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Cyril Josh Barker

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Feds step in to help NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority received a long overdue payday this week as the city reached a $2 billion settlement with the federal government to repair the city’s crumbling public housing.

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Summer Youth Employment expanded

The city’s FY19 budget agreement is expanding the Summer Youth Employment Program and providing 5,000 minimum wage jobs, bringing the total to 75,000.

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City’s predatory equity landlords named

Lower East Side resident Holly Slayton has been a resident of 514 E. 12th St. for almost 30 years; however, things changed when her building was taken over by a new company she believes is trying to put her out.

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From Wall Street to the pulpit

Before becoming involved in the clergy, the Rev. Nigel A. Pearce had his own firm on Wall Street. However, it was a higher power that led him to become one of Uptown’s key religious figures.

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ACLU: Marijuana could put millions into low-income communities

As the legalization of recreational marijuana becomes more and more of a reality in New York, the Empire State is getting an inside look at what legalizing the drug could mean.

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Resistance mounts as NFL outlines policy on players’ protests

Activists held a rally last Friday outside of the National Football League headquarters to protest the league’s policy requiring NFL players to stand during the national anthem at games or stay in the locker room.

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Police to only give summonses for marijuana smoking

Just about a week after Mayor Bill de Blasio asked for a review of how law enforcement handles marijuana policy in New York City, he told the city’s police officers to halt arrests on people smoking pot in public.

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Stacey Abrams becomes first Black female major party gubernatorial nominee

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams takes her place in history becoming the Democratic nominee in Georgia’s gubernatorial election, making her the first Black female major party gubernatorial nominee in U.S. history.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol kicks off journey to new facility at annual gala

Harlem-based youth organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol recently hosted its 14th annual VOICES benefit gala.

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Columbia celebrates inaugural class from HBCU fellowship program

Nearly two dozen alumni from historically Black colleges recently graduated from Columbia University earning their master’s degrees through a new fellowship by the Ivy League school. And they didn’t pay a dime.

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Hangings around the nation reference America’s shameful past

A probe investigating the hanging of a Black man in Mississippi is closing, according to reports.

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Ras Baraka wins second term as Newark Mayor

Ras Baraka wins second term as Newark Mayor.

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Tarana Burke, Slick Rick inducted into Bronx Walk of Fame

#MeToo movement founder and advocate Tarana Burke and hip-hop legend Slick Rick are among the newest members of the Bronx Walk of Fame. The two were inducted during a ceremony at Mott Haven Bar & Grill to kick off the 47th annual Bronx Week.

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49th Malcolm X Unity Awards being held on May 20

The New York Chapter of Kawaida Organizations in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival is hosting the 49th Malcolm X Black Unity Awards Program Sunday, May 20

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Newark officials crack down on chronic school absenteeism

According to a report released last year by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, nearly half of Newark’s high school students were chronically absent during the 2015-16 school year.

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Food insecurity continues to plague thousands of New Yorkers

Proposed federal cuts to food aid, the upcoming summer months and the crushing hammer of gentrification is a recipe for disaster when it comes to hunger in the city.

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First Black superintendent appointed in Montclair

First Black superintendent appointed in Montclair

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Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

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Fallout continues after Black men are harassed at LA Fitness in Secaucus

In the wake of the controversy surrounding Starbucks calling the police on two Black men who were waiting for friend at a location in Philadelphia, gym chain LA Fitness is in the spotlight in a similar whirlwind.

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Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

Fallout continues after two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks. Calls for a boycott of the chain coffee shop persist as the company announces plans to close thousands of stores for racial bias training.

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Beyoncé donates to several HBCUs

As the world continues to talk about Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s jaw-dropping performance at Coachella, four historically Black colleges and universities are getting a big gift from the superstar.

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National Action Network wraps up national convention

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, rapper Common and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris we among the big names that attended the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s 2018 National Convention at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel.

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New York’s jazz station goes beyond the airwaves

Walking through the halls of public radio jazz station WBGO 88.3 FM, it’s not hard to figure out why the nearly 40-year-old station is a epicenter of the American music genre aiming to keep dedicated jazz aficionados pleased along with getting the ears of new listeners.

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Sen. Cory Booker to give commencement address at Kean University

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is set to speak to more than 2,500 students and their families May 17 during Kean University’s Undergraduate Commencement at Newark’s Prudential Center.

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NYCHA roofs repaired at 65 developments

The New York City Housing Authority recently announced that roofs have been completely replaced at 65 public housing buildings.

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More than 20,000 parents sign petition sent to Mayor de Blasio to address racsim in schools

Public school parents from the New York City Center for Education Justice delivered more than 20,000 petition signatures and a stack of culturally responsive books to Mayor Bill de Blasio this week, urging him and his administration to take on racism in public schools.

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Comptroller Scott Stringer releases analysis on pay gap

City Comptroller Scott Stringer released an analysis spotlighting how massive pay disparities between men and women permeate throughout the city’s workforce and deny women equal economic power and security.

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Brooklyn man found guilty of stabbing two children, leaving one dead

A man faces 50 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of a 2014 stabbing of two children, leaving one dead in a Brooklyn elevator.

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NYCHA head steps down amid swirling controversy

After four years on the job and a recent wave of scrutiny, New York City Housing Authority Chairwoman Shola Olatoye announced her resignation this week. News broke Monday night that Olatoye would be stepping down. The official announcement was made by Mayor Bill de Blasio after he toured Ocean Bay Bayside Apartments in Queens.

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Black Stoneman Douglas High School students say activism lacks diversity

A survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting joined the Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday to announce a June rally in front of President Donald Trump’s Manhattan apartment to protest gun violence eased by access to assault weapons.

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Howard University students demand change amid financial aid scandal

Howard University students demand change amid financial aid scandal

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Fallout continues of Stephon Clark shooting

As the national fallout over the police shooting of Black unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark continues, more information is surfacing about the killing that took place in Sacramento, Calif.

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Lehman College honoring Kerry Washington

Actress, activist and producer, Kerry Washington, is being honored by Lehman College during its 50th Anniversary Celebration and Leadership Awards Dinner at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City, April 11.

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PSA aimed at African Americans highlights kidney disease and organ donation

April is National Donate Life Month and National Minority Health Month and the New York-based National Kidney Foundation recently released a public-service announcement targeted to African- Americans to foster awareness of kidney disease and organ donation.

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Cuomo officially declares state of emergency for NYCHA, vows swift improvement

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo equated NYCHA’s urgency with Hurricane Sandy or a major snowstorm Monday as he officially declared public housing in New York City in a state of emergency.

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Armory hosting 18th Annual FIRST NYC Robotics Competition

The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center in Washington Heights is transforming into a technology and engineering laboratory for high school students when it hosts the FIRST NYC Robotics Competition, April 6 to April 8.

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First African-American named CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey

Girls empowerment advocate and lifetime girl scout Natasha Hemmings is making history next month when she becomes the first African-American chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.

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Brooklyn Defender Services and ACLU launch campaign to help immigrants deal with ICE

Brooklyn Defender Services and the American Civil Liberties Union recently launched “We Have Rights,” a national immigrant empowerment campaign to inform immigrant communities of what to do when interacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Queens school stays open after threat of closure because of performance

Students, teachers and parents in Queens are celebrating the cancellation of the slated closure of PS/MS 42 Robert Vernam School. The Department of Education was going to close the school because of low performance.

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Students ‘keep it 100’ at 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy

Walt Disney World Resort welcomed 100 teens selected to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine last week for four days of inspiration and empowerment from Thursday through Sunday.

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Gov. Cuomo visits NYCHA while Mayor de Blasio is out of town

Gov. Cuomo is now stepping into the ongoing saga of issues facing NYCHA and calling on the state health department to investigate health and safety condition in public housing in the city.

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Self-image, career goals focus at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens learned about the value of self-image along with showcasing what they’ve learned on the third day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine at Walt Disney World on Saturday.

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Students take a ‘Deep Dive’ at Disney Dreamers Academy

Youth listened to inspirational speakers and got the chance to experience their future careers on second day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on Friday.

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Teens urged to 'Be 100' at Disney Dreamers Academy kickoff

The Walt Disney World Resort welcomed the 100 teens selected to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on Thursday.

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NYC Cops Busted: Report reveals NYPD officers kept on the job despite misconduct

According to a new blockbuster exposé, NYPD officers were found to have lied on reports, driven while intoxicated, used excessive force, fired their weapons unnecessarily and made deadly threats. Many of the officers who committed these acts were put back on the street and kept their badges.

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Central Jersey teen headed to Disney World for Dreamers Academy


Baskin Ridge, N.J. high school freshman Sean Smith is one of the 100 students selected to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence at Walt Disney World in Florida.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio declares 'Loretta Lynch Day'

In honor of Black History Month, Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed Feb. 23 as “Loretta Lynch Day,” honoring the former U.S. attorney general who was the first Black women confirmed to the position.

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Videos explain how marijuana legalization in NJ could advance racial justice

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon under Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform is shedding light on how it could improve racial justice in the state.

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Control of public schools transferred back to the city in Newark

Newark Public Schools is back under the control of the city, ending nearly 25 years of state control.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson kicks off annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

Commemorating 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination is the focus of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit set for Thursday and Friday.

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