Razing Harlem’s Renaissance Is ‘Cultural Genocide’

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A preservation battle is brewing over Harlem’s historic Renaissance Ballroom & Casino, whose stage used to host acts like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and many, many more. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series At MOMA

the-great-migrationjacob lawenceThe Museum of Modern Art marks the centennial of the beginning of the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, with the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North from April 3 through September 7, 2015. Continue Reading →

T. Oliver Reid Brings Drop Me Off In Harlem

tn-500_stephensorokoff-237Singer and Broadway star T. Oliver Reid leads what he describes as “a club hopping journey through the swanky clubs and low down joints of 1934 Harlem,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andy Razaf, and more. Continue Reading →

A Harlem Throwback To The Era Of Billie Holiday

harlem bbop makes come backAround 8 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a few dozen people were gathered in a narrow, dimly lit Harlem brownstone. Couples smoked in the backyard beneath Christmas lights; a group of Chilean expats sought a corkscrew; a man and his young son searched for seats. Continue Reading →

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 →

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington 1889-1974 (video)

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Duke Ellington, Cotton Club, 1930’s

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Riot Of 1964

800px-Demonstrators-Harlem-1964On Thursday, July 16, 1964, James Powell was shot and killed by police Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan. The second bullet of three fired by Lieutenant Gilligan killed the 15-year-old African American in front of his friends and about a dozen other witnesses. Continue Reading →

The Sugar Hill Development is Not Sweet, Or Is It?

lead_large“Why’re you taking a picture of the building? It’s fucking ugly.” With those words, a construction worker greeted the writer Mark Byrnes at City Lab last Thursday as he approached the entrance to David Adjaye’s Sugar Hill development, on the site of a former brownfield on West 155th and Saint Nicholas Avenue in West Harlem. Continue Reading →

‘Women Of Sugar Hill’ With Marjorie Eliot And Andrea Arroyo in Harlem

arroyo and margaretteThis is a special Live Music & Art with Harlem Jazz legend Marjorie Eliot and Visual Artist Andrea Arroyo, in conjunction with the exhibition “The Women of Sugar Hill.”

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Cam’ron, JuJu And A$AP Mob Rep Harlem In GQ

harlem shcuffle in gq magazineHarlem takes center stage in GQ’s latest issue. In “Harlem Reshuffled” the magazine sheds light on some of the borough’s shining stars in hip-hop and pop culture including A$AP Mob and Cam’ron. Continue Reading →