The fourth annual Greg “Jocko” Jackson Film Festival is taking place Friday, June 12 at the Brownsville Recreation Center, located at 1555 Linden Blvd. in Brooklyn. Youth films will be shown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The film festival is being presented by City Council Member Darlene Mealy, World Bookings and the Real Rick Ross, aka “Freeway” Rick Ross. The film festival will feature Rick Ross’ documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System”, by award-winning filmmaker Marc Levin.

A black-carpet reception will take place at 7 p.m., followed by the film screening at 8 p.m. A panel discussion will follow immediately after the screening of the documentary.

Greg “Jocko” Jackson was a local basketball star who played briefly in the NBA before returning to his hometown, where he became known as a community advocate and, unofficially, the mayor of Brownsville. Under his leadership, the Brownsville Recreation Center became a haven for children, adults and the elderly.

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The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosting the 22nd annual Juneteenth KingFest Celebration Parade and Street Fair Saturday, June 13, in Harlem, starting at 11:30 a.m.

The parade will start at 116th Street between Lenox and fifth avenues.

The Juneteenth holiday is Friday, June 19 and commemorates the official end of slavery in the United States. The holiday dates back to 1865, when slaves in Texas first received word that they were free, two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863. There are several theories as to why the slaves in Texas got the news so late.


Three months after a report from the Department of Investigation called their shelter conditions “unacceptable … filthy, badly maintained and with garbage in the common areas,” homeless shelter residents and advocacy group Picture the Homeless will lead a rally outside the facility Wednesday.

Protesters also marched to the office of provider agency Aguila to demand permanent housing in decent conditions.

The action comes just over a year after a 4 year-old child died in the facility, possibly from eating rat poison left in a stairwell. The city gives on average $2,500 a month in taxpayer money for every shelter unit, or $62,500 total every month. Aguila is classified as a nonprofit. However, its CEO has a reported annual salary of $160,800.

Shelter residents are demanding that the CEO of Aguila meet with them and commit to spending the night in one of their shelter units. Residents also demand permanent housing and a commitment from DHS to cancel all future contracts with Aguila.