Harlem Arts Festival Gala

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Harlem Arts Festival Gala. © 2015 NY Social Agenda (www.nysocialagenda.com)

Time is basically flying out the window quicker than we can catch up, and that means we will not let any of it go to waste.

Therefore, it only makes sense to try and fill up the social agenda with as many events as we can to keep you entertained. In this case, we had the utmost pleasure of attending the 2015 Harlem Arts Festival Gala on April 2, held at Madiba Restaurant, in Harlem, NY.

We had a chance to catch up with Dr. Brenda Greene – this year’s honoree prior to the Gala and pick her brain regarding her involvement with the Harlem Arts Festival organization.

“I am humbled and honored to be a recipient of the Lynette Velasco Community Impact Award.  Lynnette was not only a long time friend, but a committed and passionate supporter of the Center for Black Literature’s literary program which used the work of Black writers to promote literacy.

Dr. Greene believes in legacy and living a purpose-driven life. Dr. Greene also expresses she is blessed to find passion in her work as both Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature and Chair of the English Department.

An organization that provides a means to support Black writers, to ensure that the public is made aware of the myriad ways that Black writers have contributed to the literary canon and to strengthen and build a strong English department to expose students to the many paths they can partake in as English majors.

When asked what kind of advice would you give to those who want to contribute to their community, but don’t know where to start?

Dr. Greene replied: “Shirley Chisholm stated that a service is the rent you pay to live on this earth.” Thus, her advice to those who want to contribute is to decide what matters to you, what is most meaningful to you and to connect with people who are doing that work.

The entire night was filled with endless fun as guests participated in the silent auction. Besides, with items such as autographed memorabilia from the late Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Beyonce’s lyric sheet, Prince’s “Purple Rain” LP,  Pink Floyd’s album, original and authentic items from classic movies and t.v. shows, performances, and, of course, the dancing afterwards – there was no way boredom entered our vocabulary.

Congratulations once more to Dr. Brenda Greene for your award, and to Harlem Arts Festival for raising $10,000 that will go toward this year’s upcoming Festival (June 27-28, 2015) and other initiatives designed to support local artists and their work. We hope to see you during the Festival in a couple of months and/or the next Gala. For more information, on the upcoming Festival, click here.

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