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Nayaba Arinde

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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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Black community responds to Bill Bratton appointment

Did Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio make worse an already fragile relationship between the NYPD and the Black community?

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The African American community mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela

The people of South Africa along with admirers from around the world will feel the loss of this leader, activist and revolutionary

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Malcolm X 'Diary' taken to court

There is some confusion and tension over the latest book on Malcolm X, “The Diary of Malcolm X.”

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Avonte: Harlem sighting?

On Monday, Amsterdam News staff writer Cyril Josh Barker noticed that on the back of one of four “Find Avonte” posters taped to a ground floor lobby window, someone had scribbled a note that stated: “Kid seen on 127th St. 7 Ave. in front of Salem Church on Sat.” Salem Church, Daniel Oquendo, Avonte Oquendo, Avonte, Salem Methodist Church, Norma Lewis, Harlem Children Zone, Sabrina Perez, 28th Precinct, autistic,

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Remembering Daesean Hill shooting

Balloons sailed into the Sunday night sky at the corner of Sutter Avenue and Hendrix Street, now also known as Daesean Hill Drive.

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Power 105.1's 'Powerhouse' and the annual commercial hip-hop showcase

Hip hop show brings big superstars to Brooklyn

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Ken Burns: De Blasio will settle ‘Central Park Five’ case

According to documentarian Ken Burns, New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio plans on settling the “Central Park Five” civil suit once and for all.

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Avonte search continues, Schumer suggests tracking devices for autistic youth

The city has been transfixed by the story that autistic and non-verbal Avonte Oquendo

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Black politicians sweep Brooklyn elections

Black politicians sweep Brooklyn elections

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Father pleads: “Avonte does not speak. He can’t tell on you. Please bring him home.”

“I believe someone has my son Avonte,” said Daniel Oquendo

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President Obama visits Pathways in Technology Early College High

President Barack Obama visited Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Friday, Oct. 24

October 22nd Coalition: Racial profiling as American as … you know the rest

Tucked away between discussions about whether Sen. Ted Cruz, co-architect of the government shutdown, is a tea party rock star and whether Kanye West’s onstage “white Jesus” escapade was ridiculous or not was the 18th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality – NYC on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx was the gathering place, with teach-ins, workshops and rallies.

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Rep. Major R. Owens passes at 77

News broke of the Monday night passing of former Rep. Major R. Owens on Oct. 21

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NYPD search for Avonte Oquendo taken over by volunteers

Nearly three weeks have passed since the disappearance of autistic 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, and the search for the missing teen has not let up, even as the NYPD lightens up on its efforts.

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Cancer survivors bringing awareness

They’re Making Strides in Brooklyn. On Sunday, Oct. 20, at Nethermead in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, the American Cancer Society is hosting their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Hauling trash by day, giving Therapy by night: Anthony Williams

Like a neighborhood hero with a green cape, local kid-done-good Anthony Williams hauls Brooklyn trash by day and delivers Therapy by night.

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Big Daddy Kane brings it home

Big Daddy Kane headlined Restoration Rocks!

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Find missing autistic teen, Avonte Oquendo

The whole city is looking for the missing the 14-year-old autistic teenager, Avonte Oquendo

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Bed-Stuy Alive! with Big Daddy Kane back at Restoration

Kane is promising some big things for his show on Saturday at Restoration Rocks!, part of the annual Bed Stuy Alive! event.

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Charles Hynes upsets District Attorney race, running as a Republican

Oh oh! District Attorney Charles Hynes has thrown down the gauntlet. No matter what else you can call it, New York politics is never boring.

Charter school showdown looms as schools are pressured to pay rent

There is going to be a schoolyard scuffle, with the controversial, non-rent-paying charter schools rallying to protect their preferential status in public school buildings. Charter school advocates are warming up their vocal chords. A furor is about to erupt. Advocates hope to counter that with the aid of Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who has a stronge chance of taking over City Hall.

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Robert E. Cornegy wins testy race

The People’s Republic of Brooklyn is rejoicing over a win-win political fight. If he is able to defeat his little-known Republican challenger in the heavily Democratic Bed-Stuy/Crown Heights area, Robert E. Cornegy is poised to become the city councilman for the 36th District.

City council race causing chaos

There are political rumblings in the gritty but beautiful Brooklyn.

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Kendrick Lamar is official in Brooklyn

The somewhat frequent visitor to the city, hot off of his “Control” controversy, chose the outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park this time

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De Blasio's Blueprint

Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio thinks he is sitting pretty. After saying that every vote counts, runner-up Bill Thompson conceded on Monday—the very day the Board of Elections began counting the paper ballots.

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Sad farewell to Antiq, community pledges change

Seemingly every inch of the young man’s visible skin was taken over by tattoos; patterns were shaved in to his head. The young man, who was standing on the steps outside of Grace’s Funeral Home, was obviously known to many of the other equally sombre young men.

Komen cancer race brings out thousands

Thousands upon thousands of women, men, children and babes in strollers—some folks even brought their dogs—walked, ran and/or jogged the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Central Park on Sunday, Sept. 8

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Primary night: Cliffhangers, blowouts and burnouts

As of press time, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio led all Democratic nominees with 40.18 percent of the vote. Bill Thompson held second place with 26.11 percent of the vote and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn rounded out the top three at 15.47 percent. But, who stands behind an elected official, in view of the cameras, during a speech is just as important as the speech itself in political circles.

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Susan G. Komen ‘Run Breast Cancer Out of Town’ walk on Sept. 8

The annual Susan G. Komen “Run Breast Cancer Out of Town” walk takes place this Sunday in Central Park at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8.

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Tears for a toddler

Antiq Hennis is dead. The beautiful 1-year-old boy was shot in the head in Brownsville on Sept. 1. His family and his community are devastated.

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Rallies to save Interfaith Medical Center continue

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Assembly Member Annette Robinson and community leaders called for the preservation of health care services at the Interfaith Medical Center on Wednesday morning.

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Common Core’s not-so-common benefits

Twelve years of Mayor Michael Bloomberg the educrat, and only 29 percent of New York City students who graduate are college-ready. New York City’s first Common Core standardized test scores were released last week revealing dire numbers: Only 55.1 percent of all students grades three through eight meet or exceed the standard in English. In math, only 64.8 achieved the percentage needed to pass the examination. That’s a 20 and 30 percent drop since last year.

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Faithful rally for Interfaith?

“Gov. Cuomo will be signing the death warrants of hundreds if not thousands of people from the Central Brooklyn area if he does not stop the effort to close Interfaith,” said activist minister the Rev. Herbert Daughtry. “This community and beyond needs this hospital. Thousands of people rely on it.”

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Trayvon Travesty

“You can kill a dog—Michael Vick—and go to jail … kill a Black man, and you walk. Brother Plaxico Burress: You can shoot yourself, and they’ll send you to jail … but kill a Black man, and [if] you’re white, you walk,” boomed Councilman Charles Barron. “Fifty bullets for Sean Bell, 41 for Amadou Diallo … they walked. Timothy Stansbury, going to a party on the rooftop, bullet in the heart … they walked. We got to come together and say to this system that there must be consequences when you take our lives; we’re not animals!”

Violence and summer in the city

On an almost tropically hot Saturday, July 6, death visited a neighborhood basketball game at Marcy Houses in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. At approximately 6:30 p.m., while watching the game, 18-year-old Mario Lopez was shot and killed. Three other teens were also injured by flying bullets.

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World awaits news of Mandela

According to news reports at press time, Nelson Mandela was on life support and was surrounded by his family. At 94 years young, former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela remains in Pretoria’s Mediclinic Heart Hospital for a recurring lung problem.

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The passing of a mighty warrior, activist Jitu Weusi

Brooklynites lost a mighty, mighty warrior on Wednesday, 22, May 2013. The carrer activist Jitu...