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Cyril Josh Barker

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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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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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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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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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enCourage Kids Foundation hosts 31st annual gala

More than $1.3 million was raised at the 31st annual enCourage Kids Foundation Gala held recently in Midtown Manhattan. More than 800 guest attended the event held at the Marriott Marquis.

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Family of Danroy Henry receive $6 million settlement

The family of late college student Danroy Henry is receiving a $6 million settlement from the village of Pleasantville

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Feds fail Ramarley

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors declined to charge the NYPD officer involved in the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, citing insufficient evidence for a criminal civil rights case against the officer.

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Free at last: Brooklyn woman’s conviction vacated after 10 years

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is moving to vacate a manslaughter conviction against Vanessa Gathers, 58, who was wrongfully convicted on the charge after a 1998 jury trial.

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Rallies continue at Justice Department in New Jersey for police brutality victims

The People’s Organization for Progress continued its “Justice Department Mondays” rallies demanding federal intervention in the police brutality cases of Abdul Kamal, Kashad Ashford, Jerame Reid and Radazz Hearns.

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Federal grand jury struggles on in Garner case

A federal grand jury continues to examine and hear evidence to determine if Eric Garner’s civil rights were violated in 2014 when a police officer killed him in an apparent chokehold.

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Jesse Jackson hosts annual Wall Street Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson wraps up the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund's 19th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit Thursday.

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Dr. Erika Gibson: The first African-American board-certified veterinary neurosurgeon

When New York City native Dr. Erika Gibson was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Today she’s not only living her dream but also making history.

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NAACP-Newark Chapter hosts panel discussion on Black Lives Matter and elder recording

The NAACP-Newark Chapter is hosting a panel discussion on Black Lives Matter at the Newark Library where they will be discussing various topics with community activists and more.

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Mayor Ras Baraka unveils 45-day plan to reduce violence

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka unveiled details of the city’s 45-day plan to reduce crime and violence this week.

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Noted journalist Michael J. Feeney gone too soon

Media professional and former New York Association of Black Journalists President Michael J. Feeney dedicated his life to journalism, bringing diversity to newsrooms and touching the lives of many in the profession.

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Machete victim 'defended himself'

Headlines once again were plastered in local mainstream newspapers about the former City Hall aide and her son.

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

Eight local area high school students are preparing for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, March 3 through 6 at Walt Disney World.

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Noted journalist Michael J. Feeney dies at 32

Journalist and former New York Association of Black Journalists President Michael J. Feeney has died.

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US Attorney Paul Fishman conducts investigation into police shooting death of Jerame Reid

Thomas Eicher, the criminal division chief in the U.S. attorney’s office, recently wrote to community leader Walter Hudson, chair of National Awareness Alliance, updating the office on the status of the investigation of the police shooting of Jerame Reid.

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Rapist cop gets 263-year sentence

The former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping more than a dozen Black women is sentenced to 263 years in prison.

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City prepares to offer free tax services

As tax season begins, tax companies are once again targeting low-income filers with the so-called convenience of refund anticipation loans.

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Lurie Daniel Favors named general counsel for Center for Law and Social Justice

The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College of the City of New York names Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq. as its general counsel.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and state courts announce Project Fast Track

Mayor de Blasio and the state courts this week announced Project Fast Track, a strategy to reduce gun violence in New York City through a targeted, system-wide focus on the limited number of individuals responsible for most gun violence.

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Jesse Jackson hosts 19th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed to the city for the 19th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Feb. 16 through Feb. 18, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

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Cuomo criticized at State of the State address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces several new initiatives during his 2016 State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday ranging from improving conditions for the homeless to decreasing unemployment.

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New York Urban League offers Whitney M. Young Scholarship

The New York Urban League is inviting students to apply for the Whitney M. Young Scholarship, worth $3,500.

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MLK International Day of Action set for Newark

Monday, the People’s Organization for Progress hosted a press conference on its upcoming International Day of Action to honor the birthday of the immortal Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Bronx BP Ruben Diaz and Code/Interactive launch Code/Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Code/Interactive, a Bronx-based computer science education nonprofit, jointly launched the Code/Bronx initiative at Boricua College’s Melrose Campus to start a computer science program at every school in the borough.

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NAACP wants Tamir Rice grand jury transcripts; church group wants Cleveland boycott

Reports indicate the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP is requesting transcripts of witness testimony before the grand jury that did not indict the police officers for the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

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Cuomo forces homeless into shelters during winter

“We’re living with the mistakes that past mayors have made, all the hand-outs to landlords that made this city unaffordable, but this mayor and this governor aren’t helping,” said homeless woman Sheila Turner.

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