Katherine Dunham’s Harlem Renaissance 1948 (videos)

In 1948, Katherine Dunham opened and directed the Katherine Dunham School of Dance and Theatre near Times Square in New York City after her dance company was provided with rent-free studio space for three years by an admirer, Lee Shubert; it had an initial enrollment of 350 students. Continue reading

B’way Stars And Harlem Fave Deborah Cox Co-Host Tony Awards

Clear Channel Spectacolor, a brand division of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA), in partnership with Tony Awards Productions and The Times Square Alliance, today announced that the seventh annual simulcast of the Tony Awards® will be hosted by co-executive producer, Justin Guarini (Wicked, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, American Idiot, Romeo and Juliet) and super Harlem fave Deborah Cox (Aida, Jekyll & Hyde) in Times Square on Sunday, June 7Continue reading

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$50 Million For Affordable Housing in CD7

Dear Members of the CB7 Community -

As we have discussed at recent Housing and Land Use committee meetings, the Collegiate School will be paying $50 million to New York City in exchange for developing 55 units of affordable housing in the area of 61st Street and Freedom Place South. Continue reading

HW Pick: Rhiannon Giddens At The Town Hall

It was near the close of the first half of the T Bone Burnett–curated, September 2013 Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall—a celebration of the early ’60s folk revival that had inspired the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis—when an extraordinary star-is-born moment occurred and singer Rhiannon Giddens, best known as a member of the Grammy–winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, indisputably stole the show. Continue reading

Lynda Ireland, Former President & CEO, NY & NJ MSDC, Has Died

Lynda Ireland, the former president and CEO of the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) and considered one of the nation’s leading advocates  in M/WBE business development, died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick, NJ at age 67 on March 27 following a long illness.Continue reading