Seven-Story, 50-Unit Mixed-Use Building Wraps Up Construction At 260 West 153rd Street, Harlem

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In Early 2015, YIMBY revealed renderings of L+M Development Partners’ planned seven-story, 50-unit mixed-use building at 260 West 153rd Street, in Harlem. Since then the project has wrapped up construction, according to DNAinfo. The 75,484 square-foot structure is completely clad in brick façade and its windows have been installed. There…

Harlem Fine Arts Show Opening Night Gala Reception Draws Nearly 3,000

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 Lifelike portrait of Congressman Charlie Rangel by artist Andy Lee delights audience and the ‘Lion of Lennox Ave’

The atmosphere at the  Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) gala opening reception at the historic Riverside Church was in a word – ebullient – as the city’s elite inclusive of politicians, musicians,  celebrities, educators, national and international artist and art collectors all mingled at the largest event of its kind in the U.S.  Nearly 3,000 people attended the opening on Thursdaynight.  The show, in its seventh year at Riverside Church continued through Sunday.

One of the highlights of the evening was the unveiling of a life like portrait of Congressman Rangel by Andy Lee that drew delighted gasps from the audience.  In saluting the Congressman, Assemblyman Keith Wright painted his own portrait of a dedicated public servant who is one of two Congressman to ever serve his predominately Harlem district (Adam Clayton Powell was the first), calling the Congressman the ‘lion of Lennox Ave.”  And the Congressman, during his remarks, left no doubt as to his choice to succeed him in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Harlem Fine Art Show also recognized a “favorite sister”, model turned celebrity lifestyle maven Barbara ‘B’ Smith.  During the early years of the HFAS, Smith, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, served as emcee for the event.  It was clear from the reception she received there is still much genuine affection for her among the HFAS family.  B’s husband Dan Gasby spoke passionately about the couple’s struggle with her diagnosis that has been documented in their recently release book, “Before I Forget.”  He was insistent that people not ignore even small signs that signal the disease, and shared that the majority of suffers from Alzheimer’s are women.  The couple was presented with a beautiful landscape painted by artist Yves Deshommes.

The Show went through Sunday and despite the unexpected snow, over 500 school children from across the Tri-State area children were able to visit the exhibition and interact with the artists. The evening was dubbed “Multi-Cultural Professionals Networking Night”, where groups from enterprises across the city hosted informal reunions.  There was an art auction benefitting the United Negro College Fund.

Another highlight of the show was Visions of Our 44th President, a collective sculptural show created to recognize and celebrate the historical significance of the first African American President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Black Art In America™ hosted the exhibit, featuring works by Barkley L. Hendricks, Charly Palmer, Najee Dorsey, Matthew Gonzales and James Pearson.

 

Athena Film Festival Honors Paul Feig

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SIXTH ANNUAL ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR PAUL FEIG WITH INAUGURAL “ATHENA LEADING MAN” AWARD

The festival will honor a strong advocate for women onscreen and behind the scenes  It takes place February 18 – 21, 2016.

The Athena Film Festival announced today that director, producer and screenwriter Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS, SPY, THE HEAT), will receive the inaugural “ATHENA LEADING MAN” AWARD at the sixth annual Athena Film Festival on Saturday, February 20, 2016.  Celebrating his extraordinary body of work, support and outspoken stance for women throughout his career, Feig is the first male to ever be honored by the Festival.  The Athena Film Festival will take place February 18 – 21, 2016 at Barnard College.

Feig has been a champion of women for most of his career. He has proven that funny and strong women are box office gold through successful directorial efforts, including SPY, starring Melissa McCarthy, THE HEAT, starring Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy, and BRIDESMAIDS, starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne. Feig recently completed directing this summer’s highly-anticipated GHOSTBUSTERS, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, which will be in theaters on July 15, 2016.

“There is nothing more important to me than creating meaningful, diverse and three-dimensional roles for women in front of the camera and doing whatever I can to help move the industry toward complete equality for their creative visions and voices behind the camera.  So, to be named as Athena’s first male honoree means more to me than I can ever express.  I am truly honored,” said Paul Feig.

“We are thrilled to honor Paul Feig as the first-ever male honoree at the 2016 Athena Film Festival,” said Melissa Silverstein & Kathryn Kolbert, co-founders of the Athena Film Festival.  “We feel it is crucial to recognize and honor not only the women who are breaking barriers, but also the men who support and advocate for them.  Paul’s body of work is a true testament to his commitment to talented women in the entertainment industry.  We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.”

Festival tickets and passes are now on sale. To purchase tickets and for more information please visit http://www.athenafilmfestival.com.

Emboldened by Protests, Black Lives Matter Activists Move From Street to Ballot

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Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, second from right, protesting in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014. By JOHN ELIGON February 6, 2016

ST. LOUIS — Within days of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, Maria Chappelle-Nadal huffed…

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