Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto Swap Praise Instead of Blows at Apollo

Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto Swap Praise Instead of Blows at Apollo

February 28, 2012 5:16pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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(L) Floyd Mayweather and (R) Miguel Cotto pose at a press conference to promote their upcoming fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the The Apollo Theater on February 28, 2012 in New York City. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

HARLEM The crowd was hyped, the music was loud and two gold-colored thrones sat on the stage of the Apollo Theater during the second leg of Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto‘s tour to promote their upcoming title bout in Las Vegas.

The event had all of the pomp and circumstance of a big-time boxing match but none of the venom as the men shook hands and even complimented one another, with Mayweather calling Cotto “one of the best.”

“It was a dream of mine to come to the Apollo,” Mayweather said as his entourage, including rapper 50 Cent, looked on. “I never thought I would be on this stage.”

But all the niceties will end when the brawlers get in the ring, Mayweather reminded the crowd.

“When it comes down to it, it’s one on one,” he said.

The world-class boxers will meet for the WBA super welterweight world championship at the MGM Grand on May 5.

“I want this day to pass quickly and get training,” Cotto said. “On May 5, I’m going to make every Puerto Rican proud.”

The event, which was open to the public, drew hundreds of people who formed a line in front of the Apollo that snaked around the block.

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Teens to Study History of Hip-Hop at New-York Historical Society

Teens to Study History of Hip-Hop at New-York Historical Society

February 29, 2012 8:38am | By Leslie Albrecht, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer


UPPER WEST SIDE Move over Henry Hudson, and make way for the Notorious B.I.G.

This spring the venerable New-York Historical Society’s Saturday Academy will offer a series of free courses meant to bring history alive for young people. The series, which also includes free SAT prep for students in grades 10 – 12, runs from March 10-April 28.

In the hip-hop class, called “Hip-Hop In Context,” students will listen to pivotal songs like “Cop Killer” by Ice-T’s 1990s group Body Count, but they’ll also explore hip-hop’s place in New York City’s wider cultural life, instructor Dylan DePice said. In addition to rap music, students will also study graffiti and break dancing and their place New York’s history.

“Hip-hop started in the 1970s, but I’m going to go back even further and talk about the history of the U.S. That leads us to a moment in the ’70’s where the Bronx is sort of this ignored little area of the city where there’s all this youth rebellion that becomes hip-hop,” DePice said.

The class will cover the dawn of hip-hop, with the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” explore the differences between East Coast and West Coast rap, and discuss how politically minded groups such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. Gave way to the bling era of the 2000s.

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Swann – African Americana Auction Tomorrow, March 1st

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Thursday, March 1st
10:30 am & 2:30 pm

Our auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana begins Thursday, March 1st at 10:30 am.

The afternoon session begins at 2:30 pm with lot 313.

Exhibition Hours Continue

Wednesday Feb. 29 10 – 6

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Stride Toward Freedom.
The Montgomery Story
Lot 246
Martin Luther King, Jr. [1958]
Inscribed to A. Philip Randolph,
with extensive notes by Randolph

General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.Lot 413
General Davis with a group of his officers of the 369th National Guard Infantry at Fort Smith, New York, 1938

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CUOMO STARTS SPEECH WITH SWIPE AT PATERSON AND SPITZER: Gov. Andrew Cuomo drew gasps, laughter and applause last night at the Citizens Budget Commission when he bragged that New York has gone 14 months without a governor admitting to major felonies: http://bit.ly/xInC9a


* With his campaign treasurer facing fraud charges, New York City Comptroller John Liu is considering how to move forward with his run for mayor and faces speculation he may leave office, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/yku2m9

* The state Office of Children and Family Services has quietly and persistently tried to limit public access to case reports on child deaths that show how government agencies responded to earlier abuse reports, the Times says: http://nyti.ms/A5icld

* A series of new wind power projects in and around New York City raises the prospect of developing wind as a significant part of the regions power supply, the Times reports: http://nyti.ms/z1xmEP

* Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is just beginning to review the NYPDs surveillance of American Muslim neighborhoods for any potential civil rights violations, the AP writes: http://on.wsj.com/wIM19N

* Corrections union head Norman Seabrook used racial and ethnic slurs in a speech to Rikers Island officers that was secretly taped and posted online by a union nemesis, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/wlh7eC

* The number of state workers earning more than the governor has grown to 1,252, a 26 percent rise over 2010, with SUNYs Alain Kaloyeros and SUNY Downstates Dr. Antonio Alfonso earning the most, the Post says: http://nyp.st/xDwJwa


SOA~2012 March NYC Puerto Rico and Cuba Solidarity Calendar



Sunday, March 4, 2012 4-6PM
The Solidarity Center; 55 West 17th Street, 5th Floor

Building solidarity between OWS and Cuba, where the 99% Rule
An afternoon of conversation. Learn about the history of the Venceremos Brigade and participate in discussions aimed at uniting OWS and Cuba on issues including:

• Anti-Imperialism and Internationalist Solidarity
• US-Cuban Relations
• Arts and Culture in Cuba
• Prisoner Solidarity and the Movement to Free the Cuban 5
• The Cuban Political System
• Healthcare and Education in Cuba
• Women’s Rights and the LGBTQ Movement in Cuba
• Race and National Identity in Cuba

Contact us at: vbrigade@gmail.com or www.venceremosbrigade.net

Que Viva la Solidaridad Internacional!
Long Live International Solidarity!
Venceremos! We Shall Overcome!







African-American – News

African-American – News February 28, 2012

Children's Corner: The latest kids' books to win the Coretta Scott King Awards
Children’s Corner: The latest kids’ books to win the Coretta Scott King Awards (Post-gazette)
“Heart and Soul” combines Kadir Nelson’s writing and artistry to produce an intriguing look at American history through the eyes of African-Americans. Celebrate Black History Month by reading the latest winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards, given annually to the best children’s books written and illustrated by African-Americans. Created in … (more)
Civil rights struggle topic of NAACP presentation at Centenary College (The Jersey Journal)
Centenary College’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter sponsored a presentation at the Lackland Center featuring Philip Freeman, assistant director of the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, as a keynote speaker.

Louis Farrakhan: Nation of Islam leader warns racism could lead to… (Daily Mail)
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan in an impassioned speech on Sunday charged that racism in America has created such a negative political climate it could lead to assassination attempts on President Barack Obama.

Lt. Gov. Bolling Breaks Tie As Senate Passes Voter ID Bill (WUSA9)
Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, on consecutive tie-breaking votes, ensured passage of Republican bills that would tighten requirements for casting ballots and restrict those who can watch provisional ballots counted.

Pittsburgh board apologizes for school experiment (Connecticut Post)
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Monday that the board apologized last week to the predominantly black community that Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 School serves.

Oscars make an effort to be inclusive (The Miami Herald)
With open arms, the Oscars welcomed diversity back to its ceremony, but the embrace turned out to be more awkward than warm.




* New York cities struggling with rising pension bills are increasingly borrowing from the same state pension fund they owe money to, delaying costs while banking on an economic rebound, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/ya1BOC

* State education officials are considering legislation to shield teachers from further disclosures to protect a statewide evaluation system after the release of New York City teacher rankings, the Wall Street Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/zJK2EM

* Some parents of students at PS 89 in the Bronx, which had the most poorly rated teachers in 2010, plan to send their kids elsewhere, though a school official dismissed the flawed rankings, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/zhmBge

* Sen. Mark Grisanti was banned from Seneca casinos after an altercation earlier this month, while former Assemblyman Jack Quinn, a potential replacement candidate, still backs Grisanti, the Buffalo News reports: http://bit.ly/wXDhRF

* A staffer of former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.s healthcare firm will testify that he asked his campaign to use straw donors to get around campaign finance limits, the Post writes: http://nyp.st/yW1u3T

* The Occupy Wall Street movement is set to get corporate funding from the founders of Ben & Jerrys and other business leaders, with $300,000 raised so far and a $1.8 million goal, the Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/xtcCM6


African-American – News

African-American – News February 27, 2012

NAACP holds soul food tasting
NAACP holds soul food tasting (Martinsburg Journal)
Ebenezer Mount Cavalry Holy Church in Summit Point hosted the Jefferson County NAACP chapter’s annual soul food tasting event Sunday, providing a service that acted as both spiritual and physical nourishment for those who gathered in fellowship.
Octavia Spencer wins supporting actress Oscar for “The Help” (Reuters)
Octavia Spencer, best supporting actress nominee for her role in ”The Help,” arrives at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 26, 2012.

Westchester Honors African-American ‘Trailblazers’ (The Daily Mamaroneck)
Olivia J. Hooker may be 97-years-old, but she has keen memories of her childhood spent partially in Tulsa where she was a victim of the Tulsa Race Riots in 1921, when the black community was burned to the ground.

VIDEO: Black History at Arlington National Cemetery (Patch)
Arlington National Cemetery this month hosted a tour that specifically highlighted the contributions of African-Americans to the history of the region, the Civil War and the United States in general.

NAACP leaders blast TN’s voter ID law (The Tennessean)
NAACP Senior Vice President Hilary O. Shelton, left, speaks with Dr. Warner Dickerson of Memphis.

NAACP celebrates culture with poetry (Marion Star)
Quiana Revere, owner of Diverse Moves Dance Studio, shares her poetry during the Marion NAACP black history month poetry jam Friday at the Marion Recreation Department.

Nation of Islam’s Farrakhan to speak in Chicago (WHBF-TV Rock Island)
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan will address a crowd at Chicago’s United Center on Sunday to cap the movement’s weekend Savior’s Day 2012 Convention.




* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said there is no agreement on redistricting of congressional lines and he does not expect a vote this week, while a court appointment of a special master over the process is also possible, the News reports: http://nydn.us/xVvY2X

* Assemblymen Carl Heastie, the Bronx Democratic chair, and Keith Wright, the Manhattan party chair, are at odds over redrawing Rep. Charles Rangels district, with each eyeing a run in it later, says the Posts Fred Dicker: http://nyp.st/wQF7Fn

* More than half of New York City taxi fares are now paid by credit card, and while cabbies say passengers pay bigger tips when they use plastic, fleet owners are taking a larger bite of the pie, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/zTT0dx

* The NYPD worked with the Erie County Sheriffs Department to conduct anti-terror surveillance of the Somali immigrant community in Buffalo, Leonard Levitts NYPD Confidential reports: http://bit.ly/d9hDPX

* New York City plans this spring to print a new Green Book, the thick directory of government phone numbers, for the first time in four years, while also putting those numbers on the Internet for the first time, the Times reports: http://nyti.ms/A7H5EW

* Barry Price, an eighth-grade math teacher in the Bronx, is the only man among the 15 teachers with a top score in the citys controversial ratings, reflecting in part a dearth of male teachers, the Post notes: http://nyp.st/xy1b0n


* Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm asked a California federal judge to spare a convicted money launderer from serving jail time, claiming the man helped him with undercover FBI probes, the Daily News reported: http://nydn.us/A52cOX

* The Times explored the challenges facing African-American students at Manhattans Stuyvesant High School, a prestigious public school where only 40 of 3,295 students are black: http://nyti.ms/zeexjc

* The Buffalo News profiled the rise of political lawyer Adam Perry, a friend of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown whose firm has received more than $4 million from the city and its housing authority since Brown took office: http://bit.ly/x6eGgP

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who once bitterly fought over the Kingsbridge Armory, jointly authored a Daily News op-Ed praising the subsidized deal bringing Fresh Direct to the Bronx: http://nydn.us/wYnl5z