The International Harlemite Leo Lerman

leo lermanLiesl Schillinger wrote in the New York Times that Harlem’s:

Leo Lerman once turned down an invitation from the king and queen of Spain so he could dine with the Condé Nast publishing magnate Donald Newhouse. Continue Reading →

Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes, The Great, 1905 – 2001

Zelda_MAIN2_gallery-cover_6355Before 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 →

Maxie Rosenbloom, ‘The Harlem Harlequin’

Max Everitt Rosenbloom, known as Slapsie Maxie (November 1, 1907 – March 6, 1976) lived in East Harlem as a young kid, was an American boxer, actor, and television personality. Continue Reading →