Harlem’s Prima Ballerina, Misty Copeland Signs

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By Tod Roulette

My  ten-year-old goddaughter Lucy is all legs and arms. She sat on my lap at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble on 86th Street this week waiting to see thirty-one-year old African-American prima ballerina Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theater. Continue Reading →

Notes on Culture from Tod Roulette

MAAP_PierreToussaint_Then_274A Saint from TriBeCa: Pierre Toussaint’s New York

Pierre Toussaint, a 23 year old slave, arrived in New York in 1797 a refugee from the revolution in Saint-Domingue. Continue Reading →

James Gavin’s ‘Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne’ in Harlem

tod story on gavin at newshourBy Tod Roulette

This is February and Black History Month is half done, but there are so many stories and facts to uncover about African Americans and our history. Continue Reading →

Behind-The-Scenes At The Lena Horne Estate Auction Preview At Doyle

By Tod Roulette

It’s fitting that the personal effects of Lena Horne,would be sold at a Doyle auction house during fashion week no less. Continue Reading →