Notes on Culture from Tod Roulette

A Saint from TriBeCa: Pierre Toussaint’s New York Pierre Toussaint, a 23 year old slave, arrived in New York in 1797 a refugee from the revolution in Saint-Domingue.

Tod & Chuck Story Featured On NPR/StoryCorps

Health Here’s a link to Harlemite Todd Roulette and his late partner former CT., State Senator Chuck Allen, III’s love story in the April 2009 Story CorpsAlumni eNewsletter. Here’s what Continue Reading →

Shop Harlem: Edge Art: Black Latino(a) Artists, An Inter Caribbean Dialogue

Here is a great summer read documenting the Edge Art: Black Latino(a) Artists, An Inter-Caribbean Dialogue exhibition. This show ran from February 4th trough the 26th in 2013 at The City Continue Reading →

Obituary For Margaret O’Connor Jackson In Harlem

By Tod Roulette Margaret O’Connor Jackson serves as President of Marpeg Realty Corp. and Marcus Jackson Funeral Home, Inc., located at 3362 Boston Road, in the North East Bronx.

150th Commemoration of the U.S.C.T. 26th Regiment In Harlem

By Tod Roulette This past Memorial Day, Monday May 25th throughout Harlem’s large historic as well as small and quaint parks, people gathered for picnics, an ice cream cone or Continue Reading →

“Blackbird” Patrick Ian Polk Revisits A 1980’s Black LGBT Novel On The Big Screen

By Tod Roulette “Take everyone to see this movie…Every mean mother, June Bug, every church member to support this film. This is an important moment and movie for black gay Continue Reading →

HW’s Danny Tisdale Talks About ‘Harlem Experiences’ Launch

By Kyle Fraser I talked to Harlem World Magazine founder and CEO, Danny Tisdale about the new business being launched this week “Harlem Experiences’.

‘Belle’ and Africans in Europe, 1440-1700’s (video)

By Tod Roulette After 235 years an intimate family heirloom painting has been exposed to the world showing not just layers of soot and dusty varnish but the secretive social Continue Reading →

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Selling and Celebrating African Aesthetics at Sotheby’s

“The spell of Africa is upon me. The ancient witchery of her medicine is burning my drowsy, dreamy blood. This is not a country, it is a world—a universe of Continue Reading →

Contemporary and Modern Tribal Art At Sotheby’s And Merton Simpson Gallery In NYC

By Tod Roulette Visit Sothebys to appreciate top quality tribal art. Not only seeing these works up close is an incredibly tutorial but overhearing and speaking with staff and visitors Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Prima Ballerina, Misty Copeland Signs

By Tod Roulette My  ten-year-old goddaughter Lucy is all legs and arms. She sat on my lap at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble on 86th Street this week Continue Reading →

Don’t Hate, Celebrate All Our Neighbors In Harlem

STOP demonizing black LGBT people in Black Church Pulpits! The sad fact is more than half of the congregants in black churches aren’t married ANYWAY–and the kids in Sunday School Continue Reading →

James Gavin’s ‘Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne’ in Harlem

By Tod Roulette This is February and Black History Month is half done, but there are so many stories and facts to uncover about African Americans and our history.

Harlem-Based Chuck Allen III, Scholarship Fund Awards $1,500 To Tri-state Students

When Chuck Allen, III died in 2008 after a 26 year career politician in New Haven, CT. a scholarship fund was established for high school seniors…