Category Archives: entertainment

WATCH: Neil Patrick Harris explains to Charlie Rose why he lives in Harlem

Actor Neil Patrick Harris moved to Harlem permanently with his family into a nice million dollar brownstone. He was recently interviewed by Charlie Rose and was asked “why live in Harlem?” Watch Harris explain.

See Beyond The Lights in Harlem November 6, Free

You are invited to a special FREE screening of Beyond The Lights in Harlem on November 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Magic Johnson Theater on 125th and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Click here to download a pass for 2 while supplies last.

Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “MGK” Baker and Danny Glover

Opens in theaters November 16.

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See Think Like A Man Too in Harlem May 20 at Magic Johnson Theater

Free screening of Think Like A Man Too Tuesday, May 20, 7 pm at Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Arrive early! To download passes, click on this link.

In the highly anticipated sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

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Things to do with kids in Harlem: Spring Festival on West 120th Street May 3

The New York French American Charter School is hosting their annual Spring event open to the Harlem community this Saturday, May 3. The street festival will offer food from around the world, two bouncy houses, games, and a plant sale. Proceeds from the spring event will benefit programming at the school. See details below.

When: Saturday, May 3
Time: Noon to 5:00pm
Where: 120th Street, between Manhattan Ave. and FDB
Theme: Olympic Games

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See The Black & White Show at Aloft Hotel in Harlem, May 6 opening

The Black & White Show opens on May 6 at the Aloft Hotel in Harlem featuring mixed media, paintings, pen & ink, and photography – all in black and white only. The artists work in code and nuances, parities and disparities using textures, lines, contrast and movement to explore ideas and theories.

Exhibiting artists for The Black & White Show will be Andre Woolery, Kennedy Yanko, LeRone B. Wilson, Marcus Hunter, Michael Ricardo Andreev, Sorin Abraham, Stan Squirewell, Tomo Mori, Walter Lobyn Hamilton, & Yaron Dotan.

The show runs from May 6 to June 30 at the Aloft Hotel on Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 124th Street.

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Neil Patrick Harris says no Verizon Fios available in Harlem…at least for his home

The last time Harlem resident Neil Patrick Harris tweeted out something, he eventually got it, which was a Harlem brownstone. Now he can’t get the wifi service he wants so who does he turn to? Twitter. About a day ago NPH tweets out, Verizon Fios service does not reach his new Harlem brownstone. Apparently the service stops about a block away. That’s weird. Why would Verizon Fios stop close to 125th Street in Central Harlem?

The tweet has been retweeted more than a 100 times. I think Harlem is going to be getting expanded Verizon Fios service soon! Don’t ya think?

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Several celebrities expected to visit Harlem’s La Bodega 47 next week

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Us New Yorker’s know what happens when celebs descend upon a new Harlem hot spot or any hot NYC spot for that matter. It becomes packed and hard to get it into…right? La Bodega 47, the old Native in Harlem on Lenox Avenue and 118th 20140221-175048.jpgStreet, is about to turn that page.

HarlemGal Inc hears that producer Sidra Smith, twin sister of actress Tasha Smith, is holding a star-studded bash late next week at Harlem’s newest hotspot, La Bodega 47. Word has it that The View host and former Harlemite Sherri Shephard will attend, along with Vivica A. Fox, Tamron Hall, S. Epatha Merkerson, Chef Roblé, Lynn Whitfield, Tyson Beckford, and many more. Ooh-la-la. Of course, this event is invite only and no we are not invited. However, we may stand outside and people watch.

20140221-174925.jpgSpeaking of turning pages, Harlem’s La Bodega 47 is derived from a new chapter for Brian Washington-Palmer, the La Bodega owner known for successful ventures, like Harlem’s Native, Bleu Evolution and Monkey Room. Washington-Palmer decided to close Native and start completely fresh from top to bottom. The corner venue has been completely transformed into a bodega, decor-wise. My favorite part of the new decor is the hanging photo of what appears to be a Cuban lady smoking a cigar.

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As for the name, Washington-Palmer came up with the name La Bodega 47 because his prior Native wait staff would always run to the Bodega across the street on Lenox Ave and 118th for their break. And why add-on the number 47? That’s the number of rums La Bodega 47 offers. Forty-seven of the finest rums from the Diaspora including Guyana, Venezuela, Jamaica, Trinidad, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Brazil, West Indies, as well as local craft brands from New York.

La Bodega 47 in Harlem had its soft launch recently, but is expected to be fully operational in March. If you haven’t checked out La Bodega 47 during its soft launch, go now or go later in March. But ya can’t say we didn’t warn you if the place ends up being packed after next week!

La Bodega 47 is on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 118th Street. Phone is 212-280-4700.

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Family theater in Harlem: see The African Drum at The National Black Theater February 9

For African-American History Month, Shadowbox Theater presents The African Drum starting February 9 at The National Black Theater in Harlem. The African Drum is a shadow puppet and people show that teaches some valuable lessons about trusting intuition and not following strangers and so on. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The National Black Theater is located at 2031 Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th. For more information, click here.

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Things to do with kids in Harlem: Jazz Cats for Kids at Silvana Harlem

Save the date of February 22! That’s when Jazz Cats for Kids will take place at Silvana in Harlem at 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. A jazz quartet will be on hand to entertain kids of all ages. The event starts at noon and is hosted by Harlem4Kids and the Musician’s Aid Society.

Silvana will have their full menu available, as well as a few additional kid-friendly items for the crowd. Doors open at 11:30 am.

Purchase tickets here. All tickets ($5/person, children under 2 are free) must be purchased in advance.

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Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater turns 80

Happy birthday to the Apollo Theater in Harlem! Today, the iconic American venue turned 80 years old.

The Apollo stage has been graced by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and even President Barack Obama.

“The Apollo opened on Jan. 26, 1934, a year after the original venue at 253 W. 125th St., Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, shut down.”

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