Library Of Congress Acquires Nearly 100,000 Images By Harlem Photographer Shawn Walker

It’s Halloween in Harlem, sometime in the 1970s. Five children stand in a shadowed doorway: Mickey Mouse and a little monster pose at the top of the steps, while Superman is already on the move toward the next house. Continue Reading →

The Legendary Nobel Prize-Winning Beloved Author Toni Morrison Passes At 88

U.S. author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel Beloved about a runaway slave won a Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died at the age of 88, her publisher said. Continue Reading →

Harlem Cultural Archives: Camille Billops And Jim Hatch Archivists (video)

camille billops and hatch in harlem

We love the recordings from the Harlem Cultural Archives, and here’s another one. Camille Billops and Jim Hatch were professors at the City College of New York in Manhattan Community District 9 in Harlem, Camille in Art and Jim in English – when they ramped up their “Artists and Influences” oral history project. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Toni Morrison’s Old Penthouse For $36 Mil

Toni Morrisons house downtownFrom the early 1900s when organized crime grew out of New York’s ethnic neighborhoods through the kidnapping scourge of the 1930s and race riots of the 1960s, the New York City Police Headquarters on Centre Street was at the center of it all. Continue Reading →