Conrad Norman, the Jamaican-born founder of the Alpha Physical Culture Club of Harlem, America’s first African American athletic club at the turn of the 20th century in 1904. Continue Reading →
There is a whole history most NBA fans are unaware of. My father was able to share with me the stories of what it was like to be a professional black basketball player in the early days of the NBA, everything from the referees turning a blind eye, to hard fouls, to the long-time kinships black players shared with white players. In that era, the racial challenges they faced were almost unimaginable. Continue Reading →
Okay, you Harlem fans who love the New York Knicks, looks like after a seemingly endless uphill battle to work his way back into the NBA, Lamar Odom is finally seeing a light at the end of the (Lincoln) tunnel. Continue Reading →
Harlemite and real-life basketball wife La La Anthony has been riding with her NBA baller hubby Carmelo Anthony for a while now and she has no shame in letting the world know that she’s still his number one fan both on and off the court.
A long time has passed since the first teams were formed by athletic clubs in the 1920s, but basketball still occupies a prominent place amongst Harlem’s entertainments. Continue Reading →
The Black Fives exhibition (on view at the New-York Historical Society March 14 — July 20, 2014) will explore the pioneering history of the African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. Continue Reading →