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Cyril Josh Barker

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U.S. Sen Cory Booker introduces legislation to fight national poverty

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker recently introduced a new bicameral bill that will expand the 10-20-30 anti-poverty formula to a significantly larger group of federal accounts to ensure more funds are targeted to persistent poverty communities without raising taxes or adding to the deficit.

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Brown Eyez realize: P.J. Fleury

Pojanee “P.J.” Fleury is the owner of Brown Eyez Company, a Harlem-based multimedia company she founded in 2007 to promote healthy, positive lifestyles to mainstream audiences.

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NYC Charter School Center Announces Common Online Application

The New York City Charter School Center recently announced the official launch of the Common Online Charter School Application for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Bed-Stuy School Selected to Participate in Mental Health Education Project

Whitelaw Reid Educational Campus, located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, is participating in the first phase of a new mental health program by the New York State Education Department and the State Office of Mental Health.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol demolishes brownstone to make way for new building

The youth of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol in Harlem are taking the first swing of the sledgehammer Friday to begin the first phase of the organization’s new building.

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Horizon Juvenile Center missing the mark

At first glance, the Horizon Juvenile Center looks like it could be a brand-new charter school in the South Bronx—new facade, up-to-date classrooms and pristine window frame.

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Paterson police officers under fire for brutal arrest of unarmed deaf Black man

Shocking viral video of police aggressively detaining a deaf Black man in Paterson, N.J., is now under investigation.

Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair touring New Jersey

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week is holding fairs in New Jersey Nov. 11-16 at five locations.

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Weekly protest in Newark honors Colin Kaepernick

Social justice organization the People’s Organization for Progress honored Colin Kaepernick during their weekly Justice Monday rally against police brutality in Newark.

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Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair touring New Jersey

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week is holding fairs in New Jersey Nov. 11-16 at five locations.

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A Black man's emotional recovery from 9/11

Frederick Myers plans to spend this September 11 in solitude.

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Boston’s Ayanna Pressley heads to Congress in historic win

Viral video of Black Boston City Council Member Ayanna Pressley in shock after being elected the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District continues to make its rounds on social media.

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Black woman receives death threats after recording racist white woman at NJ gift shop

A white female employee at Jenkinson’s Aquarium gift shop in Point Pleasant Beach is out of the job after a video surfaced of her kicking out a group of young Black girls.

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Queen Latifah to host 2018 Black Girls Rock! in Newark

Actress, rapper and singer Queen Latifah is set to come to her hometown of Newark to host the 2018 Black Girl Rock! celebration Aug. 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

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Black Baltimore police officer resigns over assault video

Former Baltimore police officer Arthur Williams resigned and has been charged with felony assault after he was caught on video beating a man he stopped on the street while on patrol.

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies at age 76

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died Thursday according to reports after battling with illness. She was 76.

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Children Aged 10 to 13 Urged to Get IDNYC Cards

More youth can enroll in the IDNYC program because the age of eligibility is being reduced from 14 years of age to 10.

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Funding Creates More than 700 Affordable Housing Units in the Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced this week that his office has allocated more than $3 million in capital funding to five developments in the Bronx, creating more than 700 new units of affordable housing in neighborhoods throughout the borough.

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Parkland High School Students Visit the Bronx

Last Friday, Assembly Member Michael Blake hosted a group of student leaders from Parkland High School in Florida for a gun violence prevention and voter mobilization Day of Action in the South Bronx.

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State Sen. Jesse Hamilton Introduces 911 Anti-Discrimination Bill

As more and more incidents of white people calling the police on Blacks for doing normal things make headlines, State Sen. Jesse Hamilton is introducing a bill to combat the problem after his own experience.

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Applications open for the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy

High school students around the country can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

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College enrollment increases for Newark high school graduates

A report released by the Newark City of Learning Collaborative says more Brick City high school students are going to college.

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New Jersey teachers attend mandatory Black history workshop

Several New Jersey teachers recently wrapped up a mandatory workshop to teach Black history in public schools in the Garden State.

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Chicago 911: One weekend. 72 shot. 13 dead.

A weekend of violence in Chicago left 72 people shot and 13 dead, according to reports.

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Council Member Andy King and Community Leaders Head to St. Thomas

Bronx City Council Member Andy King flew to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands this week to assist in efforts to rebuild areas that were destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

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Volunteers filling backpacks for students living in shelters

This week, Operation Backpack is sorting backpacks filled with school supplies at their warehouse.

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Golden Krust Celebrates National Jamaican Patty Day

Foodies turned out last weekend to celebrate National Jamaican Patty Day at Golden Krust chain Caribbean restaurant in the Bronx.

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Toy Story Land at Disney World is this summer’s hottest attraction

Those planning a trip to Walt Disney World this summer are in for a treat that will take them to “Infinity and Beyond!”

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Remains of NJ Tuskegee Airman reunited with family

A more than 74-year-old mystery is now solved as the remains of a Tuskegee Airman were found and reunited with his family in East Orange, N.J.

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Outrage continues over police shooting of unarmed Black man in Vineland

Rashaun Washington is the third unarmed Black man fatally shot by officers from the Vineland Police Department since 2016, and residents are saying enough is enough.

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America’s hate: Blacks killed by white civilians

The killing of two African-American civilians in two separate cities at the hands of whites is causing outrage about a growing problem.

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All Star Code Hosts Fifth Annual Summer Benefit

Van Jones, Reshma Saujani, Soledad O’Brien and Marcus Samuelsson are among this year’s honorees at the All Star Code fifth annual Summer Benefit taking place Saturday, July 28, in East Hampton, N.Y.

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Healthy NYC Expo Coming to East New York Sept. 8

The Healthy NYC Expo Brooklyn Edition is coming to East New York Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Sports Club (1540 Van Siclen Ave.).

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City abandons temporary housing vouchers program

Homeless New Yorkers and advocates are pleased with the city’s recent decision to abandon the Living in Communities voucher program they say wasn’t a solution for permanent housing.

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Newark City Council approves incentives for Amazon’s second headquarters

The push to make Newark Amazon’s newest home is steps closer as the City Council passes legislation authorizing up to $2 billion as part of its campaign to bring the retailer to the Brick City.

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Fatal shooting of Black man in Vineland caught on Facebook Live

The family of 37-year-old Rashaun Washington is demanding answers after police in Vineland, N.J., fatally shoot the father of two.

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New recording industry program tackles gender inequality in the music business

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and City University of New York’s Creative Arts Team, in partnership with NY Is Music, recently launched Sound Thinking NYC, a new education and career path program for young women in high school.

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Community members, officials speak out against landmarked Harlem brownstone's conversion into drug treatment facility

Several elected officials and residents in Harlem recently held a rally against the planned conversion of a protected residential brownstone at 730 St. Nicholas Ave. for use as a drug treatment facility.

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Hip-hop themed restaurant comes to the Bronx

BEATSTRO, the first and only hip-hop themed restaurant and lounge, recently held its grand opening with a celebrity-studded red-carpet VIP party.

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City Comptroller proposes reforms to apartment security

City Comptroller Scott Stringer wants New Yorkers to pay less money to move into an apartment.

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Dominique Sharpton Bright expecting first child

Dominique Sharpton Bright, the daughter of civil rights icon the Rev. Al Sharpton, recently announced that she’s pregnant with her first child.

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Bronx street renamed after slain NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia

One year after the killing of NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, family members, law enforcement and the community came together in the Bronx last week to make sure her name will always be remembered.

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Black grandmother dies after power company shuts off electricity needed for her oxygen tank

The family of 68-year-old Linda Daniels is grieving after New Jersey-based power company PSEG cut off the electricity to the grandmother’s home, resulting in her oxygen tank being shut off and ultimately her death.

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Short-term shelter re-opened for homeless left on the street in Newark during heat wave

Nearly 200 homeless people in Newark were left on the street during the recent heat wave after a homeless shelter closed. The city has now opened a winter shelter to help with the issue.

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NAACP National Convention targeting millennials and youth

Organizers are gearing up for the NAACP’s 109th National Convention set to kick off in San Antonio, Texas, July 14 through July 18, with plans to target young people.

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Summer kicks off in NYC with dangerous heat wave

Fire hydrants blasting water in city streets and the sound of humming air conditioners can only mean that summer has arrived in New York City.

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July is National Minority Health Awareness Month

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five Americans is affected by mental health conditions, and the stigma of mental illness and the shame associated with getting help continue.

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Bullying at its worse at city schools

A new report released by Comptroller Scott Stringer says bullying at public schools is at an all-time high.

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More than 800 children poisoned by lead in NYCHA

As the federal government steps in to help the New York City Housing Authority, the curtain continues to reveal just how serious conditions are in public housing.

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Traveling exhibit showcases history of Blacks in the Revolutionary War in NJ

An exhibit traveling through the Garden State spotlights African-Americans’ contributions on the battlefront during the American Revolutionary War and what happened to them afterward.

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