Talk about a coincidence–more than just mere chance.

For some out-of-the-blue reason,my husband decided to Google his great-grand-father’s name and, voila, the ancestral tree began to blossom in full force. Members of the family began to emerge, along with untold stories and family relations.

On the exact same day, Charles’ brother Mic logged on to, while cousin Becky chose as her genealogical tool of choice. Together, unbeknownst to one another, they all climbed the family tree–on the same day! (Just in case you didn’t get it the irst time.)

And wow, talk about some heavy branches. I found the stories amazing–the stuff movies are made of, all totally rated for all audiences.

As for myself, well, I wasn’t able to learn much more than I already knew. Sigh! My grandmother on my father’s side could never quite recollect; whenever we asked her questions about the family, her reply was always, “Oh, doll baby, I don’t remember.” Ah, that’s okay; we were all loved just the same: very, very much.

My family members–the ones I do know about–were all, shall we say, quite colorful.

They make me glad that I am who I am. One thing nana said that I remember is, “I may not be better than anyone else, but no one else is better than me.” And there you have it. One love, y’all.

Also sharing the love was the Black History Month committee of Local 1320, chaired by Henry Mitch Mitchell, with Vice Chair Richard Thompson, Secretary Kiah Miller, Vice Secretary Dwayne White, Treasurer Trevor Jeff Watson and Vice Treasurer Alfonzo Glover.

Wanting to acknowledge the Local 1320 executive board; District Council 37’s executive board, BHM committee and Blue Collar Division; and the 14 WPC’s NYC DEP for all the good work they do, the 15th annual Black History Month celebration closed out the month at Bishop Perry Hall of St. Mark’s Church, the former meeting place of Marcus Garvey.

More than 150 community members came to rejoice as they dined on a meal consisting of baked chicken, stewed tilapia, macaroni and cheese, rice, potato salad and green salad before the program and presentations began.

Among the speakers was Vietnam War veteran Odell Lockhart, whose theme was solutions and ideas for the Black people to go forward.

Twenty-three-year-old James Mitchell spoke of spending two years on Rikers Island for a crime he didn’t commit.

The Salute to Black Women plaques were presented to Dorothea Johnson, Alinie Mayes, Linda Polk and Gail Sivers.

The Salute to Black Men presentations were made to Vaughn Clemons, Mitchell Chisholm, Odell Lockhart and

James Mitchell.

Vocalist Jacqui Anscombe sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” followed by an open mike session, which allotted 2 minutes to anyone in the audience who wanted to tell a history-related story.

Tributes were given by Jeffery and Bertha Pickens to Don Cornelius, Whitney Houston and Etta James, which could only be properly followed by a Soul Train Line, where everyone joined in. The fashion show designs were by Cedric Wallace. After having a wonderful time, guests were only asked to encourage relection, ponder the present and plan for the future.

Living uptown but handling business downtown is Clyde Frazier, as his new restaurant is about to open on the corner of 38th Street and 10th Avenue. It’s only because the sign didn’t say Walt “Clyde” Frazier that I questioned, “Is it our Clyde?” Then again, there’s only one Clyde Frazier, isn’t there? Guess we’ll just have to make a reservation for dinner and ind out.

“New York, New York, it’s a heck of a town. The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down, the people ride in a hole in the ground, New York, New York.” How many of you know what movie that line is from? In case the thought of it keeps you up at night and it’s 2 in the morning and you don’t know what to do with yourself–or perhaps you have

an early morning appointment and, darn it, it’s 5 a.m., and your hair and nails are a wreck and you’re feeling tense as a cork in an age-old wine bottle, well, this is New York, so of course there is a solution. Hair Nail and Spa 24/7, located on 28th Street and Madison Avenue, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Can you believe it? Imagine going in at 3 in the morning for, a complete beauty treatment. I am dying to try it just for the fun of it. Now, if only I can stay awake that long.

News just came in and I’m sorry to say that Mark Font, Esq., has passed away after slipping into a diabetic coma only a few days ago. It’s all very sudden and very sad as Mark was only 44 years old. Condolences to his family and his close friend, Lynelle Grenady. Condolences also go to the family of Ms. Irene from the Seville Lounge, who has passed away.

A tribute of remembrance goes out to my mother-in-law, Julia Viola Sarjent Mitchell. Happy birthday to Jean DeWees, the late Donald DeWees, Kitty Holms, Carl Redding (former owner of Amy Ruth), Kelvin Brown,

Shannette (Housing 2000) McCray and Ms. Lynn of 118th Street.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is pleased to announce the annual recruitment of seasonal employees at New York City zoos and aquarium with professional service.

They will only accept applications online at www.wcs. org/about-us/careers/nyc-seasonal.aspx. Individuals must be 16 years old to apply and willing to work weekends and holidays. Employment opportunities are available for full-time and part-time schedules and to start weekends before the full-time summer schedule starts.

Last but certainly not least, the Black Woman’s Leadership Caucus invites everyone to join them to celebrate Harriet Ross Tubman at the annual wreath-laying ceremony Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m., at Harriet Tubman Memorial Square, 122nd Street and Eighth Avenue.

Former Gov. George Pataki signed into legislation Harriet Tubman Day to be celebrated every March 10 throughout New York State; it’s a heck of a town.

Until next week…kisses.