Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Valerie June

February 5, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Valerie June’s soulful voice and gritty guitar playing are at the heart of her earthy and deeply personal brand of blues. Soul, bluegrass, traditional Appalachian folk, and a dash of R&B are all present in her stunning sound. Nominated for a 2014 Blues Music Award, June continues to win accolades with her new record, The Order of Time. Her strain of Americana, which she describes as “organic moonshine roots,” is rich, raw, and rewarding.

Performers: Valerie June. Additional artists to be announced.

Cost: FREE

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

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2017 NY ADIFF – Celebrating the Art of Ben Jones

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December 9, 2017 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The Art of the Journey – The Ben Jones Story – New York Premiere

New Jersey born Artist, Activist, Professor Ben Jones has used his art to bring awareness to the plight of people throughout the world, with a strong concentration on the struggles of the people of Cuba. Born in 1940 in the City of Paterson, NJ, Ben’s consciousness began to develop EARLY as a Social Activist. His art began to express the conditions and social climate of his time. Over the years, his artwork began to broaden, bringing awareness to environmental disasters as in the BP Oil Spill and also to the revolutionary struggles of the people of Cuba. This documentary is an educational tool for many of our youth, as well as adults to use as an example of what it means to represent something greater than oneself. Ben Jones is the epitome of the mantra, ‘Leave More Than You Take.’ Directed by William M. Barbee, Cuba/South Africa, USA, 2016, Documentary, 32 min English.

Followed by a panel discussion with director William M. Barbee and Ben Jones. Refreshments will be served.

Cost: $20

Teachers College, Columbia University 
525 W 120th Street | Milbank, Chapel
New York NY 10027



Closing Night – 2017 NY ADIFF – Kemtiyu, Cheikh Anta – Piano Performance by Randy Weston

ADIFF - photoDecember 10, 2017 |4:30pm – 10:10pm

Closing Night – NYADIFF 2017 – Kemtiyu-Cheikh Anta and Randy Weston by African Diaspora International Film Festival.

“The Universal Man,” “The Giant of Knowledge,” “The Last Pharaoh,” these were the headlines, the day after his death on February 7, 1986.

Thirty years later, KEMTIYU paints a portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop, a trail-blazing scholar with an insatiable thirst for science and knowledge as well as an honest, enlightened political figure, venerated by some, decried by others, and unknown to most.

This film tells the story of a man who fought his whole life for truth and justice in order to restore historical awareness and dignity to Africa.

RED CARPET @ 4:30PM and Program at 5:30PM

Screening followed by Piano Performance by NEA Jazz Master, Randy Weston!
“When Randy Weston plays a combination of strength and gentleness virility and velvet emerges from the keys in an ebb and flow of sound seemingly as natural as the waves of the sea” – Langston Hughes

PANEL DISCUSSION with director William Mbay, Randy Weston, Pierre Thiam and Bara Thiokhane.

VIP reception after the screening!

Cost: $25 – $50

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street | Milbank Chapel
New York NY 10027





2017 NY ADIFF – Gala Screenings: “Caribbean Girl NYC” & “Between 2 Shores”

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December 9, 2017 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm

6:00 pm – Red Carpet; 7:00 pm – Screening; and Q&A and Reception.

Pilot of an upcoming TV Series, Caribbean Girl NYC tells an immigrant story, in a millennial way, set in the heart of New York City–the ultimate destination. Directed by Mariette Monpierre, USA/ Guadeloupe, 2017, Comedy, 27 min, English.

Q&A after the screenings and a catered reception! The actors and the crew of Caribbean Girl NYC will be present at the screening and they will participate in the Q&A!

Between 2 Shores – Santo Domingo to Pointe-A-Pitre
Leaving their children behind and searching for a better life, two women arrive illegally in Guadeloupe, on French territory. 13 years later, they made a life for themselves and are legal but are still fighting to get the proper papers for their children to come and live with them. A sensitive look at the struggle of these women and the devastating impact on the children growing in Santo Domingo while their mothers live in Guadeloupe. Directed by Mariette Monpierre, France/ Guadeloupe/ Dominican Republic, 2017, Documentary, 53 min, French / Spanish with English subtitles.

Cost: $25

MIST Harlem
46 W 116th St btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10026





Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert - Jazzmeia Horn

December 7, 2017 |7:30pm – 9:30pm

Vocalist, Jazzmeia Horn is winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. The Dallas native burst onto the New York scene, performing with such jazz luminaries as Frank Wess, Junior Mance, and Ellis Marsalis Jr. She has also appeared at some of the city’s preeminent jazz clubs with her ensemble The Artistry of Jazz Horn, showcasing her vocals with saxophone, piano, bass, drums, and a poet and dancer. Dedicated to educating young people, Horn is a teaching artist with the NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program.

Cost: Free

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031

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The Give Thanks Get Down!

give thanks get down-Harlem Stage

November 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose! Harlem’s
own Sundae Sermon meets downtown’s SoulintheHorn for a DJ House Dance Party elevating the sacred space of the dance floor! Let the DJ’s wrap you in a sonic groove liberating your soul to fly free. Come early for a house dance class lead by Kim D. Holmes. Live drumming by Courtnee Roze.

Cost: $10

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

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The Harlem Aesthetic invites you to 2017 Harlem For The Holidays!

Harlem Aesthetic March 2017

Harlem For The Holidays hosted by The Harlem Aesthetic!

The Harlem Aesthetic (THA) is a collective venture by artists, Laura R. Gadson and Donna “Shimoda” Emanuel which focuses on promoting and preserving artists and artisans of the African diaspora within the cultural landscape of Harlem and beyond. Through hosting boutique salons several times a year, Laura and Shimoda lend their hands in driving a vehicle which connects creators to collectors and consumers. In this way, THA helps strengthen their community and helps to preserve the living legacy of the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement. “Our flavor is steeped in the soulfully richness of Black culture and we serve all who wish to partake!”

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th | 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Cost: FREE Admission to The Gadson Gallery. The artists and artisan’s uniquely, hand-crafted items/products are available for purchase.

The Gadson Gallery

225 West 134th Street btwn Adam Clayton Powell Jr. & Frederick Douglass Blvds
New York NY 10030


2017 NY ADIFF Opening Night – “The Last Revolutionary”

ADIFF - photoNovember 24, 2017 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Last Revolutionary-New York Premiere
RED CARPET @ 6:00PM; Screening at 7:00pm. Discussion and VIP Reception after screening.

Mac Perkins is in his Los Angeles throwback hideout, plotting to stop an attack from the far right and racist groups around the country. When his old ex-revolutionary buddy Jack Armstrong, whom he has not seen in several years, finds him, Jack challenges Mac’s political stance and his notion that there is a need for a so-called revolution. The two men hash out political ideas and ideology as Jack attempts to make Mac see that his methods are archaic and his plans old-fashioned. During the dramatic and humorous interchange between these two old friends whose lives have taken much different paths, secrets are exposed about both men personally and politically that lead to a life and death confrontation. Celebrated actress, Marla Gibbs makes a cameo appearance as Mac’s friend Millie.   Music score composed by late jazz pianist, composer Geri Allen.

Cost: $25 – $50

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street near Broadway
New York NY 10027

2017 NY ADIFF – Gala Screening: Barrow – Freedom Fighter

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November 30, 2017 11:00am – 11:00pm

Gala Screening & NY Premiere: Barrow – Freedom Fighter

Red Carpet @ 6:30 PM; Screening @ 7:30PM.

Narrated by former United States Attorney General Eric Holder whose father is from Barbados, the Errol Barrow docudrama, BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER tells the story of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow who successfully led Barbados to independence on November 30th, 1966 after more than 300 years as a British colony.

BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER, is a passionate story about the courage of one man who relentlessly preached a gospel of economic self-reliance and self-respect to the people of his native country Barbados and beyond. He defied the status quo, confronted racism and classicism, fought colonial oppression and selflessly led his people to political and economic freedom. Barbados, 2016, 74 minutes, English, Marcia Weekes. Q&A followed by VIP Opening Reception.

Cost: $20 – $35

Teachers College, Columbia University – Cowin Center
525 W 120th Street near Broadway
New York NY 10027



Central Park Holiday Tree Lighting

November 30, 2017 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Celebrate the season at our Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Photos with Santa (please, bring your own camera)
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Caroling and Lighting Ceremony

Free family fun; no organized groups, please. Rain, snow, or shine.
Strollers are not allowed on the Plaza. Stroller parking will be provided.

Cost: Free

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
110th Street and Lenox Avenue
New York NY 10079