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Meet the Contestants!

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MEET OUR 2021 CONTESTANTS FOR MR. or MISS HARLEM SHAKE!


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 SHAWN

CHARITY: Harlem Jets ABOUT ME: 24, Director of Admissions at Cardinal Hayes High School, Harlem native, degree and career in filmmaking. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Growing up in this special place, so many great Black people who have walked down these same streets keeps me inspired. FAVE MEAL: Boyz to the Yard. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Uptown. ½ lemonade, ½ tea.

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TOEWHOPPIN TINA

CHARITY: Food Bank for New York City - 116 St Food Pantry ABOUT ME: 32, Kid’s mascot entertainer, promoter, restaurant manager, enjoy dancing, singing, parties. I love people with a good sense of humor. I’m funny, WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Who doesn’t love Harlem? Best food, it sets trends, from dancing to singing to business. FAVE MEAL: Hot Mess. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Chocolate Shake.

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JAWAN

CHARITY: Harlem Children’s Zone ABOUT ME: 33, actor, educator, family & community man, enjoy cooking, working out, boxing. I believe in reaching back and bringing others forward. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: Vibe & energy. It’s infectious. FAVE MEAL: Harlem Classic with bacon and truffle fries. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: A burger called “Jackson’s Choice.”

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 VIRGINIA

CHARITY: Harlem Educational Activities Fund ABOUT ME: 31, social media mgr., raised in Europe. I enjoy travel, cooking, culture, storytelling, and spoiling my new puppy. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: It’s poetry. I feel privileged to build on the legacy of great Black writers who found inspiration here. FAVE MEAL: Hot Honey Chick, jerk fries. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Jerk Fries- elevated take on  a classic.


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YOONJUNG  

CHARITY: Sound Off: Music for Bail ABOUT ME: 25, college student/teacher, classical violinist, enjoys crafts, cooking, music, challenges and hard work. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: It’s the essence of NY City, where all the different cultures meet. Art & music scenes here are the best. FAVE MEAL: Hot Honey Chick, truffle fries. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Salted Caramel milkshake.

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ZARRETTE

CHARITY: What Remains Initiative ABOUT ME: 36, Harlem-born actor, musician, model, man of faith. Enjoy music, fitness, community outreach, basketball, cooking. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: It’s the soul of NY. You feel the historic DNA of passion, community and love that continues today. FAVE MEAL: Hot Mess, jerk fries, vanilla shake. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: Honey Jack Shake

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ZIMAM  

CHARITY: Harlem Educational Activities Fund ABOUT ME: 28, media sales exec., Ethiopian/American who enjoys painting, music, writing, reading, traveling and fitness. WHY I LOVE HARLEM: It’s the home of Black creativity! It exemplifies “for us, by us.”. It is everything! FAVE MEAL: Hot Honey Chick and  curly fries. IF I WAS A MENU ITEM, I’D BE: FROZÉ!


Voting takes place from May 1st - 30th.

Winner will be announced on June 1st.