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Cyril Josh Barker

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Affordable Housing Manager position created in Newark to aid with housing crisis

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced this week that the city is looking to fill the position of Affordable Housing Manager.

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National gun rights bill could be public threat

Fallout continues over Congress’ passage of House Bill 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

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Tax bill would cut essentials to communities of color

President Donald Trump and Republicans herald that their tax plan will help middle class Americans and put the economy back on track by cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

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Council Member Jumaane Williams honors Colin Kaepernick

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams presented former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick with a New York City Council proclamation honoring him for his “commitment to protesting the systemic oppression of and police brutality toward people of color.”

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#JusticeForCyntoiaBrown: Supporters rally for release of sex trafficking victim

A global movement that includes celebrities and hundreds of supporters are calling for the release of sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown in Nashville, Tenn. Brown was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who raped and abused her.

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Brooklyn grandmother fights for apartment

Brooklyn grandmother Joy Noel, 85, spent her Thanksgiving holiday homeless and fighting to get her apartment back.

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Newark students get free wireless devices

More than 4,000 Newark Public Schools students got a surprise Friday when they were all given free Sprint wireless devices.

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Transition of power begins in New Jersey

On the heels of a victorious win in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Democrats Governor-elect Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor-elect Sheila Oliver officially kick off their transition as the state’s new top political heavyweights.

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Scandal at NYCHA fosters longtime calls for change

As the saga continues over revelations that the New York City Housing Authority lied about lead paint in thousands of apartments, tenants’ complaints about longtime issues are pouring in.

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New state Democratic Party head visits Harlem

Newly appointed Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party Geoff Berman recently visited Harlem to discuss his new position at an event hosted by State Sen. Brian Benjamin.

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Public Advocate Letitia James releases list of city's worst landlords

Public Advocate Letitia James released the 2017 Worst Landlords Watchlist, an annual database of the worst landlords in New York City.

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FDNY graduates diverse class

The FDNY is being hailed for the graduation of 279 probationary firefighters, of which 50 percent were people of color.

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Gov. Cuomo to sign bill giving PTSD patients access to medical marijuana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign a bipartisan bill to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for New York’s medical marijuana program,

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Black celebrities being inducted into inaugural class of the East Orange Hall of Fame

Actor John Amos, rap group Naughty by Nature, Queen Latifah and Dionne Warwick are among the those being inducted into the inaugural class of the East Orange Hall of Fame.

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New Jersey mayors release report on urban policies for Governor-elect Phil Murphy

Five New Jersey mayors released a new report this week created by the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association designed to help Governor-elect Phil Murphy and his team better understand the issues facing New Jersey’s cities.

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Roy Moore stays defiant amid sexual abuse allegations

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore continues to defy calls for him to exit the race after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused teenage girls while in his 30s during the late 1970s.

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Dr. Barbara Gaba becomes first woman and African-American installed as president at NJ community college

Atlantic Cape Community College on the Jersey Shore made history with the inauguration of its ninth president, Dr. Barbara Gaba. She is the first woman and first African-American installed as president of the two-year school.

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HS football refs removed after walking off field, making racist comments online

The ongoing saga over Black high school football players in New Jersey kneeling during the national anthem reached a boiling point when two referees were removed after the discovery of racist comments they made online.

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Report: Arrests for marijuana possession continue despite policy changes

New findings from a law enforcement reform group demonstrate that although Mayor Bill de Blasio claims to have ended marijuana sanctions, the NYPD continues to target individuals who have the drug on them.

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NYS Health Marketplace now open

Enrollment for 2018 health coverage has started through New York State’s health insurance marketplace, New York State of Health.

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Council Memeber Andy King and Co-Op City come together for relief efforts for U.S. Virgin Islands

Council Member Andy King joined representatives from Riverbay Corporation and Co-op City residents this week to announce an imminent shipment of supplies leaving this afternoon.

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Political climate results in 'HBCU Renaissance'

Reports indicate that enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities is climbing. Higher education experts believe the uptick is a result of the election of President Donald Trump.

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Meet these white people who didn’t get the memo about wearing blackface on Halloween

It seems every Halloween some white people still think it’s fine to dress in blackface and publicize it on social media.

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Obama campaigns for NJ gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy

Former President Barack Obama made a stop in the Garden State to speak at an invite-only campaign event Thursday for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.

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Outrage and action as Trump offends Gold Star widow

As the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson buries her husband, her tragedy has been the backdrop for a war she didn’t want to be part of.

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Lenox Terrace gets updated construction plan

Since its initial building in 1959, Lenox Terrace has been a jewel to Harlem’s residential life. Today it’s on the verge of a major renovation in an effort to keep up with current demands.

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Black woman running for freeholder in Atlantic County

Black female Democratic candidate Ashley Bennett, 32, said she was inspired to run for freeholder in Atlantic County’s 3rd District after Republican incumbent John Carman posted a sexist statement about this year’s Women’s March.

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Women firefighters at historic highs in the FDNY

Four new women become FDNY firefighters this week and they all have one special thing in common—they are all mothers. Krysteena Corbett-Terryl, Jacqueline Reno, Melisa Ritchie and Lisa Snyder walked across the FDNY graduation stage Wednesday to earn a huge accomplishment.

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Council Member Jumaane Williams introduces reproductive rights bill

Council Member Jumaane Williams introduced a bill this week that seeks to ensure protections against employment discrimination based on reproductive health care decisions.

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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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PHOTOS: The Rev. Al Sharpton's daughter, Dominique gets married

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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