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9 Things We’re Still Talking About This Week


9 Things We’re Still Talking About This Week

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There are only two weeks left of 2021 and the Omicron variant is picking up pace in New York City and looming over the holiday season. Maybe you’re still mourning the loss of bell hooks; overwhelmed with keeping up with the Kim Potter trial; trying to get your booster; or can’t get “Bing Bong” out of your head. Something is always happening, all at once. It’s hard to keep track of everything. So, here’s a few things you might have missed this week.

1. Keechant Sewell to be 1st woman, 3rd Black person to lead NYC police

New York City’s second Black mayor-elect, Eric Adams, just appointed Keechant Sewell as the police commissioner, making her the first woman and third Black person to lead the nation’s largest police force. The 49-year-old Queens native will take her post at the top of the new year. With 24 years under her belt and formerly Nassau’s Chief of Detectives overseeing a staff of about 350 people Sewell has been described as just the right woman for the job. However, The Gothamist reported Sewell has echoed the mayor-elect’s view on stop-and-frisk. She said quality of life crimes “have to be enforced when it’s appropriate,” but argued that a balance could be struck.   

2. Shirley Woodson and Black photographers Disrupt The Norm In New Detroit Exhibit 

There is no age limit to success. This couldn’t be truer for Detroit painter Shirley Woodson. After over 60 years of work, at 85, Woodson is having the best year of her life. In 2021 she was announced as the Kresge Eminent Artist (accompanied by a $50,000 cash award); featured in an exhibition at the Detroit Artists Market; named among the inaugural awardees to receive the Detroit ACE Honors; and now, a featured exhibition at the Detroit Institute for the Arts. Woodson’s “Shields of the Nile Reflections” will feature 11 paintings of Black bathers, honoring the diasporic myth that the river holds transformative and nurturing benefits. The DIA will…

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