About

danny_bwHarlem World Magazine is the premier destination for marketing and distribution of Harlem news, lifestyle and entertainment content. We’re Harlem’s expert daily voice that’s edgy, humorous, politically aware–and completely unique.

Hailed by the NYTimes, Forbes and Savoy magazine for its work Harlem World Magazine expanded content offerings and social media connectivity now provides custom-ers with innovative experiences with a uniquely authentic Harlem sensibility.

Harlem World Magazine, was founded in 2003, is a company that curates Harlem online, events and in print content to a 30,000 weekly and growing network.

Founded 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.

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 33,000 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.”

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