Thursday, May 31, 2012

Man burned with clothing iron in apt. rob

Man burned with clothing iron in apt. rob

A 24-year-old man was held hostage with a clothing iron on Tuesday after three men — one posing as a FedEx employee — burst into his Harlem apartment to rob him, police sources said. The unidentified victim was alone inside his Eighth Ave. pad near W. 153rd St. when he heard a knock at the door about 1:45 p.m., the sources said.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012



* Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of the state Board of Regents, is mulling a run for mayor of New York City as a Republican in 2013 as business and civic groups encourage her candidacy, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* A new Quinnipiac poll released this morning has Governor Cuomo's approval rating at 71 percent, the highest score for a New York State governor in 11 years:  

* Appearing next to challenger Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Charlie Rangel acknowledged that it won't be easy to win re-election but defended himself against charges of ethical misconduct, the New York Times reports:

* Rangel is set to get endorsements from Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as former mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins in coming days, the Post writes:

* Eleven inmates are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit accusing New York City corrections officials of allowing guards to beat inmates without provocation, the Times reports:

* A fire company in the Bronx is used less frequently than any other in New York City but it is still rescued from closure year after year as part of the mayor's budget dance with the City Council, the Times writes:

* Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is backing a lawsuit against the state's plan for New York City's taxis, saying the governor and the mayor bypassed the City Council, the Daily News writes:

* The Bloomberg administration is looking to target delivery cyclists who ride on the sidewalks with more enforcement agents and higher fines, the Daily News writes:


Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up in West Harlem Piers Park Zumba

Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up in West Harlem Piers Park Zumba

Date: June 2, 2012

Shape Up NYC (partnered with the Department of Parks and Recreation, Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire BlueCross Blue Shield) offers more than 175 free fitness classes every week at locations across the five boroughs to helpNew Yorkers shape up.

Mercy Irizarry teaches Zumba class on Saturdays in West Harlem Piers Park – Enter at 125th St.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up in West Harlem Piers Park Zumba
Wed, 30 May 2012 04:00:13 GMT

Summer on the Hudson: Learn To Ride

Summer on the Hudson: Learn To Ride

Date: June 2, 2012

New riders, ages 5 years and up learn to balance, ride, and enjoy life on two wheels. Don’t have a bike? A limited number of kids bikes will be available free of charge from Bike and Roll NYC. To ensure bicycle availability, please reserve by calling (212) 260-0400.

REGISTER for the Learn To Ride here:

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

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Wed, 30 May 2012 04:00:13 GMT

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Harlem Display Shows Faces Of Gun Violence Victims

Harlem Display Shows Faces Of Gun Violence Victims

Large black and white portraits of people who have been affected by gun violence can be seen outside the Minisink Townhouse in Central Harlem as part of a global art initiative aimed at reducing crime.

Harlem Display Shows Faces Of Gun Violence Victims
Tue, 29 May 2012 14:37:19 GMT

Monday, May 28, 2012

Unemployment For Young African American Vets Topped 40 percent in 2011

Unemployment For Young African American Vets Topped 40 percent in 2011
The number is even worse for young African American male military veterans who face a 40 percent unemployment rate. "Our young men and women in uniform put their lives on the line for all of us so that we may remain free. The least we can do is make ...
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First African American to Guard 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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* Possible successors to Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, including Sens. Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Andrea Stewart-Cousins, are jockeying for his spot even though he's still leader, the Daily News reports:

* Rep. Kathy Hochul, the darling of the Democratic Party after her surprise special election win last year, is now the state's most vulnerable House incumbent thanks to redistricting, the New York Times writes:

* A proposal to reduce the assumed rate of return for New York City's pensions from 8 percent to 7 percent may not go nearly far enough and reflects a nationwide challenge, the Times reports:

* A $750 million federally mandated safety program means the MTA will delay LIRR and Metro-North upgrades to ease congestion, even though it already spent $1 billion on safety improvements, the Post writes:

* Top New York City employees are donating much more money to President Barack Obama than to Mitt Romney, with Deputy Mayor Robert Steel the only donor to the presumptive Republican nominee, the Post reports:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

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Friday, May 25, 2012



* The investigations editor for the Albany Times Union is charging that Albany elected officials and law enforcement unjustly targeted his wife's spa with a prostitution charge in retaliation for critical news coverage, the New York Times reports:

* The New York City congressional race between Congressman Charlie Rangel and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat has turned into a war of endorsements, with Rangel seeking to prove he still retains institutional support, and Espaillat seeking to show that Rangel has lost it, the Times writes:

* More than 600 hours of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's public schedule were redacted from a freedom of information request, but records do show meetings with campaign fundraisers and frequent meetings about Walmart and the living wage bill, NY1 reports:

* The New York State Democratic Party denied New York City Comptroller John Liu a slot to attend the 2012 convention in Charlotte as an at-large delegate, in part over concerns about an investigation into his campaign fundraising, the Times writes:

* Gay couples in New York and Connecticut are learning that even though their state allows them to marry, they still must take more steps than straight couples to protect their assets, and are increasingly seeking advice from professionals about issues ranging from filing joint taxes to owning property together, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* After a two-year exile to a trailer outside of City Hall, New York City's press corps is finally returning to the fabled "Room 9," as well as to a lesser-known overflow room, which boasts a number of new media outlets, the Times says:


NY1 For You: Disabled East Harlem Tenants Get A "Lift" From Elevator Repairs

NY1 For You: Disabled East Harlem Tenants Get A "Lift" From Elevator Repairs

Some disabled East Harlem residents are finally able to leave their apartments after the broken elevator in their apartment was fixed.

NY1 For You: Disabled East Harlem Tenants Get A "Lift" From Elevator Repairs
Thu, 24 May 2012 16:43:57 GMT

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mandrill Tribute To Hal Jackson

Mandrill Tribute To Hal Jackson
Hal Jackson was intimately associated with the career of Mandrill. He was at the helm at WBLS/WLIB in New York City when our third album, Composite Truth, hit the streets in the early 70's. Hal believed in the Wilson Brothers /Mandrill and supported us in every way. He relayed that spirit to his entire staff, including such world-class announcers like Frankie Crocker, Vaughn Harper, Vy Higgensen, Ken "Spider" Webb, G. Keith Alexander and so many others. This support contributed to a break out album in the US and abroad and garnered gold album status for Mandrill's Composite Truth including such hits as "Fencewalk" and "Hang Loose".
Mr. Jackson will be remembered as a close friend and mentor. He will also be looked to as an individual who took the bull by the horns and did it his way. He was the first Black radio announcer on network radio and was on the air for more than 70 years, The entrepreneurial example that he has set is indeed a blueprint for freedom and independence in this dog eat dog entertainment industry.
He will be truly missed but his spirit and legacy will live in our hearts and minds forever. We love you Hal and may you rest in peace.
Ric Wilson, MD
For the Wilson Brothers (Lou, Ric, Carlos & Wolf) of Mandrill 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012



* In a highly symbolic move, ex-Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV will endorse Manhattan Rep. Charlie Rangel today, according to a source with knowledge of the endorsement and confirmed by a campaign press release. A spokesman for Rangel, Bob Liff, said he had heard that the endorsement was taking place, but did not have direct knowledge of it. "I've also heard the same thing, and it's always nice to be with Mr. Powell," Liff said. The endorsement will occur in front of a statue in Harlem of former Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., whom Rangel unseated in a primary in 1970. Now, Rangel faces perhaps his toughest test since then, running in a highly competitive five-way Democratic primary, which includes a top-tier challenger in state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Powell IV, the ex-assemblyman, is the son of the former congressman. In 2010, Powell ran against Rangel but lost by a substantial amount, despite scandals swirling around Rangel at the time. But now, the redistricting process has made the seat far more Latino-heavy, and Rangel faces a tough test from Espaillat and three others.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fw: Progress on Stop and Frisk

May 22, 2012

Progress on Stop and Frisk


Last week, New York Police Commissioner made an important step towards reducing the number of illegal street stops in New York City. The misuse of stop and frisk by the NYPD represents one of the more significant civil rights issues for the city, state, and nation.
The NYPD is on pace to shatter last year's record of 686,000 stops, with stops in the first quarter of 2012 up 11% over the same period last year.
Consider this: there are about 512,000 minutes in a year. Last year there were 686,000 stops. That means there was one stop on NYC's streets every 45 seconds.
Now consider this: a stop should only be made if a police officer suspects that the individual is engaging in criminal activity. That means that once every 45 seconds a New York City resident is basically accused of committing a crime.
However, nine out of ten people that are stopped are found to be innocent—they are not charged with a crime or issued a ticket. Last year, there were 605,000 of these "innocent" stops; again occurring at a rate of more than once a minute.
The frequency of stops and the high rate of "innocent" stops indicate that the standard for reasonable suspicion is not being met.  This represents a violation of these individuals' civil rights.
Stop and frisk is an important police tool, but clearly the way the tactic is currently used needs reform. While crime does continue to decline in New York City, there is no evidence that utilizing stop and frisk at such a scale—and violating individuals' civil rights in the process—has contributed in any significant way to these declining crime rates.
Police Commissioner Kelly's statement on stop and frisk is an important first step, but more must be done to continue to pressure the administration to reform this practice.
Two weeks ago, DMI co-hosted a panel discussion on stop and frisk at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with DMI board member Martin Luther King III. Later that day King came together with advocates and elected officials to hold a press conference pleading for the initiation of more dialogue on this issue.  Follow this link to see video of MLK III speaking on the issue.
Help DMI continue to fight to build pressure to reform this practice and to protect and preserve our civil rights.

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Fw: Ralph Lemon in conversation with Tim Griffin and last chance for spring exhibitions!



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The Studio Museum in Harlem Events
Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27

We are thrilled to announce a few of our exciting upcoming events this week including The Artist's Voice featuring Ralph Lemon in conversation with Tim Griffin and our Target Free Sunday programming highlighting our exhibitions.

Also, Sunday, May 27 will be your last chance to view our spring exhibitions! Don't miss it!

Be sure to check out our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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Thursday, May 24
, 2012
The Artist's Voice: Ralph Lemon in conversation with
Tim Griffin | 7:00 PM
Adult Programs

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Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2010. Courtesy the artist.

The Artist's Voice: Ralph Lemon in Conversation with Tim Griffin is organized on the occasion of Lemon's exhibition at the Studio Museum, 1856 Cessna Road. The program will feature a performance of "Sunshine Room," the first section of his last stage work, How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?, and culminate in a conversation between Lemon and Griffin, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Kitchen.

This program is free with museum admission. RSVPs are required. RSVP at Seating is limited. Studio Museum members receive priority seating, subject to availability.

The Artist's Voice is made possible, in part, by MetLife Foundation and an endowment established by the Ron Carter Family in memory of Studio Museum in Harlem Trustee, Janet Carter.

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The Studio Museum in Harlem is a Blue Star Museum!

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The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to participate in the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. Click here to view full press release.

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Gallery Tour: Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions | 1:00 PM
Kids & Family Programs

Jennie C. Jones, Song Containers, 2011. Courtesy the artist

Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions led by a knowledgeable Museum educator. Shift includes focused presentations of work by Nayland Blake, Jennie C. Jones, Lorraine O'Grady, John Outterbridge and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as a new iteration of The Bearden Project and Highlights from the Permanent Collection. The tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome! Click here to RSVP.

Hands On: Art & Movement 
| 2:00 PM
Kids & Family Programs

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[R-L]: Jennie C. Jones, Shhh #6, 2010; Shhh #7, 2011; Shhh #8, 2011. Courtesy the artist.

Take a look at artist Jenny C. Jones' artwork currently on view in Shift: Projects/ Perspectives/Directions. Join us for a hands-on workshop where we will examine movement through the use of music and line. Click here to RSVP.

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Spring Shows Close May 27, 2012!

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Nina Chanel Abney, First & Last, 2012. Courtesy the artist

There's still time to check out our Spring exhibition projects, featuring Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions, Ralph Lemon: 1856 Cessna Road and Harlem Postcards, closing May 27, 2012. Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions includes seven discrete installations of new and historical work, ranging from iconic mid-century work by Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis to brand new work created to celebrate the centennial of Bearden's birth. Ralph Lemon: 1856 Cessna Road documents an artistic collaboration between movement artist Ralph Lemon and Walter Carter, the oldest man in Little Yazoo, Mississippi, while the latest installment of Harlem Postcards offers new perspectives on the iconic neighborhood. These exhibitions will be on view through May 27, 2012, along with the continuing exhibitions Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona and Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Click here to learn more.

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