BEFitWell Fitness Classes

April 21, 2018 | 11:30am – 12:30pm (every Saturday)

Imagine a space where wellness meets the infectious energy of the Caribbean and Africa, its people, and music. A space where enjoyable activity fuses with education and increased awareness towards community, health, and well-being. Where the rhythms of celebration—dancehall, afrobeats, soca—pulsate with pride and can be felt by everyone present. Our dynamic instructors deliver dance-fitness workshops that are rooted in Caribbean and African dance. Every session is designed to accommodate each participant’s individual capability and health needs. So, whether this is your first class or you’ve taken several classes with us before, you’ll get a full, heart-pumping workout.

Cost: $20 per class

Jahlookova West Harlem
2531 Frederick Douglass Blvd btwn 135th and 136th Streets
New York NY 10030
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First Fridays! Havana Film Festival: De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo (From Puerto Rico to the World)

April 6, 2018  – 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Kicking off the 19th Annual Havana Film Festival New York, the Museum will host a screening of De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo (From Puerto Rico to the World), an ode to the Puerto Rican diaspora by Carlitos Ruiz and Mariem Pérez. The documentary features interviews with Rita Moreno, Rosie Perez and Luis Guzmán.

6:00pm – 7:00pm Kids activity table and gallery tours
7:00pm Screening De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo
8:30pm Live music by Flaco Navaja & the Razor Blades

Cost: Free. Tickets are free. RSVP required.

Bronx Museum of Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
Bronx NY 10456

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First Fridays: Langston Hughes Poetry Slam/Open Mic Edition

April 6, 2018 – 6:00pm – 10:00pm

It’s time for our annual First Friday’s Open Mic Edition, featuring our coveted Langston Hughes Poetry Slam! Come celebrate and honor the life of the legendary poet in the historic Langston Hughes Lobby, where his ashes are interred. Bring your best poetry to share during our open mic sessions on the cosmogram and dance the night away to curated beats by DJ IRS. Our hosts for the evening will be Marvy Tha Don & Tone Blaze, with special opening remarks by award-winning poet and Schomburg Director, Kevin Young, so arrive early! Open mic sign up will be on site.

Food will be available for purchase in the lower level in the American Negro Theater, and guests are invited to check out our 3 exhibitions Black Power, Power in Print, and Unshackled Ink during our extended hours.
First Fridays Open Mic Edition is presented by the Schomburg Center in partnership with To Whom We May Concern.
Suggested Dress Code: Harlem Chic

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

Cost: Free & Paid – Registration Required via

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Community Dance Class

March 26, 2018 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

All ages and skill levels are welcome for a series of Community Dance Classes led by Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. Evidence blends traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word, providing a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. These Community Classes, accessible for all ages and skill levels, are rooted in the Company’s fusion aesthetic and are the perfect alternative to another boring day at the gym. No previous experience necessary.

Cost: Free

BRIC House
647 Fulton Street at Rockwell Place
Brooklyn NY 11217

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Three Women who Inspire us to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Don’t you think there should be events to commemorate women who have contributed to the history and contemporary society? Well, Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions that women have made throughout history. Women have created a legacy that expands the frontier of possibilities for generations to come. It is observed during March in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia and during October in Canada.  As a part of this effort, let us take a moment to recognize several remarkable women in history.

1. Josephine Baker (Singer, Dancer, Civil Rights Activist):

Josephine Baker was a renowned African-American dancer, activist, and French Resistance agent. Her parents named her Freda Josephine McDonald. She was born on June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri. Josephine Baker was very well known and earned nicknames like “Black Venus” and “Black Pearl.” Early in her career during the Harlem Renaissance, she performed at the Plantation Club and in the chorus lines of the groundbreaking and hugely successful Broadway revue Shuffle Along in 1921. In 1927, while performing in “La Folie du Jour,” she caught the eyes of the world by dancing in a costume consisting of a skirt made of bananas which was a revolution in the Jazz Age of the 1920’s. Baker was the first African-American to become a worldwide entertainer and to star in a major motion picture, the 1934 Marc Allégret film Zouzou.  Baker was also an activist, and she served in the military.  Baker supported the

Civil Rights Movements in 1950’s was unwavering, she refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States, she wrote articles about segregation in the United States, and in 1963, she spoke at the March on Washington at the side of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  She was cast in many films, and she adopted 12 children from different nationalities referred to as “The Rainbow Tribe.” Baker died on April 12, 1975, in France and she was buried with military honors and 21-gun, making Baker the first African-American woman in history to be buried in France with military honors.

2.Florence Mills (Singer, Dancer, and Comedian):

Florence Mills was popularly known as “Queen Of Happiness.” Born on January 25, 1896, in Washington, D.C, and died on November 1, 1927, in New York City. She was African-American singer, dancer, and comedian during the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance who captivated the world with her talent, beauty, and dedication to racial equality. Mills became well known in New York as a result of her role in the successful Broadway musical Shuffle Along (1921) at Daly’s 63rd Street Theatre, written by African-American Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. In 1924, she headlined at the Palace Theatre, in the hit show, Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds (1926).  While in Europe performing Blackbirds for more than 300 performances of the hit show in 1926, she became ill with tuberculosis.  Mills is credited with having been a staunch and outspoken supporter of equal rights of African-Americans with her signature song, “I’m A Little Black Bird” as a request for racial equality. During her life, she broke many racial barriers. She was a fascinating, intelligent and socially conscious human being.   Mills died on November 1, 1927, in New York City.  Three thousand fans attended her funeral in Harlem, and thousands more saw her funeral procession as it moved through the black community.

3.Cora T. Walker (Lawyer)

Cora T. Walker was born on June 20, 1922, in Charlotte, NC. Walker was a dedicated lawyer and community activist, and she was the first African-American woman to practice law in the state of New York.  She later became the first female president of the Harlem Lawyers Association. In the early stages of her career, Walker found it chCora T. Walker - Black and white photoallenging to get a position at a law firm. She established Walker & Bailey, one of the city’s few black law firms, with her son, Lawrence R. Bailey, Jr.  The firm’s practice eventually included corporate clients like Conrail, the Ford Motor Company, Texas Instruments and Kentucky Fried Chicken.  This allowed her to work for the residents of the Harlem community for more than half a century. She was active in the National Bar Association which was a professional organization for African-American lawyers formed in the 1920’s. She was also honored when she was listed in New York Times as one of the most powerful people in Harlem.   She ran her private practice in Harlem from 1976 until her retirement in 1999.

These three phenomenal women broke the barriers of racism and continue to be inspirations to today’s society. These fearless and unbowed women are one of the many reasons to celebrate Women’s History Month which also helps to spread awareness regarding the significant contributions of women.

Video Music Brunch: Old School VS New School Brunch & Day Party Women’s History Month

March 4, 2018 |12:00pm – 7:00pm

Remember when MTV actually played music videos instead of all those ratchet reality TV shows? At one time, music videos were a really BIG DEAL! C’mon… you know you used to race home after school to watch The Box (“Music Television You Control”), and Video Soul or Rap City on BET. If you were in NYC back then, you remember how we lived for Video Music Box with Ralph McDaniels and The Bobby Simmon’s show. But no matter where you grew up, chances are that at some point you spent time watching music videos – imitating the dance moves, learning the lyrics, and copy the fashion trends… Man, those were the days! Well, The Alumni Group is taking you on a trip down memory lane at our Video Music Brunch. Along with our delicious brunch food specials, we’ll not only be spinning the classics, we’ll also be showing off the visuals that go along with them. Enjoy our dope music video playlist, featuring your old school favorites as well as the new-new hotness, as you sip on unlimited brunch cocktails. The song says that “videos killed the radio star”, but at this brunch we’ll celebrate the role videos have played in shaping our culture over the years. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this visual, audio, culinary experience!

Cost: $35 to $55
MIST Harlem
46 West 116th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd & Fifth Avenue
New York NY 1002

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A Misty Copeland Ballet Class

Misty Copeland - Harlem Stage - Nov 6 2017

November 6, 2017 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Harlem Stage is honored to host world renowned Misty Copeland who will lead a ballet class designed to deepen the engagement in the arts for young ballet students in the Harlem Community and collaborate with Harlem arts organizations. Students selected by and from Dance Theater of Harlem and Harlem School for the Arts will participate in a one-hour ballet class with Ms. Copeland. We will open the Harlem Stage Gatehouse to students and their families to experience the inspiring, empowering, and history making Misty Copeland.

The Ballet Class will be followed by an intimate conversation around the concept of “being the first” between Misty Copeland and legendary dancer, choreographer and actress, Carmen De Lavallade, moderated by Zita Allen from New York Amsterdam News. This event is made possible with the generous support of Valentino D. Carlotti.

Cost: $50

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

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Schomburg Center First Fridays: “Afro-Beat” Edition

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November 3, 2017 at 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Join us for our popular monthly social gathering, where there’ll be live music, signature drinks,  an  opportunity to network with others in the community. This month we’re celebrating the rich sounds of Afro-Beat music, birthed by Fela Ransome Kuti!

With our extended hours, Guests are also invited to check out our three exhibitions Black Power, Power in Print, and Unshackled Ink. And don’t miss a special performance from a surprise guest!  In addition, we’re proud to announce that Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey will power First Fridays. A fitting partnership as First Fridays celebrates culturally relevant occasions through local talent and Jack Daniel’s is deeply connected with the community. Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

Sign up for a Schomburg membership, become a Schomburg volunteer, and visit the Schomburg Shop—while networking and dancing the night away!

Our host for the night will be Liz The Intl Diva aka Mama Sade, meanwhile, DJ Buka & DJ Don from the Muoka Mills Experience will spin Afro Beat tracks in our Langston Hughes Lobby, which will further enhance our theme of the evening.  You must be 21+ to enter. See you there! #FirstFridays   #Halloween

Cost: FREE – Registration Required via
Eventbrite; $10 Admission will include two (2) complimentary drink tickets.

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


Declassified Memory Fragment

Declassified Memory

October 4, 2017 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Declassified Memory Fragment is a dance theater work, created by Olivier Tarpaga, with a live band inspired by the ideas and themes of memory, history, politics and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa. The work was created as an open letter to African society—its lifestyles, cultures, beauty, complexity and politics. Declassified refers to living in a society where aspects of everyday life are subjected to restrictions and cultural expectations of secrecy and privacy; even within the family. The act of declassifying is a process of revealing and exposing what is hidden from view and obscured, not spoken.

The work is a response to political conditions in African countries (specifically Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso), the unpredictable circulation of power and the resulting tension, destabilization and explosive climax that occurs, often without dismantling the illusion of democracy. Through movement and a driving band the piece both caustically and humorously stages a two tier society where craving for power simultaneously creates and unravels friendships, yet brotherhood prevails.

*Post-performance discussion with artists moderated by Gabri Christi
This presentation of Declassified Memory Fragment was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Cost: $20 per ticket. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. The Box Office open two (2) hours before show time and closes at intermission or one (1) hour after the scheduled start time (whichever comes first). Valid ID required to pick up tickets.

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

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