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Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; man seeks mercy

The avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago.

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BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts.

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Philadelphia street renamed for Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a legend as a boxer, philanthropist and social activist.

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Black leaders push for fair 2020 census count

Leaders of numerous African American organizations recently convened to deal with the upcoming 2020 census that could affect available resources and the political representation of Blacks in the century’s third decade.

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Attorney General Letitia James: State will not cooperate with Trump-ordered ICE raids

New York state Attorney General Letitia James joined the mayor of Chicago in saying that they will not cooperate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids rounding up migrant families this weekend.

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New York lawmakers OK pot decriminalization

Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled.

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State investigations cracking down on underage drinking and fake IDs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says law enforcement isn’t letting up when it comes to fake IDs and underage drinking as summer gets underway.

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Summer meals program for kids

The Summer Meals program begins this month for city youth. Anyone 18 and under can get breakfast and lunch starting June 27 through Aug. 30.

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Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #124

When we heard the news that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was packing it in and stepping down from her roost where she consistently cooed and crowed in defense of her boss, folks wondered if this was just another spin of Trump’s revolving door, ejecting aides and appointees.

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Manhattan DA will not re-open cases linked to Central Park 5 prosecutors

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance will not re-open the case history of the two prosectors involved in the Central Park Five wrongful conviction case.

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NY lawmakers OK licenses for immigrants in US illegally

New York will become the 13th state to authorize driver’s licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally under legislation approved by lawmakers Monday night.

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O.J. Simpson says he’ll use new Twitter account to ‘set the record straight’

O.J. Simpson says he plans to use his new Twitter account to “set the record straight,” as well as to talk sports, fantasy football and even some politics.

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Father's Day celebrated in the city

Several events happened around the city in celebration of Father's Day.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. to plead not guilty to groping woman at bar

Cuba Gooding Jr. turned himself in to police Thursday and was charged with forcible touching after a woman accused the actor of groping her at a New York City night spot.

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PODCAST: Activist Tamika Mallory

On this week’s podcast, our special guest is activist and Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory.

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Chamber Coalition offers day of opportunities; celebrates Juneteenth & Caribbean-American Heritage Month

The Chamber Coalition-New American Chamber of Commerce, the African-American International Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic-American International Chamber of Commerce...

Celebration of Life to be held for Dr. Irving Spear Hamer Jr.

A leader in urban education, Dr. Irving Spear Hamer Jr. passed away May 4, 2019.

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OJ Simpson says ‘Life is fine’ after prison

After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative zone.”

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Public hearing on efforts to replace Rikers Island with smaller jails

As efforts to close Rikers Island jail facility and replace it with smaller jails in the boroughs continue, local officials are asking the community to sound off.

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Pilot dead after helicopter crash lands onto roof of Manhattan office tower

A helicopter made a crash landing onto the roof a 54-story skyscraper in midtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon

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Vet's body returned with organs missing

Two days before he died, Everett Palmer Jr. called his brother, Dwayne, to tell him he was on his way from Delaware to New York to visit him and their sick mother.

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West Point cadet killed in crash ID’d as NJ man

The cadet killed in a crash that also injured 21 other people was identified by the U.S. Military Academy on Friday.

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NYCHA bosses take heat from residents over safety concerns

In a joint City Council hearing of Public Housing and Public Safety Thursday, resident leaders and families got a chance to talk to city leaders directly about their concerns about safety.

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Barack and Michelle Obama set to produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify

Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company will start working with Spotify to produce podcasts, similar to its multi-year production deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films.

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Flag Raising Ceremony commemorates Juneteenth

The 400 Years of African-American History Commission celebrated the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth Freedom Jubilee Celebration, to share “The History of Slavery” and to memorialize its ending.

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48th Annual African Arts Festival marks 50th anniversary of the founding of the East organization

The International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn’s most beloved celebration of African culture and family, returns to Commodore Barry Park on Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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State Education Department and State Library launch summer reading program

The New York State Education Department and the New York State Library are partnering with 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide to launch the 2019 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program.

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Brooklyn street being named in honor of Notorious B.I.G.

On June 10 the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation will host the official street naming ceremony of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Way to celebrate Brooklyn’s own Notorious B.I.G. at St. James Place and Fulton Street.

Kam Williams, prolific film and literary critic, dies

Over the past two decades, film and literary critic Kam Williams published nearly 10,000 articles and reviews.

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Touro College of Pharmacy holds eighth commencement

On May 30, 2019, Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem awarded 82 graduates their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees during festive ceremonies packed with family, friends and other well-wishers at the Roone Arledge Auditorium-Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University.

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Defense rests in Daniel Pantaleo trial after calling expert witnesses

It was the battle of the expert witnesses Wednesday as the defense rested in the trial of Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

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Central Park 5 prosecutor Linda Fairstein resigns from nonprofits after Netflix series backlash

A former prosecutor in the Central Park Five case has resigned from at least two nonprofit boards as backlash intensified following the release of the Netflix series "When They See Us," a miniseries that dramatizes the events surrounding the trial.

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Sephora to close US stores on June 5 for inclusion workshops

Sephora says it will close all its U.S. stores on the morning of June 5 to host “inclusion workshops” for its employees.

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Man arrested, charged for rape of 78-year-old woman in Queens home

Police arrested and charged a man in connection to the rape of a 78-year-old woman inside a Queens home.

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New Jersey’s medical marijuana program expansion plan advances

A bill to greatly expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program cleared the state Senate Thursday. It now heads to the full Assembly for a vote.

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Harlem march highlights gun violence

Demonstrators are calling for the end of gun violence on the streets of New York City.

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Legendary Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, dies at 96

New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase, who created the city’s first white-tablecloth restaurant for Black patrons...

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Women of color are ready to lead more organizations

Women of color in leadership roles often ask for support on how to be successful in the work environment and haven’t always found the answer.

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Virginia Beach mourns as police look for answers after gunman kills 12

A disgruntled employee went on a shooting rampage in a city building in Virginia Beach, killing 12 people before he died after a fierce gun battle with officers.

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Dr. Gerald Deas receives honorary doctor of science at commencement from SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Gerald Deas, a pioneering public health advocate who was among the first physicians to use the power of the media to improve public health, was awarded an honorary doctorate of science at the 52nd commencement of SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Harlem fire victims laid to rest

Family members and the community recently came together to lay to rest five of the victims of a fatal fire in Harlem.

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PHOTOS: DanceAfrica 2019

Danceafrica, the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance and music, returned for its 42nd year, now under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. Dance performances took place in the Opera House stage

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Juneteenth celebration at Carnegie Hall

The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of Riverside Church and president and founder of Healing of the Nations Foundation, in association with Carnegie Hall, will host the 5th annual Juneteenth celebration

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New York Foundling celebrates 150 years

The New York Foundling, one of the city’s oldest and largest social service providers, recently announced details for a weekend-long Homecoming Celebration honoring the organization’s 150 year anniversary.

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Severe weather threat continues for tri-state into Wednesday night

After severe storms, including a possible tornado in southern New Jersey, hit the tri-state area overnight, another round of strong to possibly severe thunderstorms threatens the area

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Harriet Tubman stamp starts movement to replace Andrew Jackson on $20 bill

News that Harriet Tubman would not replace former President and slaveowner Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill caused outrage. However, it looks like she will appear on the cash anyway.

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Advocates, City Council members calling on mayor to increase funding for homeless students

Advocates and elected officials are calling on City Hall to fund and baseline 100 social workers in schools with the highest concentration of students living in shelters

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Violent night in Brooklyn: 1 dead, 5 wounded in separate shootings at parks in span of two hours

It was a bloody, violent end to Memorial Day in Brooklyn when six people were shot in two separate incidents over the span of just a few hours, leaving one man dead.

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Ex-Felon who graduated from Yale and is now a Lawyer

Reginald Dwayne Betts was 16-years old when he was convicted of carjacking.

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The struggle of Black Men with mental health stigma

Black men are one of the most neglected group of individuals in regards to mental health.

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