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‘The Women of Sugar Hill’

‘The Women of Sugar Hill’

Experience a unique live music and art event being held at the Sugar Hill Building.  Running for three consecutive weekends, you still have time to catch this incredible collaboration on Saturday July 19th and July 26th, from 4-6 pm.  The Women of Sugar Hill will feature musical legend Ms. Marjorie Eliot, known in the uptown … Continue reading

El Gato Teatro Makes Her Home in Harlem

El Gato Teatro Makes Her Home in Harlem

El Gato Teatro, a dance theater collective led by Harlem resident, Gabriella Barnstone premiered its latest work Nuevo Laredo at Dixon Place last week. El Gato Teatro fuses dance, theater, text, music, and sheer entertainment to create powerful works of art and magic. The production features stunning mask work, sharp design, and a sound track … Continue reading

Gertrude Jeannette can certainly hack it

Gertrude Jeannette can certainly hack it

If you know Ms. J. (as she is affectionately called by her beloved H.A.D.L.E.Y Players) then you know she most certainly can hack it. If you are like most, your first encounter with Ms. J. was very much like the one she describes in  New York Daily News article about her. She is one of … Continue reading

Driving Miss Daisy Actors Fund Special Performance

Driving Miss Daisy Actors Fund Special Performance

By: J.J. El-Far The Broadway company of “Driving Miss Daisy” has announced that their Special Benefit Performance for The Actors Fund will be dedicated to the memory of Vanessa Redgrave’s siblings, Lynn and Corin Redgrave. The benefit performance is scheduled for Monday, February 7 at 8pm. All proceeds will go to The Actors Fund. “With … Continue reading

Celebrating Harlem’s Faith

Celebrating Harlem’s Faith

Faith Ringgold is best known as a prize-winning children’s author and illustrator. Before creating her best-known classic, Tar Beach, Faith was a Harlem educator who grew up on Sugar Hill and attended City College. On November 3, Faith was honored at her alma mater inside of the Shepard’s Great Hall for her 80th birthday. The … Continue reading

Harlem Arts Walking Tour

Harlem Arts Walking Tour

The Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour, affectionately known as “HOAST,” provided countless young (and old) artists from all disciplines an opportunity to be seen by a large group. The event, which took place every October from 2005 until last year, was a huge success, with art lovers filling the streets of Harlem. Up and coming … Continue reading

Harlem native voices villain in The Princess and the Fro

Harlem born Keith David gives voice to the villainous Dr. Facilier in the latest Disney animated feature The Princess and the Frog. David, a Julliard trained thespian,  has starred in hundreds of roles on stage and screen.  Before attending the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts (The Fame school) David was under the tutelage … Continue reading

Artist Spotlight: Trina Slade-Burks

The Harlem Renaissance was an era where artists (often from other parts of the country) convened in Harlem to create and showcase their art. The  residual effects of that by-gone era continue to have a significant impact on aspiring and professional artists everywhere. One such artist is Trina Slade-Burks. Born in Harlem Hospital and raised … Continue reading

Harlem Profile: Faith Ringgold

Disclaimer: This is an excerpt of a longer article that appeared on CentralJersey.com written by Ilene Dube Born in Harlem, Faith suffered asthma and did not go to school until the second grade. She was home schooled by her mother, a dressmaker. Willi Jones took her daughter to the theater, movies and museums, bought her … Continue reading

Brenda Braxton: Breaking Records On Broadway

more about “Brenda Braxton: Breaking Records On B…“, posted with vodpod “Sultry actress/singer Brenda Braxton has been shaking up the scene in ‘Chicago’ for more than 1200 performances. As merry murderess Velma Kelly, the 52-year-old beauty has played the role of Velma on Broadway more than any other actress.”Velma is truly one of the best … Continue reading

Harlem Lens

Over the past three decades, Alix Dejean, 63, has become an unofficial neighborhood photographer, chronicling the famous, the infamous and the anonymous of Harlem. Though he was born in Haiti and has lived in Brooklyn since 1965, Harlem is where he chooses to photograph. Read the full article in The New York Times

Immortal Technique Drops 3rd World Today

Harlem raised Immortal Technique lyrically assaults all hypocrites and um, other undesirables on his new CD The 3rd World. Immortal Technique, born as Felipe Coronel, moved with his family to Harlem from his native Peru back in the ’80s while his homeland was in the midst of a civil war. He defines himself as an … Continue reading

Uptown Artist Spotlight: The Paradigm Shifter

By: Tiffany Y’vonne The “N” in his name doesn’t stand for newbie or newcomer. When it comes to long-time Harlem resident and distinguished performer Ngoma, his name is certainly no misnomer. In the African culture Ngoma has several meanings: a drum song, a healing, or a dance experience that transcends national and social boundaries. Ngoma … Continue reading

Uptown Artist Spotlight: The Art of Being Eliza B

Dynamically Talented. Refreshing. Fiercely Honest. Passionate. These are just a few words to describe the multi-faceted artist, Eliza B. Written by: Tiffany Y’vonne Standing at a statuesque 6’2 and built like a supermodel, Eliza B. automatically commands all eyes on her; but do not let that blind you to the power within this soulful spirit. … Continue reading

Uptown Artist Spotlight: Sir Ben Marx

Editor’s Note: We are trying out a new segment called Uptown Artist Spotlight. These posts will be a bit longer than your typical UPTOWNflavor posts and they will essentially highlight artists in our community. Writers, rappers, singers, painters, poets, sculptors… we want to read about whoever has some creative energy that they like to share. … Continue reading