Issue 21

Article titled National Jazz Museum in Harlem

National Jazz Museum in Harlem

There are several museums dedicated to jazz and one, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, carries on the tradition of preserving, presenting and promoting an art cultural form considered truly American. A Smithsonian affiliate, the National Jazz ... Continue Reading
Article titled Minton’s Playhouse

Minton’s Playhouse

Considered, as per its website, to be “the most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States”, Minton’s Playhouse is located at 210 West 118th Street.  Housed on the first floor of the Cecil Hotel, the entry to this legendary Harlem ... Continue Reading
Article titled Stephanie St. Clair

Stephanie St. Clair

Stephanie St. Clair was born on December 24, 1897 in Guadeloupe, the French-governed island in the Caribbean.  Due to poor record-keeping and, later, urban legends and yellow journalism, there are discrepancies about her origin.  Conflict... Continue Reading
Article titled Caspar Holstein

Caspar Holstein

Caspar Holstein was born on December 7, 1875 in Christiansted, St. Croix, Danish West Indies (presently known as the U.S. Virgin Islands).  His paternal grandfather was a White, Danish officer of the Danish West Indies colonial military and hi... Continue Reading
Article titled Mr. Untouchable (2007)

Mr. Untouchable (2007)

Mr. Untouchable is a cinematic compilation of news footage and interviews, including with its titular lead, Leroy “Nicky” Barnes.  In the 1970s, Barnes was an African-American kingpin who reigned supreme over the trafficking of heroin in Harle... Continue Reading
Article titled Hoodlum (1997)

Hoodlum (1997)

Set in 1934, Hoodlum is a fictionalized account of the real-life figures of New York organized crime during Prohibition.  It centers upon the battle between Black and White coalitions for control of the policy betting systems operating in Harlem, ... Continue Reading