The Amazing Story Of Harlem’s Esther Jones (videos)

baby esther by James VanDerZeeWe originally ran story about The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther afew days ago and received a number of emails asking if she was the original “Betty Boop” voice. 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 →

The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther (Updated)

Baby_ESther_JONEZEsther Jones (aka Gertrude Saunders), known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. Her “baby” singing style often included the phrase “Boop-oop-a-doop”. She performed regularly at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Continue Reading →