Harlem’s The Dovers/Vocaltones, 1953 (video)

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With a couple of switches in personnel, the Dovers and Vocaltones were essentially the same group.The Dovers turned out sweet ballads in the vein of the Mellows. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Rent Party, Harlem, NY, 1944 ( Video)

In early 20th century Harlem, New York, these cards would have been your ticket to a good time.They advertise what was known as “Harlem rent parties”, a social phenomenon that began in the 1920s where black folks in Harlem would raise money to pay their rent by throwing a party. Continue Reading →

“If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, …?” Harlem Answers (video)

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This piece was originally posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012.

Sriya at Romio contributed to the Harlem World Magazine Network with a video created by roaming the streets of Harlem on Martin Luther Kings, Jr., Day, … Continue Reading →

Birth Certificate Of A Black Slave Child, Harlem, 1800

harlem slave birth certifcateAn incredibly rare hand written paper in brown ink is the birth certificate written by Harlemite Elizabeth Maunsell for a ‘certain negro child named Brett,’ from Harlem Hill, NY, 1800. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Early Black Landowners In New York State

Custom_House_New_York_1799-18152-300x249Nearly 400 years ago, in 1626, a ship carrying eleven slaves was unloaded in New Amsterdam by the Dutch West Indies Company. Continue Reading →

Costume Party At The Savoy Ballroom In Harlem, 1949

8c796b0adc3d13d8_largeA series of amazing photographs from Life magazine of contestants parading on the runway for judges to win the best costume prize during the Urban League Ball event at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York, in February, 1949.

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The Harlem Renaissances Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes, novelist and poet, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1936 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, the second child of school teacher Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston and her husband James Nathaniel Hughes (1871-1934). Continue Reading →