The Cosmopolitan Review March 30 - April 5

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 3/30/2017, 11:38 a.m.

We are getting there, slowly but surely. The month of March was in true form this year with the temperatures going up, down, up, down, up, down. Finally, it is the last week of March and only a minute before we will have April showers raining down upon us in preparation for the May flowers. It’s always nice to have something to look forward to.

Continually looking forward is the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP, which celebrated Women’s History Month with the Women in Media Awards. The program began with the business meeting announcement and opening remarks by President Geoffrey E. Eaton, who it is always a pleasure to see. A stirring invocation was given by the dynamic Hon. J. Machelle Sweeting, followed by a resounding rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and musical selection performed by Michelle Payne. Talk about first-rate entertainment!

Next on the program was the presentation of the Shirley Stewart-Farmer Woman of Excellence Awards. Honorees along with their presenters included, Faye Rodney, presenter Ruth Clark; Michelle S. Rodney, Esq., presenter the Hon. J. Machelle Sweeting; Jeanne Parnell, presenter Kyndall Reid, Esq.; Victoria Horsford, presenter Garry Johnson, first vice president of the branch; Theda Palmer Saxton, Ph.D., presenter Dolores Brinkley; and yours truly Yvonne DeLaney Mitchell, presenter the Hon. Franc Perry. A special honor was given to Pat Stevens, who was unable to make the event as she is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She was however represented by a loving and sincere companion, who stated Stevens is in good spirits and thanks everyone for their love and support.

I was honored and humbled to be among a gifted and talented group of women. Faye Rodney, who is publisher of the Carib News, was noted for hosting the annual business trips to various islands in the Caribbean, where many gathered to experience different cultures while discussing matters pertinent to their businesses. Rodney’s daughter, Michelle, was celebrated for her sharp legal eye and acumen. Radio personality Jean Parnell delighted the audience with her effervescent charm and wit as she expressed gratitude for the long-awaited recognition. It is always a delight to see Victoria Horsford, my contemporary at the New York Beacon, who among her illustrious career is also a product of The Modern School. It was my first time meeting Theda Palmer Saxton, wife of jazz musician Bill Saxton, and I was totally amazed and in awe of her dedication to preserving the arts. Her history with the Mid-Manhattan NAACP dates back to when she was instrumental in starting a writers group. The group continues to meet, honing the craft of writer’s both young and old. Saxton also played a major part in establishing the Professional Performing Arts School, from which many of our most talented performers are graduates. Most recently, she has penned a book, “The Seasoned Woman Speaks,” giving “a firsthand, anecdotal guidance regarding complex issues that confront over 12 million women, discouraging negative thinking in regards, to aging, while offering sustainable jewels of wisdom, and authentic content.”