Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes, 1940’s

The legendary Zelda Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001) was an African-American fashion designer and costumer. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Bessie Allison Buchanan First Black Woman To Be New York State Legislature, 1940’s

Bessie Allison Buchanan, March 7, 1902 – September 7, 1980, of Manhattan in NYC became the first African-American woman to hold a seat in the New York State Legislature. Continue Reading →

From Baldwin, To Baker And More, The Myth Of A Colorblind France On Virtual Cinema

First Run Features is proud to present the release of Myth of a Colorblind France on Virtual Cinema, opening nationwide on September 25, 2020. Continue Reading →

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

Here’s Dorothy Dandrige swerving, doing the robot and dancing in two dresses by Harlem fashion designer to the stars Zelda Wynn Valdes.

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HW Picks: The Best Candles, According To Hyper Harlem Scented Candle Enthusiast

Like so many things, scented candles aren’t just for Christmas. To light a luxury candle when it’s still warm and bright outside, and to fill your living room with the smell of citrus and jasmine, and rum and oranges, and of gardens recently rained on, is one great luxury. Continue Reading →

Celebrate Harlem With A Renaissance Tour, A Drag Brunch And Vogue Dancing

The Black and LGBT community had a tremendous impact on not only the trajectory of the Harlem Renaissance but on the type of community Harlem would grow into as well. Continue Reading →

Nana Camille Yarbrough On The Danny Tisdale Show (Audio)

Join Nana Camille Yarbrough, as she talks Katheryn Dunham, Josephine Baker, Paris, her recent reading “Celebrating Nana Camille’s Journey as an Artist and Cultural Custodian at the Schomburg in Harlem and more with host Danny Tisdale, on The Danny Tisdale Show. Continue Reading →

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 customer based in Harlem who designed the original Playboy Bunny costume. Continue Reading →


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