Metro Briefs 9/11 - 9/17

Cyril Josh Barker | 9/11/2014, 3 p.m.
A roundup of news around the city.
The Source 360

The Source hosts press conference

The NorthStar Group and The Source magazine held a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday to announce that the borough that helped globalize hip-hop would host one of the biggest hip-hop festivals the country has ever seen. The NorthStar Group and The Source magazine, the first major hip-hop periodical in the world, are breaking ground in a new way—producing the first ever SOURCE360 music, art and culture exposition. The inaugural SOURCE360 will be a three-day expo from Sept. 19 to Sept. 21, featuring panel discussions, conferences, concerts and festivals covering all channels related to art, music, fashion, film, sports, discussions, tech, gaming and digital media. Among the music performances will be a Wu-Tang Clan reunion concert, with the Diplomats and Lil’ Kim as opening acts. Go to for more information.

Brennon Marcano named executive director of the Council of Urban Professionals

The Council of Urban Professionals recently named Brennon Marcano as executive director of the organization. Marcano joins CUP with more than 20 years of experience in industries that include financial services, technology, media and entertainment.

Marcano co-founded and was executive director of Workforce Opportunity Services, a nonprofit organization, to expand opportunities for underserved high school graduates and veterans through work-study placements. While there, he grew the operating budget to more than $10 million and expanded programs to several U.S. cities and states and to France. For his efforts, he was featured as a future tech leader of 2007 by CIO Insights magazine.

CUP connects the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders through a series of forums, leadership development programs and peer networks. The organization boasts 1,500 individual members, a national network of 20,000 and 70 corporate partners.

Brooklyn DA announces appointment of Civil Rights Bureau chief and creation of hate crimes unit

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson announced the appointment of Assistant District Attorney Marc J. Fliedner as chief of the revamped Civil Rights Bureau. Fliedner will also oversee the newly created Hate Crimes Unit within the bureau.

Fliedner joined the Kings County DA’s office in 1987 and later served as a supervisor in the Sex Crimes and Special Victims Unit. He left the office in 1992 to work as a prosecutor in New Jersey and later worked as a senior litigator at a private law firm. Fliedner returned to the Kings County DA’s office in 2006. He spent four years prosecuting cases in the Homicide Bureau and became chief of the Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau in 2011. He also serves as the office’s liaison to the LGBTQ community.

Among his many accomplishments, Fliedner last year successfully prosecuted and convicted two leaders of the Wave Gang, which wreaked violence and havoc on the streets of Brownsville. Both defendants were convicted of murder and other crimes and are serving 50 years-to-life and 25 years-to-life sentences.

American Red Cross launches blood donor app

The American Red Cross launched a first-of-its kind blood donor app Sept. 9 that puts the power to save lives in the palms of smartphone users. The blood donor app allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting-edge technology to blood and platelet donors. Features of the app include a blood drive or blood donation locator, syncing blood donation appointments with a calendar, personalized “selfies” donors can use as they share their experience through social media and stories about the power of donating blood. The blood donor app can be found by visiting or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999.