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GOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE! The annual “Who’s the Boss” conference was a huge success. If you are a woman who owns a busness and you missed this great inspirational, educational and networking event, you should plan to attend next year. It is usually in June. (see page 4) If you enjoy the pages of this publication, don’t miss another issue - subscribe today. (see subscription form on page 23). If you own a business or have an event coming up, consider advertising. If you have some ideas of how we can improve what we do, let us know. Email us today at harlemnewsinc@aol.com Thank you to all who have generously supported me while I am going through my battle with cancer. Continue your prayers for my recovery. I am also including in my prayers State Senator Inez Dickens who recently suffered a leg injury, former Amy Ruth owner Carl Redding and all those who I have learned who are on a similar journey with me. We are all in God’s hands.

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Whos’s The Boss 2017 Conference by” Princess Jenkins, Darryl Miles and Lil Nickleson

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ver 200 business women shouted in unison the conference theme, “I am The Boss…I’m A Smart Woman and Money Matters In My Life. Women In The Black (WITB) held an awe-inspiring conference on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., - State Office Building. WITB is a Harlem-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start build, lead and grow a successful business in the New York metropolitan area.

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The morning opened with the Honorees Breakfast featuring four amazing business, community and cultural leaders, each was presented with the Women On A Mission Award. The honorees included: Ms. Sylvia L. White, Deputy Executive Director of Harlem Hospital. Terra Renee, Founder and President of African American Women in Cinema, Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson - Cook, the first female and African-American Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

Princess Jenkins-President (right) with 2017 -Women On A Mission Honorees and Luncheon Keynote

The Round Table Experts

appointed by President Barak Obama and Dana Harrison-Ottey-President of Dana Emilia, a fashion industry veteran who has garnered respect in a very competitive industry. After a very successful morning WITB kicked off the conference with the “Pitch” competition for emerging entrepreneurs, with judges that included 2016-Pitch winners Atinuke Akinwunmi ($1500), Desiree Patton ($500) and menswear designer Larry Underwood. We’ re proud to announce our 2017 winner Adero Davis ($500) owner of Fairfare Inc., a cross platform application that compare fares and ride -shares for companies like Uber and Lyft. The Pitch competition was followed by targeted roundtable discussions that included Presenter: Harriet Rosebud-(Tweet, Snap and Post Your Way to Social Media Success) , Author -Nikki Pyce ( Speak Like a Leader), Author & Executive CoachWendy R. Credle-Spanda-Corporate & Executive

Curtis Archer of HCDC with Board members, event host Women On A Mission Past and Present Honorees

Coach (Act Like a Lady... But Think Like A Boss) , Shameka Brathwaite (Creating Business Connections that Foster Sound Relationships) and Business Coach Patricia Naylor Thomas (How to Scale Your Business, Proven Strategies for Growth). The afternoon Luncheon keynote- Felecia Williams, started My Spa-My Way a multi-million-dollar family business, after a successful career with Estee Lauder and having overcome low self-esteem and ADD. She

The Afternoon “Celebrationn Circle”

delivered a transparent, inspiring, up lifting presentation that left the audience awe-struck. The “Celebration Circle” followed with business women; salon owner: Karen W. Vanderburgh, Media Maven-Okema T.Moore and Event Specialist: Adasa Gittens shared their challenges, frustrations and triumphs on their road to success. The entire day was hosted by Dr. Stacie N.C. Grant an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. Princess Jenkins

-Founder and President of Women In The Black credits the success of the conference to dedicated community partners like HCDC, The Fashion Institute of Technology, The New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce, FAX, Black Hawk Imports, UMEZ, WHDC and Apple bank. Visit Women In The Black at www.womenintheblack.org or call 212631-1022 Photos by: Gerald Peart


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TEER SPIRIT AWARDS GALA: 48 YEARS OF NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE CELEBRATING BLACK EXCELLENCE Exclusive interviews with Sade Lythcott and Tarrel A.McCraney

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osted by the energetic WABC-TV’s Sandra Bookman, the Ninth annual Gala held on June 14 celebrated black excellence in the spirit of joy and the life, legacy and trailblazing vision and spirit of founder Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. Honorees included Academy-Award winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moon-

Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage (for “Sweat”) and Tony Award nominee Michelle Wilson (for “Sweat”), as well as esteemed director-producer Kamilah Forbes (Apollo Theater executive producer) and award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau (“Pipeline,” “Skeleton Crew”). Other members included Dr. Iris

NBT was the space to keep soul alive. So we look every year to celebrate those souls and spirits who are keeping soul alive in their respective fields of excellence. Usually the honorees and the members of the committee have some kind of connection with my mother or NBT and our work. So, for example Michael Williams, who is a prolific actor is also a convinced humanitarian and does such great work on and off the screen. He had his acting debut here at NBT as a teenager. That is one of the reasons we chose to honor him,” said Sade Lythcott. “My work has always

been rooted in the theatre. I have been a storyteller for a long time like most of the creative artists who are here tonight. It is always an honor to be in a place that was founded on

telling the stories about and for our community! Moonlight is a piece about a particular slab of Miami and brought in our personal lives. Barry Jenkins, the director, and my

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light”, Head of Passes); NAACP Image Award, Drama Desk Award, and four-time Audelco Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Richard Wesley; eminent photographer and author Deborah Willis; legendary choreographer and dancer Dianne McIntyre; AFROPUNK co-founders Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper; 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) founder Barbara Askins; and renowned actor Michael K. Williams. The host committee includes a who’s who of New York’s theater scene and high society, including recent Pulitzer

life. So it is also deeply rooted in the theatre and in telling stories about our people, stories that are important to us, to reach back,” said Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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OUR CHILDREN DESERVE HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS By Dr. Elizabeth Primas (Program Manager, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign)

Harlem Community Newspapers | June 22. 2017

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am a native Washingtonian. I still live on the same street that my parents brought me home to 50 plus years ago. I am a product of D.C. public schools. I began my education prior to integration. I was taught by, in my opinion, the best-prepared teachers in the city. I remember that most of my teachers had masters’ or doctorate degrees and they taught in the field in which they earned their degree. They were highly qualified, dedicated, and allowed no child to be left behind. The principal knew every student by name. She knew our strengths and weaknesses. She made sure that her teachers addressed the individual challenges of each student. I left public school well prepared to face the world. Through the years, I have witnessed many changes in both education and community. I have watched my neighborhood demographic change from middle class Black families, to a neighborhood where drug use, unemployment, and the lack of marketable skills has resulted in random acts of violence. Today, my neighborhood is nearly unrecognizable due to gentrification. However, my immediate concern is not growing property taxes or well-intentioned, but ill-informed redevelopment projects. My immediate con-

Elizabeth Primas, the program manager for the NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign, says that it’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers.

cern is for the children in my neighborhood, right now; the children struggling to succeed in a rapidly changing environment and an ineffective education system; children who are taught by teachers, who do not relate to their personal struggles and lack the skill set to respond to their individualized needs. The “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) addressed many of my concerns in education. The NNPA continues to echo the message that giving parents a voice in how the school system operates is vital to closing the achievement gap. It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers. Unfortunately, high-poverty schools are disproportionally staffed by unprepared, substitute, and out-of-field teachers. Although, there are numerous causes for this phenomenon, the fact remains that, ill-prepared teachers undermine student achievement.

According to an article by Emma Garcia published by the Economic Policy Institute, about eight in 10 poor Black students attend high poverty schools. Garcia found that 81 percent of poor, Black children attend high poverty schools compared to 53.5 percent of their poor White peers. It is also noted that attending a high-poverty school lowers math and reading achievement for students in all racial and ethnic groups. These discrepancies in access to adequate education expand into discrepancies in economic prospects and social mobility. ESSA requires states and districts to ensure that low-income students and students of color are not disproportionally taught by ineffective, inexperienced, and out-of-field teachers. ESSA requires state and school district report cards to include the percentage of inexperienced teachers, principals, and other school leaders; teachers with emergency or provisional credentials; and out-of-field teachers. Reporting this data provides states with the comparative data necessary to examine the root causes of inequities. Title II of ESSA provides program grants to states and districts that can be used for teacher preparation, recruitment, support, and continued learning. ESSA changes the distribution

formula for funds by requiring that any increase in funding is prioritized to states with high rates of students living in poverty. ESSA has ended the requirement of states to set up teacher evaluation systems based significantly on students’ test scores. Growing evidence suggests that using student test scores to determine teacher effectiveness is misguided and does not improve instructional practices. ESSA includes a Teacher and School Leader Innovation Program that will provide grants to districts that want to try out performance pay and other teacher quality improvement measures. At some point, we must stop treating our children like widgets. They won’t all fit into a round hole; some of them are square pegs. They all have gifts and talents, but it is difficult to realize potential with a rotating door of teachers and school leaders. The cuts in the federal education budget have targeted teacher training and professional development. We owe our children the best education possible. They are our future. Together, we can fulfill the promise of ESSA and ensure that every student succeeds. Learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act at nnpa.org/essa. (Lynette Monroe contributed to this article.)

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Now through June 25 Shinique Smith: Secret Garden Laughing Place. Children are encouraged to crawl and directly engage with a vibrant installation by artist Shinique Smith. Secret Garden Laughing Place, is an expansive labyrinth and abstract painting, that contemplates matters of transnational consumption, as well as the human need for play and wonder. This exhibition expands the Museum’s year-long survey of the question “What does it mean to be a global citizen?” Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling 898 St. Nicholas Avenue @ 155th Street

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Now through June 25, Monday, Thursday - Friday: 7:30pm; Saturday : 2:00 & 7:30; Sunday: 4:00pm National Black Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of Kill Move Paradise. Set in an unearthly place, “Kill Move Paradise” follows Isa, Daz, Grif and Tiny as they try to make sense of their new paradise while confronting the reality of their past in the world they have been ripped from. “Kill Move Paradise” takes the Elysium of Greek antiquity and flips the script. Inspired by recent events, “Kill

Move Paradise” is an expressionistic buzz saw through the contemporary myth that “all lives matter.” It is a portrait of the slain, not as degenerates who deserved death but as heroes who demand that we see them for the splendid beings they are. Admissions $20 - $50. 2031 Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th streets. June 22, 6:30pm Between the Lines: ”Through the Eyes of Rebel Women” by Iris Morales Iris Morales returns with a collection of essays exploring the rise and decline of the Young Lords Party through the experiences of its women members between 1969 and 1976. Free admission. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 June22 6pm-7:30pm HSA VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS ARTIST TALK with JAMAAL LEVINE. Join Harlem School of the Arts for an Artist Talk with emerging HSA Teaching Artist Jamaal Levine who will discuss his current work of abstract oil paintings that tap into his ancestral spirit. Moderated by Jonathan

Patton, HSA Visual Arts Director. HSA Gallery, FREE Harlem School of the Arts 645 Saint Nicholas Avenue June 25 10am-3pm (Weekly Event) Gospel Brunch featuring Vi Higginsen’s Gospel For Teens Choir and Red Rooster’s famous soul food brunch. Reservations are encouraged. 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 info@ redroosterharlem.com June 25 1pm Gallery Tour: Signature: Graphic Design from The Studio Museum Archive. Explore graphic design as it relates to the visual representation of artists of African descent and the Harlem community in Signature. View a wide range of printed matter produced over the course of nearly fifty years as you consider the power of an institutional narrative. This gallery tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome! Free admission. 144 West 125th Street. 212-864-4500 June 28 7:30pm (Weekly event) Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. Tickets start at $16. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th

Street. June 28 6-8:30pm Uptown Arts Stroll closing celebration. Performances by Harlem School of the Arts Dance Ensemble and Yancy Garcia singing “I’m Here” from The Color Purple and her original song “Ain’t Nobody,” winner of the 2017 National Young Arts New York competition, accompanied by Sean Powell on piano and Christian Smith on drums.Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue near 141st Street. http://www.artstroll.com or 212-9264100 June 29 6pm 17th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Awards Ceremony. This year’s honoree is Professor Sonia Sanchez, renowned poet, activist, and educator. We are also excited to present the Compass Award to local women who, through their exceptional dedication, mark as well as forge a clear direction for our communities. This year we’re honoring three amazing rising track stars Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard, Sports Illustrated’s 2016 SportsKids! Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Le-

nox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 June 29 7:30 pm Tribute to Sylvia Olden Lee will celebrate the life of this renowned vocal coach with Simon Estes, Gregory Hopkins, Rosa D’Imperio, and the NYC Schiller Institute chorus singing African American spirituals, Verdi arias and choral music at Carnegie Hall, 811 7th Ave. For more information call 718-7098722 June 30 6-8pm Empowerment with My Art M.A.D.N.E.S.S. Paint and Chat. Participants will learn and create a step-by-step painting by using specific brushes, painting techniques, and the elements and principles of art. There will be an art share. $30; RSVP at www.myartmadness.com or www. sistersuptownbookstore. com at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center 1942 Amsterdam Ave (at W 156th St) (212) 862-3680 July 7 6:30pm 25th Anniversary Screening of JUICE. Join us for a screening of this 90s classic and talkback with the film’s director Ernest Dickerson, actor Kahlil Kain (“Raheem”), and surprise guests on

the 25th anniversary of the film. Following the film will be a 90s music-themed after party. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 July 7 7pm Uptown Fridays at Studio Museum in Harlem. Come celebrate the sights and sounds of summer at Uptown Fridays. This summer series transforms our courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub. Dance to the sounds of Libation’s DJ Ian Friday with Manchildblack, and enjoy signature cocktails and drink specials. Guests are also invited to join free guided tours of our current exhibitions and browse our Museum Store’s incredible selection of books, jewelry, t-shirts and gifts. Free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Members receive free admission. 144 West 125th Street. 212-864-4500 All listings on this calendar are free of charge. To add your listing, please send copy 50 words or less in the format above to harlemnewsinc@aol.com

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ance, film, music, comedy, and of course Amateur Night at the Apollo are all events that were featured at the world famous Apollo Theater’s 2017-2018 Season Preview. CNN personality and Harlem resident Don Lemon hosted the event, which began with passed appetizers and cocktails and continued with compelling performances. The Breakin’ Convention, which we received a preview of with performers taking the stage, is an international festival of hip hop dance theatre. I was on hand for the event in 2016 to witness countless hip hop dance troupes defy gravity with their bodies on the stage.  The highlight of the 2016 show were Les Twins, identical twin brothers best known for their work with pop music icon Beyoncé. From October 2017 to June 2018, the Apollo hosts a pair of its newest hits, Apollo Music Cafe and Apollo Comedy Club. Taking place at the new Apollo Soundstage, the music series offers the best in new and independent artists, while the comedy show brings veteran comics from cable and television to Harlem. Noted author Ta-Nehisi Coates brings his “Between The World And Me” to the Apollo stage as a multimedia

Michael Jackson. See the latest and greatest of the amateurs hitting the Apollo stage on weekly on Wednesdays. The theater hosts several special events for the holiday season, including an Amateur Night Holiday Special, Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

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The Raising Up and Loving Up on Black Men L by Rev. Dr. Suzan Cook

ast week, our family, our Village, sat in the misty rain as our youngest son, Christopher Daniel Cook, received his Bachelor’s Degree, with Honors from Princeton University. The drops of that rain couldn’t compare to the mistiness of my eyes, as I saw manifested the 22 years of pouring into and loving up on another Black male. Two years ago, we were there as our oldest son, Samuel, a Johns Hopkins grad, received his white coat as he began Drexel’s Medical school program with hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. So many of our friends,

neighbors and absolute strangers, called to congratulate me but the striking surprise was the number of Black men who said their eyes filled up as they read about it on social media, when I posted our photo “Proud Mom of a Princeton Grad”. The men wanted to stay on the phone for long conversations about how important it is to lift up Black men and how proud they were. Others, of all socioeconomic backgrounds, have asked that I write a book on the raising of successful Black men. I just think it’s time that we start claiming success and drown out,

even erase, the negative tapes that so many replay and perpetuate through language, actions and deeds. I’ve tried to Mother, not smother, love enough so they’d know what love feels like, and “tough love” enough to know there are boundaries, not barriers, and that they always need to know authority, give and receive respect, say thank you, and lead by example. Ours was an unusual model. Being a trailblazing woman leader, pastor, Diplomat mom, I was in the public eye and so often our family “roles” were reversed. His dad and I co-parent-

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ty places and celebrate the great ones. Church was part of our upbringing, so yes, even if they had sleepovers the night before, we had to give the Lord the Sunday Sabbath. I planned great vacations away from NYC, and learned how to keep my speaking schedule lucrative, yet nearby. Christopher left the morning after graduation for Miami to work with Teach

For America, and hopes later to attend law school. Samuel is taking part one of his medical boards and has six more years, so we have two BMWs (two Black men working), with dreams, not deferred, but delivered. They are two good black men on their journey. It has been a joy to be their mother. Thank you God for allowing me to share these special moments.


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ample, with an IRA, you can’t contribute more than $5,500 annually if you are younger than 50 or $6,500 if you are younger than 60. That’s not the case if you have structured a life insurance policy as part of your retirement planning. • No early withdrawal penalty. The cash value is available for your needs without any penalty for early withdrawal. Most people probably know that if you withdraw money from your IRA or 401(k) before you reach age 59 ½ you are charged a penalty along with having to pay income tax on the withdrawal. • Leave an asset that’s tax free. When you die, the death benefit is generally received tax free by the beneficiary. That’s not the case if you leave your heirs a traditional IRA or a 401(k). “People usually view the life-insurance premium they pay each month as just one more bill,” Sause says. “Instead of thinking of it as a bill, though, it should be viewed as a contribution to your retirement, just like the contribution you make to your IRA or your 401(k).

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mericans worry a lot about retirement. Will their savings hold out? Will Social Security still be around? Will healthcare costs gouge a great hole in their finances? What many of them may not be aware of, though, is that if handled correctly their life insurance policies could play a role in making retirement a little more secure. “One of the big tricks for having a successful retirement is to make sure you have enough cash flow to pay your bills and still be able to enjoy life,” says Brett Sause, CEO of the Atlantic Financial Group LLC. “Few people have pensions any more. Social Security only helps so much. But if structured the right way, a life insurance policy could be the perfect life preserver in retirement.” How does that work? Essentially like this, Sause says: Over the years, a person pays premiums into a permanent life insurance policy with the intent to provide a death benefit as well as cash-value accumulation for as long as the policy remains in force.

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rogressive soul singer and three-time Grammy Award winner Maxwell is a true artist. You hear and feel passion in his music, you see it in his style, and when you talk with him, it reveals itself even more so. Harlem News spoke exclusively with the star, who is currently concluding his #Summers17 tour with Ledisi and Leela James that recently hit Prudential Center in Newark, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut and Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. After two decades in the music industry, Maxwell, who toured with Mary J. Blige last year, shared what he enjoys most about touring and the commitment fans make at the show.

“I like being in different places. I think the live experience is the last thing that can’t be compromised in the digital world.” I asked Maxwell to share his list of favorite artists. “I kinda love everybody especially if they’re breaking the mold and taking a risk.” We couldn’t have a conversation about great artists

and performers without mention of the King of Pop Michael Jackson. Maxwell expressed his admiration of the album Off the Wall. “It’s one of the greatest albums that’s ever been done.” The Brooklyn-born artist’s favorite hip-hop artists include 2Pac, Boogie Down Productions, Chance the Rapper, Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Kendrick La-

mar, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., and Rakim. He collaborated with Nas on the song Help Somebody. “I never thought hip-hop people really messed with me,” and then early in his career he learned Biggie was a fan of his work. Maxwell also mentioned blue-eyed soul singers. “It’s not a color thing, it’s a spirit thing.” Adele, Amy Winehouse, the Bee Gees, George Michael and Justin Timberlake were some of the soulful singers he mentioned. He explains, “I’m a big Rihanna fan. She can just be everything: rock, pop, islands, without compromising. She’s very good looking too!” Some of the live performers Maxwell men-

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tioned enjoying include Anderson Paak, Chaka Khan, El DeBarge, Prince, Sade, and Thundercat. The artist reveals he’s a big fan of Sade. “She’s the ultimate to me!” Adding, her Love Deluxe is one of the best albums he’s ever heard. “There’s something very special about Sade.” As for Prince, who would have celebrated his 59th birthday on June 7, he pointed out The Artist’s sense of style and his diverse fan base, describing Prince as someone who was brave, outside the box and someone who always colored outside the lines. “Who dresses like that and still has Black fans?” he asks. Maxwell posted a video and heartfelt tribute on his

Instagram to Prince writing, “He was a constant support here and there in the most precious times of my life.” In a video, Maxwell sang a cover of Do Me Baby, a song he remembers listening to on New York radio in the 1980s. And who could forget Maxwell’s heartfelt performance of the Prince classic “Nothing Compares 2 U” at the BET Awards a year ago? Be sure to check Maxwell in concert the next time he is in town. 

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and blazer are wrinkle resistant meant they were for me. I am not a fan of ironing (who is) and dry cleaning gets costly, especially with work clothes if you work in corporate America. Wrinkle resistant means saving time getting ready in the morning without ironing and saving money without dry cleaning. The Eclo Stretch Slacks are perhaps my favorite pair of pants.  I have a pair in black, and the slacks work with practically every blazer I own, or just with an Oxford.  The stretch feature leaves a little wiggle room if you happen to pick up a few

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blazer because it is lightweight, has the ability to stretch, is wrinkle-resistant and features a tailored fit. I traveled twice in the month of May, once to Atlanta and once to Disney World Resorts in Orlando and my Haggar blazer was the only one I took.  It may not cost a ton, but I feel like a million bucks while wearing my super comfortable Haggar blazer. In addition to sports coats, Haggar also offers a fine array of suits, khakis, shorts, dress and casual sweaters, and so much more.  Head to Haggar. com on the web or pick up the perfect gift at your

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ome are us are blessed to have a job offer when we get our college degree. Then there are those who like me; I, didn’t have a job offer when I graduated from undergraduate or from graduate school. What can you do to find that first job? If you’re blessed to still be living at home with family and aren’t pressed to pay rent give thanks for having family willing to hold you down until you get a job. I recommend that you start networking to cultivate relationships with people you

know that work in an industry or a firm that you’re interested in working at. I researched firms that were in the upturn part of their business cycle; one that’s hiring people. Go to their web site and see how many positions you qualify for. Even if you don’t qualify I recommend you email your resume with a well written cover letter telling them how you feel you could contribute to achieving their goals and mission. If you live on your own and need to pay rent then you need to start hustling to help you pay those

bills. I took an evening job at a culinary school while I looked for work during the day until something came along as I was switching from one industry to another. Leftover food was placed in one select low boy refrigerator that was up for grabs and it helped me feed me; I learned to be creative and lower my food bill. Think about sending your resume to temporary agencies. I had no idea what industry I wanted to work in when I graduated with my MBA degree. I knew more about what I didn’t want to do; I didn’t

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want to go into a twoyear training program rotating from department to department. Some employees still believe they need to train and teach you after you graduate. I wanted to start working at my career immediately. I worked several temp assignments before I found a six-month assignment. The report that I assisted in creating was so well received by the company’s top executives my boss was promoted to Vice President and I became his first hire. Try doing some volunteer work while you are waiting. Helping others

when you are in need makes you feel better about yourself. Talk to your fellow classmates to see if any has a lead they are willing to share and you do likewise. Start journaling or blogging about your job search experiences and if you possibly share it with your friends and classmates. Get fit for the

next phase by walking, swimming or take a kick boxing or Zumba class. Do something to relieve the stress you may be feeling about not having a job. Spend some time getting in touch with your spiritual side by going to church and meditating on God’s words. Reading the bible can comfort you and don’t forget to pray.

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With Taxes ‘On Sale’ It Could Be Time to Convert to A Roth IRA R etirement can open up a whole new way of life for Americans ready to bring their working years to an end, but at least one thing doesn’t change. The IRS still keeps a watchful eye on your income – including whatever amount you’re pulling from the IRA or 401(k) that you spent decades building into a nice, hefty nest egg. Uncle Sam has been waiting for years – possibly decades – to tax that money because the deposits you made were pre-tax, meaning you

weren’t taxed on the income you contributed to the accounts. That tax-deferral system works well – until retirement time arrives and you need the money. “When you defer taxes, eventually it catches up with you,” says Gary Marriage Jr., CEO of Nature Coast Financial Advisors. “Suddenly, your IRA or 401(k) isn’t worth as much as you thought because every withdrawal you make potentially can be taxed.” But there’s an answer and, with President Donald Trump and Con-

gress looking at tax cuts, now would be the time to take advantage, Marriage says. Those traditional IRA and 401(k) accounts can be converted to a Roth IRA, which isn’t taxed when withdrawals are made. That doesn’t mean you’ll avoid the taxes, Marriage says, because you’ll pay them when you make the conversion. But when you reach retirement, you’ll be able to make withdrawals the rest of your life tax free. “Taxes are about to be on sale,” Marriage says. “Over the next

four to five years, your tax bracket is probably going to be as low as it ever will be.” He says some facts worth knowing about Roth conversions include: • Space out the conversion. Most people wouldn’t want to take the tax hit all at once, and you don’t have to. You can transfer the money into a Roth in increments over the course of a few years. So if, for example, you space out the conversion over five years, then the tax is spaced out over five years as well. A

few factors determine how much you can convert the first year, but Marriage says about 40 percent of the people he has worked with were able to convert half of it in the first year. • The age to do it. A conversion can be done regardless of the account holder’s age, but Marriage says it’s his experience that people 59 ½ to 74 benefit the most. • Start with a Roth if possible. Some employers now offer a Roth 401(k) as an option. Employees should take advantage of that, Marriage says. They won’t

get to defer their taxes on the portion of their income they contribute to the account, but the interest grows tax free and they’ll avoid taxes come retirement time. Marriage says he recently did a conversion for a client where he had calculated that if the client lived to be 90, they would have paid nearly $1 million in taxes on IRA withdrawals. “Switching to a Roth lowered that to $200,000,” he says. “I know that still sounds like a lot, but I’d rather pay $200,000 than nearly $1 million.”

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during the summer season of fire. The Heart is the Yin organ associated with the Fire element of summer and the Small Intestine is the Yang organ. Mars is the planet, red is the color, love and joy are positive summer emotions and hate and impatience are negative summer emotions. Heart attacks are more common in the summer and emotion plays a major part. Negative emotions such as anger and impatience can be a greater risk to the heart in the summer. Negative emotions also create problems for our small

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intestine. The small intestine is the digestive tract between the stomach and cecum. Absorption and digestion are not the only functions of the small intestine; according to Taoist theory the small intestine also helps the body digest unsettled emotions. During the hot summer months, negative emotions of anger, worry, sadness, fear and impatience should be avoided as much as possible. If the small intestine becomes overloaded with negative emotions it can become unhealthy. An unhealthy small intestine can cause hormon-

al and menstrual disorders for women. It can also develop mucus in the lungs and be the cause of back pain and varicose veins. The Harlem Ki Energy Center www.kienergycenter.com can help you develop a proactive approach to summer health with meditation classes and special Ki small intestine organ massage treatments. Ki treatments can help the small intestine eliminate toxins caused by negative emotions. Meditation can eliminate negative thoughts, which can help develop the positive summer emotions of love and joy.

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ur Zodiac signs hold profound personal insight into maintaining optimum health and well-being. A major part of my upcoming book: The Energetics of How Herbs Health, Without Drugs or Surgery, focuses on the power of our zodiac signs. Here is a little more in-depth information for the three Air signs. Gemini Health Concerns - Gemini’s are restless by nature, allowing the energy consumption for two. They suffer more than most with colds and flu, in part from their reluctance to get rest when needed. The fingers, hands, arms and shoulders of the Gemini are also trouble spots. Know-

ing this, massage will be of great benefit. Libra Health Concerns - Libra governs the Excretory System, and must avoid over-doing and nervousness, which can lead to more serious medical conditions. Because Librans tend not to be assertive, an argument becomes overwhelming, resulting in stress symptoms such as back weakness, kidney trouble and eczema. Aquarius Health Concerns - Aquarius rules the Meridian System and have strong constitutions, an overall propensity for good health, and a very emotional nervous system. They need to guard against poor eating habits and excesses

of all kinds. Since this sign rules the ankles and calves, a good exercise regimen can help avoid weakness in these areas. . . . MAKE NATURE’S MEDICINE YOUR OWN This information is to help you balance your natural healing energies and is not intended as diagnosis or cure, nor as a substitute for medical supervision. To pre-order my book: booklaunch.io/zakiyyah/theenergeticsofherbs; phone: 347-407-4312; to request my FREE “online” Newsletter, send an email to: theherbalist1750@gmail. com. Website: www.sacredhealing7.com, Blog: www. herbsarenaturesmedicine. blogspot.com.


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ell, I promised you “stuff” from time to time . . . and now, it is that time again! You see, there are times when you think that you are doing all you can do to be your best and wouldn’t you know it . . . right on your heels there are those girlfriends who would try to tear you down because they feel threatened by your indomitable spirit. What to do? What to do? Become the Teflon President? Easier said than done . . . If you are at all human then you know it hurts, especially when they try to tear you down while disguis-

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ing it as “constructive criticism” or a “friendly aside.” At first you listen intently and as the conversation progresses you begin to recognize the signs of insidiousness creeping into the so-called “well-meant” intentions. Or, maybe you listen to the entire conversation, missing

their intent completely even engage in it! How and the maliciousness on Earth did you get of the review hits you yourself into this mess, much later! Ouch! you ask? Part of the anSo, how does one swer lies in misplaced separate the wheat trust and personal adfrom the chaff when miration; the other trying to decipher the part is simple—you message? Clearly the lack street sense and answer will not be get blind-sided. But found in a Cracker Jack when you interact with decoder ring. No my friends and acquaindear, you have to de- tances, remember that velop a highly sophis- not everyone is your ticated radar system to friend! Below are some track all in-coming bull fictitious types that you . . . oney (smiles)! might run into.  Some women have Ms. Negativithe bad habit of trying ty: Will listen to your to sabotage a friend’s good news and then success instead of proceed to puncture supporting her efforts. your balloon by pointAnd . . . Some wom- ing out all that could go en are so accustomed wrong. to sabotaging that they Ms. SubterraT:10” are unaware that they nean: Will listen to

your good news, hug you, jump up and down with joy, even organize a celebration in your honor, then unbeknownst to you, points out all that could go wrong to your mutual friends. Ms. Can’thandleit: Will listen to your good news, and then disappear for a long time afterward, even though she seemed to be so happy for you at the time. Ms. Ditto: Will listen to your good news, and then try to copy your success for herself. Ms. Righton: Will listen to your good news and then offer to do anything that she

can to help and follow through with the promised support. It would be easy to just limit your conversations and interactions only to tried and true friends and professional relationships, but real time in the real world gets in the way. It would be so boring to wait until the perfect moment, friend or acquaintance to come along when you have good news . . . If you choose to ignore your instincts, just remember that even a Teflon-coated skillet gets scratched if you use the wrong utensil. Think about it. See you next week.

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There are many organizations that are working diligently to bridge that gap. Men are being taught how to be fathers. We need to support those efforts to change this society in which we live. We should also be aware of, study about and celebrate Juneteenth. When you do give me a holla! Study, research and celebrate your history! The Faith Memorial Baptist Church will celebrate their 63rd Church Anniversary on Sunday June 25. Rev. Raymond L. Mickens is the Pastor.

New Tabernacle Baptist Church will celebrate their 65th Anniversary from June 21-25. The church is located at 990 East 181st Street, the Bronx. Rev. Hiram Ratliff is the Pastor of New Tabernacle. New Tabernacle also started a worship service on Friday nights. “Friday Night Flavas” began last Friday. Rev. Hiram Ratliff, the Pastor described the service as “a worship experience with no dress code, no theme, and no bells and whistles, just great singing, fellowship and preaching to celebrate a great God. ”Last Friday’s guest celebrant was Rev. Craig Johnson, Pastor of Jehovah-Jireh

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t was a Sure Thing. A can’t-miss, a safe bet that you couldn’t possibly fail – or could you? Isn’t there always a danger of losing in a gamble, or at least not winning?  What kind of odds would make you take a risky bet? As in the new book “Be Free or Die” by Cate Lineberry, would you put your family’s lives on the line? Because the law in 1839 said that a slave woman’s children were automatically enslaved, Robert Smalls was owned by Henry McKee the minute Smalls was born. Because his mother was a house slave, the illiterate Smalls spent his childhood toiling

inside the McKee home, rather than being put afield to work. There, he was said be smart, capable, articulate, and “well-liked by the McKee family.” That, perhaps, is why McKee trusted Smalls enough to send him, alone at age 12, to Charleston where he was “hired out… and largely left to fend for himself.” There, Smalls worked a series of odd jobs until he ultimately found work on cargo ships. He’d gotten married by then, and his wife’s owner promised that Smalls could buy Hannah and their daughter for $800; with that in mind, Smalls landed work on the Planter, a 147-footlong paddlewheel steam-

er owned by a Southern businessman and docked in Charleston near the Confederate general’s headquarters. Though he was able to save the $1 a month McKee gave him, Smalls knew that his wife’s price could change on a whim. Hannah was pregnant, and that worried him, too. There was only one choice. After observing carefully for weeks, and deciding to trust his likewise-enslaved fellow shipmates, Smalls waited for the right time. “On a mild May evening… in 1862,” when the white crew of the Planter disembarked, Smalls seized control of the steamer,

eased the Planter upstream to fetch his family and a few others who’d hidden in another ship, then snuck the Planter back downstream past heavily-armed guards, soldiers, and Fort Sumter. He skillfully brought the steamer out of the harbor and delivered it, loaded with cannons and Confederacy secrets, directly into the hands of the Union … Oh, my, if you’re looking for a thriller for your summertime reading, you just found one. “Be Free or Die” is more exciting than any old novel. Beginning with the daring escape itself, author Cate Lineberry moves back-and-forward-again to tell Smalls’ story, which gives readers even more of a sense of why his ac-

tions were so astounding. No such saga is complete without more about the era itself, of course, which will delight Civil War buffs – and then Lineberry story tells even further, from the unique point of view of 1870s-era Charlestonians, Northerners, newly-released slaves, and Reconstructionists. Be sure you find out what happened to the Planter. That’s all I’m say-

ing… This is one of the better almost-forgotten stories from history, and you can put it on your reading list now. Go ahead. If you’re in search for that one book this summer, “Be Free or Die” is a sure thing. “Be Free or Die” by Cate Lineberry c.2017, St. Martin’s Press $25.99 / $36.99 Canada 272 pages

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seeds to corn and potato; we as human beings are basically plant eaters. In fact traditional African heritage diets include plant staples such as yam, okra, peanuts, peas and lentils. Is it really that difficult to conceive of consuming a diet which consists of… well, “mostly plants?” As I’ve written in the past, one of the best ways to break out of the monotony of eating vegetables as a side dish – is to try a new vegetable on a regular basis. An easy way to do this is on weekly trips to the farmers market where you’re sure to find a variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits – most you’ll recognize, some you

may not; but regardless a learning experience. Last week at the market I picked up a fresh batch of fennel, a fairly common vegetable/herb used in predominantly Italian and French cooking. I know that I’ve tasted it many times in certain dishes, but have never actually used it in my own cooking. Now was my chance. Let’s talk fennel. Fennel and Fiber According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database one raw fennel bulb weighing 234 grams contains 2.9 grams of protein and 7.3 grams of dietary fiber which can help

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lower blood and cholesterol and decrease the risk for heart disease and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract. Fennel is also a good source of a variety of bone strengthening minerals such as iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin K. How does fennel taste? If you love licorice, you’ll really like fennel. I chewed on a piece of raw fennel – first the thin, wispy leaves which exploded in my mouth with a chewy, oddly familiar licorice like taste I was not expecting. Next, I crunched on the stalk which to me, looked and tasted like a sweet celery stick. Finally, I chewed on the firm, crisp bulb (the base) of the fennel which is whitish or pale green in color. This basically tasted like a cross between the sweet celery and the licorice! Cooking with fennel The basic way to prepare fennel is to cut the stalks off of the bulb and you can slice the bulb and stalks into small chunks which can be sautéed along with the leaves in olive oil with

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