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Tamerra Griffin

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Black Girls Code invites young women into the tech world

On Dec. 14, Black Girls Code, an organization aimed at exposing young Black girls to computer science and technology, teamed up with Google to host a day-long mobile app training course.

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Queens Museum reflects borough’s diversity

The reopening of the Queens Museum could be a game changer.

Rwandan president, Elie Wiesel discuss global genocides

panel discussion between two of the most famous names in global genocide history, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel

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Clare Effiong and Esther’s Aid helping Rwandan orphans

Clare Effiong knew she had to do something for Rwanda and created Esther’s Aid

Answering a divine call, former diplomat teaches orphans cooking and life skills

Esther’s Aid began as an orphanage just north of the Rwandan capital of Kigali

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African Day Parade brightens Harlem

Hundreds of proud Africans represented their nations during the annual African Day Parade in Harlem recently. Despite the mass shooting that took place in Nairobi just one day prior, Kenyans in New York proudly represented their country at the African Day Parade and Festival. Gambian-American youngsters introduced their group in the parade—one of the biggest of all the countries that attended.

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Brooklyn entrepreneur enters the business of sweets

Jean Alerte cannot sit still. Even when the summer evening air around him is serene and the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and MacDonough Street is dotted with neighbors preparing to turn in for the evening, his head is on a constant swivel.

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African community gears up for seventh annual parade

The African Diaspora travels uptown to Harlem this Sunday afternoon for the annual African Day Parade and Festival

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Brooklyn karate instructor teaches roundhouse kicks, life skills

Despite the bloated property costs in Brooklyn’s increasingly swanky Clinton Hill that forced community karate instructor Thomas Lewis to find another building to teach lessons on Monday, Sept. 9, the studio on Fulton Street was brimming with people peering inside from the sidewalk.

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Ken Thompson Triumphs! Brooklyn votes in its first Black district attorney

Kenneth Thompson is Brooklyn’s first Black person to hold the position. By the time 99 percent of the precincts reported results during the Democratic primary Tuesday night, Thompson had earned 55 percent of the votes

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Brooklyn-raised proprietor gives back to home country, Haiti

Upon entering the Brooklyn Flea in the ever-popular neighborhood of Fort Greene on a Saturday afternoon, Haitian Creole may be one of the last languages expected to be heard getting thrown back and forth across tables.

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NAACP advocates for a new Trayvon's Law

A slew of activists who demonstrated at the multiple marches on Washington that took place on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 wore shirts and waved signs emblazoned with a photo of a 17-year-old boy from Miami Gardens, Fla., that has become all too painfully infamous.

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Alicia Keys returns to Harlem to advocate HIV/AIDS awareness

Though not unaccustomed to a steady flow of visitors, the emblematic Harlem Hospital Center was especially abuzz last week. Grammy Award-winning musician and proud Harlem native Alicia Keys joined forces with the ever-charismatic Rep. Charlie Rangel and a host of others to speak at an open forum about the impact of HIV/AIDS within the Black community.

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Commemoration and progression

The strides and setbacks made on the path to achieve social justice in the United States cannot be measured like spaces on a board game. For every piece of legislation enforcing civil rights, there have been threats in multiple states to amend the Voting Rights Act.

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New mobile app celebrates power of choice

Amid already-popular social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, three bold creatives from Los Angeles dare to carve out a digital space all their own and join the competitive collective.

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Vigil held following murder of transgender woman

Members and allies of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) community gathered on Tuesday, Aug. 27 to honor the life of Islan Nettles, the transgender woman was brutally beaten in Harlem earlier this week.

In a prelude to the march, politicians and civilians meet to reflect

Gearing up for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs, various civil rights groups hosted a community forum in front of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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Black students embrace education abroad

The Internet may have afforded its users the ability to embark on visceral international adventures without having to book a plane ticket, but it has also reignited a curiosity for traveling outside national borders. As a result, studying abroad in college is slowly embedding itself in the list of typical college experiences, like joining a fraternity or sorority.

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Ghanaian-American filmmaker brings immigrant experience to forefront

Just as African-Americans jokingly throw around the acronym CPT, or “colored people’s time,” to explain their tendency to arrive later than scheduled, continental Africans have “African time,” which carries with it a similar meaning.

Harlem Week veteran talks new and improved additions

In a month typically bogged down by consecutive heat waves and no national holiday to offer extra relief from work, one event spanning the month of August has served as an exclamation point on the summer season for almost four decades: Harlem Week. The 39-year-old neighborhood celebration that is at once local and international returns this summer for another series of public events ranging from fashion and health to music and sports. Harlem Week has created a name for itself as the ultimate display of pride at an historically significant site of Black culture. Lloyd Williams has served as a Harlem Week co-chair since its inaugural year in 1974. He discussed the classic and notable events that tend to attract the most attendants.

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Black Floridians speak on boycott's effect on the Black community

Stevie Wonder hit a note heard around the country when he announced on July 17, four days after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of any crime after shooting and killing unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, that he would boycott the state of Florida until its “Stand Your Ground” law was repealed.

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Local photographer documents historical hairstyle

Brooklyn’s Black creatives flocked to the Powerhouse Arena last Friday to don their funkiest indie threads, swirl complimentary wine and celebrate the beauty of the Afro.

Academy of Motion Pictures announces new, Black, female president

In the midst of an ongoing debate about the lack of minority representation in mainstream media, a monumental appointment at a powerful film institution broadens the sliver of hope for change.

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Black Ivies unite for first annual gala

Not even the onset of a citywide heat wave was enough to prevent a well-coiffed crowd from attending the first annual Black Ivy Alumni League Fundraising Gala on July 17. Over 400 degree-holders from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania gathered at the Carlton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for a swanky evening of dancing and mingling over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.