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 costume. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Harold Stevens, First African American To Hold A Seat On The Court of Appeals

Harold Arnoldus Stevens (October 19, 1907 – November 9, 1990) was an African-American lawyer and former judge who served on the New York Court of General Sessions and New York Court of Appeals. Continue Reading →

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Harlem-Based Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation Returns To Its Detroit Roots

Gymnastics legend and advocate Wendy Hilliard, founder, and CEO of Harlem-based Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation (WHGF), trained at Detroit Recreation Department and went on to become the first African-American to represent the U.S. in international competition. 

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Harlem’s Matthew Henson The First Man To Reach The Geographic North Pole 1929-1955

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Matthew Alexander Henson, August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955, was an American explorer who accompanied Rear Admiral Robert Peary on seven voyages to the Arctic over a period of nearly 23 years. Continue Reading →

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Fashion Designer B Michael Becomes First Black Luxury Designer To Dress An Oscar Winner

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Fashion designer B Michael becomes the first black luxury designer to dress an Oscar winner, that happened to be Harlem diva Cicely Tyson. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Dorrance Brooks The First Public Square Named After A Black Soldier

Dorrance Brooks, born 1918 -, an African American soldier who died in France shortly before the end of World War I. Continue Reading →

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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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