The People’s Champion and The Fight to Save Brooklyn’s LICH

LICH - Archpaper.com

LICH – Archpaper.com

Dear Readers:

Last month, I introduced to some (and re-introduced to others) New York City’s Public Advocate Letitia James. At that time I provided a broad overview of the important items on her agenda: good work for fair pay, access to healthcare, a common sense public education policy, universal school lunch and a constituent services plan.

Brooklyneagle.com

Brooklyneagle.com

Today I will focus on Public Advocate James’ determination to preserve one of Brooklyn’s venerable health care institutions – Long Island College Hospital (LICH). This has been a public fight and some New Yorkers have been critical of her stance around this issue. The plea was to keep the hospital running as a full service medical center – a noble aspiration but one without any real takers.

LICH was a financially troubled institution for many years.  In 2011 when SUNY raised its hand, and agreed to partner with the medical center, there was a collective sigh of relief and another health care crisis seemed to be adverted.

IMG_0084All of this changed in 2013 when SUNY decided to sell LICH, which was losing anywhere from $6 million to $10 million per month. On October 9, 2014, after a lengthy RFP process and many setbacks – including a labor dispute with the New York State Nursing Association (NYSNA) – Fortis Property Group would be successful.

What does this all mean?  Fortis has been given the green light to redevelop the site to include condominiums and a state of the art medical center to be operated by NYU Langone Medical Center.  In 2018, if all goes according to plan, a new housing development will be on the market and the residents of south Brooklyn will have a free-standing emergency room department. This is not the deal community residents and public advocates originally lobbied for, but sometimes success comes in small steps. Here is what the structured settlement will call for:

  • $5 million to upgrade the interim emergency department that NYU Langone Medical Center will operate until the new facility is complete.
  • $175 million to build a new facility with 125,000 square feet of space.
  • A medical treatment plan that will employ 70 doctors.
  • A total staff of 400.

I must admit there were times when I felt this would be a hopeless fight, and the residents would end up with little or no hope for quality health care.  In the early stages it was easier to call for an all or nothing proposition, but as we all know life is rarely this simple.  There are always challenges seen, and unseen, that further complicate financial deals of this magnitude. Not to minimize the daunting challenge of operating LICH, but my sense of why this fight was so important for James, and former Public Advocate now Mayor Bill DeBlasio, comes down to one word – ACCESS.  This was their way of ensuring an open dialogue around access to health care, during a time when the need is so great.  Perhaps, one day plans for a full-service hospital will show up in another form.

Outlining her agenda - wn.com

Outlining her agenda – article.wn.com

For me, this does not mean that Public Advocate James’ fight was lost or not needed.  I’m glad to know that we have elected officials who want to win for the people they represent.

While standing in opposition to a huge business deal such as this was may not always be practical, it is indeed admirable. This was not an easy process for Public Advocate James but she stood by the community and saw the debate through to the end.

To me, she still a champion and, from time to time, everybody needs one.

Have a great week!

Monique

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Credits:
SUNY, Fortis reach agreement on LICH – Crainsnewyork.com
The End for Long Island College Hospital – New York Time – nytimes.com
LICH Deal Collapses After Hiring Dispute – Crainsnewyork.com
University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital – wikipedia.org
LICH History – Dr. Hugh Gilgoff, LICH Pediatrics, Brooklyn, New York

The People’s Champion – Public Advocate Letitia James

Dear Readers:

In a couple of weeks, we will witness summer’s seamless transition to fall.  For many, the shift in seasons ushers in a new set of priorities.  There is a renewed sense of purpose, and we are committed to finishing the year on a high note.

At a New York City Council Meeting - Observer.com

At a New York City Council Meeting – Observer.com

Last year at this time, Brooklynites lent their support to former Councilwoman Letitia James as she pursued her dream of becoming New York City’s Public Advocate.  She would be the first African-American woman from Brooklyn to hold this position.  For many voters, James was the perfect choice, as she has spent much of her career advocating for the people of Brooklyn.  Ascending to this new role was clearly the next step.  On November 2, 2013, she would be successful in her quest.

Outlining her agenda - article.wn.com

Outlining her agenda – article.wn.com

Since taking office, Public Advocate James and her team have charted a broad agenda, and are focused on creating effective change for all New Yorkers.  They envision: Good Work for Fair Pay; Access to Healthcare; a Common Sense Public Education Policy; Utilizing the Court to Preserve Public Education; Universal School Lunch; Keeping New Yorkers in New York, and Legislative Action for Working People.

This past April, Public Advocate James and her team published their first progress report – Our First 100 Days.  Many New Yorkers have expressed their gratitude for the care and concern that she, and her team, bring to today’s challenges.  As a Brooklynite, this does not surprise me.  James is a tireless champion for social justice, education and legislative reform.  While the title that she holds is new, her support for those in need is not.

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We will provide you with a closer look at these initiatives, and their impact, in future Brooklyn Legends posts.  Today we wanted to provide you with a glimpse of the many things our champion is up to.

Many of the people who I have come in contact with believe our Public Advocate is just getting started.  She is just sharpening her focus.  I believe that her best days are ahead, and I want to see her win.  Her successes will become our successes, and that suits me just fine.  Besides, everyone needs a champion.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Monique

“Of The People, By The People & For The People”

Dear Readers,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful July 4th holiday. I cannot believe how quickly time has passed. I received many e-mails with best wishes for a happy summer, and just to say “hello.” Thank you for reaching out. I truly appreciate hearing from you. For today’s post, I am pleased to share information about The Honorable Yvette Clarke, one of Brooklyn’s favorite daughters.

Rep. Yvette Clarke - Wikipedia.com

Wikipedia.com

Many residents of Brooklyn’s new Ninth Congressional District were justly proud when Clarke was elected to be their Congresswoman in November 2006. The areas that fall under her careful stewardship include Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, Ocean Hill, communities within Park Slope and Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Sheepshead Bay, Windsor Terrace and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, which is where I live.

I am equally excited that Congresswoman Clarke’s office is within walking distance from my apartment. There is great satisfaction in knowing that my Representative is so accessible.

Rep. Clarke & Dr. Una Clarke - via Jamaicangleaner.com

Rep. Clarke & Dr. Una Clarke – via Jamaicangleaner.com

Prior to her election as Congresswoman, Clarke served on the New York City Council where she represented Brooklyn’s 40th District. She has the distinction of succeeding her pioneering mother and former City Council Member Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, making them the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the Council.

As Brooklyn’s Representative for the Ninth Congressional District, Congresswoman Clarke stands by her commitment to the legacy of excellence set forth by the Honorable Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman and the first Caribbean-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Chisholm would become the first woman of African-American and Caribbean descent to run for President as a major-party candidate.

Shirley Chisholm - via Makers.com

Shirley Chisholm – via Makers.com

Like Congresswoman Chisholm, Clarke is an unwavering champion for the people of her native Brooklyn. While she presently holds the title of legislator, Clarke has effectively used her experiences as an activist and community organizer to become an effective leader and tireless advocate on issues of paramount importance to the people of Brooklyn; particularly jobs, immigration reform, education and housing. These are indeed weighty issues for they affect our nation. Today, I will focus on Clarke’s recent movement in the area of job creation and her fight for an increase in the minimum wage.  I will share additional information with you regarding her advocacy for immigration reform, education and housing in future posts.

H.R. 803 signed by Speaker Boehner - www.speaker.gov

H.R. 803 signed by Speaker Boehner – http://www.speaker.gov

On Thursday, July 10, 2014, Congresswoman Clarke released a statement on the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 – H.R. 803. The bill passed by 415 to 6.

“The people themselves have always been our most important resource. To remain competitive in the Twenty-First Century in an economy that includes every nation in the world, we must support people in the development of their individual capacities.”  Congresswoman Clarke goes further to say “I believe that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will allow more people to access training programs to develop the skills our economy needs.”

Photo via GerritsenBeach.net

Photo via GerritsenBeach.net

Two weeks ago, just before the July 4th holiday, Congresswoman Clark released a statement on the June Jobs Report, which indicated the long-term unemployment rate has declined to 2.0 percent, as more companies are hiring workers who had been unable to find a job for more than six months.  “This report demonstrates that our economy is rebounding.  Small business lead the way in creating 117,000 jobs last month and our economy has continued to recover from the economic crisis under the leadership of President Obama.”  Congresswoman Clarke also uses this upward movement to make the case for supporting an increase in the hourly wage.  “I’d also urge my colleges in the House of Representatives to allow for a vote on increasing the minimum wage.  There are millions of workers with full-time employment whose wages are insufficient to support their families.  An increase to $10.10 an hour would affirm the dignity of work, and allow millions of Americans to escape poverty.”

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fortuneaskannie.files.wordpress.com

In early March, Congresswoman Clarke lobbied for a vote on unemployment benefits for Veterans. This request was based on a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which determined that 200,00 veterans of the armed forces have already lost benefits this year.  This request was submitted to Speaker of the House John Boehner in a letter signed by 161 members of Congress.  In Clarke’s words, “the failure to extend unemployment benefits has been inexcusable.  The women and men of our armed forces who sacrified for us, their follow citizens and for their nation, deserve better from their representatives in Washington, D.C. The continued refusal of Republic leaders to schedule a vote on this matter demonstrates the intention to avoid the issue.  The soldiers who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and cannot find jobs, cannot avoid the issue and their obligations to their families.  We have a responsibility to act.”

I would like to close today’s post with a video featuring Congresswoman Clarke’s plea for the passage of a Jobs Bill.  For me, this is a stark reminder of why we need a dynamic leader, such as our esteemed Congresswoman, advocating on our behalf.

We are all in this together! Continue to be inspired. Also, do not be afraid to add your voice to the many issues that challenge us in today’s economy.

Credits:
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke – Clarke.house.gov
Wikipedia – Congresswoman Yvette Clarke – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvette_Clarke

 

 

Will All Roads Lead to Brooklyn in 2016?

Dear Readers,

The recent speculation around the 2016 Democratic National Convention coming to Brooklyn has everyone excited, and with good reason. Our borough is in the midst of a renaissance that we have never seen before.

The completion of the new Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn set the stage for the new burst of enthusiasm around building projects. This is a time of tremendous growth, but there have also been some challenges too, which I would love to discuss in the coming months. I remember hearing many years ago that nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and true progress comes with a price. Having said this, I chose to remain excited about the possibilities for all Brooklyn residents.

logoYesterday the Brooklyn Daily Eagle featured a great article that caught the world’s attention: Local politicians say Brooklyn is perfect spot for 2016 Democratic National Convention.  Several elected officials have weighed in including: Senator Charles (Chuck) Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Representatives Jerrold Nadler (representing New York’s 10th district), Carolyn Maloney, (representing New York’s 12th district), Nydia Velazquez (representing New York’s 7th district), Yvette Clarke (representing New York’s 9th district) and Hakeem Jeffries (representing New York’s 8th district).  Of course this is just the beginning of a very long conversation, but if each elected official could wave a magic wand all roads will lead to Brooklyn in 2016.  As this is such a hot topic, we will continue to update you as events unfold.

Rep. Yvette Clarke - Wikipedia.com

Rep. Yvette Clarke – Wikipedia.com

Today, I would like to make special note of Representative Yvette Clarke’s commitment to bringing the 2016 Democratic National Council to Brooklyn.  The objective is to set the stage for a comprehensive look at her significant contributions, which date back to her early days as a member of the New York City Council representing Brooklyn’s 40th district.

Representative Clarke has the distinction of succeeding her mother, Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, the first Caribbean-born woman elected to the New York City Legislature.  This was the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the Council.  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to live in the district that both of these esteemed women serve as leaders. Of course the stage was sent for them many years ago by the late Honorable Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman and Caribbean-American elected to Congress.  She would later run for President of the United States.

In closing, I wanted to leave you with this quote which, in my opinion, says it all.

“Brooklyn has always been the starting place for the American Dream where people from around the world have come to build a better future for themselves and their children.  The same spirit that animates Brooklyn animates the Democratic Party: the belief that everyone should have the opportunity for full participation in our society.  We are a diverse community that has much to share with our fellow Americans, as I believe the Democratic National Convention here in 2016 will demonstrate to the thousands of guests and millions of viewers at home.”

Representative Yvette Clarke
June 25, 2014
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

We at Brooklyn Legends are so proud to count Representative Clarke as one of Brooklyn’s favorite daughters. You will have a chance to learn more about her dedication in the coming weeks.

Monique

Credits:

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle – June 25, 2014
Representative Yvette Clarke – http://clarke.house.gov

 

 

 

 

 

As We Begin Another Week – The “Quality of Our Intent”

Dear Readers,

Happy Monday!  I hope that you had a restful, yet enjoyable weekend.  Since last week, I have been replayed discussions with colleagues and business acquaintances about character.  Each conversation revolved around how we treat people and our perception of how people treat us.  Are we consistent in our actions – good or bad?  Even more intriguing, are they? Again, the same criteria applies – good or bad?

I am still working through the situations that challenged me.  However, I came across these two quotes that encouraged me.  I wanted to share them with you.  I hope they will be useful to you at some point.

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Robin Davidman via Pinterest

Robin Davidman via Pinterest

Have a great day and remember to stay encouraged.

Fondly,
Monique

 

Brooklyn’s Power Lunch

Dear Readers,

It is my pleasure to introduce to some, and re-introduce to others, Latisha Daring, a dynamic Brooklynite who has given new meaning to the words Power Lunch.

Ms. Daring is a beautiful sister who owned and operated Pieces Boutique, on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn for 10 years.  Pieces was the “go-to” shop for women who wanted a one-of-a-kind dress, or accessory, that was guaranteed to be a conversation starter.  After the boutique closed, Latisha decided to use her business triumphs to inspire women to pursue their dreams of starting, and managing, a thriving business.  This vision led her to create Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring.

For the second year in a row, on Sunday, April 27th I put my role as special event planner aside, and happily took on the role of a guest when I attended a Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring held at event Milk River Brooklyn.  The theme for this year’s luncheon was Faith, Focus, Forward.

Each year, Ms. Daring invites several dynamic women, who are also successful business owners and community leaders, to share their stories with us and provide motivation and inspiration.  This year’s panelists were:

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, an award-winning political strategist, women’s activist and lifestyle expert, Nancy Hass, a renowned author who focuses on fashion, culture and business, Aisha Hinds, a celebrated performing artist who appears in leading films, television shows and the stage, Darlene Gillard Jones, the former Essence magazine fashion editor, who is the founder of the Gillard Jones Agency, Renee Neufville, award-winning songwriter, musician and co-founder of the platinum selling duo Zhane, and April Walker, fashion pioneer, business woman and founder of Walker Wear in the early 90s.

In addition to the heart-felt encouragement we received from the esteemed panel, we were able to ask questions of our host and panelists, and network with our table guests.  Established business owners were also given an opportunity to present their brand to this gathering of nearly 200 women.  I purchased some wonderful items from two impressive Brooklyn companies: She’s Got Papers, a unique online stationery boutique and Flourish Accessories, a unique home furnishing boutique.

I was reminded that my agenda needs to be front and center and that I need to continue to sharpen my vision for Brooklyn Legends.  I left feeling pleased that I attended and impressed with how the day unfolded.

Ms. Daring has taken this concept to Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL.  Each event is sold-out for one reason – women, like me, are waiting to be inspired, challenged and nurtured.  If you are an aspiring business owner, or if you are looking for that extra bit of motivation and a chance to grow your network of friends and supporters, I encourage you to attend a luncheon.  With her career in fashion to guide her, and an ability to draw positive and dynamic people into her circle, I know Latisha’s vision for Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring will soar.

Brooklyn Legends is proud to salute The Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring, and we applaud Ms. Daring for her unique vision.   So that you can follow her progress, we have added this site to the Brooklyn Legends blog roll.

Remember, the possibilities are endless so dream big!

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits:

Information on Latisha Daring – www.theladieswholunch.org
Madam Noire – A Lifestyle Guide for Black Women – madamnoire.com
Photos of 2014 Panelists taken from http://www.theladieswholunch.org
She’s Got Papers from – http://www.shesgotpapers.com
Flourish Accessories logo from http://www.flourishaccessories.com

 

 

Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou – A Beacon of Hope & Truth

Dear Readers,

A few minutes ago we lost a great intellectual, a leader, seeker of truth and a great visionary – Dr. Maya Angelou.

Like many of you, I grew up listening to, and often reciting, Dr. Angelou’s great poems.  She entered my life at that awkward time when I needed a role model to look up to.    Of course there was my mother, and many strong women who helped her to raise me, but I also longed to model a wise woman who I could add to my inner circle.  Dr. Angelou was this person for me.

Whenever I would sit and read  I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair, Phenomenal Woman, and Still I Rise, the world somehow seemed better.  It was as if everything, and everyone, was kinder and easier to understand.  There is true power in the written word.

I came across Dr. Angelou’s interview with Bobby Jones titled The Mask and I wanted to share it in her honor.

Brooklyn Legends joins the world in mourning the loss of Dr. Maya Angelou.  Thank you dear Maya.  You will always be a beacon for many of us.

Rest in Peace.

Monique

Brooklyn Legends Inspirations IV – Am I Helpful?

Dear Readers,

Happy Sunday.  I hope that you were able to enjoy this beautiful day.

imageIn this month’s issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, I came across the article that many in my circle are talking about – 20 Questions Every Woman Should Ask Herself.  I put off reading the it for a couple of days but, finally, curiosity overruled.  So, with my iPad in hand, I settled in for the journey.

Halfway through the article, I had a real ah-ha moment.  Who better to bring that about than Gloria Steinem.  I have reproduced the article here for you to enjoy, but I wanted to share my takeaway with you, right up front.

I began by asking myself this question – am I helpful to others?  Before I can make an impact, I must listen and hear the other person’s problem and respect their point of view.  The frame, or context if I use Gloria Steinem’s word, is everything.  Without this understanding, I do not have a clue as to what I am doing, or why I am doing it.  The person with the problem instinctively knows what is needed.  It always comes down to identifying proper resources.  Over the years I have grown to learn solutions can come in the simplest forms.  My job is to do whatever I can to be helpful, without judgement.

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Question #10 – Am I Helpful?

Gloria Steinem, journalist, author, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and member of the steering committee of the women’s activist fundraising platform.

April 2014

A few years ago, after visiting Ghana for a conference on sex trafficking, I traveled to Zambia to stay with some friends who live on the Zambezi River. It’s a rural place, full of big-game preserves and small villages where daily life is a struggle. When I arrived, villagers were mourning two women who had gone into Lusaka to prostitute themselves and support their families—and disappeared.

On a big tarpaulin laid out in a barren field, I sat with 30 or so village women in a circle. Talking circles are powerful things—they’ve given birth to countless activist movements, even revolutions. On this occasion, though, I thought our lives would be too different for us to connect. And at first, shyness did prevail. The language barrier made things difficult. But then the women sang a song, and my inability to carry a tune made them laugh. One of the English-speaking friends I was staying with sang “This Little Light of Mine,” and others translated its lyrics. And then a woman from the village told a story. With tears in her eyes, she said she was a widow who only now felt safe enough to reveal that her husband had beaten her.

As is often the case, that one truth teller broke the spell. Other women began to talk about their lives. Many of their husbands worked in lodges where tourists came to see wildlife, but the lodges didn’t hire women. These families couldn’t meet the cost of living or cover what was to the women the most important expense: their children’s school fees. Many wives contributed by farming, but as soon as their vegetable crops were near harvesting, elephants would eat them to the ground. And so with no other option available to them, some women sold their bodies.

The situation seemed hopeless. But when I asked what would help, the answer was surprising: an electrified fence to keep out the elephants. Back in New York, a few friends helped me raise the money to build one. I received updates from the villagers: [there] was a photo of the area the women had cleared, by hand, of rocks and stumps and weeds; [there] was a photo of the finished product, fresh shoots of maize starting to take shape behind it.

When I went back the next year, the women had harvested a bumper crop of maize. They had food for a year, plus extra to sell to pay their children’s school fees. Before I spoke to them, if you’d asked me how to stop sex trafficking in this village, never would I have said, “Find a way to keep elephants out of their gardens.”

I call this story the parable of the fence, and these are its lessons: Helping begins with listening. Context is everything. People who experience a problem know best how to solve it. Big problems often have small solutions. And, finally, do whatever you can.

I’ve done what I thought were big things, like testifying before Congress, that had no impact at all. And I’ve done little things I don’t even remember doing, like introducing two people, that I would later discover had made an impact lasting decades. That night on the tarp beside the Zambezi, I had no idea what remarkable things would come of our talk. The art of being helpful is behaving as if everything we do matters—because we never know which things might.

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Pinterest – serendipitousbliss.tumblr.com

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Credit:
O, The Oprah Magazine, April 2014
Photos – credit is captured in each photo caption.

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist’s Desire to Tell Us More

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to finally say that spring is almost here, and just in time too.  This is my absolute favorite season, for it represents a time of rebirth and renewal.  Old plans are redefined and sharpened, and everyone contemplates what’s new?  Last week, we at Brooklyn Legends took this question to heart.  Here is what we came up with.

We have made a few additions to the Brooklyn Legends home page that I am excited to share with you; Brooklyn Sounds and Brooklyn Sights.  As you might have guessed, Brooklyn Sounds features a song from a Brooklyn vocalist, and Brooklyn Sights provides a glimpse of the beautiful places in Brooklyn.  I know that many of you follow our posts on a smart phone or tablet.  However, these new features are best viewed when using a computer.  When you get a moment, please spend some time on our site. Don’t forget to tell us what you think.

Continuing with the theme “what’s new,” today’s post will mark the first time we highlight a  journalist from Brooklyn.  I can think of no one better to feature than Michel Martin, the Emmy award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Tell Me More, which she created 7 years ago.  What makes this show special is the way that Martin explores topics that focus on how we live and collaborate and how we handle collisions that arise during life’s more challenging moments.

Martin is highly praised for featuring provocative, accessible conversations that go behind the headlines with global newsmakers and people you might meet on the street. In today’s fast-paced world, accessibility is an important key to growth. Tell Me More makes room for new voices to be heard on public radio, and social media outlets, while making the connection between traditional public radio and communities of color.

The way in which the show was originally conceived was sheer brilliance.  It was built on a platform that provided something for everyone.  Here are a few notable examples:

  • Barbershop and Beauty shop – designed as a forum for no-holds-barred conversations on the news from men and women in one of the community’s favorite gathering place.
  • Moms – designed as a resource for moms, dads and grandparents.  This is one of the show’s original segments that featured everyday parents and recognized experts.
  • Faith Matters – designed to examine the powerful role faith and spirituality play in everyday life across denominations and faith traditions.
  • Wisdom Watch – designed as vehicle for highlighting views of distinguished ‘elders’ who are thought-leaders and influencers from around the world.
  • Money Coach – designed to provide insights into personal finance, the economy and financial literacy.
  • Political Chat – designed as a place where newsmakers, trusted analysts and sharp rising stars in the world of commentary could reflect on national affairs.
  • Behind Closed Doors – designed as a safe space to discuss issues that most people tend to keep private.
Washingtonpost.com

Washingtonpost.com

Before Tell Me More, Martin had already distinguished herself as a serious journalist.  She joined the NPR family from ABC news where she worked since 1992.  During her tenure at ABC, she served as a correspondent for Nightline from 1996 to 2006.  Among the many stories she featured were: The United States Embassy bombings in Africa, racial profiling in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Congressional budget battles. In addition to her role as a correspondent, Martin was a regular contributor to numerous ABC programs and specials including: coverage of the September 11 Tragedy, the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas controversy and reports for the series America in Black and White.  She was also a regular panelist on This Week with George Stephanopoulous.

Prior to her tenure with ABC, Martin covered state and local politics for the Washington Post, and national politics and policy at the Wall Street Journal, where she was also the White House Correspondent.  She has also appeared as a regular panelist on Washington Week, a popular PBS series, and a contributor to NOW with Bill Moyers.

Women Of Distinction - Huffington Post

Women Of Distinction – Huffington Post

Martin has received awards from several influential organizations, including: the Candace Award for Communications from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Joan Barone Award for Excellence in Washington-based National Affairs/Public Policy Broadcasting from the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association and a 2002 Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.  In addition to her Emmy award, she has received 3 additional Emmy nominations, including one with NPR’s Robert Krulwich for an ABC News program examining children’s racial attitudes.

We at Brooklyn Legends are so proud of Michel Martin.  She is a consummate professional who is dedicated to her craft and committed to excellence.  She has set the bar high and will continue to be a role model for future generations of Brooklyn women of color, who aspire to be journalists.  For this, and so much more, we salute her!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

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Credits:
Michel Martin – NPR.org
Photo for Tell Me More Moms – Lesliemorgansteiner.com
Huffington Post