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Gideon Manasseh, photographer and educator, passes at 77

Celebrated Amsterdam News Photographer and teacher Gideon Manasseh makes his transition.

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Harry Briggs Jr., member of an unheralded civil rights family

Once more with the recent death of Harry Briggs Jr., we are reminded of the Civil Rights Movement and many who, at best, are footnotes in history.

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The lion can sleep tonight

Congressman Charles B. Rangel is universally known as the “Lion of Lenox Avenue,” but the roar heard during a Harlem Day tribute for him Sunday was one of approval from a crowd not too far from his home in Lenox Terrace.

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From Nat Turner to Nate Parker

Nat Turner’s slave rebellion occurred in Virginia in 1831, but it has a fresh round of currency and controversy with “The Birth of a Nation,” actor, director and producer Nate Parker’s film depicting what was a bloody uprising.

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George Curry—A personal reflection

Given George Curry’s international impact on the world of journalism we can expect a long list of encomiums, all of them warranted and all needed in the attempt to capture the totality of his remarkable odyssey.

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Marion Christopher Barry, son of the former D.C. mayor, dies of an overdose

Marion Christopher Barry, the son of the late mayor of Washington, D.C., has died of an apparent drug overdose.

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Let’s get ready to rumba!

“It’s amazing,” said the incomparable Cuban pianist and composer, Chucho Valdes. “Latin Jazz was born in New York with Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie and others.

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Langston Hughes and Nicolas Guillen

Saturday, Aug. 13, Fidel Castro, the great Cuban revolutionary and former president of the island nation, celebrated his 90th birthday.

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Florence Griffith Joyner, ‘Flo Jo,’ track immortal and fashionista

Watching the Black women in preparation for the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the Olympics in Rio this week, some decked out in tights, hair extended in weaves or wigs, faces aglow in colorful makeup, it was easy to remember the presence of Florence Griffith Joyner.

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Giuliani’s giant gaffes

Earlier this year, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was campaigning so eagerly for Donald Trump that he confused Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima.

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