Canada Lee By James Van Der Zee In Harlem

CANADA LEEThis great image of actor and civil rights activist Canada Lee taken by Harlem Renaissance master photographer James Van Der Zee at the G.G.G. Photo Studio, 2077-7th Avenue, Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Another Harlem Story: Canada Lee And H. Jack Geiger, 1940

Canada lee and Jack-GeigerHere’s another of one of those wonderful Harlem stories. Harlem born Canada Lee met and was an influence on H. Jack Geiger, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Continue Reading →

A New Bookstore Opens In Harlem (update)

revoltuion booksHarlem has always been a hub for “alternative” politics from Marcus GraceyCanada Lee to Liberation Books and more, so its no surprise that a bookstore that call itself “the center of a movement for revolution,” has swapped its Chelsea digs for Lenox Avenue because of escalating rent. Continue Reading →

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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The Lafayette Theatre, Harlem, New York, 1912


The Lafayette Theatre was an entertainment venue located at 132nd Street and 7th Avenue in Harlem, New York that operated from 1912 to 1951.  Continue Reading →