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Charges dropped against mom after video shows baby being yanked from her arms at benefits office

Charges against a mother were dropped after video captured by a bystander showed officers pulling a 1-year-old baby from her arms at a Brooklyn benefits office, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced Tuesday.

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WLNY-TV to air annual Yule Log and Christmas Eve midnight mass

WLNY-TV (Channels 10/55) continues a holiday tradition by rekindling its Yule Log on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Alabama 9-Year-Old kills herself after racist bullying

An Alabama 9-year-old girl took her own life on Monday night, leaving her family in shock.

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2 on desk duty after outrage over video of baby yanked from mom at benefits office, but family skeptical

It’s video that’s been viewed, shared and commented on hundreds of thousands of times worldwide on social media, and exponentially more times than that on other media.

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‘Unacceptable’ video shows cops pulling baby from woman at Brooklyn SNAP center

Video shows a group of police officers pulling a 1-year-old baby from a woman's arms and dragging the woman across the floor of a Brooklyn food assistance center.

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Trump nominates William Barr as attorney general

President Donald Trump has decided to nominate former attorney general William Barr to be the next permanent head of the Justice Department, the President told reporters Friday.

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Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host after outcry over old tweets

Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.

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Abyssinian Baptist Church screens ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’

Odyssey Impact, in conjunction with the Abyssinian Baptist Church and the Tau Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” followed by a panel discussion.

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The African Diaspora Awards 2018 held at the Schomburg Center

The Society for Africans in Diaspora held their eighth annual African Diaspora Awards at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Dec. 2, 2018.

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Council Member Robert Cornegy unveils statue of Shirley Chisholm

City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy unveiled a scale model of a statue of legendary Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm that will be installed in Brower Park next year.

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NYPD trial set for officer involved in Eric Garner case

The police officer that put Eric Garner in a department-banned chokehold appeared for a hearing with the NYPD Thursday.

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Apollo Theater plans to build new performance spaces

New York City’s Apollo Theater plans to build two new performance spaces to incubate works by up-and-coming artists.

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These Black-owned businesses killed it on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Billions of dollars in revenue were generated for small and large retailers this past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making it the most profitable weekend after Thanksgiving ever.

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Sen. Cory Booker says he’ll think about 2020 presidential run over the holidays

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker stopped by the PIX11 newsroom Monday to discuss the passing of George H.W. Bush, closing the racial wealth-gap and a potential 2020 presidential run.

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Rev. Al Sharpton sells rights of his life story to the National Action Network

Rev. Al Sharpton who is currently in South Africa hosting an MSNBC broadcast on the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela, confirmed to the NY Post the sale of his life story to his non-profit National Action Network.

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Black Panthers mural in Los Angeles defaced with swastikas

A mural celebrating African-American achievement was defaced with swastikas on Thursday in Los Angeles, police said. They are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

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George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, dead at 94

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.

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Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal in Russia.

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Church collapses in Harlem

The FDNY reports that a church in Harlem has collapsed leaving a worker injured and trapped.

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Street Corner Resources Peace Café offering creative outlet for youth

Street Corner Resources, a leading anti-gun violence and community resource organization in Harlem, host an open mic night that’s not just an ordinary open mic event.

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Young Black CEO micro-financing her company to help other girls start businesses

Award-winning GaBBY Bows CEO Gabrielle Goodwin and her mom Rozalynn are sharing their international brand with other girls and their moms through the Mommy and Me Entrepreneurship Academy.

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New report details violence at Horizon Juvenile facility in the Bronx

Four correction officers were injured in two separate events inside the Horizon Juvenile Facility Monday and Tuesday.

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First woman to be picked as leader of NY state Senate

A woman is poised to lead the New York state Senate for the first time in history.

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Harlem families fight for heat, hot water after ‘terrible’ holiday weekend

New York City Housing Authority Residents are struggling without heating and the Housing and Urban Development regional director said she's intending to stay in a NYCHA apartment to see first hand what tenants go through.

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MTA prepares for another fare hike next year

Fares up, service down. The all too familiar MTA formula being proposed as the city’s transportation provider grapples with a billion dollar budget hole.

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Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, dies at 83

Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83.

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Support these Black-owned toy companies this holiday season

Encourage your child’s imagination while boosting self-esteem, rousing self-awareness, and celebrating African heritage and culture with toys from these top Black-owned toy companies.

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‘Becoming’: An Honest Telling of Michelle Obama’s Story

On November 13, in the wake of Michelle Obama’s book release, Barack Obama tweeted these kind words

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25 Black-owned businesses to support this holiday season

Every year during this weekend (which follows the Thanksgiving holiday), retailers generate billions of dollars in revenue from anxious customers looking for the best deals

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Family demands answers after police kill man mistaken for shooter of 2 at mall

An Alabama family is mourning a man killed by police Thanksgiving night after being mistaken for the shooter who injured two people at a mall.

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Sistas' Place hosts reading of 'Day of Absence'

Sistas' Place in Brooklyn is hosting a reading of the Douglas Turner Ward play "Day of Absence" on Monday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.

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New York State Senator Jose Peralta dies at 47

New York State Senator Jose Peralta died at the age of 47, state lawmakers confirmed Thursday.

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New York Foundling hosts Thanksgiving celebration for college students in foster care

The New York Foundling hosted its annual “Let Us Give Thanks” for college students in foster care at the New York Hotel Wednesday.

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Thanksgiving celebrated across the city

The spirit of Thanksgiving was felt across the city as people came together to celebrate the holiday with food and camaraderie.

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REPORTS: Man arrested for drawing racist graffiti at African Burial Ground

Reports indicate police have arrested a man accused of writing racial slurs at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan earlier this month.

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Diana Ross and John Legend to perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Legendary superstar Diana Ross and EGOT winner John Legend are among the many celebrities making appearances at the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade scheduled to march in Midtown on Thursday.

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Mayor unveils ‘NYCHA 2.0’ as fired DOI head says de Blasio interfered with probes

The commissioner of an agency that investigates waste and malfeasance in New York City government said Monday

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U.S. Postal Service dedicates Harlem branch to Tuskegee Airmen

On Monday, community members and local politicians gathered at the Colonial Park Post Office on Macombs Place in Harlem as the building was renamed the Tuskegee Airmen Post Office

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More than 6,000 turkeys given away to families in Newark

There will be no shortage of food at thousands of families' tables in Newark this Thanksgiving.

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First Black Tech Matters Awards to recognize African American tech entrepreneurs and innovators

In its first year, the inaugural Black Tech Matters Influencer Awards Show took over SXSW in Austin, TX and is prepared to do the same on Tuesday November 27, 2018 in the heart of the nation’s capital.

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Black-owned startup combines greeting cards with technology and automation

Through its custom-developed software, Custom Greetings makes marking important occasions and milestones easy.

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Stacey Abrams acknowledges Brian Kemp win in Georgia governor’s race

Democrat Stacey Abrams says she can’t win the Georgia governor’s race, effectively ending her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp.

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Non-stop holiday music begins on 106.7 Lite FM

Just in time to get you into the holiday spirit, WLTW 106.7 Lite FM switches to its annual all-holiday music format.

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Winter storm warning issued for much of tri-state area as forecast worsens

Parts of the tri-state will see significant snowfall Thursday, bringing the area its first taste of winter five weeks before the season officially begins.

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Hot 97 hosts NYCHA town hall in the Bronx

Hot 97 Street Soldiers hosted a NYCHA town hall community meeting in the Bronx.

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Harlem Holiday Parade of Lights to illuminate 125th Street

The 125th Street Business Improvement District hosted its annual Harlem Holiday Lights Event Nov. 19th, on 125th street between Fifth and 12th avenues, commemorating its 25th year.

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State Sen. Brian Benjamin, Yandy Smith hosts turkey giveaway with Whole Foods Market

Harlem State Sen. Brian Benjamin, in partnership with Whole Foods Market, hosted his second annual Turkey Giveaway to help feed families this November.

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Heating problems plague NYCHA as temperatures dip

As temperatures fall to below freezing at night in the city, residents in NYCHA are already battling with heating issues.

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Harlem man claims Powerball lottery prize

Harlem resident and retried government worker Robert Bailey is America's newest millionaire.

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Marian Wright Edelman transitions from President of the Children's Defense Fund to President Emerita

Children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman is transitioning from President of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) into the new role of President Emerita in the Office of the Founder.

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