Category: NEWS & VIEWS

New Director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Named — Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

New Director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Named — Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced today that Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a scholar of African-American history from Indiana University, has been selected as the next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, effective July 2011. Dr. Muhammad will succeed Howard Dodson Jr., who last year announced his plan to retire [...]

November 17, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Congressional Black Caucus’ Statement on Charles Rangel Ethics Violation Conviction

Congressional Black Caucus’ Statement on Charles Rangel Ethics Violation Conviction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement today on Chairman Charles B. Rangel:

November 16, 2010 | 3 Comments More
Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel Found Guilty

Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel Found Guilty

A House ethics subcommittee found Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, guilty Monday on multiple violations of House rules.

November 16, 2010 | 1 Comment More
House Ethics Panel Resumes Deliberations on Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel

House Ethics Panel Resumes Deliberations on Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel

An eight-member House ethics panel has resumed closed-door deliberations in the ethics trial of Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, accused in 13 counts of engaging in financial and fundraising misconduct. The jury of Rangel’s congressional peers met behind closed doors Tuesday. They’re deciding whether the former Ways and Means Committee chairman violated House [...]

November 16, 2010 | 1 Comment More
2010 Breadline in NYC — Support the Unemployed

2010 Breadline in NYC — Support the Unemployed

Please join the 99ers, other members of the unemployed, their friends, family and supporters, in recreating a 1930′s “breadline” on Saturday, November 20th. We need to bring home the fact that the unemployed have been jobless and without benefits for far too long – and are starving. Saturday, November 20th! Thanksgiving 2010: No Feast for [...]

November 15, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel Walks Out of Ethics Hearing

Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel Walks Out of Ethics Hearing

In an ominous sign for Representative Charles B. Rangel, the House ethics committee on Monday said the facts presented by a prosecutor accusing Mr. Rangel of violating Congressional rules were not in dispute and that the congressman himself had not refuted the charges. The committee’s finding came after an unusual public hearing that was abbreviated [...]

November 15, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Black People … Why Didn’t You Vote? (Answer Anonymously)

Black People … Why Didn’t You Vote? (Answer Anonymously)

Two smiling women stand outdoors and hold signs reading “Vote Baby Vote” and “Voting is People Power,” c. 1970. (Photo: Gabriel Hackett /Getty Images) ***** So Twitter is buzzing right now about the fact that only 4.7% of African Americans voted yesterday. However, CBS News reports that the number is approximately 10%.  Better, but still [...]

November 3, 2010 | 10 Comments More
Weekly With Ed Gordon Interviews Charlie Rangel and Discusses Bishop Eddie Long with Rev. Calvin Butts and Others

Weekly With Ed Gordon Interviews Charlie Rangel and Discusses Bishop Eddie Long with Rev. Calvin Butts and Others

“Part news show, part one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions, Weekly With Ed Gordon goes beyond the front page of news headlines and digs deep into the issues and stories that matter most to African Americans“, says the BET press release. Gordon’s new show is a welcomed addition to the channel who news production quality has [...]

October 1, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Senior Citizens Converge on Harlem to Expand Their Worlds via Technology

Senior Citizens Converge on Harlem to Expand Their Worlds via Technology

Earlier this week, 1,500 senior citizens from Harlem and around NYC (residents of buildings owned by the The New York City Housing Authority [NYCHA]), got hands-on experience with The Internet, Google, Facebook, and Twitter and learned how new devices like iPods, Wii and digital cameras can improve the quality of their lives. They attended NYCHA’s [...]

September 24, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Harlem Nutcracker: Homemade Brew Popular But Risky

Harlem Nutcracker: Homemade Brew Popular But Risky

In Prohibition-era Harlem, bootleggers sold cheap and sometimes toxic liquor and moonshine at rent parties and speakeasies for as little as 25 cents a pop. Rotgut whiskey was sold in basement barrooms, drugstores and delicatessens on Lenox Avenue. Mom-and-pop operations doled out home brews from bathtubs and backyard stills. Some semblance of those days are [...]

September 21, 2010 | 2 Comments More
STYLE WATCH: Harlem’s Fashion Row Connects Designers with Fashion Industry Professionals During Fashion Week

STYLE WATCH: Harlem’s Fashion Row Connects Designers with Fashion Industry Professionals During Fashion Week

Tomorrow, at the close of New York’s famed Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the Studio Museum in Harlem will be locale of the the Third Annual Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) showcase. The fashion exhibition and presentation highlights emerging designers of color. This year, HFR has selected Niiamar, Telfar, Sammy B. and Viscera NY to be a part [...]

September 16, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Take Action — Voice Your Concerns to the MTA About Metrocard Increases

Take Action — Voice Your Concerns to the MTA About Metrocard Increases

A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was considering raising the monthly price of the unlimited metrocard to $130 per month along with overall price increases. Later on this month, they will be holding hearings to solicit public comment on fare and toll modifications proposed for implementation on [...]

September 10, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Perfect Your “60 Second Pitch” at Harlem’s Pitches For Breakfast Seminar

Perfect Your “60 Second Pitch” at Harlem’s Pitches For Breakfast Seminar

On September 11, 2010, Pitches for Breakfast will celebrate the one year anniversary of its breakfast seminar series. International lawyer Lorraine Dixon will be the keynote speaker. Dixon has worked with corporate giants AIG, USB and others on projects in over 40 countries. Pitches for Breakfast is an open mic for business and professional women [...]

September 10, 2010 | 0 Comments More
MONDAY: Harlem Candidates Forum and Debate for September 14 Primary Election

MONDAY: Harlem Candidates Forum and Debate for September 14 Primary Election

On Monday, August 23rd from 6 pm to 9 pm, there will be Candidates Forum and Debate moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Les Payne at Convent Avenue Baptist Church (420 West 145th Street) in Harlem. Rep. Charles Rangel, State Senator Bill Perkins, State Assembly Member Keith L.T. Wright will debate their challengers (candidates running [...]

August 21, 2010 | 2 Comments More
Charles Rangel — “Don’t Leave Me Swinging in the Wind”

Charles Rangel — “Don’t Leave Me Swinging in the Wind”

A combative Rep. Charles Rangel told the House on Tuesday he’s not resigning despite 13 charges of wrongdoing and demanded the ethics committee not leave him “swinging in the wind.” Rangel, who is 80, spoke without notes in an extraordinary, often emotional 37-minute speech that defied his lawyers’ advice to keep quiet about his case. [...]

August 10, 2010 | 1 Comment More
VIDEO: Charles Rangel’s House Floor Speech on Ethics Charges

VIDEO: Charles Rangel’s House Floor Speech on Ethics Charges

Earlier today, Harlem’s 19 term Congressman, Charles Rangel demanded the right to be heard on the floor of the House of Representatives. He is currently facing an Ethics Committee trial and has rejected the advice given by some to accept a plea agreement. According to CSPAN, “the Congressman apologized for any embarrassment he has caused [...]

August 10, 2010 | 1 Comment More
A Look Back — Harlem’s H&M Celebrates Its Red Carpet Re-Opening in Grand Style

A Look Back — Harlem’s H&M Celebrates Its Red Carpet Re-Opening in Grand Style

Last week H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the grand re-opening of their flagship Harlem store. The store first opened in 2002 as a part of “Harlem Center”, a group of retail establishments that were first to open in the now “revitalized” Harlem. Through out the evening the H&M staff [...]

August 5, 2010 | 0 Comments More