Oratorio: I Will Tell You The Truth About This, I Will Tell You All About It

April 30, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith presents a ten-poem sequence capturing the lives and stories of African American soldiers and their families during the Civil War. Derived entirely from historical record, the sequence includes the voices of a mother pleading with President Lincoln to release her son from the army, a soldier sending love his children back home, and deposition statements given by African American veterans, their widows, and descendants hoping to receive their rightful pensions. Set for choir, soprano and baritone soloists by Composer Aaron Siegel, this oratorio will be a gripping tribute to these overlooked lives and stories at a pivotal time in American history.

Price: 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

Get Up Family Workshop

April 13, 2019 1:00pm

In advance of the Get Up, Stand Up! main event, come early to get up, stand up, and start your groove with performance poet and BAM teaching artist Jashua Sa-Ra.

RUN TIME: 45min
ALL TICKETS:  $5

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

School-Time Performance: Word. Sound. Power. 2019

April 4-12, 2019 11:00am

Hosted & Directed by Baba Israel

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: ELA (poetry), Public Speaking (rhetoric), Theater

Some of the best hip-hop MCs and poets from Brooklyn and beyond gather once again for this electrifying showcase hosted by beloved MC Baba Israel. Students discover how the political becomes poetic, and vice versa, through these powerful performances.

Includes pre-show workshop.

Run time: 1hr 10min + 20min Q&A
All tickets:  $10

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Word. Sound. Power.

April 5-6, 2019 7:30pm

Some of the best hip-hop MCs and poets from Brooklyn and beyond gather once again for this electrifying annual showcase, now in its 15th year, hosted by beloved longtime host and director Baba Israel. In these powerful, galvanizing performances, audiences discover how the political becomes poetic, and vice versa.

Performers include: Poet/Emcee Mumu Fresh; Poets La Bruja, Timothy DuWhite, and Gabriel Ramirez; Musician Yako440; DJ Reborn; Dancers: BRAT and Rocka Jamez, and Youth poets Ahmed Abbasy, Jovannie Smith, Juliana Theolin, Saquan Wooden, Jenel Marcelle, and Tamia McArthur.

Run time: 70 min performance + 20 min talk
General Admission:  $20

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Shake Loose: A Celebration of Sonia Sanchez

April 1, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of poetry and performance as we honor Sonia Sanchez, the legendary poet, activist, and Schomburg Society National Ambassador.

Price: 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

Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Grand Slam Finals

April 6, 2019 6:00pm

The 21st Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam culminates as the top 20 poets compete in the Grand Slam Finals for a chance to represent NYC at the National Teen Poetry Slam. This event is hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, featuring other special performances. For details, visit www.urbanwordnyc.org

Standard Ticket: $18
Teens Under 19: $15

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Location
Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

First Fridays: Poetry Slam/Open Mic Edition

April 5, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

It’s time for our annual First Friday’s Open Mic Edition, Poetry Slam! We are proud to be partnering with Candela Writers Workshop. 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 María Fernanda & 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.

Special Performance by Candela Poets!

With our extended hours, guests are invited to check out our current exhibitions Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. and Syncretic Vibrations. 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!

Partner Organization :

Candela Writers Workshop is a literary arts organization, open to poets 18+ who self-identify as Black-Latinx, or the like, in the New York metropolitan area. Black-Latinx, also described as Afro-Latinx, is a gender non-binary term used to describe persons of African descent and/or who identify as Black with a connection to Latin American and/or U.S. Latinx culture. Candela is a queer, femme, trans, and Afro-Indigenous centered organization. Our mission is to provide a home for the artistic and professional growth of Black-Latinx poets in the New York metropolitan area. Candela is founded by María Fernanda (Chamorro) and Darrel Alejandro Holnes.

Suggested Dress Code: Harlem Chic

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 21+ Event 

Tickets are non-refundable.

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

Uptown Nights: Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika

February 14, 2019 7:30pm – 9:30pm

UrbanErotika is a live neo-burlesque variety show celebrating erotic love through poetry, spoken word, music, dance, and multimedia arts. “The house that Lust built, and Love saved from damnation…” will feature works that range from the soft and sensual to the bold and audacious; reflecting the full spectrum of romantic and sensual love in a healthy journey of fantasy and desire. Featuring: Regie Cabico, The SoulFolk Experience, Nemiss ChiYork, Peter ‘Rainmaker’ Seaton, Shannon Lower, Zyra Lee Vanity, Shye Poet and delicious surprises.

Artists will pay a special tribute to the sensual and erotic work of Ntozake Shange. An original muse, and now ancestral guide.

Tickets: $25 Adult, $35 VIP

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

Story Time: Roses are Read; Flower Buds with Scottt Raven and Mikumari Caiye

January 12, 2019 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Scottt and MC present Roses are Read; Flower Buds, a collection of solo and group poems on food, flowers and friendship. The performance will feature poetry from Scottt Raven and Mikumari Caiye with music from songstress of light, Lena Belle. The words and wordplay will combine elements of hip-hop, stand-up comedy and theater with accents of inspirational and positive music full of the brightest of colors and cupcakes, with the merriest of melodies that glisten, painting upside down rays of rainbows on all who are lucky enough to listen.  

About Story Time: Tales on Sugar Hill

Story Time: Tales on Sugar Hill is a series of curated programs that aim to provide children with a meaningful, interactive and fun art experience.  Grounded in our curatorial mission to share stories through theater, music, dance and visual art, as well as oral and literary forms, Story Time presents tales, fables, histories, and myths that genuinely reflect the diverse ethnic and cultural milieu of our surroundings.  Story Time also leverages the Museum’s own art exhibitions to foster richer engagement with, and a deeper understanding of, public art already on view.  Held every second Saturday of each month, each two-hour presentation includes a participatory art activity facilitated by teaching artists from the community, so children not only experience others’ stories, but also reflect on what they see and hear, and create and share their own stories.

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Location
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling
898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street
New York NY 10032 US

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 accessibility@nypl.org.

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.

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