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Cyril Josh Barker

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson to host Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed to the city for the 22nd annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Feb.

Social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts and jazz legend Wayne Shorter to receive honorary degrees from Rutgers

The Rutgers University Board of Governors announced that social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts and jazz legend Wayne Shorter will receive honorary degrees at the Rutgers-Newark Commencement ceremony.

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Calls for Virginia governor to step down grow amid blackface controversy

It’s a story of blackface, yearbook photos, a Michael Jackson dance competition and a sexual assault allegation.

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Eleven-year-old prodigy studies physics at Southern University

While most 11-year-olds are worrying about video games, TV and sports, 11-year-old Elijah Precciely is worrying about making sure he has enough hours to study physics.

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Seneca Village: Black history in Central Park

Before the city built Central Park, the area from West 82nd to West 89th streets and between 7th and 8th avenues was the location of what was known as Seneca Village, a predominantly African-American community .

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Black History Month 2019: Black Migrations

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History announced the theme for Black History Month 2019 is Black Migrations, focusing on the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.

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Four shot during vigil in Newark

A Newark community is shaken after four teenage girls were shot during a vigil, leaving one of the victims fighting for her life after being shot in the head.

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2020 presidential election: Who can beat Trump?

As the 2020 presidential election approaches liftoff, the ever-growing pool of candidates in the Democratic Party wants to put the brakes on the Trump Train.

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Cooking it up with chef JJ Johnson

Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson has already made a name for himself as an award-winning culinary master at The Cecil and Minton’s restaurants in Harlem with his Pan-African culinary style.

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Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club hosts their 43rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

New York Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde was the keynote speaker as the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club held their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

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Health package introduced by State Assembly aims to address mortality among Black mothers

New Jersey ranks 47th in the nation for maternal mortality, with 37.3 deaths per every 100,000 live births. Black women in the Garden State are five times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related complications.

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Michael B. Jordan surprises students at Newark high school

Famed actor and Newark native Michael B. Jordan surprised students at Barringer High School last week in hopes of inspiring them to pursue their dreams.

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New Jersey survivors of solitary to share stories of life in isolation

Six survivors of solitary confinement in New Jersey are publicly sharing their stories later this month about their life-altering experience in solitary confinement.

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Community on edge after death of Black man at hands of police in Paterson

Several protesters took to the streets of Paterson, N.J. on Tuesday in protest over the death of Jameek Lowery.

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AmNews 2018 Year in Review Pt. 2

Part 2 of our look back of some of the headlines from 2019.

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Census 2020 push kicks off in Harlem

Elected officials and community leaders came together for a news conference at the Schomburg Center in Harlem Wednesday to announce the city’s plans for the 2020 Census.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits NYCHA

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson came to the city to meet with Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials about conditions in NYCHA buildings.

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Bergen County NAACP elects new president

Junius "Jeff" Carter of Englewood was elected as the new president of the NAACP Bergen County branch after the chapter’s former president Anthony Cureton was elected Bergen County Sheriff.

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Black girl commits suicide after racist bullying

An Alabama 9-year-old girl took her own life on Monday night, leaving her family in shock.

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When the water runs dry in public housing

A 20-second video posted to Twitter Tuesday morning by Public Housing Communities, Inc. founder and CEO Charlene Nimmons shows her turning on her kitchen faucet in Wyckoff Gardens in Brooklyn and no water coming out.

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NYCHA’s holiday nightmare

“When will it end?” is the question New York City House Authority residents want to know as it appears major issues in public housing are now occurring on a daily basis.

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Hundreds of homeowners in NYC have been defrauded out of their homes

Hundreds of homeowners throughout New York City have been defrauded out of their homes. Now, elected officials are calling for a federal investigation into the matter, including whether a city program may be partly to blame.

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Cast of ‘Power’ distributes 6,000 turkeys in Newark, highlights hunger in NJ

The cast of the Starz series “Power” joined Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Believe in Newark Foundation to distribute more than 6,000 turkeys to residents Monday at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center.

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Racist violence against Black women on rise?

Two hate crimes in the city in which Black women were the victims have the city on edge and are another reminder that rhetoric from the White House has a strong hold on American society.

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Son of Black activist killed in suspected lynching

The hanging of a 24-year-old Black man from a tree in Missouri has suspicions of lynching and a family demanding a more thorough investigation.

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One in 10 NYC public school students are homeless

According to new data from Advocates for Children of New York, one in 10 public school children are homeless.

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Safety measures implemented at Horizon Juvenile Center

The city continues to look for long-term solutions for what to do to improve conditions at Horizon Juvenile Center in the South Bronx after news broke that 40 corrections officers were injured at the facility in recent weeks.

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Charges dropped against deaf Black man assaulted by police on viral video

Reports indicate that a deaf Black man seen on a viral video being viciously assaulted by police in Paterson won’t face charges.

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NYCHA tenants testify in federal court

As NYCHA’s ongoing saga continues, residents living in public housing continue their plea for the city to fix the numerous problems.

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Weekly protest in Newark honors Colin Kaepernick

Social justice organization the People’s Organization for Progress honored Colin Kaepernick during their weekly Justice Monday rally against police brutality in Newark.

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White cop fatally shoots Black man after entering wrong apartment

Outrage continues in Texas over the police shooting of an unarmed Black man who was sitting in his home when a white officer entered and fatally shot him.

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Fears loom over lead poisoning and Legionnaires’ disease in NYCHA

Fears of lead poisoning and Legionnaires’ disease take center stage in the ongoing saga of problems that continue to consume the New York City Housing Authority.

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Voters head to the polls for primary elections

As New Yorkers head to the polls for the upcoming Primary Elections Sept. 13, when it comes to issues and which candidates matter, poll numbers give an overwhelming snapshot as to where voters are.

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NAACP fighting injustice in Trump’s America

From the upcoming midterm elections to an uptick in hate crimes to the tone President Donald Trump has set for the nation, the NAACP certainly has work cut out for it.

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Oprah Winfrey surprises residents in historically Black community of Whitesboro

Media mogul and talk show host Oprah Winfrey made a surprise visit to the South Jersey community of Whitesboro in Middle Township.

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School year kicks off in Newark under local control for first time in more than 20 years

Newark students headed back to classes this week with public schools back under local control after more than 20 years.

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NJ governor vetoes hair-braiding bill

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wants lawmakers to go back to the drawing board after vetoing a bill that would have eliminated the requirement for professional hair braiders to complete 1,200 hours of training at a beauty school in order to do business legally.

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NYCHA staffers reassigned after allegations of sexual misconduct

More trouble for the New York City Housing Authority as reports surface that workers in one Bronx housing development are accused of sexual misconduct on the job.

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Probe into teacher’s slave lesson wraps up

As the school year gets underway in the next few weeks, a probe over a teacher who stood on the backs of Black students during a lesson about slavery at a Bronx middle school is now over.

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White Monroe Township school board candidate makes racist remarks on Facebook

A white candidate running for a seat on the Monroe Township Board of Education in Central Jersey is under fire after a racially laced rant on social media.

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Officials cry foul over proposed closure of polling sites in Black Georgia county

Black residents and elected officials in one rural Georgia county are calling foul after the announcement of a proposal to close seven out of the nine polling places in the county.

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Aretha Franklin: A personal reflection

AmNews reporter Cyril Josh Barker shares his thoughts on knowing Aretha Franklin.

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Brooklyn street co-named after Jean-Jacques Dessalines

A street sign on Newkirk and Rogers avenues in East Flatbush, Brooklyn now bears the name of Haitian Revolution leader and Haiti’s first ruler, Jean-Jacques Dessalines.

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Community Members Arrested For Protesting Inwood Rezoning Plan

Nine community members from Inwood and East Harlem were arrested after blocking the intersection of Dyckman Street and Broadway for 15 minutes while a crowd of 200 Inwood and Washington Heights residents gathered.

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Contaminated water tanks in NYCHA go unreported

As curtains continue to unveil illegal and potentially dangerous activity by the New York Housing Authority, attention is now being turned on water towers in public housing.

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Christina Lewis: Living on the legacy

Christina Lewis is the daughter of late Black billionaire and business legend Reginald F. Lewis. Today she’s carrying on his legacy, giving African-Americans the tools for success as founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization All Star Code, which teaches Black and Latino boys computer skills.

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New Jersey AG halts weed prosecutions through September

Signs are becoming more clear that New Jersey is set to legalize marijuana as State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal asked that municipal prosecutors across the state adjourn all marijuana-related offenses in municipal court until September.

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Residents Receive Free Screening on National African-American Hepatitis C Action Day

Approximately 150,000 New Yorkers are infected with Hepatitis C and about half do not know they’re infected.

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NJ State Supreme Court considers dismissal of old court warrants

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey State Supreme Court recently issued an order to set up hearings to consider the dismissal of unresolved cases involving minor municipal offenses more than 15 years old.

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NYCHA admits violating federal regulations

As the curtain continues to be raised on just how bad the New York City Housing Authority has been treating its residents, another bombshell dropped this week about the ongoing cover-ups.

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