About Harlem World Magazine

HARLEMWORLDMAG.COM is the #1 magazine in the world for all things Harlem, helping readers live their best life around the block, around the world of Harlem.

“…My (site) spiked at five times my usual daily numbers. (I) had a note today from someone in Paris!” – A’Lelia Bundles

Harlem World Magazine has been dedicated to creating the best Harlem curated content online, in print and events, from health, politics, to the celebrities, the arts, real estate since 2003.

We love the Harlem World Reader, 60% of them are in Harlem, 20% of them in the United States and 20% of them are global.

danny_bw1Founded by Danny Tisdale who served as an advertising production director at Interview, Essence, and Details Magazines, and Barney’s N.Y., Tisdale’s idea was to create quality Harlem content using Harlem-based photographers, designers and writers for Harlem World Magazine. He has won awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Creative Time, White House Millennium Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); Gordon Matta-Trust, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the McArthur Foundation, and the Norton Foundation working as a visual artist in his Danny Tisdale Studio and staring in the reality tv show Colonial House.

On a bright and spring night in April, 2003, the premiere of Harlem’s first print company Harlem World Magazine hit the streets. In 2009, HarlemWordMag.com was launched to follow their readers wherever they were going and that was online with 50,000 readers a week. In 2013/2014 was awarded the Game Changer Award by the NAACP.

charles-tisdale-color1Harlem World Magazine’s editorial approach builds on a 35 year tradition of journalism started by his deceased my uncle Charles Tisdale at the Jackson Advocate. The Jackson Advocate is a strident voice for Mississippians who were poorly represented.

Charlies Tisdale, who I called Uncle Charlie was born in rural Athens, Alabama on November 7, 1926. one of a family of seventeen children. His father, my grandfather worked the land until the farm was lost in the Great Depression of the 1930s; thereafter he supported his family through day jobs and yard work. Uncle Charlie remembers him as a poet and songwriter, an intellectual who read three newspapers every day. Uncle Charlie’s mother (my grandmother) Winnie was “a stern and courageous woman”, who insisted that her children stand up for their rights. She was a fierce defender of the family who “would shoot in a minute”. In her last letter to Uncle Charlie, she said, “Please send me a new pistol as mine is rusty”. From the time he was 15, he worked the migrant circuit of tobacco farms, especially in Connecticut. However, at 18 he was able to enter college in Memphis, Tennessee, and began working at the Memphis World newspaper.

Uncle Charlie made a commitment to ensure the newspaper survived Klu Klux Klan bombings, and attacks from media outlets. The paper called it like it saw it, and it was challenging, and chastising.

“… I carry a lot of Mr. Tisdale with me … The biggest gift he  gave me was understanding what it meant to be committed to something.” – Ben Jealous, NAACP president

The paper encouraged discourse, critical debate, and understood the importance of having a voice for community ideas in his article “Tisdale’s Topics.”

Harlem World Magazine has evolved into a fun, positive and inspiring brand that celebrates Harlem life that locals and visitors enjoy in Harlem. But Harlem World is more than just a place, Harlem is a state of mind. A website that started to promote a great community that aspires to become an international brand. In fact, with over 2.5 million influential fans around the world annually, HarlemWorldMag.com has exploded.


Harlem World Digital Network

— 3 million+ Annual Unique Visitors

— 350,000+ WordPressFacebook, InstagramYoutube, Twitter (monthly)

— 35,000 Constant Contact served

— 5,000+ Harlem World Radio listeners (since September 2006)

— 140,000 minutes served through Harlem World Radio, including interviews with locals, electeds, and celebrities

— 10+ Event and media partners

— The Harlem World Network includes HarlemWorldMag.com, Harlem World RadioHarlem World TVHarlem World Website

and over 100 other local URLs planned ripe for future expansion in 2016.

Official Harlem World® Gear

— 30,000+ thousand served through Harlem World Gear

— 15+ Harlem World Gear products, and more

Harlem World Cares Charity

— Promote the importance of mentoring at risk teens with Harlem CARES

— Train interns with the Children’s Harlem Zone

— Columbia University STEAM mentoring Harlem youth at Beyond The Bricks

— The Harlem AIDS Blanket with Teachers College at Columbia Universities IUME program mentoring Harlem youth through the arts.

Harlem World In The Media

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