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Quarantine Has Created Possibilities

In New York State, parents of school-aged children had the option to choose if they wanted their children to adhere to a blended schedule for school, or if they were going to do a full remote learning schedule. The blended schedule has the child reporting to the school for instruction on specific days, and learning […]Read More

Why You Should Stay Away From Borough Park

Thinker’s NotebookMarlon Rice People in my neighborhood are pretty responsible when it comes to Covid.Walking along Greene Avenue or down Lafayette Avenue, you come across people who are mostly masked. Many of those who aren’t will don their mask as they pass you. Lines to enter coffee shops are queued up in a responsible manner. […]Read More

An Ode to the Children of the 80’s

Thinker’s NotebookMarlon RiceI grew up in the 80’s. The 80’s were an interesting decade, especially if you lived in Brooklyn. The 80’s were the last decade where you had to actually get up from the couch to turn the channel on the television. When someone rang your doorbell, you either walked down the steps to […]Read More

The Lesson in the Mural

I just got off of the phone with a beautiful group of men and women. Collectively, we were responsible for creating the bulk of the programming on the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Restoration. If you read this column weekly, then you are well aware that I worked on the Friday programming at […]Read More

Summer Youth Employment Matters

On October 26, 2019, Isaiah, then 17, and his brother were leaving a party in Staten Island. As they stepped out of the house, they were approached by two police officers. The officers frisked Isaiah and his brother and handcuffed them, even though they weren’t found to have any contraband on them and they hadn’t […]Read More

A Story about Vacationing in a Pandemic… And a Picture

The last official weekend of Summer is upon us. We are moving swiftly into Autumn and this is probably the first Summer that folks are happy that the year is moving to an end so fast. 2020 sucks and we hate it here. This summer has been an emotionally draining one indeed. Covid. Police Brutality. […]Read More

Thinker’s Notebook: The Horrible Truth about Paddy Duke

By Marlon Rice Paddy Duke. Anyone who has listened to WQHT 97.1FM in the last 20 years has heard that name.Although he spent years behind the scenes as a radio executive and programmer at Hot 97, his name was well known to loyal listeners, especially to those listeners who tuned into the Angie Martinez show […]Read More

When the Issue is Trauma and Trust

This past Monday, my Brooklyn NAACP Census team and I set up our table and banner on the corner of Nostrand and Fulton, the jugular vein of Bedford Stuyvesant. Our mission was to preach Census to the community for two hours. We had our Covid packets – which are basically a few masks in a […]Read More