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Brooklyn’s Letitia James Is New York State’s Top Lawmaker

etitia James took the oath of office as New York State Attorney General in Albany shortly before midnight on Monday and delivered remarks on New Year’s Day at the official New York State Inauguration Ceremony on Ellis Island. Below is a transcript of her remarks. The Democrat is the first black woman to hold statewide office. Allow me to take a moment to congratulate Governor Cuomo, Comptroller DiNapoli, Lieutenant Governor Hochul, and to recognize all the dignitaries here today. And a special recognition to Barbara Underwood, who took the mantle of this great position, and in a short period of time, battled giants on our behalf. We are all grateful to her. It is my profound honor to stand before you today, and pledge my service to you, the people of the great state of New York, as your Attorney General.  Like so many, I come from humble-- but determined-- beginnings. My parents came from Southern backgrounds, raising their children in New York City in order to give us all a chance at a better life. They weren’t privileged, but they were blessed. And I imagine they would be very proud to see me here today. We stand today on hallowed ground. Blessed with the sacrifice of resisters who refused to bow to traditional rule; seeded with the dreams of millions of Americans, refugees leaving their nations of birth for a brighter future under the torch of Lady Liberty; as well as those like my parents, who simply saw their destiny and seized their shot at the American Dream. Unfortunately, today many Americans find that dream slipping from their reach. The rights and dignity of everyday people

are being trampled by the most powerful among us. We see powerful corporations who act like they are above the law. We see profiteers and politicians risking the hard-earned security of working people in the pursuit of greater wealth and power.  We see corruption eating away at the bedrock of our society, and too often, we feel powerless to respond. But today, we take that power back. Today, we respond. I believe in the rule of law and democracy and the expectation that in the eyes of government, you shall be treated no worse than your neighbor on the right and no better than your neighbor on the left. I will work in a legal system where even the most powerful federal official in the country cannot use a loophole to evade justice. I will fight for a law that codifies a woman’s right to choose and defends our reproductive freedoms. I will crackdown on government officials who abuse the public trust. I will take on corporations that pollute our air and water, that defraud taxpayers, and harm consumers. I will protect the rights of women, immigrants, LGBTQ communities, communities of color, and anyone targeted by the wrath of bigotry. I will focus on working with the State Legislature to reform a broken criminal justice system and ensure that young black and brown children are not held back by a system that is stacked against them. And I will shine a light into the murkiest of swamps, and act as a steward of justice for every New Yorker. Leaders worth their salt are here to protect those who are vulnerable and seek justice on their behalf -- and that is a promise I make to each and every one of you.

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To New York’s teachers, and nurses, preachers and parents, firefighters and police, soldiers and factory workers. From Buffalo to the Bronx. From Rochester to Riverhead, I am here to promote meaningful change, to keep our families safe and moving forward, and to advance justice at every turn. And I will keep you and your community held firmly in my heart and mind as I walk into work every day.  Guided by the principles of Micah to “do

justice, love kindness, and walk humbly in the company of God.” And to those who aim to test or break the law on our watch, to challenge the dignity and security of our great state and its people, you have a new opponent. And you better believe that I am battle tested. Thank you so much for this great honor. And the opportunity to humbly serve each of my fellow New Yorkers.  Now, let’s get to work.  Thank you and Happy New Year.

“The 60 million pounds of styrofoam New Yorkers throw away each year clog our landfills and fuel the petroleum economy destroying our planet.” Mayor Bill de Blasio

In Remembrance 2018

“This long-overdue ban will put an end to Styrofoam littering our streets and clogging our waterways,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Now we must build on this progress by cutting out other wasteful, outdated products like single-use plastic bags and plastic straws.” Page 2

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Styrofoam Now Banned in NYC

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EW YORK— Mayor de Blasio, Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Director Mark Chambers announced today that the City’s Styrofoam ban is in effect, eliminating a major source of petroleum-based waste. Now food service establishments, stores As a result of the ban, and manufacturers may manufacturers and stores may not possess, sell or offer, not sell or offer single-use foam for use, single-service items such as cups, plates, trays, Expanded Polystyrene or clamshell containers in the (EPS) foam food service City. There is a 6-month grace articles or loose-filled period. packaging such as “packing peanuts.” Kathryn Garcia. “Foam is a source "Global warming is threatening of litter in our neighborhoods, our city, and to fight it, we have and it clogs our storm drains and to change the way we live,” said pollutes our beaches. We cannot Mayor de Blasio. “The 60 million achieve zero waste without adpounds of Styrofoam New Yorkers dressing the single-use products throw away each year clog our ubiquitous in modern life. This is landfills and fuel the petroleum our first step. We have fought for economy destroying our planet. four years to ban these products in We’re ending this dirty practice favor of reusable, recyclable and so we can ensure a cleaner, fairer compostable alternatives. Today, I future for our children." am proud to say today that we have “Foam products cannot be re- prevailed and are moving toward a cycled, plain and simple, and they foam-free NYC.” have no place in our daily lives,” As a result of the ban, mansaid Sanitation Commissioner ufacturers and stores may not sell or offer single-use foam items such as cups, DBG MEDIA Publishers of plates, trays or clamshell Our Time Press, Inc. 358 Classon Avenue containers. There is a Brooklyn, NY 11238 six-month grace period (718) 599-6828 from when the ban goes Web site: www.ourtimepress.com e-mail: editors@ourtimepress.com into effect on January 1, 2019 before fines can Publisher be imposed. DSNY, the DBG MEDIA Editor-in-Chief Department of Health and David Mark Greaves Mental Hygiene, and the Copy Editor Maitefa Angaza Columnists Eddie Castro Victoria Horsford Michael Johnson Abigail McGrath Marlon Rice Reporters Akosua Albritton Margot McKenzie Contributors Lisa Durden Fern Gillespie Web Editor www.ourtimepress.com Liani Greaves Office Manager Joanna Williams Consultant Bernice Elizabeth Green Co-Founder © 2015, DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc., printed in New York City. All rights reserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the publishers. Publishers are not responsible for any ad claims. MBE Certified in NYC, NYS and the Port Authority of NY & NJ Member: New York State Press Association

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OCEAN PLASTICS POLLUTION

A Global Tragedy for Our Oceans and Sea Life

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lastic accumulating in our oceans and on our beaches have become a global crisis. Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences that make up about 40 percent of the world's ocean surfaces. At current rates, plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050. Plastics pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds and sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it. Endangered wildlife like Hawaiian monk seals and Pacific loggerhead sea turtles are among nearly 700 species that eat and get caught in plastic litter. It's time to get at the root of this ocean crisis. The center has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin regulating plastics as a pollutant and is working to stop plastic pollution at the source before it ever has a chance to reach the ocean.

THE PLASTIC PROBLEM We're surrounded by plastic. It’s in the single-use packaging we discard, the consumer goods that fill our stores, and in our clothing, which sheds microplastic fibers in the wash. In the first decade of this century, we made more plastic than all the plastic in history up to the year 2000. And every year, billions of pounds of plastic end up in the world's oceans. Plastic is so durable that the EPA reports “every bit of plastic ever made still exists.” All five of the Earth's major ocean gyres are inundated with plastic pollution. The largest one has been dubbed the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” But it's not limited to the gyres; studies estimate there are 15–51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world's oceans — from the equator to the poles, from Arctic ice sheets to the sea floor. Not one square mile of surface ocean anywhere on Earth is free of plastic pollution. The problem is growing into

a crisis. The fossil fuel industry plans to increase plastic production by 40 percent over the next decade. These oil giants are rapidly building petrochemical plants across the United States to turn fracked gas into Plastic pollution has rapidly accelerated, with eight million tons entering the plastic. This means marine environment each year. more toxic air pollution and plastic in plastic, reflecting how the amount our oceans. Urgent action is needed to address the global plastic pollution of garbage in our oceans has rapepidemic. idly increased in the past 40 years. • Marine mammals ingest and A HEAVY TOLL ON get tangled up in plastic. Large WILDLIFE amounts of plastic debris have been Thousands of animals, from found in the habitat of critically small finches to blue whales, die endangered Hawaiian monk seals, grisly deaths from eating and getting including in areas that serve as pup caught in plastic. nurseries. Entanglement in plastic • Fish in the North Pacific ingest debris has also led to injury and 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic mortality in the endangered Steller each year, which can cause intessea lion, with packing bands the tinal injury and death and transfers most common entangling material. plastic up the food chain to bigger Dead whales have been found with fish, marine mammals and human bellies full of plastic. seafood eaters. A recent study found that a quarter of fish at marFIGHTING OCEAN PLASTIC kets in California contained plastic POLLUTION in their guts, mostly in the form of plastic microfibers. The Center for Biological • Sea turtles can mistake floating Diversity is tackling this problem on plastic garbage for food. They can multiple fronts. We’ve petitioned the choke, sustain internal injury and Environmental Protection Agency by die — or starve by thinking they’re asking the government to regulate full from eating plastic. Tragically, plastics as a pollutant under the Clean research indicates that half of sea Water Act and will keep pushing for turtles worldwide have ingested plastic pollution to be treated as the plastic. New studies find plastic hazardous waste that it is. pollution is so pervasive on many We’ve sued companies that beaches that it’s affecting their turn plastic into consumer goods reproduction. to better control their runoff. We’re • Hundreds of thousands of seabirds challenging the permits needed to ingest plastic every year. Plastic build those new ethane cracker plants ingestion reduces the storage and organizing grassroots resistance volume of the stomach, causing to stop them starvation. It’s estimated that 60 There’s still a lot of work to do, percent of all seabird species have but we’re committed to the long eaten pieces of plastic, with that struggle to reduce ocean plastic number predicted to increase to 99 pollution. percent by 2050. Dead seabirds are https://www.biologicaldiversity. often found with stomachs full of org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/


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o here we are in brand-spanking new 2019, having survived an arduous 2018. Because last year’s ride may cause trepidation about the year ahead, Our Time Press points to a few gains and positives in 2018 and things to be optimistic about in 2019, taking some bitter with the sweet. PAID FAMILY LEAVE INCREASE Thanks to the nation’s strongest family-leave policy, New York State parents can now spend 10 weeks – up from eight weeks in 2018 – away from their jobs to be with their newborn children. This is great news for all parents, and particularly important for single-parent households. Every moment spent bonding with the new addition is precious, so two weeks is clear added-value of the human kind. The law applies to adopted children and fostered children as well. New Yorkers who are caretakers of family members with serious health conditions are also covered under the New York State Paid Family Leave act, as are those dealing with the military deployment of a family member. All who are eligible will receive up to 50% of their salary for the duration of the leave, which will cap at 12 weeks in 2021. MINIMUM WAGE RISES There’s good news on the salary front for minimum-wage workers as well. As of New Year’s Day, New York City residents at that pay-grade who work at a company with more than 10 employees receive a $2-per-hour raise to $15. Minimum wage for workers at smaller companies are seeing their paychecks fatten by $1.50 to reach $13.50 per hour. In other locales, including Long Island and Westchester, minimum wage is rising from $11 to $12 and in other areas of New York State the increase is from $10.40 to $11.10 NONBINARY BIRTH CERTIFICATES The right to a non-binary birth certificate is now law in New York City. Those who identify as neither female nor male are officially allowed to have an “X”

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serve as their gender-neutral marker, in place of “M” or “F” for male or female. However, it remains to be seen how logistical challenges will be resolved for New York City residents in the issuing or amending of state-regulated documents such as passports, Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and ID cards issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. New York State does not yet offer the nonbinary option. Yeah… NO CIGS AT PHARMACIES Most New Yorkers still call pharmacies “drugstores,” which have sold a deadly and highly addictive drug in plain sight of the law. But at the start of this new year the law has changed. Pharmacies in the five boroughs must cease and desist the selling of all tobacco products, including cigars and loose tobacco. Supermarket pharmacies are included and e-cigarettes were banned by the city last summer. A November, 2018 report by Tobacco Free Kids reported that each year the industry spends $199 million of its marketing budget in New York. This, while, annual health care costs directly caused by smoking in New York are $10.3 billion. The report also claims that smoking kills more people each year than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides COMBINED. The number of adults who die from smoking each year is $28,200, it says, but an estimated 280,000 young people now 18 and under will die premature deaths from smoking or from the effects of secondhand smoke. That’s an awful lot of bad news, but it highlights the good the news that politicians are finally coming to the realization that they must protect people over Big Tobacco. If accountability to the wellbeing of citizens can be an actual reality in this particular case, it can replicate among other elected officials with pressure from the voting public. MARIJUANA ARREST REFORM Speaking of smoking, marijuana reform was made official in September of last year. New York City residents

will no longer be arrested for smoking in public. Both District Attorneys Eric Gonzales (Brooklyn) and Cyrus Vance (Manhattan) have said they’ll no longer prosecute marijuana smokers brought in by police unless they are violent, or in some other manner posing a public threat, of which Vance said, there is usually little evidence. Even after the September law came into effect, police were arresting Black and brown people in droves. Apparently, although cops had stopped arresting the average person smoking in public, if they discovered the person had an arrest record, they’d bring them in. And who is arrested most in NYC? Eighty percent of people arrested for possession in the first four months of 2018 were Black or Hispanic, although studies show that marijuana use is about equal among Blacks and whites. So the refusal by these two DAs to prosecute without just cause is significant. FOAM HAS NO HOME For those concerned about the environment, a ban on foam products went into effect in New York City on January 1st. This means no foam takeout clamshell containers, cups or packing materials. (The ban is commonly said to be on Styrofoam, but as that particular foam product is not used in takeout containers, it actually has wider application.) Businesses have been given a phase-out period and will be fined starting in July. Small businesses can also apply for a waiver them a reprieve until July, 2020. Any perceived inconvenience may soon take a backseat to the benefits in the minds of city residents, as awareness of the dangers of foam products to humans and to the environment increases. The body has no mechanism for excreting foam (not through sweat, urine, mucus, etc.). So when particles too small to be seen by the eye are ingested, (perhaps while eating takeout or drinking a cup of coffee), they remain in the body and become a cancer risk. In addition, because

Styrofoam Banned ➔➔ Continued from page 2 Department of Consumer Affairs will continue to conduct outreach and education in multiple languages to businesses throughout all five boroughs. During the six-month warning period, businesses that still use foam products may receive a “warning card” reminding them of the ban and directing them to DSNY outreach resources. “This long-overdue ban will put an end to Styrofoam littering our streets and clogging our waterways,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Now we must build on this progress by cutting out other wasteful, outdated products like single-use plastic bags and plastic straws.” New Yorkers throw away 60 million pounds of foam products each year. To help educate businesses about the new law, the Department of Sanitation has already contacted over 129,000 retailers and food service establishments. DSNY is also coordinating with elected officials, community boards, business improvement districts, business organizations and other stakeholders to ensure New Yorkers

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understand how to comply with this law. The Department’s Commercial Outreach team provides free in-person trainings and online webinars to businesses and will be conducting site visits around the city during the six-month warning period. Businesses can request to host a training or sign-up for a scheduled one by visiting nyc.gov/dsnybusinessresources. Nonprofits and small businesses with less than $500,000 in revenue per year may apply for hardship exemptions from the Department of Small Business Services if they can prove that the purchase of alternative products not composed of EPS would create undue financial hardship. Waivers granted will be valid for a one-year period beginning July 1, 2019 and on a rolling basis. "Small businesses are the backbone of our city's economy - and DCA is committed to helping them thrive," said DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas. "We are proud to partner with our fellow city agencies and play a role in ensuring zero waste to landfills by 2030 while also making sure businesses are not only aware of but are operating. Under the de Blasio Administration, New

➔➔ Continued on page 7 York City has become a global leader on climate change and sustainability. In 2014, Mayor de Blasio committed to reducing New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. In 2017, the administration doubled down on its commitment to sustainability by delivering the first-ever city plan to align with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting warming to the global 1.5° Celsius target. To protect New Yorkers, the city is also moving forward with a $20 billion resiliency program designed to ensure that our neighborhoods, economy and public services will be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change. The city is also holding polluters to account by suing the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies who have contributed the most to climate change and is standing up for future generations and New York City pension holders by being, under the leadership of then-Public Advocate Letitia James, the first major city in the nation to commit to divesting pension funds from fossil fuels. Building on this commitment, Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer and city pension trustees recently announced a goal of doubling New York City’s pension fund investments in climate solutions to $4 billion by 2021. In 2018, the city also

View From Here ■■

By David Mark Greaves

2019, a year with two main items on the agenda: saving the country and saving the planet. The hope for the country is that with the Democrats now controlling one of the branches of government, the system of checks and balances that were laid down in the Constitution and that we learned about in middle school will kick in and get some straitjacket ties around our emotionally-challenged president. Commenting on Trump’s fitness for office, Senator-elect and former Republican candidate for President Mitt Romney said the president "has not risen to the mantle of the office," and in his character, he brings the office down. Controlling this guy will not be easy. He is vicious and nasty and will fight for personal survival, with Constitution, country and world be damned. Many times we’ve thought he could not go any lower or surely there were some norms, like no political speeches to the troops, that even he would abide by. But we thought wrong each time. Now we’re going to see that the events of the past year were only a series of teasers for the upcoming political circus, where every sideshow would be the center ring, were that space not commanded by the cage match of Special Counsel Robert Mueller vs. President Trump. Saving a country is a really big deal, so a lot of fireworks are to be expected. Based on the lineup of Trump investigators in Congress and the NYS Attorney General, I am certain we will not be disappointed in that respect. Where there is major disappointment is in the area of saving the planet. This unique blue orb in the known universe is in danger of being clouded over by climate change and transformed from a haven for life in the otherwise cold blackness of space, to a place of misery and death on a planetary scale. President Trump’s Administration is determined to keep financial interests as the cornerstone of his environmental policy, opening federal land to drilling and rolling back environmental regulations depending on how much it will cost people he knows or wants to impress. As always, Trump comes first. And then there’s the garbage. Plastic pollution of the ocean food chain from bacteria to humans continues unabated and will only increase by tens of millions of tons a year. This is a fact that we must make a part of our lives as we try to minimize our usage of plastic bags, straws, and other single-use plastic items. launched “Bring It,” a sustainability campaign focused on empowering young New Yorkers to reduce waste and create a cleaner, fairer city. Who is Covered: • For-profit or not-for-profit: food service establishments, mobile food commissaries and stores that sell or use foam items; and • Manufacturers and distributors of polystyrene foam packaging that are located or operate within any of the five boroughs of New York City. What is Covered: • Single-service foam items including cups, bowls, plates, takeout containers and trays. • Foam loose-filled packaging, commonly known as “packing peanuts.” What is Not Covered: • Foam containers used for prepackaged food that have been filled and sealed prior to receipt by the food service establishment, mobile food commissary or store. • Foam containers used to store raw meat, pork, fish, seafood or poultry sold from a butcher case or similar appliance. • Foam blocks used as protective packaging in shipping. For more information, visit: nyc.gov/ foamban.


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By Victoria Horsford

RIP: EDOUARD PLUMMER

Edouard Plummer RIP: Beloved educator and community leader Edouard E. Plummer, 90, died on December 5 in Maryland. A Harlem treasure, Plummer arrived at Wadleigh Jr. High School in 1958, where he changed public school culture with his vigor and enthusiasm for education excellence. He founded the Wadleigh Scholars Program in 1964, which prepared high-achieving public-school students for acceptance with scholarships at the nation’s leading boarding schools such as the Milton Academy, Lawrenceville, Phillips Academy Andover, Choate, Hotchkiss and Westminster. He was a household name in the boarding school circuit for more than 50 years. To date, more than 600 predominantly Harlem-based African-American students have completed Plummer’s WSP bootcamp. Plummer reckoned that the boarding schools were academically rigorous and if the students

maintained their scholarships, they were assured access to the nation’s top colleges and universities on scholarships. His conclusion was spot-on! He really advocated for young Black male students to escape urban New York. More than 600 students boast the WSP indoctrination. They are prominent professionals on Wall Street, in medicine, education, engineering, law and Information Technology. Born in West Virginia, Plummer graduated from West Virginia University in 1949 before joining the US Army, where he served as a corporal from 1950-1952. He lived in Paris from 1952 to 1958, where he met and befriended artists such as Lena Horne, James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, Picasso and Richard Wright. Surrogate dad and tough-love educator, he was enamoured with arts and culture, especially opera and theater. He earned a master’s degree in History at the City University of New York in 1964. His education model included English and math intensives coupled with perennial doses of lessons in Black culture and history. A memorial service in remembrance of Edouard Plummer will be held at the Wadleigh School, located at 215 West 114th Street, Harlem, on January 19 at 11 am.

Proctor & Gamble, in building a strategy to win African-American consumers, bought Walker & Company for an undisclosed sum from African-American millennial Tristan Walker, who founded his health and beauty business in 2013. The African-American market for Black beauty care is in the neighborhood of $4-5 million. A few years ago, Unilever bought Sundial Brands, a skin care and hair line for African-Americans, from Liberian-born Richelieu Dennis for an undisclosed sum. Dennis recently bought Villa Lewaro, Madam CJ Walker’s mansion in Irvington, New York. Last year, he acquired Essence Communications. Elon Musk’s Tesla corporation, manufacturer of electric cars, named two new board members: African-American Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, a Walgreens Boot Alliance Executive VP and Chief Human Resources Officer (Global), and Larry Ellison, gazillionaire founder of software behemoth ORACLE. Linda Johnson Rice, Johnson Publishing Company Chair/ CEO, is also a Tesla trustee.

BLACK WOMEN MAGIC

BUSINESS WORLD

Michelle Obama

Tristan Walker

Last Friday, it was announced that former USA First Lady Michelle Obama tops Gallup’s Most Admired Women in America poll. Media icon Oprah Winfrey placed second, with former First Lady Hillary Clinton and First Lady Melania Trump tying in third place. Michelle’s runaway bestseller memoir, “BECOMING,” sold 3.5 million copies since its publication date of November 13. Last month, Texas was a fine example of Black Girl Magic, where 17 AfricanAmerican women ran for judgeships in the civil, criminal, family and probate courts in Harris County, and won by double digits. The following includes some of the judges-elect vital stats. They are Democrats who range in age from 31 to 60+. Harris County is 42% Latino, 31% white, 20% Black and 7% Asian. Its 2014 population was 4,108,909, with a 4,125,425 projection by 2018. Harris is 52 miles away from Galveston County. Spelman College received a $30 million donation from trustee Ronda Stryker and her husband William Johnston to underwrite The Center for Innovation and the Arts on the Spelman campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Spelman is an HBCU, a historical university founded in 1881 for women of African descent. A prominent American liberal arts college, Spelman has a disproportionately high level of Black alum who are scientists.

ARTS/CULTURE/ HISTORY On January 1, 1804, African-American Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti’s independence from France. Haiti now celebrates its 215th Independence. The 1791 Haitian Slave Revolt, organized by Toussaint L’Ouverture, launched Haiti’s divorce from enslavement and from colonization. Haiti is the first Black republic in the New World. Martinique literary lion Patrick Chamoiseau says something to the effect that “freedom never tastes as sweet as when you snatch it as the enslaved Haitians did.” The Museum of Black Civilizations, headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, opened on December 6 with the requisite fanfare

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Carol Boyce Davies and brouhaha. The inaugural exhibition, “African Civilization’s Continuous Creation of Humanity,” focuses on the continent as the “cradle of civilization.” A Summit of African Diasporan fine artists and intellectuals attended the opening celebrations, including visual artists like Jamaican-born Peter Wayne Lewis, Haitian Philippe Dodard, Los Angeles-based Yrneh Gabon Brown and Cuban Ello Rodriguez; and scholars like Trinidadian-born Cornell University Professor Carol Boyce Davies and Kenyan Professor George Abungo, curator of the African Cradle of Humankind exhibit. Museum curator and Senegalese Babacar Mbow enthuses, “It is incomparable to anything in the world.” Housed in a 148,000-sq.-ft. building, the idea of this museum was conceived in 1966 when Senegalese President Senghor hosted the century’s first World Black Festival of Arts in 1966 which was attended by Black eminences like Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes, to name a few Diasporans. The museum opening coincides with a critical period in Africa/European relations, re: Euroappropriation of African art. As Professor Davies observed, “While the museum is a fulfillment of Senghor’s vision, the work of decolonization knowledge must continue.” China donated $35 million towards the MUSEUM project. Museum opening is the talk of the arts cognoscenti world.

NEWSMAKERS

William C. Thompson RIP: William C. Thompson, 94, died last week. The Harlem-born Thompson was a member of the “Greatest Generation” and a member in good standing with Black Brooklyn political power. A Democrat, he served as a judge, City Councilman and was the first Brooklynbased Black elected to the NY Senate. He cut his teeth in politics when he ran for Congress against Shirley Chisholm in 1968. The son of West Indian immigrants, he is the father of William Thompson, former NYC Comptroller and candidate for NYC mayor. HAPPY NEW YEAR! A Harlem-based management consultant, Victoria Horsford is reachable at Victoria.horsford@gmail.com.


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Thinker's Notebook

The Significance of Brooklyn in Kwanzaa's Continued Growth ■■

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he story of Kwanzaa begins with the concept of Pan-Africanism. Pan-Africanism is an ideal that encompasses the entire scope of the African experience: the art, culture and philosophy of Africans and African nations, the norms and values that have origins in African nations, and the resolute idea that African peoples in all parts of the world should create self-reliance based on collectivity and an adherence to African culture and philosophy. While Pan-Africanism as a philosophy can be drawn back past the 18th century, modern PanAfricanism has its beginnings at the turn of the 20th century. And while Kwame Nkrumah and Sekou Toure are two of the most prominent figures of Pan-Africanism, in America names like Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X fueled scores of young Black people to adopt PanAfricanism as a mode of expression and ultimately a way of life. One such person was Maulana Karenga. The founder of Kwanzaa credits Malcolm X as being influential in his work, particularly Malcolm’s thoughts on Pan-Africanism and the need for a “cultural revolution.” Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as a way to give Blacks an opportunity to “celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” At a time of Black awareness and cultural identification, Kwanzaa was an idea that fit the needs of the people in a way that was necessary. However, this was the pre-digital age. Karenga couldn’t just rely on the idea of Kwanzaa going viral for it to take hold. The idea of Kwanzaa had to be introduced, vetted and then accepted

The Kwanzaa Collective

By Marlon Rice by Black Nationalist organizations that were willing to listen to the idea. Karenga was convicted in 1971 of felonious assault and imprisonment. He was sentenced to 1-10 years in California. Without Karenga free to continue spreading the ideals of Kwanzaa, this new Black holiday could’ve easily expired as most ideas do, quickly and quietly. But Kwanzaa was a special ideal, and it was accepted by a special organization in Brooklyn. The East began celebrating Kwanzaa in 1969. The organization was one of a few that continued to acknowledge the holiday, even while Karenga was away in prison. And with every year of celebrating the holiday, the seeds of the movement were spread across the borough, across the city and effectively across the nation. Kwanzaa is now celebrated by over 30 million people in America. Fifty-two (52) years after its introduction, Kwanzaa is still a very important part of the holiday season in Brooklyn. This past week saw the continuation of two foundational Kwanzaa events organized by the people who were there at the beginning. Last Thursday, the Kwanzaa Collective presented “A Unity Celebration” at PS 57. Vendors were onsite with various quality merchandise: Asase Yaa, the drum and dance ensemble, performed and a great discussion was held in the auditorium. While there, I got a chance to listen to Dr. Leonard Jeffries, former professor of Black Studies at CUNY, speak about PanAfricanism as it stands today. The event was organized by Michael Kofi Mulezi Hooper, chairman of the Kwanzaa Collective and the founder of the Umoja Food Collective. Mr.

Baraka Smith teaching the children about Kwanzaa

Hooper’s dedication to Kwanzaa is bona fide and recognized throughout the community. At an event honoring Mr. Hooper back in 2017, world-renowned acupuncturist and founder of the P.E.A.C.E. Health Center Dr. Shadidi Beatrice Kinsey said, “When I think of Kwanzaa, I think of Michael (Hooper).” The Kwanzaa Collective continues to work towards growing the holiday through information and demonstration. Last Saturday, The East held its own Kwanzaa celebration at For My Sweet, an event space located directly around the corner from 10 Claver Place, the place where The East was founded in 1969. The families of the organization came together to enjoy the Karamu and to celebrate the holiday. Moving into its 50th Anniversary, the growth and expansion of The East can be seen on a global level, with members and families spread out

Lighting the Kinara at the Kwanzaa Collective Event. across the globe, but the intent and commitment to Blackness still exists at the core of each family. And Kwanzaa is a holiday to celebrate that Blackness. Pictures were sent through Instagram of East family members in Atlanta that couldn’t make the trip up to New York, coming together out there to celebrate Kwanzaa. In North Carolina and in California, East family members

were celebrating and inviting people to learn more about the holiday. So, while The East celebration was here in Brooklyn, those members that weren’t here still joined in from where they were. Maulana Karenga created the holiday known as Kwanzaa. Brooklyn has fortified the holiday into a force that is growing past 30 million people.


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Presentation of the Nguzo Saba soon thereafter. Starting with the Ancient Origins which he said, “Builds on the five fundamental activities of Continental African ‘first fruit’ celebrations. In gathering of the people, reverence for the Creator and creation, commemoration of the past, recommitment to our highest values and celebration of the good.” “Modern Origins: Build on the emphasis in the Black Freedom Movement on commitment to African consciousness and culture, social justice, self-determination, cooperative practices and struggle.” Dr. Shabaka recited this history before going deeper into the symbols and the Seven Principles for all to read in unison. Dr. Shabaka then explained, “The symbols seen on the setups for Kwanzaa tables: Mazao (Crops), Mkeka (The Mat), Kinara (The Candle Holder), Muhindi (The Corn), Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles), kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup) and Zawadi (The Gifts).” This is the display we see of the table with the fruits and candles on how to use them to celebrate. He explained that the principles should be a daily practice studied all year round.

The Donald Smith Quartet was up next with the sounds of jazz. A full set of keys, guitar, drums and trumpet was followed by the African drums and African dance performance of Asase Yaa African Dance. The community is so familiar with the celebration. One attendee wasn’t feeling well, yet expressed that she’d came out for spiritual energy. The Vice Chair of NAKO further explained the symbols as she lit the first four candles leading to the present day and ended with a libation honoring the ancestors. This ritual was followed by the introduction of Dr. Karenga by Dr. Shabaka. Dr. Karenga greeted the audience in Swahili and continued by delivering excerpts of his Annual Founder’s Kwanzaa Message, “Reimagining and Remaking the World: A Kwanzaa Commitment to an Inclusive Good,” which can be found in its entirety online at officialkwanzaawebsite,org. “As we celebrate, we must celebrate in struggle,” he said. And Kwanzaa is a celebration of freedom, of the free space we have created to honor ourselves, to remember, reflect and recommit ourselves. It is a celebration

Photo: Nathaniel Adams

An African drums and African dance performance by Asase Yaa African Dance.

Photo: Nathaniel Adams

The Donald Smith Quartet brought the spirit of Kuumba (creativity)

Photo: Nathaniel Adams

Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa, at the celebration of the 52nd Anniversary of Kwanzaa held by the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO) and the International African Arts Festival (IAAFESTIVAL) of hearts and minds free from self-doubt, self-denial, self-condemnation and self-mutilation, and open to experiencing and embracing a liberated and uplifted spirit of specialness, rooted in and raised up by the shared and sacred good of being African in and for the world. Dr. Karenga further explained, “The family is how we have become conscious of ourselves. We are a world historical people. Out of our family and community comes culture. There is no place we can turn more important than our culture. What does it mean to be African? It has to be more than color. It is not an event. Kwanzaa is more than Dec. 26-Jan. 1. It’s a celebration of all the good. A festival of harvest. At its basic is a celebration of family and culture first.” Dr. Karenga spoke to areas of concern and need in the community. Social media was one of the areas of distraction of which he commented, going from “megabytes to terabytes.” If we’re so focused on being mad at people on social media, we don’t focus on the real people we need to be mad at. He also spoke to the readiness of any changes in the world and how it would affect the community. “What does it mean for us if China was the new government? We need to know all the languages,” Dr. Karenga said. “How do you carve free space in the midst of unfreedom? Are you studying like Harriet Tubman did? The white man does meteorology, we watch the weather.” Dr. Karenga continued, “What does it mean to be in these times? We are to remember, reflect and recommit ourselves to our values. Our ancestors are mirrors by which we measure ourselves. When we honor these we honor ourselves. He paraphrased Ossie Davis in the eulogy of Malcolm X: “Say what is good, but also say what is right.” “We free ourselves when we start to be ourselves. What would the world look like if we fully realized ourselves? Our model is our ancestors. We are to free ourselves from the cultural dominant. Free space to honor, reflect and free from self-doubt. Whatever we do we must do together as Black men and women.” Dr. Karenga ended by reaffirming the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa with the audience as the commitment for an inclusive good.


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NYS Attorney General Letitia James

Rep. Maxine Waters

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Rep. Jerrold Nadler

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Letitia James, NYS Attorney General: In her new office, James has said she plans to thoroughly investigate Donald Trump and his organization for crimes committed in the state. Including all business interests and the June 9, 2016 meeting of Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr. with Russians at Trump Tower. James told NBC News, “We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well…. We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law.” Most dangerous for Trump, he can’t pardon state crimes.

Maxine Waters, Chair, House Financial Services Committee: The person Trump has called “low IQ” will have jurisdiction to investigate Trump where he is most sensitive, his finances. “While in the minority, Waters pressed for an investigation into Deutsche Bank, a lender to Trump that was separately implicated in a Russian money-laundering operation in 2017. She's also pushed the Treasury Department to divulge financial ties between Russia and the Trump family.” (CNN) Elijah Cummings, Chair, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee: This committee has

the broadest oversight capability and Cummings has made clear his intentions with 51 letters already sent to the White House and government agencies. Russia, corruption, immigration and more all fall under his purview. Jerold Nadler, Chair, Judiciary Committee: He will be in charge of any Democratic impeachment effort. This will depend mainly on the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It passes through Nadler and his committee can make it public. “Nadler's committee also has jurisdiction over Trump's signature issue: immigration, an area Nadler is poised to conduct rigorous oversight

on -- from family separation to changes to asylum laws -- in the new Congress.” (CNN). Adam Schiff, Chair, House Intelligence Committee: Promises to investigate connections between Russians and Trump and is another investigator fascinated by the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump’s team and the Russians. "There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time," Schiff said earlier this month on CBS' "Face the Nation." (CNN)

Richard Neal, Chair, House Ways and Means Committee: He gets to ask for Trump’s big no-no, his tax returns. And like all of the committee chairs, he can request by subpoena.

Reward Offered for Capture of Jazmine Barnes' Killer

On the Legal Front ➔➔ Continued from page 3 foam is not biodegradable, when packing peanuts end up in landfills and bodies of water, birds and fish consume them. The new full-out ban is a victory for Mayor de Blasio who had argued that New Yorkers threw away 60 million pounds of foam a year. The ban has been in talks – and in contention – since Mayor Bloomberg proposed it in 2013. After a couple of rounds in and out of court with foam manufacturers and restaurant owners, a judge gave the final nod to the City. A NYC DYNAMO BRINGS A GREEN NEW DEAL There were few sounds louder than the roar of approval from New York voters as it became clear that Democrats had once again won the House, giving rise to hope of a return to functional government. The number of women added to the roster of elected across the nation is galvanizing indeed to many. But New Yorkers were extra proud as Andrea StewartCousins became Speaker of the State Assembly after Democrats pulled off a decisive victory. It turned out however, that New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the breakout star. She arrived with a sweeping and super-impressive proposal to rescue the environment and those (all) of us depending on it, while putting people to work in the process. Her Green New Deal is a big deal. It would move the nation to 100 percent renewable energy and 81 percent of people in a recent poll support it, along with more than 30 members of Congress. Unfortunately, when it came time to deliver on this type of change that voters made very clear they want, the House couldn’t make it happen – yet. There is still the seniority among House Democrats to deal with, even now with the majority vote. Some members of the old unsettled guard, are declining to play ball and Ocasio-Cortez was not granted a committee appointment that would allow her to help usher a Green New Deal into place. She says her recommendations were deemed, too controversial.” But there‘s still a bright side. Voters are in a position in New York to make their intentions and their power clear, more than ever. That’s a new deal and a big deal in itself.

Rep. Adam Schiff

$35,000 has been offered for any information leading to Jazmine Barnes' murderer. It will not bring her back, but hopefully, she will receive justice.

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car trip early over the weekend before the new year ended in tragedy following the death of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes. When LaPorsha Washington ventured out on what should have been a normal morning outing to get coffee, her life and the lives of her other children were changed forever. A 40-year-old white, unidentified gunman pulled alongside their vehicle in a pickup truck and opened fire. Afterward, Jazmine's sister informed the bewildered mother that the second grader had been shot and wasn't moving or talking. Jazmine was pronounced dead at the scene and Washington, 30, was taken to a nearby hospital for being shot as well. Jazmine's younger six-year-old sister was also injured by broken glass stemming from the windows being shot out. Washington described her daughter's final moments from her hospital bed. "As I turned around and looked back at the street, I heard shots start firing and they came through my window, broke my glass, and hit me in my arm. They sped off in front of us and the truck slowed down and continued to fire as he was in front of us. It was not fair. It was not fair. He intentionally killed my child for no reason. He didn't

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even know her, he didn't know who she was." Sheriff Gonzalez elaborated on the shooting, stating: "It's our belief that it was totally unprovoked, whatever it was, and we're leaving no stone unturned. We're going to leave every motive out there as a possibility. There was nothing to indicate that the family did anything wrong in any way. They were simply just driving along the service road when this happened to them." Harris County Sheriff's Department described the killer as a white man in his 40s with a beard, wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt and driving a red pickup truck.

Although no motive has been given for the callous shooting, race has not been ruled out. And, with today's racial climate, it certainly isn't something that should be overlooked. Authorities assured the public that the investigation would be thorough. Law enforcement authorities, her family and many people around the country are obviously devastated by Jazmine's death. Even activist Shaun King and civil rights attorney, Lee Merritt have become involved in the search for the little girl's killer. A $35,000 reward has been offered to anyone who turns in the perpetrator.


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Part 1- The Real Problem: What is to be done with all of those K-12 Black and Latino students who are on and/or above learning- and grade-level standards? “Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke.” ---Ralph Ellison “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” ---Oprah Winfrey “…Some NYC politicians, civic leaders and professional educators (who should know and act better) are floating, unknowingly or cynically, a dangerous narrative: That poor performance on a high school standardized admissions exam proves that there is something ‘inherently’ wrong with the brains of Black and Latino children; thus, the ‘problem’ requires an ‘admissions process’ fix rather than an expanded educational opportunity and an improvement of learning quality fix. They either ignore or don’t know that these students not having full ‘front-end’ access to a better quality of learning and test-preparedness are predictably doomed to suffer from academic underachievement and test underperformance. In our present national political climate, it is probably not a wise or helpful decision to imply, even by accident, that Black and Latino children are, ‘by nature,’ intellectually inferior. What is inferior is the quality of the K-8 education and test preparation too many of these Black and Latino students are receiving...”

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t a recent public forum on the NYC Mayor’s Specialized High Schools (SHS) “Integration Plan,” a few Black parents raised some very thoughtful questions about the emotional and educational safety and well-being of their children, if admitted by way of the “plan” to a SHS. I share their concerns and many others about the “integration plan;” for sure, the “devil” is in the tale that leads up to the “plan,” as well as the problematic details in the “plan” itself. As a former NYC high school principal, I took in students who “voluntarily” transferred from a SHS. What I gained from those experiences is my belief that SHS school culture generally is not structured and practiced in working with “struggling” students (who tested into a SHS!). And trust me, I have learned as

LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. DWAYNE N. MCKAY, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on April 13, 2016, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on January 31, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 966 Madison Street, Brooklyn, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 3366 and Lot 19. Approximate amount of judgment is $779,050.85 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 507058/2013. William D. Bowman, Esq., Referee Knuckles, Komosinski & Manfro, LLP, 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523, Attorneys for Plaintiff Cash will not be accepted. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for the Certificateholders of Banc of America Mortgage 2007-4 Trust, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-4, Plaintiff AGAINST Reynold Lavache; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated March 21, 2016 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams

a superintendent, school cultures don’t change simply because of a “directive” from central, and if the administration and/or staff don’t like or agree with that directive, well, the central office better “helmet-up,” for a passive and/or active resistance battle is about to begin where students could be the victims of some form of educational collateral damage! Will these SHS “integrated” children of color be seen as intellectually second-class students who gained access based on a political, rather than an academic, basis? And if these Black and Latino students have not received a quality K-8 educational learning experience, are we crippling their competitiveness and ultimately setting them up for failure? And what about those Black ➔➔ Continued on page 9

Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on January 31, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1162 E 99TH Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 8244 Lot 74. Approximate amount of judgment $912,416.49 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 13593/08. Julie Clark, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: December 3, 2018 59588 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC AUCTION Supreme Court of New York, KINGS County. HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff, -against- ESTHER MATEO; PLINIO MATEO; JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.; CITY OF NEW YORK TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NYC DEPARTMENT OF FINANCEPARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; CARLA PARRA; FRANCISCO HERNANDEZ; CARLOS GARCIA; JOSE MORALES; BERNARDO FLORES; JOHN DOE #1-#2 AND JANE DOE #1-#2 occupants of the mortgaged premises whose identities remain unknown to plaintiff, Index No. 21581/2012. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated, July 20, 2017 and entered with the Kings County Clerk on August 10, 2017, Bernard M. Alter, Esq., the Appointed Referee, will sell the premises known as

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t was once again a long and disappointing season for the New York Jets – a season which did show some signs of promise as the team started out with a win-loss record of 3-3. Their rookie quarterback Sam Darnold showed signs of progress with his impressive play. After that, the team endured a six-game losing streak and had the body language of a team that had been defeated in many ways. The losing streak included a 41-10 home loss to the Bills back in November. The Jets finished their season last week with a loss to the Patriots, finishing the campaign at 4-12. After last Sunday’s loss, there were many questions surrounding the future of the Jets and the steps they will take as far as the development of their 21-year-old QB. As many expected, Coach Todd Bowles was sought to be on the “hot seat” for a good portion of the year. After his third-straight losing season, the organization has decided to move on from Bowles. There have been many names thrown out there as potential candidates for the coaching gig. One of them is former Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy. The past few head coaches for the Jets have been defensive-minded coaches, most recently Bowles, Rex Ryan and

By Eddie Castro

Eric Mangini. It is more likely that Jets co-Chairman Christopher Johnson will be looking to get an “offensive mind” to be the next head coach of his team, more importantly, to help develop Darnold into a franchise-caliber quarterback, something for which Jets fans have been pleading for some time. Once again, with $100 million dollars to spend in free agency and the third overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, the Jets off-season could very well dictate the next 10 years of the franchise. McCarthy should definitely be granted an interview for the Jets coaching vacancy. For over a decade as the Green Bay Packers coach, he has proven to be a winning coach with one Super Bowl victory under his belt and should be credited in the success of arguably the best quarterback in football in Aaron Rodgers. The Jets team has many needs to address--whether they do it through the draft or free agency is to be determined. I look for the Jets to try and get the best player in the draft and grab the biggest fish in the free-agent class, which could very well be running back Le’Veon Bell. In the coming months, we shall see just what direction the team will go in and if they can get the right coach and added players to create the ingredients of a possible winning culture for New York Football.

SPORTS NOTES: (Baseball) Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, the two biggest names in the free agent pool, are still unsigned. Are the Yankees in the mix for either player? Stay tuned and let’s have the conversation and E-mail me at Castroeddie714@ gmail.com. Also, what moves will the Giants make in the off-season?

856 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11237 at public auction in Room 261 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on February 7, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York known as Block: 3386; Lot: 51 will be sold subject to the provisions of filed Judgment, Index No. 21581/2012. The approximate amount of judgment is $658,011.38 plus interest and costs. FRIEDMAN VARTOLO LLP 85 Broad Street, Suite 501, New York, New York 10004, Attorneys for Plaintiff. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST, Plaintiff, Against Index No.: 6482/08 RICHARD BUCKHEIT, ESQ. AS PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF KINGS COUNTY ON BEHALF OF THE ESTATE OF GREGORY BISCOMBE; et al, Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, duly entered on 1/17/2018, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction, in Room 224 of the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, on 1/31/2019 at 2:30 pm premises known as 40 Weirfield Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 and described as follows: ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, and designated on the tax maps of

the Kings County Treasurer as Block 3401 and Lot 24 The approximate amount of the current Judgment lien is $723,250.09 plus interest and costs. The Premises will be sold subject to provisions of the aforesaid Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; Index # 6482/08. Angelique Moreno, Esq., Referee. STIENE & ASSOCIATES, P.C. (Attorneys for Plaintiff), 167 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768 Dated: 11/27/2018 File Number: 201202875 LF NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR WINSTED FUNDING TRUST 2015-1, Plaintiff, vs. ALDURELL CHARLES, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to an Order Confirming Referee Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on December 11, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on January 31, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 125 Cornelia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 3375 and Lot 59. Approximate amount of judgment is $962,700.99 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 516197/2016. If the sale is set ➔➔ Continued on page 10


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Why Not Have a REAL NYC Specialized High School Integration Plan? ➔➔ Continued from page 8 and Latino students who took, passed and gained admission to the SHS by way of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) entrance exam. When these students enter a classroom will a teacher assume that (and treat them like) they are a political integration admittance? Those concerned Black parents and I have been schooled by American racial life experiences, we know that you can’t legislate racial attitudes and perceptions. And having spent a lot of years in public school systems, I know that the real “racial achievement gap” is between what is rhetorically offered to students and what is ultimately expected of them; that which is promised and that which is actually done on behalf of children of color. The critical underlining, unaddressed, and cleverly concealed problem here is that NYC and many other (including “northern liberal”) places in the US have failed to recognize and design a systemwide, comprehensive strategic plan that would effectively

respond to the question: “What is to be done with K-12 Black and Latino students who are on and/or above learning- and grade-level standards?” High-academically performing Black and Latino public school students are in so many ways the invisible, forgotten and ignored children of public education. Why, one might ask, is there an artificially created scarcity of K-8 Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs in “designated” parts of New York City? Why are there so few good K-12 neighborhood school options in many neighborhoods of color in NYC? Why are Black and Latino students always being educationally ghettoized and characterized by the phrases “deficient” and “gaps?” Black and Latino children, like all children, cover a wide spectrum of interest, gifts, talents and abilities, and so why are we not sincerely and adequately addressing the diverse needs of these students? Some NYC politicians, civic leaders and professional educators (who should know and act better) are floating, unintentionally or cynically, a dangerous narrative: That poor performance on a high school

standardized admissions exam proves that there is something “inherently” wrong with the brains of Black and Latino children; thus, the “problem” requires an “admissions process” fix rather than an expanded educational opportunity and an improvement of the quality of learning fix. They either ignore or don’t know that these students not having full “front-end” access to a better quality of learning and test-preparedness are predictably doomed to suffer from academic underachievement (at any high school) and standardized test underperformance. In our present political climate, it is probably not a wise or helpful decision to imply, even by accident, that Black and Latino children are, “by nature,” intellectually inferior. However, what is inferior is the quality of the K-8 education and test preparation too many of these Black and Latino students are receiving. But as wonderful and helpful as a K-8 G&T program (including a strong and rich arts component) can be in preparing students to gain admission to a NYC SHS, all that is required to effectively prepare a

young person for the most academically rigorous requirements at any NYC high school is to simply provide them a K-8 environment rich with: high expectations, high teacher effectiveness, high efficacious behavior on the part of the school’s administrators and instructors, high teaching and learning efficiency (a high quantity of quality teaching and learning time), and the consistent (every grade) exposure to a standards (rich)-based K-8 formal and “informal” educational curriculum experience. There are a lot of places (G&T or not) where these empowering educational conditions exist in NYC public schools, ➔➔ Continued on page 11


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NEW BUSINESS FORMATIONS NOTICE OF FORMATION JHW BOOKS LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 099/13/2018. Off. Loc.: Kings County. SSNY has been desig. as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy to is: JHW Books, LLC, 74 Rutland Road, Brooklyn, NY 11225. Purpose: Any lawful act. NOTICE OF FORMATION of 39 West 72 Debt LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the

LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 8 aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, the Mortgagee's attorney, or the Referee. Philip L. Kamaras, Esq., Referee Peter T. Roach & Associates, P.C., 6901 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 240, Syosset, New York 11791, Attorneys for Plaintiff NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, VANDERBILT MORTGAGE AND FINANCE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. WILBUR L. MAZYCK, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on February 2, 2018 and an Order for Extension filed on October 31, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on January 31, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 17 Dodworth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 3229 and Lot 37. Approximate amount of judgment is $813,905.94 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 8717/14. For sale information, please visit Auction.com at www.Auction. com or call (800) 280-2832 Aaron Maslow, Esq., Referee Greenspoon Marder, 100 West Cypress Creek Road, Trade Centre South, Suite 700, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309, Attorneys for Plaintiff NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Kings Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee, on behalf of SASCO 2007MLN1 Trust Fund, Plaintiff AGAINST Neville Romain a/k/a Neville Roman, David Cohan, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 5/7/18 and entered on 5/24/18, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on January 24, 2019 at 02:30 PM premises known as 2049 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 1565, LOT: 44. Approximate amount of judgment is $817,845.11 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 506073/2014. Doron A. Leiby, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS HSBC

Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/18. Off. Loc.: Kings County. SSNY has been desig. as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy to is: The LLC, 225 Broadway, 32nd Flr, New York, NY 10007. Purpose: Any lawful act. Sports Guardian Group, LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the SSNY on 11/30/2018. Office location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC Bank USA, National Association as Trustee for Wells Fargo Asset Securities Corporation, Mortgage Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates Series 2007AR7 Plaintiff -against-Mohammad M. Rahman Mohammed M. Hossain, Ahmed H. Bhuiyan, New York City Parking Violations Bureau, New York City Environmental Control Board, New York City Transit Adjudication Board, United States of America- Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, New York State Department of Taxation & Finance, Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York, Discover Bank, American Express Bank, Midland Funding NCC-2 Corporation, Nancy T. Sunshine – Commissioner of Jurors, Metro Portfolios Inc., Citibank (South Dakota), NA, Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC, RAB Performance Recoveries, LLC, Capital Equity Management LLC, Capital One Bank, Cypress Financial Recoveries, LLC, Palisades Collection LLC, Empire Portfolios Inc., Colorado Capital Investments, Inc., Criminal Court of the City of New York, LVNV Funding LLC APO American Express, Department of Housing Preservation & Development, Arrow Financial Services, LLC, NY Institute of Technology, FIA Card Services NA, CACH of Colorado LLC, Advantage Assets II Inc., T-Collection Inc. SUCC ASSOC FINCL SVS, Sage Financial LTD., OFM Group Inc., Great Seneca Financial Corp., Presidents TR CO SUCC INT Bank NA, Hassanba WA/ RO P SO TH Hempstead, National Credit Acceptance Inc., NIF ND CCR Partners as Assignee, Velocity Investments, LLC, Summit Recoveries Inc., Unifund CCR Partners as AAO Citibank, ORI Financial Services Inc., Jane Smith (Name Refused), Bibi Khan, Aki Khan Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale entered on November 19, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at ROOM 224 F/K/A ROOM 274 OF KINGS COUNTY SUPREME COURT, 360 ADAMS STREET, BROOKLYN,, NEW YORK 11201 on January 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM premises known as 133 Hale Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238-1251. ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of KINGS and State of New York. Block: 3931 Lot:3 Approximate amount of lien $554,266.75 plus interest and costs.Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment Index # 505521/2014 Steven Naiman, Esq., REFEREE STEIN, WIENER AND ROTH, L.L.P., ATTORNEYS FOR THE PLAINTIFF ONE OLD COUNTRY ROAD, SUITE 113 CARLE PLACE, NY 11514 DATED: December 19, 2018 FILE #:WELLS 69684 SUPREME COURT, COUNTY OF BRONX, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, vs. Patricia Campbell, Chase Manhattan Bank USA, N.A. Mortgage

upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the David Geffrard, 8922 Avenue L Brooklyn, NY 11236. Purpose: any lawful act. Urban Tea Kitchen, LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the SSNY on 10/24/2018. Office location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the Urban Tea Kettle, 426 East 22nd Street #3H, Brooklyn, NY 11226. Purpose: any lawful act. THEDANCEBOX, LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the SSNY on 9/19/2018. OfElectronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Alliance Mortgage Banking Corp., New York City Environmental Control Board, New York City Parking Violations Bureau, New York City Transit Adjudication Bureau, People of the State of New York, Chase Bank FKA The Dime Savings Bank of NY FSB, Anthony Harris, Kemeisha Robinson, Sandra Tyndale, Trevor Grant, Donald Lee Davenport, Defendant(s).Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated November 5, 2018 and duly entered thereafter, Steven B. Shapiro, Esq., the court appointed Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., the premises known as 1301 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213; all that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Kings, City of New York, and State of New York Block 1377, Lot 149. Approximate amount of judgment is $1,037,948.72 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of said Judgment Index No. 27873/2009. Steven B. Shapiro, Esq., Referee Lawrence & Walsh, P.C., 215 Hilton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550, Attorneys for Plaintiff NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR PRETIUM MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. DOROTHY ALEXANDER, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on May 24, 2018 and an Order Pursuant to CPLR 2004 Extending the Time to Set Sale and to Ratify Sale Nunc Pro Tunc duly filed on November 29, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on January 24, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 420 Autumn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 4170 and Lot 25. Approximate amount of judgment is $465,190.34 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 512372/2015. Helene Blank, Esq., Referee Knuckles, Komosinski & Manfro, LLP, 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523, Attorneys for Plaintiff Cash will not be accepted. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: KINGS COUNTY. NATIONAL PAYMENT RELIEF LLC, Pltf. vs. ELESHA CAMPBELL, et al, Defts. Index #12400/13. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale dated Nov. 5, 2018, I will sell at public auction in Room 224

VOL. 23 NO. 1 fice location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to THEDANCEBOX, LLC, 89 Den Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful act. AL TALENT AND MEDIA LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/02/2018. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 110 Broadway # 705 Brooklyn Ny 11249. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. of the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., prem. k/a 155 Legion St., Brooklyn, NY a/k/a Block 3536, Lot 8. Said property located at a point on the easterly side of Barrett St. distant 150 ft. 5 ½ in. northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the easterly side of Barrett St. with the northerly side of Blake Avenue; being a plot 100 ft. x 25 ft. Approx. amt. of judgment is $137,194.33 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. LEO SALZMAN, Referee. THE MARGOLIN & WEINREB LAW GROUP, LLP, Attys. for Pltf., 165 Eileen Way, Ste. 101, Syosset, NY. #96098 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, V. FARVEZ HOSSAIN; ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 13, 2018, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC is the Plaintiff and FARVEZ HOSSAIN; ET AL. are the Defendants. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the KINGS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 360 ADAMS STREET, ROOM 224, BROOKLYN, NY 11201, on January 17, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 235 VERMONT STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11207: Block 3706, Lot 10: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, WITH THE BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS THEREON ERECTED, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, COUNTY OF KINGS, AND STATE OF NEW YORK. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 513568/2016. Jacob N. Gelfend, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. For sale information, please visit www.auction.com or call (800) 280-2832. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. JEAN ROBERT SELAMY, JEAN GUY SELAMY, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on April 06, 2016, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on January 17, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 1315 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 4978 and Lot 64. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 13825/09. Deborah M. Marshall, Esq., Referee Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C., 100 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, NY 11530, Attorneys for Plaintiff


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Saturday, January 5th NEW YEAR, NEW FUTURES

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 5-10PM, FREE. At Target First Saturday, create a mixed-media mobile inspired by artist Betye Saar and the Soul Of A Nation exhibition. Celebrate Darious Bost’s book Evidence of Being. See The Foreigner’s Home, a film exploring Toni Morrison’s 2006 Louvre exhibition. Brooklyn Dance Festival presents emerging talent pushing boundaries and a movement workshop. Poets Ama Codjoe, Kyla Marshell and S. Erin Batiste will read from their work and DJ Bembona plays music of the Latinx and African Diasporas. Timothy DuWhite’s Neptune performance imagines a space for those “too difficult” to properly love and Young Paris delivers innovative Afrobeats. Some events require tickets. Check website for lineup times.

Monday, January 7th

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Tuesday, January 8th ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES’ FIRST MEET & GREET RECEPTION Emanuel Baptist Church, 279 Lafayette Ave., 7-9PM, FREE. Our new attorney general would like to say “Thank You” to New Yorkers in a series of receptions. The first is at her home church here in Brooklyn. RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/ eIBXJ58GecC7Yyrh1.

Wednesday, January 9th CHIGOZIE OBIOMA PRESENTS AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES

Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., 7:30-9PM, FREE. Greenlight’s Fort Greene store hosts the launch of this second novel by Obioma, author of the Man Booker shortlisted, The Fishermen. A contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey, the novel is told in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition. Obioma presents his book in conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of the acclaimed novel Here Comes the Sun and the forthcoming Patsy.

Sunday, January 13th INNOV GNAWA MEETS RESURA ARKESTRA

Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., doors at 6, show at 8:30PM, $12 (21 & over). Enjoy “An Evening of Spirit and Music.” Innov Gnawa playing the music of Morocco’s Black communities, descended from the people of northern Mali and Mauritania. Also on the bill is the Resura Arkestra, playing African melodic and percussive, jazz, Latin and experimental music. Tickets at Ticketfly.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Tuesday, January 15th

Saturday, January 12th FRANCISCO MORACATLETT’S AFROHORN Paa Joe and the Lion

Inventor Krista Barnett

MENTOR SESSION WITH INVENTOR KRISTA BARNETT

Central Library, Info Commons, Rm. 4, 10AM-12PM, FREE. Meet with Krista Barnett, President and CEO of BootBand. Krista creates products that fill a market need and solves problems and in doing so, she has been awarded patents and trademarks in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She’ll share her expertise and answer questions during this group session for 10 participants. Women, here’s an opportunity to gain knowledge and to share with other local women business

AfroHORN Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., 9PM & 10:30PM, $20 w/resv/$25 @ the door. The New York Times said of AfroHORN, “Led by the drummer and composer Francisco Mora-Catlett, AfroHORN seeks a mystical, but earthy vision of rhythm and folklore, inspired not only by Afro-Cuban music but also the Sun Ra Arkestra, in which Mora-Catlett played in the 1970s.” Make reservations at 718398-1766.

Friday, January 18th

PAA JOE & THE LION AND GHANAIAN DRUMMING PERFORMANCE

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Manh., 6-8PM, $5. This documentary provides a window into the workshop of master fantasy coffin craftsman Paa Joe in Accra, Ghana. His figurative coffins draw from the custom of abebuu adekai, using everyday objects to honor a deceased person’s life. Followed by an ensemble led by Master Drummer Hola Kutte and a Ghanaian streetsnack reception catered by Brooklyn-based Kelewele. Tix at Eventbrite.

Black Comic Book festival

7TH ANNUAL BLACK COMIC BOOK FESTIVAL

Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem, 2-7:30PM, FREE. Comic book fans of all ages are invited to participate in this popular annual event featuring: discussions with illustrators, writers and independent publishers; a vendor marketplace featuring titles by Black creators; a cosplay show (register online to participate) and more. Consider bringing old or new copies from your collection to donate to the Schomburg archive. Register at Eventbrite.

Saturday, January 19th DAY TWO OF THE 7TH ANNUAL BLACK COMIC BOOK FESTIVAL

Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem, 10AM-7:30PM, FREE. Comic book fans of all ages are invited to participate in this popular annual event featuring: discussions with illustrators, writers and independent publishers; a vendor marketplace featuring titles by Black creators; a cosplay show (register online to participate) and more. Consider bringing old or new copies from your collection to donate to the Schomburg archive. Register at Eventbrite.

Why Not Have a REAL NYC Specialized High School Integration Plan? ➔➔ Continued from page 9 just not in most places. And as professional educators, we must be brave and responsible enough to speak that truth to power and the public. Many NYC Asian-American public-school parents, along with their political, religious and civic leaders have somehow figured this “public education thing” out. They are clear that the public education system is not what it claims to be (“give me your disinherited and politically disenfranchised children and we will…”). I love the promise, potentiality and possibilities of public education, and therefore the presence of this systemic hypocrisy is painful for me to admit, but it’s true, public schools, more often, sift out and destroy many of the most talented disadvantaged students rather than shift the unfair advantages away from students with unearned societal privilege.

The Asian-American “generationa- improvement woke” parents are not waiting for people whose children benefit from the existing “structural arrangements” of public schooling to create a “fair” school system that allows all children to learn and compete fairly. Therefore, they understand the need to create a parallel/ supplementary learning-study-enrichment system that could even the playing field where the primary “gatekeeping” criteria is “objective” standardized exams. The thinking: “You (society) can perhaps discriminate against us, but you can’t discriminate against a good standardized test score, be it on a Regents exam, AP, SAT or the SHSAT!” And I can’t be mad at them, because to be honest, some of us (Science Skills Center, Inc.) were trying to do the same thing! These Asian-American parents are now suing to save their children and their future. And it does not matter that I think

that forming an: “all parents of color, the parents of working-class/poor children regardless of color, any NYC parent of conscience coalition, would be more beneficial for all NYC children; we are alas, in the unfortunate bitter place we find ourselves. And yet I can’t bring myself to feel anything but sympathy for their situation. For as a Black man living in America, I am ever-so-sensitive and aware of the practice of the “middle-of-the-game” rule-changing “trick” that occurs whenever Black folks master and start winning “the game.” Easy villains make the battle feel more easily justified, but simple vilification can sometimes be the product of an intellectually deficient and theoretically lazy process. This entire SHS integration story would be much simpler (and easier for me to pick “sides”) if a George Wallace-type figure was standing in the Stuyvesant and Bronx Science school doors blocking Black and Latino 8th-grade graduates from entering

those schools. But the hard truth is that these students are being blocked by a much more complex, subtle and politically entrenched form of bigotry. Removing this blockage is going to require tremendous feats of audacious strength and courage on the part of communities of color who, once deciding that educationally losing their children is everything, will then decide to risk everything on behalf of those children. Next Week Part 2: The real history behind the NYC Specialized High School “Integration Problem” and how it could be fixed, if fixing it is really the objective… Michael A. Johnson has served as a public schoolteacher, Science Skills Center director, principal, and a school district superintendent. He also served as an adjunct professor of Science Education in the School of Education at St. John’s University. He recently completed a book on school leadership: “Report to the Princ


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(May 19, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA – October 25, 2018 in New York City) Fortune played soprano, alto,  (April 4, 1939 in Witbank, South Africa – Johannesburg, South Africa, January 23, 2018)  tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, and flute.  He performed with Elvin Jones,  Mongo Santamaría,  Felipe Alonzo-Gómez, 8 A leading anti‐apartheid activist, the trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer, is  Leon Thomas, Buddy Rich, Pharoah Sanders, Roy Ayers, McCoy Tyner, Gary Bartz, Nat Adderley and  regarded as "the father of South African jazz."   Known for the songs "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him  Miles Davis, among others.  Alonzo-Gómez, 8 Back Home,” Masekela’s version of “Grazing in the Grass,” a number‐one US pop hit in 1968, is also  Felipe Alonzo-Gómez, 8 Santamaría, Leon Thomas, Buddy Rich, Pharoah of “Grazing in the Grass,” a number-one US pop awards, including six Pulitzer Prizes. In his considered a classic in jazz/world fusion music.   (2010 in Guatemala Sanders, Roy Ayers, McCoy Tyner, Gary Bartz, hit in 1968, is also considered a classic in jazz/ retirement, he wrote a biography of Malcolm   Nat Adderley and Miles Davis,New amongMexico, others. X, which is expected to be published in 2019 as world fusion music. - Christmas Eve, 2018, (2010 in Guatemala - Christmas Eve, 2018, Alamogordo, U.S.) Felipe died after Aretha Louise Franklin, 76 Alamogordo, New Mexico, The Dead Are Rising. Arthur Mitchell, 84 

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(August 6, August 16, 2018) The in NYC – September 1934, Republic civil 19, 2018 in NYC) The of Panama – July rights activist and pianist different holding facilities. American ballet dancer, 10, 2018) The Kofi Atta Annan, 80 who began her career as choreographer and foundKofi Atta Annan, 80 Brooklyn who activist er of the Dance Theatre Kofi Atta Annan, 80 a child singing gospel (March 25, 1942- August 16, 2018) The singer, songwriter, civil rights activist and pianist ( October 16, 1929 in Waco, Texas ‐ November 2, 2018, New York City) The two‐time Grammy‐winning  and founder of Harlem, was the first (April 8, 1938 at New Bethel Baptist in Guatemala - Christmas Eve, 2018, Alamogordo, New Mexico, U.S.) singing Felipe died after at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michiganof as a child gospel Black Solidarity African-American dancer in Kumasi, Ghana –began her career Church in Detroit, jazz trumpeter (for albums “Habana” in 1998 and “Directions in Music” in 2002) is considered one of the    ding nearly a week in August Border18,Patrol andachieved moved around three different Day (BSD) in Michigan global stature to as the “Queen with theholding New York City Ballet. He founded 2018, detention Bern,achieved (March 27, 1934 in NYC – September 19, 2018 in NYC) The American ballet dancer, choreographer and  global stature as the “Queen of Soul.” premiere jazz musicians of his generation. He played on recordings with such artists as Common, Erykah  (March 25,of1942August 16, 2018) The singer,founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, was the first African‐American dancer with the New York City  songwriter, civil rights activist and pianist who 1969,  was known Switzerland) The Ghanaian Soul.” ballet companies in Spoleto, Washington, D.C., Dr. Carlos Russell, 84  ties. Baptist Detroit, as a visionary activist, historian, literary artist (August 6, 1934, Republic of Panama – July 10, 2018) The Brooklyn diplomat, Badu, D’Angelo, and Herbie Hancock, among others.   recipient began of theher career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Ballet.  He founded ballet companies in Spoleto, Washington, D.C., and Brazil. In 1986. Among other  andChurch Brazil.inIn 1986.Michigan Among other awards, awards, Mitchell was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow and received the United States National Medal  Ballet.  He founded ballet companies in Spoleto, Washington, D.C., and Brazil. In 1986. Among other  achieved global stature asHargrove, the “Queen Solidarity Day (BSD) in 1969, was known as a visionary activist, his and former Panamanian Ambassador to the (April 8, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana AugustPeace 18, 2018, Bern, Switzerland) The Ghanaian diplomat, Roy Anthony 49of Soul.” Mitchell was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow 2001 –Nobel Prize, Roy Anthony Hargrove, 49  awards, Mitchell was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow and received the United States National Medal  of Arts and a Fletcher Foundation fellowship.  recipient of the 2001 Nobelserved Peace Prize, as the seventh Secretary-General of the United 16, 1929 in Panamanian Ambassador to the United Nations.  During the 1960s United Nations. During the 1960s and 1970s, and received the United States National Medal (October as served the seventh   of Arts and a Fletcher Foundation fellowship.  Roy Anthony Hargrove, 49  January 1997 to December 2006. He chaired The Elders, an internationalWaco, organization organizer for the first national conference of Panamanians, which  Dr. Russell was a primary organizer for the first ArtsGhanaian and a Fletcherdiplomat, Foundation fellowship. Texas - November   of Secretary-General of the AttaNations, Annan, 80 (April 8, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana – August 18, 2018, Bern, Switzerland) The founded by Nelson Mandela. unification of Black and Caribbean pushback on systematic oppres national conference of Panamanians, which was 2, 2018, New York City)Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, 69  United Nations, January 1997 to December Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, 69  recipient of the Peace Prize, served as the Secretary-General of theNelson, United   international Chair of Field Studies at SUNY Old Westbury and at Brooklyn Colle solidifying the movement of the unification of Madeleine Yayodele 69 The seventh two-time Grammy2006. He chaired The2001 Elders,Nobel an   Black and Caribbean pushback on systematic Nations, to December 2006. He chaired The Elders, winning jazz trumpeteran (forinternational organization (Sept. 16, 1948, before becoming Dean of Contemporary Studies. He also held the in (August 6, 1934, Republic of Panama – July 10, 2018) The Brooklyn activist and founder of Black organization January founded by 1997 NelsonOlivia Juliette Hooker, 103  Mandela. Solidarity Day (BSD) in 1969, was known as a visionary activist, historian, literary artist and form International of Urban Affairs at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.   oppression. Dr. Russell was professor and Chair albums “Habana” in 1998 Pittsburgh, PA -September Lerone Bennett, Jr., Panamanian Ambassador to the United Nations.  During the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Russell was a founded by90 Nelson Mandela.   organizer for the first national conference of Panamanians, which was solidifying the movemen of Field Studies at SUNY Old Westbury and at 6, 2018 in NYC) and “Directions in Music” Lerone Bennett,( October 16, 1929 in Waco, Texas ‐ November 2, 2018, New York City) The two‐time Grammy‐winning  Jr., 90 unification of Black and Caribbean pushback on systematic oppression. Dr. Russell was professo Ntozake Shange, 70  Brooklyn College of the City University of New Musician, educator, in 2002) is considered one (Oct. 17, jazz trumpeter (for albums “Habana” in 1998 and “Directions in Music” in 2002) is considered one of the  1928, Chair of Field Studies at SUNY Old Westbury and at Brooklyn College of the City University of N York before becoming Dean of Contemporary founder and guiding before becoming Dean of Contemporary Studies. He also held the position of acting director of of the premiere jazz musiClarksdale, MS –premiere jazz musicians of his generation. He played on recordings with such artists as Common, Erykah  Feb. 14, International of Urban Affairs at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.   light of the Women of   Studies. He also held the position of acting 2018, Chicago, Badu, D’Angelo, and Herbie Hancock, among others.   IL) The cians of his generation. He played on recordings Ntozake Shange, 70  with Bern, such artists as Common, Erykah Badu, scholar, –author and social l 8, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana August 2018, Switzerland) The Ghanaian diplomat, the Calabash company of director of International of Urban Affairs at Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, 7 18, Lerone Bennett, Jr., 90was percussionist/singers that Medgar Evers College, CUNY. historian known for D’Angelo, and Herbie Hancock, among others. ient of the 2001 Nobel his Peace Prize,   served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United has performed for several thorough,, hard-hitting Olivia Juliette Hooker, 103  Ntozake Shange, 70 Olivia Juliette Hooker, an 103 international organization decades in concerts analyses of race relations   and festivals globally. She ons, January 1997 to December 2006. He chaired The Elders, (October 18, (Oct. 17, 1928, Clarksdale, MS Feb. 14, 2018, Chicago, (February 12, 1915, (Sept. 16, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA ‐September 6, 2018 in NYC)  taught shekere in  workshops, master classes in –the United States. IL) The scholar, author and social ded by Nelson Mandela. Musician, educator, founder and guiding light of the Women of the Calabash company of  lin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, historian known forworks his7thorough,, analyses of race relations in Muskogee, the United 1948 in Trenton, Oklahoma(Sept. 16, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA ‐September 6, 2018 in NYC)  and private lessons and, as a solo artist, recordHis was best-known includehard-hitting “Before the percussionist/singers that has performed for several decades in concerts and festivals globally.  She  States. His best-known works include “Before the Mayflower” and “Forced into Glory.” NJ – October 27, ed with Paul Simon, Edie Brickell, and Billy – November 21, 2018,Musician, educator, founder and guiding light of the Women of the Calabash company of  Mayflower” and “Forced into Glory.” taught shekere in workshops, master classes and private lessons and, as a solo artist, recorded with Paul  percussionist/singers that has performed for several decades in concerts and festivals globally.  She  2018, Bowie, MD) Harper. She also created shekeres for stage White Plains, NY) The Simon, Edie Brickell, and Billy Harper.  She also created shekeres for stage productions of “Fela!” in the  akelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, 7 taught shekere in workshops, master classes and private lessons and, as a solo artist, recorded with Paul  U.S. and abroad.  Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7 The Black feminist psychologist and FordhamSimon, Edie Brickell, and Billy Harper.  She also created shekeres for stage productions of “Fela!” in the  productions of “Fela!” in the U.S. and abroad.   (2011 – December playwright and University professor wasU.S. and abroad.  Richard Arvin Overton, 112  ne Bennett, Jr., 90 8, 2018)(February 12, 1915, Muskogee, Oklahoma – November 21, 2018, White Plains, NY) The psychologist and  Guatemalan poet addressed the last known survivor  Richard Arvin Overton, 112 Jakelin died in issues relating to of custody the Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 11, 1906 in (2011 – December 8,immigrant 2018) Guatemalan immigrant Jakelin died in the of the United Richard Arvin Overton, 112  Fordham University professor was the last known survivor of the Tulsa, Oklahoma race riots of 1921,  custody of the United race and Black race riots of 1921, and the Bastrop County, Texas States Customs andthe Border Protection after having entered the country with a parent. (February 12, 1915, Muskogee, Oklahoma – November 21, 2018, White Plains, NY) The psychologist and    States Customs and Border first African-American woman to enter the U.S. power in much of her work. She is best known – December 27, 2018, William Thompson, Sr, 94    and the first African‐American woman to enter the U.S. Coast Guard in February 1945.   Fordham University professor was the last known survivor of the Tulsa, Oklahoma race riots of 1921,  1 – December 8, 2018) Guatemalan immigrant Jakelin died in the Coast of theinUnited Protection afterMS having Guard February 1945. Austin, Texas) Mr. for her Obie Award-winning play, For Colored (Oct. 17, 1928, Clarksdale, – Feb.custody 14, 2018, Chicago, IL) The scholar, author and social and the first African‐American woman to enter the U.S. Coast Guard in February 1945.   Reg E. Cathey, 40  es Customs and Border Protectionentered after having enteredwith the country with a parent. the country a Overton, at age 112 years, Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When (October 18, 1948 in Trenton, NJ – October 27, 2018, Bowie, MD) The Black feminist playwrigh historian was known for his thorough,, hard-hitting analyses of race relations in the United parent. the Rainbow Is Enuf. She also penned novels William (Bill) Howard, 75 230 days, was the oldest addressed issues relating to race and Black power in much of her work. She is best known for h William (Bill) Howard, 75 the William (Bill) Howard, 75 2011 – December 8, 2018) Guatemalan immigrant Jakelin died in the custody of United E. Cathey, 40  Award‐winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is En States. His best-known works include “Before the Mayflower” and “Forced into Glory.” including Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982) (January 1, 1944 – verified surviving U.S. tates Customs and Border Protection after having entered the country with a parent. also penned novels including Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982) and Liliane (1994).  Reg E. Cathey, 60 August 2018) The late World War II veteran and   and Liliane (1994). (August 18, 1958 in president of the West oldest man in the United William Thompson, Sr, 94  eg E. Cathey, 40  Huntsville , Alabama – Indian-American Day States. Mr. Overton served in the United States William Thompson, Sr, 94 (October 18, 1948 in Trenton, NJ – October 27, 2018, Bowie, MD)  February 9, 2018, New (October 26, Carnival Association was Army. On Memorial Day, 2013President addressed issues relating to race and Black power in much of her w     veteran: “He was York City) Best(January known1, 1944 – August 2018) The 1924 in Harlem a late longtime community Barack Obama Day praised the president of the West Indian-American Carnival  (May 11, 1906 in Bastrop County, Texas – December 27, 2018, Austin, Texas) Mr. Overton, at age 112  Award‐winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suici for his roles 14, as Association Norman – December 24, and a author valued confithere at and Pearlsenior Harbor when the battleships were was a longtime leader and a valued confidante campaign 17, 1928, Clarksdale, MS – Feb. 2018, Chicago, IL) community Theleader scholar, and social years, 230 days, was the oldest verified surviving U.S. World War II veteran and oldest man in the United  Wilson in The Wire and 2018, Brooklyn, dante senior campaign still Congresswoman. smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. also penned novels including Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982) a He staff member for Shirley Chisholm, whoand became the first Black U.S. States. Mr. Overton served in the United States Army.  On Memorial Day, 2013President Barack Obama  rian was known for hisFreddy thorough,, hard-hitting analyses ofstaff race relations in the United NY) The decorated Hayes in House of praised the veteran: “He was there at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. He was  member for Shirley was there at Iwo Jima, where    he said, ‘I only there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God.’  (August 18, 1958 in Huntsville , Alabama  – February 9, 2018, New York City) Best known for his roles as  WW II veteran was Cards, Cathey also starredinclude as Martin “Before Querns in the s. His best-known works Mayflower” and “Forced into Glory.” Chisholm, who became the firstThe Black U.S. (May 11, 1906 in Bastrop County, Texas – December 27, 2018, Austin, Texas) Mr. Overton, at age 112  got out of there bythe the grace of God.’ When the (January 1, 1944 – August 2018) late president of West Indian-American Day Carnival When the war ended, Richard(Overton) headed home to Texas to a nation bitterly divided by race. And  ust 18, 1958 in Huntsville , Alabama  – February 9, 2018, New York City) Best known for his roles as  Julius Bernard Lester, 79   Norman Wilson in The Wire and Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, Cathey also starred as Martin Querns  Brooklyn’s first years, 230 days, was the oldest verified surviving U.S. World War II veteran and oldest man in the United  Oz, and Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot Congresswoman. war ended, Richard(Overton) headed home to man Wilson in The Wire and Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, Cathey also starred as Martin Querns  his service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home. But this  States. Mr. Overton served in the United States Army.  On Memorial Day, 2013President Barack Obama  African-American of Fantastic Four. He earned three consecutive Association was a longtime community leader and a valued confidante and senior campaign in Oz, and Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four.  He earned three consecutive Emmy    Texas to a nation bitterly divided by race. And his veteran held his head high.”  z, and Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four.  He earned three consecutive Emmy  praised the veteran: “He was there at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. He was  senator. He was Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Julius Bernard Lester, 79 service on the battlefield was not always matched (October 26, 1924 in Harlem – December 24, 2018, Brooklyn, NY) The d Award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in the House of Cards Drama Series, including a win in    August 18, 1958 in Huntsville , Alabama  – February 9, 2018, New York City) Best known for his roles as  Brooklyn’s first African‐American senator.  He was also a former black  rd nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in the House of Cards Drama Series, including a win in  for Shirley Chisholm, who   became the first Black U.S. Congresswoman. also a former black administrative judge and a Guest Actor in the House ofstaff Cards member Drama by the respect that he deserved at home. But this State Supreme Court justice.   (January 27, 1939,there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God.’  orman Wilson in The Wire and Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, Cathey also starred as Martin Querns  2015. Cathey studied theatre at the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.  5. Cathey studied theatre at the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.  When the war ended, Richard(Overton) headed home to Texas to a nation bitterly divided by race. And  Leslie "Les" Payne, 76  Series, including a win in 2015. Cathey studied St. Louis, Missouri veteran held his head high.” n Oz, and Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four.  He earned three consecutive Emmy   former State Supreme Court justice. theatre at the University of Michigan and the Randolph Edward "Randy" Weston, 92  – January 18, 2018, ward nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in the House of Cards Drama Series, including a win in  Randy Weston, 92 Yale School of Drama. Leslie "Les" Payne, 76 Palmer, Massachusetts) h015. Cathey studied theatre at the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.  Clark, 76Ruth Clark, 76   (April 6, (July 12, 1941 in (October 26, 1924 in Harlem – December 24, 2018, Brooklyn, NY) The dec Julius Bernard Lester, 79   The University of 1926, Brooklyn, Ruth Clark, 76 Tuscaloosa, AL – March Brooklyn’s first African‐American senator.  He was also a former black adm Massachusetts scholar Ruth Clark, 76 NY – September (Oct. 14, 1941, NYC – 19, 2018 in NYC) The first State Supreme Court justice.   (for 32 years), Civil September 14, 2018, NYC) 1, 2018, New York member of his family to at-   Rights activist and prolific The trailblazing civic leadCity) The jazz (January 27, 1939, St. Louis, Missouri – January 18, 2018, Palmer, Massachusetts) The University of  tend college, Payne gradu- Randolph Edward "Randy" Weston, 92  award-winning author/ er/entrepreneur Massachusetts scholar (for 32 years), Civil Rights activist and prolific award‐winning   founded (January 27, 1939, St. Louis, Missouri – January 18, 2018, Palmer, Massachusetts) The University of  pianist, composer, ated from the University of photographer, wrote more than 80 books. He author/photographer, wrote more than 80 books. He also published more than 200 essays, and book  Massachusetts scholar (for 32 years), Civil Rights activist and prolific award‐winning   Clark Unlimited Personnel music scholar’s Connecticut in 1964 with a also published more than 200 essays, and book and film reviews. His books have been translated into eight languages, his photographs exhibited at the  author/photographer, wrote more than 80 books. He also published more than 200 essays, and book  (CUP) temp agency in and film reviews. His books have been translated into eight languages, his photographs exhibited at the  incredible gifts and film reviews. His books have been translated degree in English. He was Smithsonian.  Smithsonian.    . 14, 1941, NYC – September 14, 2018, NYC) The trailblazing leader/entrepreneur midtown Manhattan incivic into eight languages, his photographs exhibited(July 12, 1941 in Tuscaloosa, AL – March 19, 2018 in NYC) The first member of his family to attend  interested in pursuing a career in journalism, but can be attributed to his connections to ancestral nded Clark Unlimited Personnel (CUP) temp in midtown at Manhattan in 1974. She 1974. Sheagency was also as an African American he found no opportu- African callings. Described as "America's the Smithsonian. (Oct. 14, 1941, NYC – Support September 14,Winnie 2018,the NYC) The civic leader/entrepreneurcollege, Payne graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1964 with a degree in English. He was  Mandela, 81 trailblazing Winnie Mandela, 81 also the founding president of The Network. founding president of The Support Network. interested in pursuing a career in journalism, but as an African American he found no opportunities in  nities in the mainstream press. Instead, Payne African Musical Ambassador", he said: "What I Ronald Dellums, 82 founded Clark Unlimited Personnel (CUP) temp agency in midtown Manhattan in 1974. She Oct. 14, 1941, NYC – September 14, 2018, NYC) The trailblazing civic leader/entrepreneur the mainstream press. Instead, Payne joined the army, where he eventually became a captain. He ended  Winnie Mandela, 81 joined the army, where he eventually became do I do because it's about teaching and informing ounded Clark temp agency midtown Manhattan in 1974. She wasUnlimited also the Personnel founding(CUP) president of The in Support Network. his army career with two years as an information officer, writing speeches for General William    everyone about our most natural cultural pheRonald Dellums, 82 (Sept. 26, 1936 in a captain. He ended his army career with two  (April 6, 1926, Brooklyn, NY – September 1, 2018, New York City) The  was also the founding president of The Support Network. Westmoreland and running the army newspaper. Newsday hired Payne in 1969 as an investigative  nomenon. It's really about Africa and her music.” (Nov. 24, 1935 in Bizana, South Africa – Apr.reporter.  In 1973, he helped write "The Heroin Trail", a series of 33 articles that detailed how heroin  years as an information officer, writing speeches scholar’s incredible gifts can be attributed to his connections to ancest Oakland, Cal. – Jul. 30, 2, 2018 in Johannesburg,originated in Turkish poppy fields and found its way to the streets of New York City.  He won a Pulitzer  for General William Westmoreland and running "America's African Musical Ambassador", he said: "What I do I do beca Nancy Sue Wilson, 81  Nancy Wilson, 81 2018, in Washington, DC) the army newspaper. Newsday hired Payne in informing everyone about our most natural cultural phenomenon. It's  South Africa) Bornfor his investigative research and writing A founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (in  1975), Payne served as the group’s fourth president. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative  (February The US Marine Corps 1969 as an investigative reporter. In 1973, he music.”  Nomzamo Winifredresearch for Newsday . His reporting from South Africa during the 1976 Soweto Uprising was selected by  20, 1937 in veteran became Oakland, helped write "The Heroin Trail", a series of 33    Zanyiwe Madikizela, thethe jury for a Pulitzer Prize in International Journalism, but the group's advisory board overruled their    – Apr. 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa) Born Chillicothe, OhioCalif.’s forty-eighth (Sept. 26, 1936 in Bizana, South Africa articles that detailed how heroin originated in  (April 6, 1926, Brooklyn, NY – September 1, 2018, New York City) The jazz anti-apartheid activist anddecision with no explanation. Despite being barred from the country, Payne returned to South Africa in  Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela, the anti-apartheid activist and world leader served as 1985 to chronicle the changes that had taken place during the intervening years.  December 13, 2018 Mayor in 2007, serving a member Turkish poppy fields and found its way to the scholar’s incredible gifts can be attributed to his connections to ancestral worldof leader served astoa2003, member of2009 Parliament Parliament from 1994 and from until her death. She also served as a   (Sept. 26, 1936 in Bizana, Africa – Apr. in Johannesburg, SouthCongress Africa) Born Deputy Minister South of Arts and Culture and 2, as a2018 member of the African National "America's African Musical Ambassador", he said: "What I do I do because until 2011. He also served in Pioneertown, streets of New York City. He won a Pulitzer for from 1994 to 2003, and from 2009 until her Payne served as Newsday's national editor and assistant managing editor for foreign and national news,  Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe the anti-apartheid activist and world leader served as political party. She wasMadikizela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela. and was responsible for New York Newsday. His staff won many journalism awards, including six Pulitzer  thirteen terms (1971-1998) as a member of the of Parliament Calif) his and writing A founder informing everyone about our most natural cultural phenomenon. It's rea death. She also served asand a Deputy Minister a member from 1994 to 2003, from 2009 until herof death. Sheinvestigative also served asresearch a music.”  Deputy Minister of and Arts Culture and Culture and asmember a memberofofthe theAfrican AfricanPrizes.  In his retirement, he wrote a biography of Malcolm X, which is expected to be published in 2019  National Congress U.S. House of Representatives from California's The singer’s Arts and as a of the National Association of Black Journalists   (Nov. 24, 1935 in Oakland, Cal. – Jul. 30, 2018, inparty. She Washington, DC) The USNelson Marine Corps as The Dead Are Rising.  political was the ex-wife ofpolitical Mandela. 9th Congressional District. In 1993, he became golden career National Congress party. She was the (in 1975), Payne served as the group’s fourth   veteran became Oakland, Calif.’s forty-eighth Mayor in 2007, serving until 2011. He also served     the first African American to chair the Armed spanned over five ex-wife of Nelson Mandela. president. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his thirteen terms (1971-1998) as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's       until her retirement Committee and helped win the fight decades, from the mid–1950s investigative research for Newsday . His reportHugh Ramapolo Masekela, 78   9thServices Congressional District. In 1993,to he became the first African American to chair the Armed   (February 20, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio‐December 13, 2018 in Pioneert to impose economic sanctions on the apartheid the 2011. Best known for such songs as her ing from South Africa during the 1976 Soweto in HughonMasekela,   Services Committee and helped to win fight to impose economic sanctions apartheid 78   The singer’s golden career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1 “Guess Who I Saw Today” and the South Africa. (April 4, 1939 in  Uprising was selected by the jury for a Pulitzer breakthrough   2011. Best known for such songs as her breakthrough “Guess Who I Sa South Africa. Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” she always referred to herself as a “song hit ”(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” Cornelius “Sonny” Fortune, 79  Witbank, South Africa  Prize in International Journalism, but the group's 1964   brought her a Grammy in 1965, and she later won Grammys for best ja always referred to herself as a “song stylist.” “Sonny” Fortune, 79 – Johannesburg, South  advisory board overruled their decision with she “R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal)” and “Turned to Blue.” The Nation   Glad I Am” brought her a Grammy in (May 19, 1939 in Africa, January 23, 2018)   no explanation. Despite being barred from the “How awarded her a “Jazz Masters Fellowship” in 2004 for lifetime achievem   Philadelphia, PA – October and she later won Grammys for best jazz A leading anti-apart- country, Payne returned to South Africa in 1985 1965,     25, 2018 in New York heid activist, the trumpeter, to chronicle the changes that had taken place vocal album for the intimate “R.S.V.P (Rare   City) Fortune played soSongs, Very Personal)” and “Turned to Blue.” flugelhornist, cornetist, during the intervening years.   prano, alto, tenor, and baricomposer and singer, is Payne served as Newsday's national editor The National Endowment for the Arts awarded   tone saxophones, clarinet, regarded as "the father of South African jazz." and assistant managing editor for foreign and her a “Jazz Masters Fellowship” in 2004 for   and flute. He performed Known for the songs "Soweto Blues" and national news, and was responsible for New lifetime achievement.   with Elvin Jones, Mongo "Bring Him Back Home,” Masekela’s version York Newsday. His staff won many journalism Compiled by: Bernice Elizabeth Green   in Border Patrol detention

spending nearly a week in Border Patrol detention and moved around to three different holding singer, songwriter, and moved around to three facilities.

  (April 4, 1939 in Witbank, South Africa – Johannesburg, South Africa, January 23, 2018)    A leading anti‐apartheid activist, the trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer, is  regarded as "the father of South African jazz."   Known for the songs "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him  (May 19, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA – October 25, 2018 in New York City) Fortune played soprano, alto,    Back Home,” Masekela’s version of “Grazing in the Grass,” a number‐one US pop hit in 1968, is also  considered a classic in jazz/world fusion music.   tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, and flute.  He performed with Elvin Jones,  Mongo Santamaría, 

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