Day: January 30, 2020

Black History

City Council Celebrates 100th Birthday of Rev. James Blakely

By Chaya Gurkov It’s not every day that one gets to see a 100-year-old man celebrating such a momentous birthday but last Thursday the city council witnessed just that when Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn) joined with council colleagues in celebrating the birthday of Reverend James […]readmore

Community News

Our Centenarians

Hon. Robin Sheares on Daisy Mae Shavers and Emily Crisp Emily Crisp (above) was born in Hague, VA on January 8, 1920. She moved to Corona, Queens in the 1940’s and was employed as a domestic worker. She then moved to Roosevelt, LI where she married James Crisp. After he passed in 1994, she moved […]readmore

Thinker's Notebook

A Father and His Daughter

What hurts the most are all of the pictures of them together. The thing that strikes a nerve with me every time is the way he looks at her, the way that she looks at him. It bothers me because I know that look too well. I had just come from a run. I took […]readmore

What's Going On


By Victoria Horsford RIP: Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna Bryant, 13, died in a helicopter crash on January 26. An NBA legend and a sports icon who had basketball DNA in his gene pool. Born in Philadelphia, Kobe entered the NBA directly from high school in 1996, recruited by the Charlotte Hornets, who […]readmore


Stanley Nelson’s Firelight Media Launches Fund for Mid-Career Filmmakers of

By Daniele Alcinii, Harlem-based prodco Firelight Media, founded by Peabody- and Emmy award- winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, is launching an international development fund for diverse filmmakers. The William Greaves Fund, launching later this year, will offer financial and mentorship support to non-fiction filmmakers of color at the mid-points in their careers. The fund aims […]readmore


Kobe Bryant: A Remembrance

Biographer Shares Thoughts on Kobe Bryant & Other Iconic Athletes We phoned Brooklyn’s Boys & Girls High School alum Blaine Robinson for assistance in finding an expert on Kobe. In less than two hours, we were on the phone with Blaine’s friend and Bryant’s biographer Roland Lazenby. Amid dozens of interviews with print, broadcast and […]readmore