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Liberian Leader Warns Ebola Risks Causing A ‘Lost Generation’

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a “lost generation” of young West Africans, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Sunday, urging stronger international action. The worst epidemic on record of the deadly virus has now killed more than 4,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. […]

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Brooklyn sitter accused of beating girl, 3, to death ‘not a monster!’ uncle claims

The Brooklyn babysitter from hell who brutally beat to death a 3-year-old girl is “not a monster” – though he smashed the helpless tot in the ribs after she soiled her pants, the man’s uncle said. Kelsey Smith desperately tried CPR on little Jeida Torres before fleeing the apartment in a city homeless shelter at […]

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‘Captain Save-a-Bro’: Women, Stop Trying to Save Wayward Men

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks recently told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that all the rumors were true: She was planning to divorce her now-convict hubby, Apollo Nida. But there was no surprise. Parks skipped out on Nida’s sentencing hearing in July. It was obvious for anyone to see that the marriage wouldn’t […]

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Hamill: Funding for life-changing Fatherhood Academy vanished like a deadbeat dad

Here’s a program that actually works, and now the funding has vanished like a deadbeat dad. “When I entered the Fatherhood Academy at LaGuardia Community College last year, I was a high school dropout trying to raise my 4-year-old son on my own,” says Jesus Benitez, 22. “I worked endless hours for a caterer, a […]

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The ‘Street Merchant’ Paradox: Black Women’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

According to a 2011 study conducted by Yale Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, 42 percent of African-American women are unwed — which is double the percentage of white women. [1] I would classify this as a major problem, flirting dangerously close with becoming an epidemic. Immediately, when I hear such a […]

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Goodbye, my Bed-Stuy

The legendary urban planner Robert Moses once said he’d like to – quite literally – rip America’s ghettos and their residents from the map. “The first prescription for slum dwellers in the ghettos of the big cities is total, immediate, uncompromising surgical removal,” he wrote in his 1970 book “Public Works: A Dangerous Trade.” At […]

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Comic Wyatt Cenac sends up a gentrified Brooklyn in new Netflix special and album

Like most New Yorkers, Wyatt Cenac thinks the rent’s too damn high. The stand-up comedian and actor is worried about it shooting even higher in his trendy Fort Greene neighborhood. “I’m hopeful that it stabilizes,” he says. “Either that or that I get paid more — awhole lot more.” Soon, he might be. Cenac’s profile […]

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Misty Copeland is attracting new audiences to ballet

If she dances, they will come. Misty Copeland is disrupting age-old clichés about who makes up ballet audiences. By now, New Yorkers are familiar with the phenomenon of Copeland — who two years ago became the first African-American in two decades to dance as a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. Since then, you’ve probably […]

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‘Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man’: Godfather of hip hop’s move from small town to New York City

Gil Scott-Heron, often called the godfather of hip hop, is most known for songs like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” “The Bottle” and “Johannesburg.” In this excerpt from the book “Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man,” author Marcus Baram describes young “Scotty’s” childhood move from small-town Jackson, Tenn., to New York City, where he […]

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Family mourns Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan as President Obama reiterates opposition to travel ban

The Liberian man who became the first Ebola fatality in the U.S. was tearfully lionized Saturday as the disease that killed him infected two new regions of West Africa. Thomas Duncan, aka Patient Zero, was remembered as a kind and generous soul who reportedly contracted the fatal virus by helping out a needy pregnant woman. […]

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