Apollo Theater, Harlem Renaissance was very popular place and still is. If you look close you will notice that the marque says that is says Duke Ellington is performing. And in the he was very popular artist was well respected.
Langston Hughes (American) poet,social activist, novelist, play write and columnist Part of the Harlem Renaissance Movement He portrayed the real lives of blacks in the lower social economic strata. He coined the term "Black Is Beautiful" .
American blues singer Gladys Bentley - poses with bandleader Willie Bryant - outside the Apollo Theater where posters advertise a performance by Bryant & his band, New York, New York, April (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty IMages) (Harlem