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New York, NY, United States / Arts
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A loan helped buy and install professional language interpreter telecommunications equipment, supporting youth and their communities globally.
I was born in Harlem, New York to extraordinarily talented and loving actors. Surrounded by dance, music, and theater; my family always emphasized the vital importance of arts education, giving back to the community, and creating something that could support future generations. While touring with one of the most successful Broadway shows of all time; I would choose a nearby school in the town of the theater where I was appearing. Then, recruit my castmates to join me in a series of educational art workshops for the neighborhood youth; which ended with a fundraising concert to support the needs of the local community. This is how the International Child Program (ICP) nonprofit made an important impact in cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Greenwood Cultural Center; and Omaha, Nebraska for The Healing Kadi Foundation. Now, based in Harlem full-time, my organization continues to demonstrate how the arts empower our society, culture, and economy.