“Mr. Harlem Hospital” Dr. Louis T. Wright 1891 – 1952

wrightLouis Tompkins Wright (July 23, 1891 – October 8, 1952) was an American surgeon and civil rights activist. In his position at Harlem Hospital he was the first African-American on the surgical staff of a non-segregated hospital in New York City.
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Ignazio Lupo, Head Of The Leading Mafia Family From Harlem

fa-lupohatIgnazio Lupo (March 19, 1877 – January 13, 1947), also known as Ignazio Saietta and Lupo the Wolf, was a Sicilian-American Black Hand leader in Italian Harlem, New York City during the early 1900s. Continue Reading →

Henry Roth Harlem New York 1914 – 1927

harlems henry rothHenry Roth (February 8, 1906 – October 13, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer living in a mostly Irish area of Harlem, New York, 1914 – 1927. Continue Reading →

West Harlem’s Arthur Asher Miller 1915 – 2005

arthur miller1Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was a prolific American playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theatre. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953) and A View from the Bridge (1955, revised 1956). 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 →

Harlem’s Bennett Alfred Cerf, New York 1898 – 1971

BennettcerfBennett Alfred Cerf, May 25, 1898 – August 27, 1971, was an American publisher, one of the founders of American publishing firm Random House. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Milton ‘Mr. Television’ Berle 1908 – 2002

milton berle in harlemMilton Berle (July 12, 1908 – March 27, 2002) was an American comedianand actor. As the host of NBC’s Texaco Star Theater (1948–55), he was the first major American television star and was known to millions of viewers as “Uncle Miltie” and “Mr. Television” during TV’s golden age.  Continue Reading →

Harlem Artist Paul Meltsner, New York 1905–1966

Paul Meltsne3Paul Raphael Meltsner (1905–1966) was an American artist who was widely recognized for his Works Progress Administration (WPA) era paintings and lithographs, and who was later known for his iconic portraits of celebrities in the performing arts. Continue Reading →

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett July 16 1862 – March 25 1931

Mary_Garrity_-_Ida_BIda Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Vicki Sue Robinson 1954 – 2000 (video)

A-60316-1266200277.jpegVicki Sue Robinson (May 31, 1954 – April 27, 2000) was an American theatre and film actress and singer, closely associated with the disco era of late 1970s pop music; she is most famous for her 1976 hit, “Turn the Beat Around.” Continue Reading →