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2016 Guide to Coast-to-Coast Gay Pride

Jim Werner | Posted 05.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Werner

Chicago Gay Pride Parade photo by C. Robertson flickr.com Break out the white shoes and rainbow flags. This weekend isn't just the unofficial start...

Artist Haile King-Rubie Celebrates New Art and a Birthday

Omo Misha | Posted 05.13.2016 | Arts
Omo Misha

As a child growing up with Downs Syndrome, it was the nurturing of Haile's parents, followed by his neighborhood and learning communities, that imbued him with the tools and confidence to experiment and grow in the arts.

5 Reasons Why Hip Hop Needs HANiF Right Now

Shannon McDeez | Posted 05.24.2016 | New York
Shannon McDeez

Harlem-born, Portland-raised HANiF is among the last of a dying breed: the pre-viral video generation. He spent his younger years climbing the ranks of hip hop the old fashioned way, starting with neighborhood cyphers then local battles then graduating to studio production.

New Yorkers for Hillary -- Her Experience, Success, Passion, and Compassion, Make Us Proud

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.12.2017 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

On April 19th New Yorkers' have the chance to make Hillary Rodham Clinton the nominee of the Democratic Party. All of us New Yorkers, no matter where we live, whose hearts will always belong to New York, know they will do this resoundingly.

Income Inequality: The Housing Struggle

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.09.2017 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In reality, only one in four families who qualify for housing assistance receives it. In the face of stagnating or falling incomes and soaring housing costs, eviction has become more commonplace in America than ever.

We Can no Longer Ignore This Crisis

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 03.24.2017 | Religion
Suzan Johnson Cook

We can no longer ignore this crisis: religious radicalism. Now, more than ever, religious tolerance in all corners of the world is important. Where religious tolerance is not celebrated, radicalism breeds.

Confessions of a Gentrifier: Choices, Conflicts and Contradictions

Toni L. Griffin | Posted 02.23.2017 | Black Voices
Toni L. Griffin

It's time to shift the conversation from the rages of displacement towards the work of removing institutional barriers to space and capital, and expanding access to capital and networks so that more people of all income levels can make the same choices I made to stay, return or relocate to Harlem.

Reparations: How the Issue Presented Itself to Me as an Outsider in Harlem

Teddy Hose | Posted 02.22.2017 | Black Voices
Teddy Hose

After reading through Killer Mike's tweets in support of reparations for slavery the other day, I was reminded of my own observations on the subject from activists and scholars in and around the Black community. This happened in New York City around the early to mid 2000's, where I lived and worked in Harlem

Art Exhibits Illuminate Harlem From Downtown to Uptown

Omo Misha | Posted 02.18.2017 | New York
Omo Misha

Community Works, a not-for-profit arts and education organization, has launched two exhibitions celebrating Harlem and the African American experience in New York: One at Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street and the other Uptown at MIST Harlem.

The Love That Now Can Speak Its Name

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.17.2017 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

History has shown us that people will fight for love's integrity, even when it is against popular opinion, violating both state and federal laws, and possibly causing them their lives.

8 Lessons to Apply to Your Life Based on the Case of Black Swan Records

Felicia Watts | Posted 02.10.2017 | Black Voices
Felicia Watts

Anyone can adopt life lessons from the case of Black Swan's successes and failures. Here are 8 lessons to apply to your life, based on the case of Black Swan Records

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Building Should Become LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.05.2017 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC's largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth. And the Ali Forney Center has launched a fundraising drive to grab the space.

Black Excellency Cut Short: Honoring Journalist Michael J. Feeney's Life

Erika Hardison | Posted 02.05.2017 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

That's what I liked about Michael the most - his ability to be professional and genuine. He didn't sacrifice his integrity for his profession. He's the perfect model on how to expand your network and make it work for you while having fun at the same time.

Black History Is American History

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 02.04.2017 | Black Voices
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am privileged to represent a congressional district that has been historically recognized as the epicenter of Black culture and politics. Our legendary neighborhood gave birth to the Harlem Renaissance, which has forever transformed the American fabric. We are fortunate to have dedicated people and organizations promoting our legacy.

Continuing the Fight

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 01.29.2017 | Women
Suzan Johnson Cook

I stand with President Obama's executive action issued today to require companies of 100+ to disclose pay according to gender. As a Congresswoman, I will fight for the Paycheck Fairness Act to pass, allowing women to further help in ensuring equal pay for equal work.

This Vehemently Anti-Gay Church Might Get The Ultimate Karmic Smackdown

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A New York church notorious for posting homophobic messages on its billboard may be on the auction block. But if fundraising efforts are successful, t...

Unique MLK Birthday Celebration in Harlem

John Burnett | Posted 01.28.2017 | Black Voices
John Burnett

Amid national headlines of growing tension between Blacks and police departments nationwide, some Harlem organizations and residents work to continue establishing a healthy relationship with local law enforcement agencies that depict a different story in the name of peace and partnership to mold and shape a renewed community.

Diversity in Comics: Defining Afrofuturism, Afro-Blackness and The Black Fantastic

Erika Hardison | Posted 01.27.2017 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

The 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center of Black Research in Harlem had an overwhelming amount of attendees and comic books enthusiasts come out to support black comic book publishers, writers and illustrators.

#MLKNOW: The Moment We've Been Waiting For

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 01.20.2017 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

#MLKNOW was the event of year. It set the right tone for what's to come and completely affirmed that we are the leaders we've been waiting for. To see contemporary artists proclaim the words of those who paved the way was awe-inspiring to say the least.

King's Unfinished Legacy -- End Hunger Next Door

Clyde Williams | Posted 01.18.2017 | New York
Clyde Williams

Today, while we celebrate Dr. King's legacy, we need also to look at ourselves in the mirror. Have we really done enough to fulfill his vision of meeting the most basic needs of Americans? The simple answer is no.

How Rock Remembers Scott Weiland Starts Now: NYC Tribute Event

Omo Misha | Posted 01.08.2017 | Entertainment
Omo Misha

As many of the end-of-year roundups of those we lost in 2015 have even failed to mention Weiland, this event is all about what he did right, the hearts he electrified with his performance, and the melodic trail he left for all to savor in his absence.

8 Places to Celebrate Alexander Hamilton in New York and Beyond

Dave Parfitt | Posted 01.06.2017 | Travel
Dave Parfitt

Alexander Hamilton's birthday is January 11, and now's the perfect time to re-discover the "ten dollar Founding Father without a father." Continue reading for more places to visit and celebrate Alexander Hamilton's legacy.

This Exciting Program Moves Struggling Students to the Head of the Class

NationSwell | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
NationSwell

The statistics are troubling. Only about 16 percent of students in Harlem pass the New York State English Language Arts exam. And just 31 percent of children across New York City pass it. But one group is changing that.

'Sweetpea:' Billy Strayhorn, A Tribute To A Musical Icon

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.04.2016 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I couldn't believe I was going to a music festival honoring the famous Billy Strayhorn at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago -- "Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn." It felt as if I was attending a homecoming of sorts.

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

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.20.2016 | 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.