The Harlem Rent Party, Harlem, NY, 1944 ( Video)

In early 20th century Harlem, New York, these cards would have been your ticket to a good time.They advertise what was known as “Harlem rent parties”, a social phenomenon that began in the 1920s where black folks in Harlem would raise money to pay their rent by throwing a party. Continue Reading →

Kass Fashion Report: Harlem Renaissance Style

Harlem Renaissance 4By Kass

The Harlem Renaissance speaks to a beautiful time period in American history, specifically black American history. The Harlem Renaissance birthed, cultivated and celebrated African-American cultural and artistic contributions to the U.S. creative and cultural art sectors. Continue Reading →

NYFW With Jonathan Bodrick At The Red Rooster In Harlem

By Morgan A. Grain | Photographs by Diane Allford

Walking into Red Rooster, it wasn’t too long before I spotted Jonathan Bodrick, owner of b.o.r.n boutique—borrowed.old.refurbished.new—located on East 125th street. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Renaissances Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes, novelist and poet, photograph...

Langston Hughes, novelist and poet, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1936 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, the second child of school teacher Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston and her husband James Nathaniel Hughes (1871-1934). Continue Reading →

Nora Douglas Holt The Rich “It” Girl Of Harlem Society, 1920’s

nora harlem worldNora Douglas Holt was born in 1885 or 1890, she was an American singer, composer and music critic, who was born in Kansas and was the first African American to receive a masters degree in the United States. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Rev. Jesse Jackson Takes On Silicon Valley

Hinchliffe-Stadium_Courtesy-of-Duncan-KendallBy Souleo

For anyone who thinks it is poor timing to host an economic summit focused largely on increasing diversity in Silicon Valley during a climate of protests against police brutality, here is a rebuttal: the two are connected, according to Rev. Jesse Jackson. Continue Reading →

East Harlem Voices: A Neighborhood Story At Poets Den & Gallery (video)

Poets Den + Gallery, East Harlem, New YorkBy Diane Allford

On November 14, 2014, The Poet’s Den + Gallery hosted, East Harlem Voices – A Neighborhood’s Stories Told. A book signing and oral history showcase… Continue Reading →

A Harlem Throwback To The Era Of Billie Holiday

harlem bbop makes come backAround 8 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a few dozen people were gathered in a narrow, dimly lit Harlem brownstone. Couples smoked in the backyard beneath Christmas lights; a group of Chilean expats sought a corkscrew; a man and his young son searched for seats. Continue Reading →

Harlem Experiences: Get an Harlem Insider’s Look At Book Spaces, Places And People With An Author

harlem-renaissance-bookWe at Harlem World naturally aim to keep that Harlem Renaissance spirit alive whenever possible: experience its legendary birthplace, where so many giants such as James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay,

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The Langston Hughes Festival Celebrates Walter Mosley

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Join the Langston Hughes Festival & The City College of New York Honor Award Winning Detective Fiction writer Walter Mosley the Best-selling mystery writer Walter Mosley will receive the 2014 Langston Hughes Medal at The City College of New York in Harlem. Continue Reading →