Sunday, September 20, 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.

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper and actor T.I. has settled civil charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he helped promote a fraudulent cryptocurrency. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, agreed to a civil settlement with the SEC that was announced Friday. He is paying a $75,000 fine and agreeing not to sell or market similar securities for at least five years. Harris got into trouble, the SEC said, because he used his social media accounts to promote FLiK, falsely claiming to be a co-owner, and asked an unnamed actor and comedian to also promote FLiK, providing language calling it T.I.’s “new venture.” The SEC says both of those moves broke federal laws against selling securities without registering with the SEC. The charges against Harris were part of a larger enforcement action against others including film producer Ryan Felton, who faces wire fraud and other charges in a 28-count indictment unsealed Wednesday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. Cosby was the first celebrity to go on trial in the #MeToo era, and his appeal could resolve lingering questions about how the cases should be tried. For starters, the high court will try to clarify when other accusers can testify against a defendant — and when the additional testimony amounts to character assassination. Public defenders in Philadelphia, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in Cosby’s appeal, noted that courts have given conflicting guidance on the issue.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Council of Fashion Designers of America gave its top fashion awards on Monday to Gabriela Hearst for womenswear and Kerby Jean-Raymond for menswear. The two designers led a group of winners that the CFDA said was the most diverse in the 39-year history of the awards. It was the second honor in two days for Jean-Raymond, the prominent Black founder of the Pyer Moss label, who was also named Designer of the Year by Harlem’s Fashion Row in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. The CFDA winners also included Telfar Clemens, who won the accessories award, and Christopher John Rogers, who won for American emerging designer. All four were first-time winners.

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things— including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly described it as “some straight-up (expletive),” as they all laughed. “I don’t think you had like a high-pitch voice back then,” was another observation. None of this is a surprise to Hilton. What’s revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra-glam, baby-talking young woman whose standard line was “that’s hot,” was a manufactured caricature not just for fame but self-protection, too.