ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin’ is the new musical from producer Vy Higginsen and MAMA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS, and the show is set to open this Saturday, October 4th at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem, located at 127 West 127th Street. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, who also directed, this musical features a full company of performers aged 55 and over from all walks of life who represent “Real people, telling real stories,” proving that it’s never too late to live a dream.
ALIVE! features a mix of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop music which serves as a platform to take the audience through authentic stories and testimonies from the cast, which includes Num H.S. Amun’Tehu, Deborah Bingham, Donna Love Brown, Matthew Brown, Matthew Burke, Robin Campos, Robin Crudup, Gladys DeJesus Mitchell, Darlene Eklou, Phyllis Harris, Theo Harris, Gloria Jones, Susie Jones, Sharon Patrick, Roberta Ross, Ricardo Vega, Renee Walker, and Pamela White.
The sixth Annual Black Panther Party Film Festival starts this weekend at The Maysles Cinema on Lenox Avenue in Harlem. The opening and closing film of the 2014 festival is the excellent documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, and it will be shown on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, October 4th. On opening night this Friday, the film will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Shola Lynch and four original members of the Black Panther Political Party.
The Black Panther Party Film Festival will feature short and feature-length documentary films, and will include a tribute to Herman Wallace, one of the members of the Angola 3, who passed away on October 4th. Proceeds from the festival are said to be used as commissary for political prisoners. Right on!
Produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, NY, these two upcoming consecutive weekends (Sept. 26th-27th, Oct. 3rd-4th) capture the experiences of political prisoners, along with compelling live Q&A sessions with BPP members, featured filmmakers and film subjects, activists and legal experts.
See the full schedule of films showing at the Black Panther Party Film Festival
343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY, 10027
(btwn 127th and 128th Streets)
After several successful Silicon Harlem events in 2014, the upcoming Silicon Harlem Technology Conference is set to take place on October 16th, 2014 at My Image Studios Harlem with an impressive list of speakers who will share their success, ideas, and expertise with conference attendees. Under the theme “Envisioning the Technological Future,” the Silicon Harlem Technology Conference (the first ever tech conference in Harlem) will also include panels which will focus on the influence of digital technology on health, social media, music, art, video games, mobile, broadband, education and more.
Join in and support Silicon Harlem’s vision of transforming the Harlem community into a Technology and Innovation hub. It’s an exciting goal to reach for, and achieve!
Silicon Harlem Technology Conference
October 16, 2014 – All day event, starting at 7:30am – 7:00pm
See full conference agenda
My Image Studios
40 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
Early Bird pricing until September 30, 2014 – $95.00
Registration until October 15, 2014 – $150.00
Every registered attendee will receive a Silicon Harlem T-Shirt.
THE 45th ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN DAY PARADE is this SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st. starting at 1:00 P.M. This, the largest Black Parade in America, will start at 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, and then head up to 136th Street.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Reverand Al Sharpton, David Paterson, David Dinkins, Dr. Adelaide Sanford,
Congressman Charles Rangel, Imam Izal-El M. Pasha, Lillian Roberts
* Showcase of Positive Black Achievements
* Black Dignitaries and Celebrities
* Queens and Organizations Reflecting African Culture
* Salute to Black Colleges
* Stop Racism and Racial Profiling
* Organizations and Bands from 12 States
Also, look out for Sudden Safety Consultants, Harlem’s first black owned MWBE Occupation Safety and Emergency Preparedness training group marching to encourage community participation in the construction and continued revitalization of Harlem.
This Saturday, September 20th from 1PM-4PM, come out and enjoy the good weather during the 3rd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive and Community Celebration.
Join the event organizer Total Equity Now, local authors, and teams from Harlem youth-development organizations, colleges, fraternities and sororities, book clubs, etc. for an energizing, educational stroll through and celebration of the past, present, and future of Harlem’s literacy landscape.
1PM – Rally for reading! Your choice: La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd St. between Park and Lexington) or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Ave. at 156th). Bring (or buy) a favorite book in order to #RockThoseReads (publicly display your identity as a reader) AND a new or like-new children’s book to donate to a Harlem shelter.
2PM – Ready, set, go! Guided by knowledgeable community ambassadors past historic reading-related landmarks, enjoy delicious samples from TEN’s Literacy Across Harlem Day partner cafes: East Harlem Cafe (104th & Lexington), Astor Row Cafe (130th & Lenox), and Cafe One (140th & Amsterdam)!
3PM – Arrive at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, in the heart of Harlem, for an interactive, family-friendly community celebration of reading and writing!
The long-awaited Africa Center is having an event called “Meet The Africa Center,” a FREE one-day extravaganza from 10:00am-5:30pm this Saturday, September 20th. “Meet The Africa Center” will welcome and introduce the New York community to the home of The Africa Center, located at 1280 5th Avenue on 110th Street in Harlem. Visitors will enjoy a lively mix of entertainment curated by Okayafrica including DJ Birane (Côte d’Ivoire), DJ Underdog, and Rich Medina spinning, and live performances from Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and live performances by Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, as well as Chop & Quench (The FELA! band) with special host Sahr Ngaujah, star of FELA! on Broadway. Sounds exciting!
The Africa Center will of course present some amazing artwork and installations, and there will also be a dance performance by The Dance Theater of Harlem, various activities for children, tastings from The Cecil Harlem restaurant, vendors, and much more. See you there!
After a few months of open voting to select the top five contestants for “Miss Harlem Shake 2014”, a big party was held for the final ceremony on Saturday night at Harlem Shake restaurant on 124th street and Lenox avenue, hosted with great enthusiasm by pop culture expert and blogger Patrick Riley.
The top five contestants were all beautiful and smart women who represented their Harlem based charities well, including No:1: Danielle Summons No 2: Elan Ferguson No 3: Ijeoma Eboh No 4: Amara Korley and No. 5: Casandra Rosario. While they all did great on Saturday in front of a panel of celebrity judges that included Cynde Watson, Brenda Braxton, Farrah Burns, Vy Higginsen, Ken Hanson, Byl Thompson, Kevin McQueen, and Manwea, it was Ijeoma Eboh, 23, Health Educator/PhD Student and Blogger who was voted Miss Harlem Shake 2014. Congratulations to her!
This Saturday September 13th, the Apollo Theater will present the 2nd annual Harlem Healthy Soul Festival, hosted by health expert Dr. Ian Smith, and featuring performances and appearances by Faith Evans, DJ Big Tigger, Dr. John M. Palmer and the NY Knicks City Dancers. This event, which is FREE and open to the public will focus on community and family health, fitness, and wellness with a wide variety of activities all day from 12pm – 6pm.
“Harlem Healthy Soul Festival is designed to serve as a platform for Harlem families to learn about the numerous community health resources to live active and vibrant lives”
It’s all happening at, and around the Apollo building, including outdoors on 126th Street behind the Theater where there will be a fairground filled with health and educational resources, live music, and more.