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The Holidays are here, We celebrated Halloween earlier this week, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years and Three Kings Day. Have you been on 125th Street lately? Well it is true, the holiday lights are already up and waiting to be turned on November 16th as part of the 125th Street Holiday Celebration. From 3pm to 8pm there will be activities up and down 125th Street. There will be something for everyone including a Children’s Village, Health Village, Karaoke, Funky Hat contest, Ugly Sweater contest, the Parade of floats and a ”Silent Party.” I am looking forward to this years’ holiday kick off being produced by the 125th Street BID. Upcoming issues will have more details.(see page 11) Again, thank you to all who supported me through my cancer treatment with your prayers, cards and contributions. I am now “cancer-free” and back to work full time God is Good.

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Harlem Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Dizzy Gillespie


n October 22nd Harlem celebrated the 100th Birthday of Dizzy Gillespie with an official dedication of a 5 Story Dizzy Gillespie Mural & declaration of Dizzy Gillespie Day in New York City. The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Global Street Art and Human Rights Campaign and Education is Not a Crime presented a public celebration at 229 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Frederick Douglas Blvd. Photos by Debi Jackson

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Spending National Chocolate Day with Pastry Chef Johnnie Iuzzini at Macys By Lil Nickelson (Miss Lil)


aturday, October 28th, 2 017 was National Chocolate Day and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a couple hours that afternoon than on the 8th floor at Macy’s Herald Square ‘s DeGustibus Cooking School celebrating with renowned Pastry Chef Johnnie Iuzzini, a member of Macy’s Culinary Council. Since it was National Chocolate Day I put on my chocolate

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t-shirt that says “hot chocolate delicious strong all natural handle carefully,” and headed downtown to Macy’s. Chef Johnnie started off his cooking demonstration from his most recent book Sugar Rush with demonstrating how easy it is to make an Espresso Martini as the staff passed them out to the audience. He prepared three desserts from the cookbook: Butternut Maple Blondies, Chocolate Snowballs and Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal Chunkers. From the martini to the oatmeal chunkers everything tasted delicious and decadently chocolate. Chef Johnnie grew up in the Catskills in upstate NY and started his first culinary job at 17 years old as garde manger at the River Café in Brooklyn. It was at River Café that he began observing the restaurant’s pastry chef and he immedi-

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ately fell in love with the art and precision of pastry. So he’d worked his regular shift as garde manger and then assisted the pastry chef in his free time. He credited his drive to the strong work ethic his Dad displayed and instilled in him. He attended The Institute of Culinary Education in Hyde Park, NY graduating with a Baking and Pastry Arts degree. Johnnie was so good at pastry arts that he was working at renowned Daniel restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on weekends until graduation. He spent the next 3

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½ years mastering all dessert stations and he became Francois Payard’s close assistant. In 1997 when Payard opened his renowned Payard Patisserie and Bistro, hard worker Johhnie worked there as sous chef while continuing to work at Daniel. Harlem News In 1998 he was finally ready to take a break and he spent 8 months traveling the world. Chef Daniel Boulud called upon his again when he was opening up Café Boulud and the new Daniel restaurant and he was appointed Executive Sous Chef. In 2001 Boulud promoted him to Executive

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Pastry Chef. A year later chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten selected him for that same role at Restaurant Jean-Georges. Chef Johnnie spent five years traveling and working with other chocolatiers during his journey, and he is now producing his own chocolate bar of a single origin to highlight the naissances of each cacao bean. Chef Johnnie passed on these invaluable tips to us during the demonstration are: Read recipes from start to finish. Look for any standpoint points before you begin making the recipe, for example,

does something have to be cooked and cooled before you can complete the recipe? Measure out your ingredients before you begin remembering to separate the sugar for the dough or crust from the sugar for the filling. Unless stated otherwise most ingredients should be at room temperature. Pick out all equipment you need to execute the recipe before you begin. Follow these four steps to get yourself set up for success.



Mother Zion Mourning the Loss of Assistant Pastor Rev. Cecil G.M. Muschett By Yvonne Singleton


he Mother A.M.E. Zion Church has suffered a great loss, in the passing of their Assistant Pastor, the Reverend Cecil G.M. Muschett. He was a man of God, who served faithfully in that capacity for forty-three years, under the administrations of the late Dr. George W. McMurray, Alvin T. Durant, Dr. Gregory Robeson Smith and the current administration led by Dr. Richard Chappel, Jr. His sudden passing has marked the end of an era. During his tenure at Mother Zion, Rev. Muschett devoted himself to teaching a

weekly Bible study class, he visited and administered Holy Communion to the sick and shut-in members. He eulogized members, and officiated weddings whenever called upon by the families. He took

great delight in telling everyone he met about the Mother Church of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion denomination. He was married to the Rev. Regina Muschett. To-

gether, they blended a loving, close knit family consisting of seven children and nine grandchildren. Rev. Muschett, who loved telling jokes, was affectionately known to his family as “Muss.” He was a self-taught musician having learned five different instruments and passed down the love for that musical gift onto his grandchildren.

Rev. Muschett had recently retired and enjoyed a celebration recognizing his service hosted by Mother Zion. He and his wife recently purchased a home in his Native Jamaica, West Indies, where he planned to relocate and live out the balance of his retirement years. Rev. Muschett was highly respected in the community. He encouraged and inspired

many, and worked closely with the Harlem Hospital Minister’s Alliance. He was the liaison for The Balm in Gilead, Inc. which was initiated at Mother Zion, and established a close connection with its Founder and CEO, Dr. Pernessa C. Seele. He also maintained a longtime friendship with the Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, pastor of the renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church. The Reverend Cecil G.M. Muschett will be sorely missed. Services will be held at Mother A.M.E. Zion Church, 140-6 West 137 Street, on Friday, November 3, 2017; with the Viewing from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and the Homegoing celebration starting at 10:30 a.m.

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Making the Case for More Men of Color in Early Education By Royston Maxwell Lyttle


s educators, we have an

children learn and grow in a diverse

obligation to give our

community, they begin to challenge

students every opportu-

stereotypes that have for far too long

nity to succeed. Parents rely on us

prevented children from reaching

to ensure their children are armed

their full potential.

with the skills and knowledge they

With men representing only 2.5

need to thrive once they leave our

percent of preschool and kindergar-


ten teachers and 21.5 percent of ele-

Over my more than 15 years

mentary and middle school teachers,

disadvantaged backgrounds may not

experience left me determined to be

in education, I have learned that to

the chances of having a male educa-

have a strong father figure at home,

someone my students can always

fulfill this responsibility, schools

tor (let alone a Black male educator)

and often come to school hoping to

rely on and look up to in and outside

must give children the opportuni-

before reaching high school are slim.

fill that void. As a leader of a 98 per-

of the classroom.

ty to learn from men of color. The

Royston Maxwell Lyttle is the

cent African-American student body,

As we look to the future of early

profound impact Black male edu-

principal for grades 1-3 of the Ea-

I feel it is important for students to

childhood education, I urge parents,

cators can have on the trajectory of

gle Academy Public Charter School

find someone they can see them-

teachers, lawmakers and communi-

a child’s life cannot be overstated.

in Washington, D.C. He strongly

selves in, look up to and aspire to be.

ties to invest in ways to bring diver-

And it’s time we acknowledge it.

believes that all students should be

Boys who grow up with only fe-

At a time when non-White stu-

provided a high-quality education

male teachers and role models don’t

I also challenge my fellow

dents outnumber White students in

and that all students can reach their

have this opportunity. Children tend

Black men who are passionate about

U.S. public schools, the need for a

full academic potential regardless

to mimic influential individuals in

education to buck the norm, ignore

diverse teaching force has never

of their social or economic back-

their lives. They benefit from strong,

the stigma and put the children first.

been greater. At Eagle Academy


Black male teachers who lead by

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sity to the classroom.

As a Black male principal, I feel

The environment children are

something we not only celebrate,

exposed to in their first years of ed-

He was a young boy whose be-

and be a catalyst for change in order

but aggressively pursue.

ucation has a profound impact on

havioral issues were hindering his

to create a more diversified environ-

We constantly look for ways to

how they view the world. Therefore,

ability to learn. Without a father

ment for our children to learn in. I

expose our students to different ex-

there should be a sense of urgency

figure in his life, his mother was

have found there is nothing more

periences, perspectives and methods

among early educators to combat

struggling to get through to him.

rewarding than seeing a student

for coping with challenges. And this


Upon sitting down with the boy in

succeed against all odds due to the

When children see a diverse

hopes of identifying the root of these

lessons you have taught them. I en-

It should come as no surprise

teaching staff working together in

problems, I was surprised to find he

courage more Black men to join me

that men and women bring different

the same profession, they not only

had just one request: to spend time

in this journey.

perspectives to the classroom, and

learn the importance of equality, but


the same is true for individuals of

are also encouraged to ignore gen-

After our first outing to the

principal for grades 1-3 of the Ea-

varying backgrounds and ethnici-

der and racial stereotypes associated

movies, his attitude and school work

gle Academy Public Charter School

ties. Especially in early education

with certain careers. As a Black man

improved dramatically. I didn’t have

in Washington, D.C. He strongly

where children develop the foun-

working in early education, I have

to employ any complicated learning

believes that all students should be

dation for the rest of their lives, it

seen how these societal constructs

tactic or psychological theory to

provided a high-quality education

is crucial that schools cultivate a

negatively affect children and have

help this child-I just had to be there

and that all students can reach their

diverse and stable environment to

dedicated my life to breaking them

and listen. Over the remainder of

full academic potential regardless

facilitate this development.


the year, I watched him grow into a

of their social or economic back-

successful and happy student. That


I have seen firsthand that when

Young boys who come from

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it is my duty to spread this message

Public Charter School, diversity is

starts with diverse educators.


Principal Royston Maxwell Lyttle with one of his students. Photo courtesy: Royston Maxwell Lyttle

Royston Maxwell Lyttle is the

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Home Buying In Harlem Be Prepared to Buy Now



by Rev. Charles Butler

common mistake made by many first-time prospective home buyers is taking out a larger mortgage amount than they can afford. This is an easy mistake to make because the lenders are basing your pre-approval on your gross income. However, you live on your net income which is usually 30-35% less than the gross amount. This additional amount can make a significant difference in having a comfortable mortgage payment or struggling to pay your mortgage and meet other monthly obligations. Most lenders are calculating pre-approval amounts of 3- 4 times your annual income depending on minimum monthly credit debt. However, lenders will increase this amount if you are planning to purchase a

multi-family home. They will add about 70% of the projected rental income into your monthly gross amount. Lenders will only consider your total housing cost and minimum monthly credit debt when determining your debt to income ratio (DTI). You will need to review your monthly budget to estimate the amount of money you can comfortably afford to spend on a mortgage payment. After reviewing your monthly budget, you should have a realistic idea of the mortgage amount you can handle. Also, if you are purchasing either a condominium or cooperative unit you must take into consideration the additional expense of paying a monthly maintenance fee as part of your housing costs. Here are some tips to help

avoid making costly mistakes: (1) Do not borrow more than you can comfortably pay. You want a loan payment that you can make even if you are facing a financial hardship. (2) Shop around before deciding on mortgage product. Comparison shopping can assist you in finding the best deal. (3) Use your resources. Work closely with your housing counselor. He/she knows the various mortgage products and can assist you in finding the best program to meet your needs. If you are interested in attending the workshop or have questions regarding the home buying process, contact Rev. Dr. Charles Butler at (212) 281 4887 ext. 231 or email at



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Nov 2, 6pm Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: The Strange Career of Jim Crow New York. The Black Freedom Struggle against Jim Crow New York is one of the most protracted yet criminally neglected movements for human rights in the USA. Our esteemed panel will unpack this history, approaching how several organizations fought Jim Crow. Tahir Butt will discuss the impact of student politics at CUNY. Brian Purnell will explore CORE in Brooklyn. And Christopher Tinson will examine the radical intellect with Harlem’s Liberator magazine and the black activism of the 1960s. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975


Nov 3, 10pm First Fridays: ”Afro-Beat” Edition. Join us for our popular monthly social gathering, where there’ll be live music, signature drinks, an opportunity to network with others in the community. This month we’re celebrating the rich sounds of Afro-Beat music, birthed by Fela Ransome Kuti! With our extended hours, Guests are also invited to check out our three exhibitions Black Power,

Power in Print, and Unshackled Ink. And don’t miss a special performance from a surprise guest! In addition, we’re proud to announce that Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey will power First Fridays. A fitting partnership as First Fridays celebrates culturally relevant occasions through local talent and Jack Daniel’s is deeply connected with the community. Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly. Our host for the night will be Liz The Intl Diva aka Mama Sade, meanwhile, DJ Buka & DJ Don from the Muoka Mills Experience will spin Afro Beat tracks in our Langston Hughes Lobby, which will further enhance our theme of the evening. 21+ Entry. Free General Admission. $10 Admission will include 2 complimentary drink tickets. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 November 4, 10am The ASCEND Program Orientation Session. Tau Omega Chapter Of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in partnership with The Boys & Girls Club of Harlem announces The ASCEND Program. An enrichment program de-

signed for high school students Boys & Girls Club of Harlem 521 West 145th Street For more information, Call Sharon @ 920343-6304 Nov 4 7:30pm, 9:30pm Damien Sneed Presents: “We Shall Overcome” a Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Sneed is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor. He has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Eric Reed. He has served as music director for Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kierra Sheard. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) hit award-winning gospel singing competition show. Tickets are $20 and $25. For additional information, call 212.421.3821 or email Nov 5 10am-3pm (Weekly Event) Gospel Brunch featuring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir and Red Rooster’s famous soul food brunch. Reservations are encouraged.

310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 Nov 6, 6:30pm Talks at the Schomburg: Bettina Love and Hip-Hop Civics Education. Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate hip-hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities. Love will join educator, social critic, public intellectual and science advocate Dr. Christopher Emdin in conversation about her hip-hop civics curriculum GET FREE and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is also the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University

Nov 7, 6-8pm The Cinque Artist Program presents Uptown Galleries: A conversation about Art Spaces in Harlem at Harlem School of the Arts, 645 Saint Nicholas Ave. Free and open to the public. seating is limited Join us for engaging presentations and discussions in the spirit and legacy of Cinque Gallery, founded by artists Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis and Ernest Crichlow in 1969. This contemporary program aims to continue the ideal of artists gathering to exchange information and resources. The Romare Bearden Foundation partners with the Harlem School of the Arts to present its Cinque Artist Program series at HSA. https://www.eventbrite. com/e/romare-beardencinque-artist-series-athsa-a-conversationabout-uptown-galleriestickets-39130619737 Nov 7, 7pm Celebrating Velma Middleton at The Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor. Velma Middleton, a superb vocalist most noted for her tenure in Louis Armstrong’s All-Stars, would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. Join Seton Hawkins, Di-

rector of Public Programs and Education Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and scholar Maxine Gordon and as they explore the music and life of this underrated gem of jazz. No registration or tickets required. Nov 9-11 at 7pm Pre-concert discussion: Leonard Bernstein at 100 at The Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s hour-long pre-concert discussions are led by musicologists and scholars as they discuss the featured artist’s music and legacy, taking an in-depth look at their contributions to the genre. This discussion provides background to the Leonard Bernstein at 100 concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The discussion with explore the music and career of master educator, composer, and musical thinker, Leonard Bernstein. No registration or tickets required. All listings on this calendar are free of charge. To add your listing, please email 50 words or less in the format above to

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Everyone will dance down the street! ” - THE NEW YORK TIMES

By Maria Grazia CAVENAGHI


spiritual price that comes with that? The stories in Freight explore this general question. The monologues begin in the early 1900s and move forward into the 2000s.  They are a mixture of historical events, organizations, persons and my own imagination.”   Why reincarnation instead of different characters, I asked? “How  much has America changed with regards to some of the choices African Americans must make?  Focusing on one character throughout time in different circumstances allows me to really dig into that question. In certain Eastern philosophies and belief systems there is the idea that we come to this existence to learn something and until we learn it we have to continue to come back.  As Abel returns generation after generation his circumstances change but the choice he faces between what he sees as self-preservation and the greater good for those around him does not. Hence the message of my play: this culture often presents us with choices that, while they may lift us individually in the moment, spiritually damage us for a lifetime. 

Yet, when we make those spiritually damaging choices, if we can learn to forgive ourselves we can move beyond our failings and gain a deeper understanding of our shared humanity”. I then asked Alphonse what attracted him to play this character going through history and what he found most challenging. “Well -Howard’s writing has also been intriguing to me. ‘Freight’ offers a challenge that no other play has offered me before. Allowing me to tell stories I haven’t been able to tell this specifically on any stage or in front of a camera. True gift from a playwright.  The most challenging part of performing Freight would be the endurance it takes to be on stage for 90 mins alone.” At this point I was curious to hear what is the message Alphonse wants to spread through Abel. His answer was strong yet heartwarming. “No one is perfect, forgive however never forget. Always strive to become a better person while encouraging those around you to do the same”. FREIGHT is playing at CASTILLO THEATRE - 543 W 42ND ST - until November 19. Tel. 212-941-5800. www.








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reight: the five incarnations of Abel Green” is masterfully written by award winning playwright Howard L. Craft and powerfully and superbly interpreted by the talented Alphonse Nicholson. Alone on stage for 90 minutes - ‘incarnating’ five very different ‘Abels’ co-existing in five alternative dimensions set in a time span going from 1910 to 2010 -Alphonse takes us on a mind-blowing journey. Not a dull moment, not a glitch in the plot, and cleverly directed by Joseph Megel Lawrence, it is an absolute MUST SEE presented by the New Federal Theatre. After the performance I was eager to ask Craft what in heaven inspired him to write this incredible story, and if it was based on facts or fruit of his fertile imagination. “A semi-abstract painting called Slow Down Freight Train, by Rose Piper was the inspiration,”  he said. “In the painting a Black man sits in a boxcar of a train heading North during the great migration. As a people, African Americans have always strived to move forward regardless of circumstances with the hope and dream of making things better for future generations.  In the course of pursuing a better life, we’re sometimes presented choices…between what we know to be right and our own self-preservation. What is the




Community Board 9 and The 125th St Bid presents The Children Village, Part of the Harlem Lights Celebration


he theme for this year’s Village is “Frozen” and will feature a host of activities for children that includes face painting, puppeteers, games, and giveaways

from the Migdol Foundation. Refreshments will be served. The Village will feature a live performance by Every Voice Choir and Harlem Chamber

Players. An appearance by The Snow Queen and other characters are always children’s favorites at the village.  The fun will begin on Thursday, November 16,

2017 from 4pm-8pm. Location: Harlem Commonwealth Council. 361 West 125 St. Between St. Nicholas and Morningside. Free admission

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130 pumpkins and over a dozen volunteers donated by AllianceBernstein

orthside Center for Child Development recently hosted its annual pumpkin painting sessions at the Susan Patricof Head Start Center in East Harlem. On Tuesday, 130 Head Start children spent the morning painting and decorating pumpkins to get in the Halloween spirit and foster their creativity. AllianceBernstein, a global asset management firm, donated 130 pumpkins and provided 15 of its employees as volunteers to

work with the children all morning. “Each year, Northside looks forward to decorating pumpkins with our littlest ones, and seeing the creative designs they come up with,” said Dr. Thelma Dye, the Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director of Northside Center. “We are grateful for AllianceBernstein’s contributions and hope to continue this emerging tradition.” Over 90 percent of the children served at the Susan Patricof

Head Start live below the federal poverty line. A 2015 report by the National Endowment for the Arts examined decades of research on the effects of arts education and child development, and concluded that there exists robust evidence for “a positive relationship between arts participation and the development of social and emotional skills in early childhood.” Northside’s Dr. Dye was recently honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brew-

er as one of New York City’s African American Achievers in health care for her work providing early educational and mental health services to low-income children and families across the city. She was also recently added to the New York State Board of Regents on Early Childhood, where she helps develop policy recommendations for the Board of Regents to implement high-quality early education programs to ensure the youngest children get the best head start

they need to succeed in school and life. Northside Center for Child Development is a non-profit organization that has provided early childhood education, behavioral health, and enrichment services to low-income children and families across New York City for over 70 years. Northside was founded by pioneering psychologists Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie Clark. The Clarks’ groundbreaking research, including the black-white doll studies,

were critical to the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which legally ended the segregation of public schools. Today, Northside Center provides over 3,600 children and families the support they need to overcome adversity and thrive. Their high-quality outcome-driven behavioral, mental health and education services propel struggling children away from the ill-effects of poverty and racism; toward a future limited only by the scope of their dreams.



125th Street Harlem Holiday Lights Events – November 16, 2017


t’s the 125th Street Business Improvement District’s 25th Anniversary of Harlem Holiday Lights. We are lighting up 125th Street Harlem style. A procession of decorative floats follows the lighting of new streamers one by one across 125th Street from 5th Avenue to Marginal Street. A host of activities will be taking place leading up to the main event, Parade of Lights, which will transform 125th Street into a sea of lights. Bring friends and family for the kickoff of the holiday season in Harlem! This year you will experience new decorations, fun in-store and outdoor activities, an exciting community stage, back by popular demand, karaoke near the Apollo Theater, an interactive children’s village, the first ever 125th Street Silent Party and much more!

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4pm Community Board #9 “Frozen” Children’s Village

361 West 125th Street The village will feature a live performance by Every Voice Choir, and Harlem Chamber Players. An appearance by The Snow Queen and other characters are always children’s favorites at the village. Face painting, puppeteers, games and giveaways from the Migdol Foundation. Refreshments will be served.

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6pm Our 1st SILENT PARTY Headphones pick-up starts at 4pm at 125th Street between Morningside and Hancock Place. Tickets can be purchased at Hosted by Larry Scott Blackmon. Guest DJ’s spinning are: Sundae Sermon feat. DJ Stormin Norman on Channel 1 - Soulful House DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth of the Freedom Party on Channel 2 - Old School. DJ Vern on Channel 3 - Today’s R&B & Hip Hop *Ticket $10.00

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125th Street Apple Cider, Small Bites, and tour of the facility 4pm Metro PCS Trivia Game 158-160 West 125th Street. Participants will have the chance to win vouchers for a free Thanksgiving Turkey compliments of Metro PCS 5pm Starbucks (location to be announced shortly) Sample Starbucks products and introducing a hand-crafted signature beverage 5pm T-Mobile Employee Talent Show 55 West 125th Street T-Mobile will have games and giveaways for customers as well. 7pm Whole Foods Food Tasting (some hot chocolate, holiday cookies and decadent donuts that use only our finest quality ingredients) 100 West 125th Whole Foods will also be giving away coupons and prizes that will be sure to light up your soul. 8:30pm Blink Fitness Bootcamp 301 West 125th Street

Join us in our Harlem Lights celebration by sweating in a Bootcamp class designed for all fitness levels. Whether your goal is strength, toning, or weight loss, our 60-minute circuit training sequence will have something for everybody. 18 and older are welcomed. Special Promotions for those who have downloaded the app. Red Lobster’s Funky Hat Competition 261 West 125th

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THE EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION CENTER—WE’RE HERE TO HELP Since 2004, the Employment Information Center has operated in West Harlem as a source of information and a critical access point to make job applications more accessible to the local community. The Center also provides enhanced training programs and job-search counseling services designed to strengthen not only the individual applicant, but also the community. Upon entering the Center, you will be greeted by our friendly staff, who will orient you to our resources. We have sought to create a pleasant environment in which to learn about job opportunities at the University, as well as the training programs and job-search counseling services we offer directly.

LIVE AND ONLINE JOB-READINESS TRAINING PROGRAMS As part of Columbia’s ongoing commitment to assist local residents in obtaining employment at the University, as well as elsewhere in the community, the Employment Information Center is pleased to provide a series of in-person workshops and online training programs.

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Community Service Organization Makes Donation to Help Families in Need


he average cost to diaper a child is $18 per week. Children need about 50 diapers per week with an annual average cost of $936 to diaper one child. There is a constant call for assistance to poverty-stricken families – particularly families with infants and toddlers. Members of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., are committed to serving our communities through leadership, entrepreneurship, technology and service. On Saturday, September 16, 2017, members of local

clubs in the Northeast District of the National Association made a donation of more than 1,500 diapers to the Westchester Diaper Bank; thus providing a one week’s supply of diapers to the families of 30 babies. This is the first of several 2017-2018 ongoing programs that have been embraced by the members of the Northeast District of NANBPWC to serve the communities we represent in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Northern New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and the island of Ber-

Northeast District Governor Ericka Davis (center left) and members of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., stand with the 1500 diaper donation being received by Westchester Diaper Bank Donations Director Wendy Armstrong.

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5 Tips for Healthy-Looking Skin All Winter Long (Statepoint)


he cold, dry winter months are a good time to change your daily skin care regimen. The low humidity dries out skin, and without extra care, this may contribute to premature aging. “Winter is harsh on skin for many reasons,” says Dr. Shirley Madhère, a New York City plastic surgeon with a holistic practice. “We must contend with cold outdoor air, dry air from heaters indoors, friction from rough or irritating fabrics and windburn.” Dr. Madhère offers these simple proactive steps to help maintain healthy, radiant skin during the chilliest months of the year. • Stay Hydrated. Water helps the body flush out

toxins that leave skin looking dull. If you’re craving hot coffee or tea on a chilly day, be sure to consume lots of water, too, as caffeine and alcohol deplete the body of water. Moisturize with a cream or oil and then cover up to help prevent dryness -especially feet and hands, which are prone to itching and cracking. Also try using a humidifier, but avoid hot showers that draw out moisture from the skin. • Eat a Balanced Diet. Maintaining healthy, radiant skin starts from within. Consume fewer fats and carbohydrates and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, which are natural antioxidants or anti-aging agents. Foods rich in vitamin C help fight free radicals that break down

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The Other Side of Zero

at NBLA visit their website at www. or call 917 743-4365. If you call NBLA ask about Kushinda La-

ible world is a term often used in Taoist

world of form. November will be the

We are all vibrating forms of ener-

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marr Thornton’s recent book “Reverse

writings. The invisible world or Spiritu-

start of the holiday season for many.

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Knockout Strategy for the Victim,” a

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form. I truly believe that there is life on

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pictorial history of Urban Martial arts

where individuals can consciously or

who are no longer in our three-dimen-

the other side of zero, a place where

site. You can also follow them on twit-

masters and a Karate Boxing Strategy

unconsciously tap into.

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ter @nycprobation. To learn more about

Text Book. I was honored to be included

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love and faith all things are possible.

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in this historical publication.

As a result of the research conduct-


by William A Rogers

ed by Columbia University physicist

not have to be.

Gerald Feinberg on Tachyon Energy

I have learned that fear and doubt

lbert Einstein’s Theory of

in 1977, we now know that energy can

can prevent us from accepting the pos-

Relativity Energy=Mass and

move from a formless zero point energy

sibility that communication can be

the Speed of Light Squared

dimension into our three-dimensional

made with spiritual energy outside of

(E=MC2) proved that everything in our

world of form. The possibility of the

our three-dimensional world. Up until

universe is vibrating energy. An energy

existence of other dimensions is a grow-

recently many would find it difficult to

mass vibrating slower than the speed

ing line of research in quantum physics.

accept this as a rational conversation.

of light can have form that allows it to

Energy never dies, it will only change

Science is now saying there are unlimit-

become a part of our three-dimensional

form. In Taoism, the energy of our an-

ed possibilities waiting to be discovered

world. Einstein’s Theory enhanced the

cestors exists in the invisible or spiritual

on the other side of zero.

early discovery by Nikola Tesla of Zero

world. Science is now saying that the

I believe during this time of year

Point Energy, the energy source that

energy of our ancestors could possibility

the ability to tap into different dimen-

creates our three-dimensional universe.

exist in a different dimension.

sions of energy is intensified and can

The question of what is on the other

I do not believe that the death of

cause depression for those who are

side of Zero Point Energy is bringing

a loved one is the end. I believe that

not aware. I suggest this is the time to

quantum physics and Ancient spiritual

we can consciously or unconsciously

embrace the memories and feelings we

philosophies together. It is called the

tap into the energy of loved ones who

have of loved ones who are no longer

Spiritual Science Movement. The invis-

are no longer in our three-dimensional

with us in this world.

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th Third Eye Chakra: A center of forgiveness and compassion, the 6th CHAKRA engenders forgiveness: the power to let go of anger, hatred and resentment, and to discover humility and the generosity of the Spirit. This center is responsible for insight into the nature of oneself and is the seat of true knowledge. Our ability to separate reality from fantasy or delusion is connected to the healthfulness of this chakra. Meditating on this chakra can help dissolve our ego, conditionings, false ideas of racism and all our misidentifications. Facilitating our ability to see both physically and intuitively, a healthy/active 6th chakra

enhances our inner vision, psychic abilities, accurate interpretations, imagination and clear seeing (of the big picture). This center is the place where our true motivations are found, and is the level of consciousness that directs our actions and, in fact, our lives. IT IS ALSO FROM THIS CENTER THAT ONE SEES EVENTS IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD AS THE MANIFESTATION OF CO-CREATION AMONG THE BEINGS INVOLVED IN THOSE EVENTS. My 6th Chakra intuits inner knowledge. It functions as a link between my inner world and my outer world. It is responsible

for the pituitary gland and for the functioning of lower brain, eyes, ears, nose and nervous system. Malfunctions of the third eye commonly manifest as headaches and eye tensions. . . . MAKE NATURE’S MEDICINE YOUR OWN This information is to help you balance your natural healing energies and is not intended as diagnosis nor as a substitute for medical supervision. To pre-order my book: t h e e n e rg e t i c s o f h e r b s ; phone: 347-407-4312, email: theherbalist1750@; website: www., blog:



THE ADAMS REPORT 10 Spiritual Must-haves


ince we are nearing the beginning of a New Year and resolutions are the order of the day, I thought it would be good to consider a different kind of list, of spiritual must-haves, to apply to all seasons to come to improve the quality of our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with on a daily basis. In the last two months of 2017 resolve to . . . (1) Respect yourself and others. By respecting the differences that make each one of us unique, we have an opportunity to experience the rich mosaic that life has to offer. It sounds simple: Accept a person regardless of race, religion, creed, color or country of origin. (2) Feel compassion with an open, loving

By Audrey Adams heart. Hate is contagious, but so is love. It is within each of us to think and feel with love. Set aside your own interests to allow your spirit to hear unspoken pain and heartache. Respond with kindness, understanding and humility when asked to understand and comprehend the seemingly impossible. (3) Develop understanding, and be gentle with your-

self and others. People’s life experiences help shape their personality. No two people share the same perspective on anything even if they experience it together. Make room for others and their experiences. (4)   Begin to value time, yours and everyone else’s. Life is too short to waste it procrastinating. When you think about it, it takes a great deal of time to procrastinate! Why not do something instead of putting it off? Ultimately you save time because you are freeing up energy to pursue other opportunities. (5) Have a prayerful spirit. Take time each day to meditate or to pray for the welfare of the world and its people. The universe needs your support. (6)   Commit to at least

one kind act each day. How much time does it take to reach out and brighten someone’s day? To realize that we all have to look beyond our own pain and circumstances to help others? (7)   Work toward inner peace. Let go of the turmoil that threatens to bog you down, and move forward in peace, knowing that a higher power has everything under control. Know it from the very center of your spirit. Even as negativity and turmoil surround you, you can wear a spiritual armor stronger than any protection human beings can devise. (8) Release your creative energy! Do you secretly want to be an artist, but haven’t pursued it because you feel silly or that you don’t have the time or talent? Following your passion could

lead to a new job or hobby or become a source of self-expression and joy that flows through to other areas of your life. You will be a more joyful person. (9)   Find the courage to release the child within you! Lighten up! I am not suggesting that you put on blinders, but that you let yourself be awed by the wonder and sheer majesty of life—and by the divine sense of humor we experience every day. (10) Exercise free choice. Choose something you feel you need in order to make a difference in your life in 2017 and go after it. Know that it’s all up to you. Nothing and nobody is dictating your path of action. Visit my website, TA L K W I T H A U D R E Y. com and checkout my on-

line radio show, Talk! with Audrey for a series of interviews that will inform, motivate and inspire you. Audrey Adams is the host of TALK! with AUDREY, a weekly radio and television show about issues that empower women, featuring entertaining and inspiring interviews with experts and authors from the health, fitness, financial, and travel industries. In New York, listen to TALK! with AUDREY every Monday at 5:30 p.m, on WPAT 930 AM and watch every Friday at 6:30 a.m. on RNN . . . FIOS Channel 6; RCN Channel 16; Cablevision Channels 19, 48, 6 and 19; Direct TV Channel 48 and Comcast Channels 13, 19 and 713. For more information and on demand content visit ©The Adams Report

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Spiritually Speaking


By Bro. Bill De Fossett –Radio Personality and host of The 3G Experience radio program on WHCR-90.3 FM (

isten to your children. Bullying is real! Don’t be confused or misled by the changing of the dialogue in regard to the players kneeling during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner before football games. This is not a discussion of patriotism or disrespecting America of its “symbol.” It’s about the continued oppression and inequality that black- and brown-skinned people face in this great country. It also calls attention to police brutality, an issue that exists because of a small number of police officers. Remember – the majori-

ty of police officers are good, well trained and professional civil servants who protect us and our property daily. Try saying “good morning,” “good afternoon” or “good evening” to the police officers you encounter during your day. They appreciate it! Rev. Terrance Kennedy was last week’s guest on The 3G Experience broadcast Thursday. Rev. Kennedy debuted his latest project and discussed the material on it. The project featured Rev. Beverly Crawford and other great singers. Rev. Kennedy discussed the music ministry as well as

his traveling to Japan and Africa. He has established two churches in Japan. He also spoke of the religious “hunger” of the Japanese seeking to know Jesus. He mentioned that the African worship is phenomenal and deeply rooted in the culture and the Bible. The Serenity Singers presented a concert celebrating 36 years of singing. The concert was held at 2145 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Congratulations to Rev. Frank Baylor and the group! The Women of Emmanuel Church for All People celebrated “Joy Night” last Friday at

the church. The location was 2184 Frederick Douglass Blvd, at West 118th Street. Apostle Mary Freeman is the Pastor and Bishop William Anderson is the Co-Pastor. We were talking about the ministers in Harlem and the Bronx that are “Generation Builders.” Seeing Rev. Henry Bolden at the homegoing for Rev. Fletcher Crawford started the mind ticking. How many of that group of preachers are still pastoring and/or still here? Let me give you a hint - Rev. D’Eugene Rodgers, Pastor of Solomon Temple Baptist Church is the

youngest of the group. Rev. William L. Watkins, Jr. and Rev. Henry Bolden are the oldest. I encourage your input on this discussion. MPAC held a free Clergy Breakfast at Amy Ruth’s Restaurant located at 113 West 116th Street. The public, as well as clergy, were invited. The breakfast shared the goals as well as the accomplishments of MPAC. Rev. Johnnie Greene is the Chairman and Pastor of Mt. Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem. St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, 43 Rev. John J. Sass Blvd., celebrated their annual Youth Sunday last week. Minister Brandon Washington

of Memorial Baptist Church was the guest preacher. Rev. Lisa Jenkins is the Pastor. Bishop Richard Curtis celebrated his 24th anniversary of Pastor of Gospel Mission Ministries in the Bronx. Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church, 147 West 123rd Street, celebrated Woman’s Day last week. Bishop Marty Freeman was the guest preacher. Rev. Walter Morris is the Pastor. Thanks to all of you that view The 3G Experience on Facebook Live and www.whcr. org. Follow the 3G Experience every Thursday from 6am10am. Watch/listen on Facebook Live or Send mail and other comments to PO box 446, New York, NY 10039.


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by Sophfronia Scott

REVIEW by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Harlem News contributor


ou know how to use a hammer. It’s not that hard: just grab the end and swing. Easy enough; in fact, there are probably lots of tools you know how to use, although, as in the new novel “Unforgivable Love” by Sophfronia Scott, do you know how to use people? Absolutely nobody ever said “no” to Mae Malveaux. Young, beautiful, wealthy, and widowed, Mae ruled Harlem society with a silky hammer, surrounding herself with carefully-chosen sycophants and moneyed men who hoped Mae might fall in love with them. Mae wanted love, that’s true. But she wanted it her way – which is why she was angry when she saw her former lover, Frank Washington, in a night-

club she considered her domain. How dare he? She was even angrier when she learned that he planned to marry her cousin’s virginal daughter, Cecily. Mae seethed, until she noticed that Valiant Jackson had walked into the club, too. Of all the men she’d ever had, Mae considered Val her equal. He wasn’t as smart, but he was every bit as devious as she, and he loved a good game. On the spot, Mae cooked up a scheme and promised Val that he could have what he’d always wanted, in exchange for revenge on Frank. What Val wanted was Mae. But she wasn’t the only woman Val had his sights set on. Elizabeth Townsend, a friend of Val’s Aunt Rose, seemed to be the challenge he craved; Elizabeth was beautiful, pious and straight-laced, and was pass-

ing time at Rose’s house while awaiting the return of her lawyer-husband. Val knew she was wedded, but could she be bedded? He thought so. But could Elizabeth be distracted while Val seduced Cecily – or, at least, while he waited for Mae’s latest young lover to seduce Cecily for him? It would all hinge on secrets kept, but the outcome would be a win-win for both Mae and Val. And that was fine with Mae. She loved those kinds of schemes. Destroying people was one of her better talents… Obviously, the very first thing you’re going to notice about “Unforgivable Love” when you see it is its 500-pluspage heft. It’s a big book and yes, it’s wordy sometimes, but

don’t let that scare you off. This is a great story. Based loosely on a book first published in 1782, but set mostly in Harlem in the postWorld War II years, this novel offers readers some shockers, right from the outset, when we see from where the character Mae’s nastiness sprang. Author Sophfronia Scott takes the tale up from there, in twisty turns that include a huge cast that’s surprisingly easy to keep track of, despite the numbers. Add in a background soundtrack of Big Band music and a whiff of gin and cigar smoke, and you’ve got a rich, multi-layered novel you’ll love peeling apart. Now, admittedly, that may be a slow peel at times, but sticking with it has its rewards. In the end, “Unforgivable Love” is a very good use of your time. “Unforgivable Love” by

Sophfronia Scott c.2017, Wm. Morrow

$15.99 / $19.99 Canada 516 pages

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