“Above all, be the heroine of your life,
not the victim.”
- Nora Ephron
“Just show up
Just have a presence
And just make a loud noise
because we all want to be heard”
“Phantom of the Opera” featuring Norm Lewis begins on Monday, May 12, at the Majestic Theater. “Phantom of the Opera” is the longest running show in Broadway history. It’s a turn-of-the-century tale of a deformed composer haunting the Paris Opera House, where he lures in a young singer. Thirteen men have played the role of Phantom on Broadway, but the one making headlines is Norm Lewis. Norm Lewis plays Sen. Edison Davis on ABC’s “Scandal,” but the role as Phantom is his biggest yet.
We are living at the intersection of many crossroads. One such crossroad is race and wealth.
One of the manifestations of which is Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. Which is exactly what it sounds like: an interactive exploration of the world’s richest folk.
The site is an interesting blend of design, functionality and content. It is also interesting by what it omits – exploration by race or ethnic origin. I tried to solve this in the long term by sending the Bloomberg team an email requesting this feature (no response yet). But in the short term, I did some plain old research using Google, and then looked for the results (also published in Forbes) in the tool.
I’m not going to spoil the results. I am going to let you enjoy using the site to satisfy your own curiosities.
But I can tell you that of the top 10 richest blacks in the world, I found one of them in the Index. Lower down in the list than I had hoped. Not someone I would have expected. A man. The second richest black is a woman. She is not on the list since her wealth at almost 4 billion apparently does not make the cut. Both their fortunes originate in and emanate from Africa.
It’s interesting to note how little we hear about Africa’s slow, steady and inexorable advancement as a world economic power. It’s no wonder that many nations and businesses – Big oil, telecom, finance and the Chinese, have set their sights on Africa, and are investing heavily there.
He died too young of what has been reported as Diabetes by music leader www.Beatport.com which can be managed and which is taking the lives of so many in our and many other communities.
Let’s take today to rejoice in his life and tomorrow to celebrate his legacy. We should also take a moment to focus on our own health.
A number of health oriented events are coming Harlem’s way including some focussed on Diabetes. Please see the list below and take a moment to attend, if not for you, then for your friends and families.
But before you do that, take a moment to enjoy the iconic Frankie Knuckles, who will truly be missed.
*** Frankie Forever ***
A Sampling of Hits
What Inspired Him
Important Health Events
WHAT: Understanding Diabetes Medication
WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
4:00 pm through 5:30 pm
DETAILS: Do you know how your diabetes medication works? Do you know when to take it, how much to take and possible side effects? To help you make the most of your treatment, join us in learning:
· What is diabetes?
· Why is it important to control blood sugar levels?
· Meal Planning
· What lifestyle changes can help?
· What drugs are used to treat diabetes?
· What should I watch for when taking these drugs?
WHAT: Eating for Health
WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014; and Tuesday, April 22, 2014;
5:30 pm through 6:30 pm
DETAILS: Learn the benefits of eating for your health, especially if you are dealing with a chronic illness or condition. You will also discover how to eat right while still enjoying your meals.
Topics will include:
• Healthier versions of popular ethnic recipes (with recipe handouts)
• Healthy eating on a budget
• How to read food labels (can I eat it?)
· Fun and interactive cooking demos
WHAT: Walk Away the Pounds
WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2014; Friday, April 11, 2014; Monday, April 14, 2014; Friday, April 18, 2014; Monday, April 21, 2014; and Monday, April 28, 2014
11:00 am through 12:00 pm
DETAILS: Join us for a fun walk-in-place workout! No complicated steps and no equipment needed. This DVD workout is safe for all ages and fitness levels, so lace up your walking shoes and join us!
Wear comfortable shoes and workout wear. We’ll provide plenty of water. We’ll ask you to fill out an emergency form on the first day of class. Be sure to let your doctor know you’ll be taking part in an exercise class.