Barrons may switch upstate/downstate roles

Barrons may switch upstate/downstate roles
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Husband and wife political representatives Charles and Inez Barron may reverse commutes from Brooklyn by deciding to replace each other in the New York State legislature and the New York City Council.

Hinting an interest to argue issues from the upstate Albany legislature, Councilman Barron told a talk radio show listening audience to WBLS-FM that the possibility might be imminent.

Although he seemed reluctant to formally announce plans, Brooklyn’s East New York champion quipped jokingly about his intention saying: “Guess who’s coming to dinner, (Gov. Andrew) Cuomo?”

The councilman’s parallel to a film which starred Sydney Poitier — the first Black actor to win an Academy Award — could be interpreted to suggest that the governor should be alerted to an unexpected guest who might stop in for dinner and could stay longer.

His expiring term limit in the city Council will force him to relinquish the seat he has held in the 42nd Councilmanic District since2002.

In order to retain political influence he is considering a bid to occupy the seat his Assemblywoman spouse has held since 2009.

During his tenure, Barron ran for congress last year, mayor in 2005 and sought the second highest elected position in city government by running for public advocate. He also made a bid for president of Kings County.

If the councilman so decides, a special election would be called to re-seat a representative in the 60th AD.

The councilmember said he will formally announce a decision that could find the pair exchanging vantage while retaining power slots to decide New York law.

Thespians Laud 100-Year-Old Lensman

Three of Hollywood’s most accomplished thespians recently engaged specially invited guests and shoppers inside Macy’s Department during a Black History Month tribute to film and photo legend Gordon Parks.

Actors Malik Yoba, Omari Hardwick and actress Malinda Williams engaged guests in spirited discussions about one of America’s most reputed media icons during a program titled “In Conversation.”

The discussion focused on Park’s influence on films and also questioned the future of African American cinema.

Presented by the mid-town, Manhattan, store, the event was hosted in conjunction with the Gordon Parks Foundation and the American Black Film Festival.

Libations and live music were also integrated into the presentation which commemorated the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Lucky shoppers in the alleged world’s largest department store were treated to a commemorative journal which featured photos taken by the renowned photographer.

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