MLK Now : Tons of Celebrities came to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, January 22, 2016

  MLK Now

January 20, 2016 -- New York, NY – More than 2,000 people came out to Harlem on Monday, January 18th for Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA)’s “MLK Now.” The special event celebrated and honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explored how his message and vision continue to resonate in today's racial, social and political landscape. 

Taking place at Riverside Church – where Dr. King performed his famous 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence” -- the event featured historic speeches delivered by some of today’s leading actors/influencers. Performances included: 

Michael B. Jordan -- Fred Hampton's "Power Where There's People"

Andre Holland -- Malcolm X's "Police Brutality and Mainstream Media"

Anika Noni Rose -- Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman"

Harry Belafonte -- Patrice Lumumba's "Proclamation of Independence

Octavia Spencer -- MLK's "Been to the Mountaintop"

Tessa Thompson -- Angela Davis' "Victory Speech"

Chris Rock -- James Baldwin's "My Dungeon Shook"

Lin-Manuel Miranda -- MLK's "Beyond Vietnam"

Condola Rashad -- Shirley Chisolm's "Presidential Campaign Announcement
Adepero Oduye -- Ida B. Wells' "This Awful Slaughter"

More than 408,000 people watched the live-stream of the event, which featured musical and spoken word performances by Rose, Grammy-Winning Artist India Arie, Acclaimed Poet and Performer Saul Williams, Grammy-Nominated Artist Bilal, and surprise guest, “EMPIRE” starJussie Smollett. The program also included an “Artist’s Conversation” between Filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who is a founding member of Blackout for Human Rights and served as executive producer and co-host of the event, and Grammy-Nominated Hip Hop Artist J. Cole.

After the speech performances, “MLK Now” – which by that point had become a number one trending topic on Twitter -- capped off with a panel discussion addressing the most pressing human rights issues of today, led by moderator and MSNBC National Reporter Trymaine LeeUrban Cusp Founder and Publisher Rahiel Tesfamariam, Arab American Association of New York Executive Director Linda Sarsour, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice Executive Director Dante Barry, Filmmaker/Activist and Co-Director Gina Belafonte, and Activist Leon Ford, Jr.


Blackout is a network of artists, entertainers, advocates, spiritual leaders, educators and everyday citizens who commit their collective resources towards addressing human rights violations in the U.S. Blackout is comprised of both high visibility and everyday citizens. Members include Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King, Nate Parker, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, John Burris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosa Clemente, Shaka King, Scott Budnick, David Oyelowo, Pastor Michael McBride and others.

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. CBMA is a growing network that currently includes more than 4,700 leaders representing nearly 2,600 organizations and programs across the country.

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MLK Day : Powerful Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 18, 2016

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As a minister, leader, civil rights activist, and author, Martin Luther King, Jr. is known as one of the greatest communicators of all time. Born in Atlanta, GA on Jan. 15, 1929, Dr. King grew up in difficult days. But just as he did through all of his life, he overcame. He fought through the battles and stepped over the obstacles. He held onto truth and stood up for what was right.
Timeline of some key events:
- In 1944, at the age of 15, King begins his freshman year at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He would later graduate and go on to study theology at Crozer Theological Seminary and Boston University.
- In 1953 King marries Coretta Scott. Over the next years they have four children.
- In 1954 he becomes pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
- In 1957 he and other civil rights leaders founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, created to help organize nonviolent protests towards civil rights reform.
- In 1963 Dr. King helped to organize the March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
- In 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for standing up against racial inequality through nonviolence. He is also named Man of the Year by Time Magazine.
- In 1968, King delivers what would later be known as his final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” in Memphis, Tennessee. The very next day, at the age of 39, Dr. King was assassinated while on the balcony of his hotel room. His last words spoken were to his long-time friend and musician Ben Branch, "Ben, make sure you play 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord' in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.”
Just moments later he would stand before our Lord, free at last from the burdens of this world.
Dr. King’s well-known speeches and words are filled with themes of forgiveness, freedom, peace, standing up for what is right, serving, and loving one another.
Though he had received many honors and awards through his life, and even after his tragic death, he asked that at the end of his life, he only be remembered for other things.
“I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others… And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity…all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.”
Indeed, he did just that. His legacy of love and strength remain.
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31 Powerful Quotes, Still Relevant and True for Today:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
“The time is always right to do the right thing.”
“Free at last, free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
“It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.”
“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”
“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
“Find a voice in a whisper.”
“We shall overcome.”
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service...You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”
 “If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.”
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”’
“Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until seventy-five and yet not ever truly to have lived.”
“Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you're nobody.”
“If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.”
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart—intelligence and goodness—shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature.”
“Nothing worthwhile is gained without sacrifice.”
“God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men, and brown men, and yellow men; God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. ”
Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired many by his words of wisdom and life; he helped to change the mindset of generations with his challenge to live free.  Though his life was cut short, and many sought to stop his mission, they couldn’t stop the dream. Because that dream lives on, free, inspiring, and brave.
Through his courageous life, powerful words, and even in the tragedy of untimely death, we’re reminded of this truth: the enemy never holds ultimate power over our lives and destiny. He never possesses the power to destroy our souls. He never has the power to destroy Truth, God’s Words, or to keep them from going out and making a difference in the lives of others.
Only God Himself is All-Powerful.
And it’s only through Christ that we can boldly proclaim to a dark world, words that stand true through every generation, no matter what attacks or troubles we might face before us, “Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

by Debbie McDaniel

A Double Treat : Broadway and Restaurant Week Hits NYC on January 19th - February 5th !!!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Broadway Week

January 19 - February 5, 2016

Broadway Week - one of our favorite times of the year - returns with a a staggering 20+ Broadway shows offering 2 for 1 tickets. From Wicked to Jersey Boys to Lion King - many of the big names are included!

Here’s everyone’s big break into showbiz—two-for-one tickets
 to select Broadway productions from . 

Tickets are on sale. Click here to purchase tickets online and 
see specific information on blackout dates and exceptions for 
each show.

Read more: Broadway Week

NYC Restaurant Week

January 18 - February 5, 2016*
$25 Lunch & $38 Dinner



 If there was ever a time you wanted to go to a highly acclaimed restaurant without breaking the bank, now is the time to do so. In exactly a week, New York City’s finest restaurants will extend their invitations to us commoners with an affordable prix-fixe menu.Three outstanding courses: $25 for lunch or $38 for dinner. To make things easier, we’ve picked out some of the best on this summer’s list so make your reservations here!

What is NYC Restaurant Week?

Every summer and winter, NYC Restaurant Week returns, with more than 300 restaurants offering three-course dining deals for lunch ($25) and dinner ($38). Each year NYC Restaurant Week adds trendy newcomers to a long list of fine-dining standbys, drawing bargain-hunting New Yorkers to try out new spots and revisit old favorites serving cheap eats.


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