Daniel Beaty “Transforming Pain to Power” in Harlem

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Drawn from Playwright/Actor, Director/Producer & Author Daniel Beaty’s powerful, true journey from a childhood rife with poverty, incarceration, addiction, and rage to the successful adult life he has achieved, the award winning performer, writer, and motivational speaker presents the tools that readers need to overcome any obstacle and tap into their full capabilities.  Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Harlem Street Portraits By Harvey Stein

harlem-street-portraits-harvey-stein-cover-660x507Well-known New York photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem in 164 beautiful black and white photographs of his new book Harlem Street Portraits taken over 22 years, from 1990 to 2012. Continue Reading →

Amiri Baraka Reads “The Revolutionary Theater,” 1965

42-20711943Today, playwright, critic, activist, and one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters, Amiri Baraka, passed over after weeks of failing health at the age of 79. Continue Reading →

2nd Annual Literacy Across Harlem Book Drive 2013

1498936_726945190650279_1267661299_oAll high-quality books donated between now and December 21st(*) will be presented this weekend to families residing in homeless shelters, women involved in the criminal justice system who are rebuilding positive lives for themselves and their young children, foster-care organizations serving Harlem families, adult learners striving to improve their literacy skills, and havens for victims of domestic violence. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Witness: Two Hundred Years of African-American Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, New York

51BtKTOJDEL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_The new book Witness: Two Hundred Years of African-American Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, New York, is written by Genna Rae McNeil, Houston Bryan Roberson, Quinton Hosford Dixie, and Kevin McGruder. Continue Reading →

AERIN Contributes New Books to Youth in Harlem, NY

FIRST BOOK AERIN LAUDERFirst graders from Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy I in New York City received brand-new books of their own today, thanks to the generosity of lifestyle brand AERIN and its founder, Aerin Lauder. Continue Reading →

Dan Burley’s Original Handbook of Harlem Jive (1944)

burleyimage-webHarlem in the early 1940s was a place in flux. Though the Renaissance had ended a decade or so earlier, the cultural scene was still quite vibrant, with legendary jazz musicians, dancers, and entertainers of all sorts performing regularly in its many nightclubs. Continue Reading →