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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 | 6:30 PM
Fierce and Feminist in Harlem: Women and the Life of a Community will look at artists, activists, journeywomen, and others in various cultural and political phenomena whose presence and work in the Harlem community exemplify the concept of feminism. From the numbers racket, to the Harlem Renaissance, to involvement in the Communist Party, the Black Panther Party, and the Young Lords, Fierce and Feminist will consider the extraordinary influence women have had within the Harlem community and beyond and will honor women who were at the intersection of art, politics, and social change, such as pianist Hazel Scott, anthropologist Eslanda Goode Robeson, writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston and activist Yuri Kochiyama.
Presented by the Apollo Theater Education Program in collaboration with
While We Are Still Here.
Karen D. Taylor, Founder/Executive Director, While We Are Still Here
Karen Chilton, Actor, Dramatist, Author of Hazel Scott
LaShawn D. Harris, Author of Sex Workers,Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy
Johanna Fernandez, Author of The Young Lords: A Radical History
Rosemari Mealy, Author of Fidel and Malcolm: Memories of a Meeting
Featuring a Dramatic Performance by April Armstrong
SUGAR HILL LUMINARIES LAWN EDGECOMBE AVENUE AND 155TH STREET HARLEM, NY
This year's Sugar Hill Music Festival features
— Sugar Hill Quartet with Special Guest
— Firey String Sistas!
— Soul Understated featuring Mavis Swan Poole
with Sheila Anderson of WBGO, Emcee
In the Face of What We Remember: Oral Histories of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue chronicles the fascinating history of the renowned movers and shakers who lived/live in two of Sugar Hill’s most iconic apartment buildings. Captured on film, the buildings’ elders share memories of their famous neighbors, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Madam Stephanie St. Clair, Aaron Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, and a myriad of others whose cultural and political legacies influenced the entire world. The documentary puts "everyday" faces on these celebrated men and women, who symbolize courage, strength, leadership, and commitment.
Produced by While We Are Still Here, Jamal Joseph, and Michael Tyner and directed by Karen D. Taylor
Grinnell Community Room 800 Riverside Drive New York, NY
$40 Includes a Signed Book and Unlimited Desserts
With a foreword by John Singleton
"No one knows more (or has written more extensively) about the history of African-Americans' contributions to cinema than Donald Bogle." Leonard Maitlin
Donald Bogle is the foremost scholar of African American cinema, whose groundbreaking publication Toms, Coons, Mulattos, Mammies, and Bucks, is the gold standard for Black film history.
APOLLO THEATER HARLEM, NY
Ahead of the screening and live music soundtrack performance of Shaft, Greg Tate, founder and musical director of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, will guide us in a consideration of Isaac Hayes’s timeless soundtrack and other classics from the era when Soul and R&B took over the movie screen. Panelists also include Lisa Cortes, filmmaker, and Nelson George, writer, film and music producer.
Presented by the Apollo Theater Education Program in collaboration with the organization, While We Are Still Here; with Karen D. Taylor, founder and executive director, While We Are Still Here (facilitator)
Thursdays, November 1 and November 8 | 3 PM (Oral Histories)
7:30 PM (Music)
Bill’s Place 148 W. 133rd Street. Harlem, NY
On March 22, 2018, the famed nightspot, St. Nick’s Pub, burned down. For decades, the Sugar Hill Quartet was the house band for the Monday night jam sessions. While We Are Still Here will be taping the oral histories of SHQ—Patience Higgins, Marcus Persiani, and David F. Gibson—as well as Bill Saxton, who was also a Pub presence, and other musicians, patrons, and some of the proprietors, for a film short.
The tapings take place at the historic Bill’s Place (owned by Bill Saxton and his wife, Theda Saxton, Ph.D.) It was the site of Billie Holiday’s first gig in New York City.
If you would like to share your oral history of St. Nick’s Pub, please visit wwsh.nyc to register, or call 929-266-3952.
A Collaboration Between Reel Sisters and While We Are Still Here
Saturday, October 6 | 1 PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
116th Street and Broadway Harlem, NY
This is the Harlem Kick-off of the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series. Join us for an afternoon of films produced, directed, and written by women of color from across the globe! One of the films will be a 15-minute cut of the feature-length In the Face of What We Remember: Oral Histories of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue. Families and students are welcome! Films will celebrate community, self-care, and wellness. For information, please visit www.reelsisters.org or call 212-865-2982.
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series makes history this year by becoming the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival for narrative shorts devoted to women of color!
An afternoon of music, featuring artists of international renown.
— Regina Carter-Xavier Davis Duo
— Sugar Hill Quartet with TC the 3rd
— Firey String Sistas!
— Uptown Brass Quintet, with Marshall Sealey
Saturday, September 8th. | 3 PM
Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn
Edgecombe Avenue and 155th Street Harlem, NY
MaryLouise Patterson, a pediatrician in clinical practice, and Evelyn Louise Crawford, a retired arts administrator and consultant, are the daughters of Langston Hughes's cherished friends Evelyn Graves Crawford, Matt N. Crawford, Louise Thompson Patterson, and William L. Patterson. Hughes was a frequent guest in the homes of the two families and was like an uncle to Evelyn Louise and MaryLouise.
April 3rd-May 7th
Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion
Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street Harlem, NY
Inspired by the classic photo essay, The Sweet Flypaper of Life: Harlem In Black and White, by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes, this exhibit extends the visual-literary exchange that the two men began in the 1950s. The “Harlem-centric” works by poets that include Calvin Forbes and Patricia Spears Jones, and visual artists, such as Romare Bearden and Ife Felix will be shown alongside other renowned individuals’ works.
These discussions will be held on three consecutive
Sundays in March, from 7 to 8 PM.
Led by a discussion leader on Facebook at Read ing Across Harlem’s page, participants will share their impressions of the following excerpts, in a public dialogue. Discussion leaders follow.
March 11, Garnette Cadogan, “Upon Arriving in Harlem,” Gordon Parks
March 18, TBD, “Hostess of Harlem,” Claude McKay
March 25, Rosemari Mealy, “Minister Malcolm X,” Malcolm X
Theater-In-Black-In Harlem and a Performance
Monday, February 26th | 6:30 PM
The Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard. Harlem, NY
With Daniel Carlton, Voza Rivers, Byron C. Saunders, Benja K. Thomas, Susan Watson Turner
The history of theater in Harlem has been long and illustrious. This conversation will touch upon the legacies of theater companies that include W.E.B. Du Bois and Regina Anderson’s KRIGWA; Langston Hughes and Louise Thompson’s Suitcase Theater; and the famed American Negro Theater on the development of successive companies that include those developed by Amiri Baraka, Gertrude Jennette, Barbara Ann Teer, Voza Rivers, and Jamal Joseph.
“Resonating Resistance: Voices of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue,” is directed by Daniel Carlton, and features some of Harlem’s greatest actors, who will bring to life excerpted works by a few prolific writers and activists, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Louise Thompson-Patterson, and Marvel Cooke.