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!!!”.

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!

.::Danya::.

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 MagazineMigente.com, 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 BlackPlanet.com’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…

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.

Kelly Koblacki

Journalist

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!