Author Archive: April Davis
Since the death of Michael Jackson the other day there has been much speculation about what BET will do to honor him at their annual BET Awards which will air Sunday night. Our friend from Midnight PR sent us a message on Twitter confirming his performance. We were on Twitter when his death was announced [...]
What are you doing to go green? Have you made any lifestyle changes to help the environment? One day I ran out of paper and needed to print something. (Sometimes I’d rather read from paper than my computer.) Since it was night and I couldn’t get to Staples, I improvised. I inserted used paper into [...]
On June 12, 2009, Gospel Uptown (GU) Harlem’s new entertainment and dining destination opened its doors at 2110 Seventh Ave between 125th & 126th Streets. The restaurant’s website says that it offers a healthful Soul Fusion menu which “ventures beyond familiar soul and neo-soul offerings to create an array of choices transcending the traditional Southern [...]
La Marqueta is a marketplace under the Metro North railway tracks between 111th Street and 116th Street on Park Avenue in East Harlem. During the 1950s and 1960s, over 500 vendors operated out of La Marqueta, and it was an important social and economic venue for Latinos in New York. The market was originally an [...]
Maya Angelou is among several celebrities lobbying New York state senators to vote for marriage-equality legislation. According to the Advocate, Angelou (who maintains a home in Harlem) placed three phone calls to state senators in the past week, compelled by her belief that allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of fairness.
According to Crain’s, Costco Wholesale Corp. bowed to political pressure and agreed to accept food stamps in it’s East Harlem store which is scheduled to open in September. As a result of the decision, community leaders and elected officials including Rep. Charles Rangel and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer called off a rally planned at [...]
According to an article in Politics Daily, Caroline Kennedy withdrew as a contestant for a New York Senate seat because her children said she was miserable and needed to drop out. The article also suggests that Governor David A. Paterson should share some of the blame for her decision.
Michelle ObamaÂ watches schoolchildren dance while attending a Hispanic Heritage event at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School in celebration of Cinco de Mayo ***** Last night I had a conversation with Kitty Bradshaw about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. She also mentioned that she wouldn’t be going to work on Wednesday. I asked [...]
As I put up the information for the Harlem Republican Club’s History event I saw a link on their website titled I Believe. While the list is very vague, (it surely doesn’t address many of the hot button issues that divide Republicans and Democrats) I found their beliefs to be interesting. As I read the [...]
A couple of weeks ago, we told you about BET’s Harlem Heights. We also introduced Briana, Ashlie and Landon, three of the cast members. Since then, there’s been a premiere at the Apollo with a fabulous gift bag, rave reviews by some and not so kind words from others. Like the show or not, it [...]
One of the features of our Around-NYC.com website is the Ask & Answer section. Since starting AroundHarlem.com we have been asked hundreds of questions about Harlem and NYC. I’ve tried to answer as many as time permitted. Some times I know the answers, some times I don’t. This is where you come in. I’ll periodically [...]
A friend sent me a link to a story about a little girl needing a bone marrow transplant. All sorts of thoughts came to mind. I definitely believe in blood donation and know there is a definite need for minorities to do this more, but I’m still thinking would I really help out a stranger [...]
Twitter is an online service you can use to send out short (140 characters or less) notes via the Web, IM and text-messaging. The messages are called Tweets. Many people use Twitter many different ways. Some individuals use it to issue updates to their friends and family about what they’re doing, send links, chat with [...]
Jill Nelson, one of my favorite writers from Harlem, wrote an article called “The Audacity of Whiteness” in the Huffington Post highlighting a not so new problem in journalism. The lack of diversity in the media. She writes: I know its bad form to mention race and upset the new post-racial apple cart, the one [...]
We’ve been working on AroundHarlem.com for awhile. Believe it or not, this blog is just a tip of the iceberg.
Michael Steele, Republican National Committee Chairman ****** The Republican National Committee (RNC) has selected Michael Steele as its party chairman. Steele is the first Black to hold the office and will serve until January 2011. With Barack Obama as President and his election to this office, both major political parties in the United States (Democrats [...]
Yesterday someone very special to me died. As I struggled to put into words what she meant to me, someone offered their condolences and said “now, she is a Guardian Angel that has been added to your team”. In fact, she was a Guardian Angel from the moment I met her. I am who I [...]
Inauguration Day — Harlem, NYC Over the next week or so, you’ll see more Obama articles. We haven’t changed our focus, we’re just documenting this historical occasion. We will also be uploading local photos, finishing up some articles and cleaning up our mailbox bring you more great info. In the coming weeks, we’ll be making [...]