The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Newsletter

February 2014
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  Cidra M. Sebastien Discusses Best Practices  

Cidra M. Sebastien, Associate Executive Director
On Monday, February 3, Associate Executive Director, Cidra M. Sebastien served as a panelist for the Graduate NYC! Community Best
Practices Forum held at New York University. The event bought together over 200 educators and youth advocates.  Panelists and attendees discussed building a college-going culture through positive youth development.
Bro/Sis Alum Nicholas Peart Recognized for his Work on "Stop and Frisk" Reform
From left: Zachary W. Carter, Nicholas Peart, Commissioner William J. Bratton & Mayor Bill De Blasio
On Thursday, January 30, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced sweeping reforms to NYPD's unconstitutional "stop and frisk" policy and the implementation of oversight on the NYPD. Bro/Sis alum Nicholas Peart spoke at the conference representing one of the brave voices on reform.  Click Here to read article.
Nicholas also appeared on BET's list of Young African Americans who gained the spotlight in 2013 for his participation in the reform of "stop and frisk."  Click Here to read article.


Khary Lazarre-White Remains a Leading Voice on Issues Affecting Young People of Color
Khary Lazarre -White, 
ED & Co-Founder


On Friday, January 10, Executive 

Director Khary Lazarre-White participated in a roundtable conversation convened by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanic Males. On Friday, January 3, he also appeared on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" to discuss drug policy and marijuana law reform. Click Here to watch news segment.


The Huffington Post published a new op-ed piece written by Khary entitled "The Path of Poet-Educator Activists." In it, Khary discusses the founding of the Bro/Sis Lyrical Circle and shares his opinion on the connection between art and activism. Click Here to read Article.


Follow Khary @klwspeaks



Julien Terrell Lends his Voice to Discussion on Fair Policing

Julien Terrell (far right) seated with other panelists


On Thursday, December 12, Bro/Sis' Lead Organizer, Julien Terrell, was a panelist at John Jay's conference on alternatives for safe, respectful, and effective policing.  He 
spoke about what youth want from the new administration and the NYPD in order to improve policing in their communities.


What's Happening At Bro/Sis 

Figaro!  Bro/Sis Members Treated to a Night of Opera

From Left: Baritone Rashard Deleston, Soprano Cassandra Douglas & Pianist Doug Martin

On Friday, January 24, members of Bro/Sis were treated to a night of opera.  Soprano Cassandra Douglas was joined by baritone Rashard Deleston and pianist Doug Martin and performed songs by Wolfgang Mozart and George Gershwin. Members were impressed by their performance and afterwards participated in rich conversations about opera, theater and music. This is the first time many of our members have experienced opera music.


Liberation Program Members Making Strides 

in Community Outreach

Liberation Program Members on their way to 
"More Than a Quota"

Our Liberation Program (LP) members are already having a busy year. On Wednesday, December 18, members attended an event called "More Than a Quota," hosted by Make the Road New York. The event featured an interactive art gallery focusing on the effects of police abuse on young people.


Currently, LP members are conducting a film screening series that spotlights the effects of oppression and social injustices on young people.  The films screened thus far were "Trigger Wounds" and "Bullets In The Hood."  Both films focused on community violence.  The next screening will be held on February 12 at 5p.m. at the Maysles Cinema located at 343 Malcom X Boulevard, and will feature "The Central Park Five."   

LP members are also hosting monthly "Community Conversations," a neighborhood forum that connects young people with leaders and community residents to speak about important issues impacting our community such as police abuse and injustices in our schools. During these discussions, participants will develop recommendations that will drive organizing work at Bro/Sis. "Community Conversations" are held at the Brownstone located at 512 West 143rd street.

Bro/Sis Alum, Frank Lopez, addressing a group at a 
"Community Conversation"
Alumni/Member Spotlight

Alumna Elizabeth Acevedo Competes for WOWPS Title

Bro/Sis alumna Elizabeth Acevedo earned the title of "DC Woman of the World Slam Champion". Now she is preparing for the four-day WOWPS national poetry festival on March 19 - 22 in Austin, TX.  There, she will compete with over 70 of the best female poets in the world in order to earn the crown of "Woman of the World Poetry Slam" champion. We wish her the best as she prepares! Elizabeth is an alumna of our Lyrical Circle, and has traveled internationally to teach and perform spoken word.

Alumni Members Earn Master's Degrees 

Bro/Sis' alumna Marsha Jean-Charles has earned her Master's in African-American Studies from Columbia University.  She has been accepted into the African & African Diaspora Doctoral Program at the University of Texas and the Women Studies Ph.D program at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Alumni members Olave Sebastien and Shawn Bolden have both earned Master's degrees in Education from Duquesne University.   


First Round of College Acceptances Are In

Congratulations to our seniors who have been accepted into the following schools; Adelphi University, St. John's University, Manhattan College, SUNY Albany, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Onondaga Community College, SUNY Broome Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, SUNY Cortland, Cobbleskill State University and Cayuga Community College. We look forward to more acceptances to come.


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