Harlem Parents vs. Charter Schools

nyc_school_protest_bannerParents and public school advocates staged a dramatic protest outside the New York City Department of Education on Tuesday against a bid, backed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and financed by Wall Street lobbyists, to evict special needs students in order to make room for charter school expansion. Continue Reading →

Seitu’s World: Children’s Tumor Foundation Mini Marathon

seitu marathon 1Seitu Oronde was at Children’s Tumor Foundations Mini Marathon on March 16th, 2014 in Wall Street proved to be an exciting event that brings together thousands of runners for a 13.1-mile race. Continue Reading →

De Blasio No Apologies On Charter Schools

Bill-de-Blasio.jpg&q=80&MaxW=640&imageversion=widescreen&maxh=360Mayor Bill de Blasio continued his apology tour on charter schools Monday, admitting during a radio interview that he failed to fully explain his decision to reject three of Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy schools from co-locating in public school buildings. Continue Reading →

Harlem Charter Fight Moves to Court (audio)

IMG_0504The controversial founder of the Success Academy charter schools, Eva Moskowitz, said on Monday that her network and a group of parents filed a lawsuit to reverse the city’s decision to block a middle school from opening this fall even as Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would find alternate seats for the 194 children affected. Continue Reading →

Salters Scene: BET Honors 2014

Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson

Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson

The BET Honors 2014 airs Monday February 24th on BET.  This year’s honorees are  The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman  Ken Chenault, Visual Artist Carrie Mae Weems and Entertainment Trailblazer Ice Cube.  Held at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.  the Actor and Comedian Wayne Brady put his talents on display as the host of this extravaganza.

 Ken Chenault

Ken Chenault

Big names in music performed to help pay tribute to this year’s honorees – Mariah Carey – and the much talked about low cut dress, Tamar Braxton, Janelle Monae, the legendary Smokey Robinson, Karen Clark Sheard, Jennifer Hudson and The Queen of Soul herself-Aretha Franklin touched the stage.

Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton

There are a number of highlights throughout the show.  It was a moment for Hip Hop when Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges presented the Entertainment Award to O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson.  Ice Cube has come from the days of N.W.A. to producing and acting in box office hits like Ride Along.  Cube expressed his appreciation for the award and appreciation for his wife during his acceptance speech.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube

Notes on Culture from Tod Roulette

MAAP_PierreToussaint_Then_274A Saint from TriBeCa: Pierre Toussaint’s New York

Pierre Toussaint, a 23 year old slave, arrived in New York in 1797 a refugee from the revolution in Saint-Domingue. Continue Reading →

Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Wall Street Is To Blame For High Black Unemployment

jjacksonJesse Jackson is speaking out to identify patterns of of long-running economic discrimination that he says is keeping unemployment numbers high among African-Americans. Continue Reading →