The Harlem born Lillette Jenkins-Wisner dubbed Queen of the Keys, Lillette is an internationally renowned concert pianist and vocalist. Continue Reading →
Francine Everett, April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999, was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.
Swann Galleries’ On Thursday, March 31, 2016 auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana sold an illustration by E. Simms Campbell, a lively A Night-Club Map of Harlem, pen and brush, 1932 to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. Continue Reading →
Bandleader and singer extraordinaire Cab Calloway leads an orchestra during a New Year’s Ball at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, 1937. Continue Reading →
There are plenty of books about Harlem’s eclectic music scene that cover the Harlem Renaissance to present day. Continue Reading →
Ellsworth Raymond Johnson (October 31, 1905 – July 7, 1968) — known as “Bumpy” Johnson — was an American mob boss and bookmaker in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Continue Reading →