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Is Harlem Nun the “Real” Sister Act????

Almost 20 years after the hit movie “Sister Act” debuted, a former Roman Catholic nun and honorary “Queen Mother” of Harlem is suing Walt Disney Co. and Sony Films claiming her life was the inspiration.

Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, was a “young, Black, singing nun serving the street people and youths of Harlem,” when she published an autobiography, “The Harlem Street Nun” in 1987.  Later that year, she sent a 3 page synopsis of her story to Tri Star Pictures.

According to the claims, producer Scott Rudin took a Sister Act project from Tri-Star to Disney and went on to executive produce a film that made more than $230 million at the box office, as well as producing a sequel and a Tony-nominated Broadway musical.  The lead character, as played by Whoopi Goldberg in the film, is named, interestingly enough, DELORES van Cartier. The studios declined to comment.

Queen Mother Blakely was profiled in the NY Times in 2003. Why she waited 20 years to bring this suit to court is a mystery.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/20/nyregion/harlem-s-queen-mother-acclaim-honorary-mayor-traded-convent-for-life-street.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

West Village’s Iconic Pink Teacup Opening In Harlem

The original Pink Tea Cup.

By HarlemGuy

One of my favorite spots in the West Village was the Pink Teacup, a purveyor of Soul Food and resident of Grove Street for 55 years and once frequented by celebrities Bill Cosby, Susan Sarandon and Whoopi Goldberg.

That’s why I was sad to see on a recent walk through the village that the restaurant had closed.  The space had been scrubbed clean.  There was nothing to indicate the place had ever been the Pink Teacup.  And no mention of what had happened.  What might happen.  Nothing.  It was a sad moment.  I later found that the restaurant had moved to 88 Seventh Avenue.  But that still left me with one wish: that they would adopt Harlem as a future home.   It looks like that wish has been granted.

The Pink Teacup, formerly owned and co-founded by Charles Raye and now owned by Filmaker Lawrence Page, plans on opening a second location, IN HARLEM!   DNA Info and GrubStreet report the location is likely to be Lenox Avenue and West 120th Street.  Says Page:

“With a larger location, new venue features, an enticing menu including original and new dishes, and staying open until 5am for those after hours foodies the way it was back in the day, I look more than forward to serving the New York community and continuing the delicious legacy of the Pink Tea Cup,” Page said.

New dishes will include herb-crusted rack of lamb with lobster mashed potatoes, crispy fried duck drizzled with pecan sauce served, grilled pork chops stuffed with an apple, blackened barbeque salmon with sautéed spinach and seasoned seared shrimp.

West Village's Iconic Pink Teacup Opening In Harlem

The original Pink Tea Cup.

By HarlemGuy

One of my favorite spots in the West Village was the Pink Teacup, a purveyor of Soul Food and resident of Grove Street for 55 years and once frequented by celebrities Bill Cosby, Susan Sarandon and Whoopi Goldberg.

That’s why I was sad to see on a recent walk through the village that the restaurant had closed.  The space had been scrubbed clean.  There was nothing to indicate the place had ever been the Pink Teacup.  And no mention of what had happened.  What might happen.  Nothing.  It was a sad moment.  I later found that the restaurant had moved to 88 Seventh Avenue.  But that still left me with one wish: that they would adopt Harlem as a future home.   It looks like that wish has been granted.

The Pink Teacup, formerly owned and co-founded by Charles Raye and now owned by Filmaker Lawrence Page, plans on opening a second location, IN HARLEM!   DNA Info and GrubStreet report the location is likely to be Lenox Avenue and West 120th Street.  Says Page:

“With a larger location, new venue features, an enticing menu including original and new dishes, and staying open until 5am for those after hours foodies the way it was back in the day, I look more than forward to serving the New York community and continuing the delicious legacy of the Pink Tea Cup,” Page said.

New dishes will include herb-crusted rack of lamb with lobster mashed potatoes, crispy fried duck drizzled with pecan sauce served, grilled pork chops stuffed with an apple, blackened barbeque salmon with sautéed spinach and seasoned seared shrimp.