Step Right Up, Folks! I've got big news! In an effort to document the rich history of my grandfather Leon Claxton's Black and Cuban stage show, Harlem in Havana, I'm creating a collection of black and white photography books called Brown Skin Showgirls. And, the Cuban Edition, Vol II, is now available on Amazon! Brown Skin Showgirls, … Continue reading Don’t wait for the film! See the Brown Skin Showgirls!
Documentary filmmaker spotlights Cuban Dancers who brought Rumba, Batá Drums, Lucumi Rituals and Santeria songs to U.S. and Canadian Audiences before the Revolution PRLog -- From the secular to the spiritual, Afro Cuban music and dance were rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S. by the mid-20th century. With the 1959 Cuban Revolution led by … Continue reading Harlem in Havana Helped Popularize Afro Cuban Music and Dance in North America
BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS There are many art and entertainment resources that reference the contributions and important role women of color played in shaping the art of dance in North America. However, it is rare to encounter a historically rich and visually stunning book that is dedicated solely to the brown skin showgirl or black burlesque … Continue reading Brown Skin Showgirls, a photographic collection
Read the articles published in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (Canada), canada.com and on Jonimitchell.com about the Harlem in Havana documentary film project underway. Click below to view the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix article.
Knoxville Jazz Greats Rocky Wynder and John Myers are set to be interviewed for the HARLEM IN HAVANA documentary film June 1st. With generous support from the UT Library Studio team, the pre-production film shoot of these legendary performers will take place in the heart of historic Knoxville, Tennessee.