Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group Presents New Round Of Harlem is . . . Healing Dialogues on YouTube

February 23, 2022

Community Works/New Heritage Theater Group is excited and happy to be launching another round of Harlem is . . . Healing Dialogues virtual series on YouTube.

These are lively, intimate, and animated conversations with select heroes from our Harlem is. . . Healing programs have brought hope to a community affected by the pandemic and issues of social justice.

The new round of eight, free, monthly Harlem is. . . Healing dialogues begin March 1, 2022, with Janet Rodriguez. cultural warrior, community advocate, and founder of So Harlem Collective, a studio/ factory incubating emerging fashion designers in West Harlem.

She will be in conversation with Michael Unthank, a cultural consultant in an in-depth exploration of the important role that art institutions play in community development and the effect of the pandemic on the art community.

On April 1, Aurora Flores, renowned musician, activist, writer, and public relations specialist in conversation with television host Rhina Valentin.

On May 1st Lloyd Williams, President, and CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in conversation with journalist Clem Richardson.

To hear these full conversations or to subscribe for free to the monthly series, go to

The Dialogues will remain available by community groups, teachers, and students.

Curriculum materials with questions raised will be available on

Last year, we posted four of these dialogs which remain available.

We started these Harlem is. . . Healing profiles during the height of a pandemic with disproportionate effects on Black communities through help with food, health and technology services.

It grew to include the response to social justice turmoil. In all, we highlighted 50 people from different walks of life whose actions reflect a commitment to healing the community.

Those are posted on, on, and on http://www.instagram/.com/harlemislegacy.

The eight honorees being celebrated by knowledgeable interviewers include:

  • Melba Wilson, owner of Melba’s Restaurant and President of the New York City Hospitality Alliance
  • Janet Rodriguez, cultural warrior and activist, founder of SoHarlem
  • Aurora Flores, East Harlem musician, writer, activist, and public relations specialist
  • Dr. Lena L. Green, executive director of the HOPE Center Harlem.
  • Jackie Rowe-Adams, community activist, founder of Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.
  • Dietrice Bolden. managing director of IMPACT Repertory Theatre
  • Lloyd A. Williams, President, and CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.
  • Robin Bell-Stevens, Director and Executive Producer, Jazzmobile

Special thanks to our funders, Con Edison, Humanities New York, and Josh Horowitz.

To learn more about Harlem is. . . Healing and the cultural history of Harlem visit us at or email us at

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