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SUMMER – FALL IN AMERICA: Summer is almost over and fall arrives imminently as Americans slide into what is a “new normal,” with loose contours that we must play by ear. Sports, a necessary distraction in most societies is back with a vengeance. The Tennis Open in NY ends this week. MLB is getting ready for its world series as the NFL season begins followed by the NBA season.

Everyone is uneasy about what comes next. Do we return to offices and other work venues or insist that home is the perfect office? Not anymore! Investment houses and banks announced last week that homes/offices will be akin to the dinosaur. Forgot the ultimate blood sport, the American Midterms.

Many public school systems open this week. On September 6, New Jersey public schools opened as did the Yonkers, NY school system. In NYC, the nation’s largest public school system opens on September 8. Like other national cities, there are teacher shortages owing to COVID, burnout, and low pay. Some mayors are talking about recalling retired people without jeopardizing their tax protections. What about all of the unemployed college graduates? There is a shortage of registered nurses all over. NYC has all of the above, disgruntled unions, tenants fighting eviction and the influx of more than 8,000 immigrants, who are asylum seekers, exported from Gov Abott’s Texas and we are bombarded by daily media cognoscenti who supply stats that change every fortnight or after a primary. They once predicted a red House of Reps and a red Senate come January.

Today, both Houses could remain blue! The never-ending stories about the criminal Trump, his hubris and his greed are scary. When will he be indicted and convicted? Why did he steal sensitive national security files from the White House? What was he going to do with them? America must emerge from the dark Trump place when he has led many if the democracy is to be preserved.

 

EDUCATION: National HBCU, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Week is observed September 7-10, 2022. National HBCU Week was established by an executive order signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 to be executed through the US Department of Education. It was to eliminate barriers by HBCUS to federal programs. It has been updated by all subsequent US Presidents. What does President Biden’s college debt reduction could be taxed in about15 states. The forgiveness amount will be calculated as income. In AR, SC, MA, MS HI, SC. and WV.

 

WORLD AFFAIRS

SOUTH AMERICA: COLOMBIA. Former leftist Gustavo Petro and former mineworker/maid turned lawyer and environmentalist Afro Latina Francia Marquez were sworn in last month as president and vice president, respectively. ARGENTINA: Cristina Fernandez deKirchener Argentine Vice President and former President survived an attempt on her life because the assassin’s gun misfired. BRAZIL: Ultra Conservative President Bolsonaro is up for re-election next month. Former President Luis Inazio da Silva aka Lula, who was jailed by Conservatives is also running for the Presidency. His poll numbers look good. Bolsonaro had consultants like Trump acolyte Steve Bannon to get elected. Progressive Lula was popular, identified with Brazil’s African heritage and made Brazil SA an industrial leader.

AFRICA: War-ravaged African countries are plagued by humanitarian crises, refugees, famine, and local terrorists are ubiquitous. Read stories out of Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia; recipients of meager Western aid. Europe and US are Ukraine-focused, which is white and Christian. Western Europe is the main destination for Ukrainian refugees.

AFRICA/CHINA: Last month China agreed to will forgive 23 interest-free loans to 17 African Countries and re-direct $10 billion of its IMF reserve to nationals on the Continent. China did not disclose nations who would benefit nor the amount owed. Forgiven loans were foreign-aid related. China’s more recent loans – concessional and commercial -were not a part of the African loan waiver.

EUROPE: Liz Truss was elected Great Britain’s Prime Minister by the Conservative Party, succeeding Boris Johnson.

 

FALL ARTS PREVIEW

 

THEATER: Theater aficionados, take advantage of NYC Broadway Week from

September 6-25. Take advantage of 2-for-1 ticket discounts for 21 Broadway shows. Yes buy one ticket, get the second one free. Participating plays include “A Strange Loop,” by Michael R. Jackson, 2022 Tony Best Musical winner and a Pulitzer winner; “The Lion King,” “MJ, The Musical (Michael Jackson); “Death of a Salesman,” starring Wendell Pierce, in the first African American incarnation of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer classic.” “Chicago;” “The Piano Lesson,” starring Samuel Jackson. Broadway theaters are named after Black theater denizens. There is an August Wilson theater, and a Lena Horne theater. The 110-year-old Cort Theater will be renamed after EGOT, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awardee James Earl Jones.

FINE ART: The Michael Rosenfeld Gallery’s new exhibit, “William T. Williams, Tension To The Edge,” a Selection of Paintings and Works on Paper 1968 to 1970, accompanied by a fully-illustrated color catalog, opens September 8 to November 5, at 100 Eleventh Avenue at 19th Street, Manhattan. Call 212.237.0082 or visit michaelrosenfeld.com .

The June Kelly Gallery’s new exhibit, CHARLES MARTIN Metropolis Photography September 8 to October 18 with 9/8, 5-7 pm, opening reception., at 166 Mercer Street, Soho, Manhattan. Martin explains, “Metropolis, visually, is the blend or interruption of architectural form and scale set comfortably or awkwardly in nature, if only under the sky or amid a body of water.” Call 212.226.1660 or visit junekellygallery.com

YACHT PARTY: Join the Pre-Game Boat Ride on September 16 at 7 pm. the night before HBCU Winter Classic Football Game, Howard University vs. Morehouse College, on September 17. Boat will be docked at NYC Pier 36, at 299 South Street near Williamsburg Bridge on FDR. The cruise begins at 8 pm. Yacht boasts two decks with DJs playing HIP-HOP, R&B, Reggae, and Afrobeat. For reservations, call 646 397.3686 or email: info@Injoyenterprises.com

On September 20, from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, attend “Conditions In Harlem Revisited:

From the 1936 Mayor’s Commission Report to Today,” a collaborative in-person/virtual presentation by NYC Dept of Records & Info Service: Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright’s Office for Strategic Initiatives; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard; and the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research & Vital City. Register to attend and learn more at Harlem conditions.cityofnewyork.us

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