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October is "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." The American Red Cross held their annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk/run this past Sunday and I understand the events earned millions of dollars for cancer research and support. In this issue we are presenting the Levin Fund who held a symposium recently. See page 16. The Holidays will be here before you know it. Thanksgiving is just 5 weeks away. The Lights will be lit on 125th Street on November 20th. You should plan to come out to 125th Street on November 20th. The lights go on at 7pm but there are events and entertainment at different locations throughout the day. You can also visit the Health Village for free screenings, etc. Also be sure to bring the kids out to the Children's Village. More details to come. I will see you there. (see pages 12-13) Check out our website: w w w. h a r l e m c o m m u n i tynews.com. You can read past issues of the Harlem Community News. Friend us on facebook and follow us on instagram and twitter.

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CBCF Mourns the Loss of Legislative Giant, Former Board Member, and Champion for the City of Baltimore, The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings


he CBCF Board of Directors, Corporate Advisory Council and staff collectively mourn the loss of House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. He passed away this morning. “Since 1996, Congressman Cummings has represented Maryland’s 7th District as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to joining Congress, he served in the Maryland House of Delegates for 16 years and became the first African American in Maryland to be named Speaker Pro Tem. “Rep. Cummings was a true champion for justice and dedicated his life to empower the citizens in his district, and people across the United States and the globe. His life’s work literally fulfilled CBCF’s mission to develop leaders, inform policy, and educate the public. “The congressman previously

served on CBCF’s board of directors and was an avid supporter of the F o u n d a t i o n ’s many initiatives. This summer, he charged CBCF Congressional interns to ‘make a difference’ and ‘save this [our] democracy’. Earlier this year, he generously allowed CBCF staff to interview him for the AVOICE Heritage ‘Who I Am’ video.   “In the fall of 2018, he and his wife, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings — founder of CBCF’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research — participated in the launch and celebration of the inaugural Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research.  CBCF will dearly miss this influential and pioneering lawmaker

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to the plight of African-Americans and oppressed populations throughout his 23-year service in the U.S. House of Representatives. A native and proud member of the Baltimore community, he consistently took action on policies and legislation that improved his district. We are deeply saddened by his passing, but profoundly grateful for the contributions he made in his lifetime. The NAACP extends our sincere condolences to his family and sends prayers of comfort and strength for the days to come. Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP

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reshDirect, the Northeast’s leading online fresh food grocery, announced earlier this month that it has hired over the past three years more than 1,500 employees from the Bronx, surpassing a commitment it made to the city that it would hire at least 1,000 employees from the borough as part of the company’s move to the South Bronx. “Having 1,000 Bronx residents on staff meets our goal and is an important milestone for locals who stood with FreshDirect and publicly supported the project,” said FreshDirect CEO and Co-Founder David McInerney. “Moreover, it underscores our commitment to the city on our local hiring.” When FreshDirect announced its plans to build a state-of-the-art facility in the Bronx and again when the FreshDirect Campus opened last year, the company was celebrated for its commitment to the borough and the potential for job creation and collaboration. Every week, the company hires about 30 people, of which 60-80% come from the Bronx. The

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number of Bronx-based active employees has increased every year for the past few years and now accounts for about one third of FreshDirect’s total population. “It was important when FreshDirect announced its move to the Bronx that the jobs the company created would go to Bronx residents,” said Bronx Borough President Diaz. “The company’s hiring statistics make it clear that FreshDirect has done the work to provide borough residents with the opportunities for jobs and careers that were not previously available to them.” Bronx BP Diaz commended FreshDirect for their commitment to local hiring, and looks forward to continuing to work with the company to create new career paths for Bronx residents at all levels of their organization. “FreshDirect has been a major catalyst to the recent Bronx resurgence by serving as an innovation hub for food accessibility. They’ve been an outstanding neighbor to the people of the Bronx by creating 1,000 new jobs and partnering with local businesses to stock and sell Bronxenvironments. Use clay and imprinting to bring awareness to how animals and plants are affected by, and adapt to, climate change. Wave Hill House. 4900 Independence Avenue. FREE. October 26-27 7:00pm and 8:30pm Illuminated Mausole-

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What Matters 2020 – Issues That Impact Minority Communities By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor


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very vote counts and Elections have consequences! The 2020 presidential elections will definitely have consequences and it will be important that every vote is counted and accounted for. Everyone and everything in this country is impacted by someone in a position of political leadership who shapes public policy and who makes decisions regarding the very legislation that we must all adhere to, in one way or another. This includes city councilmembers, mayors, governors, judges, county, state and federal representatives, and even our President. Knowing how important it is to vote is one thing but getting engaged in the process is an entirely different thing altogether. One group that has made a major impact in this country and that has done a great job of engaging and energizing people of color relative to getting involved in social issues and politics has been the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Network. Founded in 2013 by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, what started as a hashtag, has now grown into a global chapter-based, member-led organization in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. The organization’s mission has been to mobilize determined activists who are committed to fighting anti-Black racism and discriminatory reforms worldwide. In an exclusive interview, Cullors tells the NNPA Newswire that BLM was invited to attend the third installment of the Democratic Presidential Debate, which was hosted in Houston, Texas, at Texas


Southern University (TSU), which is an HBCU located in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward – a place known for its rich Black history and culture. The debate marked the first presidential campaign debate at an HBCU since 2007. While in Houston for the debate, Cullors announced that BLM was rolling out a new nationwide initiative to help increase voter registration and turnout. Cullors, along with co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of BLM Melina Abdullah and Managing Director Kailee Scales, introduced the new nationwide initiative entitled – ‘What Matters 2020 – Issues That Impact Minority Communities’, with a dedicated focus on getting the vote out for the 2020 presidential election. Cullors states that BLM’s goal is to hit all major cities where Black folks live and engage Generation Z to increase voter registration, turnout and overall engagement. “Black voters have traditionally been the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituency and younger voters represent the future of the party,” said Cullors. “We thought it was important that we use this platform to ensure that our constituency has the resources to be informed when tuned into the debate and that the candidates know just how impactful our vote will be to this election.” Working in conjunction with a cross-section of partners from all

sectors, BLM leaders are seeking to directly impact the 2020 election cycle by ensuring candidates are held accountable for the issues that systematically and disproportionately impact minority communities across the nation. “‘What Matters 2020 – Issues that Impact Minority Communities’ will increase voter registration and turnout by deploying technology applications, establishing candidate accountability and employing grassroots strategies to access, inform and empower minority communities during the 2020 election cycle,” Cullors tells the NNPA Newswire. Issues this initiative will mobilize around include: • Racial Injustice • Police Brutality • Criminal Justice Reform • Black Immigration Environmental Conditions • Voting Rights & Suppression • Economic Injustice • Healthcare • Education • Commonsense Gun Laws • LGBTQAI • Human Rights In addition to introducing this initiative, BLM plans to directly interact with candidates and students, and will be launching technology applications aimed at increasing voter registration and turnout in 2020. “We will engage and empower all Black folks, our allies, and under-served communities to use their collective voices and votes to achieve the outcomes we want, need and deserve in 2020,” Cullors tells the NNPA Newswire. “We will educate BLM constituents about candidates and the issues that impact Black voters most, and promote voter registration and voter turnout among the Black community, our allies, and Generation Z. This initiative will inspire and motivate people to ask themselves and

their candidates are you really addressing ‘What Matters in 2020?’” In measuring the success of the initiative, Cullors states that they will be monitoring the results based off of the outcomes that come prior to the 2020 election. “We will know that we are successful when each candidate has an acceptable and tangible comprehensive plan that specifically addresses racial injustice, criminal justice reform, police brutality and reparations, among other issues that impact the Black community,” Cullors states. Since the organization’s inception in 2013, BLM has been on the frontline of many issues impacting minority communities including police brutality, criminal justice reform, education, Black immigration, public policy and more. For these efforts, they have been widely recognized, received and in many instances, criticized. They continue with the work, however, and hope this effort will galvanize marginalized and minority communities all across this country. Perhaps more importantly, BLM has reminded the Black community of its own power and collective strength. To find out more about this effort and initiative, people can visit blacklivesmatter.com/what-matters-2020, to learn about key issues and candidates, register to vote, pledge to vote and join the ongoing conversation by engaging them on social media platforms using #WhatMatters2020. Jeffrey Boney is a political analyst and frequent contributor for the NNPA Newswire and BlackPressUSA.com and the associate editor for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is an award-winning journalist, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur and business development strategist. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter @realtalkjunkies.

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How you feel about money impacts your spending Your feelings toward money can influence how you spend it. We all have a personal relationship with money, and it will often show in how we spend it. But our feelings about finance can sometimes lead to negative spending habits that can hurt us in the long run. To begin developing healthy spending habits, it can be helpful to start by identifying your emotional and psychological relationship with money. Get to know your financial psychology Being aware of your own psychological and emotional approach to money is the first step to developing healthy spending habits. Psychologists agree that these beliefs can start early. They may also come from other life experiences — whether you need to support a family, for example, or if you’ve had a negative history with unmanageable debt. It’s important to remember that your emotional outlook on money, regardless of where it comes

from and what it may be, is not inherently right or wrong. Rather, it may influence you to make unwise decisions in certain financial areas, while setting you up to be great in others. To understand your feelings toward money better, ask yourself: • How does being in debt make you feel? • How does disclosing your financial situation to others make you feel? • How willing are you to make bigger purchases (such as a car or a house)? • How willing are you to make smaller purchases (such as clothes or eating out)? • What purchases do you feel good about making? Which purchases do you not feel good about making? • How often do you make impulsive purchases? • How often do you feel compelled to check your bank statement?

• How often do you find yourself thinking about money? • How does it make you feel to hear about the state of the larger economy? This is the first step toward building a healthy relationship with money. Then carefully examine your responses. Identifying your spending habits Once you have a better sense of your feelings towards money, it can be useful to identify how these feelings have translated into spending behavior. Do this by taking stock of your bank statement from the last two months. If a bank statement isn’t available to you, start keeping tabs on your expenses moving forward with your receipts. Then begin looking for patterns. You might even consider working with a professional such as a financial coach, counselor, or advisor to help you identify your spending habits Ask yourself if your habits — frequently buying clothes, for example, or eating out

Cultivating awareness about your psychology surrounding money — and the kind of spending habits it promotes — can help you chart a financial path that works for you. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

multiple times in a week — make sense given the responses you gave to the questions above. This is the second step to developing healthy spending habits: moving beyond what you think your spending habits should be to which ones you actually practice. From here, you can begin focusing on ways you can improve your use of money. Identify the spending habits that you can change Think of ways you can make your financial habits healthier. This responsibility is twofold: not

only should you focus on eliminating unnecessary purchases, but also on spending your money in ways that make you feel positive. For example, have you found that you too much of your paycheck goes towards clothes? That doesn’t mean you have to eliminate all of your shopping but maybe you can consider less expensive options such as your local thrift store. Does the thought of making a sizable purchase — such as a car — cause you stress, even if you know such a purchase will significantly improve your life? Set up automatic transfers from your checking account to a savings account so you can start working towards your goal in a way that doesn’t cause anxiety. Cultivating awareness about your psychology surrounding money — and the kind of spending habits it promotes — can help you chart a financial path that works for you. © 2019 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A All rights reserved. FOXWORTHREALTYONLINE.COM


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October 24 7:30-8:30pm Trembling Mountain Among the worst hit in Nepal’s 2015 earthquake was paradise-like Langtang, a prime trekking destination. A glacial collapse caused an avalanche of rock, ice and mud, resulting in an airblast, equal to half the force of the Hiroshima atom bomb. In showing the much dwindled community’s response to the disaster, until their resettlement a year later, the film reveals the transformation, profound and yet often taken for granted, that has been sweeping the Himalaya over the last decades. Maysles Documentary Center. 343 Malcolm X Blvd. $12. October 24 6:30-8:30pm Arts Culture & Fun: Measure for Measure The Public’s acclaimed Mobile Unit transports communities of the five boroughs to the vibrant streets of New Orleans for a bold new production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure directed by LA Williams. Marcus Garvey Park. 18 Mt. Morris Park. FREE. October 24 7:00-9:00pm Us Against Alzheimer’s: Book Reading Discussion Join I, Too Arts Collective for this book reading, signing and discussion

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with editor Marita Golden along with contributing writer, Cleyvis Natera Tucker. Elizabeth Nunez, Julie Otsuka, Danielle Belton and Malaika Adero will also be featured readers for the evening. 20 East 127th Street. Donation $5. October 25-26, 28 8:00pm Between The World and Me Based on the award-winning book by the Apollo Theater’s Master Artist-in-Residence Ta-Nehisi Coates, the theatrical event Between the World and Me, takes difficult but necessary conversations around Black life and death and places them center stage. This limited engagement features a star-studded rotating cast of artists and activists. Each performance promises a unique experience. Apollo Theater. 253 West 125th Street. Tickets start at $30. October 25 6:00-8:00pm A Response to 45: PopUp Exhibition Closing Party Enough is Enough! Basta Ya! We call on our artists, policy makers, and the CCCADI family to take a stand and voice their thoughts in this pop-up exhibition, A Response to 45. This exhibition further explores the violent attacks and blatant disrespect targeted toward our Black, Brown, Indigenous, Womxn, and LGBTQAI+ communities due to current-day policies. 120 East 125th Street. FREE with RSVP. October 25 7:00 and 10:00pm The Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Annual Halloween Extravaganza Enter if you dare! Guests will be spooked as the Cathedral of St. John the Divine screens Nosferatu (1922) complete with live organ accompaniment. Following the film, the full stretch of the Cathedral’s

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Nave is at the disposal of the Mettawee River Theater Company’s fantastic creatures of the night, led by Cathedral Artist in Residence Ralph Lee. 1047 Amsterdam Avenue. $27.50 October 25 6:00-8:00pm Art Inspired by Sydney Hanson & Simon Weaner Come create your own masterpiece inspired by work from famous artists, Sydney Hanson and Simon Weaner and various techniques. Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, Marcus Garvey Park. 18 Mount Morris Park West. FREE with RSVP. October 26 7:00am12:00pm It’s My Park at Marcus Garvey Park Dog Run This It’s My Park season, come volunteer with the Marcus Garvey Park Dog Run Group to clean up and spread wood chips. Marcus Garvey Park Dog Run. 120th Street and Madison Avenue. FREE to volunteer. October 27 11:002:00pm Diwali Family Celebration Light up your day and celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights at the Museum. Diwali, a holiday celebrated by many communities across the world, signifies the triumph of good over darkness. Enjoy a special interactive performance by Macaulay Deewane, decorate a diya (clay oil lamp) to take home, and savor a traditional Indian treat.1220 Fifth Avenue. FREE with Museum Admission. October 28-30 6:008:00pm An Actor’s Workshop Join the Langston Hughes House to discover what gifts and talents are already within. You will explore various areas

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of creative arts to discover hidden talents as a tool to build confidence and self-esteem. Attendees will learn the art of performance by tapping into their life story and experiences. 20 East 127th Street. $40 for all three sessions. October 29 6:30-8:30pm A Ballad for Harlem Conversation: Organized Labor Eric K.Washington is a New York City-based independent historian and author. In his latest book, he uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H. Williams (1878–1948), the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps―a multitude of Harlem-based black men whom he organized into the essential labor force of America’s most august railroad station. Schomburg Center. 515 Malcolm X Blvd. FREE with RSVP. October 29 7:00pm Kendrick Scott Group Ft. Kanoa Mendenhall Here accomplished drummer and bandleader Kendrick Scott takes emerging bassist Kanoa Mendenhall under his wing for a performance inspired by Scott’s approach to composition and bandleading. National Jazz Museum in Harlem. 58 West 129th Street. FREE. October 29 6:00pm Music of Jessica Meyer The composer/performer collective counter) induction has been hailed by The New York Times for its “fiery ensemble virtuosity” and for its “firstrate performances” by The Washington Post. The ensemble makes its return to the Miller stage to highlight one of their own, violist and composer Jessica Meyer with a selection of her recent works. 2960 Broadway. FREE.

October 30 5:00pm Common Ground on the Hill Showcase The National Jazz Museum in Harlem would like to introduce you to Common Ground on the Hill. The night will feature renowned blues musician Guy Davis, roots/blues/ jazz legend Professor Louie, gospel/blues/jazz vocalist Lea Gilmore, and other artists for an evening of music as the Museum launches its partnership with Common Ground on the Hill. 58 West 129th Street. FREE. October 30 4:00-7:00pm 2019 Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla The Central Park Conservancy presents the 2019 Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla! The popular annual event is FREE and will feature lots of kid-friendly activities such as pumpkin carving, arts & crafts, spooky storytelling, a costume parade, a festive pumpkin patch, and the event’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight. 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues. October 30 6:00-8:00pm Mama Africa: An Afro-Venezuelan Film & Music Experience Join CCCADI for a screening of the documentary Mama Africa. Mama Africa, directed by Afro-Venezuelan filmmaker Benito “Ifayemisi” Marquez, was filmed between the Republic of Nigeria and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Mama Africa is a stunning documentary that addresses the religious, cultural, and social expressions of the Yoruba communities and Afro-descendant peoples of southern Lake Maracaibo/Bobures (Venezuela). There will be a Q&A after. 120 East 125th Street. FREE with RSVP.



Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and GOYA FOODS Presents LA SONORA PONCEÑA featuring PAPO LUCCA

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ments that have been made will help ensure the comfort and convenience of all who attend our world class performances and events. Funding for the 15.4-million-dollar renovation was in part provided by the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature, the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council, and the Office of the Bronx Borough President. Additionally, we will be continuing our “Take Your Seat” fundraising campaign, which will give you a chance to be a part of Lehman’s history by purchasing a tax-deductible seat(s) in your name or a loved one.” Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/ CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468.  Tickets for LA

SONORA PONCEÑA on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at 8pm are VIP*$100, $65, $60, $55, $45, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 4pm on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. *VIP Reception: The Havana Café, Goya Foods and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine & hors d’oeuvres reception will start at 6:30pm. VIP tickets include the reception and the best seats in the house. Sponsored by Havana Café Restaurant and Goya Foods. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.

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ehman Center for the Performing Arts spectacular 20192020 Season celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in the Center’s newly renovated, 2,278 spacious seat concert hall, with a redesigned entrance, lobby, and elevator accessible balcony. Lehman Center is one of New York’s top nonprofit performing arts centers and the Bronx’s largest entertainment venue serving over 200,000 audience members each season. Eva Bornstein, who is beginning her fifteenth season as Executive Director of Lehman Center, says, “During this milestone year, Lehman Center proudly welcomes audiences and community members to the top entertainment destination in the Bronx, which is now better than ever. The improve-




The “Work” of Art by Stacey Ann Ellis


rt does more than just hang on a wall. There are organizations such as BeadsforLife that utilize art for great causes. The Guardian Newspaper even published an article in 2016 entitled, “Art works: How art in

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the workplace boosts staff productivity”. The article quotes Dr Craig Knight as saying “If you enrich a space, people feel much happier and work better; a very good way of doing this is by using art.” Dr. Knight has studied the psychology of working environments

for 12 years. Beads for Life began with the discovery of a Ugandan woman who was living in a slum area, busy creating beautiful beads from paper, simply because it made her happy in spite of her circumstances. Out of that encounter with Ugandan Millie Grace Akena, Beads for Life was born teaching women across Africa and the world how to go into business for themselves and improve their circumstances. 4Ocean is another organization that creates and sells jewelry to help keep the world’s oceans clean. Great cause, great jewelry. Beauty birthed from simple materials. I have always believed that each piece of art has a job to do and these organization are proof in the pudding…not the whole pie.

but an important slice of the relevance of art. Enriching a home with art may very well yield a more productive and happy home just as Dr. Knight described what it can do for a workplace. I imagine wearing a BeadsforLife or 4Ocean piece of jew- Ocean bracelet created from recycled materials elry, knowing that you have contributed beadforlife.org, for more to the betterment of the info on 4Ocean visit wwworld may enrich your soul w.4ocean.com. The GuardAND look great. You can ian article can be found find these organizations at: www.theguardian. and more online: www. com/careers/2016/jan/21/

art-works-how-art-in-theoffice-boosts-staff-productivity also see www. workdesign.com/2016/10/ art-workplace-needchoose/

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oining the Harlem community at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) and Pharmacy “Fall into Health Fair” Friday was NYS Assembly Member Inez Dickens, pictured second from left. Shown far left is TouroCOM Professor Dr. David Colbourne, and to the right are TouroCOM Dean Dr. David Forstein and Director of Community Affairs & Diversity Geoffrey Eaton. Close to 50 members of the Harlem community attended the two-hour fair at Touro on 125th St. across from the Apollo Theater. They received free flu shots and screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, BMI, vision, hearing, bone density, HIV, and hepatitis B and C. “Touro is doing a good thing in this community,” said Victoria Bah, a nail artist who came to explore becoming a bone marrow donor. Mohammad Akhlaq, who works nearby, was also pleased, “Before, my sugar levels were a little bit high. Now I’ve made sure they’re normal,” he said, looking relieved. Close to 150 student volunteers administered the shots, screenings and provided health counseling. “It’s a great opportunity for

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nce again, the 125th Street Business Improvement District and Manhattan Community Boards #9 and #10 have come together to kick-off the holiday season in Harlem with a family oriented free community event. The Holiday Lights will be lit on 125th Street on Wednesday, November 20th. Rain date, Monday, November 25th. The Lighting of 125th Street is a celebration with events all day long on 125th Street until the evening parade of lights and official lighting of the streamers across 125th Street from Broadway to 5th Avenue. A kick-off mixer was held last week at Settepani Restaurant with 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) board members, staff, Harlem Holiday Lights 2019 participants and businesses and organizations who are considering being part of this year’s event. Barbara Askins, President & CEO of the 125th BID announced the planned events and activities, as well as the grand marshals for 2019. On November 20th at 7pm beginning at Morningside and 125th the lights on 125th Street will be turned on by the BID Lighting contractor followed by the parade lighted decorated floats and vehicles. Each float will be playing their own music. Plan to bring the entire family out for this fantastic holiday event in Harlem. Earlier in the day there will be a community stage featuring entertainment on Morningside Ave @ 125th Street and an area designated as the Children’s District. Once again Marvel is supporting the Harlem Holiday Lighting event and comic heroes Spider Man and Black Panther will visit activities and join the Grand Marshalls in the countdown to light up 125th Street. Manhattan Community Board #9 brings to you once again the Children’s District. Says Harriet Rosebud co-chair of cbd#9 Arts Committee, “this year the focus

125th Street BID Board of Directors with CEO Barbara Askins (3rd from right)

will be on the Renaissance period and will kick off with the Harlem Swing Dance Society and those attending will be dressed for that period”. New this year will be an area called the “Curvy District” (an area designated for plus-sized women and those retailers serving that audience). The Health and Fitness Districts will include health screenings and information, a reception and tour of new facilities and workouts for kids. You can look for the Financial and African District, Tabling by NYC agencies including NYC Department of Small Business Services, and an activities along the parade route with the Harlem Stage Popup Tent. Participating retailers in the planning stage include Carver Bank Pop Up for Small businesses market, Lane Bryant Fashion Show, Ashley Stewart Meet and Greet, Zwanger Open House Reception and more . There will be store discounts and special entertainment and shopping experience all day on 125th Street. Stay tuned for more detailed information, timing and locations in the Harlem News. Grand Marshals this year will be actor/singer/writer Laiona Michelle; Korey Wise, one of the Central Park 5 and Leah Abraham, entrepreneur and owner of Settepani Restaurant. Confirmed Floats include;

125th St BID 2019 Holiday Lights Staff

125th Street BID float, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Harlem Commonwealth Council, Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Community Board #9, Community Board #10, Street Corner Resources, American Hat Company LLC, Cathedral Parkway Housing and Sling Kingz vehicles. There is

still time for your business, church or organization to participate or to have a float – call the 125th Street BID office today 212-662-8999.

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The Bronx Memoir Project at Edgar A. Poe Cottage

Peggy Robles-Alverado

By Howard Giske


he Bronx Council on the Arts is a having a series of free community workshops on writing poetry in the form of memoirs. It is at the Poe Park Visitor Center by the Poe Cottage at 2640 Grand Concourse by E. Kingsbridge Road. It is led by Ms. Peggy Robles-Alvarado, who is a NYC educator. There was a bit of a spooky Halloween theme with thoughts of Poe’s poem “The Raven” and its tag line “Never more.” In these 4 workshops “Beyond The Raven: Writing

Narrative Poems of Bronx People, Places and Purpose,” Robles- Alvarado explores narrative poems of contemporary poets, and has workshop attendees write about their life, and community. The first workshop was on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. and they will continue through Nov 16th on Saturdays, except for November 2nd. Attendees can be selected to have their poems published in this year’s Bronx Memoir Project Volume IV Anthology, if they attend at least 3 out of 4 workshops. The enthusiastic crowd was in the shadow of the great Edgar

Allen Poe, and his dark poems like “The Raven” and “The Bells” about life, love and loss. Peggy explained that there are different poetry genres, and a person doesn’t have to have a disastrous experience to write poetry. Poets can write about their family, their community, or what they want to keep a secret but then covertly blurt out to the whole world. The class read and discussed a series of poems about people’s lives in the Bronx. Subjects ran from the snow cone ice man, to people in prison, and the life of a prostitute. It gave people a chance

to discuss what was on their minds, but with the goal to write poetry about these things. Participants were given a list of writing inspiration prompts, 20 minutes to write, and after, a chance to make comments on each other’s work. This led to a lively discussion

in the group about poetry types and messages. It was surprising to read other people’s work and learn that they came from a totally different culture. For more information see https://www.bronxarts. org/programs/the-bronx-memoirproject/ or call 718-931-9500.

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s a leading advocacy organization and change agent born of 32 years of service to the African American community, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) has announced a major development – an organizational evolution to become a comprehensive advocacy, action and policy group that is moving beyond HIV/AIDs to address multiple health issues and disparities affecting African Americans. Moving forward, NBLCA will now be known as the National Black Leadership Commission on Health (NBLCH) Inc., furthering its mission of advocacy and empowerment to include eight key areas of disparities in Black health: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, sickle cell, diabetes and mental health. Each of these areas affect African Americans at vastly disproportionate levels in comparison to other racial/ethnic groups and thus NBLCH, or Black Health, was formed. “Championing Black health through advocacy, policy and action is the main goal of our newly-expanded organization,” says C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO. “As NBLCA, we have had great success in helping to educate, mobilize and empower communities around HIV/AIDS, and are now taking on the mantle of broader services to move beyond health disparity to achieve health

equity for African Americans across the country.” The change comes after an intensive review and research effort by NBLCA’s leadership to delve into the health needs of African Americans and other marginalized groups as our culture and society continue to shift away from the issue. The results compelled NBLCA to re-evaluate its programs and mission to include expanded levels of service as well as a re-affirmation of its commitment to the health and well-being of African Americans overall. “With HIV/AIDS still a major health disparity and concern within the African American community, our fundamental commitment to this issue has not changed,” says the Honorable Johnny Ford, chairman of the board, NBLCH. “Given the degree of health disparities, and frankly despair, within communities of color as it relates to health, it’s only natural for us to take the skills, relationships and knowledge we have learned in the battle against HIV/AIDS to a larger platform—not just Black AIDS, but Black Health.” The new branding for the NBLCH includes a new logo and key communications elements across several areas, including the website. The new URL is www. NBLCH.org. The new logo is in keeping with the tradition of the beloved NBLCA logo with a reference to the African kente cloth-inspired ribbon and wording that po-

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sitions the organization as a health group, one that continues to fight the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C crisis but also evolved to embrace Black health overall. Additional materials will be unveiled in the coming weeks to include a new brochure and refreshed social media channels. “The facts are sobering, African Americans are affected by diseases and other health challenges much more so than any other group,” says Dr. Bert Petersen, treasurer of the board and noted oncologist. “As an oncologist, treating and caring for women impacted by breast cancer, I am all too aware of the tremendous need for this level of education, advocacy and awareness. This is therefore much more than a name change, this is an institutional evolution that accurately reflects our status as a recognized, respected and valued leader in affecting change in T:10” policy, action and the conversation around Black health. And in the process, we are

striving to transform lives.” That the incidence of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, sickle cell, diabetes and mental illness is higher among African Americans than other groups is supported by numerous studies and research conducted by the CDC and other health-related organizations. A dedicated focus on this area relative to affecting policy and change is what inspired the formation of NBLCH. More than 40 percent of non-Hispanic African American men and women have high blood pressure, and breast cancer is the most common cancer in Black women. There are 70,000-100,000 cases of sickle cell in the U.S. and it occurs among about 1 out of every 500 African American births. And, compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes, with 13.2% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes. This translates into African Americans being 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. Finally, according to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Common mental health disorders among African Americans include major depression, ADHD (Attention deficit hy-

peractivity disorder), suicide (particularly among young African American men), post-traumatic stress disorder, as African Americans are more likely to be victims of violent crime. In the coming months, NBLCH will be working with influencers from a broad spectrum of fields– ranging from healthcare leaders, policymakers and advocates to those in the education, human service, media and philanthropic communities. In this manner, NBLCH is proactively working to bridge the divide in health and human services for Black people by driving the conversation into action. The new National Black Leadership Commission on Health will carry out the legacy of NBLCA, the nation’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and empowering Black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease areas. With the evolution to NBLCH, the organization will champion the promotion of health and prevention of diseases to reduce disparities and achieve equity within the Black community. The long-term vision is therefore to reduce disparities and achieve equity to promote the health and well-being of Black communities through advocacy, policy, and action. The goal will be to promote health education, awareness and prevention, while influencing public policy to produce systemic change.

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Dr. Sharyn Lewin & The Lewin Fund Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Women’s Health & Wellness Symposium


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he Lewin Fund to Fight Women’s Cancers is a non-profit based in New York City that supports cutting-edge and comprehensive care for women with cancer. The Lewin Fund is committed to sponsoring innovative women’s cancer research and collaborating with women’s cancer support programs to prevent cancer and extend life for women with cancer. The Lewin Fund is inspired by the vision of one courageous woman who battled gynecologic cancer and sought to push the frontiers of clinical research initiatives. They are focused on:


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The Search for Green Gold…Marijuana

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he Honorable Audley Shaw, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries for the country of Jamaica was the keynote speaker for the annual Caribbean Lecture Series held on Wednesday October 16th at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The focus of the Minister’s talk was the benefits of investing in the Jamaican medical Marijuana Industry.

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is still considered a schedule 1 drug, is part of the problem states Shaw. This classification prevents concentrated research on the medical benefits of cannabis, depriving millions of individuals wellness and lifesaving health options. Options that have been proven effective in studies conducted in Canada and Jamaica. Harvard medical school professor and co-author of “Marihuana the Forbidden Medicine” Dr. Lester Grinspoon agrees with Shaw. Dr. Grinspoon who has been researching and writing about cannabis since the 1960s states that “we know cannabis is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions but without the rescheduling of cannabis or delisting it

altogether we cannot open it up to large double-blind clinical studies. Grinspoon goes on to say that if you visit PubMed.org you will find over 23,000 papers published on cannabis. Minister Shaw feels confident that the growing international and national research that supports the medical benefits of cannabis will in time pressure the United States to reschedule the classification of cannabis to a level two or three. It is predicted that the cannabis industry will be over 50 billion by 2028. Shaw feels that since Jamaica has always had the

reputation of having some of the best cannabis in the world, this is a good time to invest. During the question and answer period a few Rastas wanted to know about fate of their brothers who are in prison for passion of cannabis now that its legal, they also wanted to be assured that the small Jamaican farmers would not be overlooked. Shaw assured them that the government plans to do the right thing. For further information on the wellness benefits of cannabis hemp oils send an email to onuwon@gmail. com or call 646 329-6727.


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