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

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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.

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED
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.

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

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.

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED
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 SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com
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Location
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin – Power of The Word In Our Hands

August 17, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin is an award-winning spoken-word performance-recording artist, actress, educator, and self-empowerment speaker. Gha’il was most recently featured in The Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with Senakwami’s Studio, with pianist Julius Rodriguez. For the third year in a row, Gha’il rocked the house as host/performer in the 18th annual Fort Green Juneteenth Arts Festival Celebration. Ms. Benjamin’s collaboration with Jeff Haynes on the CD Storm King with the late great Pete Seeger was Grammy nominated and the winner of The Audiobook of the Year Award (Publishers Weekly). Ms. Benjamin coaches and facilitates an array of self-empowerment workshops and is featured in filmmaker Al Santana’s REPARATION BLUES, and China Colston’s DARK SEED and SWEET THANG. Via her own production company Talking Poems and Storytelling Production’s, she continues to customize poetry for any occasion. Her CD Spiritual Eclipse continues to inspire audiences.

Featuring: Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin – spoken word; Ayodele Maakheru – bass, vocal; and Hasan Bakr – percussion, vocal

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break)
2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20 

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

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: La Casita – Poetry

August 4, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Through poetry, music, and stories, a powerful community of artist-activists give voice to the everyday heroes working to uphold and extend LGBTQ, women’s, civil, immigrant, and human rights.

Poetry: Timothy DuWhite, el-Walad, Amanda Gorman, Randall Horton, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Fred Moten, José Olivarez, Purvi Shah, Danez Smith, and Frank Waln
Music: Bohio Music, Los Pleneros de la 21, Madison McFerrin, Soul Inscribed, and Ulali Project
MC: Falú

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Hearst Plaza
30 Lincoln Center Plaza btwn 64th and 65th Streets
New York NY 10023

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44th Annual Harlem Week – 2018 Theme: Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present and Future

July 29, 2018 – August 25, 2018

HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a day of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers. Given the huge success of the celebration, more days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history.

Celebrating its 44th year in 2018, HARLEM WEEK offers over 100 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world. HARLEM WEEK celebrates the neighborhoods assets and unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports.

Schedule and location vary each day. Please check the website for each day’s events.

Cost: Free
Various locations
New York NY

https://harlemweek.com/schedule

Uptown Nights: The Return of Two Dick Willie

April 28, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Danny Simmons with Vernon Reid, Ursula Rucker, and Special Guests.

Danny Simmons debuts his latest volume of poetry and artwork The Return of 2 Dick Willie in a unique evening of music, poetry and visual art. He is joined by legendary guitarist, Vernon Reid and poet, Ursula Rucker along with special guest musicians and spoken word artists. Writer and activist, Asha Bandele hosts.

“Equally ferocious and genius with his sensually lush artwork, Danny Simmons is a consummate poet and his alter ego is here to check our egos, kickin’ brand new flava in our mind’s ear while loving us with our foibles, boils, blemishes, crusty eyelashes, contradictions, and all.” Author, Tony Medina.

Cost: $20

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

More Info: https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/2018/2/7/harlem-stride-jazz-nowthe-shed-dk8ly

Black Poets Speak Out/Poetry Month

Black Poets Speak Out - Poetry Month

April 25,  2018 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

This workshop will focus on the work of Black Poets Speak Out (BPSO) whose hashtag video campaign on Tumblr featured hundreds of videos from Black poets reading in response to the grand jury’s decision on November 24, 2014 not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who murdered Mike Brown. According to organizer Mahogany Browne, the project’s purpose “is to centralize in one space hundreds of poems, songs, prayers and testimonies speaking on behalf of black mothers, black fathers, black brothers and sisters—thousands of voices insisting on justice. BlackPoetsSpeakOut videos are a collective outcry for our black lives.”

This series of workshops, co-presented with the Laundromat Project, are developed based on cultural and social engagement. The workshops and lesson plans, developed for secondary school educators (all are welcomed to attend), demonstrate how social studies can serve as a connective tool to empower educators to use books, writing, and reading to further engage students.

All programs are free and open to the public.

The Laundromat Project amplifies the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.

Literary Freedom Project seeks to restore the importance of social and cultural identity through reading.

Cost: FREE

Laundromat Project
920 Kelly Street – Basement
Bronx NY 10459
More Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-poets-speak-outpoetry-month-tickets-42564378201?aff=erelpanelorg