ELMONT, NY (September 30, 2022) – After celebrating a successful launch in the Fall of 2021, Petula Beckles, Inc announced that The Petula Beckles Jazz festival at the Sovereign Markets and presented by Petula’s Place, will take place on Sunday October 16th, 2022 at 4-10 PM. 

Launched in 2021, PBJazz Fest continues to distinguish itself by hosting some of the industry’s brightest acts and providing an unforgettable live music experience for fans of all ages, and offered free and open to the public. This 2nd year anniversary also marks Petula Beckles Inc’s continued commitment to fulfill its mission of bringing the community together and providing a showcase for performing arts, activities, and recreation to the public, through music and special events. 

 “Since its inception, Petula Beckles Jazz Fest’s goal has been to provide a world class music festival and gathering place for the community to enjoy,” said Petula Beckles, CEO of Petula Beckles, Inc. “As we celebrate our 2nd anniversary, we feel fortunate to have a supportive community. It is important to be responsive to our local businesses’ interests by providing more opportunities to share their products and services to a larger community, and bringing more national touring artists, and offering an enhanced PBJazz Fest experience.” 

About PBJazz Fest presented by Petula’s Place 
Located in Jamaica Queens, and backed by Councilwoman Selvena N. Brooks- Powers and Senator Leroy Comrie, Petula Beckles Jazz Festival is presented by Petula’s Place and is one of the most iconic celebrations of music in New York City, hosting some of the industry’s brightest acts for an unforgettable live music experience. Since its inception in 2021, Petula Beckles Jazz Fest continues to distinguish itself as a premier national music festival and has been developing an unrivaled reputation, consistently featuring performances, and local and regional vendors at the Sovereign Markets Located at 225th street and 141st road in  Laurelton Queens NY. The 2022 edition of the Petula Beckles Jazz Fest will take place on October 16th at 4-10pm. For the latest information, visit, or Twitter @pbjazzfest

Petula Beckles, Inc., producer of PBJazz Fest, continues to fulfill its mission of bringing the community together and providing a showcase for performing arts, activities, and recreation to the public, through music and special events. The Following are this year’s partners. 

AlutepTV promotes creativity and allows for artists and their fans to think outside the traditional commercial boundaries of music. We are a 24/7 television network that broadcasts Christ-focused music content including music videos, live events, music news, artist profiles, on-demand performances, tour and festival coverage, the spoken word and much more. Just tune in and enjoy uplifting and inspiring music entertainment from your favorite artists and artists you will love to discover. You can enjoy AlutepTV on any connected device, including SmartTVs, Roku, ChromeCast, Mobiles, Computers and Tablets in the comfort of wherever you are. We are music and inspiration for the Nation. Visit us at 

Petula’s Place- “Home baked and savored like music”. The proud winner of the 2022 “Best in Queens” award in the vegan category, we are a cottage bakery and event catering establishment. Due to the popularity of vegan eating, the demand for new and enticing easy vegan recipes including vegan desserts has been our focus. Our regular menu options have been revamped to also support the vegan lifestyle in order to accommodate the new demand for vegan food and vegan restaurants. We offer plant-based food products and vegan desserts. Pick-up and no-contact delivery options are available. Visit us at 

At Sovereign Markets, we are committed to cultivating beautiful and safe spaces that provide access to farm-fresh produce and artisan products, fueling our hyper-local economy. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we launched the Laurelton Farmers Market with great success and community support. In 2021, we launched the Sovereign Night Markets, a once a month celebration of food, family, and all things community.  As we grow with intention in mind, we are dedicated to elevating BIPOC farms, vendors, and local artists.

STEEEP ADVANTAGE SERVICES, INC is a nursing agency located in Queens, New York. Steeep Advantage Services, Inc. is a supplier of nursing and allied health temporary and permanent employment to Health Care Organizations.  We are a minority and black owned small business.  We are in the process of obtaining our small business certification. 

STEEEP stands Safe Timely Effective Efficient Equitable Partnership: this is the motto we commit to in our relationship with nurses and Nursing organizations. 

Steeep has a large pool of nurses throughout the Boroughs.  Furthermore, we are doing well among the local hospitals we are serving.  And we are looking forward to expanding into more local and regional hospitals.  Our website is

D.C. Johnson & Associates, LLC is a global assessment management technology firm. For over two decades we’ve tried and tested resilient solutions that focus on growth, stability, and consistent year-over-year returns despite the economic climate.

The mission of The Christian Times is to report on Christian-related news and events in every region of the world and present an international, Christian perspective on current events. The Christian Times reports on socio-political issues that are of particular concern to Christians, such as religious freedom, family and sexuality, migration and poverty, violence and justice, technology and the environment, as well as the work of the Church around the world and the trends that impact Christian witness and discipleship. 

Statement of Faith 

We affirm our belief in the one-eternal God – Creator and Lord of the world; Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who governs all things according to the purpose of His will. 

We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. 

We affirm that human beings, though created in the image of God, are sinful and guilty, and lost without Jesus Christ, who offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gifts of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. 

We confess Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God who became fully human while remaining fully divine; who was our substitute on the cross, exchanging his righteousness for our unrighteousness, bearing our sins and dying our death; who rose victorious in a transformed body; and who will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment. 

We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. 

We believe that the Church is the community of God's people rather than an institution, is at the very center of God's cosmic purpose, and is His appointed means of spreading the gospel – His good news for the whole world. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, whose work includes the conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth. Through him, God's people are baptized into the Body of Christ and enlightened and empowered in worship, evangelism, and service. 

We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will raise the dead and that Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

As David lifted up the Lord and exalted God to be the highest, he was called The Chief Musician, and then a man after God’s own heart. 

So then, a young man named Martin Christie, known as “MC,” “The Master,” and “The Maestro,” was called by God to the ministry of music.  He was born in London, England, grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and exploded in the ministry of music in Brooklyn, New York.  He’s been sought after by many of today’s new, uprising, and major artists. 

Also an entrepreneur in the music industry, he wears many hats:  musician, songwriter, producer, promoter, as well as CEO and President of Major Chords and SRO.  He seeks not to promote his own ability but to gain higher heights in God and to deify the body of Christ, knowing that because of God’s grace, there is no limit.

Vegan Caribbean café and meal prep service serving items like fried mushrooms, jerk cauliflower, and black-eyed stew peas. Call or check social media for updates on hours and information on special events and pop-ups. Taste the Caribbean Vegan style.

Selvena N. Brooks-Powers represents the 31st District which includes the communities of Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, and Far Rockaway. She was elected in a special election in February 2021. 

A fierce advocate for equity in city resources, Selvena Brooks-Powers helped to secure $95 million in restoration to fund the 116th Precinct, expand the Cure Violence program into the 105th Precinct, and establish a permanent COVID-19 vaccine site. 

A dedicated public servant for 17 years and lifelong resident of Southeast Queens, Selvena Brooks-Powers is the proud daughter of immigrant parents and devoted to fighting for what’s right and delivering results. As a community organizer, Selvena drove high-impact initiatives on critical issues, including education, voting rights and empowerment, racial and economic justice, relief efforts post-Hurricane Katrina, M/WBE opportunities, and workers’ rights. 

Immediately prior to elected office, Selvena was a manager for M/WBE compliance, external affairs and community outreach on the $13 billion JFK International Airport Redevelopment Program. 

Previously, Selvena worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) family as a communications director for various campaigns, including the Fight for $15 campaign across numerous states, and on one of the tightest Congressional races to win back the majority in the U.S. Congress. Selvena also helped mobilize and ultimately unionized co-workers under the United Media Guild of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), where she was unanimously elected delegate for the northeast region. 

Selvena’s prior experiences in government span from the New York State Senate Majority Conference Leader, the New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and even as a teen volunteer for the first New York City Public Advocate. 

Selvena has remained committed and consistent to service throughout Queens. She served as an advisor to the NAACP Jamaica Youth Branch, chair to a number of committees within the Queens Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Board Member to the Ocean Breeze Condominiums and Martin de Porres Youth and Family. 

A proud HBCU alumna, Selvena is a graduate of Wilberforce University, the first privately owned and operated HBCU. She also holds a M.S. in International Law from New York University. Selvena is a homeowner in Rockaway Beach with her husband, their daughter, and dog. 

New York State Senator Leroy Comrie was elected to represent the 14th Senatorial District of Queens (encompassing portions of Jamaica, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Hollis, St. Albans, Laurelton, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Hillcrest and Kew Gardens) in November 2014, officially taking office January 1, 2015. He grew up in the South Queens communities that he now represents, attending P.S. 116, I.S. 8, Jamaica High School and the University of Bridgeport, where he developed his passion for politics and government. He is a lifelong member of Saint Albans the Martyr Episcopal Church and before he was a public official, he was elected to serve as President of his local Community School Board. 

Since the beginning of the 2021-2022 legislative term, his committee assignments have included Agriculture, Cities, Finance, Procurement & Contracts, and Rules. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, which gives him oversight over the state’s 150+ public authorities such as the MTA, Port Authority, and NYCHA. 

Senator Comrie believes that government must be responsive to the needs of all people. His office is the conduit through which access to quality education, healthcare, and services for seniors; programs and resources for youth; avenues to enhance small business growth; increased public safety measures; and smart sustainable economic development that provides living wage jobs in the community are provided. 

Senator Comrie served twelve years in the New York City Council, during which he held the title of Deputy Majority Leader and the Chairman of the Queens Delegation while also holding many distinguished and critical leadership roles. He served as Chair of the Committees on Rules, Consumer Affairs and Land Use during his Council tenure. In those roles, he had broad oversight and direct access over the city’s budget process and legislative agenda often negotiating major concessions between the City Council and the Mayor. 

Senator Comrie’s positive impact in government is evident with his long track record of legislative accomplishments such as increasing tax exemptions for seniors, instituting the city’s first foreclosure prevention program, curtailing “pay-day” loans, improving the criteria for safety on construction sites, reducing truck traffic emissions, improving electrical and building codes, advocating for the containment of waste transfer stations, fighting for property tax and lien sale reform, and increasing job opportunities by establishing direct-to-work training programs for residents across the city. 

In 2019, Senator Comrie was appointed to the Public Authorities Control Board (PACB), the oversight body originally that reviews the financial soundness of plans and approves the project-based spending of a number of the state’s largest authorities. 

For the past five years, Senator Comrie has taken his decades of experience to Albany, where he continues to serve the public and work tirelessly with his colleagues to ensure that residents of the 14th Senatorial District and all across New York State have the very best possible opportunities and quality of life. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Comrie has continued to use the assets of his office to ensure his constituents have easy access to food, COVID-19 testing, cardiovascular care, the vaccine, and other critical resources. 

Leroy Comrie, Jr. is the son of the late Ruby Frith-Comrie and the late Leroy Comrie Sr., both of whom immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. He is the brother of Ronald E. Comrie, and has been married to Marcia Moxam since 1990. They are the proud parents of two delightful young adults.

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