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The Apollo has an exciting upcoming season which began with the performance of “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Harlemites remember that Amateur Night happens every Wednesday. Those of us who live right here in the community sometimes take for granted that we have one of the most exciting venues presenting “Stars of tomorrow” in the world. (see page 10) Women and Minority business owners - listen up! Get certified as an MWBE with NY City, NY State and the NY NJ Port Authority. It could mean increasing your bottom line. See information from the 2017 MWBE Forum held in Albany last month as well as the announcement of an upcoming regional forum. (see page 4) 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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MWBE 2017 Forum and Opportunities By Pat Stevenson


he Highlight of the 2017 MWBE Forum in Albany was when Alphonso B. David, Counsel to the Governor, announced the Governor has raised the MWBE Goals to 30%, which is the highest in the nation. This means millions more in dollars to minority and women owned businesses. The goal when Cuomo came into office was just 10%. I attended the annual MWBE Forum held in Albany on October 4 and 5. This is the fourth year that I have attended. Harlem Community News, Inc. became New York City, New York State and NY/NJ Port Authority certified as an MWBE

in 2016. Within the past year we have done business with 15 city and state agencies we had not done business with previously. Attending the conference gives you the opportunity to meet face-toface with representatives of city and state agencies, as well as primary contractors. There are also helpful workshops and panel discussions to give you the latest information regarding upcoming projects you may be able to bid on. I would say attending is a “must do” for any business owner who is certified. I always get the card of someone from every agency so that if I run into a problem, I have a person to contact directly. Some of the upcoming

major projects discussed included the revamping of LaGuardia Airport, Penn Station revamping, Jacob Javits Expansion, and NY Broadband Program for IT Professionals. Some of the workshops

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held included: Certification 101, which helps with your profiles and with learning how to find contracting opportunities; Navigating the Contract Reporter, which is where most of the contracts are located so a workshop helps you to read through and get to contracts pertinent to you; Workshops on Workers Compensation, Labor Laws, etc., and Workshops on RFPs (request for proposal) and Compliance. If you are a small business and you are a minority and/or a woman, you should get certified to have a better chance of taking advantage of contracts from city and state agencies. There is no charge to get certified and there are agencies that will walk you through the process. I was assisted by the Harlem Business Alliance in Harlem. The Women Chamber of Commerce in Harlem is an agency that will also assist. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the 2017 Re-

gional Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Opportunities Expo Series, which will take place in Mid-Hudson, New York City, Finger Lakes, North Country, Southern Tier and Central New York. The events will connect MWBEs with New York State agencies, expert resources, information on state projects and tools to access state opportunities. The New York City event is scheduled for Thursday, April 13 at Lehman College, Music Building, 250 Bedford Park Blvd, West Bronx, NY 10468. When you become certified you will be invited to many events held by different agencies and organizations throughout the year. “We know New York’s economy is strongest when we empower everyone to participate, and we are leading the nation in creating opportunities for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises in every corner of the state,” Governor

Cuomo said. “This Expo series will build on our momentum and connect talented businesses with the tools, resources and support they need to grow and succeed. I encourage all qualified entrepreneurs to visit these forums and see what opportunities are available.” Increasing the utilization of MWBE firms in state contracting is key to the success of the MWBE program.  In 2014, Governor Cuomo set the nation’s highest goal for MWBE procurement at 30%.   For fiscal year 2015-2016, MWBEs secured $1.9 billion in state contracts and under the Governor’s leadership, more than 5,500 MWBEs have been certified since 2011. During his 2016 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo pledged to increase MWBE certification by an additional 2,000 businesses – the State is on track to meet that goal by 2018.  Continue reading the Harlem Community Newspapers for updated MWBE information. Tony Rogers has a “MWBE” monthly radio show each month on the second Tuesday on WHCR (90.3 FM). I was a guest on the show this past Tuesday speaking about my experience at the MWBE Forum held in Albany along with Tanya Pope, AVP at Columbia University. If you want more information on becoming an MWBE you can email me direct at harlemnewsinc@aol. com.



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By Derrick Johnson (Interim President and CEO, NAACP)

Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that

the vote is actively suppressed in communities of

the state legislature had enacted discriminatory

color and poor communities, are we really free or

voting laws that intentionally targeted and disen-

just half-free?

franchised Black voters.


e all know the power of the vote. One person, one vote serves

as the basic ethos and measurement

of any democratic nation. Without true voter pro-

tection, integrity and universal access, America’s light on the hill dims.

against the newest generation of voter suppression

What is the difference between our present

models being implemented through bottle-necked

partial believers in democracy, who callously pro-

burglary, theft, arson, obtaining money under false

voting districts in Virginia, partisan gerrymandering

ing Rights Act, many southern states with a histo-

mote gerrymandering, mischievous voter ID laws,

pretenses, but the ‘robust crimes of Whites,’ which

in Texas or North Carolina that intentionally target

ry of voter suppression and related oppression of

poll moving and poll closing or voter purges, and

included robbery and murder or ‘crimes in which

and severely dilute not only the vote of African

Black communities could once again enact laws

those who engineered the post-Reconstruction

violence was the principal ingredient,’ were not.”

Americans, but also Latino populations.

that would attempt to manipulate the sole entity

elimination of Black Power in the South?

Today, we know the impact of felony disen-

In Indiana, our state conference recently

During the first post-Civil War election in

franchisement and the role it plays in keeping mil-

sued the Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who

During the Presidential election of 2016,

which Blacks could vote, they provided 700,000

lions of individuals, who have served their time,

is a member of the Pence-Kobach Commission,

the first in 50 years without full protection of the

votes to help elect Ulysses S. Grant to the White

from being able to vote.

to prevent her from turning over personal voter

VRA, six of the 14 states implementing restrictive

House in 1868. The often-untold secret is that be-

The end result of these post-Reconstruction

information and to also prevent her from using the

voter laws were previously covered by Section 5

fore the Civil Rights Era, where Black voters in

constitutional conventions, which suppressed the

allegedly discriminatory and inaccurate “Cross

of the VRA. Additionally, five of those states—

the South once again sought out the ballot box in

vote through legal and often terroristic means and

Check” system as a means of purging voters.

Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, Alabama and

greater numbers, we stood ready at the first oppor-

the Black Codes, was that, in states like Mississip-

In Texas, the NAACP has also been suc-

Virginia—put in place new voter ID laws.

tunity to use the vote, when treated as free people.

pi, the number of eligible Black voters registered

cessful in challenging racially-biased and unfair

At that time, and clearly to some today who seek

dropped from 70 percent in 1867 to less than 6

redistricting plans and recently won a voter ID

to suppress the vote, this was not acceptable.

percent in 1892. In Louisiana, Blacks made up

case, where more than 600,000 individuals were

over 44 percent of the electorate after the Civil

disenfranchised by the law. We also saved 608,470

War, but less than 1 percent after 1920.

votes with a victorious decision from the U.S.

Since 2010, 20 states have placed additional obstacles to the ballot box and according to the Brennan Center for Justice, “states most likely to

During the 1898 constitutional convention in

pass new voting restrictions were those with the

Louisiana, Thomas J. Semmes, chair of the Judiciary

highest African-American turnout in 2008, those

Committee of the Convention and former president

This is the ugly history of voter suppression,

with the highest Hispanic population growth

of the American Bar Association said, “We (meet)

where those who often drape themselves in patriotic

In states like Georgia, our state conference

between 2000 and 2010, and/or those formerly

here to establish the supremacy of the White race,

rhetoric and colors also wear the millions of stolen

is challenging a law that allows voting lists to be

covered under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.”

and the White race constitutes the Democratic Party

and suppressed votes around their necks like rotting,

purged simply due to failure to vote and in Ohio

In 1858, when running for the U.S. Senate

of this State. The Convention of 1898 interpreted its

white albatrosses of political expediency, while keep-

we are supporting the A. Phillip Randolph Institute

mandate from the people to be, to disenfranchise as

ing their foot solidly on the throat of true democracy,

et al, in their case, which, like Georgia, seeks to

many Negroes and as few Whites as possible.”

which remains handcuffed and unable to breathe.

remove people from the voting rolls, due to their

from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.

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The NAACP continues to take on legal battles

give it enough time and a little help.

Since Shelby V. Holder dismantled the Vot-

that made all Americans equal: the vote.


Sometimes history will repeat itself if we

Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

I believe this government cannot endure, perma-

This process was replicated throughout the

It would be great if we could solely discuss

nently half slave and half free. I do not expect the

South as Andrew L. Shapiro points out in his

our nation’s affair with voter suppression in some

Oftentimes, the flashier issues and nonstop,

Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house

Yale Law Journal article, “Challenging Criminal

historical context with little to no impact on our

highly visible attacks against the foundation of our

to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided.

Disenfranchisement Under the Voting Rights

current nation’s politics. Yet, regardless of how

nation’s values take our minds off of the critical

It will become all one thing, or all the other…”

Act: A New Strategy” (1993). He highlights

idealistic we are in believing that we can make

bread and butter issue that without which there is

Lincoln would go on to lose that election

how Mississippi’s constitutional convention of

democracy real for all people, we know, in our

no true democracy—the vote.

to Stephen A. Douglas, but the words he uttered

1890 became a prototype for implementing con-

hearts, it is not.

would last the test of time. Today, we ask the same

stitutional provisions designed to disenfranchise

Last year, the NAACP won nine major

question: Can a nation half-slave and half-free

those individuals, who committed “certain crimes,

federal cases, critically confronting all manners of


which Blacks were supposedly more likely than

ugly, unconstitutional voter suppression, including

Derrick Johnson is interim president and

Whites to commit.”

voter purging, intimidation, and misinformation.

CEO of the National Association for the Advance-

It’s the same question athletes like Colin

Vol. 22, No 42 October 19. 2017

inability or failure to vote.

We cannot sleep through this period of time, and through all means necessary, we must #StayWoke.

Kaepernick ask when they are singled out for

This meant that, “the law removed the vote

In North Carolina, our state conference saved

ment of Colored People. Follow him @Derrick-

freedom, yet their brothers remain in chains. If

from those convicted of such ‘furtive offenses’ as

nearly five percent of the electorate when the U.S.


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by Rev. Charles Butler

ownership. It is going to take some different strategies to successfully purchase a home in this economic climate. Here are some tips to make this task easier. (1) Start the home buying process now. The longer you procrastinate, the more time you will lose. Attend the home buying education workshop to learn the steps in the process and to build some momentum towards purchasing a home. You will be around people like you striving to achieve the same goals and can support each other through the process. (2) Create a monthly household budget and push yourself to aggressively save for the purchase of your home. Use self-discipline to avoid wasteful spending.

(3) To make your dream of homeownership a reality, establish a projected purchase date. Create a realistic timeline when you expect to buy. Post reminders on your mirror, on the refrigerator, on your desk at work to help you maintain focus. Remain positive throughout the process. Celebrate every time you achieve a small milestone. Each victory will bring you closer to reaching your goal of homeownership. Take one step at a time. Persevere to the end. You can overcome all obstacles and emerge victorious. 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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any low to moderate first-time home buyers are convinced they cannot afford to purchase a home in Harlem. Most of their belief stems from realizing the soaring home market values are beyond their means. They know banks have lower lending limits than in the past. To further exacerbate the situation most low-income families have not received sufficient salary increases to keep pace with inflation and are barely maintaining their monthly living expenses. After taking a quick survey of the current home-buying landscape in Harlem, it appears that this assessment is very accurate. Low to moderate income buyers are going to have an extremely difficult time achieving their dream of home-

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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 advance price is $15 until midnight October 18. Please note there is a $10 drink/ food minimum. Sign up for the ALIST at

Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. 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. 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 212368-6218. Oct 22 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

Oct 25 7:30pm Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. A brand-new line-up of contestants competes 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 30 6:30pm Live from the Archive: Supersonic Blackness: The Ar-

chive of the Future The Schomburg Center and the Rebuild Foundation proudly present an exploration with Theaster Gates (Director of the Rebuild Foundation, as well as a sculpture, installation, performance and urban intervention artist) and Leslie Hewitt (artist and professor at The Cooper Union), on the past, present, and future of the black archive and his pioneering work with Rebuild. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 All listings on t h i s calendar are f r e e of charge. To add your listing, please send copy 50 words or less in the format above to

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pollo’s 2017-18 Fall and Winter Season – ARTS AND ACTIVISM – the Theater’s first full season under the creative direction of Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes, is eclectic and exciting. It opened on October 6 with the New York premiere of ‘We Shall Not Be Moved’, a very extraordinary and challenging work of art. Extraordinary because no genres nor disciplines are unexplored - combining opera, classical, R&B and jazz singing with spo-

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ken word, contemporary dance, lights, sounds and video projections and an original score. The result is a totally new genre!

tian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and librettist and arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.  Direc-

tor and dramaturg is Bill T. Jones, a two-time Tony Awards recipient, choreographer, theater director and dancer. The opera is inspired by the 1985 MOVE Crisis in Philadelphia, where a standoff between police and a Black liberation group resulted in the bombing and annihilation of a residential neighborhood that left 11 people dead, including five children, and no official indicted. It follows five North Philly teens -on the run after a series of tragic events - who find refuge in Osage Avenue, West Philadelphia. This condemned building - sitting at the exact location as the headquarters of the MOVE organization at the time of the bombing will be the new home for this self-proclaimed family.

Inspired by the ghosts who inhabit their home, the teens start exploring past and present struggles, racial inequalities, and inequities in education and opportunities. Through their eyes and their discussions, we begin to see possible solutions for a different, better future. The cast includes spoken-word artist Lauren Whitehead, the self-appointed leader of the family; John Holiday, described by The New York Times as an “impressive young countertenor”; and bass-baritone Aubrey Allicock co-starring with baritone Adam Richardson, and tenor Daniel Shirley. Kirsten Chávez is perfect in the role of Glenda, a Philadelphia police officer whose determination

to drive the kids off the Osage building leads to a tragic incident threatening to repeat history. Under the direction of Kamilah Forbes, this ‘ARTS AND ACTIVISM’ season promises great surprises. In her own words, “we are presenting an engaging series of new works from a number of the strongest and most innovative voices in performance today… to kick off the season with strong presentations that shed light on the challenging moments in our country’s history, as well as recent

events across the country to frame and foster meaningful engagement with the issues of our time. From the days when the Apollo was one of the few places where Billie Holiday could perform ‘Strange Fruit,’ the Apollo has always been a platform for artist activism. It is important as part of our contemporary programming that we look to this legacy as we support artists in the creation of new works that speak to our present moment.” The season is made up of more than 100 performances and events and will encompass a range of disciplines and genres— from dance and theater to hip hop, jazz, soul, and opera. Among the highlights, the ‘Breakin’ Convention Festival’ returns for the third year at the Apollo and expands to a week-long series of events from October 20 to 28. Visit: apollotheater. org or call 212 531-5305 for tickets and details.



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particularly when it comes to serious accidents or illnesses. Should an emergency occur, you don’t want to be caught off guard and have to cut back on other essentials or miss out on those special experiences that bring a smile to your face.

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n the last 10 years, scientists have learned that having enough beneficial gut bacteria is a critical component of overall health. Now, research shows that ensuring newborns have sufficient exposure to probiotic bacteria during infancy and early childhood can give them a head start on lifelong wellness. What makes bacteria so important? Well, with nearly 80 percent of the immune system residing in the gut, a healthy microbial makeup from birth is essential for proper immune system development and optimal digestive, metabolic, and brain function. When looking to encourage a healthy infant microbiome (AKA the array of bacteria and microorganisms in the body), science tells us that the mother’s gut health is key. Here’s how it works: during pregnancy, babies are exposed to their mother’s bacteria in the placenta, which harbors a variety of microbes. A baby’s immune system begins to develop just after birth, during which a mother passes on her beneficial bacteria to her child (often termed “seeding the microbiome”) as he or she passes through the vaginal canal and partakes in breast milk and skin-to-skin contact. Then, through an interactive connection between host cells and the baby’s brand new gut microbiome (inherited directly from the mother), helpful microorganisms selectively colonize the gut and participate

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in the maintenance and promotion of the child’s immune system. Expecting and nursing mothers can be proactive by ensuring their gut health is in tip-top condition, since the microbes they pass on to their infant can help establish a solid foundation for lifelong health. In addition to directly replenishing their good bacteria, moms should do their best to stay well-rested and properly hydrated while paying close attention to their diet. Focusing on getting proper prenatal nutrition in the form of whole and plant-based foods, especially those rich in prebiotic fiber is important. It’s also helpful to be mindful of factors that deplete good bacteria, like antimicrobials, stress, environmental toxins and exposure to unnecessary antibiotics. Many doctors, midwives and other experts are touting the health benefits of one supplement for expecting and new mothers believed to increase a child’s chances for a healthy start at life: probiotics. “As a mom, the best gift you can give your baby is a healthy microbiome,” says

Jamie Morea, co-founder of Hyperbiotics, a company that specializes in probiotic supplements and has developed the first probiotic formula designed specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Hyperbiotics PROMoms includes time-release delivery for enhanced effectiveness, ensuring the living organisms survive stomach acids to colonize within the gut. Not only can probiotics help with digestive discomfort during pregnancy, but an effective supplement can repopulate a mother’s system and help ensure she is passing on the best and most beneficial bacteria to her children. To learn more about how to support optimal gut health for moms and babies, visit or join the conversation on social media at #followyourgut. Because gut and microbial health have an overwhelming impact on lifelong wellness, tending to it while expecting is one of the most important things to consider for mothers-tobe in order to properly pave the path of health for little ones.



3 Things Everyone Living with Arthritis Should Know


rthritis includes more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints. If you are living with arthritis, here are a few things you should consider. 1. Arthritis can affect people of all ages. Many people think of arthritis as an affliction that only affects adults as they reach old age or athletes who have suffered an injury (known as osteoarthritis). Although the incidence of arthritis does increase with age, younger people can also be affected by the disease. Autoimmune forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, often strike people by the time they are middle-aged. Overall, it’s estimated that nearly onefourth of all adults in the United States (22.7 percent, 54.4 million) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Seven percent of 18-44 year olds and 29 percent of 45-64 year olds report doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2. You can now track your condition better and get support. Being diagnosed with a lifelong, chronic disease like arthritis can be overwhelming. Finding support, from friends, family, colleagues and online communities can help. For example, ArthritisPower, accessed online or downloaded as a free mobile app for android and iPhone, allows people with all forms of arthritis to track symptoms and treatments to see how they are doing over time. Users can send their results to doctors in advance of appoint-

ments to encourage more personalized and productive discussions. Note that ArthritisPower is a research registry. That means people must sign an informed consent to donate their data to researchers and learn more about other specific research studies announced in the app. The more people who participate in the registry, the more scientists can discover about arthritis. To learn more, visit 3. Surgery can help. In healthy joints, cartilage covers the ends of bones, allowing them to move smoothly and without pain. When arthritis (all forms) wears away or damages the protective cartilage, and other non-surgical treatments have proved unsuccessful, joint replacement (usually of the knee or the hip) is typically recommended, according to the American College of Rheumatology. When an orthopedic surgeon replaces a joint, it involves removing worn out cartilage from both sides of the joint, followed by resurfacing of the joint with a metal and plastic replacement implant that looks and functions much like a normal joint. Over the past two decades, the safety and effectiveness of surgery, and the variety of hip and knee joint replacement devices has improved, thanks to research driven by surgeons and device makers. What’s missing, say experts, is a better understanding of patient experiences and preferences, particularly regarding what they value when making the decision to undergo surgery, pick a surgeon, and select a device.

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Be ‘Bowled’ Over by These Satisfying, Healthful Lunches (Statepoint)


trapped for time? By stocking the pantry well and setting aside some weekend prep time, you can create a whole week of great lunches in just an hour. One bowl wonders are perfect for toting to work or school or enjoying at home. Simply choose a grain, a hearty root vegetable, some good-for-you greens, a simple sauce and flavorful toppings, like olives. This Sweet Potato Tahini Bowl recipe conveniently yields 4-5 servings, perfect for an entire week. Ingredients: • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed • 2 2/3 cups vegetable broth • 1/2 cup Pearls Sliced

Kalamata Olives or Whole Kalamata Olives, sliced Sweet Potato Ingredients: • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon pepper Chickpea Ingredients: • 1 15-ounce can chick-

peas, drained and rinsed • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper Kale Ingredients: • 5 cups roughly chopped kale

• 2 large cloves garlic, minced • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper Tahini Dressing Ingredients: • 1/4 cup tahini • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • water as needed • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Directions: • Bring quinoa and vegetable broth to boil in small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until broth is absorbed, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Toss


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about 5-8 minutes. • Mix all the tahini dressing ingredients together in food processor or with whisk. If dressing is too thick, add water until it can be drizzled. • Assemble the bowls. Divide quinoa evenly. Top with chickpeas, sweet potato, kale, and slice Kalamata olives. Drizzle with tahini dressing and serve. Try making your own combinations with whole grain rice or wheat berries, spinach or any dark greens and winter squash. For a finishing kick of bold flavor, add your favorite olives, such as Pearls Garlic or Jalapeno Stuffed Queen Olives or Mixed Greek Medley. Get unstuck from your lunch rut with single bowl meals, which are versatile, healthful and convenient.



DHS to Collect Social Media Information on all Immigrants By Elektra B. Yao, Esq.


re you on social media? Are any of your friends on social media? Do you have friends and family abroad who use social media to remain in contact with you or to stay up to date on current events? On September 18, 2017, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed to modify a current Department of Homeland Security system of records titled, “Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S.

records, as DHS “moves to conducting more immigrant actions in an electronic environment.” However, DHS is also adding new categories to official records including “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results.” The collection of social media information isn’t limited

Customs and Border Protection-001 Alien File, Index, and National File Tracking System of Records.” The new rule will be implemented on October 18, 2017 after a public comment period. This new rule is to establish that certain government electronic documents are also part of immigrants’ official

to new immigrants and will apply to all immigrants including permanent residents and naturalized citizens. Incorporating social media information into immigration records has become a point of focus in recent years. In 2015, DHS began working on a plan to add social media searches into visa application protocol. At that time, details about DHS’s new program were scarce, as the government did not want to reveal how it found and identified posts considered as threats. Also, in 2016, DHS proposed and implemented a new section in the travel form for foreign visitors coming to the US under the visa

waiver program that asks for social media handles. In February 2017, DHS announced that it was planning to start asking visitors from Trump’s travel ban list of countries for their social account names and their passwords. The following month, reports came out that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ordered social media checks on all visa applicants who had visited ISIS-controlled regions. Recently, in June 2017, the Trump administration introduced an expanded visa applicant questionnaire that asks for all social media handles used in the last five years. With the new rule, which will go into ef-

fect on October 18 2017, DHS’s official records will include social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results. This means that attorneys, social media users in the US and abroad will need to evaluate what is proper social media behavior. Elektra B. Yao is a multilingual Immigration Attorney and the owner of The Law Office of Elektra B. Yao located in Harlem. She is the daughter of a West African father and an Italian mother. You can contact her at (917) 587-9189 and at Elektra@yaofirm. com. Please visit her website at www.yaofirm. com.

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What are ‘STEAM’ Subjects and Why Do They Matter? (Statepoint)


f you’ve heard your child’s educators talking about “STEAM” subjects, they are referring to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. And these subjects are growing in importance, as more industries require a strong mastery of the concepts and skills involved. What’s more, a growing body of research shows that exposure to the arts can have a positive impact on one’s performance in science and math-oriented subjects. As your children prepares to succeed in all their classes, keep these things in mind: The Right Classes Talk to your children about ensuring they stack their class schedules with

courses that challenge but don’t overwhelm them. It’s easy to overload a schedule with far too many advanced science courses in one semester that can make success unattainable. By the same token, it’s important to ensure that your student is taking enough of the right classes to build a strong foundation for future endeavors. A guidance counselor can help your child strike the right balance. The Right Tools STEAM success is built on having the right tools, so be sure students are wellequipped. New models of calculators are taking into account the demands on today’s students and offer expanded features that give students the ability to easily draw three dimensional graphs and view them from


various angles to better analyze their shapes. For example, the fx-CG50, the newest model in Casio’s calculator portfolio, features a picture plot function and color LCD with a full textbook-style display.

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gineered to have an authentic piano feel and concert grand piano sound. The Right Programming After school programming can be an ideal opportunity to reinforce STEAM learning in a way that is fun, creative and social. From the robotics club to the orchestra, find out what your school and larger community offer, and encourage your child to get involved. This programming will likely improve grades and test scores, as well as help your child draw connections between disciplines. While not all trends are worthy of your attention, the importance of STEAM learning can’t be understated and, as a parent, you can help bolster success in these subjects.

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Financial Aid Season for College Students is Here: What to Know (Statepoint)


t’s not only football season. For current and incoming college students, it’s financial aid season, too, and that means completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be the first step families take in the planning-for-college process; it’s used by schools to put together financial aid packages, states use it to determine eligibility for state aid, and some scholarships require it as part of their applications. “Regardless of whether you think you will qualify for funding, don’t fumble by simply not completing the application,” says Martha Holler, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. By just completing the

FAFSA, students can gain access to more than $120 billion in grants, workstudy funds, and federal student loans. Sallie Mae is offering six key points to help families move the ball down the field this FAFSA season: • Get season tickets in advance. Complete the FAFSA as a high school senior — and every year in college, even graduate school. It’s the only way to remain eligible for federal student aid, and the amount of aid can vary year-overyear. • Review the playbook before the game. Before beginning the application, both parents and students should create a username and password, a Federal Student Aid ID, and gather Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers,

bank statements, tax returns and W-2 forms. Having this information ready can expedite the process. • Don’t miss the opening kick-off. Some financial aid is awarded on a firstcome, first-served basis, or from programs with limited funds, so the earlier families fill out the FAFSA, the better their chances for aid. Additionally, submitting the FAFSA earlier could mean receiving financial aid award letters earlier. Timing varies by school, so families should check with financial aid offices and school websites for specifics. • Go for the two-point conversion. Take advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import and convert tax information directly into the FAFSA. After some critical changes were made

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Friday the 13th wreaks destruction upon itself. He who


by William A Rogers


death to an old way of life and way of

Ancient wisdom also warns of

thinking; a change for the better. The

destruction upon those who misuse the

founding fathers understood the sym-

power of the number 13. Some believe

13th of October 1792 as part of a Ma-

bolic power of the number 13. I hope

that the African Unconscious is catching

sonic ceremony.

you look at the number 13 in a differ-

up to the American foundation created by

understands the number 13 will be giv-

I made mention in past articles

en power and dominion.” Until very

( how major

The true understanding and inter-

ent way now; especially those who

the founding fathers who used the wis-

recently the wisdom and philosophical

figures in the development of the sym-

pretation of the death figure on the 13th

expressed an anxiety coming to our

dom, mysticism and knowledge of an-

thought of ancient Kimet were keep

bolism and philosophy of the new Amer-

Tarot card symbolically did not mean

Ki Wellness Center located at 13 West

cient Kemet as a guide. Now you know

secret from the masses. The political

ican government, leaders like Benjamin

a physical death or misfortune but a

122nd Street.

what they knew about the number 13.

power of religion made the study and/

Franklyn, Thomas Jefferson, and George

or practice of the knowledge and Mys-

Washington were members of secret so-

often wondered why Friday the

ticism of ancient Kimet a crime against

cieties they were either Masons or Ros-

13th was considered a day of mis-

the church; ungodly.

icrucian. While being slave holders, the

fortune and bad luck. Whenever I

It took 359 years for the Catholic

founding fathers built the symbolic foun-

have a question about numbers I seek

Church on November 1, 1992 to admit

dation of the new government based on

advice from my good friend Lloyd

that Galileo Galilei was not guilty of

the number 13 using the ancient Kimetic

Strayhorn, one of the most learned

heresy for his belief that the earth and

wisdom attached to that number.

African American numerologists in

all other planets revolve around the

On the United States seal, the num-

the world with several numerology

Sun. Pope John Paul II acknowledged

ber 13 is used 13 times. There are 13

books on Lloyd’s first

in a speech that “the church would rec-

stars, 13 strips, 13 arrows, 13 berries

book “Numbers and You” has a chapter

tify the wrong.” This was a major rea-

and 13 letters in the words on the seal.

about Friday the 13th plus an under-

son only members of secret societies

The Kimet pyramid on the one dollar

standing of the number 13 from the

had access to ancient Kimet wisdom.

bill has 13 blocks; the eagle on the oth-

perspective of a numerologist.

Galileo was influenced by Nicolaus

er side is holding 13 arrows. the United

In Ancient Kimet the number 13

Copernicus, who was influenced by

Stated started with 13 colonies. There

was a symbol of power. Lloyd writes

Aristarchus of Samos, a Greek astrol-

were 13 signers of the Declaration of

“the ancients described 13 as a “sym-

oger who studied in ancient Kimet

Independence and the corner stone of

bol of power, which if wrongly used,

centuries earlier during the time of

the first White House was laid on the

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Herbs Are Nature’s Medicine...

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HEALING OUR EMOTIONS with HERBS and CHAKRA BALANCING 5th Throat Chakra-Pt 2 This, our voice center, allows us to communicate our thoughts and feelings. It is directly connected to the ability to express inner creativity. Both teaching and learning are affected by the balance of this chakra. Blue is its color and the gemstones include sapphire, lapis lazuli, blue topaz, aquamarine, turquoise, chrysocolla, sodalite, kyanite and blue lace agate. For healing, these stones are said to aid the treatment of any blockage or disease of the throat. It is also helpful when inflammation oc-

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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-

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he signs and wonders continue to show us the mighty power of God. The raging fires, the hurricanes and storms, followed by our disobedience should warn us that there are still more tribulations coming. That man Trump is still saber-rattling with Iran and North Korea. His blatant neglect of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will not go unanswered. Its praying time – for real! Rev. Lisa Jenkins was our guest on The 3G Experience Radio Broadcast Thursday. Pastor Jenkins is

a doctoral candidate at the Jeremiah Wright Doctoral Program. She informed us about her medical condition and the resulting surgery. If you need another miracle – she’s the one. She also urged our listeners to listen to your body and get frequent check-ups. Further discussion continued about the state of African-American females. The recent controversy over a sister with box braids highlighted the discussion. Rev. Jenkins reminded us that there was a time Black women HAD to

wear scarves on their heads. They were not permitted to wear their heads uncovered. Now we have blondes, braids and bald heads. All tribute to the beauty and the versatility of Black women. Don’t forget Bo Derrick and her braids in the movie 10. 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, the Bronx. Rev. Casper Niles, Sr., is the Pastor of Pentecostal Baptist Church on Holland Avenue in the Bronx. Anniversary Celebration continues for Rev. Johnnie Greene, Pastor of Harlem’s Mt. Neboh Baptist Church. The celebration last Sunday brought Rev. Donald Greene, Pastor of Andrew Chapel Baptist Church in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The afternoon preacher was Rev. Frederick Crawford, Pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church. Congratu-

lations Rev. Greene. Nazareth Baptist Church celebrated their anniversary with Rev. Reginald Paris and the United Christian Baptist Church. 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. We were talking about the Ministers in Harlem and the Bronx that are “Generation Builders.” Seeing Rev.

Henry Bolden at the homegoing 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 www. Send mail and other comments to PO Box 446, New York, NY 10039. You may call or text me directly at 646-897-1443.


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a while to get to the meat of this


The choices were few: Black,

ents whose kids don’t “match”)

The good news on the hori-

determined to change prejudicial

white, Latino, Asian, pick one,

are often asked about racial and

zon is that “this generation of

perceptions. But it may already be

tick the box, but that’s not the

cultural identities of their chil-

millennials” doesn’t seem to like

common-sense to you, especially

end of the story. Within that little

dren, and that can be tiring.

“rules” about skin tones. Says

if you’ve lived it. Still, though

book. Once there, you’ll be re-

ou debated awhile be-

The outside world seems

they’re taught in schools; for many

warded by stories of pain, careful

fore you checked the

concerned about things like that,

adults who grew up with colorism,

parenting, history and science,


however. Tharps (and other par-

it can be devastating.

and of everyday people who seem

square lies a lot more about who

The bottom line is that there

Tharps, they enjoy a “level of

there’s a sunshine-and-flowers

you are and who you feel you are,

are over “one hundred different

choice” when claiming an identi-

ending here. The overall tone of

and in “Same Family, Different

genes that influence skin pigmen-

ty – still, there are “limits to the

the book offers a good bit of hope.

Colors” by Lori L. Tharps, you’ll

tation” and history is rife with

‘choose your own identity’ game

see that perceptions – yours and

tales of mixed-race relationships

and not everyone gets to play.”

that of others - matter plenty.

(coerced and otherwise), all of

Cocoa, “paper-bag,” latte,

selves or their children may find

which explain variations in skin

coffee-colored, they’re all brown

much food for thought here. Any-

tone and hair between siblings.

– except when they’re not. Par-

one else wanting to know what

Lori Tharps’ youngest daughter is very light-skinned.

Readers who sigh over incessant racial questions about them-

That fact begins her story be-

Modern parents generally work

ents say it doesn’t matter – except

to do (or not to do) in issues of

cause it was recently pointed out

to make sure that doesn’t matter

when it does. In “Same Family,

race, color, and appearance will

by another child in an innocent

within the family, but Tharps in-

Different Colors,” the issue is

see that “Same Family, Different

game – much to that child’s fa-

terviewed many Black and Latino

simple – except when it isn’t.

Colors,” now out in paperback,

ther’s embarrassment. He needn’t

adults who grew up with what Alice

Author Lori L. Tharps does



Walker called “colorism,” defined

an admirable job dissecting issues

Tharps is African American, her

as “prejudicial or preferential treat-

of prejudice within Asian, Latino,

husband’s family is from Spain,

ment of same-race people based

and Black communities, but take

c.2017, Beacon Press

and their children’s skin tone var-

solely on their color.” It affects

this as a warning: there’s a lot of

$18.00 / $24.00 Canada

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