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A sneak peek …

… at some of the great paintings of African American soldiers throughout U.S. history that you’ll see in the Saxe room today, if you attend day 3 of the Bob Marley Bash at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square.

They’re exhibited in honor of Black History Month – FEBRUARY. I saw them, along with 15 or so other paintings, Friday and loved them! These big, bold works of art pay homage to our troops of color – unsung American heroes. They comprise a traveling exhibit that is making its way throughout our state; they were created by Boston artists who are hoping the USPS makes them commemorative stamps. Cool! Here’s hoping our school kids can view them and discuss them in school, church and around the family kitchen table!





CAM00414Today! Sunday –  February 8 – Celebration film!

 Documentary ~ Rocksteady Roots of Reggae Music

While everybody has heard the music of Bob Marley, the superstar of reggae, few people know that it was Rocksteady that developed the buoyant rhythms, prominent bass pulse, soulful vocals and socially conscious lyrics that gave reggae its power.

This film features a mix of studio recording sessions at Tuff Gong Studios, rarely seen archival footage from the period and interviews with the performers at home or at places on the island that had had profound effects on their music and lives.

Drumming too with Francesca Abbey Worcester Public Library

Be there! 2 pm – 5 pm


And the lady who makes the Bob Marley celebration happen every year in Worcester  – PARLEE JONES! Here she is (far left) at the library, on Friday, with friends at the beginning of the celebration.     – R. Tirella



During American Heart Month (February), take the advice of a cardiologist …

By Heather Moore

February is American Heart Month, so follow the example of Dr. Kim A. Williams, the new president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and eat healthy vegan foods rather than meat, eggs and dairy products. Williams, who is also the chair of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, has been vegan for 12 years and encourages his patients, particularly those who are overweight and/or suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, to go vegan, too.

If the head of one of the country’s leading cardiology associations is vegan and urges his patients to go vegan, wouldn’t it make sense for all of us to follow his prescription for a healthier heart?

Williams went vegan after a routine blood test showed that his low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol—the “bad” kind that’s associated with heart disease—had climbed to 170, even though he thought he had been eating a healthy diet by choosing skinless chicken and fish, a moderate amount of dairy products and no red meat or fried foods.

But after doing some online research, Williams learned that a serving of the supposedly healthy chicken that he was eating had even more cholesterol—22 milligrams more—than a same-size serving of pork. When enough cholesterol and saturated fat build up around a person’s coronary arteries, the heart loses some of its blood supply, putting the person at risk for a heart attack.

Fortunately, unlike meat, eggs and dairy products, vegan foods are cholesterol-free and generally low in saturated fat. After being further inspired by the success of a heart patient who was following Dr. Dean Ornish’s world-renowned program for reversing heart disease, Williams stopped eating animal-based foods and increased his intake of tasty plant-based foods, including faux chicken, soy sausage, veggie burgers and almond milk. Within six weeks, his LDL cholesterol had fallen to 90.

His risk for a heart attack fell, too. Dr. William Roberts, the editor of both the American Journal of Cardiology and the Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, says that for every 1 percent decrease in blood cholesterol, the risk of a heart attack is reduced by 3 percent. So if you reduce your cholesterol level from 200 to 150—the typical vegetarian’s cholesterol level—you’ll reduce your risk of a heart attack by 75 percent.

Going vegan is the best way to reduce your cholesterol and your saturated fat intake. Dr. Michael Greger, a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, recently explained in a NutritionFacts.org blog that even sedentary vegans have healthier carotid arteries—the ones that connect the heart to the brain—than people who eat meat, eggs and dairy products and that vegans actually have better arterial health than endurance athletes who eat animal-based foods.

Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, a 100-year-old retired heart surgeon who was active at Loma Linda University in California until he was 95, went vegan in midlife after reading about the cholesterol-raising effects of eating animal protein. He credits his longevity and mental clarity in large part to his vegan lifestyle.

Williams believes it would be a laudable goal for the ACC to put itself out of business within a generation or two. Perhaps with him at the helm—a vegan leading by example—this will be possible. Regardless, American Heart Month is a fitting time for us all to start moving toward that goal, simply by choosing great-tasting vegan foods instead of animal-based ones.

Worcester celebrates Black History Month


During the Month of February (1st – 28th) Worcester has the honor of hosting the Art Exhibit, “Triumph, Black Military Unsung Heroes.” It’s an American History project that focuses on the omitted sector of American Veterans of African American heritage.

The exhibit will be on display at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square.

It was commissioned by Haywood Fennell, a Veteran/Educator and representative of Tri-Ad Veterans League and was created by Artists for Humanity, Boston’s after-school art program.

The youth involved were supervised by Stephen Hamilton, an Art Instructor at Artists for Humanity, Boston. It consists of 13 paintings. These paintings have been exhibited at the Massachusetts State House, Newton City Hall and at the Strand Theater. The group hopes to have the paintings recreated by the US Postal Service and transformed into commemorative stamps.

From the paintings, a calendar has been created which has names, dates and mostly unknown information about the African American Veterans, male and female, from the American Revolution to World War II.

At the Worcester Historical Museum 

All month long we will be collecting photographs, memorabilia and stories of your Black Veterans (family, friends, loved ones) that will be presented at the Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, at 7 p.m. on February 19.  

If you so choose, you can allow the Worcester  Historical Museum to make your contribution a part of their collection! If you have stories of a loved one or you would like to share, or if you, yourself are a veteran and would like to be included, bring your items to be scanned to the event.

The Antiquarian Society at 185 Salisbury Street will have their “Black Veteran”-related materials on display during the month of February, with free tours on Wednesdays at 3 pm.

February 1 (Sunday) ~ Opening Ceremony TRIUMPH! BLACK MILITARY UNSUNG HEROES ART EXHIBIT ~ Worcester Public Library – 2 pm to 5 pm.


February 2, 9, 16, 23 (Mondays) ~

Black History Month Film Festival

Tatnuck Branch Library, 1083 Pleasant Street.

4 pm to 6 pm.

From classic fairy tales, to comedic sports, to inspiring stories, celebrate the African American experience through a weekly movie night.

Call library for titles.

Refreshments served. All ages.

For more information, call (508)799-8329.

Let’s celebrate Black History month!

By William S. Coleman III

The month of February is celebrated as Black History Month in the United States and Canada.

Celebrating the accomplishments, past struggles, trials and life-giving sacrifices of African American communities and those who along the way who fought for their equal rights, reminds us of the greatness of the American Spirit. Just think it wasn’t that long ago that African Americans could not legally cast a vote or be educated in public colleges throughout many parts of this country, simply because of the color of their skin. On our journey to equality we have jumped many a hurdle. When I think of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to help all Americans fulfill the promise of America as handed to us in the wonderful document of our Constitution of United States of America, it brings renewed pride for me to say, “We are a great country.” Continue reading Let’s celebrate Black History month!