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State Fair Meadowlands brings big crowds

The State Fair Meadowlands recently kicked off and runs through July 7.

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Alvin Bragg announces run for Manhattan D.A.

Former New York State Chief Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg announces his candidacy for Manhattan District Attorney challenging incumbent District Attorney Cy Vance.

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Advocates push for New Jersey to allow undocumented immigrants to have driver’s licenses

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, immigration advocates in New Jersey are pushing for a similar bill.

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Call them the ‘Exonerated Five’

Aftershocks continue after the release of Ava DuVernay’s miniseries “When They See Us” based on the Exonerated (formerly referred to as the Central Park) Five.

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Phoenix police incident outrages nation

Couple involved in police brutality case speaks with the AmNews

International outrage continues in Phoenix after a video of police drawing their guns on a Black couple and their children who were accused of shoplifting in Phoenix went viral.

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Longtime HBCU theater professor retires

Actress Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart’s career in theater education spans nearly 50 years inspiring hundreds of students and giving them the tools to make it in the entertainment business.

Black South Jersey teacher claims she endured racial abuse

Black school teacher Tammy Jordan was the first Black teacher hired at Larchmont Elementary School in Mount Laurel, N.J. in 25 years.

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West Point cadet killed in accident laid to rest

Family and friends gathered on Tuesday for a memorial service for Christopher J. “C.J.” Morgan, the 22-year-old cadet killed during an accident when a vehicle overturned at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Free legal help for low-income Newarkers facing eviction

According to officials from the Essex County Trial Court Administrators Office, there are approximately 38,000 eviction actions filed annually in Essex County, and Newark’s share is the highest at 20,000.

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Bloomfield College installs first African-American president

Dr. Marcheta P. Evans is Bloomfield College’s 17th president succeeding Richard A. Levao. Evans is also making history as she is the first woman and African-American to lead the college in its 150-year history.

Abortion debate continues

The debate over abortion rages on as states continue to pass more stringent laws, but advocates maintain the fight across the nation to allow women to choose.

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Debo Adegbile fighting the good fight

Attorney Debo Adegbile attributes his success as an anti-discrimination lawyer and a commissioner on the United States Civil Rights Commission to those who fought for civil rights before him, such as late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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New Jerseyan Lonnie Bunch III named first Black to serve as head of the Smithsonian Institute

Newark native and historian Lonnie G. Bunch III made history of his own after being elected the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian.

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Newark police officer charged with manslaughter in shooting

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office handed down several charges to a Newark police officer including manslaughter after the officer fatally shot a man in January.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol raises $1.3 million at annual gala

Harlem-based youth organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) recently hosted its 15th annual VOICES benefit gala.

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Harlem resident benefits from billionaire’s big gift

Like millions of other college graduates in America, Harlemite Elijah Dormeus, 22, was seated during his commitment ceremony donning his cap and gown listening to the keynote speaker, thinking about his future when he received an unexpected graduation gift.

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De Blasio signs executive order to increase advertising in community and ethnic media

With the stroke of a pen, Mayor Bill de Blasio increased the advertising revenue for ethnic and community media, directing city agencies to spend at least 50 percent of their annual print and digital publication advertising budget on the targeted media outlets.

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Transforming teen moms from ‘statistic to success’

According to the Center for Disease Control, rates of teenage pregnancy have declined across all racial/ethnic groups since the 1990s, although the rates for Black teens are still more than twice the rate for white teens.

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Bergen County Chapter of The Links, Inc. celebrates 45 years of service

The Bergen County Chapter of The Links, Inc. celebrates 45 years of service to the Bergen County community with its 14th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon at The Venetian in Garfield, N.J., on May 11.

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Leaders say ‘no’ to new youth prison in Newark

Newark leaders are speaking out against the state’s plans to build a youth development center in the Brick City.

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Black Columbia University student alleges racial profiling by campus security

Columbia University senior Alexander McNab was thrust into the spotlight this week after video of campus security guards pinning him down at Barnard College surfaced and went viral.

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Sade Lythcott—Continuing the legacy at the National Black Theatre

Sade Lythcott is the daughter of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, founder of the nonprofit, community-based National Black Theatre in Harlem.

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Pan-Hellenic Council joining with Got to Stop against human trafficking

Got To Stop has partnered with The National Pan-Hellenic Council of New York City to lead a community call to action, “Got to Stop Trafficking Walk!” on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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College bound and ready: Justin Hayes

Honor student Justin Hayes of Harlem is feeling pretty good after his acceptance to 27 colleges and receiving $1 million in scholarships.

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Tax Day 101: Say no to RALs and RACs

With Tax Day (Monday, April 15) just weeks away the Department of Consumer Affairs is encouraging New Yorkers who earned $66,000 or less in 2018 to file for free using NYC Free Tax Prep available at more than 150 sites citywide or online.

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Self-image, career goals focus at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens learned about the value of self-image along with showcasing what they’ve learned on the third day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Walt Disney World on Saturday.

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Security stepped up at local mosques after massacre in New Zealand

Fears continue to linger in the city’s Islamic community after last week’s deadly massacre at a mosque in Christchurch, NZ.

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NYCHA $LASH: Activist meeting with Trump yields no dividends

Frederick Douglass Houses Tenant Association President Carmen Quiñones met with President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in February.

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Nina Shaw: From Harlem to Hollywood

Harlem and Bronx native Nina Shaw is one of Hollywood’s top entertainment attorneys.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson hosts annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

Commemorating how far African-Americans have come 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in America is the focus of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit which kicked off Wednesday.

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Rutgers University professor says school could do more for Black New Jerseyans

Rutgers University is the largest institution of higher education in New Jersey with a student population of nearly 70,000 statewide.

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‘Essex Five’ takes center stage at Black History Month event

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. hosted the county’s 16th annual African-American History Month Celebration last Friday, Feb. 15.

Black student arrested after refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A dispute over a Black 6th grader refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at a Florida middle school is causing fierce reaction.

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Black student arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

A dispute over a Black 6th grader refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance at a Florida middle school is causing fierce reaction.

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Newark keeps door open for Amazon

With talks of the possibility that the city could rescind its deal to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to New York City, one Newark organization is saying their invitation to take the online retailer is still open.

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The business of small business

Strategy consultant and Harlem small-business owner Nikoa Evans-Hendricks serves as executive director and co-founder of Harlem Park 2 Park, a social enterprise of more than 250 entrepreneurs uptown.

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People’s Organization for Progress pushes civilian oversight of police

Even as temperatures get bone-chillingly cold, community social justice organization the People’s Organization for Progress continues its Justice Monday rallies demanding Gov. Phil Murphy sign into law the “Independent Prosecutor’s Bill.”

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Gov. Murphy signs $15 minimum wage into law

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation this week raising New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024

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Spreading the gospel of HBCUs

Brooklynite Andres “Dre” Martin serves as founder of the annual HBCU Night, an event touring the nation that celebrates African-American Heritage and the culture of historically Black colleges and universities.

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Paterson mayor announces changes to police amid suspicious death of Jameek Lowery

In an effort to improve community-police relations, Paterson, N.J. Mayor Andre Sayegh announces several changes to the city’s police department in the wake of the death of Black, 27-year-old Jameek Lowery after he was refused assistance by officers.

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Protecting Black girls

The recent documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” about the famed R&B singer’s abuse of Black girls and women over the years and the shocking revelation of a Brooklyn pastor who has been charged with raping his daughter has put the issue sexual assault of Black women and girls in the spotlight.

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Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World for Dreamers Academy

Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World for Dreamers Academy.

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Black wrestler forced to cut locks

The fallout continues after a Black high school wrestler in New Jersey was forced to cut his locks by a white referee before a match.

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Person of The Year: Letitia James

Attorney General-elect Letitia “Tish” James was a teenager when she saw her brother unjustly arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

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AmNews Year In Review 2018

Here is a look at some of this year's top headlines.

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South Jersey Black church being turned into museum honoring Harriet Tubman

Reports indicate that a church in Cape May, N.J., is being transformed into a museum honoring abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman.

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Mother attacked by police with baby in arms suing city

The community continues to rally around young Brooklyn mother Jazmine Headley, who was thrust in the spotlight last week after video surfaced of police and security at a Human Resource Administration center in Brooklyn trying to take her 1-year-old baby.

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Commission in Newark to target gentrification

As more major corporations want to call Newark home and more people from New York City are coming in looking for bargain rents, local officials assembled a new commission to fight gentrification.

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Candidates for public advocate make their case

The stage is set for the special election for the next public advocate after Letitia James’ victory to be the next state attorney general.

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Cory Booker 2020: Will he or won’t he?

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker continues to fan the flames of possibility over a 2020 presidential run.

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