Another year, with the memory of 9/11 upon us, to remind us of all we have to be grateful for. It seems to me that as each year passes, the realization of the terrorist attack becomes more frightful, and sadder.

Neither the pain nor the memory lessens. I still remember where I was, what I was doing and how I just happened to have been in front of a television set and witnessed the collapse of the second twin tower. No one believed it was really going to happen, but it did, and in the end, more than 3,000 souls were lost, millions of hearts were broken and life for many was never to be the same.

As I was walking down the street, I was forced by my own conscious and will to stop amid a crowd that gathered in front of a fire station. People from obviously different walks of life stood in silence on either side of the firemen, who were dressed in formal attire, standing statue-still as they gazed straight ahead at the precise moment of the 2001 attack. The silence that permeated the air against the background of traffic noise dared anyone, anywhere to ever try something like that again. The fear that it could happen again was outweighed by the strength and belief that we’re ready for them, united under one flag, in one country, the United States of America.

And still, the beat goes on. RSVPs are in order for the Harlem School of the Arts 2014 Fall Benefit, which will take place Oct. 6. Co-Chairs Christopher M. Keogh, Janice Savin Williams and Erica Reid are cordially inviting you to come to Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Appel Room and Ertegun Atrium, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, for cocktails, dinner, performance and dancing. The long list of honorary co-chairs includes Audra McDonald, Arturo O’Farrill, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Misty Copeland, Angela Bassett, Wynton Marsalis and Spike Lee.

This year’s honorees include Christopher M. Keogh, managing director, investment management division, Goldman Sachs, receiving the Leadership Award; Hearst Foundations, receiving the Philanthropy Award; and GE Asset Management, receiving the Corporate Award, which will be accepted by Dmitri Stockton, president and CEO. Returning as masters of ceremony are David Ushery, host of “The Debrief” on WNBC, and Harlem School of the Arts student hosts.

Happy birthday to Caarol Chaoui, Brad Johnson, Geoffrey Atkins, Dorcedious Davis, Rayne Dorsey, Carol Jacobs-Stanfield, Leon Jones, Sharon Long, Barbara Russ, Edith Matthews and, belatedly, Tiara Palmer. Happy anniversary to River Terrace. The Mitchell-Lama co-op that sits across the street from the Hudson River on Riverside Drive West has turned 50 years old. Residents came out to celebrate as members of the River Terrace Ladies Club and River Terrace Senior Citizens created a festive atmosphere for all.

Congratulations also go out to Fern and Mervin Mays, who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. When I asked them the age-old question, “What is your secret to a long and happy marriage?” Ferne replied, “Knowing when to say, ‘OK, honey.’” Gotta remember that.

Remember actress Rosie “Mookie! You don’t lissen” Perez? Well, she has written a book titled “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life,” about her unpleasant childhood.

The 18th annual Urban Film Festival is taking place in New York City, Sept. 17 to Sept 21. Rapper Chris Brown is giving football player Ray Rice advice on domestic violence. The NAACP mid-Manhattan branch held their annual luncheon; all of the players were there.

This just in from “The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program offers an exciting experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in improving education outcomes for African-Americans. This is an unpaid internship working for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. This internship gives students an opportunity to learn about the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. This initiative was launched by President Obama in July of 2012 as an effort to improve educational opportunities for African-American students and increase overall rates for students completing college.

“Interns will be involved in researching facts on African-American education, working on the initiative’s website and responding to emails, learning about local and national African-American organizations and federal agencies, planning Initiative events, maintaining media archives and participating in staff meetings and planning sessions about the initiative. Students will be at the heart of the president’s initiative program and have the opportunity to attend and be part of the planning process for meetings, briefings and other special events on the Hill, at the White House and in other federal agencies. Other duties may be included for graduate students and PhD candidates.

“Students must have good verbal and written communications skills, an excellent academic record, the ability to complete tasks on time and be comfortable working both independently and on teams. New internships positions are available every summer, fall, winter and spring. The location is usually in Washington, D.C. To apply for internship, visit”

Although we all look for paying jobs, don’t underestimate the power of an internship. You learn a lot, it looks good on your resume and, you never know, after making your bones, you might get hired. For more White House internships, visit

Until next week … kisses.