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Uptown Soul Lounge Celebrates One Year Anniversary

On Friday, February 24The Elixir Media Group‘s Uptown Soul Lounge series will celebrate its one year anniversary and pay homage to black history and iconic artists who have harnessed the power of being unapologetically black. This milestone event will take place in the intimate, speakeasy setting of the series’ original venue, Gin Fizz Harlem, and feature special live performances by the captivating experimental jazz/soul artist Melanie Charles, alternative-soul maverick Leandra McNair, and the overpowering and angelic singer/songwriter Britanny Fousheé.
Event time is 8PM and admission is $5 with an RSVP here. Admission is $10 at the door without an RSVP. Early arrival is highly suggested, as admission is not guaranteed once the venue reaches capacity. Gin Fizz Harlem is located at 308 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027.
MORE ABOUT UPTOWN SOUL LOUNGE:
Serving as NYC’s most exciting new platform for the world’s best emerging talent in soul music, ‘Uptown Soul Lounge‘ is a monthly showcase that happens on the last Friday of every month. With the live soulful vibes from carefully curated talent, and resident host Ayoinmotion, ‘Uptown Soul Lounge‘ is the revival of Harlem’s old jazz/soul ethos and the birth of a new musical frontier. Over the course of just one year, it has made its name for bridging the gap between generations and blurring lines in the soul spectrum.

MORE ABOUT MELANIE CHARLES:

Melanie Charles (aka D’flower) is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter,producer, flutist and actress of Haitian descent. A recent graduate of The New School for jazz and Contemporary Music, she has featured on albums alongside contemporary luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Jose James, Lakecia Benjamin, Jesse Fischer, Laura Izibor and more. Melanie has also toured the US and abroad with such acts as Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor, Italian Guitarist/producer Nicola Conte, and Brooklyn based band People’s Champs. After the release of her experimental collaborative album under the name ‘Rat Habitat‘ with guitarist Jordan Peters (Lauryn Hill), Melanie has hit the road again for a nationwide tour, and returns to NYC for Uptown Soul Lounge’s special unapologetically black and one year anniversary event with a signature Chaka Khan meets Badu-esque “sonic collage” performance, fusing r&b, jazz, and Haitian folk songs. 

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MORE ABOUT LEANDRA MCNAIR:

Leandra McNair is an American soul singer from New York. Her contemporary alternative soul has strong hip hop influences with a distinct jazz background, rooted in her studies in vocal performance at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. With influences from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Lauryn Hill, Swing out Sister and even Joey Badass, Leandra has crafted a sound that’s uniquely her own, writing all her songs using the ukelele. She released her debut EP ‘Allura Luna’ in 2013. In 2015 Leandra had the honor of singing backup vocals for the legendary Debbie Sledge at the Standard Jazz club in Copenhagen. Later that year she was  invited back to perform her own show at the Standard for a Nat King Cole Tribute with legends Alvin Queen and Neils Lan Doky. Leandra’s latest recording project, the ‘LUCKY‘ EP, is now available everywhere.
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MORE ABOUT BRITANNY FOUSHEE:
In a nutshell, one could describe Britanny Fousheé as the perfect amalgam of Amy Winehouse and Toni Braxton. Fusing jazz, alternative rock, and r&b to pioneer a sound that is uniquely her own, Britanny’s stage presence is infectious, allowing her performances to draw you in and lull you into a state of pure bliss that you have to experience to understand.

Britanny first found her calling as a child in her living room in Somerville, New Jersey, where the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Bob Marley, Prince, and The Beatles often filled the house. Her mother was a founding member of the all female Jamaican band Pep, which also shaped Britanny’s identity as an artist today. It was around the time her mother purchased their first stereo system and microphone that she began composing music, and singing. 

In addition to Britanny’s vocal training with celebrity vocal coach Craig Derry, her studies in media, classical music, background arrangement, guitar, and piano has made her a well-rounded and seasoned performer.

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Holiday Windows Tours Honor Harlem Renaissance

hhw-postcard-1Harlem is getting in the holiday windows game, and it’s all about the history. Spanning the corridor of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and the 122nd streets, eight businesses will display windows designed and executed by fifteen students from Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) BFA program. The window displays will depict holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance. The windows will be on display from November 30 to January 2. Visitors are invited to stroll through the historic neighborhood throughout the holidays and enjoy the window displays while learning a bit of Harlem’s rich history. To kick off the season, two free window tours on November 30 and December 3 will be provided by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. The tours will feature live storytellers and vignettes with actors and performers bringing the windows to life. The family friendly outing will also include free children’s activities and coloring books highlighting historical themes of the period. This unique approach to presenting holiday windows offers an interesting alternative to the traditional downtown windows for the holidays.

Harlem Holiday Windows is an initiative to stimulate cultural and community activity to promote tourism in Harlem during the holidays. The program is presented by Jacqueline Orange’s ArtCrawl Harlem with curator OmoMisha. It is funded by the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA), the Harlem Tourism Board (HTB) and is in partnership with Harlem Park-to-Park(HP2P).   Our goal is to benefit businesses, property owners and residents; foster tourism; and showcase the vibrant neighborhood.

The FIT students will create holiday-themed scenes from the Harlem Renaissance period (1910-1940). The period was defined by the artistic, literary, and political activism of Harlem’s large African American community. The windows will offer both an educational and festive holiday experience with designs ranging from jazz and historical references to dance, fashion and prohibition scenes.

“We are very excited about working with FIT for the Harlem Holiday Windows Project. A free art installation for all members of the community to enjoy is exactly the type of event we are proud to fund,” said Susannah Koteen, Co-President of FDBA and owner of Lido Restaurant. “We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to experience the window displays along Frederick Douglass Boulevard and all that Harlem has to offer.”

“We view Harlem as one of our country’s most historically rich communities, and its contributions to the arts are legendary,” said, Anne Kong, the faculty overseeing the design project. “When we were approached by Jackie Orange to collaborate on this project, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about this period and its significance on how we view art and culture today. This is an opportunity to expose them to this wonderful community as an important part of New York’s heritage. The windows they have designed are a result of careful research to create scenes that are both historically accurate, timeless, and beautiful,” she added.

“It’s our aim to create holiday window displays that are an option to Fifth Avenue department stores while showcasing Harlem’s proud history. We want to foster support of the community, its businesses, and most importantly, our youth” said Jacqueline Orange. “ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc. and participating businesses, community organizations and sponsors are working to produce a bolder and bigger holiday window event that will yield even greater benefits for our neighborhood and its members of all ages,” she added. The unique holiday celebration is expected to draw hundreds of visitors to Harlem and participating locations along Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Windows will be decorated at the following businesses:

  • Vintage Harlem NYC Wine & Spirits, 2235 FDB
  • Chocolat, 2223 FDB
  • Vinateria, 2211 FDB
  • Lido, 2168 FDB
  • Harlem Tavern, 2153 FDB
  • Silvana, 300 W 116
  • Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, 2119 FDB
  • Land Yoga, 2116 FDB

Harlem Holiday Windows free kick off event will start at the Harriet Tubman Statue on 122ndStreet at 5:30pm on November 30, 2016 and will feature an interactive and intergenerational music performance by special guest Shine and the Moonbeams. The second kick off, also starting on 122nd Street, will begin at 3pm on December 3, 2016 ending at the Shop Harlem Live Harlem Holiday Expo at MIST. Produced by Harlem Park to Park, the program will include an art filled afternoon for kids and adults.

In addition to the free kick off tours on November 30, 2016 and December 3, 2016 a full schedule of paid tours and programming around the Holiday Windows, will be offered by ArtCrawl Harlem, Inc., throughout the holiday season, from November 30- December 21, 2016. Programming will include weekly tours on the following Saturdays from 3–5pm (December 3, 10, 17). Registration is available on the website. Rates are $10 per person. Call for special group rates.

CCCADI Grand Opening Kicks Off this Weekend

Our Grand Opening Weekend kicks off tomorrow October 15th to Sunday, October 16th! The weekend is action packed with FREE activities for everyone. Activities such as our inaugural 3-part exhibition titled Home, Memory, and Future,” Calle Bembé neighborhood party, food vendors, children’s art activities, and Open House New York panels in collaboration with Apollo Theater and Positive Workforce.

HOME, MEMORY, FUTURE EXHIBITION

October 2016 – March 2017 

The 3-part exhibition explores HOME in the age of gentrification, dislocation, migration, exile, belonging, health and unaffordable housing. The exhibition will feature work from 20 artists of various mediums, including augmented reality. Renowned curator, Lowery Stokes Sims joins Yasmin Ramirez, Marta Moreno Vega and Regina Bultrón Bengoa in curating HOME, MEMORY, AND FUTURE.

Free Admission
No preregistration is required to view the exhibition
Hourly self-guided tours:  11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK AT CCCADI

Uniting Community – Cultural Spaces | 2 Panels  

From East to West, the heartbeat of Harlem–125th Street–once bustled with theaters, clubs and other music venues that embraced African American and Latino artists and audiences. As part of the Open House New York Weekend, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and the Apollo Theater explore West Harlem’s rich musical and cultural history.

Experts Richard BlondetHenry MedinaRalph Mendez, and John T. Reddick take us on an audio and video tour exploring how African aesthetic transformed West and East Harlem into a vibrant cultural and musical epicenter, one that continues to vibrate in the nation today.

Saturday | October 15, 2016 
Where: Positive Workforce | 109 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035
Panel 1 | 11:30am – 1:00pm
Panel 2 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm 

Sunday | October 16, 2016 
Where: Apollo Theater at 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
Panel 1 | 11:30am – 1:00pm 
Panel 2 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm 

CALLE BEMBE: NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY!  

Where: Northern Manhattan Rehabilitation Parking Lot | 125th BTW Lexington and Park Avenues

Saturday | October 15, 2016 

Children’s Art Village 
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Storytelling, dance workshops, face painting, and fun drop-in art activities.

Libation
Time: 12:30pm to 1pm 
Babalorisha John Mason, Iyalorisha Angela Fontanez, and Babalorisha Paulo Bispo.

Grand Opening Concert 1
Time: 1:15pm to  2:30pm
Performances by Amma McKen with Roman Diaz and Cimarron, and Something Positive.

Battle of the DJ’s
Time:
 5pm to 7pm
Dj Sabine and Dj Bjoyce

Grand Opening Concert 2
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Performances by Los Pleneros de la 21

Sunday | October 16, 2016 

Children’s Art Village 
Time: 11am to 4:00pm
Storytelling, dance workshops, face painting, and fun drop-in art activities.

Grand Opening Concert 3 
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Performances by DelSonido

DJ Dance Party  
Time: 3pm to 4pm
DJ Beto of IBomba