Sunday, April 29, 2012

Brother Insider

Honoring Bayard/
Lover of humanity/
Truth and principle.

Bayard Rustin,1912-1987.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pre-"Dutchman" Bohemianism

Newark-born poet/
Of art and controversy/

Amiri Baraka (Everett LeRoi Jones) (b. 1934), by Van Vechten, 1962.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Gifts of Art and Nature

On this “Eartha” Day/
Nature’s bounteous gifts/
Regarded with awe.
  Eartha Kitt (1927-2008), by Van Vechten, 1954.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Street Scene

With wrought-iron strength/
The strivings of a people/
 Set in bold relief.

Striver's Row, Harlem, by Van Vechten, 1940

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

En Pointe

The ballet’s “Porgy”/
Master of grace and movement/
Black dance pioneer.

 Claude Thompson (d. 2007), by Van Vechten, 1959.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Only "Ruth Younger" I Know

Lasting impression/
The legendary drama/
Of sweet Ruby red.

Ruby Dee (b. 1924), by Van Vechten, 1961.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Glass shop and stained glass/
Windows of saints and sinners/
True transparency.

 Harlem Church and Glass Shop, by Van Vechten, 1940.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Meeting Place

Lenox Avenue/
Rendezvous with destiny/
Joyful cabaret.

Rendezvous Cocktail Lounge, by Van Vechten, 1940.