Category Archives: Art and Culture

Harlem Arts Festival Annual Gala

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The annual gala on Thursday, April 2nd at MIST Harlem.  The executive committee of the Harlem Arts Festival ill present the Lynnette Velasco Community Impact Award to Dr. Brenda Greene, the executive director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. 

Dr. Greene will be this year’s sole recipient for the award which was first introduced at last year’s gala and awarded to Linda Walton of the Harlem Arts Alliance and the late musician and social activist Fred Ho. 

“Throughout her career, Dr. Greene has demonstrated a clear passion for protecting, developing and cultivating the spaces, programs and resources that make it possible for Black writers and their artistic work to thrive,” said Neal Ludevig, executive director of the Harlem Arts Festival. 

International Art Fair Flux Art Fair Coming to Harlem

 The Art Fair will showcase local and international artists at the Corn Exchange Building in May.

EAST HARLEM — Artists from around the world will converge on the long-dormant Corn Exchange Building next month for the first public event Flux Art Fair in the renovated venue since the 1970s.

The first two floors of the building on 125th Street and Park Avenue will be filled with art installations, sculptures, paintings and photography during the inaugural Flux Art Fair.

Art Flux in Harlem has been hosting pop up galleries in the neighborhood for the last three years. This is the organization’s largest event, Stella said.

The goal of the art fair to get Harlemites to collect more art, Stella said.

While most pieces will range from $1,000 to $10,000, there will be smaller prints that cost a couple of hundred dollars, she said.

Day passes are $20, multi-day passes are $25 and tickets to the opening reception are $75.

Taste of India – Tonight in Harlem! Red Rooster / Ginny’s Supper Club

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Tonight is the night!  Taste of India A Bollywood Event Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7pm – 10pm at the famous Red Rooster Harlem (Ginny’s Supper Club) at 310 Lenox Ave (between 126th & 127th St) New York, NY 10027.

Space is limited but there are a few tickets left.  Lara Land is a key person in our Harlem community and you can be sure that this will be an excellent party / benefit!

Support your community, meet your neighbors, (and a few celebrities) and get ready to have a blast!  Come by tonight for a great cause.

To read more on this event and Purchase your tickets click here Taste of India – A Bollywood Celebration

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Martin Luther King Day – Alice Walker Adds Perspective

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I always love Martin Luther King’s day.

It gives me what feels like a special opportunity to get re-acquainted with or newly connected to new and valuable people, places and things.

The link below to an amazing interview with and story about Alice Walker is one of these truly special moments that I want to share with you today.

Alice Walker wrote The Colour Purple among a myriad of other great things.

Video: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Full Film | Watch American Masters Online | PBS Video.

Please take a moment to sit back and enjoy.




?Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one.”
? from the preface

I was born to grow,
alongside my garden of plants,
poems
like
this one

So writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home. The poems embrace our connections while celebrating the joy of individuality, the power we each share to express our truest, deepest selves. Beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others, she demonstrates that we are stronger than our circumstances. As she confronts personal and collective challenges, her words dance, sing, and heal.
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