Say adieu to January 2017 and bonjour to February, the month of love, dead presidents and Black history. Or should I say, Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year, Year of the Rooster. Get ready to get your strut on.
Of all of the places to be, it was the induction of the Hon. Robert R. Reed as a justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York that was the most auspicious. Among those filling the courtroom at New York County Civil Courthouse, where it was standing room only, were friends traveling in from around the nation and family members, including wife Annette Reed, Esq., professor at New York Law School and author of the best-seller, “Sally Hemmings.”
Although the roster was full, the speeches were short, entertaining and sweet. The master of ceremonies was Ralph Andrew, who had the pleasure of doing the same when Reed was first inducted as a Family Court judge. Surprising the room was Judge Tanya Kennedy, also recently inducted to the Supreme Court, who led the audience in the Negro national anthem (and she sings!). Conducting the invocation and benediction was the Rev. Dr. Cathy S. Gillard, senior minister at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, followed by the welcome address given by the Hon. Fern A. Fisher, deputy chief administrative judge for New York City Courts. Leading the remarks were the Hon. Peter H. Moulton, administrative judge for Civil Matters, Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District.
Also gracing the podium were the Hon. Keith L.T. Wright, county leader, New York County Democratic Committee; the Hon. Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough president; the Hon. Benjamin J. Kallos, New York City Council Member, 5th District; Jason M. Clark, president-elect, Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Kaylin L. Whittingham, president, Association of Black Women Attorneys; Diallo Shabazz, executive director, One Hundred Black Men, Inc. (New York); Geoffrey E. Eaton, president NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch. Administering the oath was the Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, associate judge, New York Court of Appeals. All spoke of the equal measures of integrity, compassion and love in administering the law that Reed displays to those who look up to him, as well as to those who stand before him.
Reed, who hails from Compton, Calif., attended Stamford undergrad with a law degree from Harvard University. Upon accepting his new black robe, Reed acknowledged all of those who came to show their support, including Mayor David N. Dinkins, who was in the audience.
Closing the program before a reception that was popping was our very own songbird, Jackie Rowe-Adams, co-founder/president, Harlem Mothers Save, who gave a rousing rendition of “God Bless America.” Surely Jackie should go down in history with Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye, who totally tore up “America the Beautiful.” Together, the three of them make your patriotic blood rise. Adding our Supreme Court justices to the mix, along with all of the many well-meaning, talented, hard working and caring member of our culture, and what else can be said but, WOW. Rest assured although our country is being shaken like a dusty old blanket, and we’re waiting for the dust to settle, we should know there is nothing to fear but fear itself (Who said that?).
Eula Johnson, along with friends Catherine Grace Jordan, Raymond Lewis, the Hon. Eugene Oliver Jr. and John Redick looked absolutely gorgeous at the 63rd annual Winter Antiques Show. The show, which has become known as America’s leading art, antiques and design fair, features 70 renowned experts in fine and decorative arts from around the world. All of the net proceeds from the show benefit East Side House Settlement, a nationally recognized community-based organization in the South Bronx, which is also known as Eula Johnson’s baby. East Side House Settlement was founded in 1891 (long before Eula), to help immigrants and lower-income families on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
In 1963, the organization moved to the South Bronx, where it serves more than 10,000 residents across the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. East Side House works with schools, community centers and other partners to bring quality education and resources to individuals in need of living more fulfilling lives. For more information, visit eastsidehouse.org.
Brenda T. Bradley, Ph.D., certified integrative nutrition health coach and author, wants to help others live better, happier and healthier lives with the 21-Day Vegan Challenge. The 21-Day Vegan Challenge is a vegan-only program that has been designed for anyone desiring to make a lifestyle change or to explore and experience the healthy benefits of a vegan diet. Those struggling with weight or health issues might give it a try. Bradley has had a remarkable career and life, from being a member of the U.S. Air Force to being a certified health coach. She credits this diet for helping her not only improve her weight but also improve her immunity, mood and overall health. Bradley believes that a plant-based diet not only contributes to weight loss but also improves attitudes as people feel much better about themselves. She has recently released her first cookbook, “Kale Yeah It’s Good, No Meat Necessary,” as a way of kicking off a movement she believes is not only good for people, but also necessary. The book can be purchased from Amazon or her website at www.drbtbradley.com, where people may also find out more about her services and program. I’m willing to give it a try. Why not?
Speaking of food and just in case you’re not ready for the 21-Day Vegan Challenge, and you just happen to be in Detroit, visit chef Don Studvent’s restaurant, 1917 American Bistro. There, he serves well-prepared dishes ranging from grilled shrimp, salmon and chicken to blackened or deep-fried catfish.
The NYRR Millrose Games, one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11. The much anticipated annual event will take place at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights, where it has been held since 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The games, established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store, feature track and field’s most prolific male and female stars, as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. The New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games in 2013. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.nyrrmillrosegames.org.
Until next week … kisses.