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New safety plan announced at Horizon Juvenile Center after violence

After two weeks of violent clashes inside the Horizon Juvenile Center, New York City officials announced several reforms Thursday to improve security and teen engagement inside the facility.

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EXCLUSIVE: A first look at the upcoming gospel film 'Revival! The Experience'

The Amsterdam News is proud to share an exclusive first look at Harry Lennix's upcoming film "REVIVAL! The Experience"

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Sharpton hosts NAN Triumph Awards

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, folks put on their glad rags, sparkles and bright smiles and headed down to Manhattan’s Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Triumph Awards.

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Nigeria Independence Day Parade takes Manhattan

Nigerians, Africans within and outside the continent and the entire diaspora (the Caribbean was well represented) came out Oct. 6, 2018, the first Saturday of October, to celebrate Africa’s most populous nation’s 58th Independence Day.

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Teens shine at Power of You event

Simply because “The Future Is Female,” Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, delivered the keynote speech and performed at the fifth annual Power of You Teens empowerment experience at the Riverside Ballroom on Claremont Avenue in Manhattan.

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Michael Bloomberg changes party affiliation, re-registers as Democrat

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he is changing his voter registration to Democrat.

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Anthony Weiner to be released from prison early

Former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is set to be released from prison about three months earlier than initially scheduled, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

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Advocates encourage voting rights for New York parolees

The politics of fear and the false connection between race, dangerousness, and criminality have served as obstacles to parole justice for far too long, according to Anthony Thompson, the director of the New York University Law Center on Race Inequality and the Law.

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Black man handcuffed while trying to move a TV into his new house

Karle Robinson, a 61-year old African-American man from Kansas, was recently handcuffed by a police officer when he was moving into his own home, suspecting him as a burglar in his own house.

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Kanye West to visit Trump, discuss prison reform, violence

Rapper Kanye West has been invited to the White House.

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New Yorkers go golfing down South

Several New Yorkers attended a golf outing in Southern Pines, N.C. In total there were 180 golfers. They were from all over the United States.

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Alliance of Families for Justice second anniversary celebration

Activist Kevin Barron is a member of the Alliance of Families for Justice. He said that the organization’s “purpose, focus and mission is to support, empower, mobilize the formerly incarcerated and the families that are inside.”

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Trymaine Lee wins Emmy Award

Pulitzer Prize-winning MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee earned his first Emmy Award for his coverage of gun violence in Chicago.

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Black software developer launches two new apps focused on Black history

Hugh Smith, the owner of Quikthinking Software, has released new apps featuring quotes and oral histories from important Black figures.

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Black woman in Texas begins prison sentence for voting

With the midterm elections just weeks away, activists and others are keeping keen eyes on any semblance of voter suppression – or worse.

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Online petition launched to stop Child Protective Services from unlawfully abducting children

A new online petition has been launched by an African American activist named Cecelia Evertez from Newton, Connecticut.

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Madeleine Yayodele Nelson—musician, educator, founder of Women of the Calabash—passes

A memorial and musical tribute to Madeleine’s memory will be held Sept. 30, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, New York, N.Y.

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Touro College, Harlem community celebrate life of Martin Luther King Jr.

More than 200 Harlem community members joined with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine students and faculty to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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'Confessions'

Bellina Logan (“Sons of Anarchy,” “American Vandal,” “ER,” “Interview with the Vampire”) brings her acclaimed one-woman play, “Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child,” to New York City Wednesday, Oct. 3

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Fast-growing fire breaks out at Kings Plaza Mall parking garage in Brooklyn: FDNY

A fast-growing fire is burning through the parking garage of Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn on Monday, authorities said.

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10 things to know about the African American Day Parade

Here are some things you should know before going to the parade.

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New York State primary election results

Andrew Cuomo is one step closer to getting a third term as he wins a sweeping victory against activist and actress Cynthia Nixon during Thursday's state primary election.

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Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine breaks record with ‘underrepresented minorities’

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine announced that in this new semester they welcomed the Class of 2022 with a record-breaking number of “underrepresented minorities.”

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Upcoming college fairs in the city

With the school year underway there are several upcoming college fairs for students and families to learn more about higher education options.

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NYU McSilver Institute appoints Sheryl Huggins Salomon as communications director

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University has announced the appointment of veteran journalist and media professional Sheryl Huggins Salomon as its communications director.

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Black organization seeks clemency for incarcerated women and families

According to a 2017 report, by the Prison Policy Initiative, there are over 219,000 incarcerated women in the United States. 1:5 incarcerated people are locked up are for a drug offense.

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Primary Election: Find your polling place

Voters in New York will cast their ballots Thursday for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other key races in the state’s primary.

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Manhattan DA to dismiss more than 3,000 marijuana cases

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is expected to appear in court Wednesday to dismiss more than 3,000 marijuana cases in the borough.

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John Legend reaches EGOT status

Singer John Legend makes history with his win at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards taking home an honor in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category for his work as producer in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

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Dallas police identify officer who went to wrong apartment and killed a man

The Texas Rangers have postponed seeking a warrant on manslaughter charges against an officer who shot and killed a man in Dallas.

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Cardi B escorted out of fashion party after lunging at Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head.

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Cuomo announces 2018 Carey Gabay Scholarship Program winners

Five outstanding students from disadvantaged backgrounds will receive full scholarships to SUNY colleges.

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10 passengers test positive for flu after flight lands at Kennedy Airport: mayor’s office

Ten people have tested positive for influenza after being hospitalized when their plane landed at Kennedy Airport, the mayor’s office announced Thursday.

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Bronx schools get nearly $10 million

As the school year gets underway, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. recently announced that his office is providing nearly $10 million in new capital funding to public schools in the borough.

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Homegoing services for Randy Weston, 92

The music world suffered another recent blow with the passing of legendary pianist and composer Randy Weston.

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P.R. maven Terrie Williams announces closure of agency

Legendary public relations professional Terrie M. Williams announced Wednesday that she’s closing her firm this month.

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Several cases of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed at NYCHA buildings in the Bronx and Harlem

Barbara Luray is the president of the Fort Independence Houses in the Bronx and she says she's afraid to use the water in her bathroom after two cases of Legionnaires' disease were confirmed in her building.

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Back to school: 1.1 million NYC students return to class

Over 1 million New York City students headed back to class Wednesday morning and even though it’s the first day of school for students, educators and city leaders have been working all summer on some of the biggest issues shaping their days in the classroom, including safety.

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Colin Kaepernick has new deal with Nike

Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with Nike, even without having a job in the NFL.

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‘Black Panther’ renews interest in African Heritage Theme Park

The movie Black Panther made history and shattered records across the world. In fact, Black Panther became the highest-grossing MCU film of all time in it’s first week.

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Venus and Serena Williams help inspire diversity in tennis

A crowd gathered when Venus Williams practiced with Sachia Vickery at the U.S. Open. Kids waited by the fence for autographs.

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2018 West Indian Day Parade underway in Brooklyn

The 2018 West Indian Day Parade is underway on Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway.

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NYPD security plan aims to prevent violence at J’Ouvert festival

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced enhanced security measures for the 2018 J'ouvert Celebration. After violence in past years, the festival is no longer an overnight event.

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Fans travel from near and far in celebration of Aretha Franklin

Several civil rights leaders, former presidents and others offered touching and poignant tributes to Aretha Franklin, affectionately known to the world as the Queen of Soul, during her funeral in Detroit on Friday.

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More than 1,100 kids living in NYCHA tested positive for high levels of lead

More than 1,100 children living in public housing in New York tested positive for high levels of lead in the years since 2012, according to new numbers released by the city.

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NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln lauded for heart failure and COPD care

U.S. News & World Report has named NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln a “High Performing” hospital for both heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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World celebrates Michael Jackson's 60th birthday

The entire world is coming together today for the Diamond Celebration for Michael Jackson's birthday.World

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White ex-cop convicted of murdering Black unarmed youth

The white, former police officer, Roy Oliver, who shot and killed Jordan Edwards in suburban Dallas last April was convicted of murder Tuesday.

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Report: Aretha Franklin dressed in red for Delta Sigma Theta as fans attend public viewing

As mourners descend on Detroit, Mich. to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin, those passing through for her viewing are seeing the Queen of Soul in her casket dressed in all red.

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Black reporter fired for sharing story about white privilege

Lisa Benson, a reporter who shared a story about white privilege on her personal Facebook account, has been fired after some of her co-workers took offense of it.

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