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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Harlem’s Next Idol

 The next generation of rap could soon be lead by a 22 year old Harlemite who practically learned to rap before he learned to talk. Jelani Day, son of clothier Dapper Dan, is part of a newer breed of rappers in the spirit of Sean (P.Diddy) Combs and Kanye West:  Rappers whose lives were not defined by the constraints of poverty or […]

IMPACT Repertory Theatre of Harlem Graces the “Oscars”

Ever the devoted cinephile, I found myself going to an oscar viewing get-together at a friend’s house. I had personally made it a point to watch the majority of films so that I could be ready. The night came with the requisite bashing on celebrities’ choices of wardrobe or on the strength of Jon Stuart’s […]

Harlem Doctor Teaches Through Hip-Hop

Dr. Olajide Williams (NYSun) Dr. Olajide Williams, a Nigerian-born, neurology physician and director of the stroke center at Harlem Hospital has taken a novel approach to teaching young kids about strokes or “brain-attacks” as he refers to them. He uses the universal language of hip-hop music. Bouncing to the beat through the aisles of the […]

Who Would I Be?

If Dee is a has-been, the news certainly hasn’t traveled to Harlem, where she’s treated like royalty. When she saunters into the dining room of the soul-food eatery Sylvia’s, the patrons erupt into a squealing, standing ovation and huddle in for photos. It’s the perfect place for Dee to reflect on her life and career. […]

Roscoe Lee Browne Succumbs to Cancer

Actor Roscoe Lee Browne, whose rich voice and dignified bearing brought him an Emmy Award and a Tony nomination, has died. He was 81. Browne died early Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a long battle with cancer, said Alan Nierob, a spokesman for the family. Browne had a decades-long career that ranged from classic […]

Jazz Lives in Langston’s House

On the middle floor of a Harlem brownstone that once was home to Langston Hughes, the pianist Marc Cary holes up in a studio crowded with computers, keyboards, partly depleted bottles of red wine, and other flotsam of the creative process. In the next room, his collaborator in business and music , Shon “Chance” Miller, […]

Bole to Harlem

Photography by: Tesfaye Tessema Chef Marcus Samuelson, a Harlem resident, is the feature of this month’s Tadia magazine. He speaks about his heritage, culture, African cuisine and his new cookbook The Soul of a New Cuisine. Read the article here.

Profiling: Arthur French

I’ve had the pleasure of working with his wonderfully talented and extremely humble man in the past.  I was excited to see that he is finally receiving mainstream recognition for his mastery of the art of acting. Below is a piece that recently appeared in Playbill about this Harlem native and incredible stage actor Arthur […]

Profiling: Denzel Washington

Give me any excuse to post a picture of Denzel Washington and I will take full advantage of it. Mr. Washington has earned his way into history as not only one of the best black actors in our era but one of the best actors – period. He has been profiled in a new book […]

Harlem Profile: Shemekia Copeland

I found this nice article on Harlemite Shemeka Copeland and wanted to share it.  Below is an excerpt: November 23, 2006 Growing up in Harlem in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Shemekia Copeland heard hip-hop up and down the block. Her friends were digging Kool Moe Dee and LL Cool J. But the latest […]

Harlem Designer Add New Spin To Toile

Designer Sheila Bridges, Changing The Face of Toile By Liz Seymour Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, November 9, 2006; H01 It doesn’t get any more traditional than toile. First lavished on bedding and draperies in 18th-century France on the brink of revolution, the printed fabric is known for pastoral scenes of shepherds and shepherdesses on […]

Harlem Vet Honored

BY XANA O’NEILL DAILY NEWS     WWII veteran Fred Churchill Seared into 84-year-old Fred Churchill’s memory is the day his platoon wandered into a German trap during World War II – and how the G.I.s heroically helped each other scramble to safety amid a flurry of bombs. Yesterday, surrounded by family members at his […]

Harlem Continues to Speak

Harlem Speaks Honors Lonnie Youngblood Lonnie Youngblood, Saxophonist, September 28, 2006 Buster Williams, Bassist, October 12, 2006 Arlene Talley, Vocalist, October 26, 2006 6:30pm-8:00pm Tenor saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood has been a staple performer in Harlem for decades, so it’s fitting that he will be honored by the Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Harlem Speaks program on […]

The Sweet Smell of Success

Editor’s Note: This feature was published in Howard University’s student paper The Hilltop under the title: “Hobbyist Builds Beauty ‘Empire’” By: Stacy Anderson Lisa Price filed for bankruptcy at the tender age of 28 years old. Over a decade later, Price reportedly makes more than $2 million annually—all because she chose to follow her heart. […]

Rev. James Forbes to Leave Riverside

Heralded as one of the “most effective preachers in the English-speaking world” by Newsweek magazine, Reverend James Forbes the Senior Pastor of Riverside Church has announced that he will be stepping down from the pulpit next year. The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. became the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of one […]

Former Lakers Champ’s New Nabes Cry Foul

Former Los Angeles Lakers star player, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has returned home to Harlem with the purchase of a brownstone. One might think that residents would be thrilled to have a basketball great like Jabbar in the neighborhood, but it appears that he has gotten on the wrong side of fence with his new neighbors. Jabbar […]

Harlem’s Own Keith David Celebrates Home

The Harlem-born Keith David, actor, singer, poet and award-winning voice-over artist, celebrates Harlem, in a week-long series of events that will take place on August 22nd through August 27th, at various venues in Harlem. Tuesday, August 22nd, the actor will be celebrating the diversity of Harlem in the program, Keith David Welcomes the Caribbean to […]