Hamptons Mouthpiece; Spill the Tea – Allura Leggard speaks with New York State Senate candidate, Skyler Johnson to discuss the upcoming election.
Johnson ‘Spills the Tea’ on his plans for healthcare; the environment; education; Police Reform and that was only a fraction of the Bold Plans he has for the future.
Unlike many of the other candidates who have other full-time jobs, Johnson tells us that his full-time job is being a student, continuing to learn more about how he can bring about change and focus on the many issues that concern Americans in the 1st district.
19-year-old Johnson is this year’s youngest candidate running for State Senate.
Johnson expressed that his use of social media and his command for the facts is important to discuss issues that many people in Suffolk County are concerned about.
Johnson is one of five Democratic candidates running this year for Senator Kenneth LaValle’s NY State Senate seat in the First District in Suffolk County. Senator LaValle has held this position for 43 years and decided he will not be running for reelection this year.
Johnson says, one of his most important issues for his campaign is providing everyone in the state with free and quality healthcare. Johnson says this can be achieved by “rebuilding our healthcare system by passing the NYHA, New York Health Act-Including: free testing, treatment, and telemedicine for everyone.”
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Hamptons Mouthpiece: Has the Awakening Begun? A peaceful protest in Bridgehampton, NY for racial equality.
On Tuesday, June 2nd organizers Lisa Votino, Lisa Calabrese and Willie Jenkins held a peaceful protest on Main street in Bridgehampton for Justice for George Floyd a black man who was allegedly murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who kneeled on Mr. Floyd’s neck and ignored his cries for help “I can’t Breathe”.
We stood in solidarity with our brothers and sisters all over the country who are demanding an end to racist policing.
We also remembered two other recent victims of deadly racism Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the sadly, all too long list of other victims.
I was heartened to see so many young people who not only came to lend their support in this fight against racism towards Black and Brown people but they took the time to make posters.
I am feeling hopeful that with this new army of Allies to the Black Lives Matter movement we can begin to open up the conversation and move forward toward real change in this country regarding systemic racism.
For many that were protesting and marching, they saw the sheer brutality in the action perpetrated against George Floydand they finally understood the significance behind Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest of taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Many finally understood that the goal of the Black Lives Matter movement was never to say that only black lives matter or that black lives matter more than everyone else’s, the goal is to shine light on an issue in this country that you only get to experience if you are black. If you have taken the time to try to acknowledge your privilege and understand the black perspective, these injustices come quickly to light.
In interviewing William Pickens III, a resident of Sag Harbor Hills Community (SANS) Mr. Pickens who ancestry is that of liberated slaves, who were among the first people to come to the New World. They sailed from England and arrived in Oyster Bay in 1670. We spoke with Mr. Pickens and asked him what was different about the murder of George Floyd and what made this protest different than other activities and other protest in the past? Mr. Pickens responded with the “sheer brutality that the officer snuffed out the life of George Floyd”; he went on to say that this protest in Bridgehampton was different because there were more white people than black people protesting, and “If white people don’t speak up nothing is going to change because they dominate the economy, politics and the history. If they are with us we’ve got a a shot and if they are not we don’t”
I end with a quote from Willam Pickens III “Illuminate Love, Eliminate Hate”
Can you see the future? It is daunting. I see a change in some privacy protections regarding Covid19 status. Pre or Post Covid19 infection certifications. A loss of some HIPAA protections in the guise of Public Health prerogatives. Let the lawsuits proceed! What will be the civil liberty concerns as this pandemic changes the social structures of our future. Before going into a restaurant will you have to show your Covid19 certification? When you enter a hospital or go to an Emergency Room, will your Covid19 status dictate which door you enter. As a Black man who understands the ramifications of bias, my experiences extend to the general public: will my Covid19 status determine my access to jobs, travel, opportunity. Will dating apps now reveal the Covid19 status of the prospective date?
I know this seems absurd on the face of it but you would be surprised what fear will do to a society (see the Red Scare period of our country’s history). If and when a vaccine is developed, will the anti-vaccine crowd be denied access to public schools upon refusing to use it. Will you be able to refuse the vaccine based on religious grounds? There are public health laws that allow the incarceration of individuals that pose a threat to the general public, will this happen here if an individual is presenting symptoms but refuses to self-isolate? Get used to proximity tracking of your travel in cities based on your Covid19 status. Our days of innocence are over. We will not be able to look down on the political decisions of the leadership of China in their authoritarian way of governance to control their populace. Can that happen here? And be cautious America, be on guard for the hardline, authoritarian political leaders who will want to control many aspects of your life based on your Covid19 status. Any excuse for power-grabbing is fair game in the post Covid-19 age.
Will Covid19ism become the new racism? Or will all this fade as we get accustomed to this new reality. Our norms will change, are changing already.
Handshakes are a thing of the past, doorknobs will disappear (who wants to touch those anymore?). We will wash our hands more as a result which is a good thing and anyone entering our homes will be expected to wash their hands immediately (I suspect there will be a decrease in seasonal Influenza). We have to be alert to the possible erosions to our privacy and freedoms. I am all for testing , but please maintain my privacy. I know that a balance will have to be found to protect my individual privacy and the protection of the public and my neighbors. I just want to give you some food for thought.
New Years Party 2020 Safari Adventure| Tuesday, December 31, 5:30pm-8pm “Midnight” balloon drop at 7:15pm |Safari Adventure, 1074 Pulaski St, Riverhead, New York 11901
The Original Swing….
New Year’s Eve at Page at 63 in Sag Harbor. They are ringing in the New Year with their annual two seating dinner 630pm and 930pm. 2nd seating includes Champagne & Live 9 piece band. Music provided by Joe Lauro & the HooDoo Loungers 📞Call to reserve a table: (631) 725-1810
Baron’s Cove: Special dinner specially created by their culinary team. If you can’t join for dinner stop by for the party in the lounge, the Cal James All-Stars will play dance band arrangements of R&B, Motown, Disco, 70’s, contemporary jazz & rock classics all the way through 1:00am. 📞Call to reserve a table: (631) 725-2101
Murf’s Backstreet: New Year’s Eve Party, 8pm-2am FREE ENTRY ; Free Champagne Toast at Midnight
Wainscott: Black Party: Black Attire New Year’s Eve @The Clubhouse: 930-1130pm
BRIDGEHAMPTON | New Year’s Eve at Topping Rose House |DJ Twilo spinning and fine dining with Jean-George
WATER MILL: New Year’s Eve at Calissa in Water Mill 9-11p $40 DJ Tony Kerr spinning 90’s classics
New Year’s Eve 2020 In The Hamptons | 90’s Themed |Tue Dec 31 2019 at 10:00 pm |Hedge Club, 125 Tuckahoe Lane, Southampton
22nd New Year’s Eve Gala at the Southampton Inn |Dec 31, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 |Southampton Inn, 91 Hill St |Southampton, NY
New Year’s Eve at 75 Main $60 per person 4 course meal | open bar option $20 per person per hour |Music by Eren AB, Dancing, Food and more…. 8pm-3am | 631-283- 7575
HAMPTON BAYS | Champagne & Confetti at Cowfish : Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Cowfish | Annual Champagne & Confetti event. 3 seatings (8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm — all ending at 12:30am), ceLebration includes a four-course chef’s menu, DJ with dancing, festive decor and party favors, balloon drop, and a champagne toast at midnight.
SOUTHAMPTON | Grand Fiesta New Year’s Eve Party At Union Cantina | December 31 – January 1, 2020 |9:00pm – 3:00am|holiday Fiesta |Live Music, |Signature Specials |Four-Hour Top Shelf Open Bar, Passed Hors D’oeuvres, A Full Dinner Buffet Plus Dessert Table And A Live Musical Performance Featuring Deep C Revival And Dj Disco Pauly| $75.
Ring in 2020 as you take a step back in time to the Roaring 20’s. Wear your best Gatsby-inspired attire as you dance to live 20’s-inspired jazz and a DJ, enjoy a premium open bar, and toast to the New Year with a glass (or two) of bubbly. Tickets include premium open bar, including champagne and specialty cocktails like the French 75 and Gin Rickey. Raw Bar and passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Dane, a live jazz band and DJ set.
New Years Eve Party!
Tue Dec 31 2019 at 06:00 pmThe Mill Roadhouse, 142 Mill Rd, Westhampton Beach, New York
Great Gatsby themed New Years Eve celebration. The girls behind the bar will be decked out in flapper costumes, and ready to serve up a good time. There will be a DJ upstairs at 9pm, and there is a $20 cover at the front door. Dress to impress, 21+ event. Kitchen will be open from 6-10pm $55 3 course Prix Fixe Menu. call 631-684-9413 for reservations, no cover charge with dinner.
Ring in the new year with dining, dancing, laughter, and elegant fun… only at The Historic Suffolk Theater! Long Island Comedy presents a hilarious lineup of world-class comedians, along with exquisite cuisine from Chef Noah (for additional fee), and dancing to the sounds of DJ Phil, spinning everything from yesterday to today. After-party |dancing with Long Island’s favorite DJ Phil and complimentary champagne toast at midnight! 21 and over only.
If you must drink tonight, drink responsibly DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Save a Life, Save your own life.
Hamptons: One of the highlights of my 2019 was meeting Alfre Woodard at the 2019 Hamptons Film Festival for the Premiere of her newest film Clemency to be released in December.
Alfre Woodard is one of my favorite actors and it was exciting to meet her in real life. I had the pleasure to see her newest movie 🎥 Clemency directed by Chinonye Chukwu starring Alfre Woodard as the Warden and Aldis Hodge as the inmate on Deathrow. I thought the film was riveting yet dark and upsetting.
The lack of dialogue brought so much intensity to the film. The acting without words really focused on the Facial expressions which made this film Oscar worthy in my opinion.
The actors were not afraid to go all the way; Life was happening between the lines, it was Intense and authentic. The character Bernadine was strong, deep and profound, an extraordinary performance, one of her best. Aldis performance was gripping and I think we will be seeing more from him on the big screen.
Watching the actors and director engage with each other in admiration on the red carpet made me determined to see this film. Saw it today and it was as powerful as I thought it was going to be. Performances from, Alfre Woodard & Aldis Hodge we’re so incredible. It was wonderful seeing Alfre in a lead role and Aldis Hodge is definitely one to watch. Directed and written by: Chinonye Chukwu
The release is later this month nationwide, December 27, 2019. I personally think was an #oscarworthyperformance