Fab First Fridays At The Schomburg For “Langston Hughes Birthday Edition” In Harlem

A special edition of First Fridays, the popular monthly social gathering, where we celebrated Langston Hughes’s 118th birthday at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY. Continue Reading →

Carl Sandburg Inducted Into The American Poets Corner At St. John The Divine In Harlem

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will celebrate the legacy of American poet, editor and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg (1878 –1967) with his induction into its American Poets Corner. Continue Reading →

Harlem Fave Zora Neale Hurston’s Last Slave

A previously unpublished work by Zora Neale Hurston, in which the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God recounts the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, is set to be released next year, more than half a century after her death in 1960. Continue Reading →

“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 →

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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Langston Hughes To E. Ethelred Brown At The Schomburg In Harlem (Audio)

langston-hughes-masters1On September 28, 1954, poet/playwright/activist Langston Hughes wrote to Ethelred Brown, the Jamaica-born founder of the Harlem Community Church, to inquire about his faith and the distinct beliefs his church kept for a series he was planning to write in the Chicago Defender. Continue Reading →

Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Jonah’s Gourd Vine,’ 1934 (Book)

51olby4cgVL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_Jonah’s Gourd Vine is a great collectible, by Harlem resident Zora Neale Hurston’s first novel, originally published in 1934, tells the story of John Buddy Pearson, “a living exultation” of a young man who loves too many women for his own good. Continue Reading →

‘Mules And Men’ By Harlem’s Zora Neale Hurston

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Mules and Men by Columbia University graduate and Harlem Renaissance story teller Zora Neale Hurston is a treasury of black America’s folklore as collected by a famous storyteller and anthropologist who grew up hearing the songs and sermons, sayings and tall tales that have formed an oral history of the South since the time of slavery. Continue Reading →