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GOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE! Happy Holidays!!! Women in the Black presented another successful “Men Cooking For Change” event. There were dozens of chefs presenting mouthwatering dishes that left a smile on your mouth. (see page 10). This is another reminder to shop with small businesses in your neighborhood this holiday season and go to neighborhood restaurants. There are more than 100 new restaurants that have opened in Harlem in the past decade so you have a wide variety of choices for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and evening entertainment. See a listing of small businesses you may want to purchase items or services from this holiday season in Harlem. (see pages 13-14 Again, have a safe and happy holiday and remember to do some of that shopping and dine with small businesses in your community.

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Whole Foods This display was inspired by holiday meals and the aspect of togetherness that comes with this spectacular time of the year. Beans and lentils are a staple meal for nearly every holiday, and for some, they even symbolize prosperity and good luck. This fireplace, which is adorned with different types of beans and lentils represents the Whole Foods brand, togetherness, warmth and holiday foods. Display by Lauren Fremgen and Giuliana Buono


Harlem Haberdashery The concept behind this Harlem Haberdashery holiday display is

to showcase the artistic sides of the Harlem Renaissance, Jazz Music and the Strong Community Bond in Harlem. The presentation of a silhouetted figure represents a musician of the jazz era in Harlem. Dazzling with the bursting of lights, it represents the dreams of the people. Keeping culture authentic is one of the main challenges of our time, because trends everywhere have become generalized. Display by Stephanie Lai and Cynthia Chandra

Grandma’s Place This Holiday window is inspired by the elegance of a child’s music box. It represents a frosted winter fantasy environment. Display by Nora Mohamed and Iris Yang

Harlem Coffee Co. The Three Kings represent a story of hope, kindness and bearing gifts

to the Christ Child. This window display adds a contemporary twist to the traditional story of the Three Kings. In this representation, the King’s are delivering the gift of music. Instead of traveling through Bethlehem, they’re traveling through Harlem. Display by Patrick O’Connor and Shona Neary

Corner Social W 126th St

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Whole Foods Market W 124th St Harlem Shake W 123rd St

Malcolm X Blvd

W 122nd St

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cultural celebrations taking place throughout the Harlem community! Inspired by seven Traditional Harlem Celebrations: Three Kings Day, Christmas, Hanuka, Loiza, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Harlem Week.

Display by Samantha Skopas and Maria Resavage

Settepani This display is titled Sounds of the Season, and is inspired by the music of our holiday celebrations. With familiar symbols and lyrics, we honor three holidays—Christmas, Hanukkah, and Loiza. All around the world, music is the common thread through which we celebrate the things we love. No matter where we are from, music unites us in our joy and brings us together. Display by Katia Michalopoulos and Subin Oh

Valerie Signature Salon

For this display it was important for the design to compliment the brand identity at Valerie Signature Salon. the five pedestals symbolize the roots of Harlem and the multiple cultures that have migrated to Harlem over the years. Display by Asabea Ayres and Alyssa Moreno

Flatiron Sprint Store W 120th St Grandma’s Place Settepani W 119th St

Valerie Signature Salon

“No matter how you celebrate, New York stays connected. ” Imagine its the holidays and you are sitting to have dinner with your family and friends in New York City. Everyone celebrates a different holiday and you’re a unique group of people. This is New York City every day—bustling with people of different holidays. This design features an abstracted Lady Liberty hosting an eclectic dinner party that encompasses the holiday spirit of New York. Everyone’s invited! Display by Joseph Klaus, Alexandra D’Alleva and YooJung Lee

W 118th St

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Corner Social sends a message of love and inclusivity for the holidays through the festive display of many different cultural icons, along with symbols of love, unity and peace. "Live In Love" expresses the spirit of an establishment that wants everyone to feel welcome and represented through their holiday display. Curated by Omo Misha

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For more information on activities please visit or call 212.866.7427

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This year’s theme was conceived by The Schomburg Center's immersive Teen Curator's

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Harlem Holiday Windows 2017 By: William “Tony” Rogers President Harlem Tourism Board


he Harlem Holiday Win-

erdashery, 245 Malcolm X Blvd;n

undergraduates from Fashion In-

dows project is an ex-

Harlem Shake, 100 West 124th

stitute of Technology’s inter-dis-

cellent example of how

Street; Settepani Restaurant, 196

ciplinary Visual Presentations

local businesses, artists, civic

Malcolm X Blvd.; Valerie’s Sig-

and Exhibition Design (VPED).

organizations, educational institu-

nature Salon, 163 Malcolm X

Each window reflects one or

tions. The public sector and Har-

Blvd.; Whole Foods Market Har-

more of the following Harlem

lem residents can come together

lem, 100 West 125th Street; and

Celebrations; Christmas, Three

around the holiday season to

Corner Social, 321 Malcolm X

Kings Day, Hanukah, Loisa, Ra-

jointly create a cultural economic

Blvd. All members of the Harlem

madan, and Kwanzaa.

development project where every-

Tourism Board.

The sponsors for this year’s HHW project are: ArtCrawl Har-

Board, The Manhattan Branch of

also played a meaningful role in

lem and VP of the Harlem Tour-


lem, The Mount Morris Park

NAACP, The Manhattan Borough

this Community celebration. The

ism Board. Each year the project

this year’s holiday project are

theme was suggested by high

Community Improvement Asso-

president’s office and The Harlem

Harlem Holiday Windows project

has grown and this year’s is the

Grandma’s Place, 84 West 120th

school students from the Schom-

ciation, the Harlem Community

Community News.

was developed three years ago


Street; Harlem Coffee Company,

burg Center’s immersive teen cu-

Development Corporation, Cor-

Many of Harlem’s artists, tour

through the vision of Jackie Or-

Harlem Holiday Windows

151 Lenox Avenue; Harlem Hab-

rator’s program and executed by

ner Social, The Harlem Tourism

guides and business professionals

ange President of Artcrawl Har-

will be up until January 2nd I

one can benefit. The participating business in

The theme for this year is “Harlem Celebrations.”

invite you to come out to see the wonderful results of a community working together; you can visit www.harlemholidaywindows. com or call 212 866-7427 for additional Information.

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Young, Gifted, and Black. What No One Told Me About Being “First” to go to College By Brandon Terrell

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was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in my neighborhood drove me to submit a college application that changed my life’s trajectory. I wasn’t going to college to become an adult; I faced mature challenges and struggles long before filling out my college applications. For me, higher education represented an escape from adult struggles. But I couldn’t escape the financial challenges. For first-generation college students like me, the responsibilities designed for mature adults were often delegated to us adolescents. Now that I’m in graduate school, I have some distance and perspective on what first-gens really need to thrive at a four-year college. And, despite some model programs at universities, I fear the current political climate and threatened budget cuts will only make it harder for first-gens to obtain a four-year degree. I know from experience my journey as a first-gen and non-traditional undergraduate college student is devas-

tatingly common. No one in high school or college spoke to me about the financial realities of being a student who couldn’t rely on family for support. FASFA, Pell Grants and loans were foreign concepts. The conversations I had growing up rarely involved college. We talked about who was buying dinner that night or who needed to get a job to help pay bills. Survival was the goal. By the time I applied to college, I had already tangled with life and boxed with oppression, discrimination, stereotypical beliefs, and negative ideologies, all while juggling school, plus a job or two. Life had prepared me for college. But the challenges never stopped coming.  Even as I struggled to pay tuition and buy meals when the food courts closed for the weekends, I often got calls from relatives who needed help buying groceries. Relief started with me. I had no safety net - I WAS the safety net.

Completing college required a survival balancing act; maintaining my GPA, bridging gaps back at home, and navigating collegiate bureaucracies while carefully responding to microaggressions and prejudice in majority white spaces. Spectators would classify the underlying factor of our motivation as “grit” or “determination,” but for many first gens, our motivation is simply survival. We have no choice. Missing an assignment, being too tired to attend a bio lecture after working more than 30 hours a week, failing a 300 level course, or even missing a tuition payment created a slippery slope back to the environment that suffocated dreams.  But we are a population colleges and universities cannot afford to lose, as we represented 36 percent of students seeking a four-year degree nationwide in 2012.  Politicians, educators, social workers, counselors,

and administrators must address the intersecting social and cultural challenges that precede our applications, accompany us to college, and follow us even after securing a degree. Access to college and financial aid is not enough to secure a better quality of life for students coming from low-income backgrounds. The gap is widening, with only 14 percent of the most economically disadvantaged students earning a bachelor’s degree, according to a 2015 federal study. We need a different support system to thrive in college that includes mentors, help with living expenses and travel costs, tutors, flexible schedules, and emotional support from other students who feel isolated, but are coping with similar struggles.  We need to stop talking about college attainment in simplistic ways. It takes so much more than grit. Brandon Terrell is currently attending graduate school at Eastern Michigan University after graduating there in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He also works at the University of Michigan as a program assistant for the community health department.

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Home Buying In Harlem Be Prepared to Buy Now


by Rev. Charles Butler


t this time of year, it is easy for prospective first-time home buyers to get distracted by the ‘spirit of the season.’ Holiday shopping can be a financially dangerous time for first-time home buyers. Don’t go overboard with shopping for gifts. This season can throw you momentarily off course. You must fight to maintain your focus throughout the entire home buying process. Here are some suggestions to help. (1) Explain to family and friends that you are planning to purchase a home and will have to cut back on the gift giving this year. This will be a tough decision, but necessary if you are to become a homeowner. Remember

that you are on a mission. Don’t let the holiday season impede your home buying progress. Don’t get caught in the shopping frenzy madness. (2) If you must buy some gifts, use your monthly household budget to anticipate how much you can spend and stay within your budget. Look for items on sale. If you have any special arts and crafts talents, make some gifts. You want to aggressively save as much money as possible for your home. The more you can save, the sooner you will be ready to buy. Eliminate all wasteful spending. (3) Use reminders to stay motivated. Calculate your projected purchase date and place it on your mirrors,

the refrigerator and carry it around in your wallet or purse. Picture your dream house or apartment.Visual images can be a powerful tool in making your dream become a reality. Remain positive throughout the process. Each step will bring you closer to your goal. Take aim at your target. If you are not shooting at something, you probably will not hit anything! Before you realize it, another year will be gone, and you will be in the same situation, wondering what happened. If you are interested in attending the workshop or have questions regarding the home buying process, contact Rev. Dr. Charles Butler at (212) 281 4887 ext. 231 or email at



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Dec 13 and 14, 7:30pm UPTOWN NIGHTS. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presents Stretch Music X Afro New Orleanian/Black Indian Music Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah returns with two nights of genre blind music that will Stretch jazz music’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his own native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean. Join us on a sonic journey that creates a bridge to liberation and freedom with some of music’s most daring musicians and improvisers. Tickets start at $20. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue.


Dec 15. 16. 17 (See times below) HSA THEATRE ALLIANCE PRESENTS “HARLEM HOLIDAY LIVE!” Celebrate the holiday season with a multi-disciplinary performance by the HSA Theatre Alliance, Dorothy Maynor Singers, HSA Dance Ensemble and HSA Dance Junior Ensemble. Production Direction by Alfred Preisser. Written by Josiah Fluker-McInnis. Cho-

reography by Aubrey Lynch II, Leyland Simmons, Brianna Reed, and Tracy Johnson. Musical Direction & Arrangements by Rob Baumgartner. Vocal Direction by Yolanda Wyns. Fridays, 7PM | Saturdays, 3PM & 7PM | Sundays, 3PM. $20 Advance | $25 Door | $15 Students & Seniors. Harlem School of the Arts (645 Saint Nicholas Avenue) 212-926-4100 Dec 16, 1:30pm Schomburg Ed: Going Way Back with Big Daddy Kane. The Schomburg’s Hip Hop History Project’s first installment of “Going Way Back” will feature Grammy award-winning rapper Big Daddy Kane. The event will celebrate the legacy of hip-hop culture with artists that introduced the genre to the masses and offer a rare opportunity to fresh insight into to the origins of Hip Hop music. Big Daddy Kane will kick-off the 30th-anniversary celebration of his debut album “Long Live The Kane”, discuss Afro-masculinity, his novel, and the influential “Dark Gable” persona. This discussion is produced by the Schomburg Center Junior

Scholars Program and Billboard magazine’s first rap editor Havelock Nelson. Youth ages 13-19 have priority seating. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 Dec 16, 8pm HOLIDAY JOY: A Gospel Celebration featuring: Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and the Greater Allen Cathedral Choir. Hosted by Liz Black. The Apollo stage is set for a night of soul stirring Holiday gospel music featuring multi-platinum superstar and five-time Grammy Award-winner Yolanda Adams (“Open My Heart”, “The Battle is the Lord’s”) with Grammy Award-winner Donnie McClurkin (“We Fall Down,” “Stand”). With their stunning voices, dazzling energy and unshakable faith, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin promise to lift your Holiday spirits and bless your Christmas season. Tickets start at $35. Platinum Tickets include a pre-performance meet & greet with Yolanda Adams.

Premium Tickets start at $85 and include a glass of champagne or Coke product. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. (212) 5315305 Dec 17, 10am-3pm (Weekly Event) Gospel Brunch featuring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir and Red Rooster’s famous soul food brunch. Reservations are encouraged. 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 info@ Dec 31, 2pm-4pm Hands On | Kuumba Kwanzaa. Join us in celebrating Kuumba, the Kwanzaa principle of creativity! Engage in variety of special art-making activities, explore the galleries in an interactive scavenger hunt, and more! Free. Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street). 212.864.4500 Jan 3, 9:30am2:30pm COQUI CLUB: Earth, Fire & Wind. Learn, play, explore, and grow at El Museo’s bilingual program for our tiniest visitors. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month as we

embark on an adventure to discover new ways of interacting with art and each other. With time for play, storytelling, museum walks, and art making, Coquí Club provides a fun and active way to explore El Museo and enjoy creative themes together. Program length: 60 minutes. Recommended for children ages 1-4 and their caregivers. No reservations required, first come first served. Dress for a mess! FIRST SESSION: 9:30am10:30am. SECOND SESSION: 11:00am-12:00pmTHIRD SESSION: 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Free. El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue) 212-831-7272 Jan 5, 6pm-10pm First Fridays: ”Beyoncé Vs. Rihanna” Edition. We’re excited to bring you a special “Beyoncé Vs. Rihanna” Edition of First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering! Celebrating these two amazing superstars whose music embodies the best of R&B, soul, pop, and Caribbean sounds and whose legacies exemplify the best of Black Girl Magic. Guests are invited to mix and mingle in the Langston

Hughes Lobby and enjoy our signature drinks while grooving to beats by DJ Backbr3aka, with our host of the evening Dhalimu from Dhali’s Closet. With our extended hours, guests are also invited to check out our three exhibitions Black Power, Power in Print, and Unshackled Ink. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 2756975. Jan 16, 7-9pm Ella: A Centennial Celebration will feature jazz icon Dee Dee Bridgewater and singing sensation Wé McDonald of The Voice fame who will pay tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald in honor of her centennial. This intimate evening includes a pre-concert champagne reception, star-studded performance, and VIP shuttle transportation to the pri- v a t e after party. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue. For tickets, call 212-281-9240(212) 281-9240

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the Diamond Resorts family. After covering

LPGA stars, and celebrity golfers. Some of

tational. See you in Orlando in January!

Officer Mike Flaskey, who created the Dia-

to take this to a new level’, and that’s what

an amazing experience for me.”

not only Mayweather vs McGregor but the

the stars confirmed for 2018 include Nation-

Watch the press conference announc-

mond Resorts Invitational™, discussing the

you did at Diamonds Resort and it gets

“As far as the overall experience, and

championship game of Ice Cube’s BIG3

al Football League legends Marcus Allen

ing the 2018 Diamond Resorts Invitational

origin of the charity golf tournament.

better and better each year,” Clemens said.

now, having the senior tour players, having

Basketball League, I woke up the next morn-

and Brian Urlacher, National Basketball As-

featuring Roger Clemens, Mike Modano,

“Thanks for the invite and I love it that all

some of the LPGA players, it’s unbelievable

ing to attend the brunch. Finally, the intimate

sociation legend Ray Allen, Major League

Cole Swindell, Blair O’Neal, and Colt Ford.

the fans come out.”

the access that you have,” Fort said. “It’s a

concert featuring Cole Swindell was my

Baseball legends Greg Maddux, Tom

“The Diamond Resorts Invitational started out as a weekend fundraiser called

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22nd Annual "Men Cooking for Change" at The Harlem Alhambra Ballroom By Lil Nickelson


n Sunday, December 3, 2017, Women in the Black held their 22nd annual

“Men Cooking For Change “

foodraiser at The Harlem Alhambra Ballroom located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd from 3pm to

a Harlem-based entrepreneurial organization created to educate, train and support women business owners. Women in the Black is committed to educating and equipping women with the skills and resources necessary to start, build, lead and grow successful small busi-

entertained by a DJ and a R & B soloist who had the audience singing along like we were her background singers. Some of us even got up to do some line dancing to work off that food too. Four men of distinction were presented as Man on a

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(l-r) Timothy Greene, Princess Jenkins, Musa Jacksn, Harriet Rosebud, Daryl Miles, Colby Simons Jenkins


8pm. The event showcases VIP chef demonstrations and hundreds of mouth-watering delicacies presented by top chefs, caterers, bakers and restaurants. Women in the Black is

nesses in their communities primarily in the New York metropolitan area. While we noshed our way around the room sampling everyone’s food and beverage offerings, we were

(l-r) Chef Benjamin Montogomery, previous King of Wings Winner with 2017 “King of Wings” winner Chef Garrett Mason.

Mission honorees this year. They were: Douglas Hamilton Caranda-Mitchell of Serengeti Kitchen for “Restaurant of the Year.” Bob Law National Radio

(l-r) Chef Chester Walker, Chef with Best Poultry Dish.

Host & Political Activist Musa Jackson, Harlem Ambassador, owns a successful Harlem-based event production and brand strategist company. Jesse Taylor, “Chef of the Year.” A few women and men food and beverage entrepreneurs were in attendance to show off their products like NYC’s Best Dressed Cupcakes with her alcohol-infused cupcakes, The Eggroll Queen with her vegetarian egg rolls, Kamoni Ice with a special blend of rum alcohol and passion fruit juices and the lady with the moist roast turkey with peaches. There were over a dozen male chefs at the event who entered into the competition to showcase their

Daxter Barnett, “King of Chefs” and Seafood category winner

culinary artistry. The following chefs won with their award-winning dishes: Garrett Mason won King of Wings with Sweet & spicy wings served with coconut rice. Louis Jenkins won in the Beef category with Roast beef with gravy and mashed potatoes. Chester Walker won in the Poultry category with Chicken Rasta pasta dish. Dexter Barnett won in the Seafood category with Fried catfish bites with sauce on a mini cornbread loaf. J. Rose Catering won in the Vegetarian category with Kale & cabbage medley in smoked oil. Cuzin’s Duzin won in the Dessert category with mini donuts covered with

(l-r) Chef Eric Berry “Best Macaroni dish” ” winner

assorted syrups and glazes. Ed Berry won in the Salad category with Macaroni salad. Jacob Restaurant won in the Pasta category with Baked Macaroni and cheese. Crowning the King of Chefs out of these eight categories wasn’t easy because some people were voting for more than one gentlemen; the food was just that good. In the end though, Dexter Barnett was crowned “King of Chefs” for his seafood dish. He was crowned the best of the best and received a six-foot trophy for bragging rights until next year and his photo in our newspaper. Congratulations King Chef Dexter Barnett, Chef/Owner of D. Myles Chef & Catering.

(l-r) “King of Chefs” Dexter Barnett, Princess Jenkins, “Best Dessert” Chef Todd James of Cuzin’s Duzin.







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Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine 10th Anniversary Gala


arlem community leaders and Touro

All proceeds from the Gala will go toward

help TouroCOM educate minority doctors and

that everyone receives quality health care and

College of Osteopathic Medicine

funding additional scholarships for URMs.

address health disparities by serving the under-

Touro is on the road to making that happen.


They are committed and we renew our com-

(TouroCOM) founders and their

To rousing applause, Dr. Hazel Dukes,

supporters packed the Schomburg Center for

president of the NAACP New York State

“I decided that I would be a voice for Tou-

Research in Black Culture in Harlem recently

Conference, who is both a founder of the Tou-

ro and tonight, 10 years later, I’m still commit-

Following Dr. Dukes, Dr. Alan Kadish,

to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the school’s

roCOM-Harlem Community Advisory Board

ted to make sure that…our board will continue

president of Touro College and University sys-

opening in Harlem and their joint efforts in ed-

(CAB) and was honored at the event, renewed

the same legacy,” Dr. Dukes said. “Health is

tem, reinforced the message. “Disparity cannot

ucating underrepresented minorities (URMs).

the CAB’s commitment made 10 years ago to

wealth and we are committed to making sure

be allowed to continue. We need to continue to


David Dinkins, Former Mayor, New York City; Dr. David A. Forstein, Dean, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem campus

Kenneth Steier, DO, Executive Dean, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; Geoffrey E. Eaton, President, NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, Former Chief of Staff to Cong. Charles B. Rangel; Walter J. Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Full Spectrum of NY LLC; Patricia E. Salkin, J.D., Provost, Graduate and Professional Divisions, Touro College and University System; Dr. David A. Forstein, Dean, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLC), Former Manhattan Borough President, 1998-2005; Michael Hardy, Esq, General Counsel, EVP, National Action Network; Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference, member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, member of the NAACP Executive Committee; Dr. Alan Kadish, President of the Touro College and University System

Geoffrey E. Eaton, President, NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, Former Chief of Staff to Cong. Charles B. Rangel, Community Affairs Board (CAB) Honoree; Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference, member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, member of the NAACP Executive Committee, CAB Honoree; Dr. Martin Diamond, Founding Dean of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLC), Former Manhattan Borough President, 1998-2005, CAB Honoree; Walter J. Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Full Spectrum of NY LLC, CAB Honoree; Michael Hardy, Esq, General Counsel, EVP, National Action Network, CAB Honoree

work together to make sure all citizens have

Community Advisory Board being honored:

equal access to excellent health care, as our

Dr. Dukes; the Hon. C. Virginia Fields, pres-

graduates have provided, and that they have

ident and CEO, National Black Leadership

role models,” the president said. “We’ve done

Commission on AIDS, Inc.; Geoffrey E. Eaton,

a lot but we need to more. We want to make

president, NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch;,

sure students are not inhibited from studying

Walter J. Edwards, CEO of Full Spectrum of

medicine because they can’t afford it.”

N.Y., LLCC and Michael A. Hardy, Esq., Gen-

The festive evening included appearances

eral Counsel, EVP, National Action Network.

by numerous high profile leaders in Harlem

TouroCOM founders honored were Dr.

and NYC, including former Mayor David Din-

Bernard Lander, OBM, founding president

kins, former Gov. David Paterson, and the five

Touro College; Martin Diamond, DO, founding

original members of the TouroCOM-Harlem

dean; Sheldon Sirota, DO, OBM; Thomas J. Monahan, M.A., past executive secretary, NY State Bd. Of Medicine; and Jay Sexter, Ph.D., founding CEO. After a cocktail reception with jazz music provided by The Phil Young Experience, the awards program opened with a 10th Anniversary Video. Alumni shared how their education made them want to serve local communities and help the underserved. Founders talked about how the CAB helped the school succeed

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in its mission to serve those in need.


David Paterson, Former New York Governor and Distinguished Professor of Health Care and Public Policy Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Alan Kadish, President of the Touro College and University System



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Fun Holiday Tech Gift Ideas for Kids


Shopping for a gaming console? Seek out family-friendly options that offer opportunities for age-appropriate or educational gaming. Some consoles even provide parental controls, so monitoring use is easy. Camera Fun Little cinematographers and videographers may enjoy the Kidizoom Action Cam 180, a 180-degree rotatable camera that takes photos and videos with fun features like slow and fast-motion. It comes with accessories needed to mount it to a bike, skateboard and more while taking action shots. The all-weather, water-resistant case allows for use up to six feet underwater, perfect for swimming and splashing. For even more fun, kids can play one of three included games. Drones Kids have always loved flying toys and with the technological advancements in drones, they can be had at all price points with a wide variety of capabilities. For beginners, you’ll want to consider durable drones with easy controls. Just be sure to look into local rules and regulations to be sure you’re flying in appropriate places that aren’t

restricted. Handheld Smart Devices With quality content and robust features similar to those found in parents’ smartphones, KidiBuzz lets children message over Wi-Fi to a parent-approved contact list. They can also push the talk button and send quick voice messages. Through the kid-safe web browser, users can visit popular pre-approved websites, and can also download Android apps. It’s also a multimedia player for listening to music and watching videos. Kids can explore silly stamps, frames and photo effects and use them to capture pictures and selfies or make their own videos with the 180-degree rotating camera. The device includes more than 40 learning games and apps and its bumper and shatter-safe screen means kids can take it virtually anywhere. Make this holiday season the most exciting one yet for kids, with great new tech gear that engages, informs and entertains.

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ooking for some kid-friendly tech gear this holiday season? Here are some on-trend gift ideas, featuring engaging content for kids. Wearable Tech Wearable tech is a great choice for energetic kids, as it seamlessly integrates innovative technology into their active lifestyles. For even more value, consider devices that combine fun with learning. For instance, with the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2, they can take pictures and videos, play games, tell time and more. The durable watch features a sleek design that includes 55 customizable watch faces to help kids learn to tell time, as well as two cameras that allow children to capture everything from action videos to selfies that can be customized in the Silly Yourself app or made into new watch faces. Kids can also use the watch’s motion sensor for active play challenges or to track movements. The watch features an assortment of innovative games, including Monster Catcher, which uses augmented reality to help kids find and capture virtual monsters in the real world. Gaming Systems

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he holiday season is all about giving. This year, consider combining thoughtful gifts for loved ones with charitable efforts that benefit the larger community. There are many great ways to do so. Here are a few. Give Books and Donate Shopping for a bibliophile? Along with the gift of a book, consider honoring your gift recipient while promoting literacy and a love of reading in the wider community. Libraries often have programs that offer gift givers an opportunity to donate a book in someone’s name. Or, you may consider donating books or a magazine subscription

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lies and create uncertainty about water quality, consider gifting something essential -- safe hydration on-the-go. Refillable water bottles that feature built-in filters can give recipients access to safe drinking water from virtually anywhere. Those from LifeStraw re-

move 99.999999 percent of waterborne bacteria (including E. coli and salmonella) and 99.999 percent of waterborne protozoa (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium), while reducing chlorine, organic chemical matter, bad taste, and odor. For kids, LifeStraw Play is a good choice and will offer parents greater peace of mind. It’s the first water bottle with a two-stage filter designed for children. The 10 oz. bottle is dishwasher safe, and its sturdy leakproof design makes safer drinking convenient at home, school, on camping trips or during emergencies. For adults, consider LifeStraw Go with two-stage filtration that

ensures safe hydration during travel, at home, in the office, at the gym, and outdoors. For those thinking charitably this season, consider that for every LifeStraw product purchased, one child in a developing community is provided with clean drinking water for an entire school year through the company’s Follow the Liters program. As of now, Follow the Liters has provided safe drinking water to 633,000 students at 1,000 schools, and plans to reach one million students by early 2018. LifeStraw products are available for purchase at specialty retailers and online at www.lifestraw. com.


Give a Local Experience When shopping for a loved one or friend who seems to have everything, planning an experience may have a greater, longer-lasting impact than a gift card, video game, or flowers. Consider giving tickets to an art gallery, a play at a nearby theater, or a local museum. Many of these venues are non-profit and donate revenues from ticket sales to charitable foundations. At the same time, you’ll be supporting your local community. This holiday season, you can spread cheer to loved ones and beyond with thoughtful gifts that make the world a better place.

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cially when days are short. Consider brightening their way to make adventures safer with a headlight. For bright light of up to 180 lumens, the Energizer Vi-

sion HD headlight is an affordable, practical stocking stuffer. To light the path for both owner and pet on those wintry nights, the headlight features three light modes

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BEYOND THE PAIN at Harlem’s Kennedy Center

By Hazel Rosetta Smith


HSCC - Central Harlem Senior Citizens’ Centers, Inc., funded in part by NYC Department for the Aging, currently sponsors three centers: KENNEDY at 34 West 134th Street; ST. NICHOLAS at 210 West 131 Street and BEATRICE LEWIS at 2322 Third Avenue. Each location is staffed with a diverse crew and hosts its own variety of programs and activities for their membership. For the past few months,

my schedule has allotted time to revisit the Kennedy Center where I first became a member in 2002, under the directorship of Rita Carrington, who has since retired. Kennedy is now under the tutelage of the Executive Director of CHSCC, Inc., Ralph Dumont, MSW. My return was to attend BEYOND THE PAIN, a class facilitated by Sonia Joy Robinson Dyer. Miss Sonia Joy is a woman of stature with a heart devoted to serving in God’s vineyard. I am a longtime witness to the good works of her caring character and loving hands. Saturday mornings, Sonia Joy is engaging with the young people of the Abyssinian Church’s Blue Nile Ministry cultural and spiritual training. Come Sunday, 7am, she is the first to arrive at Abyssinian to The Praying Band, where her soul-filled prayers are bless-

ings to those in need of healing. Thursday evenings, Sister Sonia is on duty with the church’s Exodus Ministry to uplift and provide community information to those recently released from incarceration. On Thursday mornings, 9am to 11:30am, Kennedy Center is the place to find Sonia Joy encouraging a committed group of seniors to aim BEYOND THE PAIN by keeping the mind and body actively engaged in living the best life possible for as long as possible. Attendees range in age from 62 to 96. Miss Sonia says “The goal is to invite each person seated around the table to share their ROSES (the good in their life) and the THORNS (those trials and tribulations that need to be addressed and worked out). It opens an opportunity to share collectively so that individually we will recognize that our cir-

Standing (L-r) Loretta Johnson, SONIA JOY ROBINSON DYER, Elizabeth Evans, Lucy White, Ruth Jones, Carolyn Carter, Lorraine Millender - Seated (L-r) Josephine Colter, Mary Harwell, Augustine Peterson, Laura Garey

cumstances are similar and our desire to be healthy and happy is the same. Prior to the class, the gathering begins with breakfast, i.e., eggs, sausage, grits and muffins and often includes some of Miss Sonia Joy’s native-born Jamaican specialties: Ackee (tree fruit) and Callaloo (vegetables) with Codfish. Baked yams and fried escovitch fish would show up unexpected.

A senior center can be a valuable home away from home that provides daily activities for those who can now set their own schedule after the constrictions of a 9 to 5 job. The center setting may not be your choice, but it is offering more than sitting at home watching the tube. Meeting other retirees, affordable lunching, playing games like Dominoes, PoKe-

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he appropriate greeting this season in Merry Christmas. We must maintain the spirit of this season as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Keep Christ in Christmas! Fort Motte Baptist Church, on Willis Avenue in the Bronx, had a coat collection/ giveaway service last Saturday. It corresponded with the first snowfall of the season. Rev. James

Duckett is the Pastor. Rev. Dr. Lester Taylor was the preacher for the Installation Service for the United Missionary Baptist Church Association last week. The installation was held at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, in Harlem. Rev. Dr. Jessie Williams is the Pastor of Convent. Rev. Charles Smith, Pastor of Christ Temple Baptist Church, celebrat-

ed his 21st Anniversary as Pastor last week. Guest preachers for the celebration were Rev. Gloria Bradshaw, Rev. Hiram Ratliff, and Rev. Jamel Moore. Rev. Isaac Graham and the Macedonia Baptist Church ordained six women in the Gospel Ministry last Sunday. Mt. Neboh Baptist celebrated Friends and Family Day. Rev. Johnnie Greene is the Pastor.

Rev. Keith Branch and the Branch Singers present a live recording session at New Life Cathedral. 110 Junius Street, Brooklyn, on December 16. Ticket giveaway on The 3G Experience, Thursday morning 6-10am ( w w w. w h c r. o r g ) Archbishop Robert Rochford is the Pastor. We were talking about the Ministers in Harlem and the Bronx that are

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ere’s to us. A toast to our years together, our friendships, things we’ve done and laughs we’ve had. Here’s to us – together forever. We need to do this more often. We need to stay in touch. As author Gabrielle Union says, “We’re Going to Need More Wine.” When she was still a small child, Gabrielle Union knew how life kept score. She was born in Omaha, but her parents moved the family to Pleasanton, California, about an hour from Oakland, when Union was in second grade. Her father was intent on “keeping up with the Joneses” with the move, but he didn’t quite accomplish that: he’d chosen a “nearly as good” neighborhood, but it wasn’t good enough. For much of her childhood,

Union “felt real green on being black.” She spent junior high trying to fit in with the white girls at school and wishing for a boyfriend; in summertime, she stayed with her grandmother in Nebraska, trying to catch up on “being black.” It was there where she finally realized that “black boys like me.” It took time for her to like herself. As with many girls, Union says that she didn’t know much about her own body, which was troubling, but she learned over time with (and from) her peers. She fought her natural hair and “learned to apologize for my very skin” because she was darker than her mother and sisters. She was told that she was “funny,” when she really wanted to hear that she was pretty. That finally happened

when a white boy went from “JUSTASFRIENDS” to temporary boyfriend, and Union lost her virginity. It was bittersweet – their romance didn’t last long at all - but there it was. Stealing boyfriends, though… that could be problematic. So could marrying a man when you see big issues even before the wedding. So could a TV part, when you’re literally the first Black person to appear on the show. So could working at a retail store, and a man with a gun walks in… I have to say that I didn’t like “We’re Going to Need More Wine” at the outset. The introduction feels awfully familiar, in a forced-friendship kind of way, as though it was trying too hard to make me like it. My advice: skip it. Or read it

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y father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.” – Marlo Thomas I am delighted to once again join my Harlem News family after a couple of

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As of the writing of this article I am still catching up on hours of lost sleep. It puts me in the mindset of a story a close friend told us over the holidays about the time they had to travel by car for a business meeting after a particularly hectic week and they were extremely exhausted. Next thing they knew they were traveling down an embankment but woke up in time to come to a screeching halt

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