Photo credit Will Vaultz Photography
After launching the Miss Harlem Shake contest in May and meeting over 50 wonderful worthy contenders, a winner was crowned on Saturday, September 13!
One hundred guests, 8 Harlem-based judges and five semi-finalists witnessed Ijeoma Eboh receive the Golden Milkshake Cup and title of Miss Harlem Shake 2014.
Ijeoma’s story is inspiring and represents the unique spirit and culture of Harlem’s residents. Ijeoma, 23 years old, is a graduate of Harvard University and is now pursuing a doctoral degree in History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia. She’s also a blogger and founder of KlassyKinks.com, which aims to change perceptions of kinky textured hair around the world and encourage people to get back to their roots. She is a member of the Healthy Harlem team at Harlem Children’s Zone and encourages Harlem’s youth to be happier and healthier.
In addition to winning fame, $500 cash, and free burgers for a year, Ijeoma’s charity of choice Harlem Children’s Zone also received a $1,000 donation.
The eight judges and event host: Patrick Riley (host), Farrah Burns, Brenda Braxton, Vy Higginsen, Ken Hanson, Kevin McQueen, Manwe, Cynde Watson, Patrick Riley, Byl Thompson.
The five Miss Harlem Shake finalists: Casandra Rosario, Amara Korley, Ijeoma Eboh, Elan Ferguson Danielle Summons!.
HarlemCondoLife has been a huge fan of Harlem Shake from day one. We were there when it was emerging from concept to reality. Through press-only pre-opening through grand opening. We’ve remained supporters directly or indirectly through our sister businesses as it has grown into an example of the success that can and is Harlem. We are also customers who love their food, their atmosphere, and their home delivery service via Seamless, which operates flawlessly even on the latest of nights.
Kudos Harlem Shake.
Congratulations and welcome Ijeoma!
The Miss Harlem Shake 2014 contest continues and now it’s time for the people to vote for their favorite contender! If you missed the latest on ABC News check it out here!
After receiving over 55 applications, Harlem Shake, a modern “burger and milkshake joint” uptown, has narrowed the search for “Miss Harlem Shake” to nine finalists who best represent the neighborhood’s unique culture…and appreciate a good burger!
The restaurant has selected the top nine ladies who will move forward through the next round of voting. Now it’s up to the people to vote for their favorite contestant!
Each order placed at Harlem Shake between July 21st and August 31st will come with a ballot featuring the 9 semi-finalists. There will be a scoreboard on display in the restaurant to track each contestant’s progress. The top five with the most customer votes will continue on to the final ceremony in September where a winner will be chosen by a judging panel of notable Harlem faces.
The lucky lady who is crowned “Miss Harlem Shake” will receive fortune, fame and feast: $1,000 to a charity of their choice, $500 to keep, and best of all, free Harlem Shake burgers for a year.
Stay tuned for more information about the final ceremony on September 13th hosted by pop culture expert and blogger Patrick Riley. All are invited to join the party and watch us crown “Miss Harlem Shake!”
Davisha Davis, 26, Media Specialist
Davisha started her own non-profit organization to teach girls of Harlem to respect themselves and give back to the community.
Harlem Charity of Choice: Project V Inc.
Tavaya Davis, 25, Tax Accountant and Flight Attendant
Tavaya makes Harlem a better place by volunteering and always connecting with her Harlem neighbors from restaurants to front stoops, encouraging them to get involved and donate back to the community. Harlem Charity of Choice: Harlem Grown
Ljeoma Eboh, 23, Health Educator/PhD Student and Blogger
Through her work at Harlem Children’s Zone, Ljeoma encourages Harlem’s youth to be happier and healthier so that their generation can continue to inspire the world. Harlem Charity of Choice: Harlem Children’s Zone
Elan Ferguson, 35, Family Program Coordinator and Teaching Artist
By being involved with a neighborhood art museum that highlights artists of African descent, Elan promotes wellness, art, self-expression and family.
Harlem Charity of Choice: The Studio Museum in Harlem
Denise House, 51, Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Counselor
Denise has lived in Harlem her whole life. She has alopecia areata and feels her bald head helps her meet new people as she gets compliments from strangers on her unique appearance. Harlem Charity of Choice: Harlem Children’s Zone
Liz Jackson, 32, Inclusion Activist
Liz is known in the neighborhood as the girl with a purple cane and a smile, giving her the local nickname “Smiley.” She is also volunteers at the Harlem non-profit Harlem RBI, which provides inner-city youth with opportunities to play and learn. Harlem Charity of Choice: Harlem RBI
Amara Korley, 19, Student, Artist and Hostess
Amara grew up in Harlem and feels that as a vegetarian, she can bring a new perspective to the burger world. Harlem Charity of Choice: The Innocence Project
Casandra Rosario, 24, Food Blogger and Event Planner
By planning community events, Casandra promotes local Harlem businesses to the public. She also enriches local youth by working at the Be G8 Foundation.
Harlem Charity of Choice: Y.U.N.G. Harlem
Danielle Summons, 24, Singer, Songwriter and Actress
Danielle cares about the cultivation of Harlem youth and regularly attends Tuesday night teaching and Sunday service at her church, First Corinthian Baptist. Harlem Charity of Choice: Harlem School of the Arts
WHEN: In-store customer voting open July 21st -August 31
WHERE: 100 W. 124th Street at Lenox Avenue New York, NY 10027
About Harlem Shake
Harlem Shake is a fun, creative take on the classic “burger and milkshake joint,” offering high-quality yet affordable food in a lively setting. The restaurant celebrates the soul of the community and reinvigorates modern Harlem with a bit of nostalgia and a nod to pop culture. Harlem Shake is a NYC go-to for familiar eats like griddled burgers, New York hot dogs, and hand-spun shakes. A unique selection of regional sodas from across the country, a sophisticated wine and beer program, a breakfast menu and seasonal outdoor seating completes the offerings. The restaurant takes its name from the iconic Harlem Shake dance of the 1980’s.
On Easter Sunday, April 20th at 2:00pm, the “burger & milkshake joint” in the heart of Harlem will be partnering with Susie Q, local celebrity fitness trainer and clothing designer, to offer guests an afternoon of line dancing, an Easter egg hunt, prizes and good food.
Harlem Shake has a full-day of celebrations planned: ·
2:30-3:30PM – Line dancing with Susie Q as the leader·
3:30-4:00PM – Easter egg hunt for children 12 and under with prizes!·
4:00PM – Best colored egg winner announcement.
Starting March 17th, each in-store purchase by a guest with a child will receive an egg coloring sheet. Children can color in their own creative design and drop it in a box to be entered into a contest for the best colored egg. One creative child will win a $50 gift card to Harlem Shake, and two runners up will win a $25 gift card. The restaurant will be serving two Easter themed milkshakes on Easter Sunday.
Try the Funny Bunny, a hazelnut chocolate shake with a chocolate Easter bunny hidden inside, or the Kool Peeps, a pistachio flavored shake topped with Peeps candy.
Signature items from the regular menu like specialty burgers, fries and shakes will also be available for purchase.