Harlem’s Billie “Eleanora Fagan” Holiday

Billie Holiday Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Rens, 1922 (video)

RensTeam4This is the greatest basketball team you have never heard of, a team so dominant that in one season it won 112 games and lost only seven. It was a team that won championships despite never being officially accepted professionally or socially. Continue Reading →

Open House Weekend An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration

Shirley Caesar 3 300 dpiIn celebration of African-American History Month and our 80th Anniversary, the Apollo Theater will open its doors for a Free Weekend to give visitors an understanding of our rich history, a preview of our future activities, and an honoring of a few of the “family members” that have helped us get to this point.  Continue Reading →

Apollo Announces Free Presidential Viewing Party

The Apollo Theater will present the second event in its newly launched Apollo Uptown Hall series with a FREE viewing party of the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30pm. Continue Reading →

The Big Apple Night Club, 1934 (video)

bigappleclubbgIn 1934, the Big Apple Night Club opened in Harlem on the northwest corner of West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue across the street from the Savoy . Continue Reading →

Libration Bookstore Owner in Harlem Una Mulzac Passes

In the 1980s and ’90s, the New York City Department of Sanitation gave Una Mulzac as many as 50 summonses — she did not count them because she had no intention of paying them — for refusing to sweep 18 inches into the street in front of her bookstore. Continue Reading →

NBT’s Dr. Barbara Ann Teer dies

teerobit200Founder of the National Black Theater, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, passed away.

Dr. Teer came to Harlem in 1968, leaving behind a lucrative career in show business. Since then she worked tirelessly to maintain the true essence of African American lifestyle. Below is from the National Black Theater website.

Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo and Vincent Tese acknowledged Dr. Teer as “one of New York State’s greatest cultural treasures and resources and a cornerstone for the revitalization of 125th Street.” Continue Reading →

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