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Vol. 12 No. 35 August 30, 2012, - September 5, 2012 FREE

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HARLEM WEEK

‘JOINTS ARE JUMPIN’ 2012

page 12

Preston D. Pinkett, III

President & CEO,

City National Bank

HARLEM WEEK 2012

CONCLUDES WITH PEACE WALK

page 9

HARLEM WEEK Calendar page 31

Community Calendar of Events page 8

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A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER

The HARLEM WEEK events

concluded this week with “THE JOINTS

ARE JUMPIN.” This was an event where

eight restaurants and lounges in Harlem

opened their doors with music, food and

beverages for sampling this past Tuesday,

August 28th. The Greater Harlem Chamber

of Commerce sponsored a bus for the

tour to the eight locations. See the Harlem

News coverage of this night out in Harlem

on pages 12-13. Sadly, last weekend we

also had a final celebration of the last

night of Mobay, who is now closed.

Therefore we hope you will patronize

these establishments featured so that we

will not have to celebrate any more closings

of Harlem-grown businesses. Last

weekend thousands participated in the

Percy Sutton Run/Walk which was held

with this year’s theme “Walk For Peace.”

(see page 9)

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BUSINESS

PROTECTING ASSETS DURING CHALLENGING BUSINESS TIMES

By Anthony Battle

Small businesses are the engine

of the economy, and when the

economy sputters they often

feel it first. In the current climate of

uncertainty, many small businesses

have drastically cut expenses and

tried to make their operations as

lean and efficient as possible.

But even if a small business

owner can't control the marketplace,

he or she can take steps to protect

their key assets: the people the business

relies upon.

Details Matter To Customers

A recession tests customer

loyalty, as people cut back on

spending and carefully weigh their

options for even necessary purchases.

For businesses that are cutting

back themselves, it may be easy to

let attention to the details of customer

service slip. But this is the

time that details matter most,

whether it's taking the trouble to

send a holiday note to your mailing

list or offering special incentives to

prized patrons. The key to their loyalty

is to let them know they matter

to you.

Appreciate Your Employees

Of course, you want your

employees to know they're important,

too. You need their knowledge

and experience to navigate the

uncertain times. The recession

might mean sacrifices for everyone,

but it is also a time to make sure

valued workers know how much

they are appreciated. Even small

gestures, like movie tickets or a

night at a local restaurant, can keep

morale steady.

Supplement Benefits, Not

Costs

You may want to consider

enhancing your employee benefits

package. A “Voluntary Payroll

Deduction” (VPD) program is one

of the simplest ways employees can

purchase additional, personallyowned

permanent life insurance. A

VPD program can usually be set up

using your existing procedures for

payroll deduction. A life insurance

agent would then meet individually

with each employee to explain the

benefits of life insurance and the

ease with which it can be purchased.

All products purchased through

VPD are employee-owned and paid

for, with virtually no direct out-ofpocket

cost to you. Adding a VPD

program can be a smart way to supplement

your overall benefits package,

without draining your budget.

Note: Employee participation

in a payroll deduction insurance

program is completely voluntary.

Since this program is not intended

to be subject to the Employee

Retirement Income Security Act of

1974 (ERISA), employers cannot

contribute to, or endorse, this program.

Protect Yourself

As the owner of a business,

you are the most important piece of

the puzzle. And especially during

difficult times, it is important to

think about how the business would

function without you. One thing that

can provide a greater sense of security

is a comprehensive life insurance

policy. It can be tailored to fit

your needs and ensure that those

who rely on you every day would be

provided for.

So when you think about

protecting your assets in this economy,

consider your human assets

first.

This educational third-party

article is being provided as a courtesy

by Anthony Battle. For additional

information on the

information or topic(s) discussed,

please contact Anthony Battle at

(646) 227-8297, www.anthonybattle.nylagents.com.

Anthony Battle, Agent

New York Life Insurance

Company

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OPT ED:

LABOR OUTSOURCING IS NOT THE PROBLEM

By Sheldon Richman

President Obama thinks he can

score points on Mitt Romney by

pointing out that companies

acquired by Bain Capital outsourced

jobs to other countries. The implication

is that there is something unpatriotic in

contracting for foreign labor. That is a

strange position in this era of globalization,

which Obama claims to favor.

Romney, a self-described champion

of free enterprise, defended outsourcing,

right? Well, no. Instead, he

said first that he wasn’t running Bain at

the time, and he expressed second that

Obama’s administration has subsidized

firms that outsource labor.

Some defender of free enterprise

Romney turned out to be.

We must look at outsourcing at

two levels: as an abstract concept and as

it occurs in our mixed, or corporatist,

economy (we do not have a free market).

The two analyses will differ.

In terms of economic theory,

outsourcing is simply a manifestation of

the division of labor. Hardly anyone

thinks the division of labor is a bad idea.

Self-sufficiency is a road to poverty.

Imagine what life would be like if you

could have only what you and your family

could produce. People once lived like

that, and I’m sure almost no one would

want to return to those days.

The division of labor is what

makes specialization and rising productivity

possible. We can all have a wider

array of affordable consumer goods

thanks to specialization and the division

of labor.

Because of what’s known in

economics as comparative advantage,

we would be better off even if specialization

did not lead to improved skill at

our various tasks. The principle of comparative

advantage points out that when

people are left free, they will tend to

concentrate on the work for which they

have the lowest opportunity cost, leaving

other work for others.

Think about a high-priced

lawyer who is also the fastest, most

accurate typist in the world. Would this

lawyer do his own typing or hire another

typist to do it? To see why he would hire

a typist, notice that every hour the

lawyer spent typing would cost him, say,

$500 in forgone attorney fees. This

would not be true of any typist he hired.

It’s similar for groups of people

around the world. In a global economy,

various kinds of work will be appropriately

done in different locations. Should

all work be done in the United States? If

self-sufficiency and “buying local” are

bad ways to raise living standards, “buying

American” makes no more sense.

Since the division of labor is

good, the more elaborate it is, the better.

As Adam Smith wrote, “The division of

labor is limited by the extent of the market.”

That the extent of the market is

essentially global today is in principle a

good thing.

Rising living standards are not

the only benefit. Trade is cooperation.

Global trade is global cooperation. People

engaged in mutually beneficial

exchanges are less likely to be attracted

to war. It’s bad business to kill off your

customers or suppliers.

One wonders why activists for

world peace and against poverty are not

also vocal advocates of expanded world

trade. Peace through trade was a popular

cause in 19th-century Britain, when

Richard Cobden and John Bright spearheaded

a working- and middle-class

movement to oppose both tariffs and

British imperialism.

As noted above, our corporatist

economy is not free, whatever Romney

may think, but privilege-ridden. Thus,

decisions about where to locate jobs are

likely influenced by manipulative tax

laws as well as policies in less-developed

countries concerning land and

intellectual-property, which may foreclose

alternatives to working in factories.

None of these policies, however,

justifies interference with trade —

including the outsourcing of labor.

Rather, advocates of freedom should

focus on the malign policies directly,

pointing out how they harm people

worldwide who are not politically connected.

The current high unemployment

rate is also no grounds for restrictions,

since it is other government policies that

keep people out of work.

Trade is good; government interference

with trade is bad. Allowing the

market, the division of labor, and comparative

advantage to guide the world’s

economic activities will raise the living

standards of all people. The politicians

must get out of the way forthwith,

because even good intentions can’t

make bad policies work.

Sheldon Richman is senior fellow

at The Future of Freedom Foundation

(www.fff.org) and editor of The

Freeman magazine.

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HOME BUYING IN HARLEM

UNDERSTANDING THE HOME BUYING PROCESS

‘QUESTIONS FROM READERS - PART 20’

By Rev. Charles Butler, HCCI

QUESTION:

Hi Rev. Butler, I heard the

housing market is improving, is that

true? What will this mean for first

time homebuyers?

ANSWER:

Yes from all indications the

housing market is starting

to turn around. There has

been a slight increase in home purchases

of roughly 9% over the first

two quarters this year as compared

to last year. What this will mean for

first time buyers is that you must

hasten your efforts to prepare for

your purchase because homes values

are starting to rise in the community

up almost 15% from last

year. Currently the interest rates

for most of the major lenders are

remaining steady and are still quite

low hovering somewhere around

4.25% for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage.

However, I believe they will

probably start increasing especially

if the market continues to show

improvement for the remainder of

the year.

What that will mean to you

as a first time homebuyer is quite

simple; you need to make preparations

to complete the purchase of

your home as soon as possible. This

will mean that you will need to

aggressively save money for the

down payment and closing cost. If

your credit is showing several late

payments or accounts that have

gone into collections they must be

resolved immediately.

Some perspective buyers are

still a little hesitant because of the

economy and the uncertainty in the

job market. This is why it is important

to do your affordability calculations

on how much you can spend

on a home before making an offer.

You also need to do your research

to determine the current home values

and how long a particular home

has been on the market. This information

will be extremely beneficial

when you start the negotiation

process with the seller.

If you are not familiar with

the home buying process I would

also suggest that you attend the

Homebuyer Education Workshop

Seminar series at Harlem Congregations

for Community Improvement.

We will be starting a new

series on Thursday, September 6th.

There are still seats available if you

are interested in attending. Attending

the workshop is the first step in

this process because an educated

buyer is an informed buyer. In

addition to learning about the home

buying process, you will learn

about the eligibility requirements

for the various home buyer grant

programs that we offer. In addition

there will be presentations made by

various professionals working in

the home buyer industry.

The bottom line is this, there

are still some very good housing

deals on the market, but they will

not last much longer. The fall is

usually an excellent time to capitalize

on the housing market. Current

homeowners who are looking to

sell their property are getting anxious

to find prospective buyers.

Don't miss out on this opportunity.

For information on these

programs, attending the workshop

or questions related to the home

buying process, contact Rev.

Charles Butler at (917) 645-9835

or email at cbutler@hcci.org.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Each Friday through August 26th

2012 Free Friday Family Jam Series.

Boasting over 25+ years of freeadmission

evenings featuring

music, dance, programs, exhibits,

and family fun for kids, parents,

grandparents, and friends, this

years’ Free Friday Family Jam Series

promises to be unforgettable!

Admission is free for all visitors after

5pm. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern

Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238. Info

call (718) 638-5000

Through September 9th

Imagenation presents "A Home

Away from Home" Artworks by

Samson Mnisi + Cannon Hersey

curated by Justin Pettress +

Vaughn Bergin located at Imagenation

Raw Space, Adam Clayton

Powell, Jr. Blvd. between 121

+122rd street on the Street level.

Harlem, NYC. Exhibition is open

from Wednesday-Sunday, 1-8pm,

and is free. Closing event will take

place on Sept. 8th and will include

art talk + visual archive projection

by Cannon Hersey + African Kora +

Coronet performance by Graham

Haynes

Through September 13th

Art in Flux Harlem features "SMALL."

Small artworks by 18 artists with the

intent to introduce a large number

of Harlem artists to the Art In FLUX

audience and provide a fun and

accessible exhibit in the summer

months. Located at 1961 Adam

Clayton Powell Blvd (at 118 st.).

Gallery hours: Wed. to Sat. 12:00-

7:00, Sun. 12:00-5:00. For more info

visit www.artinfluxharlem.com

August 30th, 1-8

All Things Latin, Mariah Tores and

Company, Izzy Lopez, and more.

FREE. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.,

State Office Building Plaza

September 5 from 6pm to 11pm

The 39th Annual Night of Elegance

event located at the Central

Harlem Senior Citizens' Centers,

Inc., 120 West 140th Street

(between Lenox and 7th Avenues),

New York, NY 10030. Come for an

event filled with dancing and dining,

General Admission $40 at the

door Admission $45 (dinner and

entertainment is included). Open

to The Public. For additional information

contact: Jonathan Carrington,

Site Manager at 212-926-4465

September 6th, 1-8

Summer Stage, Summer Sunset at

the Plaza. Jammin on the mic with

Chris Curry and Friends. FREE.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr., State

Office Building Plaza

September 6th - Sunday, September

9th. Health is Wealth - Harlem

Natural Living Film Festival. "Hungry

For Change" featured on September

6th at 7:30 pm. "Simply Raw,

Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days" featured

on September 7th, 7:30pm.

Panel Discussion - Changing for

Good featured on September 8th

from 1:00- 2:30pm followed by

screening of "Stress: Portrait of a

Killer" at 3pm and screening of

"Healing Cancer from Inside Out,

Part II" at 8pm. Sunday, September

9th from 1:00 - 2:30pm there will be

Laughter Yoga Class followed by

"The Happy Movie" at 3pm. This Festival

is FREE of charge. However,

registration is advised. You may call

212-662-6408 to make a reservation

or visit www.mayslesinstitute.org for

more info. *Harlem Natural Living

Film Festival is curated by by

Yvonne Stafford

September 8th at 4.05 P.M.

SickleCell Awareness Night at Citi

Field NEW YORK METS vs. The

ATLANTA BRAVES Invite Your

Friends, Neighbors, School, Church,

Organization, Company and the

Whole Family for a Family Night

Out!!!! Purchase your Ticket(s) or

Sponsor a Family that will Benefit

children, families and Individuals

with Sickle Cell Anemia and Creates

Greater Community Awareness.

If you are unable to join us but

would like to make a donation @

www.qscan.org

September 8, 2012 from 6-11

The Central Harlem Senior Citizen

Centers, Inc. proudly presents the

39th Annual Night Of Elegance,

Black and Gold Affair. The event is

located at 120 w 140th street. For

ticket information call 212-926-4465

and ask for Debra Stuckey.

September 15 from 11am-4pm

Battle of Harlem Heights Remembered.

Learn how to use a quill pen

and dress up in colonial costumes.

At 1pm listen to a presentation by

Dr. Philip Briggs and learn about

the important role that this battle

played in shaping the course of the

Revolutionary War. The event is

FREE and no advanced registration

is?required. Morris-Jumel Mansion is

located at 65 Jumel Terrace, New

York, NY 10032. For more info call

212.923.8008 or visit www.morrisjumel.org/

September 15 from 4pm-6pm

Exhibition Opening: Women

UnboundJoin us for the opening of

our two new exhibitions: "Women

Unbound" by Andrea Arroyo and

"George Washington Revisits Washington

Heights" by Felipe Galindo.

The event is FREE and light refreshments

will be served. Please call

212-923-8008 to reserve a place.

Morris-Jumel Mansion is located at

65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY

10032. For more info call

212.923.8008 or visit www.morrisjumel.org

September 20 from 8:30am -

11:30am

2012 New York Women of Excellence

Awards and The Celebrating

All Women Fundraising Breakfast.

Located at Bridgewaters at the

South Street Seaport, 11 Fulton

Street, NYC. For more information

contact New York Women's Chamber

of Commerce, 1524 Amsterdam

Avenue, New York, NY 10031,

Ph: 212.491.9640, www.NYWCC.org

September 22, and Sunday, September

23 at 3pm

Faux-Real Theatre: Jason & The

Argonauts. With the goal of making

classical theater dynamic, relevant

and just plain fun, the Faux-Real

Theatre Company (FRTC) in cooperation

with the Morris-Jumel Mansion

presents a Greek classic. The

event is FREE and no advanced

registration is required.Morris-Jumel

Mansion is located at 65 Jumel Terrace,

New York, NY 10032. For more

info call 212.923.8008 or visit

www.morrisjumel.org/

October 15 at 7pm

IMPACT Repertory Theatre,15th

Anniversary Celebration Concert.

Located at First Corinthian Baptist

Church, 1912 Seventh Avenue,

New York, NY. For more information

visit www.impactreptheatre.org or

call (212) 926-2550

November 10 at 3pm

United Palace Cathedral & The

Youth Ministry Invites you to participate

in the 2012 Youth Talent &

Fashion Show. Models needed.

Children and Youth of all ages,

come and model your latest fashions.

All participants will receive a

gift. Located at 4140 Broadway at

175th St. More info call (212) 568-

6700 ext. 16.

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PERCY E. SUTTON 5K RUN & PEACE WALK

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Left to Right - Lloyd Williams; Hon. Bill Perkins;

Road Runners' Mary Wittenberg;

Rev. Jacques DeGraff; Hon. Robert Jackson;

Marci McCall and musician Joey Morant

Runners off to the races

winner Mikael Tesfaye Kahsay, 25,

clocked in at 14:49

l-r (front row) - NYC Police Commissioner Ray

Kelly; Jackie Rowe-Adams; US Congressman

Charles B. Rangel; Police Inspector

Rodney Harrison; (backrow)

WBLS on air personality Dr. Bob Lee;

Over 6,000 runners and

walkers took to the streets

of Harlem for the Greater

Harlem Chamber of Commerce and

NY Road Runners Percy E. Sutton

5K Run and NYC Family Health

Walk for Peace In Our Communities.

Starting at West 135th Street &

St. Nicholas Avenue, racers ran

along picturesque Harlem taking in

the community's various historic

sights. Mikael Tesfaye Kahsay, 25,

who clocked in at 14:49 led the

race with Catherine Beck, 26,

emerging as the first female runner

to cross the finish line at 17:15.

WBLS FM radio personalities Dr.

Bob Lee and Deja Vu were also on

hand leading a crowd of cheering

revelers.

Immediately following the

race, civic leaders, social organizations,

church members, family and

friends gathered together for the

New York City Family Health Walk

for Peace in Our Communities.

Hosted by Fox 5 TV personality

Antwon Lewis, the event was a collective

outcry to bring awareness to

and combat gun violence, bullying

and domestic violence that is

impacting our communities nationwide.

Congressman Charles

Rangel, NYC Police Commissioner

Ray Kelly, City Council members

Robert Jackson and Leticia James

shared comments encouraging the

community to take a stand against

violence of any kind. Community

leaders like Jackie Rowe-Adams,

Co-Founder of Harlem Mothers

S.A.V.E., Rev. Jacques DeGraff,

Associate Pastor Canaan Baptist

Church, Imam Talib Abdur Rashid

and others led the crowd in numerous

chants and positive mantras

reinforcing the message of and

commitment to Peace In Our Communities

as the walk began. The

day concluded with a mini concert

featuring various performances by

a variety of local acts.

Themed Harlem: Where the

World Meets the World, this year's

HARLEM WEEK events celebrated

Harlem's global presence and

international legacy honoring the

50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence;

the 100th anniversaries

of South Africa's African National

Congress and Japan's Sakura Festival.

Activities and events included

musical salutes to radio legend Hal

Jackson, Reggae Icon Bob Marley,

TV pioneer Don Cornelius, South

African musical legend Miriam

Makeba and more plus The Historic

Black College Fair & Expo, Summer

In The City, The International

Auto Show, NYC Children's Festival,

The HARLEM WEEK/Imagenation

Outdoor Film Festival,

Harlem Jr Tennis Tournament and

much more.

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17TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN JAMAICA

FROM NOVEMBER 8 - 11

Asignificant boost to

international trade

between the Caribbean

and North America, and opening

of new business opportunities

for the Caribbean Diaspora

are on the list of major goals of

the 17th Annual Caribbean

Multi-National Business Conference

which is scheduled to

be held in Montego Bay,

Jamaica from November 8 -11,

2012.

More than 200 executives

of international, national

and local firms in the United

States and the Caribbean, as

well as Elected Officials in

State and local government

legislatures and Councils are to

participate in sessions at the

Ritz Carlton resort. The conference

is being organized by the

New York Carib News, the

leading Caribbean weekly

paper in the U.S.

“The global economy

continues to experience challenging

times and that’s particular

true in Europe, the United

States, Latin America and parts

of Africa, Asia and the

Caribbean,” said Karl Rodney,

Carib News publisher. “But it’s

also a time of business opportunities

and entrepreneurs must

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of them. Like it’s neighbors in

the Caribbean, Jamaica is

boosting its tourism industry,

manufacturing, agriculture,

construction and a variety of

other sectors of its economy,

with these issues and opportunities

on the table for discussion.

As U.S. companies seek

to improve the bottom line

venturing into new markets

and establishing profitable

business partnerships are

essential. Jamaica, with its

welcoming environment, can

benefit from the thinking that

pervades America’s executive

suites and corporate boardrooms,

and that is firms can’t

stand still. Jamaica is wellplaced

to attract new investment

in a variety of areas.”

Some highly successful

corporate executives from different

parts of the United

States are to join their

Jamaican and Caribbean counterparts

during panel discussions

and private meetings to

explore opportunities for doing

business, said Mr. Rodney.

Harry Belafonte,

Actor/Activist, Former U.S.

Ambassador to the United

Nations, the Rev. Andrew

Young, Susan Taylor, former

editor and publisher of Essence

Magazine, Paula Madison,

until recently NBC Universal’s

chief diversity officer and one

of the high-ranking television

executives, Professor Charles

Ogletree, and Ed Goldberg,

Macy’s Senior Vice President,

are to participate in the conference.

Visit us at NYCaribnews

.com and click CMBC button

for information on the 2012

Conference

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URBAN THEATRICAL PLAYERS ADAPTATION OF THE

1959 CLASSIC FILM “IMITATION OF LIFE”

By Gideon Manasseh / photojournalist

EVENTS

(Sitting Center) Ronald McCain, President (Basileus ) Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,

Inc., with Fraternity members and casts from the play “Imitation of Life”

The Kappa Omicron Chapter of Omega

Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc in association

with the Order of Feather Fraternitybonnet

Lodge and the New York City Mission

Society proudly presented, for the first time

ever, on stage in Harlem, the theatrical production

of the Classic Movie “Imitation of Life”

performed by the Urban Theatrical Players, at

the Minisink Townhouse Theatre during

“HARLEM WEEK Festivities’ on August

17th and 18th.

Ronald McCain, President (Basileus)

of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. said,

“This event enhanced the community’s cultural

exposure in the arts and a portion of the proceeds

will assist with the 55th Annual Talent

Hunt Program for High School contestants

held at Columbia University.”

NEUFELD PLAYGROUND AT RIVERSIDE PARK

UNVEILS NEW IMPROVEMENTS

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian

Benepe recently joined Manhattan Borough

President Scott M. Stringer, Council

Member Gale A. Brewer, State Assembly Member

Linda B. Rosenthal, Riverside Park Fund

President John Herrold, Community Board 7

Chair Emeritus Mel Wymore, community members,

and neighborhood children to cut the ribbon

on $900,000 in improvements to Neufeld

Playground at Riverside Park.

The reconstruction of Neufeld Playground

and the adjacent step ramps leading

down from Hamilton Plaza, designed by Landscape

Architect Margaret Bracken, were generously

funded with capital allocations of

$500,000 from Borough President Stringer and

$400,000 from Council Member Brewer.

“Riverside Park’s Neufeld Playground

has long been a favorite play spot for Upper

West Siders,” said Commissioner Adrian

Benepe. “Thanks to generous allocations from

Borough President Stringer and Council Member

Brewer, we restored the playground with new

amenities that appeal to both toddlers and older

children. The result is an improved public space

for our community’s kids to get outside and stay

active.”

“I'm proud that my office helped fund

the reconstruction of Neufeld Playground, a

three-year project which will bring outdoor fun

and healthy exercise to Upper West kids and

their parents for years to come,” said Manhattan

Borough President Scott M. Stringer. “This is a

great day for the Department of Parks and Recreation,

the playground and the neighborhood it

serves.”

“I am delighted that the Neufeld Playground

is now renovated and includes new play

equipment, a better safety surface, working spray

showers and improved landscaping,” said Council

Member Gale A. Brewer. “The money that I

allocated is taxpayer money well spent. I am

particularly appreciative of the input from Margaret

Bracken, Riverside Park's very own and

very talented Landscape Architect, as well as

John Herrold, the Administrator of Riverside

Park. I also thank Scot Steinberg, a public school

parent and leader for the many activities in Elephant

Playground, which is the more common

name for the Neufeld Playground. Scot Steinberg

was a great advocate for this restoration, as

was the 75th Street Block Association. I am

glad that this restored area is now another gem

for children and families in our beloved Riverside

Park.”

The amenities feature two restored play

areas including one for toddlers and one for

older children. New play units, swings and a

play house were included. We installed state-ofthe-art

safety surfacing, a wall for sitting around

the sandbox, and an accessible sand table for

children with mobility challenges. The asphalt

pavement and safety surface was replaced along

with a new drinking fountain and benches. The

existing plantings were augmented. The blue

stone risers and asphalt pavement at the step

ramps were also removed and replaced with new

bluestone risers with hexagonal asphalt pavers to

improve access to Riverside Park.

The playground was built as part of the

Robert Moses Depression-era West Side Expansion

that doubled the size of Riverside Park. It is

named for Henry Neufeld, a Holocaust survivor

and local philanthropist. Though he had no children

of his own, he enjoyed watching kids play

in this playground from his window. In 1990,

Neufeld funded the much-needed reconstruction

of this playground and provided an endowment

for the Riverside Park Fund to help with its

ongoing maintenance.

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EVENTS

HARLEM WEEK ‘JOINTS ARE JUMPIN’ 2012

Chocolat located at 2217 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY

More info call (212) 222-4545 or visit www.ChocolatHarlem.com

Corner Social is located at 321 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY

More info call (212) 510-8552 or visit www.CornerSocialNYC.com

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is located at 700 W125th St., New York, NY

More info call (212) 694-1777 or visit www.DinosaurBarBQue.com

Joints were definitely Jumpin’

as part of the Finale of 2012

HARLEM WEEK The

“Joints are Jumpin” celebration

was held on Tuesday, August

28th. This magical and lively

night involved eight local Harlem

Restaurants and Bars that opened

up their doors and featured live

entertainment, food and drink

specials.

The participating venues

included Chocolat (2217 Frederick

Douglass Blvd), Corner

Social (321 Malcolm X Blvd.),

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (700 W

125th St.), PJ’s (2256 Adam

Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.), Gran

Piatto D’Oro (1429 5th Avenue),

Londel’s (2620 Frederick Douglass

Blvd.), Showman’s (375 W

125th St.), Sylvia’s Also (318

Malcolm X Blvd.).

Each venue also celebrated/honored

a special guest/history

maker and of course infused the

2012 HARLEM WEEK theme of

Harlem: Where the World Meets

the World with special recognition

of Japan, South Africa, and

Jamaica.

The Greater Harlem

Chamber of Commerce sponsored

a bus of about fifty passengers

who visited each of the locations

that were Jumpin’.

Chocolat honored the late

great Hal Jackson and featured

live performance by Laura Mann

and Friends.

Corner Social celebrated

the great South African trumpeter

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela and

featured live performance by Joey

Morant. “We are having a great

night tonight for HARLEM

WEEK, a perfect summer night,”

commented Anahi Angelone,

owner of Corner Social.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que hosted

the event in their brand new

banquet space which sits above

the restaurant and celebrated the

great American Jazz Artist Herbie

Hancock and the nation of Japan

with live performance by Winard

Harper. This is the second year

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has been

involved in Joints are Jumpin’

and Abigail Doyle, GM of

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, expressed,

“we did it again because it was a

blast last year… the band is

great, the food is smokin’, the

people are awesome. Dinosaur

Bar-B-Que is so proud to be a

part of HARLEM WEEK and the

Harlem Community.”

PJ’s honored the late great

Don Cornelius and a special

2

at Corner Social

3

at Corner Social

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PJ’s is located at 2256 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., New York, NY

at Gran Piatto D’Oro

at Dinosaur

Bar-B-Que

1

at Chocolat

4

at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

[1] Abigail Doyle, GM of Dinosaur Bar-B-QueVoza Rivers, Executive Director HARLEM

WEEK; Pat Stevenson, Publisher Harlem News Group[2] Marko Nobles; Pat Stevenson,

Publisher Harlem News Group, Inc.; Geoffrey Eaton; Lucille McEwen, Lloyd Williams, President/CEO

Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce [3] Phil Banks, former president of 100

Black Men; Sabina Brice, Mgr. City National Bank; Steven Bustos, Mgr. at Corner Social;

Fitzgerald Miller, president 100 Black Men of NY [4] Pat Stevenson, Publisher Harlem News

Group;Leon Ellis, owner of Cholat; Guests [5] Guest; Guest; Winston Majette, Greater

Harlem Chamber of Commerce; Abigail Doyle, Managing Partner, Dinosaur; Guest; Guest.

5

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salute to Harlem Mothers

S.A.V.E. with live performance

by Petawane. “The joints are

jumpin’ here in Harlem,”

expressed Jackie Rowe-Adams

from Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.

With this being the first time PJ’s

has been involved in Joints are

Jumpin, Pat, owner of PJ’s, commented

that she is so thankful to

the Lloyd Williams and the entire

Greater Harlem Chamber of

Commerce and continued, “I have

been here for 19 years, since 1993

on the same block,” and

announced that she will be opening

up a new seafood place located

at 2492 8th Avenue within the

next couple of weeks!

Gran Piatto D’Oro celebrated

Harry Belafonte and saluted

Jamaica with live performance

by MTA Underground Horns.

Ami Yros, owner of Gran Piatto

D’oro, was the gracious host welcoming

people to the festivities

held at the restaurant. “Tonight

we are celebrating Joints are

Jumpin and I am very proud to be

a part of it,” Yros passionately

expressed.

Londel’s celebrated

Harlem’s own William “Pop”

Gates with a special Salute to the

Harlem Globetrotters of NY and

live performance by Puncho &

the Latin Soul Brothers. “I am so

happy to be a part of HARLEM

WEEK because I am one of the

only home-grown restaurants that

is uptown,” commented Londel

Davis, owner of Londel’s.

Showman’s honored Etta

James with a special salute to

“Diamond Lil” and featured live

performance by Lady Cantrese.

Sylvia’s Also saluted “The

Queen of Soul Food”, Ms. Sylvia

Woods, with live performance by

Janice Marie Robinson and

friends.

Voza Rivers, the executive

producer of HARLEM WEEK,

commented, “We have just completed

109 events including

tonight,” and continued, “this is

an opportunity to showcase our

nightclubs, our restaurants, the

culinary cuisine from this community,

the jazz artist, the blues

artists, the R&B artists, and most

importantly to get all of our

friends to come out in a complimentary

way of saying ‘This is

Harlem, This is what’s happening,

and This is where you need to

be,’ and it is a nice way to end

HARLEM WEEK.”

For more info visit

www.HarlemDiscover.com

EVENTS

HARLEM WEEK ‘JOINTS ARE JUMPIN’ 2012

By Peter Cooper,

Photojournalist Harlem News

Gran Piatto D’Oro is located at 1429 5th Avenue, New York, NY

More info call (212) 722-2161 or visit www.GranPiattoRestaurant.com

Londel’s is located at 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY

More info call (212) 234-6114 or visit www.LondelsRestaurant.com

Showman’s is located at 375 W 125th St., New York, NY

More info call (212) 864-8941

Sylvia’s Also is located at 318 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY

More info call (212) 996-0660

at Sylvia’s Also

6 7

at Gran Piatto D’Oro

at PJ’s

8 at Londel’s 9 at Londel’s 10

[6]Stanley Gleaton, Patricia Riketts, GHCC; Bob Tate; Pat Stevenson, Publisher Harlem

News Group; [7] Michael Garner, Chief Diversity Officer MTA; Pat Stevenson, Publisher

Harlem News Group; Karl Rodney, CEO Carib News; Geoffrey Eaton [8] Jackie Rowe-

Adams, Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. [9] Pat Stevenson, Publisher Harlem News Group; Londel

Davis, owner of Londel’s [10] Councilwoman Inez Dickens; Londel Davis , Jr. [11] TV Star

currently of “The View” Sherri Sheppard with son Jeffrey at Corner Social.

11

at Corner

Social

at Sylvia’s Also

at Dinosaur

Bar-B-Que

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OLD HARLEM/ NEW HARLEM EXHIBIT PHOTOGRAPHERS TALK

AUGUST 30TH 6-9

The Rio II Gallery has announced

there will be a Photographers talk

on August 30 in connection with

the Old Harlem/ New Harlem Exhibit.

The photographers will discuss the visual

changes in Harlem. The Photographic

exhibition was a success when it opened

on August 10th and attracted an estimated

amount of 250 people in 3 hours.

Lisa DuBois, a photojournalist and

curator was born and raised in Harlem.

She conceptualized the exhibit after

noticing the dramatic changes taking

place in Harlem. . This exhibit was

curated by Anthony Barboza, John Pinderhughes

and Lisa DuBois. Antwan

Minter is the assistant coordinator for

the exhibit. The themes covered are

Spirituality, Politics, Spanish Harlem

and Gentrification. Gentrification is a

controversial topic among all residents

of Harlem. Living in Harlem has

become desirable and expensive. The

exhibit depicts images of Harlemites

from the mid sixties to 2012. The exhibit

displays 50 photographs by 18 different

photographers. The gallery is unique

in its design. The Gallery’s spacious

patio allows visitors to relax in a quiet

atmosphere surrounded by flowers with

a view of the Hudson River.

Some of the photographs displayed

are rare; visitors will see a photograph

of James Van Der Zee by June

Truesdale, Malcolm X by Adger Cowan

and James Brown at the Apollo by

Kwame Brathwaite.

WBAI Art & Politics Critic

(Commentaries on the Times) Playthell

Benjamin – "The exhibit features a

group of 18 gifted Afro-American photographers,

whose photographs of

Harlem Life and culture rises to the

level of visual alchemy! They display

both technical virtuosity and spiritual

gravitas…which is the definition of

great art".

New York State Senator Bill

Perkins said, "This exhibit shows the

various struggles, challenges, successes

and beauty of Harlem. It is as if every

character is a representation of art. I

especially encourage young people to

ART & CULTURE

see this exhibit – it will enrich their

lives".

Elliot Erwitt- World renowned

photojournalist "Very high quality

exhibit, I am certainly glad that I came".

Terry Beverly- Examiner

reporter/photographer "The artists'

works included in the exhibit are explosive

and rendering of heart and soul."

Participating Photographers

include: Anthony Barboza, Lenora

Browne, Kwame Braithwaite, John

Brathwaite, Adger Cowan, Sonia

Louise Davis, Lisa DuBois, John Pinderhughes,

Shawn Walker, Lewis

Watts, Lee White, Burroughs Lamar,

Antwan Minter, Deborah Willis,

Ocean Morrisette, Adrianna Lopez

Sanfeliu, Jamel Shabazz and Klytus

Smith and June D. Truesdale.

Photographers Talk When: 6-8

pm -Photographers Talk 8-9 pm- Networking

Hour –photographers will have

a limited amount of reproduction prints

will be on sale price range (not from

exhibit) – 50 -100 dollars –rare opportunity

Where: Rio II gallery Penthouse

@ 583 Riverside Drive, corner of 135th

- Physical Develolopmental

Delays

- Difficulty Walking

- Sprains

- Fractures (after surgery)

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TIPS TO SOLVE DORM ROOM DILEMMAS

EDUCATION

From tiny closets to rude roommates,

dormitory living can have

its pitfalls. But students can get a

handle on some dorm room dilemmas

even before setting foot on campus this

fall.

These great tips will help make

the dorm room or off-campus apartment

experience more comfortable:

Shopping Prep

Avoid purchasing items the

school provides or prohibits. Find your

school’s do’s and don’ts at www.bedbathandbeyond.com/shopforcollege,

by

selecting “Find My College.”

Use free tools like a checklist or

online registry to coordinate with future

roommates on styles, colors and who will

be bringing what items for community

use.

Opt for retailers that have college

students in mind this time of year and are

offering special services. For example,

Bed Bath & Beyond’s free service, “Shop

Here, Pick up There,” lets students shop

for dorm room essentials at a store near

home and pick up everything at a store

near campus. Use their college checklist

and take advantage of in-store experts to

stay organized and within budget.

“Using smart resources for college-bound

students can make a potentially

challenging living situation more

comfortable,” says Jessica Joyce, a

spokesperson for the retailer.

Maximize Space

Space is limited in the dorms.

Create space under the bed, over the door

and in the closet. Bed risers, storage

cubes and rolling drawer carts are simple

ways to cram all that stuff in small

spaces.

Double hanging rods and ultra

slim hangers with accessory bars, like

Real Simple’s Slimline Hangers, can

maximize closets.

Shower & Primp

Due to lines in the community

bathroom, students should never save

showering until the last minute. Use a

shower caddy to easily transport toiletries

down the hall. Remember, this isn’t a

private spa, bring a bathrobe and flip

flops for trips to the shower.

Girls should bring essential hair

styling tools like the Conair Infiti Pro

Hair Dryer and You Wave Ultra Waver.

Guys should bring their own shavers like

the Philips Norelco Style Shaver to look

fresh for class.

Bed Guide 101

A great night’s sleep is crucial to

a young scholar. Night owls and morning

larks alike will find a friend in ear plugs

and sleep masks to shut out light and

sound from roommates.

Upgrade a drab room and the

school-issued bed by layering on a stylish

comforter set and add support to a

standard six-inch mattress with a memory

foam topper or featherbed.

Mattresses are reused year in and

year out. Guard the mattress against the

scary past with a lab-tested bed bug and

odor fighting tool like the Allergy Luxe

Bed Bug Mattress Protector.

Your Technology

Remember, outlets are limited in

most dorm rooms, so consider streamlining

with multi-purpose gadgets. The

iHome Clock Radio for example lets you

listen to iPods, iPhones, or the radio, set

an alarm for class, or charge devices.

Multiply outlet access with an

adjustable surge protector that reaches

around furniture and corners, such as the

Quirky Pivot Power Surge Protector.

Check out www.bedbathandbeyond.com/shopforcollege

for more tips on

solving dorm room woes.

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HERBS ARE NATURE’S MEDICINE

By Zakiyyah

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Those of you who read this column

regularly, know that we have been

discussing how to make small

changes in our daily habits so that we can

receive huge benefits in our health. We

have discussed the need to change our

body's pH from acid to alkaline. We are

aware that we need to eliminate the toxins,

through the various methods we've been

discussing, and which should also include

colonics.

For those of us who have not had a

recent (or regular regimen of) colonic(s),

there is anywhere from 3-15 pounds of

undigested fecal matter (which is also

highly toxic) stuck in your colon. From

the time we were born, we have been

dumping poisons and toxins in our body by

way of eating dead animal meats, vaccines,

prescription and non-prescription drugs,

the air we breathe, the water we shower,

bathe, swim in and drink and all the chemicals

put in our food supply; including toxins

from carpeting, paint, cosmetics,

makeup, soaps, lotions and sunscreens;

even nonstick cook ware. (If a bird was

within a few feet from a nonstick pan on

your stove and you turned the flame up, it

would die from the toxic fumes emanating

from the pan.) So for the past 35, 40 or 50

years, you have been loading the body with

toxins and poisons in massive, cumulative

amounts, that CANNOT FULLY LEAVE

THE BODY. They stay in the fatty tissues,

the organs, in the colon and intestines

for years and years and years, rotting,

putrifying and creating a haven for disease.

They are causing disease, suppressing your

immune system. IN ORDER TO ELIMI-

NATE DISEASE, WE HAVE TO CLEAN

OUT THE TOXINS IN OUR BODY'S

SYSTEMS. RIDDING THE BODY OF

THESE POISONS CAN BE THE “NAT-

URAL CURE” OF YOUR SYMPTOMS

OF ILLNESS AND ELIMINATION OF

THE CAUSE OF DISEASE.

For as many years as you have

been experiencing symptoms of illness, it

has taken many years to accumulate and

manifest. If you clean out all the toxins in

your system (via colonics and the other

methods we've discussed), it may take several

months after that for the body to begin

to heal itself. Give it time to recuperate

from your abuse of self. Getting a series of

colonics over a short period of time, is one

of the most important first steps in cleansing

and detoxifying your body. The continued

accumulation of highly toxic waste

not only suppresses your immune system,

but also causes gas, bloating and weight

gain, constipation, a severe reduction in the

assimilation of nutrients, slowing your

metabolism. AFTER THE COLONICS,

your hair, skin and nails will radiate and

glow with health, your energy levels will

rise and begin to help eliminate depression,

stress, anxiety, food cravings and fatigue.

WE ARE THE ONLY MAM-

MALS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH,

THAT DRINKS ANOTHER MAMMAL'S

MILK. WE ARE NOT LACTOSE

INTOLERANT – WE WERE NOT

MEANT TO DRINK MILK BEYOND

BREASTFEEDING IMMEDIATELY

FOLLOWING BIRTH. Once we (or any

newborn mammal) are weaned off the

tits/teats – we are not supposed to consume

milk of any kind. IT IS ONLY MEANT

TO SERVE THE NEWBORN BY PRO-

VIDING NUTRIENTS TO BOOST ITS

IMMUNE SYSTSEM. I've discussed the

need to stop drinking tap water and the

benefit of drinking only alkaline water.

All tap water is loaded with chlorine and

chemical by-products. Chlorine scars your

arteries and, along with hydrogenated oil

and HOMOGENIZED DAIRY PROD-

UCTS, causes heart disease.

I implore you to make some small

changes in your daily living habits to guaranty

better health for you and your family,

to rejuvenate, regenerate and revitalize

your life, health and well being. Suggested

reading: Natural Cures They Don't Want

You to Know About, by Kevin Trudeau.

Regain the health that is your

birthright. Join our fall and winter workshops

and upcoming Natural Living Film

Festival (Sept 6-9th) to learn how to prevent

disease, how to identify imbalances

you may already have, and how easy it can

be to gain better control of your emotions,

bringing harmony and balance to your life.

Watch for my first book': “HERBS are

NATURE'S MEDICINE, Your Handbook

for Healing with the Elements” scheduled

released January 1st 2013; and the second

one: LIVING in RHYTHM with the UNI-

VERSE, Mental, Physical, Spiritual and

Emotional Healing with the Elements,

scheduled released June 1st 2013. Send me

an email with your questions or to request

further information about the workshops

and film festival.

This information is shared to help

you balance your natural healing energies

and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment

or cure for disease, nor as a substitute for

medical supervision. Inquire about our

Intermediate and Advanced Herb Courses

at various Harlem locations, and new

fall/winter schedule. NOTE: our website

was recently hacked, and we are still working

to rebuild it from scratch. We appreciate

your patience. Sacred Healing 7 Herb

Center carries a full line of herbal products,

gemstone jewelry, chakra crystals and

other healing accessories, and offers Private

Consultations.

Contact info: 347-407-4312,

eMail: theherbalist1750@gmail.com; website:

www.sacredhealing7.com.

ASK THE EXPERT:

HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

STATEPOINT CROSSWORD

Harlem News Group August 30, 2012

According to the National Sleep Foundation,

if you have trouble staying and

falling asleep at night, or you wake up

feeling unrefreshed in the morning, you may be

suffering from insomnia.

Almost everyone has trouble sleeping

every so often, but for many Americans having a

hard time getting to sleep or waking in the middle

of the night is a significant problem.

To help, board certified sleep specialist

Dr. Russell Rosenberg, Chairman of the National

Sleep Foundation, offers answers to some questions

about insomnia:

What is insomnia?

Insomnia involves difficulty getting to

sleep, staying asleep, waking too early, trouble

getting back to sleep or lack of refreshing sleep,

as defined by the American Academy of Sleep

Medicine.

Are the symptoms of insomnia the same

for everyone?

Insomnia may affect people differently.

Some complain of waking up in the middle of the

night and having trouble falling back asleep,

while others have trouble initially getting to sleep.

What can I do to help me fall asleep at

night?

Establish a regular bed and wake time.

Create a sleep-conducive environment that is

dark, quiet and comfortable. Allow time at night

to “wind down” before climbing into bed. Doing

work, watching TV and using the computer, both

close to bedtime or in the bedroom, can hinder

your ability to fall asleep. Avoid violent shows

and news reports before bedtime as they can be

agitating.

If I wake up in the middle of the night,

what are some tips to help me fall back to sleep?

If you wake up in the middle of the

night and stay in bed, don’t stare at the clock.

Also, do not watch TV, use your computer or cell

phone, because use of these technologies can

stimulate your brain and make it harder to fall

back to sleep. Avoid drinking beverages containing

caffeine or alcohol. Most importantly, you

should try to relax.

What can I do during the day to help my

insomnia?

Good daytime habits may help with

both types of insomnia. “I tell my patients to

avoid caffeine after lunch,” stresses Rosenberg.

Also, get regular exercise but avoid rigorous exercise

close to bedtime and always check with your

doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

If those suggestions don’t help, what

else should I do?

You should speak with your healthcare

professional if you are having trouble sleeping.

He or she can determine whether or not you suffer

from insomnia and if treatment is needed.

For more information regarding insomnia,

visit the National Sleep Foundation website

at http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleeprelated-problems/insomnia-and-sleep.

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THE ALPHABETS OF LIFE: “Q”

QUIT THE BLAME GAME

By La-Verna Fountain

HARLEM . QUEENS . BROOKLYN . BRONX

EXPRESSIONS

Have you ever met people who

blame others for their woes?

That used to be me. I was

raised in a dysfunctional family. My

father was a functional alcoholic. We

were poor. My school counselors did

not encourage me to get ahead. I was

a single mother. I was on welfare. I

married an alcoholic. My older brothers

were pretty messed up. We have a

ton of mental illness in our family; we

hear voices. Many relatives either

drank themselves to death or committed

suicide. I might have left out a

few traumas, but for the most part that

just about covers it.

At the end of my sob story I

am left with one question, “And?”

The reality is that my story is similar

to many, many other stories. Some

are much worse than mine and others

not as bad. In my life I’ve only

encountered two individuals who had

that storybook life. People raised by

both biological parents, parents who

were loving and fit the stereotype of

the all-American nuclear family.

They were a bit strange to me.

I remember once explaining

how a cousin molested me. I was

bothered but not a great deal. One of

my storybook friends asked if I

thought my feelings were normal. I

did. It was normal in my life’s circumstances.

It was not at all unusual

for girls my age to be groped inappropriately

and against their will by an

older man. I know more girls that

have that (and worse) as part of their

history, than I know of girls who

don’t have some type of abuse in their

past.

Still, at the end of the day, I

am left with the same question,

“And?” And what do I want my life

to be about now? Shall I spend my

life looking backwards? Do I want to

spend all of my time blaming someone

or will I take the time to look at

all of the positive things that have

taken place in my life?

The same alcoholic father

clothed and fed me, cheered me on,

and loved me. The counselors that

did not encourage me to be my best

self were struggling to achieve their

own personal dreams and smiled

when I expressed mine. A family burdened

with mental illness demonstrated

unbelievable courage confronting

their own demons daily and more

times than not rose above those challenges

to work, raise families and

help others. An alcoholic ex-husband

gave me a loving family of in-laws

who to this day embrace me as one of

their own. My molestation allowed

me to have understanding, compassion

and empathy for other women

and men who have been abused.

My time on welfare, raising a

child as a single parent created within

me strength, determination and

courage to work hard for what I want.

For every negative in my life, there

has been a corresponding blessing. I

prefer avoiding negatives. I prefer

receiving my blessings without the

pain. Life simply doesn’t operate that

way.

The next time you want to

blame something or someone in your

past for things that have gone wrong,

stop and think. Can you find any corresponding

blessing? If not, look

harder. What lesson did you learn? If

you can think of no lesson learned,

then you need to spend time looking

harder.

Quit the blame game and

replace it with the blessing game.

You’ll be surprised at how much better

you will feel.

La-Verna Fountain is the

President and Founder of the Defiant

Hope Consulting and Training Company,

author of The Alphabets of Life:

A Simple Guide to Simply Living and

an Instructor at Columbia University

in the City of New York. She can be

reached at defianthope@yahoo.com

or visit her website at www.defianthope.com

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BOOK REVIEW

“THE COURAGE TO HOPE”

BY SHIRLEY SHERROD WITH CATHERINE WHITNEY

Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Harlem News contributor

LITERARY CORNER

Some days, you get a little bit of exercise.

You hear a good story, and you

pounce on it. You spin it to make it

funny, bend the facts for more entertainment,

and jump to conclusions to make it

interesting. The truth might get stretched but

when you’re running a good tale, who

cares?

Someone does – especially if it’s

about to ruin their life. In the new book

“The Courage to Hope” by Shirley Sherrod

(with Catherine Whitney), you’ll read about

one such event.

Shirley Sherrod was born facing

racism.

Her father owned their family

farm, but the county in which it sat was

ruled by whites who relished their positions.

Jim Crow laws were enforced for longer

than elsewhere and Federal laws and mandates

were basically ignored. Sherrod’s own

father was killed by a white man who was

never punished for it.

At this same time, though she didn’t

know him then, Sherrod’s future husband

was working hard within the Civil

Rights movement.

When they first met, she thought

Charles Sherrod was too skinny. She admits

she wasn’t very impressed with him – until

she heard him speak. Weeks later, they were

inseparable, later married, and Sherrod

joined her husband in the movement.

Because she’d come from farmers,

Sherrod knew she wanted to work on behalf

of farm families. The Sherrods purchased

good Georgia land and established a communal

farm, modeled on a kibbutz that

Charles had visited. “Creativity” led to a

farm-fresh market operated from the farm’s

grounds.

But when the farm was lost, the

activist in Sherrod reappeared. She fought

discrimination that occurred during the loss,

and started officially working for farmers.

That ultimately led to an appointment to the

position of Georgia Director of Rural Development.

Though it seemed, at first, that the

office was meant to help black farmers,

Sherrod saw that farming wasn’t a racial

issue. All farmers needed help and she was

happy to get involved.

So happy, in fact, that she said so

at an NAACP meeting.

It was a speech that was dissected,

and started a firestorm.

Filled with grace, dignity,

and indignity, “The Courage to

Hope” seemed to me like a double

book, one part then and one part

now. Fortunately, both are impressive.

With a voice that still

seems a bit baffled by what

occurred, author Shirley Sherrod

(with Catherine Whitney) writes

about confusion and outrage following

the manipulation of a bit of her

speech that lead to her very public

job-loss in 2010. Sherrod very

squarely lays blame in this book,

and though she doesn’t accuse President

Obama or his staffers, she’s not

complimentary.

I liked Sherrod’s life story,

which is the other part of this book.

It shows readers the foundation that gave

Sherrod strength, and it’s a very good

(although cringe-worthy) peek back in time.

This is one of those books that

makes you want to yell, cry, and stand up

and cheer. It’s outrageous and triumphant

and if you can handle that, then “The

Courage to Hope” is a book to leap at.

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Sherrod with Catherine Whitney

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CHURCH NEWS:

BEYOND THE MICROPHONE

By Bro. Bill, Host of 3G Experience, WHCR-90.3 FM Gospel Radio

If you are sick and tired of the gun

violence in your neighborhood –

Occupy your corner or pick a location

in your community to occupy.

Activism begins at the site of the injustice,

by those who have been insulted.

Don’t expect or wait for a nationally

recognized individual to fight your battle.

If you want to occupy a location in

your beleaguered community call the

National Action Network for operating

instructions 212-690-3070. The occupy

movement began Friday August

17th.

Minister Helena Tyson was the

preacher for the morning worship service

and the Usher’s Annual Sermon at

Solomon Temple Baptist Church, 311

East 187th Street, the Bronx last Sunday.

I served as the Guest Musician for

the month of August. Thank you Rev.

D’Eugene Rodgers for your trust and

confidence.

Solomon Temple is also preparing

for their Pastor’s Anniversary on

Sunday, September 23rd more information

will be forthcoming.

We were glad to have been

accompanied by the L.E.W. Voices of

Victory of Shiloh Baptist Church last

Sunday afternoon. The Mt. Olive Baptist

Voices of Praise celebrated their

17th Anniversary at Mt. Olivet and we

had a great time in the Lord. The

choirs of Mt. Neboh joined the guest

choirs is honoring this great choir and

its leadership

Sis. Ethel Floyd will be presenting

a Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday,

September 29th beginning at

4:00pm. The concert will be held at

Glendale Baptist Church, 131

West128th Street in Harlem. The concert

will feature The Gospel Chariots

from North Carolina, The Phillips

Brothers from New Jersey, The Stevenson

Singers from New Jersey and others.

Sis. Valerie Samuel has been

answering your financial questions on

the 3G Experience radio program. Call

in after 8:30am with your financial

questions. Please call 212-491-4685

In celebration of Sis. Virginia

Cotton’s un-numbered birthday, The

Tabernacle of Deliverance will celebrate

an appreciation service on behalf of Sis.

Cotton on the 5th Sunday in September.

All wishing to pay tribute to this wonderful

woman of God are invited to

attend. Rev. Joseph T. Bright, Jr. is the

Pastor.

The Tabernacle of Deliverance

has fish dinners every Friday from 12

noon until 5:00 pm. Sis. Ruby Glover is

the President of the Pastor’s Aide Ministry

and sponsor of this weekly event.

Travelers Rest Baptist Church,

1650 Amsterdam Avenue, Harlem will

celebrate their Pastor’s 13th Anniversary

beginning with a Sunday Evening

Service at 3:30pm featuring Rev. Helen

Wingate, Co-Pastor of Greater Faith

Baptist Church, Bronx, N.Y.

On Sunday, September 9th, at

3:30, Rev. Marshall Morton and the

Community Worship Center for All

People will bring the service. Services

will be held throughout the month.

The success of this unique

radio station, WHCR-90.3 FM depends

solely on you. General Manager Angela

Harden has performed a miracle in her

development and leadership of the station.

We need your support badly.

Any amount of support will be appreciated.

WHCR is a tax-exempt entity so

CHURCH

your contribution is tax exemption on

your income taxes. Major things are

happening in the radio industry and we

need to make sure that WHCR-90.3 FM

is still a lighthouse in the darkness.

The Pastor’s Aide Ministry,

chaired by Sis. Ruby Glover of The

Tabernacle of Deliverance presented

Rev. Dennis Williams in three night

revival last week from Wednesday

August 22nd through 24th, at the Tabernacle.

The well attended services motivated

and encouraged all who attended.

The church is located at 2890 Frederick

Douglass Blvd., in Harlem. Rev.

Joseph T. Bright, Jr. is the Pastor.

Mission of Hope Ministries

presented Marie Della Thomas in concert

last Saturday night. We were honored

to have been the Master of

Ceremonies for the evening. The many

choirs, groups and individual artists

gave the best of themselves in this concert

for the building fund of the ministry.

The concert was held at the

Tabernacle of Deliverance, 2890 Frederick

Douglass Blvd. Harlem.

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THEME: IN THE KITCHEN

Across

1. Results of too much credit

card use

6. French lake

9. Short for Theodora

13. *Frost over, like an old

refrigerator freezer

14. "Much ___ About Nothing"

15. Early morning sound

16. "Sex and the City 2"

destination Abu _____

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"Modern Family"

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19. Larry Ellison's company

21. *Make sure the top of

this is on

23. Romanian money

24. Crucifix

25. Actors' group

28. ____ gin

30. The Dark Knight's home

35. Mosque prayer leader

37. Pakistan's official language

39. Hindu religious teacher

40. Actress ____ Stone

41. *Franklin invented one

43. Type of mountain goat

44. McKayla Maroney's

Olympic event

46. *Traditional butter substitute

47. A dig or jab

48. Involve or imply

50. Thailand money

52. Applied before feathers?

53. It eventually empties for

parents

55. Early Retirement Option

57. *Spoon or fork, e.g.

61. *Under a hot dish

64. China Grass

65. *"No thank you. I already

___."

67. Like bribe-taking politician

69. *Stove alternative

70. Charged particle

71. Lemur from Madagascar

72. They're kept to the

ground?

73. Motion of approval

74. On the left on a balance

sheet

DOWN

1. Get done

2. Acoustic repetition

3. Chicago pro

4. Pertaining to tubes

5. *Used for providing flair

6. Spike, as in punch

7. Brushing proponent

8. #1 or #2 at McDonald's

9. ____ line

10. Sir Francis Drake's

"Golden ____"

11. Gaelic

12. Copycat

15. System of belief, pl.

20. Seductive beauties

22. Lincoln ___

24. A forbidding stronghold

25. *Sifter or strainer

26. Capital of Jordan

27. Whole range of something

29. *Tiny leftovers

31. Part of a branch

32. Established custom

33. Single-cell protozoan

34. *Kitchen Aid makes this

36. Cheekbone

38. Part of eye that contains

iris

42. Olden days anesthetic

45. Hollywood decoration?

49. "Big Island" flower necklace

51. "Jeopardy" question,

e.g.

54. Killed, as in dragon

56. *Bakers' bakers

57. It's often resisted

58. Scarlett O'Hara's plantation

59. African chieftain

60. Naughts

61. Be inclined

62. ____ of the earth

63. Counterweight used to

obtain net weight

66. Likewise

68. English course

STATEPOINT CROSSWORD:

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ARIES

You've done a lot of

things in life that no one

has agreed with at the

beginning. Finding agreement this

week will be difficult, but it should not

deter you from moving forward. Feeling

sorry for your loneliness will discolor

what you are doing. Be happy

that you are alone.

Soul Affirmation: I get joy from giving

good things.

Lucky Numbers: 2, 10, 31

TAURUS

Eternal optimist, eternity

is now. Get in touch with

your hopefulness and be

a beacon to others. Try not to be

taken in by promises made by others

or promises you've made to yourself.

Concerning your own affairs, avoid

contemplating lofty subjects and

seeking long ranged solutions.

Soul Affirmation: Time is the greatest

peacemaker of them all.

Lucky Numbers: 14, 28, 39

GEMINI

Some say optimism is

fantasy. Suppose the

good thing you're optimistic

about never comes. This week

you'll know that the joy of anticipating

it is joy enough. Just the certainty of

coming goodness is present goodness.

The joy of tomorrow is available

this week.

Soul Affirmation: This week is the

week the Lord has made. I rejoice in

it.

Lucky Numbers: 22, 36, 38

Horoscopes: August 30 - September 5

CANCER

You might be looking

into the buying or selling

of a piece of property,

and this week seems to be a favorable

week for this type of negotiation.

Be careful with the intricacies of the

matter. Pay attention to details or it

could cost you a great deal later.

Soul Affirmation: I care deeply about

the feelings of others.

Lucky Numbers: 11, 21, 35

LEO

What a blessed week this

will be. Spend it meditating

on all that God has given

you. This week think hard about some

form of worship. Curtis Mayfield wrote a

song called "Who Do You Love?" Someone

should write one called "How Do

You Love?" For your love lesson, the

second song would be the one you

should sing.

Soul Affirmation: New intuitions create

new plans and a new cast of characters.

Lucky Numbers: 7, 16, 25

VIRGO

Your self-discipline helps

you to do more this

week. People will be

watching as you zip around with style

and grace! Broaden your cultural horizons

by trying new foods and meeting

new people. You'll be pleasantly surprised!

Soul Affirmation: I am patient with

all that comes my way this week.

Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 14

LIBRA

The urge to chase off on

a tangent may be strong

this week. Take a few

minutes to study the big picture and

make sure any whims serve the bigger

purpose. It's a good week to do

what needs to be done.

Soul Affirmation: Luck is my best

friend this week.

Lucky Numbers: 5, 10, 15

SCORPIO

You'll be full of good

ideas this week, so

make sure you write

down the ones you don't have time to

put into action. You'll want to share

your thoughts on a grand scale, and

your mind will seem truly universal to

you. Try to be patient with those who

are staggered by your brilliance.

Soul Affirmation: Light from my soul

shines in many directions.

Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 9

SAGITTARIUS

This week let your gentle

spirit shine through. Your

rough and tumble side is

not appropriate for the relationships

that you'll encounter. Someone will

need your understanding and sympathy.

Give it with sensitivity.

Soul Affirmation: My life itself is my

greatest creation.

Lucky Numbers: 30, 37, 44

CAPRICORN

You're faced with a formidable

task but when

you defeat it, you'll take

big steps toward a goal. Weigh in and

give it your best. Your energy is high.

The task looks larger before you start.

Compromise with a partner. The

immediate future promises love.

Soul Affirmation: I enjoy the spirits

of people whose spirits are akin to

mine this week

Lucky Numbers: 33, 34, 52

AQUARIUS

Yield to the harmony that

lies below the surface of

any seeming disagreement.

Serenity is more important than

your sense of righteousness. Questioning

the motives of others will make

your mind too suspicious to benefit

from the unclear way in which love

will present itself this week.

Soul Affirmation: Freedom of mind

is the greatest gift for me this week.

Lucky Numbers: 12, 53, 54

PISCES

Always remember that

loved ones make the

world a wonderful habitat.

Otherwise it is an empty place

and no amount of material gain can

give it the excitement you want and

deserve.

Soul Affirmation: I let my luck work

for me.

Lucky Numbers: 16, 23, 46

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MUSIC MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

CONSUMER

When you and I talk about technological

leaps and bounds, frequently

we’re focused on the

way we communicate with each other. I

write here a lot about what we watch and

how we watch it, but let me ask you this:

What are you listening to today, and perhaps,

even more interestingly – how are

you listening to it? My assumption that

you are indeed very likely to listen to

music today is an educated one, as results

from new Nielsen Entertainment and

Nielsen 360 studies show that music is an

everyday activity for most people in this

country. Those comprehensive results

report that 70% of people 13+ actively listen

to music at least once a day. Ninety

percent of people actively listen at least

several times a week.

We love our music and both

exposure and consumption continue to

increase. So, now, how are you listening

to your music? Remember back in the

dark ages when AM/FM radio was the

way to go, when transistor radios (which

went the way of the dinosaur) were considered

cool? In addition to your personal

stereo or turntable – which played records

– came 8-tracks, cassette players, boom

boxes, the Walkman, then the Discman.

“The accessibility of music has seen

tremendous expansion and diversification,”

reports Nielsen Entertainment’s

David Bakula. His research also confirms

that radio still rules as the number one

way consumers access music. This is

how we listen:

* Radio

48%

* Computer

44%

* CD player

39%

* iPod® (other than phone)

27%

* Home stereo

23%

* TV

21%

* MP3 player (other than an

iPod® or phone) 17%

* Android® phone

13%

* iPhone®

12%

* Satellite Radio

10%

When we refer to listening via

computer, iPods®, MP3 players or

phones, we’re often referring to internet

radio, digital downloads of singles and

albums and on-demand streaming. These

days, of course, albums don’t necessarily

mean vinyl – although data shows there is

resurgence in interest in vinyl albums – it

typically means CDs and digital albums.

For young people, though, the numbers

are a little different. YouTube® is the

way most listen to music. As the mom of

a music-loving teenage son, I can testify

to this. Take a look:

* 64% of teens listen to music

through YouTube®

* 56% of teens listen to music on

the radio

* 53% listen through iTunes®

* 50% listen on CDs

It’s interesting to note, too, that

new hot artists aren’t always the most listened

to or biggest selling. Because of her

heavy exposure, Nikki Minaj’s “Super

Bass” was the most streamed song in

2011, with over 86 million plays/views,

beating out singles by Adele, LMFAO,

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. With all the

ways to consume music, a couple of more

traditional artists made Nielsen’s top 10

list for the first six months of 2012. Whitney

Houston was number two across all

platforms, with appreciation and interest

likely spiked by her untimely death,

which is often the case; Rihanna was

number six; and Lionel Ritchie, who, of

course, has been around for decades, came

in at number eight – outselling all the others

in digital tracks and streaming plays.

This is probably because of Ritchie’s

foray into the Country genre. And, that’s

interesting because respondents to

Nielsen’s survey typically classified

themselves as either Country fans or Hip-

Hop/R&B fans. The reality is that people

who put themselves in either of those categories

actually enjoy a much broader

spectrum of music. Country music fans

also reported preferring

Rock/Classic/Pop/Top 40/Oldies and

Alternative Rock. Data shows those who

preferred Hip-Hop/R&B also listen to

Pop/Top40/Rap/Classic Rock and Alternative

Rock. Of course, there is also taste

for Jazz, Adult Contemporary,

Gospel/Religious and others.

Another interesting stat is that

even though new digital track releases are

likely to be purchased by younger consumers

immediately after their release,

catalog sales are outpacing current sales.

Catalog music is at least 18 months old,

which includes all the classics. Nielsen

analysts attribute much of this to Multimedia

Integration. Think about it. How

many traditional artists have you seen or

heard on TV shows like “American Idol,”

“The Voice” or “Glee?” It’s another trend

to watch as all genres of music are everywhere

more than ever. And, you, the

music loving consumer, have far greater

control (and power) over how you access

yours.

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior

vice president of Public Affairs and Government

Relations for Nielsen. For more

information and studies go to

www.nielsenwire.com

SOBRO AWARDED FUNDING FOR MCDONALD’S NEW YORK METRO

NUTRITION NETWORK PROGRAM

McDonald’s New York

Tri-State area restaurants

have awarded

the South Bronx Overall Economic

Development Corporation

(SoBRO) funding for their

New York Metro Nutrition Network

program. Their support

will enhance SoBRO’s existing

Healthy Living program by

supporting a new project to create

a We Are the World:

Healthy International Cookbook

with the input of a

Chef/Nutritionist. The program

structure is built on The After

School Corporation’s (TASC)

Building Healthy Communities

and SPARK curricula, which is

designed to combat childhood

obesity through educational

activities and to promote physical

activity through athletics

and recreational games. The

Healthy Living program is a

collaborative effort between the

SoBRO youth program and

Cornell University Cooperative

Extension.

The McDonald’s New

York Metro Nutrition Network

is a community outreach initiative

designed to provide funds

to local organizations to build

or enhance existing grassroots

nutrition programs and to partner

with communities in

advancing nutrition education.

SoBRO was the only organization

in New York City to be

awarded funding for this program.

The $5,000 in support

will enable SoBRO to bring a

Chef/Nutrition Educator to

more than twice as many classes

as the current budget allows,

and to offer extended hours for

the lessons. Funds will greatly

expand the content and improve

the quality of the prototype

cookbook into a durable and

lasting volume, and will go

toward cooking supplies and

promotional items to spread

awareness of the program and

message.

SoBRO programming

will start in the beginning of

October with a fitness walk in

Crotona Park. The next two

months will include regular

nutrition and cooking classes

taught by a Chef/Nutritionist.

In December, the best and

healthiest recipes will be chosen

for inclusion in the updated

cookbook, which will be distributed

to all students’ families,

as well as community members.

For more information

about the McDonald’s New

York Metro Nutrition Network,

visit their website at

www.mcdonaldsnytristate.com.

For more information about

SoBRO, visit www.sobro.org or

contact us directly with the

information provided below.

Harlem News Group August 30, 2012

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