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 Gladys Bentley, “America’s Greatest Sepia Piano Player” 1920′s, (video)

gladysfemmeThe amazing Gladys Bentley (August 12, 1907 – January 18, 1960) was an American blues singer during the beginning of Harlem’s Renaissance in the 1920′s. Continue Reading →

Gladys Bentley’s Mona’s Club 440, Harlem, 1942 (video)

monas440The advertisement above if for Mona’s Club 440 in 1942, with the explicit use of the word “gay” featured prominently. Continue Reading →