Sunday, June 13, 2021

NYS Sentator Leroy Comrie and Assembly's Robert Carroll pass legislation to shed light on MTA performance data

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Comrie, Carroll Pass Legislation To Shed Light On MTA Performance Data
           

Albany, NY—The New York State Senate and Assembly Tuesday advanced legislation that would enact the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Open Data Act. The bills, S4625A by State Senator Leroy Comrie and A1442B by Assembly Member Robert Carroll, which passed both houses of the legislature unanimously, would direct the MTA to release all of its public data, including information regarding its budget, finances, ridership, routes, and service, in open data formats on the state’s open data portal, http://data.ny.gov, and on its own website.

“Streamlined access to critical data on subway, bus, and commuter rail performance will go a long way in restoring the public’s trust and confidence in the MTA,” said Senator Leroy Comrie. “Our legislation is an important step in the direction of enhanced accountability and transparency, so I thank Assembly Member Carroll for championing this issue in the Assembly as well as the many advocacy organizations that helped us advance the MTA Open Data Act.”

“Anyone who rides the bus or subway regularly is well aware of the issues facing the MTA and its ability to run our buses and subways effectively,” said Assemblymember Robert Carroll. “With limited publicly available and accessible data, it is difficult for the largest transportation system in the United States to maintain credibility in the eyes of the people it serves. Requiring increased transparency will raise faith in the MTA and ensure that it is more responsive to the needs of New Yorkers.”

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Complete Girlz Virtual Youth Empowerment Symposium And Awards Showcases The Succeeding Against The Odds Panel

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Complete Girlz Virtual Youth Empowerment Symposium And Awards Presents...

"Succeeding Against The Odds Panel"

Complete Girlz Inc., a mentoring, support, and empowerment group for girls and young women is honoring outstanding young girls and ladies while gearing up for its virtual award symposium.  On June 19th they will stream their live "Complete Girlz Virtual Youth Empowerment Symposium and Awards," hosted by highly regarded Aleigha Butler.

The organization teaches young women to speak, create financial viability and wealth, run businesses, and helps build their self esteem among other wellness skills for teenage young women and girls.  Complete Girlz was started and lead by Founder Earlene A. Lezama-Taylor, a visionary in helping girls and young women in Southeast and Jamaica Queens.

Earlene has an extensive background in business, academics, and also community/church advocacy for girls and young women.  The Board and staff of Complete Girlz boasts a distinguished mix of business professionals.  This years theme "Succeeding Against The Odds," is a very provocative one and promises to feature an inspiring and empowering panel!

Juneteenth In Queens — Virtual Series

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Commemorating 156 years of Black Power on Juneteenth at Roy Wilkins Park since the last enslaved people in Galveston, TX were freed.

A sustainable and historic festival for the South East Queens community that highlights, celebrates and commemorates our Black Ancestors and their journey to liberation through Juneteenth. In partnership with community leaders, elected officials, community organizations, Black Greek life, public safety, parks, small businesses and more, the collective committee will execute Juneteenth’s worth remembering for years to come.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

BARTLETT CONTEMPORARIES With The Uptown Funk Sound

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Seating is provided. Social distancing protocol will be followed and masks will be required.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Can Southeast Queens Become The Next Black Wall Street?

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 Can The Historic Southeast/Jamaica Queens Community Become The Next Black Wall Street?

"Southeast Queens Became The 1st Large Community In The US Where Black Income Exceeded White Income In The Surrounding Area," But Can It Learn And Evolve Into A Black Wall Street Like Community?"

By Kamau Austin, Publisher, The Southeast Queens Scoop, AMS/Scoop Publications

From May 31st to June 1st is the 100-year commemoration of one of the most insidious incidents in US and Black American history known as the destruction of Black Wall Street. It is claimed by the Greenwood Cultural Center that this prosperous Black community got its moniker from Booker T. Washington who called it "Negro Wall Street," which was later changed to "Black Wall Street."

Black Wall Street was started by a very successful Black Real Estate investor from Arkansas, who grew up in Mississippi, named O. W. Gurley. He purchased about 3 1/2 square miles (or 40 acres) of real estate in Northern Tulsa, Oklahoma, which became known as Greenwood, better known today as Black Wall Street.

He purchased his land in what was called the Oklahoma land grab of 1889. Greenwood was named after Greenwood a street in the area from a place Gurley lived earlier in his life. Greenwood was located on the northern part of Tulsa on the other side of the train tracks.

He set up boarding rooms and hotels and purportedly gave loans with other prominent blacks to African Americans to buy land and homes in the affluent Greenwood area. It is said because of the oil boom in the area Gurley became even more wealthy.

According to Investopedia, also other Blacks had jobs working in the white community in roles such as "high-paying labor jobs as maids, chauffeurs, gardeners, janitors, shoe shiners, and porters." However, they became a viable economic community by then keeping their money primarily circulating in Greenwood among each other in business.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Virtual Job Fair

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       Don’t miss this Virtual Job Fair, hosted by NYC Department of Youth and                        Community Development, on Wednesday, June 9 from 12PM to 4PM.



Juneteenth In Queens — Virtual Series

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Commemorating 156 years of Black Liberation since the last enslaved people in Galveston, TX were freed.