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Nayaba Arinde

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Michael Brown and Eric Garner: What's Next

In the wake of the deaths of both Eric Garner and Michael Brown, people are looking for direction on what to do next.

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Michael Brown—the world responds

“Arrest Darren Wilson now! Get the warrant, knock down his door, handcuff him, perp-walk him, arraign him, indict him, convict him. Nothing less.” These are the words of respected activist Rosa Clemente, teaching assistant at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Grace Jamaican jerk festival hots up NYC

New York City’s 4th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival heated up Roy Wilkins Park in Queens Sunday, July 20. Never was so much family-friendly fun had by so many. The place was “ram” with each and everybody from the tristate and beyond. Some folk traveled from as far as Canada to partake in the world famous jerk cuisine.

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Is police brutality a national epidemic?

While heavy armored vehicles roll down the streets of Missouri, the outrage simmering dangerously over the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has gone viral.

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Old-school hip-hop celebrates Brooklyn MLK Concert Series

“If you’re 25, 35 or over—stand up!” said Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee. He kept the crowd of thousands hyped and rocking to old-school hip-hop Monday night at the crazy 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert series at Wingate Park in Brooklyn.

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Activists demand: ‘Bratton must go!’

“Brother Eric Garner no longer breathes courtesy of banned NYPD chokehold. Rest in power,” said filmmaker Spike Lee on Instagram.

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Kayden's Courageous Fight Despite Adversary

Kayden was born prematurely with a life-threatening birth defect called an omphalocele. It is a rare condition in which the intestines and organs develop outside of the baby’s abdomen. In the United States, more than 700 babies a year and 1 in 5,000 are born with this defect. Last January, further complications caused Kayden to lose his right leg and left foot. He also had two abdominal surgeries.

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War On Summer Violence Begins

Gun violence is ripping through the nation. While it’s only the second weekend in July, already the shootings are mounting. Some folks walk around saying, “Parks aren’t safe. Walking to the store isn’t safe. Chilling on the block isn’t always safe.” Stats speak to a frightening gun violence surge.

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Reparations paid to Central Park Five

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally made good on his campaign promise concerning the “Central Park Five.”

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NYC to pay 40 Million Dollar Settlement to 'Central Park Five'

City Comptroller Scott Stringer signs off on "Central Park 5" $40 million settlement.

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More kidnappings and bombings in Nigeria; NY activists respond

Just at press time, details were announced of an explosion in a shopping mall in Emmab Plaza in Wuse II, Abuja. At least 20 people were killed. This cycle of violence continues as citizens continue to rally and fight back in the wake of radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s vicious reign of terror.

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Reaction to ‘Central Park Five’ $40 million settlement

Twenty-five years after the initial miscarriage of justice, New York City is finally looking to settle with the “Central Park Five” for $40 million.

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New Yorkers/Nigerians host panel on state of girls in Nigeria

The kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls have not been returned to their homes in Chibok, Borno State, but neither have they been forgotten

Goodbye, sweet Prince

A heavy solemnity descended upon St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church Friday, June 6, as stabbing victim Prince Joshua Avitto was eulogized.

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Summer Jam: Hip-Hop Stars, Weed Smoke and a Whole Lot of Cursing

Hot 97’s Summer Jam at the MetLife Stadium was full of curses, big beats, surprise guest stars, base lyrics and, dare I say, much celebrated ratchetness.

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Child killer alert: man who stabbed three youth on the loose

As of press time, the East New York community and the NYPD were frantically trying to find the suspect believed to have stabed three youth in an elevator over the weekend.

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Hope and skepticism in the pursuit of the abducted Nigeria girls

Hope tempered with trepidation has followed the news that the almost 300 girls have been located.

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The world mourns the remarkable, phenomenal Dr. Maya Angelou

Hearts are breaking as the public absorbs the news that the majestic genius Dr. Maya Angelou made her transition on the morning of Wednesday, May 28, in her home in North Carolina.

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Nigerians and New Yorkers rally for kidnapped girls

It has been six weeks since armed men kidnapped 276 school girls aged 16-18 from the village of Chibok in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.

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FedEx Malcolm X dis spurs boycott

Dozens of people celebrating what would have been Malcolm X’s 89th birthday stood beneath a hoisted red, black and green flag as it flapped high outside the FedEx store near the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.

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Mutale Nkonde: Super mom, aspiring international community builder

Mutale Nkonde is a remarkable young lady.

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World rallies for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Public pressure both at home and abroad is keeping hope alive for the safe return of the 200-plus Nigerian girls abducted from a boarding school in a remote part of northern Nigeria by the notorious Islamic fundamentalist Boko Haram group.

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New Yorkers rally for the return of kidnapped Nigerian girls

In Union Square last Saturday, May 3, hundreds of men, women and children took up the clarion call to “Bring Our Girls Home.”

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‘Ending gun violence starts with you!’

A determined collection of anti-gun violence activists, parents, concerned residents and some law enforcement officers gathered on Harlem’s Lennox Avenue to mark the five-year anniversary of the shooting death of 13-year-old Chris Shakim Owens.

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Brooklyn DA proposes new marijuana rules

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has stated that he will no longer prosecute folk caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana

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The mayor’s first 100 days and then some …

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not immune to the arbitrary and traditional milestone of the evaluation of a mayor’s 100 days in office, a date that now has been exceeded by more than a week. Those few extra days do not alter the fact that his first term is highlighted by an explosion and explosive news.

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Cornegy sounds school door alarm with proposed bill

In the wake of the tragic death of Avonte Oquendo, City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr. has proposed the Audible Alarm Bill, which would have school exits and entrances connected to a localized alarm system.

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‘Central Park Five’ rally at City Hall for 25th anniversary of injustice

Community waits for Mayor Bill de Blasio to honor his campaign promise to settle the Central Park 5 case.

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Young Guns: Teen shooting incites calls to end gun pipeline

Shots rang out on a city bus as people were going about their business. A young father lay dying, and a teen with some sort of perceived beef was holding the smoking gun

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Dr. Angela Moses: Really leading the way

Dr. Angela Moses, the author of “The Joy of Single Parenting,” is herself a single mom of two

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Cornegy opens Bed-Stuy lactation station

Nursing moms in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, no longer have to worry about where they can feed their hungry children

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Community residents ask Cuomo for special elections

At a Sunday afternoon rally targeting Gov. Andrew Cuomo activists demanded special elections and the reopening of 10 Assembly district offices in New York

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Charter school debate rages on

Mayor Bill de Blasio began curtailing the rapid expansion of charter schools throughout the city, including some Success Academy charters run by former City Council Member Eva Moskowitz,

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Saying goodbye and thank you to the ‘judicial genius’ Chokwe Lumumba

This weekend, there will be memorial and funeral services held in Jackson, Miss., in celebration of the life of the honorable Lumumba.

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New organization helps custodial parents collect child support

Scofflaws and deadbeats had better watch out, because a new tristate area-based organization is looking for those noncustodial parents who refuse to financially support their childre

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New Yorkers shocked by passing of great activist Mayor Chokwe Lumumba 

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the grassroots movement was stunned by the news of the sudden and unexpected loss of warrior attorney and Jackson, Miss., Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at the age of 66.

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Barron: 'Cuomo is disenfranchising a million Black and Latino voters'

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no regard for Black or Latino people,” charged Council Member Inez Barron, as she held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to highlight her City Council resolution demanding that the governor call for special elections to fill 11 legislative vacancies in the state Assembly and Senate...

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Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson sworn in

New Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is the first African-American to assume that position.

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‘Avonte’s Law’ supported by Attorney General Eric Holder

Last Saturday, Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old mute autistic boy who captured the heart of the tristate area, was funeralized. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Attorney General Eric Holder threw his support behind Sen. Chuck Schumer’s proposed “Avonte’s Law.” Holder said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would support a similar program, that would have tracking devices given to autistic children known to be “runners.”

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Judge puts ‘Central Park Five’ federal lawsuit on hold for 30 days

For 25 years, the lives of the Central Park five have been in limbo

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Heartbroken city grieves: Avonte Oquendo’s remains found in East River

The news that New York City did not want to hear was delivered on Monday afternoon. The remains that were found along the shore of the East River in Queens are those of missing autistic teen Avonte

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Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson to be honored at POW dinner

One would be hard-pressed to find a more grassroots, Black Nationalist, U.S.-based freedom-fighting couple than Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson

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Attorney L. Londell McMillan is a purpose-driven man of the people

Londell L. McMillan: an attorney, media mogul, entrepreneur and community activist.

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NYC's new Black politicians take oath of office

Black New Yorkers got all “turned up” this week as a spate of glossy yet grassroots inaugurations took over the city.

Blood on the block

Two teens were gunned down in cold blood, outraging a fed-up community. Three adults were also shot and killed in nearby Irvington, N.J.

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Daughtrey reports back on his trip to Nelson Mandela’s funeral

With much ceremony, and with Winnie Madizikela-Mandela and Graça Mandela consoling each other in a moving tribute to the late icon, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in the family plot in his ancestral home of Qunu, South Africa, on Sunday, Dec. 15.

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Undisputed: Tyson book signing

While the film version of Mike Tyson’s one-man play “The Undisputed Truth” played in the background, hundreds of people turned out to get their book signed by the former heavyweight champion at a packed event at Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza on Friday, Dec. 13.

NYC honors Nelson Mandela, ponders next steps

New Yorkers turned out to the Nelson Mandela tribute at Boys and Girls High School in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

High school principal, Bloomberg playing politics with Mandela’s death

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and the Department of Education (DOE) announced the creation of the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, a new high school that is slated to be located in the Boys and Girls High School campus at Fulton Street and Utica Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

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Tata Mandela: rest in perfect peaceful

outh African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died on December 5

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