Nora Holt “The Mama That Can’t Behave” In Harlem (warning)

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She was satirized under pseudonyms in Harlem Renaissance novels. Throughout that period she was referred to as a bronze venus, dusky diva and outrageous party girl.  Continue Reading →

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 →

Harlem’s Mayme Hatcher Johnson (audio)

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Mayme Hatcher Johnson was born in North Carolina, 1915. In 1948, Mrs. Johnson married Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, portrayed in American Gangster, the 2007 film that focused on another Harlem underworld figure, Frank Lucas.

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