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Celebrate Summer Solstice On June 21, 2015

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The longest day of light in the year “summer solstice” is Thursday, June 21, 2015.  This is also Father’s Day.  Plan ahead and make special plans to celebrate summer solstice outdoors for Father’s Day and enjoy an extra long day of sunlight.

Summer solstice: from Latin sol “sun” and stitium “standing still”, because seen from the earth it looks like the sun halts in its tracks going northward, and moves back south.

The June solstice dates vary.  For example, it’s on June 21 in 2015, but on June 20 in 2016. A June 22 solstice will not occur until 2203. The last time there was a June 22 solstice was in 1971.

*Keep an eye out for a new Podcast “Summer Solstice Compilation Mix” coming soon from HarlemHCL.  Embellish your day and celebrate with a custom soundtrack of chillout, soul, house and latin music.

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‘Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means ‘sun-stopping’, because the point where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day (Ill: Not to scale)

Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street

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We continue to be fascinated by “where Harlem begins and ends”. Not just in terms of Harlem’s physical boundaries.  But in terms of the many changes happening in and around Harlem which alter day to day life within Harlem, as well as people’s perceptions of what Harlem has been, is and can/will be.

Which is why it’s important to stay connected to artifacts connecting us to Harlem’s past.

To that end, a reader from Central Harlem and attending Columbia  University reintroduced us to Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street.  Thank you!

The video and lyrics are presented below.  Please take a moment to listen, enjoy, reflect and perhaps most importantly – share.

VIDEO

LYRICS

I was the third brother of five
Doing whatever I had to do to survive
I’m not saying what I did was alright
Trying to break out of the ghetto was a day to day fight

Been down so long, getting up didn’t cross my mind
I knew there was a better way of life and I was just trying to find
You don’t know what you’ll do until you’re put under pressure
Across 110th Street is a hell of a tester

Across 110th Street
Pimps trying to catch a woman that’s weak
Across 110th Street
Pushers won’t let the junkie go free

Across 110th Street
Woman trying to catch a trick on the street, ooh baby
Across 110th Street
You can find it all in the street, oh

I got one more thing I’d like to yell about right now
Hey brother, there’s a better way out
Snorting that coke, shooting that dope man, you’re copping out
Take my advice, it’s either live or die
You’ve got to be strong, if you want to survive

The family on the other side of town
Would catch hell without a ghetto around
In every city you find the same thing going down
Harlem is the capital of every ghetto town
Help me sing it

Across 110th Street
Pimps trying to catch a woman that’s weak
Across 110th Street
Pushers won’t let the junkie go free

Oh, across 110th Street
A woman trying to catch a trick on the street, ooh baby
Across 110th Street
You can find it all in the street
Yes, he can

Oh, look around you, look around you
Look around you, look around you, yeah

Songwriters
WOMACK, BOBBY

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Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Read more: Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street Lyrics | MetroLyrics

-Herve Jean-Baptiste

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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