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A first for the Caribbean on the federal bench

Antigua: Caribbean-born African American lawyer Margo Brodie this week received U.S. Senate confirmation to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Comment

Leave legacy of health; not just wealth

People: The current state of our economy has raised questions about whether today’s kids will be better or worse off than their parents. But, as a physician and father, I question whether they will be healthy enough to even live longer than their parents. Comment

The problem with too many debates

Viewpoints: What role should debates have in political campaigning? That’s the question being raised by this Republican presidential primary season. Comment

The Thomas Jefferson: Sally Hemings love story

Arts & Theater: Musical drama explores Jefferson and Hemings story Comment

Houston: Model, singer, actress, superstar

Music: When Whitney Houston made an early morning appearance in Central Park three years ago, she repeated an act her mother Cissy initiated by introducing her to a Manhattan crowd at a time she was an unknown teenager. Comment

Trinidad’s former PM flown to U.S. after stroke

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Trinidad’s former Prime Minister Patrick Manning has been airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center in the United States for treatment following a stroke. Comment

Second annual New Voices in Black Cinema

Movies: BAMcinématek kicks off its full 2012 calendar year with New Voices in Black Cinema, the second annual festival presented by the Fort Greene-based ActNow Foundation. Reflecting the wide spectrum of views and themes within the African diasporan communities in Brooklyn and beyond, the series features six New York premieres and special guests at nearly every screening. Comments (1)

What can we do for the children?

People: Macy’s celebrates Black History Month with special events honoring the legacy of famed artist Romare Bearden. Comment

Coloring the Great White Way

People: In the early 1900s, Broadway was known as The Great White Way for good reason. Since then, however, the African-American community has made great inroads. Over the years, African-American actors and actresses have won over 70 Tony awards, Broadway’s highest honor, in numerous categories, displaying their talents on the stage as brightly as the lights on Broadway. Here’s the who’s who of Broadway’s African-American royalty. Comment

Greetings to Grenada from USA

Grenada: Grenadians continue their milestone achievement this week and were acknowledged by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who dispatched this correspondence about their independence celebration this week. Comment

Prince Harry to meet JA PM, Olympic champ

People: During his diamond jubilee tour of commonwealth nations from March 2 to 8, Britain’s Prince Harry will visit Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas. Comment

Pay it forward this Black History Month

People: Grammy Award-winner and philanthropist Ne-Yo, fashion designer Tracy Reese and Essence president Michelle Ebanks joined Coca-Cola Feb.1 in a refreshing new Black History Month program urging African Americans to “pay it forward” to the next generation. Comment

The pitch for economic fairness

Viewpoints: Like clockwork, the machine on the other (“right”) side will be attempting, in the drive toward the election of a president, to spin as something altogether different, a glaring income disparity in the country which President Obama has indicated to be his top bread-and-butter issue to take to the electorate. “You can call this class warfare all you want,” Obama said in his State of the Union address. “Most Americans would call it common sense.” We’ll find out in due course whether the president’s unapologetic embrace of populism in that vein becomes the rally cry he’s betting it would or if those hired guns of political chicanery have their way in planting a whole other seed among the voting public. Comment

Bill to end insider trading heads to Senate floor

People: A bill aimed at ending insider trading in Washington headed to the floor of the Senate Tuesday, as New York’s junior senator renewed the push for additional reforms aimed at making the U.S. Congress more transparent and accountable. Comment
People: On Martin Luther King Day, President Barack Obama painted walls at the Browne Education Center in Washington DC along with wife Michelle and daughter Malia. To honor King in the same spirit, 80 volunteers from 14 faith groups worked with Habitat for Humanity- NYC during their 13th annual “Building on a Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. A key principle of King Day is public service. Comment

Light at the end of the tunnel

Immigration: It is a well understood law that in general a person who entered the U.S. illegally or overstayed the time granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not permitted to adjust Immigration status in the U.S. By staying in the U.S. such a person builds up “unlawful presence” time in the U.S. Comment

Black History Month to focus on prisons

Arts & Theater: City College will host an annual Black History Month symposium focusing on the criminal justice system and how it impacts on society. Hosted by the Black Studies Department, the Feb. 14 event is expected to highlight some of the concerns inmates face when confined to State prison facilities during two two-hour panel discussions. Comment

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