For Paul Laurence Dunbar

English: Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 –...

By Robert Gibbons

“By placing the writer in the context of human migrations, we can investigate some of the metaphysical aspects of a migrant writer’s life and work.” - Ha Jin

Ha Jin was correct when he stated, “Writers often wrestle with the Aristotelian questions—to whom, as whom, and in whose interest does he write?” Continue Reading →

The Harlem Air Squadron, NY, 1935

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A photograph of members of the Harlem Air Squadron at the Roosevelt Field Airport in Long Island, New York, 1935.

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Harlem’s Leonard Harper “The Father Of Cabaret”

leonard harper in harlemLeonard Harper (1899 – 1943), was a producer, dancer, directing, choreographer and director during the Harlem renaissance in Harlem, New York   Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Washington Heights before The Cloisters

The Cloisters museum and gardens, 1938

The Cloisters museum and gardens, 1938

By Danielle Oteri

Washington Heights—the neighborhood north of Harlem in northern Manhattan that houses The Cloisters museum and gardens—is built upon a series of bluffs and cliffs. Continue Reading →

Ghana President Kwame Nkrumah At the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, 1960

african president iin harlemGhana President Kwame Nkrumah addresses crowd in front of the Hotel Theresa in Harlem. Nkrumah declared the 20,000,000 American negroes constituted the strongest link between the people of North America and Africa. Continue Reading →

‘The Colonial Garden,’ Morris-Jumel Mansion, 1765-Present (Photograph)

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A mid-day photograph of the Colonial Garden on the north side behind the Morris-Jumel Mansion, on 162nd Street and Edgecombe Avenue in Inwood, New York, 1765-Present. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Historic Tax Credit Named ‘Threatened Resource’

47815697The New York History blog reports that Preservation League of New York State has named the federal Historic Tax Credit to its list of the Empire State’s most threatened historic resources, Seven to Save. Continue Reading →

‘Baby Esther’ At The Cotton Club in Harlem 1920’s

baby esther cotton club performerEsther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. Her singing style often included, “Boop oop a doop.” Continue Reading →