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

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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 →

Seitu’s World: Saluting Jazz and Gospel At The Apollo Theater

seitu1Seitu Oronde was on the road again covering the Greater Harlem of Chamber of Commerce mega Concert Saluting Jazz and Gospel Tonight at the Apollo Theater. Continue Reading →

Doug E. Fresh Interview At The Apollo Theater (video)

Harlem resident and performer Doug E. Fresh interview backstage on January 29th, 2014 at the Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater 80th Season Opener. Continue Reading →

The Apollo’s 80th Anniversary Black History Month Schedule

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As the Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th Anniversary it has great events for the upcoming Black History Month in February, an guess who has the schedule? Who do! See it below: Continue Reading →

Ella Fitzgerald Debuts At Amateur Night at the Apollo, Nov. 21, 1934

042412-national-this-day-black-history-ella-fitzgeraldMichael Jackson did, James Brown did, Lauryn Hill and Jimi Hendrix did, and so did the Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Prince. And, on Nov. 21, 1934, at 17 years old, Ella Fitzgerald did, too. Continue Reading →

Apollo Holds Auditions for 2013 Amateur Night Season

Since the legendary Apollo Theater opened in 1934, its signature live show, Amateur Night, has been a definitive career-making opportunity for new talent. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Singer, Vivian Green Forsakes Pop; The New York Film Festival to Screen A Chick Webb Documentary

Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo
At some stage in the careers of arts professionals there is a point where they reach the crossroads of art and commerce. Continue Reading →