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NAACP SUPPORTS BILL TO IMPROVE FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES
The move to amend current criminal justice law – to change who we lock up, for which offenses, and for how long – is gaining momentum. Bi-partisan bills have been introduced in both the Senate (S. 2123, the “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 3713, the“ Sentencing Reform Act of 2015”). Both bills have bi-partisan co-sponsors and support, and both bills have been approved of by the respective committees of jurisdiction and are awaiting floor action in the House and the Senate. The current bicameral, bipartisan support for sentencing reform presents us with a unique opportunity to meaningfully reform a significant aspect of our broken criminal justice system. We need to seize this opportunity and enact aggressive reforms based on what has been proven effective, what we know has lead to the problems with which we are faced today, and what we know in our hearts and minds is fair, judicious, and transforming. Due largely to the recklessness of mandatory minimum sentences enacted decades ago, too many people are being sent to prison when other alternatives would be more appropriate and effective, and there is an unacceptable racial disparity among the men and women who are imprisoned. Over the last 30 years, there has been a 500% increase in incarceration; almost 60% of the people in prison or jail right now are racial or ethnic minorities, while we
‘Over the last 30 years, there has been a 500% increase in incarceration; almost 60% of the people in prison or jail right now are racial or ethnic minorities…’ comprise just over 27% of the national population. 2123 / H.R. 3713 marks a good start, yet more can, and should be done to reform the sentencing policies of our nation. This legislation must be seen as a beginning, not the full cure or the end of the ills which are pervasive in our system. We must work with Congress, the Administration, and other interested parties to include additional sentencing reforms, including: T he increased use of evidencebased sentencing alternatives,
including drug, Veteran, and mental health courts; educing recidivism through R educational and job training opportunities for prisoners while they are incarcerated (this includes
‘Due to ….mandatory minimum sentences enacted decades ago, too many people are being sent to prison ….’
the extent to which reforms have addressed both over-incarceration and racial disparities. We as a nation can, and must, do better. We owe it to our youth, our families, our communities, and our nation to enact meaningful sentencing reform.
restoring Pell grant eligibility to prisoners); concentration on using prison A space for career or violent criminals; T he elimination of all mandatory minimum sentences, and an increase in judicial discretion; and In depth reports to Congress by the U.S. Department of Justice on
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NEWS HOWARD UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES CATHY HUGHES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS Howard University president, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, today announced a multimillion dollar gift to its School of Communications from Alfred C. Liggins III, President and CEO of Radio One, Inc. This notable contribution was made through the Catherine L. Hughes and Alfred C. Liggins III Foundation and establishes that the School will be named in honor of Cathy Hughes, Radio One founder and Chairperson, and former Howard University staff member. An official ceremony to announce the naming of the “Cathy Hughes School of Communications” will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Howard University.
the popular, urban music format known as the “Quiet Storm.” She is also the School’s third Time Warner Endowed Chair.
“The Howard community is thrilled that Mr. Liggins has chosen to honor his mother, Ms. Cathy Hughes, in this manner for her pioneering work in the field of communications,” said Dr. Frederick. “The gift will have a transformational impact on the School’s commitment to serve the communications industry and as a high-level producer of diverse media specialists.” He went on to acknowledge that Ms. Hughes is well known for her accomplishments at the School and University, particularly at WHUR-FM where she created
The donation recognizes the extraordinary vigor of Howard’s School of Communications and its faculty, students, staff, and alumni. It demonstrates Ms. Hughes’ and Mr. Liggins’ firm beliefs in the role that the School plays in providing and sustaining a range of educational and leadership alternatives for African Americans within the communications sector. In 2013, the School reorganized its undergraduate programs and departments, graduate studies, and interdisciplinary options. Now in its 45th year of existence, the School proudly boasts four progressive departments: Communication Culture and Media Studies; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Media, Journalism and Film; and
Strategic, Legal and Management Communication. The Catherine L. Hughes and Alfred C. Liggins III Fund at Howard University will assist the School in acquiring cutting-edge technology and equipment, which will support its academically rich programs. Radio One invites its supporters and business partners to join its effort to promote and support Howard-educated communication leaders who will continue the cycle of influence and upliftment personified by Ms. Hughes. Donations should be made to Howard University and designated for the Cathy Hughes School of Communications. As Howard University approaches its sesquicentennial anniversary, its enthusiasm about the next 150 years is heightened by the generosity of Ms. Hughes and Mr. Liggins, and the legacy that they are graciously leaving behind.
“WE STOOD UP: REFLECTIONS ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT” CELEBRATES THE LEGACIES OF FREEDOM Lincoln Financial has released the anthology as part of Lincoln’s Legacy, the organization’s multiyear initiative focused on commemorating the values of its namesake, Abraham Lincoln, and the 150th anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.
Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC), announced today the release of an audio anthology for children, “We Stood Up: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement.” The new album includes excerpts from interviews with some of the most influential voices on civil rights and social change, including the late Julian Bond and Franklin McCain, as well as former Atlanta mayor, Shirley Franklin, and current Congressman, John Lewis. In addition to the interview excerpts, the album features original songs performed by children and artists that specialize in children’s music. It was produced by Philadelphia-based Emmy Award-winning composer, Rodney Whittenberg. “We Stood Up” also includes a reading of the legendary Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird,” by her great-granddaughter Caylin Johnson, and renowned poet Sonia Sanchez recites her poem, “Catch the Fire.” The album is being released by Clamorhouse Kids, and it is available on iTunes. All proceeds from the sale of the collection will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia. The educational album is also available as a free download to schools, libraries and nonprofits that serve children.
“President Abraham Lincoln’s ideals are at the heart of our company, and we launched this initiative to celebrate and honor the impact of his legacy on today’s children and on generations to come,” said Dennis R. Glass, president and CEO of Lincoln Financial Group. “Education lays a strong foundation for people to nurture their aspirations and get the most out of life, and this anthology is meant to both instruct and inspire.” “These remarkable stories, songs and poems are meant to be shared, and we want as many children as possible to hear them. It’s our hope that the collection inspires children to believe they can achieve great things in their own lives,” said Nancy Rogers, president of the Lincoln Financial Foundation. “Whether it’s in classrooms, in libraries, or in afterschool programs, we believe that ‘We Stood Up’ should be available wherever children are listening. That’s why we’re inviting teachers and nonprofit groups to download the album for free.” “We are immeasurably grateful to the interviewees, the musicians and the performers that donated their time and talents to make ‘We Stood Up,’” said Allison Green, chief diversity officer at Lincoln Financial Group. “In every personal story we find reason to be optimistic and hopeful, and we are indebted to all those who have shared their stories and videos over the course of the Lincoln’s Legacy initiative.”
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The passing of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, the first African-American to hold the office brought shock to the New York political world. Thompson, a former prosecutor, was a highly respected leader who handled many high profile cases prior to his taking office. Political leaders including New York City Mayor DeBlasio and First Lady were amongst many who expressed their reaction to his death. Mayor and First Lady DeBlasio said, “The thoughts and prayers of our entire city are with District Attorney Ken Thompson, his family and his loved ones tonight. With a life and promise cut far too short, our city was blessed with but a glimpse of Ken’s unwavering commitment to justice and his unrivaled pursuit of a more fair system for all those he served.
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Our courtrooms and our communities have no doubt been dealt a blow with Ken’s passing, but I am confident the indelible mark left by his public service will forever be a part of the fabric of our justice system. Tonight we mourn the loss of a champion of reform. Our task now will be to rise each day forward in the spirit Ken lived his life.”
accepting our invitation to share his expertise and professional insight as a criminal justice panelist at our Conference in Baltimore this summer. His thoughtfulness, knowledge and passion for justice impressed all who knew him.
The de Blasio Administration is teaming up with the Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project for #NoshTheVote, a voter registration drive taking place in all five boroughs between 11 AM and 4 PM today to help register more New Yorkers and raise awareness that there is still time to register to vote in the November 8 election. Twelve food trucks across the five boroughs will be equipped with voter registration forms, and on-site volunteers will help New Yorkers register in time for the Friday, October 14 deadline. October 13, 2016-October 19, 2016
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IMPORTANCE OF SOLIDARITY, ‘TOGETHERNESS’ FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE
By UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks on the International Day of Nonviolence, in New York today: I am honored to join all of you to celebrate the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, and appropriately, mark the International Day of Non-Violence on his birthday today. I was personally moved by the inspiring invocation by Sudha Ragunathan. There are three important messages to all of us that I picked up: “Non-violence is the highest virtue”; “May the sunlight of compassion and unity spread”; and “Let us destroy ignorance and fear”. This day captures the spirit of what I believe is the most important word in the twenty-first century; that word is “together”. Togetherness may sound like a distant destination in today’s troubled world. After all, we see so much of division and polarization around us in many parts around the globe. Human rights and humanitarian law are under assault. Women and children are on the front lines of conflict. Extreme poverty and inequalities cause suffering, as well as tensions in our societies. Intolerance and discrimination
widen the rift between different parts of our populations. Radicalization and violent extremism are on the rise.
Today, that commitment is reflected in a truly momentous way. Today, India has deposited its instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as we just witnessed. There is no better way to commemorate the great Mahatma Gandhi and his legacy of peace for people and planet.
Facing these threats, we must stand up against violence in all its forms — and we must do it together. This call is also part of the historic United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Let us recall that
“May the sunlight of compassion and unity spread” and “Let us destroy ignorance and fear.” we are committed to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, as well as access to justice, respect of human rights and human dignity. We know that a culture of nonviolence fundamentally begins with respect for our fellow human beings. But, it does not end there. To nurture peace, we must also respect nature, life on Earth. That is why we welcome that on this International Day of NonViolence, our Indian hosts and friends have placed the protection of the environment in the centre of this Day. In all he did, Mahatma Gandhi reminded us of our obligation to respect all living things. He reminded us of the need for responsible stewardship of our
common Earth. “Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed,” Gandhi said once. So, we must be aware and respectful of our common resources. We must every day practise sustainability. Gandhi also challenged us to “be the change we wish to see in the world”. We should always try to close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.” India is setting out to do just that. The country is embarking on a sustainable development pathway. Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi calls it “development without destruction”. This strategy includes strong, multilateral cooperation on climate change.
On behalf of the SecretaryGeneral, I warmly congratulate India for its seminal decision and for its climate leadership. We thank you for building on and strengthening the momentum we now see from all corners of the globe. India’s ratification moves the world an important step closer to the historic Paris Agreement’s entry into force at record speed before the end of this year. The Secretary-General commends and thanks India, and urges all countries to complete their domestic processes for ratification. We must bring the Paris Agreement to a living reality as soon as possible for the sake of future generations and the health of our planet. This is essential if we are to build a world which is safer, healthier and more peaceful. This is the mission for our common humanity. Let us commit ourselves to this noble and necessary pursuit, and let us walk the walk together.
INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY-GENERAL NAMES HEAD OF UN OFFICE IN SOMALIA United Nations SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Hubert Price of the United States as Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). Mr. Price brings to his new position more than 20 years of experience in United Nations peacekeeping operations, most recently as Director of Mission Support for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) between 2010 and 2015, and later as Acting Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Field Support until June 2016. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Price served as Chief of Integrated Support Services in the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), after which he spent two years as Chief Administrative Officer in 4
the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). He then served as Chief of Mission Support in the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) from 2006 until 2010, during which period he acted simultaneously as interim Chief of Staff. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Armed Forces, Mr. Price has been involved in United Nations peacekeeping operations since 1994, serving in various capacities in Mozambique and Angola, as well as at the United Nations Logistics Base in Brindisi, Italy. A graduate of the University of Richmond, Virginia, Mr. Price also holds an advanced degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Born in 1953, he is married and has two children. October 13, 2016-October 19, 2016
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ENTERTAINMENT DISNEY’S QUEEN OF KATWE NOW OPEN IN THEATERS
“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When
shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” is now open in U.S. Theaters.
Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking
and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately
TRAVEL CULTURE, CARIBBEAN PRIDE AND PAGEANTRY AT MIAMI BROWARD CARNIVAL FL 33165). MBC will start at 11a.m. and end at 11p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased at www. miamibrowardcarnival.com or select retail outlets.
Miami Broward Carnival (MBC) lends a cultural authenticity to Miami’s Caribbean vibe that is undeniable. This staple event has become another feather in Miami’s rich cultural diversity cap. Produced by the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOHC), this annual landmark event in South Florida is not just multicultural, but international as well. Recognized once again by the Miami New Times as one of the Top 100 Events in South Florida, MBC is highly anticipated by South Florida locals and the tens of thousands of visitors who breathe and live the Carnival culture; who travel annually every Columbus Day weekend to Miami to celebrate. MBOCHC is proud to partner with Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc., to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Barbados Independence. Carnival celebrations culminate on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds (10901 SW 24 St, Miami,
“The Miami Broward Carnival continues to be one of our most highly anticipated annual events, attracting residents and visitors from around the globe for this multi-day celebration,” says William D. Talbert III, CDME, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). “It is one of the top events to highlight the great diversity and rich Caribbean culture woven throughout the Greater Miami area. Each year the pageantry is more spectacular as the Caribbean community proudly displays its traditions of elaborate costumes, vibrant art, music, dance and spicy flavorful foods – a proven formula for continued growth and popularity. ” Miami Broward Carnival kicks off their Carnival season with their Junior Carnival on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Greater Fort Lauderdale. This event allows for the young people to parade, compete, learn and celebrate Caribbean heritage. Panorama continues to be a music lover favorite, bringing both old and young Caribbean-American panlovers together for a day of melodic, rhythmic and peaceful music. MBOCHC
is committed to preserving this rich Caribbean tradition within the blueprint of #MiamiBrowardCarnival as they prepare to bring Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, the 2016 Panorama Champions from Trinidad and Tobago, for a special performance at Miami Broward Carnival Panorama, the official Miami Broward Carnival J’Ouvert and main-stage on Carnival Day. Pantastik Steel Orchestra looks to hold on to their coveted title of Miami Broward Carnival Panorama Champions. With over 15,000 masqueraders who parade and are judged on creativity, craftsmanship and presentation, the buzz this year is that the vibrantly colored costumes are even bigger, more colorful and bolder. “Miami Broward Carnival is an expression of the Caribbean American culture, experience and voice through the artistry of Mas making, musical versatility of steelbands and the vibrancy of our music. This annual cultural celebration is an anchor to our tourism economy on Columbus Day weekend and a lifeline to thousands of residents and visitors seeking to reconnect to their culture.” says Marlon A. Hill, partner, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP and general counsel to Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Inc. “The GMCVB’s focus is to celebrate, market and promote all of the cultural
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diversity Miami offers to potential visitors. The Miami-Broward Carnival is a prime event that encompasses the Caribbean cultural heritage which is also a part of the Miami fabric. We will continue to support and cross promote the Carnival as one of our premier multicultural treasures”, says Connie Kinnard, VP, Multicultural Tourism & Development, Greater Miami CVB. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Barbados Independence, Barbados Tourism Fusing a unique blend of calypso, rock and reggae, Trinidad and Tobago natives Kes the Band are set to headline the mainstage at this year’s Miami Broward Carnival concert. Other heavy-weight artists and bands include: Fusion Band, King Vers, Karma Band, The Original Burning Flames, Julien Believe and more. Special appearance by R.City, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands duo, also known as Rock City, of the hit song “Locked Away” ft. Adam Levine. MBOCHC has made travel to the Carnival festival at the Miami DADE fairgrounds easy and convenient. Shuttle buses will be provided from the Miami Dade Transit Golden Glades bus depot and Tropical Park. Patrons will be able to park and ride for free to the Miami -Dade County Fairgrounds. Schedules of the shuttle services will be posted on www.miamibrowardcarnival.com and social media.
ENTERTAINMENT THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
cruel and vile things to get what he wants, a spineless worm. As always, Denzel Washington gives a good performance. He’s memorable and fits the role of a leader perfectly. Chris Pratt does a compelling job as Faraday. Pratt gets to show off his humor and charm from start to finish. He does a more serious side, that he does very well and also manages to be intimidating. Pratt and Washington have a good chemistry and both work off each other nicely.
By Jonathan Gonzalez
Take a stand with The Magnificent Seven. The western film genre has been dying out over the years. Few are ever released and the few that are don’t do well at the box office. It seems only remakes of westerns can leave any kind of impact and every single year another well known classic is a remake. Such is the case with film The Magnificent Seven. This is something that should have been reviled up to it’s release, something that should have gone quietly as most modern westerns and remakes tend to do. The funny thing with remakes, though, is that if you have very competent people working on them then something, for lack of a better term, magnificent happens. The story for The Magnificent Seven is not new. It follows it’s predecessor’s story closely, adding only a few new things. The funny thing is those few new things end up making a world of difference. The story follows the townspeople of Rose Creek, who are violently being driven from their home by the sadistic Bartholomew Bogue. After witnessing her husband’s murder Emma Cullen, hires bounty hunter Chisolm to defeat Bogue. He gathers six hired guns to face off against Bogue’s army. It’s a story that isn’t particularly strong, but the film still manages to be very engaging. The movie is more of a character driven film. We are given time to get to know the citizens of Rose Creek, see the turmoil they are in as Bogue murders a half dozen people and sets fire to their church. We are made to sympathize with the characters early on, which is what initially drew me to their story. The film is well paced with the seven main characters, but it does take time to establish their individual stories. The seven hired guns spend the remainder of the film bonding and growing with each other, which helps greatly. Their characters are each a likable and memorable addition to the film.
Goodnight Robicheaux is an interesting character. He’s has the best shot within
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the group. It is made evident that he is haunted greatly by what he’s done during the Civil War. This internal conflict makes for an engaging character. Alongside him is his friend and co-hort Billy Rocks. What makes Billy a good character is his friendship with Robicheaux, it’s clear he cares about his well being and the camaraderie between the two is splendid. Unfortunately, outside of Billy’s unique style of combat, that friendship is all he brings to the table. Vasquez doesn’t get the attention he deserves and there isn’t much development for his character, because he’s morally different from the gunfighters. Vasquez is a wanted criminal who’s sole motivation is that after the battle is finished, Chisolm won’t go after him. He does have his moments throughout as he becomes more selfless and heroic but it would have been nice to have a little more focus on him. Jack Horne is a hard one to pin down. He has elements of a character that is downright lovable but aspects that are detestable. When he’s first introduced we learn that Horne has killed numerous Native Americans, his character did not sit well with me throughout the film. There was a chance to explain this horrendous part of his history, and we soon learn he used to have a family, but it goes no further. An explanation for why he killed Native Americans should have been explained why he did what
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he did. As the film develops, I found it difficult to hate Horne. He’s a very humorous character who’s kind and generous to just about all he meets. Had their been more development of his character, Horne could have been a very complex character. Red Harvest, unfortunately, is a very underdeveloped character. His motivation is nonexistent, his introduction quick and rather lazy and he has the least interaction with the other main characters. Even a conflicted relationship with Horne would have made for a good story line. Alas, the only Native American character is the one that gets the short end of the stick. I will say though his name brilliant. For those of you who don’t know, Red Harvest is the name of a Dashiell Hammett novella, which inspired Akira Kurosawa’s movie “Yojimbo” which was a remake of “A Fistful of Dollars” much like the original Magnificent Seven was a remake of Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” Emma Cullen is a very likable character. Cullen is brave, willing to fight Bogue any chance she gets and that bravery as well as her kindness makes for a grand character. She doesn’t get much development but honestly she’s the only character who didn’t need it. Villain Bartholomew Bogue is a very effective villain. He’s typical for a western villain wanting only land, gold, doing
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Ethan Hawke does a great job as Robicheaux. Hawke has a few moments that are absolutely powerful and for brief moments manages to captivate the audience. However, there was one scene that was not as well constructed as planned and for a few seconds I found myself snickering at a scene that was important for his character. Byung-hun Lee doesn’t have much dialogue until the third act, but Lee manages to make his presence known with his calm yet daunting demeanor. Unfortunately, Lee doesn’t get to show off his martial arts skills, but in the end Lee gave a good performance. The action scenes are well done and entertaining. The final battle is the real show stopper here. It’s a half an hour of non-stop fighting with muchw variety and with different styles of combat, plenty of destruction and welcomed moments of stylized action. Director Antoine Fuqua is one that I admire with his excellent directing, as he crafts an exciting, destructive and emotionally invested final battle. A critique would be that Fuqua seems to be favoring far too many quick cuts. It could to diminishs the violence to achieve a PG-13 rating. Magnificent Seven has it’s share of problems, mostly with some characters and actors not receiving the attention needed and deserved, overall it is a entertaining film. The character driven story allows for emotional depth and investment, the acting is well done, the action is stupendous and the final score of James Horner is well done. In the end Magnificent Seven is how to do a remake right as it proudly stands on it’s own two feet and shows the world it’s fine merits.
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LOR’DOUR DESIGNS WOWED ON THE CATWALK AT HARLEM FASHION WEEK
By Ann Brown
Last month I had the chance to check out the fabulous Harlem Fashion Week and was wowed by the fashions of Arianna Laylah, Isha Conteh, Simply Ma’am, Visions by Teonah Knighton, Yvonne Jewnell New York, and Lor’Dour Designs. The designer behind Lor’Dour Designs is Crystal Glass Warner, also the CEO of Crystal Glass Cosmetics and ACE Film Productions. Launched in July 2015, Lor’ Dour Design LLC creates custom women’s apparel, dancewear, and wedding gowns. Crystal Glass Cosmetics, launched in 2005, offers mineral-based products of foundations, lip gloss, etc. “My third venture is (Angelic Christian Entertainment) ACE Film Productions, a minority woman owned business that provides productions of commercial video and feature film productions. We produce high-end HD formatted quality productions,” says Glass Warner. Films include “Finding Nora,” currently in production; “Witness”; and “Penn Hill Rd.”
Museum of the City of New York on 5th avenue and Central Park. A portion of the proceeds from Harlem Fashion Week was donated to the Junior Scholars Program at the Schomburg Library in Harlem and the Big Goree Project to restore the Slave Museum on Goree Island in Senegal, West Africa.
And Lor’Dour Designs were one of the highlights of Harlem Fashion Week, which kicked off with a fabulous event at the historic
NOV 10, 2016 THURSDAY @ 8:00 PM NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY IN WESTBURY, NEW YORK
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NEWS BOO AT THE ZOO THIRTEEN DAYS OF HALLOWEEN!
One of New York City’s most cherished traditions returns this weekend with Boo at the Zoo: Thirteen Days of Halloween at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo. Each weekend in October – including the Rosh Hashanah and Columbus Day holidays – will feature family-friendly, not-soscary seasonal programming that combines traditional Halloween activities with the Bronx Zoo’s resident wildlife.
Speed carving demos: 11:30am and 2:20pm Costume Parade Visitors can join a Halloween parade. Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside an array of characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company. Location: Starts at Zoo Center Time: 12pm and 2pm.
The annual Halloween celebration will run October 15-16, 2223, 29-30. Scheduled activities embrace the spirit of the season while incorporating wildlife and conservation. Annual favorites including the hay maze, giant pumpkin carving demos, costume parades, magic and more will return with some additional Halloween surprises.
will include performances from Boo at the Zoo favorites, Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band and magician David Levitan.
This year’s Jack O ‘Lantern Illumination, an eerie walkthrough experience will feature all new animal-themed carvings that take over the exhibits in the former World of Darkness building (near Somba Village) creating a one-of-a-kind illuminated Halloween display. Entertainment
Visit www.BronxZoo.com/Boo for a complete schedule of dates, performances and activities.
Bronx Zoo Animal Keepers will be on hand throughout the park to chat with Halloween revelers about the animals at the zoo while providing holiday-themed enrichment treats to some of the park’s residents.
Boo at the Zoo: Thirteen Days of Halloween (Schedule subject to change.) Jack O ‘Lantern Illumination Walk through a dark, eerie tunnel filled with more than 1,000 hand-
carved and beautifully lit Jack ‘O lanterns meticulously sculpted into various animal shapes. The allnew exhibit lanterns will consist of dozens of intricate, detailed portraits of animals ranging from bats, to reptiles, marine creatures, mammals, nocturnal birds, bugs, and more. Location: By Somba Village Time: 10am- 5pm Pumpkin Carving Demos Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings of wildlife and animals from the Brown Bear book series. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza Time: 11am-4pm
Hay Maze Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure. Location: Butterfly Patio Time: 11am – 5pm Treat Stations Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit. Time: 11am–5pm Crafts Workshop Location: Dancing Crane Plaza Time: 11am–4pm Book Readings – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Location: Children’s Zoo Farm Time: 12pm -1:30pm
IHOP® INTRODUCES APPLE RING & PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES
Wafting scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and baked apples evoke fond memories of fall family traditions and time spent around bonfires, playing in leaf-filled backyards and picking pumpkins. Now, IHOP® Restaurants has reimagined these craveable seasonal tastes as Pumpkin Spice Pancakes and a first-of-its-kind culinary creation, Apple Ring Pancakes. Starting today, the brand invites guests to make breakfast a new fall tradition and to “Eat Up Every MomentSM” at IHOP with someone special. The playful phrase is a nod to the many life moments – big and small – that guests enjoy every day in IHOP restaurants as well the driving force behind the breakfast leader’s new advertising campaign. Both pancake flavors will be available for a limited time at participating IHOP restaurants across the U.S.: Pumpkin Spice Pancakes – A perennial IHOP fan favorite, Pumpkin Spice Pancakes bring NewYorkTrendnyc
creamy cinnamon apple butter and garnished with a grilled apple slice. “IHOP and its franchisees love bringing guests new food experiences like Apple Ring and Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, which are all at once delightful, delicious and comforting – and that can only be enjoyed at IHOP,” said Kirk Thompson, Senior Vice President, Marketing for IHOP. “A warm, seasonally-inspired breakfast a cool fall day, be it morning, noon or night, is the perfect centerpiece for gathering friends and family to savor all of life’s everyday moments and start a new fall tradition.”
back memories of hot pumpkin pie baking in the oven. This offer features three pancakes made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and crowned with creamy whipped topping.
NEW! Apple Ring Pancakes – Reminiscent of grandma’s best apple desserts, the new Apple Ring Pancakes feature three Silver Dollar Buttermilk pancakes with a Gala apple ring griddled inside, then topped with cinnamon sugar,
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For nearly 60 years, IHOP, the originator of breakfast served any time of day, every day, has been bringing guests more than 100 signature foods and beverages and unique, made-to-order limited time menu items. Apple Ring Pancakes and Pumpkin Spice Pancakes are available September 26 through November 13 at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide. www.newyorktrendnyc.com
LIFEST YLE ART OF SHAVING LAUNCHES NEW POWER BRUSH SYSTEM The Art of Shaving has introduced a new “Power Brush” System and regimen. The Power Brush and Unscented Pre-Shave Gel for Power Brush are made specifically to combat ingrown hair and razor bumps, two of the most commonly cited shaving issues.***
After 12 weeks of daily shaving using a regimen of The Art of Shaving 2 in 1 Power Brush with Power Brush Gel, ProGlide Flexball Razor and TAOS 4 Elements Regimen, compared to shaving with shave cream alone
Daily shaving using a regimen of The Art of Shaving 2 in 1 Power Brush with Power Brush Gel, ProGlide Flexball Razor and TAOS 4 Elements Regimen, compared to shaving with shave cream alone
This new system, when used in preparation for a shave, has been clinically tested to help reduce the amount of new bumps in three months* while reducing the occurrence of razor bumps by up to 69%*. The Art of Shaving Power Brush System reduces the occurrence of ingrown hairs significantly - up to 47% after first month of use** and increases the release of ingrown hair by up to 85% over 12 weeks** The Art of Shaving Power Brush is a three speed brush device for men suffering from razor bumps. Featuring soft nylon bristles and water resistant thermo-plastic for use in the shower, this spinning brush can be used with the PreShave Gel to gently exfoliate the skin and help release trapped hairs and minimize razor bumps with daily use**. The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Gel creates a thin layer of protection on your face and neck while decreasing any tug and pull during a shave with its
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lightweight emollient, glycerin and a touch of Shea Butter. “Good skin starts with good shave preparation. It was the foundational belief that inspired our first product – the pre-shave oil – and our “4Elements of the Perfect Shave”. Modernizing this step of preparation through the
Power Brush system allows us to meet men’s grooming needs with a new solution, clinically tested to reduce razor bumps.” – Todd Brisky, The Art of Shaving CEO. The Power Brush System is available at Art of Shaving store locations and at www. theartofshaving.com.
LIFESTYLE NATURAL LIQUID HAIR GROWTH MULTI-VITAMIN Growth Vitamin on September 19 internationally and in the United States on October 22.
CURLS, one of the pioneering natural hair care brands in North America, introduces a revolutionary new hair growth enhancement liquid vitamin to help fill the gap for many consumers longing to achieve healthy hair from the inside out. The company will launch its CURLS Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair
“As a leader in the natural hair care industry, it was imperative for CURLS to set the trend by pairing quality organic hair care products with all-natural hair growth enhancing vitamins,” says Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS Founder & CEO. “We are excited to introduce this product to the health and beauty market to meet the demands of our customers who truly desire healthy hair growth.” According to WebMD, dietary supplements are a $19 billion dollara-year industry. Research shows that the lack of nutrient deficiencies and the imbalance of hormones are often the leading causes of hair loss. While the average diet may not give the necessary nutrients to ensure
proper hair growth, CURLS Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin was developed to be a safe and effective product to grow healthy hair from the inside out. This all-natural vitamin supports the proper nutrition healthy hair needs by working to supplement a healthy diet as well as providing the body with the nutrition it needs to help strengthen, grow, and maintain the hair.
has an absorption rate into the bloodstream of 98% versus up to 20% absorption when consuming a pill. Additionally, the liquid vitamin supports preventative skin health and optimizes metabolism.
Formulated with high quality ingredients comprised of a proprietary blend of bioactive coenzymes, herbal, and organic blueberry extracts, CURLS Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin promotes healthy hair growth, enhances the strength of each hair shaft, and increases the integrity of the hair. With an innovative time-release formula, the CURLS Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin
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ENDNOTES THANKS, PRESIDENT OBAMA!
FIRST FAMILY HONORED WITH CALENDAR!
JASON TAYLOR FOUNDATION EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP THROUGH “WRITE TRACK POETRY” COMPETITION
While champions in NASCAR are decided at Homestead-Miami Speedway, champions in life are determined in the classroom. As the host site for NASCAR’s championship races in all three premier series each year since 2002, Homestead-Miami Speedway is continuing in its commitment to have kids excel in school. The Speedway and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network of the Jason Taylor Foundation are expanding a partnership which commenced last year by launching the “Write Track Poetry” competition. Students from three Miami-Dade County middle schools can submit a poem based on the theme, What Does it Mean to be a Champion?
The competition will include Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts in Goulds, as well as Richmond Heights Middle School and Hammock Middle School in Miami. The top 10 students in each grade (6-8) from all three schools will receive tickets to the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race on Saturday, November 19, 2016. A student from each school will then be selected as Poetry Ambassadors, giving all three students the unique opportunity to be driven to school in the Homestead-Miami Speedway official pace car. During the course of this year’s Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 18-20), one of the three Poetry Ambassadors will be chosen as the “Write Track Poetry” champion. The winner will have a chance to perform at the bluapple Poetry Network’s Louder Thana Bomb Florida spoken word competition, which will be held in April 2017.
sure to do it justice by creating a piece of memorabilia that people will hold on to for generations to come.”– Greg Perkins, CEO African American Expressions
Expressions knows a little bit about history making careers. As they approach their 25th anniversary in business this black-owned, multi-million dollar company known for its afro-centric cards and gifts has released their new and highly sought after 2017 wall calendar – a piece dedicated to the beautiful moments that President Barack Obama, and our First Lady Michelle Obama have shared with our community, the nation, and the world over their eight year term.
Replete with foil embossing, gold leafing, and breathtaking 12” x 12” glossy prints, this calendar is going to be one of the hottest selling items of the holiday season, with their Limited Edition Michelle Obama Calendar coming in a close second. African American Expressions suggests going online to www. black-gifts.com to learn more about the companies 25 year history.
“When Barack Obama was elected to his first term in office, you could feel a ripple in history being made. After we heard the outcome, AAE placed a rush order in late November to try to get calendars ready for the holiday season. Now as his two-term presidency comes to a close we wanted to make NewYorkTrendnyc
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