My first time seeing a Harlem World Magazine was around 2005 or 2006. I remember seeing these font letters spelling out Harlem World Magazine that seemed to have an allure that pulled me to it.
And then the presentation of the articles about historical and current events, people, fashion and entertainment happening in Harlem, just captivated me. It was like the very first times I ever read Ebony, or Essence Magazines.
I was reading about African Americans through passionate writers who were telling us about our Heroes and Sheroes. It was like drinking water after a week-long walk in the desert.
I knew immediately I wanted to get a subscription and learn more about this magazine that was telling the story of African American culture happening in a thriving community in New York City Known the world over as Harlem.
That was some 17 years ago and now I am privileged to be one of the contributing writers to the on-line magazine that has grown over the years from a lifestyles magazine, to an important networking and event hub for those in and around Harlem that are our influencers from all walks of life, making Harlem and communities around the globe, stronger.
Harlem World Magazine relishes the great history that launched an arts era that changed America’s pop culture forever as it became the mecca known as The Harlem Renaissance, or the New Negro Movement, known to the world. And since its inception in 2003, Harlem World Magazine, led by Danny Tisdale, has worked to maintain that rich history.
When we think of The Harlem Renaissance, we think of the music, jazz, blues, big bands, and fashion, all of the glitz and glamour of the beautiful people, but for Tisdale, the true essence of its greatness is found in the literature and journalism from world renowned authors, poets, songwriters, and the intellectual visionaries who established Harlem as the “greatest” community in the world.
People like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and then later, James Baldwin and Maya Angelou, would set the world on fire with their exposes about black life in America, and would become heralded as the conscious writers to the world about the Negro suffrage and plight.
Since its inception in 2003, Harlem World Magazine, led by Danny Tisdale, has worked to maintain the history of The Harlem Renaissance and its great legacies by meshing a publication of both past and present as a life and style company.
It has always been Tisdale’s desire to give back to the community in a way that honors the current and next generations of writers, poets and visionaries by showing them they stand on the shoulders of those who ignited the renaissance.
With that, the 1st annual Harlem World Magazine Summit aptly themed “A Beacon on the Hill’ was held in November of 2020.
Originally to be a gathering for patrons to participate in this honoring of achievers event, acknowledging local businesses and influencers, and to raise monies to provide for the continual education and networking opportunities for young visual artists and entrepreneurs, the event had to become a virtual presentation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I want to give Mr. Danny Tisdale and his staff at Harlem World Magazine, as well as the partners, supporters, and sponsors, a special KUDOS for creating this 1st of what will become an auspicious annual event that Provides our youth hope, opportunity, and guidance from those now who know that we are standing on the shoulders of our ancestors who paved the way for a Harlem Renaissance and beyond.
Quotes From Great Harlem Writers
“Black is beautiful. Black isn’t power. Knowledge is power. You can be black as a crow or white as snow but if you don’t know and you ain’t got no dough, you can’t go and that’s for sho’.”
— ― Lewis H. Michaux, Harlem
The Harlem Renaissance
Was a blossoming (c. 1918–37) of African American culture, particularly in the creative arts, and the most influential movement in African American literary history. Embracing literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts, participants sought to reconceptualize “the Negro” apart from the white stereotypes that had influenced Black peoples’ relationship to their heritage and to each other. They also sought to break free of Victorian moraL values and bourgeois shame about aspects of their lives that might, as seen by whites, reinforce racist beliefs. Never dominated by a particular school of thought but rather characterized by intense debate, the movement laid the groundwork for all later African American literature and had an enormous impact on subsequent Black literature and worldwide. While the renaissance was not confined to the Harlem district of New York City, Harlem attracted a remarkable concentration of intellect and talent and served as the symbolic capital of this cultural awakening.
“... Harlem was home; was where we belonged; where we knew and were known in return; where we felt most alive; where, if need be, somebody had to take us in. Harlem defined us, claiming our consciousness and, I suspect, our unconsciousness.”
— Ossie Davis, “With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together”
Harlem World Magazine Summit(HWMS): “A Beacon on the Hill”
In November 2020 – at the conclusion the 2020 celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance – Harlem World Magazine will host its 1st Annual HWM Summit, with the theme Harlem: A Beacon On The Hill, designed to spark new ideas and conversation around the arts, business, philanthropy, community and journalism.
We will feature talks, panels and workshops with today’s leaders, legends, and trailblazers of the Harlem community and beyond. We will discuss the topics that bind our communities together as well as what we need to do to move forward and upward in these turbulent times. This summit is a platform designed to generate ideas, bring people together, and spark change for good –to build a stronger community for all.
This includes a crown sourcing campaign for the Harlem Youth Publishing Empowerment (HYPE) program in collaboration with Columbia University in Harlem where we recruit and train Harlem’s next generation of publishers.
“Well, I was looking for Justice," said Simple. "I was tired."
"Tired of what?"
"Of hearing the radio talking about the Four Freedoms all day long during the war and me living in Harlem where nary one of them freedoms worked--nor the ceiling prices either.”
— Langston Hughes, “The Return of Simple”
"All along our goal has been to bring our content to life. The summit is important because for the first time we're bringing together leaders, legends, and trailblazers together in Harlem each year based on reader analytics. I thought that if Harlem took the lead with conversations about solving problems in Harlem maybe it's a template that might work in other communities like Harlem."
"Over the next 5 years, we want to continue to give the readers what they want. We want to do that by creating more conversations with more Harlem leaders, legends, and trailblazers, that are bi-monthly or quarterly Harlem Salons. We want to partner with more Harlem electeds, organizations, and small businesses that want to bring their voices to the table. 2-3 years down the road it would be great to bring these conversations to other communities like Harlem (Oakland, East St. Louis, Detroit, Watts, etc.,). 3-5 years down the road bringing a Harlem World Magazine template to those same communities (Oakland World Magazine, East St. Louis World Magazine, Detroit World Magazine, Watts World Magazine, etc.,)."
— Danny Tisdale
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