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Dive Deeper: Navigating the Hyphenated Space: Theatre-Music-TV-Film

January 14, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Price: $10

Harlem Stage Board Members and multi award winning artists LaChanze, Tamara Tunie and Ron Simons share their process and journey in thriving in multiple artistic spaces as artists, creators and producers. Join us for a dynamic conversation around creating your own narrative, using your social capitol to feed the larger pantheon of the performing arts and the importance of philanthropy in sustaining culture. 

Moderated by Jonathon McCrory, Director of Theatre Arts—National Black Theatre.

Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, New York NY 10031 US

Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. - Exhibition Opening Reception

January 15, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Free

Join us for the official opening of Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. in the Latimer/Edison Gallery.

Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. is a Schomburg Center Capsule Exhibition of archival photography from the Photographs & Prints Division. The exhibition presents an intimate photo travelogue of King’s pilgrimage to India, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Oslo, Norway, and his work as a non-violent crusader for civil rights captured by select photographers of the day. Crusader Without Violence by Dr. L. D. Reddick is the first biography about Martin Luther King, Jr. published in 1959. This exhibition coincides 60th anniversary of its publication. 

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Between the Lines: Crusader Without Violence with Dr. Derryn Moten

January 15, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Free

Lawrence Dunbar Reddick was an African American scholar, historian, and activist, and was named the second curator of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature after Arturo Schomburg's death in 1939. In 1959, Reddick wrote Crusader without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., the first profile of the young leader before his rise to global prominence as a civil rights icon.

Join us as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary Edition of Crusader without Violence as it returns to circulation with new biographical details on Reddick, and a special introduction by Dr. Derryn Moten, professor of history and department chair at Alabama State University.

This program coincides with the official opening of Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. in the Latimer Edison Gallery.

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

City Love NYC

January 17, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Free

Join us at Silvana for our monthly artist showcase, hosted by AJ Ryan and The City Love Band.

We are thrilled to have Janice Lagata, Julian Litwack and our resident artist, Chris Kaz, with us on December 20th!

Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York NY 10026 

The Schomburg Center's 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture invites comic book fans of all ages to participate in its 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival.

The festival will be held on Friday, January 18 from 12 PM - 7:30PM and on Saturday, January 19 from 10 AM to 7:30PM. Registration for both days is free and is open to the public.

Each year, the Schomburg’s Black Comic Book Festival brings creators, illustrators, writers, and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds and nerds for two days of programming and activities. The highly-anticipated community event includes interactive panel discussions, a vendor marketplace featuring exclusive titles by Black creators, a cosplay show, and more.Black Comic Book Festival participants are encouraged to wear their favorite cosplay costumes and to register on-site for the annual cosplay show. Participants are also invited to contribute to the Schomburg Center’s growing collection of Black independent comic books by bringing single copies of old or new titles from their home collection. All donations will become a part of the Schomburg’s unique and growing archive documenting Black comix and the Black speculative arts movement.

Festival Schedule

Friday, January 18

Schomburg Center - Langston Hughes Auditorium

Program 1: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Little Apple
Sci-Fi/Drama Comic & Series
Screening, Discussion and Q&A

11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Creating Black Fantasy
Presentation and Q&A

Program 2: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Fear of Black Planet
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 3: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
#FortheCulture: New York City in Comics
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 4: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
AfroPuertorriqueños: Cultural & Social Activism in Comics
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Saturday, January 19

Schomburg Center - Langston Hughes Auditorium

Program 1: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Supervillians: A Reflection of Us
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 2: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Animating History: Comics and Archives/Historical Records
Presentation, Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 3: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kickstarter Presentation
Presentation and Q&A

Program 4: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Cosplay Showcase

Program 5: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Curating Comics & Creators of Color
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 6: 6:30pm - 7:30 pm
Scripting Our Stories: Black Women Writers in Comics
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Youth Programming at Countee Cullen Library 
Auditorium (Lower Level)
Saturday, January 19

Program 1: 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Saturday Morning Cartoons

  • Little Apple by Riley Wilson
  • Heroes of Color by David Heredia

Program 2: 12:00 pm - 1: 00pm
How to Draw Comics Workshop
Presentation and Hands-on Workshop

Program 3: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Coloring Stations and Superhero Storytime
Presentation and Hands-on Workshop

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Aboriginal Australia

January 18, 2019 6:30pm - 8:45pm

Price: $11 - $40

Three short films that explore the black experience in Australia.

 

In this program:

1- LAST DRINK AT FRIDA’S
Directed by Bjorn Stewart
Sydney, 1944. A lonely married jazz singer and a troubled Indigenous soldier find solace in an underground speak easy, where the rules of the outside world don’t apply.

2- WARD ONE
Directed by Dylan River
An old fella teaches a young fella that there are more ways than one to heal the spirit.

3- OCCUPATION: NATIVE
Directed by Trisha Morton-Thomas
In Australia, the aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247 year Australian historical narrative.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Bound: Africans vs Africans Americans

January 18, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm

Price: $11 - $40

Directed by Peres Owino

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A hard hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. AVAA uses personal testimonials to expose this rift, then it takes us on a journey through the corridors of African and African American historical experiences as it illuminates the moments that divide and those that bind Africans and African Americans.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

The Soul Of Black Girls

January 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Price: $11 - $40

Directed by Daphne Valerius

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The Souls of Black Girls is an award-winning provocative news documentary that raises the question of whether or not women of color may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images. The candid piece features interviews with young women discussing their self-image as well as social commentary from Rapper/Political Activist Chuck D, Actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, PBS Washington Week Moderator Gwen Ifill and Cultural Critic Michaela Angela Davis, among others.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

 

Kinshasa Makambo

January 19, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Price: $11 - $40

Directed by Dieudo Hamadi

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In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time.

This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country’s freedom and is persecuted by the secret service. Christian fights unperturbed in the streets of Kinshasa, even after former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, on whom the opposition had pinned their hopes, dies and the movement against Kabila’s extension of his time in office seems paralyzed.

Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required? Filmed throughout with a handheld camera that stays very close to the protagonists, even in precarious conditions, Dieudo Hamadi explores the pros and cons of different forms of resistance.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Tazzeka

January 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Price: $11 - $40

Directed by Jean Phillipe Gaud

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Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Ballet Hispánico: New York’s Treasured Ballet Company Returns to Lehman!

January 19, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Tickets: VIP $75, $55, $45 and $25 | Children 12 & under $10 any seat

Ballet Hispánico brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance with an all-Latina choreographer program. This program draws upon the innovation and versatility of one of the world’s premier dance companies to capture contemporary Latino culture through movement.

From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, Ballet Hispánico has grown into a world-class institution. In August 2009, Ballet Hispánico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director. Vilaro’s background in dance education and community outreach allows him to build on the company’s founding values and lead Ballet Hispánico into an artistically vibrant future.

Location: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx NY 10468 

No Shade

January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Price: $11 - $40

Winner of ADIFF 2018 Public Award for the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color

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No Shade explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colorism as well as the fetishization of black women in a way that is tactful and honest. Jade is both effervescent and relatable as a 28 year old single woman of dark complexion who just “can’t seem to get it right,” let alone liberate herself from her unrequited love for the repressive and colorist Danny. The world through her eyes is both a quirky and tumultuous obstacle course of courtship catastrophes and heart-gripping silences. Despite Jade’s line up of Tinder flops and her challenges in the friend-zone, she is easy to engage with and adorable. Jade’s charisma, quirk, beauty, vulnerability and perseverance throughout the film make her a thoughtful heroine with a twist of comedic spunk in the end.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story

January 20, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Price: $11 - $40

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Based on true events, Ellen tells of the troubled relationship between a mother and her drug-addicted son – a relationship that will eventually drive her to the edge and lead to his murder. In 2007, the death of 20 year old Abie Pakkies created a stir in South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen. When advocate Adrian Samuels takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen Pakkies had no choice. But what compelled her to stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son’s life? Told across two timelines, Ellen is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for her son. It delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Black Mexicans / La Negrada

January 20, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Price: $11 - $40

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“La Negrada” is the first Mexican feature film about the Afro-Mexican community, filmed entirely with people from different towns around the Costa Chica in Oaxaca.

In Mexico, the Afro communities represents only 1% of the total population. They have very recently been recognized as an ethnic group, nation and culture, and still suffer discrimination as an outcast group. LA NEGRADA is the first Mexican fiction movie filmed entirely in one of those black communities, with local people, no professional actors. An effort to give them voice and make them visible.

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

They Had A Dream: Part 1 & Part 2 Le Reve Francais

January 20, 2019 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Price: $11 - $40

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They had a dream tells a story based on reality. It is both a social and a fictional saga, exploring the interconnected lives of two Guadeloupean families to reveal hidden or obscure aspects of French society.

In the Sixties, the idea of a ‘dream France’ appealed to many French West Indians and Reunion Islanders. The BUMIDOM (Bureau for the Development of Migration in Overseas Districts) encouraged them to leave their native lands to escape the poverty caused by the closure of sugar mills, among other factors.

Although they were overseas citizens of France, these people (some of whom were the victims of a compulsory emigration policy, while others had spontaneously decided to move to Metropolitan France) found that life there was very different than the one they had imagined…

Guadeloupean Actress and Activist Firmine Richard is known for her roles in 8 Women (2002), Hunting and Gathering (2007), La kiné (1998) and Romuald et Juliette (1988).

Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

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