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COPS KILL AGAIN: Two fatal police shootings spark nationwide outrage

Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla. and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. are the latest men added to list of Black men who have been killed by police, sending shockwaves across the nation and furthering the rift between police and the community.

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Academic program launched for youth dropouts in Newark

A new program has been launched in Newark to ensure that out-of-school youth remain off the streets, complete their high school educations and get good jobs.

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Day of action in Newark for political prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin

Supporters and organizers are coming together for a National Day of Action for political prisoner Imam Jamil Al- Amin Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at 84 Clinton Place in Newark.

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Metropolitan College opens South Bronx Cmapus

Metropolitan College of New York officially opened its new Bronx campus on East 149th Street, moving from its previous location on Courtlandt Avenue. The new campus is the anchor of Triangle Plaza Hub, a mixed commercial project.

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New York State Office of Mental Health announces statewide suicide prevention plan

The New York State Office of Mental Health recently announced the release of a plan for suicide prevention, aimed at reducing New York State’s suicide rate.

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Traci Lester putting her best foot forward at the National Dance Institute

Newly hired executive director of the National Dance Institute, Traci Lester, wraps up her first week in her new position. In an interview with the AmNews, she said she’s looking to expand the nonprofit’s reach to give more access to the arts to city youth.

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Gov. Chris Christie vetoes $15 minimum wage bill in NJ

The Fight for $15 movement suffered a blow in New Jersey as Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage in the Garden State.

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Bronx street renamed after late Assemblyman Samuel Bea Jr.

Friends, family members and elected officials gathered Wednesday at the corner of Ely Street and Strang Avenue in the Bronx, to rename the intersection “Honorable Samuel Bea Jr. Way,” in memory of the state lawmaker who is best known for his 30 years of service as district manager of Community Board 12.

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National Dance Institute announces new executive director

Former education, nonprofit and human services executive Traci Lester is assuming the role as executive director of the Harlem-based National Dance Institute. She began her new position this week.

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Father mourns son on 9/11

Clyde Frazier Sr. last spoke to his son, Clyde Frazier Jr. Sept., 10, 2001. At the time, he didn’t know that would be the last time he would speak to his son.

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Summer cease-fire plea

As summer comes to close another violent weekend blankets the city, leaving activist yet again calling for a cease fire.

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Donald Trump’s outreach to the Black community falls flat

Aimed at trying to swing Black voters to his side, Trump’s statements pointing out that life for Black Americans is terrible don’t appear to be having any affect.

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Obama visits Louisiana after historic flooding

In what has been called the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, waters are finally receding in southern Louisiana from the recent devastating historic floods.

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Emergency Management Brings Mobile Office to the Bronx NYC

The New York City Emergency Management Department visited the Bronx Tuesday to discuss emergency preparedness, coordination and planning with residents.

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P.O.P. leader Larry Hamm reports back from DNC

People’s Organization for Progress Chairman Lawrence Hamm is giving a report on last week’s historic Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and he said, “We have a lot to talk about.”

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Assemblyman Michael Blake claims he was victim of excessive force

Reports indicate that the incident occurred Saturday while Blake was at a community barbecue event at the Gouverneur Morris Houses in the Bronx.

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Charges dropped for remaining officers in Freddie Gray killing

The charges against the three remaining police officers involved in the 2015 killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore are dropped, resulting in yet another case in which police walk free after committing a homicide and deepening the divide between police and the Black community.

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Baton Rouge police killing reveals bigger issue about PTSD in Black men

The nation was put on edge once again as three police officers were killed. The shooting took place in Baton Rouge, La., which is still reeling from the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling.

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P.O.P. Justice Mondays hits milestone, remembers Eric Garner

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its 25th consecutive Justice Monday protest to demand federal investigations into four active police shooting cases in New Jersey.

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NAACP and Montclair Police Department to host community-law enforcement meeting

The Montclair Police Department, in cooperation with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Montclair NAACP-Criminal Justice Committee, is hosting a community meeting.

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'USA Danger Zone- Police Murders of Black People Rising'

The December 12th Movement will hold an emergency community gathering at Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn N.Y., Friday, July 15, 2016, at 7 p.m., focusing on the relentless and systemic racist attacks on Black people in the United States.

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Double shootings spark outrage

The fatal shooting of a mother in the Bronx caught in crossfire and the shooting of five teens in Brooklyn over a designer bookbag is a clear indication that gun violence will again be a problem this summer.

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Black LGBTQ community reacts to Orlando gay club massacre

The recent mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub continues to ignite outrage throughout the LGBTQ community. Black members of the gay community are also showing support and speaking out.

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Annual African-American Parade and Festival held in Montclair

The Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation held the 27th annual African-American Parade and Festival last weekend.

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NJ Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice endorses Hillary Clinton

This week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with 15 members of the N.J. Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice to discuss issues important to their communities. After the event, the Mayors’ Alliance endorsed Clinton for president.

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Charges reduced for man who killed would-be rapist

Mamadou Diallo, 61, walked out of Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday night to cheers after his initial charges were reduced for fatally beating the man who tried to rape his wife and was terrorizing the community. Previously facing manslaughter charges for fatally beating the man with a tire iron, Diallo had the charges reduced by a judge to assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released on his own recognizance.

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Montclair honoring Harlem Hellfighters on Memorial Day

The memory of four members of the 369th infantry regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” from Montclair are being honored at this year’s Memorial Day tribute in the township.

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White House chooses Newark for Special Impact Hub program

The White House chose the city of Newark as one of 16 communities to take part in the Special Impact Hub program, aimed at upgrading and expanding community programs (including job, learning, meal and violence reduction programs) for young people this summer and year-round.

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Eric Holder delivers commencement address at Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School alum and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is delivers the keynote address at Columbia Law School’s graduation.

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Report: State's 'eviction bonus' largest contributor to rent increases on stabilized apartments

According to a report by the Community Service Society, New York State’s “eviction bonus” is responsible for nearly 50 percent of the citywide total increase in stabilized rents above inflation.

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The ‘Uberlicious’ Mai Perkins

Mai Perkins in one of the 20,000 Uber drivers taking New Yorkers from point A to point B. She’s combining her love of writing and being an Uber driver with her popular blog “Uberlicious.”

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Rutgers University prepares for Obama’s commencement address

On the heels of his rousing commencement speech at Howard University, President Barack Obama heads to the Garden State this weekend to address graduates at Rutgers University.

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Black student accepted to all eight Ivies announces her decision

A Black Long Island high school student receiving offers from all eight Ivy League schools has finally made her choice.

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Newark leaders hold rally demanding fair hiring at ports

Leaders in Newark, N.J. took to the streets this week demanding that the Waterfront Commission, the New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association do more to remedy racial, gender and ethnic inequality in employment at the area ports.

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Cleveland awards family of Tamir Rice $6 million

The city of Cleveland awarded the family of Tamir Rice a $6 million settlement, according to reports. However, an attorney for the family says that no amount of money will bring the 12-year-old back as the family continues to seek justice.

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Justin Garrett Moore to head city’s Public Design Commission

If you enjoy going to the Greenpoint and Williamsburg Waterfront, Hunter’s Point South, Coney Island and the Brooklyn Cultural District, thank Justin Garrett Moore. He’s responsible for helping design those and other public spaces around the city.

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City comptroller says HPD shortchanging M/WBEs on contract opportunities

According to a recent audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, minority- and women-owned business enterprises aren’t getting their fair share of contract opportunities in the Department of Housing Preservation.

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Aretha Franklin hosts 74th birthday celebration

Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in style Thursday at a star-studded affair at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan.

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Comunilife opens 65 units of affordable housing for special needs and low-income residents in the Bronx

Health and human service not-for-profit Comunilife opens its newest supportive and affordable housing building in the Bronx.

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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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Hillary's Agenda: Clinton speaks at NAN convention

With the snip of a ribbon, the Rev. Al Sharpton kicked off the National Action Convention’s National Convention in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday. The event also marks NANs 25 anniversary.

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Sharpton kicks off silver celebration at NAN convention

Rev. Al Sharpton cut the ribbon kicking of the National Action Network's National Convention in Midtown on Wednesday.

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Philip White: One year later

March 31 marked one year since the death of 32-year-old, Black, unarmed Philip White in Vineland, N.J.

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City reminds women to file taxes for free

As the April 18 tax deadline approaches, the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs is reminding local taxpayers to take advantage of NYC Free Tax Prep.

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Sanders and Clinton return ‘home’ for votes

The gauntlet has been thrown as Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders go head-to-head in the April 19 New York primary election.

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Harriette Cole: The dreamleaper

Life stylist Harriette Cole has built her dream career by making people look good and fine-tuning their images.

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First African-American woman CEO at private hospital in New York City honored

The Coalition to Transform Interfaith introduced and welcomed LaRay Brown, the newly appointed CEO for Interfaith Medical Center.

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Citywide ferry service to launch in 2017

New Citywide Ferry Service set to launch next year.

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Rev. Al Sharpton receives award from family of Nelson Mandela

National Action Network founder and President Rev. Al Sharpton received The Mandela Legacy’s “Hope, Success & Empowerment Award” at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, Canada.

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Preparations being made for 13th Annual National Black Writers Conference

The 13th National Black Writers Conference is set to take place March 31 through April 3 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

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