Walking through the Harlem apartment where he grew up, recalling the grueling work his mother endured and what he saw local people go through, Harry Belafonte, in the stirring, wonderful documentary “Sing Your Song,” says his mother told him there should never be a day without a chance to address injustice.
Harry Belafonte in ‘Sing Your Song’
Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:23:00 GMT
A GROUP OF Harlem women are building an empire one baby bump at a time — running the city’s only modeling agency for pregnant ladies along with a new mom magazine. Expecting Models is in its 11th year and has just launched “Stork” online this month.
Maternal Mannequins Inc.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 03:05:20 GMT
January 12, 2012 8:24am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
HARLEM — When Aaron Baird spoke in July with a real estate friend about an empty space on Lenox Avenue, he had no idea he’d soon realize a longtime goal — to open a spot where people could sip coffee and relax.
Baird told college roommate Jeff Green about the location at 60 West 129th St., and, after some brainstorming sessions and a brief renovation, Lenox Coffee was born.
“It just happened,” said Baird, 31, a musician who now lives in Brooklyn. “When I lived in Harlem, I never found a cool place just to hang out. I wanted a place where people could bring their laptop and just hang out all day.”
With the addition of specialty coffee from the 49th Parallel in Vancouver, British Columbia, and an interior design that Baird calls “shipwreck chic,” the pair think they have a recipe for success.
Green, 29, said they are excited about the cafe’s potential — in spite of the odds that saw two area coffee shops close in the last couple years. La Perle Noir Cafe on Lenox Avenue and 131st Street shut down in May 2011 and was replaced by an Island Salad. Tasty News, which was located across the street, closed in 2010.
Lenox Coffee is three blocks from Marcus Samuelsson‘s Red Rooster Harlem and across the street from The Lenox condos. Red Rooster has attracted new diners to the area and The Lenox supplies a regular stream of customers to surrounding businesses. Both Green and Baird think that Lenox Avenue has the potential to compete with the restaurants and bars that have sprung up on lower Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
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African-American – News January 13, 2012
Landlord defends ‘white only’ pool sign (ClickOnDetroit)
Wilmington’s decision on where to house new African-American Heritage Center sparks debate (Delaware Online)
Local Congregation Recalls Martin Luther King’s Visit (Patch)
Aretha Franklin to headline Essence Fest (The Jackson Sun)
Former Memphis judge Bailey to speak at Vanderbilt (WAFF-TV Huntsville)
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* Council Speaker Christine Quinn is finalizing a compromise measure on the controversial living wage bill that would include a higher minimum wage for building service workers but not retails workers, Crains reports. Http://bit.ly/xWoT3M
* In pursuit its efforts to build casinos in New York, Genting hired a small army of lobbyists, making up for the Malaysian companys lack of familiarity in the U.S., the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/w7BMGl
* Despite Cuomos claims that the state ultimately controls the process, records show that New York City actually has a surprising amount of the power over whether a new casino and convention center are built in Queens, the Wall Street Journal says: http://on.wsj.com/AaiPvs
* Two officials from Comptroller John Lius labor law division were forced out over a battle to set a prevailing wage for union furniture movers, the Post says: http://nyp.st/zVY6Ja
* The EPA says the states rules for regulating hydrofracking are inadequate, and questions whether the state Department of Environmental Conservation has the capacity to oversee the drilling process, the Times Union reports: http://bit.ly/zM92sZ
* Julie Menin, the influential chair of Community Board 1, has raised a staggering $450,000 for her Manhattan borough president campaign since mid-November, the Times says: http://nyti.ms/wTFPHV