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MEET THE 2018 MR/MISS HARLEM SHAKE 2018 CONTESTANTS
CHARITY: Universal Martial Arts ABOUT ME: 19, student, actor, rapper, producer. I like karate, anything hip-hop, dance, theater. I live out of my backpack but Harlem will always be my home base. My goal is to spread powerful messages with art, whatever the form. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Everyone here has something amazing in them, everyone knows everyone. FAVE MEAL: Snoop Dog, Jerk Fries, Rootbeer Float,
CHARITY: Friends of the Children of NYC ABOUT ME: 44, Bronx high school theater teacher and actor, a renaissance artist originally from Florida, a visionary and lover of diverse kinds of people. I like karaoke and have lived in Harlem since ’09. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: I honor the people who walk the streets both then and now. It’s an URBAN MECCA. I respect its beauty, history and magic. FAVE MEAL: Turkey Burger & Fries
CHARITY: Harlem Society Orchestra ABOUT ME: 28, composer. I play basketball. As a child I went to Harlem School of the Arts, then Julliard School for jazz music and classical foundation. WHY I LOVE HARLEM:I love my people and the vibe & energy. Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, James Van der Ze, Billie Holiday all walked these streets & you can feel their presence. FAVE MEAL: Harlem Classic!!!
CHARITY: Entering the Holy of Holies, Inc. ABOUT ME: 29, Dance/movement therapist. I am a “Dominican-York” artist rooted in my African heritage, community-oriented, curious about different cultures, advocate for personal growth thru dance. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Rich history in the Arts, world renowned, NY wouldn’t be anything w/out Harlem. FAVE MEAL: Turkey Harlem Classic, Yam Fries, Strbry Shake
CHARITY: We Are Phenomenal Women ABOUT ME: 43, Musician, Born in Harlem Hospital, Raised and live in heart of Harlem- St. Nick Projects. Made by two Harlem-born parents. I AM HARLEM. I’m pretty good at anything I do & I push forward until I’m pretty great!! Music is my God-given gift!! WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Harlem is home. FAVE MEAL: Hot Mess, Jerk Fries & Harlem Shake
CHARITY: Harlem Children’s Zone ABOUT ME: 37, special events mgr. at Schomburg Center, Nigerian, community mobilizer, HIV/AIDS educator, comedian, performer, “legendary mother” in ball culture, work with LGBTQ youth. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Harlem raised me, is a melting pot like no other, full of energy soul fueled Black Culture and diversity! Harlem is home! FAVE MEAL: I keep it doggy: Snoop Dog & Truffle Friess
CHARITY: Children’s Aid Society ABOUT ME: 27, Model, Producer, MC. I like writing music, playing basketball, dancing, producing music and nature. I embody unity, devotion & genuineness towards my people. I’m courageous, dependable, responsible, witty, sympathetic & optimistic. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: It’s the Mecca of everything. It’s historical & very monumental. FAVE MEAL: Patty Melt, Yam Fries
CHARITY: Black Boys Wear Suits Too ABOUT ME: 31, community activist, into youth work, community beautification, baseball, tea parties, travelling & media. Lived here all my life, know it’s my due diligence to TAKE CARE OF HARLEM. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Rich culture of shades of people & it’s the most prestige place in State of NY. FAVE MEAL: Harlem Classic w/ Cheese, fries & Vanilla Shake
CHARITY: Democracy Prep ABOUT ME: 47, Sales coach, writer, small business consultant. I like photography and getting on people’s nerves. As a black kid from South Korea, I got taunted and made fun of because of my black skin. But I always knew it was actually something to be celebrated. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Apex of blackness, unapologetic and brash. FAVE MEAL: Hot Mess, Jerk Fries & Lemonade
CHARITY: Harlem Grown ABOUT ME: 30, Actor/writer/producer/host. I like travel, fencing, reading. I come from several generations of Harlem residents. I rep Harlem wherever I go, spreading the message of love, unity & creativity. I’m fun. I love story-telling through acting, music or IG. Columbia Univ. grad, lived abroad.WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Beacon of Black culture. In my blood. FAVE MEAL: Hot Mess & Jerk Fries
MR. HARLEM SHAKE 2017
Marco Glorious Khare
CHARITY: Children’s Aid Society ABOUT ME: 32, actor/tv producer/event host/singer, like martial arts, fitness, born in & much of childhood in Harlem, I embody its spirit & hustle, worked as audience producer for Wendy Williams Show and MC for (then) NJ Nets. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Harlem is in my blood. The history, culture, pain, anguish and the love. FAVE MEAL: Harlem Classic with cheese
FOLLOW ME: @MarcoGlorious on social Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & Twitter
HARLEM CLASSIC 2017
Due to overwhelming public sentiment and an extremely close race, this year Harlem Shake will be honoring our second place winner with a one-time honorary title, that of Harlem Classic, named after our best selling burger.
At 97, Florence Edwards is Harlem Shake’s most senior contestant ever. Her very close second place and a lifetime of community contribution has led Harlem Shake to bestow this title.
ABOUT MR./MISS HARLEM SHAKE
Every year, Harlem Shake allows our customers to decide who will be the new face of Harlem Shake through a yearly competition. In 2016 we started including men as well as women. Customers vote in-store to decide their favorite.
The winner receives FAME: their face on our Wall of Fame, Representing us in the African American Day Float, FORTUNE: a generous cash prize to both the winner and their favorite Harlem charity, and FEAST: a year of FREE burgers!
The requirements are simple: Be a Harlem resident. Be between 18 and 98. And be yourself!
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