Geoffrey Holder, New York’s Renaissance Man In Harlem

Geoffrey Lamont Holder was born on August 1, 1930, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago as the youngest of five children to Barbadian immigrants Louise de Frense and Arthur Holder. Continue Reading →

SummerStage Is Great Time For Family Day In Central Park

SummerStage performances are fun and welcoming for New Yorkers of all ages. Their schedule highlights family-friendly activities, including dance and drum workshops. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Alicia Keys To Produce Biopic On Legendary Choreographer Alvin Ailey

TV One reports that Harlem’s Alicia Keys, her producing partners and Fox Searchlight will tell the story of barrier-breaking choreographer Alvin Ailey, who started as a dancer and became the founder of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Continue Reading →

Alvin Ailey’s Robert Battle Talks At Build

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation’s mission is to further the pioneering vision of the choreographer, dancer and cultural leader Alvin Ailey by building an extended cultural community which provides dance performances, training and education, and community programs for all people. Continue Reading →

Alvin Ailey’s Opening Night Gala Benefit In NY (Photographs)

Last night, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s holiday season at New York City Center kicked off with a star-studded Opening Night Gala Benefit performance and party that honored Ailey Board President Debra L. Lee (Chairman and Chief Executive Office of BET Networks) for her support of the Ailey organization since 2002. Continue Reading →

Expansion, World Premiere, Alvin Ailey Reaches New Heights This Season

This fall, Ailey announces exciting highlights and achievements: a new wing will allow for more classes for students of The Ailey School and Ailey Extension at New York’s largest building dedicated to dance. Continue Reading →

Apollo Theater Line Up For 2017 Spring Gala

The Apollo Theater today announced details for its largest fundraising event – the, which will take place at the theater on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7 pm EST in Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Ailey Launches Program to Inspire Young Harlemites And Others

ailey-launches-program-to-inspire-young-new-yorkersThe Ailey organization is launching a Young New York program in conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s annual holiday season at New York City Center (November 30 – December 31). Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Historic Benta’s Funeral Home Diversifies Its Services

bentas with Jason-BentaSome of New York’s more successful mortuary families from Harlem to Hollis have adapted their approach to funerals and diversified their business holdings. Continue Reading →

Arthur Mitchell Honored By Columbia University In Harlem

Zelda_Arthur_Mitchell1_gallery-image_6352Columbia University will confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on the legendary dance pioneer and social activist Arthur Mitchell this month, the Arthur Mitchell Project announced today. Continue Reading →

Ailey Dancers & Choreographers Teach Master Classes At The Ailey Extension (update)

alvin ailey dancer workshops1Renowned dancers and choreographers will teach master classes at the Ailey Extension in conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s New York City Center season (December 2 – January 3).   Continue Reading →

The Hotness: Black Power Without Black Women Is Weak

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By Nicole Moore

When most people think about Malcolm X they immediately think of Black manhood leading to associations of Black power tied exclusively to the work of Black men. Continue Reading →

Update Your Harlem Style This Spring

wes gordonThe belted open front linen vest, with open front, and a removable tie belt is perfect for a Alvin Ailey Summer Gala. The two slit pockets in front Trenchcoat-style flaps in front and back with the neutral color fits in any place like Seven Brown’s new Harlem Skin Center.

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Walter’s World: Sylvia Waters

Ailey2_Headshots_SWatersBy Walter Rutledge

For the past thirty-eight years Ailey II has provided opportunities of aspiring young artists to hone their craft. The company usually will enlist the services of a dancer for two years, and then the artist, for lack of a better word, “graduates” into the professional world of entertainment. Continue Reading →