HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH MUHFUGGASSSSSSS!
I really love that I get to celebrate my birth (Feb 26) and black people all in one month. This year though, I’m putting a super special spotlight on black women. NYC must’ve felt my wave because there are so many dope events happening over the next 28 days paying homage to the epicness that is sistas.
One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991
BAM Cinematek stay coming through with the come through! I am literally throwing my bank account at BAM with every series they launch and One Way Or Another is no different. Luckily, I won’t be alone as I’m inviting all of you to tag along as the iSo14Below Film Club screens “Visions of the Spirit: A Portrait of Alice Walker” on February 8th. To RSVP, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
See the film schedule in full here.
MARGUERITE HEMMINGS: TO MAKE READY AGAIN
We love the Jack over here at iSo14Below! They introduced us to the wonder that is Ayesha Jordan and they are back this weekend with a performance from yet another black woman making history. Marguerite Hemmings has choreographed a physical manifestation of what liberation and reparations means to millennials. Perefct way to kick off this month!
Black Artstory 2017 – The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora
February always signals a month-long party. courtesy of Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership! Each year, they put together a super legit celebration of black art. This year is special because not only is my fellow Weeksville Ambassador Suhaly the curator, but my girl Tania has work featured! Every Friday this month, you can stroll 15 venues on Myrtle Avenue featuring local artists and participate in workshops, screenings, and performances.
Target First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum
My friends and I joke that the BK Museum is essentially a black history museum at this point. Their programming is obnoxiously black focused and its beyond appreciated. Besides the usual evening of events, Sandra Bland and Audre Lorde will be holding court through a performance and book talk, respectively.
“She”, a choreoplay centered around black women’s trauma and healing has been making it’s rounds in the city and landing back home in Brooklyn. Created in partnership with Kevin Powell, this powerful work is not to be missed. BK Museum’s book club will be discussing Lorde’s “Sister Outside”. It’ll be super special since it’s being hosted by two of my faves, Glory from “Well Read Black Girl” and Art.Black‘s Jessica!
Black Voices, Black Art: Upending Convention
I lovelovelove Brooklyn Historical Society and I’m through the roof excited that the homie and friend to the blog, Kimberly Drew will be in conversation with MacArthur Genius Kellie Jones discussing black art. As the creator of Black Contemporary Art, Drew has created a platform that not only made black artists visible. but made them accessible to the people being depicted in their work. I’m beyond excited for this talk!
Black Actress Magic: Black Female Diversity in Film & TV
Much has been said about black women’s visibility in front of and behind the camera. BRIC is doing what the girls shoulda did a long time ago and centered black women in that conversation. Bringing together an amazing panel, including Andrea Lewis from the hilar web series “Black Actress”, this will easily be on of the best Stoop Series installments evuh!
Unbound: Morgan Parker
I’m still kicking myself in the face for sleeping on those tickets to see Walter Mosley at BAM, but I’m taking it as a cue to direct my attention to the new crop of black lit geniuses. On Feb 15th, writer Morgan Parker will be in conversation with The New York Times Magazine’s Jenna Wortham about her new collection of poetry, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé.
THIS AIN’T A EULOGY: A RITUAL FOR RE-MEMBERING
I told ya’ll my tribe is litty this Black History Month! One of my fave ladies to run into around BK, Taja Lindley is premiering her first short film, “This Aint A Eulogy”. I remember when she began working on this project and I’m so excited for it to be unleashed into the world. Through performance, Taja will be making the parallels between discarded materials and the violent treatment of black Americans. “This Aint A Eulogy” is a part of Myrtle Ave’s Black ArtStory Month, so you can make a full night of it by adding the art walk after the show.
bklyn boihood presents: black love
bklyn boihood is always throws the best parties for the ladies! No matter where you fall on the sexuality spectrum, it’s a safe space to come in as little you want and buck the floor completely down without harrassment or that creepy gaze. It also doesn’t help that they always have the best female DJs on deck! Round up your girls and head to Littlefield Feb 17th!
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