Hidden Colors: Afterthoughts

Last night at the Cinema Village, I attended a  packed showing of  the new documentary Hidden Colors. This film is about the history of African cultural influence in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Directed by best selling author and host of the “Mack Lessons” podcast Tariq Nasheed, Hidden Colors deals with the often untold history of Africans all over the world. Tariq brings on some heavy-hitters for this one. In this documentary are people like Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Phil Valentine, Shahrazad Ali, and Umar Johnson. Dr. Booker T. Coleman whose presentations I have attended is also in the...

Rice High School Students Recreate “A Great Day In Harlem”

The campaign to save Rice High School continues. As June approaches, the Harlem community moves to assist this institution. Fortunately there has been increasing coverage on this. The New York Times  ran a story about the challenges faced by Rice. On Thursday, April 7th, there was an afternoon rally in front of Rice. The photo you see above is a recreation of the classic 1958 photo of all notable jazz musicians of that era. Rice is part of Harlem history, and it is appropriate that they reach back and embrace that.   With the campaign well under way, there is more...

Polite Society: Week In Review; 4/10-4/15

Greetings everyone! Another exciting week in news. Lets recount what occured. President Obama’s Budget Cuts The battle over the federal budget continues. In spite of an ongoing recession, the push to make deeper and deeper cuts to social programs is the order of the day. It is to the point that even some progressives are apprehensive about this latest proposed austerity program. With things like Pell grants and job training in the line of fire to be cut, there is no wonder why there is some dissension. Can Obama’s bid for re-election survive the open disgust from those in his...

150th Anniversary of the Civil War

April 12th is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter. As American historians know, this was the beginning of the Civil War.  This was the conflict that put an end to slavery in the U.S. There is much more to say about this event in history, but in the interest of keeping this post readable, I will refrain from bloviating. What I will say, is that the Civil War and its memory in the public sphere has been mythicized and turned into a celebration of backwardness by the contemporary far right. I will never understand what is the...

Advantage Program Extended by A Month; Rent Stabilization Set to Expire in June

This is a follow-up story on the status of the Advantage Program. The program has been spared for another month, and the affected tenants have until the end of April. While this is an ongoing issue, we must also be aware of another threat to all renters in regulated apartments coming much sooner than most think. In June, rent stablization laws are set to expire. Then, tenants will be expected to pay market rate rents, and landlords not disciplined by regulation, can raise as high as they see fit. This is a really divisive topic. Reading some of the comments...