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Nayaba Arinde

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Community celebrates Sean Bell 10-year anniversary

This past Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Nov 25, 2016, the parents and former fiancé of Sean Bell celebrated the life of the 23-year-old father of two, who was gunned down in a hail of 50 bullets by three NYPD officers 10 years ago.

Killer cop cuffed

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

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Single moms and the race for public office

Tenacity and fortitude is something mothers develop almost as a natural second and third string to their bow.

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Police Commissioner resigning in September

“Ding dong the warlock is gone!” declared an elated Assemblyman Charles Barron, upon hearing that the somewhat controversial police commissioner had just announced that he was going to be retiring next month.

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Police Commissioner resigning in September

Bye Bye Bratton

“Ding dong the warlock is gone!” declared an elated Assemblyman Charles Barron, upon hearing that the somewhat controversial police commissioner had just announced that he as going to be retiring next month.

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Mint Condition, the world’s most underrated band, rocks NYC

Mint Condition for president, and B.B. King’s for V.P.—yes! Mint Condition lives up to the title of their 1996 third studio album, “Definition of a Band.” Think Earth, Wind & Fire, bring in Maze and Frankie Beverly, bring in 90s R&B/funk doused in the energy of the 2000s, then you have this band.

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The world mourns and celebrates Muhammad Ali—The Greatest of all time

The man known as the “Black Superman,” Muhammad Ali, passed away Friday, June 5, 2016.

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Mother's Day tears: Women mourn the lives of their children taken by violence

Mother’s Day may be a commercially contrived premise, but it brings with it a deep sense of sentimentality for many.

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The Akai Gurley case continues-no mistrial in killer cop case

Despite a last minute effort from attorneys for (now former cop) Peter Liang to get the conviction thrown out, the Amsterdam News heard late on Thursday afternoon, that presiding judge Danny Chun declared that there will not be a mistrial.

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‘Brownsville Five’ case: The aftermath

At court Thursday Brooklyn D.A Ken Thompson dismissed the charges against the five teens accused of assaulting the young lady in a Brownsville park.

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Do we need a Black History Month? Here's your answer

The racial issues that simmer unceasingly beneath the surface of America have rushed to the surface again and again over the past year, boiling up as recently as the Grammy Awards last week.

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Anti-Beyonce Black Panther protest fails

Anti-Beyonce Black Panther protest turns into an anti-'anti-Beyonce' protest.

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NY activists respond to Beyonce tribute to the Panthers

The only trending issue matching the post-Superbowl 50 “We still support Cam Newton” social media storm is the debate surrounding Beyonce’s big “Formation Show” nod to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

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Investigation continues in alleged Brownsville rape

There is a mood in Brownsville that something untoward happened in Osborn Park two weeks ago.

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DA Thompson’s gifts freedom in over dozen overturned convictions

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson releases two men who had spent over 30 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

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Rapist cop faces 236 years, community decries minimal news coverage

While mainstream media largely overlooked the story of former cop Daniel Holtzclaw facing a 236-year sentence for the sexual assaults of 13 Black women, Black social media took citizen journalism to new heights.

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D.A. Ken Thompson hosts another big Begin Again program

Warrants can hang over the heads of people like the Sword of Damocles, but the Begin Again program could change that.

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Busta busts through hip-hop’s glass ceiling

Let me tell you, the Busta Rhymes show at the Prudential was phenomenal!

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Black Dollars Matter: Black-out of Black Friday and beyond

“We will make it a real ‘Black Friday,’” warned Minister Louis Farrakhan, “because there won’t be a Black person in sight.”

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Community activists propose plan to curb gun violence

We know our community,” said A.T. Mitchell, founder and CEO of the anti-violence, street-based organization Man Up! Inc. “We love our community. Let us protect our own community and stop the violence.”

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Former child soldier writes children’s book

A slit wrist. Gun powder mixed with cocaine rubbed into the wound. An abducted 5-year-old boy blindfolded, given an AK-47 and told to shoot his 12-year-old best friend.

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Unity or Else: The ripple effect

One Million Gather in DC for 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March

Unity to combat police violence. Unity to defeat white supremacy. Unity to face inner-city crime. Unity to build a productive and formidable Black community.

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Million Man March 2: ‘Justice or Else,’ 10.10.15

Believers, non-believers, the inspired, the hopeful, the jaded, the skeptics and the eternally optimistic—this Saturday, many of these folks will be heading to Washington, D.C.

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9/11 changed the world as we know it

Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde reflect on 9/11

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Hoda Kotb to lead Race for the Cure in Central Park

Pink boas and T-shirts will be the dress code for Sunday, Sept. 13, as breast cancer survivor and “Today” anchor Hoda Kotb serves as grand marshal for the 25th anniversary Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure at 9 a.m. in Central Park.

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‘Justice or else’:Farrakhan demands economic, social and political action in the face of injustice

Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan demanded that a disaffected Black populace “must redistribute the pain” in the face of systematic and institutionalized racial injustice.

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U.S. Epidemic: America tackles gun problem

“The gunshots are like lullabies over here,” said a resident of the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to NY1, in the wake of the shooting death of Domingo Martin, 46, Saturday night.

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Stars, great food, good music at Jerk Fest

Roy Wilkins Park in Queens was taken over by a proper celebration of Jamaican cuisine, culture and music Sunday, July 19, with the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.

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Mothers Mourn: Families of men killed by police come together

“I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, kind of emotional, trying to fight back my tears,” Esaw Garner told the Amsterdam News, “but all the support from the people empowers me to keep getting the word out that we want justice for my husband, Eric Garner.”

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'Money isn't justice:' says Sharpton as City settles in Eric Garner case

It is one year later. Eric Garner, locked in a chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo, died on video.

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Long Island hosts annual Edo organizations cookout

The annual Bini people’s cookout took over a large corner of Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Island, Saturday, July 4. A DJ got the tristate Nigerian folk into the right cultural mood, as the young, the not so young and the elders showed off their intricate moves, and some competed for cash prizes. Graduates of 2015, from grade school to masters to doctorates, were honored and gifted with not one, but two huge cakes

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‘Masters of Ceremony’ rock Radio City despite DMX arrest

So there we were at Radio City Music Hall Friday night at the “Masters of Ceremony” show. Rakim, Brand Nubian and Shabba were part of that boss lineup.

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Identity theft: Rachel Dolezal

If you ask Rachel Dolezal what race she is, she will say she’s Black, even though her birth certificate and her parents, who are white, say she is Caucasian.

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Farrakhan speaks to activists and community leaders in Harlem

A couple hundred “people who influence people” gathered to listen to Minister Louis Farrakhan in a closed-door meeting Friday, June 5, at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building.

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Malcolm X legacy honored on his 90th birthday

he celebration of what would have been the 90th birthday of slain international activist Malcolm X began with hundreds making the pilgrimage to the Ardsley gravesite, where the man also known as El-Haj Malik El-Shabazz is interred with his wife, Dr. Betty Shabazz.

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Michelle Obama: A Life

Somebody, somewhere close is talking about whether first lady Michelle Obama will ever run for office. Even as Hillary Clinton is primed for the run, eyes and opinions are looking further into the future.

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Educator Herman Ferguson to be honored in Brooklyn

Overflowing tears and deeply felt emotions, wrapped in a red, black and green banner, will be on full display Saturday, May 16, when the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee will host a “special people’s memorial appreciating the life, legacy, sacrifice and commitment of the late Herman Ferguson, our legendary founding chair.”

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Remembering Chris Shakim Owens, victim of senseless gun violence

Sunday, April 26, people gathered on the corner of 120th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the stray-bullet slaying of 13-year-old Chris Shakim Owens in 2009.

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B'More Unrest

The killing of another Black male by police left Baltimore burning Monday, April 27, 2015. It is calmer now, with curfews, multiple arrests and a simmering anger replacing the unbridled outrage that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray.

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Communities searching for solutions to gun violence

This past weekend, with the last strains of a harsh winter replaced by rising temperatures, gunshots rang out in three New York boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan.

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Casey’s Crisis

Casey Bardowell is 3 feet tall, weighs 50 pounds and is 9-years-old. She takes up to 40 medications daily because she suffers from a severe form of graft-versus-host disease.

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Home-going/funeral services for Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan

World-renowned Egyptologist, Grand Kemetician Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as “Dr. Ben,” will be laid to rest April 10 at Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, N.Y., after a service at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church.

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Dr. Ben makes his transition, funeral details announced

The tributes have been numerous and are continuing for the Black Man of the Nile. Having known “Dr. Ben,” as he is affectionately known, for many years from England to the U.S., this journalist was asked to attend the meeting and bear witness to the proceedings during the organizing of his funeral.

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Mental health issues plague troubled youth

Harlem activist Baylor said, “The mention that one of the teens has mental problems is a ‘red flag’ to stop Black people from agreeing with the tabloids that we have given birth to savages.

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Madness in Madison

People around the nation are asking if police gun violence is reaching epidemic proportions.The name Anthony Terrell Robinson Jr., 19, is now on the list of unarmed men of color fatally shot by police. Protest again ensued, fueling the out-of-control distrust between police and the community.

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Kem at the Barclay's Center, Brooklyn tonight – March 5, 2015

If you haven't seen Kem live ever – peoples you are going to be in such a treat on Thursday, 5th March 2015, at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. He is featured in a line up which includes Charlie Wilson and Joe.

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Malcolm X: Celebrating and protecting his legacy

Many events will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Feb. 21, 1965, assassination of Malcolm X. From Brooklyn to the Bronx and dozens of venues in between, El-Hajj El Malik Shabazz will be honored, discussed, celebrated and mourned.

Cornegy tells mayor to recognize Boko Haram atrocities

Last April, 276 Nigerian girls were snatched from their boarding school in the now embattled village of Chibok in Borno State. The international outcry was loud but fleeting.

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COP INDICTED

The reactions to the indictment of police officer Peter Liang in the Nov. 20, 2014, shooting death of Akai Gurley has been swift and pointed.

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Amadou Diallo, 16 years later

The police killing of Amadou Diallo ignited protests and debates in New York City that still rage 16 years later. The case gained national and international notoriety.

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