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L’Oréal USA Hosts Mentoring, Career Readiness and Scholarship Presentation Series for Young Women Through New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women’s Annual Role Model Program

D

uring Spring Break last

er, as I witness the transformation

eyfio, a Harlem native of Ghanaian

Fragrances, Redken, Softsheen-Car-

month,

descent who is a senior at CCNY.

son, SkinCeuticals and Urban De-

USA

in the young women over the four

hosted seven high school

days, I know my commitment is

and 34 college students at its new

worthwhile. We are making a dif-

ners were:

lion in sales annually, L’Oréal USA

Hudson Yards headquarters for the

ference in the lives of future lead-

• 1st place—Melissa Hidalgo

is committed to growth through

New York Coalition of One Hun-

ers. This program truly demon-

• 2nd place—Alexandra Maceda

sustainable innovation, driven by

dred Black Women’s Annual Role

strates the motto of the Coalition

• 3rd place—Marianna Diallo

the company’s Sharing Beauty With

Model Program designed to provide

“Leadership By Example,” said

The Role Model Program was

All ambition for sustainable devel-

students with a realistic understand-

Cheryl Green-Foster, President of

co-chaired by Cheryl Green-Foster

opment across the Group’s value

ing of various professions, to learn

the New York Coalition of One

and Advisory Board member Sha-

chain. The company is headquar-

practical workplace skills and to

Hundred Black Women.

ron Long.

tered in New York City, employs

L’Oréal

allow them to shadow professional women in their chosen careers.

High School Scholarship win-

cay. Generating more than $6 bil-

The students participated in an

L’Oréal USA’s initial grant to

more than 11,000 people, and oper-

intensive series of professional and

the New York Coalition of One

ates administrative, research, manu-

Hundred Black Women in 1999

facturing and distribution facilities

enabled the expansion of the Role

across 14 states, including Arkan-

Model Program beyond Manhat-

sas, California, Florida, Kentucky,

tan, into Brooklyn and Queens, to

New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Wash-

students at Medgar Evers College

ington. For more information, visit

and Queens College. Since then,

www.lorealusa.com or follow us on

“Our theme this year was

personal development workshops

‘Dream, Believe, Achieve,’” said

that offered information, tools and

Cecilia Nelson, L’Oréal’s Assistant

lessons about the realities of the

High School Scholarship Winners: Left to right: NYCOBW Advisory Board member Sharon Long; NYCOBW First Vice President Dorothea Thompson-Manning; Dr. Arnette Crocker, Principal of the Women’s Academy of Excellence; scholarship winners- 3rd Place, Marianna Diallo, 1st Place Melissa Hidalgo, NYCOBW President Cheryl Green-Foster, 2nd Place scholarship winner Alexanda Maceda; and Cecilia Nelson, Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, L’Oréal USA.

Vice President of Diversity & In-

workplace. The college students

clusion. “The Annual Role Model

spent three full days with mentors

Program gives L’Oréal USA an

while the high school students at-

opportunity to showcase one of

tended business and cultural pre-

the full cohort returned to L’Oréal

ers, One Solution; and Role Model

the program has further expanded

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @

our core values which is to support

sentations, which this year include

USA headquarters for the interac-

program alumna Tequilla White.

to include York College, LaGuar-

LOrealUSA.

programs that empower women

visits to WBLS-FM and to Black

tive workshops and presentations:

The week of workshops and

dia Community College, John Jay

The New York Coalition of

and girls by exposing them to in-

Fashion Designers, an exhibition

“Dress for Success” presented by

job shadowing culminated on

College of Criminal Justice and

One Hundred Black Women is a

formation and experiences that

at The Museum at FIT.

Keara Richardson, an attorney and

Thursday, April 13, “Insights

now also includes high school stu-

non-profit organization address-

The 2017 program began on

fashion consultant; and Social Net-

Day,” with a closing ceremony,

dents from Women’s Academy of

ing social, economic, political,

Excellence in the Bronx.

cultural and other issues of con-

help foster their personal and pro-

Monday, April 10 with registra-

working: “Brand You,” presented

program review and scholarship

“As part of our multi-year

tion, orientation and an opening

by Role Model Program alumna

presentation.

partnership, we are proud to have

reception followed by “Have A

Natalee Facey, an empowerment

awarded more than $20,000 in

Beautiful Day,” a skin, hair care

speaker, wellness expert and trans-

scholarships each year to the Role

and make-up presentation featur-

formation coach.

fessional development.”

Model Program students over the

ing L’Oréal USA brand executives.

On Wednesday, April 12, “Per-

past 18 years,” Ms. Nelson noted.

Miss Black Georgia USA, Shaunii

sonal Development Day” featured a

Rawls, whose mantra is, “I AM,

visit to the Black Fashion Designers

I WILL, AND I CAN,” was the

exhibition at The Museum at FIT in

by professionals in the fields of

motivational guest speaker. Din-

the afternoon and later in the day,

beauty, social and professional et-

ner included a “Dining Etiquette”

a ‘Money Matters’ workshop from

workshop facilitated by Tatia Ad-

the “Financially Lit” team at Mansa

networking, financial literacy, life

ams Fox, Founder and President of

Musa Money led by president Briana

skills, leadership, personal growth,

The New School of Etiquette.

Jones and instructor Sam Floyd.

were:

cern to Black women in the five

sidiary of the L’Oréal Group, the

boroughs of New York City and

world’s leading beauty company.

beyond. The organization, the

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The four-day program included workshops and presentations

College Scholarship winners

L’Oréal USA is the largest sub-

iquette, dressing for success, social

more than 30 iconic beauty brands,

Coalition of 100 Black Women,

place—Joanna Abarao-

including Garnier, Giorgio Armani

is dedicated to improving the

skills coach Dr. Stacie N.C. Grant,

ha, City College of New York

Beauty, Kérastase, Lancôme, La

quality of life for its members, as

medicine, engineering, law, ac-

Designer & Chief of the multi-me-

(CCNY)

Roche-Posay, L’Oréal Paris, and

well as women and families in the

& Schuster, Inc. Ms. Mayers grad-

counting,

architecture,

dia platform Destiny Designers

• 3rd place—Danielle Walker,

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. L’Oréal

local communities and the larger

uated summa cum laude, Phi Beta

and psychology among other ca-

University®, followed by a pan-

John Jay College of Criminal

USA also serves as the internation-

city, state and nation. For more

Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in

reers. The high school students

el discussion with Asha Boston,

Justice

al hub for the product development

information about the organiza-

Pre-Law from the City College of

visited WBLS-FM for a tour and

filmmaker, Dinner Table Docu-

The

Davis

and marketing strategy for L’Oréal’s

tion contact the NYCOBW Ex-

New York and earned a Juris Doc-

lunch hosted by WBLS Commu-

mentary; Ed Bullock, Bullock In-

Scholarship—named in honor of

18 American brands: Baxter of Cali-

ecutive Offices at 208 East 79th

tor from Harvard Law School.

nity Liaison Samuel W. Fields

novation Group and former Vice

one of the Coalition’s founders and

fornia, Carol’s Daughter, Clarisonic,

Street, Suite 250A, New York,

“People sometimes look at me

Public Relations and were given

President, Diversity & Inclusion

first President and awarded to stu-

Dermablend, Essie, IT Cosmetics,

NY 10021, 212-517-5700 or

strangely when I say I spend my

a live, on-air “shout out” during

for L’Oréal; Mia Hall, Mia Hall

dents who have had to overcome

Kiehl’s, Matrix, Maybelline New

Email: NYCOBW.office@gmail.

spring break facilitating our Signa-

host Shaila Scott’s “Midday with

19; Taquetta Lawrence, The Young

many obstacles in their education-

York, Mizani, NYX Professional

com. Follow us on Twitter or Ins-

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ture Role Model program; howev-

Shaila” program. In the afternoon,

Brown Collective; Tuwisha Rog-

al pursuit— went to Emma Sack-

Makeup, Pureology, Ralph Lauren

tagram and Facebook

and presentation skills. The week

On Tuesday, April 11, “Pro-

“Personal Development Day”

concluded with a dinner featur-

fessional

Day,”

concluded with a presentation by

ing an inspiring keynote by Role

the college students shadowed

powerhouse life skills, leadership,

Model Program alumna Hazel-Ann

mentors in the fields of business,

personal growth and presentation

Mayers, Esq., Executive Vice Pres-

public policy, computer science,

ident and General Counsel, Simon

Development

finance,

Caption: Miss Black Georgia USA Shaunii Rawls addresses Role Model students.

• 1st place—Emily Dickens, John

L’Oréal USA manages a portfolio of

founding chapter of the National

Jay College of Criminal Justice • 2nd

Evelyn

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NAACP Announces New Direction, Focus And Accountability

NAACP Board Announces Plans for Transformational Retooling of Organization   

T

he NAACP was founded

Johnson, who were elected to their

icans organizations that provide

nonpartisan civil rights organiza-

more than a century ago

current positions in February 2017,

much needed services to their

tion. Its members throughout the

in response to the ram-

will manage the organization on an

communities, social justice advo-

United States and the world are the

pant and violent lynching of black

interim basis until a new leader is

cates tackling income inequality,

premier advocates for civil rights

Americans. Over the past 100

named. Current CEO and Presi-

the millions of marchers who have

in their communities. You can read

years, the black community and

dent Cornell Brooks, will remain

taken to streets for women rights

more about the NAACP’s work

communities of color as a whole

at the organization until June 30th,

and immigrant rights, the activists

and our six “Game Changer” issue

have experienced tremendous ad-

the end of his current term.

who are fighting for equality for

areas by visiting NAACP.org.

vancements. Yet, as we continue

“Our organization has been

the LGBTQ Americans, business

Leon W. Russell was elect-

to march towards the arc of jus-

at the forefront of America, mak-

leaders and philanthropists lend-

ed as Chairman of the NAACP

tice, additional barriers have been

ing tremendous strides over the

ing private sector support, and the

Board of Directors in February

placed in our way in the forms of

last hundred years,” said Leon W.

long-time civil rights guardians

2017. Prior to assuming that role,

voter suppression: increased police

Russell, chairman of the Board

who have spilled blood so that we

Russell served as Vice Chair of

brutality, over criminalization of

of Directors. “However, modern

can enjoy the freedoms we have

the NAACP Board and has been a

black bodies, income inequality

day civil rights issues facing the

today.

board member for over 27 years.

and inadequate health care as well

NAACP, like education reform,

As part of that commitment,

He served as President of the Flor-

as anti-immigrant sentiments.

voting rights and access to afford-

the NAACP Board also announced

ida State Conference of Branches

able health care, still persist and

today that they will embark on

of the NAACP from 1996-2000,

demand our continued action.”

a listening tour, for the first time

after serving for fifteen years as

The NAACP intends to ag-

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gressively and nimbly respond

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to the current climate of political

“In the coming months, the

in its history. As the organization

the First Vice President. He is also

unrest, as well as the assaults upon

NAACP will embark upon a his-

reimagines ourselves, it is deter-

the former assistant secretary of

human and civil rights that threat-

toric national listening tour to en-

mined to be formed in the likeli-

the Board and the former Direc-

en our very democracy, as only

sure that we harness the energy and

ness of the people whom it serves

tor of the Office of Human Rights

it can. To do so demands that the

voices of our grassroots members,

– and to do so, the Board will work

for Pinellas County Government,

Board of the NAACP ensure that

to help us achieve transformational

to see, meet and listen to them.

Clearwater, Florida from 1977-

organization has the right plan

change, and create an internal cul-

“These changing times require

2012, where he was responsible

and the right leadership to address

ture designed to push the needle

us to be vigilant and agile, but we

for implementation of the coun-

these 21st-century challenges.

forward on civil rights and social

have never been more committed

ty’s human rights and affirmation

In keeping with its long-

justice,” said Derrick Johnson,

or ready for the challenges ahead.

action ordinances. The recipient

standing history, and legacy, the

vice-chairman of the NAACP

We know that our hundreds of

of numerous civic awards and ci-

NAACP Board announced today a

Board of Directors.

thousands of members and sup-

tations, Russell was also elected

transformational, system-wide re-

In their announcement today,

porters expect a strong and resil-

for two terms as the President of

fresh and strategic re-envisioning.

the NAACP Board made it clear

ient NAACP moving forward, as

the International Association of

The objective is to best position

that everyone will have a place at

our organization has been in the

Official Human Rights Agencies.

the respected national organization

the table, including its invaluable

past, and it remains our mission to

The IAOHRA represents civil

to confront the realities of today’s

staff, the new movements for so-

ensure the advancement of com-

rights agencies from the US and

volatile political, media and social

cial change, local organizers help-

munities of color in this country,”

abroad responsible for enforcing

climates.

ing to rebuild our neighborhoods,

said Russell.

state and local civil rights laws

Board Chairman Leon W.

the faith leaders and other tradi-

Founded in 1909, the NAACP

Russell and Vice Chair Derrick

tional and historic African-Amer-

is the nation’s oldest and largest

and the promotion of inter-group relations.

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fter living as renters for the first seven years of their marriage, Geoff and Kristi decided it was time to purchase their first house. They decided to pass on making a purchase earlier in their lives for reasons ranging from unstable job security to high mortgage rates. Whether justified or not, Geoff and Kristi kept making excuses for not pulling the trigger on a new-home purchase. They had no idea of the opportunity they were missing to start building their personal wealth through home ownership. “A lot of people have been misinformed, resulting in becoming content to live as renters,” says Joe Puthur, President of Mortgage Coach (www.mortgagecoach. com). “Families have been missing out on opportunities because of lack of knowledge. With today’s mortgage options, people can achieve affordable home ownership wherever they want to live.” Puthur offers firsttime home owners the following insight to help find the right mortgage: Your occupation might get you a better mortgage. Lenders have programs

with discounted clos- still owe. As time goes ing rates available for on, your equity goes teachers, doctors, fire- up and you can leverfighters, police offi- age the value to procers and those who are vide college funding, self-employed. Make access financial supsure you ask your lend- port for unexpected er if there are programs emergencies, or even like this available for to purchase an investyour profession. ment property. Your Veterans: Make the equity also provides most of government in- retirement security. centives. VA loans are And as a long-term available to veterans investment, homes of the U.S. military, generally appreciate current service mem- in value, providing a bers or former mili- profit when you detary spouses who are cide to sell. not remarried. The adA mortgage is not vantages of a VA loan a typical loan. It is a when compared to tra- financial instrument ditional loans include: enabling wealth creNo down-payment for ation and access to afqualified buyers, easier fordable home ownerqualification process, ship. Interest rates on a better interest rates quality mortgage conand no requirements to tinue to be below 5% purchase Private Mort- regardless of program. gage Insurance. A VA Considering this time loan isn’t controlled by in 1997 rates were ofVeteran’s Affairs, only ten over 9%, this is guaranteed by the VA, one of the most favormeaning those quali- able times in history to fied for the loans have buy a home, an oppora number of options tunity no one should when it comes to lend- miss. ing institutions. Every “It is not complicatveteran can and should ed to escape the rental own a home. trap, own the perfect Consider your home and start building home as the most im- equity toward a better portant investment future,” Puthur says. you’ll ever make. “After all, the perfect Every month that you home is not only where make a mortgage pay- they will make memoment you are building ries, it is a key contribequity, which is the utor for growing their portion of the prop- family’s wealth and erty that you actually financial security over own, versus what you time.” 7

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you close. So just with this example a total amount of money needed would be $45-50K. Remember you may qualify for some grants to assist with the purchase. Buying a home is a major investment. You must have an aggressive savings plan in place to succeed. Therefore, maintaining a budget is your primary tool in this process. The budget will help you calculate how much money you will need and how long it will take to save to become mortgage ready. For more information on these programs, attending the workshop or questions related to the home buying process or foreclosure prevention, contact Rev. Charles Butler at (212) 281-4887 ext. 231 or email cbutler@hcci.org


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May 25 7:30pm and 9pm The Legendary Johnny O’Neal. The eminent pianist and vocalist, Johnny O’Neal, brings his trio uptown for one special evening. With his subtle touch and virtuosity, its not a surprise that he’s compared to the greatest of them all, Art Tatum. Join us as his trio offers some of the best jazz in all of New York City. Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Avenue. $15.00 - $20.00. 212.421.3821 info@ginnyssupperclub. com

who want to take a similar path. • Workshops on cybersecurity, fintech, and data science. • Reports from large companies on how they’re innovating For more details or to RSVP, please nyc@abidotlocal. org. Event takes place at MIST Harlem, 46 West 116 Street, Harlem, New York 10026. For full agenda, visit https://local.anitaborg. org/event/abi-nyc-women-entrepreneurship-innovation-summit/

May 25 8am-8pm The Anita Borg Institute(ABI) Announces the 2017 Women Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit Lineup. ABI.New York event will showcase local innovation, leadership techniques, and offer practical insights on cybersecurity, fintech, and data science. Leading firms—including Google, Blackrock, CA Technologies, Factset, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology— have signed on to sponsor the event and participate in a wide array of panels and keynote sessions. The full-day gathering, held at the MIST event venue in Harlem, will feature a keynote session on innovation funding, presented by leaders from early-stage investment firms. Later breakout sessions will include: • Presentations from entrepreneurs on encouraging a creative mindset. • Advice from mid-career women for others

May 26 7:30pm HARLEM OPERA THEATER CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND WORK OF HARRY T. BURLEIGH , FATHER OF CONCERT SPIRITUAL ARRANGEMENTS. HARLEM OPERA THEATER will celebrate the life and work of baritone, composer and arranger HARRY T. BURLEIGH of over 200 songs at Miller Theater @ Columbia University (2960 Broadway) 116th Street. FRIDAY, MAY 26TH, 7:30 PM. Tickets $25.00 and can be purchased www. harlemoperatheater.org . More info 212-592-0780. Befriended by Antonin Dvorak and influenced his work, Symphony from the New World ; in 1894; Dvorak called Go Down Moses, as great a melody as any Beethoven wrote and encouraged BURLEIGH write out and sing these songs. From 1900 to 1925 she became a soloist at ST. Georges Episcopal Church in NYC, the only African-American to sing in the synagogue

choir at Temple Emanu-EL and one of Paul Robeson mentors. He was a founding member of the ASCAP and through his performances, original compositions, and arrangements of spirituals, he helped establish American Folk Music in the Concert Halls. Led by HARLEM OPERA THEATER Artistic Director GREGORY HOPKINS on piano; Classical voices JASMEN REYES, CRYSTAL CHARLES, EVERETT SUTTLE, NATHANIEL E. THOMPSON will bring HARRY T. BURLEIGH outstanding art songs and spirituals to life. May 27-29 The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will celebrate the 29th annual Fleet Week, taking placeMay 24–May 29, 2017, with a week of activities, themed events and live demonstrations that celebrate the armed forces. Fleet Week is America’s premier tribute and “thank you” to the men and women who serve in the armed forces.Fleet Week activities at the Intrepid Museum are proudly supported by Coca-Cola. The Intrepid is a member of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber is pleased to kick off its 2017 series of activities with participation in Fleet Week activities. On May 27th – 29th the Chamber will invite all attendees to Fleet Week to “Discover Harlem” at its booth which will include prizes via the Harlem History Game Wheel, Exercise Demonstrations

courtesy of Harlem YMCA and a Social Media Experience coordinated by Silicon Harlem. The following Fleet Week activities will be held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and on Pier 86 (46 Street and 12 Avenue, Manhattan).Events on the pier are free and open to the public; events inside the Museum are free with Museum admission. Retired and active U.S. military and U.S. veterans receive free Museum admission with proper I.D. Free admission is generously provided by Bank of America. The Intrepid Museum’s new, special exhibitionDrones: Is the Sky the Limit, the first major museum exhibition featuring pilotless aircraft will be accessible during Fleet Week with admission to the Museum. Details on this year’s Fleet Week events and displayscan be found below. A full schedule can be found at www.intrepidmuseum.org June 2 6-10pm First Fridays:LGBT Pride Edition. The Schomburg Center’s In The Life Archive presents First Fridays: Black Gay Pride Edition, in honor of the black LGBT community and LGBT pride celebrations that occur nationally each June. Join us as we celebrate our great LGBT pioneers and the rich history housed in our In The Life Archive! Groove to the music of DJ Missy B and Craig Nice in the Langston Hughes Lobby and jam to DJ Frankie Paradise in our courtyard as you enjoy our signature

drinks and extended viewing hours in our galleries. PLUS, visit our new Black Power! Exhibition on view in the Main Exhibition Hall during its extended viewing hours! There will be free HIV mobile Testing onsite by AIDS Health Care Foundation! Legendary drag performer Harmonica Sunbeam will be hitting the stage for a legendary perfromance and it will be hosed by Dhalimu form Dhali’s Closet and Lee Soulja from Black Pride NYC. Suggested donations are welcome. Dress code is FABULOUS! June 6, 6:30pm “Stamped From the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi. Historian Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness, discuss Kendi’s latest book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. A book signing will follow. Free admission. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 2756975 June 7 7-10pm Uptown Fridays! Come celebrate the sights and sounds of summer at Uptown Fridays! at The Studio Museum in Harlem! This summer series transforms our courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub. Dance to the sounds of Libation’s DJ Ian Friday with Manchildblack, and enjoy signature cocktails

and drink specials. Guests are also invited to join free guided tours of our current exhibitions and browse our Museum Store’s incredible selection of books, jewelry, t-shirts and gifts. Bring a friend or come solo and make a few during a festive evening of art and culture! Uptown Fridays! is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Members receive free admission to all Uptown Fridays! Courtyard of Studio Museum in Harlem (144 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 organiza- t i o n and fought for w o m en’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

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‘Make Music Day’ is Coming: How to Get Your Family Involved By StatePoint

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he benefits of music education are endless. Studies have associated music education with higher test scores, improved concentration and more. But if you are a parent, you probably know how it goes: many children will begin a music program with enthusiasm, only to complain about practicing a short time later, sometimes even asking to quit. Music should never be a chore, however. In honor of Make Music Day, celebrated June 21st, here are tips for parents to incorporate music into their family routine in ways that are fun and positive. • Plan a music night. Create an evening where

all activities revolve around music. Take turns at the karaoke machine. Play a music-themed trivia game. Hold a family concert night or talent show where everyone gets a chance to perform. Sing instead of speak. Watch a favorite musical. • Take a class together. You can inspire by example by taking a music class with your child. You don’t necessarily need to find a class designed for parents and kids, although there are plenty of such classes available. • Use new tools and tech. New tools can be used at home to make music fun. For example, Casio keyboards feature a Dance Music Mode, which divides the piano keyboard into different instrument sections,

like drums, bass and more. Fifty built-in styles, as well as familiar effects like stutter and filter, make it easy and fun for anyone to create and remix dance music. To learn more, visit casiomusicgear.com. • Attend a live performance. Take time to simply appreciate music. Sample different musical styles and broaden your horizons by attending live concerts and shows. • Play name that tune. In the car with the radio playing? Play “Name that Tune.” Keep a running tally of who knows the most songs. By making music fun, your children will be more likely to reap the benefits of making and enjoying music their entire lives.

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oza Rivers/ New Heritage Theatre Group, celebrating its 53rd anniversary, in association with Gertrude Jeannette’s H.A.D.L.E.Y. PLAYERS and John Mitchell Productions are producing CHOSEN, written by John Mitchell and directed by Eric Coleman. CHOSEN is the story of Big Al,  one of three jazz musicians from Harlem stationed at Montford Point, New Jersey, the site of recruit training for the

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first African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps, during World War II. Featured are Gareth Lawson, Nicole Betancourt, Jerry Nelson Soto, Andre Ozim, Robert Homeyer with original music by Roy Meriwether and Clarence “Chip” Shelton.  Mr. Shelton is Musical Director, David D. Wright Sound Designer.   CHOSEN performances will run June 8 at 7pm, June 9, 7pm, June 10 3pm and 7pm and June 11 at 5pm.

The June 11th performance will include a special pre- reception at the Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue (between 105th & 106th Street in New York. Tickets are $18 General Admission for all performances except the 11th which is $30. Tickets may be purchased at the door or on line through Eventbrite. Heritage Theatre Group (NHTG) is the oldest black nonprofit theater company in

New York City, established in 1964 and includes IMPACT Repertory Theatre, The Roger Furman Reading Series and New Heritage Films. New Heritage was founded by the late Roger Furman and is currently headed by Executive Producer Voza Rivers and Senior Artistic Director Jamal Joseph. NHTG presentations capture the historical, social and political experiences of Black and Latino descendants in America and

abroad. THE HARLEM ARTIST’S DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, a.k.a. THE H.A.D.L.E.Y. PLAYERS (Co-Producer), is a non-profit 501c3 theater organization, established in 1980 in the Harlem community, by Ms. Gertrude Jeannette, an original member of the 1940’s American Negro Theatre and currently led by Artistic Director Roger Parris.  Throughout the years The

H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players have garnered accolades and rave reviews as well as numerous AUDELCO Awards and nominations. JOHN MITCHELL PRODUCTIONS was formed to promote Mitchell’s historical Documentary “The Chosen Few” and the plays CHOSEN and M’AP BOULE. Future endeavors will include historical novels and short stories about people of African descent in the Diaspora. 


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ew York families in need of financial assistance for child medical care costs are encouraged to apply for a UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) grant. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 13,000 grants valued at over $35 million to children and their families across the United States, and aims to surpass 20,000 grants by Jan. 1, 2020. But, in New York, only 21 grants were awarded last year and UHCCF is encouraging more New York families to apply this year. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child, to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully

covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Families frequently use UHCCF grants to help pay for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. For example, grants have been used for physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, a child must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have

incurred 60 days prior to the Heroes” fundraiser at Rock date of application as well & Reilly’s Rooftop in New as for ongoing and future York City on May 11th. Nearmedical needs. Families do ly 300 people joined Michael not need to have insurance McGuire, CEO for Unitedthrough UnitedHealthcare to Healthcare in New York and be eligible. Boomer Esiason, former NFL To help spread the word quarterback and NFL Today and to raise funds for medical commentator for the event grants to New York families, that featured, stunning views UnitedHealthcare hosted a of New York City, a wide special “Night out with OurT:10”variety of auction items and

raffle prizes. “Night Out with our Heroes” raised more than $100,000 thanks to sponsorship support from small and large business owners, hospital and urgent care systems and UnitedHealthcare employees. “Medical costs for a chronically ill child can be financially crippling for families,” said Michael McGuire,

CEO, for UnitedHealthcare in New York. “I am grateful for our individual and corporate sponsors who helped us raise over $100,000 so that more families can receive a UHCCF medical grant. I encourage everyone in New York to join us in spreading the news that UHCCF child medical grants are available,” said McGuire.

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Harlem EatUp! Hosts Third Annual Festival By Jennifer Cunningham

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culinary festival that celebrates the unique culture, spirit and flavor of Harlem was back for another successful year. Harlem EatUp! hosted its third annual festival, which showcases the diversity and deliciousness that is the Uptown food scene. The event, which ran from May 15 through the 21, includes events like talks, dinners and cooking demonstrations.  But the climax of the festival came over the weekend with the “Ultimate Grand Tasting,” two days of eating, drinking, dancing and plain old fun uptown.  “The coolest place to eat right now is Harlem,”  festival co-founder and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson

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said. “It’s about putting Harlem on the map…food wise.” More than 14,000 people descended onto Morningside Park on May 20 and May 21 for “The Harlem Stroll,” where guests sampled small plates of signature dishes from dozens of Harlem eateries. At “Red Rooster’s” booth, guests feasted on jerked short ribs with cole slaw, while at “Melba’s” table staff handed out catfish nuggets on a stick. “Harlem Shake” offered attendees both pulled pork sliders and shrimp and grits, and “Harlem Tavern” served up a tasty seafood ceviche.  “It’s awesome,” Harlem native Doris Davis, of White Plains said of her time at the Continued on page 13

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festival. “It’s very well organized and a great crowd. You can tell people are excited to be here.” Harlem Eat Up! was founded two years ago by Red Rooster chef and owner Marcus Samuelsson and his partner Herb Karlitz as a way for people to discover what Harlem has to offer from its hundreds of eateries in a fun and informal atmo-

HARLEM COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS sphere and taste signature dishes from restaurants they may have never heard of. At the festival’s main stage, mixologist and “67 Orange Street” owner Karl Franz Williams whipped up signature cocktails, while Samuelsson and other chefs cooked some of their favorites. The festival’s proceeds will benefit the Harlem EatUp! Foundation, which supports the community through donating to local

Graffiti Cool Harlem Eat Up! Burger Lover with a Harlem Burger Co. signature slider created by Chef Jonathan Shepard

nonprofits, as well as City Meals on Wheels and Harlem Park to Park. “I just love the entire atmosphere,” Nitha Tari Cornibert, 37, of Brooklyn told the Harlem News of her experience at the festival. “The food! I just loved everything.”  Her friend, fellow Brooklynite Raven Lorde, 23, agreed: “I’ve never been to anything like this before, especially in Harlem. 

On Friday, Harlem EatUp! hosted a dinner honoring Apollo Theater CEO Janelle Procope, for her work with the festival and her successful efforts to save the Apollo Theater from financial ruin and revive its brand back into the powerhouse it once was. “I’m really really excited about the evolution and the journey of the Apollo,” Procope said. “I’m excited and proud of the innovative and

Harlem Eat Up! Festival Foodie hits up Harlem Burger Co. for one of their famous all natural Niman Ranch All Beef sliders topped with guacamole

creative programming that’s happening there. The connection we have to the community, the robust education program that we have, the Uptown Hall panel discussion that we have, the festivals, the open houses, and just being committed to the community. Being the gathering place.” In front of an audience that included former New

York City Mayor David Dinkins, philanthropist Reginald Van Lee, and actress Leslie Uggams, who plays the mother of Lucious Lyon on Fox’s  “Empire,” Samuelsson presented Procope with a citation from state Sen. Inez Dickens as well as a piece of original abstract art depicting the Apollo. 

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Prudential Insurance Sponsors Harlem EatUp! Dinner By Lil Nickelson

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n the evening of Tuesday, May 16, 2017 I attended a five-course meal prepared by Celebrity Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Michael White at Ginny’s Supper Club in Red Rooster Harlem. It was was one of several kick-off events taking place that evening for the 3rd Annual Harlem EatUp! Festival. Chef Marcus owns Red Rooster Harlem and numerous other eateries including one that will open in Newark, NJ soon. Guest Chef Michael, whose soulful, flavorful interpretations of Italian cuisine, owns the Altamarea Restaurant Group with Italian concept restaurants in NY, NJ and Hong Kong. The dinner was sponsored by Prudential Insurance Company’s Multicultural Marketing Team. Dorinda Walker, Vice President Consumer Strategy

& Key Initiatives cheerfully agreed to sponsor the event after it was pitched to her by Raymond P. Lewis of RP Lewis & Associates, a member of the Harlem EatUp! Festival’s planning team. Prudential Insurance may be based in Newark, NJ, but they are committed to empowering the communities where they work and serve. They consider Harlem to be a valued community to partner with in celebrating the food, culture and collaborative spirit and they want to support Harlem EatUp!

The jazzy sounds of the Nate Lucas All-Stars (Nate Lucas on keyboard, John Smith on guitar and Matt Barenello on drums) greeted guests as they entered the club. The hors d’oeuvres flowed freely during the first hour of the dinner along with a rose champagne and signature drinks. The chefs along with Marcus’ Harlem EatUp! Festival co-founder Herb Karlitz moved through the crowd greeting, talking and taking photos with attendees. Before dinner was served the three of them stood before the band

and welcomed attendees. Chef Michael White offered up two Italian dishes and Chef Marcus Samuelsson offered up two dishes plus dessert. The club was packed with Prudential executives and local Harlem notables from all walks of life. Raymond Lewis’ contact list was most definitely represented: Charlotte VM Ottley of Pittsburgh, Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. Pastor Emeritus from Riverside Church, Carlton Holmes and his lovely wife, Dr. Thelma Dye-Holmes, Executive Director at Northside Cen-

ter were in attendance. I dined in between David Ellis - Red Rooster’s resident Haiku Poet and Google’s Large Account Manager Jackson Georges, Jr. and his lovely date. Norma Jean Darden and her business partner Josh took some time away from Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too and sat at the table in the next row from us. The Waffle Crew, a fourman dance troupe I’ve seen on the A train performed doing their acrobatic dance routines. Jazz saxophonist Phil Young joined in with the band along

with two vocalists. R & B legend Jeff Redd (known for his song “You Called & Told Me”) serenaded us with some Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder songs. Raine Torea picked up where Jeff left us and she ended the set with the band. The Harlem EatUp! Festival had food at all price points last weekend at The Stroll in Morningside Park so plan to come in 2018.

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omeone reading this article may possibly be very wealthy this time next year, and if that someone is you please remember who gave you the tip. A few days ago I had lunch with a childhood friend who suggested that I consider investing in penny pot stocks while the investment options are very reasonable, some as low as $3.00per share. This will not last long. After the 2016 nation-

al elections 29 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. As of the last election eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Colorado and Washington were the first two states to do so in 2012. Oregon. Alaska and the District of Columbia were next in 2014. California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine came on board in 2016. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is moving to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide in the next few months. One of the few things that Republican

By William A. Rogers and Democratic senators have agreed on this year is to make banking easier for marijuana-based businesses in states where marijuana is legal. There is a strong likely hood that the federal government will take marijuana off its Schedule 1 list of forbidden drugs before the end of this year. This act alone will turn a $5 billion dollar industry into over a $100 billion dollar industry. The big money will be in medical marijuana. The many health benefits of marijuana is old news. It has been used as a medicine in Asian and African cultures for thousands of years. In 1938 New York May-

or Fiorello La Guardia appointed a committee of scientist to study the medical, sociological and psychological aspects of marihuana use in New York City. The facts found in the La Guarrdia study published in 1944 dispelled many of the myths about the medical use of marijuana. This study was buried for many years not for health reasons but for economic reasons. Harvard professors Lester Grinspoon and James Bakalar’s scholarly text “Marijuana the Forbidden Medicine” provides detailed research on the history of medical use of marijuana and how for economic reasons mari-

juana became viewed as a dangerous drug with no medical benefit. The Grinspoon/Bakalar book has become a valuable tool for lobbyists to advocate legislation to decriminalize marijuana, making the pharmaceutical and privatized prison companies very unhappy. What does all this mean? The first thing is to consider making a few penny pot investments. Companies like Agora Financial www.agorafinancial.com can help you pick the best start-up companies to invest in. Options-xpress, a division of Charles S Schwab can help you buy and sell penny pot stocks. Timing is important. When Canada legalizes recreational marijuana nationwide

and when the United States government takes marijuana off the schedule 1 forbidden drug list, marijuana stocks will take off. Now is the time to do your research and to invest. My heart goes out to the brother on the block that had a good career in the numbers game until the state legalized the numbers game and took over increasing the state’s tax base with numbers games like Lotto. The brother had to start selling marijuana, but the billions of dollars that states are projected to make on a marijuana tax will soon move you out again. I suggest you might want to make a few penny pot investments while you still have a cash flow.

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art of my upcoming book: The Energetics of How Herbs Health, without Drugs or Surgery, focuses on the power of our zodiac signs. The Fire signs, when unbalanced to excess or overstimulation, are prone to burning themselves out. Aries Health Concerns: rules the brain and central nervous system. Headaches, earaches and occasional eyesight issues are potential problems, particularly later in life. To calm excess fire, you can use herbs like chamomile, lemon balm, skullcap and valerian. Leo Health Concerns: governs the spine, back and the heart. Leos often push themselves so hard that they

suffer strain from overexertion and nerves. Take cayenne regularly, working up to a teaspoon three times a day. This increases the power of the heart and corrects the circulation problems. Two of the best herbs for heart problems are cayenne and hawthorn berries. Sagittarius Health Concerns: ruled by the muscular system (they often have chronic aches in the hips and thighs and may be vulnerable to sciatica, gout and hip disease), physical activity is a must, or they will stagnate and become ill. Foods that are cold, moist and heavy, or slow burning foods that ground energy (grains and root vegetables) can restore

balance to an excess fire sign. Yoga is phenomenal for supporting the health of muscles, bones and connective tissues. 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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ight now, I am listening to the sound of jackhammers chipping away at the street below my window. The massive instruments are sending their vibrations up the outside walls and I can feel the floor inside the apartment trembling. As annoying and nerve-racking the non stop vibrations are, thank goodness it’s only temporary, which leads me to the “stuff” for this week. Why is it that just when you think that you have everything under control, things are going great and life is good; when seemingly overnight something happens to chip away at your comfort zone? Say that you are about to lose your job, health, wealth and/or general sense of well-being. Some of these events will have a lasting effect, others a temporary effect on you and your family. Maybe the events are beyond your control and others occurred because you (oops!) . . . missed your cue! Regardless, changes in your life can, at times, be unsettling and throw you off balance. How do you cope? Now back to that jackhammer . . . . . you don’t have to be the operator to

know that the machine jars your body when it is running. The operator (life) holds steady, with both feet planted firmly on the ground focused on the task at hand. His efforts cause partial destruction of the targeted area (life shaking things up a bit); for our purposes, your life. After turning the hammer off he/she steps back to survey the progress made and then proceeds. Unless you are a skilled operator, the jarring would throw you off balance and you might have difficulty thinking clearly. Your jackhammer is whatever issue it is you are grappling with at any time. It’s during the few moments of quiet and stillness; when the operator is checking out the progress, that you have an opportunity to fight back! Use that time to plan and marshal the physical, mental and emotional stamina that you can call upon to get you through the tough times. That could mean getting your financial house in order, a career change that you make or just reviewing your life and planning the changes you want to make. One thing is for sure, you know that you can count on changes in life. Don’t wait to hear or feel the vibration of the jackhammer chipping away at your foundation. Life’s door is always open, the opportunity to improve your life awaits  . . .  don’t miss your cue! Think about it. See you next week. Visit my website, TALKWITHAUDREY. com and checkout my

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unday May 28, at 3:30pm Faith Memorial Baptist Church will celebrate their Annual Men and Woman’s Day. The church is located at 1435 Prospect Avenue, the Bronx. Rev. Raymond Mickens is the Pastor. Believe it or not I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude for all of you who came to the Tabernacle of Deliverance last Saturday. It was a tremendous outpouring of love from City Officials like Public Advocate Leticia James and Manhattan Borough

members of The Tabernacle of Deliverance for their continued friendship and support. On Sunday, May 28, at 3:30 PM, Dr. Rev. Ouida Harding will be the guest preacher for the Pre-Woman’s Day Service sponsored by Mother Liverette Carswell. The Nurses of Day Spring Baptist Church celebrated their anniversary last Sunday afternoon. Rev. Lee Crawford is the Pastor. The Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights was a fitting location for a woman who lived through that era of Malcolm X, and is still with us today. We celebrated the 100th Birthday of Mother Eloise Brooks last Saturday. It was beautiful to see all the Harlem River Folks we grew up with. Everybody looks the same! A cane here or there. A hearing aid on a few. Eye glasses on everybody! They came from Florida and various other distant places to pay tribute to “everybody’s mother”. That’s an appropriate title since she has outlived all of our mothers! On Sunday, May 28, Unity Baptist Church, 839 Courtlandt Avenue, the Bronx, will host Bishop William Anderson as their guest preacher. Rev. Ruth McCoy is the Pastor of Unity Baptist Church.

Congratulations to Rev Dr. Patricia Morris on her receipt of a Doctoral Degree last week. Her church New Spring Baptist Church is proud of her! Happy 92nd Birthday to Malcolm X. We invite you to follow the 3G Experience on WHCR-90.3 FM, at www. whcr.org, or on Facebook Live. We encourage your cards letters and emails.


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verything has a price. You say you’ll never sell your granddad’s watch, your dream car, or that collectible you coveted because it’s priceless – until it’s not, because everything is for sale. But in “The Cook-Up” by D. Watkins, it may cost your entire life. Around the country, headlines scream about a heroin epidemic every day. It’s shocking, but what many (white) people don’t know is that, as Watkins says, “if you’re black and poor, the heroin epidemic has been around.” He should know. For a time, he sold drugs on the streets of Baltimore, where the average life ends so early that “We go through midlife crises at fifteen…” He was much younger than that when he saw his first shooting; much

younger when he understood that drugs were as easy to get as oxygen. He idolized his big brother then; Bip was larger-thanlife, a dealer who doted on Watkins and urged him to stay in school. He wanted Bip to be proud of him, so when his brother was murdered just blocks from home, Watkins tried to stay in college but his heart wasn’t in it. Instead, he created his own business with the contents of a safe Bip left him: miscellaneous items, a brick-and-ahalf of raw cocaine, guns, and thousands in cash. With help from a childhood friend, Watkins cooked the cocaine into rocks to sell and as his clientele list grew, so did the number of workers he needed to stay one step ahead. His level of responsibility grew, too; Watkins

made sure that folks in his neighborhood were fed, clothed, and safe. That took money, but there was plenty of it. For months, Watkins and his boys had whatever wanted, the “fiends” had their highs, and cops looked the other way. Things were good until suddenly, Watkins looked around and into the future: he’d met a girl, and he needed to come up with an “exit strategy” for himself and one of his boys. The problem was, he said, “dudes don’t know when to leave the block alone.” The first thing you need to know about “The Cook Up” is found on its cover: Watkins himself is in shadow, on the bleakest of stoops, near a doorway covered in plywood. An inexplicable feeling of elec-

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by D. Watkins With a fascinating tone that sometimes seems impassioned, almost matterof-fact, author D. Watkins writes about childhoods spent in poverty – his, and that of his friends – and the things it led them to do to survive. Read further, however, and you’ll see that his quiet voice almost quivers with righteous anger and anguish as Watkins’ story progresses to an ending that feels happy and perfect and depressing, all at the same time. It should go without saying that this isn’t a book for Grandma, unless she can handle profanity and violence. If you can handle it, you’ll find that “The Cook Up,” now in paperback, is worth the price of time. “The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir” by D. Watkins c.2017, Grand Central $14.99 / $19.49 Canada 262 pages

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“Baby Touch & Feel: Animals,” helps children develop their knowledge of animals while increasing the use of their senses. Babies will meet puppies, kittens, penguins and other animals throughout the pages of this book that features photographs and touch-and-feel textures. Pop-Up Surprises For children who love farm animals, consider an interactive book featuring flaps, touch-and-feel textures and incredible pop-out surprises. Promoting memory, imagination and parent-and-child interaction, “Pop-Up Peekaboo: Farm”

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language skills, and early reading skills. As part of DK’s Touch and Feel Series, “Really Feely: Farm” also introduces babies and toddlers to a favorite preschool subject: farm animals, including fluffy ducklings, woolly sheep and a bristly pig. Learning Adventure Help build your baby’s identification and language skills. In “100 First Words,” photography and labels introduce primary concepts like shapes, colors and animals, and encourage pointing, naming, and talking. Favorite Animals A classic board book,


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2 CAN DO TIP #5 2017 Need more energy? Have a Ball! Most of us are quite familiar with protein bars, energy bars and granola bars – quick snacks that usually supply quick energy when there’s no time for a meal. Problem is most energy bars on the market are loaded with sugar, trans fats (more on this later) and other questionable ingredients which dilutes the “energy” portion of the bar due to its potential long term effects on one’s health.

Enter the energy ball. These semi-sweet, little chewy concoctions are usually made with oats and a nut butter as the base and rolled into the shape and size of a medium sized meatball. Best of all, they’re easy to prepare, there’s no baking involved, and you can use the “kitchen sink” approach to make them – meaning whatever happens to be in your cupboards and refrigerator at the time is fair game! That’s just the approach I used: I literally had one half of a cold banana, about 2 tablespoons of sunflower seed butter and some other ingredients. What I managed to create was so delicious and nutritious I felt bet-

ter eating my sweet treat. First, a few words about this lesser known nut butter: Sunflower seed butter is a versatile nut butter made from sunflower seeds that is filled with nutrients retained from the whole seed; meaning it retains significantly more vitamins, minerals and healthy fats – in fact, 9 grams of fat in a 1-tablespoon serving; yet almost 90 percent of the total fat consists of unsaturated fats, a healthier option than some saturated fats and “partially hydrogenated fats” also known as trans fats shown to contribute to cardiovascular disease and obesity. Eating more unsaturated fats such as

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