Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Former Major League All-star Minnie Minoso, Dead At 90

Former Major League All-star Minnie Minoso, Dead At 90

Orestes “Minnie” Minoso died Sunday at 90. Mr. Minoso, a seven-time American League All-Star, was the first black Cuban player in Major League Baseball. After a stellar 1951 season, he became “Mr. White Sox.” During his career, Minnie Minoso led the […]

by · March 2, 2015 · Announcements, Obituary, Sports
Haile Rivera Joins Faith In New York Team

Haile Rivera Joins Faith In New York Team

Faith in New York (FINY) recently announced via email the hiring of its new Bronx Lead Organizer, Haile Rivera. Haile brings a wealth of experience in both non-profit service and advocacy worlds and will help further develop Faith in New […]

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Free Range Kids – Are Teens Who Sext “Child Pornographers?

Post by contributor Lenore Skenazy Thanks to our mistaken belief that no one under 18 can have any legitimate sexual feelings—and hence any sex they’ve engaged in was coerced and bound to render unspeakable emotional harm—we have laws on the […]

by · March 2, 2015 · Crime, Cultures, Government, Law
Assembly Passes DREAM Act, Senate Action Unlikely

Assembly Passes DREAM Act, Senate Action Unlikely

On Thursday, the state Assembly voted 87-45 for the DREAM Act, a bill that would open up state-level college tuition assistance to children of immigrants and undocumented immigrants who are in the country illegally. The vote was largely along party […]

by · February 27, 2015 · Government, Immigration Issues, News
FAMILIES FOR EXCELLENT SCHOOLS CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE STATE TAKEOVER OF 178 FAILING  SCHOOLS

FAMILIES FOR EXCELLENT SCHOOLS CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE STATE TAKEOVER OF 178 FAILING SCHOOLS

Parents Urge Governor and State Legislature to Place All Priority Schools Under Receivership this Fall, Providing Bold, Structural Change for Chronically Failing Schools Includes 91 Priority Schools in New York City New York, NY – On Wednesday, Families for Excellent Schools (FES) […]

by · February 25, 2015 · Education News, Government
Serranos Co-Host 2015 Black History Month Celebration

Serranos Co-Host 2015 Black History Month Celebration

Tuesday morning Congressman Jose Serrano and his son, State Senator Jose M. Serrano held their annual Black History Month event celebrating the contributions of local leaders. This year, they honored Kenneth Knuckles, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; Mary Coleman, Stella and […]

by · February 25, 2015 · History, Local Events, Local News
Legislative Leanings: Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz on Mixed Martial Arts

Legislative Leanings: Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz on Mixed Martial Arts

  Writing on his blog, The MMA Journalist, blogger Jim Genia posted responses from state legislators about lifting the ban on professional mixed martials arts (MMA) bouts in New York.   Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz on the MMA bill: “I have […]

by · February 24, 2015 · Government, Sports

Ferry Capsizes in Bangladesh, 48 Dead

DHAKA, Bangladesh—A river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh on Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel, killing at least 48 people, officials said. A rescue operation was underway, but it was not clear how […]

by · February 23, 2015 · News
Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Indicted

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Indicted

(New York, NY) — The Associated Press reported today that former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been indicted on three charges stemming from his  federal bribery arrest last month. The former Speaker was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury […]

by · February 19, 2015 · Corruption Watch, Government, News, Politics

Bronx Branch NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Dance 

Bronxites are invited to the Bronx Branch NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Dance on Friday, April 24, 2015, 7 PM – 1 AM at the Eastwood Manor Catering Hall. Bronx Branch NAACP chairman Biarni Burke says the Freedom Fund Dinner honors local community and […]

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: YEAR OF THE GOAT

Come to The Bronx Museum this Saturday, February 21, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, to celebrate the Lunar New Year — Year of the Goat.  Bronxites and others are invited to celebrate this popular Chinese holiday with costumed folk dances, authentic music, […]

Faith In Daily Living: THE BENEFIT OF LOVING RELATIONSHIPS

Recently, a friend posted on Facebook a dilemma he was facing that was challenging his relationship with the young lady he had chosen to develop a serious relationship with. In part, it seems that he felt emotionally, financially, and personally […]

by · February 15, 2015 · Daily Living, Faith, Uncategorized
Activist To Tell Story of Fidel Castro’s ’95 Bronx Visit

Activist To Tell Story of Fidel Castro’s ’95 Bronx Visit

Bienvenida Boricua al Bronx Presidente Fidel Castro Bronx resident, activist and businessman, Julio Pabon has penned “Knockout – Fidel Castro Visits The Bronx.” The book’s planned October 2015 release date coincides with the 20th anniversary of Cuban Premier Fidel Castro’s […]

by · February 15, 2015 · Bulletin Board, History
This Italian Life

This Italian Life

Even a Chicken Can Do It CHIAVARI, Italy – Crossing the street is such a simple thing. Even a chicken can get to the other side. But for some reason, people still have problems crossing the street in Italy. It’s […]

by · February 15, 2015 · Cultures, Features

Thank you, Governor Cuomo! Now, Let’s Work Together. | Mona Davids

In his “State of the State” address, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared war on special interests who try to dominate public education in New York State.  The Governor made it clear that his administration will not tolerate the sobering reality that […]

by · February 15, 2015 · Op Ed