Yolande’s Yard: Half the Road (video)

director_kathryn_bertineBy Yolande Brener

“If we [women] hold up half the sky, where’s our half the road right now?” This is the question posed by director Kathryn Bertine in her documentary, Half the Road: The Passions, Pitfalls and Power of Women’s Professional Cycling. Continue Reading →

Yolande’s Yard: Homegoings in Harlem (video)

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Christine Turner’s documentary, “Homegoings,” examines the work of funeral director, Isaiah Owens, a man who laughs and cries with his customers, who in turn trust him to lighten their time of loss. Owens Funeral Home, based in Harlem and Branchville is the place “where beauty softens your grief. Continue Reading →

Yolande’s Yard: Farmigo in Hamilton Heights

lauren mcgrath head shotBy Yolande Brener

Farmigo is a new company providing local farm fresh food with flexibility. Unlike with CSAs, Farmigo members can change their orders every week, take a break when they want, or even just order once. Continue Reading →

Yolande’s Yard: ‘Birth of the Living Dead’

duane-jones-660By Yolande Brener

For a documentary about a zombie movie, Birth of the Living Dead is full of life. Packed with archival footage from the 60’s, interviews with writers, filmmakers and producers, and clips from Night of the Living Dead, the surprises keep coming right until the end. Continue Reading →

Yolande’s Yard: Hamilton Heights Green Youth Market

big4vegBy Yolande Brener

I have often walked past the island at 143rd Street and Amsterdam, but never have I seen it so full of life and good energy as at the official opening of Brotherhood Sister Sol’s Hamilton Heights Green Market on June 17. Continue Reading →

Yolande’s Yard: Bikram Yoga Harlem

adam3By Yolande Brener

“If it’s your first time, and you’re feeling dizzy or nauseous, congratulations, you’re doing it right,” said Erik Cummings, co-owner of Bikram Yoga Harlem, during my first class there. Continue Reading →

Yolande’s Yard: On the Up and Up with Michael Apted

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By Yolande Brener

The “7 Up” series started with one documentary intending to examine the state of England’s class system in 1964.  Continue Reading →