Our Time Press

Remembering the Blessed Life of Grace Marie Baker

Grace Marie Goode Baker, a graceful, resilient woman and humanitarian, was born on October 26, 1914, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area in Brooklyn, New York to Thomas Scott and Eliza Burwell Goode. The eldest of five children including Frank, Harold, Henry and Catherine, Mrs. Baker spent her childhood years in Clarksville, Virginia with her maternal grandparents. […]readmore

Adelaide Sanford Institute Honors Central Brooklyn Educators with Legacy Awards

Submitted by Keith ForestThis spring, the Adelaide Sanford Institute paid homage to educators on the frontline during the 2020 pandemic. Educators who closed the social distance gap virtually: they kept schools running although the buildings were closed by taking on cyberspace and crafting virtual classrooms. ASI, a strong believer in the “education first” factor, has […]readmore


Anna Maria Horsford is known globally for her roles as Thelma Frye on the NBC sitcom Amen (1986–91), and as Dee Baxter on the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. (1995–99). And in New York City, she is known, not as Thelma and Dee, but as Anna Maria Horsford. A veteran of numerous roles in sitcoms, […]readmore

Anna Maria Horsford Speaks

Part I of Four Parts During the 1960’s, the Black family was under attack by socio-economic issues wrought by America’s escalating racism. Its “decline” was greatly, and sometimes unfairly, reported. Yet, inside the “hot” New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, there was something else burning beyond tempers and temples. There were families — […]readmore

Our Time Press@Home…Where Legacy Begins

by Bernice Elizabeth GreenNYC Councilwoman Inez Barron is an accomplished woman and has met nearly every goal she has ever accomplished on the power of her work ethics and the backs of the ancestors.But place and people are part of the journeys of all peoples of color, and Councilwoman’s Barron’s story is no different. The […]readmore

Heirs to Mial’s Legacy

The scribes on this page cite the genius (and spirit) of Lemuel Mial as a motivational force in their lives.In his public life, Mr. Mial was the architect of many programs that served families, youth, and residents.And he was the same in his private life with family members and friends.He cultivated the community’s next generations […]readmore

The Best of Our Time LEMUEL MIAL

Phenomenal Family Man, FriendMusician, Artist, Sage, Advocate for the People “Mr. Lemuel Mial will be remembered for his brilliance, creativity and dedicationto the transformation of the VON KING CULTURAL ARTS CENTER.I am happy to have had the opportunity to work alongside him to make Von King a park for all ages.Under his leadership, I learned […]readmore

Local is National as Grassroots Voices Rise

On February 11, Amazon announced its official move-in to a 90,000-square-foot distribution station at 2300 Linden Blvd, in East New York, Brooklyn. The official statement indicated the company would be open for business. On Saturday, February 20th, community leaders, like activist Verdree Vinson of the December 12th Movement, Councilwoman Inez Barron, members of the Coalition […]readmore