Harlem Bishop R. C. Lawson Buys First Lincoln Continental, 1956

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A great photograph taken looking towards 125th Street on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Avenue), with the Alhambra across the street in Jet Magazine, February 7th, 1956. Continue Reading →

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 Killers Mary Cunningham And Ethel Little 1954

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Even though the story in bold and all caps type was about America’s Richest Beggars, it was the sexy cover photograph of Harlem model Mary Cunningham that got all the attention in the March 25, 1954 issue of Jet Magazine. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Colonel Hubert Fauntleroy Julian, “The Black Eagle of Harlem” (video)

1931-01_julianHubert Julian was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1897, the son of a cocoa plantation manager. He migrated to Canada in 1914, where he claimed to have learned to pilot an aeroplane and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Continue Reading →