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

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We originally ran The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther in 2016, and again in 2017, and received a number of emails asking if Baby Esther was the original “Betty Boop” voice? We suggest reading the story to decide for yourself.

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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 →