Victoria Horsford

WHAT’S GOING ON

By Victoria Horsford

APRIL CALENDAR

Like other month’s April has its share of special days, weeks and monthlong observations. The following is a list of the few. Month opens with frivolous April Fool’s Day (1); Income Tax Awareness Pay Day, 17; Earth Day is April 22; The Boston Marathon; Sauvignon Blanc Day, 24. Monthlong celebrations are Arab American Heritage, Jazz Appreciation Month; National Financial Literacy Awareness; National

THE 2018 MIDTERMS

NY: The New York State gubernatorial race is already one of the most dramatic, ugly intra-Democratic races, replete with plot twists and turns. Two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo may find Cynthia Nixon, that it is not that easy the third time around…… keeping his day job, that is. actress, lesbian, activist, former Sex in The City TV star, a fellow Democrat will oppose him in the Primary. She is cutting her teeth on elected politics, running on a progressive platform who criticizes Cuomo’s education and housing policies, for openers. Her presence will force Cuomo to inch/lean more to the left than his current progressive status. Left-leaning The Citizen’s Action group supports Nixon as the progressive. WFP endorsement insures a spot for Nixon, on the November ballot, if she loses the primary. Nixon is friendly with Mayor de Blasio and his wife. She was invited to visit Brooklyn sites by Boro President Eric Adams.

THE NATION: Last month the Brookings Institute reported that by 2045, the US would no longer be a white majority nation. That projection along with the two-term Obama Presidency would explain why Trump’s Administration’s plans for the 2020 census would lead to an undercount of African American residents? Today 23 states have new restrictions in place for a presidential election. Derrick Johnson, new NAACP President/CEO says organizations want compulsory voting, abolition of voter registration and end to voter restrictions on the local level. He continues. “It is less important about taking back Congress than to focus on state and local elections. There are 88 state legislative bodies are on the ballot. It is locally where voters have an opportunity to get rid of the bad District Attorneys and to influence spending on health and education.”

BLACK ENTERPRISE

Carver Bancorp, the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank named Robert W. Mooney to its Board of Directors, bringing its trustee total to 11. Mooney retired last year from the FDIC as National Director for Minority and Community Development Banking, Division of Risk Management and Supervision. Carver sold its Harlem headquarters at 75 Wes 125 Street, earlier this year. Bank relocates to the Lee Office Building on northeast corner of 125 Street. Carver is the largest African American and Caribbean run bank in America. Michael Pugh is Carver President/CEO/Director. Robert Tarter is Carver Chairman.

The latest Forbes Magazine the 2018 Special Issue, The World’s Richest People lists billionaires from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Three African Americans are among the Richest People. They are Private Equity Engineer Robert Smith, who dons magazine’s cover who disclosures some secrets about his $4.4 billion fortune 2) Multimedia executive Oprah Winfrey boasts about $2.7 billion 3) Michael Jordan, former basketball legend turned Charlotte Hornets franchise owner who is worth $1.6 billion.

Foreign Blacks who made the WRP cut include Angola’s Isabel dos Santos, daughter of former Angola president Jose Dos Santos, who is rumored to be Africa’s richest woman worth $2.6 billion; Canada’s Michael Lee-Chin, $1.2 billion, Mutual Funds; Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man with $14.1 billion from cement, sugar and flour; Mike Adenuga, $5.3 billion, Telecom, Oil; and Folorusho Alakija, $ 1.5 billion, oil; and South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe, $2.4 billion, Mining; the United Kingdom’s Mohammed (Mo) Ibrahim, $1.1 billion, Telecommunication; and Zimbabwe’s Strive Masiyiwa, $1.4 billion, Telecom.

The first Annual Kidpreneur Awards Gala 2018, Shades of Africa, will be held on Sunday, April 29, at Jerry Orbach Theater located at 210 West 50 Street, 3rd Floor or at 1627 Broadway entrance on the 3rd Floor. Event is a cocktail reception and awards ceremony. Cosmetics mogul Vera Moore and young actor/dancer Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, who played Lion King on Broadway are among the 14 honorees. The dress code is black tie, tuxedo or formal African attire. Visit kidswhobank.com/ka.

The Harlem Business Alliance presents Jennifer Jackson, Small Business Administration in a free two-part session re: Proposal Writing. The first will be held on April 24, 6-8 pm. Registration is necessary. Eligibility on a first come, first served basis. Visit HBAReadySetWriteEventbright.com

THE ART SCENE

The Essie Green Galleries new exhibit, APRIL SPRING SURVEY, a group show featuring works by Norman Lewis, Romare Bearden and Charles Ethan Porter, opens on 4/21 and closes on 5/19, at 419A Convent Avenue at 148 Street, Harlem. Attend the 4/21 reception. Call 212 368 9635.

The Skoto Gallery’s new exhibition, Painting Structures, by Guyana-born dual citizen US/Canada Andrew Lyght, an abstractionist, with a strong sense of linear design and vibrant color palette, opens on April 19 and runs through June 2. Gallery is located 529 West 20 Street, Manhattan. Visit skotogallery.com

The Ellis Haizlip television era and SOUL!, the national PBS TV show which he conceived and hosted, curated myriad aspects of Black Americana, from 1968 to 1973, will unspool as MR. SOUL! in the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival HOT DOCS series. Visit @mrsoulthemovie

Don’t miss the Documentary screening of IN THE FACE OF WHAT WE REMEMBER ORAL HISTORIES OF 409 & 555 EDGECOMBE AVENUE, which will be followed by performances at the Miller Theatre, Columbia University, on April 27 at 7 pm. Those two apartment buildings boasted some of the Black America elites like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, WEB DuBois, Paul Robeson, and Lena Horne.

The 5th International Jazz Day in Harlem, will be supported by the Jazz Foundation of America, the law firm of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, And Moverman, the NY Jazz Society and the NY Metropolitan Martin Luther King, Jr. Center For Nonviolence, will be celebrated on April 30 at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123 Street, with performances by Bertha Hope, Terri Davis, Kim Clarke, Gene Ghee, Dr. John Mannan, and Michael Flythe.

The International Independent Art Fair, a fine arts group exhibit showcasing the works of 20 artists, including Agaro Asano, Patricia Ayres, Kyoko Hamaguchi, Lily Wong, and Jesse Ruis opens on May 1 and will be housed at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, located at 230 Lenox Avenue. Some proceeds from the IAF show will be allocated to the restoration of this Harlem landmark church. Visit iiaf.nyc.

NEWSMAKERS

Two public relations professionals move on. Nina Flowers, Apollo Theater p.r.director leaves after an incredible 13-year adventure which began with the much ballyhooed state-of-the-art marquee, followed by unique remembrances of music legends like Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince and current events like the BLACK PANTHERS movie night and Ta-Nehisi Coates Between The World and ME special events last month. Veteran Con Edison P.R. chief Joy Faber, who worked at the Fortune 500 energy giant for decades retires this month.

Aries birthday greetings to Patricia McConnell, Marva Richard, Harold Thomas, and NY celebrity photog Ronnie Wright who just turned 60.

RIP: Winnie Mandela was honored with a state funeral and was cited an as anti-apartheid icon, as the mother of a nation, and a force of nature. She was eulogized by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Former S.A. presidents Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki attended the funeral service as did the Presidents of the Republic of the Congo, Namibia and Swaziland.


Person releasing a bird

Forgiveness

By Rev. Duke Tufty

I would not carry with me

the glowing ember that burned my hand,

Nor would I go about my day with a sliver wedged deep into my skin.


In that same manner,

I release situations of the past

which disrupt my peace of mind and cause ill feelings,

for they only continue to hurt me

as long as I choose to hold on to them.


Today, I willingly forgive and release

all harsh feelings toward myself or others.

I rise above and move beyond uncomfortable memories,

and claim my right to live this day


with a Peaceful Mind,

a Peaceful Heart,

and a Peaceful Spirit.


I AM FREE, I AM UNLIMITED,


THERE ARE NO CHAINS THAT BIND ME.


dandelion seeds floating in the air

Let Go! Let God Fill Your Need!

By Mary L. Kupferle

If you are anxious, tense, or concerned about anything in your life, dear friend, begin now to relax, let go, and let God fill your need.

No matter what seems to be missing from your life—be it a much-loved person, a special place, an activity of great value, or a feeling of well-being—know that God is right now filling your need.

Take a deep breath. Release it slowly, telling yourself quietly: I let go. I let God fill my need. Accept the reality that God's wisdom is ever present and available, ready to fill you with new understanding, light, and life. Let God fill every void, every emptiness that seems to separate you from the desires of your heart. Let go! Let God fill your need!

God's light and substance and divine activity will move in and through you as you let go. God's creative process is awaiting your acceptance of its productive, healing action. Let your thoughts be lifted up. Let the presence of God dissolve your fears and doubts and remove every unbelief. Let go and let God within you do the work.

Begin now to relax from the strain and effort of questioning, planning, and reasoning. Take a few moments throughout the day to calm your thinking and place all your attention upon the words: I let go. I let God fill my need.

Immediately, you will experience visible and tangible benefits, inside and out. You will feel renewed strength and faith and courage. Your http://www.unity.org/prayer will be more effective, and your understanding of the presence of God within you will be clearer. You will find that God's love takes care of what you cannot accomplish. As you let go, God will freely and abundantly fill every need.

God always provides knowledge, guidance, understanding, faith, healing, supply, or anything else you need. Whatever your life experience appears to be, you have—at this very moment—an opportunity to let go of your personal striving and let God move in you and through you to fill your every need.

During the most critical point in the life of Jesus, when the minds and hearts of His disciples seemed totally depleted of courage and faith, their needs were filled. As the disciples viewed the amazing example of Jesus' quiet surrender, they learned of the miracle-working power of letting go and letting God. Their eyes and minds and hearts were opened to the message of abundant life, eternal life, and love for all humanity.

God's love and goodness will always fill every need in your circumstances, every hunger of your heart, every longing of your soul for peace and assurance, and every good desire for the expression of eternal life and well-being.

Although it may sometimes seem you are separated from that which has been your greatest avenue of comfort, security, or supply, remember: God always fills your need. No matter how great the gulf seems between you and the solution to your deepest desire, you can trust God. Tell yourself again and again, as often as you need to do so: I let go. I let God fill my need.

Let go. Let God fill your need. God never leaves a void. God will never desert you or forsake you. God's presence of love and wisdom is ever nurturing your soul in its gradual unfoldment of spiritual potential. God's power is ever at work within every circumstance. As you let go and trust God, everything is transformed—yes, everything—into a blessing. God continuously makes dark places light, rough places smooth, crooked places straight, and empty places full—full of loving-kindness and abundance of joy.

Let go. Let God fill your need. Let the creative process of God begin now to fill every point in your life that needs the touch of divine love and healing power. God is ready to do what you cannot do by yourself.

Soul Vibrations Corner

YOUR ASTROLOGICAL FORECAST

ARIES -March 21- April 20

You need to focus your energy into a new plan or project to reach your goals. Don't go looking for anything in particular but something will certainly present itself to you. Express your appreciation to those who have helped you, on your way. Learn to try to let things come to you, rather than chasing rainbows. If you find something that tickles your fancy, discuss it with your mate & their perspective may just give you the spark you need. Verify your information by obtaining written reference material. Make time to enjoy some peace & quiet. You'll need time to digest your thoughts & feelings. Patience with others will be needed in order to understand their perspective of things. Lucky Numbers: 24, 30, 32, 36, 48, 49

TAURUS - April 21- May 20

Try to streamline procedures, improve techniques & you'll be able to reap rewards beyond your expectations. Gather together with others who share your passion to succeed. Your ability to encourage others will pay off. Pay attention to your inner feelings. If you listen to your intuition, you may be able to feel your way through a really stressful week. Take the time you need now, to be able to look at things from a different perspective. Family members & co-workers will try to help you through your emotional difficulties. Allow them to show you new ways to lift your spirits. Time together will help you to deal with emotional hurts. Try to plan a week-end getaway with family & friends. You'll be glad you did. Lucky Numbers: 19, 23, 27, 31, 32, 42

GEMINI - May 22- June 21

It's difficult to stay focused, your current fixation on details may have you spinning your wheels. Try to stay on course despite the temptation to run around in circles. The fact that you're suddenly very popular does nothing to help with your focus. Other people's tics and quirks might prove to be especially annoying to you. There is no polite way to explain what's bothering you. This is not about being rude, this is about being professional in your relations with others. Beware of fast talkers with big schemes. You may do much better by working on your own. When someone demands a reason for your behavior, use your humour to excuse yourself. Lucky Numbers: 14, 18, 28, 29, 39, 49

CANCER - June 22 -July 23

Being stubborn will only fan the flames. The reason for your anger will become apparent once you listen to your heart. Once your plans are firmly in place, romance may begin to happen. You'll be given every opportunity to grow as a person. Stop looking ahead so far and try to lose yourself in the heat of the moment. Your imagination is highly amusing, but perhaps not very trustworthy. Snooping and gossip can be deliciously seductive. You know the subjects of your investigation well enough to be reasonably sure of what they're thinking. Try your best to treat them fairly. Your swift action will only strengthen your case once the dust settles. Lucky Numbers: 1, 28, 29, 33, 35, 40

LEO - July 24- Aog 22

You can get your point across and make valuable connections. Your personal life will stabilize. Don't be confrontational. You'll meet opposition if you try to push your ideas too much. Be observant and save your comments for a better time. You need to focus on your career. You'll accomplish the most, if you travel for business. If you have an idea, present it. Don't take on too strenuous a task. Minor injury or exhaustion will result if you do. Your humor, versatility and charm will attract just about anyone you're interested in. Don't hold back, let others know exactly what you think and how you feel about them. Make changes at home that will add to your comfort. It's time to pamper yourself for a change. Lucky Numbers: 10, 21, 22, 28, 30, 32

VIRGO -Aug 23- Sept 22

Be cautious with who you trust with your financial matters. Time is on your side, don't make any rush decisions. Accent is on using your personality to open new doors of opportunity. Your cycle is high. You'll be at the right place at the right time. When it comes to the technical end, listen to others who have the knowledge & experience. Make sure you insist on having creative control. Try to get you priorities straight. Once you realize that everything going on lately is temporary, you'll be able to overcome your emotional feelings. Your mind is very active & needs some stimulation, too. Try to combine your ingenuity & creativity in new directions of stress release. Invite others to spend time with you. Perhaps taking up gardening, model making or some other craft will help you to put things into a better perspective. Positive force will allow you to reach a new level & to get past the present. Lucky Numbers: 9, 13, 17, 27, 33, 43

LIBRA - Sept 23 - Oct 22

Sometimes you may feel as if you can conquer anything and maybe you can, but remember to thank those who have helped you on your way. They need to feel your respect & your love. They'll feel it best if you show it through your actions, not just your words. Make sure to keep your positive flow going. Others may require your attention & understanding in a domestic situation. Be careful not to say something that you'll be sorry for later. Keep expenses low as higher ups may question them. You may need to do a little public relations to satisfy them. Show our colors, as long as you have nothing to hide. Chance meeting will allow the surgence of a new fresh relationship. Share some quality time & realize how special you feel for each other. Your entire outlook will be transformed, from being a victim to being a victor. Don't allow negative comments you hear to discourage your progress. Lucky Numbers: 27, 28, 36, 37, 39, 44

SCORPIO -Oct 23 - Nov 22

May feel as if there are too many things to decide on. Take the time to read, write & express your thoughts on paper. By doing so, you may feel an awakening of ideas, you shared with someone, long ago. That person may remind you of something very important that you forgot. Stress that seemed so intense, lately, may lessen, as the week goes by. Take the time to enjoy all of those favorite things, that you really like to do. Don't be afraid to express yourself. You need to open your mind & your heart to someone who shares your goals. There are no restrictions for you, this week. You may just find the answer to your personal & professional problems. Take your direction from the simple things in life. Your cycle will move up & you'll be able to rediscover yourself & what you need to feel happy You need to work hard to achieve your immediate goals. People admire you for your determination. Sometimes you need to reward yourself for a job well done. This may also be a good time to add to your art collection, as your keen sense of valuables might just find a real treasure. Lucky Numbers: 4, 10, 20, 24, 34, 44

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23- Dec 22

However, you could be on the receiving end of a beautiful serenade. The next few days will find you walking with a brisk stride and snapping your fingers. If whatever you're experiencing isn't quite reality, it'll seem just as good as the real thing. No walls will be able to contain your excitement. No limitations will seem to apply. You can accomplish just about any goal you try, this week. A little humility wouldn't hurt, although no one really minds if your hat size gets a little larger. Your new elevation will make you more perceptive and attract others to your outlook. Others will be eager to join you as you explore new avenues of interest. Lucky Numbers: 24, 26, 36, 37, 46, 48

CAPRICORN - Dec 23 - Jan 20

You have felt as if something was holding you back, this week, everything will click. Your good mood will be highly contagious, others will respond. You'll be everywhere at once, moving so quickly, that people might miss you, if they blink. It's important for you to have your personal touch on everything. If you immerse yourself, your senses will take you for the ride of a lifetime. You still have a long way to go. Enjoy the trip as you move ahead, touching, tasting and experiencing everything from a new perspective. Try to include as many other people as possible in your plans. They'll appreciate the security you offer in organizing projects. Use the resources you have available to you & you'll find new ways to complete your tasks. Lucky Numbers: 14, 18, 28, 29, 39, 49

AQUARIUS - Jan 21 - Feb 19

You'll be impressed with a new discovery & will want to tell the whole world. Be it in a personal relationship or a business dealing, you will reach a very positive goal. Focus your energy full force. You'll seem to have a keener understanding of how things work. Look behind the scene & you'll see all of your options. Play your cards right & you may be celebrating true success. Bring people together by showing them interesting new lifestyle or way to work. Personal relationships will feel more positive than ever. Invest time with family members & you'll be creating great memories for everbody. Express your ideas with passion & you'll learn new ways to impress your style. Once you do, you'll be able to feel more confident in who you are. New friends can lead you to new avenues of social exposure. Be yourself & you'll be accepted & loved. Focus on a close relationship that could lead to love and marriage. Encourage others to enjoy themselves. Lucky Numbers: 11, 14, 20, 25, 35, 44

PISCES - Feb 20 - March 20

Verify accounting procedures, make sure everything is on track. Stay focused on bringing your greatest asset to the forefront, your confidence. Once you feel confident in yourself, you will be able to influence others. Peers may try to question your authority, reply with positive financial feedback. Collect & study facts & faces, you may be tested to remember, later. You are due to receive a gift or a bonus. Perform your heart out, enjoy the limelight. Offers you receive may be exciting, but you will need time to digest all of the information you have received. Family members, co-workers will vie for your attention. Listen to them, but try not to get overwhelmed by the requests you receive. Help where you can, but don't put any of your own plans on hold. Express your inner thoughts & feelings to someone close to you. They will be able to help you deal with something that's very close to your heart. Lucky Numbers: 5, 8, 18, 25, 30, 45