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Cyril Josh Barker

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Meet the 'Dreamers': Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World

Five local area high school students are preparing for the 10th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine March 9 through 12 at Walt Disney World.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton to speak at The New School

The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to discuss key issues affecting civil rights, economic and social justice and criminal justice reform at The New School Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

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LinkNYC teams up with Silicon Harlem to celebrate Black History Month

LinkNYC is collaborating with Silicon Harlem to celebrate the contributions of legendary African-Americans on Link kiosks across New York City during Black History Month.

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Congressman Adriano Espaillat Honors Predecessors for Black History Month

U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat recently honored the two men who had his congressional seat before him for Black History Month: former Congressmen Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Charles B. Rangel of New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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Mayor Lester Taylor not seeking re-election in East Orange

Mayor Lester Taylor recently announced his intention not to run for re-election and to step down at the end of his four-year term.

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African liberation flag raised at Trenton City Hall

Wednesday the City of Trenton raised the red, black and green African liberation flag, in honor of the historical achievements and sacrifices of Black people locally and throughout the world.

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City offering free tax prep

Tax season is underway and companies are once again targeting low-income filers with the so-called convenience of refund anticipation loans.

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Report: Racial wealth gap fueled by public policy

A new report indicates that even when individuals in racial groups go to college, have full-time jobs and are from two-parent homes, racism remains prevalent.

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Mayor’s upcoming homeless plan raises concerns

A new plan to fight homelessness being released by Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting criticism from homeless advocates about how the mayor is handling the widespread problem.

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Michael J. Feeney remembered one year later

Friends and family came together this week to remember late journalist Michael J. Feeney, who died Jan. 31, 2016.

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East Orange stands in solidarity with Muslim women during World Hijab Day

East Orange stood in solidarity with Muslim women worldwide in observance of the fifth annual World Hijab Day Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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Thank you, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross

Funeral services were held Wednesday at for that pioneering psychiatrist Phyllis Harrison-Ross at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where she served as a trustee and chairperson. Harrison-Ross died Jan. 14 at age 80.

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Trump delays Texas voter ID case

In a move signaling a shift in direction when it comes to the Department of Justice in the nation, President Donald Trump ordered a delay in the hearing of the Texas voter ID law case.

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Sharon going for a ‘Full-Nelson’ for women in politics

Although there’s always been a need for more women to be in elected office, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run made that call even louder.

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New Jersey community organizer and activist Balozi Robert Alexander Harvey dies at age 76

Pan-African nationalists and the community in Newark are mourning the passing of community organizer and activist Balozi Robert Alexander Harvey, who died Dec. 28 at the age of 76.

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2016 marks year of violence for Chicago

Chicago marked 2016 as the deadliest year in nearly two decades, data released by the Chicago Police Department shows.

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Cuomo proposes tuition-free college

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a proposal to make college tuition-free for New York’s middle-class families at all SUNY and CUNY two- and four-year colleges.

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Anniversary of the passing of the 13th Amendment that ended slavery observed in Newark

The People’s Organization For Progress held an observance on the anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, Sunday at the Lincoln Monument in downtown Newark.

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Street Corner Resources gets new headquarters

Anti-violence and community outreach organization Street Corner Resources has spent years on the streets of Harlem to help the community and prevent violence.

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Hate crimes rise since the election

Donald Trump becoming the president-elect has opened the flood gates even further to a flow of hate crimes around the nation.

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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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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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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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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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