Visiting the New Harlem

Author: , December 9th, 2013

Harlem - The SojournerThere’s such thing as Italian Renaissance. Or English Renaissance. But, there’s no such thing as Manhattan or Queen or Bronx or Brooklyn Renaissance. However, there’s such thing as Harlem Renaissance. It refers to the African-American cultural movement in the 1920\0x2032s in the US where Harlem in New York City was at the center of the New Negro Movement. In the old days, Harlem was a small Dutch farming village. It was named after Haarlem in Holland, a.k.a Netherlands.

But, enough of history. It bores me. 😀

The New Harlem in New York City has changed dramatically (or drastically?) through the years. Used to be feared for its high crime rate and known for its people in dire poverty, Harlem, nowadays, is a bustling area of diversity, businesses and developments. Skyscrapers are beginning to rise and rents are going up, too. The favorite word around is: gentrification.

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Pride Season 2013 Updates – 5/26/13

Author: , May 26th, 2013

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 2012With Pride Season getting into full swing in June, we have a number of updates for you.

Chicago Celebrates International Mr. leather Contest Tonight

Chicago’s annual leather festival reaches its peak tonight – GoPride.com reports:

The 35th Annual International Mr. Leather Contest begins at 6 p.m. (door open at 5 p.m.) at The Harris Theatre, 205 E. Randolph, and will be emceed by Lenny Broberg, a proud, openly-gay San Francisco Police Officer and internationally recognized leather personality. Beverly McClellan, who made the final four on NBC’s The Voice, will provide entertainment. Each finalist will be judged on a variety of criteria including community involvement, speech, presentation and overall presence.

Chicago Pride Starts June 28th

Chicago is also planning its own gay pride celebration in June. Seasons of Pride reports:

Each year, parade entrants, as well as groups sponsoring Pride Month events, have the option of using an international theme, or using a theme or slogan of their own choice… Chicago commemorates and celebrates Pride with more than one hundred different events during June Pride Month. This year, the Chicago 44th Annual Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday June 30 at 12 Noon stepping off from the corner of Montrose at Broadway.

Harlem Pride Celebrates “Harlem Through The Years” June 28th-30th

In New York, harlem’s pride celebration includes various events between June 28th and 30th. Seasons of Pride reports:

Come march with Harlem Pride in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30, 2013. This year our theme is “Harlem Through The Years”. We’re turning 5th Avenue into our very on Harlem Style Runway as we sport hi-style fashion honoring the illustrious LGBT/SGL history of Harlem through the years. So join us, feel free to strut your stuff and showcase your gear! Oh yeah, of course we’ll also be doing the REAL HARLEM SHAKE!

NYC Pride to Be Led By Edie Windsor

NYC’s gay pride parade on June 30th will feature one of the main plaintiffs for marriage equality. Seasons of Pride reports:

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. We are pleased to announce Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes will be leading the 2013 March down Fifth Avenue.

Helsinki Pride Kicks Off June 24th

Helsinki is set to celebrate gay pride in a week long festival next month. Seasons of Pride reports:

Helsinki Pride is the Helsinki region Seta Association’s bi-annual week-long cultural and human rights event in the heart of Helsinki. It is also Finland’s leading sexual and gender minorities, and their loved ones gather together at the event and one of the biggest events of the week-long summer. Helsinki Pride 2013 will be held June 24 to June 30, 2013. Helsinki Pride visitor numbers have increased every year. In 2012, the entire week, visitors to the event was close to 32 000 and the Pride parade was attended by about 8,000 people. This year’s Pride parade held on Saturday, 29.6. The procession begins in a Senate Square and the parade of the programmatic Park Festival Hakasalmi in the park. Throughout the week the program is built on a wide range of mm. culture, debates, parties, meetings, workshops, and art around.

Harlem: Pastors Pissed About Public Park Pride

Author: , June 3rd, 2011

Marcus Garvey ParkSome local pastors in New York City object to a picnic planned to celebrate Harlem Pride later this month because, as one church leader says, “God does not want to see homosexuals in our parks.”

The New York Daily News reports on the opposition, which includes Dr. Ronald Ferguson, senior pastor at Antioch Church of God on West 124th Street.

“If children start to believe it is okay to be gay, they will think it’s okay to be a pedophile or have sex with animals,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope.”

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