Alhurra Examines Harlem: The Melting Pot of Cultures and Religions

Alhurra explores the real face of Harlem through its critically acclaimed series Americans. The latest installment of Americans dives into the past and explores the present of the capital of black America. It examines the boom-and-bust of this New York City neighborhood that has been known as the center of black life, and the melting pot of cultures and religions.

“This documentary introduces our Middle Eastern audience to another important and interesting face of America,” said Brian Conniff, President of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. “It is not just a story of a neighborhood; it is the story of a unique place that featured the birth of a culture through arts and music. It tells stories of people who left their fingerprints on the history of America.”

Americans takes to the streets of Harlem and tells stories about its renaissance, the birth of jazz, and the exceptionality of the Apollo Theater. It tackles the role of African-American churches in the struggle for freedom and civil rights. It also focuses on the rapid demographic changes that happened in the past 10 years and its impact on Harlem’s identity.

Previously Americans profiled Native Americans, Arab-Americans and religion in America. This episode about Harlem aired May 6.

Recent surveys by international research companies such as ACNielsen show that Alhurra has consistently averaged approximately 26 million weekly viewers for the last three years. Alhurra is broadcast on the Nilesat and Arabsat satellites in the Middle East.  Alhurra is operated by the non-profit corporation “The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.” (MBN). MBN is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency.  The BBG serves as oversight and as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters.



Mary Zoorob

Communications Manager

Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.