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NYC RECOGNIZED FOR LGBT COMMUNITY INCLUSIVITY New York City received a true perfect score, 116 out of 100 points, this week for LGBT inclusivity by the Human Rights Campaign. The group issued its 5th annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there. New York City has received 100 points every year, as a result of a combination of standard and bonus points, since the index was first published in 2012. This year, New York City is 1 of 11 cities to receive a true perfect score, earning 100 standard points and an additional 16 bonus points.

transgender restroom access and train all frontline and supervisory staff on the policy and trans inclusion. •Mayor de Blasio banned all nonessential City travel to the states of Indiana, North Carolina and Mississippi to stand in support of LGBTQ communities facing discrimination at the hands of local elected officials in March 2016.

Brendan Fay, right, of the Lavender & Green Alliance, is joined by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Irish Consulate on Thursday applauding the inclusion of gay groups in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo: Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

“New York City prides itself on being an inclusive city for all, regardless of who they love or how they identify.” — Mayor Bill de Blasio

“New York City prides itself on being an inclusive city for all, regardless of who they love or how they identify,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Over the last few years, my Administration has worked hard to ensure that every New Yorker is safe and respected and that they receive the benefits and services they need to live full and dignified lives. We are honored to receive this perfect score and are committed to continuing the fight for equality for every community across this great city.” “New York City is the birthplace of the LGBT rights movement and has long been a haven for those who have sought a more welcoming place to live, love and work,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray, co-Chair of the Commission on Gender Equity. “I am proud of this honor, which reflects the tremendous progress that has been made. But we will continue to strive for more equitable workplaces, housing, and healthcare until every LGBT New Yorker is fully included in

our city. And we will keep fighting until every LGBT New Yorker can live with authenticity and without fear of violence, economic consequences or judgment.” “From equal access to bathrooms for transgender New Yorkers to anti-bullying programs in our schools, New York City is truly an inclusive city for LGBT communities,” said Commissioner and Chair of the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Carmelyn P. Malalis. “At the NYC Commission on Human Rights, we fight every day to ensure that LGBT New Yorkers can be themselves, free from discrimination and hate. While we welcome this perfect score, we know that more needs to be done to ensure that every New Yorker receives the same opportunities and respect as everyone else.” “Inclusion and diversity are what make New York City great, and

they’re what make New York City’s workforce great. All municipal employees, regardless of sex, gender or sexual orientation, should be treated equally and empowered to succeed. The Commission on Gender Equity applauds the leadership of dozens of City offices and agencies that pride themselves on welcoming, inclusive workplaces,” said Azadeh Khalili, Executive Director of the Commission on Gender Equity. New York City has long lead the nation in the fight for and advancement of LGBT rights, a fight that continued this year. Since the Human Rights Campaign issued the 2015 Municipal Equality Index: •New York City became the first city to launch a citywide media campaign, including public transportation ads and digital videos, to reaffirm trans and gender non-conforming individuals’ right to use single sex facilities in June 2016. •Mayor de Blasio signed an Executive Order requiring all agencies to post the new policy on

•The NYC Commission on Human Rights and the LGBT Center launched a Citywide Trans 101 Workshop to educate City agencies, individuals, employers, housing providers and businesses on the cultural competencies of working with transgender communities. •NYC Commission on Human Rights implemented new legal enforcement guidance on discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, making it one of the most protective and comprehensive in the nation in December 2015. The guidelines spell out that trans and gender non-conforming individuals have the right to equal access to public facilities, regardless of gender identity or expression, under the law. •The Department of Education created the position of liaison for LGBTQ students in January 2016. •The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit in conjunction with other agencies, hosted the Transgender Economic Empowerment Forum to inform trans and gender non-conforming New Yorkers of their rights and resources in the workplace in November 2015.





October 20, 2016-October 26, 2016


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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In recognition of National Protect Your Hearing Month, the Health Department has released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Exposure to Loud Sounds and Headphone Use Among Teens and Younger Adults in New York City.” The data brief highlights data on New York City (NYC) teens and younger adults’ exposure to loud sounds and headphone use. Exposure to loud sounds puts people at risk of hearing damage, including hearing loss and tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in the ear). Because the damage is cumulative, exposure to loud sounds at younger ages can result in greater long-term hearing loss. Forty percent of NYC adults ages 18 to 44 visited loud venues at least a few times per month, while 14 percent visited loud venues as often as a few times per week. Ninety-two percent of NYC teens listened to music with headphones in 2013. Among teens who listened for 10 or more hours in an average week, 41 percent normally listened at the maximum volume, compared with only 12 percent among those who usually listened for less than an hour in an average week. The full Epi Data Brief with data tables can be found here.

Costa Constantinides, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee. “We must encourage our young adults to minimize their exposure to loud noise and form healthier habits. I thank DOH Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett for her leadership on this important, and preventable, issue.” “We live in an increasingly noisy society and are exposed to loud sound regularly from the environment or recreational activities such as listening to music or other media through earphones in personal listening devices. Research indicates that long-term use of personal listening devices through earphones at excessive levels can pose risk to the auditory system,” said Professor Yula C. Serpanos, PhD, CCC-A, Program Coordinator, Long Island Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Consortium. “New Yorkers can protect their hearing by moving away from the sound, lowering the volume, or using hearing protection such as earplugs. Listening through earphones with personal devices can be safe when used appropriately and in moderation”

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“It is not how only how loud one listens but also how long. Consequently, devices that seek only to limit earphone output level ignore the vitally important risk component of duration of use,” said Professor Sandra Levey, Ph.D, School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. “Listening to music in noisy surroundings, one is more likely to raise the volume to risky levels. Thus, it is important to use safe-listening earphones that block background noise.”

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“Listening to your headphones at high volume or attending loud concerts, restaurants and bars regularly can take a toll on a person’s health and hearing,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “When you are young, it is hard to imagine being hard of hearing. But technology now makes it far too easy to be exposed to unhealthy sound levels. I encourage parents to talk to their teenage children and discuss ways to prevent hearing problems down the road.”

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By Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio: Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Bill Rudin, for all you do for the city. Thank you, ABNY. Thank you to everyone who is here today from so many important parts of our City – elected officials and labor leaders, business leaders, community leaders. A special thank you to all the members of my administration who do so much so well to serve this city. And a special thank you – we have a couple of students here from the Math, Engineering, and Science Academy and from the Broome Street Academy. Let’s give them a round of applause. And I want to thank everyone for being here. I want to talk to you about what is my true passion, which is our vision for our schools. We call it Equity and Excellence For All. And I’m going to talk to you for a few minutes about it, but first I want you to see a video that I think summarizes it powerfully and gives you a feeling of what we’re trying to achieve here. That says it so powerfully. And I want everyone to understand this is what we came here to do in this administration. We came here to fundamentally change our schools. We came here to uplift every one of our children. This for us is the most fundamental mission. My children are products of the New York City public schools. My wife is a product of public education.

I’m a product of public education. So many people in this room who have succeeded and do so much for this city are products of our extraordinary school system. And we have so much more to do to make it what it should be. And on the opening day of school, I had one of the moments that summarized it all. I got to walk along with Chirlane. We got to walk a young seventh grader named Chyna to school. Chyna’s parents are immigrants from Panama. They came here looking for a better life. Chyna is an energetic, bright young girl – seventh grader at IS 392 in Brownsville, a neighborhood that has had more than its share of troubles. Chyna believes in herself, and we are going to do all that it takes to help her achieve. And I’m walking her to school – very first

day of school, walking along with her – and I turn to Chyna and said, what’s your dream? And she said, I’m going to be the valedictorian. And it was so powerful to me. She said it – she was beaming. She said it with confidence. And it gave me right there, this moment of – a perfect moment of clarity about all we’re here to do because Chyna goes to school in Brownsville, and Brownsville needs so much more help. And we don’t accept the idea that a school in Brownsville should be any worse than a school on the Upper East Side. And Chyna needs to know that she will get the very finest education at the highest standards, so that she can thrive in today’s world. She has the confidence. She has the belief in herself. She has the hope. It’s up to all of us to provide the rest. And in that moment, I saw all the

possibilities, and that’s why this concept for us – this is our north star – we don’t accept as you heard in the video – we do not accept the notion of the “good school” and the “bad school.” And this is like a folk tale in every neighborhood of this city to this day and has been for not only decades, for generations – that idea passed from person to person that a school is good for their children or not good for their children. How on earth was that ever an acceptable reality in the greatest city in the world? We don’t accept it. And it may sound on first blush utopian, but I assure you it’s both morally and practically necessary to end once and for all that some schools are built for success and others are not. And we also don’t accept any notion of dumbing down the standards because we need high standards for our children. Everyone in this room understands the demands of the 21st-century workplace. We need our kids to make it through school to graduate, to graduate with a degree that means something – to be on the pathway to higher education or a career in the way that actually works for them, to be challenged to the highest standards. If we’re not challenging them to the highest standards, we’re not doing our job, and they simply will not succeed later on, and that will be a burden later on, on the entire society, let alone them and their families.


United Nations Secretary-General 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.

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“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

STARS CONTINUES TO SCORE WITH ORDER OF 4TH SEASON OF “SURVIVOR’S REMORSE” Remorse” is a top-4 scripted program on cable among African-American viewers and a top-6 weekend program on cable among African-American viewers.3 “I’m incredibly proud of the team at ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ and what we’ve built,” said LeBron James. “The show grew so much this year, attracting new fans and reaching new levels of popularity. I want to thank all the fans who’ve made ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ a success and the team at Starz for all of their support.” Starz has announced that it has ordered a fourth season of the critically-acclaimed comedy series “Survivor’s Remorse” from executive producers Mike O’Malley, Tom Werner, LeBron James and Maverick Carter for SpringHill Entertainment, Paul Wachter, Victor Levin and Hilton Smith. Season Three of “Survivor’s Remorse” has seen record 6


increases in its audience, averaging 2.9M viewers per episode among all reportable platforms, an increase of more than 20 percent above Season Two and 60 percent above Season One.1 Episode 306, which aired Sunday, August 21, showed a 20 percent gain over the previous week, making it the second highest premiere viewing ever for the series.2 “Survivor’s

“We are thrilled to renew ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ for a fourth season,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz. “Critics have consistently called it one of the smartest and funniest comedies on television and we are delighted to see audiences embracing the characters and the storyline with that same enthusiasm. Mike O’Malley and his tremendously talented team of writers and actors boldly

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tackle today’s most pressing issues, from race, class, sex, and politics, to love and loss, but with such a deft touch that nothing ever feels heavy-handed. In the Calloways, O’Malley has created a modern family bound by heart and humor, who remain completely relatable despite dealing with the ‘pro-money and pro-problems’ that come with Cam’s position as one of the top basketball stars in the nation.” “Survivor’s Remorse” made its third season debut on Sunday, July 24 as part of STARZ’s decision to shift its original programming to Sunday nights, which has long been established as the home of premium television. Since Season Three of “Survivor’s Remorse” premiered on Sunday nights, it has seen its premiere telecast audience grow 159 percent compared to Season Two and 308 percent compared to Season One.2


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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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






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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 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


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.


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.

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

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“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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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.

Nick F. Nelson, Principal and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of LIQUID SOUL, released his very personal book today titled “STAY TUNED: BALANCING FAITH, FAMILY AND CAREER WITHOUT COMPROMISING YOU”. In “STAY TUNED”, Nelson explains that today there are new rules and increased expectations of men and warns readers of the dangers of “tuning in” to their career while “tuning out” in their personal lives.


“STAY TUNED” is an instructional guide for professional men and the women who support them. In “STAY TUNED”, Nelson offers wisdom and practical advice on how to overcome life-altering challenges, find peace,

In this powerful, yet easy-to-read book, men will receive advice on how to stay “tuned-in” to critical areas of their life such as: • Personal happiness and fulfillment • Finding life’s purpose • Navigating your professional career • Establishing your personal brand and reputation • Managing people and treating others with respect • Being present for your family both mentally and physically • Having faith by trusting in God and being unafraid to take risks • Establishing work-life balance • Creating a legacy

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. T:7.875"

“In the Marketing industry, Nick F. Nelson is one of the premier leaders, especially in Brand Management. In this new, exciting, and timely book, “Stay Tuned,” Nick penned some valuable lessons to help enlighten, encourage and strengthen his readers. Nick’s book is refreshing because it goes beyond a simple “how to,” and shares real life experiences that the average reader can relate to and glean important keys for success.”


In 2013 Nelson had to make the toughest decision of his life: To take his ailing father off life support, ending his decades-long battle with diabetes. Now faced with the responsibility of caring for his mother with Alzheimer’s, Nelson struggled to maintain his business and personal life. His breaking point came when his pastor and father-figure died that same year. On the surface, he was keeping it all together, while on the inside, he was falling apart.

and maintain a spiritual connection with God.

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.

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