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The Harlem Renaissance - Then and Now

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Harlem 1920's Segregation entertainment Appearance Segregation Appearance Harlem Renaissance The Radio
People can hear the news as it was happening.
Could listen to the World Series Live.
New words were added: "airways", "tune in".
Reached more people than other communications
January 1922 there were 4 radio stations, by the end of the year there were 576.
It started only being local, but with NBC and CBS came transcontinental broadcasting. Harlem was about 70% African American owned, and was extremely crowded. Rent could be double that in white neighborhoods.

Jazz spread to Kansas City, Memphis, New York, - Harlem

Night clubs - the Cotton Club featured Edward "Duke" Ellington (great composer)

The Cotton Club was a very well known club during the Harlem Renaissance and was a white-only establishment but featured many famous black artists.

Bessie Smith - female blues singer became the highest paid black artist in 1927.
During this period, many women dressed in heels, long sleeve blouses, or long dresses. During this time many women were what we would now consider, conservative.

Men also had very formal attire. Men would usually dressed in suits and ties with a fedora styled hat. Segregated clubs and bathrooms were abundant.

Whites allowed blacks to perform at white-only clubs to entertain the white folks.

Schools were also segregated along with everything else.

Even though a large portion of Harlem was black, whites still roamed around the streets but acted more superior than the blacks. The classic Jazz music and Blues no longer exist in today's Harlem. Pop and Hip-Hop have taken over Harlem and has spread everywhere just like Jazz and Blues. A new age of Harlem was born and it seems like Harlem isn't as it was during the Harlem Renaissance.

The very famous Cotton Club is still open today and still offers the same entertainment it did during its days of fame. The Cotton Club has tons of history and is pretty much a dance museum. Today in Harlem you rarely see the long dresses worn by women during the Harlem Renaissance. Women wear shorter and more 'showy' clothing. Typically on a night out to the local club.

Men still keep a similar style with the suit. The suit has turned into casual dress instead of the more serious and professional attire.

Shades and jewelry are usually worn by both men and women. Segregation isn't completely removed but we have since removed most segregation as a society. With the movements of martin Luther King Jr. and others, we have moved on from the separated life that we use to live in during the Harlem renaissance.

People are treated somewhat equally and blacks have all the opportunities that whites had in during that time.

According to the New York Times, Harlem is no longer existent and is now a mixture of various races.

"In 2008, just one in four Harlem residents was black. Meanwhile, the number of whites and Latinos in Harlem has steadily risen."
-About.com & New York Times by
Khalil A. &
Stephanie M. Harlem 2013 Thing's you'll learn Harlem 2013 music What percent of blacks owned Harlem.

How many radio stations were added by the end of 1922.

Who was a main artist that the Cotton Club featured.

Who was the highest paid black artist of the Harlem renaissance in 1927.

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