Come celebrate Central Park’s 17th Holiday lighting in northern Central Park on Thursday, December 5th from 5:30 – 6:30. There will be an ice carved sculpture, singing of carols on the Plaza and you can take your photo with Santa (bring your own camera). There will also be hot cocoa and cookies. The event tops off with the lighting of the Dana Discovery Center and a flotilla of 17 trees on the Harlem Meer.
The event is organized by the Womens’ Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and sponsored by Con Ed.
Free. Families only no groups. Strollers are not allowed on the plaza but stroller parking will be provided. For more info see the link below.
ESSENCE.com’s “New and Next” column spotlights the brightest new talents Essence thinks we should know.
New and Next recently featured jazz and soul singer and Harlem resident Azania. Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa but raised in Geneva, Switzerland, the classically-trained singer’s sound takes from her multi-cultural background—she calls it a “mix of 70s soul, some gospel and some jazz.”
Azania (pronounced Azanya) was born in Boston but grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, where her mother worked for the United Nations. She started singing professionally at the age of fourteen working with many different bands traveling Europe. She won the French TV competition, ‘Graines de Star,” an American Idol-style show, and was heralded as “the next Whitney Houston.” Later, Azania decided to make her way to the US two years ago. “The US is the ultimate challenge, and the biggest market. I love the spirit here.”
Azania is also very involved in All As One (allasone.org), a Sierra Leonean charity that is dedicated to providing the orphaned children of Sierra Leone a loving home, medical care, and schooling. AAO provides shelter, medical care, education, meals, clothes, social activities and love for the children. A dollar a day can literally save a child’s life.
Her advice for aspiring musicians is “No matter what your circumstances or problems are, instead of worrying about what’s wrong in your life and your challenges, focus your energy on what you do have, be deeply grateful for it and do the best you can with those things to move forward.”
Recording artist and producer Jeremiah Abiah who has worked with Azania’s says: “Azania has quickly garnered the kind of tenacity one needs to be successful here. Not only is she beautiful but she is a talented songstress aiming to make a difference.”
The New York America’s Got Talent auditions are this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited!
AGT is the only talent competition show open to any age and any talent! It’s truly a modern-day variety show! Over the past seasons, AGT has developed a massive social media presence, and their numbers only continue to grow. It goes to show that AGT’s platform can give artists of ANY kind a serious amount of exposure!
HCL readers may be interested in this documentary of the acclaimed play de novo that tells the true story of a 14 year old boy from Guatemala, who chose to leave his life with a street gang in search of his mother and a better life in the United States. The story, crafted from immigration court transcripts, interviews, and letters, describes his legal struggle for asylum to avoid being deported back to Guatemala, where the gang he left behind had ordered his execution. Two showings are scheduled: November 13th at 7:30 pm and November 14th at 12 noon, at El Museo del Bario (Fifth Avenue and 104th Street).
By HarlemHouse Volume Two of “Keepin’ It Soul” by RhythmDB is available now on itunes and Podbean. With music by Jill Scott, Kindred The Family Soul, Jay Z , Kelly Price, Raw Artistic Soul, Jennifer Hudson, DJ Jazzy Jeff & much more. A variety of new and old Soul, Jazz, R&B, Downbeats and Mellow House blended together in a smooth collection by RhythmDB.
Louis Armstrong was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He was one of the most famous musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an “inventive” trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance.
By Icare4Harlem The Atrium Café is open for business at the Studio Museum in Harlem. I recently had the pleasure of attending the public opening of the cafe. This latest addition joins the Museum Store, established collections, and public programs offered through the Studio Museum.