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WENDY HILLIARD: The Big Heart of a Champion see page 4


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March is Women History Month! During the month of March we will focus on the accomplishments of women who have made a difference in the community. This week we focus on Wendy Hilliard and the exceptional work she has done bringing gymnastics to under-served communities. (see page 4). NYC & Company is encouraging New Yorkers to support women-owned businesses in New York and have provided information about upcoming events and sites promoting the achievements of women. (see page 3) My first cousin, Sandra Tatum Cruz,passed away from COVID earlier this week.. Please get your vaccine when it is your turn. President Biden announced earlier this week that there will now be enough vaccine for every adult in America to be vaccinated by the end of May. Now there is perhaps hope we will be able to return to something that looks more like normal this Summer. Again, please get your vaccination and in the meantime let all of us continue to wear masks, social distance and keep safe. Remember to continue to shop with local businesses. When you shop with local small businesses it is more likely that money will continue to circulate within your community. Many of our small business owners are raising their family in the community. You can visit our website to see past issues, past videos, current events, advertising and subscription information, etc. at www.harlemcommunitynews.com. We are also on Instagram and Facebook.

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Lives and Work of Women: The Alice Austen House Museum honors the life and work of celebrated photographer Alice Austen, who lived in the historic Staten Island home during the early 20th century. Also a national site of LGBTQ+ history, the museum is presenting Powerful and Dangerous: The Words and Images of Audre Lorde and will offer private afternoon tours, Tuesday through Friday. From March 20-21, Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater will offer its fifth bi-annual WOW - Women of the World Festival. This year’s virtual event is themed Black Women Transcending! and will include music, film, workshops, panels, performances and more. On March 5, the Brooklyn Museum will unveil Lorraine O’Grady: Both/ And, the first retrospective of the contemporary feminist artist, on view through July 18. The museum is also the permanent home of The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, an iconic piece of 1970s feminist art. · The Met Fifth Avenue will present Alice Neel: People Come First from March 22 through August 1, showcasing approximately 100 pieces by the radical feminist painter and champion of social justice who called East Harlem home. · From March 11 through September 6, MoMA PS1 in Queens will spotlight over 100 artworks by French American feminist and activist artist Niki de Saint Phalle in Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life. · Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest surviving residence, built

in 1765 for British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, Mary Philipse. The Washington Heights museum, which is currently open to the public, also offers a glimpse into the home’s first female owner with a Virtual Parlor Chat: Who was the Real Mary Philipse Morris? On March 18, the National Museum of the American Indian will present Native Women Making Change as part of its Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future series. In this free virtual program, Aidan Graybill (Wyandot Nation of Kansas) and Representative Christina Haswood (Diné [Navajo]) will discuss the roles Indigenous women uphold within their communities and society at large. While temporarily closed to the public, New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem is presenting Femmetography: The Gaze Shifted, an online gallery and resource exploring photography from the perspective of Black women, curated as part of

the center’s Teen Curators program. Celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, the Staten Island Museum is exploring the borough’s role in the suffrage movement in Women of the Nation Arise!. McNally Jackson is one of New York City’s most-recognized independent bookstores, with locations in Nolita, the Seaport District, Williamsburg, and Downtown Brooklyn. María Herron opened Mil Mundos Books in Bushwick in 2018, with the goal of ensuring community access and empowerment. Nearly half of the bookstore’s titles are available in Spanish. Started by Eliza Blank, The Sill plant shop has locations on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Upper West Side, and in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The company also offers a plant delivery service, online workshops, gift cards and more. Visit Parks and Outdoor Sites Honoring Women: On Manhattan’s Far West

Side near Hudson Yards, Bella Abzug Park is named in honor of feminist, civil rights activist, lawyer and U.S. Representative Bella Abzug. ·In March 2017, the Fearless Girl statue symbolizing female empowerment was unveiled in front of Lower Manhattan’s Charging Bull statue. Now located opposite the New York Stock Exchange, the four-foot bronze statue was created by artist Kristen Visbal. Brooklyn’s East River State Park has officially been renamed Marsha P. Johnson State Park, in memory of the influential LGBTQ+ civil rights activist. The park, which is undergoing renovations to be completed by June, is New York’s first state park honoring a LGBTQ+ person and transgender woman of color. · Honoring the first African American Congresswoman and first woman and African American to run for President, Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn offers trails for biking and hiking, fishing, birding and

more, all with panoramic views of NYC and the New York Harbor. At Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, honor women who helped shape the nation and New York City today, including women’s suffrage supporters Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Garrett Hay and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont. A new Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument was unveiled last year on Central Park’s Literary Walk, the park’s first statue depicting nonfiction female figures: women’s right activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth. To learn more about prominent female figures in New York City’s history, check out NYC & Company’s guide to The Women Who Made NYC History. The “NYC-cations” initiative supports All In NYC: Staycation Guides, which is part of NYC & Company’s All In NYC local revitalization effort.

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n celebration of Women’s History Month kicking off March 1 and International Women’s Day on March 8, NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City, is encouraging New Yorkers and visitors to support women-owned and women-operated businesses including hotels, restaurants and shops and to explore countless cultural offerings and sites of historical significance all year-round, with an “NYC-cation” in the five boroughs. “As Women’s History Month kicks off, NYC & Company proudly celebrates all the women who have made and continue to make an indelible mark on New York City. Female-owned and -operated businesses are so vital to our City and our industry, and we invite New Yorkers and visitors to support these enterprises now and into the future. It’s my honor and privilege to celebrate these women today and every day alongside my wonderful and talented female colleagues at NYC & Company,” said Nancy Mammana, NYC & Company’s chief marketing officer. Those exploring the City are asked to wear masks, practice social distancing and frequently wash and sanitize hands, as indicated in NYC & Company’s Stay Well Pledge, and check with individual businesses for current operating status and hours, as well as health and safety protocols, prior to visiting. You can explore Arts and Culture Spotlighting the




WENDY HILLIARD: The Big Heart of a Champion By Hazel Rosetta Smith


Harlem Community Newspapers | March 4. 2021

endy Hilliard has been a force to be reckoned with in the world of sports, an arena in which she was surely born to conquer. When the long years of gymnastic competition ended, it was not a done deal for Hilliard. Her life’s purpose and a plan came to fruition. Since 1996, WHGF, The Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation, has provided FREE gymnastics for over 10,000 inner city youth in NYC. She has utilized her knowledge in partnership with her heart to turn minds and train the bodies of youngsters toward their greatest potential. From the profile below, you will get a glimpse of the illustrious career of a Black woman who would not be denied what she rightfully deserved having the ability and willingness to develop the capabilities that create champions. A champion is as a champion does. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, swimming was the beginning of what could have been an entry into the world of sports for Wendy Hilliard. After watching gymnastics on television, Wendy’s interest took a turn and opportunities opened for training by coaches that were brought in from what was then the Soviet Union. Wendy studied the Russian language at Wayne State University in Detroit. After years of hard training with determi4

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nation and steadfast devotion, working through innuendos and insinuations, her spirit rose to a mindset of advocacy for Black athletes. She would prevail and the proof would be in putting her best to the test. In 1978, she became the first African American to represent the United States in international competitions and remained on the Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team a record-setting nine times; serving twice as National Team Captain. As a National and International Gold Medalist, Hilliard, represented the U.S. in over 15 foreign countries and three World Championships (1979, 1981, 1983). She has performed with the world’s finest gymnasts and choreographed for Olympic Gold Medalist, Dominique Dawes. Retiring from competition in 1988, Wendy stayed with her sport and became a four-time U.S. National Team Coach. Her gymnast, Aliane Baquerot, was a 1996 Olympian. In 1995, Wendy Hilliard was the first African American and first gym-

nast to become the President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the leading organization for women’s sports issues. She was the athlete representative for gymnastics to the United States Olympic Committee and served on the Executive Committee of USA Gymnastics for over ten years. In 2006, through her non-profit WHGF, Wendy designed and opened a 15,000 square foot gymnastics center for Aviator Sports and Recreation; a modern day multi-million/multi-sport complex in Brooklyn, NY. In 2008, Wendy was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. In 2011, she was awarded the Rings of Gold from the U.S. Olympic Committee for her work helping children develop their Olympic dreams. She was Director of Sports for NYC 2012, in the city’s bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As a member of the NYC 2012 Senior Staff, her responsibilities included overseeing all the sports and athlete matters, including over 2,000 Olympians and Paralympians worldwide that supported the bid. Wendy was instrumental in bringing several international events to NYC that included the Freestyle Wrestling World Championships held at Madison Square Garden, the Archery World Championships, and the Fencing World Cup. She was the lead in developing the NYC

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Triathlon which has become an annual soldout event. Hilliard’s big championship heart remains wide open in an embrace of encouragement to sports enthusiasts of all ages serving as a sports consultant with Aviator Sports and Recreation and the Riverbank State Park. And additionally, on the boards of the Armory Foundation,

Special Olympics Urban Initiative, and the NYC Sports Commission. She conducts clinics worldwide and is a guest performer, announcer and choreographer for gymnastic tours and television specials. On behalf of Black youth on their way to gold, I say to Wendy Hilliard in this 2021 Women’s Month of March, “ashay, ashay, continue

to make things happen.” [Hazel Rosetta Smith is a journalist, playwright, and artistic director for HRS Productions, retired former Managing Editor and Woman’s Editor for the New York Beacon News and current columnist for Harlem Community News Inc. Contact: misshazel@twc. com]





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From Captain America to Contact Tracing: My Journey with the NYC Test & Trace Corps


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ast year at this time, I was performing stories from Seattle to Chicago armed with my turban, beard, humor, and Captain America uniform. Those plans unraveled as COVID-19 hit us hard and we lost over 20,000 New Yorkers in the spring. Eager to help in some way, I put down my cape and leaned back on my public health training to join the new Test & Trace Corps as part of an extraordinary mission. I was one of the 3,000 city residents initially entrusted in June to trace every COVID-19 case and make sure we suppress the spread of this virus. From the start, there was no tried and tested guide to contact tracing at a global pandemic level. The first weeks involved days-long virtual training sessions. Scheduling hundreds of contact tracers was chaotic. We followed and led each other. My fellow tracers include public health specialists, retired teachers, physicians, pastors, emergency response specialists, nursing and social work students, business administrators, and many more. Our numbers have now grown to approximately 4,000 people strong, and we speak more than 40 languages. I manage a team of Case Investigators. We call every New York City resident who has tested positive through laboratory testing. We provide COVID-19 education, monitor symptoms, track outdoor


visits, elicit exposed contacts, and offer resources including free hotel rooms to safely isolate, access to free meals, and myriad hotlines. Not everyone may realize this during a public health crisis, but our program is completely voluntary. In the early weeks, our biggest challenge was getting people to respond to our calls and provide contacts. Today we are successfully reaching almost 90% of all people who have COVID-19 and have completed over 350,000 tracing calls. Our work is an ongoing response to a natural disaster. We keep learning new things. Protocols evolve. We adjust. Ours is not a perfect contact tracing program. I am its biggest critic and its biggest supporter. A critic because as an insider I see many of its shortcomings and want them all fixed. I am its biggest supporter because despite the challenges, I know this is one of the best contact tracing responses in the nation. The credit for this achievement is not just ours. It also belongs to New Yorkers who are wearing masks, forgoing travel and celebrations with loved ones, and getting tested for COVID-19 in record-breaking numbers despite the hardships.

Community-based organizations are getting the message out to our diverse family of New Yorkers. And this has been an incredible exercise in teamwork between NYC Health + Hospitals, the Department of Health, City leadership, and private partners. Along the way we have had more than a few challenging calls. If there is one skill that stands above the rest in our repertoire, it is empathy. A few days ago, one of the case investigators I supervise was supposed to call a woman with COVID who is over 90 years old. A man picked up the phone and was not cooperative with the case investigator from the moment they said, “I am calling from New York Health + Hospitals.” Every inquiry made was met with some variation of, “No, I don’t know you…” As the call went on, we learned that the person with COVID was bedridden, and her son was her primary caretaker. When he spoke about his mom, we could hear the concern and stress in his voice. While we may not be able to see the person on the other line, and miss body language cues, we can pick up on their pauses, sighs, and tempo throughout the conversation. When the call got to the end,

the case investigator offered him the mental health hotline, explaining that being a caretaker – of someone with or without COVID-19 - can be very stressful and asked if he thought speaking with a professional might help him during these days. He said no, but then proceeded to share his story from past jobs, romances, and family dynamics. By the end of the call, he said, “You know, I owe you an apology, I was really rough on you in the beginning of the call and I’m sorry. Thank you for sticking it through and not giving up.”​ Calls like this will stay with me for years to come as a reminder of the long-term toll this virus is taking on millions of lives, and how, even in the deepest suffering, New Yorkers still care about each other. The mission we launched in June is not done yet. The first vaccinations reaching frontline workers and the most vulnerable, but we still have a long way to go. Until then, my fellow readers, please continue your good work to keep us, our loved ones and our communities safe. Vishavjit Singh is a Case Investigator Supervisor in the NYC Test & Trace Corps. He is also a diversity speaker, illustrator and performance artist based in Harlem. He has been working few hours/week on global Covid-19 relief efforts with NYC based NGO, UNITED SIKHS. Learn more about his story at Sikhtoons.com

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Home Buying in Harlem Be Prepared to Buy Now Rev. Dr. Charles Butler


he home buying season is off to a tremendous start. New home sales for the month of January have exceeded all projections. This is caused partly by the extremely low interest rates offered by most lenders. However, for many Harlem residents they are experiencing the same problem of being priced out of the market. This has been a consistent issue for several years and no clear solution has been forthcoming for resolving this persistent problem. As a first-time prospective home buyer, you simply must be ‘mortgage ready’ if you are going to purchase a home this year. This means having an adequate amount of savings to cover the down payment and closing costs. Plus, you will need to have at least 3-6 months mortgage payment in a reserve account after closing. Most banks have become very conservative with their underwriting policies. They are looking for home buyers who have enough money saved for the down payment and closing costs. You must also demonstrate a solid credit history. Many lenders require a minimum of 24 months clean credit history.

They usually want you to have at least 3 active lines of credit. Some lenders will accept letters from non-traditional lines of credit to establish a payment history such as your rent, utilities, or cell phone companies, if you do not have 3 active accounts. Your credit score can be another concern. Many first-time mortgage products require a minimum credit score of 650. Here are some suggestions to help you increase your score: (1) Always pay your bills on time. Late payments will lower your score. It might help to use an automatic pay system if you get too busy to send in the payment. (2) Each month pay more than the minimum amount. Paying more than the minimum amount will reduce the outstand-


ing balance faster and will boast your credit score. (3) Keep your balance to about 30% of your overall credit limit. This will indicate to lenders that you are responsible in managing your finances and understand the value of using credit wisely. (4) Only open new credit accounts when necessary. An inquiry is made every time you apply for a new account, which will lower your score. (5) Keep your accounts active by using them on a regular basis. Many creditors have become extremely aggressive in dealing with inactive accounts. They will close your account without giving any advance notice if you are not using them on a regular basis. However, you must never close any of your older accounts because they will make up most of your credit history. If you must close an account, close the more recent ones. They have a shorter credit history. Develop a credit strategy beneficial to your overall goal. If you are interested in attending the workshop or have questions regarding the home buying process, contact Rev. Dr. Charles Butler at (212) 281 4887 ext. 231 or email at cbutler@ hcci.org.




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HARLEM CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS March 4 6:30-8:00pm Black Women in History and Struggle Scholarship on Black women’s histories is transforming our understanding of U.S. political, social, and economic development. New researchers are writing Black women back into narratives where they have been erased. When Black women such as Rosa Parks have been lifted up, our understanding of their real ideas and contributions has too often been shallow. Join this conversation to uncover the long history of Black women in U.S. history, and a deeper understanding of one of the most celebrated Black American women, Rosa Parks. Join online at eventbrite.com FREE.

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March 4 6:00pm Holding (Space for) Nippy As an extension of their study exploring the Black diva as a historical figure, vocation, and archetype, 2019–20 artist in residence E. Jane  invites filmmaker  Ja’Tovia Gary  and  scholar Claudrena Harold to consider the interior world of Whitney Houston. Together, they will offer alternative ways of understanding the late music icon as a gesture rooted in healing and repair. Join online for FREE at studiomuseum.org


March 4 7:00-8:00pm Zumbi Series: Shorts I, A Black Woman Resist and Um Jantar This program will feature two short films, UM

Jantar –The Dinner and I, A, Woman, Resist, and a panel discussion with Sharrell Barber and Rachel E. Harding. The discussion will share the story of Marielle Franco - the Afro-Brazilian political leader who was assassinated by police in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, the conversation will address the idea of African descendant women at the margins of society fighting for equality as warriors and healers. Be sure to tune in on the CCCADI Center’s YouTube Live! March 5-19 All Day (Re)Considering Harlem: Legacies and Futures This fourth iteration of the “Made In Harlem” film series explores how the mythologies of Harlem reconcile (or do not) with its realities, how the ghosts of Harlem’s storied past find their way into its present. The aim of the series is to consider (and reconsider) Harlem, its visuals, its narratives, its legacies, and its futures. Watch online at maysles. org FREE. March 6 1:00-2:15pm Grow it Live! With Mehmet Dede of Drom A companion to the “Make it Live! A Practical Approach to Getting Gigs in NYC” workshop, this session will cover marketing concerts, identifying your fanbase and grassroots promotion tools. Led by the talent buyer for one of NYC’s top live performance venues. Join online at nymusicmonth.nyc FREE.

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March 6 1:00-2:00pm Elliot Reed Duets Duets is a series of four improvised performances by Elliot Reed, the score for which calls Reed to invite a single guest for a unique hour-long encounter. Reinterpreting COVID-19 precautions as a formal challenge, Reed and his guests occupy an audience-less physical space at a distance from one another, navigating institutional public health guidelines. Online at the moma.org March 7 2:00pm Your Hometown Virtual Conversation with Playwright Lynn Nottage Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage talks to “Your Hometown” host Kevin Burke about growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1960s and ‘70s. Register online at mcny.org Donation based. March 8 6:00-7:00pm The Final Touches: Editing, Mixing & Making Your Podcast Sing What audio editing software should you use for your podcast? And what are the best practices for editing sound? In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics on how to edit, mix and export your audio and ultimately bring life to your podcast. This workshop will be taught by Jeremy S. RSVP for FREE at buildingbeats.org March 9 8:00pm The Ultimate (Virtual) NYC Trivia Night Join the Museum of

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apollo women performance and activism (Mar 10) the City of New York and the Gotham Center for New York City History for virtual trivia, inspired by the city we know best. From architecture and theater to transportation and pop culture, put your

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knowledge of NYC to the test in categories spanning the city’s epic 400year history. Hosted by the Gotham Center’s Katie Uva! Register online at mcny.org to participate. Donation based. March 10 6:30-7:30pm Creating Electronic Music with Everyday Sounds In this introductory hands-on workshop with instructor Izzi Ramkissoon, Electronic Music Program at the College of Staten Island, participants will learn about how to create music using everyday sound in the style of musique concrete. In the workshop attendees will learn about this history of musique concrete, listen to examples, record sounds using a computer or phone, edit and process sounds using FREE

software (audacity), create a piece of music that can be shared after the workshop. Join online at nymusicmonth.nyc FREE. March 10 4:00-5:30pm Apollo Women: Performance and Activism Be inspired by legendary Apollo women who used their musical talents for activism. Explore their music, environment, and challenges they faced to understand what impact these trailblazers made on entertainment history. Most importantly, discover why this is important for students to understand and how to implement the Apollo Theater and activist art into your curricula. Professional learning workshop. Apollotheater.org $10



“Pathways to HerRise” Stories of Women of Color Entrepreneurs Affected by COVID-19


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an inspiring business resource that will motivate women to discover their pathway to rise in their career and business. The limiting beliefs of others, imposter syndrome, fear of rejection, and the need to be perfect are the most widespread feelings that women report as to why they are either slow to start their side business or have not yet leaped to becoming their own boss. Co-authors Marsha Guerrier, Gretchen Campbell, Sundrae “Sunny” Miller, Ilka Huntley McElveen, Dr. Jennifer Pierre, Azra Khalfan-Kermali, Dr. Shelley Cooper, Sheena Parker, Dr. Erika D. Tate, and Liana Robinson provide women with strategies on how to overcome these barriers to entrepreneurship. HerSuiteSpot is a private network for women

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Emerge! Celebrates 10th Anniversary Fashion Show in Virtual Harmony

By Audrey J. Bernard

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ew York Fashion Week’s fall/summer collections are held in February during Black History Month and the Emerge! Fashion Virtual Runway Show, which was celebrating a decade of delivering fashions from top Black and African designers, was one of the first to sashay down the “Reimagined” virtual runway with a beautiful display of designs created by Black designers from the United States, London & Africa! The Emerge! 10th Anniversary fashion extravaganza was hosted by Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily, with special guest presenters Andre’ Leon Talley (former Vogue contributor), and Fern Mallis (creator of

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New York Fashion Week). Emerge! 10th Anniversary designers unveiling their newest designs via creative vignettes included Terri Stevens of Funkinbeautiful Designs (Chicago), Scalo Designs (Johannesburg), Jesu’ Segun London, Orla Couture (Lagos, Nigeria), Haus of L.A. (Los Angeles, Chicago). The virtual event also featured congratulatory remarks from fashion & style notables, an excellent performance by Yanna Cello, a nostalgic look back over the 10 year history of Emerge!, and special clips from Emerge! In addition, EMERGE! Design Talk, which covered today’s fashion challenges, featured London-based designer Ozwald Boateng, urban street wear designer Karl Kani & iconic model Pat Cleveland. Each year the Fashion Innovator Award is presented to a fashion leader, visionary, and innovator who has paved the way for other artists in the industry and who has made a huge impact in the fashion industry. Fashion Bomb Daily’s Claire Sulmers presented the coveted award to celebrity stylist & “image architect” Law Roach for his impact

Dionne Williams, Terry Stevens in shaping the global fashion industry. “Stylist and Image Architect, Law Roach, undeniably transforms celebrities into fashion icons and I am grateful to him for accepting this award,” stated Sulmers. “I am so excited about the anniversary show,” says Dionne Williams, creator and producer of Emerge! Fashion Show. “When I created Emerge 10 years ago my purpose was to highlight the creativity and art that designers create for the runway. I am always

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at awe at the talent and gifts that designers bring to light.” Sponsors for the show included AMBI Skincare, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, LAMIK Cosmetics & ORS Haircare and GFNTY. The virtual event streamed on GFNTV. com and on www.Emergerunwaynyc.com. GFNTV is a premiere online video network, which also streams live on various platforms including ROKU & Apple TV. (Photos courtesy Emerge!)

About Emerge! Brands EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show, EMERGE! Design Talk, and the Fashion Innovator Award are all brands of, or are created and produced by Dionne Williams of D. Williams Public Relations Group. These have become among the top emerging designer platforms during New York Fashion Week, and have been consistent in providing national outlets for emerging designers to showcase their work. Hundreds of designer submis-

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Lincoln Center Announces Restart Stages, Creating Outdoor Performing Arts Center to Help Kick start Arts Sector and New York City Revival


Arts Revival, in a partnership to help extend reach of the initiative far beyond Lincoln Center’s campus. All offerings will occur outdoors with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff. Restart Stages venues will include: A cabaret-style stage on Hearst Plaza Dedicated family and kids’ areas with arts activities for young people Venues for rehearsals, opening up the artistic process to visitors Space for public school graduations, recognizing the extraordinary achievements of students under difficult circumstances An outdoor reading room, created in partnership with The New York Public Library for the PerformingArts Artistic programming will feature Lincoln Center’s world-class constituent organizations, including outdoor performances of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Summer Evenings concerts, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, a concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, and dance workshops from New York City Ballet. This project will help bring back New York’s rich and vital performing arts ecosystem by

also reaching far beyond the Lincoln Center campus to include a wide range of cultural and community partners and guest curators, including the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Harlem Week and the Harlem Arts Alliance, Korean Cultural Center New York, and Weeksville Heritage Center. As part of its outreach, Lincoln Center is collaborating with organizations from across New York City to use these spaces in their efforts to return to the stage. Restart Stages will launch on World Health Day, April 7, with a special performance for healthcare workers. Lincoln Center will also bring its commitment to civic and community service to Restart Stages, supporting communities that have been hardest-hit by the virus and resulting economic catastrophe. Alongside arts programming, Lincoln Center will offer blood drives in partnership with the New York Blood Center, food distributions in partnership with Food Bank For New York City, and serve as a designated primary election polling place in partnership with the Board of Elections. “The cultural community has an urgent role to play in the revitalization of New York,

to showcase that our city is not just back economically, but spiritually and socially. Which is why we knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that as the city reopened it was our absolute obligation and privilege to be first in line to support our constituents, New Yorkers, and the cultural community,” reflected Henry Timms, President & CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. “We are building this outdoor campus to be ready, so that when the time comes, we do not miss a single day. We will fling our metaphorical doors wide open on day one in celebration of New York and the resolute, remarkable people who make it the best city on earth.” Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos said, “Reimagined and reactivated public space could be a shot in the arm for civic life in New York and around the world. SNF is proud to support Lincoln Center in realizing a more expansive and inclusive vision for public space, one that sees arts, culture, education, and community engagement as facets of the same civic project.” Select Restart Stages events will be offered via livestream on Lincoln Center and partner organization digital platforms, increasing access nationally and internationally, well beyond those able to travel to the physical campus. Since the pandemic began, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has driven efforts to bring the power of the arts to New Yorkers outdoors and digitally—from Love From Lincoln Center concerts for individual essential workers to works of art that elevate the voices and lived experiences

of people of color in America, such as Carrie Mae Weems’ installation Resist COVID/ Take 6!, Davóne Tines’ Vigil, and digital commissions like The Baptism by Carl Hancock Rux. Future international collaborations with the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens (SNFCC) will bring new approaches to cultural engagement in both cities. These are just the beginning of a reorientation towards prioritizing openness, access, and inclusive excellence – elevating talent from every corner of the globe and fostering a sense of radical welcome on the campus. Additional programmatic details will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit RestartStages.org for updates. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is the steward of the world’s leading performing arts center, an artistic and civic cornerstone for New York City comprised of eleven resident companies on a 16-acre campus. The nonprofit’s strategic priorities include: supporting the arts organizations that call Lincoln Center home to realize their missions and fostering opportunities for collaboration across campus; championing inclusion and increasing the accessibility and reach of Lincoln Center’s work; and reimagining and strengthening the performing arts for the 21st century and beyond, helping ensure their rightful place at the center of civic life. *** Restart Stages is made possible by Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative. Major support provided by First Republic Bank. Additional support is provided by BNY Mellon, The Scully Peretsman Foundation

and Lincoln Center’s generous donors and supporters. Endowment support is provided by Oak Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Lincoln Center’s artistic excellence is made possible by the dedication and generosity of our board members. Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York. Public support for Lincoln Center is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Gonzalo Casals, Commissioner, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center. *** FOLLOW LINCOLN CENTER ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: facebook.com/ LincolnCenterNYC Twitter: @LincolnCenter Instagram: @LincolnCenter #LincolnCenter #RestartStages ### For more information, please contact: Isabel Sinistore isinistore@lincolncenter. org 646-642-0189 Desiree Naranjo dnaranjo@lincolncenter.org 212875-5078 Jenni Klauder jklauder@ lincolncenter.org 212-8755490

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incoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced Restart Stages, a sweeping initiative that will create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces—an outdoor performing arts center—as well as other outdoor civic venues to help kickstart the performing arts sector and contribute to the revival of New York City. The project is made possible by the generous support of the Lincoln Center Board of Directors and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of the SNF-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative, a collaboration that reimagines and reactivates public space for a new era. As one of New York City’s leading arts institutions and an anchor of its cultural and public life, Lincoln Center is embarking on this effort as a symbol of its commitment to the city, and to an equitable revitalization which elevates all New Yorkers. Restart Stages is a major, public-facing component of its broader effort to provide resources in this moment not just to Lincoln Center’s resident companies, but to the performing arts community as a whole — helping get artists back to work and supporting institutions from Brooklyn to the Bronx to engage their communities in the elevating power of the arts. Designed with expert advice from medical and public health professionals, Restart Stages will create a safe, welcoming, accessible, and dynamic environment for arts and community organizations from across New York City, including Lincoln Center resident companies. Restart Stages is being developed in coordination with NY State PopsUp, part of Governor Cuomo’s New York





The New York Urban League Centennial Celebration will be virtual elegance

By Audrey J. Bernard

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he New York Urban League (NYUL) is One Hundred Years old! As one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation, the flagship affiliate of the National Urban League continues to challenge existing inequities of our society and the League’s work in the areas of economic development, education, and advocacy have impacted generations of underserved New Yorkers. Through direct service delivery, advocacy, referrals, community capacity building, information dissemination and technical assistance, the League accomplishes its mission to help people face and overcome barriers to full participation in American society. Founded in 1919 to provide opportunities for Blacks migrating from the rural south to New York City, NYUL has helped workers and families gain access to jobs, schools, and opportunity. In addition, the organization has opened the ranks of many industries to Black workers and helped thousands of African American students become first generation college students. Now 100 years later the League will celebrate its Centennial and the 55th Annual

Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner Gala – virtually – filled with pomp and purpose! This year’s Centennial Celebration will take place Tuesday, March 16, 2021, and will be virtual elegance at its best! The gala will kick off with a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by the program at 6:30pm, and end with a celebratory after party with music by MC Lyte. The gala will raise funds to support new and expanded programming and community services to further the League’s mission and fund Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarships. “During our celebration, we acknowledge esteemed honorees that have a steadfast commitment, dedication, and influence that have led the charge for advancing the rights of generations of underserved African Americans and salute their seminal work elevating communities, expressed Arva R. Rice, President and CEO, New York Urban League. “The Centennial Gala is a signature moment in the centennial celebration. The Gala will raise funds to support new and expanded programming and community services to further the League’s mission.” The 2021 awards recipients include: Legendary sportsman Hank Aaron, Posthumous (Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Civil Rights Advocate); Michael Dowling (President and CEO, Northwell); Raymond J. McGuire (former Vice

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Chairman, Citigroup, running for Mayor of New York City); and Daniel Schulman (President and CEO, PayPal) will receive NYUL’s most coveted honor – the Frederick Douglass Award. Film producer and social justice advocate Crystal McCrary will receive the Ann Kheel award, named for the civic leader and founder of the Frederick Douglass Awards. The Centennial Gala will be co-hosted by Deborah Roberts, Senior National Affairs Correspondent, ABC and Al Roker, Weather and Feature Anchor, TODAY and Co-Host of Third Hour, TODAY. The gala will feature the popular Text-to Pledge hosted by Chuck Nice. Comedian Special Performances and Remarks will be provided by Keyon Harrold, Celebrated Jazz Artist, Spike Lee, Film Director, and The Hon. Andrew Young, Politician, Diplomat, and Activist. For more information please call event producer Dwight Johnson of Dwight Johnson Design at 212/889-4694. Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. is Honorary Chair of the Centennial Celebration Gala and is joined by Honorary Com-

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mittee members: Billye Suber Aaron l, Harry Belafonte, The Hon. Bill Bradley, Naomi Campbell, The late Hon. David N. Dinkins, Bethann Hardison, Iman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Tonya Lewis Lee, Spike Lee, Hal Steinbrenner, Deborah Willis, David Winfield, Cole Anthony and Ella Anthony. “The 55th Annual Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner Gala will enable us to commemorate our Centennial while acknowledging an esteemed roster of honorees who have a steadfast commitment and dedication to influence change and by advancing the rights of generations of African Americans. We salute their seminal work in empowering communities and changing lives,” said Ward Corbett, Board Chair, New York Urban League. Members of the Board of Directors include: Ward Corbett, Chairman; Chadwick Roberson, Treasurer; Anwar Ismael, Secretary; Arva R. Rice, Bill Washington, Maja Hazell, Amal Alibair, Lloyd Chinn, Andrea Donkor, Douglas F. Eisenberg, Malcolm Ellis, Bryant Fields, Andrew Hall, Eric Lerner,

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Eu’nice McCoy, Barrington Rutherford, Helen C. Shelton, Darryl C. Towns, Teresa Wells. The Advisory Council includes the late Hon. David N. Dinkins, Bruce Gordon, Hon. H. Carl McCall, Raymond McGuire, and Victoria Rowell. Gala sponsorships aid NYUL’s COVID-19 and educational response efforts, provide resources and virtual programming to those affected by COVID-19 and support the League’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which offers grants to students and families in the organization’s employment and youth services and other much-needed programs. In addition, the League is launching a Small Business Center to support

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African American business owners hit by the epidemic and creating a Diversity Lab to help corporations better show and serve the communities in which they do business. “As our City and nation rise to the challenges of COVID-19, racism, and economic uncertainty, the New York Urban League’s work is more vital than ever before,” added Arva R. Rice, President and CEO, New York Urban League. “In our first century of fighting for social justice and racial equality, we have helped more than one million people achieve their potential. In this next century, we aim to improve upon that footprint and increase our engagement.”



Celebrating Black History Month: Disney’s Carmen Smith on Reimagining Experiences


By: Nichole Hamilton, Manager, Employee Culture & Advocacy

ebruary marks Black History Month, a time to celebrate the voices, stories and contributions of Black and African Americans. Among the companies honoring Black History Month is Disney, and one way Disney Parks Experiences and Products is recognizing the month is by sharing stories about their talented cast members and the important work they’re doing to create more diverse and inclusive experiences and products across the world. Throughout the month, they have been sharing these stories on the Disney Parks Blog. One cast member leading the way is New York native, Carmen Smith, Executive Creative Development and Inclusion Strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering.

She leads efforts to help ensure that Disney attractions and experiences are relevant to guests. Carmen graduated from Hunter College with a degree in communication arts. She earned her Master’s degree in International Administration from New York University, and in 2007 received an Honorary Doctorate from the Metropolitan College of New York. Always curious and fascinated by the world around her, Carmen’s accomplishments and accolades reveal that at heart she is a storyteller. At Disney and ABC, she’s credited as a producer, writer, champion of new talent, leader of creative development and more. Her work is rooted in a passion for the power of inclusion, which has led to numerous achievements recognized by

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some of the world’s most prestigious organizations – from top media and nonprofits to think tanks and universities. A firm believer that everyone can play a role in making the world a better place, inclusion has always been an important motivator for her work – something in which she has found great purpose. It has also led her to meet and know some of her heroes, such as Clarence

Jones, who notably drafted Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. However, she credits her family with inspiring her to follow her dreams. Her mother and father instilled the belief that she could be and do anything as long as she put her mind to it. Today, she helps cultivate a culture of inclusion and its role as an integral part of the creative process at Walt Disney Imagineering. As part of

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Imagineering’s longstanding history of enhancing attractions with new magic, she not only seeks to tell stories that are inspiring and enlightening but ones that are relevant and makes all guests feel welcomed. Among her responsibilities, Carmen, with the support of a team of highly respected cultural advisors from around the world, is involved in development of two upcoming Disney park

attractions – the reimagining of Splash Mountain to a theme inspired by an alltime favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog” and enhancements coming to Jungle Cruise that build on the beloved story of the iconic attraction. “We create experiences that make people feel welcomed, seen and heard, and let them know that their stories are important,” she shared.


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Agreement of Truth

By: W.A.Rogers hat we believe to be true is based upon an agreement. When that agreement of what is believed to be true changes, what was believed to be a fact may also change. There was a time in Europe when a collective agreement made the Earth flat. The truth was based upon a collective agreement


constructed into a fact. When proven that the Earth was round, the agreement eventually changed as well as a factual understanding of the shape of the Earth. Governments create laws based upon agreement. When individuals who disagree with a current law grow greater in number than those who agree, the law will change due to majority rule in a democratic society. This will also create a change in what many will understand and believe to be true. Attempting to change an agreement of truth in organized religion was always a dangerous business though-out history. During the time of

Galileo, the leaders of the Catholic Church agreed that the sun revolved around the earth. This agreement was believed to be a fact. When Galileo tried to change the agreement about the earth and the sun he was severely punished by the church. Even after the agreement changed and the fact about the sun and the earth changed, it took the church 300 years to forgive Galileo for trying to change their agreement of the truth. History also tells us that the Catholic Church sanctioned the colonization and enslavement of Africans justified by a collective agreement of European superiority

and African inferiority. An agreement driven by economic greed and selfishness. Like most agreements that become a collective truth when the consensus changes the truth will change. We are moving into a time of clarity: a change in agreements that people consider to be true. I may seem overly optimistic by believing that people all over the world are beginning to embrace a spiritual oneness among themselves and others. A change in their external environment has become of greater importance now than ever before in modern history. I believe the future will bring change in

many agreements that have long been considered true about health and wellness, politics, religion, wealth, and race. Agreements are hard to change, but the truth about anything is based on an individual or group agreement. Some will never change what they agree to be true individually or as a group. There are some who still argue that the world is flat, and that the recent US presidential election was stolen. History has taught us that an agreed upon fact does not make it true. History has also taught us that you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. The media has often been

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