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.

Danya Steele

Editor in Chief / Journalist / Public Speaker

May 2001

Ok here’s the deal–> It’s virtually impossible-exorbitant even to express who I am in these words. Words were created by humans, yet we as humans were created by something higher so there’s no way to ever truly convey one’s personality through mere adjectives-no matter how verbose you are. I believe that in essence, this statement is true for all people-but I’ll hit you with a tidbit or two…

I’m a 16 year old high school junior who enjoys any thing positively creative. You can say I have a lot of things under my belt, but here at HarlemLive, my main focus is that of journalism. I’m a writer-and I’ve been a writer as long as my memory allows me to recall. Writing releases a certain emotion or aura that spoken words simply cannot do at times-and I like that. As far as future plans go, it’ll be a major in psychology with a minor in journalism. Then it’s off to obtain my doctorate-my Ph.D… JEAH MAAAAAN before you know it, it’ll Dr. Danya…and of course I’ll write some books in the process…but anyway, I’ll end this here. If you have any questions or comments concerning HarlemLive, feel free to call us here at 212.369.6275. Cya!


Profile from March 2004

20-year old Danya Steele is a prolific product of HarlemLIVE. A film producer, journalist, editor, and public speaker, Danya has worked in online media, radio, print, and broadcast with The AVE Magazine, Hot 97, Rolling Stone, FOX Network, WireTap, The Oxford Student, UCT Radio, and many others. 

Danya got her start as editor-in-chief of HarlemLIVE at age sixteen. She came in as a wide-eyed writer and quickly grew into much more. Danya has interviewed’s Omar Wasow in that website’s earliest heyday; investigated quality education in Harlem; and, directed an undercover expose on shelters for homeless teens in New York City. 

At seventeen, she was the headline profile for Teen People Magazine’s “20 Teens Who Will Change The World” for her work in youth media and advocacy and has since spoken on panels for Essence Magazine, Columbia University’s School of Journalism, National Association of Black Journalists, National Coalition Against Censorship, Ubuntu Education Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts, and others. Danya lectures frequently on the power of media literacy, the need for media reform, and representation of various groups in pop culture. 

Danya maintains her commitment to the grassroots organization that helped launch her career by serving as Chair of HarlemLIVE’s Board of Directors — the first alumni, and therefore youngest member, ever elected. Already, Danya has founded the organization’s first college preparatory program, The Ivory Tower Project, profiled by CBS and BET in spring of 2003.

Presently, she is co-producing her first full-length documentary, a discussion on the evolving identity of young Black America, and is a staff writer for The AVE Magazine, an urban culture publication that covers social and political issues. Danya has studied at University of Cape Town (South Africa) and Oxford University. Now back in the states, she is double majoring in political science and sociology. Her website will debut in Fall ’05…

Kelly Koblacki


Hi I’m Kelly, I’m an intern at Harlem Live from City-as-School. I am really into writing so ill hopefully be doing some writing. I think i have pretty good writing skills so ill put them to some use here. I’m 17 years old, my birthday is Februrary 19. I’m a Pisces/Aquarius. My birthday is in the middle of the 2 signs which makes me a little of both. I’m from Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn and i live with my mom, sister and grandma. Besides going to school i work at a bagel store and spend time with my friends. we chill, go to each others houses, go to shows/concerts, go out to eat at places such as Yaffa (i <3 Yaffa), dye hair, play with make-up, carry my lunch box and enjoy being girly! Music is an important part in ones life…it says a lot about a person. My favorite, the all chic band, The Lunachicks! I also like Blondie, The Smears, Metro Stylee, The Cure, Guns N Roses, The Toasters and a bunch of other ska/punk/girly rock/80s metal bands that i just don’t have the time or patience to list. I don’t mean to sound cheesy or anything but since I’m rambling about myself i might as well tell you, i like piercings and tattoos. I have 5 piercings not including my ears and 3 tattoos with more to come. Last, but certainly not least, I’m a big animal lover and… I LOVE PUGS!

Qasim Abdul-Aziz Davis

Journalist / Photographer

(12/2002) My name is Qasim Abdul-Aziz Davis I was born on September 21, 1985. I live with both my parents in an apartment in Harlem. I have two brothers and one sister. I am junior at Beacon high school. I enjoy playing sports listening to music (hip-hop), and writing. I am an open-minded Muslim that enjoys debating and discussing politics. Most of my time is spent writing poetry playing baseball and listening to music. I like to critique music and find myself versatile when it comes to what I listen to. I first started writing for Harlem overheard and write about a large rage of topics. My favorite color is red it has a cool quality to it and it stands for so many things that but you cant help but enjoy it’s glow. Philosophy is my stat of mind servile is my natural instinct I think therefore I am. I am a new staff member and look forward to the challenges up a head. I try to be active in my community and socially aware. Free styling is an escape for me a long with writing so I do it instead of exploding into a violent rage. The types of things that I bring to Harlem Live are an open and young but wise school of thought, that loves to write, and tries not to deviate from the truth.

Diamond Bradley


 What it do baby? It’s the iceman Diamond/I got my mind like myself just shinin’/ Nah, let me stop. It’s Diamond B. though from BK reppin’ all day till the day, I’m a 17 years young Aquarius tryin’ to give all of you sports fanatics the news. I currently attend Canarsie High School in Brooklyn, and cannot wait till I exit the front door through those metal detectors for the last time. In the meantime, I’m trying to achieve my future goal of becoming a sportswriter. At the same time, I don’t want to be too bland with my wordplay. I want to present a new flavor and taste to the world of sports reporting, and something that you definitely wouldn’t be able to find by reading Mike Lupica, Jay Mariotti, or Woody Paige, who are all great writers. I wanna be mentioned if not with them, then mentioned above them. My “favorite writers list” stretches from Mike Lupica, sportswriter for the N.Y. Daily News,   Jay Mariotti, sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune, Micheal Smith, sportswriter for, to Walter Dean Myers, Charles Barkley, Sistah Soljah(I have only read one of her books and I think that you all know what that is), and myself.             I enjoy reading, but I tend to have a difficult time finding literature that relates to my life. I like to read about real things that people in the ghetto in the hood, such as myself can relate to. Therefore, my library of literature is mostly limited.                               

I love music, and I could live without it, but that would be a real hard life to live. I’m listening to Jay-Z while I’m typing this as a matter of fact. He just so happens to be one of my favorite artists, along with The Notorious B.I.G. of course, Pac of course, Papoose, 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Gravy, and myself. For the girls,   R&B sweethearts in my MP3 Player range from Cherrelle, the old school Janet Jackson (“Pleasure Principle”) , Keyshia Cole, Mary( do I really have to finish her name?), and my fellow Aquarius home girl Alicia Keys. Besides that, I like to write. I can’t say love yet because I have a tendency to fall in love with hobbies quickly and leave them alone just as fast. So, I’m trying to take my passion for this as slowly as possible. Now, one thing I do love without a doubt is sleeping. I can fall out like somebody hit me son for real. I’m   a real laid back dude. I am enjoying the road that Harlemlive has placed me on. Hopefully it will lead me to many more avenues than what Brooklyn has to offer. Look out for my articles on the site!

Iyana Gary

Reporter / Writer

Hello, my name is Iyana Garry and I am a Lead Writer at HarlemLive, whatever that means. In my future, I see myself as a writer rather than a reporter, since everyone thinks that reporters are nothing but vultures who get up in your face with a camera and a mic whenever you and your scandal end up in court. However, Writing will be my career/hobby, while I work my way to the top of a major business corporation. Afterhours, I’ll be driving a baby blue Lambourgini to my 4,000 sq. ft Estate house up in East Hampton, making delicious cuisine for me and my French love slave. LMAO, in other words, I see myself with a luxury life, enjoying the fruits of my labor.

Heather Guerrero

Reporter / Writer

Hi, my name is Heather Kay Guerrero. I was just told to write a few things about myself – so bare with me. The basics are that I’m 19 years old, I’ve lived in New York my whole life and that’s pretty much it. I plan on attending New York City Technical College in the fall where I will be studying art and advertising design. Right now I am interning here at Harlem Live and that’s about it. Other than that, I spend most of my time out with my friends and going upstate. Till then, I’m just enjoying my life and living it to the fullest.