Harlem’s Ed Sullivan, From The Ed Sullivan Show, 1901 – 1974

Edward Vincent “Ed” Sullivan, September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974, was a US entertainment writer and television host, best known as the presenter of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, now usually remembered under its second name, The Ed Sullivan Show. Continue Reading →

Fredericka Carolyn “Fredi” Washington, Harlem (video)

Fredi washingtonFredericka Carolyn “Fredi” Washington (December 23, 1903 – June 28, 1994) was an accomplished African American dramatic film actress, … Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Tupac Amaru Shakur 1971 – September 13, 1996 (Video)

tupac-pic-4-babyTupac Amaru Shakur June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. Continue Reading →

Reverend Major Jealous “Father” Divine In Harlem (Update)

Father Divine (c. 1876 – September 10, 1965), also known as Reverend M. J. Divine, was an African American spiritual leader from about 1907 until his death. His full self-given name was Reverend Major Jealous Divine, and he was also known as “the Messenger” early in his life. Continue Reading →

Runs In The Family: The Keeling’s Setting Records The Harlem Way

Vogue Magazine reports that Ida Keeling, 96, has a secret because, really, you don’t set the world track-and-speed record for the 60-meter dash without something good going for you, especially if you are, like Ida competing in the 95-to-99 age bracket. Continue Reading →

Harlem Hellfighters, Harlem, NY 1913

hellfightersThe 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, was an infantry regiment of the United States Army that saw action in World War I and World War II. Continue Reading →

“King Of Ragtime” Scott Joplin Lived In Harlem

Scott Joplin was a historic figure to the numerous cultural icons to have lived near St. Nicholas Park in Harlem. At 163 West 131st street as the address Joplin lived in last as one of the world’s most famous composer’s King of Ragtime composer Scott Joplin once lived. Continue Reading →

Gregory “On My Way To Harlem” Porter Free At Central Park (video)

gregory porterGregory Porter’s Blue Note Records debut, the 2014 GRAMMY winning Liquid Spirit, arrived on the heels of two critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated indie label albums that quickly propelled Porter to the upper echelon of contemporary male jazz singers. Continue Reading →

Sheila Guyse “Miracle In Harlem” And “Harlem Follies of 1949” Star (Video)

Etta Drucille Guyse (rhymes with “nice”), known as Sheila Guyse, (July 14, 1925 – December 28, 2013) was a popular African-American singer, actress, and recording artist, performing on stage and screen during the 1940s and 1950s, in the Dorothy Dandridge film era. Continue Reading →