Harlem, New York I was here accross the street from the Apollo trying to hail a taxi when the Rodney King riots started in LA. Everyone around me kept telling me to hurry up and get out of town before I got hurt. I had no idea what was going on. I figured it was just typical NY hospitality at its best.
Elvera Sanchez Valentina (Sep 1, 1905 – Sep 2, 2000) was an American dancer and the mother of Sammy Davis, Jr. She was actually Cuban but Sammy told people she was Puerto Rican due to possible anti-Cuban backlash would hurt his record sales. Elvera Sanchez was a chorus-line dancer at Apollo Theater for six years. Elvera was survived by her daughter, Ramona. Ironically, Elvera outlived Sammy by 10 years and her mother Luisa out lived Sammy by 6 years.
NYC, Harlem - Legendary Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th Street The world's preeminent African-Americas music hall is celebrating its 75th-anniversary season in 2014. It originally opened as a burlesque house in 1914. In 1934 it opened its doors for the first time to integrated audiences, and soon afterward inaugurated one of America's grandest performance traditions: Amateur Night at the Apollo.