Category: PROFILES

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
A Look Back — The Life of Clifton “Chuck” Sutton

A Look Back — The Life of Clifton “Chuck” Sutton

Clifton Rolet Sutton, 58, a journalist, environmental activist, community organizer and co-executive producer of It’s Showtime at the Apollo, died recently. He was the nephew of Percy Sutton. At his funeral, speakers told of the powerful role he played in Harlem politics over the last 30 years of his life, including his work with Governor [...]

April 9, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Tina Shoulders’ Laidback Lifestyle

Tina Shoulders’ Laidback Lifestyle

In the midst of national economic trouble, Laidback Founder and Creative Director Tina Shoulders has found her niche in the home decor industry.  The Bronx native and former fashion designer is making a mark with her pop culture inspired pillows, which were unique enough to be featured on MTV’s Real World Brooklyn. Laidback goes beyond [...]

February 18, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Harlem’s Hip Hop Culture Center — Teaching the Babies

Harlem’s Hip Hop Culture Center — Teaching the Babies

The Hip Hop Culture Center, located in the Magic Johnson Theater on 125th Street, has utilized its massive 8,000 square foot facility to serve as a classroom, rehearsal space, and more importantly a vehicle to educate the community.

February 13, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander

Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander

After the Chief Justice administers the Oath of Office, the first person to speak to the American people and the world will be the new president. The second will be Elizabeth Alexander, whom President-elect Obama has chosen to read a poem she is composing for the momentous occasion. Dr. Alexander is no stranger to the [...]

January 20, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Who is Craig Schley?

Who is Craig Schley?

Back in July I received an e-mail from someone named Francine Brown. The subject heading was “Chance for Choice”. The e-mail said: I would like to announce that Craig Schley is taking a big leap, to enter the ring as a contender for the Congressional seat of Charles Rangel.  This is an extension of the [...]

November 3, 2008 | 5 Comments More
Christopher Williams of Base IV Media — Documenting Harlem Politics and Gentrification

Christopher Williams of Base IV Media — Documenting Harlem Politics and Gentrification

The world holds two classes of men. Intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence — Abu l-Ala-Ma’arri, Syrian Poet 973-1057 ********* Who is Christopher Williams? In a quote from his profile on BloggerCatalog.com he states that he is “A Caribbean decent African-American atheist, who tools around with writing on his blog. Some people [...]

November 3, 2008 | 1 Comment More
Lance Smith — Running Around Harlem and Around NYC

Lance Smith — Running Around Harlem
and Around NYC

Lance Smith is a marathon runner who lives in Harlem. He also used to be my neighbor. For seven plus years we lived in the same building. I could probably count on my fingers how many times I saw Lance in long pants or something other than running shorts. LOL. Rain, snow, 90 degree heat [...]

October 31, 2008 | 1 Comment More
The River View Players

The River View Players

The River View Players are a group of award-winning performing artists, writers, directors and producers with a diverse worldview. They have partnered with Cafe Largo, an upscale Puerto Rican restaurant/bar to bring a weekly series of theatrical works to Harlem. The series will include artistic creations by local writers, famous and up-and-coming, dead and alive. [...]

September 18, 2008 | 2 Comments More