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 →

Robert’s World: Amanda Holley, An Octave Above (Video)

By Robert Walker

In the movie, “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn”, we see that the comic book characters each have their special abilities and that one of the characters, “Black Canary.” 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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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 →

Jimmy Cobb Birthday Celebration At Smoke

jimmycobb1Jimmy Cobb is playing with more vitality and purpose in his 80’s than drummers a fraction of his age. The New York Times called his most recent recording on Smoke Sessions Records, The Original Mob, his best album in recent memory” and “a cogent argument against obsolescence.” Continue Reading →

The Jimmy Cobb Miles Davis Celebration & Record Release At Smoke

jimmycobb1Wow, Jimmy Cobb is playing with more vitality and purpose in his 80’s than drummers a fraction of his age. He is probably most famous as the drummer on Miles Davis’ classic Kind of Blue and his band will celebrate the iconic trumpeters May 26th birthday over these two nights, as well as the release of Jimmy’s new record on Smoke Sessions, The Original Mob. Continue Reading →


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