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“The Burning” — Documentary On Horrific Mediterranean Drownings Of Young African Refugees

  By Milton Allimadi Emory University Professor Isabella Alexander has made an important documentary "The Burning" about the plight of young Africans who make the tragic journey across the Sahara and the Mediterranean--thousands die each year--seeking a better life overseas. Alexander is now in post production and the documentary should be out next year. The name of the film comes from the...

RAPE & RAPISTS

When one of the women in a building I managed got raped, I was called in of course.  A Buildings Landlord is much like a First Responder who sees a side of life that a lot of people in other professions don’t get to see. I was a Court Appointed 7A Administrator assigned to manage a pair of buildings...

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEST RESULTS: “FLATLINED” SCORES AND FLATLINED FUTURES FOR OUR YOUTH

New York City's scores on state-wide standardized tests continued to show unacceptable performance...by the education bureaucracy, complacent parents, and distracted elected officials. The victims in this annual exercise, the powerless students, will be blamed as usual.  Someone will offer them a bootstrap with which to pull themselves up.  But the students aren't failing, it's the system that's failing to educate...

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY 2018

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...

“GIANT” WHOOPIE SUPPORTS ATLANTIC CITY BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM

Super-talented, super-opinionated, super-engaged, and (when necessary) super-confrontational, Whoopie Goldberg will make an in-person appearance THIS THURSDAY to unveil and dedicate a 100 square foot painting - of herself. The formal presentation of the 10X10 foot photo-realistic painting will take place at Harrah's Waterfront Center, Atlantic City.  The gala affair will benefit the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey...

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Hosts Hearing on Development Overlooking Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, hosted a public hearing on the development of two buildings near the cherished Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Tuesday, September 4th at the Borough Hall headquarters.  The project, called the Franklin Avenue rezoning, would change the existing R6/C1-3, R6A, and R8A zones into an R8X/C2-4 classification.  In plain English, the changes would allow significantly more...

“WHICH WAY, KEMOSABE?” (A primary election meditation)

If history is indeed a clock, as the late Dr. John Hendrik Clarke noted, tomorrow's primary elections are a sort of timeclock that must be punched, a measure of the political temperature of the community.  How can we make our votes count?  How can we maximize the impact of our voting choices? On the one hand, we have Republicans -...

MCCAIN CAPTURED 1 TIME – DeGAULLE 5 TIMES

Charles DeGaulle, Past President of France served with honor in both World Wars and was said to be a hero in spite of the fact that he was captured five times. The current American President is Anti-American and many say without honor. Sen. John McCain was, according to many, an honorable service man. There is some proof. After your...

Aretha Franklin in Outer Space

Aretha Louise Franklin, known the world over as “The Queen Of Soul” was paid the ultimate tribute by re-naming Asteroid #249516 after her. The legendary singer died on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in her Detroit home after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Memphis, TN in 1942. She was surrounded by many close friends and family in...

DOES AMERICA HAVE AN INFRASTRUCTURE ANYMORE?

We are so far behind in infrastructure that it took my breath away. Not only are our bridges, roads, air & water quality failing because we don't maintain what we have, we have absolutely no plans to move forward or into the future. Our only plan is to retreat further into the past - meaning to burn off what's...

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