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"Meet The Contestants" - Meet The Next Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake 2020!

July 15, 2020 10:00 AM until August 15, 2020

MEET THE CONTESTANTS!


CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CONTESTANT!


*Voting available only July 15 until August 15


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 CHRISTOPHER

CHARITY: Children’s Aid Society ABOUT ME: 18, student, plans to go to HBCU w/ career in photography & fashion design. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: lots of history & success has come from here. I am Harlem.  FAVE MEAL: Jerk Chicken w/ jalapeños, sweet yam fries, Uptown. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Harlem Shake. I love to shake things up & make them my own by blending and mixing.


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GIGI

CHARITY: Children’s Aid Society ABOUT ME: 27, medical assistant, poet, artist, singer, spiritual, mother of 2, love to help others. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: streets scream of resistance, holding on to precious history & culture, home for beautiful Black creativity. FAVE MEAL: Harlem Jerk, truffle fries, FROZÉ. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Special sauce. It’s unique and a reminder of kindness.


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 JORDAN

CHARITY: Impact Repertory Theater ABOUT ME: 26, actor, former Naval officer and athlete, like writing, reading and fitness, making it in the big city along with my Queen. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: It is very much as alive with personality as the Harlem people themselves. FAVE MEAL: Hot Honey Chick Sandwich. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Hot Honey Chick Sandwich



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 KAY

CHARITY: Cristo Rey NY High School ABOUT ME: 26, Journalist, volunteer,  love dancing, host of “Listen Up” on NBC. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: filled with history, I walk the same streets that Baldwin and Angelou walked. FAVE MEAL: Classic Burger w/ bacon & avocado, choc. shake. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Harlem Classic. I’m an original. I’ll always be authentically me - classic.



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 JP   

CHARITY: Harlem Children’s Zone ABOUT ME: 29, recent Columbia Business School graduate, I like politics, sports, finance. Been living in Harlem for 2 years. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: I’m passionate about Harlem. I believe it’s tradition of Black strength & culture is amazing. FAVE MEAL: Grilled Chicken Sandwich. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Fly Child



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SHERI

CHARITY: Harlem Grown ABOUT ME: 47, accounting consultant, model, renaissance woman, love cooking, traveling, wine, meditating, constantly evolving. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: home, legacy of Black history, to be preserved, protected, celebrated. FAVE MEAL: Chicken Tenders, mini cheese burger, b&w shake. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Chicken Tenders- everyone loves, can’t live without


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OSCAR  

CHARITY: Harlem Educational Activities Fund Inc. ABOUT ME: 30, activist, artist, rapper, music producer, foodie, traveller, co-founder: Warriors in the Garden. Family from Honduras. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Energy of Black people in community. FAVE MEAL: Veggie burger, truffle fries, FROZÉ. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Snoop Dog. Versatile, diverse career, like what he represents


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 TALIA 

CHARITY: Food Bank For New York City's Community Kitchen, W. Harlem ABOUT ME: 28, cosmetologist, AKA Empress, super bubbly, energetic, fun to be around, love dancing, working out. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: lively culture, everything is convenient. FAVE MEAL: Hot Mess, with chili cheese fries. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Sweet Potato Cheesecake: looks good, when you taste it, its super better than expected.



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   ROBERT

CHARITY: Beyond the Bars Fellowship ABOUT ME: 27, data scientist, activist,  love cooking, yoga, general nerdiness, from VA. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Before I knew it Harlem was a place in my mind I would escape to. Harlem has given a name to that dream. FAVE MEAL: Hot Mess, side of Sparkly. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Uptown. Universally enjoyed, makes good use of sour situations.



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     VERONICA   

CHARITY: Street Corner Resources ABOUT ME: 41, criminal justice attorney, foodie, mentor, daughter of Harlem. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: It’s the Black Mecca of the world, feeds my soul, proud to call it home. FAVE MEAL: Hot Mess w/ extra hot relish. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Hot Mess! Hot, spicy, thoughtfully made, fill you up with satisfying goodness, keep you coming back for more.







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