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Yvonne Delaney Mitchell

Stories by Yvonne Delaney

The Cosmopolitan Review

Among the things I love about journalism is that you get to tell both sides of the story. You may recall in last week’s column, I wrote of ancient Mesopotamia, which was once known as the cradle of civilization. It is a region of the Middle East, which can best be located by today’s geographical description as ISIS territory.

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Rolling out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, and life’s never been so good. Except for the unrest that plagues the Middle East and Ukraine.

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Summertime in the city is so much fun, even if it is hot and sticky.

East River was granted Elaborate Fourth of July Fireworks Display

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In front of thousands of people who lined the highway on the banks of the East River and thousands more who viewed the display on TV, it was quite a production.

Cosmopolitan Review July 3- 9, 2014

While weather for the month of June ended on a picture perfect day, all was not so in the hood. Once again, peace failed to reign as gun violence erupted just as the sun had set and the sky was still lit at twilight. Eerily close to home, the victim lay dead in front of the old Meat Masters, located on 133rd Street at Fifth Avenue.

Cosmopolitan Review June 26- July 2, 2014

June has to be one of my favorite months of the year. The weather is sunny and warm, the humidity has yet to set in and the nights are good for sleeping. It’s the time for graduations, and it’s such a joy to see the caps, gowns, white dresses and young men in their suits and ties.

Cosmopolitan Review June 19- June 25, 2014

The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr. and Bettye Franks Forbes will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary as they renew their vows along with dozens of couples who have been previously married by the reverend.

Cosmopolitan Review June 12- 18, 2014

It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of my father-in-law, Charles Edward Mitchell, aged 88

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Cosmopolitan Review June 5- 11, 2014

Aaron Davis Hall, one of the largest performing arts centers in Manhattan north of Lincoln Center, has received a commitment from the City Council and the College University of New York for $12.5 million to upgrade the facility as it is to become the City College Center for the Arts (CCCA). In celebration, over 200 New Yorkers interested in arts and education came to Bonhams auction house to hear Lisa S. Coico, president of the City College of New York (CCNY), make the official announcement.

Cosmopolitan Review May 29- June 4, 2014

Greetings from Anna Maria Island, Fla., where the sun is hot, the water is blue and the living is easy. The Mitchells joined other family members and friends for the nuptials of cousin Catherine, daughter of former Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Frank Morton Jr., to Charlie Palmer. 

Cosmopolitan Review May 15 - 21, 2014

Mother’s Day was a glorious day—a sign of so many good things to come.

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Cosmopolitan Review May 8 - 14, 2014

Guests poured into Central Park to enjoy live music, an outdoor cocktail reception and a seated dinner at the Loeb Boathouse 

The Cosmopolitan Review May 1 - 7, 2014

You know it’s spring in Harlem when you see all of the trees that line both Seventh and Lenox avenues from 110th to 141st streets in full bloom.

Cosmopolitan Review April 24-30, 2014

Condolences to the Paterson family on the loss of patriarch Basil Paterson. His professional achievements have been well touted, but I remember a few personal things about him as well.

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What a wonderful time of the year when people of all faiths are celebrating their spiritual lives in one form or another. Outdoor accommodations were standing room only on Palm Sunday. Even Sylvia’s brought out the red velvet ropes to keep everyone in line. I can only imagine what Easter Sunday will be like, especially if the weather is nice.

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Finally, at last, warmer weather is slowly inching its way into the atmosphere; after being wrapped up from head to toe all winter, it’s time to shed.

Cosmopolitan Review April 3-9, 2014

This month promises to be busy with all of the upcoming religious holidays, Easter, daffodils and tulips.

The Cosmopolitan Review March 27- April 2, 2014

To get out of the deep freeze and thaw out, a host of New Yorkers went to Florida to attend the Howard University Club of Southwest Florida’s annual scholarship luncheon in Sarasota, Fla. The Florida contingency first began in March 2006, when the motivated group, spearheaded by Harvey Webb Jr., an alumnus of the College of Dentistry’s class of 1962, gathered a large number of Howard graduates to make Howard known to businesses and other institutions in the South Florida area.

The Cosmopolitan Review March. 20 - 26, 2014

Spring is in the air. I got the first whiff of it a couple of days ago when the sun broke through the clouds.

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Cosmopolitan Review March 13 - 19, 2014

Even though there is still a chill in the air, with the commencement of Lent and daylight savings time, we’re beginning to prepare for spring.

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March may have come in with a roar, but February left with a vengeance. Within the final week of February, three of our beloved friends and family members passed on from this earthly existence and onto their glory.

The Cosmopolitan Review March 6-12, 2014

March may have come in with a roar, but February left with a vengeance. Within the final week of February, three of our beloved friends and family members passed on from this earthly existence and onto their glory.

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Cheer up, everyone. The first day of spring is swiftly approaching,

Cosmopolitan Review: remembering ballerina Tanaquil le Clercq

For all of you ballet lovers out there—and I know you are there—the film “Afternoon of a Faun” was most recently shown at the Francesca Beale Theater at Lincoln Center. 

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So often we take for granted the iconic moments, people and events that have occurred in our lifetime. Quite often, it’s due to no fault of our own, as everyday life seems to get in the way.

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Go Hawks! Super Bowl XLVIII, held in the big Northeast, brought football frenzy to New York and New Jersey with some fun for everyone. Even if you were just walking around Midtown, you were forced to pick a team and go with it.

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Word just in from Voza Rivers—and you know when Rivers speaks, New York City listens—in celebration of Black History Month, at the Apollo Theater’s “Friday Night in Harlem Let the Music Say Amen” will feature four-time Grammy Award winner Regina Belle, Grammy-nominated singer Lalah Hathaway and multiple Grammy-nominated singer and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame great Valerie Simpson

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A new year means it’s time for most of the not-for-profits and charities to raise new funds

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New year, new restaurants. Look for the grand opening of Cucino Y Vino, located on Lenox Avenue at 131st Street. It’s a little far north of the restaurant hub, but it looks like it will be the next new haunt of those who hang.

Cosmopolitan Review: New years and new celebrations

Well, here we are in January 2014. After a whirlwind holiday season, I am proud to admit that I was amongst the couch potatoes who stayed home on New Year’s Eve watching TV, specifically channel 7’s “Rocking Eve.”

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Before I ring in the New Year, I have to give one final hurrah for the old year. If we didn’t party all year long, we definitely did so in the month of December.

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Before I ring in the New Year, I have to give one final hurrah for the old year. If we didn’t party all year long, we definitely did so in the month of December.

The Cosmopolitan Review Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan 1, 2014

Merry Christmas everybody! I hope yours was merry and filled with delight, and all of your troubles were way out of sight. I tried and I tried with all of my might to be a good girl. I didn’t fuss. I didn’t fight.

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’Tis the season to be jolly, and so the parties go on and on until the break of dawn.

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The Christmas holiday season has officially begun

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It was a happy Thanksgiving celebrated with family, friends and comrades. There were dinners everywhere, and they were open to everyone—all in the true spirit of giving thanks for all that we have and even for what we don’t.

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A small group gathered at the office of Sen. Bill Perkins in the Harlem State Office Building to honor Robert Smalls III

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Visiting Nurse Service of New York benefit celebrates 120 years of caring

It’s been over a century since public health pioneer Lillian Wald first provided charitable care for a mother and her baby on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The organization that she founded, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), will once again celebrate Wald’s work and the work of the thousands of nurses and other dedicated VNSNY workers who have followed in her caring footsteps through today.

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It’s almost here! Thanksgiving, that is, one of the most celebrated holidays in America, as everyone stops to give thanks. I know I am thankful—so thankful that I don’t know where to begin—but I just know I am. City Harvest, known worldwide for providing food for those most in need of a meal, has begun rolling in the turkeys. Dedicated to feeding the hungry, City Harvest has partnered with various agencies around the city to ensure there’s always a meal available so that no one should have to go hungry.

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Happy belated Veterans Day to all of the veterans. I find this, along with Memorial Day, to be one of the year’s most solemn holidays, a time to really reflect and give thanks to all of those who are committed to serving our country. With the world in a constant state of chaos, now more than ever, Americans must be mindful of the sacrifice veterans make to protect our lives, freedoms and the pursuit of happiness.

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I am so in awe of the marathon runner

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I’ve decided that it’s not too early to get started with watching a little football

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Candice Sherrie Cook and Harry Simmons wed

The socialite wedding of the year occurred between Candice Sherrie Cook and Harry Simmons over the Columbus Day weekend

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Now that we are in the middle of the fall social season, events are happening everywhere. Take the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, for example

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It won’t be long before the beautiful Indian summer weather we’ve been enjoying will give way to a chill, because the smell of fall is already in the air. There’ll be one good rain, and the leaves will turn to yellow, orange and red as witches, ghosts and goblins prepare for their favorite annual run on Halloween.

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The beginning of October has brought beautiful weather, with days so lovely that it is hard to believe the rest of the world is at war. It is sometimes hard to imagine that the devastation, suicide bombings, genocide and other frightening atrocities that fill the daily news are actually occurring when one looks up at the blue skies, feels the warmth of the fall sun and enjoys the city. The classiest new restaurant to open of late has to be Barawine. You know something is going on because on any given evening, and especially on the weekends, there is always a bustling crowd. While I would love to paint a picture of how decorous the interior is with its wine bottle-lined walls and how perfect the seating is for intimate conversations, this is one you have to see for yourself. 

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Now that we’re settling into fall, having established the back-to-school routine, we have a much earlier bedtime.

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It is with deep sadness that Joey “J-Harris” Fleming and Maschil Entertainment Inc. announces the passing of Fleming’s grandmother Mary Fleming. Mary Fleming, who was also the mother of the late Joe Fleming, Esq., attorney and friend to many, passed away almost one year ago to the day her son passed.

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There are so many September birthdays that I must start off by wishing you all the very best for the coming year, beginning on Sept. 1 with Lisa Dale, Sept. 3 with Paula Battle and Paul Raiffasin, Shirley Scott on Sept. 5, Bert Belasco and Deloris Coombs on Sept. 6, Kevin Smiley on Sept. 8, Michael Dutton on Sept. 9, Wilamenia Billie Holliday-Hayes on Sept. 10, Julia Mitchell on Sept. 13, Carol Chaoui on Sept. 15, Brad Johnson on Sept. 17, Nina DeWees on Sept. 26, Gwynn Wilcox on Sept. 30 and many more.

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It was the last long weekend of the summer, and catching that last gasp of summer called for creative measures, to be sure. Hair

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