Sol Cinema Cafe – Our Right to Gaze

BLACK FILM IDENTITIES  

Harlem’s own Sol Cinema Cafe has a fantastic collection of ​six shorts under the title “Our Right to Gaze“. The filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

Love in Submission”  by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf

  • Worlds collide when two different Muslim women meet each other for the first time through a mutual third party.

​”A Hollywood Party” by Toryn Seabrooks

  • An aspiring TV host encounters her lifelong idol at a Hollywood party but is mortified after the superstar accidentally spits on her lip mid-conversation.

​”Nowhere” by Lin Que Ayoung

  • A middle-aged Latina flees her controlling husband for a night of unadulterated freedom.

​”The Black Banshee” by Kyla Sylvers

  • Convinced by her friends and boyfriend to enjoy a night out after losing her job, Yvie begins to question her own mind when the visions she’s been having start to have dangerous consequences.

​”Auntie Zariyah” by Zora Bikangaga

  • Zach crashes with an auntie he’s never met before and soon finds out that Auntie Zariyah is a 12-year-old influencer.

​”Pandemic Chronicles” by Ya’ke Smith

  • A three-part anthology series about love, loss, and grief during quarantine.

To watch the trailer:

https://fullspectrumfeatures.vhx.tv/packages/our-right-to-gaze-sol-cinema-cafe/videos/our-right-to-gaze-official-trailer

To watch the short film collection ($10):

https://fullspectrumfeatures.vhx.tv/checkout/our-right-to-gaze-sol-cinema-cafe/purchase

Kamala Combo at Harlem Shake

For Women’s History Month, Harlem Shake is celebrating with The Kamala Combo. A portion of their sales will benefit Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. The combo is priced at $18.75. 

In addition, they’re kicking off their eighth edition of the Miss or Mr. Harlem Shake contest to highlight a Harlem resident representing the pride of the neighborhood.

https://pix11.com/news/morning/harlem-shake-offers-the-kamala-combo-in-honor-of-womens-history-month/

Black Parade Harlem

A great video with amazing production values and choreography is out from HarlemParade.org

Harlem Parade notes that:

The Harlem Parade initiative launched via HARLEMPARADE.ORG on September 17, 2020 with an innovative protest art video – Black Parade Harlem.

Led by Harlem native and principal dancer for Beyoncé, Dnay Baptiste, and Founder and Creative Director that produce unique content and event activations to celebrate Harlem’s rich arts community, amplifyHarlem’s Black-owned businesses, and promote civic engagement.

Driven by three pillars of purpose- culture, commerce and community, we are committed to preserving Harlem’s cultural legacy, protecting Harlem’s Black commerce, and empowering Harlem’s thriving community.

1887

I love this distinctive font used on an 1887 church (now a private residence – the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinon bought it almost 10 years ago for 2.75 million – 2050 5th Avenue).

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What I am less enthralled about is the fact that at the time of the sale, the deal makers touted that the church would be used for a community space:

According to the brokers who sold 2050 Fifth Avenue, Mr. Rondinone plans to transform the church into some sort of community cultural space. “It was a very busy listing, Louis probably showed it to 80 different groups,” Alan Miller of Eastern Consolidated told The Observer. Louis would be Louis Ricci, the Eastern director in charge of the deal. “When it finally sold,” Mr. Miller continued, “the neighbors were very happy to know it would be something for the community.” (Mr. Rondinone was traveling this afternoon and could not immediately be reached for comment.)https://observer.com/2011/11/heaven-yes-ugo-rondinone-buys-harlem-church/

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This statement has not turned out to be true.

VP Debate Tomorrow!

On Wednesday, October 7th, the world will watch Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate and Senator, Kamala Harris, take the stage to make history. And, our New York for Biden+Harris family will be there to cheer her on – virtually, of course!
Sign up for our NYS Pre-Debate Program featuring Valerie Jarrett – former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, and special guests.
We will also be hosting a full day of phone banks from 3pm to 8pm in collaboration with local elected officials, Democratic clubs, partner organizations, and more!
Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift and help us make history!
Interested in learning how to make an impact over the next 27 days? Register to visit our Virtual Campaign Field Office this Wednesday at 12pm for a mini-training & GOTV update.

Kamala Harris in Harlem

Marcus Samuelsson recently Tweeted this about meeting Kamala and added in a photo of her in Harlem in 1966:

Marcus [email protected]I recently met @kamalaharris at @RoosterHarlem and am proud and hopeful for her leadership. When I look at this photo of her as a young child visiting Harlem in ‘66 I hope all the boys and girls in our community see themselves in her and realize the heights they can achieve.

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