Harlem’s Pauli Murray, The First Black Woman To Be Ordained As An Episcopal Priest

Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray, 1910–1985, was an American civil rights activist, women’s rights activist, lawyer, Episcopal priest, and author. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Althea Gibson First Black Women to Win a Championship At Wimbledon

640px-Althea_Gibson_NYWTSAlthea Gibson, August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003, was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete of either gender to cross the color line of international tennis. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Burnetta Jones, Hair Salon Owner And First Major Owner Of A Recording Studio (Video)

Genre Magazine writes that this story about I Was Born This Way starts in New York city, but has nothing to do with New York native Lady Gaga. Continue Reading →

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In A Community Known For Firsts, Harlem’s First Foreign Trade Zone For Fine Art Opens

CAYRE Equities is pleased to announce the opening of ARCIS, the first Foreign Trade Zone* specifically built for the storage of cultural property and fine art in the United States. Continue Reading →

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Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, A Harlem Legend 1914 – 2018

Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, November 28, 1914 – April 4, 2018, was an African-American film and stage actress. Continue Reading →

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Charlie Scott, Harlem native and Rucker Park legend, inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

The NY Daily News reports that Charlie Scott’s journey into history went down Tobacco Road but it started in Rucker Park. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Jokichi Takamine, First Biotech Engineer, Adrenaline And Nippon Club Founder

Jōkichi Takamine (高峰 譲吉 Takamine Jōkichi, November 3, 1854 – July 22, 1922) was a Japanese chemist. Takamine was born in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, in November 1854. His father was a doctor; his mother a member of a family of sake brewers. Continue Reading →

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Jackie Ormes, Creator Of Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem Inducted In Harlem Of Fame

Jackie Ormes, August 1, 1911 – December 26, 1985, is known as the first African-American woman cartoonist and creator of the Torchy Brown comic strip and the Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger panel. Continue Reading →

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Yeahhhh! Harlem’s First Skate Park Opens In Thomas Jefferson Park

Patch reports that what once was an empty asphalt section of East Harlem‘s Thomas Jefferson Park is now buzzing with activity. Continue Reading →

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In 1949, Hugh Hefner Commissions Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes To Design The Playboy Bunny Custome

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The legendary Harlemite Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001), was an African-American fashion designer and costumer based in Harlem who designed the original Playboy Bunny custome. Continue Reading →

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The Villalobos Brothers, The First Mexican Band To Play At Harlem’s Apollo Theater (Video)

The Villalobos Brothers are Ernestos, Alberto and Luis Villalobos, lead vocals and violin; Humberto Flores, backup vocals and guitar; Rosa Avila, drums; and Leo Sherman, bass were the first Mexican band to play on October 23rd 2013 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Continue Reading →

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Father And Son First Responders From Harlem Precint Die From 9/11 Cancer Link

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Robert Alexander and his father, Raymond, both had the day off — until two airliners crashed into the World Trade Center towers. Continue Reading →

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