These past few months I have spent my time volunteering with Something In The Water’s #VAForThePeople creative team on a nonpartisan community engagement and GOTV effort rooted in Virginia. Two of my sisters went to college in VA (shoutout Hampton U.), and after getting an opportunity to collaborate with their…

(reflections on past, present, and future, in the midst of COVID 19)

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“unaffected”

A friend I had an email exchange with used that word to suggest that they hoped my family and friends had not been directly impacted by the tragic events of COVID-19.

The sentiment was meant genuinely, sincerely…

“Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable” -James Baldwin

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s mini-series When They See Us recently premiered on Netflix. The series details the 1989 case of the now exonerated men previously referred to as the Central…

Designing A Master Vision Of Harlem: With, Not For

Historic picture of the Mart 125 corridor

In an age of spoiler alerts ruining your movie watching experience, when the community is involved, starting a conversation with the end in mind can be considered a more direct approach. The question many were left with after the June Mart…

Words from Lillian Wald, founder of Henry Street Settlement houses

My grandmother worked in the Lower East Side for 38 years at an organization that primarily started to create opportunity and equitable healthcare access to immigrant families and moms who were struggling. Came across this passage from the founder, and her words uttered in the 20th century appear to have…

The Town Hall Conversation You Probably Didn’t Hear About

Harlem’s Mart 125 located directly across from Apollo Theater, closed since 2001

The future of Mart 125, the former city owned vendor’s market on 125th across from the Apollo Theater has been in question for nearly two decades. The concept space, initially envisioned in 1979 as an attempt to bring street vendors inside…

Just came from speaking to a group of Black & LatinX teens in Harlem encouraging them to join the community board. I don’t think people truly understand how urgent their situation is, and why those designing their futures (tech community, talking to you) should care.

It took some time for…

Ken Miles

A guy who cares about Harlem. Strategist, HireHarlem Co-Founder, Manhattan Community Board 9, Former EIR @civichall, NMAAHC Ambassador, V.C. Thinker & doer.

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