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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 […]readmore

Why We Produced Action for the Words

“Art speaks where words are unable to explain.” On the morning of Saturday June 13, 2020, Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr. and volunteers from the community began painting a Black Lives Matter mural along the roadway on Fulton Street between Marcy and Brooklyn Avenues. The design was conceived of by Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Director of the […]readmore

One School of Thought

Summer is winding down, and the school season is upon us. If this was a normal year, we’d be talking about back to school sales and children enjoying the end of yet another innocent summer. Except this isn’t just any year. This is 2020, and nothing at all is normal about it.Our children have been […]readmore

Your Hand Sanitizer Could be Killing You

As if 2020 hasn’t introduced enough danger into our lives, we are now learning that one of the products that is supposed to be helping us in our fight to stay healthy and Covid-free could be killing us. Hand sanitizer use has skyrocketed since the beginning of the pandemic. In theory, hand sanitizer is a […]readmore

The Black Business Conundrum

Two weeks ago, I was waiting in a social distancing line to get into a Korean fish market in my neighborhood. It is a fish market that I’ve been patronizing for years; decent prices, good variety, the kind of place where you enjoy shopping because you can get what you want. A friend of mine […]readmore

The Two Bed Stuys

I spent my Sunday afternoon having a wonderful at-home brunch with some friends on the deck of my girlfriend’s house in Bed Stuy. It was just us and two other couples… our quarantine bubble. We bought wine from Bed Vyne Wine and Spirits over on Tompkins, and we cooked food and played this game called […]readmore

St. James Infirmary

I need to preface this article with the following statements. First, and most importantly I consider myself a friend to the St James Block Association and to Ms. Gail and Mr. Jo. I think that they are both valuable assets to our neighborhood and I believe wholeheartedly that the block party that they have curated […]readmore

To Be or Not To Be… Open Again.

Monday July 6th is supposed to be the day that New York City moves into Phase 3 of reopening. In Phase 3, restaurants would be able to resume dine-in seating at 50% capacity. Nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage parlors and spas would also be allowed to resume business, also at 50% capacity. Our city was […]readmore