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Cyril Josh Barker

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Newark water crisis continues

Recent drinking water quality monitoring conducted by Newark’s Department of Water and Sewer Utilities found elevated levels of lead in some homes and buildings served by the city’s water system.

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Angie Hancock loves to ‘Experience Harlem

Jazz venue Lenox Lounge, one of Harlem’s long-standing institutions, closed and was demolished in 2017 erasing another piece of uptown history.

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Apollo Theater raises over $2 million at Annual Spring Gala marking 85th anniversary

A host of celebrities and entertainers attended the Apollo Theater's 14th Annual Spring Gala Monday night.

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Black billionaire Robert F. Smith pays off Morehouse graduates’ school debts

Shock and praise continue after Black billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the 400 students in Morehouse College’s class of 2019 by telling them that he would pay their student loans totaling an estimated $40 million.

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Bronx Deltas lend helping hand to high school students

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter recently gave local students a leg up for their college aspirations with two special events.

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Pilot program aims to put more Black teachers in the classroom

A bill recently signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy establishes a pilot program within the Department of Education to recruit disadvantaged or minority men to teach in certain underperforming schools under an alternate route program.

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Community fundraises for family after deadly Harlem fire

Tens of thousands of dollars in donations pour in a week after six people, including four children, were killed in an apartment fire in Harlem.

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Investing in the community and knowledge

Power couple Corey and Tamara Galloway are transforming East New York and Brownsville by investing in the Brooklyn communities.

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Audit uncovers ASC’s shortcomings

A new audit reveals scathing evidence that the city’s Administration of Children’s Services is lacking when it comes to placing children in foster care and could be putting children in danger.

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Dr. Hasna Muhammad: Living the legacy of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

Dr. Hasna Muhammad describes growing up as one of the children of late acting and civil rights legends Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis as “ordinary and extraordinary.”

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Howard University stands strong as neighborhood gentrifies

The historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., is known as the “Mecca” of HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities), however, headlines about the school in recent months have concentrated on the effects gentrification is having on the once mostly Black neighborhood where the school sits.

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Jersey City Board of Education files lawsuit against state amid cuts to funding

Massive layoffs, the elimination of extra-curricular activities and after-school programs, and the closure and consolidation of several schools are the things that could disappear because of state funding cuts, according to officials from Jersey City Board of Education.

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REPORTS: Possible African burial ground found in Bergen County

The discovery of what could be an African burial ground is creating buzz in New Millford in Bergen County.

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Make the Road New Jersey and NJ mayors denounce citizenship question on Census

Immigrant rights organization Make the Road New Jersey and the mayors of Passaic and Paterson, N.J., are demanding the citizenship question be removed from the 2020 U.S. Census.

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Richard Habersham announces congressional run

Community leader and former television journalist Richard Habersham is looking to enter the political realm as he announces his run for Harlem’s 13th congressional seat currently occupied by Adriano Espaillat.

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Dennis Parker continues legacy of fighting for civil rights

Dennis Parker was nine years old when his family was on a road trip to Massachusetts in the 1960s when they stopped at a motel that appeared to have vacancies.

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Rutgers dedicates plaza to Paul Robeson

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the graduation of Paul Robeson, Rutgers University dedicated a plaza named for the Black singer, actor, social activist, lawyer, athlete Friday, April 12, to honor his legacy.

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker introduces bill to study reparations

U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker announced this week he will introduce a bill to form a commission for the study of reparation proposals for African-Americans.

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Black NJ principal dies after donating bone marrow

Students and faculty are mourning the death of beloved Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson after he donated bone marrow to a stranger. He was 44.

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Measles outbreak causes health hysteria

The nation’s largest measles outbreak in nearly two decades continues with the latest outbreak in New York City causing Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare a public health emergency.

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National Action Network kicks off national convention

The National Action Network (NAN) kicks off its 28th annual national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Wednesday, April 3—the event runs through Saturday, April 6.

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AG James sues opioid distributors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between June 2017 and June 2018, a record 31,500 people in the United States died from synthetic opioid overdoses.

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Former Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson passes at 86

Kenneth Gibson not only made history being elected Newark’s first Black mayor in 1970, he was also the first African-American elected mayor of any major city in the Northeastern United States and the first African-American president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Gibson died in West Orange, N.J., on March 29 from illness.

State leaders advocate marijuana legalization and expungement legislation

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign promise to legalize marijuana in the Garden State received a major setback this week.

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National Action Network hosts 26th annual convention April 3-6

The National Action Network is hosting their 26th national convention April 26 through 29 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel.

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Students leave Disney Dreamers Academy with life lessons and new perspective

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

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Students take ‘Deep Dive’ at Disney Dreamers Academy

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

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Disney Dreamers Academy 2019 kicks off at Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort welcomed the 100 teens selected to participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on Thursday.

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College admissions scam highlights diversity at elite colleges

The college admission bribery scandal that’s rocking several of the nation’s top schools and resulted in dozens of people being arrested by the FBI is putting a spotlight on the lack of opportunities for Black students in higher education.

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Black Verizon employee alleges co-workers placed noose over her desk in Morristown

A Black woman working at Verizon’s Morristown, N.J. office is alleging that a noose was left on her desk by her co-workers, according to reports.

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

Eleven local high school students from New York and New Jersey are preparing for the 12th annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine March 21-24 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

NJ lawmakers announce agreement on broad outlines of legalization of adult-use marijuana

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon in New Jersey, several politicians laid out plans for regulating the use of the drug.

First phase of lead service replacement program breaks ground in Newark

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe and other dignitaries broke ground on Phase 1 of the Lead Service Line Replacement Program Wednesday, March 13, in Newark’s North Ward.

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Lack of charges for officers in Stephon Clark police killing sparks outrage

Outrage continues in Sacramento, Calif., after the county district attorney did not charge the two police officers involved in the 2018 killing of Black, unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark.

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Bronx students learn about real estate in mock development competition

Approximately 60 students from the Bronx recently completed a competition where they showed off what they learned in a real estate based education program and got the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of judges that included Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and baseball legend Alex Rodriguez.

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Black clergy, civil rights leaders and lawmakers announce hearings regarding use of force by police

Salvation and Social Justice and The NJ Black Multi-faith Alliance, in conjunction with the State Conference NAACP, NJ Black Legislative Caucus and various organizations from the United Black Agenda, are holding community hearings regarding the findings in the recent “Force Report.”

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Penns Grove middle school teacher accused of using racial slur

A Penns Grove middle school science teacher is suspended over allegations that he called Black students at the school the n-word.

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Black History Month celebrated with town hall meeting in Staten Island

Black community leaders in Staten Island came together Saturday, Feb. 23, for the 14th annual Staten Island Black History Town Hall Meeting in Stapleton. Leaders from various groups discussed emerging Black leaders in Staten Island’s Black community.

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Queen Latifah announces plans to build affordable housing in Newark

Queen Latifah is known for her work in music, TV and films but the New Jersey native is now giving back to the community that gave her so much by building affordable housing in her hometown of Newark.

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HUD Regional Director Lynne Patton experiences NYCHA, brings issues to Trump

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Lynne Patton continues her promise with her month-long project of living in NYCHA housing for a month.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson to host Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed to the city for the 22nd annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Feb.

Social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts and jazz legend Wayne Shorter to receive honorary degrees from Rutgers

The Rutgers University Board of Governors announced that social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts and jazz legend Wayne Shorter will receive honorary degrees at the Rutgers-Newark Commencement ceremony.

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Calls for Virginia governor to step down grow amid blackface controversy

It’s a story of blackface, yearbook photos, a Michael Jackson dance competition and a sexual assault allegation.

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Eleven-year-old prodigy studies physics at Southern University

While most 11-year-olds are worrying about video games, TV and sports, 11-year-old Elijah Precciely is worrying about making sure he has enough hours to study physics.

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Seneca Village: Black history in Central Park

Before the city built Central Park, the area from West 82nd to West 89th streets and between 7th and 8th avenues was the location of what was known as Seneca Village, a predominantly African-American community .

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Black History Month 2019: Black Migrations

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History announced the theme for Black History Month 2019 is Black Migrations, focusing on the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.

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Four shot during vigil in Newark

A Newark community is shaken after four teenage girls were shot during a vigil, leaving one of the victims fighting for her life after being shot in the head.

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2020 presidential election: Who can beat Trump?

As the 2020 presidential election approaches liftoff, the ever-growing pool of candidates in the Democratic Party wants to put the brakes on the Trump Train.

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Health package introduced by State Assembly aims to address mortality among Black mothers

New Jersey ranks 47th in the nation for maternal mortality, with 37.3 deaths per every 100,000 live births. Black women in the Garden State are five times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related complications.

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Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club hosts their 43rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

New York Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde was the keynote speaker as the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club held their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

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