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.




Saturday, May 29, 2021

May We Motivate You With Jazz?!? An Inspiring Night of Jazz With The Ed Jackson Quartet

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The Ed Jackson Quartet Is Back In Action For "May We Motivate You With Jazz?!?"

"It was a real blast performing last month with the Ed Jackson Quartet, once again," reflects band leader and club owner Ed Jackson at the history making Jackson Room.  Jackson then asserts "we are working creatively on a future legacy of bringing uplifting jazz shared in our club and community to the whole world with cutting edge streaming video technology online."

The Jackson Room has been blessed and honored to have performances from iconic jazz greats such as Bobby Watson, George Cables, Willie Martinez, and Ty Stephens this year.  However, it will be a pleasure to see another performance again with the talented collaborators in the Ed Jackson Quartet.

There is something uniquely moving about the electric chemistry between the artists in the Ed Jackson Quartet.  Ed goes on to state "now that we are finally turning the corner on the pandemic, we are especially motivated to perform and endeavor to inspire you as well."

So Jackson is calling his next performance "May We Motivate You With Jazz?" Don't miss this enlivening event of jazz artistry: Saturday, May, 29th, 2021 8:30 EST and 5:30 pm PST.  You can Register Now

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Why More Unity Of Action Is The Best Way To Remember George Floyd

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Why More Unity Of Purpose And Action Is The Best Way To Remember George Floyd

Written By Kamau Austin, Publisher Scoop Publications

Today is the one year commemoration of the murder of George Floyd.  As many people in the world are aware George Floyd died at the hands or more accurately under the knees of Minneapolis police on May, 25th, 2020.

No doubt billions of people have seen the brutal horrific act of then police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck for a reported 9 minutes and 29 seconds -- until he stopped breaking.

The traumatizing act of seeing George suffer an excruciating death under the knee of Derek Chauvin, and also the knees of other police officers pinning him to the ground - galvanized people all over the world to protest police brutality!  Derek Chauvin, despite a lot of police tactics to blame Floyd's death on his drug usage, enlarged heart because of hypertension, and even exhaust fumes was convicted in a highly charged nationally telecast court case.  But on the sobering anniversary of his death what is our best way to remember his death?

Monday, May 17, 2021

The NY Philharmonic Bandwagon 2 is Coming

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The NY Philharmonic Bandwagon 2 is Coming


A Better Jamaica is partnering with Flushing Town Hall and the New York Philharmonic to bring NY Phil Bandwagon 2 to St. Albans Park in Queens.


NY Phil Bandwagon 2 is a series of four weekend-long festivals across New York City, May 7–30, 2021. Performances will feature Philharmonic musicians and more than 100 New York artists, which span artistic disciplines from reggae, jazz, and opera, to dance, poetry, theatre, film, and visual art. All performances will take place on a customized, mobile, 20-foot shipping container featuring a foldout stage and LED video wall.

Riddim Section: Ashton Ramdehal and Anil Sukul’s

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Riddim Section: Ashton Ramdehal and Anil Sukul’s


Ashton touches the hearts of listeners with his soothing and caressing voice. He is a World Artist whose repertoire encompasses varied genres – Bhajans, Bollywood, R&B, Hindustani Classical music, Jazz, Top 40’s, and more. Ashton was born into a family of musicians. He started his musical journey by singing Bhajans (Hindu religious songs) and Taan Singing (Indian Folk Songs) in temples around New York and New Jersey.. Ashton holds a Degree in Music Business and Vocal Performance from New Jersey City University.

NYC Black Entrepreneur Celebrates 20 Years in Business

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR WHO GREW UP IN LOW INCOME AREA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS IN BUSINESS HELPING HUNDREDS OF CLIENTS

Nationwide  Meet Janneh K. Wright, the founder and CEO of PRIMUS Business Management. He grew up in one of the toughest parts of Brooklyn, New York City, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a successful entrepreneur. Now at 42-years old, he is celebrating almost two decades in business helping his clients to take charge of their finances, streamline their business operations, navigate online and create ways to track analytics.

Throughout his career as an entrepreneur, Janneh has remained diligent in his passion for serving others and has since expanded his company to meet the needs of all aspects that come with running a business. With an experienced and knowledgeable team of skilled professionals, his company has continued to evolve into a new program to serve its current and future clients better. Currently, PRIMUS offers various business management services such as Next Level Virtual Outsourcing, Accounting, Administrative Support, and Human Resources Management. In the newest addition, PERC, the company's Executive Reporting and Consultation program, provides complete central monitoring tools for a company’s real-time performance data while also assisting in the needs of enhancing strategies for profitability goals.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Free Virtual Black Business Event, May 15th

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HBCU-FOCUSED ENTREPRENEURS LAUNCH FREE VIRTUAL BLACK BUSINESS EVENT ON SATURDAY, MAY 15TH

Through their continued efforts of elevating the Black community, a group of Black entrepreneurs is facilitating a virtual conference for Black men and women in business. The 2021 Urban Business Assembly will focus on marketing, finance, health and wellness, as well as business fundamentals that can be incorporated into multiple careers and entrepreneurial aspects.

The May 15th event is a part of a contribution series that the entrepreneurs have launched to cultivate positive and resourceful experiences to inspire Black leaders. Their initial project was the Step into Greatness Scholarship for HBCU students. However, in their continued commitment, they have worked to integrate more resources that will assist both current and future Black leaders.

The event's sponsors include result-oriented companies such as owners Wesley Jacques of Blue Drem, a Digital Marketing agency; Zevi and Lauren Lacey, the founders of Urban Business Directory; Infinite 7 CEO Gia Mac; and Ashley Johnson, owner of Vegan Chef Ash. The Urban Business Assembly will be filled with gems of information from first-hand businessmen and women that have experienced years of success and even failures that have allowed them to learn valuable lessons and teach other entrepreneurs from their past business mistakes. The theme promoted throughout the program will be to encourage attendees to Step into Your Greatness while advancing their entrepreneurial endeavors.

True Story of Black Woman Slave Revealed in New Book

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BOOK REVEALS THE TRUE STORY OF LISS, AN ENSLAVED WOMAN WHO HELPED TURN GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SPY INTO AN ABOLITIONIST

Nationwide  Lyons Press is proud to announce the release of Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution (240 pages • 978-1-4930-5247-9 • $25.95 • Hardback) by Claire Bellerjeau and Tiffany Yecke Brooks. In January 1785, a young African American woman named Elizabeth was put on board the Lucretia in New York Harbor, bound for Charleston, where she would be sold to her fifth master in just twenty-two years.

Leaving behind a small child she had little hope of ever seeing again, Elizabeth was faced with the stark reality of being sold south to a life quite different from any she had known before. She had no idea that Robert Townsend, a son of the family she was enslaved by, would locate her, safeguard her child, and return her to New York—nor how her story would help turn one of America’s first spies into an abolitionist. Robert Townsend is best known as one of George Washington’s most trusted spies, but few know about how he worked to end slavery.

Learn Why and How To Attend the 4th Annual Business Conference for Faithpreneurs (Faith-based Entrepreneurs)

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Destiny Designers University® presents 
the 4th Annual Business Conference 
for Faithpreneurs (Faith-based Entrepreneurs)
 
Where the intersection of Faith, Legacy, Finance & Action meet!

Destiny Designers University® is the only training and development platform for Faithpreneurs® - faith based entrepreneurs and faith-based who learn to grow cash flow positive enterprises with a fidelity to God. In the midst of the economic impacts of COVID-19, economic insecurity & racial unrest this year’s conference theme ACTION ACTION DESPITE THE DISTRACTION..THE URGENCY OF NOW WHEN FACING YOUR NEXT! is needed now more than ever when everyone is struggling to hang on to hope.

Annually in the month of August, this conference celebrates the LEGACY OF FAITH, Dr. Grant stands as a tribute to her Maternal Grandmother Pearl Rhoden whose birthday is August 17th.

Day 1 begins with the Legacy Awards Gala celebrates honorees that have built profitable legacies in the marketplace without compromising their faith.

Day 2 is the Faith In Action Conference provides an intense training and development curriculum provided by Destiny Designers University Faculty experts teaching attendees how to leverage RELATIONSHIPS, RESOURCES & REVENUE to create CASH FLOW POSITIVE enterprises by being UNAPOLOGETICALLY PROFITABLE!

Day 3 closes out with the Faithpreneur VIP Prayer Breakfast with fellowship from the free weekly Faithpreneur VIP Prayer Call Dr. Grant has made available for over a decade to Faithpreneurs globally. This 3 day transformational experience is where the intersection of Faith, Legacy, Finance & Action meet!

See What Attendees Are Saying About Past Faithpreneur Business Conferences below

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Learn About How NYS Senator Leroy Comrie Envisions Small Business Recovery After COVID-19

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NYS Senator Leroy Comrie Look For Business Recovery After COVID-19
From Of The Office Of NYS Senator Leroy Comrie

NYS Senator Leroy Comrie

I joined with my colleagues Council Members I. Daneek Miller and Selvena Brooks-Powers to celebrate the grand opening of a new vegan Caribbean soul food restaurant and pizzeria - Real Veggie Café - in South Jamaica. Led by Chef Hulando Shaw, Real Veggie Café will be a first-of-its-kind restaurant in Southeast Queens.

The celebration of this small business grand opening comes as small businesses citywide embark on a post-COVID-19 rebound. Chef Hulando worked throughout the pandemic to address food insecurity by donating sustainable and healthy food options for seniors, first responders, and families in need along with organizations like Southeast Queens U.P. Front and Queens Together.

NYS Senator Leroy Comrie Pushes Passage of Parolee Voting Rights With NY Political Leaders

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Governor Cuomo Signs NYS Senator Leroy Comrie/O’Donnell Pass Bill Restoring the Vote to People on Parole

This new law confirms New York’s standing as leader in voting rights just as state legislatures across the country restrict access to the ballot box  

NEW YORK—Today, Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S830/A4448) sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell that will automatically restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals convicted of a felony. The new law is the latest in a series of steps that New York has taken to change its antiquated voting laws, which just a few years ago were among the most restrictive in the country.

Felony disenfranchisement is a relic of Jim Crow America, so there is no need to wonder why it disproportionately impacts people of color and the poor.” said NYS Senator Leroy Comrie. “We can no longer stand by and allow poverty to be criminalized. I commend my colleagues in government for helping us to codify into law the access to vote for the formerly incarcerated.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Get The Scoop On My Exclusive Interview With Hip Hop Fitness And Fashion Pioneer Kyle Harvey

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ARMY SERGEANT DESIGNS STREET WEAR FITNESS BRAND THAT CATERS TO FITNESS HIP-HOP ENTHUSIASTS

Kyle Harvey is a pioneer bringing together what for many is two divergent lifestyles.  The visionary and innovator is merging the fitness lifestyle with an unlikely partner: hip hop!

Finding the right out of the box, urban streetwear with a fitness theme is something many of us never knew existed. Rack Runners, a fitness-driven, urban-style clothing line, by Kyle Harvey, 35, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, was created in 2017.

Rack Runners sells a variety of merchandise including t-shirts, joggers, hoodies, eBooks, and fitness accessories. Since launching, Rack Runners has amassed 10k followers on Facebook and Instagram, also being hand-selected by Facebook to be one of 1,300 members of the Boost Facebook Leaders Network.

Harvey, an Ohio native & Washington, DC area resident, fully opened the Rack Runners online shop after 3 years of finding a niche and working diligently towards quality, research, and development. “Nobody, to my knowledge, has ever combined, streetwear, hip-hop culture, the love of food, and fitness together.

This is what I feel makes my brand unique. There are not just checks or stripes on a shirt. Plenty of time, thought, and creativity went into building this vision. I spent many hours drawing designs from my phone, so it motivates me when I see people wearing my clothes,” Harvey says.

I was able recently to convince the busy entrepreneur to spend some time with me to talk about his goals, insights, and past struggles.  Checkout his exclusive interview below...

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

See Senator James Sanders Jr.’s Weigh In On The Guilty Verdict Of Derek Chauvin And The Digital Divide In SE Queens

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NYS Senator James Sanders Jr.’s Statement on the Guilty Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial
State Senator James Sanders said: “This is the first time in my lifetime that I have seen a white police officer convicted of killing a black man. I think justice has been served to a degree.

As a first time offender Police Officer Derek Chauvin may only get 12 ½ years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, and that is not nearly enough time.

He took the life of an innocent, unarmed human being. I think that today we have seen a strike against the racism that exists in our country particularly as it relates to law enforcement and black and brown people. However, we must continue to fight. The battle is not over.

This is one small victory. There will be many more victories needed before we see true change. I applaud the jurors and the prosecutors in this case for accomplishing a tough job indeed.”

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Nantasha Williams: Meet the Candidate

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Enjoy a lively discussion, ask questions and understand Nantasha’s local position on issues that impact you, your family, and your community. This event is open to the public.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Why Celebrity Menswear Designer Miguel Wilson's New NYC Location Is The Talk Of The Town

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BLACK-OWNED MENSWEAR COMPANY CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF NEW YORK CITY LOCATION

New York, New York - Celebrity menswear designer Miguel Wilson recently celebrated the grand opening of the Miguel Wilson Collection’s New York City location, on Saturday, April 16. Located at 134 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002, near the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, the New York City showroom, which is in partnership with Adrienne’s Since 1950 Bridal Boutique, is the Miguel Wilson Collection’s fourth location, which includes Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Miami.

“I’m so excited for the grand opening of my New York City location,” Wilson said. “I’ve been coming to New York City for years and I’ve always said that the streets of New York are like magic.

“My stores are not only known for a certain level of quality and service that my customers have come to expect but also for contributing to the community that they’re located in. We’ve done it in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Miami, and will continue this tradition in New York City. And while we’ve participated in New York City culture over the years, you will be hearing a lot more about the Miguel Wilson Collection now that we are officially located in this great city.”

With over 20 years of experience in fashion, Miguel Wilson built the Miguel Wilson Collection brand as the go-to formalwear selection for high-profile men.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

SEQ EARTHDAY 2021

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SEQ Cleanup X SEQ U.P. Front PRESENTS

#SEQEARTHDAY 2021

GARDEN PREP & COMMUNITY CLEANUP

4PM-7PM



Legalized, Now What? Cannabis

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New York has legalized marijuana. Now what does this mean for our community?
Join us for a community conversation on cannabis justice, equity and opportunities.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Meet the Playwright (Watch Live Theatre!)

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In a live webinar format, a professional director will rehearse a scene with professional actors, and the author will participate in both a pre-show discussion and moderated post-show Q&A with the audience.


New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program

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Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experiences each summer.

Participants receive the opportunity to explore their interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help to develop their social, civic and leadership skills.

By participating in structured project and work-based opportunities, NYC youth are better prepared for careers of the future.

Jazz UP Your Spring With The Ed Jackson Quartet

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Jazz UP Your Spring With The Home Team Ed Jackson Quartet

Ed Jackson is an accomplished saxophonist & active jazz player on the NY & International scene.  He is a local Southeast Queens musical talent, club owner, and entrepreneur.

Ed Jackson’s dynamic sound encompasses both the tradition and future of jazz. His versatility enables him to move within the various styles of jazz while at the same time maintaining a unique sound and direction.

Ed Jackson will have his full band, including:

Cecilia Coleman on Piano
Essiet Essiet on Bass
Steve Johns on drums, and
Ed Jackson on Saxophone

Tuesday, April 13th - Sen. Sanders Neighborhood Small Business Grant Program Webinar

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Learn How to Apply for Neighborhood Business Grant Program Today


Greetings All:

You are cordially invited by Senator James Sanders Jr. to a Small Business and Non-Profit Grant Funding Meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 5:00 PM hosted by Senator James Sanders Jr. with the Citizens Committee for New York City presenting.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

80-Year Old Black Jewelry Designer Makes History

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80-YEAR OLD BLACK JEWELRY DESIGNER MAKES HISTORY, RELEASES 24K GOLD MEDALLION LAUNCHED BY MOIJEY

Nationwide -- Black-owned jewelry company, Moijey Fine Jewelry and Diamonds, has teamed up with Brenda Joyce, an international gemologist and designer, to launch a unique medallion series made with pure 24 karat gold from Ghana. The series, called Sankofa Medallions by Brenda Joyce, is available in three sizes (1oz, 1/10th ounce, and a limited edition 5oz), and they gracefully commemorate the highly popular Year of Return and Beyond the Return in Ghana.

The first Medallion was awarded to the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo by Joyce herself. Since then, the Medallion has been officially launched in the U.S., and is now available on Moijey's official website at Moijey.com and at all its retail locations.

Listen And Laugh Attending The Live Stream Of Comic Legend Michael Colyar's Exclusive Interview With Superstar Tiffany Haddish

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Funnyman Michael Colyar Scores One Hour Exclusive Interview With Comedian and Actress Tiffany Haddish April 14!

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Hollywood, CA. (April 9, 2021) - Funnyman Michael Colyar scores one hour exclusive interview with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish on "The Michael Colyar's Super Star Interviews Show!"

Michael Colyar welcomes Tiffany Haddish to his show Wednesday, April 14 at 6 pm (PST) on Instagram Live.

Tiffany Haddish is a comedian, actress, producer and New York Times best-selling author who was the breakout star of the smash comedy Girls Trip, where she appeared as the scene-stealing “Dina” alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall. Her additional film and television work includes The Last O.G., Night School, The Carmichael Show, Keanu, and a turn as host of the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. She made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live.

JCAL Reading and Discussion: American Politics and Community Today

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Over the course of four sessions held on Zoom, this literature program will engage in conversation regarding politics and the current state of civic thought, feeling, and participation. Participants will receive a series of thematically linked texts.



Riddim Section: Ashton Ramdehal and Anil Sukul’s

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Ashton touches the hearts of listeners with his soothing and caressing voice. He is a World Artist whose repertoire encompasses varied genres – Bhajans, Bollywood, R&B, Hindustani Classical music, Jazz, Top 40’s, and more. Ashton was born into a family of musicians. He started his musical journey by singing Bhajans (Hindu religious songs) and Taan Singing (Indian Folk Songs) in temples around New York and New Jersey.