HW Pick: Josephine Baker And Madame C. J. Walker In Women’s Stories Film Series

JosephineBaker2Josephine Baker: Black Diva In A Whit Man’s World

A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century and the Harlem Renaissance. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song “J’ai deux amours” became a classic, and her hymn. Continue Reading →

Marcus, Josephine, Coltrane, Monk … At Swann Galleries Auction

george washington carvey letterAs we celebrate American history, the Swann Galleries offer us an opportunity to own it. On Thursday, March 27 Swann Galleries will offer a rich assortment of historical material related to the African experience in the Americas in their 19th annual auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana. 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 →

Harlem’s Eugene Jacques Bullard, The First African American Fighter Pilot

Eugene Jacques Bullard (1894-1961) was the first African American to fly a fighter plane and was known as the “black swallow of death” for his courage during missions. He led a colorful life, much of it in Europe. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Bessie Allison Buchanan First Black Woman To Be New York State Legislature, 1940′s

bessie-buchanan-1955Bessie Allison Buchanan (March 7, 1902 – September 7, 1980) of Manhattan in New York City became the first African-American woman to hold a seat in the New York State Legislature when she was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1954. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Harlem Dance Caravan (with video)

By Walter Rutledge

The Faison Firehouse and Summerstage presented Harlem Dance Caravan on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in the village of Harlem. Continue Reading →

Pat Cleveland Channels Jospehine Baker’s Harlem Swag

“[she came] with… a Harlem shimmy dance-movement that recalled Josephine Baker …”

Alicia Drake in the book The Beautiful Fall described Pat Cleveland’s arrival in Paris in the late 1970’s, saying, “[she came] with liquorice hair, legs like pipe-cleaners, and a … Continue Reading →