Free Black History Month Events to End February 2017

Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
      As the clock runs down on Black History Month 2017, local elected officials and community leaders are presenting their celebratory events.  All the events are free but some required advanced reservation for admittance.    Thursday, February 23 Military Black History Month Celebration  American Legion Post 438, 240-08 135th Avenue, Rosedale, NY 11422. 6-9PM   Black History Month Program Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club 197-01 Linden Blvd 7:30PM   Solutions Lifting Communities First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica 89-60 164th Street 7-8:30PM   Friday, February 24 Annual Salute to Gospel Concert POSTPHONED! Springfield Gardens Educational Campus 143-10 Sprin...
Black History Month Spotlight: Marcus Garvey

Black History Month Spotlight: Marcus Garvey

Spotlight
by JEROME NICHOLAS clementscommunications@gmail.com Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica on August 17th, 1887. He was an orator, philosopher, entrepreneur, journalist, publisher and political leader. He believed in Pan Africanism and founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities Leagues. Their manifesto was One God, One Aim, One Destiny. He wrote that all those of African descent must hold together. "Our union must know no clime, no boundary or nationality ...to, let us hold together under all climes and in every country.” In the 1902’s Garvey most famously said "Black people will never be successful depending on white people or other races. We must come together and do for self." Garvey built factories which made clothing and Black dolls with wh
Trump & Black America, What the Hell Do You Have to Lose? [Opinion]

Trump & Black America, What the Hell Do You Have to Lose? [Opinion]

Editorials, Opinions
by Scherie Murray ScherieMurray.com President Barack H. Obama is out and President Donald J. Trump is in, just as Black History Month is about to begin. President Trump won in the face of incredible odds and now is the time Black America should brace itself for a victory as well. The question still remains, "What the hell do you have to lose?" I don't have the answer nor am I offended. One thing I know for sure is, I'm pumped! President Trump is establishing himself as a Conservative, pro American, law and order President, and the world is watching to see if the platforms he delivered on the campaign trail will fix America. Some may not agree with his style of politics, however, the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, as the 45th President of the United States should be a wake up call ...

It’s all about the money and our share of it

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer invited Southeast Queens residents to a town hall.  “It is your night to ask questions,” he said to those who were gathered.  It was an evening in which the answers to most questions were “My office will get back to you”.  This was not necessarily because the Comptroller did not have an answer per se, but more so due to the fact that questions were wide ranging and may not have applied directly to the function of the Comptroller’s office. The financial topic the Comptroller was most asked about that evening was Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) participation.  Glenn Greenidge, Supthin Boulevard Business Improvement District’s Executive Director, proposed support for M/WBE by means of receiving bids for city contracts and

Technology…Empowering Today’s Entrepreneurs

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
“This is an exciting time to start and run a business,” said Tony Rodoni, Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales at Salesforce. “Businesses need less capital, and using technology, [they] can make their business look bigger.” Salesforce is a cloud computing company that specializes in customer relationship management and web marketing products. The company teamed up with Best for NYC and other NYC business organizations for a Small Business Basecamp. The Basecamp was a one day pop-up event. Business owners and entrepreneurs were able to receive one on one advice on growing their business and attend workshops and panel discussions geared towards business success. They heard from business leaders, mix, mingled, networked and receive a first hand look on how today’s technology can h

Monthly MetroCard Fares Increase Single ride remains $2.75

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
After a series of public hearings, the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Board voted Wednesday to keep the price of a single ride at $2.75.  However, the costs of monthly and seven day passes will increase.  Starting March 19, 7-day passes will cost and extra dollar at $32.  Unlimited monthly passes will be $121 which is a 4% increase from its current cost of $116.50.  Seven day express bus and unlimited subway passes will increase to $59.50. 
Vanel Sworn in as Assembly Member for District 33

Vanel Sworn in as Assembly Member for District 33

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Sunday, January 22, Assembly Member Clyde Vanel (Democrat) held his inauguration ceremony at York College.  Inaugurations give a glimpse of how that elected will govern, interact with his colleagues and deal with constituents.  What Assembly Member Vanel’s inauguration showed was his immigrant heritage, his engagement and large constituent following, his professional background and the respect his colleagues have for his perseverance at attaining the seat including those from a Democratic party that routinely did not back his candidacies.  The venue was packed to the rafters.  There was a constant stream of getting more chairs as residents continued to pack the venue.  Standing room only turned into balcony seating as accommodations were made for the large

Serve on a Community Board!

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Its time to be the change you want to see!  The Queens Borough President is accepting applications to serve on the boroughs Community Boards.  There are 14 community boards in Queens and three which serve Southeast Queens and Far Rockaway  (#12, 13, 14).  Members are nonsalaried and serve two year terms.  Appointments are made by Borough President, many of which are appointees nominated by City Council Members.  The deadline for returning applications is January 27.  The new two year term begins April 1, 2017. Download the application here.   For more information or to contact the Queens Borough President call 718-286-2900.

Spotlight: Andrew Jackson Making Black History Now

Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Sunday, January 17 the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Colden Auditorim presented a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration featuring BeBe Winans.  In the hour prior to the start of the performance, there was a short program in which Borough President Melinda Katz presented the Service to the Community Award to Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center.  The majority of the hour’s program was given to Keynote Speaker, Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake, Senior Pastor Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York.  Senator Charles Schumer also spoke during the hour.  Both speeches reflected on King Day, Race, Unity and Service.  While it is great to be reminded of those things, the speeches diverted attention from
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...