Many people relaxed and shared in each other's company throughout the afternoon. The theme of "Stop the Violence" was conveyed in music and words during last week's annual Family Day in O'Donohue Park on Beach 17 Street.
Singers such as True and Kenyona called for an end to violence in the songs they performed. Others like Les Paultre - the father of Nicole Bell Paultre, who was the fianceé of the late Sean Bell - asked that young people put down their guns.
The July 28 event, which was sponsored by E.A.J. Entertainment and Promotions, in association with Councilman James Sanders Jr., was not entirely a serious one. Families celebrated birthdays, held picnics and listened to a list of musical performers headlined by The Persuaders.
|The Persuaders brought the house down singing such hits as "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate." Vinny "the science guy" holds the interest of youngsters as he explains different experiments to them. It was Ida Lindo's 50th birthday last Saturday and she celebrated it with her family at O'Donohue Park. Standing next to Lindo, center, is her sister Dollar West, who turned 49 the following day. Nicole Paultre-Bell, center, is presented with a birthday cake by DJ Larry Love, Councilman James Sanders Jr. and his wife Andrea, Eddie Jackson, her parents and the CEO of the Jam Master J. Foundation, Marvin Thompson. The message on singer True's T-shirt was the same as the lyrics of his song - "Stop The Violence." Kenyona (inset) called for an end to violence in her song "Garden of Evil." |