Knight Center to Close

The Knight Center for Specialized Journalism will close at the end of the month.

 “The rapid changes in news media technology and economics require new thinking. This move will enable us to focus fully on designing new approached to the challenges of the 21st-century journalism,” stated Dean Kevin Klose of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

 The Knight Center has provided “seminars and specialized educational fellowship to more than 2,700 journalists from more than 500 news organizations,” stated in the article Knight Center Closing Dec. 31 by The Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

“We are in active discussion with the Knight Foundation about future collaborations to provide essential, forward-looking and dynamic multimedia specialized journalism education,” Klose said. “We thank the Knight Foundation for its years of enduring support and intense interest in the work of the Knight Center,” Klose said.

Holiday Shopping in Columbus Square

Columbus Square Market, Photo: Urban Space NYC

Holiday shopping usually means trips to major retail stores, long store lines and a general scramble to buy items at the last minute, or recently a much more popular trend is going online and shopping which ultimatley is much more conveinent and less stressful. But there is another alternative to buying holiday gifts that people may find much more relaxing and enjoyable- shopping at Urban Space Markets– like the one in Columbus Square.  Shopping at the markets allows you to shop in a much less hostile environment. It allows you to engage with others in the community.

Another nice perk about shopping at the market is that there are lots of unique and hand made crafts and items that you would not be able to buy anywhere else that are made by local artisans.

Who knows this non-traditional wayof shopping might be the route for you this holiday season.  Check their website for more information.

To get Columbus Square Market by train  take the Subway: A, B, C, D, 1 or 2 trains to 59th St/Columbus Circle. The market runs from December 2 – December 24 open M-S 10am – 8pm   Sun 10am – 7pm.

Spanish Cinema Now

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is offering a  film series on contemporary Spanish cinema. The series will run now through December 20th.  Some of the films that will be shown are; Cell 211 / Celda 211, Bloody May, aka The Second of May / Sangre de mayo, The Dancer and the Thief / El baile de la victoria and Gordo.

This is an interesting look at international film for cinefiles everywhere. If you are interested in finding more information about these screenings or ticket prices The Film Society of Lincoln Center will contain more information.


I first learned  about Fela Kuti through an African Studies class that covered politics in Africa. My classmates and I were very intrigued and captivated by his story. He was quite a vibrant personality. Many performers in the United States have drawn inspiration from his work, legendary artist James Brown has is one of them.

Kuti was a Nigerian muscisian and a politcal activist. Once I heard that there would be a broadway play  based on his music and life I could not wait to see it on stage. The show is coerographed by Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones. If you are interested in seeing the show go here. Get your tickets from telecharge.


Helping For the Holidays

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday consumerism and forget about those who aren’t as fortunate. But hopefully this year people will understand the importance of civic involvement considering these difficult economic times. Earlier this year First Lady Michelle Obama jump started United We Serve, urging that people get involved with volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in contributing to a cause this season and lending a helping hand there are plenty of opportunities around for you to help out and get involved in. Getting involved in volunteer organizations is not only a good way to help others but it also helps to be connected and engaged with the communities. Here are a list of organizations that help spread resources to those in need throughout the Long Island/ NYC area: Continue reading