It was once the powerhouse of black American politics. But a series of scandals among its leading figures has soured Harlem's reputation
The baring of lives and souls
It didn't matter that Cab Calloway was no longer around to make the music, nor Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, or that Sugar Ray Robinson was not to be seen waving from his pink Cadillac after another beautiful performance downtown in Madison Square Garden.
In 1964, Ray Stark had a problem. He wanted to produce a musical biography of Fanny Brice, but was married to Brice's daughter. Frances Stark was so protective of her mother's image that he had had to buy up the entire printing of an authorised, heavily censored biography because it stated, correctly, that Brice had shoplifted as a child. Brice's adult life contained much more unsavoury material, and her criminal husband, Nick Arnstein, was still alive. With such potential for lawsuits and domestic strife, Stark contrived a simple but effective solution: he lied.