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myself. I must say it did not disappoint. I am sure many will come from the movie with a different point of view. It was no surprise to see the strong African men warriors. However the strong, smart, beautiful, warrior African women was something to behold. The story line was about a rich, technologically advanced, Black nation hiding in plain sight. My thoughts were - just like what’s happening in America right now. When you can, get a ticket, see what you come away with. (see page 13). Jesse Jackson led “Wall Street Project” was held last week. The message was clear, - “we continue to need more inclusion of minority businesses and Blacks on boards and in executive positions of power in major corporations to close ca.” Rev. Jackson seemed as driven as ever to go after corporations and government to include minorities and spread the wealth. Keep up the good work Jessie. (see page 4) A memorial was held for Leslie Wyche at Canaan Baptist Church. I am sure he would have been

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ev. Jesse Jackson told me after his speech - at the 21st Rainbow Push Coalition Wall Street Economic Summit, held on February 8 and 9 in NYC, the objective of the summit is “to achieve equitable distribution of wealth and to close the race gap in America.” He added “We have not obtained our share of wages, wealth,


land and return on investments yet. The struggle for economic parity and inclusion continues. To achieve a shared economic security, we need a two-way trade, where all are included, and no one is left behind in the marketplace. Industry by industry, the quantifiable gaps in opportunity and in access to capital for people of color-owned businesses define our agenda. The Wall Street Project

is not an end in itself, nor a means to an end. It is an evolutionary process by which we view people of color and women as ‘value added’ and a mutually beneficial proposition to American business.” He also added “Just as America did not realize how good professional sports could be until athletes of all colors could play, American business will not maximize its growth potential until all businesses have an equal opportunity to compete on an even playing field, where the rules are public and the goals are clear.” During the signature luncheon, ‘HOW FAR WE’VE COME: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS’ the Rainbow PUSH Coalition honored minority participation on boards, in executive management, and pro-

curement. The luncheon also presented the results of Rainbow PUSH’s new report on Wall Street diversity. Among the Honorees at the luncheon was Mayor Bill De Blasio. He expressed in his acceptance speech the powerful impact and the change sparked by Rev Jesse Jackson’s unprecedented vision in the 1984 election campaign. “What Rev. Jackson did in 1984, when he ran for president, was exceptional and changed the world profoundly although not reaching the office sought. An example: I had the honor of serving in Mayor Dinkin’s administration and I know for a fact that the momentum and the energy that led to his election in 1989 would not have been possible without the momentum created by Rev Jackson in

’84 and ’88.” 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Rev. Jackson has built on Dr. King’s leadership and movement in those campaigns and created the Rainbow Push to address inequality” added Mayor De Blasio and continued: “Our Administration is devoted to address income inequality because if we don’t, we will not have a sustainable society. Just like we fight for environmental sustainability and climate change, the fight for economic equality is for the survival and sustainability of our society. We have to counterbalance the exacerbated inequality created by this administration with its tax cut plan and other pieces of legislation. Our administration has managed to make NYC the safest big

city in America. Our next goal is to be the fairest big city. Therefore, we decided that 30% of all government contracts should go to NWBES. We also attached a dollar figure to it: in the next few years a minimum of 16 billion in contracts will go to NWBES. Last year alone it was $1 billion and I expect that to grow steadily.” The Wall Street Project was founded in 1996 by Rev. Jesse Jackson and launched in 1997 on Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Its goal and that of the Conference is to challenge Corporate America to end the multi-billion-dollar trade deficit with minorities and ensure equal opportunities for culturally diverse employees and entrepreneurs. Using Operation Breadbasket’s model of research, education, nego-

tiation, and reconciliation, the aim is to push public and private industries to promote inclusion, opportunity and economic growth. How? Providing more business opportunities for minority and women-owned companies on Wall Street and in the financial sector; improving hiring, promotion and retention practices; electing more minorities in corporate boards; allocating more capital to minority companies; promoting intra-trade relationships among diverse businesses; increasing funding for educational scholarships and voter registration education; increasing financial literacy in minority and/or underserved communities through the work of the One Thousand Churches Connected program. Photos by Nadezda Tavodova



TAHL PROPP PROVIDES NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR FAMILIES DISPLACED BY FIRE IN HARLEM Families going from homeless shelters to Tahl Propp affordable housing


ix families left homeless

reported at West 144th Street in

Rodney Propp, Chairman of

and Riverview Apartments (West

cation following the tragic fire.

forward to continue our efforts


Hamilton Heights. Most lived in

TPE, said: “The families impact-

135th Street), all Tahl Propp af-

My office has been committed to

with local elected officials and



ed by this fire lost everything.

fordable housing properties. The

assisting the displaced families in

community leaders in Northern

Manhattan have been relocated to

other types of affordable housing

We simply wanted to join with

families filed affordable housing

need, to help them locate perma-

Manhattan. It remains our top

affordable housing units in the area


our local community partners and

and Section 8 applications with

nent housing and I commend Tahl

priority,” Propp.




building fire in Northern


owned and managed by Tahl Propp

“This was a tragic incident

officials to help in any way that

HPD and the NYC Housing De-

Propp, HPD and HDC for support-

Equities.This community initiative

right in our backyard, so we were

we could. By securing affordable

velopment Corporation and com-

ing these families during their relo-

was made possible thanks to the ef-

eager to work with Congressman

housing in the neighborhood for

pleted the application’s review and

cation process.”  

forts of U.S. Representative Adria-

Espaillat and the City to provide

these families, we have insured

approval process.

no Espaillat (NY-13) and a special

the affected families with afford-

that at least they have one less

partnership between Tahl Propp

able housing units from our own

thing to worry about as they begin

Equities (TPE), the NYC Depart-

buildings,” said Joseph A. Tahl,

to rebuild their lives.”





About Tahl Propp Equities Tahl Propp Equities www.


West  (TPE), is a pri-

“Private- and public- sector

144th Street left over 35 families

vately-held real estate investment,

partnerships are essential to ease

homeless. While some families


the affordable housing crisis city-

have found permanent homes,

company focusing on affordable



ment of Housing Preservation and

President of TPE. “As part of

families have

wide,” said Congressman Adriano

those on low incomes and other

housing in Harlem. Founded in

Development, and NYC Housing

our commitment to long-term af-

moved into 1 and 2-bedroom

Espaillat (NY-13), who represents

limited resources have struggled

1997, the firm and its affiliates

Development Corporation.

fordability and having a positive


at the  New

Harlem and Northern Manhattan.

with finding permanent housing.  

presently own, manage and are

Apartments (West


six units

The six families had been in

impact on our neighborhood, I


“Losing a home due to a fire is

“We are committed to pre-

developing over 3,000 units of af-

city shelters since losing their

am thrilled that we were able to

111th Street), Gladys


always a difficult ordeal and these

serving affordable housing with

fordable housing in East and West

homes last November in a fire


ton Houses (West 129th Street)

families needed immediate relo-

the City of New York and look


Harlem Leaders Unite to Help More Than 30 Families Break the Cycle of Homelessness PD Commissioner Tor-


“Women and children contin-

resents a key strategy to address

res-Springer, Assembly-

ue to be the forgotten face of New

the underlying housing crisis,”

woman Inez Dickens

York City’s homelessness crisis,”

said HPD Commissioner Maria

join Win to open new $11.5 mil-

said Christine C. Quinn, President

Torres-Springer. “Today we cel-

lion supportive housing residence

and CEO of Win. “We are thrilled

ebrate the opening of this newly

for women and children, support-

to welcome these new homes

renovated building, which provides

ing Mayor de Blasio’s goal to add

to 118th Street, which will provide

all the security and opportunity of

15,000 units across the city

an affordable home, along with

independence for our families.

the stabilizing force of supportive

res- Springer and Assemblywoman

Win is dedicated to providing these

services for 34 formerly homeless

Inez Dickens joined Win in opening

families the support they need to

families. I want to thank WIN and

the new Win 118th Street perma-

meet their long-term needs and

all our partners and elected officials

nent supportive housing residence

working with them to break the cy-

for working with us to help our

in Harlem. The building provides 34

cle of homelessness permanently.”

city’s most vulnerable residents get

apartments for formerly homeless

The 118th Street residence

families with children. Supportive

will be the first of hundreds of new

housing is widely seen as the solu-

supportive housing units for Win.

118th Street units support New

tion to family homelessness. Win’s

Supportive housing delivers a va-

York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s

118th Street building will offer  an

riety of programming dedicated to

goal of adding 15,000 units of sup-

this population. According to the

York City’s homeless women

solutions for the many causes of

array of onsite services to empower

helping families achieve stability.

portive housing over the next 15

NYC Department of Health and

and their children by providing a

homelessness by helping women

families with tools for finding stabil-

Families receive assistance with fi-

years. Funding for the $11.5 mil-

Mental Hygiene 2013 evaluation,

holistic solution of safe housing,

improve their job skills, life skills,

ity, safety and greater independence.

nancial literacy skills, job training

lion new housing complex came

homeless people given supportive

critical services and programs

personal health and more. Win’s

The $11.5 million new-construction

and workforce readiness, to edu-

primarily from city capital dol-

housing saved NYS taxpayers an

they need to succeed on their own

children’s services include child-

is made possible through the city’s

cation counseling and referrals to

lars through the HPD Supportive

average of $10,100 per person per

— so the women can regain their

care, after school programs, and

HPD Supportive Housing Loan

programs for medical and mental

Housing Loan Program and from

year. The ribbon cutting ceremo-

independence and their children

Camp Win, a summer day camp

Program. Win, formerly Women in

health needs.

low income housing tax credit eq-

ny on Thursday was also attended

can look forward to a brighter fu-

program. Win also provides per-

uity through the Richman Group.

by Community Board 10 District

ture. With more than 1,200 units

manent supportive housing offer-

Manager Andrew Lassalle.

of transitional housing providing

ing dedicated, long-term support to families with additional needs.

the support they need to thrive.” The



Need, is New York City’s largest

“As the City works on every

provider of shelter and supportive

front to tackle homelessness, the

Over 60,000 homeless peo-

housing to homeless families and

Mayor’s accelerated and expand-

ple live in New York City, and

Since 1983, Win has been

shelter for more than 4,500 peo-

their children.

ed Housing New York plan rep-

children comprise the majority of

transforming the lives of New

ple every night, Win focuses on

Harlem Community Newspapers | February 15. 2018

a tremendous level of stability and

HPD Commissioner Maria Tor-




Ad Agency Group 4A’s Issues “Fair Play Charter” to Members in Response to Alleged “No Hispanic/No Urban” Requests

By Freddie Allen (Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire)

Harlem Community Newspapers | February 15. 2018



he American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) recently issued a “Fair Play Charter” to its members, in an effort to “to recommit to fair and equitable treatment of minority media owners,” according to a statement by the organization. The Fair Play Charter was issued in response to perceived “no Hispanic”/“no urban” directives in the media-buying process, which “describe a practice in which agencies and the brands they represent make media-buying decisions that are non-inclusive of media owned by or targeted to African Americans or Latinos,” the statement said. — “Fair Play Charter” seeks to address perceived bias against Black and Hispanic media owners in the advertising industry. —Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO of the NNPA, praised the 4A’s renewed commitment to diversity and inclusion. —The 4A’s requested that all of their members add the charter to their policies and procedures handbooks.

Louis Jones, the executive vice president of Media & Data for the 4A’s, said that Sherman Kizart, the managing director of Kizart Media Partners, and other industry insiders raised 4A’s awareness about the lack of clarity around some of the decision-making practices in the media buying process. Jones said that, as head of a media agency and as a member of the Media Leadership Council in 2011, he was familiar with the undercurrent of “no urban” dictates. Jones said that these situations happen from time to time and that it was important for the 4A’s and its members to recommit to fairness in their business practices. “It is important that we remain cognizant of unfair treatment and not let it affect industry practices or societal perception,” Jones said in a statement about the charter. “This is a great

step toward raising the bar in the media community.” Founded in 1917, the 4A’s is the leading authority representing the marketing communications agency business, according to the group’s website, and “it serves 740 member agencies across 1,400 offices that control more than 85 percent of the total U.S. advertising spend.” In the statement about the charter, Kizart said that it was a privilege to work with the 4A’s executive leadership team and their Media Leadership Council to develop the Fair Play Charter and work toward creating equal opportunity access and equal consideration for all media. “It’s an important step toward helping to create a level playing field in the trillion-dollar media landscape,” said Kizart. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, said that the NNPA welcomed the announcement about the charter and 4A’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the advertising industry. “We believe that this can be a game changer for

increasing awareness about the importance of fairness and equity in how advertising agencies conduct business,” said Chavis. “African American media companies play a major role in raising public awareness not only on the issues that affect the African American community, but also on those companies and products that affect the quality of life of 47 million African Americans.” The NNPA is the oldest and largest trade group representing more than 200 African American-owned media companies that reach more than 20 million readers in print and online every week. Jones said that a collaboration between 4A’s and the NNPA could lead to any number of business opportunities and added that engagement between 4A members and African American owners of media companies could be a great thing. Chavis agreed. “The NNPA is looking forward to the engagement that will be a fulfillment of the commitment announced by the 4As in the ‘Fair Play Charter,’” Chavis said.

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by Rev. Charles Butler

any Harlem residents are speaking about being priced out of the home buying market. This is a sad but true reality. Home values in Harlem continue to rise far beyond what many prospective buyers can afford. The community is making a swift transition before us, and many residents are not prepared to buy. If you are going to successfully complete the home buying process, you must start now. You cannot wait any longer. However, many prospective first-time home buyers today appear to be suffering from ‘financial paralysis.’ This is unfortunate because each day, more home buying deals are being completed. There are very few affordable properties now available in Harlem.

The competition for the limited number of available affordable units in the area is extremely fierce. I understand how frustrating and complex the home buying process can be for first time buyers. But you must push pass your anxieties if you are to make homeownership a reality. Here are some tips to assist you in completing the process. (1) Attend the home buyer education workshop with HCCI. This workshop series will equip you with knowledge and provide step-by-step instructions. You will gain the confidence needed to successfully complete the home buying process. You will learn how to assemble your home buying team from trusted industry professionals. Knowledge of the home buying process will empower you to

make better decisions. You will also learn how to recognize and avoid falling victim to costly mortgage frauds. (2) Create a monthly household budget and aggressively save as much money as possible. Avoid all wasteful spending. The home buying process is very expensive. Managing your money is a key part of the process to buying a home in Harlem. (3) Use your credit wisely. This is one of the biggest reasons mortgage applications are denied: too much outstanding credit debt. If you are interested in attending the workshop or have questions regarding the home buying process, contact Rev. Charles Butler at (212) 281 4887 ext. 231 or email at



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Feb 15, 6:30pm Harlem Chamber Players Black History Month Concert. Harlem Chamber Players will host their 10th Annual Black History Month Celebration, co-presented by the Schomburg Center. This concert will feature Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Nonet for piano, winds and strings, and Major Scurlock will make his debut with The Harlem Chamber Players. Soprano Mari-Yan Pringle and baritone Kenneth Overton will perform music by H. Leslie Adams and selected spirituals. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 2756975


Feb 17, 7:30pm and 9:30pm Cocoran Holt “The Mecca” Album Release. Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion at the age of 4 as a member of Wose Dance Company. As a keeper of the rhythm, Corcoran began his study of upright bass at age 10 with the renowned DC Youth Orchestra (DCYOP). Ginny’s Supper Club

310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.421.3821 - info@ Tickets start at $15. Feb 18, 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. Red Rooster 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 Feb 21, 7:30pm Amateur Night at the Apollo Season Opener. A brand-new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the March 14th Show Off and move on to Top Dog on May 16th. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize ($5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category) on November 21st! Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. For tickets, call (212) 531-5305 or visit Tickets start at $22. Feb 21, 6:30pm The 60s - The Summer of Law and Disorder: Harlem Riot of 1964.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents a panel discussion about the Harlem Riot of 1964 in the aftermath of the police shooting of ninth grader James Powell and the “law-and-order” policies championed by presidential contenders on the campaign trail of ‘64. The Harlem Riot solicited a variety of responses from community stakeholders and precipitated a summer of urban unrest around the country. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 2756975 Feb 22, 6:30-8:30pm Bethann Hardison’s groundbreaking career as a fashion model has been the impetus for the ongoing journey she’s set out on to ensure an industry that reflects the diversity of beauty found in the world. Hardison is a documentarian, entrepreneur, and advocate. She will join Harriette Cole an indepth one-on-one conversation about her life. This program is presented in collaboration with DREAMLEAPERS. Founded by lifestylist and media personality Harriette Cole, DREAMLEAPERS is

a platform designed to help people access and activate their dreams. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 Feb 26 6-8pm Join Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer in celebrating Black History Month with African-American activists at Upstairs at the Apollo, 253 W. 125th St. RSVP at blackhistoryapollo.eventbrite. com. Now until Feb 28 Wed-Fri, 11am-4pm, Sat Noon-5pm Community Works, New Heritage Theatre Group in partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance & Harlem Hospital Center invite you to SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY: ART OF HARLEM. A remarkable showcasing of the talent of 13 emerging and established artists. Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital Center, 512 Lenox Avenue at 136th Street. For more information call 212-459-1854. Now until Feb 28 To celebrate deep roots and ancestry from before the Civil War, Chef Ed Brumfield pays

tribute this Black History Month with a selection of his favorite dishes from this era. Throughout the month of February, chef will offer one special dish each week, including this Smothered Yard Bird & Biscuits served with broccoli rabe and spiced peanuts. Week 3: smothered yard bird & biscuits, collard greens, spiced butter (starts 2/15) Week 4: huckleberry pie, vanilla ice cream, apple gastrique (starts 2/22) Mar 6 7:30pm Lena Horne at 100: Featuring Candice Hoyes and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Vocalist Candice Hoyes and tap dancer/choreopgrapher Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards debut a night of music and dance inspired by the life of Lena Horne. Hoyes draws from rare cinema, musical theater, jazz and soul for a dramatic experience while Sumbry-Edwards draws from her extensive Broadway and film experience to create a celebration of Horne¹s early years as a Cotton Club dancer. Tickets start at $20. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue. For tickets, call 212-281-9240

Mar 9, 7:30pm Uptown Nights: Mothers of the Movements. Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall Festivals, The ‘60s: The Years That Changed America, A Citywide Festival January 14 – March 24, 2018. Harlem Stage and the National Black Theatre celebrate the contributions of Black women pioneers from the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements with Mothers of the Movements, a twopart series that pays tribute to iconic women including Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Abbey Lincoln, Ella Baker and Shirley Chisholm. At Harlem Stage, Marc Carey re-imagines the Freedom Now Suite album, We Insist!, featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Reggie Workman, Sameer Gupta, Edmar Colón and surprise guests. Tickets start at $20. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue. For tickets, call 212-281-9240 All listings on this calendar are free of charge. To add your listing, please email 50 words or less in the format above to Deadline is Friday prior.

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Good “vibes” at Con Edison-Town Hall Black History Month CONCERTS AS Grammy® NOMINEE STEFON HARRIS ROCKS THE HOUSE


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here were good “vibes” all around at the Con Edison-Town Hall Black History Month celebration at The Town Hall on Broadway (123 W. 43rd Street) on February 5 and 6 with performances by GRAMMY® nominated vibraphonist Stefon Harris. Harris thumped out rhythmic tunes on his vibraphone and marimba - percussion instruments used with mallets – that were reminiscent of musical elements used by legendary jazz vibraphonists Lionel Hampton and Cal Tjader.

The annual, two-day free event sponsored by Con Edison, wowed nearly 4,500 New York City schoolchildren. The shows are part of the school curriculum to introduce students to the arts. “The hallmark of our 21-year partnership with The Town Hall is to present unique performers who can

fascinate as well as educate, children,” said Frances A. Resheske, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Con Edison. “Town Hall and Con Edison have a very successful collaboration with this arts and education program,” said Lawrence Zucker, Executive Director, The Town Hall. “Teachers and students who attend tell us how the artists affect their understanding of African American contributions to the arts, and how they are inspired and eager to learn more. That’s a good measure of educational success for us.” Harris was joined on the historic Broadway stage by his friends, pianist James Francies, bassist Ben Williams and Jonathan Barber on drums. For many of the students, the event was their first major theatrical experience. The four-time GRAMMY® nominee was named Best Mallet player eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association. Harris has also recorded and performed with many of music’s greatest artists, including Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Diana Krall and several other jazz greats. Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New York City and Westchester County to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. These philanthropic efforts support the arts, environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison’s 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region’s vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to support education by utilizing the company’s matching gifts program. All of the students in attendance will have a chance to win prizes during an upcoming essay and poster contest describing their impressions of the performance and artists.



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Black History Month



Getting you ready for the Black Panther Party


ot my Black Pan-

coincidental. (It takes a long time from

thinks African countries are “$#i+holes”

of Earth’s mightiest superhero team,

producer Reginald Hudlin didn’t work

ther tickets! Can’t

when a comic idea comes to mind to

in 2018, then imagine what most Amer-

The Avengers. And he brought some

on the new film, but his long run of

wait! Loved the trail-

when it’s published.)

icans thought of them 52 years ago. The

Western phrases, women, and foods

writing the comic means his imprint is

The Black Panther is T’Challa, king

best known African-based character

back to Wakanda (pizza!) But under

on it. Hudlin played up Wakanda as a

of the fictional African country, Wakan-

was Tarzan, a white man who regular-

‘70s writer Don McGregor, those ac-

major world power and cemented the

I’ve been asked this question a

da, and thereby spiritually connected

ly defeated black “savages.” Images

tions had consequences as some felt

Panther’s prominence in Marvel’s my-

few times over the last few months.

to Bast, goddess of protection and

of Africans were usually of poor, ig-

T’Challa was too enamored with the

thology from a bit character to one of

er. So, you know comics…what’s it actually about?”

And it’s not terribly surprising. After

cats. This connection, plus training and

norant, inferior people. Lee and Kirby

West and wasn’t paying enough atten-

its greatest. He also produced BET’s

all, Marvel Comics has been on an ab-

In 42, Chadwick Boseman starred

some rituals, gives T’Challa extraordi-

flipped those stereotypes. Wakanda

tion to Wakanda. This caused unrest,

“Black Panther” cartoon where T’Chal-

solute juggernaut roll with the quality

as Jackie Robinson, the first black Ma-

nary agility and tracking abilities. These

was so wealthy and advanced, it had to

and an opening for his greatest enemies,

la was voiced by Djimon Hounsou, with

and successes of their movies and TV

jor League Baseball player.  In Mar-

abilities are amplified or downplayed,

hide itself from the rest of an unready

including Erik Killmonger, played by

other characters voiced by Jill Scott and

shows over the past 10 years. Now, their

shall, he played Thurgood Marshall,

depending on who’s writing him, but

world. Their king was formidable on

Michael B. Jordan in the film.

Kerry Washington. In other cartoons,

newest flick has some of today’s most

the first black U.S. Supreme Court jus-

he generally isn’t super strong in com-

every conceivable level: a brilliant in-

1990s writer Christopher Priest

recognizable and acclaimed black ac-

tice. And in Black Panther, he reprises

ics, yet is consistently portrayed as one

ventor, hunter, fighter and tactician who

--ironically one of the character’s

tors, including Forest Whitaker, Lupita

his role from Captain America: Civil

of the smartest, wisest, richest, and

lacked conventional super powers yet

first sustained black writers—signifi-

Black Panther opens in theaters

Nyong’o, Sterling K. Brown, and An-

War, as comics’ first black superhero. (If

most honorable beings in the Marvel

could backslap most powered characters

cantly played up the Panther’s use of

this Friday, and his comic books are

gela Bassett. Combine Marvel’s track

you’ve not seen Captain America: Civil

Universe. He’s similar to DC Comics’

with ease. T’Challa symbolizes sophis-

Wakandan technology as part of his

available in bookstores worldwide.

record with these stars and the mar-

War yet, it’s thoroughly enjoyable.)

Batman and Marvel’s Captain America

tication and coolness while his country

arsenal. Priest also introduced the Dora

Black Panther comics are usually so-

keting and it’s totally understandable

Introduced in 1966, the Black

in that when he fights a super-powered

represents Africa’s potential had it never

Milaje, T’Challa’s female warrior body-

phisticated and suitable for all ages

that people would buy tickets without

Panther was created by the legendary

foe, logic says the more powerful being

been conquered or unduly influenced by

guards, and agent Everett K. Ross, to

with the exception of those written

knowing much about the mythos. Plus,

comic team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

should have the edge, yet you know,

outside forces.

the series.

by McGregor, which skew a bit more

if a movie is handled right, audiences

in “Fantastic Four” #52. The character

somehow, T’Challa will win.

shouldn’t need to know much before

debuted the same year that the Black

walking into the theater.

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But for those who like a little back-


by L.A. Williams


For centuries, the world only heard

Ta-nehisi Coates is currently

To understand the significance of

rumors of Wakanda’s existence. That

writing the “Black Panther” monthly

Panther Party did in Oakland Califor-

the Black Panther, if a “very stable ge-

changed under T’Challa’s rule. He stud-

comic as a new notable connected to

nia, but the timing is simply cosmically

nius” who went to “the best colleges”

ied abroad, and even became a member

the character. Respected director and

T’Challa’s been voiced by Keith David and Taye Diggs.

adult-oriented. L.A. Williams is a former comic editor now protected by the Dora Milaje.


Marvel Studios “Black Panther”


arvel Studios’ “Black Panther” has been called the “most anticipated” movie ever. It is indeed revolutionary and exhilarating. After seeing the movie earlier this week, I would say it is a “must see” for the young and older, especially those in the Black Community. The majestic African-inspired outfits were amazing. The strength and intelligence demonstrated by the Black actors made me proud. I happen to be an over 50ish year-old woman whose 28 year-old son insist that I keep up with Black Lighting, Supergirl, Green Arrow and the Flash on a weekly basis. Ade Williams, our superhero writer told me the comic book version of the story behind “Black Panther” so I was looking forward to see if the movie would be true to the script. I believe this movie will

cross racial and cultural lines. Those who are already into the comics and already watching the established TV and Netflick Superheroes are a given as an audience, however I believe “Black Panther” will gain an additional audience of African-Ameri-

cans of all ages. The story is of T’Challa, a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, and the centuries’ old legacy that comes with it. The imagery of the star of the show is of a regal African King and his Super Hero

alter ego. It was a bold move for Marvel studios to introduce an African character who was smarter and richer than most of their other heroes back in the 60’s. Now in 2018 to bring this character to the big screen, especially in this day and age is gutsy.

I am sure introducing him during “Black History Month” was no accident. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced

African nation to take his rightful place as King. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at

risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Bose-

by Pat Stevenson

man (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,”

“All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” “Sicario”), Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), with Academy

Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”),with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).

The move opens February 16th. I am told it is sold out for weeks in many theaters. I suggest you get your ticket today for the earliest date possible because it is worth the wait.

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Kristaps Porzingis injury brings Knicks season to a shift end by Derrel Jazz Johnson


games under .500, the rest of the season is all about developing young talent. At the NBA trade deadline, the team acquired third-year guard Emmanuel Mudiay from the Denver Nuggets. In the deal, the Knicks sent Doug Mc-

at Madison Square Garden to the team with the worst road record in the NBA coming in, the Atlanta Hawks, 9996, things got even worse for the New York Knicks in the next game. All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee after landing awkwardly after a dunk. This put to end one of the worst weeks in Knicks history. The recovery time for Porzingis is estimated at between 7 and 12 months. With Porzingis out for the season and the Knicks 11

Dermott to the Dallas Mavericks and a 2018 second-round draft pick to Denver. Mudiay made his Knick debut against the Indiana Pacers Sunday and scored 14 points while dishing

fter suffering two of the season’s worst losses in seven days, a 103-73 loss in Boston to the Celtics, who played without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, and a three-point loss

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out 10 assists. In another Knicks debut, rookie center Luke Kornet notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The 7’1” Vanderbilt product also blocked four shots and nailed three three-pointers. The remainder of the season is also an opportunity for two young struggling Knicks, Frank Ntilikina and Tim Hardaway Jr, to improve. Prior to his injury, Hardaway was playing well. But since his return, he has struggled shooting, especially from the three-point line, where his three-point percentage is down to 31%, and he is shooting 41% overall from the field. Ntilikina shoots a respectable 34% from three-point range, but a putrid 35% from the field. Hardaway should improve, and the hope is that the rookie guard will as well. With Porzingis gone, the Knicks have a deficiency on the offensive side of the ball. The team will not win many games the rest of the season, and that is a good thing, as the Knicks will be in the lottery and should be able to acquire a talented player in the 2018 NBA Draft. Unfortunately, with the return of Porzingis very uncertain for the start of the season, the 2018-2019 NBA season is also in jeopardy.



X Gallery hosts art exhibit in celebration of Black History Month


Gallery of Harlem proudly celebrates Black History Month this February 2018 with a group show; highlighting the talents of their eclectic group of talented artists. The exhibition will remain on view until the end of March. The X Gallery window display on Lenox Avenue (118th Street) in the burgeoning neighborhood of Harlem beckons viewers to stop and appreciate the compelling art and photography. Inside the beautiful space, multimedia works have been curated by photographer/artist, Lisa DuBois, who creates an aura of diverse artistic beauty in

the space with Afrocentric sculptures, paintings, and assemblage. Otto Neals; a true master of the Arts, is the featured artist of the month. Participating X Gallery Artists Aleathia Brown Eduardo Duarte Ekaterina Abramova John Brathwaite

Lisa DuBois Papa Gora Tall Patricia Talbot Robert Daniels Robert Ross Thaddeus Coates Wilhelmina Grant Special Guests Samuel Kaplan - New York painter Kwame Brathwaite photographer

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Four Reasons People Fear the Dentist – And Why They Shouldn’t


dental appointment still provokes fear in many people. In fact, that fear leads millions of Americans to avoid the dentist – despite the potentially serious consequences that delayed action can have to their oral health or even to their physical well-being. According to WebMD, between 9 and 20 percent of Americans steer clear of the dentist because of fear and anxiety. The Journal of the American Dental Association estimates that 92 million Americans actually are afraid to get the dental work they need. Dentists say those numbers and common concerns of patients have spurred the industry to find new ways to reduce pain and allay fear and anxiety.

“Many people would rather do just about anything than walk into a dentist’s office,” says Dr. Scott Shamblott, author of Fear-Free Dental Care: Finding a Dentist You Can Love and founder of Shamblott Family Dentistry ( “I’ve even heard people say they would rather lose an arm or leg than have a root canal or cavity filled. “But what people need to know is that dentists today are especially sensitive to their fears, and many advancements have been made to help them be pain-free and worry-free. What they need to do is find the right dentist who puts them at ease. Otherwise, their avoidance can lead to all kinds of issues with their teeth, gums, and

perhaps health.” Dr. Shamblott lists four reasons people fear the dentist, and how each of those fears can be lessened: Fear of pain. This is tops on everybody’s list. “No one wants to feel even minor discomfort, let alone major pain. But given today’s technology, even serious dental issues can be addressed painlessly when handled the correct way,” Dr. Shamblott says. Fear of needles.  Healthline estimates 20 percent of people have a fear of needles. Ways around it include sedation dentistry, a support person to be next to the patient, or a helpful distraction such as music in headphones, a squeeze ball, or DVD glasses so you can

watch your favorite movie during treatment. Shamblott says a dentist should also offer a topical numbing anesthetic prior to your injection, so you might not feel the injection because the top tissues are already numb. Fear of drills. “Today’s drills are much quieter,” Dr. Shamblott says. “Some patients even report being able to block the sound of a drill entirely and relax completely when listening to music while wearing headphones.” Fear of the unknown.  Dr. Shamblott says fear is best fought with knowledge. The more a patient knows about the treatment and process involved, the better chance they will relax and trust the dentist. “Many people are made

fearful of the dentist by a lack of knowledge of the procedure,” Dr. Shamblott says. “A caring, patient dentist willing to invest time talking at length with the patient will put them at ease.” “Sometimes people need help to get past their fears. This has become a primary part of my mission,” Dr. Shamblott says. “All a patient needs is a willingness to say ‘enough is enough’ and to find a caring, empathetic dentist who practices fearfree dental care.” Dr. Scott Shamblott is a general dentist and the founder of Shamblott Family Dentistry (www. shamblottfamilydentistry. com) in Hopkins, Minn. He is the author of two books, Help! My Tooth Hurts: Your Guide to Feel-

ing Better Fast, and FearFree Dental Care: Finding a Dentist You Can Love. Dr. Shamblott earned a B.S. in Finance at the University of Arizona Cum Laude and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with High Distinction at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He completed a general practice residency at the University of Tennessee Hospital. Dr. Shamblott earned a fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry and from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Also, a new product evaluator, he is one of 450 dentists worldwide selected to test dental products and techniques for Clinicians Report.

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Columbia University Leads Dentistry Transformation through Precision Medicine with New Center


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olumbia University College of Dental Medicine is leading a sea of change in dental health and education through the use of big data. By gathering and analyzing multiple data streams, the new Center for Precision Dental Medicine (CPDM) will enable unprecedented research on dental and overall health, new levels of personalization in dental education, and bring oral health care into the age of precision medicine. This will bring medicine and dentistry together in ways that have not been possible until now. “Columbia University’s Center for Precision Dental Medicine is not only leading the way towards the age of personalized dentistry, it is using digital technology and information science to stretch the boundaries of dental research, relating oral care to overall health care, and putting the ‘mouth back into the body,’” said Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, Dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Senior Vice President for Dental Medicine of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is rolling out the following initiatives over the next 2024 months to help dissolve silos between medicine and dentistry, and increase the use of predictive analytics for better disease prevention and care, as well as to prepare dentistry for health care’s transition to a value-based system. The success of the initiatives is made possible by custom 18 developed technologies cre-

ated specifically for Columbia. Transform Patient Care Integrate Health Records to Integrate Care: The College of Dental Medicine will be the first academic dental institution to unify dental and medical patient health records in Epic electronic health records, which will be shared between all clinicians at Columbia, NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Harlem Hospital. This will offer physicians and dentists, who traditionally work independently of each other, a two-way flow of information to better detect and manage interrelated chronic conditions. Because dentists are often the “first responders” to notice conditions in the mouth related to systemic diseases such as diabetes, certain types of cancer, among others, this opens possibilities for better detection and management of disease throughout the body. Clinicians will also have access to review and tailor treatment based on some patients’ genomic information when voluntarily shared with the medical center. Unleash New Possibilities to Co-Management Chronic Diseases Through Research Use Data to Drive Care: Utilizing custom developed dental instruments and equipment, Columbia University is collecting and aggregating anonymous data from each patient visit to advance studies on evidence-based connections between oral and overall health, procedures and outcomes, stress levels and health, among the range of topics. Research will help

develop real-time provider feedback and predictive analytics for precision care. By tailoring treatment to address diseases rather than symptoms, care may help patients avoid some painful and costly procedures, allowing them to maintain rather than repair teeth and gum tissue. Discover Linkages Between Stress and Health Outcomes: New technologies incorporated into the CPDM will also measure data associated with stress levels. This information will enable students, providers and researchers to better understand and address comfort during care, and ultimately the connection between a person’s resilience to stress and long-term oral and overall health outcomes. Transform Dental Education Introduce Unprecedented Level of Supervision and Feedback:  Each dental chair, custom developed to Columbia University’s goals, contains two video cameras and multiple devices collecting patient and procedure data. This stream of information allows an instructor to closely observe care from multiple perspectives, including inside the patient’s mouth, in real time from faculty “touchdown” zones. This new level of monitoring makes possible close but unobtrusive instruction that does not interrupt the patient’s care, or in-the-moment intervention when necessary. Eliminate One-SizeFits-All Instruction: Improved supervision methods enable customization of educational content to a student’s learning style and

pace. New dental instruments are equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that records each procedure and how it is performed with a high level of granularity — from instrument use and sequence, to movement of the chair. This allows faculty to provide quantifiable, objective feedback to students on performance based on robust data streams and recorded video. Students also have new opportunities for self-driven learning by reviewing their own metrics and video of their work. Transform the Business of Dental Medicine Increase Effectiveness: First-of-their-kind technologies developed for Columbia University will make possible the tracking of instrument and supply use, safety precautions, patient wait times and chair use, helping future dentists better manage their practice’s functioning and cost and improve patient satisfaction. Prepare for Dentistry’s Move Toward Value-Based Care: As the health care industry shifts toward payment for health outcomes rather than only procedures, the application of predictive analytics and precision care will help develop the technological tools to objectively determine what is best for a patient’s long-term oral and overall health, eliminating the need for some painful and costly procedures. It will also implement the option of preventative equipment maintenance as well as just-in-time inventory replacement without human monitoring. “Having unified records,

paired with data, will create the possibility for groundbreaking research and collapsing silos of oral and general health care,” said Dean Stohler. “Deep data mining could pave the way for systems of care that continually assimilate new evidence showing which treatments are most effective, offering personalized diagnoses and treatment plans based on thousands of parameters.” The College of Dental Medicine’s Center for Precision Dental Medicine is in a new 15,000 square foot addition to Columbia’s teaching clinics, where dental students treat patients at reduced costs under faculty supervision. Each of the 48 new operatories is outfitted with a series of custom-developed technologies made with Columbia University College of Dental Medicine’s goals in mind, which include state-of-the-art dental chairs, instruments and supplies equipped with RFID tags, and additional technology that will monitor instrument sterilization and ensure infection control. “Columbia is ideally suited to lead the way as we move into the future of dental medicine,” said Lee Goldman, MD, Dean of the Faculties of Health Science and Medicine, and Chief Executive of Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “The College of Dental Medicine has long partnered with our medical school, but the Center for Precision Medicine will foster tremendous new interdisciplinary opportunities. This is going to help usher in extraordinary advances in dental medicine and medicine as a whole.” The architectural design

for the new CPDM, by the distinguished firm of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, has involved an inventive reinterpretation of the spaces within the original 1928 building by James Gamble Rogers. The architects have created an open, loft-like space with low partitions, providing unobstructed views and plentiful daylight. Raised floors and vaulted ceilings integrate indirect lighting and air distribution. All clinical support services are consolidated in a central core. Two identical wings of the fifth floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic house two practice areas, each of which is supported by its own reception area, waiting room and patient affairs office, clinical director’s office and imaging rooms. Each practice area is then organized into three neighborhoods of eight dental chairs apiece, individual faculty workstations and digital design workstations. Curvilinear partitions with translucent screening provide patient privacy while creating interactive aisles for circulation. By providing spaces where pre-clinical and clinical training are combined, the design makes it possible for CPDM to educate students in an environment where they have continual, first-hand experience of patient care. “We have only just begun to unlock the vast potential of data analysis to transform and improve the lives of millions of people,” said Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University in the City of New York. “At the Center for Precision Dental Medicine, Columbia takes a huge leap toward realizing that potential. “



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The Father of Black History

by William A Rogers

a four-year course of study in less than

LH). A year later in 1916, Woodson

his actions. You do not have to tell him

published by her cousin Dr. Carter G.

Thy Self” is an ancient Kemetic saying

two years.

developed the Journal of Negro History.

not to stand here or go yonder. He will

Woodson. Black history was not taught

inscribed at the entrance of temples of

Carter Woodson attended Berea

In February 1924, Dr. Woodson be-

find his proper place and will stay in it.”

in schools at that time.

wisdom and ancient mysteries. I would

College in Kentucky for about two

gan his campaign to create a week to cel-

My mom, Anna Woodson-Rogers often

In this digital age, it is still extreme-

recommend the Hidden Colors video

years; he left college to work for the

ebrate Negro History. Dr. Woodson chose

told me about her dad reading to her

ly important for members of the African

series produced by Tariq Nasheed for

United States in the Philippines as an

the third week in February in recognition

about black history from The “Negro

diaspora both young and old to learn

family viewing in celebration of Black

education superintendent. After return-

History Bulletin,” a mail order bulletin


of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln

and understand their history. “Know

History Month.

ing to the United States, he continued

February 12 and Frederick Douglass

was raised by my grandparents,

his studies at the University of Chica-

February 14. Douglass was born a slave,

Elizabeth and Joseph Woodson in

go, where he earned a bachelor’s and

so his actual birthdate was unknown, but

Williamston, South Carolina, until

master’s degree. Woodson went on to

he chose the 14 as his birthday.

it was time for me to start school, and

become the second African American to

Negro History week was officially

every summer after until I was about

receive a Ph.D from Harvard University

launched in 1926. During the rise of the

13. My grandfather died in 1952, two

after W.E.B. Du Bois. Woodson became

civil rights movement, younger mem-

years after his famous cousin Dr. Car-

dedicated to the field of African Ameri-

bers of ASNLH (which was changed to

ter G. Woodson, also known as the

can history.

the Association for the Study of African

In 1915, Dr. Woodson returned

American History) urged the organiza-

Carter G Woodson was born in

to Chicago to participate in a national

tion to shift to a month-long celebration

New Canton, Virginia, on December

celebration of the 50th anniversary of

of black history. In 1976, on the 50th

19, 1875. His parents James Woodson

emancipation. The exhibits highlighting

anniversary of the first Negro History

and Eliza Riddle Woodson had seven

achievements of Black people since the

Week, the association officially made

children. Carter was their fourth child.

abolition of slavery inspired Woodson

the shift to Black History Month.

Young Carter worked as a sharecropper

to do more to celebrate black history

Dr. Woodson, in his famous book

and a miner to help his family. He did

and heritage. Before leaving Chicago,

“The Miseducation of the Negro,”

not begin high school until his late teens.

he helped form the Association for the

writes that “If you control a man’s

He was a brilliant student and completed

Study of Negro Life and History (ASN-

thinking you do not have to worry about

“Father of Black History.”

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and has been known to relieve bleeding ulcers very quickly. I always suggest that when wanting to use herbal teas for children and infants, simply prepare a cup of herb tea for yourself, halving the amount of herb (taking ¼ to ½ teaspoon) to a full cup of boiling water. Then simply take one teaspoon of that tea and put in a child’s or infants’ water bottle. In these instances, herbal teas don’t have to be strong to have a healing effect. Register NOW for my new herb courses starting April 7. Don’t miss the FREE Tuesday night series of five workshops on various modalities of ho-

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alentine’s Day is around the corner, and I know that you are expecting me to write about all sorts of Valentine’s related things—gift ideas to consider buying hot, sexy lingerie to surprise your significant other, getting one of those glamour photos, etc . . . Not this year! Valentine’s Day is, simply put, the commercialization of

romance! Advertisers send a subliminal, yet very powerful message that everybody should be in a relationship, and that something is wrong with you if you are not. Valentine’s Day is also a day that you can use to let all the people in your life know that you love them, which means you’ll have different expressions of love for each. So, instead of giving into the hype, consider giving a gift from the heart instead.   If you are in a relationship, don’t put so much weight on what your significant other gives you on V-Day. How does he or she treat you the other 364 days of the year? If they treat you well, then don’t quibble if you don’t get the flowers, candy or whatever you feel you should get . . . If he/she

treats you badly that means it is time to re-think the relationship. If you are single, don’t get caught up in what others are getting—show some love to your family and friends and most importantly to yourself! If it will make you feel better, get your own flowers and candy. Are you a parent? Do something unexpected for your children. At breakfast or dinner do something silly; “draw” hearts on their plates with ketchup or write “I love you” in chocolate syrup on their ice cream or cake. Yes, you run the risk that they will tell you it’s corny, but what you’ll gain is their memory of your love for them. For family members, instead of the standard card giving, share some family

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and encourage the rest of you to do so as well. The church is located at 1127 Fulton Avenue. God’s blessing was all over Mt. Neboh after the ceiling collapsed last week over the administrative and nurse’s offices. The hills are alive with the sound of the Reflections of Faith, after their reunion concert last week at Seven Light Baptist Church in the Bronx. These four anointed Women of God sang the lights out during the service that coincided with the Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Lois Giles, Pastor

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“When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir”

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REVIEW by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Harlem News contributor


hatever it is, it’s just too

she adored him; after she learned, at age

At 16, she became an “organizer’ and

painful, too scary, so you

12, that he wasn’t her biological father, her

an activist. She doubled down on it after

hide your eyes and pretend

birth-father and his family became present

her brother was arrested and called a “ter-

that nothing’s happening. You can’t look

on a regular basis. Absent an adult, Khan-

rorist” for yelling at a woman. She was

any longer, so you don’t… but after a

Cullors’ eldest brother acted as “man” of

driven to act when, following the death

while, you notice it again. That’s when

the house. This all complicated her young

of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of

you realize that you saw all along. That’s

life, but she enjoyed this expanded, sup-

George Zimmerman, she sent out a mes-

Cullors gives her story an urgent hear-me-

when, as in the new book “When They

portive family.

sage to her friends.

now outrage. That “done playing” feeling

Call You a Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-

Khan-Cullors says that she was 12

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years old the first time she was arrested.

you never really could look away.

By then, she’d witnessed her brothers be-


is what readers may come away with – a

“I write,” she says, “I hope it impacts

feeling that underscores Khan-Cullors’

more than we can ever imagine.”


Growing up as the third child in a

ing questioned by police for just hanging

And, of course, it did, and it will.

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family of four, Patrisse Khan-Cullors lived

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racial” neighborhood near Sherman Oaks,

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California. The two places were “less than

imprisoned on drug charges, and she lost

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a mile” apart but, due to social, financial,

touch with much of his family. Then her

thor Patrisse Khan-Cullors (with asha ban-

“When They Call You a Terrorist: A

and racial divides, they were separated by

older brother was imprisoned for attempt-

dele) doesn’t tell stories here that haven’t

Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse

oceans, in Khan-Cullors’ mind.

Terrorist” is worth a longer look.

ed burglary and was diagnosed with a

already been told before. Indeed, many au-

Khan-Cullors & asha bandele, with a fore-

Despite that her mother worked all

mental health disorder, and Khan-Cullors

thors have shared similar tales of poverty,

word by Angela Davis

day and into the night, Khan-Cullors was

came to understand that she was Queer.

affluent white friends, outrage, prison, and

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Tribute Memorial for Leslie Wyche


n Friday, February 9, 6pm at Canaan Baptist Church, a tribute memorial service was held for Leslie Wyche – April 25, 1944 – January 19, 2018. I am sure Leslie Wyche, fondly known as “The Mayor of Harlem, would have been pleased with his memorial services, which included a church filled to capacity with his relatives,

Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men, Inc. presided

Friday, January 19 while at Montefiore Hospital in the

activist who was deeply involved in community out-

Photos by Seitu Oronde

friends, acquaintances and his brothers from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and 100 Black Men. Omega Psi Phi

over the program. His obituary read: Leslie died of complications from a stoke on

reach for the elderly, military veteran organizations, the NAACP, UNCF, VAG, 100 Black Men and many other organizations for the majority of his life. He was also an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. As a member of Omega Psi Phi, Leslie worked as the liaison on the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater New York. Leslie was also an active member of One Hundred Black Men of New York, where he served as the third Vice President of OHBM. “Loveable Leslie” spread his infectious

(Alfred) all from New York and Anthony Wyche, R. (Carol) of North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Owens and Thomas Owens, both from New York. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Soncera Augustine, Senora Fowler, Anthony Wyche, Jr., Danielle Wyche, Farisa Stewart, Tamara Fowler and Tiffany Pinckney and several family members including aunts, great-nieces., great-nephews and cousins.

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Bronx. Leslie Wyche, Jr. was born on April 25, 1944, in Moultrie, Georgia to parents Mary M. Wilson and Leslie Wyche, Sr. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Edward Waters College, and then he proceeded onto graduate school where he received his Master’s Degree of Social Work degree from Florida State University. He started early in his career working as a distinct manager for Community Boards 9 and 11 in Harlem. Leslie was a socially-conscious community

fun-loving personality at meetings and especially when hosting OHBM events. He loved Harlem and was well-known and loved in the community. He enjoyed interacting with people and assisting those in need. His family and friends will always remember him as a conscientious, caring person. Leslie is survived by his brother and his sisters, Mary Jean Stewart (Vincent), Sandra Fowler (Edward), Deborah Williams

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