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Hey Black Child
Do you know who you are
Who you really are
Do you know you can be
What you want to be
If you try to be
What you can be

Hey Black Child
Do you know where you are going
Where you’re really going
Do you know you can learn
What you want to learn
If you try to learn
What you can learn

Hey Black Child
Do you know you are strong
I mean really strong
Do you know you can do
What you want to do
If you try to do
What you can do

Hey Black Child
Be what you can be
Learn what you must learn
Do what you can do
And tomorrow your nation
Will be what you what it to be

—  Countee Cullen
01 ~ Nothing's Better


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.

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Romare Bearden. Before the First Whistle, The Street, Through Freight, Out Chorus, The Train, The Father Comes Home, Carolina Memory, Mother and Child, The Lantern (top to bottom). Harlem, USA. 1970s.

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.

Programme confirmed for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to the USA


  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in New York


  • 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.


  • 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.