College Formal: Renaissance Casino

Langston Hughes

Golden girl
in a golden gown
in a melody night
in Harlem town
lad tall and brown
tall and wise
college boy smart
eyes in eyes
the music wraps
them both around
in mellow magic
of dancing sound
till they’re the heart
of the whole big town
gold and brown

The Renaissance Ballroom and Casino in Harlem was once one of the neighbourhood's hottest night spots. It has lain derilict for decades. It even formed the location for a crack den sequence in Spike Lee's 1990s film, Jungle Fever.