Hotel Olga: Race Retreat Of The Harlem Renaissance

591In December 1920, Ed H. Wilson opened a small hotel expressly for Harlem’s African-American clientele.  In an era when Harlem’s now iconic Hotel Theresa still loomed as a citadel of racial exclusion, his now idle 3-story building at Lenox Avenue and 145th Street stood as a crucible of black tourism. Continue Reading →

Marva Trotter Louis, Harlem Model, 1936

Marva_LewisHarlem’s Marva Trotter Louis, the Chicago stenographer turned model, singer and the first wife of boxing legend Joe Louis and had two children (daughter Jacqueline in 1943 and son Joseph Louis Barrow, Jr. in 1947). Continue Reading →

“The Waldorf of Harlem,” The Hotel Theresa, Harlem NY (video)

MNY219441The Hotel Theresa, located at 2082-96 Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Boulevard between West 124th and 125th Streets in Harlem, NY, was, in the mid-20th century, a vibrant center of African American life in the area and the city. Continue Reading →

Fidel Castro And Malcolm X At The Hotel Theresa, 1960

fidel-y-malcom-x-1-580x377I always remember when I met with Malcolm X at the hotel Teresa, because he was the one who gave us support and made it possible for us to be accommodated there. Continue Reading →

The Best Five Films Ever Made in Harlem

While The 84th Academy Award nominations are telling you who and what talent to keep your eyes on for the upcoming Oscars on February 26th, at 7 pm on ABC. We here at Harlem World Magazine thought we would nominate our best five films ever made in Harlem, starting with the best first. Continue Reading →

Mr. Wilson: 25 Years At The Hotel Theresa

Mr. Cedric “Mr.” Wilson, worked at the Hotel Theresa for 25 years as the building Manager. Harlem World Magazine spoke to Mr. Wilson a few months after his retirement about working at the historical location. Continue Reading →