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“KIDS WHO BANK” PREPARES OUR YOUTH FOR FINANCIAL LITERACY & LEADERSHIP

As the twig is bent, so goes the tree. This centuries-old proverb is constantly being been reworked and amended; by place, time, and circumstance. Frederick Douglass put it another way, saying "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken ones."  The message is clear; whether applied to ethics, engineering, philosophy, or economics.  A strong foundation, built during childhood,...

BEDSTUY BONDS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN

Editor's note - The South African delegation to the Status of Women Conference invites the metro community to attend a reception held TODAY (3/19/19, noon) at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza at 44th Street.   BedStuy was the scene for a joyful and productive meeting between local activists and the South African delegation to the United...

WHY NO “PI” ON OUR CHILDREN’S ACADEMIC PLATES?

Today is a day dedicated to the celebration of PI. Not blueberry, sweet potato, or key lime PIE - we're writing about the mathematical constant whose value (3.14159...) corresponds to today's date, March 14. Mathematical constants are important, interesting, and useful numerical relationships that do not change - they're constant.  PI is probably the most important constant; something called the...

20 YEARS LATER…SUSTAINING “MUSIC OF THE SPIRIT”

  The year was 1999.  George W. Bush announced his candidacy; Bill Clinton’s Senate impeachment trial ended in acquittal; a Columbine, Colorado high school suffered a massacre; Amadou Diallo, an innocent 24-year-old immigrant was slaughtered by a barrage of police bullets, and the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival was launched. “We have to honor and represent this genre in some fashion where...

WOMEN’S DAY, briefly

Today is technically the 44th annual Women's Day, the anniversary of its 1975  "official" designation by the General Assembly. The day is formally named the United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace (UNDWRIP) . But the holiday has much earlier beginnings.  The struggle for women's equality and empowerment is, of course, thousands of years old.    The first modern...

WILL THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY NAMED DONALD TRUMP EVENTUALLY RESIGN?

It seems that many people have forgotten that America's sons once fought a war to stop treasonous slavers in the 19th century and then again to stop world domination by the Nazis in the 20th. Today, these are called “Lost Causes” and a common saying is that doing the same thing over and over again expecting to get a different result, well those...

TRAILBLAZERS SALUTED DURING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

L to R: Ralph McDaniels, Scott M. Stringer, Shaun D. Francois I, Timyiaka R. Noel, Rev. Elaine Flake.   Celebrating African American History Month, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, hosted a program and award ceremony at Jamaica Performing Arts Center on February 6, 2019. The program awarded four outstanding activists in the fields of entertainment, social service, union organizing and...

Film “Kinshasa Makombo” Offers Great Background to The Struggle for Congo

Congo has been in the news with the recent elections there to replace dictator Joseph Kabila after almost two decades of resistance by youth in that country. There was a timely documentary, Kinshasa Makambo, shown at the 26th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival at Columbia University’s Teachers College on January 20, 2019.  The documentary offers background to the...

JACKBOOTS!

We in the Press have been told by Republicans and others, then had it reinforced from day one by the Trump Administration, that we should not say anything about our President’s family background and history. Trump took an oath to defend the Constitution and he violated it on the first day in office when he tried to muzzle the...

AFRICAN DIASPORA ON FILM THIS WEEKEND

This weekend will be your last chance to experience the 2018 African Diaspora Independent Film Festival. For the last quarter century, business/life partners Reinaldo Spech and Diarah N'Daw Spech have somehow cobbled together one of most geographically, ethnically, culturally, thematically, and linguistically diverse series of films addressing the African experience.  It's a real big thing that too few New...

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