Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Out of Foster Care -- and Into What? (Gotham Gazette)
Anthony Boyd, 22, Armstrong Pelzer, 26, and Joseph Branca, 22, all attend college, have part-time jobs and live at Schafer Hall, a supportive housing facility for former foster children in East Harlem.

Morehouse College Glee Club celebrates 100 Years at Lincoln Center (Frost Illustrated)
The Maroon & White Fund, a 501 support organization, is scheduled host a national tribute to the Morehouse College Glee Club's "100 Years in Song" with a weekend celebration to include the launch of the "Power of Ten" scholarship fundraising initiative, The Maroon & White Gala "A Salute to Excellence in Education at Morehouse College" at The New ... (more)

In Wake of Hurricane Irene, Mayor Bloomberg Calls On New Yorkers to Donate Blood (Patch)
The trains and buses are back up and running, but many New Yorkers remain in need in the aftermath of the weekend of Hurricane Irene's tropical storm destruction.

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Buyer surfaces for Moo & Oink (The Southtown Star)
Moo & Oink, the 150-year-old iconic meat retailer in the African-American community, has attracted a potential buyer.

The Racist History of The Republican Party
The Racist History of The Republican Party (Free Republic)
Before you start swearing and spitting nails, the title is a misnomer. It's a play on the revisionist history the liberal Dems have been selling for over half a century.

Obama: US economy had a 'heart attack' (The Straits Times)
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that the US economy had suffered a 'heart attack' and survived but is not recuperating quickly enough, as he geared up to unveil a major jobs plan.


Marian Anderson's Long Overdue Operatic Moment (National Public Radio)
Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 when she starred in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera .

Has Washington D.C.'s Black Middle Class Given Up On Neighborhood Schools?
Has Washington D.C.'s Black Middle Class Given Up On Neighborhood Schools? (Booker Rising)
If U.S. President Barack Obama doesn't even send his own daughters to a neighborhood school just steps from the White House because of sub-par standards, then it's unrealistic to expect Mr.

Differences In Cell Response Could Explain Higher Rates Of Hypertension In African Americans (Medical News Today)
A key difference in the way that cells from African-Americans respond to inflammation could be an answer to why this group is disproportionately affected by hypertension , something that has eluded scientists for many years.

Rev. Al Sharpton on starting his new MSNBC anchor job tonight: "I don't think it was that big a leap" (Home Page tampabay)
Given that I suggested MSNBC may have made a mistake in employing him, I was prepared for newly-hired anchor Al Sharpton to try tearing me a new one when we finally talked about his latest gig.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Is the Black Church Losing Focus?


Can Black Churches Survive Turbulent Times? The recession has also hit the black community disproportionately hard, shuttering hundreds of churches across the country due to foreclosure. But the greatest challenge may come from a shift in emphasis. As preaching focuses more on individual prosperity than community uplift, some scholars speculate the decades-old power the black church has exercised as the "soul" of the African American community is "dead" — or on it's way there.

Steve Harvey's Wife Mentors Young Women: The Girls Who Rule The World Mentoring Weekend on Oct. 28-30 in Atlanta, Ga. Hosted by the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation aims to help 100 diverse teenage girls from the metro-Atlanta area navigate their way through the societal pressures of teenage life, including teenage pregnancy and prostitution.

Why Don't Scholars Have Access to Rosa Parks' Records? Julian Bond argues that it's hard to imagine that Rosa Parks would have wanted access to papers documenting her lifetime of political activism available only to a buyer who can afford the exorbitant price, and it's even harder to believe that our society allows this for our history.

Michelle Obama's Cousin, the Black Rabbi: Rabbi Capers Funnye, a prominent African-American rabbi from Chicago who is a cousin of first lady Michelle Obama, told the congregants at the Los Angeles' Saban Theatre last weekend, “We are a Jewish people linked to each other not by color or racial background, but because of our belief.”

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Is the Black Church Losing Focus?
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Metro-North Resumes Full Service on 2 Lines
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority resumed full rail service on its New Haven and Hudson lines, and was running Harlem trains as far north as White Plains as it recovers from Hurricane Irene. The biggest US transit agency said it was operating ...
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Motown legend Nick Ashford honored by crowd of family and friends at Harlem ...
New York Daily News
BY Michael J. Feeney Woman holds up programs for singer Nick Ashford's funeral outside Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Family and friends packed one of Harlem's most prominent churches last night to say farewell to beloved singer and songwriter ...
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New York Daily News
Irene: New Haven, Hudson, Lower Harlem lines back; upper Harlem, Rockland ...
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The lower portions of the Harlem and Hudson lines had begun running earlier in the afternoon. They are all running on Sunday schedules, which are lighter than weekday schedules. The upper Harlem Line — north of the North White Plains station — and ...
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Harlem: Will Booze Ban Boost Barbers? (blog)
Her hands skillfully snipping a customer's locks, hairdresser Annieres Perez nodded as two clients waiting for their turn discussed the state's new law to curb the sale of a homemade alcoholic beverage called the Nutcracker. Signed into law by New York ...
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Harlem Wizards dazzle crowds with dunks, passing and other tricks at New York ...
By Alaina Potrikus / The Post-Standard But the 7-year-old from Clay bested the 6'7" Harlem Wizards player in a passing game at the Youth Sports Activity Center in front of the Coliseum Tuesday afternoon. The basketball troupe showcases its ...
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West Harlem Art Fund at Governors Island
New York Press
25) is West Harlem Art Fund's Loosely Coupled, in historic Nolan Park. The 13-year-old West Harlem Art Fund has been having a stellar year this year, with exhibitions in Time Square during Armory week and now on Governors Island. ...
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RealEstateRama (press release)
By Amy Nizwantowski NEW YORK, NY - August 30, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) — Halstead Property Development Marketing and West 147th Associates LLC, the developers of PS90, today announced a new tuition incentive of $1000 per unit for buyers who sign new ...
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Gospel For Teens Keeps Harlem Youth Off The Streets
Vy Higginsen, writer and producer, started a singing school called Gospel For Teens in Harlem. Originally, Gospel For Teens was created to save gospel music, and to introduce it to a generation who was raised on hip-hop. Now, it's a haven for teens ...
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Nick Ashford Goes Home at Abyssinian Baptist Church In Harlem ...
By Harlem World
On August 29, 2011, the line for the Nick Ashford goes home at Abyssinian Baptist Church on 147th Street in Harlem, NY started around 4pm for the 6 PM service. Susan Taylor, Earl "The Pearl Monroe" Freddie Jackson, Michael Douglas, ...


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August 30, 2011


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Racist Ads? Stop Being Silly.
Racist Ads? Stop Being Silly. (About)
Ah, the politically correct horde have stomped over another advertising campaign, this time with claims of racism.

Martin Luther King's made-in-China memorial (National Post)
Fifteen years after Congress authorized a memorial, the 30-foot-tall statue of Martin Luther King Jr.

Army veteran says he was 'singled out' after objecting to email... (Alabama Live)
Kerin Kelly, a helicopter mechanic returned from Baghdad, thought he'd found a home in Huntsville, surrounded by ex-military, spending days in an office in Research Park and using his experience to work on designs for Army helicopters.


The fight for freedom
The fight for freedom (The Piqua Daily Call)
While Piqua and the rest of the nation remained segregated for many years after the Civil War, black and white soldiers were buried side-by-side in the Civil War veterans section of Forest Hill Cemetery.

Noble Hill extends invitation to picnic (Daily Tribune News)
Marian Coleman, curator for Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center, shows Danny Wheeler Jr.

What happened to King's dream of economic justice? (Daily World)
As the nation honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. With a stirring new memorial on the National Mall, let's not obscure one of his most important messages in a fog of sentiment.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Uptown Surveys Damage After Hurricane Irene

Uptown Surveys Damage After Hurricane Irene

August 28, 2011 6:48pm | By Carla Zanoni, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer


UPPER MANHATTAN — After watching Hurricane Irene from the safety of their living rooms and televisions, Inwood and Washington Heights residents hit the streets Sunday morning to survey damage to the neighborhood.

Families and dog owners trickled into the parks and streets soon after 11 a.m. hoping to get a sense of the havoc unleashed by the storm.

Many chain stores remained closed in the neighborhood, but mom and pop shops like Pizza Palace on Dyckman Street and Indian Road Café on Indian Road were open for business as usual.

“Oh yes we are open! Happy Hurricane Weekend!,” tweeted Indian Road Café’s owners.

But for many, the downed trees and minor flooding amounted to little more than what the area normally experiences during heavy storms, something many noted with gratitude.

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Irene: Metro-North resumes service on lower Harlem, Hudson lines; the rest ...
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( Seth Harrison / The Journal News ) / TJN Metro-North is restarting service about 2 PM, but only on the lower Harlem and Hudson lines. The upper reaches of those lines, and the entire New Haven Line remain out of service as the railroad recovers from ...
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How "Gospel for Teens" is saving the music
CBS News
Lesley Stahl spends a year following the inspirational leader of a gospel music program for teenagers in Harlem. Students learn to sing the original American art form and gain the confidence and character it inspires. There's a street in Harlem that ...
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Teachers Get Little Say in a Book About Them
New York Times
At Harlem Success Academy 1, which produces top scores on state tests, Mr. Brill describes how teachers working around the clock continually burn out. Like kitchen appliances, they last a few years and then need to be replaced. ...
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Metro-North, New Jersey Transit Trains Shut After Irene
San Francisco Chronicle
The MTA said it was resuming operation on a Sunday schedule at 2 PM today on the lower Harlem and lower Hudson lines. The New Haven, upper Hudson, upper Harlem, New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury lines remained suspended, the MTA said in an e-mailed ...
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Rossmoor's Backyard YouTube Stars
By Kelsey Duckett If the Harlem Globetrotters played basketball in a swimming pool instead of on a court, the results might look like PoolSide TrickShots, the brainchild of seven Los Alamitos High School juniors. This summer, instead of skateboarding ...
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Written by SOHH for Smoke DZA
[With the new release of his Rolling Stoned album set to hit store shelves tomorrow, Harlem's Smoke DZA breaks down his Top 5 reasons to cop the long-awaited solo effort.] One reason why you should get Rolling Stoned is because if you're a stoner, ...
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Subway Service Fully Restored After Irene Forced Unprecedented Shutdown
NBC New York
Commuters seeking transportation to or from New Jersey will be able to take the PATH train, which resumed service at 4 am Metro-North will resume service at 2 PM, operating on a Sunday schedule for only the Lower Hudson and Lower Harlem lines. ...
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Irene's Impact on Monday's Commute
Fox News
The Metro North railroad service said in a statement that it cannot with regular service Monday on any of its three lines, Hudson, Harlem and New Haven, citing significant damage to many portions of the system. The Metro-North work crews will continue ...
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Marc Hannibal dies at 80
By Variety Staff Actor, singer and former Harlem Globetrotter Marc Hannibal died in Salem, Ore., of natural causes on July 23. He was 80. Hannibal made his TV acting debut in 1963 on "CBS Repertoire Workshop," narrating the story of the historical Dred ...
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The power of the gospel: Can black churches survive turbulent times?
The power of the gospel: Can black churches survive turbulent times? (Deseret News)
The ladies in their fancy, wide-brimmed hats and the men in their shiny shoes have taken their seats in the red-carpeted chapel of Calvary Baptist Church.

Friendly Fire: The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (LA Daily News)
In the news photo was President Obama, Daisy Bates and a group of White House staffers gazing at the world-famous Norman Rockwell portrait prominently positioned on a West Wing wall.

Many African-Americans Show Supporta (Essence Magazine)
Although polls reflect a decline in support for President Obama since he won the 2008 elections, many African-Americans say they still stand by their president, the Huffington Post reports.


Hiring Of Sharpton By MSNBC Follows Larger Trend (KQED)
This past week, the cable news network MSNBC chose civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton as their new host.

'Boro student traces roots of MLK 'Dream'
'Boro student traces roots of MLK 'Dream' (The Daily News Journal)
Local resident William Murphy was struggling to find a topic for a paper when he stumbled across what is becoming a widely acclaimed discovery: the roots of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

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Stamp Martin Luther King memorial a Made in Chinaa (UnionLeader)
God and the weather willing, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial soon will be dedicated amid moving speeches, joyous hoopla and inevitable controversy.

Fulani develop strength in unity
Fulani develop strength in unity (Cincinnati)
Aissata Diallo, recites a paper to her elder, Oumar Dia, during a Saturday study session in Lockland.

Roswell Park to study cancer rates among African-American women (Buffalo News)
Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded a multimillion dollar grant to find out why young African- American women are more likely to get an aggressive form of breast cancer than young white women.


Protein In The Urine Spells Kidney Failure For African Americans (MediLexicon)
African Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure than whites.

Today in the news: Hurricane Irene prompts first-ever evacuation in... (PeoriaTimes-Observer)
Hurricane Irene will be offshore the East Coast tonight, and tomorrow it's expected to make landfall in North Carolina.

Expense May Be Causing Fewer Young Blacks to Smoke (IVillage)
Rising cigarette prices and other economic and social factors led to the sharp drop in smoking that occurred among black youth between the 1970s and 1990s, U.S. Researchers say.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Not Happening: Any Outdoor Concert in Mean Irene's...
Not Happening: Any Outdoor Concert in Mean Irene's... (Billboard)
Hurricane Irene is wreaking havoc on just about every musical happening up and down the East Coast this weekend, including a Dave Matthews Band concert festival -- the DMB Caravan -- on Governor's Island in NYC, which canceled its Saturday and Sunday events.

New York's Only Hurricane (New York Magazine)
As the city prepares for the assault of Irene, we're almost exactly 190 years away from the only hurricane in recorded history whose eye passed directly over New York.

Cuomo emergency plan: Possibly close bridges, Thruway, deploy National Guard (Times Herald-Record)
Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday convened an emergency session of his Cabinet to review plans to protect New Yorkers and mitigate the potential effects of Hurricane Irene.

Fw: Attention: Due to impending hurricane conditions, a zone fare system will be in effect starting Saturday, August 27, 2011.


New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission

August 26, 2011

To All Interested Parties:

Industry Notice #11-19                                      August 26, 2011
For Immediate Release

Attention: Due to impending hurricane conditions, a zone fare system will be in effect starting Saturday, August 27, 2011.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission will amend regulations during the Hurricane Irene weather emergency to maximize the passenger-carrying capacity of our regulated industries. A zone fare system will take effect at 9 AM Saturday, August 27, and must be followed for all trips provided in the five boroughs by yellow taxis, liveries, black cars, limousines, and commuter vans. The zone fares will be in effect until further notice.

In addition to the zone fare, the following regulations are also in effect:

  • Liveries, black cars, limousines and commuter vans are permitted to pickup street hails while these zone fares are in effect.

  • Zone fares will apply for both street hails and dispatched trips.

  • Group rides will be permitted and encouraged.

  • Drivers can require group riding.

  • Passengers must be allowed to travel with their household pets and service animals.

Details on the zone fare system (in PDF)


Atención: Debido a las condiciones de huracán inminente, un sistema de tarifas de zona estará en efecto a partir del sábado, 27 de agosto 2011.

La Comisión de Taxis y Limosinas modificará las regulaciones durante la emergencia climática del huracán Irene para maximizar la capacidad de transporte de pasajeros de nuestras industrias. Un sistema de tarifas de zona estará en efecto a las 9 de la mañana del sábado, 27 de agosto, y es mandatorio para todos los viajes en los cinco condados provenido por los taxis amarillos, los liveries, las limusinas de lujo, y las camionetas de pasajeros. Las tarifas de zona estarán en efecto hasta nuevo aviso.

Además de un sistema de tarifas de zona, las siguientes reglas también están en efecto hasta un nuevo aviso:

  • Los liveries, las limusinas de lujo, y las camionetas de pasajeros se les permite recoger en la calle mientras que estas tarifas de zona estén en efecto.

  • Estas tarifas se aplicarán tanto para "street hails" y llamadas.

  • Los conductores pueden requerir que pasajeros comparten un viaje.

  • Los pasajeros deben poder viajar con sus mascotas y animales de servicio.

Los detalles sobre el sistema de tarifas de zona (PDF)



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