Page 1

NEW YORK TREND Serving New York City, Nassau & Suffolk Counties




NEWMAYOR YORK TREND DAVID DINKINS, REP. CHARLES RANGEL, Serving New York City, Nassau & Suffolk Counties


Since 1989 NYC $1.00

December 17, 2015 - December 23, 2015


Since 1989

September 19th, 2019 - September 25th, 2019


U.S. CENSUS Report Finds Rates of Uninsured Remain High Amongst Poverty Stricken

Median household income was $63,179 before the most recent recession. The “Each honoree chosen in 2018, not statistically different for from the number of people in poverty in 2018 was 2017 median, following consecutive recognition hasthree demonstrated 38.1 million, 1.4 million fewer people than years ofexceptional annual increases. Between 2017 leadership and vision in2017. and 2018, realrespective median earnings of all or David Dinkins her the or his profession workers increased 3.4% to $40,247. The The percentage of people with health endeavor and in some significant insurance coverage for all or part of 2018 2018 real median earnings of men and was a member of the New York hasfull-time, contributed towards was 91.5%, lower than the rate in 2017 womenmeasure who worked year-round City Council, representing the creating a and more justrespectively, society in this (92.1%). Between increased by 3.4% 3.3%, 2017 and 2018, the 40th council district in Brooklyn, country,” Black Star News percentage of people with public coverage between 2017 andsays 2018. The difference succeeding her mother, Una S. between the 2017-2018 percent changes founder and publisher Milton decreased 0.4 percentage points, and th T. Clarke. In thewith current 114 in median earnings for men and women the percentage of people private Allimadi. “Obviously much work Congress Clarke serves on workingneeds full-time, year round was not coverage did not statistically change. to be done here and statistically significant. The number of These findings are contained in two the Energy and Commerce around the world.” full-time, year-round workers increased Committee, responsible for

The gala starts at 6:00pm with a cocktail hour to be followed by the FOUNDER dinner and awards ceremonies. There will be musical entertainment by opera singer Cassandra Douglas and from harmonica phenomenon David Dinkins is NeWilliam w Yo r k Galison. T r e n d N YC , the award honored for Lifetime Achievement winning and nationally recognized — he was New York City’s first publication, is celebrating its African American mayor and 30th anniversary this year and willalso Nelsonthe Mandela bewelcomed commemorating occasion to the city after his release in 1990. throughout 2019.


York and a former chancellor of the New York public schools system.

The Black Stars News 2015 Annual Awards Dinner will honor Mayor David Dinkins, Rep. Charles The U.S. Census Bureau announced by 2.3 million, between 2017 and 2018. Rangel, Yvette Clarke, today the medianRep. household income The number of men and women full-time, Donahue Peebles, was notR.statistically different fromBarbara the year-round workers increased by about Arnwine, Inez Barron, Sabrina 700,000 and 1.6 million, respectively. 2017 median, and the official poverty rate decreased 0.5 Rudy percentage points Lamb, Dr. Crew, Stephen The official poverty rate in 2018 was from 2017. At the time,and the the rate Central11.8%, a decrease of 0.5 percentage Byrd, Aliasame Jones, and number people withoutof health points from 2017. This is the fourth Park of Five survivors gross injustice insurance increased from 7.9%, or 25.6 annual decline in the national on December 18 from 6:00pm – consecutive million, in 2017 to 8.5%, or 27.5 million, poverty rate. In 2018, for the first time 10:00pm at MIST Harlem, 46 West in 2018. in 11 years, the official poverty rate was 116th Street. significantly lower than 2007, the year

Pioneering producers Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones, through their company Front Row Production, brought “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” with a multi-ethnic cast to Broadway. In 2016 they bring “Eclipsed” with Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong ’O to Broadway.

Charles Rangel

majority. She now leads The Transformative Justice Coalition. Arnwine was for 26 years executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.

consumer protection, food safety, energy development, public health, communications, the environment, and interstate and international commerce.

Inez Barron, honoree, formerly a State Assembly member, is now a New York City council member and a champion of education for our youth.

Honorees, the so-called Central Park 5, are collectively and individually heroes. They are survivors of one of the ugliest miscarriage of justice in New York’s history; having been railroaded and unjustly convicted for a crime they did not commit and for which they served long prison sentences ranging from seven years to 13 years before being exonerated when the actual rapist confessed. They are: Yusef Abdus Salaam; Raymond Santana Jr., Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, and Kharey Wise.

The Black Star News, which focuses Honoree Imhotep Gary Byrd is on investigative journalism, has a legendary radio talk show host been featured as a result of some if and executive producer, radio DJ, its news scoops, on CNN, The New reports: Income and Povertymusic in the United poet, songwriter, recordingconducted every month and is the primary York Daily News, The New York a leading developer and founder ofStates: artist 2018 and Health Insurance and producer, rapper, writersource of labor force statistics for the Post, The Voice, and The Peebles Co., the nation’s largest it isVillage used to calculate the Brill’s Coverage in the United States: 2018.He beganU.S. population; and community activist. Content magazine. monthly unemployment rate estimates. Another Census Bureau report, The African American-owned real his career as a radio DJ in BuffaloSupplements are added in most months; Poverty Measure: estate firm with $3.5 billion worthSupplemental PastSocial Blackand Star News honorees at age 15. For over years, he’s the Annual Economic also released today.30 The of properties under development 2018, was have included: Noble (Like It been apoverty talk show WBLS and Supplement is designed Gil to give annual, supplemental rate inhost 2018atwas or management — he was one 13.1%, WLIB Is), Rep. Maxine Waters, Soledad radio indifferent New York City. Henational estimates of income, poverty and not statistically from the “We are delighted and proud Rep. Charles Rangel, also honored of the pioneering developerswho 2017 supplemental O’Brien (CNN), Ms. Camille Cosby, numbers and rates. The povertynight rate ofradio 13.0%. also has a Friday talk health insurance tofor reach such a momentous Lifetime Achievement, has helped turn around and revitalize The Supplemental most recent Annual Social and Economic Poverty Measure Voza Rivers (New Heritage Theatre), show on WBAI. milestone this ever-changing served in in Congress since 1971. He is the once-blighted Anacostia Supplement was conducted nationwide (SPM) provides an alternative way of Errol Louis (NY1 News), Amel industry we call publishing”, Honoree Lamb, founder(February, March and April 2019) and a recipient of The Bronze medal for measuring poverty Sabrina in the United States neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Larrieux (Entertainer), Dr. William stated Dr. Teresa Taylor of World of Money, is a champion collected information about income and and serves as an additional indicator of helping save soldiers behind enemy A champion of African-American Williams, owner & publisher Pollard (Medgar Evers College), decades in accordance with The Census Bureau shehealth insurance coverage during the of well-being. financial literacy for youth-lineNew during Korean War. economic empowerment Peebles’ economic is of Yorkthe Trend NYC.  She Herm Edwards (NY Jets), Nayaba the many changes in how our year. has published estimates usinghandling2018 calendar teachespoverty knowledge about contemplating a possible run for NYC added,Yvette “We have everyisintention Rep. Clarke a Democratic Arinde (Amsterdam News), La-Verna world shares and consumes news. the SPM annually since 2011and withplanning. the money, budgeting The Current Population Survey-based on continuing to US serve our of mayor 2017. member of the House Fountain (Columbia University), It is New York in Trend NYC’s and collaboration of the Bureau of Labor income and poverty report includes loyal community of from readers and Dr. Rudy Crew, honoree, is one of Statistics.    Representatives New’s Lillian Roberts (DC37), Desiree Honoree Barbara Arnwine, civil comparisons with the previous year, and Dancy followers.” promiserights to continue to adapt to the nation’s leading educators. He’s York whose 9th district covers (New York Times), Greg Floyd (Local lawyer, is a champion of historical tables in the report contain The Current Population Survey, Our beloved publication hasBefore our readers’ needs and industry much of central Brooklyn. statistics back to 1959. The health sponsored jointly by the Census 237), Rev. Al Sharpton (National president of Medgar Evers College protecting voting rights of ethnic evolved over the past decades to come! report is based onand both the others. Labor Statistics, is insurance entering Congress in three 2007, she methods for Action Network), many of The CityofUniversity of New minority groups — the emerging Bureau and Bureau


-- cont'd on Page 2


PAGE 2 Education FLY BLUE!pg.5



BluePage Sky EPIC pg.8LIKE YUH! 7 BAD


December 17, 2015 - December 23, 2015

September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019




ATLANTA MAYOR Raises $50 Million in Funding Homes for the Homeless Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says that her city has successfully raised the $50 million funding goal initiated almost 2 years ago to provide 550 homes for its homeless residents. Atlanta has over 3,000 homeless residents and it was found that one of the biggest challenges has been to connect them to the available services to them. To solve the problem, the city decided to integrate the rapid rehousing model which will quickly provide a temporary home to its homeless residents they could focus on rebuilding and addressing the factors that actually led to their homelessness and avoid becoming homeless again. “It is a miss-perception that many people have: that homelessness is represented entirely by the people they see on the streets,” said Jack Hardin, Co-Chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness. “A far larger proportion of people experiencing homelessness have incomes and function at very high levels, but live on the margins of the economics of our society and any hardship can derail.”

which was the last to contribute $114,000 before the city reached the goal. The other half came from the Homeless Opportunity Bond sale that began under former Mayor Kasim Reed. The city partnered with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to raise the funds.

The city announced its plan in 2017 after the city’s largest homeless shelter that housed up to 500 people a night had to be shut down due to health and safety concerns. Bottoms shared that she is excited to finally reach the goal which was started when she was still a member of the city council. She said, “This is one of the things I had the fortune of walking into when I was mayor.”

California Becomes First State Sued by BLACK PATIENTS MATTER

A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against multiple members of the MBC Medical Board of California and investigative police force HQIU (Health Quality Investigative Unit) for allegedly targeting doctors treating patients of color (Federal Court Central Division, Case No. 2:19-cv-03056-PA-JC). The jury trial has been assigned to the Honorable Judge Percy Anderson of Los Angeles. The suit alleges California MBC finances non-racially diversified policing units and

hires medical experts and consultants employed at “whites-only” clinics and hospitals. “Change begins with us,” states BPM advocate Hanna Rhee MD, “just grateful to God and the underground railway for embracing our efforts.” BPM is represented by the Fenton Law Group of Los Angeles, supportive of racial diversity and religious tolerance. Donations welcome and appreciated on the BPM GoFundMe page.

About $25 million reportedly came from private organizations, such as Ameris Bank

U.S. Census Report Finds Rates of Uninsured Remain High Amongst Poverty Stricken (cont'd from cover) Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey. State and local income, poverty and health insurance estimates from the American Community Survey will be released Thursday, Sept. 26.

the age of 65 (1.0%) and householders age 65 and over (3.3%) was not statistically significant.

For the first time, income, poverty and health insurance measures in these reports will reflect important changes to the processing system for the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). These reports present year-to-year comparisons from 2017 to 2018 based on data edited using the updated processing system for both years. In some cases, 2017 estimates may differ from values published in September 2018, which were created using the legacy processing system. For more information on the updates to the processing system see the CPS ASEC Redesign and Processing Changes.

The 2018 real median income of Asian households increased 4.6% from 2017 to $87,194, while the real median incomes of non-Hispanic white ($70,642), black ($41,361) and Hispanic ($51,450) households were not statistically different from their 2017 medians. The only significant difference between the 20172018 percent changes in median income for each race group was Asian (4.6%) and Hispanic (0.1%).

Income Median household income was $63,179 in 2018, not statistically different from the 2017 median. The 2018 real median income of family households and nonfamily households increased 1.2% and 2.4%, respectively, between 2017 and 2018. This is the fourth consecutive annual increase in median household income for family households. The difference between the 2017-2018 percent changes in median income for family (1.2%) and nonfamily (2.4%) households was not statistically significant. For householders under the age of 65, real median household income was not statistically different between 2017 and 2018, while real median household income for householders age 65 and over increased 3.3% from 2017. The difference between the 2017-2018 percent changes in median income for householders under

2 | NewYorkTrendnyc

Race and Hi spani c Ori gi n (Race data refer to people reporting a single race only; Hispanics can be of any race.)

Nati vi t y The real median income of households maintained by a native-born person increased 1.4% between 2017 and 2018, while the 2018 real median income of households maintained by a foreign-born person was not statistically different from 2017. The difference between the 20172018 percent changes in median income for households maintained by a nativeborn person (1.4%) and those maintained by a foreign-born person (1.7%) was not statistically significant.

Earni ngs Between 2017 and 2018, the real median earnings of all workers increased The 2018 real median earnings of men ($55,291) and women ($45,097) who worked full-time, year-round increased by 3.4% and 3.3%, respectively, between 2017 and 2018. The difference between the 2017-2018 percent changes in median earnings for men (3.4%) and women (3.3%) working full-time, yearround was not statistically significant. The 2018 female-to-male earnings ratio was 0.816, not statistically different from the 2017 ratio.

The number of full-time, year-round workers increased by 2.3 million, between 2017 and 2018. The number of men and women full-time, year-round workers increased by about 700,000 and 1.6 million, respectively.

Povert y The official poverty rate in 2018 was 11.8%, down 0.5 percentage points from 12.3% in 2017 (the Office of Management and Budget determined the official definition of poverty in Statistical Policy Directive 14). This is the fourth consecutive annual decline in poverty. Since 2014, the poverty rate has fallen 3.0 percentage points, from 14.8% to 11.8%. In 2018, for the first time in 11 years, the official poverty rate was significantly lower than 2007, the year before the most recent recession. In 2018, there were 38.1 million people in poverty, approximately 1.4 million fewer people than 2017.  

Fami li e s

(Families are a group of two or more people related by birth, marriage or adoption and living together. A primary family is a family which includes the householder.) In 2018, the poverty rate for primary families declined from 9.3% to 9.0%. For primary families with a female householder, the poverty rate was 24.9%, a decline from 26.2% in 2017. The poverty rate for married-couple families was 4.7% in 2018. For primary families with a male householder, the poverty rate was 12.7%. Differences in the poverty rate for married-couple families and male-householder families were not statistically significant between 2017 and 2018.

Race and Hi span i c O ri g i n

single race only; Hispanics can be of any race.) The poverty rate for non-Hispanic whites was 8.1% in 2018, down from 8.5% in 2017. The poverty rate for blacks was 20.8%, while the poverty rate for Asians was 10.1%. The poverty rate for Hispanics was 17.6%. Among blacks, Asians and Hispanics, 2018 poverty rates were not statistically different from 2017.

Se x The 2018 poverty for males was 10.6%, not statistically different from 2017. The 2018 poverty rate for females was 12.9%, down from 13.6% in 2017.

Re g i o n From 2017 to 2018, the South was the only region not to experience a decline in its poverty rate. The 2018 poverty rate for those in the South was 13.6%. The 2018 poverty rate for the Northeast was 10.3%, down from 11.3% in 2017. The 2018 poverty rate for the Midwest was 10.4%, down from 11.2%. The poverty rate for the West in 2018 was 11.2%, down from 11.9% in 2017. The South had the highest poverty rate in 2018 at 13.6% while poverty rates were lowest in the Northeast and Midwest (the rate of 10.3% in the Northeast was not statistically different from the rate of 10.4% in the Midwest).

Age Between 2017 and 2018, poverty rates for children under age 18 decreased 1.2 percentage points from 17.4% to 16.2%. Poverty rates decreased 0.4 percentage points for adults ages 18 to 64, from 11.1% to 10.7%. The poverty rate for those age 65 and older (9.7%) was not statistically different from 2017.

(Race data refer to people reporting a

September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019

NEWS TYLER PERRY Sending Relief Supplies For Hurricane Victims Filmmaker Tyler Perry is

reportedly using his own private jet to transport relief supplies to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas to help the residents who were devastated by Hurricane Dorian. “To all the incredible people of the Bahamas who have welcomed me and called me an adoptive son, I want you to know that I am watching closely, and as soon as I can, I will be there to do whatever I can to help you rebuild stronger and better. You’re not only in my heart and my prayers, you’re in my blood. God bless you. Stay Bahamas strong. The sun will shine agin [sic].” Soon after posting the message on his Instagram feed, Perry sent a private plane carrying necessities such as water, juice, diapers, sleeping bags, hygiene products, and more. The plane reportedly came back and forth twice the area to deliver the supplies and is still expected to return to bring more. Perry, who owns a 25-acre island in the Bahamas called White Bay Cay,

reportedly also had seven people, including children and a pregnant woman, rescued to receive medical attention.

Hurricane Dorian, which struck the Carribean nation’s largest island earlier this month as a Category 5 storm, has destroyed homes and properties and even sunk the airport

underwater. As of now, the death toll remained at 50 but is expected to increase to thousands as officials search the area. Around 70,000 people became homeless.

C A N N A B I S A D V O CA C Y G R O U P L aun ch Lic ensi ng Boot Camp for Minoritie s an d Women-Owned Busine sse s On the heels of the success of its ground-breaking cannabis licensing boot camp in Missouri, award-winning advocacy organization Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) proudly announces three kickoff events for its New Jersey Cannabis Licensing Boot Camp (CBLB) program. M4MM’s New Jersey Cannabis Business Licensing Boot Camp (CBLB) is an unparalleled opportunity for those interested in entering the cannabis industry who may not have access to critical

information and resources. New Jersey recently expanded its Medical Marijuana program to better serve the state’s medical patients, which now has more than 50,000 enrollees. CBLB provides intensive training and support, empowering participants with the knowledge, connections and support necessary to successfully obtain a license. The support provided by Trulieve, Inc.Presenting Sponsor, Oaksterdam University-Education Partner and New Jersey Cannabis Industry

Association-Industry Partner allows M4MM to prepare potential licensees quickly and efficiently prior to the next open application period. The CBLB, slated for Oct 19th and 26th, is a two day intensive training developed specifically to help minority- and women-owned businesses prepare for the licensing process in the Garden State.  In March 2019, the CBLB debuted in St. Louis Missouri with over 50 minority, women, and veteran small business owners participating. Over 40% of the attendees applied, partnered, or formed joint ventures in pursuit of a cannabis business license.“Our program has already helped dozens of people overcome multiple obstacles and successfully navigate the licensing process, says M4MM Founder and CEO Roz McCarthy. “Our proven method can replicate the same success in New Jersey, helping minorities and women entrepreneurs enter the legal cannabis industry in record numbers.” The three kickoff events are scheduled on September 17th 6pm9pm EST, at LaunchPad Newark, September 24th at Historic Trenton


September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019

Masonic Temple, and October 1st at NJ Cowork Street in Camden NJ will give an overview of New Jersey’s licensing process, address questions and concerns, preview the CBLB instructional curriculum, and meet key medical cannabis experts who will be teaching at the CBLB in October. The CBLB KickOff event fee is $25. Aimed at tackling inequity and the lack of minorityand women-owned business operators in the cannabis industry, the CBLB is scheduled for October 19th and 26th from 8:30a- 6:00pm EST at LaunchPad Newark. This integrative multi-week workshop will be open to 150-200 qualifying business license applicants. Attendees can expect to gain a clear understanding of the licensing process, access Oaksterdam University’s nationally renowned educational tools and experts, learn key strategies, receive specialized training and resource development through M4MM, gain exclusive access to industry professionals necessary to build businesses that succeed, and access to additional pre- and post license support. For more information and registration go to | 3

NEWS F r a n c h i s e G i v e s $ 1 1 2 M i l t o S TA R T F R A N C H I S E S

American Tax Geeks is known as the franchise company that pays all of the startup costs for it’s franchise owners. But now they’re specifically giving $112 million to African Americans to start an American Tax Geeks franchise. They pay your startup costs, provide employee training, and much much more. Their popular franchise model of paying for the startup costs of their franchise owners has allowed them to become the fastest growing franchise ever, with 10,000 locations for next tax season. According to Derrick Smith, Director of Operations, “We have received a tremendous amount of applicants that want to become American

Tax Geeks franchise owners, but we want to see more diversity with our franchise owners. We have apportioned specific amounts of resources for all minority franchise applicants and specifically we want at least 20 percent of our franchise locations to be owned by African Americans. We have allocated $112 million that will go towards paying for all of the startup costs of thousands of new African American franchise owners across the country. We pay several thousands in startup costs for each franchise owner. I encourage any African American that is an aspiring business owner to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to

become an American Tax Geeks franchise owner with absolutely no upfront startup costs.” Furthermore, in addition to paying all of your startup costs, right now they’re also waiving their $40,000 initial franchise fee. With annual gross income for franchise owners being around $200K, it’s truly one of the best franchises opportunities ever. And tax preparation is an industry that’s truly always in demand. The latest fiscal year count available from the IRS shows that more than 83 million taxpayers paid someone to prepare their federal tax return. American Tax Geeks franchise

owners don’t need any prior tax experience because the actual tax work is performed by their employees and managers. American Tax Geeks provides their franchise owners with a store location, employee training, marketing support, and everything that they need to get started and succeed without spending one penny. This is truly how more franchise companies need to operate. To learn more about becoming an American Tax Geeks franchise owner, go to www. right now, before it’s too late.

Owner/Publisher Executive Editor Editor-In-Chief Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams

Online Editorial Director Rachel Breton Hamlett

NewYorkTrendNYC Catalogued and displayed in the U.S. Library Congress.

Art Director Jessica R. Doughty

New York Trend welcomes letters to the editor.

Assistant to Publisher, Administrative Zoie Williams

Emeritus Office & Subscription Manager Sophie Taylor

International Correspondent Ann Brown

Social Media Zoie A. Williams

Travel Editor Jim Weaver

Writers Ezra Mechaber Deardra Shuler Jim Weaver Anastasia Williams Justin Williams Teresa Williams

Contributing Editor Justin Williams Circulation Manager Robert L. Taylor

4 | NewYorkTrendnyc

14 Bond Street, Suite 176, Great Neck, N.Y. 11021 Tel (347) 551-1545 Fax (516) 626-3966 ISSN#1083-58 Email: Website: “Like Us” on Facebook: New York Trend is published by TTW Associated, Inc. which holds copyright to the content of this publication. ISSN: 1083-5822 Mail inquiries to: New York Trend NYC, 14 Bond Street, Suite 176, Great Neck, N.Y. 11021. New York Trend NYC is not responsible for the content of letters to the editor or opinions expressed by individual writers. New York Trend reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor. Photographs and manuscripts will not be returned.


September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019

A home that exceeds expectations deserves a mortgage to match.

• Mortgage discounts with Relationship Pricing • Dedicated support every step of the way • Jumbo loan sizes up to $3 million—loan sizes up to $8 million available to well-qualified buyers who meet Citi’s High Net Worth requirements 1


We’ve got a mortgage to fit your needs. Call us today. Darrin Greaves Home Lending Officer 718-916-4586 NMLS# 921616

Evan Hilaire Home Lending Officer 718-908-9566 NMLS# 18372

Terms, conditions and fees for accounts, programs, products and services are subject to change. This is not a commitment to lend. All loans are subject to credit and property approval. Certain restrictions may apply on all programs. Offer cannot be combined with any other mortgage offer. This offer contains information about U.S. domestic financial services provided by Citibank, N.A. and is intended for use domestically in the U.S. 1 A Citibank deposit account and automated monthly transfers of the mortgage payment from a Citibank personal deposit account using automated drafting will be required to receive Citibank mortgage relationship pricing. Ask a mortgage representative for details on eligible balances and the qualifying closing cost credit or rate discount. Availability of the Citibank mortgage relationship pricing for Citibank account holders is subject to change without notice. 2 Available for clients with a minimum of $500,000 or more in investable post-close assets, and at least $50,000 in traditional assets must be on deposit with Citi at least 10 days prior to closing. This amount may be part of the $500,000 eligibility requirement. Real estate, loan proceeds, stock options, restricted stock and personal property will not be counted as part of the $500,000 or more investable post-close assets or the $50,000 in traditional assets. Net cash value of life insurance can be counted as part of the $500,000 but not part of the traditional assets. Investable assets are defined as deposit accounts (checking, savings, money market, Certificates of Deposit), unrestricted stocks, non-vested stock and restricted stock, bonds and retirement accounts held by the individual who is personally liable on the loan. These asset types held in revocable trust may be used provided the trust document meets the Trust Policy. 100% of the face value of all assets, except non-vested stock and restricted stock, may be used to calculate the amount of funds available to meet the eligibility criteria. For non-vested stock and restricted stock, the borrower must be 100% vested within 1 year of closing and a maximum of 70% of value may be used to calculate qualifying equity. Additional conditions apply. ©2019 Citibank, N.A. NMLS# 412915. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. Citi, Citi and Arc Design and other marks used herein are service marks of Citigroup Inc. or its affiliates, used and registered throughout the world.

NewYorkTrendnyc NY Trend Magazine 09172019 v2.indd


September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019 | 5 9/17/2019 12:35:49 PM


ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL Honors Female Leaders

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has

announced the honorees for its upcoming 11th annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music event, slated for October 9 in Los Angeles. This year, ASCAP will recognize artist/songwriter Victoria Monét (Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown), Roc Nation Co-President Shari Byrant and Capitol Records Vice President of Artist Relations Britney Davis as major forces in the industry who continue to make an impact on entertainment culture. Presented by the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul department, ASCAP Women Behind the Music was established to recognize and encourage women in the music community and honors not only songwriters and artists, but also female executives in all facets of the entertainment business including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.   Victoria Monét is a recording artist, songwriter, vocal producer and performer from Sacramento, CA. Monét studied under acclaimed Grammy-winning songwriter LaShawn Daniels (Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World”). She has vocal produced, written for and been featured on songs with GOOD Music, Normani, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, T.I., Nas, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix and more. She recently earned her first #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, co-penning “thank u, next” and “7 rings,” two career-defining songs for Ariana Grande, leading to back-to-back #1 records (and the first of Grande’s career) within three months of each other. Monét has written over 30 songs in Grande’s discography, including half of the charttopping thank u, next album. In June 2019, she graced the cover of Billboard Magazine for its “The New Hitmakers” issue. She currently has 180 million combined lifetime streams and over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Monét is now gearing up to release her new 6 | NewYorkTrendnyc


E n t e r ta i n m e n t

project, marking a long-awaited new era of her career. Shari Bryant is currently the Co-President of the Roc Nation Label. Bryant began her career in the early ‘00s as an intern and later a product manager working on records like Nas's Hip Hop Is Dead and JAY-Z's The Black Album at Roc-AFella records, the legendary boutique label co-founded by Damon Dash and JAY-Z. She went on to more success in roles at Def Jam (Product Manager), Atlantic Records (Vice President of Marketing) and Warner Bros. Records (Sr. Vice President), and she served as the General Manager/Partner at Alamo Records. At Roc Nation—which also houses artist management,

Quality Control Music, including Lil Baby, City Girls and Queen Naija. Prior to joining CMG in 2018, Davis spent seven years at Phase Too Inc. where she handled management, marketing and A&R duties for the company’s roster. Davis worked as day-to-day management for Grammy award-winner Chris Brown, while working alongside him and Phase Too founder Tina Davis to develop CBE Records and overseeing the songwriting and artist development for Sevyn Streeter, Kevin McCall and Joelle James. She worked closely on Brown’s Grammy awardwinning album F.A.M.E and helped the client roster garner placements for artists such as Ariana Grande, Brandy, Mary J.

Entertainment Debra Atney. About ASCAP The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add

music publishing, touring and film and TV divisions—Bryant's priorities are boosting the music label's talent roster as well as developing new opportunities for current artists. Possessing a hybrid of deep-rooted experiences and unrelenting curiosity, Bryant champions a combination of traditionalist and futurist principles. She also founded the company PinkestLuv, which is dedicated to helping young women live up to their “pinktential.” Britney Davis is currently the Vice President of Artist Relations, Marketing & Special Projects for Capitol Music Group (CMG). She leads marketing, development and artist relations efforts on a broad array of CMG artists, particularly those associated with Motown Records and

Blige, Justin Bieber, Joe Jonas, Alicia Keys, Furious 7 and more. Previous ASCAP “Women Behind the Music” honorees have included: hip-hop legends SaltN-Pepa, musician/singer Sheila E., Grammy-nominated singer/ songwriter Jazmine Sullivan, songwriter/artist Priscilla Renea, actress and Sister Circle co-host Rashan Ali, singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter, prominent music executive and author Shanti Das, André “3000” Benjamin, EVP New Business Development  Eufaula Garrett, Roc Nation VP Publishing Dominique Dunn, singer/songwriter K. Michelle, Billboard Senior Editor Gail Mitchell, Motown Records’ Vice President of Creative Relations Myisha Brooks, General Manager of Tree Sound Studios Mali Hunter and CEO of Mizay

value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 720,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap. com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019


" IN A MAN'S WORLD " Set To Premiere On bravo TV TV personality officially announced her newest role as the star of the highly anticipated BRAVO television show "In A Man's World." Produced by two time Grammy Award Winning Actress and Producer, Viola Davis, the show is set to premiere October 1st, 2019.

Pastor Sabrina McKenzie says "I wanted to do social experiment on Bravo to bring awareness to the social biases that Women face and the pay gap between Women and Men. Hopefully this platform will cause us to see that we need to pass the Equal Rights Amendment" bill giving Women equal pay for equal work. In which I authored in the Georgia Representatives In 2018. "   Each episode of "In A Man's World" will follow a different woman as she goes about her daily life as a pioneering woman in male dominated industries. The inspiring journey of Sabrina McKenzie will be documented as she discovers what it's really like to live in a man's world. Mckenzie utilizes this platform to bring awareness to women's rights across the country.   

Bravo is creating a new experiment with "In A Man's World," where four dynamic women embark on a journey of a lifetime as they morph into men for several days after months of training. With Academy Awardwinning makeup artists and skilled voice and movement coaches, each woman will tackle gender issues head on, exploring what it's like to experience the world as a man. Each episode of "In A Man's World" will feature a different woman where cameras follow their every move. Leading up to the reveal of their ultimate disguise, each individual is coached by experts for months learning how to move and talk like their male counterparts. The show is perfectly aligned with McKenzie's mission to empower women to lead in a man's world. Her views are conveyed in her newest book project, "Leading In A Man's World," As humanitarian and advocate for women and children, Sabrina McKenzie Co-Authored and championed the "Equal Rights Amendment" legislation in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2018 and is also the founder of several organizations designed to

influence policy and bring awareness to domestic violence. In addition, each organization and cause strives to encourage, empower, and inspire women worldwide. The organizations include:  National Taskforce Against Domestic Violence  Epic Women Leadership  Georgia Domestic Violence Awareness Day  Celebrities Against Domestic Violence

 Debra Ann's Women's Network Through her countless efforts to be a driving force of change, McKenzie has been featured in national media platforms such as CNN, Essence, The New York Times, NBC, Rolling Out, Fox, CBS Atlanta, and more. Sabrina McKenzie will soon be announcing the official private watch party dedicated to celebrating her journey on the show. For more information or media inquiries please contact

©2019 New York Lottery


You must be 18 years or older to purchase a lottery ticket. You must be 21 or older to purchase a Quick Draw ticket where alcoholic beverages are served. Struggling with a gambling addiction? Call the HOPEline 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY (467369).* *Standard text rates may apply. Dick Clarkʼs New Yearʼs Rockinʼ Eveand New Yearʼs Rockinʼ Eve are registered trademarks of DCP Rights, LLC. All rights reserved. Enter by 9/29/19.

N19LO214_667_NYL_Rocking Eve 2019_NY_Trend_11x7.indd 4


September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019

8/7/19 4:47 PM | 7


TAMPAX Aims To Reverse Period Miseducation Among Black Women Even in 2019, period myths, miseducation and stigma are limiting Black women from receiving the information about their bodies, and their periods, they deserve. In fact, a new study by Tampax Radiant found 25 percent of African American women who prefer pads said they prefer them because they were not taught how to use tampons. Moreover, 2 in 5 African American women wish they started using tampons sooner in life and 55 percent said additional information on how to properly use a tampon would be useful. “Unsafe, uncomfortable, only for sexually active women. After talking with women in the Black community across the country, we saw these are some of the common myths associated with tampons,” said Melissa Suk, Tampax Associate Brand Director, at Procter & Gamble. “We found that 42 percent of Black women want to learn more about their periods from African American media and brands. We knew we needed to drive change, but in the right way - with the support of and knowledge from Black women themselves.”

Answering the call to provide information tailored to the community, Tampax Radiant launched #LiveRadiant – a campaign curated for Black women by Black women – and tapped menstrual advocate CeCe JonesDavis and OB-GYN Dr. Kiarra King to aid in reversing cultural taboos and reinforce the importance of having the right information while encouraging the community to have open and honest dialogue about periods.

“So many women are scared to speak up about their periods, especially if they’ve been managing menstrual related problems for years,” affirmed Dr. Kiarra King, OBGYN. “It is shocking to see the number of women who come to my practice and either don’t know how to use tampons, or aren’t considering using tampons because of incorrect information or myths they’ve heard. I’m a huge proponent of educating

BLACK-OWNED HEALTH CLINIC OWNER C e l e b r at e s S u c c e s s Offering a unique diversity of care by treating patients from birth to seniors as well as both common and rare conditions, PT Works offers holistic physical therapy services in its growing Atlanta office. When owner Teresa Bristol launched her career two decades ago, she was given the rare opportunity to manage a full pediatric case load in an outpatient clinic, and now creates customized plans for children through adults. She specializes in issues such as developmental delays, cerebral palsy and torticollis as well as sports-related injuries including ACL tears, ankle sprains, shoulder and back issues and more. “Dreams of success nestled in my head at a tender age when resources and exposure were extremely limited. Perseverance, commitment and dedication to develop, nurture and expand my expertise helped me create the thriving physical therapy practice of my dreams. I’m doing what I love and loving what I do,” said Bristol, who has an undergraduate degree in physical therapy degree from Florida A&M University as well as a doctorate in the philosophy of physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Bristol recently launched a new website at, offering the latest on her customized services and information for new patients. Her growing physical therapy practice combines her extensive clinical background with her love for people and service to others. Teresa connects with a variety of organizations to increase community awareness about health, wellness and fitness. She provided court-side treatment for Albany Technical College’s basketball team and delivered humanitarian aid to natives of Port de Paix, Haiti with a multidisciplinarian health care team. “No matter where someone lives, what their age or what they are going through, I am trained to look at the whole person and help them increase their quality of life,” Bristol added. “I enjoy making connections with people locally and around the globe to share my passion for wellness and to make a difference in the world.” Always passionate about education and sharing her gifts with others, Bristol also served as an adjunct professor at her alma

8 | NewYorkTrendnyc

mater, teaching Neurology and Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In addition, she has served as a clinical instructor and supervisor for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students and volunteers. Based on her service and volunteerism, Teresa has been recognized with Outstanding Service Award from Albany Technical College, a Humanitarian Service Medal following Hurricane Andrew in Florida as well as the Army Achievement Medal and Army Good Conduct Medal, among many other recognitions. Teresa has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG), and the Orthopedic, Neurological and Pediatric sections. With a focus on restoring function and improving quality of life for patients of all ages, PT Works provides orthopedic and neurological services to treat injuries, reduce pain and promote healing. Based in Atlanta, PT Works delivers care based on evidencebased practice. For more information, please visit

and empowering women so they know their options.” Tampax Radiant’s commitment to educating and empowering Black women includes the How to #LiveRadiant Playbook, a digital guide that provides step-by-step information on how to use tampons and dispels common myths about periods and period products in the community so nothing, not even her period, can dim her shine. The playbook comes to life with illustrations by colorobsessed visual artist Jade Purple Brown. “The only way to break down these barriers is to build awareness of the issue and encourage more Black women to learn, talk, write and share info about periods and women’s bodies. I am proud to partner with Tampax Radiant to do just that,” said CeCe Jones-Davis. Through #LiveRadiant, Tampax Radiant is committed to meeting Black women where they are, both online and in person, with a goal of creating safe spaces that remove the limitations that come with not having the right reproductive information. For the third year in a row, Tampax Radiant will be heading to Historically Black

Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the country to provide interactive educational experiences conceptualized and executed by HBCU alumnae. The #LiveRadiant HBCU Tour will be making stops at four HBCU Homecomings, including Florida A&M University (October 5), Texas Southern University (October 12), Clark Atlanta University (October 19), and North Carolina A&T State University (October 26). At each #LiveRadiant HBCU Tour stop, attendees can learn the facts about tampons, ask experts CeCe Jones-Davis and Dr. Kiarra King all the questions they’ve always wanted to know about their body and their period, and pick up a sample of Tampax Radiant. Tampax Radiant will also be extending efforts to 14 additional HBCUs to provide access to period products and tampon education to college students when they need it most. To learn more about Tampax Radiant and the #LiveRadiant campaign, follow @ Tampax on Instagram and Twitter. Tampax Radiant tampons are available in stores across the country and online.

First AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT GENEALOGISTS Elected The Board for Certification of Genealogists is a nonprofit organization founded in 1964 as a professional credentialing body for genealogists. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is the first African American elected to lead the organization. At its semi-annual meeting held on the 7th of September 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) elected officers for the coming year. Those elected were:  President  LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL  Vice-President  Angela Packer McGhie, CG  Secretary  Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL  Treasurer  Scott Wilds, CG  Executive Committee Member at Large –  Laurel T. Baty, CG  Executive Committee Member at Large  Sara Anne Scribner, CG Continuing as trustees for the coming year are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG; Stefani Evans, CG; Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG; David S. Ouimette, CG, CGL; Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL; Allen R. Peterson, CG, AG; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL; Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA; and Karen Stanbary, CG. Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG, continues as General Counsel to the Board, and Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL, continues as Executive Director. Incoming president LaBrenda GarrettNelson presented retiring president Rick Sayre with a certificate of appreciation for his service. At the close of the meeting, Rick Sayre presented certificates of appreciation to Morrison D. “Toby” Webb, CG, retiring trustee, Laurel T. Baty, outgoing VicePresident, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, outgoing Treasurer, and outgoing executive committee at-large members Judy G. Russell and Nancy A. Peters. A resident of Washington, DC., LaBrenda earned a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from the New York University School of Law. She worked as a corporate tax attorney for thirty-five years, before retiring from a partner level position at the

September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019

international professional services firm of Ernst & Young, LLP in 2013 and turning her attention to her longtime avocation of Genealogy. She began serving as the co-chair of BCG’s Intellectual Property Committee in 2015, andwas elected as a trustee in 2016. Before her election as President she served two terms as the Treasurer of BCG where she has focused on streamlining BCG’s financial accounts. LaBrenda has been published in the AAHGS Journal as well as the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, among other publications. In 2016, she published A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and Selected Finding Aids, a book that was widely hailed as a model for research in South Carolina and other states. She was the mentor of ProGen 37, and the Salt Lake Institute on Genealogy 2019 Course Coordinator for “1619-2019: Four Hundred Years of African American Genealogy,” that institute’s inaugural African American Genealogy course She is also on the faculty of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. LaBrenda received the Utah Genealogical Association’s 2019 “Distinguished Service Award” for her instrumental guidance in support of new programs and codified policies for SLIG. For more information, visit www. or contact Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL, at office@



OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced

today it has renewed for a fifth season Ava DuVernay's critically acclaimed drama series "Queen Sugar" to air in 2020. Produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television, "Queen Sugar" has been lauded for its powerful portrayal of an AfricanAmerican family in the Deep South and for DuVernay's initiative since the series' inception to hire an inclusive crew and allfemale directing team, many of whom were first time TV directors. Current season four showrunner Anthony Sparks returns for the fifth season.    "Every character feels like family. Our own. I am excited to see what Ava has unfolding next for the Bordelons," said Oprah Winfrey. "I'm thrilled to further explore the beauty, pain and triumph of this African-American family, with hopes that their story will continue to resonate with audiences who see themselves in the Bordelons," said DuVernay. "It's a real honor to create this work with Warner Horizon and OWN as their support is rock-solid and wonderful." "Ava's vision for 'Queen Sugar' is one of inspired storytelling, and her execution of that vision has given us a remarkable series that makes us so proud," said Tina Perry, President, OWN. "Her leadership and creative spirit - including the commitment to exclusively hire female directors and establish an inclusive crew is unprecedented and evident throughout each episode of this beautiful series. We are grateful to Ava and her entire team of talented writers, producers, cast and crew and look forward to another season."   Led by the talented cast of Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, "Queen Sugar's" storylines have delved into important topics such as police brutality, addiction and recovery, and systemic racism to name a few. The series has been awarded the NAACP Image Award for best drama and for three consecutive years was

named Best TV Show Drama by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and nominated as Television Show of the Year by the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). "Queen Sugar" is currently Wednesday

night's #1 original series across all of broadcast and cable for African-American women and total viewers. It has averaged a 1.54 rating W25-54 and 1,655,000 total viewers. The series' W25-54 rating is up +2% over last year and it's the #6 original scripted series on ad-supported cable (W25-54). At the outset of production DuVernay established an inclusive initiative to hire an all-female directorial team. Since its debut in September 2016, 35 women have directed episodes of "Queen Sugar," 32 of whom made their television directorial debut on the series. The inclusive hiring extends in front of and behind the camera, with a dozen female department heads from casting and

Odyssey congratulates DEBRA MARTIN-CHASE of C h a s e P r o d u c t i o n s Odyssey Media would like to recognize one of our very own, Debra MartinChase, owner of Martin Chase Productions. Over a 20-year span, Debra’s company has produced boxoffice hits: Courage Under Fire, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and many more.    Most recently, Debra and a team of executives worked to produce the much-anticipated film, HARRIET, a story based on the life of the iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman, expected in theaters on November 1. On Sunday, September


8, singer Brandy Norwood presented Debra Martin-Chase with the Shot Caller award during BET’s Black Girls Rock! 2019. Debra joined us during Odyssey Network Business Retreat's 20th Anniversary and spoke on a panel titled, The Secret - Let Go. During this discussion, she shared the secret to living a balanced, purposeful and peaceful life.    Debra Martin-Chase, thank you for sharing your talent with not only the Odyssey Circle, but with the world.  We are always proud to salute our Odyssey Women on the Move. Congratulations to you and your team! 

production design to post-production and music supervision.  

The overwhelming response to the series was also evident each week on social media demonstrating the strong connection

viewers have to seeing multi-faceted portrayals of an African-American family on television. On a recent episode where two characters experience separate triggering events with sexual assault and police brutality, OWN and Warner Horizon Scripted Television worked in partnership with DuVernay's ARRAY Impact to host a live social conversation #QUEENSUGARTALKS, featuring industry leaders such as Common and Iyanla Vanzant who answered questions and provided resources to those who may be personally affected by these issues.  From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (16-time Emmy nominated "When

They See Us" and upcoming romance anthology series "Cherish the Day" for OWN), the contemporary drama "Queen Sugar" features the Bordelon family who are fighting to save their family farm to preserve their father's legacy while navigating their own personal journeys. In season four, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) has remained in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure Micah's (Nicholas Ashe) safety and future. Nova (Rutina Wesley) has published her memoir and goes on a book tour around the country sharing family secrets and shaking things up at home. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) is managing fatherhood and his complicated relationship with ex-girlfriend Darla (Bianca Lawson) after learning he is not the biological father of his son, Blue (Ethan Hutchison), and is encouraged by an old friend to create opportunities for formerly incarcerated men.  The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings' free-spirited Aunt Violet who revealed her Lupus diagnosis to her family while opening her own pie shop; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet's new husband Hollywood Desonier; and Henry G. Sanders as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest. Walter Perez plays Romero, Charley's new romantic interest, while recurring guest star Timon Kyle Durrett portrays Charley's estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West. Greg Vaughn portrays Calvin, a former cop who reconnects with Nova during her book tour. "Queen Sugar" is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The season four executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Garnes and Anthony Sparks. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

"Olympic Pride , American Prejudice" Film On Streampix!

From the writer and director of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution Deborah Riley Draper and narrated by Blair Underwood with executive producers Dr. Amy Tiemann, Michael A. Draper and Blair Underwood Olympic Pride, American Prejudice explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler's Olympics or participating in the Third Reich's grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism. They were world heroes yet returned home to a shortlived glory. This story is complicated. This story is triumphant but unheralded. This story is a vital part of history and is as relevant today as it was almost 80 years ago. Since the 1936 Olympics was a well-documented event, this film will utilize the wealth of newsreel material, newspaper articles, photographs, personal interviews and neverbefore-seen footage as well as resources

September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019

from the personal archival collections of Olympians and organizations in both the U.S. and Germany. With Streampix®, enjoy unlimited access to hit movies, binge-worthy TV series, and the reality shows you can't get enough of-all for only $4.99 a month. Watch as much as you want, as many times as you want, anytime, anywhere-on your TV, desktop, laptop, or mobile devices-with XFINITY. Deborah Riley Draper is a filmmaker, advertising executive and a Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow. Riley Draper was named to Variety Magazine's "2016 Top Ten Documakers to Watch." Her debut film, "Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution." received acclaim from critics and fans alike, including The New York Times, LA Times and Harper's Bazaar. She is a member of Film Fatales and resides in Atlanta, GA. | 9

AR T S/TRAVEL R E SPECT, GROUP E XHIBITION AT C ASITA MARIA T h e C a s i ta M a r i a C e n t e r

for Arts & Education is delighted to announce the opening of “RESPECT,” an exhibition celebrating Black and Afro-Latinx womanhood. The art gallery exhibition and related public programs comprise the Fall season of “CelebrARTE,” Casita Maria’s arts and culture event series celebrating the South Bronx community and the art it has inspired. Learn more about the festival: https://www.casitamaria. org/gallery “RESPECT” is a multimedia exhibition that features New Yorkbased artists Timothy Okamura, Jessica Spence, and Nichole Washington. Like much of the

art displayed at Casita Maria, the exhibition examines a belief about or within the community– here, that beauty diminishes as skin tones become darker or hair becomes kinkier– and turns it on its head, with powerful depictions of Black women respecting themselves and loving each other. Each artist celebrates Black womanhood in their signature style. Okamura combines his ‘realist’ paintings of figures with details rendered in collage, spray paint and mixed media. The exhibition will include work he created from photographs of four Casita Maria after-school program participants as well as giclee prints from his Begin Transmission and Urban Portraits series.

D i v i A r u b a O f f e r s a F A L L F O O D I E G E TA W AY

The Divi Aruba All Inclusive is offering guests a first class dining experience this fall with award-winning, Bostonbased Chefs Chris Coombs and Adrienne Wright. The chefs will create an Aruba inspired exclusive 4-course dinner with 2 Amuses and wine pairing at Fusion Restaurant & Piano Bar on the nights of October 25 and 26, 2019. “While our guests always have the option to dine all inclusive at ten dining venues, hosting this special event allows us to present a sophisticated evening dinner that highlights our top-quality food and additional restaurant options,” said Alex Nieuwmeyer, Managing Director of Divi Resorts Aruba. “It is a means of raising the bar as we strive to exceed expectations for our culinary offerings.” Promotional rates start at $199 per person, per night and include the cooking demonstration event on either Friday, October 25 or Saturday, October 26 in addition to an all inclusive stay at Divi Aruba. Guests need only book their reservations by October 15 for a stay anytime between October 15 and November 3 using the booking code FOODIEGETAWAY. For guests who already have existing reservations and would like to purchase the dinner separately, the cost is $120 per person. Chef Christopher Coombs has become one of Boston’s top chefs and restaurateurs over the past decade. Known for his impeccable culinary technique and love for seasonal, local ingredients, Coombs oversees the culinary teams at his Boston Urban Hospitality restaurants: fine-dining mecca Deuxave; modern steakhouse, Boston Chops; and American Bistro, dbar. Under his leadership, Deuxave consistently shows up on Best of Boston

10 | NewYorkTrendnyc

lists, earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and just recently was named a Forbes Four Star Restaurant in 2018. Boston Chops in the South End opened five years ago and was voted Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Steakhouse” in 2014. Being named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in 2012 catapulted Coombs onto the national stage. Chef Adrienne Wright is the executive chef at the Boston Urban Hospitality restaurant group. She works closely with Chef Chris Coombs and the culinary teams at each restaurant overseeing menu creation and execution across their three concepts. Adrienne was a finalist on season 16 of Bravo’s Top Chef and part of the winning team in Boston’s Culinary Fight Club in 2017. In 2015, Adrienne was featured on Zagat Boston’s “30 under 30” list for her menu creations at Deuxave, which are inspired by her own heritage as well as the cultures she has experienced in her travels. Her passion is making elevated dishes that blend flavors, techniques and ethnicities.

herbs and spices grown in the resort’s gardens and locally sourced ingredients incorporated into sauces, dishes and desserts. Breakfast buffets serve fresh local fruits each morning.

Located in Aruba, which is south of the hurricane belt, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives are just thirty minutes from the airport and five minutes from Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad. The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba are set on beautiful Druif Beach, with a shopping arcade and the Alhambra Casino nearby. Guests staying at either the AAA 3-Diamond Divi Aruba or the adjacent, oceanfront Tamarijn Aruba have use of all facilities and services of both properties. All stays at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba include all meals and snacks at a choice of ten dining options, unlimited beverages at  eight bars, the use of four freshwater pools, use of the brand

new fitness and watersports center, a wide range of activities including non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment. The chic pool decks at both properties have become a central gathering place for guests of both properties to relax. The resorts offer a variety of packages including those for honeymoon, vow renewal, family, golf and wedding. An onsite wedding coordinator assists with arrangements for beach weddings through Aruba Weddings For You. For reservations and more information about Divi & Tamarijn Aruba, contact your travel professional or call 1-800-554-2008, 207-5947888, or visit the resorts’ websites at or www. The properties can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and the resort Blog.

This gourmet dinner will afford guests the opportunity to sample intricate flavor combinations in addition to enjoying their trip to Aruba. Served in 4-courses with 2 Amuses and wine pairings, the creative menu features items such as Yellowtail and Hamachi Crudo, Spiced Long Island Duck Breast, Black Quinoa with Native Beans and Green Papaya as well as Spiced Mango Chutney and Coconut “Bolo Borracho.” At Divi Aruba, ingredients are responsibly sourced for all of the restaurants including Argentinian grassfed beef proven to be higher in certain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats,

September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019


Why ATHLETES & ENTERTAINERS Can’t Solve Our Problems The big controversy about Jay Z and the NFL is a perfect example of why we can’t rely on our athletes and entertainers to solve the major problems in our community. Athletes and entertainers are just that, athletes and entertainers. They’ve spent their productive lives perfecting their skills, in order to be the best at what they do. They’re not as conscious as we think. We expect them to come together and pool their resources together, in order to create opportunities for our community. Unfortunately they don’t have a mindset like that. For one thing, they get their money from people outside our community, which causes them to have a self-preservation mindset. They will only go so far in trying to support our community. This is what makes what Kaepernick did so significant. How many of the Black players supported him on the field. You can only do so much when you’re afraid of losing your job or endorsements. This is what I mean by not having a Black conscious. The NFL is 70% Black and higher than that, if you count the top positions in the league. Yet how many players supported Kap on the field? If only they knew their value, by working together, they could have really made a difference for our community. But they are a microcosm of our community. As a community, unfortunately we do the same thing, which is why our community

isn’t achieving on the level it should be. We don’t know our value either, but everybody else does. We’re also not as conscious as we think we are. So if we don’t support our community in a significant way, how do we expect our athletes and entertainers to do what we aren’t willing to do? The problem is we don’t support the conscious Black organizations and businesses that can make a difference in our community. This should be the focus for our athletes and entertainers and our community as a whole. Until we start supporting organizations and businesses that are serious about solving the major problems in our community, that have a simple but well thought out live active plan, we will continue to have them. There are some organizations out there who are trying to solve the major problems in our community, but aren’t getting the support from our athletes, entertainers, or our community. The solution is not relying on a few people who are a success financially, the solution is for us as a community to work with and support the people who are really trying to help our community become the best it can be. It would be great if these organizations and businesses received the support from our athletes and entertainers, which would give them a great start, but we can only go so far doing it this way.

“100 Questions Black People Should Ask Themselves” African Americans have struggled with issues of upward economic mobility, violence and mass incarceration for decades. The time has come to start asking the right questions to find permanent solutions to the troubles facing people of color. Authors John Hall and J.D. Smith are doing something about the situation in their new book titled 100 Questions Black People Should Ask Themselves. The purpose of the book is to trigger conversations among African Americans about dealing with the major issues they face. It’s a well-written book from two experienced people, who understand the importance of inspiration. Their message helps build a sense of empowerment and increased determination for positive change. The book is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook and Paperback. African Americans need to begin talking seriously about the issues facing them. One of the biggest challenges is the economic issue. Black households have only one-tenth the net worth of white households and the gap is growing. By 2053, the average net worth of black Americans is expected to be $0. If things don’t improve, the future prosperity of black Americans is at stake. 100 Questions Black People Should Ask Themselves is a book that asks pointed and thought-provoking questions that are well worth reflection and consideration. It shows that change starts from within, and there is a need to begin to transform situations in order to make things better for the future. It asks questions on empowerment, honesty, and the African American’s ability to create a world they want to be in, instead of begging for acceptance to be in the world of other


people. No one will solve these problems for African Americans except themselves so, serious action has to be taken to create changes that will usher in a new age of financial security. ABOUT JOHN HALL  John Hall is a licensed financial advisor that previously worked in corporate America for a large Wall Street broker-dealer. He’s also the founder of Wealth Legion, a financial education and personal development platform featuring a podcast, essential books, courses, coaching, and regular interviews with successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, and people in government. John is also on the advisory board for ‘Your Passion 1st’ – a non-profit, podcast-based mentoring & coaching platform looking to be the industry leader in workforce readiness festivals, workshops, and events. Co-author J.D. Smith is a brilliant economist, brand strategist, and founder of the media platform, commonly referred to as “The Black Wall Street Journal.” Hipturist educates on branding and business strategies that help individuals create more income and have greater impact. His latest work has been featured on the popular Fox television series, Empire.

But if the community got behind them as well, this is where major progress will be made, because we’d be able create our own institutions, which would allow more people to participate in solving the major problems in our community. So until we start supporting the conscious Black organizations and businesses, we can’t expect our athletes and entertainers to. We really don’t need them to support the community, but we as a community have no choice but to support the ones who are trying to solve the major problems in our community. Guess what, when we as a

community start doing this, so will they. For more information on how we can get ourselves out of the cycle of problems, watch the short video called “The Real Solution”. Terrance Amen is founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC, created to end the major problems in the African American community, by bringing some of the trillion dollars we spend every year, outside our community, back to our community, in order to fund our for and nonprofits. Based on his book, “Black Unity: The Total Solution to Financial Independence and Happiness”. For more information, go to

HEADLINE BOOKS SIGNS Award-Winning Author ,

Marc Curtis Lit tle

Terra Alta, West Virginia — Headline Books signs national award-winning author, Marc Curtis Little, and will publish his new book, The Bootlegger’s Mistress, Spring 2020. “I had the privilege of meeting Marc Little in Washington, D.C. at the American Library Association national conference this past June and we are fortunate to have Marc join the Headline family,” said Cathy Teets, President of Headline Books. “His new novel, set in 1930 South Carolina during the black migration north, follows a woman who, as a girl, was forced to help a moonshine dealer keep track of the profits from his illegal enterprises. Her rise from abject poverty to prominence is a riveting read.” Marc began writing professionally in 2008 and his award-winning books include, Don’t Blink When God Calls, Angels in the Midst, Magnificent Redemption, After Obama, and Faithful Servants. His book awards include multiple Indie Book Awards and an Indie Excellence Award. Marc grew up in a working-class neighborhood in the South Ward of Newark, NJ where he attended public schools. He graduated from Los Angeles City College with a degree in Broadcast Communications and began a career in radio and television. Marc achieved high listener and viewer ratings at a number of media outlets as an on-air performer, sportscaster, talk show host and programming director. Along the way, he earned seven Billboard Magazine radio awards and recognition from other notable industry publications. Marc’s career continued as he founded a nationally recognized public relations and advertising firm, serving clients in the

September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019

fields of commercial business, politics, entertainment, and sports for twenty years. He also volunteered his time to the community as an appointee to boards and commissions in governmental and non-profit sectors, garnering recognition from more than 100 organizations across the country. “I still have several ‘wants’ on my to-do list,” Little said. “I want to lead a revolution to get people reading more, especially middle age and older adults. I would like to create a television series, write a screenplay for a movie, and produce a Broadway play. Earning an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize are also on that list. And if none of it happens,” says the Newark, New Jersey native, “I am very proud of the accomplishments I’ve achieved and grateful for the blessings I’ve received in this very exciting life.” Although Marc is officially retired, he occasionally acts in Community Theater and serves as a fill-in radio announcer. He lives with his family in Jacksonville, Florida. | 11














Follow these DTU Journalism Fellows through their summer internships. See the stories they’ve uncovered at @ChevroletDTU

12 | NewYorkTrendnyc

September 19, 2019 - September 25, 2019

Profile for Teresa WIlliams

New York Trend NYC: September 19-25, 2019  

New York Trend NYC: September 19-25, 2019