In 1949, Hugh Hefner Commissions Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes To Design The Playboy Bunny Custome

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 →

Apollo To Hold Auditions For Amateur Night In Harlem

On Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the world famous Apollo Theater will hold auditions for the 85th season of its signature program Amateur Night Live at the Apollo. Continue Reading →

The Hall Of Fame Delta Rhythm Boys, Version Of You Can “Take The ‘A’ Train,” In Harlem

The title refers to the “Then” relatively new “A” subway service that runs through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn, beginning service in 1936 traveling up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using an express track section which was opened in 1932 through Manhattan. Continue Reading →

Adelaide Louise Hall’s Rich Harlem History, 1901 – 1993 (Audio Video)

Adelaide Louise Hall, 20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993, was an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. Continue Reading →

Black History Month 2018 Programs At The Apollo Theatre In Harlem

On this first day of February, we wanted to share the Apollo ‘s suite of upcoming Black History Month programs –including their major Season highlight – Soundtrack ’63 happening on February 24th, 2018. Continue Reading →

Dorothy Dandridge In The Mermaid Gown, By Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes, 1953

Dorothy Dandridge wearing the fabulous “Mermaid Gown” dress by Harlem designer to the stars Zelda Wynn Valdes. In 1948, Valdes opened her boutique, Chez Zelda, on Broadway and 158th Street, Harlem New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Ella Fitzgerald Sings Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ In Berlin 1968 (video)

ellea fitzgerlad in harlem

Ella Fitzgerald wasn’t born in Harlem, but she thrived in Harlem from staring on Amateur Nights at the Apollo Theater, to performing at the the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.  Continue Reading →

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