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VOL. 23 NO. 12



OUR TIME PRESS March 28-April 3, 2019

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@  (BG)


Women in Business α Continued from page 8

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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