Celebration of Black Culture

WHAT IT TAKES: Ernest Gaines

Ernest Gaines grew up in the 1930's and 40's on the same Louisiana plantation where his ancestors were once slaves.
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WHAT IT TAKES: Coretta Scott King

As Mrs. King says, she wasn’t just married to Martin Luther King Jr., she was married to the cause.
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WHAT IT TAKES: James Earl Jones

When James Earl Jones speaks, his voice reverberates so deeply that you can almost feel it in your own chest.
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WHAT IT TAKES: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu was the moral force that helped bring down Apartheid in South Africa.
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WHAT IT TAKES: Rosa Parks and Judge Frank Johnson

In the fall of 1955, Rosa Parks refused to stand for a white passenger on the bus, Martin Luther King Jr. was chosen to lead the boycott that followed, and a lawyer named Frank Johnson was appointed to be the ...
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WHAT IT TAKES: Colin Powell

Colin Powell has worn many hats, among them: Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisor.
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WHAT IT TAKES: Andrew Young

Andrew Young has worn many hats: pastor, congressman, ambassador & mayor, but his first role in public service was as Martin Luther King Jr’s strategist and negotiator.
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Santa Claus is coming to Harlem

Santa Claus is coming to Harlem at Harlem Park to Park’s Holiday Vendor Fair. He, along with his trusty elves, will be giving hugs and taking names at Santa’s Village this Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ...
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Talking SCHOP! Halloween tricks

I do love Halloween—seeing kids both young and old getting into the spirit. I do my best to buy candy I don’t like to distribute for trick-or-treating. The problem is there isn’t much candy I don’t like.
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Talking SCHOP! Oh, oh it’s ladies night

…and the feeling was certainly right! Monday night, I along with chef Tiffany Minter and chef Aaliyah Baylor were the first all-female chefs for the Black Chef Series held at Blujeen in Harlem.
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Resort ’18: Transitional looks for day or night

“When it comes to clothes, less is more,” stated Australian designer Anna Quan.
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Caring for your hair

At a recent Afro/Latin festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., we met up with vendor Keisha Charmaine Felix, author of “More Than a Hair Journey: The Black Woman’s Guide to Self-Love & Loc Maintenance.”
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Moshood celebrates Afrikan spirit and fashion

With his effervescent “Wear Moshood, Wear Yourself” essence, Lagos-to-Brooklyn fashion icon Moshood hosted his annual MOSHOOD/Afrikan spirit fashion show outside his flagship landmark store on Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
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The legacy of Lena Horne

Lena! Just Lena--and the Horne automatically followed. There was only one Lena Horne and her angelic voice and stunning beauty are now part of the ages.
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Library renamed the Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library

“I lived on 114th Street and Manhattan Avenue,” Harry Belafonte said toward the end of his 20-minute speech at the 115th Street Library.
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