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Cyril Josh Barker

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Florida A&M musicians arrive in New York for historic performance at Carnegie Hall

The 60-member wind symphony from Florida A&M University (FAMU) arrived to the city on Friday to prepare for their performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday.

Actor Danny Glover honored by National Black Writers conference

The Center for Black Literature and Medgar Evers College is honoring and paying tribute to the work of actor Danny Glover during the 2015 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium.

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'Empire' finishes on top

Love it or hate it, Fox’s “Empire” is taking Black America by storm and the numbers prove it.

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Protesters stage demonstration in response to Jerame Reid shooting

A protest for the police shooting of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., brought out nearly 200 people last Saturday, according to reports.

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VIDEO: LAPD officers kill homeless Black man

The world is again exposed to another killing of a Black man by police.

Corrections officers involved in Jerame Reid case seek dismissal of suit

Reports indicate the corrections officers involved in a lawsuit filed by a Black man fatally shot by police in December want the suit against them dismissed.

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Activist Larry Hamm awarded Key to the City of Newark

Last Sunday, longtime activist, community leader and founding chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress Larry Hamm was awarded the Key to the City of Newark by Mayor Ras Baraka, during a community service dinner at which Hamm was the keynote speaker.

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

Twelve local area high school students are preparing for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, March 5 through 8 at Walt Disney World.

Girlfriend of Black man shot by police in Ohio killed in car crash

Reports indicate that the girlfriend of a Black man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart has died.

Illinois taping law disputed

Proposed changes to the Illinois “eavesdropping law” is getting backlash because it could discourage people from making video recordings of law-enforcement officers.

Marissa Alexander to be released in January

Black Florida mother Marissa Alexander is being released after accepting a plea deal.

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Nation awaits Ferguson verdict

All eyes are on Ferguson, Mo., again as a grand jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown.

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Report: 1 in 30 children homeless in America

As the nation prepares for the holiday season, new numbers about homeless children reveal that this season may not be so joyous for many.

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State election roundup

All three statewide politicians hung on to their spots as several legislative politicians were also re-elected during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Go out and vote!

Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters head to the polls for the midterm elections to decide the races for governor, state attorney general, comptroller and various congressional seats.

Metro Briefs 10/23-10/29

The “Face of Darkness” team is appearing on ‘Here and Now’ on WABC 7.

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BSRC hosts annual gala

Monday, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation honored Rosie Perez, William Thompson Sr. and Bruce Gordon at the annual Restore Brooklyn Benefit Dinner, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Metro Briefs 10/16-10/22


Eva’s charter school scheme

Last Thursday, thousands of parents, teachers and students gathered in Foley Square in lower Manhattan for what is believed to be one of the largest rallies for charter schools the city has seen.

Report: Black girls falling victim to systemic barriers in education

The report, “Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity,” outlines what are sometimes insurmountable barriers to staying in school and how poor educational outcomes result in limited job opportunities, lower lifetime earnings and increased risk of economic insecurity for African-American women.

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Metro Briefs 9/11 - 9/17

A roundup of news around the city.

Fundraiser for East Harlem explosion

Several Harlem community leaders are hosting a fundraiser event for the victims of the East Harlem gas explosion that killed eight people.

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Obama gets positive reaction for aggressive stance

President Barack Obama’s most vocal State of the Union address since he took office, reaction to his plans to move forward with or without Congress is getting much praise.

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Red Lobster opens in Harlem

The long-awaited Red Lobster in Harlem is open.

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New York’s ‘Mecca’ for diversity

The newly appointed chief diversity officer for New York state, Mecca E. Santana, said that she wants to continue the success of the state’s minority- and women-owned businesses enterprises (MWBEs) programs and make sure they are getting their fair share. Santana is tasked with reforming and strengthening the state’s programs and efforts to encourage the growth of MWBEs. Santana took the position in September and performs many important tasks, including advising Gov. Andrew Cuomo on policies relating to workforce diversity.

The Doe Fund’s CORE program gives young men hope

The Doe Fund began its Creating Opportunity Reinforcing Education (CORE) program earlier this year after the organization saw a spike in young men coming to the organization. The program gives homeless men between the ages of 18 and 26 a shelter and pays them to earn their GED.

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Teaching America how to teach

From Harlem to the White House, Joiselle Cunningham has spent years shaping the lives of students as a top-notch teacher who was given the privilege to share her talent with the hopes of making change in how America educates.

City Council joins chorus in passing crucial student loan resolutions

The City Council passed two resolutions to help local college students combat the rising costs of student loans. They are also calling on Congress to pass and President Barack Obama to sign the Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act, which would reduce the interest rate of federal subsidized Stafford student loans for one year from the current 3.4 percent to 0.75 percent.

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Building collapses on pedestrians, bus in Harlem

At 9:26 this morning a demolition project at 125th street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. in...