The Art of the Transition: A Conversation on Next Steps

August 21, 2019 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Hosted by Danni Gee, SummerStage Dance Curator & former Alvin Ailey principal dancer, with celebrated dancers Alicia Graf-Mack, Desmond Richardson & Bebe Neuwirth.

Join us as we talk with celebrated dancers, Alicia Graf-Mack, Desmond Richardson & Bebe Neuwirth*, about the unique challenges artists face around career transition.

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at

* Guest speakers may be subject to change

Cost: Free

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Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US


Unpacking Jazz and Gender Justice

August 22, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

What would jazz sound like in a culture without patriarchy? Join jazz drummer, composer and singer Terri Lyne Carrington with special guests for a discussion on jazz, equity, and justice as transformation. This panel is presented by the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and moderated by managing director, Aja Burrell Wood.


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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Whitewalling on Stage: Art, Race, and Protest in Performance

May 13, 2019 7:00pm – 8:00pm

With James Hannaham, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

In conversation with Aruna D’Souza

Writer Aruna D’Souza, writer and artist James Hannaham, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) convene for a conversation about the politics of race in the performing arts. Looking to D’Souza’s critical 2018 book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts, which traces the troubled history of art and race in America through three distinct controversies, the participants transpose these issues to the arena of performance, examining how artists, audiences, critics, and institutions can more thoughtfully engage in dialogue around these questions.

In particular, the discussion focuses on claims of artistic censorship that are levied in reaction to questions of who can or should authentically tell which stories. What are the limits of artistic intent and empathetic allyship in considering what work is created, by whom, and in which institutions it’s shown? Does the inherently collaborative nature of the performing arts allow for greater authenticity in developing more nuanced and inclusive work or is it bound by the same institutional biases as the visual art world?


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BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Schomburg Reading Circle: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

April 27, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Join the Schomburg Center and Countee Cullen Library for the Schomburg Reading Circle discussion on Erica Dunbar’s Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. This book is part of our Reading Slavery series selected by Dr. Michelle Commander, Associate Director and Curator of the The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery.

Come prepared to journey with Dr. Commander through the book’s themes and topics, and to discuss what intrigued you most about the author’s work with your fellow Schomburg Reading Circle book club members and librarians at Countee Cullen Library.

Schomburg Reading Circle books are available for purchase in the Schomburg Shop, and can be checked out at your local NYPL branch. Reserve your copy of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge in the NYPL catalog.

All Schomburg Reading Circle discussions will take place at Countee Culleen Library, 104 W. 136th Street, right around the corner from the Schomburg Center.


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

If the Dancer Dances

April 15, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Maia Wechsler | 2018

Coinciding with the centennial of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, If the Dancer Dances invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dancemakers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into Cunningham’s iconic 1968 work RainForest. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to restage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance—and a legacy—alive.

Post-screening Discussion
Director Maia Wechsler, producer Lise Friedman, Stephen Petronio (choreographer, dancer, and artistic director of Stephen Petronio Company), Gus Solomons, Jr. (dancer, choreographer, professor, critic, actor), Rashaun Mitchell (choreographer, performer and teacher), moderated by Joseph V. Melillo (moderator, BAM Executive Producer, Emeritus)

Run time: 83min
General Admission: $15

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Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

WOW Teen Summit: No Shade

For Public Relations and Marketing use only. Not for any additional use unless a written permission granted by SA PRO, Inc.

March 16, 2019 12:00pm – 1:30pm

This year’s WOW Teen Summit: No Shade, seeks to explore the impact of colorism on a global scale and its influence on local communities. Shade representation in the media, both traditional and modern, has been a challenge throughout history; new platforms are emerging to address these long-standing issues, as women around the world are recognizing and rejecting the bias. Through performances and panel discussions, we will demystify the connection between racism and colorism, while opening up a dialogue of healing that will help us develop tactics to combat it.

WOW Teen Summit is presented by Apollo Education and the Apollo Young Producers. A collective of Apollo Theater Academy Alumni, the Apollo Young Producers create and develop events to connect young artists to the Apollo Theater and provide a creative space for collaboration. While working to provide an opportunity for youth to showcase their work, the Young Producers learn to produce and manage events under the tutelage of seasoned arts and entertainment professionals.

Kenya Fredericks
Malcolm Smith

Beverly Danquah

Valencia Clay, Educator/Activist
Tori Elizabeth, Co-Founder of The Colored Girl
Janel Martinez, Writer; Founder of Ain’t I Latina?
Nidhi Sunil, Model/Activist

Spotlight Interview:
Malaysia Freeman, VP of National Action Network Youth Huddle

Aaliyah Daniels, NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador

Roving Reporters:
Dezire Duverglas
Natalie Hernandez



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

WOW Festival Suze Orman: Women and Money

March 16, 2019 5:00pm

The Apollo Theater Presents

WOW – Women of the World Festival

In partnership with the WOW Foundation


Women and Money: The World’s Personal Finance Expert

Suze Orman returns to Apollo for the WOW Festival (Women of the World). After a sold-out, standing room only debut at the Apollo in 2018 that was broadcast on OWN, renowned financial expert Suze Orman returns to the Apollo Theater with a specially crafted message.

While Orman is known for giving wide-ranging financial advice on everything from mortgages to retirement plans, because of the economic challenges and disparities in this city and beyond, her emphasis for this program will be to provide important financial information specifically for the empowerment of low-income or economically struggling women of color and women in general.

This evening is intended to give women the opportunity to tap into Ms. Orman’s unique spirit, people-first wisdom, and unparalleled appreciation that for women, money itself is not the end goal; it’s the means to live a full, meaningful life that supports their loved ones and their beloved communities.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 day of event.

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

Athletes to Activists: Politics of the Playing Field

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March 20, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

When Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he became first black major league baseball player of the modern era – and paved the way for athletes to serve as harbingers of social change. Twenty years later, at the 1968 Olympic Games, track and field star John Carlos raised his fist in silent protest of American racial and economic injustice, resulting not only in a world famous photograph, but also his suspension from the U.S. Olympic Team. Now, decades after Robinson first stepped on the field and Carlos risked his career for a cause, professional athletes are using their visibility to advocate for what they believe in. Join Carlos for a conversation with ESPN’s Howard Bryant about the complex relationship between black athletes and activism, and the intertwined worlds of sports and politics.

Co-presented with The Jackie Robinson Foundation, this talk accompanies our upcoming exhibition, In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend (opens January 31, 2019).

About the Speakers:

John Carlos is an athlete from Harlem. He is the co-founder of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, whose focus was to protest against racial segregation and racism in sports. At the 1968 Olympic Games, Carlos and fellow athlete Tommie Smith raised their fists in silent protest, which resulted in their suspension from the Olympic team. The famous photograph of the moment, however, brought widespread attention to these issues. Carlos went on to excel at track and field and play with the NFL. He later became a counselor at Palm Springs High School.

Howard Bryant (moderator) is a senior writer for and ESPN The Magazine and appears regularly on ESPN programming. He has been the sports correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday since 2006. A two-time winner of the Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year from Spitball Magazine, Bryant’s books include Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball, Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, and, most recently, The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.

Price: $20 for Adults | $15 for Students, Seniors, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members

Includes Museum admission.

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Location: Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

African American Migration

February 28, 2019 6:00pm

This panel discussion features Dr. Florence Taylor, Dr. Deirdre Foreman, Dr. William Seraile, and Ellen Ferebee in conversation about various migrations and the impact of African Americans in America.

Free Event

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Grace United Methodist Church
125 West 104th Street
Manhattan NY 10025 USA

Talks at the Schomburg: Revisiting Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X

February 21, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Schomburg’s recently-acquired manuscripts of The Autobiography of Malcolm X include handwritten corrections and notes between Malcolm X and Alex Haley, and the full, unpublished chapter titled “The Negro.” Following personal exploration into the manuscripts, scholars will discuss these revelatory materials, and how they may shape a more authentic and accurate understanding of Malcolm X as a political thinker and pioneer of Black liberation philosophy.

Price: Free

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.

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