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Cyril Josh Barker

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McAllister’s house full of love

This Thanksgiving is very special for the Gillian and Orlando McAllister’s family as they officially add two more seats to their table this year.

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New website to offer space for Black businesses to thrive

As the busy holiday shopping season gets underway, Black shoppers are looking to spend their dollars with Black businesses.

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Harlem lights up for the holidays

The 125th Street BID and Community Board 9 kicked off the holiday season in Harlem Nov. 17 with the Parade of Lights along 125th Street.

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Bronx Council Member Andy King gives away turkeys and coats

City Council Member Andy King hosted two events at which his office donated turkeys and coats to those in need in the city’s 12th Council District in the Bronx.

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The ‘Three Doctors’ honored with mural unveiled in Newark’s West Ward





The “Three Doctors” are known for their inspirational book “The Pact.” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the Newark Public Art Program recently unveiled a public mural depicting the doctors in the city’s West Ward.

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Uptown giants receive Harlem Good Scout Award

The Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Council, presented the Harlem Good Scout Award to three community leaders at an event Nov. 17 at the Alhambra Ballroom.

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Mott Haven Academy Charter School maintains educational link for foster care children

According to the U.S. Department of Education, children in foster care are at high-risk of dropping out of school and are unlikely to attend or graduate from college.

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Harlem mothers S.A.V.E. celebrates 10 years

Anti-violence organization Harlem Mothers Stop Another Violent End is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this week with an awards dinner.

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New York Foundling leading the way in child adoption

November is National Adoption Month and there are around 10,000 children in the city foster care. Black children account for nearly 60 percent of all children in the foster care system.

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Election Day is upon us

It feels as if I have been writing about the 2016 presidential election for years now. We now have less than a week before Election Day. There are currently four people running for the presidency, and many voters are still confused and displeased by the choices on the ballot. I do not normally publically endorse candidates, but for this incredibly important election I fully endorse Hillary Clinton to be the 45th president of the United States.

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Putting a “Pryce” on self-affirmation

Nikkie Pryce is on a mission to help women with self-love and self-awareness through the use affirmation.

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City comptroller gives mayor another near-failing grade on city procurements for M/WBEs

Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and several elected officials touted the creation of a new minority- and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) office with a goal of awarding at least 30 percent of procurements to M/WBEs by 2021. However, when it comes to the city’s own share of procurement with M/WBEs, a new report by City Comptroller Scott Stringer reveals Mayor de Blasio continues to fail.

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VIDEO: ‘Wake up, get up, stand up and stand together’ —Hazel Ingram

At 93 years young, Hazel Ingram is truly one of New York City’s treasures.

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Outrage after Bronx woman shot by police

Bronx resident Deborah Danner has been added to a long list of Black people fatally shot by law enforcement as the NYPD is admitting it failed.

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Bronx Council Member Andy King 'gets pink' for breast cancer awareness

The American Cancer Society recently launched its Real Men Wear Pink of New York City program, which features Real Men Wear Pink candidates from all five boroughs who have committed to showing their support and raising money in the fight against breast cancer.

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P.O.P. continues ‘Justice Mondays,’ adds morning rally

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its 36th consecutive Justice Monday protest this week, demanding federal intervention into New Jersey’s four recent police shooting cases, at the Federal Building in Newark.

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2016 Labor Awards ceremony held in Harlem

Movers and shakers from the city’s labor movement took center stage at the New York Amsterdam News’ “Tying Communities Together” 2016 Labor Awards held at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.

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Hasidic man found guilty in beating of Black gay man

Reports indicate that 24-year-old Mayer Herscovic faces up to 15 years in prison after he is found guilty of beating a Black gay man in Brooklyn.

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Tulsa—Police killing aftermath

The Greenwood neighborhood known as Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Okla., was the site of one of the nation’s most heinous race riots in 1921 that not only killed hundreds of Black citizens but also undercut Black prosperity for generations to come.

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COPS KILL AGAIN: Two fatal police shootings spark nationwide outrage

Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla. and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. are the latest men added to list of Black men who have been killed by police, sending shockwaves across the nation and furthering the rift between police and the community.

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Academic program launched for youth dropouts in Newark

A new program has been launched in Newark to ensure that out-of-school youth remain off the streets, complete their high school educations and get good jobs.

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Day of action in Newark for political prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin

Supporters and organizers are coming together for a National Day of Action for political prisoner Imam Jamil Al- Amin Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at 84 Clinton Place in Newark.

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Metropolitan College opens South Bronx Cmapus

Metropolitan College of New York officially opened its new Bronx campus on East 149th Street, moving from its previous location on Courtlandt Avenue. The new campus is the anchor of Triangle Plaza Hub, a mixed commercial project.

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New York State Office of Mental Health announces statewide suicide prevention plan

The New York State Office of Mental Health recently announced the release of a plan for suicide prevention, aimed at reducing New York State’s suicide rate.

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Traci Lester putting her best foot forward at the National Dance Institute

Newly hired executive director of the National Dance Institute, Traci Lester, wraps up her first week in her new position. In an interview with the AmNews, she said she’s looking to expand the nonprofit’s reach to give more access to the arts to city youth.

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Gov. Chris Christie vetoes $15 minimum wage bill in NJ

The Fight for $15 movement suffered a blow in New Jersey as Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage in the Garden State.

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Bronx street renamed after late Assemblyman Samuel Bea Jr.

Friends, family members and elected officials gathered Wednesday at the corner of Ely Street and Strang Avenue in the Bronx, to rename the intersection “Honorable Samuel Bea Jr. Way,” in memory of the state lawmaker who is best known for his 30 years of service as district manager of Community Board 12.

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National Dance Institute announces new executive director

Former education, nonprofit and human services executive Traci Lester is assuming the role as executive director of the Harlem-based National Dance Institute. She began her new position this week.

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Father mourns son on 9/11

Clyde Frazier Sr. last spoke to his son, Clyde Frazier Jr. Sept., 10, 2001. At the time, he didn’t know that would be the last time he would speak to his son.

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Summer cease-fire plea

As summer comes to close another violent weekend blankets the city, leaving activist yet again calling for a cease fire.

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Donald Trump’s outreach to the Black community falls flat

Aimed at trying to swing Black voters to his side, Trump’s statements pointing out that life for Black Americans is terrible don’t appear to be having any affect.

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Obama visits Louisiana after historic flooding

In what has been called the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, waters are finally receding in southern Louisiana from the recent devastating historic floods.

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Emergency Management Brings Mobile Office to the Bronx NYC

The New York City Emergency Management Department visited the Bronx Tuesday to discuss emergency preparedness, coordination and planning with residents.

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P.O.P. leader Larry Hamm reports back from DNC

People’s Organization for Progress Chairman Lawrence Hamm is giving a report on last week’s historic Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and he said, “We have a lot to talk about.”

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Assemblyman Michael Blake claims he was victim of excessive force

Reports indicate that the incident occurred Saturday while Blake was at a community barbecue event at the Gouverneur Morris Houses in the Bronx.

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Charges dropped for remaining officers in Freddie Gray killing

The charges against the three remaining police officers involved in the 2015 killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore are dropped, resulting in yet another case in which police walk free after committing a homicide and deepening the divide between police and the Black community.

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Baton Rouge police killing reveals bigger issue about PTSD in Black men

The nation was put on edge once again as three police officers were killed. The shooting took place in Baton Rouge, La., which is still reeling from the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling.

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P.O.P. Justice Mondays hits milestone, remembers Eric Garner

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its 25th consecutive Justice Monday protest to demand federal investigations into four active police shooting cases in New Jersey.

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NAACP and Montclair Police Department to host community-law enforcement meeting

The Montclair Police Department, in cooperation with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Montclair NAACP-Criminal Justice Committee, is hosting a community meeting.

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'USA Danger Zone- Police Murders of Black People Rising'

The December 12th Movement will hold an emergency community gathering at Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn N.Y., Friday, July 15, 2016, at 7 p.m., focusing on the relentless and systemic racist attacks on Black people in the United States.

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Black LGBTQ community reacts to Orlando gay club massacre

The recent mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub continues to ignite outrage throughout the LGBTQ community. Black members of the gay community are also showing support and speaking out.

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Double shootings spark outrage

The fatal shooting of a mother in the Bronx caught in crossfire and the shooting of five teens in Brooklyn over a designer bookbag is a clear indication that gun violence will again be a problem this summer.

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Annual African-American Parade and Festival held in Montclair

The Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation held the 27th annual African-American Parade and Festival last weekend.

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NJ Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice endorses Hillary Clinton

This week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with 15 members of the N.J. Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice to discuss issues important to their communities. After the event, the Mayors’ Alliance endorsed Clinton for president.

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Charges reduced for man who killed would-be rapist

Mamadou Diallo, 61, walked out of Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday night to cheers after his initial charges were reduced for fatally beating the man who tried to rape his wife and was terrorizing the community. Previously facing manslaughter charges for fatally beating the man with a tire iron, Diallo had the charges reduced by a judge to assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released on his own recognizance.

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Montclair honoring Harlem Hellfighters on Memorial Day

The memory of four members of the 369th infantry regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” from Montclair are being honored at this year’s Memorial Day tribute in the township.

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White House chooses Newark for Special Impact Hub program

The White House chose the city of Newark as one of 16 communities to take part in the Special Impact Hub program, aimed at upgrading and expanding community programs (including job, learning, meal and violence reduction programs) for young people this summer and year-round.

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Eric Holder delivers commencement address at Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School alum and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is delivers the keynote address at Columbia Law School’s graduation.

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Report: State's 'eviction bonus' largest contributor to rent increases on stabilized apartments

According to a report by the Community Service Society, New York State’s “eviction bonus” is responsible for nearly 50 percent of the citywide total increase in stabilized rents above inflation.

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The ‘Uberlicious’ Mai Perkins

Mai Perkins in one of the 20,000 Uber drivers taking New Yorkers from point A to point B. She’s combining her love of writing and being an Uber driver with her popular blog “Uberlicious.”

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