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During the holidays there are so many wonderful events and parties to attend. I attended the “Men Cooking for Change” event which is a fund-raiser to help women entrepreneurs. The men came out and showed out with their special dishes they prepared for the crowd. (see pages 16-17) Unfortunately, the holidays is also a time when we tend to lose those we love in the community. Recently Harlem has lost 2 well-known entertainment members of the community. - Ron Grant and Sister Daa’lya. R.I.P. (see page 4) Maria recently saw the new Broadway show starring Kerry Washington - “American Son.” Her message - this is a play you need to see. (see page 10) Remember to shop with businesses in the neighborhood this holiday season. It is an investment in your community. Visit our website to see past issues of our newspapers online at www. harlemcommunitynews. com

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Marisol Rodríguez n Thursday December 6 holiday vibes filled the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street. The Harlem community gathered to enjoy entertainment, snacks and the official lighting of the giant Christmas tree, brought downstate from Bliss, New York, to garner the state building plaza. For over 30 years the New York State Office of General Services has sponsored this special Harlem tradition to usher in the holiday season. The holiday event official host was WLBS radio personality Fred “Bugsy” Buggs. Executive Director of Harlem Presents Greg Mays filled in before Bugsy arrived, introducing the talented youth of the Harlem

The Dorothy Maynor Singers.

Harlem community enjoys performances.

School of the Arts to the stage. The Dorothy Maynor Singers opened the show with Christmas carols, followed by dance performances of hip hop, ballet, jazz, and modern dance by the “Harlemettes.” Helen Diane Foster, Commissioner at New York State Division of Human Rights introduced on stage Congressman Adriano Espaillat who wished everyone happy holidays. Santa Claus,

with the help of a group of excited children, pulled the lever that officially lit up the Harlem Christmas tree.

Congressman Adriano Espaillat.

The Harlemettes.

Gospel singer Petula Beckles, a native of Tobago West Indies, performed Christmas tunes to close the show.

The Harlemettes.

After enjoying the outdoor entertainment, families gathered inside the state building lobby for hot choc-

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olate and snacks provided by Starbucks and took home backpacks provided by P.C. Richard & Sons.

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his past Sunday, MIST owner, Dr. Clyde Pemberton announced the passing of Ron Grant. Ron Grant and Friends had been a popular weekly Sunday open mic event at MIST this past year. Harlem News writer Maria Grazia-Caveghi said, “Ohhhhhhh Noooo just landed in Italy and saw this... was talking to him 2 days ago....told him how much love is

lung cancer, it is with a heavy heart that I share the news of my friend Ron Grant’s passing. Ron was a truly anointed man of God, who touched the hearts, and united the souls of countless people through his beautiful voice. Please keep his family, friends and fans in prayer during this time of utter sorrow. I will share “Celebration of Life” details when they become available.”

around him, because he has shared so much over the years with his amazing voice and his humble and beautiful heart. He is a real friend..One who’s there for you.. always. He’s singing with other angels now...you will be missed and never forgotten. We all love you Ron. Maria and Jackie Jefferies recently took a photo with Ron. Dedra Tate said, “After a valiant battle with

Our Beloved Sister Daa’iya by Angela Harden General Manager WHCR-90.3FM, New York

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n today’s divisive political climate listening to public radio can be unnerving. Although we want to stay informed, we often feel powerless when we hear details of how our democracy is deteriorating with no clear plan of action in sight. But there was one radio show on Saturday mornings that actually helped calm our spirits. It was called First Light/Gardens of Tranquility & Contemplation. Gardens of Tranquility and Contemplation was conceived, hosted and produced twenty-seven years ago by Mas’ud Tariq Towe (son of Jazz journalist Eleanor Towe) to provide the Jazz enthusiast with “the most thoughtful and awe inspiring musical experiences, primarily from the Jazz genre.” Sister Daa’iya described First Light as the musical prelude to Gardens of Tranquility and Contemplation that provided guided visualization accompa-

nied by Jazz compositions that convey peace and transcendence. Sister Daa’iya both co hosted with Tariq Towe and later hosted Gardens of Tranquility & Contemplation solo on WHCR-90.3FM for the last fifteen years. Hosts of the House in Harlem show, which aired before First Light affectionately called her the “woosah” lady. On Saturday mornings from 6am-11am, whether it was sunny or pouring down rain, WHCR’s listeners were quietly awakened by her melodic voice that was full of wisdom and insight. She opened her show with a soothing morning meditation. It was like the spoonful of sugar

that helped the medicine go down. We were heartbroken to learn that Sister Daa’iya transitioned on Sunday, November 11, 2018, which was the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year (when you add 2+0+1+8 it equals 11). I am sure it was part of her plan to leave us on a day that according to Foreverconscious.com was a powerful day in numerology for healing and alignment. It is befitting that an unforgettable person would leave us on an unforgettable day. We will remember her trademark larger than life Afro, the smile that put you at ease and the way she would call up historical facts as if she had a spiritual guide whispering in her ear. After she helped us breathe deeply and calm our vagus nerve, she would play musical treasures from Jazz greats like Reggie Workman, Tyrone Birkett, Al Jarreau and Nina

Simone as well as Jazz from up and coming artists like Sheryl Renee and Kahlil Kwame Bell. Well respected in the Jazz community for giving a platform to Jazz artists-Rome Neal, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Ty Stevens, Antoinette Montague and a host of other Jazz greats were regular guests on her show. One of the things Sister Daa’iya was most proud of was spearheading a collaboration between the International Communications Association and WHCR-90.3FM in celebration of International Jazz Day. On April 30, 2016 at a ceremony in celebration of the day at the Dwyer Cultural Center, awards were given to WHCR Jazz hosts Lamon Fenner, Nelson Rhadames, Tammy Shoji, Quadir Perez and Sister Daa’iya in honor of WHCR’s 30th anniversary and to acknowledge their role in keeping Jazz music on the airwaves. But Sister Daa’iya’s shows weren’t just about

meditation and Jazz, she brought years of journalistic experience with her to WHCR. She was a researcher and co-host on Afrikaleidoscope on WBAI99.5FM, hosted by the late Elombe Braith. Upon hearing of her transition, Cinque Brathwaite, son of the late Elombe Braith said “while working on the show her research skills were impeccable and she brought a calming spirit to often troubling information.” Sister Daa’iya also worked with Imhotep Gary Byrd on WLIB and WBLS as an associate producer on the Global Beat Experience. Upon hearing her of ascension from this planet Imhotep said “For a beautiful sista Daa’iya whose spirit work here on earth has opened the way for a glorious welcome on the other side, by our ancestors, who she has now joined. Onward Beautiful Lady, with Godspeed!” But it was award-winning author and Journalist Herb Boyd who captured just what Sister Daa’iya meant to the Harlem com-

munity, “What I will remember and cherish most are those moments with her on WHCR where her Saturday morning shows were required listening for those interested in community affairs and those activists on the front lines, politically and culturally. Behind her dazzling smile was a lovely voice that never failed to speak truth to power. I will miss that and her warm and generous commitment to our struggle for total liberation.”  WHCR hosted an on-air tribute to Sister Daa’iya during her showtime on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 6am-11am. WHCR’s DJs & talk show hosts, listeners, promoters and Jazz artists filled the airwaves with beautiful memories of Sister Daa’iya. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking the November 17, 2018 radio tribute tab. WHCR-90.3FM salutes Sister Daa’iya El Sanusi a true Harlem legend. Daa’iya El-Sanusi April 25, 1955-November 11, 2018. RIP


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HARLEM COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS AARP Poll: Majority of caregivers with family suffering from dementia, spend less time with friends By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia or family caregivers, the hol-

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“I recommend connecting with

that make it important to monitor and

idays can be a joyful time

other caregivers in an in-person sup-

take care of themselves before they

when spirits are lighter and it

port group, at a caregiving event, or

suffer a health crisis, Goyer said.

feels good to care for loved ones and

online. The Alzheimer’s Association

“It can be difficult to evaluate

enjoy time together, celebrating with

offers support for dementia caregiv-

the stress levels and vulnerability of

ers, and AARP has teamed with them

ourselves or another person. Isolation

But for most family caregivers,

oped resources to help family care-

to offer the online Community Re-

and stress can build up over time, so

the holidays also bring stress, ac-

givers balance their own needs with

source Finder, where caregivers can

it’s important to make ongoing effort

cording to Amy Goyer, a family and

the needs of their loved one.”

find local events and support groups,”

to prevent burnout,” she said.

family traditions.

Not only are the millions of fam-

largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organi-

ily caregivers for those with dementia

AARP also offers a free  online

assessment tool at Connect2Affect.

zation dedicated to empowering peo-

less socially connected, they are sig-

Caregiving Community where care-

org to help people better understand

ple 50 and older to choose how they

nificantly more likely to put off medi-

givers can post questions, comments

the signs of social isolation and of-

live as they age.

cal care – over half (55 percent) have

and topics as well as get advice from

fers solutions and ways to help others

“We’re already very busy with

done so, compared to just 38 percent

Goyer and other caregiving experts.

who are isolated.

caregiving, and there’s even more to

among the total caregiver population.

Many caregivers also join closed

“I advise people to watch for signs

However, there were positive

social media groups, such as Face-

of burnout, like being short-tempered,

book.

changes in sleep patterns – sleep-

A major concern is for those caring for sufferers of dementia. A new AARP poll on dementia care

as well – 79 percent took steps to maintain or improve their brain health and 47 percent exercised more.

Other family members, friends or neighbors can help as well.

ing too much or too little or waking

A previous AARP poll found that

severe mental, emotional or physical

Still, when caring for those liv-

almost 8 in 10 family caregivers say it

exhaustion, prolonged overwhelming

with dementia and found more than

ing with dementia, everyday stress is

would be helpful to have someone to

sadness, loss of motivation – just not

half say their social life has suffered and

even higher, and holiday celebrations

talk with during the holidays.

caring anymore, feeling hopeless and

nearly 45 percent say they feel alone.

may be limited, Goyer said.

“If you are long-distance, you can

ineffective, letting paperwork pile up

In addition, they are more like-

“Caregivers may feel particularly

call those you know who are caring

and bills go unpaid, allowing a vast

ly to grow further apart from the

isolated or lonely – especially if their

for someone and really take the time

change in our living environment or

ones they care for and other family

loved ones aren’t able to understand

to listen to them,” Goyer said.

longing to run away,” Goyer said.

members because of their caregiv-

or take part in holiday traditions and

“For those nearby, offer to come

“These are red flags that tell us

ing responsibilities. Social isolation

if caregivers are unable to get out to

by with a meal or a cup of hot cocoa

it’s time to put more effort into taking

and loneliness are linked to poorer

be with friends or other family mem-

and let them know they can confide

care of ourselves.

bers,” she said.

in you, or offer to care for their loved

physical and mental health outcomes, health experts said.

“It’s important to acknowledge

one so they can enjoy some holiday activities.”

I view it like my car – it can’t run on empty and neither can I.” For the holidays, Goyer said care-

“Family caregivers take on big

and validate dementia caregivers’

responsibilities that can be physically,

feelings and needs, and to connect

Also, on the AARP Family Care-

givers should try to focus on the sim-

emotionally and financially challeng-

them with resources that can help,

giving Site, Goyer also offers these 10

ple things like holiday music, movies,

ing. AARP’s new research shows that

especially during the holiday season.”

Tips for Caregivers During the Holi-

stories or food.

this can be particularly true for those

Many family caregivers feel

days: Feeling Stressed? Reset your

caring for loved ones with dementia,”

alone in their situation, but there are

said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Chief

others who understand as they are

Meanwhile caregivers should be

holidays and enjoy those treasured

Advocacy and Engagement Officer.

going through similar experiences,

mindful of such things as prolonged

moments with your loved ones,” she

Goyer said.

social isolation and feelings of loneli-

said.

“That’s why AARP has devel-

Expectations.

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up a lot, for example – crying a lot,

es of caregivers for family members

has taken a closer look at the experienc-

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health behaviors identified in the poll

she said.

The AARP  Foundation has an

caregiver expert at AARP, the nation’s

do during the holidays,” Goyer said.

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ness which have serious health effects

“Above all, fully experience the most meaningful things during the

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HARLEM CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS Dec 14-16 A Harlemettes Holiday! When members of a Times Square tour group curiously wander off on their own, they take the A train to Harlem discovering a world that moves to the rhythm of jazz, blues and hip-hop! Join their enchanted journey to find the happiest of holidays! Performed by students of the Harlem School of the Arts. Fri. & Sat. at 7:00pm, Sun. at 3:00pm. HSA Theater, 649 St Nicholas Ave. Tickets: $20 Advance, $25 Door, $15 Students and Seniors.

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Dec. 14 7:30- 9:30pm Live Concert: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & Braxton Cook,One of this generation’s emerging voices on the alto saxophone Braxton is also a talented vocalist and songwriter whose sounds blends Soul, R&B, and Jazz. A Juilliard graduate, he has toured with Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott, Marquis Hill, and The New Century Jazz Quintet, among others. Silvana, 300 W. 116th St. FREE.

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Dec. 14 7:00- 9:00pm Harlem Jazz Series Jorge Sylvester. Jorge Sylvester’s blend of African-Caribbean rhythms with new music is what gives Sylvester his distinguished voice. Featuring:

Jorge Sylvester – alto saxophone and compositions, Nora McCarthy – voice, poetry and compositions, Donald Nicks – double bass, and Tcheser Holmes – drums. Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 55 W. 124th St. Tickets: $20. Dec 14-16 Sugar Hill Holiday Market Meet & Greet neighbors and friends over a hot cup of cocoa while purchasing your holiday gifts from local artists. This is your opportunity to get that truly unique gift for someone for the holidays! Hours: Fri. 1:00-6:00-pm and Sat & Sun 11:00am- 6:00pm. Address: 898 St Nicholas Ave. Dec. 15 11:00am Film Screening: The King and the Mockingbird UPTOWN FLICKS for Kids presents a family-friendly morning of French cinema in Harlem, with the screening of the 1952 French animated classic The King and the Mockingbird by Paul Grimault, Age 6+ - in English - 83 min. Treats & Hot Chocolate for sale! Silvana, 300 West 116th St. Tickets: Adults $15, Kids $12. Dec. 15 11:00am3:00pm Holiday Sousou!Community Circle Celebration. Families come to enjoy The Wiz! An old favorite to be shared with a new generation. Free

warm cider and snacks provided. Participate in Art making stations, Bomba Dance workshop and more. CCCADI, 120 E. 125th St. FREE. Dec 15 12:30- 2:00pm Book Talk with Glory Edim Join us for a special conversation and book signing with Glory Edim, founder and author of Well Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves. In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of the best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we all—regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability—have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature. Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. FREE. December 15 2pm 6pm Winter WonderlandUnder the twinkling lights of our famous marquee, The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite you to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances from local choirs. This event is hosted by the Apollo Theater’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell. 253 W 125th St. FREE.

Dec. 15 7:30pm to 9:30pm Uptown Nights: Weedie Braimah and the Hands of Time. Weedie Braimah exemplifies tradition, evolution and soul as he brings his vision of building a reverence for folkloric West African music to life by anchoring the concert with percussion as the driver. Special Guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Pedrito Martinez. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave. Tickets: $25. Dec. 16 1:30- 3:30pm Hombres Dialogando/ Men’s Dialogue. This is a men’s program that welcomes all Spanish-speaking men to discuss Manhood, Fatherhood, Relationships and Immigration obstacles. Hombres Dialogando (o HD) es un programa para caballeros de habla Hispana, donde podemos tener conversaciones sobre hombria, ser un padre de familia, nuestras relaciónes intimas, y problemas migratorios.To register call 212 683-0015 x220. CONNECT, 127 W. 127th St, Rm. 432 Dec. 16 4:00pm Candlelight Carol Festival. This longstanding Candlelight Carol Festival at The Riverside Church has become an essential part of Christmas in New York City. This service of music and light combines caril-

lon, organ, harp, and all of the choirs of The Riverside Church and culminates in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave. Musical prelude begins at 3:00 pm. 490 Riverside Dr. FREE. Dec. 17 7:00- 10:00pm Uptown Soul. A conscious music and poetry showcase. There will be vegan soul food & cultural vendors. Presented by The Brown Eyez Magazine (www.browneyezmag. com) ImageNation’s Raw Space, 2031 ACP Jr. Blvd. FREE. Dec. 19 10:00am 11:00am Women’s Yoga. Every week, in partnership with Exhale to Inhale Yoga, we offer free yoga classes designed to support trauma survivors. Move, relax, and breathe together in a gentle, enlivening yoga class. Classes are for women, FREE, and appropriate for all levels of experience and ability. No RSVP Required. CONNECT, 127 W. 127th St, Rm. 432 Dec. 20 6:00- 8:00pm Winter Solstice Wisdom Circle. Join us for a wisdom circle where we will be reflecting on lessons learned this past year, and the wisdom we will take forward into the new one. All are welcome! RSVP to connectfaith@connectnyc.

org. CONNECT, 127 W. 127th St., Rm. 432. Dec. 20 & 21 Amahl and the Night Visitors. In this 45-minute English-language opera Amahl, a young cripple boy and his mother are on the brink of poverty. Amahl sees the Magi approaching and tells his mother. The Magi stay at their home overnight and Amahl offers his most valuable possession, his cane as a gift for the Christ Child. In return, Amhal is miraculously healed and no longer cripple. Performed by the voices of Harlem Opera Theatre. Dec 20 concert will be held at 6:00pm at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, 898 St. Nicholas Ave. and the Dec. 21 concert will be held at Harlem School of the Arts,645 St. Nicholas Ave. at 7:00pm., FREE. Dec. 21 4:00-6:00pm Solstice Soul Train The day consist of musicians that will circulate along the sidewalks of 125th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues, making stops along the way at popular shops and cultural organizations throughout the East Harlem neighborhood. The parade culminates at the Uptown Grand Central community plaza underneath the Metro-North train tracks at 125th Street and Park Avenue. FREE.


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ehman Center for the Performing Arts and GOYA FOODS presents A Special Holiday Celebration: Aguinaldo Navideño with three of salsa’s greatest sonero superstars: 2018 GRAMMY Award winner JOSÉ ALBERTO “EL Canario”, a salsa legend well known for establishing Salsa Romantica, ISMAEL MIRANDA who will perform his universally loved songs spanning several decades, and DOMINGO QUIÑONES with his impassioned live performance that is sure to get the crowd up and moving on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 8pm.  Also enjoy the exciting dance rhythms

of Johnny Olivo Jr. and his Herencia de Plena’s performance of their afro-rich folkloric musical traditions of Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena. Music by DJ Andy Rodriguez. Produced by Lehman Center and José Raposo. This concert continues the completion of the first phase of renovations at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Concert goers will find that the lobbies have been upgraded for ADA compliance with new ramps and carpeting, and the interior of the theater will have new seating, carpeted aisles, and finished flooring as well. The $15.4 million dollar refurbishment of the Center,

which is expected to be completed by mid-2019, will also include 5,400 square feet of enlarged space, with a new main entrance and a redesigned box office, plus new administration offices and restroom facilities on the first and mezzanine floors, and an elevator. The Center seats 2,278 people in the concert hall and is the largest of its kind in the borough. Funding for the project is being provided by the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature, the Bronx delegation of the New York City Council, and the Office of the Bronx Borough President. Additional funding is being raised with a seat naming initiative,

which allows community members to make a personal connection with one of New York City’s most important not-for-profit entertainment venues. Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/ CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY

10468. Tickets for JOSÉ ALBERTO “EL Canario”, ISMAEL MIRANDA, and DOMINGO QUIÑONES on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 8pm are $100*VIP, $65, $55, $50, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm,

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Every “American Son” is in danger! We must come together now to protect our children’s future. By Maria Grazia CAVENAGHI

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his is the powerful and desperate cry for unity, racial equal justice, mutual respect and understanding for the diversities at the core of our country, that the star-packed Broadway premiere of ‘AMERICAN SON’ is launching from the Booth Theatre on Broadway. This gripping. production running a limited engagement through January 27, 2019- is a most needed wake-up call that every American should hear loud and clear and act upon it. Nothing is left unspoken. No racial issue is untouched by this poignant tale that is meant to make us feel uncomfortable and wondering if we are also part of this destructive game or contributing to its solution.

Insightfully and carefully phrased by Christopher Demos-Brown – winner of the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright – and masterfully directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences) ‘American Son’ is a straight A production. The amazing 4 characters cast stars Emmy and Golden Globe Nominee Kerry Washington, Drama Desk Award Nominee Steven Pasquale, Eugene Lee (Gem of the Ocean), and Tony Award Nominee Jeremy Jordan. The story takes place in the middle of the night, in a Florida police station, where a desperate mother – masterfully played by Washington- comes to find answers about her miss-

ing teenage son. She’s met by a young policeman (Jordan) who doesn’t seem to take the few hours disappearance seriously enough. When her husband (Pasquale) arrives, the situation takes a sudden, unexpected turn. With the entrance of Lieutenant Stokes (Lee), the situation rapidly unfolds revealing a dramatic reality. I had the opportunity of interviewing Mr. Eugene Lee about his role, that I consider

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pivotal in the play, namely in the context of today’s distrust and resentment towards some police practices. “Your impressive career as a TV and stage actor as well as a playwright spans over more than 45 years. On stage you have embraced the work of the most iconic and acclaimed black playwright, August Wilson to such an extent that you are famous as a ‘Wilsonian Warrior’. You even performed

for President Lyndon B. Johnson in a command performance of “A Raisin in the Sun”! What made you decide to take up the challenge of performing in such a contemporary drama by an emerging playwright? I asked him. “When I read the script, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Stokes is a seasoned veteran of law enforcement and by the book. He is the department public relations liaison officer

responsible for communicating with members of the community about law enforcement activity” He said and added: “I’m really proud and honored to be a part of this truthful storytelling and I’m hopeful audience members don’t keep the experience to themselves but go talk about it. As far as I am concerned, I intend to continue to create and to share with clarity and truth.” “What is the message you want the public to take home?” I finally asked. “Every son in America is every American’s Son.” 


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stars are activated anytime you take a photo with your flash, so set your flash to “on” and get snapping! TREE: We’ll be celebrating the tallest tree (20 feet) to ever find its way to 125th Street & Park Avenue with a lighting ceremony at the Uptown Grand Central community plaza just as the sun sets (4:31 p.m.). Bring the kids, and see if you spot Santa. HOLIDAY MARKET: Head over to the restored firehouse building between Park and Lexington to visit the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and browse the arts, crafts and delicious gifts on sale from a variety of local vendors. The center’s current exhibit, “Race, Myth, Art & Justice,” will also be on view. FREE PIE: Collect a card from one of our small businesses or at the Uptown Grand Central plaza. Once you’ve collected three punches at our small businesses, come back to the plaza to pick up your free holiday pie! The pies will be baked by Clinton Shabazz (a.k.a. “The Harlem Pie Man”) and will include bean, sweet potato and vegan apple. The giveaway is sponsored by Potamkin Automotive and lasts until supplies run out. Uptown Grand Central is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to transforming East 125th Street into a thriving corridor by delivering programs that put advocacy into action through collaborations with small businesses, residents and neighborhood organizations across East Harlem. To learn more: www.uptowngrandcentral.org.

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his year, don’t stay inside and shiver: Come shine your light and make music when the small businesses and cultural institutions along East 125th Street host Solstice Soul Train, the Uptown version of Make Music NY Winter! Along East 125th Street from Fifth to Lexington avenues, there will be live musicians and marching bands, a shine-in-the-dark community art project, the official lighting of the tree underneath the Metro-North tracks at 125th Street & Park Avenue, a holiday market at the Caribbean Cultural Center, and free holiday pies when you support local small businesses. MUSIC: Sounds will include Harlem’s best, and will range from gospel to soul, funk, jazz and Latin. Musicians will be stationed along 125th and will include Vy Higginsen’s Gospel For Teens, Kolja Gjoni & the Soul Brothers, Jainardo Batista y Kumbakin, Friends of Funk, the Sound of Victory Gospel Choir and the Hot Hand Brass Band. You can also march along with the Marching Cobras and Fogo Azul drumlines as they parade along the corridor. LIGHT: Drop by the southwest corner of 125th & Park to make and hang your own shining star with artist LadyKFever. Local schools and senior centers have also contributed stars and reflective art that are being installed over the course of December on East 125th Street from the corner with Fifth Avenue to the old Pathmark, and in the windows of our small businesses. The

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GLOBAL CITIZENS: Equal Justice for Children Movement By Hazel Rosetta Smith

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he Global Citizen Festival 2018: MANDELA 100 concert was held on December 2nd at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, to pay homage to Nelson Mandela’s call for this generation to end extreme poverty by 2030. In the interim, global citizen groups are recognizing various leaders, ways and means, to end poverty. Velma Banks, MSW of the WORLD COMMUNITY OF SOCIAL WORKERS, in partnership with the MACH III CENTER of Prairie View A&M University, Texas, gathered friends and associates at The National Black Theatre in Harlem. WCSW, a group of attorneys, medical professionals and educators,

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was created to continue the work of Whitney M. Young who is best known as a social justice advocate for the war on poverty. Fred A. Bonner, III, Ed.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of the MACH III (Minority Achievement, Creativity and High Ability) Center at Prairie View, a public historically Black university (HBCU). He is a scholar, author, professor, with an endowed chair in Educational Leader-

ship and Counselling. Bonner’s forte is teaching about success factors that influence the retention of students of color. The Center’s mission examines contemporary and cultural issues that affect academic successes among African American males. Dr. Bonner’s book “Building on Resilience” serves as a resource on how to advance the success of Black males in education. In his thought-provoking address, Bonner revealed the shocking reve-

lation of the Schott Foundation for Public Education’s 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. The report states, “only 59% of Black males graduate from high school and the rate at which Black males are being pushed out of school and into the pipeline to prison far exceeds the rate at which they are graduating.” Such findings energize Bonner’s commitment to advancing an understanding of students of color and opening the way for educational scholarships in marginalized communities. If knowledge is power and education opens the door, there are crucial considerations that determine how high a Black student may go, as well as what holds

back their success, i.e., what is the cultural background, environment and influences, standardized testing, teacher nominations, and under-identification of gifted African American students. There is a choice to be made between “equality and equity.” Following Q&A allot-

ted time for students from the Thurgood Marshall Academy, Harlem and Andrew Morrison, founder of SMALL BUSINESS CAMP, an entrepreneurial training, coaching and marketing services firm took to the podium. Morrison’s positive business personae offers programming that allows interested parties to step up to the plate with their ideas, hopes and dreams to develop a motivated mindset of marketing planning, public relations strategy, money-making website, grants and other lucrative options they had not thought possible. Morrison’s strategy is more than talk, he has walked the walk lifting others along the way. He built a multi-million-dollar company by providing innovative direct marketing services to Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he hosted a long-time weekly show “Money Making Mondays”, was an adjunct faculty member at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. It was a good meet and greet with lots to eat. In conclusion of an informative day, a decadent cake was rolled out illustrating the face of Nelson Mandela. The mighty “Madiba” reigns in hearts of citizens across the globe. Touché WCSW!


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Maxwell & Jon Q: Taking it to the Water By Hazel Rosetta Smith

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have been requested on several occasions by Dr. Marcella Maxwell to be present at an event that she promises will be informative and educational. Well, recently, it happened again. I made my way to the Harlem YMCA to observe a major part of her daily schedule, AQUA AEROBICS. Dr. Maxwell is a participant in a group of committed retired women who understand, if you don’t move it, you will lose it. They meet and greet, leave worries behind and take to the water. The pool of the Y is a sanctuary of agility. Truly the matriarch of the group at 92, Marcella is in her natural element, applying her entire being to the moment. There she was in the pool, kicking to the left, kicking to

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the right, arms stretched high with weights, kicking to the back, swirling her legs and leaping in the air to the musical beat. I was in awe, filled with pride watching Marcella and then shamed that I was seated pool side taking it in, fully clothed. The music was pumping, the water was circling, and the women seemed caught up in the purpose and the calculated countdown from Jon Q. Jon Q (Qalam) is the lead-

er, the motivator, born in Detroit, the motor city. Though he began in 1996 at the Harlem Y when power walking was his forte, it is Aqua (water) Aerobics that has become his well-deserved call to fame. Q says, “power walking is excellent for strengthening and efficiency in movement, however, water is a pressurized environment that uses more muscles in movement. As the gravity on land pulls down, the water lifts up with resistance on all sides.”

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Jon Q does not teach swimming, though he can swim. His goal for what he terms “senior sharing sessions” are energizing experiences that bring about lifestyle changes for wholeness in health and wellness. His 10 Commandments are the facts in the time they spend together: Aqua Aerobics is a way of life; Let go of your fear; Never stop moving; Tighten your tummy; Challenge yourself; Kick full force; Full range of motion; Never say can’t; If

you won’t burn it-don’t eat it and Always have fun. Elizabeth Jonson said, “I come because I want to stay active. Jon Q is excellent and encouraging.” Pat Roberts said, “It keeps my joints lubricated and my heart pumping.” Eileen Taylor said, “I know I need to exercise, and the water is easier on my joints.” Rosalind Graves said, “It makes me feel good all over and I enjoy the socialization of the group.” Joyce Britton said, “I enjoy

the fellowship, and it makes me feel good about doing something for me. Jon Q is upbeat, he makes us want to move.” Celeste Hurst said, “I came when the pool at the Hansborough Center was being renovated and I’ve been here ever since. It’s easier on my joints and easier to exercise wet than dry.” Joanne Lawson said, “Aqua Aerobics is more than the Y to me, it’s a happening, because Jon Q is so passionate about it.” Marcella Maxwell said, “I’ve been a Y member for twenty years. My husband was an Army Officer and his qualities and training are exhibited in Jon Q, i.e., determination, discipline and dedication. Jon’s enthusiasm, energy and encouragement is what keeps all of us in the water.” Maybe you should meet “Q” at the “Y”, too!


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x-International Professional Basketball Player Reverend Doctor Hernol Amen-Rah, won Top Chef 2018 Men Cooking For Change Award for his vegetarian caribbean and southern style lasagna which wowed the judges and guests. Men Cooking For Change is an annual  Black Tie  fundraiser which was held this past Sunday at Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem. Funds are raised to support  The Women In The Black  an organization that supports women entrepreneurship. The organization’s President is Princess Jenkins who is the owner of the women lifestyle boutique, the Brownstone in Harlem. Other members of Women in the Black include Vice-President-Timothy Green, Director-Harriet Rosebud, Colby Simons Jenkins and Daryl H. Miles. Women in the Black was founded by Princess Jenkins’ vision which began more than 20 years ago when she founded the organization to help new business owners like herself. The Brownstone has been featured on Good Day New York and a host of other popular television shows. Princess has received many awards through out her career which includes the Crain’s Magazine 8th. Annual small Business of the Year Award and The Harlem Chamber 16 Small Business Award.

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John’s and played in Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Peru scoring (20.0) average. The winner’s circle of the evening include 2nd. time winner The King Of Wings  Benjamin Montgomery Unites States Navy Retiree, Fashion Designer Michael Leon-chicken salad is what every party must have, Chef CJ who’s passion as a single father inspired him to cook simply to make

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people happy, winner of deserts: Candi of Kakes & Katering. Kevin Lewis of MIST Harlem who’s beef rib in a wrap-sauteed in a sweet cola sauce with a special jerk gravy was a delight and enjoyed by all. While the winner’s took home bragging rights along with beautiful trophies, there were other mentioned chef’s who were awarded for their time and cooking efforts, which

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included Princess’s father Mr. Louis Jenkins who kept it traditional with a home style favorite   beef and mashed p o t a t o e s   . J a c o b ’s restaurant with soul food delights and must have mac & cheese, a catering favorite Eric Berry of Soul Fixins,Andre Fenner who loved cooking since working at a women’s shelter. All cooks ensured that the evening of enjoyment, enlightenment and great food

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which are all ingredients of a wonderful evening for change. This year’s honorees included Chef Cisse (owner and executive chef of Ponty Bistro & Renaissance Harlem), Kyle S. Edmonds esq. (Attorney-KSEesq.) Raymond P. Lewis (Founder of Lewis & Associates) and Guy Wood Sr.( Co-founder and head designer of 5001 Flavors and creative director of Harlem Haberdashery). All honorees were recognized based on their works and love of community. They have demonstrated leadership, volunteered and mentored others. This is an annual event so plan to attend next year.

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By Lil Nickelson on’t you ever wonder why the pain is there and what you can do about it? Come to this workshop to learn how you don’t have to live in pain anymore. Laura Abadsantos-Rogers, Director of the Ki Energy Wellness Center located at 13 West 122nd Street in between Lenox Avenue and Marcus Garvey Park is hosting a 2-hour workshops on January 15, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm that features the EGOSCUE’S PAIN FREE METHOD. The center is a 501©3 tax exempt organization so the workshop is free, but please think about making a donation to the center to help continue providing programs and services like this in Central Harlem. Sometimes pain shows up in our bodies and it’s not because we did something wrong or had a freak accident to bring it into our body. We tend to go along living with the acute, or even chronic pain in our bodies until it reaches a point that we go see our primary care physician and possibly a surgical specialist. Laura is a Ki Energy master, holistic and homeopathic practitioner, as well as director of the Ki Energy Wellness Center. Despite her vast practical knowledge and experience in the health and wellness realm, pain entered her body too. When it did she began researching what she could do to regain control of her health and get back the life

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Leigh was dating New York Navigators basketballer Christian Graham when she died, and his name was in the diary; to Mallory, that made him a suspect. And as it happened, her editor, Charlie, gave her an assignment to write about Christian’s charity organization. It was the perfect opportunity to find out more about the man Leigh seemed drawn to. To her surprise, Mallory learned that Christian was a truly nice guy, but her investigator’s background nagged her to dig deeper. She knew that he strongly mentored a kid enrolled in his charity, and that he had a soft spot for the boy. Rumor was that the teen had been sick but Mallory also heard there was violence involved. There was something about the boy and Christian’s relationship with him that made her act rashly. One ill-considered act, and Mallory’s entire life crashed. And that was just fine. It gave her more time to figure out what happened to Leigh and whether Christian Graham was involved her death. Leigh once called Christian a “triple threat”: smart, handsome, and successful. But was he a killer, too? In the beginning of “Triple Threat” and until about twenty pages in, the temptation to quit the book may be strong. It’s slower than chilled

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