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Dwight Brown Reviews the Best Films of 2017 By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic)


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s we look back on the highest caliber films of 2017, the array is diverse, the talent is strong and the entertainment value is solid. These are the films that will make you laugh, cry, think, hug someone or wish you had super powers. The following films opened in 2017, are still at a theater near you or will be on a streaming service shortly. Enjoy. Best Films Battle of the Sexes (***1/2) In the 1970s, Grand Slam tennis champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and over-the-hill tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) duke it out in the pivotal tennis match of the century. Their battle is still socially relevant today. Stone brings King’s raw courage to life and the dawning of her new sexual identity is profound. Carell gives Riggs the right dose of bluster. Well directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valarie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine). Coco (****) This American-made animated film shows such great respect for Mexican culture. It takes you to unimaginable places where humans and spooky creatures collide all synched around the holiday Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Rich palette of colors. Lively musical score. Firmly and affectionately voiced by An4 thony Gonzalez, Benja-

her first boyfriend (Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea) and second lover (Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name) Hilarious. Heartwarming. Written and directed by actress Greta Gerwig (Jackie) and based on her life. Stars Wars: The Last Jedi (****) Wow. This is the event movie of the year. So much action. So much haunting drama and raw emotion. And it doesn’t just build to one climax. It crescendos up to climax, after climax, after climax... The mix of the old generation, with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark HaGet Out, Universal Pictures; TIFFANYHADDISH Tiffany Haddish stars in “Girls Trip.” (Universal Pictures); GETmill), with the new warOUT Daniel Kaluuya stars in “Get Out.” (Universal Pictures); SEO KEYWORDS: NNPA Newswire Best Films riors, like Rey (Daisy of 2017, NNPA Newswire Film Critic Dwight Brown, entertainment, Crown Heights, Girls Trip, Wonder Woman, Darkest Hours, Wonder Woman; SEO DESCRIPTIONS: NNPA Newswire Film Critic Dwight Brown reviews the Ridley) and Finn (John Best Films of 2017. Boyega), is seamless. The surprising plotlines min Bratt, Gael García chews up the scenery Then he cranks the horror In the Fade (****) A by writer/director Rian Bernal and Renée Vic- as the stalwart Winston up a notch to a high cra- mother (Diane Kruger) Johnson and the astor.  Co-directed by Lee Churchill in this World zy/weird decibel. Daniel loses her child and hus- tonishing art direction, Unkrich and Adrian War II film about Ger- Kaluuya is the face of band in a bombing in production design, cosMolina. A joy to watch. many’s impending in- the common man. Mil- Germany and she seeks tumes and cinematogCrown Heights vasion of Britain. He ton “Lil Rel” Howery is justice and revenge. The raphy make this saga a (***1/2) Everyday he- deserves an Oscar for his hysterical wingman. sociopolitical aspects of fun experience with lots roes are on view in this his interpretation and so Best First Film of the the racist attack against of eye candy. simple yet courageous does his makeup man year, hands down. her Kurdish-born husWonder Woman story about two friends who turns the slim actor Girls Trip (****) This band are so topical it’s (****) Best comic book whose bond is stronger into the stout world lead- hilarious and relentless- as if the movie was hero turned action film than a crooked Brooklyn er. Brilliant direction by ly bawdy take on a girls’ ripped from a newspa- movie of the year.  DiDistrict Attorney. In the Joe Wright. Smart script weekend reunion in New per headline. Director rector Patty Jenkins, wake of misguided films by Anthony McCarten. Orleans is a cross be- Fatih Akin also wrote with Gal Gadot as her like “Detroit,” “Crown Superb cinematography tween Bridesmaids and the screen adaptation of muse, elevates the legHeights” is a godsend. by Bruno Delbonnel. The Hangover, only more a novel by Hark Bohm. endary Amazon warrior Director/writer Matt Get Out (***) It’s outrageous. Praise to Riveting from begin- way above the current Ruskin’s understated quite surprising and fresh screenwriters Kenya Bar- ning to end. tepid Batman (Ben Afstyle makes the film that in his first outing ris (TV’s Black-ish) and Lady Bird (****) A fleck) and Superman seem real. Lakeith Stan- as a filmmaker, Come- Tracy Oliver and director precocious high-school (Henry Cavill) to an field shines in the lead dy Central star Jordan Malcolm Lee. Rain acco- student, Christine (Sao- upper stratosphere. Peras a wrongfully con- Peele gets so much right lades on Tiffany Haddish irse Ronan, Brooklyn), fect blend of beauty and victed suspect. Nnamdi about the art of making for her impressive come- goes by the name Lady strength. Great special Asomugha plays the a drama/horror movie. dy chops and equal doses Bird and is in a constant effects. Tight script by friend who never gives Aptly he captures that of love to Regina Hall, verbal battle with her Allan Heinberg. Robin up on him. Pure inspi- insular foreign feeling Jada Pinkett Smith and pessimistic mother (Lau- Wright and Chris Pine ration. black people have when Queen Latifah for giv- rie Metcalf, TV’s Rose- co-star. Darkest Hour (****) they are in a room full of ing us a great laugh. Best anne). Teen angst colors Sure, Gary Oldman awkward-acting whites. Comedy of the Year. her relationships with



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So the question is---will Black

These changing political attitudes

t’s a good night to be an Af-

women continue to be the most loy-

and trends provide an opportunity for

rican American woman,”

al voting bloc for democrats in the

the Democrats if they fully embrace

said CNN Political Com-

2018 Mid-Term Election? I caution

and respect Black women’s leadership

mentator Symone Sanders on a Tues-

the Democratic Party to pay close

as their most loyal base on a nation-

day night. This was her response to

attention to the recent Black Wom-

al, state and local level. It is also an

the historic Doug Jones victory over

en’s Roundtable/ESSENCE “Power

opportunity for the Republican Party,

Roy Moore in the special Alabama

of the Sister Vote” Poll (2017 BWR/

if they choose to reverse course from

Senatorial election. But Democrats

ESSENCE Poll), released in Septem-

being the party of the “Alt-right,”

and Republicans alike should take

ber 2017 that gauged Black women’s

white nationalists and white suprem-

political attitudes.


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reported that Black women voted 91

Political pundits can parse words,

percent for the Democratic guberna-

The 2017 BWR/ESSENCE Poll

Otherwise, Black women, espe-

slice and dice the numbers and call

torial candidate, Ralph Northam, who

revealed an 11 percent drop in the

cially millennials, will likely expand

Roy Moore a “terrible choice” as the

was elected governor of the Common-

“belief that the Democratic Party

their options as independents or mem-

Republican candidate; but make no

wealth of Virginia. White women vot-

best represents the interest of Black

bers of third parties in the future.

mistake about it, the African Ameri-

ed 51 percent for the Republican can-

women, dropping from 85 percent to

So, for those progressives who

can vote was the critical difference be-

didate, Ed Gillespie. In New Jersey,

74 percent over the past year. In fact,

want to win in the 2018 Mid-Term

tween a win and a loss in that election.

Black women voted 94 percent for

more Black women think that none of

Election cycle, remember Black

In his initial remarks to his followers,

Democratic candidate, Phil Murphy,

the political parties represents them

women are the “secret sauce” to vic-

and the media, Senator-elect Jones un-

who is governor-elect for New Jersey.

well, up to 21 percent from 13 percent

tory -- Follow Black Women.

abashedly thanked African Americans

Latino women voted 88 percent for

in 2016.”

in particular for their support. And

Murphy and white women voted 44

why not? Exit polls indicated that 98

percent for Murphy.


The poll also showed Black

Melanie L. Campbell is the Pres-

women millennials identifying as in-

ident and CEO of the National Coali-

percent of African American women

To be clear, Black women have

dependents continues to rise. The poll

tion on Black Civic Participation and

voted for him. In contrast, only 32

been the most loyal voters for pro-

further disclosed Black women have a

the Convener of the Black Women’s

percent of white women in Alabama

gressive candidates for decades. In

significant interest in running for po-


voted in his favor.

2016, Black women voted 94 per-

litical office on a local level.

Ms. Campbell’s email is mela-

The same political pundits tried to

cent for Hillary Clinton; and white

The 2017 Election results appears

report that the women’s vote is what

women voted 53 percent for Donald

to confirm that growing interest, with

The National Coalition on Black

brought Democrats historic victories

Trump. In 2013, Black women were

several Black women making history

Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one

in the 2017 Election on November

the decisive vote for current Virginia

in key local and statewide races in-

of the most active civil rights and

7th in Virginia and New Jersey. The

Governor Terry McAuliffe, voting at

cluding Sheila Oliver being elected

social justice organizations in the

reality is not all women voted for the

91 percent. White women voted for

the first African American elected

nation “dedicated to increasing civic

winning candidates in those elections.

anti-choice Republican candidate Ken

lieutenant governor of New Jersey; Vi

engagement, economic and voter em-

According to the 2017 Election Exit

Cuccinelli at 54 percent.

Lyles elected first African American

powerment in Black America.” The

Polls, like they did recently in Ala-

In both 2008 and 2012, Black

woman elected mayor of Charlotte,

Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR)

bama, Black women led the way in

women led the way in electing Pres-

N.C.; Keisha Lance Bottoms winning

is the women and girls empowerment

turning Virginia and New Jersey from

ident Barack Obama the first African

the mayor’s race in Atlanta; Andrea

arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of

red to blue, up and down the ballot.

American president of the United

Jenkins, first African American trans-

championing just and equitable pub-

Conversely, the majority of white

States. The Black women’s vote, in fact,

gender elected to the Minneapolis

lic policy on behalf of Black women,

women voted for the Republican gu-

accounts for the gender gap in support

City Council; Mary Parham Copelan,

BWR promotes their health and well-

bernatorial candidates in New Jersey

of the Democratic Party as the majority

first African American mayor of For-

ness, economic security & prosperity,

and Virginia.

of white women supported Republican

estville, Ga., and many more across

education and global empowerment

candidates in both elections.

the country.

as key elements for success.

The November 7th Exit Polls

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Jan 5, 6pm-10pm First Fridays:”Beyoncé Vs. Rihanna” Edition. We’re excited to bring you a special “Beyoncé Vs. Rihanna” Edition of First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering! Celebrating these two amazing superstars whose music embodies the best of R&B, soul, pop, and Caribbean sounds and whose legacies exemplify the best of Black Girl Magic. Guests are invited to mix and mingle in the Langston Hughes Lobby and enjoy our signature drinks while grooving to beats by DJ Backbr3aka, with our host of the evening Dhalimu from Dhali’s Closet. With our extended hours, guests are also invited to check out our three exhibitions Black Power, Power in Print, and Unshackled Ink. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917)

275-6975. Jan 7, 10am-3pm (Weekly Event) Gospel Brunch featuring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir and Red Rooster’s famous soul food brunch. Reservations are encouraged. 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 Jan 11, 10pm Apollo Comedy Club. Ayana Dookie, Kyle Grooms and Hamburger. Please note there is a $10 drink/food minimum. Sign up for the ALIST at Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. (212) 531-5305 Jan 12, 10am-7pm Schomburg Center’s 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival The Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of Black comix featur-

ing panel discussions, film screenings, a cosplay show, and exhibit tables with premiere independent Black comic creators from across the United States. The annual extravaganza, which drew close to 12,000 attendees in 2017, connects diverse comic readers, creators, bloggers, nerds, independent publishers, and collectors of all ages. This year’s highlights will include panels and discussion on topics including diversity and social justice in comics, black comics in digital spaces, black masculinity in comic books, and much, much more. New offers are also available for comic fans of all ages such as a limited edition 6th anniversary program book, festival t-shirts, and the opportunity to donate samples of your comics to the Schomburg Library’s Comic Book Archive! All the information you need to get registered is

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A Year In Review: 2017 Won’t Be Forgotten A Year In Review: Donald Trump, Sexual Assault Cases Dominate 2017 Headlines By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor)


ove it or hate it, 2017 will be a year not soon forgotten. Barack Obama, a constitutional law professor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and the nation’s first Black president, graciously handed the keys to the White House to a reality TV star who has been accused of sexual assault.

as “Obamacare,” is still the law of the land and, this year, nearly 9 million people signed up for coverage through the federal healthcare exchange. With the GOP tax reform bill, which was endorsed by Trump, the Republicans scored a win for corporations at the expense of nearly everyone else.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” As a highly-politicized investigation into whether or not Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election began to heat up, Trump fired Comey. Later, Flynn cut a deal to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling. Federal prosecutors charged Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, campaign adviser Rick Gates and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos with

various crimes, including lying to the FBI and money laundering. During “Black Press Week” in March, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), expressed a desire to draft articles of impeachment over Trump’s actions in the White House and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called on the real estate mogul to resign. Meanwhile, the Black Press celebrated its 190th anniversary and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) elected a new national chairman, Dorothy Leavell, the publisher of the Crusader newspapers in Chicago and

President Donald Trump and sexual assault allegations against prominent figures in entertainment, politics and mainstream media dominated headlines. (Wikimedia Commons)

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Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump began signing dozens of executive orders that threatened to rollback much of the progress that was made during the previous eight years under the Obama Administration. And, it was the Trump Administration that not only slashed funding for advertising during the open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act, but also cut the enrollment period for signing up for coverage through the federal healthcare exchange from 90 days to 45 days. Despite those challenges, the ACA, also known 10

According to CNN Money, “The final bill still leans heavily toward tax cuts for corporations and business owners. But it also expands or restores some tax benefits for individuals relative to the earlier bills passed by the House and Senate.” CNN Money article continued: “The individual provisions would expire by the end of 2025, but most of the corporate provisions would be permanent.” In February, when NSA chief Mike Flynn was forced to resign after lying to Vice President Mike Pence, Trump said to thenFBI Director James Comey,

Civil rights activist and groundbreaking comedian Dick Gregory died on Saturday, August 19. This photo was taken during a panel discussion on the protests in Ferguson following the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

Civil rights icon Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., recently announced that he has Parkinson’s disease. This photo was taken during the recent 2017 Rainbow PUSH Coalition Global Automotive Summit. (Freddie Allen/AMG/ NNPA)

Gary, Indiana. “We are suffering and with a new administration in the White House, it will take someone who isn’t afraid, someone who will raise a lot of hell,” the fiery Leavell said after she was elected. In 2017, Carolyn Bryant, the woman who accused young Emmett Till of grabbing and verbally harassing her 62 years ago, finally admitted that she lied during the trial of Till’s murderers. An all-White jury found her husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother JW Milam not guilty of the crime. The Guardian reported that Bryant said Till had grabbed and verbally harassed her in a grocery store. “I was just scared to death,” she said during the trial, according to The Guardian. “That part’s not true,” Bryant confessed to Timothy Tyson, the author of a new book, “The Blood of Emmet Till,” The Guardian said.

In June, comedian Bill Cosby went on trial for a 2004 incident involving a former Temple University employee, who claimed the star drugged and raped her. A jury failed to reach a unanimous decision and a judge, who declared a mistrial, ordered a new trial for next spring. In October, celebrated movie producer Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual harasser and abuser with more than 100 women—including actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd—among his accusers. The firestorm around the accusations ignited a movement and scores of women and men across the world shared their harrowing stories of abuse on social media using the hashtag #MeToo. Celebrities and media personalities including Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, Charlie Rose, Louis C.K. and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons were also accused



Lyte, hip-hop legend and national spokesperson for the NNPA Discover The Unexpected Journalism Fellowship program, poses for a photo with the 2017 NNPA DTU Journalism Fellows. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

lottesville, Va. “This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down,” Trump said in defending the Confederate monuments. “I wonder, is George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after that? You really do have to ask yourself: ‘Where does it stop?” The president even found time to criticize NFL players for silently protesting police brutality and racial injustice in predominately Black and minority communities. Trump blasted players and said that team owners should get rid of them. Kaepernick, who remains unsigned and is suing the NFL owners for colluding to keep him out of the league, has been recognized with several awards including Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which was presented to him

in December by Beyoncé. In October, O.J. Simpson was released from prison in Nevada after serving nine years for a robbery

conviction. The NAACP named Derrick Johnson president and CEO of the oldest civil rights organization in

Harvey Weinstein attends the 2010 TIME 100 Gala. (David Shankbone/ Wikimedia Commons)

America. Johnson told NNPA Newswire that it’s important that organization work with the National Newspaper Publishers Association to keep the Black community informed. Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond (D-La.) also pledged to work closer with the Black Press in 2017 and beyond. The NNPA and Chevrolet sponsored eight students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2017 Discover The Unexpected (DTU) journalism fellowship program. The 2017 class of DTU journalism fellows included: Alexa Imani Spencer and Noni Marshall from Howard University; Kelsey Jones and Taylor Burris from Spelman College; Jordan Fisher and Tiana Hunt from Clark Atlanta University; and Ayron Lewallen

and Darrell Williams from Morehouse College. The eight fellows were rewarded for their intrepid, diligent work in the Chevrolet-backed program that provides students from HBCUs scholarships and summer internships at NNPA member, Black-owned newspapers. Civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson also announced that he has Parkinson’s disease. In 2017, the Black Press lost two of its most devoted freedom warriors. Walter “Ball” Smith, the publisher of “New York’s Beacon” and the “Philadelphia Observer” died on Friday, November 10. He was 83. One month earlier on Oct. 22, Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., also passed away. Smith was 45. 11

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of sexual harassment or assault and have either lost their jobs or stepped down from their companies. Politicians like U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R-Ala.), Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) also faced allegations of sexual misconduct. The Trump-backed Moore lost a close special election senate for Alabama’s vacant senate seat in December after African American voters turned out in droves to support Democrat Doug Jones. Meanwhile, several women have emerged with claims against Trump. “People” magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff accused Trump of attacking her in 2005 at his Mar-aLago residence in Florida. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that Mr. Trump would criticize someone else’s inappropriate sexual behavior and not address his own,” Stoynoff told the magazine. Another Trump accuser, Melinda McGillivray, told “People” that Trump “is a complete hypocrite.” While the sexual harassment storm stirred across the country, many won’t soon forget the devastating hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Louisiana, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the summer and early fall. Critics of the federal government’s response to devastation caused by the hurricanes noted that more than 30 percent of Puerto Ricans still lack access to electricity. The president also took heat as he seemed to compare the actions of White supremacists to peaceful protesters after a woman was killed during a White nationalists’ rally in Char-



Historical Black Colleges Still Releavant


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y name is Dennis Richmond, Jr. and I am the Founder and Director of The New York- New Jersey HBCU Initiative (The NYNJ HBCU Initiative). Since December 2014, at age 19, I have been speaking to students across New York about colleges and universities. By January 2015, I was “beating the drum for HBCUs,” a tagline that I picked up from former Claflin University Professor Patricia H. Koger. Through speaking to students across the country and always staying abreast of the culture, our culture, I have learned a lot and would like to give some advice to high school and college students. Especially those in New York. The last time that I was featured in Harlem Community News was in March 2017. Since then, I have done so much re-


garding HBCUs and the culture. Before I give advice to high school and college students, I would like to take some time to let the readers know what I have been up to in 2017. First off, I spoke to students at nine high schools across New York. The

schools were Roosevelt High School (Yonkers), Palisade Preparatory School (Yonkers), High School for Civil Rights (Brooklyn), Truman High School (The Bronx), Gramercy Arts High School (New York), Thurgood Marshall Academy (New York),

Science Skills Center High School (Brooklyn), William E. Grady CTE High School (Brooklyn), and Brownsville Academy (Brooklyn). That’s just speaking at high schools. I spoke at events across the country. Some places include Rochester, New York,

Orangeburg, South Carolina, and Harlem, New York. Aside from being featured in newspapers and on Street Corner Resources Live on WHCR 90.3 FM in Harlem, New York thanks to Ms. Iesha Sekou, I turned 22 in February. The biggest event that occurred for me in 2017 however, was graduating from college. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Claflin University, a private HBCU in Orangeburg, South Carolina on May 13, 2017. That day, I cried like a baby. As it stands now, I am still the Founder and Director of The NYNJ HBCU Initiative and I am a graduate school student at Sarah Lawrence College. I would like to thank my family and my sponsors for continuing to ensure that I succeed. Some of my biggest sponsors to date include New York State Assemblyman J. Gary

Pretlow and New York State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer. Now that my recap is done, I can get on with the advice that I have for students. To all of the students in high school across the country, remember that high school does not last forever, and you are going to need a plan upon graduation. I am not telling you that you have to go to college, but I am saying that you need to know what it is that you want to do after high school. Going into the service, working, and starting college are all different paths that are taken by different people. If you don’t want to go to college- don’t go. My advice to high school students is to work as hard as you can in school, apply for scholarships, and make sure that you have a plan. To all the college students across the country, you got this! Let me say it again. You. Got. This! College is hard as hell, trust me, I know. It’s not even the course work that can make it hard, but the people and the environment that you’re in. Remember to stay away from the fakes, stay away from the haters, and don’t get caught up in too much drama. Notice I didn’t say any drama, I said too much drama. We all get caught up in something. College students, make sure that you have a way to calm down at the end of each day. Especially at the end of each week. Some people pray, some people meditate, some people sleep, and some people party. Make sure that your way of calming down will help you and not hinder you. If anyone wants to reach out to me, feel free to follow me on Instagram or Twitter at @NewYorkStakz or text me or call me. My phone number is 914.374.9897. As I say on SnapChat, “Keep shining and keep grinding. Now go out there and handle your BI juh heard!”



5 Rules for a More Organized Home in the New Year


fter the hectic holidays,

momentum positive and to avoid

shops and eBay make it easy to turn

by streamlining. Items frequently

it’s no surprise that many

feeling overwhelmed. Doing so also

four or five pieces of furniture you

used together should be kept togeth-

people commit to getting

allows you to focus, leading to more

“kind of like” into one piece you ab-

er, from coffee supplies to vehicle

creative solutions for taking advan-

solutely love.

maintenance tools.

better organized in the new year.

Make a Plan

There are plenty of reasons why

tage of under-utilized areas. For ex-

Store Décor Wisely

people obsess over organization and

ample, you may find using over-the

Everyone loves holiday dec-

Create a schedule so nothing is

resolve to master it year after year.

door organizers a great way to free

orating. Taking down decorations

overlooked. Knowing which project

Household items become easier to

up space in home offices and craft

afterward... not so much. It’s diffi-

is next gives you time to prepare

find. Rooms all of a sudden seem


cult to preserve items in a haphazard

and purchase any storage items you

bigger and more welcoming. Each

Say “No” to Clutter

collection of cardboard boxes, plas-

might need. When scheduling, des-

walk past a tidy linen closet -- where

Everyone has items they keep

tic bags and mismatched bins, all

ignate specific rooms and spaces for

there was once an avalanche wait-

around for no real reason that aren’t

crammed into the corner of a garage

certain seasons. For example, the

ing to spill forward -- comes with a

particularly meaningful and don’t

or basement. Stepping up storage

first warm days of spring are made

small sense of accomplishment.

serve a purpose. Being able to ob-

containers can make a big differ-

for cleaning out the shed or garage.

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ornament and gift wrap organizers

sentially new habits that become

While it’s fun to dream about

always been on the fence about? It

to wreath and garland storage bags.

part of a lifestyle. Deliberately

a large-scale routine reset, smaller

would make an incredibly thought-

Keep a Place for Everything

choosing to incorporate small acts

sustainable actions are key to last-

ful “just because” gift for an orni-

Nobody likes wasting time

of organization on a daily basis will

ing change. Take it one room or

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gathering or searching. Make stor-

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Tips to Refresh Yourself in the New Year


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lanning some New Year’s resolutions? Instead of simply resolving to lose weight or drop a clothing size, consider placing a more positive spin on your objectives. Whether your stated goal is to try new sports and hobbies or to get in touch with nature, you can better refresh yourself this new year with resolutions that help you get in shape while appreciating your surroundings and having fun. Try Something New Testing out new sports and hobbies doesn’t need to require a great deal of time or financial commitment. There are plenty of ways to dip your toe in the water. Thanks to online marketplace coupon services, it’s easy to find


discounted access to local experiences like orienteering and rock climbing classes, fishing excursions, white water rafting journeys and more. Consider giving your fun and fitness goals a recharge by trying out something completely different. Make More of It Whether you’re hiking, biking, skiing or trying any other new outdoor sport, consider making the most of your excursions with tech gear that enhances the experience and keeps you safe. For example, the PRO TREK Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F20 from Casio, powered by Android Wear 2.0, has GPS capabilities, a full color map display and water resistance of up to 50 meters, making

it well suited for rugged adventures. Because it can be used offline in areas without cellular service, it can free you up to go farther off the beaten trail and help you find your

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add notes to otherwise unmarked map spots. Additionally, Casio’s Moment Setter app gives users an opportunity to automatically receive important alerts, such as best fishing

times, rest break intervals, and sunrise/sunset times. Get Competitive Having a race or competition ahead on the calendar can be the motivating force that drives you to get off the couch, get fit and enjoy the outdoors. Whether it’s a 10k, obstacle race or a triathlon, training for such a competition can have cascading effects, leading to new healthy habits beyond more frequent workouts, such as getting more rest and hydration and eating a healthier diet. Completing your goal can be a truly rewarding experience. In the new year, think beyond the scale. Refresh your body and mind with new experiences that lead to healthy habits.



Winter Wellness Tips



How to Help a Coworker With Cancer (Statepoint)

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of your pain is due to injury, stress,


or poor sleep, there are many ways

right in, the experts at Cancer and

to feel better while avoiding future

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er weather can take a toll on the body, especially

f you have a coworker who

for those who suffer from chronic aches and pains. Whether the cause

Wanting to support your co-

ingful interactions with your coworker.

can I do to help?” Before leaping

figure out how to provide the most

these tips from professional ball-

effective forms of support. Keep in mind, your coworker

room dancer Tony Dovolani, who’s

for before or after a workout. Stretch

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worker is natural, but knowing

urally manage muscle pain, consider

• Stretch. Stretching is not just

Be sure to educate yourself so

are willing to take on.

cer, you may wonder, “what

and work, say that it’s important to


how can sometimes be difficult.

that’s actually wanted and that you

has been diagnosed with can-

To stay well this season and nat-

no stranger to the subject of pain

boundaries and offer assistance

• Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Wa-

to my neck and shoulder muscles,”

may not be disclosing his or her

ter is necessary for muscle repair.

says Dovolani, whose pain relief

diagnosis to the entire team. It’s

Drink water throughout the day and

routine includes using The Sunbeam

critical to understand the level of

especially when you’re active.

Renue Neck Wrap. “It’s great for

privacy your coworker intends to

providing relief to the back of my

maintain so you can provide the

head, neck and shoulders.”

most meaningful assistance during

throughout the day to keep blood

• Apply heat. Heat is a timeless

flowing, particularly if you have a

remedy, and it’s clinically proven to

job that keeps you sedentary.

treatment and beyond.

relieve pain associated with muscle

Because it features an adjust-

• Eat right. Your diet should in-

tension and stress, helping to relax

able neck collar that contours to the

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clude lean protein and healthy carbs.

muscles and improve blood flow.

shape of the neck of the user, it can

might differ depending on how

“And I eat my vegetables, too!” says

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provide high-level, concentrated

close the relationship is. When of-

Dovolani. “Mainly spinach, string

oxygen and nutrients to inflamed ar-

heat for targeted relief.

fering help, be specific and focus

beans and broccoli.”

eas to help accelerate healing.

Don’t let aches and pains set

on tangible things that might make

Figure out which vegetables

“After every rehearsal and per-

you back. With a healthy, active life-

a difference. Go beyond “let me

you like best, and be sure to incor-

formance, I use heat to soothe aches

style and simple, natural remedies,

know if I can do anything.” At the

porate them into your diet.

and pains and improve blood flow

you can feel your best.

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The Art of War is Peace


fortune. By strong action on the Way,

In Cleary’s introduction he cap-

aware of danger before danger, to be

the world without being affected by

one can bring the body to the realm

losopher. The strategic concepts

tures the spirit of this classic book of

aware of destruction before destruc-

the world, carrying out task without

of longevity, bring the mind to the

found in Sun Tzu’s work have had a

strategy by writing about an ancient

tion, to be aware of calamity before

being obstructed by tasks.”

sphere of mystery, bring the world to

major influence not only in strategic

Taoist story where a lord of China

calamity. Strong action is training the

Master Sun also writes that “With

military training but also in the na-

asked his physician, a member of a

body without being burdened by the

deep knowledge of principle, one can

tional and international business com-

family of healers, which of them was

body, exercising the mind without

change disturbance into order, change

munities as well.

the most skilled in the art.

being used by the mind, working in

danger into safety, change destruction

When conducting workshops on the

The physician whose reputation

Art of War and the I Ching at The City

was such that his name became syn-

cient Chinese classic The Art of

College of New York, I find students at

onymous with medical science in Chi-

War in 1968. I was in the United

first have some difficulty in understand

na, replied, “My eldest brother sees

States Army stationed at Fort Hood

how the true art of war is peace. Accord-

the spirit of sickness and removes

Texas. At this time military intelli-

ing to the teachings of Master Sun, How

it before it takes shape, so his name

gence was trying to find answers to

to win without fighting is the foundation

does not get out of the house.

explain how an army of farmers were

of his strategy.

great peace, and bring tasks to great fulfillment”. The true Art of War is peace both external and internal.

“My elder brother cures sickness

about to defeat the mighty U.S. mili-

I always recommend reading

when it is still extremely minute, so

tary forces in Viet Nam. Ho Chi Minh’s

the Art of War translated by Thomas

his name does not get out of the neigh-

(founder of the Democratic Republic of

Cleary who explains Master Sun’s

borhood. As for me, I puncture veins,

Viet Nam) famous answer was “we are

teachings this way “This ideal strat-

prescribe potions, and massage skin,

defeating the mighty imperialist forces

egy whereby one could win without

so from time to time my name gets out

by using “Sun Tzu’s Art of War.” That

fighting accomplish the most by do-

and is heard among the lords.”

statement created a whole new genera-

ing the least, bears the characteristic

This story follows Master Sun’s

tion of strategists that follow the teach-

stamp of Taoism, the ancient tradition

concept of deep knowledge, accord-

ings of Master Sun.

of knowledge that fostered both the

ing to the writings of Master Sun

healing arts and the martial arts in

“Deep knowledge is to be aware of


disturbance before disturbance, to be

great admirer of the strategic concepts

into survival, change calamity into

by William A Rogers

of this mysterious Taoist warrior-phi-

was introduced to Sun Tzu’s an-

Over the years I have become a


Answers to Puzzle on page 20

Herbs Are Nature’s Medicine...

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By Zakiyyah


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:; phone: 347-407-4312, email:; website:, blog:



Ask Alma: I Want to be Buried in Arlington Cemetery with My Wife. She Wants her Ashes Tossed off the Coast of Hawaii.

By Alma Gill (NNPA Newswire Columnist)


ear Alma, We have a situation in my house that we have not been able to resolve. I served our country and retired after 30 years in the military. My wife and I are up in age and have all of our affairs in order. We have one daughter, who is our life’s joy and she has been instructed on what to do at every turn, except when it comes to our burials. My wife has requested that she be cremated and have her ashes tossed over the waves off the is-

land of Hawaii. I, on the other hand, would like for my wife to be buried by my side at Arlington National Cemetery. My wife shares your column with me weekly, Alma. What advice do you have for us? Sincerely, Staying Together in the Afterlife Dear Staying Together, What an honor to receive a letter from you, sir. Thank you for your service. I must say, rarely, if ever, am I stumped, but you’ve got me on this one. I mean it’s one thing when a couple is looking to purchase a house and one wants modern, clean lines and the other wants a colorful Victorian. I’ve even encountered couples not agreeing on the purchase of a car, one wants a sporty two-seater and the oth-

er an eight-passenger Mommy van. But this, this dilemma, my friend has me at a lost for words. How do you dance with the wind at the end and find a compromise? As you mentioned, your wife wants to be cremated and have her ashes poured to dance with the wind off the island of Hawaii. And you, my dear soldier, want to be buried, with your wife, at Arlington National Cemetery— and rightly so. That’s not just any honor, but one you’ve earned and fought the good fight for. Again, I say, this is a stumper, because one of you has gotta give. I’ve prayed and made my decision. I think your wife should make her final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. Now, now, now, slow down, it’s not, because

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tery is a sacred dwelling, your final salute. It is my wish that you two read my answer together, while you lovingly ask your wife to reconsider. Remind her that you just can’t imagine not having her by your side, especially at your final resting place. How about this, maybe your daughter can go to Hawaii and release beautiful lanterns in your wife’s memory and that will allow her to at least have a part of her, even if only in spirit, released over the beautiful waves off one of the magnificent island of Hawaii, sort of like the opening episode of Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too.” If you didn’t see it, ask your daughter to show it to you. Let’s not forget, your wife has dutifully served you over your 30-year career and she may feel very strongly about

her final resting place. If that is the case, please figure out another way to bind the connection that you two have so graciously sewn over the many years. Do what you’ve done in the past to make it last. Let’s not leave your daughter a long list of complicated instructions, but a legacy of commitment, togetherness and a devotion of love. Continue that example of good, strong love in Heaven as it was on Earth, together at Arlington National Cemetery. Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and The Washington Post. Email questions to: alwaysaskalma@ Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and Twitter @almaaskalma.

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you’re the husband, dressed blue, large and in charge. I think she should reconsider, because of where the two of you will be laid to rest, being buried at Arlington is a national honor. As you know, the grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation. Sprawling hills provide an amazing sense of peace and tranquility. I’ve been there, and it’s aptly described as, “rolling green hills…dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.” Arlington National Ceme-




Spiritually Speaking


By Bro. Bill De Fossett –Radio Personality and host of The 3G Experience radio program on WHCR-90.3 FM (

he Bronx tragedy of last week brought sorrow to the holiday celebration. Keep the families who lost loved ones in your prayers. We also pray for the survivors who lost everything in the disaster. The community paid tribute to Mother Katheryn Harding on her transition at 96 years old. The service, held at The Church of the Master in Harlem, was well attended and provided a fitting tribute to this

great matriarch of our community. We also pause to acknowledge the transition of Deacon Blackmon of Mt. Neboh Baptist Church. His many years of service to the church and the community earned him a place in the heavens. He remains an inspiration to all who knew him. Watch night services were modified in many of our churches. The services began at 10:00 pm and lasted until midnight. The usual

gathering on Sunday morning was replaced with the night time services. Many churches maintained their usual Sunday morning service and opted not to have an additional service on Sunday night. Many pastors we spoke to felt obligated to the senior members of the congregation in not having them come out for watch night service. We continue to pray for our beloved co-worker Tina Dixon as she recovers in the

hospital. The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York & Vicinity 10:00 A. M. Monday at Convent Avenue Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, Jr. was the MLK Day preacher. Rev. Reginald Paris sent this to us Some folk may say that they are born procrastinators. But we should know that according to scripture procrastination is unacceptable as it is a form of bondage in a

person’s life and God who desires the best for us didn’t design us to be enslaved to anything. So we must put off procrastination put off not taking action put off selfdoubt that causes us not to complete a task. Procrastination is no laughing matter As it keeps us from doing what we need to do. So we must identify it for what it is an energy drainer that keeps us from tackling that which needs to be done. So confess procrastination to God and rely on his strength to face what needs to be done..

Let not this new year be as last because of procrastination.” Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Don’t make New Year’s resolutions just have faith in God. 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 Your continued support is an inspiration to me. We reach folks across the country and around the world


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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.

Author Joy Loverde encourages readers to do a lot of prepwork, including a good amount of self-examination, well before getting to the information for which this book was likely sought. Impatient readers should be forgiven for chafing. Once you’re past that, the tasks get hard-boiled and there’s a lot to think about. Loverde asks you to consider the thorniest questions about leaving home or staying, asking for help or stoicism, severe illness, death, and facing the truth about any other new situation you’ll encounter. There’s where the worksheets are extremely helpful; so are the websites and checklists. Another thing: this book has a nice, wide audience. Loverde touches upon concerns for LGBT and straight readers , as well as for families and those who are super-early-bird plan-

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fresh new year presents a great opportunity to reorganize your medical information and files as part of a greater effort to prioritize your health and wellness in the coming year. From veterinarian bills to your children’s dental x-rays, these tips can help you get all your ducks in a row. • Be Discerning: While most paperwork related to medical treatments is important and worthy of saving, there are some items that can be tossed. Be discerning or you will quickly be overwhelmed. Keeping a shredder on hand can eliminate any concerns you may have about discarding potentially sensitive material. • Make it Convenient: It’s all too easy to skip filing paperwork until it gets out of hand. Keep your filing cabinet near your home’s landing area where mail comes in, so you

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