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A’Lelia Walker Who Made A Ritzy Space For Harlem’s Queer Black Artists

Walker’s Hudson River parties played a crucial role in the Harlem Renaissance: They provided a safe, welcoming space for queer black artists at a time when they were often pushed into the shadows. Source: Remembering A’Lelia Walker, Who Made A… Continue Reading →

Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street

We continue to be fascinated by “where Harlem begins and ends”. Not just in terms of Harlem’s physical boundaries.  But in terms of the many changes happening in and around Harlem which alter day to day life within Harlem, as… Continue Reading →

Infamous Harlem: Izola Ware Curry Who Stabbed King in 1958 Dies

Izola Ware Curry, Who Stabbed King in 1958, Dies at 98 www.nytimes.com In 1958, Ms. Curry stabbed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Harlem book signing — an episode that a decade later would become a rhetorical… Continue Reading →

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

“Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.” Irish Proverb Happy St. Patty’s Day Harlem!

Martin Luther King Day – Alice Walker Adds Perspective

I always love Martin Luther King’s day. It gives me what feels like a special opportunity to get re-acquainted with or newly connected to new and valuable people, places and things. The link below to an amazing interview with and… Continue Reading →

QUOTE: Common “Selma is now”

“I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but was instead… Continue Reading →

QUOTE: Nelson Mandela

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~ Nelson Mandela

The Great Maya Angelou Has Passed On

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist.  In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the… Continue Reading →

Obscure Harlem Gems at AtlasObscura (#HarlemObscura)

AtlasObscura.com is “an online compendium of the world’s wonders.  In addition to the website we regularly host unique lectures, behind the scenes tours and highly-stylized cocktail galas in unusual places with the hopes of encouraging exploration and discovery amongst our… Continue Reading →

Happy Memorial Day: African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina

The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race… Continue Reading →

BOOK: All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw

The latest addition to the HarlemCondoLife store was recently featured in the New York Times. “All God’s Dangers” is an all but forgotten but critically important sharecropper’s story that won a National Book Award in 1975. It is an oral… Continue Reading →

The richest blacks in the world

We are living at the intersection of many crossroads.  One such crossroad is  race and wealth. One of the manifestations of which is Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.   Which is exactly what it sounds like: an interactive exploration of the world’s… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Jimmie Lunceford

James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American Jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era. Jimmie Lunceford is the odd man out in jazz history. This bandleader made no waves with his musicianship – his preferred… Continue Reading →

QUOTE: Malcolm X “Education is the passport”

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X * Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925.  On February 21, 1965, he was preparing to address the Organization… Continue Reading →

Book: Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the 20th Century

I recently had an opportunity to listen to and then meet Monique W. Morris and Khalil Gibran Muhammad discussing Monique’s new book: Black Stats. This book is a vast compendium of revealing facts about blacks in the 20th Century.  It… Continue Reading →

Harlem’s St. John the Divine Campus Could be Landmarked

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine could become a landmark under a deal between the church, Community Board 9 and developers of a new 14-story building set to be built alongside the cathedral. Community Board 9 approved a resolution… Continue Reading →

Harlem Celebrates Martin Luther King

Join us in Harlem to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday.   SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014 2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Riverside Church Hosts Rev. Michael Walrond, Martin Luther King III & Others to Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy.  2:00-3:30 PM in the Nave, 490… Continue Reading →

Some End Of The Year Thoughts To Consider For The New Year, 2014

People say never talk about religion (or politics) because everyone has their own beliefs and opinions and it always ends in an argument.  Keeping this in mind, here are some end of the year thoughts on all religions to consider… Continue Reading →

“BLUE SKIES” (New Harlem Meets Old Jazz) MIX

It’s been awhile since our last podcast but we are happy to say that Blue Skies (Vol. 1) is now ready for FREE DOWNLOAD on iTunes for your listening pleasure.  On this mix you can expect to hear a few… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner With Fats Waller

King of the stride, Fats Waller was a colorful comedic personality and jazz legend in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.  Waller was an influential pianist, composer, singer and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork… Continue Reading →

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