My Image Studios under construction

The journey Back in 2007, I met with the developers of the Kalahari. Carlton Brown and Walter Edwards, of Full Spectrum, were extremely excited about the opening of their first green residential development in Harlem.  The development was to include space for a custom-designed, state-of-the-art movie theater, dedicated to showing independent black and Latino films. […]

UF invites you to a free screening of Thundersoul

You and a guest are invited to a free screening of THUNDER SOUL on Thursday, September 8th at 7pm in Harlem courtesy of Uptownflavor.  To receive a pass, go to Passes available while supplies last. Presented by Jamie Foxx, Thunder Soul follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who […]

East Harlem International Film Festival 2011

The East Harlem International Film Festival is bringing the hottest filmmaking from around the world to East Harlem, a diverse, passionate and culturally rich neighborhood. The East Harlem International Film Festival will feature 30 films over  5-days : June 1st to June 5th 2011 throughout East Harlem in cultural venues including  Poet’s Den Theater, Museo Del Barrio, and the Museum […]

Revolution Awards

ImageNation, the group working to bring Harlem the first green, art house cinema for Black and Latino films, recently held its 2010 Revolution Awards at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. The event honored actress Ruby Dee, Precious executive director Lisa Cortés, BET’s Debra L. Lee and others. It was hosted by actor Jamie Hector (The […]

Black Panther Party Film Festival at Maysles

This festival is a stunning and varied showcase of films that combine archival footage of the Black Panthers from the 60’s with modern documentaries that concern the legacy of the Black Panthers and current issues such as the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Organized under different themes like Political Prisoners, Free Your Mind and Pass the […]

Film Review: For Colored Girls

We are pleased to welcome a new contributor to Uptownflavor. Stephanie is pursuing a graduate degree at Columbia University and is originally from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. You can visit her blog at I needed to give this on-screen adaptation of the choreopoem by Ntozake Shange “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the […]

Dandy Lion Photo Salon

On view through November 28, 2010, DANDY LION takes a glance at urban Black Dandies who like their continental African counterparts, Le Sapeur of Brazzaville, Congo, embody style, sophistication and a commitment to culture via dramatized masculinity. Dandy Lion pays homage to the fashionable urban gentleman – an African Diasporan man of style, an urban connoisseur […]

Air Force 1: Anatomy of an Urban Legend Premiere

Last weekend The World Famous Apollo hosted the premiere of Air Force 1: Anatomy of an urban legend. The film, directed by Thibaut de Longeville and narrated by KRS-One, is an hour long documentary of the history of the sneakers known as “Uptowns.” The popular style of sneaker was introduced by Nike 25 years ago […]

Free film and music in St. Nick Park tonight

ImageNation Cinema Presents: Thursday, July 29 – Kirikou and the Sorceress – with performances by Queen Aminah and El Shabazz Orchestra featuring 4-year old prodigy drummer Salim Ptah! Thurs., July 29th @ St. Nicholas Park 135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue Rain Venue: 645 ST. NICHOLAS AVE @ 141st ST, STUDIO 105

Thelonius Monk: Straight No Chaser

Filmmakers Bruce Ricker and Charlotte Zwerin use Michael and Christian Blackwood’s 1968 footage of modern jazz innovator, Thelonious Monk, to create a singular portrait of this Jazz master’s life both onstage and off. Charlotte Zwerin brings her editing genius (Gimme Shelter, Salesman) to the fore as she weaves new interviews, archival photos and music through […]

Tonight: Free screening of The Freedom Riders

Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders SPECIAL ADVANCE OUTDOOR SCREENING! AIRS ON PBS in 2011 Mon., July 19th @ St. Nicholas Park St. Nicholas Ave. @ 135th St Rain Venue: Harlem School of the Arts 645 Saint Nicholas Avenue 7:30 pm Nakia Henry performs / 8:30 Freedom Riders screening

Madagascar in Marcus Garvey Park

Young people’s slumber party and movie screening under the stars Located on Madison Ave side of Park btwn. 122nd & 124th St. Madagascar Saturday, June 26th, 8:30 pm Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath, 2005, 86 min. At New York’s Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and […]

This week at Maysles Cinema: Homo Harlem Series

Maysles Cinema Presents: Homo-Harlem Film Series June 21st – June 26th, 2010 A week-long film survey of artists and personalities who’ve informed the gay aesthetic in Harlem. Co-sponsored by NY State Senator Bill Perkins, Harlem Sage, Harlem United, Men of All Colors Together, and Queer Black Cinema. Curated by Michael Henry Adams and Valerie Jo […]


7PM, Tuesday, June 8 at National Black Theatre (2031 Fifth Avenue (b/w 125 & 126th Sts.) $12 in advance / $15 at the door (member discount applies)

Who Do You Love – This Weekend Only

Following its acclaimed premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Who Do You Love-the new film from four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Marvin’s Room)-will open in NYC April 9th in select theaters and with ImageNation in Harlem at the National Black Theater (2031 5th Ave. (between 125th & 126th Streets) for a 3-day run […]

Independent Africa

On April 10, established and aspiring directors and producers will learn how to craft an attention-getting pitch and utilize social networking tools at “Getting Exposure: Securing the Buzz You Need for Your Film.” The panel discussion, which takes place at The Film Society of Lincoln Center at 1:30 pm, is part of “Independent Africa,” the […]

harlem is….Theater screening at The Dwyer

Forgoing the wicked weather that has cast a wet blanket over the New York area for the past few days, Harlem’s theatre elite turned out in full force on Tuesday night to screen Jamal Joseph’s latest production. Joseph, a respected professor at Columbia and a former Black Panther, worked in concert with New Heritage Films […]

Who Do You Love

“In the mid-50s, Leonard and Phil Chess gave me, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon and others the opportunity to develop a sound and musical style that changed the world! Who Do You Love explores what we laid down on South Michigan Street in Chicago back then, how the development of a record empire and […]

Free Screening: Boy Scouts of Harlem

On February 8th the Boy Scouts of America turns 100.  By pretty much any measure Scouting has been a big deal–112 million Americans have been members.  Alumni are as diverse as America itself– Steven Spielberg, Mike Bloomberg, Percy Sutton, David Lynch, Bob Gates, Donald Rumsfeld, Marion Barry, Michael Moore, Barney Frank and Gerald Ford are (were) all […]

Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality

Back By Popular Demand! The post show discussions were hot, and people wanted to come back and bring their boyfriends, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, and daughters. So, we’re back for one more special engagement of Mya Baker’s “Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality in America.” Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality in America” by […]

Cinema Under the Stars

Cinema Under the Stars Wednesday, August 12: St. Nicholas Park, Harlem Film: Sex, Okra and Salted Butter @ African Night Preceded by Live Performance: Ismael Kouyate and Musicians Starting @ 7:30 PM Saturday, August 15: Great Hill, Central Park, Harlem Film: Kirikou and the Sorceress @ African Diaspora Celebration Preceded by Live Performance: Mouminatou Camara […]