Harlem World Magazine photographer Rudy Collins caught the Harlem Councilwoman Inez Dickens in the moment passionately discussing her point on the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations on December 14th, 2012 at the Council Hearing at 250 Broadway, New York, NY. Continue reading
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A hot day in Harlem, the last week of July, and most of the elected officials from the heart of the district are gathered in front of the Helen B. Atkinson Health Center on 115th Street, standing underneath some scaffolding in search of shade.
They are waiting for the start of a press conference for health-care reform, brought together by the local chapter of Organizing for America, the retooled leftover operation from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Across the street lies the vast red brick Martin Luther King Jr. Houses, and down the block a bit, new gleaming glass condos that sit empty, monuments to an era when real estate speculation assumed that changes to Harlem would happen faster than they did. In a new community center on the ground floor of one is a sign advertising a summer “Street Squash” program for kids in the area.
Dr. Barbara Ann Teer
“You cannot have a theater without ideology, without a base from which all of the forms must emanate, and call it Black, for it will be the same as Western theater, conventional theater, safe theater,” Dr. Barbara Ann Teer once said. There was never anything conventional or safe about her National Black Theatre or the way she led her adventurous life. That journey on this plane came to an end on Monday as she made her peaceful transition from her home in Harlem.
She was 71. “Dr. Teer was a great lady of the theater and, most of all, our village of Harlem,” said Councilwoman Inez Dickens. “Her vision and tireless dedication to the preservation and the growth of Black culture helped make Harlem internationally known as the Black arts capital of the world.” Dickens said she was a “samurai warrior,” and someone you could call on in times of need. “She always had my back,” the councilwoman added. Dickens’ back wasn’t the only one Teer watched like a sentinel, making sure Black culture in general—and Black theater specifically—was on solid ground and in a space to grow and nurture the next generation. Continue reading