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Herb Boyd

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Fidel— ‘History will absolve me!’

“It is with deep sorrow that I come before you to inform our people, and friends of our America, that today, Nov. 25, at 10:29 p.m., Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz has died,” stated Raul Castro, Cuba’s president and Fidel’s brother, in an announcement in Granma, the official voice of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee.

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Political chasms and chaos persist

Setting aside division and finding common ground are not solely matters facing those mourning and not mourning the death of Fidel Castro.

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Sharon Jones, blues diva, dead at 60

Blues diva Sharon Jones, whose powerful voice could soar over her band’s thunderous beat, will now have to be experienced on her records and a passion-filled documentary.

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Judge Constance Baker Motley gets a lane

A number of dignitaries and elected officials joined members of the Motley family for a ceremony last Saturday for the co-naming of a lane in honor of Judge Constance Baker Motley, the first Black female federal judge in the nation.

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The might of the white right

Whether within governmental circles or on the alt-right or the extreme right, danger lurks, particularly for America’s Black and Brown citizens.

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‘Pressure Makes Diamonds’ a gem of a book

In her memoir “Pressure Makes Diamonds—Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be,” Valerie Graves has spun an appealing narrative with a protagonist who reads like an African-American female counterpart of Horatio Alger.

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Civil rights stalwart Constance Baker Motley and the first Black woman federal judge

Folks might think that I conferred with the Harlem Cultural Archives in shaping my syllabus this semester on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Trump played the race card

After the pollsters, pundits, the media and other predictors erred deplorably on the presidential election outcome, now they are trying to figure out how they flubbed the call.

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Gwen Ifill, a journalist of warmth and authority, passes at 61

Gwen Ifill, a pioneering Black journalist with an unshakable reserve of integrity and grit, died Monday, Nov. 14, at a hospice center in Washington, D.C. She was 61.

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Dr. Barbara Christian, a literary critic and pioneering feminist

There was a collective gasp in the academic community, particularly among her associates, when Dr. Barbara Christian died at 56 in the summer of 2000.

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White Backlash: Donald Trump stuns in presidential victory

Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory became evident around midnight Tuesday for the Hillary Clinton supporters assembled at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

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The powerful, elegant voice of bass baritone William Warfield

Usually when mention is made of an African-American with a commanding bass baritone voice, Paul Robeson comes to mind. If Robeson was the ultimate performer in this vocal level, then William Warfield was not far behind.

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Black Americans motivated to vote: criminal justice and policing key

Voter turnout in the current election by African-Americans and criminal justice and policing were key issues in a recent poll by the African American Research Collaborative. The AARC, hosted by State Voices, is a unique collaborative consisting of pollsters, scholars, researchers and commentators.

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Will Clinton’s victory bring chaos?

If Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election, there are rumors afloat that it will spur a torrid reaction, some of which may have a portent of mayhem and violence.

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Vote your interest: A unique polling of Black Americans

Voter turnout in the current election by African-Americans and criminal justice and policing were key issues in a recent poll by the African American Research Collaborative.

Trump gropes toward the finish line

In April, 2015, when Hillary Clinton announced her second bid for the presidency, she chose only to allude to the fact that she was a woman. “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she said, referring to her defeat by Barack Obama and the proverbial barrier blocking women from the highest office.

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Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, esteemed leader and educator

There is no need for generations to unfold to recognize the remarkable career of Dr. Benjamin F. Payton. No need to wait for the years to enshrine a man who made his transition on Sept. 28 in Estero, Fla. He was 83, and what a productive 83 years.

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Down to the wire: Polls show Clinton victory as election day nears

With less than one month before the nation’s electorate flexes its muscles to determine its choice of commander in chief, the forecast is looking more and more like Hillary Clinton is on her way to victory over Donald Trump.

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Bob Dylan’s homage to Black America

As expected, there’s a lot of debate gathering among scholars and writers about Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Charlotte Hawkins Brown, educator and advocate of civil rights

Like the pioneering teacher Charlotte Forten (1837-1914), Charlotte Hawkins Brown was educated in Massachusetts and then devoted a good part of her life to dispensing that knowledge to students in the South.

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‘Mubassa’s Dream’ takes flight in Harlem

Dr. John (Satchmo) Mannan’s book, “Mubassa’s Dream—And 18 Legends from the Land of Nod” (Aladdin’s Books International, 2016), in many ways mirrors the diverse interests and passions of the writer.

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Trump trounced: Latest scandals cause stir for GOP

Folks are flocking from Donald Trump like he has the plague, and many of those in flight believe he is a contagious miscreant who is unfit to lead the nation.

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Remembering Ken Thompson

It isn’t often that we devote the editorial page to the passing of one of our heroes, but there are times when more space should be set aside for such occasions.

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Dr. Cornelius N. Dorsette, medical pioneer in the state of Alabama

One of my loyal readers, after reading a Classroom profile on the famed architect Vertner Tandy, noted I had cited Dr. Cornelius Nathaniel Dorsette, his wife’s father, as the first African-American to pass the Alabama medical examination.

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Vice-presidential debate, ho-hum and hokum

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

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Nat Turner and Nate Parker in Harlem

Celebrating his 62nd birthday with the community, Rev. Al Sharpton hosted a screening of the film " The Birth of a Nation" at Harlem's AMC Magic Johnson Theater with Nate Parker.

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Acclaimed author Gloria Naylor dies at 66

Author Gloria Naylor, whose stories chronicling the experiences of black women in the 1980s and 1990s drew wide acclaim, died at age 66.

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‘A bright star is cast’—National Museum of African-American History and Culture

President Barack Obama, during his speech last Saturday to inaugurate the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture—a name Donald Trump mangled hours before his debate—observed that the museum would not be a panacea for the nation’s racial struggle.

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After 5 years soccer coach cleared in 12 year old’s death

Oral “Nick” Hillary, charged with the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in Canton, N.Y. Judge Felix Catena’s verdict was met with a flood of emotions in the crowded courtroom.

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Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, a diplomat of immense influence and integrity, dies at 95

With world leaders gathering at the U.N. this week and Caribbean leaders meeting at SUNY to discuss a partnership with the University of the West Indies, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus would have felt perfectly at home.

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Griot and culinary anthropologist Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor passes at 79

A coterie of scholars and activists around the world were stunned to hear that Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor had joined the ancestors.

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Olympic great and nurse, Willye B. White

Ed Temple, the famed head coach of women’s track at Tennessee State University, died last Thursday.

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Clinton clobbers Trump

If Donald Trump shows up for the second debate in St. Louis, he’s either a glutton for punishment or still wallowing in a pit of self-delusion, believing he defeated Hillary Clinton Tuesday night at Hofstra University.

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Nick Hillary, not guilty!

Oral “Nick” Hillary, charged with the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in Canton, N.Y.

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Architect Vertner W. Tandy, a man of many firsts

From Harlem to up the Hudson River, the creative genius of architect Vertner Woodson Tandy remains on display.

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Bombs at the debate

With the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fast approaching, the two candidates quickly weighed in on the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, each suggesting he or she was best prepared to deal with such attacks.

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A jazz tribute and flyover to Dr. Roscoe Brown Jr., renowned Tuskegee Airman and educator

Famed Tuskegee Airman and educator Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. made it abundantly clear that when he died, there were to be no funeral services. He insisted there be a jazz concert in his memory.

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‘Hidden Figures’ no more—Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson of NASA

Back in June, when I featured the late Dorothy Vaughan in the Classroom, I promised to return to the subject of African-American women who worked at NASA as Vaughan did so illustriously. From Vaughan’s profile you were introduced to a number of other extraordinary women mathematicians and engineers, including Katherine Johnson, Eunice Smith and Mary Jackson.

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Protests stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

When Colin Kaepernick refused to honor the American national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner,” he may not have been aware that his protest was consistent with one now raging in North Dakota.

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Concern about Clinton’s physical health and Trump’s mental health

As expected, it was another exciting and unpredictable week on the presidential campaign trail between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Espaillat’s growing influence

Victories for three women in Tuesday’s primaries were headline stories, one of them close to home here in Harlem and one from the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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Member of Tuskegee Airmen, Dabney Montgomery, dies at 93

Before marching with Dr. King in Selma in 1965, Dabney Montgomery was a ground crewman for the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Montgomery, 93, died of natural causes Saturday, according to his goddaughter, Marlene Patton.

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Detroit to Trump: Drop dead!

One of the best definitions of Donald Trump—and he’s been called everything from a sociopath to a psychopath—is that he is like a tornado, hollow in the center, but nevertheless dangerous and destructive.

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Kaepernick takes a stand by sitting

In one way, Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, brought to mind the courageous act of Rosa Parks, who chose to sit rather than give up her seat at the front of the “colored” section of the bus to a white passenger.

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Shelby Westbrook, Tuskegee Airman, dead at 94

Last month the famed Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe Brown joined the ancestors. Wednesday, Aug. 17, fellow airman Shelby Westbrook, died in Chicago.

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Consummate actress and writer, Beah Richards

As we conclude the deserving clamor around what would be the 96th birthday of the great jazz musician, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, another notable born a month before, July 12, 1920, was actress Beah Richards.

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Nick Hillary case takes new twist: Judge throws out prejudicial DNA

In a rare decision, Friday, presiding St. Lawrence County Court Judge Felix Catena ruled that the DNA evidence in the upcoming trial of Oral Nick Hillary is “unreliable” and cannot be used at trial.

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A defiant Emmett Till

Recently, in an otherwise thoughtful column in The New York Times, noted journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson perpetuated a misconception about the mother of Emmett Till.

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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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