Eubie Blake One Of The Finest Popular Of His Harlem Era (Video)

eubieblake1James Hubert Blake, February 7, 1884 – February 12, 1983, known as Eubie Blake, was an American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. Continue Reading →

We’re Just Wild About Harlem Mayor Noble Sissle, 1889 – 1975 (Video)

noble_sissle-mayor-of-harlemNoble Lee Sissle (July 10, 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana – December 17, 1975 in Tampa, Florida) was an African-American jazz composer, lyricist, bandleader, singer, and playwright. Continue Reading →

Stephanie “Queenie” St. Clair, Queen Of The Harlem Racket

Stephanie St. ClairStephanie St. Clair, 1886 – 1969, was a bookmaker in Harlem. Madam St. Clair was born of mixed French and African descent on Martinique.

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The Harlem Swing Dance Society: Promoting The Lindy Hop in Harlem

Crowd Outside the Savoy, HarlemBy Lil Nickelson

The Harlem Swing Dance Society (“THSDS”) is leading a dance renaissance in Harlem, the birth place of the lindy hop and swing.  Continue Reading →

Harlem Jazz Legend Marjorie Eliot At Sugar Hill Museum In Harlem

marjorie-eliot1Harlem jazz legend and Sugar Hill resident Marjorie Eliot will perform at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, this month, as they we kicked off their ‘adult’ series Nights At Sugar Hill In Harlem. Continue Reading →

Ferdinand ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton In Harlem, New York 1928 – 1935

jelly-roll-mortin-harlem1Ferdinand ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton at home in Harlem, on the corner of some Street and some Avenue in Harlem. Morton was American ragtime royalty, “considered best regarded pianists in the Storyville District,” he was an early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who was born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, started his career and Jazz in 1902 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Continue Reading →

General Daniel Edgar Sickles In Harlem And More Harper’s Weekly, 1861 (Civil War Print)

civil-war-harlem1In the 1850s, General Daniel Edgar Sickles had received a commission in the 12th Regiment of the New York National Guard, had attained the rank of major, and spent allot of time in Harlem, visiting his brother John Sickles who lived on “123rd Street, Northside just west of Second Avenue,” giving speeches and organizing in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Welcome To Rao’s, New York’s Most Exclusive Restaurant In Harlem

raos-harlem-restaurantWhen Frank Pellegrino Sr. walked into Rao’s on a Tuesday night recently, wearing a black blazer, white shirt, gray slacks, gold bracelet, and signet ring, he led with his black velvet smoking slippers. Continue Reading →

Archaeologist Kathleen Martinez To Announce Break Through In Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb Uptown

kathleenmartinez1World famous archaeologist Kathleen Martinez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and other local elected officials and leaders will hold a press conference to announce that Kathleen Martinez will be speaking this weekend in Washington Heights at Columbia University’s Armand Hammer Health Science Building. Continue Reading →

“In Search Of Nat Turner” In Each One Of Us In Harlem

in-search-of-nat-turner1By Sylviane Diouf

From Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Ossie Davis to Alice Walker, Kanye West and Nate Parker, Nat Turner has captured many people’s imagination. Continue Reading →