Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photography by Pete Souza

“I. Am. Not. Ready…. I am not ready for a new one…. “

I am starting to feel just like that adorable little black girl who completely and utterly loses it once she realizes that Barack Obama will no longer be president. It was way back in February of last year when the video came out and instantly became viral. The original video, which was first posted on Facebook by a relative, has garnered over 3 million views. Barack Obama even responded by posting a message in the comments section of the post, saying, “Caprina, tell her to dry her tears, because I’m not going anywhere. Once I leave the White House, I’ll still be a citizen just like her. And when she grows up, she can get involved right alongside me.”

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Spread Love: Selections @ Elizabeth Dee

Kenny Rivero - The Fire Next Time, 2016

Kenny Rivero – The Fire Next Time, 2016

The Elizabeth Dee Gallery will be debuting it’s newest initiative this weekend. Entitled Selections, the exhibition series is all about shining a much-needed light on emerging artists. Works included in Selections are chosen by esteemed curators, who are actively engaged with the up and coming artistic voices shaping our society. Elizabeth Dee has tapped culturally influential curator Larry Ossei-Mensah to organize the inaugural edition of Selections, which will be open to the public starting Saturday, January 21st from 5-8PM.

The inaugural installment of Selections features the work of four artists based in Harlem and the South Bronx: Derek Fordjour, Emily Henretta, Lucia Hierro and Kenny Rivero. 

Ossei-Mensah has selected a group of artists whose rigorous approach to experimentation pushes the boundaries of their practice in response to a continuously shifting landscape that challenges tradition and is ripe with possibilities. Via a creative lens that explores a myriad of topics from the autobiographical to environmental, these artists’ inquisitive approach to their practice results in work that spans a broad range of mediums, such as felt, works on paper, sculpture and collage.

The Elizabeth Dee Gallery is located at 2037 Fifth Avenue.

For more info: Spread Love: Selections @ Elizabeth Dee

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The Pressure Pair | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi

When people aren’t well, sometimes they don’t want to discuss why. Especially in a room filled with strangers.

Joelle Ludwig and Katy Hogan understand that. They are acupuncturists who are teaming up to provide free sessions. On January 28th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., they will offer free acupuncture and Reiki in group settings at the Savior’s Atonement Church on Bennett Avenue.

The two practitioners are hoping that Northern Manhattan residents will take them up on their offer. While there won’t be any lengthy public discussion of each person’s ailments, they feel the energy of group healing will have positive effects for everyone involved.

“We not only want to bring awareness of what acupuncture is, and what alternative medicine is, but also provide health care to people in the neighborhood that might not have access to it,” said Ludwig.

Ludwig and Hogan both have private practices. Ludwig treats a variety of patients, including pregnant women.

She said acupuncture helps women get ready for birth by balancing the body’s blood flow. “We do very nourishing points to make sure the blood is moving properly and that the fluids are going to the womb,” she said.

Acupuncture works by harmonizing the body’s flow of chi, or energy. Ludwig said stimulating certain points along energy channels helps regulate the flow of yin and yang energies.

Read more: The Pressure Pair | Manhattan Times

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01/20/17: Inaugurate Love – Dreaming Our Nation United

On January 20th, cultural shapers will come together to invoke a citizen-wide gathering designed to unite, uplift and inspire. With a core intention of nurturing a positive alternative, the invitation is open to everyone to join and participate. This dynamic day of programming will embody the true meaning of inaugurate — to initiate, launch, begin. Creative expression and exchange will span the forms of art, music, dance, meditation and more. Together we will recalibrate the spirit of our rich and robust country and manifest an alternate reality.

Inaugurate Love: Dreaming Our Nation United
A citizen-wide gathering to unite, uplift and inspire
Friday, January 20th, 2017 – 11am Doors Open
United Palace – NYC, 4140 Broadway at 175th Street and Livestream
The event is FREE but registration is requested below. Donations in support of Planned Parenthood are appreciated.

For more info: 01/20/17: Inaugurate Love – Dreaming Our Nation United

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The Uptown Tweet of the Week

A few days ago, Rep. Adriano Espaillat made many of his constituents extremely happy by refusing to attend the inauguration/coronation of you know who. With this simple gesture the Congressman has set the proper tone for the long fight ahead against Trump and his supporters. Kudos to Rep. Adriano Espaillat for standing up for what is right regardless of the consequences.

By the way, Rep. Adriano Espaillat will be holding a community event during the inauguration of you know who on Friday, January 20 at 11am at the venerable Shabazz Center (3940 Broadway).

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Long-Distance Running Mates: Harlem Women Are In With Planned Parenthood | Newsweek

BY MICHELE GORMAN

UC - Harlem To DC

The title character in the movie Forrest Gump gains national attention when he embarks on a coast-to-coast running journey that lasts three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours. “That day, for no particular reason,” Gump says in the 1994 film, “I decided to go for a little run.”

Unlike the fictional character, four New York City women have a very particular purpose for soon setting out on a feat of endurance that won’t come close to Gump’s, but will be most impressive nonetheless. On January 18, they will lace up their sneakers on a corner in the Harlem neighborhood and begin pacing themselves through at least 240 miles before reaching their destination: the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In total, they aim to complete the equivalent of more than nine marathons in less than three days—by 10 a.m. on January 21—when thousands of Americans are expected to participate in the Women’s March to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. During their estimated 64-hour journey, the women will hustle on side roads and bike paths through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and D.C., running each mile in between nine and 12 minutes.

A week before she puts foot to pavement en route to D.C., group leader Alison Mariella Désir told Newsweek the idea for the so-called moving march snowballed in her mind as she thought of ways to make her daily running more meaningful, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s surprising election loss to Trump. The Democratic nominee had hoped to break the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman elected president of the United States. “Just like the march, it’s a way to energize women and allow us to feel like we can do something,” says Désir, 31, a running coach and self-described social entrepreneur who in 2013 founded what is now the Harlem Run running group.

Read more: Long-Distance Running Mates: Harlem Women Are In With Planned Parenthood | Newsweek

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