Standing in front of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman presented the congressional resolution declaring the Bronx and 1520 Sedgwick Avenue the birthplace of hip hop. The resolution designates August 11, 2021 as “Hip Hop Celebration Day”, August 2021 as “Hip Hop Recognition Month”, and November 2021 as “Hip Hop History Month”. Schumer and Bowman said that the resolution, agreed to by the United States Senate, rightfully recognizes and celebrates hip hop and its cultural impact. Schumer and Bowman said that federal recognition of the art of hip hop is long overdue.
Hip hop, now a world-wide phenomenon, had humble beginnings in New York City. Schumer and Bowman explained that on August 11, 1973, at a “Back To School Jam” held in the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, a new innovative style of disk jockeying and engaging the crowd with rap was introduced by Clive “DJ Kool Herc” Campbell. Since then, hip hop culture has spread across the nation and the world, uniquely infusing itself into the roots of communities everywhere.
“For decades I have fought to preserve and protect the legacy of Hip Hop as a truly original American art form. When greedy landlords wanted to close the apartment building on Sedgwick Avenue, where DJ Kool Herc first disk jockeyed beside an emcee and lots of hardworking people lived, we stopped them,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “I am proud to honor hip-hop’s…
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An overcast day could not dampen the spirit as the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center hosted its annual Community Health Fair on Friday, September 17, 2021, outside on its Plaza, located on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 145th Street in Harlem.
The focus of this annual event is to bring the community together for a little fun, information gathering and, most importantly, provide free health screenings.
Throughout the event, attendees were able to receive a variety of screenings from blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and glucose to dental. More in-depth screenings for Hepatitis C and HIV Testing were also available. An important addition to the Health Fair this year were CoViD-19 vaccinations, which the Bowen Center has been vocal in promoting to the community. CoViD-19 testing was also available.
Deputy Public Advocate for Justice, Health & Safety, Edgardo Acevedo, attended the event on behalf of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and was interviewed by WBLS personality “Doctor” Bob Lee, who served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Mario D’Agostino, who passed away June 14, 2020, was a true leader in his community in the Bronx and left his mark on the neighborhood and everyone, who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Mario was an honorable man, who changed people’s lives with his beautiful mind, strong work ethic, positive outlook on life and investing in his favorite part of New York City, the Bronx.
You should know that upon appointing Senator Brian Benjamin, as our next lieutenant governor for the State of New York, African Americans are practically shaping up to hold all relevant positions of power in the State of New York.
African Americans will have control of the following positions: Lieutenant Governor, Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Majority Leader, and State Attorney General. This means that now the full control of the budget for the entire State of New York is under the control of African Americans. Education, health, housing, rents, transportation, etc., etc. Everything will be under their control. Therefore, people of color can no longer blame the Republicans, nor the White people, or their “White Privilege” or blame our future woes on racism and discrimination.
Additionally in New York City, African Americans will hold the positions of Mayor, Ombudsman, Majority Leader of the City Council, Presidents of the boroughs of the Bronx, Queens, and many other positions in the City Council, Congressional seats, State Senators, State Assembly, Attorney Generals of different boroughs, and the Chairmanships of the Democratic Party in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Wow this is power.
I imagine that next year, the Hispanic community will be remembered again when needed for the 2022 elections. The Hispanics come to mind when the Democrats need to maintain power and keep it out of the reach of Republicans. I have seen this movie before!
But now, we Hispanics being the majority, and possessing many well-qualified men and women, who could have been appointed to lieutenant governor, while making history as the first person of Hispanic origin to occupy said position, again backs are turned, and the Hispanics are bypassed once again. Then there is talk of discrimination and white privilege. Oh, please give me a break. To another fool with that tale.
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Did you know the average American had nearly $93,000 in debt as of the end of 2020? This includes an array of debt types, like credit cards, personal loans, vehicle loans, mortgages, educational expenses and more. Living with extreme debt has become normal for many people — but that does not make it any less stressful, frustrating or expensive to be continually dealing with high debt levels.
Are you an American currently struggling with thousands of dollars in debt and seeking debt solutions? There are a handful of avenues worth exploring to figure out which one best suits your situation — here are six ways to get out of debt.
1. Minimum payments
Technically making the minimum payment will spare your accounts for falling delinquent or your credit report showing late payments. But this is the most expensive and longest path toward paying off what you owe because it maximizes the interest charges you will pay along the way.
NerdWallet outlines the downside of minimum payments with this example: Paying off $5,000 at a 16 percent interest rate making only minimum payments of $100 will take nearly seven years and cost almost $3,300 in interest. Funneling an additional $50 per month toward the same debt will decrease the timeline by almost three years and cut the amount of interest paid basically in half.
2. Strategic repayments
If you are planning to repay your debts on your own, using a repayment strategy can help you avoid that minimum payment trap. This approach involves squeezing every cent possible from your budget, then channeling this money toward prioritizing one account…
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