East Harlem’s Frank “The Prime Minister” Costello, 1891 – 1973

Frank “the Prime Minister” Costello, born Francesco Castiglia; January 26, 1891 – February 18, 1973, was an Italian-American Mafia gangster and crime boss. Continue Reading →

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Meet the Trailblazing Black Servicewomen Who Are Embracing Natural Hair in the Military

Vogue reports that in January of this year, the United States Army revised its grooming and appearance regulations, including its ban on dreadlocks for female soldiers. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Mark Levine And Others Call On ICE Agents To Wear Body Cameras

NYC Council Member Mark Levine and Council Member Carlos Menchaca will be joined by U.S. Congress Members Yvette D. Clarke and Adriano Espaillat at a press conference on Thursday, August 24, 2017, call on the federal government to require Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents to wear body cameras. Continue Reading →

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“Family Pictures USA” Launches A Healing Movement For Our Conflicted World

With seed funding from the Ford Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the National Minority Consortium, we completed primary production on our pilot episode for “Family Pictures USA”! Continue Reading →

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Harlem Fave Common Speaks On The Film, “13th” (Full Video)

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” Continue Reading →

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5 Tips To Keep Your Heart Healthy In Harlem

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. It reduces blood flow to the heart, which can cause a heart attack. Half of men who die suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms. Continue Reading →

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Harlem New York Decides To Become Part Of Russia

In a story we didn’t see coming, early this morning we received a number of e-mails, calls from electeds, residents, celebs and others regarding Harlem, New York petitioning to become part of Russia. Continue Reading →

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Survivors’ Brains Affected By Orlando Shooting

victims-pulse-orlando-shootingThe murders of 49 people Sunday morning in Orlando during the largest mass shooting in United States history was horrific enough for anyone in the country to digest. Continue Reading →

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Unseen War Inside The Minds Of Veterans From Harlem To Harare

veterans-day-parade-in-new-york-cityBy Daniel G. Amen, M.D., and Max Cleland

Most people probably think wars end when the shooting stops.

But that’s not the case for those who do the fighting. For them, the war lives on long after they return home and try to resume normal lives. Continue Reading →

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Lynda Ireland, Former President & CEO, NY & NJ MSDC, Has Died

lynda-ireland-memorialLynda Ireland, the former president and CEO of the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) and considered one of the nation’s leading advocates  in M/WBE business development, died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick, NJ at age 67 on March 27 following a long illness. Continue Reading →

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Billie Holiday Sings ‘Strange Fruit,’ Harlem, 1939 (audio)

Billie_HolidayStrange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday (lived in Harlem during this time), who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Continue Reading →

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