Two HarlemLIVE Staffers Receive NYTimes Scholarships

The New York Times Scholarship awards scholarships to distinguished New York High school students. Recently, optimistic seniors, Edward Diego and Fairusa Ibrahim received this award.

Fairusa, a student at George Washington High School, came to New York City from Ghana about four years ago. The first sentence of her essay begins, “I believe obstacles cannot prevent an individual from becoming what he/she wants to become.” 

In her award-winning essay, Fairusa explores a few of the emotional factors that make her strong. Growing up with an abusive relative in Ghana, her homeland, she writes about being virtually imprisoned. Even as she has grown and moved to the U.S. she writes about the difficult transition of tribal-community life to living in New York City -“a world that moves faster and no one stops to think about anyone else.” Edward Diego, another recipient of the award also has a similar story.

Edward, a senior at Urban Peace Academy in East Harlem is Valedictorian of his graduating class. Like Fairusa, he reflects on the difficult parts of his life which strengthens him. He ultimately discusses, his dedication to academia and the relation between it and the love of his mother. before she died in 1993. He says,”If it wasn’t for her and her tragic death, I don’t think I would have developed the strong mind that I have today.” The optimism these students share is similar.

Despite societal and other setbacks these students transcend the norm to become some of the most outstanding students in NYC. As a result, the New York Times gave them each $5000. Fairusa has also received numerous scholarship and grant offers from schools such as Skidmore and SUNY Binghamton. Edward has decided to attend Syracuse University in the Fall of 1999.

Read Fairusa’s award winning essay and about her long wait on getting to the USA.

Read Edward’s Award winning essay.

Thanks to AOL / Time Warner

By Jon Kui

(2002) First, HarlemLive would like to thank AOL Time Warner for their generosity. After receiving a 25,000 grant from AOL Time Warner, staff members of HarlemLive paid a visit to AOL’s representatives. Throughout the day, we prepared our arguments for why HarlemLive was a wise investment, and our supervisor, Richard Calton, reassured us of our duties. Although Rich guaranteed he wouldn’t say much at the meeting, he seemed to be the most nervous.

After the initial anxiety and awkwardness, the crew relaxed. Everybody did their part and it went just as planned, if not better. The representatives were surprisingly “down to earth” and their personality helped us feel at ease It was up to the AOL representatives to pave the way for us. We entered knowing where we were coming from, and we left knowing where we were going; we left knowing a little bit of our future.

Overall, the meeting was a success. HarlemLive left with a better knowledge of what to do in the future, and AOL left with a better understanding of HarlemLive. We reassured the representatives they made a wise choice in teaming up with our news organization. HarlemLive can only grow and get better with AOL Time Warner’s assistance.

Nyiesha Showers

Reporter / Writer


My name is Nyiesha Showers, but everyone knows me as Nyi. I’m from Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, New York and I was born on February 26, 1994. Besides from reporting and freewriting, I like to party, read books and just hang out with my friends.What intreseted me in Harlem Live is that I liked the fact that we get to figure out what we are going to report and we can write about what ever is on our minds. I think I can contribute a wise mind and a dedicated spirit to Harlem Live and Harlem Live could help me with my people skills and to make me a more better and cool person.

Al-Amir Jordan

Video Production / Mentor

Name: Al-Amir H. Jordan 
Age: 21 (02-26-1985) 
Occupation: student at NYC College of technology, Wingspan Arts Inc.
Career Goal: Finish school and start on Masters.

Hello everyone thanks for stopping by. I hope what you liked what you seen on the site already. As you can see my name is Al-Amir Jordan and I was born and raised in America . My parents and my older siblings are from Barbados which is a small island in the Caribbean that has a little over a quarter million citizens.

I enjoy the simple things in life from hanging out with friends to just watching Television. I really like being on the computer doing stuff. Right now to keep my stress levels down, I play games when I get a chance. I love taking apart my computer and putting it back together again, photgraphy, writing in my online journal (send email if you want to read it. contact info at the bottom), walking, listening to music, talking to my friends, having debates about what wrong with this country and what can be done to fix it. My friends and I get into debates a lot which is good because I learn something new every time.

Well if you want to know more about me, or have any question you can reach me 

HarlemLIVE Teaches Foreign Youth in Vermont

2004 – “Harlemlive was something that opened my eyes on the world,” said Russian exchange student Darya Zolotova, “To see 17-year old kids who’ve already achieved so much …. It’s something I’ll remember all my life.”

Zolotova participated in last year’s Project Harmony a series of workshops for participants of the US State Department-funded Future Leaders Exchange Program. Last year four HL youth were flown to Middlebury College in Vermont to conduct workshops with 30 high school exchange students from 12 former Soviet countries. The HL staff

were such a hit, they were asked to attend again this year. Web designer Shem Rajoon, Editor Chris Davis, Video Editor Aisha Al-Muslim and She Thang Editor Ashleigh Covington represented HL.

The HL teens were there to teach the youth how to create web magazines with few resources, of which HL has been an expert. HarlemLive was there to encourage them and to let them know there are teenagers doing the same thing in their own community,” said veteran HL member,Rajoon.

“For me, I get a chance to see that pepole all over the world are not much different than we are.

Photos from previous year’s trip w/ Kyesha Edwards, Kat Vorotova, Eddie Aung, Shem Rajoon

Donnie Delarose

Journalist / Poet

Oct 2002 – What’s up my name is Donnie. I am 18 years old, and I attend City-As-School. I used to go to Beacon High School. I’m originally from California, but now live uptown in Washington Heights. I like to write poetry, rap, and play sports and video games. I heard about Harlem Live through a teacher who said that I had great writing skills and should look into an internship that involved writing. And I did just that. I had a previous experience with journalism, when I wrote for my junior high school newspaper. I am the oldest of five. I have two little brothers and two little sisters. I hope to have a good experience here and be able to leave with knowledge that will maybe benefit me in the future.

Sharpton Back from Jail

photography by Danya Steele

Rested and recharged, an energetic Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton was back home at the House of Justice, the headquarters and home of his National Action Network, after spending 86 days of a 90 day sentence in a federal prison for protesting the Navy’s bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. 

In his hour-long address, Sharpton all but declared his intentions to run for President in 2004, hinting campaign reforms and attacking the military industry complex as major issues in need of public and political attention. He also seemed to be on the verge of endorsing Fernando Ferrer for NYC mayor in Ferrer’s race for the Democratic nomination in September. However, he said he would not decide definitely on his political endorsement for another week. 

“I stand by those who stand by me,” said Sharpton to a packed house that included Cornell West, Fernando Ferrer, Adam Clayton Powell III and the parents of Amadou Diallo and Patrick Dorismond, both of whose sons were shot down by New York City Police officers. Stephanie Mills introduced Sharpton’s address with a rousing rendition of her signature hit, “Home.” 

Sharpton’s 90 day sentence was reduced slightly, three days off for good behavior and an additional day off for the day that Sharpton was arrested. 

Sharpton was finally released on Friday, August 17, 2001. He spent his first two days stretching his legs, immediately getting back into the swing of things. He began Friday morning by marching from the exit doors of the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn to 45th Street and Third Avenue, where a pregnant woman, her sister, and 4-year-old son were murdered on August 4th by an off-duty police officer, Joseph Gray, who police say was driving while intoxicated. 

On Saturday he walked through the streets of Harlem after addressing a warm and adoring crowd at the N.A.N., before a day-long agenda, which concluding in an informal appearance at the renowned Cotton Club in Harlem, NYC. Reverend Al Sharpton’s passion is far from extinguished–if anything, it’s replenished while he roars, “You can lock me up, but you’ll NEVER lock me down!!!”.

The Older the Better

by Kelly Koblacki

Oct 2000-

On Tuesday, October 3, at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, in Harlem on West 116th Street, hundreds of people of all ethnicites gathered together to celebrate the birthday of a man; who brought these people hope for a brighter future, Reverend Al Sharpton.

Before the ceremony had started, the camera crew from Harlem Live and I spoke to some of the general public, looking to find out how they were feeling about this joyful event. A 26 year old accountant named Melba Hurly from 105 St Manhattan was glad to say AlSharpton is one of the greatest politicians because he’s more than proud to stand up for what he believes in. 

Once Reverend Sharpton walked in the room with his wife and two daughters, the crowd immediately stood up and cheered with excitement! The moment was so ecstatic. It was easy to feel the vibes, they were nothing but good! 

There were many dignitaries there to speak highly of Reverend Sharpton, such as Denise Richardson from WLIB, Brenda Blackman from UPN 9 news, Isaac Hayes from 98.7 Kiss FM, Mr. Johnny Cochran, Reverend Martin Luther King III, and many many more! People were laughing , smiling, having a great time and cracking jokes, especially comedian Dick Gregory. “If you dream it, you can be it! A perfect example of that is Al Sharpton” said Denise Richardson. Al Sharpton’s got your back. We’re all safer and better human beings thanks to Reverend Sharpton,” says Johnny Cochran.

It was plain to see that everyone was more than happy to be a part of the Reverend’s birthday celebration. Everyone held hands as a female deacon thanked the lord for Reverend Al Sharpton. We are all grateful for his beliefs in stopping police brutality, standing up for human rights, good deeds, courageous acts and social and economic justice. “If there was no Al Sharpton, we’d have to invent one!” said Denise Richardson.