Metropolitan Black Bar Association Highlights Achiever’s At 32nd Annual Awards Gala

Board Members of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, 2016 Gala Image Credit: DosOjosMedia.com

Board Members of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, 2016 Gala
Image Credit: DosOjosMedia.com

 

At a time where people in our community are looking for examples of achievement, every event that is publicized is a morale boost. This past Friday, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association held the 32nd Annual Awards Gala at Chelsea Piers. On a Friday evening in downtown Manhattan, I was fortunate to attend, and witness the spirit of collective affirmation. The MBBA is an organization that began in the city, and has grown to be among the largest organization of Black lawyers in New York State. The theme for this year’s gala was Advocates for Inclusion: Leading With Courage, Commitment, and Conviction.

At this event, those qualities were recognized and lauded. Since attorneys often find themselves concerned with diversity in the field, they can at times be activists. The purpose of the gala was to raise funds for community outreach efforts, advocacy, and working to lessen the barriers for those interested in entering the legal field.

Sandra Bookman of WABC was this year’s mistress of ceremonies. The five people who were recognized were as follows:

Donahue Peebles, Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, who received the award for Trailblazer of the Year

Kathlyn Card Beckles, General Counsel for Card Services J.P. Morgan Chase, for Corporate Counsel of the year

Honorable Marguerite Grays, Eleventh Judicial District and Presiding Justice – Commercial Division, Jurist of the year

S. Jeanine Conley, Partner, Littler Mendelson, P.C. , Private Practitioner of the year

The Honorable Carl Heastie, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Public Servant of the year

Congratulations to all of the award winners, and to the MBBA for hosting a successful gala.

About the MBBA:

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) is a unified, citywide association of African-American and other minority lawyers. Founded on July 5, 1984, MBBA is one of the largest organizations of Black attorneys in New York State. Providing a voice for Black legal professionals in the communities it serves, the purpose of MBBA is to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, aid the progress of Blacks and other minorities in the profession and address legal issues affecting the citywide community. To learn more visit: https://www.mbbanyc.org

Bronx Book Fair 2016

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The Bronx Book Fair 2016 was this past weekend. A gathering of readers, writers, authors, and artists at the Bronx Library Center for the second year in a row. As I experienced before, it was an event to reach out and discover what others are reading. I was fortunate to be accepted as a vendor again this year to promote my work.

Other authors like Dara Marsh, Taneeka Wilder, Angela Williamson, Kalisha Buckhanon, Shanika Sealy, and Sonya Harris were also there. When we were not speaking to fair attendees, we were talking among ourselves about what motivated us to write and publish our books. Feel free to check out a great set of photo’s over at Shanika’s blog: Positivealicious Bronx Book Fair 2016 photo slide

Talking with a few people. Me being a political writer, I got more than a few interesting questions.. including one about my opinion on immigration matters. Also discussed were promoting strategies, and thoughts on the logic of respectability politics and if there is any connection to behavior and Black oppression. You know, with me being me, there was no escaping the controversy. When it comes to how people conceptualize society, I enjoy answering questions from a number of different angles and engaging people.

I came away with knowing how serious this is to me. After waking up at 6am the morning of, prepping the various items you see in the picture on the table below, that’s how you know its real.   Choosing how to do something is important. Choosing your messaging, approach, is critical. My greater purpose is to do this.

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Author Marc Polite set up shop at Bronx Book Fair 16

It’s May 10th, and my spring tour is coming near it’s end. It may be a quiet summer from the looks of things, but it was a fun ride. The last event I have coming up before the June 3rd show at The Shrine is my 7th year anniversary celebration for this very blog next week. I hope y’all will come out for that. I am up here trying to figure out what I am going to say next week. I am sure I’ll come up with something.

Thanks to everyone who came by to see me at the Bronx Book Fair this past Saturday. Take care y’all.

-Marc

 

 

 

Polite On Society Seventh Year Anniversary Celebration!

Polite On Society

Polite On Society

Good evening my readers! As you know, I have been doing this blogging thing for a hot minute. I look up, and next month it will be 7 years. On May 17th, 2009 to be exact was when I first started Polite On Society. Over the past years, POS has grown, and has been a platform for independent Black authors, publicizing information for the Harlem community, and contributing to the literary scene of NYC. It’s been such an interesting journey, and I would like for you to share the moment with me if you’re able.

In collaboration with Calabar Imports, I am having a 7 year anniversary event on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

If you plan on coming, please do register via the Eventbrite page: Polite On Society 7th Year Anniversary

Also, here is the FB page for the event too: 7th Year Anniversary of Polite On Society Celebration

I will be talking about the blog, what motivated me to start it, and having a question and answer session for people who are interested in picking my brain about the ins and outs of social media. I will also have my books available there, so I guess it will also be part of my Spring tour. Did I mention it’s free admission?

So yeah. I am looking forward to this. I want to say thanks to everyone for the support, and hope to see some of my day one supporters there. Yes, the site is named after me, but it’s not just about me. (That don’t stop folks from going to Huffington Post or Drudge Report, just saying *smile*) The journey continues, and I have no intention of leaving folks hanging.

Just had to share this news. It’s going to be an interesting May. Peace, until next post!

-Marc W. Polite

 

“Everything To Learn” Upcoming Spring 2016 Tour Stops

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Everything To Learn book cover

Good afternoon folks, and happy Friday! It’s the end of the week, but I wanted to just drop one more post before the day is through. I have a few appearances lined up that I want you all to be aware of. I will have both of my books on hand for these events, even though I am promoting the latest one. Keep note of the following dates:

Friday, March 18th, 2016 6-8pm @ The Shrine (With Bringing Conscious Back)

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 All day @ The National Black Writers Conference

Monday, April 25th, 2016 6-8pm @ The Harlem Liberation School Open Mic

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 All day @ The Bronx Book Fair

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 6-8pm @ The Shrine (With Bringing Conscious Back) *Last show for Spring*

I am hoping some of y’all can make it out to these appearances. Until next post, see ya! Peace!

-Marc

Women Writing The Caribbean- March 16th

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Greetings, folks. Just because it’s March, don’t mean we lose focus on Black issues. Above is a flyer for an upcoming program “Women Writing The Caribbean” jointly presented by Black Studies and the English program at CCNY.