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We continue to celebrate Black History month. Lil Nickelson gives us more information on the history of Black History month. (see page 10) You will find some events celebrating Black History in Harlem on our calendar of events on page 9. During this month many television channels offer historical movies with Black actors, as well as Black History documentaries. The U.S. Post Office has just released a stamp in tribute to the legendary singer Lena Horne. (see page 12). Leslie Wyche, known as “The Mayor of Harlem” memorial service will be held on Friday, February 9th at Canaan Baptist Church, 132 W. 116th Street at 6:00pm. (see page 4)

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olumbia University won second place in the International Real Estate Federation U.S. Chapter’s (FIABCI-USA) annual Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards for the University’s development in Manhattanville. La-Verna Fountain, vice president for strategic communications and construction business initiatives at Facilities and Operations, accepted the award on behalf of Columbia. The organization’s Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards honor projects that help create communities where people can live, work and play. The Manhattanville campus development

was nominated in the Master Plan category. A panel of judges, including visiting faculty at Yale, a New York City-based developer and a fellow of the Building Owners and Managers Association reviewed the entries. Columbia University’s Manhattanville development creates a new kind of open, accessible university campus. The Master Plan for the new, modern-day campus – developed by renowned architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – follows several purposeful design principles, including transparency that invites the com-

La-Verna Fountain accepting the International Real Estate Federation U.S. Chapter’s (FIABCI-USA) annual Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards for the University’s development in Manhattanville.

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Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018 By Monica Simpson (Executive Director, SisterSong)


Harlem Community Newspapers | February 8. 2018

here is a reckoning afoot in this


and provided a vocabulary for something

country. On one side, Trump

Black women experience on a daily ba-

has emboldened and embodied

sis. While intersectionality risks dilution

a virulent and reckless hate that targets

as an increasingly popular buzzword, the

women, Black people, and immigrants

analysis it provides is a crucial tool to

(among many others). Each day brings a

cut through the noise and understand the

new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo

Trump administration’s policies and their

has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a

impact on different communities.

hashtag-turned-movement, led by coura-

Take for instance the recent Jane

geous truth-tellers who are sick and tired

Doe case, and similar cases, of the Trump

broadened the entire conversation to rec-

race, the hashtag #TrustBlackWomen

of a violent and largely ignored status quo.

administration blocking young immi-

ognize the ways in which U.S. policies

was all over social media. And yes, we

The conversation about race and gender in

grant women from getting reproductive

denied motherhood to some women even

should trust Black women voters, because

this country has broken open, and now we

healthcare. The mistreatment of the

while forcing it on others against their

they’ve kept us from the brink many

must all contend with the truth of who we

“Janes” (as they’ve come to be called)


times. But Black women’s wisdom and

are as a nation.

at the hands of the Trump administration

This framework is crucial to connect

contributions have so much more to teach

While this may feel like scary and

targets them both as women and as immi-

the dots among Trump’s reproductive pol-

us all—and we’re going to need to under-

unfamiliar territory to some, in reality,

grants, and the two identities cannot be

icies. Trump wants to make birth control

stand that if we hope to keep Trump from

the U.S. is just catching up to an under-

pulled apart. “Intersectionality” provides

unaffordable, push abortion out of reach,

dragging us backward.

standing and analysis that Black women

an analysis that explains why their treat-

and punish women for having children.

Like many other Black women

in this country have had for a long time.

ment is so much more extreme, and its

What seems inconsistent on the surface is,

across the country, I was standing up in

Black women have never had the luxury

impact so severe.

in fact, all part of one agenda to coerce and

my living room cheering and clapping

control a woman’s decisions about preg-

my hands as I watched Oprah deliver her

nancy, childbirth, and parenting.

passionate speech at the Golden Globes.

of ignorance—not to police violence, not

Just five years after Crenshaw’s

to the rampant sexual harassment and

groundbreaking work, the reproductive

assault that women experience at home,

justice movement was founded by Black

When Trump was first elected, Black

The next day the media went wild with

school, and work. In 2018, we should

women who, like Crenshaw, saw that their

women were the least surprised. We saw

hopes for and critiques of a theoretical run

look to the work of Black women to see

perspectives and experiences were being,

Trump coming from a mile away and we

for president—but they missed the point.

the path forward for a troubled and divid-

once again, left out of the equation. Re-

already knew how deep this country’s an-

While the thought of it made me smile,

ed nation. In a way, Black women schol-

productive justice brought intersectional-

ti-woman and anti-Black sentiment ran.

what I saw was an invitation.

ars and organizers have left breadcrumbs

ity and a global human rights framework

Now, more than a year later, the work

I saw an invitation for Black women

for us to follow to liberation, if we’ll only

together with a nuanced understanding of

of Black women will help us understand

to take every opportunity that we are giv-

pay attention.

U.S. policies of reproductive coercion.

and combat Trump’s agenda, with Black

en speak up and speak out for ourselves. I

In 1989, legal scholar Kimberlé

The founding mothers of reproductive

women leading the fight.

saw an invitation for Black Women to take

Crenshaw coined the term “intersection-

justice rejected White feminism’s focus

ality” in her paper for the University of

on the birth control and the legality of

Chicago Legal Forum to explain how

abortion as too narrow, and described a vi-

Let 2018 be the year Black women’s

Black women’s oppression on the basis of

sion for a world, where we can all prevent

brilliance, leadership, and analysis are

gender combined with oppression on the

pregnancy if we want to, end a pregnancy

heeded at last. Let 2018 mark the begin-

Monica Simpson is the executive di-

basis of race to create something altogeth-

if we need to, and have and raise children

ning of a new era of listening to, respect-

rector of SisterSong: The National Women

er new, an experience of discrimination

in healthy environments and without fear

ing, and trusting Black women. Just stop

of Color Reproductive Justice Collective,

did not match what either white women

of violence.

for a moment and imagine what might

based in Atlanta, Ga., and the director of

happen, if we actually made those words

the Trust Black Women Partnership. You

a reality.

can follow SisterSong on Twitter at @Sis-

or Black men experience. This concept

Reproductive justice broadened the

would lay the groundwork for social jus-

lens of abortion rights to include low-in-

tice organizing that now spans the globe,

come women and women of color “and”

Let 2018 be the year of the Black woman.

The day after the Alabama Senate

Vol. 23, No 6 February 8 2018

up even more space. I saw an invitation for Black women to take the mic, to move to center stage and demand the attention and respect we have always deserved.


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ith home values rising sharply, it is understandable why many first-time prospective home buyers are taking out larger mortgage amounts than they can afford. This can be a costly mistake because lenders are basing your pre-approval on your gross income. However, you live on your net income, which is usually 30-35% less than the gross amount. This additional amount can make a really big difference in having a comfortable mortgage payment or struggling to pay your mortgage and meet other monthly obligations. Most lenders are only giving a pre-approval of 3 - 4 times your annual income. However, many lenders will increase that number if you are considering purchasing a multi-family

Here are some tips to help you avoid making this mistake. (1) Do not borrow more than you can comfortably pay. You want a loan payment that you can make even if you are facing a financial hardship. (2) Shop around before selecting a mortgage product. Comparison shopping can assist you in finding the best deal. (3) Use your resources. Work closely with your housing counselor. He/she knows the various mortgage products and can assist you in finding the best program to meet your needs. 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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Feb 10, 6:30pm The Schomburg Center’s Teen Night: Black History Month Edition. Young people ages 14 -18 are invited to head to the Schomburg Center for our special Black History Month Edition of Teen Night! Bring your poem, lyrics and creative spirit to this evening of spoken word, music, dancing, and Black History Trivia! Teen Nights at the Schomburg is presented by the Schomburg Education team and hosted by our Junior Scholars program. Open Mic will be from 6-7:30pm. If you are interested in performing, we recommend you arrive early to sign up. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975


Feb 11, 10am-3pm (Weekly Event) Gospel Brunch featur-

ing Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir and Red Rooster’s famous soul food brunch. Reservations are encouraged. Red Ro oster 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 info@redroosterharlem. com Feb 13, 1pm Open Archive: Alain L. Locke and the Harlem Renaissance. Join Schomburg Center librarians and archivists featuring items from our coveted collection of archival materials. Be the first to get up close and personal with selected items and enjoy an audience Q&A with the collection’s curators. Alain L. Locke was a philosopher, writer and educator. He championed all manner of black culture, from the literature to the visual arts. He was the first African American Rhodes Scholar and was a professor of philosophy at Howard University for over 30 years where he taught Ossie Davis. He is known as the architect of the Harlem Renaissance and mentor to many young artists including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Select correspondences between Locke and his colleagues and his friends are found at the Schomburg. Feb 14, 7:30pm-9:30pm LYRIC OF LOVE: AN EVENING OF MUSIC, POETRY, POWER & MAGIC. Rhonda Ross and Rodney Kendrick celebrate love in all its dimensions

in their first full USA concert together in 15 years! Sharing new music as well as songs from their respective release(s) “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “The Colors of Rhythm”, the Harlem based duo will inspire through music and their obvious passion for their art, community, activism & for each other. International Social-Artist, Singer-songwriter, Rhonda Ross, explores questions of race, gender, power and spirituality through her art. She uses her fierce and heart-felt music to examine the society in which she lives. Pianist-composer, Rodney Kendrick, is that rare breed of pianist - old school in his percussive, abruptly rhythmic approach, yet ultimately contemporary and responsive to the current moment. Strongly influenced by Thelonious Monk, Rodney’s sound integrates all genres of the African Diaspora. Together Rhonda and Rodney draw the audience into their love affair. It’s magnetic. Tickets start at $20. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue. For tickets, call 212-281-9240 Feb 14, 7:30pm and 9:30pm Valentine’s Day Soul with Chris Turner, the Love Child. He is an outstanding vocalist from Oakland, California, has called Harlem home since migrating to New York 12 years ago. Since then, Turner has traveled the world singing with artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Eric

Harland, Revive Big Band, Gwen Stefani, Bilial, Chris Brown, Kris Bowers, & Sean Kingston. Reservations are encouraged. Ginny’s Supper Club 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.421.3821 - info@ Tickets start at $25 Feb 15, 6:30pm Harlem Chamber Players Black History Month Concert. Harlem Chamber Players will host their 10th Annual Black History Month Celebration, co-presented by the Schomburg Center. This concert will feature Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Nonet for piano, winds and strings, and Major Scurlock will make his debut with The Harlem Chamber Players. Soprano Mari-Yan Pringle and baritone Kenneth Overton will perform music by H. Leslie Adams and selected spirituals. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 Feb 17, 7:30pm and 9:30pm Cocoran Holt “The Mecca” Album Release. Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion at the age of 4 as a member of Wose Dance Company. As a keeper of the rhythm, Corcoran began his study of upright bass at age 10 with the renowned DC Youth Orchestra (DCYOP). Ginny’s Supper Club

310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.421.3821 - Tickets start at $15 Feb 21, 7:30pm Amateur Night at the Apollo Season Opener. A brand-new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the March 14th Show Off and move on to Top Dog on May 16th. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize ($5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category) on November 21st! Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. For tickets, call (212) 531-5305 or visit Tickets start at $22. Feb 21, 6:30pm The 60s - The Summer of Law and Disorder: Harlem Riot of 1964. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents a panel discussion about the Harlem Riot of 1964 in the aftermath of the police shooting of ninth grader James Powell and the “law-and-order” policies championed by presidential contenders on the campaign trail of ‘64. The Harlem Riot solicited a variety of responses from community stakeholders and precipitated a summer of urban unrest around the country. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 2756975

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Black History Month’s Past, Present and It’s Future by Lil Nickelson


ust like Harlem Week started out as a week and has turned into a month, Black History Month started out as Negro History Week. Historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February 1926 to be “Negro History Week” to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and Frederick Douglass’ birthday on February 14. Since the late 19th century, these dates were celebrated in Negro communities across the U.S. In the 1926 primary, emphasis was placed on encouraging the nation’s public schools to coordinate teaching the history of American blacks. Woodson contended this was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the Negro race

within our broader society. Woodson wrote in the April 1926 Journal of Negro History, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of world persecution,

therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.” The first Negro History Week was met with a lukewarm response, but by 1929 The Journal of Negro History wrote that every state with considerable Negro population except two had made the event known to their teachers and distributed official literature associated with the event. Churches also played a significant role in distributing literature, with the mainstream and black press aiding in the publicity effort.

Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and students at Kent State University and took place at the university in February 1970. Within six years, Black History Month was being celebrated across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers. In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month and he urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments

of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Black History Month has sparked a debate within even the black community in the last 20 years about the continued usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race. Criticisms run from questioning if it’s appropriate to confine the celebration of black history to one month to calling the celebration racist. Some blacks like actor Morgan Freeman have argued

that he doesn’t want a black history month because black history is American history. Freeman contends there is no white history month because white people did not want their history relegated to just month; why should they when every day has been about white history? The original inspiration was a desire to redress the complete exclusion of black history from the American school curriculum, other than noting slaves were freed by President Abraham Lincoln. Other groups have designated history or heritage months too, such as Asian Pacific Americans, Filipino Americans, Italian Americans, Irish Americans, Jewish Americans, Puerto Ricans, Tibetan Americans, Native American Indians, Women’s History, and LGBT History; the debate lingers on.

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in Louisiana where a black officer wielding authority is unprecedented and bitterly resented. The Sergeant is revealed as tyrannical in nature and disgusted with his fellow black soldiers, particularly those from the rural South. The unit is comprised of former Negro Leagues players who were grouped as a unit in order to provide entertainment. Their success playing against white soldiers makes them so popular that it generates talk of them playing against the Yankees in an exhibition game. Nevertheless, they are assigned to menial jobs. The Sergeant’s murder at first seems attributable to the local KKK. But when the true murderers are found, surprising and unsettling divisions among the black troops will be revealed. Social forces that might be unveiled, however, will be swept under the rug of history, since the platoon is about to deploy to Europe for the honor of participating in the great Allied invasion. The play won the Pulitzer Prize, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and three Obie Awards.

The original production of “A Soldier’s Play” ran from 1981 to 1983 Off-Broadway and became the preeminent production in NEC’s body of work. It gave birth, so to speak, to the careers of Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Adolph Caesar and James Pickens, Jr. NEC’s co-founder Douglas Turner Ward, who was the play’s original director, has written that he was certain of the play’s success from the very beginning, not least because he was so certain of its casting, most of the actors having already appeared at the NEC. In 1984, a faithful adaptation of the play was filmed by Columbia Pictures as “A Soldier’s Story,” directed by Norman Jewison, adapted by Fuller from his Pulitzer Prize-winning script. It won prestigious festival prizes and was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Adolph Caesar), and Screenplay Adaptation (Fuller). Prior to the 1960s, there were virtually no outlets for the wealth of black theatrical talent in America. In 1965, Playwright Douglas Turner Ward, producer/actor Robert Hooks, and theater manager

Gerald Krone founded The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC). The River Niger by Joe Walker, originally produced at, St. Marks Playhouse (NEC’s home theatre), moved to Broadway and was awarded a 1973 Obie Awards for Distinguished Performance by Douglas Turner Ward; Best American Play, Joseph A. Walker, and Distinguished Performance by Roxie Roker. Other works include Peter Weiss’ “Song of the Lucitanian Bogey” (1967), Lonnie Elder’s “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” (1969) and Charles Fuller’s “Zooman and the Sign” (1980). In 1981, NEC mounted “A Soldier’s Play” by Charles Fuller, which won the Pulitzer Prize. A film version, “A Soldier’s Story,” was released in 1984 and nominated for three Academy Awards. NEC has produced more than two hundred new plays and provided a theatrical home for more than four thousand cast and crew members. Among its ranks have been some of the best black actors in television and film, including Louis Gossett Jr., Sherman Hemsley, Denise Nichols, Esther Rolle, Adolph Caesar, Laurence Fishburne, Glynn Tur-

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o reach an expanded audience, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will re-mount its 2017 revival of “A Soldier’s Play” by Charles Fuller, directed by Charles Weldon, from February 14 to March 4, 2018 at Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street. The piece is historically NEC’s most famous and successful play. It was produced last fall at Theatre 80 St. Marks as the culminating event of NEC’s landmark 50th season, playing to full houses and glowing notices. The cast of that revival will return intact for the Gene Frankel Theatre run. “A Soldier’s Play” debuted in 1981 at Theatre Four where it ran for two years, earned unanimous praise, launched the careers of many current stars, and subsequently became the basis of a major motion picture, “A Soldier’s Story” (1984). The play uses a murder mystery in a segregated U.S. Army base during World War II to expose angers and resentments among African Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes. A black Captain is sent to investigate the murder of a black Sergeant. The setting is a segregated Army base

man, Reuben Santiago-Hudson, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Phylicia Rashad; playwrights include steve carter (intentionally lower case), Samm-Art Williams, Leslie Lee. NEC continues to be a constant source and sustenance for black actors, directors, and writers as they have worked to break down walls of racial prejudice. On July 31, the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC conferred an award on The Negro Ensemble Inc. for 50 years of excellence in theater.




Lena Horne Forever: Black Heritage Series Unveils Stamp in Her Honor by Michelle Deal Winfield


n Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Lena Horne Limited Edition Forever Stamp Dedication Ceremony was held at Symphony Space located at 2537 Broadway, 95th Street in New York City. Ms. Horne’s family, friends and fans lined up to enter the auditorium for the 10:30 a.m. ceremony. Amy Niles, President and Chief Executive Officer, WBGO Radio served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The distinguished Ronald Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General & Executive Vice President, Government Relations, United States Postal Service conducted the official dedication. Stroman gave a stirring tribute, sharing

setbacks Ms. Horne faced due to the color of her skin. Refusing to accept stereotypical roles provided to blacks, Lena paved the way for other actresses like, Diahann Carroll, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer. Stroman closed with praising Lena Horne for her achievements by supporting the Civil Rights Movement and attending the March on Washington in 1963. The audience consisted of fans from Maryland, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and New York. The celebration was in full gear when former Mayor David N. Dinkins attended to wish the family well. Others attending were, Carol Jenkins, newscaster, Clarence McKnight (ESPER), and Eliz-

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Ms. Buckley recalled past women recipients of the Black Heritage Series. Saying, my mom, Lena Horne is in good company having been included in a group of talented women like Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Chisholm, Dorothy Height and Dr. Maya Angelou. The VOICE Charter School NY: Lena Horne Campus from Long Island City, Queens, filled the stage singing the National Anthem and then closing the program with their rendition of “Stormy Weather.” The students receive performance-based instruction that includes choral singing every day. As a ritual, stamp collectors gather to purchase additional souvenirs. Some community members shared their anecdotes about Lena Horne, saying, “She was one of us, warm and friendly.” We left the celebration feeling that our lives have been enriched by the songs, stage presence and activism of Lena Horne.



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5 Reasons Pre-School Years Are a Prime Time for Learning


uch of the discussion about education focuses on the K-12 years, but some early childhood education experts suggest serious learning can start even earlier and pay dividends for the child in years to come. “Young children have the capacity at a very young age to be academically challenged, and we need to educate them strongly during those years instead of waiting until they are older,” says Alise McGregor, founder of Little Newtons (www., an early education center with locations in Minnesota and Illinois. “Children’s minds are like sponges when they are very young.

Under age 5 is the most important time for development and our best opportunity to set up children for success. If we strongly educate children at a very young age, while their brains are so pliable, by the time they reach kindergarten, their brain capacity is much higher.” Recent research confirms that the first five years of life are particularly important for the development of the child’s brain. Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child reports that in the first few years, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second, building the brain’s architecture. This growth of the brain’s network estab-

lishes a fertile foundation for learning, thus an opportunity to be better prepared for grade school and beyond, experts say. One analysis of several studies, “Impacts of Early Childhood Education on Medium- and Long-term Education,” showed that children exposed to high-quality pre-kindergarten education performed better academically in later years. Early education also led to higher graduation rates, fewer special education placements and less grade retention. McGregor suggests five reasons parents should consider ramping up their pre-K child’s education: • Socialization. Socialization with people

together for a daily adventure,” McGregor says. • Enthusiasm for Learning. Lessons can be given in a fun and exciting way that will encourage children to be effective learners. “Feeling inspired and excited to learn takes root in preschool,” McGregor says, “and can last a lifetime.” • Learning respect for others.  A fundamental building block for happiness, friendships and success in life starts early by learning how to share, cooperate, take turns and be nice. “By carrying on conversations, following rules, listening, and accepting consequences of actions, the child learns early how to start getting along in the

other than the child’s family in a safe environment is an essential foundational element. “It’s important to introduce our children to other children and support their transition into their own friendship groups, and the earlier we do this, it helps children overcome shyness and gain self-confidence,” McGregor says. • Personal experiences. These assist the brain’s organizational development and functioning in many situations, helping children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. “A good early-education center creates an environment where imagination, love and innovation all come

world,” McGregor says • Resilience. It’s important that early childhood educators and parents work together to develop resilience in children as early as possible. “By creating a consistent and stable environment with clear expectations and predictable consequences, children can develop skills in managing themselves and their emotions,” McGregor says. “They may experience bumps, bruises or losing a game, but this is the foundation for building coping strategies for greater challenges in life.” “The first five years of life are the most critical,” McGregor says. “It is far easier to train a child than it is to fix a broken adult.”

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Families Can Apply to 3-K and Pre-K Starting Monday, February 5

ayor Bill de Blasio

opportunity for thousands more

seats across the six districts offer-

process as they find a program

a unified birth-to-five early care


and Schools Chan-

three-year-olds to gain a crit-

ing 3-K for All in Fall 2018.

that best fits their child’s needs.

and education system will ben-



cellor Carmen Fariña


free, pre-K

full-day, has



2019-20: District 6 (Washing-

Like Pre-K for All, 3-K for

efit children, families, and pro-

creased from 19,000 to approx-

announced that 3-K for All will

said Schools Chancellor Carmen

ton Heights and Inwood), District

All relies on the partnership of

viders. It will enable consistent,


expand to four more communi-

Fariña. “Starting at three years

9 (Grand Concourse, Highbridge,

community-based organizations,

high-quality standards, greater

research from the NYC Center

ty school districts over the next

old allows us to reach children at

Morrisania), District 19 (East

including Head Start, EarlyLearn

curricular alignment from early

for Economic Opportunity has

three years, increasing the City’s

the ideal period of development,

New York), and District 31 (Stat-

providers, child care agencies,

childhood through second grade,

demonstrated high satisfaction

commitment to fully funding free,

and I encourage families to re-

en Island)

and family child care providers.

a single contracting relationship

with pre-K for All: 92 percent

full-day, high-quality 3-K from

view the 3-K and Pre-K for All

2020-21: District 12 (Central

As part of the larger effort to

and set of supports for early

of families surveyed rated their

eight community school districts

options available for their child

Bronx) and District 29 (Cam-

strengthen birth-to-five care and

childhood education providers,

program as excellent or good,

by 2020 to 12 community school

and apply.”

bria Heights, Hollis, Laurelton,

education across the City, Ear-

integrated data collection, and

and 83 percent of families said

districts. This will double the


Queens Village, Springfield Gar-

lyLearn programs are transition-

seamless connections between

their child learned “a lot” in

dens, St. Albans)

ing from ACS to management by

early childhood development and

pre-K. Parents with children







number of new districts opening

launched this year in the Bronx

this fall and next from 2 to 4 in

and here in Brownsville are shin-

Each district will have a two-

DOE by early 2019. This tran-

3K-12 education. In addition to

enrolled in free, full-day pre-K

both years. The City intends to

ing examples of our commitment

year expansion, offering univer-

sition is being led by ACS and

programs serving three- and four-

save an average of $10,000 an-

bring 3-K for All citywide in the

to achieve equity and excellence

sal access in the second year. By

DOE, with engagement with oth-

year-olds, EarlyLearn programs

nually on childcare costs, and an

2021-22 school year with addi-

for all New Yorkers. These pro-

fall 2021, the City will support

er city agencies, such as the Hu-

serving children from six-weeks-

NYU study found that Pre-K for

tional support from partners in

grams have provided children in

approximately 19,000 3-K seats

man Resources Administration

old through three-years-old are

All makes it more likely that a

the State and federal government.

these communities with free, full-

across the 12 community school

and the Department of Health

also transitioning to management

low-income child in New York


day, high-quality education that

districts. For the 2018-19 school

and Mental Hygiene, as well as

by DOE, including center- and

City is properly diagnosed with

school year, the City will expand

research shows will have a life-

year, 3-K for All will cost $66

providers, early childhood care

home-based programs.

asthma or vision problems, and

to additional school districts each

long impact. I’m proud to be here

million across six districts. At

and education experts, and state

year, in addition to the previously

today to announce that 3-year-

scale, the cost will be $203 mil-

and federal regulators. Creating

announced districts. The new dis-

olds and their families in even

lion across the 12 City-funded

tricts are:




more neighborhoods will be able

districts. In order to achieve the

2018-19: District 5 (Harlem)

to benefit from programs like the

vision of 3-K for All citywide, the

and District 16 (Bedford-Stuyve-

one we’re in today.” said Richard

City will need additional support


Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strate-

from partners in the State and

gic Policy Initiatives.

federal government.

2019-20: District 6 (Washing-

Applications for 3-K for All

most ambitious effort to pro-

and Pre-K for All opened on

vide universal, free, full-day,

Monday, February 5. 3-K for All



programs in Districts 4, 7, 23, and

District 19 (East New York) in the

education for every three-year-

27 will be available on Monday,

2019-20 school year, a year earli-

old child, and builds on the suc-

February 5 and programs in the

er than scheduled.

cess of Pre-K for All. Research

new districts – Districts 5 and 16

ton Heights and Inwood) 2020-21: District 12 (Central Bronx) 3-K for All will also come to


“The first class of 3-K for

has found every dollar invested

– will be added to the application

All started in September, and

in high-quality early education

in mid-April.

their development since then is

saves taxpayers as much as $13

truly remarkable. This extra year


of education is giving our kids an invaluable head start in life,

With the new districts, the full schedule for 3-K expansion is:

Families can submit an application for 3-K online at /3k, and for Pre-K online at nyc. gov/prek. All families can apply

and helping to alleviate some of

2017-18: District 7 (South

over the phone by calling 311 or

the financial strain that working

Bronx) and District 23 (Browns-

in person at a Family Welcome

families in New York City face,”

ville). This year, over 1,500 three-

Center. The online application

said Mayor Bill de Blasio.  “By

year-olds are being served by 3-K

is available in 10 languages, and

accelerating and expanding 3-K

for All in these two districts.

families can submit an applica-

for All, we are bringing this op-

2018-19: District 4 (East

tion over the phone or in person

portunity to more kids and fam-

Harlem), District 5 (Harlem),

in over 200 languages. 3-K and

ilies faster.”

District 16 (Bedford-Stuyvesant),

Pre-K enrollment specialists – ex-

“I am excited to expand 3-K

and District 27 (Broad Channel,

perts on sites across each neigh-

for All to four more districts

Howard Beach, Ozone Park,

borhood – will also be available

ahead of schedule, bringing an

Rockaways). There will be 5,000

to help families throughout the


for All,

the number of four-year-olds

receives screening or treatment for hearing or vision problems.

Children who attend free, full-day, high-quality pre-K learn to problem-solve, ask questions, and work together. New York City families with children born in 2014 can apply for free, full-day, high-quality pre-K for the 2018-19 school year. Call 311 | Text “prek” to 877-877. Receive automated recurring messages from NYC DOE. No purchase necessary. MSG and data rates may apply.

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I am sure that I am not the only one

Resveratrol content of regular grapes

thick skin and a lot of seeds, which is

that was not aware of why muscadline

and are the only grapes that contain El-

why you don’t see them much in super

grapes are known as the super grapes.

lagic acid. Scientists led by Dr. David

market. They grow in the Southeastern

There are many reasons why this title

Sinclair have proven that Resveratrol is

part of the United States with some of

is a scientific fact. Muscadine grapes

the strong antioxidant found in red wine

the largest farms being in North Caroli-

have the highest rating on the ORAC

that provides the answer to the question

na. The harsh and unpredictable weath-

Scale for fruit, and berries. ORAC

as to why the French who have a diet

er of states like North Carolina make

stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbing

high in fat and tend to smoke more than

the muscadine grape stronger than any


Americans, yet have a very low rate of

other grape. No other grape can survive

heart disease.

in the climates that Muscadine grapes

The ORAC scale is an antioxidant

by William A Rogers

grape seed at 273. We all know apples

rating of foods and beverages. Musca-

Dr. Sinclair’s research along with

thrive in, which is why these grapes are

dine grape seed has a ORAC rating of

other researchers have concluded that

stronger and have more antioxidants

895. the next highest rating is Vinfera

resveratrol is a natural substance that

and nutrients than any other grape.

Center when the supply comes in at the end of this month.

Answers to Puzzle on page 20

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“I’m Going to Disney World!’’


eens Surprised Live on

The students, who were hand-

sort vice president of commercial

“Good Morning America’’

ed T-shirts featuring the program’s

management - resorts and Disney

with Mentoring Trip to

new logo during the surprise mo-




ment, are among 100 extraordinary

champion. “It is our hope that this

Five high school students were

youths from across the nation an-

potentially life-changing program

surprised live on “Good Morning

nounced by Disney to participate

will help create the next generation

America’’ with the announcement

in its immersive, transformational

of great dreamers and achievers.’’

that they were selected to be part

four-day program, March 8-11, at

Participating students, known

of the exclusive Disney Dreamers

Walt Disney World Resort in Flor-

as “Disney Dreamers,” embark

Academy with Steve Harvey and


on a journey throughout the Dis-

Disney Dreamers Academy

ESSENCE Magazine.

The program, which is entering

ney theme parks and behind the

Disney Dreamers from 2017

Mickey Mouse and Walt Dis-

its 11th year with a new “Be100’’

scenes, turning the vacation desti-

ney World Resort executive Trac-

campaign, highlights Walt Disney

nation into a vibrant classroom for

ey D. Powell joined the “Good

World Resort’s continued com-

students to discover new careers,

Additionally, students partic-

Morning America’’ hosts and the

mitment to the next generation of

pursue their dreams and interact

ipate in hands-on, immersive ca-

studio audience for the surprise

teens by inspiring them at a critical

with Harvey and other motivation-

reer-oriented workshops, ranging

Since 2008, Walt Disney World

to be impressed by the exception-

moment. National TV personality

time in their development to make

al speakers and celebrities. Among

from animation to zoology. Each

Resort has provided all-expens-

al students selected for Disney

Steve Harvey also congratulated

a difference in their lives and to re-

the celebrities who have partici-

student is given important tools

es-paid trips to more than 1,000

Dreamers Academy, and it is our

the teens on their accomplishment

lentlessly pursue and realize their

pated in the past are singers Patti

such as effective communication

students, plus a parent or guardian,

privilege to play a role in encour-

with a video message.


aging them to achieve their goals.’’

ABC correspondent T.J. Holmes.

dents is an annual highlight for me,

tomorrow,” said Michelle Ebanks,

and the 2018 Disney Dreamers

president of ESSENCE Communi-

Academy will be no exception.”

cations. “Every year, we continue

LaBelle and Mary J. Blige, NBA

techniques, leadership skills and

to participate in the annual Disney

Surprised live on-air were

“Each of these 100 girls and

legend and business mogul Magic

networking strategies.

Dreamers Academy. The students

Ayanna Adams from Los Angeles,

boys has proven themselves to

Johnson, gospel music star Yolan-

“Inspiring our youth to dream

are selected from thousands of ap-


Christiana Okafor from Houston,

be exceptional as students and as

da Adams, NFL superstar Cam

big and chase those dreams is a

plicants who answered a series of

com. Regular updates about Dis-

Marquis Thomas from Virginia

human beings, so it’s an honor to

Newton, plus TV personalities

personal mission,” said Harvey.

essay questions about their person-

ney Dreamers Academy are also

Beach, Va., Ava Marie Easter from

have them join us at Walt Disney

such as “The Chew’’ co-host Car-

“Having a dream is one of the

al stories and dreams for the future.

available on social media at Face-

Los Angeles and Sean Smith from

World Resort,’’ said Tracey D.

la Hall, “Good Morning America’’

most important things in life. That

“At ESSENCE, we are com-


Basking Ridge, N.J.

Powell, Walt Disney World Re-

co-anchor Michael Strahan and

is why engaging with these stu-

mitted to impacting the leaders of

my or Twitter/DreamersAcademy.

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Sukamanga would be so honored to have you. Of course we are all familiar with Union Grove on Hoe Avenue, in the Bronx. This is a perfect example of “reaching the masses.” Rev. Lisa Jenkins recently returned from a trip to South Africa. Our history is rich with major accomplishments. Seize the time. The time is now. Dr. Rev. Ouida Harding is preparing another sojourn to Limon, Costa Rica. This outreach has been beneficial to the development of the church in Limon and sharing the riches of the music and culture from Limon to the United States. Serious mission-minded folks who would

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REVIEW by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Harlem News contributor


literary giants who seem to make liter-

ead this.

however, she turned “evil,” but Doug-

ing, in part, as “…awe and reverence

acy something that should be in bold

And that. Read what’s

lass was undaunted. Seeing that which

and mystery and magic.”


neon letters. Indeed, the essays you’ll

next to it, what’s above it,

was started as a means to a better fu-

Carmichael was a bookworm (and

find in here will make bookworms

and the next page. Read it, because

ture, he used “various stratagems” and

was teased mercilessly for it). Jamaica

want to stand up and cheer. Reading is

words soar. Read it because you can.

found unaware “poor white children”

Kincaid bemoans the loss of a library

a superpower, in Solomon Northup’s

As you’ll see in “Black Ink,” edited

who helped him fill in the blanks.

in her hometown (since reconstruct-

essay; and an old friend, with Roxane

by Stephanie Stokes Oliver, it wasn’t

Books helped Ta-Nehisi Coates

ed). As a girl, Terry McMillan never

Gay. Words feel playful, with Colson

to learn who he was, while Booker

even considered that Black people

Whitehead; and like precious gems

For two hundred years of this

T. Washington saw a schoolroom as

could write books.

with Maya Angelou.

country’s history, it was illegal for a

“paradise.” Zora Neale Hurston once

And, on the subject of diversity in

This is one of those books that

person with black skin to read. Also

claimed that she was “supposed to

children’s literature, Walter Dean My-

you can browse, flip through, and con-

illegal was writing in words that made

write about the Race Problem” –

ers says “in the middle of the night, I

sume at leisure, with essays of varied

sense; slaves who defied the law faced

problem was, that wasn’t her interest.

ask myself if anyone really cares.”

lengths and interests. If you are a read-

severe punishment, as did their teach-

As one of the best students in

By virtue of reading this far here,

ers. Because of that, the story of “full

his eighth grade class, Malcolm X

you know you’re a reader. But what

literacy among African Americans has

dreamed of being a lawyer until a

kind of meaning does the written

yet to be documented,” says Oliver,

teacher put him down with words

word hold? For the 27 African Amer-

“Black Ink: Literary Legends

and this book helps “fill that void.”

meant to “be realistic.” Instead, it lit a

ican writers included in “Black Ink,”

on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure

fire in young X’s spirit and drove him

words are everything.

of Reading and Writing,” edited by

always so.

When Frederick Douglass was a young man, for instance, he was

to be successful.

Beginning with slavery still fresh,

er or a writer, or both, “Black Ink” will be a delight. Read this.

Stephanie Stokes Oliver

owned by a “kind and tender-hearted

Maya Angelou was prodded to

and wrapping up with a former Presi-

c.2018, 37 Ink / Atria Books

woman” who taught him to read. Be-

read by a neighbor who gave Angelou

dent’s thoughts, Stephanie Stokes Ol-

$26.00 / $35.00 Canada

fore he fully understood the process,

a voice. Toni Morrison looks at writ-

iver pulls together African American

245 pages

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