Two More South Bronx Elected Officials Doubt FreshDirect
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Mychal Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org 212 810-0562
It's New York City's symbol--of neglect, apparently.
In November 2006, I shared with Room Eight an e-mail I had received. A Popeye's fried chicken restaurant was being built on the corner of 135th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard in Harlem. The iconic sign of the 'Big Apple" jazz club that had been there since 1934 was going to be destroyed, but this person had saved it and asked me how much it was worth. He put it up for sale on eBay.
I just shook my head.
No one preserved it? The Popeye's owner wasn't the least bit curious to simply Google and find my website and contact me? The Harlem Community Board gave the OK to simply tear the "Big Apple" down? Don't these people live there and know a damn thing about where they live?
The Reverend Al Sharpton was quick to call a press conference today in front of the Apollo theatre in Harlem. The historic theatre where the Jackson 5 once performed when they were first embarking on their journey in the entertainment business. A journey that would eventually take Michael Jackson to historic heights making him the most famous Pop music artist in the world.
If you remember Sharpton supported Jackson in his campaign against Sony music heads who he felt mishandled promotion of his last album. Sharpton spoke out against what he called "exploitation of black artists" It was at a press event organized by National Action Network that Michael called Sony music head Tommy Mottola "racist".
Today you may have many things on your mind, the Election, Barack Obama your own family and issues.All of which are important but today take a moment and remember my friend and a son of Harlem Terence Tolbert.
Born May 13, 1964 and horribly taken from us all last night November 2, 2008 due to a heart attack.He was a true Harlemite, a loyal brother, a brilliant political strategist and a friend to us all.May the Creator protect his soul, his family and all who loved him as I did.
More to come on my friend and brother.
In a strong display of leadership and concern, Council Member Inez Dickens today raised the issue of affordable housing in the Stated Council meeting in the land use vote on rezoning of College Point pointing out that there were no provisions for affordable housing.
The Council Member declared that the City Council must serve in the interests of all of the people of this city, many who are in need of affordable housing. Many of her colleagues joined her and changed their initial votes and the College Point rezoning sponsored by Council Member Avella was soundly defeated.
There are things that happen in this city, that elicit an immediate outcry from black leaders, once they occur. And then there are things that happen, where these same leaders stay awfully quiet, when they shouldn't. Last week we saw this play out once again.
On East 125th Street in Harlem, a young white male was struck by a car, while running to avoid being robbed and beaten by a group of young kids of color. The young man subsequently died from the injuries he suffered. He happened to be a student of New York University on his way home.
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