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Melba’s restaurant in Harlem is expanding!

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Do you love Melba’s as much as we do?  Then you will get to love more of Melba’s soon.  The famed restaurant featuring what Melba herself describes as “america’s comfort food” is expanding next door.

The much anticipated expansion has started.  The crew has been working feverishly.  The expansion will be ready late this/early next year.

We are so excited that more people will be able to enjoy the amazing flavors and experiences that Melba has consistently delivered over these many years.   See our previous Melba’s Review.

Melba’s
300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026
Phone: (212) 864-7777
http://melbasrestaurant.com/

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LET’S TAKE IT HIGHER at CARNEGIE HALL – Kids Helping Kids for Clean Water in Haiti

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Chad Harper (Hip Hop Saves Lives) and Negus World bring you  ”Let’s Take It Higher” at Carnegie Hall November 3rd, 2013 at 8:30 pm.  A Kids Helping Kids Benefit Concert for Clean Water in Haiti.  Please repost and retweet or buy tickets  for a very good cause to help sell out their concert at CARNEGIE HALL!

This night celebrates hip hop’s African roots and honors the father of hip hop, DJ Kool Herc.  He is credited with developing the breakbeat, a percussion solo that originated in indigenous African culture as a way to communicate, worship, and perform ceremonies.  Students of the youth program Kids Helping Kids: a Hip Hop Experience open the show. Other performers include Nice and Smooth, a group that embodies hip hop’s culture, a special performance honoring health and birthing rights activist Ruth Lubic, and world roots artists Zing Experience and Brown Rice Family, representing the music that inspired hip hop.

HarlemCondoLife also just received word from Hip Hop Saves Lives that The Associated Press http://www.ap.org/, (arguably the best journalism in the world that was founded in 1846, AKA the Marines of journalism “the first in, the last out”) has just agreed to do a piece on RAKIM AT CARNEGIE HALL!!!!!!!!!!!! Big and exciting news as everyone involved have been working so hard towards this event.

Hip Hop has never looked so good!  Tickets available at  www.carnegiehall.org. See you there!

For further information on Kids Helping Kids click on LINK.

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The HarlemGarage Introduction and Mixer on Thursday, October 10th

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We are excited to help spread the word about a unique mixer for the Harlem community on Thursday, October 10th, at a new space the HarlemGarage.  This event will provide “an evening of networking and social media which affords a prestigious and diverse group of bloggers, marketers, and Harlem locals, the opportunity to enjoy an evening among their peers, in the newly opened HarlemGarage space.”

The evening will include mini presentations from local organizers and meetup groups and provide a perfect opportunity to visit with people you would like to meet in the community.

We at HaremCondoLife are looking forward to visiting with friends and bloggers that we already know as well as meeting new ones we have never met.  It’s a large space so tell a friend.  It’s $10:00 to attend.  Please click on the link harlemgarage.eventbrite.com for further information                                                                                     and to learn more about HarlemGarage.  See you there!

Introducing HarlemGarage
Mike Street
Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
(Located at 318 w 118th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd)

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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