New York City's MOST READ African American Weekly Newspaper
Founded in 1975 as "Big Red"
Circulation of over 60,000 weekly for over 35 years. Serving metropolitan New York

The New York Beacon is New York's most popular weekly newspaper targeting the African American communities of New York City.
Published by Smith Haj Media Group
The Beacon is Affilliated with NEPA (Northeast Publishers Association) and NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers Association).
Walter Smith is the founder and president of the Northeast Publishers Association.

The New York Beacon, through newsstands sales, free delivery to local institutions, online version, facebook, twitter, myspace, and
Youtube, reaches an estimated 400,000 readers per week.

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The Selma War Room
Selma, Alabama It has been a half-century since the
march from Selma to Montgomery and the events dubbed
Bloody Sunday. Yet not far from Selma University, a
one-story bungalow that served as an informal
headquarters for the civil rights movement remains little
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John Lewis, The Icon of
Selma Alabama
Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said
Thursday that voter ID laws are a modern-day
version of poll taxes once used by Southern
states to disenfranchise black and poor people.
50 years later, Selma
remains a divided City
In preparation for the weekend's goings-on, Selma city
workers put up barricades downtown, outside Carter
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My Daddy Taught Me That
First Openly Gay Group in St.
Pat's Day Parade
For the second year in a row, the mayor boycotted
the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, a protest that
comes as the first openly gay group was allowed to
march under its own banner.
A Brooklyn woman faces charges after she stole money from
members of a group home while working for them in
Woodmere, according to Nassau County Police
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Brooklyn Woman Stole $$$$M
from L.I. patients
Real Housewives of Atlanta
This week in Atlanta it was all about friendships,
complicated love and lots of gossip…RHOA’s Kandi
just wants a happy marriage, not an unreasonable goal
for a newlywed.
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The Wire' Actor Stars in
Bed-Stuy Film Chronicling
Mental Illness

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GDP Growth
By Omar Tyree
NNPA Columnis
The Black Athlete: A Long
Time Sports Addiction
For the seventh year in a row, I drove out to the North
Carolina Western Regional Basketball Championships to
watch the best high school girls and boys teams square off
for a trip to the North Carolina State Championships next
weekend at Chapel Hill.
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The “open letter” from Senator Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican senators
to the leadership of Iran, which even Republicans themselves admit was aimed
at encouraging Iranian opponents of the nuclear negotiations to argue that the
United States cannot be counted on to keep the bargain, has created a new
political firestorm. It has been harshly denounced by Democratic loyalists as
“stunning” and “appalling”, and critics have accused the signers of the letter of
being “treasonous” for allegedly violating a law forbidding citizens from
negotiating with a foreign power.

But the response to the letter has primarily distracted public attention from the
real issue it raises: how the big funders of the Likud Party in Israel control
Congressional actions on Iran.

The infamous letter is a ham-handed effort by Republican supporters of the
Netanyahu government to blow up the nuclear negotiations between the United
States and Iran. The idea was to encourage Iranians to conclude that the United
States would not actually carry out its obligations under the agreement – i.e. the
lifting of sanctions against Iran. Cotton and his colleagues were inviting
inevitable comparison with the 1968 conspiracy by Richard Nixon, through
rightwing campaign official Anna Chenault, to encourage the Vietnamese
government of President Nguyen Van Thieu to boycott peace talks in Paris.
But while Nixon was plotting secretly to get Thieu to hold out for better terms
under a Nixon administration, the 47 Republican Senators were making their
effort to sabotage the Iran nuclear talks in full public scrutiny
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The Real Story Behind the
Republicans’ Iran Letter
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves after speaking before a
joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3,
2015. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu
told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the US would "all
but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world
must avoid at all costs.