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Olayemi Odesanya

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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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GospelFit launches Run, Walk, Praise for Healthy Living

GospelFit proudly presents the launch of Run, Walk, Praise for Healthy Living Saturday, July 1, 2017, on Randall’s Island in Manhattan beginning at 9 a.m. Run, Walk, Praise is designed to be an experience to bring the community together and create a fun and healthy environment.

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Joyce Adewumi promotes African arts and culture in NYC

Joyce Adewumi is founder of the New York African Chorus Ensemble, the chairperson for the Arts and Culture Committee in Manhattan Community Board 9 and the vice president of the 30th Precinct Community Council.

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BEPAA presents the 19th annual tribute to Professor John Henrik Clarke

The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry will be hosting their 19th annual tribute to Professor John Henrik Clarke Sunday, July 30, at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at 212 Tompkins Ave. in Brooklyn.

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500 Men Making a Difference hold summer cleanup in park

Saturday, June 24, 500 Men Making a Difference will host a Herbert von King Park Summer Cleanup.

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International African Arts Festival hosting 28th annual Symposium at P.S. 287

July 1, 2017, the International African Arts Festival will be hosting its 28th annual Symposium at PS 287, located at 50 Navy St., Brooklyn, across the street from the International African Arts Festival.

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True2Life hosting Peace in the Park Youth Festival

In the spirit of acknowledging Gun Violence Awareness Month, True2Life will be hosting a Peace in the Park Youth Peace Festival June 24.

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International & multicultural business, homebuyers and health expo to be hosted in Brooklyn

Thursday, June 22, from 8:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an International & Multicultural Business, Homebuyers and Health Expo hosted by the New American Chamber of Commerce.

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State Senator James Sanders Jr. presents the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival

New York State Sen. James Sanders Jr. is partnering with The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association to present the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival Saturday, Aug. 19. Sanders represents the 10th Senatorial District in Queens, New York.

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Bronx BP hosts annual Ramadan celebration

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. celebrated with the Muslim community Tuesday at his annual Iftar Dinner in honor of the holy month of Ramadan at the Bronx County building.

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NYPD Officer indicted for transporting narcotics in exchange for money

NYPD officer Nysia Stroud, 29, was indicted for transporting marijuana and more than one kilogram of cocaine in exchange for money.

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NYCHA housing forum taking place in East Harlem

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is co-sponsoring a public housing forum with Community Board 11’s Housing Committee in East Harlem, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 Third Ave. (at 119th Street).

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Left Forum hosts 'Does Black Media Matter?' panel

As part of their jam-packed “Resistance” event, Left Forum hosted a “Does Black Media Matter?” panel June 4.

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