Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, or so we hope as once again Easter is upon us. Do you still buy an Easter outfit and dye Easter eggs and set them on fake green grass surrounded by jelly beans with a milk chocolate Easter bunny in the middle? Ahh for the good old days.
One tradition that remains steadfast is the UN Women for Peace Association. The organization celebrated its 10th anniversary with a full day of activities, which began by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, followed by the annual award luncheon held at the United Nations. Awards were presented to model Ashley Graham, who was cheered on by Justin Ervin; the first lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo De Varela; U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah; magazine editor Leyla Alyeva; and philanthropist Eve Branson, recognized for making a difference in the lives of young girls and women across the globe. Entertainment was provided by singer Mary Brown, who sang the opening number, “A Natural Women” a-cappella. Capping the full day of events was a panel discussion entitled, “The Role of Media to Empower Women.” Enlightening the audience were members of the panel, which included actresses Edie Falco and Cicely Tyson; Hearst Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles; Cyma Zarghami, of Nickelodeon; and U.N. Correspondents Association’s Sherwin Bryce-Pease, who provided the male point of view. The discussion was moderated by journalist Joan Lunden in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations.
All of you faithful readers will remember I recently noted that actress Viola Davis has written a sequel to the children’s book, “Corduroy.” Well, wouldn’t you know, while dashing through Barnes & Noble, on Broadway at 82nd Street, I spied a book out of the corner of my eye and imagine what it was: “Corduroy!” Having just written about it, I felt compelled to stop and read it. This book is a delightful story in which the main characters (besides Corduroy the teddy bear) are a young Black girl and her mom. The book is a must for anyone with a very young child. Unfortunately, that one slipped by me when Julia was a tot, but I just might buy it for the collection.
March 2018 was definitely special this year. We endured four nor’easters; snow, rain and wind on one day followed by sunshine the next; the spring equinox; daylight saving time; two full moons; and Mercury in retrograde. Don’t despair though, Mercury in retrograde gives us a chance to reflect, rethink and relax, and it won’t be long before the avenues are lined with blooming pear trees and cherry blossoms. It’s a wonderful time of year.
Although the ’60s “Mod New York” exhibit that examines cultural trends that transformed fashion, from Beatlemania and pop art to social changes such as the women’s liberation and anti-war movements, on display at the Museum of the City of New York, will close April 1, not to worry. Next on tap is “Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics,” on exhibit through Aug. 5. The show will explore women’s political activism from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century and into our own times, including the women’s marches. “Beyond Suffrage” tells these important stories through rare artifacts, documents, garments and photographs—from suffragist campaign items to a pantsuit worn by Hillary Clinton.
Howard University has just taken a firm step in casting its footprint into the world of finance, with the help of alumnus Wendell E. Mackey, who donated $250,000 for a new business lab. The Bloomberg Finance Lab will serve as a hub for Howard University students, allowing them access to a Bloomberg software program that provides historical data, business analytics and financial trends. According to Erika Irish Brown, Bloomberg’s global head of Diversity & Inclusion, “We are thrilled to partner with Howard University and offer its students and professors access to the same market-moving news and data relied on by leading business and financial professionals around the globe.”
Brown further stated, “We hope that Bloomberg Finance Lab’s training and coursework will give Howard students seeking careers in financial services an additional competitive edge.”
Mackey is the founder, co-chief executive officer and chief investment officer for the Chicago-based company, Channing Capital Management, and he has made provisions for part of the donation to be set aside for scholarships. The first scholarship was awarded to Christopher Austin, a junior finance major who hails from Chicago. Austin accepted the award at the opening ceremony, stating, “I very much appreciate this scholarship award for the simple fact that someone wants to help me advance my education. There is no better feeling than knowing that others believe in my future and want to help me along the way toward pursuing my goals and dreams.”
Until next week … kisses.