The Legendary Willie “The Lion” Smith Harlem Jazz Man, Cantor, Duke Ellington Mentor, Harlem Hellfighter And More

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholf Smith, November 23, 1893 – April 18, 1973, also known as “The Lion”, was a Harlem cantor, jazz pianist, and a master practitioner of Harlem stride piano during the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →

A New Book On The “Coal, War & Love,” Of The Amazing Harlem Hellfighters

Emerging author, activist, and educator Rudean Leinaeng long desired to tell the compelling historical love story of her grandparents, as well as chronicle the lives of African-Americans in early 20th century New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem Hellfighters, Harlem, NY 1913 (Photographs)

The 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, was an infantry regiment of the United States Army that saw action in World War I and World War II. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: Black Veterans Question Military Bases Named After Confederate Soldiers

By Charles Blatcher, III

Statues, monuments, government buildings and military installations are supposedly named in honor of outstanding individuals deserving of the recognition. Continue Reading →

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