By JOHN LELAND Is Harlem coming or going? Evolving into its next iteration or disappearing under the onslaught of change? It depends on whom you ask. For the photographer David Vades Joseph, who grew up in the neighborhood’s Hamilton Heights section, Harlem is an idea that is vanishing daily. “Certain mom and pop stores that […]
Building Blocks By DAVID W. DUNLAP “Here — at this final hour, in this quiet place — Harlem has come to bid farewell to one of its brightest hopes — extinguished now, and gone from us forever,” the actor Ossie Davis said on Feb. 27, 1965, over the coffin of Malcolm X, a transcendent lightning […]
By Steven Cohen On September 18, 1960, four months before the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba and 56 years before Barack Obama would become the first sitting American president in almost a century to step foot on Cuban soil, Fidel Castro arrived in New York City for the 15th session of the United Nations […]
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The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X will be commemorated at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center with the live performance art exhibit The Day After MLK. The Day After MLK is a fictional story based on true events, beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X and continuing […]
By JOHN LELAND Albert Vecerka first came to Harlem in 1993 to study architecture at the City College of New York, and he quickly learned two things. The first was that he was more interested in photographing buildings than in designing them. The second was that the neighborhood around him provided a story that could […]
By Gwen Thompkins From what people remember, he fell like a tree. Malcolm X — all 6 feet, 4 inches of him — had taken a shotgun blast to the chest and a grouping of smaller-caliber bullets to the torso while onstage at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights on Feb. 21, 1965. After a […]
By Ilyasah Shabazz (@ilyasahShabazz) FIFTY years ago today my father, Malcolm X, was assassinated while speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. I think about him every day, but even more in the last year, with the renewed spirit of civil rights activism after the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., on Staten Island […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) 50 years ago today, the epic struggle for freedom, justice and equality for African-Americans lost one of it’s leading lights. El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X, was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights on February 21st, 1965.
Salvador González Escalona is one of Cuba’s top artists with global recognition. His primary interest in in African cultural heritage in Cuba and the Americas. In the crisis-ridden 1990s, without any official assistance and with no money, he created what is today the most celebrated work of public art in Havana, in the neighborhood of […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) 2015 is upon us folks. So before we cross the Rubicon. Let’s take a look at the year that was with the Top 10 posts of 2014.
By COREY KILGANNON Published: February 21, 2005 Ilyasah Shabazz, 42, the third-eldest daughter of Malcolm X, stared across the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights at the spot where her father was assassinated in front of her 40 years ago today. She looked at the area that had held a stage where his body lay riddled […]
By SAM ROBERTS Published: May 10, 1990 Past a padlocked stairway and beneath the rubble, it is said that blood still stains floorboards on the wooden stage of a decrepit building in upper Manhattan, and that bullet holes in the black plaster walls bear further witness to a murder. Outside, a poster proclaims ”Malcolm X […]
By Ilyasah Shabazz (@ilyasahShabazz) “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and have lived well.” – RALPH WALDO EMERSON My father—El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Malcolm X was an exemplary human being […]
Today, 49 years ago, the civil and human rights giant, Malcolm X, was martyred in what was then the Audubon Ballroom but has since been re-christened the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. While Malcolm, the man, was slain that fateful day, the spirit of Malcolm X lives, breathes and evolves […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) It is Black History Month people! Did you know that Washington Heights boasts a world class educational and cultural space dedicated to the late great Malcolm X and his valiant fight for civil and human rights? The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) is an […]
By SETH KUGEL Published: January 2, 2005 Nearly 40 years after the civil rights leader Malcolm X was shot and killed at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights, and a decade after the city spent millions of dollars to renovate it, the ballroom is finally poised to become a center dedicated to the leader and […]
Story and photos by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center was a constellation of Northern Manhattan’s shining stars this past Wed., Nov. 8. Four local leaders were honored by Community Works at the launch of its photographic exhibit “Latin Roots: Washington Heights/Inwood,” which celebrates individual members within […]
Uptown Tonight: Opening Reception – The Latin Roots of Washington Heights & Inwood Exhibit @ The Shabazz
The Latin Roots of Washington Heights/Inwood – Opening Reception Wednesday, November 28th 6:30 pm The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center 3940 Broadway & 165th Street * Music provided by Annette A Aguilar and StringBeans Latin Brazilian Jazz and the food by Parilla. Related: I Am A Dominican York Dominicanese 101: […]
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FOR ACTORS: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is looking for actors to take part in a new program called the Playwright’s Playground. It is designed for playwrights to hear cold readings of scenes from their works in progress and for actors to become acquainted with the work of emerging writers while they take an important […]
The good folks at WHAM have a big event planned for Tuesday, June 3rd at the beloved Shabazz Center (3940 Broadway). There will be performances by Audubon, Will Glass, The Machine and other heights and NYC based artists. All ages welcome. The event is being held to raise funds for a new arts program for […]