Kwami Coleman

Hey, my name is Kwami Coleman. I’m a Harlem native and presently a senior at LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts as an instrumental music major, studying piano. I’m one of the two pianists for the senior jazz band at school. Outside of school, I enjoy reading various works of literature and writing various styles of work. Even more so, I enjoy listening a vast array of musical types. Other than all that, I just like havin’ a good time, with friends or just lounging by myself. I hope to contribute my background in music as well as a different voice from the Harlem community.

Seul Shakee

My name is Seul Shahkee. It means the only peaceful warrior. Originally from da DR but grew up in east Brooklyn.  I am a very athletic person. I play Bball like almost everyday. And swim as much as I can. I like to do a lot of stuff for fun! Besides sports, I like to go to the movies. Go bike riding or just chill and wild out. In some of my free and bored time, I like to go on the net and chat wit my peepz.  “Life iz CrAzY”  I have a very complex personality. I am not afraid to try out anything new. I may hesitate a little, but I am definitely not afraid! I am very friendly, . I like all types of music especially Rap, Hip-Hop and R&B. I always keep an open mind at all times. I have my good qualities and bad ones. Sometimes I act crazy, sometimes I am calm and quiet. But, at anytime you catch me, I am always fun to be with. Want to find out more about SkillZ or maybe just holla back and Spread sum luv? You can holla at me on AOL/AIM. My Screen Name is DangSkillZ

Nkrumah Tinsley

Hi my name is Nkrumah Tinsley; I’m from Harlem, New York. I’m not really sure what I want to say so I’ll just tell ya the basics. I was born 04-05-82 in the middle of a snowstorm. My hobbies are sports, music, and computers. Even though I’m pretty lazy, I like to move around a lot. That’s part of the reason why whenever I go looking for a job I always try to get one where I’ll be mobile; even if I’m moving boxes, at least I’m not confined to a cubicle. I also want to co-own if not own, a night club in New York City. Working at HarlemLive is just one way of me exploring my interests in life.

Fairusa Ibrahim

Fairusa Ibrahim

Hi I’m Fairusa Ibrahim and I am a junior at George Washington High School. I was born in Accra the capital of Ghana. Ghana is a country in west Africa. It is always hot. Man, that sun use to be so hot over there I would feel like an egg frying in a pan. Ghana is a beautiful place to visit. You can dress anyway you want to depending on the weather conditions. My friend’s and I use to go to the beach to have fun. The water was clean and clear and the seafoods were fresh and affordable. Ghana is a country full of different ethnic groups and every ethnic group has a festival. I came to the United States a couple of years ago. My favorite sport is tennis. I am planning on going to college after I graduate from high school. I want to be either a pilot or a doctor. I recently joined HarlemLive and I am enjoying it. It is interesting and exciting. I am looking forward to working with the members and staff of HarlemLive. I encourage everybody to join.

Ajah Omari Smith

Ajah Omari Smith

What’s up? My name is Ajah Omari Smith and I was born in 1984, in the U.S Virgin Islands (on island of St. Thomas). I moved to New York City with my mother and my sister. Growing up in a big city was a major adjustment for me coming from a much smaller place like St. Thomas. I am a very shy and quiet person, yet on some occasions I will not be shy and quiet, if I choose not to be. Otherwise as far as my personality goes, I am a nice person and friendly, to a certain extent. I am 5′ 7″ and I pl ay varsity basketball for my high school team, Central Park East Secondary School. I have been playing varsity basketball for my school since I was a freshman. I have been the point guard for most of the time but I am being turned into shooting guard because I have become a more effective scoring threat. Besides playing basketball in my spare time, I like to chill with my friends and play a variety of other sports. As far as my future goes I am almost done with high school and I plan to attend college and major in marine biology, (mainly because I was born on an island and I like the water and the things in it). Besides just being a regular college student I want to play basketball for the school that I attend. Hopefully after I get out of college I will get a job in Marine biology and from this I want to build a successful career as a Marine biologist.

Chris Kidd Johnson

What’s up, my name is Chris Kidd – Johnson I was born and raised in Harlem. I attend Frederick Douglass Academy on 148th & 7th ave. When I grow up I hope to own my own business like my grandparents. Whatever I do in life I hope to enjoy it. I enjoy all kinds of sports such as basketball. Of course my favorite type of music is rap. I think the hottest rapper out right now is Jay-Z, no one else is on his level. But of course the greatest rappers of all time ares B.I.G and Tupac, may they both R.I.P. My major influences in life are my Mother and Father. They taught me just about everything I know in life. They have been there through thick and thin. May God bless and watch over my family and friends. Anything or anyone I left out, blame it on the head not the heart.

Ismael Alvarez / Writer

Hello my name is Ismael (Izzy) Alvarez, also known as Da Prodigal. I live in Queens New York.. I’m half Puerto Rican and half Dominican, I guess that’s the best of both worlds. I like to spend a lot of time writing music and getting better at my MC skills. I’m also a family man. When everything fades away and your left alone all you have left is family. I’m 17 years. I was born January 31st,1985. I like to hang out with friends, play ball and regular stuff kids my age would do. I go to city-as-school. I grew up in a single parent home, like most people my father was not there. My mom passed away April 21st ,1998, I now live with friends of hers and been living there since she died. My plans for the future is to graduate high school and go to college, hopefully go into music production.

Ohjani Gibson

Hello my name is Ohjani I was born in Queens at New York presbyterian hospital. I am a sixth grader at city school of the arts in Manhattan. I am a really nice person and I like to draw. I started writing blogs at Harlem live and I started liking it more than drawing. I guess I will follow a new road into can read my blog at


Fall 2006 
10th Annual Award Ceremony at ABC-TVMedia Mentors Series with The Elie Wiesel FoundationHL Seniors Begin College ApplicationsNew HarlemLIVE Staff Assume Leadership Roles New Office Space in th Offing 
Spring 2006HL Wins Union Square AwardsRoll the PressesDecade of success- A TimelineHarlemLIVE Seeks New HomeWIsh us a Happy 10th!A Thanks to our supporters this quarterView the PDF file (right click (windows) or control-click (mac) to save pdf to disk)
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