Hey everyone! It's thursday....
Thursday, June 29, 2006
I came to the office before 3 o clock for the first time, I was here around 11 something in the morning!

I came in to talk to some of the people that will be coming to harlem live for the summer through summer youth. It went well, I think that they will do well in the program. Kamal came in and completely took over saying the same things I already said, but hey at least the people will definitely know what they are getting into.

I have also recently written a story on Charlayne Hunter Gault's new book and her visit to the Hue-man bookstore in Harlem, so that story should be up on the site soon (TYRELL!!!)

Hopefully this summer will be really productive. Oh and everyone catch me in the August issue of Seventeen magazine which is in stores right now!
On page 159 you will see mention of my interview with Fefe Dobson who I interviewed for HarlemLIVE! so visit the site www.harlemlive.org to read the story that I wrote from the interview.

Im on pages 50, 51 and 159
Here's a preview:

posted by NESHA @ 6/29/2006 01:34:00 PM

My First Day Back to HarlemLIVE
Hi my name is Matyia. I came to HarlemLIVE a while ago and I left for a lil bit but Im back and I think I will stay for a while. Its actually fun. I came for an interview for one of my many friends who already attend HarlemLIVE as apart of the video team and decided to rejoin. Ive done a couple of things and its very interesting. I like it so far. So... It can only get better as time progress. Lata.

posted by Matyia @ 6/29/2006 01:19:00 PM

Newbies run this shiznit. . . . .
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Yea, what's good....my name is Seshat. I'm new to HL but I'm learning fast; lol, here, you kinda have to. This was my first time working with Apple Computers and the iMac so i had to relearn everything but it's all good. Well, i'm here because i like to write, and i like to write about stuff that matters . . . . make a difference, help the community, and all that other stuff you learn on Sesame Street, yea.... I'm glad to be here, look forward to the rest of the summer and if you want to know anything else just ask.

posted by Seshat @ 6/27/2006 02:10:00 PM

The Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop
Thursday, June 22, 2006

While I attended the FSWW at Columbia University, I ran into a lot of interesting people that either studied at Columbia University a while ago,attended the Ceremony to give respect to friends that were going to be honored or were the individuals who were one of the honorees. One interesting person I met was Lou Myers. Known for his role in the "Different World" as Vernon Gaines and many other movies and TV shows,he attended the Ceremony as a part of "The Color Purple" and wanted to give respect to his friend LaChanze,the star of the play who playes "Cellie", who was honored for her role in "The Color Purple". He went further into the broadway show.He plays the role of Ol' Mister who owned a piece a land in 1806 that he trying his hardest to hold on to because of people such as the KKK are trying to take it away.I asked him questions about not the only the show,but the book and the movie. He described them all as having different impacts and "Respects Oprah" for putting the show together.He was also interested in HarlemLIVE and the work put into helping teens of New York. He made sure to tell me that one day he'll visit and do whatever he can do to help us out.

posted by Shelise @ 6/22/2006 02:59:00 PM

Alummi of the Day: Katerina Vorotova
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Katerina or "Kat" joined HarlemLIVE when she was just a sophomore at Beacon High School. She started out as a reporter at HL and in a few years became Associate Editor-in-Chief. While at HL, she took video classes. Her video skills were tested as she volunteered to help me set up the equipment for her interview. Though it has been a long time since Kat has had a video class at HL, she passed my test. Poetry Slams, Pizza Night and Man on the Street were some of her most memorable moments from HL, but "everyday was pretty eventful" to Kat. A student at Columbia University, she has worked for the New York Times after being selected as a New York Times Scholar. I asked her for some advice for me and my fellow newbies, "Make the most of your time here", she said. I think that was one of the best pieces of advice I had since joining HL.

posted by Shelise @ 6/17/2006 12:17:00 AM

Alummi of the Day: Elliot Price
Thursday, June 15, 2006

At age 15, Elliot Price was introduced to HarlemLIVE through "Playing To Win", a after school program he attended for the use of the computers where he met Rich. He was curious, so he joined. Though he attends Georgia State and majors Business, HarlemLIVE still had a great impact on him. He described Journalism as "Being able to express yourself" and subjects such as computers, PR, web design and photography helped him throughout things like school.
One major memory he has, is when he was apart of a competition in where to win, you had to distribute flyers and the person who issues the most wins. The two other contestants gave out a minimum of twenty flyers in less then twenty minutes. Elliot on the other hand was only able to give out three flyers in a half hour. Though Rich pushed that day in Elliot's face for almost two years, the ability to be on a Nickelodeon show was something that Rich couldn't tease Elliot about.

"Whatever you get out of you gotta put in"
-Elliot Price

posted by Shelise @ 6/15/2006 10:22:00 PM

HL's Summer Youth Media Challenge
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
We're off to a good start, ahead of where we were last year. And now, we have Kamal to work basically full time to run the office and learn all the systems and procedures. We've been do'n well with the alums of the day and many have been posted on this blog.

We have a lot coming up this week: stories, meetings, classes, presentations. Keep checking the calendar for daily changes.

We just spoke to the folks at ABC TV. We're going to go check the space for the award ceremony in August. We receive our award from Union Square next week, which will allow for us to pay rent, pay kamal, buy new equipment and have money for bills for the next few months. Phew!!!

posted by Rich @ 6/13/2006 01:39:00 PM

HarlemLIVE - Monday June 12th
Monday, June 12, 2006
School is finally almost finished! So I will be at Harlem Live a lot more now. It's too bad I won't be getting paid though because I missed the Summer Youh deadline. They ask for way too many papers...

I taught a journalism class last week. It was interesting. Most of the things in journalism that I do, it's like second nature or something. But in order to teach other people you have to remember that they don't know ANYTHING AT ALL. You have to tell them even the litte things that you may not even think about or take for granted. But it felt good to spread information about the field of journalism and inspire other young people to become involved in that field.
This summer I'll be attending a workshop at NYU, and will do a story to document that experience in addition to writing the story for the NYU paper and whatever else they will be having me do. I will also be living on the NYU expense free for ten days. Well, I am about to go rehearse for this HL fashion show, going down JUNE 30th!! HOV is in the building!

Also....make sure you get that August 2006 issue of SEVENTEEN magazine.........I'm in it.

Add me on myspace: www.myspace.com/prettygirlsruletheworld
If I never met you be sure to just drop me a message to let me know that you know me from HL because I tend to deny people I don't really know.

Till next time.....
Stay focused..........
See You At the Top

posted by NESHA @ 6/12/2006 05:30:00 PM

My First Day
Friday, June 09, 2006
So far, HarlemLIVE is everything I'd expect it to be. It's a fun enviornment and I'm learning new and interesting things. The alumni's are nothing but nice and helpful and they all made me feel welcomed amd I am aware at the fact that they want to help me. I've already took Public Speaking, Journalism, Video and Photography and I'm going to soon take classes in Tech and Web Design. I can't wait for the summer so I can test the skills i've been learning. One experience I had so far was video taping a pedestrian while he was asked questions about the cost of new brownstones located here in Harlem. It was a great experience because I was able to use a video camera. Also my Public Speaking skills was tested when I and other HarlemLIVE peers had to pretend we were at a Networking Party. I know that HarlemLIVE has a lot to offer me and I have a lot to offer them.

posted by Shelise @ 6/09/2006 09:27:00 PM

Alumni of the day: Kelvin Christie

Today I interviewed an inspiring alumni named Kelvin Christie here at HL. While interviewing I realized he had a common past with some of the people that I know. I learned about his past of being in a gang as a teenager and his transition into HL and how it helped turn him around.

I wondered why he wanted to join a gang and he simply responded with, "When I was younger I was a thrill seeker." Along with that comment I asked what drew him to HL and why did he want to join. He said, "I was a poet and it was the only thing I had going for me at the time." I felt a personal connection to that comment so I asked how did he find out about HL. "I was in a shelter and my friend Seul was part of HL and he brought me here." While talking about his past I wanted to focus on his present and his future. Kelvin turned his life around and finished recieving his degree in Liberal Arts and Science.

Kelvin is now applying to go to medical school, majoring in medicine and psychology. Overall he had a very inspiring story and without knowing him too well I can honestly say im proud of him.

posted by TiaNa a.K.a. pOcAhOntAS @ 6/09/2006 06:27:00 PM

My First Days HarlemLIVE
My first days at HL has been great. I met alot of new and fun people. I also learned a little more about becoming a journalist. Im having alot of fun so far in reaching my goals of being a journalist and what im tryin to achieve at HL. Alot of the people I met are cool and fun to be around. It is hard work here but it also prepares you for the real world when you have a a job or something that needs to be done. HL has been a fun place to be at and it has given me something to do afterschool and through the summer, so i won't be laying around my house doing nothing. HL has so far been a fun experience and a fun program to be in!

posted by TiaNa a.K.a. pOcAhOntAS @ 6/09/2006 04:51:00 PM

Al-amir Jordan Alum of the Day!!!!
Tuesday, June 06, 2006

By Jonathan Alarcon

Al-Amir Jordan is an educated intellect who feels that his life's quest is to educate those whom seek education. I had the opportunity to ask Al-Amir a series of questions which are relevant to HarlemLive.

My questions:..
What is the most memorable moment you experience in HarlemLive?
At the end of all our classes at MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network), when we accomplished a video to promote HL to the world, seeing the smiles in my fellow co-workers accomplish something was remarkable and made me happy.

Your reason for joining HarlemLive was…?
I joined HL because of friends and I had a curiosity to find out about HarlemLive and what my friends were doing and why not me?

Did HarlemLive help you achieve your goals?

No, not to achieve my goals but to help me get BETTER goals. To be a better computer educator. I started to teach here which will develop my dream of following a teaching career.

What has HarlemLive taught you to do?
I learned everything from Web design to Video producing. Most of my skills used today got better because of HL. Having enhanced skills on networking, public speaking, and video made me feel that my dreams can be achieved.

What are you doing now?
I attend New York City College of Technology to better myself and to obtain a communications degree.

Al-Amir Jordan loves long walks on the beach and loves watching the sunset while eating a candle light dinner. He is funny, well educated and will live in our

posted by HarlemLIVE @ 6/06/2006 06:36:00 PM

I hate Mondays but this one wasn't too bad
Monday, June 05, 2006
Like I said I hate Mondays but today wasn;t that bad. I made it to school on time today and went to all my classes and did all my homework. I got out a little early and made it up to HL and got some stuff done. I posted important dates for the Fashion Show on the calendar and wrote a story for HL (I can't even remember the last story I wrote for HL but I'm sure Kevin can). I taught a class with Rhonesha (Journalism Part 2). It was good, the kids were kind of quiet (maybe I was talking too much; well no because I asked if anyone had questions). I hope that they took it all in, but the best thing about journalism is that most of it you just learn by experience. I am really excited about all the newbies coming in. They are all young and seem really eager to learn and work which is great! I am sad I won't be around in July to see them in the competition. But I think this summer is going to be great. While up in Ithaca I hope to help out as much as I can and I will be there for the awards ceremony. Summer '06!!!

posted by Tracey @ 6/05/2006 11:00:00 PM

Alumini of the day: Malik Wilson
Saturday, June 03, 2006
One of the first alumni to join HL, Malik Wilson was referred to HL by Osakwe Beale. "I've been apart of HL for 3 years, since 1997". Since then, he had many experiences from HL. "One of the most memeroable that I have is the trip to Washington D.C. and also performing for the awards". When asked what was his most embarassing experience, Malik replied jokingly "When Rich ripped up my bag".

Through HL, Malik has been to many places. " I even got to spend the whole school year in Africa.". In his closng remarks, I asked why did he join Harlemlive and what did it teach him. "I joined Harlemlive because I felt it was a good program to join and in the end, HarlemLIVE taught me that nothing is impossible".

-Tyrell Carlton

posted by HarlemLIVE @ 6/03/2006 06:22:00 PM

Alumni of the Day: Ashleigh Covington
Friday, June 02, 2006

This month is filled with appearances by HarlemLIVE alums. Today Alumni Ashleigh Covington stopped by the office after a long absence. She hasn't been by the office so long that she got lost when she was coming up here.

"I took the 2 train and started walking the opposite direction, and then I'm like this doesn’t look familiar," Ashleigh said.

Ashleigh first came to HarlemLIVE in 2003 after her friend Giselly, who is another alumni of the organization, told her about the program. This Brooklyn resident would come into the office everyday after school and even on Saturdays.
During her time at HarlemLIVE she mainly focused on photography and web design. But one of her proudest achievements at HarlemLIVE was speaking at the Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

“It was my first public speaking event for HarlemLIVE. I had a stuttering problem then but I actually did pretty good, “ she said.

Ashleigh’s most memorable experience at HarlemLIVE was going on a full-paid trip to Vermont to teach kids from the former U.S.S.R. about technology. She got to stay with complete strangers during her stay but was surprisingly surprised about how much fun she had there.

“My host were sown-to-earth people, really nice,” Ashleigh said.

When asked, what was her most embarrassing moment at HarlemLIVE she replied that it was the day she played hooky from school and came up to the office.

“I didn’t go to school one day and I came [into HarlemLIVE] in the morning. I had opened the door because I have keys and the alarm went off and I didn’t know the code. I called Rich but he wasn’t answering his phone. I thought I was going to jail. Luckily his alarm wasn’t that good because no one showed,” said Ashleigh.

Now that this 20 year old is out of high school and planning to start college in the fall at John Jay College she had this last thing to say about her time at HarlemLIVE.

“I learned you can work and have fun at the same time.”

posted by Tracey @ 6/02/2006 06:23:00 PM

what yall know
Thursday, June 01, 2006

I'm gonna teach yall a few things.

posted by s. van bryan @ 6/01/2006 08:40:00 PM

Alumni of the Day: Rocky Kabir

Rocky Kabir

1. What's your most memorable moment at HL?

The Bike Riding trip. (link)

2. Most embarrassing moment?

When we were bike riding, Richard smacked a girl in the behind, and the girl thought it was me.

3. Best achievement in HL?

Learning to socialize and HL helped me to interact with people.

4. What did you learn? I learned web design, photography, and Journalism.

5. Why did you join?

I joined because I was bored and I wanted to use my time effectively.

posted by HarlemLIVE @ 6/01/2006 04:42:00 PM

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