Harlem residents protect 14-year-old girl from arrest.

I didn’t watch this video the first few times I noticed it on social media because I just wasn’t interested in watching another instance of the NYPD bullying innocent people.

I finally read an actual summary – that the NYPD attempted to arrest a 14-year-old girl after her 7-year-old companion pushed the button on a police call box – and decided it was worth a quick look.

These feelings are not new to me, but if you’re still confused or unsure about how people view the police (people who actually have a police presence in their lives), listen to the fear and frustration in their voices.

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MON MAY 18 - 7:00 PM

125th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard
#peoplesmonday ON THE ROAD in Harlem for Aiyana Jones - 5 YEARS LATER

NYC_ShutItDown takes #PeoplesMonday on the road to Harlem to remember Aiyana Jones, five years after she was killed in her sleep by a Detroit SWAT team member. This week also marks the 90th birthday of Malcolm X. In honor of Aiyana and Malcolm X, we present #facts, a non-permitted march, and demands for justice for Aiyana and an end to police brutality.


Before Brunch, There Were Riots: 1970s Harlem

French photographer Jack Garofalo’s photos of an iconic New York neighborhood have been making some impressive rounds on the Internet lately, catapulting viewers back to a time before it was a brunch destination; when those who lived there did so primarily because they couldn’t afford to move away.

Harlem’s history in the 1960s and 70s was one of violence and loss: the Harlem Riot of 1964 claimed the life of an unarmed black teenager; Nation of Islam members assassinated Malcolm X, and riots again rocked Harlem’s streets following Martin Luther King Jr.’s death in 1968. Many in Harlem responded by moving out in droves – in what some would call an exodus.

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Going to Harlem EatUp​ this weekend? Take our Jacob Lawrence-inspired Harlem Walking Tour

Jacob Lawrence. The Migration Series. 1940-41. Panel 44: “Living conditions were better in the North.” Casein tempera on hardboard, 18 x 12″ (45.7 x 30.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY



New visual from Harlem rapper Dave East. Dude starts off trying to find the right rhymes like on Nas’ Book of Rhymes. Pretty dope track. Here’s a link to his Black Rose project: found.ee/BlackRose

Going to Harlem EatUp​ this weekend? Take our Jacob Lawrence-inspired Harlem Walking Tour to learn about the places and people that were instrumental to Lawrence’s work. Lawrence attended art classes at this YMCA and had his first art show here in 1938.

I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
    flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
    bosom turn all golden
in the sunset.

I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

—  Langston Hughes, The Selected Poetry of Langston Hughes