History Dances back to Harlem

Legendary Harvest Moon Ball Winners Return to the Dance Floor

History dances back to Harlem.
Special guests Sonny Allen, Crystal Johnson, Tiny Thomas, Sugar Sullivan, and other winners of Harlem’s Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop dance contests from the 1950’s to the 70’s, will once again board the A Train to grace the dance floors of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center in Harlem.

The Harlem Swing Dance Society’s (THSDS) Harvest Moon Ball Swing Dance will take place Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 11p.m. at the center. The group is hosting the Harvest Moon Ball Swing Dance on behalf of the Harlem lindy hop community, both to welcome home the legendary dancers, and to commemorate Harlem’s dynamic contribution to the Harvest Moon Ball competitions.The dance will begin with a lesson from 6 p.m-7 p.m. A brief panel discussion to highlight each guest dancer’s individual contribution to Lindy hop will be followed by swing dancing to live music from The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra for the rest of the evening.

The honored guests will then judge the evening’s Strictly Lindy Hop competition at 10 p.m. Lindy hoppers of all ages will compete for prizes and the honor of participating in a final Lindy hop jam session with the night’s living legends. The dancing ends at 11pm.

During its heyday from 1935–1980, the Harvest Moon Ball was staged at Madison Square Garden, and then from 1980-1984 at other locations. It was the most heavily attended and most prestigious dance contest in New York City.

Couples from the tri-state area and beyond competed for titles in six categories that sometimes changed year-to-year, such as waltz, fox trot, jitterbug, conga, collegiate shag, and of course, Lindy Hop. Lindy Hop was always in the competition, and Harlemites from the Savoy Ballroom and the Savoy Manor won all but three or four of the titles over the years.

The Harlem Swing Dance Society’s mission is to reinvigorate, promote and preserve Harlem’s signature cultural dance, the Lindy Hop, in its Harlem home.

The Harvest Moon Ball Swing Dance:
Tuesday Oct 30th
6 – 11pm
Lt Joseph P Kennedy Jr Center 34 West 134 St (enter thru
135th St) New York, NY 10037

Tickets available at the door:
General admission $15; students with ID $13/seniors $10

Included in admission:
swing dance lesson.
Meet Harvest Moon Ball Winners,
7:30 – 11pm
Dancing to live band: The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, open Lindy Hop competition, Refreshments,
Strictly Lindy Dance Contest

Raffles tickets will be sold at the door.

Sponsored by The Harlem Swing Dance Society

The Great American Rap Album Pt. I

Peace Brothers and Sisters…

Hope all is well.

Just wanted to take the time out to drop the “willy bo-bo” on Lupe Fiasco’s latest project …..

Some may not overstand the all black packaging of this cd … yea that’s right yall ….

The album cover is pitch black with no title except a mandatory “parental advisory explicit content” label.

Even the booklet and cd holder inside …. I Love It!

All Black Everything.      (check out Lupe’s “all black everything” song)


During a FUSE interview, Lupe told Ashanti that his fans should listen to Johnny Cash’s “The Man in Black” song to give further insight on the packaging for his cd.

He wore black on behalf of the poor and hungry, on behalf of “the prisoner who has long paid for his crime”, and on behalf of those who have been betrayed by age or drugs. “And,” Cash added, “with the Vietnam War painful in my mind as it was in most other Americans’, I wore it ‘in mournin’ for the lives that could have been.’ … Apart from the Vietnam War being over, I don’t see much reason to change my position … The old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we’re not making many moves to make things right. There’s still plenty of darkness to carry off.” – (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Cash#.22The_Man_in_Black.22)


This album is completely for the elevation of mental consciousness.

Lupe exercises his first amendment rights as he spits bars of fire.

An album dedicated to social and personal awareness, there are few collaborations.


I’m very impressed and satisfied with the overall lyrical content and infectious rhythms of all 17 tracks …

Pete Rock’s “T.R.O.Y.” beat plays up the background on Around My Way (Freedom Aint Free) …. Fiasco gets up close and personally deep in the faces of all with the semantic wordplay of Bitch Bad …. while Audubon Ballroom spits fire at the soul ….

“Now I can’t pledge allegiance to your flag
Cause I can’t find no reconciliation with your past
When there was nothing equal for my people in your math
You forced us in the ghetto and then you took our dads
The belly of the beast, these streets are demons’ abs
I’m telling you that setup in them sit-ups is so sad
The system is a slab – Strange Fruition


Many eyebrows have been raised by this brother’s political views on voting and his latest comparison of President Obama to a terrorist.

To know Lupe Fiasco is to overstand and respect Lupe Fiasco.


The album is honest. Truth aint always pretty but it’s always welcomed.


People fear what they do not understand.

They fear for lack of knowledge.  SEEK KNOWLEDGE.


We all do not have to agree or follow with the masses, especially when historical and spiritual facts and evidence take precedence.


Many are called. Few are chosen.


Queen Rai’s Golden Ankh Rating: 1 – 5



Liberation through Education

Queen Rai Jas-Min