National Cares Mentoring Movement Red Carpet Gala Event With Susan Taylor

gala7Photographs by Diane Alford

On Tuesday, January 26th 2016, these great photographs behind-the-scenes images by senior photographer Diane Alford from the 70th anniversary Birthday Red Carpet event with Susan Taylor’s National Cares  Mentoring Movement event. Continue Reading →

Charan-Po-Rantan Debut At NY’s Japan Society

By Albert Trotman and Allford Trotman

On Thursday, October 29th, 2015 the Japan Society presented Charan-po-rantan in concert, Continue Reading →

Breakin’ Convention 2015 At The Apollo In Harlem (video)

diane allford sliderBy Allford | Trotman

From the moment you approached the sidewalk in front of the Apollo Theater, the 2015 Breakin’ Convention’s energy is already in full effect.  Young people dressed in the shows red tee shirts are dancing under the marquee for people that are passing by and those gathered around to watch.

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Graduation Day for the Girls Who Code Summer (audio)

By Diane Allford | Allford + Trotman

On August 27, 2015, it was a joyous day at the AT&T Summer Immersion Program’s graduation and the final project for the Girls Who Code.   Continue Reading →

Harlem Haberdashery’s SAVOR HARLEM 2015 (photos)

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Yinka Shonibare MBE at the Morris-Jumel Mansion

By Johanna Vermeer | Photos by Diane Allford

Upon entering the Morris-Jumel Mansion there is a room to the left.  Looking in, there is a mirror showing us, the visitors, ourselves.  Or does it? Continue Reading →

Apollo’s Behind The Scenes: Women in Hip Hop In Harlem

By Morgan A. Grain | Photographs by Trotfilms

Audience members witnessed something similar to a music, dance and arts reunion between college gal pals—most of the panelists had previously worked or collaborated together at least once—at the Behind the Scenes: Women in Hip Hop career panel presented by the Apollo Theater Education Program. Continue Reading →

Kiki Melendez At The 2015 Dominican Film Festival Spring Soirée (video)

By Albert Trotman

Last month at the Vacca lounge in New York City, the Dominican Film Festival held it’s 2015 Spring Soirée. Continue Reading →

Bold Soul Sisters: A Revolution of Sound + Style

By Albert Trotman

On the famed Apollo Theater stage, Rochelle Fleming of First Choice, Nona Hendryx of La Belle, Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters and Cathy Sledge of Sister Sledge all got together with moderator Christian John Wikane for a conversation about them and their music. Continue Reading →

Fashion Forward Style Arrives in Harlem On Wheels


By Hadasah Ingrid and Photographs By Diane Allford

Harlem’s rapid evolution of its renowned landscape is giving birth to a new renaissance of culture. Thanks to gentrification and its many caveats, the silver lining to the ever changing black mecca is the burgeoning explosion of nouveau art, cuisine and fashion. Continue Reading →

Politics of the Hijab In Harlem

By Morgan A. Grain and Photographs By Diane Allford

Sehar Ezez recalls a time when she was shopping and two women began to follow her around the store. Continue Reading →

One Love! A Tribute to Bob Marley!

©Diane Allford_2By Diane Alford

It has been 35 years since Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the Apollo Theater.

The Wailers returned this year to perform One Love! A Bob Marley Tribute Concert in honor of Bob Marleys legendary debut at the Apollo in 1979 and to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Album “Legend”. Continue Reading →

Michael Henry Adams Saves Harlem Now (audio)

By Albert Trotman

Easter Sunday April 5, 2015. Historian Michael Henry Adams stands across the street from the almost completely demolished Renaissance Ballroom and Casino at West 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →

Apollo Theater Inducts Billie Holiday

By Albert Trotman

Monday, April 6th 2015 Billie Holiday was inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame. On hand leading the ceremony was Apollo President and CEO, Jonelle Procope. Violinist Kersten Stevens and 15 year old singer Eden Duncan Smith, both performed Billie Holiday’s music under the Apollo marquee. Continue Reading →

Five Years At The 5 And Diamond In Harlem

By Albert Trotman

Looking through the glass front of the restaurant 5 And Diamond it’s easy to get a sense of the warm friendly atmosphere inside.  The restaurant is small and intimate with a pleasing décor that is not pretentious at all.  Continue Reading →