Monday, February 17, 2020

Theme: Passing on our Legacy. The annual Black History Observance month starts on February 1st, 2020. It beganas a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Black History month is a time to reflect on what it means to be an African descendant. It is also a timeto reflect back on the activists and organizers of the past who fought for racial equality for everyone. For this occasion, PJL acknowledges our local heroes for their role of bringing awareness to the community during the month of February for the last years.

Following the tradition, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) has a program prepared consisting of storytelling, dance, music, poetry and our power of knowledge series. The program commences on Wednesday February 5, 2020 with an opening at 6 p.m. at the library by the PJL director, Mrs. Glenderlin Holiday, featuring Mr. Alex Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics,presenting the St. Martin Black History Month Story. Every Saturday of this month there will be story telling by local story tellers,on Wednesday,February 12, there will be a session by Mrs. Maccow-Thomas, featuring the production of local herbal teas under the brand Teezan, and on Friday February 28, PJL will feature our local artist Ms. Tamara Groeneveldt, with poetry and a dance production by our local dance choreographer Mr. Rudolph Davis.The full program can be found on the PJL web-site: www.stmaartenlibrary.org and on the PJL Facebook page: Stmaarten.pjlibrary.

We also encourage the general public to make use of this opportunity to visit the PJL during the regular opening hours to learn more about the African diaspora through the Alice and Lionel Romney collection and the Sint Maarten collection. It will give you a better view on the past and also on the people that built Sint Maarten to what it is now. Please, come out, learn more, become aware, and celebrate Black History Observance month with us.

February 16, 2020  AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium early. “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he wrote. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx”

February 2, 20202  MIAMI (AP) — Descending from the air, Lady Gaga kicked off a pre-Super Bowl concert by mimicking her entrance to her Super Bowl halftime performance three years ago, which earned her rave reviews. Headlining the big sports stage was a recurring theme of her Miami concert Saturday night, and the pop star sent a message to Sunday’s featured performers: “I better hear no lip-syncing tomorrow!” Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will join forces to perform at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium, when the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

MIAMI (AP) — Fat Joe brought New York hip-hop to Miami for an energetic pre-Super Bowl concert a day ahead of the big game. The Bronx rapper was joined by fellow New Yorkers 50 Cent and Remy Ma for the Pepsi Super Splash Pool Party on Saturday at Clevelander South Beach. Joe performed a number of hits, including the Grammy-nominated smashes “What’s Luv?,” “Lean Back” and “All the Way Up.” Ma surprised the audience, rapping on the latter two songs, while her rapper-husband, Papoose, freestyled onstage, earning cheers from the crowd. 50 Cent, who is from Queens, got the loudest applause from the hyped crowd when he performed “What Up Gangsta” and his debut hit, “In Da Club.”

MIAMI (AP) — Vin Diesel says it’s the spirit of Paul Walker that motivates him to continue starring in the “Fast and Furious” saga. Diesel and the cast spoke of the memory of their late screen partner at a special event surrounding the upcoming release of the franchise’s ninth chapter, “F9: Fast and Furious 9.” The recent death of Kobe Bryant reminded Diesel of the loss of his friend. “I can’t make a ‘Fast’ without Pablo in my thoughts, in my everyday activity, in my approach to every scene,” Diesel said, invoking his affectionate nickname for Walker. “His spirit must live in this saga, because his spirit, in so many ways, is what drives me to continue the saga.”