What a wonderful treat to have warm fall weather as we quickly approach the holiday season! Events this weekend ranged from ice skating, to shopping at one of the local farmer’s markets, to going to a concert at Harlem Stage. Sadly, those were all items on the agenda, which instead was comprised of errands, following up on emails, and updating Uptownflavor.
This week, Uptownflavor offered two free passes to see For Colored Girls, featuring an all star cast of Hollywood’s top Black actresses. Winners will be announced on Monday.
We also were contacted by UPTOWN Magazine asking us to share a couple of their features with our readers. We hope to be able to continue to offer you aggregated content from other reputable Harlem news sources.
We finally had a chance to see the much talked about documentary Waiting for Superman. Although it was a week night, there were parents and children of all ages in attendance. The Robin Hood Foundation provided hundreds (if not thousands) of free tickets to Harlem schools and other educational agencies. Two of Harlem’s charter schools were featured – Harlem Success and Harlem Children’s Zone. The film highlighted the dire and somewhat hopeless state of our current education system. If you haven’t seen it, but sure to see it before it leaves theaters or catch it when it is released on DVD.
While at the Magic Johnson theater, we couldn’t help but notice the Aloft shining brightly across the street, waiting to be unveiled. From what we’ve heard, there has been a preview and hopefully Uptownflavor will be able to attend the final unveiling. Chef Marcus Samuelsson also had a preview of his new restaurant Red Rooster which has been generating quite a bit of buzz. We look forward to also getting a sneak peek of Harlem’s latest culinary establishment soon.
In closing, it is fascinating to watch Harlem continue to grow. If you remember only a couple of years ago Grub Street accused Times writer, Frank Bruni, of “not caring about Harlem. Since then, we have seen the opening of establishments like Bier International, Chocolat, Mojo, 67 Orange, 5 & Diamond and Chez Lucienne. Bruni, who has since stepped down as a critic for the Times and is a now a staff writer, featured several Harlem establishments in The Tipsy Diaries back in September.
Finally, be sure to check out the new Fall/Winter exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Scheduling conflicts prevented us from getting a preview, but we have heard only good things (as always) about the works being presented.
Have a great week!