David Bailey at Jumel Terrace Books.


Portrait by Bruce Weber

Àṣẹ at Jumel Terrace Books: From the Library of Judith Gleason

“Legends are…mere nests into which invention lays credulity.” Judith Gleason. New African Literature at Jumel Terrace Books

12 years out-of-print and our best-seller

This month we’re featuring new stock from the library of the late Judith Gleason, PhD., the first Anglo-American Olorisha initiated into Santeria. An anthropologist who became attracted to the religion while researching Candomble in Brazil, Pierre Verger is thought to be the inspiration for her novel, Agõtĩme (NY: Grossman, a NYTimes Book of the Year in 1970), an [...]

Bruce Weber & David Bailey: The Private Library for Nokia


Grand Guy Bruce Weber brought fash’ legend David Bailey about this afternoon, the hottest day of the year, to take pictures around the house with not-yet-on- the-market very yellow Nokia cell phone/cameras.  They’re shooting the commercial that will premiere this fall.  We’ve Vreeland in common and had a lively reminiscence.  Needless to say, it was […]

Harlem’s Sugar Hill Stretches Its Borders


 LANA BORTOLOT for The Wall Street Journal Mark Abramson for The Wall Street Journal                                               Sylvan Terrace in Sugar Hill In a city where neighborhood borders are often staunchly defended, many in Sugar Hill, the [...]

Word on The Street


Thalia Book Club: The Street by Ann Petry Wed, Apr 24 at 7:30 pm Symphony Space – Broadway and 95th Street Revisit this 1946 classic with authors Sapphire (Push), Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (Harlem is Nowhere), and actress Sonia Manzano (The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano) and other writers explore the gritty, emotional story set in Harlem.  Actress Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson; The Help) will read an excerpt. [...]

What’s new in the Amsterdam News?


I’ll tell ya what’s new in the Amsterdam News…

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“Not a thousand years ago it was illegal to teach a slave to read.  Not a thousand years ago, the Supreme Court decided that separate  could not be equal.  And today, as we sit here, no one is learning anything in this country.  You see a nation which is the leader of the rest of [...]

The Negro in New York: An Informal Social History, 1626-1940


“The Negro in New York is an unavoidably sketchy and uneven document, compiled by the Writers’ Program of New York City during that very brief period of the WPA when it was recognized that writers existed in our country and had to eat, and even had a certain utility – though, probably, no real value.  [...]