On Whole Foods, Gentrification and the Erasure of Black Harlem | The Root

BY Angela Helm

Bye-bye, black Harlem, glad I knew ye. Hello, Whole Foods, I do enjoy your products, but if you can gentrify greens, what chance do we really have?

I first moved to Harlem in 1998. I was a young single mother in graduate school with a 2-year-old. Harlem offered me respite, refuge and safety in blackness and an affordable apartment in a doorman building. For me, after working downtown or going to New York University and being picked apart by microaggressions, Harlem was a place where I could blend in and relax. Take off the mask and just be.

Where some people saw violence, I saw community. Where others saw pathology, I glimpsed my reflection in the shiny faces of little girls in cornrows and big teeth. I heard my tongue in snatches of passed conversation, and tasted my culture from the old men who sold collard greens and watermelons on the corner. And there was always music, sweet music, coming from its very pores.

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Maite Perroni In The Heights

Mexican telenovela star and singer Maite Perroni came Uptown recently for a fashion shoot for the September issue of People en Español. She hit up 181st and Dyckman and showed love to her adoring fans and onlookers.

Read more: Maite Perroni In The Heights

To see the rest of “Maite Perroni: In The Heights,” be sure to pick up People en Español’s September issue on newstandsnow.

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Loíza Live | Manhattan Times

Saints and salsa.

Thousands gathered to celebrate Afro-Latino culture in the city during the latest edition of the “Fiestas Tradicionales en Honor a Santiago Apóstol,” known as the Loíza Festival, named after the city in Puerto Rico that inspired the festival a half-century before.

Loíza is home to the largest community of African descendants in Puerto Rico, and the three-day cultural event brings Afro-Latino and African diaspora practices to El Barrio.

Among those who performed were Los Pleneros de la 21, Flaco Navaja and The Razor Blades, Johnny “Dandy” Rodríguez (Tito Puente’s Orchestra), Milteri Tucker and Bombazo, Mateo y Cumbalaya, 5 En Plena, Bronx Charanga, Legacy Women, Herencia de Plena, Son del Monte, and more.

Bomba y plena, salsa, handcrafts, and foods rooted in Afro-Puerto Rican fare transported festivalgoers to the city of Loíza, Puerto Rico, founded by “cimarrones” or maroons.

Read more: Loíza Live | Manhattan Times

Related: The Loiza Festival – The Recap

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08/06/17: Jaws & Beach Party @ The United Palace

Experience Jaws on a 50-foot screen and stay for a bite! Before the screening, the theatre will be transformed into a tropical Palace with fin-tastic decor and Jaw-dropping activities, but beware of the deep end! DUUUN… DUN.

4pm: Doors & Beach Party On Stage
5pm: Movie + Q&A

The Beach Party will include:
Reef-freshments by Seawalk
Beachwear Fashion Show
Free Lei from our Lei Greeters
Tahitian dancing by Ori Manea
Photo Booth
Sandpits
Tiki by Tuto

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08/05/17: The Sweet Spot Festival Presents Soul Summit: The Harlem Edition

Sweet Spot Festival presents

Soul Summit: The Harlem Edition

Saturday, August 5,2017
2PM – 9PM
West Harlem Pier
125th & West Side Highway

There will be dancing, jamming, arts and crafts for the kids as well as local food and artisan vendors.

As always, it’s FREE so bring the entire family and crew!

For more info: http://sweetspotfestival.com/

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