Friday, July 28, 2006
Yoo hi you doing is your boy Jonathan holding it down and i want to say that i love spending time here and i love the atmosphere here. I wish my mother would understand that I love it here and enjoy leaving here late at night finishing some work. My mother threated me and stated that if i came late again that she wont allow me to go to Harlemlive anymore. I was mad that i heard that but i know where she is coming from. She cares about me like every other mother knows how to. Is that love what keeps me going through in life. A mother's love for a child could not be topped by any other love out there. But in reality i will never let here pull me out of this program. I love HL too much for this shit to happen. Also queens is very deep and to go home in that A train is very difficult to do. You see late at nights the A train runs local and u know i get to my house by 2 am and it break my moms heart seeing me come home sooo late. Anyways i dont want to talk about train related problems because then team joc will make fun of me. Yeah any ways i learned alot from those minisink (NYC mission society) classes, they taught me how to avoid the military recruiters and how to ba an activist. I would love to be activist because they fight for what they believe in and i love that. I would say i would follow in the footsteps of Malcom X and Che Guevarra. They inspire me to keep on going and never stop believing in what you believe in. Hopefully when i reach adulthood i already made a difference in the community or in people's lives. I will have to maintain and keep focus on what i know is right and to know what actions i must do to make things right. Right now my intentions is to bring the Henry people back. I have lost at least three people from the wall incident and they haven't returned. I am worried that they wot come back. But i wont lose hope because when things go wrong it hardly goes wrong twice. Also Rich is not giving up hope so pray to God, Jesus, Allah or who ever you pray to.
I am Jonathan Alarcon a wanabee activist and i will become one!!!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
OOOH knock knock joke okay. "Knock, Knock" "Who's there?" "Banana." "Banana who?" "Knock, Knock" "Who's there?" "Banana." "Banana who?" "Knock, Knock" "Who's there?" "Orange." "Orange who?" "Orange you glad that I didn't say banana again?" HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHHA!
Yeah . . . . .why's no one laughing?
Okay, well, anyway, this week, Anonymous is in the lead. That's good. I'm glad. Our challenge for the next weeks is making sure that we STAY in the lead, keep doing stories, and rock on! Good luck to all the other teams, because you guys did great work last week. Shoutouts to JoC cause y'all did ya thing. You guys went up more than 2,000 points and you guys had great stories. So keep doing what you do and best of luck to you.
And, just a reminder, as Sesame Street said, "We are all earthlings." So , Respec to da fullest, mon.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Once again we have been JoCed. Team JoC was jerked in the presentation tonight. There is no way in hell tha Shuffle had a better presentation then us. All the did was show some video that didn't even give questions about Lil Kim. I mean come on , My slideshow presentation about the House of Soles was way better than that bull shit. Rich says we did a good job well it obviously wasn't good enough. Another thing people TROY is not on our team because of some little bull shit issue he has with Curtis "trying to prove he is better than him".But it' ok because I don't even care any more. I been stop caring, i didnt't want them to shut Harlem Live down as a SYEP site but honestly I feel like I'm back in highschool again. Kamal said I complain too much but I'm not gonna sit down and let shit happen if I have something to say. That's my personality and people are just gonna have to deal. I don't care if we ever get blog of the day at least we write the truth and not some sugared up story about lizards and riding the train. Well I said my peace ..............For Now. Unti then.
Friday, July 21, 2006
YOOO IT'S JONNY!!!
I Got My Right Foot In, But They Pullin My Left Foot Out
As for Shuffle, keep ya heads up babyy. It aint over till it's over. Holla at me babyy...
IT'S THE ROC!!!
BUT we lost so much time! There are only three weeks until your GRAND presentations at TEACHERS COLLEGE! Each team still has to produce a half hour news broadcast (has every team reserved studio time at MNN)??
What's "Team Joc"'s slogan again? :)
Notes: Rhonesha will be back on Thursday after her 10 Day Urban Journalism Workshop at NYU. Diamond will be out for the week while in Wash. DC to attend a youth leadership convention. Johnny will be gone for the first two weeks(!) in August for a business course, but back for the last week of the competition.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
We were in the process of having our best summer ever at HL until this issue diverted our attention and halted our efforts. Yet, once again, the youth at HL pulled together to make things happen. You all did great!
The wall is fixed. The doorknob is replaced. The loose tiles are secure.
All classes , presentations and teams continue with the non SYEP students and any SYEP student that wishes to continue as a volunteer. But we're hoping this will be cleared up ASAP and would like to be reinstated into SYEP. We've done and are doing what has been asked of us.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Landlord: Eugene Giscombe 212 410 4545
DYCD: Dial 311 or NYC YouthLIne 800 246 4646
Scott M. Stringer-Borough President
May Wellington 212-669-4478
City Council President ‚Äì Christine Quinn
Kate Serie Kirk 212 564 7757
State Senator: David Paterson at 212-222-7315
City Council : Inez Dickens :
Justin Meyers at her District office : 212 678 4505
State Assemblyman Keith Wright: (212) 866-5809
Vosa Rivers: Harlem Arts Alliance (212)926-2443
He can help
Picture of Patched Wall:
I can just feel it that this week is going to be a good one.Yesterday I went out on a story in the Bronx at St. Anthony Catholic School. besides the blazin' heat I had fun. It was a lot of note taking but heyyy ....that's my job as a journalist. Today I interviewed my former doctor. I really got a chance to see my old nurse and see the changes of the clinic. I am really enjoying this. So far this week has been exciting especially with the presentations.
This week is going good....GOod WEEk ...GOOd WeEk...GOod WEek
Monday, July 17, 2006
On a lighter note, the sky is blue, the birds are chirping, Diesel is getting considerably more attention and love and care, and all, for now, at 9:17 PM is at peace at HarlemLIVE . . . hahahahaHAHAHAHAHAH yeah right! woo, I needed a laugh. Okay, that was priceless . . . . I crack myself up.
And now, i shall exit, with the dull roar of reggaeton blaring in my ear, and amicable relations are present . . . .where you can almost forget that this is a competition and bask in the contentment and familial feel that are present . . . . the essence of HarlemLIVE.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Hello! My name is Matthew Sneh and I am on the video team for HarlemLive. I like being on the video team because I get to go out and do stories on my topic. I interview random people on the street to see how they feel about certain issues affecting our community today. Now I'm learning how to edit my videos on Final Cut Pro. I started at HarlemLive in early june. I found out about HarlemLive when three representatives gave a presentation about the program in my school. After that HarlemLive interviewed me and i started doing video. I am now participating in the summer youth challenge. The name of my team is Team Anonymous. i plan to have a good summer and produce a good story for my team.
Make sure each person on the team has posted their blogs and does so each week. Two blogs a day are due from each team Monday thru Saturday.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I spoke up while putting my hand on the bike frame. "Um, this is my friend's bike. They're coming out the gym."
"This is not yoru friend's bike. This is my bike," the smelly man said. "I already told you this is my bike, I lost my key."
I was like, "Naw. This is my friend's bike. They'll be out shortly."
It went back and forth with him saying things like "You need to mind your own business." and "Oh so you want to be a hero." or "You played yourself," after I asked folks coming out the gym if they knew whose bike it was 'cuz this guy was trying to cut the lock." But mostly I just ignored his comments, just hoping the proper owner would arrive.
One west african guy came out and said, "that's probably the same guy that stole by bike!"
Anyway I waited 'til the thief departed, wondering if he'd now be on the lookout for me in the future.
There were others that I see all the time from the gym who started hanging outside. They said they'd look after the bike with the almost cut lock. It seemed safe since the guy gave up and went away grumbling and cursing me all the way. I didn't get to meet the person whose bike I saved. I just hope I don't live to regret it.
Today, we'll talk about marketing, turning in content for points, classes and more.. Let's do this thing, folks.
From Anonymous's Seshat:
Okay, no more posts about Diesel, (I bore myself). I know I'm pretty new to HarlemLIVE, but I have seen a big change in HarlemLIVE. It seems that this summer program is creating animosity between teams, and people in general. I understand that it was supposed to be a competition, but some people (on my team as well) have been VERY competitive. Some have been downright rude. Is this program really as effective as we think it should be? Yesterday, people were afraid to share their ideas with Chris, fearing that someone else would steal their stories. Hey, look, that's messed up. COME ON, PEOPLE!!!! Wake up and smell the lizard poop! During this competition, the LEAST we could do is be polite to each other!
and Shuffle's Diamond:
Yeah, What It Do Babyy, It's the Ace, of the suit with the rhombus-like shape. Day went aight. Got back on the A-Train again. Today it was better than yesterday. Even though I had to see if I could go and get a shirt for my brother birthday. All the Cancers represent for my brother!!!!! I hopped back on the train and came up to HL with no problem this time. However, that was still only the beginning of my day. I had to get an interview done with a sportswriter for one of my career profiles. I had to go to 59th street on Lexington Ave. I took the R-Train, (no problems) but I got a little paranoid, mainly cuz I never took that train before. I got to Fifth Ave. and I had to ask someone where 59th and Lexington. Little did I know, that was the next stop on the train. Therefore, I was cool, just like the Gang babyy, just like the Gang.......EXCEPT! IT WAS SO HOT TODAY MAN, I felt like God was hungry and decided to put my in the oven for dinner! I mean daaaamn, where was the oxygen today. I'm walkin up Lexington and 59th lookin like im about to either steal somethin or rob somebody. I was lucky to get into theBloomberg Building safe+sound. Once in though, it felt like pure heaven. There shoulda been Angels in there dressed in white playing harps and singing "ahhhhhhhh." I felt like I really met 50 Cent at the Pearly Gates at that moment. In reality though, there were steel counters, and limestone statues on the wall. And that's just the lobby! Around the corner there were more steel counters, and pillars, and they took a picture of my face with a camera in the wall. I coulda been on an interview to join the MIB if I didn't know any better! Next, I hit the elevators to go and see my interviewee, and the elevators had green and red lights to indicate which elevators were going up and which were going down (Team Joc What It Do Babyy!), that was crazy too. Now to the best part of the building: Floor Six. You come through the elevator and there is someone to greet you when you walk in. He told me where to sit, to wait for my interviewee, but I barely paid attention to what he said cuz I turned around and saw the snack bar that Rich had told me of. To tell you the truth, the snack bar was HUGE understatement for what I saw. Number one: Snack Bars aint free. All those chips, and sodas and juices and food and candy was just there for the taking. I coulda took anything I wanted, but I didn't want to be too greedy so I just got an Iced Tea....Anyway, the interview went great. I got my notes, and I plan on interviewing more writers for my career profile goal. Shuffle Alliance is a about to go in, real big like Manny Fresh. IT'S THE ROC!!!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The blogs are great way to speak your mind about what's up.
Today, we feature a couple from Team Shuffle Alliance as the "blogs of the day." The first is bare bones, what this program is about: Getting out in the city, making discoveries, practicing your skills, and making moves! Not sure who wrote this one:
Though it was a hot day today to be outside, we went out to do a story on organic fresh farms in the heart of Harlem. I have walked past these farms before and never thought once that it was owned by one person, I always assumed a certain organization did. This particular one was owned by an African American women trying to bring organic vegatables to the community at an offordable price. My camera man and my reporter did a great job on the shot and the interviews. The assingments are not as bad as i thought they were going to be. I can honestly say that the day was very productive and that memebers of my group took equal parts.
This following blog entry by Diamond is also a perfect example for everyone. This is about his experience taking the A train. Now, just start adding PHOTOS! Post some pix and video clips of your daily outings or your work at HL.
From Diamond: (unedited)
I don't think Im takin the A-Train anymore to get to HL.
I only took that train 2 times, but each time I took it , someone wanted to pop off, or fight, for those that are deficient in Hood Talk. But that train is bugged out man, for real. The first time I got on it to arrive to HL, some people got Into a fight on the car next to the one I was in. Now I could understand that people gotta handle their businees, but on a moving train? My peoples, nobody would be able to get out of the train if someone started shootiin off or whatever.
Next thting you know, the guy sittin next to me starts yellin all on te train about how they shouldn't be fightin eachother on the train cuz you can't move nowhere! I could understand that too, but did he have to YELL IN MY EAR? Btween 59th and 125th was where we stopped, making me even later than I had to be. Lol, I skipped takin that train the next day to save myself from the trouble.....Fastforward to this morning, I decide to try out the A one more again. anyway, everything is going good, and im on schedule to arrive to the site ahead of time. 34 St. was where the drama started. DJ Kay Slay shoulda been there for that one. I'm posted on the door of the train, listenin to my Cherrelle and all that-"I Didn't Mean To Turn You Onnn"- vibin, until I hear loud voices through my Creative earphones. I turn around, and what do I see? A West Indian woman, and a Spanish man fighting over something. don't neccessarily know what they were speakin on but it got a little violent to say the least.
Then, out of nowhere, another guy comes out and tells the spanish guy to stop yellin at the woman like that. I agreed with him on that. But It was like seein Superman comin to save the day. "I will punch you in your face right now, my dude, what's really good? Huh? what's really good?" That was what the Superman-like character said to the Spanis dude. Luckily it died down after that. But I was just in the middle of a huge argument wit really nowhere to breeze to if somebody did pull out a gun or somethin. Them A-Train's kid, 'll tell ya. they don't be the move sometimes........IT'S THE ROC!!!
Monday, July 10, 2006
Remember teams, you have until next Wednesday to make changes. ANYTHING can happen!
Some great posts folks!!
FRANCELESLIA MILLIEN From Team Anonymous (yeah, I know. This was used before but I don't decide on thngs)
So far being part of this group has allowed me to form connections with various people. it seems as though everyone is here for the same purpose and that is to accomplish the goal of "power of the young voice"....BASICALLY...everyone wants to be heard. Each member has expressed their thoughts through video and through their blogs and it makes me more involved and interested in this program . It's very obvious that people love it here and that being here has somewhat shaped or changed their lives.
In my case, my group and this program has helped me become even more expressive and "relatable." I love my team members for the simple fact that they help me correct my mistakes instead of laugh at them. i can tell that my team members are all about progression and growth TOGETHER rather than individually. i'm glad that's the case rather than young African-Americans fighting and degrading one another. It's a relief to know that i am able to break out of shyness so quickly. a person may smile and then a full blown conversation begins. It's cool here. I am most certain that my teammates are gonna help me thru this...all of this...as a team....in UNITY. YAY!
Also from Anonymous (aka' fyrestarterz' ... ah hem.. I kinda like that name, It hasn't been used before!!)
From Imani :
This might be the best summer I ever had.
Again, from Fyre.. i mean, Anonymous.
The first day of HarlemLIVE was interesting. There was alot of new people that I haven't met before but I know I will end up knowing them. I've been on vacation for a few days, so I'm suprised how much it has changed so far. It looks like it might be much more interesting seeing that we ave way more people than last summer. Hopefully, this might be more competition than last year. I look forward to this summer and what might unfold.
OMG, Two more from Anonymous. Joshua
hi my name joshua......im a newbie at harlem live.........my first day at harlem live was a great expierience....i got to meet alot of new people and interact with them...the harlem group is like big fam..im looking foward to a great future with harlem live.....as of today harlem live is great...they have a great atomosphere and the attitudes of the people here are positive
(note to all, harlem live is one word)
Seshat (who also wins for most humorous (and serious) at the same time):
Hey whats up * no comments about the sky or the ceiling, please*. This is Seshat (i.e. the freak with the coconut purse and the crazy earrings) and I'm . . . . .well, just here. . . . . existing . . . .for the most part. I've been at HarlemLive for about two weeks now and I think I basically got it, the weird Apple iMacs and all that . . . . but the most pressing issue that I feel is facing us here at HarlemLive is the care and upkeep of . . . .dun dun dun . . .the lizard!!! seriously people, Diesel is an iguana and he doesn't get enough to eat, and he should be in the sun or in a heated environment for AT LEAST two hours each day. And he shouldn't eat regular iceberg or romaine lettuce! he needs mustard greens and other nutrient filled vegetables!!!! come on people!!!! save our lizard!!!!
TeamJoc's posts pretty much all went along these lines:
Watz good...its tiana u kno team JoC n da federal building ItZ gOiN dOwN!!! Im really excited about this summer and i cant wait to work with all of yall. i kno dis summer is goin to be alot of fun and hard work but we can do it and win da summer challenge! I hope everybody have fun this summer and we all work together to do what we gotta do. I hope we all have a fun summer and enjoy!! Im out ~1~
Now, some words from Shuffle Alliance:
Not sure who posted this:
As we were assigned job fields for our group I was pretty excited with the slection our team leader made. I look forward to working with the different members of my team because some of them I'm just meeting them properly for the first time. I guess you can say that i'm prepared for any tasks or obsticles that come toward my team and i'm confident that we can work together to overcome them. So far we have a respectful and positve attitude towards each other and I hope that we can build on that instead of a negative change.
Hello to all the curious readers my name is Shelise and I had a busy day.Today my the Shuffle Alliance team nominated me as their Captain and the first thing that came to mind was for me to give in my all to make sure we win.I remember a Numerologist took the numbers of my birthday and told me that im ahead of everything.So im taking my team with me as I stay ahead of everything.Trust was taken from me from my team and trust is what im giving back.As a leader I took two of my team members outside on the streets of 125th to do a P.O.S. (Person On the Streets) and we gained a relationship with three intelligent men on out President on Bush.Though alot of people aren't interested in Bush I know with my Video Editing skills I cam open the eyes of my peers.I know with being Captain i'll still keep the name of greatest newbie in HarlemLIVE!
I Had a good Day!!
Hey everyone its Ya boy Kareem. As you can see by the title of this blog I had a good day. I arived at HarlemLive at 10:30 this morning after a good weekend. I was Eager and ready to get started on reporting on stories. Today we were broken into groups. I am very happy with my group and i think we have great potential. We also found out that the DYCD is trying to shut us down. When I heard this, I was very disapponted because this has been my best job experience yet.
and strong words from Andrew:
My first day at HarlemLive was better than I thought it was gonna be. Everyone here is comittied to working and are going to make sure I work hard, too. Im going to learn video, and possibly journalism. I have a good feeling about the experince I'm going to have here. I'm going to work as hard as I can to help my team feel good about picking me. I promised my group I would try my hardest and that's what I'm going to do.I know my team Shuffle Alliance is going to work together and win this whole thing. Nobody is here to stop us.
Wow.. some impressive claims. You got folks attention!!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Reminder: By Monday, 6:15, all teams must present on their team and have badges made, blog up w/ entries from all, and links from the staff.html page to their profiles.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Teams were chosen by interest, availability and skills.
Please forgive any mispellings
|Team "TeamJoc"||Team "Anonymous"||Team "Shuffle"|
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Being with Harlemive for seven years, Johnson explains how he enjoyed his experiences. As loyal alumni of HarlemLive, he finds his way back, to and fro, to HarlemLive from time to time in order to give a little of his knowledge in the effort to inspire a few more children. Just as he has been an influential force he was also influenced during his days at HarlemLive.
Upon joining the Harlemlive staff, Johnson was pushed by the other members to uncover his talents. His input to work at HarlemLive has changed his obscure life‚Äôs direction and put him on a path of success. Johnson had numerous successes here at HarlemLive but there‚Äôs is one that stood out blatantly in his mind.
One day, Johnson agreed to tag along with his peers on a public speaking adventure. As he thought he was going to a small student seminar, he quickly realized he was conned. He was surprised to find out that he was really at a teachers college with grown adults staring at him waiting for him to speak. Luckily, he was able to get over his nerves and made the public speaking one of his most providential experiences.
As his skills continued to grow, he went around to other schools in the attempt to draw other kids back to HarlemLive for a somewhat similar experience. Around early 2000, Johnson utilized community websites such as BlackPlanet, Migente and Yahoo in order to promote HarlemLive as well as recruit youth for the HarlemLive experience. Johnson truly believes that HarlemLive is beneficial place for the youth. He says the skill one learns is beneficial along with its preparations with subjects such as: Art, Photography, Digital Design and different forms of Web Format.
Despite what ones future may include, the skills they learn in Harlem Live can always help in the future. Melvin Johnson's famous quote would be, "Point out a career your interested in and i'll show you how the experiences at Hl can benifit u in learning more about this career by either getting hands on experiences or using your press badge to investigate more then the average teen can." As he was at one of his schools talking to kids about HarlemLive and made this exclamation, one of the students asked how HarlemLive would help them with accounting. Johnson replied slyly, "You can work with the quickbooks."
As Melvin Johnson continued his life, his experiences at Harlemlive truly did help as it gave him knowledge prior to his work experiences to come. As he was with HarlemLive, he began working with two of his colleagues as together they created web programs, a technique learned at HarlemLive. With such knowledge, these three were able to find business as companies came to them asking for them to create official websites. Quickly after joining harlemlive johnson was qualified for different Multimedia job positions. Johnson was hired as an intern for a russell simmons startup 360hiphop.com in summer of 2000. Presently he works. He currently works for Abysinnian Development Corportations IT Department as the Network Administrator for Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem
Mr. Johnson coninues to be involved with Commnuity based organiations such as, dot.com agencies, communities, construction with youths, web/program development, and organizational buildings all for very favorable prices.
Along with great experiences comes...embarrassing moments. One of Melvin's most embarrassing moments was when he went to do an interview with an artist named Tony Touch. His show had just finished and Melvin was feeling tired and slightly anxious to get the interview over with. As he approached one of the Hispanic crew members, he was surprised to find that the person he thought was Mr. Touch was actually an associate by the name of Crazy Legs. Melvin says he was embarrassed because he was surrounded by a large crowd. Additionally, Crazy legs gave Melvin a look as though to tell him how foolish he was. But overall, HarlemLive is a second home for Johnson as well as many other people. It is a great honor to be here and to share times with everyone else.
Monday, July 03, 2006