Friday, June 14, 2019

Jon Stewart Breaks Down as Firefighters Present Him with a Coat Worn by Late 9/11 Hero

It's 'Feel Good Friday' on From The G-Man

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Sources: The Daily Mail and Michael McAuliff

From The G-Man urges you to take a break from the 24/7 Trump news cycle and the barrage of negative news coverage by scrolling down and reviewing other heartwarming and humorous posts. You'll be glad you did. 

You and your loved ones have a good and safe weekend. 


World's Best Teacher: Kenyan Wins Global Teacher Prize

This report was published on YouTube on March 26, 2019. 

K24TV: It was joy and jubilations at Keriko secondary school in Nakuru county after they learnt that one of their teachers Peter Tabichi had been crowned the winner of the Varkey foundation global teacher award 2019. Tambishi's relatives in his rural home in Manga, Kisii county were also elated. Peter will walk away one hundred million Kenya shillings richer.

Expectations vs. Reality: Martial Arts Movies

MartialClub: If you guys enjoyed this type of content, let us know! Maybe we will do a part 2! We must give choreography credit inspired by Andy Long Nguyen, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Yuen Woo Ping!

Make-A-Wish Illinois: 'The Serum' - Bonaparte's Movie Wish

This video was published on YouTube on June 13. 

13-year-old Bonaparte has dealt with a blood disorder all of his life. After his referral by Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago, Bonaparte wished to show that no disease was a match for him in a movie that he starred in. 

Enter Dr. Terrence McKnight, a young superhero hematologist, in the world premiere of "The Serum." Thank you to the many volunteers of the Chicago film community who helped to bring Bonaparte's vision to fruition.

ESSENCE Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Hollywood icon Cicely Tyson attended the gala. She is pictured with Carmen de Lavallade, one of several who were honored. (Click on the photos to increase their size.)

New York, NY – On June 10, ESSENCE and AT&T kicked-off the countdown to the 25th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival with a celebration that honored the power of human connectivity and chronicling the remarkable achievements within the Black experience. 

The evening featured an awards presentation honoring distinguished individuals as well as a special screening of the film, “The 25th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival” that was executive produced by Tanya Lombard, the head of Multicultural Engagement and Strategic Alliances for AT&T.

The event took place at the New York Historical Society and was highlighted by remarks from Michelle Ebanks; ESSENCE Communications CEO; Richelieu Dennis, ESSENCE Ventures Chairman; Claudia Jones, SVP Public Affairs & Federal Media Relations, AT&T; Marc Morial, National Urban League President & CEO; Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network Founder & President; Susan L. Taylor, Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement; Editor-in-Chief Emerita of ESSENCE Magazine; and Edward Lewis, Co-founder, ESSENCE Magazine. The event was hosted by four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Mara Schiavocampo.

Pictured left to right are: Rev. Al Sharpton MoAna Luu, Richelieu Dennis, Tanya Lombard, Michelle Ebanks and Marc Morial.

Honorees included Carmen de Lavallade, Kennedy Center Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and actor, Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day, World-renowned DesignerLinda Spradley-Dunn, CEO & Founder, Odyssey Media, Fawn Weaver, Author, Historian and Co-founder of The Nearest Green Foundation. Music was provided by DJ D-Nice and Clark Kent.

Source: Mercury
Photo credit: Tony Powell

How This Palestinian Music Festival is Breaking Down Cultural Barriers

This report was published on YouTube on June 13.

Notre Dame to Hold First Mass Since Devastating Fire

This report was published on YouTube on June 13.

Inside the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Groundbreaking Work in Conservation

This report was published on YouTube on June 13.

Father and Daughter Share 'Very Emotional' Wedding Dance

This report was published on YouTube on June 12.

Fire Chief Rescues 6 Teens from Flash Flood

This report was published on YouTube on June 11.

Ali Stroker Becomes First Actress Who Uses Wheelchair to Win Tony

This report was published on YouTube on June 10.

Parental Roles Evolve as More Fathers Get Involved in Kids' Lives

This report was published on YouTube on June 13.

This Engineer and Humanitarian Aims to End 'Energy Poverty'

This report was published on YouTube on June 12.

9-Year-Old Uses Allowance to Pay Off School Lunch Debts for His Entire 3rd Grade Class

This report was published on YouTube on June 11.

Kim Kardashian West Touts Criminal Justice Reform at White House

UK Sets New Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050 Target

Queens of Modern Times: Lifestyle Advice Tailor-Made for Black Women

Fans Across Canada Celebrate After Toronto Raptors Clinch NBA Title

This report was published on YouTube on June 13. 

From The G-Man congratulates the Raptors and the good people of Canada. Bien joué! 

Anne Frank Tree Planted at UN Headquarters

This report was published on YouTube on June 12. 

Global News: A cutting taken from the sapling taken just outside of Anne Frank's hiding place in Amsterdam has been planted at the United Nation's headquarters in New York on June 12. The tree and its accompanying plaque have been unveiled to commemorate Frank's 90th birthday.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cuomo Signs New York Vaccine Bill Ending Religious Exemptions

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Source: The Huffington Post

Meet New York's WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors

Governor Cuomo announces the winners of the WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors competition. The winners, selected to highlight the diversity of New York's LGBTQ community, will participate in WorldPride and Stonewall 50 celebrations to promote the LGBTQ rights movement, including participating in the Pride March.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is Leaving the White House, Trump Says

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Source: NBC News

Marianne Williamson Calls for Reparations to Be Paid to Descendants of Slaves

12 Men from Sing Sing Prison Graduate NYTS with a Masters of Professional Studies

On June 12, a dozen incarcerated men from Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York graduated from New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) with a Master of Professional Studies. For almost 40 years, NYTS has provided higher education degrees in theology to incarcerated men and has transformed the lives of over 400 graduates to date. The graduate program prepares men who come from diverse religious backgrounds to become leaders in spiritual service.

“The Sing Sing Correctional Facility and New York Theological Seminary are defining a new model for higher education,” said Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond, President of NYTS. “We are so grateful to the Sing Sing Correctional Facility for their continued commitment to reducing recidivism and incarceration. Today marks the beginning of a new era of opportunity, for NYTS, to be a leader in progressive education for the 21st Century.”

The graduate program, established by former NYTS President Dr. George Webber in 1982, is the only interfaith religious education program in the New York prison system that is exclusively available at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. The curriculum encompasses both theology and ministry and also empowers inmates to develop leadership skills to provide pastoral care upon their release. Candidates considering the program must have attained an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, demonstrated an ongoing commitment of faith and satisfied the other admission requirements set forth by NYTS. Once accepted, inmates participate in the 36-credit program five days a week, which allows them to complete their degree in one year. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada and is also registered with the New York State Department of Education.

Graduates often go on to successfully serve in facilities throughout the state as chaplain assistants, peer counselors, or teachers. A number have used their leadership skills to launch inmate-initiated service programs and several are teaching college-level courses offered through Hudson Link, a non-profit educational program developed by NYTS alumni that offers an accredited college degree program in several prisons in Southeastern New York.

Established in 1900, NYTS has prepared women and men for faith-based ministries in New York and throughout the world for over a Century. Among its distinctive attributes is its emphasis on ministry and mission, its openness to both women and men and the diversity of denominational and cultural traditions represented in its student body and alumni.

Source: Mercury

Pelosi Says Trump 'Does Not Know Right from Wrong'

Federal Watchdog Says Kellyanne Conway Violated Hatch Act

ISIS is Expanding in Afghanistan to Target U.S., AP Reports

Escalating China-U.S. Tensions Hit Silicon Valley

Gulf of Oman: Two Vessels Evacuated After Reported Explosions

Boris Johnson Tops First-Round UK Conservative Leadership Vote

'Difficult to Be Optimistic About Iran', Former Saudi Intelligence Chief Tells FRANCE 24

US Navy Helping Two Tankers Hit in Suspected Attacks in Gulf of Oman

Victims of Crackdown in Sudan Hailed as 'Martyrs of the Revolution'

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: Poland's Moment of Reckoning?

Bobi Wine Talks Preparation for the 2021 Ugandan Presidential Election

'Accidental Conflict' Possible, Japan's Abe Warns Iran and US

Mayor de Blasio Makes Announcement Regarding Transportation

This report was published on YouTube on June 12.

Shuffled Among Homeless Shelters, and Not Told Why

Numbers seem to back up complaints from people in New York City’s shelter system that they are moved, for seemingly no reason, far from work, school and family.

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Source: The New York Times 

Bastion of Anti-Vaccine Fervor: Progressive Waldorf Schools

Opposition to vaccines on the left is increasingly worrying the authorities. At one progressive school, 60 percent of the 300 students were not vaccinated against measles and other diseases.

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Source: The New York Times 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Time's Up Joins Governor Cuomo's Campaign to Enact Sexual Harassment Protections

Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with actress and advocate Mira Sorvino and TIME'S UP, today pushed the State Legislature to repeal the statute of limitations for rape in the second and third degrees and to enact additional sexual harassment protections before the end of session.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

Ariana Grande Donates Proceeds from Georgia Concert to Planned Parenthood

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Source: The Huffington Post

Oversight Committee to Vote on Holding AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in Contempt

The House Oversight and Reform Committee votes on holding Attorney General Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas related to a citizenship question added to the 2020 Census.

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Source: C-SPAN 

Abused Nuns Reveal Stories of Rape, Forced Abortions

This report was published on YouTube on June 11.

Why 36 Million American Adults Can't Read Enough to Work — and How to Help Them

This report was published on YouTube on June 11.

Second Arrest Made in Shooting of Red Sox Star

Puerto Rico's Governor Looks to Move Up 2020 Primary from June to March

Sudan Ends Civil Disobedience Campaign to Negotiate with Military

Julian Assange: The Most Dangerous Man in the World?

From the Ballot Box to the Courtroom: A Timeline of the Catalan Independence Movement

First Case of Ebola in Uganda Confirms Spread of Disease from DRC

Russian Police Detain Hundreds at Moscow Protest in Support of Journalist

Global News: Russian police said on Wednesday they had detained over 200 people, including opposition politician Alexei Navalny, at a protest in Moscow calling for punishment for police officers involved in the alleged framing of journalist Ivan Golunov. 

But his supporters went ahead with a protest on Wednesday, a public holiday in Russia, despite being warned by the authorities that their demonstration would be illegal. Police abruptly dropped drugs charges a day earlier against journalist Ivan Golunov, a rare reversal by the authorities in the face of anger from his supporters who said he was framed for his reporting.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

House Votes on Authorizing Civil Actions to Enforce Subpoenas on Trump, Aides

Customs and Border Protection Hit by Data Breach

News Media Alliance on Google Profiting from News Coverage

ICE Struggling to Contain Mumps as Illness Spreads Through Border Detention Centers

Researchers Test Vaccine in Mice That Could Stem Alzheimer's

Venezuela's Healthcare System Continues to Deteriorate

System to Avert US Sanctions on Iran Ready Soon: German Minister

This report was published on YouTube on June 10.

LGBT Activists in ‘Disbelief’ After Botswana Strikes Down Laws Criminalising Homosexuality

Pushed to ‘Breaking Point’: French ER Workers Go on Strike

Hong Kong Protests Against Tabling of China Extradition Bill

Global News: Hong Kong protesters demonstrated outside the Legislative Council against a proposed law allowing extradition to mainland China as the bill is tabled and after protests turned violent over the weekend.

Jon Stewart Tears Into Congress for Ignoring Plight of 9/11 First Responders

Global News: An angry and emotional Jon Stewart tore into members at a House Judiciary hearing Monday over the government's lack of action on health benefits for 9/11 first responders, calling it "shameful."

The House Judiciary on Monday held a hearing on extending the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund for first responders and others who experienced health problems after the attacks.

At one point Stewart broke down in tears describing the plight faced by 9/11 first responders in their decade-plus fight.

Trump’s Competition for Most Unpopular Politician in New York: de Blasio

A new poll showed 53 percent of New York voters surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

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Source: The New York Times

Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Slams Ava DuVernay’s Series ‘When They See Us’...

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Source: The New York Daily News

NTSB Investigators Pore Over Midtown NYC Helicopter Crash Site as Relatives of Pilot Grieve

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board visited the Seventh Ave. skyscraper where a helicopter crashed Monday, killing veteran pilot Tim McCormack. 

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Source: The New York Daily News

DNA Helps Identify Another World Trade Center Victim, Nearly 18 Years After 9/11 Terror Attacks

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Source: The New York Daily News

Monday, June 10, 2019

Country Music Fans Erupt for Lil Nas X at CMA Fest

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Source: Associated Press

As San Francisco DA, Kamala Harris's Office Stopped Cooperating With Victims of Clergy Abuse

The Intercept: Kamala Harris, surrounded by thousands of cheering supporters, kicked off her presidential campaign in Oakland earlier this year, declaring that she has always fought “on behalf of survivors of sexual assault, a fight not just against predators but a fight against silence and stigma.” 

Harris specialized in prosecuting sex crimes and child exploitation as a young prosecutor just out of law school. But when it came to taking on the Catholic Church, survivors of clergy sexual abuse say that Harris turned a blind eye, refusing to take action against clergy members accused of sexually abusing children when it meant confronting one of the city’s most powerful political institutions.

Rev. William Barber: Racist Gerrymandering Created a GOP Stronghold in the South

'They Are Not the Central Park 5': Ava DuVernay’s Series Restores Humanity of Wrongly Convicted Boys

This report was published on YouTube on June 7.

John Dean's Full Opening Statement on Mueller Report

PBS NewsHour: In John Dean's opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee, the former White House counsel -- who served as a star witness during the Watergate hearings -- outlined some of the similarities between the Watergate inquiry into President Richard Nixon and the current investigations into President Donald Trump. The June 10 testimony came during the first of several committee hearings on the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice.

Helicopter Crashes onto Roof of New York City Building, Pilot Killed

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Photo source: The Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo and Andy Cohen Rally to Legalize Gestational Surrogacy & Ban Panic Defense

Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with Bravo TV producer and host Andy Cohen, today rallied to legalize gestational surrogacy and ban the gay and trans panic defense before the end of the legislative session on June 19. Both bills were proposed in the Governor's FY 2020 Executive Budget but were not adopted by the legislature, leaving them to be considered outside of the budget during the remainder of the legislative session. On May 30, the Governor launched a campaign and website dedicated to passing the two proposals before the end of session, and LGBTQ advocacy groups are joining the Governor's growing coalition.

"We are the nation's leader, if not the international leader, when it comes to LGBTQ equality - but we still have more to do," Governor Cuomo said. "With only seven days remaining in the legislative session, there are still two very important issues we need to pass - legalizing surrogacy and banning the gay and trans panic defense. And we need to get these done now because New York is the diversity capital of the nation and we believe that diversity is our greatest strength. We celebrate it, we don't fear it. We believe the strongest four letter word is love, and we are going to stand up in the name of love, community, acceptance, tolerance, and we are going to show this nation the way forward. That is the best way to start World Pride, with getting these proposals passed and New York once again leading the way."

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

PRIDE in Harlem Presents.... 'Portrait of Jason'

Join Harlem 2020 and the Global Black Network of Black Pride at the Sōl Cinema Cafe for the Spring 2019 edition of Queer Black Cinema, part of the PRIDE in Harlem Series.

In Portrait of Jason, directed by Shirley Clarke, Black gay prostitute Jason Holliday is rigorously interviewed on his story and character, revealing nuanced truths about life and art. The film will be shown at the Sōl Cinema Cafe, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, on June 12, at 7 p.m. 

Email or call 646-882-0124 for more information. 

Source: ImageNation  

Private Prison Businesses Make Big Money

Feds Investigating Major Tech Companies for Antitrust Violations

Red Sox Legend David Ortiz Shot in Dominican Republic

Islamic State Group on the Rise in Afghanistan

Nazarbayev Protégé Wins Kazakhstan Elections Marred by Protests

UK Conservatives Launch Race to Replace Prime Minister May

Hong Kong Leader Refuses to Scrap Extradition Bill Despite Mass Protest

Key Test for George Weah as Thousands Protest Price Hikes and Corruption in Liberia

Approving Huawei for 5G in Canada Risks Economic Relationship with U.S. and China

This report was published on YouTube on June 9.

UN Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Camps Along Venezuela-Colombia Border

This report was published on YouTube on June 8.

Residents Cowered While Workers at a Group Home Smacked and Pushed Them

Some of society’s most vulnerable people have long been preyed upon by abusive workers in group homes. New York vowed reforms, but they didn’t happen.

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Source: The New York Times

Inside the Stealth Campaign for ‘Responsible Rent Reform’

Landlords and developers, fending off a new Democratic majority and proposed rent laws, have adopted some of the tactics of their progressive critics.

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Source: The New York Times

Bronx Teen Says NYPD Cops Stalked Him After Bogus Arrest

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Source: The New York Daily News

Officials Urge Passage of 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Extension

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Source: The New York Daily News