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Michael Bivins gives back to the youth at Harlem School of the Arts see page 12


National Association of Black Accountants New York Chapter 37th Annual Gala see page 4

New York Junior League Spruces Up Jackie Robinson Park see pages 11


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GOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE! Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem received a much needed face-lift, thanks to the more than 1,000 women who volunteered to clean up over the past few weeks. (see page 11). Speaking of Parks, Mayor deBlasio says our Parks are safe in the op ed we are presenting this week. (see page 6) 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 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 all those who I have learned who are on a similar journey with me. We are all in God’s hand

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National Association of Black Accountants New York Chapter 37th Annual Gala


he National Association of Black Accountants Inc. (NABA), New York Chapter hosted its 37th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Current, Chelsea Piers in New York City. NABA, New York Chapter, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for people of color  in accounting, finance, consulting, information technology and other related business professions. Comedian and radio personality, Chuck Nice hosted the celebration and served as master of ceremonies. Mandell L. Crawley, Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer of Morgan Stanley delivered an inspiring keynote address urging his colleagues to pay attention to their personal brands by adopting transparency, consistency and discipline. The Harlem Sympho-

ny Orchestra performed dynamic musical selections and served as a beautiful addition to the evening’s festivities. This year’s theme was “Building Your Network and Net Worth.” As President Kimberly Parris states, “it was a euphoric evening, celebrating the accomplishments of our outstanding members, recognizing our corporate partners, and awarding scholarships to deserving students. It is an honor to lead an organization that gives so much back to its members and the community.” Representing more than 200,000 professionals, NABA advances people by providing education, resources and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members.  Each year NABA awards scholarships to outstanding students, recognizes corporate partners and honors distinguished professional members for ex-

cellence. The 2017 honorees include: PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP & EXCELLENCE Rosalind P. Danner, MBA, CPA, VP Finance, New York Life Nadia-Maria Matthie, CPA, Audit Partner, KPMG Ralph A. Thomas, MBA, CGMA, CEO and Executive Director, New Jersey Society of CPAs COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

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Sheila Brandenberg, CPA, Business Owner, Tax Planning and Consulting PROFESSIONAL MEMBER OF THE YEAR Nigel Franklyn, CPA, CGMA, Vice President, Financial Reporting, Prudential Financial LIFETIME MEMBER OF THE YEAR Kenneth Cooke, CPA, Vice President, Finance Division, Goldman Sachs RISING STAR

Paula Heywood, Financial Analyst, Santander Bank BEHIND THE SCENES HERO Victoria Ghafoor, MAcc, CPA, Audit Manager, Campus Recruiter, EisnerAmper, LLP STUDENT MEMBER OF THE YEAR Asmeret Abraha, SUNY Plattsburgh INSTITUTIONAL PARTNER OF THE YEAR Bank of America Additional awards were presented to the following scholarship recipients: Shawna Akene, Brittney Austrie, Mamata Bah, Shantel Brown, Kenesha Bryan-DeLisser, Odia Butller, Tierra Chess, Shantel Deleon, Lisa Diedrick, Vanessa Edwards, Elijah Greene, Tasheeka Hunter, Mohammed Ibrahim, Alexandria Joseph, Jennifer Kuffour, Blessing Nkama, Esther Obasi, Jada Pinckney, Donique Sampson, Tatiana Sangare, Aliou Badara

Sidibe and Nastasia Nash. “The gala adds a fantastic punctuation to all the hard work performed by our members and students throughout the year. I’m honored to help pull it together,” also stated Gala Chair Karen Fisher. For over 37 years, NABA, New York has awarded more than $650,000 in scholarship funds to deserving students preparing to enter the business profession. Since inception, approximately $11 million in scholarships have been awarded nationally. NABA is a premier professional organization representing the interests of people of color in furthering their educational, professional and career aspirations in the related business fields of accounting, consulting, finance and information technology. NABA provides avenues for growth, development and advancement to its members. To learn more, visit

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NYC Mayor: Parks as Safe as Streets By Mayor Bill de Blasio


arks aren’t just a place to go for a little exercise or a walk. Parks are where New Yorkers take our summer vacations. Parks are where we experience nature; where we relax; where we spend time with our families. Parks are a saving grace for so many of us. That’s why it is important that our parks are places we can be safe. You may have heard voices telling you our parks are

unsafe, but that just isn’t true. The work of the NYPD doesn’t end where the pavement ends. New York is the safest big city in the United States and that includes almost 30,000 acres of parks. Almost 15 percent of New York City is covered in parkland, but last year just a single percent of all major crimes in this city happened in our parks. If you want a clear illustration of what that means in real terms just take a look at what hap-

pened in Central Park last year. Central Park is one of the most visited attractions in this city. Last year, New York’s backyard played host to a staggering 40 million visitors. That’s more than the entire population of Canada, coming through just one park in our city. Yet, last month, there were a total of five criminal incidents in the entire park. Let me repeat that, the park that saw 40 million visitors last year, experienced a grand total of five incidents of crime in the entire month of May 2017. That is less than one incident every six days.

The NYPD is the greatest police force in the world, in large measure because they never stop innovating and never stop trying to beat their own records. The first three months of 2017 were the safest first three months of any year in recorded New York City history. This May, we saw declines in every major crime when compared to last year. Precision policing is working. Neighborhood policing is taking hold. Police officers and communities are meeting, sharing information and forging new bonds. The reality is that New Yorkers want to help the NYPD. They want to be part of the solution – in our streets and in our parks.


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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?” 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


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 work-shops, food trucks, and more. We kick-off the series with a live performance by The Drumadics BeatsN-Bass Band, a 5 piece ensemble based in NYC, best known for their underground MTA performances. The funky Brass/ Hip-Hop/ 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 17, 6pm & 7:30pm June 24, 6pm Dance for a Variable Population presents Revivial: A celebration of renewal of great 20th century dance. Interpreted and created by legendary modern dance artists with the DVP company and neighborhood seniors In collaboration with Summer on the Hudson and the Prospect Park Alliance June 17 Grant’s Tomb, West Harlem,122nd and Riverside Drive June 24 Lincoln Statue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn Lakeside by Lefrak Ice Skating Rink For additional information call 347 683-2691 or visit June 18 10am-3pm Gospel Brunch. Looking to spend an unforgettable Sunday morning in Harlem? Join us downstairs at Ginny’s Supper Club for a spirited 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@ 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) 2756975 June 25 10am-3pm Gospel Brunch. Looking to spend an unforgettable Sunday morning in Harlem? Join us downstairs at Ginny’s Supper Club for a spirited 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 28 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 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 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 718-709-8722

formers 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.

July 2 10am-3pm Gospel Brunch. Looking to spend an unforgettable Sunday morning in Harlem? Join us downstairs at Ginny’s Supper Club for a spirited 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

July 7 6:30pm 25th Anniversary Screening of JUICE. Released in 1992, the hip hop-fueled drama Juice stars Omar Epps and presents the acting debut of Tupac Shakur, alongside Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins, Khalil Kain, and Samuel L. Jackson. 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 m o r e information, call ( 9 1 7 ) 275-6975

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2017 Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit Brings Women in Tech Together in Harlem



EVENTS about the industry while facilitating discussions about shared experiences and their hopes for the future. Speakers and attendees came from a variety of career and personal backgrounds, and all encouraged one another to share their stories as women in tech. After the day of workshops and panels, attendees were invited to a bustling after party where the women enjoyed refreshments and reflected on all that they learned. Natasha Green, a Community Leader in the ABI. New York community, shared that “a fundamental element of ABI’s mission is to ensure that the creators of technology mirror the people and societies who use it. The 2017 Women Entrepre-

neurship & Innovation Summit is a huge opportunity for us to really live that mission, sharing the experience, insight, and knowledge of today’s female leaders with the next wave of diverse tech entrepreneurs.” This event is one of many that ABI.New York, a 501(c)3 organization, organized for the women’s tech community. ABI. New York, the local chapter of the Anita Borg Institute, is based on a worldwide organization founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg. The 2017 Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit was sponsored by Google, Blackrock, CA Technologies, Factset, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology. “The strength of New York’s tech scene owes a great deal to the diversity of its community and workforce,” said Green. “ABI.New York is proud to inspire the next generation of leaders in the computer science and technology fields with our 2017 Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit.”




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n May 24, 2017, women in the computing and the technology fields got together at MIST Harlem to learn from one another and celebrate each other’s accomplishments at the ABI.New York’s 2017 Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit. This all-day event, organized by ABI.New York, showcased local computer science and technology innovation, leadership techniques, and offered practical insights on cybersecurity, fintech, and data science to all attendees. Workshops and panels covered topics such as how large companies are innovating in the technology field, how entrepreneurs can encourage a creative mindset, and advice for beginning and mid-career women on how to integrate themselves in to the computer and technology industries. Professional women such as Founder and CEO of Issue Voter Maria Yuan, Founder of ChalkSense LLC Geeta Shroff, Senior Product Manager of The New York Times Priya Ollapally Wellington, and many others shared their wisdom and knowledge





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In John Guare’s Broadway play, Six Degrees of Separation, that connection was never made. But, it did not take away from great writing, acting and directing.  John Guare has written a play based on deceit and greed.  Paul (Fox “24 Legacy” (Corey Hawkins) was the most deceitful character I have seen on stage

since Tartuffe. But the greed for more popularity and elbow rubbing by Ouisa (CBS “Mom” (Allison Janney) and Flan (CBS “The Good Fight” (John Benjamin Hickey) made deception easy.   Paul’s compulsive lying seems to be due to his low self-esteem. His willingness to fit into an affluent society made him borderline mental. He spent most of his time being someone he was not. But boy was he great at not being himself.  He was a slick talker that stayed on his toes. There were flashback scenes when we saw the less refined Paul. This role was played brilliantly by Hawkins. Ouisa was the great comic relief.  Although, the whole cast had funny moments, Ouisa was the spine of laughter.  The audience anticipated her every word.  Flan was corky and his love for art was ideal for an affluent family.  The whole cast brought something meaningful to the production. Trip Cullman directed this production and I must say he did a great job. He has an eye for comedy. He directed the entering and exiting of their college children in the most hilarious way.  In addition, the scenes including the cop and the rest of the ensemble were all comedic. If you are trying to find a non-musical that stays upbeat, “Six Degrees of Separation” is for you.


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New York Junior League Spruces Up Jackie Robinson Park By Lil Nickelson


the audience gathered and he thanked members of his staff that had worked in conjunction with the New York Junior League volunteers and community leaders that work so tirelessly year-round to keep Jackie Robinson Park clean, safe and a viable place within our community. Under NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver’s Parks Without Borders initiative, Jackie Robinson Park is slated to receive $4 million in capital improvement funds to make the park more open, welcoming and beautiful by focusing on improving entrances, edges and park-adjacent spaces. I attended a public input meeting in Jackie Robinson Park on October 17, 2016, where community members were able to include our ideas to the initial scope proposal for the Parks Without Borders project. That meeting was followed up with a meeting with Community Board 10 Parks & Recreation Committee on November 9. Commissioner Castro touched on these events and stated how final plans included reopening the northern connection through the park from Bradhurst Avenue and W.

152nd Street to Edgecombe Avenue and 155th Street. The hard work put in by the New York Junior League volunteers certainly has beautified the grounds below the Bandshell Plaza at 148th Street and Bradhurst Avenue, the park benches along Bradhurst Avenue and the staircase leading from Bradhurst Avenue to 145th Street and Edgecombe Avenue. The ladies came with snacks and water for all who came out to celebrate with them. Community leaders in attendance included Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group, Dr. George Williams, owner of the W Dental practice, Karen Horry, Chair of Community Board 10’s Parks & Recreation Committee, Sonya Simmons, President of the Jackie Robinson Park Conservancy and Grassroots Farmers Market, New York State Senator Brian Benjamin, New York State Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell Jr. and his Chief of Staff Al Taylor, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

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he New York Junior League Playground Improvement Project (“PIP”) had 1,000 women volunteer their time on Saturdays and Sundays over five weekends in April and May 2017 to clean, paint and landscape around Jackie Robinson Park. On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11am community leaders and concerned residents gathered at the bottom of the steps at 145th Street and Bradhurst Avenue along with the NYC Parks Department and the New York Junior League participants for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a job well done. Susan E. Manning, President of the New York Junior League, opened the ceremony by thanking the community for allowing their PIP committee to volunteer 5,000 hours of their time to beautify our neighborhood park. This is the 26th year the New York Junior League has partnered with NYC Parks. They had previously donated their time and talents in Marcus Garvey Park. William T. Castro, the Manhattan Borough Commissioner for New York City Parks, came to address




Michael Bivins gives back to the youth at Harlem School of the Arts by Derrel Jazz Johnson


ew Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe (BBD) founding member Michael Bivins and R&B Foundation Chairman Damon Williams hosted an event called “ArtMakers - A Conversation with Mike Bivins and Damon Williams” at Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) on the first Saturday of June in celebration of Black Music Month and the HSA Spring Festival. HSA students, parents, and faculty were joined by guests to listen and learn from Bivins; Williams; Whitney-Gayle Benta, Strategic Partnership Development, Music for Facebook and HSA alum; music industry veteran Jackie Poindexter; and DJ Johnny Famous, also known as hip-hop dancer Scoob Lover. After the panel of music industry veterans answered questions from Williams, it was

time for the audience at HSA to get their chance to ask. Perhaps the most valuable piece of information Bivins gave was directed to the many parents of talented students in attendance.  “Push your kid and allow them to live their dream.” Harlem News had the opportunity to speak exclusively with the Boston born and bred Bivins prior to the event.  Bivins, who, along with

his fellow New Edition members were portrayed in the BET miniseries “The New Edition Story”, said they formed the group for a simple reason. “We just wanted to look good enough to get girls!” Bivins described the film as a story of perseverance and redemption. “It makes it impossible for the music industry to overlook us and our contributions.”  We also discussed the

BBD hit “Poison”, which still gets airplay at clubs and on the radio today. Did the group know they had a smash hit when they recorded it?  “Not at all. It’s even more popular now than it was then.” Bivins described BBD as a unique blessing in his life.  “BBD was a live jacket, one that us three needed.  The best gift to ever get in life is a live jacket.”  Perhaps with his jewels of knowledge at HSA, Bivins was able to give some of the hundreds in attendance a live jacket made of wisdom. When asked about his familiarity with Harlem, Bivins responded with love of the community. “I’ve been going to Harlem all my life. Harlem reminds me of Roxbury, where I’m from.”  The star also didn’t want to take credit for giving back to the community, but felt it was a responsibility.  “I think information is something

that is supposed to be passed around.” Bivins seemed especially proud of the Boston basketball court named after him, the Michael L. Bivins Court at Ramsay Park in Roxbury. Bivins, who is currently the CEO of his own label, Sporty Rich Enterprises, also has been a successful music industry executive, discovering and signing Boyz II Men.  He

also mentioned the overlooked Another Bad Creation (ABC), pioneers in the Atlanta music scene. “They were before Kris Kross.” Bivins still tours with both New Edition and BBD. Check out the new BBD album “Three Stripes” and keep up with him on Instagram @617mikebiv.  As he said on Instagram about the HSA event, “reach back and guide the youth.”



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inkster is the oldest African-American holiday of the original 13 colonies that became the United States of America. The Dutch celebrated Pinkster in the colonies, but the African influence on Pinkster dates from the fifteenth century in the Bantu regions of Congo and Angola. Pinkster evolved into a totally African American celebration in the colonies. It is a celebration of renewal during the Springtime, often celebrated just as Pentecost, with the additional aspect of the renewal of African Culture and history through sharing. On June 10, 2017, The African Burial Ground National Monument and the African American Pinkster Committee of New York (AAPCNY) invited the

general public to a commemorative celebration that featured an art exhibition, the pouring of libations, lectures, songs, performances, reading of proclamations, and the laying of flowers on the burial mounds. Valerie Kirk, AAPCNY member, Curator and Artist has brought together a group of African American artists whose works will be presented on the first floor of the museum. Participating artists are: Lawrence Joyner, Andrew Nichols, Sadikisha Collier, David O. Lovelace, Mark Gains, with special guest Frank Frazier, Master Artist and introducing Omar Tsouristakis. Additional artisans - Hat Designer Lisa McFadden and Jewelry Designer Oumarou Ibrahim. In 1991 the remains of Af-

rican slaves were discovered at this site. Though only 419 remains and artifacts were unearthed, it is estimated that 20,000 Africans are buried there. This discovery is one of the most significant findings of the 20th century, labeled a National Landmark in 1993 and then a National Monument in 2006. For those of you who have not visited this National Monument, it is a trip worth making. It is a beautifully designed monument proving that contemporary simplicity can be elegant and breathtaking, and capture time and history with the right combination of elements. Visiting there,

one should take time to stand on the world map engraved in the ground, contemplate the past, the present and renew your vision

for our future as Americans. The African Burial Ground Monument was designed by Rodney Leon of AARIS Architects, whose principals are Rodney Leon and Nicole Hollant-Denis. The project architect was Monica Aliaga-Robles, engineers Robert

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I’ll Be Missing You, Maestro Jim Davis, Jr. By Hazel Rosetta Smith


n Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, with the words “I’ll be missing you” and “fare thee well”, I embraced a musical genius one more time. It was a moment of discernment; we cannot put a great talent in our own selfish box.  We have to celebrate a departure in a true attitude of gratitude for times gone by.   Webster’s dictionary states Maestro to mean a master in any art; a great composer or conductor of music.  For a decade, Maestro Jim Davis, Jr. has gallantly carried the title and position of Director of Musical Ministries & Fine Arts at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, NY.   Jim’s talent, training and knowledge of music genres from spiritual, jazz, gospel and contemporary have

captivated audiences across the world.   With due credit given, Abyssinians and visitors have been amazed by the diversities in Jim’s unique renditions of music long embedded in Black culture.  Of course we come to Abyssinian dutifully every Sunday morning, anticipating great sermons from an astute array of ministers, under the leadership of the Pastor, Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III. However, a preaching moment and worship service is greatly heightened by just the right musical accompaniment.  This has been a guarantee at the Abyssinian church from the melodious voices in the choirs, led to their personal best under the direction of Davis, Jr.   It was not unusual to see Jim scurry to the upper loft to play the grand pipe organ or slide smoothly south of the pulpit to the Hammond organ, or take a command seat at the Baby Grand piano. 

His ability, commitment and willingness to carry the worship service with smooth transitioning, was by any means necessary.   We have been spoiled by his acumen and enriched by his diligence.  And, his singing voice was the icing on the cake.     James “Jim” Davis, Jr. is southern fried from head to toe, born in Winstonville, Mississippi.  His God-given gift made its appearance at the age of three, when the piano became his best friend.  Formal training did not begin until the age of seven. A graduate of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia in 2004, Jim is the Founder/President of JDJ Music, Inc.  His reputation for masterful productions has already created an imprint of a life legacy, locally and globally, some of which include:  Artistic Director/ Curator of the Lagos Jazz Festival in Lagos, Nigeria; Associate Music Director of Opera Ebony since 2012; major musical works at The Apollo Theater, Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln

Center; Music Workshop Clinician in Germany; Guest conductor/producer of the National Choral-Annual Messiah Sing at David Geffen Hall, New York from 2012 to 2015. There is much more to note about James Davis, Jr., from his humble disposition and respectful consideration of the talent of others.   Let me end by

saying, surely his best is yet to come. Touché, Maestro, I shall be missing you!     Hazel Rosetta Smith is a journalist, playwright/director /Founder of Help Somebody Theatrical Ministries and former Managing Editor/Woman’s Editor of the New York Beacon News.  Contact:

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A Father’s Day Classic


n Sunday June 18 the 44th annual Father’s Day Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic will held at Marcus Garvey Park. This annual Father’s Day cycling classic was created in 1973 by David Walker, a former New York City Community Affairs Detective. The cycling classic was designed as a community event focused on bicycle racing and bicycle safety programs for youth. In just three years the cycling race became one of the premiere

attractions for the United States Cycling Federation. The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic features a number of male and female races along the outer border of Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. Each year the Harlem cycling classic draws hundreds of licensed cyclists from the New York Tri State area, nationally and internationally. A large number of community participants also take part in this race, looking to match their cycling skills with the professional cyclists. Nelson Beasley Vails, a young bike massager from Harlem, was one. Vails, known internationally as the “Cheetah”, won his first series of amateur races at Skyscraper Cycling

Classic. He became the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal and was inducted into the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009. Nelson attends the Harlem Father’s Day Cycling Classic every year and is the lead lobbyist for having the Skyscraper Cycling Classic to be one of the American qualifying professional cycling races for the 2020 Olympic in Tokyo, Japan. Richard Cox, a Harlem native and a former competitor in the Father’s Day Cycling Classic, is director of UNITYSports Productions, the promoting organization for the 2017 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. UNITYSports Productions is a division of TEAM Unity, Inc. a community Not for

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Profit, 501 (c) 3 multi-cultural educational organization focused on the arts, sciences and athletics. Richard is also the Vice President of Programs for the Harlem Tourism Board. On Father’s Day come out and join the many spectators, Harlem residents’ and area cyclists at a variety of vantage points. Key locations will be along Mount Morris Park West between 120th street and 124th street and on Madison Avenue between 120th and 124th. The start and finish lines will be at 120th and Mount Morris Park West. There will be team tents, vendors and food carts in this area. There will also be special areas reserved for children’s races featuring competitors age 3

to 17. The June 18th Father’s Day Cycling Classic will be a wonderful way to spend a day with Dad. Who knows? Perhaps we will see

the making of a new Harlem Cycling legend to keep Cheetah’s winning tradition alive. For additional information contact Keisha Roberts at 347 948-2017.

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By Audrey Adams right, Dad would love it if instead of wondering what’s for breakfast, it’s served to him before his feet even touch the floor in the morning. Be sure to enlist the children in creating the menu, preparing the meal and setting the tray; and don’t forget a single flower in a small bud vase for a touch of mushiness . . . he’ll like it too. Is he a weekend athlete? If he plays tennis, is a biker

or golfer, how about a few classes with a pro to help him improve his technique? Is there a special piece of equipment that he has his sight set on buying? Would he enjoy tickets to a sporting event? Private sessions with a personal trainer to improve his physical condition are a good idea, that way maybe he will avoid injuries that affect most “weekend warriors.” What are his hobbies? Is he an artist or musician? Think about giving him the gift of a class to help him expand his creative side. Is there a gallery that he would like to visit or a concert he wants to go to? Have one of his favorite paintings, collages or sculptures framed or mounted for display or encourage him to have a small exhibit of his art at home or a jazz session; and invite family, friends and

neighbors to attend. Everyone could pitch in to create the invitations and cater his debut! Commemorate a special moment with the children. It is just as simple as it sounds; frame a picture! Search through family photographs to find one that brings back poignant memories; maybe it was the birth of a child and Dad holding the baby in his arms for the first time. Was he frolicking with the children on the playground, at the beach, or in the living room floor? Did you attend an event as a family and someone took a picture that was really nice? Maybe he caught a big fish or scored the winning point while playing baseball, football, basketball; any moment of glory is good. Does he collect anything? I have a friend who collects elephants! Another collects

baseball caps. Still another finds old fishing lures interesting. If he is a collector, then do a little research on the subject and look for an unusual addition to add to his assortment of items. If you have difficulty finding an item, consider a book that is the definitive guide to help him identify his treasures. If all else fails, give him complete control of the television remote for an entire week! You can call that gift one of offer and compromise. He might not be your father, but you owe it to your children to set a good example. Don’t forget, it is the thought that counts and he’s worth it to you and your children. Think about it. See you next week. Visit my website, and checkout my online radio

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ou can pretend all you want. Hide your head in the sand and say it ain’t so. Cover your ears and yell “LaLaLaLaLa” until everyone thinks you’re five years old. You can deny, deny, deny, but listen up: some things are factual, so read “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart, and you may learn something. When Kevin Hart was born, his parents might’ve said “oops.” Neither parent ever denied that Hart’s birth was the result of his father’s broken promise. Hart knew he was “a mistake,” and that nobody was happy. Still, his parents stayed together awhile – long enough for him to note his father’s unusual parenting style and his mother’s

strength in raising two sons, mostly alone. The oldest boy eventually sold crack and went into the military to avoid jail. The younger son, well, he wrote this book. Throughout his life, Hart paid attention to the lessons he got from keen observations; Number One was that things change. Number Two was that shrugging one’s shoulders and moving on is the best way to deal with Number One. There was no shoulder-shrugging, though, when Hart got a post-high-school job selling athletic shoes. He set a goal of being the store’s best salesman, and found a mentor who encouraged him and a group of people who showed him what being a grown-up was

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