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Cyril Josh Barker

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Suspicious death of Black man in Mississippi recalls state’s haunting past

The recent killings of two Black men in Mississippi are raising serious questions about whether or not the deaths were the result of lynchings.

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State Senator James Sanders Jr. presents the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival

New York State Sen. James Sanders Jr. is partnering with The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association to present the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival Saturday, Aug. 19. Sanders represents the 10th Senatorial District in Queens, New York.

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NYCHA housing forum taking place in East Harlem

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is co-sponsoring a public housing forum with Community Board 11’s Housing Committee in East Harlem, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 Third Ave. (at 119th Street).

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Trump budget takes away from those in most need

From eliminating student loan forgiveness, cutting crucial after school programs and reducing funding for food stamps, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 appears to be showing no mercy for low- and even middle-income Americans.

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Victim of heinous racial attack laid to rest

Families across the nation honored loved ones killed serving in the nation’s armed forces on Memorial Day. However, the family of Black Army Lieutenant Richard Collins III honored their loved one who was killed on American soil in a recent act of racial terrorism.

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Rutgers hosts conference addressing Black infant mortality in NJ

Rutgers University, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Center of New Jersey and the Partnership for Mental and Child Health of Northern New Jersey are hosting the conference “Black Infant Mortality in New Jersey: Past, Present and Future,” Friday, June 2, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

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Council Member Andy King launches Constituents Service Night

Bronx Council Member Andy King and his staff are hosting Constituent Services Night every other week in different NYCHA housing developments in the 12th Council District.

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Bronx Week closes with parade and walk of fame ceremony

The grand finale of Bronx Week 2017 took place Sunday with the annual induction ceremony and Bronx Week Parade.

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Introducing State Sen. Brian Benjamin

Brian Benjamin is Harlem’s newest politician, winning by a landslide in the special election Tuesday to replace the seat vacated by District 30 State Sen. Bill Perkins, who was elected to the City Council.

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New kid on the block: Brian Benjamin

Brian Benjamin is poised to become Harlem’s newest elected official and a sign of the new generation coming to uptown politics.

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Newark street renamed for ‘Uggie’ as hunt for his killers continues

A street in Newark is renamed after late beloved dancer Eric “Uggie” Bowens, who was fatally shot in November. His killers have not been brought to justice as no arrests have been made in the shooting.

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Styrofoam recycling bill proposed to City Council

On Friday, the New York City Council is holding a hearing on Intro 1480, which would create a curbside program to recycle polystyrene foam.

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State education department seeks public comment on new education plan

The New York State Education Department this week presented to the Board of Regents and released for public review and comment the draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

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Brooklyn BP Eric Adams asks, 'Is It an Emergency?'

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams debuted the “Is It an Emergency?” campaign, focused on the issues surrounding emergency room overuse, which, according to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, costs $38 billion a year nationally.

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Metropolitan Black Bar Association to honor late Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson and Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

District Attorney Ken Thompson and the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam at their annual gala May 19.

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Rutgers University-Newark debate team makes historic win

Two members of the Rutgers University-Newark debate team were recently honored at Newark City Hall after they became the first African-American partnership to score first and second place in the National Debate Tournament.

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Jersey City on edge after four homicides in 11 days

The community, city officials and leaders are calling for a cease fire in Jersey City after four people were killed in 11 days. R

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New women’s resource center in Newark bears name of mayor’s late sister

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held May 12 for the opening of the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center in Newark.

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National Action Network wraps up convention

The National Action Network wrapped up its four-day national convention Saturday at the Sheraton Times Square.

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Former US Assistant Attorney General named president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Carol V. Mason, former United States Assistant Attorney General, has been named the fifth president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Flint water crisis: Three years later

Just as the nation thought things were over with the water situation in Flint, Mich., reports from the city say everything is not OK.

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Chef Sahera Threats’ sweet smell of success

Pastry chef Sahera Threats made her dreams a reality nearly a year ago when she turned her passion into a business by opening Pastry Lover’s Choice on Staten Island.

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Civil rights legend returns to alma mater

The man who coauthored the famous “I Have a Dream” speech with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is returning to his New Jersey high school for the first time since he graduated nearly 70 years ago.

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Students turn out for HBCU fair and summer employment kickoff in East Orange

Hundreds of students came out earlier this month for the annual Summer Work Experience Program Kickoff and HBCU fair to connect local students with Black colleges from across the country.

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Newark Liberty Airport hosts MWBE outreach forum

Newark Liberty International Airport hosted a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Outreach Forum this week, for contractors, vendors and consultants seeking to learn about contracting opportunities for the airport’s $2.4-billion Terminal A Redevelopment Program.

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Black community calling for resignation of NJ officer who allegedly exposed himself to children

A Pennsville, N.J., police officer is under fire and being pressured to resign after reports surface that he allegedly exposed himself to two children in a bathroom.

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The real hate that hate produced

James Harris Jackson is not mentally unstable. He’s a domestic terrorist.

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Bad hair day: Viral video ignites boycott of Asian-owned beauty supply stores

According to Nielsen, Black women spend an estimated $7.5 billion annually on beauty products, and the Black hair care market is a $684 million industry.

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New video reveals Michael Brown did not commit robbery

Recent surveillance footage released is shedding new light on the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Disney Dreamers Academy marks 10 years of changing lives

Walt Disney World Resort welcomed 100 teens selected to participate in the 10th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine last week for four days of inspiration and empowerment from Thursday through Sunday.

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Students leave with life lessons and new perspective at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens bid an emotional farewell at the commencement ceremony on the final day of the 10th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Walt Disney World on Sunday.

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Students take a ‘Deep Dive’ at Disney Dreamers Academy

Youth listened to inspirational speakers and got the chance to experience their future careers on second day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine on Friday.

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10th Disney Dreamers Academy kicks off at Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort welcomed the 100 teens selected to participate in the 10th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on Thursday. Four of the students selected are from the Tri-State area

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Harlem Haberdashery hosts annual Masquerade Ball

Clothing boutique Harlem Haberdashery recently hosted their annual Masquerade Ball in the Mural Pavilion at NYC Health & Hospital/Harlem.

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Losing myself Part I: A weight loss journey

Ever since I was about 12 years old I have struggled with weight. From getting extra and double extra-large shirts to size 40 and 42 waist pants, I always remember saying to myself, “I’m going to lose this weight.”

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Advocates react to mayor’s homeless plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio has released what many are calling a long overdue plan to help the nearly 65,000 people in New York City who are homeless.

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Raising the ‘bar,’ Kim M. Parker, Esq.

Kim M. Parker, Esq. serves as executive director of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, a position she’s held for almost two years. Aside from being the leader of the citywide association of African-American and other minority lawyers, Parker’s work goes beyond the courtroom.

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Black women’s breast cancer health fair being held in Central Jersey

The Sisters Network of Central New Jersey is hosting their 17th annual Health Fair Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Doubletree Hotel, located at 200 Atrium Drive in Somerset.

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Newark asks residents for feedback on policing and public safety

Saturday, Newark residents completed surveys about policing in the city at the Training, Education and Recreation Center in the Dayton neighborhood

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Citizen app launches in NYC to spread word about crime

Citizen app (formerly known as Vigilante) launched in the city this week in an effort to combat violence, give residents an insight on what’s going on their community and even improve community-police relations.

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Meet the 'Dreamers': Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World

Four local area high school students are preparing for the 10th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine March 9 through 12 at Walt Disney World.

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UNCF ‘A Mind Is...’ Gala held in Midtown

It was a star-studded event at the United Negro College Fund’s annual “A Mind Is...” Gala last week.

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The Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry hosts ‘Mothers in Pain’

Nine mothers and a father whose sons were killed by gun violence in Jersey City recently came together at a community rally to recount the details of how their sons were murdered and what they have done and what they plan to do about it.

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Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield exec Sarah Jones honored at Essex County Black History Month event

The 14th Annual African-American History Month Celebration in Essex County recently took place at the Essex County Hall of Records.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton to speak at The New School

The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to discuss key issues affecting civil rights, economic and social justice and criminal justice reform at The New School Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

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LinkNYC teams up with Silicon Harlem to celebrate Black History Month

LinkNYC is collaborating with Silicon Harlem to celebrate the contributions of legendary African-Americans on Link kiosks across New York City during Black History Month.

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Congressman Adriano Espaillat Honors Predecessors for Black History Month

U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat recently honored the two men who had his congressional seat before him for Black History Month: former Congressmen Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Charles B. Rangel of New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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Mayor Lester Taylor not seeking re-election in East Orange

Mayor Lester Taylor recently announced his intention not to run for re-election and to step down at the end of his four-year term.

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African liberation flag raised at Trenton City Hall

Wednesday the City of Trenton raised the red, black and green African liberation flag, in honor of the historical achievements and sacrifices of Black people locally and throughout the world.

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City offering free tax prep

Tax season is underway and companies are once again targeting low-income filers with the so-called convenience of refund anticipation loans.

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