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is Renamed Tuskegee Airmen Post Office By Lil Nickelson


n November 19th, 2018, Colonial Park Post Office was renamed Tuskegee Airmen Post Office. The ceremony was set to begin in 15 minutes at 11 am and the post office was packed with local elected officials and people who had Tuskegee Airmen in their families like me; my late great uncle Grant S. Williams Sr of Hampton, VA. Congressman Adriano Espaillat has made it his mission to make sure a post office in Harlem was renamed in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black squadron activated in the Air Force during World War II that broke racial boundaries in the military. The program was opened by Allen Tanko, NY District Manager for United States Postal Service who introduced the presentation of colors by the USPIS Color Guard. The National Anthem was led by Percival Prince USPS Manager BMEU. Then the local leaders and elected officials gave brief remarks, including; Congressman Adriano Espaillat, The Honorable Charles B. Rangel, NYS Assembly members Inez Dickens and Al Taylor, NYS Senator Brian Benjamin, Lisa Johnson Hodges, President New York Tuskegee Alumni Association and Athena Moore, on behalf of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Geoffrey Eaton, President of the Mid-Manhattan NAACP

branch. Closing remarks were made by Lorraine Castellano, NY District Manager United States Postal Service and Tuskegee Airman Wilfred DuFour, who recently turned 100 years young. Tuskegee Airman Wilfred DeFour helped unveil a plaque with Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who has spearheaded the renaming process. “I feel great,” said DeFour. “I appreciate all of the appreciation. It’s a wonderful day for me.” DeFour said he did not know his service would make history. Small world that it is after serving in the military, DeFour worked for 33 years for the U.S. Postal Service, including as a manager at the branch just dedicated. So, imagine living long enough to see the post office that he worked at dedicated as an honor for all the Tuskegee Airmen and for the Harlem community. On January 16th, 1941 the War Department announced the creation of an

all-black fighter squadron to train at an airfield in Tuskegee, Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen — 16,000 black pilots, technicians, and support staff who served during World War II. The famed group was formed after civil rights advocates pressed military officials to begin training African Americans to be pilots. They did not consider a man of color capable, able to fly an airplane and the airmen fought racism as they prepared to fight for our country. Mr. DuFour never flew; He said he was just doing his job, serving as the chief official in the engineering office. “I knew everything that went on in the organization because all the paperwork came through my desk,” said DeFour. he was treated better abroad than back at home. The service ended with the dedication of a capitol flag for the station and the singing of the Black National Anthem led by Percival Prince.








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Building the faith on a firm family foundation By Jacquinette D. Murphy, North Dallas GazetteContributing Writer Apostle Herman L. Murray recently de-

For the last five years, she has been

clared these words to the congregation of the

traveling and sharing the gospel alongside

Full Gospel Holy Temple Churches, Incorpo-

her husband and is proud of his journey of

rated. They were celebrating 57 years of min-

perseverance, a quality she admires.

istry. This 41-year-old has led the ministry for

“He does everything to the best of his

the last seven years and is proud of its legacy

ability,” Lady Daniele shared. “Since we’ve

and continued global growth.

been married, he’s been the kind of man of

Although not the noted courtroom lawyer of his childhood dreams, he is steadily

(L to R) Apostle Herman L. Murray, son Haydn and wife of 20 years Daniele. Websi

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God that when he says he’s going to do it. he does it with his whole heart.” Most recently, he persevered and fin-

presenting the case of the gospel and winning


people and seek His counsel to help my husband serve in His Kingdom.”

“I have the BEST job in the world!”

others to Jesus Christ. Apostle Murray’s lead-

a huge component of his family legacy. So,

came a full-time minister and was commis-

ished the educational journey he started 20

ership of a local 3,000 congregation, evange-

going to college and having a successful ca-

sioned to serve with the pastor. He also met

years ago. He returned to Southern Methodist

listic travels and, weekly sermons are often

reer was his plan.

and soon married his wife of now 20 years,

University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts


degree in Political Science in May 2018.

heard around the world. The goal is to see the

“I wanted to be a lawyer, said Murray.

transformative impact of God’s word on the

“When I entered college the first time my

lives of people.

major was political science.”

“I love the opportunity to reach out and

He was well on his way until the start

affect those people who may not necessarily

of his sophomore year at Southern Methodist

walk into a church, doing tent revivals and

University in August 1996.

Apostle Murray spent more than 15

For two years, as he was preaching

years traveling and learning alongside the

weekly, leading the ministry, pastoring two

founding apostle.

churches, counseling members, and spending

“He saw something in me and felt like I was someone that he could train. So, he took

time with his family, he also was taking six classes on campus per semester.

having ministries that go out to disenfran-

“It was the first day of classes and at

time and poured into me. He trained me in

He recalled spending many nights coun-

chised populations and those that are hurting

about 4:30 a.m. I received a call to hurry

ministry, gave me opportunity and experi-

seling members and then pulling out his lap-

and mishandled by life. Everyone needs to

and get to the hospital because my father

ence. He instilled in me guiding principles

top to write a paper until about 4 a.m. Then

know that they are important, especially to

was passing away and he passed away that

and showed me the way.

he would go home only to change clothes and

God.” said Apostle Murray.


At the end of 2011 following the passing

attend class

Ministry for Apostle Murray is synon-

He tried to return to his college studies

of the elder Apostle, he picked up the reigns

“I was determined to do it for the

ymous with life. He saw ministry in action

and instead found himself amid his grief,

of the mega-ministry at only 34 years of age

young people and to be an example for my

through the lives of his father, Herman Mur-

losing interest and focus. Meanwhile, he felt

with all he learned in mind.

son, Hayden,” Apostle Murray explained. “I

ray, Sr., a teacher and an elder in the church

the urgent tug of God calling him to a new

and grandfather, the founding Apostle Lobias


Apostle Murray believes the key to bal-

wanted them to know what it means to finish

ancing a thriving ministry with his home life

and to know that they have the capacity to be

is an understanding family. He and his wife,

successful in this life.”

Murray who started the church in South Dal-

“I remember being in my college class

las in 1961 with just six borrowed chairs in a

and hearing the professor say, ‘I will see you

repurposed barbeque pit.

Thursday.’” He then realized that he had not

“Marrying Herman has truly made

can’t be done, they can look at his life and

“My father was the smartest man in

heard anything else he said during the entire

me a different person,” she shared. “I have

commitment to finish. It will help them to see

ministry that I knew, and my grandfather was

class. “In my head, I was in a large audito-

grown a great deal. Ministry was most im-

it has been proven. Therefore, it can be done.

the most influential. I loved how ministry

rium, and I had preached a whole sermon

portant for him, so that was the very first

shaped their lives and how it influenced their

to a large congregation. I was feeling a call

lesson I ever learned from him. It turns out

Apostle Herman L. Murray’s leadership

life situations. Being around the people that

to ministry that I did not normally feel that

it was the best lesson he could have ever

of a local 3,000 congregation, evangelistic

I admired the most, put me in a place where


I never lost interest in the church,” Murray said. In addition to the church, education was

Lady Daniele have one son, Hadyn.

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He hopes that when others think that it


taught me because now my relationship

travels and, weekly sermons are often heard

So, at the end of the spring of 1997,

with God is the one thing I’m not able to

around the world. The goal is to see the trans-

he pressed the pause button on his natural

live without” she said. “Now, I get to serve

formative impact of God’s word on the lives

career to heed God’s call. He officially be-

God’s people, speak into the lives of God’s

of people.

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hen it comes to your home, there is unfortunately no shortage of things that can go wrong and no shortage of culprits, from wicked weather to electrical fires. High winds, plumbing and appliance issues, hail, leaky roofs, frozen pipes and break-ins -- these are some of the most frequent causes of property damage, according to Travelers, which analyzed eight years of its homeowners insurance claims. But experts say that there are steps you can take to help protect your home and family from situations beyond your control, particularly when it comes to

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Now until Dec. 8 A Christmas Carol in Harlem Set in present-day Harlem, Ebenezer Scrooge is a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his

Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community. Tu.- Sa. 8pm; W., Sa., & Su. 1pm. Aaron Davis Hall, 135th St. and Convent Ave. Tickets: $10-45. Visit to purchase tickets. Nov. 30 7:00-9:00pm Harlem Jazz Series Gino Sitson Award-winning, New York-based vocal virtuoso, Gino Sitson is from the Cameroon, Central Africa. He and his siblings were introduced to blues, jazz and African traditional music early in life. Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 W. 124th St. Tickets: $20. Nov. 30- Dec. 2 22nd Annual Crafts at the Cathedral Over 75 exhibitors, chosen by a jury, bring handcrafted items available for all to purchase. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. at W. 112th St. Single Day Admission: $10; Students and Seniors $8; Weekend Admission $12 Students and Seniors $10.

Dec. 1 10:00am- 6:00pm Holiday Pop-up Market Enjoy some music, food and gift shopping for the Holidays at the Market! Every Saturday until Dec. 22. La Marqueta, 115th St. and Park Ave. FREE. Dec 1 1:00-4:00pm Art and Storytelling for World AIDS Day In observance of World AIDS Day, art-making activities and our Story Hour will explore what it means to support a healthy community by caring for ourselves and our neighbors. Admission: Children (ages 0-8) FREE | Adults $7 | Youth (ages 9-17) $4 Students (w/ ID) $4 | Seniors (age 65+) $4. Sugar Hill Museum, 898 St. Nicholas Ave. Dec. 2 1:00pm Double Dutch Holiday Classic Nearly 100,000 girls and boys representing schools and community centers throughout the United States and world compete for team positions at the national and international events. Apollo Theatre, 253 W 125th. Tickets: $22. Dec. 3 5:00-7:00pm A Legacy Everlasting: Arthur Mitchell Join us for a celebration of the life and legacy of Arthur Mitchell. Riverside Church, 490 Riverside

Drive. A community gathering following the celebration will take place at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, 466 W. 152 St starting at 7:30pm. FREE. Dec. 4 6:30- 8:30 pm ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS Uptown Screening, and Discussion This event highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis. Admission: Children (ages 0-8) FREE | Adults $7 | Youth (ages 9-17) $4 Students (w/ ID) $4 | Seniors (age 65+) $4. Sugar Hill Museum, 898 St. Nicholas Ave. Dec. 6 6:30-9:00pm New York to Conakry Film This documentary directed by Rick McKeown follows a group of African-American dancers and drummers traveling to Conakry, Guinea in a cultural exchange with some of the masters from the area. It features amazing performances and insight into the culture. More importantly, it reflects the love and camaraderie between the African art-

ists and their brothers and sisters of the diaspora. Imagenation, 2031 ACP Jr. Blvd. Tickets: $12. Dec. 6 6:30- 8:30pm Conversations in Black Freedom Studies Black athletes raising their voices and taking a knee against injustice are under attack by the White House, commentators, coaches, and many fellow Americans. Three writers will examine the role Black male and female athletes have played in the long struggle against racism and injustice and the barriers and criticism they have faced for their politics. Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. FREE. Dec. 7 6:00-10:00pm First Fridays: Black Tie “Schomburg Angel” Holiday Edition The Schomburg Center is proud to present our 4th annual First Fridays “Black Tie” Holiday Edition. This year, we invite you to become a Schomburg Angel by joining us for our exclusive, annual holiday fundraiser. All proceeds benefit Schomburg Center archives, exhibitions & programs. Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. Tickets: $25-30 Dec. 7 & 8 8:00pm CARMEN.maquia Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino

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Jacob’s Restaurant Giving Thanksgiving Meals By Lil Nickelson


ou could walk right past Rachid Niang and not even realize that you just passed by the owner of three food establishments in Central Harlem. He and his wife Kim are humble people who are worker bees and they are instilling that work ethic into their daughter and son as well. The line to get into the Jacob’s Restaurant locations at 373 Lenox Avenue on the south west corner of 129th Street and at 2695 Frederick Douglass Blvd on the north west corner of 143rd Street were long, but the people were patient given the frigid weather we were experiencing on Thanksgiving Day. For the past eight years Rachid and Kim Niang have opened these two locations to give food away out of love to Harlem residents. Barbara, a 71-year old faithful customer told me, “The food is great.” I saw the incomparable Ms. Vy Higginsen, noted author, playwright, radio and TV personality. You never know what

celebrity, politician or community leader may join Jacob’s on Thanksgiving Day to help sercve of just as a special guest. David Taylor, the manager of the Frederick Douglass Blvd store summed things up best when he told me, “It’s a blessing to give back and to show our love and appreciation with good service.” Each customer received two trays of food, one for hot food and one for cold or salad bar choices and a beverage to go. Princess Jenkins, the owner of The Brownstone boutique located at 24 East 125th Street and her family helps to serve food at the Lenox Avenue location every year. Rev. John Davis, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church located just down the street from the Frederick Douglass Blvd location was helping to serve at that location. His house of worship has a special relationship with the Niangs and he loves helping before he goes home to his family and give thanks. I spoke with other volunteers as well like Quennasira

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Sekou who has volunteered for the last 8 years and her daughter Tyreen Sims who has joined her mother for the last 2 years. Rachid’s brother Ibra-

him Niang is helping anyway he can as well. The Niangs have provided Harlem residents with jobs, they inspect their ingredients to ensure that

they are fresh, and no task is to small or big for them to take on. Rachid Niang sums it up best, “A proper greeting is very

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important because it sets the tone for your dining experience. We are here to serve you and to make your experience at Jacob’s Restaurant of Harlem a wonderful one. “ The beautiful thing about the Niangs is they have shown their staff how they want their customers to be treated by example and their business enterprise thrive on these principles every day.




Charles Pan Fried Chicken By Lil Nickelson

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2018 has been a phenomenal year for Charles Pan Fried Chicken, Inc. The next to last day of the 4th Annual Harlem EatUp Festival on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 Charles Pan Fried Chicken, Inc had one of the longest lines in the rain at the Ultimate Grand Tasting outdoor event at Morningside Park (112th Street and Manhattan Avenue) called The Harlem Stroll. Could it be because his tasting portions were much larger portions than any other food vendor in the park that day or was it because some of our first-time visitors to Harlem had ever tasted classic soul food he served up like fried chicken, baked macaroni and cheese and collard


greens? Charles Pan Fried Chicken, Inc. located at 2461 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 132nd Street was invited to participate in the 2018 New York City Wine & Food Festival and he chose to vend at Saturday’s grand tasting on October

13th, 2018. This is Charles Pan Fried Chicken, Inc.’s first time being invited to showcase the restaurant’s soul food cuisine at NYCWFF and Charles is personally looking forward to sharing the love he puts into every dish he prepares. Charles wants to do his part to end hunger in NYC . About two weeks after the NYCWFF Charles received a scroll in the mail from the James Beard Foundation informing him that he was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Best Chef New York City category. Charles wasn’t even aware that he was even in the running, let alone that he was picked as a semi-finalist; remarkable. Charles Gabriel got his

start in the NYC food service industry 57 years ago when he went to work for Copeland’s (the fancy restaurant) and Re-

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Broadway owned by the late Mr. Calvin Copeland. Charles worked in various roles for Mr. Copeland over a 22-year period before he decided to start his own business. Cooking classic soul food dishes, he learned as a child back in Charlotte, North Carolina using his mother’s recipes, Charles started his first food service business 35 years ago on a food truck long before it was chic. He saved up the funds to open his first brick and mortar store called Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken on 151st Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Over the years he expanded to three locations on the block. In 2016 he decided to move to a new location in Central Harlem and with the new location came a revised business name as well. Charles Pan Fried Chicken has 19 seats for customers to eat in and is located at 2461 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 132nd Street; you can order take out and he caters as well. The store is open seven days a week for brunch 11 am to 2 pm and dinner is served until 10:30 pm on weekdays and until 11 pm on the weekends.


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