Ryan O’Neil Edwards

Reporter Writer

(2000) Hi my name is Ryan-O’Neil Edwards, I’m a vocal major at LaGuardia High School of music & art & performing arts I’m 17 years old. I’m on my school’s track team for three years, in those three years I’ve won over five borough championships in the 300, 200 and 100 meter dash as well as the high jump, I placed second in the high jump for the city championship. I hope to lead a successful life as a music theory, history and voice teacher.

Eddie Aung

Editor in Chief (2002/2003)

(2002) I remember that moment. It was around 10 pm. I can even remember the exact date. March 22, 2000. I was near the window with my feet cold from 13 hours of flight. I peered out the window. All I could see first was the flickering lights under the gray clouds. I lost track of the lights for a while as the plane descended through the clouds. Then again I could see the lights again. But this time more clearly and vividly. That was my first time to see the beauty of New York from the sky. I went numb for a second and couldn’t believe that I was actually going to step foot on the city that the whole world is talking about. It was a new experience for me. My dad was waiting for us, my mom, my sister and I at the airport. I headed for the exit and walked through the first automatic door and I started to get excited. I stopped between the two sliding doors. I felt like I was on the border line; behind me was the old world and in front of me was the new world. I took a step and the automatic door opened and the chilling wind gushed in. I stepped outside the airport and took a deep breath. I didn’t know why but I stood there for a while. Along the ride from Newark to my new house, everything was new to me, especially the Verrazano Bridge. 

I’m from a country called Myanmar. Well it used to be Burma. Life there was ordinary. I woke up every morning and go to school. Come back from school and do what I had to do. Everything was good for me there except my future; I have good friends. However education system is corrupted and there is no freedom of speech. The education there does not encourage creative ideas and concepts. Everything goes by the book. And the future of a student’s education level depends on how much money he has. No political talks in school. No such thing as the discussion about the government between the teacher and the students and such things are considered illegal. If anyone dare tried, he will not be seen the next day. The school library has nothing except comic books. No Charles Dickens or Shakespeare. 

I’ve always wanted to be like those successful people who started out their lives from uncertain situations. I felt like I’m like them, having passed through the hard times and starting a new future in New York. That is where HarlemLive comes in. I take it as a nurturing ground for all teenagers who want to be successful in the future. Working at HarlemLive is a life changing experience for me. Now here I am. I now really know who I am. I am the kind of person who will get what he wants. The word “Impossible” is not in my dictionary. Let’s just say that I’m determined, inspired, and never give up until I win. Yep.., until I win. 

Not enough? Describe myself more? 

Oh,..sorry. Well,. I like writing, but not a writer in my heart. So what are you??? Well,..Let say I’m kind of a…..what’s that word? Oh… yeah, “Science Freak.” Yep, I love astrophysics; own all of Stephen Hawking’s books. I graduated from Beacon High School with honors in Science and Social Studies. Are you a ,.. Yes. Yes, I’m a straight A student. School ain’t that hard. Education is really important for me. That’s why I didn’t follow my family to Washington DC when they moved. Didn’t wanna be in a new school in senior year. Hey,… I’ve travel thousands of miles. I don’t feel like traveling anymore. I’m in the bowling and chess team in school. My dad taught me when I was like 7 how to play chess. No,.. I’ve never been a chess champion, but trying to be one. If you wanna know more about me, send me an e-mail.. “eddyniso@yahoo.com” 

Update 06/13/06

Wow,…what a ride. I can’t say how much I love this organization. Now, I’m back in New York after 2 years of absence. The 411 on me right now is that I have my own business working as a technology consultant. What will I be in 5 more years? I’m sure I’ll be doing something exciting. 

Eddie is now back in his native Myanmar creating businesses.

Check out what I did at HarlemLIVE!!!

Kwami Coleman

Reporter / Writer

(2001) 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

Reporter / Writer

Fairusa Ibrahim

(1997) 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

Reporter / Writer

Ajah Omari Smith

(2002) 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

Reporter / Writer

(2000) 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


(2004) 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.