HARLEM WEEK 2016 is about to begin a month long schedule filled with a series of events for all age groups uptown. To start things off, the HarlemMusicFest Gospel Caravan Celebrates “A Great Day in Harlem” this Sunday (7/31) from 3:00pm-4:30pm with performances by Grammy Award winning gospel performer, Donnie McClurkin featuring McDonalds Gospel SuperChoir, Harlem Heritage United Choir (Korea) and Bishop
Harlem Students Face Off in Teen Battle Chef Competition
Twelve Harlem students who have mastered an eight-week culinary program will put their cooking skills to the test when they face off in Teen Battle Chef Live.
Teen Battle Chef Live is the culmination of an intensive program aimed at preventing obesity and diabetes. Students from Democracy Prep, a Harlem charter school, and The Harlem Dream Center, an afterschool program, will show off the techniques they learned that are needed to prepare delicious and nutritious food through healthy cooking. Two teams of students will complete a designated recipe that reflects the healthy, multi-ethnic meals and sophisticated culinary techniques they learned during the program.
New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver opening remarks, with Chef Alexander Smalls, Food Network personality Ellie Krieger and Izabela Wojcik, Director of House Programming of the James Beard Foundation serving as judges.
The event is sponsored by EmblemHealth and the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. The event is open to the public and free to attend.
WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 2014
6 p.m. | Reception
7 – 8 p.m. | Competition
Langston Hughes Auditorium
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY
(NW corner of West 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard)
About The Metro-Manhattan Chapter, of the Links, Inc.
The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated established in the Harlem community in 1988, is a proud addition to a National organization established in 1946. The Chapter’s express mission is to serve the Greater Harlem community. The chapter’s hard work has established a reputation at the local and national level for effective programming through its signature Young Achiever’s program and other equally impactful initiatives that have impacted Harlem institutions such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem Hospital, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Thurgood Marshall Academy, and countless men, women and children in Harlem and around the world.
I recently had an opportunity to listen to and then meet Monique W. Morris and Khalil Gibran Muhammad discussing Monique’s new book: Black Stats.
This book is a vast compendium of revealing facts about blacks in the 20th Century. It is the first ever work of it’s kind.
When asked what was the most surprising fact she came across, Ms. Morris mentioned a timely stat regarding views on gay marriage. She also shared a stat regarding incarceration rates that people might find surprising. Mr. Muhammad provided a fascinating perspective on how facts can be used to illuminate or perpetuate bias.
Monique W. Morris is co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute. She is a Soros Justice Fellow and formerly served as Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy, and Research for the NAACP. A faculty member at St. Mary’s College of California, she is the author of the novel Too Beautiful for Words.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library and the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.
This and other books, music, etc can be found on HarlemCondoLife’s recently upgrade store, located here.