Anita Thompson, Harlem’s American Cocktail Girl, 1920’s

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Langston Hughes was a cousin; Booker T. Washington was a friend; Bill “Bojangles” Robinson taught her tap dance; W. E .B. du Bois a likely first lover…

Contemporary ‘It girls’ have nothing on the free spirits of the 1920s like Anita Thompson Dickinson Reynolds, who danced the Charleston, turned cartwheels on the sidewalk, and drank gin blossoms till dawn. Continue Reading →

Harlem Renaissance’s Anise Boyer, 1930’s

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“… the cutest brown skin girl in Harlem.” – Walter Winchell 

Pretty as a picture Anise Boyer went from being Harlem’s most popular chorine to becoming apart of America’s number one dance team Anise and Aland in the glorious Harlem era in the 1930s. Continue Reading →

James Van Der Zee’s G.G.G. Studio, Harlem, 1940’s

VanDerZeeStudio125A rare photograph of the James Van Der Zee’s studio located on the east side of Lenox Avenue between 123rd and 124th Streets, in the 1940’s.  Continue Reading →