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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Obama Says Civil Rights Movement
Opened Door for His Election
President Barack Obama at the Civil Rights Summit (Photo by David
Hume Kennerly/LBJ Foundation)
By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief

AUSTIN, Texas (NNPA) – With civil rights legends Andrew Young,
John Lewis, Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson looking on, President
Barack Obama on Thursday credited the Civil Rights Movement and
landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the
1960s for paving the way for his becoming the nation’s first Black

Keynoting the three-day celebration at the Lyndon B. Johnson
Presidential Library in observance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964
Civil Rights Act, Obama said: “Today, as we commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we honor the men and women
who made it possible.  Some of them are here today. We celebrate
giants like John Lewis and Andrew Young and Julian Bond. We recall
the countless unheralded Americans, Black and White, students and
scholars, preachers and housekeepers –   whose names are etched not
on monuments, but in the hearts of their loved ones, and in the fabric
of the country they helped to change.”

There is no better evidence of that change than his election, the
president said.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Enrollment for the
president’s health care law has grown to 7.5 million
Americans, the Obama administration announced
Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and
the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in
the face of election-year attacks. Sign-ups for the
law stood at 7.1 million last week, but people who
had started signing up when the enrollment period
closed March 31, or who had trouble signing up,
were given extra time to finalize their applications.
Four hundred thousand more have now done so,
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius said in testimony before the Senate
Finance Committee.  
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Sebelius: 7.5 Million
Now Signed Up
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The 16-year-old boy charged
in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was
not troubled and his family didn’t see any sign that he was
capable of violence, his attorney said Thursday, deepening
the mystery over what prompted the rampage that injured
21 students and a security guard. Alex Hribal did not have a
history of mental illness, defense attorney Patrick
Thomassey said, adding that he’s not aware that the slender,
dark-haired boy had been bullied, either. He said the attack
seemingly came out of nowhere. “He’s not a loner.
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Attorney: Stabbing Rampage
Came Out of Nowhere
Stabbing suspect is taken into custody by local police
By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite great
progress that grew out of the Civil Rights
Movement, “a web of stubborn obstacles
remains” that prevents children of color,
especially Black children, from reaching their
full potential, according to a recent report by
the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “Differences
in opportunity are evident from the earliest
years of a child’s life. Too often, children of
color grow up in environments where they
experience high levels of poverty and
violence,” the report stated. “Such
circumstances derail healthy development and
lead to significant psychological and
physiological trauma.” The report titled,
“Race for Results: Building a Path to
Opportunity for All Children,” featured the
foundation’s new “National Race for Results
Index” that tracked 12 key milestones,
including fourth grade reading proficiency,
birth weight, the share of children who live in
two-parent families and the proportion of
children living in poverty.
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Black Children Rank
Last on Milestone Index
President Obama may have gotten our troops out
of Iraq, but the gunfire in his hometown of
Chicago is still earning it a searing nickname
coined by young people who live there.
On Easter weekend, 45 people were shot in the
city, six of them children.
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Chicago, The New Iraq?
Fans are still reacting to Sunday's shocking
episode of "Game of Thrones."
Cersei, played by Lena Headey, is mourning her
son, King Joffrey (who died in the previous
week's episode), when Jaime, played by Nikolaj
Coster-Waldau, walks into the room.
The two characters are brother and sister and by
the end of the scene, Jaime ends up raping Cersei
next to Joffrey's poisoned corpse.

Now, most of the time viewers who also read the
books are immune to spoilers, but not this time.
"GoT" creator George R. R. Martin’s original
work was written where the sex was always
consensual between Jaime and Cersei.
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'Game of Thrones'
Creator Reacts to
Shocking Episode
Remembering Basil
Paterson,a Harlem
Political Icon
Basil A. Paterson, one of the old-guard
Democratic leaders who for decades
dominated politics in Harlem and influenced
black political power in New York City and
the state into the 21st century, when he saw
his son David A. Paterson rise to the governor’
s office, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He
was 87. His family confirmed his death, at
Mt. Sinai Hospital, in a statement released on
Thursday. Mr. Paterson lived in Harlem.
Basil A. Paterson
Harlem's Gang-of-Four: Dinkins, Paterson,
Sutton, and Rangel.
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