1960s-70s Abstraction Shines From Bearden To Banneker At Swann Galleries

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Thursday, October 6, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of fantastic African-American Fine Art, featuring a variety of media by artists spanning the last 150 years. Continue Reading →

Harlem Cultural Archives: Camille Billops And Jim Hatch Archivists (video)

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We love the recordings from the Harlem Cultural Archives, and here’s another one. Camille Billops and Jim Hatch were professors at the City College of New York in Manhattan Community District 9 in Harlem, Camille in Art and Jim in English – when they ramped up their “Artists and Influences” oral history project. Continue Reading →

The Amazing Story Of Harlem’s Esther Jones (videos)

baby esther by James VanDerZeeWe originally ran story about The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther afew days ago and received a number of emails asking if she was the original “Betty Boop” voice. We found this story that sounds very similar to the Little Richard story, where talent is not being paid for the content that they originated. The post has been edited for this posting:

Esther Jones is a singer who was known by her stage name, “Baby Esther.” Baby Esther was a popular entertainer at Harlem’s Cotton Club in the late 1920s. Baby Esther interpolated words such as ‘Boo-Boo-Boo’ & ‘Doo-Doo-Doo’ in songs at a cabaret.  Continue Reading →