Author and former journalist Diane Cardwell and CEO of the NYC chapter of the Black Surfing Association Lou Harris provide their unique perspectives and experiences being a part of the Black surf community in the Rockaways, Queens.
There is a small but longstanding community of Black cowboys in NYC. Hear from Dr. George E. Blair—a 90-year-old descendant of the Buffalo soldiers—who produced an all-Black cowboy rodeo in Harlem for over 30 years and continues to teach New Yorkers how to ride horses in his New York Riding Academy on Randall’s Island.
Yannick Lebrun and Caroline Dartey are dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater who emigrated from French Guiana and Switzerland, respectively, to pursue their dreams. Lebrun has been dancing with the theater company for almost 15 years, while Dartey is just starting her journey. Both enjoy the sense of community and freedom of expression that exists with being a professional dancer in New York City.