It's especially lovely when the dance community can gather together and applaud each other's efforts. Such is the environment at the Bessie's, dance's version of the Academy Awards or the Tony's. This year, the 31st-annual ceremony took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with its iconic neon-red sign.
When Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School on Friday, he will meet young, Harlem students with a bright future ahead of them. They live in an up and coming neighborhood where improvements are rampant. To ensure that they can keep living there and reap some of the benefits of gentrification, affordable housing must be made increasingly available as the neighborhood changes.
I am proud that this summer a delegation of Harlemites led by The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC)'s President Lloyd Williams and Council member Inez Dickens returned from their successful mission to Havana, Cuba, where I helped arrange their meetings with senior officials of the Cuban government regarding trade, business and tourism and our anticipated first annual cultural exchange program in 2016 -- Harlem Meets Havana.