Black Fives History Of Basketball At The New York Historical Society

The Black Fives exhibition (on view at the New-York Historical Society March 14 — July 20, 2014) will explore the pioneering history of the African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. Continue Reading →

Harlem Resident Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Questions Bynum’s Love of basketball

andrew-kareemWhen the Los Angeles Lakers first drafted Andrew Bynum they brought in Central Harlem resident Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as his personal coach — people forget Kareem was about as fundamentally sound a center as the game had seen. Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes

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). Both parents were mixed-race, and Langston Hughes was of African American, European American and Native American descent. He grew up in a series of Midwestern small towns. Both his paternal great-grandmothers were African American, and both his paternal great-grandfathers were white: one of Scottish and one of Jewish descent. Continue Reading →