HW Remix: Knocking on Harlem’s Door

harlem100726_560We thought this story by Chris Smith that orignally ran in the NYMagazine on November 3, 2010 would be informative as we head into the primary elections in June 2014.

It’s a campaign-kickoff rally straight out of the playbook: festive red-white-and-blue posters, lapel buttons featuring the smiling candidate, a soundtrack of upbeat and strenuously unobjectionable tunes. Continue Reading →

Hazel The “Darling of Café Society” Scott, 1920 – 1981 (video)

Hazel-Scott-James-J-Kriegsmann_0Hazel The “Darling of Café Society” Scott, (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981). She was called the “Darling of Café Society” back in 1939 when New York City was alive with the sounds of swing. A sexy siren sitting bare-shouldered at the piano, Hazel Scott captivated audiences with her renditions of classical masterpieces by Chopin, Bach and Rachmaninoff. Continue Reading →

WQXR Host And Harlemite Terrance McKnight Celebrates Black History

TerranceMcKnight1_byMarcoAntonio_WNYC_PORTRAITS_2514_300dpiMusic—jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop in Harlem—has been a crucial vehicle of African American cultural expression, but the contributions to classical music by people of African descent is rarely given its due. Continue Reading →

Adam Clayton Powell In His 20′s in Harlem.

Adam Clayton PowellA very young Adam Clayton Powell in his 20′s in somewhere in Harlem. Continue Reading →