confirmed as U.S. Attorney General by the Senate Thursday afternoon.

Abyssinian hosts a wonderful evening of jazz and reparations

It was fortuitous this past weekend to have Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan’s wake and viewing at the Abyssinian Baptist Church last Thursday right around the corner from the Reparations Summit, convened at the same time by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century at Mother AMEZ Church in Harlem.

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Samuel J. Battle, New York City’s first Black man in blue

Reading Ginger Adams Otis’ engrossing “Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest,” which centers on the ordeal and ultimate success of Wesley Williams to become a fireman, she cited a passage about another African-American pioneer in uniform, Samuel J. Battle, New York City’s first Black policeman.

‘They are killing Mumia,’ wife charges

Wadiya Jamal, wife of the imprisoned and ailing Mumia Abu-Jamal, was shocked to see photos of her husband. She was even more horrified seeing him in person last Thursday at the SCI Mahanoy.

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A glorious celebration for the life of Dr. Ben

While there is no dismissing the glorious encomiums for the late Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan—and they were as full of praise as the many dispensers—the priceless item at his more than three-hour funeral service at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem was the printed program.

The indomitable Callie House, reparations pioneer

After a week of reparations festivities this past weekend, under the auspices of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, there is a need to keep the discussion going on this important issue.

Violence in blue

Are the incidents of the police caught on camera committing one brutal, atrocious act after another aberrations or are they merely a small sample of even more occurrences that are never recorded? We like to believe it’s the former.

Another Unarmed Black man gunned down by police—This time in Tulsa

Funeral services Sunday for Walter Scott, the Black man shot and killed in North Charleston, S.C., had only recently concluded when a police video was released showing an unarmed Black man fleeing the police when he was subsequently tackled, forced to the pavement then shot and killed.

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Hillary’s in!

About a minute and half into her online announcement of her presidential bid last Sunday, Hillary Clinton said, “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by, so you can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is strong.”

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