Cosmopolitan Review: November 30 - December 6

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 11/30/2017, 2:11 p.m.
Happy Thanksgiving. The holiday brings out the sentimentality in us because at some point we stop to reflect on the ...

Happy Thanksgiving. The holiday brings out the sentimentality in us because at some point we stop to reflect on the things we are thankful for. Even my 12-year-old daughter is beginning to remark on how fast time goes by. Things that happened in April seem as though they occurred years ago, but I am nonetheless thankful. I think back to Thanksgivings past, with family members and friends who are no longer here. For me, it crystalizes how time marches on, and the importance of carrying on traditions while creating new ones. Besides the obvious, I am thankful to celebrate another Thanksgiving and pray for many more to come.

Thanksgiving is the one time organizations, politicians, the clergy and concerned citizens make sure everyone gets something to eat, at least in Harlem. Councilman Bill Perkins, along with his assistant Keith Lilly, assembled “care packages” that included a turkey, a can of cranberry sauce, green beans, a package of gravy mix, a box of stove-top stuffing, mashed potatoes and a pumpkin pie. Assemblywoman Inez Dickens and former Congressman Charles B. Rangel gave the blessing, and boxes upon boxes were distributed. Centers everywhere welcomed men, woman and children to sit-down dinners, where they could eat to their hearts delight. It’s a wonderful time of the year, when love and compassion are put into action.

Also putting their intentions into action was the Greater New York Links Health & Human Services Community Partnership who hosted “The Many Faces of Caregiving: Caring for the Caregiver.” The program featured Rosemary Dias, 1199SEIU director of programs, and Paula Rice, manager of African-American outreach at CaringKind, who spoke on “The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving.”  The event, held at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, was co-sponsored by AARP, Abyssinian Development Corporation, The Carter Burden Center for the Aging and Harlem Advocates for Seniors. Aren’t we thankful for the support that’s given for those in need and those who give it.

Thanksgiving also kicks off the holiday season and so it is now official. The 125th Street corridor is adorned with holiday lights. The 18th annual Winter’s Eve event at Lincoln Square took place with the lighting of the Lincoln Center Square Christmas tree in Dante Park, accompanied by concerts, art, festivals, food and other activities.

Wrapping up just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving was the film production of “Paris Blues in Harlem.” Written by Nadhege Ptah, the Harlem native who is the actor/writer/producer/dancer/director, the movie was filmed at the famous Paris Blues jazz club, located on 121st Street at Seventh Avenue. The story, though loosely based on the venue, goes a lot deeper. It is the enthralling tale of a young woman (Paris) and her attempts to assist her grandfather’s monetarily stressed out Harlem Jazz nightclub. Paris has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept the real estate agent’s briefcase full of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But it’s not until she challenges his past and traditional habits that he eventually lets go. With only a few seconds left, Paris must either commit to legacy or money.