Thursday, March 31, 2011

East Harlem Liquor Store Illegally Converted From Funeral Parlor -

East Harlem Liquor Store Illegally Converted From Funeral Parlor -

Report: Missssssssssssssing Bronx Zoo Cobra FOUND!


Report: Missssssssssssssing Bronx Zoo Cobra FOUND! It's been a long and harrowing six days of Cobra Watch 2011: Asp-ergers Syndrome—Escape From Bronx Zoo!, but the vigilante cobra who left a city paralyzed with fear has now been found! Wildlife Conservation Society officials are expected to announce that they have recovered the 20-inch long Egyptian cobra that escaped last Friday, a source told Fox 5. [ more › ]

Report: Missssssssssssssing Bronx Zoo Cobra FOUND!
Ben Yakas
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:16:55 GMT

Apollo Music Café: Songs For Miriam


Apollo Music Café: Songs For Miriam
Event Date & Time: 04/01/2011 10:00 PM
Location: Apollo Theater

Apollo Music Café: Songs For Miriam
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:52:50 GMT

Body in closet as grandson had sex in bed


An East Harlem granny was found dead in a bedroom closet on Wednesday - after relatives walked in on her grandson having sex with a woman in the same room, police sources said.


Body in closet as grandson had sex in bed
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 03:20:00 GMT

Fw: Health Disparities in New York City: Report Describes Health Status for City’s Five Counties

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Health E-News March 30, 2011

Health Disparities in New York City: Report Describes Health Status for City's Five Counties

Health Department Initiatives Address Gaps in Care, Make Strides to Improve Health of All New Yorkers

Excessive DrinkingIn a report issued today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute rank the nation's counties on various measures of health. As expected, the findings reveal deep health disparities among counties across the U.S., including those in New York state. Whether counties are ranked by "health outcomes" (rates of illness and death) or by "health factors" (characteristics that influence health), counties with large minority populations and high rates of poverty consistently rank least healthy. Among New York City's five counties (boroughs), Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island land relatively high among New York's 62 counties, while Brooklyn and the Bronx fall at or near the bottom.

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Yale Art Gallery's Showcase of African-American Artists
Yale Art Gallery's Showcase of African-American Artists (New Haven Advocate)
Is there such a thing as black art? Kerry James Marshal's impressive, untitled painting.

The CIA has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and make contacts with rebels battling Moammar Gadhafi's forces, according to U.S. Officials. While President Barack Obama has insisted that no U.S. Ground troops join in the Libyan campaign, small groups of CIA operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks and are part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help set back Gadhafi's military, the officials said. The CIA presence comprises an unknown number of U.S. Officers who had worked at the spy agency's station in Tripoli and those who arrived more recently. In addition, current and former British officials said, dozens of British special forces and MI6 intelligence officers are working inside Libya. The British operatives have been directing airstrikes from British Tornado jets and gathering intelligence about the whereabouts of Libyan government tank columns, artillery pieces, and missile installations, the officials said.

NAACP says teachers' jobs can be saved (MSNBC)
After months of contentious debate over school closings and budget cuts, NAACP officials met with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders Tuesday to give them a proposal the group says could avert school closings and save hundreds of teachers' jobs.

D.C.'s melting majority (Arkansas Online)
Over the past decade, the District of Columbia's African American population shrank by more than 39,000. That's a 9 percent drop, according to census data released last week.

NAACP Tackles African American HIV/AIDS Crisis (MediLexicon)
The NAACP issues a call to action to the faith community to champion the importance of HIV testing and prevention in their respective congregations and communities.

Anti-Abortion billboard arouses pro-choice anger
Anti-Abortion billboard arouses pro-choice anger (WLS-AM Chicago)
The erecting of an anti-abortion billboard targeting Chicago's black community that features a picture of President Barack Obama has aroused the anger of pro-choice advocates.

Bell silent no longer (Theadvertiser The Advertiser Lafayett...)
"For bells are the voice of the church; They have tones that touch and search the hearts of young and old." "' Henry Wadsworth Longfellow More online Click on this story at for video of the re-dedication and a photo gallery.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Harlem Residents Wait Outside for Hours to Glimpse President Obama

Harlem Residents Wait Outside for Hours to Glimpse President Obama

March 29, 2011 4:50pm   

Many Harlem residents and visitors said they were happy the president was paying the neighborhood a visit.

Harlem Residents Gather Outside Obama Fundraiser

By Jeff Mays

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — A party-like atmosphere reigned outside the Red Rooster Harlem Tuesday even as metal barriers lined the streets, extra police cars rolled through the area and helicopters hovered above for President Barack Obama's arrival.

The president's car entered through a tent at the back of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant about 6 p.m., depriving visitors who had waited hours in the cold of even a glimpse of Obama.

About 50 people, including Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel, were arrayed at the six tables for the $30,800 per plate fundraiser which was expected to raise $1.5 million.

In brief remarks, Obama thanked Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine who introduced the president.

Obama said it was a "challenging time."

"I could not do what I do ... if I didn't know that I have a lot of people rooting for me, a lot of people supporting me," the president said.

"I want you each of you to know that I'm very very grateful for your friendship," Obama said.

By 8:30 p.m., Obama was in the presidential limousine and heading just half an avenue away to an invitation-only "thank you" reception at the Studio Museum in Harlem led by a full police motorcade.

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson tweeted "thanks to sylvia and chez lucienne for being fantastic neigbours yesterday was a great night," Wednesday morning.

Crowds who had waited at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue behind metal barriers for hours began cheering when they saw the motorcade emerge from the tent. They screamed even louder when Obama's limousine passed.

James Wade, 65, who retired from a security company, said he would have loved to get a closer look at Obama but understood the security measures. He said people who were upset about being inconvenienced should be more understanding.

"If something happened to him, people would complain that they didn't protect him," Wade said.

"I wanted to get closer but they boxed me in," said Freddie Bush, 75, a retired construction worker who waited at 125th Street and Lenox for two hours. "There's a lot of money in Harlem tonight."

Sherri Culpepper, 51, who is in marketing and public relations, brought her daughter Bria, 17, a big fan of the Obama family, to try and catch a glimpse of the president.

"She's written many letters to the White House and has gotten a couple of replies so I couldn't have the president come this close and not attempt to get a look," said Culpepper. "She wanted to go inside and eat but I explained to her that each plate cost $30,800 and that wasn't in my budget."

Bria Culpepper said she plans to vote for the president when he runs for re-election next year but wanted to support him now.

"I don't like how everyone blames him for everything," she said.

Obama's visit to Harlem capped a busy day in Manhattan. Earlier Obama attended the New York City Science and Engineering Fair at the Natural History Museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Afterward, he spoke at a United Nations ceremony to dedicate a building to Ronald H. Brown, the former Secretary of Commerce who was killed in a plane crash in Croatia in 1996. Brown was raised in Harlem.

All afternoon, an ever-growing crowd had swelled in front of the restaurant in anticipation of the president's arrival for a $30,000 per head fundraiser.

Freddy Lebron and Don Jones said they weren't overjoyed when their bosses at Liberty taxes had them wear Statue of Liberty outfits and hand out fliers in front of the famed eatery, but both said they were thrilled Obama was coming to the neighborhood.

"He's supposed to come here. Harlem and New York are like the capital of the world. There's a lot of history here," said Lebron.

"I voted for him and most of the people out here voted for Obama so it's good to see him here," added Jones.

Many Harlem residents said they were excited that Obama was coming and brushed off criticism by some that the $30,800 per head affair was too much for a community that still struggles with the effects of poverty.

"This ain't got nothing to do with Harlem," said comedian and Harlem resident Paul Mooney, who wrote for Richard Pryor and the Dave Chappelle on "Chappelle's Show." "This is about white folks with money and black folks with money and Obama should get it. He should have a $30,000 fundraiser here every night."

But Vincon Mindo, a 23-year-old retail worker carrying a sign protesting U.S. involvement in Libya, disagreed.

"This is more than ridiculous. You have people that make $25,000 a year in this neighborhood and he's eating off of a $30,000 plate," Mindo said, adding that he believed Obama hadn't lived up to his campaign promises.

At Kaarta Imports and Exports on 125th Street, a store that sells African garments, cloth and jewelry, Karen McBroom defended Obama, saying he faces more criticism than other presidents for his every move.

"He tries so hard but he goes through so many trials and tribulations," said the 48-year old, who was just laid off from her retail job. "Harlem is about the people. We went through a lot of struggle so he can get to where he is."

Salif Tounkara, 23, a clerk at the store, agreed.

"He's showing love to the 'hood," Tounkara said. "If he's involved with something that costs $30,000 for a plate of food there's a reason. He's using it to get re-elected so he can create something better."

Others, like Mitchell Rose, 42, a designer, came from Valley Stream, N.Y. to try to get the president to sign a pair of the sneakers from the line he designed in his honor. Rose also designed a sport underwear line called "First Lady O" in honor of Michelle Obama.

"Maybe we can take the proceeds and put them into a fund to help out the urban community," Rose said, explaining what his business pitch to Obama would be. "I don't think I'm going to get close to him but anything is possible. I can dream."

In front of Red Rooster, Serano LeGrand 57, a building superintendent, said he came from Brooklyn hoping to get a glimpse of the president.

"I came all the way here because i think he is doing a good job and deserves support," LeGrand said as he held a photo of Obama and an American flag. He brushed off criticism of the affair.

"He can't solve every problem," he said. "What makes him different from any other president? He's raising money for re-election, so that's a beautiful thing."

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Tony Tantillo's Dining Deal: Red Rooster (WCBS-TV New York)
President Obama's visit to the Big Apple ended in Harlem Tuesday at one of the neighborhood's most popular restaurants.

Who pays $31,000 to dine with Obama? (CNN Money)
A select group of financiers, New Yorkers, and wealthy Democrats will join President Obama for a private dinner in Harlem this evening.

NYC: Looks Are Deceiving at Community Food and Juice
NYC: Looks Are Deceiving at Community Food and Juice (A Hamburger Today)
Want Fries with That? Yes, but ask for salt and eat fast - they go soggy real quick.

Harlem Educator Upset After Space for New Public School is Taken by Charter School

Harlem Educator Upset After Space for New Public School is Taken by Charter School

March 28, 2011

Central Park East 1 was awarded space to open an elementary school in Washington Heights before it was given to a charter school chain.


Harlem Public School Supporters Say They Are Being Pushed Aside by Charter SchoolKIPP supporters hold up signs at a Panel for Educational Policy hearing. (DNAinfo/Patrick Hedlund)

By Jeff Mays

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Eadt HARLEM — Supporters of the Central Park East 1 public school in East Harlem are crying foul after space they were promised to open a new school in Washington Heights was given to KIPP, the largest charter school chain in the country, the New York Times reported.

Julie Zuckerman, principal of Central Park East 1, a progressive school, was invited to Department of Education headquarters in January and congratulated on being one of 30 principals chosen to open a new school. Zuckerman's new school, which was to be called Castle Bridge, was allocated $40,000 in start-up funding and given vacant space at P.S. 115.

But then a DOE superintendent awarded the space to KIPP. The earliest Castle Bridge — which was to serve 200 kids, 10 percent of whom have a parent in prison— would get space for a school is 2012, the DOE said, according to the Times.

"Everyone knows the DOE favors charters," Kevin Guzman, who runs the Little Idea pre-K with his wife in Washington Heights and supports Castle Bridge, told the Times. "It was David versus Goliath."

Castle Bridge, like Central Park East 1, would not focus on standardized tests. Students would be encouraged to delve deeply into topics. KIPP is a fundraising powerhouse with long days that emphasizes standardized test preparation.

Marc Sternberg, a deputy superintendent for the DOE, denied there was favoritism in an email to the Times.

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Upscale Men's Barbershop and Salon Re-Opens in Harlem

Upscale Men's Barbershop and Salon Re-Opens in Harlem

March 28, 2011 2:29pm   

BBRAXTON is back catering to the beauty needs of Harlem gentlemen after a year-long hiatus.

Upscale Harlem Barbershop and Salon Re-Opens

By Jeff Mays

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — When a divorce and the economy forced Brenda Braxton to close her upscale barbershop and salon at the end of 2009, she knew the demand for her unique services would eventually bring her back.

The BBraxton salon, located at 1400 Fifth Avenue at 116th Street, catered specifically to men. Haircuts were finished with a hot towel, and if men were into advanced grooming, there were rooms for pedicures, manicures, facials and massages. You could even get a cocktail.

"It's almost like they were waiting for something like this," said Braxton of how the neighborhood felt about her specialty offerings. "People realized how much they missed us after we were gone."

The salon reopened at the end of January after Braxton was able to settle the details of her divorce and get new financial partners. Braxton added Antoinette Williams, who had just retired from the postal service, as a co-owner.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

African-American - News

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Practical Limit To 2nd Black US House District (WRIC-TV Richmond)
Almost one in five Virginians is black, yet only one of its 11 congressmen is, and many of the state's leading African-American policymakers would like to change that ratio.

Man sleeps in slave cabins to highlight their history (WTTV Indianapolis)
This week, Joseph McGill will take a sleeping bag, whistle, flashlight and journal to spend the night in a former slave dwelling in Egypt, Texas.

NAACP asks for 'positive energy' from council
NAACP asks for 'positive energy' from council (Topeka Capital-Journal)
The Topeka branch of the NAACP is accusing city Councilman John Alcala of badgering city manager Norton Bonaparte and is asking him to stop.

Embattled Wisconsin Veterans Secretary Black Resigns (WMTV Madison)
Wisconsin's embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Ken Black is resigning. Black announced on Monday that he is resigning effective Friday.

Spanburgh: Historic African-American Home Might Be Saved from Demolition (Patch)
In a rare preservationist success story, a home in Sagaponack Village - the only house ever historically occupied by an African-American family in Sagaponack - may be saved from demolition.

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