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The Amazing Story Of Harlem’s Esther Jones (videos)

baby esther by James VanDerZeeWe originally ran story about The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther afew days ago and received a number of emails asking if she was the original “Betty Boop” voice. We found this story that sounds very similar to the Little Richard story, where talent is not being paid for the content that they originated. The post has been edited for this posting:

Esther Jones is a singer who was known by her stage name, “Baby Esther.” Baby Esther was a popular entertainer at Harlem’s Cotton Club in the late 1920s. Baby Esther interpolated words such as ‘Boo-Boo-Boo’ & ‘Doo-Doo-Doo’ in songs at a cabaret.  Continue Reading →

Up Close with CC Minton: Jody Watley Hits the Dance Floor at Lincoln Center

By CC Minton
Grammy Award winning artist Jody Watley took front and center stage at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Nights Swing on Thursday, June 25, 2015.  The evening felt like a “Throwback Thursday” of the 80’s featuring disco, funk and the original and distinctive moves of a dance style known as Waacking.

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Apollo’s Behind The Scenes: Women in Hip Hop In Harlem

By Morgan A. Grain | Photographs by Trotfilms

Audience members witnessed something similar to a music, dance and arts reunion between college gal pals—most of the panelists had previously worked or collaborated together at least once—at the Behind the Scenes: Women in Hip Hop career panel presented by the Apollo Theater Education Program. Continue Reading →

NYC Restaurants Letter Grading 5 Year Anniversary

6093283421_eb09a14473Food is hot in Harlem and all over NYC, so in July 2010, the Health Department began requiring restaurants in all five boroughs to post letter grades summarizing their sanitary inspection scores. Continue Reading →

Jazzmobile’s 50th Anniversary In Harlem

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 The Jazzmobile continues Billy Taylor’s tradition of presenting the legends , masters, rising stars and young emerging performers, this year’s Summerfest has one brilliant performance after another.

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Salters Scene: The 24th Annual Jazz Loft Party

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By Udo Derrick Salters

The 24th Annual Jazz Loft Party “To New Orleans With Love” was held by the Jazz Foundation of America on Saturday, May 16th at Hudson Studios in New York City. Continue Reading →

Lady Gaga’s Dog’s Coach Campaign For Dog Owners

lady gagaCoach, goes to the dogs and their owners like Lady Gaga as it reveals its newest advertising campaign that start in July. Titled “Coach Pups,” the new campaign that launches this month from Harlem to Harare with her dog model Miss Asia Kinney, her adorable four-legged companion. Continue Reading →