Harlem’s Honi Coles Apollo Headliner NY 1940’s (Video)

Leaders, Legends & Trailblazers

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Charles “Honi” Coles, April 2, 1911 – November 12, 1992, was an amazing American actor and tap dancer, also known for his role as Tito Suarez in the film Dirty Dancing. Continue Reading →

“Drop Me Off In Harlem,” By Guinness Book Of World Record Holder Adelaide Louise Hall

Adelaide Louise Hall was a dynamo, she was born on the 20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993, an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. Continue Reading →

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Adelaide Louise Hall’s Rich Harlem History, 1901 – 1993 (Audio Video)

Adelaide Louise Hall, 20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993, was an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. Continue Reading →

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Ida “The Shoo Shoo Baby” James, Harlem, 1950’s (Video)

ida-jamesIda Mae James was born in 1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. Ida’s mother taught her how to sing, she travel the country doing amateur night shows until she was discovered on the Radio Kiddie Hour in Philadelphia, PA. Continue Reading →

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How Cab Calloway’s ‘Hepster Dictionary’ Introduced The World To The Harlem Vernacular

Have some fews and two? Put it in your kick, head to the nearest frolic pad, and prove that you’re a jitterbug. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Cleo Hayes, Cotton Club Dancer And “Stormy Weather,” Actress, 1914 – 2012

Cleo Hayes was born in Greenville, Mississippi, August 18, 1914 – 2012. She was an actress, Cotton Club dancer, and a comedian. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s “Queen Of The Keys” Lillette Jenkins-Wisner (Video)

The Harlem born Lillette Jenkins-Wisner dubbed Queen of the Keys, Lillette is an internationally renowned concert pianist and vocalist. Continue Reading →

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Francine Everett, “The Most Beautiful Girl in Harlem,” 1940s (video)

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.

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Harlem Map Purchased By Yale’s Beinecke Library

E-Simms-Campbell-Night-Club-Map-HarlemSwann 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 →

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Harlem New Year’s Ball With Cab Calloway At The Cotton Club, 1937

American bandleader and singer Cab Calloway leads an orchestra during a New Year's Ball at the Cotton Club in New York, 1937.

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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 →

Zane’s All Time Top 5 Books About Harlem Music

Jazz-Musicians-In-Front-of-Mintons-Playhouse-Untapped-CitiesThere are plenty of books about Harlem’s eclectic music scene that cover the Harlem Renaissance to present day. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Ellsworth Raymond “Bumpy” Johnson

640px-BumpyJohnsonAlcatrazPrisonCroppedEllsworth 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 →

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