Harlem – News February 14, 2012
Testimonios: Works by largely self-taught artists color the galleries at El Museo (Art Daily)
One Shot: Ice Skating Models at Moncler Grenoble Fashion Show (NBC New York)
February 13, 2012 8:04pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
HARLEM — Councilwoman Inez Dickens has called for a boycott of a new French restaurant in Harlem, accusing the upscale uptown eatery of moving a group of black women to accommodate a group of white patrons earlier this month.
At one point the group at Cedric Bistro included deputy Manhattan Borough President Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, but she left before the women were moved. However, she was called back to the restaurant by her friends later in the evening as the dispute over the move raged in the trendy spot.
In a tersely worded letter to the restaurant, which opened on St. Nicholas Avenue near 119th Street five months ago to rave reviews, Dickens accuses the owners of racism for moving the party of five high-powered black women on Feb 4.
“Racism against anyone in my community, in my district on my watch due to race, color, creed, sexual preference or perceived economic status is unacceptable,” Dickens wrote in her Feb. 9 letter to the restaurant’s co-owner Cedric Lecendre, who is white.
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African-American – News February 14, 2012
Black ministers leading voter ID effort in Chattanooga (WATE-TV Knoxville)
Afro-American Historical Society files complaint with Attorney General (Delaware Online)
I Will Always Love You (Patch)
The Career and Impact of Whitney Houston: Still “The Greatest Love of All” (Blogcritics)
|SAMPSON SPENDS CAMPAIGN CASH TO COVER LEGAL FEES: Tucked deep into an obscure campaign finance report for Senate Minority Leader John Sampson is a $5,000 expense for a top white shoe law firm, which is representing Sampson in the ongoing Aqueduct Entertainment Group probe: http://bit.ly/A8vY7d
NEW THIS MORNING:
*A federal judge, citing lawmakers current state of inaction in redrawing New Yorks political map, recommended that the states redistricting process be turned over to a court-appointed special master, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/wlXXCX
* Police say they do not believe any crime was committed during a weekend brawl at a Niagara Falls casino involving Sen. Mark Grisanti, but a new controversy arose over accusations that Grisanti yelled racial epithets at a black security officer, the Buffalo News says: http://bit.ly/zJeFEi
* New York City police officers stopped and questioned 684,330 people last year, a record number since the department started producing yearly tallies of the tactic and a 14 percent increase over 2010, the Wall Street Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/yF0Re4
* Council Speaker Christine Quinn is working on a deal to expand the number of workers who would be paid prevailing wages on city-subsidized private development projects, the New York Post reports: http://nyp.st/ABMPoC
* Though new MTA chairman Joe Lhota was known as the rat czar for his work on rodent problems during the Guiliani years, he still opposes a bill in Albany to ban eating food on the subway, the Times says: http://nyti.ms/xYOx2w
* A compromise bill to allow religious groups to hold worship services in city schools will have to wait until an ongoing federal lawsuit over the issue is resolved, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/yV8KLr
* Michael Bloomberg who at 70 years old, is the eldest New York City mayor in more than a decade has aged well during his decade at City Hall, the Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/y83mKG