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MTV VMAs to feature Aretha Franklin tribute

MTV plans on honoring Aretha Franklin at the Video Music Awards.

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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks on Aretha Franklin

Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton shared words about the passing of Aretha Franklin in a statement released Saturday.

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first Black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

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Funeral arrangements announced for Aretha Franklin

Funeral arrangements are set for the late Aretha Franklin.

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Aretha Franklin fans flock to the Apollo Theater

Harlem’s Apollo Theater is serving as a memorial for the late Aretha Franklin as fans continue gathering at the famed venue to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul.

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Barack Obama gives touching words on Aretha Franklin

President Barack Obama shared words of condolences on Thursday over the passing of legend Aretha Franklin.

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Classical Theatre of Harlem appoints Carl Cofield new associate artistic director

The Classical Theatre of Harlem recently announced the appointment of Carl Cofield as associate artistic director.

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CUNY Start program excels for college-level courses

The City University of New York’s pioneering CUNY Start program is significantly more effective than standard remedial education in preparing students who arrive at CUNY needing to master basic skills before they are ready for college-level courses, according to results from an assessment of the nine-year-old program.

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Old Timers week celebrating 55 years of Brownsville

Thousands of new and old faces packed in and around Brownsville Recreation Center for the annual Brownsville Old Timers Reunion Party.

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Lincoln University launches plan aimed to advance the institution

Lincoln University has announced a new strategic plan, “Reimagining the Legacy: Learn. Liberate. Lead.”

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National Teacher of the Year winner could be Connecticut’s first Black Democrat in Congress

Jahana Hayes moved one step closer towards becoming Connecticut’s first black Democrat in Congress on Tuesday when the former National Teacher of the Year bested Mary Glassman in the state’s 5th Congressional District primary.

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Meet the 26-year-old Black woman who owns her own accredited international college

Caroline Esinam Adzogble, a 26-year old Black woman, is already a successful entrepreneur, educationist, business coach, diversity maverick, and an advocate for women and girls in technology.

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Reports: Aretha Franklin is in hospice care as celebrities visit

Aretha Franklin is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN's Don Lemon.

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Omarosa’s tapes continue to rain on Trump’s parade

Omarosa Manigault Newman went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” August 12 and spilled a lot of tea on the President and his current administration, sharing recordings and even telling host Chuck Todd that, “This is a White House where everybody lies.”

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin is seriously ill: reports

Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, a person close to the singer confirmed to the Associated Press.

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Alleged police brutality in Baltimore captured on video

As the Baltimore Police Department continues to grapple with various instances of misconduct, yet another incident of alleged police brutality captured on video is going viral.

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Boston appoints first Black police commissioner

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the appointment of William Gross as the City of Boston’s first African American Commissioner of the Boston Police Department

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New mural in East Harlem encourages New Yorkers to drink water instead of sweetened drinks

The Health Department announced a new mural and art exhibit in East Harlem encouraging New Yorkers to drink water instead of sugary-sweetened beverages.

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President of West Indian American Day Carnival Association passes away in sleep

It was a shock Monday morning, Aug. 6, when the West Indian American Day Carnival Association announced the sudden passing of their president, William Howard—just a month away from New York’s massive annual Sept.1 to Sept. 3 carnival.

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ACS worker and former murder convict charged with assaulting 6-year-old boy in Manhattan: police

A child services worker has been charged with assaulting a 6-year-old boy in Manhattan.

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New app taking the hassle out of 'traveling while Black'

Melanin Enterprise is the Black professional social network that is designed to enhance the African American social networking experience by providing all-in-one features to meet all of our entrepreneurial, travel, and social needs.

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Brutal heat continues in tri-state as area prepares for more storms

Suppressing heat continues to bear down on the tri-state area, and a threat of thunderstorms looms for a second day in a row Wednesday.

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New Yorkers call for off-duty sergeant who shot man to be fired

Protestors marched in East New York, Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon, five days after Thavone Santana was shot by an off-duty NYPD Sergeant.

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NJ senator calls Trump's attack on LeBron James racist

New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says President Donald Trump's attack on NBA star LeBron James is part of a larger pattern of racist behavior.

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Sundae Sermon celebrating 10 years

Outdoor music event Sundae Sermon is commemorating 10 years with a special celebration Sunday, Aug. 12.

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Nazi items removed from Amazon

Reports indicate that online retail giant Amazon is removing Nazi-themed items from its digital marketplace after numerous complaints.

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Sharpton calls for justice for unarmed Black man killed by white civilian in Florida

Rev. Al Sharpton travels to Clearwater, Fla over the weekend calling for the arrest of a white man who fatally shot an unarmed Black man during a dispute over a parking space.

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Black customer says a utility company gave her the n-word to use as her online password

Erica Conway, an African-American woman from Seattle, says she was shocked and disgusted when her utility company, Puget Sound Energy, sent her a racial slur as a temporary password for her online account.

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Heat advisory warns of dangerous temperatures across the tri-state area

Dangerously hot temperatures will be felt across the tri-state area for a second day in a row on Monday.

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Black pastors criticized for lauding President Trump

Some local clergy leaders are critical of inner-city pastors who recently lauded President Donald Trump during a recent White House round table that focused on efforts to reform the prison system.

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Harlem Week Celebrating 44 Years

This year’s Harlem Week celebration began with a tremendous show of culture and community Sunday, July 29, and continues through Aug. 31, marking the event’s 44th year with a huge show at Grant’s Tomb.

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Man brings his own a full couch on the subway

Taking the subway can be tough. Sometimes we wish we could just sit and relax just like we do in the comfort of our own homes.

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Community leaders rally following white supremacist event at Manhattan park

Hundreds rallied at Fort Tryon Park just three days after a white supremacist group hung an anti-immigrant banner over the weekend.

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Trump claims Americans need photo IDs to buy groceries

President Donald Trump is wrongly claiming that Americans need photo IDs to buy groceries as he rails against the idea of noncitizens voting.

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Motherly advice to NFL players: Keep kneeling

For Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; for Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland; for Samira Rice, mother of Tamir Rice; and for Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell there is no compromise on whether NFL players should continue their protest during the playing of the national anthem.

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Restaurant manager fired after telling Black woman to “get out”

Xzaveria Vaqua, a 37-year old Black woman from Kansas City, became one of the most recent victims of discrimination and racism when the manager of Tomfooleries Restaurant & Bar told her to “get out” of the restaurant.

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Smoking ban in NYCHA starts, violators could lose apartments

It’s been several years since New Yorkers lost their right to smoke in city restaurants, but they were always free to smoke inside their own home; that all changed Monday for public housing residents.

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Cosby fighting classification as sexually violent predator

Bill Cosby's lawyers are challenging the legality of the process under which a Pennsylvania board recommended he be classified as a sexually violent predator.

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Harlem pays tribute to beloved jazz pianist Dr. Billy Taylor

Dr. Billy Taylor was often called the world’s foremost spokesman for jazz.

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Fallout continues over stabbing death of Black teen by white 'maniac'

The wounded sister of an 18-year-old Black woman fatally stabbed in the neck while transferring trains said they were “blindsided by a maniac.”

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Former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver gets 7 years in prison for public corruption

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to seven years in prison for public corruption, U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni announced Friday at a court in Manhattan.

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HARLEM WEEK 2018

Check out what's going on for Harlem Week 2018

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Tips for hosting a healthy summer cookout

When people think of barbecues, many think of foods loaded with fat, salt and sugar, which can seem challenging if you are trying to eat healthy. However, it is possible—and easier than you think—to host a balanced cookout with nutritious options, without sacrificing flavor or quality.

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Goodbye and thank you Beverly Alston

Funeral services for late community activist Beverly Alston were held Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Mourners packed the church to remember the woman known as a Harlem icon.

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Harlem celebrates Dr. Felder Day

Honoring local icon Dr. Jack Felder, his son Nova proclaimed a day in his name on the very 125th Street in Harlem where for more than 15 years he and his recently departed father would sell books and other media to bring attention to social, economic and political issues that affect the global African community.

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REPORT: Wall Street and the wealthy profiting from police violence

Most American cities and counties routinely buy bonds to cover the millions of dollars needed for settlements and judgement costs after police killings and police misconduct.

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How are Black-owned businesses doing in the Trump economy

Leo Hickman, the founder of Classy Hippie Tea Company, has been in business for seven years. Hickman said under the current economy, “there is monetary value, even if you are losing” because Trump “just put in tax breaks for owners,” the American Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that can be written off.

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Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert 'Big Man' Howard dies

Elbert "Big Man" Howard, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party who served as newspaper editor, information officer and logistics genius behind the group's popular social programs, has died at age 80.

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Board recommends Cosby be found a sexually violent predator

A Pennsylvania board recommended Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator, which would require the former TV star to attend at least monthly sex offender counseling — in prison and out — and police to post warning flyers throughout his neighborhood whenever he is freed.

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Rapper T.I. invests $3 million into revitalizing neighborhood where he grew up

Rapper T.I. is making moves in hopes of bringing back the Center Hill section of Atlanta, the neighborhood where he grew up, to what it was like before

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