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GOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE! Happy Holidays!!! Happy Kwanzaa. Plan to celebrate Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History. It is an annual celebration. (see page 10) Also, plan to celebrate Kwanzaa with your family and friends. It is a great way to start the New Year. Next week we start a new year - 2018. I plan to be more conscientious about my food choices, spend more time exercising, rest more, “party more” and take Harlem News to the next level. I am sure most of us can improve our lives by being more organized. In this issue we offer you ways to cut through the chaos and stay organized in the New Year, as well as ways to better organize your medical information. (see page 21). Continue to have a safe and happy holiday season and remember to do some of that shopping and dine with small businesses in your community.. Happy New Year!

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How to Be More Creative in the New Year

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hose with creative or artistic aspirations know that consistently staying motivated and inspired is easier said than done. Whether you’re a songwriter, a poet or a visual artist, these tried-and-true habits and new tools can help you to create your best work in the new year. Me Time A little bit of me-time goes a long way. Carve out some space each week for your own pursuits beyond the time spent working on projects. Learn where and when you do your best thinking, brainstorming and reflection. Is it on a morning walk through the park? Do you need complete silence? Don’t be afraid to request some solitude from loved ones. This may also

be a good opportunity to disconnect from your devices for a bit. Leave your phone off or at home so you aren’t tempted to distract yourself. Innovative Tools

New technology can actually inspire you to be more creative, revolutionizing the way you plan, design and write by hand. For example, many creative people are turning to devic-

es called eWriters, electronic tablets which combine the functionality of notepads, sketchbooks, memo books and more, and which offer unique features you don’t get with traditional

pen and paper. For example, Blackboard by Boogie Board is the first ever writing tool featuring Liquid Crystal Paper for a comfortable, natural inkless pen on paper-like writing (and erasing) experience with no lag or delay. Its transparent writing surface allows users to write on any document, photo, map or digital screen, and several templates are included, such as lines, grids and more, which is ideal for collaborative editing. A free app makes saving, organizing, searching and sharing work, doodles and edits easy. And because it works on a replaceable five-year battery, users don’t have to worry about chargers or outlets, making it a convenient tool to use wherever inspiration strikes.

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Set up a Work Space While you should be prepared to create wherever the spirit moves you, having a dedicated workspace at home is a good idea. Be sure it’s comfortable, away from distractions and brightly lit. Make it a space you want to spend time. Add flowers or plants, artwork and other items that inspire you. Get Inspired Who do you most admire? You may get inspired by learning more about your greatest artistic heroes. Read their biographies to learn what made them tick and how they spent their days. This New Year, resolve to adopt new habits. Innovating the ways that you work can help you to be more creative.

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She Never Ate Her Lunch at School and Here’s Why

By Bernita Bradley

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riceEdneyWire. com) - She was quiet, completed all of her work on time, and followed the rules daily. Occasionally she laughed when the other children were being silly but at playtime she kept to herself. A pleasure to have in any classroom, teachers would love to duplicate her attitude towards learning. One day during summer camp I realized that she never ate her entire lunch. She would eat the warm veggies on the side or maybe the peaches that came as a desert but the sandwich and prepackaged foods she’d take off her tray and leave to the side. I had seen her do this often but this day I watched her closely. Her tray was always empty when she dumped it in the trash so what did she do with the food? No wrappers were there, just the tray and empty containers from the hot foods she ate. The next day I paid even closer attention as she took the food again off the tray.

She looked around the room when it was time for her table to dump their trash. She quickly went over to her cubby, opened her book bag, and put a sandwich and orange inside. An entire week went by and I began to notice just how strategic this little young lady was. She took the longest time collecting her things from her desk at the end of the day. With any papers she needed to take home was a pop tart or breakfast bar she had saved from the morning. The teacher made it a point to offer the students the classroom leftovers. The girl would raise her hand with a number of other students and take whatever was there on the sink in the snack bowl. None of them were allowed to pick over food they knew they weren’t going to eat. Mrs. H reminded them often to not take it if they don’t want it. The children complied. I approached Mrs. H. after she walked the third grade students to the front door for pickup. Have you noticed that lil C. always saves her food and takes it home? She nodded, said no words, but just nodded as if she was waiting to see my response. The school had rules that breakfast and lunches not eaten were supposed to be returned to the cafeteria. Our parent committee had addressed this issue with food

service workers two years prior. Daily trash bags full of lunches were being thrown away and children who were hungry, denied the opportunity to eat. (That’s another story which I will share later) For safety reason the school had made extra food available for kids to have seconds but whatever was left still needed to be sent back. I shared with the teacher a brief reminder of how we fought to allow children to access extra food and for universal lunch. She relaxed and began to share with me how she knew which students needed food in her class. To make sure the other children weren’t aware of it she offered leftovers to everyone. She explained that lil C. had a younger sister and she always takes food home for her as well. She also shared that every Friday the school announced a meeting called the backpack club an half an hour before school ends. I had heard this announcement but thought it to be a reading club. No, it was a group of students that teachers identified who needed additional help with food. Weekly they were given a backpack full of food to take home that was donated by teachers and staff. Backpacks were used to camouflage the food so the students needs were kept confidential. The backpacks were returned

on Monday morning to the office. My heart was so pleased, I was also happy for the students. To think, a third grader strategically looking out for her family. I was outdone. I never said anything else about it but in every classroom I assisted in I made a point to follow Mrs. H’s lead. I reminded students not to take food they knew they wouldn’t eat and offered them leftovers. The next school year we began hosting monthly food drives and gave away food to anyone in the neighborhood. No questions asked. The school partnered with a fresh fruits and vegetables organization that brought prepackaged food cleaned and cut in individual bags both students and staff loved them. I often think about this little girl and how sweet she was even more so how strategic. It prompts me to never be wasteful and that others are in need. This piece originally appeared on the Detroit School Talk Blog. Bernita Bradley is a mother of two, a 24-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. She is a long-time advocate for Detroit parents and students. Her passion is ensuring that the whole child is catered to in every village and that parents have a voice in the ever changing education landscape

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their dream of homeownership. It is going to take some new strategies to successfully purchase a home in this economic climate. Here are some tips to help you get started. (1) Start the home buying process now. The longer you procrastinate, the more time you will lose. Another year will be over. Attend the home buying education workshop to learn the steps in the process and to build some momentum towards purchasing a home. You will be around people with the same goal and can support each other. (2) Create a monthly household budget to aggressively save as much money as possible for the purchase of your home. Use self-discipline to avoid wasteful spending.

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HARLEM CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS Dec 30 12noon-5pm Kwanzaa Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History located on Central Park West at 79th Street. Event will be held in the Milstein Hall of Ocean LifeAdmission is “Free” with museum admission.

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Dec 30, 2pm and 7:30pm Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night. Featuring: Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and Les Nubians. Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate this holiday tradition on one day of the Kwanzaa holiday. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa— family, community, and culture. Tickets: $20; Premium $35. Apollo Advantage: $14. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. (212) 531-5305

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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 Dec 31, 6pm New Year’s Eve: Chop and Quench “The Fela! Band.” Chop and Quench, “The Fela! Band”, is comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! the musical. Individually, the musicians are some of the finest in New York, having performed with The Roots, India Arie, Elvis Costello, and many others. Lead singer Sahr Ngaujah was nominated for a TONY Award for his performance in the Broadway show and has been featured on film and television. As a unit, the band has gotten to accompany performers such as Beyonce, Femi Kuti, and Angelique Kidjo. Known for their straightforward performances of classic Fela Kuti compositions, they have branched out, bringing their own original music to the stage. Chop and Quench performs around the world. They even made an appearance at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in conjunction with the premier of Alex Gibney’s film “Finding Fela”. They continue to pay homage to the Fela

movement with “The ‘69 Los Angeles Sessions,” about a storied period in Pan-African music history. It is their first recording since the Fela! Broadway cast recording. Tickets $45-$125. For more information, call 212.421.3821 Dec 31, 10pm-3am Join 3 of Harlem’s favorite DJs as we bring in the new year Mardi Gras style! The Cecil and Veuve Clicquot presents A Mardi Gras New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Cecil Steakhouse Lounge - 210 W 118th St. 10pm - 3am. Veuve Clicquot providing complimentary cocktails while supplies last. Complimentary Champagne Toast Music by the DJ Jon Quick, DJ Tim Grae, and DJ E-Class. Only a limited amount of 30.00 advance tickets available - 50.00 at the door. Ticket link: HarlemMardiGrasNYE. eventbrite.com. 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 discov-

er 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: 9:30am-10:30am. 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 Backbr3a-

ka, 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) 275-6975. Jan 12, 7:30-9pm Last Look Mixer. Join us for a festive gathering as we kick off Last Look, a four-day celebration of art and artists from our final exhibition season in our current building. After January 15, 2018, the Museum’s programming will take place at partner sites and satellite locations as part of inHarlem, a set of new initiatives designed to explore dynamic ways to work in the community and take The Studio Museum in Harlem beyond its walls. Learn more about our exciting plans for the future from Museum staff at this mixer. ! Free. Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street). 212.864.4500 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 private after party. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue. For tickets, call 212-281-9240(212) 2819240 Now until Feb 28 Wed-Fri, 11am-4pm, Sat Noon-5pm Community Works, New Heritage Theatre Group in partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance & Harlem Hospital Center invite you to SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY: ART OF HARLEM. A remarkable showcasing of the talent of 13 emerging and established artists. Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital Center, 512 Lenox Avenue at 136th Street. For more information call 212-459-1854. All listings on this calendar are free of charge. To add your listing, please email 50 words or less in the format above to harlemnewsinc@aol.com. Deadline is Friday prior.

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Intellectual Property – Your Creation By Stacey Ann Ellis, Independent Curator/Producer

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duced in his lifetime.” (*See wiki re: quote) The case lasted almost 5 years. Just to put that in perspec-

visor to artist Mark Rothko,

tive, one single Rothko painting,

our IP is basically any

ers” (the ‘whining club’ I once

worked with him to set in motion

“Untitled” (Yellow and Blue) sold

creation

comes

belonged to) who say they don’t

a foundation focused on artistic

for $46.5 million dollars at So-

out of your mind. The

have time or they don’t under-

“research and education”.

The

theby’s in 2015. Rip offs rip off

arts, visual including film/theater,

stand it and don’t want to be

intended foundation would be

the public, the artist, families and

literary and musical come under

bothered or just get someone else

the custodian/owner of Rothko’s

friends of the artists as well as al-

this umbrella as well as ideas in

to do it. It is difficult for some

work. Upon his sudden death that

ter, until exposed, the provenance

industry. Directing this writing

creative people to change gears

is NOT what happened. Mr. Reis

of artistic works. They are in fact

toward the arts, I am writing

from the freedom of creativity to

made a deal with a gallery, sold

an attempt to change history but

about the umbrella you need as a

the requirements of legalese to

the paintings on the cheap and

once uncovered, eventually be-

creator, your Intellectual Property

“lock down” their creations. All

shared the profits with the gal-

come a part of it…forever.

Rights. Many visual artists find

I can say to them is this: unfortu-

lery representatives. What do you

this task of securing protection a

nately, the paperwork is the nec-

think happened next?

diversion from their ability, time

essary traffic signal on the road

The Rothko Case: 1975.

well as your Intellectual Property

and dedication to actually cre-

to creative success, informing us

The children of Mark Rothko

Rights. It would be a shame for

ating the very works that need

what, where and when to stop or

sued Reis and the gallery. They

something to happen and your

protected. Some secure someone

go towards.

were found “liable for negligence

hard work end up in the trash, in

that

Artists, I highly recommend establishing a Living Will as

else to do it for him or her or,

I am sure that many of you

and conflict of interest”, were re-

the wrong hands or more sadly,

simply don’t do it at all. The age

have heard of some of the “rights

moved as executors of the Rothko

end up ripped off, which is usu-

of the computerized and digital

fights” in the music industry, so

estate by court order, and, along

ally later uncovered and spikes

world may be the wake-up call

I won’t bore you with recapping

with Marlborough Gallery, were

the value of the work. But will

for many in the arts since imag-

those. I will however, adamantly

required to pay a $9.2 million

you be around to collect? What

es and the written word can now

call your attention to what hap-

damages judgment to the estate.

will your family get? http://www.

move through the world easily in

pened in one case involving the

This amount represents only a

nytimes.com/1998/11/02/arts/

seconds.

visual arts. It was a direct result

small fraction of the eventual vast

betrayal-art-world-can-t-forget-

financial value, since achieved,

battle-for-rothko-s-estate-altered-

by numerous Rothko works pro-

lives.html

“Untitled” (Yellow and Blue) by Phillip Rothko

I can hear the moans and

of IPR’s not in place and in ad-

created a situation gone awry, re-

groans of all the “right brain-

dition, sudden circumstances that

sulting in one of the biggest feuds

and lawsuits of its time. Bernard Reis, financial ad-

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Kwanzaa Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History Dec 30-Jan 2

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens brings together kids ages 13 to 19 to play some of the world’s most electric, fresh, and deeply felt gospel music. The sense of community they create is a perfect match for today’s celebration.

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in other nations of the West Afri-

for this “Free” event at

can diaspora in the Americas. The

the American Museum

celebration honors African heritage

of Natural History at Central Park

in African-American culture, and

West and 79th Street.

is observed from December 26 to

Kwanzaa 2017 began on Tues-

January 1, culminating in a feast

day, December 26th, 2017 and

and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has sev-

ends on Monday, January 1, 2018.

en core principles (Nguzo Saba). It

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebra-

was created by Maulana Karenga

tion held in the United States and

and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

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Discover the core values of Kwanzaa with Artistic Director of Yaffa Cultural Arts Dr. Linda H. Humes and master drummers Sanga of the Valley and LeeAnet Noble, along with youth drummers William Diarra Humes and Jason Simmons.

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Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist

The Persuasions are the gold standard for gospel-infused acappella, and the group formed in Brooklyn in 1962. Half a century and 26 albums later, they bring the spirit of Kwanzaa to the Museum with soulful arrangements of old favorites.

said, “is a communitarian African philosophy.”

movement of the 1960s and was

Kwanzaa gained mainstream adher-

established to help African Amer-

ents starting in the 1997, when its founder

icans reconnect with their African

stated, “Kwanzaa was not created to give

cultural and historical heritage by

people an alternative to their own reli-

uniting in meditation and study

gion or religious holiday.” Many African

of African traditions and Nguzo

Americans who celebrate Kwanzaa do so

Saba, the “seven principles of Af-

in addition to observing Christmas

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GHCC Celebrates End of Year 2017 in the Alhambra Ballroom By Lil Nickelson

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n Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (“GHCC”) and Harlem Week held their end of year reception at the Alhambra Ballroom on the corner of 126th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Blvd

photos by Nadezda Tavodova

from 6pm to 10pm. The ballroom was beautifully decorated with Christmas decorations and the reception was packed with well-wishers, local politicians and select leaders from various institutions that are in or do business in the village of Harlem. DJ Tall Guy was spinning the music and

it seemed like some people never left the dance floor while I was there. I spoke briefly with GHCC Director Winston Majette about what’s on the 2018 agenda for Harlem Week and he stated that, “we will broaden our theme of being inclusive of the various immigrant popula-

tions that we showcase at our events as well as with the groups we partner with in 2018. For the past two years we concentrated on Harlem to Havana and this year the Dominican Republic and Senegal were briefly touched on.” The more that our leaders in Washington, D.C. try to exclude people, Willie Walker and Lil Nickelson

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George Harrell, Deloris Davis, Troy Outlaw, State Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, Adrienne Felton and kneeling State Assemblyman Al Taylor

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Basha Riddick, Pat Stevenson, Jacqueline Orange, Thelma Russell, Tony Rogers, Keith Williams and Kay Pressley

GHCC plans on countering by including other immigrant groups that make Harlem their home. The mission of GHCC is to improve the quality of life for all Harlem residents, as well as to develop and attract quality business and professional services. GHCC’s members consist of those who wish to con-

Lloyd Williams and Voza Rivers

tribute to and thrive from Harlem’s world-renowned vitality and recognition as a worldwide tourist, entertainment, sports, arts, cultural, educational, historic, religious and health services destination of international diversity. Their membership base now exceeds 1900 members and associates. At the August 2017 Economic Development Day luncheon at Columbia University, GHCC’s President and CEO Lloyd Williams stated that he and 1st Vice President Voza Rivers would be stepping down from their positions in 2018 and that they have already begun to groom others to step up and assume leadership roles when that happens. Having a succession plan is key to organizations not skipping a beat and Harlemites look forward to seeing what unfolds in the coming year.

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Celebrating the 2017 Holidays with the Mid-Manhattan NAACP Branch

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photos by Nadezda Tavodova

id-Manhattan NAACP Branch held their December 2017 meeting

and Christmas party on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Our Children’s Foundation located at 527 West 125th Street from 6pm to 9:30pm. The large

NAACP servers serving the Christmas meal

Geoffrey Eaton and Pat Stevenson

Dr. Bob Lee, Myrna Long and Geoffrey Eaton

blecloths and poinsettia plants placed

out and that’s a very low turn-out,

is due in a large part to votes being

in the middle. I arrived early, and I

less than a million people. We’ve got

cast from the black progressive com-

went straight over to the branch’s

mid-presidential term elections for

munities in Alabama.”

President, Geoffrey E. Eaton to ask

Congress coming up and grass root

The last item that he said is al-

long to recent releases that had us up

and was humbled by the love and

for attendees to choose from. To

him what’s on the agenda for 2018.

voter registration drives along with

ways on his agenda is to get more

doing the electric slide to the wobble.

prayers that came her way during her

become a volunteer or a member

“In 2018 we need to make sure

getting people out to vote this spring

people to join his Mid-Manhattan

We were having such a good time

journey.

of the NAACP please contact them

that those without medical coverage

is so, so important as well. We must

branch of the NAACP. We must re-

Geoffrey had to remind us that we

enroll in coverage through the Afford-

strive to get turn-out numbers like

cruit all age groups and generations,

were there for a meeting too.

able Care Act because the cut off date

what was recently achieved down in

but it’s up to us more seasoned voters

for enrollment is January 31, 2018.

Alabama. Even though 63% of white

We got to stay on top of getting the uninsured insured before they mess it up any further,” said Geoffrey. “In the

African American men turned out and

November mayoral election less than 21 percent of eligible voters turned

open room was decorated with round tables for guests covered with red ta-

Front row Patricia Simmons, Sylvia Alston, Edith Matthews and Jean Dixon-West Back row Geoffrey Eaton, Yvonne DuBoise, Claire Theobalds, Wilma Jordan and Shelley Givens

erages. We were lead in prayer and people began to feast. The NAACP had a large array of food choices

By the time Geoffrey started

at the Roy Wilkins Mid-Manhattan

the branch’s brief meeting, most of

NAACP at 270 West 96th Street, New

Geoffrey introduced HNG pub-

the women in the room needed the

York, NY 10025 at 212 749-2323

to get our youth involved and teach

lisher Pat Stevenson to the audience

break from dancing up a storm. They

or online at http://www.midmanhat-

women voted for Moore, 98% of Af-

them to take up the banner to carry on

and she briefly spoke about her bless-

handled their agenda and concluded

tannaacp.org/become_a_member.

rican American women and 93% of

our traditions.

ings that she became keenly aware of

the meeting. The servers that looked

If you care about fighting the racial

Dr. Bob Lee of WBLS was mix-

as she battled triple negative breast

lovely in their red blouses and sweat-

disparities that are still too prevalent

voted for Jones. It took 25 years for

ing music selections from old school

cancer at the start of this year. She

ers had heated up the food and the

in America, the NAACP is the place

the state to elect a Democrat and that

songs that made you want to sing-a-

held on to God’s unchanging hands

line was forming for food and bev-

where you can make a difference.

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HEALTH HARLEM COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS Why You Don’t Need To Panic About The Link Between Mouthwash And Diabetes

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recent study published in the journal Nitric Oxide had startling news for those who like to keep their breath fresh. People who use traditional commercial mouthwash twice a day, or even more frequently, showed a significantly elevated risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes, the study said. But don’t panic – or stop using mouthwash – just yet, says Dr. Harold Katz (www. therabreath.com), a dentist and bacteriologist. “While this is an interesting study, it’s important to note that the researchers didn’t conclude that EVERY mouthwash causes diabetes,” says Katz, who knows something about battling bad breath because he developed the oral rinse TheraBreath in the 1990s

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after he was unable to help his teenage daughter with her severe and chronic breath problem by using traditional alcohol-based mouthwash. “What those researchers found was there is a possible association between abuse of traditional mouthwash formulas and diabetes. That’s not the same as cause and effect, and even they say more study is needed.” Instead of giving up on fighting bad breath altogether, Katz suggests that you: • Realize that newer oxygen-based formulas may actually be beneficial to oral health, as well as overall health. The study made it clear that the researchers didn’t differentiate among mouthwashes, and not all mouthwashes are the same, Katz says. Mouthwashes were initially de-

signed to kill a wide range of oral bacteria, including bad breath bacteria, as just about anyone who has seen a mouthwash commercial knows. But some brands are almost too good at attacking bacteria. Instead of selectively killing halitosis-associated microbes, Katz says, they indiscriminately wipe out all bacteria – including good bacteria that produce nitric oxide, which helps to prevent diabetes. A recent UCLA School of Dentistry study showed that a fresh breath oxygenating mouthwash (TheraBreath) specifically targeted bad breath microbes, while also supporting the beneficial nitric oxide producers in the oral microbiome. On the other hand, the UCLA study showed that a traditional alcohol-based formula, while killing bad breath germs,

did not support the oral microbiome, because it wiped out beneficial bacteria as well. • Always check mouthwash ingredients. Although the study in Nitric Oxide made no connection between any specific ingredient and diabetes, Katz says, there are a few things you should check on the ingredients label to improve your health in general. For example, make sure your mouthwash is free of drying agents such as alcohol and sodium lauryl sulfate (a harsh detergent found in most toothpastes and some mouthwashes).  Katz says that a dry mouth is one of the most common triggers to bad breath. • Reconsider your frequency of use. The results of the diabetes study were tied to how often people in

the test group used mouthwash. The problems showed up in those who used mouthwash at least twice a day – and sometimes more often than that. “The study said that those who used mouthwash less than twice a day showed no association with diabetes,” Katz says. “If you’re concerned and you are one of those people who use mouthwash several times a day, you might want to consider cutting back.” Bad breath lowers self-esteem and affects everyday life and personal relationships,” Katz says. “It’s something you want to address. You just want to make sure you take care of it in the right way.” Dr. Harold Katz (www. therabreath.com), developer of TheraBreath Dry Mouth Oral Rinse, received his degree in bacteriolo-

gy from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of “The Bad Breath Bible.” He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. His TheraBreath brand of fresh breath rinses have recently been awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance for Fresh Breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website offers a free online bad breath test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.


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Exodus Re-Entry - A Mandate for New Life

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By Hazel Rosetta Smith t is not often we get an opportunity to witness the heart side of a person who talks the talk because they have walked the walk. Such is the case with Julio Medina, Founder/Executive Director of the Exodus Transitional Community (ETC). Medina lived the life he speaks of from a 12-year personal experience of incarceration. His words came to fruition and a commitment to program-

ming that he believed could and is working for countless individuals who have come through the justice system. Medina’s belief set the goal, “I know formerly incarcerated people do believe in their own potential; the challenge lies in getting others to give them a chance to demonstrate that potential.” The Exodus Re-Entry Ministry of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, pastored by Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, under the leadership of Greer Ellis Coleman works in collaboration with ETC. Coleman and a team of helping hands assemble weekly to greet, meet, sit down and eat with participants in a faith-based support circle dedicated to offering positive influence

on the lives of those who are incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and those directly impacted. The program’s goal is to assist participants through resource connections to maximize successful reintegration; enhance the model for church-based transitional services for returning citizens, and help restore family relationships. Speakers come with pertinent messages, informational and inspirational guidelines in print are available as well. On December 14, 2017, the keynote speaker was Jennifer Lackard, Founder of the Race for Re-Entry and Lead Organizer for the Re-Entry Meetup, a resource collaboration for men and women returning home from incarceration.

Lackard has spent ten years working with populations involved with the criminal-justice system and engaging communities of action around social justice issues impacting return citizens. Additionally, she is President of the Station of Hope Prison Ministry at Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, NY and prepares women to transition back into the community as a Re-Entry Facilitator for the New York Department of Corrections. Circumstances can change from one day to the next and a right decision may not be the one taken. Choice may seem far-fetched and good ones inconceivable. Judgement is in swift supply and forgiveness denied. Let those who have not sinned, throw the first

stone. We know the wrongs we have done and yet with little compassion and even less support, we tend to condemn others. Medina’s words speak volumes, “We committed a crime at a young age, but let’s not be defined by the worst moment in our life.”

[Hazel Rosetta Smith is a journalist, playwright and director for Help Somebody Theatrical Ministries and former Woman’s Editor and Managing Editor of the New York Beacon News. Contact: misshazel@twc. com]

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Water

the bladder and kidneys will be

and The Hidden Message in Water”.

Water is a very powerful el-

As we move into the New Year

If you consider how music, thought,

ement it can be considered the

try to maintain a positive attitude

sadness. Studies have shown that

and words can affect crystallized

mother of life. On June 20, 2009

full of gratitude. Your ability to

To learn ways to bring balance

water responds to thought and the

drops of water, imagine what they

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mother of life, water on Mars may-

peace because the water in your

to begin 2018 on a positive note.

The average adult male’s body

of winter and the bladder is the yang

be the first sign of life outside of our

body will respond to your mood

Happy New Year may you have a

is about 60% water the average

organ of winter both organs have a

universe.

and your winter water organs of

productive and healthy one.

women’s body is about 55% water,

very close relationship with the wa-

ater has always been

if emotions can influence water,

ter in our body making them sen-

an important symbol

negative emotions can be unhealthy,

sitive to the emotions of happiness

of Taoism. The leg-

since water is the most abundant

and sadness which many experience

endary Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu

molecule in the body. Masaru Emo-

during the holiday season which is

wrote in the “Tao Te Ching” (a book

to has conducted years of research

celebrated by many cultures during

considered the foundation of Tao-

focused on how water responds to

the beginning of the winter season.

ism) that “nothing under heaven is

music, words, and thought. With the

Drinking too much during the

more yielding, but when it attacks

use of high-speed photography of

winter season especially during the

the hardest substance cannot pre-

magnified water crystals, Emoto’s

holiday season can cause an imbal-

vail”. Over 70 percent of the earth

research shows how water crystals

ance in the Kidneys. The kidneys

is covered with water, and 70 per-

can change based on positive or

can only move about six cups of liq-

cent of an infant’s body consists of

negative influences.

uid per day, if the kidneys become

cry when we are sad.

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In his many books on water,

overloaded with toxins due to drink-

Taoist consider water to be

Emoto shows pictures of how mu-

ing too much during the holidays

the element of the winter season.

sic and even thought can change

the immune system can weaken, it

The positive emotions of water are

how crystallized water drops ap-

would be wise to keep this possibil-

gentleness and happiness the nega-

pear. Two of my favorite are “Love

ity in mind whether your drinking is

tive emotions of water are fear and

Thyself: The Message from Water”

due to happiness or sadness.

water.

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MEN’S HEALTH – Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men. It is the second leading type of cancer death in men, after lung cancer. There is not enough known about what causes prostate cancer and how to prevent it. Yet the disease is treatable if found in early stages. This can be a challenge, since prostate cancer can show no symptoms until it has spread to other parts of the body. STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME – GET AN ANNUAL CHECK UP (+PROSTATE SCREENING). As we said in last week’s article, the prostate gland can become inflamed (prostatitis), enlarged (causing a sensation

of fullness in the rectum) or infected, causing backache, impairment of sexual potency, frequent and/or burning/discomfort/pain upon urination, recurring flare-ups and sometimes a slight discharge or blood in the urine. If you begin to feel any of the above symptoms here are a few herbal tea suggestions (take 2-5 cups daily, for mild-to-acute conditions): Prostate cancer: buchu leaves-1pt, juniper berries-1/4pt, echinacea-1/2pt, golden seal-1/4pt, chaparral-1pt, kelp-1/2pt, sarsaparilla-1pt, uva ursi-1pt, wild yam root-1/4pt, yellow dock-1pt, yarrow-1/2pt, black walnut bark-1/2pt. CAUTION – do not take

juniper berries if you have any type of kidney disease or infection. If any of these conditions present, see your doctor immediately. Continued long term use of these formulas is not suggested. . . . MAKE NATURE’S MEDICINE YOUR OWN This information is to help you balance your natural healing energies and is not intended as diagnosis nor as a substitute for medical supervision. To pre-order my book: booklaunch.io/Zakiyyah/theenergeticsofherbs; phone: 347-407-4312, email: theherbalist1750@gmail.com; website: www.sacredhealing7.com, blog: www.herbsarenaturesmedicine.blogspot.com.


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e lend our love, prayers, and support to those among us who face “The Empty Chair Syndrome”. This is the feeling that affects us when a loved one has transitioned. This time of year is most difficult for those who had that loved one with you last Christmas. On The 3G Experience Broadcast, we have been sharing music and ideas on how to deal with this painful situation. It’s alright to mourn. It’s expected that you will miss your loved one. Remem-

ber them as you move forward into your destiny. As we face the New Year it is important that we pause to momentarily reflect on the events in our life during the past year. We can all improve our life conditions by making changes in the things (people included) that afflicted or affected us last year. Be positive! Do better. The Apostle Paul advised us about forgetting those things that are past and looking forward to the high mark… Pastor Jack Royster

thanks, all that participated in The Harlem Republicans club. It was held in the Harlem Children’s Zone. Participants included 103.9, Charlie Rock, Reggie Mitchell, Chris and his mother, Bill the puppeteer, Father Holding and his church family, and the staff of The Harlem Children’s Zone that contributed to this event The Christmas Show and Dinner were held on December 23rd, 4 pm! It featured: Dr. Kevin Bond, Ariana Hambrick, Ronald Wilcox, Vanessa Renee

M Ed, Joshua Peters, and First Lady Vanessa Hambrick! It was held at Green Pastures Baptist Church in the Bronx, where Rev. Roger Hambrick is the Pastor. Rev. Johnnie Greene’s “Morning Manna” Internet broadcast is receiving thousands of viewers daily. Rev. Greene’s topics for the past week have been motivating as well as painful for many. Rev. Frederick Crawford and Rev. Lisa Jenkins also have Internet Broadcasts available for us to not just

watch, but to be involved with. Happy Birthday to Tytianna Tyson and Jake Langley. President Barack Obama delivered toys and other gifts to the children at The Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Washington, D.C. last week. We celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of Rev. Reynold Batson, as Pastor of Zion Baptist Church last week. Rev. Calvin Hayden, of Faith Memorial Baptist Church, preached a motivating sermon. The congregation of Faith Memorial, along with officers of

the various ministers’ conferences as well as the loving public paid tribute to this great man of God and HIS WIFE. Mother Arnetta Crawford and the Union Grove Baptist Church will celebrate the re-naming of Hoe Avenue to Rev. Dr. Fletcher C. Crawford Way on January 7th, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Thanks to all of you that view The 3G Experience on Facebook live and www.whcr.org. Your continued support is an inspiration to me. We reach folks across the country and around the world. Follow the 3G Experience every Thursday from 6am-10am. Watch/listen on Facebook live or www. whcr.org. Send mail and other comments to Bro. Bill, PO box 446, New York, NY 10039.

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“Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old” REVIEW by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Harlem News contributor “I do it myself!” Those are words you’ve been saying practically since you were able to speak. You can get your own drink, button your shirt, pull on your britches, walk yourself downtown, drive yourself around, and figure out life. You’re independent, but in the new book “Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?” by Joy Loverde, you might want to re-rethink the future. As the author of three books meant for “old people,” Joy Loverde knows a few things about being That Age. One of the first, biggest truths is that “one in three baby boomers” is “separated, divorced, widowed, or never married” – in other words, alone. What happens, then, when solo living isn’t an option anymore?

You can prepare for that near-inevitability, says Loverde, but you have to “promise” to be “completely honest with yourself about the fact that you are getting older.” Stop spouting cutesy things and remember that “Sixty is not the new thirty.” Think about where you are now, and imagine what life will realistically be like a decade hence. Know your sociability: do you like people? Can family be counted on to help? Are you “frozen in fear”? (Hint on the latter: you’ve been through changes before, you know). Remember that money is key to surviving old age. You’ll need to be financially savvy, and that includes knowing absolutely everything about your household situation. Talk with your spouse and take

notes. Hire a lawyer or advisor to help; it’s imperative that you’re protected, smart, and you know where you stand. Think about the obstacles you’ll encounter, should you need to relinquish independence. Make a detailed list of your life: online presences, passwords, bank accounts, and the location of personal papers. Know what you face if you fall ill. Consider finding an “age-friendly community” in which to grow old, and remember: “family” isn’t necessarily biological. It doesn’t even have to be human. There’s a lot of help inside “Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?” And there’s a lot of fluffy-work. Initially, you’ll want to know that this book doesn’t stay exactly true to its title.

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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

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Harlem Shake Five shake cups decorated with vintage holiday Jet magazine covers adorn the windows of Harlem Shake. The ornaments and lights bring them to life and all together represent “A Great Day in Harlem.” 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

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