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CITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR END TO IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTERS In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE’s Director, Sarah R. Saldaña, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to follow the lead of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and end the use of privately-run immigration detention centers which, time and again, have proven themselves unfit or unwilling to meet proper standards of care.

Further, the abuses reported by immigrant detainees of all ages, can best be characterized as a failure to meet basic human needs rather than a denial of additional protections. The countless reports of inadequate medical and mentalhealth care highlight the blatant disregard that these private contractors have for the well-being of those detained at their facilities. The DHS should not allow these private companies to continue failing to meet their contractual obligation to provide adequate care, much less to profit from it.

As Speaker Mark-Viverito said in the letter: “Unlike governmentrun prisons and detention centers, privately run institutions are not subject to the same reporting and transparency requirements. As a result, the DHS and private contractors have deprived civil immigration detainees of basic physical and legal rights without consequence. Given the number of class-action lawsuits recently filed by immigrants, the DHS can no longer ignore the systemic violation of the human rights of immigrants in administrative detention, many of whom are refugees and asylum seekers. ….I therefore call upon the DHS and ICE to put an end to the use of private immigration detention facilities, and re-evaluate existing detention guidelines and oversight mechanisms to ensure that immigrants in civil immigration detention are not deprived of their basic human rights or their ability to pursue immigration relief available under the laws and regulations of the United States.”

Furthermore, private detention centers often create significant obstacles for detainees seeking counsel and access to justice. It is well-documented that with legal counsel, detainees are far more likely to obtain some form of relief. That is why my colleagues at the City Council and I have provided significant funding for immigration legal services and continue to call on Congress to establish a right to counsel for immigrants facing deportation.

I write to urge the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs

Enforcement (ICE) to follow the lead of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and end the use of privatelyrun immigration detention centers which, time and again, have proven themselves unfit or unwilling to meet proper standards of care. Prompted by findings that privately-run prisons provide substandard services in comparison to federally run prisons, the DOJ has affirmatively taken steps to significantly reduce, and ultimately end, its use of private facilities to house inmates.

“…private detention centers often create significant obstacles for detainees seeking counsel and access to justice.” The private companies that currently run the majority of private prisons, are also contracted to run the majority of private immigration detention centers. Despite being centers for administrative civil detention, there exist far too many

parallels with the criminal prison system; specifically their structure, inhumane conditions and widespread misconduct. Unlike government-run prisons and detention centers, privately run institutions are not subject to the same reporting and transparency requirements. As a result, the DHS and private contractors have deprived civil immigration detainees of basic physical and legal rights without consequence. Given the number of class-action lawsuits recently filed by immigrants, the DHS can no longer ignore the systemic violation of the human rights of immigrants in administrative detention, many of whom are refugees and asylum seekers. While I am encouraged by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent confirmation that children apprehended along with a parent are entitled to the protections outlined in the Flores settlement, there are continued reports of settlement violations.

These are only a few examples of the well documented and wide-spread abuses occurring as a result of DHS and ICE’s current detention and deportation policies. I therefore call upon the DHS and ICE to put an end to the use of private immigration detention facilities, and re-evaluate existing detention guidelines and oversight mechanisms to ensure that immigrants in civil immigration detention are not deprived of their basic human rights or their ability to pursue immigration relief available under the laws and regulations of the United States.


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NATIONAL GLOBAL SUMMIT WILL CONFRONT THE ANTI-BLACK MINDSET Continuing attacks on black people have sparked outrage, protest and unrest in communities of color throughout the country and around the world. To address the root causes of these attacks, activists from across the African Diaspora will convene in Washington, D.C., on September 15th and 16th for Valuing Black Lives 2016: The Second Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit. The Summit will be held at the Walter Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Room 260). Summit hours are: 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM, on Thursday, September 15th; and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, on Friday, September 16th. Valuing Black Lives 2016 (VBLS 2016) will be presented by Community Healing Network (CHN) and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). The 2016 Summit theme is We Talk, We Tell, We Teach: Reclaiming Control of the Narrative Governing Our Lives. The aim of the Summit is to continue developing plans to extinguish the centuries-old anti-black mindset that says that black people are “less than”– the mindset that explains why, to so many people, black lives do not matter as much as white lives.

the Summit on September 15, 2016, 6-8 pm, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street, NW, Washington D.C. The Valuing Black Lives Global Summit is part of a multi-faceted set of strategies devised by CHN, founded in 2006, to build the global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation to help black people heal from, and overturn, the root causes of the devaluing of black lives: the lies of white superiority and black inferiority.

Representative Bass, “and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Summit leaders on implementation of the strategies to be developed.” Attendees from grassroots and national and international organizations, including Black Lives Matter and the United Nations, will come together with people from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America to focus on solutions.

Franz Fanon Foundation. Other confirmed VBLS 2016 panelists include: Anthony Browder, cultural historian and leader of the first Egyptian archeological excavation funded by African Americans Allen Kwabena Frimpong, Black Lives Matter organizer Esther Armah, founder of Emotional Justice, creator of multimedia creative campaigns (Ghana) Isis Amlak, Global African Congress UK, (Trinidad and the United Kingdom)

For the second year in a row, Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Africa Subcommittee, will host Valuing Black Lives as part of the 46th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. “I am pleased to host the Valuing Black Lives Summit again this year,” said

VBLS 2016 will be an interactive, action-focused gathering which will build on last year’s Summit. Panelists and participants will work together to develop concrete strategies for taking control of the narrative that shapes policies and actions that affect people of African descent in the United States and around the world. Grassroots activists will engage with the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which will be represented by confirmed panelist Mireille Fanon-Mendes, of France, member and former chair of the Working Group, and chair of the


York. Derek Jones, managing director, GMC Grosvenor Private Markets; Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson, Radio One; and Reginald Hudlin, president, Hudlin Entertainment, were honored with the “Keepers of the Flame” award for being champions of diversity and education.

generosity of all of you—our community— UNCF has invested almost $2 million in college scholarships for New York students and millions of dollars in cash support and assistance for our 37 member HBCUs and the almost 1,300 New York students who attend them.” In its 72-year history, UNCF has raised more than $4.5 billion to support minority students’ quest for better futures. Events such as these are made possible by the admirable support of community and corporate partners such as this year’s “A Mind Is…” Hamptons Summer Benefit platinum sponsors, Siris Capital Group, LLC, and Frank Baker, Peter Berger and Jeff Hendren. Additional sponsors included The Lincoln Motor Company, GCM Grosvenor, Grain Management, LLC, Robert Smith, Investors Bank, Derek Jones, Advent Capital Management,

More than 300 guests attended the Aug. 6-7 benefit weekend events, held at the private residences of Nancy Silberkleit, coCEO of Archie Comics, and Bill and Diane Plummer. Karen Hunter, SiriusXM radio talk show host, was mistress of ceremonies.

More than $300,000 was raised at the recent UNCF “A Mind Is…” Hamptons Summer Benefit, hosted by UNCF New



Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester also attended. Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF president and CEO, delivered remarks on UNCF’s impact in the state of New York and the importance of community support. “Where else can you come together to help send kids to college in such elegant surroundings,” said Lomax. “With the

Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas Jessica Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: Black Cooperative Economics Rukiya Lumumba, community organizer Wekesa Madzimoyo, AYA Educational Institute –providing educational solutions to racist oppression CHN will also host its 10th anniversary celebration during

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CHN forged a collaboration with ABPsi in 2011 to develop self-help support groups called Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circles. Together CHN and ABPsi have trained more than 300 local EE Circle facilitators and planted seeds for EE Circle groups in nearly 30 U.S. cities (including Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore, and New Orleans), and in the United Kingdom and Cuba. CHN and ABPsi have also forged alliances to train local activists to establish EE Circles throughout the Caribbean and in South Africa. ABPsi Past President Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills said, “For far too long we have minimized the significance of the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives. Our children need all of us to take conscious control of the process, assert our humanity, and provide pathways for healing. This can and must be our legacy.” “The premise of the Valuing Black Lives Summit,” said Enola Aird, CHN’s founder and president, “is that Black lives will never truly matter unless and until we destroy the anti-black narrative that has driven the profound mistreatment of black people all around the world for 500 years—and replace it with our own.” LLC, Combs Enterprises, Palladium Equity Partners and Wellness Interactive. SiriusXM, World Bride Magazine, The Independent and WEAA 88.9 FM served as the media partners for this prestigious event. “The status and the money that I have been blessed with in this life…is so I can reach back and help some other black children who are just like me,” said Hughes. “That’s the story of UNCF—you reach back.” The electrifying weekend included a VIP brunch with an exclusive Resort 2017 fashion preview by designer Carlton Jones, silent auction, entertainment by Yotoco and student testimonials from UNCF scholars Ahmaad Dent (Morehouse College, 2018) and Syndi Falconer (Clark Atlanta University, 2016).

HEALTH “TAKE ACTION FOR HEALTH” AIMED AT REDUCING HEALTH DISPARITIES A recent study by the National Urban League Policy Institute found that health disparities cost the U.S. economy $82.2 billion in 2009, $60 billion in health care spending and $22.2 billion in lost productivity. Left alone, costs associated with chronic health conditions facing certain ethnic groups are expected to soar to $363 billion in 2050 as the U.S. population grows increasingly diverse. With a common goal of eliminating health disparities in the AfricanAmerican community, Anthem, Inc., the National Urban League, City of Hope and Pfizer, Inc., have teamed up to create Take Action for Health, a unique program focused on reducing some of the greatest health risks facing the African-American community today: breast cancer, heart disease and emotional well-being. Take Action for Health aims to reduce the highest risk health disparities among African Americans: to increase mammograms, blood pressure screenings and screenings for depression and anxiety-risk in

in the communities we serve,” said Hal Smith, National Urban League Senior Vice President for Education, Youth and Health. “Partners such as City of Hope, Pfizer and Anthem match our commitment to these goals and to meaningfully improve the health and wellness of vulnerable populations and advancing impactful community health as we develop and refine leading-edge approaches, supports and content.” an effort to catch these health conditions early while they are more treatable. For example, AfricanAmerican women have the lowest breast cancer survival rate of all ethnic and racial groups, according to the American Cancer Society, and one potential reason may be because African-American women are diagnosed with more advanced or later stage breast cancer. National Urban League affiliates in Indianapolis, Kansas City and Houston will serve as the pilot sites for 300 participants to attend wellness programs and test a newly created interactive website that will encourage key health screenings, address barriers, provide

information on low and no cost services, empower participants to track their screenings, and make it easy to share information with their health care teams, family and friends. Participants in the Take Action for Health pilot study will take two online surveys in June and September that will measure self-reported screening behaviors, satisfaction with the website, and level of empowerment regarding their health care. “This pilot is a critically important extension of the National Urban League’s programming, advocacy and innovation around eliminating health disparities and addressing the social determinants of health

“Chronic health disparities represent a growing public health concern for all of us and have an incalculable impact on the lives of individuals and families,” said Craig Samitt, M.D. executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Anthem. “That’s why bringing together the National Urban League, City of Hope and Pfizer for this unique collaboration of industry partners is critical if we are going to reduce barriers and empower families and individuals to take control of their health.” Results from the pilot study will be made publically available in early 2017 along with the free, Take Action for Health website.


By Phil Andrews

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 New York’s largest African American Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its first Community Resource Day bringing together quality business resources, small business owners, professional services providers, and residents together to enhance the viability and sustainability of local communities in the region. “It is vital for organizations such as the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce to organize our communities around the areas of MWBE Development, MWBE Utilization, Trade Opportunities, Consumer Spending, Access to Capital, Advocacy, and Capacity Building for Small Business Owners”. Phil Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.


The Community Resource Day will be held at Jackson Memorial AME Zion located at 60 Peninsula Blvd. Hempstead, New York 11550. The Community Resource Day will begin at 2:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm. The chamber’s general membership meeting will be conducted directly following the community resource day at the same location and will begin at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00. NewYorkTrendnyc

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The National NAACP responded to a protest held outside the Houston branch office by armed men and women recently. “Yesterday, a small group of white supremacists, armed with automatic weapons and waving confederate battle flags, held a brief protest outside our office in Texas.”

“For more than a century, the NAACP has worked to unite people of every race, religion and background in the fight against segregation, discrimination, and violence.”

“We are encouraged that, in the face of flagrant hate and ignorance,

“For more than a century, the NAACP has worked to unite people of every race, religion and background in the fight against segregation, discrimination, and violence. We continue to work nonviolently in every city and county to ensure that every person can advance through access to quality schools, economic opportunity, professional and accountable law enforcement, and the freedom to vote and be a part of our American democracy. We happily invite anyone who feels the same to join us.”

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“Racism is a longstanding and divisive issue in this country, and many people at first feel victimized when confronted with the facts of how it continues to affect the lives of millions.”


“Racism is a longstanding and divisive issue in this country, and many people at first feel victimized when confronted with the facts of how it continues to affect the lives of millions. But a misguided sense of victimhood does not justify brandishing weapons on a Sunday afternoon in a residential neighborhood, or make the statements of this group true or correct.

the protestors in Houston were met by a larger crowd opposing their ignorance and dedicated to peace and prayer. Justice comes when communities refuse to let evil people perpetuate their misguided anger on innocent people.

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BUSINESS PENSION CONTRIBUTION RATES REMAIN STABLE FOR 2017-18 one of the strongest and best funded in the country, allowing New York’s public workforce to retire with the knowledge that their pensions are secure.”

“After three years of rate reductions, pension contribution rates will remain stable for our participating employers in the near-term.”

Employer contribution rates for the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) will stay virtually the same in Fiscal Year 2017-18 compared to Fiscal Year 2016-17, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has announced. The average contribution rate for the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) will decrease from 15.5 percent of payroll to 15.3

—Thomas P. DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller

Employer rates are determined based on actuarial assumptions recommended by the Retirement System’s Actuary and approved by DiNapoli. A copy of the Actuary’s report can be found here. percent of payroll. The average contribution rate for the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) will increase to 24.4 percent from 24.3 percent of payroll. “After three years of rate reductions, pension contribution rates will remain stable for our participating employers in the near-term,” DiNapoli said. “While the financial markets have been volatile, our pension fund remains

In 2015, the Actuary conducted a review of the systems’ economic and demographic experience for the prior five years. The Actuary proposed assumptions and methods for the actuarial valuations, which were adopted by DiNapoli. Based on that report, DiNapoli lowered the long-term assumed rate of return in 2015 from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. The median assumed rate of return for public pension

funds is 7.62, according to a February 2016 brief issued by the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. In 2012, DiNapoli began providing employers with access to a twoyear projection of their annual pension bill six weeks earlier than in previous years. Employers use this projection for preparation of their local budgets. Required contributions vary by employer depending on factors such as retirement plans, salaries and the distribution of their employees among the six retirement tiers. There are 3,040 participating employers in ERS and PFRS, and 349 different plan combinations. The employer contribution rates announced today will apply to the salaries paid by each employer during the prior fiscal year, April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Payments based on those rates are due by Feb. 1, 2018, but may be pre-paid by Dec. 15, 2017.


Florida Chapter of Women in Ecommerce™ is pleased to announce the honorees for our Fourth-Annual Golden Mouse Awards Ceremony taking place on October 28, 2016 at the Lauderdale Yacht Club, 1725 SE 12 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. This year’s 15 women represent a variety of industries, profession and organizations in South Florida who are actively involved in their industries, the community and have either implemented or taught some form of technology as part of their professional responsibilities and/or run a profitable business/ organization using the web as primary means of promotion for at least two years.

• Shelley Mitchell, Certified Business and ADHD Coach • Bernadette A. Morris – President/CEO Sonshine Communications • Debbie Silverman, Author, Speaker, Human Behavior Specialist, Entrepreneur • Racheli Rafael Smilovits, Mortgage Broker, Founder The Real Estate Agent Toolbox

THIS YEAR’S HONOREES ARE: • Dr. Marthenia ‘Tina’ Dupree, Internationally Renowned Speaker, Author, Trainer, Speaker Coach, & Consultant & The Golden Mouse 2016 Lifetime Legacy Honoree • RoseLee Archer, TV Producer, Talk Show Host, Journalist • Deborah Davis, Speaker, Disability Inclusion Consultant, Entrepreneur, Writer and Business Owner NewYorkTrendnyc

• Dawn DeMarco Book, Jewelry Designer and Philanthropist • Cassi Eubank, Entrepreneur, Author, Computer Programmer, Training Consultant

• Judith Kolva, Ph.D., Personal Historian, Founder/CEO Legacies In Ink, LLC, Speaker • Ginger Marks, Author, Publisher, Internet Marketer

• Mira Halpert, M.Ed. Author, Educator, Entrepreneur

• Cheri Martin, the So Social Visionary of WCN Interactive, Inc.

• Karrie Klimas, Professional Networker, Business Connector

• Christine Madsen, President and CEO Mad 4 Marketing, Inc.

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Heidi Richards Mooney, Founder of Women in Ecommerce™ and Event Chair says, “Each year the Florida Chapter honors outstanding women in our Community. These 15 women represent several industries and communities from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade. Each of them are well-known and highly regarded in their companies and industries in which they work and will soon be even more celebrated in South Florida! Because of their contributions to their professions and their communities, we are excited to recognize each of them during our signature event, The Golden Mouse Awards.“ For more information and to register for the #GMAwards2016 event visit:




Rap superstar JEEZY announced TRAP OR DIE 3 via a video trailer and today he releases a fiery new single called “Let Em Know.” Listen to “Let Em Know”: JeezyLetEmKnow Meet Cee Lo Green’s new electrifying rap group signed to his label MotherShip Entertainment, SWAGU STYLE HOUSE. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!! Please watch the interview/performance by SWAGU STYLE HOUSE on Sway In The Morning. We’ve got you covered! Swagu Style House is the rare rap group that plays instruments as well as rap, making them a hip hop band in the truest sense.

playing the electric guitar and incorporating live music with their many songs. The group has one goal in mind, make music that has an immortal, positive, universal effect. Swagu Style House is signed to Cee Lo Green via MotherShip Ent/Epic Records.

Trap Or Die 3 Trailer: https://youtube/hqaNhz43AxA TRAP OR DIE 3 will bring it back to the essence of JEEZY aka “The Snowman,” who defined the genre of trap music with his vivid

Dead,” “Homeland”) and John J. Strauss (“Mozart in the Jungle”). The original film which aired on VH1 in January to much fanfare and critical acclaim, followed three young friends fulfilling their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990. The series will continue to explore their triumph and heartbreak trying to make their mark in a new and complex hip hop culture.

VH1 has announced that Teyana Taylor – the multi-talented actor, G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings artist, and breakout star of Kanye West’s acclaimed “Fade” video – will join the “The Breaks” in a recurring role in addition to doing a stint on the network’s upcoming “Hip Hop Squares”. Inspired by The Big Payback, a narrative history of the hip-hop business written by journalist Dan Charnas, “The Breaks” is executive produced by Seith Mann (“The Wire,” “The Walking NewYorkTrendnyc

To coincide with the announcement, JEEZY has also released an exclusive line of merchandise available at www. The site features two collections, “The Classics” and TRAP OR DIE 3 with more merchandise to be added in the coming weeks and months. Additionally there will be a giveaway of 100 hats next week.


The group was formed in Atlanta, GA made up of three musical talents. Greg Edmonds better known as STRANGER, Darron Price better known as DEEP, and Kingston Callaway better known as MEDULLA, grew up together and were influenced by a lot of the same music. Anything from groups like Devo, Cameo, Souls of Mischief, Talking Heads, Nina Simon, Systems Of A Downs and many more. Influenced by these organic sounds Stranger, Deep, and Medulla of SSH’ started


storytelling about the struggle and triumph of the streets. The previous two installments of Trap Or Die first put JEEZY on the map as the leading force and voice of the Atlanta trap music movement. With Trap Or Die classics tracks such as “Get Ya Mind Right” and “Lose My Mind,” the new project will carry the torch bringing JEEZY’s powerful voice to the world.

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Teyana’s credits include “Brotherly Love,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew: All Stars”. She joins a cast that includes: Afton Willamson (HBO’s “The Night Of…”), Wood Harris (“The Wire”), Mack Wilds (“90210”),Antoine Harris (“Ballers”), David Call (“The Magicians”) and Evan Handler (“Sex and the City”), Melonie Diaz (“Fruitvale Station”),Sinqua Walls (“Power”) and Ali Ahn (“Billions”). Mann, Charnas, Strauss, Bill Flanagan and Darren Goldberg are executive producers on “The Breaks.” Maggie Malina, Chris McCarthy and Amy Doyle will serve as executive producers for VH1.


The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) announced that legendary actors Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree, and music icon Dionne Warwick will accept awards for their lifetime achievements in the arts during the 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts. The awards ceremony, which will take place Sept.14 at the Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW in Washington, D.C. from 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., is organized in cooperation with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship program. This event will mark the start of the CBCF’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), one of the nation’s leading public policy conferences.

“With a lifetime of entertaining and educating us, this year’s honorees have also distinguished themselves as remarkable leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said CBCF president and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. “Their outstanding contributions and continuing commitment to the arts make them ideal to help elevate the visibility of the CBC Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship Program. The awards are conferred on artists whose legacy includes not only extraordinary works but a

“With a lifetime of entertaining and educating

us, this year’s honorees have also distinguished themselves as remarkable leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education

—CBCF president and CEO A. Shuanise Washington

commitment to cultivating future generations of artists.” Since 1996, the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts has raised funds to support the CBC Spouses Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Twenty scholarships are awarded annually to highly qualified students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the arts, based on their creative talent, academic excellence, financial need and community service. Two of this year’s scholarship recipients, vocalist Lindsey Reynolds, and Justin Syas, a pianist, will perform during the event.

“We have supported arts education for 20 years through the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, during a time when arts education has decreased in many schools,” said Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a CBC Spouse and chair of the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts. “We will continue to highlight the contributions of great artists while raising money to support aspiring scholarship recipients as it reinforces the importance of art and its impact in our communities.” The sponsors for this year’s Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts include Union Pacific Corporation, as the title sponsor, Heineken USA, ASPiRE and UP TV. To register for the ALC, visit For media registration or if you are a member of the media seeking credentials


On Thursday, September 29, 2016, WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates the 16th Anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival with a Gala Opening that heralds the most anticipated fourday festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Committed to the development of dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today’s dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend. NewYorkTrendnyc

to events for reporting purposes, please visit The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The conference features nearly 100 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, and more. Signature events and features include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Community Breakfast and Health Fair, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, Exhibit Showcase, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner. This year’s theme, “Defining the Moment, Building the Movement,” will highlight social and political moments in American history that define the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. be presented in association with Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter in their the state-of-the-art, 300-seat theater, located at the heart of DUMBO. With all performances free of charge (except Gala), the 16th DUMBO Dance Festival features 70 contemporary dance troupes combining over 325 artists who will present solo, chamber, and full scale works. Dancers from across the United States, Canada, Hungary, Poland, England, Japan, South Korea, and Italy will join the New York’s active dance community to offer the full range of new directions in dance in the 21st century.

“This is a festival about opportunities,” says Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of WHITE WAVE Dance. “The DUMBO Dance Festival provides an opportunity for over 300 performing artists to showcase their work. Further,

it offers New York audiences the chance to participate in one of the most diverse displays of leadingedge choreography and excellence at no cost.” Again, this year’s WHITE WAVE’s annual DUMBO Dance Festival will

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The nation’s only nonprofit dedicated solely to media content about the Black experience has selected seven producing teams for its 360 Incubator and Fund where competitors can score up to $150,000 in development funds for their TV and web pilots or interactive/transmedia project. The Harlem-based National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) has launched season two of its funding initiative designed to identify innovative storytellers and to pipeline their stories about the Black experience. The selected projects enter a six-week incubator on Monday where they will work with veteran producers in their bid to win funding.

“The 360 program harnesses the experience and insight of seasoned independent filmmakers, committed public media executives and funders of diverse voices to support the vision of a talented producer,” said NBPC Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz. “The success of the previous 360 cohort speaks to the strength of the program, so we are extremely excited about helping the next cohort realize their projects.” On Monday the new wave of producers, or 360 Fellows, embark on a two-day boot camp, which is immediately followed

are looking forward to the impact these producers will have on public media and mainstream media for years to come.”

by a six-week incubator. Under the mentorship of experienced producers, the storytellers will hash out their projects from story idea to budget to measuring impact— and everything in between. The work is all in preparation for Pitch Black, NBPC’s interactive pitch session in front of a high-profile panel of public media and industry executives and a live audience of funders, distributors and production companies, as well as public television stations interested in hosting a project through pilot development. The Pitch Black is being held on October 20th in New York City. Teams will be evaluated on their market/audience research,

technical and artistic merits, relevance, team capacity and suitability to the broadcast venue. The 2015 event drew executives from public television (CPB, PBS, WORLD Channel, ITVS, POV and WNET), but also HBO, A&E, Fox, BET, Tribeca All Access and Third World Newsreel. “We are so excited to nurture these new voices and introduce their creative, thought provoking stories into the national conversation on mass incarceration, gentrification, health, color politics, African American culinary traditions and history and literature,” said NBPC Director of Programs and Acquisitions Kay Shaw. “We

The four inaugural 360 winners have continued to work to bring their projects to market. “My Africa Is” by Nosarieme Garrick and Hassatou Diallo, a TV series offering a fresh view of the African continent and its innovators, aired its pilot this February as part of NBPC’s public television series “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange.” Garrick is currently in development for the first season of “My Africa Is.” web series “POPS” by Garland McLaurin, a humorous and enlightening view of Black fatherhood, will premiere its first season on ITVS’s digital channel and this fall. “Pixie Dust” by Damon Colquhoun, a scripted series about a teenager with magical powers to quell her mother’s mental illness, is currently in development for its first season. “Street Cred” by Sultan Sharrief, a broadcast reality series on Detroit high school students learning entertainment producing skills to win a dream internship, is in post-production and Detroit Public Television will tease the pilot in a local feed for PBS’s American Graduate Day.


Lottabody, a Revlon Pro brand, kicked off its #aLotta digital empowerment campaign with the introduction of a series of confessional-style video vignettes that introduce you to an eclectic group of young women from different walks of life such as aerospace engineer Tiffany Davis and Racia Poston, a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, who were all tasked with answering the same question: ‘What do you have a lot of?’ And, why? While simple on the surface, the introspective question led each woman to share details about their past, obstacles they’ve overcome and the one trait or common thread that embodies who they are today. Answers such as“passion” and “strength” kicked off inspiring stories about fearlessness, self-discovery and resilience. The concept of ‘#aLotta’ encourages women to fully embrace the attributes that define them. The stories these women shared will 8


inspire others to excel, to overcome, and to be proud of who they are and to know that, despite life’s obstacles, when you embrace the things that make you unique,anything is possible. “We all know that when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you are empowered to do more,” said Jolorie Williams Vice President of Multicultural Marketing at Revlon Pro.“Lottabody products take care of that first part, so what we’ve been really interested in discovering through our conversations, with women online and off, is what are the things that make you unique and who or what inspires you to spring into action and conquer your world?”

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The event included entertainment by local artists, composed of a youth rapper, pop singer and Mariachi band. Speakers included Carlyle Holder, the immediate past president of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ). Mr. Holder spoke on the current crisis of what he calls the “schools to prisons pipeline” plaguing our society and the fact that we are spending $70 billion to incarcerate our citizens each year. A cost equating to $30,000/ year per prisoner versus our spending of only $10,000 per student each year on educating our youth. In New York City alone, there were over 16,000 robberies, 1,400 rapes and 350 murders in 2015. Mr. Holder has increased awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by providing the materials to various groups to further increase awareness of Human Rights in their community.

The Youth for Human Rights’ 13th Annual International Summit kicked off its three-day event at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan on Thursday, August 25, 2016 and culminated at the Harlem Scientology Community Center on Saturday, August 27th. In attendance were Youth Ambassadors and Delegates from over 50 nations across the globe presenting their accomplishments over the last year in forwarding The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Day 1 of the Summit was a video presentation featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu congratulating the Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) on its vision and purpose in teaching the youth of the world about their human rights and inspiring them to become advocates of tolerance and peace. He commended the YHRI on their programs and materials for their ease of use and comprehension, and for being “an excellent tool for human rights education”.

The final statements were eloquently delivered by Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, the Community Mayor of Harlem. Her words of wisdom emphasized that the youth are the future and that no obstacle was too difficult to overcome achieving our goals. She said she has been reminded that the youth are not just our future, but “the youth are now”. At the end of the Summit members of the Youth Ambassadors, Delegates and several children from the neighborhood took a walk along 125th Street to read individuals their rights per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. When first asked “Do you know your human rights?” most people had no idea what they were. Ron Lang and a youth volunteer approached a young female and asked if she knew her rights. She said she knows her Miranda rights but not her human rights. Ron said she continued to say that people don’t really take their rights seriously because they feel like their rights have already been violated throughout the years. The volunteer then gave a copy of the free Youth for Human Rights booklet with the (30) Human Rights to the vendor and she immediately started reading the booklet. She then said, “wow, I really do have rights!”

The event Master of Ceremony was award-winning film maker Ronald Lang. Mr. Lang recently produced a film on human trafficking to start a movement against it by bringing awareness to this atrocious activity. Currently over 25 million people per year, including children, are being trafficked for slave labor, sex and organ harvesting. Ron said, “Human trafficking happens all over the world, even in my own backyard here in New York and we need to put an end to it.” The final day of this International Summit was hosted at the Harlem Scientology Community Center where youth from all around the NewYorkTrendnyc

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Retired Brigadier General George A. Jones on Friday, September 2, 2016. The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce recently had the opportunity to honor George A. Jones at one of our MWBE Training Sessions honoring his pioneering work in the area of Minority Women Business Enterprise Development under the leadership and direction of our MWBE Chair Charlene J. Thompson, Esq. A statute in his honor now stands in Roosevelt, New York recognizing his work during his lifetime. Mr. Jones will be interred at Calverton Cemetery, and a memorial service will be held in his honor at later date.


“It was an honor to honor Retired Brigadier General George A. Jones, as his work in the area of Minority Business Development epitomizes the work we are currently doing at LIAACC. Mr. Jones work was pioneering, and LIAACC will continue to work to gain access to contracts for minorities just as Mr. Jones did during his lifetime.” Phil Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Let his life continue to remind us what we can accomplish with integrity, persistence, commitment, and passion for causes in our community that will make a difference in the lives of others for generations into the future. A life well spent is a life well lived!

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