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 →

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 →

Live Stream: From JALC Ladies Sing The Blues (video)

Vocalists Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade will channel the independent, liberated spirits, and pioneering vocalizations of 1920s blues divas Bessie Smith (“the Empress of the Blues”), Mamie Smith (“the Queen of the Blues”), Ma Rainey (“the Mother of the Blues”), and of the legendary icon of stage and film, Ethel Waters. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: An Evening With Ben Vereen

By Walter Rutledge

February 18, 2011 marked the return of theatrical icon Ben Vereen to the New York stage. The one night only performance was presented to a sold out crowd at Time Square’s landmark theatrical venue Town Hall. An Evening with Ben Vereen was a resounding testament to both the man and his artistic legacy.

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