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Harlem 8th Graders State Their Case


The 8th grade at Our Lady Of Lourdes school in Harlem, NYC is participating in its first ever mock trial program. The program seeks to teach students about the justice system in the United States and introduces them to concepts such as due process, right to a fair trial, reasonable doubt, rules of evidence, and the Constitution. Students also learn about the roles filled in the American Criminal Justice system by judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, jurors, and defendant. 

The program includes an in-depth discussion and philosophical look at the concepts of justice in America. Students are asked to think for themselves about the system we have and what works and what doesn’t. The students choose roles to play in their “Mock Trial” of Gold. E. Locks, a defendant on trial for trespassing, burglary, breaking and entering, and criminal mischief. Students work in small teams to develop their theory of the case, opening statements, direct and cross examination, and closing arguments. 

Ultimately, the students will conduct a trial and jurors will determine whether Ms. Locks is guilty or not guilty of any of the charged offenses. 

The students will be asked at the end to reflect on their experience and their new understanding of the justice system. 

The program is overseen by the 8th grade faculty and the administration of the school, Principal Cathy Hufnagel and Asst. Principal Ms. Recaido. It is “coached” by Rachel Kugel a local criminal defense attorney and parent of a kindergartner at  Our Lady of Lourdes School. 

What a wonderful, illuminating experience for the students!  We’re excited to hear about the outcome!

The program began on 11.13 and culminates in the trial held on December 4th at 8:30 a.m. 

Harlem Celebrates Diwali at Chai Wali Today


Join Chai Wali to celebrate the first ever Diwali Festival in Harlem!  Enjoy The Grand Indian New Year & Festival of Lights on Wednesday, November 11th. Storytelling, Lighting Ceremony and Traditional Cuisine!

274 Lenox Avenue
(Btwn 124th St and 123rd St)

Nueva Trova Features Andre Veloz December 17th


On Thursday, December 17, 2015, 7:00pm, the Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Inc. (ADCA) will be hosting the second concert of the season free of charge for the public. This concert will take place at the Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York. Our second function titled “Nueva Trova: La Nueva Canción Latinoamericana” will connect major historical events in Latin America with pieces by key artists such as Víctor Jara, Violeta Parra, Luis Dias, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Mercedes Sosa, Pablo Milanes, Silvio Rodriguez, among others. These artists and musicians are from Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Brazil. The concert will be featured by the Camerata Washington Heights and special guest singer Andre Veloz. The Camerata Washington Heights is a group of musicians formed by the faculty members of The Washington Heights Community Conservatory of Fine Arts. Its Repertoire, range from traditional classical composers from Europe and Latin America, to folkloric and popular music from the Latin American heritage. The goal of the group is to bring chamber music to the community of Washington Heights serving as a model for underprivileged youngsters in NYC. This concert is the second in a series aimed to celebrate the tradition of annual concerts by the Association of Dominican Classical Artists. ADCA initiated in 1980, with the participation of Dominican and other Latino soloists, with orchestral accompaniment playing classical music. In this occasion we will be presenting the genre of “Nueva Trova”.



I Am Man Enough Launch Party Tonight


Asa Leveaux will be launching his book I AM MAN ENOUGH: 365 Affirmations for Men, packed with daily affirmations from recognized industry leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and experts, readers are taken on a cathartic journey that motivates and illustrates the fundamental lesson that no matter what you have or have not accomplished in life, you are a man, and there is merit in that fact. I AM MAN ENOUGH: 365 Affirmations for Men not only includes 365 powerful affirmations to start each day of the year, but also a workbook for every man to customize his game plan for growth and personal development as well as professional success.
Please join us for an evening of cocktails (provided by MASSANOIS), music and selected readings from our special guest readers. To RSVP and for more info contact: Rohn Padmore at info@rpadmore.com
Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: Harlem Haberdashery – 245 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (between 122nd St. & 123rd St.)