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Arna Bontemps

Arna Bontemps: poet, writer Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps (October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973) was an American poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance. Bontemps was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, into a Louisiana Creole family. His father, Paul Bismark Bontemps, worked as a bricklayer; his mother, Maria Carolina Pembroke,… Read More Arna Bontemps

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Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden: multi-genre artist, writer, songwriter Romare Bearden (September 2, 1911 – March 12, 1988) was an African-American artist and writer who depicted theΒ life around him. He worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collages. He was also a composer of jazz music, and author of numerous books. Born in Charlotte, North… Read More Romare Bearden

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James Van Der Zee

Today’s Artist Birthday: James Van Der Zee James Van Der Zee was a renowned, Harlem-based photographer known for his posed, storied pictures capturing African-American citizenry and celebrity. Following hard financial times, Van Der Zee enjoyed a resurge in his career during his later years. James Augustus Van Der Zee entered the world on June 29,… Read More James Van Der Zee