Harlem’s Yaphet Frederick Kotto New York 1939 –

Yaphet Frederick Kotto, born November 15, 1939, is an American actor, known for numerous film roles, as well as starring in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–99) as Lieutenant Al Giardello. Continue Reading →

Billy Dee Williams Born In Harlem NY 1937

William December “Billy Dee” Williams Jr., born in Harlem on April 6, 1937 -, is an American actor, artist, singer, and writer. Continue Reading →

William Henry Johnson’s ‘Moon Over Harlem,’ 1901 – 1970 (Video)

William Henry Johnson, March 18, 1901 – April 13, 1970, was an African-American painter born in Florence, South Carolina. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s “Funny Girl,” Fanny Brice, 1891 – 1951 (video)

800px-FannybriceGlamorFanny Brice (October 29, 1891 – May 29, 1951) was a popular and influential American illustrated song model, comedienne, singer, and theater and film actress who made many stage, radio and film appearances and is known as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series The Baby Snooks Show.  Continue Reading →

Dale Carnegie Discovered “How To Win Friends And Influence People” In Harlem, 1911

Dale Harbison Carnegie (/ˈkɑːrnɪɡi/; spelled Carnagey until c. 1922; November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Continue Reading →

Adam Clayton Powell Jr., The First Black Person Elected to Congress

adam-clayton-powell-jrAdam Clayton Powell, Jr., November 29, 1908 – April 4, 1972, was an American politician and pastor who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives (1945–71). Continue Reading →

Margaret Higgins Sanger, Planned Parenthood Founder And Organized A Clinic In Harlem

Margaret Higgins Sanger, born Margaret Louise Higgins, September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966, also known as Margaret Sanger Slee, was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Continue Reading →

East Harlem Fireball Kathrine Narducci (Video)

Kathrine Narducci, born in 1965, to an Italian-American family grew up in Italian Harlem, New York.

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Harlem’s Walter Winchell, “One Of The Most Powerful Men In America,” 1897 – 1972 (Video)

Walter Winchell (real name was ne Winschel or Winschel), April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972, was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator, famous for attempting to destroy the careers of people both private and public whom he disliked. Continue Reading →

West Harlem’s John A. Catsimatidis, 1948 –

John A. Catsimatidis, born September 7, 1948 is a Greek-American billionaire businessman and radio talk show host. Continue Reading →

The Award Winning Actress, East Harlem’s Joan Hackett, 1934 – 1983

[easyazon_link identifier=”B009DBBP8I” locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Rebecca (Theater 62) (1962)[/easyazon_link][easyazon_link identifier=”B000HAB4LM” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Colorado[/easyazon_link]Joan Ann Hackett, March 1, 1934 – October 8, 1983, was an American actress of film, stage and television. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for the 1966 film The Group, and starred in the 1967 western Will Penny. Continue Reading →

Max F. “The Squealer” Schmittberger, Harlem, NY, 1851 – 1917

Max F. Schmittberger, July 27, 1851 – October 31, 1917, was born in Würzburg in the Kingdom of Bavaria on July 27, 1851. Four years after his birth, his family emigrated to the United States and settled in Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Shemekia “Queen of the Blues” Copeland (Video)

Charon Shemekia Copeland, born April 10, 1979, is an American electric blues vocalist. Copeland was born in Harlem, New York City. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Patti “Queen Of The Jingles,” Austin (Video)

Patti Austin, born on the 10th August, 1950, is an American R&B, pop and jazz singer. Austin was born in Harlem, New York to Gordon Austin, a jazz trombonist, and Edna Austin and was raised in Bay Shore, New York on Long Island. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have referred to themselves as her godparents. Continue Reading →

Hubert Harrison, “The Father Of Harlem Radicalism”

Hubert Henry Harrison, April 27, 1883 – December 17, 1927, was a West Indian-American writer, orator, educator, critic, and radical socialist political activist based in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Go From Idea To Invention, Harlem Biospace Openings Available Now!

Harlem Biospace is open to start-ups working in life sciences and technology companies using biological or chemical techniques. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Fabulous Nina Mae ‘The Black Garbo’ McKinney 1912 – 1967 (Video)

Nina Mae McKinney (6)Nina Mae McKinney, June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967, was an American actress who worked internationally during the 1930s and in the postwar period in theatre, film and television, after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Continue Reading →

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, And Spy In Harlem NY 1920’s

bonhoeffer_portraet01Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German: [ˈdiːtʁɪç ˈboːnhœfɐ]; 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, key founding member of the Confessing Church and Harlemite in the 1920’s. Continue Reading →

Cora La Redd, Harlem’s “Terpsichorean Riot,” -1968 (Video)

lora walker in harlemCora LaRedd, the brilliant Harlem singer and dancer of the 1920s and 1930s, known for her hard-hitting rhythm-tap style, was often announced as the “Terpsichorean riot.” Continue Reading →

Jimmie Daniels “One Of The Most Popular Cafe Singers” Ever In Harlem NY 1908-1984

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Jimmie Daniels was born in Laredo, Texas in 1908, but was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He left Arkansas and traveled to New York in the 1920s, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →