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Senegalese artist Bouna Ndiaye presents film and discussion on historic anniversary of the first “World Festival of Negro Arts”

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In 1966, musicians, writers, sculptors, painters, performers, poets and other Art enthusiasts gathered in Dakar, Senegal for the first World Festival of Negro Arts (Premier Festival Mondial des arts nègres) . The festival drew attendees from the African diaspora around the world. They came from nearly 45 countries, including several Heads of State from newly-independent African countries. Artists from the […]

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Writer’s Discussion Series: Paulette A. Ramsay | Afro-Mexican Constructions of Diaspora, Gender, Identity and Nation

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Writer’s Discussion Series: Paulette A. Ramsay | Afro-Mexican Constructions of Diaspora, Gender, Identity and Nation (UWI Press, 2016) Paulette Ramsay’s study analyses cultural and literary material produced by Afro-Mexicans on the Costa Chica de Guerrero y Oaxaca, Mexico, to undermine and overturn claims of mestizaje or Mexican homogeneity. The interdisciplinary research draws on several theoretical […]

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Writer’s Discussion Series and African Diaspora Lecture by Daniel O. Sayers | A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp

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In the 250 years before the Civil War, the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina was a brutal landscape–2,000 square miles of undeveloped and unforgiving wetlands, peat bogs, impenetrable foliage, and dangerous creatures. It was also a protective refuge for marginalized individuals, including Native Americans, African-American maroons, free African Americans, and outcast Europeans. […]

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"Namour" Film Screening event and panel discussion on March 23rd at 7pm!

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  Please join us on March 23rd for a film screening and discussion of “Namour”  This screening is part of a debut screening event ahead the Netflix release. NAMOUR From Ava Durvernay’s ARRAY Films, A stylized homage to Los Angeles, NAMOUR explores the complexities of personal responsibility versus moral convictions. Featuring an international cast, the […]

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The Langston Hughes Project Performance

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The Friday Center, in collaboration with the Stone Center will present The Langston Hughes Project, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. Recently voted the “Best Live Performance” for 2016 by the Jazz FM Awards in London, UK. The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, featuring the […]

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Writer’s Discussion Series and Lecture: Iris Morales | Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords: 1969-1976

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Iris Morales | Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords: 1969-1976 Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords: 1969-1976 is the first book about the experiences of the women members — a “story within a story” told from the inside out. The Young Lords Organization emerged in New York in the […]

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Exhibition Opening Reception, featuring an artist talk by Philemona Williamson, La Sombra y el Espiritu V: The Beautiful Somewhere: The Art of Philemona Williamson

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Exhibition Opening Reception, featuring an artist talk by Philemona Williamson La Sombra y el Espiritu V: The Beautiful Somewhere: The Art of Philemona Williamson Williamson, a native New Yorker, currently resides and works in Upper Montclair, New Jersey and has a studio in Bloomfield. Her paintings depict children and adolescents, which come from her imagination […]

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"13th" Documentary Film Screening and discussion

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Join us for special King week screening of Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed documentary on incarceration and racial inequality– “13th” at the Stone Center auditorium on January 18, at 7pm. 13th The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, […]

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