Representing excellence in the areas of literature, music, politics, dance and film, Harlem’s influence reaches beyond its physical borders and touches the world.  Some of the most recognizable figures in history and current popular culture have called Harlem home. The following is a partial list:

Al Pacino

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Harry Belafonte

Mekhi Phifer

Marc Anthony

Alicia Keys

W.E.B Dubois

Sean Combs

Damon Dash

Ossie Davis

Ruby Dee

Maya Angelou

Burt Lancaster

Jose Feliciano

Langston Hughes

Tito Puente

James Baldwin

Cicely Tyson

George Carlin

Billie Holiday

Oscar Micheaux

Charlie Parker

Charles Rangel

Duke Ellington

Keith Sweat

Harry Houdini

Ella Fitzgerald

Norman Rockwell

Paul Robeson

Richard Wright

Thurgood Marshall

Malcolm X

Sammy Davis Jr.

Ving Rhames

Doug E. Fresh

Keith David

Yuri Kochiyama