“Where Do You Poop? And What Do You Eat?” by Glennies Thomas will be displayed at the Tucson Festival of Books 2022

Author Bio

Glennies Thomas, author of the new release “Where Do You Poop? And What Do You Eat?” was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Much later, she lived in New Jersey and later moved back to New York, where she currently lives. She is a certified paraprofessional, a member of the NYC Board of Education, and an alumnus of FIT, the University of Technology’s Fashion Institute. Where her career and professional skills blossomed as an accessory designer; designs and manufactures bags, shoes and sneakers, but she originally started as an entrepreneur; swimwear designer.

She has volunteered in reading to children, community services, and participating in walks for Muscular Sclerosis, March of Dimes; Birth Defects, Zero Prostate Cancer, and last but not least, Susan G. Komen: Breast Cancer.

Calumet City: Where Your Government Watchdog Needs to be Watched

CALUMET CITY, Ill.Dec. 2, 2021PRLog — Alyssia Benford, the auditor brought in by Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones to conduct an unfounded and politically motivated review of the City Clerk’s office, has brought a history of conflict and entanglements to his witch hunt. They have ramped up the pace this week with a series of questionable actions.

Earlier this fall, the Mayor hired Cleo Jones as a Chief of Staff for Figgs, one who does not report to her but who appears to be receiving funds from the City Clerk’s  budget. She did not hire staffer Cleo Jones, she does not know what he is doing, but he appears to be being paid  by money she believes is being taken from the City Clerk’s budget.

Clerk Figgs can’t know for sure because she has not been allowed access to her own office’s financial system software for months. She was recently asked to approve expenses paid by her office funds of which she has no knowledge.

This week Benford & Jones broke into City Clerk Nyota Figgs’ office and re-keyed the locks. While they were at it, they installed video cameras in Figgs’ personal office. They did not ask her if they could take these actions, nor did they inform her that these actions were being taken. They simply took the actions with no reason nor apparent legal basis.

The actions raise additional questions. Why aren’t they installing cameras throughout City Hall if the Mayor believes there is a security problem? Will Figgs be allowed to see the footage from her own newly re-keyed office so that she can know who is being given access to her office?

“While I support government transparency, it needs to be truly transparent. I am very afraid because there are important election materials that are stored in my office. I don’t know who has keys to my office, the office where the clerk’s records and the election material are stored.

All I do know is that someone installed a camera in my personal office without my instruction or permission – a camera whose footage I am not allowed to see. How is this fostering transparency? I was already worried about Trump and the Republicans tampering with elections, but now do I need to worry about people from the Mayor’s office undertaking election fraud?”

Rikki Jones, longtime head of Cook County Democratic Women said, “It is appalling how Mayor Jones and his gang think that they can bully and harass a duly elected city clerk who happens to be a Black woman. What would people say if Lori Lighfoot locked Anna Valencia out of her office? Is Mayor Lightfoot allowed to hire Clerk Valencia’s staff and spend her budget? I don’t think so. The lack of respect, bullying and harassment being conducted by Mayor Jones is disgraceful. If it is not illegal, it sure should be.”

This incredible behavior by Benford & Jones comes in the wake of a myriad of questionable actions taken by Benford:

  • Benford’s tenure as a DuPage Township Trustee has been fraught with conflict, including being sued for the questionable firing (https://patch.com/illinois/bolingbrook/alyssia-benford-vi…) of a long-time DuPage Township employee.
  • There are suits and counter suits between her and her fellow DuPage Trustees. Benford’s pattern is to create chaos wherever she goes. First DuPage County, now Calumet City.
  • Like Mayor Jones himself, Benford double dips by simultaneously holding more than one taxpayer funded position. Benford is now drawing a salary from DuPage Township and Calumet City.
  • To date, Benford has been paid at least $57,000 and has not provided an update or report about the Calumet City Clerk’s office.
  • Unless she recently changed affiliation and denounced the GOP, Benford is a Republican so her running for other offices that way isn’t remarkable. She does have two failed campaigns for higher office under her belt. Republican candidate for DuPage Township Supervisor in 2021 and Illinois State Representative in 2018. There were no primary opponents but plenty of mud-slinging with Dems (https://willcountygazette.com/stories/579807134-dupage-to…).

“Where do We Go from Here

NYC Arts Empire in Soho announces the Opening of: “Where Do We Go From Here? – The Art of Hui Tian” Saturday, May 15, 5-8pm

Dates: May 15 – June 30, 2021

Venue: NYC Arts Empire Gallery
454 Broadway, NY, NY 10013
Tel.: (954) 328-5949
Open: Wednesday – Sundays, 12-6pm and by appt.

NYC Arts Empire is pleased to announce the opening of artist Hui Tian’s exhibit entitled: “Where Do We Go From Here?” at their gallery located in Soho.

Featuring 17 pieces from the artist’s collection, these art works exemplify what social commentary is all about in the art world. Uniquely rendered oil, egg tempera, and mixed media they are captivating in size and scope and cover vast topics of social concern relevant to all audiences. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 15, 5-8 pm at the gallery. This amazing exhibition will be in house until June 30.

Hui Tian’s impressive background speaks for itself. Showing nationally and internationally at Frieze, OCAT Shenzhen, National Art Museum of China, to name just a few, he has won numerous awards. Mr. Tian’s works address the rapid development of science and technology, alongside sociopolitical movements such as neoliberalism and globalization, and the effects they have on people in today’s society. Several of the pieces are portraits of such luminous figures as John Lewis, Richard Claxton Gregory, and Andy Warhol.

Although very new to the neighborhood, NYC Arts Empire, a 2,500 square foot arts space, has become a main hub for the community of Soho and contemporary artists who frequent the area The Director, Elaine Mendez, along with sponsorship in part from Camelot Realty Group. represents artists who have a long standing in the NYC area and maintains the positive energy which has established true weekend art soiree’s with safe distancing protocols in place. NYC Arts Empire has had numerous themed exhibitions including its two most recent ones, “Create With Courage” for Women’s history month and the very successful “NYC Street Art Movement” exhibition of 34 local artists. Ms. Mendez also has a second space at 456 Broadway which is also open for solo artist exhibitions. For inquiries, please email: elaine@nycartsempire.com