Cosmopolitan Review: March 1 - March 7

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 3/1/2018, 10:45 a.m.
In like a lion, out like a lamb—or so we hope. Women’s History Month, the Ides of March, St. Patrick’s ...

In like a lion, out like a lamb—or so we hope. Women’s History Month, the Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day and everything in between, the March winds are upon us so hold on to your hats.

If you are one of those early birds ready to come out of hibernation, Run Shot Filmworks, sponsors of the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival, has tickets and apparel available for their 2018 summer season. The film fest will run from Aug. 6 to Aug. 11, but that doesn’t stop you from getting your T-shirts or tickets to many of the screenings. Be the first. For more information, check out the website http://www.mvaaff.com/. Just thinking about it will warm you up.

Those feeling the warmth were the more than 400 guests who attended the 15th annual Palm Beach Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium. Proceeds from the event, totaling $1,074,625 according to Leonard Lauder, BCRF honorary co-chairman and son of the late perfume and beauty products magnate, the esteemed Estee Lauder, a record-breaking sum for the region. The event was held at The Breakers Palm Beach and hosted by Aerin Lauder, with special guest Joan Lunden. The fundraiser has supported research grants in the areas of tumor biology, metastasis, heredity and ethnicity, survivorship, lifestyle and prevention and treatment.

Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first Black female doctor in the state; Jean-Michel Basquiat, innovative artist of the 1980s; and Jeremiah Hamilton, New York’s first Black millionaire, were just a few of those recognized and honored during the Black History Month, Green-Wood trolley tour exploring New York City’s history of diversity, progress and activism. Led by Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman, the tour, all taking place in the borough of Brooklyn, explored the life and accomplishments of many prominent Black New Yorkers, as well as several abolitionists who fought for freedom in America. 

Counted among the institutions that celebrated Black History Month was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Father Patrick Smith, pastor of St. Augustine parish in Washington, D.C., the mother church of African-American Catholics, attended the service to deliver the homily. The mass also observed the National Day of Prayer for Africans and African-Americans alike. The music was phenomenally performed by a combined choir comprising members from parishes in the archdiocese under the direction of Dr. BrVon Neal, the Grammy Award-winning musician who is director of music at St. Charles Borromeo parish, located in our very own Harlem.

The mass was sponsored by the Office of Black Ministry and was coordinated by Brother Tyrone Davis, C.F.C., who is executive director of the archdiocese. Many of you might recall I was a staunch member of St. Charles. Although my loyalties still lie with the faith and St. Charles, I now attend Holy Trinity Church. I am mesmerized by the stain glass portrayal of the saints and apostles that line the upper rafters of the church. The homilies are very inspiring, as is a book made available for worshippers’ perusal that features of Saint of the Day. Talk about what people do for love, what the saints did for their faith is amazing.