National Black Theatre Teams up with ‘Ray’ to Create ‘Ray Harlem’ on National Black Theatre Way

      When the National Black Theatre announced its intention to develop its current site, concerns about the interior (and exterior) artistic treasurers were of great concern. The property, which was purchased by the Theatre’s founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer in 1969, houses the largest collection of Nigerian New Sacred Art in the Western […]

It’s Founder’s Month at National Black Theatre

Harlem’s historic National Black Theatre (NBT) is hosting an annual salute to its founder and CEO emerita, the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, with NBT’s Founder’s Month, a month-long celebration of Teer, Black theater and community. Running through July 18, the celebration will feature the launch of NBT@Home: A Letter to the Future, a new […]

National Black Theatre ‘Founder’s Month’ with a Letter to the Future

      Harlem’s historic National Black Theatre (NBT) is hosting an annual salute to its founder and CEO emerita, the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, with NBT’s Founder’s Month, a month-long celebration of Teer, Black theater and community. Running through July 18, the celebration will feature the launch of NBT@Home: A Letter to the […]

National Black Theatre Launches NBT@Home

The historic Harlem-based theater is resuming its 51st season with the launch of a new initiative called NBT@Home: Uplifting Communal Resilience on Wednesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. ET on its Facebook page and Facebook Live. NBT@Home is a new, free five-part weekly digital series that will present curated, hour-long artist discussions on subjects including the arts and […]

National Black Theatre Launches NBT@Home for its 51st Season

      The historic Harlem-based theater is resuming its 51st season with the launch of a new initiative called NBT@Home: Uplifting Communal Resilience on Wednesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. ET on its Facebook page and Facebook Live. NBT@Home is a new, free five-part weekly digital series that will present curated, hour-long artist discussions on subjects including […]

Beyond the Walls ~ Conversations with the National Black Theatre at Apple Williamsburg ~ January 31, 2020

    As part of the Today at Apple series, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) and Apple Williamsburg offer an evening of conversation and exploration with artists including Jillian Walker, Makeba Rainey, Jaimee Todd and Jonathan McCrory discussing the use of the arts, tech and indigenous practices to create visual representations of black womanhood and continue the rich legacy of the Black arts community. […]

Join National Black Theatre + Park Avenue Armory for 100 Years |100 Women,

The Park Avenue Armory has joined forces with National Black Theatre to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th amendment in a big way. The organizations have tapped ten major institutions—The Apollo Theater; TheJuilliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National […]

Join National Black Theatre + Park Avenue Armory for 100 Years |100 Women

    The Park Avenue Armory has joined forces with National Black Theatre to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th amendment in a big way. The organizations have tapped ten major institutions—The Apollo Theater; TheJuilliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving […]

National Black Theatre Celebrates 50 ~ Along the Famed 125th Street

The National Black Theatre (NBT) has been celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 with a series of performances throughout the city ~ all year long. Next up ~ June 22nd and June 29th Read more…..                    

The National Black Theatre Celebrates 50th Anniversary All Year

    The National Black Theatre (NBT) has been celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 with a series of performances throughout the city ~ all year long. Next up ~ June 22nd and June 29th

National Black Theatre Presents ~ FREEdom is Eternal ~ June 8-29

This June, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) takes over 125th Street, turning Harlem’s central corridor into a dance stage with pop-up performances of the five-hour choreopoetic piece 125th & FREEdom. The event is free and open to the public, running on Saturdays beginning on June 8. Created, directed and choreographed by Ebony […]

The Apollo Theater + The National Black Theatre = Wildflower ~ April 26 & 27

As part of the 85th Anniversary Celebration of the Famed Apollo Theatre, WiLDFLOWERr, a work-in-progress being developed as part of National Black Theater’s Soul L.A.B. Residency and the Apollo Theater (which began in 2016) will take place on April 26 and 27. WiLDFLOWER is a new musical that follows a rebellious, but devoted young mother who […]

48Hours In…Harlem ~ One night Only at National Black Theatre

  Harlem9 presents the Obie Award Winning 48HOURS IN… HARLEM – a twist on the traditional 24-hour play festival. This event marks the 8th year of the collaborative Harlem9 bringing together 6 playwrights, 6 directors, and 18 actors. Playwrights will re-imagine African Folktales into 10-minute plays over the course of one weekend. 48HOURS IN… HARLEM […]

The Peculiar Patriot returns to The National Black Theatre Harlem

  The timely one-woman play,The Peculiar Patriot, returns to The National Black Theatre this month.  It is a stinging indictment of the criminal justice system written by a woman (Liza Jessie Peterson), who worked for nearly two decades at Rikers Island. “It’s important to humanize the numbers, to put a human face on the draconian […]

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents ‘Sancho: an Act of Remembrance’ at The National Black Theatre

      The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Pemberley Productions and The National Black Theatre present Sancho: An Act of Remembrance.

City Planning Approves National Black Theater Building in East Harlem

A notice of Public Hearing has been issued by Community Board Eleven regarding a proposal by the National Black Theater to develop its current site, 2031-2033 Fifth Avenue (Block 1750, Lot 1) to become a 20-story, mixed-use building. The current site occupies a full block on Fifth Avenue, running from 125th to 126th Streets, with […]

National Black Theatre in East Harlem Proposes 21-Story Building on Its Site

    A notice of Public Hearing has been issued by Community Board Eleven regarding a proposal by the National Black Theater to develop its current site, 2031-2033 Fifth Avenue (Block 1750, Lot 1) to become a 21-story, mixed-use building. The current site occupies a full block on Fifth Avenue, running from 125th to 126th […]

Jennifer Hudson Live at The Apollo Theater ~ a Celebration of Black Women Business Owners

      Mastercard will present the “Jennifer Hudson Live at The Apollo” concert on August 19th, the first live audience performance at the Apollo Theater since March 2020. At this intimate gathering of Black women entrepreneurs and select cardholders, Ms. Hudson will perform classic Aretha Franklin hits featured in Respect as well as songs […]

The Public Theater Mobile Unit ‘Summer of Joy’ Coming to All 5 Boroughs!

      The Public Theater announced a fabulous schedule of performances for its Summer of Joy Mobile Unit. The Mobile Unit will be touring all five boroughs from July 31 to August 29, 2021 ~ all performances free and open to the public. Update ~ The August 15th performance on East 125th Street has […]

CityParks Foundation & SummerStage Celebrate Black History Month 2021

    In recognition of Black History Month 2021, CityParks Foundation SummerStage takes a look back at moments from its first-ever all-virtual season. The excerpts will include highlights from our SummerStage Anywhere 2020 programming, featuring spoken word, music and dance performances. Joining us to introduce the program is Harlem-based journalist and musician, Greg Tate, a […]

100 Years of Harlem Community History ~ harlem is… a Project of Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group

      For twenty years, Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group has celebrated 100 years of Harlem’s cultural history through the harlem is…. public art exhibitions, programming, and school and community partnerships. This month, they announced the launching of the harlem is… website, the new digital home for the harlem is… exhibitions, virtual events, and […]

The Apollo Theater Announces Fall 2020 Programming!

    Today The Apollo Theater announced details of its fall 2020 season, which will take place exclusively online on the Apollo’s Digital Stage. The season features a broad range of free virtual events, including Wyclef Jean performing his Double Platinum album The Carnival; a special Live Wire conversation focused on the artistry of the […]

Diana Ross’ Daugher, Rhonda Ross in Conversation at Nat’l Black Theatre ~ February 11th

Rhonda Ross, daughter of Diana Ross and Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, is continuing her family’s legacy as a musician and mother, but still carving her own path. On Tuesday night, she’ll be holding an event at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. “In Case You Didn’t Know: A Conversation with Rhonda Ross,” will be a […]

Kick-Off Black History Month at a Free Open House at Apollo Theater

      This February, the world famous Apollo Theater will kick off Black History Month with Apollo Open House: Celebration of Cool on Saturday February 1st from 1 p.m. – 6.p.m., to celebrate and explore the rich history of the Theater as it continues the legacy of Black History.

The Apollo Theater Announces Spring 2020 Season

Today, the iconic nonprofit Apollo Theater announced details of its spring 2020 season featuring genre-spanning performances—from music, dance, and theater to comedy and film screenings—that continue the theater’s strong mission of articulating African American narratives through cultural programming. Season highlights include the Apollo’s Africa Now! and African Film Festival 30th Anniversary Celebration presenting the legendary […]

The Apollo Theater Announces Spring 2020 Season

      Today, the iconic nonprofit Apollo Theater announced details of its spring 2020 season featuring genre-spanning performances—from music, dance, and theater to comedy and film screenings—that continue the theater’s strong mission of articulating African American narratives through cultural programming. Season highlights include the Apollo’s Africa Now! and African Film Festival 30th Anniversary Celebration […]

The Apollo Theater Celebrates Harlem Week 2019

      On Monday, July 29, 2019 the Apollo Theater announced special programs and offers to celebrate Harlem and HARLEM WEEK throughout the month of August. HARLEM WEEK is an annual celebration of the best of Harlem which began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a one-day event of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for […]

The Black Body Propelled Through Time at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

      The National Black Theatre partners with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to present In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival.

Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Famed Apollo Theater’s Fall/Winter 2019 Season

      What better way to kick-off an 85th anniversary than to announce a spectacular Winter/Spring/Fall/Winter 2019 Season ~ at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

Celebrate Black History Month 2019 in NYC

      February is Black History Month, but The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture got an early start in celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90 birthday on January 15th with the new exhibition, CRUSADER ~ and  The Brooklyn Academy of Music will hold its annual event on […]

Progress on Victoria Theatre + Marriott Hotel + The Victoria Tower Residences + The Apollo Theater Expansion ~ 125th Street in Harlem

      Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, the structure was said to be one of the largest, and most beautiful theaters in the New York area.  Built in 1917 at a cost of $250,000, it had a seating capacity of over 2,400 and it is located on the same block as the historic […]

Chef Pinky Cole & Her ‘Slutty Vegan’ in Harlem for One-Day ~ August 11th ~ at Shake Shack Harlem During Harlem Week.

      As part of Shake Shack’s collab series Now Serving, Shake Shack’s culinary team has joined forces with restaurateur Pinky Cole and her Slutty Vegan team to create a one-of-a-kind, limited-time menu item for a good cause: the SluttyShack. The vegan burger will be available in limited quantities on Wednesday, August 11 at […]

#NYPhil Bandwagon 2 Coming to Marcus Garvey Park East Harlem, May 14-16

      Save the Dates! The New York Philharmonic’s NYPhilBandwagon2 will be popping up in Marcus Garvey Park, East Harlem from May 14-16. Three days of concerts in the park along Madison Avenue from 123rd to 124th Streets. This event is part of a series of four weekend-long festivals across New York City in May.

Get Ready for New York Philharmonic Bandwagon 2!

      The New York Philharmonic’s Bandwagon rolled into neighborhoods in all five boroughs, and was a big hit! Before ending the season, they asked New Yorkers what they wanted to see next. We don’t know what the consensus was, but we do know that New Yorkers wanted more ~ and more we will […]

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to Your List in March 2020

      Kick-off the month of March with Women’s History Month and a host of related events. March is also the month for some of our favorite indoor exhibitions like The Armory Show and Armory Art Week, Asia Week NYC, Architectural Digest Design Show, and The Affordable Art Fair; Museums and galleries open their doors […]

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to Your List in February 2020

    February is a big month for big shows like the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory, the Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden, along with annual celebrations paying tribute to Black History Month, the Lunar New Year, and Valentine’s Day ~ in addition to museum […]

Silicon Harlem’s 6th Annual Next-Gen Tech Conference ~ October 18th

On Friday, October 18th at the National Black Theater, Silicon Harlem will convene luminary thought leaders of new technologies that will power our future. At Silicon Harlem’s Annual Next-Gen Tech Conference attendee’s will think forward to life in the future and the economic opportunities being created. The Silicon Harlem Sixth Annual Next-Gen Tech Conference & […]

Liquid Heat: La Rumba Llama at the Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion

      Step inside the beauty and energy of Rumba in a photographic display by artist Jessica Angel in the exhibition Liquid Heat: La Rumba Llama, on view in the historic Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital.

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits to Add to Your List in April, 2019

      Get ready for Spring with exhibits and events that will take you from Plein Air on The High Line to Jazz at The Apollo Theater. Play it Loud at The MET and Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Step onto the Roof Garden at The MET and Remember […]

Bébénoir Boutique Moves to 125th Street

The popular Bébénoir Boutique, who many remember from Frederick Douglass Blvd near 116th Street, and most recently in the commercial space below the historic Theresa Hotel, just opened at 2 West 125th Street at Fifth Avenue. This is now Bébénoir’s only location, and is right around the corner from the National Black Theater and future home […]

Next-Gen Tech Conference ~ Silicon Harlem ~ October 26

  Don’t forget to register for the 5th Anniversary Silicon Harlem Gen Tech Conference on Friday, October 26th at 8pm. The Silicon Harlem Next-Gen Tech Conference is all about sharing knowledge and connecting to each other. The conference always puts people at the center of innovation and advanced technology. Celebrating the 5th anniversary, the theme […]

Shake Shack Harlem Opened at 1 West 125th Street

      Shake Shack Harlem moved into the old Applebee’s space located at 1 West 125th Street, on the north/west corner across from the National Black Theatre ~ and at the entrance to East Harlem, which is preparing for a number of new projects including the Second Avenue Subway.  The spectacular opening unveiled artwork by eleven […]

26th Annual Ethnic Festival ~ May 19th

AFineLyne will be there!  Look for our Harlem Map Tea Towels, Aprons and Tote Bags.  The Harlem Map will take you from 106th Street to 155th Street, and from Broadway to Second Avenue.  Some particular points of interest begin on 106th Street, with the Graffiti Wall of Fame and Esperanza Academy on 109th Street.  Heading […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2018

    March is the month when we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women, and this past year has truly been extraordinary, from #RESIST to #METOO and #TimesUp ~ in the arts and activism, women have stepped forward to take the lead in Change. Here are a few ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, and […]

Looking Back | LookingForward

    Save the Date, Saturday, February 17th for Looking Back | Looking Forward, “a symposium of conversations, performances, salons and open studios exploring artistic, social, and political perspectives on the fiftieth anniversary of the extraordinary world-changing events of 1968”  ~  The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the Tea Offensive, […]

125th Street in East Harlem ~ a Work in Progress?

      125th Street in East Harlem has seen a constant stream of renovations and building over this past several years. We thought this might be a good time to review what we know about projects coming to East Harlem this year, and continue to update as the year unfolds. In addition, the Second Avenue […]

“Betty Blayton” Curated by Souleo at Elizabeth Dee Gallery as Part of ‘Uptown’

Image: Founding members and staff of the Studio Museum in Harlem, including Betty Blayton, second from the right (courtesy of the Studio Museum in Harlem