Saturday, March 31, 2018

Enjoy Tuesday Afternoon Movies @ Central Library and See Elephant Man

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Tuesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 2PM:

4/3/2018: The Elephant Man (1980, G)

4/10/2018: Collateral (2004, R)

4/17/2018: Enchanted April (1992, PG)

4/24/2018: Taken 2 (2012, PG-13)



Have A Happy Passover

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On this major Jewish spring festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, we wish you a Happy Passover.


Have A Happy Easter

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On this most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church — celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ — we wish you a Happy Easter.



Be Informed On Mental Health In Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, CA -- Los Angeles residents will come together Thursday, April 5th at 7pm for a dialogue about Mental Health & the Struggle. Kolor Society will feature two impactful social influencers and a Wellness Marketplace featuring providers of products and services to promote emotional well-being (e.g. essential oils, yoga, crystals, and more).

"The event will offer attendees a chance to engage in a marketplace of products and services to ease struggles, hear from a Social Entrepreneur who teaches us to embrace our humanity for the greater good, and a TV Publicist on her struggle with mental health," says Zaneta J. Smith, Kolor Society Founder.



Discover How The Kreyol Fashion Line Looks To Inspire Women And Empower Haiti

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Adorn Your Free Spirit With This Fashion Brand



Boston, MA -- High fashion womenswear label, I Am Kreyol (Kreyol), recently launched a crowdfunding campaign that embodies its core purpose - creating a movement and giving back. Utilizing Indiegogo, the brand looks to raise $30,000 to not only produce the collection it recently showcased in London but to also start creating economic stability and sustainability in Haiti. Kreyol looks to begin production in April.

Founded by Joelle Fontaine, I Am Kreyol is a fashion brand dedicated to all women that was inspired by the Haitian cultural ideals of freedom, resilience and strength. The brand seeks to empower not only the women who wear the beautiful designs but also the women who help produce it.

"My mother, Yolette, and I left a beautiful life in Haiti in the midst of political unrest in the late 80s when her fashion boutique was burned down. She lost everything and had to begin again," said Fontaine.




See How The Southeast Queens B.E.S.T. Networking Group Gets Lit For Women's History Month!

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The BEST Networking Group Showcases
Exceptional Women's Businesses

By Marsha Dukes, Founder B.E.S.T. Networking Group


Women's History month was originally observed for only a week, the week of March 8th in 1980, when President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. By March, 1987, Congress declared the entire month as National Women's History Month and March 8th is International Women's Day. 

"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." —Michelle Obama,  that statement is true for today as it was centuries ago when women leaders fought for women's rights and for today as we continue to stand strong for our rights. Women all over the world have made extraordinary achievements that have impacted all of us. 

In honor of women's history month I want to celebrate the historic women who paved the way for us to accomplish our goals as well for our voices to be heard, I also want to celebrate today’s women Entrepreneurs. As women in business we are working on building an empire, raising our families, and also working additional jobs.

These endeavors leaves little time for ourselves and that's a sacrifice we make knowing that we are working towards our success and greatness lies ahead. We persevere, we do our best to balance it all and rely on our spiritual strength, love and support of our families to stand strong.

 "Women’s History is Women’s Rights." It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision." Dr. Gerda Lerner


See How The Boss Black Women Business Event Gave The Recipe For Start Up Success In Southeast Queens

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Business Women With Startup Business Success Showcased By The Southeast Queens Scoop
by Kamau Austin
Dianna Rose Owner of Jars of Delight left, MC Nerine Dixon Middle, Marsha Duke Founder B.E.S.T. Networking Group, Right
Some very dynamic women business leaders having an impact in Southeast Queens, gathered together to learn the secrets of startup success and networking Saturday, March 24th, 2018, at the African Center Of Community Empowerment (ACCE) in St. Albans.  The program was sponsored by the Southeast Queens Scoop and the ACCE.

The speakers of the event were Marsha Duke, an accomplished real estate professional professional and Founder of the fast growing The B.E.S.T. Networking Group, and Dianna Rose, the owner of the artisan organic meal prep mail order food business, taking Southeast Queens by storm - Jars Of Delight!

The program was moderated by Nerine Dixon, an entrepreneur in the vocal coaching business, who helps aspiring vocal artists reach their full potential.  Ms. Duke was first up and she spoke about the importance of networking in growing your business.  She dropped some real jewels on being genuine with extending yourself to others with her experience with networking.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Checkout The Natural Hair Care Expo

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The Natural Hair Expo Kicks Off In Baltimore

 Baltimore, MD  -- The Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo kicks off the17th annual event with a new look, new location, and updated vibes. The Expo, presented by Dreadz N' Headz and the Natural Hair Care Expo Tour, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th at the brand new UMBC Event Center.

As always, the Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo will feature something for everyone: workshops and lectures on natural hair, beauty, spirituality and Pan-African history; hair & fashion shows, entertainment, shopping, food, interactive activities, and much more. Special guest features include an appearance and book-signing by author and comedienne Jenifer Lewis - the "Mother of Black Hollywood," "Rock the Runway" Modeling Class & Lecture with Bianca Golden of America's Next Top Model & Project Runway, award-winning Neo-Soul songstress April Sampe, and workshops by the event’s founder Malaika Tamu-Cooper. More appearances to be announced soon.



Learn About The Positive African American Family Festival

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Ujamaa Family Festival Supports
The Community And Business

Dallas, TX - On April 7, 2018 the Ujamaa Family Festival, a free festival open to the public, will take place at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Tickets can be purchased at www.ujamaaevents.com and www.eventbrite.com. The festival is hosted by Ujamaa Events LLC and will include fun, culturally enriching activities for families to enjoy from noon to 7pm. There will also be a small business fair showcasing over 40 African American owned businesses.

"We are excited to bring a family friendly festival to the Dallas Fort Worth area that exposes youth to positive African American artists, performers and business owners," said Alana Sutton Watkins, Vice President of Community Relations at Ujamaa Events LLC.




Shark Tank Joins With Local Black Expo To Boost Black Business

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Shark Tank Teams Up With Oklahoma City Black Expo

Oklahoma City, OK -- The Oklahoma Black Business Expo is teaming up with Emmy award-winning reality show Shark Tank to reignite the fire of inclusive economics. The monumental event will take place in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center, to bring attention to African American owned businesses and those resources that assist in building a successful brand and business.

The expo is meant to highlight the 13,905 Black-owned businesses (U.S Census Bureau, 2012 Survey) in Oklahoma, to include those in the rest of the country, as well as to inspire the next generation of business owners.



Discover How This Formerly Homeless Mother Builds Her Business Naturally

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Nationwide  - Insiders and experts agree that the interest in natural hair care products is higher than ever. Despite a vast amount of options, the challenge many Black women with natural hair still face is finding a brand with truly organic and natural ingredients that works exceptionally well - all while saving time on what is usually a long, arduous wash day experience. 

Popular Black woman-owned brand, Naturalicious, is happy to answer the call, recently announcing that their all-natural hair care products will be making their way into select Sally Beauty stores. But through hard work, passion and faith, Naturalicious has now emerged as an exciting company to watch.



See Where World Class Jazz Is On The Upbeat Swing In Southeast Queens

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Jackson Room Once Again Brings
World Class Jazz To Our Community

By Kamau Austin

Next Up The Jerome Jennings Trio With Special Guest Ed Jackson At Jackson Room
"I'm excited this month to be bringing another group of world class musicians to our community" says Ed Jackson, club owner and band leader at Jackson Room.  Yes, the hits keep on coming, at the go to place for Jazz in Queens - Jackson Room!

This month the Jackson Room will have the good fortune to feature the talented and sophisticated jazz artistry of the Jerome Jennings Trio.  Jerome is an internationally traveled artist whose distinct sound reflects a fierce connection to the swing tradition, soul music, and hip hop - All he considers authentic American musical art forms.

In the summer of 2007 Jerome earned a masters degree from the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan NY. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Jennings accepted the position as Resident Director, of The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.



 Checkout The Jerome Jennings "Beast" Album Video



Jerome has and continues to perform, record and tour with outstanding musical talents like Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, The Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, and many more highly regarded artists.

Ed Jackson asserts "believe me you're going to truly enjoy the jazz sets we are preparing for patrons at the Jackson Room this month."  Don't miss this extraordinary trio performing with the highly regarded alto saxophonists Ed Jackson, Saturday, March, 31, 2018 as they "Jazz It UP with the Jerome Jennings Trio!" with Special Guest Ed Jackson.


Please remember Jackson Room, events usually sell out in advance so why don't you book your reservation now?
 

Their extraordinary cadre of artists for the evening with be...


Tadataka Unno - Piano
Corcoran Holt - Bass
Jerome Jennings - Drums
Ed Jackson - Sax

Come on out and experience this promising performance. Make your Reservation now.                                                                                                                                           

"Jazz It UP With The Jerome Jennings Trio" with Special Guest Ed Jackson
Saturday, March 31st, 2018


2 Shows: 8:00 & 10:00
  
Cover: $20.00  
  
Free Healthy Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
  
Make a Reservation 
Or 
Make a  telephone reservation (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm)
by calling: (718) 525-2387 
  

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Part 4: Appreciating Black Panther Beyond The 12 Myths of Black Liberation

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Part 4: Appreciating Black Panther Beyond
The 12 Myths of Black Liberation
Conclusion

By Earl Hazell | See Part 1 Click Here | Part 2 Click Here | Part 3 Click Here




Part 4.    KILLMONGER, THE OMEGA 

From there we have to consider the smoking gun of Lebron’s foundational argument: the flawed, tragic, three-dimensional humanity of Killmonger that is, not the character Lebron wanted him to be.  As much as Black men like myself may want to see our ideal selves in him, we are continuously reminded by the full development of the character that men like Killmonger—of "the people"—sometimes get it wrong, despite how brilliant or courageous they are. A good look at the history of Trotsky (the T'Challa of post-Revolution Russia) and Stalin (the obvious Killmonger) reveals this.

Stalin had Trotsky assassinated in 1940 (much as Killmonger had every intention of killing T’Challa in the rulership ritual and assumed he did), and continued creating the abomination the Soviet Union eventually became.  Stalin’s garbled and undigested Marxism got further warped and deformed by a trauma-based, war-obsessed ambition to rule and, via his forced industrialization of Russia beyond all reasonable time frames for completion, it led to the unnatural deaths of millions; considerably more than Germany under Hitler.

Unlike the more brilliant and stronger character-ed Trotsky from the upper middle class, Stalin’s lower class, Georgian dream became the very nightmare for the Russian poor they were trying to avoid by following him.  Battles amongst the ideologically opposed emanating from within the same families, clans or classes (despite, if not because of, the variances of the two warring parties’ personal history) happen all the time throughout history, with every race of people and their leaders at some point. (Queen Elizabeth the First vs. Mary Queen of Scots even show us that it’s not just a Man thing, either).

Sometimes the hero of the lower classes is the revolutionary humanity needs.  Sometimes they aren’t. This dynamic asserting itself in the fictional 21st century Wakanda, by virtue of a Wakandan royal family Cain & Abel crime committed in Oakland in the 1990s of the previous generation, therefore, made perfect sense to me.  Especially when it was fleshed out in such carefully tragic fashion in the movie; one of which Aristotle himself (Aristotle) would have approved.

I don't need all Black men to be heroes in a story to love and respect Black men.  In fact, if there’s more than one, I need at least one of them in a movie NOT to be a hero, so I'm not seeing the very artificially one-dimensionalizing, monolithic disposability of us as a race and gender that Lebron would otherwise be lambasting.  Killmonger is the archvillain the Black Panther story needed.

Killmonger, therefore, is not a racist urban trope in Black Panther.  He is a tragic character of mythic proportions.  Killmonger, much like Darth Vader before him, is Black Icarus. He allowed the wax wings of trauma, ambition, strength and ruthlessness to make him fly too close to the sun.  Myths, i.e. real myths (as opposed to modern lies and delusions that dirty the term), are different than tropes.

To tell a profound and entertaining story through the life of a Brother from the Hood, elevated from hurting child to (war) criminal stereotype to mythic tragedy, is to honor Black men, not denigrate them.  We can also be larger than life, like our most ancient ancestors, even during the dying age of the white man that is our modern world.   Without even getting into the fantastic portrayal by Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther succeeds even here, where Lebron believes incorrectly that it fails.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Part 2: Appreciating Black Panther Beyond The 12 Myths Of Black Liberation

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Part 2: Appreciating Black Panther Beyond
The 12 Myths of Black Liberation

By Earl Hazell | See Part 1 Click Here | Part 3 Click Here | Part 4 Click Here


"These imaginings could be made to reconcile, but the movie’s director and writer (with Joe Cole), Ryan Coogler, makes viewers choose. Killmonger makes his way to Wakanda and challenges T’Challa’s claim to the throne through traditional rites of combat.

Killmonger decisively defeats T’Challa and moves to ship weapons globally to start the revolution. In the course of Killmonger’s swift rise to power, however, Coogler muddies his motivation.

Killmonger is the revolutionary willing to take what he wants by any means necessary, but he lacks any coherent political philosophy. Rather than the enlightened radical, he comes across as the black thug from Oakland hell bent on killing for killing’s sake—indeed, his body is marked with a scar for every kill he has made.

"The abundant evidence of his efficacy does not establish Killmonger as a hero or villain so much as a receptacle for tropes of inner-city gangsterism."

Chris Lebron was neither the first  nor the only to criticize Black Panther.  However, I sense the twelve myths of Black liberation being the unconscious foundation of his analysis, leading him to invalidate an artistic analysis of what is, in the final analysis, a fine piece of commercial art, not a political manifesto.

The unspoken requirements for the political and cultural liberation of Black people in the world as listed in the twelve myths are as contradictory as they are juvenile at heart.  However, if you never expose them, they can be used to find fault with anything Black people do in the real world—good, bad or transformational—at any time.  All while cultivating an illusion of moral and intellectual superiority in the critic for those who don’t know any better.

Perfection, as every artist knows, does not exist.  The illusion of perfection is achieved through the reality of honest, sublime, beautiful imperfection. The myths of liberation, however, when surreptitiously used as the measuring stick for goodness or quality, stain what they are used to critique, because they rely on the lie that perfection is a responsibility, not an illusion.

They seduce adults into childishly treating perfection as an attainable end, even through the most convoluted and contradictory of means.  The myths don’t invite us to engage with the real world before we critique it; they demand that we leave it, in illogical, uncreative, narcissistic, angry and unimaginative fashion.

The twelve myths, as such, are dark spells that poison the mind.  They create dissociation & depression masquerading as militancy in the heart of the Black bewitched, not liberation.  They obscure more truth than they could ever reveal.

I think Lebron took one look at Killmonger in Black Panther and unwittingly got twelve spells put on him—all of which prevented him from truly seeing the film.


Checkout The New Book Women Who Influence

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New York, NY  -- Desiree Peterkin Bell, founder and CEO of Public Affairs Firm DPBell & Associates, announces the publication of Women Who Influence. The new book is part of a series of individual true stories from courageous and compelling women who not only lead by example but exert the power of influence through their ideologies and hard work.

Women Who Influence is the second book Bell jointly authored with Kate Butler following their 2017 best-seller Women Who Inspire. Women Who Influence will be available for purchase nationally and internationally March 27, 2018 on Amazon.com.

Desiree lives by three key words: 'Purpose, not Position.' She defines her mantra as "placing your purpose, which is ultimately your passion, above your position." Desiree Peterkin Bell has been at the forefront of significant issues, policies and strategies that impact various constituencies on a local, national and international level for over 20 years. Desiree's extensive experience allows her to be uniquely positioned to help others define strategic solutions to complicated problems in an unparalleled manner.



Forensics Professor Defends Wrongfully Imprisoned Black Man From Southeast Queens

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Dr. Peter Deforest Claims
Injustice In A Court Case

Nationwide -- The conviction against Oswald Jay Lewis is a travesty of justice that turns a blind eye to the glaring misconduct in the case. A legal review of the case seems to show a host of errors in the trial courts' proceedings, including clearly evident constitutional violations.

Under cumulative-error analysis collective error will mandate a reversal of conviction just as surely as will individual error that cannot be considered harmless.

A number of attorneys have submitted affidavit's in support of Mr. Lewis, including renowned forensic specialist/educator Dr. Peter Deforest.

Dr. Deforest is one of the country's most knowledgeable forensic professors in the field of forensic science. Dr Deforest is a license firearm dealer, license gunsmith, with federal and state gun license.


Dr. Deforest holds license and certificates in blood stain, advanced microscopy, kodak law enforcement photography, soil, trajectory and other countless skills in the field of forensic science.



See How Blue Prints Prefect Lemonade Helps Author Overcome Drug Addiction And Incarceration

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Fort Worth, TX  -- African American author and business entrepreneur Bryace Todd gives readers an inside view of overcoming the failures of his former life of crack addiction and multiple incarcerations in his transparent and inspiring new book, The Blueprint 4 Perfect Lemonade: What I Learned from Jay & Bey. Based on his well-known and documented life of crack addiction, multiple incarceration and self-destruction, he's able to break down each chapter in sharing how he transformed his life to one of success and happiness.

Bryace describes how he was able to take coded messages found within eight power-filled songs by Jay Z and Beyonce to use them as a psychological tool to apply to his own condition, and how he was able to transform his mind from that of being a "slave to the streets and the system" to becoming a servant to humanity and a successful business owner. Using plain, ordinary language, he shares details about his former lifestyle and then, how digging deeply within the inner-self, he rediscovered himself, his passion for living and his life's purpose.



Part 3: Appreciating Black Panther Beyond the 12 Myths of Black Liberation

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Part 3 Appreciating Black Panther Beyond
the 12 Myths of Black Liberation


By Earl Hazell | See Part 1 Click Here | Part 2 Click Here | Part 4 Click Here



 KILLMONGER, THE ALPHA
         
In fact, in his zeal to defend Black American men, Lebron did not express a full appreciation  of the degree to which Black Panther rose above the majority (if not all) of the soul-wearying stereotypes in which even quality white movies today are often mired.  There are no Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, or Bucks to be found in Wakanda.

There are also no Magical Negroes—the other vestigial remnants of antebellum slavery culture—existing for the sole purpose of making white lives easier; not in Wakanda, South Korea, or Oakland.  White people, in fact, are never central at any time in this film; whether they are good, evil or generally indifferent, they're all either dumb, oblivious, or stupid.

Had the CIA agent been a real James Bond type, it would have centralized him in the story.  Had the villain Klaue been too smart to be fooled by Killmonger, he would have been.  The rest of the white people in this film are arguably dumb bystanders, whether they're walking down the street, gambling in a club, helping a smuggler smuggle, or speaking at the United Nations.

And the Bechdel test is one that Black Panther couldn’t have passed with more flying colors if T’Challa married Wonder Woman.  The women of Wakanda couldn’t have been more central, independent, interactive or vital above and beyond their relationships to the men.

That leaves the source material, which Ryan Coogler honored in ways that surpass much of both Marvel Comics and D.C. Comics-based fare of even the past several years.  Add to that some pretty extraordinary CGI and an extraordinarily well-paced story, and the reasons for the critical as well as popular acclaim for the movie become painstakingly clear.

So clear, in fact, that a knee jerk response to Killmonger, cousin to T’Challa but born and raised (as a “black thug”) in Oakland, demands another look. Lebron says that “These imaginings (i.e. ‘an immensely rich and flourishing advanced African nation that is sealed off from white colonialism and supremacy; and a few black Wakandans with a vision of global black solidarity who are determined to use Wakanda’s privilege to emancipate all black people’) could be made to reconcile, but the movie’s director and writer (with Joe Cole), Ryan Coogler, makes viewers choose.”  This is where a political ideologue’s misperception of artistic construct can inadvertently insult the intelligence of Black audiences. 


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Attend Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 6th Annual Men Who Can Cook For A Good Cause

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“Men Who Cook” is a fundraising event featuring local men who prepare and offer up for judging bite-sized samples of their favorite dishes.



Discover A Locus of Moving Points

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No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab and York College Fine Arts Gallery are pleased to present the inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial: A Locus of Moving Points.

In its inaugural year, the Southeast Queens Biennial identifies movement as an organizing principle for understanding Southeast Queens as a gateway for travel and a source of cultural production and exchange deeply rooted in its immigrant communities.

This concept finds its roots in the writing of bell hooks, a visionary feminist activist and author, who speaks to the transformative potential of shifting one’s focus to consider the margin and center not as disparate parts, but as making up a whole body.




Learn The Rich Heritage Of Head Wraps Worn By African Women in America

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Discover The Rich Heritage Of The African Head Wrap


Historical interpreter Cheyney McKnight of Not Your Momma’s History, will give a lecture on headwraps found among both free and enslaved African Women in America from the 18th to 19th century.

Attendees will learn how headwraps changed from region to region, and the cultural and historical significance of styles, as well as view and handle the different fabrics that were available to these women.

Cheyney McKnight graduated from Simmons College with a Bachelors degree in Political Science in 2011, and has since dedicated herself to the research and education of American Slavery. She has interpreted 18th, early 19th and mid 19th century slavery as a Living Historian in 26 states, and worked with over 45 historic sites.  She is trained to the standards of the National Association of Interpretation (NAI) and is an experienced historical interpreter. Cheyney has also crafted and written over 18 tours for sites in Virginia and has written 13 specialized museum programs throughout the East Coast. She is also an experienced down hearth cook and public speaker.


After Growing Up In Foster Care Prolific Author Is Finally Reunited With Her Long Lost Mother After 50 Years

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Determined Author Finally Finds Her Long Lost Mom

Kansas City, MO -- Grace LaJoy Henderson is a living example of inspiration for many aspiring "difference makers" in this era. Her story is one of faith, hope and determination. For years, she has used writing as therapy to deal with the pain of living without a mother. However, she recently announced that she reunited with her mother after half a century and she is very excited about the reunion.

She comments, "50 years ago, my mother left me and my siblings with our father and I was only 2 at that time, and after that I spent some time in foster care. Life moved on and even after I became a mother, I continued my search for my mom.

When I knew she would be in her 80's, I became discouraged and pretty much gave up hope of ever finding her alive. But, I decided to search for my mother one last time."

And she was finally able to find her mother after 50 years on Friday, March 2, 2018, and she was overwhelmed to learn that she is alive and well.



Monday, March 26, 2018

15th Annual Free Prostate Cancer Screening & Health Fair

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First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica is pleased to present the 15th Annual Free Prostate Cancer Screening & Health Fair.

Idlewild Park Wetland and Wildlife Preserve Benefit Awards Luncheon

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The Eastern Queens Alliance is pleased to present the Idlewild Park Wetland and Wildlife Preserve Benefit Awards Luncheon. Join them as they present the Snowy Egret Award to a yet-to-be announced group of valued community leaders.



Hands On History: Make Your Own Crazy Quilt Square!

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A popular pastime 200 years ago, crazy quilts were made from spare scraps of fabric and sewn with fancy stitches, sometimes for fun and sometimes to teach children to sew. Guest artist Risa Puno, whose work is currently displayed on the front lawn of King Manor, will lead the activity and talk about her own work.

2018 Black CEO Community

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 Atlanta, GA -- Orrin Hudson, founder of the innovative and game-changing non-profit Be Someone (www.BeSomeone.org) and a visionary leader for urban youth in America, has been named recipient of the 2018 Black CEO Community Service of the Year Award from the Black CEO Group.
 In light of this honor, Hudson was chosen to be an honorary guest host on The Black CEO Morning Show, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m - 10 a.m. He started on March 8th and will continue through the end of the month.


The Countdown Has Begun To End Damaging Hair Accessories For Curly Hair

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Marietta, GA -- The countdown has begun! The biggest product breakthrough for curly and kinky hair everywear, the PuffCuff®, is holding its first event ever -- #DitchtheBand LIVE -- on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 4:00pm-7:00pm EDT at The Gathering Spot

As featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, NaturallyCurly.com and Black Enterprise to name a few, the PuffCuff® hair accessory, which is black-owned and operated, is taking the beauty world by storm for innovating an alternative to the traditional elastic hair band. Founder, Ceata Lash, is on a mission to encourage everyone to end their dependency on damaging hair accessories by ditching elastic hair bands and other hair ties, which are known to cause hair breakage, thin edges and tension headaches.

PuffCuff® is a unique, durable, easy-to-use tool that will uphold curls and kinks in a variety of styles without the suffering confines and tension brought upon by elastic bands and other hair ties. Equipped to handle the most thickest manes, the full PuffCuff® line of products consists of various sizes of uniquely designed PuffCuff® clamps suitable for all ages, males and females, with curly to kinky hair.

"I would definitely tell everyone to at least try the PuffCuff®," says PuffCuff® customer Tabitha Wiggins. "You'll notice immediate changes. No more headaches!".