Monday, June 18, 2012

MMM Endorses Clyde Williams for June 26th Primary

MMM noted with interest last November that Clyde Williams, who has worked for Bill Clinton and for the DNC during the Obama presidency, was going to take on Charlie Rangel for the 13th District US congressional seat.

Flash forward 7 months and not only did Clyde jump in the race, he just got endorsed by the New York Times.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Manning: Newt Erratic, Unpredictable Due to His Black Father

Say what?  This guy cracks me up.

Have no idea what he was trying to say, but this Harlem pastor basically draws the conclusion that Newt is erratic because he has a black father.  How does that even make sense on any level?

Other favorite lines:

  • "If yo name is Hector, ev'body know somewhere down the line, you're Hispanic, homie!" (1:07)
  • "Nobody on the planet, except black people name their children Leroy" (1:22)
  • "Put that in yo pipe and smoke it for awhile!" (5:04)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Clyde Williams to take on Charlie Rangel?

I read with interest an article in the Huffington Post about a possible challenge to Charlie Rangel in next year's congressional race for NY-15.

Now, let's be clear - Charlie Rangel, love him or not, has vanquished many challengers over the years.  He's held the seat for over 40 years!  In December 2010, he was even made to step down as chairman of the powerful Ways & Means committee in the House in the wake of his being censured for ethical lapses (only the 23rd member in the history of the House to be censured, the most severe punishment short of expulsion.  

Of course, all of the ethical issues were well known in advance of his re-election a month earlier, when he obliterated the second place vote-getter, state Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, in the Democratic primary.  He won almost 80% of the vote in the 2010 general election.

This is a guy who may just be in office for life.

Why would 2012 be any different?  Well, Clyde Williams, who has made some moves in the direction of taking on Rangel, is a different kind of candidate than has been seen in Harlem in a long, long time.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Listen, Harlem is for Harlemites!

Saw this recent high-minded addition to the plywood surrounding the site at the southeast corner of 125th and Fifth Ave.

You'd think that this is passe already, but I guess those damned Dutch just won't give it up!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Crazy Uncle Jimmy

Oh, crazy Uncle Jimmy.  There he goes again.

And since we're all a big disfunctional family here, you know I'm talking about James David Manning, the pastor at the ATLAH World Missionary Church at the corner of Lenox Avenue and 123rd Street.

He's got a new sign up that proclaims "Jesus is True: Obama is Evil.  He used black vote to Uncle Tom for Wall Street."  Confoundingly, the last line says "Speak Love & Truth".  Uh-huh.

Who is this guy anyway?  Well, he has a Wikipedia page, that says he is a convicted felon (he committed burglaries on Long Island), became a Christian in prison and took over the former Bethelite Community Baptist Church and renamed it ATLAH, which he says stands for All The Land Anointed Holy.  

Oh, and by the way, did you know he has changed Harlem's name to ATLAH too?  Going from Nieuw Haarlem to Harlem is a much more logical procession than going from Harlem to ATLAH, so we're nodding, smiling and slowly backing away from crazy Uncle Jimmy.

But as the infomercials say, "Wait, there's more!"  Haven't even mentioned his supposedly biblically-based "No Dew, Nor Rain" boycott campaign to create a general suffering in Harlem - ahem, ATLAH - so as to drive out all property owners and businesses so that his congregation can buy up the area.

Or that he hates gentrifiers (presumably, that means whites) but said that 'Africa is cursed and also that African-Americans should not support Kwanzaa, the NBA or any major Black-owned business', not to mention his strange hatred of Obama (what the heck is a long-legged mack daddy, anyway?).  

One of my favorite things, though is that he has a Doctor of Philosophy degree (a Ph.D.) - from the ATLAH Theological Seminary, which he himself "founded".  I think I'll give myself a Masters of Business Administration - no, wait, I want my own Medical Doctor degree...from the Mount Morris Monitor Medical College, of course.

Sorry, Uncle Jimmy.  You have to sit at the kids' table at Christmas this year.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

1 Year Later

Wow - it's been a whole year (actually more) since my last post.

I started MMM on a lark and have actually been surprised to get the interest that the blog has received.  It's been fun providing information and opinion about the goings on in and around the Mount Morris Park 

That said, other sources are more consistently posting updates and have more timely and complete news, like DNA Info, Harlem + Bespoke and UptownFlavor.  (I wholeheartedly recommend checking them out).  That, and a busy schedule, are two of the reasons I stopped posting to this blog.

But this is not goodbye!  I'll start to post again - periodically - but will focus more on observations, opinions and reviews related to our local businesses, restaurants, real estate and of course, the center of it all, Marcus Garvey Park.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sister Mary Celine: May God Keep You In His Loving Care

Sad news today, as the New York Times reports that Sister Mary Celine Graham, 83, a Roman Catholic nun with the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary was the victim of a vehicular homicide today.  

Three suspects in a gunpoint robbery on Lenox between 122nd Street and 123rd Street were pulled over at 141st Street and Lenox by police at 9:30am. 
Officers stopped the suspects at West 141st Street, and pulled the driver from the minivan. One of the two other suspects slid behind the wheel and drove off, making a U-turn and heading back south on Lenox, Mr. Browne said.

The minivan ran through a red light, struck a Honda Odyssey and careered into [Sister Mary Celine, her home health aide, Patricia Cruz, and an unidentified 20 year old male]. 
The impact hurled them 15 feet into the northbound lane, witnesses said.
The two suspects fled on foot and remain at large.

Sad. Scary. Will offer my condolences the next time I see one of the kind old nuns of Franciscan Handmaids - they must be hurting especially right now.