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ustainers link arms  and commit to helping forge ahead, using every skill and resource to fight for more viable futures for generations to come. This week, we salute the women scientists of Medgar Evers College School of Science, who stand shoul-

der-to-shoulder with their male colleagues, connecting young people from kindergarten to college-age to careers – a learnings-pipeline leading from the ground to outer space. We also celebrate (below, from left), journalist and WBLS-FM News Director

Ann Tripp, who spoke on a panel at a Cultural Caravan Productions event at Restoration Plaza last Sunday. Boys & Girls H.S. Principal Grecian Harrison-Walker led the battle – along with the School’s Advisory Council, parents and teachers – to pull the school from the quicksand

of receivership; and Yonnette “Farmer Yon� Fleming, who continues to enlarge Central Brooklyn’s green footprint, and eloquently tells its story at the Hattie Carthan Garden, at the United Nations and in other countries. BG

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Assemblyman Mosley Must Side with People, Not Profiteers

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ssemblyman Walter Mosley has come out supporting the largest residential luxury complex in Brooklyn being proposed in the second-most affordable community in Brooklyn – Crown Heights South. This project is in the environmental impact stage where “binding” legal agreements will be produced to offset the negative consequences of the development. Due to the fact that luxury development in low- to moderate-income communities creates displacement, the 50% “affordable” units being proposed should be examined to ensure that they are not rent-burden apartments. Rent Burden - over 30% of a family’s total income. Severe Rent Burden – over 50% of a family’s total income. Affordable units are targeted to create non-rent-burden apartments. Average Medium Income (AMI) Affordable Income Bands range DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc. 358 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 599-6828 Web site: www.ourtimepress.com e-mail: editors@ourtimepress.com

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Two-Income Bands Scenario 17% of the apartments will have 50% of AMI ($52,150)-Rent Burden 12% of the apartments will have 120% of the AMI (125,160)-Severe Rent Burden

Three-Income Bands Scenario

from $31,390 to $172,095 for a family of four. Crown Heights South AMI is $40,000. The developer is applying for two programs: Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Option 2 and Federal Programs (HPD/HUD).

MIH Option 2 – Requirements The average income of all of the apartments must be at 80% AMI ($83,440) income. Maximum of three income bands may be used. Cannot use more than 130%

of AMI ($135,590) income band. Must be 30% of all residential units being built.

One-Income Band Scenario All Apartments have 80% of

12% of the apartments – 50% of AMI ($52,150)-Rent Burden 10% of the apartments – 80% of AMI (83,440)-Severe Rent Burden 8% of the apartments – 130% of AMI ($135,590)-Severe Rent Burden

HUD/HPD Requirements 20% of all apartments must be at 50% of AMI. As the pie-chart depicts, the developer can double dip by using the same apartments to qualify for two programs.

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All four of these legal scenarios would create from 70 to 80% luxury apartments, because the additional 20% “affordable” have no binding agreements attached to it. The developer simply has to choose an affordable income band; i.e., $172,095 and 100% of the apartments will be rent-burden and/or severe rent-burden to the Crown Heights community. It is imperative that during this time Assemblyman Mosley follow Councilman Menchaca’s lead in Sunset Park by analyzing the “affordable” scenarios and present binding agreements with the developer to ensure these “affordable” units actually benefit the community. For example, get low-income bands for both families and senior citizens, a percentage goes to the homeless population and ensures that the developer cannot double or triple dip on these categories. This will help to offset the negative impacts this massive development is proposing in our community, ensures that any agreements are binding upon the developer and help to produce non-rentburden apartments for the residents who reside in his district. Alicia Boyd, from The Movement to Protect the People - MTOPP.org She can be reached at (718) 703-3086 or info@ mtopp.org


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was walking by the garden in 2003, and at that time I was a corporate soldier, walking by every day to go to work on the G train. But also at the time, I was very centered in my Africanism. I was drumming intensely in a square called the Congo Square where my great-aunt struggled along with community leaders like Richard Green so that African people would have the freedom to congregate and sort their frequencies and vibrations together in one place in order to allow for some things to happen. She's my Africanism had already been a part of me. I was walking by the garden and I noticed that many things seemed to be needing support. Even the structures. There was a statue of a woman that was donated to the garden called The Khalif’s Favorite. This was one of my first projects I did in the garden. That statue was tipping over. It represented womanhood, and it was Black and the body was embodied and it had snakes on its head, and everything about it was so powerful, but it wasn’t being cared for or maintained. "There was a need in the garden. But there was also a need in me to care for something, always. There was a need in me for community, a need to be at peace with the trees, a need for real food. There was a need for me to move my gifts out of the corporate structure and down into the ground where they could find reciprocity. At that time, I was 400 pounds, too. So, there was a need in me for life. So, I called Green Thumb and they gave me the contact info for Magnolia. I called Magnolia. When I called, the person that answered the phone said, “Well, I really like what you’re saying but I just want you to know that this is a really hard place. No one comes here. No one is interested in the programs that happen here. So, I want you to know that upfront. But I think it’s a great idea if you would join the garden.” So, I joined. But I didn’t join as some officer. For two or three years I spent all my time just picking up trash, tending to the plants, and listening to the plants for the first time. I had never had that opportunity as an African to

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garden. She teaches community children about healthy cooking and urban farming. She is an educator in the field of herbs and medicinal plants and a Food Justice Educator for Farm School NYC. Through her work, the Hattie Carthan Community Garden and Farm feeds organic, nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and herbs to thousands of Central Brooklyn residents a year, and her work educates and inspires even more. “Look how fortunate we are by having this whole garden. Gardens are spoken about in every creation theory in history, and here we are, this people with the responsibility of keeping and tending to this beautiful space.” We are fortunate indeed for Farmer Yon.

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“I come from a long line of Queen Mothers, Ibaye. So all permissions have been given to me through the system of womanhood, of African-centered ways that Queen Mothers operate in a village. All of my instructions have been taken from there.” Meeting Yonnette Fleming is an experience unto itself. She's a whirlwind, bringing the spirits of our past into the creation of our future while nurturing the community by using her hands, her heart and the Earth. Yonnette is a native of Guyana, she arrived in the US at age 16. She says that she learned much of creation from her grandmother’s life. “My own grandmother was a person that had an orchard of trees, and she was the matriarch in the family. It was always about the agriculture, and the crops, and culture and dance and music and that sort of movement that we do to reconstitute ourselves. The risks of being a woman that nurtures a community are many. You take great risks, you must operate for the most part without fear, even when there is a lack, or trouble or violence, even then you must have that sense of groundedness. And that groundedness comes from the relationship with the Earth. That level of continuity and infinity and eternity, even understanding that all of what we are experiencing is but a speck of history or time as we know it, and being centered in nurturing in that way; nurturing to humans, nurturing to animals and nurturing to the plants and the trees who are the wisdom keepers of the village.” Before her name carried titles like “urban farmer” or “community Earth steward” or “food justice educator,” Yonnette was raising a family and working as a “corporate soldier.” The story of how she first connected with the Hattie Carthan Community Garden can be told no better than through her own words. “I want to speak to you about continuity and the migration of the African spirit. It goes wherever in the Diaspora where it is needed. Universal tensions draw it there. So, I want to state that as the universal template for how people move within the Diaspora. I

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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

The Manhattan Community Board 10 Economic Development Committee’s forum, “BLACK WOMEN’S SUMMIT: From Income Disparities to Economic Equity,” which focused on Black women entrepreneurs at the National Black Theatre on March 18, was a huge success. The Black entrepreneurs were represented by Sharene Wood, President/CEO, 5001 Flavors and Harlem Haberdashery; Aliyyah Baylor, President/CEO, Make My Cake; Beatrice Sibbles, Managing Director/ Founder of BOS Development, a real estate developer; Regina Smith, Harlem Business Alliance Executive Director; and guest financier Nisha Desai, CEO, Anday Capital, LLC. Myrtle Jones, Rochester Institute of Technology Professor, moderated. The women held forth with a discussion which was equal parts inspirational, cautionary

taleish, and instructive re: rudiments of starting and growing a business in a large American metropolis like NYC with all of its unintended consequences. Subjects explored included capitalization, opportunity zones, homeownership, income inequality and the gender prejudice in the business world. Ms. Sibbles emphasized the necessity of studying the scope of opportunity zones, part of the Trump tax package, most of which are located in predominantly NYC neighborhoods associated with people of color. Investors may be interested in extant businesses in the OZs. Forum was videotaped. The edgy new bistro, Ruby’s Vintage, on Harlem’s Strivers Row, located at 2340 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., or Seventh Avenue, celebrated today’s Renaissance Women on March 26. Named after theater/ film legend Ruby Dee, Ruby’s Vintage management honored her rich legacy and “recognized the impact of Women in the Arts and Culture who continue her legacy.” The Renaissance Women also honored Cicely Tyson; Dr. Hazel Dukes, NYC NAACP; Educator Bernadine Callendar-James; and Joyous Pierce, Harlem Arts Alliance.

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NYC 9th District Councilman Bill Perkins invites constituents to take part in Participatory Budgeting Vote Week, March 30 to April 7. Vote Week is observed in the five NYC boroughs. His district, one of 33 using Participatory Budgeting, encourages constituents to directly influence use of public funds. During Vote Week, constituents will have the opportunity to spend $1 million in their respective district. “The projects receiving the most votes adding up to $1 million will be funded in the 2020

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NYC fiscal city budget.” Voting will be at sites throughout the city or online at www.pbnyc. o rg / vo t e , or call your NYC Council member for local voting destinations. T h r e e high-ranking A f r i c a n American civil )CGRFȩ2?WJMP servants, Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Charles Daniels and Dr. Keith Taylor, filed a discrimination lawsuit against their employer, the NYC Department of Corrections in 2017. Complaint stated they were forced out of DOC for their failure to falsify facts regarding violence at their workplace on Rikers Island and because of the glass ceiling extant for Blacks at DOC. Two weeks ago, they agreed to a $275,000 settlement. Today, Errol D. Toulon, Jr. is Sheriff of Suffolk County, the first for an African-American. Charles Daniels is a Deputy Commissioner at the Alabama Department of Corrections and Dr. Keith Taylor is an adjunct Professor at John Jay College, CUNY. Bronx US Representative Jose Serrano, 75, will not seek reelection after the 20192020 congressional term. He was elected to Congress in 2004. He has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder. On the CENSUS. Mandated by the US Constitution, the Census takes place every 10 years. The 2020 Census will determine changes in the number of congressional seats by state and help determine state legislative school district boundaries. Responses to 2020 Census questions will determine how more than $675 billion in federal spending will be distributed to local communities for use on schools, fire and emergency services and health care.

ARTS/CULTURE

Mexican/Kenyan Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o stars in Jordan Peele’s latest horror film “US,” which grossed $70.3 million last weekend in US and Canada movie houses. Peele’s earlier film, “GET OUT,” brought new life to the horror genre with its undercurrent race undertones. Nyong’o recently acquired the rights to Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s novel, “AMERICANAH,” and will produce and star in it. “AMERICANAH” will be produced as a miniseries, perhaps the best platform for the sprawling story.

Clark, educator; Melanie Edwards, The Modern School; Ronald Guy, community leader; Ernest Hopkins, health consultant; Karen Horsford; R o c k y M@ȩ*?U Horsford, Jr; Chaka Khan; Star Jones; Bob Law, radio executive/host; Martin Lawrence; Peter Wayne Lewis, fine artist; Tonya Lewis; Patricia McConnell; Dr. Leon Merrick; Eddie Murphy; Laura Poteat; Marva Richard; Diana Ross; Ruby Ryles, Public Relations; Jill Scott; Maxine Sidberry; Maxwell Sidberry; Dedra Tate, event coordinator; David Walker, UNCF; writer Gloria Dulan Wilson; and Doris Wooten. RIP: Beloved matriarch Beryl Hay DeGraff has died. The mother of Pastor Jacques DeGraff, her life was celebrated at a homegoing service at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, located at 132 West 116th Street, Harlem, on March 27 at 10 am. She was interred at the Calverton National Cemetery. RIP: Award-winning broadcast legend Bob Slade, 70, died last week after battling a kidney disorder. Native New Yorker radio journalist extraordinaire, Slade’s first love was acting, which he studied at Queens College before joining the Negro Ensemble Company. Slade discovered his real career niche in radio, where he worked for 48 years as host, news director, producer at KISS 98.7-FM as creator/host of the addictive “OPEN LINE,” a Sunday public affairs Q & A , a staple for Black N e w Yo r k e r s which was co-hosted by attorM@ȩ1J?BC ney Bob Pickett and James Mtume. “OPEN LINE” is an audience pleaser at 107.5 WBLS-FM.

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Join sisters from the labor and advocacy communities to celebrate International Women’s Month and unite their voices at the 2019 Red Carpet for Social Justice on Friday, March 29 at 5:30 pm at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, corner of 54th Street, Manhattan. Admission is free, reservations are recommended at Bedmonds@dc37.net or zenaidac@1199. org. The National Black Theatre partners with the Schomburg Center for “In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body” on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 pm, at the Schomburg, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem. This is part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival, “Migrations: The Making of America,” which studies how large-scale movements of people – both to and within a country – have helped shape American arts, culture and society.


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Thinker’s Notebook

The Strength of a Woman

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ama Lidu made it into the New Year. Her birthday was on January 5th. On that day, Lydia went out and ran 10 miles. She returned home from that run in a hopeless state. “When I came back from that long run, I promise you I knew it was over. I went upstairs and cried my eyes out. I took a shower. It was terrible. I’ll never forget it. The look my dad and I gave each other, we knew it was over.” Mama Lidu passed away on January 8th, 2019. When Patrick arrived in Oregon a couple of days later, the two of them ran 10 miles together. But by then, Lydia had begun to loathe the one thing, other than her mother, that she’s loved her whole life. “At that point, I said a lot of bad things about running. I didn’t want to be associated at all with running.” Lydia stayed in Oregon until January 28th, reluctantly flying back that evening. While out west, not only was Lydia able to keep her job, but she was selected to accompany a group out to Puerto Rico. The New York Road Runners Association partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico to provide outreach to the children of the island as part of the Rising NY Road Runners program. “I applied for the opportunity, and I got it. It’s very hard to get a travel job, but I got it, which means that I was going to be working with over 1,300 kids.” Lydia stayed in Brooklyn for a week before leaving out for Puerto Rico. She worked with marathoner and Olympian Beverly Ramos, mentoring young potential marathoners and offering up sneakers to the children in the community. Lydia also got a chance to visit Lidu’s property and to reflect on her mother’s

life. She stayed in Puerto Rico for nine days, finally returning back to Brooklyn, only to be met with the next challenge: Tokyo. Lydia ran only a 10-mile run twice between the end of the NYC Marathon in November and the Tokyo Marathon in March. She didn’t run at all after that last run with Patrick, right after Mama Lidu’s passing. And as the day to leave approached, Lydia began to feel like maybe Tokyo wasn’t in the cards. But just as Lydia pushed Patrick to heal by any means, Patrick saw his girlfriend’s pain as a signal that his motivation was needed. And he told her what she needed to hear in order to get on that plane. “The night before I was leaving for Tokyo I was kicking and crying, and I didn’t want to go. I told Pat I don’t want to go, and Pat told me “You gotta go.” I told him I didn’t want to go, and he told me “You have to go, Lydia. This is important. You have to do this. If it wasn’t for Pat, I wouldn’t have gone.” The trip to Japan took its toll on Lydia. She was already battling the flu after returning from Puerto Rico. “Going overseas, it was 20 years since I’ve gone so far overseas. My body was shaking. I was going through convulsions. Everything was going wrong. I didn’t know the territory and I had to do things to prepare for the race. I had to stay under control.” The weather in Tokyo on the day of the marathon was cold, rainy and windy. “It was 38 degrees and freezing cold rain. I had never run in such a downpour of freezing rain before. It was unbelievable.” The conditions of the race did help Lydia to keep her mind on her mission and to not think as much about her mother. “I

*WBG?ȩ%MLX?JCXȩUGRFȩ?BKGPCPQ felt so many emotions throughout the whole thing. But I was on survival mode because of the weather, so I couldn’t think too much about my mom. It hit me when I crossed the finished line. That’s when I started choking up and crying and thinking about my mom.” She finished the race in 4:05. The next stop was Barcelona, but not before a layover in Russia that resulted in her luggage being left behind. She got to her hotel without her luggage and was ready to give up and come home. But the weather in Spain was nicer, and the texts and social media posts were pouring in rooting her on, and Lydia had strength in reserve. “It’s very hard to wrap your head around what’s happening because it’s happening so fast. I can’t really put it into words what I felt in Barcelona. I know that I had to get very selfless. I had to dig deep. I had to find strength that I never knew I had.” With her body aching from a brutal race just a week prior, and with her

mind filled to capacity with thoughts of her mother, Lydia showed up at the starting line for the Barcelona Marathon. And when the gun went off, she ran. “I’m most proud of the Barcelona race because I had no legs. I feel accomplished because I didn’t give up. I could’ve easily not showed up, but I did. I showed up.” She ran her race for 17 miles. A sore hamstring forced her into a shuffle for the last nine miles. She finished the race in 4:46. “I promise you with all my heart, this marathon was for my mom.” Five months. Three marathons. 31,941 miles of travel. “I’ve ran all different times in my life, different races, and all of them are so beautiful to me. Each race means different things to me. But the races that I just ran will forever mean so much to me because I was able to complete something that I never thought that I could do. Just thinking about it makes me so proud of myself. Because I know she’s so proud of me. I know she is.”

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A Case For Reparations

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Descendant Sues Harvard For Making Money For Over 150 Years - on Photos of Her Ancestors

Connecticut woman today accused Harvard University of the wrongful seizure, possession and monetization of photographic images of her family’s patriarch, an enslaved African man named Renty, and his daughter, Delia. The images, believed to be the earliest-known photographic images of slaves, were commissioned in 1850 by a Harvard Professor, Louis Agassiz, and used to support a theory, known as polygenism, that Africans and African-Americans are inferior to whites. Polygenism, widely advocated by the Harvard Professor, was used to justify both the ongoing enslavement of Black people prior to the Civil War, and their segregation afterward. As detailed in a lawsuit filed today, Harvard stood by its professor and, to this day, has never sufficiently repudiated Agassiz and his work. The images, known as daguerreotypes, were captured in the winter of 1850 in a South Carolina photography studio. Renty was brought to a photography studio, stripped naked and photographed from every angle; next to him, his daughter Delia was then stripped to the waist and forced to pose for the photographs. The lawsuit filed today in Middlesex County Superior Court alleges that Harvard has ignored Tamara Lanier’s repeated requests to stop licensing the pictures for the university’s profit and stop misrepresenting her great-great-great grandfather, the man she knows as Papa Renty. A direct linear descendant of Renty, Ms. Lanier is seeking return of the photos to her family, as well as damages from Harvard. “For years, Papa Renty’s slave owners profited from his suffering – it’s time for

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Harvard to stop doing the same thing to our family,” said Tamara Lanier. “Papa Renty was a proud and kind man who, like so many enslaved men, women and children, endured years of unimaginable horrors. Harvard’s refusal to honor our family’s history by acknowledging our lineage and its own shameful past is an insult to Papa Renty’s life and memory.” “These photographs make it clear that Harvard benefitted from slavery then and continues to benefit now. By my calculation, Renty is 169 years a slave. When will Harvard finally set him free?” said national civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, co-lead counsel for Ms. Lanier. “Without slavery, this photo would not exist, nor would the racist theories that led to its creation. We cannot erase the wrongs of the past or the legacies of slavery within higher education, but we can forge a new path of respect, dignity and equality moving forward. Returning the images would be a first step in the right direction.” In 1847, Harvard had recruited Agassiz, whose work as a zoologist had focused on grouping living things together based on observable characteristics and placing them in hierarchical order, to head the university’s Lawrence School of Science. With the prestige and support of Harvard, Agassiz soon became a zealous advocate for polygenism. The famed Harvard professor’s assertion of Black inferiority came at an opportune time for slave owners and northern profiteers from the cotton trade and aided their fight against abolitionists. The Fugitive Slave Act, widely seen as a barometer for the relative strength of the pro-slavery and abolitionist camps, was being hotly debated in Congress. For those seeking to prove that African-Americans were inferior, Agassiz’s work, backed by Harvard’s prestige, was an invaluable gift. Based upon the oral history passed on to Tamara Lanier, Renty was born in Africa. After being kidnapped by slave merchants, he was enslaved on the B.F. Taylor plantation in South Carolina. Renty was small in stature but towering in the minds of those who knew him. Though prohibited by South Carolina law, Renty taught himself and other enslaved people to read and also conducted secret Bible readings and Bible study on the plantation. In the winter of 1850, on Agassiz’s orders, Papa Renty was led into a plush photograph studio in Columbia, South Carolina. He was ordered to fully disrobe, and Delia was stripped naked to the waist. Renty and Delia were photographed in various poses, half and full figures taken

2?K?P?ȩ*?LGCPȩUGRFȩGK?ECȩMDȩFCPȩ DMPC@C?P from the front, side and back views. The completed daguerreotypes received just the enthusiastic reception that had Agassiz hoped. The next month, Agassiz published the results of his research in an article entitled “The Diversity of Origin of the Human Races,” noting that he had recently studied “closely many native Africans belonging to different tribes, and [have] learned readily to distinguish their nations ... and determine their origin from their physical features.” He went on to describe, with the detached voice of an empiricist, the essential characteristics of Africans as “submissive, obsequious, [and] imitative,” possessing “a peculiar indifference to the advantages afforded by civilized society.” For decades, the images were then forgotten. In 1976, an employee of Harvard’s Peabody Museum, the late Ellie Reichlin, discovered them in a corner cabinet of the museum’s attic. Despite Ms. Reichlin’s expressed concern for the families of the men and women depicted, Harvard University chose to make no effort to locate the subjects’ descendants. In displaying and licensing the images, Harvard has avoided the fact that the daguerreotypes were part of a study, overseen by a Harvard professor, to demonstrate racial inferiority of Blacks. To this day, Harvard insists that anyone seeking to view the photographs sign a contract, and anyone wishing to reproduce the images, even for educational purposes,

pay a hefty fee to the university. In other words, Harvard – the wealthiest university in the world – has seen fit to further enrich itself from images that only exist because a Harvard professor forced enslaved men and women to participate in their creation without consent, dignity or compensation. In 2011, Tamara Lanier, then the chief probation officer in Norwich, CT, wrote a letter to Dr. Drew Faust, the President of Harvard University from 2007-2018. Faust, a Civil War historian, was the first President of Harvard to have been raised in the South. Lanier detailed her ancestry and expressed her belief that she was a direct, linear descendant of Renty and Delia. Dr. Faust’s evasive response made no mention of Lanier’s heritage and offered no opportunity to discuss returning the pictures to the Lanier family. Over the next several years, Lanier continued to gather documentation of her heritage and consult with genealogical experts who validated her ancestry. She also made additional unsuccessful attempts to engage Harvard University in a conversation about the images. In 2016, Lanier reached out to the Harvard Crimson, the university’s student newspaper, to suggest a news story about the daguerreotypes. The paper responded positively, and Lanier traveled to Cambridge for an interview. Sometime later, Ms. Lanier received an e-mail from an editor at the Crimson informing her that the story had been killed due to “concerns the Peabody Museum has raised.” Harvard continues to use the Renty images as a source of income. For example, in 2017, Harvard used Renty’s image to sell its 13th Anniversary Edition of “From Site to Sight: Anthropology, Photography and the Power of Imagery.” Renty’s image is the cover of the book, which sells for $40.00. The same year, Harvard hosted a national academic conference called “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History.” The program for the conference referred to Renty as “anonymous,” even though Ms. Lanier, who was in attendance, had repeatedly told the renowned university that the man was her great- great-great grandfather. Even though Agassiz helped lay the groundwork for over 100 years of state-sanctioned segregation, discrimination and violence against African-Americans, Harvard continues to defend him as a great scientist of his time, according to the lawsuit, and continues to profit from the images while refusing to acknowledge the legitimacy of Ms. Lanier’s familial relationship. Tamara Lanier is represented by Attorney Benjamin Crump, whose office provided this story.

Attorney General James Supports Oakland and San Francisco Lawsuit Holding Big Oil Accountable for Sea-Level Rise Costs

ew York Attorney General Letitia James today joined a multistate coalition to file an amicus brief in support of  the  City of Oakland and City and County of San Francisco vs. BP  et al  to hold petroleum and coal companies accountable for actions contributing to climate change and the resulting harms from sea-level rise and other effects.  “It is undeniable that Big Oil is devastating our planet,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “The actions of these companies

are felt in communities throughout our country and will only worsen in the absence of immediate action. We all play a role in holding these companies accountable for the harm they are causing Americans and our environment.” In their suit, the California cities and county allege that the companies’ conduct exacerbates global warming and its impacts, including hotter temperatures, extreme weather events, rising sea level and other irreversible harms – leaving local governments to manage the full costs of inundation, erosion, flooding,

property damage and threats to the health and safety of residents. Research by the State of California projects San Francisco’s coastline to rise by as much as 10 feet by 2100. In Oakland and San Francisco, property worth billions of dollars is located six feet or less above current sea levels. In San Francisco alone, bayside sea-level rise from global warming places at risk of at least $10 billion of public property and as much as $39 billion of private property.  The case is currently pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after the oil

companies removed the coastal communities’ suit from state to federal court, where the cases were then dismissed. In the brief, the coalition of 11 attorneys general assert that the district court decisions failing to send the cases back to state court and then dismissing the cases should be reversed.   Joining Attorney General James in filing the brief are the Attorneys General of  California, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia. 


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Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium presents Women in Jazz: State of Affairs

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n its 20thSeason, the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, Inc. (CBJC) in partnership with  International Women in Jazz, Inc. honors Women’s Month with Jazz: The Women’s Viewpoint on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 3pm. The afternoon will consist of a panel discussion and performances with renowned women jazz musicians in the Downtown Brooklyn vicinity at  Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY.  CBJC  offers annual panel discussions for jazz enthusiast and the community at large to participate in dialogue on the history of Women’s roles in Jazz, present and future. Bessie Edwards, CBJC Executive Director, commented on the continuing need for the event. “Even today, in the era of the “MeToo” movement,  women don’t have much of a voice in jazz – but there are  signs of change,” she said. “Traditional feminine instrumentalists such as a pianists, violinists, or flutists as well as vocalists, have been acceptable for women, but the drums, trombone or saxophone have been perceived as instruments for men. Although there has been some attitude shifts towards women Jazz artists, Jazz: The Women’s Viewpoint’s role is to spotlight the issue and sensitize men to the idea that women can play any instrument and excel in leadership roles when given the opportunity.”

The Return of Civic Education

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on. Renee Collymore, Former District Leader of the 57th Assembly District, has been known for implementing many impactful deeds for Brooklyn, however, her civics program for children, the Fundamentals of Citizenship that has taken the lead on her most passionate projects. The Return of Civic Education has found favor with powerful politicians in New York City. “Fundamentals of Citizenship! A Civics Course for Children has been an immersive educational experience that has made local government more readily accessible to its youngest citizens. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders instilled with the basic tenets of democracy. I want to congratulate Renee Collymore for empowering the next generation of legislators, organizers and activists who will undoubtedly change the course of history in City Hall, Albany, and Capitol Hill” Said Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, Brooklyn has added Collymore, as the newest professor to instruct this fascinating course, where she is teaching the Spring, Summer and Fall 2019 semesters. “I am excited about the College offering my course on campus. This is a testament to our work and confirms the extreme need and want for Civic Education.” Says Collymore. Collymore’s civics for kids will include learning about volunteerism, effective leadership, targeting and analyzing elected officials and community issues, voting, tenets of democracy, public speaking, lobbying, holding in-class community meetings, advocacy and activism, letter writing and call campaigns, culminating with a trip to Albany to voice concerns to legislators.

The event will feature a panel discussion with outstanding women of Jazz. Antoinette Montague,  host of “Jazz Women to the Rescue Show” on WHCR 90.3FM, explores the present condition of women in jazz,  Dorthaan Kirk, Newark’s First Lady of Jazz and a co-founder of WBGO-FM radio, will moderate the discussion, Gabrielle Garo, Flutist and Ambassador for the 2018 Latin Grammy Awards, represents the future outlook,  Gayle Boyd, Artist Management, presents the past and common thread of the past, present and future, and Vinnie Knight, Vocalist, offers a snapshot of the past. The day will start and end with live music and dance performances with the JTWVP Band, and close with a live jam session.   The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC), now in its 20thyear, was founded by Alma Carroll, Viola Plummer and Torrie McCartney. CBJC, consisting of local and international musicians based in Brooklyn, and has entertained countless communities with jazz.  This anniversary will present several site performances and welcome opportunities for the community to embrace the monumental tradition of jazz from a local and global perspective.   With a fresh approach, CBJC will be featuring musicians new to the scene that bring innovative styles, envisioning the next 20 years, while honoring those who have adorned the stage for decades. This program

is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the NYC Council.

For info: 718.773.2252, e-mail: Jazzspirit2018@gmail.com or visit us at www.centralbrooklynjazz.org

Community Council for Medgar Evers College, Inc.

Annual Spring Scholarship & Leadership SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH | 12PM

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MEC Council Scholarship Luncheon Set for April 27 Community Council for Medgar Evers College’s Annual Spring Luncheon is a fun, informative and inspiring gathering of Brooklyn’s community supporters and leadership from all aspects of community governance including: our elected officials and representatives from education, law enforcement, judicial, business, ecumenical as well as Medgar scholars and faculty. They gather to pay tribute to those who have provided outstanding service in their professions, and especially to support the scholarship program for Medgar Evers College students that is funded by the Community Council. Since 1980, the Council has provided more than $250,000 in scholarships.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 27 th in the Skylight Cafe on the 2nd floor of Medgar Evers College Academic Building #1, 1638 Bedford Avenue. And, as usual, there will be great food, music and live entertainment. The 2019 Leadership Awardees will be: ECUMENICAL LEADERSHIP: Rev. Trevor Hyde, Jr., Pastor, Berean Baptist Church • BUSINESS LEADERSHIP: DeCosta Headly, CEO, Strong Power Business Consulting, Inc. • EDUCATION LEADERSHIP: Dr. Terrance Richard Blackman, Dean School of Science, Health & Technology, Medgar Evers College, CUNY • YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDEES: Chavelle Carty and Demola Ogunnaike, Class of 2019, Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. (2019 Scholarship Recipients will be announced at the luncheon.)


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Ann Tripp Remembers Gladys Mae West, Vital to the Development of the GPS

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ournalist Ann Tripp urged Cultural Caravan’s audience to study black history as a first step in self-empowerment. She used the example of the inventor of the GPS system, Gladys Mae West, living legend whose story is pushed to a footnote.

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fields, picking tobacco, corn, and cotton, or even work in a factory like her parents and generations before her. Gladys found out that the top two students of her class would be rewarded full ride scholarships to Virginia State College, and with that knowledge she did just that, earning the title of valedictorian. After gaining a scholarship for achieving the first place in her high-school class,[1] she studied mathematics at Virginia State College.[2] After graduating she taught for around two years in Sussex County before she went back to school for her master’s degree. In 1956 West began to work at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, where she was the second black woman ever to be employed.[1][3] She participated in an astronomical study that proved, during the early 1960s, the regularity of Pluto’s motion relative to Neptune.[7] Subsequently, West began to analyze data from satellites, putting together altimeter models of the Earth’s shape. Her supervisor Ralph Neiman recommended her as project manager for the Seasat radar altimetry project, the first satellite that could remotely sense oceans.[8][9] In 1979, Neiman recommended West for commendation.[10] West was a programmer in the Dahlgren Division for large-scale computers and a project manager for data-processing systems used in the analysis of satellite data. In 1986, West published “Data Processing System Specifications for the Geosat Satellite Radar Altimeter”, a 51-page technical report from The Naval Surface Weapons Center (NSWC). The guide was published to explain how to increase the accuracy of the estimation of “geoid heights and vertical deflection”, topics of satellite geodesy. This was achieved by processing the data created from the radio altimeter on the Geosat satellite which went into orbit on 12 March 1984. She worked at Dahlgren for 42 years, retiring in 1998. Capt. Godfrey Weekes, commanding officer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in 2018, described the role played by West in the development of Global Positioning System: “She rose through the ranks, worked on the satellite geodesy and contributed to the accuracy of GPS and the measurement of satellite data.” Her contributions to GPS were uncovered when a member of West’s sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, read a short biography West had submitted for an alumni function. West was selected by the BBC as part of their 2018 100 Women. She was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame in 2018, one of the Air Force Space Command’s highest honors.[15] [7] She was one of the women who did mathematical computing for the United States Armed Forces before electronic systems.

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Women in Business … and what we can learn from them

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very entrepreneur has a story about why they decided to start a business. Some know from Day One that they want to work for themselves; others come up with ideas while working for someone else and decide to take the entrepreneurial leap. Nevertheless, most business owners will agree on one thing – having your own is worth the struggle and the effort to hold on to it. See below brief profiles on local Brooklyn-based businesswomen who took the leap. You can find their stories on the Internet. Penda Aiken is celebrating 29 years as CEO/ President of PENDA AIKEN INC., her thriving staffing services c o m p a n y. Inspired by her entrepreneur aunt and grandfather, .CLB?ȩGICL this savvy, and then-single-parent, began her first business (with partner Barbara Parker) typing college student term papers, all while attending college herself. For 13 years, PAI, Inc. was located in midtown Manhattan, but several years ago was offered an opportunity to purchase a building in downtown Brooklyn where now more than 15 staff members recruit and supervise approximately 150 full-time temporary employees or 500 annually. They all receive full benefits; i.e., health and life insurance, 401(k), vacation and holiday pay, commuter benefits, paid family leave and various other incentives. Penda attributes her success to researching the industry, having a business plan, guidance from a mentor, networking, using a team of legal/financial professionals finding tax incentives, using social media, being actively involved in the community, staying focused, obtaining government contracts and gaining memberships in professional and industry organizations. Penda told Our Time Press that she knew she had made it when “…PAI got

its first multimillion-dollar contract with a New York City government agency and when my son joined the company.” Shannon Pridgen, owner, heavenly crumbs, opened her first bakery on Franklin Avenue 14 years ago. Because of a lease increase, the bakery has relocated to Marcus Garvey Boulevard, across from Woodhull Hospital. W h i l e Shannon does not believe she is courageous, she 1F?LLMLȩ.PGBECL took a leap of faith by leaving her corporate job to become an entrepreneur. The name “Heavenly Crumbs” came about during a conversation with friends who noted that the cakes were so good “even the crumbs were heavenly.” In hindsight, Shannon would have structured her business differently and invested in the purchase of a commercial building. Shannon’s day is usually 12 hours long; she has one employee without benefits. Advice offered to future entrepreneurs, find a mentor to help you navigate the system. When the going gets tough, Shannon switches gears and pushes through it – her ultimate goal is the success of her business. Kyiesha & Malik Kelly, siblings and owners of Hip - Hop Closet, began their journey 20 years ago using their personal funds. Kyiesha is married with children; Malik is single. The Kelly siblings are the sole employees, using interns and parttime help, as needed. At the beginning, they operated from their home and all sales were strictly e-commerce and mostly outside the metropolitan area. By the way, all their merchandise is Made in New York. Hip-Hop Closet has now found a home in the Brooklyn Navy Yard with a showroom and event space. The community can shop and enjoy lectures, book discussions/ signings and performances by rap and α Continued on page 9

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Black Business Facts and Where to Buy Black The number of Black, female-owned firms climbed from 900,000 in 2007 to 2.6 million in 2012, generating $150.2 billion in sales. Our community’s spending power is projected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2021. However, the sales or receipts from these businesses tell a different story. What does this all mean? It means we are squandering our dollars, we are failing our community, we are failing our children and we are failing our Black-owned businesses.

Looking to BUY BLACK? Visit shoppeblack.us and www.blackownedbrooklyn.com. Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher

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Cultural Caravan’s Herstorical Leaders

ive Black women, representing more than a combined 150 years of tireless advocacy to communities of color in New York and around the nation, delivered forceful, powerful strategies for “Establishing Our Role in 2019 and Beyond--No More Talk–It’s Time for Action” to an audience of more than 200 on Sunday, March 24 at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration. Herstorian Black Rose, the Goddess of Afrikan Culture; Dr. Shadidi Beatrice

Kinsey, First African American Doctor of Acupuncture licensed in the State of New York; veteran journalist and WBLS 107.5-FM/Steve Harvey Morning Show and News Director Ann Tripp; Judge Nichele Johnson Muhammad of Mt. Vernon, NY; and media powerhouse Louise Dente, founder, CEO and producer of the award-winning Cultural Caravan TV and Online Series are members of that pantheon of heroic women who frame “True

Messages to Power.” Dente organized the Caravan panel in tribute to Women’s Herstory Month. It capped a full day of culture, arts, awareness-building and celebration of community with an African fashion show, spoken word presentations, vocal music and performances by members of the Sounds of Brotherhood Eagle Academy Band. In addition, treats for the Mind, Body and Spirit also included health and wellness

therapies offered to the public by the African Holistic Health Chapter of New York. (Correction: Last week, Our Time Press reported this very live and lively event and discussion of March 24 as a taped broadcast.) For information on upcoming programming, live and on-air, contact Louise Dente at  347-804-5810 or e-mail:  ccptv2012@ gmail.com.  (BG)

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employees - four attorneys, four paralegals, a comptroller and two support staff along with summer interns. All employees are entitled

to sick leave and receive three bonuses annually; health insurance is not offered. When asked what motivates her to keep

jazz artists in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Hip-Hop Closet relies on social media and their website to advertise their business. Kyiesha’s advice to newbies: “Do something that really speaks to who you are and about what you are most passionate. Don’t pattern your idea after anyone else, be unique; don’t be afraid to fail, to tweak, it’s all about trial and error. Believe in yourself.” Jacqueline McMickens is CEO of jacqueline mcmickens & associates, pllc, a boutique law firm doing legal work since 1999, prior to which Ms. McMickens was a 20-year government employee with the desire to start her own business. The firm specializes in Surrogate’s Court Proceedings, Matrimonial and Family Law, Administrative Law, Trusts & Estates, Real Property Consultations, Legal Services for Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Litigation. The firm does not advertise but hosts a website Rȩ!SJRSP?Jȩ!?P?T?Lȩ.PMBSARGMLQ ȩ$CQQ?Fȩ0MJJGLQȩPGEFRȩ?LBȩFCPȩB?SEFRCPȩ and uses social media. It is not unusual 1?I?G ȩP?GQCBȩRFCȩPMMDȩUGRFȩRFCGPȩBSCRQȩMLȩ#WCQȩ CFGLBȩ1F?BCQȩ?LBȩ2FCQCȩ for Ms. McMickens to have a 15-hour 1RPCCRQ ȩ.FMRMȩ!PCBGRȩ1RCJJ?ȩ+?EJMGPC day, five days a week. The firm has 11

going when the going gets tough, she replied: “Folks have placed their trust and faith in us, so I have to keep going.” She notes that the disadvantage of being a small boutique firm is that you have little chance of being hired by major corporations and, in many cases, even being hired within your own community. In hindsight, she would have purchased a commercial building in which to house her law firm and other like businesses. Ms. Mack, as she is affectionally called by her staff, noted that her most satisfying moments have been the ability to hire young attorneys and paralegals and recruit her retired husband to serve as the firm’s comptroller. Ms. McMickens sits on the board of the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association and is a former board member of the Women’s Forum. (To be continued in Part II, April 4.) Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher is co-founder and co-chair of Black Women’s Leadership Caucus, Inc. She sits on the board of ESPER, a Black stamp collecting organization and coordinates special stamp dedications in collaboration with The African Burial Ground.


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Boys and Girls High to Celebrate the Return of Academic Excellence

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everal years ago, the historic Boys and Girls High School was designated a “failing School,” and plans were announced for its possible closing. Bedford Stuyvesant leadership, led by the Community Advisory Board of BGHS, thwarted those efforts. On Thursday April 11th from 5:30 to 8:30pm the board and other Bedford Stuyvesant leaders will celebrate the Return of Academic Excellence to BGHS, recognizing the outstanding achievements of Principal Grecian Harrison-Walker and her team. The public is invited to join this joyful and historic event attended by community,

educational and political leaders and other guests, including, of course the hardworking students. It will be held at the school, 1700 Fulton Street between Stuyvesant and Utica Avenues. The reception is from 5:30 to 6:30 and the program from 6:30 to 8:30. Dr. Albert Vann, Co-Chair Advisory Board and former New City Council and Assembly Member was extremely pleased and proud. “I thank the entire Bed-Stuy and Central Brooklyn community, and of course the Community Advisory Board of Boys and Girls High,” said Vann. “We’re pleased and honored by the great work that Principal

Grecian Harrison-Walker has done with her team, because Boys and Girls High has now returned to the academic excellence that it was once known for. We were fortunate enough to have leaders to come in and work hard to bring Boys and Girls to the level that they are now, and we will continue with this academic excellence.” The Advisory Board is packed full of accomplished local civic, political and business heavyweights who were determined to deliver a victory. Its members are: Co-Chair, Dr. Albert Vann; Co-Chair, NYS Regent, Dr. Lester Young, Jr.; Congressman Hakeem Jeffries; Senator Velmanette Montgomery;

Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright; Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr. Colvin Grannum, President, Bed Stuy Restoration Corp.; Richard Jones, Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Dordy Jourdain, Ex. Director, Bed Stuy YMCA; Hon. Annette M. Robinson; Lynette Lewis-Rogers, Brownstoners of Bed Stuy; Hon. Betty Staton, Chair, Brooklyn Legal Services and Stefani Zinerman, Strategic Consultant & Civic Leader. “This is a power move!” said Bernice Elizabeth Green, founder of KinEsthetics International and Our Time Press Advisor. “My mother always said, ‘You lose the schools, you lose the community.’ “


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Cano as well as one of the most exciting studs in closer Edwin Diaz via trade. It also re-signed a former Met in Jeurys Familia to complement Diaz in what should be a much-improved bullpen. The team also went on to add a former All-Star catcher in Wilson Ramos and have a few young players who could very well make a significant impact on the team. With all the signings the team did this off-season, the most impactful came this past Tuesday when the team decided to re-sign arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Jacob deGrom, to a 5-year/$137.5 million deal. Although the Mets are in one of the most competitive divisions in the National League, the Mets (on paper) they could very well compete for the division title, something they haven’t done since 2015. As for the Bronx Bombers, the Yankees did a little winter shopping of their own. The team knows that going into free agency it would have to address its pitching to compete with the reigning World Champions and their division

rival, the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees struck a trade with the Seattle Mariners, as well, by acquiring one of the best left-handed pitchers in James Paxton. The team also re-signed another lefty in J.A. Happ, who went 7-0 for the team when acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays. Veteran C.C. Sabathia re-signed with the club in what will be his farewell season. GM Brian Cashman also strengthened his bullpen by re-signing Zack Britton and acquiring Adam Ottavino from the Colorado Rockies after losing David Robertson to the Phillies. The team added a veteran bat in Troy Tulowitzki and former All-Star second baseman D.J. LaMahieu. The Yankees have great depth within their roster and will need it the most for the first month of the season as they deal with injuries to Sabathia, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorious (out until late July) and Aaron Hicks. The Yankees will look to make a strong push to dethrone the Red Sox and hopefully add a 28th championship to our city.

The Recent College Admissions Cheating Scandal is not the Biggest College Admissions Cheating Scandal

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et’s face it, many Americans applaud and reward cheaters and liars. My wonderful 1950-60’s teachers at Brooklyn’s P.S. 9 elementary school told us that if we were honest, well-behaved, decent and studied hard that we could grow up to be President. Politically realistic or not, I get that they were trying to encourage and inspire us to be our best possible selves. Nowadays, U.S. elementary school students could conceivably be told with confidence that if they misbehave, cheat, lie, act indecently crude and then collude with a foreign government, they, too could become President! Principals of Title 1 (poor) high schools must find this college admissions cheating story painful. After all, you can see the faces of those brilliant college-worthy children from working-class/poor families, those (barely) living in temporary housing, group homes or foster care, for whom moving into a college dorm and acquiring a college meal plan could mean the first stable and healthy “homelife” they experience in their lives. These are the kids who hold down full- or part-time jobs for three-to-four years because they must contribute to the survival of their families, and yet they always maintain high academic-achievement standards. That very smart young lady whose parents had to work weekend jobs to make sure the family had a roof over their heads and food on the table. I had to come into the school on Saturdays

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Why would these kids need illegal, unfair advantages when they already have all of the legal, unfair advantages society can offer? College admissions disadvantages begin early by virtue of a child’s race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, parent education, wealth and access to information; and if all those barriers don’t succeed (amazingly, they don’t always) in shrinking or sinking a disenfranchised child’s college hopes, there is always their zip code. The zip code is the last line of defense of advantage for the wealthy, for it can almost guarantee that even the smartest and ablest disentitled child will attend a school malnourished of essential equipment and resources; share their school with lots of struggling fellow students who don’t receive the necessary academic, counseling and social services support they

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“We need compassionate citizen-activists to protect our most unprotected children, those students who only need an opportunity, not a bribe, to get into college.” need; be exposed year after year to inexperienced/uncertified teachers and/or teachers who are not allowed to teach in the “good zip code” schools. And although these exceptionally bright children would be perfect candidates for Gifted & Talented Programs, they will find a hard time finding one in their school or district.

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public schools from accessing a quality K-12 education worthy of their ability, gifts and talents. We need compassionate citizen-activists to protect our most unprotected children, those students who only need an opportunity, not a bribe, to get into college. This would mean that these “good-hearted folks” take a stand and be in solidarity with our nation’s disentitled parents, whose hearts and hopes for their children are continually broken by broken public education systems. Somehow, I keep writing and hoping that this “moral task” is not too far an empathic distance for the “good-hearted folks” to travel. Michael A. Johnson has served as a public schoolteacher, Science Skills Center director, principal and a school district superintendent. He recently completed a book on school leadership: “Report to the Principal’s Office: Tools for Building Successful High School Administrative Leadership.”[http://reporttotheprincipalsoffice.net/]


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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF BEAR STEARNS ASSET BAC K E D SECURITIES I LLC, ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005AC7, Plaintiff against VISHNU BANDHU, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Fein, Such & Crane, LLP, 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800, Rochester, NY 14614 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered August 14, 2018, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201 on May 2, 2019 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 852 Belmont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208. Block: 4039 Lot: 21 F/K/A Block: 4039 Part of Old Lot: 21 and Block: 4039 Part of Old Lot: 20. 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 $861,530.09 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 9502/2013. M. Randolph Jackson, Esq., Referee SPSNC486

N OT I C E OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS US Bank National Association, as Trustee for Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Securities Corp., CSMC Mortgage-Backed PassThrough Certificates, Series 2006-6, Plaintiff AGAINST Jose Garcia a/k/a Jose R. Garcia; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated February 14, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on May 2, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1227 East 104th 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: 8269 Lot: 28. Approximate amount of judgment $607,025.20 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 11103/2013. Randolph Jackson, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: March 13, 2019 Îą Continued on page 13

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LEGAL NOTICES α Continued from page 9 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS– SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF KINGS – GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, Plaintiff, against Dominic Famulari, Esq., as Guardian ad Litem for the respective heirsat-law, next-of-kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through Mary Brown a/k/a Mary Brown-Morris who may be deceased by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in the real property described in the complaint herein, STEVEN BROWN MORRIS Individually and as Heir and Distributee of the Estate of Mary Brown a/k/a Mary Brown-Morris, DWAYNE BROWN Individually and as Heir and Distributee of the Estate of Mary Brown a/k/a Mary Brown-Morris, FREDRICK BROWN as Heir and Distributee of the Estate of Mary Brown a/k/a Mary BrownMorris, CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK (KINGS), NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (EASTERN DISTRICT), NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, KINGS SUPREME COURT, PALISADES COLLECTION LLC, MIDLAND FUNDING NCC-2 CORP., CAPITAL ONE BANK, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE, AMERI CREDIT FINANCIAL SERVICES INC., RAB PERFORMANCE RECOVERIES LLC, METRO PORTFOLIOS, INC., MUNICIPAL CREDIT UNION, STATE OF NEW YORK, SLOMINS INC., DefendantsIndex No. 14394/2014. Plaintiff Designates Kings County as the Place of Trial. The Basis of Venue is that the subject action is situated in Kings County. 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(s) 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); the United States of America may appear or answer within 60 days of service hereof; 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. That this Supplemental Summons is being filed pursuant to an order of the court filed January 29, 2019. 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. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE; New York State law requires that we send you this notice about the

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foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the Summons and Complaint in this Foreclosure Action, you may lose your home. Please read the Summons and Complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney of your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services’ at 1-800-269-0990 or visit the Department’s website at 622 3rd  Avenue, NYC 10017, 21st  Floorhttp://www.dfs. ny.gov. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. We are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Noach Dear dated January 16, 2019. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage and covering the premises known as 317 Grafton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11212 located at Block 3581 and Lot 15 Dated: March 9, 2019 Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy and Fenchel, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, By: Hillary Prada, Esq., 100 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, NY 11530 (516) 222-6200. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Successor by Merger to Wachovia Mortgage, F.S. B. F/K/A/ World Savings Bank, FSB, Plaintiff AGAINST Carmen Maria Valdez; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated September 26, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on April 25, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 3039 Brighton 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11235-6446. 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 8674 Lot 86. Approximate amount of judgment $735,255.07 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 11853/2011. Leonard C. Aloi, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: February 27, 2019 61814  SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ROCKLAND INDEX NO. 032710/2018 Plaintiff designates ROCKLAND as the place of trial situs of the real property NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY,

Plaintiff, vs. JAYNE FOSTER, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PIERCE H. FOSTER A/K/A PIERCE HASTING FOSTER A/K/A PETER FOSTER; PIERCE HASTING FOSTER, JR. A/K/A PIERCE FOSTER, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PIERCE H. FOSTER A/K/A PIERCE HASTING FOSTER A/K/A PETER FOSTER; JENNIFER ALICE FOSTER BLUNIER A/KA JENNIFER BLUNIER, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PIERCE H. FOSTER A/K/A PIERCE HASTING FOSTER A/K/A PETER FOSTER; DAVID J. FOSTER A/K/A DAVID FOSTER, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PIERCE H. FOSTER A/K/A PIERCE HASTING FOSTER A/K/A PETER FOSTER; JONATHAN E. FOSTER A/K/A JOHNATHAN FOSTER, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PIERCE H. FOSTER A/K/A PIERCE HASTING FOSTER A/K/A PETER FOSTER; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DISTRIBUTEES OF THE ESTATE OF PIERCE H. FOSTER A/K/A PIERCE HASTING FOSTER A/K/A PETER FOSTER 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; CHASE BANK USA, N.A.; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; CITIBANK, N.A. F/K/A CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; AMERICAN EXPRESS CENTURION BANK; ‘’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._ SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 72 LIBERTY ROAD TAPPAN, NY 10983 District: Section: 77.9 Block: 1 Lot: 13 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 $847,500.00 and interest, recorded on July 7, 2010, at Liber 2010-00024329, of the

Public Records of ROCKLAND County, New York, covering premises known as 72 LIBERTY ROAD TAPPAN, NY 10983. 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. ROCKLAND 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: Sahar Hamlani, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT, COUNTY OF KINGS, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, vs. Patricia Campbell, Chase Manhattan Bank USA, N.A. Mortgage Electronic 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, April 25, 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 Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust Inc. Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-AMC4, U.S. Bank National Association as Trustee, Plaintiff AGAINST Zakiya R. Millar, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 8/1/18 and entered on 9/7/18, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on April 18, 2019 at 02:30 PM premises known as 757 Monroe 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 County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 1638, LOT: 79. Approximate amount of judgment is $766,490.35 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 511695/2015. Jageshwar α Continued on page 14


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LEGAL NOTICES α Continued from page 13 Sharma, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC AUCTION Supreme Court of New York, KINGS County. FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, -against- SHAYLA COLEMAN; BOARD OF MANAGERS OF DEKALB AVENUE CONDOMINIUM, HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION; CITY OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; CITY OF NEW YORK PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; CITY OF NEW YORK TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, Index No. 11825/2013. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated, February 22, 2016 and entered with the Kinga County Clerk on March 1, 2016, Domenick Napoletano, Esq., the Appointed Referee, will sell the premises known as 800 Dekalb Avenue, Unit C8/4B, Brooklyn, New York 11221 at public auction in Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on April 25, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, known as Unit No. 4B in the building designated as the DeKalb Avenue Condominium, TOGETHER with an undivided 2.16% interest in Common Elements, Borough and County of Kings, City and State of New York known as Block: 1781; Lot: 1024 will be sold subject to the provisions of filed Judgment, Index No. 11825/2013. The approximate amount of judgment is $402,067.50 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 E*TRADE BANK, Plaintiff AGAINST David Rudy; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated January 14, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on April 11, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 702 Ave R, Brooklyn, NY 11223. 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 6683 Lot 1. Approximate amount of judgment $230,131.93 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 514581/2015. Jack Segal, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: February 5, 2019 61347

SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS INDEX NO. 509464/2018 Plaintiff designates KINGS as the place of trial situs of the real property Mortgaged Premises: 93 LOTT STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11226 Block: 5128 Lot: 40 _OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. DENISE MALTAY if living, and if she/he 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; MICHAEL CULLEY; ARROW FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC; PALISADES COLLECTION, LLC; CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, FRANK ROBINSON, JUNIOR JACKSON, ED CUMMINGS, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THE 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 Subject Property 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 $170,246.00 and interest, recorded on July 24, 1995, at Liber 3550

Page 2292, of the Public Records of KINGS County, New York, covering premises known as 93 LOTT STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11226. 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: Matthew Ingber, Esq. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ROCKLAND _INDEX NO. 031486/2014 NAT I O N S TA R M O RT G AG E LLC, Plaintiff,    Plaintiff designates ROCKLAND as the place of trial situs of the real property vs.   ROCKLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE, AS THE LIMITED ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD JOSEPH DETORRE A/K/A EDWARD DETORRE; LOUIS MAIO III, INDIVIDUALLY, AND AS THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA DETORRE A/K/A PATRICIA ANN DETORRE; DANIELLE MAIO, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA DETORRE A/K/A PATRICIA ANN DETORRE, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD JOSEPH DETORRE A/K/A EDWARD DETORRE; 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; NICHOLAS MAIO, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA DETORRE A/K/A PATRICIA ANN DETORRE, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD JOSEPH DETORRE A/K/A EDWARD DETORRE; if living, and if he 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

VOL. 23 NO. 13 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; BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, “JOHN DOE”, said name being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, and any parties, corporation or entities, if any, having or claiming and interest or lien upon the mortgaged premises, Defendants._    SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 17A CAMP HILL ROAD POMONA, NY 10970 Section: 33.13 Block: 1 Lot: 41 To the abovenamed 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 Consolidation and/or Modified Mortgage to secure the sum of $420,442.62 and interest, covering premises known as 17A CAMP HILL ROAD POMONA, NY 10970. 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. ROCKLAND 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 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-OPT3, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-OPT3, V. VALERIE L. WILLIAMS, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 14, 2019, and entered in the α Continued on page 15


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releasing the stamp of the soul music legend on what would have been his 80th birthday

Today, Thursday, March 28 12NOON-3:00PM NEW HATTIE CARTHAN COMMUNITY GARDEN UNVEILED BY ACTOR TRACY MORGAN & "FARMER YON"

Almost one year to the date of his visit to and restoration of the Marcy Houses’ basketball courts, actor Tracy Morgan returned again to his Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood to give back. Today, he welcomed visitors to the new Hattie Carthan Community Garden -- on Lafayette Avenue + Marcy -- which recently underwent a transformation thanks to TBS and GrowNYC. The Garden, one of the largest in Brooklyn, contains: multiple large growing areas that are maintained by residents of the Bed-Stuy neighborhood; a youth program; and a weekend farmer’s market offering produce from the Garden throughout the growing season and celebrating 10 years. The renovated garden is home to 30 new garden beds. Visitors to the afternoon event packed bags of produce for distribution to soup kitchens and food pantries. Free food, music and giveaways were also offered to welcome community members back into the newly improved space which is governed by steward Yonnette Fleming. (See Yon’s profile by Marlon Rice on Page 5; Rice’s interview with Tracy Morgan is scheduled for next week, April 4.)

March 30 11TH ANNUAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDS Luncheon Sanders Studios, 525 Waverly Avenue, 12n-3pm, FREE. Hosted by the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition. [RSVP: Bianca Robinson at biancarobinson28@gmail.com]

WORD. SOUND. POWER. 2019 at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl), 7:30pm, each night, honors National Poetry in celebration of spoken word and hip-hop during two nights of performances. $20. [Ages 14+]

March 31 1360 Fulton Street, Suite 401, 3-5pm, Brooklyn. Talk hosted by NAKO, the IAAF and the International Black Women’s Congress. [www.iaafestival.org] April 1

MONDAY’S DOWN HOME at Sugar Hill Presents LaRose Jackson & Friends! 7pm 217 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, www. sugarhillsupperclub.com

THE LATE, GREAT MARVIN GAYE

Office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006OPT3, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-OPT3 is the Plaintiff and VALERIE L. WILLIAMS, 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 April 11, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 8614 AVENUE L, APARTMENT 404, BROOKLYN, NY 11236: Block 8065, Lot 1016: THE CONDOMINIUM UNIT (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE “UNIT”) KNOWN AS UNIT 404 IN THE BUILDING (THE “BUILDING”) KNOWN AS THE ROCHELLE COURT CONDOMINIUM AND BY STREET NUMBER 8614 AVENUE L, IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED 3.4744% INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS ALL THAT CERTAIN

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LOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, COUNTY OF KINGS, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 514448/2017. Helene Blank, Esq. Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. 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 FINANCE-PARKING 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,

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BIRTHDAY SALUTES TO RANDY WESTON ... with special TK Blue performance. 8p-11p; doors open 7P. 966 Fulton St. BK. 917.638.6910 ext. 202. $20.

April 6 BLACK GIRLS CODE NEW YORK CHAPTER PRESENTS: TEACH, PLAY AND LEARN WITH AI! 10am-4pm. SUNY Queens EOC, 158-29 Archer Ave., Jamaica, NY. Girls ages 7-17 create virtual chat boxes; tackle tasks. Prior computing experience not necessary. Check-in: 9:00am Lunch provided. $35. [jalia@blackgirlscode.org]

“BLACK WOMAN, WHAT ARE YOU THIRSTING FOR?”

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Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave. at Jefferson. Two sets: 9:00pm and 10:30pm. $20, advance; $25 at the door. [Reservations: 718-398-1766]

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April 4 CONVERSATIONS IN BLACK FREEDOM STUDIES: BLACK WOMEN’S INTERNATIONALISM 6:30 PM| Schomburg in Harlem. Women like Charlotta Bass, Amy Jacques Garvey, Amy Ashwood Garvey, and Queen Mother Moore assumed leadership roles in peace and anti-colonial movements worldwide—but their efforts to broaden the Black Freedom Movement have often been overlooked. Authors Ashley Farmer, Keisha Blain, and John Portlock discuss the impact of these women on the global movement for Black liberation at the Schomburg in Harlem. 212.491.2200

THE LEGACIES OF IBON AND BILAL MUHAMMAD and the Bogolan Merchants’ Association they formed in the 1990’s putting Fulton Street on the global map will be celebrated in an Our Time Press special issue. Advertisers call: 718-599-6828

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April 5 JAZZ 966 KICKS OFF WEEK OF BROOKLYN Esq., the Appointed Referee, will sell the premises known as 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 April 11, 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. SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS STATE OF NEW YORK MORTGAGE AGENCY, Plaintiff -against- DENISE DRAXDORF AS ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT DRAXDORF A/K/A ROBERT JOHN DRAXDORF A/K/A ROBERT J. DRAXDORF, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein on February 13, 2019, I,

the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Courthouse 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY on April 11, 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 and designated as Block 6912 and Lot 70. Said premises known as 2656 MILL ROAD, BROOKLYN, NY Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. We are a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Index Number 524570/2017. PHILIP KAMARAS, ESQ., Referee STAGG, TERENZI, CONFUSIONE & WABNIK, LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 401 Franklin Avenue, Suite 300, Garden City, NY 11530


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Oak Bluffs Renaissance House Retreat for writers/Artists to Grant Full Scholarship to Resident and Child

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enaissance House: A Retreat for Writers and Artists has received a grant from The Sustainable Arts Foundation to fund a full scholarship to a resident and their child. The resident will be able to complete the program while the child goes to day camp or some other activity. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 season as well as for the scholarship. “The retreat provides the time in which to create new works or finish existing ones. Renaissance House is one of the few retreats designed for issue-oriented writers, writers of color and writers of social justice,� explained Abigail McGrath, founder and director of Renaissance House, daughter of poet Helene Johnson and niece of Dorothy West.  “The program is offered to artists who do not have the luxury of time.� “In order to write, a writer must have to just look out the window and stare�-- Helene Johnson “A woman must have  money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction�--Virginia Woolf Renaissance House is not able to give money, but they do offer a room of your own with a window to look out and stare.  Helene Johnson was a poet and summer Martha’s Vineyard resident who had to stop writing in order to support her family. Her cousin, novelist and short story writer Dorothy West, was a year-round Martha’s Vineyard island resident who worked at Harbor Side Restaurant until Jacqueline Kennedy spotted her writing in the MV Gazette and gave her the opportunity to simply “stare at the trees and do nothing.� This enabled West to write “The Wedding,� a best-selling novel inspired by the interracial marriage of Abigail and Tony McGrath. “The Wedding� was also produced as a television miniseries by Oprah Winfrey and starred Halle Berry. Tony and Caroline Grant from

the Sustainable Arts Foundation: “Renaissance House is committed to helping parents gain access to the resources, community, and most importantly, the creative time that they offer. The ripple effect of this commitment is powerful, as it helps normalize the still radical idea of a parent artist and makes the road a little less lonely for each one. We are glad to partner with Renaissance House to provide not just a short-term creative opportunity, but a reminder to each resident that their work is vital, and that there are people and organizations committed to helping them make it. Finally, they are sending a clear message to nonparents that a creative life with family is possible. The Renaissance House program includes formal sit-down dinners and salons by local residents such as: Jill Nelson, Jessica Harris, Kate Feiffer, Susan Kline, Robert Hayden, Marty Nadler, Nat Benjamin, Shirley Craig, Brooks Robards, Janet Hill, Elisabeth Benedict, Justen Ahern , Daniel Waters, Mike West and on and on. “Renaissance House admits writers to the program who span different stages in their careers—from emerging writers to notable award winners,� explained McGrath, who founded the retreat in 1999. “The point of the program is to give artists “alone� time, away from their families and their jobs and the everyday chores that make up a life. Our residents are: a hotel maid who writes poetry during her lunch hour, a single mother filmmaker,  a factory worker who learned Mandarin in order to write poetry in that language, a best-selling author of note who needed a safe place to take chances, a journalist looking for the truth, a Ph.D. candidate doing her best not to “write formulaic  for the Ph.D�.  Artists who need “a room of their own.� For more information, check out the website http://www.renaissance-house-harlem.com  or contact  Renaissancehse@aol.com  and (917) 747-0367

HER STORY: Saleena R Bullard

crystal stair was not part of Saleena R Bullard’s life when she was a teen. But 15 years later, she’s encouraging other young ‌ and older ‌  to unify and pave roads to success for themselves and others.  Which exactly what she’s doing now, at 28 -- with her special inspirational awards program women in the trenches  doing great things, but whose stories are rarely told.  Here’s Saleena’s story: “Since age 13, I have worked with children and now I am presently employed as a Teacher’s Assistant at the League Education & Treatment Center. I work with special needs youngsters with learning disabilities.  I am a student at Grand Canyon University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology/Counselling. During my first year of college, I was determined to start the journey right. 

I am proud to say that I made the Dean’s list. “Although things are looking up for me, I will never  for forget the tedious and difficult journey it took to get here.    “We often deal with so much that in the midst of it all, we lose sight of ourselves; whether it is being bullied, not feeling confident personally socially or academically, not loving the skin we are in, or simply feeling hopeless.   “Dealing with all of these kinds of things can cause us to enter a dark space that is often hard to come out of.  “There were times when I felt like no one was listening, no one cared.  These emotions made me feel like I did not want to live anymore. I was in between jobs, my finances were depleted. I felt I had hit rock bottom. I asked, “How could God say he loves me, and allow me to go through all

this turmoil?� I felt suicidal.  I tried overdosing on medications - but, each time it happened, I could not bring myself to do it. That’s when I realized God was with me and for me. “My mom and my sister telling me that we pray for help and that’s okay, but God needs to see us move for ourselves so that he can create the steps towards our blessings.� I decided to redirect my energy into something positive.  And on June 29th, 2016 Sisters N-Courage was born.  “Sisters N-Courage is for young ladies ages 10 and up; there is no age bracket because we all need an extra push.  The goal is to work together to resolve any peer-to-peer disputes that may affect our education or our everyday life; help our young ladies increase their self-esteem;  learn from one another; develop leadership skills; be involved in our community;

discover opportunities -- all of this through power of building stronger sisters,  and so much more.   “The love from --and of -- my Sisterhood family excites me!  I relate to young ladies and their experiences and I can give them advice.  It’s exciting to know that what I say to others works out in their best interests.  It gives me such joy!�  “My advice to young people who feel there’s no hope, no way out of whatever they are stuck in, is when road blocks hit you, full force, you will cry and feel defeated.  But fret not, it’s just a test! Keep your head up and keep moving forward. “Our motto is ‘On our journey to climbing to the top we may fall, but we get up and keep moving forward and encourage others along the way.’� Editor’s Note:  On Saturday, April 6,  1:30p, Sisters N-Courage will honor sisters and queens

who have inspired others in their neighborhoods. This year, the honorees include Theresa Boyd, Joanne Brister, Celeste Corniffe, Dayalitza Crespo, Grace Cunningham, Cynthia Fisher, Krisitina Grant, Lorrie AyersHutchinson, Cathy Sampson-Johnson, Maladee Lalor, Stacey Lodge, Neveah Perez, Margaret Peters, Serah Peters, Earlene Taylor and L. Joy Williams.  The formal event will be held at The Ron Brown Academy, 976 Lafayette Avenue, BK.  RSVP to Ms. Bullard at 917.773.4511.

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