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QUOTE: Of the Week – Russell Simmons

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“You know, I love all kinds of activism.  I certainly think blacks deserve to have something whether it is affirmative action or an opportunity that should be opened up to them.  But at the same time I believe that people of color are not the only poor people in America and all over the world.”

“Respect your parents.  What they tell you is true.  Hard work, dedication and faith will get you anything.  Imagination will drive itself.  You can get anything you want, but you have to have faith behind all your ideas.  Stick to your goals and have an undying faith.”

- Russell Simmons

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EDITORIAL:

We wanted to quote Russell Simmons this week again (one of many times that we have quoted Simmons here on our blog in our inspirational quotes archive) as a follow up to our quote from Don Lemon last week.  I believe both of these public figures are inspirational to our children and the community.

It’s ok to come from different view points and have a discussion or a debate. Especially when ultimately everyone wants the same thing, people growing into the best person that they can be.  Self-empowerment (as Don said) and recognizing your self worth.  The  important bottom line here is to have the discussion.  This discussion which has been brought up several times over the years by many public figures such as Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey, Jay Z and Common.  I remember on the Oprah show when Jay Z was on, and they politely disagreed with each other about his lyrics.  But you believed that they walked away with respect for each other even though they viewed the topic differently.  I love interviews like this because it brings up a discussion.  It is an important discussion to keep having.  Whether agreeing or disagreeing have a discussion with your kids and each other and keep it moving.

I really like the second quote above by Russell Simmons “Respect your parents…” The message really helps to mold your/our way of thinking.  And if not your parents, your grandmother, or your aunt or older brother, sister etc.  To discuss helping people, improving yourself, helping each other, treating one another with kindness and respect, I can’t think of a better or more important discussion to have.  Even if it starts with a disagreement it might end with an agreement or at least an understanding.

And just one last thing, living in New York is one thing, but living in Harlem is a bigger feeling of community, and focus and passion towards helping those that need it.  At least this is the Harlem that I have come to love.  People here in our community black, white, spanish, artist, corporate, community organizers, politicians, rich, poor, moms, students whatever, all seem to step it up a notch or two and this is a great thing.  I was speaking with someone the other night at a Harlem event (at the HarlemGarage) and we were discussing Detroit (the woman I was speaking with was from there) and the turmoil that Detroit is going through right now.  She said she wants to go help in some way.  We both shared an enthusiasm on how we might help – help is really where it all begins.  That’s what I’m talking about.  People that give a sh#! (pardon my French) and walk the walk don’t talk the talk.  I think Russell, Don, everyone that I’ve mentioned above  are perfect examples of people who care and act.  And if you disagree, just wikipedia any one of them.

Keep it moving, have faith, keep having the discussions.  We all want the same things, though we may get there in our own way, style and time.

Harlem’s Hue-Man Bookstore Closes

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One of Harlem’s last surviving bookstores is closing its doors after 10 years on July 31st.

Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe is located Frederick Douglass Blvd. near W. 125th St. Owner Marva Allen explains that she realized that her current business model could not be sustained in an era of e-books and digital delivery.

Allen plans to continue to sell the Hue-Man inventory online and looks forward to hosting events in the community and hopes to one day return with a new store.

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center on Amsterdam Ave. near W. 156th St., Deja Vu Book Lounge on Lexington Ave. near E. 110th St. and the newly opened La Casa Azul Bookstore on E. 103rd St. near Lexington Ave. remain the only bookstores uptown. The volunteer-run Word Up Bookstore, initially opened as a temporary shop on Broadway near W. 175th St., was supposed to be around for only a month but has managed to stay open into its second year.

“We were in an obsolete model, and we’re interested in figuring out what the bookstore of the future looks like,” she added, sitting inside the shop that has hosted book signings for President Bill Clinton, author Terry McMillan and Bill Cosby. But she says “We’ll be back,…We’re working on being back.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/harlem-hue-man-bookstore-close-doors-july-31-article-1.1106665#ixzz1zh5CkIoS

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West Village's Iconic Pink Teacup Opening In Harlem

The original Pink Tea Cup.

By HarlemGuy

One of my favorite spots in the West Village was the Pink Teacup, a purveyor of Soul Food and resident of Grove Street for 55 years and once frequented by celebrities Bill Cosby, Susan Sarandon and Whoopi Goldberg.

That’s why I was sad to see on a recent walk through the village that the restaurant had closed.  The space had been scrubbed clean.  There was nothing to indicate the place had ever been the Pink Teacup.  And no mention of what had happened.  What might happen.  Nothing.  It was a sad moment.  I later found that the restaurant had moved to 88 Seventh Avenue.  But that still left me with one wish: that they would adopt Harlem as a future home.   It looks like that wish has been granted.

The Pink Teacup, formerly owned and co-founded by Charles Raye and now owned by Filmaker Lawrence Page, plans on opening a second location, IN HARLEM!   DNA Info and GrubStreet report the location is likely to be Lenox Avenue and West 120th Street.  Says Page:

“With a larger location, new venue features, an enticing menu including original and new dishes, and staying open until 5am for those after hours foodies the way it was back in the day, I look more than forward to serving the New York community and continuing the delicious legacy of the Pink Tea Cup,” Page said.

New dishes will include herb-crusted rack of lamb with lobster mashed potatoes, crispy fried duck drizzled with pecan sauce served, grilled pork chops stuffed with an apple, blackened barbeque salmon with sautéed spinach and seasoned seared shrimp.

West Village’s Iconic Pink Teacup Opening In Harlem

The original Pink Tea Cup.

By HarlemGuy

One of my favorite spots in the West Village was the Pink Teacup, a purveyor of Soul Food and resident of Grove Street for 55 years and once frequented by celebrities Bill Cosby, Susan Sarandon and Whoopi Goldberg.

That’s why I was sad to see on a recent walk through the village that the restaurant had closed.  The space had been scrubbed clean.  There was nothing to indicate the place had ever been the Pink Teacup.  And no mention of what had happened.  What might happen.  Nothing.  It was a sad moment.  I later found that the restaurant had moved to 88 Seventh Avenue.  But that still left me with one wish: that they would adopt Harlem as a future home.   It looks like that wish has been granted.

The Pink Teacup, formerly owned and co-founded by Charles Raye and now owned by Filmaker Lawrence Page, plans on opening a second location, IN HARLEM!   DNA Info and GrubStreet report the location is likely to be Lenox Avenue and West 120th Street.  Says Page:

“With a larger location, new venue features, an enticing menu including original and new dishes, and staying open until 5am for those after hours foodies the way it was back in the day, I look more than forward to serving the New York community and continuing the delicious legacy of the Pink Tea Cup,” Page said.

New dishes will include herb-crusted rack of lamb with lobster mashed potatoes, crispy fried duck drizzled with pecan sauce served, grilled pork chops stuffed with an apple, blackened barbeque salmon with sautéed spinach and seasoned seared shrimp.