Fredericka Carolyn “Fredi” Washington, Harlem (video)

Fredericka Carolyn “Fredi” Washington (December 23, 1903 – June 28, 1994) was an accomplished African American dramatic film actress, … Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Earl ‘Snakehips’ Tucker (video)

Earl “Snakehips” Tucker (1905 – 1937) became known as the “Human Boa Constrictor” after the dance he popularized in Harlem in the 1920s called the “snakehips (Dance)“. Continue Reading →

The Douglas Theater, Harlem, 1920

On 143rd Street and Lenox Avenue sat the Douglas Theater, depending on which of my sources is correct, either 600 or 2200 seats (which in 1935 expanded to 2300, which could indicate that an orchestra pit was covered over to add more seating). Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Celebrating Matthew Rushing

By Walter Rutledge

60802435On Tuesday, December 17, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presented Celebrating Matthew Rushing an evening of dance honoring Mathew Rushing’s twenty-year association with the company.  Continue Reading →

Harlem Jazzmobile Founder Billy Taylor

800px-Billy_Taylor_(jazz)Billy Taylor (born William Taylor; July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator. Continue Reading →

Vivian Harris, the Voice of the Apollo Theater (video)

vivian harris harlem ownVivian Harris, the woman known as the ‘voice of the Apollo’ for her long association with the famous Harlem theatre. Continue Reading →

‘Ellington at Christmas’ With Savion Glover And Others At The Apollo

apollo_event_image_duke_1369836520The Apollo is officially in its Holiday season and this weekend we are hosting  a special presentation of Ellington at Christmas on Saturday,  December 7th (two shows at 3pm and 8pm) Ellington celebrates the rich legacy that Duke Ellington had at the Apollo and includes excerpts from the Duke’s Nutcracker Suite and his Sacred Music Concerts. Continue Reading →