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Panther Baby Book Signing at Columbia

Panther Baby Book Signing at Columbia

Students, guests, members of the Young Lords, and the original Black Panther Party filled the auditorium at Columbia University’s Miller Theater to listen to Professor Jamal Joseph read from his recently released book, Panther Baby, published by Algonquin Books, two Fridays ago. Joseph was interviewed by Dorian Warren, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs … Continue reading

From Harlem With Love Book Signing

From Harlem With Love Book Signing

Joe Holland had the best of everything growing up. He attended the same Ivy League college as his father and had the world at his feet after graduating from college. Joe decided that he would take a detour from his life’s trajectory, and move to Harlem to help change the neighborhood. From Harlem With Love … Continue reading

Liberation Bookstore

Liberation Bookstore

Ms. Mulzac’s profession was selling books at Liberation Bookstore, a Harlem landmark that for four decades specialized in materials promoting black identity and black power. On one side of the front door, a sign declared, “If you don’t know, learn.” On the other: “If you know, teach.” New York Times Related articles Una Mulzac, Harlem … Continue reading

Tony Dungy challenges you to be uncommon in 2012

Tony Dungy, retired head coach of the 2007 Super Bowl–winning Indianapolis Colts, guides us on a year long journey of faith with The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge. The Daily Challange contains 365 reflections from the #1 New York Times bestselling author on living an “uncommon life” of integrity, honoring your family and friends, creating … Continue reading

Favorite Things: Grandma’s Place

Favorite Things: Grandma’s Place

As a big kid at heart, nothing warms my heart more than the thought of a boutique toy store in Harlem. That place is Grandma’s Place. Located on West 120th Street, right around the corner from Settepani’s on Lenox Avenue, a small world of childhood wonder exists. Grandma, also known as Dawn Harris-Martine, is a … Continue reading

Mr. Apollo Book Signing at Harlem Flo

Mr. Apollo Book Signing at Harlem Flo

Billy Mitchell has been described as many things in his day: a historian, a tour guide, a goodwill ambassador, but  most recently Mr. Mitchell is described as Mr. Apollo. Mitchell started working as an errand boy at the legendary theater back in 1965 and has worked in various capacities since then. This past weekend Mitchell … Continue reading

Harlem Biennale presents Jonathan Gill and guests

Harlem Biennale presents Jonathan Gill and guests

Harlem Biennale in association with Grove Press presents: A SERIES OF LECTURES with AUTHOR JONATHAN GILL and guests HARLEM: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America Saturday, February 19, noon – 2:00pm Harlem School of the Arts 645 Saint Nicholas Av., New York, NY 10030 Tel: 212 926 4100 … Continue reading

Re-Read: Baldwin’s Creative Process

Re-Read: Baldwin’s Creative Process

Black and Latino Literary Salon: Re-read: James Baldwin’s “The Creative Process” The Studio Museum in Harlem Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:00 PM Re-Read is a new program series at the Studio Museum designed to re-engage classic and/or previously published texts. In tandem with WNYC‘s signature Literary Salon and New York University’s multi-site conference event James … Continue reading

Harlem is Nowhere at the Studio Museum

Harlem is Nowhere at the Studio Museum

As part of the Up/Down, North/South three-part series at the Studio Museum in Harlem, author Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and designer V. Mitch McEwen (former college roommates) discussed  Rhodes-Pitts’ first book Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America. The free program was standing room only  and opened up a conversation about retaining Harlem’s … 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

The Harlem Book Fair 2010

The Harlem Book Fair took place along 135th Street two weekends ago. While the fair has been scaled back in recent years, a good number of dedicated bibliophiles turned out to browse the booths in spite of the 90 plus degree temperatures.

Damon Wayons’ New Hat

I remember when I was living in Nashville: one afternoon the restaurant I was managing was inundated with a whole slew of older women, all of whom were wearing red hats. Most of them were dressed in purple as well. These women, I quickly discovered, were a part of the Red Hat Society. Much like … Continue reading

Pam Grier’s Foxy Life

Pam Grier makes an appearance Wednesday, May 5, at Gospel Uptown to promote her new book, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, A Memoir. The event, which takes place from 12 noon until 3 PM, will give fans a chance to meet the original Foxy Brown herself, as well as pick up a signed copy of … Continue reading

Uptown The new novel by Virginia DeBerry…

Uptown The new novel by Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant Tuesday, April 6 7PM Border’s Books and Music 461 Park Avenue (at 57th Street) New York, NY 10022 RSVP:

Kwanzaa Book Giveaway

December is the season of giving and sharing. In that spirit of sharing we are offering three sets of  Kwanzaa books for our readers! Each set includes 5 books published by the Hachette Book Group. The Boy Next Door By Irene Sabatini Mrs. O By Mary Tomer Role of a Lifetime By James Brown , … Continue reading

Congratulations to the winners of Zane’s Total Eclipse of the Heart

In this provocative tale of love and heartbreak, Zane explores what happens when you cater to your emotional well-being and discover the meaning of unconditional love…or, rather, experience a total eclipse of the heart. Thanks to Atria Books for sponsoring the book give-a-way. Look for more give-a-ways on this month! ->See Zane at Hue … Continue reading

Free computer help in Harlem

Would you like to learn more about computers, but don’t know where to start? Thanks to some dedicated volunteers, the 125th Street Library now offers FREE individual computer tutoring/computer help. If you know nothing about computers but want to learn, are curious about social networking, need help filling out an online form, or want to … Continue reading

Cornel West – Living and Loving Out Loud

BROTHER WEST: LIVING AND LOVING OUT LOUD A Memoir BROTHER WEST: LIVING AND LOVING is like its author: brilliant, unapologetic, full of passion yet cool. This poignant memoir traces West’s transformation from a schoolyard Robin Hood into a progressive cultural icon. From his youthful investigation of the “death shudder” to why he embraced his calling … Continue reading

Back to School Book Contest

The end of summer is nigh upon us and soon the kidlets will be spiffed up and heading back to school. We want to help our readers celebrate our shared love of reading with a special giveaway of 5 thought-provoking books that parents will love reading. Send your entry to: uptownflavorcontest @ Contest is … Continue reading

A Book Lover’s Delight

FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009 Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe Workshop: 5:30 * Book Lovers’ Meet & Greet at 7:00 (complete with wine & cheese, gift bags, and important people from the world of media and publishing) ** Author, highly accomplished entrepreneur, and nationally respected bookseller, MARVA ALLEN shares the inside scoop on the retail side of … Continue reading

Harlem Library Celebrates 100 Years!

Harlem Library Celebrates Its Centennial! Actor/playwright Ossie Davis once described it as “the only home I had … the very temple of my existence, my craft, the place that trained me, the first institution to welcome me.” The Harlem Library marks its centennial on July 24 with special performances, guest speakers, and more! View an online gallery of … Continue reading

Harlem Book Fair Schedule

Friday, July 17th, 7pm Masters of Ceremony: Haki Madhubuti and Helena D. Lewis Program: (Per) Verse Poets: Spoken Word On Center Stage (Performances by Invitation Only) Music by: Atiba Wilson & Songhai Djeli Saturday, July 18th Sunday, July 19th Harlem Book Fair Outdoor Exhibits & Author Panel Discussions Time: 11am-6pm Locations: West 135 Street btw … Continue reading

The Ghosts of Harlem: Session with Jazz Legends

What does a former CIA agent have to do with Harlem jazz musicians?  You’d be surprised how easy it was for a former spy to coax old memories out of 42 musicians over the course of 20 years. Music producer, author, photographer and former CIA agent, Hank O’Neal documented the lives of Harlem jazz musicians … Continue reading

Free Copies of Kiss the Sky

*Update: Contest is closed. Congratulations to all the winners. Uptown Flavor is feeling extremely generous this month and we are here to help relieve your recession blues. We have yet another giveaway to offer our loyal readers! We will be giving away 5 – that’s right I said five copies of the new novel by … Continue reading

Kiss the Sky at SMH

Kiss the Sky is an intense and darkly funny story about a woman who learns what you stand to gain—and lose—if you follow dreams of fame. In this, her first novel, Chideya tracks the life of Sophie “Sky” Lee, a thirty-something black rock musician making a comeback in New York in 2000. There are a … Continue reading

Morningside Bookshop to Close at End of Month

Did you hear that MORNINGSIDE BOOKSHOP is slated to close at the end of May? There are efforts underway to keep the space open as a bookstore, and donations are being accepted – they have raised $60,000 in pledges in the past few weeks. Pledges can be made via email at, or pop in … Continue reading

Nana Camille Yarbrough at Hue-Man

Author of CORNROWS at Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe Saturday, April 18, 2009 2PM Hue-Man Bookstore & Café 2319 Frederick Douglas Blvd. (Between 124th and 125th Streets) New York, NY 10027

Book Signing at Harlem Vintage

Join Co-Presidents Kirsten Poe-Hill and Renee Warren This Saturday at Harlem Vintatge celebrating their new book, You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread. Saturday, April 11, 2009 4PM-7PM Harlem Vintage 2235 Frederick Douglas Boulevard (at 120th Street) New York, NY 10027 Best friends, business partners and two remarkable women share their secrets to starting … Continue reading

Hue-Man Book Signings – March 2009

Tuesday, March 17th 6pm Still I Rise Roland & Tenisha Laid Updated volume that  recount the story of African-Americans in the United States from the year 1619 through the election of Barack Obama. Compelling it chronicle of periods, from the indentured servitude that morphed into chattel slavery, emancipation, the civil rights movement and beyond. Wed, … Continue reading

Hue Man Bookstore – 4 PM Saturday

Join Author and Mom Expert Kimberly Seals-Allers as she discusses her new book The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit: How to Find and Grow Your Side Hustle in Any Economy. Get first hand-advice from a respected personal finance expert who can help women in this economy join the ranks of successful black … Continue reading

Publisher Emeritus of AmNews Dies

From the New York Association of Black Journalists – Thanks Robin. While enjoying the end of another successful awards ceremony, we learned that Wilbert Tatum, publisher emeritus of the NY Amsterdam News, passed away last night while vacationing with his wife Susan in Croatia.  Bill was last year’s NYABJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner in print … Continue reading

February at the Schomburg

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture The New York Public Library 5 Thursday  7 PM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION Neo African Americans Are you African American? Black? Hispanic? Caribbean? African? American? There are millions walking down the street who are ethnically African but not necessarily American. But walking down the street, you … Continue reading

Deconstructing The Tertulia

Tertulia is a Spanish word referring to a social gathering. Historically tertulias were places where people would discuss literature, culture, philosophy, and politics. It has roots in Spain as far back as the 17th Century when cities began to flourish economically and culturally. At the time there was a huge influx of poetry, philosophy, and … Continue reading