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Disney’s PandoraThe World of Avatar a must-see attraction see page 13

Congratulations 2017 College Graduates see page 11

New York Urban League Honors Tracy Reese At Annual Gala see pages 10


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GOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE! The New York Urban League honored women who are working to better their community at their Frederick Douglass Gala last month. (page 10) Derrel introduces us to a new theme at Disney “Pandora-The World of Avatar.” He covered the opening of this attraction last month and says it is a “must see.” (page 13) If you enjoy the pages of this publication, don’t miss another issue - subscribe today. (see subscription form on page 23). If you own a business or have an event coming up, consider advertising. If you have some ideas of how we can improve what we do, let us know. Email us today at Thank you to all who have generously supported me while I am going through my battle with cancer. Continue your prayers for my recovery. I am also including in my prayers all those who I have learned who are on a similar journey with me. We are all in God’s hand

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Blue Nile Passage Celebrates Young Sons at Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem By Hazel Rosetta Smith


ince 1994, Blue Nile Passage, Inc. has been training youth through its rites of passage program to address the growing concerns of African American boys, noted as “Young Sons” upon completion. After the success of the pilot program for boys, rites of passage training was opened to girls with an annual celebration, as “Young Daughters.” The name “Blue Nile Passage” was selected by Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, Egyptologist and prolific author of 49 books, affectionately known worldwide as Dr. Ben. Under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and

Executive Director Clifford B. Simmons, the training focuses on spiritual, cultural and moral character development. Youth, ages 12 through 16 are guided by highly astute mentors, referred to respectfully as Elders, from diverse occupations and corporations, purposed to regard and serve their mentee as a guide and friend for life. Along with individual mentorship for the youth, their parents are participants in components that include parent training and family mediation. It is by design that nine months later, the intense program would produce a “new birth” of character, acute awareness of individual capabilities and perseverance in everyone that began the journey

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to “pass through”. Rites of passage are not unusual in African society. It is an established process for the development and socialization of children into adulthood often referred to as initiation or puberty rites. For African American youth, there is an

urgent need. Abyssinian’s Blue Nile Passage has been recognized nationally, having received a Golden Apple Award from the City of New York in 2000 from a group of over 4,000 nominees. It has since opened its training in Greenburgh/White

Plains, New York and currently offers a volunteer core of mentors for youth in New Jersey and Connecticut. I attended the Rites of Passage Ceremony for the Sons of the Blue Nile on Saturday, May 20, 2017. I am unapologetic about the tears I shed from the start, hearing the African drummer, watching the boys march through the streets of Harlem to the Abyssinian Church for their introduction to the community. The downpour of rain did not break a step or lower a head. Inside, the ceremony was both joyful and heart wrenching. Each candidate stepped forward stating boldly that a change had come in their attitude, schoolwork and parent

relationship, during and as a result of the program. They did, however confess that it “wasn’t easy.” Every one said they were glad they did it. Parents spoke with deep emotion about their love and the pride they felt having completed this journey together as a family. The ten candidates who became Young Sons of 2017, included: Michael Bell, Jahmai Williams, Justin Myrthil, Justin Blake, Joshua Screen, Osei Owusu, Andrew Holt (Greenburgh/White Plains, NY), Asa Kone, Julian Harris (Greenburgh/White Plains, NY), and Ahmed Kiel-Kamil. For more information on the Blue Nile Rites-of-Passage program, log onto Abyssinian. org and click the connect tab to

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“I BIKE HARLEM” OWNER USES AIRBNB TO GROW HER By Maxine Daniels (Founder BUSINESS of “I Bike Harlem”)

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or decades, many travelers to New York City have limited their excursions to Manhattan neighborhoods south of Central Park. Moreover, those who do choose to go beyond the traditional tourist hotspots often see neighborhoods like Harlem—my home for nine years—from the top floor of a tour bus. This experience cannot possibly impart the “real” Harlem—a vibrant and historic community with world-class cuisine, soulful music and a rich artistic scene that continues to breathe new life into an area whose cultural exports have been changing the world for over a hundred years. I want visitors to see the Harlem I know up close, not from behind the plexiglass of a tour bus window. My business, “I Bike Harlem,” gives travelers the opportunity to discover our handsome brownstones and vibrant small businesses. It’s a business I am incredibly proud of and it’s a business that would not exist were it not for the economic opportunity provided by Airbnb. I began sharing my home on Airbnb as a way to earn a little extra money while starting I Bike Harlem. Through Airbnb, I was able to raise the funds I needed to start my business—investing in the bicycles, helmets, storage, and insurance that brought it from an idea on paper to reality. Now, my business is growing — with customers from all around the world including right here in Harlem. In fact, many of my customers are Airbnb guests. In that way, I am part of an “Airbnb business cycle”: I started my company with income earned as an Airbnb host, and in turn, Airbnb guests have helped my business grow and thrive. Our elected officials often talk about fostering a “startup”

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culture in New York City, with millions of dollars invested in tech campuses, incubators, and tax credits throughout the Empire State. Important as these investments are, the truth is that our public policy must recognize that entrepreneurship and the economic activity it generates, comes in many different forms, now more than ever. For example, I cannot count on an angel investments or incubators to help my business grow. Rather than relying on “startup” culture, my business is grounded in Harlem’s culture and the desire of travelers to experience a new place from a local’s perspective. And the investors who helped my business get off the ground aren’t venture capitalists; they are everyday people who chose to stay with me on Airbnb. Hosting on Airbnb gave me the opportunity to start my business. And guests on Airbnb helped build my business. Now, Airbnb has launched a new tool that will take my business to the next level. Dubbed “Airbnb: Experiences,” this new service allows visitors to partake in offerings of hundreds of local entrepreneurs—everything from a multiple-day dance immersion to a tour of local pubs. I am proud to be an “Experience” host, bringing the Harlem I know and love within reach of millions of Airb-

nb travelers. In addition, Airbnb helps visitors identify and patronize authentic local businesses by publishing neighborhood guidebooks and partnering with local business associations, such as the Harlem Business Alliance, to hold “Small Business Socials” and “Merchant Walks.” The impact of these initiatives are two-fold: saving businesses money otherwise spent on marketing, while drawing visitors to neighborhood businesses off-the-beaten-path. In fact, 76 percent of restaurants in guidebooks appear outside of traditional hotel districts. With these services, it’s no wonder that Airbnb guests spent $470 million at NYC restaurants in the year ending September 1, 2016, and more than $1.5 billion in restaurants over the same period in America’s 19 largest cities. Airbnb is more than just a short-term rental website, it is a dynamic platform that is proving to be an engine of economic opportunity. It helps neighborhoods that have long been ignored by the traditional tourism industry, brings in new customers to local shops, and gives New Yorkers like me the chance to forge a new livelihood by sharing my home and building my business.

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100 new bikes built and given to the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem


n Saturday, May 13, 100 bikes were built and donated to the children of our community. The inspiring group at Empire Wealth Strategies, an agency of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company , partnered with the Children’s Aid Society Boys & Girls Club to make an impact on the local youth program and present them with a bike just in time to enjoy the outdoors this summer. With the support of clients, family and friends, the agency raised $11,365 to purchase the materials needed to make the event possible. Over the course of the day, 30 volunteers from the agency gathered at the Children’s Aid Society center and assembled 100 Huffy bikes that were gifted to children ages five to fourteen at the Boys & Girls Club. For

many of the children, this was their first time receiving a bike of their very own, and others were grateful for the gift as they had simply outgrown their bikes and were in need of a new one. Casper Lassiter, program director at the Children’s Aid Society, said, “The event was definitely the highlight of our program year. It was incredible to see all of the smiling faces as the kids entered the gym to pick out their brand new bicycle.” Local restauranteur and

owner of Chocolat, supported the effort by fueling volunteers with a savory lunch from his restaurant and designing a special T-shirt to commemorate the day, made at his clothing store, Harlem Underground. The event came just in time for the children and their families to attend one of Harlem’s oldest cycling events, the 2017 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, hosted by Unitysports in Marcus Garvey Park. This year the organization will include a “Kids Safety Zone.”

The event will shut down 124th -125th on 5th avenue so children can learn to ride their new bikes in a safe environment and be surrounded by fellow bikers. Empire Wealth Strategies

is passionate about making an impact in their community. The Build-a-Bike collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club is an extension of the agency’s philosophy, to help people realize their dreams. By providing children with a new bike, they hope to impact the youth in a large way by encouraging positive exercise habits, appreciation of the outdoors and to help them gain independence as they enter young adulthood.   For more information

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ummer internships are one important way that students can explore passions they want to pursue as a profession. They are exposed to a form of learning that goes beyond the books and may be the best chance they have to ensure they are making a wise investment. I am a strong believer in the notion that, in order to have your issues heard, you need to have a seat at the table; which is why I applaud HBCU students who are interested in pursuing government and policy and have worked with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to ensure they have summer internships opportunities on Capitol Hill. Representative Bryne (R-Ala.) and I founded the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus in April of 2015; we knew there needed to be a platform to promote and protect the needs and interests of HBCUs around the country. After two years, the caucus now consists of nearly sixty members in both the House and the Senate, who recognize the importance of HBCUs and applaud their history of producing successful graduates. The more than 100 HBCUs nationwide only account for three percent of all institutions of higher learning in the U.S. yet they produce 20 percent of African American graduates with a bachelor’s degree and 25 percent of African

Congresswoman Alma Adams says that her vision for the Bipartisan HBCU Internship was to create a program that brought bright and driven HBCU students to Capitol Hill to intern in both a Republican and Democratic offices.

American STEM graduates. This issue is personal to me, because I would not be here today if it were not for an HBCU that was willing to take a chance on me. I am a strong advocate for our schools because I know, firsthand, the impact they have on a student’s life. During the summer of 2016, Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and I partnered together to create the Bipartisan HBCU Internship. Our vision was to create a program that brought bright and driven HBCU students to Capitol Hill to intern in both a Republican and Democratic office. During its first year, two HBCU students, one from North Carolina A&T University and one from Johnson C. Smith University, traveled to Capitol Hill for the internship program. Each student spent four weeks in my office and four weeks in Representative Walker’s office to get a feel for the differences and

many commonalities we share. They attended congressional hearings and committee meetings, drafted memos and constituent correspondence, and met with Members of Congress and their senior staff to learn from their experiences. Often, Capitol Hill internships are unpaid and the prohibitive cost of living in Washington, D.C. without an income excludes many qualified applicants from the opportunity. To ensure students of all backgrounds and economic levels can participate, the Bipartisan HBCU Internship includes a stipend to cover expenses during the eight-week program. Upon completion of the internship, students left D.C. with writing samples, work experience, incredible memories, and personal connections to aid them in their job search after college. But it’s not just students that benefited from this experience, Democrats and Republicans alike got to hear directly

By Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-N.C.) from HBCU students about their campus life, challenges they face, and their pride in their institutions. Their presence made our fight for HBCUs personal and reminded Members of Congress that our similarities far outweigh our differences. W.E.B. Dubois said, “Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for 500 years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental.” HBCUs are rooted in the tumultuous history of race in America but their contributions to modern society go far beyond their humble beginnings. HBCUs play an integral role in educating students of color and, with increased advocacy and a seat at the decision-making table, their reach will continue to grow. Congressman Walker and I are proud to continue this internship for a second summer to increase the diversity of opinions and experiences on Capitol Hill and to build a pipeline of HBCU students to Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) is a two-time graduate of North Carolina A&T and a retired professor of Art Education from Bennett College. Adams founded the first-ever Bipartisan HBCU Caucus and is one of the leaders of the Bipartisan HBCU Internship. For more information about the internship, please visit Adams.

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Home Buying In Harlem Be Prepared to Buy Now


by Rev. Charles Butler

irst time home buyers are often not sure what type of property to purchase. There are three primary factors to consider when deciding what to buy. Follow these guidelines. Narrow down your choices and your decision will become easier. (1) Make sure the purchase price and the monthly housing payments are affordable. Affordable means you can comfortably afford the mortgage payments with all your other monthly household expenses. This is where your monthly household budget will become an asset to you in determining how much you can afford to spend for your home. Remember the bank will determine your pre-approval amount based on your gross

monthly income not your net income. It is not good to purchase property that is above your affordability. You might be able to purchase it but will have to work extra jobs to pay your bills. If you are always at work, you will sacrifice your time at home and ultimately become a slave to your home. It is simply not worth it. (2) Make sure the size of the property meets your needs. It does not make sense to purchase a home that is too small just because you can afford it, but it does not meet your family’s needs – i.e. not enough bedrooms, bathroom etc. Adequate affordable space is extremely difficult to find in Harlem, but take your time with the search. Work closely with

your real estate agent. Constantly search the real estate websites and be patient. (3) Make sure the location is safe. New York City can be a dangerous place to live. You want to make sure that your home and community is as safe as possible. Police protection and block associations will become valuable assets in this process. The first step in the process is to attend HCCI’s Home Buyer Education Workshop. We will help you understand the entire process. For more information on attending the workshop or questions related to the home buying process, contact Rev. Charles Butler at 212 281-4887 ext. 231 or email at

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May 31 7:30pm AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE APOLLO. Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. The classic competition is known for its notoriously “tough” audience, gleefully deciding who will “be good or be gone” to win the grand prize. Who will be the next Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown or Michael Jackson? At Amateur Night, you decide. Tickets start at $16. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street.


June 2 6-10pm First Fridays:LGBT Pride Edition. The Schomburg Center’s In The Life Archive presents First Fridays: Black Gay Pride Edition, in honor of the black LGBT community and LGBT pride celebrations that occur nationally each June. Join us as we celebrate our great LGBT pioneers and the rich history housed in our In The Life Archive! Groove to the music of DJ Missy B and Craig Nice in the Langston Hughes Lobby and jam to DJ Frankie Paradise in our courtyard as you enjoy our signature drinks and extended viewing hours in our galleries.

PLUS, visit our new Black Power! Exhibition on view in the Main Exhibition Hall during its extended viewing hours! There will be free HIV mobile Testing onsite by AIDS Health Care Foundation! Legendary drag performer Harmonica Sunbeam will be hitting the stage for a legendary perfromance and it will be hosed by Dhalimu form Dhali’s Closet and Lee Soulja from Black Pride NYC. Suggested donations are welcome. Dress code is FABULOUS! June 6, 6:30pm “Stamped From the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi. Historian Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness, discuss Kendi’s latest book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. A book signing will follow. Free admission. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 June 7 7-10pm Uptown Fridays! Come celebrate the sights and sounds of summer at Uptown Fridays! at The Studio Museum in Harlem!

This summer series transforms our courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub. Dance to the sounds of Libation’s DJ Ian Friday with Manchildblack, and enjoy signature cocktails and drink specials. Guests are also invited to join free guided tours of our current exhibitions and browse our Museum Store’s incredible selection of books, jewelry, t-shirts and gifts. Bring a friend or come solo and make a few during a festive evening of art and culture! Uptown Fridays! is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Members receive free admission to all Uptown Fridays! Courtyard of Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street) June 7, 7:30pm AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE APOLLO. Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. The classic competition is known for its notoriously “tough” audience, gleefully deciding who will “be good or be gone” to win the grand prize. Who will be the next Ella Fitzgerald,

James Brown or Michael Jackson? At Amateur Night, you decide. Tickets start at $16. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. June 14 6:30pm Lapidus Center Presents:Black Music Month in Argentina and Uruguay with TANGO: THE AFRICAN ROOTS OF TANGO. In celebration of Black Music Month, the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery will present the documentary Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango. Directed by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro, the beautiful film explores the African roots of tango in Argentina and Uruguay. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Alex Borucki, author of From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in the Rio de la Plata, and Keyanah Freeland, PhD Candidate in History at New York University.A finalist for the Harriet Tubman Prize, From Shipmates to Soldiers is an in-depth exploration of the lives and cultures of Africans and their descendants in Argentina and Uruguay who, regrouped in African “nations,” organized African-based celebrations

and developed their own cultures, music, and dances. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 June 14, 7:30pm AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE APOLLO. Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. The classic competition is known for its notoriously “tough” audience, gleefully deciding who will “be good or be gone” to win the grand prize. Who will be the next Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown or Michael Jackson? At Amateur Night, you decide. Tickets start at $16. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. June 21, 7:30pm AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE APOLLO. Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. The classic competition is known for its notoriously “tough” audience, gleefully deciding who will “be good or be gone” to win the grand prize. Who will be

the next Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown or Michael Jackson? At Amateur Night, you decide. Tickets start at $16. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. June 22, 6:30pm Between the Lines: ”Through the Eyes of Rebel Women” by Iris Morales Iris Morales returns with a collection of essays exploring the rise and decline of the Young Lords Party through the experiences of its women members between 1969 and 1976. She builds upon personal interviews, primary sources, and photographs to craft—for the first time—a book chronicling women who shaped the revolutionary stance of the organization and fought for women’s equality alongside the quest for society’s advancement. Free admission. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For m o r e information, call ( 9 1 7 ) 275-6975 All listings on this calendar are free of charge. To add your listing, please send copy 50 words or less in the format above to

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of Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo De Maschera on January 7, 1955. Ms. Anderson’s premiere was followed by the hiring of baritone Robert McFerrin 20 days later.   The Foundation wants to further Sylvia’s life-long endeavor – S.Y.L.V.I.A. (Saving Young Lyric Voices in Advance) - a program named after Sylvia’s mother, soprano, Sylvia Olden, which entailed a comprehensive approach to the teaching of voice-training in the school system through high school age, and the maintenance and development of the vocal capabilities of professional singers.  Ms. Lee, who died in 2004, was involved in the last decade and a half of her life in a non-stop crusade to re-popularize classical musical performance and education among all youth.  Ironically, because she is thought of as being an important

pedagogue for aspiring African American classical artists, the significance of Ms. Lee’s proposal and work for all youth in the United States have gone unrecognized. S.Y.L.V.I.A.: Saving Young Lyric Voices In Advance is actually indispensable to education, and to the resurrection—the “revival”—of the practice of non-violence. It should be the inspiration for a resurgence in the performance of the classical musical repertoire, including the African American spiritual, by “ordinary people”, and in educational institutions throughout the United States.   For more information and group rates, please call: 718-7098722. Tickets are available, through www. or the Carnegie Hall box office.


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n Thursday, June 29, 2017, on the occasion of Sylvia Olden Lee’s 100th birthday, the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture, www.fftrocc. org, will celebrate her life and achievements with African American spirituals, Verdi arias and choral music at Carnegie Hall. This event is also organized in collaboration with the Harlem Opera Theater. Musicians on the program include: Simon Estes, Gregory Hopkins, Rosa D’Imperio, Elvira Green, Everett Suttle, and the NYC Schiller Institute chorus. Sylvia Olden Lee was the first African-American employed by the Metropolitan Opera, and the person most directly responsible for “breaking the color line” there. She convinced Rudolf Bing to hire the great Marian Anderson to sing the role





New York Urban League Honors Tracy Reese At Annual Gala By Jennifer Cunningham 


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he New York Urban League honored a slate of women who are working to better their communities using their own unique talents. Designer Tracy Reese, nonprofit heads Erica Payne, of Patriotic Millionaires and Tiffany R. Warren, founder and president of ADCOLOR were among the honorees at the nonprofit advocacy group’s 52nd annual Frederick Douglass Awards May 16 at Pier 60 inside Chelsea Piers.  Hosted by WNBC’s Stacey Bell, the gala brought out


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Marcelle Davis-Lashley – Singer of National Anthem and the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice”

Arva R. Rice, President and CEO of New York Urban League

Arva R. Rice, President and CEO of New York Urban League, 2017 Frederick Dinner Awards Honorees Tiffany R. Warren, Frederick Douglass Medallion Honoree (Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer Omnicom Group and Founder and President ADCOLOR®), Tracy Reese, Frederick Douglass Medallion Honoree (CEO and Founder, TR Designs Inc. - American Fashion Designer) and Erica Payne, Ann S. Kheel Award Honoree (President of Patriotic Millionaires) and Jeanine Conley, Chairwoman of New York City Board of Directors and Partner/Shareholder at Littler, Mendelson LLP

Arva R. Rice, President and CEO of New York Urban League and Bill Thompson, New York Urban League Board of Director, former NYC City Controller and Chief Administration Officer/Managing Director at Siebert, Branford and Shank

Tai Beauchamp, Media Personality, Susan Taylor, Founder of National Cares Mentoring, Vanessa DeLuca – Editor and Chief, Essence Magazine, Arva R. Rice – President and CEO of New York Urban League, Dr. Stacey Grant – Education Consultant, Camille Joseph-Gold – Vice President Philanthropy, Charter Communications

the likes of journalist and entrepreneur Tai Beauchamp, Essence Magazine editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca and former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson. Reese, who has dressed the likes of former First Lady Michelle Obama, thanked her father for giving her seed money to start her business, and pledged to continue to represent for all women. “I love what I do,” Reese said, “and it’s my mission to provide women of all sizes and colors to look and feel beautiful….I hope we can all make a difference in someone’s life. That’s the beauty of life when you can share it.” Also honored at the fete were Erica Payne, the president of Patriotic Millionaires, and Tiffany Warren, the president and founder of ADCOLOR, which encourages at-risk

youth to take up painting. The event raised $35,250, which will help fund the Urban League’s programs and services, like STEM education and job training. Essence editor De Luca donated $1,000, while Reese donated $1,500. Following cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a three-course meal and concluded the event with a dessert table and dancing.  Later in the evening, New York Urban League CEO Arva Rice made a rousing speech as a call to action to address the ills that are still plaguing the African-American community today.  “Activism is no longer for the activist,” Rice said. “We must all be engaged in the fight of our generation. We all have a debt that we can never pay back. So we must pay it forward.” 

2017 Frederick Dinner Awards Honorees Tiffany R. Warren, Frederick Douglass Medallion Honoree (Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer Omnicom Group and Founder and President ADCOLOR®), Tracy Reese, Frederick Douglass Medallion Honoree (CEO and Founder, TR Designs Inc. - American Fashion Designer) and Erica Payne, Ann S. Kheel Award Honoree (President of Patriotic Millionaires)



Congratulations 2017 College Graduates By Lil Nickelson


o, you graduated from college with your bachelor’s and/or master’s degree. Congratulations. What’s next? If you have accepted a job offer and know your start date then you are blessed and one step closer to making your dream a reality. Being grateful for what you have learned and being ready to apply it out in the real world is a testimony to what was instilled in you. When you walk through that door the first day is like being the new kid on the block or at school again. I’d like to pass on a little advice before you walk through the door: You need to start taking inventory of your wardrobe; what you presently have in your closet to work with and what pieces are missing. You must plan what you are going

to wear to start your full-time career because don’t believe the hype; we still must dress for success. I agree with Steve Harvey on that point; when you walk through the door properly dressed you command a certain air and it sets the tone that you are a professional that means business. Eat breakfast at home and

not at work unless you get time to teach yourself somethere earlier than your start thing that you need to know time. Once you sit at your desk better than you did when you and your work day has begun first walked in the door, such as you should be about business. work on improving your writAfter your first day, during ten communication skills like your first six months on the job writing a commentary report to you should make it a habit of go along with a report you’re getting to work a half hour ear- responsible for preparing. ly and stay an hour later at least Be kind, say hello, have a T:10” three days a week. Use the nice day and goodbye to peo-

ple you pass in the office in the elevators, in the rest room and walking through the building; particularly the cleaning people – ask them their names and address them by it when you see them. Some people only do so with the big bosses; bad idea. If your employer has a policy of allowing employees to

spend work time performing volunteer work sign up and join in. You’d be surprised by some of the other company employees (like the big bosses) you will meet on these volunteer assignments. Participate in after work events for employees so that you can network with co-workers outside of your functional area and talk with some of the big bosses about how you enjoy starting your career with the firm. If you have a desk job you need to develop an exercise regimen for yourself because you will start gradually putting on weight. If your job doesn’t have a gym and you can’t afford one yet bring your sneakers and walk. Next week I’ll address some things graduates without a job offer can do before they get their first job offer.


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NYCHA and PACT to Raise Funds for Repairs and Protect 1,700 Public Housing Apartments


ecently, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) released a request for proposals (RFP) for the Authority’s Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program. This RFP is for NYCHA’s second PACT of 1,700 apartments and marks a milestone in the process to raise revenue and bring badly needed repairs to residents. PACT is New York City’s implementation of the federal government’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which includes collaboration between NYCHA, residents, the community and housing advocates. As part of Next Generation NYCHA, the Authority’s longterm strategic plan to create

financial stability and improve residents’ lives, PACT generates a sustainable funding source for extensive repairs while guaranteeing permanent affordability and protecting tenant rights. NYCHA recently received HUD approval to add an additional 1,700 apartments into the PACT program. This followed the first historic PACT closing, which brought $325 million to the Ocean Bay (Bayside) development in Far Rockaway, Queens. This RFP comes in the midst of an extensive community engagement process that began in Summer 2016 with borough-wide meetings. Following the HUD approval in January 2017, NYCHA distributed information to

each household and held 11 resident meetings. The Authority plans to hold 13 more resident meetings prior to developer selection. The developments in this PACT include some of NYCHA’s most challenging buildings. The majority of the 1,700 units are atypical in the NYCHA portfolio. They are mostly scattered site developments with lowrise buildings (less than 7 stories) and are spread throughout 17 developments and 59 individual residential buildings. Through the RAD program, residents in these developments will see their buildings transformed and rehabbed with over $300 million to be invested back into these buildings. Chronic

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heat and gas outages will be addressed and renovations of interiors and common spaces, as well as elevator repairs, will be completed. Additionally, there will be improvements to building security including entry systems and additional security cameras. Under the PACT program, NYCHA will shift the funding source supporting these buildings from Section 9 (public housing) to project-based Section 8. It will also create a true public-private partnership to repair and manage the buildings. While PACT modifies the type of funding for these units, tenants’ rights remain just as strong and NYCHA retains ownership of the land ensuring that these

apartments will remain truly affordable for future generations of New Yorkers. The 1,700 apartments included in this PACT are separated into three bundles, which will each be treated as distinct development projects. NYCHA invites private and non-profit developers to submit a proposal for one, two or all three bundles; each bundle requires a separate application. The first bundle consists of 648 apartments across six developments in the Bronx, the second bundle has 343 apartments from eight developments in the Bronx and the third bundle has 691 units from three developments in Brooklyn. Interested parties can attend a pre-submission

conference on Wednesday, May 31 at 11:00am at NYCHA’s central offices located at 90 Church Street, 5th Floor Ceremonial Room. NYCHA will also be hosting site visits of bundles one and two on June 5, starting at 9am. The Brooklyn bundle will be available for visits on June 6, starting at 10am. All proposals are due by 2pm on Friday, July 28. To view and respond to the RFP, developers should download the RFP and register for NYCHA’s iSupplier system. The RFP is listed on the NYCHA Procurement Opportunities website under Negotiation Number 65411 and the name “SMD_Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Phase I Bronx and Brooklyn.”



Disney’s Pandora-The World of Avatar a must-see attraction by Derrel Jazz Johnson


arlem News had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World last week

for a sneak preview of Pandora - The World of Avatar, the newest 12-acre attraction at Animal Kingdom park. Seeing the world of Pandora from the film Avatar

is the Na’vi River Journey. Here,

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World of Avatar is like literally

encounter the Na’vi Shaman of

at Magic Kingdom. The 18-min-

Lodge, a newly renovated oasis

you a rustic, Pacific Northwest feel


walking into the highest-gross-


ute display features animation,

ing film of all time, Avatar. The

Valley of Mo’ara is another at-

new and old from some of your

landscape, particularly the float-

traction at Pandora that will literal-

favorite Disney films, such as Toy

ing mountains, are breathtak-

ly have you hiking among perhaps

Story, Aladdin, Frozen and The

ing. From anywhere inside Pan-

the most visually appealing feature

Lion King.

dora, you look around and I ask

of this land, the floating moun-

As a Star Wars fan, I couldn’t

yourself is this real? Though I still

tains. You can see the film Avatar

pass up the opportunity to see the

can’t believe it, I can assure you

or see pictures or even video of it,

new “A Galaxy Far, Far Away…”

that it is, in fact, real.

but nothing can prepare you for the

This live action show features clips

awe you will feel when you see the

from the Star Wars films and on

beauty of Pandora in person.

stage appearances from the char-

Though there are many highlights on Pandora, the perhaps at the top of the list is Avatar Flight

At Pandora and need a refresh-

acters we all love, including every-

of Passage. On this ride, you are

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one’s favorites C-3P0 and R2-D2,

linked to an Avatar to then fly on

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Chewbacca, BB-8, Darth Maul

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and of course Darth Vader.

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you see things on this ride that are

able. If food is desired, Satu’li

World of Avatar is truly something

truly out of this world, with differ-

Canteen is an option that is sure

you need to see to believe. Af-

ent smells and even slight mist to

to thrill all diners. From salmon

ter its May 27 opening, we call

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Six Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in your Financial Life T


rading in your morning coffee run to Starbucks for the pot of coffee in the office is never fun, but when finances get tight that drive-thru stop might be one of the first things to go. But do you really need to give up the little things in life that make you happy? Al Zdenek ( w w w. A l Z d e n e k . com), the author of the book Master Your Cash Flow: The Key To Grow And Retain Wealth, doesn’t think so. “It’s important to be able to hang onto those things you enjoy,” says Zdenek, the president, CEO and founder of Traust Sollus Wealth Management. “You should be able to, just as long as you continue to make smart decisions on bigger issues that affect your bad decisions you future wealth.” have a road map. cash flow per month to find solutions in make could come There is a lot of Having a good fithat would allow everyday decisions nancial plan is like back to haunt you financial stress and you to live the way that will allow you having a good map decades down the anxiety in the counyou want now and to start your cash try. Zdenek says if and researching road. Learn how to in the future. This flow going in the you can eliminate fiyour trip ahead of avoid costly deciis something you right direction. nancial stress from sions and always time. You can wing should know. • Use debt smarter. your life, your anx- • Fix broken cash make the correct fiyour financial plan, Many types of debt iety levels will go nancial choices, 100 but if you work flow. Unfortunatecan be good; such as ly, we have all down. Here are some percent of the time. less in life and get real estate, investments and investing made poor finanof the things he recto your destination • Work when you ommends to accomcial choices, some in your business. want. People like sooner, your life plish that. of which have been Make your debt deto know when they will be less stressful cisions like a well• Know what you more costly than don’t have to work if you have a plan. run company and • Don’t let your deneed. The unknown others. There is no anymore. A good cisions come back create wealth. is the biggest stress need to continue advisor can set you to haunt you. The driver. There is a this. There are ways • Make sure you up with a plan that

will give you this option well before you reach retirement age. “By consistently making the best financial decisions, people can find more cash flow to spend or save,” Zdenek says. “That way they may achieve financial independence sooner, work less in life and have less anxiety and stress in their financial lives.”



Four Critical Lessons That Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Needs To Learn


merican culture loves to celebrate the entrepreneurial breed – those daring men and women willing to take calculated risks to create new enterprises that will grab the nation’s imagination along with its pocketbooks. Those who reach the pinnacle of entrepreneurial excellence – such as Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos – are viewed with a mixture of awe and envy. But what separates those who experience wild success from those left picking up

the pieces of a failed enterprise? Part of it comes down to good old work ethic, says Bill Green, founder and CEO of The Crestar Group of Companies and author of “ALL IN: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Aspiring Entrepreneurs.” “If you don’t want to work harder than everyone and you don’t have your passion, you shouldn’t be an entrepreneur,” Green says. But that’s far from the whole story, says Green, whose own route to success began in a flea market. There

are plenty of other lessons that budding entrepreneurs need to learn. Just a few include: • Become a tactical and strategic CEO. Tactical leadership is doing things right. Strategic leadership is doing the right things. “You probably are doing a lot of things right tactically to get your startup off the ground,” Green says. “But now it’s time to think about your long-term strategy.” The greatest CEOs are visionaries, always plotting their company’s next big move, he says. “If you see a way

to improve your business, you’d better have the vision and the guts to pull the trigger,” Green says, “even if the naysayers say it can’t be done. • Let your employees complete you. “Most of us can’t do it all or know everything, so it’s important to hire a team that can compensate for your shortcomings,” Green says. The best way to do that, he says, is to think like an NBA owner who builds a championship team by drafting a well-balanced roster of players whose abilities complement

each other. • The best deals are the ones you don’t make. There are good business deals out there, but there are many more bad deals, Green says. It’s important that any deal you make is the right one for your company, and not something you do just because making a new acquisition or introducing a new product is exciting. People will always try to seduce you with the “next great deal,” but stay focused on what’s best for your business. “Don’t let

anyone influence you into making a deal you don’t want to make,” he says. Ultimately, though, entrepreneurial success comes down to your own passion and tenacity. “It doesn’t cost anything not to believe in something,” Green says. “It costs everything to believe in an idea so much that you’re willing to spend your life doing it and doing it until it becomes a reality. That’s guts. That’s passion. That’s the resolve you need to succeed.”

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We All Fall Down


ave you ever watched a child learn to walk? They fall down a great deal but they keep getting up, until one day they start walking more than falling. One can say that falling down is part of learning to walk. As we grow older falling down can become a part of learning to live. We often set goals for ourselves and all too often become discouraged if we fall

short of them. Sometimes it seems as if there was no bad luck, we would not have any luck at all. This is the time where our faith is tested. We all fall down - but faith allows us to keep getting up. The universal transformation period we are currently experiencing can become very difficult to adjust to, even if you are aware that the energy of the mind of the universe is moving from competitive mind energy to creative mind energy. This concept isn’t new. Wallace D. Wattles wrote about it in 1910 in his groundbreaking book “The

By William A. Rogers

Science of Getting Rich: Financial Success Through Creative Thought”. His book inspired Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling book “The Secret”. The bottom line here is: we have more power to control our life than we fully understand. What you think about often will manifest itself in your reality over time. The power of attraction is very real, even if you don’t believe it is. Take a minute and look around. Everything that you see in your material environment was first a thought in someone’s mind. Wattles used

this universal law as a means to generate wealth. But the law of thought manifestation can be applied to anything. You are already doing it. This ageless secret is now becoming common knowledge because it has to. We’re moving into the frequency of truth. It is important that you understand this because your ability to create reality from your thoughts is becoming stronger as the universal creative mind energy grows stronger in this transformational period. We are the new pioneers and will become the example that will

help others to understand. That is why you are reading this dialog. To be aware of the concept of thought manifestation is the path to belief. You will become discouraged, but do not give up. We all fall down. Just get up and continue to focus on what you want in your life. Develop a clear picture of it in your mind - and the mind of the universe will attract the support you need to accomplish your goal. But you must have faith. It is important to understand your greatest obstacles for success is fear and doubt. We all fall down. Don’t allow fear and doubt to keep you from getting up and trying it again.


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e’ve been talking about two powerful herbal formulas I take daily to address any health issues I may have – known and unknown – that raise the bar of my quality of health, and I recommend that you should too. One of the formulas is a one-ounce shot of: milk thistle, kale, chlorophyll, black cumin seed, chlorella, dandelion, cranberry seed, wheat grass, spirulina and aloe vera. The synergy of this combination of plant-protein, seed herbs and foods is phenomenal. Taking a daily shot of this has a powerful impact on all your body’s organs, promoting blood flow to the brain for healthier cognition, assisting in fat digestion and removing

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ASK ALMA: MY FRIEND WANTS ME TO HIRE HER COUSIN in a difficult position when hiring a family member or friend. Deciding to embark on a home improvement project is a huge decision. You definitely should go with a person or company that’s

licensed, bonded and insured. What if the job isn’t completed successfully and you can’t get it resolved to your satisfaction? Then, you gotta sue her cousin. You see where I’m going? One more time, to

bring this “home” and release you from your guilt: Business is business, friendships are friendships, and its best not to blend the two. Stick to the decision you’ve made. If she brings up the subject, cheerfully and lightheart-

edly remind her that you two are good friends and that you want to remain that way. I’m sure she’ll get the picture. Truly good friends, even when they disagree, understand and respect each other’s decisions.

Alma Gill says business is business, friendships are friendships, and its best not to blend the two.

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needing to crash for a few weeks. You said it in your email—you’re a homeowner; you go girl! Now, how do you tell a friend you don’t want to use her cousin, her brother, her husband, etc., for home improvements and not hurt her feelings? Let me back up a moment. Don’t you hate that? A friend tells you about that great relative who can get the job done on the cheap. You’re like, “okay, thanks girl,” but then file it way in the back of your memory. Now every time she spots the handyman at your place with a hammer, she brings it up again. And dang, you’re like, “Okay, okay, already, I heard you the first time you mentioned it. If I wanted to use your cousin and pay him with a pack of cigarettes and a six-pack, I woulda told you.” Oh, sorry, that’s my story; let’s get back to you. There’s no easy way to deal with this. Bottom line, truth be told, business is business. This could be one of many situations—having your car repaired, building a new website, planning a wedding. You are placed

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ear Alma, I have a friend who knows I am hiring people to fix up my house, and she keeps suggesting that I hire her cousin. I have hired workers in the past and prefer to keep using them. There’s one particular project, however, that she’s really pushing her cousin to do. She visits my home often and she knows I didn’t so much as call her cousin for an estimate. It’s likely his price would be lower, but I’m simply not interested. Things like quality of work, hiring contractors, who show up on time, etc., are more important to me than saving a little money. The people I’ve hired in the past have been licensed, bonded and insured. I don’t know if that’s the case with her cousin; she’s never given me a business card or website. How do I deal with my friend? I don’t want to hurt her feelings, but this is my house. Signed, Happy Homeowner Dear Homeowner, Congratulations on owning your own home. Notice I didn’t address you as renter, borrower, house sitter or relative




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ttempts to rename Harlem “So-Ha” are an example of the value of our beloved community. If there ever was a time for us to unite it is now. Beloved we are under attack and not just from those outside the community. Congratulations to Rev. Patricia Morris, Pastor of New Springfield Baptist Church in Harlem, on her being conferred a Doctorate Degree. She is now Dr. Morris. Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church presented a Battle of the Male Chorus IV

Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. Rev. Idus Nunn, Jr. Is the Pastor of Franklin and Rev. Joseph T. Bright, Jr. is the Pastor of Tabernacle of Deliverance. We also wish and pray for a speedy recovery for Deaconess Ruby Glover as she recuperates from a medical crisis. Our sympathy, understanding and support go out to Missionary Earlene Cromer, of the Tabernacle of Deliverance, on the transition of her daughter Angie last week. Missionary Cromer is a devoted member of Tabernacle of Deliverance and a supporter of The 3G Experience Radio Broadcast. We also send sympathy and support to WABC radio personality Curtis Sliwa on the transition of his mother Francesca. Happy Birthday to Rev. Dr. Ronnie Faison, the Pastor of Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church in Harlem. Last Tuesday the Baptist ministers Evening Conference of Greater New York and Vicinity, where Rev. Reynold Batson is the President, offered a “Night of Spiritual Empowerment at its headquarters at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, 350 East 165th Street. The guest lecturer was Rev. J.G. McCann, Pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church. The order of the day preacher

was Rev. Louis Butcher, Pastor of Brightside Baptist Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Follow The 3G Experience on Facebook Live, w w w. w h c r. org. and 90.3 FM. Thursday morning 6-10am. You may also contact us at Facebook or regular mail at PO Box 446, Colonial Park Station, New York, NY 10039.



“My Daddy Rules the World”

by Hope Anita Smith

REVIEW by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Harlem News contributor


our Daddy is the King of the House. He’s the smartest person you know. He can run fast, jump high, and his words make things happen, he’s strong, cool, and funny; he’s always making you laugh. And in the new book “My Daddy Rules the World,” words and pictures by Hope Anita Smith, you’ll read all about him. Your daddy is many things to you. He’s friendly as a puppy, he’s a porcupine on his face, and he’s a tickle octopus. He’s tall as a giraffe, wise as an owl, and he gives the best bear hugs! When he’s taking a nap, you try hard not to make a peep. You sneak around and whisper, but there are times when you can’t help it: your voice accidentally gets loud,

the door might slam when you go outside, or something might be really funny, and you giggle. You try to hush, but when Daddy sleeps, he’s noisy! It sounds like “horses galloping fast” or a “real horn that blows.” When he spends extra time with you, just you and Daddy, it’s special. He makes a great breakfast, and he makes time to talk about what’s important. And if you can’t talk with him at home (because sometimes, Daddies go “far away” for awhile), you can write a letter and tell him everything. Add a poem or a prayer; he’ll like that very much. Your Daddy might give you a haircut outside, with a “backwards cape” wrapped around your neck. He might scoop you

up, or balance you on his shoes so you can dance together to an old-school song. He plays with you and teaches you how to do things that are fun to do; he knows when to let go when you’re learning to ride a bike, he shows you the value of a great book, and he helps you to remember to be good. Your Daddy is the King of the House. And that’s the way you like it. Here’s a certainty you can count on: every Daddy’s Little Girl and Daddy’s Boy will find something to love inside “My Daddy Rules the World.” They’re going to enjoy the poems; that’s how author Hope Anita Smith presents each chapter and sentiment of a father’s love for his child, and vice versa. Those rhymes are simple and sweet, and home. This is a great book for kids to read to Dad, for Dad to read aloud, or for sharing with Grandpa, too. No matter how you enjoy it, “My Daddy Rules the World” is fit for any Papa’s prince or princess. “My Daddy Rules the World” by Hope Anita Smith c.2017, Henry Holt & Co. Books for Young Readers $17.99 / $24.99 Canada 32 pages 19

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they celebrate the everyday. It’s also nice to find poems that are specific to children whose fathers are temporarily absent, and one that speaks subtly of fathers who work late hours. Both boys and girls are equally represented here, which is likewise a very nice touch. Children will also appreciate Smith’s artwork: each picture is created with torn paper, an art form that’s interesting to look at, as well as to try at


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2 CAN DO TIP #6 2017 Ditch Your Burger Pt. 1 It’s that time again. Memorial Day and the endless days of summer which follow! I can almost smell the grilled burgers, onions and practically anything else that people usually toss these days onto the grill. Though summer is often associated with America’s favorite sandwich – of course we’re talking about the much beloved hamburger (and by “ham” I also mean turkey burg-

ers, and even bison burgers which are now becoming increasingly popular – more on this next week); make no mistake avocados have also taken their rightful place in our hearts not just as a delicious side dish or condiment to burgers – but as the main attraction! In my case, avocados have actually in many cases taken the place of the burger by which I add chunks of fresh romaine lettuce, a thick, juicy, beefsteak tomato slice, red onions and sprinkled with a little sea salt and cracked black pepper on a whole grain bun. The creamy rich texture of avocados also makes it a perfect stand in for sandwich staples like mayo and cheese, except a lot healthier, since there

are no added flavors or colors in avocados. Yes, they’re full of fat, but the healthier monounsaturated kind that’s anti-inflammatory, and lowers LDL cholesterol. Not to mention, avocados are packed with vitamins and minerals – and contain even more potassium than bananas! Plus, if you’ve been trying to go meatless on Mondays, what better motivation could do the trick than an avocado burger on a toasted bun? Here are some other facts to consider about healthy fats like monounsaturated: Improves thyroid function and is critical for healthy brain function. Did you know that the brain is 2/3 fat, and fat is the building block of cells

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