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I remember that even as children, we kids in Brooklyn, New York acted democratically and the majority always ruled, not the bullies. Only when we got older did we see bullies in charge. The question then is how and why did we get to this in a country founded on democratic principles. One of the things I saw among...

GLOBAL MATH WEEK CREATES “EUREKA” MOMENTS WITH YOUTH

Hey parents, teachers, mentors, tutors, caregivers: Your middle schooler, high schooler, even your elementary school student has five more days within which to achieve ONE OF A MILLION status.  This week, October 10 - 17th, has been designated as GLOBAL MATH WEEK (GMW.) The plan is for one million young people, worldwide, to have fun while learning important math principles...

NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE IN BURN UNIT

I wrote an article titled “Why Bill M. Wants to Be NYC Mayor” dated July 17, 2017 that basically gave Bill Murawski’s  vision of the future of New York City. We usually call this a “Platform”.  Please feel free to check it out here. Unfortunately I have some bad news to report. Bill was trapped in a fire in his...

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY 2017

If you travel in the West 59th Street section of Manhattan, you have to move quickly. And remember to look up every few seconds.  It's not just the unsafe construction cranes.  Christopher Columbus - the man, the myth, the statue, and the traffic circle - is starting to wobble, its conceptual and PR foundation is shaky.  The hero worship...

An Autumn Soiree with Tulivu Cumberbatch

On a cool autumn Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, jazz vocalist Tulivu  “Donna” Cumberbatch warmed the hearts and conjured up loving memories of days gone by at the historical Siloam Presbyterian Church’s annual Women’s Day celebration. For this last day of September, one of the songs sung by Tulivu was a very appropriate “Autumn Leaves”, accompanied by guitarist Eddie Bourjolly, whom...

East NY Politicians Say ‘No’ to Hosting Mayor Bill de Blasio

Chants of "De Blasio Must Deliver" and "Shame on De Blasio" were heard loud and clear by members of the community organization Operation P.O.W.E.R including Councilwoman Inez Barron and Assemblyman Charles Barron, community leaders and members from the Nation of Islam at a press conference in East New York, Brooklyn on Sunday. The group of approximately 20 people gave several...

Q&A With Derrick Hamilton on Honoring Louis Scarcella

A recent New York Times article (Alan Feuer, Sept. 1, 2017) covered the upcoming ceremony to honor the scandal-ridden retired detective Louis Scarcella by the NY Police Department’s Retired Detectives Association.  The article, “Polarizing Former New York Detective Will Be Honored by His Peers," said that the honor was being bestowed upon Scarcella for his long career as the...

Rev. Lee’s Unity Walk is a Bumpy Road

For better or worse, the New York Police Department is a very visible force in communities of color across the city and East Flatbush, Brooklyn in the 67th Precinct is no different. For worse, names like Kimani Gray and Shantel Davis come to mind. They were both killed by NYPD officers from the 67th Precinct. Gray's family refutes claims...

MAKER FAIRE 2017 ELECTRIFIES FLUSHING MEADOW PARK THIS WEEKEND

THIS WEEKEND, September 23rd and 24th, the MAKER FAIRE will electrify the old World’s Fair site in Queens.  Students, parents, teachers - please change your plans so that you can attend, enjoy, and learn from this event. Part street festival, part county fair, part traveling circus, part technology auction and business incubator; the Faire is a lot of things having...

Las 3 Hermanas: Puerto Rican Mother Power Keeps a Legacy Alive

Las 3 Hermanas: Puerto Rican Mother Power Keeps a Legacy Alive Odu Ifa Ogunda Leni says “The elders thought over the matter and realized that it was no longer favorable. They used their mustaches to cover their faces and spread their beards firmly over their chests. These were the declarations of Ifa to “Isese” (Tradition)….to every head of the Oro...

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BULLIES

I remember that even as children, we kids in Brooklyn, New York acted democratically and the majority always ruled, not the bullies. Only when...

GLOBAL MATH WEEK CREATES “EUREKA” MOMENTS WITH YOUTH

Hey parents, teachers, mentors, tutors, caregivers: Your middle schooler, high schooler, even your elementary school student has five more days within which to achieve ONE...

NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE IN BURN UNIT

I wrote an article titled “Why Bill M. Wants to Be NYC Mayor” dated July 17, 2017 that basically gave Bill Murawski’s  vision of...