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Cyril Josh Barker

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East Orange promotes first female fire captain in city’s history

Tasha Hayes-Smith, an East Orange firefighter since August of 1993, becomes the first female promoted to captain in the department’s history.

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Why I went to an HBCU

AmNews online editor Cyril Josh Barker discusses why he decided to go to an HBCU.

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Staten Island shift: Did Eric Garner case play a role in Dems' win?

A shift in political rule in Staten Island appears to be getting stronger with Tuesday’s election of McMahon to district attorney, who is a Democrat. His win brings consistency to every district attorney’s office in the city, with Democrats heading each one in all five boroughs.

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Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation battling hunger this Thanksgiving

Irvington, N.J., Mayor Tony Vauss and Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation Executive Director Deborah Simpkins announced INIC is giving away Thanksgiving baskets to Irvington residents with children.

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The Gathering for Justice celebrates 10th anniversary

The Gathering for Justice’s 10-year anniversary at the Justice Ball is taking place Monday, Nov. 9 at the Apollo Theater.

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Emotional farewell for slain NYPD officer

NYPD officer Randolph Holder was laid to rest as the city says goodbye to the fallen policeman, who was killed last week in East Harlem.

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Newark names appointees to Civilian Complaint Review Board

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council released the names of seven of the nine appointees to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

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Bronx unemployment drops

Bronx job statistics continued to improve this month, according to the latest numbers from the New York State Department of Labor.

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State Sen. Kevin Parker joins NNEDV to highlight National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

State Sen. Kevin Parker is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to take part in a series of events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Could ‘Bail Lab’ help reform city jail system?

Approximately 47,000 people are detained on bail in New York City every year, and a new city initiative aims to help reduce the number for low-risk individuals.

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United Palace House of Inspiration hosts ‘Gathering’ fall festival fellowship

The United Palace House of Inspiration is hosting the “Gathering,” a live concert featuring Kelly Price and Kenny Lattimore, Friday, Oct. 16, starting at 7 p.m., at the United Palace Theatre, located at 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in Manhattan.

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Ramapo College hosts 15th annual statewide ‘Diversity Issues in Higher Education’ conference

he 15th annual statewide “Diversity Issues in Higher Education” conference is being held at Ramapo College of New Jersey Friday, Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 505 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah, N.J.

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Walter Scott family to receive $6.5M

The North Charleston, S.C., City Council voted to authorize a $6.5 million settlement to the family of Walter Scott.

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Families of victims of police brutality meet with feds

Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s office met with the families of Kashad Ashford and Abdul Kamal, two families victimized by police brutality.

Community Storefront Program launches in Newark’s South Ward

South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and others recently opened the Community Storefront Program at 790 Clinton Ave. in the South Ward’s Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood.

Jersey City launches new loan program to assist small businesses

Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop announced the launch of a new loan program aimed at securing financing for local businesses.

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Michelle Obama comes to Harlem

First lady Michelle Obama made her way to Harlem Tuesday, Sept. 29 to talk with young girls about the importance of education and her latest campaign to educate millions of girls worldwide.

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Bedford Central Community Corp. hosts 10th Annual Homebuyer Series

Bedford Central Community Development Corp. is starting its homebuyer course in October.

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John Henrik Clark 100th birthday celebrated at Medgar Evers College

In honor and memory of John Henrik Clark’s 100th birthday, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, wants to raise awareness about Clark’s numerous contributions, as well as introduce him in his own words.

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Newark Community Economic Development Corporation reduces application process from one year to 31 days

The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation and the city of Newark, N.J., announced an improved business licensing process.

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People’s Organization for Progress demands justice for NJ police shooting victims

Recent rallies held in New Jersey by the justice organization People’s Organization for Progress are demanding justice for several unarmed Black men who have been killed by police.

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Critical Condition: Bed-Stuy Vollies in need of lifesaving measures

Captain James “Rocky” Robinson’s mission was laid out in 1987.

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The rise and fall of Joe's Crab Shack

When Joe’s Crab Shack built their first New York City location in Harlem in 2013, the company promised jobs and a place where locals could go for good food.

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Berkeley College students attend national student leadership diversity convention in Jersey City

Fourteen Berkeley College students explored issues of diversity and leadership at the third annual Student Leadership Diversity Convention recently held in Jersey City, N.J.

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No criminal charges in Jerame Reid police shooting

Reports out of New Jersey indicate that a grand jury has decided not to charge the two police officers involved in the shooting death of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton.

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Police commissioners fight over policy

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly isn’t holding his tongue about how he feels about law enforcement in the city since he left the NYPD.

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NAACP New Jersey State Conference to hold convention in October

The NAACP New Jersey State Conference is its annual state convention Oct. 9 through 11 in Princeton, N.J., at the Westin Hotel.

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Virginia shooting suspect claimed he was victim of racial discrimination

Two TV journalists in Virginia were killed Wednesday morning when a gunman shot them during a live interview in the middle of a morning broadcast.

The Studio School offering two scholarships

The Studio School on the Upper West Side opens applications for two scholarships the private school is looking to grant.

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House the homeless

Homelessness is considered pretty much an accepted part of life in New York City and has been for decades—the man asking for money when you exit a building, the woman holding a child in her arms who speaks to the entire subway car, the shoeless man with a sign on the sidewalk or the man with the jingling cup asking passersby for spare change.

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Michael Brown anniversary marked by protests

“Mike Brown didn’t start a movement, he just unified and galvanized this movement,” KaLisa Moore of the People’s Power Assemblies told an amped up crowd in downtown Brooklyn Sunday, Aug. 9.

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Local activists urge U.S. Attorney General to investigate deaths of women of color in police custody

The Rev. Jamal Bryant, Tamika D. Mallory and Yandy Smith-Harris, leaders of Justice League NYC and Black Women’s Roundtable, along with other activists, will gather in front of the Department of Justice Monday to urge U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch an investigation into the suspicious deaths of women of color in police custody in recent weeks.

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NJ attorney general: Remove state officials’ names from Jerame Reid lawsuit

Reports indicate that acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman wants state officials removed from the lawsuit stemming from the police shooting of Jerame Reid.

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Legionnaires’ disease creates health scare for city

Legionnaires’ disease is the latest health scare that has taken New Yorkers by storm and put the city into somewhat of a frenzy.

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Questions loom over A.G.'s investigation into death of Raynette Turner

In his first case since being appointed special prosecutor just a few weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating the death of Raynette Turner in Mount Vernon.

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NAACP launching investigation into suspicious death of Black attorney in Connecticut

The mysterious death of a Black attorney in Redding, Conn. has ignited suspicions, prompting the state’s NAACP chapter to launch its own investigation.

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Malcolm X II Phase A tenants celebrate five years of Senior Citizens on Our Minds Day

Harlem resident Jacqueline Gardner is celebrating five years of the annual Senior Citizens On Our Minds Day.

Neighborhood Clean Up Initiative kicks off in East Orange

In an effort to help reform East Orange, the city is reportedly cleaning out 700 abandoned properties and giving jobs to local residents.

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De Blasio announces $17.8 million to reduce unnecessary jail time for people awaiting trial

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced Wednesday that $17.8 million is being used to supervise 3,000 eligible defendants safely in the community instead of detaining them in jail while they await trial.

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Suit settled over alleged jail assault of Jerame Reid

Cumberland County in southern New Jersey reportedly approved a settlement of $340,000 to the estate of the late Jerame Reid, who was allegedly abused while in jail.

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Newark partners with Service Line Warranties of America to repair water and sewer lines

Newark, N.J., has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America to offer the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program to homeowners.

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Juneteenth celebration held in Harlem

The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group hosted the 22nd annual Juneteenth KingFest Celebration Parade and Street Fair.

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Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss introduces summer crime plan

Irvington, N.J., Mayor Tony Vauss recently introduced the township’s “Summer Crime Plan” at Irvington Town Hall.

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Teacher terminated for having students send Mumia Abu-Jamal cards gets support

This week, the People’s Organization of Progress spoke in support of recently terminated Orange elementary school teacher Marilyn Zuniga at the Orange Board of Education meeting.

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Military heroes shine during Fleet Week

Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 27th annual Fleet Week.

DOJ to investigate Cleveland Division of Police

In the wake of the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer who shot two unarmed Black people, the U.S. Department of Justice is now stepping in to take a hard look at the Cleveland police force.

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Obama talks community policing in Camden

President Barack Obama spoke in Camden, N.J., at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Monday, highlighting steps taken by the city that has struggled with one of the nation’s highest violent crime rates to create economic opportunity, help police do their jobs more safely and reduce crime.

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Activists petition U.S. Justice Department to get involved in Jerame Reid case

Activists in South Jersey are petitioning for U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice to get involved in the investigation into the police killing of Jerame Reid.

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VIDEO: NUL President and CEO Marc Morial on Baltimore and Freddie Gray

In a recent interview with the AmNews, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial talks with us about what's happening in Baltimore and the next steps.

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Chris Christie’s decision to send state troopers to Baltimore met with opposition

New Jersey residents are voicing their opposition to Gov. Chris Christie sending 150 state troopers to Baltimore this week to help local law enforcement.