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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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Dance — Dayton Contemporary Dance Company: 2016 DREAM CATCHERS Season is a Celebration of Women

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company:

The world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. Founded in 1968, DCDC is known for its extraordinary artistic DCDC’s words execution and story-telling through dance art of international standard.  Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers, this company continues to celebrate dance around the world.  DCDC “is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.”  Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs continues the company’s long legacy with fresh new dance works by top choreographers.

DCDC’s words about their season:

Today’s woman is inventive and nurturing. Enterprising and filled with ambition, resolve, and even sassy verve, she thinks fast on her feet. She has to. Today, a woman can aspire to worldly accomplishment yet she also has the option of being a nurturer.

Restless yet still, she is like the dream catcher, which can be taken anywhere in a busy world but remains intact, reliable, and protective.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2015-2016 season Dream Catcher pays tribute to today’s woman as a catcher of dreams. But not just any dream. Good dreams that make one’s day creative, productive, purposeful, and meaningful.

Now that the sun rises on a changing world where women are making history in greater numbers, Dream Catcher celebrates their arrival and endurance through the art of dance and a series of special events.

Dance weaves stories and dreams unlike any other art form and in the hands of women artists, good dreams will pass through a magic web to enter the minds of grown children—we, who are fortunate to be in the audience.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Dream Catcher season invites you to dream nurturing visions full of power, grace, and verve. Even sassy dreams that the morning sun lights on fire.

Our season, entitled Dream Catcher, celebrates women whose character and accomplishment distinguish them as sources of inspiration and motivation. One such woman was our founder Jeraldyne Blunden whose vision and mission continue to function as a mirror and lamp reflecting and illuminating our experience. We will commemorate her 75th birthday this December.

The season will host our first-ever women’s conference entitled Women in Motion: Empowered by Dance. The conference will focus on the whole woman—her mind, body, and spirit.  March 17 through 20, 2016, will feature several workshops and empowerment sessions addressing women’s physical, financial, and spiritual health. We will partner with the American Heart Association and offer heart-healthy programming as well.  The weekend will culminate in a performance of “In the Spirit of . . . Joy.”

Togetherness will be an underlying theme of the season, which will recognize and acknowledge the creativity of women in leadership and the synergy of women working together.

The season will recognize the tenth anniversary of one of us—Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders as Executive Director of DCDC—as well as the enduring and dynamic collaboration between us, the company’s Executive Director and Artistic Director. We enjoy working with one another as well as being connected and committed to the community in special and significant ways.

In addition to performing works by choreographers Francesca Harper, Kiesha Lalama, Bridget L. Moore, Crystal Michelle and Debbie Blunden-Diggs this season, the Dream Catchers season will have its own women’s conference titled Women In Motion: Empowered by Dance, March 10-12, 2016, Dayton, Ohio. This is DCDC’s first-ever conference, providing sessions on the most important aspects of what it is to be a woman in today’s world. Sessions will focus on women’s health and spirituality, finances and building wealth, and the joys of being a woman. The conference will unleash the dreams required for a more sustaining and healing world.
In March, DCDC will also be back out for its Spring touring dates. On March 5, 2016 DCDC is being presented by 651 ARTS at the Kumble Theatre in Brooklyn, NY and performing as guests of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center, March 22, 24, and 26, 2016. DCDC will be performing Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder, a classic piece of contemporary work.
DCDC’s initiative for historically black colleges and universities, Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience will continue its 2015-2016 residencies at five universities in March and April: Rust College, MS, Tuskegee University, AL, Florida A&M University, FL, Bethune-Cookman University, FL, and Central State University, OH. Central State University is one of three of DCDC’s university partners along with University of Dayton and Wright State University.
The company will finish it’s season performing as part of the Constella Festival’s Constella Dance in Cincinnati, OH and Spring to Dance, St. Louis, MO.
THE LITTLEST ANGEL
Friday, December 4, 2015 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

University of Dayton Boll Theatre – 300 College Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio

It moved me to tears, an audience member said of last year’s production. Set beautifully to dance, The Littlest Angel is the endearing tale by Charles Tazewell about a little boy who enters heaven far too soon. But the gift he offers for the Christ child transforms the meaning of giving and sacrifice. The Littlest Angel will get inside your heart and stay there. Ideal for the entire family and for the child in you.

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

Friday, January 22, 2016 – 11:30-1:00 pm

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Studios

840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio

Up Close & Personal is a chance for you to see a live rehearsal of DCDC dancers working with a noted choreographer in the creation of a new dance work. You will also enjoy a catered lunch. Up Close & Personal is DCDC’s way of reaching out to the public to demystify the art of contemporary dance and reveal its highly relevant place in today’s world. Choreographer to be announced.

ETCHINGS

Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 3:00 pm

Eichelberger Theatre, Stivers High School for the Arts – 1313 East 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio

Watch four new creations of dance art by women choreographers as they bring down to earth their dreams and have them leap up and soar into the sun. These women artists will etch their creations on the landscape and in the sky of movement and grace. Two of the works will be created by DCDC’s artistic leadership, Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs and Associate Artistic Director Crystal Michelle. Rounding out the program will be nationally recognized women choreographers.

IN THE SPIRIT OF…JOY
Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3:00 pm
Dayton Masonic Center – 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, Ohio

In the Spirit of…Joy is the ninth installment of the In the Spirit of…series that celebrates the music of the African American church. Rallying the forces of dance, gospel choir, live instrumentalists, soulful soloists, and special features, this foot-stomping and hand-clapping occasion will bring down the spirit to envelope all in everlasting truth. This performance is in celebration of women and the spirit of dance and song. Joy will open your spiritual heart! Community churches lend their incomparable music talent to this deeply grassroots undertaking.

Click here for the Community Choir Registration Form

KALEIDOSCOPE

DCDC2 and UD Dance Ensemble Concert

Friday, March 18, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 8:00 pm

University of Dayton Boll Theatre –  300 College Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio

DCDC2 is one of the nation’s leading preparatory dance ensembles. Its annual concert showcases rising talent in the art of dance and choreography. In a new collaborative enterprise, DCDC joins forces with University of Dayton Dance Ensemble. The program exhibits some of the best emerging pre-professional dancers in the nation.

STREET BEATS

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Activities begin at 4:00 pm. Concert begins at 6:00 pm

Location to be announced.

Kick off your shoes and dance with us as Street Beats ends the DCDC season, opening the door to summer. Street Beats is an outdoor concert accompanied by a big sky, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s exceptional dancers. Special offerings include food vendors, dance lessons, and other extras for the entire family.

Tickets are on sale at www.ticketcenterstage.com or you can call 937-228-3630.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents its 47th Anniversary Season.
Extra Specials
JERALDYNE BLUNDEN LIVING LEGACIES LUNCHEON

Thursday, December 10, 2015 – 11:30 am

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

840 Germantown Street

Dayton, Ohio

On the 75th anniversary of the birth of Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and visionary leader and matriarch, whose spirit informs the company to this day, the Jeraldyne Blunden Living Legacies Luncheon honors special women in the Dayton community. Not only women, but also their descendants, will be acknowledged for bestowing their legacy to the people of the Miami Valley. Who are these matriarchs and their descendants? That’s a secret for now. You will have to come and see!

Luncheon Tickets are $40 each

EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS

IN-STUDIO WORKSHOP & SHOWING

Friday, January 29, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Studios

840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio

This is an intensive weekend for up and coming choreographers. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s best dance minds will work with these choreographers to bring their work to the next level through classes in dance composition, a master class, and performances. Showing is the culminating event for advanced work.

$65 for full workshop participants. $25 for observers.

Click here for more information and registration materials.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

WOMEN IN MOTION: EMPOWERED BY DANCE

Thursday, March 10, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, March 11, 2016 – 8:30am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 8:30 am – 12 noon

CROWNE PLAZA of Dayton

33 E Fifth St, Dayton, Ohio

The Dream Catchers season will have its own women’s conference titled Women In Motion: Empowered By Dance. This is DCDC’s first-ever conference, providing sessions on the most important aspects of what it is to be a woman in today’s world. Sessions will focus on women’s health and spirituality, finances and building wealth, and the joys of being a woman. The conference will unleash the dreams required for a more sustaining and healing world.

CONFERENCE FEE
Early bird registration is $109 and $129 beginning February 22, 2016. Conference Registration fee also includes lunch on March 11 and a ticket to In the Spirit of…Joy (March 12 or March 13)

SOULSTICE: LADIES SING THE BLUES

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Conference Center

301 West Fourth Street, Building 12, Dayton, Ohio

Think of a sultry night, a bright moon, an intimate gathering, and a singer who gets under your skin. She knows what she’s singing and your heart replies, enthralled by her magic. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2016 Soulstice: Ladies Sing the Blues features local women blues and jazz singers, fine dining, the company dancers, smiles, festivities, and celebration. Come and see why Soulstice is unlike any special fundraising event in town.

Individual tickets are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Tickets are on sale at www.ticketcenterstage.com or you can call 937-228-3630.

DCDC’S 47th Anniversary Season – Dream Catchers

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Individual tickets will be available September 1, 2015 – but reserve your seat of preference by getting a season subscription!

For more information visit the DCDC offices located at 840 Germantown Dayton, Ohio 45402 or call 937-228-3232.

BOOKING & TOURING CONTACTS
Michelle Van Huss

Phone: 937-228-3232

michelle@dcdc.org

DAYTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY

840 Germantown Street

Dayton, Ohio 45402

USA

Phone: 937-228-DCDC (3232)

Fax: 937-223-6156

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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.


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We Recommend — Crowdfunding — FILM — NASTY GAL The Many Lives of Funk Queen Betty Davis –#indieGoGo

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nasty-gal-the-many-lives-of-funk-queen-betty-davis#/story

 

Before Grace Jones, the reigning Queen of outre was Betty Davis. The upcoming MILES AHEAD by Don Cheadle shows before and after Miles Davis, but not the woman who turned his head and introduced the funk to the previously King of the Cool. Betty Davis reigned unheralded but Supreme.

It behooves Everyone who listens to music to pay tribute.

The true story of Betty Davis, the elusive 70s funk queen who blazed the way for women in music.

 

An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, BETTY MABRY DAVIS
arrived on the scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion style and outrageous funk. She befriended JIMI HENDRIX and SLY STONE, wrote songs for the CHAMBERS BROTHERS and the COMMODORES and married MILES DAVIS – turning him from Jazz to Funk and then went on to ignite stages in the 70s with her sassy sexed up mix of hard rock and bluesy funk, inspiring countless artists from PRINCE to ERYKAH BADU  to KAREN O and PEACHES. Then she vanished…

Betty was the original Nasty Gal, breaking boundaries and blazing the way for others to follow.

Funk diva Betty Mabry Davis was a songwriter, fashion model, and cultural groundbreaker whose career soared in the mid 70s, fueled by her outrageous song lyrics and aided by her many famous collaborators. But Betty’s life was more than her music, her striking looks, and the talented people she knew – there was another, more mysterious and deeply private side to this sassy icon who changed the landscape for women in music. With the direct participation of the once elusive Betty, now breaking her silence after 35 years of self-imposed solitude, our film will tell the exciting, inspiring, truly extraordinary story of this empowered, free-spirited funk goddess for the very first time.


Betty’s concerts were legendary and broke new ground for female performers

Betty and her band FunkHouse

https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fplayer.vimeo.com%2Fvideo%2F139130395&url=https%3A%2F%2Fvimeo.com%2F139130395&image=http%3A%2F%2Fi.vimeocdn.com%2Fvideo%2F534812088_1280.jpg&key=64da7ba9305b45b68029ce9f0c7e4d75&type=text%2Fhtml&schema=vimeo

https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fplayer.vimeo.com%2Fvideo%2F141058053&url=https%3A%2F%2Fvimeo.com%2F141058053&image=http%3A%2F%2Fi.vimeocdn.com%2Fvideo%2F537857943_1280.jpg&key=64da7ba9305b45b68029ce9f0c7e4d75&type=text%2Fhtml&schema=vimeoHelmed by an award-winning production team with exclusive life story rights, NASTY GAL is an original feature-length film that revisits and rediscovers the real Betty Davis, a cult figure in popular music whose little-known, incredibly rich life journey touches on issues of gender, race, fame, spirituality, and the role of liberated women in American society. Although substantially based on vital present-day testimonies from Betty’s closest confidantes, we will tell this story using never-before-seen archive, interviews, and fact-based, cinematic reconstructions performed by a high-profile actress/music personality and scripted with Betty’s own words. Within the film there will be moments of a large-scale, professionally produced Betty Davis tribute concert in her hometown of Pittsburgh, performed by members of her ’70s bands, legendary contemporary artists, and many of the interviewees in the film. This benefit concert, whose proceeds will go to help Betty herself,  we hope will be the first time that Betty shows herself to the public again.

Betty in New York 1974

Betty herself wants to make this film now while she is “still here” and wants to do it independently and with a trusted team.  The struggles she faced, of resisting commercialization, of being true to one’s inner voice  and the battle of public and private identity is as pertinent as ever to all of us living in an image obsessed culture in 2015. Our film will show that Betty Davis was a woman ahead of her time—and that she suffered for her uncompromising independence. Betty broke and flouted taboos resisting what was deemed “respectable” for women, leading the NAACP to object to her music and commercial radio stations to ban her songs. Betty always refused to compromise, always remaining true to her art and voice rather than give up her creativity.  She knew she ‘was different’ and she suffered for that. This still untold story, set to the greatest funk music America has produced –  will set the record straight and finally give Betty her legacy.

Betty’s control of her image and music was unprecedented, pushing boundaries that led to boycotts and bomb threats

By the early 1980s, Betty —  the vivacious spirit who commanded attention wherever she traveled — had disappeared from the scene, leaving her whereabouts a complete mystery.

Betty’s life has always been shrouded in mystery

We found Betty living in the same small steel town where she spent her childhood. After years of building trust, she wants now to reflect back on her life and the difficult circumstances that resulted in her leaving not only the public eye but also making herself inaccessible to former friends and colleagues for over three decades. As the film unveils Betty’s childhood, as well as the isolative years of her post-career life, we will explore how she rose above many dire challenges to remain fully and spiritually true to herself with a sensitivity that honors our subject. In the 21st century, as her music continues to be discovered and Betty is cited as a major influence by artists as diverse as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Nona Hendryx, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Karen O, Ice Cube, and many more, the story of this “black panther woman” (Carlos Santana) will finally be told, and the mystery of her fall into oblivion made comprehensible, even to those closest to her, for the very first time.

Betty’s battle as a female artist breaking stereotypes, resisting commercialization and trying to be true to herself is a conflict played out endlessly today. Help us tell this important story and support Betty in a time of need!

We have been working as a small, self financed team developing this film with Betty for over two years — driven by her compelling human story and our passion for her music — but we have now exhausted our own means to keep producing the film in an authentic and independent manner and realize that the only way to ensure we can continue to keep NASTY GAL in this vein is through donation. We are determined to make this film in the tradition and spirit in which Betty Davis also approached her music: to be creatively independent, to be true to Betty’s own story and to avoid having to comply with a formulaic format made solely for TV. We need your help to retain that freedom for as long as possible in order to realize the film we’ve envisioned with Betty’s input. Only then do we envisage partnering with broadcasters and other investors who have already shown great interest in the film.

Ultimately, INDIEGOGO support will allow us to push the film substantially forward. This is how:

1. FINDING UNIQUE NEW ARCHIVE: During our 2+ years of research and outreach, we have sourced  a trove of previously unpublished photos, old demos and never-before-released live recordings, and more! Your support now will let us SECURE this and also, vitally, obtain the rights. We are also on the trail of the only existing high quality 35mm footage of Betty performing live – this is incredibly exciting. Your support will give us a  crack team of archivists to search through private collections, libraries and personal collections around the world and get all this into the film.2. SECURING THE MUSIC: A successful campaign will allow us to license Betty’s extensive song catalog – we want viewers of the film to discover her music as part of the story we’ll tell. We want this to be one of the greatest funk films ever – with a fantastic soundtrack. Even at this early stage, we need to clear a substantial amount of master rights which are very expensive. Your help will allow this.

3. GETTING THE UNTOLD STORY: Betty Davis is not just an American but a global icon – she touched many lives and inspired many careers, in the U.S., U.K., France, Japan, and Australia. Your donations will finally allow us to meet and interview Betty’s friends and artistic colleagues in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Tokyo and Pittsburgh who will reveal untold parts of the Betty Davis story and shed new light on her character and mysterious later years.

Both Betty and all the team are eager to continue and make this something incredible — but we can only take the next step with your help. Thank you. 

Filmmakers  Phil Cox and Damon Smith and Producer Giovanna Stopponi have premiered their feature films and trans-media work at festivals such as Sundance, the Berlinale, IDFA, Toronto, New York and many others. We are a committed, experienced, passionate and independent team –  and for the last three years have been dedicating ourselves to working with the amazing Betty and preparing this movie to become a reality!

The film team in Pittsburgh casting for the young Betty Davis

What are you going to do with this money? The production has been self funding for three years and now needs specific help to jump forward on the search for archive, music licensing and principal photography. See our Betty pie chart for a specific breakdown of where the money will go!

What happens if you don’t reach the total?
However much we raise, every dollar donated will go to making this movie happen!

How is Betty involved? It is Betty’s wish to now cement her legacy and she is collaborating with us every step of the way across the project.

When do I get my perk? Please note that delivery times may vary but estimates of delivery are stated beneath each reward. The date of the film’s release might be subject to change but have not doubt we shall honor every single pledge.

What about my limited edition movie t-shirt size? We will be in touch with you towards the end of the campaign to know your personal size and style!

I want to get involved and support Betty’s legacy and this movie more! This would be brilliant! We need YOUR help and ideas and backing  – feel free to contact the team at nastygal@nativevoicefilms.com

I have old photos and video of Betty performing. What do I do with them? Get in touch! We’d love to take a look at anything you have in your personal collection — it might find its way into our film.

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  • $10USD
    Your Name on the Movie

    Your name will appear in the end credits of the film, and you’ll have the joy of knowing you helped bring Betty’s story to life on the big screen! We’ll also give you a personal shoutout on our social media when the campaign ends.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2016

  • $15USD
    Exclusive Betty LIVE in Tokyo!

    Exclusive bootleg never before heard recording of Betty performing live in Tokyo! A single track download – together with a stunning original BETTY IN JAPAN digital artwork by award winning designers KASH. Also includes your name on the movie!

    6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2015

  • $20USD
    NASTY GAL Download

    (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD) You’ll get an HD digital download of the film when it is commercially available and a personal thanks in the tail credits, along with the exclusive I’M WITH BETTY movie logo.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2016

  • $25USD
    Betty-Curated Digital Mixtape

    (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD) EXCLUSIVE BETTY DAVIS CURATED MIXTAPE. You’ll receive a personal mix list of Betty’s favorite music — 15 songs — curated by Betty Davis herself! PLUS: Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits

    24 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2015

  • $35USD + Shipping
    ORIGINAL ‘BETTY’ T-Shirt

    Get a LIMITED EDITION T-shirt with the exclusive Jon Daniel–designed ‘BETTY’ movie logo on it. Just choose your size! PLUS: Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits.

    89 out of 150 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2016

    Ships Worldwide
  • $50USD
    Rare Betty Archive Materials

    (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD) RARE INTERVIEWS AND IMAGES. We’ve compiled a very special collection of hard-to-find interview materials from defunct magazines, including some never-before-seen images of Betty performing live. We’ll deliver the bundle as a PDF. PLUS: Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits

    21 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2015

  • $100USD
    A Personal Letter to Betty

    TELL BETTY WHAT SHE MEANS TO YOU. Write a letter to Betty (max. two pages) and we will read it out loud to her. This is your chance to communicate directly with the elusive Funk Queen. PLUS, PDF archive / Digital mix tape /Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2015

  • $200USD
    RARE Nasty Gal CD – Signed

    OUT OF PRINT NASTY GAL CD. You’ll receive one copy of Light in the Attic’s out-of-print CD reissue of NASTY GAL, signed by Betty Davis – who donated these from her personal stash! Truly a collector’s item, the CD contains liner notes, original artwork, complete lyrics, rare photos and interviews, all in a beautiful color booklet. PLUS: PDF archive / Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2016

  • $300USD
    Video Chat with Filmmakers

    A one-hour Skype/Google Hangout chat with filmmakers Phil Cox and Damon Smith, who have been working across three years in collaboration with Betty Davis. They can tell stories or answer questions about Betty, chat about movies and music, or share war stories from the wild world of documentary filmmaking. PLUS: PDF archive / Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits

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  • $500USD
    Unique Betty NYC Guided Tour

    Join us for an exclusive guided tour through Betty’s old haunts, homes, and favorite stomping grounds in NYC! Led by one of the filmmakers, this will be a true insider’s tour into Betty’s life and times circa 1966 to 1973. Travel and transportation not included. PLUS: PDF archive / Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2016

  • $750USD + Shipping
    Anthony Barboza Special Print

    LIMITED EXCLUSIVE PHOTO PRINT. You’ll receive a large-format, art-quality color photo print [60cm x 86cm] of Betty Davis modeling a truly dazzling cape given to her by the late Jimi Hendrix, shot by famed photographer Anthony Barboza. PLUS: PDF archive / Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits

    1 out of 15 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2016

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  • $1,000USD
    Invites to the World Premiere

    WORLD PREMIERE ACCESS. You’ll receive two tickets to the US or UK premiere of NASTY GAL (travel and lodging not included), two tickets to the after party, and a personal update from the filmmakers at each stage of production. PLUS: PDF archive / Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits

    1 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2016

  • $1,750USD + Shipping
    Signed original print of Betty

    A beautiful large original Betty Davis print by world famous photographer Anthony Barboza (60cm x 86cm) personally signed and dedicated to you by Betty herself. PLUS: PDF archive / Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film / Your name in the tail credits

    1 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2016

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  • $3,000USD
    Betty Davis Exclusive Package

    LIMITED EDITION ANTHONY BARBOZA PRINT – SIGNED BY BETTY + WORLD PREMIERE ACCESS. You’ll receive a special poster print of an Anthony Barboza iconic black-and-white portrait of Betty (60cm x 86 cm), signed by Betty herself + plus two tickets to the film premiere in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh or London (travel and lodging not included), and personal updates from the directors of the film as production unfolds PLUS: PDF archive / Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film.

    1 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2016

  • $5,000USD
    Betty Davis Gold Movie Package

    DINNER AND PREMIUM ALL ACCESS / Four tickets to the premiere in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh or London, dinner with the filmmaking team, and a special CONTRIBUTING ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit. Direct access and personal updates from the directors of the film as our production unfolds. PLUS, a limited edition Anthony Barboza special poster print of Betty, signed by Betty Davis herself! PLUS: PDF archive / Digital mixtape / Movie logo / Download of the finished film

    0 out of 4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2016

 

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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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DANCE — BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play — Camille A. Brown & Dancers –9/22-27/15, JOYCE THEATER, *nyc

After one full year of research and workshops, this Fabulous, Award-Winning ARTIST unveils her newest choreographic exploration of our humanity. The amazing Scott Patterson collaborates again with music, joined here by the thoughtful Tracy Wormworth. HIGHLY Recommended.

Date(s)September 22-27 Schedule Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 2pm

Ticket PriceTickets start at $10!

(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Description
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play
Bessie Award and Doris Duke Artist Award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown and the women of Camille A. Brown & Dancers present the world premiere of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, a work revealing the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a black female in urban America. Live music with collaborators Tracy Wormworth and Scott Patterson encompass the rhythmic play of African-American rooted steppin’, Double Dutch, and Juba. The company will also perform New Second Line, which celebrates the spirit of New Orleans. Each performance culminates with a third-act dialogue, allowing audiences to engage with the artists on stage.
Performances are subject to change.

 

 

May 27, 2015 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, LIFESTYLES, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FREE New Play READINGS — Urban Stages *nyc February 2015 2/16, 17, 18, 19, 23

FREE! Exciting Playwrights!

urbanStages

259 West 30th Street

no RSVP needed – first come, first seated.

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SPORTS — FILM — WOMEN — ALTHEA –the story of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson 2/6/15 6pm *nyc #ATHENA Film Festival

Althea

Buy Tickets Here: Adult | Student

Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950’s. Gibson was the first African-American to play and win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before the great Arthur Ashe, only to be shunned by the tennis establishment.

The film details her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem, her mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins, and others, and her rising fame that thrusts her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights Movement.

Date: Friday, February 6, 6PM
Location: Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall

http://athenafilmfestival.com/film/althea/

Filmmaker Rex Miller will join the audience following the screening.

Note: The NY Premiere of Britney Griner: Lifesize will be screened prior to Althea.
Synopsis: This is a rite of passage story of basketball center, Brittney Griner’s, inaugural season with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.

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Director Melissa Johnson collaborated with espnW’s Kate Fagan, to not only chronicle Griner’s transformation from amateur to professional, as Griner moves from a celebrated kid with unlimited potential to a self-reliant adult with capacity to make her championship dreams a reality.

Filmmaker Bio:
Melissa Johnson is a writer and filmmaker known for her feature documentary, No Look Pass, about a female Burmese basketball star currently airing on Showtime
Melissa has directed a short named ‘Webby Nominee’ for BBC America as well as corporate positioning pieces for eHarmony and Green Throttle. Her previous experience includes co-producing a 30 for 30 film for ESPN alongside John Singleton about track superstar Marion Jones. She also co-created an original web series called The Worst Speeches of All Time that premiered on ComedyCentral.com in August 2009 and has garnered a million views to date.

Filmmaker Bio:
Director/Cinematographer Rex Miller is a visual storyteller with an extensive background as a photographer/filmmaker, having started originally as a photographer working for local, national and international newspapers and magazines in New York City. For the last 10 years, he has been directing, producing and shooting independent documentary films, as well as content for television. His work has appeared on HBO, PBS National, Tennis Channel, and screened at major national and international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, NY Film Festival, Full Frame and South Africa. As cinematographer, his recent work has received 2 Peabody Awards.

Buy Tickets Here: Adult | Student

February 6, 2015 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Guide — We Recommend COURAGE – the new EP by AJA MONET!

Holiday Gift for loved ones, young ones, yourself.

 

Courage is the greatest of all virtues

Aja Monet COURAGE EP

Mass Appeal Premieres Courage EP:

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Dear Friends,
I am excited to announce that my latest project is officially released and available for your listening and purchasing pleasure. The EP is a compilation of five tracks that I worked on with Shayfer James and an incredible band of musicians (Thomas Senator, Justin Thompson, Jae Ko). We have been performing these songs together and I am honored to share them with you. The first time we performed these tunes for the public was this past summer at CELEBRATE BROOKLYN when I opened for Robert Glasper & Talib Kweli. We received inquiries about when the music would be out and finally it is here! I recently toured Europe with a series of local makeshift bands and we performed renditions of these songs as well. The feedback has been exciting and we’ve received a great deal of en*COURAGE*ment. 
I titled this EP “Courage,” because I was inspired by Maya Angelou’s description of one of the greatest of all virtues during a conversation she shared with Dave Chapelle. All art demands of us courage, to risk, to delve into complete self. I am learning the range of my voice and to see it’s uniqueness as it translates to someone who has the ear for it or not. This project furthers the interest and it makes the writing process less lonely. Typically, writing poetry is a solitary act or sometimes too crowded with all those inner selves. Collaboration encourages surrendering and sincere dialogue. Gil Scott Heron was a poet but he was also a singer. His voice permeates your being when you hear him. He worked with incredible musicians and made classic songs with his poems. I would hope to continue in that legacy of those who don’t see their work as a poet separate of their voice, body, and musicality.   
The more I learn about other languages and cultures and even my own Afro-Cuban heritage, I learn the power of inflection and tone, sound and vibration–I love the poetic liveliness of it all. The experiential process of poetry, the living of words and the movement of saying. These are devices in many cultures. It is often belittled in the Western world especially when it comes to poetry. If I tell you, how you say a thing is as important as how you write a thing, then you call me a spoken word poet. I am a poet. I say a word as I sing and I sing as I say. When you hear my voice all my ancestors are there with me too, writing. It is what we pass on to our children, the heirloom of heirlooms. 

I hope to be granted more opportunities to create and share music with you all. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to open this email and receive a gift. 
I appreciate your openness.

always,
aja monet

https://ajamonet.bandcamp.com/album/courage


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November 21, 2014 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CULTURE — Lectures/Talks/Symposia/Film/Music — Fall Events at the Schomburg – nyc – George Clinton! Ntzoake Shange, Charles Blow

We strongly recommend attending as many of these events as you can.

 

 

Conversations in Black Freedom Studies - The Urban Crisis: An Unfinished Agenda

Conversations in Black Freedom Studies – The Urban Crisis: An Unfinished Agenda

  • Sep 4, 2014 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
First Fridays

First Fridays

Party or Social Gathering

  • Sep 5, 2014 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture, New York NY
American Policing: The War On Black Bodies

American Policing: The War On Black Bodies

  • Sep 9, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Ordinary People: Alexis De Veaux

Ordinary People: Alexis De Veaux

  • Sep 30, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Fall Open House & First Fridays: Black Mecca, Collective Memory

Fall Open House & First Fridays: Black Mecca, Collective Memory

  • Oct 3, 2014 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Women in Islam: Human Rights Social Justice Lecture

Women in Islam: Human Rights Social Justice Lecture

  • Oct 7, 2014 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Films at the Schomburg: Felix

Films at the Schomburg: Felix

  • Oct 11, 2014 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Films at the Schomburg: Miners Shot Down

Films at the Schomburg: Miners Shot Down

  • Oct 11, 2014 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Between the Lines: Charles Blow

Between the Lines: Charles Blow

  • Oct 14, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Talks at the Schomburg: Ntozake Shange

Talks at the Schomburg: Ntozake Shange

  • Oct 15, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Carnegie Neighborhood Concerts: Abdullah Ibrahim and Friends

Carnegie Neighborhood Concerts: Abdullah Ibrahim and Friends

  • Oct 20, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Before 5

Before 5

  • Oct 22, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Afro-Latin@s Now: Race Counts!

Afro-Latin@s Now: Race Counts!

  • Oct 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Oct 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Films at the Schomburg: Muslim Voices of Philadelphia and New York

Films at the Schomburg: Muslim Voices of Philadelphia and New York

  • Oct 27, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Between the Lines: George Clinton

Between the Lines: George Clinton

  • Oct 28, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
CIN Lecture Series: Peter David Phillips

CIN Lecture Series: Peter David Phillips

  • Oct 29, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Ordinary People: Dear Joe

Ordinary People: Dear Joe

  • Nov 3, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Talks at the Schomburg: The State of Black American Theaters

Talks at the Schomburg: The State of Black American Theaters

  • Nov 5, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
First Fridays

First Fridays

  • Nov 7, 2014 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Albert Murray: His Life & Work

Albert Murray: His Life & Work

  • Nov 13, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Before 5

Before 5

  • Nov 19, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Talks at the Schomburg: Black Art + Identity Politics

Talks at the Schomburg: Black Art + Identity Politics

  • Nov 20, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
First Fridays

First Fridays

  • Dec 5, 2014 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Talks at the Schomburg: Slavery, Universities, Inner Cities

Talks at the Schomburg: Slavery, Universities, Inner Cities

  • Dec 9, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Visually Speaking: Who You Callin' a Paparazzi?

Visually Speaking: Who You Callin’ a Paparazzi?

  • Dec 11, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
Before 5

Before 5

  • Dec 17, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY

 

September 2, 2014 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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