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Taste Of India – A Bollywood Benefit in Harlem for a good cause At Red Rooster / Ginny’s Supper Club

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Listen up and mark your calendar.  Lara Land of Land Yoga will be hosting a very special event in Harlem on March 18th called “Taste Of India.”

Event Details

Join us for a glamorous Bollywood night.  Ticket includes two hours of Indian inspired cocktails, food, and music at Ginny’s Supper Club, Red Rooster’s downstairs Jazz Lounge. This one of a kind night includes a live Bollywood dance perrformance, exclusive auction items, and a chance to be decorated in henna body art.

This event is to benefit Odanadi, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates children sold into human trafficking. Every year in India, young people are lured away from their homes by criminal trafficking networks.  Over the past 20 years Odanadi has carried out over 60 brothel raids and brought more than 140 traffickers to justice.

Sponsored by Land Yoga, Red Rooster, Riazul, Iceberg Vodka, and Harlem Blue.

Please show up and support this important cause and perhaps encourage the sponsors and Lara Land to make this an annual event for an important charitable community cause.

There are all different price ranges in which you can contribute according to your budget and what you can afford. No amount is too little, every dollar helps.  See the details below.

TASTE OF INDIA Eventbrite 

Lara Land has become an important part and contributor to our Harlem community.  Offering her time and experience to charities and always present welcoming new businesses and restaurants to the Harlem community.

I intend on being there to show support and hope to see many Harlemites show up to show their support.  Please repost and retweet to help spread the word.

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A brutal attack on a Columbia University Professor and resident of Harlem

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I was very upset to hear the news about this hate crime that happened last weekend.  A hateful mob attacked a Sikh man who says he was mistaken for a radical Muslim.  This is unacceptable.   Teachers and parents must educate their kids on the religious differences in our community and the diversity in the world.  As the Daily News, DNAinfo and BuzzFeed have reported, a Sikh-American Columbia University Professor was beaten in a hate crime this past Saturday while the suspects yelled “Osama”.  Any citizen should have the freedom to dress as they wish and be accepted for it.  Especially if it has to do with their religious  beliefs.  This is America,  Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.   Yes, Osama Bin Ladin was a bad guy, a terrorist and he did horrible things and was punshed and killed.   This has nothing to do with an innocent American, doctor and professor who is part of our community and an educator at one of the top Unniversities in the country.  This is the sort of story you may expect to read from a back woods unnecducated small town in the midwest or unfortunately small areas down south where racism, predudice and ignorance still exists.   But not in a comopolitan, multi racial, well educated and worldly city such as new york.   We are smarter than this.  Come on people!  It is the parents and teachers and communities  responsibility to educate our children.  This should not have happened and it should never happen again.  The gentleman who was attacked, Dr. Prabhjot Singh was quoted in BuzzFeed as saying “This is my community, I live in Harlem, I see patients here,” he says. “It’s not the side of Harlem I’ve come to know and not how I’ve been embraced.”

In the Daily News they report that “Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh has written about violence toward Sikhs in America — and on Saturday was the target of a vicious assault just blocks from his Harlem home.”

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photo by Lombard, Mariela, Freelance (Daily News)

The attack is under investigation by the Hate Crimes Task Force says the New York Police Department.  BuzzFeed writes: Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a Columbia University professor, had just dropped his wife and his 1-year-old son off at home on Saturday night when he went for a short walk with his friend to the north of Central Park in Harlem, he explains. They were walking past a group of 25 to 30 young men, many of whom had bikes, when he heard, “Get him!” as well as “Osama” and “terrorist” being yelled.  This is when the Professor was knocked to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face and head which left him with an injured  jaw, a lacerated lip and badly bruised until bystanders finally came to his aid.

The criminals in this beating need to be found and prosecuted.

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What is Sikh? Sikhism 
(Wikipedia)

Philosophy:  Main articles: Sikhism and Sikh gurus

Sikhism considers spiritual life and secular life to be intertwined:[34][35] ”In the Sikh Weltanschauung…the temporal world is part of the Infinite Reality and partakes of its characteristics.”[36] Guru Nanak described living an “active, creative, and practical life” of “truthfulness, fidelity, self-control and purity” as being higher than a purely contemplative life.[37]

The 6th Sikh Guru Guru Hargobind re-affirmed that the political/temporal (Miri) and spiritual (Piri) realms are mutually coexistent.[38] According to the 9th Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadhur, the ideal Sikh should have both Shakti (power that resides in the temporal), and Bhakti (spiritual meditative qualities). This was developed into the concept of the Saint Soldier by the 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh.[39]

Protecting the religious and political rights of all people and preventing discrimination is an integral part of the Sikh faith. The 5th Guru Arjan was martyred by the Mughal ruler Jahangir on 16 May 1606 for refusing to convert to Islam. The martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur 9th Guru to protect Hindus from religious persecution, in Delhi, on 11 November 1675 AD, is another example of upholding minority religious freedom; he gave his life to protect the right of Kashmiri Hindus to practise their own religion when they were being forced to convert to Islam by Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor at the time.

According to Guru Nanak, the goal is to attain the “attendant balance of separation-fusion, self-other, action-inaction, attachment-detachment, in the course of daily life”,[40] the polar opposite to a self-centered existence.[40] Nanak talks further about the one God or Akal (timelessness) that permeates all life[41]).[42][43][44] and which must be seen with ‘the inward eye’, or the ‘heart’, of a human being.[45]

In Sikhism there is no dogma,[46] priestsmonastics or yogis.

Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. Guru Nanak summarised the basis of Sikh lifestyle as: Kirat KaroNaam Japo and Wand kay Chako, which means work diligently and honestly, meditate on the holy name (Waheguru), and share the fruits of labours with others. The idea that human beings must work for a living and play an active role in society is the basis of this philosophy. The guiding principles of the Sikh faith are Truth, Equality, Freedom and Justice.

The Sikhs revere Guru Granth Sahib as their supreme teacher, ‘Guru’ means the enlightener. The tenth Guru ended the line of personal Gurūs and transferred his authority to the dual agency of the Sikh scripture Gurū Graṅth Sāhib and to the Guru Khalsa (also Panth). The Panth or the community of followers was to be the physical manifestation of the Gurū, while the Guru Graṅth was to be the scriptural guide for this body of Sikhs.[47]

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi, India. Volunteers prepare roti bread for the worshippers.

Sikhism is an extremely pluralistic religion. The Guru Granth Sahib, in addition to the revelations of the Sikh gurus, contains revelations of various saints and sages of that period. The Mul Mantar, the opening hymn of the holy Guru Granth Sahib, expounds the nature and attributes of God:

There is one supreme eternal reality; the truth; immanent in all things; creator of all things; imminent in creation. Without fear and without hatred; not subject to time; beyond birth and death; self-revealing. Known by the Guru’s grace.[48]

*Photo at the top of this post from BuzzFeed Via blogs.ei.columbia.edu

First East Harlem International Film Festival starts June 1


By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
There are several international film festivals that take place throughout New York City. However, how many actually take place uptown in Harlem? Not that many that I am aware of. Now Harlemites do not have to look or go far to see films from all over the world. We have an opportunity to see intelligent films for one week right in our own barrio-thanks to the East Harlem International Film Festival (EHIFF)!

The East Harlem International Film Festival will feature more than 40 films from June 1-5 in Spanish Harlem. The films that have been selected for this year’s festival come from as far away as China, India, Russia, Brazil and more! In addition, EHIFF will pay tribute to the late great Tito Puente, feature educational panels on the business of casting films, film distribution, and the process of filmmaking.

Based on their program, it appears they are offering an insightful agenda as well as recognizing the community. This is the first year for the East Harlem International Film Festival. So let’s get out there and support them! Click here to purchase tickets!

“Spanish Harlem Mix” HCL

By HarlemHouse

New Podcast available now from RhythmDB.

“SpanishHarlemMix” HCL Mixed by RhythmDB. A blend of Latin music from old to new, Salsa to Reggaeton, Classics to Latin House.

iTunes (podcast download) and Podbean (podcast streaming).


IN THIS MIX YOU WILL HEAR- Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe, Marc Anthony, La Bruja, Barrio Beatz, Celia Cruz, Don Dinero, India & Cheka, Beyonce & Shakira, Naked Music, Bendi Candelario ft. Leedia, Jennifer Lopez, Ricardo Lemvo, Donna Summer(latinHouseMix), Todd Terry and more…