Friday, December 7, 2018

Movie Night Wednesday: “A Wrinkle in Time” (2018, PG)

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There is only one place to be on Wednesday evening, at the central branch of the Queens Library for Movie Night Wednesdays.


I Hear a Symphony: Supremes and Dreamgirls Holiday Tribute Extravaganza

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Get in the holiday spirit with Culture Connection’s Supremes and Dreamgirls inspired musical tribute with Emilie Surtees. Emilie is an independent recording artist who writes, co-produces, and performs her original music all around her native New York and abroad.




An Evening with Grammy Nominee Jorge Glem and his Trio: Holiday Highlights

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Grammy-nominated cuatro player, mandolinist, and musical producer Jorge Glem is without a doubt one of Venezuela’s musical treasures.






Let’s Talk About Church Comedy Night

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The Greater Springfield Community Church is pleased to present its 5th annual “Let’s Talk About Church Comedy Night”.
  

Tuesday Afternoon Movies @ Central – “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993, PG)

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Tuesday afternoons are made for movies at the central branch of the Queens library. This afternoon’s feature is “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
 
 




Black Student Went Abroad and Came Back a Different Person

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STUDYING BLACK IDENTITY IN SOUTH AFRICA TRANSFORMED MY WORLDVIEW

Of the more than 330,000 U.S. students studying abroad, only 6.1 percent are African American and 10 percent are Latino. This is one in a series of articles by students of color who are breaking down barriers by studying abroad thanks to the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, which awards 10 full scholarships a year to students at Minority Serving Institutions. These students will periodically share their stories, hopefully inspiring others to apply.

By Chiagoziem "Sylvester" Agu, Albany State University

Nationwide  My name is Chiagoziem "Sylvester" Agu. I'm 20, a sophomore of Albany State University, majoring in biology, a member of the Alpha Phi fraternity, with aspirations of pursuing a medical degree in cardiology.


A few months ago, I had an extraordinary experience studying abroad in South Africa as a Frederick Douglas Global Fellow. I spent four weeks in Cape Town on a full scholarship, studying political blackness, black consciousness, and the complexities of colored identity. Every day, I was exposed to something different. Although the knowledge I was acquiring was both intimidating and scary, I also found it empowering. This is my story.

It was 2001 when my young eyes first glimpsed America. I had flown with my family over 6,000 miles from my birthplace in Nigeria. I attended pre-K in the United States, but after a year, we flew back home. I didn't return to America until 2012 when I arrived in Georgia for high school.

Before enrolling in high school, my knowledge of America came from sitcoms and talk shows like Maury and Jerry Springer, which I later learned spread stereotypes and false narratives. In Nigeria, I was on track to graduate high school at 15. When I came to America, I was 14 and technically a high school junior, but I was enrolled as a freshman. I studied hard academically but didn't realize how much I had to learn culturally. It was actually a blessing for me to have the time to assimilate and spend time with American youth in high school.

Black History Trivia Book Features 2,000 Questions and Answers African American Heritage

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NEW BLACK HISTORY TRIVIA BOOK FEATURES 2,000 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE


Nationwide --  The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book by Curtis Claytor has two thousand multiple choice questions and answers in four categories: History; Music; Sports; Television, Arts & Literature!

Most of us learn in school about Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver. But who was the woman who refused to sit in the Jim Crow section of a train in 1883 or the name of the Black man who invented the gas mask and the three-signal stoplight? Not only will one learn about inventors and the heroes of the black struggle; one will learn about the horrific racial violence that is seldom mentioned in history books.

Do you know about the race riot that resulted in the murder of over 200 blacks and the destruction of more than eleven hundred black businesses and homes? What about the race riot that began when a black youth who ventured into the “white section” of a lake drowned after angry whites pelted him with rocks?

Origins of Black Music Revealed in New Book

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THE ORIGINS OF BLACK MUSIC REVEALED IN NEW BOOK, "BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY, FROM PLANTATIONS TO RAP CULTURE"

Nationwide -- The new book Black American History, from Plantations to Rap Culture is a must-read for readers who may have an avid interest in the origins of Black music in various genres, especially rap music. "At every stage of their integration on American soil, Black people have created the kind of music that reflected their social and economic integration as well as their state of mind," writes internationally acclaimed author Pascal Archimede, about his latest book.

Black American History, from Plantations to Rap Culture, or black America explored through its institutions and artistic productions. Widely accessible, this story of millions of American citizens is told from their first steps in the New World to today through a cultural prism both original and essential. From the transatlantic slave trade to the ecclesiastical pillar, through abolition, school and politics, this work suggests reading the African- American music as a succession of existential movements. The author analyzes the codes of this extraordinary art, which has always been the highest form of testimonials of Men's earthly passage. What challenges did black Americans have to face when they created blues, jazz, rap?

Pascal Archimede embarks us on a timeless journey between past, present and future; between identity and captivity; between disappointment and progress towards the liberation of a Nation.

African American Scholarship Coach Hosts Free Bootcamp

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MEET THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP COACH WHO JUST HOSTED A FREE BOOTCAMP TO HELP 400 FAMILIES
Gwen Thomas, founder of Fresh Perspective Seminars, addressing an audience of 400 families.
Detroit, MI -- Black Friday now takes a different spend for some families with college-bound students in Detroit, instead of going shopping and spending money, this year nearly 400 families made their way to Charles Wright Museum of African American History for "The Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp" to learn how they can stay in the black, by saving money for college. Moreover, getting on track to win scholarships to pay for college instead of getting in debt.

The Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp, created 5 years ago, aims to increase awareness of the perils of college debt, bridge the global academic and financial college readiness divide for students of color across the globe to lead students to a successful pathway to college.

The program is the brainchild of Gwen Thomas, author of The Parents Smart Guide to Sending Your Kids to College without Going Broke.  She comments, "We are providing resources for students and parents to utilize and leverage opportunities that can lead to scholarships, internships, fellowships, and sustainable careers. Essentially, we are attempting to partner with corporations, community groups and families to produce the next generation of competitive talent that will make a significant contribution to corporations and society."

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Love Note from Monty Alexander

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Monty Alexandar has a love note that he’d like to give you. He’d prefer that you accept it in person on Saturday, December 15th at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.




OBT Career Pathways Program

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Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) is excited to launch a free afternoon/evening Career Pathways program at our new OBT Jamaica location!

New York State Senator Leroy Comrie’s Small Business Workshops: How to do Business with the City, State, and Federal Government

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New York State Senator Leroy Comrie is pleased to present a series of Small Business Workshops at various local library branches. 


Black Spectrum Theatre New Year Celebration

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Looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve Party? Then plan to attend the Black Spectrum Theatre’s New Year Eve’s Celebration.


Our Village Kwanzaa Celebration

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The Rochdale Village Community Center is pleased to host its “Our Village Kwanzaa Celebration”. 


Cannabis Industry Names Top African American Branding/Marketing Consultant

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CANNABIS INDUSTRY NAMES TOP AFRICAN AMERICAN BRANDING/MARKETING CONSULTANT

Denver, CO -- inMMGroup (branding, marketing & media agency) and inCity Magazine is pleased to announce their very own Christopher Thomas was recently ranked as one of the TOP Branding, Marketing & Media Consultants in the Cannabis Industry.

Thomas has over 20 years experience as a strategist in marketing, branding and media, that includes working with some of the top influencers, personalities and brands in the world such as Rolls Royce, W Hotel, Remy, Ford, SBA, MetroPCS, United Way and Piedmont Healthcare System.

Cannabis Industry leaders, Venture Capitalist, Private Equity and Investors such as Altitude Ventures Invest state, "We expect great things from Christopher Thomas and we're excited to support his global vision. He brings a different type of energy and feel, unlike any branding and marketing consultant in the cannabis industry."

ATL Black-Owned Fashion Brand Solves Tall Women's #1 Complaint

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BLACK-OWNED FASHION BRAND, BELANI KNOX, SOLVES TALL WOMEN'S #1 COMPLAINT

New company's line of leggings already a hit with consumers.

Atlanta, GA -- What is the #1 complaint of tall women standing 5'10" and above? According to Belinda Mays, it is that most retail outlets do not adequately provide quality and stylish clothing for the long-legged female shopper. Until now, Belani Knox, based in the Atlanta metro area, is promising to end the frustration associated with shopping while tall.

"Standing 5'10" tall myself, one thing that became very clear to me at an early age was that the fashion world loves to use tall girls to promote fashion. However, when those clothes got manufactured and returned to market, they did not fit my frame," says owner and Chief Tall Chick in Charge, Belinda Mays.

"Quite simply, I've dealt with flood buster pants all my life, and that's why I decided to start this business," she jokes. "Casual fashion has moved toward athleisure wear and that's why we launched with leggings. Our leggings are 'fun'ctional, fashionable, made of quality fabrics which are fade resistant, won't shrink, and are super soft.

Black Entrepreneur Invents Hair Styling Tool For Women With Natural Hair

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BLACK FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR INVENTS HAIR STYLING TOOL FOR WOMEN WITH NATURAL HAIR

Hair weights, the tool to prevent hair shrinkage & elongate the curls

Nationwide -- Michelle Johnson (Amtu) is the CEO & Founder of Amtu Hair Art & Tools, a product design company which specializes in hair accessories and styling tools. Their latest and most exciting product, is the Hair Weight, which is their most recent patented styling tool invention for natural hair.

The Hair Weight is an accessory and styling tool all-in-one utilized as a natural way to stretch the curl out and prevent hair shrinkage while styling and preparing your hair. It can be worn as an accessory clipped onto a section of the hair throughout the day and allows for a heat-free and chemical-free option to safely stretch your hair and elongate the curl to its natural length. There are a number of reasons as to as why the Hair Weight is such a great product for the natural hair community, among them is that it's a great on-the-go traveler's hairstyling tool for natural hair women. A natural hair carefree dream.

Atlanta to Host Black Stage Play About Prostate Cancer

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PHEN AND AARP GEORGIA TEAM UP TO BRING "DADDY'S BOYS" STAGE PLAY TO RIVERSIDE EPICENTER IN ATLANTA, GA, ON JANUARY 12TH

Two free performances will be offered at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Nationwide -- Building on the success and rave reviews of its 2018 performances, the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN), is teaming up with AARP Georgia, to bring its Broadway-style stage play Daddy's Boys to Riverside EpiCenter, in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 12, 2018. Audience members can choose between two free performances, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Daddy's Boys uses a highly entertaining infotainment approach to tell the story about a widowed father and his sons, who are in a fractured relationship, coming together when faced with prostate cancer. The play traveled to seven cities in 2018, where it received outstanding reviews and feedback from sold-out audiences in the following cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Glendale, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; Detroit, Michigan; Greensboro, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

* 95% of audience members said the play increased their knowledge and awareness of prostate cancer.

* 54% of audience members have been personally impacted by prostate cancer.

* 70% of audience members were interested in learning more about prostate cancer and clinical trials after viewing the play.

* 100% of audience members would recommend Daddy's Boys to others.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

New Black-Owned Internet Radio Station Launches

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BLACK WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCHES NEW INTERNET RADIO STATION THAT PLAYS ALL TYPES OF GENRES OF MUSIC

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) -- J. Reid, an African American entrepreneur and producer, has launched WGLR-DB Get Live Radio - a brand new Internet radio station intent on bringing nothing but the hottest music worldwide to the masses. Based in New York City, Get Live Radio is the brainchild of J1st Media, LLC, a music production company that specializes in production for radio, film, video games & musical artists.

Get Live Radio offers a wide variety of music from well-known artists & brand new music from independent artists. Get Live's aim is to introduce music circulating on the underground scene but still play the most popular hits dominating the top 40.

Get Live offers an original program line-up with music from a number of different genres that include Alternative music, Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Pop, Jazz, House & more.  The program line-up is as diverse as the DJs who have programs on this station. As mentioned, GLR offers a variety of musical genre as well as a mix of well-known & Independent musical artists.

Discover How The Roots of Michael Jackson's Brilliant Artistry Is Finally Revealed By Dr. Glenda Taylor

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THE ROOTS OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S ARTISTRY & CREATIVE PROCESS UNVEILED IN NEW TEXTBOOK

Nationwide -- Scholar, poet, and cultural historian, Dr. Glenda R. Taylor announces the release of her new book, Corridors of Genius: Excavating the Consciousness, Creative Process, and Artistry of Michael Jackson. The book is being released on December 15, 2018.

It is the result of the first academic research study which focuses on the creative process and artistry of Michael Jackson. It skillfully revisits the Jackson family narrative and delves into the consciousness of both Michael and his father Joseph Jackson.

Taylor says that Corridors "analyzes Jackson's artistry by delving into his religious foundation and unearthing an artistic voice rooted in a Judeo-Christian ideology. It unveils a prolific creative process nurtured by his parents and refined by his quest for perfectionism."

New Spa Concept Empowers Black Women

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BLACK WOMEN WILL SOON HAVE THEIR VERY OWN SPA THAT OFFERS "SISTAH SELF CARE"
Charmayne Thompson, owner of Body Soul and Spirit Spa
While black women breakthrough barriers every day when it comes to employment and other kinds of success, studies show general health is an area where many are lacking. Inspired by the SistahSelfCare Movement Body, Soul, & Spirit Spa is raising funds to meet this vital need.

Nationwide -- It's often been said, "health is the greatest wealth". So while it may be wildly inspiring to see Black women rising to new heights in all areas of life, it's quite frightening to learn, that reputable studies have pointed to their health suffering in the process. Fortunately, many black women are banding together to help reverse this trend with the new SistahSelfCare Movement.

At the head of this drive in Philadelphia is the ultra-motivated Charmayne Thompson, CEO of the Black-Woman empowering-focused Body, Soul, & Spirit Spa. Thompson recently announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to help bring the innovative spa to life and to give black women a safe space to build more vibrant health and energy.

"This is a dream come true as someone devoted to living a holistic life of joy and peace," commented Thompson. "Our Body, Soul, & Spirit Spa will help us spread that love to all of our clients and help make the world a better place, not just for black women, but for everyone."

Mother and Her Teen Daughter Launch Unique Service as Virtual Assistants

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BLACK MOTHER AND HER TEEN DAUGHTER TEAM UP TO LAUNCH UNIQUE SERVICE AS VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS

Nationwide -- A 16-year old daughter and mother duo are taking the virtual assistant industry by storm. Naming the business after her daughter, Essynce Moore, Starr found it highly important to keep entrepreneurship in the family and teach her daughter the knowledge she needs to survive in life. By learning and applying lifestyle skills, business acumen, and a powerful since of execution, Essynce will always have the ingredients to never go hungry.

The Very Essynce of Virtual Assistants, as the name suggests, provides personal assistant and virtual office administration for secretarial, marketing, and bookkeeping services at very affordable rates. A great incentive about The Very Essynce of Virtual Assistants is that its executive team includes minority women who are committed to providing value to their clients, great customer service, and going above and beyond to meet the satisfaction of their clientele.

What makes the business unique is at 16-years old, Essynce Moore is the VP of Youth Development, providing other youth entrepreneurs with advice, confidence, and a blueprint to start their own business. Essynce believes that her peers would be more focused learning from someone who looks like them in the mirror.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Father Uses Psychological Trick to Make His Children Successful

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AFRICAN AMERICAN FATHER USES PSYCHOLOGICAL TRICK TO MAKE HIS CHILDREN SUCCESSFUL


Nationwide --  Maceo Smedley, the father of Maceo Smedley III, a young actor who has stared in hit show such as Underground and Netflix's All About the Washingtons, reveals his psychological trick that makes his children successful. Not only has he admitted to using this trick with his own children but admits to using it on students in his class as a public school teacher for over ten years and no one ever discovered his secret. Now he has figured out how to use his trick and conceal it in a children's book called Why Are You So Smart?

Parents should be advised that this is not just another children's book. This book contains a warning about this psychological technique called Afformations®, a special form of affirmations, that supposedly helps develop a successful mindset. Parents need to know that they will utilize this trick with their children simply by reading a book to them.

Smedley believes that Afformations® are the key to allowing children to increase their quality of thinking, and by asking life-affirming questions this book leads children on a journey to rethink the way they view themselves and their worlds around them. "This book is an excellent gift for boys and girls, and for new parents, and is one of the best books for children ages 3-7 according to several school teachers," says Smedley.

Christian Reggae Rapper, New Book For Sexual Abuse Survivors

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CHRISTIAN REGGAE RAPPER RELEASES HEART-WRENCHING BOOK FOR SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS

Nationwide --  Within the pages of Tyrone Short's book, Speak Up Child and Be Saved, readers will find a book depicting what it means when a young girl loses her innocence, which is very precious, and when it's taken against her will, more than just her innocence can be lost. Innocence lost without justice gained is a double jeopardy leading to further loss.

"Many people in society have been a victim to this crime. Many of them are living in silence and want to speak up. I believe that this book can provide them the motivation and courage to speak up," says Short.