Freddie Hendrix At Smoke In Harlem

Freddie HendrixFreddie Hendrix—combining elements of Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, and Clifford Brown—has emerged as one of the music’s most exciting young trumpet players. Continue Reading →

One Tower to Preserve Views of St. John The Divine

St John the Divine Residential Tower-thumbSt. John the Divine’s plan to raise $2 million per year by allowing a developer to build two towers along its northern edge has riled up neighbors and preservationists who say that blocking part of the century-old Harlem church’s neo-Gothic facade, punctuated with stained glass and buttresses, is practically a sin. Enter Times archicritic Michael Kimmelman, who proposes a compromise. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Help Make Madam C.J. Walker’s Home A National Treasure

Villa-Lewaro_zpscb031975In the early 1900’s, entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker commissioned Vertner Tandy, the first licensed black architect in New York, to design a home for her.   Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Buika, Free At Summerstage In Central Park (video)

Buika-SmallNPR wrote that Concha Buika’s voice doesn’t come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. There are obvious traces of flamenco, itself a historical mash-up of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and north Africa. Continue Reading →

From Harlem To Hollis: NYPD Recruits Muslim Informants Secretly

A NYPD Ford Explorer Special Service Vehicle.

The NYPD recruits Muslim informants to spy in mosques, cafes, and other social locations from Harlem to Hollis, according to a New York Times report. A task unit known as the Citywide Debriefing Team was created after Sept. 11th and targeted arrestees to cut deals in exchange for snitching. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: “God Loves Uganda,” A Film By Roger Ross Williams (video)

god loves uganda by Roger Ross WilliamsWith God Loves Uganda, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Continue Reading →

Sen. Espaillat Rips Sell By GHCC

letter28u-2-webGreater Harlem Housing Development Corporation owns this slice on West 135th Street in central Harlem. Continue Reading →

Francesca Harper Premieres “Look of Feeling” (video)

francesca harper in harlem“Francesca Harper…has all the right moves…a charismatic singer and performer…” – New York Times

The Look of Feeling, a theatrical production of a one-woman show starring acclaimed artist Francesca Harper, premieres in a very special intimate limited engagement during May 2014 in New York City’s theatre district. Continue Reading →

De Blasio No Apologies On Charter Schools

Bill-de-Blasio.jpg&q=80&MaxW=640&imageversion=widescreen&maxh=360Mayor Bill de Blasio continued his apology tour on charter schools Monday, admitting during a radio interview that he failed to fully explain his decision to reject three of Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy schools from co-locating in public school buildings. Continue Reading →