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Herb Boyd

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Will the Democrats avoid a split?

On the Democratic side, we wait to see how Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders will handle the recent surge of contentiousness between them, some of which is sure to surface during their debate on Thursday.

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Victor H. Green and his indispensable ‘Green Book’

Once upon a time, not too many years ago, traveling to the South for Black Americans was almost as challenging as the forces their ancestors faced as runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.

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The Black Institute’s one percent solution for MWBEs

Although there has been an increase in the number of minority and women-owned businesses in New York, they remain vastly underfunded, according to a recent report by The Black Institute.

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David Hammons: Five decades

“Oh, my goodness, could you by chance be the artist?” a woman asked me before I pushed the bell to enter the Mnuchin Gallery.

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Popular revolutionary Will Reese passes

Many people gladly accepted copies of Revolution, the newspaper of the Revolutionary Community Party, from Will Reese.

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‘The Divine One,’ Sarah Vaughan, a vocalist of extraordinary range

Around this time of year, when spring was emerging from its chrysalis and Gil Noble’s “Like It Is” was part of our Sunday afternoon television fare, the famous vocalist Sarah Lois Vaughan would be among the divas featured on his show.

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Sanders wins Wisconsin

If the Democratic primaries were like the Republican winner-take-all in delegates, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in Wisconsin Tuesday would be of greater consequence.

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Lester A. Walton, journalist, diplomat and songwriter

Lester A. Walton’s name surfaced recently during all the promos and announcements about the revival of “Shuffle Along,” an all-Black musical often considered the springboard for the Harlem Renaissance. Walton, then employed at the New York Age, was among the journalists at performances in 1921, when the production premiered at the 63rd Street Theater, or Music Hall, in Manhattan.

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Fidel on Obama visit: ‘No empire building here!’

Fidel Castro speaks his mind on President Obama's recent visit to Cuba.

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Mumia’s condition worsens

Activist community responds to worsening conditions of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Obama visits Cuba

President Barack Obama meets with President Raul Castro of Cuba to further discuss diplomatic relations.

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Civil rights legend Myrlie Evers-Williams receives Doctorate of Humane Letters from CNR

From the moment she walked into the Castle at the College of New Rochelle, Myrlie Evers-Williams was accompanied by a cluster of admirers and well-wishers.

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A clean sweep for Clinton

If the second Super Tuesday in the Democratic presidential primaries was viewed as a game of pool, then Hillary Clinton ran the table on Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Dr. Carson on the take?

Dr. Ben Carson's endorsement of Trump is leaving many confused.

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President Obama names Judge Merrick B. Garland as SCOTUS nominee

President Obama nominates Judge Merrick B. Garland as Supreme Court replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Pioneering prima ballerina Janet Collins

It is certainly wonderful to witness all the praise and adulation Misty Copeland is receiving for her prowess in dance. This is a great moment to reflect on another ballerina of equal agility and elegance from another era of challenge, Janet Collins.

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Sanders stuns Clinton in Michigan

The click you’re hearing is probably the sound of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team recalibrating its message, one that failed to resonate with white men, younger voters and the white working class in Michigan yesterday.

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Sandy Wills, a courageous soldier during the Civil War

Sharing the podium with Cheryl Wills, the highly regarded anchorwoman of NY1, at a recent event sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta at York College in Queens

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Candidates in the starting gates to replace Rangel

Seven candidates were at the political forum Sunday afternoon at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in the Bronx, each to express how he or she should be the one to replace the retiring Rep. Charles Rangel.

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Shaka Senghor’s story of redemption

In Detroit, a city that has endured its share of bad news, it’s good to know there are at least a few sprigs of hope and promise.

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Hillary hits the jackpot in Nevada

It may not have been an overwhelming win for Clinton in Nevada, hardly the nirvana she once envisioned, but she did fortify her firewall and brush aside some of the wind, if not the bluster, of her opponent’s momentum.

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Two losses and a gain for Black journalism

Black journalism was dealt a double blow recently with the sudden death of Michael Feeney and the passing of Acel Moore, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Olympic great Jesse Owens

We always hold our breath when Hollywood, the publishing industry and the media delve into the intricacies of the Black experience, and now we await “Race,” a film about the exploits of track and field great Jesse Owens

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Justice Scalia dead at 79

President Obama scolded for his plans to nominate a successor following the death of the highly conservative Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Hillary in Harlem

Her message to the Black electorate

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was on message in Harlem on Tuesday, and the centerpiece of her objective of tearing down social and political barriers was the African-American community.

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Addie Waites Hunton, a crusader for justice and women’s rights

If William Alphaeus Hunton Jr. is an “Unsung Valiant,” as his wife, Dorothy, wrote in his biography, Hunton’s mother was an even more obscure personality, but one, like her son, worthy of consideration.

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Sanders and Trump victorious in New Hampshire

This time the polls were exactly right. Sen. Bernie Sanders took New Hampshire overwhelmingly and Donald Trump triumphed over his Republican rivals.

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WWRL, last Black-owned radio station in NYC, sold

The last black-owned radio station in New York City has been sold.

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The mayor’s ‘One New York’

Mayor de Blasio shares an update on his "One New York" plan and the progress they have made so far.

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Feeling the ‘Bern’ in Harlem

Fresh from his victory in New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders had breakfast with the Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia’s in Harlem.

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Naval hero John Henry Lawson

If you’ve never heard of the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections, you are not alone. Not until it was brought to my attention by Harlem resident Mani Gilyard was I aware of an organization of African-American stamp collectors.

Martia Goodson speaks for the ‘Church Ladies’

“How long … not long,” said Martia G. Goodson, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King as she answered how long it took her to write “Church Ladies: Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era” (Author House, 2015).

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Book review: ‘The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women’

Edward Lewis opens up about being a creative force behind a magazine for black women.

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Cruz control

Ted Cruz trumps Donald in Iowa.

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Hillary and Bernie: Dead heat in Iowa

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders bid in the Iowa caucuses ended in a “virtual tie."

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The Schomburg’s indomitable Jean Blackwell Hutson

During the recent groundbreaking ceremony at the Schomburg Center as part of the $22 million renovation project, Jean Blackwell Hutson’s name was invoked by several of the notables at the event.

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Outrage at Oberlin College

More than a generation has gone by since I taught at Oberlin College in Ohio.

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Obama: Clinton ‘wicked smart’

In calling Hillary Clinton “wicked smart,” President Barack Obama veered about as close as he could to endorsing his former secretary of state.

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Vast ramifications of water crisis in Flint

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has not only sparked outrage from its citizens, it has gone viral and is now a top news story across the globe.

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Clinton withstands Sanders’ left hooks

In the fourth and final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses, it was a verbal slugfest between the putative champion and national frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her worthy adversary Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Noted attorney continues to fight for students

In 1998, when bugging devices were discovered at City College, one of them a camera hidden in a smoke detector, students were aroused and quickly summoned attorney Ron McGuire to voice their complaint.

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Muddy Waters: Michigan governor slow to react to water crisis

All eyes are on Flint, MI as issues with the city's water continue.

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Obama’s final State of the Union address

“I want to focus on our future,” President Barack Obama said toward the beginning of his final State of the Union address in the House Chamber and to the nation Tuesday evening.

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Meeting called over crisis in Black media

Last summer, when news anchor Joy-Ann Reid’s show was removed from the lineup at MSNBC and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” was removed from the station’s daily prime time perch at 6 p.m. to one time a week at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings, they were like the canaries in the mineshaft, early warning signs that Black commentators and hosts were becoming ever more scarce on television and in the media in general.

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Militia takes over Oregon wildlife refuge

An action reminiscent of Americans during the anti-British era is occurring in Oregon, where a militia has taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Remembering four strong Black women

The end of the year and the beginning of a new one is always a moment to look back on what might have been and to look forward to what may be.

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Obama makes highly emotional plea to end gun violence

In a highly emotional, tearful speech Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama outlined portions of his plan to tighten gun control in the nation.

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Pioneering Black publisher and editor Charles F. Harris passes at 81

Ten years ago, when Charles F. Harris sat for an interview with “Historymakers,” he disclosed his first contact with the world of words in print. His father insisted that he read the papers he delivered. Harris not only read the papers, he devoured them, digested them so thoroughly that elements of them emerged again in the books he edited and published.

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Jackie Rowe-Adams and the gift of giving

Harlem residents and many beyond the community know Jackie Rowe-Adams for her many joyous, triumphant renditions of the Black national anthem at numerous public events.

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Crisis in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a full investigation of the recent spate of shootings by the police in the city, but it may be too little, too late. The cries for him to resign now resonate across the nation, amplifying the local voices and protests.