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Pharrell Williams is helping to shape the futures of 114 Harlem high school graduates. The “Happy” hitmaker has promised “A-list internships” to every 2019 graduate of Promise Academy’s two high schools, providing they go to college and finish their first year. Speaking in a keynote speech delivered last week, Williams said: “The world is watching…

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson is one of the best-known chefs in the world. He was guest chef at the first state dinner of the Barack Obama presidency, and his Harlem hotspot, Red Rooster, which opened in late 2010, has hosted former presidents (both Obama and Bill Clinton have dined there) and our favorite billionaire (Oprah Winfrey). Rolling…

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HarlemEatUp! began as a one-day festival in May 2015 and has evolved into a week-long charity vehicle that concludes this weekend with “The Ultimate Grand Tasting at The Harlem Stroll” at Morningside Park. Rolling out spoke exclusively with chef Marcus Samuelsson about the evolution and spirit of the Harlem-grown festival, his relationship with Harlem, and…

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This piece isn’t for those who will spend Mother’s Day with their Moms. Each and every year we get to celebrate our Moms is a gift and a blessing from the Lord above. But for those, like me, who lost our Moms, Mother’s Day will be a struggle. This is for you. I lost my…

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During times of oppression in the Black community, there have arisen both men and women who can best be described as an “anti-heroes.” Among the most notorious, was legendary Black gangster Ellsworth Raymond Johnson, known on the streets of Harlem as Bumpy Johnson, the “Godfather of Harlem.” Now, Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will play Johnson in…

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Gucci, perhaps one of the most recognizable names in high fashion, is in desperate damage control mode after a disastrous fail during Black History Month. At issue is a pullover sweater that features a cut out for the mouth with big red lips, making the wearer appear in blackface. However, when the images hit social…

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Luke Cage, Season 2, continues to present a talented team of writers, composers, and actors that raise the bar. The second season has Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter, clashing not only with a new villain but also with another aspect of the Black cultural experience, the Jamaican in America. First, for some, there is an…

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Three New York Knicks players donate turkeys in Harlem (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson for Steed Media Service)

Michael Beasley, Doug McDermott and Jarrett Jack of the New York Knicks, along with The Garden of Dreams Foundation and Papa John’s were on hand to spread holiday cheer in Harlem on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The three players were at Children’s Aid Society-Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem to host a pizza party and to donate…

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at Harlem event (Photo by Derrel Johnson of Steed Media Service)

Harlem-based politicians, restaurateurs, publishers and socialites flocked to the home of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray for a reception titled “Harlem: Home of Immigrants: Honoring New York’s International Diversity” at Gracie Mansion last week. A beautiful summer day and an indoor-outdoor venue along with a Cuban band…

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Roho, Swahili for spirits, is where believers have an opportunity to watch sermons on purpose, faith, relationship, fear, health, prayer and more. The brainchild of Rev. Nicholas Richards, a minister, social justice advocate, international leader and social entrepreneur, Roho was “built from scratch.” “I watched a sermon on YouTube at the end of 2014 and…

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