West Harlem Arts & Jazz Fest – Uptown Swing @ Columbia

June 29, 2019 1:00pm

The Harlem Cultural Collaborative, Harlem One Stop and Columbia University celebrate the Harlem Renaissance 100 with an Uptown Swing Dance on Saturday, June 29 from 1pm – 6:30 pm. The celebration will include mini-performances and tabling by a few of Harlem’s premier cultural organizations, and a pop-up photo booth for Harlem Renaissance-inspired photographs.

The performance program kicks off at 2pm:

Performance by Harlem Opera Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem Jazz Swing Band led by Andre Carvalho of Manhattan School of Music and we will close out with the Patience Higgins Jazz and Swing Quintet Sugar Hill Creamery and the latest addition to West Harlem eateries, Dear Mama Coffee, will offer lite fare and pastries.

Contact: Jessica Reyes
Email: jr3533@columbia.edu
Phone: 212-854-5141

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Location
Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University
615 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 USA

Tabou Combo / Lakou Mizik / DJ Sabine Blaizin

July 7, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Tabou Combo was founded in Petion-Ville by the Chancy brothers in late-1960s Haiti, but the self-proclaimed “ambassadors of konpa” have taken their style of Haitian dance music around the world since their move to Brooklyn in 1971. The orchestra, whom are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, borrows the repetition and breaks of Afro-American gospel, while incorporating African soukous and American funk with French colonial kontradans and quadrilles. They’re supported by Lakou Mizik, a multi-generational Port-au-Prince collective that celebrates the African, French, American, and Pan-Caribbean influences that collide in Haiti.

Cost: Free

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Location
Springfield Park
145-53 184th Street
Springfield Gardens NY 11413 US

Mr Eazi / Efya / Blinky Bill / DJ Mohogany

July 7, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Mr Eazi describes his laid-back bops as his pioneering Banku music—named after the heavy Ghanian comfort food—and while the Afropop artist makes soundtracks for good times, he also represents the cultural exchange between African neighbors Nigeria and Ghana. Born in the former and educated in the latter, the recent Mad Decent signee often touches on themes of migration, and can be seen on the cover of his 2017 mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos in a suit tailored in the fashion of a Ghana Must Go bag, a symbol of the link between the two countries. He’s joined by Efya, the Ghanian pop singer from Kumasi who won four consecutive Ghana Music Awards for Best Female Vocal Performance (2011-2014) and collaborated with Mr Eazi on their breakout hit “Skin Tight.” The show will also feature the stylings of “Blinky” Bill Sellanga, the Red Bull Music Academy alumnus and Kenyan frontman for the house/funk/disco group Just a Band, with support from DJ Mahogany, a Brooklyn-bred DJ currently spinning unpredictable genre-defying sets in Europe.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York NY 10021 US

Caribbean Film Series: Sprinter

June 26, 2019 7:30pm

Directed by Storm Saulter | 2019

This screening is part of the Caribbean Film Series, which presents feature films made by Caribbean filmmakers that highlight the richness, uniqueness, and viability of Caribbean cinema to Brooklyn, home to the largest population of Caribbean nationals in the United States, and to all New York City residents and visitors. For more information visit the Caribbean Film Academy website.

Storm Saulter, a leading light of contemporary Jamaican cinema, directs this rousing underdog tale of Akeem, a talented high school runner who must rise above a turbulent home life on his way to becoming the country’s next track and field star. Pulsing with color, movement, and music—and featuring a cameo from none other than Usain Bolt—Sprinter is both a multidimensional portrait of a young man finding his way and a vibrant celebration of Jamaican culture.

General Admission: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

3rd Annual LGBTQ Teen Summit

June 27, 2019 9:00am – 3:00pm

Join us for a prideful full-day experience for teens and youth as part of World Pride. Celebrate the intersections of LGBTQ culture, history, and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Riots amongst peers and allies.

Registration suggested, but not required.

Price: Free with Museum admission

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora

June 29, 2019 10:00am – 6:00pm

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” ― Malcolm X

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of global black experiences. Our inaugural Schomburg Center Literary Festival expands our long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. We will spotlight talented literary figures in the US and abroad. The day-long book festival will feature exhibitors, readings, panel discussions, workshops and more for all ages, from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction. The 2019 Schomburg Center Literary Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10am.

Cost: Free

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

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

June 28 – July 4, 2019 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | 2019

Acclaimed filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders offers an artful and intimate meditation on the extraordinary life and career of legendary storyteller Toni Morrison. Morrison—who describes her initial inspiration to write as a direct result of no one taking a “little black girl” seriously—reflects expansively on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative, leading an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America, and the human condition through the prism of her own literature.

General Admission: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Jonathan McReynolds

June 29, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Jonathan McReynolds is a gospel musician who began his music career in 2012 with the release of Life Music . The album charted on three Billboard charts: the Billboard 200, Gospel Albums, and Independent Albums. His latest full-length album Make Room debuted #1 on Billboard Gospel, and an instant Grammy favorite. “Not Lucky, I’m Loved” gave Jonathan his first #1 song on Billboard. His second album Life Music: Stage Two features another superstar fan in India.Arie and went on to grab a Grammy nomination and a Dove Award win. In 2018, his one hour TV special aired on TV One and he was also the first in his genre to form a major partnership with Tidal.

Cost: Free

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Location
Betsy Head Park
865 Thomas S Boyland Street
Brooklyn NY 11212 US

Do the Right Thing: 30th Anniversary

June 28 – July 4, 2019 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:30pm

Directed by Spike Lee | 1989

With Lee, Rosie Perez, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis

Screenings before 6pm will play in a brand new 4K DCP. Screenings after 6pm will play in a brand new 35mm print.

In Spike Lee’s landmark Brooklyn classic, the streets of Bed-Stuy boil as racial tensions run high on the hottest day of the year. Loaded with an amazing supporting cast (including Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, and Ruby Dee) and music by Public Enemy, Do the Right Thing swings effortlessly from satire to social commentary—and thirty years after its controversial release remains an essential cultural touchstone for a very different Brooklyn.

General Admission: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Fete de la Musique: Zdar from Cassius / Les Negresses Vertes

June 23, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

In celebration of Fete de la Musique (“Music Day”), a celebration of music on the summer solstice first celebrated in Paris in 1982, two pioneering French groups grace SummerStage, in association with Francerocks Festival. Zdar will represent the electronic duo Cassius, who first started working together in 1988, producing albums for the iconic French rapper MC Solaar and doing remixes for the likes of Neneh Cherry, Björk, Daft Punk, Air and Depeche Mode. Producers Philippe Cerboneschi and Hubert Blanc-Francard—better known as Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass—have since harnessed the pop appeal with an underground heart that defined the French house wave they contributed to in the late 90s. They’re joined by Les Negresses Vertes—a group so named for the verbal abuse directed at its members at an early concert—who mix Latin, rai, and folk with a punk sensibility to make unique dance music.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York NY 10021 US