Cicely L. Tyson receives new prestigious honor in DC

first_imgFamed acctress Cicely L. Tyson has been inducted into the Wall of Fame of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), as Caribbean Americans celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month.Tyson, a former fashion model and daughter of immigrants from Nevis, is renowned for playing strong African-American women on screen and stage throughout her career.Presidential Medal of Freedom awardeeShe is also the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actor Guild Award and one Tony Award. Tyson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States in November 2016.ICS said Tyson is the daughter of Frederica Tyson, a domestic worker, and William Augustine Tyson, who worked as a carpenter, painter, “and at any other jobs he could find.”Her father arrived in New York City at age-21 and was processed at Ellis Island on August 4, 1919, ICS said.Awards for her role in ‘Sounder’“Having appeared in minor film and television roles early in her career, Tyson garnered widespread attention and critical acclaim for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972); she was nominated for the Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards for the role.”“Her portrayal of a young slave at the end of the American Civil War in the 1974 television film, ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman won her further praise,’” she added. “The role won her two Emmy Awards and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role among other accolades.”Tyson also appeared in the 2011 drama film “The Help” – that was set in the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.The film had her play the role of Constantine, a maid in Jackson, Mississippi and won her the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble cast.In addition to her screen career, ICS said Tyson has also appeared in various theater productions; she starred as Carrie Watts in the Broadway play, The Trip to Bountiful, winning the Tony Award, Outer Critics Award, and Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play. Tyson had previously received a Drama Desk Award in 1962 for her Off-Broadway performance in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl. Tyson has also been honored by the Congress of Racial Equality, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the National Council of Negro Women. In 1977 she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and named a Kennedy Center honoree in 2015.last_img read more

Smart Chart 3.0: A Tool to Help Nonprofits Make Smart Communications Choices

first_imgWhether you are just starting the communications planning process, checking in on a communications campaign already in progress, or interested in reviewing an effort you have already executed, the Smart Chart 3.0TM will help you assess your strategic decisions to ensure that your communications strategy delivers high impact.Strategic communications decisions are the building blocks of any successful communications planning and implementation effort. When used correctly, this tool will create stronger outcomes and help you use resources more effectively.This guide was made by Spitfire Strategies; you can read more from them at

If you sell in New York, you may have to collect and pay taxes

first_imgThere were more than 100 sales of tangible personal property delivered in the state for the preceding four sales tax quarters, which were: If you, a freelancer outside New York State, ships goods to New York you may have to register as a sales tax vendor in the state (if you haven’t already) — and collect and pay all applicable sales taxes.Why the sudden urgency about registering as a vendor in New York State? It all started last summer when the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state of South Dakota in the South Dakota v. Wayfair (138 S.Ct. 2080 [2018]) case.The ruling effectively eliminated the prohibition on a state imposing sales tax collection responsibilities on businesses without a physical presence in that state. In the case of Wayfair, the company was selling taxable goods online, but not charging customers the appropriate state sales tax. States like South Dakota, of course, had a problem with this since it meant they were losing sales tax revenue.So why New York?In New York State, the ruling triggered some existing provisions in the state tax law related to sales tax vendors. These provisions became effective immediately. Broadly, the new provisions mean that if your freelance business qualifies as a “vendor” (see the definition below) and it makes taxable sales in New York State, you are required to collect and remit New York State and local sales tax.Here are the other details that self-employed and freelance business owners need to know:What exactly is a vendor?New York State defines the term vendor to include, “a person who regularly or systematically solicits business in New York State by any means and by reason thereof makes taxable sales of tangible personal property to persons in the state.”In this case, “regularly or systematically soliciting business in New York State” means that for the immediately preceding four sales tax quarters: March 1 through May 31, 2018June 1 through August 31, 2018September 1 through November 30, 2018 andDecember 1, 2018 through February 28/29, 2019.Therefore, a freelance business that has no physical presence in New York State but meets the requirements outlined above must immediately register as a New York State vendor. A CPA specializing in freelance business taxes can help you to determine if you are required to register as a vendor and file sales tax returns in New York State. However, the general guidelines given above are a good indicator of whether you need to register as a vendor.Stay organizedAlthough this new registration requirement is specific to New York State, you can bet that other states will eye the potential tax revenue stream and follow suit. It is important to determine what sales your freelance business has made in each state, and how the local sales tax rules will impact your tax obligations, as well as the specific filing dates when sales tax payments are due.Jonathan Medows is a New York City-based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers and self-employed individuals across the country. He offers a free consultation to members of Freelancer’s Union and a monthly email newsletter covering tax, accounting and business issues to freelancers on his website, — which also features a new blog, how-to articles, and a comprehensive freelance tax guide.Jonathan is happy to provide an initial consultation to freelancers. To qualify for a free consultation you must be a member of the Freelancers Union and mention this article upon contacting him. Please note that this offer is not available March 1 through April 18 and covers a general conversation about tax responsibilities of a freelancer and potential deductions. These meetings do not include review of self-prepared documents, review of self-prepared tax returns, or the review of the work of other preparers. The free meeting does not include the preparation or review of quantitative calculations of any sort. He is happy to provide such services but would need to charge an hourly rate for his time.center_img The cumulative total of your company’s gross receipts from sales of tangible personal property delivered into the state exceeded $300,000, and;last_img read more