Black Wall Street HARLEM to Recognize Dorian “DiDi” Bess, April 8, at the Harlem Business Alliance

(HARLEM – March 21, 2022) – returns to New York City for Black Wall Street HARLEM on Friday, April 8, 2022 (5 pm), at the Harlem Business Alliance, located at 275 Malcolm X Blvd. # 2, New York, NY 10027. The event will feature the coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award. Established by and Sisters4Sisters Network in Washington, D.C. in September 2011, these awards were designed to celebrate Black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race.

To date, we have honored over 1,800 individuals in more than a dozen US cities. We aim to encourage entrepreneurship, beginning in the Black community, and we aim to help preserve little-known Black Wall Street history.

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Hosted by Tasemere Gathers of the DMFirm and (Chaplain) Victor Pate, this event is sure to jerk a tear. Honorees include devoted advocates for persons returning home. One such honoree is Dorian “DiDi” Bess.

Who is DiDi?

Dorian “DiDi” Bess is an advocate for incarcerated women and men dealing with trauma. She has done two prison bids, totaling over 18 years. During her life, she suffered many traumas which led to her incarcerations. She is a single mother and raised her son, Dante, from behind the prison walls. Broken and alone, she decided that her life had to be different or she would die in prison. She worked on her traumas and was soon able to see that other women and men around her were going through the same challenges she encountered. Coming home, she decided to make a difference in the lives of women and men who have had similar experiences as her; she began helping women and men to prepare to be independent and heal from their traumatic pasts. Currently, Dorian has completed her CASAC program and will be a certified Recovery Coach as well. Serving multiple special populations, Dorian is a mentor for persons affected by the criminal justice system and an advocate for restoration after incarceration.