The New York Public Library‘s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has announced that it has acquired the personal archive of civil rights activist, entertainer, and producer Harry Belafonte.
Acquired with support from the Andrew W. Mellon, Ford, and Open Society foundations, Danny and Manizeh Rimer, and the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, the collection includes four hundred linear feet of audiovisual materials, personal and professional papers, television scripts, and photo albums chronicling the entertainer’s life, activism, and career, from 1949 to the present. Highlights of the collection include Belafonte’s first recording, a 1949 acetate pressing that contains “Lean On Me”; scrapbooks of his press coverage from the 1940s, including performances in the Schomburg Center’s American Negro Theatre; papers and notes documenting his efforts in support of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., including the 1963 March on Washington; scripts of movies produced by and starring Belafonte; and cue cards with the lyrics of “We Are the World,” the signature celebrity charity effort of the 1980s, which Belafonte inspired and produced. Processing of the collection will be expedited, and items will be available to researchers in approximately fifteen months.
Belafonte has a longtime connection to the Schomburg Center and the New York Public Library, which in 2017 named its 115th Street branch after him.
“It is with great honor that I can announce Harry Belafonte’s return home to Harlem,” said Schomburg Center director Kevin Young. “This collection testifies to Belafonte’s unprecedented, over seventy-year public journey across black life and American life as a whole, starting with his time in the American Negro Theatre, which began in the basement of the Schomburg Center….Belafonte’s range is on view in this previously unseen material, from musician to movie producer, actor, to activist. His massive collection of clippings, music, and letters provides a great source to educate people of all ages about the importance of black life and its cultural contributions to American history — from the U.S. civil rights movement, the global human rights struggle, popular music, the history of African-American theater, television, and cinema, and American entertainment. As the New York Public Library celebrates its one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary and the Schomburg Center marks its ninety-fifth, the addition of Belafonte’s materials will help to continue the enrichment and education of the community for generations to come.”
“The Schomburg library in Harlem is one of the greatest gifts our city has bestowed on our community,” said Belafonte, who recently celebrated his ninety-third birthday. “It is deeply moving that this destination so critical to my life and well-being, from the days of my youth until now, should be the repository for much of my life’s work. I am honored.”
“Schomburg Center Acquires American Icon Harry Belafonte’s Extensive Personal Archive.” New York Public Library Press Release 03/13/2020.
Tough Love: Los Angeles
CLEO TV’s new series TOUGH LOVE: LOS ANGELES sheds light on the mental health impacts of heartache and grief in the next episode airing Sunday, January 17, at 9 P.M. ET/8C. The 10-episode prime-time series spinoff is based on the Emmy-nominated web series TOUGH LOVE, which takes a raw and vulnerable look at the very real challenges of losing a loved one and enduring a breakup.
The crew begins to unravel as this week’s episode addresses themes of self-harm and grief. Having a very difficult time processing her brother’s death, Mya begins to self-medicate. Responding to an apparent plea for help, Rashad urges Story to check on Mya after he receives a cryptic text message. After breaking down the door, they find Mya nearly passed out and attempt to resuscitate her. Story continues to catfish Raymond until he gets fed up with her excuses and decides to cut her off. Brian and Denise continue to butt heads as she doesn’t understand why Brian refuses to use a portion of his investment money on their impending wedding plans.
Created by Caleb and Roni Davis, TOUGH LOVE was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2017 for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series. The series is produced by Creative Direction Group. Dexter Cole is Senior Vice President of Program Scheduling and Acquisitions for TV One. For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #TOUGHLOVELA and #CLEOTV
The Imagination Engineer
According to Penguin Random House, famed New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in Los Angeles. Some of his noted works include “Sister Sister,” “Sleeping With Strangers,” and “Walking With Enemies.” Dickey was 59.
New Soul Kitchen
NEW SOUL KITCHEN’S SERVES UP SEASON FINALE DOUBLE-HEADER WITH STEAKHOUSE CLASSICS AND PRESSURE COOKED EATS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C
New Soul Kitchen Remix Premieres January 9 at 9 P.M. ET/8C
Chef Resha and Chef Bren Herrera pack a savory punch in the kitchen alongside Restaurateur, Entrepreneur and Host Chef Jernard Wells as they prepare a flavor-packed meal and must-haves on the season finale double header of NEW SOUL KITCHEN airing at Saturday, December 26 at 9 P.M. ET/8C and 9:30 P.M./8:30C. The chefs hearty homemade spins on these classic dishes are the perfect solution for restaurant cravings during the winter.
Chef Resha turns up the heat on a decadent Seared Garlic and Butter Steak, pairing the juicy dish with Roasted Sweet Potatoes topped with Savory Cider Caramel. Chef Jernard doubles-down on the flavorful seasonings, preparing Rosemary and Mint Lamb Chops and a side of Maple and Balsamic Brussel Sprouts. The second episode brings Chef Bren‘s deliciously Braised Peppered Oxtail to the table, complemented by Chef Jernard’s Pineapple Jerk Chicken. Tune in to catch these acclaimed chefs who make preparing professional-quality meals at home look like a breeze. NEW SOUL KITCHEN is produced by Powerhouse Productions, with Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead serving as Executive Producers. For CLEO TV, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan serve as Executives in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #NEWSOULKITCHEN and #CLEOTV