J. Bruce Llewellyn Harlem Born

J. Bruce Llewellyn (July 16, 1927 – April 7, 2010) was a prominent American businessman. His personal wealth has been estimated to exceed $160 million. VIDEO “We re-imagine, recreate, and redeem cultural omissions and misrepresentations of Blackness, for the culture. ….” This post is made in partnership with British Pathé.

Big Maybelle Louis Smith, Harlem (video)

Mabel Louise Smith was born in Jackson Tennessee (May 1, 1924 – January 23, 1972). In the early nineteen thirties the young Mabel won an amateur singing contest in Memphis, and decided that performing was for her. VIDEO “We re-imagine, recreate, and redeem cultural omissions and misrepresentations of Blackness, for the culture. ….” This post…

Walter’s World: Martha Graham Dance Company

By Walter Rutledge The 85th season of the Martha Graham Dance Company opened with the grandeur and élan the world has come to expect from this modern dance pioneer. The season was housed in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. This state of the art facility has an old…

Memorial for Dr. Billy Taylor In Harlem (update)

The memorial service for Dr. Billy Taylor will be at Riverside Church in Harlem on Monday, January 10 at 6 pm. located at490 Riverside Drive at West 120th Street Enter on Riverside DriveIn lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dr. Taylor’s name to the organization that he founded, Jazzmobile. Donations…

Does This Bus Stop at 125h Street? #3 & #4

By Richard Daub This is part three and four in a six part series. Photo of the tour guide. I was also curious about what the outside perception of Harlem. Having grown up on Long Island in the 1980s, Harlem was simply a place that you did not go. VIDEO “We re-imagine, recreate, and redeem…

Jonathan Batiste at Harlem in the Himalayas

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Jonathan Batiste will be performing with his trio as part of the Harlem in the Himalayas series at the Rubin Museum in New York City on January 18th, 2008. VIDEO “We re-imagine, recreate, and redeem cultural omissions and misrepresentations of Blackness, for the culture. ….” This post is made in partnership…