Harriet Tubman wreath laying ceremony

Harriet Tubman wreath laying ceremony

The Black Women’s Leadership Caucus is laying a wreath at the feet of the statue of Harriet Tubman, this Saturday at 10am, in honor of Women’s History Month. The ceremony will last about an hour and will include a reading of an original poem by poet Dfaye Anderson titled, “The One About Harriet.”   The statue is … Continue reading

On the A with Souleo: Ben Vereen disses reality TV

On the A with Souleo: Ben Vereen disses reality TV

Legendary talent, Ben Vereen is not a happy man these days, despite outward appearances. The state of dissatisfaction was apparent during his presentation at Harlem’s City College of New York Aaron Davis Hall. Before an enthusiastic crowd he delivered a lecture on race, politics, and the status of African-Americans in Hollywood. It is this latter … Continue reading

ATCQ – Movement 4

ATCQ – Movement 4

March 1st to 3rd Harlem Stage presented A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies – A Movement in Four Parts. This four part series featured performances, dance events and a free humanities event headlined by a panel of hip-hop scholars, journalists and artists. Sat, March 3 Movement 4 – Beats, Rhymes and Beyond: The J. … Continue reading

Nectar Wine Bar makes its last call tonight

Nectar Wine Bar makes its last call tonight

The rumors swirling around the social media sites are true. Nectar wine bar is indeed closing its doors for good tomorrow night. We got the official word in our inbox late this afternoon. Many people are sad to see Harlem’s first wine bar close after only four years. If you recall, Nectar had just scored … Continue reading

Hot Bread Kitchen is finally opening a store in Harlem

Hot Bread Kitchen is finally opening a store in Harlem

Hot Bread Kitchen has announced that with the help of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone(UMEZ), they will be opening a bakery storefront in a 120 square foot space inside the historic La Marqueta.  They are seeking a creative designer to help develop a design concept for the storefront and oversee the build-out of the space. … Continue reading

On the A with Souleo: Zora Neale Hurston is Hip Hop

On the A with Souleo: Zora Neale Hurston is Hip Hop

Initially, it may seem a stretch to imagine Harlem Renaissance writer, Zora Neale Hurston tapping her toes, bobbing her head, and reciting the lyrics to hip-hop songs. Yet, there is a vital connection between Hurston and hip-hop culture which was revealed following the “Zora Neale Hurston” play, presented as part of The National Black Touring … Continue reading

A Harlem Tea Party: CuriosiTeas

A Harlem Tea Party: CuriosiTeas

Social Entrepreneur, Sheena Foster, launched her latest social project at Gran Piatto d’ Oro last Thursday. Inspired by the book, Three Cups of Tea, guests were invited to sample three varieties of the custom hand-blended loose leaf teas. CuriosiTeas are fair trade certified and part of the proceeds go back into social programs under the … Continue reading

Torn Asunder: Works from the Migration Series

Torn Asunder: Works from the Migration Series

(New York, NY) – Born in Harlem to immigrant parents, artist Dionis Ortiz never thought of the different aspects of his identity as mutually exclusive. But to Americans, he was Dominican. To Dominicans, he was Americano. And in the midst of that, neither group was comfortable with his attraction to African and African-American culture. In his … Continue reading

GIFT Study-A-Thon at Harlem’s Street Squash

GIFT Study-A-Thon at Harlem’s Street Squash

New York, NY – Twenty-two 16-year-old Harlem students, dressed in their blue and white school uniforms, peer out the window of their classroom to see a squash game in progress.  They’re focused not just on seeing who will become the winner of today’s squash match.  They have a much more serious goal in mind.  These … Continue reading

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

Harlem Arts Festival

Harlem Arts Festival

We are looking for performing and visual artists to present during a 2-day festival in June 2012 in Marcus Garvey Park. Special preference will be given to artists who are based in Harlem or artists whose word contributes to the artistic dialogue of the community.  Artists can apply by visiting our website where they will … 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

HAA On the A – The Future of Motown

HAA On the A – The Future of Motown

When Motown is mentioned, most people want to strike a glamorous pose like The Supremes or literally start “Dancing in the Street” to the sounds of Martha & the Vandellas. Such was the case during “A Tribute to the Music of Motown” presented by Harlem Arts Alliance member Carnegie Hall at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. … Continue reading

HAA On The A with Souleo

HAA On The A with Souleo

Uptownflavor and Harlem Arts Alliance have partnered to provide you with a weekly syndicated column called, “HAA on the A with Souleo.” “On the A” provides an update of arts, culture, and entertainment around Harlem. Welcome aboard “The A with Souleo.” For most working people, there has been at least one occasion when they’ve wanted … Continue reading

Free Screening of Act of Valor

Free Screening of Act of Valor

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history.  A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a … Continue reading

Harlem Theatre Arts Festival Opens With Magic and Empowerment on Stage: Review of POOF by Lynn Nottage

Harlem Theatre Arts Festival Opens With Magic and Empowerment on Stage: Review of POOF by Lynn Nottage

The first Harlem Theatre Arts Festival honored philanthropist Dhonna Goodale with the “Champion of Change,” Award for her work on domestic violence at the presentation of Lynn Nottage’s play, “Poof.” Pictured above (L-R) Actors Kimberlyn Crawford and C.J. Williams; District Leader Theresa Freeman; Joan H. Allen, Founder of The Harlem Theatre Arts Festival; Honoree Dhonna … Continue reading

A Taste for Seafood or Wanting Some Fish

A Taste for Seafood or Wanting Some Fish

By Lora René Tucker The Therapeutic Poet Ah, the new year! Some make resolutions and others are just resolved.  I have to admit as I offer my first contribution to Uptownflavor, that I am trying to lose weight and I am craving some fish. Recently, I have been recovering from the holidays by getting focused … Continue reading

Vacant land in Harlem pre-gentrification

Vacant land in Harlem pre-gentrification

Justin, who used to write for Uptownflavor, shared this map with us. He says, “The map is from 1992, from Edwin Marshall, planner for Harlem at NYC Planning Dept.” The map shows the huge amount of vacant land in Harlem at the time.

My Image Studios under construction

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. … Continue reading

A walk through black history in Harlem

A walk through black history in Harlem

Harriet Tubman Location: Saint Nicholas Avenue, West 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) The  Harriet Tubman sculpture, designed by Alison Saar shows stylized portraits of “anonymous passengers” of the Underground Railroad in Tubman’s skirt, some of which were inspired by West African “passport masks.” Around the granite base of the monument are bronze … 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

Crossing Lines exhibit at Heath Gallery

Crossing Lines exhibit at Heath Gallery

“CROSSING LINES” EXHIBIT OPENS AT HARLEM’S HEATH GALLERY FEB 4th-MAR 3rd Kai Heath has been following her father’s art career since she was a little girl, accompanying him to art exhibitions, assisting him in set up and break down of street displays, and serving as a gallery assistant in the early days of the opening … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

Happy birthday to Langston Hughes, who was born February 2, 1902.  New York Public Library posted a photo of Hughes (far left) with Charles S. Johnson, E. Franklin Frazier, Rudolph Fisher and Hubert T. Delaney, on the roof of 580 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, on the occasion of a party in Hughes’ honor, 1924. The Schomburg Center … Continue reading

Eat Harlem Delivery Service

If you have been following Uptownflavor for a while, then you know we have seen many different Harlem-specific delivery services come and go.  There is Harlem to Go, Harlem Delivers, and the most recent to land on the scene is Eat Harlem. Eat Harlem launched on Thanksgiving of this year. Deborah Umunnabuike and Vincent Choi … 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

Lynn Lieberman originals featured at Swing Concept

Perhaps you have seen Lynn Lieberman’s wonderful watercolors featuring local Harlem establishments at the Studio Museum, Harlem Flo, The Winery, or on DNAinfo.com. Most recently, Swing Concept Shop has turned its walls over to local artists, where 2 originals painted by Lieberman sit near the cash register. The artwork will change every quarter beginning in … Continue reading

Welcome to Harlem at the Magic Johnson Theater

Welcome to Harlem at the Magic Johnson Theater

Last month, a new full-length comedy musical film premiered to a full house for one night only at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The original musical score, screenplay, design and production was created entirely by young artists living in Harlem. The story of these artists is the basis for the movie, which incorporates themes of … Continue reading

Under a Microscope: Stick Fly on Broadway

Under a Microscope: Stick Fly on Broadway

Kenny Leon is on fire. Just ask him. Two plays he directed are currently playing on Broadway to packed houses, featuring star performers, and are being considered in the context of his past work which include a slew of August Wilson’s plays, and Lorraine Hansbury’s classic, A Raisin in the Sun. When it comes to … Continue reading

Tocara Live Generously

Tocara Live Generously

Tocara Tocara Tocara  Live generously and purchase an Abyssinian Fund Tocara bracelet for $5. Then spend at participating Harlem Park to Park restaurants and shops, and 10% will go to The Abyssinian Fund.    

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night at the Apollo

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night at the Apollo

The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show, featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, guest performance by the noted trombonist Craig S. Harris and the Nation of Imagination . Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate this holiday tradition on one day … Continue reading

Renaissance has a Name: Harlem

Renaissance has a Name: Harlem

Every show has an audience. The question is does the environment make the artist, or vice versa? It is critical that my neighbors in Harlem make an effort to join this conversation, and this play is a firecracker to ignite the process. When I attended Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale last Sunday, … 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

Coca Cola Holiday Caravan Event at the Apollo

Coca Cola Holiday Caravan Event at the Apollo

The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola bring the magic of the Holiday season outdoors to 125th Street.  With the glow of 25,000 twinkling lights, the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan, an 18-wheeled semi-truck, is prepared to light up the holidays with a visit from Santa.   In the spirit of giving, the Apollo invites the public to participate in … Continue reading