Biden visits Harrisburg

Danielle Bowers (left) and her mother waited outside for Vice President Joe Biden. Bowers is a state government employee and member of the Harrisburg City Council. Photo by Leon Laing.

On Sept. 7, supporters of Vice President Joe Biden waited outside to catch a glimpse of the Democratic presidential candidate in the swing state of Pennsylvania. Continue reading ‘Biden visits Harrisburg’

Calendar of events

Elyse Irvis of La Cultura will hold Café Negro in September. Photo by Leon Laing.

Without further ado, our calendar of events is back. Our blog encourages everyone to maintain social distancing when attending these events. For more information about these events, or to be listed on the calendar, email vigoronline03@gmail.com or send me a DM via Instagram. Continue reading ‘Calendar of events’

They put on for their city

From left to right: Marpoe, Robinson and Kotchey. Photo by Leon Laing.

“It was a day that I hope inspires so many people who didn’t think this was possible,” Alexander Marpoe said about his rooftop event. “There was no bad vibe at that event.” Continue reading ‘They put on for their city’

A different battle at Gettysburg

Jelani Splawn (left) and Chief Robert Glenny Jr. Photo by Leon Laing.

On July 31, Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann stood at the crosswalk at Lincoln Square in Gettysburg, and he held up a peace sign. Zimmann confronted a counter protester who sat in his truck that carried a controversial confederate flag. S.O.P. (Save Our People) held a Black Lives Matter protest that day.

“As a white ally, I am still learning [the best way] how to stand with and for my black siblings,” Rev. Zimmann told vigoronline.com. Continue reading ‘A different battle at Gettysburg’

Biz hospitalized

Biz Markie. Photo by Leon Laing.

Rapper/DJ/sneakerhead Biz Markie is in a Maryland-area hospital and is being treated for complications related to his Type 2 diabetes. He is 56 years old. Continue reading ‘Biz hospitalized’

Fight the power

Elyse Irvis spoke at a rally on May 30. Photo by Leon Laing.

With the current civil unrest, I covered protests in Harrisburg on May 30 and June 17. Both events started at the Capitol and ended with a march. When the crowd became more agitated by the Riverfront on May 30, police shot tear gas. Protesters then gathered in another area by the Rivefront until the evening. Continue reading ‘Fight the power’

Luv drops first album with Lanez, Dior and others

b Kierra Luv. Photo by Leon Laing.

On the heels of her graduation from Central Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg, Kierra Luv will be releasing her first major-label album. Titled Take It or Leave It, the album drops on June 19 (Juneteenth). Continue reading ‘Luv drops first album with Lanez, Dior and others’

Still saucin’ on you

Post Malone. Photo by Leon Laing.

What a difference four years make. Continue reading ‘Still saucin’ on you’

Famous actor appears at first black film fest

From left to right: Johntrae Williams, Michael K. Williams and Dominic Dupont. Photo by Leon Laing.

On Dec. 27, the Sankofa African American Theatre Company, Sankofa 21 Institute — and an Emmy-nominator actor hosted the first Sankofa Film Festival.

Taking place at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, the festival offered showings of Raised in the System and The Hate U Give, two films about the criminal justice system and race relations. Continue reading ‘Famous actor appears at first black film fest’

Bridging the gap

From left to right: Jordan Hill, Garry Gilliam, Corey Dupree and Dezwaan Dubois. Photo by Leon Laing.

In order to market themselves, The Bridge held three events this week.

On Dec. 17, The Bridge held a mixer in Philadelphia. Then on Dec. 19, the organization held a press conference at the former Bishop McDevitt school. Later that evening, The Bridge and Chris “Handles” Franklin held a holiday party at the Edgemont Fire Hall. Continue reading ‘Bridging the gap’