Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fw: Hatewatch Headlines for October 31, 2013

Hatewatch is a weekly summary of the latest news about hate and extremism compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Week of October 31, 2013

Hatewatch Blog

Bryan Fischer Has a Persecution Complex

Trial of Florida Sheriff on Misconduct Charge Draws Wrath of 'Constitutional Sheriffs' and Oath Keepers

Discredited Anti-LGBT Researcher Addresses Russian Duma

Hatewatch Headlines

IL Man Accused of Hate Crime After Threatening Mail Carrier
Chicago Tribune | October 31, 2013

FL Muslim Mom Says She Was Victim of Road-Rage Assault
Orlando Sentinel | October 31, 2013

FL Transgender Hate Crime Trial: Tavares Spencer Guilty on All Charges
ABC Action News | October 31, 2013

WI Wisconsin Man Accused of Hate Crime for Attacking Hebrew Speakers
Duluth News Tribune | October 31, 2013

LA Orleans Parish DA Announces Hate Crime Conviction in French Quarter Attack
The Times-Picayune | October 30, 2013

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Pit bull shot by cops in Washington Heights

Pit bull shot by cops in Washington Heights

A vicious pit bull roaming off-leash was shot by two cops after the dog lunged at one officer in Washington Heights on Wednesday, cops said.

Pit bull shot by cops in Washington Heights
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:07:05 GMT

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fw: Dispose of Prescription Drugs on October 26


Saturday, October 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Between 10:00am and 2:00pm, you can bring your unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines to a collection site near you.

Enter your ZIP code to find your nearest collection site.

Properly disposing of medicines is important to human health and the environment. Here are a few tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

  • Don't flush medicines down the toilet or pour them down the drain. Doing so could affect drinking water sources.
  • Don't throw medicines directly in the trash. Doing so could lead to the poisoning of a child or pet, or drug abuse by a teen or adult.
  • Do find out how to properly dispose of medicines (PDF).


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Fw: Say your final good-bye to Robert Pruitt's Women!

Summer 2013 Exhibitions and Projects are on view through October 27,2013!
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Studio Museum | E-Newsletter | October 24, 2013

Last chance to see Summer 2013 exhibitions, closing this Sunday!

Also, enjoy two family-friendly activities related to the Summer 2013 exhibitions this Sunday! Sundays are always free at the Studio Museum, thanks to Target!

1pm: Gallery Tour: Body Language
Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Body Language, led by a knowledgeable museum educator. Body Language explores the body and written or verbal expression. Comprised mostly of works from the Studio Museum's permanent collection, the exhibition shows how artists use language to evoke relationships to bodies, including those of viewers, using the human form to communicate ideas much as words might. RSVP here.

2pm: Hands On: Signs and Language
Speech and sound is not the only way to express one's self. In this Target Free Sunday art workshop, we will see how we can use our bodies to get the message across. We will construct signs with no words. RSVP here.

Coming up at The Studio Museum in Harlem

at The Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, NYU: 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, NY 10003 

In this conversation, Radical Presence artist Lyle Ashton Harris and Thomas J. Lax, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, will discuss Harris's art practice in video, photography, collage, and performance, as well as his role as Associate Professor of Art and Art Professions in NYU's Steinhardt School.

This event is free. Please note: this event is NOT hosted at The Studio Museum in Harlem. 

Benjamin Patterson: Action as Composition: A Retrospective Concert
at Roulette: 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Co-presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Goethe-Institut New York for Performa 13. Founding Fluxus member Benjamin Patterson performs the first-ever retrospective concert of his "action as composition" works. The retrospective will include his innovative Fluxus scores from the 1960s and other early works such as Duo for Voice, 1961 as well as the artist's newest work.

For tickets, please click here. Please note: this event is NOT hosted at The Studio Museum in Harlem. 

The events above are part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Grey Art Gallery, NYU (September 10–December 7, 2013) and The Studio Museum in Harlem (November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014). For additional information on upcoming events related to this exhibition, please visit

The Shadows Took Shape Book Club
In honor of the upcoming, major group exhibition The Shadows Took Shape, please join The Studio Museum in Harlem for a new series of book club discussions moderated by prominent artists, scholars, and bloggers interested in science fiction and speculative literature. Discussants include nationally recognized cartoonist, designer and graphic novelist Professor John Jennings and The AfroFuturist Affair creator Rashedaah Phillips, and more. These moderators where chosen to incite intriguing viewpoints, so there will definitely be a wonderful balance between deep, insightful discussion about the books and a profound engagement with Afrofuturism and related themes.
All of the books listed above are available now in the Studio Museum bookstore!
To RSVP for the Book Club, please email

Trunk Show Season continues! 

Please join us at the Museum Store for our Trunk Show Season during October and November. The Museum Store will showcase the wares of nine artists and designers just in time for the holidays: Yumnah Najah Designs, Pashata's Cultural Designs, Montgomery, Afrodesiac World Wide, Rox Jewelry, Metal Fabulous, fiber artist Ife Felix, Black Buttafly Jewelry and Patricia Warrington.

The second round of Trunk Show shopping hours will be held Oct 25-27, 2013 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Afrodesiac World Wide is a cultural lifestyle brand expressive of contemporary Afro-urban culture from around the globe. Its stylistic method denotes an effective modern elegance with an authencity rooted in historical African tradition. "We capture the desire for clothes and accessories that are comfortable, timeless, unique, sophisticated and genuine."

MONTGOMERY received first-hand experience with the "Southern Belle" aesthetic from her birthplace Birmingham, Alabama. Armed with a sharp sense of style, she set her sights on fashion design after her family moved to Harlem. She played her hand at designing and producing various innovative looks that had many heads turning due to her signature knack for mixing couture with Americana.

Applications for Expanding the Walls are due November 11, 2013.

Expanding the Walls (ETW) is a deeply engaging photography based program that uses the work of renowned photographer James VanDerZee as a catalyst for discussion and art-making.  ETW participants work with a diverse group of arts professionals to explore issues related to community, history and culture while learning the basics of photography.  The program ends with an exhibition of student and VanDerZee photographs in The Studio Museum's galleries.

To participate in ETW you must be in high school or in a GED program within the five New York City boroughs and have a valid employment certificate. Application deadline is Monday, November 11, 2013. Materials received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Good luck!
To apply to Expanding the Walls 2014, please CLICK HERE

Things We Love This Week!

No Filter: Expanding the Walls 2013 in The New Yorker
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
30 Americans at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts 
12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen

Top: Deborah GrantSouls of Black Folk (from the "Blackboard" series), 2003. The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn 03.10.4; Benjamin Patterson, String Music, 1960. Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Metal earrings by Afrodesiac World Wide; Paulette Henk, Lorna, 2013. Courtesy the artist; Hope Calderon, Untitled (125th and Lenox), 2013. Courtesy the artist.
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

More Support To Close Public Schools On Muslim, Chinese Holidays

More Support To Close Public Schools On Muslim, Chinese Holidays

More Support To Close Public Schools On Muslim, Chinese Holidays Earlier this week, both mayoral candidates, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, agreed that public schools should be closed on the Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Now powerful state lawmaker Sheldon Silver says Chinese New Year should be added as a school holiday as well! [ more › ]

More Support To Close Public Schools On Muslim, Chinese Holidays
Jen Chung
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:05:14 GMT

Race Matters: White “Downton Abbey” Creator Julian Fellowes Says Blacks Need More Positive TV Role Models!

Race Matters: White “Downton Abbey” Creator Julian Fellowes Says Blacks Need More Positive TV Role Models!

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Downton Abbey Creator Says Blacks Need More On-Screen Role Models

Via DailyMail

Downton Abbey has been met with applause for its decision to include a black character, the very first in its four series run – and creator Julian Fellowes hopes it will open the floodgates for other shows to follow suit.

The hugely popular drama returned on September 22 with the much vaunted appearance of sharp-suited jazz singer Jack Ross, played by Gary Carr.

But while his presence is a bold move given the show’s historical context, 64-year-old Fellowes believes it is necessary – because the black community need to see more positive role models on TV.

‘I think the world has been very unjust to black people,’ he told The Sun. ‘They have had a very rough time. If I was growing up now, I would want to see some winners among that group.

‘I would want to see some positive role models who are getting things done.’

Fellowes credits Naomie Harris as one of the black actors to help spark this black media revolution

While the appearance of genial jazzman Ross is a step in the right direction, Fellowes believes we are already starting to see positive changes for British actors of West Indian and African descent in the cinema.

That change, Fellowes believes, is easily symbolised by Naomie Harris, who was introduced as the new Miss Moneypenny in Skyfall, currently the highest grossing James Bond film of all time.

‘What Naomie Harris is doing for young black girls out there is really good. I am 100 per cent behind that,’ he said.

Ross, 26, had previously taken on smaller roles in a string of shows, amongst them Death In Paradise and Bluestone 42, before landing a prominent role in the 1920s period drama.

Last year Fellowes said he hoped to ‘open it up ethnically a bit’ and revealed he was considering adding a black or Indian character.

This was a great year for black cinema with Fruitvale Station, The Butler, and Kevin Hart’s record-breaking Let Me Explain. Hopefully, more open-minded producers and directors will take note and act accordingly…

Image via Wiki/ITV

Race Matters: White “Downton Abbey” Creator Julian Fellowes Says Blacks Need More Positive TV Role Models!
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:28:21 GMT

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fw: Join us for Pumpkin Fest on October 26 in Central Park

Pumpkin Fest
Central Park, Bandshell Area
Enter park at 72nd Street
Saturday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
What's better than a spooktacular event for the whole family? One
that's free!
On Saturday, October 26th, NYC Parks will host Pumpkin Fest in Central
Park, an annual event that celebrates the fall harvest season. Pumpkin
Fest will feature a ghoulishly scary Haunted House, our popular
Pumpkin Patch (can you say free pumpkins?!), and pumpkin decorating
courtesy of Other activities will include:
  Live Quidditch matches (bring your own broom!)
  Marionette Performances by CityParks PuppetMobile
  Obstacle Course by the New York Road Runners
  Pride of New York Farmers Market
  Arts & Craft activities from Scribble Town and The New Victory
  Pumpkin Carving
  Fitness classes for kids and adults, courtesy of Shape Up NYC
  Iams PUP-kin Zone, featuring activities specifically designed for
four-legged New Yorkers
  Live music from Kidrockers and songs for seeds
  Live performances from JestMaster and Big Apple Circus!
  And much more!
Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House on Friday, October 25th from
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.! Enjoy the frights and delights as the sun goes
For more information about Pumpkin Fest, visit
.. This event is rain or shine.
See you in the park!
This event is presented by NYC Parks and sponsored by,
Michaels, Honest Tea, Cabot, Iams, Radio Disney,, Happy
Family Brands, DNAinfo New York, New York Knicks, The New Victory
Theater, Scribble Town, Cinderella on Broadway, Motown the Musical,
Z100, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and The L Magazine.

Scientists Reveal the First European Faces Were Not �White

Scientists Reveal the First European Faces Were Not �White�

Posted by PBSpot Admin      10 October 2013      
Much to the dismay of any would-be �White Supremacists,� scientists have recently revealed that the face of the first Europeans were surprisingly Sub-Saharan African in appearance.
The head of the prototypical �First European� was recreated from bone fragments,
An incomplete skull and jawbone. These pieces were discovered in a cave in the south west region of Romania�s Carpathian Mountains.
Forensic artist Richard Neave is responsible for the reconstruction, based on fragments that are at least 35,000 years old. Radiocarbon dating analysis have determined that the oldest fragments may have been as old as 36,000 years old. Neave is a forensic artist, for a BBC program about the origins of the human race and evolution

At that time, Europe was inhabited by Homo Neanderthalis, or the Neanderthal man, who were quickly replaced by African nomadic peoples. The Neanderthal Genome Project has posited that the Neanderthals were killed off by these migrating groups. The first true homo sapiens (and homo sapien sapiens), in Europe, apparently would not have been recognizable as ethnically �Caucasian� whatsoever. Those traits, often identified as �white,� seem to have emerged much later, after Europe was settled by African peoples who looked like those Neave has recreated for us here.

The primary difference between this skull and later homo sapien sapiens are the unusually large molar teeth, which has led some scientists to speculate that the skull represents some intermixing with the native Homo Neanderthalis.

Whether or not that is the case, what is certain is that the appearance of the first truly �human� European ancestors looked nothing like what many would expect.

Erik Trinkaus, professor of anthropology at Washington University in Missouri, said the jaw in particular is the oldest, modern human fossil that can be directly-dated, saying that, �Taken together, the material is the first that securely documents what modern humans looked like when they spread into Europe.�

That might be a bit of a disappointment to those last remaining doubters that all of humanity originated in Africa and spread out from there.
(Article by Shante Wooten; Image via BBC)
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A Detailed Guide to Cellphone Insurance in the US

A Detailed Guide to Cellphone Insurance in the US

A Detailed Guide to Cellphone Insurance in the US

Phone insurance isn't an exciting topic. But it is a topic a lot of people have questions about, particularly when it comes to two things: who's the best, and is phone insurance actually a good investment? As you'll see, those questions don't really have an easy answer. But I'm going to break down a few of the US's most popular insurers, alternatives (like your homeowners policy), and explore whether phone insurance is even actually a good idea given your individual needs.


A Detailed Guide to Cellphone Insurance in the US
David Ruddock
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:00:00 GMT

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fw: Notify NYC - Notification

Notification issued 10/12/13 at 6:30AM.  The NYPD has issued a Missing Senior Notification for Robert Thomas.  Mr. Thomas is male, Black, 81 years old and was last seen on 10/11/13 at 6:00PM in the area of the Empire Casino (Yonkers).  He is described  as 5'8", 155 lbs, brown eyes, with balding gray hair, beard and glasses. He was last seen wearing a plaid jacket and blue pants with white sneakers. A photo is attached. If you see him, please call 1-800-577-TIPS(8477) or visit http://WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Fw: Medallion Auction Notice


October 11, 2013

To All Interested Parties:

Industry Notice #13-38
October 11, 2013

For Immediate Release

Notice of Medallion Sale

The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) wishes to announce that 200 Accessible Minifleet Medallions will be offered for sale, in lots of two, through the receipt of sealed competitive bids.  The TLC will receive bids in person on November 7, 8, 12, and 13, 2013, from 9:00 am through 12:00 Noon at its offices at 33 Beaver Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10004.  These bids will be publicly opened on November 14, 2013, commencing at 9:00 am at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007.  TLC's offices and the auction facility are wheelchair accessible.

  • All interested bidders must submit their sealed bids on November 7, 8, 12, or 13, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 Noon at the NYC TLC, 33 Beaver Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10004
  • All bid packages must be delivered by hand. Please be prepared to present an ID to enter 33 Beaver Street.
  • Bids will not be accepted by mail.
  • The deadline to submit bid packages is 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
  • All 200 medallions (or 100 lots) included in this auction have been set aside for use with wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
  • The ten highest non-winning bids will be held for Reserve Status.
  • The minimum upset price for Accessible Minifleet Medallions is $850,000 per medallion, or $1,700,000 per lot.

Bid packages, bidding instructions, bidder requirements, ownership requirements, and further details are available online at and at all TLC facilities.  

Any request for a sign language interpreter or other form of reasonable accommodation for a disability at the November 14, 2013 auction must be submitted in writing, by telephone, or by TTY/TDD no later than November 8, 2013, to the Office of Legal Affairs at:

Taxi and Limousine Commission
33 Beaver St., 22nd Floor
New York, New York 10004
Telephone: 212 676 1135


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