- "This place is my reputation. My blood. My legacy."
- ―Cornell Stokes
Harlem's Paradise is a nightclub founded by Buggy Stokes and Quincy McIver. It became the base of the criminal activities of the Stokes Crime Family and a front to launder its dirty money. After Buggy's death, the club was inherited by Mama Mabel, who passed it on to Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes. After his murder at the hands of his cousin Mariah Dillard, she took over the club and his criminal enterprises, before relinquishing it to Luke Cage upon her death.
In the late 60's, the building was bought by Samuel "Buggy" Stokes and his friend Quincy McIver. They built their own night club, Harlem's Paradise and McIver designed the general interior of the club. Stokes and McIver families founded their new successful business based on club and rum named Bushmaster. Italian criminals, Irish cops and local politicians became interested in the building and tried to take it tor themselves. McIver did not want to sell the club because it meant too much to him but Stokes wasn't so resistant. A deal was made where he would kill his friend and the club would remain under his control. Stokes killed McIver, but McIver managed to get a retaliatory gut shot off on Stokes first. It took Buggy Stokes five months to die.
Quincy's wife Gwen tried to claim her rights to the club and confronted Mama Mabel and Pistol Pete. She failed and the Stokes killed her. Mabel and Pete ran Harlem's Paradise for several years and made it the center of their criminal activities. The club was in decline before their death.
Under Cottonmouth's Management
In the wake of the death of Mama Mabel, her grandson Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes took control of Harlem's Paradise whilst also building himself a new career as a criminal who more or less ran all of Harlem's criminal activities. During this time, Stokes oversaw the operations of Harlem's Paradise, ensuring that they kept the best quality of service and the best music acts they could find.
Under Mariah Dillard's Management
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Under Bushmaster's Management
Return to Mariah
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Under Luke Cage's Management
|Samuel Stokes||Former Owner||Deceased|
|Quincy McIver||Former Owner||Deceased|
|Mabel Stokes||Former Owner||Deceased|
|Cornell Stokes||Former Owner||Deceased|
|Mariah Dillard||Former Owner||Deceased|
|John McIver||Former Owner||Alive|
- Raphael Saadiq
- Faith Evans
- Charles Bradley
- The Delfonics
- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
- Gary Clark Jr.
- Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
- Stephen Marley
- Adrian Younge
- Ali Shaheed Muhammad
|Appearances for Harlem's Paradise|
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Behind the Scenes
- The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn was used for the exterior scenes of the Harlem's Paradise.