In the infamous words of Janet Jackson, “What have you done for me lately?” Happy Monday everyone!   I want to open with a HUGE thank you to all who have contributed toward helping my campaign reach our goal for an important financial filing milestone this weekend.  I am appreciative and do not take your support…

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The current times can make one feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders.  Just when you think you see some light at the end of the tunnel it seems like something else comes up.  It’s as though there is no escape from the current events and on some levels there shouldn’t…

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Four years ago, in 2016, my cousin started the International Day of Purpose.  It is held on the summer solstice every year.  It is designed as a means of having people come together to focus on what their purpose is in the world and  in their life.  Why are we here?  The overall premise was,…

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The confirmation that I needed to run for office came last year after months of fighting in Albany so that the minority community could obtain the opportunity to have the monies that they invest in this city, state and country spent with their firms. Article 15-A, the law that implements these “goals”, expires every five…

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This week, I struggled with what to write. This is such a powerful moment in time. Given the current state of affairs, what would be the right thing to say?  There is so much going on;  a global pandemic, people struggling to keep food on the table, people sick and families dying. As if that…

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I live the pain and stress of being black in America every day: I am a black woman; the mother of a black son; sister to black men; aunt to my black nephews.  I remember what it was like as a young girl to be afraid to go to Howard Beach for fear of being…

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Prior to this pandemic there were a lot of conversations about the New York City Public School system. A month or so ago I was interviewed by Politico to provide my perspective on whether or not we should do away with the specialized high school exams. My opinion was that we shouldn’t.   While we want…

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I recall meeting with a senior executive at an agency in regards to their Diversity program.  I told one of their staff members that it seemed as though the program was all smoke and mirrors.  As you can imagine, when they found out what I said they were not happy about it.  When I said…

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Where are the solutions? Clue us in! The one thing that has held true during this time is that we are changing the way we communicate and adapting to the new normal. There are a lot more virtual meetings, town halls and people on Facebook Live sharing information. I have been doing Facebook Lives to…

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It’s time to change the record; it’s scratched and the song has played too long. The other day, I listened to a briefing of a few politicians and clergy discussing the coronavirus and its impact on the community as well as the churches. There was a lot of appreciation for all who were taking the…

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