“The New Negro: The Life Of Alain Locke,” Who Believed Art Was Key To Black Liberation

A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro – Continue Reading →

Shop Harlem: Style Legend Langston Hughes

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Smollett Says How Visit To Hughes House In Harlem Prepared Him For “Marshal”

Jussie Smollett stars as the prolific poet and activist Langston Hughes in the Thurgood Marshall biopic, Marshall. While the Empire star says he only has a “small cameo,” in the film, Smollett says the opportunity to portray Hughes was welcomed — but definitely unexpected. Continue Reading →

That Is My Dream! A Picture Book Of Langston Hughes’s “Dream Variation”

Langston Hughes‘s inspiring and timeless message of pride, joy, and the dream of a better life is brilliantly and beautifully interpreted in [easyazon_link identifier=”0399550178″ locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Daniel Miyares[/easyazon_link]’s gorgeous artwork [easyazon_link identifier=”0399550178″ locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]That Is My Dream[/easyazon_link]! Continue Reading →

Harold Jackman, The Most Handsome Man In Harlem 1920’s-1930’s

If you scan the index of any reputable book on the Harlem Renaissance, you should find at least one listing for Harold Jackman, w,ho was fabulously called “The Most Handsome Man In Harlem,” from the 1920’s to 1930’s.  Continue Reading →

I’m A Black Gentrifier In Harlem

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Originally posted on August 15th, 2015:

The 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 →

Harlem’s Drag Ball History (Video)

Numerous historians and cultural commentators have traced the origins of today’s house ball scene to the notorious culture of Harlem drag balls in 1920’s and 1930’s New York.

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Talks At The Schomburg: Zines: Elaborate Disruption And Black Creativity In Harlem

The resurgence of zines—self-published limited-distribution works—is stemming the tide of erasure, disrupting publishing, and offering creative spaces for diverse voices within marginalized communities.

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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 →

“On My Way To Harlem,” By Gregory Porter With The Metropole Orchestra (Video)

Here’s the beautiful song by the Grammy award winning vocalist Gregory Porter’s On My Way To Harlem with the Metropole Orchestra in Amsterdam. Continue Reading →

Bad Boy Records Edition At The Schomburg

For this First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering, we’re celebrating the golden age of hip-hop and R&B, the genre’s diverse formative years, and the lasting impact of Bad Boy Entertainment (also known as Bad Boy Records), the hugely successful record label founded in 1993 by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Langston Hughes’s Collection Of Rent Party Cards From Harlem

On Saturday nights in mid-century Harlem, the most raucous parties were frequently happening in private apartments, with admission between 25 and 50 cents. Continue Reading →

Claude Lewis, Harlem Native And Founder Of National Association of Black Journalists, Dies At 82

Claude Lewis, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists and a Harlem native, has died at the age of 82, his family says.  Continue Reading →

Remembering Sculptor Houston Conwill (1947-2016)

By  Candice Frederick

On November 14, 2016, Schomburg Center staff mourned the passing of sculptor Houston Conwill, whose Cosmogram on view in our Langston Hughes Lobby has attracted patrons from across the globe.  Continue Reading →

Harlem YMCA Gains Landmarks Designation

harlem-ymcaThe city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) granted landmarks designation Tuesday to the Harlem YMCA. Continue Reading →

When Harlem Welcomed Castro And Cubans, NY, 1960

fidelcastro_hotelteresaworkers-678x509When Cuba’s delegation arrived in New York City in September 1960 to attend the United Nations General Assembly, the Eisenhower administration had already stopped Cuba’s sugar exports to the U.S. Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes To E. Ethelred Brown At The Schomburg In Harlem (Audio)

langston-hughes-masters1On September 28, 1954, poet/playwright/activist Langston Hughes wrote to Ethelred Brown, the Jamaica-born founder of the Harlem Community Church, to inquire about his faith and the distinct beliefs his church kept for a series he was planning to write in the Chicago Defender. Continue Reading →

Congrats, Artists Meet Fundraising Goal To Rent Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home (Video)

langston-hughes-houseA group of artists and writers have met a fundraising goal to rent and preserve a Harlem brownstone that was the home of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Continue Reading →

Harlem Art Collective And You Too Can Raise Money To Renovate Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home

langston-hughes glamour in harlemThe Harlem brownstone in which Harlem poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes spent the last 20 years of his life is now empty, unoccupied and in disrepair. But that may change soon. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Historic Benta’s Funeral Home Diversifies Its Services

bentas with Jason-BentaSome of New York’s more successful mortuary families from Harlem to Hollis have adapted their approach to funerals and diversified their business holdings. Continue Reading →