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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“Drop Me Off In Harlem,” By Guinness Book Of World Record Holder Adelaide Louise Hall

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


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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 →


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Harlem Cultural Art Tribute to Lena Horne

Lena Horne (P R photo ) 1940's 289The occasion of this tribute to Lena Horne is to continue to plant the cultural and historical seeds of awareness, through the remembrance and homage to Lena Mary Calhoun Horne during the month of her birth (b. June thirtieth, 1917), 97 years ago in Brooklyn, NY.

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Leonard Harper, Harlem, New York 1925

leonard harper in harlem1Leonard Harper (born April 9, 1899 in Birmingham, Alabama- died February 4, 1943, Harlem, New York) was a producer /stager/ choreographer in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. Continue Reading →


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