Harlem’s James Baldwin (1924 – 1987)

james baldwinJames Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. 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

Rebecca (Theater 62) (1962)ColoradoJoan 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 →

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 →

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 →

Punk Rocker, Actress, Wife And Harlemite, Wanda De Jesus

Wanda_De_Jesus1Wanda De Jesus, born August 26, 1958, is an actress, sister born and raised on “the concrete playgrounds of Manhattan,” in “Little Italy” East Harlem, NY. 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

Jimmie Daniels in red

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 →

James Herman Robinson, Harlem Visionary, Clergyman And Humanitarian 1907 – 1972

James_Herman_RobinsonJames Herman Robinson, January 24, 1907 – November 6, 1972, was an American clergyman and humanitarian, best known as the founder of Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA), and a number of organizations in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Rudolph Fisher, Physician, Writer And Harlemite, 1897-1934

Rudolph_Fisher photographRudolph Fisher, May 9, 1897 Washington, DC – December 26, 1934, was an African-American physician, radiologist, novelist, short story writer, dramatist, musician, orator and Harlemite. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Eunice Roberta Hunton Carter, Harlem, NY 1899 – 1970

Eunice Carter iin harlemEunice Roberta Hunton Carter, 1899 – 1970, broke down racial and gender barriers. She was one of New York’s first African-American woman lawyers, and served as one of the first district attorneys of color in the United States. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jessie Sampter, Educator, A Poet, And A Zionist Pioneer

Jessie Sampter1Jessie Sampter was an influential Zionist educator, a poet, and a Zionist pioneer influenced by Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, Josephine Lazarus, Mary Antin,Mordecai Kaplan, Unitarian minister Rev. Merle St. Croix Wright and others to become an ardent advocate of Judaism and Zionism born March 22, 1883 in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →