Bryonn Bain’s Lyrics from Lockdown Incredible True Story of Being Wrongly Incarcerated

Bryonn Bain’s amazingly true story needs to be told. Wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit due to a frightening combination of mistaken identity and racism, Lyrics From Lockdown is a haunting and beautifully written tale of Bain’s incarceration and transformation into a leading prison activist. The performance at the National Black Theater this […]

Classical Theatre of Harlem and Hip Hop Theatre Festival present SEED, a Love Letter to Harlem

If you see one show this season, go see SEED. If you are a Harlem resident, you have absolutely no excuse not to see it. The show is playing at the National Black Theatre on 126th and 5th Ave right across the street from Applebees. This new play by Radha Blank is produced by the […]

Uptownflavor remembers Bobby Robinson of Bobby’s Happy House

Bobby Robinson, the owner of iconic Bobby’s Happy House, passed away at the age of 93. Bobby’s Happy House was one of Harlem’s first black owned businesses on 125th Street as well as one of the neighborhood’s last standing record shops until it was forced to close in 2008.  You can read more about Bobby […]

Percy Sutton Funeral at Riverside Church

The memorial service for the late Percy Ellis Sutton, prominent civil rights, political and business pioneer, will take place at The Riverside Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2009 at Riverside Church. The event is open to the public. The Rev. Robert B. Coleman, chief program minister of The Riverside Church will lead the service, which will include the eulogy […]

Roy DeCarava, 89; Celebrated N.Y. photographer

Photographer acclaimed for haunting Harlem images Roy DeCarava, 89, whose intimate, often melancholy black-and-white images of Harlem life made him one of the most respected photographers of his century, died Oct. 27 in New York. His family declined to provide the cause of death. Mr. DeCarava spent most of his career working near his birthplace […]

Health Department Launches City’s New Influenza Web Portal

Health Department Launches City’s New Influenza Web Portal With the launch of, New Yorkers can now access up-to-date information on influenza, the City’s preparedness, and locations for the nearest seasonal flu vaccine. Up-to-date information on influenza and vaccine locations is now just a click away with the launch of a new Web portal. By […]

Front Stoop ‘Que

In Harlem, Dorothy Davis celebrates with a front-stoop cookout. Ms. Davis, 54, a full-time baby sitter with an encyclopedic knowledge of the comings and goings of her West 119th Street block, starts shopping weeks ahead for a communal feast. In a decade of yearly cookouts on the sidewalk in front of her building, Ms. Davis — […]

Harlem Society: Tracey Knuckles and Christopher White

Tracey Jenell Knuckles and Christopher Leslie White were married Saturday at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan. The Rev. James B. Logan, the church’s executive minister, performed the ceremony. The bride, 36, is the general counsel for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She graduated from the University of Virginia and received her law degree from Tulane. She is a daughter of Lorraine […]

Picture the Homeless Protest

Homeless people and community allies took over a vacant building in El Barrio/East Harlem on Thursday morning. The target of the protest was a beautiful two-story building at the corner of Madison Avenue and 116th that has been vacant for decades. Upon seizing control of the property, the occupants determined that the building was structurally […]

From Bridesmaids to Prom Queens

Along with about 80 other girls from Harlem high schools, Nikkita McPherson, 18, sifted through racks of formal dresses on Saturday afternoon, looking for just the right one to wear to her senior prom. Enlarge This Image Source: The New York Times Nikkita McPherson found the ideal dress — “it’s long, it’s elegant” — in […]

Op-Ed: Men impacted by recession faster than women

By Contributing Writer: Tonya Conrad A HOT topic in this week’s News headlines is… “Men Losing Jobs at a Higher Rate Than Women in Recession”. I found this headline to be quite amusing. So I immediately asked myself … ‘yeah why do men account for 82 percent of the 4.78 million Americans unemployed?’ Here’s what […]

Excuse Me Doug E. Fresh

The New York Post has decided to put all of Doug E. Fresh‘s financial business out on the street.  According to an article in today’s paper, the legendary rapper is facing foreclosure on not one, nor two, but three homes in Harlem.  He is also facing several thousands of dollars in collections and tax liens.  […]

First Female Commands the 369th – Harlem Hell Fighters

Woman Takes Command of 369th “Harlem Hell Fighters” Col. Stephanie Dawson, the first female brigade commander in New York Army National Guard history, will take command of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, known as the Harlem Hellfighters, in a Change-of-Command Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 16. at 2 p.m. at the Harlem Armory.  The Harlem Armory is […]

Harlem’s IS 195 Renamed in Honor of Terence Tolbert

Mayor Bloomberg announced at a packed funeral service held at IS 195 in Harlem that the school would now be known as the Terence D. Tolbert Education Complex in honor of the lobbying chief. Tolbert attended IS 195 before moving on to the Bronx High School of Science. Mr. Tolbert’s résumé listed over 20 campaigns […]

David Blaine Brings Magic to Rolling Benches

Photos courtesy of CITYarts. CITYarts, a non-profit public art organization in New York, had a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to celebrate the restoration of the 36-year-old mosaic benches around Grant’s Tomb in Morningside Heights (located at Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street). Magician David Blaine appeared to perform magic tricks for the kids.

Keeping ’em Honest in Harlem

And while we are on the topic of politics, yesterday’s election resulted in Representative Charlie Rangel making a triumphant return to his Congressional seat for a 20th term.  It doesn’t necessarily means that everyone in Harlem agrees that the past decisions he made were wise or honorable.  I know many of us, myself included, felt […]

Hope Grows in Harlem

These wonderful stories will probably be trickling through the Webosphere for weeks and months to come. I overheard a conversation one woman was having with a mother pushing her son in a stroller. The mother mentioned she told her son she would be voting for the first black president. His response was, “I want to […]

Time has Come to a Halt for Scotty Scott

I am so glad that someone has decided to humanize Scotty Scott rather than let him slip away as another victim of gun violence in Harlem. While I still don’t have a true sense of who he is, I do know that he was a typical 13 year old, loved by his family. Sometimes we […]

The Times Works in Mysterious Ways

Last week, Ruben was at his usual spot under the shade of a tree, between a stoop and a garbage bin, talking trash and beating anybody foolish enough to play him. This stretch of East 142nd Street is like a different dimension, where anything can and does happen. A skeletal man in a raincoat walks […]