I attended the kick off of HarlemWeek on Sunday at U.S. Grant National Park on West 122nd Street and Riverside Drive (the Western edge of Harlem). It was great!
I arrived at 3pm just in time for an hour and a half of uplifting gospel performances.
The crowd was then treated to an incredible fashion show. The centerpiece of which were amazing hats. A planned medley of Steve Wonder tunes was cancelled by persistent and increasingly heavy rain. A scheduled appearance by Stevie Wonder was canceled, though he called in to inspire the crowd, and told us that he had been inspired by us too. There was a verbal tribute to him, during which we were reminded of his role as a great artist and civil rights figure prominent in bringing about Martin Luther King day.
It was the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a feeling that permeated the day and its festivities.
There was a reading of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”, the words of which remain as moving and relevent today a they ever were.
I was able to catch up with Vince Morgan with whom I first met recently at my local favorite HarlemFoodBar. We chatted about politics, music, and the need for grass roots representation now more than ever.
And I also got a chance to meet Elliot Spitzer. I told him I really loved what he had to say on Bill Maher this past Friday: July 26, 2013 Clip: Race Issues
The food was great, the crowd was fun, the police respectful. It was a great way to spend a day and kickoff a workweek. We hope that everyone takes in a piece of HarlemWeek.
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I have never seen Inside Job or Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer. I have been wanting to see these two documentaries for sometime. Now is my chance to see these films right here in Harlem! According to Maysles Cinema, they are showing these two films this weekend under their “True Crime New York” series.
Client 9 shows tonight, March 26 at 7:30 PM. “This film is an in-depth look at what Spitzer himself refers to as greek tragedy.” And Inside Job, an Academy Award winner for 2010 Best Documentary, will show tomorrow, March 27 at 7:30 PM. This film “provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse.” Order tickets here!
So if you want to see films on “true crime in the rotten apple” – particularly these two films, which is the last chance – head on over to Maysles Cinema in Harlem located at 343 Lenox Avenue, between 127th and 128th Streets. I plan to see one or probably both films this weekend. Lookout on foursquare!
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