Harold Jackman, The Boulevardier Of Harlem, 1920’s (Photograph)

If you scan the index of any reputable book on the Harlem Renaissance, you should find at least one listing for Harold Jackman, who was fabulously called “The Boulevardier Of Harlem” and “The Most Handsome Man In Harlem,” from the 1920’s to 1930’s. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Drag Ball History (Video)

Numerous historians and cultural commentators have traced the origins of today’s house ball scene to the notorious culture of Harlem drag balls in 1920’s and 1930’s New York.

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Harlem Writers Guild Read At Countee Cullen

guilde at shcomburg1 sliderBy Marc W. Polite

This past Thursday evening, the Harlem Writers Guild hosted an event at the Countee Cullen Library. Held in the auditorium “Voices of Poetry” was the first collaboration of the Harlem Writers Guild with the library. Continue Reading →

Countee Cullen, Harlem, New York 1903 – 1946

Counteecullen1Countee Cullen May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946, born as Coleman Rutherford, was an African American poet, author and scholar who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. (He pronounced his name “Coun-tay”, not “Coun-tee”.)

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Harlem Painter, Illustrator And Arts Educator, Aaron Douglas

aaron-douglas1Aaron Douglas May 26, 1899 – February 3, 1979, was an African-American painter, illustrator and arts educator. He was a preiminent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →

Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps Harlem NY 1923-1930 (video)

arna bontemps in harlem1Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973 was a Harlem poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
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George Wilson Becton The “Dancing Evangelist” Of Harlem 1925-1933

harlems george wilon becton1George Wilson Becton was born in Clarksville, Texas, and died in 1933. He was also known as The “dancing evangelist” of Harlem was considered the “first of the colorful cult leaders in Harlem” in the 1930’s. Continue Reading →

Shop Harlem: “Fire!! Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists” (Paperback)

51QKaiI7hoL._UL500_Originally published in 1926, this periodical was re-issued in limited quantity in 1985. Harlemite by Wallace Thurman, Editor and contributor, it contains work by many of the best-known and most celebrated artists and writers of the Harlem Renaissance…. Continue Reading →

James Richmond Barthé, Harlem, 1901-1989

Richmond BartheJames Richmond Barthé, also known as Richmond Barthé (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →

Mount Morris Baths Steam And Turkish, Harlem, 1893

mt-morris turkish bath house 1The Mount Morris Baths Steam And Turkish had been around since the late 1800’s and gay since the 1930’s in Mount Morris Park on the corner of South Madison Avenue, between 124th and 125th Streets, Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

James Van Der Zee’s G.G.G. Studio, Harlem, 1940’s

VanDerZeeStudio125A rare photograph of the James Van Der Zee’s studio located on the east side of Lenox Avenue between 123rd and 124th Streets, in the 1940’s.  Continue Reading →