Harlem’s Grace Nail Johnson, Activist, Arts Patron And Wife Of Writer James Weldon Johnson

Grace Nail Johnson, February 27, 1885 – November 1, 1976, was a civil rights activist and patron of the arts, and wife of writer James Weldon Johnson. Continue Reading →

Join Frederick Douglass Reading 2017 At Renaissance House In Martha’s Vineyard

The public is invited to a celebration of diversity and human rights by participating in the Renaissance House: Retreat for Writers & Artists’ 11th annual free dramatic reading of Frederick Douglass’ powerful landmark speech. Continue Reading →

New Petition Seeks An End To Controversial Dancing Ban From Harlem To Hollis

In reference to a movement that has been gaining momentum in recent months, Grubstreet reports on a petition to repeal the city’s archaic–and racially motivated in its origins–1926 Cabaret Law that requires an establishment to have a city license if more than three patrons want to move their feet. Continue Reading →

Arts And Culture Lives As Lavazza Partners With The Guggenheim

Harlem has always had a love affair with arts and culture, from Orson Welles Macbeth to the Harlem Renaissance.  That’s why we love the annoucement today, Lavazza took another major step in its ongoing commitment to helping promote the arts and culture around the world with the announcement of a multi-year collaboration with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Continue Reading →

Statement From Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle After Senate Votes To Fully Fund NEA

Thousands of actors and stage managers live in Harlem because of its rich history of live theatre from the Harlem renaissance to the second renaissance of today. Continue Reading →

Dorothy Maynor, “Founder Harlem School Of The Arts” Signed 1948

dorothy maynor flyer in harlemA great Harlem collectible signed by legendary Dorothy Maynor (founder of The Harlem School of the Arts) in (not so) dark pencil from an event on April 3rd, 1948 at Ohio Northern University.  Continue Reading →

Schomburg’s Live From Ada “Bricktop” Smith To Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (Podcast)

ada+bricktop+in harlemFeaturing Ada “Bricktop” Smith to Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, on the Schomburg Center for Research’s Live from the Reading Room: Correspondence is a podcast series that aims to share interesting and engaging letters written by or to key historical figures from the African Diaspora. Continue Reading →

‘The Tree Of Hope’ Kids On 131st Street In Harlem NY 1937

the tree of hopeA very rare photograph looking north along Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., (7th Avenue) of Harlem kids surrounding The Tree Of Hope stump at its original location on the boulevard looking north at 7th Avenue and 131st Street in Harlem, New York in 1937. Continue Reading →

Kay Davis “The Wordless Vocalist” Harlem NY 1940’s

kay davisKatherine McDonald Wimp née Katherine McDonald stage name Kay Davis, December 5, 1920 – January 27, 2012 in Apopka, Florida, was an “exquisite” American jazz singer best known for her time with the orchestra of Duke Ellington. Continue Reading →

Countee Cullen, Harlem, New York 1903 – 1946

Counteecullen1Countee Cullen May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946, born as Coleman Rutherford, was an African American poet, author and scholar who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. (He pronounced his name “Coun-tay”, not “Coun-tee”.)

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‘Mules And Men’ By Harlem’s Zora Neale Hurston

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Mules and Men by Columbia University graduate and Harlem Renaissance story teller Zora Neale Hurston is a treasury of black America’s folklore as collected by a famous storyteller and anthropologist who grew up hearing the songs and sermons, sayings and tall tales that have formed an oral history of the South since the time of slavery. Continue Reading →

Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps Harlem NY 1923-1930 (video)

arna bontemps in harlem1Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973 was a Harlem poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
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Shop Harlem: “Fire!! Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists” (Paperback)

51QKaiI7hoL._UL500_Originally published in 1926, this periodical was re-issued in limited quantity in 1985. Harlemite by Wallace Thurman, Editor and contributor, it contains work by many of the best-known and most celebrated artists and writers of the Harlem Renaissance…. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Romare Bearden And Others Auction At Swann Galleries (update)

romare BeardenOn Tuesday, December 15, Swann Galleries’ will offer African-American Fine Art, featuring a newly re-discovered Norman Lewis painting, an important early-career modernist painting by Romare Bearden, and what is believed to be the first painting by Elizabeth Catlett to come to auction. Continue Reading →

“Leonard Harper Way” Unveiling In Harlem (video)

Arthur in harlemOn Saturday, October 10, 2015 “Leonard Harper Way” was unveiled on 132nd street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →