Damon Kyle Wayans Born In Harlem

081711-Topic-Pages-Damon-WaynesDamon Kyle Wayans, Sr. (born September 4, 1960) is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer, and a member of the Wayans family of entertainers. Continue Reading →

Leslie Uggams, TV Prodigy And Harlemite, 1950

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Leslie Uggams (born May 25, 1943 in New York City, New York) is an American actress and singer, known for her work in Hallelujah, Baby! and as Kizzy Reynolds in the 1977 television miniseries Roots.

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WWI ‘Harlem Hellfighter’ Henry Johnson to Receive Medal of Honor

proxyThey called Sgt. Henry Johnson “Black Death,” a soldier from the all-black “Harlem Hellfighters” unit who fought off two dozen Germans with a gun and then a knife during World War I. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Columbia Acquires Archives Of DTH’s Arthur Mitchell

16MITCHELL1-master675When Arthur Mitchell was contemplating where his archives should go, he thought about where he grew up and later, with Karel Shook, formed the Dance Theater of Harlem. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Bishop Robert Clarence Lawson (video)

bishop lawsonRobert Clarence Lawson was born on May 5, 1883 in New Iberia, Louisiana. His parents died when he was very young and he was raised by an aunt, Peggy Fraser, during his early childhood. Continue Reading →

Harlem Bishop R. C. Lawson Buys First Lincoln Continental, 1956

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A great photograph taken looking towards 125th Street on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Avenue), with the Alhambra across the street in Jet Magazine, February 7th, 1956. Continue Reading →

Nora Holt “The Mama That Can’t Behave” In Harlem (warning)

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She was satirized under pseudonyms in Harlem Renaissance novels. Throughout that period she was referred to as a bronze venus, dusky diva and outrageous party girl.  Continue Reading →

Washington Heights Eliza Jumel (Burr), 1775 – 1865

jumel mansion1Eliza Jumel Burr was born Eliza Bowen in Providence, Rhode Island to a working-class Irish Catholic family. Eliza’s mother, Phebe Kelley Bowen, was a domestic servant in a boarding house. Continue Reading →