The Cotton Club was a famous night club in New York City that operated during Prohibition. While the club featured many of the greatest African American entertainers of the era, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Ethel Waters, it generally denied admission to blacks. During its heyday, it served as a chic meeting spot in the heart of Harlem, featuring regular "Celebrity…
There is no need to say anything more but 'The Cotton Club'. It is amazing that there are still original Cotton Clubs in the States and they still have the vibe of Prohibition era. I think this poster is an ad for the movie but it reminds me about the atmosphere of those clubs.
Inside the speakeasies of the 1920s: The hidden drinking spots that transformed New York City's night life during the prohibition era and beyond
During the 1920s, the sale and making of alcohol was prohibited by law. Of course that didn't stop anyone, and speakeasies were underground places where thugs would sell their illegally made alcohol. Those people were bootleggers, and that was how Gatsby made his money.
Hot Steppers at the Cotton Club. "The Cotton Club was known for supporting black stereotypes, by providing animalistic costumes to the dancers and creating oppressive segregation in the club. The dancers at the nightclub were hired under austere and prejudiced standards. They had to be at least 5 feet, 6 inches, light-skinned, and below the age of 21."