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.
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Holiday Message
New York Muslims condemn terrorists
at Times Square rally
A small but passionate contingent of New York Muslims vowed their allegiance to the United States and condemned Islamic terrorists as "criminals and thugs" at a
Times Square rally Saturday. About 150 demonstrators convened at the corner of 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, where they displayed signs at passing cars that
said "ISIS Is Not Islam." Some drivers honked their horns. Maryam Sheikh, 47, of Copiague, said she was warmed when two French tourists offered their support.
"They took my picture with my sign and hugged me." Sheikh said she was at the rally for her children "who were born and raised here. I am worried for them." She is
concerned about a backlash against Muslims, she said. "ISIS is not Islam. They are criminals and thugs that the world must stop," said Parvez Mahmood, 56, of Dix
Hills. "All of the Islamic country leaders like Saudi Arabia must stand against these criminals," said Mahmood, an insurance salesman, who organized Saturday's rally
and candlelight vigil for the 130 people killed by Islamic State terrorists in Paris on Nov. 13. "We want to educate people that Islam is all about peace," said
Mubashar Dastgir, 29, who lives on Long Island's North Fork. "I was born and raised here and I am an American-Muslim. An American first," said Dastgir, who is an
architect. "This is my country and it is my duty to spread awareness that you can't take the action of a few to define a whole religion of people." Kausar Bano, 52, of
Melville, held a sign that read: "Killing of One Innocent Life is Killing All of Humanity." She said the words come from the Quran. "This is our belief. We are peaceful
and loving people and we are also victims of this terrorism. These criminals are not like Muslims," Bano said. She said she immigrated to the United States more than
20 years ago from Pakistan, where last year Taliban terrorists gunned down more than 130 schoolchildren in Peshawar. "What kind of God would ask someone to kill
innocent people?" Sheikh said, her eyes tearing. "These people are crazy. They are Daesh," she said using the acronym that sounds like bigots in Arabic -- a term
used to insult ISIS. Ijaz Bokhari, 58, of Northport, an automotive repair shop owner, said: "We must unite and fight this menace of criminals and thugs who want to
divide us."
The doomsday ideology of ISIS
In a boastful press release after the Paris attacks that left 130 dead earlier in the
month, ISIS celebrated its “victory” over the city it called the “lead carrier of the
cross.” “Allah granted victory upon their hands and cast terror into the hearts of
the crusaders in their very own homeland,” the group wrote. The medieval
language is a glimpse into the terror group’s little-discussed apocalyptic ideology,
one that draws on prophecies written after Muhammad’s death that were used to
motivate Muslims to battle by caliphs who lived more than a thousand years ago.
While al-Qaida occasionally hinted at these doomsday writings foretelling a grand
battle with infidels at the end of the world, ISIS has made them the bedrock of its
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Shirley Chisolm, late Brooklyn
Congresswoman to Receive
Presidential Medal of Freedom
On Tuesday, President Barack
Obama will honor the late
Brooklyn lawmaker Shirley
Chisholm with the Presidential
Medal of Freedom. She passed
away in 2005 at the 80 but
many New Yorkers still
remember the feisty
congresswoman who made
history more than once. NY1's
Cheryl Wills filed the following
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Prosecutor: Ex-NY Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver Took Bribes
Motivated by greed, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
devised schemes to collect millions of dollars in kickbacks in
exchange for using his office to support a cancer researcher and
real estate developers, a federal prosecutor said Monday.  
“Why did Sheldon Silver do it? He did it for the money,”   
Mayor de Blasio and Queens
Officials Break Ground on Hunter's
Point South Phase II
Mayor Bill de Blasio today
broke ground on new
infrastructure for the largest
new housing complex built in
New York City in nearly
forty years, and the largest
affordable housing
construction project to date
under the Housing New York
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Hunters Point Housing Developement
Bed-Stuy Principal Transforms School
with Art and Social Justice Programs
Celeste Douglas-Wheeler,
principal of M.S. 57, helps to
engage her students in learning
through the arts and an intensive
social justice and literacy
curriculum.  Celeste
Douglas-Wheeler, principal of
M.S. 57, helps to engage her
students in learning through the
arts and an intensive social
justice and literacy curriculum.
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Is He Serious???
Trump's Endorsement of Sarah Palin Proves He Isn't Serious about the
Donald Trump is many things -- a demagogue and a pompous blowhard, a
braggart and a race baiter -- but in the end, he's nobody's fool, except perhaps his
own. Thus, his recent lauding of Sarah Palin and his hiring of her former Chief of
Staff reveal that Trump's campaign for the presidency is, ultimately, more of a
circus act than it is a serious endeavor for the White House. If Trump were really
serious, he'd be keeping the quitter governor at bay.
Trump and Palin have many things in common--and Palin has long been enamored
of the Trump family's gawdy wealth and garish celebrity--but what they share in
terms of American national politics are elevated "unfavorable" ratings (even within
the Republican Party) and, as a result, a hard, impenetrable ceiling to their national
political ambitions. Trump is polling extremely poorly among women--both
Democrats and Republicans alike--with unfavorable ratings above the 60 percentile
a year before the election. Any bookie will tell you that you simply cannot get
around numbers like that. Palin knew it, and he knows it, too.
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Trump’s Week of Fearmongering and
So much for that sober and serious conversation that was supposed to break out
in the wake of this month’s Paris attacks. Here’s a quick round-up of the
fearmongering and falsehoods that were offered up this past week from Donald
Trump, a man who has seen his leads in GOP and state polls increase since the
most deadly terrorist attack on European soil in more than a decade.
He is open to the idea of closing down mosques.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, Nov. 16, Trump
suggested he was open to closing down mosques in the United States. “I would
hate to do it, but it’s something you’re going to have to strongly consider,” he said,
adding: “You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques because a lot of
talking is going on at the mosques.”
Speaking to Yahoo News on Thursday, Trump signaled that he was open to
forcing Muslims in the United States to register in a government database. “We're
going to have to do things that we never did before,” he said. (As I explained last
week, despite the headlines to the contrary, a close reading of the comments he
made to an NBC reporter later Thursday suggest that he never actually offered a
full-throated endorsement of such a database.)
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It’s a tale of two cities. New data from the New York City Department of Health
shows the health of New Yorkers can vary drastically by neighborhood and is
linked to race, housing issues, and poverty.
Earlier this week, the Department of Health published community public-health
profiles that take an in-depth look at each neighborhood in Brooklyn (other
boroughs will be coming over the next two months). The profiles detail the
poverty rate, access to health care, life expectancy, strokes, asthma, mental
illness, and cause of death for each neighborhood’s population. They reveal the
stark reality of how health in New York varies along race and income lines.
Living in Brooklyn’s predominantly black neighborhoods comes with an
increased rate of asthma hospitalizations. In all but one of Brooklyn’s
predominantly black neighborhoods, the number of asthma hospitalizations was
higher than the borough and city average for both children and adults. The whiter
the neighborhood got, the fewer asthma hospitalizations there were.

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Asthma linked to poverty especially in
Black neighborhoods
Black Lives Matter
protester beaten and
kicked after
disrupting Donald
Trump's speec
A Black Lives Matter protester who
disrupted a Donald Trump stump speech
Saturday was beaten and kicked by
supporters of the loud-mouth candidate.
The activist was shoved to the ground by
attendees after he began chanting during a
Trump campaign stop in Birmingham, Ala.

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