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Cyril Josh Barker

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Bronx teen accused of stabbing classmate indicted on manslaughter charges

Matthew McCree is dead and Abel Cedeno is alive; however, that didn’t stop a grand jury from downgrading Cedeno’s murder charge to manslaughter. His supporters call the new indictment a “victory.”

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Tamika Mallory incident reignites conversation on ‘flying while Black’

Activist Tamika Mallory’s account of what happened to her on Sunday when she was booted off of an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York went viral getting hundreds of thousands of views.

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Wedding bells ring for Sharpton's eldest daughter

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s eldest daughter, Dominique, marries Dr. Marcus Alan Bright during a ceremony at Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens.

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Slain high schooler laid to rest

Candles and photos of 15-year-old Matthew McCree are still visible in the backyard of his apartment building on Mapes Avenue in the Bronx.

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Report: One in 10 city school students are homeless

More than 104,000 students were identified as homeless by NYS school districts and charter schools according to a report by New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students.

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Black woman told her hair ‘too urban’ for work at Banana Republic

A manager at a Banana Republic in New York has been fired for sending an employee home because her braids were too “urban.”

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Black high school football player files discrimination suit

A Black former high school football player is reportedly filing a $1 million lawsuit against Lenape High School in Medford, N.J., according to reports.

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Longtime New Jersey activist Douglass Tucker passes away

Activist Douglass Tucker of Montclair, N.J., is being remembered for his work in civil rights and his volunteer work. He passed away last month from natural causes.

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JetBlue donates $10,000 to the Harlem Jets youth football league

JetBlue Airways recently surprised the Harlem Jets youth football team with a $10,000 donation to continue providing services to the city’s youngest football players.

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Community residents lead walking tour of vacant public property

Community residents, elected officials, homeless people, housing advocates and other stakeholders led a walking tour of East Harlem this week to highlight privately owned and publicly owned vacant buildings and lots that could be developed as permanently affordable housing.

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Justice for Matthew: Deadly Bronx school stabbing raises questions about school safety

Louna Dennis continues to grieve as she prepares to bury her son Matthew McCree, who was fatally stabbed by another student at a Bronx high school.

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Domestic Terrorism: The Las Vegas massacre

Stephen Craig Paddock was a domestic terrorist whose shooting rampage killed 59 people and injured 530 others during a music festival in Las Vegas Sunday.

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State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright propose 'MTA Fare Evasion' bill

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright introduced legislation over the summer that would make turnstile jumping and theft of public transportation services a civil matter and not end with an arrest and criminal record.

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ACLU taking on voting rights fight

According to election numbers, the 2008 presidential election brought out the most diverse number of voters in U.S. history. Since then 27 measures were passed or implemented in 19 states that make it harder to vote.

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Weiner gets 21 months in teen sexting case

This time four years ago, disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner had just lost the Democratic primary in his bid to be the next New York City mayor, winning just 5 percent of the vote.

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Harlem hosts 48th Annual African-American Day Parade

Dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” the 48th annual African-American Day Parade marched through Harlem on Sunday.

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Post office named after Tuskegee Airman Roscoe C. Brown Jr.

The Morris Heights post office in the Bronx now bears the name of late Tuskegee Airman and Bronx Community College President Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr.

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Disaster Zone: Earthquake, hurricane devastate Mexico and the Caribbean

Another major hurricane in the Caribbean and a deadly earthquake in Mexico take center stage this week as concerns about what exactly is going on with Mother Earth.

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Mayor Ras Baraka, Savion Glover discuss strengthening Newark’s arts and culture industry

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Tony Award-winning artist Savion Glover recently discussed the importance of the city’s arts and culture industry to strengthening Newark’s prosperity at a news conference.

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Landon Dais hired as political director of the Marijuana Policy Project's New York affiliate

Attorney and longtime community organizer Landon Dais is named political director of the Marijuana Policy Project’s New York affiliate.

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Gov. Cuomo announces $5.5 million for supportive housing in Brooklyn

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced allocation of $5.5 million in state funding for a supportive housing development in Brooklyn.

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God's Battalion of Prayer in Brooklyn hosting 'Still We Rise Human Justice Summit'

Part three of the “Still We Rise Human Justice Summit” is being hosted at God’s Battalion of Prayer in Brooklyn Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Paradise Lost: Irma leaves Caribbean nations in dire straits

As Texans still struggle to recover from Hurricane Harvey and Floridians wait for Irma’s water to recede and electricity to be restored, drinking water, food, and basic necessities continue to be in short supply for survivors in Caribbean nations devastated by Hurricane Irma.

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Bronx Borough President hosts back to school event

Bronx President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual “Back to School” Literacy & Health Fair at the Pablo Casals Middle School 181 on the Co-op City Education Campus.

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De Blasio hikes cigarette prices aimed at cutting down on smoking

The city’s estimated 900,000 smokers are going to have to dig deeper in their pockets. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several bills to reduce the number of smokers, including raising the price of cigarettes to $13.

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Elected officials, community leaders demand removal of Central park monument honoring controversial doctor

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, elected officials and community leaders rallied this week outside Central Park to demand that the New York City Parks Department remove a statue that pays tribute to Dr. J Marion Sims, a physician who conducted medical experiments on enslaved Black women.

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Ramarley Graham’s mother releases new legal filings against the NYPD

Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, announced a new legal filing against the New York City Police Department for what she believes are efforts to conceal critical information about Graham’s 2012 killing by officers.

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VIDEO: NYC rallies for Colin Kaepernick

Rallies have taken place across the city in support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose silent protest during the national anthem at football games against cases of police brutality drew national attention.

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Brooklyn District Attorney candidate night at Medgar Evers College

The Brooklyn NAACP and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College are hosting the Brooklyn District Attorney Candidate Night Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. at Medgar Evers College (1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn).

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East New York highlights 1000 days of free gun-related homicides

Anti-violence activists are highlighting 1000 days of no gun-related homicides in East New York, Brooklyn Aug. 17.

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War at Home: Trump & his Racists vs Everyone else

It’s plain and simple: the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, is a racist and America put him in the White House. Although many Americans are now coming to that realization, others have known for decades.

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Black man brutally beaten by white supremacists during Charlottesville clash

Deandre Harris is getting little attention in the infinite hours of coverage of what happened in Charlottesville, Va.

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Judge promises reduced sentences if inmates get vasectomies

Controversy is swirling after a judge from one county instituted a new program that would shave jail time for people who get surgeries that would prevent them from having children.

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Study finds health outreach at barbershops helpful to Black men

A new study finds that patients who participated in a patient navigator program in which they enrolled at their barbershops were twice as likely to get screened for colorectal cancer.

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Elected officials and advocates advance bill to stop more than 25,000 turnstile jumping arrests

Senator Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright hosted a news conference with public defenders and criminal justice reform advocates Tuesday in Brooklyn on legislation to decriminalize turnstile jumping.

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MISSED SIGNALS: Train woes continue

Another derailed train, more delays and a mayor, governor and transit head who can’t seem to decide who’s responsible as commuters continue to suffer.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand holds town hall meeting in Bronx

New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand addressed topics ranging from health care, gun violence, race relations and Israel at a town hall meeting for constituents on Saturday at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

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N.J. officer charged in beating of Black teen

The police officer involved in the beating of a Black teen in Carteret, N.J., has been charged.

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Hot Tracks: Subway blaze stokes MTA's 'Summer of Hell'

New York City subway trains can reach a top speed of 55 miles per hour, but it doesn’t appear they are living up to their full potential.

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Mikey likes it and you will, too

It’s no surprise that on any given day Michael “Mikey” Cole’s Lower East Side ice cream parlor, Mikey Likes It, has a line of people waiting to get flavors such as “Foxy Brown,” “Ice Ice Baby” and “Mint Condition.”

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New Gun City: Shootings show firearm proliferation

Tears streamed down the face of slain NYPD Detective Miosoitis Familia’s oldest daughter Genesis as she spoke about the unconditional love her mother gave to her and two younger siblings.

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State Assembly votes to extend mayoral control for two years

The State Assembly votes to renew mayoral control of New York City public schools for two years. The bill is now headed to the State Senate

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Suspicious death of Black man in Mississippi recalls state’s haunting past

The recent killings of two Black men in Mississippi are raising serious questions about whether or not the deaths were the result of lynchings.

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State Senator James Sanders Jr. presents the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival

New York State Sen. James Sanders Jr. is partnering with The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association to present the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival Saturday, Aug. 19. Sanders represents the 10th Senatorial District in Queens, New York.

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NYCHA housing forum taking place in East Harlem

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is co-sponsoring a public housing forum with Community Board 11’s Housing Committee in East Harlem, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 Third Ave. (at 119th Street).

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Trump budget takes away from those in most need

From eliminating student loan forgiveness, cutting crucial after school programs and reducing funding for food stamps, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 appears to be showing no mercy for low- and even middle-income Americans.

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Victim of heinous racial attack laid to rest

Families across the nation honored loved ones killed serving in the nation’s armed forces on Memorial Day. However, the family of Black Army Lieutenant Richard Collins III honored their loved one who was killed on American soil in a recent act of racial terrorism.

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Rutgers hosts conference addressing Black infant mortality in NJ

Rutgers University, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Center of New Jersey and the Partnership for Mental and Child Health of Northern New Jersey are hosting the conference “Black Infant Mortality in New Jersey: Past, Present and Future,” Friday, June 2, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

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Council Member Andy King launches Constituents Service Night

Bronx Council Member Andy King and his staff are hosting Constituent Services Night every other week in different NYCHA housing developments in the 12th Council District.

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Bronx Week closes with parade and walk of fame ceremony

The grand finale of Bronx Week 2017 took place Sunday with the annual induction ceremony and Bronx Week Parade.

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