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Celebrating Harlem, Red Rooster-Style

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1 "Harlem: A Century in Images," is The Studio Museum's new book and co-authored by Thelma Golden.

Panel guests - Thelma Golden, Tren'ness Woods-Black, and Vy Higginsen celebrating Harlem with Marcus.

2 Panel guests - Thelma Golden, Tren'ness Woods-Black, and Vy Higginsen celebrating Harlem with Marcus.

Marcus intently listening to Thelma Golden's story about Harlem's Studio Museum.

3 Marcus intently listening to Thelma Golden's story about Harlem's Studio Museum.

Vy Higginsen (on the right) talking with Tren'ness Woods-Black, (on left), Thelma Golden and Marcus Samuelsson about music in Harlem.

4 Vy Higginsen (on the right) talking with Tren'ness Woods-Black, (on left), Thelma Golden and Marcus Samuelsson about music in Harlem.

Thelma Golden sharing her thoughts on Harlem's art and music cultures.

5 Thelma Golden sharing her thoughts on Harlem's art and music cultures.

Vy discussing growing up in Harlem.

6 Vy discussing growing up in Harlem.

Tren'ness Woods-Black talks about what it was like growing up as the granddaughter of Sylvia Woods of Harlem's Sylvia's Restaurant.

7 Tren'ness Woods-Black talks about what it was like growing up as the granddaughter of Sylvia Woods of Harlem's Sylvia's Restaurant.

Tren'ness sharing Sylvia's story and the importance of embracing soul food.

8 Tren'ness sharing Sylvia's story and the importance of embracing soul food.

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Marcus captivated by Vy's energy and conversation about gospel music.

10 Marcus captivated by Vy's energy and conversation about gospel music.

Guests - Thelma Golden, Tren'ness Woods-Black, and Vy Higginsen chatting during a break.

11 Guests - Thelma Golden, Tren'ness Woods-Black, and Vy Higginsen chatting during a break.

Red Rooster Harlem's Dakar Hibiscus Blossom tea.

12 Red Rooster Harlem's Dakar Hibiscus Blossom tea.

A delicious dessert, Marcus has re-named Lady Dorothy (on the menu it is listed as a Lady Baltimore).

13 A delicious dessert, Marcus has re-named Lady Dorothy (on the menu it is listed as a Lady Baltimore).

Ethiopian Coffee, one of Red Rooster Harlem's three blends.

14 Ethiopian Coffee, one of Red Rooster Harlem's three blends.

Tren'ness Woods-Black, Marcus Samuelsson, Thelma Golden and Vy Higginsen

15 Tren'ness Woods-Black, Marcus Samuelsson, Thelma Golden and Vy Higginsen

Last evening marked the final show in chef Marcus Samuelsson’s special series, “At the Red Rooster.”  Wanting to highlight the neighborhood where his new restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, is located Marcus invited esteemed members of the community on his show, to pay tribute to Harlem’s deeply rooted culture and history.

Joining Marcus in this celebration were director and chief curator of Harlem’s Studio Museum, Thelma Golden; CEO and executive director of the MaMa Foundation, Vy Higginsen; and third generation member of Sylvia’s Restaurant, Tren’ness Woods-Black.  Marcus and his guests painted a picture of Harlem from its historic musical background to the outstanding artists it has produced and the soul food for which it has become so well-known.  Inspired by the theme of the broadcast, the staff at the Red Rooster prepared a hibiscus blossom tea and an Ethiopian coffee for our guests, along with a special dessert cake Marcus has named ‘Lady Dorothy,’ after a woman in the community who shared stories with him about the original Red Rooster, a legendary speakeasy in Harlem.

If you missed last night's show make sure to check out the pictures, and audio below.

Marcus asked Vy, what made Harlem "home" for her. Click on the link below to hear what she had to say.

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Coming from a restaurant family, famous for their soul food, Tren'ness describes what soul food means to her.

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Vy, a prominent member of Harlem's musical community, spoke with Marcus about what makes gospel music so special.

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When asked by Marcus if she felt that food culture was affected by segregation or integration, Thelma shared the following:

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