On the lawn of Gracie Mansion in Manhattan yesterday, politicians,
business owners and the Harlem community gathered to celebrate the
official kick-off of Harlem Week 2012. This year’s affair marked the
38th anniversary of the event.
During her lifetime, Maria Hawkins Cole was often overshadowed by her
famous husband, Nat “King” Cole and later by her daughter, Natalie. She
died on July 10 at 89 and except for a few major media outlets she
passed without notice. Such should not have been the case for a woman who gladly sacrificed her
budding career as a vocalist to raise her family and look after the
public affairs of her husband.
For nearly a quarter of a century Nat'l Association of Kawaida
Organizations and Int'l African Arts Festival have
been unstinting in keeping our community deeply informed and alerted on
issues pertinent to culture and politics. That tradition continues on Saturday, June 30, and the NY Chapter
of the organizations will present its 23rd Annual Symposium on Cultural,
Community and Struggle, featuring renowned African and African American
scholar Dr. Molefi Kete Asante of Temple University.
While many strides have been made in baseball, participation by African Americans has been
decreasing. In fact, according to new research there are just 8.05% African-Americans in the sport. Now, Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox are trying to boost the number of minorities behind the scenes.
Parents banded together recently to help a group of eighteen young Black
men to achieve exceptional success in their high school years. Their
efforts led to such stellar accomplishments as a one hundred percent
high school graduation rate, a cumulative grade point average of the
boys of 3.7, nearly 1.3 million in college scholarships and 92% of the boys being enrolled in college placement courses.