Hip, Hip, Hooray, Harlem’s Schomburg Acquires Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Archive

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library has acquired the full archive of actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Continue Reading →

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The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates the Holiday Season With Annual Trio of Festive Concerts

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs today announced its annual holiday concert series. Continue Reading →

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Carl Cofield Named Associate Artistic Director Of The Classical Theatre Of Harlem

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is proud to announce the appointment of Carl Cofield as Associate Artistic Director. Continue Reading →

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Langston Hughes With Kids At “Our Blocks Children Garden” In Harlem 1955

A source writes that author, poet and Harlemite, Langston the “Poet-Laureate of Harlem”  Hughes in the picture is taken on 20 East 127th Street at the “Our Blocks Children Garden,” comes from a book about Hughes’ life. Continue Reading →

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“The New Negro: The Life Of Alain Locke,” Who Believed Art Was Key To Black Liberation

A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro – Continue Reading →

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Smollett Says How Visit To Hughes House In Harlem Prepared Him For “Marshal”

Jussie Smollett stars as the prolific poet and activist Langston Hughes in the Thurgood Marshall biopic, Marshall. While the Empire star says he only has a “small cameo,” in the film, Smollett says the opportunity to portray Hughes was welcomed — but definitely unexpected. Continue Reading →

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That Is My Dream! A Picture Book Of Langston Hughes’s “Dream Variation”

Langston Hughes‘s inspiring and timeless message of pride, joy, and the dream of a better life is brilliantly and beautifully interpreted in [easyazon_link identifier=”0399550178″ locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Daniel Miyares[/easyazon_link]’s gorgeous artwork [easyazon_link identifier=”0399550178″ locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]That Is My Dream[/easyazon_link]! Continue Reading →

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Harold Jackman, The Most Handsome Man In Harlem 1920’s-1930’s

If you scan the index of any reputable book on the Harlem Renaissance, you should find at least one listing for Harold Jackman, w,ho was fabulously called “The Most Handsome Man In Harlem,” from the 1920’s to 1930’s.  Continue Reading →

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I’m A Black Gentrifier In Harlem

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The other day, I was walking back to my Harlem apartment when I stumbled upon a very shocking sign in front of a black church. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Drag Ball History (Video)

Numerous historians and cultural commentators have traced the origins of today’s house ball scene to the notorious culture of Harlem drag balls in 1920’s and 1930’s New York.

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Talks At The Schomburg: Zines: Elaborate Disruption And Black Creativity In Harlem

The resurgence of zines—self-published limited-distribution works—is stemming the tide of erasure, disrupting publishing, and offering creative spaces for diverse voices within marginalized communities.

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