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Nayaba Arinde

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COVID CRISIS…fear, isolation, pain and HOPE

“They are not statistics, they are fathers, mothers, brothers, siblings, children, aunts and uncles, grandparents…”

Brooklyn teacher Samuel Adewumi told the Amsterdam News that he heard that someone called a Brooklyn testing location and, “They gave them an appointment in three weeks. You might not have three weeks to live if you are impacted by COVID-19. You won’t show up, because you would have passed.”

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Coronavirus Hits Home: Local politician hospitalized

Actor Idris Elba, Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron, the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant, Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres, Afro jazz legend Manu Dibango—all just announced that they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The global pandemic is hitting locally with 1,300 diagnosed in the city, and 23,000 in New York State with the death toll at 20 as of Wednesday afternoon, March 18.

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Tom Watkins hosts his happy early 83rd birthday in Brooklyn

At a lovely brownstone party Daily Challenge publisher Tom Watkins celebrated his 83rd birthday early with a host of family and friends in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.

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GGG Hyacinth Bourne,103, makes her transition

Great-great-great Hyacinth Bourne,103rd made her transition just one month after her 103rd birthday, in Bed Stuy Brooklyn on Sunday, 26th, January, 2020.

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Sowore speaks to the Amsterdam News

“I am feeling very well thank you,” a cheerful, just-released political activist Omoyele Sowore told the Amsterdam News from Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. “I want to thank everyone who has been in support.”

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Sowore––New York-based journalist released from Nigeria detention

“Sowore is doing well,” Opeyemi Sowore told the Amsterdam News on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019––New Year’s Eve’s Eve. “The children are doing well. It was a wonderful Christmas Day as we were able to talk to Yele.”

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World human rights groups activists, electeds call for Sowore to be released

“The whole world is watching!” protestors from Nigeria, to New York, to England, to Canada are chanting during dozens of demonstrations demanding the release of the now re-arrested New Jersey-based publisher Omoyele Sowore.

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Debert Cook: a golfing go-getter, health, travel advocate

Debert Cook could be seen as a classic over–OVER achiever. Let’s see now. She is an accomplished businesswoman, a magazine publisher, a writer, and a traveler-consultant...and she wraps it all up in her golf clubs.

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Will and Gladys bless the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn

It all began with the smoky, sultry, base-heavy dulcets of Mr. Will ‘I Go Crazy’ Downing. Enough adjectives for you?

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Brooklyn’s hosts celebrate Signature Kente Fest Brunch

Downtown Brooklyn was the location for the Signature Kente Fest Brunch and Akwaaba Reception & Networking co-sponsored by Jerry Kobe Adinkra, host of the “Good Morning Diaspora Radio Show,” and the Chamber Coalition.

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WBAI back on air with local control

“We are back unapologetically with more radical, cutting-edge programming,” WBAI radio (99.5FM) General Manager Berthold Reimers said at press time this week.

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Activists demand investigation in cop/youth subway melee

“I am calling on Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to do the right thing and drop all charges against 15-year-old Marshall and the remaining teens,” demanded Anthony Beckford, president of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn. “He needs to also charge the officer who maliciously and brutally attacked 15-year-old Benjamin Marshall.

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U.S-based journalist detained and jailed in Nigeria

This year New York tri-state area journalist and educator Omoyele Sowore ran for president in Nigeria. He now sits in a Lagos jail.

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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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Jerry Johnson’s Ancestral Wall: ‘Recognizing those who recognized us’

Jerry Johnson is from California. He lives in Ghana. He works in New Ningo. He founded the Ancestral Wall.

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Ghana says they are open for cultural exchange, tourism, visits and relocation

It is official that the Ghanaian government is reaching out to folk from the diaspora to consider the African nation as a viable place to visit, relocate, expand investment opportunities and do business with.

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Ghana is calling folk home from the diaspora

The Gulf Coast of Guinea is calling people to come home from the diaspora to the Motherland—and Ghana specifically.

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Moshood celebrates 25th anniversary with fashion show at Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza

On Sunday, July 28, everything was about the iconic Moshood “tribal” logo on T-shirts, dresses, skirts, tunics, agbadas, pants, hats, bags and accessories.

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Countdown clock on Garner: Family, activists trek to DC to demand DOJ action

If the amount of worn shoe leather was any indication of how the people in New York City felt about the on-camera death of Eric Garner, according to grassroots activists who fought for justice in this July 2014 case, then officer Daniel Pantaleo should have been arrested on sight.

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STOP THE BULLETS: Activists decry Memorial Day/start of summer violence in BK

Red for the blood, white for the hoodie worn by one of the shooting suspects, and blue for the uniforms that came to carry the injured and those who followed to investigate the two Memorial Day shootings in Brooklyn that left six people shot in two separate incidents, leaving one man dead.

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Tragic fire in NYCHA housing kills six, including four children

Awoken by the crackling of flames, breaking glass and piercing screams were stunned Harlemites on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, on the corner of 143rd Street, at about 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

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Jay-Z owns Webster Hall

There was no politicking from the sidelines at Jay-Z’s historic opening show at Webster Hall on Friday, April 26, following the completion of the total renovation of Manhattan’s historic East Village concert venue.

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Coach Douglas Terry Muhammad’s Brooklyn homegoing

The homegoing services for Coach Douglas Terry Muhammad were held on Thursday, April 11, at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

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Senator Parker masquerade b’day bash

With massive cake, masquerade masks, good food, music and friends State Senator Kevin Parker partied the night away.

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Seun Kuti brings song, dramatics and politics to Sony Hall

Looking like, sounding like, and inspiring like his legendary Afrobeat ‘baba,’ Fela Kuti, youngest son Seun Kuti performed like the whole world was watching, at his jam-packed gig at Sony Hall off Times Square Tuesday, Feb. 19,.

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Nigerian presidential elections upcoming, Omoyele Sowore looks for the votes

The Nigerian presidential election is set to take place Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

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Mistrial in murdered jogger case

The family and friends of Chanel Lewis, 22, always believed that he was innocent in the 2016 rape and murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano. Late Tuesday night, Nov. 20, 2018, the judge declared a mistrial in the murder case.

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Man Up! Inc. celebrates 15 years of community activism inspired by Daesean Hill shooting

“Saturday was full of many different emotions as his anniversary always is,” said brave mom Kimberly Hairston, who traveled from Atlanta to East New York to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the shooting death of Daesean “Dae-Dae” Hill, her 8-year-old son, in Brooklyn.

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Attorney General-elect Letitia James—A history of firsts

“This victory is an incredible milestone for our communities and all those whose blood, sweat and tears paved the way for us,” Letitia ‘Tish’ James said to the New York Amsterdam News mere hours after she was elected

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Dawad Philip reads ‘Mural by the Sea’ to packed crowd at BPL Flatbush

It was a full house, standing room only, at the poetry book launch of Dawad Philip’s “Mural by the Sea” at the Brooklyn Public Library, Flatbush Branch.

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Community calls for end to violence as another teen murder rocks the city

"'Who killed my son?' asked David Oyebola.."

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Political Musical Chairs

City Council Member Jumaane Williams talks about what’s next for him

Be careful what you ask for!

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Community demands arrest of cop who shot unarmed man in face

“We charge attempted murder by the police, we want justice for Thavone Santana, and we want the immediate arrest of Sergeant Richard Blake,” Assemblyman Charles Barron told the Amsterdam News.

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Prince Joshua Avitto gets verdict and center

Just three working days after the opening of The Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center in East New York Brooklyn, the sentence was announced for the man convicted in the child’s 2014 death.

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Who killed Brandy Odom? Family demands progress in case

While Nicole Odom waits patiently to hear news about her daughter Brandy Odom’s murder, she said the Police Department is not communicating with her.

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B.B. King closes doors—Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh give a great send off

B.B. King closes doors—Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh give a great send off

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Family of slain Brandy Odom: ‘Find her killer’

Family of slain woman: ‘Find her killer’

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Accountability demanded in latest cop shooting

It was a cool Wednesday, April 4, evening on a Crown Heights street. Here comes Saheed Vassell, marching down the street pointing at pipe at people.

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NYCHA'S HOPE: AmNews sits down with NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye

Relentless and vitriolic has been the focused assault on NYCHA in general and the city agency’s Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye in particular.

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Parents storm City Hall in slavery incident protest

Singing and chanting in English and Spanish, dozens of heavy-coated and woolly hat-wearing parents and activists stormed the doors at City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 6, asking Mayor Bill de Blasio, “Which side are you on?” They emphasized the need for cultural competence in schools.

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The Power Cultural Currency—Amsterdam News 2017 Man Of The Year Talib Kweli

“Hip-hop is beautiful because it shows us the complete truth,” said Talib Kweli, known for socially conscious lyrics and activism.

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Robbers and killers in home invasion case apprehended, one still sought

“There are no words to properly capture the outrage our community is experiencing over the death of Waldiman Thompson, a 91-year-old resident of Decatur Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant who, along with his 100-year-old wife Ethlin, were the victim of a deadly home invasion,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told the Amsterdam News.

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Storms' Aftermath: NYers front and center in hurricane relief

With some flooded and battered areas still unreachable, and fear of disease spreading in many of the hurricane-hammered Caribbean countries, residents of many islands are struggling to find some degree of normalcy, as the pursuit for food, water, shelter and electricity remains a priority.

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Trump Charlottesville fallout continues

Even those critics who have developed an impenetrable steel-like facade to the almost daily panned President Donald Trump statements, tweets and actions were astounded as he likened the flag-carrying, torch-wielding, stick-waving neo-Nazis and their ilk to the mostly white counter-protestors in Virginia.

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Annual SOURCE360 to talk social justice, music, technology and leadership

There’s going to be a hip-hop/social justice takeover in Brooklyn next week as the fourth SOURCE360 Festival and Conference takes over several venues, Brooklyn blocks and street corners. Hip-hop artists, social justice, civil action, progressive politics and rap predictions and expectations panels are all a part of the extensive four-day program.

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Summer shooting madness

A warm summer July night brought out yet more blue and white police cars and yellow and black caution tape and shell casings, with uniformed officers and detectives surrounding an active scene.

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Anti-violence groups working toward 'Summer of Peace'

June is Gun Awareness Month, highlighting the sharp increase in firearm fatalities and survivors.

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Fire tragedy hits Queens families

“Please take care of your kids,” said grieving mother Dajuana Green. Family members, firefighters and residents were left devastated Sunday when fire ripped through a wood framed house at 2:36 p.m. April 23, leaving four children and teens and one adult dead.

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Saturday’s 21st Annual Freedom Fighter Dinner Tribute

Some grassroots activists had hoped that by January this year former President Barack Obama would have addressed, if not released, some of the nation’s decades-long serving political prisoners on his way out of the White House.

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