It was truly “A Great Day In Harlem” on Sunday July 25th. A part of the Harlem Week 2010 festivities, the day was filled with programming for Harlemities and the rest of the City at the U.S. Grant National Park on West 122nd St & Riverside Drive.
Not even the rain that fell steady for sometime could send Harlemities on their way back home. Eventually, the rained stopped and the clouds parted for the sun. The umbrellas came down and “A Great Day in Harlem” resumed with JJ Hariston and Youthful Praise. Their moving performance lifted everyone’s spirits.
Following church, was the Urban Fashion Fusion Showcase. This year’s featured designs came from TBA, India Harper, RAIF ATELIER, Steven Daniel Designs, Harlem’s Heaven Hats, Ray Vincente, Brazilian Bezel Swimwear, SADOMS, Thomas Lavone Collection and Elizabeth Carson Racker.
“A Concert under the Stars” capped off “A Great Day In Harlem.” The concert, which was a tribute to The Sounds of Philadelphia, featured performances by Ray Chew & The Harlem Week All-Star Band, Elisabeth Withers, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Keith Sweat and a special appearance by Grammy Award winner John Legend.
It was a top quality FREE show. From the moment The Harlem Week All-Star Band warmed up by playing Diddy’s It’s All About the Benjamins, the stage was for a great evening. Elisabeth Withers sang No Regrets all through the Harlem crowd and even joined The Blue Notes on stage for a song. John Legend too joined The Blue Notes on stage to sing Legend’s remake of the Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes hit Wake Up Everybody. Knowing he could not come to Harlem and sing one song, Legend sang some of his hits including Ordinary People. Bringing the show to an end and the women to their feet, Keith Sweat’s set included Nobody moving women in the front row to scream along.
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