Category: Harlem News

Harlem’s Apollo Theater “Walk of Fame”

Harlem’s Apollo Theater “Walk of Fame”

Harlem’s Apollo Theater recently unveiled its “Walk of Fame”. Gold plaques have been embedded into the sidewalk out front to commemorate African American musical icons. Built in 1914, the Apollo jump started the careers of countless jazz, soul, and R&B artists, ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill.

May 11, 2010 | 2 Comments More
Gloria Swanson from The Coalition to Save Harlem Passes Away

Gloria Swanson from The Coalition to Save Harlem Passes Away

Ms. Swanson testified at the United Nations Special Housing Town Hall on October 22, 2009 about housing problems at Delano Village located in Harlem. *** The Coalition to Save Harlem is sad to announce the passing of Gloria Swanson. Ms. Swanson was one of the original founders of the Coalition to Save Harlem.

April 20, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Harlem School of The Arts Closes — Temporarily We Hope

Harlem School of The Arts Closes — Temporarily We Hope

For nearly 50 years, the Harlem School of the Arts has given generations of mostly black and Latino children entree into worlds often otherwise out of their reach. It put violins and other orchestral instruments in their hands, ballet slippers on their feet and Shakespeare on their tongues. But on Friday, the school’s building was [...]

April 3, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Charles Rangel Takes Leave of Absence from Chair of Ways and Means Committee

Charles Rangel Takes Leave of Absence from Chair of Ways and Means Committee

Last night, a little after 9 pm I received an email from Charlie Rangel’s campaign manager with his response, his side, to a decision made by the house ethics committee. I googled the latest news and he said he wasn’t giving up the chairmanship. I’m on Twitter this morning and I see he’s holding a [...]

March 3, 2010 | 2 Comments More
Congressman Charles Rangel Responds to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct

Congressman Charles Rangel Responds to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct

The following is a response submitted by Congressman Charles Rangel to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. The Congressman has requested that it become part of the official public record: Like several of his colleagues, Congressman Rangel attended the 2007 and 2008 Caribbean Multi-National Business Conferences sponsored by the Carib News Foundation. Congressman [...]

March 2, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Paterson Scandal Scars a Piece of Harlem History

Paterson Scandal Scars a Piece of Harlem History

David A. Paterson was the great hope of Harlem’s Gang of Four. He was the instrument by which an extraordinary political quartet nurtured since professional infancy by the legendary Democratic leader J. Raymond Jones would impart their legacy to a younger generation of New York politicians. That hope died with a thud on Friday. David [...]

March 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
After 40 Years in Office, Harlem’s Charles Rangel Still Holding On — Seeks 21st Term in Congress

After 40 Years in Office, Harlem’s Charles Rangel Still Holding On — Seeks 21st Term in Congress

As I read an article about Charlie Rangel  seeking reelection amid calls to resign I’m reminded of a conversation I had after the New York primary a couple of months ago. I was speaking to someone who had run for office in Harlem and Rangel came up. I asked the person why didn’t he just [...]

February 28, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Gov. David Paterson Responds to New York Times’ “Bombshell” Article on David Johnson

Gov. David Paterson Responds to New York Times’ “Bombshell” Article on David Johnson

For weeks there has been a buzz in the media about an explosive article that the New York Times was writing on Governor David Paterson that would have him consider resigning. Personally, I didn’t believe there was anything significant that would be reported. As I mentioned on Twitter, “I could be wrong, but I don’t [...]

February 17, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Congressional Black Caucus Statement on the Life of Percy Sutton

Congressional Black Caucus Statement on the Life of Percy Sutton

Washington D.C. – Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement today on the passing of Percy Sutton: “On behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Percy Sutton, a man whose trailblazing contributions are legendary and long lasting. “As a Tuskegee [...]

December 28, 2009 | 2 Comments More
Governor David Paterson on the Passing of Percy Sutton

Governor David Paterson on the Passing of Percy Sutton

“Tonight, we say farewell to one of New York’s and this nation’s most influential African-American leaders – a man whom I am proud to have called a friend and mentor throughout my entire career. “Percy Sutton was a trailblazer. He began his career as a prominent lawyer for Malcolm X and then took Harlem by [...]

December 27, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Harlem Power Broker, Media Mogul and History Maker Percy Sutton Dead at 89

Harlem Power Broker, Media Mogul and History Maker Percy Sutton Dead at 89

Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before launching successful careers as a political power broker and media mogul, died Saturday at age 89. Marissa Shorenstein, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson, confirmed Sutton’s death. She did not know the cause. His daughter, Cheryl Sutton, declined to comment when reached by [...]

December 27, 2009 | 3 Comments More
Riverside Church Staff and Volunteers Celebrate Jesus’ Birthday on Christmas Eve with the Harlem Community

Riverside Church Staff and Volunteers Celebrate Jesus’ Birthday on Christmas Eve with the Harlem Community

In the true spirit of service, children, parents, staff and other volunteers of The Riverside Church will welcome underserved residents of Harlem’s Morningside Heights community to celebrate “Jesus’ Birthday” with food, gifts and an afternoon of fellowship, caroling, games and holiday cheer on Thursday, December 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Riverside [...]

December 23, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Harlem and NYC Don’t Vote Until You Read This

Harlem and NYC Don’t Vote Until You Read This

I’ve been thinking about writing this blog post for months. Honestly, there were sooooo many reasons why I think you should vote for Bill Thompson for Mayor of NYC. Many of those reasons are emotional/reactionary and yet still valid. What’s been interesting about this race is that many New Yorkers don’t feel the same way. [...]

November 3, 2009 | 1 Comment More
New York Times Confirms Bill Thompson is Gaining on Bloomberg

New York Times Confirms Bill Thompson is Gaining on Bloomberg

Mayor The good news for the Democratic mayoral candidate, William C. Thompson Jr., is that he has edged a bit closer to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The bad news is that he still trails Mr. Bloomberg by double digits, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University on Monday morning, one day before New [...]

November 2, 2009 | 2 Comments More
Help Bill Thompson Change NYC in 4 days

Help Bill Thompson Change NYC in 4 days

Message From Bill Thompson In just four days, we can set a new course for New York City. In just four days, we can start making New York City affordable again. In just four days, we can put City Hall back on the side of working New Yorkers. We can achieve all of these goals [...]

October 30, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Become a Mentor With Harlem CARES

Become a Mentor With Harlem CARES

(L to R) Stephen Powell, Executive Director, Mentoring USA; Susan L. Taylor, Founder, National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine; Pastor Charles D. Eatman, Sr., Mt. Pleasant Community Church and Director and Principal, Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy; Rochelle Hill, Co-Chairperson, Harlem CARES; and Aarian Pope-Punter, Recruitment Manager, Mentoring USA (Photo: Samir Amami/New [...]

September 10, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Help Save A Generation — Mentor a Kid

Help Save A Generation — Mentor a Kid

Why Mentor? Because our children are in a state of emergency… Of all Black fourth-graders, 58% are functionally illiterate. In some cities, 80% of our boys drop out before finishing high school. Every day 1,000 Black children are arrested. 1 in every 8 African American males ages 25-29 is incarcerated. The number one cause of [...]

August 15, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Vote For Us in the 2009 Black Weblog Awards

Vote For Us in the 2009 Black Weblog Awards

Hey Everyone, I’m excited to tell you that AroundHarlem.com’s Blog has received nominations in the 2009 Black Weblog Awards. I NEED your votes to help me win. I’ve been nominated in three categories: * — Best Culture Blog — — Blog to Watch — — Best Microblog — (@AroundHarlem on Twitter) * Please click the [...]

July 23, 2009 | 0 Comments More