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Dance/ Music/ Film/ Events — We Recommend BAM Dance Africa May 2017 *bklyn May 20-29, 2017

Make sure you attend the FREE outdoor Bazaar on the weekend!

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar

Dance Africa 2017, Bazaar

Rain or Shine!
May 27—May 29, 2017
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:

Ashland Pl / Lafayette Ave

Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.
Free
Saturday May 27, 2017

12pm

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DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace.

Bazaar Hours

Sat, May 27, 12—10pm
Sun, May 28, 12—8pm
Mon, May 29, 12—8pm

(Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.)

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DanceAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs with intermission
SUBSCRIPTIONS START AT  $17.50
TICKETS START AT  $25

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Part of 2017 Winter/Spring Season and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Asase Yaa
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopie Lyn Burrows
Read the BAM program notes for Danceafrica 2017

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Artists
Abdel R. Salaam

Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director for DanceAfrica.

Abdel R. Salaam

DanceAfrica Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam is the executive artistic director and choreographer of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, which he co-founded in 1981. The company led the historic procession for Nelson and Winnie Mandela on their visit to New York in 1990 and, along with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, received the 41st annual Audelco Award for Excellence in Black Theater Award as the 2013 Dance Company of the Year.

Salaam has directed and choreographed for theater and television to critical acclaim and has been active in the world of the performing and visual arts since 1955. He has served on the faculties of Lehman College, the American Dance Festival in the US and Korea, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and the Chuck Davis Dance Academy. He is currently a director at the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature Youth Academy of Dance and Wellness at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. He has received many awards, including the Monarch Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance from the National Council for Arts & Culture (1993), the Silver Anniversary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Teaching and Performance from Lehman College (1994), and Better Family Life Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts (2000). Salaam is a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow and was an artist in residence at the Tennessee Performing Art Center from 2003 to 2007.

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Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.

Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble comprises 17 master drummers, dancers, and instrumentalists, all from their native country of Guinea. They bring with them the vast knowledge of the traditional music and dance from each region and represent more than 15 different Guinean ethnicities. Wula Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura, who has played the djembe drum since childhood, has traveled the world as a performer and teacher and is acclaimed for his high level of mastery of the drum. At age 21, he was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the national company of Guinea. Since moving to the US in 1992, Bangoura has become an integral part of the drum and dance scene, teaching hundreds of students, many of whom are now teachers themselves. Additionally, Bangoura has choreographed his own works and developed repertory for many dance companies worldwide.

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Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Yao Ababio. With a diversity of artistic skill, this company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists creates unique productions that mine the richness of the African diaspora. The company has appeared in VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Awards; Sing Your Song, a documentary about Harry Belafonte at the Apollo Theater; DanceAfrica; Kente Arts Alliance in Pittsburgh; and the first annual dance festival at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In January 2013 Asase Yaa opened its own multi-cultural performing arts facility in Brooklyn.

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Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

Artists

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company was founded by Executive Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, Executive Managing Director Olabamidele Husbands, and company member Dyane Harvey in 1981. The group has produced ballet and concert pieces and offered dance classes and educational programs in New York and throughout the world for over 36 years.

Forces of Nature performs a unique blend of contemporary modern dance, traditional West African and neo-African dance, contemporary ballet, house and hip-hop forms, and martial arts. The company has performed and toured widely throughout the US and abroad. In addition to annual appearances at Aaron Davis Hall, the Apollo Theater, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the ensemble has also performed at the Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) among others.

Forces of Nature was part of the 12th Annual Festival for Peace in Moscow, the only African-American dance company to engage with members of the Bolshoi Ballet, and had the honor to dance and lead the historical procession for Nelson Mandela during his first appearance in the US in 1990. The company was featured in the three-part PBS series Free to Dance, as part of Great Performances, on the history of black dance in the 20th-century. Forces of Nature was also the featured dance company in the film and Smithsonian exhibition When the Spirit Moves, on the influence of African-American dance in Western culture. And most recently, the company was honored with the 41st annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Award for Best Dance Company of 2013

In addition to performing and touring, Forces of Nature has gained national and international recognition for its work with youth of all ages through workshops, master classes, and training seminars. The company has developed ongoing programs offered to schools, community service organizations, and cultural art institutions, believing that the arts, coupled with informative, stimulating academic presentations and creative participation, are among the best educational tools for redirecting youth on a positive, progressive, alternative path.

 

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Illstyle & Peace Productions

This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.

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BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

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Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20, 2017

Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20, 2017

This traditional tribute to those who have passed on features music and drumming, dance performances, and a libation ceremony for the ancestors conducted by the DanceAfrica Council of Elders.
MORE

Free

Neighborhood
DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

This year’s festival kicks off with the annual community welcome for the artists, featuring performances by students from RestorationART who have participated in BAM Education’s DanceAfrica program.
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Free

Visual Art
Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

BAM Visual Art presents a new work by Guinean painter and illustrator Maeva Kounta.
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Free

Film Series
FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.

Film Series

FilmAfrica 2017

Le Balon d'or

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May 26—May 29, 2017
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Part of BAMcinématek and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

Co-presented by the New York African Film Festival

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.

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Clouds Over Conakry
Fri, May 26, 2017
Clouds Over Conakry
Fri, May 26, 2017

A young artist is torn between following his father’s path and living his own life.

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Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It
Fri, May 26, 2017
Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It
Fri, May 26, 2017

This homage to Purple Rain, the first narrative feature in the Tuareg language is the universal story of one musician’s struggle to make it against all odds.

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Martha & Niki
Sat, May 27, 2017
Martha & Niki
Sat, May 27, 2017

This documentary chronicles the incredible story of the first-ever female champions of the largest hip-hop street-dance competition in the world.

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Paris According To Moussa
Sat, May 27, 2017
Paris According To Moussa
Sat, May 27, 2017

An immigrant on an important trip finds difficulties and solidarity in France, in this film which was awarded the Human Rights Award by the United Nations.

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Guinean Independence Documentaries
Sun, May 28, 2017
Guinean Independence Documentaries
Sun, May 28, 2017

One of the first African nations to win its independence, this program of rare documentaries gives an intimate first-hand account of life in Guinea in the first years of independence.

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Film
Le Ballon d’or
Sun, May 28, 2017
Le Ballon d’or
Sun, May 28, 2017

A spirited young boy pursues his dream of becoming a professional soccer player in this vivid, joyous portrait of growing up in West Africa.

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Film
Price of Love
Mon, May 29, 2017
Price of Love
Mon, May 29, 2017

A young taxi driver must confront his past when he helps a prostitute out of a fight.

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Shorts Program
Mon, May 29, 2017
Shorts Program
Mon, May 29, 2017

A group of contemporary stories on love and connection in the French-African diaspora.

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Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017
Rain or Shine!

DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.
MORE

Free

Classes
DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

Participants are introduced to West African rhythmic traditions and learn the fundamentals of Guinean movement styles in this immersive workshop.
MORE

Classes
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music.
MORE

Iconic BAM Artists
Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis (1937—2017) was the founding artistic director of DanceAfrica, BAM’s longest running series, and one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.
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Music
Santana Redux w/ The BRC Orchestra

The all-stars of Black Rock Coalition honor legend Carlos Santana for Cinco De Mayo.
Fri, May 5, 2017

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Free

Music
Rabasi Joss with Soul Inscribed

The beloved funk band returns to BAM with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Rabasi Joss.
Fri, May 19, 2017

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Free

Photo: Richard Termine and Julieta Cervantes
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DanceAfrica 2017
 

May 26—May 29, 2017

Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs with intermission
SUBSCRIPTIONS START AT  $17.50
TICKETS START AT  $25

Buy Tickets

See all on-sale dates
Part of 2017 Winter/Spring Season and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Asase Yaa
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopie Lyn Burrows
Read the BAM program notes for Danceafrica 2017

Related Content

Artists
Abdel R. Salaam

Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director for DanceAfrica.

MORE
Artists
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.

MORE
Artists
Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

MORE
Artists
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

MORE
Artists
Illstyle & Peace Productions

This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.

MORE
Artists
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

MORE

Related EVENTS

Neighborhood
Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20, 2017

Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20, 2017

This traditional tribute to those who have passed on features music and drumming, dance performances, and a libation ceremony for the ancestors conducted by the DanceAfrica Council of Elders.
MORE

Free

Neighborhood
DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

This year’s festival kicks off with the annual community welcome for the artists, featuring performances by students from RestorationART who have participated in BAM Education’s DanceAfrica program.
MORE

Free

Visual Art
Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

BAM Visual Art presents a new work by Guinean painter and illustrator Maeva Kounta.
MORE

Free

Film Series
FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.
MORE

Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017
Rain or Shine!

DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.
MORE

Free

Classes
DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

Participants are introduced to West African rhythmic traditions and learn the fundamentals of Guinean movement styles in this immersive workshop.
MORE

Classes
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music.
MORE

Iconic BAM Artists
Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis (1937—2017) was the founding artistic director of DanceAfrica, BAM’s longest running series, and one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.
MORE
CONTACT
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Music
Rabasi Joss with Soul Inscribed

The beloved funk band returns to BAM with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Rabasi Joss.
Fri, May 19, 2017

MORE

Free

Photo: Richard Termine and Julieta Cervantes
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MUSEUM – Talks – 6/1 – Exploring the Black Dandy – BKLYN MUSEUM *bklyn

Dandy Lion (Aperture, 2017)

Fashion Night: Modern Black Dandies

June 1, 2017

6:30–9:30 p.m. 

Throughout the Museum

The Brooklyn Museum and Aperture Foundation invite you to celebrate black men’s style as a form of personal politics with a night of fashion, film, and music, organized in honor of author Shantrelle P. Lewis’s new book, Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style. With programs activating both our performance spaces and the Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibition galleries, this evening celebrates the art and style of black dandies, men of African descent who use fashion to define and inhabit a proud, radically independent public persona. Discussion moderated by Rashid Shabazz, VP of Communications, Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Featuring:

  • Shantrelle P. Lewis, author and curator
  • Darnell Moore, Editor-at-Large, Interactive One
  • Ignacio Quiles, Haberdasher, QP & Monty
  • Abiola Oke, CEO, Okayafrica.

Supported by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Tickets are $16 ($14 for Members). Tickets with a copy of Lewis’s book are $50 ($45 for Members). To receive the Member discount code, email us at membership@brooklynmuseum.org with your full name and Membership ID.

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DANCE – News – Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

The June 2015 Dance USA conference in Miami was serendipitous for many reasons. It was there I announced MoBBallet and met Bahia Ramos of the Knight Foundation, who on that very day decided to fund us. I met International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance USA’s executive directors Denise Saunders Thompson and Amy Fitterer (in person). Later we went on to organize the first audition for female ballet dancers of color that took place that January. It was after my breakout session that I had the great fortunate to meet Ellen Walker, the Executive Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Beyond Ballet; A Town Hall (video)
Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) hosts Beyond Ballet, a conversation which investigates aesthetics, diversity, equity, and the efforts to redesign arts institutions. This forum is an open study group for organizations participating in the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Racial Equity Learning Cohorts, part of the , the City’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle. Panelists include Peter Boal, Artistic Director of PNB; Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater; Erica Edwards,  former Joffrey Ballet dancer, Director of Community Engagement at The Joffrey Ballet; Kiyon Gaines, former PNB soloist and PNB School faculty member; and Andrea Long-Naidu, Former principal dancer with at Dance Theatre of Harlem and CityDance Conservatory ballet instructor . The event is moderated by Theresa Ruth Howard, founder and curator of MOBB.
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Giving “Hiplet” Serious Side Eye
Hiplet is sweeping the nation. Between TedX, Refinery29, Desigual campaigns, Anna Wintour’s #madeforher fundraiser and the plethora of morning show spots, the hybrid dance craze—known for its sassy runway-style walks on pointe and crab-like bent-knee jazzy chassés—has gone viral.
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Michalea DePrince is now the face of Jockey.
Dutch National Ballet’s newest soloist Michalea DePrince is now the face of Jockey. In this inspirational and uplifting new spot, DePrince not only shares her origin story but illustrates just how to turn a “flaw” into a signature. There are so many things that are refreshing about this ad, starting with the way it is shot. It is not sleek and glossy rather like most spokesmodel ads, it is natural in lighting and feel. Michaela is not overly styled, she is not a glossy, buffed and shined, photoshopped version of herself rather she looks like… her and she is beautiful. 
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A Continuing Inspiration…

Ms. Johnson was to Ballet what Maria Callas was to Opera..she was not only a wonderful dancer but an incredible actress. Her performance in the mad scene in Giselle,  her Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire and Lizzie Borden were electrifying! Here is a small taste *the final clip she dances with Lowell Smith

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At Random: 303 Stories and Counting.
Sandra Organ was Houston Ballet’s first African American ballerina, dancing there for 15 years (1982-97) and as a soloist under Ben Stevenson and Rehearsal Director for Christopher Bruce. She then founded her own contemporary ballet ensemble, Earthen Vessels, The Sandra Organ Dance Company (EVSODC) for which she created over 100 ballets and employed more than 120 dancers over sixteen seasons of programming in theatres and sacred spaces.
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Museums/Exhibitions/Events –Events at the Schomburg Museum *NYC

Always Highly Recommended.

 


Annual Commemoration of the Birth of el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
Friday, May 19 at 6:00 PM

Our annual commemoration of the birth of el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) will explore his legacy as it directly reflects Black America today. Join us as we celebrate his life through spoken word, a live dance performance, and messages of admiration from the community. Enjoy a pop-up display showcasing some of the work of Malcolm X, archived at the Schomburg Center.

@SchomburgCenter #MalcolmXBirthday

Free! Register 


Black Power 50 Multimedia Harlem Walking Tour
Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 AM

Showcasing Harlem sites associated with the Black Power and Civil Rights movements beginning in the 1960s through present day, this tour is an educational and entertaining field experience to complement our Black Power! exhibition, which explores the Black Power movement.

@SchomburgCenter#BlackPowerTour

(Pictured: “UNIA Parade, organized in Harlem, 1920,” Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)

Please be advised that registration for this program is closed and we are no longer accepting RSVPs. You are welcome to join the waitlist for this program by visiting our eventbrite page.  ​


Between The Lines: “The Wide Circumference of Love” by Marita Golden
Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 PM

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are proud to present a compelling conversation between critically acclaimed author Marita Golden and Benilde Little about Alzheimer’s Disease, family, and Golden’s new book The Wide Circumference of Love.

In The Wide Circumference of Love, Golden explores the unsettling effects of Alzheimer’s disease on an African-American family caring for their ailing patriarch while navigating an uncertain future. Little is a former Senior Editor of Essence and author of the “momoir,” Welcome to My Breakdown).

A book signing will follow.

Watch on livestream.

@SchomburgCenter #WideCircumferenceofLove

Free! Register

Education at the Schomburg
15th Annual Junior Scholars Youth Summit: The Black Psyche
Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 AM

Join the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program as we celebrate 15 years of historical literacy, creativity, and activism at our annual youth summit entitled, The Black Psyche. This multimedia event reflects our yearlong study of black history and culture. The daylong program is filled with youth-led projects in theater, spoken word, video production, media, visual arts, photography, and comic book art.

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Free! Register 

Power in Print
On view beginning May 18 in the Latimer/Edison Gallery

Power in Print explores the art of the Black Power movement poster, showcasing a variety of aesthetics, styles, and messaging strategies. This collection-based exhibition pulls together dozens of posters from the Schomburg Center’s Art and Artifacts Division. The display also includes a selection of iconic imagery by artist, designer, and former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas. Both at the time and in our historical memory, Douglas’s designs came to visually communicate the ideals of Black Power and the political stances of the Black Panther Party.

For more information, visit our website.

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Black Power!
Currently on view in the Main Exhibition Hall

In the first of two onsite Black Power 50 exhibitions celebrating 50 years of the Black Power movement, Black Power! examines the concept introduced by Stokely Carmichael and fellow Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) worker Willie Ricks in June 1966.

A visual history told through 115 images including photographs and posters, 55 documents and material culture including correspondence, flyers, newsletters, buttons, and other archival material, and documentary video featuring footage from the era, clips from Blaxploitation films, and music, Black Power! explores the multiform and ideologically diverse movement that shaped black consciousness and identity and left an immense legacy that continues to inform the contemporary American landscape.

For more information, visit our website.

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Revisiting Rebellion: Nat Turner in the American Imagination
[Digital Exhibition]

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery and the American Antiquarian Society have partnered to create a digital exhibition on Nat Turner. Using print and manuscript collections at the the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the American Antiquarian Society, this exhibition explores portrayals of Turner in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

To view the exhibition, click here.

News and Notes
Listen Up! New Podcasts from the Lapidus Center

The intertwined histories of African and Native American slaveries in New England and the wider Atlantic; the lives of Afro-Iberians sailors, soldiers, travelers, and traders in the Spanish Empire; “Post-emancipation Barbadian Emigrants in Pursuit of Freedom, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Liberia, 1834-1912;” Literary treatments of law, judgment, representation, and slavery in British and American fiction of the 18th and early 19th centuries; The relationship between Native Americans and the American antislavery movement from the 1820s through the 1850s; How the slave trade is taught in school; The importance of cities in the history of slavery; and the writing of biographies, and MORE!

Visit our website to listen to the entire series featuring exclusive interviews with our visiting scholars of the Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery as they share their knowledge and passions.


Presenting…The Black Power Resource Guide

Amanda Belantara, Schomburg Center Pre-Professional in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, writes about our new Black Power Resource Guide, an essential guide inspired by our Black Power! exhibition and culled from library resources that commemorate the Black Power movement.

Visit our website to read the entire post.


New Federal Theatre: A Brief History

Partially inspired by the Schomburg Center’s collections, the New York Public Library’s latest blog post highlights the New Federal Theatre Theatre, an iconic performance space for many widely recognized African-American actors, directors, and playwrights.

Read the entire post here.

Schomburg Center programs and exhibitions are supported in part by the City of New York; the State of New York; the New York City Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus; the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; the Rockefeller Foundation Endowment for the Performing Arts; and the Annie E. and Sarah L. Delany Charitable Trusts.

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May 17, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, CULTURE, LIFESTYLES, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , | Leave a comment

Dance – DANCER AND EDUCATOR THERESA RUTH HOWARD LAUNCHES MOBBALLET: A DIGITAL ARCHIVE PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF BLACK BALLET

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MoBBallet’s Roll Call is a list of professional black ballet dancers that today features 301 names and is growing as black ballet artists submit their names. The site also houses an E–Zine that features insights on issues affecting both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion –and a timeline that spans the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.

 

DANCER AND EDUCATOR THERESA RUTH HOWARD LAUNCHES MOBBALLET: A DIGITAL ARCHIVE PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF BLACK BALLET

Initiative Creates a Shift in Perspective on the Current Conversation around Diversity in Ballet through Stories of Current and Past Black Professional Ballet Dancers

Dancer Theresa Ruth Howard announces the launch of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet), a groundbreaking legacy project documenting and transforming conversations around black ballet artists. The initiative will focus on bringing visibility to the lesser-known history of black ballet dancers around the world through video profiles, essays and archival data which capture the artistry and humanity of black ballet dancers. At launch, MoBBallet’s website houses a community sourced Roll Call which lists the names of black ballet dancers past and present, a digital timeline that places historical moments in black ballet history next to key events in world history, and an E-Zine that sheds light on issues affecting the ballet community and society at large.

 

The recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, MoBBallet’s first anchor project, the Philadelphia Project, will document the stories of four Philadelphia trained black ballerinas— including Joan Myers Brown, founder of The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!), Delores Browne from the New York Negro Ballet Company and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Coinciding with the launch of MoBBallet, founder Theresa Ruth Howard will serve as keynote speaker at Dutch National Ballet’s Positioning Ballet conference on February 11th, where she will officially introduce MoBBallet’s mission to promote larger discussions within the international dance community around the stories of black ballet dancers. A select group of leading artistic directors from America, Europe, Asia and Russia have been invited to attend the conference.

“Diversity in Ballet in America is a very specific challenge given our racial history” remarks Howard. “The histories and demographics of each of the companies that will be represented during Positioning Ballet are just as specific. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear what their issues are regarding diversity in the field.”

To date, MoBBallet has captured over 301 names to the Roll Call and calls for professional black ballet dancers not already on the list to add their names. MoBBallet’s archival information covers important moments in the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.

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ABOUT MOBBALLET Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet) is a non-profit organization that is building a digital archive where the history of blacks in professional ballet can be preserved. Founded by ballerina Theresa Ruth Howard, MoBBallet facilitates authentic dialogues on diversity, equality and aesthetics through workshops, panels and video profiles of both iconic and emerging black ballet dancers. The online archive provides timelines of important moments in the history of black ballet and juxtaposes them against key moments in world history. The Roll Call initiative is an ever-expanding list of black ballet dancers past and present –E-Zine brings visibility to issues that loom large in both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion.
ABOUT THERESA RUTH HOWARD Founder of MoBBallet, Theresa Ruth Howard is an expert and advocate on the issue of diversity in Ballet. She has sat on panels for Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance at Duke University, and collaborated with International Association of Blacks in Dance in the planning and facilitation of the first Ballet Audition for female ballet dancers of color. A former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Armitage Gone! Dance, Howard has worked extensively with choreographer Donald Byrd, and was a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. As a contributor to Pointe, Expressions (Italy), Tanz (Germany) and dance media publications, Howard has emerged as a clear and defining voice on topics such as body image and race. She holds more than 17 years of experience as a dance educator including Ballet Faculty at the Ailey School.

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THEATER — The Lark — The New Black Fest at The Lark — March 14-19, 2016 *nyc

 new Black Fest at the Lark 2016
 The Larka 22-year-old play development lab dedicated to expanding the range of perspectives represented on stage in the United States, is proud to announce the continuation of its partnership with The New Black Fest, a theater organization celebrating provocative storytelling, film and discussion from the African Diaspora. The New Black Fest at The Larka week-long festival, will feature the following artists and their works: Actor and playwright Jocelyn Bioh (Schoolgirls; or The African Mean Girls Play) whose work has appeared on The Kilroy’s List; Co-founder of Team Play Eric Holmes (Pornplay; or Blessed Are the Meek); Poet, playwright and Ruby Prize Winner Lenelle Moïse (Merit); Actor, playwright and an alumnus of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater NSangou Njikam (When We Left); and actor and playwright Lisa Rosetta Strum, whose one-person play She Gon’ Learn won a Best Solo Show Award at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row last fall.

The partnership between The New Black Fast and The Lark is both organic and essential.  Both organizations are committed to creating community and movement around new work that contributes to the representation of a contemporary national vision. The Lark’s mission centers on the belief that targeted support for historically underrepresented playwrights is crucial to a culture of equity, access and inclusion, and a theatrical field that represents the vibrancy of our collective voices.

“As our country and theater community continue their fight for complexity and equity, I am beyond thrilled to continue our relationship with The Lark that believes the creative well-being of the playwright is central to everything,” said Keith Josef Adkins, Artistic Director and Co-founder of The New Black Fest.

Through a diverse portfolio of fellowships, residencies, and workshops, The Lark has provided a platform for voices to enter the evolving national repertoire.  Recent plays substantially developed at The Lark include Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew, Mona Mansour’s The Way West, Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj, and Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop.

“The current trend in which funds are systematically redirected from smaller, culturally explicit theater companies to larger, predominately white-led institutions, ostensibly for the sake of ‘efficiency,’ hampers diverse leadership in the arts and dampens voices and perspectives that are critical to a free society” said John Clinton Eisner, The Lark’s Artistic Director.  “Working with The New Black Fest is core to our mission of championing the next wave of innovative theater artists and leaders by putting them in the driver’s seat to leverage public awareness and financial resources.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The New Black Fest’s advisory board member Lynn Nottage, who was The Lark’s 2013-14 Writer-in-Residence, told The New York Times, “This [event] is not about separation, it’s about inclusion. It’s about inviting people who don’t get access.”

Public readings of these new works and a kick-off panel, “The White Gaze, the Truth Gaze and a New Revolution,” will take place March 14 – March 19 at The Lark’s BareBones® Studio, located at 311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor, in New York City.

The New Black Fest is supported in part by a special grant from the Ford Foundation.

Additional support provided through grants to The Lark from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, March 14 @7pm
Kick Off Panel: THE WHITE GAZE, THE TRUTH GAZE AND A NEW REVOLUTION
This event will be followed by a reception.  Moderator and panelists to be announced.

Tuesday, March 15 @7pm
SHE GON’ LEARN
by Lisa Rosetta Strum

With old school wisdom, her childhood, a string of bad dates, and a one night stand gone wrong with a smooth talking would be ex-boyfriend, Lisa navigates her personal mishaps with poetry, comedy and poignancy on her journey to discover self-love.

Wednesday, March 16 @7pm
MERIT
by Lenelle Moïse 

Nestled in small-town Vermont, Merit follows Mona, the only student of color (and Southerner) in a prestigious MFA Fiction program. When she befriends distinguished professor Dr. Sive, they struggle to strike a balance between passion and professionalism, power and trust.

Thursday, March 17 @7pm
PORNPLAY; or BLESSED ARE THE MEEK
by Eric Holmes

Pornplay: or, Blessed Are the Meek is a dark, comedic plantation drama about how the legacy of slavery plays into our sexual desires and online-avatars. The story centers around the hiring of Austin, a Black veteran, by the mysterious porn mogul, Bob 3, to build a swimming pool for his renovated estate in Virginia. When Austin meets Bob 3’s pornstar wife, Sephie, and Jackie, her gender-fluid son, their lives, races and desires intersect to reveal the horrifying truths of sex, history, and power.

Friday, March 18 @7pm
SCHOOLGIRLS; or THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
by Jocelyn Bioh

Inspired from actual events, School Girls is set at the prestigious Aburi Girls Boarding School and tells the story of Paulina, the most popular (mean) girl in school, and Ericka, the new girl with a unique background. Stakes run high as Paulina and Ericka face off in a battle of wits and beauty as they compete to be named Miss Ghana 1985.

Saturday, March 19 @7pm
WHEN WE LEFT
by NSangou Njikam

In the near-future, a secret organization puts out a call to Black Americans: leave America and return to Africa. This extraordinary call promises jobs, housing and a better way of life. But is it real? When We Left follows two members of Congress, two cousins in the inner city, a pair of Black advertising executives, and an interracial, lesbian Black Lives Matter couple as they tackle perhaps the most monumental issue they will ever face: is the American dream for Black people?

Talkbacks will follow each reading. A reception will follow the panel and the final reading on March 19.

All events are free and open to the public; reservations are required. Reservations can be made beginning Monday, February 22.

Visit www.larktheatre.org for more information.

THE NEW BLACK FEST PARTICIPANTS (2016)

Jocelyn Bioh has her B.A. in English and Theater from The Ohio State University and MFA in Theater-Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. As a playwright, Jocelyn has been produced in New York City, Columbus, OH, Baton Rouge, LA and Washington D.C. Plays include: African Americans (Produced at Howard University 2015; Southern Rep Ruby Prize Award Finalist 2011; O’Neill Center Semi-Finalist, 2012), Nollywood Dreams (Kilroy’s List 2015) and her new play School Girls. Her musical The Ladykiller’s Love Story, for which she conceived the story and wrote the book with music/lyrics by Cee Lo Green, is currently in development with Hi-Arts NYC. As an actress, Jocelyn’s credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway; Tony Award Winner for Best Play, 2015), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, Obie Award Winner for Best Play, 2014), Booty Candy (Wilma Theater), Seed (Classical Theater of Harlem, Audelco Award Nominee), and Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet (City Theatre). She also originated the role of “Topsy” in the World Premiere of Neighbors (The Public Theater, Audelco Award Nominee). TV: The Characters (Netflix) Louie (FX) One Life to Live (ABC). Former Cover Girl spokesmodel (National commercial/Print ads).

Eric Micha Holmes is a playwright whose work has been seen and developed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (World Without Names), New York Theatre Workshop (Nimpsey Pink) and The Lark (Red All Over) among others. Former residencies and fellowships include Space on Ryder Farm (The Stick Up) and LaGuardia Performing Arts Playwriting Lab (Falls For Jodie). His mono-play, Walking Next To Michael Brown: Confessions Of A Light-Skinned Half-Breed, was commissioned by The New Black Fest and has toured with “Hands Up: 6 Playwrights / 6 Testaments” to theaters across the country including: The National Black Theatre (Harlem, NY), Museum Of The Moving Image (NYC), The Hansberry Project (Seattle, WA) and Flashpoint Theatre (Philadelphia, PA). His monologue, “W.F.C.,” is published by The Good Ear Review. Holmes co-founded Team Play, a theater-for-young-adults education program at Primary Stages Theatre Company. Holmes is currently a third-year MFA Playwriting student at University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop.

Lenelle Moïse is a poet, playwright, and performance artist. She won the 2012 Southern Rep Ruby Prize for Merit, a black feminist comedy. She was a 2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow and the 2010-2011 Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. She wrote, composed and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate. Her plays have been developed with the Culture Project, the Hansberry Project, Hedgebrook, the Jewish Plays Project, the Kitchen Theatre Company, Serious Play Theatre Ensemble, and New Rep, among others. She has also been an artist-in-residence at Clark University, Northwestern and UT Austin. Moïse is the author of Haiti Glass, a winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. She is currently working on Where There Are Voices, a solo performance, fusing music, movement, video and poetry. http://www.lenellemoise.com

Lisa Rosetta Strum‘s She Gon’ Learn  performed to sold out audiences during the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row last fall and garnered one of the festival’s Best Solo Show Awards in New York City. The play had its inaugural showing with the Emerging Artist Theatre Festival at TADA! Theatre and was performed at The Kraine Theatre for the Obie Award Winning Fire This Time Festival and just recently at the National Black Theatre. Lisa has also performed at Lincoln Center Theatre, Summer Stage, Signature Theatre, New Federal Theatre, Intiman Theatre, The Obie Award Winning 48 Hours in…Harlem, ACT Seattle, and The Fifth Avenue Theatre. She has had a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU and co-stared in the television pilot Citizen Baines with James Cromwell. As an educational consultant, she has worked in numerous public schools throughout New York, conducted theater workshops for Teachers College at Columbia University, and has acted as the Theatre Specialist for the Abrons Arts Center, Barbara L. Tate Arts Camp for the past nine seasons. Lisa is an MFA graduate of the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program.

NSangou Njikam is an actor and playwright originally from Baltimore, MD.  He is the author of Syncing Ink, Re:Definition, I.D., When We Left, Search For The Crystal Stairs, and one of the authors of “Hands Up: 6 Plays, 6 Testimonials.”  His work has been developed by The Public Theater, Penn State University, The Flea Theater, Hip Hop Theatre Festival, UNIVERSES theatre company, The New Black Fest, and the Alley Theater.  Mr. Njikam’s play I.D. recently made its world premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa before coming to the U.S. at Penn State Centre Stage.  His playwriting residencies and fellowships include 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, 2013 New Black Fest fellow, and Penn State University commissioned playwright.  Currently, Mr. Njikam’s play, Syncing Ink, will go to the Alley Theater’s All New Festival, directed by Niegel Smith.   As an arts educator, Mr. Njikam has worked for Brooklyn Academy of Music, CUNY Creative Arts Team, Harlem School of the Arts, and is co-founder of The Continuum Project, Inc., an organization using African Ancestry DNA testing and the Arts to promote healing and empowerment for communities.  Mr. Njikam’s work focuses mainly on identity stories and the empowerment of the human spirit by recognizing and embracing one’s personal gifts, utilizing Hip Hop theater, poetry, and West African performance aesthetics.  He also aims to develop new, diverse and younger audiences by creating “theater of the now and for tomorrow.” He received his BFA in acting from Howard University.  After tracing his roots to the Tikar people in Cameroon, West Africa, he was named NSangou by Sultan Ibrahim MBombo Njoya, 19th king of the Bamoun kingdom in Cameroon.  He currently resides in New York.

The Lark is an international theater laboratory, based in New York City, dedicated to empowering playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community. Founded in 1994, The Lark provides writers with funding, space, collaborators, audiences, professional connections, and the freedom to design their own processes of exploration. The guiding principle of The Lark’s work is the belief that playwrights are society’s truth tellers, and their work strengthens our collective capacity to understand our world and imagine its future.

Last year, The Lark served 907 artists, including 138 playwrights, partnered with over three dozen theaters and universtieis, and welcomed 3,000 audience members to 40 public presentations.  in the past three years 169 Lark developed plays moved on to 289 productions in more than a dozen countries around the world.In order to provide economic flexibility to writers at different stages of their careers, The Lark has created a portfolio of major playwriting fellowships.  The Lark continues to offer a free and open submission process that allows any and all writers to submit to our Playwrights’ Week program and maintains free admission to the public for all readings & workshops.

Plays substantially developed at The Lark include The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, brownsville song (b-side for tray) by Kimber Lee, and Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau.

www.larktheatre.org

The New Black Fest is a theater organization committed to celebrating insurgent voices within the diverse African Diaspora through theater, film and discussion. The New Black Fest is a gathering of artists, thinkers, activists and audiences who are dedicated to stretching, interrogating and uplifting the Black aesthetic in the 21st century. The New Black Fest has developed many artists including Mfoniso Udofia, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Dennis Allen II, Eisa Davis and more. It has partnered with the National Black Theatre, 651 ARTS, the BRIC Arts/Media/Brooklyn, the Classical Theatre of Harlem and more. It also co-founded the American Slavery Project as well as commissioned Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege, HANDS UP: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, and the recent Un-Tamed: Hair Body Attitude – Short Plays by Black Women (in collaboration with Dominique Morisseau).

Keith Josef Adkins (Artistic Director) As a playwright, his plays include The People Before the Park (Premiere Stages), Pitbulls (Rattlestick),Safe House (Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)
among others. His play The Last Saint on Sugar Hill received its New York City premiere in 2013 at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theater in NYC under the direction of Seret Scott and earned six 2014 Audelco nominations. Other plays include The Migrant’s Fight, Sugar and Needles, The Final Daze, among others.  He is currently under commission by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

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Graphic Novels /Comics — Schomburg: 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival – Jan 16, 2016 10am –

Education @ the Schomburg: 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Program Locations:

Fully accessible to wheelchairs
For all ages

The Schomburg Center’s 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of black comix in a full day event featuring panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables with premiere black comic artists from across the country.  Join us and check out the mind-blowing afrofutrism art and design exhibition Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson.

Register

Free Admission.  Fun for all ages! Register through Eventbrite.

Organizers

The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival is presented by Deirdre Hollman (Schomburg Education & Junior Scholars Program) in collaboration with Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz) and John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo/Black Kirby).

Exhibitors

Exhibitors by invitation only. Please contact schomburged@nypl.org for more information.

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Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement– One Day Conference -ART OF JUSTICE — 11/7/15 *nyc

Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement

A One-Day Conference

 

“We knew we heard Monk and Mongo differently; Trane’s tenor seized our spirit, shook our consciousness while Miles blue thru a cold trumpet that cooled the asphyxiating heat of our collective hell in America… Ours was the first American aesthetic revolution.”

Felipe Luciano

2015

It is essential to understand how art has been utilized in the quest for social and political justice. Especially In the age of Ferguson, it is important to remember that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is part of an ongoing historical struggle. Currently cell phones/cameras have provided the evidence to stimulated a new political consciousness through their ability to document social and political conditions in real time. And, Hip-Hop culture, with its’ fusion of ‘the beat’ and social commentary, has provide the musical environment for the contemporary social activism. But this marriage of aesthetics and politics has a long history in the Americas, especially in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Black, Latino and Asian arts movements. Movements which were inspired and influenced by the Civil/Human Rights Movement in the United States, and by the freedom or anti-colonial movements in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

 

Performers/Visual Artists

 

Presenters and Moderators

 

With a particular focus on the Black and Nuyorican Arts Movements, The Art of Justice: Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement conference is dedicated to presenting the ideas, and aesthetics of those earlier movements using the first hand voices of those involved. There will be an emphasis on group discussion and audience participation. Some of the essential themes to be discussed are: the universality of the struggle for justice and the art that served it; the continuity of the struggle with others like the Negritude Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, Marcus Garvey’s and the UNIA, and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam; the celebration of historic activist, including Marcus Garvey, Carlos Cooks, Elombe Brath, Amiri Baraka, Mario Bauzá, Frank ‘Machito’ Grillo, Tito Puente, Asadata Dafora, Pearl Primus, Katherine Dunham, Diego Rivera, Baba Osergiman, Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu, Babatunje Olatunji, Syvilla Fort, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Sun Ra, Nina Simone and others; the reassessment of current movements like Nuyorican Poets Cafe, La Raza, American Indian Movement, the Asian Arts Movement and the Guerrilla Girls.

 

The conference is being produced by the Caribbean Cultural Center-African Diaspora Institute, the Institute of African American Affairs and the Department of Arts and Public Policy, both of New York University and by the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. The conference will consist of a series of three gatherings. The first will take place at NYU on Saturday, November 7, 2015. It will be composed of a full day gathering with three daily panels and a keynote address. There will be a focus on the art that was created by artists involved the in the movements. The panels are constructed to stress open discussions as opposed to a lecture format, and to display a selection of the visual arts produced by the participants. Those who were personally active in the political arts movements will facilitate the discussions. The events of the day will conclude with an evening concert.

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THE ART OF JUSTICE – November 7, 2015

 

Program: Part 1 of 3 part series artist roundtables

 

Registration: 8:30 AM to 9: 15 AM – Light Breakfast

 

Program Subject to Change Without Notice

 

Time                           Activity                                                                      End

 

9:15 AM                     Homage – Amiri Baraka                                        9:30 AM

 

9: 30 AM                    Welcome : Kathy Engel, Chairperson,                 9:40 AM

Department of Arts and Public Policy

Jaïra Placide, Associate Director
Institute of African American Affairs
New York University; Robert O’Meally,

Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University

 

9:40 AM                                                                                                         9:50 AM

Slide Show: Kwame Braithwaite, Patrice

Lumumba Coalition, African Jazz Art Society & Studios-AJASS

 

 

9:55 AM                     Introduction/Context – Felipe Luciano,               10:10 AM

Poet, Chairperson Young Lords Party

 

10:15 AM                   Antonio David Lyon – Performance                     10:20 AM

 

10:25 AM                   Roundtable 1 – Unifying Visions of Justice     11:25 AM

Ademola Olugebefola, Visual Artist, cofounder WEUSI Artists Gallery and Academy, Dwyer Cultural Center & NYNCA; Jack Tchen, Basement Workshop, Co-Founder Chinese in America Museum, Associate Professor NYU; Valery Maynard, Artist Activist; Diane Fraher, Amerinda; Elizabeth Yeampierre, Uprose

 

Moderator: C. Daniel Dawson. IRAAS, Columbia University, Gallatin School, NYU

 

11: 30 AM                  Q & A                                                                         12:00 noon

 

 

12:00                          Lunch                                                                         1:30 PM

 

 

1:35 AM                     Slide Show: Hiram Maristany, photographer, Young Lords Party

 

1: 45 PM                     Roundtable 2 –The Need for Institutions in Our Image

 

Woody King Jr., Founder, New Federal Theatre/National Black Touring Circuit; Ed Spriggs, Former Director, Studio Museum, Founder Hammonds House Museum;

Caron Atlas, NOCD for Appalshop; Dindga McCannon, Where We at Black Women, Artist, Activist; Nester Otero, Artist; Monica Montgomery, Museum of Impact;

 

Moderator Amun

 

 

2:40 PM                                  Q & A

 

2: 45 PM                    Art and Public Policy Student Presentation

 

3:25 PM                      Roundtable 3 – “Stancing” for Justice:              

                                    The Right To Our Humanity!

Monifa Bandele, Malcom X Grassroots Movement; Robert Stam, Cinema Studies, NYU; Shola Lynch, Filmmaker and Curator, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Charles Rice Gonzales, BAAD , Taiyo Na, Poet

 

Moderator: Lumumba Bandele, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

 

4:30 PM                      Q & A

 

 

5: 00 PM                     Taiyo Na, Presentation

 

5:05 PM                      Summary : Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English, Columbia University

 

Black Box Theater    Gallatin Theater

 

6:00 PM                      Performance  Randy Weston                                  6:45 PM

 

7:00 PM                      Closing Reception                                                   8:00 PM

 

 

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Jessica Williams! — Film — Festivals /Lecture Series — Reel Sisters of the Diaspora 10/24-25/15 #LIU *bklyn

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will celebrate its 18th Anniversary with 30 films by women of color from across the globe and honor actresses Jessica Williams (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) and Ebony Jo-Ann (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). The festival will be held at LIU Brooklyn from October 24-25, 2015. For information visit www.reelsisters.org or call 212-865-2982.

Film lovers can enjoy great films and meet indie filmmakers. Festival highlights include screenings of JIMMY GOES TO NOLLYWOOD, MARY LOU WILLIAMS: THE LADY WHO SWINGS THE BAND, THE ART OF AMA ATA AIDOO AND FORGIVING CHRIS BROWN.

The closing night gala on Oct. 25 will feature performances by comedy troupe American Candy and other talents.

Kumble Theater,
LIU Brooklyn on Flatbush Ave. between DeKalb Ave.
and Willoughby St.

Tickets at www.reelsisters.org

Jimmy Goes to Nollywood

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

Mary Lou Williams

Forgiving Chris Brown

 

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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series Welcomes Centric as Key Sponsor & Partner

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is proud to announce a partnership with Centric, a BET Network, to support scholarships for our award-winning filmmakers and help the festival present 30 films produced, directed and written by women of color across the globe.  Reel Sisters will be held from Oct. 25 to 26 at LIU Brooklyn with an awards ceremony on Sunday evening where cash awards will be given to six women for outstanding films that celebrate family bonds and challenge stereotypes. For information Reel Sisters visit www.reelsisters.org.

CENTRIC PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT!

As a key sponsor for Reel Sisters’ 17th Annual Film Festival, Centric will offer exclusive coverage of the festival on its website, CentricTV.com, including filmmaker interviews.  Reel Sisters will screen such inspirational films as Hands to Sky, Catch Them & They’re Yours, a film about a man with autism fighting to raise his younger brother after his mom’s death to The Summer of Gods, a short film on a young girl embracing her spiritual heritage when she is visited by the Orishas (African Gods) in a Brazilian village.

“We are honored to partner with Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series and provide scholarships for women of color in film,” said Depelsha McGruder, Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Centric. “As the network for Black women, we look forward to building and growing relationships with organizations that cater to and reflect our audience.”

Founded in 1997 by African Voices magazine and LIU Brooklyn, Reel Sisters is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to women of color filmmakers. The festival has enriched the city with more than 500 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Native American descent and awarded over $7,000 in scholarships to women filmmakers. The groundbreaking festival has influenced other media organizations to launch initiatives that help Black women gain access to directing jobs in Hollywood and bring independent film projects to life.

“Reel Sisters is honored to have Centric, The First Network Designed for Black Women, provide a platform for us to share and celebrate our stories,” said Carolyn A. Butts, founder of Reel Sisters. “We’re thrilled to live in a time where our daughters can turn on the TV each night and enjoy images that affirm their beauty and brilliance. Our goal is aligned with Centric’s trailblazing efforts to ensure that doors for Black women in film and television continue to open.”

The Reel Sisters Film Festival is supported, in part, by Councilmember Jumaane Williams, 45 C.D., Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, 35 C.D., the National Endowment for the Arts (Art Works), the New York State Council on the Arts, Centric, Brooklyn Arts Council, LIU Brooklyn and New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Media sponsors include Akila Worksongs, Imagination Cinema Foundation, CINEMATIQ Magazine, SYM-Magazine and The Network Journal.

On Sunday, October 26 at 6 pm, Centric will join Reel Sisters in presenting awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography Best Short, Best Experimental and the Reel Sisters Spirit Award. The awards ceremony will be held at LIU’s Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY. For schedule visit www.reelsisters.org.

 

Below is a short description of the Reel Sisters award-winning films.

 

 

REEL SISTERS SPIRIT AWARD & BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD:

The Summer of Gods

Length: 20:28 min Category: Narrative   Director/Producer: Eliciana Nascimento

A troubled young girl named Lili unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Northeast Brazil. Soon after her arrival, she encounters Orishas (African Gods) who join with her grandmother to help her find peace with a gift that has previously vexed her.

 

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD & BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD:

Hands to the Sky, Catch Them & They’re Yours

Length: 17:45 min   Category: Narrative

Director: Kimberly Townes   Producer: Theodore Perkins

An autistic man fights to prove, to himself and to the court, his ability to provide for his younger brother after the sudden passing of their mother.

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL AWARD:

FU377

Length: 4:30 min. Category: Animated, Experimental   Director/Producer: Neelu Bhuman

Basic dignity of queer people in India is under attack, yet again. The Section 377 law is re-enacted to criminalize “gay sex” in India. While the law and the Supreme Court date themselves back a few hundred years, an Indian mother has her knowledge of “gay sex” in mint condition, wheeling out a tidbit or two for her heartbroken queer daughter.

 

BEST SHORT AWARD:

You’re Dead to Me

Length: 12:45 min. Category: Narrative

Director: Wu Tsang   Producer: Melissa Haizlip

A grieving Chicana mother confronts an uninvited family member before her Dia de los Muertos celebration.

BEST NARRATIVE AWARD:

Hero Mars

Length: 24:24 min. Category: Narrative

Director: Skyler Cooper Producer: Maria Breaux

A down-and-out actor gets the chance of a lifetime to audition for a world-class theater company, but she struggles with misconceptions, ignorance and hostility in her quest to gain acceptance.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD:

At a Distance

Length: 7:03 min. Category: Documentary Director/Producer: Baqir Rezaie

Abiha is 7. She lives on the outskirts of Quetta in Pakistan. Her father has fled to Australia and she misses him terribly. Her home has been bombed and her mother is trying to reunite the family while supporting her children as a schoolteacher. Abiha’s life in this dangerous Hazara community is tumultuous, but she continues to dream of becoming an artist one day.


African Voices Reel Sisters 10/20

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Theatre – Short Plays by Black Women – THE NEW BLACK FEST UN-TAMED: HAIR BODY ATTITUDE 10/19/15 at 6:30pm Martin Segal Theatre at CUNY Graduate Center

FREE. First Come, First Served.

THE NEW BLACK FEST

UN-TAMED: HAIR BODY ATTITUDE

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:30pm

Martin Segal Theatre at CUNY Graduate Center

Obie Winner Director Liesl Tommy Directs!

 


UN-TAMED: HAIR BODY ATTITUDE

Short Plays by Black Women

 

Martin Segal Theatre at CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, NYC

First come, first seated. NO Rsvps!

Click HERE for details and info!

 

THE PLAYWRIGHTS

 Nikkole Salter    Chisa Hutchinson       Cori Thomas

 

 

                    Lanelle Moise                    Jocelyn Bioh

 

The aim of UN-TAMED is to dig deeper into the national conversation around black womanhood and social perceptions of black femininity.

 

Please DONATE to the New Black Fest TODAY so we can 

continue to support important storytellers and storytelling and THIS event (smile).

 

Keith Josef Adkins

Artistic Director and Co-Founder

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The New Black Fest is partially-supported by TimeWarner.

The New Black Fest is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Contributions for the purposes of The New Black Fest must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The New Black Fest: Un-Tamed: Hair Body Attitude – Short Plays by Black Women

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Monday, October 19
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Reading

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

In the tradition of Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege and HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments, The New Black Fest (with guest curator, playwright Dominique Morisseau) commissioned five Black women playwrights to participate and dig deeper into the national conversation around Black womanhood and social perceptions of Black femininity, providing Black women a creative platform to personalize these issues. The playwrights include Jocelyn Bioh, Chisa Hutchinson, Lenelle Moise, Nikkole Salter, and Cori Thomas. Directed by Liesl Tommy.

Readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwrights, The New Black Fest’s dynamic Artistic Director Keith Josef Adkins.

 

keith headshotKeith Josef Adkins (Artistic Director) is the artistic director of The New Black Fest, an organization dedicated to new and provocative playwriting, films and discussion from the African Diaspora. The New Black Fest recently commissioned Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege, HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments, and the newly-curated UN-TAMED: Hair Body Attitude—Short Plays by Black Women. Samuel French recently published Facing Our Truth in Spring 2015. As a playwright, his plays include The People Before The Park which will premiere at Premiere Stages in September 2015. His play Pitbulls received its world premiere Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Theater, NYC in November 2014. His play Safe House received its world premiere October 2014 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park with a subsequent production at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Winter 2015). His play The Last Saint on Sugar Hill received its New York City premiere in 2013 at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theater in NYC. Other plays include The Final Daze, The Dangerous and Sugar and Needles. Keith is a recent recipient of a 2015 Helen Merrill Mid-Career Playwright Award.

 

Jocelyn BiohJocelyn Bioh (Playwright) JOCELYN BIOH is a proud native New Yorker. As a playwright: African Americans (Southern Rep Ruby Prize Finalist 2011) Nollywood Dreams, FOUR, and the libretto for The Ladykiller’s Love Story currently in development with Hi-Arts NYC. B.A in English/Theatre from The Ohio State University, M.F.A in Theatre – Playwriting from Columbia University. Acting credits: Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Off Broadway: An Octoroon (Soho Rep) SEED (Classical Theater of Harlem) NEIGHBORS (The Public Theater) Regional: BootyCandy, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. TV: “Louie” (FX,) “One Life to Live” (ABC,) CoverGirl Spokesmodel (National Commerical/Print Ads.)

 

Chisa HutchinsonChisa Hutchinson (Playwright) B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU – Tisch School of the Arts) has happily presented her plays Dirt Rich, She Like Girls, This Is Not the Play, Sex on Sunday, Tunde’s Trumpet, The Subject, Mama’s Gonna Buy You, Somebody’s Daughter, Alondra Was Here and Dead & Breathing at such venues as the Lark Play Development Center, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Working Man’s Clothes Productions, the BE Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Mad Dog Theater Company, the Wild Project, Rattlestick Theater, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. She has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a New York NeoFuturist and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group, and is currently a second-year member of New Dramatists. Chisa has won a GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship. A recent foray into screenwriting won her Best Narrative Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival. By day, Chisa writes copy for a retail company. To learn more, visit www.chisahutchinson.com.

 

DominiqueMorisseau HeadshotDominique Morisseau (Guest Curator) Playwright/Actress/Poet/Activist, is an alumni of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop. Credits include: Skeleton Crew (Sundance; Lark Barebones); Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT); Sunset Baby (Gate Theater; LAByrinth Theatre); Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; Premiere Stages). She has produced other original works with the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Penn State University, American Theatre of Harlem and The New Group. Her 3-play cycle, entitled “The Detroit Projects” include Detroit ’67, Paradise Blue (developed with Voice and Vision, Hansberry Project, NYTW, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater), and Skeleton Crew. Awards: Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, two-time NAACP Image Award, Primus Prize commendation, Stavis Playwriting Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, U of M Emerging Leader Award, Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper New American Play Prize, The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award, and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.

 

Lenelle MoisesLenelle Moïse (Playwright) Lenelle Moïse is the author of Haiti Glass (City Lights/ Sister Spit), an internationally-touring performer and a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. Her two-act comedy Merit won the 2012 Southern Rep Ruby Prize. She also wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate, which launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project. Lenelle was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. For more info, visit: http://www.lenellemoise.com

 

Nikkole SalterNikkole Salter (Playwright) OBIE Award-winning actress and writer for the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, IN THE CONTINUUM. Other plays include LINES IN THE DUST which received its world premiere at Luna Stage, CARNAVAL which received its NYC premiere at Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre in Harlem, REPAIRING A NATION which received a NJ premiere production at Crossroads Theatre Company and the co-authored FREEDOM RIDER received its world premiere at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Ms. Salter is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, a two time Playwright’s of New York (PoNY) Fellowship nominee, is currently working on commissions from Woolly Mammoth, the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill, and was selected to write the screen adaptation of Claude Brown’s New York Times Bestselling novel, Manchild in the Promised Land.  She also serves as Executive Director of THE CONTINUUM PROJECT, INC., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that creates innovative artistic programming for community empowerment and enrichment. Their first bi-annual endeavor, The Legacy Program: Residency – an arts education, youth development initiative – launched in 2009 at the William Alexander Middle School in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Cori ThomasCori Thomas (Playwright) Her plays include: When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere City Theatre Co., Pittsburgh); Pa’ s Hat (Pillsbury House Theatre, MN); Flight 109, My Secret Language of Wishes (Various theaters and University productions including Mixed Blood, MN); The Princess, The Breast, and, The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures. Cori’s plays have been developed and produced at Sundance Theatre Lab, Goodman Theatre, City Theatre Co. (Pittsburgh), Page 73, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Playwrights Horizons, Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Going To The River, Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, National Black Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Passage Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, New Federal Theatre, New Georges, The Black Rep (St. Louis), The New Black Fest, and Queens Theatre in the Park.  Awards and Honors: Edgerton New Play Award, Sundance Theatre Lab, and 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award for Best New Play (When January Feels Like Summer). Cori is a co- founder of The Pa’s Hat Foundation, Inc. an organization focused on helping the former child soldiers of Liberia heal after the long standing civil war through focus on arts education and literacy.

 

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