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Cyril Josh Barker

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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.

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#March2Justice concludes in DC

March2Justice arrived at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Members of Justice League NYC stood alongside Rep. John Conyers as he reintroduced the End Racial Profiling Act.

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NJ mourns death of teen basketball star

“Welcome to death avenue” was written on a wall across the street from where a young teen was fatally shot in Paterson, N.J. City officials have since painted over the message that carries a heavy meaning.

Local students calling on presidential candidates to support 'Debt-Free College'

Hunter College and CUNY students, faculty and community members came together Tuesday to call on 2016 presidential candidates to support a national goal of debt-free college at public institutions of higher education.

‘Jail Ain't No Good' annual walk-a-thon

The Masjid Malcolm Shabazz Mosque is hosting the “Jail Ain’t No Good” annual walk-a-thon Saturday, April 25.The four-mile walk will start at 11 a.m. at West 116th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.

City college student organizations rally in solidarity with 60,000 workers

Various student organizations at the City College of New York rallied in front of the Wille Administration Building Wednesday, advocating for more student services on campus.

Delta Sigma Theta hosts annual book fair

The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is having its annual Black Book Fair Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Medgar Evers College.

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Sharpton slams S.C. murder

Citizens mobilized and rallied Wednesday morning in North Charleston, S.C. in outrage over yet another shooting of an unarmed Black man.

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Florida A&M musicians arrive in New York for historic performance at Carnegie Hall

The 60-member wind symphony from Florida A&M University (FAMU) arrived to the city on Friday to prepare for their performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday.

Actor Danny Glover honored by National Black Writers conference

The Center for Black Literature and Medgar Evers College is honoring and paying tribute to the work of actor Danny Glover during the 2015 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium.

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'Empire' finishes on top

Love it or hate it, Fox’s “Empire” is taking Black America by storm and the numbers prove it.

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Protesters stage demonstration in response to Jerame Reid shooting

A protest for the police shooting of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., brought out nearly 200 people last Saturday, according to reports.

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VIDEO: LAPD officers kill homeless Black man

The world is again exposed to another killing of a Black man by police.

Corrections officers involved in Jerame Reid case seek dismissal of suit

Reports indicate the corrections officers involved in a lawsuit filed by a Black man fatally shot by police in December want the suit against them dismissed.

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Activist Larry Hamm awarded Key to the City of Newark

Last Sunday, longtime activist, community leader and founding chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress Larry Hamm was awarded the Key to the City of Newark by Mayor Ras Baraka, during a community service dinner at which Hamm was the keynote speaker.