THE 2012 ELECTION SEASON
According to my perception, President Barack Obama won both the second and third TV presidential debates. Election Day is November 6, 12 days from the newspaper issue date. The close popular vote polls figures are beyond my ken. If Americans duplicate their Reagan election behavior, then will again demonstrate that they have no interest in their own best interest by voting for someone who has no concern about the 98%, only the affluent. Please make a donation to the Obama campaign immediately. Next week, I will digress from mainstream media and present some other projections about election day outcomes.
NYC: Medgar Evers, is a City University of New York (CUNY) campus, which caters to a large Black population has insurmountable problems. Recently, a Black newspaper published a Medgar Evers ad with pictures and bios of about 20 newly- hired faculty members, all PhDs, who were hired by besieged President William Pollard. Then, I read a blog about rising administration/students/faculty tensions at Medgar Evers . Blog quotes a Medgar Evers Coalition story about the Chancellor and the CUNY Board of Trustee decision to relocated President Pollard to Hunter College’s School of Social Work, effective September, 2012, which is untrue.
The 10/18 issue of a highly- regarded, Black owned, Brooklyn-based newspaper, Our Town Press, reports about the multiplicity of Medgar Evers problems , not the least of which is a large deficit and tuition shortfalls, the result of administration office errors, which will force many students to drop out of 2012 fall semester classes. Irate Medgar Evers students have organized campus demonstrations to protest the convoluted tuition bookkeeping mess. The NYC City Council has weighed in this tuition/fall semester dropout problem, saying if the Administration was at fault, then it has to absorb the cost associated with its errors. This story will be continued.
CHICAGO: One of the early casualties of the recent Chicago teachers strike, which crippled its public school system, is School Superintendent Jean Claude Brizard, who was hired by Rahm Emanuel. Brizard will be replaced by veteran New York educator/administrator Barbara Byrd-Bennett who left NYC to head the Cleveland School system.
NYS: De’Shawn Wright was named NYS Secretary of Education by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Mr Wright, who has a masters degree from NYU in Public Administration was deputy Mayor of Education in Washington, DC and has worked in the Newark and NYC Education systems.
Twin island Caribbean nation, a member of the British commonwealth celebrates it Independence on November 1… Panama, the southernmost nation in Central America, celebrates its 191st independence anniversary from Spain on 11/28. With support from the USA, Panama declared its independence from Colombia, South America, on November 3, 1903. …..In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez was recently elected to a fourth term.
Brown University professor and Nigerian author/scholar Chinua Achebe , arguably Nigerian’s most international literary supernova, who authored the fictional trilogy A MAN OF THE PEOPLE, NO LONGER AT EASE, THINGS FALL APART., has penned his memoir THERE WAS A COUNTY: A Personal History of Biafra,” a Penguin Book. Penguin says book is long- awaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil war, aka the Biafran War, 1967/1970.
The 10/15 Crain’s NY Business Magazine’s cover story, 25 YEARS OF 40 Under Forty, the reunion issue, pictorials with then and now bios, is a must read. It begins with the “ Class of 1988” NYC movers and shakers. The following list some of the African Americans who made Crains 40 Under 40 List: Kenneth Chenault, American Express; Andre Harrell, Uptown Entertainment now CEO Harrell Records; John Utendahl, Utendahl Capital, now Vice Chair, Deutsche Bank America; Christopher Williams, the Williams Capital Group; Leonard Walker Jr, Chase Manhattan, now SVP Wells Fargo; Damon John, FUBU founder, today bankrolls entrepreneurs; Attorney L. Londell McMillan, now NorthStar Group publisher; and Willie Woods, Jr ICV Capital Partners, now ICV Managing Director/President.
The National Urban League Guild celebrates its 70th Anniversary with the VanguardAward Luncheon which will be held on 11/27 at the Alhambra Ballrooom, located at 2116 Seventh Avenue. Harlem. The 2012 Community Service Honorees include the Greater NY Chapter Links, Inc.; The NY Coalition of One Hundred Black Women, the NY Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.; and the Staten Island Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Tickets are $90. For info call 212.558.5469.
A management consultant, Victoria Horsford is a NY based journalist and cultural historian who is reachable at email@example.com