Harlem’s Legendary Earl ‘Snakehips’ Tucker (Video)

Earl “Snakehips” Tucker, 1905 – 1937, became known as the “Human Boa Constrictor” after the dance he popularized in Harlem in the 1920s called the “snakehips (Dance)“. Continue Reading →

The Timeless Lena Horne At 100 In Harlem

Vocalist Candice Hoyes, a storyteller of vast range and personality, debuts a night of music inspired by the life of Lena Horne. Continue Reading →

Dickie “Mr. Harlem,” Wells, Harlem Playboy And Entrepreunuer, 1920-1949

Richard “Dickie” Wells, known as, “Mr. Harlem,” 1908-1949, was one of Harlem’s most gifted tap dancers, nightclub owners, and last but certainly not least, its most notorious male gigolo and playboy. Continue Reading →

Herbert “Whitey” White Exported The Lindy Hop From Harlem To The World (Video)

Herbert “Whitey” White (that’s him above in the white tie and white streak in his hair), a former bouncer (and ex-prize fighter) at the [easyazon_link identifier=”0813035171″ locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Savoy Ballroom[/easyazon_link] exported the Lindy Hop from Harlem to dance halls around the world. Continue Reading →

How Cab Calloway’s ‘Hepster Dictionary’ Introduced The World To The Harlem Vernacular

Have some fews and two? Put it in your kick, head to the nearest frolic pad, and prove that you’re a jitterbug. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Shemekia “Queen of the Blues” Copeland (Video)

Charon Shemekia Copeland, born April 10, 1979, is an American electric blues vocalist. Copeland was born in Harlem, New York City. Continue Reading →

Young Harlem Gangsters, New York, 1920’s (Photo)

Here’s a great prohibition photograph of young Harlem gangsters with guns, serving up whiskey bottles, and dressed to impress in ties, hats, heavy winter coats and suites in Harlem, New York, 1920’s. Continue Reading →


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