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Cyril Josh Barker

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Students turn out for HBCU fair and summer employment kickoff in East Orange

Hundreds of students came out earlier this month for the annual Summer Work Experience Program Kickoff and HBCU fair to connect local students with Black colleges from across the country.

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Newark Liberty Airport hosts MWBE outreach forum

Newark Liberty International Airport hosted a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Outreach Forum this week, for contractors, vendors and consultants seeking to learn about contracting opportunities for the airport’s $2.4-billion Terminal A Redevelopment Program.

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Black community calling for resignation of NJ officer who allegedly exposed himself to children

A Pennsville, N.J., police officer is under fire and being pressured to resign after reports surface that he allegedly exposed himself to two children in a bathroom.

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The real hate that hate produced

James Harris Jackson is not mentally unstable. He’s a domestic terrorist.

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Bad hair day: Viral video ignites boycott of Asian-owned beauty supply stores

According to Nielsen, Black women spend an estimated $7.5 billion annually on beauty products, and the Black hair care market is a $684 million industry.

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New video reveals Michael Brown did not commit robbery

Recent surveillance footage released is shedding new light on the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Disney Dreamers Academy marks 10 years of changing lives

Walt Disney World Resort welcomed 100 teens selected to participate in the 10th 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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Students leave with life lessons and new perspective at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens bid an emotional farewell at the commencement ceremony on the final day of the 10th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Walt Disney World on Sunday.

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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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10th Disney Dreamers Academy kicks off at Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort welcomed the 100 teens selected to participate in the 10th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on Thursday. Four of the students selected are from the Tri-State area

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Newark asks residents for feedback on policing and public safety

Saturday, Newark residents completed surveys about policing in the city at the Training, Education and Recreation Center in the Dayton neighborhood

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Harlem Haberdashery hosts annual Masquerade Ball

Clothing boutique Harlem Haberdashery recently hosted their annual Masquerade Ball in the Mural Pavilion at NYC Health & Hospital/Harlem.

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Black women’s breast cancer health fair being held in Central Jersey

The Sisters Network of Central New Jersey is hosting their 17th annual Health Fair Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Doubletree Hotel, located at 200 Atrium Drive in Somerset.

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Advocates react to mayor’s homeless plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio has released what many are calling a long overdue plan to help the nearly 65,000 people in New York City who are homeless.

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Raising the ‘bar,’ Kim M. Parker, Esq.

Kim M. Parker, Esq. serves as executive director of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, a position she’s held for almost two years. Aside from being the leader of the citywide association of African-American and other minority lawyers, Parker’s work goes beyond the courtroom.

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Losing myself Part I: A weight loss journey

Ever since I was about 12 years old I have struggled with weight. From getting extra and double extra-large shirts to size 40 and 42 waist pants, I always remember saying to myself, “I’m going to lose this weight.”

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Citizen app launches in NYC to spread word about crime

Citizen app (formerly known as Vigilante) launched in the city this week in an effort to combat violence, give residents an insight on what’s going on their community and even improve community-police relations.

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

Four 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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UNCF ‘A Mind Is...’ Gala held in Midtown

It was a star-studded event at the United Negro College Fund’s annual “A Mind Is...” Gala last week.

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The Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry hosts ‘Mothers in Pain’

Nine mothers and a father whose sons were killed by gun violence in Jersey City recently came together at a community rally to recount the details of how their sons were murdered and what they have done and what they plan to do about it.

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Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield exec Sarah Jones honored at Essex County Black History Month event

The 14th Annual African-American History Month Celebration in Essex County recently took place at the Essex County Hall of Records.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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