Harlem’s Music Scene From The Renaissance To Today’s Reinvention

By Bretton Love

With a long history behind it, Harlem is a place that produced a wide range of musical genres and dancing styles that have become popular across the globe. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Mayme Hatcher Johnson (Audio)

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Mayme Hatcher Johnson was born in North Carolina, 1915. In 1948, Mrs. Johnson married Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, portrayed in American Gangster, the 2007 film that focused on another Harlem underworld figure, Frank Lucas.

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Downtown Sings Uptown With Songs From Gay Harlem At The Kaufman Music Center

This unique event, features rarities, 21st century premieres, and well-known works by Harlem’s Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Billy Strayhorn, Porter Grainger and songs popularized by Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters, and “Ma” Rainey. Continue Reading →

Albreta Hunter, Ethel Waters, ‘Ma’ Rainey And More Are The “Songs From Gay Harlem”

NYFOS premieres a fascinating new program called Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs from Gay Harlem, revealing the musical heart of a subculture within a subculture.

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Al “Hirschfeld’s Harlem,” A Rare Picture Window Into Harlem Renaissance

Now in paperback! Decades before the PBS documentaries, before Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Hirschfeld and many, many more went to Harlem. Continue Reading →

Dickie Wells Club, Harlem, New York, 1940-1950

Dickie Wells was called the Harlem Playboy, and his club originally built as a bowling alley Dickie Wells aka “Dickie’s club” (above left photograph) was meant to be an off shoot of his reputation at 162 West 133rd Street at Seventh Avenue, in Harlem, NY, 1940-1950. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Norma “Queen Of Swing” Miller, 1919 – (Video)

Norma Miller, born December 2, 1919 -, is a Lindy hop dancer known as the “Queen of Swing”. Continue Reading →


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