“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
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.
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Check out an inspiring and motivational speech delivered by Ashton Kutcher at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards the other night. Where he reveals his real first name and shares with the kids three valuable pieces of advice. Not only for the teens in the audience, but for all of us to think about and consider.
We always like to find positive and inspiring content to post here at HarlemCondoLife in addition to our Restaurant Reviews HarlemRestaurantRow, Real Estate suggestions Harlem Real Estate, and all the other topics we love blogging about living here in Harlem. So we hope that you enjoy this video clip and share it with your kids. Hats off to Ashton Kutcher. Looking forward to seeing the new film he stars in “Jobs” (the story of Steve Jobs) which opens this Friday, August 16, 2013.
Posted in Art and Culture, Celebrity, Culture, Education, Harlem, Kids, New York City Tagged with: 2013 Teen Choice Awards, @HarlemHCL, Apple, Ashton Kutcher, community, education, Harlem, harlem restaurant row, HarlemCondoLife.com, Inspirational, Jobs, Jobs the new movie, Kifds, new york city, Steve Jobs, Teen Choice Award, teens, The New Movie Jobs
Timberly Leite - Innovative Therapy Solutions
The grand opening of Innovative Therapy Solutions was a huge success as seen by the numerous attendees, sounds of children enjoying educational toys, and concerned parents excited about the availability of Speech Therapy services in Harlem.
Timberly Leite, New York State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner/Director of Innovative Therapy Solutions, has brought to Harlem a much needed service to address the speech therapy needs of children ages birth to 21. Traditionally, therapy is delivered in the school/preschool settings, through home programs via approved providers, hospitals, clinics, or rehabilitation centers. Often there are waiting lists and parents travel long distances to obtain this necessary service. So having Timberly in the neighborhood is truly a welcomed addition.
Innovative Therapy Solutions is not limited to speech therapy. Timberly also provides evaluations, parent education courses, and the ability to purchase therapy materials to ensure carryover outside of the formal therapy setting. Future services include adding Occupational and Physical Therapy.
At the onset of meeting Timberly, one immediately senses the warm and caring concern emanating from this creative professional. She brings to Harlem experience, energy, and a desire to meet the local speech therapy needs.
Wishing Timberly much success in her new endeavor!
Innovative Therapy Solutions
2236 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. BLVD (between 131st & 132nd)
New York, NY 10027
Posted in Community, Harlem, Health & Wellness Tagged with: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, Central Harlem, education, Web Therapy
Kidberry, the education and music center for children in South Harlem and the surrounding area, will be moving to a new location soon. Kidberry is currently located at 106 West 117th Street in the Lenox Garden Condominium. However, they are heading up a little to 2046 Seventh Avenue, also known as Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., which is between 122nd and 123rd Street in Harlem. If you recall that space use to be a skin care salon.
Managing the move and getting ready for summer camps, Kidberry will have a grand opening later in the year. For more information on Kidberry, go to their website for additional details.
Posted in Community, Harlem Tagged with: 2046 7th Avenue, children, education, Harlem, Kidberry, summer camps
Last week, I blogged about the documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” which features a Harlem student and Geoffrey Canada, and talks about the education system in America. Since I have seen the film, which I liked, I have come across information that provides another view on the subject. I wanted to share it with you. Below is a Youtube video on two Harlem teacher’s point of view on public schools versus charter schools.
Posted in Harlem, Movies Cinema Film Tagged with: charter schools, education, Harlem, Waiting for Superman
There are plenty of films that open every weekend in New York City. There are so many that it is hard to decide what to see in the movie theaters at times. However, this weekend is different. There is only one film to see and that’s “Waiting for Superman,” which opens in the Big Apple on September 24. “Waiting for Superman” is a new documentary by Davis Guggenheim, Academy Award-winning director of “An Inconvenient Truth,” that covers our public education system and it features individuals from or connected to Harlem.
In the film, Guggenheim’s cameras follow Bianca, who is now a second grader, lives in Harlem with her mother Nakia and is trying to get into a charter school. Geoffrey Canada, CEO of the Harlem’s Children Zone, is also featured in the film as well as the charter school he founded right here in Central Harlem. And last, the film’s title came from Canada. “The title refers to a Harlem educator’s childhood belief that a superhero would fix the problems of the ghetto.”
According to some reviews, the film is expected to rattle some boots, i.e. charter vs. no charter schools, and potentially start a revolution about public education. For me, anything that provokes some rattle and a little bit of revolution about a topic and situation that affects us all, I am so there. I can’t wait to see “Waiting for Superman” in theaters this weekend. Join me?
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