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Friday, April 1, 2011

57-year-old grandma goes back to school

People: Marcia Degotteue walks onto LaGuardia Community College Campus decked out in dressing pants and a blouse partly hidden by a blue jacket she accessorized with a red- and-white scarf. Marcia is a 57-year-old Jamaican emigrant. Stout, she has a friendly expression and a dark complexion accented by salt-and-pepper hair. Comments (2).

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Music: Jazz As part of the 2011 Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Public library, Dweck Center, Eastern Parkway at Flatbush Ave., presents Drumming Workshop with Candido & Friends, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., featuring Candido’s Brithday Jam with The Arturo O’Farrill Quintet at 7:00 p.m., Admission free. For information, call (718) 230-2100. Comment.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Town Hall to save child care centers 

Queens: The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) and Assemblyman William Scarborough held a Town Hall Meeting at York College to save child care centers. Comment.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ali, Magic & Cosby to mark NAN’s 20th  

People: Bill Cosby has accepted an invitation to keynote the April 6 anniversary dinner marking decades of community activism and leadership by Rev. Al Sharpton. Comment.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day of rage against state, city budget cuts

New York: On Thursday, March 24, several thousand union members, students and community activists rallied outside City Hall and marched through the financial district. Their message was clear: stop threatened budget cuts that would cause schools to close, tuition to rise, severely cut social services and force thousands more layoffs of municipal workers. Comment.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Venue Change for Town Hall Meeting Assemblyman William Scarborough will be holding a Water Board Town Hall at the next 29th AD Task Force Meeting instead of at the usual last Saturday of the month, focusing on how water bills are computed for residential users & six computers will be set up to access account information. Open to all residents; bring water bills to discuss problems & issues. Meeting will be held at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club, 197-01 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, Queens, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. For more information, call the District Office at (718) 732-5412. Comment.

Annual Woman Of Great Esteem Awards 

People: The Woman of Great Esteem (WGE) Organization will host its 15th Annual Awards Dinner and Gala on Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palm House on the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, located at 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Comment.

Carib lawyer could get Obama nodmfor Eastern Court

Antigua: A New York attorney with Caribbean roots could get President Obama’s nod to to serve as a judge on the prestigious United States District Court for the Eastern District. Comment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Home-health team that cares for people with AIDS

New York: One thing life-long Brooklyn resident Felicia Barrow has learned in the nearly two decades since she was diagnosed with HIV is that you just can’t be afraid to turn over a new leaf. And that philosophy has seen her through some pretty tough times over the years. It helped her make sense of the news in 1993 that she had contracted HIV. Comment.

Friday, March 18, 2011

N.Y. Garifuna group to honor Vincentian author

Books: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition U.S.A, Inc. says it will honor Vincentian author Trish St. Hill with the Garifuna Heritage Award during its Second Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night on Mar. 26 at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in the Bronx. Comment.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Classique Dance Group visits U.S.

Arts & Theater: Guyana-based Classique Dance Group nailed it during an impressive performance at the ninth Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, attracting the attention of New York’s John Keen Douglas dance theatre that invited the group to return for a workshop in the City. Comments (1).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Need for domestic violence sensitivity training within NYPD

New York: As calls for police intervention in domestic violence cases continue unabated, my experience has been that many officers do not fully understand the physical and emotional effects of domestic violence that victims and even survivors undergo. Comment.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Artist Talk The Carter Burden Center for the Aging’s Gallery 307, 307 Seventh Ave., Ste. 1401, N.Y., is hosting an Artist Talk with 76-year-old artist Sara Petitt discussing her solo exhibit: Photographs: Cuba & India 2010, featuring photographs from her travels on exhibit thru 3/24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; space limited; RSVP to cinellij@burdencntr.org to reserve spot. Payment may be made at the door. Comment.

Marco Mason, prominent immigrant advocate and scholar passes

People: The Caribbean community in the United States is mourning the loss of one of its prominent activists, who died on March 7 after a long battle with cancer. Comment.

Mcdonald’s salute Black media legends

People: New York radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd received high accolades last month when he was listed among the city’s Black media legends. Comment.

Jamaican media exec awaits sentencing

People: A United States federal judge has set a sentencing date for prominent Jamaican-born media executive Karl Rodney. Comments (1).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys

Books: St. Francis College and the Manhattan Institute present a talk by social critic Kay S. Hymowitz on her new book, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, on Monday, Apr. 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the college’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education. Comment.

A children’s visit well worth the sacrifice

New York: A case against deferring one’s dream was convincingly argued recently at Sankofa International Academy when Mrs. Ollie McClean, the director, held a celebration to honor Dr. Ben-Johannan. Comments (1).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Harlem Arts Alliance calls for submissions 

Arts & Theater: Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) is now accepting submissions from visual artists for the Harlem Artz, Rootz & Rhythm Festival 2011 promotional poster and schedule. Comment.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Orchid Exhibition at Botanical Gardens

Arts & Theater: From March 5 through April 25, orchids take center stage at The New York Botanical Garden in a dazzling display created by Tony award-winning set designer Scott Pask, image-maker Drew Hodges and Botanical Garden curators. Comment.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Queens Borough president honors African Americans 

People: Queens Borough President Helen Marshall stressed the importance of education, stating that if you give young people the opportunity to get an education, they well. Comment.

Queens youngsters compete at PAL tourney

New York: Four hundred PAL youngsters, from all five boroughs of New York City, competed in city-wide tournaments during a fun-filled day of educational games and laughter at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Annual Tournament of Champions event at PAL’s Edward Bryne Center in South Jamaica, Queens on Feb. 23. Comment.

CUNY trustees approve new community college

New York: The City University of New York Board of Trustees last week approved the establishment of the New Community College, the first new community college for New York City in more than 40 years. Comment.

Popular tax credits for New York tax filers

New York: Thomas H. Mattox, acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, is reminding New York taxpayers who are preparing their personal income tax returns to take advantage of a host of family-friendly credits that lower tax bills and increase refunds. Comments (2).
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