TEAMS UP WITH KISS FM’S NICOLE BROWN TO KICK-OFF BLACK HISTORY
MONTH BY PRESENTING:
CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY THROUGH SONG
Borough President Adolfo Carrión sings gospel favorite,
"Take Me Back," with the Greater Faith Temple Choir
during the borough's Bronx Black History Month Celebration.
Borough President Adolfo
Carrion and KISS-FM's Nicole Brown of, "KISS
Inspirations," welcomed New Yorkers to, “LIFT
EVERY VOICE,” a celebration of Black History Month
through gospel music. The event held Saturday, February
7th at 4:00 p.m. at Greater Faith Temple located at 4214 White
Plains Road, (between East 233rd and 234th
Streets) kicked-off Black History Month in the Bronx featuring
choirs from Fellowship Tabernacle, Greater Faith Temple with
special selections from the Bronx Mass Choir.
said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire borough and
city to come together and celebrate the many accomplishments of prominent
African-Americans and Caribbean-Americans from our area.
continued, “We have some of the best in gospel music our borough has to
offer so come and enjoy the performances as we also recognize our honorees who
have each excelled in their profession and who continuously give back to our
accomplished African-Americans were celebrated during the event. They were:
Owner, Sam’s Restaurant (Specializing in Soul Food Cuisine)
Amoah, Owner of Sam's Restaurant on the Grand Concourse receives honors
from Bronx Borough resident Adolfo Carrión and KISS-FM's Nicole Brown.
is Sam Amoah’s
home away from home. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Amoah has lived
in the borough for 20 years and has spent the last five of them, as owner of the
ever-popular Sam's Restaurant located in the heart of the Bronx Cultural
Corridor at 596 Grand Concourse. Specializing in soul food cuisine,
Sam’s Restaurant began as a small take out restaurant attracting nearby
students from Cardinal Hayes High School. He then expanded to include fine
dining in the evening. Always flexible to the needs of the marketplace, Amoah
recently added another attraction to this winning combination by featuring
at his restaurant, every Wednesday from February through November. As someone
who continuously finds ways to grow and expand his service, Amoah gets high
marks from his customers who also recognize him as a history maker for opening
the first African-American business on the Grand Concourse.
running his own business, Amoah finds time to do charity work for several
Bronx-based organizations including the Citizens Advice Bureau, SOBRO,
Administration for Children’s Services Christmas parties.
Clifton Banks, Principal,
The Bronx School for Law Government and Justice
Banks, Principal of Bronx School for Law Government and Justice (center),
is honored during Black History Month Celebration
sits at the helm of the new $75 million state-of-the-art Bronx School for Law,
Government and Justice located in the Downtown Bronx. As Founding
principal of the school that features a new courtroom/video conferencing center,
crime lab and forensics science lab, Banks proudly carries the awesome task of
providing all 450 of his students with a solid academic foundation to prepare
them for future careers in law and government.
school is part of a complex that includes an adjacent $250 million dollar Bronx
Criminal Courthouse now under construction. The project represents an
unprecedented partnership between a criminal justice facility and an inner city
is a graduate of Rutgers
University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received his law degree from
St. John’s University, School of Law. He earned his Educational Administration
and Supervision certification in Spring of 1995 by attending three colleges;
Brooklyn College, City College and Baruch College.
began his work career as a teacher with the New York City Department of
Education at Public School 167 in 1986. While teaching, he attended St.
John’s University School of Law in the evenings. He left the Department
of Education in 1992 to pursue his law career. He worked at the New York
City Law Department–
Office of the Corporation Counsel and the New York State Department of Law –
Office of the Attorney General. While with the Attorney General’s office
he was appointed Deputy Director of Public Liaison. His love of teaching called
him back to the Department of Education where he worked as Assistant Principal
at P.S. 191 in Crown
who was born in Brooklyn
and raised in Queens, lives with his wife Marion and four children in Teaneck,
J. Banks, Student, Morris High School
J. Banks, a senior at Morris High School who participated in an expedition to
Antarctica in December, was honored by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión.
Banks was joined by Gary Israel (far right), Teacher and Coordinator of the
Morris High School Robotics Team.
J. Banks has
made headlines as the winning captain of the nationally recognized Championship
Morris High School FIRST Robotics Team. Already a high-performing senior
with a long list of accomplishments throughout his academic career, Banks can
now add this one to his list: Explorer. As a recipient of the Student On Ice
Scholarship, Banks participated in the December 2003 Expedition to Antarctica
where he joined other students from around the world, for an educational mission
to the continent. Banks is also Senior Class Vice President of Morris High
School, C.E.O. of Morris High School Virtual Enterprise Business Program, Senior
Student Mentor Coordinator for Morris High School/McGraw-Hill Mentor Program,
Vice-President of the Morris High School ASPIRA Club, High School Coach for the
I.S. 162 FIRST Lego League New York State Champions and Winner of the National
Jr. Mentor of 2003 FIRST Lego League Competition.
Robert Chin M.D., Director of Emergency Medicine, North Central Bronx Hospital
Robert Chin, MD, Director of Emergency Medicine, North Central Bronx Hospital (2nd
from left) is introduced to the podium by Bronx Borough President Adolfo
Carrión and Joe S. Orlando, Senior VP North Bronx Healthcare Network, at
borough’s Black History Month Celebration. Nicole Brown of Kiss
Inspirations is on the left.
has served as the Medical Director of Emergency Services at the North Central
Bronx Hospital (NCBH) since February 2003. In his role, Dr. Chin has
focused special effort in two specific areas in the delivery of emergency medial
care: Bio-terrorism preparedness and the provision of enhanced care for the
survivors of sexual assault.
Chin attended medical school at Cornell
University Medical College, where he received numerous awards for excellence in
clinical medicine. He completed specialty training in Internal Medicine at
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan and Emergency Medicine at
Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and
is board-certified in both sub-specialties.
Dr. Chin is a Fellow of the
American Board of Emergency Medicine and a member of the
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. An Assistant Professor of
Emergency Medicine at Albert
Einstein College of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Associate
Professor at Long Island University School of Nursing, Dr. Chin is active in
teaching, training new physicians and in research.
devoted husband and father, Dr. Chin resides in Rockland
County with his wife, Ricarda, and their three young children. He is an
active member of his church where he serves as Elder. In his spare time,
Dr. Chin is an avid cyclist.
Hodge, Director, Station Services & Community Affairs
Hodge, Director of Station Services and Community Affairs at WCBS-TV, is honored
by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión (right) and Nicole Brown of KISS
Inspirations at the Borough's Black History Month Celebration.
the Director of Station Services and Community Affairs at WCBS-TV. She was
appointed to the position in 1991, with the responsibility of overseeing
outreach efforts, programs and special projects.
She has developed and implemented a number of programs at WCBS-TV that have had
a special impact on the community including, "Learn About AIDS," a
public service awareness campaign aimed at teenagers, "A Time To
Read," focused on the importance of parent and child bonding through
education and "Fulfilling The Dream," a unique initiative
that honored individuals and programs from multi-ethnic communities across
the New York tri-state area in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's
birthday. In addition, Ms. Hodge provides technical assistance to
non-profit organizations on media relations and public awareness including
Bronxnet Cable Access where she serves as board member.
Before joining WCBS-TV, Hodge served as Director of Community Affairs at WCBS-AM
Newsradio. In this capacity she implemented several programs such
as "Heart Month," a healthy heart awareness campaign, the
"Volunteer" campaign that outlined a variety of activities to match
one's interest while
making a difference and "A World of Difference," a prejudice reduction
campaign encouraging tolerance.
In addition, she produced the public
"Access," winning several awards including one from the New York State
Broadcasters Association, the National Broadcast Association for Community
Affairs and the New York Council of Churches. An active participant in the
community throughout her career, Hodge has graciously volunteered her time and
expertise to a wide variety of organizations and efforts. She presently serves
on the board of The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and
Nontraditional Employment for Women. She spent several years on the board of
trustees at Marymount
Manhattan College, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Louise Wise
Services for Children where she continues to be involved in committee
is a graduate of Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York where she earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Silie, Esq., Partner, Johnson & Silie, LLP
Silie, Esq., Partner at Johnson & Silie, LLP, located on East 149th Street
in the Bronx, was honored by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión and
Nicole Brown of KISS Inspirations.
Silie, Esq. opened
the Law Offices of
Johnson & Silie, LLP on East 149th Street in the Bronx with her
partner Sauda S. Johnson, Esq. shortly
after being admitted to the New York Bar in April 2003. Her area of practice is
Real Estate, Entertainment, Wills and Business Law.
generation Dominican-American, was born in Manhattan and raised in the
Bronx. After graduating from the High School of Art and Design, Silie
attended SUNY Purchase in Westchester where she received a BA in Political
Science and graduated with honors.
|Subsequently, she worked as a paralegal
at the large New York City Firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, while she applied
for law school. In 1999, Silie started her legal education at the
University at Buffalo Law School and completed her studies at Brooklyn Law
School where she earned a Juris Doctorate Degree. Silie was admitted to
the New York Bar in April 2003.
S. Johnson, Esq., Partner, Johnson & Silie
S. Johnson, Esq.
opened the Law Offices of Johnson & Silie, LLP on East 149th
Street in the Bronx with her partner Naomi
Esq. shortly after being
admitted to the New York Bar.
who was born in Oakland,
California, moved with her parents to Brooklyn when she was
four-years-old. She graduated from a prep school in Connecticut and
attended the University of California where she studied theater, ran track,
joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha organization and graduated with honors.
Although Johnson’s primary passion is acting, she attended Brooklyn Law School
and received her Juris Doctorate Degree in 2002. Sauda was admitted into
the New York Bar in June 2003