The Cosmopolitan Review: June 28 - July 4

YVONNE DELANEY MITCHELL | 6/28/2018, midnight
We thought these days would last forever, but forever came today. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. So ...

We thought these days would last forever, but forever came today. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. So they lyrics go, and how true. Most recently, we lost another soldier. Thomas Barrett Stanley (Barry) died June 14, 2018, at the age of 77. Loving father to Candace, Erica and Alison, he lived and worked as the proprietor of Stanley Architects, in Brooklyn, N.Y. The viewing for Barry was held Thursday morning, June 28, followed by the funeral and celebration of Barry’s life at Emmanuel Baptist Church. A graveside service and a reception were held immediately after. The family requested that donations can be made to either The Brooklyn Oldtimers Foundation, Inc., 234 Fenimore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (www.brooklynoldtimersfoundation.org), or to Fort Greene Council Inc., 966 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (www.fortgreenecouncil.org). Barry played an active role in both of these organization, where his presence will continue to live on.

Run&Shoot Filmworks says if you can’t make it to Martha’s Vineyard this summer for the annual film festival, join the crew in Silver Spring, Md. at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. From June 28 through July 1, the Color of Conversation, a series of films by and about people of color will take place. Presenting a fascinating line-up, many of the shows conclude with a panel discussion, which is always enlightening as the struggle continues while we try to figure things out.

Having thought it out very clearly, Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food Mexican restaurant chain is now officially part of the Uptown scene. The franchise held its grand opening at its new location, 74 W. 125th St., with all of the usual fanfare. If you have never had the Chipotle experience, you are in for a treat. The menu offers a variety of combinations of beans, rice, salad, chicken, pulled pork and other sundries. You choose your bowl from the mouth-watering display behind the counter, while servers give heaping helpings, making it a true culinary delight. I was a constant at the various locations around town, especially after learning that the beverage selection includes Margaritas. I haven’t had a bad one yet!

Corporate sponsors Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus, Acqua Panna, S. Pellegrino, Perrier, Dante NYC, Fever Tree, Campari, Aperol Spritz, Peroni, Bluemercury and WelleCo., with special thanks to Paul Wilmot Communications, pulled out all of the stops to ensure guests attending the 18th annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefiting God’s Love We Deliver had a wonderful evening under the stars on the night of the summer solstice. As you all know, and if you don’t, God’s Love We Deliver is right up there with the Fresh Air Fund in that it provides the New York metropolitan area with an essential of life: free meals delivered with love to those most in need. The organization’s activities included funding meals for one year for a person living with HIV/AIDS or meals for a mother living with breast cancer and her children for six months. David Ludwigson, vice president and chief development officer at God’s Love We Deliver thanked guests, stating, “We can always be there for all those in the New York City metropolitan area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.”