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 →

Harlem Renaissance: Blues Culture, Jazz and the Written Word In Harlem

f8fbff99-1537-403c-903e-1b827ae6eaa9Author/historian Greg Thomas continues his provocative look into the worlds of Alain Locke, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, four of the most innovative and original literary voices to emerge out of the Harlem of the 1920’s. Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes History of Jazz An Illustrated Children’s Book, 1955

The_First_Book_Of_Jazz_00Prolific poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes is considered one of the fathers of jazz poetry, a literary art form that emerged in the 1920s and eventually became the foundation for modern hip-hop.

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