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Cyril Josh Barker

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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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Justice When?: Anniversary of Eric Garner’s death brings turning point to investigation

Tuesday marked four years since NYPD officers killed Eric Garner on Staten Island. His mother says the ordeal still haunts her.

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Gov. Cuomo and Assemblyman Michael Blake announce $10 million investment in the South Bronx

The South Bronx is the latest winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which is investing $10 million to create jobs and economic growth in the area.

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City honors more than 100 college-bound high school graduates

This week, the city honored more than 100 college-bound high school graduates currently residing in homeless shelters at a ceremony at the New York Public Library in Midtown.

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Black twin brothers named valedictorians, earn full scholarships to MIT

As millions of teenagers across the nation celebrate their high school graduations, New Jersey fraternal twin brothers Malik and Miles George have something extra to celebrate.

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Feds step in to help NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority received a long overdue payday this week as the city reached a $2 billion settlement with the federal government to repair the city’s crumbling public housing.

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Summer Youth Employment expanded

The city’s FY19 budget agreement is expanding the Summer Youth Employment Program and providing 5,000 minimum wage jobs, bringing the total to 75,000.

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City’s predatory equity landlords named

Lower East Side resident Holly Slayton has been a resident of 514 E. 12th St. for almost 30 years; however, things changed when her building was taken over by a new company she believes is trying to put her out.

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From Wall Street to the pulpit

Before becoming involved in the clergy, the Rev. Nigel A. Pearce had his own firm on Wall Street. However, it was a higher power that led him to become one of Uptown’s key religious figures.

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ACLU: Marijuana could put millions into low-income communities

As the legalization of recreational marijuana becomes more and more of a reality in New York, the Empire State is getting an inside look at what legalizing the drug could mean.

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Resistance mounts as NFL outlines policy on players’ protests

Activists held a rally last Friday outside of the National Football League headquarters to protest the league’s policy requiring NFL players to stand during the national anthem at games or stay in the locker room.

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Stacey Abrams becomes first Black female major party gubernatorial nominee

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams takes her place in history becoming the Democratic nominee in Georgia’s gubernatorial election, making her the first Black female major party gubernatorial nominee in U.S. history.

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Police to only give summonses for marijuana smoking

Just about a week after Mayor Bill de Blasio asked for a review of how law enforcement handles marijuana policy in New York City, he told the city’s police officers to halt arrests on people smoking pot in public.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol kicks off journey to new facility at annual gala

Harlem-based youth organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol recently hosted its 14th annual VOICES benefit gala.

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Columbia celebrates inaugural class from HBCU fellowship program

Nearly two dozen alumni from historically Black colleges recently graduated from Columbia University earning their master’s degrees through a new fellowship by the Ivy League school. And they didn’t pay a dime.

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Hangings around the nation reference America’s shameful past

A probe investigating the hanging of a Black man in Mississippi is closing, according to reports.

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Ras Baraka wins second term as Newark Mayor

Ras Baraka wins second term as Newark Mayor.

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Tarana Burke, Slick Rick inducted into Bronx Walk of Fame

#MeToo movement founder and advocate Tarana Burke and hip-hop legend Slick Rick are among the newest members of the Bronx Walk of Fame. The two were inducted during a ceremony at Mott Haven Bar & Grill to kick off the 47th annual Bronx Week.

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49th Malcolm X Unity Awards being held on May 20

The New York Chapter of Kawaida Organizations in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival is hosting the 49th Malcolm X Black Unity Awards Program Sunday, May 20

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Newark officials crack down on chronic school absenteeism

According to a report released last year by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, nearly half of Newark’s high school students were chronically absent during the 2015-16 school year.

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Food insecurity continues to plague thousands of New Yorkers

Proposed federal cuts to food aid, the upcoming summer months and the crushing hammer of gentrification is a recipe for disaster when it comes to hunger in the city.

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First Black superintendent appointed in Montclair

First Black superintendent appointed in Montclair

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Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

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Fallout continues after Black men are harassed at LA Fitness in Secaucus

In the wake of the controversy surrounding Starbucks calling the police on two Black men who were waiting for friend at a location in Philadelphia, gym chain LA Fitness is in the spotlight in a similar whirlwind.

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Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

Fallout continues after two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks. Calls for a boycott of the chain coffee shop persist as the company announces plans to close thousands of stores for racial bias training.

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Beyoncé donates to several HBCUs

As the world continues to talk about Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s jaw-dropping performance at Coachella, four historically Black colleges and universities are getting a big gift from the superstar.

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National Action Network wraps up national convention

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, rapper Common and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris we among the big names that attended the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s 2018 National Convention at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel.

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New York’s jazz station goes beyond the airwaves

Walking through the halls of public radio jazz station WBGO 88.3 FM, it’s not hard to figure out why the nearly 40-year-old station is a epicenter of the American music genre aiming to keep dedicated jazz aficionados pleased along with getting the ears of new listeners.

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Sen. Cory Booker to give commencement address at Kean University

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is set to speak to more than 2,500 students and their families May 17 during Kean University’s Undergraduate Commencement at Newark’s Prudential Center.

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NYCHA roofs repaired at 65 developments

The New York City Housing Authority recently announced that roofs have been completely replaced at 65 public housing buildings.

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