Rally, Press Conference, 7/26, to Urge Funding for BQGreen in S. Williamsburg

MEDIA ADVISORY

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Public Health Emergency Prompts Friends of BQGreen to Hold Rally, Press Conference, July 26 Urging Funding for BQGreen

WHO: Friends of BQGreen 

  • Leaders of Friends of BQGreen and community members
  • Edward Fishkin, MD, Medical Director, Woodhull Medical Center
  • State Assembly Member Maritza Davila
  • Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna
  • Council Member Antonio Reynoso

WHAT: Rally and press conference calling for Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to address the dangerously high rates of asthma and other illnesses in South Williamsburg caused by the BQE and the on/off ramp to the Williamsburg Bridge. Community members and electeds will call on the Mayor and Governor to help remediate the situation by funding the construction of BQGreen, a park to be built over the BQE in South Williamsburg where it runs below the street level.

Members of the community will put up crime tape around Rodney Park North and wear gas masks at the event to help call attention to the emergency.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rodney Park North (Basketball Courts), Rodney and S. 4th Streets, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Media Contact:

Carmen Glover,  cglover@lossures.org; Virginia Ribot,ribotvirginia@gmail.com

 

Tributes follow death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali at 74

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali, has died.

Legendary Boxer Muhammad Ali has died and across the globe fans are united in grief.

By Carmen Glover

Tributes have been pouring out in memory of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who succumbed to a lengthy, valiant, 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, after being hospitalized on May 30. Ali, who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, died in a Scottsdale, Arizona, hospital at the age of 74, on Friday, June 3, 2016, surrounded by his family. Ali has been hospitalized numerous times in recent years due to his illness.

In a statement announcing the passing of the legend, family spokesman Bob Gunnell said: “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali, at the age of 74, the three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening.” Gunnell  expressed thanks of the family’s behalf, for everyone’s thoughts, prayers and support, while requesting privacy.

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer instructed that “flags at all Metro Government facilities be lowered at half-staff at 10:00 a.m.” In a ceremony held at the city’s Metro Hall on Saturday morning, Fischer said that flags will remain lowered until the boxing icon’s burial. In a statement Fischer said:

“The values of hard work, conviction and compassion that Muhammad Ali developed while growing up in Louisville helped him become a global icon. As a boxer, he became ‘The Greatest,’ though his most lasting victories happened outside the ring. Muhammad leveraged his fame as a platform to promote peace, justice and humanitarian efforts around the world, while always keeping strong ties to his hometown. Today, Muhammad Ali’s fellow Louisvillians join the billions whose lives he touched worldwide in mourning his passing, celebrating his legacy, and committing to continue his fight to spread love and hope.”

Muhammad Ali Center, located in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, has seen fans arriving in droves to pay their respects to the boxing legend.

Muhammad Ali Center, located in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, has seen fans arriving in droves to pay their respects to the boxing legend.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama issued a statement, saying, in part: “Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing. But we’re also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him…Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and we pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace.”

Muhammad Ali embraces one of his daughters, Laila, who followed her father's footsteps in the boxing ring.

Muhammad Ali embraces one of his daughters, Laila, who followed her father’s footsteps in the boxing ring.

George Foreman, 67, who battled Ali in the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle, in expressing his sense of loss via Twitter said, “A part of me slipped away, the greatest piece.” In 1960, Ali won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rome. Several years later, at the young age of 22, he unseated heavyweight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Center. Ali went on to defeat other opponents including Foreman and Joe Frazier during a dazzling career that was punctuated by highs and lows.

Ali, who dominated the world stage during his prime for his boxing prowess, charisma, bold boasts, joined the Nation of Islam and refused to fight in the Vietnam War due to his faith. His principled stand earned him a ban for several years until the Supreme Court upheld his position. Ali, in later years became an engaging humanitarian who was committed to the common good. He was fond of stating the he was  “The Greatest,” and popularized phrases such as “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” to describe his boxing style. His legendary boxing career was replete with excitement and catchy phrases such as the “Thrilla in Manila,” and countless others, which can fill volumes.

Muhammad Ali, accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Former President George W. Bush.

Muhammad Ali, accompanied by his wife, Yolanda (Lonnie) Williams, being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Former President George W. Bush.

Ali was married several times and fathered many children. His daughter, Laila, followed his path and became an intimidating boxer as well.

Ali was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom,by President George W. Bush, in 2005. The award is the highest honor that can be given to a U.S. civilian. His Louisville hometown also houses  the Muhammad Ali Center, which highlights his life, ideals and legacy. Fans have flocked to the center to pay their respects to an icon, who, for many, will always hold a special place in their hearts.

UNITED STATES - MARCH 02:  Cassius Marcellus Clay (Muhammad Ali) with Black Muslim leader Malcolm X at 125th St. and Seventh Ave.  (Photo by John Peodincuk/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – MARCH 02: Cassius Marcellus Clay (Muhammad Ali) with Black Muslim leader Malcolm X at 125th St. and Seventh Ave. (Photo by John Peodincuk/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Ali will be laid to rest next week, in a private ceremony on Thursday, June 9, followed by a public, inter-faith memorial on Friday, June 10, during which his body will be escorted through the city of Louisville in a procession that will go pass the center and travel down the street named after The Champ, so that fans can pay their respects. according to Gunnell.

Former President Bill Clinton, journalist Bryant Gumbel and actor Billy Crystal and former Senator Orrin Hatch, will deliver eulogies. The memorial will be led by a Muslim Iman and streamed live online via themuhammadcenter.org. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged in honor of the center.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

 

BREAKING: Musical icon Prince, 57, has died

Prince rocked Saturday Night Live (SNL) to usher in the month of November and Daylight Savings Time.

Prince, who has thrilled fans for decades with his electric style, died this morning at his Paisely Park estate in Minnesota.

By Carmen Glover

Musical icon Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on Thursday, April 21, 2016, AP has reported. He was 57 years old.

On April 15, after an intimate performance in Atlanta, Prince’s plane made an emergency landing and he was rushed to the hospital after he complained of not feeling well, according to multiple reports.

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Prince and his famous purple guitar.

Known for his sultry voice, sensuous moves on stage, impressive guitar riffs and his purple persona, Prince has dazzled fans for decades. His death comes on the heels of his protegé, Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews, who died earlier this year.

Prince has a monumental repertoire of music including “Purple Rain” which is also the name of a film based on his life, “When Doves Cry,” “Adore,” “1999,”  “Kiss,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,”  “Nothing Compares to You,” and “Little Red Corvette.”

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time,” Yvette Noel-Schure, the entertainer’s publicist, said In a statement.

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Prince was enigmatic, talented and beloved.

Prince was nominated for Grammy Awards 32 times, walking away a winner seven times. In a statement, Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of the Recording Academy said:
“Our GRAMMY family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Prince. Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time. Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.”

Prince and his Third Eye Girl Productions have released new music.

Prince and his Third Eye Girl Productions have released new music.

Fiercely independent, Prince had a protracted period of disagreement with his former label Warner Brothers, when he wanted to be released from his contract. He wrote the word “Slave” on his forehead in protest and changed his name to a symbol until the contract expired. He re-emerged on his own terms, shielding his music from social media and maintaining total control of his writing, producing and marketing. He stirred excitement wherever he appeared and leaves behind a legion of passionate fans, myself included, to mourn his passing. Rest in peace, Prince. You will be missed and I feel blessed that I saw you and Sheila E at Madison Square Garden in 2004 –OnPointPress,net.—

BREAKING: Chaos fuels audit of NY election board

New York City Controller Scott Stringer has announced an audit of the NY Board of Elections after widespread complaints on primary day.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has announced an audit of the NY Board of Elections after widespread complaints on primary day.

By Carmen Glover

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced on primary day, April 19, that he will launch an audit of the Board of Elections and rid the agency of the dysfunction that has plagued the entity for decades. The audit, which Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supports, resulted from mounting tales of anger from numerous residents who were not allowed to vote in the hotly contested primary.

“These allegations are very serious and unfortunately in New York City this is nothing new. We have long accepted the Board of Elections’ incompetence and  over politicization of this process,” Stringer said. For his part, Board of Elections spokesman Michael Ryan said he would “cooperate with the audit.”

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio launched a comprehensive mental health initiative today.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio supports Comptroller Scott Stringer’s audit of the Board of Elections. More than 126,000 residents of the mayor’s home borough of Brooklyn, were inexplicably struck from the voting rolls.

In Brooklyn, for instance, more than 126, 000 residents’ names were purged from the electoral rolls. Disenfranchised voters showed up at their voting sites only to be turned away. Some people complained that their names were stricken from the rolls without their permission. Still others complained that their party affiliation was switched from Democrat to “unaffiliated.”

To add insult to injury, many people showed up at voting sites only to be greeted with a comedy of chaos ranging from no ballots, to no workers, to broken machines, and of course their names being missing from the roster. Some people gave up on their quest to vote after waiting in line for hours while election staffers struggled to sort things out.

New York residents wait in long lines to vote.

New York residents wait in long lines to vote.

“The voting rolls in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of  entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists.These errors today indicate that additional major reforms will be needed to the Board of Election and in the state law governing it.”

For the mayor, a Brooklyn native, the primary day problems are personal since he lived there with his family before moving into Gracie Mansion, the office mayoral residence. The mayor has rented out the family home in Brooklyn. The borough is also the childhood home of Senator Bernie Sanders, who is challenging Former Secretary of State and Former Senator of New York Hillary Clinton for the chance to represent the Democratic Party in the November presidential election.

Many determined and scrappy New York voters trekked to their local Board of Elections office where they obtained court orders to take to their designated polling site in order to vote–OnPointPress.net-

 

 

Congrats to Allen Iverson on Hall of Fame induction

Allen Iverson is one of the 10 selected to the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Allen Iverson is one of the 10 selected to the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Allen Iverson (A.I.) was one of 10 people selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today. Other notables include Yao Ming, Sheryl Swoopes,Tom Izzo, Jerry Reinsdorf and Shaquille O’neal. All are very deserving but none captured the hearts of the masses like Iverson.

LeBron James was asked about the basketball phenomenon ahead of Iverson’s retirement ceremony in Philadelphia in 2013 and had this to say:

AI“They say he was 6 feet, but A.I. was like 5-10½. Do we even want to say 160? 170 [pounds]? Do we even want to give him that much weight? And he played like a 6-8 2-guard. He was one of the greatest finishers we’ve ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever. He gave it his all. A.I. was like my second-favorite player growing up, after [Michael Jordan] MJ.”

It is clear that Iverson is revered by fans and former colleagues. Comments from some of today’s best players confirm the respect he has earned. Dwyane Wade added these comments recently:

Iverson has received a great deal of praise from many who appreciated the way he played the game.

Iverson has received a great deal of praise from many who appreciated the way he played the game.

“My favorite moment is getting a chance to play against him for the first time in preseason, it was in Puerto Rico. I got a chance to be around him the night before and it was a cool experience for me. I got a chance to play with him in the Olympics after my rookie year. I got to be around him as well. He’s just a real cool guy, someone who came in and just loved the game of basketball, gave everything he had to it.”

Iverson was a personal favorite going back to his days as a member of the Georgetown Hoyas and has been as influential off the court as he was on the court. Iverson’s Reebok sneaker line has been one of the most successful of all time. Congratulations to all of the Hall of Fame inductees, especially Allen Iverson.–OnPointPress.net–

Peyton Manning retires amid lawsuits

03 FEB 2016:Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) holds his hands up and makes a statement that SEC quarterbacks are the best prepared for the NFL during the Super Bowl 50 Denver Broncos press conference held at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara California. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

03 FEB 2016:Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) holds his hands up and makes a statement that SEC quarterbacks are the best prepared for the NFL during the Super Bowl 50 Denver Broncos press conference held at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara California. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

By Charles Glover, Jr.

After 18 seasons Peyton Manning announced his retirement today from the National Football League (NFL) with a lot of fanfare. Manning has been one of the top NFL ambassadors, as a member of the Indianapolis Colts for his first 14 years and the Denver Broncos the last 4 seasons. Manning was gracious during his retirement press conference thanking many, including his last team stating, “Grateful is the word that comes to my mind when thinking of the Denver Broncos.”

Manning announced his retirement in a press conference Monday and expressed appreciation and respect for numerous players, coaches, executives, and media members.

Manning announced his retirement in a press conference Monday and expressed appreciation and respect for numerous players, coaches, executives, and media members.

Retiring after helping the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 only enhances his legacy. Manning retires having won 5 regular season NFL MVP awards, 200 career wins, and a long list of passing records. Manning has also been as one of the most recognizable figures in all of sports for more than a decade, transitioning his success on the field to endorsements and public appearances. Nationwide and Papa John’s are the most frequent commercials Manning is featured in. Manning has also hosted Saturday Night Live on multiple occasions.

Manning’s retirement comes on the heels of a Super Bowl victory and a pair of pending lawsuits that should not be forgotten. His settlements in 1996 and 2003 with Dr. Jamie Naughright from an incident that occurred while Manning was attending the University of Tennessee recently resurfaced. In the court documents, Dr. Naughright accused Manning of sexually inappropriate conduct, further exacerbated by a book which he later co-wrote with his father, Archie. According to the court transcript, Manning was less than truthful in his recounting of his actions yet the university backed him up and hung Naughright out to dry.

Dr. Naughright reinstated the lawsuit after Manning’s book was released and her career suffered due to the entire series of events. and a class action lawsuit has been filed against him and the university by females who said they were harmed. Additionally, the NFL is still investigating claims from an Al-Jareeza report that linked him and his wife to the performance enhancing drug HGH.

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2010, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning celebrates after teammate Joseph Addai scored a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game against the New Orleans Saints in Miami. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press on Sunday, March 6, 2016, that Manning has informed the Denver Broncos he's going to retire. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2010, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning celebrates after teammate Joseph Addai scored a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game against the New Orleans Saints in Miami. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press on Sunday, March 6, 2016, that Manning has informed the Denver Broncos he’s going to retire. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Regardless of the findings of the NFL investigation, or any further developments in the current Tennessee lawsuit, Manning will be a first ballot NFL Hall of Fame selection. As Manning faces retirement he shared, “when someone thoroughly exhausts an experience they can’t help but miss it.”

Manning will always be linked and compared to Tom Brady and held in high esteem by those who appreciated his dedication to the game of football. Manning has his flaws as we all do but has earned the respect of many of the most respected in sports. As Manning said, “There’s something about the number 18. 18 is a good number.”–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr., is a senior writer at OnPointPress.net and a Licensed Insurance Professional working with HealthMarkets.  Contact me directly at (470)755-9940 for your health insurance questions and concerns.

Michael J. Feeney, former NYABJ president, dead at 32

Michael J. Feeney, former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) has died. He was 32.

Michael J. Feeney, former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) has died. He was 32.

Michael J. Feeney, who recently ended a four-year term as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), died yesterday at age 32.  Read his obituary from the New York Daily News here http://nydn.us/1TvEGPl.

The OnPointPress.net family joins the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) and the entire world of journalism in mourning the loss of a gifted, caring, passionate and visionary journalist and human being. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.–OnPointPress.net–