Up Close with CC Minton: Olympian Diane Dixon Still on Top

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Olympian Diane Dixon still wears Team USA red, white and blue and holds an American Track and Field World record.  I would love to say I caught up with Diane, but I wouldn’t dare try. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: First Lady Welcomes Young Chefs to the White House

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First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to the White House Kids’ State Dinner on July 14, 2016. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: A Conversation With Opera Singer Divaria

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There is nothing like the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Between parties, shopping and spending time with family, I find it refreshing to meet up with someone who is exciting and breathes life into a conversation as one season ends and another begins.   Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: King Tut Exclusive on Fifth Avenue

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The Discovery of King Tut’s exclusive preview was held at Premiere Experiences, 417 Fifth Avenue, in New York City.  The event took place on Thursday, December 18, 2015. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: Band Leader Dannis Winston Visits Harlem

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International Band Leader, Dannis Winston, visited Boys & Girls Harbor to teach the first Master Class ever offered by someone other than a faculty member. The first Master Class of its kind took place on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: Dust Settles After the NYC Marathon

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On Sunday, November 1, 2015, fifty thousand runners took to the streets to run the New York City Marathon. The event kicked off in Staten Island and ended in Central Park. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: Marcus Samuelsson Joins C-CAP Board of Directors

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Marcus Samuelsson, internationally acclaimed chef, restaurateur and author, was named Co-Chair of the Board of Directors by Careers through Culinary Arts Program along with Mark Weiss, Chief Investment Officer of RFR Holdings. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: African Health Now Celebrates Gift of Life

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African Health Now held its “Gift of Life” inaugural benefit hosted by the organizations Board of Directors.  n and took place at Chelsea Piers’ Sunset Terrace on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Continue Reading →

Up Close With CC Minton: Shark Tank Makailah Ulmer Visits Melba’s

Shark Tank Makailah Ulmer is coming to town.  That was the buzz around New York City.  The eleven year old Founder and CEO of Bee Sweet Lemonade was invited to a private “Meet and Greet” hosted by World of Money and Melba’s Restaurant in Harlem.

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Up Close with CC Minton: Nick Cannon Attends Harlem School of the Arts Gala

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The Harlem School of the Arts hosted its 50th year anniversary in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel.  The star-studded event recognized the achievement of artists, community leaders and activists while raising funds crucial to empowering young people from under-served communities in Harlem and throughout the city. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: Cheri Restaurateur Hosts Private Party for FYI TV Network “B.O.R.N. to Style”

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Cheri French Bistro Restaurateur Alain Eoche hosted a private party celebrating the new show “B.O.R.N. to Style”.  Cast members were on hand for the celebration.  The event took place Friday, September 11, 2015 at 122 Lenox Avenue in Harlem.

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Up Close with CC Minton: First Lady Hosts White House Kids State Dinner

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosted fifty-five young and talented chefs at the White House “Kids State” Dinner. Continue Reading →

Harlem Wellness Challenge: Healthy Skin Is In

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Living a healthy lifestyle is pretty popular these days.  Eating well and staying active are the most popular choices on the menu. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: Jody Watley Hits the Dance Floor at Lincoln Center

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Grammy Award winning artist Jody Watley took front and center stage at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Nights Swing on Thursday, June 25, 2015.  The evening felt like a “Throwback Thursday” of the 80’s featuring disco, funk and the original and distinctive moves of a dance style known as Waacking.

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Harlem Wellness Challenge: Harlem Run One-Miler Success

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On Sunday, June 19th, Harlem United and Harlem Run co-hosted the first Harlem One-Miler Run.  The event was held at Marcus Garvey Park to raise funds in support programs and services offered by Harlem United.

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Harlem Wellness Challenge: We Run Harlem

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We Run Harlem! It’s like a mantra in motion.  You see them running the streets, sprinting through parks and even darting between cars. Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: Iconic Fashion Designer Stephen Burrows Kick Starts a New Collection

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Stephen Burrows, one of the most influential black designers in American history, was joined by guest and legends of the fashion world at JB b.o.r.n. Vintage Fashion Show Room in Harlem.

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Up Close with CC Minton: Award-Winning Common Gets Personal

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Who best to get up close and personal with than award-winning artist Common with a room full of music lovers in New York City. The Golden Globe, Academy and Grammy award- winning entertainer approached the stage with his musical entourage at Harlem MIST on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.   Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: Award-Winning Seven Brown Expands Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic

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Award-winning and internationally licensed esthetician Seven Brown hosted an opening reception of her new venture Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic (HSLC), on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  The full-service skin and laser center is the first of its kind above 96th street (east or west side of Manhattan) that services men and women of different ethnicity.

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Up Close with CC Minton: C-CAP Awards NYC Public School Students & Alumni

At the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) New York Awards Breakfast, C-CAP President Susan Robbins alongside C-CAP Founder & Chairman Richard Grausman presented more than $750,000 in scholarships and cash awards to 21 high school seniors and alumni at the Pierre Hotel on Friday, April 17th. Continue Reading →

Harlem Wellness Challenge: Fitness Tips for Spring

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Spring is here, well it’s supposed to be here since it’s March 26th! We’ve put together some spring exercise tips to help you get yourself going after being stranded inside with that awful winter weather! Continue Reading →

Up Close With CC Minton: NYC Student Chefs Turn Cooking into Cash

CCAPComfront2By CC Minton On Thursday April 2nd, twenty-two New York City public high school students competed for hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Cooking competition.  Continue Reading →

Harlem Wellness Challenge: Healthy Eating – All Day All Night

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How many times have you heard it before?  Eat your fruits and vegetables.  Don’t eat too much sugar and you have got to try that new no-fat diet.  Continue Reading →

Interview: Dick Parsons and Alexander Smalls Honored by C-CAP

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On Tuesday, March 3rd, Former Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Dick Parsons and Executive Chef & Harlem Restaurateur Alexander Smalls were honored, in front of 800 guests, at the 25th Anniversary Benefit celebration of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). Continue Reading →