Your World Q&A: Harlemite Pauline Jean Answers Five Questions + Bonus

August 6, 2020

Pauline Jean

A native New Yorker, one-time Harlem resident, and bandleader who blends jazz with Haitian rhythms, in her vocals.

Harlem World Magazine: What makes living in Harlem so special?

Pauline Jean: Harlem is vibrant and diverse, it is the mecca of Black culture. There is so much history on these streets and the cultural vibe pours out from the people like a cool lemonade on a hot New York summer day.

HW: Name your three fave places in Harlem?

PJ: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and the Apollo Theater – “Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made!”

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HW: Best place for a night out in Harlem?

PJ: Red Rooster / Ginny’s shout out to DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry!

HW: Most delicious menu items in Harlem?

PJ: Soul Food! Chicken and Waffle, Mac and Cheese, and some Collard greens!

HW: What are you working on these days?

PJ: I am excited to announce the release of my latest single, “Ain’t I Woman (Singing Truth)”. The music video will be released on August 6th, 2020 as we honor the 55th Anniversary of The Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As a tribute to Sojourner Truth, my song is meant to reflect the very ethos of her soul and transport it into the here and now. I was inspired to re-introduce and re-imagine her core essence as a strong, unapologetic Black woman!”

This year’s election may arguably be the most important election during our lifetime. May this song generate awareness about voter registration, women in leadership, gender equality, and violence against women.

My prayer is that Sojourner Truth becomes a household name and that going forward, her legacy is celebrated annually to value and build upon her immense contributions toward the advancement of Black women’s rights in America.

Our ancestors died for the right to vote. Please let us honor their memory. Come November 3rd, 2020v….. VOTE!

HW BONUS: How long have you lived in Harlem (if it applies)?

PJ: I was born at Metropolitan Hospital in East Harlem and raised in Brooklyn. I moved back to Harlem and lived on 157 St. Nicholas Avenue for several years. I’m back in Brooklyn now, but there’s no place like the vibe you find in Harlem.

HW BONUS: How has life changed for you (if it has) in Harlem during the COVID virus (if it applies)?

PJ:  The coronavirus pandemic has brought huge disruption to my daily life. Like so many of my other fellow creatives, COVID has impacted me economically, artistically, and emotionally. One good thing about this crazy time in history is that it gives me time to reflect on what is important in life.

I find ways to stay creative and connected. I have a renewed sense of gratitude when I wake up in the morning. I believe that ‘this too shall pass’, but in the meantime, mask up and stay safe!

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