Harlem’s Abdul-Jabbar Spreads Wide Wings

English: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attending the AAR...

English: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attending the AARP’s 2011 Life@50+ National Event and Expo in September 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harlem resident Kareem Abdul-Jabbar proved to be an ultimate winner during his Hall of Fame career but for the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, missing out on a chance to be a head coach may have been a blessing. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Tom Bullock’s ‘The Ideal Bartender’ Offers Words of Advice

tom bullockIn 1913, former President Theodore Roosevelt, countering a report that he was frequently drunk, testified in a libel suit that one of the few drinks he had had since leaving the White House was a mint julep at the St. Louis Country Club. And, he said, he took only a sip or two. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: “Michelle Obama: A Life,” By Peter Slevin

7b80b061-e3a8-45b6-9175-4936338308abBorn January 17, 1964-less than six months after Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington-Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was raised on the South Side of Chicago, where her father (who would later succumb to MS) was a city water-plant worker and her mother, a secretary for Spiegel catalog. Continue Reading →

Richard Price On Phishing In Harlem, And Crack To Cops (video)

richard priceIn January, just as the unofficial New York Police Department slowdown was ending, I met the author Richard Price in the living room of his Harlem brownstone. Continue Reading →

The New Art of Capturing Love (Book)

By Morgan A. Grain

All rules beyond the basic fundamentals of photography are thrown out in the groundbreaking book The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography, by Kathryn Hamm & Thea Dodds by Ten Speed Press Continue Reading →

Read, Donate And See Malcolm X On Literacy Across Harlem Day

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“Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened. Let me tell you something: from then until I left that prison, in every free moment I had, if I was not reading in the library, I was reading in my bunk. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (book)

download (1)Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo is known for her electrifying voice and fearless advocacy work. In this intimate memoir, she reveals how she escaped Communist Africa to make her dreams a reality, and how she’s prompting others all around the world to reach for theirs as well. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott

downloadThe Dred Scott case is the most notorious example of slaves suing for freedom. Most examinations of the case focus on its notorious verdict, and the repercussions that the decision set off-especially the worsening of the sectional crisis that would eventually lead to the Civil War-were extreme. Continue Reading →