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ormer President Bill Clinton has continued his advocacy for Harlem by helping host a groundbreaking for a new youth community center uptown. The former U.S. head of state, who for many years had an office on West 125th Street, was on hand to break ground May 24 for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Clubhouse in Harlem, which will provide after-school, Saturday and summer youth development programming to young people aged 6 to 18. President Clinton said the project - at West 155th Street and Bradhurst Ave-

nue - will help bring opportunities to the children it will serve. “Nobody ever amounts to much without a handup now and then, without a pat on the back, without someone looking after them telling them it’s going to be alright,” said President Clinton. “That’s why I love the Boys and Girls Club, why I love this project, and why I’ll always be grateful to the people who stood up for me and stood up to me when I was an unruly young boy. I am grateful to the people who do the same thing here today.” The Clubhouse, which will be Madison’s largest and most advanced facil-

ity to date, will also serve as the organization’s new citywide administrative hub and headquarters. Madison currently serves over 5,000 members between the ages of 6 and 18 at four Clubhouses located in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The 45,000 squarefoot Pinkerton Clubhouse will boast modern educational spaces, a soccer field  and basketball court, as well as performing arts spaces including a music and production studio, screening room and digital media and technology lab. The Pinkerton Clubhouse is expected to open its doors to the local community in

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the fall of 2018. “The construction of The Pinkerton Clubhouse in Harlem represents a rare and significant opportunity to empower the area’s young people and create a safe and healthy environment for them to learn and grow,” said Joe Patuleia, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Executive Director. “Our expansion into North Central Harlem—one of New York City’s most vibrant, yet underserved communities—will advance Madison’s core

mission to save and enhance the lives of young people across New York City in communities most in need.” The Clubhouse will be named in honor of The Pinkerton Foundation, whose endowment will support programming at the Clubhouse for approximately 1,500 new members. The Pinkerton Foundation’s President Rick Smith also offered remarks at the ceremony. A partner throughout the Club’s planning stages, NYCEDC President

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and CEO James Patchett said, “The Pinkerton Clubhouse will be a great addition to North Central Harlem. NYCEDC is proud to have supported Madison Square Boys and Girls Club with a significant New Markets Tax Credits allocation, and we look forward to seeing hundreds of boys and girls benefit each day from the constructive, healthy programming that will be offered.”


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Y of Washington Heights Celebrates Centennial with World-Renowned Acappella Group - The Maccabeats

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n honor of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood’s 100th anniversary, internet sensation the Maccabeats will perform a special concert at the Y on June 18. The Y is able to book the viral YouTube stars as the result of being one of 22 Jewish community centers across North America to receive a Making Music Happen grant from Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA). Like the Y, JCCA celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2017. The Making Music Happen grants were developed to enable Jewish Communi-

ty Center(JCC) to create a variety of individual music projects tailored to their communities’ interests. “When we learned of JCCA’s generous grant aimed at strengthening JCCs’ connections to their communities, the Maccabeats immediately came to mind as the perfect option for us,” said Chief Social Services Officer Deborah Katznelson, who is overseeing the Y’s many centennial celebrations. “The group formed at Yeshiva University, right here in Washington Heights. Beyond being a product of our neighborhood, two Maccabeats are actually former Y employees.

Because of this strong connection to our community and to us, they were the only group we even considered for our Making Music Happen performance.” Although the a cappella group’s roots are in Washington Heights, they’ve performed throughout the country and across five continents. They were even invited to join reggae superstar Matisyahu on stage to perform at the White House for President Barack Obama. The “Musical Journey Through 100 Years with the Maccabeats” concert set will include popular songs that led the group to clock in more than 20

million YouTube views. Beyond their standard repertoire of mixing their hit songs, stories, jokes, and crowd participation, the Maccabeats will pay special tribute to the Y’s history by including popular songs from three different periods in the past 100 years. The Maccabeats concert is the latest in a string

of high-profile centennial events for the Y. Tied to the momentous anniversary, Y CEO Martin Englisher rang the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange; the Y’s street, Nagle Avenue, was co-named Sidney Offerman Way in honor of the past Y president who was a key player in shaping the organiza-

tion into the wide-reaching, community-support agency it is today. All are welcome to the performance at the Y on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 2 pm. Visit the Musical Journey Through 100 Years with the Maccabeats page to learn how to purchase tickets (Children 5 and older: $5 / Adults: $10).

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PROHIBITIONS AND BANS: SERIOUS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

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apidly shifting U.S. demographics are

inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. In

Americans. A ban on menthol cigarettes would

fueling the urgency of civil rights lead-

2014, the National Research Council issued a

give police another way to interact negatively in

ers, social scientists, policy makers, and

comprehensive report on America’s overgrown

Black communities on the retail level or with indi-

public health professionals to focus their attention

criminal justice system. The rate of imprisonment in

vidual citizens for a low-level, non-violent offense.

on policies designed to close the gap in racial and

the United States has more than quadrupled during

A ban, prohibition or restriction on menthol cig-

ethnic health disparities and ensure justice and

the last forty years. The U.S. prison population is

arettes would mean punitive consequences, if the prohibition or ban is violated.

equity in communities of color. In the interest of

to reduce access to alcohol as a way of reducing

largely drawn from men under age 40 and mostly

social justice, the good intent of policies developed

drunkenness, the crime and accidents caused by

men of color. The Council found that high incarcer-

and endorsed by dedicated public servants requires,

drunkenness and to reduce the death, illness and

ation rates came about not because of an increase in

however, a thorough and thoughtful consideration

disease associated with the use and abuse of alcohol.

crime, but because of policy choices.Amenthol ban

Education and treatment work. Young

of the impact of unintended consequences of those

The national prohibition of alcohol (1920-

could make a bad situation in the criminal justice

people are less likely to smoke if they get open,

system worse for Blacks.

honest health information and tools to deal with

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policies in communities of color across the nation.

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By Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., National Newspaper Publishers Association

1933) was extremely difficult to enforce. While

History has proven that prohibitions and bans don’t work.

While many Black Americans have made

the consumption of alcohol dropped at the be-

We do stand united with policymakers,

peer pressure. Adults who struggle with smok-

significant advances in professional and educa-

ginning of Prohibition, it subsequently increased.

public health professionals and tobacco control

ing addiction are more likely to make healthier

tional achievement, heightened political and social

Banning alcohol did not stop its use. Unregulat-

advocates – Smoking is bad and not good for

decisions when they have access to counseling,

status, far too many are still burdened with pov-

ed, illegally produced alcohol was more danger-

public health. We support the regulation of the

treatment, smoking cessation aids and are helped

erty, few employment and educational opportuni-

ous to drink, crime increased and became “orga-

manufacture and sale of tobacco products, es-

to develop stress management skills.

ties and poor health. Compounding this situation

nized,” courts and prisons were stretched to the

pecially restricting the sale of tobacco products

We welcome the opportunity for positive,

is the tense relationship between police and the

breaking point. When the production and sale of

to youth. We strongly encourage Black people

realistic, solutions-oriented dialogue with sup-

Black community because of use of excessive

alcohol went underground, black markets devel-

to stop smoking and educate our youth about

porters of a menthol ban, public health profes-

force, profiling, over incarceration, and selective

oped controlled by the Mafia and gangs in com-

the dangers of smoking. The National Action

sionals, law enforcement officials, community

prosecution. It has also been well documented

munities. By 1933, public sentiment had turned

Network and the National Newspaper Publish-

leaders, and civil rights activists to reduce smok-

that Black people are sicker, experience bias and

against prohibition and Congress repealed the

ers Association do not promote smoking nor

ing in the Black community.

discrimination in the healthcare system and die

prohibition by constitutional amendment. The

endorse or advertise smoking products. Our

At the same time, we hold our public health

sooner than other groups in American society.

unintended consequences of alcohol prohibition

concerns about the impact of a menthol ban

professionals and policymakers accountable to

It stands to reason why conscientious pol-

were real and far outweighed the good intent of

are based on our experience and understanding

address the social determinants of health that in-

icymakers and public health professionals are

the prohibition and led to the failure of this noble

of how law enforcement works when bans and

clude a broad range of factors that are reasons for

zealous in their efforts to do whatever it takes to

experiment.

prohibitions are imposed.

health disparities and poor health outcomes in the

improve the safety, quality of life and health in

The lessons learned from the failed policy

On June 22, 2009, when President Barack

Black communities—even if it means making

of alcohol prohibition are important for us to-

Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Pre-

We urge tobacco control advocates, public

selected harmful products unavailable by impos-

day when a ban on menthol cigarettes has been

vention and Tobacco Control Act, the new law

health professionals and policymakers not to

ing bans and prohibitions.

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Black community.

proposed to reduce smoking among African

gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

defer to the criminal justice system by imposing

Prohibitions and bans are official public

Americans. Since over 80 percent of African

(FDA) comprehensive authority to regulate the

prohibitions, bans and the threat of punishment to

proclamations and legislative orders forbidding,

Americans who choose to smoke, smoke men-

manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco

solve an urgent public health crisis.

limiting, restricting and making illegal a behavior

thol cigarettes, prohibitions, restrictions and bans

products. The good intent of the law is to reduce

In the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin

or forbidding, limiting, restricting and making il-

would affect Black communities more than other

smoking that is the leading preventable cause of

Luther King Jr., “We are confronted with the

legal the use, manufacture or selling of a product.

communities in America.

death in the United States.

fierce urgency of now. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

In 1920, Congress ratified the 18th Amendment

When police have to spend time enforcing

We are very concerned that while the FDA is

to the Constitution prohibiting the manufacture,

prohibitions and bans, they have less time to focus

considering a national menthol ban, state and local

Reverend Al Sharpton is the founder and

transportation and sale of liquor.

on solving violent crime and ensuring public safety.

governmental agencies are implementing ordi-

president of National Action Network. Dr. Ben-

The good intentions of those who aggres-

Tensions between police and the Black community

nances that will prohibit, restrict and ban menthol

jamin F. Chavis Jr., is the president and CEO of

sively supported the prohibition on alcohol were

have focused national attention on the pervasive

cigarettes, the preferred tobacco product of African

the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

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Home Buying In Harlem Be Prepared to Buy Now

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by Rev. Charles Butler

ne important step in the homebuying process that is often overlooked by first-time buyers is ordering a home inspection. As a first-time home buyer, especially when buying through a lottery process, you oftentimes are signing the sales contract before the construction on the building is completed. Here are just a few reasons for getting an inspection. (1) To protect your investment. Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will make. It is important to protect your investment by having a professional inspect your unit. This is not an area where you want to cut corners – spend the money it is small in comparison to the cost of the unit. Use an experienced

licensed inspector and accompany him through the process. Take notes, ask questions, and take pictures of all the rooms. Get referrals from family and friends who recently purchased or your counselor before selecting an inspector. (2) To insure the work is done correctly. Unfortunately, new construction does not always mean good construction. I have heard many horror stories about first-time home buyers who failed to get a home inspection only later to complain about problems in their unit that could have been resolved through an inspection. It is critical to make sure you have an inspection contingency clause in the contract just in case the unit does not pass the inspection.

(3) A home inspection is mandatory if you are applying for the HPD Home First Grant. The unit must pass the inspection before your grant is approved. Buying a home is a difficult process to complete. But you will have more confidence making the purchase knowing another set of eyes have inspected the property. The first step in the process is to attend HCCI’s Home Buyer Education Workshop. We will assist you in becoming familiar with this entire process from start to finish. For more information on these programs, attending the workshop or questions related to the home buying process, contact Rev. Charles Butler at (212)281-4887 ext. 231 or email at cbutler@hcci.org. T:10”

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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 yearlong survey of the question “What does it mean to be a global citizen?” We encourage our small visitors to think about our inter-connectivity as humans, our role in waste production, and our relationship to this planet. At Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling 898 St. Nicholas Avenue @ 155th Street

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June 14 6:30pm Lapidus Center Presents: Black Music Month in Argentina and Uruguay with TANGO: THE AFRICAN ROOTS OF TANGO. In celebration of Black Music

Month, the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery will present the documentary Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango. Directed by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro, the beautiful film explores the African roots of tango in Argentina and Uruguay. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Alex Borucki, author of From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in the Rio de la Plata, and Keyanah Freeland, PhD Candidate in History at New York University.A finalist for the Harriet Tubman Prize, From Shipmates to Soldiers is an in-depth exploration of the lives and cultures of Africans and their descendants in Argentina and Uruguay who, regrouped in African “nations,” organized African-based celebrations and developed their own cultures, music, and dances. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black

Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 June 14, 7:30pm AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE APOLLO. Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. The classic competition is known for its notoriously “tough” audience, gleefully deciding who will “be good or be gone” to win the grand prize. Who will be the next Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown or Michael Jackson? At Amateur Night, you decide. Tickets start at $16. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. June 15 6-8pm Join us on the ‘Stoop’ for our summer edition of Nights at Sugar Hill for an evening of music, art-making workshops, food trucks, and more. We kickoff the series with a live performance by The Drumadics Beats-N-Bass Band, a 5 piece ensem-

ble based in NYC, best known for their underground MTA performances. The funky Brass/ HipHop/ Jam Band will dish up some contemporary jazz highlights infused with New York City soul. Join us! FREE ADMISSION. At Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling 898 St. Nicholas Avenue @ 155th Street June 21, 7:30pm AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE APOLLO. Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. The classic competition is known for its notoriously “tough” audience, gleefully deciding who will “be good or be gone” to win the grand prize. Who will be the next Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown or Michael Jackson? At Amateur Night, you decide. Tickets start at $16. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. 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. She builds upon personal interviews, primary sources, and photographs to craft—for the first time—a book chronicling women who shaped the revolutionary stance of the organization and fought for women’s equality alongside the quest for society’s advancement. Free admission. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 June 29 6pm 17th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Awards Ceremony. The Schomburg Center and Women In Islam, Inc. are proud to celebrate Dr. Shabazz’s legacy at our annual Dr. Betty Shabazz

Awards Ceremony, which recognizes women of all backgrounds and faiths who demonstrate unwavering and courageous dedication to helping others. 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 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275- 6975 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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A Salute to New York City’s Nonprofits and the Neighborhoods They Serve

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West Indies (Citywide), Negril Education Environment Trust (Caribbean), and Redeemed (Queens). In addition, National Council of Women of America will receive The Nonprofit of the Year Award. Accepting the award will be its President, Ms. Saideh Browne. Vice Chair, Rev. Dr. Kanyere Eaton, states, “Proceeds also will enable the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic to offer free capacity building trainings to more nonprofits during the year.” “It’ll be a spectacular event,” says visionary, Rev. Dr. Valerie Oliver-Durrah, President of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic. “Back by popular demand, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill will host a Caribbean buffet alongside the formal dinner buffet. An awards presentation will be a classic celebration for New York City’s nonprofits and the neighborhoods they serve, and the Caribbean guests honored during Caribbean Heritage Month.” Antigua

& Barbuda Musician, Mr. Patrick “Johnny” Gomes and the City Shout Steel Orchestra will provide musical performances. There will also be entertainment by Tropicalfete. Rev. Sylvia Kinard Esq. confirms that, “The mission of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic is to serve the needs of philanthropic individuals and organizations in their efforts to develop support and maintain effective community-based and faith-based programs. We also serve non-profits wishing to improve programs and organizational capacity for addressing the needs of low-income and service-starved neighborhoods. We provide consultation, strategic direction and management, technical assistance and forums for increasing substantive outcomes in all these areas of human and financial investment.” For additional information and/or to RSVP, please respond to Dr.Durrah@neighborhoodclinic.org.

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ew York City’s nonprofits serve so many families and neighborhoods, but they often do not receive the credit they deserve. The Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic (NTAC)’s Secretary/Treasurer, Gayle Gilbert, reports, “This will change on June 13, 2017, when supporters of NTAC gather at a special gala reception honoring New York City nonprofits.” The gala will be held from 7pm – 10pm at Giando on the Water, located at 400 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Eleven (11) nonprofits will benefit from free technical assistance this year. Nonprofit beneficiaries are: John StepToe Foundation (Brooklyn), Carlos Lezama Archives & Cultural Museum (Brooklyn), Wall Ball (Staten Island), The Rock (Staten Island), Morningside Retirement & Health Services Inc. (Manhattan), The Liberian Organization (Staten Island), Judah International Center (Brooklyn), American Foundation of University of

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“Behind Closed Doors” at the Dempsey Theater By Tommie J. Moore Journalist/Actor/Playwright/Screenwriter

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“Behind Closed Doors” is a Gospel musical following the lives of a three-man R&B group. Each member of the group has his own trails and tribulations. Samuel,

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(Christian King) comes from a solid household. Samuel’s parents, Romeo and Juliette (Benjamin Rowe and Linda Greene) are very affectionate.  Married for over 30 years, they are

a true example of a loving Christian marriage. Their Godly wisdom is a positive influence in Samuel’s life. They also counsel Samuel’s two best friends, Derek (Joseff Mckenneth)

and Marcus (Carlton King). Both Derek and Marcus are in the R&B group and both have serious women problems.  In this play, playwright Lisa Evans-Graham does not stick to the normal gender-assigned relationship problems.  The men in this play are dealing with issues that most playwrights subscribe to women.  Lisa Evans-Graham has written, directed and produced six productions.  Although she wears many hats, her original story-telling stands out most.  In the play, she fully develops her characters.  This makes it easy for the audience to identify with each character.  Before Sonya (Naomi Taylor), entered the

stage for the first time her reputation preceded her. Throughout act one, Marcus complained about her and his friends made it clear that she was no good.  When we finally met, Sonya in act two, the audience already knew about her nasty attitude.  Still, they were even more disgusted when they witnessed Sonya’s behavior for themselves. Sonya’s scene is surely one of the most memorable.  As mentioned “Behind Closed Doors” is a Gospel musical.  That means that preaching the gospel through music is the purpose.  And although the play begins with R&B music, it gradually turns from love songs to gospel. 

With this structure, Lisa Evans-Graham, will surely build a wider young audience base. As Christ came down to our level to save our souls, the music in this play does the same.  Opening the play with worldly music is done with the purpose.  And that purpose is to attract those who are not living with a Godly purpose.  Seemingly, the lesson learned in this play is “Answer God’s Calling.”   But “Behind Closed Doors” is more than a proclamation!  This play is used as a tool to encourage, teach and save the audience. “Behind Closed Doors” will return to the Dempsey Theater in July. Don’t miss it.


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the concert, each artist left it all on the stage.” The extremely charismatic co-hosts, Zachary Kiesch and Christal Young, gave life to the show from the very jump. From the opening prayer to the competition and the unforgettable star performances, an enormous amount of energy could be felt flowing throughout the Prudential Center. Each performer brought a different dynamic that showcased their marvelous talents. A few notable moments to highlight were Israel Houghton’s performance, and to everyone’s delight Donnie McClurkin joined him on stage for one of his songs. Their performance sent the audience into euphoria. Also, R&B soulful singer, Fantasia, backed by the McDonald’s Gospel Super Choir, brought the house down with

her unforgettable rendition of “Total Praise”. McDonald’s Gospelfest 2017 rendered up anointed praise and worship from the beginning to end. In addition to the unforgettable moments, the complete list of 2017 McDonald’s Gospelfest winners are: Rap Category: Daniel Cody from Maplewood, NJ Poetry Category: Christopher Elliot from New Haven, CT

Praise Solo/Trio Category: Victorious Praise Dance Ministry from Staten Island, NY Praise Dance Group Category: Divine Praise Dancers from Los Angeles, CA Group Category (3-8 singers): Voices For Christ from Bridgeville, PA Comedian Category: Mike Troy from NY, NY Teen Soloist Category:

Mikayla Serrano, age 14 from Newark, NJ Male Soloist Category: Jadelwen Robinson form Jersey City, NJ Female Soloist Category: Shanee McDonald from Newark, NJ Adult Choir Category: Kean University Gospel Choir from Union, NJ Featured performances from Juniors (ages 12 and below) are:

1. Jayda Chance, age 11 from Schenectady 2. Marquese Dukes, age 12 from Little Ferry, NJ 3. Ronnell Harrison, Jr., age 12 from Plainfield, NJ 4. Kayla Jones, age 11 from Bergenfield, NJ Featured performances by International Choirs: 1. From Japan - Don’t Give Up Choir 2. From Canada - Choeur Experience Gospel

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ospel fever radiated from the Prudential Center on Saturday, May 13 at the 35th Annual McDonald’s Gospelfest. This year’s show was filled with epic performances and captivating moments. Over 2,000 talented finalists of all colors, ages and cultures competed in a variety of categories for a chance to win a cash prize. McDonald’s Gospelfest 2017 also featured in concert some of the greatest in gospel music including Israel Houghton, Erica Campbell, Donnie McClurkin, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Bishop Paul Morton, Cissy Houston, Greater Allen AME Cathedral Choir, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, plus a special message from Rev. A.R. Bernard from the Christian Cultural Center, and a special performance by piano and organ prodigy, Matthew Whitaker and R&B soulful singer, Fantasia. McDonald’s Gospelfest 2017 was an evening to remember. “Every year I’m in awe of the wonderful talents and gifts that God has so abundantly blessed us with to share with the world,” says the Emmy Award Winning Executive Producer and Director of McDonald’s Gospelfest, A. Curtis Farrow, “This year was the best McDonald’s Gospelfest to date, from the talent competition to

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n an effort to reduce the number of people who die needlessly from sudden cardiac arrest each year, NewYork-Presbyterian and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute have launched the #HandsOnlyCPR campaign, an ambitious community awareness, education and activation effort with a simple, but powerful message: Everyone Can Save a Life. Led by Dr. Holly Andersen, an attending cardiologist and director of education and outreach at the Perelman Heart Institute and a clinical associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, the campaign encourages

all New Yorkers to take just one minute to learn the three basic steps of life-saving Hands Only CPR – Check, Call, Compress ¬-- and get others to join the Hands Only CPR movement. The campaign kicked off on June 1 during Na-

tional CPR Awareness Week. Cardiac arrest kills one person every two minutes. Without CPR, 92 percent of people experiencing cardiac arrest die before making it to the hospital. Every minute without CPR decreases the survival rate by 10 percent. Studies show that compression only CPR is as beneficial as traditional CPR. The #HandsOnlyCPR campaign was created to get the word out and reinforce the efficacy of the hands only method to save lives. New Yorkers can help improve these numbers by watching a compelling video created for the #HandsOnlyCPR campaign, which

explains how simple it is for anyone to perform Hands Only CPR: • First, CHECK to see if the person is breathing; then quickly, • CALL 9-1-1 for help; and immediately • Begin chest COMPRESSIONS. The video can be found on the WWW. H A N D S O N LY. N Y C web site, on Facebook (Hands Only CPR and Instagram (@HandsOnlyCPR). The campaign encourages everyone to join the crusade against unnecessary cardiac arrest deaths by spreading the lifesaving #HandsOnlyCPR message throughout the five boroughs, across the country and around the world

on social media. Participants can share the #HandsOnlyCPR educational video on Facebook with the caption “#ICanSaveALife with #HandsOnlyCPR” and tag @Hands OnlyCPR, and post photos of themselves doing the #HandsOnlyCPR pose -- hands clasped and extended outward -- on Instagram and Facebook. “Each and every one of us has the power to save a friend, a family member or even a total stranger experiencing life-or-death cardiac arrest. We’ve made it easy -- take just one minute out of your hectic New York life, learn the three steps of Hands Only CPR, and you are ready to help someone in dis-

tress,” said Dr. Andersen. “We hope the #HandsOnlyCPR campaign, as it spreads from New York across the country, will prevent thousands of needless deaths each year by empowering everyone to take action.” Other elements of the #HandsOnlyCPR campaign include powerful testimonials on the NewYork-Presbyterian YouTube channel from cardiac arrest survivors and those who saved their lives by performing CPR, a Spotify playlist, community education efforts, special events and PSAs. For more information and to get started today as a #HandsOnlyCPR advocate, visit WWW. HANDSONLY.NYC.

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Leave a Lasting Legacy in This World While You Are Here and After You Leave

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hile most of us will not be world-class Olympic athletes, Oscar-winning movie stars or generals who command great battles, we still have a desire to leave some type of mark on this world. For many people that desired action is leaving a legacy while financially securing themselves, their families, their causes and charitable organizations long into the future. Patrick Renn (www. patrickrenn.com) has found a way to help others leave a legacy and reveals those strategies

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in his best-selling book, Finding Your Money’s Greater Purpose. “Each of us, through our contributions as volunteers and benefactors, holds the power to change the course of society for the better,” says Renn. Renn suggests a number of ways to build a legacy and keep contributing to society even after we have left this world. • Charitable Gift Annuity. This is a contract between a donor and a qualified charity that can supplement retirement income and also give you a tax deduc-

tion. The annuity involves the donor making a gift to the charity and, in exchange the charity provides the donor with a lifetime fixed income stream. • Give a gift of stock. Let’s say you have a gain on a stock and want to give that to charity. To do so, you could sell it, pay the tax and give what’s left or you could first make the stock itself a gift. This gives you the full benefit of the gift as a tax deduction, and you avoid paying the capital gains tax. • Donate your house. You can make a com-

mitment to leave your house to a charity after your death. By doing this, you can live in the house the rest of your life and receive a tax deduction. In all likelihood the charity will sell the house after you die and the money from the sale will end up as your final donation. • Leave your retirement plan to charity. Leaving money to a charity from your retirement plan could save a lot of headaches. A retirement plan is one of the worst assets to die with because of the taxes associated

with it. Leaving the plan to a charity could be the most tax-efficient strategy for that money. • Give your family choices with a donor advised fund. You can leave your family a say in where your charitable donations are going via a donor advised fund. Family members could recommend where money from the fund is going now and after you’re gone. • Donate a life insurance policy. Insurance policies that no longer serve their purpose are a good place to look for charitable oppor-

tunities. Many people have outdated life insurance and have now outgrown their original need. Instead of cashing the policy in or just dropping it, why not consider donating it? “I feel that part of my mission is to show people that they can take advantage of certain financial procedures if only they know about them,” says Renn, founder and president of Renn Wealth Management Group. “With a bit of planning, such procedures could benefit them and the causes and institutions they care about.”


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Safely Cut the Cost of Elective Medical Expenses By Nathaniel Sillin

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hether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover. Laser eye surgery may fall into the want category for most people and it can be a hefty investment with each eye costing several thousand dollars. For those wanting to start a family, infertility treatments, which can cost over $10,000, may be closer to a need. Yet most states don’t require health insurance to cover treatments. Considering the lasting impact that these and other procedures can have

on your life, you may not want to seek out the least expensive option. However, that doesn’t mean you should forgo attempts to save altogether. From tax-advantaged accounts to comparison shopping doctors, there are many approaches to safely cutting costs. See if you could get a tax break. Although

tax breaks don’t lower a medical procedure’s price, tax deductions can decrease your taxable income and by using a tax-advantaged account you may be able to pay for some medical procedures with income-taxfree money. Ask your health insurance company about discounts. Even when a

health insurance provider doesn’t cover a procedure, members may still be able to save money by going through their insurance. For example, health insurance generally won’t cover the cost of laser eye surgery, but your provider may offer a 5 to 15 percent discount if you get the surgery at partner eye care centers. Health insurance requirements can also vary from one state to another, and you should double-check your benefits before assuming something isn’t covered. Infertility treatment is one of these gray areas, as some states require health insurance plans to provide coverage while others do

not. Compare costs from different providers. Varying medical costs sometimes make headlines when patients find out that a $3,000 medical procedure at a hospital could cost several hundred at a nearby clinic. If it’s not an emergency, there are websites that you can use to comparison shop nearby medical centers and get estimated prices. Some people also look for savings in other countries. Medical tourism is a growing industry, and millions of people travel outside their home countries seeking lower costs, higher-quality services, treatments that aren’t available at home, a

relaxing environment to recover in or a combination of several of these factors. While the U.S. is a destination for some medical tourists, Canada, Southeast Asia, Latin America and parts of Europe are also popular. Bottom line: Although you may not be able to convince your health insurance company to cover what it considers an elective procedure; you can turn to other methods to save money. As with other large expenses, you can take a dual big- and little-picture approach by looking for tax breaks that lower your effective cost and savings opportunities that can reduce a procedure’s price.

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The Book of Answers

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he I Ching, also known as The Book (Ching) of Change (I), has influenced the development of mankind for over seven thousand years. Taoist master Wu Wei, the internationally known author and expert on the understanding and interpretation of the I Ching, refers to this legendary oracle as the Book of Answers. I use Master Wei’s book “I Ching: The Book of

Answers” when teaching individuals how to consult the I Ching during my workshops at the City College of New York and in private sessions. I also consider the I Ching to be a book of advice because that is what consulting the I Ching will provide. I use the yarrow stick method. When consulting the I Ching there are other options. The use of three coins is the most popular method used in the West. I prefer the yarrow stick method because it has been the traditional method that has been successfully used for thousands of years. It takes longer to use the

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yarrow method, one of the reason westerners prefer the coin method which is shorter but not as exact. Carl Jung, who was one of the most distinguished psychologists in the western world, wrote the forward in the first and, at that time, considered the most authentic translation of the I Ching written by Richard Wilhelm and Cary Baynes in 1949. Jung was attracted to the I Ching’s psychological applications that confirmed many of his theories of human consciousness. Consulting the I Ching using the yarrow stick method allows

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the consulter to search for cosmic advise to questions by preventing the intellectually conscience and socially programed mind from tampering with how the results are obtained. There is a part within each of us that knows the answers to all our questions and will guide us in choosing the correct answer. If you would like to schedule a private I Ching reading or learn how to consult the I Ching, call my direct line at 646 329-6727 to schedule an appointment. Visit my blog at www.theartofwarogers. info to find additional articles on the I Ching.

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Herbs Are Nature’s Medicine... By Zakiyyah

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aking herbs for various WOMEN’S LIFE CYCLES is critical to creating a balanced and harmonious lifestyle. Because our bodies go through such profound changes during pregnancy/childbirth, the comfort and ease of pregnancy and labor can be facilitated with herbs specifically suited for the woman’s feminine essence. A general tonic for menopause: Blessed thistle, mugwort, sage; to soothe the nerves: hops, valerian root, chamomile and lemon balm; to relieve menopausal symptoms: wild yam, fenugreek, gotu kola, licorice root and sarsaparilla. For best results make a tea combining one herb from each of these groups

with an herb high in minerals (dandelion, alfalfa or borage) and drink a cup daily. For vaginitis or yeast infection, use Golden Seal, chamomile, sage, comfrey: these may also be taken together. For severe conditions drink 1 cup 1-3 times per day, otherwise one cup every other day. As a mild, general tonic to soothe the nerves during menses, take any one of clover, chamomile, valerian root or mugwort. Parsley can be taken to increase menstrual flow (and also to relieve cramps) along with tansy and true unicorn root. More HERBS for WOMEN’S LIFE CYCLES will be expanded upon this weekend (June 10/11) at a two-day

Womb Transformation Symposium at Sweet Water Dance & Yoga Studio on 161st Street & Yankee Stadium. Call me/ or for ticket EventBrite information: https://tinyurl.com/ khp672z 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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and maintaining our bonds is important to us. By consistently providing our own form of fixed interest, we keep our principal intact, allowing us to build upon the future of the bond. The result: Security; which stabilizes us. I thought that the premise of fixed income securities representing all of our relationships was intriguing. The bankers were talking about money in the bank, but you can’t even achieve that goal if your personal, professional and spiritual relationships don’t provide you with the security and sense of well-being you need to excel. Bonds are important alright. They represent a lifetime of interest compounded daily. You can bank on that. Think about it. See you next week. Visit my website, TALKWITHAUDREY.com and checkout my online radio show, Talk! with Audrey for a series of interviews that will inform, motivate and inspire you.

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elebrations always bring relationships to mind. On Mother’s Day I took a walk and I couldn’t help but notice people and their groupings. There were, of course mothers and their children, husbands and significant others. So, I sat down on a bench to people watch and as folks walked by I could catch snippets of their conversations and “dissect” each group as they passed. One such group consisted of two couples, “banker type” husbands, their wives, children and pets. The husbands were pushing the strollers and talking shop. Part of the conversation centered on bonds—fixed income securities with fixed interest. People who typically buy bonds want protection of their principal investment, security, guarantees and consistency . . . all stable elements. It was the word “bonds” that caught my attention because it summed up Mother’s Day! The groups of people were re-enforcing their bonds with their moms. Although the bonds are emotional, everyone was in a sense protecting their investment of love, time and commitment. We tend to look for security within our family unit. Guarantees are hard to come by these days; so nurturing

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home going service and “Have a

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tal. The triumphant return to the pulpit

a Shoe Rally, last Friday evening.

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good time, in the Lord!” First of

that made the service a spiritual

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by Rev. Joseph T. Bright, Jr., was

New Destiny Tabernacle was es-

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male choruses’, one from as far

Day Ministry. Rev. Idus Nunn, Jr.

in the redemptive powers of the

motivating to the congregation.

tablished, organized and sanctified.

Seven Lights Baptist Church, in

away as South Carolina, compet-

is the Pastor of Franklin and Rev.

Lord. Third, you have to believe

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birthday however it’s also the end of

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careers and then shared with the

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Mount Zion Baptist Church in

young men present how to handle

Department of the Unit-

Harlem. Deacon Wesley Green

themselves in police encounters.

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is the Laymen’s Auxiliary Pres-

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presented an afternoon workshop

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ou’ve changed your mind. That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once a Cop” by Cory Pegues, change may be good. Born the second-youngest with four “much older” sisters, Cory Pegues grew up in a middle-class, mostly-black neighborhood in Queens, New York. Though his father was largely absent, Pegues basked in the affection of an extended family and he was secure, until his

mother began moving her children from home to more-rundown home. At age 13, Pegues knew they were poor; he “was going around with holes in my shoes…” when he was taken under the wing of an older boy who was well-regarded in the neighborhood, and who taught Pegues to peddle “loosies.” “Selling weed was easy,” Pegues says. The next step was even easier: he sold crack and joined a larger group of dealers, some “serious players” who made crazy money but thought little of killing someone for small reason. It didn’t take long for

Pegues to know that he “needed an exit plan, and I needed to move on it fast.” For him, the army “was perfect,” so he contacted a recruiter. Three weeks after he left for basic training, his old dealing grounds were raided. The army, however, was a means to an end: Pegues knew that what he really wanted was to work for the NYPD. He tested, was approved, left the military, and tested again. He was a father twice over by that time, and he was determined to be a cop, though many departments then oozed with racism. Still, Pegues persevered. He took on the worst assignments

so he could study for higher positions. He climbed the ranks, paying his dues and finding mentors to help him be the best policeman he could, to “protect and serve” the people in various precincts. He made history, until the day he spoke “against the wrong people.” “Once a Cop” seems like two books that were accidentally glued together in the same cover. One good, one meh. In the beginning, you’ve got author Corey Pegues’ story of life in poverty and crime, which is wild, violent, and almost movie-like. That ultimately segues into Pegues-as-policeman, and is filled with names, numbers, and an undercurrent of anger.

It’s perhaps because of the rage in the latter half that the books’ first half is more readable and, though filled with harshness and profanity, more accessible. It feels engaged, while the story’s final part seems to be, surprisingly or not, more like a police report. This may leave readers with a sense of disappointment; it’s as if our race horse is taken away and replaced by a bad-tempered Shetland pony. And yet, fans of this genre still might enjoy seeing both sides of the streets, as told by one man who’s lived them. Try “Once a Cop” and see what you think. You can always change your mind.

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Pt. 2 I’ll delve a little bit deeper into what bison meet actually is, where it comes from and what makes it different from beef. Bison is a red meat that comes from the buffalo. While it’s not referred to as beef, its part of the same family as cattle like cows, bulls and oxen. Like cattle, bison are also raised on ranches or farms, where they graze for their food (meaning they are grassfed). According to the University of California at Berkeley, unlike cattle, regulations and industry standards don’t allow for the use of growth promoters like hormones and antibiotics to be giv-

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