Barbara and her friends walked, talking and laughing, down Franklin Avenue towards 169th Street. I listened to every word they said, acting like I wasn’t there. My big sister and her friends were on their way to the Delite Record Shop on Boston Road to buy the Ray Charles single, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”. It had shot to the top of the R&B charts and the girls couldn’t wait to get it. Barbara was turning 18 on Saturday and wanted the hottest 45’s for the house party they were having at Sharon’s. Sharon’s mother was a night duty nurse and left for work at 10 pm. She wouldn’t be back until 10 am the next day. The party would be un-chaperoned and the teenage conspirators thought, with careful cleaning, no one would ever know it was anything more than a girl’s sleepover.
Every now and then one of Barbara’s friends would say something an 8-year-old shouldn’t hear and glance over to see if I had been listening. Of course I was, but I would turn my head to watch a car go by or kick a pebble to prove my attention was elsewhere. Barbara never looked at me. She knew I wouldn’t tell. I had learned long ago not keeping her confidence meant no attention and, sandwiched between older and younger brothers, I needed Barbara to look out for me.
Jean mentioned George and Barbara stopped, tipped her head down and looked at her the way mom would glare at us when we were bad. George was 10 years older than Barbara and she had been dating him for 2 years. Mom didn’t like it but, as a single mom, she had her hands full raising 3 younger boys, taking care of an ailing mother and dealing with a teenage girl. Barbara breathed out as though she were about to say something then turned and walked on. The girls hesitated for a moment before they fell back to chattering. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: African-American, Community Green, Community Greens, African-American, Crotona Park, Franklin Avenue, Morrisania, NYCHA
Join the Counter Culture! This year, NYC Parks is counting and mapping all the beautiful street trees that grace our city, and we need your help! Sign up to become a voluntreer for TreesCount! 2015 and play a key role in the future of our urban forest!
Filed under: Environment, Events, Parks, Volunteer, environment, parks, Trees, volunteer
Queen Charlotte of England (1744-1818), wife of the English King George III (1738-1820), was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a Black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. Her contemporaries described her as having “a true mulatto face.” The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, is named after her.
Black Lives Matter!
Filed under: Black History, Blacks, Community Greens, Black History, Black Lives Matter, Blacks, Charlotte, North Carolina
BOOGIE ON THE BOULEVARD: SUMMER SUNDAYS
Sunday, August 2 at 12:00pm
Bronx Museum of the Arts in the Bronx, New York
Celebrate summer in the Bronx on the Grand Concourse between 161st and 167th Streets. On August 2, 9, & 16, the center lanes will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun, with free music, activities and programs hosted by art/cultural, civic, health organizations and artists. For details go to http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/boogie-on-the-boulevard-summer-sundays_3
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Hey fellow Bronx cyclist. Just wanna invite you and all your other bike friends to this ride. For some of the people attending it’ll be their first time in The Bronx so let’s show them what the hype is really all about. Feel free to share within your respective groups, this ride is not club specific. All necessary info is in the link but feel free to contact me. Ride safe and be well.
SCNYC Bronx Ride
Saturday, July 11 at 1:00pm
Brook Park E. 141st St, Bronx, NY 10454
Filed under: Bicycling, Events, 10K, bike, bike tour, Events, SCNYC
Frederick Douglass Monument in Harlem on Flickr – Click Photo
Filed under: African-American, Arts & Culture, Black History, Black Men, Blacks, Harlem, African-American, Arts and Culture, Black History, Blacks, Harlem
New York Cares Day at Bissel Gardens on Flickr – Click Photo
Filed under: Bissel Gardens, Gardening, Bissel Gardens, Gardening, New York Cares