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The restaurant Harlem Shake (100 W. 124th, Harlem) opened its doors back in 2013 amidst the resurgence of the dance craze garnering the same name. Though the name of the restaurant and the dance are identical, the restaurant actually serves up drinkable shakes rather than the ones that brings all the boys to the yard. But that doesn’t mean they shy away from the affiliation; they are proud to be located in the neighborhood deeply rooted in musical and artistic traditions.
Though its retro decor has been the backdrop for a photo shoot in Cosmo and even Remy Ma’s “She Don’t Like Me” video, Croatian born owner Jelena Pasic, is interested in becoming more than just artistic scenery; she wants the restaurant to fuse itself into the forefront of everything Harlem represents. So, when it came time to pick a new spokesperson for their restaurant, instead of going for just another pretty face, they decided they would hold a competition to choose someone within the community to earn the title of Miss Harlem Shake. The title affords the winner bragging rights, free burgers for a year, $500 cash, and a $1000 donation to their favorite charity that met the needs of the surrounding community.
The first official Miss Harlem 2014 is Ijeoma Eboh, a Columbia University PhD candidate that is studying public health; more specifically how asthma affects African Americans. In her free time, she also runs a natural hair blogsite klassykinks.com. The West African native, came upon the competition by being a frequent customer, “I would go there often as there isn’t any other type of restaurant that has quality burgers and milkshakes in the area, and then people said that I should apply.”
Before she delved deeper into her studies, Eboh worked for the Harlem Children’s Zone which is where she donated her $1000 in prize money. The non-profit organization works with youth 0-22 with the goal of having the students graduate from college. She worked as a health educator to guide students who were overweight or obese to set healthier living goals and was encouraged by Harlem Zone’s mission to empower youth over their lifespan.
Since Eboh, has a public health background, I wondered if her draw to Harlem Shake had anything to do with their use of grass-fed burgers and organic cage free eggs. “Yes, working in youth development around healthy eating and healthy habits, I feel a little less guilty eating here. I think also their ice cream is sourced from a local vendor. It’s those little things that make them a socially and environmentally conscious restaurant. I really liked that they’re a happy, hearty and healthy eating environment.”
With a full year of free burgers she could have had any of the variety of burgers on the menu, so I had to ask which was her favorite, “When they first opened, my favorite was the Barbecue Onion Burger, but then they added the Harlem Jerk Burger…I’m a person that likes a deal, and this burger comes with fries on it, not a lot of fries, but still, it’s also spicy, so that’s my new favorite.”
As a representative of Harlem Shakes she’s also a representative of Harlem, even if only in a small way. When I asked her why she loves Harlem so much, she had this to say, “I’m not native Harlemite. I’ve been living for here for 3 years, but it was a purposeful decision to live in Harlem. I was inspired by the history – cultural, artistic. When I’m walking through Strivers Row or the Apollo to go to the gym, I’m just in awe… I feel like everything I need in my life is here…everything that anyone could want in life is here. That’s why I love Harlem.”
The competition is now in it’s 2nd year and is already underway with only until the end of the week to cast your vote. Here is a summary of the six candidates you’ll have to choose from:
Alison is a professional dancer and Juilliard graduate specializing in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre who also teaches at Alvin Alley Dance Theatre. She is competing on behalf of the Children’s Aid Society which offers early childhood educational programming to kids in the Harlem community.
Regine is a UX Designer with a passion for accessibility, design and tech. She is a proud member of NY Cares and Teaches a Project Runway Apprenticeship at Citizen Schools. She is competing on behalf of Children’s Aid Society-Dunlevy Milbank Center on W118th, a comprehensive community facility that includes medical and dental services, mental health services, preventative information, family wellness, child care and more.
Amanda works as an interior designer, event producer and commercial print model. She is competing on behalf of the Church of the Master Mentoring Program.
Francheska is a Production Assistant and Freelancer. She is an aspiring photographer who enjoys yoga, biking, jogging and fashion. She is competing on behalf of Harlem Hospital (Center), a teaching hospital associated with Columbia that provides health care to economically disadvantaged communities and is one of the largest US training centers for minority and female physicians.
Limore is a wellness education specialist who promotes well-being through nutrition, physical activity, hydration, sleep quality and relaxation through her blog. She is competing on behalf of Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization for poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem that provides free support in the form of parenting workshops, pre-school programs, three public charter schools and child-oriented health programs.
Kristyan is an attorney who graduated from Howard University School of Law. She is competing on behalf of the Harlem Business Alliance, a group that works to reverse the void that resulted from years of disinvestment in Harlem.
The competition is so fierce in more ways than one! Cast your vote when you visit Harlem Shake and find out the winners after September 13th.
For more information about Harlem Shake visit their Facebook page here!
Photo Credit: Will Vaultz Photography
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Prime Time Events presents “Summer Series on the Beach” at La Marina (348 Dyckman Street) hosted by Mack Wilds and Friends.
Enjoy the sounds of Quiana Parks and Juss NYC along with performances by Mack and Maad Moiselle, starting at 6 p.m. Cover is $20.
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Miguel brought this “Wildheart Tour,” named after his latest album, to New York City’s Terminal 5 last night.
And clearly the singer didn’t learn anything from jumping off the stage at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013, because he decided to do the same thing last night. Thankfully, no one was hurt this time.
The singer performed tracks from his latest album, Wildheart, such as “Flesh” and “Coffee (F***ing).’ He also gave the crowd a run down of his biggest hits, such as “Adorn,” “Sure Thing,” and “Lotus Flower Bomb.”
Photo credit: IG
Team Epiphany continued it’s #SummerFridays series with the help of Complex last week as they invited New York insiders and influencers on an all-white cruise.
Guests were invited on board the The Hornblower Hybrid, which left from Pier 40. And as it sailed around New York, they sipped on Avion Tequila cocktails.
Attendees were also treated to the sounds of DJ Wonder, who kept the party popping.
Photo Credit: Team Epiphany
T.I. was spotted with his wife Tiny and his daughter, Zonnique, were all spotted dining at Pazza Notte (56th and 6th Avenue) on Monday night.
NY Fab! sources said the reality show family is in New York to be interviewed on Ice-T and Coco’s new daytime show.
p.s. Can someone tell the good folks over at Pazza that they shouldn’t have taken the risotto balls off of the menu! And who said y’all could increase the 2-for-1 martini deal. I mean, $16 is still a good deal but $13 was better. Humph.
If you thought you had a good weekend, think again. President Obama‘s daughters, Sasha and Malia, went sightseeing in New York City over the weekend.
It’s likely the President and Sasha were visiting Malia, who’s apparently interning on the set of HBO’s Girls.
The girls were spotted, along with their father and friends, taking a walk in Central Park. Next, they caught a matinee showing of Hamilton. According to sources, the Obamas also made their way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Black Ivy Alumni League along with the black alumni associations of Columbia Business School, Cornell University, Yale University, and Princeton University are set to host their second annual, Black Ivy League Alumni Gala at Arena (135 West 41st Street) on Wednesday, July 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.
This year’s honorees include Steve Mills, President of the New York Knicks, Erika Brown, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Bloomberg, actress Adepero Oduye, Errol Louis, political anchor at NY1 News, and Bruce Lincoln, co-founder of Silicon Harlem.
The attire is cocktail.
Click here to read a recap of last year’s gala.
Dope is the movie everybody is talking about. And in several cities last night, several VIP screenings were held for the film, which premieres in theaters Friday.
In New York, many notables came out to Bryant Park Hotel to support the film, produced by Forest Whitaker.
Attendees included Sherri Shepherd, Love & Hip Hop: NY cast members Amina Buddafly, Chrissy Monroe, Precious Paris, Rashidah Ali and Kimbella. Dipset rapper Juelz Santana also made an appearance.
Photo Credit: Stephen Knight
Hennypalooza wasn’t the only party going on this weekend. The Secret Picnic Party was also held during the Memorial Day holiday at Fort Tryon Park at the Billings Lawn.
Why was it called The Secret Picnic? Well because guests who had RSVP’d didn’t know the location of the BYOE (bring your own everything!) cookout until the evening before. Also, social media was restricted until after the event was over. (I love that idea!)
The brunch was helda t New York’s Red Stixs, where a handful of friends, family and media types gathered to wish the brides-to-be well. Attendees included DMX’s ex-wife, Tasheera Simmons, former reality star Meeka Claxton and bloggers such as Rae Holliday, Gabriel Williams and Danielle Young.
Photo credit: Rowena Husbands/135th Street Agency