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 →

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