What’s New – 12/16 – Our Time Press
NYS Attorney General Letitia James abruptly suspended her 2022 campaign for NYS governor, a wise move, and will focus on her re-election campaign in 2022. Her decision will radically alter the race as many lawyers would not compete with it. Professor Zephyr Teachout has already retired from the AG race.
NEW YORK CITY: Eric Adams is back from his spiritual journey to Ghana where he received a heroic welcome and a new name. His first high-level post is Dr. David Banks, who will be the chancellor of the New York School. Veteran educator and co-founder of Eagle Academies,
Dr Banks has said that the culture of education in New York is fundamentally flawed and he is eager to transform it. Some thoughts for Chancellor Banks: Changing the name of the DOE. Seek to increase parent engagement in the public school curriculum. Find out what happened to the nearly 200,000 students who disappeared from the DOE’s roster during the COVID school year. Abolish separate entrances to schools, one for whites, the other for black and brown students. Eliminate the $ 450 per diem for retired directors and other DOE underlings. Make reading proficiency a first-grade imperative.
The NY Post revealed the story of mayor-elect Eric Adams appointing Keechant Sewell, 49, as NYPD commissioner. Sewell is the Chief Detective for Nassau County, NY. She becomes the first woman to lead the NYPD in its 176-year history. She will also be the third Black American named to the # 1 cops in New York City. The Nassau County Police Force is made up of 2,400 uniformed officers, while the NYPD has 35,000 uniformed officers. It is the largest police department in the United States.
Rumors persist that former NYPD chief Phil Banks, David’s brother, will be appointed deputy mayor of New York City’s public safety. Question! What motivated two top black American NYPD officers, Ben Tucker, 70, who is No. 2 as deputy commissioner and Rodney Harrison, 52, who is patrol leader, to resign effective 31 December.
Last week, the New York City Council passed legislation to legalize the voting of non-citizens, approximately 800,000 people, in local elections: mayor, city council and public attorney. The biggest beneficiaries of the non-citizen vote would be the Dominican and Asian American communities in New York City. Less than 1.1 million New Yorkers voted last month. The local voting initiative for non-citizens is a practice in Vermont and Maryland. I wonder if this will become an epidemic and thrive in states like Texas, Georgia, and Florida.
The New York Council speaker race is fluid.
African-American Queen’s Council member Adrienne Adams is the new favorite in the race for city council presidents. His rivals Justin Brannan, Diana Ayala, Keith Powers and Gale Brewer have announced their support. It shatters the hopes of Latino board member Francisco Moya, whom insiders Eric Adams quietly forced board members to elect. Latinos insist that Speaker must be Latino.
ARTS AND CULTURE
FINE ART: The Metropolitan Museum recently created the James Van Der Zee Archives in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem and Donna Van Der Zee. The archive includes 20,000 prints and 30,000 negatives. Based in Harlem, Van Der Zee (1886-1983) is a world-renowned African-American photographer, chronicler of the lives of black Americans during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond.
Skoto Gallery’s new exhibition, MASKED HEADS, which features 14 multimedia works by Nigeria-born artist Osi Audi, will run through January 8. Audi is investigating the wearing of the mask as a preventive measure against Covid 19. Located at 529 West 20 Street, Skoto can be contacted at 212.352.8058.
THEATER: The 2021 Broadway season saw the launch of seven works at the heart of Black Americana. THOUGHTS OF A COLORFUL MAN; CHICKEN AND COOKIES; CAROLINE, OR CHANGE; SISTAS; SKELETON CREW; TROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress; CLYDE’S by Pulitzer Laureate Lynn Nottage. MJ THE Musical, on Michael Jackson, is previewing. Tickets are on sale for the Ntozake Shange classic, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS CHILD, which opens in March 2022.
MEDIA QUESTIONS: Olympian gymnast Simone Biles was named 2021 Athlete of the Year by Time Magazine. Biles and his Olympian colleagues agree to a $ 380 million settlement for victims of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar ……
Wendy Williams is missing for the new season of her eponymous TV show. She is disabled due to health problems. The show had an odd assortment of guest hosts, mostly white, female, and male, including Michael Rapaport, Jerry Springer, and Steve Bilkos. Eh? The odds are falling. Sherri Shepherd is the only outstanding guest host to date and has had a rating increase to prove it. Maybe it’s her black girl magic. She’s witty, telegenic and addicting. She should be the permanent replacement host until Wendy’s return.
Winter solstice begins and Capricorn birthday wishes to New York chancellor point to Dr. David Banks; Bill Burgess, Bill Burgess Group; executive search Lawyer Barbara Daniels; IT Director Laurent Delly, IDEACOIL; Walter Edwards, Full Spectrum real estate developer; Michael Garner, MTA Vice President, Director of Diversity; Michael Horsford, George Hulse, Emblem Insurance; Writer / poet Mae Jackson; the Reverend Dr Al Johnson; June Kelly, fine art gallery owner; LeBron James, Rafee Kamaal, media producer; Byron Lewis, black media pioneer, founder of UniWorld; Dr Eddie Mandeville; Michelle Obama; Voza Rivers, Harlem Arts Alliance; Dwayne Wade; Denzel Washington; lawyer Maya Wiley; Lloyd Williams, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce; and lawyer Nathanael Wright.
RIP: Writer Greg Tate, 64, died on 7/12. A man of many talents, he was a cultural critic, published in the mainstream media, and he wrote or edited five books with titles like “Flyboy in the Buttermilk; Essays on Contemporary America ”and“ Everything But the Burden: What Whites Get from Black Culture ”. Tate was known as the godfather of HIPHOP journalism. A Howard University alumnus, he was a musician, who co-founded the Black Rock Coalition; and visiting professor at the Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies and Brown University. Return Home Service: December 18, Park Avenue Christian Church, Park Avenue and 85 Street, Manhattan: Tour from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Service: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
RIP Barry Harris, 91, world renowned jazz pianist and modern jazz ambassador / educator, passed away on December 8. His return service will be held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 West 138 Street, Harlem, on December 16. Visit at 10 a.m. Funeral service at 11 a.m. The event will be broadcast on Abyssinian.org/worship.
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