HARLEM DAY, which began, in 1974 as just that—a one-day event, is now widely known as HARLEM WEEK and the Harlem Jazz & Music Festival. This year celebrating its 35th anniversary, HARLEM DAY, which stretches east to west across West 135th Street for a 1/2 mile from Fifth Avenue to St. Nicholas Avenue provides live continuous entertainment from a variety of stages; The NYC Children’s Festival, The Upper Manhattan Auto Show; The NYC Health Fair & Expo; The HARLEM WEEK Jr. Tennis Classic Championship; special worship services at numerous churches, as well as a fashion showcase with a focus on back-to- school wear for children and teens and includes over 500 exhibitors and vendors offering just about everything imaginable.
3 Main Stages:
12 Noon – 7:00 PM
1. St. Nicholas Stage – R & B / Hip Hop/Reggae
Theme: “KISSing After Dark”
W. 135th St. (Between Frederick Douglass Blvd. & St. Nicholas Ave.)
2. YMCA Stage – Various Community Based performances of dance/fashion/poetry/music
Theme: “The Open Line”
W. 135th St. (Between Malcolm X & A. C. Powell Jr. Blvds.)
3. 5th Ave. Stage – Gospel & Jazz/Soul
Theme: “Soul Beginnings”
W. 135th St. (Between 5th Ave. & Malcolm X Blvd.)
Events take place all day. Free to the general public.
Rain Date: Sunday, August 23rd
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
N.Y. City Health Fair & Expo (Part II) 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day long Health Exam, Education, Information, Health Testing, Material Distribution, Questions, and Answers for the entire family.
Hospitals being featured for the day:
Harlem Hospital, Columbia Medical Center, St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital, and Hospital of Podiatric Medicine
2 Blocks Betweem W. 135th St. & 5th Ave. - A. C. Powell Jr. Blvds.
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Upper Manhattan Auto Show
Saluting the future of our environment.
Inviting all Hybrid and Fuel efficient Cars, SUVs, Motorcycles, Bicycles, and Tricycles to participate.
Howard Bennett Playground
W. 135th St. (Btwn. 5th Ave. & Malcolm X Blvd.)
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The N.Y. City Children’s Festival (Part II)
Special focus on the Health of our Youth.
Highlighting Oral Health, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma and Dietary Health & Exercising,
Health Testing, Information, Education and Training.
Come see Our Children’s Fashion Show
W. 135th St. (Btwn. Malcolm X & A. C. Powell Jr. Blvds.)
A Free event (Tickets required)
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Harlem Honeys & Bears
New York City Youth Swimming Demonstrations
The most perfect form of exercise available to all ages at all times and it can also be life saving.
For more info, call 646-302-3487
International Vendors, Exhibits, Foods, Art, Fun & Games
W. 135th St. (Between. Fifth and St. Nicholas Aves.)
11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
W. 135th St.
(Between Fifth and St. Nicholas Aves.)
Free to the general public
Its been a minute since I have heard Queen Latifah's lyrical flow. I have been wondering why Latifah has not returned to hip hop since she has established an incredible body of work as an actress, talk show host, spokeswoman and entrepreneur. Due august 25th, Queen Latifah returns with a new album titled, "Persona", executive produced by Cool & Dre and featuring guests such as Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim and Pharell Williams. A new single dropped featuring Mary J Blige, "People", and the link is below. Dope song and a nice return to form for the Queen. Pre-order the CD below-
DOWNLOAD: "People"- Queen Latifah Feat. Mary J Blige
VIDEO: THE ZRO HOUR: Interview with THE BEAT KANGZ and Preview of THE BEAT THANG Sampling Drum Machine
When beatboxer Chesney Snow told me about a drum machine he was working on (Chesney provided human beat box sounds for the drum machine) with Tennessee production crew THE BEAT KANGZ, I combed the net for more info as I picked their brain. I had posted a couple of articles on THE BEAT THANG- synthesizer, sampler, sequencer- and connected with their publicist for the interview above. It was suggested that we do it through Skype, which was a great idea. It was my first time using Skype and though I had a bit of technical difficulties during set up, I was able to record our great conversation about THE BEAT THANG, the desktop version THE BEAT THANG VIRTUAL and the iphone app THE PLAYA THANG! Below are demo videos of THE BEAT THANG and THE BEAT THANG VIRTUAL.
For more info: http://www.beatkangz.com/
On the heels of his free concert this past Saturday, D-NICE drops a new True Hip Hop Story on the one and only Big Daddy Kane. Big Daddy Kane discusses the making of his hit recording "Ain't No Half Steppin."
Dashah and DJ Pause has formed a group called FRESH VETZ.They've spent the entire summer recording their new album that's due out later this year. come see them live @ Sputnik in Brooklyn along with Solo For Dolo (who also just dropped an album), DJ Total Eclipse and more. It's going to be a great show, Dashah will be dropping joints from the critically acclaimed opus RB2.5 as well as some spanking new FRESH VET material. Also Hand To Hand Entertainment artist HOP and Blue Legacy will be in the building.
262 Taafe Pl., Brooklyn NY
Following the success of “Halfway House” and the much-anticipated “Padded Room,” Joe Budden and Amalgam Digital are excited to announce the release of “Escape Route”. The digital-only album will be made available exclusively on AmalgamDigital.com August 11th, 2009. “Escape Route” marks the third installment in Budden’s inspired saga sequence that has already brought fans such releases as “Halfway House” and “Padded Room,” and will culminate with the groundbreaking “The Great Escape.” scape Route aims to set a new precedent for Budden as he begins to map out his escape by enlisting guest appearances from Wale, Slaughterhouse, and Young Chris as well as production from 9th Wonder, Streetrunner, Chad West, and J. Cardim.
Following “Escape Route” Joe Budden will return to the Amalgam Digital label roster to release the final and most compelling installment of the series entitled “The Great Escape” another groundbreaking album that will signify his ultimate salvation and departure from the traditional norms of mediocrity that continue to confine the creativity of many artists today. With the momentum garnering around his supergroup Slaughterhouse’s performances on tour at the Paid Dues and Rock the Bells hip hop festivals, Budden’s latest album is sure to reinforce his commitment to his craft while also justifying his sustained success throughout the past several years.
Download album at amalgamdigital.com