2018 NYADIFF – Celebrating “The Woody King Story” – The King of the Stage

Nov 30, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Celebrating Woody King – King of Stage: The Woodie King, Jr. Story.  The story of legendary theatre producer, Woodie King, Jr.

Woodie King Jr. is the founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre and National Black Touring Circuit in New York City. He has presented over 200 productions in New Federal Theatre 47th Season, which began in 1970. In addition to producing Broadway shows such as “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf”, “What the Winesellers Buy” and “Checkmates,” this giant of a man facilitated the rise of theatre artists of every discipline. Many actors who started with Woodie King Jr. have become household names including Glynn Turman, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and many more.

Q&A & Reception.

Cost: Regular Screenings: $13 Regular Price; $11 Students and Seniors
$10 for groups of ten or more. 

Teachers College, Columbia University  – MILBANK CHAPEL
525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027

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2018 NYADIFF – Gala Screening: Life is Fare

December 1, 2018 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Life is Fare is a Tigrinya/ English feature film exploring three wildly different perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea. The film’s premise follows Sephora, an idealistic young Eritrean American pitching a well meaning, but ludicrous film idea to her traditional mother about a man (Haile) who fled their home country and ended up in San Francisco. As a recently arrived immigrant, Haile is terribly homesick for his native Eritrea, but will not admit it due to unease towards speaking ill of the country; and more consciously in hesitance of admitting hard truths about his culture and himself.

Life is Fare is a cross-cultural film that challenges how patriotism and nationalism are practiced by people of a country, and is inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration experiences. Q&A & VIP RECEPTION after the screening

Cost: Film & discussion only: $20.00 (via Eventbrite add $2.03 fee);  Film, discussion & VIP reception: $35.00 (via Eventbrite add a $2.79 fee).


Teacher’s College – Columbia University – Mlbank Chapel
525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027 US



Harlem Jazz Series – Corcoran Holt Trio

Corcoran Holt - HAJS - Nov 27 2018

November 27, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion instruments at the age of 4.  Corcoran feels called to the bass and his work is about honoring the ancestors. Corcoran feels blessed and gives thanks to the many jazz legends and greats with whom he has worked. Corcoran performs regularly at many of the top music festivals and venues around the world. Some have included The North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola to name a few. Corcoran has performed through North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Currently, Corcoran leads his own group and is the regular bassist in the Kenny Garrett Quintet. Corcoran also works with numerous bands throughout the world and he is based in NYC and also serves as a djembe drummer/music therapist at Greater Harlem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he plays for his elders.

Featuring: Corcoran Holt – bass; Stacy Dillard – saxophone; and Chris Beck – drums

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

Cost: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

2018 NYADIFF Opening Night Flim: Timeless, A Virgin Islands Love Story

November 23, 2018 | 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Opening Night Film/NY PREMIERE: TIMELESS, A VIRGIN ISLANDS LOVE STORY – Q&A with Director & VIP Reception

Timeless is a love story that travels in time from 19th Century Ghana to the modern day Caribbean.

It is the story of Ajuwa, a Ghanaian warrior, who loses her soulmate to the slave trade. Their souls reunite in the present in the form of Malinda Benjamin, a Senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alphonse Walcott, a gifted writer who has returned from New York. But the kindling of the relationship goes sour when Alphonse meets Bianca.

Some of the social issues explored in the film are human trafficking past and present, political corruption and immigration.

Cost: OPENING – Timeless includes: Red Carpet, Film + discussion: $25.00 (plus a $2.28 fee via Eventbrite); Red Carpet @ 6pm, Film, Discussion & Catered VIP Reception: $50.00 (plus a $3.55 fee via Eventbrite)

525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027

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“Posing Modernity,” an Exhibition on The Evolution of Black Women Models in Art

Oct. 24, 2018 to Feb. 10, 2019 | Wed – Fri: 12noon – 8pm; Sat & Sun: 12noon – 6pm

This exhibition explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The models’ interactions with and influences on painters, sculptors and photographers are highlighted through archival photographs, correspondence and films. The artists featured in the exhibition depicted black subjects in a manner counter to typical representations of the period. The works included highlight the little-known, multiracial aspect of each artist’s milieu.

In New York, the presentation focuses specifically on the black female figure, beginning with Edouard Manet’s 1860s portrayals of Laure, the model who posed as the maid in Olympia. In Paris, a broader and expanded treatment of the black figure begins with portraits by Marie-Guillemine Benoist and Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault at the start of the 19th century.

In both New York and Paris, the exhibition explores the work of Manet’s Impressionist-era cohort, including Frédéric Bazille, Edgar Degas and the photographer Nadar; sculptors including Charles Henri Joseph Cordier and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux; paintings, drawings and prints of Henri Matisse (before and after his 1930s Harlem visits); the portraiture of diverse artists of the Harlem Renaissance, including Charles Alston and William H. Johnson; and the legacy of these depictions for successive generations of postwar modern and contemporary artists, from Romare Bearden through to the current moment.

By taking a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on the connection between the history of art and the history of ideas, the exhibition will study aesthetic, political, social and racial issues as well as the realm of the imagination—all of which is revealed in the representation of black figures in visual arts from the French and American abolition eras to the present day.

The curator of the exhibition in New York is Denise Murrell, Ph.D., Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University.

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Friday: 12 noon – 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon – 6 pm.

Cost: FREE and open to the public

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery-Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University

615 West 129th Street-enter on 125th west of Broadway-MC 9829
New York NY 10027

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First Annual Halloween – CCNY Scarefest 2018

October 31, 2018 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Join us for a guided tour through the secret tunnels of City College’s creepy Gothic buildings and see our spooky gargoyles.

Tour begins at the NAC Building, Lobby at 160 Convent Avenue at West 138th Street. Groups of 10 will embark on a spooky 10-minute journey with candy treats for all.

Cost: FREE and open to all

City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue at West 138th Street
New York NY 10031

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Black-Irish presents “Greetings from Harlem: The Past is Present”

October 18, 2018 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

“Greetings from Harlem: The Past is Present” is a series by Shaun O’Rourke comprised of fine art, mixed media, and limited edition, signed and numbered prints. The show pays tribute to an ever-evolving Harlem through its temporary textures, graffiti, architecture and people. We honor the past, while standing in the present.

As 20+ year Harlem artists and as business owners, Black-Irish has found a continual flow of inspiration in the sights and materials found in Harlem, enriching Black-Irish’s ongoing archive of fine art and limited edition prints.

Black-Irish reimagines modern Harlem scenes and details through the lens of vintage print aesthetics (including lithograph, silkscreen, chromolith, rotogravure, hand tints, etc.), offering fresh perspectives & bridging the gap between Harlem past and present.

Cost: Free

X Gallery
163 Malcolm X Boulevard
Harlem New York 10026

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Gold Women’s Wellness Business Breakfast

October 11, 2018 | 8:30am – 10:30am

Running a business or having a busy career is both tough and challenging for women! Women often times care for children, aging parents, manage finances, and so much more! To find time to take care of your health can seem almost impossible. Many of us put our health and wellness at the bottom of our to-do list and neglect the most vital components of our lives. Other times, our self-care comes after the care of others.

How can we run businesses and prioritize our health and wellness? How do we plan for unexpected major life events like a serious health diagnosis or a disability? Join us while we get together to enlighten, empower, and educate! In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Panel of Experts will share tips and strategies for Self Care, Crisis and Time Management, Cancer Prevention, and more.

We’re extending the Early Bird Special! Register as soon as you can before we change the price to $30!

Price: $25.00

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
335 Adams Street, Suite 2700
Brooklyn New York 11201

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Randy Weston – Viewing & Homegoing Service (Funeral Service)

September 10, 2018 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Randy Weston’s presence and teaching will be forever remembered! Brooklyn’s jazz community will ensure his spirit lives on, as we pay tribute to his life in the years to come.

Randy Weston was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 6, 1926, to a Panamanian father and a mother originally from Virginia. Unlike many African Americans of his generation who acknowledged little connection between themselves and the mother continent, Weston proudly proclaimed himself an African from an early age, thanks largely to the influence of his father, Frank Edward Weston.

After contributing seven decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.

Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire. “Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat,” states jazz critic Stanley Crouch, “but his art is more than projection and time; it’s the result of a studious and inspired intelligence…an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique.”

VIEWING: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
SERVICE: 4:00 -7:00 pm

Cost: FREE

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York NY 10025

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44TH Annual Atlantic Antic

September 23, 2018 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018, in the heart of Brooklyn!

THE ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC™, presented by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), is the oldest and largest street festival in Brooklyn, New York! On this beautiful autumn day in Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic™ brings together hundreds of thousands of people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun!

This event is family-friendly!

Cost: FREE

Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic Avenue Between 4th Avenue to Hicks Street
Brooklyn NY