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 →

Richard Huey’s Aunt Dinah’s Kitchen In Harlem NY 1940’s

b7f317c22c3ba5820ab4d5ff3d488eb5Times Square has its Sardi’s. But for Harlem‘s theater folk in the 1930s and 1940s, Broadway star Richard Huey’s restaurant called Aunt Dinah’s Kitchen was the joint most relished. 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 →

Mackey Twins “Letters From Langston” Event In Harlem

mackie iwns finalArt and literature lovers alike will converge on the Mackey Twins Art Gallery in Mount Vernon, New York, on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Continue Reading →

Rudolph Fisher, Physician, Writer And Harlemite, 1897-1934

Rudolph_Fisher photographRudolph Fisher, May 9, 1897 Washington, DC – December 26, 1934, was an African-American physician, radiologist, novelist, short story writer, dramatist, musician, orator and Harlemite. Continue Reading →

Props: ‘Montage Of A Dream Deferred’ 1951, Signed By Langston Hughes

41DPgpJdK8L._SX345_BO1,204,203,200_A wonderful Harlem collectible found on Amazon, a signed copy of Montage Of A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes in 1951 published by Henry Hall and Company, New York.

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Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps Harlem NY 1923-1930 (video)

arna bontemps in harlem1Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973 was a Harlem poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
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George Wilson Becton The “Dancing Evangelist” Of Harlem 1925-1933

harlems george wilon becton1George Wilson Becton was born in Clarksville, Texas, and died in 1933. He was also known as The “dancing evangelist” of Harlem was considered the “first of the colorful cult leaders in Harlem” in the 1930’s. Continue Reading →

Salters Scene: Black History Month At the African Burial Ground

David Mills

David Mills

By Udo Salters

On Saturday February 7th,  the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan featured David Mills’ dramatic performance of Langston Hughes’ work for Black History Month.

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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 →