‘Showing Roots’ Starring Harlem’s Cicely Tyson

350px-cicely_tyson_1992A new independent film is shining a new spotlight on Alex Haley’s 1977 miniseries Roots.

Showing Roots is set in a small Southern town in 1977, where two women – Violet (Maggie Grace) and Pearl (Uzo Aduba) – who are working in a local beauty shop see the town’s balance turned upside down after the miniseries airs and decide to integrate their community, to the dismay of those around them. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Barbara Ann (“Bobbi”) Humphrey, 1980

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We love this photo of Barbara Ann (“Bobbi”) Humphrey (born April 25, 1950). Bobbie Humphrey is an American jazz flutist and singer who plays fusion, jazz-funk and soul-jazz styles. Bobbi Humphrey has performed for audiences around the world. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Sammy Davis Jr., 1947

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Here’s Harlem born Samuel George “Sammy” Davis, Jr., dancing on a Hollywood, California rooftop shoot by celebrity photographer Phil Stern in 1947. Continue Reading →

50K Harlem’s Norman Rockwell Photos Available Online

rfk-rockwellReference photo for Norman Rockwell’s portrait of Robert F. Kennedy, c. 1968. Courtesy of the Norman Rockwell Museum Collections.

Whatever you think of Harlem born Norman Rockwell’s paintings and illustrations, you can’t deny them the status of enduring Americana. Continue Reading →

Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father (book)

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Nicknamed Mr. Show Business, Sammy Davis Jr. was a consummate performer who sang, danced, and acted on film, television, radio, and the stage for over six decades. Continue Reading →

The International Harlemite Leo Lerman

leo lermanLiesl Schillinger wrote in the New York Times that Harlem’s:

Leo Lerman once turned down an invitation from the king and queen of Spain so he could dine with the Condé Nast publishing magnate Donald Newhouse. Continue Reading →