James Baldwin On “Beautiful” Harlem Streets NY 1963

In his speech and writings, James Baldwin describes a bleak, lonely, hungry exile in which he and all American blacks, whatever their station and fortune, go from dawn to dusk in constant terror. His early exile began in Harlem's streets which he later said were filled with beautiful black people despoiled by the pressure of the white world. He is shown walking on a street in New York, June 19, 1963. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)

Novelist, playwright, and essaying James Baldwin on the street of his hometown in Harlem, New York, June 3, 1963.

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Hazel “The Darling Of Café Society” Scott, 1920 – 1981 (Video)

Hazel_Scott_19561Hazel Scott, June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981. She was called the “Darling of Café Society” back in 1939 when Harlem New York was alive with the sounds of swing. Continue Reading →

‘James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket’ At The Schomburg In Harlem

james baldwinBack in 1989, the 16mm version of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket received stellar reviews and awards. Now considered a documentary film classic, the original Baldwin film has been re-mastered in 2K HD with the help of the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts in honor of James Baldwin’s 90th birthday. Continue Reading →

Shop Harlem: James Baldwin, ‘A Rap On Race’ Signed


A curated selection from the Shop Harlem store, it’s a first edition of A Rap On Race, a book by Margaret Mead and Harlem man James Baldwin, and signed by the brilliant James Baldwin.

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Annual Africana Traditions Conference With A Harlem’s Hubert Harrison Talk

hubert harrison in harlemThis second Annual Philosophy and Religion in Africana Traditions conference will explore the struggle for liberation of African descendant peoples as demonstrated through the instrumentalities of the philosophical and religious imaginations. Continue Reading →

Dr. Clarkes’s Centenary Culls Celebration in Harlem

ASCAC elders in harlem worldBy Vinette K. Pryce

The 100th birthday anniversary of Dr. John Henrik Clarke was marked by ceremonial tributes from his students and a plethora of nostalgic recollections of the Pan-African, educator, historian and cultural icon. Continue Reading →