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Tropical Storm Fay to bring torrential downpours, gusty winds

Tropical Storm Fay developed late Thursday afternoon off the coast of North Carolina with winds of 45 mph.

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Community Reinvestment

After weeks of sustained, peaceful mass protest against police brutality and structural racism, America finds itself at a tipping point.

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Big Mac racism at McDonald’s

For more than 50 years, the McDonald’s Corporation took pride in branding itself as a socially conscious corporation particularly interested in doing business in abandoned and long-ignored Black communities while embracing racial diversity as a critical component of its corporate ethos.

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The impact of COVID-19 in our community: Let’s Not Put Our Health at Risk

Washington, D.C., city attorney George Valentine was Black, brilliant, and fit. But after contracting COVID-19, he became so weak, he had trouble moving and even speaking.

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AFT decries Washington’s attack on education

The American Federation of Teachers is fighting a war against the separation of church and state and student vouchers. It took a significant blow this month.

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Kanye West dumps Trump

It’s not exactly clear what circumstances moved rap artist Kanye West to no longer support Trump, but in an extended interview with Forbes magazine he said he had lost confidence in the president.

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Brandon Hendricks’ life cut short by senseless violence

The current racial justice protests and decades of civil rights activism have not curtailed Black on Black crime, as senseless loss of life to gun violence continues to devastate families and communities.

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Strange Fruit 2020: Black bodies found hanging from trees

As America has its reckoning with racism in the aftermath of the police killing of Black, unarmed George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests continue to fight against racial injustices.

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Blood on the streets: rise in violence raises serious questions

While the Fourth of July weekend was dominated by the sound of illegal fireworks, the sound of gunshots was also in the atmosphere as New York experienced one of its most violent weekends.

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Academic fellowship looks to help young men of color

The story of being the first one in your family to go to college might be cliché to some, but it never stops tugging at a person’s heartstrings.

Shelter security officers demand better wages, healthcare and work conditions after colleagues death

The website for The MAve Hotel presents itself as your run of the mill “luxury” hotel in the Flatiron district.

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Those ribs!

I am happy to be back cooking for clients, safely. I polished up all my tricks as I moved back into service; when favorite prepared smoked ribs were not available for a client request, I had to pivot and put the SCHOP! stank on some fresh racks.

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Newark’s Summer Youth Employment program gets creative

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Newark’s 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program launched this week.

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Harlem is healing: Art and community

Containing disease and restarting the economy have been the prime twin goals of coronavirus efforts, locally and across the globe. But dealing with our emotional and community responses have been important as well, particularly among artists who have been sidelined by lockdown orders.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #179

Rallying his political base continues to be Trump’s main gambit to stay in office, though he has other rabbits that may be pulled from his heinous hat.

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Givly, the giving app

I recently filed my 2019 taxes and was quite disappointed in myself. The previous year I had pledged to tithe 10% of my salary to organizations doing good work in New York City and beyond.

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COVID-19 emergency grants for artists

The arts community has suffered greatly during this pandemic. Since mid-March, all types of live performances have ceased.

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Doe Fund breaks ground on housing for homeless in the Bronx

The Doe Fund has started construction for 980 Westchester Avenue in the Bronx.

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Harlem Book Fair 2020 going virtual

The 22nd annual Harlem Book Fair goes virtual Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th. The Harlem Book Fair will stream on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Talking SCHOP! The gift & the curse

Now that the celebration of our country’s independence is behind us, we can continue on our pursuits of returning to a new normal.

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