Photographer James Van Der Zee’s G.G.G. Studio In Harlem, New York 1940’s

A rare photograph of the James Van Der Zee’s G.G.G. Studio at 272 Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem, NY on the east side of Lenox Avenue between 123rd and 124th Streets, in the 1940s. Continue Reading →


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A’Lelia Walker’s Legendary 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 at 108 West 136th Street in Harlem during the 1920s. Continue Reading →


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New Online Book Displays Celebrating Harlem Renaissance 100 At Columbia University

The Gottesman Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of two new online book displays in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →


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Harlem’s Legendary Poet, Author, And Scholar Countee Cullen 1903 – 1946

Countee Cullen (pronounced “Coun-tay”, not “Coun-tee”), May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946, born as Coleman Rutherford, was an African American poet, author and scholar. 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 1920s to 1930s. 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

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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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