Quilt

The Africa Center recently displayed a fantastic quilt that celebrates African and African American contributions to this country’s foodways,

You are invited to participate by submitting someone or something, that deserves a square:

https://legacyquiltproject.mofad.org/

Check with the Africa Center about viewing this amazing artwork:

Head Start and Pre-School Program

The West Harlem Community Organization is encouraging families in 10026, 10027, 10030, 10037, and 10039 to check out their Head Start and Pre-School Program:

Africa Center + MOFAD

Make sure to head down to 5th and 110th Street to see the collaboration between the Africa Center and the Museum of Food and Drink, before the current exhibition closes:

The exhibit – African/American: Making the Nation’s Table – celebrates the contribution of African Americans to the nation’s culinary culture (both historic and ongoing). By focusing on Black foodways, the exhibit argues that all Americans have experienced the impact African Americans have had on farming, cooking, drinking, and where/what we eat.

The exhibit begins with the contributions of enslaved Africans and flows through to Black entrepreneurs in the food space, today.

Opera in MGP

Make sure to head over to Marcus Garvey Park on July 16th at 7:00 PM for Harlem’s Opera Festival 2022.

Go Africa Carnival 2022

Saturday, July 16, 2022 @ 10:00am
116th Street, btwn Adam Clayton Powell Bvd. (7th Ave) & Frederick Douglass Blvd. (8th Ave), New York
Presented by Go Africa Network Inc.

New Group Exhibit At Claire Oliver Gallery

Be sure to check out the new group exhibit at the Claire Oliver Gallery on ACP, just below 135th Street.

It’s a strong selection of artists represented by the gallery and scheduled to have a solo show in the next year: Barbara Earl Thomas, Adebunmi Gbadebo, Robert Peterson, Stan Squirewell, Gio Swaby, and introducing the work of Simone Elizabeth Saunders.

https://www.claireoliver.com/

Ebony’s Test Kitchen

The exhibit of African/American foodways will close soon at the Africa Center (5th Avenue at 110th Street).

Run, don’t walk, to see the Ebony Magazine’s test kitchen in all its funky, psychedelic splendor.

Words can’t describe the experience of walking through it. You’ve just got to go.

You’ve only got until the end of the month!

South Bronx Luxury Development

A short trip across the 3rd Avenue Bridge and luxury units await.

As the first phase nears completion, a fresh set of renderings has been released of one of the most expensive private development in Bronx history. Developed by Brookfield Properties, Bankside is a $950 million seven-tower complex that stretches across two Harlem River-facing parcels in Mott Haven. New images of the massive development show off the project’s 450-unit rental set to open this year, as well as the new public waterfront park and esplanade.

As Seen at The Africa Center

It’s such a shame that the Africa Center hasn’t had the funding to open and activate the amazing space at 110th and 5th Avenue (stretching Museum Mile, certainly).

Still, their distinctive font that echoes the architecture of the building at 5th and 110th, always make me smile.

Africa Center

YIMBY is reporting that:

The Africa Center has commissioned Caples Jefferson Architects to complete new spaces within the property to support a lush calendar of exhibitions, performances, and educational events. Located at 1280 Fifth Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Africa Center occupies 70,000 square feet of the building and is spread across three floors.

Read more on the future plans and the background of the Africa Center, here:

Federal US Marshalls Raid New Ivoire

Last week we caught a raid in progress – from rushing out of unmarked vehicles in full body armor and brandishing long guns, to a suspect being taken out of New Ivoire Restaurant with hands raised.

It appeared as if about a dozen officers were involved and one suspect was detained.

New Ivoire Restaurant (which I’ve been going to for 20 years now) has the best Dèguè or Thiakry which makes a great breakfast or dessert.