The Mount Morris Park area of Harlem is home to several famous people. One of them is Maya Angelou, an American author and poet. The Wall Street Journal takes us inside Maya Angelou’s Harlem brownstone in a recent article.
As expected, Angelou’s brownstone has most of the original detail on display. Its colorful and gigantic! Her Harlem home is 3,500 square feet with 14 rooms. She also showcases on her walls works of well-known African-American artists, such as Romare Bearden, John Biggers and Charles White.
The interesting tidbit in the article is apparently Maya Angelou owns an apartment building 10 blocks away from her Mt. Morris Park home. She bought the building as an investment back in 2004. Imagine living in that building? Your landlord is Maya Angelou! How cool is that?
To read the full WSJ article and see slides of Maya Angelou’s Harlem home, go here.
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For the first time, ArtCrawl Harlem™, New York’s only guided trolley-bus tour of galleries and art spaces throughout Harlem, will take its tour to Newark, New Jersey as it continues its celebration of Romare Bearden’s career. On Saturday, August 11, from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm, ArtCrawl Harlem will treat participants to a guided tour of the Newark Museum’s exhibit “Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections.” The tour will include three other gallery stops in Newark and culminate with a delicious meal featuring Newark’s legendary Portuguese/Spanish cuisine-complete with wine and music. Tickets are $55 in advance, optional roundtrip transportation is available from New York City for $20. Tickets can be purchased by telephone at 800-838-3006 or online at ArtCrawl Harlem.
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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has two interesting and distinct exhibitions taking place until January 2012. The first is Malcolm X: A Search for Truth. This exhibition showcases Malcolm X’s various speeches, sermons, radio broadcasts, diaries, correspondence, and other documents handwritten by him. Visit this exhibition every day, except Sundays, until January 7, 2012. Click here to read more about Malcolm X: A Search for Truth.
In addition to the Malcolm X exhibit, the Schomburg is also paying tribute to world acclaimed artist and native son Romare Bearden. In Romare Bearden: The Soul of Blackness/A Centennial Tribute, the public will see the massive Bearden collection the Schomburg Center has been collecting for the past three decades. Visit this exhibition every day, except Sundays, until January 7, 2012. To learn more about the Romare Bearden collection, click here.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is located at 515 Lenox Avenue at 135th Street. Take the 2/3 NYC Subway to 135th Street!
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Don’t forget the annual ArtCrawl Harlem is happening this weekend, August 6. This year’s tour will focus on Romare Bearden’s life and work in Harlem. To learn more about the artist, visit his website. To see the Bearden’s art in human form, purchase tickets from ArtCrawl Harlem. The tour is from noon to 4 PM with dinner starting soon after until 6 PM.
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