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Harlem Neighbors Call For "Love Not Hate" In Response To Hate Speech And Demagoguery

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.20.2015 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

In Harlem, we know hate hurts. No matter if the hatred comes from a streetcorner demagogue, or a candidate for presidency of the United States. Hate words have a way of turning into hate actions. Every soul is precious. No one is disposable.

Hope From Harlem

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Suzan Johnson Cook

I write to you, sending hope from Harlem, that in the midst of it all, the scripture, "God will be a very present help, a shelter in a time of storm," will help to begin the healing. We pray for our President, the President of France, and all leaders that must make some very difficult decisions.

Former Black Panther Uses 'Bonus Years' To Make Art

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact

Fixers is a series from What's Working that profiles the people behind the most creative solutions to big problems.  Jamal Joseph...

The 'Mink Building' and Discrimination in Historic Preservation: Michael Henry Adams' Urgent Effort to Save Harlem

Todd Fine | Posted 11.11.2015 | New York
Todd Fine

Because of connections I see between the struggle to protect "Little Syria" in Downtown Manhattan and Adams' courageous efforts for preservation in Harlem, I have long wanted to interview him.

Harlem Nights: A Bar That Embodies The Heart & Soul Of Harlem

Yolanda Shoshana | Posted 11.05.2015 | New York
Yolanda Shoshana

Harlem was my home until about three years ago. As I was leaving the neighborhood, it was quickly changing. That was good and bad depending on the ...

This Is What It Feels Like To Run The New York City Marathon

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 11.02.2015 | Sports

Connected by a series of bridges and interlocking the five boroughs, the 26.2 miles that make up the annual TCS New York City Marathon are known all ...

The Bessie's: The Dance Community Awards Excellence Among Its Members

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.23.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It's especially lovely when the dance community can gather together and applaud each other's efforts. Such is the environment at the Bessie's, dance's version of the Academy Awards or the Tony's. This year, the 31st-annual ceremony took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with its iconic neon-red sign.

We've Had Enough!

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 10.23.2015 | New York
Suzan Johnson Cook

As a former NYPD Chaplain for 21 years, who served on the frontlines of 9/11, I sincerely express my condolences to the Holder Family and the entire NYPD family for the loss of Officer Randolph Holder.

Harlem Dedicated A Whole Day To Lupita Nyong'o

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

Lupita Nyong’o has a long list of impressive awards, accolades and endorsements to her name, but her latest honor is particularly...

Prolific Nona Hendryx Explores Visual Digital Art at Sol Studios

Isa Freeling | Posted 10.16.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

For Nona Hendryx art is it! It is where and how she lives. She breathes right into the direction she hungers for with unreserved strength of purpose to create her vision. She has nothing to prove and all to explore.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Meet the Unforgettable Personalities of Harlem's Iconic Paris Blues Bar

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In their own words three of Paris Blues Bar's popular personalities reflect on their portraits and share tales of sacrificing to make one's dream a reality, fighting back against racism and the personal freedom found through style.

On Friday, Pope Francis Will Visit A Rapidly Gentrifying New York City Neighborhood

Katerina Rosen | Posted 09.21.2015 | New York
Katerina Rosen

When Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School on Friday, he will meet young, Harlem students with a bright future ahead of them. They live in an up and coming neighborhood where improvements are rampant. To ensure that they can keep living there and reap some of the benefits of gentrification, affordable housing must be made increasingly available as the neighborhood changes.

Review: A History Of The Unmarried By Stephen S. Mills

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 09.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Ernest Sweet

Image Courtesy of Sibling Rivalry Press Given that gay marriage has dominated the American political landscape for far too long, it should come as n...

The Harlem Globetrotters Get A Stylish Uniform Update

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Style

New York Fashion Week is always filled with surprises, from shocking runway shows to catwalk debuts by awe-inspiring models. Now we can add a Harlem G...

Trans Man Sues NYPD For Discrimination After Alleged Hate Crime

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.04.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- A transgender Manhattan man says the New York City Police Department repeatedly impeded his attempts to report an alleged hate crime, and ...

Harlem Meets Havana

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am proud that this summer a delegation of Harlemites led by The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC)'s President Lloyd Williams and Council member Inez Dickens returned from their successful mission to Havana, Cuba, where I helped arrange their meetings with senior officials of the Cuban government regarding trade, business and tourism and our anticipated first annual cultural exchange program in 2016 -- Harlem Meets Havana.

This Is How You Grow Girls in Harlem!

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 08.28.2015 | New York
Karin Kloosterman

In the middle of Harlem on a derelict plot of land where old men used to play cards, with no kids allowed, is growing one of the most exciting social projects I've seen this year as I go out looking for business partners.

Corruption Officer: A Man's Story From Guard to Inmate

Kelsey Minor | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Kelsey Minor

Take the journey with Gary Heyward and you will learn things that you maybe did not know about the jail system but most importantly you will leave fully committed to the fact that there is such thing as second chances.

Ronnie Spector's Voice Can Still Change the World

Steve Matoren | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Matoren

A day after her 72nd birthday, Ronnie Spector celebrated in the only way she knows how- serenading a sold out crowd with her golden voice. Before an enthusiastic audience, Spector exceptionally performed all The Ronettes hits from "Be My Baby" to "Walking in the Rain."

The Prescription for a Healthy Life: A Helpful Neighbor

NationSwell | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact

In 2013, the New York City Health Department declared a diabetes epidemic in the city. The number of people who had contracted the disease had more ...

Harlem Archive Collects Past Stories of Those Who Wrestled With Their Sexuality

New York Times | James Nichols | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices

By the time Nora-Ann Thompson fell in love with a woman, she was 45 years old and had three failed marriages behind her. The daughter of a black pasto...

Hot in Harlem: Mr. Refined's Brunch

Ronda Lee | Posted 07.10.2015 | Entertainment
Ronda Lee

Harlem is jumping! A revival of its Renaissance culture is being ushered in by Mr. Refined Lifestyle Magazine. Mr. Refined hosted its 2nd Annual Bougie Brunch at Cheri French Bistro in Harlem.

Harlem Rapper: CashFlow Back to Hip-Hop

Kelsey Minor | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Kelsey Minor

Do you remember where you were in the fall of 2002? How about this, do you remember the movie "Brown Sugar" with Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs? What about that famous line "When did you fall in love with hip hop?"

Albany Gets "F" for Failing to Protect Tenants

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week's expiration of rent regulations shows just how anti-tenant the state legislature remains, putting over one million apartments at risk for unreasonable rate increases.

Not Your Mother's James Baldwin

Chase Quinn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Chase Quinn

A collage of song, multi-media and narrative poetry, Notes of a Native Song is as much an ode to the prolific artist and author of the essay Notes of a Native Son, as it is a critique of the canonization of Baldwin's work and the sterilization of his public image.