A’Lelia Walker’s Dark Tower In Harlem 1885-1931 (Photographs)

This was A’Lelia Walker’s, back in the day from 1885-1931, it was a home and famous salon, “The Dark Tower,” which she hosted for writers, musicians, artists during the 1920s. Continue Reading →

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Harold Jackman, The Boulevardier Of Harlem, 1920’s (Photograph)

If you scan the index of any reputable book on the Harlem Renaissance, you should find at least one listing for Harold Jackman, who was fabulously called “The Boulevardier Of Harlem” and “The Most Handsome Man In Harlem,” from the 1920’s to 1930’s. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Drag Ball History (Video)

Numerous historians and cultural commentators have traced the origins of today’s house ball scene to the notorious culture of Harlem drag balls in 1920’s and 1930’s New York.

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Harlem Writers Guild Read At Countee Cullen

guilde at shcomburg1 sliderBy Marc W. Polite

This past Thursday evening, the Harlem Writers Guild hosted an event at the Countee Cullen Library. Held in the auditorium “Voices of Poetry” was the first collaboration of the Harlem Writers Guild with the library. Continue Reading →

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Countee Cullen, Harlem, New York 1903 – 1946

Counteecullen1Countee Cullen May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946, born as Coleman Rutherford, was an African American poet, author and scholar who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. (He pronounced his name “Coun-tay”, not “Coun-tee”.)

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Harlem Painter, Illustrator And Arts Educator, Aaron Douglas

aaron-douglas1Aaron Douglas May 26, 1899 – February 3, 1979, was an African-American painter, illustrator and arts educator. He was a preiminent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →

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Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps Harlem NY 1923-1930 (video)

arna bontemps in harlem1Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973 was a Harlem poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
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Harlem Chamber Players ‘A Hug For Harlem’ Concert At Merkin Concert Hall

Concert at Merkin Concert HallThe Harlem Chamber Players and Chamber Music NY commissioned Jeffrey Scott to compose A Hug for Harlem for orator and orchestra especially for this concert. Continue Reading →

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