Thank you to everyone among the nearly 200 persons in attendance at last Thursday’s very inspiring, informative, and thought provoking presentations by Rev. Calvin O. Butts III and Activist Mr. Bob Law at the Abyssinian Baptist Church. Continue reading
By MICHAEL BARBARO for the NY Times
A Harlem lawmaker, Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright, long ago pledged to support a fellow African-American, William C. Thompson Jr., in this fall’s mayoral election.
But that did not stop two aides to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from traveling 150 miles from Manhattan to Albany to seek Mr. Wright’s endorsement for the mayor a few weeks ago.
“They must have really wanted it,” Mr. Wright said, a bit startled by the effort. “They double-teamed me.”
Seven months before the election, Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign is mounting an all-out push to win over New York City’s black elected leaders, clergy members and voters, seeking to land an early, and potentially crippling, blow against the mayor’s chief rival, Mr. Thompson.
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Don’t bother looking for a pair of pants in Sheena Wright’s career wardrobe: a zebra-patterned dress, backup for workdays that segue into work nights, hangs on her office door at the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and this afternoon she resonates corporate chic in a snazzy black dress and animal print stilettos.
Her hair is a bevy of carefully tousled locks. Just plain locks as opposed to dreadlocks, she elucidates; she claims no ties to Rastafarianism. The tiny diamond cross on her necklace is the truer clue to her religion. Continue reading
Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks has found common ground with the pastor of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church: Both men believe in the healing power of music. Continue reading