Thursday, June 29, 2006
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:
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
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.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
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.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
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!!!
Monday, June 12, 2006
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.....
See You At the Top
Friday, June 09, 2006
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.
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.
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‚Ä¶?
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
Monday, June 05, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
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".
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‚Äôt 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.
‚ÄúIt was my first public speaking event for HarlemLIVE. I had a stuttering problem then but I actually did pretty good, ‚Äú she said.
Ashleigh‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúMy host were sown-to-earth people, really nice,‚Äù 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.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt 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‚Äôt know the code. I called Rich but he wasn‚Äôt answering his phone. I thought I was going to jail. Luckily his alarm wasn‚Äôt that good because no one showed,‚Äù 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.
‚ÄúI learned you can work and have fun at the same time.‚Äù
Thursday, June 01, 2006
I'm gonna teach yall a few things.
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.