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Hundreds of children taken from immigrant parents at border in East Harlem facility

Hundreds of children taken from their parents under President Donald Trump’s family separation policy are at an East Harlem facility, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay inspires others to share childhood photos in protest of family separation policy

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay wrote these words on Twitter Tuesday night, and shared a childhood picture of herself and her mom, inspiring thousands of others to do the same in protest of the Trump Administration family separation policy.

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The first 6 African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires

Immediately following Emancipation, there were 4,047 millionaires in the United States -- and six of them were African American.

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Newark’s homeless residents protest against looming closure of emergency shelter

The size of the homeless population in Newark, New Jersey, the state’s largest city, may pale in comparison to the tens of homeless men and women currently living in New York City’s homeless shelters.

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New York City changes marijuana arrest policy

The majority of New Yorkers found smoking marijuana in public will soon receive a summons instead of being arrested, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

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Housing secretary Ben Carson will visit embattled NYCHA, local HUD official says

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson will visit the New York City Housing Authority, an administrator with the department said Monday.

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Rapper Jahan Nostra spotlights homelessness and mental health with benefit show

Homelessness in New York City has a face and it is overwhelming black and brown. A strong percentage of those faces belong to teens and young adults.

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Black woman elected president of the American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates elected Patrice A. Harris, MD, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, as its president-elect at the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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School bullying at an all-time high in NYC: report

Bullying in New York City schools is at an all-time high. That and other alarming statistics were released Monday in a report by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Over 30 Black citizens in Minneapolis get drug charges dropped

Thirty-one African Americans who were arrested and charged for small-scale marijuana sales have been discharged and 16 more are awaiting dismissal.

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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick asks Trump for pardon

Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit who was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison, wants President Trump to commute his sentence. In a long Facebook post, he enumerated the reasons why he feels he should be pardoned.

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Dozens of fathers honored in the Bronx

Dozens of fathers in the Bronx were treated to a special brunch on Father's Day at Ultimate Grille in Baychester by Neva Shillingford-King, wife of Councilman Andy King and Cynthia Richardson, President of the tenant's association at the Surrey Coop.

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VIDEO: White man asks Black mother and child if they showered before entering hotel pool

A Black woman and her 5-year-old daughter were harassed by a white man on Monday, June 11, questioning their hygiene while they were on vacation in Pasadena, California, as shown in a video posted online.

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Mayor's son reflects on racism at specialized high school in op-ed

Dante de Blasio, the Black son of NYC son of Mayor de Blasio wrote an op/ed piece about the toxic and racist environment of the elite Brooklyn Technical High School he graduated from.

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Community celebrates 108 years of the Friendship Baptist Church

This past weekend the Brooklyn community came out to celebrate 108 years of the historic Friendship Baptist Church.

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Former Assemblywoman Pamela Harris pleads guilty to misusing Superstorm Sandy funds

A former New York state assemblywoman accused paying a Victoria’s Secret bill and other personal expenses with money meant for families displaced by Superstorm Sandy pleaded guilty Tuesday.

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Family demands justice For Black teen fatally shot by police in California

Matthew Tucker was slain by officers from the Riverside County Sheriff’s office, who were called in for a suicide crisis intervention.

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City reaches $2B deal with feds over NYCHA repairs: U.S. Attorney

The nation's largest public housing agency will pay billions of dollars to settle claims that it used dirty tricks like building fake walls to hide problems from inspectors and lied about lead paint conditions to mask risks to low-income residents and their children, federal prosecutors said Monday.

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Discounted MetroCards announced for low-income New Yorkers

The city’s budget, announced Monday, includes discounted MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.

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Man who brutally raped and killed 7-year old Black girl seeks parole

In 1997, then 18-year old Jeremy Strohmeyer was arrested for brutally raping and killing Sherrice Iverson, a 7-year old Black girl. Now, after over two decades in jail, he is asking for mercy to be released early even though he was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

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Trump may eye Ali pardon, though late champ may not need one

President Donald Trump said he is thinking “very seriously” about pardoning Muhammad Ali, even though the Supreme Court vacated the boxing champion’s conviction in 1971.

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Board of Health approves new Health Code amendments

The Board of Health today approved new amendments to the Health Code, including a requirement that the nearly 3,000 city-regulated child care sites maintain two epinephrine auto-injectors on location.

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If city refuses NYCHA consent decree, criminal charges may follow: councilman

As City Hall works on a multi-billion dollar settlement with the federal government to fix public housing in New York City, the deal is raising serious questions with one city leader who is now telling PIX11 News that the mayor may be trying to hide something.

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Meet the only African American female stockbroker on the New York Stock Exchange

Lauren Simmons is the only woman that is a full-time employee at the New York Stock Exchange.

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Black teen with no criminal record gets five years for stealing sneakers

Dayonn Davis, an 18-year old Black teen, has been charged with robbery for allegedly stealing a pair of sneakers 3 years ago.

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Trump cancels Eagles visit to White House, saying ‘they disagree with their President’

The winner of the Super Bowl traditionally visits the White House, but President Donald Trump disinvited the team Monday, the day before players were set to come to the White House.

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De Blasio’s plan to make city’s elite high schools more diverse meets opposition, criticism

It's a measure meant to make the city's most selective public high schools more representative of New York City, but it has also sparked outrage among some city families, particularly some of those with children currently enrolled in those schools, or currently prepping for the test to gain admission.

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A teenager was found fatally shot in the Bronx Saturday night.

A teenager was found fatally shot in the Bronx Saturday night.

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White officer fired after threatening Black police chief and using racial slur

Joshua Braglin, a white police officer from Ohio, has been fired following a lengthy investigation for his alleged racist, insulting social media post against Hocking College Interim Police Chief Tiffany Tims, who is an African American.

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‘Black lives don’t matter,’ lawyer says after jury awards $4 in fatal police killing

A Florida family is “heartbroken” after a jury awarded $4 in damages for funeral expenses and pain and suffering in a case in which a St. Lucie County deputy fatally shot a father of three through his garage door, the family’s attorney said Thursday.

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Smallest Mollusk Museum comes to NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

Health + Hospitals/Lincoln announced today the temporary installation of what is being called the world’s Smallest Mollusk Museum, located in the hospital’s front lobby for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy. MICRO partnered with Science Sandbox to bring this captivating tiny science museum to the South Bronx hospital.

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Sistas’ Place hosts African Liberation Day and National Black Coffee Shop Day events

Friday, May 25, 2018, the December 12th Movement celebrated African Liberation Day 2018 at Sistas’ Place (456 Nostrand Ave., Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn).

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First male students graduate from The College of New Rochelle’s School of Arts & Sciences

When they transferred to The College of New Rochelle last year to complete their degrees, neither Chris Brannon nor Cristian Perez del Castillo expected that they would be making history.

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Funeral services announced for late Assemblyman Herman 'Denny' Farrell

Funeral services for late Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell have been announced.

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Police arrest Black teen for sagging his pants at a movie theater

Alonzo Taylor Jr. was hanging out with his friends last week to watch a movie at the East Warren 20 movie theater when the manager suddenly started shouted at him and threatened him that he would call the police if he doesn’t pull his pants up.

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Social media buzzing over Black ABC executive who canceled 'Roseanne'

Before Tuesday, most people didn't know who ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey was.

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‘Roseanne’ reboot canceled after star posts racist Tweet about Valerie Jarrett

ABC has cancelled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” after the show’s biggest star Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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Starbucks to close over 8,000 stores Tuesday for anti-bias training

Starbucks will close more than 8,000 stores nationwide on Tuesday to conduct anti-bias training, the next of many steps the company is taking to try to restore its tarnished image as a hangout where all are welcome.

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Black people invented Memorial Day, but that part got erased from history (Well, Almost!)

Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, was originally started by a group of African Americans.

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Civil rights activists, prominent leaders rally outside NFL Headquarters, scold league for ‘dangerous’ anthem policy

Civil rights groups and community leaders served up a message of defiance outside NFL headquarters in Midtown Friday.

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PHOTOS: Herman 'Denny' Farrell through the years

Former New York State Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell has died.

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Former Assemblyman Herman ‘Denny’ Farrell Jr. dies

Former Assemblyman Herman Farrell Jr. has died, the governor’s office announced Saturday.

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NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray visits female inmates at Rikers

NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray made an emotional visit to Rikers Thursday.

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Once-homeless teen makes it into Harvard on a full ride

A teen who was picked on for being a bookworm and called “Harvard” by the bullies is going to Harvard University on a full ride, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Officers disciplined in arrest of NBA’s Sterling Brown, police chief says

Milwaukee police on Wednesday released body camera video of the arrest and tasing of NBA player Sterling Brown as the department’s chief apologized for the incident.

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Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior, sexual harassment by several women

A young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on “Going In Style,” a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

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Jack Johnson, boxing’s first Black heavyweight champion, gets posthumous pardon

President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after what Trump said many feel was a racially motivated injustice.

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Fleet Week welcomes America's heroes

Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 30th annual Fleet Week.

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