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Super Bowl and saying goodbye to elders

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 2/10/2012, 1:49 p.m.

Getting a makeover is J.H.S. 136, the Harriet Tubman School, as three additional floors are being built upon its rooftop. Now coed, 136 use to be the female counterpart to 139, which was turned into a housing complex and senior center eons ago. Gone are the days.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney held another one of its fabulous and informative panel discussions, this time in conjunction with the American Heart Association, featuring keynote speaker Sheila C. Johnson, Carla Harris, James Tracy and Maria Freburg. Held at the firm's Westchester campus, the Go Red Women's Leadership Breakfast was in special recognition of National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness of heart disease in women.

Morgan Stanley, a powerhouse in the field of investment banking and strategies, has made a commitment to gather high-powered individuals together to share knowledge and educate those of us who are outside the elite echelon and not privy to important information on a regular basis. Whether the topic is finance, health or politics, it is inspiring to see and hear people-especially people of color-speak so passionately about the well-being of others. This is awesome.

The other thing that is awesome are the accomplishments of Johnson. Are you ready for this? She is vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; president and managing partner of the WNBA's Washington Mystics; the first African-American woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams, including the Washington Wizards (NBA) and Washington Capitals (NHL); and a founding partner of BET. Whew!

Harris, one of my favorites, sometimes joins the Gospel Lites choir at St. Charles Borromeo Church. On top of being an executive director at Morgan Stanley, where she heads the Emerging Manager Program, which provides investment advice to corporations, public pension plans, foundations and endowments, she can sing.

The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 and is one of the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organizations, dedicated to fighting, preventing and treating heart disease. With heart disease still the No. 1 killer of women, the association promotes healthier eating, exercise, reducing cholesterol and quitting smoking and any other habits that are detrimental to a healthy heart.

Speaking of hearts, don't forget yours, as Valentine's Day is soon upon us. Think love, think red.

Until next week...kisses.