Breakin' Convention Harlem 2015

Breakin’ Convention Hip Hop Dance at the Apollo Friday October 16 – Sunday 18

The Breakin’ Convention returns to the Apollo Theater in Harlem Friday 16th – Sunday, 18th of October!  The Breakin’ Convention is an international festival of Hip Hop dance, featuring performances by hip More »

Mi Gente Spanish Harlem in the 80's

Mi Gente Spanish Harlem in the 80’s by photographer Joseph Rodriguez

This Thursday, September 24th from 6–9pm,  Hi-ARTS is presenting “Mi Gente Spanish Harlem in the 80’s” featuring the work of documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez. This Opening Reception of Mi Gente Spanish Harlem More »


46th Annual AFRICAN AMERICAN DAY PARADE in Harlem this Sunday

This Sunday, September 20th at 1 PM the 46th Annual African-American Day Parade will begin on 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, and proceed North on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. More »


This Saturday The Apollo Theater presents the 3rd Annual – Harlem Healthy Soul Festival

This Saturday, September 19 from 12PM – 7PM The Apollo Theater presents The Harlem Healthy Soul Festival, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. This all-day event is Free and Open to the Public! More »


4th Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive & Community Celebration – Saturday, September 19

Total Equity Now has announced its 4th Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive & Community Celebration which will take place on Saturday, September 19th in Harlem. Select your starting point and More »

6 Miss Harlem Shake 2015 Finalists chosen – Now you can vote for the winner

voteSix finalists of the 2015 Miss Harlem Shake contest have been selected, and all Harlem Shake restaurant customers are invited to choose their favorite. This year’s Miss Harlem Shake finalists include a lawyer, a professional dancer, an interior designer, a wellness education specialist, and a former Miss New York USA delegate.

Head over to Harlem Shake at 100 West 124th St. on Lenox Avenue and vote while you order your meal. The winner will be announced on September 13th!

The Miss Harlem Shake contest winner will receive $500 cash and $1000 for the charity of their choice. Look out for the winner in this year’s African American Day parade on September 21st!

6 Miss Harlem Shake Finalists

From left: Alison, Regine, Amanda, Ijeoma (Miss Harlem Shake 2014), Francesca, Limore, Kristyan

DJ Stormin’ Norman presents Sundae Sermon “Classics Edition” August 9 in St. Nicholas Park


What we’re gonna do is go back….way back. To the days when we used to dance the night away at the Paradise Garage and The loft!  The next SUNDAE SERMON event will take us there because DJ Stormin’ Norman and Guest DJ Cosi will be playing classic club music from the 1970s-1990s in this special “Classics Edition” of Sundae Sermon.

It’s happening Sunday, August 9th in Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, from 12-7pm.


DJ Stormin’ Norman Presents Another Stellar Line Up to Keep Uptown Healthy, Fit and Dancing All Day Long – With Performances From Uptown Records’ Jeff Redd and Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir, A Pre-Party Fitness Workout, Plus a Surprise Guest Performance

Guest Host Tanya Wright, actor from Orange Is The New Black, with On Air Personality Terry Bello of 103.9FM

Sundae Sermon — The Last Dance! is the final Summer 2015 Sundae Sermon event in Harlem, so grab your dancing partners, make a picnic basket, and don’t forget that towel cause you know you’re going to sweat it out to the music. As always, there will be lots of other fun things to experience at the Sundae Sermon FREE afternoon outdoor music festival, including food, fitness, and more:

As August is health and wellness month, before the dancing begins, there will be yoga by Land Yoga followed by a boxing workout call RAKA provided by two-time golden gloves champion Ngo Okafori starting at noon. Guests will also have an assortment of food and health vendors to choose from, including Simplicious Foods, Island Salads, New Harlem Besame Restaurant, Sylvia’s Restaurant, HAIRiette by Tanya Wright, Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture and Medical Roots Project.

SummerStage 30th Anniversary Season! Upcoming Shows in Marcus Garvey Park – Harlem


On Saturday August 8th, SummerStage in Central Park will be the place to be as they put on their 30th Anniversary DJ Celebration featuring Afrika Bambaataa, Gilles Peterson, and Quantic – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm,  in collaboration with Giant Step NYC.

This year, City Parks Foundation SummerStage (NYC’s largest free performing arts festival) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season, and they’ve got a great line-up of shows around the city for you to enjoy.  In Harlem, SummerStage takes place in Marcus Garvey Park where you are invited to a nice variety of musical and dance events in August. All shows are FREE, so come on out!

Schedule of SummerStage Shows in Harlem

Marcus Garvey Park – West 122nd St. and Mt. Morris Park West, New York, NY

Rakim / DJ Tedsmooth
August 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Mobile Mondays! Live with Roy Ayers
August 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music
August 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Free

Tinder & Ash / Ephrat Asherie Dance / Kiebpoli & Shine / Claire Parsons Co. / Brooklyn United Marching Band
August 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free


Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Oliver Lake Big Band / The King Solomon Hicks Trio / Michela Taps: Bird Lives!
August 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Dr. Lonnie Smith / Andy Bey / Jeff “Tain” Watts / Camille Thurman / Norma Miller / Master Class: Samuel Coleman
August 22 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Free

Sweet Spot Festival 3rd Annual Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete in Harlem this Saturday!

Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete

Unfortunately, the last Sweetspot Festival was canceled due to rain, but this Saturday August 1st, the sun will be shining when the 3rd Annual Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete hits the West Harlem Piers!

Get ready to groove to the sounds of the Rice & Peas Massive! MAX GLAZER + DJ GRAVY + ORIJAHNAL VIBES + MICRO DON AUTOGRAPH + HERBERT HOLLER.   Great music and dancing is guaranteed, along with Art for kids, Dance Hall workshops, Food , Vintage and Artisan Vendors.

Come one, come all!  Pack a picnic and bring your friends and family!

Sweet Spot Festival – 3rd Annual Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete!

AUGUST 1st, from 2-9PM
West Harlem Pier
125th Street – West Side along the Hudson River.

Sweet Spot Festival dancehall

Come to the Harlem Mentoring Fair this Tuesday, July 28

Harlem Mentoring Fair

If you agree that supporting young Harlemites’ academic, social, and emotional development is the collective responsibility of the Harlem community, and that it really does take a village to raise a child, Total Equity Now and Harlem CARES invite caring adults to stop by the Harlem Mentoring Fair this Tuesday, July 28 anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  This effort aims to connect you with community-based organizations seeking mentors and other youth-development volunteers for the coming school year. Check out images from last year’s Harlem Mentoring Fair.

2015 Harlem Mentoring Fair

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Center

34 West 134th Street, New York, NY 10037

(entrance on 135th Street between 5th and Lenox Avenues)

Harlem Week 2015 Events Schedule – Sunday, July 26 – August 22

Harlem Week 2015 Events

It’s that time! Harlem Week events kick-off this Sunday, July 26th with “A Great Day in Harlem,”  a full day of family-oriented Outdoor Festival events to enjoy, including a Fashion Show,  Gospel,Latin, Rhythm & Blues, and Jazz concerts, Dance, and Theater arts.

Surrounding the main stage at U.S. Grant National Memorial Park on West 122nd St. and Riverside Drive you’ll find stands with arts & crafts, food from around the world, vendors, exhibitions, corporate exhibits, career recruitment and more. Harlem Week features 100 events throughout the months of July and August, which are said to attract about 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world.

Harlem Week promotes and celebrates what Harlem was, is and will be! HARLEM WEEK is a series of events throughout the summer, that bring together all age groups and cultures to celebrate the unique and diverse essence of Harlem. This celebration of Harlems offers over 100 events throughout the months of July and August, attracting approximately 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world.

Harlem Week 2015

Uptown Bounce Kick-Off party Wednesday, July 22 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm


Get over to the City Museum and El Museo del Barrio for the kick-off of Uptown Bounce summer series, featuring music, gallery talks, art workshops, breakdancing, summer drinks, and local food!

At the City Museum, do the New York Hustle as Operator Emz & DJ Joey Carvello of Mobile Mondays! spin classic vinyl 45s disco all night. At 6:30pm, learn the New Style Hustle with dance maestro Jeff Selby, accompanied by Conga players. Chalk art by Kady Perry.

El Museo presents their summer exhibitions, and an interactive performance by Alicia Grullón, and a video by Louis Cameron. All nights will feature art-making, music by DJ Turmix, and FEEGZ and crew on our sidewalks.

Register – Admission is free

2015 Miss Harlem Shake Finalists – Join the Party and Vote for Your Favorite Contestant


Twelve women have been selected to move on in the 2015 Miss Harlem Shake contest, and this Saturday, July 25th you can join the Party when these 12 semifinalists will have the chance to take the stage and show their Harlem pride before a live panel of local celebrity judges. The final six women will be chosen to advance to the Miss Harlem Shake 2015 finals!

RSVP and come by this Saturday to Harlem Shake restaurant (100 W. 124th Street at Lenox Avenue) at 8pm to find out who will be moving on to the next round!

Judges include:

· Tiffany Denee Jones – Founder of the PinkChoseMe Foundation

· Londyn Juwelz – Celebrity Makeup Artist & Educator

· Savoy Walker – CEO of Savvy Marketing Entertainment

· Nakia Hicks – Record Industry Executive and Media Professional

Writer and producer Patrick Riley will emcee the event alongside Miss Harlem Shake 2014, PhD candidate and Klassy Kinks blogger Ijeoma Eboh. After the big announcement is made, R&B singer/songwriter RYLI will give a special guest performance.

Finalists will have the rest of the summer to vie for customer votes and the crown – which earns them a year’s worth of free Harlem Shake Burgers, $500 for themselves, and $1000 for a Harlem charity of their choice.

Miss Harlem Shake Finalists

Introducing the Top 12 ‪#‎MissHarlemShake2015‬ Finalist:

1. Alison Mixon
2. Kristyan Gilmore
3. Chanel Bines
4. Francheska Rivera
5. Rajisa Omar
6.Tiffany Jackson
7.Limore Dooley
8.Ramona McCay
9.Amanda Mobley
10.Jane Madembo
11.Regine Gilbert
12. Krissy Reyes