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New York Governor Kathy Hochul appears with her choice for Lieutenant Governor, Democratic New York State Senator Brian Benjamin

Hochul picks Caribbean American state senator as lieutenant governor

By News & Current Affairs

By Nelson A. King, Caribbean Life — Newly-installed New York Governor, Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday the selection of Caribbean American New York State Sen. Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor. Benjamin, 44, the son of a Guyanese mother and Jamaican father, previously served as the New York State Senator for District 30 – which encompasses Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side in Manhattan. He was the chairman of…

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Andrew M. Cuomo

No mo’ Cuomo! The governor resigns

By Editors' Choice

By Herb Boyd Special to IBW Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned Tuesday afternoon, a decision that was inevitable given the weight of more than a hundred pages of an attorney general report, the credible testimony of 11 women and their allegations of sexual harassment as well as a criminal complaint filed by one of his aides. And this may be only the beginning of the charges against the three-term governor, his…

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Charles Barron

Charles Barron is back: His unique rise to power, East New York’s forgotten socialist dynasty, and the never ending narrative wars

By Editors' Choice

How the Barrons have been shattering narratives for two decades By Michael Lange — “The socialist left is on the rise, particularly in neighborhoods where Black and Latino residents are being gentrified out of existence” declared Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Jeffries, the fourth ranking House Democrat (and potential future speaker of the house), represents New York’s 8th Congressional District, which includes predominantly black neighborhoods like Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York….

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Vantage Point: State of Black New Jersey Report – National Urban League Returns to Harlem

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, July 5, 2021 — On this Frederick Douglass Day edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks special guests Marc Morial and Ryan P. Hayggod. Topics The National Urban League Returns to Harlem State of Black New Jersey Report Special Guests Marc Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League, New York, NY Ryan P. Hayggod, President/CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Newark, NJ Ways to listen Live…

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Stuyvesant Avenue (Slaveowner street names)

What would it take to strip New York City of slaveholders’ names?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Hundreds of New York City’s streets, neighborhoods, parks, schools, and other sites are odes to individuals and families who bought and sold slaves in New York. Five of the mayoral candidates have committed to changing that. Here’s how that’d work. By Caroline Spivack, Curbed — Chances are you’ve strolled through Prospect Lefferts Gardens without a second thought to the Leffertses themselves. The family was one of the wealthiest and most…

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Represent NYC: What would reparations look like and why are they needed?

By News & Current Affairs

Throughout American history victims have been given reparations for their suffering, but African Americans have never been compensated for hundreds of years of unpaid labor, as well as targeted discrimination within systematic institutions like banking, housing, and education. Assembly Members Inez E. Dickens and Charles Barron are co-sponsors of legislation that would create a commission to study reparations in New York, a former slave state. What would reparations look like…

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Vantage Point: The Juneteenth Holiday, Reparations/HR-40 and New York’s Mayoral Election

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, June 21, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with callers. Topic The Juneteenth Holiday, Reparations and HR-40 Plus The Professor on the Soap Box: Who’s Your Pick for Mayor of New York and Why? Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-4PM or visit WBAI.org…

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How a Shared Goal to Dismantle White Supremacy Is Fueling Black-Asian Solidarity

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kat Moon — Black and Asian Solidarity Run at Union Square in New York City on March 21. A large crowd of people came together to show their support for the Asian community after the spa killings that occurred recently in Atlanta. Nikki Ogunnaike had participated in Running to Protest’s rallies before, but never with her friend of more than 10 years, Lisa Lu. But on March 21, the…

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The decline and fall of the American Empire

By Editors' Choice

Instead of opening doors for American big business or supporting America’s diplomatic position in the world, the U.S. war machine has become a bull in the global china shop, wielding purely destructive power to destabilize countries and wreck their economies. By Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies— In 2004, journalist Ron Suskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we…

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Isn’t 400 Years Enough?

By Editors' Choice

The failure to appreciate Black history leaves our nation incomplete. By Jonathan Holloway— Many of the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 were driven by a belief that they were acting in accord with the principles fashioned at the birth of this country, that their protest embodied America’s long history of patriotic rhetoric about freedom and citizenship. And in this, they are at least partly right: Such rhetoric…

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

When will we cease to be presumed guilty?

By Editors' Choice

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.— BlaThe fury on the face of the woman was evident, despite the mask that she wore. And her self-righteousness that it had to have been the Black young man who took her phone was just mind-boggling. The irony, of course, is that the phone was found in the cab that she had previously used, but she had long since exited the hotel and was on her…

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Vantage Point: COVID-19, Police Murders and the State of Black America

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio June 8, 2020 — On this pledge drive edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Marc Morial and Rev. Dr. Chales F. Boyer. Premium Calling on WBAI Buddies Topics COVID-19 Pandemic and Police Murders of Black People The State of Black America Now Guests Marc Morial President/CEO, National Urban League, New York, NY Rev. Dr. Chales F. Boyer Executive Director,…

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