In Depth Reporting

Congressman Updates Community Leaders on Trumps First Months Actions

Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Within the first month of his Presidency, Donald Trump’s executive orders have halted the travel of immigrants, prompted angry protests and stirred fears and concerns about health care across America.  Republican congressional leaders have been facing outrage and anger from their constituents in contentious town halls on their return home.  Congressman Gregory Meeks (Democrat), in his return from DC, held a series of immigration and health care town halls during the first week of March.  In addition, he held an update meeting for community leaders and clergy.  “There are so many things going on, I don’t know where to start,” said the Congressman.  “Every day I wake up, seems to be something else.”  The Congressman had a robust list of update items
Black Comic Book Festival: Inspiring the Next Chapter in Black History

Black Comic Book Festival: Inspiring the Next Chapter in Black History

In Depth Reporting, News
The atrium of the Queens Library Schomberg Center on the corner of 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard was bursting with creativity!  Illustrations, designs, writers and artists occupied tables that filled the entryways.  It was the 3rd Annual Black Comic Book Festival. An event where comic book creators, their writers and various artists gathered together to showcase their wide range of products. What resonated most during the daylong event was its parallel to the rich history of Black Americans as innovators, thinkers, producers, self-motivators and entrepreneurs. The festival had a lot to offer.  There were panel discussions on publishing, image control and the future of comics.  There were film screenings and workshops, but by and large what most came out for we...
National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens

National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens

In Depth Reporting, News
On the lower tip of Washington DC’s National Mall, a phoenix rises.  Its golden bronze façade sparkles in the sunshine and glistens at twilight.  Five stories high, it dominates a skyline whose neighboring structures are vastly different in hue, shape and size.  Yet somehow it is at home, familiar, the family member who looks different but knowingly belongs.  It is the National Museum of African  American History and Culture (NMAAHC).  The museum was established as the Smithsonian’s 19th museum by an Act of Congress signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003.  The museum is located across from the Washington Monument on the National Mall at the corner of Constitution Avenue.  Both  structures are visible from the northwest sid
Congressman Asserts Trump Victory was Minor, Gives Update and Next Steps

Congressman Asserts Trump Victory was Minor, Gives Update and Next Steps

Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Monday November 28, Congressman Gregory Meeks hosted a breakfast convening civic, clergy and community for an assessment of the of the 2016 Presidential Election.  The goal was to understand what the results mean and to plot a forward direction. Donald Trump’s election win was deemed a surprise as most forecasters, pundits and pollsters predicted a Hillary Clinton win.  Although Hillary won the popular vote, Trump was able to secure the necessary electoral votes.  The Green Party has called for an election recount.  The Congressman doesn’t expect the recount to change the overall results of Trump being the 45th President.  While these types of breakfasts, typically bring together a good number of folks, this meeting was at capacity.  Prior to reading
Will It Be A New Day With Candidate Adams

Will It Be A New Day With Candidate Adams

In Depth Reporting, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Adrienne Adams’ surprise announcement of her candidacy for NY Senate marked an official beginning to Southeast Queens’ election season.  Her announcement coincided with the recent passing of Assembly Member Barbara Clark who held that seat just shy of three decades.  While Clark was respected in her position, she (as well as several colleagues) was entrenched.  Entrenchment coupled with a stagnant community has been a bone of contention for residents.  Residents have been looking for a turnaround to new ideas and fresh individuals to recharge and revitalize the community.  Adams’ announcement was a signal that this year’s election might be the energy sought for so long. Adams will be running for the New York Senate District 10.  The seat is currently held by Senator James Sanders Jr
Candidate Fails to Change Minds at Second Debate

Candidate Fails to Change Minds at Second Debate

In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 candidates for the 29th Assembly District met for their second debate.  Alicia Hyndman, Democrat, and Scherie Murray, Republican and on the Reform Party Line, squared off in their hopes of becoming the next Assembly member for the district. In a debate that started exceedingly late while the candidates attended another function, the Republican candidate failed to convince the crowd in this Democratic stronghold why she should be their new Assembly member. That didn’t mean the front-running candidate was gaining the hearts and convincing the minds of those present.  “There is something missing,” said a debate attendee, who asked to remain nameless, of candidate Alicia Hyndman.  While Alicia is thoughtful, versed on community issues, most voters express
Upcoming Election Leaves Voters Voiceless and Choiceless

Upcoming Election Leaves Voters Voiceless and Choiceless

Categories, In Depth Reporting, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Assemblyman William Scarborough, District 29, stepped down from his position after pleading guilty to state and federal felony charges of grand larceny in the misuse of travel funds over a four year period.  This November, the election to install a new Assembly member will take place.  Three ladies are vying for the seat.  Alicia Hyndman, Scherie Murray and Terryl Ebony are in a lackluster campaign that has left many residents disappointed with a shortage of candidates, crying ‘voter suppression’ and dismayed with a repeat of the same old thing from the same old guard. After it was confirmed that Scarborough was stepping down, there was a buzz in the community that there would be many potential candidates tossing their hat into the ring.  The number was rumored to be upwards of 11 i
Airport noise forum fails at explanation and communication

Airport noise forum fails at explanation and communication

In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey hosted a Public Information Workshop Open House for the John F. Kennedy International Airport Title 14 Code of the Federal Regulation Part 150 Study. Important because Southeast Queens residents have been banging the drum of noise impact for some time with little results. This is the first time the airport, which is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is performing such a study. The purpose of the study is to determine existing and future noise conditions. The study will examine air space efficiency and “look to see the kinds of noise exposure each aircraft is making,” said Steve Alverson, who is part of the technical team carrying out the study. “What of these things are making the mo

Short Changed on Education

In Depth Reporting
Whether it is stepping up a grade, graduating or having a degree presented to you, all these steps are important because Education is crucial. In short and crude terms: the dumber one is, the poorer one is destined to be. Thomas Piketty in his book ‘Capital in the 21st Century, names education as the main force in favor of great equality of wealth. High literacy and an increasing and skilled workforce are the key elements to achieving growth and equity. Sixty years post the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown versus the Board of Education (BOE), which focused on the issue of separate and unequal, the topic of education remains complex. It is what many people believe is the next civil rights issue as people of color continue to lag be-hind in the education system designed for all. T

Crossroads: Threats Against Global and Local Communities

In Depth Reporting
They say communities of color are a crisis people. They gather around little, distracting issues and fail to examine the most critical ones. They do not set an agenda nor do they tackle the most pressing and immediate concerns. Communities of color march in unity against police brutality but not against their staggeringly high unemployment numbers. They are outraged when individuals in leadership roles express racists’ attitudes and opinion, yet do not put in the work necessary to hold leaders responsible. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Travyon Martin, Ray Rice are not the issue. The issue is how did those situations evolve and how did these people become poster men for death and abuse? As more and more of these distracting situations come to light, the more important issues like the upcomi