Never at any moment did my attention seem to withdraw from
the words spilling away in front of me. Every word spelled, my eyes followed,
calculating each letter. Approximately 15 minutes down before my supervisor,
Derrick Howard, would be calling my office, demanding documentations from this
past week. So right now; even if my sister was at my door, she’ll have to wait
or wow my attention in order for me to show any sense of gratitude.
Furthermore, Derrick Howard is a stickler for time. The
man’s patience runs out faster than a sinner in church. The thought never seems
to amaze me. Our profession; child social services, obviously cause for some
sense of patience. Luckily for the kids here he doesn’t interact; he just
oversees us, the employees and case workers at Harlem’s Child Protective
Services. Kids here have been through enough, and I wouldn’t dare have them
being degraded more by someone who is supposed to care for them.
Putting the final touches on Kaliyah Wills’ file, my day in this office was
officially over. For over five years now, this had become my sanctuary, second
home, right hand, best friend, and anything else under the sun. Monday through
Friday I was present and active to my duties. Graduating from Harvard
University May 10, I was working June 20. My mother and father would’ve called
this a miracle; God’s plan for me to become a better woman. Than being out
every Friday and Saturday night with my friends having age- appropriate fun.
Filmmaker George Lucas, actresses Cicely Tyson and Rita Moreno, singer-songwriter Carole King and conductor Seiji Ozawa were heralded during a splashy holiday spectacle, one hosted by Stephen Colbert and filled with political, business and entertainment titans.
Colbert acknowledged the dignitaries and diplomats on hand as well as the “small handful of you not running for president right now.” Then he had a question for the crowd: “Can anyone get me tickets to ‘Hamilton?’”
The “Late Show” host may not have gotten those tickets to the red-hot Broadway musical, but new Kennedy Center Honors producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner tried to deliver some surprises. The list of stars paying tribute to the night’s honorees was practically a state secret.
Moreno moved from Puerto Rico to New York’s Spanish Harlem as a child, overcoming odds and stereotypes to join a rare group of entertainers by collecting an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony for her diverse work. “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez, actress Rosie Perez, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tony winner Karen Olivo all paid tribute.
As A Fire Blazes In Harlem, The Basketball Game Forges On
This 1975 photo embodies a time period when urban grime and destruction reigned supreme throughout New York’s Harlem. Given the racial turmoil during this time, even when firefighters were called to save a burning building they often ran the risk of being assaulted while doing so.
Programme confirmed for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to the USA
SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in New York
MONDAY 8TH DECEMBER
World Bank, Washington DC - The Duke of Cambridge will attend the International Corruption Hunters Alliance conference, followed by a working lunch. The Duke will be accompanied by Mr William Hague. The Duke will give a speech at the conference focussing on corruption surrounding the illegal wildlife trade.
Northside Center for Child Development, Harlem - The Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by the First Lady of New York City will visit the centre which fosters the healthy development of children and families by providing high-quality mental health and educational services. The Duchess and First Lady will take part in gift-wrapping with volunteers and meet students undertaking a craft-making exercise.
Lunch at British Consul General’s Residence, New York - The Duchess of Cambridge will meet members of the British Community in New York from culture, arts, hospitality, and business sectors.
Conservation Reception at British Consul General’s Residence, New York - The Duke of Cambridge accompanied by Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will attend a reception co-hosted by the Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, in recognition of the conservation work carried out by Tusk and United for Wildlife partners: Wildlife Conservation Society; Conservation International; and The Nature Conservancy.
NBA Basketball game (Brooklyn Nets v Cleveland Cavaliers), Brooklyn – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend an NBA Basketball game to support the on-going collaboration between the Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.
TUESDAY 9TH DECEMBER
The National September 11 Memorial Museum, New York - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Their Royal Highnesses will view one of the Memorial Reflection Pools and spend time in the Memorial Plaza and Memorial Museum.
The Door / CityKids, New York - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit The Door to see the work they carry out in partnership with the CityKids Foundation – both organisations offer services to young people to help them reach their potential. Their Royal Highnesses will tour the youth organisation and view arts performances by the young people.
Creativity is GREAT Reception, hosted by NeueHouse, New York - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception at NeueHouse celebrating the wealth of British Talent in the Creative Industries based in New York.
Innovation is GREAT Reception, hosted by Shutterstock at The Empire State Building, New York - The Duke of Cambridge accompanied by The Mayor of New York City will visit the observation deck at the 86th floor, attend the technology-themed reception; and present the winners of the GREAT Tech Awards with trophies.
St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join this event which will support scholarships and bursaries for students from under-privileged communities, new student sports facilities in St Andrews, investment in the university’s medical and science faculties and a lectureship in American Literature at St. Andrews.