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Nayaba Arinde

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Slain Brownsville teen funeralized in Brooklyn

The heartbreak and pain was palpable at the wake and funeral of 16-year-old Oluwadurotimi “Timi” Oyebola, who was shot and killed reportedly by a 14-year-old boy who fired at youths playing on a basketball court at Brownsville’s Chester Playground Sept. 21.

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Calls for justice in Brownsville for slain teen

Hundreds of teens, family and community members, elected officials, concerned parents and activists marched from Brooklyn Ascend Charter School in Brownsville and gathered in Chester Playground on Monday, Oct. 1, the very scene where two weeks ago, 16-year-old Oluwadurotimi Oyebola was shot in the head and died of the fatal head wound shortly afterward.

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Cop shot in Brooklyn

It was like a scene from a movie. Just after 6:40 a.m., Friday, July 6, a gray rainy day, two helicopters overhead alerted sleepy or just awoke residents of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn that something was going on.

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Slain youth honored with new community center

“The community is feeling elated with the opening of The Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center,” said Andre T. Mitchell, executive director of Man Up!, Inc.

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Major changes to pot prosecution policy

Close to 90 percent of those arrested in New York City for marijuana possession in 2017 were Black or Latino. Only 9 percent were white.

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Accused Stop & Shop shoplifter dies after staff altercation

Shoppers were stunned into at least verbal action when they saw staff at a Brooklyn Stop & Shop in Flatbush seemingly tackle an alleged shoplifter to the ground, and sit on him until he stopped moving.

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Saheed Vassell Shooting: Name killer cops

The story of the April 4, 2018 NYPD killing of Saheed Vassell is big news in Brooklyn, in the U.S. and in the Jamaican press.

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'Panthers' fiction, and the harsh Black Panther reality

Sumptuous scenes and luscious garments quietly screaming African strength and pride in every seam and fold worn by stoic warriors with powerful speeches is the Marvel Studios-Walt Disney production of “Black Panther.”

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Harlem holds homegoing services for Erica Garner

Harlem’s First Corinthians Baptist Church was packed Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, for the wake and funeral service for Erica Garner, 27, the mother-turned-activist who fought for justice for her father Eric Garner until her untimely early end.

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Councilmember Inez Barron announces her candidacy for City Council speaker

“I am running as a candidate for speaker of New York City Council,” City Councilmember Inez Barron announced at a first day of Kwanzaa—Umoja—unity rally Tuesday night.

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Mohamed Bah’s family reacts to $2.2 million civil cop shooting settlement

In Manhattan Tuesday, a federal jury determined that the family of Mohammad Bah, a mentally ill Guinea native who was shot eight times and killed in his home by three New York City police officers 2012, should be compensated for their loss with a $2.2 million settlement.

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New Yorkers focus on hurricane-hit Caribbean rebuild

“Maria has finally left us, Lee is still around, but not posing a threat. Nothing else on the horizon, just a tropical wave a long way away and another one just rolled off Africa...

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Protect the Babies: Shooting of 5-year-old alarms city

At press time, Jaheen Hunter was reported to still be in critical condition at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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Mother of six gunned down, family/community outraged

A gunshot to the head struck MTA train conductor Jacqueline Dicks, 41, a mother of six, shattering the close-to-midnight air in East New York, Brooklyn, Monday, May 1, 2017.

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Ebony Alert—Activism in wake of missing DC girls

“The epidemic of sex trafficking in young girls throughout the nation is very high, including New York City.”

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Community questions Howard Beach jogger case

“People that I am taking to in Brooklyn just do not believe the case brought against Chanel Lewis.” community and union activist Daniel Goodine told the Amsterdam News. “They are telling me ‘It ain’t him.’”

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Immigrant hysteria, fear, organizing, protection

Fear and loathing coat the streets of New York City after President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, as immigrants dodge U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials demanding status and detaining people.

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Organizing in the time of Trump

There currently exists, it would appear, an air of defiance and need to triumph as unprecedented is the massive outrage that motivated more than a million people to take to the streets during and one day after the inauguration of controversial Twitter-friendly Donald Trump.

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Sean Bell 10 years on—The city remembers

“Nov 25, 2016, marks the 10-year anniversary for Sean Bell,” said Valerie Bell, mother of the slain unarmed 23-year-old father of two young girls, who was shot dead in a hail of 50 police bullets as he left his bachelor party in the early morning of his wedding day Nov. 25, 2006.

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Election aftermath—Community responds

As the post “shocking” presidential election result weeping, wailing and throwing up of hands subsides among the mainstream, along with the outraged protestors taking city centers nationwide are the this-changes-nothing shrugs of the independent-thinking grassroots.

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DOJ wants to indict cop who killed Eric Garner

Skepticism and tepid hope are occupying the same space as news broke Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, that in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration his Department of Justice is looking to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

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DA Thompson laid to rest—Job wish honored

Late Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson was not yet funeralized last week when news reports emerged about who would replace Brooklyn’s first African-American district attorney.

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Killer cop cuffed: NYPD officer who killed Delrawn Small indicted

It was surreal. Like a scene from a movie or TV drama. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, when they slapped the handcuffs on officer Wayne Issacs, the family of his slain victim, Delrawn Small, gasped and cheered at the same time.

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Dr. Sebi dies in custody of Honduran jailers

Tributes and accolades came in thick and fast when news broke Saturday evening that the renowned herbalist, alternative medicine practitioner and healer, Dr. Sebi, had made his transition Aug. 6.

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Dr. Sebi dies in Honduran police custody

Tributes and accolades came in thick and fast when news broke on Saturday, that the renown herbalist, alternative medicine practitioner and healer – Dr. Sebi – had made his transition on Saturday, 6th August, Honduras, Central America.

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Crisis America: Violent killings grip nation

Eight recent shootings in four days over the Independence Day weekend has put police brutality and the fractured relations between metropolitan police departments and Black and brown communities nationwide under the global spotlight.

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Ronald Savage, alleged victim of Afrika Bambaataa, speaks to the AmNews

Ronald Savage is a 50-year-old single father of three, who is one of at least four men who have accused hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa (aka Kevin Donovan) of molesting him as a teen. The founder of the world-renowned Universal Zulu Nation has denied all accusations.

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Third anniversary of the passing of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Malcolm Shabazz was buried near his grandparents, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.

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‘Judge Chun, give Akai Gurley’s killer jail time,’ say family and supporters

Family members and supporters of cop-slain young father Akai Gurley are asking sentencing judge Danny Chun to throw the book at shooter (now former cop) Peter Liang when he sentences Liang on April 14, 2016.

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Gurley Family slams DA Thompson’s ‘no jail time’ recommendation for killer cop

“If we don’t get justice—” Hertencia Petersen, Akai Gurley’s aunt called outside Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s office.

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Family and supporters of Akai Gurley hold angry rally outside the office of Brooklyn DA Thompson

“You betrayed our community D.A. Ken Thompson. Your decision to recommend that the police officer found guilty of shooting Akai Gurley should serve no jail time - is like killing him again,” so stated Assemblyman Charles Barron.

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Ramarley Graham’s family calls on mayor, commish to fire killer cops

Justice is still being sought for Ramarley Graham as his family calls on Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bratton to fire those involved in the late teen's death

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Brownsville case dismissed: relief, revulsion and reflection

The dismissal of the Brownsville Five case is a sigh of relief for many, but the attention has been shifted to the father of the young woman, who lied about his daughter's alleged attack.

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Cop who killed Akai Gurley convicted of manslaughter

After two and a half days of deliberation, the NYPD cop who killed Akai Gurley was found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct by a jury of his peers in Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court.

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Activists tell City Hall, police to utilize community patrols

Community leaders have long had the solution to cut down on violence in the city.

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Chancellor Farina’s positive outlook for the city’s 1.1 million school children

Working with what she has been given by the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina—having spent 50 years in the service of New York’s public school system—espouses a claim on each and every school child in the city.

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Michael Brown anniversary marked by protests

“Mike Brown didn’t start a movement, he just unified and galvanized this movement,” KaLisa Moore of the People’s Power Assemblies told an amped up crowd in downtown Brooklyn Sunday, Aug. 9.

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Shell casings and sunshine

There were more than 20 shootings this weekend in New York City, with three deaths.

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SHOOTING SEASON?

According to the NYPD, from Friday, May 22, to Monday, May 25, 16 shootings occurred, with 23 victims. During the same period last year, 17 shootings occurred, with 22 victims

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Remembering Dr. Derrick Griffith

“I never told him this, but he’s . . . everything I wanted to be,” said Dr. Derrick Griffith’s son, Darryus, as tears streamed down his face during a recent press conference. “My dad was everything to me. My dad was a great person. He was everything I’m not.

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Farrakhan to speak at women-only meeting

"Until the Black woman is lifted up, Black people will never be respected, nor respect themselves,” says Minister Louis Farrakhan.

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Community hosts celebratory home-going for Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan

“Dr. Ben was very close to Malcolm. He was the one giving Malcolm spiritual guidance,” revealed professor James Small. “He shoveled dirt on Malcolm’s grave. He was there. His loss hit him very hard.”

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New Yorkers continue to protest Eric Garner decision

“There was no justice, so there will be disruption,” is the rallying cry of outraged New Yorkers and protestors across the nation and as far as Ireland, Hong Kong and Delhi.

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Ebola: Fear Factor

This Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio told a gathering at an Ebola education forum at the Jacob Javits Center, “This city has been preparing and drilling for weeks and weeks.

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Deal or no deal? Chibok girls still held

A myriad of stories is swirling around the Chibok girls.

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Source360 setting new hip-hop standard

Over the weekend, a myriad of hip-hop 2.0 events had Source magazine Publisher L. Londell McMillan feeling that there is a brand-new outlook for the much-maligned genre.

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Komen Central Park breast cancer walk draws thousands

The weather was perfect Sunday, Sept. 7, and thousands of breast cancer survivors and their supporters ran and walked in the New York City Race for the Cure.

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Nigeria Entertainment Awards brought out Stars of Entertainment and Music

The ninth annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards were held Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.

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East New York celebrates a gunshot-free year

An elated crowd released 363 green, orange and white balloons into the sky above East New York’s Van Siclen Avenue and Linden Boulevard on Sunday evening.