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Merry Christmas from Marcus Samuelsson

Christmas came early for chef restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson and his team with a new restaurant in Newark, N.J., and the release of Red Rooster’s first album.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem Holidays

This past weekend my company, SCHOP!, planned and catered a lovely birthday brunch for one of my besties in the world, NiLu Harlem gift store owner Katrina Parris-Pinn.

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Arrests made in 2015 killing of rapper Chinx

Two men have been arrested in the 2015 drive-by shooting death of Lionel Pickens, a New York City rapper who performed under the name Chinx and was gunned down while he and a friend sat at a red light in Queens, police said Thursday.

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‘The Lion King’—two glorious decades on Broadway and counting

Make “The Lion King” part of your circle of life! It lifts the soul! It’s no wonder this musical is celebrating its 20th year on Broadway: it is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Timely documentary: ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’

In 1944, a 24-year-old Black woman was abducted and brutally gang-raped near her home in Abbeville, Ala. It’s no surprise, at all, that her vicious and morally bankrupt white abusers were never arrested and therefore not convicted of this hideous crime.

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Vivica A. Fox stars in ION’s ‘A Christmas Cruise’ Dec. 16

Miss Vivica A. Fox is still bringing her very own brand of fire to everything that she touches.

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Mavis Staples releases new album, ‘If All I Was Was Black’

Legendary soul singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples has released a timely new album titled, “If All I Was Was Black.”

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Talib Kweli talks sexism, hip-hop, new album ‘Radio Silence’

Rapper and activist Talib Kweli took the time to chat about his new full-length album, “Radio Silence.” Although the conversation began with music, it quickly turned to the topic of sexism and the lack of equality for women and girls in society

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Dr. R. Chester Redhead, the eminent dentist, passes at 92

“The best way to understand New York’s Black upper class is to study its origins,” Dr. R. Chester Redhead told author Lawrence Otis Graham.

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Two civil rights icons—Simeon Booker Jr. and Ernest Finney Jr.

There is no way to say for certain if the journalist extraordinaire Simeon Booker and the eminent Justice Ernest Finney Jr. were ever at the same place at the same time, but given their eventful lives, particularly on the civil rights battlefields, they traversed some of the same historic ground.

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More NY students with disabilities can graduate with diplomas

Monday, the New York State Board of Regents adopted new regulations for students with disabilities that allows them to graduate without passing state exams.

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Public school parents rally to challenge mayor/DOE commitment to diversity

A group of parents, an elected official and public high school students gathered at City Hall last week to challenge the mayor. The challenge? Proof of his and the Department of Education’s commitment to diversity.

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Painter Laura Wheeler Waring, noted for her portraits and illustrations

Depicted on the cover of the April 1923 edition of The Crisis magazine is the art of Laura Wheeler Waring, and this image of a woman playing an ancient harp, entitled “Egypt and Spring,” was just one of several covers she illustrated.

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Community Calendar December 14 - December 20

Check out what's going on around the city this week!

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Voices cry for Cuomo to sign ‘Lavern’s Law’

A bill that could potentially save New York patients some pain is sitting on the governor’s desk not signed.

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Affordable Housing Manager position created in Newark to aid with housing crisis

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced this week that the city is looking to fill the position of Affordable Housing Manager.

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National gun rights bill could be public threat

Fallout continues over Congress’ passage of House Bill 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

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DACA fate hangs in the balance for another week

With the government shutdown set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday, Congress passed a short-term spending deal last Thursday.

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Sharpton and CBC meet with Libyans about slavery

Various groups held an anti-slavery march Dec. 11 in Washington, D.C., to protest against slave auctions in Libya. The issue was first reported by CNN via a video in early November.

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PSC-CUNY/CUNY deal restructures full-time faculty workload

A deal between the City University of New York and the union that represents CUNY’s faculty and staff would allow full-time faculty to restructure their time.

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