By 10/18, we should be all smiles and somewhat complacent about President Barack Obama’s 10/16 Town Hall Debate prowess and his re-election victory. Now for the hard work during the next 19 days. The President enjoys very close leads in the swing states and strong support among the Democratic mainstream, African Americans, Latinos, progressives, ,women, college students. He is leading his opponent in states which observe early voting. Nationally most college administrators had students register to vote at the beginning of the semester or to file absentee ballots in their home state. Remember the victor is determined by the Electoral College votes. Read the NY Magazine 10/23 issue AN ELECTION SPECIAL ISSUE, which includes opinions and reflections by John Heilemann, Frank Rich et.al about the 2012 USA election season.
The 28th Annual Africa America Institute’s (AAI) 28th Annual Awards Gala at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, was unquestionably ladies’ night. Africa’s two female presidents - Liberia’s Ellen Sirleaf and Malawi ‘s Joyce Banda were the distinguished event honorees. Mora McLean stepped down as AAI President/CEO; and she is succeeded by Amini Kajunio, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, making her the first African to helm the AAI, an organization, which was founded in 1953 and which is committed to education and professional training for Africans and promoting engagement between Africa and America via education, training and dialogue.
Happy Birthday wishes to Scorpios: Ruby Dee, VP Joe Biden, Joy Elliott, Whoopi Goldberg, Maurice Grey, Yaphet Kotto, Kim Weston Moran, Stanley McIntosh, Earl “ The Pearl’ Monroe; Melba Moore; Sean (P. Diddy) Combs: Dr. Condoleeza Rice; Kenn Reynolds; Rosetta Torrence; Gloria Horsford Torruella; Gabrielle Union, and Anita Webster.
REST IN PEACE: Gustav “Gus” Heningburg, a NJ civic and business figure who hosted the WNBC-TV community affairs show “Positively Black,” died. His daughter Anne-Renee Heningburg plans a memorial service for him later this year.
Alphonso Hurst, 93, died . Born in Puerto Rico, his family relocated to New York in the 30s. An alum of President Roosevelt’s WPA program, he worked at Harlem Hospital before he cut his entrepreneurial teeth, and opened, Al’s Luncheonette on Eighth Avenue. He is survived by his daughters, Saundra Gaulman and Margaret Celeste, a grandson and a great granddaughter.
FINE ARTS: The REFLECTIONS OF MONK: Inspired Images of Music and Moods, exhibit, which showcases the works of 45 visual arts, including Romare Bearden; Betty Blayton; Kwame Brathwaite; Leon Denmark; Al Johnson, Overstreet; Otto Neals:, Danny Simmons, TAFA, and Ann Tanksley at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, located 219 East 2 Street, near Avenue B, Manhattan. Call 212.674.3939. Presented by the Thelonius Monk Society for American Arts, the REFLECTIONS OF MONK exhibit runs through December 8, and includes an 11/3 gallery talk, from 2-5 pm..
Loris Crawford revives her ART OFF THE MAIN Expo and partners with the American Art Marketing; The Contemporary Art Fair, NYC; and the American Craft Show, NY for a Fine Arts Expo ar the Javits Center at 11 Avenue at 39 Street on October 19/20/21, Art Off The Main booths 105 to 145. Visit www.artoffthemain.com.
OCTOBER 18: Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group, Take Wings And Soar and Be Rich Entertainment, along with City College, co- present a staged reading of a Lorey Hayes drama, POWER PLAY, at the Schomburg Center, located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem.. POWER PLAY is a story about politics and power during the election season that gives rise to the first African-American governor of California. Paulette Pearson Washington (Mrs. Denzel Washington), Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Lia Chang, Roscoe Orman and Jeff Wallner are the POWER PLAY cast of characters. Admission is free. Reservations necessary. 212.926.2550.
OCTOBER 19: The Caribbean International Network in collaboration with the Schomburg Center co-present a lecture The Key To Prosperity In Jamaica, by Douglas Orane, Executive Chairman of GraceKennedy Limited., at 515 Lenox Avenue, 135 Street, Harlem. Registration necessary, call 212 491.2040
NOVEMBER 17: The next best thing to the NFL game is the NY Urban League’s 41st Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Football Classic to be held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. The Football Classic gladiators are Hampton University’s PIRATES and Morgan State University’s BEARS. Don’t forget half-time and the Battle of the Marching Bands . The NYUL Football Classic returns to its home turf, having done battle at the original Yankee Stadium from 1968 -73 and from 1976-87. Tickets range from $25 - $75 and can be purchased online, visit www. nyul.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 212.926.8000.
NOVEMBER 24: Mary Flowers Entertainment is back in NY with a special Thanksgiving Celebration, an R&B, Soul and HIPHOP concert, starring Faith Evans and TANK with Luke James and Bridget Kelly, who will perform at the Apollo Theater, located at 253 West 125 Street, Harlem. Tickets are scaled from $ 61.50 to $91.50 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster at 800 745.3000 or at the Apollo Theater boxoffice.
A management consultant, Victoria Horsford is a NY based journalist and pop culture historian reachable at email@example.com