“I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem,” A Brief History (videos)

harlem video from the the 1940s

Sources say the title is a play on the song from the 1800s called “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls”.

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Dance of the Village Elders At Harlem Hospital Center

dances with eldersJoin the Summer Recital Walt’s Bevy of Beauty Babes Live from the Champagne Lounge with participants of the “Dance of the Village Elders” program for a tribute to the culture of the Village of Harlem. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Ty Dolla $ign Free At Red Hook Park, Brooklyn (Explicit video)

ty dollar signThe good folks at NY Summerstage welcome you to the omnivorous world of the South Central-raised star born, Tyrone Griffin. Ty Dolla $ign has been creating music since he was a three-year old writing lyrics and playing a keyboard. Continue Reading →

Apollo Audience Chooses Winner of New Amateur Night Theme Song

clifton davis new theme songAmateur Night at the Apollo has a new theme song. The Apollo is pleased to announce that Clifton Williams, a senior at Berklee College of Music, has won the Amateur Night Song Competition. Continue Reading →

Three Nights of Live Music and Swing Dancing Celebrating the Life of Frankie Manning

Frankie manning dancer in harlem 1The Frankie Trifecta is a celebration of the centennial of dance legend Frankie Manning, the most celebrated Lindy Hop dancer in history.  Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Billie “Eleanora Fagan” Holiday

Billie Holiday Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Continue Reading →

Mae West’s Harlem State Of Mind, 1930’s (video)

d6Harlem has always been a combination of high and low, from the 1920’s to the 1930’s Mae West made a name for herself on the Vaudeville circuit with plays as a connoisseur of Harlem culture. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Renaissance Casino, 1924

Harlem Renassance BallroomThe Harlem Renaissance Ballroom opened in 1923. The casino was built by the black-owned Sarco Realty Company. The Ballroom at 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, quaked with the frenzied rhythms of the Lindy Hop. Continue Reading →

Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes, The Great, 1905 – 2001

dorothy-dandridge-latin-dance-red-3Before she created the original, legendary Playboy Bunny outfit, Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001), designed for divas like Dorothy Dandridge and she created the stage costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem. Continue Reading →

Souleo: After deaths, Dianne Reeves Finds A Beautiful Life

Dianne Reeves_Credit_Jerris MadisonOn the surface the title of Dianne Reeves’ new album, Beautiful Life seems straightforward enough, but it holds a deeper significance for the singer after experiencing two major deaths. Continue Reading →

Carl Van Vechten’s Harlem Color

Sanneh01Ella Fitzgerald, 1940

In “White Mischief,” in this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine, Kelefa Sanneh writes about Carl Van Vechten, a “New York hipster and literary gadabout” who was an unlikely champion of the African-American experience as it unfolded on the streets of Harlem in the nineteen-twenties. Continue Reading →