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 […]

Gang Education Clinic

Along with the District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Assemblyman Keith Wright will be hosting the First Annual Gang Education Clinic in Harlem on May 19th, 2011 on the 8th Floor of the Harlem State Office Building (163 West 125th Street in New York City) from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Invited panelists include members and leadership […]

Obama in the White House Exhibit

Photographs of President Barack Obama’s first year in the White House are now on display at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. The exhibit features close to 80 photographs taken by chief official White House photographer Pete Souza and 35 watercolors documenting African-American history from colonial times to the Voting Rights Act […]

City bans flavored tobacco

Today’s Metro reports that the City has expanded on a federal prohibition against flavored cigarettes, including clove. As many readers know flavored cigarettes and cigars are wildly popular in areas like Harlem where just about every bodega carries flavored Dutchs. Menthol cigarettes, on the other hand, have not been banned.

Nick Simpson doesn’t mind going the extra mile

By Todd Bookman special to Uptown Flavor Viola Varfley, a 20-year resident of Harlem, didn’t know where else to turn. A few months ago, the Liberian immigrant’s Social Security benefits had been cut without warning and her bills were mounting. She had reached out to her elected representatives at the federal, state and local levels […]

Town Hall Forum on the Federal Stimulus Package

Day & Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2009 Time: TBD (Call Sen. Perkin’s office for all of the details) Harlem Hospital Center 506 Malcolm X Blvd New York, New York Sponsors: Senator Bill Perkins, 30th District Senator Eric Schneiderman, 31st District Senator Jose Serrano, 28th District Contact: To be placed on our list to receive more […]

Inauguration Watch in Harlem

Here is a preliminary list of locations to watch the Inauguration in Harlem. If you know of locations not listed please send them to uptownflavor -at- Democracy Prep will be sponsoring a community event at the Harlem Armory at 10 AM inauguration-of-a-dream-event-announcement [PDF] Harlem State Building: Following on the heels of the successful election […]

B.Braxton Hosts Inauguration Gala

Brenda Braxton will host a gala celebration Jan. 20 in honor of Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America. The Smokey Joe’s Café Tony nominee and current star of Broadway’s Chicago will host the 8 PM benefit at BBraxton, her upscale Harlem men’s salon. Attendees can watch the earlier […]

Op-Ed by Michael Henry Adams

Michael Henry Adams, Harlem architectural historian and author wrote an op-ed in the Daily News today.  While he has spoken about the topic of a changing Harlem on both Black Star News and The Daily Voice he brings forth the question once again, will Harlem stay Harlem?  Read the piece below: All New York neighborhoods […]

Caroline and Al Lunch in Harlem

The Rev. Al Sharpton took Caroline Kennedy to lunch Thursday at the famed soul food restaurant Sylvia’s as she continued her quest to join her uncle in the U.S. Senate. Later, Kennedy spoke to reporters outside the restaurant, where she and Sharpton shared a lunch of grilled and baked chicken, string beans, collard greens, salad […]

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 […]

UPTOWNflavor in the News

Alison Saar’s statue of Harriet Tubman is being unveiled at 1 p.m. Thursday. (Photo: G. Paul Burnett/The New York Times) Updated, 3:36 p.m. | A new 10-foot-tall bronze statue of Harriet Tubman in Harlem, part of a $2.8 million project, is being formally dedicated by the city at 1 p.m. on Thursday, but the work […]

Shabazz on Obama

At about 8:15 p.m. on election night, Ilyasah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, stood inside the building where her father was assassinated in February of 1965 and spoke about the election of Barack Obama. “I know that a lot of people my age and older never expected this to ever […]

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 […]

HIStory is Our Story: Obama Victory

We are living in a historical time, Harlem!!!  Cherish it. A wave of jubilation is sweeping Harlem because Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States, becoming the first African-American elevated to the White House. Thousands of people poured into the streets in raucous celebration Tuesday. Honking car horns split the night air. […]

Celebrate Election Night with Harlem4Obama

Harlem4Obama will hold it’s ELECTION WATCH PARTY promptly at the close of the polls at 9:00PM at 2479 Frederick Douglass Near 133rd St. When Barack Obama is projected the winner, we will march out of our headquarters, down the boulevard to 125th St., stopping briefly at the world famous Apollo Theater.  We will then proceed […]

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 […]