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Transcript of Harlem Renaissance
Monday, February 17, 1937
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Welcome to Harlem!
NEW YORK TIMES
Hey there! My name is Joy Overton and I'll be your guide into the city of Harlem. My job here to to make sure you have the best experience ! I'll be showin' ya the best clubs, food spots, and the
places to be. I'll also break down Harlem's history so you get a feel of the place. Don't go blowin' ya wig now, know that Harlem isn't just known for it's whacky places and snazzy energy, but also known for it's most talented of all people. From canaries like Billie Holiday, Adelaide Hall, from poets and musicians like Duke Ellington and Claude McKay. Harlem is the place to be!
The Jazz Scene !
The Cotton Club
The Cotton Club is a very well known, Mob-controlled Harlem night club that features numbers of black jazz musicians playing to a white audience -- sorry folks but, blacks aren't allowed in the club as customers. I though, fortunately, did get to sit down and listen to Billie Holiday preform one of her best sellers, "Strange Fruit" for an article. The atmosphere is
! If blacks were allowed here though, I'd say that this would definitely be my first recommendation to folks . The Cotton Club helps launch the careers of such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and the one and only, Lena Horne.
Famous singer Billie Holiday, born 1915 in PA, made her way up to stardom through troubling times. In her difficult early life, Holiday found solace in music, singing along to the records of Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. She followed her mother who had moved to New York City in the late 1920s and worked in a house of prostitution in Harlem for a time. Around 1930, Holiday began singing in local clubs and renamed herself "Billie" after the film star Billie Dove. She is my absolute favorite artist (at the time) and really shows how even great artist, like she, can have troubling problems and still make it to the top.
Singers Billie Holiday and Paul Robeson
"Mmm, what's that smell?"
If you haven't eaten here while in Harlem, what's the point of even being here? Red Rooster Harlem is the place to eat. They have juicy meals worth ya suds! Don't let your peepers deceive ya now. It might look a lil' beat on the outside, but in the inside, this place is a charm! You might even catch Ellington in here. Everyone knows this is his favorite spot to eat.
310 Lenox Ave. Harlem, NY 10027 between 125th and 126th
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
(America never was America to me.)
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
(It never was America to me.)
O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)
Let America Be America Again
The Apollo Theater
Jacob Lawrence "And the Migrants Kept Coming"
''...the Apollo probably exerted a greater influence upon popular culture than any other entertainment venue in the world. For blacks it was the most important cultural institution–not just the greatest black theatre, but a special place to come of age emotionally, professionally, socially, and politically. Ted Fox, “Showtime at the Apollo”
Aaron Douglas "Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction"
Lois Mailou Jones "Negro Youth"
Archibald J. Motley "Nightlife"
Palmer Hayden "Jeunesse"
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