Archive for Easter in Harlem

The Easter Parade in New York

Posted in Cultural Matters, Photo-Essays with tags , , on April 9, 2012 by playthell


 This Cancer Surgeon is Sharp as his Scalpel!
 But he had Competition
 From Poet Don Raphel
  And Don Jaun





The Ladies Made their Fashion Statements


 With their Lovely Easter Bonnets


 They Come in all Sizes and Colors



A Different Angle 


There Was Drama 





A Different Angle






High Fashion







 Sometimes the Whole Family Wore Bonnets


 A Family Affair


 There Were All kinds of Bonnets



Fashion Eclectics



And Fashion Outlaws 


Free Thinkers 


Fashion  Subversives



And  Fantasy!

 Fashion Iconoclast


And Afrocentrists!


And the Bodacious Bonnets of Harlem Church Women

Yet for High Style and Male Elegence

Old School Ruled!  


The Easter Parade Was Bootylicious Too!



Eye Candy Was Everywhere


Everywhere you Looked one could see

The Object of the Commodores’ song: “Brick Hooouse!” 

They looked like Kinetic Ebony Sculptures

As they Promenaded About in Varied Costumes





 Stand outs in the crowd

Free Spirits!

Only in New York

The Cavaleir and his Lady

In their own world

Shongo and the Dragon Lady

Representin on the Fifth

The Long and the Short of it

Double Click on likn to hear “Easter Parade” sung by the Great Sarah Vaugh and Billy Ekstine


P.G Benjamin

Harlem New York

Easter Monday 2012
















































































































































Easter Sunday In New York City!

Posted in Cultural Matters, Photo-Essays with tags , , , on April 6, 2010 by playthell

Parishioners of

Harlem’s Abyssinia Baptist Curch

Bouyed By The Words Of Rev. Butts

Remembering Easter

New York

Is the place to be

Come Easter Sunday

From uptown in Harlem

To Broadway and Greenwich Village

Since it was not possible to be everywhere

I decided to start uptown

In Harlem

For it was on Easter Sunday

When I was thirteen

That I first visited Harlem

The first thing I saw when I emerged from the A train

Was a man in a pea green suit

And green suede shoes

And a beautiful brown lady in pink

I wish I could have preserved that moment

That’s why I have decided to preserve some magic moments

From the Easter of 2010

And I discovered

The Easter spirit is far more alive in Harlem

Than downtown on Fifth Avenue

So it’s a good thing I perched outside Abyssinia Baptist Church

Where The Reverend Doctor Butts holds forth

And the parishioners

Routinely dress like members of the Ebony Fashion Fair

So I knew they would be really fly

On Easter Sunday morning


A  Pretty Pink Bonnet

And All The Rest Too!

A Vision In White

Head Sculpture!


Spiritually Fortified



A Brown Fox!


This is How You Fill Up A Dress!

A Bootilicious Babe

Walking Away In Style!


Old School Cool

Elegant Natty Dreads

Stylin and Profilin

The Brother’s Represent!

Bearing A Gift Of Easter Lilies

Solid As A Rock!

The Deacons

Guardians Of The Faith!

The Men Of Abyssinian

Standing The Test Of Time!

Nobody Knows The Troubles I’ve Seen

Man On The Go

Plotting His Next Move

High Fly

Like a roach on a porch…to smooth to move!

Cool Papa Do!

Chilly Willie

Big Boy & Shorty George

Watching The Girls Go By


A Gentleman Of Style

Deacon C. Vernon Mason…

Surveys The Crowd

Clean As The Board Of Health!

A Paragon Of Male Elegance

Old School Player!

On The Good Foot

A Sophisticated Savage

Groomed and Decorated For The Easter Parade

Building A Solid Foundation For The Future

A Young Man Of Vision

Keep On Pushing!Don’t Yhall  Git Weary Chillun


Down Town

Avenue Of The Swells

A Fifth Avenue Dame!


A Fifth Avenue Dandy!

In Central Park

On The Cusp Of Spring

A Beautiful Easter Bonnet!

With All The Frills Upon It

A High Fashion Diva

A Ballerina In The Park

In A Contemplative Mood

The  Sitting Ballerina Dazzles A Fan

As She Reflects On the Meaning Of Life With Documentarian David Rich

Poised For Action

She Moves When Someone Feeds The Bucket

And Then She Goes Through

A Repertoire Of Movements

She Blew Us Candy Kisses

Struck Grand Poses

And  Assumed Elegant Stances

From Any Angel

She Is Marvelous!

And Gracious Too


Even Little Girls

Wear Easter Bonnets

And Decorate Themselves Like

Easter Eggs!