In 1949, Hugh Hefner Commissions Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes To Design The Playboy Bunny Custome

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The legendary Harlemite Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001), was an African-American fashion designer and costumer based in Harlem who designed the original Playboy Bunny custome. Continue Reading →

The Villalobos Brothers, The First Mexican Band To Play At Harlem’s Apollo Theater (Video)

The Villalobos Brothers are Ernestos, Alberto and Luis Villalobos, lead vocals and violin; Humberto Flores, backup vocals and guitar; Rosa Avila, drums; and Leo Sherman, bass were the first Mexican band to play on October 23rd 2013 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Father And Son First Responders From Harlem Precint Die From 9/11 Cancer Link

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Robert Alexander and his father, Raymond, both had the day off — until two airliners crashed into the World Trade Center towers. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Ann Lowe The Fashion Designer To First Ladies

Diva Ann Cole Lowe, 1898 – February 25, 1981, was a Harlem resident, American fashion designer and the first African American to become a noted fashion designer. Continue Reading →

Warren-Nash Motor Corporation In Harlem, 1927 (Photos)

warren nash car showroomNash Motors Company was an American automobile manufacturer based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the United States from 1916 to 1937. From 1937 to 1954, Nash Motors was the automotive division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. Nash production continued from 1954 to 1957 after the creation of American Motors Corporation. Continue Reading →

Harlem Hellfighters’ First Woman Brigade Commander At NYC Veterans Day Parade 2016

dawson-baghdad1“America’s Parade,” the 97th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade, begins with a Memorial Ceremony featuring, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other dignitaries on Friday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Madison Square Park, 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue.  Parade begins at 11:11 a.m. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jessie Waddell, Founder Of The West Indian Carnival, NY 1920’s

westindianparade_then in harlemMany slaves brought the tradition of African outdoor ceremonies to the Caribbean. However, once enslaved, they were prohibited from holding public celebrations despite their slaveholders’ engagement in street parades like Mardi Gras. Continue Reading →

Harlem Fave Ava Duvernay Will Be First African American Woman to Helm $100 Million Film

own2Yesterday a list of CA tax credits was announced. On that list was Disney’s Ava Duvernay-helmed film “A Wrinkle in Time.” Continue Reading →

“The Exile” The First African American Talkie Debut In Harlem 1931 (video)

Micheaux_ExileThe Exile is a 1931 American film by Oscar Micheaux with the co-direction of the Dances and Ensemble by Leonard Harper. A drama–romance of the race film genre, it was Micheaux’s first feature-length talkie, and the first African American talkie.  Continue Reading →