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Olayemi Odesanya

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#StrikeHard! Reggae Girlz World Cup Watch Party promotes unity and support for the team

On Sunday, June 9, the Jamaica Tourist Board hosted the first of a series of watch parties. Online people from watch parties in places such as Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale and Toronto joined New York to cheer on the Reggae Girlz as they faced Brazil in their opening match.

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#StrikeHard! Reggae Girlz World Cup Watch Party promotes unity and support for the team

On Sunday, June 9, the Jamaica Tourist Board hosted the first of a series of watch parties. Online people from watch parties in places such as Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale and Toronto joined New York to cheer on the Reggae Girlz as they faced Brazil in their opening match.

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Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People to hosting 32nd anniversary

Celebrating 32 years of community activism on Saturday May 4th, The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People (CEMOTAP) will be hosting their 32nd anniversary at the Robert Johnson Family Life Center in Jamaica, Queens.

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Phyllis Otera Thomas: Caring for the community with therapy and support

The licensed clinical social worker and therapist told the Amsterdam News, “In our culture, we  don’t invest in counseling or even the study of behavioral science. It is either ignored or we look into spirituality to solve our problems.

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Chy Mitchell’s passion for activism and nursing

Since 2006, Chy Mitchell has been the CEO and a registered nurse at The Lechtim Community Services. This organization serves the east and west Harlem elder population, a mostly underprivileged area.

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Deborah Nelson and the African-American Association of Co-op City & Black Vegfest

In honor of the famed Egyptian architect and world’s first doctor, Imhotep, the African-American Association of Co-op City & Black Vegfest will be hosting their 15th annual Wholistic Health & Wellness Fair Saturday, April 13.

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Sabrina Lamb: World of Money mogul

Since 2005, the World of Money, a New York City based nonprofit organization, has served youth and their families to help educate them about financial literacy.

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Esosa Ighodaro and Black Women Talk Tech

“We are very excited about the upcoming conference, we hope that people come out and enjoy [our full program],” said Ighodaro.

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Jennifer J. Parker—branding and building is her business

“I always had an interest in telling a story about an organization and the business that makes them stand out from similar ones,” said Parker.

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Public relations director De-Anna Gattereau starts GoFundMe campaign for children in Les Cayes

I visited Les Cayes, Haiti last December to visit family and to just enjoy the culture, scenery and food that I fell in love with.

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Daddy Rich wants folk to Go Africa Harlem Street Festival

African unity is what inspired us to host annual events and celebrations like the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival,” said Richard “Daddyrich” Iyasere, a community organizer who says he is the “Enogie of New York.”

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Aubry Dicks, healing health advocate

Dicks is the founder of the Mineral One Herbal Sinus Reliever.

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Elias G. and the FunRunClub NYC promote healthy living 

On April 29, Elias G. and other members of the FunRunClub NYC hosted a half marathon and Jump Rope-a-thon. The 13-miles marathon took place at the Morningside Park Pond in Harlem. Going by the simple name Elias G., the paralegal, sometime writer, sometime photographer and poet, and alway digital media tech , added another string to his bow.

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Olamide rocks Amazura Concert Hall

This past Friday Nigerian sensation Olamide performed at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York. The jam-packed venue was full with excited Afro-beats listeners. Not only were there Nigerians in the audience, but listeners from the other 53 countries came to support.

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Adrienne Nicole, ambassador for the NYC Mayor’s Office of M/WBE program

Adrienne Nicole recently became an ambassador for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Minority/ Woman-Owned Business Enterprise program.

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Olamide performing at the Amazura Concert Hall

Olamide performing at the Amazura Concert Hall

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Cents Ability Inc.’s Roy Paul

“We live in a country that is built off of being financially literate,” said Roy Paul, executive director of Cents Ability Inc.

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The Prospect Park Soiree pre-sale tickets available

Prospective attendees who are interested in attending one of the most anticipated summer parties, the Prospect Park Soiree, are now able to buy pre-sale tickets.

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New CCNY president Vincent Boudreau 

The City College of New York will be hosting their presidential investiture ceremony March 29.

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Jill Flowers—A soul activist

“I consider myself a soul activist,” said Jill Flowers.

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Free real estate and wealth-building forum at the Sheraton

Free real estate and wealth-building forum at the Sheraton

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Black media panel hosted by The Jitu Weusi Institute for Development, Education and Activism

The Jitu Weusi Institute for Development, Education and Activism hosted their Real Black Media versus Fake News panel discussion at For My Sweet, in the affectionately named “People’s Republic of Brooklyn” Monday, Feb. 26. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the panelists discussed the importance of supporting Black media outlets.

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Melissa Gabriel, CEO of Million Dollar TV, giving back to the community

Melissa Gabriel, who is also known as Sassy Ming Lee, interviews numerous celebrities, chatting about fun facts and the latest news in hip-hop.

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Our hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Most Americans view Martin Luther King Jr. Day as just another day that is given off on the third Monday of every January,” said Fariza Manonva. Unfortunately, as the 10th-grade Brooklyn Bedford Academy High School student noted, too many “people fail to see the genuine significance of this day.”

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The Schomburg to host sixth annual Black Comic Book Festival

Starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 and 13, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will be hosting the sixth annual Black Comic Book Festival.

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Isaac Kusi, Krismark shea butter and palm oil lotion innovator

Born and raised in Ashanti, Ghana, Isaac Kusi is the founder and CEO of Krismark in the Bronx. He is a purveyor of sophisticated, smooth shea butter and palm oil lotions.

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Ms. Janet Jackson performs at Barclay's Center

Global music icon, multiple Grammy Award-winner and multiplatinum selling artist, the incomparable Janet Jackson brought her magnificent State of the World tour to Barclays Center Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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Naima Beckles: Doula and childbirth expert

Naima Beckles is not only a certified childbirth educator and a birth and postpartum doula but also the co-founder of For Your Birth.

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Activist attorney Gloria Browne-Marshall runs marathon for cancer cause and late husband

In honor of her late husband, Ernie Marshall, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall ran the 47th annual NYC marathon this past Sunday with the Gilda’s Club.

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Executive Director International of the Collegiate Church the Rev. Julie Johnson Staples

In late September, Intersections announced the Rev. Julie Johnson Staples as the new executive director.

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Alexis Allison: breast cancer survivor, and founder of Annual Queens Cancer Walk

Breast cancer survivor Allison Alexis will tell one and all that this ravaging disease is one of the most common diseases that affects women nationally.

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Restoration Rocks art in Bed-Stuy

Brooklyn-linked artists such as Les Nubians, Soul Science Lab, Talib Kweli and DJ Spinna performed at the 11th annual Restoration Rocks event this past Saturday.

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Hot 97 announces major holiday concert

Hot 97 will be hosting a holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N. J. Artists such as Cardi B, Dave East, Tee Grizzley, 21 Savage, Meek Mill and Chris Brown are expected to perform at the holiday concert. There will be some surprises during the show as well, they promise.

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Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises program hosts launching event

Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises program will be hosting an event at the Historic Studio Museum in Harlem.

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Fundraising for devastated communities in Florida

Looking to build a network among other entrepreneurs within their community, the Nola D Collective will be hosting a fundraiser brunch at the 3 Black Cats Cafe.

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Couture Confidence Camp hosts Confidence Event

The Couture Confidence Camp will be hosting the Cool Kids School Kids Confidence Event Saturday, Oct. 14, at the ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Sisters walk to end domestic violence in East New York and abroad

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn walked through East New York, Brooklyn, for their Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence.

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Seventh annual Conference for Women in Science & Engineering

Keiana Cavé, an undergrad at the University of Michigan studying chemical engineering, will be a keynote speaker at the Brooklyn’s Poly Prep seventh annual Conference for Women in Science & Engineering Saturday, Nov. 11.

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NYC High School Admission Application Guide

The NYC High School Admission Application Guide, a free mobile app and website, is now available for incoming high schoolers.

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NYC to host Nigeria’s Independence Day three-day celebration

The Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians Inc. will be hosting a three-day event in celebration of the 57th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence Day.

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Patricia Gatling says she is first choice for Brooklyn DA

Not only is Patricia L. Gatling the former deputy secretary for Civil Rights for New York State, and the former commissioner and chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, but she is also a lawyer from the Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP firm.

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Harlem-based sisters building with cupcakes and coffee

Monica and Rosa Prado, new co-owners of the Lennox Coffee Roasters, celebrated their business venture with samplings from Anne’s Cupcakery. Lennox Coffee Roasters is located at 60 W. 129th St. Since 2011 the establishment has been well-known, in Central Harlem, for its seasonal coffee, baked goods and artsy decor.

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Joshua Walker: Helping youth succeed

Since 2014 Joshua Walker has been the founder and CEO of Avenue Music Group. The Brooklyn native started the nonprofit organization to provide entrepreneurship opportunities for high school students, to prepare them to succeed in their future careers and young adulthood.

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Margaret R. Smith celebrates 95th birthday

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, Brooklyn’s First AME Zion Church, family and friends came out to celebrate Mother Margaret R. Smith’s 95th birthday.

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Source360 kicks off festival and conference on influence of hip-hop culture

Starting Thursday, Aug. 10, at 8 a.m., The Source magazine will be hosting its fourth annual Source360 Festival and Conference. 

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Davido brings spectacular Afrobeat performance to Manhattan

Afrobeat fans from all over the tristate area descended on Times Square Saturday night to see international superstar David Adedeji Adeleke.

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Kendrick Lamar brings DAMN Tour 2017 to Brooklyn

It could have been nothing but Maad City in Brooklyn this past weekend, but Kendrick Lamar knew exactly how to keep the crowd hyped.

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Kristan Justice: Because I Am a Queen female empowerment program

Kristan Justice is the co-founder of Because I Am a Queen and director of the Rose organization.

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'Antigone' in Brownsville

July 15, the Brooklyn Public Library Brownsville Branch will be presenting their co-produced Theater of Wars Productions’ “Antigone in Ferguson.”

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Brooklyn hosts 46th annual International African Arts Festival

From Saturday, July 1, to Tuesday, July 4, this year will mark the 46th anniversary of the African Street festival at Commodore Barry Park.

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