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Khorri Atkinson

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‘Not in my hood’ gun violence awareness march

This is the message Shanduke McPhatter, a former member of the New York Bloods gang, delivered to gunmen at a rally in Brooklyn, pleading with them to stop the senseless killings. “It’s time for our kids to feel safe on the streets!” he declared.

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Anti-human trafficking advocates rally at City Hall

At the age of 9, Brianna says that she was sold to a pimp after being kidnapped by her school janitor.

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In wake of tragic stabbing cameras to be installed in public housing

As the Amsterdam News went to press Wednesday, it was announced that the city will begin security camera installation at Boulevard Houses and five more housing developments around Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.

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Sharpton demands justice for Bronx teen shoved through window by NYPD sergeant

The Rev. Al Sharpton recently came to the defense of a 14-year-old Bronx boy who underwent emergency surgery to remove pieces of glass from his chest, lungs and heart, and got at least 50 stitches following an altercation with a New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant who allegedly shoved him into a glass storefront window.

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Mothers demand justice for Ramarley Graham; Bratton says he’s ‘comfortable’ with the caseworkers

It all started with unarmed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham being chased by NYPD officer Richard Haste into his grandmother’s bathroom in February 2012.

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Some Haitian earthquake displaced camps increasing despite significant drop

Four years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless, numbers of displaced camps are still growing, even though the homeless population continues to decrease, according to a recent report.

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NYPD gets inspector general

The city has welcomed its inspector general, an officer to oversee the New York Police Department.

Muslims appeal federal judge’s ruling on NYPD surveillance, turn to de Blasio

A group of New Jersey Muslims are responding swiftly after their case got thrown out of federal district court.

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De Blasio unveils Sandy recovery plans

It has been 17 months since Hurricane Sandy ripped through the East Coast, leaving hundreds of houses and properties destroyed.

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Jamaican judge rules homeless LGBT youths can live in sewers

A judge in Jamaica recently ruled that the country’s homeless LGBT youths, thrown out of their homes by relatives, have the right to live in sewers and gullies, published reports say.

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Cuomo’s new charter school favors raise more concerns

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands shoulder-to-shoulder with charter school officials, and as the expansion of colocated charter schools inside traditional public schools continues to be in effect, his new favors have raised more questions than answers for parents, educators and City Council officials.

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Hoodies up for Trayvon: Two years later

Dozens of angry protesters representing various grassroots organizations rallied in Times Square to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin

Comptroller Stringer names chief diversity officer

In his effort for the city to increase its number of contracts and subcontracts to female- and minority-owned contractors, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has named Carra Wallace as the city’s first chief diversity officer to oversee city agencies.

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International Women’s Day rally for NYC to raise minimum wage

Living on minimum wage is a harsh reality for many New Yorkers like Sabrina Storey, a fast-food worker, who has been working at a local KFC franchise since December of last year.

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Federal judge throws out lawsuit challenging NYPD spying on Muslims

Is it OK to profile Muslims? The answer depends on who you ask.

Mothers who lost sons to gun violence honored

Sabrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, was one of the most recognizable guests last Friday, along with Constance Malcolm, Valerie Bell and Jackie Rowe-Adams, all of whom have a similar story.

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AIDS advocates call for more affordable housing in NYC

For HIV/AIDS advocates, it just boils down to one thing: “Provide more affordable housing for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.”

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Rangel launches congressional app competition

In an effort to have more students nationwide pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, members of Congress, including Rep. Charles Rangel, have launched the House Student App Challenge, a competition for high school students from his district.

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Mayor de Blasio to reform stop-and-frisk

Last Thursday, delivering on a campaign promise that helped him get a landslide victory, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that his administration will reform the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

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Congress and Haiti funds: Where is the money?

Four years ago, when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake damaged Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, many countries, including the United States, pledged large sums of money to assist with rescue, recovery and reconstruction efforts

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NYC Haitian community memorializes earthquake victims, looks to the future

It has been four years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities on Jan. 12, 2010, killing more than 200,000 people.

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Ramarley Graham case against NYC and the NYPD opens

There might be a ray of hope for the family of Ramarley Graham, as Judge P. Kevin Castel opened a federal civil lawsuit case against the city of New York, former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and NYPD officers, including Graham’s shooter, Officer Richard Haste, on Jan. 7.

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Tata Mandela: rest in perfect peaceful

outh African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died on December 5

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Founder of Black New Yorker column inducted into Black Journalists Hall of Fame

Herb Boyd, a veteran and freelance reporter at the New York Amsterdam News and an adjunct Black studies professor at City College of New York, is one of eight legendary African-American journalists who will be inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame. This is the association’s highest honor.

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Brooklyn Author With Cerebral Palsy Launch Book

Family members siad "achieving one’s dream against the odds" fittingly describes Atiba Clarke, a 20-year-old student at LaGuardia Community College

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Death in Police Custody: Kyam Livingston's family demands answers

According to her family, it was the purely insensitive mindset of the NYPD that may have caused the death of 37-year-old Kyam Livingston in a Brooklyn Central Booking cell on July 21.

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Brooklyn family demanding answers from NYPD for relative who died while in custody

Two months after Kyam Livingston died while in custody at Brooklyn Central Bookings Jail, after pleading for medical attention but was ignored by officers, enraged family members are still demanding answers for her death from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

U.S. contemplates response to Syria

There seems to be a diplomatic solution in the works as President Barack Obama waits on Congress to give him the authority to use military force against Syria’s regime for allegedly using deadly chemical weapons against civilians without presenting concrete proof to the public.

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Black New Yorkers protest possible U.S. military invasion of Syria

As President Obama weighed in on a possible military strike against Syria's regime, for allegedly using deadly chemical weapons against civilians without having any proof, hundreds of New Yorkers protested in Times Square on Thursday urging their government to stay out of Syria.

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'Law & Order: SUV' to combine Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen cases in upcoming episode.

In its 15th season, producers of Law and Order: SUV will show an episode of a Paula Deen-esque celebrity chef will who claim to have used self-defence for shooting an unarmed black teen named Mehcad, who was wearing a hoodie in Upper West Side in Manhattan, N.Y. because she thought she was being pursued by a rapist.

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New York City Council overrides Bloomberg’s veto of Community Safety Act

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the New City Council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of Community Safety Act on Thursday, clearing the way for the city to increase oversight of the NYPD and giving New Yorkers the ability to sue the Police Department if they are racially profiled.

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City Council to veto Bloomberg on Community Safety Act

The New York City Council plans to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto on a pair of two bills on Thursday, that will increase oversight of the NYPD and give New Yorkers the ability to sue the Police Department if they are racially profiled.

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Ramarley Graham parents still seeking justice for slain son

Emotions pored Thursday outside the Bronx District Attorney's office at a press conference, as Franclot Grahman and Constance Malcolm demanded the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the shooting death of their 18-year old son Ramarley Graham, a day after his killer Richard Haste was set free from manslaughter charges.

National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair roundup

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) hosted its 38th annual Convention and Career Fair from July 31-Aug. 4 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. It was the NABJ’s first time in the Sunshine State since 2009. While the convention may be a reunion for some to catch up with old friends, it was also a valuable resource for thousands of students, journalists, public relations specialists and persons in academia and an opportunity to learn the latest journalism tools as the industry continues to shift digitally.

NY City Council allocates $18M to help undocumented immigrants

The New York City Council has allocated $18 million for the next two years to help undocumented immigrants seeking deferred action status to meet the requirements and grant them an opportunity to return to school.

New $18M immigrant fund

The New York City Council has allocated $18 million for the next two years to help undocumented immigrants seeking deferred action status to meet the requirements and grant them an opportunity to return to school.

Sean Bell Center needs help

Administrators at the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center are still trying to make ends meet to prevent the center's doors from closing.

Sean Bell Center needs help

Administrators at the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center are still trying to make ends meet to prevent the center's doors from closing. "We trying our best to keep the center open to the community," said Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell. “We have done fundraising and applied for grants, so we're just waiting to hear from them."

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Sean Bell’s and Ramarley Graham's Mothers Speak out on Zimmerman’s verdict

“When I heard the verdict I was lost for words. I couldn’t believe,” said Valarie Bell, mother of the late Sean Bell who was unharmed and killed at his bachelor party in South Jamaica, Queens by undercover NYPD officers in November of 2006. They fired fifty bullets at Bell, claiming that someone from his group had a fireharm. No gun was found and his police shooters were found not guilty of various charges including manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Bell’s mother said she couldn’t watch Zimmerman’s trial because it brought back too many memories of her son.

Grassroots organizations launch ‘CopWatchNYC’

As the NYPD continues to disproportionately target New Yorkers of color with Stop and Frisk practices, a new website CopWatchNYC.org was launched to help put all of their unconstitutional interrogation tactics to an end.

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New York City Council Passes Community Safety Act

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the New York City Council passed two bills,...

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New York City Council Passes Community Safety Act

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the New York City Council passed two bills, NYPD Oversight Act (Intro 1079) and End NYPD Discriminatory Profiling Bill (Intro 1080), known together as the Community Safety Act. These bills work to reduce racial profiling and oversight of the NYPD. Although the bills have received much scrutiny from Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the Detective Endowment Association (DEA), the 51-member City Council passed the bills with enough votes in favor to override Bloomberg's expected veto.

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New Yorkers Rally at City Hall for Community Safety Act Passage

As temperatures get heated for the summer, so were hundreds of New Yorkers across the city on the steps of City Hall on Monday June 24, urging their City Council legislators to pass two key bills of the Community Safety Act, that will directly reform the way police conduct their stops.

States spend $3.6 billion on racially biased marijuana arrests

African-Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites despite similar consumption rate by both groups, while states have been spending more than $3.6 billion of taxpayers' funds for policing, adjudicating and incarcerating convicts, according to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Fashion Show Promotes Jamaica Avenue

The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (JCBID) staged their second annual fashion show, Jamaica Collections, June 1 as part of their ongoing effort to showcase and promote Downtown Jamaica, Queens, as New York City’s largest urban fashion district.

St. Paul’s College, an HBCU, to Close

St Paul’s College, a historically black college institution in Virginia founded in 1888, is slated to close by the end of this month after years of financial difficulties and the failure of the college administration to meet accreditation standards.

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St. Paul's College, an HBCU, to Close

St Paul's College, a historically black college institution in Virginia founded in 1888, is slated...

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CUNY City College Welcomes Back Army ROTC

CUNY City College of New york officially reinstated their Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program last week. After 41 years of absence, City College will serve as the university’s headquarters for the new University-wide ROTC program, while collaborating with York College in Queens who have launched their program in January and Medgar Evers in Brooklyn that is expected to start theirs this Fall.

Sean Bell Community Center again in jeopardy of closing

Administrators at the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center are planning to close its doors less than two years after it first opened in south Jamaica, Queens. “Although they are reluctant to [make] the decision that was made, there is no other option ... Right now we are out of money and we’re not sure if the center will be opened this coming February,” said the center’s executive director, Anthony Anderson, who has volunteered since the center first opened.

York College restarts after Sandy relief efforts

Over 800 displaced Queens residents who have occupied York College in South Jamaica following the...