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SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS CELEBRATE OPENING OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE facsimiles, videos, and interactive exhibits to explore how Americans have worked to realize the ideals of freedom enshrined in our nation’s founding documents. A special section of this exhibit, “Bending toward Justice,” showcases the drive for civil rights for African Americans. Lonnie Bunch

To celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, several Smithsonian museums are offering special exhibitions and programs. The National Archives Museum celebrates the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) with a special display including a 1927 plan for such a museum, and the 2003 Act of Congress that officially established the Museum. The special display in the National Archives Museum’s East Rotunda Gallery runs through November 9, is free and open to the public. The National Archives Museum’s “Featured Document” exhibit is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation. A LONG-AWAITED MUSEUM The first calls for a memorial recognizing African Americans’ contributions to their country came from black Civil War veterans in 1915. In 1929, Congress passed an act authorizing the creation of a commission to erect a “National Memorial Building” dedicated to the accomplishments of African Americans. The “National Memorial Building,” however, was never built because the act failed to fund the building’s construction and the commission was unable to raise the necessary funds in the economic climate of the Great Depression.

Efforts to create a national museum of African American history and culture continued throughout the 20th century. In 2003, 74 years after the initial legislation, Congress passed a law creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum opens to the public on September 24, 2016. THE DISPLAY INCLUDES: 1927 pamphlet showing an early proposed design for an African American memorial museum. National Archives, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives Public Law 108-184 - National Museum of African American History and Culture Act, December 16, 2003, National Archives, General Records of the U.S. Government RELATED ONLINE RESOURCES On Exhibit: An Act to establish the NMAAHC - National Archives Pieces of History blog S. 277 - Bill to Authorize the Establishment of the National African American Museum Within the Smithsonian Institution, 1993 (did not pass).

National Archives blog, Rediscovering Black History. Online Guide to genealogy resources for Black history-related research Flickr album highlighting Black Historyrelated National Archives images The U.S. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, popularly known as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established by Congress in 1865 to help former black slaves after the Civil War. See images from these records, and the related Prologue Magazine article. RELATED EXHIBITS AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON, DC The Amending America temporary exhibit explores the remarkably American story of how we amended, or attempted to amend, our Constitution in order to form a more perfect union. The exhibit includes petitions, interactives, landmark documents, and political cartoons addressing issues including slavery, civil rights and voting rights. Through September 4, 2017. The Records of Rights permanent exhibit uses original documents, photographs,

Related upcoming programs at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC The 14th Amendment, the National Park Service, and America’s Second Founding, Thursday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 14th Amendment, we look at how that amendment defines U.S. citizenship, its connection to America’s “Second Founding” (the passage of the Reconstruction amendments), and the interpretation of these topics at National Park Service sites. More information online. Revolutionary Movements Then and Now: Black Power and Black Lives Matter, Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater & YouTube to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Power movement, Say it Loud!, the African American Employee Affinity Group presents a panel discussion of distinguished guests from revolutionary movements of the past and present. More information online. The National Archives Museum is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily. Closed December 25. More information on exhibits and programs online.


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NATIONAL 2016 UNCF “A MIND IS…” HAMPTONS SUMMER BENEFIT HELD such elegant surroundings,” said Lomax. “With the 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.”

More than $300,000 was raised at the recent UNCF “A Mind Is…” Hamptons Summer Benefit, hosted by UNCF New 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. More than 300 guests attended the Aug. 6-7 benefit weekend events,

held at the private residences of Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics, and Bill and Diane Plummer. Karen Hunter, SiriusXM radio talk show host, was mistress of ceremonies. 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

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, 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).

FAMU NAMED ON FORBES LIST OF TOP COLLEGES DAY The ranking system was prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C., think tank founded by Ohio University economist Richard Vedder.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) has once again been listed among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes Magazine. The Magazine’s release of its annual rankings also reveals that FAMU not only returned on its list of best colleges in the South but also now appears on its lists for best research universities and best public colleges. Universities and colleges appearing on the Forbes lists are recognized for providing their students with the best return-on-investment. “America’s Top Colleges” are judged in such categories as student satisfaction, post-graduate success, academic success, career success, nationally competitive awards, student debt, retention, and graduation rates. 2


“The University is excited to be recognized among the nation’s top universities,” said President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. “The additional recognition as a best college in the South, and the acknowledgment of our work as a research institution and public university speaks volumes about the united efforts of the FAMU community to move forward in realizing our vision of being a best-in-class university with a global impact.”



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Howard University, the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to be ranked on U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Colleges Ranking of National Universities, is #124 in the 2017 Edition rankings, which were released today. This represents an 11-point improvement from last year’s overall ranking of #135. Howard was one of the two institutions that showed the greatest improvement in ranking nationally. The University was one of six universities that went up 10 points or more last year. The latest rankings represent a two-year increase of 21 points.

Additionally, Howard University once again was ranked #2 on the Top 10 List of Best HBCUs. It was also ranked #82 among Best Colleges for Veterans and #83 among High School Counselor Rankings. Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick stated, “We are very pleased to see progress in the improvement of our ranking status. However, we realize that Howard University is often faced with specific challenges because of our mission. For instance, student retention is a challenge since most of our students who do not finish on time do so because of financial reasons and not because of academic reasons.”

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HEALTH REPORT SHOWS SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN HIV DIAGNOSES year when fully implemented. Other major indicators point to the ongoing commitment of the agency to improve the health and wellness of all New Yorkers. The Mayor’s Management Report can be found at

As part of the 2016 Mayor’s Management Report (MMR), the Health Department today published new preliminary data showing a consistent decline in the number of HIV diagnoses, on track with the NYC End the Epidemic goal to reduce the annual number of HIV cases in NYC by 2020. The number of diagnoses decreased by nearly 300 cases, from 2,718 in CY14 to 2,449 in CY15 (preliminary). The NYC Plan to End the Epidemic was announced by Mayor de Blasio in 2015, and includes a $23 million investment this fiscal year to increase HIV prevention and health care programming that will benefit nearly 200,000 New Yorkers per


Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a bold new vision for the City’s Minority- and Womenowned Business Enterprises (M/ WBEs) program. The Mayor has appointed Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery as the new Director of the City’s M/WBE program. He will be supported by the recently announced M/WBE Senior Advisor Jonnel Doris, and together they will shape policies and submit recommendations to increase contracting opportunities. The Mayor also announced the creation of the Mayor’s Office of M/ WBEs, which will be focused on fostering the success of minorityand women-owned businesses and coordinating the work of other City offices, including the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the Department of Small Business Services, that administer the City’s M/WBE programs. Through this office, the City will increase agency accountability and ensure access for businesses that want to contract with the City. The office will also serve as a one-stop-shop for M/WBEs to connect with various City agencies. Central to these improvements, the Mayor has set an ambitious goal 4


The 2016 MMR also includes new data showing an increase in the number of syphilis cases in New York City. Consistent with a concerning national trend, in FY16 there were a reported 1,700 cases of syphilis in NYC, compared to 1,315 in FY15. Syphilis continues to increase among men who have sex with men. Preventing syphilis has been a critical focus of the Health Department’s disease

“We are proud of the significant progress the City has made in our effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City.” —Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett prevention efforts, and it dovetails with the End the Epidemic effort to end HIV/AIDS in the next four years. Syphilis is a serious, but treatable, sexually transmitted infection. Without treatment, syphilis can have life threatening

outcomes, and can make it easier to contract or spread HIV. The Health Department announced in February that its eight STD clinics have expanded operational hours to offer services Monday through Friday, with Saturday hours available at the Riverside and Fort Greene locations. Expanding operations by 10 hours per week can accommodate 5,000 more patient visits per year beyond the annual total of 70,000 visits. Health Department staff also follow up on all positive syphilis tests to determine if the test represents a new infection or an old, treated infection, and to also ascertain pregnancy status. Syphilis in pregnancy can cause stillbirth, blindness, deafness, and musculoskeletal deformities. In July 2016, the Department issued a Health Alert to providers to emphasize the importance of testing pregnant women for syphilis as rates rose among women of childbearing age in New York City.

“We are proud of the significant progress the City has made in our effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City. Having

lived through the years when ending HIV seemed no more than a dream, we continue to be energized as our 2020 goal becomes reality,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “But we are also concerned about the rise of new syphilis diagnoses. The Health Department will continue to make syphilis treatment and prevention a high priority. I encourage New Yorkers to play sure and remind them that the only STD test you should fear is the one you don’t take.” “Each decline in new HIV diagnoses means lives potentially saved and more resources available for those already diagnosed,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman. “The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s preliminary report showing that new diagnoses decreased by nearly 300 cases last year is evidence of significant progress in the tremendous city, state, and federal partnership to end the scourge of HIV in New York. I thank Mayor de Blasio for championing the NYC Plan to End the Epidemic and for the City’s sustained investment in prevention.”

MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW VISION FOR M/WBE PROGRAM lowest of its kind in the entire state among government-funded programs. Eligible M/WBEs will be able to apply for loans of up to $500,000. The loan program will be available to companies that are certified M/WBEs or in the process of M/WBE certification, as well as small businesses that cannot access financing from traditional sources.

of awarding at least 30 percent of the dollar amount of City contracts to M/WBEs by 2021. These would include prime and subcontracts with Mayoral and certain non-Mayoral agencies. The City is adding resources to the Department of Small Business Services and the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services to execute plans to meet the 30 percent goal. This includes increased funding for capacity building programs, free services to help strengthen City-certified M/WBEs, including connections to bonding, teaming, mentorship and one-on-one technical assistance, and resources to help City agencies improve their M/ WBE program. In addition to increasing access to City services and opportunities, the Mayor is ensuring that M/WBEs have access to City capital by improving upon the City Contract Financing Loan program. The loan program will be a revolving fund capped at a 3 percent APR, the

“As a city, we are committed to ensuring that all people – regardless of race, gender or ethnicity – have the means to succeed in our economy. It is a fact that when minority- and women-owned businesses have the opportunity to participate in our economy, communities across New York City and the City as whole thrive,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, “Improving and expanding New York City’s M/WBE program will help us reach our goal of achieving true equality in economic opportunity so that all New Yorkers are able to thrive and contribute to the city’s economy. By offering women and minorities more supportive services, increased access to information about potential opportunities and low interest loans, we can open doors for them to do business with the City. I would like to thank Mayor de Blasio for his commitment to improving opportunities for women and

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minorities and his determination to make the program as successful as possible.” “For far too long, woman- and minority-owned businesses have too often been shut out of City contracts making it harder for them to take advantage of opportunities to work with the City,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “This Council has made it a top priority to make government contracting more inclusive of underrepresented businesses and doing everything in our purview to bridge that gap and provide those opportunities for M/WBE’s. Just recently, the Council passed a package of bills that will hold agencies accountable for meeting the goals of the M/WBE program and to promote efforts for greater collaboration. “As the most diverse city in the world, it is critical that we support our small businesses owned by women and people of color,” said Public Advocate Letitia James. “Creating the Mayor’s Office of Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises and committing significant additional City resources to expanding those business’ opportunities for growth will benefit New York City as a whole,” said Jonnel Doris, Senior Advisor for M/WBEs.


Black pilots over at United Airlines are not just unhappy with the airline, they feel their airline needs to be investigated for discriminatory practices. A group of African-American United Airlines pilots are currently involved in a major lawsuit over claims of discrimination at the airline. The plaintiffs are also asking Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice to examine into their allegations. According to the pilots int he lawsuit, Chicago-based United routinely passed them over for management promotions because of their race and that the airline even retaliated against them for after they filed civil rights complaints.

continued along with retaliation for filing the complaints. The following year, a judge said the lawsuit failed to show black employees were excluded from applying for certain positions but said the pilots could amend the complaints,” reported newspaper

“About a dozen pilots filed complaints about discriminatory promotion practices with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010 and reached a settlement with United the following year, according to Brian Mildenberg, an attorney representing most of the pilots,” reported The Chicago Tribune. But United is saying there is nothing to these claims. “These claims remain as baseless today

as they were four years ago when they were originally filed,” United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy wrote in an email. “We remain confident that United will prevail in these remaining cases,” she added. But the lawsuit has been in the works for some time. “In 2012, 23 United employees, mostly captains, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Francisco, alleging the discrimination

Earlier this year, the court dismissed some of the pilots’ claims although others, including allegations United retaliated against them for filing the 2012 lawsuit, will be going to trial. There will be five separate trials. Among the issues that will most likely come up in court, is something the Black pilots call “The Vault,” a “secret racist organization within United” that worked to keep African-American pilots from being promoted. There were also incidents of racist comments, including one pilot who said he found a photograph of a lynching with a note saying: “How to move up in seniority at United Airlines” in his work mailbox. This was soon the 2012 lawsuit filing.

WBLS & CAFE MOCHA™ SHOW BRINGS ‘SALUTE HER’ AWARDS TO NYC honored at MIST Harlem on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Built on the concept of women helping other women grow through shared experiences, the event will support NY/NJ local domestic violence shelters via the Mocha Cares Foundation. The evening will kick off with the ORS Hair Care #NoStereotypes cocktail reception and awards/afterglow celebration featuring Family Legacy honorees Jo-Ann & Aliyyah Baylor of Make My Cake. Visit www.SaluteHerNY2016. 2016 Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity honorees: • Harriette Cole, Life Stylist/ Author, Woman of Style Award

Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Cocktail Reception & Awards presented by Toyota set to honor a diverse array of NYC female trailblazers: life stylist Harriette Cole, finance expert Tiffany ‘The Budgetnista’ Aliche, political consultant Chung Seto, community activist Debra FraserHowze, mother and daughter entrepreneurs Jo-Ann & Aliyyah Baylor, owners of Make My Cafe and more. NewYorkTrendnyc

WHAT: The Café Mocha radio show affectionately known as ‘Radio from a Woman’s Perspective’ that airs Saturday mornings from 6 - 8am on WBLS 107.5 will hosts its 5th annual Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Awards presented by Toyota. Celebrating a diverse array of women who are making a difference in their respective communities, eight outstanding trailblazers will be

• Tiffany ‘The Budgetnista’ Aliche, Financial Educator/Author, Mocha Maven Award • Chung Seto, Political Consultant, Champion for Change Award • Jo-Ann & Aliyyah Baylor, Owners of Make My Cake, Family Legacy Award • Corliss Stone-Littles, Founder/ CEO of CSL, LLC, Business Legacy Award • Monique Carswell, Director of Sustainability & CSR at NBCUniversal, Toyota Green Initiative Award

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• Dwana Smallwood, Founder of Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, Champion for Children Award • Debra Fraser-Howze, SVP of Government & External Affairs at OraSure Technologies, Inc., Community Activist Award WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm Salute Her: Cocktail Reception 7:30 - 9:30pm Salute Her: Awards & AfterGlow MIST Harlem 46 W. 116th Street New York, NY 10026 WHY:

With a mission to inspire others and create a network environment, the much anticipated SALUTE HER: Beauty of Diversity Awards recognizes a diverse group of multicultural women who share a common commitment to their communities. Sponsors; Toyota and ORS Hair Care have joined forces with Café Mocha™ continuing their commitment to diversity, and provide a voice of encouragement to all women. Event supporters include OraSure Technologies, Inc. and Chandon.



The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” has remained the most prominent hip hop showcase on television for ten years with its powerful performances, iconic hip hop honorees and much-anticipated cyphers. Multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled will take the reins as host of the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016.

The “I Am Hip Hop” Award returns to honor entertainment icon and legendary rapper Snoop Dogg. Highly respected with more than 20 years in the industry, Snoop continues to set trends and pave the way for both new and established artists. Snoop defines hip-hop history. He is undoubtedly one of the most recognized and respected entertainers of all time. Hailing from Long Beach, CA, Snoop began his career under the guidance of Dr. Dre and became a multi-platinum artist who set records with his seminal album Doggystyle, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. Throughout his career, Snoop’s produced charttopping hits including “Gin & Juice,” “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Next Episode,” “Beautiful,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Signs,” “Sensual Seduction” and “I Wanna Rock.”

Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Dae Dae, Big Baby D.R.A.M. and Isaiah Rashad. Presenters for the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2016 include the star of Empire and BET’s The New Edition Story, Bryshere Y. Gray and rapper and actor Shameik Moore.

He garnered chart topping success with his first album, Doggystyle (1993), which climbed its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s hip-hop and Top 200 charts. His sophomore album, Tha Doggfather (1996), also achieved chart topping success. He continued to top the hip-hop charts with his next two albums: Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told (1998) and No Limit Top Dogg (1999). Most recently, the West Coast Rapper released his 14th studio album COOLAID, featuring the hit single “Kush Ups” with Wiz Khalifa. Snoop’s career has transcended industry lines with award-winning and multiplatinum albums and songs, as well as critically acclaimed films and television shows, including

his weekly “GGN News” series on his WestFestTV YouTube channel. His philanthropic efforts are also well documented and his pioneering ventures, “Leafs by Snoop,” a cannabis product line and MERRYJANE.COM, a media platform, are already business and tech industry leaders. And the hottest night in Hip Hop is only getting started as the “King of the South” T.I. is confirmed to perform; Atlanta’s own Gucci Mane marks his long awaited return to the stage; Travis Scott will bring another hot performance; as well as performances by Young Thug and Desiigner. The list of confirmed performers doesn’t stop there; also bringing the heat for this year’s BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” is Lil Uzi

The BET “Hip Hop Awards” will be night of electrifying cyphers, powerful performances and legendary tributes! The BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 will tape on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at its new venue, The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producer of The BET Hip Hop Awards along with Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials. is the official site for the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2016 where fans can visit to get up-to-date info on this year’s show and take a look back on past BET Hip Hop Awards. In the coming weeks, will launch a series of interactive timelines; exclusive video content games and quizzes leading up to the show.

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE JUNE 22-25, 2017 the Los Angeles Convention Center that features seminars, a celebrity basketball game, celebrity meet & greets and other special appearances.

BET NETWORKS and AEG announced the 2017 dates for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE as June 22-25, 2017. The fouryear old festival drew its highest attendance last year with 165,000 guests, a 10% increase from 2015. Deposits for VIP ticket packages are now being accepted for BET 6


Experience 2017. These packages are available for guests who don’t want to miss out on the three-day festival filled with music, comedy and concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center. Plus, they get to see “106 & PARK” and attend the FREE BET Experience Fan Fest at

The 2016 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE sold-out of more than 1,000 VIP Packages. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the BET Experience weekend, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater. In anticipation of another stellar lineup announcement for the 2017 BET Experience weekend, guests interested in VIP Packages for 2017 can place a deposit to secure their spots early and guarantee priority seating at all STAPLES Center shows and the BET Awards starting now for past VIP ticket buyers and

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September 15 for new VIP ticket buyers. Non-refundable deposits are available for the following BET Experience VIP Packages: Diamond ($500 deposit), Platinum ($200 deposit) and Gold ($100 deposit). Full 2017 VIP Package details and pricing will be released in the coming months, but to reference elements of the 2016 Packages, please visit

ENTERTAINMENT SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 TO FEATURE JILL SCOTT, TYRESE, MONICA, ANTHONY HAMILTON & MORE #SOULTRAINWEEKEND day party and exclusive late night parties – all leading up to the 2016 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

SOUL TRAIN WEEKEND SCHEDULE THURSDAY, November 3rd “Acoustically Speaking” Sponsored by Toyota House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay @ 7:00PM Featuring Monica, Jazmine Sullivan, Yuna FRIDAY, November 4th “Soul Train Music Festival” Today, BET Networks revealed its first talent confirmed for Soul Train Weekend 2016. Kicking off Thursday, November 3, 2016 and taking over Mandalay Bay, the celebration will feature soulful experiences including performances by Jill Scott, Tyrese, Monica, Anthony Hamilton, Jazmine Sullivan, Bell Biv DeVoe, Yuna, Tish Hyman, Kid Capri and a

special night of comedy with the cast of BET’s The Comedy Get Down with Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy. Additional names and events to be announced soon! The four-day weekend of events will include intimate performances, electrifying concerts, an outdoor

Mandalay Bay Events Center @ 8:00PM Featuring Jill Scott, Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton, Tish Hyman SATURDAY, November 5th “Soul Train Day Party” DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay from 12:00PM – 6:00PM Featuring Bell Biv DeVoe, Kid Capri

“The Comedy Get Down” Mandalay Bay Events Center @ 8:00PM Featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Charlie Murphy SUNDAY, November 6th “Soul Train Awards” Orleans Arena @ 6:00PM Soul Train Weekend VIP Packages will be available for purchase and offer exclusive access, premium seats to all concerts and events, plus VIP status to unforgettable after-parties. Four Day ticket packages are also available and will allow guests to have the convenience and access to attend great concerts throughout Soul Train Awards Weekend. All packages will give guests the opportunity to enjoy sizzling performances at the Soul Train Awards. Full VIP package amenities and pricing can be found at




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LIFEST YLE TH RESTAURANT MACHIAVELLI CELEBRATES ITS 5 ANNIVERSARY Machiavelli is a restaurant that transports you from the bustling streets of New York City to Florence, Italy. It is a vision of owner Nathalie De La Fontaine, whose passion and inspiration derive from the extensive time she spent immersing herself in Northern Italy throughout the years, and her combined experience as manager and owner of popular Italian eatery La Focaccia in the West Village for 20 years. To make Machiavelli a reality, she commissioned the work of talented artisans, woodworkers, ceramicists, sculptors and blacksmiths for the art and décor of the restaurant. This includes everything from hand-carved chairs and wrought-iron candelabras to marble-topped tables and a vibrant painted rendering of “Battle of San Romano,” by Renaissance artist Paolo Uccello. The highlight of the Machiavelli menu is the showstopping hand-made pasta dishes, such as Gnocchi Tricolore, made with pillowy gnocchi in spinach, potato and beet renditions, tossed in a golden heirloom tomato sauce that is equal parts zesty and flavorful. The Farfalle Nere al Salmone features farfalle pasta, creatively dyed with squid ink for an eyecatching appearance, tossed with tender Canadian salmon in a creamy pink sauce. The Casunzei “Ampezzani” is a dish taken

a brioche bread pudding with bananas, chocolate, caramel and walnuts, served warm with vanilla gelato. For an Italian brunch on weekends, consider savory dishes like Uova alla Florentina, poached eggs over fresh spinach, fonduta cheese sauce and crispy polenta cake, or sweet options such as Panettone French Toast al Grand Marnier, sweet Italian bread with candied fruit and raisins topped with an orange Grand Marnier liqueur sauce.

straight from De La Fontaine’s memory of visiting the Dolomite region of the Alps, made with mezzaluna pasta filled with red beets and ricotta and coated in a light butter and poppy seed sauce. For entrees, choose from Pollo alla Chichi, breaded free-range chicken breast served Milanese style with baby arugula, onions and grape tomatoes, or the Petto d’Anatra con Fichi al Moscato, sautéed duck breast prepared with dried figs and a Moscato wine sauce and served with roasted potatoes. The Zuppa di Pesce is a traditional Italian fish stew with mussels, clams, squid, shrimps, and scallops in a tomato wine broth. Various traditional vegetable side dishes

are also offered, such as Funghi Trifolati, mushrooms sautéed with fresh herbs, garlic and truffle oil. The menu also includes pizza, prepared with a whole-wheat or traditional crust and extra-virgin olive oil, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Add various toppings and combinations to create specialties, such as the Machiavelli, with a black truffle cream sauce, mozzarella and wild mushrooms, or the Macellaio, with caramelized red onion and Italian sweet sausage.

Machiavelli is located at 519 Columbus Avenue, between 85th and 86th and is open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-midnight, Saturday 9 a.m.midnight, and Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Live music Sunday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.

For dessert, consider the Bongo Bongo, a whipped cream-or gelato-filled cream puff covered with warm Belgian chocolate, or the Budino di Pane con Gelato,

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 8


“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.

Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin 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

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The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization gathered philanthropic, civic, medical and business leaders in Washington today to formally launch a $27 million,10-city initiative to reduce breast cancer death rates among African-American women.

“African-American women are almost 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women in the U.S. and in some cities, that number is as high as 74 percent. That makes this a public health crisis that must be addressed immediately,” said Komen President and CEO Dr. Judith A. Salerno. “We are deeply appreciative of friends and partners who are working with us to do so.” Salerno thanked the Fund II Foundation and its president Robert F. Smith for the $27 million grant that made the Komen African-American Health Equity Initiative possible. “This investment in women’s health will truly save lives,” Salerno said. Smith said at the event today that the breast cancer initiative ties strongly to Fund II’s priorities. “The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King said that the biggest injustice one can find is really in health care,” he said. “The Fund II Foundation is focused on – among a number of pillars – helping to decrease that disparity and level the playing field in health care and treatment for African-American women.” Komen’s African-American Health Equity Initiative initially targets 10 U.S. cities where mortality

rates and late-stage diagnosis of African-American women are highest. The goal: to reduce the mortality gap by 25 percent within five years of beginning work in each city. The Initiative will expand across the country. Joining Smith and Salerno were Jeri Lacks Whye, patient advocate and granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cancer cells were taken without her permission before her death in 1951 and used for research for decades, and Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, chief medical officer and executive vice president of Pfizer. The panel today reflected Komen’s collaborative approach to the Health Equity Initiative, an approach Whye called critical. “Community engagement is the foundation that allows you to speak with people suffering from breast cancer disparities,” she said. “It starts a conversation that can lead to real results.” Lewis-Hall stressed the importance of African-American participation

in clinical trials. “Why do more of us need to get involved in clinical trials of potential new breast cancer treatments? Because we have so many great scientific opportunities right now and so many questions. These questions will only be answered for us, by us,” she said. Today’s formal launch of the African-American Health Equity Initiative comes one day after Komen announced a broader 10-year plan to reduce current U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in 10 years. Komen’s “Bold Goal” strategy focuses on health equity for all medically underserved individuals, and an enhanced focus on research into aggressive and metastatic breast cancer. MORE ON THE AFRICANAMERICAN HEALTH EQUITY INITIATIVE. The initial targeted cities are Memphis, Tenn., St. Louis, Mo., Dallas, Los Angeles, Virginia Beach, Va., Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Baltimore and Detroit have been

identified as high-priority areas as the program expands over the next year. The African-American Health Equity Initiative complements the work that Komen and its network of 100 U.S. Affiliates already do to remove barriers to cancer care. Komen and Komen Affiliates support thousands of local programs that provide screenings, treatment assistance, emergency financial aid, medical supplies and living expense for underserved individuals. The organization has invested more than $2 billion over 34 years for these programs aimed at uninsured, underinsured, and medically vulnerable populations. “We will never waver from our commitment to remove barriers of language, geography, economics or culture for all people facing this disease. Every woman or man must be able to access and receive highquality breast health and breast cancer care, and be supported through their treatment and into survivorship,” Salerno said.

HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE TO JOIN ENERGY BOARD the Mid-Atlantic. Tildon’s responsibilities at CareFirst include all matters related to public policy, government relations, external and internal communications, strategic medical communications and community outreach and corporate giving. She joined the company in 2006, after holding senior positions at The Century Council and with the Clinton administration.

BGE has announced that Maria Harris Tildon has joined the company’s board of directors. Tildon is the senior vice president for public policy and community affairs for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CareFirst”), the largest healthcare insurer in NewYorkTrendnyc

“Maria has an extensive and impressive background in areas that are critical to an energy utility,” said BGE Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. “Her expertise in public policy and understanding of our customer base will be an asset as we move smart energy forward with innovative programs to meet customer needs.”

Tildon succeeds former BGE board member Dr. Carla Hayden, previously chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, who was sworn in as the United States 14th Librarian of Congress on Sept. 14, 2016.

Tildon, a Baltimore native and current resident, also serves on the boards of Healthcare for the Homeless, the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company. She is also a member of the Baltimore City College Board of Trustees and the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee. Tildon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations

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from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, BGE marks its 200th anniversary this year. BGE is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance.






AT ALL Do you: (A) Create a diversion. (B) Look up the answer on your phone but pretend you knew it. (C) Hire a tutor. For yourself.

When it comes to being a parent, there are no perfect answers — just being there is enough. So don’t worry, you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who will love you just the same.


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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. 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. 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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