2012 USA ELECTIONS
My last words on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last week. If First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech was a home run, then Bill Clinton’s speech was a grand slam. I was most impressed by his laser-like delivery and the clarity with which he described the Obama Presidency its ambitious agenda, its major accomplishments. Clinton was equal parts teacher and effective communicator. He succeeded in making the case for another 4 years for Obama and making the case that we are better off now than we were 4 years ago, if anyone had doubts One good DNC outcome is the Obama bump in the polls, which according to one at press time was a 5 point advantage. President Obama still maintains about a 60 point lead in electoral college poll watchers’ records. In politics, everything is fluid. There is still much work to be done, especially in swing states. The Obama campaign needs your donations now!
September 13 is the NYS Senate and Assembly Primary. The Primary winners will run in the general election on November 6, The offices for which the NY electorate will vote on 11/6 are the US President and VP; One US Senator; All members of the U.S. House of Representatives, of the NYS Senate and of the NYS Assembly.
Harlem’s busiest commercial strip, the West 125 Street corridor, is being courted by many of the nation’s large retailers. ShoeOlogy, a national footwear chain, has rented space at 351 West 125 Street, which opens this fall. Almost next door, ShoeOlogy will keep company with the tenants at the shopping complex, under construction, located at 301 West 125 Street on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (8th Avenue.) The new complex will house Joe’s Crab Shack Restaurant; Blink Fitness Center, and DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), a discount shoe retailer, which recently opened an outlet on Broadway at 79 Street.
Mist Harlem, located at 46 West 116 Street is THE new Uptown special events venue, ideal for galas, weddings, premieres. Located in the Khalahari retail footprint, Mist Harlem is a Black-owned business.
OUT OF AFRICA
The 9/9 NY Times news analysis paints a dark assessment of the social/political undercurrents in West Africa, in the piece SUMMER OF SIEGE FOR WEST AFRICA AS DISCONTENT BOILS INTO THE STREETS.
Story can be compared to the Arab spring visiting Francophone West Africa, one season later. The settings are Gabon, Togo, Guinea and the Ivory Coast, all nations which have experienced a long, hot “ summer of trouble” replete with anti-government protests and riots. Mali is referenced in the analysis and how it “collapsed like a house of cards earlier this year to the shock of complacent outsiders” Outsiders here means the West. Government legitimacy, autocratic ruler, poverty, income inequalities are the engines of this discontent, which shows no signs of diminishing. Is Mali 2012 the model of prototype of things to come with these 4 countries which are taking a lot of heat, not the fahrenheit type, this summer?
Congrats to tennis great, Serena Williams, the north star of American athletes. In July, she won her 5th Wimbledon Title. In August, she won Olympics Tennis gold medal for the U.S. On 9/9, she won her fourth US Opens single title.
REST IN PEACE: NY Attorney Joe Fleming died last week. A litigator, Attorney Fleming had numerous criminal and civil law cases, which attracted relentless media attention. His funeral was held at Abyssinian Baptist Church on September 10.
New Yorker Ray Charles, 83, died. Public servant who was an assistant to Governor Mario Cuomo and who was NYS Commissioner of Workmen’s Compensation Ray Charles was also a minister who worshiped at the Ephesus Adventist Church and then at The Riverside Church. Funeral arrangements: The Wake will be held Mickey’s Funeral Home, at 228 Lenox Avenue on 9/13 at 7 pm. The next day, there will be a one-hour viewing at 9 am before the 10 a.m. funeral service at the Christ Chapel at Riverside Church at 120 Street at Claremont Ave, in Harlem..
SEPTEMBER 14: The Riverside Church hosts a talk about Ending Mass Incarceration and the Closing of Attica Prison to Commemorate the 41st Anniversary of the Attica Uprising. Suzanna Ross moderates a panel of academics and community activists such as Dr. Cornel West, Angela Davis, Law Professor Michelle Alexander ; and journalist Jazz Haydens. The Riverside Church at 91 Claremont Ave. 120 Street, Call 212.330.802
NOVEMBER 8: The Harlem Business Alliance hosts its 32nd Annual Awards Celebration, at Mist Harlem, located at 46 West 116 Street, Harlem. Its distinguished 2012 honorees are The Honorable Carl McCcall, SUNY Board of Trustees; Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Schomberg Center for Black Research; Karen Witherspoon, City College of NY; Dr. Reginald E. Manning, Harlem IHOP; Herb Boyd, Amsterdam News; and Kenroy Watson, Watson Piping and Heating, Inc. For reservations call 212. 665.7010 or visit www.hbany.org
A management consultant, Victoria Horsford is a NY based writer and pop culture historian reachable at 212.665.3003