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 →

Melvin Stanton “Mel” Tapley Of The Amsterdam News

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Melvin Stanton “Mel” Tapley was born in New York on May 29, 1918.

In the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, the Tapley family of three lived in Cortlandt, New York at 1105 Park Street. His parents were Harry, a chauffeur, and Louise, and his age was recorded as nine months, which would make his birth in 1919. In 1930 he lived at the same street address but in Peekskill Village of Cortlandt Town. Continue Reading →

Marcus Garvey In His Harlem Office, 1914

390456_321136221247341_1907102897_nMarcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940), was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: The Word, The Game, The Dance- Faison Firehouse Theater

By Walter Rutledge

The Faison Firehouse Theatre presented an original production entitled The Word, The Game, The Dance on Friday June 3rd. Continue Reading →