Hamptons and the Vineyard heating and filling up
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 7/12/2012, 3:16 p.m.
Without a doubt, it's July, and you know what that means: People are scurrying out to the Hamptons and up to the Vineyard just as fast as they can--or as their vacation schedule will allow them. Meanwhile, the rest of us have to make do with summer in the city, which is not so bad.
Guess who is coming out to Sag Harbor? No, not Bunny Ledford, although I just dropped her an email to see what she has been up to (it's always something interesting) and what her plans are for the summer. It's Big Maybelle, in spirit that is, as she's being portrayed live on stage at the Bay Street Theatre Aug. 11-Sept. 2. All of those who remember Big Maybelle singing "You Can Tip Out If You Want to But Just Don't Get Caught," raise your hands.
Not going to the Hamptons or the Vineyard just yet were Charles and Julia, who chose to stay in the 'hood over the weekend and catch the opening of "The Amazing Spider-Man" at the Magic Johnson Theater.
Word is, the theater's interior is beginning to look a little shabby around the edges. Though Charles bought the tickets online prior to going to the theater, the machine to print the tickets was out of order, so that was a hassle. The refreshment counter only had two people working, so the line was long and slow. However, there is a bright side: Once seated, the air conditioner was working and the picture was of good quality. Though Charles admits to falling asleep in the middle of the show, a good time was still had by all.
Afterward, it was a skip, hop and a jump into Hue-Man Bookstore, where Julia got a Nancy Drew mystery book--yes, Nancy the super sleuth is still around. Unfortunately, there won't be too many of these forays left, as Hue-Man is scheduled to soon close its doors for good.
Not only is this too bad, it's disastrous! Hue-Man is the only bookstore in Harlem. What went wrong--how could we let this happen? If I see a Barnes & Noble sign go up, I'll scream.
One Hundred Black Men of New York (OHBM), which absolutely refuses to shut its doors, has been servicing projects that focus on mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic development. OHBM has given out over $100,000 in scholarships through various programs throughout the year.
Most recently, OHBM awarded 15 college-bound graduates from the Eagle Academy for Young Men with $60,000 in scholarship grants at a special awards ceremony with civil rights trailblazer Ted Shaw delivering the keynote address. OHBM was the founder and initial sponsor of the Eagle Academy when it opened its doors in the Bronx in 2004, the city's first all-male school in over 30 years. Scholarships have been given to Eagle Academy graduates ever since.
The awardees and their respective schools were: Kofi Boateng, Lafayette College; Gerard Carty, SUNY Delhi; Heru Coleman, Five Towns College; Devon Coombs, Delaware State University; Befadil Eustate, St. Bonaventure University; Ramel Haines, Daemen College; Akil Hollington, Syracuse University; James Kale, Boston College; Victor Martinez, St. Bonaventure University; Omashola Oroye, College of Mount Saint Vincent; Surendranauth Persaud, Syracuse University; Najee Senior, Western Oklahoma State College; Xavier Thomas, SUNY Brockport; Jevone Watt, Borough of Manhattan Community College; and Brandon Young, Albertus Magnus College. Good luck to all of the graduates, and as my grandmother used to say, "Know when to leave the party."