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The history, pulse, rhythm and energy of Africa spiral into motion in a new series by visual artist Danny Simmons. Noted for his abstract-expressionist paintings, Simmons is now merging oil paints with African and abstract print fabrics. On the surface, the works call to mind a kaleidoscope with its fusion of psychedelic imagery, juxtaposed patterns and…

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On the “A” w/Souleo… In an unfurnished New York City apartment with bare white walls, Wendell Headley paces the room with an intense energy bordering on unease. He’s indoors—at what will soon be the home of an art installation featuring some of his avant-garde fashion designs—but he longs to be outside in the park across…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo  As the legendary, Dionne Warwick celebrates her 50th anniversary in music with the release of a forthcoming album, Dionne Now, she is looking forward and hoping to reach a younger generation. “With this album it was time to bring our music into the 21st century and to…

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 Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo   While the average American lifespan is projected to increase that doesn’t mean that hip-hop is welcoming of performers over a certain age, according to legendary rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy. On the group’s new single, “I Shall Not be Moved” from the album Most Of…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo   You can’t keep a good thing away for too long which is why the hit musical, Fela! has returned to Broadway for a limited run until Aug. 4. To help celebrate the return, Harlem’s Morningside Park was transformed into a dance floor for the latest installment…

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The important art exhibition, eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp, opened in Harlem on Thursday, July 12 at 6 pm. The exhibition, opening at Strivers Gardens Gallery, is anchored by the works of visual artist Danny Simmons, co-founder of Rush Arts Gallery + Resource Center, a core program of the Rush Philanthropic Arts…

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  Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo   If you walk through Harlem you’re bound to see diverse images of female beauty. Unfortunately, the mainstream entertainment industry doesn’t always support such reflections. While promoting her tour and new book, ESSENCE Presents Ledisi Better than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power singer Ledisi shared…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo   The famed 125th Street is getting a makeove,r but to see the results you will have to look upward. The 125th Street Business Improvement District, the Harlem Arts Alliance and Harlem Community Development Corporation unveiled the new banner designs for the fourth annual “BID on Culture”…

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Danny Simmons is the eldest of the Simmons brothers’ triumvirate, the hip-hop bosses from Hollis Queens, N.Y., that includes business mogul Russell Simmons and rapper and reality star Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons. A noted artist, novelist, poet and creator of the Tony Award-winning HBO show “Def Poetry,” Danny is a public impresario who sits on…

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Russell Simmons is incontrovertibly one of the most important figures in the history of hip-hop. His impact on urban and popular culture is incalculable. The country, and the world, are still feeling the residual impact of the multifaceted empire that he built 30 years ago in New York. Moreover, a legion of rappers owe their…

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In some cases inspiration is a fluid, intangible and mysterious force. In other cases, inspiration comes ambling down the 125th St. strip in Harlem sporting extravagant silver jewelry, two sets of headphones and what appears to be sprayed on electric blue hair. The latter occurred when the eye-catching appearance of a fellow named, O.G. sparked…

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To ensure that Harlem’s arts and cultural legacy continue to thrive requires vision, business acumen and a commitment that remains unwavering in the face of economic, political and social challenges. As the executive director of the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), Michael Unthank exemplifies such qualities. HAA is an arts service organization that helps advance the…

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The Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), an arts service organization, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Riverside Theatre. The star-studded event will honor legendary artist and activist, Harry Belafonte with HAA’s first Humanitarian Award. Actress and activist, Ruby Dee will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Visual…

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