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Day: <span>July 12, 2018</span>

In Thailand Children Rescued, In America Children Lost

Part of the joy of the rescue of the 12 Thai soccer players and their coach, was seeing experts across nationalities working together and putting their lives on the line with exquisite planning, to save the boys and reunite them with their families.   There is an instant sense of nostalgia in it, because It feels […]readmore

Cynthia Nixon Came to Bed-Stuy to ‘Trust Black Women’

Exclusive to Our Time Press It’s not certain what Cynthia Nixon, candidate for Governor of New York State, expected for her first “State of NY Women” dialogue held last week in Bedford-Stuyvesant. What she got, in any event, was an audience with a multigenerational gathering of informed and discerning Black women – courteous but unafraid […]readmore

WHAT’S GOING ON

BLACK ECO DEV Read the good news: “The AME Church and Black Banks Launch Partnership for Black Wealth,” published in TriceEdneyWire.com.   The African Methodist Episcopalian (AME) Bishop Reginald T. Jackson recently announced the initiative with 19 Black bank presidents in the USA. He said, “This initiative will strengthen Black banks across the USA and increase […]readmore

The Fame you find in a Meme

       I went viral last week as a meme. If this was ten years ago, the previous sentence wouldn’t make much sense at all. Presently however, its meaning is a precursor for a discussion on both the power and the frivolousness of social media. Allow me to explain. Among the myriad of things […]readmore

East New York: We Walk in a Field of Dreams

A place called “home” or “my neighborhood” is comforting to those living there. There in the neighborhood people go to the same schools, shop in the same stores and run in the same playgrounds. However, there are institutions that can disrupt “home” and “my neighborhood.” Due to the racial or ethnic background of neighborhood residents, […]readmore

Celebrating the Ancestors with a Family Reunion

Every two years, Brooklyn resident Fred Price,75, takes a journey to celebrate his family’s ancestral history and recent achievements. Over the years, he’s traveled to cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Charleston to see siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins—the descendants of Lottie and Sims Bird. This July, Family Reunion Month, the Byrd family […]readmore

The Roots of Friendship Start Here

Like the proverbial tree that grows in Brooklyn, the roots of my most important friendships began in the middle of East 27th Street between Avenues L and M.   We were a tribe of about 40 girls and boys with no more than four years difference in our ages. On any given afternoon, our moms could […]readmore

The Effective Education Parents Summer Recommended Reading List

All good K-12 school educators I know create a “summer books to read list.” And this list will usually include some education-related books. Parents are just as important teachers as any professional educator working in a school. In fact, a child’s success in school is very much connected to the quality and quantity of learning […]readmore