Thursday, January 31, 2008

Upcoming...Incoming, NYC Area: Black History Month (Post#2)

(See Post #1 here)

Monday February 4, 2008
Film Screening: 365 Days of Marching—The Amadou Diallo Story,
Written, Produced and Directed, by Veronica Keitt

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (corner of 135th street)
Reception 6pm –
Movie Screening 7pm
Tix: $25, (and going fast... according to the film website)

"Join us for a Memorial March in remembrance of Amadou Diallo and all the Victims of Police Brutality. All participants are asked to gather at 5:30PM sharp on the corner of 125th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard to proceed to the Schomburg Center at 135th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard.

"365 Days of Marching tells the story of how the death of a young African man—shot down by NYC Police Officers, sparked a movement which ultimately changed the shape of New York City and America's history. "No Justice, No Peace" for Amadou Diallo became the battle cry for all of the social ills that plagued New York City during that time—i.e. affordable housing, education, jobs etc."

For more information: check the film's website

Sunday February 10, 2008
Honoring Our Elders at Medgar Evers College:
A Tribute to The Last Poets
Fathers of the Spoken Word Movement

Abiodun Oyewole, Don Babatunde Eaton, and Umar Bin Hassan

President’s Conference Center (Room B-1008)
Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York
1650 Bedford Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11225
3:00 – 6:00 pm

"It is a longstanding tradition for the Black History Month Committee at Medgar Evers College to honor the elders in our community. This program is always on a Sunday and this year, The Last Poets will be honored for their unwavering commitment to the arts and community...

"Additional readings will be offered by award-winning performance poet MO BEASLEY, emerging spoken word artist CHRIS SLAUGHTER, and a high school student representative from the Center for Black Literature's CUNY Arts/College Now Spoken Word-Hip Hop class.

Travel by Public Transportation:
Subway: #2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue (walk to Crown Street)
Bus: B44 to Nostrand Ave. at Crown St. (walk to Bedford) or B48 to Franklin
Ave. at Crown)

Febuary 2 - 17, 2008
Celebrate Black History Month at the Brooklyn Museum

This program includes Javaka Steptoe's collage-making workshop based on the legacy of artist Romare Bearden; film screenings of Theodore Witcher's Love Jones, Stan Lathan's Beat Street, and Yvonne Welbon's documentary on African American women film directors Sisters in Cinema; a discussion of creative artistry with writers Staceyann Chin (pictured above right) and Kiini Ibura Salaam; as well as concerts by bluesman Taj Mahal (pictured below right) and "jazz-rock trio" Harriet Tubman.

See the Museum's Black History Month Event Schedule for more details

Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Telephone: (718) 638-5000
TTY: (718) 399-8440

Thursday • February 21, 2008
Film Screening: Malcolm X
Presented by the Malcolm X Museum
On The 43rd Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X
(El Hajj Malik Shabazz)

6pm to 9pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
Harlem, NY
FREE Admission

"Narrated by James Earl Jones, this 90-minute film is based on Malcolm X's own autobiography. Made after his assassination, it also includes an inquiry into his death as well as a eulogy given by the late Ossie Davis. This historic work was an important early non-fiction film about the African-American experience and an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 1972.

"Audience discussion will follow the film showing."

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