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The melodic sounds of good music were in the air as VocalEssence did a phenomenal job celebrating Black History Month with the performance of I Trust Harlem Is Still There. The performance was the inspiration of Bill Branfield from the letters from writer Langston Hughes. The performance from the symphony, conducted by Phillip Schoultz III was breathtaking. A…

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In the 1920s, a new movement in Harlem began that made an indelible impact on Black culture. It brought Black artists’ cultural, social and artistic sensibilities to the world. This new movement was coined the Harlem Renaissance. A founder and prominent figure in this movement was poet Langston Hughes. He was one of the first producers of…

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Kamica Hampton is a risk taker who loves shoes and followed her passion. One day after overindulging at Gregory’s Shoes, Hampton realized it took three people to carry all her shoes. One look at all those boxes, Hampton decided, “I need to be making money for myself with all the shoes I just purchased.” Her fetish…

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For the last 20 years of his life, the celebrated writer Langston Hughes lived at 20 E. 127th St. in Harlem. Now nearly 50 years later, his legacy has inspired award-winning author Renée Watson to launch a crowdfunding campaign to rent the brownstone and repurpose it as a cultural center. The project is the first initiative under…

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President Barack Obama, Oprah, Common and more have used Instagram to pay tribute to one of God’s angels, Maya Angelou. She lived life to the fullest and did all that she could in service to anyone that she could come in contact with, physically or through her dynamic words.Let us view more photos of Maya…

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As with many facets of entertainment, gay authors have had to work doubly hard for recognition in the literary world. But a number of LGBT authors, both new and iconic, have made waves in the industry and found success with their work. Check out a list of some of the most successful LGBT authors below.…

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Make it a point to get to the annual Harlem Book Fair 2012, presented by Quarterly Black Review, with panels in the Langston Hughes Auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The HBF offers book readings in the courtyard, and vendors on 135th Street. Don’t miss the teen book talk with author…

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