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The Spirit of Malcolm Lives From Africa to the Oscars
Pan-African Voices Rise: Karen Bass, chair, Congressional Black Caucus and Fatima Kyari Mohammed, African Union Ambassador to the U.S., were the guest speakers at the Annual Malcolm X Commemorative Meeting of the Pan-African Unity Dialogue, organization. Page 2
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Spike Lee took home the golden statue for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. See Lee's acceptance speech page 4
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams at his victory celebration at Cafe Omar in East Flatbush. Photo credit: Josue Pierre, KCP Page 3
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Open Letter: BOE Lawsuit to Stop Voter Assistance - Opposed by Commissioner Flateau!
he NYC Board of Elections (BOE) is not “unanimous” in its Voter Translation Assistance lawsuit against NYC as their papers state. As a BOE Commissioner, I directed BOE to totally dissociate me from any such lawsuit and they have ignored and attempted to suppress my minority position, democracy’s pillar. Therefore, I am exercising my constitutional right to free speech. I represent a minority voice, the only underrepresented African-American, and only 1 of 10 commissioners, 10% representing NYC’s 30% Black New Yorkers and voters, and 1.5 million Brooklyn registered voters, 30% of NYC’s 5 million voters. BOE’s lawsuit, if successful, could violate millions of NYC voters’ voting rights and equal protection, and it constitutes voter suppression, along with its factual misrepresentations. BOE’s own lawyer, NYC Corporation Counsel, issued a legal memorandum approving Voter Translator Services, approved by the US DOJ and the
Board of Elections Commissioners, John Flateau (top row, QCAMLBȩDPMKȩJCȓ ȩ Voting Rights Act, which a BOE majority faction conveniently dismissed. There is a partisan dimension here. Republicans are only 4% of NYC registered voters and fast disappearing from the political landscape. But they are still today 50% of BOE Commissioner votes and an effective BOE control bloc. Decades after the death of Tammany Hall, there is still in place, an out-of-date, so-called “bipartisan” solution to machine politics and controlling elections. After registered Democrats, by far the second-largest registration in NYC is “no party/
third party.” But for now, these voters have a zero voice in NYC electoral governance… BOE attempted to deny a sitting commissioner access to counsel, suppress minority voting rights, deny equal protection and constitutional rights. BOE should not be suing the police commissioner, NYC’s chief law enforcement officer, and the Mayor/City Council funds BOE $100+ million a year to manage fair, effective elections, democracy’s cornerstone. Rather, BOE must work with all stakeholders, including those we politically dislike, to provide NYC voters with maximum, not minimum, language assistance as 70% of NYC voters just mandated in a City Charter Referendum in the November 2018 General Election -- a very stressful election event under BOE’s astute auspices… Past and present, BOE is under federal consent decrees for lack of language assistance, lack of disability access, voter suppression, NYC coverage under the US Voting Rights Act and recent illegal voter purges and voter suppression, which I challenged, was
mocked, but now the US DOJ has the last word! I stand in the tradition of AfricanAmericans’ 400-year struggle for freedom, justice and equality. And I carry my ancestors’ slavery emancipation papers on me as a reminder of where we’ve come from and on whose shoulders we stand. I am a proud voting rights advocate and life member of the NAACP, and on the right side of history in several voting rights battles such as the US Supreme Court’s Flateau vs. Anderson, Andrews vs. Koch, Ashe vs. NYC Board of Elections, et al. With new voting mandates such as Early Voting, Language Assistance, et al, BOE should not resist but rather embrace, not be reactionary, but rather be proactive, creative and visionary in our efforts to improve NYC voting and democracy. And the BOE itself is in major need of structural and managerial reforms. – The Struggle Continues. Power to the People! Sincerely, NYC BOE Brooklyn Democratic Commissioner John Flateau
Pan-African Unity Dialogue
t was a galvanizing experience to be in the company of the dedicated, positive, and forward-thinking people gathered by Dr. Ron Daniels at the Annual Malcolm X Commemorative Session of the Pan-African Unity Dialogue (PAUD). The PAUD is an initiative of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century organization (IBW21) founded by Daniels. This special meeting was conducted and received in the spirit of Malcolm who, at the time that he was killed was working to establish unity DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc. 358 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 599-6828 Web site: www.ourtimepress.com e-mail: email@example.com Publisher DBG MEDIA Editor-in-Chief David Mark Greaves Copy Editor Maitefa Angaza Columnists Eddie Castro Victoria Horsford Michael Johnson Abigail McGrath Marlon Rice
between Africans on the Continent and in the Diaspora. The house was full and the special guests for the day were Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus and H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombari-Quao, the African Union Ambassador to the U.S. Also on the program were Dr. Waldaba Stewart, Milton Allimadi, publisher of the Black Star News and Diann Jeffers and Jerry Marshall of Barbuda. Her Excellency was the first guest to speak. “I bring you greetings from the 55 member-states of the African Union and the 1.27 billion brothers and sisters on the African continent. As most of you are aware, the African Union was formed from the Organization of African Unity. Today we have the African Union Commission, with seven representational offices around the globe, two of which are here in the U.S. – “Unity among us is needed more than ever today… So let us all rise, more determined than ever to uphold the dreams
of Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the founding fathers of the African Union that we hold very dearly to our hearts. Our Agenda 2063 is for the Africa that we want – a prosperous, peaceful and integrated Africa.” Congresswoman Bass was buoyed by the warm welcome. “Getting into elective office was a conscious decision to work on the inside after so many years on the outside. I really appreciate what you’re doing here. And the issue about the border… I know that everybody here is fully aware there are plenty of Africans at the border. They don’t recognize the African roots in Central America, and they use this as a way to pit us against each other. But all of us, the Black Caucus, the Latino Caucus, the Asian Caucus, are standing in solidarity. We’re not going to trade DACA for diversity visas. We’re not going to let them intentionally reduce the immigrant population from the Continent of Africa. “I should tell you that you might hear in a few weeks that Trump pardons Marcus
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Garvey. It’s been a struggle, and with the last administration we weren’t able to do it. The subcommittee that I chair now is the Committee on Africa. They try to divide Africa and call it Sub-Saharan… but I don’t acknowledge. that It also covers global human rights, local health and international organizations. And I believe, since I have this opportunity to chair this, I want ideas and input on what a legislative agenda should be.” Recent events and conditions have made PAUD’s work that much more urgent, including Donald Trump’s vulgar assessment of African nations making known that he considers Africa and its descendants expendable beyond meeting the needs of the West. After his remarks the United African Congress and PAUD gathered leaders and organizations to protest at the United Nations. The #PROUD AFRICANS Coalition was born, and an agenda formulated around the tenets of protest, policy and power. (More about this historic meeting next week.)
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Jumaane Williams Wins Special Election for Public Advocate
ity Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Flatlands) last night handily won the crowded special Public Advocate’s race, far outdistancing the other 16 candidates on the ballot. According to the unofficial Board of Elections results, with 98.1% of the votes tallied, Williams received 33.2% or 133,809 votes, far outpacing second-place finisher City Council Member Eric Ulrich (R-Queens), who received 19.1 % of the electorate, or 77,026 votes. Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito came in third place with about 11% or 44,158 votes, followed by Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake with about 8.25 percent or 33,198 votes. “I want to give a shout-out to most of my fellow candidates. Thank you for a race that was about ideas and I look forward to working with you all,” said Williams, 42, during a gracious and heartfelt speech before a roomful of cheering supporters at Cafe Omar, 1744 Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush. “I am honored to serve as the next Public Advocate. This campaign may have
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been relatively short, but this journey has been very long. I promise to do what’s right no matter the political winds,” he said. Williams renewed his commitment to fight for the powerless and to hold the powerful and big money people account-
and to fight against criminalizing Black and Brown communities and to give people in these communities second and first chances. Williams also spoke emotionally on how, as a person with Tourette’s syndrome,
“And there’s a young Black boy somewhere who is trying to find his place in the world and cries himself to sleep sometimes. Nobody knows what he is going through. I have something to say to him,” said Williams through tears. “I have something to say to him. My name is Jumaane Williams and I am the Public Advocate of New York City.” able, and to make an opportunity to create transformational change. This includes working to create more affordable housing
he hoped he can be an inspiration for others who also have the neurological disorder. He also said how the battle is to keep going up
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the hill for equality and justice for all. Williams also spoke inspirationally to any Black men listening to know that there is a space in the world for them and they can make incredible changes. “And there’s a young Black boy somewhere who is trying to find his place in the world and cries himself to sleep sometimes. Nobody knows what he is going through. I have something to say to him,” said Williams through tears. “I have something to say to him. My name is Jumaane Williams and I am the Public Advocate of New York City.” Williams has shown a special ability to lead with vision, passion and strength, but the victory is somewhat short-lived because it was a special election. Current city election laws will have him now petitioning again for a special primary in June and a November general election to fill out the term of former Public Advocate Letitia James, who was elected state Attorney General. However, as Williams has shown in narrowly losing the statewide Lt. Governor’s race last year, his future remains bright on the citywide and possible state and national political scene.
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WHAT’S GOING ON Ό
By Victoria Horsford
March 2019 is Women’s History Month, it’s the year’s first retrograde Mercury which begins on March 5. Hold the dates March 4-5 for Carnival in New Orleans, Trinidad, Brazil. Ash Wednesday is on March 6. Daylight Savings Time is March 10. On March 17, there is St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of March Madness. The vernal equinox, aka springtime, arrives on March 20. Forgot the most important March arrival, the allergy season!
Congrats to Councilman Jumaane Williams, now NYC Public Advocate-elect. In a crowded field of 17 contenders, he led the vote by about 33%, no small feat. Black and white NY politicos rushed to his celebration to consume his victory speech where the DJ has soca music blasting and many in attendance were screaming, “WE READY!” His poignant speech included profuse thanks to enablers, unions, political parties and the people. He continued talking about his recent three years of therapy and how he understands and knows those little Black boys who go to bed crying every night for answers. NEW YORK: Are relations between the newly empowered Progressive Senate Leader A n d r e a StewartCousins and Jumaane Williams Governor C u o m o growing sour, especially after the Amazon debacle? Cuomo attributes the Amazon fight to Senator Michael Gianaris, a vocal opponent of the deal whom Stewart-Cousins named to a panel whose unanimous approval was necessary for the Amazon deal to move forward. No one mentions that Cuomo has to approve of all the people in that panel. Cuomo denounced the Senate action as “political malpractice.” What’s really happening in the Democratic universe and the outside world? Stewar-Cousins becomes vulnerable to an occasionally vindictive governor; the Democrats look like they are anti-business, which could hurt many suburban senators. A
REAL ESTATE MATTERS
Harlem will soon resemble Manhattan’s midtown – a busy construction strip. The talk of uptown is about a proposed mixed-use 385,000-sq-ft., 42-floor residential towe,r which will be erected at the site of 260-270 West 126th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Frederick Douglass Boulevards in Central Harlem. Space is west of the Apollo Theater. The skyscraper will house 34 residential floors and a ground-floor church. Newyorkyimby.com published renderings of the building, but was short on info about the principals, construction and completion dates. Thomas Memorial Wesleyan Methodist Church, which partially occupies the space, must be one of the building’s principals. Queen L a t i fa h ’s BlueSugar Corporation will partner with a local NJ developer and invest in Queen Latifah a $14 million affordable housing development in her native Newark, New Jersey. Project includes 20 three-family town houses and another mixed-use building which will house 16 affordable rental units.
Congrats to all of the winners at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony. Oscar 2019, from the red carpet to the awards ceremony, was so glamorous, elegant and hypnotic! It was also politically nuanced. Special congrats to the Black American Academy Award winners. The show opened in earnest when the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Regina King fell off a presenter’s lips.
Brooklyn's "Lila" Hosts the Oscars
he 91st Academy Awards broadcast on the ABC Television Network, Sunday, February 24, made history in Hollywood and had a presence in Bedford-Stuyvesant that evening, too. Oscar ambiance pervaded Lila Café at Debbie Dangerfield’s 29th Annual “Hollywood in Brooklyn” soiree. Located at 911 Dekalb/Marcus GarveyGarvey, Lila was a front-runner in the décor category. Dangerfield outfitted the place in framed movie posters for such 2019 winners as BlacKKKlansman and Black Panther. There were Oscar mini-statuettes and large screens presenting the West Coast event live for diners.
lot can happen by November 2020. Was the IDC necessary to make nice with the business community? Was that why Cuomo quietly supported the IDC power-broker role? Politics makes strange bedfellows.
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Regina King She was a vision awash in a stark white, goddess-inspired, haute couture splendor. Mahershala Ali was named Best Supporting Actor for “Green Book.” Ruth Carter won the Best Costume Designer Oscar for “Black Panther.” During a red-carpet interview, someone asked Carter what does she want as much as Oscar. She replied, “A good man to come home to at night.” Hannah Beachler won the Oscar nod for Best Production Design for “Black Panther.” The Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler Oscars are emphasized because they were “firsts” for Black artists. Peter Ramsey won Ruth Carter an Oscar for Best Animated Feature for “Spider Man.” Spike Lee took home his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “BLACKkKlansman.” Was he ecstatic or was the audience ecstatic?! He came really close this year for two major Oscars – Best Picture and Best Director. The Best Picture was “Green Book,” which was loosely based on the life of African-American classical pianist Don Shirley. “Green Book” has been branded controversial since its launch. The story begs too many questions and answers which are included in Richard Prince’s “Journal-isms,” a digital magazine, this week.
MUSIC: There is a Zulu moment at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, during Donizette’s “LA FILLE DU REGIMENT.” South African Bel canto soprano, Pretty Yende, performs in the title role and steals some creative thunder as she delivers some Zulu clicks. Yende is on the cover of February’s Opera News where she explains her Zulu epiphany. “FILLE” will
be broadcast live in cinemas worldwide on March 2. The 2019 St. Lucia Jazz Festival will be produced in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, America’s preeminent jazz emporium. The weeklong festival will run from May 5 to 12. Some participating artists include Dianne Reeves, The Baylor Project, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Etienne Charles, Gregory Porter, Christian McBride and Ledisi. The St. Lucia Festival is the JALC first full-scale live production outside the USA. BOOKS: Michelle Obama’s memoir, “BECOMIN,” continues to dominate book best-seller lists and sale,s according to the NY Times and others. Jamaican-born university Professor Marlon James’ new novel, “BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF,” is set in a fantasy version of Africa where a loner named Tracker joins a group of disparate characters in search of a missing boy. “BLACK LEOPARD” joined on 2/24 the NY Times best-seller book list. James also wrote the novel, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” which won the 2015 Man Booker Award.
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Daytime TV celeb and gossip guru Wendy Williams returns to her show on Monday, March 4, not a moment too soon. Her absence has made morning TV an even greater wasteland. America is waiting with bated breath to hear revelations about the “hot topics” in her life. Reel Sisters and the NJCU co-host the Visionary Women Champions of Peace and Nonviolence Festival, a daylong celebration of film arts and culture on March 8 at the NJ City University in Jersey City. The featured artist at a book-signing/reading is Baruch College Journalism Professor Bridget Davis, who wrote the memoir, “My Mother’s Life in Detroit Numbers,” which has captured widespread media attention. Event begins at 5:30 pm. RSVP at reelsisters.org. The Network Journal, the online business α Continued on page 5
Spike Lee Oscar Acceptance
he word today is “irony.” The date, the 24th. The month, February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year, which also happens to be Black History month. The year, 2019. The year, 1619. History. Her story. 1619. 2019. 400 years. Four hundred years. Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night. My grandmother, [inaudible], who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother
who saved 50 years of social security checks to put her first grandchild — she called me Spikie-poo — she put me through Morehouse College and N.Y.U. grad film. N.Y.U.! Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people. We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.
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The Diet of Discipline
hen I started to think about what to write for this week’s column, it came to me that I’ve never written anything about health and wellness. As a 43-year-old man with two small children and a lifetime of goals I’ve yet to accomplish, my health and overall wellness is probably more important to me now than ever before. My friends used to give me the business when I was younger, because even though I was rail-thin, I could get a hero from Farmer in the deli at 3pm and be ready to go to Kum Kau for a dinner special by 5:30pm. I could eat any and everything all day long and never worry about gaining a pound, and I didn’t care about what I was putting into my body. My diet at 17 was processed, excess and a whole mess. Alas, youth is wasted on the young. The tipping point that really turned me health-conscious came quietly and without announcement. I’ve been a runner since 2005. To date, I’ve run 2 marathons, about 10 half-marathons, and a bunch of 5K and 10K races. I thought that I was doing enough to stay in shape. In 2014, I became General Manager of a large restaurant and club. The salary was great, the place was located literally around the corner from my house and I had open access to a decadent menu. Me and food, we’ve always had a fantastic relationship. I’m a foodie. I love to try new things and I love devouring the classics. The restaurant’s menu included some amazing dishes: lamb chops, jerk chicken, mac and cheese, lo mein. Working 12-16-hour days meant that most of my dinners and late-night snacks came from the restaurant. Working in a club environment meant that I was in the place way past 4am on the weekends. On those nights, the kitchen would close at 2am. Pretty soon, I was eating a full dinner at 8pm, and then ordering another entree at 2am, just before the kitchen closed. In no time, I went from eating one dinner a night to eating a second dinner of lamb chops and mac and cheese at 2 in the morning 2-3 days a week. I was still running 2-3 times a week, so I didn’t necessarily notice what I was doing to myself. The first time I realized something was changing was when I started not
WHAT’S GOING ON
By Marlon Rice
being able to fit into my jeans. I remember thinking, these jeans must’ve shrunk in the wash. Pretty soon, it was all of my jeans. I couldn’t fit any of them. I ran the Brooklyn Half-Marathon in May of 2015 and injured myself--a stress fracture. When I went to the doctor, he told me that although overuse was a common cause of the injury, carrying the extra weight might have contributed. What extra weight? He said that I was a bit overweight. It was the first time anyone had ever said such a thing to me. Overweight? How could I be overweight? I went home and weighed myself. To say that I was shocked to see the results was an understatement! In 2013, while living in Maryland, I weighed 213 pounds. Back then, I was working out four times a day, running 15-20 miles a week and eating pretty healthy. In just two years, I had ballooned to 251 pounds. I had never been so big in my whole life. The reality of it all
was depressing. I had to lose the weight. But how? I’m going to tell you what I know about how to lose weight. The words and the terms may seem simple but being able to process it and go about any strategy with consistency is the difficult part. For me, weight-loss involves three key things. The first thing is called “caloric deficit.” In layman’s terms, caloric deficit means to ingest less calories than you need to maintain a certain weight. A great way to place yourself in caloric deficit is by working out. Cardio workouts burn calories and will help you get into a caloric deficit. Everyone reading this column should spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day working themselves out. The importance of maintaining good physical health cannot be understated. The second key is knowing what you’re putting into your body. Macronutrients make up everything we eat and you can break them
into 3 parts: Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy, Protein is what the body uses for growth and repair, and Fats help the body absorb vitamins. Knowing the macro-makeup of everything you eat and drink will help you reach your weight-based goals. The third and final key to weight-loss is discipline. You have to take control of the entire process for yourself. Reevaluate your relationship with food. Why do you eat? Is it because you’re hungry? Or is it because you’re upset about something? Reevaluate your relationship with your body. What do you want for your body? How would you like to look? How would you like to feel? Ask yourself the tough questions and answer yourself honestly. Accept the challenge as a personal journey and then see it through, knowing that quite often a change in diet or any significant weight-loss is actually a change in lifestyle.
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Dr. Indira, Pauletta and Toni, Powerhouses on the Brooklyn Culture & Arts Scene, Spotlight Gifted Women Storytellers at “50in50: Letters to Our Daughters”
March 9 at the Kumble Theatre/LIU
hree women have changed how arts activism looks and what it does. And Brooklyn is the proud beneficiary. Dr. Indira Etwaroo, executive director of the Billie Holiday Theatre; renowned actress Pauletta Washington and savvy media powerhouse Antonia Yuille Williams have answered a directive wending its way through nearly 50 years -- from the hands of such greats as Marjorie Moon, je franklin and the late Ruby Dee – to now. In 1972, The Billie (Billie Holiday Theatre) was born with a purpose to bring our stories to center stage and empower community theatre as a viable community resource. The collective work takes the early mission one giant leap forward to a commitment to bring audiences center stage to the creative arts. It all comes together this Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 9 when “50in50: Letters to Our Daughters” delivers ancestral and millennial messages in two shows, 3:00pm and 7:00pm at the Kumble Theatre at LIU. (Tickets: $25. See Back Page, this issue, for details.) In this production, poignant words of 50 community-based women writers with unique points of view … and abundant love … will be read by established stars of the stage, television and film. “50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters,” created by Dr. Etwaroo, is the third annual installment of what’s become a highly
anticipated, and sold-out, theatrical reading event. This year, a new group of 50 women “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.” The evening will feature 50 original monologues written in response to a curatorial statement by award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau. Selected from hundreds of submissions from women of the African Diaspora from across the globe will be read by renowned actors including Hamilton’s Jasmine Cephas Jones, Tony winner LaChanze and Pose’s Angelica Ross. “50in50: Letters to Our Daughters” is co-presented by the Billie Holiday Theatre in collaboration with the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop. Performances will take place on March 9 at 3 PM and 7 PM at the Kumble Theater at LIU, Brooklyn. Completing the lineup of performers will be Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange is the New Black, The Merchant of Venice on Broadway), Ebony JoAnn (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Broadway, Grown-Ups), Terria Joseph (Empire, Autumn at The Billie), Celestine Rae (No More Mr. Nice Guy, Boardwalk Empire), Michele Shay (Seven Guitars, Raisin in the Sun on Broadway), Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Women of Brewster Place) and Pauletta Pearson Washington (She’s Gotta Have It, The Old Settler and Autumn at The
Our Condolences... Zakia Byrd, daughter of Imhotep Gary Byrd, passed away on February 9th. ?ȓCPȩ?ȩJMLEȩ@?RRJCȩUGRFȩ lupus. The 43-year-old grandmother and mother of four was a bright light in the lives of her family and friends. Zakia was born and raised in Brooklyn, her funeral service was held last week in Georgia. Our Time Press sends condolences to the Griot of Black media.
Billie). Live music will be performed by Maritri Garrett. The 50 writers include: Amanda Graham, AriDy Nox, Arielle C. Knight, Ashley Thomas, Benja Thomas, Bridget Doman, Camika Spencer, Colette Boston, Courtney Mericle, Cynthia L. Dorsey, Daphne Busby, Debra Bramlett, Desiree Rucker, Dietra Kelsey, Donna Walker-Kuhne, Elisabeth Giffin Speckman, Eraina Ferguson, Felicia Fitzpatrick, Franceli Chapman, Geraldine Ezigbo, Ife Basim, Jackie Torres, Jameelah Nasheed, Jorjina Amefia-Koffi, Kaypri, Kendra Ann Flournoy, Kim Brandon, La’Needra “Lulu” Cornelious, Lexis Green, Lisa B. Thompson, Lola Cooper, Lyndor Jackson, Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Marcia Pendelton, Marleen Jasper, Marlow Wyatt, Paula Gillison, Penny Middleton, Renee Joshua-Porter, Robin Turner, S. Pearl Sharp, Safiya Bandele, Samantha Godfrey, Shalewa Mackall, Sharlee Taylor, Shemetra Carter, Sylvia Gail Kinard, Tajh, Terria Joseph and Yoreel Fraser Trumpet. “50in50 is a global platform for Black women that speaks to the intersectionality of class, age, ability, gender identity, nationality and sexual orientation in the 21st century,” said Dr. Etwaroo, executive director of the Billie Holiday Theatre. “I am proud that we are able to provide a relevant space for artistic expression where 50 fiercely brilliant women writers can have their story come to life through live theatre.” Tickets for the performances are available at thebillieholiday.org and Eventbrite.com. (Bernice Elizabeth Green with Barbara Bullard)
Toni Williams is a board member of The Billie Holiday Theatre and Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. She serves as the Board Chair of the Brooklyn Arts Council and is also the creator of Brooklyn Savvy. Toni has realized a dream to build a communityproduced talk show that gives voice to social issues from a woman’s perspective. For four years, she hosted Brooklyn Independent Television’s “Brooklyn Reporter Roundtable” and received a Telly Award for “Raising Sons of Color” that explored the challenges of raising boys in an urban context. Toni is also a PR Executive for a Fortune 500 company and is heavily involved in a number of PMMIJWLȩLMLNPMȏRȩMPE?LGX?RGMLQȩ and boards. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her astounding work and tireless commitment to Brooklyn.
Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Executive Director of RestorationART and the Billie Holiday Theatre, is a producer, QAFMJ?Pȩ?LBȩLMLNPMȏRȩ?PRQȩJC?BCPȩ who has worked with institutions across the country and the world. Indira’s passion is exploring the complex intersections between community, performing arts and the topics of our time, leading to models of diverse artistic excellence and sustainability in the 21st century. Indira is a Fulbright Scholar who has received many awards and honors for her work, including being named one of the “40-under-40” national leaders by The Network Journal. Photo Credit: Matthew Septimus
Pauletta Pearson Washington has worked with such greats as Jule Styne, Jerry Herman, Jonathan Demme, to name a few. Her most recent work includes The Billie Holiday Theatre productions of Richard Wesley's Autumn, for which she received an AUDELCO Award for Best Supporting Actress and the critically acclaimed John Henry Redwood's The Old Settler. Ms. Washington has also done True Colors' production of August Wilson's Two Trains Running. Onscreen credits include the Lifetime Movie MVP: “The Wanda Pratt Story,” “STEPS in 90 Days” and the ,CRȐGVȩQCPGCQȩMDȩ1NGICȩ*CCQȩ1FCQȩ Gotta Have It.
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Finding Sustenance Members of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus attended services at historic Wilborn Temple First C.O.G.I.C. in Albany, ,7 ČŠ1SLB?W ČŠ$C@PS?PWČŠČŠ during the 48th Annual Caucus Weekend. The Rev. Dr. Solomon Dees, N?QRMP ČŠD?PČŠJCČ“ ČŠFMQRCBČŠ his guests, led by State Assembly Member Latrice M. Walker, BPRLC President (second from PGEFRČŠ?RČŠRFCČŠKMPLGLEČŠ service. This yearâ€™s timely caucus theme was, â€œAgents of Change: Strong, Resilient and 3LGČ?CB } 2MNČŠJCČ“ČŠRMČŠPGEFRČŠ Assembly member Clyde Vanel, Assembly member Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte, AM Tremaine Wright, AM N. Nick Perry, Senator Roxanne Persaud, Senator Leroy Comrie, NYC Council member Vanessa Gibson, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, Bronx DA Darcel Clark, AM Al Taylor, Assembly Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes, !MLEPCQQK?LČŠ&?ICCKČŠ(CČŽPGCQ ČŠ,7!ČŠ!MSLAGJČŠKCK@CPČŠJGAI?ČŠKNPW Samuel, AM Gary Pretlow, Congressman Paul Tonko, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, NYC Council member Laurie Cumbo. Photo credit: El- Wise Noisette
2FCČŠ0CT ČŠ"P ČŠ0M@CPRČŠ5?RCPK?LČŠD?PČŠPGEFR ČŠASPPCLRJWČŠACJC@P?RGLEČŠFGQČŠRFČŠ anniversary as pastor of Brooklynâ€™s historic Antioch Baptist Church, brought FGQČŠAFSPAFQČŠSNJGČ“GLEČŠKCQQ?ECČŠMDČŠ|PCTGR?JGX?RGML ČŠGLAJSQGTCLCQQČŠ?LBČŠAMKKSLGRWČŠ outreachâ€? to the 48th Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus, two weeks ?EM ČŠ&CČŠGQČŠQCCLČŠFCPC ČŠDPMKČŠJCČ“ ČŠUGRFČŠRFCČŠ(SBECČŠ!CLACPG?ČŠ. ČŠ#BU?PBQČŠ"CCČŠ ?GJCW ČŠ Founder and President, Watchful Eye and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Friday, February 15. Antioch is celebrating 100 years. Waterman is NPCQGBCLRČŠMDČŠRFCČŠDPGA?LČŠKCPGA?LČŠ!JCPEWČŠ?LBČŠ#JCARCBČŠ-Č‘AG?JQČŠMPE?LGX?RGML ČŠČŠ Photo credit: El- Wise Noisette
Atim Oton and Friends Open Year-Long Homage to Bed-Stuy Art/Artists
Designer Atim Annette Oton, Creator of the popular global-branded Calabar Imports, is lead curator of the â€œDestination Bed-Stuy: Art, Hip-Hop & Muralsâ€? campaign spotlighting the neighborhoodâ€™s culture legacies. 1?RSPB?W ČŠ$C@PS?PWČŠ ČŠRGKČŠFCJNCBČŠJ?SLAFČŠRFCČŠA?KN?GEL ČŠRFCČŠČ?PQRČŠGLČŠ?ČŠQCPGCQČŠ MDČŠOS?PRCPJWČŠ?ČŽ?GPQČŠFCJBČŠ?RČŠ )*7,ČŠ!MKKMLQČŠACJC@P?RGLEČŠRFCČŠ?PC?QČŠCVN?LBGLEČŠ creative family, with partners The Creative Side and Urban ID Productions. The day included feasts for the eyes, ears, heart and soul, with lively panel discussions, and great music and art. ,7!ČŠ+?WMPQČŠ-Č‘ACČŠ PMMIJWLČŠ MPMSEFČŠ"GPCARMPČŠ(?KGJ?ČŠ.PGLEJC$WLCQČŠ?LBČŠ QMLČŠPGEFRČŠNPCQCLRQČŠJČŠ"G?XČŠ!CLRCPČŠUGRFČŠ?ČŠJCRRCPČŠMDČŠ?AILMUJCBEKCLRČŠDPMKČŠ Mayor De Blasio as Curator Atim Oton congratulates.
Brooklynâ€™s Hon. Annette Robinson has a state-wide presence. Here, she was greeted warmly by Albany-based community leader Paula Brace at last weekendâ€™s Legislative Caucus. Photo credit: Mark Davis
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I dream of a world where we paid more money and attention to teachers and paid little to no attention to acting-badly and badly-acting Black millionaires....
dream of a world where the poor, and often really innocent, Black incarcerated men and women could get $500.00/hour attorneys. And that these same people would not be forced to live under inhumane conditions or, as in the case of Kalief Browder, be driven insane and/or die because they don’t have bail money or an adoring Facebook fan base. I dream of a nation where we could teach Logic as a standard mathematics topic in K-8 schools and as a standard course in high schools. This would help K-12 educators do a better job helping students to conceptualize, process and synthesize two completely different true ideas existing in the same “space time” that might appear (or are) contradictory. Like: (A) The police have falsely accused some Black citizens. (B) Some Black citizens have actually committed a crime. Both (A-B) “truths” can be true at the same time and the presence of one does not negate the existence of the other. The national intellectual deficiency of this kind of analytical and nuanced thinking has given us Trump.
I often dream of a time when we will build walls of protection around our children in places like Chicago so that they could go to school and play in their neighborhoods after school without being senselessly and randomly killed. I dreamed we had the audacity to construct beautiful community buildings that housed after-school, weekend, summer programs for the “ignored and left-out” children of our nation. Institutions that featured: STEM*, dance, instrumental music, robotics, chess, painting, sculpture, creative writing, non-stereotypical sports, etc.—all the things that go into making a person a fully intelligent, decent, caring and creative human being. I sometimes dream that we came up with a better strategy for picking men and women heroes other than they appeared on a TV series and/or had a hit song. We need a “builder of a school” LeBron James standard and criteria for recognized worthy and exemplary celebrityhood. I dream of the day we transferred our anger at “the man” for “taking down” some Black celebrity to an Discover the world’s best walk-in bathtub from 5 Reasons American Standard Walk-In Tubs are Your Best Choice 1 2 3
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anger about what is being daily “taken away” from gifted and talented Black children by insincere and inadequate public education systems. Let’s collectively grow up: Black celebrities (and their white counterparts) in a materialist-capitalist nation are seen by the “captains” of the sports and entertainment industries as “product salespersons.” The economic exploitive value of any entertainer (including pro athletes) is lowered if they are videotaped “peeing” on girls, caught drugging and sexually assaulting women, or writing, producing, directing and starring in a silly noose and MAGA oneact publicity-stunt play. No one set these individuals up; not the Chicago Police Department, not the consumer products companies that financially benefit from their celebrity-marketing value, and not the network and recording industry executives who “own” the commercial rights to their celebrity. These badly behaving Black celebrities are not victims. For two of them, the true victims are the women and girls they sexually-assaulted. While one of them has managed to turn two groups of Americans into victims
by discrediting real acts of racist and LGBTQ violence in our nation. “Celebrity,” no matter how wellcloaked in “Blackness,” is not a license to do wrong. And our community standards should not be reduced to: “Well, they haven’t arrested every bad-acting white person, and so let’s give them a pass!” You mean in 2019 there are grown Black folks who have just discovered that every aspect of American life, including criminal justice (charging, arrest and sentencing), has been infected with racism? Now that’s scary! These offensive and offending Black celebrities don’t deserve our support, for they are not heroes. And as one church mother succinctly described a similar group of individuals who were not “celebrities:” “They are just low-down people!” Black celebrity singers will sing, Black celebrity actors will act, and Black celebrity comedians will tell jokes. But the most deserving of celebration (Black-white-LatinoAsian, etc.) are persons in this country who are the dedicated pre-K-12 educators who effectively and successfully educate the politically disenfranchised and disentitled children of our nation. Number 2
most deserving of celebration persons in this nation are K-12 Black & Latino children, who, despite all types of political-societal and public education obstacles placed in their paths, can master: reading, writing, speaking, history, foreign language, science and mathematics at/or above grade level. And number 3 most in need of celebration in America, are those before-mentioned Black & Latino children independently reading books for pleasure. I dream that we “the people” would prevent these children from being “taken down” before they even get a chance to stand up and grow up to be celebrities. *Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 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 Principal’s Office: Tools for Building Successful High School Administrative Leadership.” [http:// UHSRUWWRWKHSULQFLSDOVRI¿FHQHW@
Statement from Attorney General James on the End of the Renewal Schools Program
EW YORK – In response to the New York City Department of Education’s announcement to end the Renewal Schools Program, Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement: “While the goal of the Renewal Schools Program was well-intentioned, the Department of Education (DOE) struggled to properly execute the program since its inception,
leaving thousands of our most vulnerable students behind. Over the years, I have worked with advocates and experts to better understand the challenges our schools face and I urge Chancellor Carranza to review the recommendations we put forth to strengthen our schools. The quality of our schools and the education our students receive is of utmost importance and I look forward to working together to improve our schools.”
LEGAL NOTICES Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Kings County on 02/01/2019, bearing Index Number NC-000146-19/ KI a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 141 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, grants me (us) the right to: assume the name of (First) Michael (Middle) Melvin (Last) Marshall My present name is (first) Michael (Last) Robinson AKA Michael Melvin Robinson AKA Michael M Robinson the city and state of my present address are Brooklyn, NY My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY the month and year of my birth are December 1978. Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Supreme Court, Kings County on the 19th day of February, 2019 bearing Index
Number 671/2019 a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY in room number 189 grants me the right to assume the name of Ahmad Alpha Jalloh My present address is 757 New Jersey Ave., Brooklyn NY 11207. The date of my birth is 09/28/1980 the place of my birth is Liberia, my present name is Ahmad Alpha Jallo and it is further Ordered, that within ninety days (90) days of making the order, and affidavit of publication as herein directed shall be filed in the office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, and it is further Ordered, that upon full compliance with the above provisions of the order, the petitioner shall, be known by the name Ahmad Alpha Jalloh which he/she is hereby authorized to assume and by no other name.
As Public Advocate, Letitia James long called for reforms to the Renewal Schools Program in order to turn around our failing schools and protect our most vulnerable students. In November 2016, Public Advocate James hosted a forum on Renewal Schools with principals, advocates, teachers and parents to discuss the challenges the program faced.
NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY U.S. BANK NA SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA NA SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO LASALLE BANK NA ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE WAMU MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2005AR 15, Plaintiff against ALON FISCHER, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Fein Such & Crane, LLP, 1400 Old Country Road, Suite C103, Westbury, NY 11590 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered September 19, 2018, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on April 4, 2019 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 1230 East 72nd Street, Brooklyn, α Continued on page 9
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LEGAL NOTICES Îą Continued from page 8 NY 11234. Block 8357 Lot 48. 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. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $648,914.15 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 501674/2016. Doron Leiby, Esq., Referee SPSJN181 SUPREME COURT â€“ COUNTY OF KINGS NATIONSTAR HECM ACQUISITION TRUST 20162, WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, NOT INDIVIDUALLY, BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE, Plaintiff against JEANETTE BRINKLEY AS ADMINISTRATRIX AND AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF GENEVA BRINKLEY, DAVID BRINKLEY AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF GENEVA BRINKLEY, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on January 28, 2019. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 4th day of April, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises 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 Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 645 East 53rdStreet, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11203. (Section: 15, Block: 4774, Lot: 65). Approximate amount of lien $ 428,393.98 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 50060016. Jeffrey Dinowitz, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street â€“ Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS HSBC Bank USA, National Association as Indenture Trustee for First NLC Trust 2005-3, Mortgage-Backed Notes, 20053, Plaintiff AGAINST Elisha Johnson; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated January 29, 2016 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on March 28, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 551 Kosciuszko Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221. 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, Îą Continued on page 10
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LEGAL NOTICES α Continued from page 9 City and State of NY, Block 1603 Lot 163. Approximate amount of judgment $699,825.04 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 12021/2012. Charlene Brown, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: January 31, 2019 61196 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC AUCTION Supreme Court of New York, KINGS County. CITIBANK, N.A., NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR NRZ PASS-THROUGH TRUST VI, Plaintiff, -against- ANDY MCALPIN; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NATIONAL CITY BANK; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; GLENDA MCALPINE; SEAN GLOVER; NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE, Index No. 15785/2013. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated, January 17, 2019 and entered with the Kings County Clerk on January 29, 2019, Ernest E. Badway, Esq., the Appointed Referee, will sell the premises known as 55 Chester Street, Brooklyn, New York 11212 at public auction at 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on March 28, 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: 3499; Lot: 113 will be sold subject to the provisions of filed Judgment, Index No. 15785/2013. The approximate amount of judgment is $1,023,572.13 plus interest and costs. FRIEDMAN VARTOLO LLP 85 Broad Street, Suite 501, New York, New York 10004, Attorneys for Plaintiff. SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS_ INDEX NO. 512190/2018 Plaintiff designates KINGS as the place of trial situs of the real property Mortgaged Premises: 753 GEORGIA AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY 11207 Block: 4321 Lot: 47 LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff vs. CLAUDETTE GUMBS; if living, and if she be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants.__ To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not
served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $468,400.00 and interest, recorded on November 24, 2006, at CRFN 2006000652959, of the Public Records of KINGS County, New York, covering premises known as 753 GEORGIA AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY 11207. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. KINGS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: DYZIO J. GUZIEROWICZ, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS_ INDEX NO. 511037/2017 Mortgaged Premises: 674 HANCOCK STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11233 Block: 1662 Lot: 18 Plaintiff designates KINGS as the place of trial situs of the real property NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, -against- LEAMON GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN, JOSEPHINE GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN, EARL GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN, FREEMAN GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN, JOHN GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DISTRIBUTEES OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the
following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. To the above-named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $360,000.00 and interest, recorded on June 7, 2010, at Liber Page, of the Public Records of KINGS County, New York, covering premises known as 674 HANCOCK STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11233. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. KINGS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: GLENN W. CAULFIELD, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT SOLELY AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE FOR LVS TITLE TRUST I Plaintiff, Against CARLTON EXILE A/K/A C. EXILE, ET AL., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, duly entered 5/9/2014, 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 3/21/2019 at 2:30 pm , premises known as 123 Montauk Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208, and
VOL. 23 NO. 9 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 Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York; County of KINGS and State of New York Block 3,992, and Lot 5.The approximate amount of the current Judgment lien is $966,297.14 plus interest and costs. The Premises will be sold subject to provisions of the aforesaid Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; Index # 45556/2007 Nancy Schacher, Esq., Referee. SHELDON MAY & ASSOCIATES Attorneys at Law, 255 Merrick Road , Rockville Centre, NY 11570 Dated: File Number: 25672 MNB SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR RESIDENTIAL ASSET MORTGAGE PRODUCTS, INC., MORTGAGE ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-NC2, Plaintiff against BEVERLY FIELDS A/K/A BEVERLEY FIELDS, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on April 3, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 28th day of March, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises 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 Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 1520 East 55th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11234 (Block: 7879, Lot: 82). Approximate amount of lien $ 576,178.74 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 508035-15. Shmuel D. Taub, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street – Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-7T2, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-7T2, Plaintiff against EGBERT BAPTISTE, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on August 15, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 28th day of March, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises 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 Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 674 East 22nd Street, Brooklyn. N.Y. 11210. (Block: 5221, Lot: 36). Approximate amount of lien $ 836.509.93 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 507289-14. Bruce Goldstein, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street – Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE C-BASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007MX1, Plaintiff -against- EDWIN SANTIAGO, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated April 19, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Courthouse 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY on March 14, 2019 at 2:30p.m. α Continued on page 11
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Friday, March 1st THE ROBESON EFFECT Teachers College, Columbia University, W. 120th St., Manhattan, 7pm, $16. The East Coast Premier of this captivating film features actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory, who have been friends for over Danny Glover 50 years. They share with the audience the extraordinary story of that friendship, some of their life’s journey and their shared admiration of Paul Robeson, which led them to the creation of the Robey Theater Company in Los Angeles. Tickets at nyadiff.org.
Saturday, March 2nd
96th St., Manhattan, 2-6pm, FREE. African Voices is asking friends and family to volunteer to assist in packing up and organizing its magazines to move! They’re hosting an old-fashioned pizza and book party with other refreshments. AV is also selling books from $5 to $10. Anyone who makes a donation of $5 or more will leave with a book of his/her choice.
Sunday, March 3rd NZINGA QUEEN OF ANGOLA Teachers College, Columbia University, W. 120th St., Manhattan, 6pm, $16. This narrative feature film is set in 17th century Angola, where a woman leads her kingdom in a long struggle for independence. After witnessing the murder of her son and watching her people being humiliated by Portuguese colonizers, Nzinga will become a queen and struggle for their liberation, embodying the motto: “Those who stay fight to win.” Tickets and the full ADIFF spring screening schedule at nyadiff.org.
and veteran of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, for an intimate conversation about building the next generation of progressive power. Drawing on decades of experience, this intergenerational group will share about how they have been able to shift harmful narratives, hold corporations and politicians accountable, and reflect on how we can organize to win in this critical moment.
Saturday, March 9th 50IN50: LETTERS TO OUR DAUGHTERS Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, 3pm & 7pm, $25. This third annual beloved theatrical event features a new group of 50 women writers who
BRAVE BROWN SISTERS FROM THE FRONT LINES Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., 9 &10:30pm, $20 in adv., $25 at door. Grammy-nominated spoken word performance artist Gh’ail Rhodes Benjamin with bassist Binky Brice presents a collage of monologues and music from the voices of Ella Baker, Winnie Mandela, Miriam Makeba, Ida B. Wells and Fannie Lou Hamer. The Sistas’ Place series of concerts for Women’s History Month opens with this dynamic presentation incorporating a glimpse of all the women being celebrated this month. Reservations at 718-398-1766.
Nzinga, Queen of Angola
Wednesday, March 6th Pauletta Washington
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., 6:308pm, $10. Join Cristina Jiménez and Rashad Robinson, two rising stars of the progressive movement, and Heather Booth, Rashad Robinson lifelong strategist
α Continued from page premises situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the southerly side of Halsey Street, distant 40.00 feet easterly from the southeasterly corner of Halsey Street and Lewis Avenue, being a plot 60.00 feet by 20.00 feet by 60.00 feet by 20.00 feet. Section: 6 Block: 1665 Lot: 12 Said premises known as 482 HALSEY STREET, BROOKLYN, NY Approximate amount of lien $562,628.19 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. Index Number 515574/2015. GREGORY T. CERCHIONE, ESQ., Referee Dorf & Nelson LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 555 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY 10580 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY FSB, AS TRUSTEE FOR STANWICH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST A, Plaintiff, vs. VIOLA
Monday, March 11th SALUTE TO WOMEN IN BEBOP Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan, 7-9:30pm, $35. This musical evening is curated by Diedre L. Murray, musician, jazz composer and Obie Award winner. Murray composed original music for Oo-BlaDee, created by actor and playwright Regina Taylor. It paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female traveling band of bebop musicians following the end of World War II. Featuring Gabrielle Murphy ȋϐȌǡBrandon McCune (piano), Mimi Jones ȋȌ and Eli Fountain (percussion and ȌǤ Ǥ
MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE
African Voices Communications, 270 W.
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Friday, March 22nd
THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: UNDOCUMENTED, BLACK AND UNAFRAID
AV PIZZA & BOOK PARTY
“consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.” Their words will be brought to life on stage by this year’s group of powerhouse actors from Broadway, film and TV. They are: Marsha Stephanie Blake, Ebony Jo-Ann, Jasmine Cephas Jones, LaChanze, Terria Joseph, Celestine Rae, Angelica Ross, Michele Shay, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and Pauletta Washington. The performance is directed by Indira Etwaroo with a curatorial statement by MacArthur “Genius” Dominique Morisseau and live music by Maritri Garrett. Tickets at Eventbrite.
DAVID A/K/A VIOLA P. DAVID, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to an Order Confirming Referee Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on January 17, 2019, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on March 14, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 5202 Glenwood Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234. 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 7736 and Lot 40. Approximate amount of judgment is $399,257.59 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 501253/2015. If the sale is set 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. Gregory Thomas Cerchione, Esq., Referee Roach & Lin, P.C. FKA 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 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE ASSET BACKED SECURITIES CORPORATION HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES MO 2006HE6 ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES MO 2006-HE6, Plaintiff, AGAINST JANET DUNKLEY, et al. Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly entered on August 13, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on March 14, 2019 at 2:30 PM premises known as 231 EAST 37TH STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11203. 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 4874 and Lot 43. Approximate amount of judgment $860,528.83 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ¿OHG-XGJPHQW,QGH[%5812 F CODISPOTI, ESQ., Referee, Aldridge Pite, LLP - Attorneys for Plaintiff - 40 Marcus Drive, Suite 200, Melville, NY 11747
Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 8-10pm, FREE. See the first feature documentary on the singer, dancer, poet, writer and activist who inspired generations with modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (1928-2014) also blazed a brave and original life as a performer, giving people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. With unprecedented access, the film traces her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos in her own words.
NEW BUSINESS FORMATIONS Notice of Formation of sound production entity GIFTED SOUNDS NETWORK LLC, filed with Secy. of State NY (SSNY) on 12/21/18. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it 55 Meadow Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Chef Simi, LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the SSNY on 11/26/2018. 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 Chef Simi LLC 720 E. 93rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236. Purpose: any lawful act. BESPOKE JETS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/23/2018. 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 Olufunmilade Amusan, 936 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
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THE BILLIE HOLIDAY THEATRE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FRANK SILVERA WRITERS’ WORKSHOP PRESENT
letters to our daughters
CURATORIAL STATEMENT BY DOMINIQUE MORRISEAU DIRECTED BY Y INDIRA ETWAROO
mar m ar 9 2019
3pm ___& 7PM $25
WITH AN AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY, TV & FILM CAST
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE, EBONY JOANN, JASMINE CEPHAS JONES, LACHANZE, TERRIA JOSEPH, CELESTINE RÆ, ANGELICA ROSS, MICHELE SHAY, PHYLLIS YVONNE STICKNEY, AND PAULETTA PEARSON WASHINGTON Live music will be performed by Maritri Garrett. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Aﬀairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding is provided by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Fund for the City of New York, the J. L. Greene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.
kumble theater 1 University Plaza, brooklyn TICKETS @ thebillieholiday.org
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