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WE BETTER CHANGE ONE DAY THINGS GONNA CHANGE. POVERTY, CORRUPTION, AND IGNORANCE CAN NOT REMAIN SAME. PEOPLE CAN'T GO ON ACTING SO BLIND, LIVING IN LUCIOUS FILTH AND ARGUING ALL THE TIME. ONE DAY THINGS GONNA BE DIFERENT, YOU WAIT AND YOU'LL SEE; CAUSE SOONER OR LATER PEOPLE WILL BE SMACKED SO HARD, THEY WILL HAVE TO WAKE UP AND FACE REALITY. NO MORE DENYING THAT OUR COLLECTIVE PROBLEMS DON'T EXIST, PLAYING CAT AND MICE, AS IF YOU CAN BE MISSED. OH THINGS GONNA CHANGE FOR LIFE IS REAL, WAIT UNTIL THEIR IS NO MORE UNITED STATES CURRENCY, AND YOU CAN NO LONGER BUY RONALD'S HAPPY MEALS. SOUNDS REAL STRANGE THESE WORDS I SAY; BUT THEY WILL BECOME REALITY IF WE CONTINUE TO SELFISHLY PLAY. FOR LIFE MAKES BELIEVERS, EVEN AGAINST YOUR WILL; ONE DAY YOU ARE THRILLED, AND THE NEXT DAY YOUR ILL. HEED MY ADVICE MY COUNTRY MEN BEORE IT GETS TO LATE, BECAUSE HELL WILL COME UP TO EARTH; IF WE DON'T GET IT STRAIGHT. NO ONE WILL CARE ABOUT YOUR TEARS OR YOUR BABYS PLIGHT, NOR WILL ANYONE CARE ABOUT WHATS WRONG OR WHATS RIGHT. THINK THESE ARE JUST WORDS, AND CONTINUE IF YOU CHOOSE; BUT IN THE END, IT WILL BE YOUR FREEDOMS, YOUR HAPPINESS, AND YOUR SOUL THAT YOU LOSE.

WE BETTER CHANGE ONE DAY THINGS GONNA CHANGE. POVERTY, CORRUPTION, AND IGNORANCE CAN NOT REMAIN SAME. PEOPLE CAN'T GO ON ACTING SO BLIND, LIVING IN LUCIOUS FILTH AND ARGUING ALL THE TIME. ONE DAY THINGS GONNA BE DIFERENT, YOU WAIT AND YOU'LL SEE; CAUSE SOONER OR LATER PEOPLE WILL BE SMACKED SO HARD, THEY WILL HAVE TO WAKE UP AND FACE REALITY. NO MORE DENYING THAT OUR COLLECTIVE PROBLEMS DON'T EXIST, PLAYING CAT AND MICE, AS IF YOU CAN BE MISSED. OH THINGS GONNA CHANGE FOR LIFE IS REAL, WAIT UNTIL THEIR IS NO MORE UNITED STATES CURRENCY, AND YOU CAN NO LONGER BUY RONALD'S HAPPY MEALS. SOUNDS REAL STRANGE THESE WORDS I SAY; BUT THEY WILL BECOME REALITY IF WE CONTINUE TO SELFISHLY PLAY. FOR LIFE MAKES BELIEVERS, EVEN AGAINST YOUR WILL; ONE DAY YOU ARE THRILLED, AND THE NEXT DAY YOUR ILL. HEED MY ADVICE MY COUNTRY MEN BEORE IT GETS TO LATE, BECAUSE HELL WILL COME UP TO EARTH; IF WE DON'T GET IT STRAIGHT. NO ONE WILL CARE ABOUT YOUR TEARS OR YOUR BABYS PLIGHT, NOR WILL ANYONE CARE ABOUT WHATS WRONG OR WHATS RIGHT. THINK THESE ARE JUST WORDS, AND CONTINUE IF YOU CHOOSE; BUT IN THE END, IT WILL BE YOUR FREEDOMS, YOUR HAPPINESS, AND YOUR SOUL THAT YOU LOSE.


GENTRAFICATION

The word gentrafication is one of the hottest topics in New York. Why, because the thought of people having to be moved after spending much of their life in a certain area is quite freighting to low income residents. While there is plenhty of talk about the issue, not many people know exactly what it means or it's effects on the areas that go through such an experience. Gentrification is a shift in an urban community toward wealthier residents and/or businesses and increasing property values. Gentrification is typically the result of investment in a community by local government, community activists, or business groups, and can often spur economic development, attract business, and lower crime rates. In addition to these potential benefits, gentrification can lead to population migration, which involves poorer residents being displaced by wealthier newcomers. In a community undergoing gentrification, the average income increases and average family size decreases. Poorer pre-gentrification residents who are unable to pay increased rents or property taxes may be driven out. Often old industrial buildings are converted to residences and shops. New Businesses, which can afford increased commercial rent, cater to a more affluent base of consumers—further increasing the appeal to higher income migrants and decreasing the accessibility to the poor. Political action is often the community's response, either to promote the gentrification or oppose economic eviction. Local governments may favor gentrification because of the increased tax base associated with the new high-income residents, as well as other perceived benefits of moving poor people and rehabilitating deteriorated areas Suburban development derives from outward expansion of cities, often driven by sought profit and the availability of cheap land. This change in


consumption causes a fall in inner city land prices, often resulting in poor upkeep and a neglect of repair for these properties by owners and landlords. The depressed land is then devalued, causing rent to be significantly cheaper than the potential rent that could be derived from the “best use” of the land while taking advantage of its central location. From this derives the Rentgap Theory describing the disparity between "the actual capitalized ground rent (land price) of a plot of land given its present use, and the potential ground rent that might be gleaned under a 'higher and better' use. While this is a fact in Real Estate, when you take in the other factors; the situation is not so cut and dry. As for communities of Bloacdk and Latino heratige , the factors are not as simple as they appear. Due to the fact that reosurces and job training are not available to these communities, the ability of these people to have a shot at staying in their communities is deminished. Since these areas do not have the job training, they are not able to enter any bids to stay in their homes. If these communities would have had the services and the opportunities towards growth that they should have, then the residents would have had a natural elevation in pay; which would have yielded higher rents for the owners. If thyese communities would have had the right job training, they would have had more income to support the new businesses that wanted to establish themselves in the these communities. So we can not blame or shouldn't displace residents based on the cities lack of action. Secondly, in regards to this new gentrification, the people have a right to be upset not with their new neighbors, but with how the city has reacted to them. Since the influx of new residents, the police have begun to crack down on crime. On the one hand this is a good thing, but there was none before the migration, so what message does this send to the people who have lived in the community for years. One it says, we really didn't care about the lives of those who grew up in the neighborhood. The police are now parked on street corners like a country under occupation. While we all like to live in low crime areas, the police could have made the areas safer before the new residents moved in, but for some reason, they didn't think it was necessary.


Another point that makes the residents upset, is that all of a sudden the trash is being picked up on time, the streets are cleaner, and the traffic is not being regulated. Once again this says that, the city cares about the new people in the neighborhood, but they really didn't value the quality of life for those who grew up in the neighborhood. I believe this is what Spike Lee was talking about when he made his Hipster comments. I don't believe that Spike is against Hipsters, he just sees the changes that are happening as a result of their moving into certain neighborhoods, It as if the city is saying, we only take care of certain people, but we don't care about others. While this is a the case, we should begin to discuss solutions. One solution is that the city can offer short term job training to the residents of these areas. With basic skills like computer offfice skills and Computer repair; these residents can go from public assitance to jobs in a short period of time. With the new increase in jobs, the residents would be able to afford the new rent increases. This would make the owners happy, because they would now be able to charge higher rents and improve their buildings. With the increase in income, the stores that are now opening would be patronized on a regular basis. Since the residents would now have more deiscrestionary income, they would be able to pay higher taxes in the area, and would see an increase in the service of basic necessities. So the issue is not with waht people move in or out of a neighborhood, but what type of treatment does the city offer accross the board. Whites and Blacks, hispanics, and Asians all live in communities together; so there is no doubt that we can all live together as one. Let's talk more about equal pay and equal opportunity; then we can all get along. By Saadiq Busby


A 12 year old girl hung herself last night as a result of cyberbullying. Gabrielle Molina was found hung after 2 pm. “She’s very quiet, very friendly,” said her heartbroken aunt, Irma Molina, who saw her niece’s body. “She wanted to dance and sing. She’s so young. I don’t understand.” The troubled tween left behind a heartbreaking note that recounted the torture she endured at the hands of bullies at IS 109. By Saadiq Busby CHOOSE LIFE - NOT STRESS It seems the world we live in has gone a little mad, so much death and destruction, it could really make you sad. Gun violence, rapes, murder and such, is not for the civilized, the burden is too much. Man does not have to act this way, it is a choice of the mind, and as it is a choice, it can change at any time. The will of the world, is a will to be better. Not a broken will, will there is chesse but no cheddar. Think about it, can we not get a long or are we being forced by others to play the notes of this sad, sad song. Are we destined to destry ourselves, or is there another way, to preserve our health. Collectively and individually, lets fight the virus of injustice, innoculate ourselves will love, and make life better for the kids. Renew our principles, stand for what's right, and the world you desire, will appear over night. By Saadiq Busby

Brutality screamed across the room, asking is this what the world has come to. But you act like you don't hear him and continue to do what you do. Your face draws a blank, your eyes drop with fear, oh my god is this what the world has come to my dear. Now as brutality gets a little closer, you look to run and hide, but before you know it, brutality is right by your side. Your heart starts to rumble, you start to panic and shake, you ask your self, is this what the world has come to, Oh lord it's too late. All around you brutailty is smashing up this and smashing up that, and you feel like a spineless mouse being chased by a cat. Now don't act like you didn't see the world coming to this, remember you chose to close your eyes, coward, so don't sit here now crying, asking GOD why. Don't ask why, for the answer you know, if you act like you don't see brutality, he will soon be at your front doo (Door). By Saadiq Busby


Former NYPD cop repeatedly raped co-worker at Bronx hospital: suit  BY DANIEL BEEKMAN A Bronx woman says her ex-cop boss repeatedly raped her in a locked office that served as her “veritable torture chamber,” violating her in “unspeakable ways” and then laughing about it, according to court papers. The 47-year-old woman to as “Jane Doe” in a Manhattan Federal Court sexual assault lawsuit filed Thursday, says supervisor Michael Reingold, 53, “made it a point to let plaintiff know that defendant was a retired police officer and that plaintiff was required to do whatever he said or she would be fired.” Hired by Bronx Lebanon Hospital in July 2012 as a social worker at the Highbridge Woodycrest Center near Yankee Stadium, she says Reingold, the head of the center, started out by making inappropriate comments. But her lawsuit says he quickly moved on to physical attacks. “Defendant led plaintiff to a dark office, with three steps going down and very far removed from patients, co-workers and staff,” the lawsuit alleges. “Plaintiff was scared and felt like she was imprisoned in this new office location.” In his first alleged act of assault, Reingold “quickly spun plaintiff around and pushed her down into the desk chair, shoving his tongue in plaintiff ’s mouth while pulling plaintiff ’s hair,” the lawsuit says. “Defendant Reingold then unzipped his pants, showing plaintiff his penis.” The woman says her nightmare only became worse when Reingold moved her to an office that “could be locked from the inside with a bolt again with no key to open the door from the outside,” the court papers say. “On many occasions and sometimes on a daily basis,” the former police officer raped her in the office, according to the suit.

In such instances, Reingold “would exit the office laughing,”the lawsuit claims. “Plaintiff feared for physical health on a constant basis,” says to the 20-page complaint, which seeks unspecified damages “She became so anxious and terrified that she would frequently vomit from the terror,” it says, alleging that Reingold sexually abused her 18 times. “The office in which Reingold placed plaintiff became a veritable torture chamber where defendant would violate plaintiff in unspeakable ways,” the suit says. When she reported Reingold, a human resources director allegedly told the woman, “you have to go or he will hurt you.” “Finally, plaintiff was forced to resign on or around July 8, 2013,” the lawsuit says. Reingold could not immediately be reached for comment. Bronx Lebanon spokesman Errol Schneer says Reingold no longer works for the organization but declined to say whether he was fired. “Highbridge Woodycrest, like all Bronx Lebanon facilities, has long-standing policies prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace and providing employees with opportunitiess to anonymously report alleged sexual harassment," Schneer said. “We are in receipt of the complaint and are conducting an investigation.”


Teens expelled from Long Island Catholic school for displaying Confederate flag, wearing blackface BY CAROL KURUVILLA Four teens have been booted from a Long Island Catholic high school for sending racially charged messages to the student body. The offenses committed by students at St. Anthony’s High School ranged from dressing up in blackface on soial media to walking onto school property draped in a Confederate flag. Brother Gary Cregan, the principal of the South Huntington private school said he strongly disapproved of the incidents . “I find it just very hard to even imagine why any student in 2014 would even consider or think that a Confederate flag would be anything other than a symbol of hate,” Cregan told CBS. The trouble started April 9, when a small group of students posed with the Confederate flag during an intramural European Handball game. “The African-American students who immediately saw it really exercised heroic restraint and fortunately a teacher immediately confiscated the flag and took the students out of the gym,”

Cregan said. The two students who were allegedly responsible for bringing the flag into the gym were initially suspended for 10 days. But tensions at the high school began to escalate. “Emotions are still very high," Cregan said. "You can feel the

mood in the building. The mood is not a pleasant mood. It's a tense mood.” He had asked students to stop using social mediato continue to stir hostility. But a few days later, one young girl posted a picture of herself in blackface to social media. Another girl posted up a racially inflammatory comment. At that point, school officials became worried about security on the campus. They decided that these students shouldn’t be allowed back.

The four were expelled, according to Newday. "The use of any symbol, either historic or current, which carries a meaning designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance, is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive,” the school said in a statement.  “As a Catholic and Franciscan school, Saint Anthony’s will always demand acceptance and respect for all races, religions and cultures.” St. Anthony’s was founded in 1933 by Fransican brothers. Out of 2,450 students, 1,800 are white. There are 138 Black students, 215 Asian students, and about 200 Hispanic students. Six of the high schoolers are Native American while about four of Pacific Island heritage. An estimated 46 students are of mixed race. Cregan is upset that the incidents have tarnished the school’s image. “I do believe that the school's reputation has been damaged from this," he said. But some parents say the punishment was too harsh — especially since the Confederate flag flies freely in some parts of the South. "I don't think it's necessary, I think sometimes kids are just kids," one mom told Pix11. "And sometimes a conversation is all you need."


As Africans Surge to Europe’s Door, Spain Locks Down By SUZANNE DALEY

MELILLA, Spain — It is easy to pick out the new arrivals at the shelter for immigrants here on this tiny patch of Spain in North Africa. One man limps by on crutches with a plaster cast on his ankle. Another has a bandaged arm in a sling. Abbdol Cisse, 19, had stitches on his face. “The police in Morocco were throwing stones at us, at our heads,” Mr. Cisse said recently, explaining his injuries. “They had metal bars, and they hit our legs while we were climbing.” Ten years ago Spain spent more than 30 million euros building up the barriers around Melilla and Ceuta, its two enclaves surrounded by Morocco on the northern coast of Africa, which offer the only land borders between the promise of Europe and the despair of Africa. And for a while the investment seemed to work. But in the past year, large groups of sub-Saharan immigrants have been charging the rows of seven-yard-high chain-link fences here with increasing frequency, or trying to swim around them, believing with good reason that if they can just get past they will ultimately end up in Europe.

They often end up injured, not just from falls and the newly laid concertina wire, but at the hands of the Moroccan and Spanish authorities trying to stop them. This month the Spanish military police in Ceuta, facing about 250 immigrants climbing the fences or swimming near the shoreline, fired rubber bullets into the water, drawing outrage from European Union officials and human rights activists. It is not yet clear whether the officers of the Guardia Civil hit the immigrants or whether they drowned in the melee. But so far, 15 bodies have been recovered from the water. At first Spanish officials denied there had been any shooting. But since then, they have admitted that bullets were fired, raising questions about just what actions are appropriate in dealing with immigrants who do not represent an immediate threat and prompting Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union’s commissioner for home affairs, to demand clarifications from the Spanish authorities. It is a question that has hounded Europe for years, as immigrants fleeing wars or simply wanting a better future

have tried to break through its borders, sometimes dying in tiny boats headed for the Canary Islands, part of Spain, or the Italian island of Lampedusa, sometimes trying to walk from Turkey to Greece or Bulgaria. Or, as they are doing now, charging the fences of these enclaves, seeking out even the smallest doorways to Europe. Spanish officials, who have not sounded particularly repentant about actions at the border, have now appealed to the European Union for help, including financial, saying the burden of protecting Spain’s borders should not be theirs alone. They are also considering changes in the immigration laws to make it easier to immediately eject immigrants who do make it over the fences. “The law is not designed for events such as the stampedes in Ceuta and Melilla,” Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz said last week. These days military vehicles rumble down the roads near the fence around Melilla, and helicopters hover above, on constant patrol. The shelter here is so overcrowded that men like Mr. Cisse sleep in triple bunks, 15 of them in a


space no bigger than a college dorm room. Even so, their excitement is hard to miss because they are well on their way to getting what they hoped for. Most have had brutal journeys and now will probably spend a year or more in the immigration center as their applications for asylum are processed. Few will get such status. But most will end up transferred to the mainland before being handed an order to leave Spain. Most cannot be deported because Spain does not have treaties with many of the countries they come from. So in the twist that has confounded Europe’s efforts to secure its borders for decades now, many of those who make it to Melilla and Ceuta will be largely free to remain in Spain or other European nations that offer them the prospect of better lives. Nobody knows exactly why, after nearly a decade of relative quiet, the pressure on Ceuta and Melilla has started again, but Spain’s economic crisis may have something to do with it. Spanish officials here acknowledge that Spain has lately had to cut back on aid to Morocco, which has in recent years kept sub-Saharan Africans from getting too close to the enclaves. The central Spanish government delegate to Melilla, Abdelmalik el Barkani, said he doubted the loss of aid had much to do with it. The recent surge probably had more to do with human traffickers, he said. “A lot of people,” he said, “are moved by clandestine forces.” In announcing that Spain would install concertina wire on top of the border fences last fall, the Spanish government said that the number of immigrants trying to scale the fences

had increased by about 50 percent in early 2013. Recent figures confirm that. Last year 4,235 immigrants arrived by land, compared with 2,841 the year before, government officials said. In the past few weeks, the assaults have continued on a regular basis, the men sometimes wearing homemade gloves to protect their hands. On Monday, another group, armed with sticks and stones, stormed the Melilla fences, 100 people successfully. But many of the attempts fail. For instance, Moroccan forces arrested 96 of those who tried to climb over on Monday, 14 of whom were hospitalized. Accusations abound that Spanish forces are actually returning the immigrants to Morocco even when they do arrive successfully on Spanish soil and are entitled to apply for asylum. “We hear that all the time,” said Isabel Torrente, the head of Asociación Melilla Acoge, an immigrant advocacy group. “The immigrants used to hide when they came over the fence. But now they are desperate to be visible. They climb a lamppost even so that people see them and they can’t be sent back.” Getting over the fences is not the only route into the enclaves. Experts say sub-Saharan women tend to come by boat. More recently, the enclaves have also attracted growing numbers of Syrians, who, because they look more like local Moroccans and often have some money, are able to buy or rent Moroccan passports and simply walk quietly across the border with other day workers. Once here, however, they have been anything but quiet. Recently, more than 100 Syrians, including small children, camped in the park in

front of Melilla’s City Hall, unwilling to be herded into the overcrowded shelter tucked in an isolated area of this enclave, about a fifth the size of Manhattan. After a while, the Syrians were offered shelter beside a mosque and Muslim cemetery here, where they continued to camp out, despite the daunting winds that sweep across this region in the winter. Many were middle class before war broke out in Syria. Many had wandered for nearly two years, trying to get into Europe. Eventually, Spain agreed to move a group of about 125 Syrians to the mainland far more quickly than other immigrants. The night before they boarded a ferry to Spain at the end of January, some rented modest hotel rooms so they could take showers. The sub-Saharan Africans could hardly afford such a luxury under any circumstance. For most of the men, the assaults on fences represent the final push to get to Europe after more than two years of traveling or living in the hills behind Melilla, on the outskirts of the Moroccan city of Nador, in desperate conditions. In the Moroccan woods, some of the men sleep in caves or under sheets of plastic, searching for food in the garbage cans of Nador. On a recent visit, five of the men appeared to have broken legs, and three had broken arms from encounters with the Moroccan police, they said. They asked for visits from the Red Cross. But few had any idea of going home. “I have spent two years traveling by land from Cameroon to here, and almost two years more hiding here in the woods,” said Musa Bankura, 36. “My family has spent all their savings. I can’t go back home now with nothing.”


The Associated Press ANKARA (AP)—Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country’s spy agency. It’s the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country’s democracy. The bill, which requires presidential approval, would give Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency, or MIT, the ability to launch covert operations and wider access to the personal data of citizens.

It would also introduce prison terms for the publication of secret documents. The government insists the overhaul will make the agency more efficient. Opposition parties say the bill grants the agency farreaching powers that will turn Turkey into a surveillance state. It has vowed to seek its cancellation at Turkey’s highest court.

Turkey to increase spy agency’s powers

Ebola in West Africa claims 137 lives The Associated Press

DAKAR (AP)—The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in central or eastern Africa, has infected people in Guinea’s remote forests, its capital and in neighboring Liberia. In a statement posted on its website Thursday, the U.N. health agency said authorities have identified more than 220 suspected or confirmed cases of the disease in the two countries. Nearly 200 of those are in Guinea.


One-Fifth of China’s Farmland Is Polluted, State Study Finds By EDWARD WONG BEIJING — The Chinese government released a report on Thursday that said nearly one-fifth of its arable land was polluted, a finding certain to raise questions about the toxic results of China’s rapid industrialization, its lack of regulations over commercial interests and the consequences for the national food chain. The report, issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land Resources, said 16.1 percent of the country’s soil was polluted, including 19.4 percent of farmland. The report was based on a study done from April 2005 to last December on more than 2.4 million square miles of land across mainland China, according to Xinhua, the state news agency. The report said that “the main pollution source is human industrial and agricultural activities,” according to Xinhua. More specifically, factory waste products, irrigation of land by polluted water, the improper use of fertilizers and pesticides, and livestock breeding have all resulted in tainted farmland, the report said. The study found that 82.8 percent of the polluted land was contaminated by inorganic material. The most common pollutants were cadmium, nickel and arsenic, and the levels of these materials in the soil had risen sharply since land studies in 1986 and 1990. The level of cadmium had risen by 50 percent in the southwest and in coastal areas and by 10 percent to 40 percent in other regions, Xinhua reported. The soil in southern China is more polluted than in the north. The report confirms spreading fears among many officials and ordinary Chinese that the country’s soil has been in severe decline. Its numbers also indicate a more serious problem than statistics did in a book published in early 2013 by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, “Soil Pollution and Physical Health,” which said onesixth of China’s arable land, or nearly 50 million acres, was polluted. Officials have become increasingly vocal about the problem in the past year. In December, a vice minister of land and resources, Wang Shiyuan, said at a news conference that eight million acres of land across China, equal to the size of Maryland, were so polluted that farming should not be allowed on it. Hunan Province, in central China, has some of the worst soil pollution because it is one of China’s top producers of nonferrous metals. But it is also a large rice-growing area, producing 16 percent of the country’s rice in 2012, according to one market research company. Officials in Guangdong Province last year found that some rice had excessive levels of cadmium. Most of that rice was from Hunan. It is unclear how the findings released Thursday related to a national soil survey that, according to a news conference in December where Mr. Wang spoke, was done from 2007 to around the end of 2009. Those findings have never been released, with officials calling them a “state secret.” Some environmental advocates said the survey ended in 2010 and have sought its results.


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Smiling Faces

By Nathaniel Townsend

Sometimes writers write for peace, sometimes poets write to clear their soul, make things whole again by ejecting the empty space left in between there chest and blood flow, heart break a form of extreme emotion causes the creative feelings to live at an all time high. Depression and heightened stress are one of the many sources of manna for an artist to sip from the goblet of arts. Winston Churchill stated to improve is to change, to perfect is to change often. Striving to improve has its sacrifices, which at times are friends and family.

Artists go through many tribulations to connect to their “groove” the specific spot in an old couch that has your mold the perfect fit. To elaborate when all outside fades you find yourself in the music, a dancers succinct steps the composers dream of symphonies eye wide open, a writers flowing of words. What really stops this from happening all the time? are we as artist really the cause for the blocking of creativity the calcified blockage of spiritual connection to our talents. Bringing the focal point to a focus level that is unparalleled starts with elimination of inside distractions. Will take a board game approach of “Operation” to distinguish what is a distraction? And what is a necessary evil for growth. The term evil I use lightly to describe factors of human relationships that we don’t necessarily have the wide eye open ears for but is healthy for our psyche, soul and peace within. Relationships are teeth for the food we digest from the world. Good teeth help the digestion and the break up of problems that pass through our system. Bad teeth cause cancer to the mouth, pain, migraines and bad breath caused from negative influences, words we expel to others reflect are direct surroundings bad management of our private clique is a representation of that. Constructive and destructive behaviors are foreshadowing for where a relationship is to travel in the future. Playing on the emotions of a person can deter a genius from the positive path originally taken.

Signs of a constructive relationship: The person takes responsibilities for their faults or infractions within the friendship. They give unbiased advice that does not benefit them in any way. Known to be habitual balloon poppers their willing to tell you the truth about yourself regardless of the altercations that may be symptoms of this effect. Willing to back you physically or verbally in any aggressive actions due to circumstances that at times are uncontrollable. Willing to sacrifice time due to your needs being it a favor or crisis. If this describes or profiles more than a few people in your team or most of these character traits you se in your close circle of friends than the track ahead will be filled with less bumps.

Deconstructive behavior: the person criticizes your achievements or tries to take away the shine from your recent accomplishments, with sometimes subliminal jabs to your character traits planting of negative seeds. Ask you for constant favors may use slight manipulative gestures to get their projected outcome and not willing to reciprocate the same favor. Talks negatively about you when your presence is not around which is hard to decipher being that you are not in earshot for their Oscar like performance of deception. Labels you or “paints you in a box” doubts your intellect which are higher, tells tale sign for deconstructive behavior.

To thrive is to change, survive, adapt and struggle fight off the shackles be that corporate, spiritual and many times familial. The road is hard cutting off people you have known for years is difficult bu time spent is a learning experience to what is real friendship and what is hidden animosity.


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By Zoë Monique Cross

(The line betwe en the crack) Standing on 27 and 6th avenue next to the Mega bus stop waiting to for the bus to arrive , As my friends from out of town make their way to New York City. As I Wait for my friends to arrive I overheard a conversation Between a Jamaican women and a Trinidadian man the discussion was about their distaste for Africans and Africans Americans. I turn my head in their directions from pure curiosity wondering were the conversation was going to lead to next “I swear I never seen such a bunch of lazy group of people in my life. They have a lot more options in this country yet they never take advantage of their opportunities They live on welfare and had the nerve to wear all these fancy name brands and etc. Africans Americans are embarrassment to their race” the Jamaican women said . While the Trinidadian began to speak “ the Africans that come to this country think that they are better then everyone else, they act like their better then everyone here “ I turn my head and looked into the street as the bus arrives my two best friends got off the bus both being African American I told them about the ordeal that I just over heard from the black Caribbean people they were in pure shock couldn’t believe it and they were in more shock I was so passive about it. Sadly I told them it is that I have become so use to living in New York City. For over 4 years now I notice the division between the black races. Being from Phila-

delphia, there is not much of diversity when comes tothe black race. A majority of blacks that live in Philadelphia are African Americans that migrated from the south. I began telling my friends how even though I’m exposed to all the different cultures from the black race, being that it is beautiful and enriching in the city there is a major division between the black races. My friends stared at me with such confusion? “ But why, aren’t we all black?” I told them it sounds simple of enough but that is just not the case. In a recent article posted on “Madame Noire” called “Haitians vs. Jamaicans, Africans Americans vs. everyone; cut the crap we are all black” by Cecily Michelle she speaks on division between blacks in American culture. Living in such a huge city like New York having the largest black population in the country, you can see blacks from almost every corner of world. We have things that will forever unify us like the rich hues of our skin tones the rhythm that beats in us is natural along with similar ancestral stories of hardship from slavery. Not to mention segregation from all parts of the world. The history that surrounds our culture is so beautiful and diverse it should be celebrated. But we are our own worst enemy ,its seems when its comes to unifying the black races in up lift and praise the richness in are culture, we tend to undervalue it. But all hope is not loss this could simply be education for the youth about many different cultures with in the black race and why we should be celebrated for are differences. With understanding comes a great deal of respect and compassion.


Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. One of the most successful Caribbean American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) is the first million selling album by a single artist. [1] Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O". He has recorded in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He has also starred in several films, most notably in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954), 1957's Island in the Sun, and Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow (1959). Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, and one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes, such as the anti-apartheid movement and USA for Africa. Since 1987 he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In recent years he has been a vocal critic of the policies of both the George W.

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Bush and Barack Obama administrations. Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Center Honors. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994. In 2011, he critiqued the Obama Administration: I think [Obama] plays the game that he plays because he sees no threat from evidencing concerns for the poor. On December 9, 2012, in an interon on MSNBC, Belafonte expressed olitical leaders in the United States the policies of President Obama ction: "The only thing left for Barack ork like a third-world dictator and guys in jail. You’re violating the Amer-

3, Belafonte received the NAACP's Spn the televised ceremony, he counted mong those previous recipients of the award whom he regarded highly for speaking up "to remedy the ills of the nation."


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ANGLEA YEE was the HOST of Ciara's Pediatric Cancer Benefit. This program was put together by Dash Events, Pinky Sez, and Urban Fame Media. The event was brought together, because a young lady wanted to donate dresses she made, to children in Cancer Pediatric Centers. This is Ciara's dream come true. Not only was it hosted by the fabulous 105 FM personality and reality TV persona as a member of the world famous Breakfast Club; the event had young rappers, entrepenurs, and singers, and 12 year old fashion designers, and more and more and more. The event was held in the center of historical black culture Harlem NY. The show radiated with pride, it was a blessing on a Sunday, to see :proper preperation, preventing, a poor performance. The show flowed, the MC's

were engaging, the kids spakled and shine in the glory of success. The parents and the organizers, showed a different side of success, instead of falure. The children were able to raise $3000.00 , all going to the Kettering Cancer Center . The kids are trying to raise awareness about the need to register for bone marrow donations; but the best part about it, is they put there money where there mouths are. SUPPORT PEDIATRIC CANCER REAS- RCH!


Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model and singer. Johansson made her film debut in North (1994) and was later nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Manny & Lo (1996). She rose to further prominence with her roles in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001). She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Both films earned her Golden Globe Award nominations. A role in A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) earned Johansson her third Golden Globe for Best Actress nomination. Johansson garnered another Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress with her role in Woody Allen's Match Point (2005). She went on to star in two further Allen movies: Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Johansson has appeared in other successful films, such as Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006), the historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and the ensemble romantic comedy He's Just Not That into You (2009). She has played popular Marvel comic book character Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in the films Iron Man 2 (2010) and The Avengers (2012), and will reprise the role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). The 2010 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge gave Johansson some of her best reviews for her acting, and she received a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. As a singer, Johansson has released two albums, Anywhere I Lay My Head and Break Up. On May 2, 2012, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was placed in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, on Hollywood Boulevard. Johansson is also considered one of Hollywood's modern female sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world, most notably when she was named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire Magazine in 2006, and the "Sexiest Celebrity," by Playboy Magazine in 2007. While it is reported that she is now pregnant, her baby will truly bridge the gap between the new South AFrica and the new USA.


Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American retired professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them. In 1988, Tyson became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks after 91 seconds. Tyson successfully defended the world heavyweight championship nine times, including victories over Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno. In 1990, he lost his titles to underdog James "Buster" Douglas, by a knockout in round 10. Attempting to regain the titles, he defeated Donovan Ruddock twice in 1991, but he pulled out of a fight with undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield due to injury. In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington and sentenced

to six years in prison but was released after serving three years. After his release, he engaged in a series of comeback fights. In 1996, he won the WBC and WBA titles after defeating Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon by knockout. After being stripped of the WBC title, Tyson lost his WBA crown to Evander Holyfield in November 1996 by an 11th round TKO. Their 1997 rematch ended when Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield's ear. In 2002, he fought for the world heavyweight title at the age of 35, losing by knockout to Lennox Lewis. He retired from professional boxing in 2006, after being knocked out in consecutive matches against Danny Williams and Kevin McBride. Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003, despite having received over US$30 million for several of his fights and $300 million during his career. Tyson was well known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior inside and outside the ring. Tyson is considered one of the best heavyweights of all time. He was ranked No. 16 on The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. and No. 1 in the ESPN.com list of "The hardest hitters in heavyweight history". He has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.


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WILL BE BACK-THIS YOU CAN COUNT FOR SURE-CAUSE NOW I KNOW THERE ARE NO EXCUSES-THIS LESSON I HAVE LEARNED BY GOING THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.! I'M GOING TO FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY AND STING LIKE A BEE

AND BELIEVE ME WHEN I AM DONEGOOD TIMES YOU D W WILL HEAR ABOUT ME! P.S. GOOD TIMES WE WILL MEET AGAIN!


Sarah Lois Vaughan

Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer, described by Jazz commentator/music critic Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.� Nicknamed "Sassy", "The Divine One" and "Sailor" (for her salty speech),[2] Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner.[3] The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its "highest honor in jazz", the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989 Biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust into stardom after a winning amateur night performance at Harlem's Zeus Theater. In fact, the story that biographer Renee relates seems to be a bit more complex. Vaughan was frequently accompanied by a friend, Doris Robinson, on her trips into New York City. Some time in the fall of 1942 (when Sarah was 18 years old), Vaughan suggested that Robinson enter the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest. Vaughan played piano accompaniment for Robinson, who won second prize. Vaughan later decided to go back and compete herself as a singer. Vaughan sang "Body and Soul" and won, although the exact date of her victorious Apollo performance is uncertain. The prize, as Vaughan recalled later to Marian McPartland, was $10 and the promise of a week's engagement at the Apollo. After a considerable delay, Vaughan was contacted by the Apollo in the spring of 1943 to open for Ella Fitzgerald. Some time during her week of performances at the Apollo, Vaughan was introduced to bandleader and pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines, although the exact details of that introduction are disputed. Billy Eckstine, Hines' singer at the time, has been credited by Vaughan and others with hearing her at the Apollo and recommending her to Hines. Hines also claimed later to have discovered her himself and offered her a job on the spot. Regardless, after a brief tryout at the Apollo, Hines officially replaced his current male singer with Vaughan on April 4, 1943. In 2004–2006, New Jersey Transit paid tribute to Miss Vaughan in the design of its new Newark Light Rail stations. Passengers stopping at any station on this line can read the lyric to one of her signature songs, "Send in the Clowns", along the edge of the station platform. On March 27, 2003, initiated by Susie M. Butler, the cities of San Francisco and Berkeley, California, signed a proclamation making March 27 "Sarah Lois Vaughan Day" in their respective cities. In 2012, Vaughan was elected into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.


Count Basie Count Basie introduced several generations of listeners to the Big Band sound and left an influential catalog. Basie is remembered by many who worked for him as being considerate of musicians and their opinions, modest, relaxed, fun-loving, dryly witty, and always enthusiastic about his music. In his autobiography, he wrote, "I think the band can really swing when it swings easy, when it can just play along like you are cutting butter." In Red Bank, New Jersey, the Count Basie Theatre, a property on Monmouth Street redeveloped for live performances, and Count Basie Field were named in his honor. Mechanic Street, where he grew up with his family, has the honorary title of Count Basie Way. In 2009, Edgecombe Avenue and 160th Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan, were renamed as Paul Robeson Boulevard and Count Basie Place. The corner is the location of 555 Edgecombe Avenue, also known as the Paul Robeson Home, a National Historic Landmark where Count Basie had also lived. In October 2013, version 3.7 of WordPress was code-named Count Basie.


Belle Knox has been all over the news. She is a porn star in the making. Yet, she in no ordinary porn star, she is a porn star who goes to Duke University. According to Knox, she began doing porn so she could pay her college tuition. Well we will never know if that was truly the reason why she decided to bear it all, she has become an icon to several college girls around


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