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QUOTE: #WeAreHere – Alicia Keys

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Has Alicia Keys read your mind and your wish list too?


“The day I wrote this song, I was sitting in a circle of people of all ages and we were asked, “Why are you here.” Why am I here?? This really hit me on a deep level. I realized no one had ever asked me that question before.

As I prepare to give birth to a new child, I can’t help and think about the world I’m bringing my baby into. No matter where we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference. And we all have a voice – we just need to know how to make it heard.

I have a vision that I believe is more than a dream, that I know can be our reality.

I believe in an empowered world community built on the true meaning of equality – where we are all considered one people, regardless of race, religion, gender, zip code, belief system or sexual orientation.

I believe all of our voices should be heard, so that our representation reflects our population. We need our leadership to reflect an equal balance of the gifts that both men and women have to offer.

I believe in a world where every child born receives a quality education – where their unique gifts are nurtured so that they may be a beneficial presence in this world.

I believe in mutual respect and cooperation among all peoples and all nations. It is time to end all forms of racial injustice for our black brothers and sisters and all people of color.

I believe in an end to the prison industrial complex in America and a renewed justice system that is based on fairness and truth.

I believe in universal global health care based on Integrative Medicine, so that our bodies are acknowledged and treated as one system, and we can help control the spread of diseases like AIDS, Malaria, TB and Ebola.

I believe we have an ability to end poverty, oppression, and hopelessness that often breeds despair, terror, and violence.

I believe in common sense gun laws that serve to protect children and families and society from unnecessary violence.

I believe in Peace & Love & Unity.

I believe that this vision can be a reality.

And, it’s not about me. It’s about WE.

Together we can give birth to a kinder and more peaceful world for ALL children.

Our souls were brought together so that we can love each other sister, brother.

We Are Here. We are here for all of us. That’s why #WeAreHere.

Sent with Light,

–Alicia Keys

MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 3) Valentine’s Day Mix


Long time since we released MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 2) but a lot of people like this series so we finally have Part 3!  Click here MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 3) for the latest free download podcast on iTunes mixed by RhythmDB for Harlem Condo Life.  This heartfelt selection of music is perfect for Valentine’s Day but also good for all year long.  On this Podcast you will hear songs by…

Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Faith Evans, Sade, Solange, Raheem DeVaughn, The Floacist, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, Mary J Blige, Keyshia Cole, Eric Benet, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Daddy Yankee, J. Alvarez, Kanye West, The Weekend and more.

Wishing you and yours a happy and soulful Valentine’s Day!

HCL “Black History Month” Mix

By HarlemHouse

HCL brings you a new Podcast Mix in Celebration of Black History Month.  Mixed by RhythmDB you will find on this mix Gospel, Jazz, House, R&B, Soul, HipHop & Classics.

Enjoy & Celebrate!!!

iTunes (podcast download) and Podbean (podcast streaming).

HCL”Black History Month”Mix by RhythmDB

1) Sounds of Blackness- Optimistic

2) Karen Clark Sheard- I Won’t Let Go

3) Billie Holiday (Remix)- Billie’s Blues

4) The Jazzual Suspects- Ba Dada

5) Stevie Wonder- I Wish

6) Chaka Khan (ft. Meshell Ndegeocello)- Never miss The Water

7) Luther Vandross- Remember The Nights In Harlem

8) Stevie Wonder feat. Q-Tip (Remix)- So What The Fuss

9) Sade- Bring Me Home

10) Kenny Dorham Octet- Afrodisia

11) Studio Apartment (feat. Yasmeen Sulieman)- Sun Will Shine

12) Mississippi Mass Choir (feat. Rev. James Moore)- Jesus Paid It All

13) Snoop Dogg (feat. The Dream)- Gangsta Luv

14) Caron Wheeler (Remix)- Another Star

15) Vanessa Bell Armstrong- Til the Victory’s Won

16) Onda- Happiness Is Free

17) Luther Vandross (Remix Edit)- Shine

18) Jay-Z & Alicia Keys- Empire State Of Mind

19) Alicia Keys (Reprise fade)- Empire State Of Mind

John Legend performs at Harlem's Apollo Theater



By HarlemGal

I ask myself sometimes “why did I move to Harlem and make this area my home?” I generally answer myself back (or tell those that will listen to me) I came here because there are so many interesting things to do in Harlem. One thing in particular is going to see a show at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater. Last night, I did just that by going to the Apollo to watch John Legend perform to a sold out crowd.   It was amazing-to say the least.  Why? Well, for me John Legend is like the male version of Alicia Keys.  This guy can sing and jam on the piano just like her.  Need I say more.  As for the Apollo, if you want to see a performer up close and personal this is the venue for you. The acoustics are crystal clear, there is not a bad seat in the house and everyone one, from the first level to the balcony, will stand up and dance in every section. (Don’t go to the Apollo if you want to sit down and watch a show.)  At this place, dancing in the aisle is a prerequisite.


As for the music, John Legend performed practically all of his hits and they were all good. I will leave it at that and not go into the set list other than saying I completely enjoyed his performance.  I will leave critiquing of the set list to the critics.  What I will tell you about is all the little interesting things that happened throughout the concert. Below is a few insider highlights:

  • John Legend entered and left the room from the stage left aisle. This is the first time I have seen him perform so I guess he enters the room walking through the crowd? 
  • He said the word “Harlem” or “its good to be in Harlem” about 25 times.  The place went nuts every time he uttered those words.  I know I did since I live here.
  • He bumped and grind with a gorgeous lady in a purple dress.  It looked like the lady was a fan from the audience and he chose her randomly. They were getting down.
  • John Legend told the crowd he prefers the Apollo over Radio City Music Hall.  Apparently he just performed at Radio City and felt compelled to tell the audience where feels most comfortable or shall we say at home. Who can blame him?
  • He told the audience he recently turned the big 30 and that his favorite phrase right now is “back in the day,” which is the early nineties for him. Sickning…
  • John Legend said he normally sees couples in the crowd and that he feels used..but in a good way.     

  • He said he went to the University of Penn.
  • John Legend gave a shout out at the end of the show to former congressman Harold Ford, Jr., who had already left the show then. Bad, bad, bad form on Harold Ford, Jr.’s part.  How did I know this happened? I was sitting right by the congressman and his lovely wife.  
  • John Legend lived in NYC for about nine years before he got a record deal.
  • He knows NYC well.  Prior to making it big, he told the crowd he’s performed at The Bitter End, Joe’s Pub, Sounds of Brazil (aka SOBs) and Jimmy’s Uptown.
  • The Abyssinian Baptist Church choir sang If you’re out there? with John Legend.
  • And last, but certainly not least, he asked everyone to pitch in and help end global poverty by getting involved at The Show Me Campaign. Sign me up!