Thursday, February 25, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
JIG SHOW!? Brown-Skinned Showgirls, One Legged Tappers, and a Lucumi Ritual Dance. Celebrating Black History Month.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Photo credit: Traci Cunningham
Producer Leon Claxton's legacy continues to live on in the city of Tampa, Florida. His image has been depicted in a new West Tampa Mural titled "Faces of West Tampa" created by artists: Illsol (Tony Krol, Michelle Sawyer). The mural is located at Salcines Park, West Tampa, 1705 N Howard Ave. Tampa.gov states - Faces of West Tampa pays homage to the diverse history of West Tampa by showcasing many of the area’s historic figures, elements, and places of historic significance that represent the West Tampa area. Read more.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
The Harlem in Havana Project is a multimedia documentary project created by artist and documentarian Leslie Cunningham in honor of Leon Claxton's Black and Cuban stage production, The Harlem in Havana revue, one of America's most successful traveling shows that significantly impacted American entertainment in ways that still resonate with wonder today.
This project aims to revive Harlem in Havana's rich entertainment history through a variety of thought-provoking content, including this website, a documentary film and the Brown-Skin Showgirls photography books.
Harlem in Havana was the place where the future heavyweights of entertainment birthed new music, dance and comedy. This documentary project provides an opportunity for a whole segment of artists and performances to tap into this history and enhance their current art forms. Back then it was a “colored” variety show with performance pieces, but today’s it’s an art form. This is where that history originated. Learn more.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Watch Part One now!
- Part 1: Friday, February 5, 2021 (Celebrating Black History Month). Filmmaker Leslie Cunningham and her family take viewers on a personal tour of the world-famous Harlem in Havana Revue, a so-called "Jig Show".
- Part 2: Friday, April 2, 2021 (Happy Birthday Leon Claxton!) Get ready to ride on train car #66 and watch the brown-skin showgirls take the stage!
- Part 3: Friday, June 4, 2021 (Celebrating Juneteenth! ) Claxton leaves an indelible mark on the city of Tampa, Florida, where Harlem in Havana was headquartered for nearly 20 years.
View the film trailer above.
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