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"Luke Cage" Guide to Black American Culture

Reading lists and music used and referenced in the Netflix superhero series, "Luke Cage."

Information about Harlem, New York

This tab provides information about historic locations and contemporary points of interest in Harlem.

The Cotton Club

Resources in the Rutgers Libraries for learning about The Cotton Club:

The Cotton Club

(Audio CD) A compilation of artists who performed at the Club in the 1920s and 1930s. Includes tracks byHarold Arlen, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Reginald Forsythe, Adelaide Hall, Andy Kirk, Jimmie Luceford, Irving Mills, Leo Reisman, Bill Robinson, Ethel Waters, Chick Webb and Midge Williams. 

The American Negro Theater (ANT)

The American Negro Theater

An article from the African American Registry, detailing the creation of this foundational theater and acting school for black Americans.


Resources about Harlem

Digital Harlem: Every Day Life 1915-1930

A multimedia research resource, Digital Harlem, "...presents information, drawn from legal records, newspapers and other archival and published sources, about everyday life in New York City's Harlem neighborhood in the years 1915-1930."

Apollo Theater

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 2 (VHS)

"A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Lionel Hampton and other performers." Contains the following performances:

  • Minnie the moocher / Cab Calloway
  • Jittering jitterbugs / Hamtree Harrington
  • Heavenly choir / Bessie Smith
  • St. Louis Blues / Bessie Smith
  • Showtime at the Apollo / Mantan Moreland, Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole
  • Hi de ho / Cab Calloway.

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