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U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced a Senate resolution affirming the importance of the Civil Rights Act of ...
11/29/2019
Following Supreme Court oral argument, Harris resolution affirms 150-year-old federal civil rights Law

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced a Senate resolution affirming the importance of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Section 1981, one of the country’s fundamental anti-discrimination laws.

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced a Senate resolution affirming the importance of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Section 1981, one of the country’s fundamental anti-discrimination laws.

Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, chair of the New York State Senate Social Services Committee, hosted a roundtable discussion wi...
11/29/2019
Sen. Persaud, electeds, Brooklyn youth and community leaders discuss youth violence

Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, chair of the New York State Senate Social Services Committee, hosted a roundtable discussion with the community in Brooklyn on youth violence.

Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, chair of the New York State Senate Social Services Committee, hosted a roundtable discussion with the community in Brooklyn on youth violence.

The spirit of Thanksgiving was felt across the city as people came together to celebrate the holiday with food and camar...
11/28/2019
Thanksgiving celebrated across the city

The spirit of Thanksgiving was felt across the city as people came together to celebrate the holiday with food and camaraderie.

The spirit of Thanksgiving was felt across the city as people came together to celebrate the holiday with food and camaraderie.

Man-Up Inc., representatives from the Office of Assemblyman Charles Barron and from Operation Power, and other community...
11/28/2019
Community Giving Thanks

Man-Up Inc., representatives from the Office of Assemblyman Charles Barron and from Operation Power, and other community leaders distributed turkeys in East New York

Turkey giveaway by East New York Restoration Inc. in partnership with the Office of Council Member Inez Barron

The New York Amsterdam News wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!What are your plans for today? Are you spending ti...
11/28/2019

The New York Amsterdam News wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

What are your plans for today? Are you spending time with family? Headed to the parade? Giving your time volunteering? Tell us!

Rita Dove, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, was the recipient of the Langston Hughes Medal at City College as part of the an...
11/27/2019
Rita Dove receives Langston Hughes Medal

Rita Dove, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, was the recipient of the Langston Hughes Medal at City College as part of the annual Langston Hughes Festival.

Rita Dove, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, was the recipient of the Langston Hughes Medal last week at City College as part of the annual Langston Hughes Festival.

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo are back for the first time in 11 years. Officials recently flipped the switch at a cere...
11/27/2019
PHOTOS: Bronx Zoo lights up for the holidays

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo are back for the first time in 11 years. Officials recently flipped the switch at a ceremony where guests and VIPs got the chance to check out the display.

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo are back for the first time in 11 years.

New York City lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban flavored electronic cigarettes after a lawsuit halted a statewide ban.
11/27/2019
NYC lawmakers ban flavored vaping products

New York City lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban flavored electronic cigarettes after a lawsuit halted a statewide ban.

New York City lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban flavored electronic cigarettes after a lawsuit halted a statewide ban.

OP-ED: "Do we know the true origins of Black Friday? It seems Black Friday had its beginning with the crash of the U.S. ...
11/26/2019
Isn’t one Black Friday enough?

OP-ED: "Do we know the true origins of Black Friday? It seems Black Friday had its beginning with the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869."

I am not a professional shopper. In other words, I am not on the hunt for a deal.

At the poignant memorial service for Diahann Carroll at the Helen Hayes Theater.
11/26/2019
Diahann Carroll's legacy as a trailblazer remembered

At the poignant memorial service for Diahann Carroll at the Helen Hayes Theater.

At the poignant memorial service for Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress was remembered for all the things that made her famous — her glamour, her sublime talent, her beauty and her elegance.

A measure approved Monday by the Democrat-led New Jersey Assembly would restore voting rights to roughly 80,000 convicts...
11/26/2019
NJ lawmakers advance bill to let some convicts vote

A measure approved Monday by the Democrat-led New Jersey Assembly would restore voting rights to roughly 80,000 convicts.

New Jersey convicts on parole or probation would have their right to vote restored under a bill working through the Legislature.

The new documentary “Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records” chronicles the history of the UK record label that introduced...
11/25/2019
Don Letts talks 50th anniversary of Trojan Records, history of reggae & punk

The new documentary “Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records” chronicles the history of the UK record label that introduced England and the world to reggae and Jamaican music in the ’60s and ’70s.

The new documentary “Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records” chronicles the history of the UK record label that introduced England and the world to reggae and Jamaican music in the ’60s and ’70s.

Eboni K. Williams, current co-host of REVOLT TV’s “State of the Culture,” recently teamed up with the not-for-profit org...
11/25/2019
Eboni K. Williams and Dress For Success discuss meaning of ‘Pretty Powerful’

Eboni K. Williams, current co-host of REVOLT TV’s “State of the Culture,” recently teamed up with the not-for-profit organization, Dress For Success and their Going Places Network.

Eboni K. Williams, current co-host of REVOLT TV’s “State of the Culture,” teamed up with the not-for-profit organization, Dress For Success and their Going Places Network to discuss the meaning behind “Pretty Powerful.”

“I am a privileged man in prison." - Bill Cosby
11/25/2019
Bill Cosby speaks from prison

“I am a privileged man in prison." - Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby breaks his silence, granting his first exclusive interview since beginning his sentence at SCI-Phoenix, a maximum-security Pennsylvania penitentiary near Philadelphia.

Frances Turner stars in Amazon’s controversial science fiction period drama, “The Man in the High Castle.” Based on the ...
11/24/2019
Frances Turner talks giving up law for acting

Frances Turner stars in Amazon’s controversial science fiction period drama, “The Man in the High Castle.” Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, the premise is that the Germans and the Japanese won WWII and rule the United States.

“I have cousins on cousins on cousins!” exclaims Frances Turner. Though she only has three siblings, Turner’s mother had 11, resulting in an extended family the size of a small city.

"This production will have you captivated as you experience the seven characters—who are only referred to as Lady in Blu...
11/24/2019
Go and be moved by ‘For Colored Girls…’ at The Public!

"This production will have you captivated as you experience the seven characters—who are only referred to as Lady in Blue, Lady in Brown, Lady in Orange, Lady in Red, Lady in Yellow, Lady in Green and Lady in Purple—telling the stories of the plights of Black women."

There is something so engaging and mesmerizing about hearing the masterful words of the late Ntozake Shange, through her brilliant piece, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

Designer Dara Senders is opening a Holiday Pop-Up Shop at 401 Penn Plaza Pavilion next week.
11/24/2019
Holiday pop-ups, classic spring styles & color chic

Designer Dara Senders is opening a Holiday Pop-Up Shop at 401 Penn Plaza Pavilion next week.

What’s in store for the holiday? Designer Dara Senders is opening a Holiday Pop-Up Shop at 401 Penn Plaza Pavilion in NYC on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In commemoration of World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month, SUNY Health, the coalition of State University of Ne...
11/23/2019
On World Diabetes Day, SUNY Health urges New Yorkers to get screened for diabetes

In commemoration of World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month, SUNY Health, the coalition of State University of New York hospitals from across the state, urged New Yorkers to get screened for diabetes and learn more about managing the disease.

In commemoration of World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month, SUNY Health, the coalition of State University of New York hospitals from across the state, urged New Yorkers to get screened for diabetes and learn more about managing the disease.

"There are approximately 51,000 mothers, daughters, and grandmothers in New York today currently sitting behind bars due...
11/23/2019
Cuomo, it’s time to represent New York and free criminalized survivors of domestic violence!

"There are approximately 51,000 mothers, daughters, and grandmothers in New York today currently sitting behind bars due to domestic and sexual violence related crimes and yet we see no progress in their sentences being commuted."

Every so often I turn my column over to one of my thoughtful students. Aniqa Chowdhury is a lifelong resident of Queens and currently a student at Fordham University—Lincoln Center. Here are her thoughts on Cuomo and his domestic violence initiatives…or lack thereof.

A protest over the policing of New York City’s subways briefly shut down a busy Harlem subway station during rush hour.
11/23/2019
Protest over policing of NYC subways shuts station in Harlem

A protest over the policing of New York City’s subways briefly shut down a busy Harlem subway station during rush hour.

A protest over the policing of New York City’s subways briefly shut down a busy Harlem subway station during rush hour, and news stations say multiple people have been arrested in the fluid demonstration.

Commentary: "When we no longer see mass or just random killings as outrageous and uncivilized, the demand for sensible g...
11/22/2019
Becoming numb to mass shootings

Commentary: "When we no longer see mass or just random killings as outrageous and uncivilized, the demand for sensible gun regulations diminishes in importance."

Each time we experience a mass shooting, we repeat the pattern—a point I have made in previous columns.

First Lady Chirlane McCray and city officials recently hosted the 2019 Cities Thrive Conference, a two-day convening of ...
11/22/2019
First Lady Chirlane McCray hosts Cities Thrive Mental Health Conference

First Lady Chirlane McCray and city officials recently hosted the 2019 Cities Thrive Conference, a two-day convening of leaders from across the country focused on building a national movement for mental health reform.

First Lady Chirlane McCray and city officials recently hosted the 2019 Cities Thrive Conference, a two-day convening of leaders from across the country focused on building a national movement for mental health reform

A museum dedicated to Harriet Tubman in South Jersey is slated to open next summer.
11/22/2019
Harriet Tubman museum opening in Cape May on Juneteenth 2020

A museum dedicated to Harriet Tubman in South Jersey is slated to open next summer.

As the biopic “Harriet” continues to blaze the box office, reports indicate that the museum honoring the abolitionist and political activist is set to open in the South Jersey city of Cape May in June 19, 2020.

During a brief visit last week, the oldest son of civil rights activists Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott Ki...
11/21/2019
MLK III visits Harlem

During a brief visit last week, the oldest son of civil rights activists Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King navigated throughout Harlem.

During a brief visit last week, the oldest son of civil rights activists Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King navigated throughout Harlem and walked these streets in anonymity while making his rounds to various locations.

Black students at Syracuse University say they are scared to walk alone on campus. We take you inside the movement that'...
11/21/2019
Syracuse University grapples with hate crimes

Black students at Syracuse University say they are scared to walk alone on campus. We take you inside the movement that's combating hate at SU.

From racial slurs hurled at Black female students by white fraternity members to the n-word being written on a bathroom wall and a swastika on a snowbank, it’s clear. Syracuse University has a race problem.

As families prepare for Thanksgiving, many New Yorkers are struggling to put food on the table.
11/21/2019
One in eight New Yorkers are food insecure

As families prepare for Thanksgiving, many New Yorkers are struggling to put food on the table.

Over 1 million New Yorkers are suffering from this hunger amounting to one in eight people, according to an upcoming report being released by Hunger Free America.

The holiday lights on 125th Street are being turned on tonight!
11/20/2019
Officials flip the switch on Harlem Holiday Lights on Nov. 20

The holiday lights on 125th Street are being turned on tonight!

The 125th Street Business Improvement District is hosting its annual Harlem Holiday Lights Event on Nov. 20, on 125th Street between 5th Avenue and 12th Avenue, commemorating its 25th year.

COMMENTARY: "Democrats have a chance to defeat some Republicans and may yet prevail in the 2020 elections. But race rema...
11/20/2019
What Do the 2019 Elections Mean for 2020?

COMMENTARY: "Democrats have a chance to defeat some Republicans and may yet prevail in the 2020 elections. But race remains a divisive factor in our country."

If the 2019 elections are any indication, Republicans need to worry about their viability come 2020.

A lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans in Mississippi is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court ove...
11/19/2019
Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding Black jurors

A lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans in Mississippi is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an African American man, citing racial bias in jury selection.

Four Black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries.

"Burning Crane" is the story about An aging mother struggling between her love for her son and her religious convictions...
11/19/2019
‘Burning Cane’—new film from a great new voice

"Burning Crane" is the story about An aging mother struggling between her love for her son and her religious convictions.

Phillip Youmans directed, produced, wrote and co-edited his first film “Burning Cane,” an Array release currently playing on Netflix.

One in 8 New Yorkers are unable to afford an adequate amount of food. That translates in more than one million city resi...
11/19/2019
Over 1 million NYC residents are ‘food insecure’

One in 8 New Yorkers are unable to afford an adequate amount of food. That translates in more than one million city residents who are "food insecure."

One in 8 New Yorkers are unable to afford an adequate amount of food. That translates in more than one million city residents who are "food insecure."

Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening ha...
11/18/2019
Kanye West no longer in the service to fame and money, now he’s ‘in service to God’

Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service to fame and money but “in service to God.”

Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service to fame and money but “in service to God.”

“We didn’t get everything right. I was wrong and I am sorry.” - Michael Bloomberg
11/18/2019
Bloomberg: “I apologize!”

“We didn’t get everything right. I was wrong and I am sorry.” - Michael Bloomberg

Was it Trump? Was it Obama? Nope, the surprise visitor last Sunday to the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn was former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Cyntoia Brown is making her new lease on life count by continuing to do what she calls “God’s work” and share her story ...
11/18/2019
Redemption: Cyntoia Brown Finds Her Voice

Cyntoia Brown is making her new lease on life count by continuing to do what she calls “God’s work” and share her story in order to help others.

To say Cyntoia Brown’s life has been complicated is an understatement. Brown is a young, black woman sentenced as an adult to life in prison when as a teenager, she killed Johnny Mitchell Allen, a 43-year-old man, who had solicited her for sex.

The Veterans Administration and New York State Jazz Literacy and Art Society Inc. is hosting a free jazz concert veteran...
11/17/2019
Satchmo Jazz salute for veterans Nov. 18

The Veterans Administration and New York State Jazz Literacy and Art Society Inc. is hosting a free jazz concert veterans on Monday, Nov. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at the Veteran Administration Building.

The Veterans Administration and New York State Jazz Literacy and Art Society Inc is hosting a free jazz concert for New York City’s Veterans on Monday, Nov. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at the Veteran Administration Building, located at 423 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

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