A witty 1932 cartoon map shows where to find famous musicians, gambling policemen, and a guy selling marijuana. By Greg Miller Prohibition may have put a damper on alcohol sales in much of the United States in the 1920s and early ’30s, but it didn’t stop the party up in Harlem. The map above, created […]
Story by Gregg McQueen There are secrets everywhere – even beneath the floorboards. With recently achieved National Historic Landmark status, fresh renovations and a new exhibition spotlighting the history of the Black Power movement, these are eventful times for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. A research center within the New York Public Library (NYPL) […]
It is only right that we close out Black History Month strong with this moving video from NPR of renowned opera singer Lawrence Brownlee singing his heart out in a crypt deep within the historic Church of the Intercession. Inspired and moved by the Black Lives Matter movement, Brownlee revives the old spiritual “There’s a […]
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Have you seen the striking cover for the latest issue of The New Yorker? Inspired by the Schomburg Center and the Harlem Renaissance, Kadir Nelson conjures up a stirring image that highlights the magnificence of that era. Entitled “Harlem On My Mind”, the painting is an homage to the great Harlem Renaissance painters. The artwork […]
Harlem Nights – An annotated map of the hippest, hottest nightspots in uptown jazz-age New York | Intelligent Life magazine
BY Charlie McCann If New York is the city that never sleeps, then this map shows you where it used to go to stay awake. It was published on January 18th 1933, in the first issue of Manhattan: A Weekly for Wakeful New Yorkers. In those days, Harlem was known by its jive-talking denizens as […]
Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace) Saturday, February 6, 2016 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Take a guided, in-depth tour of Manhattan’s oldest house, led by one of Morris Jumel Mansion’s expert docents, Gregory Washington. Today’s tour will highlight the history of African-Americans at the Mansion and surrounding neighborhood. Take a guided, in-depth tour of Manhattan’s oldest house, […]
The Harlem Hellfighters were an African-American infantry unit in WWI who spent more time in combat than any other American unit. This awesome video (done in whiteboard animation style) by Heredia Designs tells the story. Watch out for more in the Heroes of Color video series.
By Gwen Thompkins From what people remember, he fell like a tree. Malcolm X — all 6 feet, 4 inches of him — had taken a shotgun blast to the chest and a grouping of smaller-caliber bullets to the torso while onstage at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights on Feb. 21, 1965. After a […]
By Ilyasah Shabazz (@ilyasahShabazz) FIFTY years ago today my father, Malcolm X, was assassinated while speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. I think about him every day, but even more in the last year, with the renewed spirit of civil rights activism after the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., on Staten Island […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) 50 years ago today, the epic struggle for freedom, justice and equality for African-Americans lost one of it’s leading lights. El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X, was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights on February 21st, 1965.
BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) In 1967 NYC schools were desegregated. In those years that meant black kids were bussed to an all white school, not the other way around. One of these kids was assigned to my fourth grade class. My last name is Sidransky and his Tate so we sat next to each […]
The Harlem Hellfighters were an African-American infantry unit in WWI who spent more time in combat than any other American unit.
BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) I have had the distinct pleasure to meet and speak with Athelstein Sullivan Parrish known to her friends and family as “Mama T” who will be 100 years old this month and who was in Selma during the historic events of 1965. I am forever grateful to her for sharing […]
BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) I was raised not to see color. That’s easy when you live in world where your skin is the same color as the flesh colored crayon in a box of Crayolas. A few years ago I moved uptown. I was raised not to see color. I never thought about it. […]
By SAM ROBERTS Published: May 10, 1990 Past a padlocked stairway and beneath the rubble, it is said that blood still stains floorboards on the wooden stage of a decrepit building in upper Manhattan, and that bullet holes in the black plaster walls bear further witness to a murder. Outside, a poster proclaims ”Malcolm X […]
By Ilyasah Shabazz (@ilyasahShabazz) “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and have lived well.” – RALPH WALDO EMERSON My father—El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Malcolm X was an exemplary human being […]
Today, 49 years ago, the civil and human rights giant, Malcolm X, was martyred in what was then the Audubon Ballroom but has since been re-christened the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. While Malcolm, the man, was slain that fateful day, the spirit of Malcolm X lives, breathes and evolves […]
Story by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer It’s time to get your funk on. More than 60 animation cels of black animation cartoons from the private collection of City College alumna Pamela Thomas and her business partner, Loreen Williamson, will be on display at the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture’s new exhibit, “Funky at 40: […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) It is Black History Month people! Did you know that Washington Heights boasts a world class educational and cultural space dedicated to the late great Malcolm X and his valiant fight for civil and human rights? The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) is an […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy) When you think of the struggle for civil rights in America, great men such as MLK, Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglas, and W.E.B DuBois, immediately and rightfully, come to mind. What is left out of the equation, in terms of […]
Words by Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Jay Franco (@_jayfranco) Video by Amanda Hiciano (AIKI5IFTY5IVE) Malcolm X changed my life. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley literally put the Black in Led Black. The book which has sold untold millions of copies and influenced everyone from Huey P. Newton, to Spike Lee, to […]
On Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Praxis Housing Initiatives, Inc. invites New Yorkers to celebrate Black History Month with an Inspirational Evening of Poetry and Music that will take place at the cozy Taza de Café at 450 W. 155th St. Local poet Marilyn Thomas Knight (MTK) will emcee the event. […]