Harlem’s Marcus Garvey’s SS Shadyside Sank At 157th Street

black star lineThe shining star of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association UNIA movement offices located at 54-56 West 135th Street home of the Black Star Steamship Line, Inc., in NYC from 1919 to 1922. Continue Reading →

Bad News But Good News – The Renaissance Casino and Ballroom In Harlem

harlem rennassanceBy Barabara Bronx

Sadly close to 5,000 signatures and the work and efforts of many could not “Save the Renny” (The Renaissance Casino and Ballroom) in part… or its façade.   Continue Reading →

Billie Holiday Sings ‘Strange Fruit,’ Harlem, 1939 (audio)

Billie_HolidayStrange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday (lived in Harlem during this time), who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Bessie Allison Buchanan First Black Woman To Be New York State Legislature, 1940’s

bessie from harlemBessie Allison Buchanan (March 7, 1902 – September 7, 1980) of Manhattan in New York City became the first African-American woman to hold a seat in the New York State Legislature when she was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1954. Continue Reading →