Harlem’s Billie “Eleanora Fagan” Holiday

Billie Holiday Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: ‘Marcus Garvey, Look For Me In The Whirlwind’ Film In Harlem

marcus garveyMarcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind, the first comprehensive documentary to tell the life story of this controversial leader, uses a wealth of material from the Garvey movement-written documents, film and photographs-to reveal what motivated a poor Jamaican to set up an international organization in Harlem for the African diaspora, what led to his early successes, and why he died lonely and forgotten. Continue Reading →

The “Harlem Dragball” Award Ceremony And Dinner

harlems-drag-ballHonoring 100 Harlem Ballroom competitors from the “Red Era” (1986-1990)

The “Harlem Dragball” community on Saturday, April 19th 2014, at the Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom at 440 West 57th St., NYC @ 6pm., will honor individuals for their over 25 years of dedication and historical preservation of the Harlem Ballroom Dragball competitions which now in 2014 has expanded globally with events being held around the world in countries of Japan, Russia, England, and France. Continue Reading →

Sheila Guyse “Miracle In Harlem” And “Harlem Follies of 1949″ Star

Sheila Guyse in harlemEtta Drucille Guyse (rhymes with “nice”), known as Sheila Guyse, (July 14, 1925 – December 28, 2013) was a popular African-American singer, actress, and recording artist, performing on stage and screen during the 1940s and 1950s, in the Dorothy Dandridge film era. Continue Reading →

Horse Drawn Carriage, Harlem, 1913

1913-E-124-St-HARLEM-NYC-New-York-City-SUBWAY-Photo-Horse-Drawn-road-1024x768A horse drawn carriage, work men and construction at East 124th Street in East Harlem, New York, on June 26th, 1913. Continue Reading →

Ohab Zedek Synagogue, Harlem 1906-

Ohab_ZedekA southern view of the enormous Ohab Zedek Synagogue, at 18-20 West 116th Street in Harlem, New York 1906. Continue Reading →

James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford, 1940-1972 (video)

James Melvin “Jimmie” LuncefordJames Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era. Continue Reading →