Brooklynite named Summerstage manager

President Barack Obama greets people at JFK International Airport in New York, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, on his way to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 20th Annual Keepers of the Dream Award in Manhattan.
AP Photo/David Karp
AP Photo/David Karp

Brooklyn resident Kahlil T. Goodwyn was recently named venue manager of Central Park Summerstage, the seasonal presenters of concerts held at the Rumsey Playfield.

In making the announcement, Rachel Black said “after conducting an extensive search I am thrilled to announce that effective immediately Kahlil will be promoted to the position of venue manager.”

Goodwyn’s history with the series dates back to 1992 when he volunteered as a student attending Stuyvesant High School. Within a few months he was hired to work on the house crew. Since that time, he has served in a variety of positions there – including assistant site manager, assistant sales manager, music programming assistant, and office manager.

Goodwyn has been serving primarily as volunteer supervisor since 1997. In his new position he will manage the house crew to build, strike and maintain the venue, serve as liaison to colleagues at the Department of Parks and the Central Park Conservancy as well as continue to manage and direct the 300 plus volunteers who assist the public during the summer concert series.

Goodwyn graduated from Hunter College and holds a degree in mass communications.

Prior to graduation from Stuyvesant High School, he traveled extensively throughout China, Tibet, Hong Kong, Japan and Egypt. He later toured Europe. He has also traveled to Cuba, Panama, Jamaica and Barbados.

In 2012 Bid – Obama Rock$ Dinner At Six-Table Roost

President Barack Obama staked his claim for a second term in the White House recently by announcing a 2012 campaign effort. The news did not surprise supporters who doled out $1.5 million at a dinner party at the Red Roster in Harlem to aid the Democratic Party. The most powerful man in the world easily raised cash for the political party that nominated him in 2008, the best representative to win majority votes from Americans.

The fundraiser invited big spenders who paid $30,000 each to dine or not at the famous six-table eatery. A few days later, President Obama filed formal papers announcing he would seek a second term in office. The Democrats plan to raise a whopping one billion dollars before the election. On what seemed like a campaign gesture President Obama spoke at the annual national convention chaired by Rev. Al Sharpton. During his 2008 bid he also spoke at the same gathering.

Of all the candidates, Republican and Democrats, President Obama leads as the frontrunner and most likely to win in 2012.

Two Civil Rights Icons Remembered In April

Former firebrand, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell was regaled with equal respect and accolades given Dr. Martin Luther King on the 43rd anniversary of the latter’s assassination. Both died on April 4, the Nobel Peace Prize and civil rights advocate in 1968 and the first Black congressman and preacher from New York four years later.

Powell whose “Keep the Faith, baby” and “Burn, Baby, Burn” mantras resonated with the Harlem residents he represented, the no-nonsense congressman from New York received radio tributes, cultural accolades and an abundance of nostalgic references. Although, Dr. King’s memorial extended throughout the nation, for the first time Congressman Powell received measurable mention at church and social gatherings.

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