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SarahJThe #MeToo movement has exposed some bad behaving men (and boys), but also a lot of discombobulated and unhinged women — made more so by their activism.

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HighTimes2HighTimesOne of America’s treasures is her black community, which today is the dominant influence in American culture. The driving force behind black greatness has always been a healthy dose of spirit (Holy Spirit). But at a time when black Americans have acquired enormous resources, opportunity and material power, there has sadly been an diminishing of that true (holy) spirit — because of activism (“loud and proud”) intent on building-up the self with unholy and malevolent spirits (42 million strong). The result is a community where black gold is becoming black mold.

BalletHispanicoCarolineHerreraBallet Hispanico, the Latin Dance organization, held their Carnaval Gala 2018 on Monday evening at the Plaza Hotel. Honorees included Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Carolina Herrera, and Marcos Torres.

NYIAS18cWill to power and the road to hell — no future in that. The better way is to align one’s will, not with demonic possession but with the divine will.

HopperTShirtDenneis Hopper T-shirt, available at Hayward House, NYC.

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RockCenterTwenty-Seventeen will be remembered as a year that saw the Modern State of Israel, the greatest groper of them all, grabbing Jerusalem as its capital, with an  endorsement from America’s Groper-In-Chief. And countless women, many who have no problem killing their own babies, lining up to get men fired for so-called inappropriate behavior.

At a time of heightened focus on identity (“This is who he is.”), it’s important to understand that we gain ourselves—by losing ourselves—not through exploiting or dominating others but rather in freely serving them.

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StreetArt2017oClimate change.

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BeSpokeMeatpacking District, NYC – June 13, 2017

StreetArt17aaPuerto Rico Day, NYC – June 11, 2017

NYIFF17The Indo-American Arts Council is gearing up for its New York Indian Film Festival (April 30-May 7) at various locations around Manhattan. With 85 shorts, features, and documentaries — including father-son themes, mental health issues, and the Big “O” (Lipstick Under My Burka) — there is something for everyone.

psychology-of-insanity“It is possible that insanity, or a part of insanity, will prove to be less dependent upon intrinsic defects of the individual than on the conditions in which he has to live, and the future may determine that it is not the individual who must be eliminated, but the conditions which must be modified.” Bernard Hart

In recent days James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks basketball team, and Al Franken, U.S. senator, have accused Charles Oakley and Donald Trump of mental illness. And yet one wonders if any mental health professional would stand up and state publicly that Dolan and Franken are themselves “mentally healthy.” And furthermore it’s worth considering how the actions of Messrs. Dolan and Frankin have over the years contributed to conditions in society that need modifying.

fashionweek17bWe asked one fashionista what he thought of the eagerly anticipated Calvin Klein show today. He said: “It was ookaaay.”

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Temple.JPGtemplestclairJewelry designer Temple St. Clair is out with her magnum opus, “The Golden Menagerie” — a glimpse at the mystery and process of her stunning designs.

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dayofdead2dayofdeadLiberation from evil?

intercoiffure2016-vancouncilintercoiffure2016-vancouncil2intercoiffure2916aDescribing himself as a “warrior for love,” hairdresser Van Council, owner of Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, GA, performed today in the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria at this year’s Intercoiffure Fall Atelier.

We recommend: Artego “Rain Dance” Cream Shampoo & Serum Oil.

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intercoiffure2016Intercoiffure’s 2016 Fall Atelier

 

birthofanationPride will not set us free, but truth will.

auction-phillipsRichard Avedon’s Brigitte Bardot sold at Phillips NY on October 6, 2016.  Behind the auctioneer is a work by Adam Fuss.

sterling-tiffanyshotglassThis handmade Tiffany Sterling Silver shot glass (c.1960) is worth no more than the price of the silver ($19/oz.) — to several silver dealers we spoke with recently. One said that people are buying Tiffany more for the box than for what’s inside.

Much of what had value (and price) in America years ago is worth nothing today.

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streetart-eastvillageEast Village – September 20, 2016

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StreetArt-StorageWarsAmerican pop-culture, from Storage Wars to Duck Dynasty, seen in a Midtown dumpster yesterday.

DominicanParadeDominicanParade2Dominican Day, Fifth Avenue NYC – August 14, 2016

TopmanWhen advancement is unearned the community is diminished. To be healthy in a community people need to be of one mind and one heart, on the way to God. They need to leave behind all self-seeking in order to find happiness in love for the other.

‘Take envy away, and what I have is yours. Take envy away, and what you have is mine. Possess love, and you possess everything.’ St Augustine

 

FourSeasonsAshTraysLotus Editions is offering a complete set of vintage ashtrays from The Four Seasons restaurant, with matchboxes. Contact: stephen@lotuseditions.com

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