Dr. May Edward Chinn The First African-American Woman Physician

Dr. May Edward Chinn (April 15, 1896 – December 1, 1980) was an African-American woman physician. She was the first African-American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College and the first African-American woman to intern at Harlem Hospital. Continue Reading →

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Blanche Dunn The Fabulous “It” Girl Of Harlem 1940 (Photography)

blanche-dunn-in-morningside-park-harlem2Blanche Dunn, lived the American dream, she was a glamorous Jamaican born actress, socialite, and Harlemite who traveled the world, here are a couple of photographs in Morningside Park by her friend Carl Van Vechten in Harlem, New York 1940. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Fabulous Nina Mae ‘The Black Garbo’ McKinney 1912 – 1967 (Video)

Nina Mae McKinney (6)Nina Mae McKinney, June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967, was an American actress who worked internationally during the 1930s and in the postwar period in theatre, film and television, after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Continue Reading →

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Julius “Old Man River” Bledsoe Harlem NY 1920’s (video)

A critic from the New York Morning Telegraph described him as "a singer who can pick the heart right out of your body—if you don’t look out."Jules Bledsoe 1897–1943, was a baritone from Waco, Texas and one of the first African-American opera stars to perform in the United States who moved to Harlem in the 1920’s. Continue Reading →

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Dr. Clarkes’s Centenary Culls Celebration in Harlem

ASCAC elders in harlem worldBy Vinette K. Pryce

The 100th birthday anniversary of Dr. John Henrik Clarke was marked by ceremonial tributes from his students and a plethora of nostalgic recollections of the Pan-African, educator, historian and cultural icon. Continue Reading →

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The Sable Series: The History of Black Shakespearean Actors

black shakespeareA special evening of poetry and song, featuring the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar with monologues and scenes from Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET, MACBETH, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, RICHARD AND OTHELLO, along with moving spirituals, and the songs of Paul Robeson. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Favorite King Does Baraka About Du Bois

17BARAKA2-master675The NY Times writes about the relentlessly adventurous producer and director like Woodie King Jr. was bound to reach a breaking point when it came to Amiri Baraka. Continue Reading →

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