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Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

Meet Artist Mario Moore, Artist in Residence at Harlem School of the Arts
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Meet Artist Mario Moore, Artist in Residence at Harlem School of the Arts

He may be young, but Brooklyn, NY-based artist Mario Moore is already making major inroads in the art world. Moore is the current Artist in Residence at Harlem School of the Arts. Moore caught the art bug early in life. “I realized I wanted to be an artist at a very young age,” says the […]

Healthcare Entrepreneur & Advocate Sheila Thorne Tells Us Why We Should Honor National Minority Health Month
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Healthcare Entrepreneur & Advocate Sheila Thorne Tells Us Why We Should Honor National Minority Health Month

New York City has one of this highest health care gaps in the country, according to a report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute which in 2011 ranked the nation’s counties on various measures of health. Among New York City’s five counties (boroughs), Manhattan, Queens and […]

Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: At Last, I Will Learn Kriolu With the New 'Capeverdean Creole-English Dictionary'
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Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: At Last, I Will Learn Kriolu With the New ‘Capeverdean Creole-English Dictionary’

I have met the man who is finally going to teach me Capeverdean Creole–Manuel Da Luz Gonçalves. Well, not just me but every English speaker. Of course, I could take a Kriolu class as they have now popped up here in Praia, Cabo Verde, but Gonçalves’s new groundbreaking The Capeverdean Creole-English Dictionary, published by Mili-Mila, […]

Daughters Of Soul Documentary Will Honor Music Legends & Their Daughters Thanks To The Family Stand's Sandra St. Victor
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Daughters Of Soul Documentary Will Honor Music Legends & Their Daughters Thanks To The Family Stand’s Sandra St. Victor

Imagine the daughters of such music legends as Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Bill Withers, Sly Stone, and Syl Johnson all gathered together not only for a concert but a documentary that not only celebrates their legacy but also lets them shine in their our light as artists themselves. Well, it all part of […]

Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: "Broken Arm & Life Lessons In The Hospital"
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Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: “Broken Arm & Life Lessons In The Hospital”

“Mas madjor? (Are you better?),” asks one young man by my bedside. He’s followed by a group of older women dressed traditionally (long, black pleated skirts; panu fabric wrapped around their waists; and headscarves covering their heads). Next was a young woman, followed by another person then another. They each come and ask me the […]

Celebrating 25 Years: My Personal Look Back at New York Trend
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Celebrating 25 Years: My Personal Look Back at New York Trend

Twenty-five years. It seems impossible, for it was only yesterday that my mentor, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams, told me about her concept for a new newspaper. Sure there were other  black-owned newspapers in New York City, but what Dr. Williams envisioned was a funnier, funkier, more daring, more honest multicultural media outlet. She was offering […]

The Spirit Connection: Chris Flisher Brings The Art Of Mandala To Cape Verde Through Art In Embassies
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The Spirit Connection: Chris Flisher Brings The Art Of Mandala To Cape Verde Through Art In Embassies

Entering the hotel lobby I spotted Chris Flisher right away. Long grey flowing hair, laid-back composure.  We are sitting down for a chat at a hotel in Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa, where Flisher has come from Massachusetts to be part of the Art in Embassies program. Among other things, Flisher is […]

Swoosh! Kobe & Mother Settle Out Of Court Over Lakers Star’s Memorabilia
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Swoosh! Kobe & Mother Settle Out Of Court Over Lakers Star’s Memorabilia

Kobe Bryant and his parents have finally settled their legal dispute involving the Lakers star’s memorabilia. Initially Brant’s mother, Pamela, had tried to sell through an auction house numerous items that had belonged to the NBA player. Bryant went to court to stop his mother, who claimed the items now belonged to her as Kobe […]

Maio, Cape Verde: Where Tranquility Reigns
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Maio, Cape Verde: Where Tranquility Reigns

  We continue our series on the African country of Cape Verde—island by island. We have already explored the beauty of Boa Vista. Here is the island of Maio. Of all of the islands in Cape Verde, Maio is probably the quietest islands. If you need to unwind, this is the place. Relax at the […]

Discover A Different Africa: Boa Vista, Cape Verde
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Discover A Different Africa: Boa Vista, Cape Verde

If you´re looking for the stereotypical trip to Africa, then Cape Verde is not the destination for you. But if you are looking for an exotic island full of variety, great music and food, welcoming people, and a culture that is both simple and complex, then book a ticket to Cabo Verde. Made up of […]