Demetria Irwin

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Harlem welcomes Vivrant Beauty to the neighborhood

Elegant. Fresh. Open. Welcoming. Those are words to describe the space where Vivrant Beauty in Harlem resides.

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‘Lemonade’ is the Black woman power anthem

If Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is the new Black power anthem, then Beyoncé’s entire “Lemonade” album is the new Black women power anthem.

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Tanya Wright: A butterfly rising

Former child star Tanya Wright reflects on finding her way back to work after the loss of her brother.

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Brooke Obie: A pen, faith and lots of love

“I know that God loves me.” That statement is what has kept writer and editor Brooke Obie afloat.

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Jennifer Jones Austin: A survivor with a purpose

Jennifer Jones Austin may not speak from a pulpit every Sunday, but she views her role as executive director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies as her “calling.”

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Daniel Jose Older’s ‘Shadowshaper’ is a magical must-read

If books were rated like video games, I would give “Shadowshaper” by Daniel Jose Older an “E” for everyone.

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Harlem Arts Fest brings free family fun uptown

The fourth annual Harlem Arts Festival wrapped up over the weekend, and the event was a major success. The free, multi-day festivities held in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park drew more than 1,000 attendees.

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Dr. Stephanie Desgrottes: Helping children in Haiti and Harlem

Dr. Stephanie Desgrottes is a pediatrician at Columbia Doctors, but her work with children and the community at large does not stop once she leaves her tiny patients for the day.

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Max Tapper is ‘The Fit New Yorker’

At 6-foot-5 and a chiseled 230 pounds, Max Tapper’s own body is perhaps the best advertisement for his personal training business.

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Ebony LaDelle uses coloring books to highlight authors of color

In terms of diversity, book publishing in the United States lags well behind other industries.

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