Lapidus Center Presents: Teaching Slavery

December 12, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

Join us in conversation with leading scholars and educators Manisha Sinha and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas about how teachers can and should help students understand slavery in U.S. history. Manisha Sinha is Professor of American History at the University of Connecticut and author of The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture and International Education with the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania and co-editor of Reading African American Experiences in the Obama Era: Theory, Advocacy, Activism.

Presented in collaboration with the Schomburg Center’s Education department.

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


First Fridays: Black Tie “Schomburg Angel” Holiday Edition

December 11, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Walter Mosley is the author of more than fifty critically-acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. Mosley will discuss and read from his latest novel John Woman. A book signing will follow.

Read and discuss John Woman with the Schomburg Reading Circle at Countee Culleen Library on December 15.

Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.


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

First Fridays: Black Tie “Schomburg Angel” Holiday Edition

Dec 7, 2018 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center is proud to present our 4th annual First Fridays “Black Tie” Holiday Edition. This year, we invite you to become a Schomburg Angel by joining us for our exclusive, annual holiday fundraiser. All proceeds benefit Schomburg Center archives, exhibitions & programs.

This special event will celebrate the spirit of giving, and our 94-year history of preserving and presenting global black history and culture through our vast archival collections that are accessed across the world. Ring in the holiday season at this lavish cocktail affair that includes catered hors d’oeuvres and complimentary glasses of champagne from 6 pm to 7 pm.

Groove the night away with beats by DJ Poison Ivy, the evening’s special guest host, Musa Jackson and his Angels, and our MC Dhalimu from Dhali’s Closet. We’ll also have a special surprise performance by Yaz Band.

With our extended hours, guests are invited to check out our current exhibitions Black Power!, Syncretic Vibrations and InHarlem Firelei Báez: Joy out of Fire. You’ll also be able to sign up for a Schomburg membership, become a Schomburg volunteer, and visit the Schomburg Shop—while networking and dancing the night away!

Suggested Dress Code: Holiday Chic!

Complimentary Goody Bag As Supplies Last!

Tickets are non-refundable and go toward donations for the Schomburg Center.

Ticket prices increase at the door.

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered tickets are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Fully accessible to wheelchairs
$25-$40 – Registration Required via

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

NYC Parks Presents Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Roy Meriwether

December 8, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm

NYC Parks Presents Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Roy Meriwether-.

We are happy to announce the arrival of a new baby grand piano at Jackie Robinson Recreation Center. Celebrate with us and the Jazz Foundation of America with a performance by the great pianist, Roy Meriwether, as he brings his unique, virtuosic, gospel-tinged stylings to Harlem. From his early releases, such as cult classic LP Nubian Lady, to today’s musical work, Meriwether continues to astound. This is a rare opportunity to hear him in a solo performance. This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP at

schedule & tickets
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 11:00am
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 12:00pm

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Jackie Robinson Park
319 West 145th Street
New York NY 10039 US

Intergenerational Jam Session

December 16, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

Pianist and master educator Eli Yamin has a way of bringing people together through jazz. He’s a blues evangelist who partners an infectious love for the music with a passion for sharing it in ways that everyone can understand. His musical workshops, full of clapping, singing, dance and play, invite listeners to feel the music deep in their bones.

Here, Yamin and friends kick off the afternoon with a romping set of blues and jazz, followed by an all-ages jam session open to musicians, singers, and dancers of every stripe.

About the Artist

Eli Yamin is a jazz and blues pianist, composer, singer, producer and educator. Raised in the bands of jazz masters Walter Perkins, Illinois Jacquet and Barry Harris, his joyful and imaginative piano playing have taken him around the world with his own groups as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and led him to perform and teach at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and President Obama’s White House. Yamin co-founded and serves as Managing and Artistic Director Jazz Power Initiative, a non-profit organization that transforms lives through jazz arts education.

Tickets:$0 – $10

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Jazz Gallery Mentorship Concert: Eric Revis w/ Julius Rodriguez

December 11, 2018 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Jazz Gallery Mentorship Series

We’ve partnered with the Jazz Gallery to continue the tradition of jazz mentorship. Here veteran bassist Eric Revis takes budding artist Julius Rodriguez under his wing for a performance inspired by Revis’s approach to composition and bandleading.

Eric Revis – bass
Julius Rodriguez – piano
Andrew D’Angelo – saxophone
Nasheet Waits – drums

The Jazz Gallery serves as an international cultural center where the youngest generation of emerging professional jazz musicians are nurtured with opportunities to collaborate with their peers, discover and refine their creativity, and perform in front of eager audiences. Through residencies, workshops and exhibitions, we provide a platform for artists to discover their unique voice and a home for established musicians to continue to experiment and grow. Together with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem and The Jazz Gallery, artists and audiences come together from around the world to explore new creative ideas, collaborate and celebrate jazz as a dynamic art form that reflects our ever-changing world.

Tickets: $10

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

The Origami Holiday Tree

The Origami Holiday Tree

January 13, 2019 10:00am – 5:45pm

Price: FREE

Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than 40 years.

November 19, 2018—January 13, 2019

This year’s theme is “Oceans of Origami,” with models inspired by the special exhibition Unseen Oceans. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists.

Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.

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American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street – Akeley Gallery – 2nd Floor
New York NY 10024 U.S.
Phone: 212-769-5100

Semple Afterwork Holiday Bazaar

December 18, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place! Join us for our first Semple: Afterwork Holiday Bazaar, featuring local vendors along with a live DJ. Free family photographs will be available as well, so bring your whole crew camera ready! If you would like to participate, please RSVP to with the names of each person attending.

Family Photography by David Flores
NiLu Harlem Gift Store
True Blue Naturals
John Reddick
Jewelry by Janet Hill Talbert
Author Karen Taborn, Walking Harlem
Author Tami Marsh, Color Me In(n) Harlem Renaissance Fashion, Beauty & Jazz 1920’s Coloring Book

Contact: Kendolyn E. Walker
Phone: (929) 344-1179
Cost: FREE

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The Langston Hughes House
20 East 127th Street
New York NY 10035 United States

We are our Ancestors: Opening reception at X Gallery

November 29, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm

You’re invited to the opening reception featuring the works of photographer, Diaja titled: “We are our Ancestors”. It’s a free event taking place next week Thursday the 29th from 6pm-9pm at X Gallery (163 Malcolm X Blvd).

About the work and the artist:
Each featured portrait has a specific meaning and embodies rich African culture. Pairing each capture with modern African art, she produced a blend traditional portraits with abstract sensitivity. Each portrait is accompanied with historical content.

Ceres Henry known artistically as Diaja, is recognized for storytelling through various photographic series, which are often inspired by current events, Black and African culture, and social disparities. Her work has caught the attention of various publications including Vogue Italia, Huffington Post, and recently Black Enterprise to name a few.

Diaja prides herself in not only creating photos appealing to the eyes of her audience but thought-provoking/ educational photos that raise awareness of the world around her.

*For press inquiries contact: LISADUBOIS@VERIZON.NET

Contact: Lisa DuBois

Ticket: FREE

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X Gallery

163 Malcolm X Boulevard (118th street)
New York NY 10027 United States