Now that fall has arrived and is definitely in the air, people have begun to reminisce about the highlights of the summer. One such event was that of the Harlem Cultural Archives (HCA) historical society, who hosted a Jazzmobile concert tribute to Dr. Billy Taylor. Held at the Harlem River Park Waterfront at 138th Street, this event coincided with the annual Riverton Reunion.
Mistress of ceremonies was Rhonda Hamilton of WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. Former Mayor David N. Dinkins attended to present the society’s fourth annual Legacy Award to Taylor’s daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson. Taylor’s wife, Teddy, attended the event along with a host of the family, friends and former Riverton neighbors.
Winard Harper, the most recent drummer in Taylor’s trio, had the audience rockin’ as only he could do while testimonials were delivered by Robin Bell-Stevens, CEO of Jazzmobile; Kevin Struthers, director of jazz programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Voza Rivers, CEO of the Harlem Arts Alliance; and Randreta Ward-Evans, president of the Riverton Tenants Association.
A commemorative journal containing quotations about and testimonials to Taylor from some of his many admirers was designed by one of HCA’s co-founders, Ken E. Sargeant. An old-school house party began immediately after the concert, with Riverton “Old Timers” who partied late into the night.
Three buses from Harlem filled with what could only be termed a rainbow coalition of Charlie’s angels traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the unveiling of the portrait of Congressman Charles B. Rangel. Among those traveling were his staff, union members representing ll99 SEIU, Councilwoman Inez Dickens, Leslie Wyche, queen mother Delores Blakely, Sylvia Alston, the grand dame of Charlie’s angels, Marietta Dunn, Bill Lynch, Adeze Okeke, sister Monica Brown and Isabel Dennis Cummings. Head angel Alma Rangel, dressed in a beautiful black suit with a tinge of red (always the fashion diva), was there to do the unveiling. The grandsons were adorable, each holding granddad’s hands as they exited the Capitol. Needless to say, the portrait is beautiful, much like the man himself.
Paimaan Lodhi, district manager of Manhattan Community Board 10, announces that the Friends of Morningside Park will host a 30th anniversary fundraiser to support continuing efforts toward the park’s revitalization. Over the years, through thousands of dollars in contributions, the organization has provided support for maintenance equipment and horticultural materials such as solar compacting trash bins, grass seed, mowers, leaf blowers, aerators and weed whackers.
They are currently raising money for the installation of a security camera at the 116th Street Playground. The fundraiser will take place Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Cathedral House on the campus of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/199691.
The event will feature a wine and appetizer reception with live jazz. Even if you can’t make it, buy a ticket, which will be used to cover the price of admission for the hardworking employees of the Parks Department. They are also looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event. If you are available and would like to join in the fun, email email@example.com.
Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Teens will perform on Saturday, Oct 8 at St. Aloysius Church on 132nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, at 3 p.m. in a benefit concert for St. Benedict’s Day School Nursery. St. Benedict’s is an 80-year-old Harlem institution that teaches preschoolers how to read, and teaches kindergarten students 1st grade-level math. Yes, absolutely I think we should give them our support.
Speaking of reading, Robin Varges wants you all to know that Columbia University’s second annual Let’s Read! event will take place on Sunday, October 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Low Memorial Library on campus. There will be book readings, signings, entertainment and a resource fair for the adults.
Birthday shoutouts to Geddes Bux, Mary Moultrie, Bianca Featherstone, disco Mike, James (home boy) Brown, Newsstand Mike (at 122nd Street and Lenox Avenue) Chapple, Marguarite Johnson, Karen Jones Reid, Karen Selsey, Mary Arrington, (no relation to Virginia and Earl) and Justice Marguarite Grays.
Get well wishes to Dolores Coombes, who took a nasty spill and hurt her knee. Sit back, relax and remember to keep your feet lifted. We so wish you were here so we could pamper you.
Happy wedding anniversary to Larry and Harriet Coldwell.
Condolences to Larry on the passing of his mother, Ethel Coldwell. Condolences to the family of Delores Jefferson, the choir leader emeritus of the Gospelites Choir at St. Charles Borromeo, who recently passed away. What a nice woman she was and a wonderful musical organizer-a real gem. The congregation loved to hear her sing “Taste and See” and “Going Up Yonder,” two of my favorites. Although you haven’t heard anything until you hear them sing “Give Me a Pure Heart.” Rest in Peace.
Here is a message from Linda Roberson, who has been doing some comparative shopping lately. Linda was not comparing prices so much as exactly where products are being made. Much to her surprise, she discovered that products made in the U.S.A., as opposed to Mexico and China, were just as good and often less expensive.
Whether it’s cheaper by a few cents or a few dollars, making a commitment to buy products made in the United States is priceless. When you think about it, every product you buy affects someone’s livelihood. As a consumer, can you think of a better way to support our economy? No, neither can I. Next time you go shopping, read the labels. You will be surprised by what you may find and how good it will make you feel to know you are contributing to getting our economy back on an equal footing. After all, President Obama can’t do it all by himself. Who knows, the job you save may be your own.
Until next week…kisses.