Our Time Press

Day: <span>October 25, 2019</span>

Congratulations to Fern Khan

Congratulations to Fern Khan, Bank Street College Dean Emerita, who celebrated her 80th Birthday Anniversary in grand style at her Upper West Side home on September 21 with her favorite guys, hubby Ismail and sons Yussuf, Javaid and Nafees; grandchildren, loving sisters Hope and Philippa.  Fern’s nieces, nephews and her family circle of friends also […]Read More

“HOW ITALIANS BECAME WHITE,”

 Why did NYS Governor Cuomo use the “N” word last week? He said that he was referencing a NY Times story.   I read the Brent Staples 10/13 opinion piece, “HOW ITALIANS BECAME WHITE,” which may be bothersome to some.  Staples related a narrative about Italian immigrants in Louisiana who were lynched in the late […]Read More

UNITY IN DIVERSITY 2019 AWARDS GALA

The National Association of Minority Contractors, New York Tri-State Chapter, presented its UNITY IN DIVERSITY 2019 AWARDS GALA, a black-tie affair, on October 18 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  New York’s construction and contractor industry elites were ubiquitous and in evidence during the 5-hour proceedings.  NAMC honored 25 industry leaders, many of them African-Americans like […]Read More

New York Early Voting

New Yorkers, early voting begins this weekend.  Check with the Board of Elections to determine the voting venue in your neighborhood.  Early voting precludes long lines during Election Day on November 5.  Also, check your voting booklet, study the City Charter Revisions and vote your conscience.   The big citywide race this year is the […]Read More

Why We Should Support the Test Part 3

Thinker’s Notebook “When I hear politicians and others in education talking about getting rid of the test, what I infer from what they are saying is that Black and Brown children aren’t smart enough to take and pass the test, and the only way that they can get into a Specialized High School is if […]Read More

Meeting With Chancellor Bears Fruit

There are times when people believe that school visits by bigwigs is all for show and nothing really ever comes of it.  That is not true.  These are potentially life-changing moments that can put young people on trajectories they would not have even seen, much less thought possible.   Such was the visit of Chancellor […]Read More

Clinton Hill Outrage

Artshack Brooklyn posts Racially Insensitive “Art” Hung in Store Windows Clinton Hill residents were shocked Tuesday as pictures were posted throughout social media showing the front windows of Artshack Brooklyn, located at 384 Waverly Place. The windows were decorated with caricatures that appeared to be in Blackface, with what looked like ropes around their necks. […]Read More

5th Annual Madiba Humanitarian Awards

The connection to Africa and heroes past and present was strong at the 5th Annual Madiba Humanitarian Awards, organized and hosted by Vira Jones, founder and president of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Museum of African Art. Held at the Brooklyn Museum, the honorees were keynote speaker Arikana Chihombari-Quao, the African Union ambassador to the U. S., former […]Read More