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Jeremy Pasker

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Staten Islanders demand real justice for Eric Garner

Last Thursday night at the Central Family Life Center, what started as a five-person panel to educate the neighborhood on their legal and civil rights escalated into the audience challenging one another and their hosts from the NAACP to initiate direct change and stop relying on rhetorical devices and speeches.

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Staten Islanders demand real justice for Eric Garner

Last Thursday night at the Central Family Life Center, what started as a five-person panel to educate the neighborhood on their legal and civil rights escalated into the audience challenging one another and their hosts from the NAACP to initiate direct change and stop relying on rhetorical devices and speeches.

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Eric Garner’s Death Ruled a Homicide

The New York City Medical Examiner finally released Eric Garner’s autopsy. The medical examiner has confirmed what internet videos have shown and the Black community has suspected since Garner’s death was made public three weeks ago, that it was a homicide.

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No Mercy: Police put banned chokehold on pregnant woman

The Black community is in an uproar after a video surfaced showing a seven-months pregnant woman being held in an apparent chokehold by an NYPD officer. The Police Department said her family was grilling on the sidewalk outside their home in East New York, which is illegal.

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Leaders launch resistance against acts of police terror in downtown NYC

Today, in front of the One Plaza police headquarters, The "Stop Mass Incarceration: We're Better Than That!" network and contributors to the "Alliance for Global Justice", called for action against policies that disproportionately target and oppress people of color.

Andrew Charles survives with help from God and family

If you met Andrew Charles, you’d first notice how young he looks. He is 26 but looks about eight years younger. If you looked deeper, though, into his eyes, you’d realize that something was amiss, as if a weight were pressing down on him.

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Protesters enraged over the choking of Eric Garner by NY Police Officers

Most of the controversy stems not only from whether the officers used excessive force but also because that particular "choke" tactic by the police has been outlawed for some time. Islanders have evoked dismay over rhetoric of change without any actual change.

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President Obama ramps up fight against HIV/AIDs

President Obama's new strategy to combat HIV/AIDS intends to turn the United States into a place where the infection is rare, and regardless of a person's standing, when someone does contract it they'd still have complete access to all necessary care for sustaining a long stigma free life.

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‘Blackstar' Highlights Global Perspectives by Black Filmmakers

Each film screened during the The Blackstar Film Festival will touch on experiences of people of colr

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West Africa vs South America, in Harlem

Wonder how Harlem watches the World Cup? Check it out.

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Son’s murder motivates dad to shepherd community away from violence

After an insufferable tragedy, there is occasionally a glimmer of optimism, a light at the end of the tunnel, an emblem of solace to comfort us until we’ve recovered. In 2009, Chris Foye lost his son Christopher Owen when he was accidentally shot while attending a Bronx barbecue and an altercation broke out. Since then, Foye has dedicated his time to retooling the community with his nonprofit, the Chris Owen’s Foundation, steering young people away from street life and violence.

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Brooklyn’s DA disregards NYPD commissioner with new marijuana law

In an effort to redirect law enforcement resources to more immediate dangers and away from disproportionate impositions against people of color, Brooklyn’s district attorney, Ken Thompson, announced yesterday that he will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana possession offenses that pose no threat to the community.

Dept of Consumer Affairs Overhauls Small Business Regulation, Ramps up Business Outreach

There has been a wide range of reforms set up to alleviate the burdens of NYC's small business owners. According to the Department of Consumer affairs commissioner, business relief package will reduce the number and cost of fines, increase transparency and fairness, and greatly expand the education of and outreach to businesses.

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Larenze Tate stars in a new film

Larenze Tate stars in a new film called Gun Hill, premiering on BET tomorrow night (July 2) at 9pm

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Supreme Court Makes Another Decision Involving the Affordable Care Act

Monday morning SCOTUS, in another 5-4 conservative/liberal split, sided with the right for businesses to abstain from participating in healthcare that goes against its religious practice instead of with the majority of American people, who disagree with a business’ right to deny contraception.

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New Short Film to bolster the Education Children Learn at School

A familiar starlet plans to make a film aimed to inspire children with exceptional African American stories. Karyn Parsons, of Fresh Prince fame, intends to tell the story of the first Black Soloist ballerina for New York's Metropolitan Opera House. She's motivated by a need to add to the history lessons children, especially Black children, learn at school.

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Community divided on how to best protect children from drowning

Parents of the two children who drowned over the weekend in the Bronx’s Starlight Park pleaded with the city for more strident protections, while community organizers preached personal responsibility. “Folks should have access to the river,” said David R. Shuffler Jr., executive director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, a Bronx organization deeply invested in environmental issues. “I don’t think eight miles of fence is possible.”

Artists Displays Art in Public Space as a Reminder of the Black Experience

A plaque immortalizing the loss of young men of color in America was sculpted and displayed in a public space by Guerilla artist Matthew Hincman. He sat down with NPR Boston to explain his reasons for making it and what his intentions were.

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An Oral History of Black Americans is Added to the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress acquired a Collection of African American Oral Historis announced Congress Librarian James H. Billington. The donation was provided by TheHistoryMakers.

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Today Upper Manhattan Decides Their Democratic Nominee

Today is the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional district of NYC. The polls are open until 10 pm. Todays primary is being held to determine who will be the Democratic nominee for the 13th Congressional District of NYC.

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Cuomo Reconsiders Medical Marijuana

Days after deep negotiations, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that New York may become the 23rd state to permit medical marijuana.

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Subway delays all day

Widespread train delays will affect the city today, July 18.

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New York comes in as 10th safest city to live in

June is National Safety Month. In commemoration of the occasion Wallethub did a study comparing how secure the 50 states and the District of Columbia are to one another.

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Free Annual Concert Returns to Lower Manhattan

If you are hoping to enjoy the city this summer but can’t afford its steep prices, consider the annual River to River Festival in downtown Manhattan, opening June 19.

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Brooklyn Man Indicted On Murder For East New York Child Stabbings

Daniel St. Hubert, the accused June 1 attacker of two East New York children, has been indicted on murder charges. If convicted he could serve 50 years to life in prison.

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Community Unites After Tragic Stabbing

Even after the arrest and indictment of Daniel St. Hubert in the tragic stabbing of two children last month in East New York’s Boulevard Housing complex, there is still a feeling of tension in the neighborhood. An aura of unease still shrouds the community.

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Under Mayor De Blasio Marijuana Arrests are More Frequent Than Bloomberg and Guiliani.

Since Mayor De Blasio took office the NYPD has arrested an average 80 people per month, 86 percent of those were either Black or Latino.