Shop Harlem: “Fire!! Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists” (Paperback)

51QKaiI7hoL._UL500_Originally published in 1926, this periodical was re-issued in limited quantity in 1985. Harlemite by Wallace Thurman, Editor and contributor, it contains work by many of the best-known and most celebrated artists and writers of the Harlem Renaissance…. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Experimental Theatre Harlem, New York 1930

harlem theatre 1The Harlem Experimental Theatre performing in Harlem, New York 1930.
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Harold Jackman, The Most Handsome Man In Harlem 1920’s-1930’s

harlem jackmanIf you scan the index of any reputable book on the Harlem Renaissance, you should find at least one listing for Harold Jackman.  Continue Reading →

Shop Harlem: Rare “Shakespeare in Harlem,” Signed By Langston Hughes, 1945 (book)

shakepseare in harlem signed by langston hughesA one of a kind “Shakespeare in Harlem,” 1st edition hardcover book for someones book collection signed in 1945 by author Langston Hughes.
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James Richmond Barthé, Harlem, 1901-1989

Richmond BartheJames Richmond Barthé, also known as Richmond Barthé (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →

I’m A Black Gentrifier In Harlem

harlem the gentrificer is meThe other day, I was walking back to my Harlem apartment when I stumbled upon a very shocking sign in front of a black church. Continue Reading →

Another Harlem Story: Canada Lee And H. Jack Geiger, 1940

Canada lee and Jack-GeigerHere’s another of one of those wonderful Harlem stories. Harlem born Canada Lee met and was an influence on H. Jack Geiger, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s ‘One Righteous Man’ By Arthur Browne

arthur browns bookAn early reader of this portrait of Samuel Jesse Battle harkened back to the Old Testament, verse three of Psalm 106: “Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!” Continue Reading →

Why The Harlem Riots Of 1943 Echo Today

justice10n-3-webThe old newspaper clippings will tell you that the Harlem Riot of 1943 was sparked by a woman named Margie Polite who forgot her manners. Continue Reading →

A’Lelia Walker’s Grand Harlem Funeral: August 1931

final-for-watermark-of-ALW-Fur-Trimmed-Jacket1-232x300By A’Lelia Bundles

Eighty years ago this month on August 17, 1931–after a lovely day at the beach celebrating a friend’s birthday– A’Lelia Walker, my great-grandmother and namesake, died in Long Branch, New Jersey.  Continue Reading →