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Hip hop icon DMX passes, is celebrated

After being comatose for a week, hip hop legend DMX was taken off life-support Friday, April 9, and subsequently passed away. He was hospitalized April 2 after suffering “a catastrophic cardiac arrest” at home, which medics attributed to a drug overdose.

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Black Panther Chip Fitzgerald joins ancestors

One of the longest captive political prisoners of war in the United States’ recent history joined the ancestors March 29 while still incarcerated at a California prison.

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MLK: I just want to do God’s will

This Easter Sunday marked the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination when he was shot at 39-years-old, April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of a Memphis motel.

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Sesame Street adds two Black muppets to discuss racism with kids

As mainstream American media continues to be confronted with issues of racism and race, “Sesame Street,” the long-running children’s program, joined the trend by introducing two Black characters, Elijah Walker and his 5-year-old son Wesley.

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Shirley Chisholm: A trailblazing politician

In honor of Women’s Heritage Month, a closer look is taken at the legacy of trailblazing politician Shirley Chisolm, who inspired a generation of Black, as well as women, elected officials.

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Bed-Stuy corner co-named after Yusuf Hawkins

On Friday, March 19, a street sign on the corner of Fulton Street and Verona Place in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant was unveiled bearing the name “Yusuf Kirriem Hawkins Way,” after a Black teen murdered by a Caucasian mob in Bensonhurst nearly 32 years ago.

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Mumia Abu Jamal supporters: Freedom is the only treatment

Support rallies were conducted Friday, March 12, in Philadelphia and San Francisco, as well as at several locations in between, demanding that the Philadelphia district attorney approve the release of political prisoner-of-war, Mumia Abu-Jamal amid his failing health.

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Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler passes

The stunning news of former undisputed boxing World Middleweight Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 66, passing on Saturday, March 13, at his New Hampshire home unexpectedly caught many off guard.

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Celebrating the life of Mitchell ‘Big Un’ Rose

The local Brooklyn and boxing communities visited Frank Bell’s Funeral Home (536 Sterling Pl., Brooklyn) Feb. 23 to honor the life of native Brooklynite, Mitchell “Big Un” Rose, 51, who succumbed to the effects of COVID-19 on Feb. 12.

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Fat Boys’ Prince Markie Dee becomes an ancestor

The hip hop community was saddened upon learning that pioneering artist, Mark Anthony “Prince Markie Dee” Morales, 52, joined the ancestors last Thursday, Feb. 18, a day prior to his 53rd bornday.

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