Langston Hughes (second from left) with guests at a breakfast party for him hosted by room mates Regina Anderson-Andrews, Luella Tucker and Ethel Ray at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem 1925.
There is a warmness to the women as they playfully strike a pose for the photographer on the rooftop of the apartment building.
Here the men are not as playful as the women, but there are smiles all around with a young Langston Hughes (far left right) in front of friends with City College in the background (upper left hand corner).
Click on video to hear Regina Anderson-Andrews talk intimately about the birthday she hosted with her girlfriends party:
From the Regina Andrews photograph collection at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Photographs and Prints Division.
Photo credit: 1). Back row, left to right: Ethel Ray (Nance), Langston Hughes, Helen Lanning,Pearl Fisher, Rudolf Fisher, Luella Tucker, Clarissa Scott, Hubert Delany. Front row, left to right: Regina Anderson (Andrews), Esther Popel, Jessie Fauser, Marie Johnson and E. Franklin Frazier. 2). Lefto to right: Helen Lanning, Esther Popel, Pearl Fisher, Luella Tucker, Clarissa Scott Delany, Jessie Fauset, Regina Anderson (Andrews), Mrs. Charles Johnson and Ethel Nance 3). (far left) Langston Hughes, Charles S. Johnson, E. Franklin Frazier, Rudolph Fisher and Hubert T. Delaney. (source).
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