What’s going on ? – New York Caribbean News
SUMMER – FALL IN AMERICA: Summer is nearly over and fall is looming as Americans slide into what is a ‘new normal’, with loose contours we have to play by ear. Sport, a necessary distraction in most societies, is making a comeback. The New York Tennis Open ends this week. MLB prepares for its World Series as the NFL season begins, followed by the NBA season.
Everyone is worried about what’s next. Are we returning to offices and other workplaces or are we insisting that home is the perfect office? Not anymore! Investment firms and banks announced last week that homes/offices would be akin to the dinosaur. Forgot the ultimate blood sport, the American Midterms.
Many public school systems are opening this week. On September 6, public schools in New Jersey opened, as did the school system in Yonkers, NY. In New York, the nation’s largest public school system opens on September 8. As in other national cities, there is a shortage of teachers due to COVID, burnout and low salaries. Some mayors talk about calling back retirees without calling into question their tax protections. What about all the unemployed college graduates? There is a shortage of registered nurses everywhere. NYC has all of the above, disgruntled unions, tenants fighting the eviction and influx of over 8,000 immigrants, who are asylum seekers, exported from Governor Abott’s Texas and we are being bombarded by daily media geeks who provide stats that change fortnightly or after a primary. They once predicted a red House of Representatives and a red Senate in January.
Today, the two Houses could remain blue! The endless stories about criminal Trump and his pride and greed are chilling. When will he be charged and sentenced? Why did he steal sensitive national security files from the White House? What was he going to do with them? America must emerge from the dark place of Trump when he led many if democracy is to be preserved.
EDUCATION: National HBCU Week, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, is observed September 7-10, 2022. National HBCU Week was established by an Executive Order signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and executed by the intermediary of the United States Department of Education. This was to remove barriers from HBCUS to federal programs. It has been updated by all subsequent US Presidents. What President Biden’s college debt reduction could be enforced in about 15 states. The rebate amount will be calculated as income. In AR, SC, MA, MS HI, SC. and WV.
SOUTH AMERICA: COLOMBIA. Former leftist Gustavo Petro and former miner/maid turned Afro Latina lawyer and environmentalist Francia Marquez were sworn in last month as president and vice president respectively. ARGENTINA: Cristina Fernandez deKirchener, vice president and former president of Argentina, survived an assassination attempt because the assassin’s gun misfired. BRAZIL: Ultra-conservative President Bolsonaro is re-elected next month. Former president Luis Inazio da Silva alias Lula, imprisoned by the conservatives, is also a candidate for the presidency. His polls look good. Bolsonaro had consultants like Trump sidekick Steve Bannon to get elected. The progressive Lula was popular, identified with Brazil’s African heritage, and made Brazil SA an industrial leader.
AFRICA: War-torn African countries are plagued by humanitarian crises, refugees, famine and homegrown terrorists are rampant. Read stories from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia; recipients of meager Western aid. Europe and the United States are centered on Ukraine, which is white and Christian. Western Europe is the main destination for Ukrainian refugees.
AFRICA/CHINA: Last month, China agreed to cancel 23 interest-free loans to 17 African countries and redirect $10 billion from its IMF reserve to nationals on the continent. China did not disclose which countries would benefit or the amount owed. The canceled loans were related to foreign aid. China’s most recent loans – concessional and commercial – were not part of the African Loan Exemption.
EUROPE: Liz Truss was elected British Prime Minister by the Conservative Party, succeeding Boris Johnson.
AUTUMN ARTS OVERVIEW
THEATRE: Theater lovers, enjoy NYC Broadway Week from
September 6-25. Enjoy 2-for-1 discounts on tickets to 21 Broadway shows. Yes, buy one ticket, get the second free. Participating pieces include “A Strange Loop,” by Michael R. Jackson, winner of the 2022 Tony Best Musical and Pulitzer winner; “The Lion King”, “MJ, the Musical (Michael Jackson); “Death of a Salesman”, starring Wendell Pierce, in the first African-American incarnation of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer classic.” “Chicago;” “The Piano Lesson”, with Samuel Jackson. Broadway theaters are named after the people of black theater. There is an August Wilson Theater and a Lena Horne Theater. The 110-year-old Cort Theater will be renamed in honor of EGOT, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner James Earl Jones.
FINE ART: The new exhibition at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, “William T. Williams, Tension To The Edge”, a selection of paintings and works on paper from 1968 to 1970, accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalog, s opens September 8 through November 5, at 100 Eleventh Avenue at 19th Street, Manhattan. Call 212.237.0082 or visit michaelrosenfeld.com.
New June Kelly Gallery exhibition, CHARLES MARTIN Metropolis Photography From September 8 to October 18 with 9/8, 5-7 p.m., opening, at 166 Mercer Street, Soho, Manhattan. Martin explains, “Metropolis, visually, is the blending or interruption of architectural form and scale set comfortably or awkwardly in nature, if only under the sky or in the middle of a body of water. .” Call 212.226.1660 or visit junekellygallery.com
YACHT PARTY: Join the pre-game boat ride Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m. the night before the HBCU Winter Classic Football game, Howard University vs. Morehouse College, Sept. 17. The boat will be docked at NYC Pier 36, 299 South Street near Williamsburg Bridge on FDR. The cruise starts at 8 p.m. Yacht has two decks with DJs playing HIP-HOP, R&B, Reggae and Afrobeat. For reservations call 646 397.3686 or email: [email protected]
On September 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., attend “Conditions In Harlem Revisited:
From the Report of the Mayor’s Commission 1936–Present,” a collaborative in-person/virtual presentation from the New York City Archives and Information Department: Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright’s Office of Strategic Initiatives; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard; and the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research & Vital City. Sign up to attend and learn more at Harlem conditions.cityofnewyork.us