Enter to win: WWE Monday Night Raw

Enter to win: WWE Monday Night Raw

WWE returns to Connecticut for the final WWE Event of 2019! WWE Monday Night Raw comes to the XL Center in Hartford on Monday December 30th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale at www.xlcenter.com.

Enter to win a pair of tickets!

IRIS Run For Refugees 5K

IRIS Run For Refugees 5K

Run in the annual IRIS Run For Refugees 5K on Sunday February 2nd at Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive in New Haven!

The course runs entirely through the scenic neighborhood of East Rock. The flat course begins and finishes at Wilbur Cross High School.

Register Online Here



8:30am: Packet Pick-Up & Raceday Registration

10:00am: 5K Start

10:15am: Post-Race Party!

11:00am: Awards Ceremony



There are 5 parking lots available at Wilbur Cross High School and street parking. No additional designated race parking is available. No shuttle service!



  • First male & female finishers.
  • Top 3 men & women finishers in each of the following divisions:
    • 12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+.
  • Top 3 largest fundraisers.


Post-Race Party

A post-race party with food from refugee chefs from around the globe and some of New Haven’s best restaurants including Archie Moore’s, One 6 Three Pizza, Ashley’s Ice Cream and more! Also included are live music, vendors, awards ceremony & more.

Sponsorship Opportunities

With your help, thousands of dollars can be raised for IRIS. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Zeenie Malik at zmalik@irisct.org.

Win Tickets: Festival of Laughs

Win Tickets: Festival of Laughs

The Festival of Laughs featuring Gary Owen, Sommore and Tony Rock is coming to The Shubert Theater in New Haven on Sunday March 1st.

Tickets go on sale Friday December 20th at 10am at www.shubert.com.

Listen to The Juan Castillo Morning Show this week to win tickets before they go on sale!

Robert Saulsbury Basketball Invitational

Robert Saulsbury Basketball Invitational

Come out to the Robert Saulsbury Basketball Invitational on Friday December 27th at Wilbur Cross High School’s Robert H. Saulsbury Gymnasium.

Proceeds to benefit The Robert H. Saulsbury Scholarship Fund.

For more info contact 203-376-1385

Sisters’ Journey & WYBC Celebrate Survivors

Sisters’ Journey & WYBC Celebrate Survivors

Photo courtesy of Sisters’ Journey.


Sisters’ Journey Survivor of the Month –  Loretta Woltz

Read her story (thanks www.sistersjourney.org)

“God is so good and I have to trust him.” “God always has my back.” These are the reassurances that helped me get through my hiccup.  I call my experience of having breast cancer a hiccup because I was diagnosed early at Stage 1 in November 2015.  I was experiencing pain in my left breast. However the cancer was found in my right breast, very close to my chest wall. My doctor stated that I would not have felt anything through self-breast exams until it was too late. So I am now a huge advocate of telling women to get their yearly mammogram because this was how my cancer was discovered.

Being the daughter of a two-time breast cancer victim, I knew my risk was higher than normal. Though I went through genetic testing, the results revealed no genetic mutations. I have two daughters and four sisters, so this was important to know so they would have knowledge of their family’s history for future family members.

Following my lumpectomy and radiation recovery, I refused to embrace the label or fact that I am now a breast cancer survivor. I didn’t want anyone to ask how I was doing health-wise or mentally regarding my experience. dreaded any survivor slogans or pink ribbon accessory gifts. In my mind I no longer had breast cancer, it was a thing of the past and I wanted to forget it like it never happened. I was really, really struggling with this and wished that I had never told some of my friends and family as they constantly reminded me that I had cancer.

Then one day out of nowhere, in God’s loving way, He whispered, “So you want to forget about what I have done for you and how I brought you through? You don’t want to share with others your experience of trusting me so they too can have hope?” This was my “Aha!” moment of peace. I had been so strong through it all, needing to assure my husband and three children, two of whom were in college at the time, that everything was still normal. After my hiccup was when I kind of lost myself. I didn’t want to attend counseling or events where I could share my fears or feelings. I certainly knew that I was blessed as many others have endured, and are enduring, a much worse experience. You’ve heard the statement, “don’t block your blessing?” Suppressing letting people really love on me was blocking the fullness of their and my blessings. I learned sharing and being there for others who are going through whatever trial allows God to use me (us) because I (we) now understand and have compassion to meet people where they are, to share hope for the future.

I now can proudly say that I am a breast cancer survivor as of December 17, 2015. I didn’t ask to be a part of this group, but here I am. I have accepted my “club” initiation and I thank God for opening my eyes. I now proudly accept and wear Breast Cancer Survivor clothing and accessories.

My experience with breast cancer has taught me soul-searching lessons. I don’t sweat the small stuff (well, not as much – I’m still human) and I’m able to reach out to others with encouragement. I no longer dread when someone inquiries about how I am doing, as I know it is an opportunity to share that there is hope and trusting in God and His support system of angels is what will get you through. God led me by my right hand through my journey with Him to embrace the love and support of angels called family, friends, and my healthcare team. I have also met some incredible women along the way who have experienced breast cancer and they are thriving. God kept me strong. May He lead and keep you, no matter what the obstacle, as He has and continues to keep me.

I wish you peace.


Sisters’ Journey has support group meetings every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

St. Lukes Church,

111 Whalley Avenue,

New Haven, CT 06511

Open to all women who are survivors of cancer or have recently been diagnosed with cancer.


For more stories of hope visit www.sistersjourney.org


Fantasy of Lights

Fantasy of Lights

Light up your Holidays with Fantasy of Lights!  A holiday light display like no other!

Fantasy of Lights, presented by Goodwill of Southern New England, has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families. Now in its twenty-fifth year, the dazzling nighttime event supports our mission: to enhance employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.

A perfect holiday activity for families and people of all ages!


Held at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT

  • Hours: SUNDAY – THURSDAY 5pm-9pm  |  Friday & Saturday 5pm – 10pm
  • Admission: Car/Family Van $10  |  Minibus $25  |  Full-size Bus $50
  • Ticket proceeds benefit Goodwill of Southern New England and support their mission.


Sponsorship Opportunities are available!

Make your business part of a local holiday tradition with Goodwill of Southern New England’s Fantasy of Lights! Your sponsorship establishes a meaningful presence in the community and helps to fund Goodwill’s life-changing programs. BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY!

MLK Love March

MLK Love March

Join WYBC and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for the annual MLK Love March to to celebrate and commemorate the dreams and aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Love March will take place on Wednesday January 15, 2020 in New Haven. The Love March starts at 10:30 am at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 100 Lawrence Street and will continue down Whitney Avenue, Humphrey Street, State Street and back to Lawrence Street.

The Love March is rain or shine.

For more info call 203-776-8262.

This Day in Black History: December

This Day in Black History: December

WYBC celebrates Black History EVERYDAY!

Facts from www.blackfacts.com


December 1

1955 – On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to change seats on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. On December 5, blacks began a boycott of the bus system, which continued until shortly after December 13, 1956, when the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed bus segregation in the city.

1940 – Richard Franklin Lennox Pryor III was born in Peoria, Illinois on this day.


December 2

1992 – Maya Angelou is asked to compose a poem for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton

1969 – M.V.B Brown designed a “Home Security System with Television Surveillance” for the homeowner to view the visitor on a television screen and the visitor also able to view a screen. The homeowner could open the door via a manual lock mechanism. Patent No. 3,482,037


December 3

1982 – Thomas Hearns did unify the world titles in the junior middleweight class by capturing the WBC over Wilfredo Benitez on this day.

1970 – The first Black Miss World was Jennifer Josephine Hosten who won the honor on this day.


1847 – Frederick Douglass, along with Martin R Delaney, started “The North Start”, an anti-slavery paper


December 4

1927 – Duke Ellington opened at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In 1923, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington first began to make his mark in New York with his band The Washingtonians, which took its name from his home city.

1915 – The Great Migration began. Approximately two million Southern Blacks moved to Northern industrial centers in the following decades. Between the turn of the century and 1930, more than 1 million black southerners set out on one of America’s most important mass movements.

1906 – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded on the campus of Cornell University by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country.


December 5

1957 – New York became the first city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market with adoption of Fair Housing Practices Law.

1955 – Historic bus boycott began in Montgomery. At a mass meeting at the Holt Street Baptist Church Martin Luther King Jr. was elected president of the boycott organization.


December 6

1997 – Lee Brown became Houston’s first black mayor narrowly defeating businessman Rob Mosbacher

1869 – National Black labor convention met in Washington.

1849 – Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland, summer. She returned to the South nineteen times and brought out more than three hundred slaves.


December 7

1941 – Dorie Miller of Waco, Texas, messman on USS Arizona, manned machine gun during Pearl Harbor attacks and downed four planes. He was awarded the Navy Cross.

1931 – Comer Cottrell, founder and president of Pro-Line Corporation (1970), the largest African American owned business in the Southwest and the first African American to be part owner of a major league baseball team (1989) Born


December 8

1987 – On this day, Kurt Lidell Schmoke was inaugurated as the first Black mayor of Baltimore, Maryland.

1936 – NAACP filed first suit in campaign to equalize the salaries of Black and white teachers.

1925 – Entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr was born


December 9

1995 – Kweisi Mfume is unanimously elected President and CEO of the NAACP.

1971 – Bill Picket became the fist Black elected to the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

1961 – Tanzania proclaimed independent.

1925 – Entertainer, Red Foxx was born


December 10

1982 – Pamela McAllister Johnson became the first Black woman publisher of a mainstream paper, the Ithaca Journal.

1967 – Otis Redding’s career came to a tragic end when the twin engine plane carrying him to a concert date in Wisconsin crashed in Lake Monoma.

1965 – Sugar Ray Robinson permanently retired from boxing


December 11

1964 – Sam Cooke died on this day after demanding entrance into the room of the night manager at a dollar-a-night motel where he was staying. After a brief physical struggle, she fired 3 shots which mortally wounded Mr. Cooke.

1917 – Jazz migration began. Joe Oliver left New Orleans and settled in Chicago and was joined by other stars.


December 12

1995 – Willie Brown defeats incumbent mayor Frank Jordan to become 1st African American mayor of San Francisco

1963 – Kenya proclaimed independent.

1938 – U.S. Supreme Court rules in Missouri that a state must provide equal educational facilities for Blacks within its boundaries. Lloyd Gaines, the plaintiff in the case, disappeared after the decision and was never located.


December 13

1944 – Black women were sworn in for the first time to the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES), a women’s naval reserves.

1926 – Carl Erskine is born. He will become a baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers


December 14

1980 – Elston Howard was a major League Baseball Player. Catcher for the New York Yankees during the 1950s and 1960s. Nine time All-Star. First Black player to play for the Yankees

1799 – George Washington, dies, his will stipulates that his slaves shall be freed upon the death of his wife, Martha


December 15

2001 – R&B singer Rufus Thomas known for songs such as “Do the Funky Chicken” and “Walking the Dog” died. He was 84.

1943 – San Francisco Sun-Reporter established.

1934 – Death of Maggis Lena Walker (69), first Black woman to head a bank, in Richmond


December 16

1976 – Andrew Young named Ambassador and Chief US Delegate to the United Nations

1973 – O.J. Simpson set an NFL record of 2003 rushing yards in one season.


December 17

1991 – Michael Jordan is named 1991 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

1937 – Art Neville is born. He will become a member of the popular singing group, “The Neville Brothers.”


December 18

1989 – Ernest Dickerson wins the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best cinematography for the Spike Lee movie, “Do the Right Thing”.

1865 – Thirteenth Amendment ratified.


December 19

1930 – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, founded at Howard University in 1913, incorporated.

1910 – North Carolina College founded.

1891 – Charles Randolph Uncles became the first Black priest ordained in the United States on this day in Baltimore, Maryland


December 20

1986 – The first Black network anchor, Max Robinson, who joined ABC’s “World News Tonight” died on this day of complication from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), in Washington, DC.

1983 – Julius Erving scores his 25,000th career point, becoming the ninth professional basketball player to achieve this mark.

1956 – On this day the African American community of Montgomery, Alabama voted unanimously to end its 385 day bus-boycott.


December 21

1988 – Jesse Jackson urges the use of the term “African-American”

1959 – Motown Records established by Berry Gordy Jr.

1941 – Actor Samuel Jackson was born on this day in Washington, DC.


December 22

1873 – Abolitionist Charles Lenox Remond died on this day. He was the first Black lecturer employed by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.


December 23

1919 – Alice H Parker patents the gas heating furnace

1867 – Madame C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove on this day, starts a Black hair-care business in Denver, CO; she alters curling irons that were popularized by the French to suit the texture of Black women’s hair.

1815 – Henry Highland Garnet, minister, abolitionist and diplomat, born a slave in Kent County, Maryland.


December 24

1992 – The position of Secretary of Agriculture was awarded to Alphonso Michael “Mike” Espy, making him the first Black to hold this position.


December 25

1907 – Cab Calloway, bandleader and first jazz singer to sell a million records is born in Rochester,NY.

1837 – Mirror of Liberty, Pioneer Black magazine, published in New York City by abolitionist David Ruggles.


December 26

1966 – Kwanzaa originated by Dr.Maulana Karenga is started.

1956 – Birmingham Blacks began mass defiance of Jim Crow bus laws.

1849 – David Ruggles dies in Northampton, Mass. Often called the first African American bookseller for his bookstore established in 1834, Ruggles was an abolitionist, and a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad


December 27

1956 – Federal Judge Dozier Devane granted temporary injunction restraining city officials from interfering with integration of Tallahassee, Fla., city buses and said “every segregation act of every state or city is as dead as a doornail.”

1939 – John Amos, actor, made famous in “Good Times” television program, born.

1892 – Livingstone and Biddle College (now Johnson C. Smith) play the first African American intercollegiate football game


December 28

1977 – Karen Farmer becomes the first African American member of the Daughters of the American Revolution when she traces her ancestry back to William Hood, a solider in the Revolutionary War.

1954 – Actor Denzel Washington was born on this day in Mount Vernon, NY.


December 29

1917 – Thomas Bradley was born on this day in Calvert, Texas and went on to become mayor of Los Angeles by winning 56% of the vote.

1907 – Robert Weaver, born on this day, became the first Black appointed to a presidential cabinet when President Lyndon B. Johnson named him to head the newly created Department of Housing and Urban Development.


December 30

1960 – Two U.S. courts issued temporary injunctions to prevent eviction of about seven hundred Black sharecroppers in Haywood and Fayetter counties, Tennessee.

1928 – Blues composer and singer Bo Didley is born in Magnolia ,Missippi.


December 31

1984 – The first nationally broadcast telethon for the United Negro College fund is held and raises 14.1 million

1948 – Singer Donna Summer, known as “Queen of Disco,” is born on this day in Boston, Massachusetts.

1862 – Residents of Rochester, N.Y., joined Frederick Douglass in a vigil in anticipation of the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect at midnight.


Facts from www.blackfacts.com