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" .