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Developers want to rename a part of rapidly gentrifying Harlem, N.Y., to SoHa

Homes in Harlem

Bobby Womack crooned that Harlem is the capital of every ghetto, but if developers have their way, parts of the historic New York City neighborhood that is rapidly gentrifying will be called SoHa short for South of Harlem.

Developers want the area between 11oth and 125th Streets to be renamed SoHa to make it more trendy, similar to SoHo or South of Houston in Lower Manhattan.

Harlem residents called the rebranding an attempt to steal Harlem’s culture.

During a recent meeting, residents called SoHa insulting and that it will whitewash the historic black community by welcoming more high-end developers and wealthy white people who will displace the neighborhood’s long-time residents.

The New York Times first published the name SoHa in 1999. Since that time the name has been published on real estate websites.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.



Basquiat painting sells for more than $110 million

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa recently paid $110.5 million for  Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1992 painting Untitled. Sotheby’s, the New York auction

A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting recently sold for more than $110 million

house, sold the piece to Maezawa, founder of Zozotown, a fashion website, valued at $3.6 billion. Needless to say, he is one of Japan’s wealthiest citizens.

Last year, he took out his pen and wrote a check for $57.3 million for another of Basquiat’s work. Maezawa said he will make his latest Basquiat’s acquisition the centerpiece of his art museum in Chiba, Japan, his hometown. Maezawa also plans to loan the painting to exhibitions around the world.

Untitled is the first piece of art created after 1980 that has sold more than $100 million.

Basquiat died in 1988. He was 27.


23 million people eventually would lose health insurance under Republican-passed plan

The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation on Wednesday completed their assessment of the American Health Care Act of 2017, or HR 1628, which was passed by mostly Republican members of Congress on May 4th to repeal and replace the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act passed under the Obama administration.

The CBO and JCT estimated that 14 million people would be uninsured by 2018 under the American Health Care Act than under current law. The number of insured would reach 19 million in 2020 and 23 million people would be uninsured in 2026 if the bill in its current form should become law.

The CBO and JCT estimated that H.R. 1628 would reduce the cumulative federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period by $119 billion, which is $32 billion than what was posted on the website for the House Committee on Rules on March 22.

The CBOs and JCTs assessment is called scoring and it is required before legislation that has passed the House of Representatives is sent to the U.S. Senate.

AARP, which is based in Washington, reported the savings to the budget deficit would come from substantial cuts to Medicaid and the replacement of subsidies from the Affordable Care Act with less-generous tax cuts.  The bill also would grant large tax cuts to drugmakers and insurance companies, according to AARP. People 50 to 64 would be hit hard, especially those with lower incomes, AARP reported.

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D. Ill.) said in a statement the results are no surprise to anyone who has been following the debate. The aim of the bill remains the same: raid the Medicaid budget for a huge, inefficient tax cut for the wealthiest Americans,” Davis said. In terms of job creation and economic growth it makes more sense to spend these dollars on health care then on a tax cut.

New sentencing hearing ordered for Lee Malvo, convicted D.C. sniper

U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Jackson has overturned the two life sentences for Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., sniper who with John Allen Muhammad, killed 10 people in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2002.

John Muhammad and Lee Malvo

Judge Jackson ruled Malvo’s life sentence was unconstitutional based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that mandatory life imprisonment for juveniles was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that boys and girls who commit murder as teenagers must be considered for parole or receive a new sentencing hearing. Prior to the 6-3 ruling, teenagers convicted of murder were automatically sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Judge Jackson ordered a new sentencing hearing for Malvo, who was 17 when police arrested him in 2002. He is now 32. Malvo, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, is housed in Red Onion State Prison, a supermax prison in Wise County, Va.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo

Muhammad was executed in 2009 in Virginia.

Paris mayor wants to quash black feminist festival

Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist mayor of Paris, on Sunday tweeted that she will ask city officials to cancel Nyansapo, an Afro-feminist festival, scheduled for July 28-30 in the City of Light because white people are prohibited from attending most of the events.

Hidalgo also said she reserved the right to prosecute organizers for discrimination because 80 percent of the festival would not be open to everyone.

Nyansapo Festival poster

Mwasi, which founded in 2014 and is organizing Nyansapo, said in response no one seemed to have a problem with women-only groups when race was not an issue.

The festival will be staged in three venues two of them for black women and black people but the third would be open to everyone. The festival is scheduled to take place in a property owned by the city of Paris, but the restricted event is in a public area.

Festival organizers said the mayor subsequently had no jurisdiction over the event, but right-wing groups complained about it, forcing the Hidalgo to speak out.

Nyansapo is called the wisdom knot.


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