Harlem’s Samuel Jesse Battle, A Career Of Firsts

samuel jSamuel Jesse Battle (born January 16, 1883 in New Bern, North Carolina). His parents were among the last generation born into Southern slavery, and his own birth in 1883 was notable for another benchmark: At 16 pounds, he was the biggest baby ever recorded in North Carolina. Continue Reading →

5 Best Historic Spots In Harlem

1. Langston Hughes’ Harlem Brownstone


One of the most prominent figures during the Harlem Renaissance, acclaimed poet and author Langston Hughes resided in his Harlem brownstone, which is located on 20. East 127th Street in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Vicki Sue Robinson 1954 – 2000 (video)

A-60316-1266200277.jpegVicki Sue Robinson (May 31, 1954 – April 27, 2000) was an American theatre and film actress and singer, closely associated with the disco era of late 1970s pop music; she is most famous for her 1976 hit, “Turn the Beat Around.” Continue Reading →

Leonard Harper, Harlem, New York 1925

leonard harper in harlem1Leonard Harper (born April 9, 1899 in Birmingham, Alabama- died February 4, 1943, Harlem, New York) was a producer /stager/ choreographer in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. Continue Reading →