Posts Tagged With: Harlem news and info

Kids Learn About Art and Business at Harlem Textile Works

Chadai Knight Gets Some Help from Friends to Make Her Silk Screen (Photo courtesy of DNA Info)

By Jeff Mays
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The kids from the Friends of the Children of New York mentoring program thought they were going to Harlem Textile Works to learn how to make silk screen T-shirts.

But that’s half the mission of Harlem Textiles. The other is to show young people how their creativity can transfer into a career as an entrepreneur, artist, or business owner in the fields of graphic and fashion design.

“The fashion industry is sometimes inspired by black and Latino youth,” said Kevin McGruder, chairman of the board of directors for Harlem Textile Works. “People are looking at what they do and copying but they are not involved, they are not making the money. We try to connect them more directly with the industry.”

The kids picked screens with graphic designs like “Sugar Hill” written in Gothic letters and then paired it with an image of Michael Jackson dancing on his toes. They learned how to apply the ink through the silk screen onto a T-shirt using firm strokes while a friend held the screen in place.

Read more from DNA Info.

Categories: Community, Events & Activities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New York Times: A Harlem Cultural Hub Is Threatened by Debt

In 2002 the National Black Theater, a cultural anchor of Harlem, invited the owners of Nubian Heritage, a growing beauty-care company with an African pedigree, to invest in its sprawling building at Fifth Avenue and 125th Street.

The theater, created in the turmoil of the civil rights movement, had owned the building for 19 years. But now it faced foreclosure, as large construction loans remained unpaid.

Read more about the troubled theater in Harlem from the New York Times article.

Categories: Community | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Connected with WeHarlem

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Carla Zanoni

With the growing population, retail and residences in Harlem we are excited that we stumbled upon this little local gem called The twitter-like site connects locals with small business, restaurants and most importantly, other locals. Are you new to the area or are you a long-time resident but looking for a new fun place for dinner? WeHarlem seems to have a pretty good reach of locals who are all willing to help answer those types of questions. even did a story about using WeHarlem as a resource for finding WiFi in the area.

Categories: Community | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: