Larcenia Cooper – Reporter

Hi!

My name is Larcenia Cooper, and I’ll be 17 years old in July (1999) . I live in Manhattan on the upper west side and I attend Hunter College High School. I am in the 11 grade, and am on the swim team, and the track team. I live with my father, step-mother, and my two brothers. 

I don’t like writing profiles because I am not sure what to say about myself. I spend most of my time nowadays doing homework, studying for SAT’s, and doing stuff for Harlem live. I joined Harlem live to improve my computer and writing skills, but it actually turned out to be allot of fun. Anyway I don’t have much else to tell you so if you have questions then e-mail me at Lcooper @ Harlem live.org.

Cadidra Johnson – Reporter

My name is Cadidra Johnson and I’m a senior in Urban Peace Academy. I am 17 years old. My birth date is November 19, 1982. My interests are watching television, writing, singing, and dancing, and also going to the movies. 

In the near future, I would like to attend Delaware State University. I would like to major in psychology and maybe double major in business. My goal right now is to finish high school and go to college. My interest in music are, Yolanda Adams, Gospel singer, Cash money millionaires,and many others. I am a cool person with both females and males but most of the time I like to stick to myself. I like to avoid problems in an adult and respectful manner. I rather be a peer mediator than to be part of the coflict. So any one that need a friend I’m here to talk to.

Erica Sosa – Reporter

My name is Erica Sosa. The reason I want to work with HarlemLive is because I feel it would be a good experience. If I ever grow an interest in working with computers someday, this would surely come in handy. I can also learn how to work with others and as a team. It is a privlage working on computers with HarlemLive because computers are the gateway to the future.
Now to write about myself. I was born on August 19th, 1983. I have one stepbrother and stepsister and a brother.I live with my mother. My interest are acting, singing, and drawing.

Matthew Martin Reporter

Hi, my name is Matthew Martin. I was born January 2nd, 1983. I’m currently 5 feet, 51/2 inches. I weigh 116 pounds. The school I go to is New York Prep. It’s on 113th Street and Second Avenue. 

I’m a nice young man that’s willing to put in a lot of effort for my work, so I can be the best that I can be. I will add more later.

Del Sledge – faculty advisor

This is an exciting time! As an educator I’ve seen many changes in the field of computer technology. The most important changes have been that of computer literacy for all and the availability of cutting edge technology to the public sector (especially schools). Change can be both good and frightening but it will be innovative projects such as HarlemLive which will help parents and children move into the new technological age smoothly with understanding, and purpose. I look forward to acting as an advisor to HarlemLive. This internet magazine will provide an opportunity for our children to take in the technological revolution and to be heard all around the world. As parents we look to supplement our children’s learning experience and to provide them with creative outlets. Let them take part…let them write, question, interview, photograph, brainstorm and build upon their current talents and skills. In doing these things our children will be able to show Harlem to the world, share the communities past accomplishments and rich history, and reveal our many diamonds.

Johnny Holmes Photographer

My name is Johnny Holmes. I was born January 18, 1982. I was born in Lincoln Hopital in the Bronx. I live with my grandmother, Francis Butler, my siter, Ashley, my older brother, Lamont Butler, and my two cousins in East Harlem. 

Johnny Holmes w/ sister Ashley and older brother Lamont.

I love to play basketball and baseball. I am on five different basketball teams. I play uptown, downtown, cross town. Some people refer to uptown as the west side, but I play in the Bronx, too. I also coach kids 12 years and younger in basketball.

My goals are to be a basketball player and a lawyer or school teacher. When we argue in school, I always come out on top. I’d like to be a teacher because I’ve had a lot of good teachers.

I’d like to work on HarlemLive because with the internet, you learn a lot of new and different things . You read and see things you’ve never seen before. It’s like a real life adventure.

Tiffany Santiago – Reporter

My name is Tiffany Antoinette Santiago. My birthday is February 9, 1983. I am the oldest child of four. I attend school at Manhattan East. I am currently in the eighth grade, and hope to attend high-school at Laguardia high-school. When I get older I want to become a pediatrician or a actress. Right now I am very interested in art. I like working on Harlemlive because you are able to learn different things about Harlem and because you are also able to see and learn from the internet. I also like writing for Harlemlive because I like writing stories and I like to interview people. I also like to go out and see the things I am writing stories on.

Kevin Benoit – Editor in Chief (2004-2006)

2004 – Kevin is an entrepreneur from Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He enjoys long walks on the beach and romantic movies. What more can one say. Kevin is a Capricorn born January 2nd. He is younger than you might think and he is currently in his second year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He is a graduate of George Wingate High School in Brooklyn. One day Kevin would like to become a lawyer/author and live in a mansion next to the shore of Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. 
Kevin has been at HarlemLive since June, not long but he is already the Editor In Chief and has written many articles on the site including features on Eric Jerome Dickey, Vickie Stringer, and Ms. Slyvia Woods owner of Slyvia’s World Famous Restaurant. 
Kevin does it all, business man, friend, student, “the man” and believe me “HE GETS THE JOB DONE.”

Here at HarlemLIVE

by Kevin Benoit

Sept 2005 – Here at HarlemLIVE “we gets busy,” figuratively speaking that is. Sure HarlemLIVE is the site you click on to get all the latest news in the community, around the city and around the globe, but inside the office there are tons of stories everyday. 

By now if you are checking out the site you know that HarlemLIVE is a youth run online publication. We are an award winning journalism program that includes news articles, investigative stories, opinion pieces, personal essays, poetry, photography and video documentaries. The students organize events, conduct workshops and sit on panels, increasing their networking and public speaking abilities.
HarlemLIVE is a year round program where young adults ages 13-21 volunteer their free time to do something that is positive and fun. Over the course of the summer students come out in packs because of their newly found free time. Schools out leaving students with a void for that mental stimulation that they love and can’t get enough of. HarlemLIVE provides that stimulation for the everyday teen and it also provides them, with something positive to do with their time.

This summer most of the staff has come via Summer Youth Employment. Almost 30 students entered this program at the beginning of July all getting paid to do something fun and exciting. We also accepted another 8-10 students who came in as volunteers making the opening to our summer a very promising one. 

Every summer we have our Youth Media Challenge where we split the staff into teams where they compete against each other for prizes and chances to fill up open slots of our executive staff. The students learn everything that we do throughout the year getting a crash course in how to run an online magazine. Usually we have three teams and that is successful but this year after some of the staff members realized that HarlemLIVE was not the organization for them or after we realized that they were not the staff for HarlemLIVE the three teams were broken down to just two. So all summer Keeping It Real Entertainment (KIRE) and Supernova battled head to head. Both teams were lead by long time staff members, KIRE led by Jessica Batson who joined the staff in May and Supernova led by Tracey Casseus who joined the staff in October of 2004. As leaders they learned that taking responsibility for the bad as well as the good is not always fun. They learned how to really run an online publication. We taught them well if I can say so myself.

The teams were put through the regular competition with a few twists and turns along the way and a few improvements to match the new technology in the world. They did the flyer contest-a competition to see who could pas out the most flyers in the least amount of time-they tried to write as much stories as possible, put together the best video, and even developed the best blogs and pod casts, 
All the participants can tell you that the competition started out shaky but it ended with a bang. The competition culminated with our annual award ceremony at Bloomberg’s Headquarters. At the ceremony we announce the winning team, we give out awards to individual achievers and we announce the editors for the fall year. This year’s all around best individual achiever was Iyanna Garry. She won awards for best poem, best blogger, best essay and best health story. Steven Martinez was the winner for best story while Troy Robateau was the winner for best video. 

The winning team for the competition was Supernova coming off a lackadaisical performance for the first two weeks. Somehow they managed to get their selves back in the competition and in the end they gave their selves a chance to win it all. 

The new leaders for the fall and the immediate future were all people who made outstanding contributions throughout the summer. Our new Entertainment Editor, Keisean Marshall, wanted to meet Beyoncé when he joined HarlemLIVE-and he still wants to-but with HarlemLIVE he is so much closer to reaching his goal. 
Our new Video Director, Ranale Todman completed two videos over the summer and he showed that he gained the most out of the program and was willing to give the most back into it. Over the summer we somehow got twins on board a pair of outgoing young females from the Bronx. It turned out that they love marketing and after testing them out with on e of our open mics they proved that they are young marketing gurus in the making. Dejinay and Denaira Reid are out new Marketing Directors. Our new Health Editor, Tracey Casseus had been working on developing a template for the health page even before the summer began, but it was her strategy, dependability and ability to follow through that landed her the position. Iyana Garry became our lead writer because when you are that talented you deserve acknowledgement. Since then we have made her editor of the Community section as well as the Life in the City section. It’s only right being that she lives in Brooklyn, works in Manhattan, goes to school in the Bronx and spent all summer doing slideshows on Queens. Our newest Editor In Chief is Jessica Batson the leader for Keeping It Real Entertainment. When she joined in May Richard Calton said that she had potential to be the next leader and his prediction proved to be true. She is also the editor of Current Events and Politics. Mera Beckford is still out Managing Editor because no one can do that job as wonderfully as she can. As for me I have been promoted to Publisher of HarlemLIVE. That just means I am still the dedicated head male here. Look for some changes in these positions soon.
I asked some of the staff members about their feelings toward HarlemLIVE and the summer experience and here’s what they had to say. 

Tyrell Carlton, the longest serving member of HarlemLIVE that was placed on a team was the co-leader for team Supernova. He was also on last years winning team, Vertigo. He feels that he is a good luck charm and he is thinking about doing it again next year that way he can have a three-peat and maybe he’ll even be team leader. He says that the most interesting part of HarlemLIVE is “meeting new people and going on interesting stories.”

Jessica Henderson has learned that HarlemLIVE can be bigger than all your expectations. She was the co-leader for Keeping It Real Entertainment and she was a big part to keeping her team focused. “HarlemLIVE is more than I expected. I thought I was going to be a simple journalist. This is more important than I thought. Her greatest experience so far: Meeting Al Sharpton. She asked him if his hair was real.

Jasmine Hamm the youngest staff member this summer is entering freshman year of High School this September. Her growth over the summer was a joy to watch. “I love the experience,” she says. “It provides a lot that will benefit me in my future. I do stories, photography and I’m jumping into video as well.”HarlemLIVE recently did a presentation at the Apple Store. Members of the new look executive staff as well as alumni and members of the Board of Directors all took part in the presentation. The purpose was to inform other people and groups how we use technology and how it has benefited the organization. The presentation was a great experience for all of those involved especially those who hadn’t done much public speaking in the past.

In other news Tracey Casseus, our new health editor is working on our health page. It will soon be added to the HarlemLIVE website. The colors are different and it will standout but it looks very good. The page is being developed by HarlemLIVE alumni Justin Young.

Another breakthrough in the HarlemLIVE office is the monthly open mic series. Back in May we did our first Poetry Slam Series. It lasted a period of four weeks throughout May and June. The response was so huge and the events wee so successful that we had to go on and do another one. The turnout continued to increase so we just had to do it on a recurring basis. So the first Saturday of every month it goes down. Poets, singers, and performers from all over the city come out to perform at our office space.

Keisean Marshall – Entertainment Editor / Reporter

Keisean Marshall

July 2005

Keisean Marshall currently holds the Entertainment Editor duties at HarlemLIVE. He joined HarlemLIVE in the Summer of 2005. In his Senior year in Rice High School. He also holds the title of Editor and Chief of “The Raider Eye”and reporter for “School Sports Magazine.” 

Once Keisean is finished with college he plans to go in the career direction of Broadcast Journalism. He somewhat has his plans set- from age 21-32 he wants to report the news and anchor. From then on he wants to have his own Television Show. 

He is inspired by talk show host and journalist, Oprah Winfrey. For college he has his eye set on the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. He is a very focus person and very grounded for a 16 year old.

Keisean resides in Harlem with his younger sister and mother.

Keisean Marshall is a 16 –year- old student attending RICE High school. In his free time he hangs out with friends. Although he lives with his mother and baby sister, it doesn’t stop him from blasting hip- hop and R&B music. After Keisean completes his last year at RICE, he plans on getting a BA degree. He also wants to be a news anchor, host a talk show or own his own company. Keisean was asked why he came to Harlem Live “to put my foot into the door of journalism, you always have to start somewhere,” he replied.