‘Mornin’ Fast Train From Memphis To Harlem,’ Miles Davis, 1969 (Video)

 

miles-davis-from-memhis-to-harlem1Miles Davis playing in Miles mode. Not sure of the Memphis to Harlem connection in the song, but we know he played at Cecil And Minton’s Harlem, around the corner from the Lenox Lounge and he was married to actress and Harlemite Cicely Tyson in the early 1980’s. Continue Reading →

Sufi Abdul Hamid, “Harlem’s Hitler,” 1903-1938

sufi-abdul-hamidSufi Abdul Hamid (born Eugene Brown) (January 6, 1903 in Lowell, Massachusetts – July 30, 1938) was an African-American religious and labor leader, and among the first African converts to Islam, accused of Anti-Semitism. Continue Reading →

Fidel Castro And Malcolm X At The Hotel Theresa, Harlem NY 1960

fidel-y-malcom-x-1-580x377I always remember when I met with Malcolm X at the hotel Teresa, because he was the one who gave us support and made it possible for us to be accommodated there. Continue Reading →

Stephanie “Queenie” St. Clair, Queen Of The Harlem Racket

Stephanie St. ClairStephanie St. Clair, 1886 – 1969, was a bookmaker in Harlem. Madam St. Clair was born of mixed French and African descent on Martinique.

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Bob Dylan, East Harlem, 1963

2509620_1_lBob Dylan, singer, hanging out at 132nd Street and FDR Drive, in East Harlem, on November 4, 1963. Continue Reading →

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr In Harlem NY 1958

dr-martin-luther-king-jr-in-harlemIn 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was still basking in the glory of his legendary triumph that ended the thirteen-month Montgomery bus boycott he had led: the U.S.Supreme Court’s 1956 decision to desegrate buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Continue Reading →

“In Harlem Lane” In Harlem New York 1700’s

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A rare pen and Ink drawing by Archibald Robertson titled “In Harlem Lane” Harlem, New York, when this pen and ink drawing was executed in the 1700’s Harlem was lush rural farmland. Continue Reading →

Hazel “The Darling Of Café Society” Scott, 1920 – 1981 (Video)

Hazel_Scott_19561Hazel Scott, June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981. She was called the “Darling of Café Society” back in 1939 when Harlem New York was alive with the sounds of swing. Continue Reading →

Black Jews, The Commandment Keepers In Harlem, 1910

black jews in harlemBlack Jews started forming Harlem congregations in the 1910s, based on the conviction that Africans were descended from ancient Hebrews and that Christianity was a religion imposed on them during enslavement in America. Continue Reading →

The 21st Annual Juneteenth Celebration In Harlem

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The tradition continues with the  Annual Juneteenth Celebration. A day for African Americans to observe the glorious day Union General Gordon Granger entered into Gavelston,TX on June 19, 1865, reading aloud the emancipation which led to the freedom of 250,000 slaves.  Continue Reading →