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Applications Now Open for Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort – Deadline October 31, 2017 see page 17

WISE AGING: Spiritual Retreat for Seniors at Abyssinian Baptist Church see page 4

“CANCER FREE” see page 12

Circle of Sisters Delivered a Day of Fun, Laughter & Sisterhood see page 10-11


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Publisher/Editor Pat Stevenson Publisher Assistant Lil Nickelson Feature Writer Jennifer Cunningham A&E Editor Linda Armstrong AE/Writer Derrel Johnson Art & Cultural Stacey Ann Ellis Adams Report Audrey Adams Advertisng Sales Charlotte Hicks Intl News & Entertainment Maria Cavenaghi Real Estate Rev. Charles Butler Columnist Bro Bill Defosset Columnist William A. Rogers Columnist Zakiyyah Columnist Hazel Smith Book Reviewer Terri Schlichenmeyer Brooklyn Writer Keith Forrest Bronx Writer Howard Giske Queens Writer Denise Freeman Photographer Nadezda Tavodova Photographer Michelle James Photographer Seitu Oronde Office Assistant Dominic Jones Distribution Russell Simmons Computer Director David Sinclair Marketing Consultant William A. Rogers The Harlem Community Newspapers, Inc. is a New York City, New York State and Port Authority certified MWBE. We are also members of the NNPA, New York Press Association, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, CACCI, the Bradhurst Merchants Association and the Harlem Tourism Board.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. See more info from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb on page 13. In August my surgeon told me tissues from my surgery were “Cancer Free.” Those were liberating words for my ears. What did I do next? After several weeks of healing from surgery, I took a trip to Disney World. I would say that Disney is the perfect place to go when you are recovering from cancer or any disease treatment. After months of feeling too tired to do anything and pain, one needs an outlet. Disney offers fun, excitement and you are surrounded by energetic children. There is plenty for an adult to do at Disney, especially if you go during the “Epcot Food and Wine Festival” which happens for 75 days from August through November. (see page 12) Again, thank you to all who supported me through my cancer treatment with your prayers, cards and contributions. I am now “cancer-free” and back to work full time - God is Good.

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WISE AGING: Spiritual Retreat for Seniors at Abyssinian Baptist Church

By Hazel Rosetta Smith

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n enthusiastic contingency of Harlem seniors gathered at the Abyssinian Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 22, 2017, for a one day spiritual retreat.    Dr. Marcella Maxwell, an avid senior advocate accepted the assignment from Abyssinian’s Pastor, Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, to head the newly developed GOLDEN LIFE MINISTRY.   Dr. Maxwell has headed   workshops and health panels at the church, but this new ministry has come out of the gate with a focus on “living our best life, like it’s golden.”  With due diligence and assistance by Abyssinian’s Reverend Rashad Moore, the program opened the way for incentives that needed to be addressed. The Retreat Description set the pace:  This one day retreat of presentation, scripture, story sharing, with time to pray and reflect could be God’s invitation to you, to clasp God’s hand tighter, to touch God’s heart and in that intimate place discover both God’s love and your beauty. Guest Facilitator, Rev. Fran Thiessen, an ordained Presbyterian minister and member of Spiritual Directors International, studied the Art of Spiritual Direction at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.   A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, Rev. Thiessen served as Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Norwood, New Jersey and currently serves as the Spiritual Director at Union. Rev. Thiessen was in the right place at the right time,

to open the door for seniors to speak on matters of interest and personal concern to them. The reverend’s calming manner made it easy to respond.  Among many, some questions included:  WHAT IS SOCIETY’S ATTITUDE TOWARD AGING? (Have you experienced feeling marginalized or discounted because of your age?); AS YOU GROW OLDER? (What do you find challenging?); WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN? (What is something you have wished had been different?); PRAYER ON FORGIVENESS (Think of a situation in your like to be forgiven or would life for which you would like to forgive.)

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ISTRY tapped into a thirst waiting to be replenished with kindness and understanding. The conclusion at the end of the day revealed the importance of engaging seniors with respect and consideration of their life experiences and seniors recognizing their value and what they may still offer to this fast changing society.                   [Hazel Rosetta Smith is a journalist, playwright, director and Founder of Help Somebody Theatrical Ministries.  Former Managing & Woman’s Editor of The New York Beacon News. Contact:] Photos by time worthy and beneficial.  Hubert Williams The GOLDEN LIFE MIN-



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The NNPA Calls on Congress to Take More Aggressive Stance against ‘Fake Ads’ Targeting African-Americans

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ASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 4, 2 0 1 7 / N N PA N ewswirePR/The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis released the following statement about a recent revelation that people with ties to Russia used fake social media accounts and misleading online ads designed to influence voters during the 2016 presidential election. The 77-year-old association represents African American-owned newspapers and digital products in the United States and reaches the majority of Black households in the U.S. “As publishers of hundreds of African American-owned newspapers, we are concerned about recent revelations that ‘shadowy forces’ allegedly tied to the Russian government targeted African American voters and consumers through the dissemination of fake news, fake

NNPA Chairman Dorothy Leavell says that the NNPA is concerned about recent revelations that ‘shadowy forces’ tied to the Russian government targeted African American voters through fake news and digital advertising.

social media accounts and deceptive digital advertising,” Leavell said. “This is one of the reasons why, now more than ever, our readers depend on our publications as their primary source of news and information.” Leavell continued: “The Black Press was created 190 years ago ‘to plead our own cause’ and to counter misinformation and pro-slavery propaganda that kept our people in subjugation and bondage. Our publications have maintained their place as the most trusted source of information to Afri-

can Americans.” Leavell added that the NNPA remains united against tactics that work to divide our nation rather than remedy the injustices that plague so many of us. “The NNPA commends Congress for its investigation into the role social media had in disseminating fake news, propaganda and misinformation during the election,” said Chavis. “However, as the standard bearers of the Black Press, we believe hearings are not enough. We are calling for full transparency in

digital advertising and marketing campaigns targeting African-American audiences, so our people will not be used politically or otherwise to further agendas not in our own best interests.” Chavis added: “In the wake of the latest onslaught that has fueled anti-Black racism and other forms of bigotry, which have stoked racial tensions across the country, we intend to use our influence to protect our interests. We seek a meeting with congressional leaders and the White House to discuss this matter.”

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Home Buying In Harlem Be Prepared to Buy Now


by Rev. Charles Butler

he shortage of affordable homes in the Harlem community has placed low to moderate income buyers at a severe disadvantage. The current housing landscape indicates a strong seller’s market. This means the demand for housing outweighs the available supply. Affordable property is scarce. This fact is most evident by the number of the new Harlem home buyers who are coming from outside the community. These buyers are the only ones having an income high enough to qualify for a mortgage. In other words, most Harlem residents are being ‘priced out of the market.’ Low to moderate community residents cannot afford to purchase property in their neighborhoods. While the affluent individuals are buy-

ing most of the housing inventory at or above market prices. What’s also incredible is these buyers are eligible for first time mortgage products including grant incentives from lenders for purchasing in low to moderate income communities. With rising home values, and annual incomes hovering around 80% of the area median income(AMI), there are very few options for the low to moderate prospective first-time buyers. But not all is lost. There are still some home buying opportunities available through programs such as the Urban Homestead Assistance Board (UHAB). They have just about the most affordable cooperative units in Harlem. You can go to their website for more information:

Another affordable unit is the Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) cooperative. There is no one place listing all the available HDFC units. You will need to do a great deal of research and work with a real estate agent specializing in these units. It is important to review the financial records of the building because not all HDFC’s are reporting a profit. Most lenders are hesitant about writing a mortgage on an HDFC. However, Amalgamated Bank will and you can use the down payment grant programs. 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



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and closing costs, subject to program requirements, and no mortgage insurance is required. • A large portion of qualified buyers aren’t taking advantage of the low-to-nodown-payment mortgage options available through VA loans. Indeed, more than 21 million veterans and service

members live in the U.S., however, over the past five years, a mere 6 percent of them bought a home using a VA home loan, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This may be due to the common myth that active duty service members, National Guard members and reservists are not eligible for

VA loans (in fact, they may be eligible). Many also are unaware that unmarried, surviving spouses of veterans who died as a result of service or service-related causes are also eligible. • Individual banks, not the Department of Veterans Affairs, offer VA loans, allow-

ing you to work with a lender who understands your needs and makes you feel comfortable. “A specialized team member who understands unique military needs, such as a Wells Fargo Military Lending Specialist, can help you make the most of the home loan benefits you’ve earned,” says Murray. Developing a relationship with this lender is also a good idea, as you may later choose to refinance through the VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) program. To learn more, visit If homeownership seems daunting, remember that taking advantage of VA benefits can make it more financially and logistically viable.

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f you’re a veteran, reservist or active duty service member, it’s important to know that there are special benefits you may be eligible for when buying a home. “Veterans and service members have earned the opportunity to become homeowners, and it’s crucial that they are well-informed about the benefits and options available to them,” says Greg Murray, military mortgage program manager at Wells Fargo, who is also a U.S. Navy veteran. To help, Murray has identified the top four things to know when buying a home. • There are special financial education resources designed for military personnel and veterans. Take advantage of these free online resourc-

es so you can be a savvier home shopper. For example, Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking for Military, which offers courses on topics like banking basics and smart spending, also contains a comprehensive guide on home-buying. • Before assuming you won’t qualify for a loan, talk to a lender. Be sure to tell the lender that you have served or are currently serving in the military. They can inform you about the options available to you, such as a Veteran’s Administration (VA) loan. A VA loan is a home loan guaranteed by the federal government, designed to help those who’ve served in the military obtain homeownership. They can sometimes be obtained with zero down payment. Gifts or grants can be used to help cover down payment





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Oct 12 7:30pm Native Tongue: A Story Slam. Created by award winning storyteller Aman Ali, Native Tongue: A Story Slam, will investigate the theme of ‘Home’ through the viewpoint of multigenerational artists, thinkers, and disrupters. Native Tongue story slam showcases and celebrates the lives of marginalized voices around the corner and around the globe. The show debuted in New York City in May 2013 to a max capacity crowd and has since performed to dozens of sold out crowds across the globe. Harlem Stage150 Convent Avenue. Tickets $15


Oct 15 10am-3pm (Weekly Event) Gospel Brunch featuring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir and Red Rooster’s famous soul food brunch. Reservations are encouraged. 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 info@

Oct 16, 6:30pm The Street by Ann Petry. The Schomburg Center is excited to welcome New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, NYPL President Dr. Anthony Marx, and other distinguished panelists for a discussion of Ann Petry’s masterful novel The Street, the newest Gracie Book Club selection. Moderated by Schomburg Director Kevin Young, the conversation will explore the 1945 book that traces the life of a young black woman and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 2756975 Oct 18 7:30pm Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. A brand-new line-up of contestants com-

petes for the chance to perform during the November 1 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on November 15. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and the cash prizes of $5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category on November 22! Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. Oct 19, 6:30pm Schomburg Center Fall Open House: Revival of SOUL Soul has been used to describe cities, rhythms, collective power, and the ultimate place of change. Visit the Schomburg Center for an institution-wide escapade through the many facets of soul embodied in black experiences archived at the Schomburg over the last 91 years. With performances, conversations, and special exhibits from our five research divisions, we will highlight the sacred, rebellious, and lyrical ways soul has and continues to be displayed

through African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 Oct 19, 8pm Darius Rucker presented by Live Nation with Special Guest Caitlyn Smith. Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he has celebrated four summits to the top of the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. Oct 19 10pm Apollo Comedy Club with Erin Jackson, Blaq Ron and Lawrence Killebrew. Hosted by Jon Laster. The Apollo A-LIST ad-

vance price is $15 until midnight October 18. Please note there is a $10 drink/food minimum. Sign up for the ALIST at apollotheater. org. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. Oct 21 10am-3pm The African American Experience Forum of Convent Avenue Baptist Church is sponsoring their annual Historical Black College Fair. Convent Avenue Baptist Church Lecture Hall, 420 West 145th Street. For further information contact Madge Allen 212-3686218. Oct 20 10pm Apollo Music Café celebrates Breakin’ Convention. Featuring Loaf Muzik and Farrah Boule. The Apollo Music Café opens its 2017/18 season celebrating MCs who are changing the game. Farrah Boulé is a Cuban Haitian Award Winning musical Avant-gardist, confessor, vocalist and musical alchemist who through her lyrical dexterity conjures

up new worlds. She created such a world with the birth of Tribal Hop, a musical ecosystem of rhythms designed to honor the ancient practices of her ancestors through sound healing and storytelling. Her intent was to create an expression which incites the human spirit toward greater wholeness and transformation. LOAF Muzik, a NY based Hip Hop Collective, puts a fresh twist on the classic boom bap style by perfectly blending soul and jazz samples with modern beats and dense rhymes. Shadow the Great, Kidaf, Oso Dope, and Shine Sinatra make up this supergroup known for their undeniable emcees skills and dynamic live performances. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. All listings on t h i s calendar are free of charge. To add your listing, please send copy 50 words or less in the format above to harlemnewsinc@aol. com

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"Once On This Island" at the Circle in the Square Performances begin November 9 Opening Night December 3


he Circle in the Square Theatre box office (235 W. 50th street, NYC) is now open for the new production of the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Once On This Island, which begins preview performances on Thursday, November 9 and officially opens on Sunday, December 3. Once On This Island, produced by Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold, will be directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, and choreographed by the critically-acclaimed Camille A. Brown. Lea Salonga (Erzulie), Alex Newell (Asaka), Merle Dandridge (Papa Ge), and Quentin Earl Darrington (Agwe) are joined in the cast by newcomer, Hailey Kilgore (Ti Moune) with Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Darlesia

Cearcy (Storyteller), Rodrick Covington (Storyteller), Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), Tyler Hardwick (Storyteller), Cassondra James (Storyteller), David Jennings (Armand), Grasan Kingsberry (Storyteller), Loren Lott (Storyteller), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Isaac Powell (Daniel), T. Oliver Reid (Storyteller), and

Aurelia Williams (Storyteller). Once On This Island is written by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens (Book and Lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (Music), and based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy. This production will feature new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starob-

in who is joined by AnnMarie Milazzo. The creative team also includes Dane Laffrey (Scenic Design), Clint Ramos (Costume Design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (Lighting Designers), Peter Hylenski (Sound Designer), John Bertles/ Bash The Trash (Unusual Instruments) Chris Fenwick (Music Supervisor), Alvin Hough, Jr (Music Director), David Perlow (Associate Director), Nikki M. James (Assistant Director), Rickey Tripp (Associate Choreographer) and Telsey + Co / Craig Burns, CSA (Casting Agent). Additional producers include Carl Daikeler, Caiola Productions, Richard Hopper, Sandi Moran, and WitzEnd Productions. The associate producers are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Once On This Island is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie, Asaka, Papa Ge, and Agwe, on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story comes to vibrant life in a striking production by Tony Award®-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown. This production transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.

Tickets for Once On This Island are on sale through Telecharge. Group tickets are available at or by calling 855-329-2932. Once On This Island premiered at Playwrights Horizons in May of 1990. The Broadway production opened in October of that year and ran for 469 performances garnering eight Tony nominations including Best Featured Actress (LaChanze), Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical. The 1994 West End production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. www.OnceOnThisIsland. com Follow Once On This Island on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @OnceIslandBway

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icely Tyson, Vivica A. Fox, Misty Copeland, Rev. Al Sharpton, Evelyn Lozada, Papoose & Remy Ma, Sevyn Streeter, Mary Mary, Tank, Rotimi, Bobby Brown, John Salley, Celebrity Chef Pat Neely & Carla Hall Celebrated Circle of Sisters

The Annual Circle of Sisters EXPO closed with a record-breaking number of attendees at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, Saturday, September 30, 2017. Circle of Sisters remains the largest EXPO in New York City that celebrates and

unites women of color. Highlights of the day included the legendary actress Cicely Tyson, who was honored by the WBLS team with the Circle of Sisters Living Legend Award, and prima ballerina Misty Copeland shared her experience with attendees and received a special award. The day was jammedpacked with stars of stage and screen, performers, entertainers, chefs and so much more. From Vivica A. Fox to Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada, Imposter’s Stephen

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to include 16 weeks of chemo, surgery, then for five weeks, five days a week of radiation. When I was first diagnosed I began to see becoming disabled and the end of my life as a great possibility. Now I have to hurry and make a will! What will happen to my company I built for more than 22 years? What is to come of my son, who is now 27? This was happening to me and I had to face the hard reality. It was just not a convenient time. My business was in a down season just after the holidays. My bills were behind and I was looking forward to not being able to work for months and becoming 65 years old. I was scared. I panicked and I was just not sure where to start. However, after I told a couple of family members and friends, the answers came. I was offered financial help and help with

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treatment by my friends. I decided to start a Go Fund Me to help with the mounting bills and I decided to just tell everyone. I knew I would have to be in treatment and would not be out and about as people were used to seeing me everywhere. So as to stop speculation before it started, I made an announcement in my paper. Many began to ask what they can do so I started a ‘Go Fund Me’ so people could easily assist at whatever level they were able to. I did not know what to expect. I just did what my heart told me to and the results were overwhelming. As of this day more than 93 people contributed to my Go Fund Me. A couple dozen more just gave me a monetary contribution. My sister Lil Nickleson stepped up to help get the paper out

weekly and we did not miss an issue. I created a board of directors of 10 people who were willing to step in if necessary to run the company. My two best friends and my son attended every chemo treatment and doctor visit with me. My cousin Tony and his wife Laura provided me with ki energy treatments every week during chemo and Laura provided me with natural supplements such as pro biotics and immune building Lysine, which I took every day during chemo. During chemo I did not have one day of feeling nausea or throwing up and I credit Laura Rogers with treatments and supplements that helped me through this. My oncologist told me I did better than most on the chemo. I was tired, lost my hair, my finger and toe nails

turned black, but that was the worst of it. A coupe of weeks ago on September 8, I celebrated my 65th birthday. I went to Disney two weeks after hurricane Irma passed as my first official outing and business assignment and I am feeling great. By the way I declined to take the 5 weeks of radiation that I was told would only decrease my chances by 7.5% of getting cancer again. October is breast cancer awareness month. If you have not had a mammogram lately – get one. I found the cancer by checking my breast and found some lumps – so check yourself. If you have a friend, relative or colleague with cancer, you can help with a monetary contribution – even with insurance there are copays and when you have cancer you have many doctor’s appointments and many tests weekly. Don’t

send plants or flowers – not good for anyone with a compromised immune system. Cards are good and if you are able to go with them for chemo or doctor’s visits – offer to do so.Chemo treatments can last for 3 hours or more after you spend time getting blood work and perhaps visiting your docotor so it helps to have someone with you. Again thank you to all those who were there for me through this journey. It made all the difference knowing so many care. I would strongly advise anyone going through chemo or any life-threatening illness to be proactive and to reach out to Laura Rogers and add ki energy treatments and immune building supplements to offset the cell-destroying elements of chemo and treatments. Laura’s number is 917-7497244.



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recently visited Walt Disney World in Orlando for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Pandora FAM trip with several media colleagues. I stayed at my favorite resort, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which showcases the wonder and romance of Africa with handcarved furnishings. Animals, such as giraffes and zebras roam freely outside the windows of the lodge. Our first event during the trip was to Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that included treats throughout the park, a Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, a Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party and HalloWishes Fireworks. So if you are wondering what to do with the kids and with friends during the Halloween season, consider going to Disney. They celebrate Halloween late August through mid November. The next day we went to Animal Kingdom to experience Pandora: The World of Avatar. Some in our group went on the Avatar Flight of Passage where they were able to fly on the back of a mountain banshee during an exhilarating 3D ride above Pandora’s incredible landscape. I decided to take the Na’vi River Journey that was a glide down this mysterious river where you are surrounded by the beauty of Pandora. We had lunch at the Satu’ll Canteen featuring Pandora-inspired flavors of wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins. Our next trip was to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival where we sampled the food and beverages at the various countries Later that evening for a “Party for the Senses” event. Our final venture was to Disney Springs, which is a 16

Media invited to the Disney Pandora and Epcot International Food and WIne Festival FAM take photos with Princess Tiana and Mickey

new area for adults filled with high-end boutiques, many restaurants and entertainment throughout the mall in the evening. We visited three restaurants. We were served cocktails and appetizers at the Boathouse, dinner at STK and desserts at Chef At Smith Homecoming restaurant. Of course our group met and took photos with Mickey and Princess Tiana at a special breakfast. Bottom line – Disney is “not just for kids.” There is much for adults to do.

Annette Gibbs, PR Manager, Walt Disney (left), Pat Stevenson, Harlem Community News Publisher (right)

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Sarah Jivani

Robert Jackson

Jordan Williams

N’Naserri Carew-Johnson

Tevyn Cole

Dreamers Academy has helped to inspire young minds from across the

autobiographical show in New York

The company achieved $10,000

self-esteem movement inspired by

program, Tevyn discovered his

country by fueling their dreams and

Robert Jackson - Recent grad-

City about losing his father to gun

in sales last year, and is pacing to

her own challenges with Alopecia

true passion was dance and has

showing them a world of possibil-

uate and current master’s student at

violence at a young age. The pro-

surpass that this year. The next

Class of 2015

since traveled the world pursuing

ities as they prepare for the future.

NYU who seeks to inspire other mi-

ceeds from the show went to char-

goal is to expand into retail stores.

Current City: San Antonio, TX

that dream. He was featured on a

Each year, students participate in

nority boys through his acting and

ity. Previously, Robert traveled the

Disney Dreamers Academy taught

Hometown: Spring, TX (Hous-

popular dance TV show in South

hands-on, immersive career work-

motivational speaking

world giving motivational speeches

Jordan how to network to grow his

shops, ranging from animation to

Class of 2012

about his own childhood to inspire

business to its full potential and

zoology. Each participant learns im-

Hometown: Houston, TX

other minority boys to achieve their

set goals to achieve that potential.

Dreamers Academy unsure if she

Today, Tevyn works as a choreog-

portant skills, such as communica-

Current City: New York, NY

goals. This fall he returns to NYU to

Long-term, Jordan dreams of using

would be able to successfully

rapher and dance teacher in Holly-

tion techniques, leadership qualities

Robert, 24, is a recent gradu-

earn a Master of Arts in Educational

techniques he learned at Disney

manage her non-profit self-esteem

wood. He has choreographed and

Dreamers Academy to start a digital

movement Natural Day, while

danced in music videos for artists

marketing agency.

also attending college. At Disney

including Alicia Keys, Zendaya and

ish for a lifetime.


Korea and then toured that country

ton) Sanah




with some the nation’s biggest acts.

Dreamers Academy, she acquired

rising pop artist Ellise as well as for

the confidence and tools to grow

major brands and events including

launched multiple charities and

and promote her charity, while

CBS and L.A. Fashion Week.

starts at Stanford in the fall

also receiving a higher education.

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Class of 2016

Following her Disney Dreamers

swer essay questions about their

Hometown: Duluth, GA

Academy experience, Sanah gave

personal journeys and dreams for

Current City: Palo Alto, CA

a TEDxYouth Talk called “Imper-

the future. Students are selected


Dreamers Academy

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motivated N’Naserri to initiate the

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change she felt her community des-

celebrate their natural and unique

positive attitude and determination

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beauty, has expanded to more than

to achieve their dreams. Selected

she gained, N’Naserri launched

60 schools in 28 countries. Sanah

applicants, along with a parent or

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attends the University of Texas at

guardian, will receive an all-ex-

attended the event just over one

San Antonio, where she is explor-

pense-paid trip to Walt Disney

year ago. After losing two friends

ing careers, recently interning at

World Resort.

to suicide, N’Naserri launched

the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.

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young people a platform to perform

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acting. At Disney Dreamers Acade-

trepreneur and business major at

community service and discuss so-

dancer now teaching and choreo-

guished panel of leaders will eval-

ries and provide insight on how to

my, Robert had the opportunity to

the Wharton School of Business at

cial issues. Her other organization,

graphing in Hollywood

uate the applications, and selected

achieve success and DREAM BIG.

get hands on experience and speak

University of Pennsylvania

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members with children in shelters

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early 2018.

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who share their birthday and sends

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students to become authors, nurs-

for the performing arts. After Dis-

Current City: Philadelphia, PA

party supplies to help them cele-

es, pilots, doctors, journalists and

ney Dreamers Academy, he went on

Jordan attends the Wharton

brate. For creating the two organi-

Tevyn enrolled in an early col-

can visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.

engineers following the three-day

to pursue a career in acting, while

School of Business at the Univer-

zations, N’Naserri was named one

lege program at Eastern Michigan

com, or learn more about the pro-



also seeking opportunities to inspire

sity of Pennsylvania. He recent-

of Georgia’s 20 Under 20 for youth

University after attending Disney

gram on

Walt Disney World Resort where

others as Disney Dreamers Acade-

ly interned with three companies

leadership. She attends Stanford

Dreamers Academy, at just 15 years

DreamersAcademy or

the theme parks become vibrant

my inspired him. He recently used

including Morgan Stanley while


old. He returned to Walt Disney


‘classrooms’ leading to career dis-

his talents to share his story and

growing the clothing company he

Sanah Jivani – Launched in-

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coveries and fun memories to cher-

help others, putting on a one-man

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For more information regarding applications, interested applicants

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– Spoken word performer who




The end of DACA


by Elektra B. Yao

(also known as “Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow


5, 2017, the filing fee will be re-

Our Economy”), bipartisan leg-


funded and the application will

islation whose intent is to allow

als (also known as

be “administratively closed” (this

people who are eligible for or who

DACA), ordered by the Obama

means that the application will

have received work authorization

administration in 2012, is a pro-

not be approved).

and temporary relief from depor-




NY Lawsuit Against the

gram that has offered temporary

DACA Reciscission:

protection from deportation to

living in the U.S. with permission

nearly 800,000 people who were

New York Attorney General

brought to the country illegally

Eric T. Schneiderman led a co-

as children, allowing them to ob-

DACA Facts:

tain work permits, be eligible for


tation through DACA to continue

alition of 16 Attorneys General

from the federal government. Differences Between DACA and The BRIDGE Act:


in filing suit to protect DACA

DACA is a type of “deferred

driver’s licenses, and complete

DACA was rescinded by the

grantees. The lawsuit, filed in the

action” created through an execu-


Trump Administration. The ef-

U.S. District Court for the East-

tive action of the Obama admin-

To have been eligible for

fective end date will be March

ern District of New York, details

istration. The Trump adminis-

DACA, applicants must have

5, 2018. However, work permits

how the Trump administration

tration had the authority to end it

entered the U.S illegally before

will continue to be valid until

has violated the Equal Protection

without having to consult with or

their 16th birthday, been young-

they expire, event past March 5,

clause of the Constitution by dis-

get approval from Congress.

er than 31 before 2012, haven’t


criminating against DREAMers

The BRIDGE Act is a



been convicted of a felony or

Unfortunately, no new DACA

of Mexican origin, who make up

proposed law introduced by

until Congress either changed

Elektra B. Yao is a multilin-

major misdemeanors, and must

applications can be filed as of

78 percent of DACA recipients;



them or repealed the law. This

gual Immigration Attorney and

have been in school, graduated

September 5. If an initial appli-

violated Due Process rights; and

would authorize the secretary

would provide more protection

the owner of The Law Office of

from school or are honorably

cation was already filed and was

harmed States’ residents, institu-

of Homeland Security to grant

to applicants for provisional

Elektra B. Yao located in Harlem.

discharged veterans of the armed

pending on September 5, 2017, it

tions, and economies.

provisional protected presence

protected presence than recipients

She is the daughter of a West

forces or Coast Guard.

will be decided as usual.

Congressional Action:

and work authorization to certain

of DACA currently have.

African Father and an Italian



non–U.S. citizens for a maximum

This is not legal advice.

Mother. You can contact her at

New York State has almost







42,000 DACA recipients. Of

apply for Advance Parole. If a

(R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL),

of three years. If the BRIDGE

Consult a qualified immigration

(917)587-9189 and at Elektra@

those 42,000 recipients, 30,000

DACA Advance Parole applica-

along with five other senators,

Act is enacted into law, its

attorney Please visit her

live in New York City.

tion was pending on September

have introduced the BRIDGE Act

provisions would remain in effect






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HEALING OUR EMOTIONS with HERBS and CHAKRA BALANCING ur higher chakras (above the heart), the 5th through 7th Chakras, focus on communicating our feelings, spirituality and awareness of, and connection to, the Creator. The 5th Throat Chakra is one of purification and deals with communication and the use of Will. This chakra governs the thyroid and parathyroid glands; other related body parts are the neck, shoulders, arms, hands – and the sense of hearing. The throat chakra is our vehicle of telepathy and creative expression. The healthfulness of this


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would take those chances with her life. Do you know that she went on to tell me that she was a licensed dietician? That admission really got to me, because here is this woman who is all the things I mentioned earlier and, on top of it all, she knows better! I started thinking. She’s not the only one. How many more of us out there aren’t taking care of ourselves and hurting ourselves? If it’s not you then perhaps it’s someone you know. Don’t tempt fate. It’s sometimes easy to forget that your body is a machine. Why treat yourself any differently than the car you drive? Why would you even consider treating a machine better than you’d treat yourself? The inattention you give your ma-

chinery—your body— will eventually catch up with you. There are some simple precautions you can take to ensure that things run more smoothly. Knowledge is power. When was the last time you: • Had a mammogram or did a breast self-examination? • Had your blood pressure checked? • Asked your doctor to check your cholesterol level? • Had a test for colorectal cancer? • Were tested for glaucoma? • Checked your skin for unusual discolorations or growths? • Were screened for diabetes? Before visiting your doctor, try to keep track

of anything that’s been bothering you since the previous appointment, regardless of how trivial it may seem: Small things together sometimes make a big picture worth looking at. Make a list of questions to review with her or him. Encourage your family and friends to take good care of themselves, too. Don’t wait for Disease Awareness Month. It is your responsibility to take charge of your health. By the way, I’m not letting anyone speak for me— I’m calling my doctor. Take care of yourself! Think about it. See you next week. Visit my website, TALKWITHAUDREY. com and checkout my online radio show, Talk! with Audrey for a series of inter-

views that will inform, motivate and inspire you. Audrey Adams is the host of TALK! with AUDREY, a weekly radio and television show about issues that empower women, featuring entertaining and inspiring interviews with experts and authors from the health, fitness, financial, and travel industries. In New York, listen to TALK! with AUDREY every Monday at 5:30 p.m. on WPAT 930 AM and watch every Friday at 6:30 a.m. on RNN . . . FIOS Channel 6; RCN Channel 16; Cablevision Channels 19, 48, 6 and 19; Direct TV Channel 48 and Comcast Channels 13, 19 and 713. For more information and on demand content visit TALKWITHAUDREY. com ©The Adams Report

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he season has changed and are you spiritually prepared for the change that is about to come? Las Vegas, the hurricanes and the warm weather have shown us that things are not what they used to be. What is coming in the future? The words to the Hymn “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand”, come to mind as we deal with the swift transitions of life. You will need your spiritual compass to successfully navigate through these troubling times.

Rev. Calvin Hayden of Faith Memorial Baptist Church and Rev. Helena Tyson of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church did great work in filling in for the Pastor. It’s good to have able assistants on your staff. Rev. Helena Tyson, Assistant Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church will be the guest preacher at Pentecostal Baptist Church. They are celebrating their Women’s Day Annual Day on October 15. The afternoon preacher will be Rev.

Ruth McCoy, Pastor of Unity Baptist Church in the Bronx. Rev. Casper Niles, Sr., is the Pastor of Pentecostal Baptist Church on Holland Avenue in the Bronx. Rev. Patricia Morris celebrated her 7th Pastoral Anniversary as Pastor of the new Springfield Baptist Church in Harlem. Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church held a worship service last week featuring Elder Ty’Ann Brown of the New Life Cathedral. Rev. Crawford is reaching out to the

young people of the church and the community. He is giving them opportunities to advance in the ministry and to apply the teachings of the Bible to their lives at a young age. Happy Birthday to Rev. Al Sharpton. A birthday celebration was held last week at the National Action Network Headquarters in Harlem. Also, Happy Birthday to Bishop Michele White on her great day. On Sunday, October 22, Rev. Raymond Mickens and the congregation

of Faith Memorial Baptist Church will be the guests of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church for their Pastor’s Pre-Anniversary. The church is located at 1281 Franklin Avenue in the Bronx. Rev. Idus Nunn, Jr. is the Pastor. Trinity Baptist Church, in Harlem, celebrated their Pastor Edward Oliver’s first anniversary last Sunday. We were talking about the Ministers in Harlem and the Bronx that are “Generation Builders.” Seeing Rev. Henry Bolden at the home going for Rev. Fletcher Crawford

started the mind ticking. How many of that group of preachers are still pastoring and/or still here? Let me give you a hint Rev. D’Eugene Rodgers, Pastor of Solomon Temple Baptist Church is the youngest of the group. Rev. William L. Watkins, Jr. and Rev. Henry Bolden are the oldest. I encourage your input on this discussion. Follow the 3G Experience every Thursday from 6am-10am. Watch/ listen on Facebook Live or Send mail and other comments to PO box 446, New York, NY 10039. You may call or text me directly at 646897-1443.


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rite that down.” Y o u r teacher says that all the time in class. Your parents might say it, as a reminder because sometimes, writing things down can be important. And as you’ll see in the new book, “Kid Authors” by David Stabler, illustrated by Doogie Horner, written words can also be magic. For as long as you can remember, you’ve loved books. They take you forward and backward in time, to places you’ve never been, with new people and new adventure. Books contain awesome stories – and so do the lives of the authors of those books. Take, for instance, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was the middle child of three, born in early 1809 to par-

ents who were performers. Because they were gone a lot, baby Edgar was mostly cared-for by other people; at age two, that became permanent when his father abandoned the family and his mother died. Says Stabler, Poe was a so-so student and he was bullied as a boy. Was that the reason he wrote such scary stories? And then there was Laura Ingalls Wilder, who grew up on the prairie, where family often slept out in the open – this was the 1800s, after all – and bugs, weather, and fire were big concerns. So were the local Indians, who were not at all happy that the Ingalls had built on Osage land. As the tale goes, Zora Neale Hurston was a baby when a wild hog wandered into her mother’s kitchen. That was the first story of her life; later ones included

those she heard from the men who hung out at a general store near her Alabama home. She loved words. She loved them so much that she gained a reputation for being her class’s best reader, which won her a hundred pennies and “a library full of books.” J.K. Rowling wrote her “first adventure story” at age seven. Poet Langston Hughes endured a “massive earthquake” while living in Mexico as a boy, before meeting his grandmother, who told him family stories of abolitionists, racism, and possibilities. Charles Schulz was a published cartoonist at age 15. And Beverly Cleary loved books but the creator of Henry Huggins was a “struggling reader.” “Everybody loves a good story,” says author David Stabler – and that includes your bookish

child. So what better way to read about the story-behind-the-storytelling than with “Kid Authors”? Open these covers, and you’ll see a good representation of literature throughout the centuries. That’s good for you but your child will find something even better here: each of the 15 mini-biographies and most of the back-of-the-book “fun-facts” are about authors your child will recognize, and Stabler makes them relatable. Chapters are accompanied by illustrations by Doogie Horner but that’s still not all: oh-so-subtly, there’s encouragement in these tales. If Stan Lee or Maya Angelou can become a famous writer, your child can do it, too. Kids ages 8-to-12 will devour this book, especially if they’re hungry readers. Parents can love it, too, because “Kid Authors” will teach your child to do the write thing.

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