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Metro News: New York City Pride Guide

New York City Pride Guide

Pride listings

The Rally
Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 72nd St. and Fifth Ave., Free
Hosted by Chelsea Lately and “The Tonight Show” regular Ross Matthews, the rally will see numerous performances and motivational speakers taking the stage. Comedian Christine O’Leary is also slated to be making an appearance at the event. Join them and hear how the LGBT community resonates a sense of “Pride and Powerful,” which is also the theme of the Pride events this year.

Rapture on the River: A Women’s Dance
Saturday, June 25,
3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Pier 54, Hudson River Park
13th St. and W. Side Hwy., $25-$75,
Starting off the party with a 2-for-1 happy hour from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Rapture will progress into a night of dancing with music spun by the legendary DJs Susan Levine and Mary Mac — definitely the party for all lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified women. 
Sunday, June 26,
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hudson St., between
Abingdon Square and W.
14th St., free,
The PrideFest event is in its 18th, and it continues to bring together local residents and families — and increasingly, out-of-state visitors as well. Vendors and entertainers bring the celebration to the streets.
The March
Sunday, June 26, noon
36th St. and Fifth Ave., free
The LGBT Pride March commemorates the Stonewall Riots and raises awareness for civil rights issues and causes. It is a celebration of love and the freedom to express and be oneself. Don’t miss the world’s oldest Pride event!

Dance on the Pier: Dance 25
Sunday, June 26
2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Pier 54, Hudson River Park
13th St. and W. Side Hwy., $55-$200,
The last event of Pride Week, Dance on the Pier promises to bring its participants a whole night of fun as DJs from both the local scene and Brazil are invited to join the party. After the PrideFest event and The March, consider swinging by Pier 54 as the crowd dances the night away against the western skyline.

Published: June 16, 2011 7:22 p.m.
Last modified: June 16, 2011 7:32 p.m.

Addit. Reporting for Metro News: The Word: Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian had a better start to their Labor Day than you did


Kris and Kim were welcomed to NYC in style on Wednesday.

Published: September 05, 2011 5:59 p.m.
Last modified: September 05, 2011 6:06 p.m.
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Newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries kicked off their Labor Day weekend in style at a huge soiree hosted by media guru Jason Binn and party planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie. Titled “A Night of Style & Glamour,” celebs like Tinsley Mortimer, Lance Bass, Kyle MacLachlan, La La Anthony, Greta van Susteren and Sonja Morgan gathered at the huge, gilded party space Capitale to celebrate on Wednesday night. “Everything she does is big and over the top. So who better than the two of us to get together and roll out a party welcoming her to New York?” Cowie told reporters while working the red carpet. “With that in mind, we bring great entertainment, beautiful people, fabulous cocktails, extraordinary food and a lot of surprises.” Here’s how East Coasters who weren’t invited (or couldn’t attend) the California wedding celebrated the couple:

“I just asked her about throwing a party in New York and they said that would be wonderful. So I called up Cowie and said we should do it. He was generous to donate his time and energy to create something I’ve never seen before.”
— Jason Binn, party co-host

“We’re coming out with a book and we’re giving it to Kim as a wedding present. You need to know how to cook to keep a man. We’ve been together for 13 years and we’re hoping to convince Kim to throw our wedding.” — Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge (aka: The Fabulous Beekman Boys) on their new cookbook, “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook”

“Just enjoy it — the first two years are the best. Enjoy it, Kim! Take every moment with your man.”— Sonja Morgan’s advice for the bride

With additional reporting by Claudia Kassab

Addit. Reporting for Metro News: When Biebs met The Wintour

Brooklyn Decker, Justin Bieber and Anna Wintour at Fashion’s Night Out. Below, an artistic rendering of the results if Bieber and Wintour swapped hair styles.

Published: September 11, 2011 6:14 p.m.
Last modified: September 11, 2011 6:19 p.m.
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On Thursday night, during Fashion’s Night Out, Dolce & Gabbana’s Madison Avenue shop turned from hosting a sophisticated soiree to an absolute madhouse once Justin Bieber showed up. Decked head to toe in the designer, Bieber brought the paparazzi — and hoards of screaming young fans (they were lining up to buy $195 D&G autographed shirts; a portion of proceeds went to Bieber’s favorite charity). Other big names at the FNO event included Tyson Beckford, Chase Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Sophia Bush, Usher and Anna Wintour.

Beckford chatted with Metro on his style muse: “I’m inspired by walking down the street every day,” he said. “I’m inspired by other guys, how they dress. [But] I really want to do this [Dolce & Gabbana] James Bond tuxedo, that thing is sick.”

When we finally got through the throngs of reporters, we asked Bieber what was one item he couldn’t live without. And he actually had a sensible answer: “My shoes,” he said. He even gabbed a bit about recording two new albums, saying, “I’ve been focusing a lot on my Christmas album. I’m excited about the final outcome.”

And although our reporter couldn’t hear what was said when the superstar actually met Anna Wintour at the event, let’s hope it had something to do with one day swapping their iconic hairstyles.

— With additional reporting by Claudia Kassab

Scepter Student Newspaper: Student Government Strut Their Stuff By Claudia Kassab

Student Government Strut Their Stuff
By Claudia Kassab
This spring, the KCC Student Government hosted an open house event to spread awareness on campus and recruit students interested in becoming actively involved in student activities. With a table situated in the Breezeway, the Student Government provided detailed information about the club as well as distributed Student Government pins. Along the way to the cafeteria, it was hard to pass by without recognizing the rest of the tables each representing a different council.
Student Government

The Student Government consists of five councils: Business, Public Health, Math and Science, Liberal Arts, Part-time and Evening. Each with their own budget and plans for the spring semester, every council provides support to students with educational and sociable events each pertaining to their own domain.

From the second floor clusters, you could hear the music coming from the Public Health council room; it was a party in there. Each council room held their own informational with food and music.

The Evening and Part-time councils are led by President Steven A. Rodriquez. This council works for the benefit of all part-time and evening students. Located in room F-201, Rodriquez portrayed his passion saying it’s important to remember the students who aren’t able to be at school full time or during the day. They have a say when it comes to events on campus.

The Math and Science council serves the students of the sciences with Dennis Hamichand as vice president. A trip to the Bodies Exhibit is an event the council is working on. The council is also planning to set up new lab utility areas to help lab students. If one was to ever forget to bring goggles or a calculator to class, you would be sure to find a spare at the Math and Science council room.

The Business Council was successful in making themselves known for they were marketing themselves with utmost effort with Jonathan Colon as president of the council. Passionate in their ‘stock’ efforts, an event they are working on is a movie series featuring business related flicks, a Business game show, and a Business seminar with a special guest speaker from Goldman Sacs. They are currently looking for someone to fill in their secretary position.

All of the councils are involved in providing tickets to the Spiderman play on Broadway and Lion King, the Spring Fling, a trip to Six Flags and Mic Night.

The KCC peer advisor program is another project by the Office of Student Life advertised by the Student Government. Some of the responsibilities include giving direction and assistance to new students and their families, speaking to new students during orientation and assisting the faculty and administration at Awards Night and Graduation.

Crowds of students filled the clusters and council rooms full of curious students portrayed that the open house was a definite success. A diverse and ambitious pack, the student government is highly dedicated to helping students and working together. It is interesting to see different groups work as one; “students united will never be defeated.”

Short Fiction Review: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (1894)

  Mrs. Millard lost her husband in a railroad disaster. Her sister told her gently because Mrs. Millard has heart problems that can risk her health. Upon knowing the news through her sister who found out through her husband’s friend, Richards, she cried a lot and took heed in her bedroom. She sat facing an open window thinking about her astonishment. All of a sudden it hit her. She was free. Free from the power of man and all his burdens placed upon her. The wind was blowing through her hair and the sound of rain was heard, and the sound of music, all describing her re-birth and her new ability to feel again. Motionless, Mrs. Millard was a young calm individual whose been repressed too long in time. Her husband never showed her affection or love. She felt like this sense of power was processing her when in fact, it was joyfully exciting her. She was able to breathe again. 

   She then imagines the future when she is to see him in his coffin, dead. She pictures the occasion and knows that she will cry upon the sight of him. The kind hands folded and his face that never showed her love. Imagining all the years of freedom to come, she dismisses the imagery. 
    She would live for herself; this revelation served her with the best joy she had ever felt before in her life. Her sister Josephine begged her to open the door for she thought Mrs. Millard was ill in sadness. The front door opened and her husband walks in. The arrival kills Mrs. Millard. 
          I feel bad that the wife was so suppressed by her husband and making him happy that the happiness she felt was like no other feeling she had ever felt in her life. It was beyond her grasp as his appeared to be alive after all. The fact that throughout the story it wasn’t known what her name was. She was identified by her husband’s last name, Millard. I found that to be a nice trick. She was miserable in her life and I’m supposing it was what caused her heart problems. 
    Nowadays, a woman is able to leave her husband especially if she is unhappy with her marriage. Some women are so dependant on their husbands that they cannot leave them no matter how unhappy they are. It’s sad to know that one cannot live one’s life due to another person who according to society is “superior” when in fact, they are equal. 

Short Fiction Review: Karintha by Jean Toomer

Karintha is a girl that grows up so quickly because her beauty lures men twice her age to her thus forcing her to grow up early and fulfill her role.  Desired as a child, Karintha is shown in the beginning of the short story as a child na├»ve of life and love. At youth, she was so beautiful that men ignored women their age and went after her waiting for her to be old enough to mate with her. At 12, she was mischievous but nonetheless, her beauty and youth granted her an easy way out for to everyone, she was an innocent flower. Rumors about her circled the society, and thus, her youth was jeopardized.  Her mother and father would mate right next to where the children would sleep thus she was exposed to love making at an early age. She was tempted to imitate it with a boy and thus, called it play ‘home’. That began everything. Being a woman, she is cornered by old men who once went after her when she was a child. In anger, she indulges them manipulating them. She has young men hovering by her side. Men go study, and the city making their money and fulfilling their careers. She on the other hand, has been married many times and bore a child. She was “ripened” too soon, beauty ended her. 
   Karintha was never able to live a proper childhood. She was never able to have fun as a child because she was always surrounded by men interested in mating with her because of her beauty. She wasn’t able to be rebellious either because she was always the good girl due to her angelic features. She was also openly exposed to sex as a child, which isn’t good for children her age. When she played home with that boy, I felt bad that she compared home to lovemaking by saying play home. Home should be a place of family, comfort, shelter, and a caring atmosphere. The men in her life were all selfish for they robbed her of a childhood. Due to all these problems she had that she never asked for, she bore a child and had many husbands. She was never able to get a proper education, earn her own money or lived independent from her spouse/partner. 

Her sole existence was through the men who court her. Her unequal state, large gender issues and social barriers examined the lack of women’s rights. They selfishly destroyed her youth she was forced to partake in her society’s expectation of being reproductive. Women were so suppressed by men that their rights were not existent for the longest time. The end highlighted her deep state of unhappiness. 

Short Fiction Review: A pair of silk stockings by Kate Chopin

    A feeling of importance came over Mrs. Sommers after she found fifteen dollars one day and through temptation of dazzling goods, she indulges. At first, whilst she thought of what she should do with the money she imagines that spending it on I think her children. On new dresses and shoes, she decides to do just that with her money. That day, after fulfilling her household duties of cleaning and tending to her children’s needs, she leaves the house without attending to herself. Faintly, she goes to buy the items for her children. A woman used to cheap items and a skill for bargaining, Mrs. Sommers decides to change her ways and buy a pair of silk stockings. The luxury tempted her for more. She then bought shoes and gloves. A sense of assurance and wealth gave her a feeling she hasn’t felt before. 
  Her desires didn’t weaken; she got lunch and then watched a theatre play. There she meets a women beyond her social rank but wasn’t ever noticed. She never had a stare fixed on her and that brought her joy. She awaited a cable car, and thus, a man opposite her fixed his eyes on her symbolizing the desire for this “dream” to never end. 

Mrs. Sommer’s role has always been to be the barer of children and take care of them and the household. That was the only purpose she had. When she found the money, the first thing she thought to do with it was to cater to her children. Her life changed when she felt something as exquisite as silk. The desire for beautiful things tempted her for more. More and more, she lived the life in the shoes of someone in a higher social rank than herself. She wasn’t looked down as poor and that made her feel like she belonged, that she wasn’t insignificant. She disguised herself so well that she was also able to befriend a lady of high stature at the theatre.

Women were suppressed into a role of motherhood at such a young age that that was all they knew. It was rare for women to have the opportunity to go pursue a career or education. Being independent for a woman was looked down on and never easy to do. Being poor on top of that sort of life seems like misery to the modern woman. Our society has come a long way since those times of suppression. Women live an equal life alongside men and are able to choose to be a housewife, professional, or both.