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17 Stunning Images of Black Women During the Harlem Renaissance Era

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The Cotton Club was a famous night club in New York City that operated during Prohibition. While the club featured many of the greatest African American entertainers of the era, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Ethel Waters, it generally denied admission to blacks. During its heyday, it served as a chic meeting spot in the heart of Harlem, featuring regular "Celebrity…

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."Baby Esther" Jones, the original Betty Boop, performed at The Cotton Club in the late 1920's

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Margot Webb, a Cotton Club dancer (circa 1934) who gained even more notoriety as a ballroom dancer with her partner Harold Norton. They performed as “Norton and Margot” in the 1930s and 1940s. Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Amel Larrieux’s mother) has a wonderful book, Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era, with a wealth of information on their career

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Theater poster for the Rhyth Mania Revue at the Cotton Club, Harlem, NYC. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.

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"Lacey knew the clutter on the stage would have little to no effect on their abilities."

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Inside the speakeasies of the 1920s: The hidden drinking spots that transformed New York City's night life during the prohibition era and beyond

Cotton Club - jazz cabaret night with mocktails? CHRISTMAS ball alternative - themed with a photobooth - James Ajebon, encouragement stockings

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