Category: NEWS & VIEWS

East Harlem Target Grand Opening From a Harlem Mom’s Perspective

East Harlem Target Grand Opening From a Harlem Mom’s Perspective

Hello Harlem! was the welcome message seen by thousands of shoppers at the grand opening of the Target East Harlem location. Early last Sunday morning Harlem community leaders and New York City notables, including Sharon Joseph and Gail Richards (Harlem Lanes), Thelma Golden (Studio Museum) in officially opening the new Target location in Harlem with [...]

July 28, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Take Action — Help Stop Child Sex Abuse in New York State

Take Action — Help Stop Child Sex Abuse in New York State

Harlem resident Andrew Willis has created StopAbuseCampaign.com to solicit help from the public in “ending the sickening law that protects child abusers” in New York State. Last week Willis and the Stop Abuse Campaign (a network of citizens concerned about the safety and well being of children) delivered a folder containing the names of over [...]

June 2, 2010 | 1 Comment More
PETRA — Is the Future of Public Housing in Jeopardy?

PETRA — Is the Future of Public Housing in Jeopardy?

I just clicked on this link to send a message to the House Financial Services Committee. The message simply stated, “DO NOT privatize public housing”. According to their website, “The Committee oversees all components of the nation’s housing and financial services sectors including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities. The Committee [...]

May 23, 2010 | 2 Comments More
Harlem Gay Pride Festivities for 2010

Harlem Gay Pride Festivities for 2010

Next month, Harlem will host to its first ever Gay Pride Celebration. Harlem Pride will be sponsoring several events that will celebrate the pride and diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Same Gender Loving (SGL) neighbors and organizations in Harlem. The scope and vision of the inaugural Harlem Pride event by its founding [...]

May 18, 2010 | 4 Comments More
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
Dorothy Height, Matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement Dies

Dorothy Height, Matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement Dies

Dorothy I. Height, 98, a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades, died early Tuesday morning of natural causes, a spokesperson for the National Council of Negro Women said. Ms. Height was among the coalition of African American leaders who pushed [...]

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
Take Action — Support the Lawyers Who Support Our Communities

Take Action — Support the Lawyers Who Support Our Communities

The New York State Senate is having a hearing at NYU law school on December 9th to discuss funding for civil legal servants. These are the lawyers who fight for immigrants rights in NYC, to secure back pay and unpaid unemployment benefits, housing attorneys battling Harlem slumlords on behalf of low-income tenants and lawyers opposing [...]

November 27, 2009 | 0 Comments More