Kamoinge Photographers Convey Black Experience
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Kamoinge, a group of mostly New York photographers who strive to capture the black experience, are creating an archive of their work. The group first assembled in 1963 and now has 24 members, with some focusing on documentary work, others on fine art. They are all driven by a similar passion: honest portrayal. “What we’re documenting isn’t just black history,” said Russell Frederick, one of Kamoinge’s newer members. “It’s American history; it’s global history. It’s something that everybody needs to see.” Read and see more on the Lens blog.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Harlem - News May 30, 2011
In the Sept. 1984 file photo, musician Gil Scott-Heron poses. Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" but saw his brilliance undermined by a years-long drug addiction, died Friday, May, 27, 2011 at age ...
Monday, May 30, 2011
Mellon Foundation Awards Major Grant to the Studio Museum in Harlem
NEW YORK, NY.- The Studio Museum in Harlem announced the creation of The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fund. Made possible by a three-year, $1,000,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Curatorial Fund will support the Museum’s landmark curatorial program.
Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden says, “This grant represents an exciting new chapter at the Museum, a profound investment that will stoke the framework of our entire institutional structure. The Fund’s vital support will advance research, scholarship and publications, the three programmatic branches that form the core of the Museum’s activities. By investing in the essence of our mission—exhibiting, documenting and facilitating dialogue about art by artists of African descent, the Mellon Curatorial Fund will enrich our programming and help us better serve our diverse audience base locally, nationally and internationally. We are honored by the Mellon Foundation’s recognition and generosity.”
The establishment of The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fund allows the Studio Museum to look anew at the historic role of its curatorial program, which includes a stellar list of exhibitions—from historical surveys to edgy contemporary shows, large group exhibitions to significant mid-career retrospectives—all of which collectively have supported generations of artists and leading scholars.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
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Smoke master Steve Anello presents his top-rated barbecue for the Best of New York BBQ.
City's slow pothole repair stuck in asphalt bungle (NY Daily News)
New Yorkers Enjoy the Start of Summer in Central Park (DNAInfo)
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Remembering Officer Slain in Case of Mistaken Identity (International Herald Tribune)
Spoken-word musician Gil Scott-Heron is seen in this undated image. (CTV.ca)
The days are longer, the television season is over, and the temperatures - well, they'll be rising soon, we trust.
Collecting special: Upcoming sales (Financial Times)
Your business idea might just be a little closer to reality.
The venture capital wing of the communications giant, Comcast, has just announced that it will be providing seed funding for five minority-led startups.
The Minority Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, as it is called, is a partnership between Comcast Interactive Capital and DreamIt Ventures, and will be accepting applications through July 8. The three-month-long program will start in Philadelphia on September 9.
“Diversity is a cornerstone of Comcast’s culture and we are proud to have Comcast Interactive Capital partner with DreamIt in this first investment from our $20 million fund focused on expanding opportunities for minority entrepreneurs,” said Payne Brown, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Comcast.
The program will be helmed by William Crowder, founder of Growth Strategy Advisors and a veteran of business development at AOL. Crowder will serve as managing director.
“The challenge for many startups and their founders,” Crowder said, “particularly those from minority communities, is one of access and opportunity. MEAP responds to this need in superior fashion, and we look forward to seeing what kind of entrepreneurial magic will be created as a result.”
In order to be eligible to participate in the MEAP, your company must be at least 50% owned by members of your founding entrepreneur team who are African American, Asian American, Latino American or Native American.
For details on how to submit an application, click the link below.
Start Your Business! Comcast To Fund Five Minority Startups
Sat, 28 May 2011 04:10:27 GMT
An East Harlem street is now named in honor of late NYPD Detective Omar Edwards, who in 2009 was chasing an alleged car thief when he was mistakenly shot by a fellow officer.
East Harlem Street Renamed In Honor Of Fallen NYPD Officer
Sun, 29 May 2011 13:31:04 GMT
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Harlem - News May 28, 2011
Collecting special: Upcoming sales (Financial Times)
Allegedly Frisked Attorney Sues Over NY Taxi-Search Policy (ABA Journal)
Harlem is about to get a little taste of Culpeper. In July, local 13-year-old, Morgan Brown , will sing her way to Harlem to audition for the amateur competition at the Apollo Theater.
New Disney Playground and 103rd Street Community Garden Restoration (Uptown Flavor)
Gala NYC is putting on its final concert of the spring preview series on Saturday in Brooklyn.
New York Teacher (Edwize)
East Harlem Film Festival to Rival Tribeca, Says Founder (DNAInfo)
It's like a secret garden. Inside the New York Society Library's townhouse at 53 East 79th St.
I'm sad to report the passing of poet Gil Scott-Heron.
A friend and I went to see him perform at SOB's (Sounds of
Brazil) in NYC a year or two ago.
She had had no exposure to his work and came away wowed.
It was a thrill for me to finally see him live having been a
Fan since the 70s. He was in fine form.
Here's a set of videos from various points in his career.
Jazz on the Tube
The private all-male Catholic prep school in Harlem is closing its doors after 73 years due to dropping enrollment and financial troubles.
Rice High School Holds Final Commencement
Sat, 28 May 2011 02:43:58 GMT
NEW YORK — Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday at age 62.
A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died in the afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip.
"We're all sort of shattered," she said.
Scott-Heron's influence on rap was such that he sometimes was referred to as the Godfather of Rap, a title he rejected.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Harlem Neighbors Fear They'll Lose Basketball Court Amid New Construction
May 25, 2011
A proposed apartment building could rise on the site of a basketball court on West 117th Street near Fifth Ave.
By Jeff Mays
HARLEM — Lou Castro says the basketball court behind her building at Fifth Avenue and East 117th Street gave her two grandsons a safe place to play when she wasn't well enough to take them to the park.
"I can't walk too much, so taking them to Central Park was too far sometimes," she said.
But the court will be gone for good if L+M Development Partners Inc. get their way and build two new buildingswith almost 200 units of housing on the site, a plan that has Castro and other residents up in arms.
"It's sad because where are the kids going to play?" Castro said while standing outside of her building.
Community Board 10 will have a hearing on proposed zoning changes needed to facilitate the new buildings on June 1.
Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110525/harlem/harlem-neighbors-fear-theyll-lose-basketball-court-amid-new-construction?utm_content=chiefcharley472%40gmail.com&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Harlem%20Neighbors%20Fear%20They%27ll%20Lose%20Basketball%20Court%20Amid%2E%2E%2E&utm_campaign=Fleet%20Week%20Marine%20Killed%20by%20Carcontent#ixzz1NVBHpYX9
African-American - News May 27, 2011
George Clinton Hospitalized With Staph Infection (eurweb)
New Drugs Encouraging For African Americans With Hepatitis C (MediLexicon)
HIV/AIDS Now Leading Cause Of Death For Black Women (TheBostonChannel)
Stroke is the No. 3 killer in Georgia and is a major cause of disability. Nearly 2.8 million Georgia adults do not know the signs of a stroke.
Parents protest NAACP's involvement in school closure lawsuit (New York Daily News)
Black Journalists Qutting Mainstream, Return To Black Press (WDBZ-AM Cincinnati)
For decades, a San Francisco preschool in an underserved, predominantly black neighborhood bore the name of Peter Burnett, California's first elected civilian governor.
Jewish gospel music to come to Elmira (Star-Gazette)
Black Women 3x More Confident (KMJM - Majic 104.9)
Rochelle Riley: Talking, listening, trying to heal racism's wounds (Detroit Free Press)
Most would call East Harlem a rough neighborhood. I call it home.
Like many kids in my community, I grew up playing ball. Basketball transcended the sometimes tough reality we lived in. It was a constant truth in our lives and a source of positivity. In 2009, I co-founded Hoops By the River (HBTR) as a way to use my passion for basketball to better my community and provide that constant flow of positivity.
We've been working closely with a large group of boys and girls, including my own children, to provide programs to sharpen skills on and off the court. Rooted in basketball, we offer practices, tournaments and regular season games but we also focus on school work and the importance of education.
This week HBTR was announced as the newest addition to the A.T.R. Project (Assisting The Rise)[TM] - Above the Rim's (ATR) community-based youth development grant program. We feel privileged and blessed to be working hand-in-hand with a brand that shares the same values as HBTR. By working together my players will get closer to making their dreams a reality.
This Saturday, May 28th, HBTR and ATR are hosting a basketball clinic and tournament, "Stop the Violence," from 9AM to 5PM at Jefferson St. Park in East Harlem, NY. The tournament will showcase some of Harlem's finest young basketball players and raise awareness for anti-violence behavior in the community.
From 9AM-12PM we will host a skills clinic hosted by the Harlem Jazz coaches and from 12:30PM - 5PM we will have competitive tournament games for ages 10 and up. The day-long event will have a special guest appearance by Corey "Homicide" Williams, internationally known as the "King of NYC Streetball." Corey will be helping out at the skills clinic and available for photo opportunities throughout the day.
In addition to this weekend's event, ATR is also helping us plan a preparatory school visit in upstate New York, a yoga session, a behind-the-scenes tour at a New York-based sports facility and a group visit to Dime Magazine's office. Our goal is to show the players how they can translate their passion for the game into a career or hobby.
Look out for more HBTR events this summer and we welcome all to join us this weekend!
Hoop Dreams in Harlem
Thu, 26 May 2011 17:12:00 GMT
Date: May 31, 2011
Calling all children under 12 who want something fun to do on a sunny afternoon.
Games such as giant tic tac toe, lawn bowling, hopscotch, jump rope and more will be ready for your arrival. Sign them out, enjoy your play, and then return the games so they will be there next week!
Start time: 10:00 am
End time: 2:00 pm
Contact phone: 311
Location: West Harlem Piers Park
Thursday, May 26, 2011