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Washington, DC, U.S – From left Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). These four progressive Democratic Congressmembers and women of color, held a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, responding to President Trump's outrageous remarks via Twitter and his doubling down in the Oval Office telling them to “go back” to their home countries. The U.S. Reps. called Trump out, characterizing his remarks as “blatantly racist” attacks. On the 16th the House passed a resolution to condemn Trump’s Twitter rant as racist during a dramatic and contentious session where Republican Congressmembers sought to censor Speaker Nancy Pelosi, preventing her from entering the word “racist” into the record in regards to the President’s speech. They were unsuccessful. Photo: Carol Guzy/ZUMA Wire)

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By David Mark Greaves

ast Sunday’s report on CBS’ “60 Minutes” about artificial intelligence removing 40% of the current job market means that economic survival will be dependent on creativity and making new connections that only the human mind is capable of. Rather than thinking about these humankind life-changing forces, we are called to confront the littlest of men, Donald J. Trump and his white mob, all of them deathly afraid of four strong women of color and what they represent. The president is a walking obscenity and beloved by millions who now have someone in the White House speaking for them, the true “Forgotten Americans.” Until now, mostly hidden, except for the occasional swastika painted overnight on a wall or like in Charlottesville, where they paraded with torches. The ones with a lingering ache for the white supremacist world gone by where

they ruled without question, and now they are angered that they will be a minority on land they stole from the indigenous people and used Africans as slaves to improve. And in Trump, they have found a man who feels their pain and revels in it like a pig in mud. And now precious time of our national consciousness in 2019 is spent arguing with an Oval Office-led racist mob chanting, “Go back home! Go back to where you came from!” at Black and Brown people. There is no use calling him any more names. “He’s been called everything but a child of God” is what used to be said about men like him for whom words are inadequate to describe. And if there is a Hall of Heroes at Russia’s KGB headquarters, then Vladimir Putin will be honored with statuary and flowers for his wildly successful operation against the United States. With effects such as Supreme Court appointments, gerrymandering, tax code writing,

international fiascos and a coarsening of national civility that will harm the nations for decades. And yet, to the individual, all of the above pales in significance when compared to the immediate problems of securing food, clothing and housing for self and family on a stable and long-term basis. And answers to questions like, “Are the children being prepared for this very dangerous world that is evolving?” and “How can I stay healthy and how will I get care when I’m not?” or “Can I believe you can beat him?” The Democrat who talks about these problems and answers these questions will be the one left standing to face Donald Trump and the polls indicate there are several who would win that contest. Personally, at this very early moment, if I were asked to quick-pick a ticket, I’d say

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Schumer throws support behind bill to study reparations

➔➔ Continued from page 1 Elizabeth Warren for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President. Warren, because she has spent a career thinking about and working on solutions to the core financial issues affecting the basic questions that trouble the mind daily and can speak to them effectively, and Harris because she can decimate the competition and because a Black woman who becomes Attorney General of California and then Senator, has qualities that confirm she’s ready for the office. Of course, they’ll lose the white male vote, but the Dems are going to lose that anyway, maybe more with two women on the ticket. But they’ll pick up voters, even white males, wanting to see less testosterone and more compassion and dialogue on the world stage and more empathy here at home. Some say you should always consider the big picture. But what if the big picture is so horrific that it is easier to turn away and tend to our individual challenges? The big picture today would include more plastic in the ocean, causing all wildcaught fish to risk contamination. Glaciers disappearing and the downstream communities of hundreds of thousands or millions having to migrate to find freshwater. Rising sea levels remaking shorelines around the world, taking away the most inhabited area and causing mass disruption. Species dying, insect populations collapsing. Food chains broken with newly-missing links causing catastrophic results up the rest of the chain and what we eat, becomes what we used to eat. So, while the planet overheats, species die off, oceans get more polluted and with environmental Armageddon on the horizon, we have to spend our time and donate our money to fight for the presidency and for the State Houses. In order to get to the Big Picture, we have to first get Trump and his Republican enablers off our back. DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc. 358 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 599-6828 Web site: e-mail: Publisher DBG MEDIA Editor-in-Chief David Mark Greaves Copy Editor Maitefa Angaza Columnists Eddie Castro Victoria Horsford Abigail McGrath Marlon Rice Reporters Akosua Albritton Margo McKenzie Contributors Lisa Durden Fern Gillespie Web Editor Lauren Cullins Legals Manager Joanna Williams Advisor Bernice Elizabeth Green KinEsthetics International © 2015, DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc., printed in New York City. All rights reserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the publishers. Publishers are not responsible for any ad claims. MBE Certified in NYC, NYS and the Port Authority of NY & NJ Member: New York State Press Association



enate Minority Leader Charles Schumer  (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that he is supporting legislation to form a commission to study the issue of granting reparations to African Americans.  “I’ve always believed racism is the poison of America. ... I’ve tried to do a lot, but more has to be done,” Schumer said. “I will support the legislation by Sen. Cory Booker [D-N.J.] and Rep.  Sheila Jackson Lee  [D-Texas] to establish a commission to study the issue of reparations for slavery and discrimination.» The legislation — identical versions were introduced in the Senate by Booker and in the House by Jackson Lee — does not take a position on paying reparations to descendants of slaves. 

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Instead, if passed, it would form a commission “to study the impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against AfricanAmericans” and make recommendations on reparations proposals for descendants of slaves. “The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow are still with us … and that’s why I’m supporting this legislation,” Schumer added. But legislation to form the committee to study reparations faces a long-shot bid of making it to President Trump’s desk.  Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters last month that he doesn›t believe reparations are a «good idea.» “We’ve tried to deal with our original sin

of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president,” he said. Booker’s bill in the Senate has 14 co-sponsors so far, not including Schumer — 13 Democrats and Independent Sen.  Bernie Sanders  (Vt.). Jackson Lee›s has 107 cosponsors, all Democrats.  The issue has become a topic of debate in the Democratic presidential primary. Several 2020 candidates, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sanders, said while speaking at a National Action Network event earlier this year that they would sign a bill forming a reparations study commission into law if they were elected president

Last Publication Day after 114 Years for the Print Edition of The Chicago Defender


or generations of Black Americans, The Defender, influential and tough, was a force: «You knew it didn›t happen if it wasn›t in The Defender.” – from the Black Star Project The Chicago Defender, the newspaper that came to define African-American journalism and the fighting spirit – reflected in the paper’s name – of crusading for liberation and development of African-Americans in America and a beacon for Black people moving from north to south in the Great Northern Migration, has published its final print edition and will now be only available in a digital version. The paper’s historic role in AfricanAmerican culture and as the catalyst for the Great Northern Migration from south to north was chronicled in an award-winning

book by former Defender employee Ethan Michaeli. As remembered by PBS: The newspaper was the nation’s most influential Black weekly newspaper by the advent of World War I, with more than twothirds of its readership base located outside of Chicago. Abbott began his journalistic enterprise with an initial investment of 25 cents, a press run of 300 copies and worked out of a small kitchen in his landlord’s apartment. The first issues of The Defender were in the form of four-page, six-column handbills and were filled with local news items gathered by Abbott and clippings from other newspapers. In 1910, Abbott hired his first full-time paid employee, J. Hockley Smiley, and with his help The Defender began to attract a national audience and to address issues of a national scope. Smiley incorporated yellow journalism techniques similar to those used by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer into the paper in order to boost sales and to dramatize various racial injustices in America. As a northern paper, The Defender had more freedom to denounce issues outright, and its editorial position was very militant, attacking racial inequities head-on. Sensationalistic headlines, graphic images and red ink were utilized to capture the reader’s attention and convey the horrors of lynching, rapes, assaults and other atrocities affecting Black Americans. The Chicago Defender’s local circulation soon surpassed that of the three rival papers that existed in the Chicago area at that time: The Broad Ax, The Illinois Idea and The Conservator. The newspaper was read extensively in the south. Black Pullman porters and entertainers were used to distribute the paper across the Mason/Dixon line. The

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paper was smuggled into the south because white distributors refused to circulate The Defender and many groups such as the Ku Klux Klan tried to confiscate it or threatened its readers. The Defender was passed from person to person and read aloud in barber shops and churches. It is estimated that at its height each paper sold was read by four to five African-Americans, putting its readership at over 500,000 people each week. The Chicago Defender was the first Black newspaper to have a circulation over 100,000, the first to have a health column and the first to have a full page of comic strips. During World War I, the Chicago Defender waged its most aggressive (and successful) campaign in support of “The Great Migration” movement. This movement resulted in over one and a half million Southern Blacks migrating to the North between 1915-1925. The Defender spoke of the hazards of remaining in the overtly segregated South and lauded life in the North. Job listings and train schedules were posted to facilitate the relocation. The Defender also used editorials, cartoons and articles with blazing headlines to attract attention to the movement, and even went so far as to declare May 15, 1917 the date of the “Great Northern Drive.” The Defender’s support of the movement caused Southern readers to migrate to the North in record numbers. At least 110,000 came to Chicago alone between 1916-1918, nearly tripling the city’s Black population. The Chicago Tribune in an editorial lauded the paper’s 114-year run and praised the decision to continue the publication in a digital format. The paper’s circulation had declined from a daily run over 100,000 to a once-a-week press run of 16,000, according to reports.

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THE WEEK IN REVIEW What is going on in NYC? Our mayor, Bill de Blasio, is traveling hither and yon to states with early primaries in his 2020 presidential bid. While he was away last weekend, the city was confronted with a real crisis, a power outage. Fortunately, Governor Cuomo was in town to manage the crisis. The NY Post wants Governor Cuomo to remove Hizzoner from office. The racist remarks originating in the US White House is discomforting. Is this how an incumbent president launches his reelection efforts? Trump announces that freshmen Congress members aka “The Squad” – Latina Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, African-American Ayanna Pressley, Palestinian-

Ayanna Pressley American Rashida Tlaib and Somaliborn Ilhan O m a r – should go back where they come from if they Ilhan Omar don’t like this country. He is working his birther rhetoric again. All of them, except Omar, are US-born. All of them are women of color and he his pulling a page out of the white nationalist book again.


The 7/22 issue of the New Yorker magazine is a treasure trove of stories about the Black experience in America. It includes two noteworthy pieces: 1) “KAMALA HARRIS MAKES HER CASE” by Dana Goodyear. The comprehensive profile covers every niche of her bio from her immigrant parents, an Indian mom and a Jamaican dad, her college vitae; her relationship with her mentor/ lover Willie Brown, California politician; her career as District Attorney and Attorney General, and her marriage to attorney Douglas Emhoff. 2) The story, “KICKED OFF THE LAND, WHY SO MANY BLACK FAMILIES ARE LOSING THEIR PROPERTIES” by Lizzie Presser, which is a chronology of the dispossession of property owned by Blacks in the US and whose heirs’ property owners are without clear titles. Between 1890 and 1920, most Black men were lynched because whites wanted their land. In 1920, Blacks were 10% of the U.S. population but owned 14% of the farms in the US South. It is estimated that more than $165 million of the post-Katrina recovery funds were never claimed by Blacks because of title issues. Last week, BISNOW, a commercial real estate site, hosted a talk, “There is a Real Schism Here: Developers, Electeds and Community Stakeholders Discuss the Future of Harlem,” for $109 at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYS Assemblywoman Inez Dickens were the bookends of the panel talks, people primarily of real estate developers and some community stakeholders. Developer Beatrice Sibblies was a

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panelist. Real estate broker Stanley Gleaton commented on community concerns. Talks skewed towards rezoned East Harlem and the recently enacted NYS tenant protection law, which will impact development projects statewide. More of these talks are in order. Read Samantha Handler’s summary of the TALK in Gothamgazette. com.

ED/HIGHER ED WASSUP AT HARVARD: Economist Roland G. Fryer, Black economics professor at Harvard, was placed on two-year administrative leave for sexual harassment at his research lab. A MacArthur Fellow, Fryer was the youngest African-American to earn Harvard tenure… Ronald Sullivan, AfricanAmerican Harvard Law School faculty member and Dean of its Winthrop House undergraduate dorm, wore two hats until a few months ago. Sullivan joined the legal team defending disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who is charged with multiple sexual assaults against women. Some disgruntled Harvard students protested the Sullivan/ Weinstein association. Harvard terminated Sullivan as Winthrop House dean. ……Then you wonder why Harvard’s Kennedy School offered former Michigan GOP Governor Richard Snyder a research fellowship. Snyder’s gubernatorial tenure will best be remembered because of his role in the Flint water crisis. Student protests re: fellowship was loud and furious. Snyder withdrew from the fellowship.

ARTS/CULTURE Joy Ann Reid, MSNBC TV host, is the talk of the time with her new nonfiction book of “THE MAN WHO SOLD AMERICA,” which is her analysis of the Trump Presidency. Book arrived on the NY Times Best-seller list in both

VOL. 23 NO. 29 hardcover and e-book categories. Reid has been making guest appearances on TV shows promoting the book. THEATER: What’s Going On never formally congratulated Andre DeShields and the “HADESTOWN” cast and crew for their 2019 TONYs sweep for excellence in musical t h e a t e r. The ancient Greek story of Orpheus a n d Andre DeShields Eurydice has been reimagined in Depre­ssionEra America with Orpheus’ perennial attempts to overcome Hades. If you don’t know the Greek myth, think of the Brazilian film classic “BLACK ORPHEUS.” Apropos of Greek myths and theater, I just read the NY Times’ review of the Classical Theatre of Harlem summer in Marcus Garvey Park production, a reimagining of the Euripides play where women are uncharacteristically outspoken. The rave review suggested if the reader did not have “HADESTOWN” ticket money, it would be wise to race uptown and immerse in the Greek classics. “BACCHAE” runs through July 28.

NEWSMAKERS Happy Birthday to the LEO kings and queens of the zodiac jungle: Leah Abraham, Settepani; realtor Dawn Parks Anderson; President Bill Clinton; Sarah Dash; Ambassador Alice Dear; fashionista Dapper Dan; Lisa Downing, real estate entrepreneur; Ramona Grey Harris, Edward Sisters Realty; Meghan Markle Harrison, Duchess of Sussex; Michael Horsford; Amari Jacobs; Martha Jones; Vernon Jordan; Woodie King, New Federal Theatre; President Barack

Barack Obama Obama; Mona Manigo, Antigua Progressive Society; Dr. Keith Taylor; and Winnie Walker.

SUMMER PLEASURES The HARLEM BOOK FAIR is the largest Black book event in America. It will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Harlem State Office Building, located at 163 West 125th Street. Author talks, readings and vendors will be positioned outside on the plaza. The HBF Book Panel discussions, held inside the building, include topics such as “How to Write for Young Readers,” “Christian Authors on Tour: A Discussion about God, Reinvention and Renewal,” “Stranger Than Fiction: Telling Our Stories” and “Writing While Black.” [Visit] The NAACP Convention will be held in Detroit, Michigan from July 2024. April R y a n , AfricanAmerican W h i t e H o u s e correspondent/ CNN April Ryan commentator, moderates a “Presi­dential Candidates Forum” on 7/24, which will address matters important to Black America. Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Bill Weld have already signed on. What happened to Mayor Pete? NY RESTAU­ RANT WEEK 2019 runs from July 22 to August 16. Restaurant Week is a citywide dining promotion which offers lunch for $26 and dinner for $42 at many premier restaurant destinations. HARLEM WEEK 2019 marks the 45th Anniversary of this multicultural celebration of all things Harlem! The HW festivities begin on Sunday, July 28 and kicks off with its “A Great Day in Harlem” ritual and ends on Saturday, August 24. The following is a sample of the HW 2019 activities: NYC Economic Development Day, Harlem Spelling Bee, Outdoor Film Festival, Business Expo and Auto Show, Harlem Jazz and Music Festival. For HW schedule, visit

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was working out on the Myrtle Avenue side of Fort Greene Park the other morning. It was early, around 8am. After I finished up, I decided to walk through the park to the DeKalb side to grab some coffee. At the top of the stairs, on the other side of the monument, what I found was unnerving. The entire park was being used as a dog park. Like, literally the entire inside of the park was being used as a dog park, with dogs running freely and without leashes all over the place. It’s been this way for maybe the last three, four years, but honestly, this is the first time that I found myself up close and personal with it. As I made my way deeper into the park, and ultimately to the other side on DeKalb Avenue, dog owners gawked and stared at me because I wasn’t a dog owner. I didn’t have a dog, so their look questioned why I was even in their park. Really? Allow me the opportunity to explain what Fort Greene Park means to the County of Kings. Formerly known as Washington Park, Fort Greene Park is the FIRST designated park in Brooklyn. The first park. In Brooklyn. It was originally the site of forts that were built for the Revolutionary War, and then later again for the War of 1812. The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument that sits at the top of the stairs is a memorial of 11,500 American Prisoners of War that resides on prison ships in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Some of those prisoners are interred underneath the monument. So, in

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the area of American History, Fort Greene is a special place. Culturally, Fort Greene Park has always been a crossroads park. Brownstones at one end and projects at the other. Iconic Brooklyn Technical High School across the street and the first hospital in Brooklyn as a next-door neighbor. Fort Greene Park hasn’t just served the Fort Greene community, it has served the entire city. Cross-country training, soccer matches, touch football, tennis, concerts, orchestras, picnics, film shoots, farmers’ markets, the park has always been a place to intersect with the culture of Brooklyn. It has been the centerpiece of Brooklyn movies for decades, featured in films like The Miseducation of Sonny Carson, Brown Sugar and She’s Gotta Have It. Culturally, Fort Greene is a special place. In 1992, me and my high school crew took our yearbook pic on the stairs in the park. In 1995, I had a 20th Birthday BBQ in the park, over 150 people came. That was the same year as Spike Lee’s first Block Party along the park on the DeKalb Avenue side. I can remember walking into the park and seeing hundreds of brothers from the Nation of Gods and Earths convening or walking through as dozens of Black and Brown brothers played soccer. I can remember one summer laying in the park listening to Ben E. King singing Save The Last Dance for Me live. I remember when the Williams Sisters visited the tennis courts. I remember when my friend Peter

Tulloch organized the Fort Greene Festival, arguably the greatest festival to ever come to Fort Greene Park. A festival, by the way, that bought an estimated $1.5 million in economic impact to the neighborhood during its three-year run. This park has been the hub of “Brooklyn Boheme,” the backdrop of the evolution of Brooklyn, from Decepts robbing students in the park to house heads coming by the hundreds to Soul Summit, to Common and Mos Def igniting the crowd, to becoming a drop-off center for donating Christmas trees for composting after the holidays. In its heyday, the entire community used the park. All of us. But now, it seems as if the park has gone to the dogs.

Community Board pressure, the whims of uptight new residents, back-door dealings and who knows what else is responsible for Fort Greene Park losing its identity. Whatever the reason, I almost didn’t recognize it the other day. It’s fine if many of our newer residents want to use the park as a place for their dogs to play, but it’s disrespectful to the legacy of Fort Greene Park that it should be shut out from all of the soul and life that has embodied the park over decades just because the same neighbors letting Fido run wild in the park at 8am would rather you and I not use the park at 8pm. Let’s bring back the spirit of Brooklyn’s first park. Let’s make Fort Greene Park Great Again. Somebody make the hats, please!

Bill Aimed at Renaming Subway Stations to Honor Medgar Evers College on the Brink of Becoming Law Brooklyn Lawmakers Call on Governor to Sign Bill


bill that would rename two subway stations in Central Brooklyn in recognition of Medgar Evers College has passed both houses of the legislature and could become law with the governor’s approval. The bill would order the MTA to append the local college’s name to both the Franklin Avenue and President Street stops, making their new names “Franklin Avenue Medgar Evers College” and “President Street - Medgar Evers College.” Medgar Evers was a civil rights leader known for his contributions to ending desegregation and expanding voting rights. By serving primarily students of color, Medgar Evers College carries on the legacy of an inspirational leader who gave his life fighting for the rights of African-Americans.

Renaming the subway stops surrounding the college would not only help with wayfinding for the thousands of current and prospective students headed to MEC but would also serve as a tremendous honor and show respect to the Central Brooklyn community that cherishes it. Two lawmakers representing Central Brooklyn called on the governor to sign the bill now. Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie (D-20) said: “Renaming the Franklin and President subway stations to recognize Medgar Evers College would literally put one of our community’s most cherished institutions on the map. This community has asked for these renamings and their elected representatives have heeded their call by passing S3439A/ A1512 in both houses of the legislature. We

now call on the governor to sign this bill without delay.” Assembly member Diana C. Richardson said: “Though it is one of the youngest CUNY schools, Medgar Evers College represents a proud tradition of academic excellence and community activism derived from the great civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Its impact on our community cannot be overstated and renaming of these- stations would bring this cherished college and our community the recognition and respect they deserve.” The President of Medgar Evers College,  Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D, also expressed his support for the bill: “Medgar Evers College has been an anchor institution and stalwart landmark in the Crown Heights

community since its founding. With the increasing influx of new residents and tourism to Crown Heights and its surrounding institutions, renaming these stations would solidify our school’s place in the community and serve as guidance to future prospective students and visitors.” Educational institutions throughout the five boroughs have been recognized in MTA renamings, including: Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn College, Bedford Park Boulevard - Lehman College, 68th Street - Hunter College, 116th Street - Columbia University and 8th Street - New York University. While these colleges’ surrounding communities have enjoyed the recognition of subway renamings for years, Medgar Evers College remains unrecognized by the MTA system.

One climate crisis disaster happening every week, UN warns ■■


Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent The Guardian

limate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week, though most draw little international attention and work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the profound impacts, the UN has warned. Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the

drought afflicting India make headlines around the world. But large numbers of “lower impact events” that are causing death, displacement and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, said Mami Mizutori, the UN secretary-general’s special representative on

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© Reuters Aftermath of the damage left by Cyclone Kenneth in a village north of Pemba, Mozambique in May.


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Orator in Our Time – Graham B. Weatherspoon Background: The 19th Annual Juneteenth celebration produced and hosted by the Cooperative Culture Collective at Cuyler Gore Park in Fort Greene, June 15 was themed “Celebrating Ourstory and Pouring into Our Future!”. Graham B. Weatherspoon (pictured left, and below in 1997) was a keynote speaker. In recent issues, Our Time Press presented an interview with Green in two parts. This week, we introduce Weatherspoon, who has enjoyed a monumental role

Graham Weatherspoon: (displaying old black-and-white photographs.) These pictures are of Ralph Bunche shaking hands with the Ambassador to Liberia, in the early 1950s. My father Roosevelt Weatherspoon was a combat engineer in electronics in World War II when they were developing radar, and he travelled through Africa, Europe, The Philippines and Asia. Just before his death, he was preparing to go to Liberia to work and raise his family. He told us of Weatherspoons living in Liberia – related to Weatherspoons living in Georgia and Florida. (Editor’s note: It is not known at this time whether the Weatherspoons migrated to Liberia in response to the call of Marcus Mosiah Garvey or if they are the descendants of freed slaves with American names who returned to the west coast of Africa in the 19th century. {Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this story, we have seen possible photographic evidence that family members responded to Garvey’s messages.} Graham: In fact, the Ambassador to Liberia came to our house on Wyona Street in 1953 just before my father died. That’s how we have these photos. Had my father lived, I probably would have grown up in Liberia. William Wade: But, you see, you are a map of Liberia. The physical and facial structure has not disappeared. As soon as you see other Weatherspoons in Liberia you see you. If you told anyone here you were in Liberia yesterday, you would also tell them that you were immediately recognized as a Weatherspoon. You see Africans have different images in accordance with their different geographical roots. Anyone from there would tell you. “We are from the Grand Bassa County (in the west-central portion of the West African nation) of Liberia, where the capitol city is Buchanan. The Spoons are from there.” Some of them are also from Cape Palmas (a headland on the extreme Southeast end of the Coast of Liberia). The reason Bassa and Cape Palmas are interrelated is because of the movement (of the slave ships) backward and forward along the coastline. Some of the ships landed on one side of the coast and some of them landed on another part of the coast. You will find the Wade family in Cape Palmas, but the majority of them are in Buchanan. So are the Weatherspoons. My grandparents are from South Carolina. In fact, the Schomburg Library on Lenox Avenue, right opposite Harlem

throughout the years in telling, covering and/or shaping viewpoints stories for, Our Time Press since its birth in 1996. His work for us ranges from the award-winning multipart 44-page “Evidence Concealed, Now Revealed” report on the Tawana Brawley case to the investigative story covering the Amadou Diallo case, both community journalism award winners. He provided commentary on just about every crime story we covered, in addition to his constant support on our African Burial Ground coverage of 2003-2006 and assisting on the distribution

of the paper in the early years. We pulled from our files his very first Our Time Press “conversation” organized by editor Bernice Elizabeth Green, co-founder of Our Time Press. In 1996-1997, I met Liberian Jew William Wade, who offered little of his background, but shared that he knew members of my ancestral family who repatriated to Africa from Georgia. I immediately connected him with Graham, heir to the family’s living patriarch griot, Kenneth Weatherspoon. They met in Juniors, across the street from LIU, where

Wade was Student Body President at the time, and immediately picked up a thread to a conversation that seemed to have started before their time. I called the subsequent piece, “Heirs to a Legacy.” Graham, in his infinite wisdom added, “Across a Table and a River of Bones.” Over a lunch of soup, as I recall, They began their journey – with stops in South Carolina, Georgia, Cape Palmas, Grand Bassa, Buchanan and even Egypt – as strangers, and ended it, that afternoon, at a rightful place as blood brothers. (Bernice Elizabeth Green)

Organized, moderated and edited by Bernice Elizabeth Green, this conversation originally appeared in Our Time Press, February 1997. Hospital I was able to trace a lot of my history. The Weatherspoon history is there too. Graham: This is news to me. William: It shouldn’t be. It is right there. Just look for the Weatherspoons. I was able to trace my great, great grandparents as far back as the slave trade. And I have some of the records and history on my grandfather, who died in Buchanan, through my father. Go there and read about (your family). Graham: So, this is not just oral history. It is documented. William: It is documented. Most of my family history happens to be documented. My

grandfather was George Wade. He was born July 7,1850 in South Carolina. He died in 1907 in Liberia. He was a descendant of one of the 12 tribes of Israel in Egypt. Graham: I’m with you. Go right ahead. William: And we happen to be strongly rooted till the Levite. Graham: The priests William: Yes. Also, somehow we are connected with the Sumerians, who are connected to the Samsons. Strong people. When you get angry there’s a saying; you can cut the drum in half and fill it up with sand. My brother can root that drum with sand out of the ground and

Photo: B. Green

grab it up over his head like it’s nothing. My brother ... Graham: ... like my son Sean and myself. William: My history started like that with my ancestors. There was a generation of leadership in Egypt that lead through Ethiopia and, of course, down the eastern coast, northeastern coast of Africa. And one of my ancestors was a king. But after some tribal and traditional struggle, he was conquered and his servants and other tribe members, children and distant relatives in the kingdom – everyone that was within it - was captured and sold to the Arabs. Graham: The Slave Trade.

VOL. 23 NO. 29 William: Alright. When they were sold to the Arabs. The Arabs had no use for them because the Arabs were a moving group of people. So, what they did is they took my great-great grandfather and sold him in return to the white man and some of his children to another group of white people. According to the history of that day, they were stripped of their identity on the Continent before they were put on the ships. He and two of his sons were put on one ship under one “master.” Other family members were put on another. Because of his influence on this “master,” he was kept with certain members of his family and friends. Where did they land in this country? I have no idea. What tribal, traditional name they had then is what I am now in the process of trying to find out. We know that he was sold to the white Wade family and he took the name from the Wades. We know that when he came over, he refused to be a slave because he was a warrior. He fought and was able to kill one of the oppressors and stole his ship. Then he sneaked his ship on the shores of America at night. When they brought the slaves over, he went and collected the same slaves and eventually landed them on part of the coast because he was not, navigationally speaking, professional. So, as they stole the Africans, he brought back the slaves. He created warriors on the West Coast of Africa. These people became enemies of the western ... Graham: … Slave traders. William: ... and so they started killing the slave traders and the British were their main targets. The British was losing the war on the slave trade for many years before they decided to ban it in the early 19th century. Africans started killing the slave traders, and the British were the main targets. So, they (the British) decided the only thing they needed to establish was dominion on the land, and not take the slaves out. That’s how the British in 1807 made up their mind they were going to get out of it. Not because they wanted to. It was because the resistance had come to such an extent that the British could no longer retain a reign over the slave trade and the Africans. As those that were brought into slavery realized the danger and the inhumane treatment they were receiving, the ones who were lucky enough to be returned to Africa to be brought back by Africans like my great grandparents-- started to create an attitude of nationalism that the slave trade you see here on this continent was more like: “We conquer each other and then we allow you to...” ? It is like this: “I conquer you into slavery and I... Graham: “... allow you to take me.” William: If you were involved in the slave trade here, you could not marry the conqueror’s daughter. On the Continent, you owned your own kind once you identified with this group. You can fight and unite. It was showing power over each other. It was nothing like the dehumanization that the Westerners brought over them. Once they had been informed by the returned slaves of what was going on, the British realized that they were losing their influence, and decided to treat them “nice.” It was not a slave trade where Black people sold their own people into ... Graham: Not knowingly ... William: They knew .. Graham: I mean not knowing the way in which they would be treated ... William: They looked at the slave-trading white man as being a nice person who could treat the people better than they themselves were doing ... Graham: And that’s what is decimating the African continent to this very day ... William: Yeah. That is the reason for the attitude that my great grandparents and the other slave escapees had when they began to fight back. They basically conquered them on their own land and could sink their ships and take back their people. Our end started to realize the degradation of this. Frederick Douglass came along, many years, after this.


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People Groups of Liberia Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He did not see what my great grandparents (coming over on ships) saw or what your great grandparents saw. If I’m born in a drug-infested neighborhood, it is hard for me to see what a decent neighborhood looks like. So, Douglass and most of the Black people born in America need to understand that the way we Africans see America and the way we see Black people is from a different side of the mirror than how the other guy who is ‘born here sees America. Blending in these two ideas is not as easy as it is to say it. but these are our families’ roots. I am a Jew, for instance, but I’m not religiously Jew, I am traditionally Jew, tribal Jew. The definition of Jewish to me means I wish to be. I am a goal-established Jew, and I am not wishing to be. My law is different. Some people wish to be what we are; they do not see things the way we see things. We are closer to nature. We understand nature. We work with nature. We have a great respect for nature. We are humble to it. I may hate you. We may make fuss. I may fight you. But I will not under normal circumstances, except unless I am crazy, seek your downfall. A Black man who is a Jew does not seek the downfall of another Black man. Graham: In Europe, in the 1700s, the Ashkenazy Jews were moving through when the Jewish people of Europe were seeking sanctuaries in various countries. If I remember correctly, they spent some time in Holland. The king wanted to know from which tribe these people were from. In all of Cecil B. DeMille’s movies, like “The Ten Commandments,” the great biblical patriarchs are incorrectly portrayed as being European. All people of color have a natural affinity for nature. The white man did not teach the indigenous people of this continent about conservation. Indigenous peoples were teaching these immigrants about conservation, but he wouldn’t accept it. Almost everything detrimental to nature is being done ... pollution, dumping, the destruction of the forests. There is no affinity to nature. William: Let me tell you... for those who are religious and who believe in prophesy, they will see some of this religious thing come true. As much as I believe some of it is not true, many of these prophesies will come true: what people do not see, they will see. And what they do not believe, they will have to believe. I will give you a demonstration. As one of the first West Africans to be a student leader at Long Island University, I cannot draw well but I can identify my points. (He sketches the Continent of Africa on a table napkin.) This is supposed to be Africa although it was not called Africa.

But let’s use the terminology: Africa. Graham: I know where you’re going. William: In order to destroy a mother and a child relationship. Or a father. You must first put the two pair together. And you must be able to put the two pair together and you say to the mother, “You are nothing.” You say to the child, “Didn’t I tell you she’s nothing?’” And the mother looks around and says, “But I am something.” The man will say, “Didn’t I tell you: you are nothing. Now, sit down.” And the mother sits down. He says, “Now stand!” And she stands. And the oppressor can also say to the father, “Boy, you are nothing.” And the boy can look around, and say, “Why would my father stand and say nothing?” What the son does not understand is that the white person who says to the father and mother, “Boy and woman, you’re nothing!” has the main control over them at the time. So, when the child grows up and the mother says, “Come, son, sit down.” The boy replies, “No, no, no, no! Don’t say that to me. You couldn’t even say it to him. Look how he talked to you. How dare you tell me to sit down!” So, if this happens over a period of years, what do you expect the Black child to look at his mother like? What do you expect him to look at his father like? Then when that generation passes and a new generation comes in. Then another comes in and another generation and another - after four hundred years, what do you expect? Graham: Like the elephant. Chained to the stake in the ground, he believes he can not break free of the chain. So, he just rocks. William: Yes (Referring to the map which now includes the adjoining Continents of Europe and Asia.) They fought for thousands and thousands of years to establish domain over the African continent. They finally succeeded in 1869. How did they do it? They established the Suez Canal (Editors Note: The seal-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez. The canal was constructed between 1859 and 1869, and officially. Just by cutting this part of Africa … Graham: … they cut the umbilical cord. William: The umbilical cord of Africa. The best way to justify this split, is to first say we want to go all the way around to help people on this side. So we will just open this little place here. As soon as they opened this place, here (indicating the drawing), they separated the Jew from the other part of the world. They refer to people on this side as “the dark continent.” And they called the people over here on this side – although they are of the same continent, Asians.

Graham: But these are Europeans. Asians are to the East. William: No. All here are Asians! In fact, this entire (stretch of) land is Asia. You see (here, indicated his drawing), there’s no way to run away from Africa. Because this part of the land is deemed the main power, it is called European. All of this is Asia. Even the word, Africa – there’s no way to run away from it. They had to find a way because there was no way that the Europeans would accept it. Except by using the words to separate them: Africa, Asia. So you have people saying: “Look, I am from Asia.” But you see the trick is when you use the two together (Afrasian), you confuse the people around here. You must find something that will make the other people see it from the other side (indicating map) – which is really the revers of the truth. In other words you turn the thing to see it in the reverse. To see it in reverse, you call yourself Europe which means earth. You have to tell the people you belong to Earth so they can appreciate that they are the people of Earth. Let me say this to you: I am Bassalian. But let me speak about another of the African tribes in Liberia. (First) let me ask you two questions in their language, and you tell me which part of Asia you will find this tribe. My questions in this language are: where are you from and where are you going? Those are the two questions I am putting to you int his language: Win chang cha. Ben kwena hing lan. Graham: Sound like Chinese. William: The language is Gisi. It is heard in the Gisi Tribes of West African in Lofa County (in the northwestern part of Liberia). They eat the same food Chinese people eat; prepare food the same way the Chinese people prepare food. We do almost everything the same. You find the same kind of food and in part of Southern Africa. And most of this tribe was driven away when the westerners penetrate African long before history was written. Long before history was written oppressors were destroying our people. Graham: You know what. That was the same mindset of the slaves … William: You mean it was the same mindset of the slave master to perpetrate and penetrate you. And so the slave began to use the same idea … (Part II: “The thing is: what we do is not about ourselves; it is about our progeny, the ones who must come behind us.” Heirs to a Legacy: William Wade & Graham Weatherspoon continues July 25 in Our Time Press.) ________ Editor’s Note: Due to reader demand, selected interviews and articles conducted, written and/or organized by David Mark Greaves and Bernice Elizabeth Green appearing monthly, February 1996 – January 2005 in Our Time Press, are being revised and edited by Green. They will be reprinted in a new continuing column, “The Best of Our Time,” to launch with “Heirs” Part II, July 25, 2019. Coming in August..

The Rev. Taharka Robinson an activist and educator, completes the Orators in Our Time series in August.


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Six Ways Parents Can Help Kids Learn Over the Summer Break



ummer is not just a two-month countdown to sending the kids back to school. You only get 18 summers total with your “babies,” and half of those will be stolen away or occupied by growing pains, such as choosing fun with friends over fun with family, and the inevitable “I’m getting too old for this stuff” attitudes that arrive younger and younger these days. Here are my “Six Summer Tips” for parents. Just some ways to enjoy the time with your kids, while sustaining their learning over the summer break. Try a few, and I’m betting the time will pass easier. Teacher Appreciation: Though this

By Melissa Bagneris

technically happens in May, it is the culmination of a cooperative bond that we three shared. Gift cards are nice, but honestly, a simple drawing from your student or hand-written card from the heart with thanks really means so much to the teacher. And you and your child get to do it together! Buy a Workbook: Walmart, Target and even the Dollar Store sell practice workbooks. Buy one for the level your child just completed and one for the level they are entering in the fall. This allows for independent review and a little guided challenge. Wa t c h Fun Educational

Programming: PBS  offers an array of programs geared to a range of age groups that teach social skills, reading skills, math and science, problem-solving and much, much more! Download Learning Apps: Make screen time count with interactive games that extend your child’s learning practice in a technological world. Start with ABC Mouse and Summer Camps: Look for camps that offer both physical and educational activities. Themed camps, such as science camps, are lots of fun! Check online to see what is offered in your community.

Teach Without Teaching: Read a story and ask questions to check for understanding, play car games like “I Spy” and “20 Questions,” sing learning songs from a playlist instead of the regular radio, use sidewalk chalk to write and spell outside, let your kids help you with chores by sorting laundry, making grocery lists or seeking, finding and counting objects around the house. Have a great summer. Remember… August will be here before you know it! Melissa Bagneris is a kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary STEM School in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

What Was Project Mercury? This article is part of the NASA Knows! (Grades 5-8) series.


roject Mercury was the NASA program that put the first American astronauts in space. Astronauts made a total of six spaceflights during Project Mercury. Two of those flights reached space and came right back down. These are called suborbital  flights. The other four went into orbit and circled Earth. The first of those six flights was made in 1961. The last flight was made in 1963. What Spacecraft Was Used for Project Mercury? The Mercury spacecraft was designed for this project. It was a small  capsule  with room for one astronaut. The astronaut stayed in his seat during the flight. Two types of rockets were used for Project Mercury. The first two of the six flights with an astronaut on board used a Redstone rocket. The four manned flights that orbited Earth used an Atlas rocket. Both of these rockets were originally designed as missiles for the United States military.

Credits: NASA

Ham the chimpanzee made his Mercury flight in a special seat. The project was named Mercury after a Roman god who was very fast. Each astronaut named his spacecraft. Alan Shepard included a 7 in the name of his Mercury capsule. This was because it was the seventh one made. The other astronauts included a 7 also. This was in honor of the seven astronauts chosen for the project. Who We r e the Mercury Astronauts?

Credits: NASA

John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth on the Friendship 7 mission.

NASA selected seven astronauts for Project Mercury in 1959. Choosing the astronauts was one of the first things NASA did. The agency was only six months old when it chose them. Alan Shepard made the first Mercury flight. That flight made him the first American in space. The 15-minute flight went into space and came back down. His Mercury capsule was named Freedom 7. Years later, Shepard walked on the moon as commander of the Apollo 14 mission. Gus Grissom was the second astronaut to fly in Project Mercury. Grissom named his capsule Liberty Bell 7. The third astronaut to fly in Project Mercury was John Glenn. In 1962, he became the first American to orbit Earth, aboard Friendship 7. The second American astronaut to orbit Earth was Scott Carpenter. His spacecraft was named Aurora 7. Astronaut Wally Schirra (ShuhRAH) made the fifth Mercury flight, on Sigma 7. Gordon Cooper flew on the last Mercury mission. He spent 34 hours circling Earth in the Faith 7 capsule. Astronaut Deke Slayton was also selected as one of the “Mercury Seven” astronauts. A health problem stopped him from flying a Mercury mission. He flew into space in 1975 in the ApolloSoyuz Test Project. How Did NASA Make Sure Mercury Was Safe? Before astronauts flew in Project Mercury, NASA conducted several test flights. These launches

Credits: NASA

The seven Mercury astronauts were (from left) Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Gordon Cooper and Scott Carpenter.

safer. A rhesus monkey, Sam, and two chimpanzees, Ham and Enos, flew in Mercury capsules. Sam and Ham made suborbital flights. Sam flew on a “Little Joe” rocket. Ham flew on a Redstone rocket. Enos launched on an Atlas rocket. He made two orbits around Earth. Since all three primates made it home safely, NASA knew it was safe for astronauts. Why Was Project Mercury Important? NASA learned a lot from Project Mercury. The Credits: NASA agency learned how to put Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 capsule astronauts in orbit around was launched on a Redstone Earth. It learned how people rocket. could live and work in space. It learned how to operate a did not have people aboard. The spacecraft in orbit. These lessons test flights helped NASA find and were very important. NASA used fix problems. them in later space programs. The first Atlas rocket launched After Mercury, came the Gemini with a Mercury capsule exploded. program. The Gemini spacecraft The first Mercury-Redstone launch had room for two astronauts. NASA only went about four inches off the learned even more with Gemini. ground. From these flights, NASA Together, Mercury and Gemini learned how to fix the rockets and prepared NASA for the Apollo make them safer. program. During Apollo, NASA Three other “astronauts” also landed human beings on the moon helped make sure Mercury was for the first time.

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LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 9 11201 on the 8th Day of August, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. 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. Premises known as 763 Drew Street, Brooklyn, New York 11208. (Block: 4291, Lot: 146) Approximate amount of lien $982,511.72 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 21005-13. Jack Aini, Esq., Referee. Davidson Fink LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 28 East Main Street, Suite 1700 Rochester, NY 14614-1990 Tel. 585/760-8218 For sale information, please visit at or call (800) 280-2832 Dated: May 31, 2019 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC., V. CAROLYN WILSON, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 6, 2019, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. is the Plaintiff and CAROLYN WILSON, 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 August 8, 2019 at 2:30 PM, premises known as 605 THOMAS SOUTH BOYLAND STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11212-5041: Block 3541, Lot 112: 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 Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 520082/2016. Jeffrey Miller, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NA SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007-11AR, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-11AR, V. SARALEE HACK, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 08, 2019, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK

OF AMERICA, NA SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007-11AR, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-11AR is the Plaintiff and SARALEE HACK, 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 August 8, 2019 at 2:30 PM, premises known as 425 RUTLAND ROAD, BROOKLYN, NY 11203: Section 3, Block 4802, Lot 45: 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 Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 512136/2016. Jeffrey Miller, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P., Plaintiff against DEIDRE ABRAMS A/K/A DEIDRA ABRAMS; JOAN ABRAMS; MELROY ABRAMS, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on March 11, 2019. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 8th day of August, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain lot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 492 Linden Boulevard., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11203. (Block: 4876, Lot: 4). Approximate amount of lien $ 398,221.80 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 505141-14. Angelique Moreno, Esq., Referee. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 420 Lexington Avenue – Suite 840 New York, N.Y. 10170 (347) 286-7409 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK N.A. AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF THE J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION CORP. 2006-FRE2 ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2006-FRE2, V. GILBERT MOORE JR, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 08, 2018, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein U.S. BANK N.A. AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF THE J.P. MORGAN

Notice of Formation of CC And a Blessed One LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY December 3, 2018. Off. Loc.: Kings Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to: CC And a Blessed One LLC 1417 New York Avenue, 3G, Brooklyn, NY 11210. Purpose : Any lawful act or activity. NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of UPP Global, LLC, d/b/a NY Parking Co. Application of Authority Filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/16/19. Off. MORTGAGE ACQUISITION CORP. 2006FRE2 ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2006-FRE2 is the Plaintiff and GILBERT MOORE JR, 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 August 8, 2019 at 2:30 PM, premises known as 511 HEMLOCK STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11208: Block 4217, Lot 13: 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 Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 515120/2015. Steven Z. Naiman, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR MASTR ASSET BACKED SECURITIES TRUST 2006-WMC3, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-WMC3, Plaintiff against STEPHEN E. MOORE, et al., Defendants. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on March 27, 2019. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 1st day of August, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at the corner formed by the intersection of the southerly side of Sutter Avenue, with the easterly side of Chester Street; RUNNING THENCE easterly along the southerly side of Sutter Avenue, 100 feet THENCE southerly parallel with Chester Street, 23.70 feet; THENCE westerly parallel with Sutter Avenue and part of the distance through a party wall, 100 to the easterly side of Chester Street; THENCE northerly along the easterly side of Chester Street, 23.70 feet to The corner, the point or place of BEGINNING. Said premises known as 195 Chester Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11212. (Block: 03543, Lot: 0024). Approximate amount of lien $ 485,868.48 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 512108-15. Jack Segal, Esq., Referee. Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff, 10 Bank Street, Suite – 700, White Plains, N.Y. 10606 (914) 949-2574 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff against SHARLANE JORDAN, ET AL, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 840, New York, NY 10170 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant

VOL. 23 NO. 29 Loc.: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of JM 31C LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 5/7/2019. Off. Loc. : Kings Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 10 East 39th Street, 10th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Purpose : Any lawful act or activity. to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered April 18, 2019, 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 August 1, 2019 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 748 Georgia Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11207. Block 4320 Lot 19. 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 $422,999.55 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 517547/2017. Paul B. Groman, Esq., Referee 9926-3801 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Kings Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Plaintiff AGAINST David G. Robinson, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 6/11/2018 and entered on 7/10/2018, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on July 25, 2019 at 02:30 PM premises known as 543 East 52nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11203. 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: 4737, LOT: 52. Approximate amount of judgment is $773,242.13 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 021695/2011. For sale information, please visit at www. or call (800) 280-2832. Helene Blank, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 Supreme Court County of Kings State of New York Mortgage Agency, Plaintiff, vs. Tyesha Capers, et al, Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 25,2019 at 2:30 P.M., the premises described as follows: All that parcel of land, being in the County of Kings, City and State of New York; known as 200 Cozine Avenue, Unit 9K,Block 4415, Lot 1367. Approximate amount of lien $188,307.87 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of the Judgment, Index No. 516787-16. Aaron Tyk, Referee Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP 700 Crossroads Building, 2 State St. Rochester, New York 14614 855227-5072 63915 

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OUR TIME PRESS July 18 – 24, 2019 $500 dance contest. Presented by Summerstage NYC and Jonathan Toubin and New York Night Train.


Cinemas, 30 Lafayette St., doors open at 9:30am, film at 10am, FREE. Movie lovers ages 65 and up can watch this wonderful documentary while enjoying complimentary popcorn and soda. The film, directed by Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack, is the long-unseen concert film of Aretha Franklin’s iconic gospel concert recorded over two days at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. This screening not open to the general public. Seniors can RSVP to

St., Manhattan, 4:30pm & 1:30 on Sun., 7/21, $20. Inspired by the true story of an 1850’s enslaved Virginia man who shipped himself to freedom in a box with the help of African-American and white abolitionists. With a fusion of Gospel, R&B, Bluegrass, traditional and original Negro spirituals, this musical celebrates the ability to transcend barriers and the triumph of the human spirit. In 2018, it toured with Dr. Joy DeGruy and received a Best Musical nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [Tix at]


Saturday, July 20



77 at Flushing & Vanderbilt Aves., 12:30-3pm, FREE. This event for children ages 5-12 is a day of learning, demos, workshops and hands-on activities exploring fashion. It’s presented for future designers and their fashion-forward adult chaperones. Kids will find out which are the best materials for different kinds of shirts, what goes into designing a cool pair of sneakers and more. Register at Eventbrite. (Adults without children will not be admitted.)

Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St. Doors at 5, show at 6pm, FREE. Irma Thomas, Archie Bell, The Joe Bataan Orchestra, Carl Carlton, Betty Harris, Binky Griptite, Renaldo Domino and others with a

HENRY BOX BROWN – A MUSICAL JOURNEY, Baha’i Center, 53 E. 11th


Plaza Medical Center, 102 Fort Greene Pl. at Lafayette Ave., 10am-4pm, FREE. You are eligible if: you are age 40 or over, have not had a mammogram in the past year, have no signs or symptoms of breast disease and are insured, underinsured or uninsured. To register, schedule an appointment at BPMC with Ketriana Yvonne, 718596-9800, Ext. 203. Bring ID, your health insurance card (if applicable) and copies of past mammograms, if you have them.

Thursday, July 25th CHA WA

BAM MetroTech 304 Bridge St. at the MetroTech Commons, 12pm, FREE. The spirit of New Orleans comes to MetroTech with the infectious funk sounds of and elaborate costumes of Cha Wa. This Grammy-nominated brass band honors the legendary Mardi Gras Indians while building off their vibrant cultural roots, bridging the gap between NOLA street culture and modern R&B.

Irma Thomas

Cha Wa

Friday, July 26th MEC JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Medgar Evers College, 1638 Bedford Ave., 7-10pm, rain or shine, FREE. This year’s Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Festival is dedicated to the memory of the legendary Eddy Grant. The MEC Jazz Ensemble provides performance opportunities for these talented students on and off campus.

Sunday, July 28th Henry Box Brown

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Moshood now at Restoration. Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., 3-8pm, showtime at 6pm, $20. “Suggested Blessing.” Moshood Creations invites the public to come celebrate a milestone anniversary and a big move. After 25 years of bringing inspired African fashion to Fort Greene, the business is moving to Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant.


Thursday, August 1st A COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ON VACCINATION & EDUCATION ACCESS Ancient Song Doula Services,

521Halsey St., doors open at 6:30pm, discussion at 7pm, FREE. New York State recently voted to ban the use of religious exemption, which allowed unimmunized children to attend public schools. How will this new policy impact Black and Brown children? What choices are available to parents who do not choose to immunize their children? What are the implications for independent schools in the face of this public health crisis? Come and join the discussion.

Sunday, August 18th SUNDAY ROOFTOP SOIREE Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., 3-7pm, FREE. Enjoy music on the beautiful BCM rooftop featuring The Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax Group, with Stanley Banks, Monte Croft and Gene Ghee with special guest Vocalist Patsy Grant. Co-hosted by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Crown Heights North Association.

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disaster risk reduction. “This is not about the future, this is about today.” This means that adapting to the climate crisis could no longer be seen as a long-term problem, but one that needed investment now, she said. “People need to talk more about adaptation and resilience.” Estimates put the cost of climate-related disasters at $520bn a year, while the additional cost of building infrastructure that is resistant to the effects of global heating is only about 3%, or $2.7tn in total over the next 20 years. Mizutori said: “This is not a lot of money [in the context of infrastructure spending], but investors have not been doing enough. Resilience needs to become a commodity that people will pay for.” That would mean normalising the standards for new infrastructure, such as housing, road and rail

networks, factories, power and water supply networks, so that they were less vulnerable to the effects of floods, droughts, storms and extreme weather. Until now, most of the focus of work on the climate crisis has been on “mitigation” – jargon for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and not to be confused with mitigating the effects of the climate crisis. The question of adapting to its effects has taken a distant second place, in part because activists and scientists were concerned for years that people would gain a false complacency that we need not cut emissions as we could adapt to the effects instead, and also because while cutting emissions could be clearly measured, the question of adapting or increasing resilience was harder to pin down. Mizutori said the time for such arguments had ran out. “We talk about a climate emergency and a climate crisis, but if we

cannot confront this [issue of adapting to the effects] we will not survive,” she told the Guardian. “We need to look at the risks of not investing in resilience.” Many of the lower-impact disasters would be preventable if people had early warnings of severe weather, better infrastructure such as flood defenses or access to water in case of drought, and governments had more awareness of which areas were most vulnerable. Nor is this a problem confined to the developing world, she said, as the recent forest fires in the US and Europe’s latest heatwave had shown. Rich countries also face a challenge to adapt their infrastructure and ways of protecting people from disaster. “Nature-based solutions”, such as mangrove swamps, forests and wetlands which could form natural barriers to flooding should be a priority, said Mizutori. A further

key problem is how to protect people in informal settlements, or slums, which are more vulnerable than planned cities. The most vulnerable people are the poor, women, children, the elderly, the disabled and displaced, and many of these people live in informal settlements without access to basic amenities. Regulations on building standards must also be updated for the climate crisis and properly enforced, she said. One of the governance issues cited by Mizutori was that while responsibility for the climate crisis and greenhouse gas emissions was usually held in one ministry, such as the economics, environment or energy department, responsibility for infrastructure and people’s protection was held elsewhere in government. “We need to take a more holistic view of the risks,” she said.


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